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Chess Room Newsletter #414

Gens Una Sumus!

Newsletter #414, 9/11/2008
"Sacrifices have one common aim, that of increasing the effectiveness of other pieces outside of the normal routine."

~ Rudolf Spielmann
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Remembering Igor Ivanov - a Problem and Games
3) Here and There
4) 2008 Pan American - Continental Championship

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
Expert Oleg Shaknazarov shocked IM Ricardo DeGuzman in round 6 of the Irving Chernev Memorial Tuesday Night Marathon defeating his much higher rated opponent with the Black pieces. With two rounds remaining NM Michael Pearson leads with 5.5 points followed by Shaknazarov and Dante Argishti at 5 and William Gray, Evan Sandberg and Hayk Manvelyan on 4.5.

San Francisco defeated division leader Miami in round three of the US Chess League on Monday night. GM Patrick Wolff was scheduled to play but a few minutes before the round started he called to say that he couldn't make it due to a family emergency (he and his wife have two very young kids - fortunately everything turned out okay). Miami very graciously waived the 30 minute penalty and I was substituted as Vinay and David were on the way to Florida for the Miami Open which started on Wednesday. It was good I had not stepped out for a planned quick dinner!

Josh played

San Francisco (2.5) vs Miami (1.5)

1. IM John Donaldson (SF) vs GM Julio Becerra (MIA) 0-1
2. FM Osmany Perea (MIA) vs IM Josh Friedel (SF) 1/2-1/2
3. FM Sam Shankland (SF) vs FM Charles Galofre (MIA) 1-0
4. NM Eric Rodriguez (MIA) vs FM Daniel Naroditsky (SF) 0-1
Donaldson,John (2422) - Becerra,Julio (2640) [D13]
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bf4 e6 7.e3 Be7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0 Bd7 10.Ne5 Rc8 11.Rc1 Be8 12.Qe2 a6 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Rc2 Bd6 15.Bg5? e5 16.dxe5 Bxe5 17.Rd1 Qd6 18.f4 Bxc3 19.Rxc3 Rfe8 20.Qc2 h6 21.Bh4?? Ng4 22.Bh7+ Kh8 23.Bf5 Bd7 24.Bxg4 Bxg4 25.Rd4 Rxc3 26.Qxc3 Bf5 27.Rd2 Rc8 28.Qb3 Rc1+ 29.Kf2 Qg6 30.Qxd5 Be4 31.Qd8+ Kh7 32.Bg3 Qc6 33.Qd7 Qc4 34.Re2 Bd3 35.b3 Qe4 0-1White had to play 15.Qf3 with a slight edge or at least 15.Bxd6. His pieces are not set to play against the IQP. Capture on f6 was obligatory on move 21 though Black is better.
Perea,Osmany (2453) - Friedel,Josh (2595) [E32]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 b6 7.Nf3 Ne4 8.Qc2 Bb7 9.e3 d6 10.Be2 Nd7 11.0-0 f5 12.b4 Rf6 13.d5 Rh6 14.Bb2 Qe7 15.dxe6 Ng5 16.Nd4? Nh3+ 17.Kh1 Nxf2+This looks tempting but gives White's King the chance to escape via e2. Can you find the win? Imagine the Knight on h4 was gone - ...Qh4 would immediately mate.

The answer is 17...Nf4!

Now 18.Bf3 Qh4 19.h3 Nxh3 20.Nxf5 Ng5+ 21.Nxh4 Rxh4+ 22.Kg1 Nxf3+ 23.gxf3 Bxf3 is the prettiest line.

