Chess Room Newsletter #970 | Mechanics' Institute

You are here

Chess Room Newsletter #970

Gens Una Sumus!

Newsletter #970


May 29, 2021

By Abel Talamantez

Table of Contents

Mechanics' Institute Reopening For Live Chess Starting This Tuesday June 1!

After over a year, live chess will return to the historic chess tables of the Mechanics' Institute with the FIDE-rated Tuesday Night Marathon beginning June 1st! This will be a five-round, two-section TNM with the traditional time control of G/120;d5. We will have a capacity of 50 players in total per local and state regulations, and we will broadcast five boards on DGT with live commentary by GM Nick de Firmian and FM Paul Whitehead on our Twitch channel.

All players must abide by our new live chess rules and adhere to local and state mandates, including indoor masking and social distancing. No spectators will be permitted, although MI will provide space for parents of our youth players where they can safely distance themselves. Please visit our COVID-19 safety page for more information.

At the time of this writing, there are still only a few spots left, get your seat now by clicking below:

Full tournament information can be found here:

We look forward to seeing everyone there! Please read Mechanics' Covid Health and Safety Plan by clicking HERE.

Please email us to [email protected] with any specific questions.

May 2021 TNM Report Rounds 5&6

One player that will surely miss the Tuesday Night Marathon being online is GM Gadir Guseinov. The world's #73 ranked player won yet another online TNM, defeating FM Kyron Griffith in a very technical endgame out of a Caro-Kann and then taking a friendly draw in the final round against NM Michael Walder to win clear first with 5.5/6. We hope he continues to play our Thursday Night Marathon's, which will continue to be held online. Sharing 2nd place with 4.5/6 were FM Eric Li, NM Eric Hon, and NM Michael Walder. 

In the under 1800 section, William Kelly navigated a challenging field of players to score a perfect 6/6 and take clear first. Ethan Sun took clear 2nd place with an impressive 5/6, and Andrew Ballantyne and Jonathan Disenhof tied for 3rd with 4.5/6. 

We are grateful for the online TNM, the rated events and the free TNM online events for helping carry the club and the community for over a year. We have also welcomed new players to the Mechanics' Institute through online play, as well as through our broadcasts. Thank you to all the participants who helped continue breathing life into our club through their engagement and trust in us. 

Here are some games from the final two rounds, annotated by GM Nick de Firmian:

(1) FM Kyron Griffith (KyronGriffith) (2342) - NM Eric Hon (microbear) (2294) [B23]
MI May TNMo (6.2), 26.05.2021

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 The Tiviakov Variation (or "Tiviakov Grand Prix" (Kotronias)) is seen inordinately frequently in the Bay Area, with Stearman and (virtually) Guseinov among others playing it almost as often as not. Kyron as well. One must reach to understand how it could make sense; but mainly White keeps open the option of f2-f4. 3...Nd4 Definitely the most testing counter. 4.Bc4 g6 [Kotronias (in "Grandmaster Repertoire: Beating the Anti-Sicilians") prefers 4...a6 5.a4 e6 when Black gets in ...d5 via various tactical devices.] 5.Nge2 Bg7 6.Nxd4 cxd4 7.Qf3!? An attempt at disrupting Black's normal development. 7...Nh6!? [7...Nf6 8.e5!? (8.Nb5 0-0 9.Nxd4 d5! 10.exd5 e5! catches White somewhat off-balance) 8...dxc3 9.dxc3 leads to some strange pawns, e.g. 9...Qb6 10.exf6 Qxf6 11.Bf4! (11.Qxf6 Bxf6 isn't a worry: 12.Bh6 e6 and ...d5) 11...g5!? 12.Be3 Qxf3 13.gxf3] 8.Ne2! [8.d3 Qa5!? 9.Bxh6 Bxh6 10.Qxf7+ Kd8 11.Qd5 Qxd5 12.Nxd5 e6 13.Nf6 Bg7 14.e5 (14.Ng4?? h5! is quite a culmination) 14...Ke7 Black can regain the pawn at his leisure (maybe completing development with ... b6 and ...Bb7 first), with if anything some advantage.] 8...0-0

