Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #165

"Chess is not a game, but a disease."

   Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

1) Yerminator tops Ralston Memorial
2) DeGuzman and Tserendorj share first in 33rd Carroll Capps 
3) Seven-way tie for First in Fall TNM
4) Kasparov versus X3D Fritz
5) Lindsborg Chess Festival
6) Zemgalis receives  FIDE Honorary Grandmaster title
7) USCF seeks new Executive Director
8) Capps and Ralston featured at ChessDryad
9) Here and There
10) Upcoming Events

1) Yerminator tops Ralston Memorial

It seemed only fitting that with the Terminator/Governator due to take over shortly in Sacramento that the Yerminator should run away with the H.J. Ralston Memorial held October 25-November 8 at the Mechanics' Institute. MI Grandmaster-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky, aka the Yerminator, scored 10 from 11 to win the Category 3 (FIDE 2320) IM norm round robin. Senior Master Vladimir Mezentsev was second at 7.5, making his third and final IM norm.

This was the 18th IM norm (plus two GM norms) made at the Mechanics' in 10 International events dating back to December 1998. This might make some think that the MI has become a title norm factory, but in fact what it glaringly shows is how few opportunities players have in the United States. Mezentsev made all his norms at the MI as did Vinay Bhat, while Cyrus Lakdawala and Jesse Kraai both made two norms. What did they have in common? They were all rated over 2400, in some cases for many years. Considering the IM norm performance is 2450 it is not surprising that players rated 2420-30 should be successful much of the time. In Europe players can try in events practically every week where in the United States there are only a handful of opportunities each year, with the Mechanics' providing the only annual round robin event.

International Master Ricardo DeGuzman was third in the Ralston at 6.5 followed by SM Dmitry Zilberstein and 15-year-old Matthew Ho at 6. The latter, the lowest rated player in the event, more than held his own. This performance puts him firmly in the Master class. The prize for most bloodthirsty combatant was shared by Tigran Ishkanov and Adrian Keatinge-Clay who didn't draw a single game. Over 70 percent of the games (48 of 66) were decisive in this hard fought event. The oldest participants, IM Zoran Ilic and FM Richard Lobo, were both greatly handicapped by a lack of recent practice.

The tournament directing staff of Stephen Brandwein, Anthony Corrales and John Donaldson would like to thank all the players for their good sportsmanship which helped make this event a pleasure to organize. The crosstable and all games for this event can be found at

2) DeGuzman and Tserendorj share first in 33rd Carroll Capps

Filipino IM Ricardo DeGuzman and newcomer Batsaikhan Tserendorj of Mongolia both went 4-0 to win the 50-player 33rd Carroll Capps Memorial held November 8-9 at the Mechanics' Institute. DeGuzman downed FMs Adrian Keatinge-Clay and Emmanuel Perez on the final day while Tserendorj beat IM-elect Ron Cusi and NM Victor Baja to take home $325 apiece. Kenneth Hills had a successful return to the tournament arena after a break, scoring 3.5 points by defeating NM Keith Vickers in the final round. Hills score was good for first Expert and $200. The crosstable and prize winners for the Capps can be found at .

(1) DeGuzman,R - Keatinge-Clay,A [A43]
Carroll Capps (3), 11.2003
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 a6 6.a4 Be7 7.Bc4 e5 8.0-0 0-0 9.h3 Ne8 10.Re1 g6 11.Bh6 Ng7 12.g4 Kh8 13.Kh1 Nd7 14.Rg1 Nf6 15.Qd2 Ng8 16.Rg2 Rb8 17.a5 f6 18.Be3 f5 19.gxf5 gxf5 20.Bh6 Bf6 21.Rag1 Rf7 22.Ng5 Bxg5 23.Bxg5 Qxa5 24.f4 b5 25.Be2 fxe4 26.fxe5 dxe5 27.Bh6 Nxh6 28.Qxh6 Qc7 29.Nxe4 Bf5 30.Nd6 Rd7 31.Nxf5 Nxf5 32.Qf6+ Ng7 33.Bd3 e4 34.Bxe4 Re8 35.Qh4 1-0

(2) Cusi,R - Tserendorj, B. [D30]
Carroll Capps (3)
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.e3 e6 5.Nbd2 Bd6 6.Bd3 0-0 7.0-0 c5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.a3 a5 10.b3 Nc6 11.Bb2 Bd6 12.Qc2 h6 13.e4 d4 14.c5 Bc7 15.Nc4 e5 16.Qd2 Nh5 17.b4 Bg4 18.Ne1 axb4 19.axb4 Rxa1 20.Bxa1 Nf4 21.b5 Ne7 22.g3 Ne6 23.Qb4 Bh3 24.Ng2 Ng6 25.b6 Bb8 26.Nd6 Bxg2 27.Kxg2 Ngf4+ 28.gxf4 Nxf4+ 29.Kh1 Nxd3 30.Qc4 Nxc5 31.Nxf7 Rxf7 32.Qxc5 Rf6 33.f4 Qxb6 34.Qc8+ Rf8 35.Qc4+ Kh7 36.fxe5 Rxf1+ 37.Qxf1 Qg6 38.Qf4 d3 39.Qe3 Qa6 40.Bc3 Ba7 41.Qe1 Qg6 42.h3 b5 43.Kh2 Bc5 44.Bd2 Bd4 45.Bf4 b4 46.e6 Qxe6 47.e5 Qf5 48.Bg3 Bc3 0-1

3) Seven-way tie for First in Fall TNM

The field is closely packed together as the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon approaches the halfway mark with seven players tied for first at 3.5 from 4. Leading the 74-player field are: IM Walter Shipman, NMs Egle Morkunaite, Win Aung Ye, Russell Wong, and Experts Victor Ossipov, Larry Snyder and Matthew Gross.

