Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #273

   The stomach is an essential part of the chess master.

Bent Larsen

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News 
2) Daniel Naroditsky wins National Championship
3) FIDE World Cup
4) US Tournament of Champions
5) Northern California Chess History: William Schleiden by Neil Brennen
6) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Club News

IM Ricardo DeGuzman won the 5th Annual Guthrie McClain Memorial G/45 on December 3rd with a 4.5 from 5 score, yielding only a third round draw to Expert Daniel Malkiel. His second round victim, Expert Dmitry Vayntrub, won all his others games to finish second at 4. Anthony Corrales directed the 25-player event for the Mechanics'.

Master Igor Margulis leads the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon with 5.5 from 6. The Perepelitsky twins, Edward and Phillip, are tied for second with 5 with two rounds to go.

Book and equipment donations to the Mechanics' are always welcome. All donations to the Mechanics' are tax deductible due to the M.I.'s 501(c) (3) nonprofit status. If you have any chess books or equipment that have been lying around unused for some time consider donating to the Mechanics'. You will not only get a tax write off but also the satisfaction of seeing things put to good use.

2) Daniel Naroditsky wins National Championship

Congratulations to Mechanics' member Daniel Naroditsky who won the US Grade 4 Championship with a perfect score (7-0)!

Here are the scores of other Bay Area players as provided by NM Michael Aigner.

Nicholas Nip 5.5 for 6th place in 2nd grade
Hugo Kitano 5.0 for 17th place in 5th grade
Jeff Young 5.5 for 5th place in 9th grade
Sam Shankland 5.5 for 6th place in 9th grade
Louiza Livschitz 5.0 for 8th place in 9th grade
Ted Belanoff 5.0 for 11th place in 9th grade
Marvin Shu 5.5 for 5th place in 10th grade
David Chock 5.0 for 7th place in 10th grade

Saratoga High School 9th grade team got 14.5 for FIRST PLACE
Saratoga High School 10th grade team got 14.0 for 2nd place

1575 Chess Enthusiasts Take Houston By Storm!
(CROSSVILLE, TN)The United States Chess Federation (USCF) held its' 2005 K12/Collegiate Chess Championship at the Hilton Americas & George E. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas this past weekend.

1575 players, representing 40 states, participated. The main event offered individual and team championships for each grade level (Kindergarten - College) with participants competing for national title and trophies. Players each get 90 minutes on their clock for each of their seven games. In addition, the Blitz Championship and Bughouse Championship were held Thursday. Blitz and Bughouse have five-minute time controls for each player and the Bughouse is played in teams of two!

Grandmaster Maurice Ashley gave a simul Friday morning at 9am, a lecture on Saturday at 12:30pm and autograph sessions throughout the weekend. David MacEnulty, nationally recognized chess coach, gave a 90 minute lecture Sunday morning at 10:30 David fielded questions regarding the upcoming A&E movie based on his chess career, "Knights of the South Bronx" which airs Dec. 6 at 8pm (ET) on A&E Network.

Individual Winners of each section were: (7.0 = perfect score)

Kindergarten: Co-winners Dachey Lin rated 1140 (TX), Raymond Sun rated 1167 (TX) and Ian P. Gilchrist rated 922 from IL tied with 6.0 scores.
1st Grade: Christopher Wu (NJ) rated 1452 scored 7.0.
2nd Grade: Michael D. Baldyga (NV) rated 1320 finished with 6.0 points.
3rd Grade: Darwin Yang rated 1735 (TX) scored 7.0.
4th Grade: Daniel A. Naroditsky rated 1880 of CA finished with 7.0.
5th Grade: Florida players Ray S. Robson rated 2180 and Lucas Van Beuzekom rated 1735 tied with 6.5.
6th Grade: Michael Lee rated 2152 of WA finished with 7.0.
7th Grade: Mark A. Heimann rated 2138 (PA) totaled 6.5.
8th Grade: A 4-way tie between Kevin A. Wang (1943) of TX , Thomas Henry Riccardi (2025) of NY, Richard E. Herbst (1962) of CO and Grand D. Ho (1936) of FL all had 6.0 scores.
9th Grade: Robert M. Lau (1955) of HI and Troy Daly (2032) of FL tied with 6.0.
10th Grade: Daniel J. Ludwig rated 2312 of FL finished with 6.5.
11th Grade: 3-way tie, 6.0 scores between Christopher Williams (2099) of MA, Francisco Guadalupe (2137) of TX and Eric S. Dong (2043) of TX.
12th Grade: Atakan Sirin rated 2105 of KS finished with 6.5.
Collegiate: Grandmaster Timur Gareev, rated 2554 of TX finished with 7.0.

