Category: Club Matches: Live

Clubs League Season 3
Club Matches: Live
Season 2: All Even After 3 Rounds!

It took some effort, but we managed to get back to an even score after our win over Billiards’s Chess Club in Round 3. We had faced a very strong SoCal rival, LA Fortress in Round 1, which we lost, but then drew our Round 2 match against the Boyleston Chess Club of Boston. Our biggest problem had been in the Blitz portion for the matches–which count the same as the Rapid. The 3 minute with 2 second increment t/c had been brutal. After winning the Rapid section against Boyleston, we only managed one draw out of 10 games in the Blitz section. And against basically the same players we had just beat!

So Co-Team Admin Laura Nyström put out an APB for Blitz help (remember you can play in only one section if you prefer). We also had a later 4:00 pm start time, which might have helped as we had our biggest turnout with seven players. Unfortunately not everyone got a game as the other team did not have as many players, so sorry to those that were affected. But we did have some new faces in the Blitz section, including NM and Club Treasurer Axel Müller, Chris “Dr. Nimzo” Stychinsky, and Arturo Armagnac.

After winning the Rapid Section 5-3, it looked like we were in for our usual heartache in the Blitz. We were down a full point after the first set of games. But then Axel, Chris, and Arturo combined to score 3 out of 4 points in the second set of games and the comeback was complete! Axel won both his blitz games on Board 1 and Arturo did a great job on Board 4 with a win and a draw. Your reporter declined to play the blitz section and is glad he did!

But, like all team matches, every win or draw is critical, so kudos to all. A couple of games from the Rapid Section of Round 3 that caught my attention were Capatal 2’s nice handling of the Torre Attack:

Also take a look at Richard “Rippapawnoff’” Reid’s 83-move win with the French Defense. Who knew you could play this many moves in a 15 minute game!

You can check out the Round 3 games and all the matches from Season 2 below. If you like the later start time please let us know in the comments and we will do our best to work it out with our future opponents. Hope we see many of you back for Round 4 this Saturday!

Clubs League Season 3
Chess Club News Chess Tournaments Club Matches: Live’s Clubs League Season 2 About to Begin!

First round match starts this Saturday, November 7, at 10:00 a.m. PST, against LA Fortress. There is an important change from Season 1: There are now two segments to the match, a Rapid 15/2 time control and a Blitz 3/2 time control.  You can play in both or just one if you prefer.  The Blitz match will start at 11:15, following the conclusion of the Rapid segment.  Both segments count the same for total score.  So, if the Rapid is a tie, then the Blitz could decide, and vice-versa.  We are expecting about six players on the LA Fortess side.  Registration for each segment starts one hour before the start of that segment. Again, you can join in for the Rapid, Blitz or BOTH segments. Hope to see many of you join us!

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Steinitz Open Round 1: Doom in the endgame

The first round of the Steinitz Open is in the books and the rating favorites prevailed. Russel and Kyan each came in striking distance of an upset. They outplayed their higher rated opponents but stumbled in their endgames. Gerald reminded everyone why his Lichess username is Gambit_Guy by winning a very nice Morra Gambit game.

Below are the games with some annotation.

The second round Hamlet Tovmasyan and John Hale will join us. The games start Friday, November 6th at 7.10pm.

Head over to for pairings and standings.

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Steinitz Open Starts 10/30/2020

Our next 5 round Swiss starts this Friday. Time control for all games will be G60+10. On December 4th, the Friday after the last round we will be holding a 2h Blitz Arena on Lichess with a time control of G6+1. The final standings of the Blitz Arena will serve as tiebreakers for the main event.

The rounds start Fridays at 7.10 pm. All games will be played on Lichess and players are required to join our Lichess team. Prior to the start of the match all players must log on to lichess, visit our team site and make their presence known in the team chat.

After round 1 I will post the pairings on Tuesdays. It is strongly encouraged that all games are played at the scheduled time. For rounds 2, 3, and 4 players can arrange an alternative date and time. The games must be played before Tuesday so that there won’t be a delay in announcing the next round payments. For the last round rescheduling your game is not permitted. Half point bye requests also need to be made before Tuesday. Bye requests for the last round have to be made no later than Monday before the Round 4 game.

