Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #303
In a memorial speech in Curacao, Jaan Ehlvest called Wojt the James
Bond of chess. I don't know if I would go that far; maybe Don Quixote is a
better comparison. Either way, he was of a generation that is slowly dying
out: the devil-may-care, living-for-the-moment professional chess bum. He
traveled from tournament to tournament, thinking little about money or a
conventional lifestyle, only about playing chess and enjoying himself. He
really lived his life as if there was no tomorrow.
Alex Shabalov writing about his friend the late Alex
1) Mechanics Institute Chess Club News
2) Tim Taylor wins in Agoura Hills
3) More on Alex Wojtkiewicz
4) Hough and Sloan elected to USCF Executive Board
5) Dolmatov on Topalov
6) Robert Hess wins US Junior Closed and Marc Arnold wins US Junior
7) USCF Award Winners
8) Adams-Akobian match and North American Chess Review
9) Here and There
10) Joel Benjamin on Chess.FM
11) Upcoming Events
1) Mechanics Institute Chess Club
SM Craig Mar has clinched at least a tie for first in the Summer Tuesday
Night Marathon after his round seven win over George Sanguinetti. Mar has 6
1/2 points , a point ahead of NM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and veteran
Victor Todortsev. The latter upset Expert William Gray of Scotland and will
likely play Mar in the final round next Tuesday. The next Tuesday Marathon,
named after the late Paul Vayssie, starts August 22.
George Sanguinetti Craig Mar
Kings Indian E60
Summer Tuesday Night Marathon (7)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Ne2 0-0
Typical Sanguinetti homebrew and not to be found in the Mega2006
database. The text follows the current trend ( 1.e4 c5 2.Na3) of moving the
Knight to the rim but looks to be less motivated here.
Also quite reasonable and more ambitious was 6...e5 .
7...Nc6 8.d5 Ne5 9.Nc3 allows White to make sense of his Knights.
8.Nexd4 Nc6 9.Be3 Nxd4 10.Bxd4
10.Nxd4 looks more natural. If Black continues as in the game White gets
a pleasant ending: 10...Qa5+ 11.Qd2 Qxd2+ 12.Kxd2.
10...Be6 11.Be2 Qa5+ 12.Qd2
This is probably the right choice. White walks a tightrope after
12.Bc3 Qg5 13.0-0 Rfc8 14.Bd2 (14.b3? Bh3 15.Rf2 Nxe4!) 14...Qh4 15.b3 Nh5
16.Qe1 (16.Rc1? Be5!) 16...Qxe1 17.Raxe1 b5 18.Na3 but if he finds his way he
should be okay.
12...Qxd2+ 13.Kxd2 Rfc8 14.b3 a5
14...a6 aiming for ...b5 is also natural but the text is to the point as
...a4 is in the cards.
Advancing this pawn Whites plans g4-g5 grabbing more space on the
kingside. 15.Rac1, trying to preserve the Bishop with Be3, is countered
by 15...Nd7 16.Be3 a4 or 15...a4.
15...Nd7 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Nd4 Nc5
White trades away his good minor piece. A better idea was 18.h4 trying to
generate some play on the kingside.
18...fxe6 19.Ke3 e5
Black is better with the good Knight versus bad Bishop but still must
find a way to win the position. Breaks with ...a4 and ...d5 and pressure on
the f-file are all options at his disposal.
20.Rhc1 Ne6 21.a3 Rc6 22.h4 Nd4 23.Bd1 Rac8
This move, trying to achieve a draw by blocking the position, is not an
easy one to make as it condemns White to a passive defense. Better was the
more active 24.f4 with the point that 24...a4 can be met by the ugly but
concrete 25.bxa4 Rxc4 26.Rxc4 Rxc4 27.Rb1 and the counter play against
b7 gives White the necessary breathing room. For example: 27...Rc3+ (27...Rc7
28.g5) 28.Kd2 Rxa3 29.fxe5 dxe5 30.Rxb7.
