Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #145

"If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out why he thinks he's worse off."

    Nigel Short

The 3rd William Addison G/45 will be held this Saturday starting at 10 am.

1) Nicolas Yap leads Tuesday Night Marathon
2) Americans in Budapest
3) International News
4) Here and There
5) MI and other Bay Area Chess Camps
6) Upcoming Events

1) Nicolas Yap leads Tuesday Night Marathon

San Francisco high school student Nicolas Yap is leading the Summer Tuesday Night Marathon with a perfect score after five rounds. The teenager has defeated NMs David Blohm and Russell Wong the past two rounds to give him a half point lead over another youngster, Alex Setzepfandt, and Anthony Rozenvasser. Three rounds remain for the 81-player field.

2) Americans in Budapest

American players turned in fine performances in the June First Saturday tournament. FM David Vigorito made a long overdue final IM norm by tying for first with 8-3 in the Category 2 (2292) IM norm section. David who lives in Las Vegas but has strong ties to Boston, needs only to raise his rating to 2400 FIDE to receive the title.

IM Jesse Kraai of Santa Fe, New Mexico, tied for third at 5.5 from 9 in the Category 7 (2404) GM section while Boston IM Joseph Fang finished with a respectable score of 4-5.

Berczes,D - Vigorito,D
Slav D17
FSIM June Budapest HUN (4), 10.06.2003
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Na6 7.f3 Nd7 8.Nxc4 e5 9.e4 exd4 10.exf5 dxc3 11.bxc3 Qf6 12.Qc2 0-0-0 13.Be2 Bc5 14.Rb1 Rhe8 15.Kf1 Qh4 16.g3 Qh3+ 17.Ke1 Qg2 18.Rf1 Nf6 19.Qb2 Nb4 0-1

3) International News

AS revealed in this column some two week's ago, the on-off-on again FIDE title match between Garry Kasparov and Ruslan Ponomariov now looks set for a change of venue from Buenos Aires in Argentina to Yalta in the Crimea region of the Ukraine.

It's now reported Ukrainian sources that both players have received official confirmation of the switch of venue from FIDE, and the match date now looks set to be in early September.

Yalta is famed for a world summit held there in the dying days of the Second World War between the "big three" of Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin, which endeavored to unify the world. Hopefully the new Yalta summit match may yet lead to unity in the chess world!

Worryingly, however, the proposed dates look likely to clash head-on with the annual Eurotel Trophy match in Prague - yet another Bessel Kok and Serge Grimaux extravaganza - which is believed to be a six-game "Battle of the Sexes" classical match between world number three Vishy Anand and top female player Judit Polgar.

Enghien-les-Bains standings: 1 E Bareev (Russia) 6/8; 2 M Adams (England) 5.5; 3 J Polgar (Hungary) 5; 4 B Gelfand (Israel) 4.5; 5-6 C Bauer, L Fressinet (both France) 4; 7-8 T Radjabov (Azerbaijan), J Lautier (France), 3; 9-10 V Akopian (Armenia), V Korchnoi (Switzerland) 2.5.

B Gelfand - J Polgar
Enghien-les-Bains, (7)
Sicilian Taimanov
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nc6 5 Nc3 Qc7 6 Be2 Nf6 7 0-0 a6 8 Be3 Bb4 9 Na4 Be7 10 Nxc6 bxc6 11 Nb6 Rb8 12 Nxc8 Qxc8 13 Bd4 0-0 14 e5 Nd5 15 c4 Nf4 16 g3 c5 17 Bc3 Ng6 18 h4 f6 19 f4 fxe5 20 h5 Nh8 21 Bxe5 Rb6 22 Bd3 Nf7 23 Qg4 Nxe5 24 fxe5 Qe8 25 b3 Rb8 26 Rxf8+ Bxf8 27 Rf1 Kh8 28 Kg2 d6 29 Qe4 Qxh5 30 exd6 Bxd6 31 Rh1 Qf5 32 Rxh7+ Kg8 33 Qe2 Qe5 34 Qg4 Rf8 35 Qg6 Rf5 36 Rh2 Kf8 37 Rh8+ Ke7 38 Bxf5 Qe2+ 39 Kh3 Qf1+ 40 Kh4 1-0

JOHN B HENDERSON in The Scotsman

4) Here and There

The Monterey Chess Center, which has been in operation since 1966, and it its present location on Alvarado Street since 1972, will be closing its doors at the end of this month. Open six days a week (closed Mondays), the Chess Center is the creation of Ted Yudacufski who has kept it running since day one. If you find yourself near Monterey the next few days check it out.

Can anyone provide information on the late Sandor Tresz (1912-1988) who was an MI member for many years?

SM David Pruess will be playing in an IM norm event in Montreal later this month before relocating to New York. Good luck David!

MI GM-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky and MI Chess Director John Donaldson will be playing in the World Open next week so there will be no lectures next Tuesday and Wednesday.

5) MI and other Bay Area Chess Camps

The MI is hosting a camp for intermediate players (July 14-18) this summer. All ages are welcome. For more information go to . The Berkeley Chess School ( is running a series of camps in the East Bay and San Francisco this summer while Know Chess ( is holding camps in the South Bay and the Peninsula.

6) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Full details at

William Addison: June 28
Charles Bagby: July 19
Vladimir Pafnutieff: August 23

2003 Chess Camp for Intermediate Players

West Coast Events

A Heritage Event!
July 4-6 or 5-6 43rd Annual Pacific Southwest Open
30 Grand Prix Points

6-SS, Crowne Plaza LAX, 5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. $$8,000 b/240, half of each prize Gtd. Choice of 2 schedules: 3-day schedule plays all rounds at 40/2, SD/1. 2-day schedule plays first 3 rds at G/1, others at 40/2, SD/1. 2 sections: Open, $$1400-700-400-300-200, U2200 $600-300-150, U2000 $600-300-150. Amateur, open to U1800/Unr, $$600-300-150, U1600 500-250-150, U1400 400-250, U1200 150, Unr. 150. Unr. may win Unrated prize only. All, EF $50 if rec'd by 7/2, $60 at site. SCCF memb. req'd of So. Californians ($12, jrs. U18 $7.50, includes Rank and File magazine). Reg. 9-10 am (3-day), 8:45-9:30 (2-day). Rds. 10:30-4:30, 10:30-4:30, 10-4:30 (2-day plays Rds 1,2,3 at 10, noon, 2, then merges). One or two 1/2-pt. byes with advance notice. HR: $79 (310) 642-7500, mention chess. Parking $5/day. Info: Randy Hough (626) 282-7412, Email: Ent: Santa Monica Bay CC, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754. FIDE.


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!

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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