Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #52

"Real combinations cannot result if one stirs together pawns, pieces, and weak points in a pot, heating this mixture on the fire of time pressure."

   GM David Bronstein.

1) Sonoma County Open 
2) MI Fall Tuesday Night Marathon 
3) 20th North American Open 
4) FIDE World Championship 
5) Upcoming Tournaments 

1) Sonoma County Open

Veteran NM Eugene Levin of Sunnyvale won the open section of the Sonoma County Open held in Santa Rosa over Labor Day Weekend. Levin's score of 4-0 was good for $250. There was a six way tie for second at 3-1 between top seed NM Robert Sferra, Dean Howard, John Jaffray, Alex Setzepfandt, Ben Gross and Erik Stewart. A total of 54 participated in the two section event which was sponsored and directed by NTD Mike Goodall.

2) MI Fall Tuesday Night Marathon

David Blohm, Igor Margulis, Russell Wong, Michael Aigner, Kenneth Hills, Victor Ossipov, Larry Snyder, Peter Grey, Ed Bogas, Mario Samatra and Ben Gross lead the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon with perfect scores after two rounds. A total of 58 players are competing in this edition of the long running event which dates back over 25 years.

3) 20th North American Open

Dallas GM Yury Shulman won the 20th North American held in Stillwater, Oklahoma, over Labor Day weekend. Shulman, a native of Belarus, scored 8 1/2 from 10 to take first in the 65-player field. IMs Michael Brooks and John Donaldson tied for second at 8-2. Former MI member NM Bill Orton, now back in Arkansas, scored 6.5 including draws with Brooks and Donaldson.

4) FIDE World Championship

Last Newsletter we reported that the FIDE World Championship would be Dubai, but FIDE czar suprised many with the following announcement that was released late last week.

To All National Federations
To All Members of the Executive Board
To Members of the Press

Dear friends,
The FIDE President, H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, has approved Moscow as the host city for this year's World Chess Championship and Women's World Chess Championship matches. The preliminaries to semi-final rounds of the World Chess Championships shall be held concurrently with the entire Women's World Championships starting 24 November and ending 11 December 2001, while the 8 round Final Match will be held beginning 3rd of January until 13 January 2002.

The Championships in Moscow have been planned as part of the celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of one of FIDE's greatest World Champions the legendary Mikhail Botvinnik who became the first of the series of Champions when following the death of World Champion Alexander Alekhine in 1946, FIDE, some 55 years ago, at its congress in Winterthur, took on its rightful role as the custodian of the World Chess Championship title.

The occasion will also be used to pay tribute to the memory of the third FIDE President and World Champion the late Max Euwe, whose centenary is being celebrated this year. Also to be honoured are Andre Lilienthal (90), Vassily Smyslov (80), Mark Taimanov (75), Victor Korchnov (70), Nona Gaptindashvili (60), Anatoly Karpov (50), and Maya Chiburdanidze (40). FIDE and its 160 member countries are proud of these great champions who have played a tremendous role in the development and popularisation of chess.

FIDE wishes to place on record, its appreciation to all those who in one way or another submitted bids or expressed interest in the hosting of the 2001 World Chess Championships.

Gens Una Sumus

Emmanuel Omuku
Executive Director

5) Upcoming Events

MI Events

September 22
Howard Donnelly Memorial (5 rounds G/45 at 1/2 K)

September 23
Taxi Cab Drivers Tournament (open only to Taxi Cab drivers)

Bay Area Masters - September 28-30 and October 5-7

IM Guillermo Rey is offering something new for Bay Area Masters next month. If you are rated over 2200 and want to face strong opposition without having to take time off work check out his event being held September 28-30 and October 5-7. This event should be just the right start for an active fall schedule that includes the Western States Open in Reno and the American Open (US Championship Qualifier) in Los Angeles in November.