while 18.f3 Qh4 19.Kg1 Qxh2+ 20.Kf2 Qxg2+ 21.Ke1 Nxe6 and 18.Qxf5 Bxg2+ 19.Kg1 Rf8 20.exf4 Qh4 are easy wins. 18.Kg1 Rxh2 19.Kxh2 Qh4+ 20.Kg1 Nh3+ 21.Kh2 Nf4+ 22.Kg1 Nh3+ 23.Kh2 Nf4+ DrawSam's opponent had to try ...dxc4 around move 18. Once Sam exchanged on d5 and starting pressuring the queenside pawns he never let up. An impressive positional squeeze by Sam who is becoming more and more versatile.
Shankland,Sam (2364) - Galofre,Charles (2326) [C45]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 9.Nc3 Qe6 10.b3 a5 11.g3 a4 12.Rb1 Bb4 13.Bd2 Ba6 14.Bg2 0-0 15.0-0 Bxc3 16.Bxc3 d5 17.f4 f5 18.Qf3 Rad8 19.Rfd1 Rf7 20.cxd5 cxd5 21.Bd4 axb3 22.axb3 Bb7 23.Rdc1 Rc8 24.Ra1 Ra8 25.Qc3 Rd7 26.Qb4 Rxa1 27.Rxa1 Rd8 28.Ra7 Qc6 29.Qc5 Rc8 30.h3 h6 31.g4 g6 32.Kh2 h5 33.gxf5 gxf5 34.Qe7 Qh6 35.Kg3 Qg6+ 36.Qg5 Qxg5+ 37.fxg5 Bc6 38.Kf4 Nd7 39.e6 Nf8 40.e7 Ng6+ 41.Kxf5 Nh4+ 42.Ke5 Nxg2 43.Ra6 Bb5 44.Ra5 Bd7 45.Rxd5 Bxh3 46.Rd8+ Kf7 47.e8Q+When White trades on e5 in the King's Indian he hopes to follow up with c5 and Nf3-d2-c4 or Bc4 at some point. He never got close here and Danya made him pay dearly for surrendering the d4-square.
Rodriguez,Eric (2242) - Naroditsky,Daniel (2321) [E94]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Na6 7.0-0 e5 8.Be3 c6 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.h3 Qe7 11.a3 Nh5 12.Re1 Nf4 13.Bf1 Ne6 14.b4 Rd8 15.Qb1 Nd4 16.Nd2 Nc7 17.Nb3 Nce6 18.Ne2 b6 19.Rd1 a5 20.Bd2 Nxe2+ 21.Bxe2 a4 22.Nc1 Nd4 23.Be3 Be6 24.Bxd4 exd4 25.Bd3 Qg5 26.Kf1 Qh5 27.Ne2 Bh6 28.Qb2 Qe5 29.Kg1 b5 30.c5 Bc4 31.Qb1 Bb3 32.Rf1 Bd2 33.f4 Qg7 34.Rf3 Bc3 35.Nxc3 dxc3 36.Bc2 Qd4+ 37.Kh2 Qc4 38.Rf2 Rd2 39.Rxd2 cxd2 40.Bxb3 axb3 41.Qd1 Qc2 White resigns 0-1
WESTERN DIVISIONWLGamePointsOpp Avg RatingOpps Record
San Francisco2.50.57.0/12 (58%)24105.0-1.0 (83%)
Miami2.01.08.5/12 (71%)24173.5-2.5 (58%)
Dallas2.01.07.0/12 (58%)24324.5-1.5 (25%)
Chicago1.51.57.5/12 (63%)23962.5-3.5 (42%)
Arizona1.02.04.5/12 (38%)23594.5-1.5 (75%)
Seattle1.02.04.5/12 (38%)23752.0-4.0 (33%)
Tennessee0.52.53.0/12 (25%)23931.0-5.0 (17%)
The Mechanics' Institute Chess Club would like to thank Danny Montoya, Frank Berry and the Vega Capital Group for their generous support. Book, equipment and cash donations to the Mechanics' Chess Club are always welcome. All donations to the Mechanics' are tax deductible due to the M.I.'s 501(c) (3) nonprofit status. If you have any chess books or equipment that have been lying around unused for some time consider donating to the Mechanics'. You will not only get a tax write off but also the satisfaction of seeing things put to good use.
2) Remembering Igor Ivanov - a Problem and Games
Igor's Problem

White - Ka1, Qd1, R's h1 and e7, B's b1 and d2, Nd8, p's a2, b2, d3, f2, g5, h3
Black - Kh7, Qd4, R's a7 and h8, B's a8 and g7, N's a5 and g8, p's a3, b6, c5, e6, g6, h5

