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SIMUL with NM Larry Smith on Feb 25!

    2/18 Update: Registration and waitlist are currently full! However, spots may open up at any time — shoot us an email!

 

On Feb 25, 2019, the TOCC will be hosting a simultaneous exhibition (“simul’) with NM Larry Smith! Larry has been a chess master for over 30 years (with a peak rating of 2312) and is the TOCC’s five-time Club Champion (co-champion in 2014 and 2018).

In this event, Larry will be playing against 16 people at once. This is an excellent opportunity to play a slow game against a master for those who may never face one in a tournament game!

Click here to view flyer for more details on how this event works.

 

Since there is limited seating in this event, participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis! That means that only the first 16 players who sign up will get to participate.

 

If you want to participate, reserve your spot right away by emailing us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net!

After 16 spots are filled, the next 5 players who sign up will go on a waiting list. They will be next in line to get into the event if there are any cancellations or no-shows.

This event is free of charge. Our recommended rating range for participants is 500-1600.

Once again, there are only 16 spots, so reserve your place now! Hope to see you there!

 

As a reminder, the club will be closed Mon, Feb 18 for President’s Day.

Winter Blitz is this Mon, Feb 11!

This Monday, Feb 11 will be our 2019 Winter BLITZ!

Like most blitz tournaments at the TOCC, this single-night event will be 5 double-rounds of G/5 (meaning you play two games each against five opponents for a total of 10 blitz games) and will be USCF Blitz rated.

Furthermore, this event awards cash prizes: 75% of all entries we receive will be given back to the players as prizes, guaranteed!

If you would like to play in this event, email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net

 

You may also register onsite on the 11th from 6:00-6:15 pm.

The entry fee is $15 — cash only please!

The first round will begin at 6:30 pm.

View flyer here for breakdown of prize money and complete info!

 

We recommend that players be rated at least 900 to participate in this event.

Unlike most of our blitz tournaments there will be open play available in the skittles room this night.

These fast-paced events are held about 3 times/year and are always a blast. We hope you can join us!

 

Next week, Feb 18, the club will be closed for President’s Day.

Standings & Pairings

On this page are the final standings of our most recently completed tournament,  the 2019 New Year Swiss. This event concluded on Feb 4. 

 

SwissSys Standings. 2019 TOCC New Year Swiss: Open

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot TBrk[M] TBrk[S] TBrk[C]
1st Larry L Smith 2183 W12 L3 W2 W4 W5 4.0 12.5 14.5 11
2nd Patrick Gordon-Davis 1927 H— W8 L1 W7 W3 3.5 12 12 9
3rd Julia Sevilla 2124 W13 W1 W7 L5 L2 3.0 13 14 12
4 Fernando Sevilla 1853 L8 W6 W12 L1 W9 3.0 11.5 13.5 8
5 Jose Marcal 2211 W11 L7 W9 W3 L1 3.0 11.5 13 10
6 Irina Ivanova 1621 D9 L4 W8 W11 D7 3.0 10 11.5 8
7 Arnel B Odero 1935 W10 W5 L3 L2 D6 2.5 9 14 9.5
8 Naren Krishnan 1624 W4 L2 L6 H— W11 2.5 7.5 11 6.5
9 David Chow 1841 D6 H— L5 W13 L4 2.0 7 10 6
10 Steve J Choi 1702 L7 L11 H— H— X12 2.0 1.5 4 1.5
11 Frank Martelli 1813 L5 W10 H— L6 L8 1.5 7 10 5
12 Jahan Raymond 1813 L1 W13 L4 H— F10 1.5 4 8 4.5
13 Eliseo Javier 1766 L3 L12 B— L9 U— 1.0 4 7 2

 

SwissSys Standings. 2019 TOCC New Year Swiss: Under 1700

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot TBrk[M] TBrk[S] TBrk[C]
1st Harry Van Den Berg 1463 W7 W2 W4 L3 W5 4.0 11.5 13 13
2nd Steven Porta Jr 1518 W6 L1 W5 W4 W3 4.0 11.5 13 11
3 Riday Bhatrai 1383 L5 W6 W7 W1 L2 3.0 11.5 13 9
4 Ernest J Lauer 1355 H— W5 L1 L2 W6 2.5 7.5 11.5 7
5 Grady Wang 1120 W3 L4 L2 W8 L1 2.0 11.5 15.5 7
6 Joy Chu 1353 L2 L3 B— W7 L4 2.0 7 11 4
7 Dhuruv Sankararaman 1297 L1 W9 L3 L6 B— 2.0 6.5 10.5 4
8 Sabrina T Shenker 1439 U— U— U— L5 U— 0.0 0 2 0
9 Lori J Qian 892 U— L7 U— U— U— 0.0 0 1.5 0

 

