Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #234

   Before Geller we did not understand the King's Indian Defence!

Mikhail Botvinnik

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Americans Abroad
3) Shulman and Ehlvest tie for first in Millennium Open
4) David Unlucky
5) Chess Camp in Davis
6) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

NM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs won the MI Winter Tuesday Night Marathon with the convincing score of 8 from 9, a point ahead of second place finisher NM Nicolas Yap. Tying for third at 6.5 in the 71-player Swiss were FM Frank Thornally, NM Igor Margulis and Experts Peter Grey, Larry Snyder, Michael Becco and Victor Ossipov. The next Marathon begins March 29th.

13-year-old Sam Shankland of Orinda took a first round bye in the A.J. Fink Amateur (open to under 2000) held last weekend but then reeled off 5 wins in a row to take home the $300 first prize. Among his victims were Yefim Bukh and Ted Castro, both frequent winners of Class A prizes in big tournaments in the West. Bukh was second at 5 followed by Maximo Fajardo and Alok Singh at 4.5 in the 48-player event.

Here are two victories by the tournament winner who has been playing for 2 1/2 years and will be comfortably over 2000 when the USCF catches up with rating events. There looks to be about a two-month backlog at present.

Shankland,S - Bukh,Y
AJ Fink Amateur San Francisco, 2005
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Qd7 5.f4 b6 6.Bd3 Ba6 7.Nf3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 h5 9.0-0 Nh6 10.Ne2 Be7 11.c3 h4 12.Be3 Nf5 13.Bf2 Nc6 14.a4 Na5 15.Nd2 Qc6 16.Qb5 a6 17.Qxc6+ Nxc6 18.g4 hxg3 19.hxg3 Kd7 20.Kg2 g5 21.Rh1 gxf4 22.gxf4 Bh4 23.Bxh4 Nxh4+ 24.Kf2 Ne7 25.Rag1 Nhg6 26.Nf1 b5 27.a5 Rxh1 28.Rxh1 b4 29.Nd2 bxc3 30.bxc3 Rb8 31.Rh7 Ke8 32.Ng3 Rb2 33.Ke3 Kf8 34.Nf3 Rg2 35.Rh3 Rc2 36.Kd3 Ra2 37.Nh5 Nf5 38.Rh1 Rxa5 39.Ng5 c5 40.Nf6 Ra2 41.c4 cxd4 42.cxd5 Nxf4+ 43.Kc4 exd5+ 44.Kb3 Rg2 45.Rh8+ Kg7 46.Rg8+ Kh6 47.Nxf7# 1-0

Shankland,S - Castro,T
AJ Fink Amateur San Francisco, 2005
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Nf6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.Nc4 Nd4 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Nd5 b5 12.c3 bxc4 13.cxd4 exd4 14.Bxc4 0-0 15.0-0 Be6 16.Qd3 Bxd5 17.Bxd5 Rb8 18.b3 Qb6 19.Rac1 Rbc8 20.Rc4 Qa5 21.b4 Qa4 22.Rfc1 Rxc4 23.Qxc4 Qa3 24.Kf1 Be5 25.h3 g6 26.Rc2 d3 27.Rd2 Bc3 28.Qxd3 Qxb4 29.Rd1 a5 30.Rb1 Qc5 31.Rb5 Qa3 32.g3 Qc1+ 33.Kg2 Bb4 34.Rb7 Qa1 35.Qf3 Qg7 36.Ra7 h5 37.Qf4 g5 38.Qf5 h4 39.Rc7 hxg3 40.fxg3 Bc5 41.Rb7 a4 42.Kf3 a3 43.Kg4 Be3 44.Rd7 Bc5 45.Qxg5 Qxg5+ 46.Kxg5 Kg7 47.h4 Bf2 48.g4 Bg3 49.h5 Be5 50.h6+ Kh7 51.Kh5 Kh8 52.Rxf7 Rg8 53.g5 Rb8 54.g6 Bg7 55.hxg7+ 1-0

2) Americans Abroad

Rene Olthof, jack of all trades at New in Chess, sends the following report on the Dutch chess league where Yasser Seirawan's retirement(!) continues successfully.

