Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #546
In chess it's never a matter of dealing with simple people. After all, simple people couldn't achieve such heights in world chess.
Vladimir Tukmakov (captain of the 2004 and 2010 gold medal winning Ukrainian teams)
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) A Chess Poem by Dennis Fritzinger 3) Strong results by Americans in Europe 4) Western States Open
5) 2012 US And Canadian Opens to be held in the Pacific NW
6) FIDE World Championships 7) Upcoming Events
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
IM Ricardo DeGuzman did the heavy lifting in the 11th Vladimir Paffnatieff Memorial held August 6th. The former Filipino Olympiad team member defeated strong masters Michael Pearson and Marcel Beulin in tying for first with NM Sevan Buscara with 4 � from 5 in the 36 player Swiss. This was the last American event for some time for the 19 year old Buscara who spent the past semester studying in the Bay Area.
FMs Andy Lee and Frank Thornally , NM Hayk Manvelyan, Experts Todd Rumph and Uyanga Byambaa, and Class A player Steven Krasnov have perfect scores after two rounds of the Dan Litowsky Tuesday Night Marathon. 94-year-old TNM regular Dan Litowsky has 1 out of 2.
Bobby Fischer versus the World was shown on August 1st at the Roda theatre in Berkeley. This showing was different from many in that a player who had played Bobby in a tournament game, Walter Browne, was present in the audience. The two drew in a 98 move marathon at Rovinj/Zagreb 1970 where Bobby had a miracle escape at the end. Walter addressed the audience after the movie and had several interesting things to say about Fischer who he knew from their days in New York and also in the early 1980s when Bobby visited the Bay Area for several months.
Browne, who co-authored a book on the top young players of the new millennium (published by Quality Chess) a few years ago with GM Lubomir Ftacnik and IM Danny Kopec, is almost finished with a book of his best games that will be published by New in Chess.
2) A Chess Poem by Dennis Fritzinger
pizza and blitz
boxes of pizza
opened, and their contents
in the process of being devoured
between moves. blitz madness
is in session,
it's between rounds,
hours before the next round,
and this is the way we kill boredom
and tighten social bonds.
cheese, pepperoni, ham and pineapple,
jalapenos, hot sausage and lemon,
the smell of pizza is everywhere,
the sound of clicks is everywhere
as chess clocks are punched, pieces moved.
groans and repartee,
flying pieces and pawns, brilliancies
conceived in a moment, played,
and as quickly forgotten,
game after game after game
till the last piece
of pizza is devoured.
3) Strong results by Americans in Europe
15-year-old Foster City IM Daniel Naroditsky made his first GM norm in the 31st Benasque Open help in Spain in the Pyrenees Mountains. Naroditsky scored 7 � from 10 against a strong field including all GMs his last six games.
Fellow Mechanics' members GM Sam Shankland and IM David Pruess shined in the Biel Open. Shankland defeated wunderkinder Ilya Nyzhnyk on the way to a 7 � from 11 score to improve his 2539 FIDE rating. Pruess, who performed well over 2600, from rounds 2 through 10, almost made his third GM norm with his score of 6 � points against a strong field.
Yasser Seirawan showed that his performance in the recent World Team Championship was no fluke scoring 7 � from 9 to tie for second in the Vlissingen Open in the Netherlands. Seirawan's undefeated score was good for a 2643 FIDE performance.
Yasser's fellow World Team Championship team mate Robert Hess had a strong performance in the Politiken Cup in Denmark tying for second place with 8 from 10. The 10th seeded Hess defeated Norwegian 2600 player Jon Ludwig Hammer in the final round.
4) Western States Open
The annual Western States Open will honor the late Larry Evans this year. Traditionally this is the best attended big prize fund tournament of the year for Bay Area players who are attracted by good prizes and extremely reasonable tournament costs.
Oct. 21-23, 2011 GPP: 200 (Enhanced) NEVADA
[American Classic & Heritage Event!!] 29th Annual SANDS REGENCY RENO-WESTERN STATES OPEN.
6SS.40/2,20/1,G �. Sands Regency Hotel/Casino, 345 N.
Arlington Ave., Reno, NV 89501. 1-800-648-3553 or (775) 348-2200.
$$33,200 b/350, Gtd. $$21,750-$3000-2000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-300-200
in Open Section plus � of all other prizes. 6 Sections: OPEN: EF:GMs & IMs
free (enter by 10/1 or pay late fee), Masters $147, (2199/below)-$175. $$
Prizes 1-10 listed above, (2399-below) $1000, (2299-below) $1000. If a tie for
1st overall then 2 (G/10) playoff for $100 from prize fund. (Note:
GM/IM w/free entry not eligible for class prizes 2399 and below; may elect to
pay entry fee and become eligible). EXPERT: (2000-2199) EF: $146. $$2000-1000-500-400-300."A"
Sec.(1800-1999) EF: $145, $$2000-1000-500-400-300."B" Sec.(1600-1799) EF: $144,
$$1,800-900-500-400-300. "C" Sec.(1400-1599) EF: $143, $$1,600-800-500-400-300."D"/under
Sec. (1399/below) EF:$142, $$1,400-700-400-300-200, (under 1200) - $600.
