An art appearing in the form of a game.
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 http://www.chessclub.org/1MasterX03.html. 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
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]
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 http://www.chesscafe.com/skittles/skittles.htm
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 (email@example.com) 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.
WISCONSIN CHESS ACADEMY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Alex Betaneli, WI ACADEMY OF CHESS, PO Box260143, Madison, WI 53726
INFORMATION: Alex Betaneli best way is email email@example.com, - secondbest is ICC (Aristophones) phone is distant third 608-233-0923
WI ACADEMY OF CHESS
7) Upcoming Events
Upcoming Tournaments at the MI
Full details at www.chessclub.org
Charles Powell: May 17
Scholastic Quads: May 31
West Coast National Events
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US OPEN AUGUST 3-15
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A USCF National Championship
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