Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #266

   If it were just a question of winning or losing, if it were not possible to play a brilliant game, to make an incredible queen sacrifice, to play the occasional shocking or outrageous move, then I suspect many people would not play chess. It simply would not be worth it; such a difficult game and with so few rewards.

Jonathan Levitt

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) A. Ivanov and Ibragimov tie for first in Western States Open
3) Alburt and List on Chess.FM
4) Wall Street Journal Editor Joins Gorbachev in Lindsborg, KS
5) Here and There
6) Upcoming Events

The MI will be running a blitz tournament this Saturday from 2 to 4 pm. EF is $5 with a 100 percent payout.

1) Mechanics' Institute Club News

NM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs won the David Gee Memorial Tuesday Night Marathon but failed in her quest to achieve a perfect score, losing in the final round to Expert Phillip Perepelitsky to finish on 7 from 8. Phillip joined NMs Albert Rich and Tony D'Aloisio in a tie for second at 6.5. The next Marathon starts November 1 and runs until December 20.

Thanks to former Chess Horizons Editor Peter Sherwood for entering TNM games. Here are a couple from the last two rounds.

Todortsev,V (1941) - D'Aloisio,T (2210) [A40]
David Gee Memorial, Fall 2005 (7), 04.10.2005

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 0-0 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.d5 Nh5 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bh4 Nf4 10.Bf1 g5 11.Bg3 f5 12.Bxf4 exf4 13.h4 g4 14.Ng5 h6 15.Ne6 Bxe6 16.dxe6 Bxc3+ 17.bxc3 Qf6 18.Be2 h5 19.exf5 Qxf5 20.Qd5 Nc6 21.Bd3 Qe5+ 22.Kd2 Ne7 23.Qxb7 Rab8 24.Qxc7 Rb2+ 25.Bc2 Qe4 26.Rac1 Nf5 27.Rhe1 Ne3 28.fxe3 fxe3+ 29.Kd1 Qd3+ 0-1

Tuvshintugs,B (2270) - Perepelitsky,P (2111) [A00]
David Gee Memorial, Fall 2005 (8), 11.10.2005

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 Bg4 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Qd2 e5 9.d5 Ne7 10.Rad1 Bd7 11.Ne1 b5 12.f3 b4 13.Nb1 a5 14.c3 Rb8 15.cxb4 axb4 16.b3 Qc8 17.Nc2 Qb7 18.Kh1 Rfd8 19.Bg5 c6 20.Ne3 cxd5 21.exd5 h6 22.Bh4 g5 23.Be1 Ng6 24.Nc2 Nf4 25.Bc4 g4 26.Nxb4 gxf3 27.gxf3 Qxb4 28.Qxb4 Rxb4 29.Bxb4 Bf5 30.Nc3 h5 31.Rfe1 Bh6 32.Nb5 Nh3 33.Nxd6 Bc2 34.Ra1 Kh7 35.Re2 Bg6 36.Rxe5 Rg8 37.Re2 Be3 38.Rxe3 [38.Rf1] 38...Bb1 39.Bd3+ Bxd3 0-1

US Chess League Action

IM Greg Shahade, league czar, reports.

San Francisco 3.5 vs Carolina .5

1. IM Vinay Bhat (SF) vs GM Marcin Kaminski (CAR) 1-0
2. IM Lev Milman (CAR) vs FM Dmitry Zilberstein (SF) 1/2-1/2
3. FM David Pruess (SF) vs IM Jonathan Schroer (CAR) 1-0
4. David Pecora (CAR) vs NM Mark Pinto (SF) 0-1

San Francisco hadn't won a game all year on first board and USCL newcomer IM Vinay Bhat wanted to do something about that. Vinay was a replacement for IM Mladen Vucic, who moved to New York City. Bhat was scheduled to attend classes today but wasn't going to watch the Mechanics season fritter away without trying to do something about it first. Vinay skipped class to face off against GM Marcin Kaminski, who has been very impressive so far this season. It turns out that Vinay could have stayed in class today, because despite winning his game, the Mechanics would have won the match without him!

