Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #245

   Chess is a domain in which criticism has not so much influence as in art; for in the domain of chess the results of games decide, ultimately and finally.

Richard Reti - Modern Ideas in Chess

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News - Nick DeFirmian lectures tonight!
2) Izoria wins HB Global Challenge
3) Igor Ivanov Grandmaster
4) Susan Polgar starts blog
5) US Championship Qualifying Information
6) John Fedorowicz on Chess.FM
7) 2nd Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship 2005
8) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News - Nick DeFirmian lectures tonight!

GM Nick DeFirmian will be the special guest lecturer this evening. Nick's lecture will begin at 5:15 and run approximately an hour. The last round of the Spring Tuesday Night Marathon will start at 6:30.

Many Mechanics' members made the trip to Minnesota this past weekend. Among the standouts were: (Open) Alan Stein , David Pruess, Tigran Ishkhanov, and Andy Lee 5.5 from 9. This result was good for an IM norm for Alan (his second) and might possibly be Andy's first. Vladimir Mezentsev had 5 as did Shivkumar Shivaji. MI Trustee Mark Pinto's 4.5 score was very good as a he played up the entire tournament and faced an average opposition well over 2300.

Larry Snyder and Batsaikan Tserendorj were the top MI finishers in the Under 2200, but it was the Under 2000 that the MI's top scorer was playing. Yefim Bukh scored from 7 from 9 to tie for 6th in his section and finally earn his Experts rating. Bay Area Class A players take note, you won't have to compete with Yefim anymore for Class A money.

NM Shivkumar Shivaji writes about his experiences in Minneapolis.

I finished on 5/9. I am enclosing my 18 move win over IM Ron Burnett as Black (where I thought I introduced a new move on move 5!). Amongst other Bay Area players, Andy Lee's 5.5/9 finish netting a decent prize was quite notable.

HP Global Chess Challenge
Burnett, Ronald
Shivaji, Shivkumar

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 d5 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd5 e5!?

I came up with this move over the board after 30 minutes thought. It is an interesting way to avoid the solid lines after ..Nxd5. Unfortunately, e5 is not a new move and has been played twice according to the database. It was first played by GM Bondarevsky back in 1938!

6. Nxe5?

6.e4 or Bg5 are better moves. It is often hard to respond to an unusual move correctly.

6... Nxd5 7. Qa4+ Nc6

7...Bd7 is also playable.

8. cxd5

8. Nxc6?? Nb6! wins a piece for Black! ( 9. Nxd8+ Nxa4 The white knight cannot escape.)

8... Qxd5 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bd2 Bd6 11. e3

Bd2 followed by e3 loses a tempo as White is forced to capture with the bishop on e3 anyway.

11..dxe3 12. Bxe3 O-O 13. Rd1 Qe5 14. Qd4?

The losing move. Though Black is better, Be2 or Bd3 should have been played.}

14..Qa5+ 15. Bd2? Re8+ 16. Be2 Rxe2+ 17. Kxe2 Ba6+ 18. Kf3 Qh5+ 0-1

{White resigned as Qg4 loses to Be2+ and g4 loses to Qh3+ Ke4 Re8+ Kf5 Bd3+. Ke4 loses to Re8+.

2) Izoria wins HB Global Challenge

Georgian GM Zviad Izoria took home $50,000 by scoring 7.5 from 9 to finish clear first in the HB Global Challenge. Izoria's key win was in round eight against Alexander Beliavsky who had just defeated Hikaru Nakamura and Loek Van Wely with Black.

