Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #231

   Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside of an advertising agency.

Raymond Chandler

1) Mechanics' Chess Club News
2) Our Man in Moscow
3) Pal Benko: My Life, Games and Compositions win Chess Cafe Book of the Year      
4) Linares
5) Seirawan second in Dutch Blitz Chess Open
6) Susan Polgar in Lifestyles magazine
7) Shulman versus Wojtkiewicz
8) Northern California Chess Magazines
9) Here and There
10) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

NMs Nicolas Yap and Batchimeg Tuvshintugs are tied for the lead in the Winter Tuesday Night Marathon after 6 rounds with scores of 5.5. The big upset last night was NM Nicolas Yap's win over top-seed Ganbold Odondoo.

Yap - Ganbold [C70]
Winter TNM, 2005

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nge7 5.0-0 g6 6.c3 Bg7 7.d4 d6 8.Be3 0-0 9.Nbd2 h6 10.Re1 Kh7 11.Bc2 f5 12.exf5 Nxf5 13.dxe5 Nxe3 14.Rxe3 Nxe5 15.h3 Nxf3+ 16.Nxf3 Qf6 17.Qd2 Bd7 18.Rae1 Rae8 19.Nd4 Rxe3 20.Rxe3 Qf4 21.Qe1 Qf6?

21...d5 22.Ne6 Bxe6 23.Rxe6 Rf6 24.Re7 Rf7=

22.Rg3 Qe5

22...Bf5 23.Nxf5 gxf5 24.Re3 leaves White clearly better; 22...Be8 23.Rf3 wins.

23.Bxg6+ Kh8 24.Qxe5 Bxe5 25.Rf3 Kg7 26.Rxf8 Kxf8 27.Nf3 Bf6 28.Be4 b5 29.g4 a5 30.Kg2 b4 31.cxb4 axb4 32.b3 c6 33.Ne1 d5 34.Bd3 Be5 35.Kf3 c5 36.Ke2 Be6 37.Ng2 c4 38.Bb1 Bd6 39.Ne3 Kf7 40.Bf5 c3 41.Kd3 Bc5 42.Bxe6+ Kxe6 43.Nf5 h5 44.Ng7+ Ke5 45.f4+ Kf6 46.Nxh5+ Kg6 1-0

Three members of the Mechanics' Institute are ranked in the top 15 in the country in the Under 10 category. Congratulations to Daniel Naroditsky, Gregory Young and Hugo Kitano!

February 2005 USCF Top Age 9

1 Heung, Christopher 9 FL 1860
2 Wang, Andrew C 9 MA 1695
3 Naroditsky, Daniel A 9 CA 1688
4 Ding, Richard 9 AZ 1662
5 Finney, Stuart S 9 RI 1647
6 Silberman, Sam E 9 FL 1621
7 Bindumadhavan, Krishna 9 VA 1609
Lung, James 9 MA 1609
9 Karp, Justin D 9 NY 1607
10 Moon, Ryan Joseph R 9 GA 1605
11 Young, Gregory 9 CA 1598
12 Lessen, Zachary 9 NY 1572
13 Rozovsky, Daniel 9 CT 1558
14 Wu, Hengyi 9 FL 1543
15 Kitano, Hugo C 9 CA 1542

2) Our Man in Moscow

The 4th Aeroflot Chess festival started on February 15 and is being held at the Hotel Rossija in Moscow. Thirty two of the top 100 players in the world are competing led by top seeds: 1 Etienne Bacrot 2 Vassily Ivanchuk 3 Vladimir Akopian 4 Levon Aronian 5 Viktor Bologan 6 Konstantin Sakaev 7 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 8 Emil Sutovsky 9 Teimour Radjabov 10 Alexander Motylev 11 Vladimir Malakhov 12 Alexander Khalifman 13 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 14 Krishnan Sasikiran 15 Vadim Zvjaginsev 16 Pavel Smirnov 17 Pavel Eljanov 18 Aleksej Aleksandrov 19 Alexander G Beliavsky 20 Mikhail Kobalia 21 Gregory S Kaidanov 22 Pavel V. Tregubov 23 Ni Hua 24 Sergei Movsesian 25 Evgeniy Najer For further details visit

MI Grandmaster-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky, our Man in Moscow, drew his first round game with Polish GM Robert Kempinski.

