Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #193

"You call me Grandmaster. I am not Grandmaster, I am not even master. Chess will always be the master of me, of Capablanca and of all of us."

   Alexander Alekhine

1) Emmanuel Perez wins in Stockton
2) Ibragimov wins Wednesday Blitz
3) MI Blitz Ratings
4) Summer TNM to be FIDE rated
5) USCF Elections: Korenman and Shaughnessy
6) US Open 1961
7) Here and There
8) MI Chess Camps
9) Upcoming Events

The MI Summer Tuesday Night Marathon starts next Tuesday, June 1.

1) Emmanuel Perez wins in Stockton

by William Haines

John: I went to the Stockton event this last weekend. The Scholastic event was successful, but there were only five (5) entries in the Open section. Emmanuel Perez (2350), William Davis from Santa Rosa (2166), myself (2135), a young Mr. Tejes (2129), and Alan Kobernat (2094).

The first day, they gave one point byes to Kobernat & Tejes. Overnight Davis dropped and after round three Perez had played all present entries. Neither Kobernat nor I had played Tejes, but both Kobernat and Tejes had already had a bye. The only game in the last round was therefore Kobernat and Tejes playing for the guaranteed third prize of $75.

Emmanuel got his $300. and I got $150 for second. All prizes were guaranteed.

The real reason I'm writing is to report on what a GREAT bunch of people are involved with Stockton Chess. I'm in a wheelchair, and one of the organizers actually came to me and asked if there was anything not being provided me I might desire in the way of comforts! When my first round game went long, someone actually went to McDonald's for me to get me sandwiches.

Nicest bunch of people I've run in to.

Arthur Braden came down to TD the Scholastic event from Sacramento and did a nice job.

For complete standings for this event go to .

2) Ibragimov wins Wednesday Blitz

NM Arthur Ibragimov won the May 19 edition of the Wednesday blitz with an impressive 13-0 score. Other top finishers in the 14 player round robin were:

2. Jorge Lopez 11
3. Zaslavsky 10.5
4. Ted Castro 9
5. Nicolas Yap 8.5
6. David Ray 8
7. Batsaikan Tserendorj 7

The next MI blitz event will be held this evening at 7pm immediately following the lecture by GM Alex Yermolinsky.

3) MI Blitz Ratings

Mechanics' GM-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky has started an in house blitz chess rating system. Players start with their current USCF quick chess rating.

Rating List 5/25/2004

Igor Margulis 2297
Arthur Ibragimov 2210
Jorge Lorez 2095
B. Tserendorj 2078
Vladimir Zaslavsky 1956
Igor Traub 1941
Nicolas Yap 1920
A.Rozenvasser 1882
David Ray 1856
Yefim Bukh 1828
Neil Falconer 1800
Ted Castro 1657
Paul Thorpe 1649
Gende Oyunchimeg 1636
Felix Rudyak 1576
Marika Litras 1540
Tom Moore 1512
Tony Cole 1383
Ian Jones 1351
Mike Jacobo 1236
John Lavrentjev 1245
Nicholas Brown 1187
Jacob Eggers 1124
Joe Russell 989

4) Summer TNM to be FIDE rated

The Summer Mechanics Institute Tuesday Night Marathon will be FIDE rated. The 9-round event which starts next Tuesday, will provide an excellent opportunity for Bay Area players to improve and earn FIDE ratings. Games between two FIDE rated players will be rated for both players. Those between rated and unrated only for the unrated player. Unrated players need 9 games to get on the FIDE rating list. They need to play at least four rated players in an event to pool the result with another event to get their nine games. The current FIDE rating cutoff is now 1800. We anticipate approximately 10-15 of the 70 plus participants will have FIDE ratings.

5) USCF Elections: Korenman and Shaughnessy

Two of the candidates for the USCF Executive Board will offer USCF members the chance to meet them in person and discuss issues of the campaign. Mikhail Korenman of Kansas will be at the Chicago Open this coming weekend while Elizabeth Shaughnessy of Berkeley will meet with MI members this coming Tuesday evening right after GM Alex Yermolinsky's lecture at approximately 6:15 pm.

The June issue of Chess Life came out recently with statements by the six candidates. The July issue will contain the election ballot. Voters will be asked to select two individuals for a one year term on the USCF Executive Board. I believe that Mikhail Korenman and Elizabeth Shaughnessy have done more for chess and have the best qualifications of those running for office and will be voting for them. Please don't forget to vote.