Beliavsky,A (2760) - Izoria,Z (2707)
HB Global Chess Challenge Minneapolis (8.1), 22.05.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qc2 b6 9.Rd1 Ba6 10.b3 Nbd7 11.Bf4 Rc8 12.Nc3 Qe8 13.e4 dxc4 14.h3 Bb4 15.Re1 h6 16.bxc4 Bxc4 17.a3 Be7 18.Nd2 Ba6 19.Qa4 Bd3 20.Re3 Bb5 21.Nxb5 cxb5 22.Qxa7 g5 23.Bc7 Ra8 24.Qb7 Qc8 25.Qxc8 Raxc8 26.Be5 Nxe5 27.dxe5 Nd7 28.Nf3 Rc5 29.Rb3 Nxe5 30.Nxe5 Rxe5 31.Rab1 Rd8 32.Rxb5 Rxb5 33.Rxb5 Bc5 34.Rb3 Rd2 35.Rf3 Ra2 36.Bf1 Bxa3 37.Bc4 Ra1+ 38.Kg2 Bc5 39.Rc3 Re1 40.Kf3 Kg7 41.Rc2 h5 42.Rd2 Rc1 43.Be2 Kf6 44.Kg2 h4 45.gxh4 gxh4 46.Rd7 Rc2 47.Kf1 Kg6 48.e5 Rb2 49.f4 Rb4 50.Bd3+ f5 51.exf6+ Kxf6 52.f5 exf5 53.Rh7 Rf4+ 54.Ke2 Rf2+ 55.Ke1 Rf3 56.Bf1 Kg5 57.Rh5+ Kxh5 58.Be2 Kg5 59.Bxf3 Kf4 60.Bc6 Kg3 61.Bd7 f4 0-1

The event was very well run and attracted over 1600 players, a record for an Open event, and quite remarkable considering it was not held on a holiday weekend or in a major chess center. Credit goes to the HB Foundation and GM Maurice Ashley.

Go to for excellent website coverage. Below are the top standings and a few more games from the website.

HB Global CC Minneapolis USA (USA), 18-22 v 2005
1. Izoria, Zviad g GEO 2602 7.5
2. Smirin, Ilia g ISR 2649 7.0
3. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2700 7.0
4. Beliavsky, Alexander G g SLO 2630 7.0
5. Harikrishna, P g IND 2646 7.0
6. Ehlvest, Jaan g EST 2614 7.0
7. Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2615 7.0
8. Ibragimov, Ildar g USA 2611 7.0
9. Jussupow, Artur g GER 2601 7.0
10. Yudasin, Leonid g ISR 2538 7.0
11. Fridman, Daniel g LAT 2562 7.0
12. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2657 6.5
13. Epishin, Vladimir g RUS 2605 6.5
14. Shabalov, Alexander g USA 2593 6.5
15. Stripunsky, Alexander g USA 2565 6.5
16. Benjamin, Joel g USA 2563 6.5
17. Milman, Lev f USA 2439 6.5
18. Foygel, Igor m USA 2438 6.5
19. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2687 6.0
20. Milov, Vadim g SUI 2653 6.0
21. Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2680 6.0
22. Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2665 6.0
23. Sadvakasov, Darmen g KAZ 2605 6.0
24. Filippov, Valerij g RUS 2621 6.0
25. Goldin, Alexander g USA 2615 6.0
26. Kacheishvili, Giorgi g GEO 2597 6.0
27. Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2638 6.0
28. Novikov, Igor A g USA 2589 6.0
29. Adianto, Utut g INA 2588 6.0
30. Mikhalevski, Victor g ISR 2572 6.0
31. Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2556 6.0
32. Wojtkiewicz, Aleksander g USA 2535 6.0
33. Kudrin, Sergey g USA 2554 6.0
34. Mitkov, Nikola g MKD 2530 6.0
35. Ivanov, Alexander g USA 2563 6.0
36. Antonio, Rogelio jr g PHI 2513 6.0
37. Christiansen, Larry M g USA 2524 6.0
38. Sevillano, Enrico m USA 2450 6.0
39. Shulman, Yuri g USA 2550 6.0
40. Khachiyan, Melikset m USA 2473 6.0
41. Matikozian, Andranik m ARM 2515 6.0
42. Mariano, Nelson g PHI 2468 6.0
43. Gonzalez, Renier m USA 2483 6.0
44. Sharavdorj, Dashzeveg g MGL 2453 6.0
45. Li Wenliang m CHN 2422 6.0
46. Schneider, Dmitry m USA 2466 6.0
47. Mahesh Chandran, P m IND 2473 6.0
48. Friedel, Joshua E f USA 2425 6.0
49. Simutowe, Amon m ZAM 2435 6.0
50. Milovanovic, Rade m USA 2399 6.0
51. Taylor, Timothy m USA 2297 6.0
52. Fernandez, Daniel USA f USA 2406 6.0
53. Ardaman, Miles f USA 2308 6.0
54. Del Mundo, Anton PHI 2264 6.0
55. Barnett, Alexander USA 2193 6.0
56. Glek, Igor V g GER 2597 5.5
57. Kiriakov, Petr g RUS 2565 5.5
58. Vasquez, Rodrigo g CHI 2551 5.5
59. De Firmian, Nick E g USA 2549 5.5
60. Zarnicki, Pablo g ARG 2523 5.5
61. Serper, Grigory g USA 2546 5.5
62. Gurevich, Dmitry g USA 2515 5.5
63. Perelshteyn, Eugene m USA 2507 5.5
64. Sokolin, Leonid M m USA 2513 5.5
65. Kraai, Jesse m USA 2416 5.5
66. Young, Angelo m PHI 2413 5.5
67. Kustar, Sandor m HUN 2379 5.5
68. Muhammad, Stephen A f USA 2334 5.5
69. Ippolito, Dean m USA 2402 5.5
70. Pruess, David f USA 2394 5.5
71. Stein, Alex f USA 2362 5.5
72. Ortiz, Eduardo PHI 2336 5.5
73. Ginsburg, Mark m USA 2354 5.5
74. Quan Zhe f CAN 2397 5.5
75. Wendt, Jan-Dietrich GER 2289 5.5
76. Vuilleumier, Alexandre SUI 2245 5.5
77. Moe, Win USA 2373 5.5
78. Ishkanov, Tigran USA 2342 5.5
79. Pismenny, Avraam RUS 2301 5.5
80. Ponomarev, Philipp USA ---- 5.5
81. Betaneli, Aleksandr USA 2222 5.5
82. Santalla, Andres CUB 2075 5.5
83. Lee, Andy C USA 2215 5.5
84. Becerra Rivero, Julio g USA 2552 5.0
85. Rodriguez, Andres g URU 2536 5.0
86. Georgiev, Vladimir g MKD 2535 5.0
87. Gonzales, Jayson m PHI 2474 5.0
88. Dableo, Ronald m PHI 2440 5.0
89. Van de Mortel, Jan f NED 2410 5.0
90. Vavrak, Peter m SVK 2406 5.0
91. Mezentsev, Vladimir RUS 2397 5.0
92. Burnett, Ronald m USA 2433 5.0
93. Laylo, Darwin PHI 2344 5.0
94. Lugo, Blas m USA 2406 5.0
95. Renteria, Jorge COL 2295 5.0
96. Adamson, Robby f USA 2344 5.0
97. Moncayo Romero, Evelyn wm ECU 2267 5.0
98. Nagle, Sean f USA 2397 5.0

