Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #158

"If we were looking at a poor developing country, the world gives them just enough rope to hang themselves. A country like the United States, they give them enough rope to tie the noose around their neck several times. But it does happen in the end," he said.

   Grandmaster and IMF Chief Economist Kenneth Rogoff

1) Shabalov wins Levy Memorial
2) Karapetian leads Goodall Tuesday Night Marathon 
3) Marshall - Mechanics' Under 16 Match this Sunday
4) GM Ken Rogoff and the IMF
5) Zukertort in San Francisco
6) Here and There
7) Upcoming Events

1) Shabalov wins Levy Memorial

US Champion Alex Shabalov continued his stellar year on American soil (1st US Championship, 1st Chicago Open, 1st US Open, =1st World Open), winning the 2nd Edward Levy Memorial held September 18-21 in Denver. Shabalov's score of 4 1/2 from 5, which included wins over GMs Dmitry Gurevich and Alexander Stripunsky plus IM Varuzhan Akobian, earned him $5000. His only draw was with IM Nazar Firman of Ukraine in round 5. Firman tied for second with Stripunsky and GM Viktor Mikhalevski in the 42-player top section which included 16 GMs and 6 IMs. A total of 260 players competed in the Continental Chess Association organized by Bill Goichberg. Crosstables for the event can be found at

2) Karapetian leads Goodall Tuesday Night Marathon

UC Berkeley senior David Karapetian continued his amazing run of success last night, holding a draw in a difficult position against junior star Alex Setzepfandt. Karapetian now leads with 7 from 8, a remarkable achievement considering he started the event at 1890. His rating, with the first 8 rounds of this event thrown in, is now 2032(!) according to the USCF rating calculator, thanks to a 2476 performance. David won't be counting his winnings yet as Expert Matthew Gross is only half a point behind having defeated NM Egle Morkunaite in round eight. Morkunaite, NM Victor Ossipov and rapidly improving junior

Nicolas are tied for third at 6 and still in the running for first. It looks likely that Karapetian will play Yap as he has already defeated Gross, Morkunaite and Ossipov. The next Marathon starts October 21 and runs until December 16.

3) Marshall - Mechanics' Under 16 Match this Sunday

This Sunday at noon (3pm EST) the Marshall Chess Club of New York and the Mechanics' Institute of San Francisco will be squaring off in a 4 board junior match for players under 16. Each team is composed of three boys and one girl. Time control for the event, which be played over the Internet on the Internet Chess Club, is Game in 90 minutes with a thirty-second increment. Marshall players have White on the odd-numbered boards. Mechanics' will be playing on the 4th floor of the Institute in the Chess Room. Spectators are welcome.

Board 1: Igor Schneider (2250) age 15 vs. Matthew Ho (2179) 15
Board 2: Nicolas Yap (2172) 13 vs. Laura Ross (2186) 14
Board 3: Fabiano Caruana (2103) 10 vs. Drake Wang (2037) 13
Board 4: Ewelina Krubnik (1682) 13 vs. Marc Tyler Arnold (2084) 10

4) GM Ken Rogoff and the IMF

MI member Larry Snyder and Newsletter reader Kurt Stein both spotted Grandmaster Ken Rogoff in the news the past week. Rogoff, the chief economist for the International Monetary Fund, is best known to the chess world for winning the US Junior Championship, earning the GM title and representing the United States in the 1976 Interzonal in Biel.

Larry read an article in the Financial Times (September 19, 2003, page 8) where the English paper noted his satirical fervor when giving a report on the state of the world economy. Kurt found another article on Rogoff online at,12271,1045369,00.html . A partial excerpt follows.

Charlotte Denny and Larry Elliott
Friday September 19, 2003
The Guardian

The International Monetary Fund yesterday warned that the colossal United States trade deficit was a noose around the neck of the economy, emphasising that the once mighty dollar could collapse at any moment. Arguing that the world's big economies were already too dependent on the willingness of American consumers to live beyond their means, the IMF said the US could not continue to run a current account deficit of 5% of GDP.

The IMF's chief economist Kenneth Rogoff said that it was just a matter of time before the gap closed, tipping the dollar into a potentially steep fall.

"If we were looking at a poor developing country, the world gives them just enough rope to hang themselves. A country like the United States, they give them enough rope to tie the noose around their neck several times. But it does happen in the end," he said.