Yermolinsky,A - Kempinski,R

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.Nf3 c6 6.Bd3 d6 7.0-0 Na6 8.h3 e5 9.d5 Nc5 10.Bc2 a5 11.Be3 Qc7 12.a3 cxd5 13.cxd5 Bd7 14.Rc1 Rfc8 15.b4 axb4 16.axb4 Na6 17.Na4 Bxa4 18.Bxa4 Qd8 19.Rxc8 Qxc8 20.Qb1 Qc4 21.Nd2 Qxb4 22.Bb5 Bf8 23.f3 Nh5 24.Bxa6 Qxb1 25.Rxb1 bxa6 26.Ra1 Be7 27.Ra4 f5 28.g4 Nf6 29.Kf1 fxe4 30.fxe4 Bd8 31.Ke2 a5 32.Kd3 Nd7 33.Nc4 Bc7 34.Ra3 Kf7 35.Rb3 Ke8 36.Nb2 Kd8 37.Na4 Kc8 38.g5 Kd8 39.h4 Nb8 40.Bc1 Nd7 41.Ba3 Kc8 42.Kc4 Rb8 43.Rxb8+ Kxb8 44.Kb5 Kb7 45.Bc1 Nb6 46.Nb2 Bd8 47.Bd2 a4 48.Bb4 Bc7 49.Ba3 Bb8 50.Nd3 Nc8 51.Kxa4 Ba7 52.Kb5 Bg1 53.Bb4 Na7+ 54.Kc4 Nc8 55.Be1 Nb6+ 56.Kb5 Nd7 57.Bb4 Kc7 58.Ba5+ Kb7 59.Nb2 Nc5 60.Bb6 Nd3 ½-½

Alex is paired with Iranian GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami in round 2.

3) Pal Benko: My Life, Games and Compositions win Chess Cafe Book of the Year

Hanon Russell, owner and founder of, writes:

After the first round of voting which ended January 26, the top three vote-getters made the "short list". These three books were Pal Benko: My Life, Games and Compositions by Pal Benko and Jeremy Silman, Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors; Part Four: Fischer by Garry Kasparov with Dmitri Plisetski and Chess Exam and Training Guide by Igor Khmelnitsky.

Previous years had seen 300-500 votes cast for our Book of the Year. This year, over 900 votes were received. And, much like previous years - and with no disrespect intended to any book or author - this year's contest was really a two-book race between the Benko book and Kasparov's MGP v4.

After all the votes were in and counted, Benko's magnificent work was the clear winner, the 2004 Book of the Year. Our congratulations to the authors, publishers and of course you, our readers, for making it happen.

I believe Benko and Silman have become the first authors to win the US Chess Journalists Cramer Award, the British Chess Federation's Book of the Year and the Book of the Year for the same book.

4) Linares

The seven players for Linares this year are: Gary Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand, Veselin Topalov, Peter Leko, Michael Adams, Francisco Vallejo Pons and Rustam Kasimdzhanov. The Category 20 (2743) event will run February 22-March 10 with rest days on March 1st and 7th. Go to for more information.

5) Seirawan second in Dutch Blitz Chess Open

The 10th Open Dutch Blitzchess tournament took place on February 5th 2005. There were 17 rounds (34 games) played in this traditionally strong event. Ukrainian GM Vladimir Baklan became the sole winner while "retired" American GM Yasser Seirawan was second.

Final Standings:
1. Baklan 25/34
2. Seirawan - 24.5
3. Fridman - 24
4-7. Kasimdzhanov, I. Sokolov,
Speelman and Bosboom - 23;
8-9. P. Nikolic and Smeets - 22.5
10-15. van den Doel, van Wely, L'Ami,
Stellwagen, Jonkman & Schrool - 21.5
etc (200 participants).

More details and the archive of information on previous Blitzchess events can be found at

6) Susan Polgar in Lifestyles magazine

Susan Polgar - Long Live the Queen

by Nancy Ruhling

Grandmaster Susan Polgar settles herself into the folding chair on the makeshift podium, folds her arms demurely in front of her and trains her enormous coffee-brown eyes on the green and white chessboard before her. She lost the coin toss to her opponent, Hall of Famer Lev Alburt, so he, as white, will be making the first move in the 4th annual Chess-in-the-Parks Rapid Open in New York City's Central Park.

