Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #138

An art appearing in the form of a game.

   - entry on chess in the Great Soviet Encyclopedia

1) Exhibition game: Yermolinsky-Shulman Today
2) Shipman wins Spring Tuesday Night Marathon
3) Mezentsev first in Mechanics' Masters/Expert Open
4) Perelshteyn wins the Generation Chess International
5) Chess in San Francisco 1856
6) Here and There
7) Upcoming Events

1) Exhibition game: Yermolinsky-Shulman Today

MI Grandmaster-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky will face off with Dallas GM Yury Shulman this evening, May 7. The game will start at 5:15 and last approximately two hours. The two players will be located in different parts of the club with a runner ferrying moves. During the game the two Grandmasters will explain their thoughts to the audience. Admission is free for all.

2) Shipman wins Spring Tuesday Night Marathon

Experience triumphed over youth as IM Walter Shipman defeated NM Egle Morkunaite in the last round of the Spring Tuesday Night Marathon. The 73-year-old Shipman, ranked number 11 in the country for players 65 or over at 2259, scored 7-1 to become the oldest winner ever of the Marathon. Morkunaite, a student from Lithuania, would have been the first female to win this event if she had won.

Second place was taken by another veteran, 65-year-old NM Igor Margulis (#13 in the US on the 65 or over list), who defeated NM Peter Thiel in the last round to finish on 6 1/2. His only lost was to Shipman in round 7. Veterans would have made a clean sweep, but for top-seed FM Frank Thornally, who defeated 71-year-old NM Victor Ossipov (#24 in the US at 2202) in the last round. This win created a log jam at 6 points, with Thornally, Ossipov, Morkunaite, NM David Blohm, NM Win Aung Ye and Expert Peter Grey sharing third place.

The Summer Marathon starts on May 27.

3) Mezentsev first in Mechanics' Masters/Expert Open

Senior Master Vladimir Mezentsev won the Mechanics' Masters/Expert Open held May 3rd and 4th. Mezentsev scored 3 1/2 from 4 to take home $425. He won first two games, drew with FM Adrian Keatinge Clay in round three and defeated NM Richard Koepcke in the money round. Tying for second at 3-1 were IM Ricardo De Guzman, FMs Bela Evans and Adrian Keatinge-Clay and Expert Anthony Rosenvasser. NM Koepcke finished out of the money at 2 1/2 but had an excellent result defeating top seed DeGuzman and drawing IM Walter Shipman. Complete standings for the 20-player event can be found at Anthony Corrales and John Donaldson directed for the Mechanics'.

4) Perelshteyn wins the Generation Chess International

John Henderson writes in his excellent column in The Scotsman:

The Generation Chess International tournament at New York's famed Manhattan Chess Club was won by American International Master Eugene Perelshteyn, who dominated the novel event aimed at eradicating from the game the farce of the 'grandmaster draw'.

Despite a last round loss to Estonian top seed Jaan Ehlvest, Perelshteyn's margin of victory over his nearest rivals was a full point - a performance that also secured the University of Maryland Baltimore County student and team captain a grandmaster norm.

The new-styled event prohibited players from making draw offers before move 50; the only caveat being that of a repetition (or even stalemate), of which the tournament only had five. Most of the games from the tornament turned out to be hard-fought encounters as many of the players were forced into "re-discovering" the endgame in chess. By its conclusion, nearly 80% of the games (with an average of 51 moves per game) proved decisive compared to the more usual figure of 50% in such events.

The worst offending tournament on record for the abuse of GM draws was the 1999 Petrosian Memorial, where the ten players "competing" found a fitting way to pay tribute to the 9th world champion Tigran Petrosian - they managed 42 draws from 45 games, and at an average of just 26 moves!

Final standings: 1 IM E Perelshteyn (USA) 6.5/9; 2-4 IM I Krush (USA),GM J Ehlvest (Estonia), GM L Christiansen (USA) 5.5; 5 GM L Yudasin (Israel) 5; 6-7 IM A Simutowe (Zambia), IM V Akobian (USA) 4.5; 8 IM M Bluvshtein (Canada) 3.5; 9 FM S Muhammad (USA) 2.5; 10 IM W Paschall 2.

