Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #236

   We don't hate FIDE, we hate the people who are out of chess but in FIDE.

Suat Atalik

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Atalik and Yermolinsky tie for first in Far West Open
3) Fischer Icelandic Citizen
4) Frank Brady Resigns from Executive Board
5) US Open 1955 
6) Fischer in Lawrence, Kansas
7) Chess Poems by Dennis Fritzinger
8) Here and There
9) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

Several events are coming up at the MI. Tuesday, March 29, the Spring Tuesday Night Marathon begins. April 2 and 3 the MI will host its annual Senior Open. Players 50 and over are eligible to compete. The following weekend a blitz tournament will be held to honor longtime Bay Area stalwart Val Zemitis.

Val Zemitis 80th Birthday Blitz
April 9 at the Mechanics' Institute
5 double round blitz - WBCA rules used
Prizes (guaranteed)
1st $150 2nd $75 3rd $50 Top Under 2200 $50 Top Under 1800 $50
Book prizes to all contestants

This year's Imre Konig Memorial G/45 on April 16 will be something special. The normal first and second prizes ($200 and $100) will be doubled and are guaranteed. GMs Suat Atalik and Alex Yermolinsky have confirmed their participation.

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.

2) Atalik and Yermolinsky tie for first in Far West Open

Suat Atalik and Alex Yermolinsky tied for first in the Far West Open held March 18-20 in Reno with scores of 5-1. The two GMs drew with each other in the middle of the tournament in a tough battle and drew in the last round with GM Gregory Serper and IM Igor Ivanov respectively. IM-elect Vladimir Mezentsev was alone in third with a score of 4.5. This excellent result included a win over GM Serper and a draw with GM Sergey Kudrin. Mezentsev's only loss was to Atalik. Tying for fourth at 4 in the multi-section event which attracted 192 players five GMs and five IMs were Kudrin Ivanov and Serper.

The Mechanics' had over 30 players competing in Reno. GM-in-Residence Yermolinsky lead the way but there were several other stars helped lead the M.I. to first in the team competition. Nine-year-old Daniel Naroditsky of Foster City scored 5.5 from 6 in the B section. This result, an excellent performance in the last Marathon and a perfect score in the People's scholastic section should put Daniel's rating around 1900 and in the top two for his age in the country.

Expert Igor Traub continues to push towards 2200. His score of 4.5 from 6 gained him section in the Expert section. Victor Ossipov was right behind him with 4. MI veteran Dan Litowsky tied for fourth in the B section with 4 points and Chris Cortese was equal sixth in the C section with the same score. John Jaffray of Santa Rosa won the A section with 5 points.

NTD Jerry Weikel, his wife Fran and Barbara Woodward of the Sands Regency Hotel and Casino organized the event which attracted 192 players. The Western States Open will be held this October in the same venue.

For complete standings go to the Reno Chess Club website ( ) where webmaster Ernie Hong does an excellent job. Contact Jerry Weikel for a mailed copy of the Games Bulletin for $6 including 116 games from the Open section.

Here are a few of the most important encounters.

DeGuzman,R - Atalik,S [A46]
Far West Open Reno (2), 2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 c5 4.e3 Be7 5.Nbd2 cxd4 6.exd4 b6 7.c3 Bb7 8.Bd3 Qc7 9.0-0 d6 10.Re1 Nbd7 11.a4 a6 12.Qb1 h6 13.Bh4 0-0 14.h3 Rfe8 15.Ne4 e5 16.dxe5 dxe5 17.Nxf6+ Bxf6 18.Be4 Bxh4 19.Nxh4 Rad8 20.Re3 Bxe4 21.Qxe4 Nf6 22.Qc2 e4 23.Nf5 Qd7 24.Ng3 Qd2 25.Qb3 b5 26.axb5 axb5 27.Rae1 Re5 28.Nxe4 Nxe4 29.Rxe4 Qxe1+ 30.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 31.Kh2 Re5 32.Qb4 Rd2 33.Qf4 Ree2 34.Qb8+ Kh7 35.Qxb5 Rxf2 36.b4 Rxg2+ 37.Kh1 g6 38.Qc4 Kg7 39.Qf1 Rg3 40.c4 Rgd3 41.Qf4 Rc2 0-1

