Mechanics' Institute ChessRoom Newsletter #60"For in the idea of chess and the development of the chess mind we have a picture of the intellectual struggle of mankind."
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: THIS WEEKEND, THE MI WILL BE HOSTING THE ANNUAL
1) World Youth Championships
The World Youth Championships, held in Oropesa del Mar, Spain from October 20-November 2, went very well for American participants. Hikaru Nakamura won the silver medal in the Boys Under 14 Championship. This was the first medal that the US had won since 1996 when Vinay Bhat took the bronze in the Boys Under 12.
Other highlights of the event in Oropesa were Alisa Melekhina's fourth place finish in the Girl's Under 10 (She was tied for second going into the final round but lost her last game trying to win to get the silver) and ninth place finishes by Katie Pelletier in the Girls' Under 12, and Aaron Pixton in the Boys' Under 16. Aaron's result was good for a ten game International Master norm. This is his second IM norm. He made his first norm earlier this year at the World Open.
The competition was very strong. In the Boys Under 18, IMs Dimitry Schneider and Vinay Bhat were ranked around number 20 at approximately 2400 FIDE at the start of the event. There were several GMs and many IMs competing. Here are the final results for all the American players.
Note: There were approximately 900 players participating in the five age group categories for Boys and Girls.
Girls Under 10: Alisa Melekhina 8/11 4th out of 71 Louisa Livshitz 7/11 = 9-17 (13th on tie-break out of 71)
Boys Under 10 Fabiano Caruana 6.5/11 = 17-27 (17th on tie-break out of 87) Michael Thaler 6.5/11 = 17-27 (24th on tie-break out of 87)
Girls Under 12 Katie Pelletier 7.5/9 = 5-10 (9th on tie-break out of 78)
Boys Under 12 Teddy Coleman 5/11 = 65-83 (66th on tie-break out of 117)
Girls Under 14 Laura Ross 6/11 = 24-30 (26th on tie-break out of 79)
Boys Under 14 Hikaru Nakamura 8.511 = 2-3 (second on tie-break out of 106) Ruixin Yang 6/11 = 31-44 (42 on tie-break out of 106)
Girls Under 16 Cindy Tsai 6.5/11 = 15-25 (20th on tie-break out of 76)
Boys Under 16 Aaron Pixton 7/11 = 9-20 (9th on tie-break out of 102)
Girls Under 18 Yelena Gorlin 6.5/11 = 11-16 (15th on tie-break out of 55)
Boys Under 18 Dimitry Schneider 7/11 = 11-16 (13th on tie-break out of 83) Vinay Bhat 6.5/11 = 17-26 (23rd on tie-break out of 83)
Fabiano Caruana (GM Miron Sher) and Teddy Coleman (IM Greg Shahade) had private coaches. GM Joel Benjamin and IM John Donaldson coached the rest of the team.
2) Pairing for World Championship
Pairings for the first round of the FIDE World Knockout Championship, which starts in late November, were recently released. Pairings are not done by the normal Swiss System, but rather with number 1 playing number 128, number 2 versus number 127, and so forth. The Mechanics' Institute is being represented by its GM-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky and his wife US Women's Champion Camilla Baginskaite.
Pairings for American players:
Men 37 Dautov (GER) 2630 92 D. Gurevich (USA) 2550 46 Tiviakov (HOL) 2618 83 Christianson (USA) 2570 47 Milov (SWZ) 2614 82 Yermolinsky (USA) 2571 49 Pigusov 2613 (RUS) 80 A. Ivanov (USA) 2573 53 Kaidanov (USA) 2605 76 Shabalov (USA) 2574 57 Gulko (USA) 2602 72 Vescovi (BRZ) 2581 59 Baklan (RUS) 2594 70 Benjamin (USA) 2587 64 Goldin (USA) 2594 65 Nielsen (DEN) 2593
Women 7 Ioseliani (GEO) 2497 58 Groberman (USA) 2105 17 Kosteniuk (RUS) 2445 48 Shahade (USA) 2286 21 Prudnikova (RUS) 2411 44 Baginskaite (USA) 2324
3) Upcoming Tournaments
MI EVENTS (check the MI website at www.chessclub.org) for complete details.
October 30 to December 18
January 25 - 27, 2002.
* Two other similar tournaments will be held during the first half of the year as part of the Grand Prix. The player who scores the most total points in all three tournaments will receive an additional $300. Tournaments dates will be announced soon.( Before the end of 2001).
An American Classic & A Heritage Event
NOTE: THERE WILL BE A WBCA BLITZ TOURNAMENT AT THE AMERICAN OPEN ON NOVEMBER 21, STARTING AT 8:30 PM, REGISTRATION BY 8 PM, WITH $400 GUARANTEED. ENTRY FEE, $25 ($20 WBCA MEMBERS)