Saturday, March 6, 2010

March Gambito Opens: 459 - 462

Gambito #462  3/27/10

19 players, including 3 Masters (Lakdawala, Baker, Graves), 4 Experts (Sussman, Crisologo, Baluran, Wong), 5 Class A (Orlowski, Wonnell, Vajapeyam, Souza, Morris), 3 Class B (Robinson, Juroshek, Harbone) and 4 Class C (Kormanik, Krooskos, Cleveland, Kuhn). Bruce Baker directed and used a McMahon pairing system with M/E=2, A=1, B/C=0.

Welcome to out of town player Katherine Kormanik of Salt Lake City, Utah. Also welcome back to Datris Robinson who we haven't seen for a while.   

Here are the prize winners:

First Place/BU2400: Cyrus Lakdawala (5 1/2) and Peter Graves (5 1/2), $75 each

BU2200/2nd Place: Raoul Crisologo (4), Alejandrino Baluran (4) and Leonard Sussman (4), $23 each

BU2000: Buddy Morris (3 1/2), $50

BU1800/1600: Khris Juroshek (3) and Katherine Kormanik (3), $35 each

Total Prizes: $360    

Gambito #461  3/20/10

Decent turnout for this one, 19 players. 3 Masters (Lakdawala, Graves and Griffith), 1 Expert (Sussman), 7 Class A (Pryor, Vajapeyam, Aiello, Souza, Wong, Arbeiter, Sagart), 4 Class B (Ensey, Juroshek, Kuttruff, Harbone) and 4 Class C (Kuhn, Cleveland, Krooskos and Edwards). Welcome back to Khris Juroshek who hasn't been to the club for a few years, the military has kept him busy.  We used a McMahon pairing system with M/E=3, A=2, B=1, C/D=0. Here were the prize winners:

First Place: Cyrus Lakdawala (6 1/2), $100  Cy drew with Lenny in Rd 3.

U2400: Kyron Griffith (6), $50 Ky lost only to Cy

Second Place: Peter Graves (5 1/2), $20 Lost to Cy and drew with Lenny

BU2200: Leonard Sussman (4 1/2), $50  BU2000: Richard Wong (4 1/2), $50

BU1800: Chuck Ensey (3 1/2), $50      BU1600: Jim Krooskos (3), $40

Total Prizes: $340 

Next week: Super Gambito on 4/03  

Gambito #460  3/13/10  

Only 6 players today due to the St. Patrick's Day Parade and lack of parking. This really only happens a few times a year, but it is very annoying when it does and you have to seach for 1/2 an hour or more for any parking at all, even spots very far away were hard to find. I parked on Ivy and Columbia, which is just on the other side of Hwy 5!  Obviously most players just decided to stay away, but a few brave souls managed to somehow make to the club. A few other house players showed up after round 2. Players: Nikolay Arutyunov (1961), Roberto Aiello (1937), Chris Wonnell (1920), Matt Souza (1851), Chuck Ensey (1737) and Jim Krooskos (1468). House players: Christopher Kuttruff (1578), Phillip Skiba (1741), Guru Golapalakrishnan (unr) and Frank Gaylord (unr). 

Prize winners: 1st Place: Chris Wonnell (4), $50

2nd Place: Matt Souza (3), $30   3rd Place: Roberto Aiello (2), $10

U1800: Jim Krooskos (1), $20

Total Prizes: $110 

Gambito #459  3/06/10  March Super Gambito

34 players today, great turnout and that was with quite a few of our most frequent players missing, most notably Bruce Baker and Leonard Sussman. Bruce just needed a day off and Lenny is ok too, but he is still recovering from a fall and so he took a pass this week. Some others we missed today were Agron, Arutyunov, Bruno, Graves, Reyes Lopez, Milton, Mitchell and Orlowski. This isn't unusual; out of our 33 frequent players, there are always 10 or so who don't play any one particular week. However this is the first one Leonard Sussman has missed in a long time, we wish him a speedy recovery.

