Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #129

"For me, chess is life and every game is like a new life. Every chess player gets to live many lives in one lifetime."
   GM Eduard Gufeld

1) Walter Browne inducted into Hall of Fame
2) Linares
3) IM Shipman leads March Masters
4) Lopez and Bukh win A.J. Fink Amateur Championship
5) San Leandro
6) MI Chess History CD: Volume 1 
7) Upcoming Events

1) Walter Browne inducted into Hall of Fame

Six-time US Champion Walter Browne of Berkeley was inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame this past weekend in Miami along with fellow GM Lev Alburt. This was a richly deserved honor for Browne who has probably won more tournaments than any player in American history in a career dating back to the 1960s. Walter is also the founder of the World Blitz Chess Association and the editor of its excellent quarterly magazine Blitz Chess. Congratulations!.

2) Linares

Standings: 1 V Kramnik (Russia) 5/8; 2 P Leko (Hungary) 4.5/7; 3-4 G Kasparov (Russia), V Anand (India) 4.5/8; 5-6 T Radjabov (Azerbaijan), R Ponomariov (Ukraine) 3/8; 7 F Vallejo Pons (Spain) 2.5/7.

P Leko - T Radjabov
Linares, (8)
French McCutcheon
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Bb4 5 e5 h6 6 Bd2 Bxc3 7 bxc3 Ne4 8 Qg4 g6 9 Bd3 Nxd2 10 Kxd2 c5 11 h4 Bd7 12 h5 g5 13 f4 Nc6 14 fxg5 Qa5 15 dxc5 d4 16 Nf3 0-0-0 17 Rab1 dxc3+ 18 Ke2 Rhg8 19 Qe4 Qc7 20 g4 Ne7 21 Bb5 hxg5 22 Rb3 Nd5 23 Rhb1 Bc6 24 Bxc6 Qxc6 25 Nd4 Qa6+ 26 Ke1 Rd7 27 c6 Rc7 28 Rxb7 Rxb7 29 Rxb7 Nb6 30 Qh7 Rf8 31 Qg7 Qa3 32 Qxf8 1-0

IM Shipman leads March Masters

IM Walter Shipman leads the March Masters which runs daily until Friday with rounds starting at 1pm. 1. IM Shipman 2/2; 2. FM Thornally 1/1; 3-4. NMs Pinto and Margulis 1/2 from 2, 5. NM Thiel 0/1.

4) Lopez and Bukh win A.J. Fink Amateur Championship

Jacob Lopez and Yefim Bukh tied for first at 4 1/2 - 1/2 in the 53-player A.J. Fink Amateur Championship held February 28-March 2 at the Mechanics' Institute. Final standings and a list of prize winners are available at .

5) San Leandro

IM Vinay Bhat took a break from his studies at UC Berkeley and tied for first in a one day event held in San Leandro on February 22. Vinay, who defeated NM Sertic and IM-elect Ron Cusi, was held to a draw by rapidly improving junior Uri Andrews of San Jose. The 17-year-old Andrews, who only earned his experts rating this past June, may have come close to going over 2200 with his last round victory over 2300 NM Emmanuel Perez. Hans Poschmann directed the 3-section event which attracted 63 players.

6) 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.

7) Upcoming events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Full details at

Max Wilkerson Open: March 15, 2003
Walter Lovegrove Senior Championship: April 12-13, 2003
Imre Konig Memorial: April 26, 2003

Scholastic Quads: March 22, April 19, May 31

Other Northern California Events

Mar. 29-30. 2003 Central California Adult & Scholastic Chess Congress
10 Grand Prix Points

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: or 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.

Southern California

April 11-13. Western Pacific Open
40 Grand Prix Points

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,; John Hillery Web site: Ent: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 N. Wilton Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90038. State Championship Qualifier. FIDE.

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