SwissSys Standings. 2019 TOCC New Year Swiss: Under 1300

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot TBrk[M] TBrk[S] TBrk[C]
1st Prince A Rohatgi 1264 H— W9 W6 W8 W3 4.5 10 10 12
2nd Ryan Henderson 1108 W14 L6 W7 W4 W8 4.0 10 11 11
3rd Vanessa G Zhou 940 H— X13 W12 W6 L1 3.5 9 9 10
4 Arthur M Marcal 971 L6 X14 W9 L2 W11 3.0 10 10 7
5 Maxim Fedorchak 832 L12 L7 W14 W10 W9 3.0 8 9 6
6 Vladimir Bendersky 1225 W4 W2 L1 L3 D7 2.5 9.5 16.5 9.5
7 Steven Porta unr. L9 W5 L2 W14 D6 2.5 7.5 12.5 6.5
8 Mariya Kiseleva 1141 W11 W12 H— L1 L2 2.5 7.5 12 10
9 Aman Wardak 1002 W7 L1 L4 W11 L5 2.0 9.5 14 7
10 Lori J Qian 892 H— H— L11 L5 B— 2.0 1.5 4.5 3.5
11 Inika Vellore 790 L8 H— W10 L9 L4 1.5 6 8.5 4.5
12 Bobby Grewal 1161 W5 L8 L3 H— U— 1.5 5.5 8.5 5.5
13 Jashwanth Bamidi 1180 H— F3 U— U— U— 0.5 0 0 2
14 Chuck McNary 174 L2 F4 L5 L7 U— 0.0 5.5 9.5 0

 

 

SwissSys Standings. 2019 TOCC New Year Swiss: Junior Under 900

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1st Arthur Yin 535 WW4 WL2 B— WL3 WL5 6.5
2nd Rohit Ukkan 467 WD5 WL1 H— DL4 WW3 6.0
3 Ekaterina Fedorchak 297 B— WD5 WD4 WL1 LL2 5.5
4 Mus’ab A Faghmous 417 LL1 B— DL3 WD2 B— 5.0
5 Shane Crawford 372 DL2 DL3 H— H— WL1 4.0

 

 

 

Projected Next Round Pairings

*Please note: these pairings are tentative and subject to change at any time. THEY ARE NOT FINAL. Due to players requesting byes, entering late, etc, the actual pairings at the club may be completely different!

If you are shown with a full-point bye — still show up to the club, as you will likely have a game! Do not use the projected pairings to gauge whether to come or not. Always assume you will be paired unless you request otherwise.

Players who forfeit a game will automatically be dropped from the tournament and not paired for subsequent rounds. Confirm with us that you want to continue playing and you will be reentered.

 

 

2019 New Year Swiss Begins Jan 7!

Happy New Year! It is now 2019 and the TOCC starts back up Monday, Jan 7 with Round 1 of the 2019 New Year Swiss.

This tournament will be five rounds and take place in four sections: Open, Under 1700, Under 1300, and Junior Under 900. The top 3 sections play one game per week at a G/60 d5 time control, while the scholastic Junior Under 900 section plays one double-round (two games) each week at a G/30 d5 time control. Note that the time control for this section has changed a bit — from G/25 to G/30!

 

It is not too late to jump into this event! Email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net

 

Click below to view flyer with full tourney information!

We hope to have you join us!

2018 Holiday HEXES Begin Dec 3!

The TOCC’s next event, the 2018 Holiday HEXES, begins Dec 3! 

This event will only be 3 rounds, closing out the tournament year at the TOCC. It will consist of six-player sections by rating (the six highest rated players form the first hex, then the next six, and so on.) In addition to the hexes, we will also have a Junior Under 900 section with three double-rounds (6 total games). Scholastic players rated under 900 can choose to play in the Jr U900 or the regular hexes.

 

If you would like to play in this event, email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net

There will also be onsite registration on Dec 3 at 6:00 pm. 

 

This event will run Dec 3 to Dec 17. Click here to view the flyer with complete event info!

After this event the club will be closed Dec 24 and 31 for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

 

We hope to have you join us!

6th annual Autumn Blast begins Oct 22!

Mon Oct 22, the TOCC begins a new tournament, the 6th annual (2018) Autumn Blast!

 

This tourney will again be divided into four sections: Open, Under 1700, Under 1300 and Junior Under 900. The top 3 sections will again play 5 rounds, one game per week at a G/60 d5 time control, while the scholastic Junior U900 will play 5 double-rounds of G/25 d5 for a total of 10 games!

If you would like to register for this event, send us an email at ThousandOaksChess@att.net

Please specify desired section. It is always a big help when players register in advance, so we appreciate you doing so! We will also be taking registrations onsite 6-6:20 on the 22nd. 