Kaminski got an unpleasant position right out of the opening when he decided to play 4....Nf6 instead of the more accurate 4...Qa5+. Kaminski followed up with some overly ambitious, yet premature moves. Bhat capitalized and scored a lightning quick win over the previously unbeaten Kaminski. On board two Milman and Zilberstein played the most boring opening in the world, the Berlin Defense of the Ruy Lopez. The game actually became somewhat interesting later on, but the solid Zilberstein was able to hold on for the draw.

Pruess seemed to have a dominating position over Schroer, in which a win would clinch the match for the Mechanics, however San Francisco fourth board, Mark Pinto, sealed the deal.

This was a huge win for San Francisco as it put some distance between them and their competitors for the 2nd playoff spot in the West and improved their tiebreaks with such a lopsided victory. San Francisco has a chance to solidify their standing against Philadelphia next week, although the Masterminds are coming off of their own big victory after beating the Baltimore Kingfishers. In any case Vinay Bhat supplied the spark the Mechanics needed, and if they can get going on Board 1 there could be a new force in the US Chess League, as San Francisco has been consistently strong on boards 3+4, but troubled on the top boards. San Francisco is the only team to defeat the West leaders, the Miami Sharks, and they will square off again in the final week of the season for what should be an interesting rematch.

Bhat,V (2485) - Kaminski,M (2473) [A45]
USCL San Francisco vs Carolina (7), 12.10.2005

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 c5 4.f3 Nf6 5.dxc5 Qa5+ 6.Qd2 Qxc5 7.e4 d6 8.Nc3 Nbd7 9.Be3 Qc6 10.Nge2 a6 11.Nd4 Qc7 12.g4 h6 13.h4 b5 14.Rg1 b4 15.Na4 e5 16.Nf5 d5 17.g5 hxg5 18.hxg5 d4 19.gxf6 dxe3 20.Qd5 Bb7 21.fxg7 Bxg7 22.Nxg7+ Kf8 23.Qb3 a5 24.Nf5 Rc8 25.0-0-0 Bc6 26.Nd6 Rh7 27.Nxc8 Qxc8 28.Qc4 Rh2 29.Nc5 Bb5 30.Nxd7+ Bxd7 31.Qxc8+ Bxc8 32.Rd8+ 1-0

Milman,L (2474) - Zilberstein,D (2435) [C67]
USCL San Francisco vs Carolina (7), 12.10.2005

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Bd7 10.Rd1 Kc8 11.Ng5 Be8 12.b3 b6 13.g3 Kb7 14.Kg2 Bb4 15.Bb2 Bxc3 16.Bxc3 h6 17.Nf3 c5 18.g4 Ne7 19.Kg3 Bc6 20.Nh4 g5 21.Nf5 Ng6 22.Rd2 h5 23.f3 hxg4 24.fxg4 Rh7 25.h3 Be4 26.Rh2 Rah8 27.Re1 Nf4 28.h4 Bxf5 29.gxf5 Nd5 30.Bd2 gxh4+ 31.Kh3 Ne7 32.f6 Nc6 33.e6 fxe6 34.Rxe6 Nd4 35.Re7 Rxe7 36.fxe7 Kc8 37.Rf2 Re8 38.Bg5 Nc6 39.Re2 Kd7 40.Rd2+ Kc8 41.Re2 Kd7 42.Rd2+ Kc8 43.Re2 1/2-1/2

Pruess,D (2432) - Schroer,J (2462) [A58]
USCL San Francisco vs Carolina (7), 12.10.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 g6 6.Nc3 Bxa6 7.g3 d6 8.Bg2 Bg7 9.Nf3 Nbd7 10.Rb1 0-0 11.0-0 Qa5 12.Bd2 Rfb8 13.a4 Qd8 14.b3 Nb6 15.Nh4 Ne8 16.Qc2 Nc7 17.Rfd1 Bc8 18.e4 Nd7 19.Na2 Ne8 20.b4 cxb4 21.Nxb4 Ne5 22.f4 Qb6+ 23.Kh1 Ng4 24.Be1 Ne3 25.Bf2 Nxc2 26.Bxb6 Na3 27.Nc6 Nxb1 28.Rxb1 Rb7 29.a5 Kf8 30.Nd8 Rd7 31.e5 Ba6 32.Nxf7 Rb7 33.Ng5 Kg8 34.Bh3 Nc7 35.Rc1 h6 36.Ne4 Ne8 37.Nxg6 Bd3 38.Be6+ Kh7 39.Bf5 Bxe4+ 40.Bxe4 Kg8 41.Bf5 Kf7 42.g4 Bf8 43.Nh4 Ng7 44.Bc8 Rbb8 45.Bd7 e6 46.Rc7 Be7 47.Bc6 1-0