Lyle Engle supplied this position which Igor composed while living in Arizona. 1.Qxh5+ gxh5 2.g6+ Kxg6 3.Rg1+ Bg2 (3...Kf6 4.Rxe6+ Kf5 5.Rg5#; 3...Kf5 4.Rg5+ Kf6 5.Rxe6#] 4.Rxg2+ Qg4 5.d4+ Kf6 6.Rxe6+ Qxe6 7.Bg5# 1-0Robert Rowley of Arizona kindly supplies these games with annotations.
Rowley,Robert (2418) - Ivanov,Igor V (2619) [D00]
US Open Chicago (9), 14.08.1989
With 6.5 out of 8, this was a money round for the two opponents. Igor's vast experience and tremendous imagination won out. 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 0-0 6.Be2 c5 7.dxc5 Nbd7 A pet line of Rowley's, since seeing it in the famous Capablanca-Yates game. But this was his first encounter with Nd7, so, he incorrectly assumed it could be refuted outright. 8.Nxd5?! 8.0-0 Nxc5 9.Be5 8...Nxd5?! 9.Qxd5 Bxb2 10.Rb1 10.0-0!? Bxa1 11.Rxa1 Qa5 12.Bh6 Qxc5 (12...Re8 13.Bc4 e6 14.Qd4 f6 15.Ng5 Qxc5 16.Nxe6 Qxd4 17.exd4 Nb6 18.Nc7+ Nxc4 19.Nxe8 Bf5 20.Nxf6+ Kf7 21.g4 Kxf6 22.gxf5±) 13.Qxc5 Nxc5 14.Bxf8= {Fritz10}] 10...Qa5+ 11.Kf1 Bg7 12.Bc4 12.Rb5 Qa3 13.e4 Nf6 14.Qb3 Qxb3 15.axb3 Nxe4 16.Be5= 12...Nf6 13.Qe5 e6 14.g3?! 14.Rb5 Qa4 15.Qc3 Rd8 16.Bd3 Qxa2 17.Be5 Nd5 18.Qb3 Qxb3 19.Rxb3=;14.c6? Nd5 15.cxb7 Bxb7 16.Qe4 Ba6 17.Qd3 Nc3 18.Re1 Bxc4 19.Qxc4 Rfc8 20.Qd3 (20.Qb3 e5 21.Bg3 Rab8-+) 20.. .e5-+ 14...Nd5 14...Bd7! 15.Nd4 Rfc8-+ 15.Qd6 Nc3 16.Re1 b5! 17.Bd3 17.cxb6 Bb7 18.Kg2 g5-+ 17...Bb7 18.Kg2 18.e4! b4 19.Kg2 Rac8 20.Qe7 Ba8 18...Nd5 18...Bxf3+ 19.Kxf3 Rfd8 20.Qc7 Qxa2 21.Bd6 a5 19.c6 Nxf4+ 20.exf4 Rad8 21.Qc5 Rd5 22.Qe3 22.Qxf8+! Bxf8 23.cxb7 Rd8 24.Ne5 Qa6 25.Be4 Rb8 26.Re2 Rxb7 27.Bxb7 Qxb7+ 28.f3 f6 29.Ng4 Kf7 22...Bxc6! 23.Be4 Qxa2 24.h4 Rc8 25.h5 a5?! 25...Rdd8-+ 26.hxg6 hxg6 27.Ng5?! 27.Ne5! Rxe5 28.fxe5 Qxc2 29.Re2 Qxe4+ 30.Qxe4 Bxe4+ 31.Rxe4 Ra8-+ 27...Qc4 28.f3 Rxg5 29.fxg5 Bxe4 30.Qxe4 Qxe4 31.Rxe4 Rxc2+ 32.Kh3 a4 33.Rd1 33.Rb1 Rb2 33...Rc8 34.Rd7 Ra8 35.Rf4 a3 36.Rfxf7 At least Igor's technique allowed it to get exciting. 36...Bf8 37.Rf6 a2 38.Rxg6+ Kh8 39.Rd1 Ra6! 40.Ra1 40.Kg4 Bg7-+; 40.f4! Bg7 (40...b4 41.f5 a1Q 42.Rxa1 Rxa1 43.Rxe6 Ra5 44.Rf6 Be7 45.Rh6+ Kg8 46.Re6 Bxg5 47.Rb6 Bd2 48.g4 Kf7-+) 41.f5 a1Q 42.Rxa1 Bxa1 43.fxe6 Ra7 44.e7 Rxe7 45.Rb6 Re5-+ 40...b4 41 .Kg4 41.Rxa2 Rxa2 42.Rxe6 Ra5 43.Rb6 Rxg5 44.f4 Rd5-+ 41...Kh7 42.Rxa2 42.Rxe6 Rxe6 43.Rxa2 b3 44.Rb2 Rb6 45.f4 Ba3 46.Rb1 b2 47.f5 Rc6-+ 42...Rxa2 43.Rxe6 b3 44.Rb6 Ra4+ 45.Kh5 Rb4 46.Re6 b2 47.Re1 b1Q 48.Rxb1 Rxb1 49.g6+ Kg7 50.f4 Rb5+ 0-1
Rowley,Robert (2325) - Ivanov,Igor V (2578) [B61]
Western States Open Reno (2), 29.10.1994
A very interesting game, showcasing Igor's imagination. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5=2 0Bd7 7.Qd2 Rc8 8.0-0-0 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Qa5 10.Bd2 g6 11.a3?! [11.Bc4; 11.Kb1] 11...Bg7 12.Nd5 Qd8 12...Qa4 13.Bc3 Qxd4 14.Bxd4 Ba4 15.Nxf6+ Bxf6 16.Bxf6 exf6 17.Rd2 Ke7 18.Bd3 Rc5 19.c3 Rhc8 20.Bc2 Bxc2 21.Kxc2 f5 22.exf5 Rxf5 23.Re1+ Re5 24.Rde2 Kf6 25.f4 Re6 26.Kd3 Kf5 27.g4+ Kxg4 28.Rxe6 fxe6 29.Rxe6 Rc7 30.Ke3 d5 31.Re5 Rd7 32.Rg5+ Kh3 33.Kf3 d4 34.Rg3+ Kh4 35.Rg4+ Kh3 36.Rg3+ Kh4 37.Rg4+ ½-½ David,A (2455)-Cifuentes Parada,R (2515)/Wijk aan Zee 1997; 12...Qc5 13.Bc3 Nh5 14.Qxc5 Rxc5 15.Bb4 Rc8 16.Be2 Nf6 17.Bc3 Nxd5 18.Bxg7 Rg8 19.Bd4 Nf4 20.Bf3 b6 21.Rhe1 Ne6 22.e5 Nxd4 23.Rxd4 dxe5 24.Rxe5 e6 25.b3 Ke7 26.Kb2 Rc7 27.Re2 ½-½ Popovic,P (2545)-Damljanovic,B (2540)/Belgrade 1997. 13.Bg5 0-0 14.Nxf6+ exf6 15.Be3 [15.Bh4 Qc7; 15.Bh4 Qc7 16.c3 f5 17.Qxd6 Ba4 18.Qxc7 Rxc7 19.Re1 Bh6+] 15...f5 16.Qxd6 Ba4! A stunner at the time, but it's child's play for Fritz6. 17.Qxd8 Rxc2+ 18.Kb1 Rxb2+ 19.Kc1 Rc2+ ½-½1/2-1/2 A pleasing "last game" to have played with Igor.
3) Here and There
The 2nd Annual SPICE Cup will takeplace from September 19-28 at TexasTech University in Lubbock, Texas. Itis a Category 15 ten-player roundrobin tournament.