99. Lawson, Eric m CAN 2367 5.0
100. Zlotnikov, Mikhail m USA 2346 5.0
101. Swathi, Ghate wg IND 2238 5.0
268 players

Shulman,Y (2606) - Zimbeck,D (2236) [B00]
HB Global Chess Challenge Minneapolis (1.35), 18.05.2005

1.d4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d6 3.e4 Bg4 4.Be2 e6 5.c4 d5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.exd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qh5 9.d5 0-0-0 10.Qa4 Ne5 11.Nxe5 Bxe2 12.Bf4 Ba6 13.g4 Qh3 14.0-0-0 Nh6 15.Nc6 Bc5 16.Qa5 Bb6 17.Nxa7+ Kd7 18.Qa4+ Ke7 19.d6+ cxd6 20.Rhe1+ Kf6 21.Nd5+ 1-0

Kamsky,G (2777) - Pruess,D (2441) [C11]
HB Global Chess Challenge Minneapolis (2.3), 19.05.2005

Notes by GM Maurice Ashley

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 a6 8.Qd2 b5 9.Bd3 b4 10.Nd1 Qb6 11.0-0

Usual moves here are 11.Qf2 or 11.cxd4. Kamsky decides to let the d-pawn as he realizes that he would have long term king-side attacking chances.

11...Nxd4 12.Nxd4 cxd4 13.Bf2 a5 14.Bh4 g6 15.Nf2 Bg7 16.Ng4 Ba6 17.Rae1 Bxd3 18.cxd3 h5

A natural move to chase the Knight but giving White a weakness to chew on with a later g4 push.