Polgar, the No. 1 ranked player in the United States and the No. 1 player in the world, earned her first checkmate when she was only 41/2 and since then has played against all the big names-Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov-but this is no ordinary game and this is certainly no ordinary venue.

As Polgar and Alburt make their moves, the results are bellowed out via microphone and 32 hyper grade-schoolers, posing as chessmen, mimic the players' maneuvers on a life-size chessboard beneath the park's angel-topped Bethesda Fountain. The object of this demonstration is not so much to win or lose but to show children how much fun the game of chess really can be.

As the clock ticks, the gray sky is spitting rain, the security guards are squealing into their squawkers, the live chess pieces are bopping up and down like Mexican jumping beans, the trumpeter is punctuating each move by playing a peppy phrase and the fans are calling out advice-"Take a bishop, why doesn't she take a bishop!" Then someone trips and tips over the empty chair next to Polgar. She doesn't so much as blink. Her rapt concentration wavers only once, when a little voice yells out a big shout of "Mommy! Mommy!" Reflexively, Polgar, the mother of two little sons, glances to the side.

An hour later, amid all the noise, nuisance and nonsense, the game ends: It's a tie. As the live chessmen boogie off the board, Polgar stands tall in her black stilettos and puts her hand on her forehead as if the motion alone will clear her mind and get her to concentrate on her next move, which is right into the crowd to greet all her fans.

"Chess is in many ways like life itself," she says. "It's all condensed in a playful manner in a game format and it's extremely fascinating because first of all I'm in control of my own destiny, I'm in charge. You have to be responsible for your actions, you make a move, you had better think ahead about what's going to happen, not after it happens, because then it's too late. Chess teaches discipline from a very early age. It teaches you to have a plan and to plan ahead. If you do that, you'll be rewarded; if you break the rules, you will get punished-in life and in chess. You need to learn the rules to break the rules."

Learning the game of chess, she says, gave her a head start on the game of life, and that's why she has been devoting her life to being an advocate and an ambassador for chess, all with the goal of making chess as all-American as Mom, apple pie and baseball. In addition to participating in events like the live chess game, she has established the Polgar Chess Center in Forest Hills, New York, where she teaches students and hosts major chess events, and has set up the Susan Polgar Foundation, a nonprofit organization to introduce the social, educational and competitive benefits to American youngsters, especially girls.

"Chess is very good to teach children because it's a very playful game," she says. "Once you understand a little bit about chess, you can really see the beauty in it like in art or in music."

It is that beauty that taught her to focus, to concentrate and to be disciplined enough to play and win, even when the odds were stacked against her. As a woman and a Jew growing up in Hungary, she faced discrimination on two levels. Chess was, and for the most part still is, a man's game, and it was she who was the first to break through the gender barrier. While her early wins made her a curiosity in her own country, they only brought her awards and acclaim, not acceptance. "The antisemitism was more subtle," the 35-year-old Polgar says, adding that all of her grandparents are Holocaust survivors. "The woman problem was more open. Even though by 1984, when I was 15, I was the top-ranked woman in the world, my real breakthrough didn't come until 1988, when for the first time ever, my two younger sisters, Sofia and Judit, and I won the gold medal in the World Chess Olympiad for Hungary. This was the first time any country had ever won over the Soviets. The government started applauding us, and we became national heroes."

The win made her the Michael Jordan of the chess world. Even today she is a household name in Hungary, and when she visits her homeland, fans stop her on the street and ask for her autograph. By the time her reputation was established, she was besting the male masters. "They were disappointed to lose," she says, "but they weren't disappointed because I was a woman but simply because they lost."

Polgar went on to win nine other Olympic medals, along with a slew of other honors, including being named Women's World Champion four times, that have allowed her to remain ranked among the top three female players for the last two decades. Her most recent victory took place in October 2004, when she and the U.S. team brought home America's first-ever medal for the women's competition-the silver-in the 36th World Chess Olympiad that was played in Calvia, Spain. In that competition, she further distinguished herself by bringing home two gold medals-one for best overall performance and one for the most points scored in the entire Women's Olympiad -and a silver for racking up the second-best percentage.

Since the birth of her sons-Tom is 5 and Leeam is 4-Polgar has devoted herself to promoting, not playing chess. Indeed, the 2004 Olympiad was her first international tournament in eight years.

"Now I concentrate on revolutionizing the game and bringing it to the next level of popularity," she says.

