Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #254

   For me 1.e4 is more natural. It is more aggressive, and requires more work. It's more concrete, double-edged, and more dangerous for black. Opening choice is a matter of nature. The further you go, the closer you get to your true chess style. I'm not saying that I will always play 1.e4, however, as 1.d4 is also a good move. My match with Kramnik proved it!

Garry Kasparov

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess News
2) USCF Election Results
3) Matikozian, Khachian and Lakdawala win  So Cal Championship
4) Spassky Interview
5) Ivanov-Kudrin, New York 1982
6) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Club News

Rapidly improving Edward Perepelitsky continued his upsetting ways in the Summer Tuesday Night Marathon by defeating 2300 plus rated Batchimeg Tuvshintugs in round 6. Perepelitsky now leads the event with 5.5 points just ahead of Tuvshintugs, Oleg Shakhnazorov, Victor Ossipov and Victor Todortsev who all have scores of 5-1. Tonight Perepelitsky faces off with Shakhnazorov.

MI Juniors are turning in excellent performances in the World Youth Championships in Belfort, France. Daniel Naroditsky, playing in the Boys Under 10, is ranked 4th with 6 from 8 while Nicolas Yap is tied for 28th at 5 from 8 in the Boys Under 16. Both sections have approximately 150 players competing. Three rounds remain in the competition.

French Grandmaster Jean Luc Chabanon, who played at the Mechanic's several years ago as well as the Western States Open in Reno, has a very interesting record in words and pictures of his visit at The ChessDryad site has a tremendous pictorial on the Charles Bagby Memorial at the MI. Go to to view it.

The MI's advanced Chess Camp, with GM Alex Yermolinsky as lead instructor, will be back for the fifth consecutive year this summer. The all day camp will run from August 1-5. This is a unique opportunity to work with the top-rated player in Northern California. All ages are welcome. Go to the MI website at for more information.

Book and equipment donations to the Mechanics' are always welcome. All donations to the Mechanics' are tax deductible due to the M.I.'s 501(c) (3) nonprofit status. Ifyou have any chess books or equipment that have been lying around unused for some time consider donating to the Mechanics'. You will not only get a tax write off but also the satisfaction of seeing things put to good use.

2) USCF Election Results

The results of the USCF election for four of the seven Executive Board seats were recently announced and the result was a huge defeat for the "Success Team" of incumbents Elizabeth Shaughnessy, Steve Shutt, and Randy Bauer plus George John. Though strongly supported by USCF President Beatriz Marinello and EB Member Timothy Hanke not a single member of the team was elected in what has to be taken as a repudiation of the Executive Board's actions the past year.

Bill Goichberg 3941 - ELECTED
Greg Shahade 3694 - ELECTED
Joel Channing 3358 - ELECTED
Robert Tanner 3179 - ELECTED
Elizabeth Shaughnessy 1638
Randy Bauer 1591
Steve Shutt 1194
Sam Sloan 1064
George John 1059

The vote in Region 11 ( CA, AZ, NV, HI) was Goichberg (560), Shahade (563), Channing (493), Tanner (504), Shaughnessy (313), Bauer (230), Shutt (180), Sloan (147) and John (157). This election saw the number of voters jump from not much over a 1000 to over 5000 which was a very positive side. Still, with probably 40,000 eligible, there is a lot of room for improvement.

The new Executive Board (Goichberg, Shahade, Channing and Tanner plus incumbents Marinello, Hanke and Schultz takes office immediately after the Delegate's Meeting at the US Open in Phoenix in the middle of August. Considering Schultz campaigned heavily for the four new EB members it seems almost certain that the USCF will almost new President shortly (the EB vote among themselves to decide who leads).

3) Matikozian, Khachian and Lakdawala win So Cal Championship

Andranik Matikozian, Melik Khachian and Cyrus Lakdawala tied for first at 5-2 in the Southern California Championship which ended two weeks ago. Other scores: 4. IM Peters 4 5. Bruno 3.5 6. IM Sevillano 3 7. NM Moussa 2 8. Clawitter .5

Peters,J - Sevillano,E

So Calif State Champ 2005

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Ne2 Nbc6 11.f4 Bd7 12.Qd3 dxc3 13.Qxc3 0-0-0 14.Rb1 Nf5 15.Bd2 Rg6 16.h4 Rh8 17.h5 Rg7 18.Rh3 Kb8 19.g3 Bc8 20.Bg2 Rhg8 21.Bf3 Nxg3 22.Nxg3 Rxg3 23.Rxg3 Rxg3 24.Kf2 Rg8 25.Qc5 Rd8 26.h6 b6 27.Qc3 Bb7 28.Rh1 Rh8 29.Qd3 Qc8 30.h7 Ne7 31.Rh3 Ng6 32.Be2 Ka8 33.Ke1 Qc5 34.Qg3 Qf8 35.Bd3 Qg7 36.Qg5 Bc8 37.Qh6 Qxh6 38.Rxh6 Kb7 39.Bxg6 fxg6 40.Bb4 1-0