Missing a game without notifying your opponent and the TD in advance will result in disqualification without refund.

If you haven’t already done so, join the team here here:

The registration fee for this tournament is $20 before Wednesday and $25 from Thursday onwards. Families can contact us for a reduced entrance fee. 50% of the collected registration fees will be paid out in prize money.

The tournament will not be USCF rated. Online registration still requires an USCF Membership ID. It is ok if your membership lapsed. The main reason for registering with your USCF membership ID is for identification purposes. It also allows us to use your over the board ratings rather than online ratings for the pairings. If you have never been a member of the USCF and don’t plan to join either, please, contact us, you are still welcome to join this tournament.

To register head over to:

Contact us if you are experiencing any problems with the registration.

To start the games white players have to challenge their opponents. Lichess makes this process easy, but detailed instructions will be send out together with the pairings for round 1.

The deadline for registration is Friday, October 30th at 5 pm.

First round pairings will be announced by 6.30 pm.

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Lasker Open concludes with decisive battles for the prize money spots.

Round 5 featured a tough fight for the top spots. Hamlet had the chance to catch me in the final round to win the tournament but an opening surprise in game one and a relentless clock in game two thwarted his efforts.
Randy also employed an opening surprise in his match. Facing John’s Slav he played 4. Nbd2. A tricky move, if black doesn’t play energetically this knight will get access to powerful squares. John reacted well and soon his queenside pawns were storming ahead. In game two Randy was under some pressure and used a positional exchange sacrifice to stop John in his tracks. In the end John was down to 6 minutes against Randy’s 18 minutes and decided not to tempt fate and acquiesced to a draw by repetition.
Chris needed a strong showing against Arturo to secure a top-3 spot. In game 1 Chris got a fantastic position out of the opening. Arturo chose a very passive d6 in the classical Ruy Lopez that gave Chris a free hand to build up a dominant position across the board. Arturo put up a creative resistance and managed to trick Chris into repeating moves. To avoid the draw Chris’ King had to leave safety, pick up a pawn in the middle of the board and return to safety. All this with black’s potential mating combo of queen and knight in the vicinity. With a minute left this is a tough call. In game two Arturo stayed true to his opening convictions and started with 1 f4. On the one hand a narrow opening repertoire allows the opponent to prepare for the match and Chris picked the combative Fromm’s Gambit (1. … e5) to counter Arturo’s Bird opening. On the other hand people that play the same openings all the time tend to know their lines and it’s difficult to really surprise them. Arturo declined the Fromm’s Gambit with 2. e4. In the resulting King’s Gambit Chris mixed up two lines and Arturo got a King’s Gambit dream position which he easily converted to a full point. After their match Chris and Arturo were clearly not done with each other and started an epic blitz match, not a bad way to spend a Friday night.
As a result of these three matches we have clear first, second, and third places.
Congratulations and many thanks to all the players that helped to make this tournament a success.

Below you find all the games of round 5 with some comments.

On Friday the 23rd of October at 7pm we will be hosting a 2h blitz arena. The name of the tournament is Soltis Arena and the password to join is: Lasker
On the 30th of October we start our next tournament, the Steinitz Open, a 5 round Swiss tournament with a time control of G60+10. Please note, this will be a classical Swiss tournament with only 1 game per round. Also note the change of time control.

Take advantage of the early bird sign up and register here:
Let me know if you have any issues signing up.

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Lasker Open: The race stays tight

In round 4 we were treated to some exciting chess. On board 1 Chris had the chance to take over the lead. True to his style he went for the combative King’s Indian defence in his first game against me and faced yet another 6. h3 as we did in our last encounter. As it happens so often in the King’s Indian, white gets a fantastic position but black doesn’t seem to mind too much and just attacks. The fact that my king remained in the center added to the complications. 

Black is ready to play f5. How should white continue? I decided to play Nb3 and to get ready to take everything on c5. I can’t say that I was overly confident as this leaves my dark squares pretty vulnerable. 

Luckily the queen on c5 is not only a good attacking piece but is also well positioned to take over some defensive tasks. 

In game 2 Chris surprised me with a 5. Qe2 Ruy Lopez. The opening was dominated by mutual inaccuracies and yielded a position in which Chris was a pawn up and I had some compensation. An unusual position for Chris. If you look at his past games you will see that he is the person that is a pawn down and looks for the initiative to justify his play. 

