Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #313

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess News - Boris Spassky visits
2) US Chess league - MI beats New York
3) Alan Pollard 1947-2006
4) John Grefe is ill
5) Upcoming Events 

Don't forget the Western States Open is this weekend in Reno!

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

This past weekend the Mechanics' Institute was honored by a visit from Boris and Marina Spassky. The 10th World Champion, who became a household name in the United States following the Fischer-Spassky match in 1972, gave a series of lectures, talks and a simul. The program began on Saturday morning when Boris met and worked with many of the Bay Areas best juniors including WIM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, NM Sam Shankland, plus Daniel Naroditsky and Nicholas Nip (respectively the top rated ten and eight-year-old players in the US). Later in the day he faced twenty-five players in a simul scoring 20 wins and five draws. Those splitting the point with Spassky were Alan and Daniel Naroditsky, Ewelina Krubnik, Stanley Eng and Bryan Reinhardt. Among those who lost were NM Albert Rich and Expert Alan Freberg and a slew of Class A players including Bruce "Mustard" Kopet. Part of the exhibition was televised on NBC ( KNTV) that evening on the local news. Heads up to Anthony Corrales for making the latter possible.

Sunday morning Boris gave an advanced lecture for members of the Mechanics' Institute US Chess League team and GM Patrick Wolff. The topic was Rook and Pawn versus Rook. The former World Champion gave a very informative and entertaining talk on the theme of Master and Dog - that to play Rook and Pawn endings correctly you must understand the relationship between the Master (King) and Dog (Rook). Later in the day, after brunch at the Sheraton Palace hotel, Boris gave a 2 hour talk and question and answer to an over flow crowd that warmly greeted one of the greatest ambassadors the game has ever known. The event brought out many well-known faces. Among those attending Spassky's talk were GM Tal Shaked, IM David Strauss, IM Anthony Saidy, SM Richard Lobo, NMs Robert Hammie and Alan Benson and Expert Robert Moore, the noted chess bibliophile.

Sunday night Boris suffered a mild stroke that caused him to have to cancel his talk at the MI on Tuesday and trip to Reno for the Western States Open the following day. Thankfully Boris is making a complete recovery with no diminishment of his physical or mental abilities. Marina and Boris would like to thank the many individuals who have helped and wished them well during their stay in San Francisco. The Spassky's hope to return to San Francisco.

The Mechanics Institute would like to thank Vega Capital Group and the following individuals whose financial contributions helped to make the Spassky's visit possible: Mingsen Chen, Neil Falconer, Andy Ansel, Joe Russell, Charles Maddigan, Jim Flack, Michael Hilliard, Jim Eade, Jerry Lerman and Agnis Kaugars. It is not too late to contribute to the Spassky fund which is still running a deficit. Donations, payable to the Mechanics Institute, are tax deductible and can be sent to 57 Post, Room #408, SF, CA 94104.

I would also like to thank Alan Benson, Patrick Wolff, Sam Shankland, Tony Lama, George Sanguinetti, Steve Brandwein, Anthony Corrales and Agnis Kaugars for their help over the weekend in getting the Chess Room ready for various Spassky activities and to Chris Mavraedis for kindly providing transportation for the Spasskys.

A fantastic collection of photos of Spassky's talk to the kids on Saturday and his simul can be found at . The team of Richard Shorman, Kerry Lawless and Mark Shelton did a fantastic job.

San Francisco Expert Alan Freberg kindly shares his game with Boris from Saturday's simul.

Boris Spassky v. Alan Freberg
San Francisco Sept. 30, 2006
Mechanics’ Inst. Chess Club Simultaneous—25 boards
Caro-Kann Defence, Bronstein/Larsen variation

1. e4 Spassky had everyone play 1. e4


I knew he liked to play the King’s Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. f4) and in fact I saw him play a few KGs before he got to my board. My simple response to the KG has always been the Falkbeer Counter Gambit (2...d5). I knew that would be no good against him, though it has served me well in 5 minute chess.

