Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #211

"The act of playing chess is an act of creative cooperation. Even though you're trying to defeat your opponent, you're still creating something in partnership with him, a brand new game. Whether that creation is ultimately beautiful or ugly makes no difference, the aesthetics don't matter - you're still teaming up to make a game that's never been played before. "

David Bronstein

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Mike Valvo ( 1942-2004)
3) Ron Burnett qualifies for US Championship
4) USCF looking for permanent home
5) Chess Olympiad to start soon
6) William Addison in Louisiana
7) Boris Spassky and the Western States Open
8) Reuben Fine at the MI
9) 1967 US Intercollegiate Championship
10) Here and There
11) 4th Annual Chess-in-the-Parks Rapid Open
12)  MI Book and Equipment Donations
13) Upcoming Events

Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

IM Ricardo DeGuzman defeated NM Igor Margulis to grab the lead with one round to go in the Robert Jordan Tuesday Night Marathon. A half point behind DeGuzman's score of 6-1 are FM Frank Thornally, NM Russell Wong, and Experts Nicolas Yap and Ariel Mazzarelli.

NM Rey Salvatierra won a closely contested Wednesday Night Blitz on September 23 with a score of 7.5 from 9. Bay Area newcomer NM John Cline, formerly of Texas and Virginia, and David Ray shared second at 7 with Yefim Bukh fourth at 6.5.

This weekend the Mechanics' will host the 5 round, G/45 minutes, J.J. Dolan Memorial. The event is rated 1/2/K and will offer a good chance to get some practice before the upcoming Western States Open.

The main Chess Room will be closed from October 6 to October 25. During this time a new linoleum floor will be installed. Chess Room activities will continue as usual in room 407.

2) Mike Valvo ( 1942-2004)

IM Michael Valvo of Chanhassen, Minnesota passed away on on September 18, 2004 at age 62. Valvo, who had suffered a stroke a few years ago, had a history of heart trouble.

Born in Albany, New York, Michael Valvo was a graduate of Columbia University and spent much of his life working with computers. He is perhaps best known to the public for his job as commentator for the Kasparov versus Deep Blue Matches in 1996 and 1997, but he accomplished many things in a chess career going back to the late 1950s.

Valvo learned the game from his father Frank, who was also a USCF master. Michael made quick progress and in 1964 was a member of the U.S. team that competed in the 11th Student Olympiad in Cracow, Poland, in 1964 along with Bill Lombardy, Raymond Weinstein, Charles Kalme, Bernard Zuckerman and Mitchell Sweig. The Americans finished in fourth place behind the USSR, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. He quit playing chess in 1969, but came back with a big bang by earning a FIDE rating of 2530 in the late 1970s after an excellent performance in a NY Futurity. FIDE awarded him the IM title in 1980.

A respected opening theoretician Valvo played 1.e4 for much of his career before adding the English to his repertoire. He was a life-long fan of the Dragon and a early pioneer (1963) of a Benko-gambit type approach - 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 a6 followed by ...c5 with ...b5 to follow d4-d5. He tested many of his lines in correspondence chess throughout his career. Valvo was a co-author of a book on the 1990 Kasparov-Karpov match and was the technical editor of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess along with Raymond Weinstein. He did the game annotations for the 1966/67 US Championship bulletin.

Valvo loved other games besides chess, especially competitive bridge which he played at a high level. He was also known as an excellent blackjack player.

He will leave behind many friends in the places where he spent his life including New York, New Jersey, Colorado and Minnesota.

Valvo,M (2465) - Zapata,A (2410) [A26]
New York MCC New York (1), 1980

1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.g3 d6 4.Bg2 e5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.0-0 Nf6 7.Rb1 0-0 8.b4 Be6 9.d3 h6 10.b5 Ne7 11.a4 Qd7 12.Re1 Nh7 13.Ba3 f5 14.Qc2 Nf6 15.Nd2 Rab8 16.c5 Rfd8 17.Nc4 Ne8 18.Na5 Qc8 19.c6 bxc6 20.bxc6 Rxb1 21.Rxb1 Qa6 22.Nb7 Rc8 23.Nb5 Nf6 24.Rc1 Nfd5 25.e3 Bf7 26.d4 Nb6 27.Nxc7 Rxc7 28.Bxd6 Nbd5 29.Bxc7 Nxc7 30.a5 Bd5 31.Qc5 Kf8 32.Bxd5 Ncxd5 33.Qd6 exd4 34.exd4 Kg8 35.Qe6+ Kh7 36.Nd6 Nxc6 37.Qxd5 Nxd4 38.Rc8 Nf3+ 39.Qxf3 Qxd6 40.Qb7 Qd4 41.a6 f4 42.Rf8 fxg3 43.hxg3 h5 44.Ra8 Kh6 45.Rxa7 Bf6 46.Kg2 Qd2 47.Qf3 1-0

