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Arcadia Chess Club

The Arcadia Summer Open, with 41 players, ended in August. First with 5-0 was Matthew Beelby, followed at 4-1 by Alan LaCombe, Dave Matson, Mayhar Salehpour, Edward Sanjenis and Bruce Weiner. Class prizes went to John Anderson, Fred Brock, David King, Romeo Milan and Thurlo Mishler (B), Oscar Paez (C), and Robert Head and Jason McKeen (D).

The Arcadia Chess Club meets 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Mondays in the Senior Citizens building, 405 S. Santa Anita Ave. For information, call Fred Brock at (626) 331-1638 or Mel Clark at (626) 447-9355.


Wilshire Chess Society

The monthly quads on August 25 saw sections won by Pedro Tidoy and Alex Rapoport. On September 29, section winners were Richard Henderson, Eric Leung and Arthur Skurskiy.

The Wilshire Chess Society meets in the Westside  Pavilion, Westwood Blvd. at Pico Blvd. Rated Game/45 quads at 10:30 a.m. on  the fourth Sunday of every month in Community Room C (third  floor, near Barnes & Noble). For information, call Michael Jeffreys at (310) 473-6291.

La Palma Chess Club

The "Ben Franklin's Bathtub," a 23-player event ending in September, saw Ernesto Soto take clear first with 5-0. Class prize winners included Bill Martino, Tim Galima, Chris Lanning, Don Tully, Andre Munoz, and Gabriel Tse.

The La Palma Chess Club meets 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Fridays in Central Park, 7821 Walker St. For information, call Brian Scanlon at (714) 523-2550.


Costa Mesa Octos

September 14, 2002

Twenty-four players competed in three sections in the 9/14 Costa Mesa Octos. In the top section Dr. Neil Bershad took clear first with a 2½-½ score. This was accomplished when he defeated pre-tournament favorite, and former State Champion, Charles Van Buskirk in the first round. Second place was split between Van Buskirk and Craig Clawitter with scores of 2-1. The second section saw Abraham White take clear first with a perfect 3-0 score. Second place was shared between Cardell Rice and Arturo Saliva at 2-1. In the bottom section unrated Wael Shreiba also tallied a perfect 3-0 score. Second place was a three way tie between Ronald Meier, Richard Henri, and Michael Beckham all at 2-1. The next Octo will be November 16 at the Chess Center in Costa Mesa. -- Mike Carr


Chess Palace Championship

September 14-15.

Winners of the 32-player Chess Palace Championship were: 1st: Ed Cohen; 2nd: Noel Panapanaan, Tom Kellogg, Vanessa West, Chris Kozik (split 2nd/A/B prize money); Class A (second A) Marina Asami, Wayne Griffin; Class B (second B) Francis Chen, Shawn Williams, Dan Alvira; U1600: Paul Townsend, Oscar Paez.

Chess Palace, located at 4336 Katella Ave., is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturdays, and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For information, call Charles Rostedt at (562) 598-5099, or visit the Website at www.chesspalace.com, which displays photos of prizewinners in recent tournaments.


Glicksman (2449) - Chen (1711)

Chess Palace Championship, Los Alamitos 2002

B14 CARO-KANN DEFENSE, Panov-Botvinnik Attack

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.cxd5 Bg7 7.Qb3 0-0 8.Nf3 Nbd7 9.d6 exd6 10.Be2 Nb6 11.d5 Re8 12.0-0 12...Nfxd5³ 13.Nxd5 Rxe2 14.Bg5 Qf8 15.Nf6+ Bxf6 16.Bxf6 Be6 17.Qd1 Bc4 18.Bc3 Nd5 19.Qd4 Nxc3 20.Qxc4 Rc8 21.Qb3 Ne4 22.Qd3 Rcc2 23.Nd4 Rcd2 24.Qxe2 Rxe2 25.Nxe2 Qg7 26.b3 Qb2 27.Rfe1 Qf6 28.f3 Nc3 29.Nxc3 Qxc3 30.Re8+ Kg7 31.Rae1 d5 32.R8e2 Kf6 33.Rd1 d4 34.Re4 d3 35.Re3 Qd4 36.Rdxd3 Qa1+ 37.Kf2 Qxa2+ 38.Kg3 Qa5 39.Rd6+ Kg7 40.Rd7 b6 41.h4 a6 42.Ra7 Qc5 43.Re4 a5 44.Rd7? Qb5 45. Ree7 Qxb3 h5 gxh5 47.Re5 Qa4 48.Rg5+ Kf6 49.Rdd5 h4+ 50.Kh3 Qa1 51.Kg4 Qh1 52.Rgf5+ Kg7 53.Rg5+ Kf6?? 54.Rgf5+ Ke7 55.Rfe5+ Kf8 56.Kf4 Qh2+ 57.Ke4 Qxg2 58.Rg5 Qe2+ 59.Kf4 h6 60.Rge5 Qg2 61.Rd8+ Kg7 62.Ree8 Qg3+ 63.Ke4 Kf6 64.Rb8 Qd6 65.Rh8 Qe5+ 66.Kd3 Kg6 67.Rxb6+ f6 68.Rg8+ Kf7 0-1