Team Division Winners:

Kindergarten: Americo Paredes of Brownsville, TX - 12.00
1st Grade: T. H. Rogers of Houston, TX - 13.50
2nd Grade: Dalton of New York, NY - 16.00
3rd Grade: T. H. Rogers of Houston, TX - 14.50
4th Grade: The Village School, Houston, TX - 14.50
5th Grade: Tampa Palms Elementary, Tampa, FL - 15.00
6th Grade: Hunter College Campus School, NYC - 16.00
7th Grade: Hunter College Campus School, NYC - 15.00
8th Grade: I.S. 318 from Brooklyn, NY - 15.00
9th Grade: Saratoga H.S. from CA - 14.50
10th Grade: Catalina Foothills H.S. from Tucson, AZ - 14.50
11th Grade: Clear Lake High from Houston, TX - 16.00
12th Grade: Gulliver School of Miami, FL - 14.50
Collegiate: University of Texas at Brownsville - 16.50

Other side event winners:

K-6 Blitz: Lucas Van Beuzekom of FL won the individual with 11.00 points. Pace Academy of Atlanta, GA won the team with 23.50.
K-12 Blitz: Benjamin Francis of GA took the individual with 11.00 points. FLUNIV took the team with 31.50. Blitz Chess has a 5-minute time control per player per game.
Bughouse: D. Chock & N. Diaz tied with B. Francis & J. Zhao with 11.00. Bughouse is played with teams of two and a 5-minute time control per team per game.
Parents & Friends Tournament: Joe Wright of Monterey, TN tied with Jim J. Polomsky with final scores of 3.5.

3) FIDE World Cup

8 Americans entered the FIDE World Cup in Siberia and after 4 rounds they have all been knocked out. Gata Kamsky made it the farthest, defeating three opponents before losing to Alexander Grischuk 1.5-.5. GM Yury Shulman of Chicago was one of only two player rated below 2600 FIDE to make it to the 3rd round. He knocked out Zvaginsev and Khalifman before also losing to Grischuk 2.5-1.5.

Here is a curious draw from the match

Grischuk,A (2720) - Shulman,Y (2565) [C18]
WCC Khanty Mansyisk RUS (3.2), 04.12.2005

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qa5 7.Bd2 Qa4 8.Qg4 Kf8 9.Qd1 b6 10.c4 Ne7 11.cxd5 Qxd4 12.dxe6 Qxe5+ 13.Be2 Bb7

14.Bf4! [14.Nf3 Bxf3 15.gxf3 Qxe6 favors Black] 14...Qc3+ 15.Bd2 Qe5 16.Bf4 Qc3+ 17.Bd2 ½-½

4) US Tournament of Champions

Duncan Oxley of Marina, California, sends in the following information on the AF4C's Tournament of Champions Internet qualifier for the US Championship held over the ICC. The event was run over two weekends. The first weekend SM Dmitry Zilberstein, the Northern California representative, was one of the qualifiers from the regional blitz events. He beat IM Mark Ginsburg last Saturday to make it into the final before losing a heartbreaker to IM Andrei Florean formerly of Romania and now representing Michigan.

The first two games G/60 with a 3 second increment, the second set were 3/1 and the last game was 5 0 4 0 "Armageddon".

Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Score #g
1 CofC-Michigan (2490) +w2 -b2 +w2 -b2 +b2 3.0 5
2 CofC-NCal (2425) -b1 +w1 -b1 +w1 -w1 2.0 5