Valvo,M (2465) - Peters,J (2465) [C81]
New York MCC New York (10), 1980

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Qe2 Be7 10.Rd1 0-0 11.c4 bxc4 12.Bxc4 Bc5 13.Be3 Bxe3 14.Qxe3 f5 15.exf6 Qxf6 16.Rxd5 Bxd5 17.Bxd5+ Kh8 18.Bxe4 Qxb2 19.Qc3 Rad8 20.Bc2 Qc1+ 21.Ne1 Nd4 22.Bd3 Qf4 23.Qd2 Rde8 24.f3 Rxe1+ 25.Qxe1 Nxf3+ 26.gxf3 Qd4+ 27.Kh1 Qxa1 28.Qh4 h6 29.Qe4 g6 30.Qxg6 Qg7 31.Qxg7+ Kxg7 32.Kg2 Rb8 33.Kg3 c5 34.Nc3 c4 35.Be4 Kf6 36.Kf4 Rb2 37.h3 Rh2 38.Bf5 a5 39.a4 Rb2 40.Nd5+ Kg7 41.Ke5 Rb3 42.Kd4 Rxf3 43.Bd7 c3 44.Nxc3 Kf6 45.Nd5+ Kg5 46.Nb6 Rf7 47.Kc5 Re7 48.Kd6 Re4 49.Kd5 Re3 50.Nc4 Rd3+ 51.Kc6 Rd4 52.Be6 Kh4 53.Kc5 Re4 54.Bd7 Re7 55.Kd6 Rxd7+ 56.Kxd7 Kxh3 57.Nxa5 h5 58.Nc4 1-0

3) Ron Burnett qualifies for US Championship

John Henderson writes:

The inaugural winner of the US Chess Federation, America's Foundation for Chess, and the Internet Chess Club's US State Champion of Champions online event is IM Ronald Burnett from Tennessee, who took the title on Sunday.

Thirty-eight USCF state champions from Eastern and Western states competed in separate Swiss style Blitz qualifying tournaments on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19, hosted by the ICC. The finalists from the Eastern conference were Ronald Burnett (Tennessee) and Edward McHugh (Connecticut), with the Western conference finalists being Mark Ginsburg (Arizona) and Oleg Zaikov (Oregon).

The Finals Weekend with a prize fund of $1,000 and an added lure of a spot in the 2005 Chessmaster US Chess Championships was held 25-26 September, though this time with a more fitting time-control of Game 60 with so much at stake. And for added safety, an independent proctor was allocated to each of the four finalists to ensure fair play for all.

In the semifinals, pre-tournament favorite IM Mark Ginsberg surprisingly lost 2-0 to NM Edward McHugh, while IM Ronald Burnett comfortably beat Oleg Zaikov 1.5-0.5. In the final, Burnett became the first player to be crowned US State Champion of Champions after beating McHugh 1.5-0.5 to take the title.

This is the first time an online event has been used to qualify for the US Chess Championships, and IM Ronald Burnett goes forward to San Diego as the final competitor in the 64-player field that will do battle for the $25,000 first prize.

This popular new event proved that online chess and over-the-board play can be a perfect mix - even for one of the world's most famous tournaments. First the players had to prove themselves o.t.b by winning their relevant state championships to be invited, then had to play online on the ICC (both Blitz Swiss and Game 60) to claim the final spot for the 2005 US Championships, one of the most prestigious events in the world of chess.

The final piece of the jigsaw is now in place for the 2005 Chessmaster US Championships, which will take place 24 November through 5 December at the Hilton Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif. With a record prize fund of $253,600, this will be the fourth year that AF4C has hosted the US Championships and its first year doing so in conjunction with the NTC Foundation in San Diego.

