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Chess Room Newsletter #982

Gens Una Sumus!

Newsletter #982

August 21, 2021


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Berkeley Visit

by Abel Talamantez


For those that don't know, I lived for a little more than three years in Albany, a city right next to Berkeley, when I attended UC Berkeley from 1999-2002. For many years after, I would come back to Berkeley and visit the campus, and also went to some of my favorite spots. Tops among those were Picante, a Mexican restaurant by University Village, and Zachary's Pizza, with its deep dish mushroom and spinach. It had been quite some time since I had visited Berkeley for fun, and I got the opportunity to do that this past week as I met with my predecessor IM John Donaldson at Espresso Roma Cafe off of Hopkins. What stood out about this place, in addition to the fine latte, was its quiet suburban feel amidst the busy streets. Parking was plentiful (not something easily found in Berkeley), and the ambiance was very enjoyable, an outside seating area busy with people. One older gentlemen seated by us was yelling on speaker phone with someone that they were ruining his cappuccino by being on the phone. It was a valuable and enjoyable couple of hours of conversation, and I do reccommend a visit to this cafe if you are ever in Berkeley. They have a delicious looking selection of food and the outdoor area is a great environment to unwind.

After, I swung by Emeryville on my way back home to San Jose hungry, and I had to go with simple, but simply good. I stopped by Super Duper Burger for a mini burger combo with garlic fries. It hit the spot, and took my mind off the fact that I had a dentist appointment an hour later. Fortunately I was able to teach my MI member beginner's class in the evening, despite half my mouth still being numb. 

A very busy day, but a great day sans the dentist.

Tuesday Night Marathon Round 6 Report

by Abel Talamantez

The Tuesday Night Marathon delivered perhaps the most exciting game of the tournament and perhaps the year thus far, even as three of its top players took byes for the round. The action was delivered on board 8 in a battle between David Rakonitz and Teodoro Porlares that left GM Nick de Firmian and myself glued to the game to the point that we skipped our planned break from the broadcast to continue coverage. The game was an ode to club players everywhere, and is was a game where the element of extreme complexity mixed with the daring and fallability of under 2000 players added high drama. This game is annotated below, and it is definitely worth a look. While we all appreciate the skill and precision of the top players, the night belonged to these club regulars, as they showed there can exist beauty and passion amidst chaos.

David Rakonitz and Teodoro Porlares (left picture) gave viewers an exciting evening of chess. Adam Mercado and Nikhil Pimpalkhare closed the evening as the last game

In the top section, NM Siddharth Arun had requested byes in the final two rounds, and thus has secured at least a share of 1st place with a final score of 5/7. IM Elliott Winslow defeated Christophe Bambou, so Winslow is the only player in position to share 1st place with Arun with a victory in next week's final round. Richard Liu has 4 points also, but he has a bye in the final round so he will finish with 4.5/7. There will be a battle for 2nd-3rd next week as Bambou, Kristian Clemens and Kayven Riese are close behind at 3.5/6. 

In the under 2000 section, Kevin Sun maintains a half point lead in first place over Samuel Brownlow and Adam Stafford. Sun was put under a lot of pressure against Stafford, but he was able to foce a perpetual check to kep his section lead. 

In the under 1600 section, Isaac Sterling has locked up 1st place with yet another victory, this time against Claudio Bastiani-Fonck. He is a perfect 6/6 and is 1.5 points ahead of Sebby Suarez and Iven Yarovoy, both players he has already defeated. 

Here are some games from the round, annotated by GM Nick de Firmian.

(1) Rakonitz,David (1622) - Porlares,Ted (1789) [D55]
Mechanics' Jul-Aug TNM u2000 San Francisco (6.8), 17.08.2021
[de Firmian]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 0-0 6.e3 A classic Queen's Gambit Declined in a game between two of our club's good players. 6...b6 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bd3 Bg4 This could leave the light squares on the queenside a little weak. [More usual is 8...Bb7] 9.h3 Bh5 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Rc1 c6 12.Qe2N h6 13.Bh4 [13.Bf4 would be a nice square now. White would have the opening advantage then.] 13...b5 [13...Ne4! 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 is about equal] 14.Rfd1 Re8 15.Bg3 Nh7 16.e4?!


