Friday, April 30, 2010

May Gambito Opens #466 - 470

Gambito #470   5/29/10

24 players, pretty good turn out. We used a McMahon pairing system where M/E=3, A=2,B=1,C=0. Here were the players: 4 Masters: Lakdawala, Baker, Graves, Griffith; 3 Experts: Crisologo, Sussman, Agron; 5 Class A: Pryor,Wonnell, Aiello, Reyes Lopez, Aaron Householder; 6 Class B: Ensey, Delaney, Calangi, Scott Householder, Kuhn, Harbone; 6 Class C and below: Edgar Lopez, Cleveland, Siddiqi, Wilson, Bryan Tangtartharakul, Frank Tangtartharakul. Daivd Whitten filled in for one house game in round 1. 

Cyrus won all four games (against Griffith, Graves, Baker and Crisologo), first time in a while, lately he has been getting dinged for draws or even the occassional loss. Agron took a bye and then lost to Griffith, but then beat Aaron Householder and Peter Graves. Peter also lost to Cyrus but won over Crisologo and Sussman. Raoul beat Aiello and Griffith.    

Prize winners;

First Place: Cyrus Lakdawala (7), $100  BU2400: Paul Agron (5 1/2), $60

Second Place: Peter Graves (5), $50  BU2200: Raoul Crisologo (5), $60

BU2000: Jamiseon Pryor (4 1/2), $55  BU1800: Chuck Ensey (4 1/2), $55

BU1600: Edgar Lopez (2), $50   Best Unrated: Bryan Tangtartharakul (2 1/2), book prize

Total Prizes: $430   next week Super Gambito on 6/05/10                

Gambito #469  5/22/10

18 players once again: 4 Masters (Lakdawala, Baker, Graves and Griffith); 2 Experts (Kishinevsky and Sussman); 2 Class A (Wonnell and Reyes Lopez); 3 Class B (Whitt, Kuhn, and Harbone); 3 Class C (Whitten, Cleveland and Libano Rodriguez); 4 Class D (Rivas, Vanderpot, David Smith and Bennett). Brian Kelly and Buddy Morris filled in as a house players for one game each.   

Cyrus drew with Bruce in round 2. Bruce also drew with Dimitry in Rd 1 and Peter Graves in round 4. Kyron beat Dimitry but lost to Cyrus. Peter Graves lost to Cyrus, drew with Sussman and Baker.      

Bruce directed and used a McMahon pairing system where M/E=2, A/B=1, C/D=0.   

Here are the prize winners:

First Place: Cyrus Lakdawala (5 1/2), $100

2nd Place/BU2400: Bruce Baker (4 1/2) and Kyron Griffith (4 1/2), $35 each

BU2200: Leonard Sussman (4), $40 

BU2000: Reyes Lopez (3) and Chris Wonnell (3), $20 each

BU1800: Anthony Harbone (3) and Anthony Whitt (3), $20 each

BU1600: Libano Rodriguez (2 1/2) and Keric Rivas (2 1/2), $15 each

Total Prizes: $320

Gambito #468   5/15/10

18 players: 2 Masters (Lakdawala and Baker); 2 Experts (Sussman and Sebeckis); 4 Class A (Pryor, Arutyunov, Vajapeyam, Karadayi); 4 Class B (Ensey, Aaron Householder, Kuhn, Scott Householder); 3 Class C ( Edgar Lopez, Cleveland, Libano Rodriguez); 3 Class D (Andrew Negus, Siddiqi, Peavy). Paul Agron filled in as a house for one game, lost to Cyrus in Rd 1.  

Cyrus drew with Bruce in round 3. Bruce also drew with Lenny Sussman in round 2 after taking a first round bye. Jamiseon Pryor gave Bruce a tough battle in round 4, but eventually lost. It was good to see Alan Sebeckis back after a long time. He beat Jamieson in round 1, lost to Cyrus and Nikolay Arutyunov then then withdrew. Eren Karadayi came all the way down from Los Angeles to play. He says we have one of the best clubs if not the best club in Southern California because we have a large number of great players and good attendance.    

We used a McMahon pairing system where M/E=2, A=1, B/C=0.   

Here are the prize winners:

First Place: Cyrus Lakdawala (5 1/2), $100

BU2400: Bruce Baker (4 1/2), $50  BU2200: Nikolay Arutyunov (4), $40

2nd Place : Leonard Sussman (3 1/2), $20   BU2000: Eren Karadayi (3 1/2), $40

BU1800: Aaron Householder (3 1/2), $40     BU1600: Edgar Lopez (2 1/2), $30

Total Prizes: $320            

Gambito #467   5/08/10

24 players, good turnout. 2 masters, 1 Expert, 8 Class A, 3 Class B, 3 Class C, 7 Class D and below. Bruce Baker directed and used a "mini-McMahon" pairing system with Class A and above starting with 1 point, Class B and below with zero.

Bruce drew with Kyron in Rd 3 and both won their other 3 games. Nice performance by Keric Rivas of Helix Charter School, he gained 185 rating points (1068>>1253) by beating house player David Whitten, drawing with Mike Friedel and beating Patrick Edwards. This event is now rated.   

