Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter #344

You are among the few players of the modern times that are called genius. Actually are there "genius" players in modern chess?

- Well, genius is a term that shouldn't be used lightly because it marks someone as an exceptional individual in his area of expertise. Definitely, there are some people who have a natural affinity for the profession they choose, however, as it was mentioned many times, success is 90% of work and 10% of talent. And no, I don't consider myself as a genius, all my results came as a result of many years of work with my father

Gata Kamsky

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News 
2) US Championship 
3) Ansel-McFarland 
4) Upcoming Events 

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

The Ray Schutt Memorial Blitz, held last Sunday, saw a proper sendoff for the popular Bay Area master who grew up in Hayward. 34 players battled in a 5 double round Swiss and at the end Six-time US Champion Walter Browne was the winner with 9 from 10, scoring 1 1/2 from 2 against IMs Ricardo DeGuzman and Dmitry Zilberstein. 1 GM, 2 IMs, 6 NMs and 8 Experts competed. Final Standings:

1. Browne 9/10; 2. IM DeGuzman 8.5; 3. IM Zilberstein, Experts Carlos Davila and Daniel Naroditsky 7 6. Jules Jelinek 6.5 7-14. NMs Harold Bogner, Sam Shankland, Jerry Hanken, Experts Louiza Livschitz, Felix Rudyak, Igor Traub and A players Murray Newcomb and Ted Castro 6.

This event was made possible by the generosity of Ray's son Bill, his sister Nancy and brother Bill. Plans are afoot to have a similar event next year.

Browne,Walter - De Guzman,Ricardo [C99] Ray Schutt Memorial Blitz San Francisco (3), 06.05.2007 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 Bd7 13.Nf1 Rfc8 14.Ne3 cxd4 15.cxd4 Nc6 16.a3 Nxd4 17.Nxd4 exd4 18.Qxd4 Be6 19.Bd2 Nd7 20.Rac1 Bf6 20...Qb6 was needed. 21.e5! dxe5 22.Bxh7+ Kh8 23.Qb4 Qb6 24.Be4 Rab8 25.Nd5! Qd4 26.Qxd4 exd4 27.Nxf6 27.Nc7! won. 27...Nxf6 28.Bd3 Bc4 29.Bf5 Re8 30.Bf4 Ra8 31.Rxe8+ Rxe8 32.Rd1 g6 33.Bd3 Bb3 34.Rd2 Kg7 35.Bd6 Nd7 36.f3 Ne5 37.Bxe5+ 37.Re2 was winning. 37...Rxe5 38.Be4 f5 39.Bb7 a5 40.Kf2? 40.Rxd4 Re2 41.Ba6 Rxb2 42.Bxb5 40...Bc4= 41.a4? bxa4 42.Rxd4 Re2+ 43.Kg3 Rc2 44.Kf4 Bb3 44...Bb5! 45.g4 fxg4 46.hxg4 Rxb2 47.Kg5 Rc2 47...Be6! 48.Rd7+ Kf8 49.Kf6 Bf7?? 50.Rxf7+ 1-0

Lopez,Jorge - Browne,Walter [A46]
Ray Schutt Memorial Blitz San Francisco (4), 07.05.2007
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.g3 b5 4.a4 b4 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.0-0 Be7 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.c4 c5 9.dxc5 Na6 10.Nb3 Nxc5 11.Be3 Rc8 12.Nxc5 Bxc5 13.Bxc5 Rxc5 14.b3 d5 15.Qd4 Qc7 16.cxd5 Nxd5 17.Rfe1 a5 18.Rad1 Nc3 19.Ra1 Rd8 20.Qh4 h6 21.e3 e5 22.h3 Bd5 23.Kh2 Bxb3 24.Kh1 Bd5 25.g4 f6 0-1

Sam Shankland defeated tournament leader Dante Argishti and Victor Ossipov beat Igor Traub to tie for first with 6.5 from 8 in the Spring Tuesday Night Marathon yesterday evening. The Summer Marathon begins May 29.