Pecora,D (2097) - Pinto,M (2200) [B90]
USCL San Francisco vs Carolina (7), 12.10.2005
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Be2 Be7 9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.g3 b5 11.Bf3 b4 12.Nd5 Bxd5 13.exd5 a5 14.Qd3 Qc7 15.0-0 0-0 16.a3 a4 17.Nd2 Rfc8 18.Rfc1 Nc5 19.Qc4 bxa3 20.Rxa3 Qb7 21.Qa2 e4 22.Bg2 Nd3 23.Rf1 Nb4 24.Qb1 Nxc2 25.Ra2 Qb4 26.Bg5 e3 27.Nf3 e2 28.Rc1 h6 29.Bxf6 Bxf6 30.Rxc2 Rxc2 31.Qxc2 e1Q+ 32.Nxe1 Qxe1+ 33.Bf1 Bd4 34.Kg2 Qb4 35.Bd3 Bc5 36.b3 a3 37.Bc4 Re8 38.Qf5 Qe1 39.Bd3 g6 40.Qf4 Kg7 41.b4 Qxb4 42.Bc4 Qc3 43.h4 h5 44.Bb5 Re5 45.Qc4 Qe1 46.Bc6 Rf5 47.Qf1 Qxf1+ 48.Kxf1 Rxf2+ 49.Rxf2 Bxf2 0-1

This Wednesday the MI will face the tough Philadelphia Masterminds, the surprise over-achievers of the league.


2) A. Ivanov and Ibragimov tie for first in Western States Open

The 23rd Western States Open held October 14-16 in Reno, Nevada, at the Sands Regency Hotel and Casino ended in a tie between Grandmasters Alexander Ivanov and Ildar Ibragimov at 5-, with Ivanov taking home the title of WSO Champion by winning the playoff. The competition was particularly tough this year with 12 GMs and 11 IMs in the 56 player section.

3-7. GM Ehlvest, GM Yermolinsky, GM Stripunsky, FM Pruess, IM Sevillano 4.5
8-15.IM Lakdawala, IM Donaldson, GM Kudrin, GM Serper, IM Perelshteyn, IM Mezentsev, IM Kraai, IM DeGuzman 4.
17-23. GM Wojtkiewicz, GM Milov, FM Yanayt, NM Aigner, FM Bick, NM Ishkhanov, IM Simutowe 3.5

Several Bay Area players did well. MIechanics' Grandmaster-in-Residence led the home front with 4.5 points including wins over GMs Milov and A.Ivanov and SM Vladimir Strugatsky, losing only to Ibragimov with Black. David Pruess also finished with 4.5 after beating Strugatsky in convincing fashion in the final round. MI Chess Director John Donaldson was undefeated at 4 and also defeated top-seed Milov. NMs Michael Aigner and Tigran Ishkhanov shared top Under 2400/2300 money with NMs John Bick and Eugene Yanayt. Seattle won the team competition with the MI second. Phillip Perepelitsky, who tied for first in the Expert section with 5 from 6, was the top MI scorer.

Former World Champion Boris Spassky and his wife Marina were special guests of honor of the tournament. Spassky gave a 25 board simul and entertained players throughout the event with a series of talks and game analysis that were very well received. Larry Evans also gave lectures and did game analysis.

The team of Jerry and Fran Weikel and Barbara Woodward will be hosting two major events in Reno next year. The Far West Open is set for April 7-9 and the Western States Open for October 6-8

Go to to view crosstables of all the sections. Here are a few of the decisive games from the top section.

