Category: Chess Tournaments

David E. King Memorial Tournament
Chess Tournaments
Registration Opens for Dave E. King Memorial Tournament

Please join us as we celebrate the life of Dave King, beloved Arcadia Chess Club President/Tournament Director. He assumed the mantle after Mel Clark’s passing in 2012, and continued until his own sudden death in early 2020. Dave was a wonderful man who continues to be missed and remembered by the local chess community. His tireless efforts for the Arcadia Chess Club will not be forgotten. This tournament will run July 26-August 30th. Register now for the tournament at: https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/1734

Dave E. King, Past President / Tournament Director of Arcadia Chess Club

This will be a six-round event in two sections with games on Tuesdays. Don’t forget! An active membership in USCF is required of every player. This is important because we are licensed through USCF. To join or renew your membership, please visit https://new.uschess.org/join-us-chess. All players in the Upper section will play one game at G85/d5 time control. The u1000 section be a Double Swiss where each player will play two games against the same opponent at G40/d5 time control. Club doors open at 6pm and each Round will start at 6:45 pm. Cell phones are allowed, but must be silenced and placed on vibrate. 

Two 1/2 point byes are available. Byes should be requested before Sunday at 4:00 pm. Last-round byes must be requested before the start of Round 4. Entry fee is $40, paid online. Advance registration is advised since there will be a 68-player limit. If you have trouble registering online, please use the contact form on the SGV Chess Club website and a team member will get you registered. Any player who does not register before the day of the tournament might not get a game in Round 1. 

Players must be a member of San Gabriel Valley Chess Club to compete. New members can pay the annual dues ($30 per year) in person at the door. Prizes TBD based on entries.

Chess Tournaments
Registration for Summer Fun Opens

The tournament is scheduled for 06/21/2022 – 07/19/2022. Please register here:

https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/1625

“Summer Fun” a 4 round event with games on Tuesdays (except for July 5th due to the Holiday). FACE MASKS ARE RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED. Each Round starts at 6:45 pm and the Club opens at 6:00. The time control is Game/85 min. with 5 second delay. Two 1/2 point byes are available. Byes should be requested by Mondays at 5:00 pm. Last round byes must be requested before the start of Round 3. The entry fee is $30 and should be paid online. Advance registration is strongly advised. If you have trouble registering online contact us (John or Axel) and we can register you and you can pay the registration fee before round one starts. Players that don’t register before the day of the tournament will have to pay a late fee and might not get a game in round one. Cell phones are allowed but must be placed on vibrate. All players must be SGVCC members. New members should pay in person. All prior memberships from our Sierra Madre location are still in good standing and will be honored. Prizes TBD based on entries. This tournament will be played in two sections. We meet at Altadena Community Church in Heicher Hall, located at 943 East Altadena Drive, Altadena, CA 91101 For more information contact us here: https://sgvchess.club/contact/

Chess Tournaments
March Madness Starts March 15th

The next over the board tournament is March Madness, it’s a 4-round Swiss played in two sections. The rating cut off is 1400. Time control is again G85 D5.

The link for registration is and additional information can be found here:

https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/1453

Alongside the tournament we offer free participation in our Ides of March online tournament. This tournament will be held on Lichess, games are played Friday nights starting at 7.10pm. The time control is G60+10.

The link and additional information can be found here:

https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/1455

Players wishing to play only in the online tournament are encouraged to pay a $10 registration fee.

Chess Tournaments
SGV Chess Club’s Millard Open Starts 02-08-2022

The San Gabriel Valley Chess Club is happy to announce the next 5-round Swiss tournament starting Tuesday February 8th. Games will be played Tuesdays at 6.45 pm and the time control is G85 D5. The address is:

 943 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA 91001 (right behind the Altadena Community Church)

It is a one section Open but will have accelerated pairings for the first two rounds. This helps to make for smaller rating differences in the early rounds.  Accelerated pairings give the upper half of the field a virtual point to start. But unlike our last event we will remove the virtual point after Round 2 so the standings show actual scores.

There will be a first prize for the Open and a first prize for under 1600.  The amount will be based on the number of entries. The entry fee is $30.00 for advance registration and $35.00 for registration  after February 8th.

If you have trouble with doing an online payment you only need to let us know by calling John Wright at (626) 864-5744, who will register you and then you just pay $30 at the door. The registration link is:

https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/1379

Pairings and standings will be posted here:

https://caissachess.net/live/1379

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Chess Tournaments
PLAY IN THE ECHO MOUNTAIN OPEN!

We are starting the New Year with a five round Swiss we are calling the Echo Mountain Open. It will begin on January 4th and finish on February 1st.  It is a one section Open but will have accelerated pairings for the first two rounds. This helps to make for smaller rating differences in the early rounds.  Accelerated pairings give the upper half of the field a virtual point to start. But unlike our last event we will remove the virtual point after Round 2 so the standings show actual scores.

There will be a first prize for the Open and a first prize for under 1600.  The amount will be based on the number of entries. The entry fee is $30.00 for advance registration and $35.00 for registration  after January 3rd. If you have trouble with doing an online payment you only need to let us know by calling John Wright at (626) 864-5744, who will register you and then you just pay $30 at the door. The registration link is:

https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/1329

Holiday OTB Chess Club in Pasadena
Chess Tournaments
Holiday Swiss Starts Nov. 30

The next in person tournament will be a four round Holiday Swiss. It starts November 30th and the last round will be December 21st. Register here: https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/1263

If enough players sign up we will be able to offer two or more categories to play in. We will be posting details for registration soon.

We are also continuing to offer online tournaments. Below is a very instructive game from the ongoing Hort Open, enjoy!

Chess Tournaments
Aleksenko Perfect in Euwe Open!

Artem Aleksenko went an undefeated 5-0 to win the Euwe Open, our most recent Friday  night online event. He finished in style with a nice game against NM John Wright where he delivered  a knockout blow after Black snatched a pawn with Qxd4.

NM  Larry Stevens took second with 3.5, his only loss also by Artem. Special kudos to Russel Keating who won his last 3 games, including a win over the always tough Arturo Armagnac.

A new Friday online event starts October 29, sign up here

https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/1241

Chess Tournaments
Decisive Results in Euwe Open

Round 1 combatants gave no quarter to their fellow SGVCC members—all five matches were decisive and three ended in checkmate. Newcomer Jason Nicholson had a strong debut, Larry played a nice endgame, and Artem and Arturo showed off their tactics. Your humble author got s break from Russel, who had the better game. Check out the games and comments below.