NM Sam Shankland annotates his last round victory.
Shankland, S - Argishti, D

1. e4 c5
2. nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. nxd4 nf6
5. nc3 a6 the beloved najdorf
6. f4!? Not my usual move, but I was feeling too tired to go into Fischer-Sozin complications and my opponent has already proved his tactical prowess in other games
6 . e6 A slight surprise, I was expecting the more direct e5 to create a more open game
7. a4 b6?! Personally I believe either e6, nbd7, nc6, or g6 all would have been better moves. It is not yet clear that the bishop belongs on b7
8. Bd3 Bb7
9. 0-0 Qc7 Dubious but playable, again e6 is probably a little better
10. Kh1 I didn't want to ever have to deal with qc5 or a possible d5 break followed by bc5. It is worth a move to keep the king off the long diagonal.
10. Nbd7
11. Qe1 Be7
12. Nf3 ?! The knight doesn't serve any great purpose here as e5 is probably unattainable. The simple bd2 is preferable
12. Nc5
13. Bd2! The only real reason to give this move an ! is that the book move, b4, runs into trouble after nxd3 cxd3 d5 e5 bxb4.
13. g6?! I don't understand the idea. Seems to be a wasted move.
14. b4! At this point white should have an advantage.
14. ncd7! Declining to take the bishop is a good choice as after nxd3 cxd3 whites center is strengthened and he will have control of the cfile.
15. Qe2 0-0
16. Nd1 a5
17. c3 Bc6? Bc6 just runs into trouble. Perhaps d5 e5 ne4 be1 with an unclear game is a better choice.
18. Nd4! I now realized that the knight is better on this square. It is threatening the bishop on c6 and eyeing the weak b5 square.
18. axb4
19. cxb4 19. Nxc6 Qxc6 20. cxb4 may be marginally better, intending to meet Rxa4 with Bb5.
19. Bxa4? Black quickly grabbed the pawn, but he suffered for it for the rest of the game. Rxa4 loses instantly to Rc1
20. Nc3 Bc6 20 e5 21. Rxa4 exd4 22. Nb5 += or +/-
21. Rac1 Nb8? 21. qb7 loses to Nxc6 followed by nd5. Blacks best move is Bb7 where white plays Nd5 Qd8 Nxe7+ Qxe7 Rc7 with obvious compensation.
22. e5!! After this move Black just suffers for the whole game
22. dxe5
23. fxe5 nfd7
24. Bh6! Ncb5 should do the trick as well, but this move is a beauty.
24 Re8 The only move. Qxe5 Bxf8 +-; Rd8 b5 Bb7 Nd5 +-; Rc8 b5 Bb7 Nd5 Qd8 Rxc8 Bxc8 Qf3 +-
25. Ncb5 b5 followed by Nc3-d5-c7 wins as well.
25. Qc7 Equally lost but giving better prospects is qxe5 Nxc6 Nxc6 Rxc6 Qxe2
26. Nxc6 Nxc6
27. Be4 White is winning.
27 Rac8
28. Rxc6 Nd4 is slightly more accurate. In the game I missed that I can meet Nxd4 with Qf2.
28 Rxc6
29. Nd4 Nxe5
30. Nxc6 Nxc6 Time Control.
31. b5! Rejecting Qf3 in view of ne5. Creating a passed pawn on c6 will decide the game.
31. qc7
32. bxc6 Bd6 The rest requires no commentary. Black could resign here with a clear conscience.
33. g3 ra8
34. Rd1 Bf8
35. Bxf8 Rxf8
36. Qd2 f5
37. Bg2 f4
38. Qd6 Qxd6
39. Rxd6 f3
40. Bxf3 Rxf3
41. c7 Rc3
42. Rd8+ Black Resigns


This weekend the MI is hosting the 7th Annual Charles Powell Memorial G/45. A strong field is expected headed by GM Walter Browne. May 20 the Mechanics' will host the Cliff Lundberg Memorial Chess Tournament for the late cab driving chess enthusiast. The event, which has free entry, will have registration from 11:30 to 11:55. Play runs from noon to 4pm with a time control of G/5. There are $600 in prizes with $150 for first. Cliff's sister Julie Alden, Big Dog.Citywide Cab, DeSoto Cab, Alan Freiburg (Green Book), Luxor Cab, Metro Cab and Yellow Cab Co-op are co-sponsoring the event.

2) US Championship

The field for the 2007 US Championship, which will start May 15, is now set. The Mechanics' has five players (GM Yermolinsky, GM Browne, IM Friedel, IM Pruess and NM Aigner) among the 36 player competing in the 9 round Swiss. The top five finishers advance in the FIDE World Championship cycle.

