In chess it is more important to frustrate your opponent's strategy than to be obsessed with your own.
Bay Area players don't forget the 4th Annual Howard Donnelly G/45 event will be held this Saturday at the MI starting at 10 am.
1) More Labor Day Tournament Results 2) Karapetian leads Goodall Tuesday Night Marathon 3) Short Draws 4) Kavalek on Chess. FM 5) Zukertort in San Francisco 6) Here and There 7) Upcoming Events
1) More Labor Day Tournament Results
Michael Aigner writes that the results for the CalChess Labor Day weekend event are up (http://www.knowchess.com/results2/laborday2003.htm) . As reported in the last Newsletter, SM Dmitry Zilberstein is the new state champion. He defeated IMs Walter Shipman and Tim Taylor on the way to picking up $543. The two other players who tied for first, IM Taylor and NM Tigran Iskhanov, also had excellent results. Taylor beat IM DeGuzman in the last round while Iskhanov performed the rare double of defeating Bay Area's heavyweights DeGuzman and SM Vladimir Mezentsev in the same event. The turnout of 190 players was outstanding. Credit goes to Richard Koepcke who organized and directed.
The other California State championship, for the Southland, was held in San Diego over Labor Day weekend. Chuck Ensey gives a good report on the event on the San Diego Chess Club website (http://groups.msn.com/SanDiegoChess/southerncalifoniaopen.msnw). Here is a brief excerpt.
Enrico Sevillano (5/6) of Nevada won clear first place in the Southern California Open held over Labor Day weekend in San Diego's scenic Balboa Park Club. He was the highest rated player to enter, checking in at 2563. Melikset Khachiyan (4 1/2) won the State Championship Title of Southern California, edging out Cyrus Lakdawala (4 1/2) and Eduardo Ortiz (4 1/2) on tie breaks. Also scoring 4 1/2 was Daniel Rensch (4 1/2) of Arizona, a young scholastic player with a very high rating (2360) for someone his age. The Balboa Park Club is an excellent facility with lots of room, good lighting and beautiful surroundings. It is much bigger than the other building in Balboa Park where the San Diego Chess Club normally meets, near Sixth and Ivy, which can only accommodate about 100 players. The spacious Balboa Park Club site could easily handle 300 players and is located between the Organ Pavilion and the Aerospace Museum. When it was held here two years ago, it drew 191 players and was won by Levon Altounian, also with 5 points. Last year's SCO in Los Angeles drew another big crowd of 192 players and was won on tie breaks by Andranik Matikozian, again with 5. This year the huge US Open was held in Los Angeles for the first time since 1991, and it was just recently completed on August 15th. It was feared that this extra large and expensive event would cut into the players' budgets of both time and money and ultimately hurt the attendance for the Southern California Open. That is exactly what happened, as only 126 players decided to compete this year. This was despite a large fully guaranteed prize fund of $8,000.
David Presser writes that the new Ohio champions are Mike Joelson, Bob Basalla and Ananth Pappu. They scored 4.5 - 1.5 on the Labor Day weekend event. IM Ron Burnett of New York, the only titled player competing, won with 5-1. There were only 110 entries versus 150 last year.
2) Karapetian leads Goodall Tuesday Night Marathon
UC Berkeley Senior David Karapetian continued his string of upsets last night by defeating leader NM Egle Morkunaite. Karapetian, who was not ranked in the top 25 players going into the 9 round event, has shown that his current rating of 1890 is not very accurate. Besides beating Morkunaite, one of the top rated women in the United States, he has defeated NM Victor Ossipov and Expert Matthew Gross. The only blemish on his record so far is a round four draw with Expert Larry Snyder.
Standings: 1. Karapetian 5.5/6; 2-4. FM Frank Thornally, NMs Morkunaite and Ossipov 5.
3) Short Draws
The new USCF rule book is out. There are numerous changes throughout, some minor and others that may have a significant impact. The old rule that the top seed who wins all his games alternates colors automatically except when facing an opponent with has had two consecutive Whites or Blacks is no more. Now the rules call for the players color history to be compared. For example if the top seed and his last round opponent in a 10 round tourney have both had 5 Blacks and 4 Whites the higher rated player does not automatically get his due color. In this case the lower-rated player had started with White, but gotten a double Black in the middle of the event, while the top-seed had begun with Black and alternated perfectly. The double black in the middle caused the lower-rated player to receive White in the last round.
