Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #292

   Chess is a kind of mental alcohol... unless a man has supreme self-control. It is better that he should not learn to play chess. I have never allowed my children to learn it, for I have seen too much of its evil results.

J.H. Blackburne

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess News
2) Van Wely, Smirin and Perelshteyn tie at Foxwoods
3) Kozul and Atalik win European Championships
4) Topalov-Kramnik Match
5) 5 Candidates vie for 2 spots on USCF Executive Board
6) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Club News

Sam Shankland and Emmanuel Perez tied for first at 4.5 from 5 in the 6th Annual Imre Konig G/45 held April 15 at the MI. Anthony Corrales directed the 39 player event for the Mechanics'.

Congratulations to Alan Stein, David Pruess and Batchimeg Tuvshintugs will receive their IM, IM and WIM titles respectively at the FIDE Congress in Turin in early June.

MI Chess Director John Donaldson has been chosen US Olympiad captain and Yury Shulman US Womens captain in votes by the two teams. The Turin Olympiad will run May 20-June 4.

Thanks to Kerry Lawless for the following information which ran in Richard Shorman's column in the Hayward Daily Review on July 2, 1972.


Talented chess master and philosopher Larry Gilden delivered an intriguing lecture and gave a very successful simultaneous exhibition at the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club in San Francisco, June 17. Of 26 boards only Frank Eng (San Francisco) managed to win, when the former inter-collegiate and junior champion failed to obtain enough compensation for his queen sacrifice. Four draws were recorded by Eugene Lien (Berkeley), Joe Tracy (San Francisco), David Krause (Mill Valley) and Elsie Lee (San Francisco), who was delighted by her unexpected result.

White: Larry Gilden. Black: Dave Matson. Simultaneous Exhibition, San Francisco, June 17, 1972. Chigorin's Defense

1.Nf3 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bd7 5.0-0 a6 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 7.Ne5 e6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.c4 c5 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.b4 Be7 12.Qb3 0-0 13.Nc3 Rb8 14.a3 a5 15.b5 c6 16.a4 Qc7 17.Ba3 Bxa3 18.Qxa3 cxb5 19.cxb5 Ng4 20.g3 Ne5 21.Rac1 Qb7 22.f4 Nc4 23.Qc5 Rbc8 24.Qd4 Qb6 25.Nxd5 exd5 26.Rxc4 Qxd4 27.Rxd4 Rfe8 28.Rxd5 Rxe3 29.Rfd1 g6 30.Rd8+ Re8 31.Rxe8+ Rxe8 32.Kf2 Re4 33.Rb1 Re7 34.b6 Rb7 35.Ke3 Kf8 36.Kd4 Ke7 37.Kc5 Rb8 38.Kc6 Rc8+ 39.Kb5 Kd6 40.b7 Resigns

USCF senior master James Tarjan held a small simultaneous display on 14 boards at the Mechanics' Institute on June 21, which produced a near perfect score of 13.5-.5 for the 20-year-old international veteran. Kevin Fong of San Francisco, recently graduated with honors from high school and on his way to Harvard with a scholarship, eked out the lone draw.

White: James Tarjan, Black: Jerry Rogers. Simultaneous Exhibition, San Francisco, June 21, 1972. Petroff's Defense

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.d4 Be7 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 Re8 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.Qd2 c6 11.Rae1 Nf8 12.h3 Ne6 13.Be3 Nd5 14.Nxd5 cxd5 15.Ng5 Nxg5 16.Bxg5 Be6 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Re3 Qd7 19.Rfe1 Re7 20.f4! g6 21.f5! gxf5 22.Rg3+ Resigns

2) Van Wely, Smirin and Perelshteyn tie at Foxwoods

Ilya Smirin, Loek Van Wely and Eugene Perelshteyn tied for first in the Foxwoods Open held April 14-16 with 7-2 scores. Perelshteyn rebounded from an early loss to score 3 out of 4 against GMs at the end to make his third and final norm and a spot in the 2007 US Championship. He should receive his Grandmaster title this June. Five players tied for 4th at 6.5 ( Alex Stripunsky, Alex Ivanov, Alex Shabalov, Jaan Ehlvest and Yury Shulman) and the ones not named Alex missed miss qualifying for the US Championship. Elizabeth Vicary made a WIM norm with her 50 percent score. Top news for the MI was Batsaikhan Tserendorj's tie for first in the Under 2220 section.

MI Grandmaster-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky played well for 8 rounds and a victory in his final game would have given him shared 4th place but he lost a painful game to Jaan Ehlvest where he blundered in a good position. Here are four of Alex's games from Foxwoods.