6) US Open 1961

Andy Ansel recently entered all the available games from the 1961 US Open into ChessBase. The games from the event, which was held across the street from MI at the Sheraton Palace, will be available at Kerry Lawless' Chess Dryad site ( in the near future.

IM William Addison, who served as the MI Chess Director in the late 1960s, was one of the strongest American players never to receive the GM title. He played on the US Olympiad team and represented the United States in the 1970 Interzonal in Palma de Mallorca. Though born in Louisiana, Addison developed as a chessplayer at the Mechanics'.

Here is an exciting game of his from the 1961 US Open which was won by Pal Benko.

Addison,W - Witeczek,J
San Francisco US op (10), 1961

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.e4 b4 10.Na4 c5 11.e5 Nd5 12.dxc5 Qa5 13.0-0 Bc6 14.Bc2 Nxc5 15.Nxc5 Bxc5 16.Ng5 Qc7 17.Qh5 g6 18.Qf3 Bf8 19.Bd2 h6 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Bxg6+ Kd8 22.Rfd1 Kc8 23.Rac1 Kb7 24.Qh3 Qe7 25.Be4 Rc8 26.f4 Bg7 27.a3 bxa3 28.bxa3 Qf7 29.f5 exf5 30.Qb3+ Ka8 31.Bf3 Qb7 32.Qd3 Ne7 33.Rxc6 Nxc6 34.Rb1 Qc7 35.Rc1 Qb7 36.Qd6 Bxe5 37.Qe6 Bd6 38.Qxd6 Qb6+ 39.Kh1 Kb7 40.Ba5 Qb5 41.a4 Qxa5 42.Bxc6+ Ka6 43.Bb5+ Kb7 44.Bc6+ Ka6 45.Rb1 Rxc6 46.Qd3+ Rc4 47.Qxc4+ Qb5 48.Qxb5# 1-0

7) Here and There

GM Yasser Seirawan led Hilversum to a third place finish in the Dutch team championship winning both his games with excellent technical play.

Cuijpers,F (2489) - Seirawan,Y (2621) [B18]
Enschede NED-chT plof Enschede (1.4), 20.05.2004

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.h5 Bh7 8.Nf3 Nf6 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Qa5+ 12.Bd2 Qa6 13.Qb3 c5 14.dxc5 Nbd7 15.a4 Bxc5 16.Qb5 Qb6 17.Qxb6 axb6 18.Rh4 0-0 19.Rd1 Rfc8 20.b3 Bd6 21.c4 Bxg3 22.fxg3 Nc5 23.Rb1 Nfe4 24.Rg4 Kh7 25.Be3 f5 26.Rg6 Nf6 27.Ne5 Nxh5 28.g4 Nf6 29.g5 Ng4 30.gxh6 Nxe5 31.Rxg7+ Kh8 32.Ke2 Rg8 33.Bd4 Nc6 34.Ba1 Rxg7 35.hxg7+ Kg8 36.g4 e5 37.b4 Ne6 38.gxf5 Nxg7 39.f6 Ne6 40.b5 Ncd4+ 41.Ke3 Rc8 42.Ke4 Rc5 43.Rh1 Ng5+ 44.Kd3 Nde6 45.Bb2 Kf7 46.Bc1 e4+ 47.Kc3 Rf5 48.Be3 Nc5 49.Kb4 Nge6 50.a5 Nd3+ 51.Ka4 Nec5+ 52.Bxc5 Nxc5+ 53.Kb4 bxa5+ 54.Kxa5 Rxf6 0-1

Seirawan,Y (2621) - Schmaltz,R (2522) [A30]
Enschede NED-chT plof Enschede (2.2), 21.05.2004

1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.Nc3 d6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.b3 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.d4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 a6 10.Bb2 0-0 11.Ne4 Nxe4 12.Bxe4 Nxd4 13.Qxd4 Bf6 14.Qd2 Bxb2 15.Qxb2 Bc6 16.Qd4 Bxe4 17.Qxe4 Qc7 18.Rfd1 Rad8 19.Rd4 Rd7 20.Qd3 Rfd8 21.e4 a5 22.Rd1 Qc5 23.Qe2 g6 24.R1d3 Qc6 25.Qd2 Qc5 26.Kg2 b6 27.Qh6 b5 28.Qd2 b4 29.Qh6 Ra8 30.h4 a4 31.Qg5 Qxg5 32.hxg5 axb3 33.axb3 Ra5 34.Rxd6 Rxd6 35.Rxd6 Ra3 36.Rd3 Kf8 37.e5 Ke8 38.f4 Ra2+ 39.Kf3 Rc2 40.Ke4 Ke7 41.Kd4 Ke8 42.g4 Ke7 43.Rh3 Ke8 44.c5 Rc1 45.Rxh7 Rc3 46.f5 exf5 47.gxf5 gxf5 48.e6 fxe6 49.g6 Kf8 50.Rb7 f4 51.Rxb4 Rc1 52.Rc4 e5+ 53.Kd3 1-0

The Sacramento Chess Club has a good website ( ) where I found a list of the club's top players.