Now a long period of cat and mouse ensues as Mar looks for the
25.Be2 Rb6 26.Rc3 h6 27.Rac1 g5 28.h5 Kf6 29.Bd1 Rb4
30.R1c2 Nd4 31.Rd2 Rb6 32.Rdd3 Rbc6 33.Kd2 e6 34.Re3 Ke7 35.Kc1 Kf6 36.Kb2 Rc5
37.Red3 Ke7 38.Re3 Nc6 39.Bc2 Nb4 40.Bb1 Kf6 41.Rc1 R5c7 42.Rce1 Ke7 43.Bc2
Kd7 44.Rd1 Kc6 45.Bd3 Kc5 46.Rd2?
This blunder, allowing Black's King into the position, loses straight
out. It was likely caused by time pressure, Sanguinetti's bête noire. 46.Kc3
had to be played when Black is considerably better but the win must still be
shown. Note the direct attack on f3 doesn't seem to pay dividends: 46...Rf8
47.Be2 Rcf7 48.Rh1 Nc6 49.Bd1 Nd4 50.Rh3 and it is hard to see how Black goes
forward. Note also how the Rook on e3 is deterring the ...d5 break. which
needs to be managed with some subtlety to be effective. For example: 50...Re8
51.Rh1 d5 52.exd5 exd5 53.Rhe1 Rfe7 54.cxd5 Kxd5 55.Be2 and Black has gained
nothing from the pawn trades.
46...Kd4 47.Re1 Nxd3+ 48.Kc2
This decides things.
49.bxc4 Rxc4+ 50.Kb3 Rb4+ 51.Ka3 Kc3 52.Rxd3+ Kxd3
53.Rd1+ Ke3 54.Rxd6 Kxf3 55.Rxe6 Rxe4 56.Rxh6 Rxg4 57.Rf6+ Ke2 58.h6 e4 59.Kb3
e3 60.Rf5 Rh4 61.Rxg5 Rxh6 62.Rxa5 Rc6 63.Re5 Kd2 64.Re7 b6 65.Rd7+ Ke1 66.Rh7
e2 67.Rf7 Rc5 68.Rf6 Kd2 69.Rd6+ Ke3 70.Rxb6 Re5 71.a5 e1Q 72.Kc4 Qc1+ 73.Kb3
Qb1+ 74.Kc4 Qa2+ 75.Rb3+ Ke4 76.Kc3 Rc5+ 0-1
Former World Champion Boris Spassky and his wife Marina will
be guests of the Mechanics' Institute from September 28 to October 3.
During this time Spassky will give a clock simul, lectures, answer questions,
work with junior players and sign books. He will give a clock simul on
Saturday, September 30 on 25 boards. Cost for the simul will be $100 (The same
as the past two years in Reno). The simul starts at 2:00 PM. There are only 25
spots which will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis, but to sign
up before September 1, you must be a Mechanics' member.
Five of the twenty five boards are gone after the first week so if you want
to play don't delay.
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) Tim Taylor wins in Agoura
IM Tim Taylor, whose gladiatorial do or die style of play
brings to mind the late Jerry Quarry, won the upset-riddled 11th
Pacific Coast Open in Agoura Hills this past weekend, topping a field which
included two GMs and two other IMs. Taylor scored an undefeated 5-1 to take
home $2000 followed by IM Enrico Sevillano and NM Eliot Liu at 4 1/2,
good for $900 apiece. MI member Batsaikhan Tserendorj should be a Master
shortly as he tied for first in the Expert section, scoring 5 from 6 for
$1000. A total of 207 players competed in the multi-section event directed by
Steve Immitt and Randy Hough for the Continental Chess Association.
3) More on Alex Wojtkiewicz
The following game, kindly provided by Cleveland Expert Mike Joelson,
comes from Alex's last event, the Columbus Open. He tied for first in this
event, held a week after the World Open, with IM Ben Finegold. Alex entered
2006 rated around 2550 USCF and at his passing he was 2653. He gained points
in nearly every event he played in the last six months of his life.
