Thursday, April 5, 2012

April Gambito Opens: #559, 560 & 561

Gambito Open #561  4/28/12 

4 games of G/40 starting at 10:30 AM. Registration is from 10 AM to 10:25, Rounds are at 10:30, 12:15, 2:45 and 4:30, and it's all over by 6 PM. Entry Fee is $20, all money returned in prizes, minus a small club fee.

19 players for this event. 1 point McMahon pairings used with M/Exp =1, A/B/C=0. Players were: 3 Masters: Cyrus Lakdawala, Dionisio Aldama and Bruce Baker; 3 Experts: Leonard Sussman, Jeff Turner and Elkaei Rivera; 4 Class A: Bud Stamper, Pejman Sagart, Aaron Householder and Albert Dumaran; 6 Class B: Datris Robinson, Ryan Tang, Jerry Qu, Scott Householder, Anthony Harbone and Jay Choi; 3 Class C and below: Fred Cleveland, Alex Householder and Andrew Slaughter (unrated).

Bruce Baker lost to Cyrus in round 1 and then retired to directing duties. Cy lost to Aldama in round 2. Dionisio drew with Sussman in round 3. There was a logjam at 3 points, see below. Bud Stamper looks like he went over 2000 with this event and Datris went back over 1800.   

Here are the prize winners:

First Place: Dionisio Aldama (4 1/2), $100

Second Place: Cyrus Lakdawala (4), $20 

BU2400/2200: Elkaei Rivera (3) and Jeff Turner (3), $50 each

BU2000: Bud Stamper (3), $50     BU1800: Datris Robinson (3), $50 

BU1600: Alex Householder (1 1/2), $30 

Total Prizes $350   next week: Super Gambito on 5/05/12       

Gambito Open #560  4/21/12  

24 players today, including:

5 Masters: Lakdawala, Aldama, Baker, Graves and Griffith

7 Experts: Agron, Navabi, Faber, Iyer, Pryor, Whitten and Sussman

3 Class A: Stamper, Ensey and Robinson

5 Class B: Arbeiter, Dumaran, Choi, Harbone and A. Negus

4 Class C and below: Keltner, Cleveland, M. Negus and Edwards

We used a 4 point McMahon pairing system where M=4, Exp=3, A=2, B=1, C=0

Cyrus lost to Peter Graves and Dionisio Aldama, Graves lost to Aldama and Griffith, while Griffith lost to Aldama and Cyrus. Sussman drew with FWM Navabi and beat Pryor and Whitten. Dumaran had a good day by taking a bye, drawing with Ensey and winning over Arbeiter and Robinson. Albert's rating jumped over 1800 to ~1823. Fred Cleveland also did well with a bye and 3 wins boosting his rating 101 points to ~1560.

Here were the prize winners:

First Place: Dionisio Aldama (8), $100

Second Place: Cyrus Lakdawala (6), $40

BU2400: Peter Graves (6) and Kyron Griffith (6), $40 each

BU2200: Leonard Sussman (6), $60

BU2000: Bud Stamper (4 1/2), $50 

BU1800: Albert Dumaran (4 1/2), $50 

BU1600: Fred Cleveland (3 1/2), $50  

Total Prizes: $430    

4/07/12 Gambito #559  April Super Gambito Open

Great turnout of 43 players today!! We were expecting a good showing so we set it up with 3 sections:

1) 2000 and over (Open) - Masters and Experts only  

2) 1600 and over (Premier) - Class A and B

3) U1600 (Reserve) - Class C and below

Here were the players in pre-event rating order:

Open Section (13 players): 

5 Masters: Cyrus Lakdawala, Bruce Baker, Kyron Griffith, Peter Graves and Alan Tsoi

8 Experts: Peter Hodges, Raoul Crisologo, Paul Agron, Jamieson Pryor, Venkat Iyer, Leonard Sussman, Jeff Turner and David Whitten (playing up)  

Prize Winners:

First Place: Peter Graves (3 1/2), $125

2nd Place: Cyrus Lakdawala (3), $90        BU2400: Alan Tsoi (3), $90

2nd U2400: Kyron Griffith (2 1/2), $40

BU2200: David Whitten (2 1/2), $90

2nd U2200: Venkat Iyer (2), Paul Agron (2), Leonard Sussman (2), $13 each  

David Whitten gained an estimated 57 rating points to put him over 2000 (~2007). Nice going David, I have never seen anyone gain so many points so fast, from a Class C to an Expert in just a few months!! Alan Tsoi consolidated his master rating, up 22 more now at approximately 2229.   

Premier Section (17 players):

5 Class A: Ben Barquin, Bud Stamper, Jason Ma, Pejman Sagart and Chuck Ensey 

12 Class B: Jerry Qu, Jason Arbeiter, Jay Choi, Albert Dumaran, Rolando Ignacio, Zechariah Zhu, Steve Perry, Kenneth Carter, Anthony Harbone, Andrew Negus, plus David Narevsky and Daniel Zhu playing up and John Donahoo as a house player.

Prize winners:

First Place: Bud Stamper (4), $90

2nd Place: Pejman Sagart (3) and Jason Ma (3), $20 each

BU1800: Jerry Qu (2 1/2) and Kenneth Carter (2 1/2), $65 each

Kenny Carter, David Narevsky and Bud Stamper all gained about 47 rating points, and Daniel Zhu gained 77, gettting very close to 1600 (~1590)!  

Reserve Section (13 players):  

2 Class C: Claire Negus and William Hammond

7 Class D: Fred Cleveland, Stephen Zhu, Thomas Diem, Jesse Wang, Cassidy Liu, Matthew Lizanich, Matthew Wang

4 Class E/unr: Mark Negus, Patrick Edwards, Ben Duong and Sabrina Duong      

First Place: Matthew Lizanich (4), $70

BU1400: Mark Negus (3) and Stephen Zhu (3), $50 each

Second Place: Claire Negus (2 1/2) and Fred Cleveland (2 1/2), $15 each  

Mark Negus gained an estimated 163 points to jump to 1313 and Matt Lizanich gained 161 points to 1483. Those are some impressives gains!! Also Stephen Zhu gained 23 to go over 1400 (~1418).

Best Game Prizes went to Kyron Griffith, Pejman Sagart and Matt Lizanich. 

Total Prizes: $980, way over the $700 Guaranteed. Thanks everyone!  

.Questions? email Chuck at   or call Bruce at 619-239-7166         



  1. mgbbhc

    Chuck - as we have joint champions, either only one does the simul or both do it. If both, allowing each to play 1/2 of the players is to cut their individual burden in half, certainly different if only one champion plays all the opponents in the room. Here's an idea - why not ask the co-champions to play a consultation game, with each one making an alternative move. So one champion would circle the room making a move and then the other co-champion would make the next move circling the room.
    It would be novel, intriguing and a lot of fun.
    Bruce Charnov

  2. i think it is far better for the winners to annotate a couple of their best wins and explain how they study chess as far as the type of training they do and what they did to get to master level from say expert level. also, the method of study they would recommend for lower rated players. perry sagart


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