December 5, 2020
By Abel Talamantez
Table of Contents
- Giving Tuesday Marathon
- Mechanics' TNM Report
- Mechanics' Thursday Night Marathon Report
- FIDE Trainer Seminar
- IM John Donaldson Championship
- Mechanics' Chess Social
- Dr. Alexey Root
- Become a Mechanics' Institute Member
- Twitch Arena
- Weekly Classes
- Pacific Regional Grade Level
- Scholastic Online Offerings
- Online Events Schedule
- FM Paul Whitehead's Column
- GM Nick de Firmian's Column
- Submit your piece or feedback
Tuesday December 1st was Giving Tuesday, traditionally the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and is known as a day of generosity in support of people and organizations to make a positive impact on their communities. We thought we would make it a day of fun and thrilling chess events while raising awareness and asking for support for the Mechanics' Institute through membership and direct giving. What transpired was a full day of engagement with our chess community, bringing both local and national talents together for an action filled day of events, culminating in the start of our December Tuesday Night Marathon.
We began with a noon blitz tournament, which had a decent tournout from some of our regular players and some exciting games. 19 players played in our special bitz event, where we had a tie for first between Oli_MS from Uruguay and LittlePinkCorvette with 5/6. Full results can be found here:
Next we had a very special interview with Mechanics' Institute CEO Kimberly Scrafano. We discussed how we are facing the challenges of the pandemic and how the many facets of the Institute are working together to come up with solutions while in shelter and place and preparing for brighter days in 2021. You can watch the full interview on our YouTube channel here:
We then had a very special Arena on Chess.com with the UC Berkeley Chess Team. NM Kireet Panuganti and Nathan Fong came on the stream while they played our Mechanics' players. The Mechanics' regulars played them tough however, going to show that our club players can give even the most talented students a tough time when it comes to chess. NM Arun Dixit ended up winning the Arena, full results can be found here: https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/arena/uc-berkeley-chess-team-arena-688466, as well as the stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POZwt0f4IS4 Also in this video thread you can find a short version of the Monday Chess Cafe from GM Nick de Firmian and FM Paul Whitehead.
Right before the start of the Tuesday Night Marathon, we had our Giving Tuesday main event of the day, a 1-hour G/3+2 Arena with regining and 8-time US Women's Champion GM Irina Krush. This was a very fun Arena in which Judit Sztaray, WIM Dr. Alexey Root and FM Paul Whitehead joined me on the broadcast to cover Irina putting on a show against our always tough Mechanics' players, going 7/7 and winning the Arena. Here is one of her games, using a queen sacrifice that she said after was intentionally done for flair in defeating NM Kireet Panuganti. Annotations by GM Nick de Firmian.
(3) GM Irina Krush (Irochka83) (2364) - NM Kireet Panuganti (kkpanu9) (2065) [E33]
Live Chess Chess.com, 01.12.2020
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 Capablanca's line against the Nimzo-Indian. 4...Nc6 one of the less usual replies to Capa's line. 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bd2! This small move with the bishop gets the right setup for White and ensures an edge out of the opening. Irina knows her stuff. 6...0-0 7.a3 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 The bishop sits well on this square which helps control center and the long diagonal. 8...Qe7 9.b4 e5 10.d5 Nb8 11.e4
White has a clear space advantage. 11...c6 12.Be2 cxd5 13.cxd5 g6?! better to get the other pieces developed 14.0-0 Nh5 15.Rfc1! Nf4 16.Bf1 Bd7 [16...f5 17.g3 fxe4 18.gxf4 exf3 19.fxe5 dxe5 20.Qd2 Qd6 21.Qe3 Nd7 22.Bh3 and the raking white bishops give White a huge advantage; White is also much better after 16...Nd7 17.g3 Nh5; perhaps best is 16...Bg4 17.Ne1 Rc8 18.Nd3] 17.Bd2! Rc8?