Atalik,S - Yermolinsky,A [A40]
Far West Open Reno (3), 2005
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+ 3.Nd2 b6 4.Ngf3 Bb7 5.Qb3 Bxd2+ 6.Bxd2 d6 7.g3 Nf6 8.Bg2 0-0 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.Rad1 Qe7 11.Rfe1 a6 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bxf6 Nxf6 14.d5 e5 15.e4 Rab8 16.Nd2 c5 17.dxc6 Bxc6 18.Nb1 b5 19.cxb5 Rxb5 20.Qc2 Rb6 21.Nc3 Rfb8 22.b3 Bb7 23.Na4 Rc6 24.Qb1 a5 25.Bf1 Rbc8 26.Bb5 R6c7 27.Bd3 Bc6 28.Nc3 Bd7 29.Bc4 Be6 30.Nb5 Rd7 31.Rc1 Rdd8 32.Nc3 Bxc4 33.bxc4 Rc5 34.Nd5 Nxd5 35.cxd5 Rdc8 36.Rxc5 Rxc5 37.Rc1 Qc7 38.Rxc5 Qxc5 39.a4 Qb4 40.Qc2 g6 41.Kg2 Kg7 42.f3 ½-½

Serper,G - Mezentsev,V [D53]
Far West Open Reno (3), 2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Nf3 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.Qc2 b6 8.0-0-0 dxc4 9.e4 Ba6 10.d5 Qe8 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.e5 Bd8 13.Qe4 exd5 14.Nxd5 Nd7 15.Ne3 Bg5 16.Nxg5 hxg5 17.h4 Qxe5 18.Qd5 Rad8 19.hxg5 c6 20.Qf3 Qxg5 21.Rh5 Qf6 22.Rf5 Qe6 23.Ng4 Rfe8 24.Qg3 Qg6 25.f4 Nf8 26.Rxd8 Rxd8 27.Rg5 Qd6 28.Ne3 Ne6 29.Rg4 Qd2+ 30.Kb1 c3 0-1

Yermolinsky,A - Kudrin,S [A40]
Far West Open Reno (4) 2005
1.Nf3 g6 2.e4 c5 3.c4 Bg7 4.d4 Qb6 5.dxc5 Qxc5 6.Be2 d6 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Nfd2 Qb6 9.Nb3 Qd8 10.Nc3 Bxc3 11.bxc3 Nf6 12.Bh6 Nxe4 13.Bf3 Nc5 14.Re1 Qc7 15.Nxc5 dxc5 16.Qd5 Be6 17.Qxc5 0-0-0 18.Rab1 Qa5 19.Rb5 Qxc3 20.Reb1 Qd4 21.Qa3 Bf5 22.Re1 Qd6 23.Qe3 f6 24.g4 Bd7 25.Reb1 b6 26.c5 bxc5 27.Rxc5 g5 28.Qc3 1-0

3) Fischer Icelandic Citizen

Iceland's parliament granted citizenship to fugitive U.S. chess star Bobby Fischer on Monday. Whether this will succeed in freeing Fischer from his detention cell is unclear. What follows is a condensed version of reports from several sources.

Trouble began for Fischer in 1992 when, ignoring a U.S. Executive Order, he participated in a rematch tournament against Boris Spassky in the former Yugoslavia, which at the time was levied with international sanctions.

Fischer defeated Spassky and won $3.3 million. But later that same year, he was issued with an arrest warrant carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for violating the economic embargo.

Fischer has since declared his retirement from professional chess and kept a very private life, with the occasional exception of making controversial appearances on obscure radio programs to tongue-lash at the United States, or spew off his anti-Semitic views.

One of his most notorious outbursts was in 2001, on the day of the Sept. 11 attacks, when he called into a radio station in Baguio, Philippines. "This is all wonderful news," he exclaimed. "It's time to finish off the U.S. once and for all."

But, as Fischer continued to travel between Asia and Europe, no effort seemed to have been made by the U.S. government to apprehend him.

In 1997, he walked into the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland and had his passport renewed and even had new pages added to his travel document five years later.

Nevertheless, 13 years after the warrant was issued, Fischer was finally captured by Japanese immigration officials at Tokyo's Narita Airport, acting on a tip from the U.S consular office.