The US Open in Los Angeles saw the enforcement of a new (old) rule regarding short draws. Former Candidates Leonid Yudasin and Jaan Ehlvest drew in round five of the short schedule. Their initial game lasted one move. Tournament Director Carol Jarecki reminded them that the sheet handed to all players before the event said no draws in less than 15 moves or one hour of play. They then sat down to play and drew in 17 moves in a Flohr-Zaitzev Ruy Lopez (Ng5, Rf8. Nf3, Re8, Ng5). Then Jarecki, Chief TD Randy Hough and Chief Organizer Jerry Hanken sanctioned the two players, telling them that the amount of their free entry fee (approximately $200) would be deducted from any prize they won.
Ehlvest didn't win any prize money but Yudasin did in tying for second. At present it's a moot point since the prizes for the Open have yet to be paid, but it does raise some interesting questions. Interestingly both Yudasin and Ehlvest are known as uncompromising fighters and both played with distinction in Maurice Ashley's event earlier this year where the players had to sign contracts expressly forbidding short draws. Clearly these two players are fighters. They both pointed after the sanction that they have no problems in agreeing to a policy of no short draws, but they make a distinction between events in which they receive conditions and those in which they don't. Yudasin and Ehlvest both said they would not have agreed to short draws had they been playing in the US Championship where conditions were given (in the form of a very rich prize fund). They also point out that they were playing in the fast schedule in the US Open, that they had played four games the day before and were tired.
In Los Angeles Hanken gave all GMs free entry, and contrary to prevailing practice did not deduct it from their winnings. He did not have the sponsorship for this event which would have made it possible to offer hotel and air for the top players, but is known to be one of the more generous organizers in the United States. A holder of the USCF LifeMaster title he is a strong supporter of top level chess.
So who is right? Back in the 1960s FIDE tried to bar short draws and the players easily found ways around the rule. Today they will do the same thing again. The only way to prevent short draws is to create an atmosphere in which it is not in the players interest to make them. When the last round scenario is a win picks up $1500, a draw $1000 and a loss $200, it is not surprising that draws occur. Organizers can select players that are known for their uncompromising attitude. The current rule is unenforceable. What do you do if the Flohr-Zaitzev is your main weapon for Black?
4) Kavalek on ChessFM
The induction of GM Lubosh Kavalek into the US Hall of Fame a few years ago was richly deserved. One of the renaissance men of chess, Kavalek has contributed to the game in many ways, particularly as a player, coach, writer and organizer. This evening offers a rare opportunity to hear the veteran GM talk on a wide range of subjects on Chess.FM. Details are below as well as the latest article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39802-2003Sep7.html) by Lubosh. Kavalek is the longtime columnist of the Washington Post. His material appears every Monday. It is always on a very high level and it is free! I can't recommend this column enough.
CHESS & BOOKS
Fred Wilson Wednesdays on Chess.FM!
5:00 PM ET Chess & Books - Replay of Maurice Ashley interview--
Fred's next guest on Wednesday, Sept. 10th will be three-time US Chess Champion GM Lubomir Kavalek. Lubosh, as he likes to be called, was one of the top ten players in the world for several years, winning a number of very strong tournaments including Caracas 1970 & Solingen 1974 (tied with Polugaevsky). He is also the author of the now classic tournament book "Wijk aan Zee Grandmaster Chess Tournament 1975" (RHM Press, 1976) and currently conducts an award winning chess column for the Washington Post. Additionally, as a trainer Lubosh was instrumental in helping Nigel Short successfully fight his way to a title match with Kasparov in 1993. Please send questions for Lubosh Kavalek to either firstname.lastname@example.org or Tony Rook".
CHESS Lubomir Kavalek
Sometimes an important opening line travels in a full circle. In 1960 in Buenos Aires, in a tournament celebrating the 150th anniversary of Argentina, Bobby Fischer made a queen move in his favored Sicilian Najdorf variation that was brought into a full swing only after a few decades.
