Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #239

   A new move? In these days one can hardly make such a claim, for, sooner or later, some person will come forward and prove black on white that he used this move decades ago in some class C tournament or perchance in a coffeehouse game and hence demand parental recognition. But many very promising moves are well forgotten.

Alexander Alekhine

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Daniel Naroditsky wins US Grade 3 and Under Championship
3) Suat Atalik wins East Bay Grandmaster Tournament
4) Karpov Chess for Peace Program
5) Here and There
6) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

The Val Zemitis 80th Birthday Blitz, held last Saturday, April 9, attracted 20 players to the Mechanics'. Among them were three International Masters, five National Masters and veterans Neil Falconer, Bob Burger and honored guest Val Zemitis. IM Ricardo DeGuzman won the five double round blitz with a score of 8-2, good for $150. Second at 7.5 was MI Chess Director IM John Donaldson followed by NM Oleg Shakhnazarov at 7 and newly minted IM Vladimir Mezentsev and NM Nicolas Yap on 6.5.

NMs Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, Igor Margulis and Victor Ossipov and Expert Igor Traub are the four remaining perfect scores after three rounds of the Spring Mechanics' Institute Tuesday Night. Among those at 2.5 in the 68-player field are former US Champion IM John Grefe and FM Frank Thornally. It's still not to late to enter the nine round competition with half point byes for the first three rounds.

Congratulations go to Tuesday Night regular Joe Russell who picked up 127 points in the Winter Tuesday Night Marathon.

Alberto Cisneros played giant killer last night in the TNM in the following entertaining game.

Alberto Cisneros (1694) - Yefim Bukh (1924) B15 Spring TNM 2005

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Ng3 e5 6.Qe2

Taking Yefim out of his Bukh.

6...Qxd4 7.Nf3 Bb4+ 8.Bd2 Bxd2+ 9.Nxd2 0-0

9...Qxb2 10.Rb1 Qc3 was quite feasible.

10.0-0-0 Qa4 11.Qxe5 Qxa2 12.Bc4 Nbd7

The direct 12...Qa1+ 13.Nb1 b5 14.Bb3 a5 was very much to the point.


Here 13.Bxa2 Nxe5 14.Nge4 Nxe4 15.Nxe4 should have been considered with some compensation for the pawn.

13...Qa1+ 14.Nb1 Nb6 15.Nh5

This and White next moves get prizes for imagination but are totally unsound. They succeed, however, in rattling Bukh.

15...Nxh5 16.Bxf7+ Kxf7

16...Rxf7 17.Rd8+ Rf8 18.Rxf8+ Kxf8 19.Qxh5 Be6 was another win.

17.Qxh5+ Kg8 18.Rd3 Bf5??

Black completely overlooks White's threat. 18...Be6 19.Ra3 Ba2 would have ended things quickly.

19.Ra3 Oops!

19...Qxa3 20.Nxa3 Rae8 21.g4 Bg6 22.Qa5 Rxf2 23.Qxa7 Ree2 24.Qxb6 Be4 25.Rg1 Rxh2 26.Qd8+ Kf7 27.Rf1+ Kg6 28.Qd6+ Kg5 29.Qe5+ Kg6 30.Qe6+ Kg5 31.Qe7+ Kg6 32.Qf7+ Kh6 33.Rg1 Kg5 34.Qe7+ Kg6 35.Qd6+ Kg5 36.Qd8+ Kg6 37.Qe8+ Kg5 38.Qe7+ Kg6 39.Qxb7 h6 40.Qe7 Bd5 41.Qd6+ Kg5 42.Qc5 Kg6 43.b4 Be4 44.g5 h5 45.Qd6+ Kh7 46.g6+ 1-0

This Saturday the M.I. will host it's 5th Annual Imre Konig Memorial with a twist. Competing in the five round competition are GMs Alex Yermolinsky and Suat Atalik. The first and second place prize have been raised to $400 and $200 and are guaranteed. Those who don't like to play against strong underrated kids will be happy to know that almost no juniors will be competing in this tournament due to two huge concurrent scholastic events.