16...Bg5! White broke open the game after fully developing, but this alert reaction makes some trouble in the white ranks. 17.Rc2 dxe4 18.Nxe4 f5


19.Rxc6? The very aggressive move loses at least one piece. I almost didn't give it a question mark as it leads to a fascinating position. 19. Be5 fxe4 20. Qxe4 would have only been slightly worse for White. 19...fxe4 20.Bxb5 exf3


White is two pieces down and objectively lost, but the board is wide open and the white pieces active. So there are real practical chances. David is usually careful with his material and here it is nice seeing him play like Tal. 21.Qc4+ Kh8 22.Rd3 Qe7 23.Rc7! Black has material and is getting some checks. Still the best course of action is to go for maximum couterplay and the rook on the seventh rank gives hope for the future. 23...Qe1+ 24.Kh2 fxg2 25.Kxg2 Qe4+ [25...Be2! 26.Rxd7 Qf1+ 27.Kh2 Bf4! would be really tough for White.] 26.Kh2 Nb6 27.Qb3 Bf4 28.Bc6 Two piece down, White fights to control center squares. The position is confusing to play. 28...Bxg3+ 29.Rxg3 Qf4 30.Bxe8


This changes the material so White is "only" down three pieces for a rook and two pawns. It is still lost for White but not as much as earlier. 30...Rxe8 [30...Qxf2+ 31.Rg2 Qf4+ 32.Qg3! Qxg3+ 33.Rxg3 Rxe8 34.Rgxg7] 31.Rcxg7 Qxf2+ [31...Ng5! would cut the line between the two rooks and solve the defensive issues (as well as attacking)] 32.Rg2 Qf4+ 33.Qg3 Qxg3+ 34.R2xg3 Re2+ 35.Kg1 Ng5 The resulting endgame is still objectively winning for Black with the three pieces for the rook, but practically it is hard to play. The white rooks have an easier time finding the right squares. 36.Rxa7 Nf3+ 37.Kf1 Nd2+ [37...Nxd4!] 38.Kg1 Re1+ 39.Kg2 Re2+ 40.Kg1 Ne4?! This attacks the rook but loses some coordination of the black forces. Better was [40...Bf3] 41.Rgg7 Ng5 42.Rgb7 Nxh3+?! snatching a pawn but placing the knight on a less active square. Chances are back to even now! 43.Kf1 Re6?! [43...Nd5 44.Ra8+ Re8 45.Rxe8+ Bxe8 46.Rb8 Nf6 is roughly equal] 44.Rb8+ Be8 45.a4?! [45.Ra6! wins the knight on b6] 45...Nc4! 46.Kg2 Nf4+ 47.Kf3 The white king also fighting even though it is in danger. 47...Nd5 48.b4 Nd6 49.b5 Re3+ 50.Kf2 Ne4+ 51.Kf1 The black rook and knights swarm around the white king. Very dangerous but there is no checkmate. 51...Ng3+ 52.Kf2 Ne4+ 53.Kf1 Ng3+ 54.Kf2 Nf5?! Not wanting to make a draw yet Teodoro moves the knight to a different square. Now White is starting to get winning chances. 55.Rd8 Nf6? [55...Nf4 would keep the attack strong enough for a draw] 56.b6 White is making fast progress with the queenside pawns. It's time for Black to look for perpetual check. 56...Ne4+ 57.Kf1 Nd2+ 58.Kf2 Ne4+


59.Kf1 David decides to repeat moves after a long crazy battle. In fact White is now winning if he runs well with the king - [59.Kg2! Rg3+ 60.Kf1 Rf3+ 61.Ke1 Re3+ 62.Kd1 and the powerful white rooks and queenside pawns should take home the point] 59...Nd2+ draw agreed. A wonderful and entertaining game! 1/2-1/2

(2) Bambou,Christophe (2121) - Winslow,Elliott (2278) [B22]
Mechanics' Jul-Aug TNM 2000+ San Francisco (6.1), 17.08.2021

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nf3 d6 5.exd6 e6 6.g3 Bxd6 7.Bg2 0-0 8.0-0 Nc6 9.d4


