Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #153

What distinguishes a Grandmaster from a Master? ...You can pick out two essential qualities in which those with higher titles are superior to others: the ability to sense the critical moment in a game, and a finer understanding of various positional problems.

   Artur Yusupov

The 4th annual Vladimir Pafnutieff Memorial, a 5 round G/45 event, will be held this Saturday at the MI.

1) Shabalov wins US Open
2) Anand defeats Polgar
3) Goodall Tuesday Night Marathon
4) Here and There
5) Lubosh Kavalek turns 60
6) Upcoming Events

1) Shabalov wins US Open

US Champion Alex Shabalov won the U.S. Open, held August 3-15 at the Radisson Hotel in Los Angeles, by defeating fellow GM Artashes Minasian in a tough last round battle. Shaba's score of 10-2 netted him $8,000 and continues his reign of dominance in big money American Swisses. Tying for second at 9 1/2, good for $2340 each, were GMs Leonid Yudasin, Sarunas Sulkis, Alex Wojtkiewicz, Gregory Kaidanov and IM Ricardo DeGuzman. Kaidanov was the leader throughout the event, but fell behind in the last round when he elected to take a half point bye. This option, which had to be made before the start of the event, was available to all players who were participating in the Continental Championship in Buenos Aires which started immediately after the US Open. Local hero Ricardo DeGuzman was near the top from the start. His score, which was just a half point short of a GM norm, included draws with GMs Alex Stripunsky and Leonid Yudasin as well as a last round victory over former Candidate Jaan Ehlvest.

The Bay Area contributed approximately 10 percent of the participants in the 458-player Open. Other top scores after DeGuzman were: 8 1/2 points - IM Donaldson, NM Ilfeld, SM Mezentsev, FM Wang and FM Zilberstein; 8 points GM Browne, Experts Haun and Peckham; 7 1/2 points FM Pruess, NM Shivaji and Experts Setzepfandt and Yap; 7 points NM Aigner, Expert Ho, and E. Perepletsky.

MI Chess Director John Donaldson recovered from a bad start and was tied for second with two rounds to go but lost the money game to GM Sulskis of Lithuania. FM David Pruess of Berkeley started very well beating GM Handoko and IM Ganbold but lost a heartbreaker when he pushed too hard in a drawn ending with GM Ibragimov. NM Michael Aigner and Expert Monty Peckham both collected GM scalps, Blatny and Handoko respectively. Peckham, Dmitry Zilberstein, and Philip Wang all took home prize money.

With the U.S. Open being one of the selected major tournaments on the U.S. circuit chosen by the America's Foundation for Chess to act as a qualifier to the 2004 U.S. Championships, two spots were up for grabs. And in a fiercely fought contest, they went to former champion GM Larry Christiansen (9-3), and WGM Rusa Goletiani (8.5-3.5). The latter was in a last round dogfight with Vanessa West and was fortunate to avoid being checkmated. West, a fourteen-year-old high school student from Los Angeles, impressed as she made a plus score against Masters in the open. No doubt, we will be hearing more from her and several other juniors who shined including Tatev Abrahamian, and Marc Arnold.

When one thinks of Los Angeles chess, one of the first names that comes to mind is Life Master Jerry Hanken who has been a fixture in the Southland for more than four decades. Hanken was the man who made it possible for the US Open to return to Los Angeles and who also insisted that it be a traditional 12-rounder. He personally guaranteed the success of the event serving as the guarantor in case the tournament incurred a loss. Though the tournament broke even financially and his streak of plus scores in the US Opens continued, I don't think Jerry was entirely happy with the turnout. Just a little more than a decade before the US Open in 1991 had attracted several hundred players more. Of course the best attended US Open ever was the record setter in Pasadena in 1983 which had almost double the number of this year's event.

