Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #243

   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.

Tony Miles

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.

Dear Members,

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 ), recently honored MI member Daniel Naroditsky.


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]
simul Montreal, 1964
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bb3 d5 6.exd5 cxd5 7.d4 Bd6 8.Nge2 f3 9.gxf3 Nh5 10.Be3 Bb4 11.a3 Ba5 12.Qd3 a6 13.0-0-0 Be6 14.Ng3 Nxg3 15.hxg3 h6 16.f4 Bxc3 17.Qxc3 Nd7 18.g4 Bxg4 19.Rdg1 Nf6 20.Bf2 Ne4 21.Qb4 Qd7 22.Bh4 a5 23.Qe1 f5 24.Kb1 b5 25.Rg3 h5 26.Bg5 Kf7 27.Re3 Rhe8 28.c3 Ra6 29.Bc2 Rae6 30.Ka1 Nxg5 0-1

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 . The Mechanics' team will play their matches in the Chess Room and spectators are most welcome. Eastern + Western Divisions are Set
by USCL Commissioner - Greg Shahade

The divisional placement of the USCL teams was decided today, and the league will be aligned as follows:

Eastern Division:

1. Baltimore Kingfishers
2. Boston Blitz
3. New York Knights
4. Philadelphia Masterminds

Western Division:

1. Carolina Cobras
2. Dallas Destiny
3. Miami Sharks
4. San Francisco Mechanics
The divisional placements are important for a few reasons. First you will play each team in your division twice during the season, yet play the teams from the opposite division only once. Also two teams from each division will advance to the playoffs and play each other. The winner of each divisions playoff match will then move on to the finals for the League Championship. The official league schedule will be published shortly.

Official USCL Schedule (Team listed first gets white on boards 1+3)

WEEK 1 - August 31st 2005

1. Boston Blitz vs New York Knights
2. Miami Sharks vs Baltimore Kingfishers
3. Dallas Destiny vs Philadelphia Masterminds
4. Carolina Cobras vs San Francisco Mechanics

WEEK 2 - September 7th 2005

1. San Francisco Mechanics vs Dallas Destiny
2. Miami Sharks vs Carolina Cobras
3. Philadelphia Masterminds vs Boston Blitz
4. Baltimore Kingfishers vs New York Knights

WEEK 3 - September 14th 2005

1. New York Knights vs San Francisco Mechanics
2. Dallas Destiny vs Miami Sharks
3. Carolina Cobras vs Boston Blitz
4. Philadelphia Masterminds vs Baltimore Kingfishers

WEEK 4 - September 21st 2005

1. New York Knights vs Philadelphia Masterminds
2. San Francisco Mechanics vs Miami Sharks
3. Dallas Destiny vs Carolina Cobras
4. Boston Blitz vs Baltimore Kingfishers

WEEK 5 - September 28th 2005

1. Baltimore Kingfishers vs Dallas Destiny
2. Philadelphia Masterminds vs Miami Sharks
3. Carolina Cobras vs New York Knights
4. Boston Blitz vs San Francisco Mechanics

WEEK 6 - October 5th 2005

1. Miami Sharks vs Boston Blitz
2. Dallas Destiny vs New York Knights
3. Philadelphia Masterminds vs Carolina Cobras
4. San Francisco Mechanics vs Baltimore Kingfishers

WEEK 7 - October 12th 2005

1. Miami Sharks vs Dallas Destiny
2. New York Knights vs Boston Blitz
3. Baltimore Kingfishers vs Philadelphia Masterminds
4. San Francisco Mechanics vs Carolina Cobras

WEEK 8 - October 19th 2005

1. Boston Blitz vs Dallas Destiny
2. New York Knights vs Miami Sharks
3. San Francisco Mechanics vs Philadelphia Masterminds
4. Baltimore Kingfishers vs Carolina Cobras

WEEK 9 - October 26th 2005

1. New York Knights vs Baltimore Kingfishers
2. Dallas Destiny vs San Francisco Mechanics
3. Boston Blitz vs Philadelphia Masterminds
4. Carolina Cobras vs Miami Sharks

WEEK 10 - November 2nd 2005

1. Miami Sharks vs San Francisco Mechanics
2. Philadelphia Masterminds vs New York Knights
3. Baltimore Kingfishers vs Boston Blitz
4. Carolina Cobras vs Dallas Destiny

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)
2. 1st place finisher from West Division vs 2nd place finisher from West 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
Sponsored by our dear friends at the Royce Funds( , a wonderful time was had by all, both players and kibitzers. Pictures will be sent in a separate message, and results/pix will be posted to our website this week. (

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'.
This annual event in Bruce's honor continues to grow and is rapidly becoming a favorite in the NY chess world.

