Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter # 78
"One of the most common mistakes a player can make, is to play
mindlessly along, repeating known ideas, used before in similar situations.
The player thinks he is playing by the book, but because one or two details
are askew, the position is different and should be evaluated differently."
1) Yermo and Browne tie for first in National Open 2) Class Prize Winners Winter Tuesday Night Marathon 3) Bobby Fischer turns 59 4) Cal Chess Membership 5) Upcoming Events
1) Yermo and Browne tie for first in National Open
MI GM-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky and six time US Champion Walter Browne tied for first in the 2002 National Open held March 8-10 at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. The two Bay Area GMs faced tough opposition. Browne defeated GMs Ibragimov and V. Georgiev while Yermo beat GM Blatny and IMs Kraai and De Guzman. The two winners, who drew n the final round, each received $5250 and a spot in the 2003 US Championship. Well done!
There was a five way tie for third through eight at 5-1 between GMs Gallagher, Pelletier, Blatny and Kudrin, plus IMs Sarkar and Akobian. Sergey Kudrin and Justin Sarkar also qualified for the US Championship and it would appear that IM Ben Finegold and Anna Levina (top woman) also won a ticket to Seattle. This remains to be confirmed, as the Seattle Chess Foundation has not yet put up the qualifiers on its website.
Many Bay Area players competed in the 197 player open section which included 21 GMs and 16 IMs. Those on 50% or more were: 4 points: IM De Guzman, SM Strugatsky and NM Stearns; 3 1/2 points:IM Rey, IM Shipman, SM Zilberstein, NM Nambiar; 3 points: NM Schiller and NM Morkunaite.
Swiss GM Vadim Milov turned in a sensational performance in the game in ten minutes championship held on March 11. He scored 7 1/2 out of 8 defeating four GMs en route. SM Emory Tate and GM Joseph Gallagher tied for second at 6 1/2. The National Open, organized as usual by Al Losoff, attracted over 700 entries. A list of Bay Area players in the other sections will follow next week.
2) Prize Winners Winter Tuesday Night Marathon
1st-2nd Igor Margulis and Larry Snyder $237.50
3) Bobby Fischer turns 59
Bobby Fischer turned 59 on March 9. the Chicago native, who grew up in Brooklyn, made two public appearances in the Bay Area during his career. In July of 1957 hew won the US Junior Championship held at the Spreckles Russell Dairy auditorium in the Mission district. Seven years later, on April 13, Bobby gave a 50 board simul at the MI, where he scored + 38 - 4 = 8. Among those who participated in the event, and still active today, are NM Bob Burger, Max Willkerson, NM David Blohm, NM Tom Dorsch and Paul Vayssie.
4) 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.
5) Upcoming Events
The Max Wilkerson Open Saturday, March 30, 2002
Mar. 23-24. 4th Annual Bay Area Ohlone Tourney.
Hercules Open April 27th and 28th
$1,350 based on 50 paid entries at The Mechanics Bank (Operations Center),
725 Alfred Noble Dr., in Hercules, CA!!
One Section: 4 Round Swiss, G/2, (Limited to 50 Players) $350-250-150,
Best X $140, Best A $130, Best B $120, Best C $110, Best D/E/Unr. $100.
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