Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #319

In chess there are three results and two of them are good.

Two-time Soviet Champion Lev Psakhis

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Vinay, Vidi, Vici - SF 3-Seattle 1
3) John Grefe
4) 1945 California State Championship
5) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

WIM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs defeated NM Michael Aigner and IM Ricardo DeGuzman on the final day of the 36th Carroll Capps Memorial to win with a 6-0 score, taking home $400. Tying for second at 5-1 in the 53-player event were Aigner and NM Peter Zavadsky. The traditional tournament was held November 11-12 at the Mechanics' with Anthony Corrales and John Donaldson directing.

DeGuzman,R - Rudyak,F D45
Capps Memorial (3) 2006

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Be7 7.g4 Nxg4 8.Rg1 f5 9.h3 Ngf6 10.Rxg7 Ne4 11.Bd2 Bh4 12.Rg2 Bxf2+ 13.Rxf2 Nxf2 14.Kxf2 Nf6 15.Ke2 Ne4 16.Be1 Rg8 17.Kd1 a6 18.c5 Qc7 19.Nxe4 fxe4 20.Ne5 Bd7 21.Bh4 Rg7 22.Qf2 b6 23.Be2 1-0

Zhong,M - Zavadsky,P A25
Capps Memorial (3)

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Nd5 0-0 6.a3 Be7 7.e3 d6 8.b4 Bf5 9.d3 Qd7 10.b5 Nd8 11.Nxe7+ Qxe7 12.Ne2 Qd7 13.h3 a6 14.bxa6 Rxa6 15.e4 Be6 16.f4 exf4 17.Nxf4 Nc6 18.Bb2 Ne5 19.0-0 c5 20.g4 h6 21.Bxe5 dxe5 22.Nd5 Nh7 23.Qd2 h5 24.Rf5 hxg4 25.hxg4 Bxf5 26.exf5 Nf6 27.Qe2 Nxd5 28.Bxd5 Qe7 29.Qe3 Qh4 30.Qxe5 Qxg4+ 31.Kf2 Rf6 32.Be4 Rh6 33.Rg1 Qh4+ 34.Rg3 Qf6 35.Qxc5 Rh2+ 36.Kf3 Qb2 37.Qe3 Ra8 38.d4 Rxa3 39.Bd3 Kf8 40.f6 gxf6 41.d5 f5 42.Qc5+ Ke8 43.Qc8+ Ke7 44.Qc7+ 1-0

Tuvshintugs,B - Aigner,M [C88]
Capps Memorial (5) 2006

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.c3 d5 10.d4 exd4 11.e5 Ne4 12.cxd4 Na5 13.Bc2 c5 14.Nc3 Nxc3 15.bxc3 c4 16.Nh2 Bc8 17.Qh5 g6 18.Qh6 Nc6 19.Nf3 f5 20.exf6 Bxf6 21.Bxg6 hxg6 22.Qxg6+ Kh8 23.Qh5+ Kg8 24.Qg6+ Kh8 25.Qh5+ Kg8 26.Bh6 Bg7 27.Bxg7 Kxg7 28.Ng5 Bf5 29.Ne6+ Bxe6 30.Rxe6 Rf6 31.Rae1 Rxe6 32.Rxe6 Ne7 33.Qe5+ Kf7 34.Qf6+ Ke8 35.Qg6+ Kd7 36.Rd6+ Kc7 37.Rxd8 Nxg6 38.Rxa8 Nf4 39.Kf1 1-0

