Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter

by John Donaldson

Gens Una Sumus!

Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #499

Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #499 


When you look at his games, you have that light feeling as if his hand is making the moves all by itself while the man is making no effort at all - just like he was drinking coffee or reading a newspaper! This has the feel of Mozart's light touch! No stress, no effort, everything is simple yet brilliant.


Vladimir Kramnik talking about Vassily Smyslov



1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

2) US Womens and US Junior Championships by Mike Wilmering

3) US Cadet Championship by Alan Kantor

4) Berkeley Chess Club News by Marc Newman

5) Upcoming Events


1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News


FM Stephen Zierk scored 6.5 from 9 in the Smyslov Memorial, a Category 3 (2305 FIDE average) roundrobin to make his first IM norm but the 16-year-old South Bay high school student can still be caught by IM Ricardo De Guzman who has five points with two games to play. FM Daniel Naroditsky, who will start play in the GM section of the July First Saturday series in Budapest next week, scored 5.5 from 9. FM Richard Lobo and NM Peter Zavadsky each have 4.5 with one game left to play. NM Yian Liou finished at 4 from 9 with IM John Grefe and NM Evan Sandberg right behind with 3.5. IM Ganbold Odondoo has 2.5 from 7 with two games remaining while FM Andy Lee has 1.5 from 7 with two games left.


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Fremont teenager Hayk Manvelyan moved into the lead in the Summer Tuesday Night Marathon by defeating fellow Expert Jorge Lopez in the sixth round of the Summer Tuesday Night Marathon. Manvelyan has 5.5 points followed by Lopez and Fuentes in second-third at 5 with NM Russell Wong and Experts James Jones and Stephen Gaffagan at 4.5 in the 60-player event.


Three of the Mechanics' young stars played in the Philadelphia International which ended a few days ago. IM Sam Shankland had another good run at his final GM norm before following short to finish with 5.5 from 9. FM Steven Zierk performed according to his rating with 5 from 9 while NM Gregory Young had an excellent result drawing with two GMs and two IMs to also finish with five points. Gregory does not play much during the school year but he on a tear this summer having raising his rating from 2280 to 2330 the last month.


The Mechanics' will hold its annual summer chess camp from July 19-23. IM John Donaldson and MI Scholastic Coordinator Anthony Corrales are the teachers for the camp with IM Eliot Winslow and NM Gregory Young as guest instructors. Go to for more information.


The Mechanics' Institute Chess Club would like to thank Vince Berry and IM Jeremy Silman for their generous donations.



2) US Womens and US Junior Championships by Mike Wilmering



Saint Louis completes the Triple Crown of chess championships next month when it plays host to the prestigious 2010 U.S. Women's Championship and the 2010 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, July 9-20. 

Right on the heels of the 2010 U.S. Championship, which took place in Saint Louis last month, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis has organized yet another unique U.S. Championship tournament experience as it will host these two prominent events simultaneously. Each championship will be comprised of a 10-player field and will feature nine rounds of tournament play. Reigning U.S. Women's Champion Anna Zatonskih and current U.S. Junior Champ Ray Robson aim to defend their respective titles this year in Saint Louis against a strong field of contenders. 

"Encouraging more women and juniors to play chess are both vital goals of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis," said Executive Director Tony Rich. "So we are very excited to host the tournaments simultaneously."

Grandmaster commentary will be provided by GM Ben Finegold and WGM Jennifer Shahade. Saint Louis resident and #1-ranked U.S. player GM Hikaru Nakamura will also provide special commentary for two days yet to be determined.


The field for the 2010 U.S. Women's Championship is as follows:

  • IM Anna Zatonskih: Defending Champion
  • IM Irina Krush: Rating
  • WGM Camilla Baginskaite: Rating
  • WGM Sabina Foisor: Rating
  • WGM Katerina Rohonyan: Wildcard
  • WIM Alisa Melekhina: Rating
  • WFM Iryna Zenyuk: U.S. Women's Open Champion
  • WFM Abby Marshall: Rating
  • WFM Tatev Abrahamyan: Rating
  • WIM Beatriz Marinello: Rating


The field for the 2010 U.S. Junior Closed Championship is as follows:

  • GM Ray Robson: Defending Champion
  • IM Sam Shankland: Rating
  • FM John Bryant: Rating
  • FM Darwin Yang: Rating
  • FM Stephen Zierk: Rating
  • FM Conrad Holt: Rating
  • Parker Zhao: Rating
  • Warren Harper: Rating
  • Tyler Hughes: Rating
  • Eric Rosen: U.S. Junior Open Champion


The 2010 U.S. Women's Championship will feature a $65,000 prize fund, the largest prize fund in the history of the tournament. The breakdown is as follows:


