Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #166

"It may look as though two chess players are sitting at the board peacefully calculating possibilities, but in actuality they are seething with a kaleidoscope of emotions."

   Swami Shankaranda

1) Man versus Machine
2) World Blitz Chess Association Ends
3) Ibragimov wins Kings Island
4) Shipman and Gross lead Fall TNM
5) Here and There
6) Upcoming Events

The Mechanics' Institute will be hosting the Pierre Saint-Amant, a five round (G/45) event, this Saturday.

1) Man versus Machine

Garry Kasparov and X3D drew the final game of their match to tie 2-2. Games two and three were excellent examples of the strengths of each player, with the computer taking game two in tactical fashion and then showing poor strategical planning in game three.

Game 4
X3D FRITZ - Kasparov New York City, USA (4), 18.11.2003

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 e6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Bb3 cxd4 8.exd4 Nc6 9.Nc3 Be7 10.Re1 0-0 11.Bf4 Na5 12.d5 Nxb3 13.Qxb3 exd5 14.Rad1 Be6 15.Qxb7 Bd6 16.Bg5 Rb8 17.Qxa6 Rxb2 18.Bxf6 Qxf6 19.Qxd6 Qxc3 20.Nd4 Rxa2 21.Nxe6 fxe6 22.Qxe6+ Kh8 23.Rf1 Qc5 24.Qxd5 Rfxf2 25.Rxf2 Qxf2+ 26.Kh1 h6 27.Qd8+ Kh7 draw

2) World Blitz Chess Association Ends

Six-time US Champion Walter Browne is ending the World Blitz Chess Association and its magazine Blitz Chess after more than 15 years of dedicated service. That the operation lasted as long as it did is due to Walter's dedication and hard work. He has asked that the following material appear in as a many places as possible to get the word out.

Dear WBCA members:

   When I grew up in the 1960's it seemed that almost everybody loved to play Blitz, but there were very seldom any Blitz events and certainly not rated. In the 1980's I sought to change that by forming the World Blitz Chess Association which thrived with thousands of events all over the globe. Today rated Blitz events are held at almost every major event including the Internet 24 hours a day!

   Despite the fact that this has brought about Chess boom in the last 15 years the USCF never sponsored or condoned Blitz Ads. As a result organizers including Bill Goichberg were loath to promote Blitz large scale, although the two events he held each year were appreciated. The National Open was the best attended and it all started in 1986 when Fred Gruenberg kindly took a chance, which to this day continues to be a hit the night before each National Open. Jerry Hanken tried a WBCA event at the 1987 American Open, which had a great turnout of around 80 players, and continues as a popular event to this day! In the early 90's Jerry Weikel started a WBCA Blitz event just after Larry Evan's inspiring lectures at the Western State's Open, which has been a welcome addition.

   Thanks to all the clubs who ran events especially the Rochester, Arlington, Manhattan, Marshall and Bakersfield who ran hundreds of events over the last 15 years. Last but not least to Ralph Bowman who gave great support in the early days and more recently Toshio Imai for his encouragement and very generous support.

   Attempts to rate international events had some fleeting success. Unfortunately many players resented paying membership dues although they love to play Blitz.

   The initial wave of interest and support when the WBCA started from 1988 to 1990 was inspiring but then interest slowly subsided. I created a much better magazine in 1993 with many in-depth GM annotations with several well-paid contributors. Additionally a website was created, but maintaining it was a thankless task. Due to competition from rated online Blitz, membership fell off to a point where I not only worked for free, but I was at a loss. Despite the fact that Blitz Chess sold well in stores, I couldn't get enough distributors and advertising waned.

   In 2002 AOL swallowed up my website and due to a hard drive crash several programs were lost irretrievably. After 4 months and a new program I've recovered the addresses. The cost of producing, not to mention the incredible effort of putting out a slick magazine, besides doing all the ratings single handedly is unbearable, forcing me to retire the WBCA at this time. I will continue to compete in chess events and hope to do a book of my life in the near future. I will play in The National Open and CCA International in 2004 and will give lessons.    I will rate any events properly reported and postmarked by 12/31/03. I want to thank personally all the individuals, Affiliates and sponsors who believed in the WBCA with their undying support. I believe the compensation I've offered is very fair and well thought out, but welcome your E-mails:

