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2016-09-27 Reno Western States Open details and preregistration
The tournament is in its 34th year. Click here>> to read all about it. Tournament preregistration has been updated through 6:05PM on September 27. 85 players are preregistered!
2016-09-22 New Club Events Meeting
This week will be one of the best times to visit the Reno Chess Club. We need your help to finalize the 2016-2017 event formats, generate signups for Tonopah and enlist registrants to the brand new club events! Please come in and see what I'm talking about this Thursday 09/22/16 at 7pm. A discussion will last approximately fifteen minutes and together we will work out some details on formats and events. Please renew your membership to confirm your voting, discussion and signup interests.
2016-09-22 Western States Warmup announced
The big event is around the corner so lets prepare! A short 4 round tournament is scheduled for 9/22-10/13 to warm us up, win or lose we will be ready. $10 entry. Results are posted here>>.
2016-09-15 Club membership renewal
Its that time of year again, please come down and renew your membership with the RCC. "At the door" we listed 26 current members and there are many players "in the air". Lets circle back to our club and support chess in Reno. See you there!
2016-09-15 Annual Meeting / David Ryba Memorial / Houser Donation
The only change in officers this year was a role reversal between Jerry Weikel and Vernon Young. You can observe the changes on the current members page here>>. Fred Casten finished in sole first place in the David Ryba Memorial. Results are posted here>>. Mike Houser graciously donated many books to the Reno Chess Club. It is really an amazing collection and thank you for that! Philip Dennis had done the same 15 years ago and most have disappeared. Lets all get the instruction that we need by keeping the books in good condition and recirculating them. Dan Shapiro donated and built a bookshelf for the books and even created a library system for us to use. Thanks guys!
2016-08-04 Hot August Knights (Fire Cracker Continued)
Olson continued his rampage and shared first overall with Fischer! Fischer and Shapiro tied for second as a standalone tournament. See the results here>>.
2016-08-01 Club Championship - Kevin Gafni wins!
On July 21, Kevin Gafni won with black in game 4 of the Club Championship to clinch the 6-game match 3.5-0.5 against Fred Casten. Congratulations to Kevin Gafni, the new Club Champion! See the club championship bracket here>>
2016-07-17 David Sheryka Memorial
David Sheryka, a longtime member of Reno Chess Club, passed away on May 25th. David once sported an Expert rating and continued to play Class A chess for the past 20 years. In his honor, and with the generous sponsorship of David's relative, Jerry Weikel held a G/30 swiss tournament with six rounds over two club nights on July 7 and 14. Daniil Fedunov took a bye in round 1 and went on to win five games, finishing with 5.5/6 and $100. Fred Casten took second with 4.5 and $50. There was a 3-way tie for Class A Prize among Vernon Young, Kevin Chung, and George Fischer, each winning $15. James Mann won Class B and $40. Bob Bennett and David Toste split Class C with $20 each. Norm Wyatt won Class D and $40.
2016-07-01 Fire Cracker, Final Round 3
Paul Mortlock beat George Fischer to finish alone atop the 7-man field with a perfect 3.0/3. In just 3 games, Paul gained 84 rating points. Jeff Olson gained 48. See results here>>.
2016-06-10 May Day Swiss, Final Round 5
Grant Giovannetti beat closest rival Bob Turner to finish alone atop the field of 9 players with 4.0/5. See cross table here>>.
2016-05-20 Class Championship Matches
Class Champions included Chris Hebein for Class B, David Toste for Class C, and Andy Pease for Class D. Their names have been added to the champions page. See the class championship matches here>>.
2016-05-06 April Showers Swiss, Final Round 5
George Fischer won the April Showers Swiss with 4.0/5 atop the field of 14 players. See cross table here>>.
2016-03-30 Larry Evans Memorial Results!
About 172 players showed up for the 5th Annual Larry Evans Memorial. In the Open Section, there was a four-way tie among GMs Kudrin, Khachiyan, and Sevillano, and IM Bryant, all with 5.0/6. Khachiyan won the tiebreak rapid games. See Results>>.