19.Nf6+ This aggressive looking move is not promising. After 19...Bxf6 20.exf6 0-0-0 White's Bishop on h4 is a random piece.

19...Rc8 20.Kh1!!

The commentators Kaidanov and Ashley struggled to explain this move to the audience. Later the game proves the depth of Kamsky's conception as he saw that this facilitated his future king-side attack.

20...Rc6 21.Qd1!

A good waiting move, asking Black the question of where he would like to put his King. White can still improve his position with the idea of Nh3 to g5, while Black is running out of ideas with his King stuck in the center.

21...0-0 22.g4! hxg4 23.Nxg4 Rfc8

Even here it doesn't look like Black's position is too bad. However, White finds the perfect maneuver to increase the pressure and break through Black's king position.

24.Qf3 Rc2 25.Qh3! Rxb2 26.Bf6 Rcc2

26...Bxf6 27.exf6 Nxf6 28.Nxf6+ Kg7 29.Qh7+!! Kxf6 30.f5! exf5 31.Rxf5+!! Kxf5 ( 31...gxf5 32.Qh6#) 32.Qxf7+ Kg5 ( 32...Qf6 33.Rf1+) 33.h4+ Kh5 34.Qf3+ Kh6 35.Qf4+ Kh7 36.Re7+

27.f5!! exf5

27...gxf5 28.Bxg7 Kxg7 29.Qh6+ Kg8 30.Rg1! This move highlights the depth behind the move 20.Kh1!!. Of course Kamsky could not have seen this variation but it is his incredible intuitiveness that allowed him to realize the power of the move.

28.Bxg7 Kxg7 29.Qh6+ Kg8 30.e6! fxe6 31.Qxg6+ 1-0

31.Qxg6+ Kf8 32.Rxe6

Schneider,D (2503) - Van Wely,L (2687) [B41]
HB Global Chess Challenge Minneapolis (6.2), 21.05.2005

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bd3 Qb6 6.Nb3 Nc6 7.Be3 Qc7 8.f4 d6 9.Nc3 a6 10.a4 b6 11.0-0 Be7 12.Qf3 0-0 13.g4

13.a5 bxa5 14.e5 dxe5 15.fxe5 Nd7 16.Qh3 g6 17.Bh6 Ncxe5 18.Bxf8 Bxf8 19.Ne4 f5 20.Nxa5 Rb8 21.Ng5 Nf6 22.b3 Nfg4 23.Qg3 Bd6 24.h3 Nxd3 25.Qxd3 Bc5+ 0-1 Santo Roman,M-Benjamin,J/Cannes 1992/CBM 28 (25)

13...Re8 14.g5 Nd7 15.Rae1 Nb4 16.Qh5 g6 17.Qh4 Nc5 18.Nxc5 bxc5 19.Rf3 Nxd3 20.cxd3 Rb8 21.Qf2 Bb7 22.Rh3 Ba8 23.Re2 Rb4 24.Rc2 d5 25.Na2 Rxa4 26.b3 Ra3 27.Bd4


This move turns out to be a Queen sacrifice, but Van Wely has calculated it to the bitter end.

28.Rxh7?? cxd4

28...Kxh7?? 29.Qh4+ Kg8 30.Qh8#

29.Rh8+ Kxh8 30.Qh4+ Kg8 31.Rxc7 dxe4 32.dxe4 d3! 0-1

32...d3 33.Qe1 Rc2

Onischuk,A (2692) - Shulman,Y (2606) [D31]
HB Global Chess Challenge Minneapolis (4.11), 20.05.2005

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Qxd4 7.Bxb4 Qxe4+ 8.Be2 Na6 9.Bd6 b6 10.Nf3 Bb7 11.0-0 c5?! 12.Nh4!!

A beautiful piece sacrifice to open lines against the uncastled Black King.

12...Qxh4 13.Qa4+ Kd8 14.Rad1 Kc8 15.Qe8+ Qd8 16.Qxd8+ Kxd8 17.Bf8+ Kc7 18.Bxg7 Nf6 19.Bxf6

White wins his piece back and although material is equal, the Black pieces will struggle to develop.