Khachiyan,M - Sevillano,E

So Calif State Champ 2005

1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.f4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.e5 Ng4 8.e6 fxe6 9.Ng5 Bxb5 10.Nxb5 Qa5+ 11.c3 Qxb5 12.Qxg4 Qc4 13.Nxe6 Bf6 14.Nc7+ Kd8 15.Nxa8 cxd4 16.Qe2 Qxe2+ 17.Kxe2 Nc6 18.cxd4 Nxd4+ 19.Kd3 Kd7 20.Be3 Ne6 21.Raf1 Rxa8 22.f5 gxf5 23.Rxf5 b6 24.b3 Rg8 25.Rg1 Be5 26.g3 Ng7 27.Rf7 h5 28.Rgf1 Ke6 29.Rf8 Rxf8 30.Rxf8 Nf5 31.Ra8 d5 32.Rxa7 d4 33.Bg5 Bd6 34.Rb7 Kd5 35.Rxb6 e5 36.Rb5+ Kc6 37.a4 Bc7 38.Bf4 1-0

4) Spassky Interview

A recent issue of Chess Today ( shows why it continues to be required reading. Chief Editor GM Alex Baburin is always on the lookout for interesting material from around the world. Here he writes:

Boris Spassky recently gave an interview to the Soviet Sport newsletter. As usual, the former world champion was very frank. I translated a few fragments from the interview:

- Nowadays it would be reasonable to have an annual world championship.

- Kramnik is not the world champion, though he thinks otherwise. As they say, "he rules, but not commands".

- In the absence of Kasparov, there are 2-3 roughly equal players. I sympathize to Anand. But Leko is also good. Ivanchuk is a crazy, but good player too. Recently Topalov had some good results. But there cannot be a distinctive leader now - because there is no system, no pyramid to climb, which we had.

- I try to help developing junior chess. When I lived in USSR, I got a lot of free help from very good coaches - now I am trying to repay that debt.

- I visited Fischer in Iceland recently.He wants to play against me again! He knows he will win, so he looks at me hungrily.

Boris Spassky will be back again for the Western States Open in Reno this October. See Upcoming Events below for more information.

5) Ivanov-Kudrin, New York 1982

[Jeremy Barth]


PCN writes: pre-tournament favorite Igor Ivanov was never in serious trouble as he melted down al five opponents 9o win going away with 5?0. Following with 4?1 were Tony Renna, Sergei Kudrin and Konstantin Dolgitser.

1...Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bh4 c5 6.d5 d6 7.e3 g5 8.Bg3 Ne4 9.Qc2 Qf6

The variation beginning with 7...g5 was first seen in Timman-G.Garcia, Orense 1976, but it has rarely come up since then. Kudrin was theoretically well prepared, but Ivanov was moving quite slowly and appeared not to know the position well.


After his victory in the super tournament Leningrad 1977, Oleg Romanishin explained the pawn sacrifices that had cropped up in a number of his games. Their point, he said, was not so much to wrest an advantage as it was to create tense positions where there was, in some objective reality, a balance of play - but to maintain that parity would make severe demands on the logical and intuitive faculties of both players. It was from such intense competitive circumstances. Romanishin went on, that he drew his creatice inspiration. Very much in this spirit is Kavalek's dynamic suggestion [10.Qxe4 Bxc3+ 11.Kd1 Bxb2 12.Rb1 with a torturous, unclear situation.; 10.Nge2 exd5 11.0-0-0 Bxc3 12.Nxc3 Nxc3 13.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 14.bxc3? is the recommended line for White in Nunn's Chess Openings (1999). Perhaps this is why the line isn't seen much anymore or covered in ECO, Volume E (3rd edition,1998) or Chris Ward's recent Offbeat Nimzo-Indian (JD).

10...exd5 11.cxd5 Bf5 12.Bd3 Qg6 13.Ke2 Bxc3

White has an edge after 13...Nxg3+ 14.hxg3 Bxd3+ 15.Qxd3 Qxd3+ 16.Kxd3 Bxc3 17.bxc3 followed by doubling Rooks on the h-file.

14.Bxe4 After prolonged thought, White innovates. Hitherto known was 14.bxc3 c4! (14...Nd7 15.c4 b5 16.cxb5 a6 17.b6 Nxb6 18.Nf3 Nxg3+ 19.hxg3 Bxd3+ 20.Qxd3 Qxd3+ 21.Kxd3 Nxd5 22.Nxg5 Ke7 23.Ne4 Nb4+ 24.Ke2 Nxa2 25.Rc2 Nb4 26.Rd2 c4 27.Rxd6 f5 28.Rb6 Nd5 29.Rb7+ Ke6 30.Nc5+ Kd6 31.Na4 Kc6 32.Rf7 Rab8 33.Rxf5 Rb4 34.e4 Rxa4 35.Rxd5 Ra2+ 36.Ke3 Ra3+ 37.Kd4 Ra2 38.Ke3 Ra3+ 39.Kd4 Ra2 40.Rc5+ Kd6 41.Rf5 Ke7 0-1 Cooper,J-Commons,K/Haifa 1976/EXT 2000 (41)) 15.Qa4+ Nd7 16.Qxc4 when Black has excellent compensation for the pawn. An initiative-oriented player, Ivanov avoids the pawn grab and, later apparently, is willing to cough up a couple of his own on the rebound.