This position has over three hundred games in the "Mega" database! Including an "early" 1999 game Najer-Tiviakov! Was Sergey so impressed that it set him off playing White? (½-½, 34) 9.d3 Ng4 10.Bb3 [10.Qxg4 just leads to trouble: 10...d5 11.Qg3 dxc4 12.dxc4 Be6 13.Qd3 (13.b3 d3-+) 13...f5 with more than enough compensation for the pawn.] 10...d6 11.0-0 [More relevant could be 11.Qg3 a5 12.a4 Qc7 13.h4 h5 14.f3 Ne5 15.Nxd4!? Qb6 16.Be3 Qb4+ 17.c3 Qb6 18.0-0!? e6 19.Rae1 Nxd3 20.Nb5 Nc5 21.Rd1 Rd8 22.Bc2 and Black is a bit discomforted still. 22...Qc6 23.e5 d5 24.Qg5 Bd7
25.g4! hxg4 26.h5 gxf3 27.hxg6 Be8 28.gxf7+ Bxf7 29.Rxf3 Ne4 30.Bxe4 dxe4 31.Rxd8+ 1-0 (31) Harutjunyan,G (2619)-Chadaev,N (2559) INT 2016] 11...a5 12.a4 Ne5 13.Qg3 Nd7 14.f4 [Here's a high-level game from a while ago: 14.Bg5 Nc5 15.Qh4 Re8 16.Bd5 Be6 17.Bxe6 Nxe6 18.Bh6 Bf6 19.Qg3 Rc8 20.Rac1 Qb6 21.b3 Rc5 22.f4 Rh5 23.f5 Rxh6 24.fxe6 fxe6 25.Nf4 Qc5 26.Nxe6 Qe5 27.Qxe5 Bxe5 28.g3 Rh5 29.c3 dxc3 30.d4 Bf6 31.Rxc3 Kf7 32.Nc7 Rc8 33.Kg2 Kg8 34.Rd1 Rc5 35.dxc5 Bxc3 36.cxd6 exd6 37.Nb5 Be5 38.Rd5 Rc6 39.Na3 Rc3 40.Rb5 Re3 41.Nc4 Rxe4 42.Nxa5 Re2+ 43.Kf3 Rxh2 44.Nc4 Bd4 45.Rxb7 d5 46.Ne3 h5 47.Nxd5 g5 48.a5 Ra2 49.b4 h4 50.gxh4 gxh4 51.Kg4 Bf2 52.Kg5 Kf8 53.Nf6 Ra3 54.Ng4 Be1 55.Kf6 Bc3+ 56.Ne5 Kg8 57.Rg7+ Kh8 58.Rg4 h3 59.Kf7 Be1 60.Rg7 1-0 (60) Svidler,P (2727)-Leko,P (2741) Dortmund 2004] 14...Nc5 15.Bc4
15...Be6?!N [In another game Black chose to negate White's light-squared bishop with pawns: 15...e6 16.f5 d5 17.exd5 exd5=/+ 18.Ba2 Bxf5 19.Rxf5!? gxf5 20.Bg5 f6? (20...Qb6) 21.Bh6?! (21.Bd2+/-) 21...Rf7 22.Nxd4 Kh8 23.Be3 Qd7 24.Rf1 f4 25.Qxf4 f5 26.Nxf5 Ne6 27.Qf3 Nd4 28.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 29.Kh1 Raf8 30.g4 Bxb2 31.Bxd5 Rf6 32.Qe4 and in this wildly unbalanced position: ½-½! Mirzoev,E (2428)-Kislinsky,A (2478) Mukachevo 2016] 16.Bxe6 fxe6
17.f5! exf5 18.exf5 Qd7 [18...gxf5 19.Bh6 Rf7 20.Rxf5] 19.fxg6 Rxf1+ 20.Kxf1 Qf5+ 21.Kg1 Qxg6=
and the game remains balanced now for quite a while... 22.Bg5 e5 23.b3 h6 24.Be7 Qxg3 25.Nxg3 Bf8 26.Bxf8 Rxf8 27.Rf1 Heading for a knight ending, a last resort for trickiness. 27...Na6 28.Rxf8+ Kxf8 29.Nf5 d5! Black saves the center pawn, even as it means two connected passed pawns for White. The computers peg this as "0.00" but it's still exciting for us humans! 30.Nxh6 Nb4 31.Ng4 e4! 32.Kf1 Nxc2 33.Ke2 Kf7 keeping the triple-ought are [33...e3; 33...Na1!?; 33...Nb4] 34.h4?!
[34.dxe4 dxe4 35.Nf2 e3 36.Nd3] 34...Na1! 35.dxe4 dxe4 36.Nf2 e3 37.Ne4?! [37.Nd3 Nxb3 38.h5 keeps Black's king occupied] 37...Nxb3
38.Nd6+?? [38.Ng5+ hangs on to the draw] 38...Ke6 39.Nxb7? [39.Nb5 still loses to 39...Nc1+ 40.Kd1 e2+ 41.Ke1 d3] 39...Nc1+ 40.Kf3 e2 41.Kf2
41...d3?? Black allows a resource! [41...Kd5! dominates the white knight and it becomes a trivial win for Black. 42.h5 d3 43.Ke1 Nb3 a new queen: 44.h6 Nd4 45.Kd2 Nc2] 42.Nc5+!= Kd5 43.Nxd3! Nxd3+ 44.Kxe2 Nb2 45.h5 Ke5! [45...Nxa4?? 46.h6+-] 46.h6 Kf6 47.g4! Nxa4 48.Kd3 Kg6 49.g5! Nb6

50.Kc3 Kh7 51.Kb3 Kg6 52.Ka3 Kh7 53.Kb3 Kg6 54.Ka3 Kh7 55.Kb3 Game drawn by repetition 1/2-1/2

(4) NM Michael Wang (coalescenet) (2084) - Max Hao (Joseph_Truelsons_Fan) (1888) [E71]
MI May TNMo (5.6), 25.05.2021

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Bg5 0-0 6.h3 An offbeat line against the King's Indian. White has many possibilites to try with the space advantage. 6...Nbd7 7.Nf3 e5 8.d5 h6 9.Be3 c6? This is really too aggressive and simply loses a pawn. It does open the game up, but there's no reason to do that right away. 10.Qd2 [Best to take the pawn straight away. 10.dxc6! bxc6 11.Qxd6] 10...Kh7 [Black had the opportunity to save the pawn now with 10...cxd5! 11.cxd5 Kh7] 11.dxc6 bxc6 12.Qxd6 Bb7

Black wanted to open lines with White's lagging development, but there's no real targets here. 13.Bd3 This is reasonable. Even better would be the aggressive [13.0-0-0] 13...Re8 14.Bc2 Re6 15.Qd2 Qc7 16.Rd1 Bf8 17.0-0 Rd6 18.Qc1 Rd8 19.Rxd6 Qxd6 20.a3 Qc7 21.Bxa7 This is a little complicated. Also fine was the simple [21.Rd1] 21...Ba6 22.Be3 Bxc4 23.Rd1 g5!? When you're down material it pays to be aggressive. This may cause some weakening of Black's kingside but it at least gets play. 24.h4 g4 25.Nd2 Be6 26.Nf1 Nh5 27.b4 Ra8 28.Qb2 Nf4 29.g3 Nh3+ 30.Kg2 Qb7 31.Bb3 Bxb3 32.Qxb3 Nc5 33.Qc4 Ne6
34.Nh2?! [Here White could win by immediately undermining the knight on h3. 34.f3! h5 35.fxg4 hxg4 36.Nh2 Rxa3 37.Nxg4 Qxb4 38.Qxb4 Bxb4 39.Nb1] 34...h5 35.f3 Rxa3 36.fxg4?!
[36.Rb1! Still keeps the advantage for White.] 36...Qxb4! Siezing the chance to make the battle on the queenside. Giving up the knight on h3 is well worth it. 37.Qxb4 Bxb4 38.Kxh3 Rxc3 39.Rb1?? [39.Nf1 is equal] 39...Rxe3!
The problem is White cannot take the bishop on b4 because of the sudden threat of 40,,,Nf4 mate! So coalescenet simply loses a piece and there is no coming back in this endgame. 40.gxh5 Be1 41.Kg4 Nd4 42.Kg5 Bxg3 43.Ng4 Nf3+ 44.Kf6 Bxh4+ 45.Kf5 Rc3 46.Rb7 If White could only have one more move... 46...Ng5 47.Nf6+ Kg7 48.Ne8+ Kh6 49.Kg4 Bf2 50.Nd6 Rg3+ 51.Kf5 Rf3+! 52.Kxe5 f6#

Joseph_Truelsons_Fan won by checkmate 0-1

(2) Joshua Lamstein (aveevu) (1695) - William Kelly (wkelly) (1942) [D30]
MI May TNMo u1800 (5.1), 25.05.2021

A key game determining the winner. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Nc3 b6 Early and susceptible to dangers on the a4-e8 diagonal, but the players ignore that. 6.e3 Bb7 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.a3 0-0 11.0-0 c5 12.Rc1 Rfd8 13.Qc2 Rac8 14.Qb1 cxd4 15.Nxd5 Bxd5 16.Nxd4 Nc5 17.f3?