9...b6 After both sides blitzed out moves, Black is the first for a long thing, followed by White in response [Relevant: 9...cxd4 10.Nxd4 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 Bc7 12.Nd2 Bb6 13.Qd3 Nf4 14.Qxd8 Ne2+ 15.Kh1 Rxd8 16.Nc4 Nxc1 17.Raxc1 Bc7 18.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Kf8 20.Kg1 Ke7 21.Kf1 Rb8 22.b4 b6 23.Ke1 Ba6 24.Ne3 Be5 25.Rc1 Rc8 26.Kd2 Rd8+ 27.Kc2 Bd3+ 28.Kb3 Bg6 29.Rd1 Rxd1 30.Nxd1 Bc7 31.a4 Bd3 32.Nb2 Be2 33.Kc2 f5 34.Kd2 Ba6 35.Nd1 g6 36.Ne3 f4 37.Nc2 h5 38.Nd4 fxg3 39.fxg3 Abdusattorov,N (2627) -Andreikin,D (2726) INT 2020 0-1 (73)] 10.c4 As so often in the Alapin, it comes out feeling more like a queenpawn opening than a kingpawn, in this case a Catalan. It's about solving the question of the Black's light-squared bishop. White has pressure on the long diagonal but doesn't manage to make anything of it -- and in fact it is that diagonal that ends up costing him the game. 10...Nde7 11.Nc3 [On the forthright 11.d5 exd5 12.cxd5 Nb4 13.Nc3 Bf5 14.Ne1 c4 would be Black's intention.] 11...Bb7 12.dxc5 [12.d5 exd5 13.cxd5 Nb4 14.Ne1 Qd7 still seems okay for Black.; 12.Nb5 cxd4 (12...Nxd4!? 13.Nfxd4 Bxg2 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Kxg2 Nf5 is only slightly uncomfortable.) 13.Nfxd4 (13.Nxd6? Qxd6 14.Nxd4 Rad8 15.Be3 Nxd4 16.Bxb7 Qc7 and there's the c-pawn hanging.) 13...Be5!? 14.Bg5 Qc8! 15.Nf3! Bb8! 16.Rc1! seems to be some pressure.] 12...Bxc5 13.Ne4 Nd4 [13...Nf5!? 14.Nxc5 bxc5 15.Qxd8 Rfxd8 16.g4 Ncd4! 17.Nxd4 Bxg2 18.Nxe6 Bxf1 19.Nxd8 Bxc4 keeps the balance. So often it's the c-pawn at the end of a long series of captures.] 14.Nxd4?! [14.Nxc5 Bxf3 15.Bxf3 Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 bxc5 17.Bg5!? Qc7 18.Bxe7 Qxe7 19.Rfd1= gives White some tiny plus for getting to the d-file first, but not enough to claim must of anything.] 14...Bxd4


And now it's Black with the long diagonal pressure! White plays too bluntly to handle that, and the original long diagonal becomes sensitive after all. 15.Qc2N [Predecessor: 15.Bg5 f6 16.Qg4 f5 17.Qh4 Ng6 18.Bxd8 Nxh4 19.Bxh4 Bxe4 20.Bxe4 fxe4 21.Rae1 e3 22.fxe3 Rxf1+ 23.Kxf1 Bxb2 24.Rd1 h6 25.Rd8+ Rxd8 26.Bxd8 Be5 27.Be7 Kf7 28.Bb4 Ke8 29.Ke2 Kd7 30.Kd3 Kc6 31.Bf8 Bf6 32.g4 Kd7 33.Ke4 Bc3 34.h3 Bf6 35.Kd3 Kc6 36.a4 a6 37.Kc2 b5 38.cxb5+ axb5 39.axb5+ Kxb5 40.Kd3 Kc6 41.Ke4 Kd7 42.Bc5 Bd8 43.Bd4 g6 44.Bc3 Ke8 Chadaev,N (2577)-Tilicheev,V (2361) Moscow 2011 1/2-1/2] 15...Qc7 16.Bd2


16...f5!? 17.Ng5?! [17.Bc3!? Bxc3 18.Nxc3 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Qxc4 grabs that pawn, with maybe even money to convert.] 17...Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Qc6+


19.Kg1? [19.f3?! h6 20.Nh3 Rac8 21.Rac1 e5 when Black has a lot of better pieces but no clear win in sight.; 19.Nf3!? walks into a dangerous pin: 19...Ng6 20.Qb3 Ne5 21.Bf4 Nxf3 22.Qxf3 Black now has various ways to win a pawn, when White puts up difficult resistance.] 19...h6 20.Nh3 Ng6-+


21.Nf4 [21.Bf4 at least keeps Black's knight from overrunning White's kingside.] 21...Ne5 22.Ng2 Qxc4! Stockfish 14 concurs: simply claiming the ending is the best plan. 23.Rfc1 [23.Qxc4 Nxc4 24.Bc3 (24.Bb4 Bxb2!) 24...Bxc3 25.bxc3 Kf7 for example.] 23...Nf3+ [23...Rac8 24.Qd1 Qd3 is the computer choice; Black keeps it human.] 24.Kh1 Qxc2 [24...Qd5] 25.Rxc2 Rac8 26.Rac1 Rxc2 27.Rxc2 Rd8


