Category: Chess Club News

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
Chess Club News
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!

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

Chess Social Returns March 2022
Chess Club News
Echo Mountain Open Analysis – NM Karl Tolentino

Hey everyone!

On behalf of the SGVCC I wanted to share the games that I had played in the somewhat recent Echo Mountain Open (January 2022), along with annotations denoting my thought process and post-mortem analysis. This is my first post on the site, so any criticism is more than welcome! I intend to be semi-regular about this as far as unorthodox hobbies go.

I was more than lucky to win that last one! Ryan sure gave me a run for my money. I can’t promise that all my subsequent posts will be this detailed as I was working off a backlog. I also fully intend to post my losses as well. Regardless, I hope that analysis was some combination of entertaining / instructive. Good luck to all participants in the upcoming Bunny Hop Open!

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
Chess Club News
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!

Chess Match
Chess Club News
King of the Mountain!

Top rated Karl Tolentino won the Echo Mountain Open, a five round event that concluded on February 1, 2022. He went an undefeated 5-0 but had to fend off a last round challenge that made things interesting. It’s the National Master’s second clear first in just three events. Expert (and 5 time NM) Randall Hough was clear second at 4-1, only losing to Tolentino. Thirty-one players participated.

If you follow the results for our events you’ll notice that “fighting chess” is a hallmark of SGVCC and there are usually very few draws. With an ever increasing number of talented youngsters and under-rated adults, the top players get no rest. This event was no exception when in Round 1 twelve year old Benjamin Teng (1689) took down Will Webster (2165), who barely got a chance to savor the fruits of his recent Holiday Open Championship. Always the realist about his play, Will took it in stride and almost managed to climb back into contention but for needing a second round bye (check out Will’s blog on this game and others at this site).

As usual there were a number of good storylines. David Faulkner continued his good play from our last event and was 2.5 in his first three rounds, having defeated a player 300 points above his own rating and also drawing one 500 points higher. This landed him on Board 1 in Round 4 against Tolentino. Did we say Karl was undefeated?! Also, ten year old Ashley Lin (1303) put together a three game winning streak in Rounds 2 through 4, setting her up for a last round showdown with Hough where she put up a tough fight.

As has been the case, we continue to pick up new members and appreciate the continued support of all who have been playing. The Millard Falls Open is currently underway and you can track the results at this website. Our next event will start March 15th, so stay tuned for details!