# Name Rtng
1 Andrey Chumachenko 2452
2 Michael Aigner 2272
3 Kenan Zildzic 2259
4 Arthur L Braden 2250
5 John Langreck 2223
6 Steven G Ross 2200
7 James Mac Farland 2200
8 John C Barnard 2151
9 Ziad A Baroudi 2144
10 Marc T Braverman 2075

Several issues back we reported on the upcoming IM norm event in McMinnville, Oregon. Organizer Clark Harmon reports that one of the original invitees, Sergey Erenburg, had visa problems and will be replaced by GM Vitali Golod. The revised field is:

Golod, Vitali ISR 2552
Anka Emil HUN GM 2422
Andrianov Nikolay RUS IM 2446
Zilberstein Dmitry FM 2392
Roper David FM 2292
Berry Jon CAN FM 2255
Van Meter Lester FM 2240
Raptis Nick 2262
Harmon Clark 2184
Stanford Mike CAN 2176

The IM norm for the Category 3 (2322) event remains a tough 6.5 from 9. We wish MI member Dmitry Zilberstein well in his quest for his second IM norm.

Full details for the Western States Open, which will feature Boris Spassky as a special guest, will soon be forthcoming. Here is a rough sketch.

Oct. 15-17, 2004. Spassky will have: Wed (Oct. 13) "an evening with Boris" (We think dinner & cocktails at 8: 30 PM. Thursday (Larry Evans Lecture at 6pm; Blitz tourney at 7:30pm & of course Spassky (25 board) Simul at 7:30pm ($100 includes commemorative writing pen to all participants in Simul) Spectators $5,. Friday Spassky autograph session from 10:30 am -11:30 am. Sat- Spassky 2:30 pm -4:30 pm Clinic ($10 to non players), Sunday Spassky 2:30 -4:30 PM Showing of the film "clash of the titans" followed by Question and answers by Spassky and GM Larry Evans ($10 fee to non tournament players). All Spassky events (except Dinner Wednesday night and participation in Simul) are free to main tournament players. Reno- Western States Open details are same as last year for round times, time controls 7 sections FIDE rated etc. Entry fees went up (to pay for Spassky) Open $150, X= $149, A=$148, B=$147, C= $146, D=145, E= $75. The rest of the detail s on the tournament should be very close to last year. note - no action tournament on Sunday and all Wed night side events are not happening.

A correction from the last newsletter where I ran a blurb from the Berkeley Chess School. IM David Goodman is not a former World Junior Champion. He was a member of the English team that won the World Student Team Championship.

SM David Pruess will be in town this summer and will be hosting a chess class from August 16-20. For more information, contact him at

The Governors Cup will be back this year from October 29-31 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Full details are given below.

This weekend Bay Area players will have two events to choose from. Those who like to travel may wish to venture down to Los Angeles. Closer to home is a rare weekend event in San Jose. Information is given under upcoming events.

8) MI Chess Camps

5th Mechanics' Institute Chess Camp for Beginners and Novice Players (below 1200 USCF)

This is a camp for players that want to learn how to play or who know the bare rudiments and would like to increase their understanding of the game. Instructor Anthony Corrales has a wealth of experience teaching youngsters. During this camp students will build up a solid core of knowledge. This will include learning all the basic checkmates, mastering the fundamentals of opening play, implementing middlegame plans and understanding simple endgames. Pupils will also learn how to take chess notation and to play using a chess clock.

Who: Open to youngsters 5-15
When : June 28 - July 2, from 10pm to 3pm daily
Where: 57 Post Street, 4th floor (Montgomery BART station) Cost: $300 for Mechanics' members, $335 for non-members. Non-members will receive a one year membership in the MI. There is a limit of 20 players for this camp. If you can't attend the whole camp there is a drop in fee of $75 a day

Advanced Players (1200-2200)

This is not a camp for players that want to jump two rating classes in five days. You won't learn how to win against the Sicilian every time using the Grand Prix Attack. So why our camp and not others? At the MI camp you will get a look inside a GM's laboratory and get a feel for how they work on their game from the ground up. You will learn not only the importance of analyzing your own games, but also how to do it properly. You will learn to identify the critical points of the game and to understand when and why things went wrong.

