Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #267
If Kramnik, in his style and perception of the game, is very close to Karpov, then Topalov certainly, is most close to me. It is possible to notice a certain trend in chess: when there is a change to a
player of dry positional style each time comes a player of a combinational type.

Garry Kasparov


1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

2) Topalov and Kramnik

3) US Championship News

4) Here and There

5) Jude is back

6) Upcoming Events


1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

League Czar Gregory Shahade writes:

San Francisco on fire; New York clinches East; Carolina scores first victory                              
The San Francisco Mechanics started the USCL struggling, with only a half point out of their first 3 matches, but in the last two weeks they have placed themselves on the verge of a playoff birth with 2 crushing victories and a 4-4 record, giving them a 1.5 point lead for the final playoff spot in the West, and putting them 1 point behind Miami for the division lead.
  The New York Knights continued their domination of the USCL with a victory over a weakened Miami Sharks lineup. After Baltimore fell to Carolina in incredible fashion, the New York Knights clinched first place in the division with two weeks remaining in the season. This means that New York will receive draw odds regardless of whom they face in the playoffs. Right now it seems as though New York, Miami, Baltimore and San Francisco are the clear favorites to qualify for the postseason. It should be interesting to see if any of the other teams manage to claw back into contention in the final two weeks of the regular season.

San Francisco vs Philadelphia

1. IM Vincent McCambridge (SF) vs NM Norman Rogers (PHI)  1-0
2. IM Richard Costigan (PHI) vs IM John Donaldson (SF)  0-1
3. FM David Pruess (SF) vs NM Elvin Wilson (PHI) 1-0    (GAME OF THE WEEK)
4. FM Boris Baczynskyj (PHI) vs NM Nicolas Yap (SF)  1-0

 McCambridge,V (2502) - Rogers,N (2307) [A16]
USCL San Francisco vs Philadelphia (8), 19.10.2005

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.d4 e5 6.dxe5 Ng4 7.f4 d6 8.Nf3 Nc6 9.h3 Nh6 10.exd6 cxd6 11.0-0 Be6 12.Nd5 Na5 13.Qd3 Nf5 14.Kh2 Rc8 15.Nd2 h5 16.e4 Nd4 17.b4 Bxd5 18.exd5 Re8 19.Bb2 Nf5 20.Bxg7 Re3 21.Qc2 Rxg3 22.Rae1 Qh4 23.Ne4 Rxc4 24.Qf2 Kxg7 25.Nxg3 Nxg3 26.Qxg3 Qxg3+ 27.Kxg3 Rxb4 28.f5 h4+ 29.Kh2 Rb2 30.fxg6 Kxg6 31.Re4 1-0

Costigan,R (2292) - Donaldson,J (2442) [D02]
USCL ICC INT (8), 20.10.2005

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.c3 Nc6?!

4...Qb6 is much safer 5.Qb3 Nc6 6.e3 c4 7.Qc2 Bf5 8.Qc1 e6 9.Nbd2 Be7 10.Be2 0-0 11.0-0 Rfc8 is the main line here with ...Qd8 to follow and ...b7-b5. Black is perfectly fine here. As in Jim Rizzitano's recent book on beating 1.d4 which I used in my pre game prep.

 5.dxc5 e6 6.b4 a5 7.Qb3?!

7.Na3! this worried me during the game - 8.Nb5 is a very blunt threat. 7...Bd7 8.Nb5 e5 is what I planned 9.e4! Fritz 9...Na7 10.Nc7+ Qxc7 11.Bxe5 followed by taking on d5 - a very nice variation.This is the way to justify Bf4. In the game it might have actually hurt White to have the Bishop there instead of b2.


7...Ne4 might be better as it doesn't give White Nc3. I wanted the a1-h8 diagonal open immediately but a little patience was probably better waiting for the right moment to take on b4. 8.Nbd2 (8.Bc1 axb4 9.cxb4 b6 10.Nbd2 bxc5 11.b5 c4) 8...Qf6

 8.cxb4 Ne4

Objectively it was probably better to recover the pawn immediately if Black didn't plan to sacrifice a piece. 8...b6 9.Nbd2 (9.e3 bxc5 10.Bb5 Bd7 11.bxc5 Bxc5 12.0-0 0-0 13.Rc1 Na5) 9...bxc5 10.bxc5 Bxc5 11.Rc1 Qa5 in both cases with equality.