Hamlet and Arturo liked the opening of their first game so much that they went on to play it again with reversed colors. 

The center is blocked, what should black do?

Reagan and John both won their black games. In game 1 Reagan played the rare 2 Bf4 against John’s Slav. John reacted very well and soon got a dominant position. In game 2 Reagan was fighting back with a Benoni and got a Benoni-dream position after white commited a couple of inaccuracies.

Patrick gave Randy a good fight. But it’s difficult to overcome someone with Randy’s experience. 

Patrick just played 3. … Nd7. In the Slav or Semi-Slav the queen’s knight is often developed to d7. Often, but not always. In contrast to other games chess is a game where both players have access to all information. That doesn’t mean that we have to give our opponent even more information. By playing 3. … Nf6 black keeps his cards close to the chest and retains a maximum to flexibility to react to white’s plans. The text move commits the black queen’s knight too early. Randy didn’t have to be asked twice and played 4 cxd5. Now we have an exchange Slav and black wishes the knight could go to c6. 

Robbie and Russel reached the following position after a wild game.

Black just played Kc5-b6. Are white’s split pawns a match for black’s connected passers? How can white save the game? 

You can replay all games of round 4 below.

This Friday, round 5, is the last round of the Lasker Open. The prize money for the winner is $55, second place $33, and third place $22. Next week Friday we will host a 2h blitz arena on Lichess. This blitz tournament will serve as a tiebreaker for the Lasker Open. There won’t be any split prizes.

Here are the pairings for round 5:

Pairings Round 5

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Lasker Open Round 3: Painful oversights and lucky escapes

The third round of the Lasker Open concluded Monday night with John and me fighting our match.
The first game started with an opening blunder can you spot how John could have punished me on move 9?

The position after 9. e4??
Hamlet faced Russel in his first game here and he was lucky to escape in game 1. In the diagram position below Russel threatened mate with 38. … Rg1 and after 39. Rc2 exd5 it was Hamlet who had the mating attack. Do you see how Russel could have built a deadly mating net with his 38th move?

David and Reagan reached the following position after a tough fight:

Reagan just played Kc3xc4. Kc2 didn’t offer much hope either. How should white continue?
Friday we meet for round 4 you can find pairings and standings here.

Chess Tournaments Club Matches: Live Clubs League Concludes!

After an ignominious start, losing 9-1 in our first match, SGVCC won three of its last four matches to finish 4-4 over 8 rounds. Matches were played on Saturdays with a game 15|2 sec t/c. The League was sponsored by and many thanks go to our own Laura Nyström for serving as our club administrator.

In Round 8 we faced the Huntsville Club of Alabama. The city of Huntsville is nicknamed “Rocket City” for its NASA facility that employs over 6,000 people. And it looked like they were trying to send us into orbit early as we were down after the first round of games. But two wins in round two and a half-point forfeit gave us the victory.

Clubs League Final Results

Like traditional in-person team events there was a lot of excitement each match. It all comes down to how the team does and so even if you lost your own games you could cheer on your teammates. The playing site was ideal as you could see other games in real time and we had some amazing comeback games in the last round that had us fixated on our screens!

The only downside we ran into were teams not having an even number of players, which meant some people did not always get a game. We apologize if this happened to you. It was never clear how many players would show for each team until the time of the event, so hopefully that improves.

To see the full match results, including any game played during the match, visit:

Thanks as well to all our members who participated! It was great fun meeting people from other clubs and checking out their club websites. Keep watching for the next rapid play Clubs League.