Yerrmolinsky,A - Ivanov,A [E39]
Western States Open Reno (5), 14.10.2005

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 0-0 6.a3 Bxc5 7.Nf3 b6 8.Bf4 Nh5 9.Bg5 Be7 10.h4 Bb7 11.0-0-0 Bxf3 12.exf3 Nc6 13.Kb1 Rc8 14.Bd3 f5 15.g4 Nd4 16.Qa4 Nf6 17.gxf5 Nxf5 18.Bxf5 exf5 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.Rxd7 Qe8 21.Nd5 Qe2 22.Nxf6+ Rxf6 23.Qxa7 Rg6 24.h5 Rg2 25.h6 gxh6 26.Rxh7 Qxc4 27.R7xh6 Qc7 28.Qa4 1-0 Ivanov,A - Stripunsky,A [B43]
Western States Open Reno (4), 14.10.2005

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.g3 Bb4 7.Bd2 Nc6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.Qg4 Bf8 10.Bg2 Rb8 11.b3 Nf6 12.Qe2 e5 13.0-0 Be7 14.f4 d6 15.Na4 0-0 16.c4 exf4 17.gxf4 Bg4 18.Qd3 Nd7 19.Rae1 Bh4 20.Re3 Rbe8 21.Bc3 f5 22.c5 fxe4 23.Bxe4 Rxe4 24.Qxe4 d5 25.Qg2 Nf6 26.f5 Bg5 27.Ree1 h5 28.h3 Bh4 29.Re6 d4 30.Bxd4 Bxf5 31.Rxf5 Qd7 32.Bxf6 Bxf6 33.Rfxf6 Qd4+ 34.Qf2 1-0

Ibragimov,I - Perelshteyn,E [B37]
Western States Open Reno (5), 14.10.2005

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc2 Bg7 6.e4 d6 7.Be2 Nf6 8.Nc3 Nd7 9.Bd2 a5 10.0-0 Nc5 11.Qc1 0-0 12.Bh6 a4 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Qe3 Qa5 15.Nd5 Qa7 16.b4 Nxe4 17.Nb6 Rb8 18.Na3 Nf6 19.Nb5 Qa6 20.Nd5 b6 21.Nxd6 Qa7 22.Nxf6 exf6 23.Ne8+ Rxe8 24.Qxe8 Nxb4 25.Qb5 Qe7 26.Qxa4 Bf5 27.Qa3 Re8 28.Bf3 Qc5 29.Qc3 Rd8 30.a3 Nc6 31.Rad1 Rd4 32.Qb3 Ne5 33.Rxd4 Qxd4 34.Be2 Qe4 35.Qe3 Qc2 36.h3 Be6 37.Rc1 Qb2 38.Bf1 Qa2 39.Qc3 1-0

3) Alburt and List on Chess.FM

This week's guests on the internet radio show "Chess and Books with Fred Wilson" will be GM LEV ALBURT and LARRY LIST (chess art curator). 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 guests on Tuesday evening, Oct.18th, 2005, will be the highly acclaimed chess teacher, author and three-time US Chess Champion GM LEV ALBURT, and also LARRY LIST, editor of the fabulous new book about chess art, "THE IMAGERY OF CHESS REVISITED" (Braziller, 2005, $49.95). Larry, who is guest curator of the terrific exhibition at the Noguchi Museum in New York of chess sets & art created by such famous artists as Duchamp, Calder, Breton, Ernst, Man Ray, Noguchi, etc., which runs from Oct. 25th, 2005 through March 6th, 2006, will talk about the work involved in actually recreating an exhibit which originally was held at the Julian Levy Gallery in NYC in 1944!

Lev will share his impressions of the the just completed San Luis World Champion Tournament and how the eight super-grandmasters performed, along with his views on what Kramnik ought to try to do now, and the upcoming FIDE elections. Also, he will comment on the tremendous success of his new book, with GM Dzindzichasvili & IM Perelshteyn, "Chess Openings for Black, Explained", along with his hopes for it's soon-to-be published companion volume "Chess Openings for White, Explained". Please send questions about chess instruction, the top contemporary GMs, the probable future of the world chess championship, etc. for GM LEV ALBURT, and/or questions about chess in art for LARRY LIST to either or Tony Rook".

