USCF Home Press Top Bay Area Players Meet in 3rd Imre Konig Memorial
|Top Bay Area Players Meet in 3rd Imre Konig Memorial|
|By IM John Donaldson|
|September 21, 2012|
Thanks to the generosity of Tibor Weinberger the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club of San Francisco will be holding the Third Imre Konig Memorial this weekend (September 22-23). The event, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the death of International Master Konig, the first top rated player to reside in San Francisco, will be held as a seven-player round-robin, featuring a rapid chess time control of Game in 30 minutes, with a 15-second increment from move one.
The invited players consist of the top six rated players from the Bay Area-Grandmasters Sam Shankland, Nick de Firmian, Vinay Bhat, Jesse Kraai and Walter Browne, and International Master Daniel Naroditsky.
The last player, Grandmaster Emil Anka of Hungary, pays respect to Konig's ancestry as an international cosmopolitan who was born in the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Kula, in today's Serbia.
Konig studied in Vienna and improved his game in its chess cafe milieu, being particularly influenced by Richard Reti. Like the Czech, he earned a reputation as a fine author with his Chess from Morphy to Botvinnik: A Century of Chess Evolution serving as a useful instructional guide to several generations of chess players.
Not only a fine writer, Konig was also an excellent player, who twice represented Yugoslavia in Chess Olympiads. He is fondly remembered by Mechanics' old-timers for his Old World courtliness and generosity of spirit in sharing his chess wisdom. The Mechanics' Institute is honored to pay tribute to his memory.