Even in these symmetrical positions dangers can lurk. White irreperably weakens e3 and it costs him. [17.Bf3 just neutralizes the game. 17...Bxf3 18.Nxf3] 17...Qg5! 18.Kf2 [Not a particularly better try was 18.Nc2 h5 19.Rf2 h4] 18...Nb3? [Black could initiate central play: 18...e5! 19.Nf5 Be6 20.g4 e4!] 19.Rxc8 Rxc8 20.Nxb3 Bxb3 21.Bd3 g6 22.Rc1 It's back in the boring zone again. 22...Rd8 23.Rc3 Ba4 24.Qc1 Qd5 25.Kg1 Kg7 26.b3 Bb5 27.Bxb5 Qxb5 28.Qc2 Rd6 29.h3 Qd7 30.Rc4 Rd1+ 31.Kh2 Qd6+ 32.f4 Rd2 33.Qc3+ Kh6 34.Rd4 Rxd4 35.Qxd4 Qxa3 Black grabs the pawn (the king ending was drawn), but White's queen is nicely placed for compensation. 36.b4 Qc1 37.Qe5 Qd2 38.Qg5+ Kg7 39.Qe5+ Kf8 40.Qb8+
40...Ke7?? What? Black has to take the draw: [40...Kg7 41.Qe5+ Kf8 42.Qb8+] 41.Qc7+?? White has to take the pawns and the win! [41.Qxa7+ Kf8 42.Qb8+ Ke7 43.Qxb6 Inexplicable! In any case White is now under a minute (and Black under four).] 41...Qd7 42.Qc3 h5 43.g4 hxg4 It should be a draw now, but White slips further. 44.hxg4 Qb7 [44...Qb5
Black still has chances based on White's exposed king and pawns: 45.Qc7+ Kf8 46.Qc8+ Kg7 47.Qc3+ Kh7 48.Qc7 Qe2+] 45.g5 Kd7 46.Qf6 Kc6 47.Qe5 Qd7 48.b5+ Kb7 Queen and pawn endings are notoriously difficult, but Black eventually pulls it down. 49.Qe4+ Kb8 50.Qe5+ Qc7 51.Qh8+ Kb7 52.Qd4 Qc2+ 53.Kg3 Qc7 54.Qe4+ Kc8 55.Qd4 Qd7 56.Qh8+ Kb7 57.Qf6 a6 58.bxa6+ Kxa6 59.Qa1+ Kb7 60.Qh1+ Qc6 61.Qh7 Qc7 62.Qg7 b5 63.Qd4 Qc6 64.Qb4 Kb6 65.Qd4+ Kc7 66.Qa7+ Qb7 67.Qc5+ Kd7 68.Qd4+ Kc7 69.Qe5+ Kb6 70.Qd6+ Ka7 71.Qd4+ Qb6 72.Qd7+ Qb7 73.Qd4+ Ka6 74.Qa1+ Kb6 75.Qd4+ Kc6 76.Qe4+ Kc7 77.Qe5+ Kd7 78.Qd4+ Qd5 79.Qa7+ Kc6 80.Qa8+ Kc5 81.Qa7+ Kc4 82.Qa2+ Kd3 83.Qf2 b4 84.Qf1+ Kc2 85.Qe2+ Qd2 86.Qc4+ Kb2 87.Qe4 b3 88.Qe5+ Kb1 89.Qe4+ Qc2 90.Qh1+ Qc1 91.Qe4+ Qc2 92.Qh1+ Kb2 93.Qb7 Qd3 94.Qb6 Qd1 95.Qd4+ Qxd4 96.exd4 Kc2 97.Kf3 b2 98.Ke3 b1Q 99.Ke4 Kc3+ 100.Ke5 Qe1+ 101.Kf6 Kxd4 102.Kxf7 Ke4 103.Kxg6 Kxf4 104.Kf6 e5 105.g6 e4 106.g7 Qg1 107.Kf7 Qxg7+ 108.Kxg7 e3 109.Kh6 e2 110.Kh5 e1Q 111.Kg6 Qa5 wkelly won by resignation 0-1

(3) Andrew Ballantyne (andrewaballantyne) (1469) - Marina Xiao (programmingmax) (1593) [B21]
MI May TNMo (6.4), 26.05.2021

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 The Smith-Morra Gambit. An entertaining way to play with white against the Sicilian, The active play is enough compensation for the pawn. 4...e6 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bc5 This is a little risky. It's safer to play 6...d6 and develop this bishop to e7. 7.0-0 Nge7 8.Qe2 0-0 9.Rd1 Qc7 10.Nb5 Qb6 11.Bf4

