Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #84
There are two kinds of equal positions. Equal positions you like to play,
and equal positions you can't stand the sight of.
1) Lakdawala and Mezentsev win 6th Charles Linklater Memorial 2) Wong and Snyder share lead in Spring Tuesday Night Marathon 3) 5-way tie for first in Edward Levy Memorial Open 4) Imre Konig Memorial this September 5) MI Chess History: Walter Romaine Lovegrove 6) Cal Chess Membership 7) The Turk is Coming 8) Upcoming Events
1) Lakdawala and Mezentsev win 6th Charles Linklater Memorial
Cyrus Lakdawala and Vladimir Mezentsev tied for first in the 6th Charles Linklater Memorial held April 4-21. The two winners, who each scored 7-3 in the Category 4 (2337 FIDE average) roundrobin, also made IM norms. For the San Diego based Lakdawala it was his third and final norm and he will receive his long overdue title at the FIDE Congress in Slovenia later this year. This was the second norm for Mezentsev who needs one more result for the title.
This was the 8th IM or GM norm event held at the club since the end of 1998. A total of 17 IM norms and 1 GM norm have been earned in MI events during this time. One might get the impression that the MI is a title mill, but the reality is quite different. Lakdawala and Mezentsev have both been rated over 2500 USCF and 2400 FIDE for many years. If they lived in Europe they would have been IMs a long time ago, but lacked the opportunities. The list of players who have made norms in MI events reads like a list of some of the best young talent in North America (G. Shahade, Bhat, Krush, Mulyar, Zugic, Kraai and so on). The only player rated below 2450 USCF to make a norm at the MI is Richard Lobo (usually around 2360) who achieved it the hard way in one event. He lost his first three and then scored 5 1/2 from 6! The point is that the MI is just about the only place in the US to try for roundrobin norms.
The credit for this event goes to Anthony Corrales. He not only organized and directed, but also found the sponsorship.
Other scores: 3. De Guzman 6; 4-5. Lobo and Nambiar 5.5; 6. Rey 5; 7-8. Donaldson and Shivaji 4.5; 9-10. Shivaji and Keatinge-Clay 4; 11. Thornally 2
Special mention should be made of FM Frank Thornally. Playing in his first serious tournament in several decades, Thornally lost his first seven games, but then showed great strength of character to rebound with two wins at the end of the event.
2) Wong and Snyder share lead in Spring Tuesday Night Marathon
Larry Snyder defeated top-seed Egle Morkunaite and Russell Wong drew with fellow NM David Blohm to grab the lead after five rounds of the 61-player Spring Tuesday Night Marathon. 1-2. Snyder and NM Wong 4.5; 3-7. NM Margulis, NM Hernandez, Ossipov, NM Blohm and Jones 4.
3) 5-way tie for first in Edward Levy Memorial Open
The Edward Levy Memorial, held April 19-21 in Denver, finished in a 5-way tie for first at 4-1 between GMs Gregory Kaidanov, Alex Shabalov, Alex Stripunsky, Ildar Ibragimov and Georgi Kacheishvili. The 325-player event, the largest Colorado event in recent memory, was super strong with 15 GMs competing in the 42-player top section. MI member Kayven Reise tied for first in the Under 1800 section at 4-1. Bill Goichberg organized and directed for the Continental Chess Association.
4) Imre Konig Memorial this September
The MI held strong Grandmaster roundrobins events in 1987, 1991, 1995 and 1998, but nothing of this stature since then. We hope to change this state of affairs this September by organizing a special tournament to honor the 10th anniversary of the death of International Master Imre Konig.
National Masters Tibor Weinberger and Mark Pinto have made very generous donations to make this event possible. GMs Alexander Baburin (Ireland), John Fedorowicz (USA), Yury Shulman (Belarus) and Alex Wojtkiewicz (Poland) have already committed to playing along with two of America's top young talents, Varuzhan Akobian and local hero Vinay Bhat. We would like to round out the field with even more strong players, but to do this we need to do more fund raising. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, contact John Donaldson at (415) 421-2258 or IMWJD@aol.com.
5) MI Chess History: Walter Romaine Lovegrove
This weekend, the MI will be hosting its annual Senior Open in memory of the Club's first great champion, Dr. Walter Romaine Lovegrove (October 24, 1869 - July 18, 1956). Rounds for this event, open to players 50 and over, are 10 and 4:30 daily. Complete information is provided below.
The following appreciation was written by Dr. "Bip" Ralston who was instrumental in helping to get the California Chess Reporter started.
Dr. W.R. Lovegrove by Dr. H.J. Ralston
Dr. Walter Romaine Lovegrove, emeritus master of the United States, died in San Francisco on July 18, 1956, He was 86 years old.
For over 60 years Dr. Lovegrove was one of San Francisco's leading players. Born October 24, 1869, he learned the game of chess at the age of 16 by studying the article on chess in the Encyclopedia Britannica. During the period 1886-1890 he strengthened his game by playing at the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club in San Francisco, finally becoming so strong that in one tournament he gave odds to all the other contestants, yet still won the tournament.
Dr. Lovegrove was the winner of the final Pillsbury National Correspondence Tournament. In 1891 he won a match from Joseph Redding, who claimed the championship of the Pacific Coast, by a score of 7-1. Max Judd, who was prominent in national chess circles, visited San Francisco about the same time, and Dr. Lovegrove won six out of seven games in casual play. The American champion, J.W. Showalter, also visited San Francisco, and although he had the edge over Dr. Lovegrove in casual play, lost no less than 12 games to him out of about 30 played.
In 1893 Dr. Lovegrove visited Los Angeles, where he met and conquered Simon Lipshutz by a score of 3 1/2 - 1/2. The American Championship was in a rather foggy state in those days, but technically, the present writer believes, Lipshutz was still the champion, by virtue of his decisive win over Showalter, in their match of 1892. However, one must admit that Dr. Lovegrove's victory over Lipshutz must be weighed with caution because of the very uncertain nature of the champion's health. Lipshutz was a chronic sufferer from tuberculosis, which caused his premature death at the age of 42.
Dr. Lovegrove beat Van Vliet in London, 1912, in the only game played; he beat Taubenhaus in Paris in the same year, 10-1. In Vienna, 1922, playing as usual for a dollar a game, he won one and lost one to Dr. Tartakover - who said he did not care to play Lovegrove any more because he couldn't make a living that way. In 1902 he played Dr. Emanuel Lasker a stake game in San Francisco; the champion of the world tried to win a drawn game, and lost. Again in 1904, an exhibition game was won by Dr. Lovegrove against the American Champion, Harry Pillsbury. Pillsbury grabbed a pawn, allowing Dr. Lovegrove to obtain a crushing kingside attack.
California Chess Reporter 1956
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 email@example.com.
Since the beginning of April the MI has been offering a $2 discount for its weekend events to Cal Chess Members.
7) The Turk is Coming
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.
8) Upcoming Events
Mechanics' Institute Event:
The Walter Lovegrove Senior Open April 27th-28th, 2002
May 10-12 GPP: 15 N. California
May 18 2nd Charles Powell Memorial G/45 at the MI
June 7-9 Stamer Memorial
June 22 2nd William Addison Open G/45 (same details as Powell)
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.
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 benefit CalChess!
Jun. 1-2 GPP: 6 N. California
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