Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #50"Do you realize, Fischer almost never had any bad pieces. He exchanges them, and the bad pieces remain with his opponents."
ALEX YERMOLINSKY WILL GIVE A FREE TALK ABOUT HIS VICTORY IN CALI THIS EVENING (WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22) FROM 5:15-6:15 PM AT THE MI.
1) Yermo wins in Cali 2) deGuzman, Chumachenko and Morkunaite win Pafnutieff 3) Vinay ties for third in First Saturday 4) Bay Area Masters 5) The Under 2000 Tournament 6) Upcoming Events
1) Yermo wins in CaliVENI, VIDI, VICI !!!
MI GM-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky won the American Continental Championship held August 10-20, in Cali, Colombia. Seeded number nine, Alex was always among the leaders. His result qualifies him for the FIDE World Championship to be held later this year.
American GMs did particularly well in this event as Alexander Goldin, Boris Gulko and Alexander Ivanov also qualified.
Final standings: 1. Alex Yermolinsky (USA) 8.5 2. Alex Goldin (USA) 8.0 3. Leinier Dominguez (CUB) 8.0 4. Boris Gulko (USA) 8.0 5. Alonso Zapata (COL) 8.0 6. Daniel Campora (ARG) 8.0 7. Alejandro Hoffman (ARG) 8.0 8. Alexis Cabrera (CUB) 8.0 9. Alex Ivanov (USA) 7.5
There were seven qualifying spots for the World Championships. Yermo, Goldin, Gulko, Campora, Hoffman, Cabrera and Ivanov made it. Dominguez and Zapata had already qualified from previous events.
Here are Alex's games, round by round.
Yermolinsky,A (2571) - Ugalde,R (2167) [D36]
Mendoza,R (2357) - Yermolinsky,A (2571) [B67]
Yermolinsky,A (2571) - Acosta,A (2300) [D44]
Cuartas,J (2362) - Yermolinsky,A (2571) [B51]
Yermolinsky,A (2571) - Estrada Nieto,J (2348) [D21]
Gurevich,D (2550) - Yermolinsky,A (2571) [E46]
Yermolinsky,A (2571) - Goldin,A (2594) [D37]
Dominguez,L (2585) - Yermolinsky,A (2571) [B04]
Yermolinsky,A (2571) - Shabalov,A (2574) [E10]
Gulko,B (2602) - Yermolinsky,A (2571) [E54]
Yermolinski,A (2571) - Zapata,A (2530) [E94]
2) deGuzman, Chumachenko and Morkunaite win PafnutieffFilipino IM Ricardo deGuzman split top honor in the Vladimir Pafnutieff Memorial held August 19 with SM Andrey Chumachenko of Sacramento and Egle Morkunaite of Lithuania. The three players, who scored of 4 1/2 from 5, each won $130 in the one day G/45 event. This was the second success for Morkunaite, one of Lithuania's top young women players, at the MI. She also just won a FIDE rating tournament going away. More details on this event in the next Newsletter.
The Pafnutieff, held to honor the memory of the late San Francisco Master who was one of the Bay Area's top players for several decades, attracted a very positive turnout of 47 players including six masters. There were several family combinations including Ilya Pereplitsky and his two nephews, Edward and Phillip (both teammates of Vinay Bhat at Lynbrook High School in San Jose), as well as Mariusz Krubnik and his daughters Ewelina and Emilia.
Class Prize Winners:
First Class A: Milo Nelson First Class B: Mariusz Krubnik, Kris MacLennan, Kevan Gross, Salar First Class C: Michael O'Brien, Ilya Perepelitsky and Royce Reece First Class D: Edward Perepelitsky First Class E and Unrated: Arivoli
3) Vinay ties for third in First SaturdayFalconer Award winner Vinay Bhat turned in an excellent performance in tying for third in the recently concluded August First Saturday GM Round Robin held in Budapest. VInay scored 7 1/2 from 14 in the Category 7 (2413) event for a performance of 2470. The event was won by IM Zoltan Medvegy of Hungary with 10 points (GM norm). IM Dennis Breder of Germany was second at 9 1/2.
4) Bay Area MastersIM Guillermo Rey is offering something new for Bay Area Masters next month. If you are rated over 2200 and want to face strong opposition without having to take time off work check out his event being held September 28-30 and October 5-7. This event should be just the right start for an active fall schedule that includes the Western States Open in Reno and the American Open (US Championship Qualifier) in Los Angeles in November.
5) The Under 2000 TournamentRico Adkins is running a tournament in late September in an area where few events have been held recently. The location, near the intersection of Interstate 80 and State Highway 4 should make for a very easy drive for players from many parts of Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Napa counties. Good luck Rico!
The Under 2000 Tournament on Sat. Sept. 29th and 30th for players under 2000. $300-200-100, best B, C, D, $100 35/90 SD/1 based on 40 paid entries, 1 section (Limited to 50 players). 5 round Swiss tournament at the Mechanics Bank Office in the North Shore Business Park at San Pablo Ave. in Hercules, CA at the HWY 4 and HWY 80 connector. Take John Muir parkway from San Pablo into the business Park and make a right turn (The only turn) . Go up hill to 725 Alfred Nobel, The Mechanics Bank. Reg. ends Sat. at 9:00 am Sept. 29th rounds:Sat. 10:00am, 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm, Sun. 10:00 am 2:00 pm. Pre-entries: $35.00 to be sent by 09/22/01 to: Rico B. Adkins, 15684 Crestwood Dr.# 137, San Pablo, CA 94806. Include your USCF I.D.# and current rating with entry. $40. at site/ No checks at site. Must be a USCF member to participate. If not, renewal available at tournament registration. Questions call (510) 262- 9061.
6) Upcoming TournamentsAugust 28 - STARTS NEXT TUESDAY
Fall Tuesday Night Marathon (Round One, 8 rounds, 30/90 followed by G/30)
September 28-30 and October 5-7
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