Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #310

Weaknesses of character are normally shown in a game of chess.

Garry Kasparov

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) US Chess League
3) FIDE World Blitz Championship
4) East Bay Chess Club is back
5) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

Four rounds into the Paul Vayssie Tuesday Night Marathon there is a six-way tie for first. Leading the way at 3.5 are FM Frank Thornally, NMs Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Russell Wong, plus Experts Sam Shankland, Josh Gutman and Daniel Naroditsky. The latter defeated NM Igor Margulis in round four.

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 may be a board or two still available. Call ( 415) 421-2258 if you are interested. Spassky will also be doing a free talk and book signing on Sunday from 2pm to 3:30 pm which is open to all.

Mike Goodall, who was in a serious car injury while on his way to the US Open, is making a steady recovery. He writes:


I returned home today after 45 days in health care facilities. Now I spend four to six month convalescing at home. I wish to thank those of you who called and/or visited me in the hospital. Please tell the world that I'm all right, although I'll probably always have a bad back. I learned the hard way that I suffer from narcolepsy, so I won't drive until that's cured. On the positive side I lost about 35 lbs. You might say I broke my back to get in shape.

2) US Chess League

The Mechanics' made it 3-0 with a 2.5-1.5 victory over the Philadelphia Masterminds on Wednesday night. It was a tense match with two of the games being drawn relatively quickly and the other two looking to be split but IM Josh Friedel saved the day when he drew a difficult ending after IM David Pruess won. 10-year-old Expert Daniel Naroditsky made league history as the youngest player ever to compete in the regular season.

Philadelphia vs San Francisco

1. IM Richard Costigan (PHI) vs IM Josh Friedel (SF) 1/2-1/2
2. IM David Pruess (SF) vs FM Norman Rogers (PHI) 1-0
3. FM Michael Shahade (PHI) vs IM Dmitry Zilberstein (SF) 1/2-1/2
4. NM Daniel Naroditsky (SF) vs FM Matthew Bengtson (PHI) 1/2-1/2

Costigan,R (2287) - Friedel,J (2513) [C49]
USCL Philadelphia vs San Francisco Internet Chess Club (3), 13.09.2006

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 d6 7.Bg5 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Qe7 9.h3 Nd8 10.Re1 Ne6 11.Bd2 c5 12.d4 Nc7 13.Bd3 b5 14.a4 Bd7 15.axb5 Nxb5 16.Ra5 Rfb8 17.Qa1 Rb7 18.dxe5 dxe5 19.c4 Nd6 20.Qxe5 Be6 21.Bg5 Bxc4 22.Qxe7 Rxe7 23.Rxc5 Bxd3 24.cxd3 h6 25.Bxf6 gxf6 26.Ra1 Rd8 27.Rd5 Red7 28.Ra4 Ne8 29.Rxa7 Rxd5 30.exd5 Rxd5 31.Ra8 Kf8 32.d4 Ke7 33.Kf1 Nd6 34.Ke2 Rb5 35.Ra2 Ke6 36.Ke3 Kf5 37.Nd2 Ke6 38.Rc2 Ra5 39.Nf3 Rb5 40.Re2 Kf5 41.g4+ Ke6 42.Kf4+ Kd5 43.Rc2 Ra5 44.Rc5+ Rxc5 45.dxc5 Kxc5 46.Nh4 Kd5 47.Nf5 Ne4 48.Ne7+ Kd4 49.f3 Ng5 50.h4 Ne6+ 51.Kg3 Ng7 52.Ng8 h5 53.Nxf6 hxg4 54.fxg4 Ke5 55.Nd7+ Kd6 56.h5 Ne6 57.h6 Ng5 58.Nf8 f5 59.gxf5 60.Kg4 Nf7 61.h7 Kf6 62.Ne6 Nh8 63.Kf4 Nf7 64.Ng5 Nh8 65.Kg4 Ke5 66.Ne6 Kf6 67.Kf4 Nf7 68.Ke4 Nh8 69.Nf4 Nf7 70.Nh5+ Kg5 71.Nf4 Kh6 72.Kd5 Kxh7 73.Ke6 Ng5+ 74.Ke7 Ne4 75.Ne6 Kh6 76.Nc5 Nxc5 77.f6 Kg6 78.f7 Nd7 79.Kxd7 Kxf7 DRAW

Pruess,D (2459) - Rogers,N (2270) [B33]
USCL Philadelphia vs San Francisco Internet Chess Club (3), 13.09.2006

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 0-0 12.Nc2 Bg5 13.a4 bxa4 14.Rxa4 a5 15.Bb5 Ne7 16.Ncb4 Nxd5 17.Nxd5 Rb8 18.Qe2 f5 19.exf5 Bxf5 20.0-0 Be6 21.Bc4 Kh8 22.Rd1 Rb7 23.Rda1 Qb8 24.b4 Bd8 25.bxa5 Bxd5 26.Bxd5 Rb1+ 27.Rxb1 Qxb1+ 28.Qf1 Qc2 29.Ra2 Qxc3 30.a6 Bb6 31.a7 Bxa7 32.Rxa7 g6 33.g3 Qd4 34.Rf7 Rc8 35.Qb5 Qd1+ 36.Kg2 Qh5 37.Qd7 1-0