I played the Caro-Kann Defence (1...c6 and 2...d5) to avoid his KG. At his Q & A the next day he said he had never lost with the KG, spoke of having played many thousands of KGs and that he had played it at every opportunity in the simul.

2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4. Ne4 Nf6 5. Nf6 gf 6. c3 Bf5 7. Nf3 Qc7 8. Nh4 Bg6

Perhaps my first inaccuracy. Varnusz, in “Play the Caro-Kann,” cites the game Durasevic-Hort, Marianske-Lazne 1962 where 7. Nf3 Qc7 8. g3 e6 9. Bg2 Nd7 10. Bf4 e5 11. Be3 O-O-O 12. O-O Kb8 13. Nh4 Be6 14. Qc2 Nb6 was played “with slight advantage to White.” With Spassky’s move order the Bg6 may be misplaced, while playing Be6 blocks the thematic ...e5.

9. g3 Nd7 10.Bg2 O-O-O 11. O-O e6 12. Bf4 Bd6

12...e5 is probably better. 13. Be3 Kb8 would probably have resulted. However, I was nervous about him obtaining the two Bishops in an open position and chose the B exchange instead.

13. Bd6 Qd6 14. Qf3 f5

Again, 14...e5 looks better. I should have aimed for ...e4, ...f5 and Nf6. I thought activating my B was more important. The B did some good work keeping his Rooks off the d1 square in some later fantasy variations, but was otherwise useless at h5. Bad idea.

15. b4 Nf6 16. b5 Bh5 17. Qd3 c5

After this move I’m completely lost. Even though I save myself from his immediate mating attack with 22...a5 my position is a shambles while he has no weaknesses. Taking 17...cb 18. Qb5 leaves me having to play an eventual ...b6 which loses to his a-Pawn’s advance.

18. Qc4 b6 19. a4 Qc7 20. Bc6 Ne4

With 20. Bc6 he takes away my K’s escape square (I had visions of running it over to the safety of the K-side) and sets up the mate. With ...Ne4 I looked at 21.a5 Nd2 22.ab Qb6 23. dc Nc4 24. cb ab with material equality and hopes of running my K to safety.

21. Rfe1 Nd6 22. Qa2 a5 23. d5 f4 24. de fg 25. hg Ne8

Terrible move. 25...fe would have been better, but for some reason his 26. Qe6 looked worse than what actually happened.

26. e7 Rd6

I sacked the exchange as he had several options that included Nf5, Be8 and Ng7—meanwhile my Rook has no good squares. Hmmm—Just thinking--maybe I should have let him play 26.edQ like he did in his game against Bronstein in the 1960 USSR Championship, except that I had no follow up and Spassky did. The next day he spoke at length about that game, David Bronstein and the use of a position from that game in the opening scene of the James Bond movie “From Russia With Love” where Specter’s evil Kronstein played Spassky’s side of the game. Naturally, it was a Kings Gambit.

27. Qc4 Rc6 28. bc Qc6 29.Re5 Bg6 30. Rd1 Nc7 31. Nf5 1-0

Black resigns. Spassky’s comment was “Yes, it is time.” Truth to be told, I could just as easily have resigned at least six moves earlier, but a simul is, to some extent, a group effort. While I doubted that I would get lucky, I could occupy his efforts which might allow others to get lucky—and in the mean time, you never know. In fact, he offered two or three draws to some strong younger players during that time. He was a real gentleman.