CofC-Tennessee - CofC-Connectic [B40]
ICC tourney 588 (60 3 u) Internet Chess Club (1), 26.09.2004
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b3 b6 4.Bb2 Bb7 5.Qe2 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 a6 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.g4 b5 11.Bg2 Nb6 12.Nf5 Qc7 13.Nd5 exd5 14.e5 Ne4 15.exd6 Bxd6 16.Nxd6+ Qxd6 17.Qxe4+ dxe4 18.Rxd6 Nc8 19.Rd4 0-0 20.Bxe4 Nd6 21.Bxb7 Nxb7 22.Re1 a5 23.Re5 b4 24.Rg5 h6 25.Rb5 Nd8 26.Rdd5 Nc6 27.Rd6 Ne7 28.f4 Ra7 29.f5 f6 30.Bd4 Rc7 31.Rxa5 Rfc8 32.c4 bxc3 33.Bb6 Rc6 34.Rxc6 Rxc6 35.Bd4 c2 36.h3 h5 37.Bc5 Nd5 38.gxh5 Kh7 39.a4 Kh6 40.Kxc2 Kxh5 41.Kb2 Nf4 42.Be3 Nd3+ 43.Ka3 Rc3 44.Rd5 Ne5 45.Bf4 Nc6 46.a5 Rxh3 47.a6 Rf3 48.Bd6 Rf1 49.Ka4 Na7 50.Ka5 Nc8 51.Bc5 g5 52.fxg6+ Kxg6 53.Rd8 Ra1+ 54.Kb5 Black resigns 1-0

4) USCF looking for permanent home

Back in late August in Newsletter 205 I wrote:

Exactly where the USCF office will be located a year from now is not exactly clear. When things were difficult last year the USCF was forced to sell the building it owned for many years and rent it back from the buyer. This is mutually acceptable at present but the long term situation is unclear. Crossville, Tennessee, home of longtime USCF supporter Harry Sabine, offered the Federation free land and other incentives several years ago. The city and Federation seemed close to a deal but it was not closed. Crossville still seems interested as does Lindsborg, Kansas, which sent several city representatives to the US Open along with major organizer Mikhail Korenman. The deal Lindsborg is offering is said to include both land and a building, for free. Neither Crossville or Lindsborg could be considered to be a major metropolitan area but both are considerably more cosmopolitan than one might suspect. Offers from two locations in South Florida were floating around a year ago but neither seems remotely as attractive as the two deals mentioned above. The USCF office has been in the Newburgh/New Windsor area for close to 40 years after moving 60 miles up the road from New York City, but US Chess has not always been East Coast based. The USCF was founded in 1939 in Illinois and before that one of the two US Chess organizations, the Western Chess Association, was headquartered in St. Louis. The USCF staff is greatly reduced from a year ago and, with technology being what it is, could conceivably be based almost anywhere. Housing prices and employee salaries in New Windsor are effected to some extent by the proximity to New York City. Most likely nothing will change in the short term but it is good to know that the USCF has some attractive offers on the table. It would be nice to see the Federation owning its home.

The latest developments have new offers from Louisville and Texas, but none appears to be close to that of Lindsborg which is offering to give the USCF a 9, 000 sq.f building and $73,000 in relocation help. It will be hard for the USCF Executive Board to pass up this offer when their financial situation is still delicate. Right now the two things that have contributed more than anything else to keeping the USCF afloat are Bill Goichberg's serving as Executive Director for free in 2003 and for $25,000 in 2004 and the book and concession outsourcing deal with Chess Cafe which is bringing in over $300,000 a year guaranteed. This deal was negotiated by Goichberg. It was considerably better than an offer from south Florida which the EB almost excepted befotre Goichberg was hired.

5) Chess Olympiad to start soon

Chess Olympiad, which runs October 14-31 in Calvia, Spain, will soon be starting. GMs Alex Onischuk, Alexander Goldin, Gregory Kaidanov, Alex Shabalov, Igor Novikov and Boris Gulko will make up the team which will represent the United States with Boris Postovsky as Captain. Zsuzsa Polgar , Irina Krush, Anna Zatonskih and Jennifer Shahade will represent America in the women's competition with Paul Truong serving as Captain.

Garry Kasparov was recently interviewed (9/26) by Bay area native Michael Greengard (Mig) for his chess ninja website ( and had some things to say about the upcoming Olympiad.

Re 2004 Olympiad predictions (he's not playing): "Russia of course, India could surprise. Anand on board one changes everything, it's huge. The young Ukrainian team."

I asked him what he thought of Nakamura not being on the US men's team and he initially didn't want to comment. "They got us (the Kasparov Chess Foundation) to work with the women's team only!" Eventually he settled for "I'll just say it's strange to see a US team without Nakamura."

6) William Addison in Louisiana

Three-time US Champion Alex Yermolinsky is by far the strongest MI employee, but he is not the only one to represent the US in an Olympiad or Interzonal. Sharing that distinction is IM William Addison, who served as the Mechanics' Chess Room Director in the late 1960s. Addison developed into a strong player after moving from his native Louisiana to San Francisco in the mid-1950s. His best result was clear second in the 1969 US Championship which qualified him to play in the 1970 Interzonal. He retired after competing in that event at the young age of 37.

Addison's early career in Louisiana was aways a bit of a mystery to MI members from the 1960s who were never sure how strong a player he was when he first ventured into the Mechanics'.

