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Chess Room Newsletter #412

Gens Una Sumus!

Newsletter #412, 8/28/2008
"The man of system . . . is apt to be very wise in his own conceit; and is often so enamored with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it. He goes on to establish it completely and in all its parts, without any regard either to the great interests, or to the strong prejudices which may oppose it. He seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board. He does not consider that the pieces upon the chess-board have no other principle of motion besides that which the hand impresses upon them; but that, in the great chess-board of human society, every single piece has a principle of motion of its own, altogether different from that which the legislature might choose to impress upon it. If those two principles coincide and act in the same direction, the game of human society will go on easily and harmoniously, and is very likely to be happy and successful. If they are opposite or different, the game will go on miserably, and the society must be at all times in the highest degree of disorder."

~ Adam Smith (1759)
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Americans Abroad
3) Vote for Nicholas!
4) An Appeal for Games from Lone Pine 1971, 1973 and 1974

Don't miss the Northern California Championships this weekend at the Holiday Inn on Van Ness in San Francisco ( full details in Upcoming Events below).
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

Just a handful of games remain to be played in the Alan Benson IM Norm tournament. IM Ricardo DeGuzman was in excellent form scoring an undefeated 8 from 9 to easily win the event. Battling for second are IM Vladimir Mezentsev (6 from 9) and FMs Sam Shankland (5.5 from 8) and Daniel Naroditsky (3.5 from 6) . The latter two play today with a win giving Shankland his second IM norm.

Class A player Dante Argishti is the surprise leader of the 58-player Irving Chernev Memorial Tuesday Night Marathon at the halfway point with 4 from 4. Tied for second at 3.5 are NM Michael Pearson and Experts Larry Snyder and Larry Snyder.

The San Francisco Mechanics' opened their 2008 US Chess League season successfully with a victory over the defending champion Dallas Destiny 2.5 - 1.5

San Francisco MechanicsDallas Destiny
GM Patrick Wolff: 26230.50.5IM Marko Zivanic: 2552
IM Josh Friedel: 25950.50.5IM Davorin Kuljasevic: 2528
FM Sam Shankland: 23641.00.0FM Igor Schneider: 2396
FM Daniel Naroditsky: 23210.50.5WFM Bayaraa Zorigt: 2217
Avg Rating: 2476Avg Rating: 2423
San Francisco Total -------2.51.5------- Dallas Total