E Perelshteyn - J Ehlvest
Generation Tournament, (9)
Accelerated Dragon
1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 g6 3 Nf3 Bg7 4 d4 cxd4 5 Nxd4 Nc6 6 Be3 Nf6 7 Bc4 0-0 8 Bb3 d6 9 f3 Bd7 10 Qd2 Nxd4 11 Bxd4 b5 12 0-0-0 a5 13 a4 bxa4 14 Nxa4 Qb8 15 Kb1 Bxa4 16 Bxa4 Rc8 17 Qd3 Nh5 18 Qb3 Qc7 19 Bb6 Qc4 20 Rd5 Qe2 21 Rg1 Nf4 22 Rxa5 Rxa5 23 Bxa5 Ra8 24 Qb6 Bd4 25 Qxd4 Rxa5 26 b3 Nxg2 27 Qd1 Nf4 28 h4 Qf2 29 Qe1 Qb6 30 Ka2 Ne6 31 Rg4 h5 32 Rg2 Nc5 33 Rg5 Ra8 34 Ka3 Rb8 35 Qc3 Qa6 36 Rd5 Rc8 37 Qd2 Qf1 38 Qd1 Qf2 39 Rd2 Qe3 40 Qe2 Qc3 0-1

JD adds - IM Irina Krush narrowly missed her second GM norm in this event, drawing in the last round with IM Stephen Muhammad. IM Varuzhan Akobian of Glendale, bounced back from defeats in the first two rounds to finish on 50 percent.

5) Chess in San Francisco 1856

Well-known chess historian keeps making amazing discoveries about chess in old San Francisco. Here he uncovers a gave played just a few years after the end of the Gold Rush.

Grotjan,T - Schleiden,P [C44]
San Francisco, 1856

Played in 1856 (but never before published) between Professor Schleiden, president of the German Chess Club, San Francisco, and T.J. Grotjan, of the Pioneer Club. The German Club had won a supper in a match by correspondence with the Pioneer Club, and this game was played over the board for another supper, each club selecting a player.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4

This is not a very usual move, 4.Nxd4 is usually played. Mr. Stiebel played Mr. Home (London Chess Monthly, Vol. II, page 114) 4.Bc4 followed by Ng5 with great success.

4...Bc5 5.c3 Nge7 6.cxd4 Bb6 7.Nc3 d6 8.0-0 0-0 9.a3

We think this move rather weak, we prefer 9.Be3.

9...Bg4 10.Be3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3

Rather than lose the d-pawn, we should have prefered to have taken with g-pawn.

11...Nxd4 12.Qd1 Ne6 13.Bxb6 axb6 14.Qg4 c6 15.f4 d5

This is not a good move, as it affords White to open a very strong attack; ...b5 trying to drive the White bishop out of the line we think would have been better or ...Kh8.

16.Rad1 Nc7 17.f5 Kh8 18.f6

White pushes the game in brilliant style.

18...gxf6 19.Rxf6 Rg8 20.Qf3 Ng6 21.Bf1 Rg7 22.exd5 Qg8 23.dxc6 bxc6 24.Rxc6 Ne5 25.Qf6 Nxc6 26.Qxc6 Ne6 27.Ne4 Nf4 28.Qf6 Qb8 29.Nd6 Nh3+ 30.Kh1 Ng5 31.h4 h6 32.hxg5 hxg5 33.Nxf7+ Kg8 34.Rd8+ Qxd8 35.Nxd8 Kh7 36.Bd3+ 1-0

Black fought the end bravely, but the White attack was irresistible. Baltimore Sunday News, March 25, 1883; annotations by J.B. Muncy

6) Here and There

Hanon Russell's Chess Cafe has made available audio and text of a radio interview Alekhine gave back in 1938. Check it out at

Congratulations to IM Dmitry Schneider winner of the 2003 Samford Scholarship.

FM Bela Evans and NM Roger Poehlmann continue to lead the Thursday Masters. Evans has 2 from 3 and Poehlmann 1 1/2 from 2 (plus a bye).

Very best wishes from the MI staff to NM Vivek Nambiar of Milpitas on his upcoming marriage on May 15 in his native India. Vivek ( invites all his friends at the MI to attend.

The London Financial Times (4/30/03) reports that the International Monetary Fund announced that Ken Rogoff, its chief economist, would be leaving the Fund in autumn to return to academia. He will be returning to Harvard to reach and do research. Grandmaster Rogoff played in several US Championships and was a participant in the 1976 Interzonal in Biel.

Newsletter reader NM Alex Betanelli of Madison reports that he will be holding a camp this summer.

June 22-27th
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel

CAMP SITE: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel (4747 Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI53207, 414-615-8052). This is one of the best hotels in the country. All meeting rooms are air-conditioned. All sleeping rooms have refrigerators. FREE shuttle from airport is provided.

ELIGIBILITY: Players of all strengths and ages are encouraged to attend. Ifchildren under 12 want to stay overnight, then their parents need to makespecial arrangements with the organizer.