11...e5? giving back the pawn just gets a bad position.Black needed to play [11...a6 12.Nd6 Ng6 13.Bg3 f6 14.Rd2 Nge5 with a decent game] 12.Nxe5 Critical move. 12...Nd4?! This gets into more trouble. It's hard to play for Black here but [12...d5 13.exd5 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 Qg6 would give some chances] 13.Nxd4 Bxd4
14.Nxf7! Rxf7 15.Bxf7+ Kxf7 16.Qc4+ Kf8 17.Qxd4 Qxd4 18.Rxd4 With an exchange and pawn ahead the endgame is an easy win. 18...b6 19.Rad1 Nc6 20.Rd5 Kg8 21.a3 h6 22.Rd6 Kh7 23.e5 Ne7 24.g4 Ng6 25.Bg3 Nf8 26.Rc1 Bb7 27.Rc7 Bc6? 28.f4 Kg8 [28...Ne6? 29.Rxe6 dxe6 30.Rxc6] 29.f5 Ba4 30.e6
There's no defense. Black plays on to mate, but could give up anytime. 30...dxe6 31.fxe6 Be8 32.e7 Nd7 33.Rcxd7 Bxd7 34.Rxd7 Re8 35.Rd8 Kf7 36.Rxe8 Kxe8 37.Bb8 Kxe7 38.Bxa7 b5 39.Bd4 g6 40.b3 h5 41.h3 hxg4 42.hxg4 Kd6 43.b4 Kd5 44.Bb2 Kc4 45.Kf2 Kb3 46.Bc1 Kc2 47.Be3 Kb3 48.Bd2 Kxa3 49.Kf3 Kb3 50.Kf4 Kc2 51.Be3 Kb3 52.Bc5 Kc4 53.Kg5 Kd5 54.Kxg6 Ke6 55.Kh6 Kf7 56.Kh7 Kf6 57.Kh6 Kf7 58.g5 Kg8 59.g6 Kh8 60.Bd4+ Kg8 61.g7 Kf7 62.Kh7 Ke8 63.g8Q+ Ke7 64.Qg7+ Ke6 65.Qf6+ Kd5 66.Qe5+ Kc4 67.Qc5+ Kb3 68.Qc3+ Ka2 69.Qb2# andrewaballantyne won by checkmate 1-0

Final standings can be found here:

Watch the historic broadcast of the final online TNM:

SwissSys Standings. 2021 May Tuesday Night Marathon Online: 1800

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Gadir Guseinov gguseinov 17343590 2661 W27 W16 W11 W3 W8 D4 5.5
2 Eric Li kingandqueen2017 15688436 2350 W14 W17 L3 D4 W5 W10 4.5
3 Eric Hon microbear 13778105 2191 W20 W15 W2 L1 W6 D8 4.5
4 Michael Walder FlightsOfFancy 10345120 2155 D7 W24 W5 D2 W9 D1 4.5
5 Austin Mei TitanChess666 16090452 2149 W25 W26 L4 W7 L2 W15 4.0
6 Rohan Das TETRA_Wolf 15263634 1979 W9 L8 W23 W21 L3 W14 4.0
7 Pranav Sathish championps 16464655 1787 D4 W18 D16 L5 W17 W13 4.0
8 Kyron Griffith KyronGriffith 12860484 2493 W13 W6 H--- H--- L1 D3 3.5
9 Aditya Arutla harshu27 16207801 1718 L6 W13 W17 W14 L4 D16 3.5
10 Elliott Winslow ecwinslow 10363365 2278 L15 H--- W27 D16 W22 L2 3.0
11 Max Gedajlovic MMSanchez 14947382 2195 W19 W23 L1 W15 U--- U--- 3.0
12 Jonah Busch kondsaga 12469525 1934 L23 L21 W19 L24 W18 W22 3.0
13 Jeffery Wang twangbio 16291100 1879 L8 L9 W25 W23 W21 L7 3.0
14 Ethan Guo LightningDragon8 16761994 1877 L2 W25 W22 L9 W24 L6 3.0
15 Max Hao Joseph_Truelsons_Fan 16083648 1804 W10 L3 W24 L11 W16 L5 3.0
16 Michael Wang coalescenet 13605850 2098 W21 L1 D7 D10 L15 D9 2.5
17 Ako Heidari Ako_h 15206848 1980 W22 L2 L9 W26 L7 D20 2.5
18 Cailen Melville Mangonel 14006141 1940 L26 L7 D20 W27 L12 W24 2.5
19 Sanjeev Anand chessp1234 14436451 1796 L11 L22 L12 W25 W23 D21 2.5
20 Philip Gerstoft pgstar3 12913356 1788 L3 D27 D18 L22 W26 D17 2.5
21 Sos Hakobyan SacrificeandCrush 14452712 1771 L16 W12 W26 L6 L13 D19 2.5
22 Jason Ochoa barok44 12440572 1759 L17 W19 L14 W20 L10 L12 2.0
23 Georgios Tsolias GiorgosTsolias 17266862 1679 W12 L11 L6 L13 L19 B--- 2.0
24 Shravan Sriram Ragingbeast360 15894655 1655 B--- L4 L15 W12 L14 L18 2.0
25 Kevin M Fong chessappeals 17254586 1783 L5 L14 L13 L19 B--- D26 1.5
26 Vedant Talwalkar serverbusy 16408266 1691 W18 L5 L21 L17 L20 D25 1.5
27 Chelsea Zhou mwncklmann 15239016 1883 L1 D20 L10 L18 U--- U--- 0.5