Note that with this event there is a change in the 100-point rule for playing up. Now, players may play up into the next section if their peak rating is within 100 points of their section’s maximum. For example, if a player is currently rated 1580 but was at one time rated 1610, they are permitted to play in the Open section. Therefore, any player who maxed out at 1600 or above can play in the Open section, and any player who maxed out at 1200 or above (but is now under 1700 obviously) can play in the Under 1700. In other words, we are now going by your peak rating instead of current rating when deciding whether you are eligible to play up or not.

If you are confused and need clarification on this (or anything else) do not hesitate to ask!

This event will run from Oct 22 to Nov 19. Click here to view the flyer for complete tourney information!

 

We hope you can join us!

Autumn BLITZ is Oct 15!

On Mon, Oct 15 we will be holding our 2018 Autumn Blitz!

Like most blitz tournaments at our club, this event will be 5 double-rounds of G/5 (this means you play two games each against five opponents for a total of 10 blitz games) and will be USCF Blitz rated.

Furthermore, this event awards cash prizes: 75% of all entries we receive will be given back to the players as prizes, guaranteed!

The entry fee is $15. To register, email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net or register onsite on the 15th.

Registration will open at 6:00 pm and the first round will start promptly at 6:30. 

 Click here to view the flyer for breakdown of prize money and more info!

We recommend that players be rated at least 900 to participate in this event. 

These fast-paced events are held about 3 times/year and are always a blast. We hope you can join us!

The following week, Oct 22, we will begin a new tournament — our 6th annual (2018) Autumn Blast. Full info on that coming soon.

NEW TOURNEY, Go Gold for Super Joey Open, Begins Sept 10!

The TOCC’s next tournament, the 2018 Go Gold for Super Joey Open, begins Sept 10!

Like the last one, this event will consist of four sections: Open, Under 1700, Under 1300 and Junior Under 900.

The top 3 sections will play 5 rounds at the typical one-round-per-week format, while the Junior U900 is a scholastic section and will play 5 DOUBLE-rounds. This means that you play two faster games against the same opponent each week, for a total of 10 games! (Scholastic players rated under 900 have the option to play in the Junior U900 or the regular U1300 section).

 

If you would like to register for this event, email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net

We appreciate you signing up in advance as it is a big help to us!

 

Click here for complete tourney information!

 

This event will run from Sept 10 to Oct 8. Please note the club is closed this Mon, Sept 3 in observance of Labor Day. 

 

For this event, we are partnering with the Super Joey Foundation, a local nonprofit organization working to support families affected by childhood cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and gold is the color representing childhood cancer awareness (like pink for breast cancer). Hence the unusual name of the tournament! Learn more at SuperJoey.org

 

Hope to have you join us for this event!

Late Summer Swiss Begins July 30 — NEW Junior section w/ dbl-rounds!

–It is not too late to jump into this event — email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net–

 

The TOCC’s next tournament, the 2018 Late Summer Swiss, begins on July 30!

With this event we are trying out something a little bit different. There will be four sections: Open, Under 1700, Under 1300 and Junior Under 900.

The first three sections will have the same format and time control that you are all used to: 5 rounds with one round each Monday night at G/60, d5.

The last section, Junior Under 900, will be a scholastic section (open to K-12 players only), and will play 5 double-rounds at a G/25, d5 time control. This means that players in this section will play two games against the same opponent each Monday night, for a total of 10 games in the tournament!

Note that scholastic players rated under 900 have the option to play in the Junior U900 section OR the regular U1300 section. You can choose whether you want the double, faster games or the typical single longer game.

This event begins July 30 and will run until Aug 27. Click here to view the flyer for complete info!

To register for this event, email us at

ThousandOaksChess@att.net Please specify which section you would like to play in.

I believe this format is a great opportunity for newer, younger players as it will allow them to get more tournament games in, thereby establishing ratings and improving more quickly!

Feel free to email us with any questions (if they are not answered by this announcement or the flyer ?).

We hope you can join us!

Club BLITZ Championship is June 18!

The TOCC’s next single-night blitz event, the 2018 Club BLITZ Championship, will take place Mon, June 18! This event will consist of 5 double-rounds of G/5 (meaning you play two 5-min games each against five opponents, for a total of ten blitz games) and feature

$CASH PRIZES!!$

75% of the money that we take in as entries goes back to the players, guaranteed!!    —  $55 for 1st place! Class prizes! Blitz rated  —

If you plan on playing, sign up in advance by emailing ThousandOaksChess@att.net

On-site registration begins at 6:00 pm and closes at 6:20. The first round will begin at 6:30 pm.

Check out the flyer here for complete information (including breakdown of prizes!)

This is a special event that we hold about 4 times a year. No regular tournament round will take place this week; the 5th annual Club Championship will resume with Round 3 on June 25.

We hope you can join us for this exciting, fast-paced event!