Featured Game

Standings After Round 8 (Final Round)
1Chess Club ZebraW45W17W2W10W3W7W9W88.0401st
2GROP Chess ClubW49W51L1W14W10W4W3W97.0402nd
3Exeter Chess ClubW39W35W11W40L1W28L2W76.039.53rd
4Chess Long IslandW8L15W29W19W21L2W20W126.0384th
5Club Scacchi CesenaW13W16L40W18W11L9W17W106.0385th
6Galeria de Xadrez Borba GatoL7L27W34W30W36W21W14W156.031.56th
7Gill Saint Bernard’s KnightsW6W25W30W15W12L1D8L35.5427th
8Cercle D’Echecs De HullL4W23W25W36W20W12D7L15.5398th
9Chess Projects Club MilanoH—W24W51W17W40W5L1L25.5379th
10Noble Park Chess ClubW33W14W28L1L2W18W32L55.04110th
11Stockport Chess ClubW26W29L3W35L5W16W15L135.036.5
12The Secret Dark Knight SocietyW34W42W20W46L7L8W25L45.036
13Club Atletismo HuescaL5W39L24W29L16W33W31W115.033
14TJ Valasska Bystrice – SachyW55L10W16L2W24W37L6X325.031
15Saint Petersburg CC FloridaW44W4W46L7D42W19L11L64.537
16TJ Bohemians PrahaW50L5L14W26W13L11W35D244.535
17Aatos Chess ClubW52L1W33L9W39X40L5D184.533
18SK Povazske PodhradieW47L40W48L5W35L10W28D174.533
19Burlington Ambush Chess ClubW36L46W27L4W23L15W38D204.532
20Los Pujamaderas Chess ClubW22W21L12W44L8X42L4D194.531
21Los Angeles Chess FortressW41L20W53B—L4L6W23D254.529.5
22San Gabriel Valley Chess ClubL20L44D41W53L37W30W36W384.524
23Columbia SC Chess ClubL25L8W38W27L19W43L21W374.029
24Airbus Chess ClubL51L9W13W49L14H—W29D164.028
25ChessEmpire [Case Western Univ.]W23L7L8W37X46H—L12D214.027
26Eagle and Child ChessL11D43D31L16W52L32W45W284.026.5
27Aurora CC 2012L46W6L19L23W30L35D34W413.531
28Schachclub Hochstadt a.d. AischW48H—L10W50W32L3L18L263.530.5
29Badgers Brook Chess ClubW43L11L4L13D31W49L24W353.530
30Club Depor. Esp. de Buenos AiresD37W38L7L6L27L22W44W433.529
31Wimbledon Chess ClubL35W49D26L32D29W39L13D333.527.5
32Circolo Scacchistico ForliveseL40W52D50W31L28W26L10F143.526.5
33Hobart Chess ClubL10W45L17L41W44L13W49D313.525
34Villages Chess Club of FloridaL12L36L6L38B—W44D27W453.523.5
35Warley QuinborneW31L3W43L11L18W27L16L293.032.5
36Billiards Cafe Chess ClubL19W34W37L8L6L38L22W493.031
37Club Mariano MorenoD30W54L36L25W22L14D41L233.029.5
38Huntsville Chess ClubD54L30L23W34D41W36L19L223.029
39Echiquier du Grand AlesL3L13W52W47L17L31D43H—3.026.5
40Club Ajedrez Puerta ElviraW32W18W5L3L9F173.026
41Lincoln High School Chess ClubL21L53D22W33D38H—D37L273.024.5
42Coachella Chess ClubW53L12W44H—D15F203.014
43Lycee Francais D’Agadir CCL29D26L35D45X50L23D39L302.522.5
44Reno Chess ClubL15W22L42L20L33L34L30B—2.027.5
46IHOP Chess ClubW27W19L15L12F252.017.5
47SK Ceska LipaL18L48W45L39U—U—W552.014
48Schaakclub’t Ros DendermondeL28W47L18X512.011.5
49Hermanus Chess ClubL2L31W55L24D45L29L33L361.527.5
50Val Parisis Echecs- FranconvilleL16W55D32L28F431.513.5
51A.D. Scacchi FoggiaW24L2L9F481.016.5
52Phoenix Chess ClubL17L32L39W55L26F451.016.5
53Highland High School Chess ClubL42W41L21L22U—1.016
54Jacksonville Chess Club NCD38L370.56
55Gazmag Sakk SzakosztalyL14L50L49L52U—U—L470.015.5



Chess Tournaments Club Matches: Live
Clubs League: Round 6 (We Won!)

Round 6 was played against Deportivo Español de Buenos Aires of Argentina on 4th of July. Randy Hough, Richard Reid and John Wright played on 3 boards, and the team from Argentina forfeited 2 points.  San Gabriel won with 5.5 points vs. Buenos Aires’ .5.