Attendance at this year's US Open was in the range that the event has been attracting for the last decade or so, despite the fact that the prize fund was one of the highest ever for this annual tournament. Southern California boasts one of the largest concentrations of USCF members, especially adults, in the nation. So why the low turn out? One could point to a strong causality between the location next to LAX and the fact that the event was two weeks long. This is certainly true, but the 1991 US Open was held just down the street. Of course, that event was only nine rounds, but this year's event offered many different playing schedules that didn't require players to spend any more time than six or eight days, if they wished.

While playing in the Open this year, I had a chance to chat with Larry Christiansen, last year's US Champion. Larry was happy to be playing in the 2003 Open but couldn't help remembering back to the days when tournaments in LA were held in Santa Monica in a hotel on the beach. He fondly remembered US Opens in Aspen and Ventura. It certainly is true that few people would plan a vacation and stay next to LAX. The flip side, of course, are the cheap hotel rates that such locations offer. The Radisson offered a rate of around $89 a night. I would guess a third of the people from out of town used Priceline or the equivalent and paid no more than $40 a night to stay at the official site or neighboring hotels.

It's possible to theorize that American society goes faster and faster each decade and that today people don't want to or can't commit to two weeks of vacation time. Certainly there is some truth to this, but when you look at tournaments like the World Open, the National Open, and the Western States Open that have all been drawing consistently well for more than two decades, it does suggest that this theory isn't so clear cut. I'm not really sure what the answer is but you would want to spend your vacation time in Florida or Arizona in August of 2004 and 2005 if there wasn't a US Open?

I can't help but mention that while conditions for the 2003 US Open were quite good for almost all of the event, the last round was abysmal. First a public disclaimer: I lost in the last round! That said, being forced to move into a space a third of the size of the regular playing venue for the most important game of the tournament was not a pleasant surprise. As might have been expected, the spectators finally surfaced for the last round and created a formidable barrier between the top boards and the water and restrooms. Those who deigned to run the gauntlet in the hot playing hall risked losing five to ten minutes on their clock for each excursion. I would imagine that when the tournament bid was being discussed with the Radisson, the hotel staff mentioned there would be a problem on the final day as the regular playing space had already been committed to a different group. No matter what the case, one was left with the feeling that in the Radisson's eyes chess players were second class citizens.

A selection of games with an emphasis on Bay Area players follows.

A Minasian - A Shabalov
U.S. Open, (12)
Sicilian Rossolimo
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 e6 4 b3 Nge7 5 Bb2 a6 6 Bxc6 Nxc6 7 0-0 b6 8 c4 Bb7 9 Qe2 Qc7 10 d4 cxd4 11 Nxd4 Bc5 12 Nxc6 Qxc6 13 Nd2 0-0 14 Qg4 f6 15 a3 a5 16 Rfe1 Rf7 17 Nf3 b5 18 Rad1 bxc4 19 bxc4 Ba6 20 Qg3 Rc8 21 e5 f5 22 Ng5 Rff8 23 Rd6 Qb7 24 Bd4 h6 25 Bxc5 Rxc5 26 Nh3 Bxc4 27 Nf4 Rxe5 28 Red1 Rf7 29 h3 Qb3 30 Qg6 Qb8 31 R6d2 Rb5 32 Nh5 Rd5 33 Rxd5 Bxd5 34 Rc1 Bc6 35 f4 Qb2 36 Re1 Qxa3 37 Rb1 Qd6 38 Qg3 Qc5+ 39 Kh2 Kh7 40 Rb8 a4 41 Qe1 Qc2 42 Qg3 Qe2 0-1

