Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #55
1) Adrian Keatinge-Clay Leads Bay Area Masters
NM Adrian Keatinge-Clay of San Francisco leads the Bay Area Masters after the first weekend of play with 2 1/2 points from 3. Adrian has wins over IM Guillermo Rey and Italian master Mario Casadei. He drew with IM Walter Shipman. Standings after three of six rounds: 1. NM Keatinge-Clay 2.5; 2-4. IM Shipman, NM Casadei, NM Stearns 2; 5-7. IM Rey, SM Mezentsev and NM Nambiar 1.5; 8.NM Schiller 1 ; 9-10. IM De Guzman and NM Pinto .5 The event, organized by IM Guillermo Rey, finishes this weekend with rounds on Friday at 5PM and Saturday and Sunday at 2PM. Spectators are welcome.
2) Victor Ossipov and Michael Aigner tied for first in Fall Tuesday Night Marathon
NMs Victor Ossipov and Michael Aigner used the White pieces to good effect in round five of the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon, defeating David Blohm and Igor Margulis respectively. Ossipov and Aigner now lead with 4 1/2 points with two rounds to go. Tied for third through sixth at four points are NM Russell Wong and Experts Larry Snyder, George Sanguinetti and Steven Krasnov.
3) October USCF Top 50 Rating List
The USCF recently released its October Top 100 rated players list. This list inadvertently include a far number of players who currently represent other chess federations (July 2001 FIDE Rating list) and are currently ineligible to participate in the US Championship (including Yudasin, Shulman, Wojtkiewicz, Becerra, Blatancy, Sevellano, Khachian, Akobian, Tcherepanov, V. Gaprindashvili, Ambartsumian, Gamboa, Barcenilla, Andrianov and Leow). I Note that the former Ukrainian Grandmasters Alexander Onischuk and Igor Novikov, who have settled in the United States earlier this year, should be listed as USA on the October FIDE rating list, but still need to fulfill the three year residency requirement.
The adjusted list, with MI members in bold (#'s 15, 30, 32, 35, 43 and 48 follows).
1. Alexander Goldin 2728 2. Alexander Onischuk 2723 3. Yasser Seirawan 2707 4. Boris Gulko 2704 5. Gregory Kaidanov 2694 6. Joel Benjamin 2684 7. Igor Novikov 2681 8. Alexander Shabalov 2672 9. Larry Christiansen 2664 10. Nick DeFirmian 2663 11. Ilya Gurevich 2660 12. Alexander Ivanov 2648 13. Dmitry Gurevich 2640 14. Ben Finegold 2640 15. Alex Yermolinsky 2634 16. Gabriel Schwartzman 2617 17. Sergey Kudrin 2615 18. Gregory Serper 2613 19. Alexander Fishbein 2589 20. John Fedorowicz 2582 21. Roman Dzindzichashvili 2581 22. Vivek Rao 2572 23. Gennady Sagalchik 2570 24. Sam Palatnik 2567 25. Cyrus Lakdawala 2565 26. Maurice Ashley 2564 27. Igor Foygel 2558 28. Levon Altounian 2555 29. Boris Kreiman 2554 30. Vladimir Mezentsev 2551 31. Eduard Gufeld 2548 32. John Donaldson 2538 33 Igor Shliperman 2528 34. Igor Ivanov 2525 35. Walter Browne 2524 36. Dmitry Schneider 2524 37. Igor Khmelnitsky 2523 38. Eugene Perelshteyn 2522 39. Yury Lapshun 2518 40. Michael Rohde 2514 41. Gregory Shahade 2511 42. Raymond Duque 2506 43. Vinay Bhat 2505 44. Victor Adler 2504 45. Florin Felecan 2498 46. Michael Mulyar 2497 47. Eric Tangborn 2496 48. Vince Mc Cambridge 2495 49. Robert Byrne 2495 50. Jack Peters 2490
4) Here and There
Veteran MI member Walter Dorne was featured in a piece on cab drivers over the weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle. Speaking of cab drivers, check out http://cab.com/chess/chess01.html for a nice selection of photos from the recent Taxi Cab Drivers tournament held at the MI.
Congratulations to Egle Morkunaite of Lithuania who is currently working in the Bay Area. She scored 4 1/2 from 5 in the Pafnutieff Memorial in August and the crosstable that was sent back from the USCF shows her with a provisional rating of 2495.
The Western States Open, one of the premier weekend Swiss events in the United States will be held October 19-21 in Reno. This event features not only individual competition but a team component as well. The MI will be fielding one or more teams depending on interest. If you are an MI member and would like to represent the Institute please let us know in advance by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis past weekend a new tournament and tournament organizer made his debut. Rico Adkins hosted a below 2000 Amateur Championship in Hercules. The final results are not yet available, but feedback from participants and spectators was very positive. Mitsuko Siegrist writes; "I think that it was a good tournament, even with a surprising small number of players. TD Rico Adkins is a wonderful person and he did a good job. That location is one of the best, close to the highways, easy parking, pleasant room for the players and parents, and safe place for the kids to play between the rounds. I want to see more players next time."
5) Upcoming Tournaments
MI EVENTS (check the MI website at www.chessclub.org)
Oct. 6-7 GPP: 6 N. California
An American Classic & A Heritage Event
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