Much though some of the world would like to believe that chess talent is a divine gift - lazy English school of thought - or the result of great education and training - Soviet school of superiority - it is clear that the simple hard work approach does work. I have no style - I just make moves.
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News 2) US Chess League Schedule Set 3) The 6th Annual Bruce Bowyer Memorial Chess Tournaments 4) Ivanov-Timman, Lucerne (ol) 1982 5) Jamie Duff on Chess.FM tonight 6) Here and There 7) Upcoming Events
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
The Chess Room says good-bye to GM Suat Atalik who has been visiting the Bay Area the past month. During his time here Suat tied for first with MI-Grandmaster-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky in events in Reno and Burbank as well as winning outright the East Bay Chess Club GM roundrobin. Suat and Alex will fly tonight to Albany after Alex's lecture. They will be playing in the Lake George International organized by Bill Goichberg and sponsored by his Continental Chess Association and the Internet Chess Club. Good luck Suat and Alex.
Summer is just around the corner with the 5th Annual Charles Powell Memorial this Saturday and the 42nd Arthur Stamer Memorial on June 4th and 5th.
We recently received the following letter from Arthur's daughter Marian.
It's amazing that my dad's name lives on in the 42nd Arthur Stamer Memorial.
My niece found Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter number 218 on the Internet and mailed me a copy. In it was a letter I had written to Mike Goodall in 1996. This was such a surprise to see! And I enjoyed it very much except for one factual error I had made in that letter. Mr. Goodall very tactfully pointed out that William Addison, one of the finest chess players California ever produced, had won the first tournament and not my brother, Chet. I had just assumed Chet won because of all the hoopla at home over a victory he had against a formidable player. That's a sister for you. I thought he had won the whole thing.
I'm writing to set my tiny part in the records of the tournament straight, and to wish you all a very successful 42nd.
I also send a special greeting to Mike Goodall, Max Wilkerson, and all who remember Arthur Stamer.
Marian Stamer Simmons
Bay Area scholastic organizer Alan Kirshner, who recently ran a very successful tournament in San Jose that attracted in the neighborhood of 1000 kids (visit http://www.calnorthyouthchess.org/photographs.html ), recently honored MI member Daniel Naroditsky.
MARCH 2005 KUDOS
This month's Kudos go to third grader Daniel Naroditsky even though he is not presently affiliated with SCS. Daniel, with a posted rating of 1715, will likely be 1800 when his victories of the last two months are posted at the US Chess Federation's web site. This should move him up from third on the Top 100 list to first or second in the nation in his age group. He recently, February 21, took home top honors in the K-6 section of the Young People's Tournament in Berkeley against some older formidable opposition. Daniel hopes to repeat this success against top older players at the California Northern Scholastic Regionals in April where he has selected to forgo the Primary School Championship to compete in the Elementary School Open Division and be named the first CalNorth Regional Champion for K-6.
My main reason for providing my Kudos to Daniel for March is his recent media presence. NBC has used an interview with Daniel on at least four different TV shows that highlights his chess and underlines the maturity of this talented young man. I was very impressed by the artistry of the spot and the articulation of this young man. I might add that while a few of Northern California's talented players have received TV coverage in the past, none have had their interviews repeated as many times on different shows. CONGRATS, DANIEL!
MI Chess Director John Donaldson recently had a revised, expanded version of A Legend on the Road published by Russell Enterprises. The book, which deals with Bobby Fischer's 1964 North American simul tour, is a 198 page paperback with 10 pages devoted to Bobby's stop at the MI on April 13.
Eagle-eyed Andy Ansel of Walnut Creek found one game from the tour not found in the book. Can Newsletter readers find others?
Fischer,R - Zalys,I [C33]
The Mechanics' Institute library, which has over 1000 books in its collection, has a copy of the new edition of A Legend on the Road.