Former US Womens Champion Kamile Baginskaite is holding free weekly beginner and intermediate classes for women of all ages, Sundays from 2-4 pm. For more information on this program, which is made possible by Providian as part of its Providian Cares program, e-mail or call (415) 421-2258.

2) Daniel Naroditsky wins US Grade 3 and Under Championship

Naroditsky and others win at Supernationals
by Michael Aigner

This past weekend saw the largest chess tournament in U.S. history taking place in Nashville, Tennessee: the third Supernationals. Over 5200 children representing 48 different states participated in these national scholastic championships. About 30 players from northern California travelled to Nashville. And many successfully came back home with trophies!

The story of the weekend was the first place finish by third grader Daniel Naroditsky in the K-3 championship section. In a tournament full of upsets, Daniel had the skill, poise and determination required to win every game. Daniel's victory was hardly a fluke, since his USCF rating is an incredible 1847 after his 5.5-0.5 result in the B section in Reno last month. Alan Kirshner reports that Daniel became the first local national champion since Vinay Bhat and Jordy Mont-Reynaud in the mid 1990s.

Other players earning top 10 finishes were David Chock and Sam Shankland. David took 4th place in K-9 championship, just behind the three co-winners. His biggest victory came in the last round against New York junior high school champion Sarkis Agaian (2174 USCF). David also finished 6th in both the K-12 blitz and K-12 bughouse tournaments. Sam blitzed his way to a perfect score and a first place trophy on tiebreaks in the K-8 blitz tournament.

The following players earned trophies at Supernationals III. Trophies were awarded to the top 25 finishers plus all ties for 25th.

Nicholas Nip: 15th place in K-1 championship
Daniel Naroditsky: 1st place in K-3 championship
Hugo Kitano: 33rd place in K-5 championship
Christopher Tsai: 34th place in K-6 championship
Sam Shankland: 17th place in K-8 championship, 1st place in K-8 blitz
Jeff Young: 34th place in K-8 championship, 11th place in K-12 bughouse
Avinash Kumar: 57th place in K-8 u1250
David Chock: 4th place in K-9 championship, 6th in K-12 blitz, 6th place in K-12 bughouse
Jojo Zhao: 28th place in K-9 championship
Elisha Garg: 6th place in K-12 bughouse

Over half of the northern California players in Nashville represented two local scholastic communities: Saratoga H.S. / Redwood M.S. in Saratoga and St. Mark's School in San Rafael. The rest were independent from any school teams, but many had ties to the Mechanics' Institute, East Bay Chess Club, Berkeley Chess School, Academic Chess or Success Chess.

Saratoga High School: 9th place team in K-9 championship
Redwood Middle School: 13th place team in K-8 championship
St. Mark's School: 17th place team in K-8 u1250
St. Mark's School: 11th place team in K-8 u1000

For complete results, please check the following website:

Chock,David (1913) - Agaian,Sarkis (2174)
Supernationals III, K-9 championship (7)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f3 Be7 9. Qd2 O-O 10. O-O-O b5 11. g4 b4 12. Nd5 Bxd5 13. exd5 a5 14. Kb1 Qc7 15. g5 Nfd7 16. h4 a4 17. Nc1 Na6 18. Qf2 f5 19. f4 Nac5 20. Bg2 a3 21. b3 Ne4 22. Bxe4 fxe4 23. Ne2 Rac8 24. Rc1 exf4 25. Bxf4 Ne5 26. Qd4 Rxf4 27. Nxf4 Nf3 28. Qxb4 Qa7 29. Rhd1 e3 30. Qe4 Ne5 31. Nd3 Qc7 32. c4 Rb8 33. Nxe5 dxe5 34. d6 1-0