Attention: IF YOUR WBCA MEMBERSHIP EXPIRED PRIOR TO 8/1/03 YOU HAVE NO CREDIT DUE. ITEMS WILL GO QUICKLY ORDER EARLY! ALL REDEMPTION MUST BE POSTMARKED or E-mailed by January 31,2004 (Except for simuls and lessons where credit is valid til 1/1/2011) Only those who's WBCA membership was still valid after 8/1/2003 will have $1.20 credit for each month(4 cents per day) for the first year (till 8/1/04)and $1 credit per month thereafter. For example if you expire 1/1/2004 You have $6.00 credit If you expire 5/14/04 you have $11.32 credit. If you expire 8/1/04 $14.40 credit,etc. Life members all will get $150(-$5 for each full year they were a member) credit. For example if you became a Life member in July,1993 you have $100 credit.If you joined July,1999 you have $130 credit,etc.


1) Back issues of Blitz Chess 1988-2003 (Prices listed in the final issues)
2) Historical Chess bulletins 1972-1985 (Pricelist in Fall & Winter 2002-2003 Blitz Chess)
3) Karpov Vol. 1-4 videotapes $38 each or Shirov Vol.1-5 videotapes $41 each
4) Browne Najdorf or anti-Najdorf videos $30 each
5) Browne's best games from US ch. 1974-1983 Vol.1 or Vol.2 videos $33 each
6) Chess World Title contenders & their styles by Danny Kopec and Craig Pritchett $11
7) Blitz Theory by J. Maxwell $13
8) Chess master 5000 $30, 5500 $40, 6000 $50
9) Private one hour Chess lessons with Walter Browne a 6-time US champ $100
10) Credit in future simultaneous exhibitions up to 50% off each simul regular EF.
--- -ALL ORDERS ARE POSTPAID! Please allow 4-6 weeks mailing and handling

3) Ibragimov wins Kings Island

Ildar Ibragimov defeated fellow GM Igor Novikov in a blitz playoff to win the title of King's Island Open Champion this past weekend. GMs Alex Shabalov, Alexander Goldin, Alex Wojtkiewicz and Jaan Ehlvest also scored 4-1 in the CCA event held just north of Cincinnati. Crosstables for the different sections can be found at

4) Shipman and Gross lead Fall TNM

IM Walter Shipman defeated NM Egle Morkunaite in round five of the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon to grab a share of the lead. He is tied for first at 4.5 with Expert Matthew Gross who has upset FM Frank Thornally and NM Win Aung Ye the past two rounds. Four rounds remain to be played by the 76-player field.

5) Here and There

The Pan American Team Championship, a qualifying event for the 2005 World Team Championship, will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from December 13-18. Due to financial difficulties the USCF is in no position to send a team. Anyone with ideas for financing, potential sponsors, etc., is asked to contact USCF President Beatriz Marinello at

Newsletter reader Andy Ansel passes along this interesting middlegame zugzwang.

Podgaets - Dvoretsky
USSR 1974

1. d4 c5 2. d5 e5 3. e4 d6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 Bg5 8. Bb5+ Kf8 9. Bxg5 Qxg5 10. h4 Qe7 11. Be2 h5 12. a4 g6 13. g3 Kg7 14. O-O Nh6 15. Nd1 Nd7 16. Ne3 Rhf8 17. a5 f5 18. exf5 e4 19. Qg2 Nxf5 20. Nxf5+ Rxf5 21. a6 b6 22. g4 hxg4 23. Bxg4 Rf4 24. Rae1 Ne5 25. Rxe4 Rxe4 26. Qxe4 Qxh4 27. Bf3 Rf8 28. Bh1 Ng4 29. Qg2 Rf3 30. c4 Kh6 0-1

Source: Chess To Enjoy by Soltis, pages 55-56.

The last Newsletter had the address for Chess Today as It is actually

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5:00 PM ET Chess & Books - Replay of Bruce Pandolfini (3rd interview)--
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Fred's next guest Wednesday, Nov. 19th will again be the highly acclaimed teacher & author GM Lev Alburt! Lev, who was US Champion three times, US Open Champion twice, and also three times champion of the Ukraine, will give his "take" on what really happpened during the amazing Kasparov-X3D Fritz match and its implications towards future human vs. computer chess encounters. Lev will also discuss his two excellent and fascinating new books "Three Days With Bobby Fischer & Other Chess Essays" (with Al Lawrence) and "Chess Rules of Thumb."

6) 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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