(Unrated Players) EF: Free + must join USCF or increase membership for 1
additional year thru this tournament ($49 adults,$25 juniors) Prizes: Top
unrated wins 1 yr. USCF membership plus trophy. Note: Unrated will be put in
"D" Sect. unless requests to play up. Seniors (65+) additional prizes $$200; (Seniors
not eligible: provisionally rated, unrated, masters); Club Championship $$800-400
decided by total score of 10 (and only 10) players from one club or area (not
eligible - GMs, IMs, or unrated). Trophies to Top 3 (A-D Sections). ALL:EF $11 more if postmarked after 10/1 and $22 more if postmarked after 10/14 or at site. Do not mail after 10/14 or phone
or email after 10/18. $20 off EF to Srs (65+). Players may play up. Unrated players not
eligible for cash prizes except Open 1-10. Provisionally rated players may win
up to 50% of 1st place money except open Section 1-10. CCA ratings may be used. Note pairings not changed for color alternation unless 3 in a row or a plus 3 and if the unlikely
situation occurs 3 colors in a row may be assigned. Reg: (10/20) 5-8 pm, (10/21) 9:00-10 am. Rds
12-7, 10-6, 9:30-4:30. Byes available any round, if requested before 1st
round (Open Section - 2 byes max.). SIDE EVENTS:
Wed.(10/19) 7pm Clock Simul [40/2, G/1] (Including an analysis of YOUR game.GM
Sergey Kudrin $30 (A great value!). Thurs (10/20) 5-7:30 pm "A Celebration of
Life, GM Larry Evans" and lecture by IM John Donaldson -Free, 7:30 Simul GM TBA
(only $15!), 7:30 Blitz (5 min)Tourney ($20-80% to prize fund). Sat 10/22
(3-4:30pm)IM John Donaldson Clinic(Game/Position Analysis) - Free. Sun. (10/23)
Quick Tourney (G/25) 5 Rd. Swiss ($20) [12 (Noon)-5pm] 80% to prize fund. ENT:
Make checks payable and send to: SANDS REGENCY (address above) HR: $29!
(Sun-Thurs) & $59! (Fri-Sat) + 13.5% tax. (mention CHESSOCT & reserve
(also go here to verify entry). FIDE .W.
5) 2012 US And Canadian Opens to be held in the Pacific NW
The 2012 US Open will be held in Vancouver, Washington, just across the river from Portland, Oregon, site of the successful 1987 US Open. The 9 round event is scheduled for August 4-12.
The 2012 Canadian Open will be held a few hundred miles north in Victoria, British Columbia, from July 8th to 13th. Details are as follows:
Venue: The Hotel Grand Pacific, a four star hotel located in the heart of Victoria's Inner Harbour, next to the waterfront, BC Legislature, and across the street from US ferry connections.
Tournament Dates: Sunday July 8 to Friday July 13 with 9 rounds
Format: 9 round Swiss in 3 sections: Premier, U2000, U1600
Time Control: Game/120 with 30 sec. increment.
Round Times: Sunday July 8 at 11:00am and 6:00pm, Monday July 9 at 11:00am and 6:00pm, Tuesday July 10 at 11:00am and 6:00pm, Wednesday July 11 at 6:00pm, Thursday July 12 at 6:00pm, Friday July 13 at 10:00am
Rated By: CFC all sections, FIDE Premier Section
Equipment Provided: All chess equipment provided (boards, sets, clocks). Broadcast games a combination of DGT and MonRoi.
Prize Fund: $15,000 Guaranteed
Entry Fees: Early $175 , Regular $195, At the door $215; Play up a Section: $20 per section.
Head Arbiter: Mark S. Dutton, I.A.
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Pacific $139/night single/double Children under 18 stay free in same room with parent / guardian.
Side Events: Closing Banquet (Friday), Blitz tournament, Bughouse tournament + TBD
AGM: Wed: July 11 and Thursday July 12; 9:00am-5:00pm
Other: Round 1 games with the marquee players will be sold for fundraising. Prices TBD.
6) FIDE World Championships
The Federation Internationale des Echecs is pleased to announce that following the evaluation of the bids for the World Chess Championship Match 2012 and the recommendations by the World Championship and Olympiad Commission, it has awarded the organization of the match to the Russian Chess Federation.
The match will be held in May 2012 in Skolkovo, Moscow, Russia and offers the World Champion Vishwanthanan Anand from India, and the Challenger Boris Gelfand from Israel, a prize fund of 2,550,000 US dollars.
FIDE thanked the Russian Chess Federation for its winning bid and will work together with the RCF to ensure that the match is organized under the best conditions for both players.