SwissSys Standings. 2021 May Tuesday Night Marathon Online: u1800

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 William Kelly wkelly 30161947 unr. W21 W16 W2 W11 W5 W7 6.0
2 Ethan Sun sfdeals 16964125 1494 W33 W10 L1 W21 W14 W5 5.0
3 Andrew Ballantyne andrewaballantyne 17079795 1251 L11 D28 W30 W16 W24 W13 4.5
4 Jonathan Disenhof GoldenBearMe 12906711 869 L14 W8 W16 W15 D13 W11 4.5
5 Joshua Lamstein aveevu 15487526 1632 W22 W18 W14 W13 L1 L2 4.0
6 Rajtilak Indrajit Jagannathan rtindru 30109752 1484 D19 W23 W12 W24 D11 U--- 4.0
7 Michael Hilliard Echecsmike 12279170 1446 W25 W32 L11 W12 X20 L1 4.0
8 Gabriel Ngam boozerrip 13553308 1350 L20 L4 W33 W32 W19 W14 4.0
9 Paul Krezanoski pjkrizzle 16897133 1346 W28 L11 W27 L20 W26 W15 4.0
10 Ivan Zong ivanzong 30131397 1081 W24 L2 L15 W18 W17 W22 4.0
11 Aaron Nicoski KingSmasher35 12797931 1789 W3 W9 W7 L1 D6 L4 3.5
12 Adithya Chitta adichi 16695036 749 W17 W15 L6 L7 D21 W24 3.5
13 Marina Xiao programmingmax 16380642 1547 D23 W27 W19 L5 D4 L3 3.0
14 Sebastian Suarez Sebbymeister 16875347 1422 W4 W20 L5 W26 L2 L8 3.0
15 Charles James chuckchess 12448028 1368 W31 L12 W10 L4 W28 L9 3.0
16 Michael Xiao swimgrass 16380636 1363 W26 L1 L4 L3 W27 W25 3.0
17 Pranav Pradeep ppra06 15871762 1354 L12 W25 L26 W29 L10 W28 3.0
18 Adam Stafford aanval22 14257838 1288 W29 L5 L20 L10 W30 W26 3.0
19 Jerry Li figsnoring 16551291 999 D6 W30 L13 D28 L8 W29 3.0
20 Nikhil Pimpalkhare MyKwazowski 30179081 unr. W8 L14 W18 W9 F7 U--- 3.0
21 Prescott Yu prescott00000 16009618 1296 L1 W31 W29 L2 D12 U--- 2.5
22 Ian Liao victor6688 16738735 1203 L5 L29 D31 W27 W23 L10 2.5
23 Sean Wu dum2020arEEEWS 16802870 1173 D13 L6 L28 W31 L22 W32 2.5
24 Nursultan Uzakbaev rimus11 17137317 1513 L10 W33 W32 L6 L3 L12 2.0
25 Justin Brunet night_breeze 30055583 982 L7 L17 H--- H--- W33 L16 2.0
26 Rehaan Malhotra MrRap9 30118209 810 L16 B--- W17 L14 L9 L18 2.0
27 Samuel Brown ComfyQueso 16380615 723 B--- L13 L9 L22 L16 W33 2.0
28 Anton Bobkov texfan 30162536 unr. L9 D3 W23 D19 L15 L17 2.0
29 Jj Ziebart TomatoSoupGirl 30166361 unr. L18 W22 L21 L17 W32 L19 2.0
30 Nicholas Brown nmbrown2 12446259 1495 L32 L19 L3 D33 L18 W31 1.5
31 Arumin Ravisankar aruminchess 30025152 869 L15 L21 D22 L23 B--- L30 1.5
32 Bruce Hedman Bruce_Hedman 17344551 1043 W30 L7 L24 L8 L29 L23 1.0
33 Charvi Atreya Charvii 16816706 1032 L2 L24 L8 D30 L25 L27 0.5

 Thursday Night Marathon Report

Round 3 is complete in the Thursday Night Marathon and only 3 perfect scores remain; GM Gadir Guseinov, IM Elliott Winslow and NM Michael Walder. Here are the current standings:

SwissSys Standings. Mechanics' Institute May-June 2021 ThNM: Open (Standings (no tiebrk))

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 GM Gadir Guseinov gguseinov 17343590 2700 W24 W23 W8     3.0
2 IM Elliott Winslow ecwinslow 10363365 2278 W14 W12 W10     3.0
3 NM Michael Walder flightsoffancy 10345120 2155 W38 W16 W11     3.0
4 Kristian Clemens kclemens 13901075 1997 W32 W25 H---     2.5
5 Robert Smith maturner 12463327 1853 D17 W22 W21     2.5
6 William Kelly wkelly 30161947 unr. W13 W30 H---     2.5
7 Pranav Sairam chesspilot01 15424820 2103 W15 H--- H---     2.0
8 Nathan Fong nathanf314 13001390 2004 W42 W33 L1     2.0
9 Alexander Huberts cccalboy 16419664 1794 D40 W39 D17     2.0
10 Jason Ochoa barok44 12440572 1759 W34 W26 L2     2.0
11 Jeff Andersen zenwabi 11296106 1643 W43 W37 L3     2.0
12 Nursultan Uzakbaev rimus11 17137317 1513 W36 L2 W33     2.0
13 Ethan Sun sfdeals 16964125 1494 L6 W32 W36     2.0
14 Akshaj Pulijala loltheawesomedude 16497860 1487 L2 W43 W37     2.0
15 Nick Reed nxbex 16154827 1416 L7 W28 W29     2.0
16 Adam Stafford aanval22 14257838 1288 W19 L3 W31     2.0
17 Suhas Indukuri suindu12 16887781 1181 D5 W20 D9     2.0
18 Kevin Thompson aCalBear 13110777 1120 H--- H--- W30     2.0
19 NM Thomas Maser talenuf 10490936 1900 L16 W41 D24     1.5
20 Mark Drury birdorbust 12459313 1873 H--- L17 W40     1.5
21 Aaron Nicoski kingsmasher35 12797931 1789 H--- W40 L5     1.5
22 Bryan Hood fiddleleaf 12839763 1574 H--- L5 W39     1.5
23 Marina Xiao programmingmax 16380642 1547 W27 L1 D25     1.5
24 Kevin Sun kevin_mx_sun 16898540 1491 L1 W35 D19     1.5
25 Katherine Sunny Lu 2nf31-0 16425316 1008 W29 L4 D23     1.5
26 Joshua Lu probablyjosh 30127073 unr. W31 L10 H---     1.5
27 Tobiah Rex tobiahsrex 30164211 unr. L23 W38 H---     1.5
28 Leo Wang mu3tang 16061785 1765 L33 L15 W41     1.0
29 Matthew Chan hip_hop_99 12541333 1659 L25 W42 L15     1.0
30 Samuel Agdamag sirianluv 14874734 1621 W35 L6 L18     1.0
31 Jacob Wang jacobchess857 17083655 1612 L26 W34 L16     1.0
32 Gabriel Ngam boozerrip 13553308 1350 L4 L13 W43     1.0
33 Charvi Atreya charvii 16816706 1032 W28 L8 L12     1.0
34 Christopher Harris charris62606 15496280 1017 L10 L31 W42     1.0
35 Cleveland Lee vincitore51745 12814843 581 L30 L24 B---     1.0
36 Pratyush Bhingarkar greenninja2019 30015889 unr. L12 B--- L13     1.0
37 Jeff Rosengarden jrosengarden 30105422 unr. B--- L11 L14     1.0
38 Daniel Marcus radio_on 12905558 1458 L3 L27 H---     0.5
39 Ian Liao victor6688 16738735 1203 H--- L9 L22     0.5
40 Ivan Zong ivanzong 30131397 1081 D9 L21 L20     0.5
41 Bruce Hedman bruce_hedman 17344551 1043 H--- L19 L28     0.5
42 Michael Xiao swimgrass 16380636 1363 L8 L29 L34     0.0
43 Andrejs Gulbis andrejsg 16741331 826 L11 L14 L32     0.0


