"I give 98 percent of my mental energy to Chess. Others give only 2 percent."
1) Batsaikan Tserendorj wins MI Summer TNM 2) Milman wins US Junior and Daniel Ludwig tops Cadet 3) 40 Years Ago at the US Open: Stephen Brandwein 4) IM Sevillano wins Wednesday Blitz 5) Boris Spassky in Reno 6) Shaughnessy and Bauer elected to USCF EB 7) Advanced Chess Camp starts next Monday 8) Upcoming Events
Late News - IM Enrico Sevillano leads the Mark Pinto IM norm event with 8/10 (one game left). IM Ganbold Odondoo finished with 7/11. FM David Pruess has 6 from 8 and IM Ricardo DeGuzman 5.5 from 8. A full report wil appear in Newsletter 203.
1) Batsaikan Tserendorj wins MI Summer TNM
NM Batsaikan Tserendorj drew his last round game with NM Igor Margulis to win the Mechanics' Summer Tuesday Night Marathon with a score of 7.5 from 9 and take home the $500 first prize. Tying for second in the 85-player field were fellow Mongolian Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Margulis at 6.5 . The Robert Jordan Tuesday Night Marathon will start on August 17 and run until October 5 (8 rounds). Advance entry fee is $35.
2) Milman wins US Junior and Daniel Ludwig tops Cadet
Tournament Director Frank Berry sent in the following report on the recently concluded US Junior Invitational and Cadet (under 16) Championship. MI members Vinay Bhat (his first serious event in a couple years), Matthew Ho, Nicolas Yap and Alex Setzepfandt played.
USA Junior and Cadet Invitational, Lindsborg, Kansas
FM Lev Milman scored 6.5/9 and finished alone in first place in the 2004 USA Junior Open (U-21) held July 20-25 in Lindsborg, Kansas. 2003 Junior Open champ Salvijus Bercys of New York finished clear 2nd with 6 pts Mikhail Korenman organized the 10-RR that was held concurrently with the USA Cadet Invitational (U-16) which was won outright with 7.5/9 by Dan Ludwig of Orlando, FL, followed closely by Matt Ho and FM Igor Schneider each with 6.5 points. The winner of the Cadet won a college scholarship and the winner of the Junior gets seeded in the USA Championship.
USA Junior Invitational
Lev Milman f 2428 6.5 / 9
USA Cadet Invitational
Daniel Ludwig 7.5 / 9
The following game was featured in Alexander Baburin's online daily Chess Today.
Setzepfandt,A - Liu,E
1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 e6 6.cxd4 b6 7.Nc3 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Qc7 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 d6 11.Bf4 Nd7 12.Re1 Be7 13.d5 0-0 14.exd6 Bxd6 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.dxe6 Qxd1 17.Raxd1 Nf6 18.exf7+ Kh8 19.Ne5 Rac8 20.Rd3 Bd5 21.Bg4 Rc5
White is two pawns up and has a well-advanced pawn on f7. What's the best way to victory?
22.Ng6+! hxg6 23.Rh3+ 1-0
3) 40 Years Ago at the US Open: Stephen Brandwein
The following material on Mechanics' Chess Club employee Stephen Brandwein was kindly sent to us by longtime Boston Globe columnist Harold Dondis who notes in his cover letter "that the description of Steve still applies to a great extent". The column, the third of Dondis' career, appeared on October 11, 1964.
Stephen Brandwein, winner of the James Burgess trophy, is the highest placed Massachusetts player in the U.S. Open has favored us with a game annotated by him from that event. Brandwein is a unique figure in chess circles. He plays with airy unconcern, being apparently more taken with getting the game over with than winning. He plays at amazing speed and will upon the vaguest pretense of equilibrium, either offer or accept a draw. He has not lost a game for longer than we can remember.
Against John Collins in the U.S. Open, Brandwein accepted a draw with a superior position and with almost an hour ahead on his clock! He has an enormous knowledge of the openings, game not so much from study but from genuine interest in other peoples' games. Either there is method in his casualness or Brandwein is one of the more gifted player in the United States.
In the game below Brandwein makes a succession of three bad moves out of five, leaves a pawn en prise, saddles himself with a backward pawn but of course wins the game.
McKelvie,N - Brandwein,S
Notes by Brandwein
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.f4 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nbd7
As in Benko-Byrne, Chicago 1963.
9.Be3 a6 10.0-0 e5
Afraid of f5, g4 etc.
12.Bxf4 Ne5 13.Qd2 Be6 14.b3 b5
Crushes me. Much better than 15.cxb5 axb5 16.Bxb5 Nxe4 17.Nxe4 Qb6+ when 18.Nd4 is bad and Black gets play after 18.Kh1 Qxb5 19.Nxd6 Qb6.
I didn't see the pawn was en prise when I pushed it (whoever heard of a Knight on c2?), but it seems to be the best chance.
16.Nxb4 Qa5 17.Bxe5
17.cxd6 Qxb4 18.Bxe5 Nxe4 19.Nxe4 Qxd2 etc.. If 17.Qxd6 Qxb4 18.Bxe5 Ne8.
