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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). ūüôā

Standings & Pairings

On this page are the final standings for our most recently-completed tournament, the 2020 Late Winter Swiss. This event concluded on Mar 9.


  The CLUB IS CLOSED until further notice. Click here for details.


In the meantime, check out our club!




Congratulations to our prizewinners!

2020 TOCC Late Winter Swiss

Feb 10 — Mar 9, 2020


   *Note: This tournament had to be cut one round short of the planned five due to the emergency closure.


SwissSys Standings. 2020 TOCC Late Winter Swiss: Open

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot TBrk[M] TBrk[S]
1st Karl Tolentino 2203 W5 D2 W4 W6 3.5 7.5 9
2nd Patrick Gordon-Davis 1923 W13 D1 W9 W4 3.5 7 7
3rd Fernando Sevilla 1888 W12 U— W11 W5 3.0 5 5
4 Arnel Odero 1981 W11 X— L1 L2 2.0 5 8.5
5 Greg Hamer 1873 L1 W13 W10 L3 2.0 5 8.5
6 David Chow 1911 D7 W8 H— L1 2.0 3.5 7
7 Avery Yu 1648 D6 L10 W8 H— 2.0 3 5
8 Jerry E Chang 1590 B— L6 L7 W13 2.0 2 4
9 Joe Marcal 2078 W10 H— L2 H— 2.0 1.5 5
10 Eliseo Javier 1767 L9 W7 L5 D11 1.5 5.5 7.5
11 Frank Martelli 1741 L4 W12 L3 D10 1.5 4.5 8
12 Naren Krishnan 1619 L3 L11 W13 H— 1.5 1.5 5
13 Michael Panopoulos 1686 L2 L5 L12 L8 0.0 5 8.5


SwissSys Standings. 2020 TOCC Late Winter Swiss: Under 1700

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot TBrk[M] TBrk[S]
1st Maxim Fedorchak 1269 W16 W7 W8 D3 3.5 7 8.5
2nd Grady Wang 1391 H— W10 W4 W7 3.5 6.5 6.5
3rd Michael A Ghaussy 1461 W14 D4 W5 D1 3.0 8.5 9
4 Ryan Henderson 1295 W11 D3 L2 W13 2.5 8 9
5 Michael J Moody 1503 H— W12 L3 W8 2.5 6 6
6 Mathias Vanos 1416 L13 D9 W12 W11 2.5 4.5 5.5
7 Mark Lauterman 1454 W15 L1 W13 L2 2.0 4.5 9
8 Inay Vellore 1380 W9 W13 L1 L5 2.0 4.5 9
9 Joy Chu 1525 L8 D6 D11 W14 2.0 3.5 6.5
10 Inika Vellore 1119 H— L2 W15 H— 2.0 1 4.5
11 Harry Vandenberg 1419 L4 W14 D9 L6 1.5 5 7.5
12 Ernest J Lauer 1293 H— L5 L6 B— 1.5 2.5 5
13 Ira S Schoenwald 1527 W6 L8 L7 L4 1.0 6.5 9
14 Vanessa G Zhou 1369 L3 L11 B— L9 1.0 3.5 6.5
15 Arthur M Marcal 1332 L7 H— L10 H— 1.0 2 4
16 Robert Munger 1428 L1 U— U— U— 0.0 0 3.5


SwissSys Standings. 2020 TOCC Late Winter Swiss: Under 1300

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot TBrk[M] TBrk[S]
1st Lori J Qian 1145 H— W11 W9 W4 3.5 5.5 5.5
2nd Angela Liu 890 W10 L4 W8 W6 3.0 6 7.5
3rd Kathleen Belleville 1052 W8 W7 D4 H— 3.0 6 6
4 Jashwanth Bamidi 1074 W6 W2 D3 L1 2.5 9.5 11.5
5 Steven Porta 939 L9 D10 B— W11 2.5 4.5 4.5
6 Siddharth Chatterjee 860 L4 W13 W7 L2 2.0 4.5 8
7 Vladimir Bendersky 1200 W12 L3 L6 W10 2.0 3.5 8
8 Ekaterina Fedorchak 824 L3 B— L2 W13 2.0 3.5 6.5
9 David Horenstein 1225 W5 H— L1 H— 2.0 2 5.5
10 Joshua Bie 1080 L2 D5 W11 L7 1.5 5 8
11 Eric Zhang 685 W13 L1 L10 L5 1.0 4 7.5
12 Gary Evans 936 L7 H— H— U— 1.0 0 2
13 Shane Crawford 945 L11 L6 H— L8 0.5 2.5 4.5


SwissSys Standings. 2020 TOCC Late Winter Swiss: Junior Under 900

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot TBrk[M] TBrk[S]
1st Aarush Rajkumar 561 WD7 WW4 WL2 WW5 6.5 14 16
2nd Mus’ab A Faghmous 544 WL3 WW8 WL1 WW4 6.0 14 15
3rd Saish Nemani 179 WL2 WW7 LL4 B— 4.5 12 12
4 Rohan Chittum Jr 606 WW5 LL1 WW3 LL2 4.0 16.5 20
5 Aarav Rajkumar 332 LL4 WW6 WW8 LL1 4.0 12.5 13.5
6 Caden Stolle unr. H— LL5 WL7 H— 3.0 6 6
7 Yeshua Schneerson 259 DL1 LL3 WL6 H— 2.5 12 12
8 Eliyahu Horenstein 162 B— LL2 LL5 H— 2.5 10 10


Projected Next Round Pairings
*Please note: these pairings are tentative and subject to change at any time.  Due to players requesting byes or entering late, 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.


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!