34 ( +1 | -1 ) San Francisco Mechanic's Institute Chess ClubI just heard a nice program yesterday on NPR about the San Francisco Mechanics Institute Chess Club. It is the oldest (and still opperating) chess club in the USA: created in 1854! I'm definately going to hop on the train soon and take a peak. Anyone here ever been there?
32 ( +1 | -1 ) Although i am not a member, I played a couple of times and watched a couple of tournaments there. The tournament room is quite small, but i loved the library. The club has many very talented youngsters not to mention a very friendly staff. I am planning to be a member as soon as i have the time and money to devote to chess.
87 ( +1 | -1 ) The Frisco Mechanics' InstituteWhen I saw this posting, I immediately remembered a position that occurred in a game there, which I saw more than a quarter of a century in a book dedicated to Bobby Fischer "The Chess of Bobby Fischer", by Robert E. Burger. Fortunately I still have that book with me, and on page 67 it reads: "On the summer of 1903, a position unfolded at the chessrooms of the Mechanics' Institute in San Francisco that resisted the efforts of the best analysts in the club: J. Dolan (1904), presented this in the form of a problem, where white has to play and win. The position was white: king c7, Q d7, pawns, h4, g5, f6. Black: king h7, q f8, pawns, f7, g6, h5. Then come a few pages with analysis of the position. It takes white abougt 11 moves to reach a winning position. Who can tell me what the answer is, whitout going to the book I mentioned, or using a program to find the answer?