Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #186

"Games are usually lost, not through the taking of chances, but through the failure to apprehend certainties. "

   Gerald Abrahams

1) Nakamura and Ibragimov tie in 5th Millennium Open
2) Jude Acers on Tour
3) Milan Vukcevich
4) Upcoming Events

This shortened edition of the MI Newsletter is coming out early due to the Foxwoods Open. The regular Wednesday schedule will return on April 14.

1) Nakamura and Ibragimov tie in 5th Millennium Open

GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Ildar Ibragimov tied for first in the 5th Millennium Open held April 2-4 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The two winners, who scored 4.5 from 5, each received $1850. Tying for third through seventh at 4-1 in the 67 player open section were GMs Alex Wojtkiewicz and John Fedorowicz, IM John Donaldson and NMs Alex Stamnov and Boris Zisman. Among those on 3 1/2 were GMs Jaan Ehlvest and Julio Becerra This years edition of the Millennium Open, organized by Tom Braunlich and directed by Ernie Schlich and Michael Atkins, attracted 270 players and maintained its reputation as one of the best run tournaments in the United States.

Donaldson - Reichstein English A34
5th Millennium Open (2) 2004

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.0-0 Nxc3 8.bxc3 e5?! 9.d3 Be7 10.Nd2 0-0 11.Rb1 Be6 12.Qa4 Qc7 13.Nc4 Bd7 14.Ne3 Qc8 15.Nd5 Bd6 16.Qh4 Qd8?

Black had to play 16...f6 or 16...Re8. The text loses on the spot.

17.Bg5 f6

Forced as 17...Qc8 loses to 18.Nf6+ gxf6 19.Bxf6 Ne7 20.Qh6 Nf5 21.Qg5+.

18.Be4 h6 19.Bxh6 gxh6 20.Qxh6 f5

Or 20...Rf7 21.Bh7+

21.Nf6+ Rxf6 22.Bd5+ Be6 23.Bxe6+ Rxe6 24.Qxe6+ Kh8 25.Rxb7 1 - 0

2) Jude Acers on Tour

Jude Acers will be visiting the following West Coast cities this June.

Friday, June 18 Chelan, Washington
1pm Riverwalk Books, 116 East Wooden 509-682-9103
Saturday, June 19 - Seattle, WA King County Jail 10:30am-1:45pm

Sunday, June 20 - Bellevue, Washington
2 pm Crossroads Shopping Center 15 Board Exhibition

Tuesday, June 22 - McNeil Island Prison Exhibition in the evening

Wednesday, June 23 - Portland, Oregon
1pm Exhibition Lloyd Center

Sunday, June 27 - San Francisco, California
Wednesday, June 30 - Los Angeles, California

For more information go to: or write Russell Miller at .

3) Milan Vukcevich

National Master Dan Meinking of Cincinnati writes:

Milan Vukcevich: A Gentleman of Chess (compiled by John Donaldson)

Shortly after Dr. Vukcevich's passing in May 2003, International Master John Donaldson (director of the famed Mechanics' Institute in San Francisco) created a volume entitled "Milan Vukcevich: A Gentleman of Chess." This 87-page book contains biographical data on Dr. Vukcevich, articles written by and about him, 232 lightly annotated games (with diagrams), and a small selection of his problems. Since only 10 copies were printed, this book is not available to the general public.

However, IM Donaldson has authorized the distrubution of his book on CD. This CD contains: (1) a printable Word document containing all 87 scanned pages (in *.jpg file format); (2) games database files (ChessBaseLight required; download it for free at:; and (3) a Word document containing all 232 games (without diagrams). For a copy of this CD, send $5(US) to: Dan Meinking / P.O. Box 389183 / Cincinnati, OH 45238-9183 (USA). All proceeds go to the Vukcevich Super Cup tournament (for students) in Cleveland (May 22, 2004); for more details. Email inquiries to:

4) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Imre Konig Memorial - April 24

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 .

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