Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #119

"Nowadays, when you're not a grandmaster at 14, you can forget about it."
   Viswanathan Anand

1) Karpov beats Kasparov 
2) Onischuk and Donaldson tie for first in Lindsborg 
3) Thornally, Ossipov and Becco share first in Fall Tuesday Night Marathon 
4) Cusi and Ye tie for first in Guthrie McClain Memorial 
5) Upcoming Events 

1) Karpov beats Kasparov

Anatoly Karpov defeated Garry Kasparov 2.5-1.5 in an action chess match held December 21-22 in New York City. Karpov spent the week preceding the match training in Lindsborg, Kansas, with GMs Ivan Morovic and Alex Onischuk.

A Karpov - G Kasparov
X3D Rapid Match, (3)
Grunfeld Defence
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Nf3 Bg7 5 Bf4 dxc4 6 Rc1 0-0 7 e3 Nbd7 8 Bxc4 c5 9 dxc5 Nxc5 10 0-0 Be6 11 Bxe6 Nxe6 12 Be5 Qxd1 13 Rfxd1 Rfd8 14 Kf1 Nd7 15 Bxg7 Kxg7 16 Nd5 Nb6 17 Nxb6 axb6 18 a3 Rxd1+ 19 Rxd1 Rc8 20 Ke2 Kf6 21 Ne1 Rc4 22 Rd7 Nc5 23 Rc7 b5 24 f3 e5 25 b4 Na4 26 Rxb7 Rc6 27 e4 Ke6 28 h4 h5 29 Nd3 Rc2+ 30 Ke3 f5 31 g3 fxe4 32 fxe4 Rg2 33 Rxb5 Rxg3+ 34 Kd2 Rg2+ 35 Ke1 Nc3 36 Rb6+ Ke7 37 Nxe5 Re2+ 38 Kf1 Rxe4 39 Nxg6+ Kf7 40 Kf2 Nd5 41 Rc6 Nxb4 42 axb4 Rxb4 43 Ne5+ Kg7 44 Rc4 Rb5 45 Nd3 Kf6 46 Rc5 1-0

2) Onischuk and Donaldson tie for first in Lindsborg

GM Alex Onischuk and IM John Donaldson tied for first with 6.5 from 9 in the 2nd Lindsborg Rotary Open held December 17-23 in Lindsborg, Kansas, at Bethany College. Donaldson made his first GM norm and Anna Zatonskih made her second IM norm, narrowly missing a GM norm by half a point.

The rest of the MI contingent, Vivek Nambiar, David Pruess, Dmitry Zillberstein and Camilla Baginskaite, all finished at 50 percent. Zilberstein won the strong blitz tournament held mid-event with Pruess finishing third (IM Melik Khachiyan of Los Angeles was second).

The tournament, which featured widespread community support, was a rare opportunity for American players to compete for international titles. To put it in perspective the only other chances offered this year were the US Championship, World Open and Imre Konig Memorial. Chief organizer of the 2nd Lindsborg Rotary Open was the tireless Mikhail Korenman with Frank K. Berry directing.

1. GM Alex Onischuk 2649 USA 6.5
2. IM John Donaldson 2418 USA  6.5
3. GM Yuri Shulman 2566  BLR  6
4. WGM Anna Zatonskih 2421 UKR   6
5. GM Igor Novikov 2592  USA  6
6. IM Mladen Vucic 2396  USA  6
7. FM Stephen Muhammad 2368  USA  5.5
8. IM Ron Burnett 2437  USA   5.5
9. IM William Paschall  2463  USA  5
10. IM Jesse Kraai 2443  USA   5
11. IM Melikshet Khachiyan 2481  ARM   4.5
12. IM Osmand Palos 2327  BIH  4.5
13. FM Dmitry Zilberstein 2330  USA  4.5
14. Vivek Nambiar 2246  IND  4.5
15. David Pruess 2351  USA  4.5
16. Deepyaman Datta 2000  USA   4.5
17. WGM Kamile Baginskaite 2365  USA   4.5
...27 players, 9 round Swiss

Onishuk - Novikov D31
Lindsborg 2002
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Qxd4 7.Bxb4 Qxe4+ 8.Be2 Na6 9.Bc3 Ne7 10.Bxg7 Rg8 11.Bf6 Qf4 12.Bc3 Rxg2 13.Nf3 Nf5 14.Be5 Qh6 15.Qd2 Qxd2+ 16.Nxd2 Rg6 17.Ne4 Ke7 18.h4 c5 19.h5 Rh6 20.Bf4 Bd7 21.f3 Bc6 22.Kf2 e5 23.Bxh6 Nxh6 24.Rhg1 Bxe4 25.fxe4 Nc7 26.Rad1 Ne6 27.Bf1 Nd4 28.Bh3 Ng8 29.Rg5 Kd6 30.Rg7 Ke7 31.h6 Nxh6 32.Rxh7 Ng8 33.Rh8 Rf8 34.Ke3 Nc2+ 35.Kd3 Nd4 36.Rg1 Nf6 37.Rxf8 Kxf8 38.Rg5 Nc6 39.a3 Nh7 40.Rh5 Nf6 41.Rh8+ Ke7 42.Bc8 Nd8 43.b4 cxb4 44.axb4 b6 45.Bf5 Ne8 46.c5 Nc7 47.Rh6 bxc5 48.bxc5 Nb7 49.Kc4 Na5+ 50.Kb4 Nb7 51.Bc8 Nd8 52.Rd6 Nde6 53.Bxe6 Nxe6 54.Kc4 Nc7 55.Rd1 1-0

3) Thornally, Ossipov and Becco share first in Fall Tuesday Night Marathon

FM Frank Thornally, NM Victor Ossipov and Expert Michael Becco tied for first at 7-2 in the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon which finished December 17. Tying for fourth at 6.5 were NMs Igor Margulis, Russell Wong, Expert Igor Traub and George Sanguinetti. The next Tuesday Night Marathon starts on January 7.

4) Cusi and Ye tie for first in Guthrie McClain Memorial

The 2nd Annual Guthrie McClain Memorial set an MI Saturday G/45 attendance record with 56 players. Tying for first at 4.5/5 in the event, directed by Anthony Corrales, were SM Ron Cusi and Expert Wing Aung Ye of Burma.

5) Upcoming events

Note: The MI will be starting monthly scholastic quads on Saturdays starting in January. See below.

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Bob Burger Open: January 4, 2003
Henry Gross Memorial: February 1, 2003
A.J. Fink Amateur: February 28, March 1-2, 2003
Max Wilkerson Open: March 15, 2003
Walter Lovegrove Senior Championship: April 12-13, 2003
Imre Konig Memorial: April 26, 2003
Scholastic Quads: January 18 and February 22. 

National Events

International Events


The 1st Pan American Amateur Championship will be held at the elegant Fairmont Southampton from 27th January to 5th February 2003. It will be nine rounds plus a rest day and will be held alongside two GM Invitational Tournaments (Cat XV and X). The rate of play will be 150 plus 30 seconds per move. It is open to players under 2000 FIDE or no FIDE rating at all. Each Federation in the Americas is allowed to nominate two players who do not have to pay an entry fee, otherwise entry fee is $150 per player. It will be followed by the 20th Bermuda Open from 6th to 9th February.

Rooms are $125 per night plus taxes etc. for one or two people, a third person in a room would be an extra $30 plus taxes. etc To book rooms contact the Fairmont Southampton on 1-800-441-1414 or 1-441-238-8000, mentioning "PanAmerican Amateur Chess."

Details/Info: or Nigel Freeman 441-234-2322, or Carol Jarecki 917-690-8566,

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