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2015 Larry Evans Memorial details
The tournament is set for April 3-5, 2015. Details are now posted HERE>>. Advance entries (updated 3/2/2015) are posted HERE>>, and HERE>>.
2015-02-27 Club Championship Qualifier, Round 7 of 9
After seven rounds, Fred Casten finally stopped Terry Alsasua's freight train; Casten and Alsasua are both at 6.0/7, but Casten has the head-to-head tiebreak. In Section 1, Kevin Chung got nicked for a draw by unrated Sandeep Mathew, but since games against Mathew and Isabelle are rated but not counted toward playoff standings, Chung remains in the lead for Section 1. In Section 2, Bob Turner and Dan Shapiro don't seem to have had a result on last night's pairing sheet; both players have 4.0/5 with Turner holding the head-to-head tiebreak. Round 8 of the club championship qualifier starts March 5 at 6:30pm. If you need a regular exemption from the 6:30pm start time, let Jerry Weikel know and your games will be postponed until 7:00pm. Time control will be a return to the original club time control 30/90, SD/60; delay 5 seconds. Note: new players Sandeep Mathew in Section 1 and Ed Isabelle in Section 2 are ineligible for advancement to the finals; games against them will be rated, but do not count for championship berths and also make-up games against them are not required. There are 9 weeks for games from January 15 through March 12. There are three single round robin sections, Open, Section 1, and Section 2. The Open Section includes:
  1. Past Nevada State Champion titleholders
  2. Past Reno Chess Club Champion titleholders
  3. Players rated 2000 and over
  4. Remainder of 10 slots to be filled with players ranked by rating as of the USCF January 2015 rating list

Players in categories 1 (Weikel, Brandt), 2 (Hong, Fedunov, Alsasua), and 3 (Casten, Fleming) automatically advance to the playoffs. Young, Peterson, and Fischer have to finish in the top 8 to get the playoffs. If Young, Peterson, and Fischer all finish in the top 8 (ahead of players in categories 1-3), the playoffs will be expanded to a maximum of 10, perhaps with some 2-game matches between #7 versus #10, #8 versus #9. Rankings after round 7 are: 1. Casten, 2. Alsasua, 3. Fleming, 4. Fedunov, 5. Young, 6. Hong, 7. Weikel, 8. Fischer, 9. Peterson, 10. Brandt. Young has already clinched a top 8 spot. The top point-scoring players out of Section 1 and Section 2 play each other in a wildcard match for the right to challenge the lowest seed from the Open Section.

Pairings for the eighth round include:

Section Date Pairings (white-black)
Open Mar 05 Alsasua-Hong Fleming-Brandt Fischer-Weikel Fedunov-Peterson Young-Casten
Section 1 Mar 05 Mathew-Houser Kurtiz-Mortlock Wyatt-Mann,A. Pease-Christensen Herald-Chung
Section 2 Mar 05 Hunt-Olson Arteaga-Giovannetti Smith-Turner Isabelle-Mann,J. Shapiro-Chinnici

All pairings and competitors are listed on the tournament page HERE>>

12-27-2014 One-Day Quick Chess Tournament slated for January 8
Sign up for the club championship qualifier and play in a 4-7 round swiss with G/15 time controls, $5 entry fee, and cash prizes.
12-24-2014 Holiday Swiss Final Round 7
Original Life Master Terry Alsasua finished with 5.5/7 and clear first atop the field of 23. See results HERE>>.
10-28-2014 Terry Alsasua wins 2nd Annual October Swift Quads
David Peterson organized a 1-night, 3-game quad using newer increment time controls G/30+10 seconds. Perhaps because of the speed or the short notice, only about 7 players participated, but only four ended up playing. Terry Alsasua smoothly swept Shapiro, Chung, and Young to finish at 3.0/3. Likely one-night quads will become more regular happenings at the club, especially before or after major tournaments.
10-19-2014 Western States Open Results!
174 players gathered for the 32nd Annual Western States Open at the Reno Sands Regency. It was a six-way tie at 4.5/6 atop the Open section among GM Melikset Khachiyan, IM Andrey Gorovets, GM Alexander Ivanov, GM Alex Yermolinsky, GM Enrico Sevillano, and GM Walter Browne. William Sartorio and Raymond Muller tied at 5.0/6 atop Class A. Scott Poling won Class B outright with 5.5/6. Josiah Perkins and Alekhine Nouri tied at 5.0/6 atop Class C. Hailey Riley won Class D outright with 5.0/6. See all results HERE>>.
10-9-2014 Club Championship Finals - Hong wins the 2014 Club Championship!
Ernie Hong won with Black to win the match for the Club Championship against Jerry Weikel 3.5-2.5. In the semifinals, Weikel won 4-2 against Grant Fleming while Ernie Hong won 5-3 against Daniil Fedunov. In the quarterfinal best-of-4 matches, Club Champion Jerry Weikel took care of business going 3-0 against Paul Mortlock, Grant Fleming went 2.5-1.5 against Kevin Chung, Ernie Hong went 3-0 against George Fischer, and Daniil Fedunov beat Fred Casten 2.5-0.5. The club championship bracket is HERE>>.
10-7-2014 North Team Wins in Tonopah!*
The North team won the championship by a final score of 11-9, although we were pivotally helped by 6 forfeit points in our favor. The team trophy returns to the North for the first time in about 6 years. In the Nevada State Championship Semifinals, Las Vegas masters Elliott Liu and Mike Zaloznyy won convincingly over Ernie Hong and Jerry Weikel, respectively. For the Finals, FM Elliott Liu drew with Black in the first game and won with White in the second game a week later to win the Nevada State Chess Champion title against NM Mike Zaloznyy. In the Nevada Quick Chess Championship, Juan Jauregui won clear first ($200) while Virgil Reyes won clear second ($100) atop the field of 13 players. There was a 4-way tie for the $50 U1900 prize: Tony Chinnici and Kevin Chung claimed two of those shares.
9-28-2014 David Ryba Memorial, Final Round 6
Jerry Weikel won his fifth game in a row to finish in clear first with 5.0/6 atop the field of 17. Fred Casten was slowed by a draw with George Fischer and got clear second place with 4.5/6. See results HERE>>.
9-28-2014 Annual Meeting
Last year's officers were largely re-elected by acclamation. The exception was that Vern Young was newly elected to Vice President. Here are your officers: President - Jerry Weikel, Vice President - Vern Young, Treasurer - George Smith, Secretary - Norm Wyatt, Sergeant-At-Arms - Rick Arteaga. Two changes were proposed and will likely be tested in the Holiday Swiss during November and December. Games should start closer to 6:30pm, with exceptions given to players that cannot arrive that early. We will also be trying a shorter time control 30/90, SD/30 (instead of SD/60).
News items before September2014 are archived in the News Archive.