"When I am down in material and do not have a plan, I simply develop in the hope of finding one later."
1) ll Continental Championship of the Americas
The Pan American Continental Championships took place August 16th to 30th in Buenos Aires, Argentina.. The 7 who qualified for the next FIDE Championships were Lazaro Bruzon, Alexander Goldin, Ivan Morovic Fernandez, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Onischuk, Yuri Shulman and Giovanni Vescovi (Charbonneau, Gulko, Kaidanov and Shabalov were already qualified). Several young players had outstanding results including Nakamura, UMBC srudent Charbonneau and Ramirez of Costa Rica.
1. Goldin, Alexander g USA 2608 8.5
3. Morovic Fernandez, Ivan g CHI 2573 8
9. Dominguez, Lenier g CUB 2610 7.5
2) Labor Day Tournaments
MI Chess Director John Donaldson and NM Mikhail Langer tied for first in the 22nd North American Open held August 29-September 1 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The two winners, who were both undefeated with 8 from 10, divided $1400. Tying for third at 7.5 in the 88-player event were IM Michael Brooks and WGMs Rusa Goetiani and Anna Zatonskih. Jim and Frank Berry organized and directed for the Oklahoma Chess Foundation.
IM Tim Taylor, SM Dmitry Zilberstein and NM Tigran Iskhanov tied for first in the annual Labor Day tournament for Northen California held in San Francisco. Zilberstein took title of Northen California State Champion on tiebreak. We hope to have more details about this event next week.
NMs David Roper, Bill Schill, and Ben Lin tied for first at 5-1 in the 2003 Oregon Open- Richard Wood Memorial held August 30-September 1 in Gresham.
3) Morkunaite leads Goodall Tuesday Night Marathon
Egle Morkunaite defeated fellow NM Russell Wong to maintain her perfect score after 5 rounds of the Mike Goodall Tuesday Night Marathon. David Karapetian continued his string of upsets by beating Expert Matthew Gross and is second with 4.5. The 78 participants have 4 rounds to go.
4) Zuckertort in San Francisco
Sometime ago we reported on the great Zuckertort's visit to San Francisco in the summer of 1884 which you can find under the MI History on this website. Recently John Hilbert has unearthed several new games which he has kindly shared and which will appear in this and forthcoming Newsletters. Zuckertort was the first World Class player to visit the MI. Pierre Saint Amant served as French consul during the Gold Rush but there is no record of his playing. He left California several years before the Mechanics' was formed in 1854.
Zukertort - Franklin,S [C25]
5) Upcoming Events
Upcoming Tournaments at the MI
Sep 13 (Sa): 4th Annual Howard Donnelly Memorial G/45
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 $$1,700+trophy- 1,000+trophy-600+trophy-500-300-200-200-200-200-200-100-100- 100-100-100. "D" SECT. (1200-1399 including adult unrated) EF: $130 (Unr.free entry but must join USCF for 1 full yr. thru this tournament. If already a member must join for 1 additional yr.-($49 adults,$25jrs.) $$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-provisional 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: firstname.lastname@example.org) FIDE.W.
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