Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #176

"It has been said that man is distinguished from animal in that he buys more books than he can read. I should like to suggest that the inclusion of a few chess books would help to make the distinction unmistakable."

   Edward Lasker, 'The Adventure of Chess', 1949

1) Shipman leads Winter Tuesday Night Marathon
2) Reno Far West Open
3) Chess in the News
4) Here and There
5) Upcoming Events

1) Shipman leads Winter Tuesday Night Marathon

International Master Walter Shipman jumped into the lead in the Winter Tuesday Night Marathon by defeating National Master Andy Lee in a tense game. Shipman leads the 80-player field with 4 points with FM Frank Thornally, NMs Igor Margulis and Egle Morkunaite and Expert Igor Traub tied for second at 3 1/2. Among those playing Tuesday night was noted Swedish book collector Peter Holmgren who served as the houseman defeating Haluk Akol.

Lee,A - Shipman,W [D31]
Winter Marathon (4), 2004

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 Nd7 5.e4 dxe4 6.Nxe4 Ngf6 7.Bd3 Nxe4 8.Bxe4 Nf6 9.Bc2 Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.b3 c5 12.Bb2 b6 13.Qe2 Bb7 14.Rad1 Qc7 15.Rfe1 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 cxd4 17.Rxd4 h6 18.Rg4?!

This looks very tempting but the prosaic 18.Red1 gives a clear advantage.

18...Nxg4 19.Qxg4 Bg5

White's point is that 19...g6 is met by 20.Rxe6.

20.Qe4 f5?!

This turns out well but 20...g6 21.Qd4 e5 would have given Black the better chances.

21.Qxe6+ Qf7 22.g3?

This is the losing move. White can't avoid the Queens coming off but he can keep the Rooks on. 22.Bxf5 Rae8 23.Re4 Qxe6 24.Bxe6+ Kh7 25.Ba3 Rd8 26.Bd5 would have given White the better chances. Now IM Shipman changes Queens and Rooks and the game is over.

22...Rae8 23.Qxf7+ Kxf7 24.Rxe8 Rxe8 25.Bxf5 Bf6 26.Bxf6 Kxf6 27.Bd3 Rd8 28.Bf1 Rd2 29.a4 Rb2 30.c5 bxc5 31.Bc4 Ke5 32.Kf1 Kd4 33.Ke1 g5 34.h3 h5 35.Bf7 h4 36.gxh4 gxh4 37.Be6 Ke5 38.Bc4 Rb1+ 39.Ke2 Rh1 40.f4+ Kxf4 41.Be6 Ke5 0-1

2) Reno Far West Open

Ernest Hong reports that information is up for Jerry Weikel's Reno Far West Open scheduled for April 9-11.

The website is and the printable PDF flyer is at

$25,000 PRIZE FUND!!! for this Six Round Swiss in Five Sections (based on 300 paid players, $16,250 Guaranteed). Large prize fund made possible by the generosity of the Sands Regency Casino Hotel. ADDITIONAL PRIZES! Top Senior (65 & over) and Top Club Money Prizes. Trophies awarded to top three places in sections A through D, top unrated player in section D. Free entry to main tournament for GMs and IMs. Free entry with a one-year USCF membership for unrated players (but ineligible for cash prizes).ADDITIONAL EVENTS: FREE lecture by GM Larry Evans on Thursday evening. FREE game/position analysis clinic by GM Larry Evans on Saturday afternoon. GM Sergey Kudrin Clock Simul on Thursday night. Five Minute Blitz Tournament on Thursday night. HOSTED BY THE SANDS REGENCY CASINO HOTEL in Reno, Nevada. Site of the 1999 100th U.S. Open. Coffee and coffee cakes served each morning. SPECIAL HOTEL RATES. Discounted rates are Sunday-Thursday $19 (nineteen!!). Friday or Saturday $45, single or double occupancy, plus 13.5% room tax. To guarantee hotel reservation with credit card by telephone call 1-800-648-3553, group code CHE 408. (Please, no tournament entries by telephone.)

Contact chief organizer and head TD Jerry Weikel at .

3) Chess in the News

Fred Wilson writes:

This will apparently be my LAST Internet radio show for It appears that ICC, while "moving and growing" onto its website, is also jettisoning myself, Pete Tamburro, Jr., Dan Heisman, Riley Kellogg, Mark Diesen & Bill Paschall. HOWEVER, I have been "tossing some ideas around" with Hanon Russell, founder of the well-known, terrific website , and it is possible "Chess & Books with Fred Wilson" will resurface on his site in early February, as a one hour prerecorded show, in an "MP3" type format-perhaps one or two times a month. PLEASE CHECK MY WEBSITE OR CHESS.CAFE.COM FOR FUTURE DETAILS.