19...Rhg8 20.g3 Nb8 21.Be5+ Kc8 22.f4 Bc6 23.Rd6 Rd8 24.f5 Rxd6 25.Bxd6 Nd7 26.fxe6 fxe6 27.Rf7

The game is over and Black could easily resign here.

27...Kb7 28.Rxh7 Be4 29.Re7 Rh8 30.Rxd7+ Kc6 31.Be5 1-0

Schneider,D (2503) - Benjamin,J (2653) [B48]
HB Global Chess Challenge Minneapolis (4.17), 20.05.2005

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.f3 d6 9.g4 Be7 10.0-0-0 0-0 11.h4 Nd7 12.g5 b5 13.g6 hxg6 14.h5

White plays to open lines on the king-side.

14...Nxd4 15.Bxd4 Ne5 16.h6! Bf6 17.hxg7 Bxg7 18.f4 Bb7?

Much better was 18...Ng4 although Black's position is still very critical.

19.Qh2! Rfd8 20.fxe5 dxe5 21.Be3 Rxd1+ 22.Kxd1 b4 23.Na4 Qd7+ 24.Bd3 Qxa4 25.Qh7+ 1-0

25.Qh7+ Kf8 26.Bc5+ Ke8 27.Qxg7

3) Igor Ivanov Grandmaster

Congratulations go to Igor Ivanov, America's newest Grandmaster. Igor received his long-overdue title at the FIDE Presidential Meeting held in Doha, Qatar, May 21-22. Ivanov, who nearly qualified for the Candidates in 1982, has been among the top players in North America for two decades and won the USCF Grand Prix a record 9 times. Igor is one of the few players to have a plus score against World Champions (a victory over Karpov and draws with Kasparov and Spassky).

Chairman Mikko Markkula, assisted by fellow FIDE Qualification member Stewart Reuben and USCF Zonal President and Executive Board Candidate Robert Tanner, were instrumental in making this happen and deserve credit for a job well-done.

4) Susan Polgar starts blog

OMay 24, 2005

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

For a long time, I have always championed the idea of top chess players being much more interactive with the everyday fans. Chess has a big fan base (nearly 45 million strong in America and around 700 million worldwide) and we need to maximize it.

I followed my own advice by allowing fans to vote for the opening of their choice in my monthly award-winning "Opening Secrets" column in Chess Life. My personal e-mail address has always been available to the public and I correspond with thousands of fans each month about as many topics as I can possibly handle. I hope more people will join my crusade by making chess friendlier, more popular and more interactive.

Today, Amy (a friend of mine) helped me build my own site where fans can blog 24/7. The address of my site is This will be a site where fans can communicate directly to me and where we leave ugly chess politics at the door.

Please feel free to visit this site and express your views. I would like to make chess better and more popular than ever. I need your help and I am always interested to hear what you have to say! The only thing I ask for is to keep it clean so fans of ALL AGES can enjoy! Happy blogging everyone!

Thank you for your support!

Best wishes,

Susan Polgar

5) US Championship Qualifying Information

1) Who will play in the U.S. Championships?

The tournament will feature a 64-player field, composed of 19 seeded players (as determined by the October 2005 U.S.C.F Rating List), 43 tournament qualifiers and 2 wild cards. The seeded players include the defending U.S. Champion, Hikaru Nakamura; Women's Champion, Rusudan Goletiani; the 2004 Grand Prix winner, Aleks Wojtkiewicz; the 2005 U.S. Junior Champion; the 2005 U.S. Senior Champion; 8 top-rated Overall players, and 6 top-rated female players from the rating list.

If any of the above seeded players declines his or her spot, it will be filled from the October, 2005 USCF rating list. Any player who pays the $75 qualifying fee and is subsequently seeded will get a refund from the AF4C.

2) How can I qualify?