2) US Chess League Schedule Set
International Master Greg Shahade is keeping a busy schedule these days. In addition to running for a spot on the USCF Executive Board the native Philadelphian is the founder and commissioner of the US Chess League that starts in just a few months. Below you will find a list of the teams that will be competing along with the playing schedule. For complete team rosters and other information go to the USCL website at http://www.uschessleague.com/index . The Mechanics' team will play their matches in the Chess Room and spectators are most welcome.
Eastern + Western Divisions are Set
The divisional placement of the USCL teams was decided today, and the league will be aligned as follows:
1. Baltimore Kingfishers
1. Carolina Cobras
Official USCL Schedule (Team listed first gets white on boards 1+3)
WEEK 1 - August 31st 2005
1. Boston Blitz vs New York Knights
WEEK 2 - September 7th 2005
1. San Francisco Mechanics vs Dallas Destiny
WEEK 3 - September 14th 2005
1. New York Knights vs San Francisco Mechanics
WEEK 4 - September 21st 2005
1. New York Knights vs Philadelphia Masterminds
WEEK 5 - September 28th 2005
1. Baltimore Kingfishers vs Dallas Destiny
WEEK 6 - October 5th 2005
1. Miami Sharks vs Boston Blitz
WEEK 7 - October 12th 2005
1. Miami Sharks vs Dallas Destiny
WEEK 8 - October 19th 2005
1. Boston Blitz vs Dallas Destiny
WEEK 9 - October 26th 2005
1. New York Knights vs Baltimore Kingfishers
WEEK 10 - November 2nd 2005
1. Miami Sharks vs San Francisco Mechanics
DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS - November 9th 2005
1. 1st place finisher from East Division vs 2nd Place finisher from East Division (1st place finisher receives draw odds)
League Championship Round 1 - November 16th
1. Eastern Division Champion vs Western Division Champion - ROUND 1
League Championship Round 2 - November 17th
1. Eastern Division Champion vs Western Division Champion - ROUND 2
3) The 6th Annual Bruce Bowyer Memorial Chess Tournaments
The Bruce Bowyer Foundation
The 6th Annual Bruce Bowyer Memorial Chess Tournaments Were held at the Hotel New Yorker, at 8th Avenue & 34 Street, NYC on April 16 & 17th, 2005
Results and related information below provided by The Bruce Bowyer Foundation. We had an excellent turnout this year , with 42+ players each day. Since this is only our second year at the New Yorker, and is a larger group than last year, we are very glad to see a 'growth trend'.
We did a little survey this year to get some feedback from our players on what they did and didn't like about our tournament, and how we might improve it.
* Saturday's Open tournament ended in a 4-way tie for First Place, winners were :
* That evening, we held a "Bughouse" tournament. Bughouse is a fast-moving variant
* In Sunday's Junior tournament, we had a *lot* of winners:
Since the total prize money was $25. and change for each section below, we rounded up and paid a few dollars more to each winner where prizes were shared.
The Under 1800 prize was shared by Umar Khokhar, Niazuddin Ahmed and Willy Edgard
Congratulations to all the winners! We look forward to seeing you all next year!
Many thanks to the Hotel New Yorker and its staff, and special thanks to Nick Conticello and Ron Young , our Tournament Directors
Logistical/administrative/emotional support (&catering) were provided by Bruce's sister Pat and his niece, Sunny, along with family members Ariel and Rebecca Gendelman.
The event would not have been possible without the continued help and support from Chuck Royce and so many of Bruce's Royce colleagues and friends.
The tournament was a tremendous success, and we so are proud to have once again hosted an event that celebrated Bruce Bowyer's memory by honoring his beliefs.
