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Sunday, February 22, 2004

Paso Robles Winter Chess Open 

The Paso Robles Winter Chess Open was held February 21, 2004 at the Paso Robles Senior Center. Twenty-Three participants entered the four round tournament to face off on this rainy Saturday. The tournament started at 10:00 a.m. sharp and did not finish until 7:30 p.m.

Chess Open at Paso Robles Senior Center

Joe Deakin, current president, passed the torch to John Wingfield the new Paso Robles Chess Club president. Mr. Deakin expressed his gratitude and enjoyment in holding the office for the past year. Mr. Deakin is relocating and is not able to continue duties. The new president, John Wingfield, stated that he has been a chess lover and member of the Paso Robles Chess Club for many years and is looking forward to his new position as President.

Joe Deakin and new President John Wingfield

Approximately 44 games of chess were played on this rainy day. It was a struggle for first place with many close games. In the end the tie had to be broken using the United States Chess Federation(USCF) tie break system. Remy Le, an exchange student from France attending Templeton High School, emerged as the tournament champion with a score of 3.5. Matthew Hayes, from Castroville CA. placed 2nd and Randall Hough from Alhambra, CA placed 3rd. The prize fund was split 3 ways according to the USCF Rules.

Remy Le (1st) Matthew Hayes (2nd) Randall Hough (3rd)

The best score for players with a USCF rating of 1600 or less was also a tight race. In this special prize section there was a five-way tie for first. Using the USCF tie break sytem, Benjaman Miramontes, from Bakersfield, CA emerged as the winner and took the first place trophy. Taking 2nd place trophy was Paso Robles Resident Kevin Maxwell and bringing home the 3rd place trophy was Steven Tomak from San Luis Obispo CA.

Benjaman Miramontes (1st), Kevin Maxwell (2nd), and Steven Tomak (3rd)

The other two finishers were Benjamin Biesek and Tim Fourney. According to the USCF rules the prize funds were split 5 ways. Timothy Fourney donated his prize to the web site.

Benjamin Biesek and Timothy Fourney

Special awards were as follows: Best unrated medal went to Paso Robles resident Irwin Friedman. This was Irwin’s first tournament at the age of 72!

Irwin Friedman

Capturing the greatest upset was Timothy Forney an Atascadero resident.

President Joe Deakin and his wife Julie prepared breakfast, lunch and a wonderful spaghetti dinner for the chess players. The tournament also had a family of 4 enter. Shaun and Maria Kelly entered themselves and two of their sons Seth and Jasper. The family had a fun filled day of chess and even got to play each other in a few tournament games.

The Kelly Family

Click to see results and photo album!
The Paso Robles Spring Chess Open is scheduled to take place on Saturday May 15, 2004. The format will be slightly different, with 2 sections, an Open and an Under 1500 section. This tournament will also be a California State Championship Qualifier with 6 Grand Prix points available. This should help to bring in more opponents from out of the area.
Spring Open Tournament Information.

Special thanks to the Paso Robles Senior Center for allowing the Paso Robles Chess Club to use their facilities for the tournament. The Paso Robles Chess Club meets at the Senior Center Wednesday nights from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The club is open to all ages. For more information contact President John Wingfield at 239-0748 or visit the Paso Robles Chess Club web site at

Friday, February 20, 2004

The Paso Robles Winter Chess Open Pre-Tournament Entries
The Paso Robles Chess Club is hosting the first annual Paso Robles Winter Chess Open on Saturday, February 21, 2004. We are pleased to announce that the response has been overwhelming. The Paso Robles Winter Chess Open is a 4 round swiss style tournament with a guaranteed prize fund of $250.00! Currently there are 19 players entered.
Click to see the current entries!

Friday, January 16, 2004

US Chess Championship moving to San Diego!
"SEATTLE - After three years in Seattle, the nation's premier chess event is moving down the coast. This year's U.S. Chess Championship is being delayed from January to December to accommodate the move into San Diego's new cultural and arts venue, the Promenade Centre. "

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

"Russian chess duo on top after fifth round
Mumbai, Jan. 14 (PTI): Russian Grandmasters Pavel Smirnov and Alexnader Fominyh, won their respective boards against top Indian players to emerge joint leaders after the fifth round of the Commonwealth Chess Championship here today. " Hindu News
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Shobha Warrier's interview with Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand continues. recently interviewed Anand. He has some very interesting points and he may help to transform the current rating system. He calls the players association to change this by using the internet.
"Part I: 'You really want to defeat Kasparov'"

"Computer chess helps ADF develop war games

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is looking to the game of chess to develop strategies for real life warfare.
Adelaide-based defence scientists have been analysing the impact of different moves, tactics and tempos on the outcome of hundreds of simultaneous computer chess and checkers games." (Reuters)

Monday, January 12, 2004

"Grandmaster (GM) Viswanathan Anand beat Vladimir Akopian of Armenia in the second round Sunday to shoot into lead of the 66th Corus GMs Chess Tournament at Wijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands."
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Thursday, January 08, 2004

Paso Robles Winter Chess Open: "USCF Open 4 SS Game/60. Please bring sets and chess clocks if you have them. Everyone plays in the open. Prizes may be awarded to best 3 scores under 1600* "

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