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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
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
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
Scholastic Quads: January 18 and February 22.
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: www.Bermuda.bm/chess or Nigel Freeman 441-234-2322, firstname.lastname@example.org or Carol Jarecki 917-690-8566, email@example.com.
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