In its twice yearly report on the world economy, the Fund warns that even a controlled slide in the dollar's value is likely to slow US growth and unless other countries picked up the slack, the global economy would suffer.

Mr Rogoff said the collapse of world trade talks last weekend in Cancun could spell disaster for a global economy already too dependent on unbalanced growth in the US. Describing the breakdown as a "tragedy", he said global poverty would rise if protectionism took root in the world's biggest economies.

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and heightened geopolitical tensions worldwide after the September 11 attacks on the US would "unquestionably" hold back growth in the decades ahead, Mr Rogoff told reporters.

5) Zukertort in San Francisco

Here is one more game uncovered by John Hilbert.

Zukertort - Jefferson
Remove White's QN,
Played at the Chess Room of the Mechanics' Institute, San Francisco, July 1884.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.0-0 d6 6.d4 exd4 7.cxd4 Bb6 8.d5 Ne7 9.e5 dxe5 10.Nxe5 Nexd5 11.Bg5 Be6 12.Re1 0-0 13.Qf3 c6 14.Rad1 Qc8 15.h3 Bc7 16.Bd3 Re8 17.Bb1 Bxh3 18.Rxd5 Nxd5 19.Qxf7+ Kh8 20.Bh6 Bxe5 21.Rxe5 Rg8 22.Rh5 Nf6 23.Rxh3 Qd7 24.Qxd7 Nxd7 25.Bg5 Nf8 26.Bc2 h6 27.Bb3 Nh7 28.Bd2 Rgf8 29.Bc3 Nf6 30.f3 b6 31.g4 Nd5 32.Rxh6+ Kg8 33.Rxc6 Rad8 34.Rg6 Rf7 35.Rg5 Nxc3 36.bxc3 Kf8 37.Bxf7 Kxf7 38.Rf5+ Ke6 39.Rf4 Rd1+ 40.Kf2 Rd2+ 41.Kg3 Rxa2 42.Re4+ Kf6 43.f4 Ra3 44.g5+ Kf5 45.Re5+ Kg6 46.Kg4 Rxc3 47.Re7 a5 48.f5+ Kh7 49.Re8 g6 50.f6 a4 51.f7 1-0

The Chess Monthly, October 1884, pp.44-46

6) Here and There

John Henderson reports in The Scotsman:

CHESS gets set for the red carpet treatment, as the 10th Sheffield International Documentary Festival opens on 13th October with the UK premiere of "Game Over: Kasparov And The Machine".

The film is the first release from the newly-formed World Documentary Fund, dedicated to the production of feature-length documentaries to follow on from the success of Michael Moore's "Bowling For Columbine".The fund is a co-production between the BBC, the UK Film Council and the National Film Board of Canada.

Acclaimed director Vikram Jayanti, the man also behind the award-winning "When We Were Kings" and "The Man Who Bought Mustique", will accompany his new film to this year's festival, and will be the subject of a masterclass where he will talk candidly about his experience of making the documentary.

Last week the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada to enthusiastic reviews. Far from making chess "boring", Jayanti's film - seen as an everyday story of psychological warfare, personal pride, paranoia, deflated egos and corporate ambition - is being talked-up by the critics as a slick and surprisingly suspenseful investigation into Garry Kasparov's infamous 1997 loss to IBM's Deep Blue.

To this day, Kasparov is still smarting over his defeat to the silicon monster, and he raises the specter of "cheating" with a claim of human intervention during critical moves. Kasparov passionately believes in the conspiracy theory that he was "used" by IBM in order to gain computer supremacy over the competition.

October FIDE Rating List

1 Kasparov 2830 = (0)
2 Kramnik 2777 - 8 (11)
3 Anand 2766 - 8 (10)
4 Bareev 2739 +18 (11)
5 Shirov 2737 +5 (2)
6 Topalov 2735 = (0)
7 Grischuk 2732 = (0)
8 Adams 2725 +6 (10)
9 Svidler 2723 = (0)
10 Leko 2722 -17 (10)
11 J. Polgar 2722 +4 (9)
12 Ponomariov 2718 = (0)
13 Ivanchuk 2710 = (0)
14 Dreev 2705 +7 (9)
15 Gelfand 2703 +8 (11)
16 Morozevich 2702 +23 (10)
17 Short 2701 = (0)
18 Malakhov 2696 = (0)
19 I. Sokolov 2695 +2 (4)
20 Azmaiparashvili 2693 -9 (7)
21 Karpov 2693 = (0)

The figure next to their rating is the rating change, while the figure in brackets shows the number of games played since the June 2003 list.