9.Nc3 Qf6 10.Bd2 Nd4

Again I might have taken time out to recover the pawn with ...b6. 10...b6 11.e3 bxc5 12.Bb5 Bd7 13.bxc5 Nxc5 14.Qd1 Bd6; The big question is what if 10...Nxb4. My opponent and I both considered it but without any definitive conclusion. One can see that Black gets two pawns for the piece and quick and easy development while White's King is stuck in the middle. Immediately after the match Yermo asked why didn't you take on b5 Morphy. Of course he is right. Check out the following Fritz variation where Black even allows the Queen's come off but the attack rolls on. Somehow I couldn't force myself to sac a piece in a team match. 10...Nxb4 11.Qxb4 Bxc5 12.Qb2 Bxf2+ 13.Kd1 Bc5 14.Be1 0-0 15.Rb1 Rd8 16.Nb5 Qxb2 17.Rxb2 Bd7 18.Nbd4 Ba4+ 19.Nb3 Bxb3+ 20.Rxb3 Rxa2 21.Rxb7 Ra1+ 22.Kc2 Ba3.

11.Qb2 Nb5

11...b6 12.cxb6 Bxb4 13.Rc1 leaves Black overextended. I spent some time looking at 11...Be7 but after  12.Rb1 forcing the issue Black does not have a good follow up.


 Forced. 12.Rc1 Nbxc3 13.Bxc3 Nxc3 14.Rxc3 (14.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 15.Rxc3 Rxa2) 14...Rxa2 15.Qxa2 Qxc3+ 16.Qd2 Qa1+ 17.Qd1 Qa3 18.Qd2 b6.

12...Na3 13.Rc1 Nc4 14.Qxf6 gxf6 15.e3

15.Rc2 Na3 16.Rb2 Nc4 would have forced me to repeat but by this time we were looking pretty good on boards one and three.

 15...Nexd2 16.Nxd2 Nxd2 17.Kxd2 Rxa2+

Yermo evaluated this ending as equal.

18.Rc2 Ra1 19.Nc3 Bd7 20.Ra2 Rxa2+ 21.Nxa2 Bh6

I played this move to moblize more quickly because of the threat of ...d4. I wanted to occupy the a-file.

21...Kd8 22.Nc3 Kc7 23.Bd3 Bg7 24.Ra1 f5 25.Ra7 Kb8 26.Ra3

22.Kc2 Ke7 23.Bd3 f5 24.Kb3 Bg7

Maybe 24...e5 25.Nc3 Be6 makes sense to justify the Bishop's position on h6.

25.Rc1 e5 26.Nc3 Be6 27.Na4 e4 28.Be2 d4+ 29.Bc4 Bxc4+

29...Bh6 (Fritz) 30.Re1 dxe3 31.fxe3 Rd8 succeeds in activating my rook in a way I was unable to in the game. This looks very good for me. By this point both players were under ten minutes (G/60 with a 30 second increment).

 30.Kxc4 d3

Now 30...dxe3 31.fxe3 Bh6 is too slow  32.Nb6!; 30...Rd8 31.Nb6 d3 32.Nd5+ Ke6 33.Nf4+ Ke5 was possible.

31.Nb6 Ke6 32.Kb5 Bb2 33.Rd1

33.Rb1 Be5 34.Nc4 Bc7 35.Ra1 Rd8 was my idea. For example 36.Nd2 Be5 37.Ra7 Bc3

33...Be5 34.Nc4 Ra8 35.Na5 Kd5 36.Kb6

We were close to playing on the increment but I saw awhile back 36.Nxb7 Ra1.

 36...Bc3 37.Kb5

37.Kxb7 Bxb4 38.Kxa8 Bxa5 39.Kb7 Kxc5 and Black cannot lose -at this point the score was MI 2-Philly 1 so a draw was more than acceptable and Rick had to look for more.