An obituary on Alex, written by Dylan Loeb McClain, appeared in
the NY Times on July 19.
Mike Joelson - Alex Wojtkiewicz
English Botvinnik A36
Columbus Open (3), 2006
1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.d3 d6 6.e4 Nf6
7.Nge2 0-0 8.0-0 Bd7 9.a3 Ne8 10.Rb1 a5 11.Be3 Nc7 12.f4 Bg4 13.h3 Bxe2
14...Ne6 was more prudent and thematic but Wojt decides to give his
opponent some rope.
15.d4 cxd4 16.Nxd4 Nxd4?!
Black heads for a good Knight versus bad Bishop situation that proves not
to be the case. Maintaining the tension with 16...a4 looks like a better
17.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 18.Qxd4 Ne6 19.Qd5 Qc7 20.f5!
21.e5! (liberating the Bishop) 21...dxe5 22.b4 axb4 23.axb4 Nd7 24.fxg6
hxg6 25.Qxb7 with an advantage to White in the ending.
21...a4 22.Rbd1 Rad8 23.h4?!
23.fxe7 Qxe7 24.Rd2 Rd7 (24...Qe5? 25.Rxf7!) 25.h4 would have given White
a small advantage.
23...Rfe8 24.h5 Qb6 25.hxg6 hxg6
26.fxe7 Rxe7 27.Rf2 was necessary to maintain the balance.
26...Qxb2 27.e5 Qxe5 28.Qxe5 dxe5
4) Hough and Sloan elected to USCF Executive
USCF Executive Board Election Results. The following results are by
region. 100% of the ballots have been counted.
Based on these results, Randall Hough has been elected to a three year term
and Sam Sloan has been elected to a one year term, both terms to begin once
the election has been certified by the Board of Delegates in August.
Northern California Delegates election
||Robert D. Blatt
||Andy C. Lee
5) Dolmatov on Topalov
The following piece appeared in
Alex Baburin's outstanding daily Chess Today ( www.chesstoday.net).
Dolmatov's Interview and Danailov's Response by GM Mikhail Golubev
On 24th July the Russian newspaper Moskovskiy Komsomolets published
an interview conducted by the
newspaper's chess observer Eugeny Gik with
the former coach of the Russian national team, GM Sergey
the latter doubted achievements by the FIDE world champion, Veselin
Dolmatov, in particular, stated: "What Topalov is doing on the
board these days, is beyond human abilities. And I
am sure that an
interference from outside is taking place." In the same interview Dolmatov
also said: "I have
no reliable facts of the non-standard actions of
Topalov, but in Elista everything will become clear."
Dolmatov also stated "...[I] would not be surprised if Topalov will find
some way to avoid the duel" (i.e. the title match versus
Kramnik in Elista.
Here and above the translation is mine - MG). We requested Topalov's manager,
IM Silvio Danailov, to comment on
Dolmatov's interview and we publish his
"The only conclusion that we find in such statements is that they are not
just [the] absurd ones, but it is absolute
paranoia. The campaign is being
orchestrated to make nervous the World Champion Veselin Topalov
match for the title against GM Vladimir Kramnik. [The intention] is to win the
match before playing it.
The article is an effort against the moral
integrity of the person and it is called the dirty war. I do not
that it is a coincidence that all the commentaries of this type are
coming from Russia. I understand that some
fans of the Russian challenger
[might not to support], it, but I would like to ask them to put the slander
accusations away since they [are] based on neither logic, nor any
evidence. It is legally [punishable] in
all the environment of the
international law and it is in no way will benefit the world of chess.
Kaissa chess management
6) Robert Hess wins US Junior Closed and Marc
Arnold wins US Junior Cadet
The US Junior Invitational took place at the Dallas Chess Club
15th-20th July 2006. Robert Hess won the event with 7/9.