WIM Dr. Alexey Root

WIM Dr. Alexey Root was gracious enough to give the Mechanics' Institute a very nice shout out for its coverage of the Texas Chess Association Qualifier for the Denker/Barber/Rockefeller/Haring championships. These are national championship invitationals in which each state send one representative to compete in a closed tournament representing high school/middle school/elementary school/girls respectively. We broadcast the event on our Twitch channel and we provided commentary with GM Nick de Firmian and GM Julio Sadorra, head coach of the University of Texas at Dallas chess team. It was not only a talent rich event of the top scholastic players in Texas, it was action packed with stunning tactics and several of fortunes, drama well covered in Alexy's article. Click on the link here:


Take on the Mechanics' Chess Staff Live on Twitch!

The chess room staff at the Mechanics' Institute are taking on all comers now weekly, as each of us will live stream an arena tournament where we will commentate our own games! You might be playing 3-time US Champion GM Nick de Firmian, or perhaps our commentator and instructor extraordinaire FM Paul Whitehead. 

Arenas are an hour long, and the chess staff will be paired against the first available player to play at the conclusion of their games. All other players will be paired with the next available opponent. This will continue for the whole hour. While there is no guarantee you will be paired against a chess staff member, you will have a very good chance at it, depending on the number of players playing. All games will be streamed live on our Twitch channel:

GM Nick de Firmian/FM Paul Whitehead Arena: Thursdays 5pm-6pm, 6/3:

See you in the arena!


Renew or Get your US Chess membership NOW before prices go up on June 1

Renew it through Mechanics' Institute and support your chess club!

Old memberships
Scholastic: Age 12&under: $17/one year; $30/two years
Youth: Age 15&under: $22/one year; $40/two years
Young Adult: Age 24&under: $26/one year; $48/two years
Adult: Age 25&over: $40/one year; $75/two years
Senior: Age 65&over: $40/one year; $75/two years

If you belong to the categories that are bolded, you could save by renewing your membership TODAY!

New membership structure effective from 6/1/2021:

Youth (≤ 18 years): $20/one year; $37/two years
Young Adult (19 – 24 years): $27/one year; $51/two years
Adult (25 – 64 years): $45/one year; $87/two years
Senior (65 years and older):  $40/one year; $77/two years

Renew it through us by Monday noon, and we'll take care of the submitting to US Chess.

If you are interested in renewing for 2 years, please email us to [email protected] and we will provide further instructions on what to do.

Mechanics' Institute

Summer Online Classes

Monday's 4:00-5:30PM - Mechanics' Chess Cafe
Ongoing casual meeting to talk about chess, life, and pretty much everything else of interest. Join 3-time US Champion GM Nick de Firmian and FM Paul Whitehead as they give a lecture and class in a fun casual atmosphere where you can discuss games, learn strategy, discuss chess current events and interact in a fun casual atmosphere. Enter our Monday chess café for the pure love of the game. Class suitable for ALL level of players and FREE for MI members.
FREE for Mechanics' members. $5 for non-members.
More information:

Monday's 6:00-7:00PM - Middle Game Strategy Through the Lens of the TNM

New session date: June 14 - July 26 (no class July 5)

Middle games can be very complex, trying to formulate plans, spot weaknesses, and developing instincts that guide when to initiate aggression or hold things static. These are just some of the topics as we discuss middle game strategy using game resources from a Mechanics' Institute tradition, the Tuesday Night Marathon (TNM). Using real games from our flagship event, we will look at concepts in middle game management to improve our game. Class will be taught by 3-time US Champion Nick de Firmian with support from FM Paul Whitehead. Relive the fun and action of the TNM, with games from our local players while learning to play better chess.
More information:


Wednesday's 5:00-6:30PM - Free Adult Beginner Class for Mechanics' Members
New session date: June 9 - July 28

Are you an adult who wants to put learning chess on top of your New Year's resolution? Get a head start with us at the Mechanics' Institute! This virtual class is open to any MI member who has no knowledge of the game or who knows the very basics and wants to improve. Taught by MI Chess Director Abel Talamantez along with other MI staff, we will patiently walk through all the basics at a pace suitable for our class. Our goal is to teach piece movement basics, checkmate patterns, importance of development, and general strategy. We will also show students how to play online so they may practice. The goal of the class is to open a new world of fun and joy through the magic and beauty of chess, from one of the oldest and proudest chess clubs in the world.

Free for MI members. Members will have to register online to secure their spot and to receive an email confirming the Zoom link.
More information:


Wednesdays 6:30-8PM -- Next Class by FM Paul Whitehead -- Endgame Lab
Course Dates: June 30 through Aug 4 (6 classes)
For tournament players looking to solve some of toughest situations they face, here is the class to help you learn the essentials to work out and win or save games.
FM Paul Whitehead’s Endgame Lab Class will focus solely on endgame techniques and will teach you the essentials in a 6-week course meant to build endgame skills you need to get your chess to the next level.

Wednesdays 7-8PM - Introduction to Openings for Developing Players
Course Dates: June 23 through August 25 (10 classes)

IM (International Master) Elliott Winslow will be teaching this course. Opening theory in chess is a big subject! But of course there's no avoiding it, you have to step forward, and you might as well make those important first moves count. In this course, we'll look into this world, sampling the various openings, with more than a bit of history of their development, plus we'll learn the basic principles of opening play as we go: Development, the Center, King Safety, Initiative, and Stopping the Opponent (from all those). We'll see a number of standard deployments and their counters, and maybe even find out what (and why!) is happening in the games of the best players (and how it could help our games). Lastly, this dynamics class will give players the opportunity to discuss their own choices of openings, obstacles and receive advice on how to get past them.