A slightly different version of Fischer's idea began to appear in Denmark 30 years ago and after traveling around the globe it ended in the Argentine capital last month during the American Continental championships. U.S. champion Alexander Shabalov and his countryman Sergei Kudrin benefited from it, both defeating Colombian grandmaster Gildardo Garcia.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.Bg5
(The opening theory and players' taste change quickly. Only two years ago in his excellent book "The Sicilian Sozin," Mikhail Golubev advocated 8.0-0 Be7 9.Qf3! to pressure black with an active piece play. In his intriguing new book, "Play Najdorf: Scheveningen Style," recently issued by Everyman Chess, John Emms writes: "One of the earliest examples of 9.Qf3 was in Bobby Fischer-Fridrik Olafsson, Buenos Aires 1960. Despite a victory for the young American 9.Qf3, and the plans associated with it, remained in the shadows." Except, the game was drawn in 43 moves.)
(This move order gives white a choice of where to castle.)
(Two rounds later Garcia chose 9...Qc7 against Shabalov, and it continued with the trendy play through the center 10.e5!? Bb7 11.exd6 Bxd6 12.Qe3. Black tried 12...Be5, but after 13.0-0-0 0-0 14.Rhe1 Nbd7 15.Kb1 Rfe8 16.a3 Rac8 allowed a little combination 17.Bxf6 Bxf6 18.Nxe6! fxe6 19.Bxe6+ Kf8 20.Rxd7 and white won.)
10.0-0-0 0-0 11.g4!
(By castling to the queenside, white can generate his attack with both pieces and pawns. In the game Yemelin-Nepomnishay, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1996, white included 11.Be3 Qb7 and only now played 12.g4. He won quickly after 12...Nc6 13.g5 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Nd7 15.Qh5 Nc5 16.Rhg1 Re8 17.Rg3 Nxb3+ 18.axb3 e5 19.Nd5 g6 20.Qh6 Kh8 21.Bxe5+ dxe5 22.Nf6 and black resigned, since after 22...Bxf6 23.gxf6 Rg8 24.Rd8 white mates.)
(In a 1973 game, Kristiansen-Heim, white won beautifully after 11...Bb7 12.Be3 b4 13.g5 Nfd7 14.Qh5 Qa5 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Bxe6+ Kh8 17.Rd5! Qd8 18.g6 Nf6 19.Qxh7+! and black resigned, because on 19...Nxh7 20.Rh5 white mates.)
12.Na4 Qb7 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.h4 Nd7
(Later in the Buenos Aires tournament, Chilean grandmaster Ivan Morovic tested Kudrin with a direct challenge in the center: 14...Nc6. After 15.Nxc6 Qxc6 16.g5 Be7 17.Qe3 Rb8 18.f4 Rb5 19.h5 Bb7 20.Rhe1 Bd8 21.Kb1 Re8 22.Qd2 Bc7 23.h6 g6 24.Qd4 e5, the American grandmaster missed 25.fxe5!, for example 25...dxe5 26.Qd7! or 25...Rexe5 26.Rf1! winning. And on 25...Rbxe5!? 26.Qf2 R8e6 27.Bxe6 Rxe6 28.Qd4 Re5 29.Qxb4 Rxg5 30.Nc3, white keeps winning chances. Kudrin missed more opportunities later and lost in 53 moves.)
15.g5 Be7 16.Rhg1
(White's g and h pawns are ready to roll.)
16...Nc5 17.Nxc5 dxc5
(Where should the knight go?)
(Spicing the attack with a temporary knight sacrifice.)
18...cxf5 19.Bd5 Qb8 20.exf5 Ra7 21.f6 Be6
(Black has to give the bishop back. After 21...Bd6 22.g6 white's pressure is too powerful, for example 22...Bf4+ 23.Kb1 Bh6 24.gxf7+ Raxf7 25.Bxf7+ wins; 22...h6 23.gxf7+ Rfxf7 24.Rxg7+ Kf8 25.Kb1, threatening to win with 26.Rdg1; or 22...Be6 23.gxh7+ wins.)
22.fxe7 Rxe7 23.h5 Qe5!