Finally, thank you all very much for listening and participating! I really enjoyed doing this show-especially talking with and learning from so many great chess professionals, and also hearing from so many great chess fans and enthusiasts! Hopefully, not so far down the road, I will be able to continue bringing you information and opinions from important members of the chess community you want to hear from.

Best in Chess,
Fred Wilson

with Fred Wilson
Live Internet Radio Show
This Week's Guest, Wednesday, January 28th, will be IM JOHN WATSON !
Fred Wilson Wednesdays on !
Wednesday night now brings you back-to-back "Chess & Books with Fred
Wilson" for your listening enjoyment!

5:00 PM ET Chess & Books - Replay of IM Jack Peters--
7:00 PM ET Chess & Books - Replay of IM John Donaldson (3rd, & most
recent interview)--

9:00 PM ET Chess & Books - Live Show
11:05 PM ET Replay of Live Show

Fred's last guest on, on Wednesday, Jan. 28th, will again be the award winning and internationally acclaimed author IM JOHN WATSON. John has not only won the CJA "Book of the Year" award for his terrific "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy", but its superb sequel, "Chess Strategy in Action" is in serious contention for the "2003 Book of the Year"! John will discuss his brand new "Play the French, 3rd edition", along with his views on the uneasy USCF situation, the current spate of new opening books, and his favorite new & recent titles. John's perceptive, and often piercing, column of "Book Reviews" is one of the most popular spots to visit on "The Week in Chess" at Please email any questions you have for John Watson to or

EXTRA! EXTRA! IM John Watson will also list and discuss his "top 10" personal favorite chess books published after 1960! You won't want to miss this fascinating selection from one of our most astute and accomplished contemporary critics!

John Henderson of America's Foundation for Chess writes:

Not just the US Championships!

America's Foundation for Chess (AF4C) is committed to the education of our children. By making chess a larger part of America's cultural fabric - accessible in schools and in popular culture - AF4C hopes to elevate the profile of chess in America so that it will soon become a regular part of every child's classroom experience.

You can now access their fabulous AF4C video on the Web!

Go to and click on "watch the video" in the left column.

He's on the road again. Rusty Miller writes that Jude Acers is back in action! You can find out about his nationwide tour at : . For more information about his new book go to .

4) Here and There

Congratulations to Teresa Haun who won the annual Sojourner Truth tournament in Menlo Park this past weekend with a score of 3 1/2 from 4. We hope to have more details next week.

Six-time US Champion Walter Browne is offering an almost complete run of his magazine Blitz Chess (just 2 of over 50 issues missing for $123. Individual issues are available at varying prices. Contact Walter at .

Here is a game from San Francisco's past courtesy of Andy Ansel.

Reshevsky, S -Bernstein, B
San Francisco (simul)
June 23, 1921

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qd8 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Bd3 e6 7.O-O Be7 8.Be2 Nc6 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Bxf3 Nxd4 11. Bxb7 Rb8 12. Ba6 O-O 13. Bd3 c5 14. b3 Nd5 15. Ne2 Nxe2+ 16.Qxe2 Bf6 17.Qe4 g6 18.Bh6 Bxa1 19.Bxf8 Kxf8 20.Rxa1 Qf6 21.Re1 Nc3 22.Qc6 Qe7 23.a4 Rd8 24.Qf3 Rd5 25.Bc4 1-0

Jaan Ehlvest won the 88th New York Masters on 20th January 2004 with a score of 4-0, defeating three GMs along the way to pocket $310.. A record 7 GMs played. Go to for more information.

An issue of Wisconsin Chess from 1980 explains one reason the USCF has had difficulties of late. Author Fred Cramer gives USCF annual dues progression for 1940-80.

USCF dues

1940 $1
1950 $3
1952 $5
1967 $10
1975 $15
1980 $20
(Today - 2004 $49)

Cramer then points out the for a period of time in the 60s and 70s, when dues were $10, it was possible to become a life member by paying $10 for ten years in a row as a Sustaining Life Member. Yes, the exact same amount as the regular yearly dues! Thousands paid their $100 over ten years and the USCF has been servicing these memberships for decades.

5) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Henry Gross Memorial - Feb. 7
A.J. Fink Amateur - March 6-7
Max Wilkerson Open - March 20
Lovegrove Senior - April 3-4
Imre Konig Memorial - April 24

The Mechanics' Institute Scholastic Quads Tournaments: January 24, February 21, and March 13 Open to players age 18 and under (Limited to first 80 players) Game/45

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