Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #342

The game itself has changed, too. It has become more concrete and tough, and contains fewer abstract ideas. Suspicious-looking but deeply analyzed positions are played, and we see that there's something wrong with our perception, because they are completely playable. You know, when you play against the computer, it often seems that its pieces are badly coordinated and lacking protection, but then it turns out that they interact splendidly, only at some higher level of perception. And young players are learning this kind of chess.

Anatoly Bykhovsky

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News  
2) Derek O'Dell by Michael Atkins
3) Poem by Dennis Fritzinger
4) Steve Gaffagan annotates
5) Here and There
6) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

The 7th Annual Imre Konig Memorial G/45, held last Saturday at the Mechanics', attracted 62 players with GM Walter Browne and NM Sam Shankland sharing first at 4.5 from 5 and dividing $600.

Browne led the field with a perfect score after the following victory over National Junior High co-champion Gregory Young.

Sicilian Sveshnikov [B33]

Gregory Young - Walter Browne
San Francisco (4), 2007

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 Bg5 12.Be2 0-0 13.0-0 Ne7 14.Nc2 Nxd5 15.exd5 Qb6 16.Nb4 Bd7 17.Qb3 Rab8 18.Nc6 Bxc6 19.dxc6 Qxc6 20.Rad1 Be7 21.Rfe1 Kh8 22.Bf3 Qc7 23.Bd5 f5 24.Re3 Bg5 25.Rh3 Qe7 26.Qa3 Rb6 27.Qa5 Rfb8 28.Qb4 Re8 29.Qa5 Qa7 30.Bf7 Rf8 31.Bg6 Bh6 32.Bh5 e4 33.Qb4 Rc6 34.Rxd6 a5 35.Qd4 Qxd4 36.Rxd4 Bc1 37.b3 Bb2 38.Rd5 Bxc3 39.Rxb5 Bd4 40.g3 Rc1+ 41.Kg2 Rc2 42.Rh4 Rxf2+ 43.Kh3 g5 0-1

In the last round the 6-time US Champion was paired with IM Vladimir Mezentsev.

Walter had a substantial advantage when both players quit keeping score. As both players got low on time the tables turned and Browne was fight to draw a difficult ending. It looked bleak as Vladimir had two connected queenside passed pawns but then Walter sacked a pawn on the kingside to give himself passed e and h pawns and things were not so clear. Finally it was rook and pawn versus rook where Walter's king was cutoff but he was able to draw by frontal defense, playing the last 35 moves with 1 second on his clock ( the player's were playing with 5 second time delay). Vintage Walter!

Queen's Gambit Declined Exchange [D35]

Walter Browne - Vladimir Mezentsev San Francisco (5), 2007

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 Bd6 8.Bd3 Be6 9.Nf3 Nbd7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Rb1 a5 12.a3 Qe7 13.Re1 Rfd8 14.e4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Bf4 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.Nc5 Nd5 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Qe2 Kf7 20.Qe4 Qf6 21.g3 Bc7 22.Ne5+ Bxe5 23.dxe5 Qg5 24.Qf3+ Kg8 25.h4 Qe7 26.Qe4 Qf7 ... ½-½

Here is a nice effort from just turned 12 Gregory Young from the National Junior High in Sacramento.

Young,G (2069) - Sugino,C (1908) [B01]
Sacramento (4), 2007

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.c4 Nb6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Nf3 0-0 8.h3 c6 9.Rc1 N8d7 10.Be2 Nf6 11.0-0 Be6 12.b3 h6 13.Qd2 Kh7 14.Rfd1 Ne8 15.a4 a5 16.Ne4 Bc8 17.Bd3 f5 18.Nc5 Nc7 19.Ne5 Ne6 20.Nxe6 Bxe6 21.f4 Nd7 22.Nf3 Bf7 23.Qf2 b6 24.Bb1 b5 25.d5 cxd5 26.cxb5 e5 27.fxe5 Nxe5 28.Nd4 Bg8 29.Rc5 Rc8 30.Rxc8 Qxc8 31.Rc1 Qb7 32.Qd2 Ra8 33.Qc2 Re8 34.Bf2 Kh8 35.Qc3 Qa8 36.Qc7 Qd8 37.b6 Nd7 38.Nc6 Qg5 39.Rf1 Ne5 40.Nd4 Qd8 and now Black's flag fell in a difficult position. 1-0

The Spring Tuesday Night Marathon is shaping up for an exciting finish. BM Sam Shankland and Experts Romulo Fuentes, Victor Ossipov and Dante Argishti are tied with 5-1 with two rounds remaining.

Two very good blitz tournaments are scheduled to be held at the Mechanics' in May on Sundays. The first, the Ray Schutt Memorial is set for May 6 and the second, the Cliff Lundberg Memorial is May 20. Both will feature prize funds of around $700.