Joe Hanley State Championship Qualifier and Scholastic

September 15, 2002

Organizer Joe Hanley and IM Anthony Saidy tied for first in this small but strong event at St. Iranaeus School in Cypress with 4-1 scores. Next at 3-2 were David Bassett and Charles Van Buskirk. In the concurrent Scholastic, Robert Olivarez took clear first with 5-0, while first-timer Josh Buckenow topped the Under 700 section.


San Diego Open

September 22-23

The San Diego Open attracted 54 players on the weekend of September 21st and 22nd at the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park. The turnout was decent, considering that this was a new event, and came just a few weeks after the much larger Southern California Open over the Labor Day weekend. The format was identical to the San Diego County Championships that drew 83 players in June with $2,500 in prizes in four sections. Cyrus Lakdawala won the Open Section with 3½ out of 4, and outscored six other masters for the 1st place prize of $350. Cyrus beat three masters and gambled by taking a bye in Round 2. Lately he has been bothered by a bad back, but this is not the first time Cyrus has used a strategic bye to save his strength. Bruce Baker, Gustavo Hernandez and Robert Richard won $217 each in a three-way tie for second place with 3 points. In the Section II, open to players rated under 2200, Mykhaylo Zaloznyy, whose name would be a great score in Scrabble if only proper names were allowed, captured 1st place with 4½ out of 5 for $250, the only setback being a first round draw against long-time Master Alan Sebeckis, who is currently sporting a high Expert rating. Rick Aeria again finished second with 3 ½ as he did in June, but this time he didn't have to share the prize, and went home with $125 and a smile, his only loss coming against Mykhaylo. Alejandrino Baluran also scored 3 ½ points and won $150 for the best score under 2050.

Section III (under 1900) featured the only perfect score in the tournament with the relentless play of blitz maven Eric Smith cruising to a 5-0 victory and $250. Tying for second with 3½ points and $138 were Leonard Alcantara and William Delaney. Section IV (under 1600) was won by newcomer Jeff Murphy with 4½ points, good for $200. Jeff is never seen without his faithful dog Dutchess, who quietly waits at his feet while Jeff dispatches his opponents. Gene Fernando claimed 2nd place money of $100 with 3½ points, losing only to Jeff in Round 3. Joe Sanna returned from a long absence from competitive chess and did well with 3 points, tying for best under 1450 with the young Chris Carr, each winning $62.50. Noah Fonosch also scored 3 points and will receive a trophy for the best unrated score. The San Diego Chess Club plans to continue holding weekend events like this one on a regular basis since they are blessed with a good location, a great facility, experienced directors and lots of dedicated players. It is just a short drive from Los Angeles, so come on down and check us out! -- Chuck Ensey


Joshua Tree Fall Open

October 5, 2002.

Winner of the Joshua Tree Fall Open was Emory Tate. Second place went to Don Cotten, while class prize winners included (U2000) Frank Gray, Kermit Norris, and John Williams; (U1800) Mark Muller; (U1600) David Miller; (U1400) James Bolden; (Unrated) James Horton and Carrie Nomura. -- Mark Muller


Lompoc Open

October 5, 2002

The Lompoc Chess Tournament held Saturday, October 5, at La Purisima Parish Hall in Lompoc drew 18 entrants in the Open section and 37 in two Scholastic sections.

The Open section was won by John Williams of Moorpark with a perfect 4-0. Tying for second place prizes with 3-1 were Geoff Erickson and Ross Treusdell, both from Lompoc, Kyle Rieb from Seattle, and Warren Williamson from San Luis Obispo. The under-1300-rated prizes were won by Orin Harris from Santa Barbara and Lawrence Li from Tarzana, each scoring 2-2.

The 28-player K-8 section was won by Randy Myers of Aliso Viejo with 4-0. Benjamin Li of Lompoc took second on tiebreaks over Patrick Stewart, each with 3½-½. Nine players competed in the K-3 section which was won by Jarad Nabhan of Los Osos on tiebreaks over William Mann of Buellton and Taras McKey of Rancho Cucamonga, each scoring 3-1.

The annual fall tournament was hosted by Armando Zambrano of La Purisima School and was directed by Barbara McCaleb of San Luis Obispo. -- Barbara McCaleb


San Diego Chess Club

James Malowney won all five rounds to capture 1st place in the SDCC Summer Swiss, defeating President Ron Rezendes in the last round. In second place was Pejman Sagart, who has been rapidly gaining rating points lately. Meanwhile Bruce Baker won the Master Round Robin, and Tony Davis won the Master/Expert Round Robin. Fred Borges, R. Damani Fair and Thomas Fries tied for first in the Class A Round Robin. In the hotly contested Club Team Tournament held this August, the team known as Karpov's Killers won with a perfect 5-0 score. Ron Rezendes, Buddy Morris and Pejman Sagart were the assassins on this team. The "Bud Man" also won the top 2nd Board Prize, while Perry Sagart shared the top 3rd Board prize with Stefan Boyland. Robert Richard of the Balboa Constrictors team took the First Board prize. The team of Malowney, Ensey and Boyland placed 2nd, and 5 other teams, including the Vikings and the Rough Riders, tied for 3rd.

The Saturday Gambito Tournaments have been gathering steam, with the last two, #93 and #94 drawing 27 players each. Bruce Baker and Cyrus Lakdawala tied for first with perfect scores in Gambito #93, and Bruce tied the following week with Alan Sebeckis. An added twist lately is the Super Gambito on the 1st Saturday of every month, which has a guaranteed prize fund of $500. The regular Gambitos on every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturday of the month simply pay out all the entry fees of $15 per player to the winners in each category, minus a small club fee of between $30 and $50 depending on the number of entries. The special two day 100th Gambito should draw a nice crowd this November 16th & 17th.

The San Diego Chess Club meets 7:00 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays in the Balboa Club, 2225 6th Ave. (at Ivy) in Balboa Park. For information, call the club at (619) 239-7166, David Saponara at (619) 420-7436, or Alina Markowski at (858) 792-2016. -- Chuck Ensey


West Valley Chess Club

The Fall Round Robin and Swiss Tournaments, which finished October 10, saw 1st place in the 8-man Round Robin go to Arsham Dolmaian with 6 - 1. In the Swiss, with 27 players, Grigory Furman took first place with 5½-1½. Class prize winners included Harold Deutscher (A), Ped Bashi (B), Mark Witte (C), Yale Warsaw (Under 1400), and Ricardo Zamudio (Unrated). The club's next tournament will be the concurrent seven round Holiday Round Robin and Swiss Tournaments, beginning on October 24.

The West Valley Chess Club meets Thursdays at 6:30 PM at the West Valley Jewish Community Center at 22622 Vanowen Street in West Hills. For information, call John Price (818-363-1379) or Duane Cooper (818-999-0837).


Pasadena Chess Club

Gordon Brooks reports that the San Gabriel Valley Open, ending in October, saw Alan Lacombe take first place with 6-0. Class prizes went to Mikhail Chetverukhin and Anand Kesavaraju (B), Anthony Grauso (C), Sebouh Kouladjian (D/below), and Bob Burlingame (unrated).

The Pasadena Chess Club meets 7:00 p.m. to midnight Fridays in the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. For information, call Neil Hultgren at (818) 243-3809 or Tim Thompson at (818) 354-8698. The club has its own Website here.


Exposition Park Chess Club

Christophe Carter reports that the monthly free tournament on October 6 saw 22 players compete. Section winners were Balint Nagy and Phil Chase, Eric Leung, Leland Farrar, Frank Cipriani and Hector Contreras, Lee Thomas, and Charles Harper.

The Exposition Park Chess Club meets 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays in the Exposition Park branch of the public library, 3665 S. Vermont Ave. When not hosting tournaments our club engages in a wide variety of chess-related activities. These include, but are not limited to, mutual games for pleasure, simultaneous matches against a rated Expert or Master, analysis of games, and general chess instruction. For information, call the library at (323) 732-0169.