 37...Ra7 38.f3 f6 39.Rf1 h5 40.Rd1 h4 41.g3 hxg3 42.hxg3 Ra8

I played my last few moves very quickly and now had four minutes on my clock. I can play my Rook back and forth betwen a7 and a8 and White can never capture on b7. It looks very much like a draw.


White desperately needs a win but this overreaches.

43...exf3 44.Rxf3 Ke4 45.Rf4+

45.Rf1 Kxe3 46.Nxb7 d2 47.c6 Ke2 wins.

 45...Kxe3-+ 46.Nc4+ Ke2 47.Rxf5 d2 48.Nxd2 Kxd2 49.Rd5+ Ke3 50.Rd7 Rb8 51.Kc4 Be5 52.g4 Kf4 53.Rg7 f5 54.Rf7 Kxg4 55.Kd5 Bc3 56.b5 f4 57.Ke4 Re8+ 58.Kd3 Re3+ 59.Kc4 f3 60.b6

60.Rxb7 f2 61.Rf7 Rf3

 60...Be5 61.Kd5 Bf4 62.Rg7+ Kf5 63.Rf7+ Kg5 64.Rg7+ Kf6 65.Rg1 Re5+ 66.Kc4 Rxc5+ 67.Kb4 f2 0-1

Pruess,D (2432) - Wilson,E (2239) [B14] Wilson had won his first seven matches!
USCL San Francisco vs Philadelphia (8), 19.10.2005

1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.d4 d5 5.Nf3 cxd4 6.exd4 Bb4 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Bd2 0-0 9.Bd3 Nc6 10.0-0 Be7 11.Qe2 Ndb4 12.Be4 f5 13.Bb1 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 Qxd4 15.a3 Nc6 16.Ba2 Qe5 17.Qxe5 Nxe5 18.Nb5 Bd7 19.Nc7 Rad8 20.Bc3 Nc6 21.Bxe6+ Kh8 22.Rad1 Bc8 23.Bxc8 Rxc8 24.Ne6 Rg8 25.Rd7 b5 26.Rb7 a6 27.Rd1 Rb8 28.Rc7 Rgc8 29.Rdd7 Bd8 30.Rxg7 Bxc7 31.Rxc7+ 1-0

This week:

(2.5-5.5) Dallas Destiny vs San Francisco Mechanics (4.0-4.0) 
                                  (Season Record in Parenthesis)

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

Dallas Destiny             

San Francisco Mechanics
GM Alejandro Ramirez - 2565

IM Vinay Bhat - 2462
IM Peter Vavrak - 2476

FM Dmitry Zilberstein - 2435
FM Daniel Fernandez - 2389

FM David Pruess - 2432
Andres Suarez - 2087

NM Andy Lee - 2231
Avg Rating - 2379

Avg Rating - 2390
Dallas Total -------

----- San Francisco Total

Pts./32 games
!! New York

20.5  (64%)
Baltimore                            4.5      3.5        19     (59%)       
Philadelphia 3.5 4.5 14     (44%)     
Boston 3
13.5  (42%)

Pts./32 games
! Miami 5      
17      (53%)    
San Francisco 4 4
16.5   (52%)
Dallas 2.5 5.5 14      (44%)
13.5   (42%)
! = Clinched Playoff Birth
!! = Clinched Division Title

* Top two teams from each division qualify for the playoffs. Results are calculated by Total MATCH points.
Whoever has the most points in the "W" (win) column, is in the lead in the standings.
Total game points + win percentage are used as a tiebreaker. To see the rest of the tiebreak procedures click here
** Each division winner will get draw odds in the first round of the playoffs against the division runner up.

2) Topalov and Kramnik

Recently there has been a fair amount of discussion about the possibility of a Topalov-Kramnik match. At the Western States Open in Reno a few weeks back GM Larry Evans stressed how important it was to have this match to unify the line of succession of world champions. At the same event a former World Champion, Boris Spassky, took another view and said he viewed Topalov as the World Champion - full stop. Los Angeles Times columnist IM Jack Peters feels the chess world is owed a Topalov-Kramnik match, and thinks the latter might actually be a favorite. Peters' point is that Kramnik has done well against Topalov in the past and has a much better chance in a match than in a tournament. Garry Kasparov has quite a different take on it. In a recent interview on the Russian website Prochess he spoke on the results of the FIDE Championship in San-Luis and on the current situation around the world championship. The interview was translated and published in Alexander Baburin's excellent (!) online chess daily Chess Today ( where it is mentioned that Kasparov does not wish to return to chess and that he praises Topalov and does not see much sense in the match between Topalov and Kramnik.