28.Be3?! [28.Ne1 Nxd2 29.Rxd2 Bf6-+ it fairly routine if you know something about endings.] 28...Bxb2! 29.Rxb2 Rd1+ 30.Ne1 Nxe1 31.Re2 e5 32.h4 f4


[32...Nf3+ 33.Kg2 e4 is in fact crushing (...g5 is coming), but Black was lured away by the domination of the bishop on an open board. The choice was fairly irrelevant in terms of allowing White any chance.] 33.gxf4 exf4 34.Bxb6 axb6 35.Re6 b5 36.Rb6 b4 37.Kh2 Nd3 38.f3 Rd2+ 39.Kh3 h5 White can now dream of sacrificing the a-pawn and the rook for a stalemate... 40.a4 Ra2 41.a5 Rxa5 42.Rb7 Ra3 43.Re7 b3 44.Re2 b2 45.Rd2 b1Q 46.Ra2! Qh1+ 0-1

(3) Clemens,Kristian (1997) - Weng,Nicholas (2013) [A34]
Mechanics' Jul-Aug TNM 2000+ San Francisco (6.2), 17.08.2021
[de Firmian]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 The Grunfeld pattern for Black is certainly playable, but less effective against the English Opening for the obvious reason: how do you attack White's center pawns if White hasn't advanced them yet? 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.g3 White proceeds classically, as is Kristian's general preference. Over the years of the current century so far White has thrown all sorts of curious plans Black's way: [5.Qa4+; 5.e4; 5.Qb3; Even 5.Qc2 has a plan (to play 6.e4 Nxc3 7.dxc3 without allowing a queen trade).; But certainly the biggest development has been 5.h4!? , the sort of move Bent Larsen was fond of playing half a century earlier, and now rabidly taken up by the super-GMs of today.] 5...Bg7 6.Bg2 c5 7.Qb3 White chooses this moment to shine a light on Black's knight. [It's not too late for 7.h4 apparently: 7...h6 8.0-0 Nc6 9.d3 0-0 10.Bd2 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bg4 12.Rb1 Qd7 13.Re1 Rad8= 14.Qc2?! b6-/+ 1/2-1/2 (29) Grischuk,A (2777)-Svidler,P (2723) INT 2020; And there's always just 7.0-0] 7...Nb6?! Black's coordination starts to suffer. [7...Nc7!? has an interesting intention: 8.Qc4 b6 9.Ng5 does indeed win the Exchange, which Black readily allows with 9...0-0 10.Bxa8 Nxa8 11.0-0 Nc6 Black has full compensation.] 8.d3 0-0 9.Be3


9...N6d7N Black is going to have some serious untangling to do if he's going to equalize after this. [Predecessor: 9...Na6 10.Rc1 Be6 11.Qa3 c4 12.Ng5 Bc8 13.0-0 cxd3 14.exd3 e5 15.Nge4 Re8 16.Qd6 f5 17.Bg5 Qd7 18.Qxd7 Bxd7 19.Nd6 Re6 20.Nxb7 h6 21.Be3 Rb8 22.Na5 Nb4 23.Rfd1 Rd6 24.Bc5 1-0 (24) Ilic,Z-Djurovic,S Skender Vakuf (Knezevo) 1980] 10.0-0 Nc6 11.Rac1 b6?!


12.Rfd1?! [12.d4!+/- cxd4 13.Nxd4 Bxd4 14.Bxc6 Bxe3 15.fxe3 Nc5 16.Qb4 Bb7 17.Bxb7 Nxb7 18.Rfd1 White may have the worse pawn structure, but it's Black who gets caught in the center. 18...Qe8 19.Nd5+-] 12...e5?! Black tries to put his bind in order, but White's way ahead of him. 13.Nb5?