Last May I paid a visit to the John G. White collection at the Cleveland Public Library and was able to shed a little light on the matter thanks to the Louisiana

Chess Association Newsletter from 1949-1951. Incidentally, while the J.G. White had issues of the magazine from the 1950s and 1970s there were none from the 1960s, which is a pity as several contemporary publications from 1964 make reference to the publication's coverage of Fischer's visit to New Orleans that year. It's no surprise that Dale Brandreth refers to US state magazines as the rarest of all publications. It's not that they are valuable, but just that nonone thinks to preserve them. A few decades pass and all trace is lost. If you want something to be preserved send a copy to Cleveland and the Mechanics'.

Annotations to the following two games are by Sammy Reshevsky.

Addison was 17 when they were played in July of 1950 . The first ever USCF rating list (through events played to July 31, 1950), which was published in Chess Life on November 20, 1950, had Addison at 2008 which put him in the Class A ranks (2700+ = GM, 2500-2700 = SM, 2300-2500 = NM) and 2100-2300 = Expert). Van Valkenburg was 2091 and Gladney 2084. I couldn't find a rating for Loring.

Loring - Addison, W [B03]
Baton Rouge, 1950
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.exd6 exd6 7.Nc3 Be7 8.Bd3

The Bishop does not belong on this square. 8.Be2 0-0 9.b3 followed by 0-0 is usual. To be considered is 8.h3 Bh5 9.g4 Bg6 10.b3 Nc6 11.0-0 with a fine game.

8...0-0 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Be3 Bf6 11.Re1

This loses valuable time. Necessary was 11.h3 Bh5 12.g4 Bg6 13.Bxg6 fxg6 13...hxg6 might be a good alternative. 14.b3 with a playable position.


11...Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Bxd4 13.Bxd4 Nxd4 14.Qxb7 leads to an even position.


12.h3 was still the best try.

12...Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Nxc4 14.Ne4 Nb6! 15.Nxf6+ Qxf6 16.Rc1 d5 17.b4 Qd6 18.Rc5 Nd8

Black is able to consolidate his position and remove the pressure on his QBP.


There isn't any point for this move. White should have tried 19.Qb3 Ne6 20.Rc3 followed by a4-a5.

19...Ne6 20.Rc3 a6! 21.a4 axb5 22.axb5 Ra2 23.Qb3 Rea8 24.Rec1 R8a3 25.Qd1 Nc4

Stronger was 25...Rxc3 26.Rxc3 Qb4 27.Rb3 Qa4.

26.Rxa3 Rxa3 27.Qe2

It's pitiful to see two Bishops so completely inactivated.

27...f5 28.g3 Rb3 29.Bxd5

This loses, but White's position is hopeless. If 29.Rxc4 dxc4 30.Qxc4 Rb4.

29...Qxd5 30.Qxc4 Qxc4 31.Rxc4 Rxb5 32.Kf1 Kf7 33.Ke2 Ke7 34.Kd3 Kd6 35.Bd2 Kd5 36.Bb4 Rb6 37.f4

37.Bc3 was necessary to prolong the game.

37...Rc6 38.Rxc6 Kxc6 39.Kc4 b5+ 40.Kd3 Kd5 41.Bc3 g6 42.Bb4 Nxd4 0-1

Black conducted the game with understanding.

Addison, W- Van Valkenburg, J.E. [C01]
Baton Rouge, 1950

1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3

Better is 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bd3 cxd4 6.a3

4...Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Be2 Nge7 7.b3 Ng6

7...cxd4 8.cxd4 Nf5 9.Bb2 Bb4+ 10.Kf1 h5 11.Nc3 leads to an interesting position with many complications. Best for Black was 7...Nf5 8.Bb2 h5 9.0-0 Be7.

8.0-0 Be7 9.Bb2 f6

9...Bd7 , followed by ...0-0-0 was preferable.


This gives White the worst of it. Correct was 10.dxc5 Qxc5 11.Ba3 Qb6 12.Bxe7 Ncxe7 13.exf6 gxf6 14.c4 with a good game.

10...fxe5 11.Bxg6+ hxg6 12.Nxe5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Bd7

Black stands better, as he has the two bishops; in addition he has an important open file - KR. White has nothing in return for these distinct advantages of Black.

14.Qg4 g5 15.Nd2 0-0-0 16.Rac1 Rh4 17.Qg3 Rdh8 18.Nf3 R4h5 19.b4 Be8 20.Rfe1 Bg6 21.Ba1

If 21.c4 Qxb4 (or even 21...d4 ) 22.cxd5 exd5 23.e6 g4

21...c4 22.Bb2 Be4 23.Nd4

23.h3 was necessary.