41 players, with 11 spots reserved for woman players, will qualify from 8 top U.S. tournaments in the period March through December 2005. The breakdown of the qualifying spots and the tournaments will be as follows:

23-27 March - Foxwoods Open (4 Overall; 2 Women); 27-30 May - Chicago Open (4 Overall; 1 Woman); 10-12 June - National Open (4 Overall; 2 Women); 30 June-4 July - World Open (5 Overall; 2 Women); 6-14 August - U.S. Open (4 Overall; 2 Women); 25-27 November - American Open (2 Overall only); 25-27 November - National Congress (2 Overall only); 26-29 December - North American Open (4 Overall; 2 Women)

A new, innovative qualifying process will have one spot decided by the player who -while not qualifying directly- accumulates the highest score from playing in as many of (or all!) the qualifying tournaments. After each tournament, the latest placing for this will be posted on the dedicated U.S. Championship website (

In the event of a qualifier from any of the above tournaments having to withdraw from the US Championships, his/her place from that particular qualifying tournament will go to the next eligible player from the same tournament - BUT such changes must be done 30 days before the start of the US Championships, otherwise any vacant spot will be filled from the October 2005 USCF Rating List. For a "last minute withdrawal," 30 days before the start of the US Championships, the AF4C reserves the right to invite a house eligible player.

Again there will be an online event of all 2005 US State Champions. The 50 State Champions (split into two conferences of East and West) will compete in an online event held over two weekends - the first, with each conference split into two zones, being a double-round all-play-all to determine four winner, who will then go forward to the knockout 'Final Four' Weekend, played under supervised conditions.

This event will take place October 2005 in conjunction with State Associations, the AF4C, the USCF and the Internet Chess Club.

A new online event will see the winners of the Denker High School Championship, the Super National Championships, the Polgar Girls Championship and the U.S. Cadet Championship playing a similar styled online event on the ICC for one spot.

This event will also take place under supervised conditions in October 2005, with full details to be announced on the Championship website at

3) Can a seeded player take a qualification spot?

No. A seeded player can happily participate in the qualification events but is neutral and will not take a spot.

4) Do I have to pay a fee to be eligible to qualify for the Championships?

Yes, to be eligible to qualify for the U.S. Championships there is a $75 non-refundable qualifying fee to be paid to the tournament organizer. This fee is required from those who wish to qualify only. You can play in any of the eight tournaments without paying this fee, but you will not be eligible for the U.S. Championships. The qualifying fees will be forwarded to America's Foundation for Chess to support the U.S. Championships prize fund.

5) When do I have to declare my eligibility?

You must decide whether or not to pay the $75 before playing your first game. Some of the qualifying tournaments have different schedules. You can choose any schedule you would like but you must declare your eligibility and pay your qualifying fee before playing your first game within your schedule. A player is not allowed to declare eligibility after starting their playing schedule. A player is not allowed to forfeit or to take a bye and must play all the games of their chosen schedule. A forfeit or a bye on the player's request will disqualify the player from eligibility.

6) Can I re-enter the tournament and still be eligible?

Where an option exists, a player can re-enter the tournament as they choose. However, each player will get only one shot at eligibility. Once you've chosen your schedule of eligibility, that is the only schedule that counts. The organizer will inform the eligible players in the competition who are competing for qualification places.

7) Can I play in several Qualification Tournaments and be eligible?

Yes. A player can play in two or more events, paying the $75 eligibility fee in each event in order to qualify.

8) Are all USCF members eligible?

While a player must be a USCF member, and their rating is not a restriction for eligibility, the U.S. Championships are a national competition restricted to U.S. citizens and certain foreign players who have declared residency in the U.S.

Players without previous international experience and/or FIDE ratings shall usually be given U.S. status immediately by both the USCF and FIDE. If a question arises as to USCF versus FIDE requirements, USCF's criteria shall be used for national events and FIDE's criteria will be used for international events

The following is adapted from the residency requirements for participation as published and revised by the USCF board in February 2002 (this being subject to change).

Before becoming eligible for USCF invitations, non-United States citizens who have FIDE ratings or have represented another country in a chess competition must fulfill the following residency requirements:

Complete three continuous years (36 months) of United States residency, with a U.S. address, immediately prior to the event in question. In addition, for FIDE team competition (Olympiad, World Team, etc.) candidates may be required to provide a written promise that they will apply for U. S. citizenship as soon as legally possible. Players under age 20 are considered eligible upon proof of full-time enrollment in a U.S. school. However, FIDE may still, at its discretion, require that such individuals fulfill a waiting period of up to three years.