[13.Bg5! first is essentially winning.] 13...a6? [13...Nf6! almost equalizes, in that 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Bxa8?? (15.d4! might, confusingly, lead to some advantage for White!) runs into 15...Be6] 14.Nd6+- Qe7 15.Qd5 Ndb8


These poor knights don't seem to understand, the idea is to go *forward*. 16.Nxc8! Rxc8 17.Ng5? Letting quite a chunk of White's advantage get away. [17.b4!+- breaks down Black's position nicely: 17...cxb4 18.Bxb6 Ït might not look like much at first, but Black is getting overrun.] 17...Ra7 18.Qb3 Nd8?? [18...h6 19.Nxf7 Kh7!? leaves White little choice than to make it a piece sac (but for a handful of pawns): 20.Qxb6 Qxf7 21.Qxc5 Black has a good chance of holding after 21...Rac7] 19.Qxb6 Now Black falls apart completely. Clemens plays it for certainty, in the form of a two-pawn up ending (with the two bishops as well), and it's as good as over. That there are more than that many moves still to come is besides the point. 19...Rd7 20.Rxc5 Rxc5 21.Qxc5 Keeping the queens on probably favored White but White has his plan. 21...Qxc5 22.Bxc5 h6 23.Ne4 Ne6 24.Be3 Rc7 25.Rc1 Rooks too. 25...Rxc1+ 26.Bxc1 Nd4 27.Kf1 Kf8 28.e3 Ndc6 29.Ke2 Ke7 30.Bd2 f5 31.Nc3 Kd6 32.Nd5 a5 33.Nb6 Kc5 34.Nc4 Kb5 35.Bc3 Nb4 36.Bxe5 Bxe5 37.Nxe5 Nxa2 38.Nxg6 Nb4 39.Ne5 N8a6 40.d4 A master class in the English by Clemens. And Weng's answer to the English is needing some work! 1-0

(4) Uzakbaev,Nursultan"] (1513) - Starr,Albert (1609) [A85]
Mechanics' Jul-Aug TNM u2000 San Francisco (6.13), 17.08.2021
[de Firmian]

1.d4 f5 Albert uses his usual Dutch Defense. He likes using the wing pawns rather than direct central confrontation. 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 g6 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 0-0 6.Nc3 c6 7.Be2 d6 8.Qb3 Qb6 Offering the endgame, which is alright for Black. 9.Qc2 Re8


10.c5!? Nursultan plays an aggressive pawn sacrifice to open up the a2-g8 diagonal. This is a fair choice - it's just a matter of style. 10...dxc5 11.0-0 cxd4 12.exd4 Nd5 13.Be5 White has better development for the pawn and Black has a few weak squares. Chances are equal. 13...Bxe5 14.dxe5 Nxc3 perhaps 14...Na6 developing would be safer 15.Qxc3 Be6?! This gives White a tempo to attack the bishop, making the gambit more dangerous. Again ...Na6 would be a good move. 16.Ng5! Bd5 17.e6 Rf8? [17...h6! is really needed here to drive the knight away. White could retreat or go forward with 18.Bh5 gxh5 19.Nf7 Bxe6 20.Qh8+ Kxf7 21.Qh7+ but this looks like only a draw] 18.Qh3 h5


19.Bxh5! Kg7 the best defense [19...gxh5 20.Qxh5 Kg7 21.Qh7+ Kf6 22.Qh6+ is an easy win] 20.Bxg6! Nursultan is inspired! The attack is worth more than the material. 20...Kxg6 21.Qh7+ Kf6 [21...Kxg5 22.Rae1! is a mating attack (22.Qxe7+ Kg6 23.Qxf8 is also good) ] 22.Qh6+ Ke5 23.Rfe1+ Kd4 [23...Be4 24.Rad1!] 24.Qxf8


With extra material and the black king in the center White is easily winning. 24...c5 25.Rac1 c4 26.Qxe7 Be4 27.Nxe4 fxe4 28.Rcd1+ Ke5 29.Qg7+ Kxe6 30.Rxe4+ Kf5 31.Qg4+ [31.Re5+ Kf4 32.Qg5#] 31...Kf6 32.Rf4+ Ke7 33.Qg7+ Black resigned. Great attack from Nursultan! 1-0

SwissSys Standings. Jul-Aug 2021 Tuesday Night Marathon: 2000+

# Place Name Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Total Prize
1 1 NM Siddharth Arun 2253 W11 D4 W8 D3 W7 H--- H--- 4.5  
2 2-3 IM Elliott Winslow 2278 W5 D7 H--- H--- D3 W4   4.0  
3   Richard Liu 1824 H--- W10 W4 D1 D2 H--- H--- 4.0  
4 4-6 Christophe Bambou 2121 W6 D1 L3 W13 W5 L2   3.5  
5   Kristian Clemens 1997 L2 W11 D6 W12 L4 W8   3.5  
6   Kayven Riese 1900 L4 B--- D5 L8 W14 W10   3.5  
7 7-9 Abhi Penagalapati 2078 W13 D2 W12 H--- L1 U---   3.0  
8   Nicholas Weng 2013 H--- W9 L1 W6 H--- L5   3.0  
9   Chelsea Zhou 1879 B--- L8 L13 D14 W11 H---   3.0  
10 10-12 Ako Heidari 1964 H--- L3 D14 D11 W13 L6   2.5  
11   Guy Argo 1928 L1 L5 B--- D10 L9 W12   2.5  
12   Anthony Acosta 1818 H--- W14 L7 L5 B--- L11   2.5  
13 13-14 Andrew Guo 1885 L7 H--- W9 L4 L10 D14   2.0  
14   Andre Persidsky 1828 H--- L12 D10 D9 L6 D13   2.0  

