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2019 Club Championship Begins April 29!!

The TOCC’s 6th annual Club Championship will begin on Mon, April 29!

This is a once-per-year special event that is six rounds and features lots of prizes, including trophies, books and free entries! The first-place winner, besides receiving the title and bragging rights of Club Champion, also receives free entry at the club for a year!

In previous editions, this event took place in a single section; however this year we are adding a Junior U1000 Championship! This all-scholastic section will play 6 double-rounds of G/30 — that’s twelve total games!

Everyone else will compete in the Open Championship for top place honors as well as seven class prizes: Best Under 2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, U1200, U1000 and Unrated.

This tourney will also feature two special awards, the Biggest Upset and Most Upset Points prizes, as well as other goodies raffled away throughout the event!

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

It is always very helpful to us when players register in advance, so we appreciate you doing so!

You may also register onsite on Apr 29 at 6:00-6:15 pm.  The entry fee is $30.

 

This event will begin Apr 29 and run until Jun 10 (6 rounds). CLICK HERE to see full event info!

 

This event is always full of excitement and surprises. We hope to have you all join us on the 29th

2019 Springtime Swiss Begins Mar 25!

 

**Registration is still open for this event — jump in with a half-point bye for the first round or two! Email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net**

 

 

The TOCC will be starting back up with a new tournament next week! The 2019 Springtime Swiss will begin Mon, Mar 25 and run until April 22.

We are back to our normal format with one round per week and 4 sections: Open, Under 1700, Under 1300 and Junior Under 900. The top 3 sections play 5 rounds of G/60, while the scholastic Junior U900 plays 5 double-rounds. That’s two games every Mon evening!

For complete tourney information, please click here.

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

 

As a reminder, the club will be closed one more week (Mar 18) as the Goebel Center renovations wrap up.

We hope to see you on the 25th!

Club Closed for 3 weeks — Mar 4, 11 & 18

The TOCC will be closed for the next three weeks:  March 4, 11, and 18.

Unfortunately this is a situation that is beyond our control. The venue where we meet, the Goebel Adult Community Center, is working on renovations during this time, so almost all activities that are held there are currently on hiatus.

We will resume back on Mon, Mar 25, with the first round of a new tournament (info to come soon).

Though there are no official TOCC meetings for three weeks, there doesn’t have to be a hiatus from OTB chess. I encourage you all to keep playing! Visit a new chess club, or get together with some others from our club and play casual games at the library next door or at a park or coffee shop!

 

See you back when the club reopens Mar 25 (and we will have new carpeting). 🙂

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 current standings of our tournament now in progress, the 2019 Springtime Swiss. This event will conclude on April 22. Projected next-round pairings are also posted below.

Our next event, the 2019 TOCC Club Championship, begins Apr 29! Click here for full info! 

SwissSys Standings. 2019 TOCC Springtime Swiss:  Open

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot
1 Larry L Smith 2203 W8 W11 D2 H— 3.0
2 Nirvan Raymond 1982 W13 W5 D1 H— 3.0
3 Greg Hamer 1843 H— H— W11 W9 3.0
4 Frank Martelli 1790 H— W6 D9 H— 2.5
5 Julia Sevilla 2088 H— L2 D6 W11 2.0
6 Patrick Gordon-Davis 1963 D9 L4 D5 W12 2.0
7 Arnel B Odero 1900 L11 W10 D8 H— 2.0
8 Jahan Raymond 1808 L1 W13 D7 H— 2.0
9 Irina Ivanova 1713 D6 W12 D4 L3 2.0
10 Steve Justin Choi 1681 H— L7 D12 H— 1.5
11 Jose Marcal 2229 W7 L1 L3 L5 1.0
12 Fernando Sevilla 1894 H— L9 D10 L6 1.0
13 Eliseo Javier 1734 L2 L8 H— H— 1.0

 

SwissSys Standings. 2019 TOCC Springtime Swiss: Under 1700

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot
1 Steven Porta Jr 1536 W5 W2 W3 W4 4.0
2 Inay Vellore 1364 W8 L1 W9 W7 3.0
3 Grady Wang 1406 B— W9 L1 H— 2.5
4 Riday Bhatrai 1397 L9 W5 W7 L1 2.0
5 Prince A Rohatgi 1304 L1 L4 B— W9 2.0
6 Jerry E Chang 1195 H— L7 W8 H— 2.0
7 Beverly Woolsey 1278 H— W6 L4 L2 1.5
8 Joy Chu 1200 L2 H— L6 B— 1.5
9 Dhuruv Sankararaman 1223 W4 L3 L2 L5 1.0