4) Ivanov-Timman, Lucerne (ol) 1982
Ivanov,I (2505) - Timman,J (2600) [A38]
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Nxd5 Qxd5 7.Bg2 g6 8.0-0 Bg7 9.d3 0-0 10.Be3 Bd7 11.Nd4 Qd6 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 13.Bxc6 Qxc6 14.Rc1 Qe6 15.Rxc5 Qxa2 16.Rb5 b6 17.Qa1 Qe6
Last Newsletter (#241) we ran the game Ivanov-Karpov, which had been translated from the Russian magazine 64 by Jonathan Berry for the Canadian national magazine En Passant in the early 1980s. Here are a few corrections/additions by Jonathan. Incidentally, among his many accomplishments Jonathan writes the chess column for the Globe and Mail and hold the titles of Correspondence Grandmaster and FIDE Master. He has just written a well-thought and attractively produced guide for beginners entitled The Pocket Guide to Chess. The publisher is Master Point Press.
In the game Ivanov-Karpov, there was a typo in the transcription. In the note to White's 31st, EP had 31.Rd2, which is illegal because the R is at e1. You corrected this error with the reasonable-looking move 31.Re2, but that is wrong. The original Russian has 31.Rd1, which makes the variation he gives make sense, and also does not lose horribly to Qf6-a1+. Sorry for the 25-year-old typo!
In the same game, Igor's note after 33...Ke8 does not exactly make sense. I remember that it puzzled me at the time, 1980, but I decided to stay true to the original Russian text.
Here is perhaps what he meant to say (all I've done is insert two half-moves for Black, and bring the note back to after Black's 33rd, where it was originally):
II - Black's troubles grow. Perhaps the World Champion was not pleased that after 33...Rg8 34.Ra3 Qg7 White can draw with 35.Ra8+ Rc8 36.Ra7 Rc7 37.Ra8+. I feel that in this position White, without great risk, can attempt to create bigger threats.
The following note belongs with White's 34th.
II - First a threat, then a double-threat that cannot be neutralized.
42...Kc8 was a sealed move. For more games by Igor and information on him go to http://www.ivanovchess.com/games/games.html
5) Jamie Duff on Chess.FM tonight
I am very happy to be back and hope you will all listen in!
Best in chess, Fred Wilson
6) Here and There
The latest edition of the Los Angeles Masters, held at the Los Angeles Chess Club, was won by GM-elect Melik Khachiyan and GM Vareuzhan Akobian with 3.5 from 4. Here are two games from the weekly G/25 event.
Akobian,V (2662) - Khachian,M (2570) [D90]
Los Angeles Masters Los Angeles Chess Club (4.2), 04.05.2005
Paris Hilton, Usher and the HB Global Chess Challenge
What will screen vixen Paris Hilton, R & B superstar Usher and the winner of the HB Global Chess Challenge have in common? They will all be sporting the same glamorous accessory on their wrists. Polanti Watches, makers of luxury time pieces, has agreed to donate one of their dazzling instruments from their 3 Time Zone collection to the top performer in the Open section of the Minneapolis tournament. The HB Global Chess Challenge, the world's richest open tournament with a record-breaking prize fund of $500,000, is already rewarding the winner of its premier section with a first place prize of $50,000.
Last Newsletter I ran the campaign website address for USCF Executive Board Candidate Bill Goichberg. This week I include the address for Candidates George John, Elizabeth Shaughnessy, Randy Bauer and Steve Shutt who are running as a slate - http://www.uschesssuccess.com/. I welcome the opportunity to pass on similar information for independent Candidates Joel Channing, Robert Tanner. Greg Shahade and Sam Sloan. Those who have gotten their May issue of Chess Life will find campaign statements by each of the Candidates. Hopefully this information plus that gleaned from reading the respective websites will allow voters to make a more informed decision.
The big Memorial Day tournament will again be Bill Goichberg's Chicago Open but two other interesting events are the traditional Lina Grumette tournament in Los Angeles and the 24th North American Open. The latter tournament. moved from it's traditional Labor Day weekend dates by an Oklahoma State Football game has signed up an impressive number of strong players including GMs Alex Onischuk, Yury Shulman and Sergey Kudrin, IMs Stanislav Kriventsov, Martha Fierro and Anna Zatonskih plus WIMs Nadya Ortiz and Mila Mokriak.