Several lawsuits were immediately filed by his lawyers to prevent his deportation to the United States. Fischer even unilaterally renounced his American citizenship from his detention cell, declaring "enough is enough."

"He put our country on the world map when he beat Boris Spassky in 1972," said Einar Einarsson, the former head of the Icelandic Chess Association. "Iceland is the only country in the world to step forward and help Bobby Fischer."

But so far, the Japanese authorities have refused to release him. It is unclear how the Japanese government will react to the Icelandic parliament granting Fischer citizenship on Monday.

"In principle, one must be deported to the country of origin," maintains Masaharu Miura, head of Japanese Immigration Bureau. "This is no exception."

The insistence by Japanese officials that Fischer be deported to the United States has some even suggesting that Tokyo is under pressure from Washington.

When Kazuya Shinba, a member of the major opposition party Minshuto raised these allegations during a recent parliamentary hearing, Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura replied, "I don't recall being asked by the United States to do anything about Mr. Fischer."

But opposition lawmakers are still charging that there is a bias in the way Fischer's case has been handled by Japanese authorities.

"This is absolutely incomprehensible," said Mizuho Fukushima, a former human rights lawyer and the leader of the Social Democratic Party who is also fighting for his release. "Had this been anyone else, he would have been freed already."

Meanwhile, Fischer, who turned 62 this month, is said to be the oldest person held at the detention center and supporters are urging for a quick resolution.

The United States demanded Tuesday that Japan hand over Bobby Fischer despite Iceland's move to accept the chess legend currently detained by Japanese immigration authorities since last July.

"That's what we've asked for," Adam Ereli, deputy spokesman for the U.S. State Department, told reporters, when asked if the United States wants Japan to hand him over to the United States.

Ereli expressed "disappointment" about the Icelandic parliament's decision Monday to grant citizenship to Fischer, 62.

"It's an arrangement that we're disappointed by. Mr Fischer is a fugitive from justice. There is a federal warrant for his arrest. He's being detained in Japan, awaiting deportation and that's the step that we're looking forward to," he said.

Following Iceland's decision, the Japanese Justice Ministry began considering whether to allow Fischer to leave for Iceland, ministry officials said Tuesday.

4) Frank Brady Resigns from Executive Board

March 21, 2005

Ms. Beatriz Marinello, President
U.S. Chess Federation

Dear Ms. Marinello:

On the weekend of April 1, I am required to meet with the Deans of St. John's University to discuss a number of crucial actions that I am planning for my Communications majors: a new television studio, a radio station, and a computer animations and special effects lab. Additionally, I am attempting to move certain offerings in my programs to our Manhattan campus. All of this takes a great amount of time, let alone the bureaucratic hurdles that must be confronted. I already have had a feasibility study done by a team of architects and interior designers, but I must now discuss with the University administration the details of the expenditure of millions. Therefore, I will not be able to participate in the upcoming USCF Executive Board meeting in Berkeley this April.

That being said, because of my increasing and demanding commitments outside of chess, I think it is time, after close to four years of service, that I offer my resignation as a member of the USCF Executive Board, effective immediately. Please remove my name from the masthead of Chess Life.

As you know, over the past seven months, I am on record voting for the minority in a number of policy and practical issues that have come before the Board. However, despite my critical stance, I wish the Board the best of luck in all its future endeavors, and I sincerely hope that the move to Crossville and the other radical changes that have been, and are continuing so exponentially to be made, prove to be prudent and successful, all for the good of chess and our distinguished organization.


Dr. Frank Brady

5) US Open 1955

Last Newsletter the controversial last round of the 1955 US Open in Long Beach was revisited. Several readers wrote in with more information:

Hi John,

I note you were asking about the 1955 U.S. Open in Long Beach, California. I played in that one, my first U.S. Open.

I have two sources for the crosstable for that tournament:

Chess Life, Tuesday, September 20, 1955

The crosstable itself doesn't show any tie-break, just the 10-2 score that Rossolimo and Reshevsky scored. But on a separate page it shows the tie-break breakdown for both players. It show each of their opponents and their scores, adjusted scores, median points (62.0 for each), Solkoff points (92.5 each), and S-B points (Rossolimo 76.25 and Reshevsky 76.0). I can make a photocopy of that and send it to you if you like.