(Sofia, who lives in Israel, stopped playing when she was ranked No. 6 in the world but still ranks in the top 20; Judit, who replaced Susan as No. 1, has been inactive recently because she had a baby.)

It was her father who taught Susan chess and it was she who got Judit and Sofia into the game. "He was a chess fan and wanted to have an opponent," she says. "But he was never a professional player, and he never even owned a book on chess until we started playing together."

Polgar, who was homeschooled, was introduced to the game at 4 and her first win, a perfect 10-0 score in the girls-under-11 championship in Budapest, turned her into a media sensation. By age 10, she was beating her father at his own game. By age 15, she was the No. 1 female player in the world.

When she was ready to enter college, Polgar could say "Checkmate!" in seven languages-Hungarian, English, German, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew and Esperanto-and decided to major in physical education and sports teaching, taking a special degree in chess at the Academy of Physical Sports and Education in Minsk, Belarussia.

Her victories and "firsts" have been steady throughout her career. The only world champion, male or female, to win the triple crown-rapid, blitz and traditional world championships-she also is the first woman to win the U.S. Open Blitz Championship; the first woman to win the Grandmaster of the Year Award; the first woman to break the gender barrier to earn the Men's Grandmaster title, and the first woman to qualify for the Men's World Championship.

The award-winning, best-selling author and columnist also is a three-time winner of the Chess Oscar.

What is Polgar's winning combination? There is a lot more to it than merely making the right moves at the right time, she says. Before the game even begins, Polgar does extensive study and research on her opponent's previous games and on overall strategies. "I have to set my mind so that I get the proper sleep. I have to be organized and really focused for the hours that it takes to play the game," she says. "I also work on improving my endurance by going to the gym. It can take seven to eight hours for one game in top competitions, and it's very tense."

Although chess is popular in Europe, in America it is considered intellectual, difficult and worst of all, boring. "It's not any of those things," Polgar insists. "In Europe, you can make a living playing chess. In the United States, you can't. I hope to improve the image of chess and the life of professional players. I could teach you in an hour all the basics. You have to understand the rules and the logic. After that, it's all a matter of practice."

To prove her point, she has written a number of books, including Teach Yourself Chess in 24 Hours and The World Champion's Guide to Chess, which will be published in March 2005.

Some 45 million people in the United States spend time moving black and white kings and queens from square to square on chessboards and some 200,000 children in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have learned to cheerfully declare "Checkmate," but only a few schools teach it. "In Europe, there are over 30 countries that use it in the school curriculum," Polgar says. "I'm trying to get U.S. schools to use chess as a tool nationwide. Unlike a lot of other sports like baseball and football, it's very affordable. You can buy a chess set for $10, and two people can play, and it can be used over and over for years."

What's more, playing chess helps children develop critical thinking that is useful not only in the game but also in academics, social situations and life in general, she adds. "Test scores improved by 17.3% for students regularly engaged in chess classes, compared with only 4.6% for children participating in other forms of enriched activities," Polgar notes. "Chess has been shown to develop decision-making, critical thinking, logical thinking, evaluating, planning, problem solving and perseverance skills. It improves concentration, memory, intuition and self-control and promotes independence, imagination and creativity. And it inspires self-motivation, self-esteem and self-confidence. And this is why I am working very hard to raise money for my foundation. I want to be able to help all children in America do better in school and life through chess."

Indeed, Polgar dreams of making chess so popular that it competes with other sports, like tennis, baseball and football. "We hope to get many more colleges to start offering scholarships for chess," she says. "And we are working to promote chess as a grassroots movement in some of the smaller cities."

Once the potential of chess is understood, there will be an explosion of interest, Polgar says. "In terms of popularity, it's still in its infancy," she maintains. "The whole boom in professional chess will create a whole chain reaction that can revolutionize the game and influence society in a positive way."

That's why Polgar wants to put a chess piece in the hand of every child in America and to bring the game to life just as the Central Park demonstration did. As part of that effort, she is working on a concept for an educational and entertaining television show that would introduce children to chess.

"I found my first chess set when I was looking in the closet at home for a new toy," Polgar relates. "I originally was attracted to the shape of the figures. Later, it was the logic that fascinated me and the challenge. When I won with my first perfect score, it gave me self-confidence. And I can see the difference in my own sons; they are more focused, they are more disciplined."