(1) Handoko,E (2429) - Pruess,D (2331) [B10]
US Open Los Angeles USA (4), 06.08.2003
1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.cxd5 Nf6 5.Qa4+ Nbd7 6.Nc3 g6 7.g3 Bg7 8.Bg2 0 - 0 9.Nge2 Nb6 10.Qb5 Bf5 11.d4 Rc8 12.Nf4 g5 13.d6 e5 14.Nfe2 Nfd7 15.0 - 0 a6 16.Qa5 Bc2 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.Qxd5 Nb6 19.Qxb7 exd4 20.Bh3 Rc5 21.d7 Nc4 22.Qa7 Rc7 23.Qxa6 Bd3 24.Nxd4 Bxd4 25.Rd1 Nxb2 26.Qd6 Bc5 27.Rxd3 Bxd6 28.Rxd6 Nc4 29.Rd5 h6 30.a4 f5 31.Bf1 Nb6 32.Rd6 Rf6 33.Rxf6 Qxf6 34.Bb2 Qd8 35.a5 Nxd7 36.a6 Nb6 37.a7 Na8 38.Be5 Rd7 39.Rb1 Rxa7 40.Rb8 Qxb8 41.Bxb8 Ra5 42.Bd6 Kh7 43.Bb4 Ra4 44.Bc5 Kg6 45.h3 Nc7 46.Bd3 Ne6 47.Be3 Kf6 48.Bd2 Ra3 49.Bc4 Ke5 50.Kg2 Nd4 51.f4+ Kf6 52.fxg5+ hxg5 53.Kf2 f4 54.gxf4 gxf4 55.Kg2 Rg3+ 56.Kf2 Rxh3 57.Ba5 Rh2+ 58.Kg1 Nf3+ 59.Kf1 Kf5 60.Be2 Kg4 61.Be1 Rxe2 1 - 0

(2) Pruess,D (2331) - Ganbold,O (2417) [A26]
US Open Los Angeles USA (7), 11.08.2003
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.e3 Be6 7.Nge2 Qd7 8.Nd5 Rb8 9.0 - 0 Nce7 10.d4 c6 11.Nxe7 Nxe7 12.d5 cxd5 13.cxd5 Bh3 14.Bxh3 Qxh3 15.Qa4+ Qd7 16.Qxa7 0 - 0 17.e4 f5 18.Bg5 fxe4 19.Bxe7 Qxe7 20.Qe3 Qf7 21.Nc3 Rbc8 22.Nxe4 Qxd5 23.Rfd1 Qe6 24.Rxd6 Qc4 25.b3 Qc2 26.Rd2 Qc7 27.Rad1 Rcd8 28.Rxd8 Rxd8 29.Rxd8+ Qxd8 30.Qc5 h6 31.Qd6 Qe8 32.Qd5+ Kh8 33.Qxb7 Qd8 34.h4 1 - 0

(3) Aigner,M (2158) - Blatny,P (2503) [B15]
US Open Los Angeles USA (9), 12.08.2003
1.e4 g6 2.d4 c6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 Bg4 6.exd5 cxd5 7.Ne5 Bxe2 8.Qxe2 a6 9.0 - 0 Nd7 10.Nxd7 Qxd7 11.Rd1 Rc8 12.Bf4 e6 13.Be5 f6 14.Bg3 Kf7 15.Re1 Ne7 16.Na4 Rc6 17.Nc5 Qc8 18.c3 h5 19.f3 g5 20.a4 h4 21.Bf2 Ng6 22.Nd3 Bf8 23.Qd2 Bd6 24.Be3 Qb8 25.h3 Ne7 26.Nf2 Bh2+ 27.Kf1 Nf5 28.Ng4 Bg3 29.Re2 Qc7 30.Kg1 Rc8 31.Qd3 Kg7 32.Bd2 Qb6 33.Rf1 Qc7 34.f4 gxf4 35.Rxe6 Rxe6 36.Qxf5 Rce8 37.Bxf4 Bxf4 38.Rxf4 Qd6 39.Ne5 Rxe5 40.dxe5 Rxe5 41.Rg4+ Kf7 42.Qh7+ Ke6 43.Qxh4 Qb6+ 44.Kh2 Qxb2 45.Rb4 Qxc3 46.Rb6+ Kd7 47.Qh7+ Kd8 48.Rxb7 1 - 0