Spence Limited Editions Vol. XVII American Tournament Series, A Selection of Games from the 56th United States Open Chess Championship, Long Beach, California, 1955.

The book (spiral bound) of 61 pages and 310 games doesn't go into the tie-breaking.

The James E. Warren Chess Book Collection of 4,491 Volumes is up for sale if you or anyone you know in your area is interested. Let me know I can send detailed information on it. It is completely computerized.

Jim Warren

(Interested parties can contact Jim at

Dear John,

The prize was initially given to Rossolimo on the basis of incorrectly scored tiebreaks. This was contested [apparently there were some earlier forfeit wins by other players that were incorrectly accounted for]. When the tiebreaks were redone, they still favored Rossolimo on the tertiary [not 2d, as in Chess Review] tiebreak by only 0.5 point . I don't remember which systems were used [I'm at work on another 15 hour day], but can look it up if anyone is really interested. There was cross-table in Chess Life, but a nice picture of the Buick with R- and the car dealer who donated it! CL didn't give the tiebreaks of the other players.

Richard Reich

6) Fischer in Lawrence, Kansas

A new edition of Legend on the Road, a comprehensive look at Bobby Fischer's 1964 transcontinental simul tour, will be coming out in the next few weeks. This revised and enlarged edition is written by Mechanics' Institute Chess Director John Donaldson and will be published by Russell Enterprises, owners of the popular ChessCafe website. Despite efforts to be as thorough as possible one forgotten stop on the tour is not featured in the book. Expert Alan Anderson of Arizona found the following material on Bobby's stop in Lawrence, Kansas, just last week.

Alan writes:

Hello John,

I talked with Fred Huff yesterday about the Bobby Fischer exhibition at the University of Kansas at Lawrence on April 30, 1964. Fred confirmed Professor Horak's information as to the date, April 30, 1964, and the location, although Fred refers to it as the University of Kansas Student Union building. Fred remembers the exhibition as taking place on the second floor. He also thought Horak's name "sounded familiar."

Fred has a very clear memory of the exhibition as being a 45-board exhibition; the fee for playing was $5.00 a board. Fred says Fischer won 44 games and gave up one draw, "because it was past Fischer's bedtime." Fred remembers Fischer moving instantly during the exhibition, in some cases having his hand on his piece (or pawn) ready to make his move while his opponent was in the process of completing their own move.

The person who wrote the following information about the Fischer exhibition and played in it is Henry G.Horak, a former professor at University of Kansas. His website is dated Christmas, 1998 and he was 79 at the time of writing. The URL to his website is:

This next few paragraphs may seem out of place, but they do pertain to the visit of an interesting personality to K.U. My interest in the game of Chess developed when I was a teen-ager in the 1930's, and had the opportunity to learn the game and play against some strong players in Kansas City. We chessplayers met regularly at the Y.M.C.A. every Saturday afternoon, and in a few years I became rather proficient at the game, eventually winning a few tournaments there. My rating was about that of an "Expert" (just below a "Master"). From time to time a touring Grandmaster would visit us to give a simultaneous exhibition, and we would each invest a few dollars to play against him. Israel Horowitz, the one-time U.S. champion, visited us at least three times; I managed to draw the first two times, but the third time the exhibition wasn't completed because half-way through the simultaneous event (I suppose about thirty of us were there) one of the participants, Mr. Arthur Harris, a good friend of mine in his fifties, had a sudden heart attack and died (January 20, 1941). It was quite shocking to see the dark shadow move across his face, and his life disappear in just a minute. Indeed, it is not generally realized that Chess can be a very exciting game, so I took a quick look at his position. I didn't see anything there that would have particularly evoked stress, for his position seemed safe enough.

