Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter

by John Donaldson


 

Gens Una Sumus!

Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club Newsletter #594
July 25, 2012

A coach is a very useful part of a child’s development, but it’s secondary to the child’s study habits. A coach can help a child who rarely studies chess on his or her own accord, but that child is very unlikely to be great at chess. (When I use the term great, I generally mean Grandmaster.)

—International Master Greg Shahade



1) Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club News

Young Mechanics’ stars are all over the news of late. Yian Liou and Samuel Sevian’s shared first place in the 20th Metropolitan Invitational in Los Angeles got a big write-up on US Chess Online, which you can find at http://main.uschess.org/content/view/11821/141/

You can also find a nice write-up about the event at National Master Michael Aigner’s blog (http://fpawn.blogspot.com/).


16-year-old International Master Daniel Naroditsky has 3 from 4 in the 2012 Quebec International. His only loss so was to 2650-rated Filipino GM Wesley So.

Six-time US Champion Walter Browne’s much anticipated memoir/game collection should be out soon. The title is The Stress of Chess (and its infinite finesse): My Life, Career and 101 Best Games.

Grandmaster Sam Shankland is on 1½ points and International Master David Pruess has 1 after two rounds of the Biel International.

The Henry Mar Tuesday Night Marathon, named after the 85-year-old TNM regular, starts on July 31.

International Master Elliott Winslow won the July 18 edition of the Mechanics’ Institute Wednesday Night Blitz.

International Master Steven Zierk of Los Gatos is enjoying his break from studying at MIT. He tied for third (along with, among others, Grandmaster John Fedorowicz) in the Canadian Open held in Victoria with a score of 6½ from 9. The event was won by Canadian International Master Eric Hansen with the excellent score of 7½ from 9. American Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn was second with 7 points.

The Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club is proud to announce that Dr. Joseph Ponterotto of Fordham University will give a lecture on August 7, from 5:15 to 6:15 pm, on his recently-released book Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer. Dr. Ponterotto will have copies of his book to sell. All are welcome to attend this free talk.

Thursday Evening Class With Former U. S. Champion Nick de Firmian, starting Thursday August 2, 2012

8 weeks: August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, September 6, 13, and 20  6:30 to 8:30 pm.

This class, limited to a maximum of eight students, is aimed at players below 2000, and is a perfect fit for the Tuesday Night regular who has been stuck for a long time at the same rating. Three-time U.S. Champion de Firmian will offer hands-on instruction, including an in-depth analysis of the students’ games.

The cost for the eight classes is $240 for Mechanics’ Institute members and $270 for non-members.

2) Atalik versus Atalik

Chalkida Chess Academy “Palamedes of Evia” will host a friendly chess match between Turkish Grandmaster Suat Atalik and his wife, IM/WGM Ekaterina Atalik, as a prelude to the International Chess Tournament “Negroponte 2012”.

This unique event is the first ever chess match between husband and wife, who also happen to be the winners (overall and women’s category respectively) of the previous edition of “Negroponte”, in 2010.

Hosting this match in Chalkida is a vivid example of the true spirit of Greek hospitality, as well as the increasingly strong bonds of friendship between the Greek and Turkish peoples. This aim is furthered by the fact that
Suat Atalik was, in 1994, the first-ever sportsman to play in the Greek League for a Greek team in any sport.

The match will consist of two classical games, four rapid games and eight blitz games. The schedule is as follows:

August 7th: two classical games
August 8
th: four rapid games
August 9
th: eight blitz games


The blitz games will be followed by the official opening of the tournament and a press conference.

3) Manhattan Chess Club Championship 1901

Chess historian Eduardo Bauza Mercere has been doing research in the history of the Manhattan Chess Club, and in particular the club championship of 1901 that included several prominent names among the participants. Mr. Bauza Mercere discovered in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that the sixth round game Schmidt–Hanham was postponed, and likely not played. Schmidt later forfeited his two last round games (as also Hodges did). This leaves only one game score missing: Schmidt–Delmar, Vienna opening, 0–1 in 36 moves.

Manhattan CC-ch 1901
27 OCT - 3 DEC

                               1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
 1. Marshall, Frank James      * 0 = 1 1 1 1 + 1 1 1  8.5
 2. Simonson, Gustave          1 * = 0 1 1 1 + = = =  7  
 3. Roething, Otto             = = * 0 1 1 = 1 = = +  6.5
 4. Finn, Julius               0 1 1 * 0 = = = 1 1 =  6
 5. Delmar, Eugene             0 0 0 1 * 1 0 = 1 = 1  5
 6. Hanham, James Moore        0 0 0 = 0 * 1 1 1 0 +  4.5
 7. Koehler, Gustav Henschel   0 0 = = 1 0 * 0 = 1 1  4.5
 8. Hodges, Albert Beauregard  - - 0 = = 0 1 * 0 1 1  4
 9. Halpern, Jacob C.          0 = = 0 0 0 = 1 * 0 +  3.5
10. Raubitschek, Robert        0 = = 0 = 1 0 0 1 * 0  3.5


 

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