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2019 Holiday OCTOS Begin Dec 2!

**Registration is still open for this event! Jump in with half-point byes for Rounds 1 or 2 by emailing us at**



The TOCC’s final tournament of 2019, the Holiday Octos, begins Dec 2!

Like most tournaments at the TOCC, this event will be 5 rounds; however instead of the usual four sections players will be grouped into sections of eight by rating (octos). The eight highest-rated players form the first octo, the next eight form the second, and so on. Prizes are awarded to the top 2 in each octo.

There will also be the typical scholastic Junior Under 900 section, which will play five double-rounds (two games per week) for a total of 10 games. 

This event will run until Dec 30.


Click here for full tourney info!


If you would like register for this event, email us at

It is always a big help to us when players register in advance, so we appreciate you doing so!


You can also register onsite on Dec 2 (6:00-6:15 pm). The round will begin at 6:30.

Hope to see you there!


2019 Holiday Octos flyer

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). 🙂

Standings & Pairings


On this page are the current standings and projected next-round pairings for our tournament now in progress, the 2020 New Year Swiss. This event began Jan 6.

You can still jump in with half-point byes for Rounds 1 & 2! Click for more info.



SwissSys Standings. 2020 TOCC New Year Swiss: Open

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot
1 Karl Tolentino 2203 W16 W7 2.0
2 Arnel Odero 1981 W10 W11 2.0
3 Steven Porta Jr 1980 W17 W6 2.0
4 Jerry E Chang 1542 B— W12 2.0
5 Nirvan Raymond 2011 W14 H— 1.5
6 Joe Marcal 2116 W9 L3 1.0
7 Patrick Gordon-Davis 1902 W15 L1 1.0
8 David Chow 1896 L11 W13 1.0
9 Eliseo Javier 1767 L6 W17 1.0
10 Frank Martelli 1731 L2 W16 1.0
11 Naren Krishnan 1642 W8 L2 1.0
12 Julia Sevilla 2083 H— L4 0.5
13 Fernando Sevilla 1800 H— L8 0.5
14 Irina Ivanova 1741 L5 D15 0.5
15 Avery Yu 1714 L7 D14 0.5
16 Greg Hamer 1866 L1 L10 0.0
17 Michael Panopoulos 1719 L3 L9 0.0


SwissSys Standings. 2020 TOCC New Year Swiss: Under 1700

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot
1 Arthur M Marcal 1359 W10 W4 2.0
2 Riday Bhatrai 1295 W5 W6 2.0
3 Harry Vandenberg 1491 D7 W9 1.5
4 Joy Chu 1518 X11 L1 1.0
5 Ira S Schoenwald 1500 L2 W11 1.0
6 Michael A Ghaussy 1461 W8 L2 1.0
7 Grady Wang 1284 D3 D10 1.0
8 Vanessa G Zhou 1254 L6 B— 1.0
9 Maxim Fedorchak 1250 B— L3 1.0
10 Michael J Moody 1503 L1 D7 0.5
11 Mathias Vanos 1416 F4 L5 0.0


SwissSys Standings. 2020 TOCC New Year Swiss: Under 1300

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot
1 Joshua Bie 1101 W13 W8 2.0
2 David Horenstein unr. W7 W6 2.0
3 Angela Liu 860 D5 X— 1.5
4 Hrishikesh Prabhu 773 W14 D5 1.5
5 Jashwanth Bamidi 1074 D3 D4 1.0
6 Kathleen Belleville 1052 W12 L2 1.0
7 Mariya Kiseleva 976 L2 W13 1.0
8 Steven Porta 976 W11 L1 1.0
9 Hansen Chen 949 H— H— 1.0
10 Eric Zhang 770 H— D11 1.0
11 Vladimir Bendersky 1200 L8 D10 0.5
12 Shane Crawford 836 L6 H— 0.5
13 Ekaterina Fedorchak 908 L1 L7 0.0
14 Evan Marcarelli 114 L4 U— 0.0


SwissSys Standings. 2020 TOCC New Year Swiss: Junior Under 900

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot
1 Aarush Rajkumar 544 H— WW2 3.0
2 Mus’ab A Faghmous 600 WW6 LL1 2.0
3 Aarav Rajkumar 332 H— WL5 2.0
4 Evan Marcarelli 114 H— Z6 2.0
5 Eliyahu Horenstein unr. H— WL3 2.0
6 Yeshua Schneerson 126 LL2 Z4 1.0


 Extra Rated Games

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot
1 Joy Chu 1518 W5 U— 1.0
2 Vanessa G Zhou 1254 U— W6 1.0
3 Maxim Fedorchak 1250 W6 U— 1.0
4 Angela Liu 860 W7 U— 1.0
5 Jerry E Chang 1542 L1 U— 0.0
6 Sabrina T Shenker 1308 L3 L2 0.0
7 Hansen Chen 949 L4 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 come 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 3. 2020 TOCC New Year Swiss: Open

Bd Res White Res Black
1   Arnel Odero   Steven Porta Jr
2   Nirvan Raymond   Jerry E Chang
3   Joe Marcal   Frank Martelli
4   Patrick Gordon-Davis   Naren Krishnan
5   Eliseo Javier   David Chow
6   Julia Sevilla   Irina Ivanova
7   Fernando Sevilla   Avery Yu
8   Greg Hamer   Michael Panopoulos
  ½ Karl Tolentino   BYE


