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the face. It is the most absorbing of pastimes, the least satisfying of
desires...It annihilates a man.
Note this week's edition of the Newsletter is coming out early due to an upcoming road trip. The normal Wednesday delivery will resume on May 28.
1) Charles Powell Memorial 2) Shulman Lecture 3) Prague Agreement in trouble 4) Ulvestad in Northern California in 1948 5) Bay Area Juniors Shine 6) Upcoming Events
1) Charles Powell Memorial
IM Ricardo De Guzman defeated SM Vladimir Mezentsev in the last round of the 3rd Charles Powell Memorial to take top honors.. Finishing half a point behind De Guzman's 5-0 score was Burmese NM Win Aung Ye. Sharing third at 4-1 in the 44-player-field were Mezentsev, Monty Peckham and Yefim Bukh. Anthony Corrales directed the event which was held May 17 at the MI.
2) Shulman Lecture
Dallas GM Yury Shulman gave a lecture at the Mechanics' on May 14 and showed two of his games that bring back memories of the classic attacks of the past. Check out 20.Qxf5+!! in the game with IM Ginsburg.
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3 g5 5.h4 g4 6.Ng5 h6 7.Nxf7 Kxf7 8.Bc4+ d5 9.Bxd5+ Kg7 10.d4 Nf6 11.Bxf4 Bb4 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.0-0 Rf8 14.Qd2 Ng8 15.Be5+ Kh7 16.Rxf8 Qxf8 17.Rf1 Qe7 18.Qf4 Be6 19.Nd5 Bd2 20.Qxd2 cxd5 21.Qf4 c6 22.exd5 cxd5 23.c4 Qd7 24.h5 Ne7 25.Qf6 Rg8 26.Qf7+ 1-0
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3 Nbd7 8.0-0 Qe7 9.Qc2 c6 10.Rfe1 Ng4 11.Bg5 f6 12.Bh4 h5 13.h3 Nh6 14.Rad1 Nf7 15.Bg3 Kh7 16.Nh4 Bh6 17.f4 exf4 18.e5 f5 19.Nxg6 Kxg6 20.Qxf5+ Kg7 21.Bd3 Rh8 22.Qg6+ Kf8 23.e6 Rg8 24.Bh4 Rxg6 25.Bxe7+ Kxe7 26.exd7+ Re6 27.dxc8Q 1-0
3) Prague Agreement in trouble
John Henderson reports in The Scotsman that there seems no end in sight to the divided chess throne.
Last week marked the first anniversary of the so-called 'Prague Agreement', a Unity Plan devised by America's Yasser Seirawan that promised much to end the bitter schism that divided the chess world with two rival world titles, yet so far has failed to deliver.
Last year in Prague, both warring parties faced up to the reality outlined in Seirawan's plan that unification was the only way forward for the good of the game, and a timetable to accommodate this with a winner-takes-all showdown between the two champions scheduled for November being agreed to. Unfortunately, the peace process looks (for now) to have been derailed as both the FIDE world title match in Argentina between Kasparov and Ponamariov, and the Einstein world title match (as yet to be announced) between Kramnik and Leko, has been beset by problems.
In reality, one of the biggest problems is that there doesn't seem to be anyone coordinating both camps with the same vigour and enthusiasm as there was in bringing the rival groups to the negotiating table in the first place. Last year in Prague, despite all his valiant efforts to reunite the chess world, Seirawan had to sit back in despair at seeing the fruits of his many months of diplomacy and tender negotiations being 'hijacked' by others.
4) Ulvestad in Northern California in 1948
The Seattle master Olaf Ulvestad, who had a sister living in Palo Alto, was a frequent visitor to the Bay Area in the late 1940s. Andy Ansel has unearthed two of his games from the California Chess News and News of the Pacific Coast, a short-lived predecessor of the California Chess Reporter.
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nbd2 g6 4. c4 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Qb3 c5 7. dxc5 Na6 8.cxd5 Nxc5 9. Qa3 Qxd5 10. Bc4 Qh5 11. Nd4 Nfe4 12. Nxe4 Nxe4 13. Qxe7 Qa5+ 14.b4 Qb6 15. O-O Nd6 16. Bb3 Nf5 17. Nxf5 Bxf5 18. Ba3 Bf6 19. Qc5 Qxc5 20.bxc5 Bxa1 21. Rxa1 Rfd8 22. Bb2 Rd2 23. Bc3 Rd7 24. Ba5 Be4 25. f3 Bc6 26. Kf2 Re8 27. e4 Rd3 28. Bc4 Ra3 29. Be1 Rd8 30. Rc1 Ra4 31. Ke3 Be8 32. Bb3 Rad4 33.Ba5 Rd3+ 34. Kf4 R8d4 35. Bc3 Rd8 36. Bc4 Rd1 37. Rc2 Ba4 38. Rb2 Bc6 39. Ba5 R8d7 40. Bb3 Rc1 41. Bb4 Kg7 42. g4 f6 43. g5 fxg5+ 44. Kxg5 Rd3 45. Rf2 Rg1+ 46.Kf4 Kf6 47. e5+ Ke7 48. Ba3 g5+ 49. Kf5 Rd4 50. Bc1 Rxc1 51. Kxg5 Rg1+ 0-1
Informal game @ 40 moves per hour. Source: California Chess News and News of the Pacific Coast, Vol 1, No 10.
H.J. "Bip" Ralston was a major figure in California chess half a century ago, being one of the driving forces behind the California Chess Reporter.
Andy A. writes; "Here is another game--it is undated as it was sent in by the loser (with his notes) and is featured as the Game of the Month (thus I am assuming 1948)--also it may be a simul (not noted)".
Ulvestad - Daugherty
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 cxd4 5. Qa4+ Bd7 6. Qxd4 exd5 7. Qxd5 Nc6 8. Bg5 Nf6 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Nf3 O-O-O 11. e3 Bb4 12. Rc1 Kb8 13. Be2 Bh3 14.Qxd8+ Rxd8 15. gxh3 Ne5 16. Nxe5 Qxe5 17. h4 Qd5 18. O-O Qe5 19. Rfd1 Bd6 20.Bf3 Qxh2+ 21. Kf1 Qxh4 22. Rd4 Qf6 23. Bg2 Rc8 24. Rcd1 Bc7 25. Rd7 Rd8 26. Rxd8+ Bxd8 27. Rd7 Bc7 28. Nd5 Qa6+ 29. Kg1 Ba5 30. Rxf7 Qd6 31. Rxg7 a6 32.Rxh7 Bd8 33. b4 Qe5 34. a4 Qa1+ 35. Kh2 Qe5+ 36. f4 Qf5 37. Rxb7+ Kc8 38.Bh3 Qxh3+ 39. Kxh3 Kxb7 40. b5 1-0
Source: California Chess News and News of the Pacific Coast, Vol 1, No 5.
5) Bay Area Juniors Shine
Bay Area Juniors shined in the National Elementary Championships held May 11-13 in Nashville. Satchel Genobaga scored 4 out of 7 in the K-1, Aviv Adler was 19th in the K-6 and MI Wednesday afternoon regular Hugo Kitano was 16th in the K-3 Open with 5 1/2 from 7, losing only to the eventual section winner.
6) Upcoming Events
Upcoming Tournaments at the MI
Full details at www.chessclub.org
Stamer Memorial: June 6-8
Scholastic Quads: May 31
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Newsletter reader NM Alex Betanelli of Madison reports that he will be holding a camp this summer.
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