2015-04-16 Club Championship
The club championship quarterfinals kicked off on April 16. Grant Fleming got off to the fast start by beating Vernon Young with White and now leads 1-0 in their 4-game match. Fedunov-Hong ended in a draw. Weikel-Alsasua starts next week. In the wildcard match, Kevin Chung won with Black against George Fischer and now leads 1-0 in their 4-game match. The winner of Fischer-Chung faces Fred Casten. See the Club Championship bracket HERE>>
2015-04-16 Class Championship
The class championships kicked off on April 16. In Class A, David Peterson won with Black against Barry Brandt. Peterson, Brandt, and Dan Shapiro are in a double round robin to determine who will challenge George Fischer and eventually Vernon Young. In Class B, Tony Chinnici beat James Mann. Chinnici, Mann, Craig Christensen, Bob Turner, and Arlo Mann are in a double round robin to determine who will challenge Kevin Chung. In Class C, nine players are in a single round robin; top two finishers advance to the final match. Early leaders are Jeff Olson, David Toste, and Tiegan Kurtiz. In Class D, Norm Wyatt drew first blood against Jim Hunt in their 8-game match. See the Class Championship page Schedule of Pairings and Results HERE>>
2015-04-13 Larry Evans Memorial Results
GM Alexander Ivanov won clear first in the open with 5.0/6. Results are now posted HERE>>.
2015-03-25 Club Championship Qualifier, Final Round 9
After nine rounds, the open section round robin rankings ended as follows: 1. Casten, 2. Alsasua, 3. Fedunov, 4. Young, 5. Fleming, 6. Hong, 7. Weikel, 8. Fischer, 9. Peterson, 10. Brandt. Kevin Chung advanced out of Section 1, while Bob Turner advanced out of section 2. As a result of performance in the qualifier, Vernon Young (Class A), Grant Giovannetti (Class C), and George Smith (Class D) won a clock simul against GM Sergey Kudrin at the Larry Evans Memorial (Wednesday 4/1, 7pm). The Class B prize was a tie between Paul Mortlock, Arlo Mann, and James Mann (Talk to Jerry for tiebreak). Grant Giovannetti started at 1540, gained 76 ratings points, and crossed into Class B for the first time with a rating of 1616. Bob Turner started at 1672, gained 80 points, and reached 1752. Vern Young started at 1920, gained 70 points, and reached a peak of 1990. Fred Casten started at 2000, gained 82 points, and reached 2082. See the rated tournament HERE>>. See results 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.