As Polgar is leaving Central Park, yet another young awestruck fan approaches and asks for an autograph. While she's signing, another fan from across the courtyard points her out to a companion, and in an I-can't-believe-it-tone, exclaims, "Wow! That's Susan Polgar!!"

7) Shulman versus Wojtkiewicz

Alex Wojtkiewicz will replace fellow Polish GM Kamil Miton in a 6 game match this weekend in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The match will be televised live on the ICC. An FIDE-rated tournament will be held along side it.

Feb. 19-20-21 OCF Winter NAO FIDE Open GPP: 30 Oklahoma
7SS, G/120+10, Holiday Inn, 2515 W. 6th Ave (Hwy-51), Stillwater, OK 1-405-372-0800. HR: $60 $$4,400 Gtd. 2 half pt byes available any rounds. Appearance fees available for all FIDE rated women only. 2005 Okla Gran Prix #1, Two sections: FIDE Open: $500-400-300-200-100, U2000 $300-200-100. U1800 $300-200-100 Reserve Section: U1600 $300-200-100. U1400 $300-200-100 U1200+Unr $200-150-100. $100 for top upset. EF: $25 postmarked by 16 Feb, $10 more at site. $10 OCF required. Reg: Sat 11-Noon, Rds: 12:30-5, 10-2:30-7, 9-1. Ent: Frank Berry, 402 S. Willis Street, Stillwater, OK 74074. NS, W, USCF, FIDE, Free Parking.

8) Northern California Chess Magazines

Northern California, until recently, has been blessed with a series of fine magazines for more than 50 years. George Koltanowski's California Chess News (1948-49) and Chess Digest (1950) were followed by the outstanding California Chess Reporter which appeared from 1951 until 1976. The more modest Chess in Action appeared from 1951 (maybe 1953) until 1970, in the last decade quarterly and before that intermittently.

The Scacchic Voice first appeared in the late 1960s and quickly morphed into the Central California Chess Voice and then Chess Voice before ceasing publication in 1985. A year later the California Chess Journal started up and ran until 2004 when it ceased publication as a print magazine for lack of funds. It continues as an online magazine while Northern California is without a hard copy journal. Amazingly in the late 1960s the California Chess Reporter, Chess in Action, Scacchic Voice/Central California Chess Voice and the Oakland Chess Clubs En Passant were all coming out at the same time. Those were the days! Thanks to Max Burkett, Neil Falconer, Myron Johnson and the late Paul Vayssie the Mechanics' has an almost complete run of all the magazines mentioned except some early issues of Chess in Action from the 1950s and a few issues of Scacchic Voice/Central California Chess Voice/Chess Voice.

9) Here and There

Washington Post Chess Columnist GM Lubosh Kavalek is now writing for the Chess Cafe. You can find his work at

The Far West Open in Reno is only a month away. Chris ( writes:

"I don't trust my car to go that far so I would be looking to split gas cost or gas + rental cost, and possibly split hotel cost as well."

Defending champion SM Slava Mikhailuk is leading the Washington State Championship with a score of 4 from 4. Tied for second in the 8-player round robin being held at the Oki Foundation Meeting Center in Bellevue are NMs Bill Schill and Viktors Pupols.

The top ten USCF rated players at the Sacramento Chess Club are led by NM Michael Aigner.

# Name Rating
1 Michael Aigner 2285
2 Kenan Zildzic 2262
3 Arthur L Braden 2250
4 John Langreck 2210
5 James Mac Farland 2208
6 Steven G Ross 2200
7 Ashot Minasyan 2157
8 Ziad A Baroudi 2122
9 Daniel Schwarz 2088
10 Marc T Braverman 2059

Dear Chess Enthusiasts,

In the second week of the LA Masters, we had 4 additional players (17) and were pleased to have the California's highest-rated player, Varuzhan Akobian compete. As a result of increased participation, we increased the prizes accordingly and distributed $600 instead.

For each round, top board game was broadcast live on ICC for thousands of players worldwide ( if you missed this event, you can type "Fin LAmasters" on ICC to go over board 1 games for each event).

Also, this event was radio broadcast on web site live!

As before, special thanks to GM Boris Kreiman for commentary and Michael Jeffreys for ICC move transmissions.

We are very optimistic that this would be the beginning of an exciting, strong, and long tradition in the West Coast.