DeGuzman,R - Tuvshintugs,B [D03]
Capps Memorial (6) 2006

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 d5 4.Nbd2 Be7 5.c3 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Qb3 0-0 8.e3 c5 9.Be2 Nc6 10.0-0 Rd8 11.Rfe1 Nf8 12.Qa3 b6 13.Bb5 Bb7 14.dxc5 Qxc5 15.Qxc5 bxc5 16.Nb3 Nd7 17.Rad1 c4 18.Nbd4 Nxd4 19.Nxd4 Nc5 20.b3 a6 21.Bc6 Bxc6 22.Nxc6 Rd6 23.Na5 cxb3 24.axb3 Rb6 25.Rb1 Rb5 26.b4 Rc8 27.Ra1 Nd3 28.Reb1 Rxc3 29.Rb3 Rxb3 30.Nxb3 Rxb4 31.Rxa6 g5 32.Ra3 Nc5 33.Nd2 Ne4 34.Nb3 Nc5 35.Nd2 Rb2 36.Nf1 Ne4 37.f3 Nd2 38.Ng3 Nc4 39.Rc3 f5 40.Kf1 f4 41.exf4 gxf4 42.Ne2 0-1

Sam Shankland, Victor Ossipov and Romulo Fuentes lead the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon with perfect scores after three rounds. Top-seed WIM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs leads a large group of players half a point behind. 66 players are competing in the event which ends December 19.

The late Henry Gross kept his game scores from the 1950s onwards in scorebooks produced by the English firm Chess. Some years after his passing the scorebooks were brought into the Mechanics' and left on a table for anyone to take that wanted them. NM Robert Haines saved 11 volumes and two more were found in the chess effects of the late Paul Vayssie. By any chance is there anyone out there that has the blue scorebooks for the years 1964 to 1969? If so please contact John Donaldson at or call (415) 421-2258. It would be great to be able to make a photocopy of the missing volumes.

2) Vinay, Vidi, Vici - SF 3-Seattle 1

Last night the Mechanics' advanced one step further in its quest to win the US Chess League by defeating the arch rival Seattle Sluggers 3-1. Seattle, which had the third best record in the league during the regular season, had played the Mechanics' close in two previous regular season encounters, drawing 2-2 and losing 1.5-2.5, but were solidly defeated in the league semi-finals. Leading the way for the Mechanics' was first board Josh Friedel. Seattle GM Gregory Serper is one of the greatest expert in the United States on the Paulsen/Kan setups with an early ...a6 and ..e6 where Black delays development in favor in favor of an ultra flexible setup but Josh gained an advantage early with his incisive 10.e5! forced Black to take an isolated d-pawn. Spectators thought White would support his e-pawn with 20.Rae1 but 21.h5 was much more to the point as evidenced by the further 23.Rf7! A very nice-played game by Josh against a strong and resourceful opponent.

Second board turned out to be anti-climatic as it was the last to finish and we already were up 2.5-.5. This was an up and down struggle with the last portion of the game greatly influenced by the opponents lack of time. IM Orlov was definitely interested in gaining revenge for his lost to Vinay in the regular season in this heavyweight battle against two of the leagues most successful second boards. The final result was a hard fought draw as Vinay kept his undefeated record in league play intact. His performance rating over two seasons is the neighborhood of 2750 USCF!

Board three was fairly uneventful. Seattle third board MIlat surprised David by avoiding his normal Alekhine's and adapting accordingly White avoided his normal 7.Nxc6. Black played the slightly dodgy ...Ra6-e6 maneuver in the Uogele variation but White failed to get in b4 and subsequent simplification cleared the board to make the score 1.5-.5.

The clincher for SF was 15-year-old Sam Shankland who won a nice positional effort against Seattle's Michael Lee, an early-season candidate for league MVP.

The Mechanics' has won 8 matches and drawn three this season and won their last four regular season matches last year, but what would be a 15 match undefeated streak was interrupted by a painful loss in the playoffs to Miami 2.5-1.5 where it looked like we had every chance to advance. Now one more victory will make things right. We will face New York, which like us was eliminated in the semi-finals last season. Last year they had a great regular season but in 2006 they suffered and nearly didn't make the playoffs. All that has changed the past two weeks as they defeated Carolina and Boston by 3-1 scores. Give credit to team manager Jennifer Shahade who made the hard decision to bench half the team (including herself!) for the last three matches and possibly the final round of the playoffs even though it meant sitting some higher rated players. Don't miss the final on Wednesday, November 29, at 5:30pm. You can watch in person at the Mechanics or online via the ICC.