Why not 23...Rxh2 24.Qxh2 Rxh2 25.Kxh2 Kd7 and Black should win.

24.f3 Bf5 25.h3 Kd7 26.Qf2 g4 27.Nxf5 gxf5 28.Qxb6 axb6 29.hxg4 fxg4 30.f4

This loses immediately. The best try was 30.Kf2 gxf3 31.Kxf3 Rf8+ 32.Ke2 Rxe5+ and should win.


30...Rh1+ wins as follows; 31.Kf2 Bh4+ 32.g3 Rh2+ 33.Kf1 Bxg3 34.Re2 Rxe2 35.Kxe2 Rh2+ and wins.

31.Kf1 Rf5 32.Ke2 Rxf4 33.Rc2 Rh2 34.Kd1 Rf2 35.Rg1 Rf5

Simpler was 35...Bg5 36.Bc1 Bxc1 37.Kxc1 Kc6 38.Kd1 Rxc2 39.Kxc2 d4 40.cxd4 Kd5 41.Kc3 b5 42.a3 b6 and White has no move.

36.Re2 Bd8 37.Bc1 b5 38.Bd2 Kc6 39.Ree1 Bb6 40.Be3 Rxe5 41.Bxb6 Rxe1+ 42.Rxe1 Kxb6 43.Rxe6+ Kc7 44.Re2 Kd6 45.Kd2 Rh4 46.Ke3 Re4+ 47.Kf3 Rxe2 48.Kxe2 Ke6

48...Ke5! wins.

49.Kf3 Kf5

Black missed another chance to win as follows: 49...d4! 50.cxd4 Kd5 51.Ke3 c3 52.Kd3 c2 53.Kxc2 Kxd4 54.Kd2 Kc4 55.a3 Kb3 56.Ke3 Kxa3 57.Kf3 Kxb4 58.Kxg3 Ka3 59.Kf2 b4 60.g4 b3 61.g5 b2 62.g6 b1Q.

50.Kxg3 Ke4

50...d4! wins immediately.

51.Kf2 d4

Black cannot win anymore after this move. Correct was 51...Kd3 52.g4 Ke4 53.g5 Kf5 54.Ke3 Kxg5 55.Kd4 Kf4 56.Kxd5 Ke3 57.Kc5 Kd3 58.Kxb5 Kxc3 and wins.

52.cxd4 Kxd4 53.Ke2 Ke4 54.g3 Kf5 55.Ke3 Ke5 56.g4 Ke6 57.Ke4 Kf7 58.Kf3 Kg6 59.Ke4 Kf7 60.Kf3 Kg7 Draw

Black played the opening and middlegame well, and it is unfortunate that he was unable to carry through to the finish.

Addison,W - Gladney,F [D34]
Baton Rouge, 07.1950

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 c5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Nc3 b6 9.dxc5 bxc5 10.Na4 0-0 11.Be3 Qa5 12.Rc1 c4 13.Nd4 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Bb7 15.Nc3 Rad8 16.Qa4 Qxa4 17.Nxa4 Bc6 18.Nc3 a6 19.Rfd1 Rfe8 20.Rc2 Ne4 21.b3 cxb3 22.axb3 Nxc3 23.Bxc3 Bf8 24.e3 Ba8 25.Ra2 Rc8 26.Bd4 Bb7 27.Bf1 Rc6 28.Ra5 Rh6 29.Rc1 Bb4 30.Ra2 a5 31.Rc7 Bc8 32.Bb5 Rd8 33.Rac2 Bf5 34.R2c6 Bd6 35.Ra7 Bd7? 36.Rxd6? [36.Rxd7] 36...Rxd6 37.Bc5 Bxb5 38.Bxd6 Rc8 39.Rxa5 Rc1+ 40.Kg2 Bf1+ 41.Kf3 h6 42.Rxd5 Ba6 43.Rd2 Bb7+ 44.Kf4 Rb1 45.b4 Bc8 46.h4 h5 47.Rd5 Bg4 48.Rd2 Kh7 49.Bc5 Kg6 50.e4 Rb3 51.e5 Rc3 52.Rd6+ Be6 53.Ke4 Rc4+ 54.Rd4 Rc2 55.Rd6 Rc4+ 56.Kd3 Rc1 57.Be3 Rd1+ 58.Kc2 Re1 59.Rxe6+ fxe6 60.b5 Ra1 61.b6 Ra8 62.Kc3 Kf7 63.Kc4 Ke7 64.Kb5 Kd7 65.b7 Rb8 66.Kb6 1-0

7) Boris Spassky and the Western States Open

Team Sign Up for Western States Open - October 15-17

You must be a MI member. Any prize the team wins goes to the Chess Room to sponsor special events. Masters, Class E and Unrated are not eligible. Last year the MI won a prize that helpe bring US Champion Alex Shabalov to the MI.

