Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #293

   Playing good chess usually means that clear-cut solutions are quite rare, and that when they exist they won't necessarily follow any logical argument.

Jonathan Rowson in Chess for Zebras (page 32)

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Nor Cal Juniors star at National High School Championship by Michael Aigner
3) Dmitry Zilberstein makes final IM norm in Alberta by Vlad Rekhson
4) Andy Soltis to appear on Chess.FM
5) Mikhalevski, Golod and Hernandez win in Chicago
6) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Club News

Oleg Shakhnazarov leads the Spring Tuesday Night after defeating San Jose NM Albert Rich in round four. Half a point behind "Shakh's" 4-0 score are NMs Igor Margulis and Batsaikhan Tserendorj and Class A player Brendan Purcell who upset top seed NM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs in round 4.

Here his nice win by 19-year-old NM Tuvshintugs who will receive her WIM title at the FIDE Congress in Turin in early June.

Herman, Metthew -Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg Foxwoods (7) 2006
[WhiteElo "2153"]
[BlackElo "2269"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 O-O 12.Nc2 Bg5 13.a4 bxa4 14.Rxa4 a5 15.Bc4 Rb8 16.Ra2 g6 17.Nce3 Kh8 18.h4 Bxh4 19.g3 Bf6 20.f4 exf4 21.gxf4 Bg7 22.b3 Be6 23.Rah2 h6 24.Nf5 Bxd5 25.Bxd5 gxf5 26.Rxh6+ Bxh6 27.Rxh6+ Kg7 28.Qh5 Rh8 29.Rxh8 Qxh8 30.Qxf7+ Kh6 31.Qe6+ Kg7 32.Qd7+ Kh6 33.Qxd6+ Kg7 34.Qc7+ Kh6 35.Qd6+ Kh5 36.e5 Kg4 37.Bxc6 Rd8 38.Bd7 Qh4+ 39.Kd2 Qh2+ 40.Kd1Rh8 41.Bb5 Qxf4 42.Qg6+ Kf3 43.Bc6+ Ke3 44.Qg1+ Qf2 45.Qxf2+ Kxf2 46.e6 Rh7 47.b4 axb4 48.cxb4 f4 49.b5 f3 50.b6 Ke3 51.b7 f2 52.b8=Q f1=Q+ 53.Kc2 Qc4+ 54.Kb2 Qxc6 55.Qb3+ Kf4 56.Qb4+ Qe4 57.Qd2+ Ke5 58.Qa5+ Kxe6 59.Qa6+ Kf7 60.Qf1+ Ke7 0-1

Does anyone recall what tournament the following list of players is from? We suspect something in Los Angeles in the late 1930s or early 1940s.


MEMBERS-make your reservations NOW for our BOOK RELEASE PARTY on Tuesday, April 25 from 6:00-7:30 pm. The Mechanics' Institute celebrates the conclusion of its Sesqui-Centennial year with the publication of a new book, Four Books, 300 Dollars and a Dream, by historian Richard Reinhardt. This handsome, richly illustrated book details the 150-year history of the Mechanics' Institute and its significant contribution to the economic, educational and cultural development of San Francisco. The celebration takes place on the 2nd floor of the Library and includes a wine and cheese reception, a book-signing with the author, and a dramatic reading from the book. For reservations call 415 393-0100 or e-mail with your Member number and phone.

For details:

Laura Sheppard, Director of Events
Reservations & Information: 415.393-0100

2) Nor Cal Juniors star at National High School Championship by Michael Aigner

Close but no cigar! David Chock began round 7 as the only perfect score and needed only a draw to become National High School champion. It was not to be. After two straight big upsets, David didn't have a third one in him. He lost to NM Landon Brownell (2237) of Arizona.

Despite that defeat, David finished tied for third place in the country with an impressive tournament performance rating of 2477! Of course, the scalp of IM Alex Lenderman was the highlight of this result. Congratulations David on an awesome trip.

The Saratoga High School chess team finished in third place behind two superpower teams, one from New York (Lenderman and Bercys) and one from Arizona (Browell plus two experts). On paper, Saratoga H.S. stood no chance, and yet they competed tightly until the very end.