1. IM Josh Friedel (SF) vs GM Gregory Serper (SEA) 1-0
2. IM Gregory Orlov (SEA) vs IM Vinay Bhat (SF) 1/2-1/2
3. IM David Pruess (SF) vs FM Marcel Milat (SEA) 1/2-1/2
4. Michael Lee (SEA) vs Sam Shankland (SF) 0-1

San Francisco 3 vs Seattle 1
Friedel,J (2513) - Serper,G (2570) [B43]
USCL San Francisco vs Seattle Internet Chess Club (12), 15.11.2006

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 b5 6.Bd3 d6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.f4 g6 9.Kh1 Bg7 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Nd5 12.Qf3 0-0 13.Nxd5 exd5 14.Bf4 Be6 15.a4 b4 16.a5 Qc7 17.Nxe6 fxe6 18.Qg4 Qd7 19.h4 Nc6 20.h5 Nxe5 21.Bxe5 Bxe5 22.hxg6 Bxb2 23.Rf7 h5 24.Qg5 Qd8 25.Rxf8+ Qxf8 26.Rf1 Qd8 27.Qxh5 Ra7 28.Rf3 Qxa5 29.g7 1-0

Orlov,G (2580) - Bhat,V (2463) [A12]
USCL San Francisco vs Seattle Internet Chess Club (12), 15.11.2006

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.b3 Bg4 4.Bb2 Nd7 5.g3 Ngf6 6.Bg2 e6 7.0-0 Bd6 8.d3 0-0 9.Nbd2 Qe7 10.h3 Bh5 11.Qc2 a5 12.e4 dxe4 13.dxe4 Bg6 14.Nh4 a4 15.Rfe1 e5 16.Nf5 Bxf5 17.exf5 Bb4 18.Bc3 Rfe8 19.Qb2 Ba3 20.Qc2 Bb4 21.Nf3 Qc5 22.Re3 axb3 23.axb3 Rxa1+ 24.Bxa1 Qa7 25.Bc3 Bc5 26.Re2 e4 27.Ng5 e3 28.f4 Bd4 29.Bxd4 Qxd4 30.Nf3 Qb6 31.Kh2 Nc5 32.Ne5 Qxb3 33.Qc1 Rd8 34.Rxe3 Qa2 35.Ra3 Qe2 36.Qg1 Na6 37.Re3 Qc2 38.g4 h6 39.Re1 Rd2 40.g5 Nh5 41.Rf1 hxg5 42.fxg5 Qc3 43.Nf3 Rc2 44.Qa7 Qb4 45.Qa8+ Qf8 46.Qxf8+ Kxf8 47.Ne5 Nc5 48.f6 gxf6 49.gxf6 Ne4 50.Ng4 Kg8 51.Rf5 Nhg3 52.Rf4 b5 53.cxb5 cxb5 54.Nh6+ Kf8 55.Rg4 Ke8 56.Rg8+ Kd7 57.Nxf7 Nf1+ 58.Kg1 Nxf6 59.Rg6 Ne3 60.Bf3 Ke6 61.Nh6 b4 62.Ng8 Kf7 63.Rxf6+ Kxg8 64.Rb6 Rb2 65.h4 Nf5 66.h5 Nd4 67.Bd5+ Kh8 68.h6 Ne2+ 69.Kf1 Ng3+ 70.Ke1 Rh2 71.Rxb4 Game drawn by mutual agreement 1/2-1/2 Pruess,D (2459) - Milat,M (2345) [B35]
USCL San Francisco vs Seattle Internet Chess Club (12), 15.11.2006

