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6th annual CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP Begins June 4!

The TOCC’s next tournament, our 5th annual (2018) Club Championship, begins Mon, June 4!

This is a unique event that takes place once per year. It lasts for six rounds instead of the usual five, and consists of a single section instead of our usual three sections.

Prizes awarded include:  

  • 1st-3rd places plus nine class categories: Best U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, U1200, U1000, U700, U400 and Unrated. These winners all receive free entries to future tournaments in addition to the usual specially engraved trophies, and the 1st place winner –the 2018 Club Champion receives free entry for an entire year!
  • Featured prizes for Biggest Upset and Most Upset Points (exclusive to this event)
  • Bonus chess goodies raffled away throughout the event!


Click here to view the flyer with complete event information (including schedule of rounds!)


To register, email us at or call/text 805-990-0136


We hope you will join us for this exciting, unique event!


Also, don’t miss the 2018 Club BLITZ Championship, which will take place on June 18! Check back soon for complete info.






2018 Shoma Kutasov Memorial Begins Feb 26!

The TOCC’s next tournament, the 2018 Shoma Kutasov Memorial, begins Mon, Feb 26!

As usual, this event will be five rounds and divided into three sections: Open, Under 1600 and Under 1000. However, one thing that is a bit unusual about this event is that we will be offering book prizes in addition to our regular specially engraved trophies! One of the five weeks we will also be doing a random book drawing before the round begins — so what can I say… get there early! 😉

Registration is still open for this event! If you would like to jump in with half-point byes for the first round or two, simply email us at




Click here to view the flyer with full tourney information. Don’t forget to check out up-to-date standings and projected pairings when the event is in progress!


With this annual event we honor Shoma Kutasov, a long-time player who patronized the club nearly every week from its inception until his passing on Mar 13, 2015. Encouraging and amiable to every opponent he faced, his wry sense of humor and relaxed approach to the game of chess will continue to be missed.

Shoma Kutasov

Shoma Kutasov


First Tourney of 2018 Begins Jan 8!

Happy New Year everyone!


The Thousand Oaks Chess Club is picking back up Mon, Jan 8 with Round 1 of the 2018 New Year Swiss. As usual, this event will be five rounds and take place in three sections: Open, Under 1600 and Under 1000. It will run until Feb 12 with one week off (Jan 15).


You can still jump into this event with half-point byes for the first round or two! Simply email us at


Click here to view the flyer with complete tourney information.


Remember you can always check the Standings & Pairings page for up-to-date tourney standings and projected next-round pairings.


Hope to have you join us!


Holiday HEXES Event begins Nov 27!

Closing out the tournament year at our club, on Mon, Nov 27 we begin a new event, the 2017 TOCC Holiday HEXES. This event will be a little bit different than most tournaments at TOCC: it will last for three rounds instead of five and will be divided into six-player sections (hexes) by rating. The top-scoring player in each hex will win a prize. This is a great opportunity to get in a few more weeks of chess before the winter break begins! Our time control and one-round-per-week format remains the same.

If you would like to register for this event, email us at Advance registrations help us tremendously! If you just can’t sign up in advance you can sign up onsite on Nov 27 at 6:00 pm.

CLICK HERE to view the flyer for full information!


Even if you can’t play the whole tournament, house players are always welcome and needed, especially in an event like this one!

This event will run for three weeks from Nov 27 thru Dec 11. After this event concludes, the TOCC will be off from tournaments for three weeks, starting back up in the New Year on Jan 8.


Thanksgiving BLITZ is Nov 20!

The TOCC’s next single-night blitz event, the 2017 Thanksgiving Blitz will take place Mon, Nov 20! 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

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 3 times a year. No regular tournament round will take place this week. Our next main event, the 2017 Holiday Hexes, will begin the following week, Nov 27 with Round 1.

We hope you can join us!

5th annual Autumn Blast begins Oct 9!

