Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #324

What is the difference between chess and other subjects? It's the ever-present reality of the opponent - the guy that tries to defeat our every idea. So the nicely illustrated examples crumble into dust when you read them in a book and then try and use them in practice... unless you've tested them with a zillion 'what-ifs'.

GM Nigel Davies

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News 
2) Jessie Kraai leads East Bay Chess Club GM Norm Event 
3) Mike Goodall to run for USCF Executive Board 
4) Here and There 
5) Upcoming Events 

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

The Fall Tuesday Night Marathon had a dramatic conclusion as Expert James Jones held WIM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs to a draw in the last round in the final game to finish. This enabled NM Sam Shankland, who had lost in an early round to Batchimeg, to catch up by defeating Expert Larry Snyder. Tuvshintugs and Shankland finished with 7 from 8 to finish a point ahead of Jones, Expert Romulio Fuentes and Class A Players Brendan Purcell and Jayakrishnan Ramachandran. The latter pair defeated higher rated opposition in the last two rounds to cap successful tournaments.The Winter Tuesday Night Marathon starts January 9. Below is the TNM schedule for 2007.

Winter TNM (8 rounds) January 9 - February 27

Spring TNM (8 rounds) March 20-May 8

Summer TNM ( 8 rounds) May 29-July 17

Ben Gross Memorial TNM ( 9 rounds) August 7 - October 2

Fall TNM ( 9 rounds) October 23-December 18

Congratulations to George Mandrusov and Tab Salvo who tied for first with 5-1 scores in the 29-player 6th Annual Jim Hurt Memorial Amateur which was open to players rated under 1800.

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. Note there will be no Tuesday or Wednesday night lectures by MI GM-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky on December 26 or 27.

2) Jessie Kraai leads East Bay Chess Club GM Norm Event

SWISS standings after round 5

4.5: Kraai
4: Milman
3.5: Friedel, Rensch
3: Lee, Sharavdorj
2.5: Panchanathan, Pruess, Fedorowicz
2: Roussel-Roozmon, Mezentsev, Sarkar, Shankland
1.5: Gutman, Tuvshintugs
0.0: Ballard

New Mexico IM Jesse Kaai is doing well in his hunt for his second GM norm. He drew last night and now has 5 from 6 and White today versus GM John Fedorowicz today. Kraai will likely need 7 from 9 for a norm in the ten round event. We wish him good luck! The schedule for the tournament is:

  • Saturday, Dec 16: 10 AM and 4:30 PM
  • Sunday, Dec 17: 10 AM and 4:30 PM
  • Monday-Friday, Dec 18-22: 1 PM
  • Saturday, Dec 23: 10 AM

Blitz Tournament:

A blitz tournament will be held on Saturday, 12/23 at 5 PM. Entry is free for FIDE tournament participants, however an entry fee will be charged to others, and there will be prizes The EBCC is located at 7994 Capwell Drive in Oakland near the airport.

3) Mike Goodall to run for USCF Executive Board

Newsletter 323 mentioned that 6 Candidates had already registered to run in next year's USCF Executive Board elections ( for four spots). Now Bay Area native, International Arbiter Mike Goodall has announced his candidacy. All USCF members ages 16 and over are eligible to vote. Look for your ballot in the June 2007 Chess Life and don't forget to vote.


I've changed my mind. I am running for USCF office again in the election next summer. I want you all to sign my nominating petition, if you are a USCF member. Just send me your printed name, your USCF ID, and your signature on a piece of paper that reads:

Being a Voting Member of the USCF I hereby nominate MIKE GOODALL as a candidate for election to the USCF Executive Board. I consent to having my name and USCF ID published as having signed this petition.

I need 30 valid signatures to be submitted by January 10, so rush it to me right away.

I'm not running on any slate. If I fail to be elected again, I won't trouble you in the future.

Send it to:

Mike Goodall
461 Peachstone Terrace
San Rafael, Ca. 94903-1327
Thank you very much,


4) Here and There

US Chess League czar Greg Shahade has announced that the USCL History Pages have been added for all teams and for the league in general. Go to

The Peoples Open is back. Yes, that most unique of Bay Area tournaments is back after a year break and in its traditional location at the Student Union at UC Berkeley on President;s Day weekend in February. Look for more details in future Newsletters.

The odds for success look small but that hasn't stopped Veselin Topalov's manager IM Silvio Danailov from trying for a quick rematch.

Official Proposal for World
Championship match

Dear All,

This is an official proposal for World Championship match Kramnik- Topalov, according to the FIDE regulations:

Patron of the match will be the President of Bulgaria Mr.Georgi Purvanov.Place of the match: Sofia (Bulgaria)

Schedule: April 12-30th 2007 (preferable dates)

Reserve option: If FIDE insists on the regulation You can choose dates in March 2007, which is six months before Mexico.
Financial conditions: Price fund, US Dollars mone million and five hundred (net)
For the World Champion; One million USD (net)

For the challenger: 500.000.USD (net)

For FIDE: 20% of the price fund ;
300.000.USD (net)

The Organizing Committee cover all the expenses during the Match.

Please, be so kind to confirm the participation of the World Champion, as well the schedule of the match as soon is possible, in order to start the preparation of the event.

Best regards,
Silvio Danailov
President Kaissa chess management EOOD

5) Upcoming Events

Mechanics' Events

Bob Burger Open - January 20
Henry Gross Memorial - February 10
A.J. Fink Amateur - March 3 and 4
Max Wilkerson Open - March 24

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