Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #22

Quote of the Week:

"He who has a slight disadvantage plays more attentively, inventively and
more boldly than his antagonist, who either takes it easy or aspires after
too much. Thus a slight disadvantage is very frequently seen to convert into
a good, solid advantage."


1) Pruess - Zilberstein Match Ends 2-2

A four game match (time control game in 45 minutes) between two of Northern
California's top juniors was held at the Mechanics' on February 2nd and 3rd.
UC Berkeley students Dimity Zilberstein (2414) and David Pruess (2354) traded
wins in games one and two and the remaining games were drawn.

Dutch Leningrad [A81]
Dimity Zilberstein (2414)
David Pruess (2354)
San Francisco (3) 2001

1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0â"0 0â"0 6.c3 d6 7.Nbd2 Nc6 8.Qb3+ Kh8
9.d5 Nb8 10.Nd4 Na6 11.Nc4 Nc5 12.Qc2 e5 13.dxe6 Nxe6 14.Rd1 Qe7 15.b3 Ne4
16.Bb2 d5 17.Ne3 c6 18.c4 Nxd4 19.Bxd4 Bxd4 20.Rxd4 Qf6 21.Rad1
f4 22.cxd5 fxe3 23.Qxe4 exf2+ 24.Kf1 cxd5 25.Rxd5 Be6 26.Rd6 Rae8 27.Qd4 Qxd4
28.R6xd4 b6 29.Bf3 g5 30.g4 h5 31.h3 hxg4 32.hxg4 Rc8 33.Kxf2 Rc2 34.Ke3 Rxa2
35.Rd6 Bxb3 36.Rh1+ Kg7 37.Rdh6 Ââ"Â

Note this game and Smyslov-Stevens are available in ChessBase format in the

2) Spring Tuesday Night Marathon Starts

The Spring Tuesday Night Marathon started last night. Forty-six players are
competing including Masters Kenneth Hills, David Blohm and Russell Wong. The
Marathon runs eight consecutive Tuesday nights. Those who want to play, but
haven't registered, may do so with a half point bye for the first round.

3) Charles Linklater Memorial (February 26-March 8)

The Charles Linklater Memorial, a Category 8 (+2425 FIDE) GM round robin,
honoring the memory of the great Chess Room benefactor, will be held at the
MI beginning February 26. Rounds will be held starting at 10 AM daily.
Spectators are welcome.

Participants and FIDE ratings:

GM Baburin 2598 Ireland
GM Wojtkiewicz 2572 Poland
GM Shulman 2543 Belarus
IM Shahade 2456 USA
FM Altounin 2441 USA
IM Donaldson 2439 USA
FM Lakdawala 2436 USA
FM Mulyar 2428 USA
IM Vucic 2364 USA
WIM Baginskaite 2306 USA
FM Kretchetov 2300 Russia

4) Walter Wood Correspondence IM

Congratulations to Walter Wood of Berkeley for earning his Correspondence IM

5) Vassily Smyslov at the MI

A few Newsletters ago we covered Max Euwe's visit to the MI. Now we skip
ahead of Bobby Fischer's epic simul in 1964 and take a look at the treatment
Vassily Smyslov received on March 20, 1976.

The California Chess Voice reports:

At Mechanics Institute in San Francisco, Smyslov took on 30 players at once,
drawing with nine and losing to three: Victor Baja (2052) of San Francisco,
Randy Fong of Hayward (1921), and Jay Whitehead (2175) of San Francisco. But
the real news here is that all three winners are teenagers - Baja is 16, Fong
17 and Whitehead 14!

One of the draws was with longtime MI member Peter Stevens who kindly
supplied the following game.

Queen's Gambit Declined [D50]

Vassily Smyslov
Peter Stevens
San Francisco (simul) 1976

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e3 Nc6 6.Nf3 h6 7.Bxf6 Qxf6 8.cxd5 exd5
9.Qb3 Qd6 10.Be2 Na5 11.Qc2 Bg4 12.0â"0 Bxc3 13.Qxc3 Nc6 14.h3 Bxf3 15.Bxf3
Ne7 16.b4 c6 17.Rab1 Rc8 18.Rfc1 0â"0 19.Qc5 Qxc5 20.bxc5 Rc7 21.Rb4 Rb8
22.Rcb1 f5 23.Ra4 b5 24.Ra6 Kf8 25.Rb4 Rcb7 26.g4 g6 27.gxf5 gxf5 28.Bh5 Kg7
29.Kg2 Kf6 30.h4 Ke6 31.Kf3 Kf6 32.Kf4 Ke6 33.Be2 Ng6+ 34.Kg3 Ne7 35.h5 Kd7
36.Kf4 Kc7 37.Bd3 Rg8 38.f3 Rg5 39.a4 bxa4 40.Rbxa4 Kb8 41.Ra1 Ââ"Â

6) Upcoming Events at the MI

Note more detailed information on these events can be found by consulting the
MI Chess Room website at ( or e-mailing John Donaldson at

1. Henry Gross Memorial February 24

This one day G/45 , five round Swiss will be rated 1/2 K by the USCF . There
is a $600 prize found based on 25 paid entries. Registration is from 9-9:30
AM on February 24, with the first round starting at 10am and the last
beginning at 6pm. Anthony Corrales ( will direct.

2. Mark Coggins and Patrick Wollf to appear at the MI on February 28

Mark Coggins, author of The Immortal Game, a chess-based mystery set in the
Bay Area, will give a reading on February 28 at 6:15 pm in the MI Members
Lounge on the fourth floor. Coggins will be joined by former US Champion GM
Patrick Wolff.

3. MI WBCA Blitz Tournament
March 4, 4-6 PM (note time change!)
Five double round Swiss or Round Robin as entries dictate
$150 first, $100 second guaranteed, more per entries
100% of all entry fees paid back
Donated book and magazine prizes as well
WBCA membership required
Entry fee: $15 adults, $10 juniors

Note we expect some of the participants from the concurrent GM round robin to play so this should be an excellent chance to face some stiff competition.

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