Wolff,Patrick - Zivanic,Marko [B48]
USCL Dallas-San Francisco (1)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 Last year Patrick defeated the Dallas first board Boskovic developing his Bishop on e2 with the game quickly transposing into a Scheveningen. 7.Bd3 Nf6 8.0-0 h5 Black's safest line is considered to be 8...Ne5 but the Serbian GM Miladinovic has enjoyed success with the text. 9.h3 Bd6 10.Re1 10.Qd2 Bh2+ 11.Kh1 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Bf4 13.Be3 Bxe3 14.Qxe3 Ng4! 15.Qg3 Qxg3 16.fxg3 Ne5 is exactly the sort of thing that Black is hoping for in this variation 10...b5 10...Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Bh2+ 12.Kh1 Be5 13.Bxe5 Qxe5 14.Qd2 g5 15.Nd5 takes advantage of the looseness in Black's position. After Black's last move the game is in new territory. I was only able to find one game, with the unimpressive 11.Kh1, where ...h5, ...Bd6 and ...b5 have been combined. 11.a4 An immediate attempt to refute Black's setup fails. 11.Bxb5 axb5 12.Ndxb5 Bh2+ 13.Kh1 Qb8 14.g3 (14.Bc5 Ba6 15.a4 Be5) 14...Bxg3 15.fxg3 Qxg3 16.Qd6 Qxh3+ 17.Kg1 Qg4+ with a draw. Black might also play on with 17...Rb8. With the text Patrick prepares a sacrifice to knock out of the box but with hindsight maybe the more restrained 11.Nb3 deserves consideration. With ...h5 in it's not clear where Black will put his King. 11...b4 12.Nd5!? In for a penny in for a pound. Patrick goes forward but 12.Nb1 Bb7 13.Nd2 was a less risky alternative. The exclamation mark for 12.Nd5 was for the courage to play it and the ? because it seems to fall short against an exact defense. 12...exd5 13.exd5 Ne7 14.Nf5 0-0 15.Bd4 Bh2+ 16.Kh1 Nxf5 17.Bxf6 17.Bxf5 Qd6 18.Qf3 Bf4 19.Bxf6 Qxf6 20.Qxf4 g6 falls short for White. 17...Qb6 18.Bg5 18.d6 Qxf2 19.Kxh2 gxf6 also leaves Black on top. 18...Qxf2 19.Rf1 Ng3+ 20.Kxh2 Nxf1+ 21.Qxf1 Qxf1 22.Rxf1 Zivanic has defended brilliantly the past ten moves and now heads into the endgame an exchange up but matters are not as simple as they might first seem as Black still needs to find a way get his pieces out. 22...Re8 23.d6 Re5 23...f6 might be the right idea here to remove the potential pressure to f7 and prevent the Bishop from reaching e7. For example 24.Bg6 (24.Bd2 looks like a better try.) 24...Re6 25.Bxh5 Bb7! (25...fxg5? 26.Bf7+ Kh7 27.Bxe6 dxe6 28.Rf8) 26.Bf4 Rc8 - at the cost of a pawn Black has finally activated his pieces. 24.Bf4 Re6 25.Bf5 Re8 26.Bg5 Bb7 26...Re5 27.Be7 (27.Bd2 Bb7 28.Bxb4 Re2 29.Rg1 Be4) 27...Bb7 looks better. Now the Rook gets shut out. 27.Be7 Bc6 28.b3 White would like to transfer the Bishop to d3 to attack c4 but Black has 28.Bd3 Bxa4 29.Bc4 Bxc2 30.Bxf7+ Kh7 31.Bxe8 Rxe8 with an extra pawn in the ending. 28...Ra7?! 28...g6 29.Bd3 Bd5 was necessary with Black still having excellent winning chances. After the game continuation they disappear. 29.Bd3! Bd5 Bc4 had to be stopped. 30.Rf5 Be6 31.Rxh5 f6 32.g4 This looks better than the forced sequence 32.a5 Kf7 33.Rh4 Rb7 34.Bxa6 Ra7 35.Bb5 Rxa5 36.Rxb4 Rb8 37.c4 Bd5 38.Ra4 Rxa4 39.bxa4 Bc6 White now has two pawns for the exchange but his Bishop on e7 is out of play and Black's King is very active. 32...Kf7 33.Rc5 g5 34.Be4 34.a5 Raa8 35.Rc7 Rec8 36.Rb7 Rcb8 is another way to make a draw. 34...a5 35.Kg3 Rh8 36.Bg2 ½-½ White has a fortress.
Kulasevic,D - Friedel,J [E52]
USCL Dallas-San Francisco (2)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Bd3 Bb7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.0-0 d5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.a3 Bd6 10.b4 Nbd7 10...a6 Silman-Kane, Northern California (ch) 1980 is a good illustration of what White is aiming for - a slow Minority attack on the queenside. 11.Qb3 Re8 12.a4 Nc6 13.Ba3 a5 14.Bb5! axb4 15.Bxc6 Bxc6 16.Bxb4 Ne4 17.Rfc1 Bxb4 18.Qxb4 Nxc3 19.Rxc3 Bd7 20.a5 Re6 21.Rca3 Ra6 22.axb6 Rexb6 23.Qc3 Rxa3 24.Qxa3 with a thankless defensive task for Black. 11.Qb3 c6 11...a6 12.a4 Qe7 is the other way to handle this position. 12.a4 a6 13.Bb2 13.a5 b5 14.e4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 (15.Bxe4 h6 16.Bb2= Zsu. Polgar-Schandorff, Vejstrup 1989.) 15...Nxe4 16.Bxe4 Nf6 17.Bc2 Nd5 18.Bd2 Re8= Gligoric-Ionescu, Sochi 1986. 13...b5 14.e4 14.a5 Qe7 15.Ba3 Ne4 14...dxe4 15.Bxe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Bxe4 Nf6 17.Bd3 Nd5 15...Nb6 16.a5 Nbd5 17.Nxd5 cxd5 18.Bd3 Ne4 Afterwards Sam Shankland was excited about 18...Rc8 19.Rfe1 Rc4 . It's true after 20.Bxc4 .dxc4 21.Qa3 Nd5 Black has great compensation. Maybe 20.Ba3 is better, delaying the capture on c4. 19.Rac1 Qe7 20.Rc5 Kulasevic had to try the exchange sacrifice for good or bad as this was the last game and Dallas was trailing. 20...Bxc5 21.dxc5 Rfe8 22.Qc2 Bc8 23.Re1 Bf5 24.Re3 Not 24.Nd4 Bg6 25.f3 as Black has 25...Qh4 24...Bg6 25.Bd4 Qc7 26.Qb2 f6 27.Nh4 Bf7 28.Qc2 Qf4 29.Nf3 Kh8 29...Ng5! 30.Nxg5 Qxd4 31.Bxh7+ Kf8 was a knockout blow. Both players were getting very low on time around here. 30.g3 Qg4 31.Be2 Qf5 32.Bd3 Qg4 33.Be2 Qf5 34.Bd3 ½-½ Black could continue play but a draw clinched the match.
Shankland,Sam - Schneider,Igor [C06]
USCL Dallas-San Francisco (3),
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ndf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Nh3 Bd6 11.0-0 Qc7 12.Re1 0-0 13.Nhg5 h6 13...e5 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Bxh7+ Nxh7 16.Nxe5 and 13...Re8 14.Qc2 g6 15.Bd2 both favor White. 14.Nxe6 Bxe6 15.Rxe6 Ng4 16.g3 Nxf2? 16...Rad8 and 16...Qd7 would have given Black some compensation for the pawn. 17.Kxf2 Rxf3+ 18.Qxf3 Rf8 19.Bf4 Bxf4 20.Kg2 Kh8 20...Qd7 21.Rxc6 Bg5 22.Bh7+ Kxh7 23.Qxf8 Qxc6 24.Qf5+ Kg8 25.Re1 and White quickly won in Papin-DeRamos, World Under 16 (ch) 2003. 21.Qxf4 1-0
Zorigt,Bayarra - Naroditsky,Daniel [E68]
USCL Dallas-San Francisco (4), 28.08.2008
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nc3 d6 6.0-0 e5 7.d4 Nbd7 8.e4 c6 9.d5 cxd5 10.cxd5 Nc5 11.Qe2 b6 11...Bd7 12.b4 Na4 and 11...a5 are alternatives. 12.b4 Ba6 13.b5 Bb7 14.Nd2 a6 15.Ba3 15.Nc4 axb5 16.Nxb5 might be better. 15...axb5 16.Bxc5 bxc5 17.Nxb5 Ba6 17...Ra4 18.Nc4 Ba6 19.Rfb1 Nxd5 20.exd5 e4 is one try to sharpen the play. 18.a4 Qd7 19.Rab1 Rfb8 20.Rb2 Ne8 ½-½ Play is equal and Daniel was tired after losing a tough game to IM DeGuzman earlier in the day in the Alan Benson IM norm tournament.

