Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #258

US Chess League

   I spent the first half of my career learning the principles for playing strong chess and the second half learning when to violate them.

GM Kevin Spraggett

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) United States Chess League to start
3) US Open revisited
4) Ray Doyle Satterlee (1936-2005) by Bill Brock 
5) Alex Baburin on Chess.FM
6) Cal Chess Annual Meeting
7) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Club News

The Bernardo Smith Memorial, held to honor the organizer of many of the Mechanics' telegraphic matches with Los Angeles, had a fine turnout. SM David Pruess was the winner of the open section with a score of 3.5 from 4, yielding only a draw to NM Andy Lee who shared second at 3-1 with Dmitry Vayntraub.

The Under 1800 section saw a four way tie for first at 5-1 with Edward Wu, Josh Karnad, Tab Salvo and Partha Vora sharing top honors. The two day event, directed by Anthony Corrales, attracted 65 players. Go to for crosstables of both sections.

This evening marks the start of the David Gee Tuesday Night Marathon. The tournament will run eight consecutive Tuesday nights.

2) United States Chess League to start

The United States Chess League will start on August 31 but a preseason match will kick things off tomorrow (Wednesday) as the San Francisco Mechanics' battle the Philadelphia Masterminds. The USCL, which is starting it's first year of operation pits four board teams (rating average must be under 2400 USCF) against each over the Internet. Spectators can follow the action live in Philadelphia or San Francisco on site or at the Internet Chess Club ( The SF-Philadelphia match will start at PM with the 10 regular season matches beginning at 5:30. The Mechanics' team is:

1. IM Vince McCambridge - 2502
2. IM John Donaldson - 2442
3. IM Mladen Vucic - 2436
4. FM Dmitry Zilberstein - 2435
5. FM David Pruess - 2432
6. NM Andy Lee - 2231
7. NM Nicolas Yap - 2209
8. NM Mark Pinto - 2200

Season schedule:

1. Aug 31st - Black vs Carolina Cobras 8:30 PM EST
2. Sep 7th - White vs Dallas Destiny 8:30 PM EST
3. Sep 14th - Black vs New York Knights 8:30 PM EST
4. Sep 21st - White vs Miami Sharks 8:30 PM EST
5. Sep 28th - Black vs Boston Blitz 8:30 PM EST
6. Oct 5th - White vs Baltimore Kingfishers 8:30 PM EST
7. Oct 12th - White vs Carolina Cobras 8:30 PM EST
8. Oct 19th - White vs Philadelphia Masterminds 8:30 PM EST
9. Oct 26th - Black vs Dallas Destiny 8:30 PM EST
10.Nov 2nd - Black vs Miami Sharks 8:30 PM EST

* Games that begin before 8 PM are played at a time control of Game in 90 minutes with a 30 second Increment
** Games that begin at 8 PM or later are played at a time control of Game in 60 minutes with a 30 second increment
Mechanics' matches will be held in the main room of the chess club on the three in house computers and a laptop. While games are in progress there will be no other activities in the room. GM Alex Yermolinsky will be providing live commentary down the hall in room 407 which will take the place of his regular Wednesday lectures.
Go to to learn more about the league which is the brainchild of multi-talented IM Gregory Shahade.

3) US Open revisited

The recently concluded US Open attracted an excellent turnout of 455 entries. You can find complete standings at GM Larry Christiansen, who played some of the toughest if not the toughest opposition throughout the event ,saw one bad move against GM Vadim Milov cost him close to $4000. As is typical of the US Open, which is more of a vacation tournament than a serious event, only the two tournament winners showed a profit. Tying for third at 7.5 from 9 didn't cover the hotel bill, much less air and food, for those who played the traditional schedule. Credit the qualifying spots for the US Championship as the reason for the recent increase in strong players attending.
The new Executive Board elected its officers.
President: Bill Goichberg
Vice President: Don Schultz
VP-Finance: Joel Channing
Secretary: Robert Tanner
Members-at-Large: Beatriz Marinello and Greg Shahade

Tim Hanke resigned from the Board before the Delegates' Meeting, citing military duties as his reason.