Players must complete and sign a USCF residency form, and this residency form must be received by the USCF prior to the time when invitations are determined. The USCF shall then contact FIDE to arrange for the player's national affiliation code to be changed to reflect the player's status as a U.S. player. Blank residency forms can be obtained from the USCF office. A player who has not submitted a residency form before the start of a qualifying tournament would not be eligible to qualify for the Championship by virtue of a result in that particular tournament.

Players must refuse to represent other countries within the waiting period as specified above. Playing for another country at any time requires a candidate for invitations to begin the waiting period anew (i.e., three years from the time of the infraction for adults; at least one year for players under age 20). Representing another country is defined as playing in the national championship of another country, and/or playing as a member of another country's national team in international competition.

4) Zonal events: In years in which the U.S. Championship and U. S. Women's Championship are also Zonal tournaments, any qualification spots allotted by FIDE from these events for the FIDE world championship competition will be offered only to the highest-scoring players who also fulfill all FIDE requirements. If a question arises as to USCF versus FIDE requirements, FIDE's criteria shall be used.

Players shall, in general, suffer no penalty for simply participating in a FIDE rated event under their current national affiliation code (such as in futurities or other norm granting events not listed above), until such time as their code is changed to reflect their status as a U.S. player.

Invitations are a privilege, not a right Note: USCF invitations are a privilege, not a right afforded to any player by virtue of his or her status as a USCF member. The USCF reserves the right not to issue invitations to any particular event, or to change these criteria without advance notice.

The organizers will have the right to replace a player who drops out at the last minute with a USCF eligible replacement player at their discretion. The organizers have the option to invite two USCF eligible wild card players.

9) What happens if I tie for a qualification spot?

If there are ties for a qualification spot, a tie breaking system will be used. Ties will not be broken by playoff games. The following are the tie breaking systems in the order that they will be used to resolve ties:

Modified Median
Cumulative of Opposition

How does the first tie breaking system, Modified Median work?

The Median System evaluates a player's result by summing the final scores of his/her opponents and then discarding the highest and lowest of these scores.

"Modified Median" uses the original Median system only for even scores. For 'plus' score ties, only the lowest scoring opponent is discarded and for 'minus' scores, only the highest scoring opponent is discarded.

Un-played games by the opponent count as half a point each for tiebreak credit. If the player involved in the tie has a win by forfeit or a full point bye, this counts as zero. If a player who scored in actual play ties with one who's entire point total is due to un-played games, the player who scored in actual play wins automatically.

Will the U.S. Championships offer norm chances?

Yes! The U.S. Championships will offer norm chances.

Where can I get further information?

Both the USCF ( and the U.S. Chess Championship ( websites will post press releases and details about the tournaments throughout the year. Please consult these websites and Chess Life magazine for all the details.

6) John Fedorowicz on Chess.FM

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 ninth guest,Tuesday evening, May 24th, 2005, will be:

"Fred's next guest on Wednesday, Nov. 12th, will be his friend, and one of the most entertaining and knowledgable American chess professionals, GM John Fedorowicz. He will discuss his work on the excellent website ,wherein he conducts a monthly survey on recent Sicilian theory, and his currently quite active playing and coaching career. Also, he will field questions on his new book about "The English Attack against the Sicilian" co-wriiten with Nick DeFirmian. I'm also sure Jogn will have a lot to say about the terrific HB Global Chess Challenge, just completed in Minneapolis. GO JOHN! Please email some good questions about anything related to chess (or even sports!) for GM John Fedorowicz to either or Tony Rook".


In future weeks I hope to have IM Jennifer Shahade, NM Nick Conticello (expert on life & career of CAPABLANCA) GM Larry Christiansen, GM Alexander Baburin, GM Joel Benjamin, IM Jack Peters, GM Andy Soltis, GM Arthur Bisguier 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

7) 2nd Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship 2005

Dear IM John Donaldson,

Greetings from Malaysia!! :) The details of our 2nd Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship 2005 (20 - 26 Aug) is out!! It's available at the official site:

Hope you can spread this news around to all your chessfriends.

For further inquiries or registration, players should email directly to the organiser, Mr. Hamid Majid

Other events during this August period:
Merdeka Team Championship 2005 ( 27 Aug - 1 Sept)
Zone 3.3 Championship ( 2 - 10 Sept)

thank you very much.

best wishes,
K.L. Ching

8) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

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

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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