From the Past:

California Subscribers and Committee of Cooperation to The First American Chess Congress (NY 1857) - published in the tournament book and Battell's article in Chess Review (Oct 1957, page 318)

San Francisco
Selim Franklin
T.J. Grotjan
Wm. R. Wheaton

T.B. Baille
2) Americans Abroad
Tal Memorial ( Moscow)

1. Ivanchuk - 6 out of 9
2-5.Morozevich,Gelfand, Ponomariov, Kramnik - 5
6. Leko - 4½
7-8. Kamsky and Alekseev - 4
9. Mamedyarov - 3½
10. Shirov - 3.
Kramnik,V (2788) - Kamsky,G (2723) [D93]
Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (6), 24.08.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Qa5 8.Rc1 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Qxc5 10.Bb3 Nc6 11.0-0 Qa5 12.h3 Bf5 13.Qe2 Ne4 14.Nd5 e5 15.Bh2 Be6 16.Rfd1 Rfd8 17.Qc4 Nf6 18.e4 Rac8 19.Ng5 Nd4 20.Ne7+ Kf8 21.Nxe6+ Kxe7 22.Nxd8 Rxc4 23.Bxc4 Ne8 23...Kxd8?! 24.b4 Qc7 25.Rxd4+ Ke7 26.Rdd1 Bh6 and Black eventually scrapped a draw Smejkal-Saidy, Tallinn 1971, was the stem game in this variation. 24.Nxf7 b5 25.Bd5 Ne2+ 26.Kh1 Nxc1 27.Rxc1 Qd2 28.Rc8 Qxf2 29.Bg1 Qf1 30.Ra8 Nc7 31.Rxa7 Kd7 32.b3 g5 33.a4 g4 34.hxg4 Qf6 35.g5 Qf4 36.axb5 Qh4+ 37.Bh2 Qe1+ 38.Bg1 ½-½ Standings after 3 rounds in Montreal

1-2. Nakamura and Charbonneau -2½
3-4. Shulman and Akobian - 2
5-6. Nataf and Bluvshtein - 1½
7-8. Kovalyov and Maze - 1
9-10. Roussel-Roozmon and Zugic -1/2.
3) Vote for Nicholas!
Hello everyone, Nicholas Nip appeared on LIVE with Regis and Kelly back in April for becoming the youngest Chessmaster ever in U.S. history. The show announced today that he is a nominee for the annual RELLY awards for "Best Junior Achiever." Nicholas can only win if you vote for him on-line this week. So spread the word and vote at!! You could win a trip to Antigua too!