14...Bxe4 15.Qxc3 0-0

Ivanov labeled this strategic error "suicidal". Necessary was 15...Rg8 when the position is not without resources for Black, e.g. 16.Nf3 (16.f3 Bxd5 17.Rd1 (Probably best is 17.e4! Bxa2 18.b4! with dangerous threats for the two pawns, but Black holds the balance through 18...b5! 19.bxc5 Bc4+ 20.Kf2 Nc6 intending ...0?0?0 when both sides have attacking chances.) 17...Qe6! 18.e4 (18.Kf2 Nc6 19.e4 Bxa2 20.Rxd6 Qc4 21.Ne2 Qxc3 22.Nxc3 Be6 23.h4 Rd8 24.hxg5 hxg5 25.Rxd8+ Kxd8 26.Rd1+ Ke7 27.Bd6+ Kf6 28.Bxc5 b5 29.Be3 Rd8 30.Rxd8 Nxd8 31.Bd4+ ??? Hort,V-De Firmian,N/Wijk aan Zee 1986/TD (31)) 18...Bxa2 19.Rxd6 Qc4+ is good for Black) 16...Na6 17.Rhd1 Ke7 with ideas such as ...Nb4 and ...f5-f4.


Now Black is massacred.

16...g4 17.h5 Qf5 18.f3 Bxd5 19.Rh4 gxf3+ 20.gxf3 Kh7 21.Rf4 Qxh5 22.Rh4 Qf5 23.Bf4 h5 24.Kf2 Be6 25.Ne2 f6 26.Ng3 Qg6 27.Nxh5 1-0

PCN, Volume 3, page 292

6) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Vladimir Pafnutieff - August 6
Bernardo Smith Amateur Under 1800 - August 20-21

Northern California

September 3-5 2005 CalChess Labor Day Championships GPP: 15 N. CAlifornia
6SS, 30/90, SD/1 (2-day option rds 1-3 G/60); Golden Geteway Holiday Inn. Van Ness at Pine, San Francisco. $$B 160 paid entries (not counting free or unrated entries). Six Sections: Master $700-$350-$200; U2400, $300; Expert $400-$200-$100. "A" $350-$175-$100. "B" $350-$175-$100. "C" $350-175-100. "D/E" $350-$175-$100; U1200 $225. Unr: Trophy First. Trophy to top finisher (State Champion) in each section. All, EF: postmarked by 8/29 $65 (Jrs. $55). $75 at site (Jrs. $65). Unrateds $20 in the D/E section or may play up to the Master section for the regular fee. $5 discount to CalChess members. USCF memb. req'd. May play up one section for add'l $10 (Jrs $5). GM/IM free entry. Reg: Sat 9/3 8-9:30am, Sun 9/4 8:15-9:15am. RDS: Choice of schedules- 3-day, 2-day merge at round 4, all compete for the same prizes. 3-day schedule Sat 10-4; Sun 11-4:45; Mon 10-3:30. 2-day schedule Sun 9:30-11:45-2-4:45; Mon 10-3:30. 1/2 pt bye(s) any round(s) if requested in advance (byes rds 5-6 must be requested before rd 1). 2005 August Ratings List, CCA minimums and Directors discretion will be used toplace players as accurately as possible. Please bring clocks and equipment. HR: Golden Gateway Holiday Inn (415) 441-4000. INFO: Richard Koepcke (650) 964-2640. Ent: Richard Koepcke, PO Box 1432, Mountain View, CA 94042. No Phone entries. Master Section FIDE Rated

2005 Reno Western States Open Chess Tournament
October 14-16, 2005. Reno, Nevada.

$52,400 PRIZE FUND!!! for this Six Round Swiss in Seven Sections (based on 500 paid players, $33,550 Guaranteed). At least 15 places paid in every section! Large prize fund made possible by the generosity of the Sands Regency Casino Hotel. RUB ELBOWS WITH THE MASTERS: Reception with Former World Champion GM Boris Spassky on Wednesday night. FREE lecture by GM Larry Evans on Thursday evening. $100 simul with GM Boris Spassky on Thursday night. Book signing session with GM Boris Spassky on Friday morning. Clinic by GM Boris Spassky on Saturday afternoon. Favorite game analysis with GM Boris Spassky on Sunday afternoon
Chief TD (NTD)
Jerry Weikel

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