"Man is a frivolous, a specious creature, and like a chess-player cares more for the process of attaining his goal than for the goal itself."
1) Thornally, Wong and Yap tie for first in MI Summer Tuesday Night Marathon 2) Qui and Young win MI San Francisco Scholastic Championships 3) Here and There 4) Upcoming Events
THE MI WILL BE HOSTING THE BAGBY MEMORIAL (G/45) THIS SATURDAY STARTING AT 10AM.
1) Thornally, Wong and Yap tie for first in MI Summer Tuesday Night Marathon
Experience triumphed over youth in the final round of the MI Summer Tuesday Night Marathon as veterans Frank Thornally and Russell Wong defeated teenagers Nicolas Yap and Alex Setzepfandt. Thornally and Wong caught up to Yap, sharing first with 6.5 from 8. Setzepfandt, who like Yap was among the leaders all the way, finished tied for fourth at 6 in the 81-player-event. The next Marathon, which will be 9 rounds, starts August 5.
2) Qui and Young win MI San Francisco Scholastic Championships
Ramon Qui won the top section of the MI San Francisco Scholastic Championship held July 12 with a score of 4.5 from 5. Tying for second at 4 were Joseph Aiken and Arnav Shah. Jeff Young took the Reserve section with 5 from 5. At total of 50 players competed in the event directed by Anthony Corrales.
3) Here and There
Congratulations to MI G/45 regular Jahangir Ahmed who tied for first in the Under 2000 at the World Open and to David Chock who went 6-0 in the reserve group at the Sacramento Championship over the July 4 Weekend.
The nation's second oldest continuously operating chess club, the Franklin Mercantile of Philadelphia, traces its origins back before 1886. It recently moved to an excellent address a short distance from Rittenhouse Square at 2012 Walnut Street. Former Bay Area player Maarifa Roho is one of the driving forces behind the club.
The Continental Championships for the Americas will be held in Argentina the second half of August. MI GM-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky is the defending Champion.
Among those scheduled to play in the US Open in Los Angeles are the 2002 and 2003 US Champions, Larry Christiansen and Alex Shabalov.
Chess.FM will be rebroadcasting its interview of noted book collector and data base guru Andy Ansel of Walnut Creek at 5pm ET today (July 16).Tune-in to the broadcast at http://www.chess.fm/
Outspoken veteran master James Schroeder, who has supported chess for prisoners for over 30 years, is offering his Confidential Chess Lessons ($5 for over 40 pages) and books for sale. Write to him at 3011 E. 15th Street, #15, Vancouver, WA 98661.
Grand Prix events are few and far between in Bakersfield but this weekend the Continental Chess Association will be hosting one. Details are given below under upcoming tournaments.
This weekend also marks the start of the 2003 Southern California State Championship. The 10-player round robin is headed by IMs Jack Peters, Cyrus Lakdawala, Melik Khachiyan and Andranik Matikozian plus SMs Levon Altounian and Armen Ambartsoumian. National Masters Andre Kretchetov, Michael Casella, Greg Small and Ilya Serpik round out the field.
4) Upcoming Events
Upcoming Tournaments at the MI
Full details at www.chessclub.org
Charles Bagby: July 19
July 18-20 or 19-20 GPP: 10 Southern California
Bakersfield Open. 5-SS, G/150 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60), Four Points Sheraton, 5101 California Ave, Bakersfield CA 93309 (Rt 99 to California Ave, then 1.5 miles west). Outdoor pool, fitness room, free parking, free airport shuttle, many restaurants within walking distance. $2500 GUARANTEED PRIZES. In 4 sections.
Open Section: $400-200-100, top Under 2200/Unr $200.
Unrated may not win over $160 in U2000, $120 in U1600 or $80 in U1200.
NOTE! Under 2200/Unr, Under 1800, and Under 1400 are class prizes, not sections. Players winning both a class prize and a section prize receive the larger of the two.
Entry fee: 3-day $63, 2-day $62 mailed by 7/10, all $59 online at chesstour.com by 7/16, $70 at site. All EF $40 less to unrated, $10 less to rated juniors under 18. Re-entry $40; not available in Open Section. No phone entries. No checks at site, credit cards OK. SCCF memb. ($12, jrs $7) req. for rated Southern CA residents.
3-day reg. ends 6:45 pm, rds. Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 12-6, Sun 9-2:30.
Hotel rates: $74-74, 661-325-9700, reserve by 7/4 or rate may increase.
Entries: Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. 845-496-9658. www.chesstour.com. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com July 17.
US OPEN AUGUST 3-15
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!
If mailed by 7/26 or paid by phone, fax or online with credit card by 7/30.
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