Thank you
Sophia Nip
4) An Appeal for Games from Lone Pine 1971, 1973 and 1974
The great Lone Pine series ran from 1971 to 1981. There were bulletins produced by Max Burkett and company from 1975 to 1981 but regrettably nothing before that. Fortunately Dennis Waterman and John Grefe produced a tournament on the 1972 event so only 1971, 1973 and 1974 are missing. Some games have been preserved in magazines of the time but precious few. If you have any scores please send them to John Donaldson ( )

Here is one recently discovered game that was found in Jude Acers excellent column in the Berkeley Barb (April 13–19, 1973 page 20.
Dake,A - Fritzinger,D [E65]
Lone Pine (5), 03.1973
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0–0 5.0–0 c5 6.d4 d6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.h3 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bd7 10.Nc2 Qc8 11.Kh2 Na5 12.Ne3 Nxc4 13.Nxc4 Qxc4 14.Bxb7 Rab8 15.Bg2 a5 16.e4 a4 17.a3 Bc6 18.Re1 Nd7 19.Bf1 Qb3 20.Qe2 Rfe8 21.Bd2 Nc5 22.f3 Ne6 23.Rab1 Nd4 24.Qd3 e6 25.Kg2 f5 26.Bf4 Rbd8 27.Rec1 h6 28.Be3 Nxf3 29.Kxf3 fxe4+ 30.Nxe4 Rf8+ 31.Kg2 Rxf1 32.Qxb3 Bxe4+ 33.Kxf1 axb3 34.Ke2 d5 35.Bb6 Rb8 36.Bc7 Rc8 37.Bf4 Rc2+ 38.Rxc2 Bxc2 39.Rc1 Bxb2 40.Kd2 Bxa3 41.Rxc2 bxc2 42.Kxc2 Bf8 43.g4 Bg7 44.Bb8 Kf7 45.Kd3 e5 46.Ke3 Ke6 47.Kf3 e4+ 48.Ke3 Be5 49.Ba7 Bh2 50.Ke2 Bf4 51.Bd4 Be5 52.Be3 Bg7 53.Bb6 d4 54.Ba5 Kd5 55.h4 d3+ 56.Kd2 Kc4 0–1 Speaking of undiscovered gold here are two games that you will not find in Chess Base - Mega 2008. They comes from the CalBase which can be found at
Commons,K - Biyiasas,P [C55]
Paul Masson Class Championship Saratoga, 1974
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.d3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.c3 0-0 6.Bg5 d6 7.b4 a5 8.b5 Nb8 9.Nbd2 Ng4! 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.0-0 Kh8 12.h3 Nh6! 13.d4 f6 14.Re1 Nd7 15.Nf1 Nb6 16.Bd3 Be6 17.Ne3 Nf7 18.Qc2 Rae8 19.Rad1 g6 20.Kh2 Kg7 21.Qb2 Nc8 22.Bc4 b6 23.Qb3 Bd7 24.Nd2 Qd8 25.Kg1 Ng5 26.Nd5 Ne7 27.Re3 Nxd5 28.Bxd5 Ne6 29.Nf1 Re7 30.Ng3 Nf4 31.Bc4 Qe8 32.Rde1 Qc8 33.Ne2 Rfe8 34.Qb1 Ne6 35.Bd5 Rf8 36.Rf1 Qe8 37.a4 Nf4 38.Nxf4?! exf4 39.Rf3 g5 40.Qb3 Be6! 41.c4 Bxd5 42.exd5 Re4 43.Rd3 Qe7 44.Rd2 Re8 45.Qc2 h6 46.Kh2 Qf7 47.Rc1 f5 48.c5 R4e7 49.cxd6 cxd6 50.Qc6 Qg6 51.Qxb6 g4 52.Rd3 f3 53.Rg1 Kh8 54.gxf3 Re2 55.f4 Rxf2+ 56.Kh1 h5! 57.Qxa5 Ree2 58.Qd8+ Kh7 59.Qe7+? Rxe7 60.Rc3 Ree2 0-1
Alburt,L (2605) - Biyiasas,P (2519) [E73]
Open - Memorial Day Los Angeles, CA, 1980
1.c4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 Nf6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qc1 e5 8.d5 a6 9.Nf3 Qe8 10.Nd2 Nc5 11.b4 Na4 12.Nxa4 Qxa4 13.a3 h6 14.Bh4 Qe8 15.c5 Bd7 16.cxd6 cxd6 17.Qc7 Qc8 18.Qxd6 Qc3 19.Rd1 g5 20.Bg3 Ba4 21.Bxe5 Nxe4 22.Bxc3 Nxd6 23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.Rc1 Rfe8 25.Nf3 g4 26.Ng1 Rac8 27.Rxc8 Rxc8 28.Bxg4 Rc1+ 29.Kd2 Ra1 30.Bf3 Rxa3 31.Nh3 Rb3 32.Rc1 Rxb4 33.Rc7 Kf6 34.g3 Rd4+ 35.Ke3 Nf5+ 36.Ke2 Bd1+ 0-1

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