David Chock: 6.0/7 = 4th place K-12 (plus 17th blitz and 2nd bughouse)
Jeff Young: 5.0/7 = 29th place K-12
Jojo Zhao: 4.5/7 = 2nd place U1800 (plus 25th blitz and 2nd bughouse)
Aaron Garg: 4.5/7
Marvin Shu: 4.0/7
Avinash Kumar: 3.0/7

Bercys,S (2451) - Young,J (1881) [A87]
National K-12 Championship (2), 21.04.2006

1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.c4 d6 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.d5 Na6 9.Nd4 Bd7 10.Rb1 c6 11.b4 c5 12.bxc5 Nxc5 13.Nb3 Rc8 14.Be3 Na4 15.Nxa4 Bxa4 16.Rc1 b6 17.h3 Rc7 18.Qd2 Qc8 19.Qb4 Qa6 20.Nd2 Nd7 21.f4 Rfc8 22.Rb1 Bc2 23.Rb2 Qa4 24.Qxa4 Bxa4 25.Rb4 Bc2 26.c5 Nxc5 27.Rc1 Na6 28.Rb5 Ba4 29.Rxc7 Rxc7 30.Rb1 Rc2 31.a3 Rc3 32.Bf2 Rxa3 33.e4 fxe4 34.Nxe4 Ra1 0-1

3) Dmitry Zilberstein makes final IM norm in Alberta by Vlad Rekhson

Day 5 saw the leaders stumble but still manage to keep their place in the top three. FM Dmitry Zilberstein needed two wins in order to gain his last IM norm. In round 8 he faced the so far unbeatable Peter Vavrak with white. He needed to win and right from the start he seemed very determined. Dmitry got an overwhelming advantage in the opening, but let most of it go. Towards the end he even let Peter have a chance to win the game in one move. Nevertheless, Peter missed his opportunity and lost the game. In the Last round Peter Vavrak and Jesse Kraai were tied for the lead while Dmitry needed to win his last round game with black against Kevin Gentes. The win came in an overwhelming style as he kept the pressure on Gentes throughout the game and was able to bring home the norm. Peter Vavrak seemed to have an easy task (on paper) against Dale Haessel as he had white. He got a much better position out of the opening but then blundered and had to save a draw. Meanwhile, Jesse Kraai needed to beat rocket Rob Gardner's 1. f4 to win the first prize. He got a great position out of the opening but then blundered and Rob won a nice bishop vs. knight endgame which gave him his second IM scalp of the event. Overall it was lots of fun and hard work organizing and directing the tournament and hopefully it will become an annual event in Edmonton.

Final Standings: April 2006

1. IM Peter Vavrak(2408) x 0 = 1 1 1 1 1 0 = 7.0 2. FM Dmitry Zilberstein(2381) 1 x = = 1 = = 1 = 1 6.5 3. IM Jesse Kraai (2466) = = x = 1 0 1 1 1 1 6.5 4. IM Mihail Nekrasov(2406) 0 = = x = 0 1 1 = 1 5.0 5. FM Kevin Gentes (2303) 0 0 0 = x 1 1 = 1 = 4.5 6. Rob Gardner (2240) 0 = 1 1 0 x 1 0 = 0 4.0 7. Jeff Reeve (2253) 0 = 0 0 0 0 x 1 1 1 3.5 8. IM Lawrence Day (2289) 0 0 0 0 = 1 0 x = 1 3.0 9. Vicente Lee(2222) 0 = 0 = 0 = 0 = x 1 3.0 10.Dale Haessel (2183) = 0 0 0 = 1 0 0 0 x 2.0

Event "Edmonton International"] [Site "Executive Royal INN"] [Date "2006.15.04"] [White "Zilberstein, Dmitry"] [Black "Haessel, Dale"] [WhiteElo "2381"] [BlackElo "2183"] [Round "4"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D97"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 Nc6 8. Be2 Bg4 9. d5 Bxf3 10. gxf3 Na5 11. Qd3 b6 12. e5 Ne8 13. f4 f6 14. Qg3 e6 15. dxe6 Qe7 16. O-O Qxe6 17. Bg4 f5 18. Bf3 Rd8 19. Qg2 c6 20. Be3 Nc7 21. Rad1 Qc4 22. Rc1 Qb4 23. Bxc6 Qxb2 24. Bd5+ Nxd5 25. Nxd5 Qxa2 26. Rfd1 Nc4 27. Ne7+ Kh8 28. Qh3 Nxe3 29. Nxg6+ Kg8 30. Ne7+ Kf7 31. Qh5+ Kxe7 32. Rc7+ Ke6 33. Rc6+ Ke7 34. Qg5+ Bf6 35. exf6+ Ke8 36. f7+ Kxf7 37. Rc7+ 1-0

4) Andy Soltis to appear on Chess.FM

Hi folks:

This week's guest on the internet radio show "Chess and Books with Fred Wilson" will be the preeminent American chess author Grandmaster Andy Soltis.

