THE 28th ANNUAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN
6 rounds, all at 40/2, SD/1, no re-entries or "fast" schedule, 1 bye allowed (Rds 1-4 only)
At The Pechanga Hotel/Casino in Temecula 9/02 - 9/04/2006
IM Valentin Iotov Wins First Place, $3,000, with 5 points
2nd/3rd/4th/BU2400: GM Varuzhan Akobian, IM Enrico Sevillano, GM Melikset Khachiyan and Joel Banawa with 4 1/2 points each, $1,150 each
5th/6th/2nd U2400: Jouaquin Banawa (4), IM Tim Taylor (4), and Alexandre Kretchetov (4), $433 each
Gregg Small (4) won BU2300, $1,000 and Mikhail Ginzburg (4) won the BU2200, $1,200
NMs Jeff Arnold, Alaa-Addin Moussa and Julian Landaw all scored 3 1/2 and tied for 2nd U2300, $166 each
Experts Takashi Kurosaki, John Bryant and Chris Slupik also scored 3 1/2 points and pooled the 2nd-4th BU2200 prizes, $566 each
Premier Section (U2000)
Carey Milton (5 1/2) won First Place, $1,200
2nd-4th Steven Morford, Dingchao Lu, Vincent Huang, all with 4 1/2 points, won $566 each
Amateur Section (U1800)
Norlino Tagalog (5) 1st Place, $1,200
Chuck Ensey (4 1/2) and Raul Bugnosen (4 1/2), 2nd-3rd, $700 each
Liz Taylor (4) 4th place, $300
Reserve Section (U1600)
Naollin Olguin (5 1/2) 1st Place, $1,200
Wen Wu (4 1/2) 2nd Place, $800
Scott Slupik, Aram Kavoukjian, Harold Valery and Alan Hourmand all scored 4 to tie for 3rd-4th, $225 each
Booster Section (U1400)
Richard Yang (6) 1st Place, $1,000
Daniel Gong (5) 2nd Place, $750
Cleofas Rojas (4) 3rd Place, $250
Bienvenido Uy (4) won BU1200, $400
Jeffrey Ding (2 1/2) & Jesus Hourmand, 2nd U1200 tie, $50 each
James Russell (3 1/2) is Best Unrated, $300
The First Place winners also received very nice trophies, see below
See full wallchart at http://westernchess.com
Bruce Baker tried mightily to draw a Rook and Pawn ending down one pawn on Saturday night in Round 2, but IM Valentin Iotov of Bulgaria ground out the win in a grueling 5 1/2 hour game. Valentine won $3,000 for his superb performance against many top players in Southern California. He drew with Akobian in Round 4 and defeated Sevillano in Round 5.
Carey Milton won his first 5 games in a row and then drew his last round game with Andrew Bell to win a handsome trophy and $1,200 in the tough Premier Section. Carey's 5th round win exemplifies the "Miltonian" style of chess. See game here
Norlino Tagalog with a winning smile worth $1,200 and a nice trophy for First Amateur
The National City Chess Club was out in force, here Richard Gimeno takes on Alexandre Kretchetov in Round 2. Gimeno upset IM Tim Taylor in Round 1. Next to them are BU2300 winner and Angels fan Gregg Small playing against Takashi Kurosaki. Gregg drew this game and also earned a draw with GM Melikset Khachiyan in Round 5. Takashi also drew with Melikset and with NM Jouaquin Banawa.
San Diegans Dimitry Kishinevsky and Brad Salz played a long endgame in Round 2 that Dimitry finally won. Next to them are Expert Vanessa West of Gardena and IM Tim Taylor from L.A.
Expert Takashi Kurosaki lost a close one to IM Tim Taylor in this last round game. All players with a plus score in the Open Section (3 1/2 or better) won at least enough money to cover the $130 entry fee, and most of them won a lot more. No prize winners took any byes in any section, with only one exception - Cleofas Rojas in the Booster Section took a 4th round bye, won his 5th round game, but then withdrew and didn't play the last round, yet he still won clear Third Place for $250.
NM Alaa-Addin Moussa as White plays GM Varuzhan Akobian in Round 6. Akobian gave a simul to the San Diego Chess Club a few days before this event. See GM Simul.
Also see lots of games from this event at the http://westernchess.com website. And Jennifer Shahade was nice enough to include a write up I sent in on her USCF online site.