"The books say that it is not so serious to lose time in a closed position; I am lucky, since these comments have not harmed me too much."
1) Mezentsev wins 3rd Addison G/45 2) Pruess leads in Montreal 3) Summer Tuesday Night Marathon 4) 2002 Bled Olympiad gold medalist Sam Collins visiting Bay Area 5) 1939 California State Championship 6) MI and other Bay Area Chess Camps 7) Upcoming Events
Note this Newsletter is going out early as John Donaldson will be playing in the 5-day schedule at the World Open. Alex Yermolinsky is playing in the 7-day schedule so there will be no lectures this Tuesday and Wednesday.
1) Mezentsev wins 3rd William Addison G/45
SM Vladimir Mezentsev (2522) won the 3rd Annual William Addison G/45 held June 28 at the Mechanics' Institute. Mezentsev scored 4.5 from 5, drawing with up-and-coming Expert Nicolas Yap in round 3 and defeating NM Emmanuel Perez (2340) in the money game. Tying for second at 4-1 in the 47-player field were NMs Perez, Ron Cusi, Michael Pendergast, plus Expert John Glass and A-player George Sanguinetti. Anthony Corrales directed for the M.I.
2) Pruess leads in Montreal
Recent UC Berkeley grad David Pruess is off to a rocket start in a Category 3 (2304) round robin being held in Montreal. Pruess has 5 from 5 including wins over the top 3 rated players (number one seed IM Jean Hebert) and needs only 1 1/2 from 4 to make his first IM norm. Go David!
3) Summer Tuesday Night Marathon
The sixth round of the Summer Tuesday Night Marathon will be held this evening. Nicolas Yap leads with 5-0.
The following game was played in round eight of the last Tuesday Night Marathon.
Peter Grey - George Sanguinetti
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.0-0 Nf6 6.c4 Be7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Nc3 0-0 9.Bg5 cxd4 10.Nxd4 h6 11.Be3 Re8 12.Rc1 Bf8 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.Na4 Qa5?
This very plausible looking move is a serious mistake yet continues to be played today, two decades after San Francisco IM David Strauss first showed its failings. 14...Bd7 is necessary.
15.Rxc6 Bd7 16.Bd2! Qb5
16...Bb4 17.Rc5 Qxa4 18.Qxa4 Bxa4 19.Bxb4; 16...Qd8 17.Rc1 Bxa4 18.Qxa4 Rxe2 19.Qd1± Ribli-Barle, Portoroz-Ljubljana 1985
17.Rxf6 gxf6 18.Nc3 Qa6
18...Qxb2 19.Nxd5 Rac8 20.Bc3 Rxc3 21.Nxf6+ Kh8 22.Qxd7 Re7 23.Qf5 and White won shortly in Strauss-King, British Championship 1985.
19.Nxd5 Rac8 20.Bc3 Bg7 21.Qd4 Bb5 22.Qf4 Bxe2 23.Re1 Bh5 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.Nc7 Qe2 26.Nxe8 Qd1+ 27.Bf1 Be2 28.h4 Qxf1+ 29.Kh2 Bg4 30.Nxf6+ Bxf6 31.Qxg4+ Kf8 32.Bb4+ Be7 33.Bxe7+ Kxe7 34.Qb4+ Ke8 1-0
4) 2002 Bled Olympiad gold medalist Sam Collins visiting Bay Area
Irish FM Sam Collins, who was the top reserve player in the 2002 Bled Olympiad, is teaching at Berkeley Chess School Camps through July 15. He is available for private lessons and can be reached at email@example.com .
5) 1939 California State Championship
Rusty Miller of Chelan, Washington, recently unearthed two games from the 1939 California State Championship won by 19-year-old Philip Woliston.
Woliston,P - Koltanowski,G D90
(28) Woliston,P - Steiner,H E11
16.Ndxe4? Bf5; 16.Ncxe4? Bf5
16...cxd5 17.Rac1 Qg5 18.Kh2 Bd7 19.Qc7 Bc6 20.Nb3 Rac8 21.Qg3 Qd8
21...Qxg3+ 22.Kxg3 b6 23.Nd2 Bb5=
22.Rc3 Re6 23.Rfc1 Rg6 24.Qf4 b6 25.Nd2 Qd7 26.Nf1 Re8 27.Ng3 Rf6 28.Qh4 Rh6 29.Nh5 Ree6
9...Qf5 30.Rxc6 Rxh5 31.Rc8 Rxc8 32.Qxh5]
30.Qg5± Rhg6 31.Qf5 Qd6+ 32.Kg1 Qd8?
33.Nf4+- Ref6 34.Qe5 Rh6 35.Nh5 Re6?? 1-0
On the 31st move Steiner had a full 20 minutes but then thought so long that he only had 10 seconds for the remaining 9 moves.
6) 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 http://www.chessclub.org/Children.html . The Berkeley Chess School (http://www.berkeleychessschool.org/Pages/summer_camp/summercamp.htm) is running a series of camps in the East Bay and San Francisco this summer while Know Chess (http://www.knowchess.com/summer_camp.htm) is holding camps in the South Bay and the Peninsula.
7) Upcoming Events
Upcoming Tournaments at the MI
Full details at www.chessclub.org
Charles Bagby: July 19
2003 Chess Camp for Intermediate Players
West Coast Events
A Heritage Event!
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