CofC-Michigan 3.0 CofC-NCal 2.0

[Round "1"]
[White "CofC-Michigan"]
[Black "CofC-NCal"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. g3 d5 2. Bg2 Nf6 3. d3 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. O-O O-O 6. Nbd2 Nc6 7. c3 a5 8.a4 e5 9. Qc2 h6 10. Re1 Re8 11. e4 Be6 12. b3 Qd7 13. Ba3 Rad8 14. Rac1 Bh3 15. Qd1 Bxg2 16. Kxg2 h5 17. Qe2 Bh6 18. Rcd1 dxe4 19. Nxe4 Qf5 20. Nxf6+ Qxf6 21. d4 e4 22. Ng1 e3 23. Qf3 Qxf3+ 24. Nxf3 exf2 25. Kxf2 Bf8 26. Bc1 Bd6 27. Bg5 Rc8 28. Nd2 f6 29. Be3 Ne7 30. Nc4 Nd5 31. Bd2 b6 32. Rxe8+ Rxe8 33. Nxd6 cxd6 34. c4 Nb4 35. Bxb4 axb4 36. Re1 Kf7 37. Re3 Re6 38. Kf3 d5 39. cxd5 Rxe3+ 40. Kxe3 Ke7 41. Kd3 Kd6 42. Kc4 g5 43. Kb5 f5 44. Kxb6 f4 45. a5 f3 46. a6 f2 47. a7 f1=Q 48. a8=Q Ke7 49. Qb7+ Kf6 50. Qc6+ Kf5 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Round "2"]
[White "CofC-NCal"]
[Black "CofC-Michigan"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 c5 7. O-O Bg4 8. d5 Bxf3 9. Bxf3 Nbd7 10. Be3 a6 11. a4 Qc7 12. h3 e6 13. Qd2 exd5 14. exd5 Rfe8 15. Rab1 Qa5 16. Rfc1 Rad8 17. Bg5 Rb8 18. b3 Qc7 19. Kh1 Re7 20. g4 Qd8 21.Qf4 Qf8 22. Qg3 h6 23. Bd2 Ne8 24. Bd1 Nc7 25. a5 b6 26. axb6 Rxb6 27. Bc2Re8 28. Re1 Rxe1+ 29. Rxe1 Rb8 30. Ne4 Ne8 31. h4 Rb7 32. h5 gxh5 33. gxh5 f5 34. Nc3 Ne5 35. Bxh6 Qf7 36. Bd1 Nf6 37. Qg5 Nfg4 38. Bxg4 fxg4 39. Qxg7+ Qxg7 40. Bxg7 Kxg7 41. Ne4 Rxb3 42. Nxd6 Nf3 43. Ra1 Kh6 44. Kg2 Kxh5 45.Rxa6 Ne5 46. Ra5 g3 47. fxg3 Kg4 48. Ne4 Nxc4 49. Nf2+ Kf5 50. Rxc5 Ne3+ 51.Kh3 Rb8 52. g4+ Kf4 53. d6 Rd8 54. Kh4 Rxd6 55. Nh3+ Ke4 56. g5 Rd2 57. g6Nf5+ 58. Kg5 Rg2+ 59. Kf6 Nd4 60. Re5+ Kd3 61. Nf4+ Kc4 62. Nxg2 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Round "3"]
[White "CofC-Michigan"]
[Black "CofC-NCal"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 a6 6. c3 d6 7. Be3 O-O 8. Nbd2 h6 9. h3 Re8 10. b4 Bxe3 11. fxe3 d5 12. Bb3 dxe4 13. Nxe4 Nxe4 14. dxe4 Be6 15. Bd5 Qd6 16. Rf2 Rad8 17. Rd2 Bxd5 18. Rxd5 Qg6 19. Nd2 Ne7 20. Rxd8 Rxd8 21. Qc2 f5 22. Nf3 fxe4 23. Nxe5 Qf5 24. Ng4 Ng6 25. Qb3+ Kh7 26. Rd1 Rf8 27. Qd5 h5 28. Qxf5 Rxf5 29. Nf2 Rf7 30. Rd4 Ne5 31. Rxe4 Nc6 32. Kf1 Rd7 33. Ke2 Kg6 34. h4 Kf5 35. Rf4+ Ke6 36. Ne4 Ne5 37. Nc5+ {Black resigns} 1-0

