1) April FIDE Ratings out 2) Seven way tie for first in Spring TNM 3) Ray Cuneo 4) Lubeck wins 2002-2003 Bundesliga 5) Chess from the Past 6) 2003 US Open in Los Angeles 7) MI Chess History CD: Volume 1 8) Upcoming events
1) April FIDE Ratings out
Garry Kasparov continues to head the FIDE rating list at 2830, followed by Kramnik 2789, Anand 2764, Leko 2746, Shirov 2735 and Topalov 2735. Top Americans are Onischuk 2647, Kaidanov 2640, Seirawan 2626 and Goldin 2611.
2) Seven way tie for first in Spring TNM
There were several upsets in round three of the Spring Tuesday Night Marathon with Expert Peter Grey defeating IM Walter Shipman and former ·King of the Class B's· Yefim Bukh defeating Russell Wong for his 2nd Master scalp in two weeks. The remaining perfect scores are: NMs Margulis, Morkunaite, Thiel and Ye, Experts Grey and Grey plus Bukh.
3) Ray Cuneo
Longtime Mechanics' member Ray Cuneo recently passed away at the age of 96. Interestingly Ray didn't start playing until he was 40. That didn't stop him from becoming a Mechanics regular for almost half a century! Ray came regularly to the club right up until his death. Many of our older members in their 70s and 80s considered him a source of inspiration due to his physical vitality, mental agility and genial manner. If they had known he was also still actively participating in a bowling league in Alameda they would have been even more impressed. Ray was well liked by all and we will miss him very much.
Those with stories about Ray are encouraged to write to his granddaughter Karen Gomez.
4) Lubeck wins 2002-2003 Bundesliga
Congratulations to Grandmaster Nick deFirmian for helping his team win the prestigious Bundesliga competition. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Physics with longtime ties to the Mechanics', Nick is currently based in Copenhagen.
5) Chess from the Past
John Hilbert, one of the hardest working researchers in the field of chess history, shares the following game from the early days of Southern California chess.
Bennett,W - Sheldon,D [C35]
Winner of the special prize for the most brilliant "Cunningham" in the recent Southern California Correspondence Tourney, our old contributor, Walter Bennett, Esq., of Phoenix, Arizona Territory, vs. D.F. Sheldon
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.Kf1 d5 6.Bxd5 Nf6 7.Nc3 Nxd5 8.Nxd5 0-0 9.Nxh4 Qxh4 10.d3 Nc6 11.Bxf4 f5 12.e5 g5 13.Bg3 Qh6 14.d4 f4 15.Bf2 f3 16.h3 Bg4 17.g3 Bxh3+ 18.Kg1 g4 19.Qd3 Qg7 20.Re1 Rad8 21.Qe4 Qd7 22.Nf6+ Rxf6 23.exf6 Nxd4 24.Rd1 c5 25.c3 Ne2+ 26.Kh2 Qc7 0-1
New York Clipper, March 16, 1895 (Miron Hazeltine, ed.); taken from the New Orleans Times-Democrat (J.D. Seguin, ed.)
6) 2003 US Open in Los Angeles
The US Open will return to the West Coast from August 3-15 at the LAX Radisson. The 12-round tournament features the second highest guaranteed prize fund ($55,000) in the history of the event. This will be only the eighth US Open hosted in California (Long Beach 1955, San Francisco 1961, Ventura 1971, Palo Alto 1981, Pasadena 1983, Los Angeles 1991 and Concord 1995) and promises to be the strongest ever and the longest US Open in recent memory. The US Open always use to be 12 rounds but that hasn't been the case for many years. Full details below under upcoming events.
7) 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.
8) Upcoming events
Upcoming Tournaments at the MI
Full details at www.chessclub.org
Walter Lovegrove Senior Championship: April 12-13, 2003
Scholastic Quads: April 19, May 31
Other Northern California Events
8th Coastside Scholastic Chess Meet - April 5, 2003
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.
US OPEN AUGUST 3-15
LAX Radisson 6225 W. Century Blvd. · Los Angeles, CA 90045 · (310) 670-9000 $89 Chess Rate - Lowest in years!
A USCF National Championship
A Heritage Event!
If mailed by 7/26 or paid by phone, fax or online with credit card by 7/30.
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