2) Derek O'Dell by Michael Atkins

O'Dell is the President of the Virginia Tech Chess Club. His USCF MSA page is He is a student of many time Va Champ Rusty Potter in Roanoke.

He was wounded last Monday during the shooting in Blacksberg . He was in the second row of his German class when the shooter came in, killing many, including the person sitting right in front of him. He and another student blockaded the door when Seung-Hui Cho tried to get back in the room. He was undoubtedly responsible for saving many lives, a chessplayer who was a hero.

Below are several of the articles online about him and his photo from one of them.

Michael Atkins

3) Poem by Dennis Fritzinger

cafe chess

i like the chess scene
in the cafe.
i like watching the pieces
come out
and romp around the board.
i like
that everything's so civilized,
no guns, knives, or players
blowing themselves up.
i like
that the skyline remains
the same,
even when everything gets down
to two kings
and an empty board.
i like
that the fantasy
doesn't hurt anybody,
or anything,
that the conflict ends when the conflict
is over.

4) Steve Gaffagan annotates

English [A34] Steven Gaffagan - David Petty Mechanics' Institute Tuesday Night Spring Marathon (5) .2007

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Qa4+ Bd7 8.Qh4

White makes it difficult for Black to castle kingside...If your reply is: "so what?", well...I agree with you!

8...Bc6 9.0-0 Na6!? 10.a3 Nac7 11.Ne4 Ne6

I rather like Black's play so far.

12.d3 Qc7 13.Rb1 h6 14.b4 cxb4 15.axb4 f5 16.Nc5 Nxc5 17.bxc5 Bf6 18.Qc4 Nc3 19.Rb2 Bd5 20.Qb4

20.Bf4 Qa5! The computer sees this winning move instantly.(20...Nxe2+ 21.Rxe2 Bxc4 22.Bxc7 Bxd3 23.Rd2! (23.Rfe1 Bxe2 24.Rxe2 Rc8 The line I analyzed during the game, which I concluded was favorable for Mr. Petty.) 23...Bxf1 24.Bxf1;


20...Na2? 21.Rxa2 Bxa2 22.Qa4+; 20...Qd7.

21.Qa3 g5 22.Be3?!

22.d4 Ne4 (22...g4 23.Qxc3 gxf3 24.Bxf3)


Black threatens 23...Nb5.


23.Bd4 Nb5 24.Rxb5 Qxb5 25.Bxf6 exf6 26.Nd4! Qd7 27.Nxf5 Bxg2 (27...Qxf5 28.e4) 28.Nd6+ Ke7 29.Kxg2 b6

23...Nxe2+ 24.Kh1 Qc7?!


25.Re1 f4

25...Nc3 26.Rxf6!

26.Rxe2 fxe3 27.Rxe3 0-0


28.Kg1! g4?! 29.Nh4

The only move I considered during the game. 29.Ng5 looks complicarted and indeed after 29...Bxg2 (29...Bxg5 30.Bxd5+ Kh8 31.Rxb7 Qd8 32.Qc3+ Bf6 33.Qc4+-) 30.Qb3+ Kh8 31.Ne6 a4!? 32.Qc4 Qc8 33.Kxg2 a3 34.Nxf8 Qxf8 35.Re2 Bb2!? 36.Rbxb2 Qf3+ 37.Kg1 axb2 38.Qd4+ Kg8 39.Qxb2 Qxd3 the position is not yet settled. The nice centralizing move 40.Qe5 looks like the right way to proceed. 40...Qd7 41.Qxe7 Ra1+ 42.Kg2 Qd5+ 43.Qe4 Rd1.

29...Bxg2 30.Nxg2 Bd4?!

I expected my opponent to play this move.

31.Qb3+ Rf7

31...Kh8 offers more resistance. 32.Rxh6+ Kg7 33.Qe6! Ra6 I did not see 33...Ra6 during the game. 34.Qxg4+ Kxh6 35.Qxd4 Raf6 36.Re5! Rxf2 37.Qh4+ Kg7 38.Qg5+ Kh7 39.Qh5+ Kg7 40.Rg5+ Kf6 41.Qg6# is cute but not forced, of course.

32.Rxb7 Qxc5

32...a4 33.Qxf7+ Kxf7 34.Rxc7 Bxe3 35.Nxe3 a3 36.Nc2 a2 37.Kg2 David and I examined this whole variation starting with 32...a4 on the BART train without a chessboard! 37...a1Q 38.Nxa1 Rxa1 and White reaches a favorable rook ending. There are many choices (but you can only play one!). On the train we focused on my suggestion of 39.Rc6.