(4) Zilberstein,D (2357) - Rowley,R (2291) [E59]
US Open Los Angeles USA (12), 15.08.2003
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0 - 0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.0 - 0 Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Qc7 11.Bb2 b6 12.Bd3 e5 13.Qc2 h6 14.e4 Bg4 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Qxe5 17.c4 Qe7 18.e5 Ne8 19.f4 Bd7 20.Rae1 Bc6 21.Qf2 Rd8 22.Re3 Qd7 23.Qg3 f5 24.Qg6 Ba8 25.e6 Qe7 26.Rh3 Rf6 27.Bxf6 Qxf6 28.Qxf6 Nxf6 29.Bxf5 Rd2 30.Rg3 Nh5 31.e7 Kf7 32.Bg6+ 1 - 0

(5) Browne,W (2480) - Akopyan,H (2266) [E17]
US Open Los Angeles USA (11), 14.08.2003
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nc3 Ne4 7.Bd2 Na6 8.d5 Nd6 9.b3 f5 10.0 - 0 Bf6 11.Rc1 0 - 0 12.Bf4 Nf7 13.e4 Bxc3 14.Rxc3 fxe4 15.dxe6 dxe6 16.Nd2 Qf6 17.Qa1 Qg6 18.Qb1 e5 19.Be3 Nd6 20.c5 Nb5 21.Rcc1 Nd4 22.Bxd4 exd4 23.c6 Bc8 24.Bxe4 Qh5 25.b4 Be6 26.Bd3 Nb8 27.a4 Kh8 28.b5 a6 29.Qb4 Qf7 30.Ne4 h6 31.f4 axb5 32.axb5 Ra2 33.Ra1 Rd8 34.Rxa2 Bxa2 35.Re1 Qd5 36.Qe7 Qg8 37.Nf6 Qf8 38.Qxf8+ Rxf8 39.Re8 Rxe8 40.Nxe8 Bd5 41.Nxc7 Bxc6 42.bxc6 Nxc6 43.Nd5 g6 44.Kf2 Kg7 45.Kf3 1 - 0

(6) Peckham,M (2170) - Handoko,E (2429) [C63]
US Open Los Angeles USA (5), 07.08.2003
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Qe2 d6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.d4 fxe4 8.Nxe4 0 - 0 9.dxe5 Nxe4 10.Qxe4 d5 11.Qa4 Rxf3 12.gxf3 Nxe5 13.Be2 Bf6 14.Be3 b5 15.Qxb5 c6 16.Qa4 Rb8 17.Rb1 a5 18.Bd2 Qe8 19.Kd1 Bd7 20.Rg1 Qh5 21.Qf4 Rf8 22.Qg3 Qf7 23.Bxa5 d4 24.f4 d3 25.Bxd3 Nxd3 26.Qxd3 Be6 27.Kc1 Bc4 28.Qg3 Re8 29.b3 Bd5 30.Bc3 Re7 31.Kb2 g6 32.Rbc1 Rd7 33.Qe3 Bxc3+ 34.Kxc3 1 - 0

2) Anand defeats Polgar

Viswanathan Anand defeated Judit Polgar 5-3 in an exciting rapid chess match in which all games were decisive.

J Polgar - V Anand
Mainz Classic, (8)
Ruy Lopez
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 0-0 8 h3 Bb7 9 d3 d6 10 a3 Na5 11 Ba2 c5 12 Nbd2 Bc8 13 Nf1 Be6 14 Bb1 Nd7 15 Ne3 Nb6 16 Nf5 Bf6 17 Be3 Na4 18 g4 g6 19 Nh6+ Kh8 20 Qc1 Bg7 21 Ba2 Rc8 22 Bg5 Qd7 23 Bd5 Nc6 24 c3 Nb6 25 Bxc6 Qxc6 26 Kh2 f6 27 Be3 d5 28 b4 Na4 29 Bd2 c4 30 dxc4 dxe4 31 cxb5 axb5 32 Nh4 Nb6 33 a4 bxa4 34 b5 Qxb5 35 Rb1 Qc6 36 Rg1 Nc4 37 N6f5 Nxd2 38 Nxg7 Kxg7 39 Qxd2 Rfd8 40 Qe2 Bb3 41 Rg3 Qc4 42 Qe3 Rd3 43 Qb6 Rxg3 44 Kxg3 Qxc3+ 45 Kh2 Qc5 46 Qb7+ Rc7 47 Qxe4 Bc2 0-1