We are also hopeful that more individuals and organizations would offer donations towards the prizes in order to continue to provide this event at the level it deserves. Your name/organization will be mentioned as donor (LA Chess Club is a Non-profit organization; and therefore your donations are tax-deductible). With a minimum of $100 donation, you will receive complimentary visitation right for life as well!

As usual, your suggestions and/or criticisms are welcomed!



Mick Bighamian

10) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

A.J. Fink Amateur - March 5-6
Max Wilkerson Open - March 12


A Heritage Event!
Feb. 19-21 32nd People's Chess Tournament GPP: 20 N. California 6SS, 45/2, SD/1 (Reserve 5SS, 45/90, SD/30). Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, UC Campus. EF: Open $45, X $40, A $38, B $36, Reserve $29. $5 more after 2/11. $5 UC discount, $3 CalChess discount. $$3200G in 5 sections: Open: 500-350-200 U2300 110. X: 300-150-75. A: 290-150-75. B: 280-140-70. Reserve: 200-125-50 U1400 100-50. Reg: Sat 9-10am. Rds: Open-B Sections: Sat 11-5:30, Sun 10-4:30, Mon 10-4:30. Reserve: Sat 11-3-7, Sun 10-3. Ent: ASUC Superb Productions, 5 Eshleman Hall, #4500, Berkeley, CA 94720. Payable to ASUC Superb. Info: 510-642-7477 or USCF, FIDE. Mar. 12-13 EBCC

March Swiss GPP: 10 N. California 4SS, 40/2, SD/1. East Bay Chess Club, 1940 Virginia St. Berkeley, CA 94709. EF: $30, $35 after 1/8. $5 EBCC discount. $$500G, $200-150-100-50; plus $600 of other prizes b/50. u2100, u1900, u1700, u1500, u1300: 1st wins free entry to any tournament plus free lesson with EBC instructor, 2nd wins free entry. Reg: 9-9:45. Rds: 10-4 daily. Info:; 510-845-1041.


February 19-21
22nd Annual U.S. Amateur Team West
6-SS, 40/2, SD/1.
Norwalk Marriott Hotel, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, California 90650.

Mar. 13 2nd Annual Century West Open GPP: 6 S. California
5SS, G/40. Los Angeles Chess Club, 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025. $$1000 b/48, 75% of each prize guaranteed: $300-150-50, U2200 100, U2000 100, U1800 100, U1600 100, U1400/Unr 100. Complimentary refreshments. All: SCCF membership required ($14 reg, $9 jr.), OSA. EF: $34 if rec'd by 3-11, $43 at door. On-line entry: No checks or credit cards at site. Half point byes: Limit 1, must be requested with entry. Reg: 8:45-9:30am. Rds: 10, 11:45, 1:30, 3:30, 5:15. Info: Ent: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 N. Wilton Place #1, Los Angeles, CA 90038. State Championship Qualifier.

