Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #91

"The passed pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key; mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient."

1) Class Struggle
2) Koltanowski Memorial
3) Mechanics' Institute Club Championship 1898
4) Maurice Ashley is Coming
5) Upcoming Events

1) Class Struggle

IM Ricardo De Guzman won the Class Struggle, held in Berkeley this past weekend, with a 3 1/2 - 1/2 score. De Guzman, who had taken a half point bye earlier in the event, won a tough last round game against NM Bela Evans. NM Victor Baja was second at 3-1. MI member Felix Rudyak was among those who tied for first Expert at 2 1/2.

Other section winners were: Class A Juan Luaces; Class B Yefim Bukh, Class C Craig Yamamoto; Class D Joe Wheeler. Richard Kopecke directed the 53-player event for Cal Chess.

2) Koltanowski Memorial

Filipino IM Ricardo DeGuzman won the Koltanowski Memorial with a 5 1/2-1/2 over Memorial Day weekend. The 95-player-event, organized and directed by Tom Dorsch, attracted 95 players. A Labor Day event will be held at the same Holiday Inn in San Francisco.

3) Mechanics' Institute Club Championship 1898

The Mechanics' Institute, San Francisco, chess tournament was finished in November. Dr. Lovegrove and Mr. Chilton tied for first and second places , and will play a deciding game. The scores in full read:

1-2. Chilton 
1-2. Lovegrove
3. Samuels
4. Ott 
5-6. Neville
5-6. Eppinger
7. Durkin
8. Torres
9. Denton 
12. Cutting
13. Fairweather*

* Fairweather's score is given as shown with nothing in the win column, but player's scores for numbers 1-12 come out even.
American Chess Magazine December 1898

4) Maurice Ashley is Coming

The Windsor East Bay Chess Academy of Oakland is bringing African-American GM Maurice Ashley back to the Bay Area!

Saturday, June 15, 2002
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
PeopleSoft Building
Knowland Park " Zoo, Oakland, CA
General Admission $5.00
(WEBCA Members Free)


*Q & A Session*

* IGM plays simuls Blindfolded vs 3 Scholastic Club Teams*

*IGM plays simuls vs 20 players selected by raffle drawing*


*Photos and Autographs*

For more information call 510-568-8262 or 510-569-2806

On Friday, June 14, 2002 at Parker Elementary School, 7229 Ney Avenue in Oakland there is an "Evening with Maurice" planned only for kids who are members of the Windsor East Bay Chess Club. This will be a private affair for the Club kids, sponsors, special guests, media representatives, and representatives from the schools where my chess classes are being held. Pizza will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Following that, Maurice will talk to and play with the kids.. Of course you are invited to Friday as well as Saturday.

5) Upcoming Events

MI Events

Jun. 7-9 GPP: 6 N. California
39th Annual Arthur Stamer Memorial. 5SS, Rd. 1 G/2, Rds. 2-5 30/90, G/1. Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., SF. $1600 $$b/50 pd ents: $400-250-150, Expert $200, A $150, B $125, C $115, D $110, E $60, Unr. $40. EF: $45, $40 MI membs, $2 off Cal Chess membs, add $5 after 6/4. 1 discount per player. Reg: 6/7 5-6pm, Rds: 6:30, 10-3:30, 10-3:30. Ent/Info: 415-421-2258,

Jun. 14-16 GPP: 15 N. California
Bay Area Masters Summer Grand Prix III.
Open to players rated 2200 & above on the June 2002 USCF rating list. 5SS, 30/90, 30/60, SD/15. Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., San Francisco. $$1700 b/22 pd. ents: $1000-500-200. EF: $100 by 6/11, $120 after, GMs & IMs free. Reg: 5/10 4-4:30, Rds: 5pm, 11-5, 11-5. Ent/Info: Guillermo Rey, 435 Firecrest Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044. (650) 355-0305, FIDE rated

June 22 2nd William Addison Open G/45 - go

August 12-16 3rd Annual Mechanics' Institute Chess Camp for Intermediate and Advanced Players (1200-2200)

This is not a camp for players that want to jump two rating classes in five days. You won't learn how to win against the Sicilian every time using the Grand Prix Attack. So why our camp and not others? At the MI camp you will get a look inside a GM's laboratory and get a feel for how they work on their game from the ground up. You will learn not only the importance of analyzing your own games, but also how to do it properly. You will learn to identify the critical points of the game and to understand when and why things went wrong.

You will learn how to use ChessBase and Fritz efficiently as part of a daily training program as well as utilizing resources on the Internet such as TWIC and the Internet Chess Club. Today chess books are cranked out at an incredible rate. Some of them are very good, many are quite bad. We will help students learn to select that which is truly useful.

On the fun side our instructors have unique experience in international competition. Expect to hear stories and anecdotes about what it's like to play against Kasparov and defend first board in a Chess Olympiad. Instructors: Grandmasters Alex Yermolinsky, International Masters John Donaldson and Guillermo Rey, and MI Scholastic Director Anthony Corrales.

Who: Open to all ages from 8 and up.
When : August 12-16, from 9am to 5pm
Where: 57 Post Street, 4th floor (Montgomery BART station)
Cost: $320 for Mechanics' members, $355 for junior (under 21) non-members, $405 for adult non-members. All non-members will receive a one year membership in the MI. There is a limit of 40 players for this camp. If you can't attend the whole camp there is a drop in fee of $80 a day

Regional Events:

Jun. 29-30 GPP: 6 N. California
Jessie Jeans Open. 4SS, G/120. Jessie Jean's Coffee House & Deli, 1426 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa (parking on south side of Burger King lot). $$1000 Gtd! Open: (All) $250-175. Reserve: (1500-1900) $200-125. Booster: (U1500) $150-100. All: EF: $35 if rec'd by 6/22, $40 at site (no phone ents). Reg: 6/29 8:30-9:30am, Rds: 10-3, 10-3. Time delay preferred, bring equip., none supp. Unr. must play in Open sect. One 1/2 pt. bye avail. Ent/Info: Mike Goodall, 461 Peachstone Terr., San Rafael, CA 94903-1327. 415-491-1269, NS,NC,W,FIDE.

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