"If your opponent cannot do anything active, then don't rush the
position; instead you should let him sit there, suffer, and beg you for
1) Aeroflot Open 2) People's Open 3) MI Winter Tuesday Night Marathon 4) MI Chess History CD: Volume 1 5) Upcoming Events
1) Aeroflot Open
Belorussian GMs Alexei Aleksandrov and Alexei Federov tied with Viorel Bologan of Moldova and Peter Svidler of Russia for first in the 2nd Aeroflot Open. The four winners tied at 7-2 with Bologan apparently winning the event on tiebreak. Gregory Kaidanov, who finished first last year, was once again among the leaders throughout, but lost with Black in the last round to Svidler to end up with six points. US Champion Alex Shabalov had 4 1/2.
David Gliksman and James Thinssen, who both grew up in Southern California, finished with 4 1/2 and 4 points from 9. in the B group.
Z Efimenko - G Kaidanov
A Aleksandrov - A Lugovoi
A Fedorov - M Sorokin
2) People's Open
IMs Ricardo DeGuzman and John Donaldson tied for first in the Open section of 30th People's Open held February 15-17 on the UC Berkeley campus. The two winners, who drew in round three, scored 5 from 6, to take home $425 apiece. Teenager Monty Peckham of Oakland was clear third at 4 1/2 and should go over 2200 as a result. 13-year-old Alex Setzepfandt, also of Oakland, had an excellent result in tying for fourth at 4-2 with FM Richard Kelson of Clayton.
While overall attendance was excellent with 157 players in the main event and 112 scholastic players, the Open was weaker than normal with only three IMs and 5 other masters in the 22-player section. Don Shennum did an excellent job directing the event and has already posted a list of all prize winners, as well as crosstables from each section, at http://wave.prohosting.com/~dshennum/peoples/peoplesresults.htm
People's Open Winners: 1974-2003
1974 Ruben Rodriguez (held in Hayward with 199 players)
Does anyone know who won in 1984, 1986, 1994 and 1996?
3) MI Winter Tuesday Night Marathon
Only one round remains in the Winter Tueday Night Marathon but the battle for first remains very unclear. Four players are presently tie for first at 5 1/2 from 7 (IM Walter Shipman, NMs Russell Wong and Igor Margulis and Burmese Expert Win Aung Lee) and there is a large group half a point behind. Incidentally the 80-player field ties the attendance record for a TNM, equaling the turnout for the MI Winter Marathon of 1973. According to the January-February 1974 issue of the California Chess Reporter that twelve round event was won by NM Peter Cleghorn at 10 1/2 with NM Dennis Waterman second at 10. Three of the players (Peter Grey, Paul Vayssie and Max Wilkerson) who participated in that Marathon are also playing in the current one thirty years later!.
4) MI Chess History CD: Volume 1
The staff of the Mechanics' Institute recently completed the first of a two volume series on the history of the Mechanics' Institute Chess Room. The fruits of their research are available on a CD which includes almost 90 pages of text, approximately 10 photos from the MI archives and over 150 games in ChessBase format. Visits of World Champions Lasker (twice), Capablanca, Alekhine (twice), and Euwe, are among the highlights. The price of the CD is $10 + $1 for shipping. To order, send a check payable to the Mechanics' Institute for $11 to: Mechanics' Institute, Room 408, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104.
5) Upcoming events
Upcoming Tournaments at the MI
Full details at www.chessclub.org
A.J. Fink Amateur: February 28, March 1-2, 2003
Scholastic Quad: February 22.
Other Bay Area Events
Feb. 23. San Leandro 2003 Chess Tournament.
Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd.,San Leandro. $$1,250, based on
75 entries, in 3 sections. 4SS, G75/G70-5, Rds: 10 am, 1:30 pm, 4:15 pm,
7:00 pm Open: $500, Reserve U2000: $400, Booster U1600 $350 Within each
section the prizes will be allocated according to the number of entries
and their rating scope, and will be posted after the start of the
tournament. EF: $27 if received by 2/21/2003. Late Reg: 9-9:30 am on
2/23 $32.$2 discount to CalChess Members. Ent: Hans Poschmann, 4621
Seneca Park Ave., Fremont CA 94538
7 th Coastside Scholastic Chess Meet
Beginners welcome, no experience required. Relaxed, stress-free environment .Each player plays 5 games, no elimination. Each player has 20 minutes to complete all moves. Prizes to top 10 and best result in each grade K-6 . Chess sets supplied for all games. Players receive Coastside ratings (not USCF rated) Directions: From South: Take route 92 West until it ends in Half Moon Bay. Turn right (N) on Rt. 1. Proceed about 8 miles to 2nd Street. From North: Take Rt. 1 south to Montara. 2nd street is first turn. To get to Rt. 1, use 280, or Skyline Blvd (rt 35) On 2nd Street, go one block to Main Street, turn right, then immediately turn left on 3rd street. Up two blocks, school is on the left at Le Conte Ave. Please arrive by 1:00 so that we can start the games promptly at 1:30. Games will begin at approximately 1:30, 2:20, 3:15, 4:00 and 4:45, with playoffs, if needed, at 5:30. Organized by Coastside Chess Club (Naomi Hirayasu, President). Directed by International Arbiter Eric Schiller. For more information, contact email@example.com.