Best in chess, Fred Wilson

4) Wall Street Journal Editor Joins Gorbachev in Lindsborg, KS


106 South Main, Lindsborg, Kansas 67456 - 785-227-2224

For Immediate Release 10/12/05

Contact: Mikhail Korenman 785-227-2224 or Wes Fisk 785-227-4121

Note: High Resolution Photos Available

Wall Street Journal Editor Joins Gorbachev in Lindsborg, KS

Alan Murray, assistant managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, will appear with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas on the evening of October 29. Murray, who was chief of the Wall Street Journal's Washington Bureau for many years, will question Gorbachev, in a public forum, about his role and his opinions on the past and present state of world affairs.

Murray brings an impressive set of credentials to the Gorbachev address. During Murray's tenure as bureau chief, the Washington bureau won three Pulitzer Prizes. Murray is also a best selling author, who has won numerous press awards. He is married to Lori Murray, a foreign policy consultant and former special advisor to the President for chemical weapons.

Gorbachev became President of the Soviet Union in 1985 and almost immediately began implementing reforms that would lead to dramatic changes within his country and around the world. Within the Soviet Union, Gorbachev and his supporters did away with one-party politics, ended state censorship and replaced the state's economic monopoly with market-based relations.

In that same year, Gorbachev began a series of summit talks with U.S. President Ronald Regan. By 1987, Gorbachev had signed the Intermediate Nuclear Forces arms reduction treaty with the United States. He continued arms-reduction negotiations, and by 1989, Regan and Gorbachev announced at the Malta summit that the Cold War was over. Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his part in ending cold-war hostilities.

In early August 1991, a small band of Soviet leaders attempted a coup d'etat against Gorbachev's government, claiming that Gorbachev was too ill to govern. The group banned strikes and rallies; placed severe limits on political activities; and censored the press. Citizens challenged the attempted overthrow of the democracy with mass demonstrations and general strikes. By August 21, the coup leaders were arrested. Gorbachev officially resigned the presidency of the Soviet Union in December 1991.

Gorbachev's appearance will cap a day's activities in Lindsborg that will include a match between former World Chess Champions Anatoly Karpov and Susan Polgar. Admission to the events is available only through advanced ticket sales according to Dr. Mikhail Korenman, director of the Chess for Peace initiative and the Karpov School of Chess in Lindsborg.

5)Here and There

Former US Champion Jennifer Shahade's book Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport, is just out. Jennifer is doing book signings in Los Angeles this week and will be at the Marshall Chess Club on October 25th. The publisher is Siles Press - .

Us Champion Hikaru Nakamura, who recently tied for second in the very strong Karabakh International, will not be playing in the World Team Championship in Israel. Replacing him on the US team is Boris Gulko who is joined by Alex Onischuk, Gregory Kaidanov, Ildar Ibragimov, Igor Novikov and Alexander Goldin with Boris Postovsky as coach. There appears to be a reasonable chance that both Nakamura and Gata Kamsky will play next year in the Olympiad in Turin, Italy.

David Pruess and the East Bay Chess Club are planning a GM/IM norm event December 17-25. We hope to have more details shortly.

FM Jack Yoos has once again won the British Columbia Championship. Yoos scored 5.5 from 7 to win the eight-player roundrobin.

IM Bill Paschall scored 5.5 from 12 to finish in the middle of the October First Saturday tournament in Budapest that was won by Hungarian IM Boros.

The East Bay Chess Club is preparing for the start of the second season of the Bay Area Chess League! The league will consist

of teams of 8-10 players playing once a month for 8 months, November 2005 to June 2006. Chess players of all strengths

welcome. If you are interested in organizing a team or just being placed on a preexisting team, email us at

Veselin Topalov's outstanding result in winning the world championship in Argentina has done much to clarify matters in a chess world riddled with confusion. Most of the other players either maintained or enhanced their reputation, certainly Svidler position is much brighter and Kasimindzhanov showed he belonged among the world elite. Perhaps only the two Hungarian representatives can be truly disappointed. Leko never seemed himself after losing a promising position against Topalov in round one.

This performance will put Topalov over 2800, only the third player to reach this rating (Kasparov and Kramnik made it first).