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 a5 9.a4 Ng4 10.Qxg4 Nxd4 11.Qh4 Nxb3 12.cxb3 Ra6 13.0-0 Re6 14.Rad1 b6 15.Bh6 Bxh6 16.Qxh6 f5 17.Rfe1 Bb7 18.exf5 Rxe1+ 19.Rxe1 Rxf5 20.Qh4 Rf7 21.Ne4 Bxe4 22.Qxe4 Qc7 23.g3 Qc5 24.Re2 Qc6 25.Qxc6 dxc6 26.Kg2 Kf8 27.Re6 Rf6 28.Rxf6+ exf6 29.Kf3 Ke7 30.Ke4 Kd6 31.Kd4 c5+ 32.Kc4 Kc6 33.f3 f5 34.f4 h6 35.h3 h5 36.h4 Kc7 37.Kd5 Kd7 38.Ke5 Ke7 39.Kd5 Kd7 40.Ke5 Ke7 41.Kd5 Kd7 Game drawn by repetition 1/2-1/2

Lee,M (2102) - Shankland,S (2106) A21
USCL San Francisco vs Seattle Internet Chess Club (12), 15.11.2006

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 3.Nd5 Bc5 4.e3 Ne7 5.Ne2 0-0 6.d4 Nxd5 7.cxd5 exd4 8.Nxd4 Qf6 9.Nb3 Bb6 10.Be2 d6 11.0-0 Bf5 12.Nd2 Nd7 13.Nc4 Ne5 14.Nxb6 axb6 15.f3 Qg6 16.Kh1 Bd3 17.Bxd3 Qxd3 18.Kg1 f5 19.Qxd3 Nxd3 20.Rd1 Nc5 21.b4 Na4 22.Rd4 b5 23.h4 Nb6 24.Kf2 Rfe8 25.Kg3 Nc4 26.Kf4 Re5 27.a3 g6 28.Ra2 Re7 29.Rd3 Rae8 30.a4 Ra8 31.a5 Ra6 32.Re2 b6 33.axb6 Nxb6 34.Kg5 Re5 35.Rc2 Ra7 36.Rcd2 Ra8 37.f4 Re4 38.h5 Kf7 39.hxg6+ hxg6 40.Rc2 Rc4 41.Rxc4 bxc4 42.Rd1 Rh8 43.g4 Rh2 44.Rg1 Nxd5 45.gxf5 Rh5+ 46.Kg4 Nf6+ 47.Kf3 gxf5 48.Rg2 c3 49.Ke2 Rh1 White resigns 0-1

Frank Berry reports that at Youtube ( ) you can find a Fischer documentary on line. Part 1 is the Iceland match. Also you can click on parts 2, 3 and 4. About 35 min in all.

3) John Grefe

Former US Champion John Grefe is at Alameda General Hospital in room 3205 and welcomes visitors but asks to call first. His cell phone number is (415) 845-4038.

4) 1945 California State Championship

The following two games come from the The Chess Correspondent, page 8-9, March-April 1945 which notes that the event was held January 15-25, 1945, in San Francisco. STeiner and Fink shared first, each dropping only one point.

Steiner - Fink,A [D02]

California State Championship 1945

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c6 3.Bf4 e6 4.Nbd2 f5 5.e3 Bd6 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.Ne5 0-0 8.0-0 Qe7 9.c4 Nbd7 10.Ndf3 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Nb6 12.Bd3 Bd7 13.Qb3 Kh8 14.a4 Be8 15.Bg3 Nbd5 16.Rfc1 h6 17.a5 a6 18.Nh4 Bxe5 19.Bxe5 Nh7 20.g3 Bh5 21.Be2 Bf7 22.Bf3 Ndf6 23.Ra4 Rad8 24.h3 g5 25.Ng2 Kg8 26.Be2 Rd7 27.Ne1 Bh5 28.Bxh5 Nxh5 29.Nd3 f4 30.g4 Qf7 31.Nc5 fxe3 32.Qxe3 Nf4 33.Bxf4 gxf4 34.Qxe6 Qxe6 35.Nxe6 Rf6 36.Nc5 Re7 37.Rb4 Rff7 38.h4 Nf6 39.f3 Nd5 40.Rb3 Re2 41.Nxb7 Ne3 42.Nd6 Rd7 43.Rxc6 Rg2+ 44.Kh1 Rf2 45.Ne4 Rxf3 46.Nf6+ Kh8 47.Rc8+ Kg7 48.Nh5+ Kh7 49.Nf6+ Kg7 50.Nxd7 Rf1+ ½-½