J Polgar - V Anand
Mainz Classic, (5)
Sicilian Scheveningen
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Be3 e6 7 f3 b5 8 g4 Nfd7 9 Qd2 Nb6 10 0-0-0 N8d7 11 Bd3 Bb7 12 Kb1 Rc8 13 Bg5 Qc7 14 Rhe1 Ne5 15 f4 Nec4 16 Qc1 h6 17 Nd5 Qc5 18 Nb3 Qf2 19 Rf1 Qg2 20 Nxb6 Nxb6 21 Qe3 Nc4 22 Qa7 Bxe4 23 Qxa6 Rb8 24 Rg1 hxg5 25 Rxg2 Bxg2 26 Bxc4 bxc4 27 Qa4+ 1-0

3) Goodall Tuesday Night Marathon

Egle Morkunaite, Larry Snyder, David Karapetian and Guy Argo lead the 77-player MI Mike Goodall Tuesday Night Marathon with scores of 3-0. It is still possible to enter the 9 round event with half point byes for each of the first three rounds. The event is named for long time Bay Area organizer Mike Goodall who began his directing career in the 1960s and is still going strong.

4) Here and There

Irish FM Sam Collins, who taught at the Berkeley Chess School this summer, made his first IM norm at the Lancashire Chess Festival held August 4-9. Final standings: 1-3 GM N Davies (England), GM A Kunte (India), IM J Shaw (Scotland) 6/9; 4-6 FM S Haslinger (England), FM S Collins (Ireland), IM A Hunt (England) 5; 7-8 IM R Palliser (England), IM D Gormally (England) 3.5; 9 GM C McNab (Scotland) 3; 10 FM C Hanley (England) 1.5.

X3D Technologies have now announced a new $1m challenge: the ultimate "Man vs Machine" showdown, as Kasparov goes head to hard drive with X3D Fritz - except this time its in total virtual reality, with the chessboard floating in the air between man and computer. The four-game classical match - officially sanctioned by the International Computer Games Association and the United States Chess Federation as the First Official World Chess Championship in total virtual reality - will take place 11-18 November in the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

This year the traditional German GM tournament in Lippstadt was won by one of Fritz's stable mates from the Hamburg chess software specialists ChessBase, Brutus.

O Romanishin - Brutus
Lippstadt, (1)
Catalan Opening
1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 e6 5 g3 Nbd7 6 Qd3 Be7 7 Bg2 0-0 8 0-0 b6 9 Rd1 Ba6 10 b3 Rc8 11 e4 c5 12 exd5 exd5 13 Bb2 Re8 14 Rac1 dxc4 15 bxc4 cxd4 16 Nb5 Bxb5 17 cxb5 Rxc1 18 Rxc1 Bc5 19 Nxd4 Ne5 20 Qd1 Qd6 21 Nb3 Bxf2+ 22 Kxf2 Nfg4+ 23 Kg1 Qh6 24 Rc3 Qxh2+ 25 Kf1 h5 26 Qd4 h4 27 gxh4 Qxh4 28 Rh3 Nh2+ 29 Kg1 Nhf3+ 30 Bxf3 Qxh3 31 Nd2 Qxf3 0-1

FM Bruce Harper of Vancouver, British Columbia, is planning on holding a ten-round tournament next summer, July 9-18, 2004. For information on the proposed event and some interesting poll questions, see

Armenian GM Artashes Minasian has bounced back from his last round loss in the US Open and leads the Los Angeles International with a 2-0 score. Results for the 10 player GM norm round robin can be found at

5) Lubosh Kavalek turns 60

Congratulations to GM Lubosh Kavalek who recently celebrated his 60th birthday. Kavalek, who was one of the top rated players in the world during the 1970s, was a true renaissance chess figure who enjoyed considerable success as a second (World Junior Champion Mark Diesen and Nigel Short), organizer (Montreal 1979 and the GMA World Cup) and author. I still remember NM Dennis Fritzinger telling me that while Bronstein's Zurich 1953 was always praised to the high heavens he personally preferred Kavalek's book on Wijk aan Zee 1975. Dennis is right, Wijk aan Zee 1975 is a great book.

