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Grand Prix to end in May

February 14, 2010|By Jack Peters

Position No. 6094: Black to play and win. From the game Stephen J. Horrocks-Giustino Mancini, Gibraltar 2010.

Solution to Position No. 6093: White wins a Rook by 1 d6! Qxd6 2 e5. Tougher is 1 . . . Qa5 2 dxe7 Bd7, but White wins anyway with 3 0-0 Qc7 4 g3! Rxf3 (or 4 . . . Rg4 5 Qh6) 5 Bc4+ Rf7 6 Rf3 Be8 7 Rxf7 Bxf7 8 e8Q+.

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has announced that the final Grand Prix tournament will begin May 5 in Astrakhan, Russia. The six-tournament series was supposed to conclude in 2009, but three of the six cities that promised to host tournaments backed out. FIDE deserves credit for finding replacements, despite the delay in the schedule.

The Grand Prix offers a total of 300,000 Euros (about $410,000) to the top 10 cumulative scorers. Levon Aronian of Armenia, who won two tournaments and tied for second in another, has already clinched the first prize of 75,000 Euros (about $102,000). More than half of the 14 players in Astrakhan retain a mathematical chance for the 50,000 Euros (about $68,000) second prize and a berth in the Candidates matches that will select the challenger in the 2011 world championship.

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New Yorkers GM Gata Kamsky and IM Alex Lenderman scored 7 1/2 -2 1/2 and tied for first place with seven others in the Gibtelecom Masters tournament in Gibraltar. The tournament, in its eighth year, has become one of the most lucrative opens in the world, awarding 112,500 pounds (about $176,000) in prizes, plus expense money for titled players. There were 34 GMs in the field of 224 players.

Club news

The Dr. Richard Lewis Memorial at the Pasadena Chess Club set a club record with 61 entrants. Fei Yue Yang, age 13, won with a score of 5-0, and Dave Matson was second at 4 1/2 - 1/2 . Other prizes went to Rolando Tenoso, Christopher Hung, Kevin Qian, Ron Woolsey, Huangsheng Xue, Larry Hu, Alexander Hung and Thomas Garcia.

The club, which traces its ancestry to 1928, will begin its annual six-round championship at 7 p.m. Friday in the Boys and Girls Club, 3230 E. Del Mar Blvd. in Pasadena. Call Neil Hultgren at (818) 243-3809 for more information.

The Ventura County Chess Club has a new champion. Expert Robert Radford defeated Tony Miller, champion for the last 10 years, in the 2010 club championship match. The match began with four wins, all by Black, before Radford won two 20-minute tiebreakers. Charles Scolieri and Sean Russell won other club events.

The club runs tournaments continuously Tuesdays and some Mondays in the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road in Ventura. See

Sergey Yurenok and newcomer Iosif Khanukayev tied for first place in the HCA Sunday #1 at Hanley Chess Academy in Huntington Beach. The club will run another four-round tournament of one-hour games Feb. 28. For more about the club, see

Dave Matson, Manuel Pascal and Christian Jaime led their sections in the Exposition Park Chess Club's tournament last Sunday, while Luis Brioso, Felipe Rodriguez and Edgar Sacramento shared top honors in another section. The club meets at 1 p.m. Sundays in the public library, 3900 S. Western Los Angeles.

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