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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!

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!

 

     *YOU CAN STILL JUMP INTO THIS EVENT with half-point byes for the first round or two!  Email us at ThousandOaksChess@att.net or call/text 805-990-0136*

 

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

 

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! Click here  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 ThousandOaksChess@att.net

 

      

 

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 ThousandOaksChess@att.net

 

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!