Filipovich,David (2227) - Yermolinsky,Alex (2590) [D77]
Foxwoods Open Foxwoods USA (1), 12.04.2006

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d4 Nf6 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 Nc6 7.Nbd2 a5 8.b3 a4 9.Bb2 a3 10.Bc3 Ne4 11.Nxe4 dxe4 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Qxd1 14.Rfxd1 Bf5 15.f4 exf3 16.exf3 f6 17.exf6 Bxf6 18.Bxf6 exf6 19.f4 c6 20.Kf2 Rad8 21.Bf3 h5 22.h4 Kf7 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.Rd1 Rxd1 25.Bxd1 Bb1 26.Ke3 Ke6 27.Kd4 Kf5 28.Kc5 Bxa2 29.Bc2+ Kg4 30.f5 gxf5 31.Kb4 Kxg3 32.Bxf5 Kxh4 33.Kxa3 Kg3 34.Bd3 h4 35.Kxa2 h3 36.Be4 Kf4 37.Bh1 Ke3 38.Kb2 f5 39.Kc1 Ke2 0-1

Yermolinsky,Alex (2590) - Mac Intyre,Paul (2330) [E99]
Foxwoods Open Foxwoods USA (2), 13.04.2006

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 0-0 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.Rc1 Rf6 14.Nd3 Rh6 15.Be1 Rg6 16.Nf2 h5 17.h3 Kh8 18.b4 Ng8 19.c5 dxc5 20.bxc5 Nxc5 21.Nb5 b6 22.Nd3 a6 23.Na3 g4 24.fxg4 hxg4 25.Nxc5 f3 26.Nd3 fxe2 27.Qxe2 gxh3 28.g3 Bg4 29.Qb2 Qg5 30.Kh2 Qh5 31.Rxc7 Be2 32.Rf5 Qg4 33.Nxe5 Nh6 34.Rxg7 1-0

Golod,Vitali (2696) - Yermolinsky,Alex (2590) [E39]
Foxwoods Open Foxwoods USA (3), 13.04.2006

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 0-0 6.a3 Bxc5 7.Nf3 b6 8.Bf4 Bb7 9.e3 Nc6 10.Rd1 Nh5 11.Bg3 Be7 12.Be2 Rc8 13.Ne5 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 Nf6 15.0-0 Bc6 16.Rd2 d6 17.Rfd1 Ne8 18.b4 Qc7 19.Bg3 Qb7 20.Bf1 Qa8 21.Qb3 h6 22.h3 Qb8 23.Ne2 e5 24.Nc3 Nc7 25.Bd3 b5 26.Bf5 Rcd8 27.cxb5 Nxb5 28.Nd5 Bxd5 29.Rxd5 Qb6 30.Rc1 Bf6 31.Rd2 d5 32.Rxd5 Rxd5 33.Qxd5 Nxa3 34.Qa5 Nb5 35.Qxb6 axb6 36.Rc6 Rb8 37.Bd3 Na7 38.Rc7 Nc8 39.Rd7 Ne7 40.b5 Kf8 41.Be4 Ke8 42.Rd6 Nc8 43.Rd3 Ne7 44.Rd6 Nc8 45.Bc6+ Ke7 46.Rd7+ Ke6 47.Rd1 Na7 48.Bd5+ Ke7 49.Bc4 Rc8 50.Be2 Rc2 51.Bg4 Nxb5 52.Rd7+ Ke8 53.Rb7 Nc3 54.Rxb6 Ne2+ 55.Bxe2 Rxe2 56.Kf1 Ra2 57.Rb5 Kd7 58.e4 ½-½

Yermolinsky,Alex (2590) - Ivanov,Alexander (2638) [E12]
Foxwoods Open Foxwoods USA (6), 15.04.2006

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.Nc3 Bb7 4.d4 e6 5.a3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Qc2 Nxc3 8.bxc3 c5 9.e4 Nd7 10.Bd3 Qc7 11.Qb1 g6 12.0-0 Bg7 13.Bg5 0-0 14.Bh4 Rac8 15.Bg3 Qd8 16.Rd1 Qe7 17.a4 e5 18.d5 c4 19.Bc2 Ba6 20.Nd2 Rfe8 21.f3 Nc5 22.Bf2 Bf8 23.Be3 Qc7 24.Kh1 Nb7 25.Nf1 f6 26.Qc1 Rcd8 27.Qd2 Bc5 28.Qe1 Bxe3 29.Nxe3 Nd6 30.Ng4 Qg7 31.Qh4 Rf8 32.Re1 Bc8 33.Ne3 Kh8 34.Rab1 Bd7 35.Qf2 Rc8 36.Qh4 ½-½

3) Kozul and Atalik win European Championships

Zdenko Kozul and Ekaterina Atalik won their respective sections of the European Championships which recently concluded in Kusadasi, Turkey.

This was a career high for both players. Kozul who is well-known for his aggressive style and narrow opening repertoire won three games on the Black side of the Classical Sicilian in the "Kozul Suicide Variation".