Walnut Creek Class A player Clarence Lehman shares his loss to Boris

SF (Spassky simul ) 9/30/ 2006

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Bc4 Be6 7.Qe2 Be7 8.O-O Nc6 9.d4 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Bxc4 11.Qxc4 Qd6 12.a4 O-O 13.Ba3 Qf6 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Rae1 Qd6 16.Ng5 Qg6 17.Ne4 Qf5 18.g3 Rae8 19.Rxf4 Qg6 20.Qd3 f5 21.Ref1 b6 22.g4 Rf7 23.Ng3 Ne7 24.gxf5 Qc6 25.c4 Qxa4 26.Ne4 h6 27.f6 Ng6 28.Rg4 Nf8 29.Rxg7+ Rxg7+ 30.fxg7 Nh7 31.Ng3 Kxg7 32.Nf5+ Kh8 33.Nxh6 Nf8 34.Nf7+ Kg7 35.Ne5 Rxe5 36.dxe5 Qe8 37.Qg3+ Ng6 38.Rf6 a5 39.h4 Kh7 40.Qg5 1-0

More simul games will follow in future Newsletters.

Expert Josh Gutman is guaranteed no worse than a tie for first in the Paul Vayssie Memorial Tuesday Night Marathon after defeating veteran Expert Victor Ossipov in round 7. Gutman, who has scored 3.5 from his last four games against opposition averaging over 2200, has 6.5 from 7, a point ahead of WIM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and NM Russell Wong.

Ossipov,V - Gutman,J [D02]
Vayssie TNM 2006

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.c3 Qb6 6.Qb3 c4 7.Qxb6 axb6 8.Na3 Bf5 9.Nb5 Ra5 10.Nc7+ Kd7 11.Be2 e6 12.a4 Bc2 13.Bd1 Bxd1 14.Kxd1 Ne4 15.Ke2 g5 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Nxg5 Nxg5 18.Bxg5 Rg8 19.Bf4 Bd6 20.Kf3 Rga8 21.Rab1 e5 22.dxe5 Nxe5+ 23.Bxe5 Bxe5 24.Rhd1 Ke6 25.e4 Rf8+ 26.Ke3 Bf4+ 27.Ke2 dxe4 28.Rd4 Rc8 29.g3 Bd6 30.Rxe4+ Kd7 31.Rd1 Rh5 32.h4 Rh6 33.Kf1 Re6 34.Rg4 Rg6 35.Re4 Rc5 36.Rdd4 b5 37.axb5 Rxb5 38.Rd2 Rc5 39.Kg2 b5 40.f4 Kc6 41.Kf3 h5 42.Re8 Rf5 43.Rde2 Rd5 44.R8e6 Rd3+ 45.R6e3 Kd5 46.Re1 Bc5 47.Rxd3+ cxd3 48.Re5+ Kd6 49.b4 Ba7 50.Ke4 Rxg3 51.Rd5+ Kc6 52.Rxd3 Rxd3 53.Kxd3 Kd5 54.f5 Bf2 55.f6 Bxh4 56.f7 Be7 57.c4+ bxc4+ 58.Kc3 h4 59.b5 h3 60.b6 Kc6 0-1

2) US Chess league - MI beats New York

The San Francisco Mechanics' are the owners of the best record in the US Chess League after defeating the New York Knights 2.5-1.5 while previously undefeated Boston was defeated by an identical score by defending champion Baltimore. This leaves the MI atop the Western Division at 5.5 from 6 with Seattle in the West and Boston in the East both at 5-1. Mark Pinto, possibly the most successful player in the history of the USCL, with 4.5 from 5 the past two seasons, came through once again, defeating higher rated FM Boris Privman in the only decisive game in the match. Mark, like Vince, is a Mechanics' Institute Trustee, and our Trusty Trustees are 4-0 for us this season!

Things were tough on the top three boards. IMs Vinay Bhat and David Pruess finished at almost the same exact moment, ending in draws. It looked at that time the final score would be 2-2 as IM Josh Friedel was a pawn down in a lost Rook ending, but once again he saved the day. Every team successful team needs a "rock" on first board, and Josh is the Mechanics' "rock" holding the fort against strong GMs and enabling everyone else on the team to play on a lower board.