GM Onischuk, Alexander (2670)
GM Harikrishna, Pentala (2724)
GM Kritz, Leonid (2610)
GM Akobian, Varuzhan (2610)
GM Kaidanov, Gregory (2605)
GM Becerra, Julio (2598)
GM Mikhalevski, Victor (2592)
GM Miton, Kamil (2580)
GM Stefansson, Hannes (2566)
GM Perelshteyn, Eugene (2555)
In addition to the SPICE Cup
Invitational, there are a number of
other tournaments for all levels that
will take place at Texas Tech
University. Details are available on the
SPICE website.

Board order for the US Women's Team:
Name FIDE rating USCF rating 1. Irina Krush 2470 25342.Anna Zatonskih 2446 24983.Rusudan Goletiani 2359 23844.Katerina Rohonyan 2321 23365.Tatev Abrahamyan 2277 2328=2 0 
Captain: Michael Khodarkovsky
Coach: Gregory Kaidanov
4) 2008 Pan American - Continental Championship

2008 Pan American - Continental Championship (Nov. 1-7, 2008)

U.S. Chess Federation, Chess Educators, and Confederation of Chess for America (CCA) FIDE Event

This Event is a Qualifier to the 2009 FIDE World Cup!

Obtain your FIDE Rating, Achieve Norms and International Titles !

Location: (Boca Raton, Florida) Hotel Marriott Boca Raton at Boca Center , Chess Rate $120 1 - 4 in room · Must be booked by 10/03 to receive the Chess20Rate. Click Here to Make your Hotel Reservation or visit where you will find links to online registration, payment and hotel reservations !

The event was planned prior to the Chess Olympiad in Dresden to allow players from different countries in the Americas to participate in the Championship as well as in the Chess Olympiad.

So far we have participation from Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and the United States of America ! Hurry, Sign Up today !

Entry Fee: $175 due by September 30, 2008
Note: Entry Fees received after September 30, 2008 are $200.

Make Checks Payable to: Checks must be payable to Chess Educators, LLC and mailed to P.O. Box 160 New York, NY 10028.

On-line Payment and Registration: Available at

Deadline: The registrations will have to be formalized by the National Federation via e-mail by October 15, 2008. Please include the players Names, FIDE titles, FIDE code, ELO FIDE, Date of Birth, Category and Country.

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Only registrations from the National Federations will be accepted. The registrations must be signed by the President or Secretary.

For U.S. players, the endorsements will be submitted to the USCF office for further approval.

Traveling to U.S.A : If you need assistant with a letter for the purpose of applying for a VISA to enter into the United States of America, please request this information in advance.

For Complete Tournament Details please visit the Official Tournament Website at - !

If you have any questions or need assistance - Please contact the Tournament Organizer - Beatriz Marinello at and/or

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