8) Reuben Fine at the MI

Thursday, September 5, 1940 SF Chronicle writes: CHESS CHAMP to PLAY

Reuben Fine, well-known chess expert and runnerup in the United States Championship competition this year will play simutaneous matches with thirty members of the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club at 8pm tonightat the club headquarters, 57 Post Street.

Aidan Woodger's Reuben Fine gives SF +18, =1 on page 318

Sacramento +13, =1 (Septermber 4 SF

Carmel +23, =1 LA Times looks like the source

9) 1967 US Intercollegiate Championship

Mike Goodall was the captain and Frank Thornally was the top rated player for the UC Berkeley chess team that played in and won the 1967 Intercollegiate Championship in Hoboken, NJ. Sam Sloan was also on the team. In the 4th round Frank played Ginsberg (at least I assume it is the same one). I was watching his game as I was playing mine-- I was very impressed by Frank's aggressive opening play and how he won the game. However, when it was over he threw the scoresheet in the trash--he did not think it was a good game at all! I retrieved the score and saved it all of these years. I see now it is not the brilliancy I recalled-- but it is still an amusing story about an interesting game.

Ginsberg--Thornally 12/28/1967

1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 c6
3. Nc3 d5
4. Nf3 dc
5. a4 Na6
6. Ne5 Ng4
7. Nc4 e5
8. Ne5 Ne5
9. de Qd1+
10. Kd1 Be6
11. Bg5 h6
12. Bf4 O-O-O
13. Kc2 Nb4+
14. Kc1 g5
15. Bg3 Bb3
16. e3 Nd3+
17. Bd3 Rd3
18. Ne4 Bb4
19. Ra3 Ba3
20. ba Be6
21. Kc2 Ra3
22. Nd6+ Kc7
23. Nf7 Ra2+
24. Kb1 Rf8
25. Nh6 Rd8
26. Nf5 R8d2
27. Nd4 Bc4
28. e6+ Kd8
29. Be5 c5
30. Nf3 Bd3+
31. Kc1 Rac2+
32. Kb1 Rb2+
33. Ka1 Ra2 X

10) Here and There

LA Open



Yermo to Chess Festival

Kamilla, Yermo and Dmitry US Champ

166 not 182 in Cal Labor Day event last year 195

11) 4th Annual Chess-in-the-Parks Rapid Open

Paul Truong writes:

Commissioner Podziba and Commissioner Benepe Announce the 4th Annual Chess-in-the-Parks Rapid Open in Central Park

Commissioner Podziba and Commissioner Benepe today announced the 4th Annual Chess-in-the-Parks Rapid Open to be held on October 2nd at Central Park's Bethesda Fountain beginning at 10:00 a.m. During this annual event, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation offers New Yorkers the chance to outwit each other in the great game of chess.

"Chess-in-the-Parks couples a game that strengthens the mind with an environment that fortifies the soul," said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "We look forward to hosting this event, where every child will reign as king or queen over the chess board."

Parks & Recreation, in collaboration with Chess-in-the-Schools, is sponsoring this six-round chess tournament.

"The 4th Annual Chess-in-the Parks Rapid Open is a great way for Chess-in-the-Schools to kick off the 2004-2005 chess tournament season," said Commissioner Podziba. "Central Park is an ideal setting for the event as participants will have the opportunity to challenge themselves mentally and relax in the peaceful environment of the world's most famous park. Chess-in-the-Schools has continually excelled in providing public school children with opportunities to learn the game of chess and I would like to thank them for their efforts and wish all of this year's participants the best of luck."

A human chess game will also take place featuring children as game pieces. The game will be conducted by two of the most accomplished Grandmasters in the United States, Susan Polgar and Lev Alburt.

Susan Polgar is a four-time Women's World Champion and one of the world's leading pioneers for the promotion of women's chess. She is an award-winning and best-selling author and will be representing the United States at the Chess Olympiad this October. Susan has also established the Polgar Chess Center in Queens, which provides New Yorkers with an opportunity to learn and play chess. For more information on Susan, please visit her website at or contact her at 212-748-9584.

Lev Alburt is a three-time United States Champion who was inducted into the United States Chess Hall of Fame last year. He is a prolific and award-winning author and accomplished chess teacher. He will be donating his chess books as awards to tournament winners. For more information about Lev Alburt, please visit

Tournament winners will also receive trophies and medals to be awarded following the last round of competition.

