Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #160

"Greed is an integral quality of a strong player"

   GM Sergey Shipov

This Saturday the MI is holding the 4th annual J.J. Dolan Memorial. This 5 round, G/45, event is a perfect warmup for the Western States Open.

1) Matikozian wins Los Angeles Open
2) GM Nick deFirmian at MI on October 15
3)  Ralston Memorial
4) Here and There
5) Upcoming Events

1) Matikozian wins Los Angeles Open

Glendale IM Andranik Matikozian won the Los Angeles Open, held October 3-5, with a score of 4.5 from 5. Matikozian, who took a third round bye, beat IMs Melik Khachiyan and Ricardo DeGuzman in the final two rounds. Tying for second at 4-1 in the 43-player field were DeGuzman (who beat IM Jack Peters), Khachiyan (who defeated GM Blatny), GM Pavel Blatny (who beat IM Peters) and NM Michael Casella (who beat top-seed GM Alex Wojtkiewicz who also lost to Peters). MI member Larry Snyder of Berkeley was top Expert with an undefeated 3 1/2.

Complete standings are available at:

2) GM Nick deFirmian at MI on October 15

Three-time US Champion Nick deFirmian will give a talk and show some of his best recent games at the MI on Wednesday, October 15. deFirmian, who currenly lives in Denmark, is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has long ties to the Bay Area. A many-time US Olympiad member, Nick has ranked among the top US players for over 20 years. He is the author of MCO 13 and 14. The two hour program, free to all, starts at 5pm.

3) Ralston Memorial

The MI will be hosting a round robin tournament offering IM norm possibilities starting in late October. The tentative field is GM Yermolinsky, IM deGuzman, IM Ilic, FMs Evans, Keatinge-Clay, Zilberstein, Mezentsev and Lobo plus NMs Poehlmann and Shivaji. More details will appear in the next Newsletter.

4) Here and There

Former Bay Area master Erik Osbun has recently written a book abouit a strong correspondence tournament. You can find a review of the First Anglo-Pacific Invitational Chess Championship at IM Eric Tangborn's website - .

MI Chess Director John Donaldson's CD Two Masters from Seattle has recently been released by ChessBase. A review can be found at : Click here: Two MASTERS from SEATTLE

The Western States Open is right around the corner. If you want to play for the MI please contact John Donaldson (preferably in advance) at All current MI members are eligible to play except those competing in the Open section.

5) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

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

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.

Oct. 24-26 8th Annual Governor's Cup GPP: 80 South Dakota 5SS, 40/2, All/1. Holiday Inn City Centre, 100 West 8th St., Sioux Falls, SD. 605-339-2000. Ask for chess rate $79.00. EF: $55 if by 10/20; $75 at site; GMs, Ims, and over 2400 free. (18 & under preregistering in Reserve section pay $35). Reg: 10/24, 4-5pm. Rds: 6; 10-4:30; 9-9:30. Byes: One + point bye allowed in Rds 1-3 if requested in advance. Total prize fund: $10,000, Unconditionally guaranteed. Open section: $1200-1000-800-600; Master: $500-300-100; Expert: $400-250-100; Under 2000: $200-100. FIDE Premier section (Under 2000): PZ: $700-500-300; Top B: $300-200-100; Under 1600: $175-100. Reserve section (Under 1600): PZ: $600-450-300; Top D: $250-150-75; Under 1200: 150-100. Info/Ent: Sioux Empire Chess Federation, 2100 Slaten Court, Sioux Falls, SD 57103. 605-338-9431. or

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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