Now at K.U., at least as far as I could discover, there has never been much serious interest in Chess; this is understandable, since competing in it is hard sedentary work, akin to academic studying for a final, and students would rather participate in physical sports for their recreation. However, early in the year 1964 some of the students got together and were able to entice the International Grandmaster Robert (Bobby) Fisher to give a simultaneous exhibition on April 30 at the K.U. Union Building. Bobby was only twenty-one years old, and the strongest player ever produced in the United States; he was destined to become the World's Chess Champion in 1972, when he would decisively defeat the then World's Champion from the Soviet Union, Boris Spassky. Fischer had learned Chess in the New York environment of strong master players, and he had succeeded in besting all of them. His style was geared more to attacking than to defending, and he played all phases of the game (opening, middle and end games) equally well. His attitude towards the game was entirely practical, and he had studied very hard to attain his goals. He also possessed a rather low opinion of so-called intellectuals (I sometimes think he was right). When he played against us at K.U., he had about 50 or 60 opponents (I would guess), and he completed his exhibition very quickly in only a few hours; I was one of the last to go down in what to me was a difficult end game. I don't remember Fischer's total score against us; if he had lost a game, we would undoubtedly have heard about it. Nevertheless it was an interesting experience. I wonder how he would fare against the "Big Blue" computer that recently (1997) defeated the present (human) World's Champion, Kasparov? Unfortunately we'll probably never know, because Fischer retired from active competition immediately after gaining the World's Championship

7) Chess Poems by Dennis Fritzinger

billy the kid

it's been a long time
since i was
the new
billy the kid,
riding into town
with a chess set
in my saddlebag
and a chess clock
like a six-gun
in the holster
by my side.

victory dance

the best thing
about winning a chess game
is the victory dance.
7of course you don't do it
after a tournament game,
but after a 5-minute game
it's perfectly permissible.
dances differ,
depending on the person:
each one is unique.
for someone like petrosian
a raised eyebrow
or funny face would be enough.
the rest of us pump our fists in the air, go "AW RIGHTT!"
or do an impromptu
war dance around the chair
before sitting back down
and setting up the army,
the pieces, the men

8) Here and There

The USCF is having its Executive Board meeting at the Berkeley City Club on April 2 and 3, 2005 and the meetings will be open to the public from 3pm to 6pm on both days. The Berkeley City Club, once home to the Berkeley Chess Club, is at 2315 Durant Street not far from Telegraph Avenue and the UC Berkeley campus. It's about a 10 minute walk from the downtown Berkeley BART station.

Bill Townsend reports: The US Amateur Team East 2005 took place February 19th-21st 2005 in Parsippany, at Parsippany, in central New Jersey. There were three other Amateur Team events run the same weekend in different parts of the U.S.A. (West, Midwest and South) but the East is where the Amateur Teams started thirty-five years ago, and traditionally it is much larger than the other three put together. In keeping with the trend of recent years Team East broke its own attendance record yet again with 1,205 players competing in 286 teams. This has to be the largest team tournament ever held in North America, and perhaps even the Western Hemisphere.

Just like the last two years, the tournament ended in a four-way tie at 5.5-0.5 with the final places determined by tiebreaks. In first place was "My 60 Memorable Anti-Semitic Rants," originally seeded eighth with an average team rating of 2193. The team members were: Eli Vovsha, Samson Benen, Evan Rosenberg, and Joshua Bromberg.

Second through fourth were: "UTD Orange" from the University of Texas at Dallas, "Fock Lenderman," and "Cambridge Ringers."

I should explain that the term "Amateur" is something of a misnomer: players of any rating can compete so long as the average team rating is below 2,200 USCF. There were a number of world-class grandmasters playing such as former U.S. Champions Larry Christiansen and Arthur Bisguier and even a former world champion, GM Susan Polgar. One team even featured both reigning U.S. Champions: GM Hikaru Nanmura and WGM Rusudan Goletiani played boards one and two for "San Diego Two-Step" which finished a half point out of first place with 5-1.

Further info:

Alex Yermolinsky passes on a few more name changes for those of you who like to update your ChessBase game files

Booth to Muhammad
Popov to Nikolaidis
Popa to Komliakov
Nenashev to Graf
Azos to Krasenkov

Eric Schiller writes:

I set up an instant runoff poll at to determine the three greatest chess players of all time. The poll uses a method similar to that of the SF elections, where every vote counts. Please tell people about it, it is fun and is a great example of how the voting system works.

Eric Schiller

Please join
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Larry Christiansen
GM Susan Polgar
and other great chess players
next January 14-21 in the Caribbean on a fantastic Chess Cruise:


As a leader in the Chess Community I wanted you to be aware of a new chess event on the horizon: "Chess Moves", a "Geek Cruise" to the Caribbean January 14-21, 2006.

