Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #122

"Chess is mental torture."
   Garry Kasparov

1) US Championship Standings after Round Six
2) Winter Tuesday Night Marathon
3) Upcoming events

1) US Championship Standings after Round Six

1-3 Kaidanov, Shabalov, Fishbein 4.5/6; 4-15 Gulko, Seirawan, Benjamin, Stripunsky, Yermolinsky, Akobian, Ivanov, Nakamura, Kreiman, Foygel, Mulyar, Muhammad 4; 16-25 Goldin, Christiansen, Fedorowicz, Zaitshik, Browne, Gurevich, Kraai, G. Shahade, Burnett, Sarkar 3.5; 26-36 De Firmian, Finegold, Serper, Kudrin, Lapshun, Perelshteyn, Paschall, Pixton, J. Donaldson, Lein, Battsetseg 3; 37-44 Ashley, Enhbat, Kriventsov, Kaufman, Baginskaite, Watson, J. Shahade; Bennett 2.5; 45-55 Ippolito, E. Donaldson; Krush, Pruess, Markzon, Hahn, Epstein, Sagalchik, Ross, Groberman, Shiber 2; 56-57 Tsai, Levina 1; 58 Esserman 0.5.

2) Winter Tuesday Night Marathon

IM Walter Shipman, FM Frank Thornally, NMs Igor Margulis, Russell Wong and David Blohm, Experts Larry Snyder, Alex Setzepfandt and Peter Grey, and Class A players Victor Todortsev, Thomas McCaughy, Lazar Shnaiderman and Benjamin Gross are tied for first at 2-0 in the 78-player MI Winter Tuesday Night Marathon.

3) Upcoming events

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

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

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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