Also we would like to welcome some new players: Charles Gelinas, an Expert from Hemet, Tristan Pollner, a scholastic player giving the Gambito his first try, and also Jacobo Cortes, a brand new 11 year old player from Ensenada. Jacobo did quite well with 2 wins, earning an estimated provisional rating of around 1400. We normally don't have an U1400 prize at the Super Gambito, but we had so many players rated U1400 today, that I threw in an extra U1400 prize which was won by Andrew Negus with 2 1/2 points. The young man is getting stronger week by week it seems. He gained an estimated 112 points to 1317 and seems headed for over 1400 in short order.        

Open Section (18 players): 

5 Masters: Cyrus Lakdawala (2553), Jeff Arnold (2341), Ali Morshedi (2316), Ken Arnold (2296), Kyron Griffith (2208)

5 Experts: Eric Kuniholm (2146), Raoul Crisologo (2124), Alan Tsoi (2103), Varun Krishnan (2078), Charles Gelinas (2007)

8 Class A: Ben Barquin (1997), Jamieson Pryor (1952), Jacoby Johnson (1938), Madhavan Vajapeyam (1932), Roberto Aiello (1931), Chris Wonnell (1887), Matt Souza (1858), Pejman Sagart (1819)

Reserve Section (16 players):

4 Class B: Jason Arbeiter (1788), Chuck Ensey (1739), Sean McNeely (1694), Anthony Harbone (1600)

5 Class C: Tom Kuhn (1589), Fred Cleveland (1474), Jim Krooskos (1460), Edgar Lopez (1423), Gene Fernando (1400) 

7 Class D: Jerry Qu (1397), Patrick Edwards (1331), Claire Negus (1319), Armando Garcia (1289), Andrew Negus (1205), Tristan Pollner (769), Jacob Cortes (unr) 

Here are the prize winners:

Open Section:

First Place: Ali Morshedi (3 1/2), $125   Second Place: Cyrus Lakdawala, (3), $75

BU2400: Jeff Arnold (3), $80   BU2200: Eric Kuniholm (3), $80  

2nd U2400: Ken Arnold (2 1/2) and Kyron Griffith (2 1/2), $15 each

BU2000: Jacoby Johnson (2 1/2), $80

2nd U2200: Varun Krishnan (2) and Alan Tsoi (2), $12 each

2nd U2000: Chris Wonnell (2), Madhavan Vajapeyam (2) and Roberto Aiello (2), $12 each

Cyrus drew with Ken Arnold and Ali Morshedi. Eric drew with Chris Wonnell and Jeff Arnold. Jeff also drew with Kyron Griffith. Ken lost to Ali in the last round, Kyron lost to Cyrus.

Best Game Prize goes to Matt Souza, $15, for win over Ben Barquin.   

Reserve Section:

First/2nd Place: Jason Arbeiter (3 1/2) and Sean McNeely (3 1/2), $55 each

1st/2nd U1600: Jim Krooskos (3) and Gene Fernando (3), $55 each

BU1400: Andrew Negus (2 1/2), $25 

Jim and Gene lost only to Jason. Sean and Jason drew with each other in round 3 and won all their other games, including their last round games to tie for first.    

Best Game Prizegoes to Jason Arbeiter, $15, for win over Chuck Ensey.

Total Prizes: $805

Next week is St. Patrick's Day Parade, so be aware that parking will be quite difficult. If you are going to play in Gambito #460 on March 13th, you will have to arrive early and hunt for parking several to many blocks away, or another idea is to have someone drop you off or take a bus. I am usually able to park 5 to 10 blocks away if I get there at 9 AM or so. Another option is the Western Class Championships, a big full weekend money event in LA, see the SCCF web site for details.    

Total Prizes: $805


  1. Hi Lenny,

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. I hope it doesn't keep you away from the chessboard for too long!
    All the best,

    Adam Corper

  2. Hey Lennie, get well soon Sir, miss your smiling face around the club!


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