Max Burkett writes that the Chessbase website recently ran an interesting piece on chess and madness in response to a Time magazine essay by Charles Krauthammer. Go to ( http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=2353) to check it out.
GM-elect Melik Khachiyan and IM Enrico Sevillano tied for first with 3.5 from 4 in the Orange County Open held May 7-8 in Costa Mesa. Bay Area chess has yet another strong Mongolian master living in the area. NM Genden Altanoch won the East Bay Chess Club Swiss last weekend with a score of 3.5 from 4. Tying for second with 3 points in the 23 player event were NM Andy Lee (who doubled as TD), Edward and Philip Pereplitsky, Kenneth Hills and Salar Jahedi.With IM Ganbold Odondoo back from Los Angeles the city of Oakland is now home to one IM and 3 NMs from Mongolia
7) Upcoming Events
Charles Powell Memorial - May 14
June 11-12 EBCC June Swiss GPP: 6 N. California 4SS, 30/90, SD60. East Bay Chess Club 1940 Virginia St, Berkeley, CA 94709. EF: $30, $35 after 4/30. $5 EBCC discount. $$300G plus $500 b/40. Open: 150-100-50, 1st u2000: 100. Reserve: 100-65-36, u1550: 100, u1300: 100. Reg: 10-10:45. Rds: 11-4 daily. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org; 510 845-1041.
July 21-24, 22-24 or 23-24 10th Annual Pacific Coast Open GPP: 120 S. California 6SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-3 G/60), Renaissance Agoura Hills Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills CA 91301 (US-101 to Reyes Adobe Road exit). Adjacent to the Santa Monica Mountains, 26 miles west of Burbank, 12 miles from Malibu, 28 miles from Ventura. Free parking. Prizes $40,000 based on 320 entries; minimum $30,000 (75% each prize) guaranteed. In 7 sections. Open: $4000-2000-1000-600-400, clear winner bonus $200, U2400 $1500, U2300/Unr $1500. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game (white 7 min, black 5 min and gets draw odds) for title &bonus prize. FIDE rated. Under 2200: $2500-1200-600-400-300. Under 2000: $2500-1200-600-400-300. Under 1800: $2500-1200-600-400-300. Under 1600: $2500-1200-600-400-300. Under 1400: $2500-1200-600-400-300. Under 1200: $1600-900-600-400-300. Unrated may play in any section, with maximum prize U2200 $1200, U2000 $1000, U1800 $800, U1600 $600, U1400 $400 U1200 $200; balance goes to next player(s) in line. Top 6 sections EF: 4-day $164, 3-day $163, 2-day $162 mailed by 7/13, all $161 online at chesstour.com by 7/18, all $170 phoned by 7/18 (406-896-2038, entries only, no questions), all $190 (no checks, credit cards OK) at tmt. SCCF membership ($12, jrs $7.50) required for rated Southern CA residents. Under 1200 Section EF: all $40 less. Re-entry (except Open) $80, count as half entries. Advance EF $10 less if paid with $49 USCF dues. 4-day schedule: Reg Thu to 6:30pm, rds Thu 7 pm, Fri 7 pm, Sat 12-7, Mon 10-4:30. 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 11am, rds Fri 12-7, Sat 12-7, Sun 10-4:30. 2-day schedule: Reg Sat to 9am, rds Sat 10-1-4-7, Sun 10-4:30. All schedules: Bye all, limit 2, rd 4-6 byes must commit before rd 3. HR: $79-79-79-79, 818-707-1220, reserve by 7/7 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Ent: Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Advance EF minus $5 service charge refunded if you withdraw and give notice at least an hour before rd 1. Questions: www.chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com 7/20.
National and International
Paul Keres Memorial - May 20 - 23
Oklahoma Chess Foundation presents: GPP: 80 Oklahoma
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, DavidCHendricks@comcast.net. 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, email@example.com. All Checks payable to WCF. Also see http://www.whsca.org/
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 http://www.64.com/
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