FIDE President showed his appreciation for the significant commitment that the Russian leadership was also making to introduce a national chess in schools program at regional and Federal levels, with substantial investment to be made in this key development area.
The FIDE President, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude also to the All India Chess Federation who worked very hard to put in a very competitive bid with the support of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
In view of the commitment shown by the AICF and the appreciation of FIDE towards the development of chess in India, the AICF would be given a first option of three months following the match in Moscow, to make a proposal for the organization of the World Chess Championship Match 2013.
FIDE is further pleased to announce that the Women's World Chess Championship Match between Women World Champion Hou Yifan from China and the Challenger Humpy Koneru from India, will be held in Tirana, Albania in November 2011 for a prize fund of 200,000 euros.
7) Upcoming Events
Bernardo Smith Memorial - August 20-21
Howard Donnelly Memorial - September 17
J.J. Dolan Memorial - October 8
Carroll Capps Memorial - November 5-6
Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 19
Guthrie McClain Memorial - December 3
Pine, San Francisco. $$B 160 paid entries (not counting free or unrated entries). Six Sections: Master $1500-750-400-350 U2300 $300; Expert $700-350-200-150. "A" $700-350-200-150. "B" $700-350-200-150. "C" $700-350-200-150. "D/E" $700-$350-$200 U1200 $200-150. Unr:
Trophy First. Trophy to top finisher (State Champion) in each section. All, EF: postmarked
by 8/29 $115. $125 at site. Unrateds $20 in the D/E section or may play up to the Master
section for the regular fee. $5 discount to CalChess members. USCF memb. req'd. May
play up one section for add'l $10. GM/IM free entry. Reg.: Sat 9/3 8:30-9:30am, Sun 9/4
8-9am. RDS.: Choice of schedules- 3-day, 2-day merge at round 4, all compete for the same prizes. 3-day schedule: Sat 10:00-3:30; Sun 11:00-4:45; Mon 10:00-3:30. 2-day schedule: Sun 9:30-11:45-2:00-4:45; Mon 10:00-3:30. 1/2 pt bye(s) any round(s) if requested in advance
(byes rds 5-6 must be requested before rd 1). 2011 September Ratings List, CCA minimums and Directors discretion will be used to place players as accurately as possible. Please bring
clocks and equipment. HR: Golden Gateway Holiday Inn (415)-441-4000. INFO: Richard
Koepcke (650)-224-4938. Ent: Richard Koepcke, P.O. Box 1432, Mountain View, CA 94042. No Phone entries. Master Section FIDE Rated. Chess Magnet School JG
2012 Northern California International Presented by NorCal House of Chess
Dates: January 2nd - January 8th
Location: NorCal House of Chess at Northwestern Polytechnic University
47655 Warm Springs Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94539
Rounds: Jan 2nd: 6:00; Jan 3rd, 5th: 11:00 & 6:00; Jan 4th, 6th, 7th: 4:00; Jan 8th: 11:00
Time Control: 40/90, SD/30 with 30 second increment
Organizers: Arun Sharma <asharma AT math.berkeley.edu> and Ted Castro <ted0712 AT yahoo.com>
Section A (GM-norm Round Robin)
Section B (Swiss)
GM and IM norms possible in both sections!
GMs interested in playing and potentially receiving conditions should contact Arun as soon as possible if they wish to have the best chance of doing so.
The Northern California International begins only a couple of days after the North American Open in Las Vegas ends so is a very convenient event for those who are playing in the latter.
Southern California Events
1st Metropolitan Chess International
GM, IM, WGM, WIM Norm Event!
GM Michael Adams, GM Loek Van Wely, GM Ilya Smirin, GM Timur Gareev, and other GMs committed to the tournament.
Currently has 27 foreign players, 10 grandmasters, and 37 titled players registered/committed.
9-SS, 40/90, SD/30 + 30 second increment from move 1
Sheraton Downtown Los Angeles, 711 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
$$14,100 Unconditionally Guaranteed prize fund. 1 Section.
Prizes: $5,000-3,000-1,300-900-800-600, BU2500 $1000-500, BU2300 $1,000 Plus Best Game Prizes: Various Apple Products (iPods, iPads, iShuffles, iTouches, etc).
Reg: Must be done in advance. No on-site registration. Contact email@example.com. July official FIDE ratings used.
Rds: 7:30 PM on Wed, 11:00 AM and 5:30 PM on Thur-Fri-Sat, and 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Sun.
EF: Based on FIDE rating. Visit www.metrochessla.com for details. Free entry for GMs and Foreign WGMs/IMs, no entry fee deducted from prizes, but you must register in advance.
Ent: Metropolitan Chess, Inc., PO Box 25112, Los Angeles, CA 90025 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info call Ankit Gupta at (650) 823-1681 or visit www.metrochessla.com.
Hotel Rates: Special rate of only $139 single or double, (213) 488-3500 if booked by 7/16/11, book ASAP, as rates will go up and rooms may sell out by mid-July. Great hotel in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.