As we slip into cooler weather and shorter days, the TOCC begins a new tournament, the 5th annual (2017) Autumn Blast. It’s hard to believe the club’s been around this long already! As usual, this event will consist of 5 rounds and take place in three sections: Open, Under 1600 and Under 1000. It begins Mon, Oct 9 with round 1 and will run until Nov 13, with a one week break.

Though this tourney is already underway, it is not too late to sign up! You can always jump in with half-point byes for the first round or two. 

Simply email or call/text 805-990-0136


Click here to view the flyer with complete tourney information!


We hope to have you join us!



2017 Late Summer Swiss Begins Aug 14!

Monday, Aug 14 we begin a new tournament at the club, the 2017 Late Summer Swiss. After the conclusion of our Club Championship last week we are back to our normal format of five rounds in three sections: Open, Under 1600 and Under 1000. 

If you would like to sign up for this event, email us at

Click here to view the flyer or see below for complete event information.

Especially make sure to take a look at the schedule, since it is kind of funky for this event. This event will run until Oct 2.

We hope you can join us!



2017 T.O.C.C. Late Summer Swiss

5-SS        G/60 d5      (5 round Swiss-System; time control is 60 minutes plus a 5 sec delay)

One round is played most Monday evenings, beginning Aug 14 and running until Oct 2. There are three weeks that are off — See schedule below.

Tournament will take place in 3 sections: Open, U1600 and U1000. (Exact rating ranges subject to change depending on registrants. May merge into 2 sections depending on turnout).

Entry Fee: $25

Registration: Aug 14, 2017 6:00 pm at the club, or any time prior. Advance registration preferred!
Round 1: Aug 14, 6:30 pm.
NO ROUND Aug 21 – Open play only
Round 2: Aug 28, 6:30 pm.
CLUB CLOSED Sept 4 – Labor Day
Round 3: Sept 11, 6:30 pm.
NO ROUND Sept 18 – Open play only
Round 4: Sept 25, 6:30 pm.
Round 5: Oct 2, 6:30 pm.


This is a USCF rated tournament. In order to play, you must be a current member of the United States Chess Federation. You can sign up online or with us at the club.

2 half-point byes available. Rounds 1-4 must be requested by 3:00 pm the Monday night of the round. The final round, Rd. 5, must be requested before the start of Rd. 3 (Sept 11). Byes requested later than the specified times will be zero points instead of half-points. If you cannot make it for a round, PLEASE let us know ASAP so you aren’t paired and end up forfeiting your game!!

Please bring your own chess sets and clocks! These supplies and more are available at the club for purchase.

The Thousand Oaks Chess Club is located at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA.

To register, contact Cindy Lynne at or 805 990-0136

For more information about the club and to view up-to-date standings and projected pairings from this event, visit our website.

Congratulations to the Club Championship Winners!!

Congratulations to all our prizewinners for the 4th annual (2017) TOCC Club Championship! NM Larry Smith clinches the Club Champion title for the fourth year in a row. He receives the Champion trophy plus free entry at the club for a year! 2nd & 3rd place winners and class winners receive trophies plus one free club tourney entry. Other winners receive trophies.


4th annual (2017) TOCC Club Championship!

    June 26 — Aug 7, 2017


1st (Club Champion): Larry L Smith          5.0/6       

2nd:  Patrick Gordon-Davis            4.5/6               

3rd:  Marco Segui            4.5/6


Best U2000:  Fernando Sevilla          4.5/6

Best U1800:   David Steinhart          4.0/6  

Best U1600: Irina Ivanova          4.0/6

Best U1400: Vadim Romanoff            4.0/5 

Best U1200: Dhuruv Sankararaman           3.0/6

Best U1000:  Mariya Kiseleva                2.5/6

Best U700:  Andrew Belanger           2.0/6

Best U400:  Joshua Belanger           1.5/6


Biggest Upset (individual):  Riday Bhatrai           919 pts in Rd 2

 Most Upset Points (cumulative): Riday Bhatrai          1365.5 pts


Bonus Prize:  Steve Justin Choi            Amazing performance! 3 straight wins to open the event, plus the 2nd-biggest upset and 2nd-most upset points



To see final standings from this event, see Completed tournaments page.