Next Wednesday at 6pm the Mechanics' will square off with Seattle in the first of two Friends and Rivals clashes over the next three weeks to determine the Best in the West. Seattle stumbled against New York two weeks ago but rebounded very successfully this week, defeating Miami by the impressive score of 3.5-.5.

San Francisco Mechanics

New York Knights

IM Josh Friedel - 2513



GM Pascal Charbonneau - 2500

IM Vinay Bhat - 2463



IM Irina Krush - 2445

IM David Pruess - 2459



NM Mackenzie Molner - 2367

NM Mark Pinto - 2217



FM Boris Privman - 2338

Avg Rating - 2413

Avg Rating - 2412

San Francisco Total -------



------- New York Total


Friedel,J (2513) - Charbonneau,P (2500) [B48]
USCL San Francisco vs New York Internet Chess Club (6), 02.10.2006

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Bd3 Nf6 8.0-0 b5 9.Nxc6 Qxc6 10.a3 Bb7 11.Qe2 b4 12.axb4 Bxb4 13.Ra4 a5 14.Nb5 0-0 15.f3 d5 16.e5 Nd7 17.c3 Be7 18.f4 Nc5 19.Bxc5 Bxc5+ 20.Kh1 g6 21.Rfa1 Qb6 22.Nd4 Rfb8 23.h3 Bxd4 24.Rxd4 Bc6 25.Rb1 Qc5 26.Qd2 a4 27.Ra1 Rb3 28.Rb4 Rb8 29.Rxb8+ Rxb8 30.Be2 Qb6 31.Bd1 Qxb2 32.Qxb2 Rxb2 33.Bxa4 Bb7 34.Rc1 d4 35.Rc2 dxc3 36.Rxc3 Rxg2 37.Bc6 Bxc6 38.Rxc6 Rf2 39.Rc4 h6 40.Kg1 Re2 41.Kf1 Rh2 42.Rc3 Kg7 43.Rg3 Rc2 44.Rf3 Rc4 45.Kg2 Re4 46.h4 g5 47.hxg5 hxg5 48.Rg3 Rxf4 49.Rxg5+ Kh6 50.Rg3 Re4

The Rook was excellently placed on f4 and 50...Kh5 ( threatening ...Rg4) was the way to victory - Yermo after a quick glance. Of course around here both players were very low on time.

51.Rf3 Kg6 52.Rg3+ Kf5 53.Rf3+ Rf4 54.Re3 Rg4+ 55.Kf3 Rg8 56.Kf2 Rg7 57.Kf3 Rg5 58.Kf2 Kg6 59.Kf3 Rg1 60.Kf4 Rg5 61.Re1 Rf5+ 62.Ke4 Kg7 63.Rg1+ Kf8 64.Ra1 Rh5 65.Rg1 Rh4+ 66.Ke3 Ke7 67.Ra1 Rg4 68.Kf3 Rb4 69.Ra7+ Kf8 70.Ra1 Kg7 71.Rg1+ Kh6 72.Ke3 Rh4 73.Rf1 Kg7 74.Rg1+ Kf8 75.Ra1 Rg4 76.Kf3 Rb4 77.Ke3 Rb7 78.Ke4 Ke7 79.Rd1 Rb2 80.Ra1 Rb4+ 81.Ke3 f5 82.exf6+ Kxf6 83.Ra5 e5 84.Ra8 1/2-1/2

Krush,I (2445) - Bhat,V (2463) [D45]
USCL San Francisco vs New York Internet Chess Club (6), 02.10.2006