Here are two games that will live as long as chess is played.

Gufeld,E - Kavalek,L [C64]
WchT U26 Marianske Lazne, 1962

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 4.c3 f5 5.d4 fxe4 6.Ng5 Bb6 7.d5 e3 8.Ne4 Qh4 9.Qf3 Nf6 10.Nxf6+ gxf6 11.dxc6 exf2+ 12.Kd1 dxc6 13.Be2 Be6 14.Qh5+ Qxh5 15.Bxh5+ Ke7 16.b3 Bd5 17.Ba3+ Ke6 18.Bg4+ f5 19.Bh3 Rhg8 20.Nd2 Bxg2 21.Bxg2 Rxg2 22.Rf1 Rd8 23.Ke2 Rxd2+ 24.Kxd2 e4 25.Bf8 f4 26.b4 Rg5 27.Bc5 Rxc5 28.bxc5 Bxc5 29.Rab1 f3 30.Rb4 Kf5 31.Rd4 Bxd4 32.cxd4 Kf4 0-1

Portisch,L (2635) - Kavalek,L (2555) [E80]
Hoogovens Wijk aan Zee (11), 1975
(notes from the tournament bulletin)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 c6 6.Be3 a6 7.Bd3 b5 8.e5 Nfd7 9.f4 0-0 10.Nf3 Nb6 11.b3 N8d7 12.a4! bxc4 13.bxc4 c5?!

[13...a5 14.c5]

14.a5 cxd4 15.Nxd4 [15.Bxd4 dxe5 16.fxe5 Nxe5 17.Bxe5

(17.Bxb6? Nxd3+) ] 15...dxe5 16.Nc6 Qe8 17.axb6 exf4! 18.Nd5

[18.Bd4 e5=]

18...fxe3 19.Nc7 Bc3+! 20.Kf1 Bb7 21.Nxe8 Bxc6 22.Nc7 Rad8 23.Rc1 Bd2 24.Nd5 Bxd5 25.cxd5 Nxb6! 26.Rc5 Nxd5 27.g3 Rd6

[27...Nf4 28.gxf4 Rxd3] 28.Kg2?! [28.Qb3 Rfd8 29.Ke2]

28...Rfd8 29.Rxd5 Rxd5 30.Bc4 Rf5 31.Qb3

[31.Bf1 Ba5]

31...Rf2+ 32.Kh3 Rd6 33.Qb8+ Kg7 34.Qa7 g5 35.Qxe7 g4+ 36.Kxg4 Rg6+ 37.Kh3 Rh6+ 38.Kg4 Rg6+ 1/2 - 1/2

6) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Full details at

Vladimir Pafnutieff: August 23

Bay Area Events

Aug. 30-Sept. 1 CalChess Labor Day Championships GPP: 15 California 6SS, 30/90, SD/1 (2-day option rds 1-3 G/60); Golden Geteway Holiday Inn. Van Ness at Pine, San Francisco. $$ b/130 paid adult, 20 paid junior entries. Seven Sections: Master $700-$350-$200; U2400, $300; Expert $400-$200-$100. "A" $350-$175-$100. "B" $350-$175-$100. "C" $350-175-100. "D/E" $350-$175-$100; U1200 $225. Unr: Trophy First. Trophy to top finisher (State Champion) in each section. All, EF: postmarked by 8/25 $65 (Jrs. $55) 3-day schedule, $64 (Jrs $54) 2-day schedule. $75 at site (Jrs. $65). Unrateds $40 in the D/E section or may play up to the Master section for the regular fee. $5 discount to CalChess members. USCF memb. req'd. May play up one section for add'l $10 (Jrs $5). GM/IM free entry. Reg: Sat 8/30 8-9:30am, Sun 8/31 8-9am. RDS: Choice of schedules- 3-day, 2-day merge at round 4, all compete for the same prizes. 3-day schedule Sat 10:00-4:00; Sun 11:00-4:30; Mon 10:00-3:30. 2-day schedule Sun 9:30-11:45-2:00-4:30 Mon 10:00-3:30. 1/2 pt bye(s) any round(s) if requested in advance (byes rds 5-6 must be requested before rd 1). 2003 August Ratings List, CCA minimums and Directors discretion will be used to place players as accurately as possible. Please bring clocks and equipment. HR: Golden Gateway Holiday Inn (415)-441-4000. Info: Richard Koepcke (415)-964-2640. Ent: Richard Koepcke, P.O. Box 1432, Mountain View, CA 94042. No Phone entries. FIDE.

Regional and National

The following is now the third largest Labor Day event in the nation after New York and Southern California.

Aug. 29-Sept. 1 22nd North American Open GPP: 40 Oklahoma 10SS, 25/80, SD/60. Holiday Inn (Holidome), 2515 W. Sixth Ave (HWY-51) Stillwater. EF: $60, $30Jrs U19. OCA req $10, OSA. EF refunded to rating +2300 men, +1700 women who finish tnmt. $$Gtd: $800-$600-$400-$200. Eleven class plaques and $ per entries. Reg: Noon-1:30pm Fri, Rds: 2-7, 9-2-7, 9-2-7, 9-2. 2 byes rds 1-8. Free Parking. HR: $60(1-4) 405-372-0800. Ent: Jim Berry P O Box 351, Stillwater, OK 74076. 405-624-2281. Email:

2003 Oregon Open - Richard Wood Memorial

August 30, 31, September 1
6 round Swiss , 2 sections - Open and Reserve (under 1800) Time Control 40 moves in 2 hours, then sudden death in 1 hour (40/2, SD/1) Registration Saturday 9:00 - 10:30 AM Rounds Saturday 11 - 5:30 Sunday 9:30 - 5:30 Monday 9:30 - 3:30 Bring boards and clocks - A Christopher NW Grand Prix event

Mount Hood Community College - 26000 SE Stark - USE THE SOUTH ENTRANCE - Registraion is in the Gym Directions: I-84 to exit 17, go south on Kane/257th past Stark street. Turn left on 17th Street. TriMet: Bus 20 Motel: Gresham Super 8 Motel, 121 NE 181st, $55/night 503-661-5100 Sponsors: PCC, MHCC Chess Club, Oregon Chess Federation,

$3000 Guaranteed

Increased if more than 100 non-junior entriesOpen: All - 1st $550, 2nd $300, 3rd $200 U2200 - $200, $115, $90 U2000 - $200, $115, $90 Reserve: All - 1st $325, 2nd $180, 3rd $115 U1600 - $110, $75 U1400 - $110, $75 U1200 - $90, $60 Limited class prizes for unrated $100 Open, $60 ReserveAdult $60, Preregister by August 23rd for $50 Junior(U19) $15, Compete for non-cash prizes in reserve section, or may pay full entry for Open or Reserve. USCF and OCF/WCF membership required (OSA), 2 Byes, commit before round 3, irrevocable Online registration: (Credit card payments accepted on-line only) Blitz Score - $15 Simul $10.00 Side Events Blitz Score at Gresham Super 8 Motel - Friday 8/29 Reg: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, 6 round Double Swiss: Score: 12 -$50, 11.5 -$37, 11.0 -$25, 10.5 -$20, 10 -$15, 9.5 -$12, 9.0 -$10, 8.5 -$9, 8.0 -$5 Simul: Mike Janiro of PCC will play a simultaneous exhibition. (Limited to 10 boards) - Sunday 3:30 - 4:30 OCF Business meeting Get involved - Sunday 3:30 - 4:30