[Round "4"]
[White "CofC-NCal"]
[Black "CofC-Michigan"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8.Re1 c6 9. Rb1 a5 10. d5 cxd5 11. cxd5 Nc5 12. b3 Nfxe4 13. Bb2 Nxc3 14. Bxc3 Ne4 15. Ba1 Qb6 16. Rf1 Bd7 17. Nd2 Nxd2 18. Qxd2 Rfc8 19. Kh1 Qb4 20. Qe3 Rc2 21. Bd3 Rxa2 22. Bc4 a4 23. Bc3 Qc5 24. Qe1 axb3 25. Bxb3 R2a7 26. Bb4 Qb6 27. Bc4 Qd4 28. Bb3 Bb5 29. Rg1 Qb6 30. Qd2 Qd8 31. h3 Ba4 32. Bc4 Rc8 33. Bd3 Bd7 34. Qe3 Ra2 35. Bxd6 Bxh3 36. Qxh3 f5 37. Bb4 Qxd5 38. Rbd1 Qf7 39. Rc1 Raa8 40. Qh4 e4 41. Be2 h5 42. Rgd1 Rxc1 43. Rxc1 Ra1 44. Qd8+ Kh7 45. Rxa1 Bxa1 46. Qc8 Bg7 47. Bc4 Qf6 48. Qg8+ Kh6 49. Bd2+ g5 50. Qe6 f4 51. Qxf6+ Bxf6 52. Bd5 e3 53. fxe3 fxe3 54. Bxe3 b5 55. Bc5 Bc3 56. Bb3 b4 57. Kh2 g4 58. Kg3 Be1+ 59. Kf4 Bd2+ 60. Kf5 Kg7 61. Bd4+ Kh6 62. Be5 Kh7 63. Bf4 Kg7 64. Bxd2 Kf8 65. Bxb4+ Ke8 66. Kg5 Kd7 67. Kxh5 Kc6 68. Kxg4 Kb5 69. Bc3 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Round "5"]
[White "CofC-NCal"]
[Black "CofC-Michigan"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8.Re1 c6 9. Rb1 a5 10. d5 cxd5 11. cxd5 Nc5 12. Nd2 Bd7 13. b3 Qb8 14. a3 b5 15. b4 axb4 16. Rxb4 Ra5 17. Nb3 Nxb3 18. Qxb3 Qa7 19. Nxb5 Bxb5 20. Bxb5 Rb8 21. a4 Ng4 22. Qc2 Bf8 23. h3 Nf6 24. Be3 Qb7 25. Rc1 Nd7 26. Qc6 Nc5 27. Bxc5 dxc5 28. Rbc4 Rxb5 29. axb5 Qxb5 30. Qxb5 Rxb5 31. Ra1 Rb6 32. Ra8 Kg7 33. Re8 Bd6 34. g3 Kf6 35. Kg2 h5 36. h4 Ra6 37. Rc8 Ke7 38. Rc2 Ra3 39.Rc6 Ra4 40. f3 f5 41. Rb2 Ra7 42. Rcb6 Rd7 43. Rb7 f4 44. Rxd7+ Kxd7 45.Rb7+ Ke8 46. Rg7 c4 47. Rxg6 Kd7 48. Kf2 fxg3+ 49. Rxg3 Be7 50. Ke2 Bxh4 51.Rh3 Bg5 52. Rxh5 Bf4 53. Kd1 Kd6 54. Kc2 Kc5 55. Rh6 Bxh6 {White resigns} 0-1

5) Northern California Chess History: William Schleiden by Neil Brennen


The William Schleiden below is almost surely the William Waldemar Schleiden listed as a "commercial agent" in the 1867 Great Register of San Francisco. Another of his losses appears in Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #154. Judge Meek, of course, needs no introduction; his chess reputation is firmly established in history by his losses to Morphy.

Aside from putting the game into modern notation, I also reversed the colors to confirm to modern practice; although Judge Meek moved first, he used the Black pieces.

Meek,A - Schleiden,W [C39]
Offhand game, 29.09.1859

Played at the New York Chess Club September 29, 1859, between Hon. A. B. Meek, President of the Mobile Chess Club, and William Schleiden, Esq., President of the German Chess Club, San Francisco.

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 h5

This move is now considered inferior to 5...Nf6

6.Bc4 Nh6 7.d4 d6 8.Nxf7

This sacrifice, which has first introduced by Mr. Oliver, although it certainly gives the first player a very strong attack, can scarcely be called sound. It is frequently made after the defense has played ...Rh7 instead of ...Nh6, in which case there is more of a quid pro quo.

8...Nxf7 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Bxf4 Bh6 11.0-0 Bxf4 12.Rxf4+ Ke8 13.Nc3 Qxh4

Mr. Schleiden ought to have been satisfied with the advantage of a piece, and should have endeavored to develop his forces without the least delay.

14.Nd5 Na6 15.Nf6+ Kd8 16.e5 Qg3 17.Qd2 b6 18.Re1 Bb7 19.d5 Nc5 20.e6 Ke7 21.Rf5 Qh4

To prevent Qg5, and threatening ...g3.

22.Ref1 Raf8

22...g3 would have broken up the attack and forced some exchanges.

23.Qf4 c6 24.dxc6 Bxc6

Upon 24...Nxe6 White plays 25.Nd5+ Ke8 (best) 26.Qxd6 and wins.

25.Nd5+ Bxd5 26.Rf7+ Kxe6 27.Qf5# 1-0

The Gambit 1859, p.80

6) Upcoming Events

Mechanics' Institute

Jim Hurt Under 1800 - December 10-11



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

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