Tong,W - Naroditsky,D
Supernationals III, K-3 Champ (3),
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.Nf3 0-0 5.Nc3 d6 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 Re8 8.Qc2 e5 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Bg5 c6 11.0-0-0 Qa5 12.Kb1 Nc5 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Ne4 Nxe4 15.Bxe4 Be6 16.h4 Qb4 17.Bd3 e4 18.Bxe4 Bxc4 19.Nd2 Be2 20.Rde1 Bb5 21.a3 Qa5 22.Nb3 Qb6 23.h5 Ba4 24.hxg6 hxg6 25.Bxg6 Bxb3 26.Qf5 Ba2+ 27.Kc1 Qxb2+ 28.Kd1 Rad8+ 29.Qd3 Bb3# 0-1

3) Suat Atalik wins East Bay Grandmaster Tournament

GM Suat Atalik won the East Bay Grand Master Tournament in convincing fashion with a 2600 + FIDE performance. Young Canadian IM Thomas Roussel-Roozmon made an even score with the three GMs missing a GM norm by a point. FMs Alan Stein and David Pruess were combative as usual with no draws for either player the entire event.

Standings: 1. GM Atalik 7/10; 2. IM Roussel-Roozmon 6; 3. GM Yermolinsky 5.5; 4. GM Sharavdorj 4.5; 5. FM Stein 4; 6. FM Pruess 3.

Go to for a crosstable and games from the event.

4) Karpov Chess for Peace Program

106 S. Main, Lindsborg, KS 67456 -- Phone:

Contact: Wes Fisk 785-227-4121

World Peace Initiative Launched in Lindsborg

On Tuesday, April 12, World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov came to Lindsborg to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first World Chess Championship. The celebration included Karpov's announcement of an initiative to promote world peace through chess. The yearlong program, titled Chess for Peace, will promote Internet chess competition and friendship among the youth of various countries, and it will also include the exchange of scholastic chess players between countries.

The first exchange will take place on May 14 when Swedish Chess Champion Eugene Agrest will bring 20 scholastic chess players from Sweden to Lindsborg. "We think this program is very exciting and will be very successful," said Mikhail Korenman, Director of the Karpov School of Chess.

Karpov has the necessary credentials to make the program work. He is the Russian ambassador to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the President of the Russian Peace Foundation. His involvement with various charitable causes has earned him praise from the world community. Many heads of state have hosted Karpov during his extensive travels for chess and for UNICEF. The Chess for Peace program will also feature a number of planned events in which some of these noted political figures will participate.

Karpov held a press conference at 10 a.m. at the Lindsborg City Hall on Tuesday, April 12.

This was followed by a simultaneous chess exhibition at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Karpov School of Chess, 106 S. Main, in which students from Soderstrom Elementary participated.

At 3:30 p.m. he met with the Master Class students at the Karpov Chess School. The public was invited to hear Karpov give an address at Burnett Center at 6 p.m about his 30 years as World Chess Champion, and about the Chess for Peace program.

5) Here and There

The editor of the Russian magazine 64, Alexander Roshal, has reported:

Moscow, Russia - Viswanathan Anand of India won his second consecutive "Chess Oscar" as best player of 2004. He easily won the vote, which counts ballots from chess writers and others from around the world and is awarded by the Russian chess magazine "64". It is Anand's fourth such award.

The Russian Chess Observer "64" (the editor-in-chief - Alexander Roshal) defined the owner of "Oscar" - the international award which is handed over to the best chess player of the last year for the 10th time. 445 chess experts from 75 countries of the world have taken part in the anniversary voting (including 74 grandmasters). They have named the top ten strongest, in their opinion, chess players of 2004. The 1st place in the list was estimated by 13 points, 2nd - 11, 3rd - 9, 4th - 7, 5th - 6, -, 10th - 1 point.

The Indian GM Viswanathan Anand, who achieved 5205 points is the owner of the bronze statuette of "The Fascinated Wanderer". He is the only one mentioned in all the lists, and in 279 lists he is on the first place! And no wonder: " The Tiger from Madras" has a unique collection of the first places at various tournaments in classical and rapid chess. Vishy was certainly a leader of the Indian team at the Olympiad in Spain. In general, his present victory, as well as the previous ones, is undisputed.