 "It is necessary to consider Topalov not as he was five or even three years ago, but as he is now. He is capable of winning several games in succession (as in Linares, and in Sofia, and in Dortmund), he has a desire to struggle - to struggle up to the end, all the time finding energy for the continuation of the game. I do not know another such player!"

 "For the first time since 1993 the title of the FIDE champion belongs to the chess player who is showing the most substantial play."

 "In my view, Kramnik does not have any weight [power] to affect the situation. He, probably, has very disputable legal rights (because of the Prague agreements), but there are neither moral, nor chess rights. Topalov can make any decision (...). But his match with Kramnik will only create additional chaos because it will not solve anything."

The translator of this interview, the Ukrainian GM Mikhail Golubev remarks:

"Well, perhaps no one has expected that Kasparov will try to make Kramnik happy by his comments. So, it is nice that he was willing to make Topalov happy at least.
The possibility of the unification match is now discussed elsewhere. My overall impression is that a significant number of players (I would not say a majority) consider Kramnik's title to be about as legal as Topalov's. Therefore, I think that the unification match is in the interest of chess - taken that there will be any guarantee that the classical world championship will be organized in a reasonable way in the future – no more KO's at least. Certainly, there is also the possibility that a Topalov-Kramnik match will not take place. In this case, Kramnik will probably try to organize an alternative championship. It may give a chance for the ACP to grow (taken that ACP members would support the idea of an alternative championship, related with the ACP). Still, I would prefer to see the unification match next year. Then I would be able to explain to my grandmother who is the world champion in chess now."

As one might expect Kramnik considers himself to be the legitimate Classical World Champion, and challenges Veselin Topalov to a match. In the opinion of Kramnik, the unification of the chess world now depends on FIDE and Topalov: they should give agreement for the unification match.

One of several players to defeat Kramnik in a match (Gelfand and Kamsky are others) GM Alexey Shirov begs to differ. In answer to the question "Does
Kramnik, in your opinion, have moral or juridical rights to challenge Topalov?" Shirov said: "Not a bit. It is sufficient to recall the year 1998."  Shirov is recalling his convincing match victory that year over Kramnik which was to have given him a match with Kasparov, but as we all know that didn't happen and Kramnik got the chance instead.

3) US Championship News

John Henderson of Americas Foundation for Chess writes: 

2006 US Championship rating seeds

October 22, 2005 – The USCF have published the October rating list (based on results up to August 31, 2005) that sees 14 seeds (8 overall, 6 women) go forward to the US Championships in San Diego next year.

As in previous championships, some of the seeds have already won through to San Diego from the many qualifying events held throughout the year, and therefore their spots have to be reallocated from whichever tournament they qualified from.

The eight overall seeds are: 1 Gregory Kaidanov; 2 Gata Kamsky; 3 Alexander Onischuk; 4 Boris Gulko; 5 Ildar Ibraigimov; 6 Alexander Shabalov; 7 Varuzhan Akobian; 8 Igor Novikov

Of these eight, three – Shabalov (Chicago Open), Akobian (World Open) and Novikov (Chicago Open) – have already qualified. These three now become seeds, and their qualifying spots defer back to the tournaments they qualified from.

Thus, GM Alexander Fishbein and IM Blas Lugo are now qualifiers from Chicago as they were next in line from that event. Fishbein already has a spot from the World Open, so his qualifying tournament now reverts to Chicago, which frees up another spot from the World Open.

The game of musical chairs continues as we now have two spots -- Fishbein and Akopian -- to fill from the World Open. These go to GM John Fedorowicz and IM Joshua Friedel. Of course with Friedel now having a qualifying spot, this blows the race wide open in the new Grand Prix event as he had an almost unassailable three and a half point lead at the top. Now the Grand Prix spot will go down to the wire of the final tournament of the 2005 cycle, namely the North American Open, where any one of the six contenders at the top now vying for the spot can win.