Hurt,J - Steiner,H E00

California State Championship 1945

(Jim Hurt)

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6 4.g3 Nbd7 5.b3 a5 6.a3 c6 7.Nbd2 Bd6 8.Bb2 0-0 9.Bg2 Ne4 10.Nxe4 dxe4 11.Nd2 f5 12.0-0 Qf6 13.Qc2 h5 14.c5 Bc7 15.Nc4 Qh6 16.Bc1 Qg6 17.f3 exf3 18.Rxf3 e5 19.dxe5 Nxe5 20.Nxe5 Bxe5 21.Bb2 Bc7 22.Raf1 Be6 23.Bh3 Rae8

Black had two alternatives: 23...Rf7! 24.Bxf5 Bxf5 25.Rxf5 Bxg3 26.hxg3 (Note that White must not try for a win by 26.Rxf7? Qxc2 27.Rxg7+ Kh8 and now White is lost 28.Ba1 Be5 29.Bxe5 Qxc5+ winning) 26...Qxg3+ and draws by perpetual check. ; 23...h4? 24.Bxf5 Bxf5 25.Rxf5 Rxf5 26.Qxf5 Qxf5 27.Rxf5 hxg3 28.hxg3 and White remains a pawn with good winning chances for if 28...Bxg3 29.Rg5

24.Bxf5 Bxf5 25.Rxf5 Rxf5 26.Rxf5 Qg4 27.Rf3 h4 28.Qd3 hxg3 29.hxg3 Rd8 30.Qe3 Qh3 31.Bd4 Qd7 32.Bc3 Qh3 33.Bd4 Qd7 34.Bc3 Qh3 35.Bd4

White's only alternative appears to be 35.Be1 Rd1 36.Qf2 Be5 37.Rd3 Rc1 38.Rd8+ Kh7 39.Rd3 and White is still all tied up.


Black had a strong winning try at this point: 35...b6 36.b4 axb4 37.axb4 bxc5 38.bxc5 Rb8! 39.Bb2!! Rxb2 40.Qe8+ and White draws by perpetual check.

36.Bc3 Qh3 1/2-1/2

5) Upcoming Events

Mechanics' Events

Saint-Amant Memorial - November 18
Guthrie McClain Memorial - December 2
Jim Hurt Amateur - December 16 and 17

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.

November 23-26 American Open A 42-year tradition, Southern California's premier tournament offers a large prize fund, eight rounds of quality chess, choice of 4- or 3-day schedule, one or two half-point byes if you need them, around-the-clock videos, and free lectures by GMs -- this year, former US champ Alex Yermolinsky and Ian Rogers (who witnessed the recent world championship match in Elista), as well as the ever-popular IM Jeremy Silman. For full details and to enter online, please visit our website:

Nov. 25-26 Scott Kittsley Quick Chess Festival (QC) GPP: 15 Wisconsin 8SS, G/29, QC. Best Western Hotel, 5105 S. Howell Ave, Milwaukee WI 53207. Free shuttle from airport, free parking. Prizes $3,600 based on 80 paid entries per section. OPEN: $1,000-500-300, u2200 $250, u2000 $200. Under1800: $450-250, u1400 $175, u1200 $150, unrated $100, K-12 $125-100. EF: $50 if postmarked by 11/18, $70 later. $5 off advance EF per player if 5 or more enter together, $20 off advance EF per K-12 player if 5 or more teammates enter together. Cash only at site. Re-entry $30. Reg: Sat 10-11:30am, Rds: Sat 12-2-3:30-5, Sun 10-12-1:30-3:00. Bye all, limit 4, must commit before rd 2. HR: $65, 414-769-2100, reserve early. Ent: Ashish Vaja, Chief Director; 6822 N.Crestwood Dr; Glendale, WI 53209. Checks payable to Ashish Vaja. $5 charge for refunds. Questions:, 608-233-0923.

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