Official site: http://www.swchess.com/sce/tourney/USJrInv06/results.htm
US Junior Dallas USA (USA), 15-20 vii 2006 cat. II (2279)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Hess, Robert L f USA 2358 * 0 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 7.0 2489
2. Kleiman, Jake USA 2271 1 * 1 = 0 = 1 = 1 1 6.5 2445
3. Bercys, Salvijus f USA 2368 = 0 * = 1 1 = = 1 1 6.0 2393
4. Gulamali, Kazim USA 2302 0 = = * = 1 = = 1 1 5.5 2356
5. Schneider, Igor f USA 2367 0 1 0 = * = = = 1 1 5.0 2311
6. Ludwig, Daniel USA 2391 = = 0 0 = * = 1 1 1 5.0 2309
7. Molner, Mackenzie USA 2280 0 0 = = = = * 1 = 1 4.5 2278
8. Banawa, Joel Cholo USA 2260 0 = = = = 0 0 * 1 = 3.5 2200
9. Coraretti, Benjamin USA 1974 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 * 1 1.5 2039
10. Maltese, Adam USA 2216 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 * 0.5 1841
Minute Heroics By Arnold Earns The Coveted
2006 U.S. Cadet Chess
Championship Title by Alan Kantor
Eight of the strongest youngsters under the age of 16 faced off in Dallas,
Texas at the Marriott Dallas/Addison Quorum from July 15-21, 2006 to see who
would win the 2006 U.S. Cadet Championship. The stakes are high as the winner
receives a four-year college scholarship including tuition and fees from the
University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC). The current value of the
generous award that UMBC offers is over $34,000 for Maryland residents and
over $66,000 for non-residents.
The tournament went right down to the wire as two New Yorkers faced
head-to-head to see who would earn the scholarship: Parker Bi Guang Zhao had 5
points, needing just a draw and Mark Tyler Arnold had 4-1/2 points in a
must-win situation entering the final round. Arnold came through in the clutch
but Zhao certainly deserves recognition for his second place. When it was all
said and done, Arnold had 5-1/2 points, Zhao accumulated 5 points and won the
2nd place $200 scholarship with Jeffrey Haskel, from Florida, getting 4 points
and a $100 scholarship.
Here is the key game from the tournament winner:
White: Parker Bi Guang Zhao (2203)
Black: Marc Tyler Arnold
Sicilian Defense (Bb5+ Variation)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3.
Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. O-O Nc6 6. c4 Nf6 7. Nc3 e6 8. d4 cxd4
Be7 10. b3 O-O 11. Be3 a6 12. f3 Rfd8 13. Rc1 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 b5 15. cxb5 axb5
16. Rfd1 Rab8 17. e5 dxe5 18. Qxe5 Qe8 19. Rxd8 Qxd8 20. Rd1 Qe8 21. a4
bxa4 22. bxa4 Bb4
23. Bd4 Rd8 24. Nb5 Rd5 25. Qe2 Qd7 26. Rc1 Rxd4 27. Nxd4
Qxd4+ 28. Qf2 Qd8 29. Qa7 g6
30. Rb1 Nd5 31. Qd4 Qa5 32. Rc1 Bc3 33. Qc4
Qb6+ 34. Kh1 Qe3 35. Rb1 Kg7 36. Qe4 Qd2
37. Qh4 Nf4 38. Qg3 Qd3 39. Re1
Bxe1 40. Qxe1 Qc2 0-1
The tournament was organized by Luis Salinas and directed by Francisco
Guadalupe. For all the game scores, see http://swchess.com/sce/tourney/USCadet06/games.htm.