[Black needs to try 17...Na6 18.Bxf4 exf4 19.Qd2 Qxe4 20.Rc4 Qe7 21.Re1 Qd8 22.Qxf4 though White still has a great advantage.] 18.Qxc8+! Bxc8 19.Rxc8+ Kg7 20.Rac1 White has just a rook and bishop for the queen but completely dominates the board. The black rook and knight are pinned and undeveloped in the corner. Meanwhile Irina is ready to invade on the 7th rank with the other rook. There is no good defense. 20...a5 21.bxa5 Qd7 22.g3 Nh5 23.R1c7
Irochka83 won on time 1-0
We want to thank Irina for being so generous with her time. She was gratious enough to join us after the Arena for a brief interview, which can be seen at the end of the stream. To watch the Arena and interview, please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-B3JNh0pRo&t=198s
Full results are found here: https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/arena/gm-irina-krush-special-arena-710432
It was a fun filled day with a variety of chess action. We were happy to bring people together through chess, and we appreciate the generosity of the UC Berkeley chess team and GM Irina Krush for giving their time in support of Mechanics'.
If you would like to support the Mechanics' Institute through membership, please follow this link: https://www.milibrary.org/join
Membership give you big discounts on our chess events and classes, and in some cases free access to classes while being eligible to enjoy the full benefits of membership to the Institute, including borrowing privileges to our library, access to author and speaker events, and access to our cinema/lit events.
Thank you everyone for all your support!
The Mechanics' Institute December Tuesday Night Marathon kicked off as the culmination of a full day of events from our Giving Tuesday campaign, and we have the largest turnout yet for our online TNM, with 60 players participating as of this writing. The final marathon of the year is one open section, with top seeds GM Gadir Guseinov, FM Kyron Griffith, and IM Elliott Winslow and several 1800+ players all participating in this 8-round G/35+2 USCF rated event.
There were no major upsets, with 6 rounds to go. Here are the current standings:
SwissSys Standings. 2020 December TNMO: Open
|#||Name||ID||Rating||Fed||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Rd 7||Rd 8||Total||Prize|
|1||GM Gadir Guseinov||17343590||2600||gguseinov||W31||W23||2.0|
|2||IM Elliott Winslow||10363365||2278||ecwinslow||W32||W24||2.0|
|3||NM Eric Hon||13778105||2202||microbear||W33||W25||2.0|
|5||NM Kireet Panuganti||13843374||2138||kkpanu9||W35||W27||2.0|
|8||Javier Silva III||16089208||1889||J3Chess24||W40||W21||2.0|
|11||Nicholas Ruo Weng||15499404||1958||ninjaforce||W52||W20||2.0|
|14||Kevin M Fong||17254586||1783||chessappeals||D47||W44||1.5|
|16||FM Kyron Griffith||12860484||2470||KyronGriffith||H---||W47||1.5|
|18||Davi Flores Gomez||14799653||1812||PlayerCreate1||W42||L9||1.0|
|19||Ranen A Lardent||12614986||1803||dashrndrx||W43||L10||1.0|
|24||Cailen J Melville||14006141||1940||Mangonel||W54||L2||1.0|
|27||Thomas F Maser||10490936||1900||talenuf||W57||L5||1.0|
|36||Linu John Alex||13836822||1652||ibalek||L6||W58||1.0|
|39||Willia Harris III||15953392||1184||15953392||H---||H---||1.0|
|44||Samuel Tsen Brown||16380615||662||ComfyQueso||B---||L14||1.0|
|45||Leon Diaz Herrera||17355661||unr.||Aeqetes||H---||H---||1.0|
|52||Nicholas M Brown||12446259||1495||nmbrown2||L11||L46||0.0|
|56||Peter Jam Rushton||16453812||1239||pedrojrush||L26||L34||0.0|
|60||Cleveland W Lee||30037403||unr.||Vincitore51745||L12||L38||0.0|