This is the second "double" for Anand - he successively became the owner of Oscar in 1997 and 1998. In the newest history of this award only Garry Kasparov achieved the same results (1995-96 and 2001-02). Kasparov and Anand together have received 9 of 10 Oscars from "64". One more was received by Vladimir Kramnik in the year 2000.

Further in the list of "Oscar-2004":
2. Garry Kasparov, the Champion of Russia - 3664 points (60 first places);
3. Peter Leko (Hungary), the finalist of the classical world championship - 3485 (43);
4. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), classic chess champion of the World - 3344 (37);
5. Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), FIDE world champion - 2088 (12);
6. Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), the owner of the third (after Kasparov and Anand) top Elo in the world - 1858 (2);
7. Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), the European champion and the leader of the Olympic champions from Ukraine - 1398 (7);
8. Michael Adams (England), the finalist of FIDE world championship - 1378 (2);
9. Alexander Morozevich (Russia), the winner of the prestigious tournaments in Monaco and Biel - 1128 (2);
10. Alexander Grischuk, the silver prize-winner of the Russian championship - 868.
International Master Tim Taylor turned back strong opposition to win the 3rd LA Masters held April 5 at the West LA Chess Club.

1. IM Taylor 3.5 $200 2-3. SM Manukyan and IM Odondoo 3 $75 each. 4. GM Khachiyan 2.5

Short and Sweet - You won't find this pretty minature in any database.

Ivanov,I - Aaron [D14]
Hong Kong - Commonwealth Ch, 1984

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bf4 Bf5 7.e3 e6 8.Bb5 Nd7 9.Qa4 Qb6 10.Nh4 Bg6 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.e4 dxe4 13.d5 Nc5 14.dxc6 bxc6 15.Bxc6+ Ke7 16.0-0-0 Nxa4 17.Rd7+ Ke8 18.Bxa4 Bb4 19.Rxa7+ Kf8 20.Rxa8+ Ke7 21.Rxh8 Bxc3 22.bxc3 Qxf2 23.Bg5+ f6 24.Rd1 1-0

Players Chess News, Volume 6, page 212

Andy Ansel passes along the following game played between two well-known Bay Area masters of the 1970 and 80s.

Subramanian,S - Fritzinger,D
Saratgo Paul Masson (4), 1973

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.a4 d5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be3 Nf6 7.h3 Bxf3 8.gxf3 Qa5 9.e5 Nfd7 10.Qd2 e6 11.h4 a6 12.b4 Qxb4 13.Rb1 Qa5 14.Rxb7 c5 15.f4 cxd4 16.Bxd4 Nc6 17.Be2 Nxd4 18.Qxd4 Rc8 19.Rh3 Nc5 20.Rb4 Bf8 21.Kf1 Ne4 22.Nxe4 Bxb4 23.Nf6+ Kf8 24.h5 Bc5 25.Qb2 gxh5 26.Qb7 Qc7 27.Nd7+ Ke8 28.Nf6+ Kd8 29.Bxa6 Be7 30.Nxh5 Qxc2 31.Qb6+ Ke8 32.Bb5+ Kf8 33.Nf6 Bxf6 34.exf6 Qd1+ 35.Kg2 Rg8+ 36.Rg3 Rxg3+ 37.fxg3 Rc2+ 38.Kh3 Qh5#

Source: Prisoner's Chess Institute Newsletter, Sept 1973, page 8

Checkmate! A Chess Master Makes Moves in NY Premiere of Suspense-Thriller Fit to Kill, April 9-30