7) USCF Award Winners
MINUTES OF THE MAY, 07-08, 2006, USCF EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING, BOCA
EB06-074 - Board - The Board authorizes the following awards:
Chess City of the Year Crossville, TN, Palm Beach Gardens,
Chess Club of the Year St. George UT Chess Club
Chess College of the
Year U of CT. School of Engineering, Texas Tech
Committee of the Year
Distinguished Service Award Mike Nolan
Marshall Ambassador Shaun Alexander
Grandmaster of the Year Ildar
Ibragimov, Anna Zatonskih
Honorary Chess Mates Jim Warren, Delores Wagner,
Gold Koltanowski Medal America’s Foundation for chess
Meritorious Service Jim Brotsos, Jon Haskel, Wilder Wadford, Jon
& Barbara Fortune
Organizer of the Year Cris Collinsworth Pro Scan
Outstanding Career Achievement Gus Gosselin, Fred
Goldhirsch/Doug Bellizzi, David MacEnulty, Jerry Weikel
Special Services Kim Cramer, John Donaldson, Mikhail Korenman,
Tournament Director of the Year Walter Brown
of USCF Phil Haley
8) Adams-Akobian match and North American Chess
Chess Match in the Making!!
the North American Chess Association is working alongside two well known GM's
to bring a match to North America!
We are in talks with English GM
Michael Adams (FIDE 2732) and American-Armenian GM Varuzhan Akobian (FIDE
2567) to bring a 4-round match to Chicago.
The tentative schedule has
the event just before the 2007 Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. The tentative
schedule of events is as follows:
May 18 - GM Akobian Simul
May 19 -
May 20 - Round 2
May 21 - Rest Day
May 22 - Round 3
- Round 4
May 24 - GM Adams Simul
Stay tuned over the course of the
coming weeks for further details on this super match!
If you are an
organization or individual wishing to provide sponsorship for the event please
contact me at email@example.com for further
The following updates to NACA can be found on our
1. The July issue of the North American Chess Review is available for
download (free registration required)
2. Illinois Junior chess player Gopal Menon's daily chess puzzles (on our
blog site - www.nachess.org/blog.html
solutions posted on the discussion forums (free registration required)
3. The July NACA screensaver is available (on our home page)
4. A new offering of weekly chess analysis by various players is
available. The sample e-zine can be found on our homepage with another issue
located in the discussion forums (free registration required).
Some changes we have experienced:
1. Due to logisitical issues the Summer North American FIDE Invitational
was cancelled but we are planning the October one now with no
2. We have, for 2006, changed our publication to be available on a
bi-monthly basis. We are hoping to go back to monthly in 2007 along with
translation in Spanish and French.
Things that are in the works:
1. Decision to drop membership dues in 2007 to $15 for everyone!
2. Starting in August 2006 we will have lessons in Windows Media Format
available for download. There will be a number of samples available for free
download and then blocks of lessons will be available for purchase over
3. Organization of a match between a US based GM on a hot streak of
tournament wins - GM Varuzhan Akobian and Super-GM GM Michael Adams.
Tentatively set for May 2007 prior to the Chicago Open. Watch our website for
further inforamtion on Adams-Akobian 2007.
4. Q1-2007 (pushed back) - ChessPro Live - our online live chess playing
server! Part of the $15 yearly membership fee!
We are in need of some volunteer services if they are out
1. Weekly chess articles
2. Translation services (English to Spanish, and English to French)
Good Chess to All,
Sevan A. Muradian, President
North American Chess Association
9) Here and There
Black's paradoxical 24th move ...Bxe5 brings to mind a
stratagem first seen in Jimenez-Larsen, Palma de Mallorca 1967. It has been
written about by MI Grandmaster-in-Residence Alex
Petersen,S (2244) - De Firmian,N (2559)
Politiken Cup Copenhagen
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 c6 6.0-0
Bg7 7.exd6 Qxd6 8.Nbd2 0-0 9.Bb3 Nd7 10.Nc4 Qc7 11.Re1 N7f6 12.Nce5 Ng4 13.Qe2
Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Be6 15.c3 Rad8 16.h4 Bf5 17.h5 c5 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.Qf3 cxd4
20.cxd4 Qd6 21.Bd2 Be6 22.Rac1 Qb8 23.Rc5 Qd6 24.Ba5 Bxe5 25.Rxe5 Nb6 26.Bxe6
fxe6 27.Qe4 Rf6 28.Bxb6 Qxb6 29.b3 Kf7 30.Rc4 Rh8 31.Rec5 Rf5 32.g4 Rf6 33.d5?