Zawadzka,J (2378) - Atalik,E (2399) [C45]
7th ch-Euro w Kusadasi TUR (10), 14.04.2006

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4+ 5.c3 Bc5 6.Be3 Bb6 7.g3 Nf6 8.Bg2 d5 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bxb6 axb6 11.e5 Nd7 12.0-0 0-0 13.Re1 Ba6 14.Na3 Re8 15.f4 f6 16.e6 Nc5 17.c4 dxc4 18.e7 Qxd1 19.Raxd1 Nd3 20.Bxc6 Nxe1 21.Bxa8 Rxe7 22.Rd8+ Kf7 23.Bd5+ Kg6 24.Nxc4 Nc2 25.Ra8 Nb4 26.Bg8 Re1+ 27.Kf2 Nd3+ 28.Kf3 Bb7+ 0-1

Kozul - A Naiditsch
7th European Ch, Kusadasi (9)
Queen's Indian

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.e3 Be7 8.Bb5+ c6 9.Bd3 Nxc3 10.bxc3 c5 11.0-0 Nc6 12.Bb2 Rc8 13.Qe2 0-0 14.Rad1 cxd4 15.exd4 15...Bf6 16.c4 Na5 17.Ne5 Bxe5 18.Qxe5 Qc7? 19.Qh5 g6 (19...f5!?) 20.Qh6 Nxc4 21.Bxc4 Qxc4 22.d5 f6 23.Rd4! Qb3 24.dxe6! Qxe6 25.Rfd1 Rfe8 26.h3 Qc6 27.f3 Re2? 28.Rd8+ Rxd8 29.Rxd8+ Re8 30.Bxf6! Kf7 31.Qg7+ Ke6 32.Rd1 1-0

4) Topalov-Kramnik Match

The ChessBase website recently ran the following story which had been translated by from the Russian newspaper Sport Express. Hopefully there will be more conformation of the information in the near future.

President of FIDE Kirstan Illumzhinov told Sport Express correspondent Yury Vasiliev at the Presidential Committee meeting of the International Chess Federation FIDE yesterday in Dubai that he had just signed three important contracts.

The first two were with World Champion Vesselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Classical Chess World Champion Vladimir Kramnik on their match for the world chess crown. This will take place from September 21st to October 13th in the Kalmykian capital of Elista.

"The third contract I signed with the Government of Mexico, which wants to stage the next FIDE world championship in Mexico," Ilyumzhinov said. "This will be a tournament of eight, like the San Luis Championship. The Mexican organizers are ready to transfer the prize fund of 1.5 million dollars to the FIDE bank account. Sport Express is the the first news outlet to inform the world about this."

Ilyumzhinov revealed further details: the match Topalov-Kramnik will be held over twelve games, with classical time controls. In case of a draw there will be four games with shorter time control - 25 minutes per side. The prize fund of one million dollars will be split equally between the participants, regardless of the outcome of the match. This was decided in order to show the equal status of both participants in the unification match.

Sport Express says it means that what has been up in the air has become a reality, the match for the title of world championship has been officially announced, the contracts with all participants have been signed.

An important point is that the winner of the Topalov-Kramnik match will play in the next FIDE World Championship, which will be held in Mexico City. The loser, even if it is the current title holder Topalov, will have to start from scratch and play in the World Cup. Classical chess world champion Kramnik will play in the next "Tournament of Eight" in Mexico if he wins the match against Topalov. If he loses he will have to play in the World Cup. These conditions have been agreed in the contract and signed by both participants of the Elista match.

In the opinion of the Sport Express correspondent Yury Vasilyev this spells the end of the double reign in chess

5) 5 Candidates vie for 2 spots on USCF Executive Board

The USCF has certified five certified candidates to run for the two open slots on the USCF Executive Board. They are: Mike Goodall, Randy Hough, Grant Perks, Ernie Schlich, and Sam Sloan. The first four are well-known tournament directors. Mike Goodall and Randy Hough are from California, the other three from the Eastern United States. Mike Goodall, who lives in Marin County, is holding an event this coming weekend in Santa Rosa. Randy Hough, who is from Los Angeles and served on the Executive Board previously, has a website devoted to his campaign at

6) Upcoming Events

Mechanics' Institute

Charles Powell - May 6
Arthur Stamer - June 3 and 4
William Addison - June 17
Charles Bagby - July 1
Vladimir Pafnutieff - August 5
Bernardo Smith Amateur - August 19 and 20

EBCC April Scholastic Swiss Saturday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 USCF-rated tournament in 2 sections!

Sections: K-5 and K-12 (note that K-5 players can play up into the K-12 section) Rounds: K-12 Section: 11 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. K-5 Section: 11 AM, 12 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM on Saturday only.

Entry fee: $25 mailed before 4/15; $35 at site. $5 discount to EBCC members. Prizes: Trophies to the top 15 in each section. Also a free lesson with an East Bay Chess instructor to the top 2 in each section.

Registration: 10-10:45 AM on Saturday, April 22nd Time control: K-12 Section: G/60 ; K-3 Section: G/30 Info:, (510) 845-1041

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East Bay Chess Club April Swiss Saturday, April 29th through Sunday, April 30th, 2006 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 (U1800) Section $100, $75, $50; 1st U1600: $75; 1st U1400: $75 Entry fee: $35 if mailed before 4/22/06, $40 at site; $5 discount for EBCC members

Registration/Check-in: 10-10:45 AM on Saturday Rounds: 11 AM and 4:00 PM on both days Time control: 30 moves in 90 minutes, followed by Sudden Death in 1 hour. Questions or Comments? or call (510) 845-1041

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