(The centralized queen gives black some chances to get back into the game.)
(Utilizing the pin on the e-file.)
24...Qd4 25.Qe4 Qxf2?
(Too greedy. Garcia should have challenged the bishop with 25...Rd8, although after 26.Qxd4 cxd4 27.Bxe6 fxe6 [or 27...Rxe6 28.Kd2!] 28.Re4 white has the edge.)
(After 26...Qg3 27.g6! decides.)
(The roof is caving in and black doesn't have a good defense against 28.gxf7+.)
(Opening the h-file gives white additional attacking opportunities. But on 27...Rd7 28.Qxd4 cxd4 29.Bxe6 fxe6 30.gxh7+ wins.)
(After 28...Qxe4 29.Rxe4 Bxd5 30.Rxe7 wins; and on 28...Rd7 29.Qh1! decides.)
29.Qxe7 Bxa2 30.Re4
(Here 30.Rd1! Qc4 31.Rxf7 won faster.)
(Threatening 32.Rh8+! Kxh8 33.Qxf8 mate.)
(Triumphing on the h-file. After 32...Qxe7 33.Rh8 mates.)
5) Zukertort in San Francisco
The indefatigable John Hilbert has more on Zuckertort's visit to San Francisco in 1884. This was the first time a world class player had set foot in California since Saint-Amant's stint as French Consul for California during the Gold Rush.
While at the White Collection in Cleveland last week I checked the remaining chess columns in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper from which I had earlier sent you material on California Chess during the period 1858-1859. I can now report that the columns from this New York-based newspaper published during the period August 13, 1859, through September 14, 1861, when the chess column ended, unlike those earlier, did not contain more chess games from your great State.
However, I did manage to find one game from another source that may be of interest to your readers. The game appeared in the Commercial Gazette of Cincinnati, for August 16, 1884, and concerned Zukertort's trip to San Francisco that summer. First, a little background.
Your enjoyable Mechanics' Institute Chess History, Volume One, "The First Hundred Years," (CD Format), informs me that the British Chess Magazine of 1884 (p.351) reported, among other things, that while in San Francisco Zuckertort played a five game match with a Mr. Redding, with Zukertort "backing himself at the odds of five to one every game, on the condition that his adversary took the first move in each game and played the Evans Gambit." According to that same source, Zukertort polished off his San Francisco adversary with a crisp 5-0 score.
The October 1884 issue of The Chess Monthly, edited by Zukertort himself along with Leopold Hoffer, you note, added that Zukertort arrived in the city on July 2, 1884, and "after a rest of a few days and a loyal observance of the Fourth of July, the daily chess contest began" at the Mechanics' Institute. Hoffer, no doubt editing a letter from Zukertort, reported that of all the San Francisco players, "The strongest of them is Mr. J. Redding, a young lawyer, who contested a little match on even terms" with the visiting master.
The game below in fact suggests Zukertort, rather than relaxing after his arrival on July 2 until after July 4, was already playing chess the day after he reached the city. We also learn from the brief material in the Commercial Gazette that Mr. J. Redding was in fact named Joseph D. Redding. The game clearly was not one from the five game match with Zukertort, given Redding won it and it was not an Evans Gambit. Perhaps, however, the fact that Redding won it encouraged him to accept a small stakes match with the Grandmaster, who neatly pocketed the purse, albeit at a ratio of 1:5. Might Zukertort have been setting up his young adversary in losing this game, played before the match? Who knows? But the speculation is entertaining, and in any event, there is now another specimen of Zukertort's play in San Francisco available to lovers of chess history. It is unclear whether the score as well as the notes, or just the score, originally appeared in the San Francisco Argonaut. Redding is not listed in Jeremy Gaige's Chess Personalia.
Joseph D. Redding - Zukertort [C55]
Played at Mechanics' Institute, July 3, 1884, between Dr. J.H. Zukertort and Jos. D. Redding.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4
The moves recommended here and usually adopted by the best players are 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 etc. 4...Nf6 5.e5 The game at this point assumes a well known form of the Giuoco Piano.
