Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #82
"Modern chess is too much concerned with things like pawn structure.
Forget it. Checkmate ends the game."
1) Wong, Ossipov and Hernandez lead the Spring Tuesday Night Marathon 2) April FIDE Ratings 3) Northern California State Scholastics 4) MI Chess History 5) The Turk is Coming 6) Upcoming Events
1) Wong, Ossipov and Hernandez lead the Spring Tuesday Night Marathon
NMs Russell Wong and Rudy Hernandez are tied for the lead at 3-0 with Expert Victor Ossipov in the 61-player Spring Tuesday Night Marathon.
2) April FIDE Ratings
FIDE recently released it April ratings which included the People's Open and Bay Area Masters. The following is a list of active local players.
GM Yermolinsky 2583 GM Browne 2473 IM Donaldson 2430 FM Mezentsev 2400 IM DeGuzman 2372 IM Rey 2358 FM Zilberstein 2337 FM Porter 2309 FM Keatinge-Clay 2284 FM Lobo 2282 IM Shipman 2237 Stearns 2233 Nambiar 2203 Casadei 2169 Schiller 2166 Aigner 2158 Gallegos 2134 Morkunaite 2132 Peckham 2080
3) Northern California State Scholastics
The Mechanics' Institute, coached by Anthony Corrales, won the Elementary
and High School Championships at the Northern California State Scholastics,
held this past weekend in Monterey. Top scorers in the High School, which
was won by IM Vinay Bhat, were Monty Peckham and Michael Pearson with 5,
Elisha Garg 41/2 and Michael O'Brien 4. Daichi Siegrist, Anand Kesavaraju
(representing the MI) and David Chock tied for first in the Elementary
Championship with 6-0 scores. Joining Anand on the winning team were Ben
Laufer, Shawn Tse and Davis Xu, each with five points.
4) MI Chess History
The MI recently acquired a reprint of the 1909 American Chess Bulletin which provided the following information.
The Mechanics' Institute Chess and Checker Club of San Francisco, which flourished before the earthquake, has been reorganized, with J. J. Dolan as president, J. L. Jaunet as secretary and treasurer, and Messrs. A. B. Stamer, L. A. Rosenblatt, H. Jones and Dr. G. Gere as other members of the executive committee. The annual tournament for the gold medal was duly revived, and in a field of eighteen players, Dr. Henry Epstein proved the winner, with A. Ferragut and Dr. Legler, second and third respectively. The brilliancy prize was won by Lawrence A. Rosenblatt for his game against Dr. Sternberg, on the award of Dr. W. R. Lovegrove.
ACB 1909, p 138
5) The Turk is coming to town
Do you remember the Turk? No, we are not talking about Grandmaster Suat Atalik of Istanbul, but the famous chessplaying machine of the 18th century which is the subject of a recent book (THE TURK: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth Century-Chess Playing Machine) by Tom Standage. He will be talking about "Thinking about Thinking Machines, 1769-2002" and signing copies of THE TURK in San Francisco on the following dates:
* May 28 @ 7:00 PM: The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street * May 29 @ 12:30 PM: Stacey's Booksellers, 581 Market Street
For additional information about the book and/or Tom Standage, please visit www.theturkbook.com.
6) Upcoming Events
Mechanics' Institute Events:
2nd Imre Konig Memorial Saturday, April 13th
Rounds: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm.
The Walter Lovegrove Senior Open April 27th -28th, 2002
CalChess San Mateo Swiss
Four USCF-rated games for $20! No cash prizes, an inexpensive weekend
Swiss! Support your state organization! Any profit from this event will
Checks payable to Frisco Del Rosario ($20 entry fee for CalChess members, $40 for non-members who may join CalChess for $15 for one year, $28 for two years, $41 for three years, scholastic memberships $13 for one year), mail to 126 Fifteenth Ave., San Mateo CA 94402.
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