Bay Area Masters (6 rounds, open to all over 2200, USCF + FIDE rated, $1000-$500-$200 based on 22 paid entries) For more information contact IM Guillermo Rey (650) 355-0305 or Full details at

October 20
J.J. Dolan Memorial (5 rounds G/45 at 1/2 K)

November 9-11
Carroll Capps Memorial (5 rounds)

December 1
Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial (5 rounds G/45 at 1/2 k)


Sept. 15-16 GPP: 6 N. California
Sacramento Chess Club Weekend Swiss #7.
5SS, rds 1-2 G/90, rds 3-5 30/90, G/1, SD/5. Best Western Expo Inn, 1413 Howe Ave., Sacramento. $$2180 b/75 adult ents. & $5 Jr. ents. (w/60 adult & 5 Jr. the fund will be $1680). 1st place in each section $350 gtd. & trophy. 2 Sections: Championship (above 1799) & Reserve (U1800). EF: $50, Jrs. $25, posted 9/8, $60 at site, Jrs. $30. Reg: 8-9:10 9/15. Rds: 9:30-1-4:30, 10-3:30. 1/2 pt byes avail all rds. Byes in rd 5 mentioned before rd 1. HR: Best Western Expo Inn, 916-922-9833 or 800-643-4422. Ask for Sacramento chess club rates. Ent/Info: John McCumiskey, 6700 50th St., Sacramento, CA 95823, phone number: 916-557-7053 (days), 916-428-5532 (eves). Cks to Sacramento Chess Club. NS,NC,W.

Rico Adkins is running a tournament in late September in an area where few events have been held recently. The location, near the intersection of Interstate 80 and State Highway 4 should make for a very easy drive for players from many parts of Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Napa counties. Good luck Rico!

The Under 2000 Tournament on Sat. Sept. 29th and 30th for players under 2000. $300-200-100, best B, C, D, $100 35/90 SD/1 based on 40 paid entries, 1 section (Limited to 50 players). 5 round Swiss tournament at the Mechanics Bank Office in the North Shore Business Park at San Pablo Ave. in Hercules, CA at the HWY 4 and HWY 80 connector. Take John Muir parkway from San Pablo into the business Park and make a right turn (The only turn) . Go up hill to 725 Alfred Nobel, The Mechanics Bank. Reg. ends Sat. at 9:00 am Sept. 29th rounds:Sat. 10:00am, 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm, Sun. 10:00 am 2:00 pm. Pre-entries: $35.00 to be sent by 09/22/01 to: Rico B. Adkins, 15684 Crestwood Dr.# 137, San Pablo, CA 94806. Include your USCF I.D.# and current rating with entry. $40. at site/ No checks at site. Must be a USCF member to participate. If not, renewal available at tournament registration. Questions call (510) 262- 9061.


Players rated over 2200 should start planning for the following event which will honor one of the great gentleman of chess, the late Eugene Martinovsky.

Feb. 28-Mar. 3 GPP: 200 Illinois 2002 U.S. Masters: Eugene Martinovsky Memorial. "The Homecoming of the American Master" 7SS, 40/2, SD/1. Hyatt Regency Oak Brook, 1909 Spring Rd., Oak Brook, IL. 630-573-1234. Free parking. Adjacent to Oak Brook Shopping Ctr. Open to players 2200+ or all who have ever been so rated, plus invited jrs. rated 2000+. EF: $85 rec'd by 2/20; $100 later until 2/25. No site ent's. GMs/IMs play free., confirm IN WRITING by 2/20. $$22,000 Gtd: $6000-4000-2500-1500-1000-700. 2400-2499: $600-350-150; 2300-2399: $600-350-150; 2200-2299: $500-250-100; U2200: $500-250-100. Top non-master jr: $400. Plus $1500 in pt. pool prizes to non-winners of above prizes. $200 Best Game Prize, $150 Best Endgame, $150 Best Combo. HR: $94 sgl./dbl. Mention US Masters & res. by phone/mail by 2/14 for chess rate. 1/2 pt. bye avail. in rds 1 or 2, must commit w/ent. Rds: 2/28 8pm; 3/1 10:30-5; 3/2 10:30-5; 3/3 9:30-4. Sets/boards provided, bring clocks. Ent: Cks payable to Midwest Chess Assoc., Helen Warren, PO Box 305, Western Springs, IL 60558. 630-663-0688, FAX 630-663-0689, VISA/MC. NS,NC,W.FIDE.

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