By Kenneth Jones

April 7, 2005Fit to Kill, Victor L. Cahn's new suspense-thriller about a chess master and his successful wife, begins previews April 9 at Off-Broadway's Harold Clurman Theatre in the Theatre Row complex. Opening is April 11.Broadway's Jana Robbins (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife) stars in what's billed as a witty and elegant play in the tradition of Sleuth and Deathtrap. Rachel Reiner Productions presents the New York premiere staging, directed by Eric Parness. Performances continue to April 30. Playwight Cahn penned Roses in December, which starred James and Keira Naughton Off-Broadway. The new drama "is a suspense-thriller about strategy, deception, and betrayal," according to production notes. "Adrian, a charming but self-indulgent chess master, lives a life of luxury thanks to his marriage to Janice, an older but sexy and vibrant woman, who has made her fortune as the CEO of an exercise empire. When Amy, a young reporter with an agenda of her own, starts asking too many questions, a whirlwind of deadly schemes ensue, leading to a series of twists and surprises that will keep audiences guessing until the final seconds."

Susan Polgar, a four-time World Chess Champion, five-time Olympic Champion and the first woman in history to break the gender barrier in chess, is chess consultant for the new play. The cast also includes Lanie MacEwan (Peccadillo Theater Company's Counsellor-at-Law) and Patrick Melville (the New York premiere of Charles Mee's Time to Burn at the Manhattan Ensemble Theater). Designers are Robert R. Sweetnam (scenic design), Sidney Shannon (costume), Pamela Kupper (lighting) and Nick Moore (sound). Cahn's numerous other plays include Getting the Business, Embraceable Me (which will be given a future Off-Broadway staging), Of My Father's House, Sheepskin/Bottom of the Ninth and A Dish for the Gods. Rachel Reiner Productions' upcoming projects include an off-Broadway production of Embraceable Me by Victor L. Cahn, and Crazy for the Dog by Chris Boal. Recently, Rachel Reiner Productions produced developmental productions of Zimmerman by Frank Barth at the Sanford Meisner Theater and Embraceable Me at the 78th Street Theatre Lab. Rachel Reiner Productions was Associate Producer for the Directors Company's production of Love in the Age of Narcissism by Brad Desch and Rapt by Roland Tec at the Culture Project. The Clurman in Theatre Row is at 410 W. 42nd Street. The performance schedule for Fit to Kill is Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3 PM and Mondays at 7 PM. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling TicketCentral at (212) 279-4200 or online at For additional details, visit

6) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Imre Konig Memorial - April 16
Charles Powell Memorial - May 14

Northern California

The San Francisco Chess Festival will be held May 6-8 at Fort Mason. Go to for more information.

Southern California

April 23-24 Los Angeles County Open 5-SS, rds 1-3 30/85, SD/30, rds 4-5 40/2, SD/1. Sierra Vista Park, 311 N Rural Dr. at E Emerson, Monterey Park, CA 91755.
EF: $30 received by 4-21, $40 at door. Special EF: $10 for juniors not competing for cash prizes (trophies to top 5). $$1000: $$300-200-100, U2200 100, U2000 100, U1800 75, U1600 75, U1400/Unr 50. SCCF membership required ($14 reg, $9 jr.), other states accepted. Reg 8:30-9:30. Rds 10-2-6, 10-4. Up to 2 half-pt byes if requested w/entry. Inf: Randy Hough, (626) 282-7412, Ent: SCCF, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754. NS. NC. W. State Championship Qualifier. GP: 10

May 28-30

2005 Lina Grumette Memorial Day Classic. 6-SS, 40/2, SD/1, 2?-day schedule rds 1-2 G/60. LAX Hilton, 5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. $$10,000 b/200, 60% of each prize guaranteed. In five sections: Open: $$T+1700-750-400-300-200, U2400 400, U2200 700-300-200. Premier (under 2000): $$750-300-200-100. Amateur (Under 1800): $$750-300-200-100. Reserve (Under 1600): $$750-300-200-100. Booster (Under 1400/unrated): $$T+400-200-100, U1200 T+150, Unr T+150. (Unrated may win Unrated prizes only.) Best game prize $25, all sections eligible. All: half-point byes available, limit 2, rds 5-6 must be requested with entry & cannot be revoked. SCCF membership req ($14, jr. $9), OSA. No checks or credit cards at door. Reg: 8-9:30 a.m. 5-28. Reg: 3-day 8-9:30 a.m. 5-28, 2?-day closes 6 p.m. 5-28. Rds: 3-day 10:30-5 Sat, 10-4:30 Sun-Mon, 2?-day: 6:30-8:45 p.m 5-28, then merges. EF: $81 if received by 5-26, $95 door, Booster section $66 adv, $75 door. On-line entry: Ent: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 N. Wilton Pl. #1, Los Angeles CA 90038. HR: $89 (310) 410-4000, mention chess. Parking $6/day. Inf: NS, W, F. GP: 40. State Championship Qualifier

