Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #76"Of all the personal qualities which are important at the board, determination is perhaps the most significant. Some players' see the gloom ahead of them, with only the distant prospect of at most half a point, and become despondent."
GM John Nunn
1) Winter Tuesday Night Marathon 2) David Pruess chess class featured in Berkeley Voice 3) Russian GM Sergey Makarichev visits MI 4) Class Prize Winners at People's Open 5) San Francisco-East Bay Match 1949 6) Cal Chess Membership 7) Upcoming Tournaments
Special Announcement - The MI will host it's annual three day Amateur Championship honoring the late A.J. Fink starting this Friday (March 1) at 6:30 PM. Full details below under upcoming tournaments.
1) Winter Tuesday Night Marathon
Igor Margulis and Larry Snyder lead the Tuesday Night Marathon with 6-1 scores with a round to go. David Blohm is third at 5 1/2.
2) David Pruess chess class featured in Berkeley Voice
Senior Master David Pruess and his free Tuesday evening chess class at the Albany Public Library (6-8 pm , 1247 Marin Avenue) were featured on the front page of the February 22 edition of the Berkeley Voice.
3) Russian GM Sergey Makarichev visits MI
Moscow GM Sergey Makarichev and his wife master M. Makaricheva Ostrovskaya visited the Mechanics' Institute yesterday and did some filming for a future episode of their popular weekly chess program that airs on Russian television.
4) Class Prize Winners at People's Open
Expert - Matthew Ho
5) San Francisco-East Bay Match 1949
From the May 1949 California Chess News, a short-lived predecessor of the California Chess Reporter, put out by George Koltanowski.
The Chess Committee of the Mechanics' Institute recently planned an Open tournament that should be started when you receive this issue. The Open Tournament will be followed by the Major Club Championship.
In order to keep activity in the Mechanics' this will be followed by a Queen's Gambit Accepted Tournament (This way one may "brush up" on the accepted gambit which is not often played).
On the 12th of March, fifty-two players from the Bay Area gathered at the Mechanics' Chess Club for their periodic chess match. Full score follows:
San Francisco East Bay
Bagby 1 Barlow 0
9 1/2 - 16 1/2
6) Cal Chess Membership
Cal Chess, the official body representing the United States Chess Federation in Northern California, is becoming increasingly more active under President Tom Dorsch and California Chess Journal Editor Frisco del Rosario and deserves support. Members receive discounts on the entry fee to many chess tournaments in Northern California as well as a subscription to the bimonthly Journal which includes annotations by the likes of GM Alex Yermolinsky. The cost of a years membership is $15 ($13 for scholastic). Contact Tom Dorsch at POB 7453, Menlo Park CA 94026. (650) 322-0955 firstname.lastname@example.org.
7) Upcoming Events
AT THE MECHANICS' INSTITUTE:
The A. J. Fink Amateur Championship March 1-3, 2002 5 Round Swiss Open to
all rated under 2000 USCF
The Max Wilkerson Open Saturday, March 30, 2002
Mar. 23-24. 4th Annual Bay Area Ohlone Tourney.4SS, 30/90, SD/60 College Cafeteria, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA.$$(1620 b/100 full entries). 3 sects: Open, open to all. EF $35 if received by 3/21,$40 at site. $$ 300-170-100, U2100 $$ 155, 100. Reserve, open to U1900. EF : $ 35 if received by 3/21, $40 at site. $$ 200-80-70, U1700 $165, 80.Booster, open to U1500. EF: $35 if received by 3/21, $40 at site, $$ 100-60-40. Prizes: Trophy in each sect. +Trophy for best 3 mem. Team. Special EF: Scholastic rated U1100 or new USCF mem., Collegiate/ USCF mem. attending College, $30 in adv., $35 at site. All: $3 CalChess discount. Reg.9-9:30 am Rds. Sat. 10-3:30, Sun. 9:30-3. Ent/Info: Hans Poschmann, 4621 Seneca Park Ave., Fremont, CA 94538, email@example.com
*A U.S. Championship Qualifier*
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