Pairings for Round 3. 2020 TOCC New Year Swiss: Under 1700

Bd Res White Res Black
9   Riday Bhatrai   Arthur M Marcal
10   Harry Vandenberg   Ira S Schoenwald
11   Joy Chu   Grady Wang
12   Michael A Ghaussy   Maxim Fedorchak
13   Michael J Moody   Vanessa G Zhou
  1 Mathias Vanos   Please wait for possible game


Pairings for Round 3. 2020 TOCC New Year Swiss: Under 1300

Bd Res White Res Black
14   Joshua Bie   Angela Liu
15   Hrishikesh Prabhu   Mariya Kiseleva
16   Eric Zhang   Jashwanth Bamidi
17   Kathleen Belleville   Steven Porta
18   Hansen Chen   Vladimir Bendersky
19   Ekaterina Fedorchak   Shane Crawford
  ½ David Horenstein   BYE


Pairings for Round 3. 2020 TOCC New Year Swiss: Junior Under 900

Bd Res White Res Black
20   Eliyahu Horenstein   Aarush Rajkumar
21   Aarav Rajkumar   Evan Marcarelli
  1 Yeshua Schneerson   BYE
  Mus’ab A Faghmous   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


Click below to view flyer with full tourney information!

We hope to have you 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 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.

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.

COMING UP: BLITZ Tournament Mar 20!

We are excited to announce the 2017 TOCC Kutasov Memorial BLITZ will take place Mon, Mar 20! This event will consist of 5 Double-rounds of G/5 (that means you play two 5-min games each against 5 opponents, for a total of 10 blitz games) and feature $CASH PRIZES!!$ 75% of the money that we take in as entries goes back to the players, guaranteed!! 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.

See below for complete information (including breakdown of prizes) or check out the flyer here!

This is a special event that we hold about 3 times a year, and is separate from the main tournament. This is in lieu of the main tournament so no regular round will take place that week.

We hope you can come join us!



2017 T.O.C.C.  Kutasov Memorial BLITZ!

Come join us for some exciting, fast-paced fun!

  Mar 20, 2017    in our regular tournament room. Registration begins at 6:00 pm that Monday night and will close at 6:20. Or preferably, sign up in advance!

   Round 1 will begin at 6:30 pm.

G/5        5 rds         Dbl-SS        USCF Blitz rated

 Each player has 5 minutes for the entire game with no delay. 5 round Double Swiss-System; you play 2 games each against 5 opponents, one as white and one as black for a total of 10 games. Tournament will affect only your USCF Blitz rating, NOT your standard or quick rating.

    Entry Fee: $15 (cash only)

 Single section with class prizes awarded. One bye available for the first round. Blitz rated but higher of Blitz or Standard rating used for pairings and prizes. Must be a current USCF member to participate. Recommended for players rated 900 and above. Please bring your own sets and clocks.


75% of entries awarded as cash prizes, guaranteed!!!!

Prizes:       (b/20)

       1st Place:        $55             

       2nd Place:        $40

       3rd Place:         $30

Class Prizes  —  Best U1800, Best U1600, Best U1400, and Best U1200:  $25 each

Prizes based on 20 paid entries; raised or lowered in proportion depending on the number of entries. There must be at least 3 players eligible for each prize for that prize to be awarded.

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

For more information or to sign up in advance, email us at 


Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Midwinter Swiss!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 TOCC Midwinter Swiss! This event concluded on Mar 6. Hope to see everyone back for the 2017 Shoma Kutasov Memorial, which begins Mar 13!



Open Section

1st:  Larry L Smith              4.5-0.5           

2nd:  Frank Martelli      (tb)        3.5-1.5                 

3rd:   David H Chow     (tb)         3.5-1.5

Best U1600: Patrick Gordon-Davis   2.5-2.5


Under 1600 Section

1st:  Irina Ivanova               4.5-0.5          

2nd:  Sabrina T Shenker       4-1                 

3rd:   Justin Yao                3.5-1.5

Best U1300: Joy Chu           2.5-2.5


U1000 Section

1st:  Nirvan Raymond            4.5-0.5            

2nd: Jahan O Raymond              4-1  

3rd:  Grady Wang  (tb)         3.5-1.5

Best U700/Unr:  Mariya Kiseleva      3-2


For complete final standings, see Completed tournaments page.



Congratulations to the Kutasov Memorial winners!

Congratulations to our trophy winners of the 2016 Shoma Kutasov Memorial!

This tournament concluded on April 25.


1st Place: Larry L. Smith                5-0

2nd Place: Joshua Z. Rose             4-1

3rd Place: John R. Williams          3-2

Best Under 1600: Robert Armstrong         3-2


Under 1200

1st Place:  Aryan Gutla               4.5-0.5

2nd Place: Alex Harjoto             3.5-1.5

Best U600: Shravan Sriram     2.5-2.5


For final standings, see the Completed tournaments page. For all new ratings, see the USCF crosstables here.


Hope to see everyone back for the Springtime Swiss, which begins May 2!