Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #147

"I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position."

    Marcel Duchamp

1) Jaan Ehlvest wins 31st World Open on tiebreak
2) Philip Wang victorious in 2003 Sacramento Chess Championship
3) Andranik Maikozian wins Pacific Southwest Open
4) David Pruess dominates in Montreal
5) Nicolas Yap leads Summer Tuesday Night Marathon 
6) 4th MI Chess Camp starts next Monday
7) Upcoming Events

1) Jaan Ehlvest wins 31st World Open on tiebreak

The world's biggest open tournament ended in a multiple tie for first place this past Sunday, as ten titled players shared the spoils at the 31st World Open held at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Philadelphia. GMs Jaan Ehlvest (Estonia), Ilya Smirin, Alexander Onischuk (USA), Leonid Yudasin (Israel), Alexander Goldin (USA), Alex Shabalov (USA), Alex Wojtkiewicz (USA), Gennadi Zaitshik (USA), GM Babakuli Annakov (Turkmenistan) and IM Nazar Firman (Ukraine) all scored 7/9 from to take home $2,250. Jaan Ehlvest won the special playoff for the title of World Open Champion and an additional $500 by beating GM Smirin in a blitz playoff.

MI GM-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky was the top Bay Area scorer, sharing 11th place with 6.5. MI Chess Director John Donaldson had 5.5 while NM Shivkumar Shivaji finished on 5 and NM John Langreck of Sacramento had 4, including draws with GMs Zaichik and Kiriakov. MI Tuesday Night Marathon regular Arthur Dembling had 4.5 in the Under 1800.

With a total entry of 1462 spread over eight different tournaments, organizer Bill Goichberg came within just 144 of breaking the world-record set during the 1986 event. The World Open also acted as a main qualifying event for the 2004 US Championship, and the top two places on tiebreak ahead of five others who finished on 6/9 went to IM Yury Lapshun and FM Matthew Hoekstra. 19-year-old Irina Zenyuk of New York took the women's spot. A list of those who made norms had not yet been posted but it appears that Igor Tsyganov of Chicago made his first IM norm, scoring an undefeated 5-4 against a strong field.

M Ginsburg - L Yudasin
31st World Open, (7)
English Hedgehog
1 c4 c5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nc3 b6 4 e4 d6 5 d4 cxd4 6 Nxd4 Bb7 7 Bd3 Nbd7 8 0-0 e6 9 Qe2 Be7 10 b3 0-0 11 Bb2 a6 12 f4 Re8 13 Rad1 Qc7 14 Kh1 Bf8 15 Nf3 g6 16 Bb1 Rad8 17 Ng5 Bg7 18 e5 dxe5 19 fxe5 Nxe5 20 Rxd8 Rxd8 21 Nb5 axb5 22 Bxe5 Qe7 23 cxb5 h6 24 Nf3 Qc5 25 Qc4 Qxc4 26 bxc4 Rc8 27 Bd3 Nd7 28 Bd6 Nc5 29 Bxc5 Rxc5 30 Nd2 Rc8 31 Nb3 Rd8 32 Rd1 Bf8 33 Be2 Ra8 34 Rd2 Bb4 35 Rb2 Be4 36 Bf3 Rd8 37 Kg1 Bd3 38 c5 bxc5 39 b6 Bc3 40 Rf2 c4 41 Nc5 Bd4 42 Nxd3 Bxb6 43 Kf1 Bxf2 44 Nxf2 c3 45 Be4 Rd2 46 Ke1 f5 47 Bd3 Rxa2 48 Bc4 Rxf2 0-1

V Mikhaleviski - G Kafka
31st World Open, (1)
Slav Defence
1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 dxc4 5 a4 Bf5 6 Ne5 Nbd7 7 Nxc4 Qc7 8 g3 e5 9 dxe5 Nxe5 10 Bf4 Nfd7 11 Bg2 g5 12 Ne3 gxf4 13 Nxf5 fxg3 14 hxg3 0-0-0 15 Qc2 Nf6 16 a5 a6 17 Kf1 Nc4 18 Rh4 Ne5 19 Rf4 h5 20 Rh4 Ng6 21 Rc4 Qd7 22 Rd4 Qc7 23 Nb5 axb5 24 a6 Rxd4 25 Nxd4 bxa6 26 Qf5+ Kd8 27 Nxc6+ 1-0

There were many side events held during the World Open and GM Alex Wojtkiewicz won most of them. One of the few to escape his grasp was the Masters and Future Masters event that was won by IM Rashid Ziatdinov of Florida.

Final Standings: 1 IM R Ziatdinov (USA) 4/5; 2-3 GM J Ehlvest (Estonia), GM D Sadvakasov (Kazakhstan) 3.5; 4-5 GM A Wojtkiewicz (USA), M Fouts (USA) 3; 6-7 GM P Blatny (Czech Rep) , IM N Firman (Ukraine) 2.5; 8-9 G Geyler (USA), B Gershenov (USA) 1; 10 F Caruana (USA) 0.

2) Philip Wang victorous in 2003 Sacramento Chess Championship

NM Phillip Wang of Stanford won the 2003 Sacramento Class Championship held over the July 4-6 weekend, scoring 5 from 6 in the top section. His only loss was to second place finisher Nicolas Yap who had 4.5 points. Yap in turn lost only to Alex Setzepfandt who shared third place at 4-2 with NM Zoran Lazetich. A total of 88 players competed in the three section event. Crosstables are available at

3) Andranik Maikozian wins Pacific Southwest Open

IM Andranik Matikozian won the annual Pacofic Southwest Open held July 4-6 at the Crowne Plaza hotel at LAX with a score of 5.5 from 6. Tying for second at 5 in the 87 player open section were SM Levon Altounian, NM Eduardo Ortiz and Experts Takashi Kurosaki and Elliott Lum. MI juniors Matthew Ho and Monthy Peckham had 4 points. Ho had a particularly good event with wins over IM Tim Taylor and 2300 rated Rico Salimbagat. A total of 161 players competed in the two section event.

4) David Pruess dominates in Montreal

Recent Berkeley graduate David Pruess dominated in a Category 3 (2304 FIDE) event held in Montreal in late June and early July, scoring 8 1/2 from 9! This result easily fulfilled the requirements for David's first IM norm and he is gunning for number two in the Quebec Open which starts this coming Saturday. Good luck! David will be teaching a one week class from August 18-22 in Berkeley. Interested parties can contract him at

The crosstable for David's victory in Montreal can be found at

5) Nicolas Yap leads Summer Tuesday Night Marathon

Nicolas Yap defeated Anthony Rozenvasser in round seven of the Summer Tuesday Night Marathon to maintain his lead with 6.5 from 7 with a round to go.

6) MI and other Bay Area Chess Camps

The MI is hosting a camp for intermediate players starting next Monday and running though Friday (July 14-18). All ages are welcome. The instructors are GM Alex Yermolinsky, IM John Donaldson and MI Scolastic Director Anthony Corrales. For more information go to .

7) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Full details at

Charles Bagby: July 19
Vladimir Pafnutieff: August 23

2003 Chess Camp for Intermediate Players


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
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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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