2015-10-04 Western States Open registrations
The early registration deadline passed this Monday Sep 21. The next deadline is Friday, Oct 9 to avoid a second $11 late fee. 94 people have signed up as of 11:50am on 10/4. See preregistrations>>. Open section entrants please note that the second time control has been shortened 5 minutes to accommodate FIDE rating requirements (40/120,SD/55;d5). See Western States Open details>>
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 set for September 24
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.
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>>
12-24-2014 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.