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.b3 a6 8.Be2 e5 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Bb2 Bg4 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.Bxg4 Nxg4 14.h3 Nf6 15.0-0 0-0 16.Ne2 Rc8 17.Qb1 Qe7 18.Rc1 Ne4 19.Bxe5 Qxe5 20.Nd4 Qf6 21.Qb2 Rfe8 22.Rc2 Rxc2 23.Qxc2 h5 24.Rc1 Re5 25.Qc8+ Kh7 26.Rc2 Nd6 27.Qc7 g5 28.g4 hxg4 29.hxg4 Kg6 30.Kg2 Re7 31.Qd8 Re4 32.Qg8+ Kh6 33.Qf8+ Kh7 34.Rc7 Rxg4+ 35.Kf1 Rh4 36.Kg2 Rg4+ 37.Kf1 Rh4 38.Kg2 Rg4+ 1/2-1/2

Pruess,D (2459) - Molner,M (2367) [B07]
USCL San Francisco vs New York Internet Chess Club (6), 02.10.2006

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.Qe2 Nc6 6.e5 Nd7 7.Nf3 Nb6 8.Bb3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.0-0 d5 11.Bf4 f6 12.Rfe1 c6 13.Nd1 g5 14.Bd2 Nac4 15.exf6 exf6 16.Bb4 Nd6 17.Qe7 Qxe7 18.Rxe7 Rd8 19.c3 Bf8 20.Re2 Bf5 21.Ne3 Bd3 22.Ree1 Re8 23.h4 h6 24.hxg5 hxg5 25.Nh2 Kf7 26.Nhg4 Nbc4 27.Rad1 Nxe3 28.Nxe3 Bg6 29.f3 a5 30.Bc5 Rxe3 31.Rxe3 a4 32.Bxd5+ cxd5 33.Re2 Re8 34.Rxe8 Nxe8 35.Kf2 Nc7 36.Bxf8 Kxf8 37.Ke3 Nb5 38.Kd2 a3 39.b3 Nd6 40.Rh1 Kg7 41.Re1 Kf7 42.Rh1 Kg7 43.Re1 Kf7 44.Rh1 Kg7 1/2-1/2

Privman,B (2338) - Pinto ,M (2217) [E15]
USCL San Francisco vs New York Internet Chess Club (6), 02.10.2006

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qa4 Bb7 6.Bg2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nc3 c5 9.Rd1 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Bxg2 11.Kxg2 Qc8 12.e4 Qb7 13.f3 a6 14.Be3 d6 15.Rd2 Rc8 16.Qb3 Nbd7 17.Na4 Rab8 18.Qd3?? Ne5 19.Qe2 Nxc4 20.Rd3 d5! 21.exd5 Nxe3+ 22.Qxe3 Nxd5 23.Qe2 Bf6 24.Rad1 b5 25.Nc3 Nxc3 26.bxc3 h6 27.Qe4 Qxe4 28.fxe4 Rc4 29.Re1 Rbc8 30.e5 Bg5 31.h4 Bd8 32.Red1 Ba5 33.Nf3 Rxc3 34.Rxc3 Bxc3 35.Rd6 a5 36.Rb6 Rc5 37.Ra6 a4 38.Ra8+ Kh7 39.Ra7 Bxe5 40.Rxf7 Bf6 41.g4 Rc2+ 42.Kg3 Rxa2 43.g5 hxg5 44.hxg5 Kg6 45.Rb7 Bxg5 46.Rxb5 Bf6 47.Ra5 a3 48.Ne1 Re2 49.Rxa3 Rxe1 50.Kf2 Ra1 51.Rb3 e5 52.Rf3 e4 53.Rf4 e3+ 54.Ke2 Ra2+ White resigns 0-1

2006 Standings








15.5 (66%)




13.0 (54%)

New York



11.0 (46%)




10.5 (44%)




9.5 (40%)





San Francisco



16.0 (67%)




17.5 (73%)




11.5 (48%)




10.5 (44%)




5.0 (21%)

Whoever has the most points in the "W" (win) column, is in the lead in the standings.
Total game points + win percentage are used as a tiebreaker. To see the rest of the tiebreak procedures click

Playoff Procedures:

* Top three teams from each division qualify for the playoffs. Results are calculated by Total MATCH points.
** The first round of the playoffs will consist of the 2nd+3rd place team from each division playing each other in the "wildcard round".
The 2nd place team gets draw odds. The division winners receive a first round bye.
*** The Semi-Finals of the playoffs consists of the wildcard winners facing off against the division champions.
The division champions receive draw odds.
**** The League Championship consists of both Semi-Final winners playing each other.
There are no draw odds in this match and if tied there will be a tiebreaker.