4) Ray Doyle Satterlee (1936-2005) by Bill Brock

(this tribute originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune)

   Ray Doyle Satterlee, 68, of Wheaton and formerly of Lombard, Elmhurst and Chicago, died Friday, August 12, 2005, in Alexian Hospice, Elk Grove Village. Mr. Satterlee was born December 4, 1936, in Slayton, TX, the son of the late Russell Otis and the late Zena Alta, nee Hudson, Satterlee.
   The family moved to Chicago from the southwest in the late 1940s and to Elmhurst in the early 1950s. He graduated from York Community High School in 1955. In 1959, he earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Elmhurst College; worked for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad from 1959 through 1961; and in 1964 earned a Masters Degree in American History and completed his education certification at Northwestern University. He taught in Queen Bee School District 16 for almost 30 years retiring about 10 years ago.
   While at District 16, he developed and coached scholastic chess (fourth and fifth grade) from 1976 through 2000; with his 1984-85 team winning the Illinois State Championship in the fifth grade and below division, his 1988-89 team finishing second in state and his 1989-90 team finishing third in state and winning two local scholastic events.
   Mr. Satterlee's personal chess accomplishments include: he began playing in 1946 and played tournament chess for 53 years, including 25 U.S Open Tournaments, his highest rating was 2,180 (in the top 2 percent of rated players in the U.S) in his first U.S Chess Federation Tournament in 1953, he won the U.S Junior Open Championship; he was the Correspondence (postal) Chess League of America U.S Junior Chess Champion in 1953 and 1956. He tied for first in three U.S Senior Opens (1987, 1991, and 1994); won the Illinois Senior Open in 1998 and 1999; in 1998 he was awarded the Natalie Broughton Life Achievement Award for accomplishments in Illinois chess. He defeated the present U.S Champion Hikaru Nakamuru in 1998 and defeated six Grandmasters in simultaneous exhibitions in 1999.
   In addition, Mr. Satterlee was a member of MENSA, a world traveler and fan of the Indianapolis 500. Survivors include the students, parents and staff of Queen Bee District 16, particularly those of Americana School and his many fellow chess players from throughout the Chicago area, Illinois and U.S.

5) Alex Baburin on Chess.FM

This week's guest on the internet radio show "Chess and Books with Fred Wilson" will be GM ALEXANDER BABURIN. The show runs from 8:00 to 10:00 PM (EST) every Tuesday evening. As always, there will be replays of the show almost immediately afterwards for our chess enthusiasts on the West Coast & elsewhere, and often there will be several replays the following day. You can access it easily at the website: .

"Fred's next guest on Tuesday, August 17th, 2005 will again be the popular grandmaster, author and teacher GM ALEXANDER BABURIN. Fred will interview Alex live from his home in Dublin, Ireland where Alex has resided for the eleven years. Alex is the author of the highly acclaimed book "Winning Pawn Structures" and creator of the terrific daily internet chess newsletter ChessToday (which can be checked out at ). Alex and I will discuss FIDE, the FIDE World Championship, chess in schools, individual lessons online/phone (i.e. ICC), Chess Today, antiquarian books and his rare chessbook auctions, modern chess books and what is a good chess library, chess in Ireland, his recent participation in the European Chess Team Championship, etc. Please send questions for GM ALEX BABURIN to either or Tony Rook".

6) Cal Chess Annual Meeting

Dear Calchess members,

The 2005 annual membership meeting will be held on Saturday Sept 3,at 3pm at the Golden Gateway Holiday Inn, Van Ness and Pine in San Francisco. Below are the CalChess bylaws and the changes proposed by your CalChess Board.

Please read them carefully. The proposed changes are in italics. At the meeting the members attending will be asked to ratify these changes. If you cannot attend the meeting but have comments you wish to make on the bylaws, please forward them to the CalChess secretary, Roger Poehlmann, at Thank you.

At this annual meeting the members attending will also vote for six board members. Please, if you live in Northern California as defined by the USCF and wish to be considered for membership on the board, send your name to Roger Poehlmann. Your name will then appear on the official printed ballot.

You have up to Thursday September 1, 2005 to submit your name if you are new to the board and Friday September 2, if you are already on the board. Names of candidates will appear with a short bio, on the CalChess website as we receive them as of August 22, 2005. Current board members Green, Shaughnessy, Koepcke and Schiller are not up for election this year.

Elizabeth Shaughnessy, President

7) Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tournaments at the MI

Bernardo Smith Amateur Under 1800 - August 20-21
J.J. Dolan - October 1

California and Nevada

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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