        1st: $16,000

        2nd: $12,000
        3rd: $9,000
        4th: $7,000
        5th: $5,500
        6th: $4,500
        7th: $3,500
        8th: $3,000 
        9th: $2,500
        10th: $2,000 


The 2010 U.S. Junior Championship will also feature a record-breaking prize fund. The ten participants will fight for $10,300 in prizes and will also receive a laptop computer as a part of their prize. The breakdown is as follows:


1st: $3,000
2nd: $2,000
3rd: $1,500
4th: $1,000
5th: $750
6th: $600
7th: $500
8th: $400
9th: $300
10th: $250


July 16 will be the player's rest day, which will feature an all-day celebration in honor of the two-year anniversary of the CCSCSL. The event will feature a block party and special appearances by top-level grandmasters and members of the professional tennis team the Saint Louis Aces including special guests to be named.


Spectators are encouraged to come down to the club to enjoy the commentary and witness the action live. Games begin at 2 PM Local time (3 PM EST) each day. Live spectators need only to purchase a club membership, which is just $5/month for students or $12/month for adults. The live streaming coverage of grandmaster commentary and play-by-play can be followed online at


The Schedule of events for the championships is as follows:


Friday, July 9, 2010 -Arrival Day

6:00pm -Opening Ceremony, Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd


Saturday, July 10, 2010 

2:00pm -8:00pm -Round 1 


Sunday, July 11, 2010 

2:00pm -8:00pm -Round 2 


Monday, July 12, 2010 

2:00pm -8:00pm -Round 3 


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

2:00pm -8:00pm -Round 4 


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

2:00pm -8:00pm -Round 5 


Thursday, July 15, 2010 

2:00pm -8:00pm -Round 6 


Friday, July 16, 2010

Players' Rest Day

All-Day Activities Celebrating Two-year Anniversary of the CCSCSL


Saturday, July 17, 2010

2:00pm -8:00pm - Round 7 


Sunday, July 18, 2010

2:00pm -8:00pm, Round 8  


Monday, July 19, 2010 

2:00pm -8:00pm, Round 9  


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

10:00am -12:00pm -Possible Tie Breaker

12:00pm -5:00pm -Community Day

7:00pm -9:00pm -Closing Ceremony and Reception


Call 314.361.2437 for more details or visit



3) US Cadet Championship by Alan Kantor


If you thought the 2009 version of the U.S. Cadet Championship was any indication of fighting chess, the 2010 version looks to be even better. This is an all-master field led by Aleksandr A. Ostrovskiy (2268) from New York, Michael Yang (2249) from Minnesota, David Adelberg from Arizona, Yian Liou (2243) from California, Jarod M. Pamatmat (2236) from Texas, Ryan Joseph Moon (2235) from Georgia, Atulya A. Shetty (2229) from Michigan, and Adarsh Jayakumar (2226) from Texas. Yang and Pamatmat are repeat players from the previous year. Last year's winner was Andrew Ng from New Jersey.


The players are set and the battleground is set. The location is the same place where the fighting took place in 2009: The Cumberland County Bank in Crossville, Tennessee. The date will be July 12-16. The players will once again be armed with the MonRoi scorekeeping device so spectators will be able to view the action. This year, with the help of Vol First, the bloodshed can be viewed on the Internet. There will also be daily reports on Chess Life Online.


This is a national invitational chess championship for the top players under age 16. Along with the title is $500 plus a four-year, fixed dollar incoming tuition scholarship to the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (current value $69,760 for out-of state, $34,832 in state). Second place is $300 plus a four-year University Academic Service Scholarship to Tennessee Tech University (current value $20,000). Third place will get $200. Everyone will receive plaques.


The sponsors Cumberland County Chess Club, U.S. Chess Federation, Cumberland County Bank, TAP Publishing, House of Staunton, Crossville Trophy & Gifts, and Vol First wish all the players the best of luck. The city of Crossville wish the players and their families all the best and a great time while in Crossville.

The United States Chess Federation (USCF), founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is now headquartered in Crossville, Tennessee. USCF is devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. It promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, and as a means for the improvement of society. The USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization with over 80,000 members. For additional information on the USCF see:



4) Berkeley Chess Club News by Marc Newman

Todd Rumph has won the latest Berkeley Chess Club Friday night tournament with a perfect score of 5.0.  Steven Krasnov and Roger Poehlmann were next with 3.5. You can see the complete crosstable here:

The next five-week tournament begins on Friday, July 9th with an entry fee of $25.   As always, the Berkeley Chess Club page (including signup info) is here:


IM Ricardo DeGuzman won the 51-player, three section, Berkeley Open held June 26-27 at the Hillside School home of the BCC. NM Richard Koepcke organized and directed this event. - Editor



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