National and International

Paul Keres Memorial - May 20 - 23
Event Information
Location: Hungarian Cultural Centre, 728 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC
Sections: Open, Under 2000, Under 1600.
Time Control: 40/120, SD/60.
Rounds: Open: 7 Rounds, U2000, U1600: 6 Rounds
Round Times: Friday 5:30 (Open Section only); Saturday: 11:30, 5:30 / Sunday: 10, 4 / Monday: 9, 3 or ASAP.
Prizes: Guaranteed first prizes of $1000, $600 and $400 in their respective sections, other prizes based on entries.
Contact: Stephen Wright,, (604) 221-7148

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.

May 28-30 or 29-30 Washington Open. 6SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option Rds 1-3 G/60) The new Lynnwood Convention Center, Seattle Area, 3711 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036, 425-778-7155, free parking. Prizes: $$12,500 fully guaranteed. Format: 4 sections, Open: FIDE rated. EF $90 adv. Free Entry to GMs, IMs, WGMs. Prizes: $2000-1000-500-400-300-200-100-100, U2150: $600-400-200-100-100. Premier: U2000, EF $80 adv. $$1000-500-250-200-150-100-50-50, U1850 300-200-100-50-50. Reserve: U1700, EF $70 adv. $670-330-160-130-100-70-35-35, U1550: $200-130-70-35-35. Booster: U1400, EF $60 adv. $330-160-80-65-50-35-20-20, U1200 $100-72-36-20-20. UNR: $250-122-40-40-40. ALL: add $4 to any EF for 2-day schedule. All adv. entries must be rec'd by May 20th, add $12 if later or at site. Ten free raffle tickets for Laptop Raffle if entry rec'd by April 15, 5 free tickets if rec'd by May 1st. Canadians may pay $C at par. Reg: Sat, 3day 5/28 10-11:45, Sun, 2day 5/29 9-9:45. Rds: (3day) Sat 12:30-6:45, Sun 10-5, Mon 9-3, (2day) Sun 10-12:30-3-6:45, Mon 9-3. Byes: 2 avail. Rds 4-6 commit by end of Rd.2, irrev. WCF/OCF memb. req'd. OSA. Side Events: WA Blitz Champ. Sun 10:00 p.m., reg 9-9:45, EF $10. Blindfold Mini-Tnmt/Exhibit, Sat 5 p.m. (Reg. 4:30), Lecture: Sat 10:30- 12:00, to be announced. WCF Membership Meeting: Sun 4 p.m. Scholastic: Sat, 5/28, 5SS, G/30 in separate room. K-3, 4-6, 7-12, Trophy Awards. Rds: 10-11:15-1-2:15-3:30. Scholastic Entries to: WCF Scholastic Director, David Hendricks, 2439 220th PL NE, Sammamish, WA 98074, 425-868-3881, Clock Simul, Mon 12:30, G/75 (reg 11:30-12:15). Book/Software/Equipment Vendor, Snacks on site, nearby hotels, restaurants, shopping. HR $69 incl. cont'l breakfast, Best Western Alderwood, 19332 36th Ave. W, Lynnwood WA 425-775-7600, 1 block from Center, reserve by May 20. Ent/Info: WCF Tnmt Coordinator, Carol Kleist, 2420 S. 137th St, Seattle WA 98168 , 206-242-7076, All Checks payable to WCF. Also see

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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