Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #65
"A master sweats and squirms to find the right square for a piece. A grandmaster tosses a piece in the air and it lands on the right square!"
1) Aigner wins 2nd Koltanowski Memorial 2) Wong and Gaffagan Lead Kurt Bendit Tuesday Night Marathon 3) Browne Dominates Peninsula Quick Chess Events 4) Western States Open Revisit 5) Upcoming Events
1) Aigner wins 2nd Koltanowski Memorial
Michael Aigner of Stanford University won the 2nd Koltanowski Memorial held December 8-9. Aigner took home $300 for his 4-0 score in the Master/Experts event which included victories over fellow National Masters Eugene Levin and Igor Margulis. Sharing second at 3 in the 20-player field were Margulis and IMs Walter Shipman and Ricardo de Guzman. Mikhail Semionenkov and rapidly improving Monty Peckham divided the top under 2200 and top junior prizes. GM Alex Yermolinsky and Anthony Corrales directed for the MI.
2) Wong and Gaffagan Lead Kurt Bendit Tuesday Night Marathon
NM Russell Wong and Expert Steven Gaffagan won in round seven to maintain their lead in the Kurt Bendit Tuesday Night Marathon with one round to go. The two leaders have 6 points with NM David Blohm right behind at 5.5.
3) Browne Dominates Peninsula Quick Chess Events
GM Walter Browne dominated Steve Cohen's Peninsula Chess Challenge held December 8 in San Mateo. The Six-time US Champion won the G/15 and 5 Minute events, while tying for first in the G/1 tournament with SM Vladimir Mezentsev. Other MI members also did well. Drake Wang won the Amateur (Under 2000) section of the G/15 with Mariusz and Ewelina Krubnik sharing second with H. Gazit. Emilia Krubnik was second in the Junior Amateur behind Robert Hsu.
4) Western States Open Revisit
Michael Aigner covered this event a few Newsletters ago, but we would like to add to it by sharing the following game and reporting top MI finishers.
GM Alex Yermolinsky-SM Emory Tate (round 4)
=10-16. GM Yermolinsky, GM Browne, SM Strugatsky 4-2 ;=17-29. NM WAng, FM Keatinge-Clay, IM De Guzman, SM Morkunaite , SM Pruess, IM Rey 3.5
=2-5 Ossipov 4.5-1.5; =6-10. Fomin 4
=3-6. Krasnov and Zimmerman 4.5
1. Bukh 5.5-.5; 2-4. Leotaud 5
5) Upcoming Events
Please note that the January 26-27 has been changed to four rounds instead of 5. A new listing is annual tournament at Ohlone College in Fremont. This event will be held March 23 and 24. We will have more details shortly.
Those looking for weekly rated games should check out the Berkeley Chess Club which meets at Epworth Church in North Berkeley just off MLK near Hopkins. Play starts at 8 pm but you need to register by 7:30. Gliman is the easiest exit off I-80 and bus #43 goes within a block of the site which is about a mile from the downtown Berkeley BART.
MI Tournaments go to (http://www.chessclub.org) for complete details
PaloAlto Open Chess Festival
Hercules Amateur Championship
January 26th and 27th One section U2200, 4 rounds, G/2 $$1,200 (based on 45) 350-250-150, Best A $130, B $120, C $100, D/E/Unr. $100 E.F $35.00 If postmarked by 1/18/01 after $40.00 at site. Send entries to: Rico Adkins, Tourn Director 15696 Crestwood Dr. #172 San Pablo, CA 94806
March 23/24 4th Annual Bay Area Ohlone Tourney.
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