SwissSys Standings. Jul-Aug 2021 Tuesday Night Marathon: Under2000

# Place Name Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Total Prize
1 1 Kevin Sun 1517 W25 W15 W5 H--- W2 D3   5.0  
2 2-3 Samuel Brownlow 1795 D6 W9 W10 W3 L1 W12   4.5  
3   Adam Stafford 1473 W26 W11 W19 L2 W12 D1   4.5  
4 4-6 Max Hao 1761 H--- H--- H--- W17 D7 X14   4.0  
5   Leon Quin 1611 W21 W12 L1 W11 W14 U--- U--- 4.0  
6   Daniel Perlov 1555 D2 W8 W13 D14 H--- H---   4.0  
7 7-10 Ted Porlares 1789 D17 H--- H--- W13 D4 D8   3.5  
8   David Rakonitz 1622 H--- L6 W18 H--- W19 D7   3.5  
9   Joel Carron 1610 D11 L2 L20 B--- W17 W15   3.5  
10   Nursultan\ Uzakbaev 1513 W24 H--- L2 L15 W22 W19   3.5  
11 11-13 Adam Mercado 1879 D9 L3 W21 L5 W20 D13   3.0  
12   Amitoj Singh 1819 W22 L5 W16 W19 L3 L2   3.0  
13   Nikhil Pimpalkhare 1577 W23 H--- L6 L7 W18 D11 H--- 3.0  
14 14-18 Luiz Uribe 1856 L19 W17 W15 D6 L5 F4   2.5  
15   Marty Cortinas 1720 W20 L1 L14 W10 H--- L9   2.5  
16   Frederick Hope 1646 W18 F19 L12 W21 H--- U---   2.5  
17   Stephen Parsons 1532 D7 L14 W24 L4 L9 W21   2.5  
18   Jerry Morgan 1483 L16 H--- L8 X24 L13 W22   2.5  
19 19-21 Albert Starr 1609 W14 X16 L3 L12 L8 L10   2.0  
20   Anvi Penagalapati 1485 L15 D24 W9 H--- L11 U---   2.0  
21   Aaron Craig 1408 L5 B--- L11 L16 X24 L17   2.0  
22 22 Nick Casares Jr 1600 L12 H--- H--- H--- L10 L18   1.5  
23 23 James Mahooti 1800 L13 H--- H--- U--- U--- U---   1.0  
24 24 Gregory Rousso 1745 L10 D20 L17 F18 F21 U---   0.5  
25 25-26 Glenn Kaplan 1776 L1 U--- U--- U--- U--- U---   0.0  
26   Jim Cohee 1612 L3 U--- U--- U--- U--- U---   0.0  