More information:


Sundays 10AM - 12PM -- Free Women's Online Chess Class by FIDE Trainer Sophie Adams

Come join us on Sundays as we are offering a free class for women from 10am-12pm(noon) online.
Coached by FIDE Trainer Sophie Adams, this class is for women and girls looking to develop their chess skills with a community of women. Knowledge of piece movements and mates is expected. Registration is required so we may send the links for players to join. Zoom will be required to participate, and we will include optional links to participate in online platforms like if players would like to play with each other online. Be sure to be a part of the Mechanics' Women's Chess Club on

More information:
Class is free, but must register to receive class information:

Mechanics' Institute Regular Online Events Schedule

The Mechanics' Institute Chess Club will continue to hold regular online events in various forms. Here is the upcoming schedule for players:


Redesigned NEW Thursday Night Marathon
Starting June 24 through July 15

Since the Tuesday Night Marathon is back to OTB, we have redesigned the Thursday Night Marathon Online to offer two games a night. Increment has been increased to 5 second to give our players a bit more time to move the mouse. This tournament will stay our online main event, and our amazing broadcast team will cover the games just like the Tuesday Night Marathon Online.
Format: one Open section with 8SS G/35+5 - 2 games a night

Past Club Tournament results are here:
Before playing in our online tournaments, be sure to do the following:
1. Sign up and log in to
2. Sign up to be a member of Mechanics' Institute Chess Club at
3. Please fill out the Google Form, so we know who you are, and can inform you about changes, and ad hoc events:

Any questions? [email protected]

Scholastic Corner

Starting June 2021, the scholastic news will be covered in a dedicated, monthly publication:
Scholastic Monthly Diary

Please click the following link to read the first inaugural edition.
All of us at Mechanics' Institute would like to thank you for your support of our scholastic chess programming.

Finishing Tactics from the World Championship Matches 16: Alekhine – Euwe 1937

FM Paul Whitehead

[email protected]

Taking on Max Euwe in the rematch two years later, Alexander Alekhine used a new and powerful weapon: sobriety.  Alekhine overwhelmed the Dutchman in the transitions to winning endgames, and was willing to take risks even in the opening, as this famous game illustrates:

Alekhine – Euwe, 6th Match Game 1937.

Queens Gambit Declined, Slav Defense

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.e4 e5 5.Bxc4 exd4.

Here Alekhine, a point behind in the match, stunned Euwe with the amazing 6.Nf3!? a sacrifice that should have been taken: 6…dxc3 7.Bxf7+ Ke7 8.Qb3 with wild complications. But he erred with 6…b5? and was mowed down: 7.Nxb5! Ba6 (7…cxb5 8.Bd5 wins) 8.Qb3 Qe7 9.0-0 Bxb5 10.Bxb5 Nf6 11.Bc4 Nbd7 12.Nxd4 Rb8 13.Qc2 Qc5 14.Nf5 Ne5 15.Bf4 Nh5 16.Bxf7+! Kxf7 17.Qxc5 Bxc5 18.Bxe5. Two pawns down, black can resign here. 18…Re5 19.Bd6 Bb6 20.b4 Rd8 21.Rad1 c5 22.bxc5 Bxc5 23.Rd5 1-0.

Alekhine went on to win the next two games as well, effectively deciding the match. The final score of +10 -4 =11 for the challenger hid another grim statistic: Euwe could not buy even one lousy game with the black pieces.


1. Euwe – Alekhine, 5th Match Game 1937.

White moves.  A one-two punch sends Alekhine reeling.


2. Euwe – Alekhine, 7th Match Game 1937.

Black moves.  What to do about the threat of f5?


3. Alekhine – Euwe, 8th Match Game 1937.

White moves.  What to do about the threat of 1…b5?


4. Alekhine – Euwe, 10th Match Game 1937.

White moves.  Wrap it up.


5. Euwe – Alekhine, 25th Match Game 1937.

Black moves.  Be the spoilsport.

GM Nick de Firmian

Crypto Chess

Major chess tournaments around the world have often been sponsored by financial Institutions. The great Lloyds Bank tournaments of London and the Credit Suisse tournament of Switzerland easily come to mind. Thus it is not surprising to see a major tournament that is now played being sponsored by crypto currency. The FTX Crypto Cup has $320,000 in prize money plus extra bonus funds of $100,000 in bitcoin.

This event saw 16 of the world’s best players in the preliminary phase, whereupon the 8 qualifiers played off in mini-matches.  A great surprise of the preliminaries was the bare qualification of World Champion Magnus. He had a very drawn position in the final round against the solid Radjabov and a draw would have seen him booted out of the tournament with the 7 other bottom finishers. That is like seeing Tiger Woods miss the cut at a golf tournament.  Somehow Magnus managed to win that dead drawn game against a top ten player and get to the playoff stage where he met longtime blitz rival Hikaru Nakamura.

Despite this uneven qualifying performance the champ produced a brilliant and entertaining game against the Russian Alexander Grischuck. We give this game below, and one with the same opening that also involved the reigning world champion and best Scandinavian player in the world. That game was 51 years ago, but was an absolute classic. The game played  this week was a sequel to that dramatic story.

(1) Carlsen,Magnus - Grischuck,Alexander [A01]
Crypto Prelimns, 24.05.2021

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nf3 e4 5.Nd4 Bc5 6.Nf5! A new move after 51 years (see next game). This certainly gets to entertaining positions. 6...d5?! [6...0-0! 7.Nc3!? (7.Ng3 is safe and equal) 7...d5 is wild and crazy but should be no worse for Black] 7.Nxg7+ Kf8 8.cxd5 Bd4

9.Nc3! Ne7 [9...Nb4 may be better but White still holds the edge after 10.Nh5 Nxh5 11.e3] 10.e3 Bxc3 11.dxc3! Kxg7 12.c4
Black has won a piece but Magnus has tremendous compensation with the powerful bishop on the long dark diagonal and the strong central pawns. Larsen would be proud of his Scandinavian colleague. 12...Ng6 13.g4 h6 14.h4 c5 It's hard to offer good advice for Black. This at least prevents the white queen from coming to d4. 15.Be2 [Not 15.g5? hxg5 16.hxg5 Qa5+ followed by ...Rxh1 wins for Black] 15...Kg8 16.Qc2 Rh7 17.0-0-0 Nxg4 I think most anyone would greatly enjoy playing the white side here. So you've lost some material - you've got all very active pieces and a continuing attack against the black king. 18.h5
18...Nf8 19.Qxe4 f5 [19...Nxf2 20.Rdg1+ Ng6 21.hxg6 Nxe4 22.gxh7+ Kxh7 23.Rg7+ Kh8 24.Rxh6# would be a pretty finish] 20.Qc2 Nxf2 21.Rhg1+ Kf7 22.Rdf1 Qh4 [22...Nh3 23.Rxf5+ Bxf5 24.Qxf5+ Ke8 25.Qxh3 would be a crushing advantage] 23.Be5?! This is imprecise in an otherwise superb game. Now Grischuck could get some defensive chances with 23...Qe7 though he would still be under great pressure. Instead 23. Rg2 should win fairly easily. 23...Qe4?! 24.Qc3 Nh3 25.Rg4!
Grischuck resigned as his queen is trapped. A most entertaining game from the World Champion, even from a tournament where he is a little off form. 1-0