Chess-in-the-Parks is free and open to all. To register, email or send a fax to 212-564-5523, and include your name, phone number, e-mail address and USCF chess rating (if applicable). Registration is limited to the first 500 entrants. Registered participants must check in at 9:30 a.m. at Bethesda Fountain (enter park at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue or Central Park West). If weather conditions are unsuitable for play, the event will be relocated to Chelsea Recreation Center, located at 430 West 25th Street in Manhattan. Call 311 for more information.

The New York City Sports Commission ensures the continuation and growth of a healthy environment for professional, amateur and scholastic sports activities in New York City. In recent years, the Sports Commission has played a role in attracting or creating many new sporting events, including the NFL Kickoff Live from Times Square, the BMC Software NYC Cycling Championship, the NYC Fiesta Cup, Senior Men's Tennis Championship, Let Freedom Run and The Wild Onion Urban Adventure Race. The agency is also working with NYC2012 to bring the Olympic Games to The World's Second Home(tm).

11) MI Book and Equipment Donations

Book and equipment donations to the Mechanics' are always welcome. All donations to the Mechanics' are tax deductible due to the M.I.'s 501(c) (3) nonprofit status. If you have any chess books or equipment that have been lying around unused for some time consider donating to the Mechanics'. You will not only get a tax write off but also the satisfaction of seeing things put to good use.

12) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

J.J Dolan Memorial - October 2
Carroll Capps Memorial - November 6-7
Pierre Saint-Amant - November 20
Guthrie McClain Memorial - December 5 (Sunday)
Jim Hurt Under 1800 - December 11-12

Mechanics Institute Scholastic Quads 2004 Tournaments:

September 25, October 16, November 13, December 18
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

Northern California Events

Oct. 9, 10 Burlingame Open
4SS, 30/90, SD/1 Lions Hall Bldg, 990 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, Calif. $$B 60 entries, excluding discounted unr entries. Three sections: Open $175-90, U2200 $120-60, U2000 $120-60; Reserve (U1800) $125-70, U1600 $100-55, Booster (U1400) $125-70, U1200 $100-55, U1000 $55 + BCC Membership. Unr: Trophy. EF: $40 postmarked by 10/4, $45 at site. Unrateds $15 in the Reserve section or may play up to the Open section for the regular fee. $5 discount to Burlingame CC members. USCF memb. req'd. May play up one section for add'l $10. Maximum of 80 entries accepted. Reg: Sat 10/9 8-9:30am. Rds: Sat 10-3:30; Sun 10-3:30; One 1/2 pt bye any round (a bye for rounds 3 or 4 must be requested before round 1). 2004 October Ratings List, Directors discretion will be used to place players as accurately as possible. Please bring clocks and equipment. Info: Richard Koepcke (415)-964-2640. Ent: Richard Koepcke, P.O. Box 1432, Mountain View, CA 94042. No Phone entries.