DAILY ACTIVITIES: Chess lectures, seminars, informal discussions, and manytournaments (slow, quick, blitz, bughouse, team: trophies and medals asprizes). Hotel has two swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), there will beoutside sport activities ranging from walking in the park to playing tennis andsoccer. All instructors will also promote their favorite hobbies!

STUDY WITH GM: for B class players (and other players who are very serious)special extra sessions with GM Alex Goldin will be available in the evening.

COST: $300 for five and half days of instruction. Personal feedback will beprovided and individual improvement plans will be worked out for all students.All participants will receive copies.FOOD: for $100 three daily meals plus snacks and juices will be provided.

HOTEL: five nights total is $150 if you wish to stay in a double room (twobeds,one roommate), $75 if you wish to say in a quad room (two beds, 3 roommates).Please indicate if you would like to have a specific roommate. PLEASE RESERVEHOTEL THROUGH THE ORGANIZER TO GET THESE EXCELLENT RATES. Contact: AlexBetaneli or Alex Betaneli, WI ACADEMY OF CHESS, PO Box260143, Madison, WI 53726

INFORMATION: Alex Betaneli best way is email, - secondbest is ICC (Aristophones) phone is distant third 608-233-0923

Alex Betaneli: Camp Director
PO BOX 260143
Madison, WI 53726

7) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Full details at

Charles Powell: May 17
Stamer Memorial: June 6-8
William Addison: June 28

Scholastic Quads: May 31

West Coast National Events

Championship Qualifier A Heritage Event!
An American Classic Event!
June 13-15: 2003 National Open WGPP: 200Q Nevada 6SS, 40/2, SD/1 (scholastic and unrated sections 12-RDSS G/90). Riviera Hotel and Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. $53,000 Prize Fund is Fully Guaranteed and will not be reduced. Championship. $$G: $5000-2500- 1200-600-300-150-150-150-150-150, U2500 $1100, U2400 $1000, U2300 $900. The winner of the Championship section receives a replica of the Edmondson Cup. 5 points wins at least $500, 4-1/2 wins at least $200. Under 2200: $$G: $2500-1200-600-300-150-75-75-75-75-75, U2100 $900. Under 2000: $$G: $2500-1200-600-300-150-75-75-75-75-75, U1900 $900. Under 1800: $$G: $2500-1200-600-300-150-75-75-75-75-75, U1700 $900. Under 1600: $$G: $2500-1200-600-300-150-75-75-75-75-75, U1500 $900. Under 1400: $$G: $1500-700-350-200-100-50-50-50-50-50, U1300 $600. Under 1200: $$G: $1000-500-250-150-100-50-50-50-50-50, U1100 $400, U1000 $200. Unrated: Open to players with no published USCF (or convertible international) rating. $500-250-125-75-50. Unrated prizes are USCF Gift Certificates. Scholastic Under 1200: Open to players in grades K-12 rated under 1200. Trophies to top 10 and top 5 in each 100 point rating group. All Sections: 5 points in any section (10 in unrated) wins at least 10% of first prize. Plus score bonus ($$G 8000) in addition to any other prizes: every player who finishes with 3-1/2 points (6-1/2 in unrated or scholastic section) or better wins a $25 USCF gift certificate. Plus score certificates will be given on site only. EF: (except scholastic and unrated) $95 by 5/26, $125 by 6/11, $150 on site. $30 off advance entry fee only for Juniors under 20 or Seniors over 65. Scholastic EF: $49 by 5/26, $69 by 6/11, $85 on site. Unrated EF: $65 by 5/26, $80 by 6/11, $100 on site. This is an open tournament - you may play in any section at or above your rating level, unrated players may play only in Championship, Unrated or Scholastic section (if age eligible). CCA minimum ratings may be used if higher than USCF June Supplement. Reg: 6-8 pm. Thursday June 12, 9-10:30 a.m. Friday June 13. Rds: 12-7, 10-5, 10-5. Late schedule: rounds 1 and 2, G/60, at 7 and 9:30 Friday. Add $1 to EF for this option. Not available in scholastic and unrated sections. Half point byes available in any round, but 5th or 6th round 1/2 point byes must be requested before the start of round 2. Add 50 cents to advance EF for 1st round 1/2 point bye only. Chess sets and boards provided for tournament play only; not for skittles. Please bring chess clocks! Many free extras and surprises! Free parking. Free airport shuttle for players only. Blitz tournament Thursday evening, June 12th, 80% of EF returned as prizes. Chess Camp Thursday June 12th. Free raffle with great prizes. Free lectures by GM Ron Henley. Free analysis of your games. Come early for Grandmaster SIMULS Thursday at 3:30 p.m. New LOW room rates! HR: $69 single or double includes free tickets to one of three Mardi Gras Riviera Las Vegas Shows Wednesday or Thursday. 1-800-634-6753 or (702) 734-5110. DonŠt be shut out; make your reservations early and be sure to ask for the chess rates; the Riviera sells out most weekends. Cutoff for special hotel rate is May 26th. Special $69 rates after cutoff only if rooms available! Credit card or one night room deposit will be required to hold reservation, refundable if reservation canceled 72 hours in advance. For travel discounts check our website or contact Classic Travel at Email: or (630) 980-7900. Tournament Registration: U.S. Chess Federation, 3054 RTE 9W, New Windsor, NY 12553, Attention: National Open Entries. Credit card entries accepted 8am-9pm Eastern at 1-800-388-KING Info: Alan Losoff (847) 858-7778, evenings central time, Email:, or Web: W. FIDE.


