Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #164

"If you have seen one Alekhine game you've seen them all."

   Bobby Fischer

1) Yasser Seirawan visits the Mechanics' Institute
2) Ralston Memorial
3) Fall Tuesday Night Marathon
4) Upcoming Events

33rd Carroll Capps Memorial - This weekend at the MI

1) Yasser Seirawan visits the Mechanics' Institute

Two-time World Championship Candidate Yasser Seirawan visited the Mechanics' last Saturday afternoon and gave an excellent if depressing account of the current state of affairs regarding the World Championship situation and FIDE's continuing insistence on drug testing and faster time controls -- despite the objections of an overwhelming majority of the best players. One bright spot was the announcement that the 2004 US Championship will be held next fall in San Diego. Though Yasser has announced that he has retired from active play he will continue to devote himself to trying to improve the structure of World Chess. Among his ideas is a revival of the old World Cup series, but with some new twists. Each year the top players would play a "season," much like professional sports, which would culminate in an annual championship. The above is just a bare bones sketch, but the idea holds great merit. The old PCA World Cup series of Bessel Kok and Lubosh Kavalek is still warmly remembered. We wish Yasser the best of success in his new work.

Preceding Yasser's lecture was a really fine talk by Peter Ralston about his father, H. J. "Bip" Ralston (1906-1993). Veteran Mechanics' members remember Bip as one of the best players at the M.I. for over half a century. The cofounder of the California Chess Reporter with his good friend Guthrie McClain, Bip also found time to write a weekly chess column in the San Francisco Argonaut and published several books including Imre Konig's on the Marshall-Capablanca match. A man of uncommon intellectual vigor, this native San Franciscan was a pioneer in the field of prosthetic limbs and was a professor at UCSF for many years. You can find a picture of Bip on the M.I. library site at He is the young man who is looking directly at the camera during the SF-LA telegraph match.

Yasser and Peter attracted quite a crowd. Famous author and teacher Bruce Pandolfini, International Masters Walter Morris and Vince McCambridge, former MI President NM Mark Pinto, International Arbiter Mike Goodall, Lindsborg Chess Festival organizer Mikhail Korenman and noted chess book collector and historian Robert Moore were among the 40 attendees.

2) Ralston Memorial

Leaders in the Ralston Memorial are 1. GM Alex Yermolinsky 7/8; 2. FM Vladimir Mezentsev 6.5/10; 3. FM Dmitry Zilberstein 5.5/8; 4. IM Ricardo DeGuzman 5.5/9. Those in the hunt for the IM norm of 7.5 are Mezentsev (who must win his last game against FM Bela Evans), Zilberstein and Matthew Ho. Complete standings and games are available at

Ilic,Z (2379) - Keatinge_Clay,A (2248) [D76]
Ralston IM San Francisco (11), 24.10.2003

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.e4 Nb6 9.d5 Na5 10.Nc3 c6 11.Bf4 Nac4 12.Qe2 cxd5 13.exd5 Nxb2 14.Qxb2 Na4 15.Nxa4 Bxb2 16.Nxb2 Qxd5 17.Rfe1 Qb5 18.Nd1 e6 19.Nc3 Qa5 20.Ne4 f6 21.Bh6 Rf7 22.Red1 f5 23.Nd6 Re7 24.Bg5 Rd7 25.Bf6 Qa6 26.Be5 Rd8 27.Ng5 Qe2 28.Re1 Qd2 29.Ndf7 Rd3 30.Nh6+ Kf8 31.Nxh7+ Ke8 32.Bf4 Qb2 33.Ng5 Qf6 34.Nhf7 Bd7 35.Bxb7 Rc8 36.Bxc8 Bxc8 37.Rac1 Rc3 38.Be5 1-0

3) Fall Tuesday Night Marathon

NMs Win Ye of Myanmar and Egle Morkunaite of Lithuania are the only perfect scores after three rounds of the 74-player Mechanics' Institute Tuesday Fall Marathon. The tournament continues every Tuesday until December 16. It is still possible to enter the 9 round event with a half point byes for the first three rounds.

4) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

33rd Carroll Capps Memorial - Nov. 8-9
Saint-Amant - November 22

November 27-30 American Open in Los Angeles

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 & IMnorms are available! FIDE rating 1st - $1,200, 2nd - $800, 3rd - $600, 4th 400, 5th 200. U2400: $100 75; U2200: $100 75EF: 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-FIDErated, 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

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: http://www.lindsborg/.org, 1-888-227-2227.

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