(2) Larsen,Bent - Spassky,Boris V [A01]
Belgrade URS-World Belgrade (2.1), 31.03.1970

Larsen plays the opening that bears his name. 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nf3 e4 5.Nd4 Bc5

Now Larsen captures the knight on c6 to double the pawns, but this gives Black quick development. No grandmaster dared play the opening again for white until Magnus showed there was real potential to his fellow Scandinavian's opening idea. 6.Nxc6?! dxc6 7.e3 Bf5 8.Qc2 Qe7 9.Be2 0-0-0 10.f4? White advances the f-pawn as Black cannot capture en passant with the bishop on f5. Yet this gives Black the last tempo needed to break through the poorly developed white position. It takes incredible aggression to succeed though. 10...Ng4! 11.g3 Preventing 11...Qh4+ 11...h5! 12.h3
12...h4! 13.hxg4 hxg3 14.Rg1

14...Rh1!! This fabulous move brings the game to a historic level. After sacrificing a piece Spassky throws a whole rook in for the sake of one tempo. 15.Rxh1 g2 That tempo is absolutely decisive. The white rook must move and the black queen invades. 16.Rf1 [16.Rg1 Qh4+ 17.Kd1 Qh1 is the end] 16...Qh4+ 17.Kd1 gxf1Q+ Larsen resigned as it is mate in three. Now we have two classic games from this variation. I hope a world champion of the future will venture into this line again. 0-1

Solutions to Paul Whitehead's Column

1. Euwe – Alekhine, 5th Match Game 1937.

1.f4! Sends the bishop out of orbit... 1…Bxb2 (1…Bb8 2.Bc6 wins) and 2.Rf3! …salvages it for scrap. The twin threats of 3.Rd8+ followed by 4.Rg3+, and the simple 3.Rb3 snagging the bishop are too much for black. After 2…Bb7 3.Rg3! threatening 4.Bc5# it was all over but the crying. Alekhine tried the funny 3…Ba3, as 3…Rc8 lost instantly to 4.Rd8+! but the rest was too painful: 4.Rxa3 Rg8 5.Rg3 Rxg3 6.hxg3 Bd5 7.Bb3 Bxb3 8.axb3 Ke8 9.b4 Rb8 10.Bc5 Rc8 11.Ra1 Rc6 12.Kf2 f5 13.Ke3 f6 14.Kd4 Kf7 15.Kc4 Kg6 16.Rd1 Kh5 17.Rd6 Rxd6 18.Bxd6 Kg4 19.Be7 Kg3 20.Bxf6 Kxf4 21.Kc5 1-0.


2. Euwe – Alekhine, 7th Match Game 1937.

The powerful centralization with 1…Rad8! 2.f5 exf5 3.exf5 Rfe8! put black firmly in the driver’s seat. White wins the piece with 4.Qg2 Qxg4 5.fxg6 but black has 3 pawns for it after 4…hxg6 and a raging initiative despite the queens coming off.  The rest was actually a rout: 5.Bd1Qxg2+ 6.Kxg2 Rd4 7.Nf3 Rg4+ 8.Kh3 Rd8 9.Bg5 Rb4 10.Bd2 Re4 11.Bb3 Re2 12.Bc3 Rd3 13.Kh4 Rxf3! A little combination decides matters quickly. 14.Rxf3 Rh2+ 15.Rh3  (15.Kg5 Rh5#)  15…g5+ 16.Kxg5 Rxh3 17.Bd1 Ne4+ 0-1.


3. Alekhine – Euwe, 8th Match Game 1937.

Yet again Alekhine ignores the threat and blows open the center: 1.e4! b5 2.Qf4! Hits the rook on b8. 2…Rb6 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Rhe1+ Be6 5.Rac1! The end is near, with the deadly threat of 6.Rc8+. 5…f6 6.Rc7 Kd8 (He can take the pesky bishop with 6…Rxa6 but then is mated after 7.Re7+ Kd8 8.Qc7#) 7.Rxa7 1-0.


4. Alekhine – Euwe, 10th Match Game 1937.

1.Kg2! threatens to snag the queen with 2.Nf3, and black is busted. Euwe bailed out in the only way he could with 1…Nxe5 2.dxe5, but oops, the knight has nowhere to go. Black resisted for a while, but without any real hope: 2…Nh5 3.gxh5 Rxc4 4.Qf3 Rf8 5.h6 f5 6.Qg3 Qxg3+ 7.fxg3 Rfc8 8.hxg7 Rc2+ 9.Kf3 R2c3+ 10.Be3 Rxa3 11.Rd7 Rc4 12.Kf2 Rc2+ 13.Re2 Raa2 14.Rxc2 Rxc2+ 15.Kf3 a5 16.Bh6 Rc8 17.Ra7 1-0.


5. Euwe – Alekhine, 25th Match Game 1937.

1…Rxf5! returning the exchange, leaves white in a hopeless position. The World Championship Match ended with Euwe’s king being chased around the board: 2.Kxf5 Qxh5+ 3.Kf4 Qh4+ 4.Kf3 Qh3+ 5.Ke4 Re8+ 6.Kd5 Qb3+ 7.Kd4 Qxa3 0-1.


Submit your piece or feedback

We would welcome any feedback, articles or "Letter to the Editor" piece. Submit yours today through this Google Form:

You can browse through our archived newsletters using the "next" and "previous buttons".

Want to save this newsletter for reading at a later time? Click here to learn how.

Want to be notified when the next newsletter is published? Join Our Email List →