You will learn how to use ChessBase and Fritz efficiently as part of a daily training program as well as utilizing resources on the Internet such as TWIC and the Internet Chess Club. Today chess books are cranked out at an incredible rate. Some of them are very good, many are quite bad. We will help students learn to select that which is truly useful.

On the fun side our instructors have unique experience in international competition. Expect to hear stories and anecdotes about what it's like to play against Kasparov and defend first board in a Chess Olympiad. Instructors: Grandmaster Alex Yermolinsky, International Master John Donaldson, and MI Scholastic Director Anthony Corrales.

Who: Open to all ages from 8 and up.
When : August 2-6, from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 57 Post Street, 4th floor (Montgomery BART station)
Cost: $320 for Mechanics' members, $355 for junior (under 21) non-members, $405 for adult non-members. All non-members will receive a one year membership in the MI. There is a limit of 40 players for this camp. If you can't attend the whole camp there is a drop in fee of $80 a day.

9) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Arthur Stamer Memorial - June 12-13
William Addison Open - June 26
Charles Bagby Memorial - July 17

Mechanics' Institute Scholastic Quads 2004 Tournaments: April 17, May 8, June 19 and July 24 Open to players age 18 and under (Limited to first 80 players) Game/45

BlacKnight Chess Club Memorial Day Event in San Jose

Rounds : 10:30am, 12:15pm, 2:00pm Late Registration: 9:30am - 10:15am Open: to the first eighty players Note: Quads based on rating. USCF Rated. Unrated players face each other. You must be a USCF member to play in the quads. Time Control: Game in 45 minutes Entry Fee: $20 / $30 day of tournament/ $15 for MI members Checks payable to Mechanics' Chess Club Prizes: Trophies for the winners of each quad

Directions: From S.F. Take I-280S to Saratoga Ave. From Oakland take I-880S to I-280N to Saratoga Ave. Take Saratoga south to Blackford Ave, Left on Blackford, Park in Blackford HS parking lot. Follow signs to BlacKnight Chess Club. We are in building 49, between the Gym and building P

Hosted by Academic Chess
4-Round Swiss System, in 3 Sections: Premier, Booster, Reserve.
2000+ for Premier Section. Booster is 1600-1999, Reserve is 1599 and below. Unrateds may play in Premier or Reserve. Play up 1 section for only $5.
Rounds: Sat Noon, 5pm; Sun 1pm, 6pm.
EF: $45 received by 5/28, $50 same day. $5 off to Calchess members or Academic Chess enrolled students! 1 discount per entry please.
Time Control G/120, bring clocks please.
Late Registration is Sat 10am to 11:30am.
USCF Membership Required. USCF Rated. Please bring equipment, some sets provided. TD discretion may be used in assigning ratings.
K-12 kids tournament on Monday, May 31.
For more information:

Lina Grumette Memorial Day Classic
May 29-31, 2004

Governor's Cup
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
FIDE rated event
October 29-31, 2004
Holiday Inn City Centre
100 West 8th Street - (605) 339-2000
(Ask for Chess Rate $79)
Phil Smith, TD
Rounds: Friday 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Time Control: 40/2, SD/1
$10,000 unconditionally guaranteed
Registration Form
Entries postmarked after October 23 will be assessed a $20 late fee - all sections.
Name: ________________________________________________________________________________
Street Address: __________________________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip:__________________________________________________________________________
Phone#: __________________________ e-mail: _________________________USCF ID_____________
Return this form along with check for $55 payable to:
Sioux Empire Chess Foundation
2100 Slaten Court, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
One half-point bye available in first three rounds.
USCF membership required to participate
Please indicate section:
Premier (under 2000)
Reserve (under 1600)
Chess players 18 and under may
play in the Reserve section for $35
Each state chess association is encouraged to nominate its current champion or one of its best! Each state nominee will receive FREE ENTRY into the tournament.
For additional information, contact De Knudson
at (605) 338-9431,
or visit our website at
(all entries will be posted on website)

$1700 Prize Fund based on 60 entries
Premier Booster Reserve
1st $350 1st A $200 1st C $150
2nd $200 2nd A $100 2nd C $75
3rd $100 1st B $150 1st D/E/Unr$150
U2200 $100 2nd B $75 2nd D/E/Unr $50
70% of entries above first 60 returned to prize fund!!

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