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    Happy Holidays from SGVCC!
    Holiday OTB Chess Club in Pasadena
    PLAY IN THE NEW YEAR OPEN

    Hello SGVCC Members – We’ll start the New Year Open, a six round tournament, on January 3, 2023. There will be three sections and the last round ends on February 7th. A registration link with more details is below. The Club is closed on December 20 and 27. On behalf of your SGVCC Board, thanks to our players, parents, and volunteers for a great year. Membership is open to all chess enthusiasts and we hope to see a lot of new faces in 2023!

    https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/2154

    Chess Club News
    Win a $15 Amazon Gift Card!

    We are seeking photos of our club’s Featured Players, those who place in the Top 6 of the last tournament played. Every six weeks or so we update Section 03 of our website with featured player cards. Player cards include the player name, player photo and player rating. This is your chance to support the club with your photography skills, help improve our website and earn a $15 Amazon Gift Card! Please send all photos no later than Sept. 30, 2022.

    Terms & Conditions:

    1. If a player is under the age of 18, you must obtain & provide written parental consent for use of the photo by San Gabriel Valley Chess Club for use on the club website.
    2. You may submit a picture of yourself.
    3. Name of player must not include “Karl”
    4. You must use the contact form on this website to tell us which player you’d like to submit a photo of, and also to which email we send your $15 Amazon Gift Card!

    To opt-out of the Featured Player list, please Contact Us with your request and the player’s name.

    LA Chess Social
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    Chess Social!

    (via @chess_social) — Today the Los Angeles Chess Social announced the July event will be held at Griffins of Kinsale in South Pasadena! “As usual, there will be ooooodles of chess, some new live music acts, adult liquids and food!” the announcement, which was sent via email explained. “Chess games will be held on the lower floor, but we may be able to grab some tables outside as well! This may be the last meet at Griffin’s for a while as a remodel is coming, so don’t miss out!”

    • Griffins of Kinsale  [1007 Mission St. South Pasadena 91030]
    • July 30th, 2022
    • 8:00pm-12:30am
    • 18+
    • $10 Suggested Donation

    Please bring a mask!

    2022 San Gabriel Valley Open Chess Tournament
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    Exciting Finish to SGVCC Open!

    The SGVCC Open drew 40 players and concluded on June 14, 2022. NM Karl Tolentino was the winner, but it took a last round win over front runner Alam LaCombe to seal the deal. The early story was the outstanding performances of Leo Wang (1849) and Manu Prasad (1590), who both upset higher-rated players and found themselves leading the field with perfect 3-0 scores. Leo Wang is the younger brother of local legend IM Annie Wang and had upset Tolentino while Prasad took down two strong 1900 players. Their Round 4 battle (Photo 1) ended in a draw, leaving them in a three-way tie with LaCombe at 3.5.

    2022 San Gabriel Valley Open Chess Tournament
    Karl Tolentino (L) and Alan LaCombe (R) battle for first place in Round 6

     But never count out the top players! Round 5 saw LaCombe beat Wang and Tolentino stop Prasad, setting up a last round game between them. Fittingly, it was the last game of the night and hard fought (see photo).

    All eyes were on Leo Wang (foreground) and Manu Prasad (background) after they starred 3-0 and faced each other on Board 1.

    So it was Tolentino clear first at 5, LaCombe, Wang and Craig Vierregg tied for second at 4.5. Vierreg continues to turn in good results and improve his rating, having risen to 1764 since first coming to SGVCC last October with an old 1517 rating. Other notable results were Rohan Daftuar, best U1400 with 4 and new members Neel Deshpande and Omkar Kanse winning best U1000 with 2 points each. 

    Our latest event, Summer Fun, is currently underway and attracted a new record 51 players. Check out the standings at https://caissachess.net/live/1625.

    LA Chess Social
    Chess Club News
    Summer Kickoff Party at Old Towne Pub!
    LA Chess Social has announced the next chess social! At this “Summer Kickoff Party” there will be the oodles of casual chess, live music, catered food, and libations! This is for adults age 21 and over only. Organizers say the music will be especially unique and fantastic, with special guests Inflatable Planet and White Jagg!

    Where? Old Towne Pub (66 N Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena 91103)
    When? June 24th, 2022
    Time? 8:00pm-1:00pm 
    Youth Chess
    Chess Club News
    Youth Chess Classes

    Below are some after school and weekend youth chess programs in the San Gabriel Valley & adjacent areas. All information is current as of May 2022.

    Arcadia Parks and Recreation – Even if you see a message about how the Summer / Spring classes are “full” still go ahead and click on the catalogue icon on upper left and filter by keyword “chess” to see the “Introduction to Chess” class offered by the Arcadia Community Center:

    https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-arcadia/catalog/item/4268/119413/1729541

    Diamond Bar – Wings Chess Academy

    https://www.wingchess.com/

    La Canada/Flintridge Community Center – Click on catalogue icon on upper left and filter by keyword “chess” to find the “Chess Nuts” class led by Clint Cooper in La Cañada Flintridge:

    https://secure.rec1.com/CA/community-center-la-canada-flintridge-ca/catalog/group/11398/183323/4b7d44f7e49f1a08d1825aed99012967 

    Rowland Heights – Beyond Chess – Founded by IM Ben Deng and WIM Sarah Lu, both professional chess players and former members of China’s national team:

    https://www.beyondchess.net/english

    ChessKids 1-on-1 Virtual Chess Coaching

    https://www.chesskid.com/chess-coaching

    LA Chess Social
    Chess Club News
    Next Chess Social April 22nd

    The grand return of the LA Chess Social last month was spectacular! It was great to see everyone after so long! This month’s event will be at Griffins of Kinsale in South Pasadena, where the original Chess Social was established in 2017. There will be live music on both floors throughout the night! 

    • 1007 Mission St. South Pasadena CA 91030
    • 8:00pm-12:00am
    • Free & Plentiful Parking
    • Very close / half-block from South Pasadena station (Gold Line)
    • $10
    • 18+

    See you there!!!!

    (courtesy @chess_social)

    Los Angeles Chess Social Returns
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    LA Chess Social Returns Sunday March 20th to Old Towne Pub

    (via @chess_social) — Ready to show off your chess ability and make some friends?
    Get ready for the grand return of Los Angeles Chess Social. An incredible live music lineup at Old Towne Pub, located at 66 N Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena. For those unfamiliar, Old Towne Pub is located in a courtyard within the block between Fair Oaks and Raymond Street, accessible from an ally off Holly Street. Event starts at 8pm; $10 at the door; 21+

    An incredible live music lineup!

    8-9pm Squid and the Elephant (IG @squidandtheelephant)
    9-10pm Sugar Rum Tantrum (IG @sugarrumtantrum)
    10-12am The Flamenco Souls (IG @theflamencosouls)

    Additionally, there will be a Philly Cheesesteak stand with food available for purchase in the courtyard.

    Please bring proof of vaccination and a mask!

    LA Chess Social
    Chess Club News
    Social Chess at Odyssey Games in Pasadena

    For those looking for casual and a social atmosphere, come to Odyssey Games Sat. night in Pasadena — 1795 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106 (formerly Game Empire). All ages welcome. This is unrated, social play, no membership required. Meetups are planned for Sat. Feb. 26th, March 5th, March 12th, March 19th and March 26th. Bring your board and clock. Hosted courtesy of Odyssey Games and administered by Jimmy D via Meetup.com at: https://www.meetup.com/odyssey-games/events/283784823 I went Saturday Feb. 19th and it was pretty fun. Come meet new friends!