Western States Open (Reno) October 17-19

21st ANNUAL SANDS REGENCY RENO-WESTERN STATES OPEN GPP: 150 Nevada 6SS, 40/2, 20/1. Sands Regency Hotel/Casino, 345N.Arlington Ave., Reno, NV 89501. 1-800-648-3553 or 775-348-2200. $$50,000 b/500 $$30,250 Gtd. FREE LECTURE/ANALYSIS by GM LARRY EVANS! G: $3,000-1,500-1,100-1,000-900-800-700- 600-500-400 in Open Section plus 1/2 of all other prizes. 7 Sections: OPEN: EF: GMs and IMs free, Masters $135, (2000-2199) $156, (1999-below) $206. $$3,000+trophy- 1,500-1,100-1,000-900-800-700-600-500-400, (2400-2499) $1,000, (2300-2399) $1,000-600-400, (2299-below) $1,000-600-400. If a tie for 1st overall, then (G/15 min.) playoff for $100 from prize fund. (Note: GM/IM w/free entry not eligible for class prizes (2499/below) ,may elect to pay EF and become eligible). EXPERT: (2000-2199) EF: $134. $$2,000+trophy-1,000-700-500-300-200-200-200-200-100-100-100-100-100- (U2100 $700). "A" SECT. (1800-1999): EF: $133. $$1,900+trophy- 1,000+trophy-700+trophy-500-300-200-200-200-200-200-100-100-100-100-100. "B"SECT. (1600-1799): EF: $132. $$1,800+trophy- 1,000+trophy-600+trophy-500-300-200-200-200-200-200-100-100- 100-100-100. "C" SECT. (1400-1599): EF: $131 $$1,700+trophy- 1,000+trophy-600+trophy-500-300-200-200-200-200-200-100-100- 100-100-100. "D" SECT. (1200-1399 including adult unrated) EF: $130 ( entry but must join USCF for 1 full yr. thru this tournament. If already a member must join for 1 additional yr.-($49 adults,$25jrs.) $$1,500+trophy-1,000+trophy-500+trophy-400-300-200-200-200-200-200-100-100- 100-100-100, 1st unrated-1yr. USCF membership+trophy. "E" SECT. (1199/below,including unrated Jrs.). EF: $65 (Unrated free but must join USCF for 1 full yr. thru this tournament, if already a member must join for 1 additional yr.-$25/Jrs.). (NOTE: Each entry in this section counts as 1/2 of entry for total prize fund). $$500+trophy- 400+trophy-300+trophy-200+trophy-100-100-100-100-100-100-100- 100-100-100- 100, 1st Unr.-1 yr. USCF membership+trophy. SENIORS: (65yrs./older) $$500- 300-200-100 (Srs. not eligible-provision l rated, unrated, "E" Sect., and Masters). CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: $$1,000-500-300-200 decided by total score of best 10 scores from one club or area in main tournament (Not eligible- Masters, unrateds, or SECT."E"). ALL: $11 more if postmarked after 9/30, and $22 if postmarked after 10/12 or at site. $20 off EF to Sr. (65yrs. and +) and Jrs. (19/under) (Does not apply to SECT. "E"). Players may play up. Provisionally rated players may only win "up to" 50% of 1st place money except in Open Sec. 1-10. CCA ratings may be used. NOTE: pairings not changed for color alternation unless three in a row or a plus 3 and if the unlikely situation occurs 3 colors in a row may be assigned. REG: 5-9pm (10/16), 9-10am (10/17). RDS: 12-7, 10-6, 9:30-4:30. Byes available any round if requested before 1st round. ENT: Make checks payable and send to: SANDS REGENCY (address above).HR: $39! (Sun-Thurs) and $54! (Fri-Sat) + 13.5% tax. Info: Jerry Weikel (775) 747-1405 (Email: FIDE.W.

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