17...dxe5 18.Nd3 Rfd8 19.Qb2 Rd4 20.b4 Qc7 21.a3
21.b5 looks more energetic. The e-pawn is held by an eventual Bf3.
Trading the e-pawn for the a-pawn is a bad idea. Nf2 looks possible.
22...Nxe4 23.Nxe4 Rxe4 24.Nf2 Re3 25.Bxa6 e4
The Queen really has no place to go and the a-pawn is lost.
26.Qc1 Rc3 27.Qg5 h6 28.Qh4 Rxa3 29.b5?
Loses a piece, but if 29.Be2 Rxb4 probably best is 30.Rd6 and if 30...Bf8 31.Rxe6 with interesting play.
A whole Rook now goes.
30...e2 31.b6 exf1Q+ 32.Bxf1
32.Kxf1 Qe5 33.Rd8+ loses. Also, White gets mated if he tries to get 2 queens.
32...Qc6 is much better.
33.Bb5 Bf5 34.c6
Now iIf 34...Bxe4 then 35.c7.
This ends it, Rd8+ again loses. The Queen restrains the pawns by threatened check at b6
Steve, who was 21 when this game was played, was top Expert at the 1964 US Open with a score of 8 1/2 from 12. The October rating of 1964 has him at 2271 and not long after he cracked the Top 50 list at 2302. He retired from tournament play in the mid-1960 but never lost his interest in studying the game or his passion for blitz.
4) IM Sevillano wins Wednesday Blitz
Visiting IM Enrico Sevillano of Las Vegas won a strong blitz tournament at the MI last Wednesday with a score of 10.5 from 11. Mongolian IM Ganbold Odondoo and countryman NM Batsaikan Tserendorj tied for second at 9 in the 12-player round robin. A blitz event will be held tonight starting at 7pm. Entry fee is $5.
5) Boris Spassky in Reno
Former World Champ is coming to Reno, Nevada, to be part of 22nd Annual Reno-Western States Open (Oct 15-17). More details for the tournament can be found in CHESS LIFE and on http://www.nwchess.com/
Spassky's schedule is as follows:
Oct 13 (Wed) 8:30pm - "An Evening with Boris". $30 (includes dinner). Reservations required.
Oct.14 (Thurs.) (6pm-7:15pm GM Larry Evans free lecture which will be about Boris Spassky) ; [7:30pm Blitz (5-min) tourney]; 7:30 pm Gm Boris Spassky (25 board) Simul ($100, includes a commemorative pen) spectator fee: $5 *.
Oct. 15 (Fri) Boris Spassky-Book Signing Session (free) 10-11 am.
Oct. 16 (Sat) Boris Spassky- Clinic (4:30 pm - 6pm) spectator fee: $10 *
Oct. 17 (Sun) Boris Spassky- "Clash of the Titans" film(Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spassky) will be shown followed by a question & answer session with GM Boris Spassky & Gm Larry Evans. Spectator fee: $10 * * Players who are playing in main tournament receive free attendance to these 3 Spassky events.
6) Shaughnessy and Bauer elected to USCF EB
Elizabeth Shaughnessy of Berkeley and NM Randy Bauer of Iowa were elected to the USCF Executive Board for one year terms and will be welcome additions.
Final vote subject to confirmation by the USCF Delegates:
A detailed breakdown of the voting can be found at http://www.uschess.org/2004resultseb-del.php
Sadly only around 1200 of the approximately 45,000 (age 16 and over) USCF members eligible to vote bothered to do so. Perennial gadfly Sam Sloan who use to finish dead last in previous campaigns continues to improve in each election. Judging from this result he stands a pretty good chance of being elected next time around, especially in a race where more than two spots are being contested. Voters sent a clear message to organizer extraordinaire Mikhail Korenman (US Junior Closed, US Junior Open, US Cadet, College Final Four, College Pan American Championship - just in 2004!) that they didn't want to waste his talents by sending him to New Windsor.
7) Advanced Chess Camp to start soon
Spots are still open for the 4th Annual, MI Advanced Chess Camp which is open to all ages.
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.
8) Upcoming Events
Vladimir Pafnutieff Memorial - August 21
Mechanics' Institute Scholastic Quads 2004 Tournaments: 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.
Aug. 28 & 29: Sacramento Chess Club Weekend Swiss #13 GPP: 6 N. California
A Heritage Event!
National EventsSept. 3, 4, 5, 6 23rd North American FIDE Open GPP: 150 Oklahoma 8SS, G/90+30 sec, Holiday Inn (Holidome) 2515 W. 6th Ave (Hwy-51) Stillwater, OK 1-405-372-0800. HR: 60-60-60-60. EF: $50. Free to FIDE rated players. Reg: Fri 11am-12:30pm. Rds: 1-6, 11-4, 11-4, 9-2. $$G 9,900 will not be lowered. $$G$1,500, $1,300, $1,100, $900, $700, $500. 11 plaques. $$G 600 each class X-E & below. Unr $200-$100. 2 byes rds 1-6. OCF req. Free Parking. Ent: Jim Berry PO Box 351 Stillwater, OK 74076. 1-405-624-2281. firstname.lastname@example.org. LS, W. FIDE. Acc pairings may be used
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