4) Kasparov versus X3D Fritz

The latest computer challenge for Garry Kasparov began on Tuesday, November 11, in New York with the first game ending in a draw. The remaining three games, which start at 10am PST, will be held November 13, 16, and 18. ESPN 2 is televising the games with commentary by GMs Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashley and Paul Hoffman.

5) Lindsborg Chess Festival

Readers of Chess Life that are receiving their December issue and looking for tournaments may not realize just how strong the 2nd Annual Lindsborg Open will be. A first prize of $1200 doesn't sound like much of a draw but organizer Mikhail Korenman has opted for a different approach to bring in top players. He has offered conditions (air, lodging and meals) which is a rarity in all but the strongest events these days. The result is that nine GMs have already committed with several more expected to accept shortly. Importantly for norm seekers six of the GMs (Andersson, Agrest, Baburin, Blatny, Sharavdorj and Atalik) are foreign. This, coupled with the small field (27 players entered so far), means this "Lone Pine" of the Midwest should offer excellent chances to earn GM and IM norms.

Information for this event can be found below under Upcoming Events.

6) Zemgalis receives FIDE Honorary Grandmaster title

USCF Delegate Bill Kelleher of Boston reports that 80-year-old Elmars Zemgalis of Seattle, Washington, received the FIDE Honorary Grandmaster title at the recent FIDE Congress in Haldiki, Greece. The award honors players whose careers ended before the establishment of the current FIDE title system. Zemgalis, a native of Latvia, was the dominant force in German tournaments in the period 1946-49. His greatest success was Oldenburg 1949 where he scored 12 from 17, tying for first with Bogoljubow. Among the other participants were Rossolimo, Unzicker, O'Kelly and Saemisch.

7) USCF seeks new Executive Director

Looking for a challenge? The USCF, after a string of disastrous choices for its Executive Director culminating in Frank Niro, is once again looking for the right person.


The United States Chess Federation, (USCF), located in New Windsor, NY is accepting resumes for the position of Executive Director. The following qualifications are necessary for someone who:

   * will lead our membership and expand our role in promoting chess in the United States.
   * will have background and experience to manage a not-for-profit organization of 20-plus employees with an annual budget of $5 million.
   * will have background knowledge and experience in communications including computer, telephone, and Internet systems.
   * experience in marketing and knowledge of the chess world is desirable.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: Beatriz Marinello, President of USCF Executive Board, 3131 Gifford Lane, Miami, FL 33133.

8) Capps and Ralston featured at ChessDryad

The Chess Dryad troika of Kerry Lawless, Richard Shorman and Mark Shelton have outdone themselves. Go to for a tremendous pictorial on the recently concluded Carroll Capps and Ralston Memorials.

9) Here and There

Congratulations to GM Alexander Baburin's Chess Today which recently celebrated its 3rd year of publication. The online subscription based daily is one of the best values around with lots of annotated games, positions to solve, book reviews, tournament reports and editorials. Go to http://www.chesstoday for more information.

FM Eric Schiller writes; "For advance planning, the Western Canadian Open looks great. For non-titled players, advance entry this year cuts the fee from $150 to $79."

Josh Karnad is( 1623) is looking for opponents for USCF rated match play between 1500-1800. He is a regular at the Mechanics' and can be reached at or (510) 258-1999.

Utah IM Igor Ivanov has an interesting homepage at .

with Fred Wilson
Live Internet Radio Show
This Week's Guest, Wednesday, Nov. 12th will be GM John Fedorowicz
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"Fred's next guest on Wednesday, Nov. 12th, will be his friend, and one of the most entertaining and knowledgable American chess professionals, GM John Fedorowicz. "Fed", who will be doing live commentary on all four games of the Kasparov-X3D Fritz match in NYC on Chess.FM, will give his "take" on what happened during the first game Tuesday, along with his considered opinions on what may occur during the remaining three games. He will also discuss his work on the excellent website , wherein he conducts a monthly survey on recent Sicilian theory, and his currently quite active playing and coaching career.

Here is a nice win by the late Jim Hurt over the long-time Virgin Islands board one.

Hurt,J - Hook,W [C02]
Saratoga, 1968

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nxd4 9.Nxd4 Qxd4 10.Nc3 Qxe5 11.Re1 Qd6 12.Nb5 Qb8 13.Qf3 Bd6 14.Nxd6+ Qxd6 15.Bf4 Qe7 16.Qg3 f6 17.Rac1 Rc8 18.Rxc8+ Bxc8 19.Bd6 Qf7 20.Rc1 Bd7 21.Rc7 g5 22.Rxb7 Qh5 23.f3 Ne7 24.Bb5 Bxb5 25.Rxe7+ Kd8 26.Qe1 1-0

10) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Saint-Amant - November 22

Guthrie McClain Memorial - Dec. 13

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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