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A USCF National Championship

A Heritage Event!

Tournament Format
A one-section tournament with class prizes.
12 Round Swiss System. Several Schedules Available!
Traditional Schedule: One round daily at 7:30 pm 8/43-8/8 & 8/10-8/15.
Matinee 1st half: One round daily at 11 am 8/3-8/8, then 7:30 pm 8/10-8/15. Merges with Traditional after Round 6; 8-day option: All games 40/2, SD/1. Rounds 8/8-8/11 at 11 am and 7:30 pm, 8/12-15 at 7:30 pm. 6-day option: Rounds 1-7 are G/60. Rounds 8/10 12:30-3-6-9, 8/11 10:30-1:30-4, 7:30, 8/12-8/15 7:30 pm. 8-day and 6-day both merge with others after Round 7. Busy person special: Play only rds 7-12 at 7:30 pm 8/10-15. Over 2399 starts with 4 pts, 2200-2399 3.5, Expert 3, Class A 2.5, Class B 2, Class C 1.5, Class D 1, Under 1200 0.5, Unrated 0.5. Time Control 40/2, SD/1 except 1st 7 rounds of 6-day schedule are G/60. The August rating list will be used. 1/2 point byes are available. Maximum 2 byes available rds. 1-10. Half-point byes available in round 1, and in any round if player would have been rated above opponent. Bye counts zero if player would have been rated below opponent. Round 2-9 byes must be requested at least 3 hours before round; round 10 byes must be requested before round 9 and are irrevocable. No byes last 2 rounds. Players may not receive more bye points during the first 6 rounds than the busy player score for their class.

$55,000 unconditionally guaranteed - second largest ever prize fund ever at a U.S. Open. Top places: $8000-4000-3000-2000-1500-1200-1000-800-600-400.
Qualifier for the 2004 U.S. Invitational Championship.
2449-2300: $2000-1000. 2299-2200: $2000-1000.
Expert: $2000-1000-600-500-300.
Class A: $2000-1000-600-500-300.
Class B: $2000-1000-600-500-300.
Class C: $2000-1000-500-400-300.
Class D: $1500-1000-500-400-300.
Class E: $1000-500-400.
Under 1000: $1000-400.
Unrated: $1000-400.
Unrateds are ineligible for Expert through Under 1000 prizes.
Elegant trophy for each class winner.
Biggest upset by non-prizewinner: $100.
Best games: $200-100-100 (one reserved for non-master).


If mailed by 7/26 or paid by phone, fax or online with credit card by 7/30.
$190 Traditional
$189 Matinee 1st half
$187 8-day
$186 6-day
$185 Busy Player
On site $220.
Registration closes 2 hours before 1st round in each schedule.
USCF Membership is required and must be current. You may pay USCF membership with your entry or on site. Regular Adult Memberhip, $49/year includes CHESS LIFE (12 issues) Senior Membership Age 65 & over, $36/year includes CHESS LIFE (12 issues) Youth Membership Age 19 and under, $25/year includes CHESS LIFE (12 issues) Scholastic Membership Age 14 and under, $19/year, includes CHESS LIFE (5 issues + Yearbook) Other membership categories available. Advance entries must include player's name and all fees to be accepted. Mail Entries to
U.S. Open Championship
U.S. Chess Federation
3054 RTE 9W
New Windsor, NY 12553.
Make Checks payable to USCF.
To enter by phone call (800) 388-KING.
Secure On Line Registration will be available soon.
All entries received will be posted here.
Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

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