SwissSys Standings. Jul-Aug 2021 Tuesday Night Marathon: u/1600

# Place Name Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Total Prize
1 1 Isaac Sterling 1236 X--- W3 W2 W7 W9 W5   6.0  
2 2-3 Sebastian Suarez 1433 W20 W10 L1 W15 X16 H--- U--- 4.5  
3   Iven Yarovoy unr. W25 L1 H--- X21 W12 W7   4.5  
4 4-7 Dominic Zirbel 1481 W16 W6 L7 W26 L5 W14   4.0  
5   Claudio Bastiani-Fonck 1377 W29 D30 W6 H--- W4 L1   4.0  
6   Andrew Ballantyne 948 W8 L4 L5 X--- W18 W13   4.0  
7   David Nichol 435 B--- W23 W4 L1 X19 L3   4.0  
8 8-11 Richard Hack 1569 L6 L20 H--- W29 W28 W15   3.5  
9   Paul Reed 1322 W11 H--- W12 W19 L1 U---   3.5  
10   Tobiah Rex 1013 W12 L2 X--- L16 D11 X22   3.5  
11   Trent Hancock unr. L9 L16 B--- W23 D10 X19   3.5  
12 12-18 Samuel Agdamag 1586 L10 W28 L9 W20 L3 X27   3.0  
13   Andrew Imbens 1296 H--- H--- D20 W28 H--- L6   3.0  
14   William Thibault 1050 L30 D29 B--- W22 H--- L4   3.0  
15   Pratyush Hule 825 H--- H--- W18 L2 W26 L8   3.0  
16   Romeo Nehme 795 L4 W11 W23 W10 F2 U--- H--- 3.0  
17   Elias Colfax-Lamoureux unr. H--- H--- U--- L18 W25 W23   3.0  
18   Ian Atroshchenko unr. D31 H--- L15 W17 L6 X26   3.0  
19 19-22 Valerie Jade 1490 W26 H--- X30 L9 F7 F11   2.5  
20   Thomas Gu 660 L2 W8 D13 L12 L23 B---   2.5  
21   Yuri Meseznik unr. H--- H--- H--- F3 L22 W28   2.5  
22   Tony Kachakji unr. L24 W25 H--- L14 W21 F10 U--- 2.5  
23 23-27 David Olson 1400 W27 L7 L16 L11 W20 L17   2.0  
24   Charles James 1368 W22 H--- H--- U--- U--- U---   2.0  
25   Richard Ahrens 1228 L3 L22 L27 B--- L17 W29   2.0  
26   Andrejs Gulbis 826 L19 W27 B--- L4 L15 F18   2.0  
27   Jabez Wesly unr. L23 L26 W25 H--- H--- F12 U--- 2.0  
28 28-30 Thomas Dobbs unr. H--- L12 W29 L13 L8 L21   1.5  
29   Tyler Johnson unr. L5 D14 L28 L8 B--- L25   1.5  
30   Ambrogino Giusti unr. W14 D5 F19 U--- U--- U---   1.5  
31 31 Peter Borah 1232 D18 U--- U--- U--- U--- U---   0.5  


Mechanics' Championship Quads Report

We held our 1st Championship Quads event since our return to over the board play and it was met with great success, with 42 players in total, and the top 3 quads featuring players 1800+, with the top quad all players 2000+. We even had Mechanics' Institute Trustee GM Patrick Wolff stop by and check in on the action. For full results, please click on this link:

GM Patrick Wolff (left photo) looks at the top table at the Championship Quads. Sebby Suarez and Kevin Sun (right photo) two young rising players face off

Thursday Night Marathon Report

by Abel Talamantez

The Thursday Night Marathon concluded with the top 3 players holding on to their lead and finishing far ahead of the rest of the field. GM Gadir Guseinov, IM Bala Chandra Dhulipalla, and NM Mike Walder finished 1st-3rd, with Guseinov winning with 7.5/8. Congratulations to him on yet another ThNM win. 

The night was not without its drama, as Napa's Jeff Anderson had Guseinov beaten in his game, but fell into time pressure late. This caused him to blunder with less than a minute left, leading to to him getting mated in a beautiful mating net with knight and bishop. It was a tough loss, as he had Guseinov at nearly +3 before the mistake. Here is the game here:

Dhulipalla also saw a tough fight in his game against Sanjeev Anand in the final round, but the IM's skill eventually prevailed. Congratulations to all the participants!

It was a fun broadcast as well, as we discussed chess, movies, music, and much more. I dare say it is worth viewing even if you are not a chess fan. We experienced technical difficulties at the beginning, but finished the broadcast very strong in my humble opinion. Here is the link for your enjoyment:

Final standings are here:

SwissSys Standings. July-August Thurdsay Night Marathon Online: Open

# Name Handle ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total
1 GM Gadir Guseinov gguseinov 17343590 2635 W10 W14 D3 W2 W4 W8 W15 W9 7.5
2 IM Bala Chandra Prasad Dhulipalla Swarnapuri 30100858 2513 W16 W5 W4 L1 W3 W7 W14 W8 7.0
3 NM Michael Walder FlightsOfFancy 10345120 2171 W17 W22 D1 W7 L2 W21 W4 W10 6.5
4 Cailen Melville Mangonel 14006141 1940 W32 W18 L2 W15 L1 W11 L3 W12 5.0
5 Rithwik Narendra rukja 14903560 1849 W19 L2 H--- H--- L20 W18 W7 W15 5.0
6 Kevin M Fong chessappeals 17254586 1783 H--- H--- W17 D10 D13 L15 W20 W14 5.0
7 Nikunj Oza Motif 12497585 1851 W12 D13 W27 L3 W10 L2 L5 W23 4.5
8 Sanjeev Anand chessp1234 14436451 1753 L13 W32 W19 W33 W14 L1 D9 L2 4.5
9 Ricnesh Ravind Fi_Ricnesh 30181578 1651 H--- H--- W20 L14 W19 W13 D8 L1 4.5
10 Akshaj Pulijala Loltheawesomedude 16497860 1531 L1 W12 W11 D6 L7 W20 W19 L3 4.5
11 Aaron D Craig aaroncraig602 12872385 1408 H--- H--- L10 W18 W33 L4 D13 W21 4.5
12 Andy Xu vivianandy 16732301 1312 L7 L10 D16 B--- W31 W26 W21 L4 4.5
13 Katherine Sunny Lu 2Nf31-0 16425316 1152 W8 D7 L15 W28 D6 L9 D11 W22 4.5
14 Aaron Nicoski KingSmasher35 12797931 1789 W20 L1 W18 W9 L8 W24 L2 L6 4.0
15 Jeff Andersen zenwabi 11296106 1643 H--- W30 W13 L4 D24 W6 L1 L5 4.0
16 Marina Xiao programmingmax 16380642 1554 L2 L19 D12 W29 H--- W33 U--- W25 4.0
17 Paul Krezanoski pjkrizzle 16897133 1360 L3 W29 L6 L20 W32 L19 W28 W26 4.0
18 Ivan Zong ivanzong 30131397 1335 W21 L4 L14 L11 W29 L5 W31 W27 4.0
19 Sarvagnya Brahmanapally bsarvagnya 16466227 1287 L5 W16 L8 W32 L9 W17 L10 W31 4.0
20 Austin Jin austinjin666xd 17144712 1153 L14 B--- L9 W17 W5 L10 L6 W33 4.0
21 Robert Smith maturner 12463327 1853 L18 X33 D24 W27 W23 L3 L12 L11 3.5
22 Bryan Hood fiddleleaf 12839763 1584 W29 L3 H--- H--- H--- U--- W27 L13 3.5
23 Michael Xiao swimgrass 16380636 1363 D30 W28 H--- H--- L21 W25 U--- L7 3.5
24 Kevin Sun kevin_mx_sun 16898540 1521 H--- H--- D21 W26 D15 L14 U--- U--- 3.0
25 Ian Liao victor6688 16738735 1161 H--- H--- H--- U--- W27 L23 D26 L16 3.0
26 Zerui Titus Mei thankfuifortune 16959455 984 H--- H--- H--- L24 W28 L12 D25 L17 3.0
27 Cleveland W Lee vincitore51745 12814843 569 X15 W31 L7 L21 L25 W28 L22 L18 3.0
28 Bruce Hedman Bruce_Hedman 17344551 1055 D31 L23 W30 L13 L26 L27 L17 B--- 2.5
29 Jimolee Gray jgray43 30172836 unr. L22 L17 L32 L16 L18 D31 B--- W30 2.5
30 Jonathan Rice ricejonathanc 30205348 unr. D23 L15 L28 L31 H--- H--- W33 L29 2.5
31 Christopher Nelson LudiMagisterJosephus 13742111 1700 D28 L27 L33 W30 L12 D29 L18 L19 2.0
32 Gabriel Ngam boozerrip 13553308 1350 L4 L8 W29 L19 L17 B--- U--- U--- 2.0
33 Tobiah Rex tobiahsrex 30164211 1013 H--- H--- W31 L8 L11 L16 L30 L20 2.0


Tony's Teasers

Tony challenges you to solve this problem, white to move and mate in 3.

Mechanics' Institute Events Schedule

The Mechanics' Institute will continue to hold regular and online events. Here is our upcoming schedule for players:

Mechanics' Institute September ThNM Online. September 2-September 16, 6:30PM PT.  6 Games G/35+5:

Mechanics' Institute September/October TNM: FIDE Rated. September 7-October 19, 6:30PM PT Games G/120;d5:

20th Howard Donnelly Memorial Championship: FIDE Rated. September 18-19, 9AM PT. 5SS G/120;d5:

Mechanics' Institute Class Schedule

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Scholastic Chess Bulletin

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All of us at Mechanics' Institute would like to thank you for your support of our scholastic chess programming.

Solution To Tony's Teaser

1. Bh8!!  Bc1  2. Bc4  Qxh8  3. Nf3#


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