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.
Take a look at some of the replies when we get them on the website, they are quite interesting, and in some cases, my brother would have said, 'vastly amusing'... especially the players who said their favorite thing about the tournament is my daughter, Sunny... I guess a warm hug from a pretty girl is a definite value-add for this tourney :-) And, not a big surprise, among the kids' favorite aspects is the free food.

* Saturday's Open tournament ended in a 4-way tie for First Place, winners were :
Two-time U.S. champion and Grand Master Joel Benjamin, Jay Bonin, Asa Hoffman and Larry Tamarkin.
Winners split the prize money for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and under 2200, with the trophy going to Joel on points.

* That evening, we held a "Bughouse" tournament. Bughouse is a fast-moving variant
of chess, played by teams of two, that was a favorite and specialty of Bruce's. Bughouse results were both fast and funny:
First Place and trophy went to the newlyweds, chess power-couple of the year, Joel Benjamin and Debbie Quinn
Second Place was to the upset team of Rafael Orville and Edeel Khokhar

* In Sunday's Junior tournament, we had a *lot* of winners:
A 3-way tie for First Place, shared by Nile Smith, Edeel Khokhar and Paris Heymann

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
The under 1600 prize was won by a single player, Nia Blackmon
The under 1400 prize was shared by several players: Khalid Francis, Krystof Mezgiel and Leon Sukhoo
The under 1200 prize was shared by Valicio Palha, Manuel Dominquez, Zohaib Anwar, and Sheikh Shahnawaz

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.
We would like to especially thank:
John & Crystal Burke, David Wilson, Dan O'Byrne and family, Peter Kopke, Mark Penkower, George and Tony Necakov and their families, Robert Boddington, Mary Murphy, John Deysher, Joe LeDu, and Fran& Bill Buckley, Mr. John Galvin of I.S. 318, and Fritz & Katherine of Chess in the Schools.

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]
Olympiad Luzern (8), 1982 [Ivanov]

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
Until now the two players have followed the game Karpov-Ribli. The latter had exchanged Queens and Karpov had won after a long and difficult endgame. After Timman's move Black seemed to have equalized.
Karpov, who was an attentive spectator of this game which was fought not far from him, smiled at the 18th move of Ivanov. The game is just beginning for him, he may have thought.
18...Qd7 19.Ra1 h5
19...Rfc8 is not good because of 20.Rxb6 axb6 21.Qxa8 Rxa8 22.Rxa8+ Bf8 23.Bh6 Instead of 19...h5 it is preferable to play 19...Rac8.
20.Rb4 Rfc8 21.Qa4 Qb7
Had Black exchanged Queens the game would probably have ended in a draw.
White could have tried to exchange a draw again by offering the exchange of Queens.
This move is not good because latter the White center pawns are going to advance with gain of time.
23.Qb3 Rc6 24.d4 Bf6 25.Bf4 a5 26.Rba4
Once again White could have forced a draw by 26.d5 axb4 27.Rxa8+ Qxa8 28.dxc6 Qxc6 29.Qxb4 , etc.
26...Qa6 27.e4 Rac8 28.e5
White's advantage is now obvious.
28...Bg7 29.d5 Rc2 30.Re4 b5 31.d6 Qb7 32.Rae1 a4 33.Qd3
White still had the choice of a draw with 33.Rxa4 exd6 34.Rae4.
33...Rxb2 34.d7
Probably 34.Bg5 would have won easily.
34...Rd8 35.e6 Bf6
The losing move. A slight hope of defense remained after 35...fxe6 36.Bg5
36.Be5 was probably better.
36...Rb3 37.exf7+ Kf8
The only move!
If the White King had been on h2. a sacrifice of the Queen would have forced the mate: 38.Rxe7 Rxd3 39.Bh6+ Bg7 40.Re8+ Kxf7 41.R1e7+ Kf6 42.Bxg7+ Kf5 43.Rf7+ Kg4 44.Rf4+ But this is only possible because of the White King being on h2.
38...Bxg5 39.Rxe7 Qb6
After this move Black is completely lost. After 39...Re3 the position is less clear, but White still has the advantage.
40.hxg5 Rxg3+ 41.Kf1 1-0
Players Chess News, Volume 3, pages 118-119

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.