1.GM Hikaru Nakamura 2755
2. GM Alex Onischuk 2712
3. GM Gregory Kaidanov 2686
4. GM Jaan Ehlvest 2669
5. GM Ildar Ibragimov 2664
6. GM Yury Shulman 2662
7. GM Boris Gulko 2660
8. GM Alex Shabalov 2660
9. GM Varuzhan Akobian 2651
10. GM Alex Stripunsky 2647
11. GM Alex Ivanov 2626
12. GM Sergey Kudrin 2612
13. GM Eugene Perelshteyn 2612
14. GM Julio Becerra 2608
15. GM Dmitry Gurevich 2591
16. GM Alex Yermolinsky 2571
17. IM Enrico Sevillano 2566
18. GM Melikset Khachiyan 2550
19. IM Josh Friedel 2544
20. GM Walter Browne 2520
21. IM Irina Krush 2480
22. FM Joseph Bradford 2475
23. IM David Pruess 2461
24. FM Robert Hess 2448
25. IM Justin Sarkar 2442
26. IM Bryan Smith 2441
27. IM Michael Mulyar 2440
28. IM Ron Burnett 2396
29. IM Jay Bonin 2381
30. FM Ray Robson 2359
31. FM Michael Langer 2334
32. FM Movses Movsisyan 2292
33. Michael Aigner 2282
34. WFM Chouchanik Airapetian 2188
35. WFM Irina Zenyuk 2186
36. Tom Braunlich 2148

3) Ansel-McFarland

MI supporter Andy Ansel writes

Dear John,
In Michael Aigner's report on the National High School Championship in Newsletter #343 he mentions that Michael Zhong is the first NorCal Champion since Larry Christiansen--but Larry was from Southern California. I know Craig Barnes of Berkeley won the event in 1972. Have there been any other winners from the Bay Area? Andy shares this theoretically significant game in the 2.c3 Sicilian.

Ansel,Andy (2131) - McFarland,Hardon H (2061)
CCLA XIV Team Champ (Board 6), 02.07.2005
Notes by Ansel
1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.cxd4 d6 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb3 dxe5 9.d5 Na5 10.Nc3 f6 11.0-0 g6 12.Be3
I am still following Collins' notes.
12...Bg7 13.Bc5 Bg4 14.h3 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 Nxb3 16.axb3 0-0 17.Rfd1 Qd7 18.d6 exd6
Pavasovic-Gelfand 2001 was drawn in this position!
19.Bxd6 Collins " when White either gains an exchange or recoups his material with a better bishop." 19...Rf7 20.Bc5 (20.Bxe5 fxe5 21.Rxd7 Rxf3 22.Rxg7+ Kxg7 23.gxf3; 20.Na4 Nxa4 21.Rxa4 Rd8-+) 20...Qc8 21.Bxb6 axb6 22.Rxa8 Qxa8 23.Ne4 unclear.
19...Qf7 20.Ne4 unclear Rogozenko in Chess Base Mafazine
20.b4 Qf7
20...f5 21.Nb5 Qf7 22.Qd1
21.Ne4 Nc4 22.Rdd1 Rfb8
22...Rfd8 23.b3 Nb6 24.Rxd8+ Rxd8 25.Rxa7
Regaining the pawn. 23.b3 Nb6 24.Nd6
23...Rd8 24.b3 Rxd1+ 25.Qxd1 Nb2 26.Bc5
24.Bc5 Rxa1 25.Rxa1 Rd8 26.b3 b6
26...Nb2 27.Nd6 Qe6 28.Qxb7; 26...f5 27.bxc4 fxe4 28.Qxe4
27.bxc4 bxc5 28.bxc5
Now I have the extra pawn and while doubled it is a passer.
28...Qxc4 29.Nd6 e4 (29...Qxc5 30.Qb3+) 30.Nxe4 (30.Qxe4 Qxe4 31.Nxe4 f5 32.Rc1 fxe4) 30...f5 (30...Rd3 31.Nxf6+ Bxf6 32.Qxf6) 31.Nd6 Qe6 (31...Rxd6 32.Ra8+ Kf7 33.cxd6) 32.Ra8
29.Nd6 e4 30.Nxe4 f5 31.Nc3 Qe6
31...Qxc5 32.Ra8 Rxa8 33.Qxa8+ Kf7 34.Qd5+ Qxd5 35.Nxd5] 32.c6 [32.Ra8 Qe1+ 33.Kh2 Be5+ 34.g3 Rxa8 35.Qxa8+ Kg7 36.Qa7+ Kh6 37.c6 f4 38.c7 Bxc7 39.Qxc7 Qxf2+ 40.Kh1
32...Qxc4 33.Rc1 Rd3 34.Qe2; 32...Bxc3 33.Qxc3 Qxc6
33.Qd5 Rxc6
33...Qxd5 34.Nxd5 Rxc6 35.Ne7+ Kf8 36.Nxc6 Bxa1 37.Kf1
34.Qd8+ Bf8 35.Ra8
35.Qxe6+ Rxe6 36.Nd5 Re1+ 37.Kh2 Rc1 (37...Kg7 38.Rc8) 38.Rc8
35...Qe1+ 36.Kh2 Qe5+ 37.g3 Qd6 38.Qxd6 Rxd6 39.Nd5 h5
39...Kf7 40.Ra7+ Kg8 41.Kg2
40.Ne7+ Kf7
40...Kf7 41.Rc8 Rd7 42.Kf3 Bg7
42...Ra7 43.c5 Ra5 44.Rc7+ Ke8 45.Nf6+ Kd8 46.Rd7+ Kc8 47.c6 Rc5 48.Ra7 Bh6 (48...Bd6 49.Ra8+ Kc7 50.Ne8+ Kxc6 51.Ra6+ Kd7 52.Nxd6) 49.Ra8+ Kc7 50.Ne8+ Kxc6 51.Ra6+ Kd5 52.Rxg6
43...Rb7 44.Rc7+ Rxc7 45.Nxc7 Ke7 46.Nd5+ Ke6 47.Nf4+ Kf7 48.c5 h4 49.c6 Be5 50.gxh4 Bd6 51.h5 gxh5 52.Nxh5 Ke6 53.Kd4
44.Rc7 Ke8
44...Ke6 45.Rxd7 Kxd7 46.f4 g4 (46...gxf4+ 47.Nxf4 h4 48.gxh4) 47.hxg4 fxg4 (47...hxg4 48.Kd3) 48.f5;
44...Rxc7 45.Nxc7 Ke7 46.f4 g4 47.hxg4 fxg4 48.Ke4 Bf8 49.Kf5 Kd7 50.Nd5 Kc6 51.Kg5 Kc5 52.Kxh5 Kxc4 53.Nf6 Ba3 54.Kxg4
45.Rxd7 Kxd7 46.f4 g4 47.hxg4 hxg4 48.Kd3 Bf8
48...Kd6 49.Ne3 Ke6 50.c5 Bf6 51.Kc4 Bd8 52.c6 Kd6 53.Nxf5+ Kxc6 54.Ne3
49.Kd4 Bg7+ 50.Kc5 Bf8+ 51.Kb5 Bg7
51...Kd6 52.Ne3 Ke6 53.c5 Be7 54.c6 Bd8 55.Ka6 Bc7 56.Kb7
52.c5 Bd4 53.c6+ 1-0