Here are the prize winners:

First Place/BU2400: Bruce Baker (4 1/2) and Kyron Griffith (4 1/2), $80 each

BU2200: Igor Royzen (4), $60     BU2000: Nikolay Arutyunov (3 1/2), $60

2nd Place: Jamieson Pryor (3), Madhavan Vajapeyam (3), Roberto Aiello (3), Jason Arbeiter (3), Leonard Sussman (3), Carey Milton (3), $10 each

BU1800/1600: Keric Rivas (2 1/2) and Mike Friedel (2 1/2), $50 each

Total Prizes: $440          

Gambito #466  May Super Gambito  5/01/10

30 players today - 18 in the Open and 12 in the Reserve. It was a strong field with 6 Masters (Lakdawala, Jeff & Ken Arnold, Graves, Baker and Griffith), 3 Experts ( Sussman, Kishinevsky, Crisologo) and 7 Class A (Milton, Barquin, Vajapeyam, Arutyunov, Wonnell, Souza and Royzen), 1 Class B (Ensey) and 1 Class C (Cleveland) plus Paul Agron played one house game (lost to Dimitry) and David Whitten played 2 (lost to Griffith and Wonnell). Note that there were 14 players rated over 1900 and that Milton and Barquin are pretty much Experts, currently just barely under 2000. This event is already rated.   

Cyrus Lakdawala drew with Jeff Arnold in Round 3 and beat Ken Arnold in the last round.     

Here are the prize winners:  

Open Section

First Place/Second Place: Cyrus Lakdawala (3 1/2) and Jeff Arnold (3 1/2),  $100 each

BU2400: Ken Arnold (3) and Bruce Baker (3), $50 each

BU2200: Dimitry Kishinevsky (3), $75

BU2000: Ben Barquin (2 1/2), $75 

2nd U2200/2000: Raoul Crisologo (2), Leonard Sussman (2), Igor Royzen (2) and Matt Souza (2), $12 each   

Reserve Section (U1800)

First Place: Aaron Householder (4), $75  Second Place: Sean McNeely (3), $25

BU1600: Tom Kuhn (3), $50    2nd U1600: Alexander Blank (2 1/2), $20

Best Game Prize Open Section: Matt Souza, $15, for win over Chris Wonnell

Best Game Reserve Section: Tom Kuhn, $15, for win over Sean McNeely   

Total Prizes $700   

 

8 comments:

  1. the time control is really bad, i suggest a game in 60 with 3 rounds like they used to play in orange county. by changing the time control more players will risk their hard earned ratings and the attendance will go up. please try it before you knock it.

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  2. 3 rounds is not enough rounds to have a clear winner. We would have multiple ties for first place and for other prizes too. With only 3 rounds you can't have more than 8 players and always get a clear winner, whereas with 4 rounds you can have 16 players.

    The time control is "really bad"??? Really?? 10 years of successful Gambito Opens argues otherwise... Just because you lost some rating points in a Gambito is no reason for us to change it for everyone else. Plus no one else is complaining; most people think the Gambito Open is a very good way to test your chess skills against other players in a very fair competition. Plus I don't think adding 20 minutes to the game would change your results; it is still a "fast" game, not a 5 hour game. If you don't like it, fine, then don't play. If we adopted your suggestion I am sure attendance would drop, not go up. Finally, you should NOT get so wrapped up in your rating; who gives a hoot? Ratings go up and down, they shouldn't be taken so seriously. The more important point is to improve your skills, and learning to play faster with accuracy could be the missing link in your game, who knows?

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  3. YOU GUYS ARE ALWAYS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE LOW ATTENDANCE OF GAMBITOS. IF THERE IS A TIE AFTER 3 ROUNDS YOU CAN PLAY 1 BLITZ GAME TO DECIDE FOR MONEY DISTRIBUTION. FURTHERMORE, HOW DO YOU KNOW IF THE ATTENDANCE WILL GO DOWN? DID YOU PUT IT TO A VOTE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE APPROVE? GUYS LIKE LOWER WILL EVEN SHOW UP AND LOOK AT GAMES EVERY SATURDAY BUT WILL NOT PLAY. QUALITY OF THE GAMES WILL DEFINITELY GO UP AND AS A LOVER OF CHESS ,YOU OF ALL PEOPLE WILL APPRECIATE THAT.BY THE WAY, I ONCE GAINED OVER 90 POINTS IN A GAMBITO. PLEASE PUT IT TO A VOTE AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU DO FOR THE CLUB. IT IS DEFINITELY APPRECIATED.

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  4. No need to SHOUT...So the answer to tied prizes is to go to blitz chess?? I thought you were in favor of longer games. Sorry, this doesn't make sense...It just so happens we have a annual club meeting this Wednesday and I will aks for a show of hands as to how many people favor your idea...Anyone else want to chime in here??

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  5. no body is shouting, and i gave you due respect at the end of the message. also, 99% of chess players definitely care about their rating. it signifies improvement and a deeper understanding of the game. we can put that to a vote if you like.

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  6. Shouting online is using all CAPITAL letters which you did in your 1st reply. Thanks for the nice words, I forgot to acknowledge them in my last note, and I really do appreciate complements for my efforts. What I mean about ratings is, that yes, everybody cares deeply about their rating, BUT it goes too far in my opinion. You shouldn't be afraid to "risk" your rating points. Playing and learning is more important than what your rating is month to month. I go from 1700 to 1900 all the time, just like you, but to me it is really just "noise". I really do try to tune it out (especially when I am down!). I know in the long run I will be better the more I play and learn, even at fast speeds.

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  7. John, Sorry it took so long to update, I didn't get a chance to get downtown this week until Wednesday, thanks for asking, so at least I know someone is paying attention! Chuck

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