MVP Rankings after Week 6


1. GM Pascal Charbonneau (NY)


2. GM Eugene Perelshteyn (BOS)


3. GM Julio Becerra (MIA)


4. GM Gregory Serper (SEA)


5. Michael Lee (SEA)


3) Alan Pollard 1947-2006

I am sad to have to write that SM Alan Pollard recently passed away of natural causes at the age of 59 in Southern California. Pollard, was active at the Mechanics off and on over a long period, from perhaps the late 1960s (when he was stationed at the Presidio) up into the early 1980s. Among his victories was a tie for first in the 1982 Carroll Capps Memorial where he shared top honors with Jeremy Silman, Peter Biyiasas, and Vince McCambridge.

Alan, who received the FM title in 1984 and was rated 2426 at his passing, was a participant in the 1983 Northern California Championship ( Bagby Memorial). A picture of the participants in that event can be found on south wall of the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club.

Remembrances of Alan would be greatly appreciated and will be run in the next few Newsletters.

4) John Grefe is ill

International Master John Grefe is very ill and needs assistance. A native of New Jersey, who was born in Hoboken in 1947, John burst onto the world chess scene in 1973 when he tied for first place in the US Championship with GM Lubomir Kavalek and followed this up with two other excellent results in America's strongest event. He was 4th in the 1974 US Championship and equal third in the 1977 US Championship. IM Grefe has won numerous tournaments all over the United States and especially California and a list would fill pages. In the Bay Area he was the 1982 Northern California Champion and shared the title in 1983 with the late Charles Powell and Jeremy Silman.

IM Grefe has written many books the best known of which is probably the Best of Lone Pine: The Louis D. Statham Chess Tournaments 1971-1980, co-authored with Dennis Waterman. Grefe served as editor of Players Chess News in 1986 and has written many articles for different publications over the years including a great piece on the 1977 US Championship that was published in Chess Life. In this event, an applepicker -one of John's many professions over the years-might have won the event had he not started so slowly (minus two after 8 rounds), but his finish with 4 1/2 from 5 is still remembered as is his inventive middlegame play that helped him defeat many a Grandmaster.

If you would like to help John please get in touch with Judee Shipman who writes:.

Donations can be made out to me (Judee Shipman) and sent to:

Judee Shipman

2020 Santa Clara Ave.

(Apt #101)

Alameda, CA 94501

5) Upcoming Events

Mechanics' Events

J.J. Dolan Memorial - October 28
Carroll Capps Memorial - November 11 and 12
Saint-Amant Memorial - November 18
Guthrie McClain Memorial - December 2
Jim Hurt Amateur - December 16 and 17

Oct 6-9 24th Annual SANDS REGENCY RENO-WESTERN STATES OPEN GPP: 200 Enhanced Nevada

