Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #195

"Young players will find it beneficial to follow the truly majestic unhurriedness with which the masters make the most obvious moves. "

   Alexei Suetin

Don't forget the Arthur Stamer Memorial at the MI this weekend. Details below under upcoming events.

1) Korenman and Shaugnessy for Executive Board
2) Wednesday Night Blitz
3) Summer TNM Starts
4) Here and There
5) Upcoming Events

1) Korenman and Shaughnessy for Executive Board

The June Chess Life recently came out with ballots for the USCF Executive Board special election. There are six Candidates and you need to select two on the ballot. I will be voting for Mikhail Korenman and Elizabeth Shaugnessy. Randy Bauer would be my third choice. Don't forget to vote.

2) Wednesday Night Blitz

The Wednesday Blitz events at the MI continue to increase in strength. Yefim Bukh won the event two Wednesdays ago with a score of 12-1. The next three finishers were 2. Jorge Lopez 11.5; 3. Arthur Ibragimov 11 and 4. Nicolas Yap 10.5. Last week's event was the strongest yet. IM Ricardo DeGuzman was first with 11-1, losing only to NM Batsaikhan Tserndorj who was second with 9.5. Other top scores were: 3. Jorge Lopez 8.5; 4. Arthur Ibragimov 8; 5-6. Yefim Bukh and Oleg Shaknazrov 7.

3) Summer TNM Starts

The Summer Marathon started last Tuesday and will run through July 27.The top seed, for the first time in the history of the TNM is a women, Batchimeg Tuvshintugs of Mongolia, rated 2327. She is visiting for the summer and will return in the fall to Maryland where she is studying. There are 79 entries in the Summer TNM and it is still possible to enter with half point byes for the first two rounds

4) Here and There

John Henderson of the AF4C reports that Chicago had four open qualifying spots and one women's seed. That means that GMs D. Gurevich and Fishbein, IM Finegold and Expert Chachounik Airapetian took the Open spots and Tatiana Vayserberg was the women's seed.

You can find the results for the

Arthur Dake Memorial that is being played in McMinnville, Oregon, at the Portland Chess Club site. Click on

Click here: PCC Tournament Results .

Larry Snyder writes that San Jose organizer Albert Rich has a survey he is circulating to poll local players on what sort of events they would like. Write him at if you are interested in participating.

You need no longer play at least four FIDE rated to have a ratable performance as an unrated. Well-known organizer and rules/pairing expert Stewart Reuben writes: The regulations are that they need to play at least three FIDE Rated players in each event and score at least one point in the first event that counts. This Tuesday Night Marathon is FIDE rated. We should have many ratable performances from it.

5) 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

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.

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