5...d5 6.Bb5 Ne4 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.Nxd4 Bd7 9.0-0 c5 10.Ne2 c6 11.f3 Ng5 12.Bxg5 Qxg5 13.Ng3 Qe3+ 14.Kh1 Be7 15.f4 0-0 16.Nc3 Rab8 17.Rb1 Kh8 18.Qh5 Qd2 19.Nce4
Very well played. If 19.Nce4 dxe4 20.Rbd1 winning the bishop and gaining a strong attack.
19...Qxc2 20.Ng5 Bxg5 21.Qxg5 Rxb2
Fatal. Black has for some time been playing a losing game, but this move affords White an opportunity of gaining a piece, and of necessity, winning the game.
22.Rxb2 Qxb2 23.Qe7 Rg8 24.Qxd7 Qxa2 25.Qxf7 Qa6 26.e6 Qc8 27.f5 c4 28.Qxa7 1-0
The Commercial Gazette (Cincinnati), August 16, 1884; attributed to the San Francisco Argonaut.
6) Here and There
The Mechanics' will contest a four board junior match against the Marshall Chess Club on September 27. Representing the MI in the match, which will start at noon and be played live on the ICC, are Matthew Ho, Nicolas Yap, Drake Wang and Ewelina Krubnik. More details to follow.
Happy Birthday to Elmars Zemgalis who turned 80 yesterday. The Latvian born Zemgalis, who has made Seattle his home for 50 years, is best known for tying for first at Oldenburg 1949 with Bogoljubow (12/17) ahead of GMs Rossolimo, Unzicker, O'Kelly and Saemisch.
Check out the redesigned website of former MI member Jerry Silman (http://jeremysilman.com/) . The Los Angeles based Silman has a huge site which is not only devoted to chess. There is lots of free instructional material and many book reviews.
The Atlantic Open, played Aug. 22-24 at the Washington Wyndham Hotel, ended in a six-way tie for first place between Jaan Ehlvest, Gennadi Zaichik, Ildar Ibragimov, Alexander Stripunsky, Norman Rogers and Marc Esserman. They scored 4 points in five games. Ehlvest won the title in a playoff.
The Bay Area has recently gained two strong players. IM Walter Morris is a visiting professor at UC Berkeley this quarter while NM Cindy Tsai is starting her freshman year at Stanford.
Chess in the East Bay is not just confined to Friday's nights with the Berkeley Chess Club. Those looking for some five minute chess can find it at the International House (at the top of Bancroft) in Berkeley. Regulars, led by SM Craig Mar, gather there on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting around 5pm.
Monty Peckham started his freshman year at US Davis and strengthens the local chess community which already boasts SM Chumachenko and NMs Aigner, Langreck and Lazetich. It would be great to see someone organize a tournament in Davis sometime soon.
Wilmot McCutchen informs us that an informal chess club has been formed in Orinda and meets Saturday afternoon at the Orinda Public Library, just a short walk from the BART station.
Paul Truong writes: " I would like to inform all of you that Grandmaster Susan Polgar (Susan Polgar Foundation) has created a FREE scholastic website for the benefit of the US Chess Federation for all children, parents and coaches from across the country. Supporting quotes from World's #1 Garry Kasparov will be published shortly. We are working on getting articles, news reports, TLAs, tips, links, scholarships opportunities, and any other relevant information to help the kids." The name of the site is www.USScholasticChess.org.
Rusty Miller points out that the USCF has a very interesting prototype up at (http://msa.uschess.org/ ) which gives all sorts of information on individual players rating history, tournaments that have been rated and tournament director histories.
Jim Berry wonders if anyone can explain the photo of former USCF President Jerry Spann giving a simul at the Mechanics'. The photo, which looks to be from the late 1950s, shows Spann in suit and tie at the MI. All well and good, but Spann was usually rated around 1700, not the sort you would expect to give a simul. Does anyone have an explanation?
7) Upcoming Events
Upcoming Tournaments at the MI
Sep 13 (Sa): 4th Annual Howard Donnelly Memorial G/45
October 3-5 2003 Los Angeles Open Prize Fund $10,000 (based on 200 players, 50% of each prize guaranteed) in three sections:
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: email@example.com) FIDE.W.
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