Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #262

   Chess is inherently a difficult game. There aren't any very easy answers. You often find in the course of chess development that you have to unlearn what you have already learned. You have to take a step backwards in order to move forwards.

Nigel Short

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Room News 
2) Bruce Pandolfini on Chess.FM 
3) Here and There 
4) Upcoming Events 

This Saturday the Mechanics' will host the first of what is planned to be a regular series of blitz tournaments. It starts at 2pm and runs to 4pm. EF is $5 with all money collected returned in prizes.

1) Mechanics' Institute Club News

IM Ricardo DeGuzman repeated his triumph from last month's Mechanics' monthly G/45 event. The former of the Philippine Olympiad team scored 5-0 to win the 5th Annual Howard Donnelly Memorial, held September 17 to honor the former Mechanic's Institute Chess Director. Among DeGuzman's victims was Dutch master Marcel Beulen who defeated WGM Kamile Baginskaite earlier in the competition. Tying for second in the 41-player event were Beulen, German visitor Alexander Samak, Phillip Pereplitsky, Karim Seanda and Sam Shankland. Anthony Corrales directed for the Mechanics'.

NM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Tony D'Aliosio are tied for first in the Tuesday Night Marathon at 4-0. Four rounds remain for the 68-player field.

US Chess League Results

New York - 2.5 San Francisco - 1.5

1. GM Alex Stripunsky (NY) vs IM Vince McCambridge (SF) 1-0

2. IM John Donaldson (SF) vs NM Gregory Braylovsky (NY) 0-1

3. WGM-elect Jenn Shahade (NY) vs FM David Pruess (SF) 0-1

4. NM Mark Pinto (SF) vs FM Lewis Eisen (NY) 1/2-1/2

Shahade,J (2318) - Pruess,D (2432) [B14]
USCL New York vs San Francisco (3), 14.09.2005
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qc2 Nc6 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 Be7 11.Rd1 Bf6 12.Ne4 Nce7 13.Nxf6+ Nxf6 14.Bg5 Ned5 15.Ne5 Bd7 16.Bf3 Rc8 17.Qb3 Bc6 18.Nxc6 bxc6 19.Rac1 Qa5 20.Bxf6 Rb8 21.Qa3 Qxa3 22.bxa3 Nxf6 23.Rxc6 Rfc8 24.Rxc8+ Rxc8 25.h3 Kf8 26.Rb1 Rc7 27.Rb7 Rxb7 28.Bxb7 Ne8 29.f4 Nd6 30.Bc6 Nf5 31.d5 Ne7 32.Bb7 Nxd5 33.f5 Ke7 34.fxe6 fxe6 35.Kf2 Kd6 36.Ba6 Kc5 37.Bd3 h6 38.Kf3 Kd4 39.Bg6 e5 40.Bf7 e4+ 41.Kf2 Nf4 42.Be8 Kd3 43.Bb5+ Kd2 44.Kg3 Ne2+ 45.Kg4 Nd4 46.Ba6 e3 47.Kh5 Ne6 48.Kg6 Nf4+ 0-1

Round 4
Starts at 8:30 PM ET Time Control - Game 60 with 30 second increment

San Francisco Mechanics Miami Sharks

IM John Donaldson - 2442



GM Julio Becerra - 2622

FM Dmitry Zilberstein - 2435



FM Marcel Martinez - 2469

FM David Pruess - 2432



Jorge Diaz - 2180

NM Nicolas Yap - 2209



Dr. Eric Moskow - 2127

Avg Rating - 2379



Avg Rating - 2349

San Francisco Total -------



------- Miami Total

2) Bruce Pandolfini on Chess.FM

This week's guest on the internet radio show "Chess and Books with Fred Wilson" will be BRUCE PANDOLFINI. 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 guest on Tuesday evening, Sept. 20th, 2005, will be the renowned chess author and teacher BRUCE PANDOLFINI. Bruce, co-founder of Chess in the Schools, a program that has brought chess to thousands of New York City schoolchildren, is probably the best-selling American chess author of all time with over 1,000,000 (!) copies of his books in print. Bruce will talk about chess teaching, strategies for self-improvement, his part in both the book and the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer", and, of course, discuss his new book "Solitaire Chess" and the soon-to-be-released "Q & A in Chess" based on his excellent column. Please email questions for Bruce Pandolfini to or TonyRook".

Best in chess, Fred Wilson
Fred Wilson Chess Books
80 East 11th Street Suite 334
New York, NY 10003
Hours: Noon-7:00 P.M.,
Monday through Saturday
Phone: (212) 533-6381

3) Here and There

Garry Kasparov was in San Francisco this past Friday.
September 16, 2005

Chess master Kasparov takes on tech execs... and Putin
-Posted by Dan Farber @ 4:32 pm

At the Disruptions 2005 technology conference put on by Deloitte in San Francisco today, world renowned chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov gave a brief speech and then simultaneously played against about 20 of the executives attending the conference. I talked to Udi Manber, CEO of Amazon's A9 search engine, who proudly told me he lasted 23 moves with Kasparov, who was ranked number one in the world from 1984 until his retirement earlier this year.

Kasparov was featured on page 3 of The New York Times Week in Review this past Sunday. The half page story dealing the with price of standing up to Vladimir Putin quotes Kasparov, who was hit over the head with a chessboard on one of his stops during his barnstorming political tour of Russia. " I am lucky" ..."that the popular sport in the Soviet Union was chess and not baseball."

Hikaru Nakamura was second in the Lausanne Young Masters Knockout, defeating Nana Dzagnidze and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov before losing to Andrei Volikitin in the final.

The following game, which you won't find in any database, was recently redicovered by Dan Lucas, editor of Georgia Chess. It was first published in that magazine in April of 1996.You won't find it boring!

Calinescu,Gruia (2410) - Ivanov,Igor (2575) [A40]
1995 Atlanta Open (5), 1995

1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 f5 6.e4 fxe4 7.h4 d6 8.h5 Qa5 9.Bd2 gxh5 10.Qxh5+ Kd8 11.Nh3 Nf6 12.Qh4 Bxh3 13.Qxh3 Nbd7 14.g4 e3 15.Qxe3 Nxg4 16.Qe6 Ngf6 17.a4 Kc7 18.Bd3 Rag8 19.Ke2 Kd8 20.Rhb1 Qa6 21.Rb5 h5 22.a5 h4 23.Bf5 Rh5 24.Rab1 b6 25.axb6 axb6 26.Rxb6 Qxc4+ 27.Kd1 Rg1+ 28.Kc2 Qa4+ 29.Kd3 Ne5+ 30.Qxe5 Rxb1 31.Rxd6+ Nd7 32.Rxd7+ Qxd7 33.Ke4 Qxf5+ 34.Qxf5 Rxf5 0-1

Contrary to what is written in Chess Life the East Bay Chess Club will hold its September Swiss this coming weekend.

EBCC September Swiss
Sep 24-25
4-round, USCF rated swiss in 1 section

Guaranteed Overall Prizes: $140, $105, $70, $35
1st Rating Category prizes: free lesson ($50 value)
2nd Rating Category prizes: free entry ($35 value)

Entry fee: $35
Rounds: 10 AM and 4 PM both days
Time Control: 40/2, SD/1

Signup at

4) Upcoming Events

Mechanics' Institute

J.J. Dolan - October 1

California and Nevada

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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