So far GMs Joel Benjamin, Larry Christiansen, and Susan Polgar have signed up to deliver classes. Other GMs will be added to our faculty as well.

Here's a sampling of SOME of the 1.5-hour classes the GMs will give:
* Practical Opening Tips for Black
* Hypermodern Opening Strategy in Action
* Ideas to Save a Hopeless-Looking Game
* The Art of Attack
* Bishop v. Knight
* Gaining the Initiative -- When Time Is of the Essence
* The Art of the Exchange Sacrifice
* Strategy: Center Control and Space
* Practical Hints for Tournament Players
* Rook Endgame Essentials
* Exploiting Endgame Advantages (3 hours)

There will be two concurrent tracks -- delivered by the Grandmaster faculty -- while the ship is sailing between ports. When the ship is docked in port, everyone is on vacation. For this particular sailing,, there are two and one-half "sea days". That means there will be 20 hours of daytime lectures!

In addition to classes, Chess Moves will host an informal Blitz competition and everyone will have a chance, with either a Master or Grandmaster, to either play chess or get some private/lesson time.

If you're involved in a chess club or group of players, consider promoting the event within your club or organization to save money: Not only can everyone in your group enjoy a sizeable group discount, but you could earn a free laptop AND free passage on "Chess Moves":

All of the details are available here: If you would like some printed literature, please contact me, Neil Bauman, Geek Cruises "Captain", directly: mailto: or just reply to this email. Here's an online version of our full-color flyer:

Geek Cruises is a unique company that hosts educational cruise- conferences, on all sorts of topics, all over the world. "Chess Moves" will be Geek Cruises' 30th event at sea. Past cruises have covered topics from Linux to the Apple Macintosh ... and the cruise destinations have included Hawaii, the Eastern Mediterranean, Mexican Riviera, the Caribbean, the Baltic Sea, and Alaska.

Geek Cruises' high-tech cruise-conferences offer advantages to attendees that land-based events just can't:
* Sailing allows significant, uninterrupted time for our intense work schedule. There simply are no distractions. Conversely, ports-of-call allow for free time to relax and unwind.
* The GMs do not have a plane to catch. They are with you for a full week providing valuable, additional contact thus increasing the value of the sessions.
* Small, interactive sessions -- with Grandmasters!
* An intellectual immersion experience free of distractions
* Unprecedented access to GMs before, during, and after the cruise-conference
* Actual adventure!

I look forward to meeting you in Ft. Lauderdale for "Chess Moves"!


Neil R. Bauman, Captain & CEO
Geek Cruises (
1430 Parkinson Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-327-3692; Fax: 928-396-2102

9) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Lovegrove Senior Open - April 2-3
Val Zemitis Blitz April 9
Imre Konig Memorial - April 16
Charles Powell Memorial - May 14

East Bay Chess Club Open Quads
Sunday, March 27th, 2005

Entry fee: $15 if mailed before 3/19/05, $20 at site.
$5 discount for East Bay Chess Club Members
Prizes: $30 to the top finisher in each quad.

Registration/Check-in: 10-10:45 AM the day of the tournament.
Rounds: 11 AM, 2:30 PM, and 5:30 PM
Time control: Game in 90 minutes

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.

Las Vegas International Chess Festival

The Las Vegas International Chess Festival comprises of the following events:

June 9th, Polgar Sisters Tandem Simul! For the first time in over 10 years the Polgar sisters, Susan, Judit and Sofia will give a tandem simul.

June 9th, National Open Blitz Championship 7 double rounds, seeded Swiss format tournament.

June 10th, Breakfast with the Polgar Sisters

June 10th-12th, National Open Tournament $55,000 guaranteed prize fund! First place, $5000. 6 round, seeded Swiss format. 8 different sections. US Championship Qualifier.

June 13th, US Game/10 Championship $5,000 guaranteed prize fund. 7 round, seeded Swiss format.

June 13th-18th, US Senior Championship Open to US residents/citizens born before 6/13/1955. 6 round, seeded Swiss format, one round a day and this is also a US Championship Qualifier.

June 13th-18th, US "Under 50" Championship Open to US residents/citizens born on or after 6/13/1955. 6 round, seeded Swiss format, one round a day.

You can find out more information about all the above events, along with online entry at

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