1 Veselin Topalov 10.0 / 14
2 Peter Svidler 8.5 br> Vishwanathan Anand 8.5 br> 4 Alexander Morozevich 7.0 br> 5 Peter Leko 6.5 br> 6 Rustam Kasimdzhanov 5.5 br> Michael Adams 5.5 br> 8 Judit Polgar 4.5

Topalov recently announced he will not participate in the World Cup championship to be held at Khanty- Mansiysk, Russia. "I don't think I will join the World cup championship. In the near future I plan to take a rest and write a book," Topalov told Russian daily Sport Express. The World Cup chess will be held at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, from November 26 to December 18.

Frank Berry sends in the following quote:

"So he was, in his youth, a very good chess-player." Ellen Randolph Coolidge, 1853, about her grandfather Thomas Jefferson

Frank mentions the quote comes from from a "Montecello" catalogue selling reproductions from the colonial period.

Tim Harding has a very interesting article on chess book collecting and the Ken Whyld Society at .

6) Upcoming Events

Mechanics' Institute

Carroll Capps - November 5 - 6
Pierre Saint-Amant - Nov. 19
Guthrie McClain - December 3

EBCC October Swiss
Saturday, October 29th-30th, 2005
A USCF rated 4-round Tournament in 2 sections

Prizes: (Based on 40 full entries, but top 3 prizes guaranteed)
Open Section: $150, $100, $50; 1st U2000: $100
Reserve (U1750) Section: $100, $75, $50; 1st U1550: $75; 1st U1300: $75
Entry fee: $30 if mailed before 10/22/05, $35 at site.
$5 discount for East Bay Chess Club Members

Rounds: 11 AM and 4:00 PM on both days Time control: 30 moves in 90 minutes, followed by Sudden Death in 1 hour.

Signup at:

A Heritage Event!
An American Classic!
A U.S. Championship Qualifier!
Nov. 24-27 or 25-27 41st Annual American Open GPP: 100 S. California
8SS, 40/2, SD/1. LAX Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90045. $$40,200 b/o 400 entries, 50% of each prize gtd. 6 sects. (Unr. must play in Unr. or Master). Open: $4000-2000-1000-700-600-500, U2450/Unr. $1000-500, U2300/Unr. $800-400. U2200 (not a separate section; Experts eligible for all other prizes in section) $2600-1300-700. U2000, U1800, U1600: Each $3200-1600-800-400. U1400: $2200-1100-550, U1200 $1000-500 (not a separate section; U1200s also eligible for U1400 prizes). Unrated: $350-200. EF: Open, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400 $119 if rec'd by 11/22, $30 less for jrs. under 15 playing up, $50 more for players rated under 2000 playing in Open, Unrated $39. All: $21 more at door. SCCF membership req'd, $14, $9 jrs under 19 includes Rank & File magazine, OSA. Elegant trophy each section winner. Best game prizes gtd: $100-50-50 (one must be from non-Master). No checks at door - cash, credit card or money order only. 4-day schedule: Reg. closes noon 11/24, 12:30-7:30, 12:30-7:30, 10:30-5, 10-4:30. 3-day schedule: Reg. closes 11:30 am 11/25, 12-2:30-5-8 (G/1), schedules merge in Rd 5 and compete for common prizes. Byes (2 max) with advance notice. CCA minimum ratings and TD discretion will be used to protect you from improperly rated players. October Rating Supplement used. HR: $89, (310) 337-2800, mention chess. Parking only $5. Info: NTD Randy Hough (626) 282-7412, Ent: American Open, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754 or NS, W, FIDE Rated. U.S. Championship Qualifier.

Nov. 25-27 or 26-27 EBCC Thanksgiving Swiss GPP: 20 N. California

6SS, 30/90, SD60. East Bay Chess Club, 1940 Virginia St, Berkeley, CA, 94709. EF: $60, $70 after 11/12. $5 EBCC discount. $$1000G (top 4 prizes) plus $2000 b/80. Open: 400-300-200-100, u2200: 200-125-75. U2000: 250-150-100, u1800: 200-125-75 U1600: 200-125-75, u1400: 150-100-50. Special Event: Simul by IM Vinay Bhat Fri at 7:30 pm. Reg: 3-day 9-10:30 11/25; 2-day 9-9:45 11/26. Rds: 3-day: 11-4:30 daily. 2-day: rds 1-3 G/45: 10-12-2, merge in rd 4. Info:; 510-845-1041.