The Wall Street Journal ran two articles related to chess last week. Thursday Garry Kasparov appeared with an editorial telling the US to wake up to the fact that Putin was not moving Russia closer to being a democracy. On Friday Roger Lowenstein gave a thumbs up review of the new book The Chess Artist (St. Martins, 334 pages, $25.95, hardback) by J.C. Hallman.

Alan Benson, one of the key Bay Area organizers of the late 1970s and early 1980s is back at Games of Berkeley (on Shattuck across from the downtown BART station) where he is the chess specialist.

7) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

J.J.Dolan - October 11
33rd Carroll Capps Memorial - Nov. 8-9
Saint-Amant - November 22

October 3-5 2003 Los Angeles Open Prize Fund $10,000 (based on 200 players, 50% of each prize guaranteed) in three sections:


plus $200 (guaranteed) bonus for clear first
U2400 $400-200
U2300 $200
U2200 $750-500-300

Premier (U2000)

U1800 $500-300-200

Amateur (U1600)

$$400 (+trophy)-250-100
U1400 $100 (+trophy)-50
U1200 $100 (+trophy)
Unrated $100 (+trophy) (unrated may win unrated prize only)

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-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: FIDE.W.

Dec. 19-23. GPP: 60 Kansas 2nd Annual Lindsborg Open. 9SS, 30/90, SD/1. First two rounds accelerated pairing. 3,500 guaranteed prize fund! GM & IM norms are available! FIDE rating 1st - $1,200, 2nd - $800, 3rd - $600, 4th 400, 5th 200. U2400: $100 75; U2200: $100 75 EF: GMs & IMs free. Membership at KCA is required for Kansas residents. Before 11/15/03: FIDE >2300, $80. FIDE, USCF >2200, $90. FIDE <2200, $100. non-FIDE rated, USCF <2200 *, $130. Before 12/1/03: $90, $100, $110, $140, respectively. At site: $100, $110, $120, $150, respectively. * number of players in this section will be limited. Schedule: Opening Ceremony December 19, 2003 at 11:00am. Rds: 12/19 - 12:00noon & 6:00 pm; 12/20, 21, 22 - 10:00am & 5:00pm; 12/23 9:00am 1/2-pt byes OK at ALL. Limit 3. FIDE, USCF. NS, NC. Ent: INTECS, Inc. (232 N. Main St, Lindsborg, KS 67456) 785-906-0402. Info: HR: 1-888-227-2227.

Dec. 19-21. GPP: Kansas
3rd Annual Lindsborg Rotary Open. 6SS, $1,500 guaranteed prize fund! Open: G/120. 1st - $300, 2nd - $200, 3rd - $100; U1800: $100 75 50; U1600: $100 75 50; U1400: $100 75 50; U1200-UNR: $100 75 50 EF: $50 (paid before 11/15); $60 (before 12/15); $70 (at site) Schedules: Reg: 12/19 by 5:30pm. Rds: 12/19 6:00pm; 12/20 9:00, 1:30, 7:00; 12/21 9:00, 1:30. 1/2-pt byes OK at ALL. Last bye must commit before round 4. USCF. NS, NC. Ent: INTECS, Inc. (232 N. Main St, Lindsborg, KS 67456) 785-906-0402, Info: HR: 1-888-227-2227.

Dec. 13. Karpov Chess School Scholastic Tournament. Presents tournament guests: 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov; 2003 World Championship Qualified Grandmasters Alexander Onischuk, Yury Shulman, and Ivan Morovic (Chile). 5SS, G/30. Sections: K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12. Trophies for each category: 1-3 (teams and individuals); medals 4-20. Schedule: Reg: Ends at 9:30am. Opening Ceremony: 9:45am. Rds: 10:00am; 12:45pm, 2:00pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm. Closing ceremony: 5:45pm EF: $25, including tournament registration, tournament brochure, autographed photo with Grandmasters, and free tickets to the Invitational tournament (details on Ent: INTECS, Inc. (232 N. Main St, Lindsborg, KS 67456) 785-906-0402, Info: HR: www.lindsborg. org, 1-888-227-2227.

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