6SS, A US Championship Qualifying Event! Sepcial Guest: 10th World Chess Champion GM Boris Spassky!!! 3rd year in a row!! (This year’s tournament is dedicated to GM Igor Ivanov) 6SS, 40/2, 20/1, G/1/2. Sands Regency Hotel/Casino, 345 N Arlingotn Ave, Reno, NV 89501.1-800-648-3553 or (775) 348-2200. $$50,000 b/500, $$32,350 GTD. G-$5,000-2500-1200-1200-1000-900-800-700-600-500 in Open Section plus ½ of all other prizes. 6 sections: Open: EF: GMs and IMs free, Masters $139, (2000-2199) $201,(1999-below) $301. $$ Prizes 1-10 listed above, (2400-2499)$1000, (2300-2399) $1000-600-400, (2299-below) $1000-600-400. If a tie for 1st overall then 2 (G/10) playoff for $100 prize fund. (Note: GM/IM w/free entry not eligible for class prizes 2499 and below, may elect to pay entry fee and become eligible. EXPERT: (2000-2199) EF: $138. $$$2,000-1000-500-400-300-200-200-200-200-100-100 (under 2100) $700 “A” Sec. (1800-1999) EF: $137, $$1,900-1000-500-400-300-200-200-200-200-100-100-100. “B” Sec. (1600-1799) EF: $136, $$1,800-1000-500-400-300-200-200-200-200-100-100-100. “C” Sec. (1400-1599) EF: $134, $$1,700-1000-500-400-300-200-200-200-100-100-100-100. “D/Under” Sec.(1399/below -including unrateds) EF: $134 (unrated EF:10 + must join USCF or increase membership for 1 additional year($49 adults, $25 juniors). $$1,500-800-500-400-300-200-200- 200-100-100-100-100, (Under 1200) 700-400-300-500-100 (top unrated wins 1 yr USCF membership plus trophy). Senoirs (65/over) $$500-300-200 (Srs not eligible: provisionally rated, unrated & masters); Club Championship $$1000-500-300-200 decided by total score of 10 (and only 10) players from one club or area ( not eligible -masters and unrated). Trophies to Top 3 (A-D Sections). All: $11 more if mostmarked after 9/10 and $22 more if postmarked after 09/28 or email after 10/04. $20 off EF to Sr 65/over and Jrs 19/under. Players may play up. Unrated players not eligible for cash prizes except Open 1-10. CCA ratings may be used. Note pairings not changed for color alteration unless 3 in a row or a plus 3 and if the unlikely situation occurs 3 colors in a row may be assigned. Reg: (10/05) 5-9 pm, (10/06) 8:30-10 am. Rds: 12-7, 10-7, 9:30-6. Byes available any round (2 byes max) if requested before 1st round. Side Events: Thursday (10/05) 6-7:30 pm GM Larry Evans lecture (free, and dedicated to GM Igor Ivanov). 7:30 Simul ($20) GM Ludomir Kavalek 7:30 Blitz (5 min).

Nov. 25-26 California Classic Thanksgiving Chess Festival GPP: 10 California Northern

4SS, G/45. University of San Francisco-Cupertino, 20085 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014. 3 Sections: Expert, Reserve, Booster. All entry must be received by 11/18/2006. All Prizes Guaranteed. Expert (1800+) Grand Prix section, Prizes: $$670; 1st $320-2nd 150-3rd 50. Top U2100, U2000, U1900-$50 each. Available 1-Day Option. 30/90 G/1, 30/90 G/30. Rds: Sat: 10am-3pm. Sun: 1:45pm-5:45pm. On-site Reg: 8:30am-9:30am. Reserve (1200-1800) Prizes: $720; 1st-$320-2nd-$150. Top U1700, U1600, U1500, U1400, U1300-$50 Available 1-Day Option. 30/90 G/1, 30/90 G/30, Rds: Sat: 10am-3pm; Sun: 1:45pm-5:45pm. On-site Reg: 8:30am-9:30am. Booster (U1200): Prizes: Trophies to Top 5 overall. Top U1000, U900, U800, U700- all receive trophies. Max: 1 Trophy/Player. G/45. Available 1-Day Option. Rds: Sun: 10:00am, 12:15am, 2:00pm, 3:45 pm. All Entries To: Jason Gurtovoy, 34249 Fremont Blvd. #158 Fremont, CA 94555 On-site Reg: 8:30am -9:30am. Standard USCF Tie-Breaks will be used for trophies. For More Information: Jason at for info/advance entries. E-mail: Web Site: Entry: Discounts on Entry Fee for entering Multiple Events in Festival. Please download flyer from for more information. NS, NC, W.

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