The show runs from 8:00 to 10:00 PM (EST) every Tuesday evening. As always, there will be replays of the show almost immediately afterwards for our chess enthusiasts on the West Coast & elsewhere, and often there will be several replays the following day.

You can access it at the following website:, ONLY IF YOU ARE AN ICC MEMBER (a decision with which I disagree). However, if you visit you can sign up for a one week FREE trial membership, listen to my show that week, and access the other good stuff on while you're at it!

"Fred's next guest Tuesday evening April 25th, 2006 will again be the preeminent American chess author, GM ANDY SOLTIS. Andy, co-winner of two US Open Chess Championships, has written over 100 books, ranging from instructional masterpieces like "Pawn Structure Chess", "Turning Advantage into Victory in Chess" (David McKay, 2005) & "How to Choose a Chess Move" (Batsford, 2005), to his superb historical games collections such as "Soviet Chess", "Frank Marshall, United States Chess Champion", and "Bobby Fischer Rediscovered". In particular, Andy and I will discuss in detail his latest work, "WHY LASKER MATTERS" (Batsford, 2006. 320pp., $21.95), a magnificent biographical games collection and clearly a genuine "labor of love" on Andy's part! Please send questions for GM ANDY SOLTIS to".

Best in chess, Fred Wilson

5) Mikhalevski, Golod and Hernandez win in Chicago

Grandmasters Viktor Mikhalevski, Vitali Golod and Gilberto Hernandez dominated their respective sections at a super chess festival in Chicago. For final standings go to

Date: April 18 - 22, 2006

Location: AmeriSuites Hotel - Schaumburg, IL

Event Type: 9 Round, Round Robin

Time Control: G/90 + 30 sec per move from move 1

Norms: GM-A Group 6/9; GM-B Group 7/9 for GM norm, 5/9 for IM norm; IM-C Group - IM norm 6.5/9

Participant List:


GM Yury Shulman (USA) - FIDE 2576
GM Victor Mikhalevski (ISR) - FIDE 2566
GM Nikola Mitkov (ISR) - FIDE 2561
IM Stan Smetankin (BLR) - FIDE 2486
IM Josh Friedel (USA) - FIDE 2465
IM Stan Kriventsov (USA) - FIDE 2449
IM Irina Krush (USA) - FIDE 2447
IM Georgi Margvelashvili (GEO) - FIDE 2441
IM Anna Zatonskih (USA) - FIDE 2433 GM-B

GM Vitali Golod (ISR) - FIDE 2571
GM Vladimir Georgiev (MKD) - FIDE 2535
GM Dmitry Gurevich (USA) - FIDE 2503
IM Alfonso Almeida (MEX) - FIDE 2400
IM Milos Scekic (SCG) - FIDE 2391
IM Ronald Burnett (USA) - FIDE 2390
IM Eric Lawson (CAN) - FIDE 2369
IM Danny Kopec (USA) - FIDE 2362
WGM Rusa Goletiani (USA) - FIDE 2378
FM Peter Bereolos (USA) - FIDE 2371 IM-C

GM Gilberto Hernandez (MEX) - FIDE 2530
GM Miron Sher (USA) - FIDE 2431
FM Mehmed Pasalic (GER) - FIDE 2363
FM Robert Hess (USA) - FIDE 2354
FM Igor Tsyganov (USA) - FIDE 2281
FM Albert Chow (USA) - FIDE 2220
NM Igor Sorkin (ISR) - 2356
NM Petros Karagianis (USA) - 2226
NM Arjun Vishnuvardhan (IND) - 2221
Gauri Shankar (IND) - unrated but for norm purposes 2100
Prize Fund: $750-$500-$250-$125-$125 for each group

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

For more info and to signup:


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

For more info and to signup:

May 6-7
8th Annual Los Angeles County Open 5-SS, rds 1-3 30/85, SD/30, rds 4-5 40/2, SD/1. Sierra Vista Park, 311 N Rural Dr. at E Emerson, Monterey Park, CA 91755. EF: $30 received by 5-4, $40 at door. Special EF: $10 for juniors not competing for cash prizes (trophies to top 5). $$1100: $$300-200-100, U2200 100, U2000 100, U1800 100, U1600 75, U1400 $75, Unr 50. SCCF membership required ($14 reg, $9 jr.), other states accepted. Reg: 8:30-9:30. Rds: 10-2-6, 10-4. Up to 2 half-pt byes if requested w/entry. Inf: Randy Hough, (626) 282-7412, Ent: SCCF, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754. NS. NC. W. State Championship Qualifier. GP: 10

Return to Index