"We have not had any cold weather this winter but with March solidly under way, all of a sudden snow has hit Holland! It's been 20 years exactly since such masses of snow have invaded our country. Due to transportation problems half of the country has come to a standstill. It must be God's punishment for Hilversum (headed by Yaz) beating my club HMC Calder 0.5 : 9.5 last weekend in Round 7 of the Dutch Team Championship, effectively killing our last hope for joining the Final Four in May! Seirawan's game features a model minority attack!"

Seirawan,Y (2631) - Fridman,D (2590) [E35]
KNSB Meesterklasse Den Bosch (7.1), 26.02.2005

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bxf6 Qxf6 8.a3 Bxc3+ 9.Qxc3 0?0 10.e3 c6 11.Nf3 Bf5 12.Be2 Nd7 13.b4 Bg4 14.0-0 Nb6 15.a4 Rac8 16.Rfc1 a6 17.h3 Bh5 18.Qe1 Nc4 19.Bxc4 Bxf3 20.Bf1 Be4 21.b5 axb5 22.axb5 Ra8 23.bxc6 Rxa1 24.Rxa1 bxc6 25.Qb4 Re8 26.Qb7 h5 27.Ra6 Re6 28.Ra8+ Kh7 29.Rf8 Re7 30.Qa8 g6 31.Rc8 Re6 32.Qb7 Kg7 33.Ra8 Kh7 34.Qc8 Bf5 35.Qg8+ Kh6 36.Ra7 Qg7 37.Qxf7 Qxf7 38.Rxf7 c5 39.dxc5 d4 40.g4 hxg4 41.hxg4 Bxg4 42.Rf4 dxe3 43.Rxg4 e2 44.Bxe2 Rxe2 45.Rc4 Re7 46.c6 Rc7 47.Kg2 Kg5 48.Kg3 Kf5 49.Rc1 Kg5 50.Rc5+ Kf6 51.Kg4 Ke6 52.Kg5 Kf7 53.Rc3 Kg7 54.Rc4 Rc8 55.c7 Kf7 56.f4 Kg7 57.Rc1 Kf7 58.Rc6 1-0

Alex Onischuk will not be satisfied with his minus one score in the recently concluded Poikovsky Cup in Russia, but the event was incredibly strong. Four points was good for a performance rating of 2641!

1-2. Bacrot (FRA, 2715) and
Bologan (MDA, 2683) 6 out of 9
3-4. Grischuk (RUS, 2710) and
Dreev (RUS, 2704) - 5½
5. Svidler (RUS 2735) - 5
6-8. Vaganian (ARM, 2670), Onischuk
(USA, 2652) and Dominguez (CUB,
2661) - 4
9. Rublevsky (RUS, 2650) - 3½
10. Sadvakasov (KAZ 2635) - 1½.

John Fedorowicz made a rare overseas performance, sharing second prize with Alex Baburin in the Bunratty Masters in Ireland with a 4.5 from 6 score. The event was won by IM Brian Kelly with 5 points.

3) Shulman and Ehlvest tie for first in Millenium Open

Michael Atkins reports:

The Millennium Chess Festival VI was another success story. Along with the regular tournament, there was an exciting Fischer-Random blitz vent which featured a last round match between US Champ GM Hikaru Nakamura and 4-time Women's World Champ Susan Polgar. It also featured the exhibition match between the same two players, which GM Polgar has analyzed at Booz Allen Hamilton was a big sponsor this year. Senior Vice President Mark Hermon, a lifetime chess player, introduced the players at the start of the exhibition match. We look forward to working with them in future events. The tournament was held at the Ramada Plaza Oceanfront Resort in Virginia Beach, Virginia over the weekend of February 25-27. The tournament itself was exciting and somewhat of a surprize finish. GM Jaan Ehlvest as 4-0 and leading the pack going into the final round. He drew quickly with GM Alex Wojtkeiwicz which left the interest in the match between US Champ GM Hikaru Namamura and GM Yury Shulman who needed to beat Hikaru in order to tie for first. Nakamura had given up 3rd and 4th round draws to Wojtkeiwicz and GM Pavel Blatny and was in the role of potential spoiler. Shulman eventually won and joined Ehlvest as winners with 4.5 Wojtkeiwicz and Blatny, along with FM Bryan Smith finished with 4-1 to take 3rd-4th/Top U 2400. Chris Bush won the under 2000 with 4.5; Ryan Thunder Rust (great chess name!) and Bradley Marts took the U1800 with 4.5; Sara Walsh took the U1600 with 4.5; and Kyle Ward-Dahl won the U1300 section with the tournaments only perfect 5-0. The exhibition match is always a crowd favorite. This time it was special with the reigning US Champ and highest ranked Woman in the world. Players talked about their moves in separate rooms, analyzing the game and talking about their thoughts so the average player can see the process. Hikaru and Susan fielded many questions from the audiences, explaining their ideas and looking at why suggested spectator moves were not so good. All this went on while spectators were enjoying a nice dinner. This game joined all the previous exhibition results as a draw, but it probably would have been an ok draw in the upcoming Minnesota HB Global Challenge, definitely not a Grandmaster draw! The Fischer-Random Blitz event was a unique experience to most of the players. It was a 4-round double blitz event with 4 printed Fischer-Random positions. It was run under WBCA rules where illegal moves lose if correctly claimed and most of the correct claims seemed to happen out of incorrectly placed King-Rook positions after castling. No matter where the K-R are in this version of chess, the final castled position is the same as regular chess with all the same rules of castling. If the King is on C1 and the Rook is on E1, the King Side castled position was still Kg1 and Rf1. One strong master didn't castle once in all eight games! The tournament was won by GMs Namamura and Blatny with 7.5/8. All final standings are at the tournament website: Thanks to Tom Braunlich for organizing another great Millennium Chess Festival and to the new major sponsor Booz Allen Hamilton. It was directed by Ernie Schlich and Michael Atkins. Viriginia Beach's Beach Events also continues to be a major sponsor as were Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Dominion Scholastic Chess Supplies.

Millennium Open Virginia Beach USA (USA), 25-27 ii 2005

 1. Ehlvest, Jaan            	g  EST 2622  4.5
 2. Shulman, Yuri            	g  USA 2551  4.5
 3. Wojtkiewicz, Aleksander  	g  USA 2536  4.0
 4. Blatny, Pavel            	g  CZE 2456  4.0
 5. Smith, Bryan G           	f  USA 2339  4.0
 6. Ibragimov, Ildar         	g  USA 2603  3.5
 7. Sarkar, Justin           	m  USA 2386  3.5
 8. Adu, Oladapo             	m  NGR 2296  3.5

49 players

GM Susan Polgar (2577) & GM Hikaru Nakamura (2660)
[D09] Virginia Beach, 02.27.2005 (Game 60)
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.g3 Nge7 6.Bg2 Ng6 7.Bg5 Qd7 8.e6 fxe6 9.0-0 e5 10.Nbd2 h6 11.Bh4 Bd6 12.c5 Bxc5 13.Qc2 Nxh4 14.Nxh4 Bb6 15.Ng6 Rg8 16.Qc4 Qe6 17.Bxc6+ bxc6 18.Nxe5 Qxc4 19.Ndxc4 c5 20.Rfc1 a5 21.e3 dxe3 22.Nxe3 Be6 23.Nd3 0-0-0 24.Nxc5 Bh3 25.Rc2 Rge8 26.Rac1 Kb8 27.a3 a4 28.Rc3 Rd2 29.Nxa4 Bxe3 30.Rxe3 Rf8 31.Rb3+ Ka8 32.g4 Bxg4 33.Rxc7 Rfxf2 34.Nb6+ Kb8 35.Nd5+ Ka8 ½-½

4) David Unlucky

Head ChessBase Megadata Base gardener Lubo Ftacnik doesn't have an easy job standardizing all the names of players today. Many languages and different alphabets keep the hardworker from Bratislava on his toes, but what about players who change their name? The past provides us Leo Fleischmann who later played as Forgacs. Andras Adorjan played the first part of his career under Jocha while Kasparov used his father's name Weinstein. The reasons for name changes are many and varied. I remember while living in Cincinnati that a player disappointed with his USCF rating decided to start over and bought a new membership. Overnight he went from Mike Rice to Ekim Ecir. Reversing his name yield some initial success but soon Mike's rating was right back to where it started. A second try under the moniker Forrest Wynn didn't lead to many forced wins and Mike finally reverted back to his real name.