4) 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

May 19-20
Chess4Children May Open
5-SS. USCF Rated. Hebrew Academy, 14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach,
CA. Time Controls: Saturday G/90; Sunday 40/2, SD/1
Prize Fund: $500 Guaranteed. (Prizes will go up with more than 20 players).
Distribution: 1st-35%, 2nd-15%, Top X/A/B, and C-10% Each, Top D and
E/UNR-5% each.
April Supplement used.
EF: $40 before 5/18/07. After: $50. IM's play free with entry fee deducted from prize.
Rds: Saturday 10-1:30-5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reg: Online at, click on Tournament and Class Registrations 2007, and click on Chess4Children May Open. You can also register by printing out the flyer and mailing it in.
Info: SCCF membership required of So. Californians: $14, $9 jrs. Advanced Entries will be listed at the same page as registration.
Questions: Joe Hanley 714-925-3195

NC, NS. State Championship Qualifier.

May 26-28
2007 Lina Grumette Memorial Day Classic
6-SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day schedule rds 1-3 G/60, then merges). LAX Hilton, 5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
$$10,000 b/200, 60% of each prize guaranteed. In five sections:
Open $$T+1800-750-400-300-200, U2400 400, U2200 700-300-200.
Premier (under 2000): $$750-300-200-100.
Amateur (Under 1800): $$750-300-200-100.
Reserve (Under 1600): $$750-300-200-100.
Booster (Under 1400/unrated): $$T+400-200-100, U1200 T+100, Unr T+100. (Unrated may win Unrated prizes only.)
Best game prize $25, all sections eligible.
All: half-point byes available, limit 2, rds 5-6 must be requested with entry & cannot be revoked. SCCF membership req. ($14, jr. $9), OSA. No checks or credit cards at door.
HR: $95 (310) 410-4000, mention chess. Parking $8/day.
Reg: 3-day 9-10 a.m. 5-26, 2-day 8:30-9:30 a.m. 5-27.
Rds: 3-day: 10:30-5 Sat-Sun, 10-4:30 Mon. 2-day: 10-12:15-2:30 Sun., then merges.
EF: Open, Premier, Amateur, Reserve $83 if received by 5-24, $95 door, Booster $67 by 5-24, $80 door. On-line entry:
Ent: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 N. Wilton Pl. #1, Los Angeles CA 90038.
Inf: NS, W, F. GP: 40. 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
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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