Gambito #430 7/25/09
26 players, excellent turnout, with the following players, in rating order:
5 Masters: Cyrus Lakdawala, Bruce Baker, Jeff Arnold, Nick Schoonmaker, Jorge Balares
8 Experts: Rick Aeria, Leonard Sussman, Kyron Griffith, Jamieson Pryor, Alejandrino Baluran, Aaron Wooten, Daniel Grazian, and Carey Milton
6 Class A: Robert Belenzon, Roberto Aiello, Chris Wonnell, Chuck Ensey, Madhavan Vajapeyam, and Julie O'Neill
4 Class B: William Delaney, Mike Friedel, Eusy Ancheta, Anthony Harbone
3 Class C: Todd Arone, Fred Cleveland, Libano Rodriguez
We used a McMahon pairing system with Master=3, Expert=2, Class A=1, B/C=0
Here were the prize winners:
1st Place: Cyrus Lakdawala (6 1/2), $100 Second Place: Jeff Arnold (5 1/2), $60
BU2400: Bruce Baker (5), $60 BU2200: Kyron Griffith (5), $60
BU2000: Robert Belenzon (3 1/2) and Chris Wonnell (3 1/2), $30 each
BU1800: Mike Friedel (3), $60 BU1600: Todd Arone (2), $60
Total Prizes: $460
There were a number of upsets: Kyron Griffith won over Ken Arnold (182 point spread), Alejandrino Baluran won over Jorge Balares (196 point spread) and Todd Arone won over William Delaney (262 point spread)
Biggest rating point gainers were (these are estimated, real results will take a day or two):
Mike Friedel +26 points to 1715, Todd Arone +24 to 1497, Kyron Griffith +21 to 2095, Alejandrino Baluran +20 to 2042
Welcome back to Jeff Arnold, who we haven't seen for quite a while. He earned a draw with Cyrus in the first round. Nick Schoonmaker and Julie O'Neill of Texas also made a rare appearance and their friend Robert Belenzon of San Diego also joined in the fun. With all the masters, this has to rate as one of our strongest Gambito Opens ever. Too bad a few of our other masters weren't playing too, such as Peter Graves, Avram Zaydenberg or David Hart.
Next Saturady, August 1st: Super Gambito (4 rounds, 2 Sections, $700 Guaranteed Prizes, $25 Entry Fee)
Following Weekend, August 8-9th: San Diego County Championship, see Home page for details
Gambito #429 7/18/09
Very low turnout of 9 players due to Gay Pride festivities in the park. Leonard Sussman (3) and Raoul Crisologo (3) tied for First, $50 each.Chris Wonnell (1) was BU2000 for $20 and Todd Arone (1) BU1800 for $20. Total Prizes $120. Next year we will hold the event at the National City Chess Club to avoid the parking nightmare.
Gambito #428 7/11/09
20 players, including 3 Masters (Lakdawala, Baker, Balares), 5 Experts (Griffith, Sussman, Milton, Kaplan, Sebeckis), 4 Class A (Wonnell, Aiello, Vajapeyam, Tagalog), 5 Class B (Dagamat, Delaney, Guy, Friedel, Harbone) and 3 Class C (Kuhn, Cleveland, Arone). Karl Lindberg and Chuck Ensey also filled in as house players in Rd 3 (Karl) and Rd 4 (Chuck). Bruce was the TD and used a "mini-McMahon", that's where Masters and Experts start with 1 bye point and everyone else 0. Here are the prize winners:
First Place: Cyrus Lakdawala (4 1/2), $100
U2400: Leonard Sussman (4), $50
2nd Place: Bruce Baker (3 1/2), $20 Bruce drew with Cy in Rd 4, but lost to Carey earlier
U2200: Kyron Griffith (3) and Carey Milton (3), $25 each
U2000: Madhavan Vajapeyam (3), $50
U1800: William Delaney (2 1/2), $50
U1600: Tom Kuhn (2), $40
Total Prizes: $360
Super Gambito (#427) 7/04/09
4 Rounds at G/40 w/5 second delay per move, in 2 Sections
Great turnout, 33 players! 16 players in the Open Section: 3 Masters (Lakdawala, Baker, Balares), 6 Experts (Tsoi, Sussman, Griffith, Milton, Crisologo, Baluran), 6 Class A (Smith, Qu, Wonnell, Vajapeyam, Delgadillo, Ensey) + 1 crazy guy playing up (Cleveland!)