The number of active players in the US over 2400 is pretty limited, and excepting a recent immigrant, one usually has watched them rise through the ranks. A few years ago Joel Benjamin and I were at the Chicago Open and we both happened to notice the name Eric Torman on the pairing sheet with a USCF rating of 2500 listed from Michigan. We asked each other simultaneously, who is Torman? Neither of us had a clue so we wandered over to Torman's board only to find Vadim Tsemikhman sitting where Torman should have been. Only then did Joel and I realize that Tsemikhman =Torman. But how does poor Ftacnik put this together?

Last issue I reported on IM Melik Khachiyan who won the Ibar International in Los Angeles, making his third and final GM norm in the process. Going over the games from the event I must confess to being curious. Who was this player David Lucky with a very respectable FIDE rating of 2335? Why had I never heard of him, especially since he was listed as USA on the FIDE list. Determined to solve the mystery I went back into Mr. Lucky's rating reports on the FIDE list and bingo, Mr. Lucky use to be David Gliksman. Those with good memories will remember David as a talented Southern California master. Remember the famous novelty in the Slav (16.Qf7!!) which David Strauss uses to defeat Cyrus Lakdawala in 1992? That was David Gliksman's work. Unfortunately the name Lucky proved to be unlucky for David at the Ibar. Check out how GM-elect Khachiyan defeats him in fine style.

Khachiyan,M (2462) - Lucky,D (2335)
IBAR Inv Santa Monica USA (2), 24.02.2005
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Qd7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.Qg4 f5 8.Qg3 Ba6 9.Bxa6 Nxa6 10.Ne2 0-0-0 11.a4 Nb8 12.a5 Nc6 13.axb6 cxb6 14.0-0 Na5 15.Rxa5 bxa5 16.Ba3 Kb7 17.Nf4 Nh6 18.c4 dxc4 19.Rb1+ Ka6 20.Nd3 Rc8 21.Nc5+ Rxc5 22.Bxc5 f4 23.Qc3 Qa4 24.Qb2 Qd7 25.Qa2 Qd5 26.Qa4 1-0

5) Chess Camp in Davis

2nd Annual Davis Chess Camp
Hosted by the UC Davis Chess Club

When: Wednesday, July 20 through Friday, July 22 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: UC Davis campus - Wellman Hall, rooms 1 and 2

Directions: >From Sacramento - Take I-80 west to SR 113 (north) and exit at Russell Blvd. Turn right and continue on Russell to Howard Way and turn right. The parking garage will be on the left and staff will be on hand to greet campers. >From San Francisco - Take I-80 east to SR 113 (north) and follow the directions above.

Program: Beginner Group
Rules of the game
Opening principles
Tactics 101
Endgame essentials how to checkmate your opponent

Advanced Group
Opening systems
Middlegame training
Endgame theory
Game analysis

Bughouse Tournament

Price: $125 if received by 5/15. $150 after 5/15. Price includes lunches and snacks.

Jim Dean is on the faculty of Canterbury Elementary in Fort Wayne, Indiana as its chess advisor. He is a FIDE master (FM) and USCF life master. He is also a 4-time Indiana state champion and a member of 3 U.S. amateur championship teams. Jim has coached national junior champions and teaches in chess camps throughout the country.

John Langreck is a CPA practicing in Sacramento and a USCF life master. He was a member of the Armed Forces championship team and 2 U.S. amateur championship teams. He has coached numerous students of all ages and abilities.

Mail checks to John at the following address. Questions? Please call or email.

John Langreck
P.O. Box 72117
Davis, CA 95617
Tel.: (c) 530-220-3614

6) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Max Wilkerson Open - March 12

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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