Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter # 80
"As Bobby Fischer said, you have to go for the truth in chess, and if that requires taking on a risky activity, you have to go ahead and do it."
1) 4th Annual Bay Area Ohlone Tourney 2) Spring Tuesday Night Marathon 3) Vallejo Open 4) Dos Hermanas ICC 5) MI - Log Cabin Match 1955 6) Cal Chess Membership 7) Upcoming Tournaments
1) 4th Annual Bay Area Ohlone Tourney
The Ohlone tournament this past weekend in Fremont drew about 90 players, allowing organizer Hans Poschmann to pay the full advertised prize fund. The open section went quite according to the ratings, as the top three seeds took the top three prizes. IM Ricardo DeGuzman shook off a major scare in round 1 against expert Jim Uren to sweep the tournament 4-0. He defeated NMs Paul Gallegos and Michael Aigner on the second day. NM David Blohm gave up half a point in round 1 and then cruised to 3.5 and clear second place. At 3.0 were Aigner and top under 2100 prize winner Steve Gaffagan.
Curtis Munson won the reserve section with 4-0 and Maximo Fajardo took clear second with 3.5-0.5. Tyler Arnold and Eric Tsai shared top honors in the booster section with 3.5-0.5 each. The team trophy was won by the Mechanics', with the team of Blohm, Monty Peckham, Gary Huang, and Drake Wang.
Thanks to Michael Aigner for this report.
2) Spring Tuesday Night Marathon
The Spring Tuesday Night Marathon started last night. The 57-player field includes 5 Masters led by top seed Egle Morkunaite. It's still possible to enter the event with a half point bye for the first round.
3) Vallejo Open
IM Ricardo DeGuzman and SM Ronald Cusi tied for first place with 3 1/2 - 1/2 in the Vallejo Open held March 16-17. Approximately 20 players participated in the event directed by Rico Adkins.
4) Dos Hermanas
Mechanics' member Eric Schiller did very well in the recent Dos Hermanas/ICC events averaging 75 percent and getting his rating Internet Chess Club rating up to 2550 These events were played with eight minutes aside and a two-second increment and featured many GMs and IMs. Well done Eric!
5) MI - Log Cabin Match
E. Forry Laucks unquestionably qualified as one of the great characters of American chess in the 1930s through 1960s. The founder of the Log Cabin Chess Club based in West Orange, New Jersey, Laucks loved to barnstorm around the world. The Log Cabin traveled to such far flung places as Cuba (With a young Bobby Fischer) and Alaska. During these trips members remembered the golden rule: Don't let Forry drive! An animated conversationalist, Laucks was known to look his listener in the back seat in the eye while driving down the road. This resulted in a few nicks and scrapes, but Forry was ready to handle the situation. If his car was undrivable, he would simply leave it by the roadside, flag a ride and go into town and buy a new one. It didn't hurt that Lauck's father had left him a sizable inheritance. The initial "E" undoubtedly stood for eccentric.
The summer of 1955, after the US Open in Long Beach, the Log Cabin hit the road and traveled all the way up to Alaska. Along the way, they played a match with the Mechanics' Institute.
Log CabinJ. Sherwin 1/2
T. Miller 0
E. Heefner 0
V. Pupols 0
L. Coplin 1/2
R. Houghton 0
F. Laucks 0
Mechanics'W. Addison 1/2
J. Schmitt 1
N. Falconer 1
C. Capps 1
E. Pruner 1/2
R. Currie 1
C. Bagby 1
6) Cal Chess Membership
Cal Chess, the official body representing the United States Chess Federation in Northern California, is becoming increasingly 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
The Max Wilkerson Open Saturday, March 30, 2002
Hercules Open April 27th and 28th
$1,350 based on 50 paid entries at The Mechanics Bank (Operations Center),
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