Mar. 18-20 5th Annual RENO-FAR WEST OPEN GPP: 120 Nevada

6SS, 40/2, 20/1, G/1/2. Sands Regency Hotel/Casino, 345 N.Arlington Ave. Reno, NV 89501. 1-866-386-7829 or (775) 348-2200. $$28,500 b/300. $$18,000 Gtd. (Prizes 1-10 in Open Section Gtd. plus ½ of all other prizes). Free Lecture/Analysis Clinic by GM Larry Evans! 6 Sections. Open (2200 & above) EF: $120 (2000-2199=$175; 1999 & below=$251) (GMs & IMs free but must enter by (3/1) or pay late fee at door). $$2,000-1,000-800-700-600-500-500-500-500-400, (2300-2399) $1,000-600-400, (2299-below) $1,000-600-400 (If a tie for 1st then a playoff for $100 from prize fund). Sec."X" (2000-2199) EF: $119; $$1,000-600-400-300-200-100-100-100-100 (2099-below) 700. Sec."A" (1800-1999) EF: $118; $$1,000-600-400-300-200-200-100-100-100-100. Sec."B" (1600-1799) EF: $117; $$1,000-500-400-300-200-100-100-100-100-100. Sec."C" (1400-1599) EF: $116; $$900-500-300-200-200-100-100-100-100-100. Sec."D/" (1399-below) EF: $115; $$800-400-300-200-200-100-100-100-100-100, (1199-below) $500-300-200-100. 1st Sr.= $200-100; 1st Club=$500-300-200. All classes have trophies 1st-3rd. Unrated players are free entry but not eligible for cash prizes. Must join USCF for 1 full year thru this tournament. 1st Unrated=trophy + 1 yr. USCF Membership. $15 discount to Seniors (65+ yrs.) & Juniors (19-under). Players may play up. Provisionally rated players may only win ½ of 1st place money. 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. Note: a no draw rule until 30 moves will be in effect. SIDE EVENTS: Wed. (3/16) 7pm IM Igor Ivanov Clock Simul ($40-includes analysis), 7pm- Quick Quads (G/29) ($20).Thurs. (3/17) 6-7:15pm Free Lecture-GM Larry Evans; 7:30pm- GM (TBA) Simul ($20); 7:30pm- Blitz (5 Min) tourney ($20) 80% entries = Prize Fund. Sat. (3/19) (3-4:30pm) Free Game/Position Analysis- GM Larry Evans. Sun (3/20) Quick Tourney (G/29) 5 rd. Swiss ($20) Reg. 11-11:30am play begins at 12 (noon) -80% of entries = Prize fund. ALL REG: 5-9pm (3/17), 9-10am (3/18). RDS: 12-7, 10-6, 9:30-4:30. Byes available any round if requested before rd 1. ENT: make checks payable and send to: SANDS REGENCY (address listed above), postmarked by 3/1. $11 after 3/1. Do not mail after 3/11 or email after 3/16. $22 late fee at site. HR: (Sun-Thurs. $25!!) (Fri. & Sat. $54!) + tax. 1-866-386-7829 mention (Code) CHE 318. Info: Jerry Weikel 6578 Valley Wood Dr, Reno, NV 89523, (775) 747-1405, Or check out our website at: To verify entry, phone Sands Regency. Heritage Event!

3rd Annual Western Pacific Open GPP: 50 S. California 5SS, 3-day 40/2, SD/1, 2-day rds. 1-2 G/75 then merges. Burbank Airport Hilton, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank CA (adjacent to Burbank Airport). $$10,000 b/200, 50% of each prize guaranteed. In 3 sections: Open: 1600-1000-800-400-200 plus $200(G) bonus for clear first, U2400 300, U2300 200, U2200 700-500-300. EF: $81 if received by 3-23, $95 door. Premier (U2000): $$ 700-500-300-100, U1800 400-200-150, U1600 400-200-150. EF: $81 if received by 3-23, $95 door, no unrated. Amateur (U1400): $$400+trophy-200-100, U1200 100+trophy, Unr 100+trophy, unrated may win unrated prize only. EF: $66 if received by 3-23, $75 door. On-line entry: No checks or credit card entries at door. All: $25 Best Game prize, all sections eligible. One half-point bye if requested with entry, rds 4-5 cannot be revoked. SCCF membership req. of S. Cal. res., $14 reg, $9.00 junior. Reg: 5:30-6:30 p.m. 3/25, 8:30-10 a.m. 3/26. Rds: 3-day 7 p.m., 11-5:30, 10-4:30. 2-day: 10:30-1:30 (G/75), then merges. HR: $89, (818) 843-6000 or (800) 840-6450. Be sure to mention Western Chess. Parking $7/day. Info: Web site: Ent: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 N. Wilton Pl. #1, Los Angeles CA 90038. NS. NC. F. State Championship Qualifier.


Oklahoma Chess Foundation presents: GPP: 80 Oklahoma
2005 May 27,28,29,30. 24th North American FIDE Open 9-SS, G/120+10 sec, Holiday Inn (Holidome) 2515 W. 6th Ave (Hwy-51) Stillwater, OK 1-405-372-0800. HR: 60-60-60-60. EF: $40 if postmarked before May 22, $50 at door. EF refunded to FIDE rated players at end of event if at least 8 rounds were played and all FIDE player scoresheets turned in. Reg: Fri NOON-1:45pm. Rds: 2-7, 10-3, 9-2-7, 9-2. $$G 7,500 will not be lowered. $$G $1,000, $900, $800, $700, $600, $500. 11 plaques. $$G 600 each class X-D & below. Unr $100-$50. $100 upset. 2 byes rds 1-7. OCF req $10 from all players. Free Parking. ( 2005 OCF GP #3 ) Ent: Jim Berry PO Box 351 Stillwater, OK 74076. 1-405-762-1649. NC, CMV, LS, W, USCF, FIDE.

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