The vast majority of players will have some degree of laziness in their thoughts both during and in between games; they talk about chess a lot, skim through lots of books but don't actually sit down, get a board and pieces out and analyze chess positions.
Note - This is the second Newsletter this week due to the holiday season. The regular schedule will resume on Wednesday, January 10th.
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News 2) North American Open 3) Jim Berry Announces his Candidacy for USCF Executive Board 4) John Grefe improving 5) Upcoming Events
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
The Mechanics' Chess Club will resume its regular schedule on January 3rd with a lecture by GM Alex Yermolinsky. The Winter Tuesday Night Marathon starts January 9 and runs eight rounds. The next G/45 event, the 7th Bob Burger Open, is January 20.
2) North American Open
Hikaru Nakamura appears to be heading for a smashing victory with a round to go in the North American Open in Las Vegas. MI Grandmaster-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky is well positioned for a strong finish and a spot in the US Championship.
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3) Jim Berry Announces his Candidacy for USCF Executive Board
The deadline for filing for the USCF Executive Board is January 10 and presently it looks like there will be nine candidates for the four vacant spots. These include Susan Polgar, Paul Truong, Mikhail Korenman, Sam Sloan, Don Schultz, Randy Bauer, Joe Lux, Mike Goodall and Jim Berry.
The latter, from Stillwater, Oklahoma, brings an interesting set of skills to the EB race. A member of the USCF for over 40 years, James Berry is both a active player ( 225 tournaments since 1991) and director (72 events since 1991). He and his twin brother Frank, who were mentored by the late USCF President Jerry Spann in their youth, have made Oklahoma a mecca for top level chess the past fifteen years. Among the players to compete in their events are current US Champion Alex Onischuk and runner-up Yury Shulman and the entire 2004 US Women's Olympiad teams including Susan Polgar.
Besides a lifelong interest in the game Mr. Berry has a varied business career. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Stillwater National Bank (OKSB on Nasdaq) and since 1988 has been the owner of Shading Concepts, which manufactures and sells solarium draperies. From 1973 to 1988, Mr. Berry was a stockbroker in Oklahoma City with a major Wall Street firm.
4) John Grefe improving
John Grefe, who tied for first with Lubosh Kavalek in the 1973 US Championship, is trying to battle back from a very serious case of diabetes that caused him to be hospitalized for over 6 weeks and lose over 70 libs the past half year. The New Jersey native, who has made the Bay Area his home since the late 1960s, is eager to hear from old friends. You can contact John at (415) 845-4038 or (510) 326-2390.
5) Upcoming Events
Bob Burger Open - January 20
Feb 17, 18 19 President's Day FIDE Open OK GP # 1 Stillwater
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