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    Manu Prasad wins the Aulia Arena Blitz

    Manu played a close to perfect tournament. As usual he was one of the players with most games and he won almost all of them. Chris went berserk and almost caught Manu but fell one point short.

    This Friday we have another blitz event, the La Bourdonnais Arena, the link is:

    and the password is as usual:


    We are in trying to sort out things with the YMCA. But it seems they need some time to get up and running again. We will let you know when we can resume over the board tournaments. If there is sufficient interest we could have another G60 online tournament, perhaps three rounds in two segments. Let me know what you think.

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    Petrosian Blitz Tiebreakes This Friday

    Last Friday was the last round of the Petrosian Open and as usual we will have a two hour blitz arena event for tiebreakers.

    The name for the blitz arena is Aulia and the link is:

    password: sgv

    The fight for first place was decided in the last round. Ariel came close to getting a big advantage against me on board one and catching me before the finish line. Gerald and Arthur are shared second and third. You can check out the final standings here:

    The prize fund for this tournament is: 

    1. $30
    2. $20

    This time we will also have a $20 prize for the winner of the Blitz Arena (Players that won money in the main event are not eligible for this).

    The annotated games of the last round can be found here:

    Stay tuned for updates. L.A. county is entering the yellow tier, hence the Mark Rothko picture. We are in contact with the YMCA to figure out what the next steps are.

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    Petrosian Open Round 4

    In Mark Dvoretsky Endgame Manual every chapter features some Tragicomedies. In this round Gerald and I created our very own towards the end of our game. To be fair, we were both down to one minute. When we reached this position.

    I just played Kd6??. How could black have saved himself?

    In the last round all eyes will be on Ariel, who plays me with the white pieces (You can find the pairings here: With a win he will end up shared first and pave the way for others to do the same.

    Below are all the games of the round with John’s annotation of his game.

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    Petrosian Open Round 3

    Round 3 of the Petrosian Open produced lots of interesting chess. David Faulkner gave a great demonstration of the power of bishops. And Larry demonstrated his knowledge of Queen’n Gambit Accepted structures. Randy showed us that there is always hope in rook endings. Artem and John gave us an example of not quite everlasting symmetry.

    Enjoy the games. John provided the commentary for most games.

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    Petrosian Open Round 1: Stumbling towards Victory

    Round 1 of the Petrosian open treated us to some exciting games and all games were decisive. I leave it up to you to decide who had the rockiest start. Have a look at the annotated games below. John and I did the annotations.

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    Rubinstein Open: Missed Opportunities in the Penultimate Round

    Round four was characterized by unforgiving fighting chess—or lucky escapes. You decide for yourself.
    Here are the games:

    The current standings and pairings for next round can be found here:

    The top three players, overall and rated under 1800, win $50, $30, and $20 respectively. 

    As usual, the Friday after the final round a 2h blitz arena will serve as a tie breaker.  

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    Rubinstein Open Round 3: Doom in the Center

    Some of the games demonstrate the dangers of falling behind in development. A subset of these games feature kings stuck in the center. Artem and Gerald found themselves in a very challenging and educational rook and bishops of opposite colors endgame. Artem was kind enough to annotate their game for us.
    Enjoy the games:

    Pairings and standings can be found here: