Mechanics's Institute Chess Room Newsletter #79
"I have won many games that have not made me happy; and when I lose,
I am also not happy. My friends ask "so when are you happy?".
That's the way chess is; you are happy only rarely; the rest is grief."
1) Sunnyvale 2) National Open (Part 2) 3) MI Chess History 1946 4) Kurt Bendit 5) Cal Chess Membership 6) Upcoming Events
NM Michael Aigner writes:
The LERA tournament was held March 9-10 in Sunnyvale About 75 players showed up, allowing organizer Rod McCalley to increase the prize fund slightly. The top section featured six masters, led by IM Vinay Bhat and NMs Robin Cunningham and Michael Aigner. After the first two rounds, those were the only players with perfect scores. When the dust settled, Aigner took clear first with 3.5/4, defeating Bhat with white in the last round. Second place was shared by Cunningham (who also drew Bhat) and underrated junior Akash Deb (whose lone blemish was a loss to Aigner), both at 3.0/4.
2) National Open (Part 2)
The following MI members scored 50 percent or better in the Reserve
(1999-1600) and Booster (1599 and below).
Last week I omitted the name of NM Jon Frankle who scored 3.5-2.5 in the open section.
3) MI Chess History 1946
Playing in the strongest championship field mustered in the last few years by the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club of San Francisco, Carroll Capps walked off with first prize by scoring 10-2. He was closely followed by V. Pafnutieff 9 1/2 - 2 1/2 and A.J. Fink 9-3.
Chess Review, August-September 1946, p.12
In the following tournament report we see MI Trustee Neil Falconer near the top of the standings in the 1946 California State Championship. A.J. Fink won, this time scoring 8 1/2 - 3 1/2 in a good field. Other leading scores were: V. Pafnutieff 7 1/2; N. Falconer 7 and R. Konkel 6.
Chess Review December 1946
4) Kurt Bendit
Former MI Chess Club Director Kurt Bendit is at Lawton Healthcare 1575 7th Ave. (at Lawton) (415) 566-1200 and would enjoy hearing from old friends. Kurt is best known for his organizational abilities, but he tied for first in the 1956 Cal Open with 16-year-old Gil Ramirez and Robert Cross.
5) 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.
6) Upcoming Events
The Max Wilkerson Open Saturday, March 30, 2002
For more information: (415) 421-2258 or Email us
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.
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)
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