With the women's seeded spots, things are more static with no shuffling around of spots. The six going forward are: 1 Susan Polgar; 2 Anna Zatonskih; 3 Irina Krush; 4 Camilla Baginskaite; 5 Tatev Abrahamyan; 6 Jennifer Shahade.

4) Here and There

Former US Women's champion Jennifer Shahade, whose new book Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport (Siles Press, 2005)  was recently published, is interviewed by Howard Goldowsky at ( ). Shahade was in Los Angeles the past week and gave several readings and simuls.

The website is up for the World Team Championship ( The US team in board order is: 1. Goldin 2. Onischuk 3. Gulko 4. Kaidanov 5. Novikov 6. Ibragimov . GM Gennadi Sosonko will be offering live online commentary via the internet.

FIDE report that today, 24 October 2005, the Parliament of the Republic of Kalmykia (Narodny Khural) has ratified the proposal of His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, in respect of the candidacy of Kirsan llyumzhinov for the office of the President of the Republic of Kalmykia for the next five years.

Congratulations to Frank Berry of Stillwater, Oklahoma, who recently received his International Arbiter title from FIDE.

 5) Jude is back





                                   JUDE ACERS IS BACK – WORLD CHESS TABLE OPENS ON OCTOBER 27


Legendary Chess Master and International Chess Teacher and author Jude Acers announced today that he will return to New Orleans and re-open his famed world chess table for all.  The “Man in the Red Beret” has been a permanent fixture in New Orleans for more than 25 years and chess fans worldwide will be delighted to know he is back in business.

 Jude Acers World Chess Table will open 2pm sharp on October 27, 2005.  WORLD CHESS TABLE location is the Gazebo sidewalk patio, 1018 Decatur Street, New Orleans (in the French Quarter). Professional fee game $5 per game per player.  Other professional services: Mr. Acers will resume his lessons and coaching which can be arranged by appointment only;  4 – 10 hours $400. Annotated games $100 a piece. The World Chess Table accepts check or credit cards. 


 FOR JUDE ACERS RED CROSS WORLD CHESS TOUR ARRANGEMENTS : Contact for availability and details. Mr. Acers will also give free prison exhibitions before the Red Cross event

 Come to play!! Come to watch!! Jude Acers is back!

Mechanics' Institute

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

  October 30
Norwalk Open

5-SS, G/40, Norwalk Marriott, 13111 Sycamore Dr.,
Norwalk CA 90605.
$$1500 guaranteed.
In 2 sections.
Open: $400-200, U2200 125, U2000 125.
Reserve (Under 1800): $$200-125, U1600 $100, Under
1400 $75, U1200 $75, Unrated $75 (unr. may win unrated
prize only).
Entry fee: $47 if received by 10-28, $56 at site; all
$5 less to unrated.
SCCF membership ($14, under 18 $9) required for rated
Southern California residents. No checks or credit
cards at door.
Half point byes Limit 1, must be requested with entry.

Registration 8:45-9:30 a.m., rds 10, 12, 1:45, 3:30,
HR: $84, 1-800-442-4556. Free parking.
Entries: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 N. Wilton Place
#1, Los Angeles, CA 90038, on line at
GP: 10. State Championship Qualifier
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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.



St. George Chess Club North American Warm-up 5SS, G/60
Location: St George Chess Center, 354 E. 600 S. #301, St George, Utah 84770.

Date: December 18, 2005
Entry Fee: $35
GMs and IMs free entry. $100 appearance reward for IMs and GMs.
Free Room and Board for Titled Players.

Prize fund: $1200 absolutely guaranteed.
Registration: Friday 17th, 6:30- 7:30, Saturday 18th 8:00 to 8:45 am.

Rounds: 1st round 9:00 am. Next rounds ASAP.
Byes must be submitted before the 2nd round for a half a point.
Award Ceremony: there will be an Awards Ceremony immediately after the last round.
All cash prizes are unconditionally guaranteed.

What to bring: chess clocks and a pen.
You can also register and have questions answered at 435-656-2117