Dear John:

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

5) Jamie Duff on Chess.FM tonight

Hi folks:
My internet radio show, Chess & Books with Fred Wilson, returned Tuesday evening, March 15th, at 8:00 PM (EST). You can access it easily by simply going to the excellent website: . It will run every Tuesday night from 8:00 to 10:00 PM (EST), with a replay of the live show following almost immediately afterwards, for chess enthusiasts on the West Coast. There will also be a couple of replays the following afternoon. My eighth guest,Tuesday evening, May 10th, 2005, will be: Jamie Duif Calvin, who has has worked with media and grassroots organizations in a number of different roles for three decades, as well as working in online communications. She was an issues analyst for a US Representative in Washington, worked in public outreach for two different international service organizations, served on the nine person Governing Board for the HTML Writers Guild (a 10,000 member organization), was the Webmaster and weekly online news editor for the US Chess Federation for several years, and was listed in Who's Who in the World in 2000 and 2001. As an ecommerce consultant, she has worked with several Fortune 500 companies and major retailers, including 12 of the top 25 most successful online stores as listed by the National Retail Federation. She is also one of the top 100 female chessplayers in the US by rating. Duif was forced to retire due to disability in 2001, but still keeps in touch with the chess community when she can. You can read her fascinating, important and illuminating article "The Dark Secret to Promoting Chess" on the Chessbase news website, and her important International Directory of Chess Teachers can be found, with much else of interest, at her website: . Please send questions about promoting chess in general, and specifically to women and children, and how, in general chess touches peoples lives to or Tony Rook. Here's the direct link to the Chessbase article on The Dark Secret of Promoting Chess:
Duif will also be discussing her position against gender-segregated chess and why she recommends so highly HOW TO FATHER A SUCCESSFUL DAUGHTER by Nikki Marone, which deals with the unfortunate fact that we, as a nation, lose many talented girls in science, math, and, of course, chess, to a combination of societal & peer pressure. SO, I WANT SOME GOOD QUESTIONS OUT OF YOU GUYS (AND GIRLS)!! In future weeks I hope to have IM Jennifer Shahade, GM John Fedorowicz, GM Larry Christiansen, GM Alexander Baburin, GM Joel Benjamin, IM John Watson, GM Max Dlugy and many, many more important members of our chess community on my show. Please feel free to email me interesting questions for these chess professionals.

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 (2.1), 02.05.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.e3 cxd4 9.exd4 0-0 10.Bc4 Nb6 11.Bb3 Nc6 12.d5 Na5 13.0-0 Bg4 14.h3 Nxb3 15.axb3 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Bxc3 17.bxc3 Qxd5 18.Qxd5 Nxd5 19.c4 Nf6 20.Bxf6 exf6 21.Rfd1 a6 22.Rd7 Rab8 23.Re1 Rfd8 24.Rc7 Rdc8 25.Rd7 Rd8 ½ - ½ Manukian,G (2501) - Khachian,M (2570) [D19]

Los Angeles Masters Los Angeles Chess Club (4.2), 04.05.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qe2 Nbd7 10.e4 Bg6 11.Bg5 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Bxe4 13.Ne5 Bg6 14.h4 Qa5 15.Qd2 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Nd5 17.Bf4 Nxc3 18.Qb2 Nd5 19.Bxd5 cxd5 20.Qxb7 Rab8 21.Qe7 Qb4 22.Qg5 Rfc8 23.Rfe1 h6 24.Qg3 Rc4 25.h5 Bxh5 26.Bxh6 Rg4 27.Qh3 Rh4 28.Qg3 Qg4 29.Qxg4 Rxg4 30.Be3 a6 31.a5 Bg6 32.f3 Rc4 33.Bb6 d4 34.Rac1 Rbc8 35.Rxc4 Rxc4 36.Rd1 d3 37.Rd2 f6 38.exf6 gxf6 39.Kf2 e5 40.Ke3 Kf7 41.g3 Rc1 42.Kf2 Ke6 43.Be3 Rb1 44.Ra2 Kd5 45.Bd2 Be8 46.Ke3 Bb5 47.Ra3 Rh1 48.Kf2 Rh2+ 49.Ke1 Re2+ 50.Kd1 Rf2 51.f4 Rf1+ 52.Be1 e4 53.Kd2 e3+ 54.Kxe3 0-1

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 - 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 ( 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

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Charles Powell Memorial - May 14
Stamer Memorial - June 4-5
William Addison Open - June 25
Charles Bagby Memorial - July 16
Vladimir Pafnutieff Memorial - August 6
Bernardo Smith Amateur Under 1800 - August 20-21

Northern California

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:; 510 845-1041.

Southern California

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

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 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:, 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at 7/20.

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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