33.Rexe7 Bxf2+ 34.Kf1 Qc1+ 35.Ke2 Kh8 36.Rxf7 a4 37.Rh7# 1-0

5) Here and There

I have just learned that former Ohio Champion Richard Noel passed away on April 21st at the age of 69 in Cleveland. An appreciation of Richard will appear in the next Newsletter.

Kasparov and Kramnik continue to look at the world with different eyes. While Kasparov was all over the news for his recent arrest by Russian authorities and appears in today's Wall Street Journal (4/25) Kramnik gave an interview in Argumenti i Fakti in which asked to comment on Garry Kimmovich responded: "In any society, there is always a clan of the dissatisfied" Kasparov has been quoted as saying that Russia "now stands somewhere between Belarus and Zimbabwe." (in political freedom for its citizens).

The East Bay Chess Club continues to meet on Friday nights for USCF rated play. EBCC members play free with a $5 charge for non-members. Registration ends at 7:45 with play starting promptly at 8. Contact Peter Sherwood for more information at . Peter would greatly appreciate any leads on a possible new home for the EBCC whose lease expires in August.

6) Upcoming Events

MI Events - go to for more information

Charles Powell Memorial - May 12th
Arthur Stamer Memorial - June 2nd and 3rd
William Addison Open - June 23rd

April 28-29
9th Annual Los Angeles County Championship
5-SS, 30/85, SD/30 (1st 3 rounds), 40/2, SD/1 (last 2 rounds). Sierra Vista Rec Center, 311 N Rural Drive, Monterey Park, CA 91755. $$1100 guaranteed: $300-200-100, U2200, U2000, U1800 each $100, U1600, U1400 each $75, Unrated $50. EF: $30 if received by 4/26, $40 at door. Special option for HS/below: $10, 5 trophies only. SCCF membership req'd of So. Californians: $14, $9 jrs.
Reg: 9-9:40 a.m.
Rds: 10-2-6, 10-4.
Info: Randy Hough (626) 282-7412, .
Ent: SCCF, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754.
GP: 10. State Championship Qualifier

A Classic Event! Jun.16 14th California Classic Championship California, Northern
5SS G/45. 3003 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054. EF: $29. $15 more after 6/12, $2 Cal Chess Discount.. $750 b/50: Open 200-100-50 U2000 30, Reserve: 200-100 U1600 30, U1400 30, U1200 30. Reg: Sat 8:30-9:30 AM, Rds: 10:00-11:30, 11:45AM-1:15 PM, 1:45-3:15PM, 3:25-4:55PM, 5:00-7:00 PM. Ent: Salman Azhar, P.O. Box 730934, San Jose, CA 95173-0934, Payable to Salman Azhar or paypal to Info:

May 15-23, Oklahoma
Frank K. Berry 2007 U.S. Championship
9SS, Quality Inn (formerly Holiday Inn) , 2515 W 6th Ave (Hwy 51), Stillwater OK 74074. Prize fund $65,000 or higher; see website. Open only to qualified US players (most are GMs) or Patrons who are US players. Entry fee for Patrons: 2500/over $5000, 2400-2499 $10000, 2300-2399 $15000, 2200-2299 $20000, 2100-2199 $30000, 2000-2099 $40000, Under 2000 $50000. No fee for qualified players. Deadline for Patron EF is 4/25; after that, Patron entries accepted only at discretion of USCF Executive Director. HR: $60 or lower, 405-372-0800. For updated details see FIDE rated, GM & IM norms possible. Ent: US Chess Federation, PO Box 3967, Crossville TN 38557, phone 931-787-1234.

Aug. 14-19 2007 U.S. Senior Open S. California
6SS, 40/2 SD/1, open to USCF members born before August 14, 1957. La Quinta Resort & Club, 49 - 499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta (Palm Springs) CA. 92253 HR: $105 800 -589-3828. EF: $90 if received by July 16, $100 by July 30, $110 after July 30 or onsite. Make out checks to USCF. Prize Fund: 85 or more paid entries: guaranteed $5,000 (or 70% return) 1st: $1200, 2nd: $700, 3rd: $450, 4th: $350; 5th $250; 6th 150; U2200 $300-150, U2000 $300-150; U1800: $250-150, U1600: $200-100, U1400 $200-100, Unrated $200-100. Trophies: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Prizes for each Age champions 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and over 75. Reg: ends 12 noon August 14 for Senior Open. Traditional Schedule: Tuesday - Saturday one round daily 2 pm. Sunday, 11 am. Alt Schedule: G/60 Thur Rd 1 3pm, Rd 2 6pm, Fri Rd 3 10am, merge with Traditional Schedule 2pm. 1/2 pt. byes available except final Rd. Awards reception 6 pm. TD: NTD Carol Jarecki. (website coming soon for this event) or mail USCF P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557

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