Special guest for 5 days-former World Champion GM Boris Spassky!!! 6SS, 40/2, 20/1. Sands Regency Hotel/Casino, 345 N. Arlington Ave., Reno, NV 89501. 1-800-648-3553 or (775) 348-2200. $$52,400 b/500, $$33,550 Gtd. G-$5,000-2500-1500-1200-1000-900-800-700-600-500 in Open Section plus 1/2 of all other prizes. 7 Sections: OPEN: EF: GMs & IMs free, Masters $150, (2000-2199) $201, (1999-below) $301. $$ Prizes 1-10 listed above, (2400-2499) $1000, (2300-2399) $1000-600-400, (2299-below) $1000-600-400. If a tie for 1st overall then (G/15) playoff for $100 from prize fund. (Note: GM/IM w/free entry not eligible for class prizes 2499and below, may elect to pay entry fee and become eligible). EXPERT: (2000-2199) EF: $149 $$2,000-1000-500-400-300-200-200-200-200-100-100-100-100-100 (under 2100) $700. "A" Sec. (1800-1999) EF: $148, $$1,900-1000-500-400-300-200-200-200-200-100-100-100-100-100-100. "B" Sec. (1600-1799) EF: $147, $$1,800-1000-500-400-300-200-200-200-200-100-100-100-100-100-100. "C" Sec. (1400-1599) EF: $146, $$ 1,700-1000-500-400-300-200-200-200-100-100-100-100-100-100-100. "D" Sec. (1200-1399 including adult unrateds) EF: $145 (unrated EF: $10 + must join USCF membership for 1 additional year through this tournament ($49 adults). $$1,500-800-500-400-300-200-200-200-100-100-100-100-100-100-100 (top unrated wins 1 yr. USCF membership plus trophy). "E" Sec. (1199-below including unrated Jrs.) EF: $75 (unrated EF: $10 + must join USCF membership for 1 additional yr. through this tournament ($25 Jrs.) (Note: each entry counts as 1/2 paid player towards total prize fund). $$500-400-300-200-100-100-100-100-100-100-100-100-100-100-100; 1st unrated - 1 year USCF membership + trophy. Seniors (65/over) $$500-300-200-100 (Srs not eligible: provisionally rated, unrated, "E" & masters) - Club Championship $$1000-500-300-200 decided by total score of best 10 scores form one club or area (not eligible - masters, unrated and Sec "E") Trophies to Top 3 (A-E Sections). ALL: $11 more if postmarked after 9/27/04 and $22 more if postmarked after 10/10/04 or at site. $20 off EF to Sr 65/over and Jrs 19/under (does not apply to "E" Section or Unrateds) Players may play up. Unrated players not eligible for cash prizes except Open 1-10. Provisionally rated players may win up to 50% of 1st place money except open Section 1-10. CCA ratings may be used. Note pairings not changed for color alternation unless 3 in a row or a plus 3 and if the unlikely situation occurs 3 colors in a row may be assigned. Reg: 5-9pm (10/14), 8:30-10am (10/15) rds 12-7, 10-7, 9:30-6. Byes available any round if requested before 1st round. Side events: 10/14 6-7:30pm GM Larry Evans lecture (free), Blitz (5 min) Tourney ($20) 7:30pm. GM Boris Spassky's schedule: Wed (10/13) "An Evening with Boris" dinner, cocktails & more advanced reservations required $30, 8:30pm. Thurs (10/14 Simul (25 boards) $100 (includes commemorative pen to all players), Spectator fee $5, 7:30pm. Fri (10/15) Book Signing Session 10-11am. Sat (10/16) Clinic - $10 4:30-6pm. Sun (10/17) film "Clash of the Titans" (Boris Spassky & Bobby Fischer) followed by questions & answers with Boris Spassky & Larry Evans, $10, 4-5:30pm. NOTE: All paid players receive free non transferable admission to all Spassky events except Wed dinner. Ent: Make checks payable and send to: SANDS REGENCY (address above) HR: $39 (Sun-Thurs) & $59 (Fri-Sat) + 13.5% tax. Info: Jerry Weikel, 6578 Valley Wood Drive, Reno NV 89523, (775) 747-1405 ( FIDE, W.

Oct. 30-31 Blacknight October Open
4SS, 30/90, SD/1. BlacKnight Chess Club. 3800 Blackford Ave. San Jose, CA 95117 $$1200 prize fund based on 50 full entries. 3 sections, Premier 2000+, Booster 1600-1999, Reserve U1600. EF: $40 by 10/28, $50 10-11:30am 10/30. $10 more to play up 1 section. U1200 Juniors pay 1/2 EF. Rds: 12-6, 11-5. Brilliancy Prizes available. Email for entry form or questions.

National Events

Oct. 29-31. GPP: 80 South Dakota
8th Annual Governor's Cup. 5SS, FULL-K, 40/2, All/1. EF: $55 if by 10/20, $75 at site, GMs, IMs, and over 2400 free. [18 & Under preregistering in RESERVE section pay $35.] Reg: 10/29 4-5PM. Rds: 6; 10-4:30; 9-3:30. BYES: One half-point BYE allowed in RDS 1-3 if requested in advance. Holiday Inn City Centre, 100 West 8th St., Sioux Falls, South Dakota, (605) 339-2000. Ask for chess rate $79. $$10,000 Unconditionally guaranteed. OPEN Section: FIDE Rated. Prizes: $1200-$1000-$800-$600; Master: $500-$300-100; Expert: $400-$250-$100; Under 2000: $200-$100. PREMIER Section [Under 2000]: Prizes: $700-$500-$300; Top B: $300-$200-$100; Under 1600: $175-$100. RESERVE Section [Under 1600]: Prizes: $600-$450-$300; Top D: $250-$150-$75; Under 1200: $150-$100. INFO/ADV ENT: Sioux Empire Chess Foundation, 2100 Slaten Court, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, (605) 338-9431. Advance Entries will be posted on:'s%20Cup.htm.

Mark these two events down on your calendar. The PAN AM Intercollegiate will be held in Kansas right after Christmas.Email Mikhail Korenman for more information at

4th Annual Lindsborg Open December 17-22

GM & IM norms are available; $4,000 guaranteed prize fund!

Rapid Knock-out Tournament Lindsborg, Kansas December 23-25, 2004 $11,500 guaranteed prize fund! 9SS;

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