Shahade,M (2242) - Zilberstein,D (2435) [A13]
USCL Philadelphia vs San Francisco Internet Chess Club (3), 13.09.2006

1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 dxc4 4.Bg2 Nd7 5.Qa4 a6 6.Qxc4 b5 7.Qc2 Bb7 8.0-0 Ngf6 9.d3 c5 10.Bg5 Be7 11.a4 0-0 12.Nc3 Qb6 13.axb5 axb5 14.Nd2 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Qc6+ 16.Kg1 Nd5 17.Bxe7 Nxe7 18.Qb3 Rab8 19.Ra5 c4 20.dxc4 bxc4 "e0" Rxb2 22.Qxc6 Nxc6 23.Ra2 "e0" 24.Nxa2 Ra8 25.Nc3 h6 DRAW

Naroditsky,D (2055) - Bengtson,M (2264) [B18]
USCL Philadelphia vs San Francisco Internet Chess Club (3), 13.09.2006

1.e4 class="e0" 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.h4 h6 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bd2 Be7 12.0-0-0 0-0 13.Rhe1 c5 14.Bc3 Qc7 15.dxc5 Nbd7 16.Qc4 Nxc5 17.Kb1 Rac8 18.Ne5 Ncd7 19.Qxc7 Rxc7 20.Nxd7 Nxd7 DRAW

2006 Standings

Boston 3.0
8.5 (71%)
Baltimore 2.0
7.5 (63%)
Carolina 1.0
5.0 (42%)
New York 1.0
4.0 (33%)
Philadelphia 0.0
4.5 (38%)

Seattle 3.0
9.5 (79%)
San Francisco 3.0
8.5 (71%)
Miami 1.0
5.5 (46%)
Dallas  0.5
4.5 (38%)
Tennessee 0.5
2.5 (21%)

The MI team has a blog site at

3) NFIDE World Blitz Championship

From September 5th to 8th the FIDE World Blitz Championship has taken place in the city of Rishon Lezion (Israel). Sixteen players took part, eight of them invited by the organization, two of them qualified on the ICC Blitz event, and the other six qualified through the very tough qualification blitz that took place just before the main tournament at the same venue.

The eight invited players were: GM Vishy Anand (India, 2779), GM Peter Svidler (Russia, 2742), GM Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2729), GM Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, 2727), GM Judit Polgar (Hungary, 2710), GM Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 2709), GM Etienne Bacrot (France 2708) and GM Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 2675).

ICC organized a very strong Blitz Qualifier for titled players. GM Zhao Jun from China and GM Dmitry Gurevich (USA, 2507) were the two players classified to the FIDE Blitz World Championship! The Qualifier was played by 153 FIDE titled players and took place Sunday, August 20, 1pm server time. As GM Zhao Jun had other obligations (a team match France vs. China), he couldn't take part in the Israel tournament. Therefore, third-placed GM Gagunashvili (Georgia, 2591) was the second ICC qualifier to the tournament. The other six qualifiers came from a 13-round qualifier, played just before the event. More than 170 players including 35 GM participated and the six winners were GM Ilya Smirin, (Israel, 2659), GM Michael Roiz (Israel, 2611), GM Emil Sutovsky (Israel, 2607), GM Sergey Erenburg (Israel, 2585) and IM's Dan Zoler (Israel, 2455) and Gaby Lifshitz (Israel, 2407). Other important names that missed the qualification were Bareev or Milov. The tournament ended after 15 rounds with a tie for first place between Grischuk and Svidler with 10.5/15. Alexander won the sudden death game with the white pieces, taking the first prize of 14.400 USD dollars. Final Standings (and prizes after 10% FIDE tax):

1. Grischuk - 10 (14.400$)
2. Svidler - 10 (10.800$)
3. Radjabov - 10 (6750$)
4. Anand 10 (6750$)
5. Ju. Polgar - 9 (5625$)
6. Gelfand - 9 (5625$)
7. Bacrot 8 (4950$)
8. Carlsen - 7 (4500$)
9. Erenburg - 7 (3450$)
10. Sutovsky - 7 (3450$)
11. Gagunashvili 7 (3450$)
12. Roiz - 6 (2700$)
13. Smirin 6 (2700$)
14. D. Gurevich 4 (2700$)
15. Zoler - 3 (2700$)
16. Livshitz - 3 (2700$)

4) East Bay Chess Club is back

The East Bay Chess Club is back in a new location ( 7994 Capwell Dr) near the Coliseum in the Oakland Airport Business Park. The EBCC, which will be open seven days a week, begins operations next Monday in the 1700 square foot facility. The new location should be particulary welcomed by players in San Leandro, Hayward and Fremont who have never had a full-time club. The EBCC is a little over a mile from the Coliseum BART station and has ample parking. Go to for more information.

5) Upcoming Events

Mechanics' Events

Howard Donnelly Memorial - September 23
J.J. Dolan Memorial - October 28
Carroll Capps Memorial - November 11 and 12

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