Qd6 34.dxe6+ Kg7 35.Qd4 Qh2+ 36.Kf1 Rd8 37.Qe3 Rd3 38.Qe1 Qh1+ 39.Ke2 Qf3+
40.Kf1 Rd1 41.g5 Qxf2# 0-1
The Governor's Cup will be held in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota, from October 27-29. Among the invitees are MI
Grandmaster-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky and GM
Kasparov to play first serious event since retirement
TWIC informs: Garry Kasparov will play his first serious chess event
since his retirement after the Linares 2005 tournament in Zurich on
2006. Kasparov always left open the door to play rapid
events and he will take on Anatoly Karpov, Viktor Korchnoi and Judit Polgar on
the occasion of the Lichthof Chess
Champions Day. Other reports have
suggested this will be a FIscher Random event.
Garry Kasparov was a guest on the Charlie Rose Show last night. Kasparov
and Russian foreign policy maven Steven F.Cohen discussed the current
political situation in Russia.
Texas Master Mikhail Langer won the Jerry Spann Memorial, held July
15-16 in Oklahoma City, with NM Bill Orton, Tom Braunlich and Sergey Galant
sharing second.. Braunlich won the title of Oklahoma champion on tie
break. Frank and Jim Berry organized and directed.
The USCF reports as a result of elections at the recent FIDE Congress in
Turin, Italy, and subsequent action by the USCF Executive Board, the following
changes were made in the representatives of the USCF to the World Chess
William Kelleher was elected by FIDE to the position of Presidential Board
Vice President. He replaced Steve Doyle who stepped down after ten years on
the Board. Mr. Kelleher had previously served as the USCF’s Delegate to FIDE.
Don Schultz was then selected by the USCF Executive Board to fill the vacancy
left by Kelleher as FIDE Delegate.
10) Joel Benjamin on Chess.FM
IF YOU MISSED LAST NIGHT'S SHOW, OR TRIED TO LISTEN IN BUT
COULD NOT GET ANY SOUNDŠ
Due to technical difficulties last night's
terrific interview with GM JOEL BENJAMIN was not broadcast for the first 40
minutes of the show, although it WAS recorded! I urge any of you who
haven't already heard a replay to listen to one of the continuous replays
running today until about 8:30 PM this evening. This was a fascinating
interview-I THINK ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS EVER-in which Joel candidly discusses
his exciting success in the World Open, his new online column for the USCF
("Ask Joel") and what types of questions he is seeking from chessplayers
(& what questions he doesn't want!), teaching children and not having them
be afraid of being challenged, Kasparov's canards about the Deep Blue Team,
his views on both the FIDE & USCF tournament rules & various time
controls, and much else. This is really a show worth hearing if you can
possibly find the time today!
11) Upcoming Events
Vladimir Pafnutieff - August 5
Bernardo Smith Amateur - August 19 and 20
Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA TDs:
Salman Azhar, Jason Gurtovoy
by USF Chess Club, Alan Kirshner
University of San Francisco, 2nd floor, 20085 Stevens Creek Blvd,
Cupertino, CA (between De Anza Blvd & Wolfe Rd)
>From I-280 N/S take De Anza exit & go South; Take left on Stevens
Creek; U-turn @ Blaney & arrive 20085 Stevens Creek. Enter from the
parking lot side (North) of the building.
