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Larry Stevens Wins Capa Open

Congrats to NM Larry Stevens who only gave up a draw in his march to first place in the Capablanca Open. “Mr. e4” scores a nice win over top seed NM Axel Müller along the way. The event only had 8 participants and we are hoping more of you will join us for the 5 round Euwe Open that starts on September 17th. It will be played at our usual LiChess SGVCC Site. You need to join SGVCC at that site and let us know if you need any assistance.

Sign up here:
https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/1174

We will also hold The Cardano Open, a 6 minute +1 Arena Blitz event on September 10th. Join the fun!

Join us here: https://lichess.org/tournament/gZDPksxW. The password is:

sgv

Chess Club News
Sierra Madre YMCA Update

We had hoped to return to the YMCA in August for in-person chess but the site is not yet available. After a shutdown during much of the last year, the YMCA is currently only open until 8:00 p.m. Also , the space we were using is only being used for summer camps at present. We have been in contact with YMCA management and they are certainly open to having us return when circumstances allow. Like many organizations they lost revenue and staff during the pandemic. We are still hopeful we will be able to return in the Fall and will keep everyone informed .

But we also think it wise to have a back-up plan. So we are in the process of looking for another site, even if it is just a temporary one until we can get back to the YMCA. Unfortunately the new rise in COVID cases due to the Delta variant might complicate things. If any member has a specific site they think may be interested in working with us please let us know. In the meantime all memberships that we’re paid last year remain valid and will be extended for whatever period you signed up for. So were we to be able to start in-person meetings again in September of this year, that membership would now be valid until September 2022.

We truly appreciate the patience and support you have all shown. We are continuing to host online events so check the SGVCC Website for details. Hoping to have everyone back together soon!

Chess Club News Chess Tournaments
Louis Pasteur Memorial Round 3: Openings gone wrong

In this round we were treated to some very good games. Randy and Artem worked together to create this beautiful cluster of knights in the center.

You can find the pairings for the last round here:

https://caissachess.net/live/1027

The pairings will be finalized on Tuesday evening, so for the moment these pairings you find there are preliminary.

The winner and the top <1800 player will get prizes. Since we might resume over the board chess games soon again we probably won’t have time for a tiebreaker this time.

Some of the players joining our online tournaments live too far away to join us for OTB tournaments and some players might not be ready yet for indoor meetings. If there is some demand I am more than happy to continue to offer online tournaments. We might have to opt for another time though. Please let me know what you think and send an email to: [email protected]

Here are the annotated games of round 3:

Clubs League Season 3
Chess Club News
Clubs League Season 3 Returns June 12!

We are pleased to announce that SGVCC will once again participate in Club match play on the Chess.com site. This is your chance to show your club pride and share in the thrill of team match play.

Each match consist of two segments: a Rapid game at 15 plus 2 second increment followed by a Blitz game at  3/2. All games count the same and you can play in both segments or just one if you prefer.

The event will consist of seven matches played over  seven Saturdays starting June 12 thru July 31. July 10 is set aside for a makeup day if necessary. The match starts at 10:00 a.m. PST and generally ends by 11:30. Registration is open 1 hour before the start time and you can play as few or many matches as you like. We are asked to let the other team know how many players we expect each week and you can send that message to Team Administrator John Wright at JRWright on the Chess.com site. Again, it is fine if you can’t play at the last minute and this is just a way to let the team captains organize things so everyone hopefully gets a game.

Our first two seasons in Club League have been great fun and it is one of Chess.com’s most popular events. We have played clubs from all across the U.S., Mexico and South America. We hope to see many of you there!

Chess Club News
Louis Pasteur Memorial: The first two rounds

The first two rounds of the Louis Pasteur Memorial saw some exciting chess and some upsets. In round 1 David Faulkner narrowly missed a win and allowed Kevin Zhang to escape with a draw. In round 2 Kevin’s brother Arthur Zhang played a beautiful Italian and beat me quite convincingly.

Things obviously went wrong for me. How did Arthur finish the game in style?

Artem Aleksenko showed some good fighting spirit in both of his games. In his game against John Wright Artem kept pushing in a drawn rook ending and John, under time pressure, went wrong. In the second round Artem defended with a minute left against Gerald Ruiz assault and the game ended in a draw. Earlier Gerald, true to his name, sacrificed his queen and got very close to winning the game. Artem’s active defense muddied the waters enough to escape with a draw.

Larry Stevens is faithfully sticking to the Queen’s Gambit Accepted. Manu Prasad went for 3. Nc3

This is an inaccuracy. Larry treats us to a masterclass on how to exploit this.

The pairings for round three will be published on Tuesday evening at the usual place:

https://caissachess.net/live/1027

Round 1 games:

Round 2 games:

Chess Club News
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:

https://lichess.org/tournament/1bQ6I2lW

and the password is as usual:

sgv

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.

Chess Club News Chess Tournaments
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:

https://lichess.org/tournament/lF8Uw2LP

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:
https://caissachess.net/live/995

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.