2016-03-11 Class Championship Qualifier, Final Round 13
The club calendar>> has been updated to show details through September.
After 13 rounds, Jason Thoel with 10.5/12 edged David Toste who had 10.0/12. Thoel wins the U1800 Championship Title and advances as wildcard to the club championship bracket to challenge #8 Dan Shapiro. Since Thoel declined the Class C simul prize, it goes to David Toste. James Mann earned the Class B simul prize. Andy Pease, who won the Class D simul prize, may challenge Norm Wyatt for the Class D Championship. See class qualifier results here>>. The qualifier is now rated! David Toste jumped 156 rating points! Jason Thoel gained 83, and James Mann gained 74.
2016-03-11 Club Championship Qualifier, Final Round 11
After 11 rounds, Kevin Gafni finished with 9.0/10, clinching first seed. Rounding out the rest of the bracket are #2 Casten, #3 Weikel, #4 Chung, #5 Fischer, #6 Peterson, #7 Chinnici, and #8 Shapiro. Chung edged Fischer on the head-to-head tiebreak and gets the Class A simul prize. Chung and Fischer will contend for the Class A Championship. See club qualifier results here>>.
2015-12-18 Holiday Swiss, Final Round 7
Attrition reduced the swiss tournament to 4 players last Thursday. Dan Shapiro caught Arlo Mann (who didn't play). They split first place atop the 14-man field in the Holiday Swiss. See results>>.
2015-10-23 Western States Open Results!
157 players competed in the 33rd Reno Western States Open. GM Jesse Kraai and WGM Tatev Abrahamyan shared first place with 5.0/6 in the Open Section. Kraai won $100 extra for winning the G/10x2 playoff. See Western States Open Results!>>
2015-09-27 Vegas retakes Team Trophy in Tonopah
Congratulations to the Las Vegas team for winning the annual team match. Defending state champion Elliott Liu and last year's runner-up Mike Zaloznyy defeated experts Virgil Reyes and Ernie Hong, respectively. Liu and Zaloznyy will have a rematch of last year's state championship later in October.
2015-09-24 Annual Meeting
The current slate of officers were re-elected except Jeff Olson replaced Rick Arteaga at Sergeant at Arms. 2015-2016 officers are: President - Jerry Weikel; Vice President - Vernon Young; Treasurer - George Smith; Secretary - Norm Wyatt; Sergeant-At-Arms - Jeff Olson. A few issues were discussed, namely that the club will likely return to 30/90,SD/60 time controls and that the events calendar should be more detailed. Please pay annual dues to Treasurer George Smith by Thursday, October 8.
2015-09-18 David Ryba Memorial, Final Round 6
Jerry Weikel beat Kevin Gafni while Grant Giovannetti beat George Fischer; both finished 5.0/6 to split the top prize of the David Ryba Memorial. Giovannetti gained 143 rating points! See the results HERE>>.
2015-09-06 Club Championship - Hong repeats!
Defending club champion Ernie Hong won with white against Fred Casten to clinch the club championship 4.5-3.5. This is the second year in a row Hong has won the club championship. See the Club Championship bracket HERE>>.
2015-08-07 Summer Swiss, Final Round 6
Jason Thoel finished atop the field of 12 with a score of 4.0/6 and a performance rating of 1830! Jason's pre-tournament rating was 1388 and he gained 148 rating points to 1536! See the Summer Swiss results HERE>>
2015-07-31 Class Championships
Congratulations to George Fischer who clinched the Class A Championship 2.5-1.5 over Barry Brandt! This is George's third year in a row of winning the Class A Championship. Congratulations to Kevin Chung who clinched the Class B Championship 3-0 over Bob Turner! In Class C, Mike Houser, down 0-1, conceded the match to Grant Giovannetti. Congratulations to Grant Giovannetti, Class C Champion! Congratulations to Norm Wyatt who clinched the Class D Championship with a draw to finish 4.5-1.5 over Jim Hunt. This is Norm's second year in a row of winning the Class D Championship. See the Class Championship results HERE>> George's, Kevin's, Grant's, and Norm's names have been added to the Champions page.
News items before July 2015 are archived in the News Archive.