& SCHEDULE: Three sections: Expert (above 2000),
Reserve (U2000) and Amateur (U1600) in a one or two-day schedule. USCF rated
four-round Swiss. Ratings will be based only on the
June 2006 USCF rating supplement. Registration: 7/29 - 8:30 am - 9:30 am. 7/30 - 7:30am -
2-day: 7/29 - 10 & 3:00, 7/30 - 1:30 & 6:30, 1-day: 7/30 - 9, 11:10,
1:30, & 6:30. (1-day and
2-day events merge in round 3).
2-day, 30/90 G/60 all rounds.
1-day, Rounds 1-2, G/60; Rounds 3-4, 30/90, G/60.
$49 postmarked by 7/24/2006; $64 postmarked after 7/24/2006 &
on-site. IMs/GMs free. USCF membership required. Entrants may
play up one section for $10.
after round 2 of the 2-day schedule into the 1-day schedule: $20. $5 discount
for Juniors (U18) or Seniors (65+). $5 discount for postmark before
or more individuals may compete for a club, team, or school. Multiple club
teams allowed. Team discount of $5 per entry. All (four or more) entries must
be in 1
or not counted. Teams may form on-site, but won’t receive discount.
½ point byes available in any round and must be requested before the start of
round 1. Maximum one ½ point bye per entry.
PRIZES: Expert (2000 and up): 1st - $400 ,
2nd - $150, 3rd - $100
(U2000): 1st - $400 ,
2nd - $150, U1900 - $50, U1800 - $50 - U1700 -
(U1600): 1st - $400 ,
2nd - $150, U1500 - $50, U1400 - $50 - U1300 -
or Team 1st-
3rd receive Club Trophy
Junior (U18) Highest Score between
Juniors - $50 for main event.
1st - $50, 2nd - $35, U2000 - $20, U1800 - $20,
U1600 - $20, U1400 - $20
Prize 1st - $50,
2nd - $40, 3rd- -$30 4th - $20 (per
prize fund based on 70 fully paid adult entries.
Blitz prize fund based on fully paid 20 entries. Bughouse prize fund based on
fully paid 12 teams.
fund and/or number of prizes will be increased or decreased based on total
entries in each event.
Blitz Championship (Open) in a 5 round Swiss format. Each game will be played
with both colors (10 games played total).
Both sides will have 5 minutes to make
all moves. This is a G/5 rated event. Event will start following the
conclusion of 2nd round play or 8:00pm. Bughouse:
Championship (Open) in 5 round swiss. Each game will played with both colors
(10 games played total). Both sides will have 5 minutes to make all moves.
Event will start following conclusion of Blitz or 9:00pm. (May Sign up
individually and td will partner to avoid late fee) (You may pay in advance
and then form a team at the tournament.)
Bring chess clocks and sets (Black
chooses equipment); few provided!!
Registration will close as scheduled to allow round 1 to start on
time. Late entries will be
a ½ point bye or paired against another late entry at the TD’s
discretion. No computer entries
accepted. Wheelchair access to
California Classic Entry Form
Name: USCF ID # Rating:
Address: Expiration Date: .
& State: Zip: Phone: (
Address: Requested ½ point bye (if any),
the section being entered:
all that apply:
2-day: $49 postmarked by 7/24/2006 , $64
postmarked after 7/24/2006 & on-site
1-day: $49 postmarked by 7/24/2006 , $64
postmarked after 7/24/2006 & on-site
Play up one section for
Discount (maximum 2 discounts
[$10] per entry)
Team Discount of $5 per member. Team Name: !
$5 discount for Juniors (U18) or Seniors
$5 discount Early Registration
Postmarked by 7/14/2006 for main event.
$10 Bughouse Championship Entry
by 7/24/2006, $20 after & on-site
$15 Blitz Championship Entry
postmarked by 7/24/2006, $25 postmarked after 7/24/2006 &
Re-Entry 1-day schedule for
checks payable to Jason Gurtovoy)
entries to: Jason Gurtovoy, 34249 Fremont Blvd. #158 Fremont, CA