Nov. 25-27 or 26-27 EBCC Thanksgiving Swiss GPP: 20 N. California

6SS, 30/90, SD60. East Bay Chess Club, 1940 Virginia St, Berkeley, CA, 94709. EF: $60, $70 after 11/12. $5 EBCC discount. $$1000G (top 4 prizes) plus $2000 b/80. Open: 400-300-200-100, u2200: 200-125-75. U2000: 250-150-100, u1800: 200-125-75 U1600: 200-125-75, u1400: 150-100-50. Special Event: Simul by IM Vinay Bhat Fri at 7:30 pm. Reg: 3-day 9-10:30 11/25; 2-day 9-9:45 11/26. Rds: 3-day: 11-4:30 daily. 2-day: rds 1-3 G/45: 10-12-2, merge in rd 4. Info:; 510-845-1041.


Oct. 28-30 10th Annual Governor's Cup GPP: 80 South Dakota

5SS, 40/2, ALL/1, Full-K. Holiday Inn City Centre, 100 West 8th Street, Sioux Falls, SD. 605-339-2000. HR: $79. $$10,000 Gtd. Sections: Open (all): $$5550; Prizes: $1200-1000-800-600, Master $500-300-100, Expert $400-250-100, U2K $200-100. Premier (U2000): $$2375; Prizes: $700-500-300, Top B $300-200-100, U1600 $175-100. Reserve (U1600): $$2075; Prizes: $600-450-300, Top D $250-150-75, U1200 $150-100. All, EF: $55 if rec'd by 10/25, $75 at site. Reg: 10/28 from 4-5pm. Rds: 6; 10-4:30; 9-3:30. USCF memb. required. Info: 18 & under preregistering in Reserve section, pay $35. GMs, IMs & over 2400, free. Adv. Ent: Sioux Empire Chess Foundation, 2100 Slaten Court, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, 605-371-0154, NS, NC, W, FIDE.

Susan Polgar National Open

Championships for Girls (under 21)

January 27-29, 2006 | Corpus Christi, Texas

K-2, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, Open section

(Must be under 21 as of January 27, 2006)

TIME CONTROL: 6 SS - G/45 or G/40 with 5 seconds delay

Prizes: Trophies to top 20 individuals and top 4 teams in each section. Special medals to 21st - 30th place individuals and 5th - 7th teams. 3 or more from the same school and section or same chess club and section (top 3 scores added to give team final standings). Every player receives a special hand signed certificate from Susan Polgar.

AWESOME AdditionAL Prizes: A LAPTOP computer to 1st individual each section! There will be chess items as prizes given in the value of $200 - $150 - $100 - $50 respectively for 2nd - 5th places (individual) in each section.

Any player with 6-0 score will also receive a digital chess clock!!

Prizes for Blitz / Puzzle Solving Championships: Trophies to top 5 players in each section. Special medals to 6th - 20th place. Blitz and Puzzle Solving Championships will be only one section but trophies will be given out to separate categories.


Friday, January 27:
3:30 PM Lecture for players / parents / coaches by Susan
5:00 PM Puzzle Solving Championships
6:15 PM Tandem Simul (Maximum 70 players)

Saturday, January 28:
10:00 AM Opening Ceremony
Rounds: 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 4:00 PM
7 PM Blitz Championships (G/5 - 7 SS)

Sunday, January 29:
Rounds: 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM
4:00 PM Closing Ceremony

Entry Fees: $28 if received by December 1, 2005; $38 if received by January 1; $48 if received by January 15; $58 on site - On site registration: 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM Friday and up to 9:30 AM on Saturday. Blitz EF: $10 - Puzzle Solving EF: $10 - Simul: $15 | Special $25 entry fees for all 3 events (Blitz, Puzzle and Simul)

Make checks payable to: Susan Polgar Foundation 103-10 Queens Boulevard (Suite 1C) Forest Hills, NY 11375

Ramada Inn Bayfront & Convention Center 601 N. Water Street Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

(361) 882-8100 or 1-800-688-0334 or For chess rate, please mention: "SPNO" beginning now. Hotel rate cutoff date: December 27, 2005. $59.00 Single or Double | $69.00 up to 4 people | $89.00 2 family suite | $10.00 roll away bed or crib.

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