Round 6 Results

Featured Game:

“It was an interesting game because he had the Bishop pair. But after I traded off the white-square Bishop, I think my Knight was superior” — John R. Wright

Standings After Round 6
#PlaceNameRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7Tot
11Chess Club ZebraW44W8W6W13W4W56.0
22Chess Projects Club MilanoH—W31W49W8W21W105.5
33-6Cercle D’Echecs De HullL9W24W17W37W12W155.0
4Exeter Chess ClubW39W29W14W21L1W195.0
5Gill Saint Bernard’s KnightsW11W17W46W7W15L15.0
6GROP Chess ClubW47W49L1W16W13W95.0
77Saint Petersburg CC FloridaW52W9W41L5D23W204.5
88-16Aatos Chess ClubW51L1W40L2W39X214.0
9Chess Long IslandW3L7W32W20W26L64.0
10Club Scacchi CesenaW22W28L21W27W14L24.0
11Galeria de Xadrez Borba GatoL5L36W45W46W37W264.0
12Los Pujamaderas Chess ClubW35W26L15W52L3X234.0
13Noble Park Chess ClubW40W16W19L1L6W274.0
14Stockport Chess ClubW38W32L4W29L10W284.0
15The Secret Dark Knight SocietyW45W23W12W41L5L34.0
16TJ Valasska Bystrice – SachyW55L13W28L6W31W334.0
1717-19ChessEmpire [Case Western Univ.]W24L5L3W33X41H—3.5
18Circolo Scacchistico ForliveseL21W51D48W30L19W383.5
19Schachclub Hochstadt a.d. AischW43H—L13W48W18L43.5
2020-30Burlington Ambush Chess ClubW37L41W36L9W24L73.0
21Club Ajedrez Puerta ElviraW18W27W10L4L2F8U—3.0
22Club Atletismo HuescaL10W39L31W32L28W403.0
23Coachella Chess ClubW50L15W52H—D7F12U—3.0
24Columbia SC Chess ClubL17L3W25W36L20W423.0
25Huntsville Chess ClubD54L46L24W45D34W373.0
26Los Angeles Chess FortressW34L12W50B—L9L113.0
27SK Povazske PodhradieW53L21W43L10W29L133.0
28TJ Bohemians PrahaW48L10L16W38W22L143.0
29Warley QuinborneW30L4W42L14L27W363.0
30Wimbledon Chess ClubL29W47D38L18D32W393.0
3131-35Airbus Chess ClubL49L2W22W47L16H—2.5
32Badgers Brook Chess ClubW42L14L9L22D30W472.5
33Club Mariano MorenoD46W54L37L17W35L162.5
34Lincoln High School Chess ClubL26L50D35W40D25H—2.5
35San Gabriel Valley Chess ClubL12L52D34W50L33W462.5
3636-45Aurora CC 2012L41W11L20L24W46L292.0
37Billiards Cafe Chess ClubL20W45W33L3L11L252.0
38Eagle and Child ChessL14D42D30L28W51L182.0
39Echiquier du Grand AlesL4L22W51W53L8L302.0
40Hobart Chess ClubL13W44L8L34W52L222.0
41IHOP Chess ClubW36W20L7L15F17U—2.0
42Lycee Francais D’Agadir CCL32D38L29D44X48L242.0
43Schaakclub’t Ros DendermondeL19W53L27X49U—2.0
45Villages Chess Club of FloridaL15L37L11L25B—W522.0
4646-48Club Depor. Esp. de Buenos AiresD33W25L5L11L36L351.5
47Hermanus Chess ClubL6L30W55L31D44L321.5
48Val Parisis Echecs- FranconvilleL28W55D18L19F421.5
4949-53A.D. Scacchi FoggiaW31L6L2F43U—1.0
50Highland High School Chess ClubL23W34L26L35U—1.0
51Phoenix Chess ClubL8L18L39W55L38F44U—1.0
52Reno Chess ClubL7W35L23L12L40L451.0
53SK Ceska LipaL27L43W44L39U—U—1.0
5454Jacksonville Chess Club NCD25L33U—0.5
5555Gazmag Sakk SzakosztalyL16L48L47L51U—U—0.0