 

SwissSys Standings. 2019 TOCC Springtime Swiss: Under 1300

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot
1 Vanessa G Zhou 1063 D2 W11 W5 W7 3.5
2 Aman Wardak 961 D1 W9 W3 W5 3.5
3 Mariya Kiseleva 1089 D9 W7 L2 W10 2.5
4 Inika Vellore 1041 L5 W6 W8 H— 2.5
5 Vladimir Bendersky 1200 W4 W10 L1 L2 2.0
6 Maxim Fedorchak 1004 L10 L4 B— W9 2.0
7 Noah Alfaro 909 B— L3 W10 L1 2.0
8 Chuck McNary 162 H— H— L4 X11 2.0
9 Steven Porta 991 D3 L2 W11 L6 1.5
10 Arthur M Marcal 1165 W6 L5 L7 L3 1.0
11 Dhilsha Athulathmudali unr. H— L1 L9 F8 0.5

 

SwissSys Standings. 2019 TOCC Springtime Swiss: Junior Under 900

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot
1 Mus’ab A Faghmous 562 WW8 WW6 WL2 X5 7.0
2 Arthur Yin 577 WW7 WD4 WL1 WW6 6.5
3 Aarush Rajkumar 263 H— WL5 WL4 WW7 5.0
4 Joshua Bie 694 WW5 DL2 WL3 H— 4.5
5 Rohit Ukkan 528 LL4 WL3 X8 F1 3.0
6 Kishan Chidipudi unr. H— LL1 WW7 LL2 3.0
7 Benjamin Morales unr. LL2 WL8 LL6 LL3 1.0
8 Yusuf Wardak unr. LL1 WL7 F5 F— 1.0

 

Extra Rated Games

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot
1 Noah Alfaro 909 W8 U— 1.0
2 Mus’ab A Faghmous 562 W9 L3 1.0
3 Aarush Rajkumar 263 U— W2 1.0
4 Joy Chu 1200 D5 U— 0.5
5 Maxim Fedorchak 1004 D4 U— 0.5
6 Rohit Ukkan 528 D7 U— 0.5
7 Benjamin Morales unr. D6 U— 0.5
8 Sabrina T Shenker 1375 L1 U— 0.0
9 Chuck McNary 162 L2 U— 0.0
Projected Next Round Pairings
*Please note: these pairings are tentative and subject to change at any time.  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! 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.
 
 
 
 

Pairings for Round 5. 2019 TOCC Springtime Swiss:  Open

Bd Res White Res Black
1   Larry L Smith (2203)   Greg Hamer (1843)
2   Nirvan Raymond (1982)   Frank Martelli (1790)
3   Julia Sevilla (2088)   Arnel B Odero (1900)
4   Jahan Raymond (1808)   Patrick Gordon-Davis (1963)
5   Irina Ivanova (1713)   Steve Justin Choi (1681)
6   Fernando Sevilla (1894)   Eliseo Javier (1734)
  1 Jose Marcal (2229)   Please wait for possible game

 

Pairings for Round 5. 2019 TOCC Springtime Swiss: Under 1700

Bd Res White Res Black
7   Steven Porta Jr (1536)   Jerry E Chang (1195)
8   Inay Vellore (1364)   Grady Wang (1406)
9   Joy Chu (1200)   Riday Bhatrai (1397)
10   Prince A Rohatgi (1304)   Beverly Woolsey (1278)
  1 Dhuruv Sankararaman (1223)   Please wait for possible game

 

Pairings for Round 5. 2019 TOCC Springtime Swiss: Under 1300

Bd Res White Res Black
12   Mariya Kiseleva (1089)   Vanessa G Zhou (1063)
13   Aman Wardak (961)   Inika Vellore (1041)
14   Vladimir Bendersky (1200)   Maxim Fedorchak (1004)
15   Chuck McNary (162)   Noah Alfaro (909)
16   Steven Porta (991)   Arthur M Marcal (1165)
  1 Dhilsha Athulathmudali (unr.)   Please wait for possible game

 

Pairings for Round 5. 2019 TOCC Springtime Swiss: Junior Under 900

Bd Res White Res Black
17   Mus’ab A Faghmous (562)   Aarush Rajkumar (263)
18   Rohit Ukkan (528)   Arthur Yin (577)
19   Joshua Bie (694)   Kishan Chidipudi (unr.)
  Benjamin Morales (unr.)   Please wait for possible game

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.