Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #25

"Perhaps the most important trait a player needs is a warped sense of humor."
   Tony Miles

1) Patrick Wolff and Mark Coggins today (2/28 6 PM) at the MI

The Mechanic's Institute is proud to host readings by Mark Coggins and former US Champion Patrick Wolff. Coggins is the author of the critically acclaimed Immortal Game which is a chess mystery thriller set in the Bay Area. The event will be held on the 4th floor of the MI in the Member's Lounge starting at 6pm. Refreshments will be served . The event is free to MI members and $5 for the public.

2) Charles Linklater Memorial

Two rounds into the Charles Linklater Memorial the leaders are GM Yury Shulman and FM Cyrus Lakdawala with 1 1/2 from 2. Round by round reports, complete with all games, can be found at the MI Chess Room website at Rounds are daily from 10 AM to 2 PM through March 8. Game analysis by GM Alex Yermolinsky and IM John Donaldson is offered in the MI's 4th floor Member's Lounge each day between noon and 1 PM. The tournament and game analysis are free to all so please bring a friend and check it out. Your support will help to ensure that such events continue to be held in the future.

Charles Linklater and his wife Josephine are directly responsible for the upsurge in activity held at the MI Chess Room through their generous bequest.

3) Henry Gross Memorial

Things didn't look bright the day before the event with only six advance entries, but 26 players showed up the morning of February 24th to turn the Henry Gross Memorial into a fitting tribute. Named after the well-liked San Francisco master who was not only a strong player but also a major benefactor (remember the 1957 US Junior Open and 1961 US Open, both of which were held in SF - Gross helped to make them possible), the one day (G/45) Gross Memorial featured some strong competition. Top seed was Senior Master (2550) Vladimir Mezentsev followed by IM Guillermo Rey of Pacifica and newcomer FM Andrey Chumachenko (2320 FIDE) formerly of the Ukraine, now settled in Rancho Cordova

Mezentsev held the lead after four rounds with a perfect score, having turned back NM Rudy Hernandez and IM Rey, but he was defeated by FM Chumachenko in the money game. Chumachenko, who drew in round three with Expert Dale Hammer, tied for first with NM Mauro Casadei of Berkeley at 4.5. Casadei, fresh from his victory at the People's Open the previous weekend, drew with IM Rey in round three and beat Hammer and Hernandez in the final two rounds.

Credit for a well run and trouble free event goes to Tournament Director Anthony Coralles. A crosstable for the event can be found on the MI website Prize Winners for the Henry Gross Memorial

1-2. FM Chumachenko and Casadei 4.5 points $150 apiece

Top Under 2200 and Top Under 2000 (shared)

Alexander Setzepfandt and Nelson Sowell 4 points $82.50 each

Top Under 1800

Mariuz Krubnik 3 points $70

Top Under 1600

Wesley Chen 3 points $65

4) Spring Tuesday Night Marathon

Veteran Victor Ossipov upset top-seeded National Master Kenneth Hills with a sacrificial attack to grab the lead after four rounds of the Spring Tuesday Night Marathon. Right behind Ossipov, at 3 1/2 - 1/2, are NMs David Blohm and Russell Wong and Expert George Sanguinetti. Standings can be found at the Chess Room website:

Back by popular demand, the MI will be hosting a World Blitz Chess Association tournament this Sunday from 4 to 6 PM. We expect WBCA founder Six-time US Champion Walter Browne of Berkeley to attend as well as some of the participants from the Charles Linklater Memorial. Come for a day of chess at the MI (Linklater Memorial, Game analysis from the Linklater and the Blitz event!)

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

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