To enter, send the following information, together with a check for $15 made payable to Coastside Chess Club, to Coastside Chess, c/o Chessworks, P.O. Box 1048, El Granada CA 94018. Entries must be received by February 27, 2003. Late registration available on site, but the entry fee is $20 if not entered in advance. Please also email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can confirm your entry by email.
Mar. 29-30. 2003 Central California Adult & Scholastic Chess Congress
Open, Scholastic & Beginner Scholastic. Edison High School, Grant Taggart Gym, 1425 S. Center St., Stockton. Open: (G/2, 5 sec. delay) $$2,000 Gtd: $400-200, X, A, B, C, D, E, & Unr. $200 ea. Trophies to ea. 1st. EF: $35 by 3/28, at site $45. Late Reg. 8-9:30. Byes requested bef. Rd. 1 only. Rds: 10-2:15, 10-2:15. EF includes G/5 Bughouse, G/5 Blitz, G/10 Quick (Rated), Simultaneous & Blindfold challenge (limited 8 highest rated challengers). Trophy/Title prizes for all side events. Scholastic Championship: 5SS, G/1. 4 Sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12 (Trophies 10, 15, 15, 10 Resp.). EF: $20 by 3/28, at site $30. Late Reg. at site 8-9:30. Byes requested before Rd. 1 only. Rds: 10-1:15, 10-1:15,3:30. EF includes G/5 Bughouse, G/5 Blitz, G/10 Quick (Rated), Simultaneous. Trophy/Title Prize for all side events. Beginner Scholastic Championship: (3/29, Non Rated) 6SS, G/30. K-8. Certificates to all grade winners + participants. Free USCF membership to all scoring 4 or more pts. EF $10, $20 at site. Late Reg. at site 8-9:30. No byes. Only eligible Simultaneous. Rds: 10-11-12-1-2-3. Prizes all side events. Info: STKNCHES.go.cc or JacobGreen@msn.com. John Charles Barnard, 209-785-7895. 50 cents of ea entry donated to CalChess. Ent: Edison High School Chess Club, 1425 S. Center, Stockton CA 95206 W.
April 11-13. Western Pacific Open
5SS, 3-day 40/2, SD/1, 2-day Rds. 1-2 G/75 then merges. LAX Radisson Hotel, 6225 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. $$10,000 b/200, 50% of each prize guaranteed. In 3 sections: Open: $1500-1000-800-400-200 plus $200 (G) bonus for clear 1st, U2400 $400-200, U2300 $200, U2200 $750-500-300. EF: $79 advance, $95 door, $30 more if rated U1800. Premier: (U2000) $750-500-300-100, U1800 $500-300-200. EF: $79 advance, $95 door, $30 more to U1400, no unrated. Amateur: (U1600) $400+trophy-250-100, U1400 $100+trophy-50, U1200 $100+trophy, Unr. $100+trophy, unrated may win unrated prize only. EF: $64 advance, $75 door. Reg: 5:30-6:30pm 4/11, 8:30-10am 4/12. Rds: 3-day 7 p.m., 11-5:30, 10-4:30. 2-day: 10:30-1:30 (G/75), then merges. All: $50 Best Game prize, all sections eligible. One 1/2-pt. bye Rds. 1-3 if requested with ent. SCCF membership req. of rated S. Cal. res., $12 reg, $7.50 Jr. No credit card entries. No checks at door. HR: $84, 310-670-9000, mention chess. Parking: $5/day. Info: Mike Carr, 949-768-3538, email@example.com; John Hillery firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.westernchess.com. Ent: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 N. Wilton Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90038. State Championship Qualifier. FIDE.
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