Day: December 7, 2020

Chess Club News
End of Year Events and First Birthday Tournament

With the Steinitz Open concluded we have two Fridays left before the holiday break.

We will hold two 2h G3+2 events. The person with the highest score (not cumulative) wins $50. Registration is free. However, if you feel the need for a donation you are welcome to do so:

paypal.me/sgvchessclub

You can register for the two blitz arenas here:

https://lichess.org/tournament/deYrR0nj

and here:

https://lichess.org/tournament/LF4cxem3

The password for both is:

sgv

There won’t be any tournaments on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 but I’m happy to arrange something if there is demand.

On 01/08/2021 we will have the second edition of our Sierra Madre Open. Which will also mark the first anniversary of the San Gabriel Valley Chess Club. The tournament will be a 5 round Swiss held on Lichess with G60+10 games. As with our previous tournaments ties will be broken in a 2h G6+1 blitz arena which will take place on 02/120/2021.

You can register for the Sierra Madre open here:

https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/910

Online registration requires a USCF ID. Your membership does not need to be active for this. If you don’t have a membership ID please contact me and I can sign you up.

Chess Club News Chess Tournaments
Kyan Hsu wins Steinitz Open Tiebreakers

The Steinitz Open concluded with a dramatic finish that saw Larry Stevens, Gerald Ruiz, and Kyan Hsu tying for first. A 2h blitz arena was needed to break the ties.

Kyan took an early lead with three early wins while Gerald and Larry each started their tournament with a loss. Kyan took full advantage of the Lichess regulations by collecting bonus points with his winning streaks as well as going into Berserk mode. Kyan also managed to play 15 games in the allotted time while Gerald and Larry only completed ten and nine games respectively. Kyan’s aggressive play and tactical acumen were also essential ingredients for his win. Congratulations! Gerald finished 4th with a respectable 24 points and secured his second place overall. After playing a fantastic tournament in the open Larry was not able to adjust to his first Arena tiebreaker. But I’m sure he learned a valuable lesson and is a contender for first in our next tournament.

Thanks to Kyan winning the tournament a prize in the under 1800 category became available. Arturo Armagnac, thanks to his performance in the Open, took first and Lisa Willis, thanks to her blitz skills came in second.

You can find the results of the Steinitz Arena Tiebreakers here:

https://lichess.org/tournament/1zg4bUUV