Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #149

"As for me, I am unfortunate enough not to posses a happy temperament like Najdorf, who views every happening in a rosy light and avoids any possibility of self-criticism.

I am one of those unlucky skeptics who never overlook the dark side of even the happiest experience."

   Savielly Tartakower

1) Marinello, Hanke, and Schultz elected to USCF Policy Board
2) DeGuzman and Mezentsev tie for first in Charles Bagby Memorial
3) Sasikiran leads Politiken Cup
4) Altounian and Kretchetov lead Southern California Championship
5) Alexander Ivanov wins Bradley Open
6) Tejes and Landaw tie for first in Bakersfield Open
7) Upcoming Events

1) Marinello, Hanke, and Schultz elected to USCF Policy Board

Results for the 2003 USCF Policy Board election are now in. The top three join the board at the US Open in Los Angeles this August. This was the second time that a mail ballot was used and approximately 40,000 USCF members were eligible to vote. Critics of the new system will note that less than 5% of those eligible actually voted, while proponents will point to a marked increase in the number of voters and the fact that the percentage who did participate was typical for organizations the size of the US Chess Federation.

40,000 ballots mailed

1,822 returned = 4.555%

Beatriz Marinello 1,004 Elected
Tim Hanke 883 Elected
Don Schultz 864 Elected

Joe Wagner 704
Sam Sloan 653
Mikel Petersen 598

2) DeGuzman and Mezentsev tie for first in Charles Bagby Memorial

IM Ricardo DeGuzman and Vladimir Mezentsev tied for first in the Third Annual Charles Bagby Memorial held July 19 at the Mechanics' Institute. The two winners scored 4.5 from 5, DeGuzman drawing with NM Roger Poelhmann in round 4 and Mezentsev taking a first round bye. Tying for third in the 56-player event were NMs Haim Waisman and Michael Aigner, Experts Nicolas Yap, Dale Hammer, and Robert Chan, plus A Players Jahangir Ahmed, Jacob Lopez, and Daniel Schwartz. Anthony Corrales directed for the MI. The next MI Game/45, the Vladimir Pafnutieff Memorial, will be held August 23.

3) Sasikiran leads Politiken Cup

Indian GM Krishan Sasikiran leads the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen with 8 from 9 and two rounds to go. Tied for second a point back are GMs Beliavsky, Sakaev, Nielsen, Yusupov, Ward, and the Bay Area's Nick deFirmian. You can follow the event at .

4) Altounian and Kretchetov lead Southern California Championship

Levon Altounian and Alexander Kretchetov are tied for first with slightly over half of the 2003 Southern California Championship completed. The two leaders are both undefeated with 3.5 from 5. Right behind them is IM Andranik Matikozian with 3 from 4 and one postponed game. Other scores in the 10-player round robin are: 4.IM Khachian 3/5 5.IM Lakdawala 2.5/5 6. SM Ambartsoumian 2/4 7. NM Serpik 2/5 8-9 NMs Small and Casella 1.5/5 10. IM Peters 1/5

Games for this event can be found at

The following slugfest is up and down. Look for LA Times Chess Editor Jack Peters to bounce back next week.

Peters,J (2454) - Matikozyan,A (2430) [E70]
Southern California Ch. Costa Mesa (5), 20.07.2003
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.Bg5 d6 6.Qd2 c6 7.f3 a6 8.Bd3 b5 9.Nge2 Nbd7 10.Rd1 e5 11.d5 bxc4 12.Bxc4 Nb6 13.Bb3 c5 14.h4 Rb8 15.g4 a5 16.Rb1 Ba6 17.Ng3 Qc7 18.h5 Rb7 19.Nf5 gxf5 20.gxf5 Rfb8 21.Bh6 Qe7 22.Qg2 Ne8 23.f6 Qxf6 24.Bg5 Qxg5 25.Qxg5 h6 26.Qg2 a4 27.Bxa4 Nxa4 28.Nxa4 Bd3 29.Rd1 c4 30.Rd2 Kf8 31.Rg1 Bf6 32.Qg8+ Ke7 33.Qh7 Rb4 34.Nc3 Rxb2 35.Qxh6 Bh4+ 36.Kd1 Rb1+ 0-1

5) Alexander Ivanov wins Bradley Open

Alexander Ivanov won the Bradley Open held in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, July 18-20, scoring 4.5 from 5. His only draw was with fellow GM Ildar Ibragimov who shared second with NM Nelson Castaneda at 4/1. Total attendance for this multi-section Continental Association event was 173. Crosstables for the various sections can be found at .

6) Tejes and Landaw tie for first in Bakersfield Open

Several MI members drove down I-5 last weekend to play in a rare Grand Prix event in Bakersfield. Monty Peckham and Gary Huang tied for third in the 16-player top section with 3.5 from 5 just behind the winning score of 4 achieved by Benjamin Tejes and Maximilian Landaw. Interestingly enough only one player over 2200 played. Ricky Yu tied for third at 3.5 in the under 2000 group while Tom Allen achieved the same score and placing in the under 1600. This Continental Chess Association event attracted a respectable turnout of 64 players and one hopes that this will not be the last CCA event at this location. One would guess that any season but summer should draw much better. Crosstables for the various sections can be found at .

7) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Full details at

Mike Goodall Tuesday Night Marathon August 5 (runs 9 consecutive weeks)

Vladimir Pafnutieff: August 23

Bay Area Events

Cal Chess Labor Day Championships (San Francisco) August 30-September 1

Regional and National

Western States Open (Reno) October 17-19

Championship Qualifier
A Heritage Event!

Aug. 3-15, 8-15 or 10-15: 104th Annual U.S. Open WGPP: 200Q S. California 12SS, 40/2, SD/1 (6-day option, rds. 1-7 G/60), LAX Radisson, 6225 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. $$55,000 unconditionally guaranteed - second largest ever prize fund ever at a U.S. Open. A one-section tournament with class prizes. Beautiful Radisson has been completely renovated. $5 parking guaranteed, including overflow if necessary. See Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm and many other world famous attractions of the LA area; enjoy the most exciting U.S. Open ever. Former Women's World Champ, GM Susan Polgar will give lectures and simultaneous exhibitions. Side events, GM lectures, organizer workshops, USCF meetings, etc. Top places: $8000-4000-3000-2000-1500-1200-1000-800-600-400. Qualifier for 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). 5 schedule options (all merge and compete for same prizes). Traditional: One round daily at 7:30 pm 8/43-8/8 and 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. 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. Matinee 1st half merges with Traditional after Rd. 6; 8-day and 6-day both merge with others after Rd. 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. Entry fee, if mailed by 7/26 or phone/online with credit card by 7/30: Traditional $190, matinee 1st half $189, 8-day $187, 6-day $186, Busy player $185. Entry fee at site: all $220. Entries close 2 hours before first game of each schedule. Byes: 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. HR: $89 (lowest in last three years), 310-670-9000, reserve early. Foreign player ratings: 100 pts added to FIDE, 100 to FQE, 200+ to most foreign, no pts added to CFC. Highest of multiple ratings used. US player ratings: Aug. USCF rating supplement used (usually same as Sept Chess Life label). CCA rating used, if any. Daily side events, including Blitz Champ at 8 pm 8/9, others announced soon. Ent: U.S. Chess Federation, Attn: US Open Ents., 3054 NYS Rte 9W, New Windsor, NY 12553. Credit card entries: 800-388-KING or Web: FIDE.

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