Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News 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
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 ½ 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
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 ½ 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 ½ 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 ½ points against a strong field.
Yasser Seirawan showed that his performance in the recent World Team Championship was no fluke scoring 7 ½ 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 ½. 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 ½ 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.
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.
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
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.
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
MECHANICS' TOURNAMENTS (go to www.chessclub.org for more information)
Bernardo Smith Memorial - August 20-21Howard Donnelly Memorial - September 17J.J. Dolan Memorial - October 8Carroll Capps Memorial - November 5-6Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 19Guthrie McClain Memorial - December 3
September 3-5 2011 Labor Day Chess Festival 6-SS, 30/90, SD/1 (2-day option rds 1-3 G/60). Golden Geteway Holiday Inn. Van Ness at
October 1st - 2011 U.S. Game/60 Championship - Santa Clara 4SS, G/60 - $4,000 b/117 fully paid entries - 75% guaranteed. Hotel rate $99 by 9/16: Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Free Parking. In 3 sections, Open Section: $500-201-105, u2300 $200-110, u2100 $150, u2000 $130, u1900 $100. 1400-1799 Section: $500-201-100, u1700 $200, u1600 $150, u1500 $100. Under 1400 Section: $500-201-100, u1300 $200, u1200 $150, u1100 $100. Unrated may play in any section but maximum prize is $100 except no limit in the Open Section. Trophies for top 3 places in each section. Entry Fee: Mailed by Mon 9/26 or online by Tue 9/27: $60. Online 9/28-29 or onsite: $75. Add $20 to play-up in a higher section. DISCOUNTS: $10 off each event if also registering for G/30 on Oct 2. $10 cash rebate onsite if staying at the hotel under chess rate. Byes: One 1/2 pt bye allowed must commit by start of Rd 2. Reenter with 1/2pt bye in Rd 1 for $39. September 2011 Supp, CCA min, TD discretion used to place players accurately. SIDE KIDS EVENT for K-12 students rated under 1000: 4SSxG/60 in 2 sections, 600-999 and under 600. Prizes: Trophies to Top 10 players and Top 5 teams in each section. Best 4 players count for team score. Also trophies to top u800, top u700 in 600-999 section and top u400, top u300, and top u200 in u600 section. EF by Mon 9/26 or online by Tue 9/27: $39. Online 9/28-29 or onsite: $54. Add $10 to play-up in a higher section. Schedule: Onsite Registration 8:30-9:30am; Round Times: 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, and 5:30pm. Mail payments to: Bay Area Chess, 1590 Oakland Rd., Suite B213, San Jose 95131. $20 for refunds. T: 408-786-5515. E: ask@BayAreaChess.com, Info/Form/Entries: BayAreaChess.com/usg60g30. NS, NC, W.
October 2nd - 2011 U.S. Game/30 Championship - Santa Clara 4SS, G/30 - $3,006 b/88 fully paid entries - 75% guaranteed. Hotel rate $99 by 9/16: Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Free Parking. In 3 sections, Open Section: $400-200-102, u2300 $101, u2100 $101, u2000 $100, u1900 $99. 1400-1799 Section: $400-200-102, u1700 $101, u1600 $100, u1500 $99. Under 1400 Section: $400-200-102, u1300 $101, u1200 $100, u1100 $99. Unrated may play in any section but maximum prize is $100 except no limit in the Open Section. Trophies for top 3 places in each section. Entry Fee mailed by Mon 9/26 or online by Tue 9/27: $60. Online 9/28-29 or onsite: $75. Add $20 to play-up in a higher section. DISCOUNTS: $10 off each if also registering for G/60 on Oct 1. $10 cash rebate onsite if staying at the hotel. Byes: One 1/2 pt bye allowed must commit by start of Rd 2. Reenter with 1/2pt bye in Rd 1 for $39. September 2011 Supp, CCA min, TD discretion used to place players accurately. SIDE KIDS EVENT for K-12 students rated under 1000: 5SSxG/30 in 2 sections, 600-999 and under 600. Trophies to Top 10 players and Top 5 teams in each section. Best 4 players count for team score. Also trophies to top u800, top u700 in 600-999 section and top u400, top u300, and top u200 in u600 section. EF by Mon 9/26 or online by Tue 9/27: $39. Online 9/28-29 or onsite: $54. Add $10 to play-up in a higher section. Schedule: Onsite Registration 8:30-9:30am; Round Times: 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, and 5:30pm. Mail payments to: Bay Area Chess, 1590 Oakland Rd., Suite B213, San Jose 95131. $20 for refunds. T: 408-786-5515. E: ask@BayAreaChess.com,
Info/Form/Entries: BayAreaChess.com/usg60g30. NS, NC, W.
2012 Northern California International Presented by NorCal House of Chess
Dates: January 2nd - January 8th
1st Metropolitan Chess International