We also had 17 players in the Reserve Section, including 11 Class B (Ogden, Arbeiter, Reed, Dagamat, Delaney, Navera, Ibarra, Friedel, Ancheta, Dwayne Edwards, Aaron Householder) and 6 Class C (Scott Householder, Rocio Murra, Caleb Guy, Mayra Murra, Chris Calbat, Matthew Peavy)
Here were the Prize winners:
First Place: Bruce Baker (3 1/2), $125
Second Place Cyrus Lakdawala (3), $75 BU2400: Jorge Balares (3), $75
BU2200: Jason Qu (3), $75 2nd U2400: Carey Milton (2 1/2), $25
2nd U2200: Kyron Griffith (2) and Alejandrino Baluran (2), $12 each
BU2000: Eric Smith (2), Chuck Ensey (2), Madhavan Vajapeyam (2), $33 each
Best Game Open Section: Jorge Balares ($15) for win over Carey Milton
First Place: Aaron Householder (3 1/2), $80
BU1600: Caleb Guy (3 1/2), $80
2nd Place: Mike Friedel (3) and Nestor Dagamat (3), $15 each
2nd U1600: Scott Householder (3), $30
Best Game Reserve Section: Mike Friedel ($15) for win over Aaron Ibarra
Good day for the Householders, Aaron gained 85 points to go up to 1735 and Scott gained 80 to go over 1670, Caleb Guy also gained a huge 116 points to go up to 1700. This event is now rated, you can check the USCF website for results.
It was nice to see the Murra sisters participate, they did okay, but will do even better in the future as they gain a little more experience with the Gambito Open format. Also we had a player come all the way down from Riverside: Dwayne Edwards, way to go Dwayne. Also welcome back to Edgardo Navera, who has been missing in action for some time now. The same could be said for Kimberly Ogden. We recruited Caleb's dad, Van, to play a house game, so maybe he will be joining us more in the future. Caleb was a little lucky to win his last game against Aaron Ibarra, it seemed like Aaron was winning at the end, but he got low on time and finally overstepped the 5 second time delay limit.
I shouldn't talk about luck, I was very fortunate to win games from two Experts, Crisologo and Sussman. Raoul went slightly wrong in a complicated variation, but then made a fatal blunder at the end of the game. He lost his next two games too, so today was not his day, but everyone has a bad day once in while, I know he will bounce back. Lenny was upset at his loss in Round 2 to Chris Wonnell and sometimes those bad feelings carry over into the next game. Leonard won a pawn quickly against me, but then went terribly wrong in the middle game when he overlooked some saving moves and underestimated a couple tactical shots I was able to pull of while his Queen was out of play after winning a second pawn.
Cyrus Lakdawala was also bemoaning his fate, joking it was one of his worst Gambito's ever, but I don't think so, he still won 2nd Place for $75. He only lost one game, a terrific upset by young, but fast rising, Kyron Griffith. After beating Cyrus, Kyron lost his next two games, exhibiting "the curse of Lakdawala". We have noticed it many times in the past, when a player gets a big upset over Cy, the next few games are often disasters. This has happened to Carey Milton many times and numerous others too. Once Carey beat Cyrus in the first round and then lost the next 3 games in a row! There could be several reasons: 1) the player is drained and tired from the supreme effort need to beat Cyrus. (Like Alekhine, you have to beat him 3 times! You might win the opening, but he will reverse things in the middle game, or if you get past the middlegame, you still have to do it all over again and win the ending, because he will cheat you of the win there unless you are very, very good). And I can imagine Bruce commenting that you might win all three phases, but then he will beat you on the clock! Only Ali Morshedi seems to have escaped the curse so far. 2) another reason could be that the player gets overconfident after beating Cyrus, now believing he can beat anyone, and therefore the games will just win themselves with minimal effort on his part- wrong! 3) or maybe Shiva is angry that a favorite son has lost and so the curse is real!
Kyron lost to Bruce Baker in round 3, no shame there, and then he was upset in the last round by fellow youngster Jason Qu, who is capable of upsetting lots of good players. Jason is not an Expert yet like his friends Kyron, Alan Tsoi and Daniel Grazian, but it is just a matter of time now.