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Chess, Chess Everywhere in San Antonio!

For chess players and fans across South Texas, San Antonio is the place to be this weekend and throughout the next few weeks. Aw, who am I kidding? San Antonio is the place to be, period. This weekend, Trinity University and the Jesse James Chess Academy is hosting a tournament at their main campus in downtown. You can read more about that tournament here on Campfire Chess or visit the official website to register. Yours truly is registered and will be playing in the rated section.

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Rackspace, the cloud company that converted the abandoned Westgate Mall into their technological metropolis, is hosting its annual Rackspace Chess Scholastic Tournament on April 30 (tomorrow) beginning at 0730 CST. There is no entry fee and the tournament is open for K-1 through High School Seniors. Visit the Rackspace website to see more about the tournament. Note that all participants must have a parent with them.

sachesslogoAs if that was not enough, the 2016 San Antonio Chess Club Championship begins this coming Thursday, May 5 at 7pm. The tournament is played at the Lions Field Center, which is the same location that my church, Mission Vineyard Church, meets on Sunday mornings at 10am (hint hint). Entry is free, but is closed to members of the SA Chess Club. Club officers will be on hand at Lions Field before the tournament to start a new membership or renew an existing membership. First place is a championship trophy and free entry into the upcoming San Antonio City Championship. Time controls are G75+5, but are subject to change based on availability of the Lions Field Center for late night play. Visit the club on Facebook and RSVP if you would like to participate.

Finally, the San Antonio City Chess Championship is also fast approaching and will be held from July 30-31. Exact times, location, and other details are forthcoming. I will post more details on that tournament when I know they have been solidified. I am also examining the possibility of conducting some live commentary for that tournament. At the very least, I intend to offer a daily tournament report, photos, and possibly some interviews. More to come.

In the meantime, enjoy the amazing amount of chess on the horizon in the Alamo City!

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Three-Way Tie for First in San Antonio

The San Antonio Chess Club hosted its annual city championship tournament from June 27-28 at the Hornbeak Building in San Antonio. This year’s event was a huge success with over 100 players descending on the Alamo city to compete for the coveted title of best chess player in San Antonio. Featured in this year’s tournament was NM Jesse Lozano, NM Curtis Brooks, and the always lovely and engaging WCM Claudia Munoz.

WCM Munoz and others compete for the San Antonio Championship title.

This year, NM Lozano, NM Brooks, and Gregg Stanley shared a three-way tie for first place, but it was Gregg Stanley who took home the title of San Antonio City Champion. Congratulations to Mr. Stanley on his achievement! The complete crosstable for the event is below, courtesy of the United States Chess Federation.

Event ID:        201506282842
Event Name:      2015 SAN ANTONIO CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
Location:        SAN ANTONIO TX 78229
Event Dates:     2015-06-27 - 2015-06-28
Stats:           2 Sections, 113 Players, 253 Games
Affiliate:       A5011779 SAN ANTONIO CHESS CLUB 
Chief TD:        10399289 JOHN PAUL HYLTIN
Asst Chief TD:   12755968 ROSS EVAN JOHNSON
Other TDs:       15166820 EDGAR MUNOZ

Section:         1 OPEN
Section Dates:   2015-06-27 - 2015-06-28
Sec Chief TD:    12755968 ROSS EVAN JOHNSON
Sec Asst Chf TD: 15166820 EDGAR MUNOZ
Stats:           5 Rounds, 111 Players, 252 Games, Swiss
Rating Stats:    Regular Ratings Full K
Dates:           Received: 2015-06-28, Entered: 2015-06-28, Rated: 2015-06-28
Re-Rated:        2015-07-07
 USCF ID PAIR       NAME        ST PRERATE PSTRATE   1     2     3     4     5   TOTAL
-------- ---- ----------------- -- ------- ------- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
10400481    1 STANLEY, GREGG    TX 2176*   2186*   W--57 W---8 W--65 D--15 W--13  4.5 
12767972    2 BROOKS, CURTIS    TX 2220*   2224*   W--47 W--23 W--68 D--14 W--16  4.5 
12937011    3 LOZANO, JESSE JAM TX 2256*   2264*   W--53 W--63 D--13 W--17 W--15  4.5 
12857760    4 VASQUEZ, SIMON, I TX 2115*   2132*   W--40 W--26 D--45 D---5 W--35  4.0 
15428404    5 RODRIGUEZ, DANIEL TX 2338*   2331*   W--25 D--17 W--20 D---4 W--14  4.0 
12722825    6 GUERRA, ANTHONY   TX 2138*   2130*   W--28 W--24 L--14 W--36 W--37  4.0 
10293472    7 MCCUE, MARK E     TX 1919*   1944*   W--31 D--19 H---0 W--33 W--27  4.0 
15166820    8 MUNOZ, EDGAR      TX 1813*   1849*   W--34 L---1 W--88 W--65 W--23  4.0 
12715176    9 LOYOLA, EDUARDO   TX 2064*   2072*   W--44 L--45 W--52 W--53 W--24  4.0 
13942060   10 NGUYEN, KHOA MINH TX 1991*   1979*   L--29 W--58 W--94 W--26 W--25  4.0 
11406751   11 FLOURNOY, DONALD  TX 2014*   2030*   W--62 H---0 W--69 D--45 W--30  4.0 
14793255   12 WANG, YANKE       TX 1952*   1956*   H---0 W--51 D--64 W--48 W--32  4.0 
13481236   13 MUNOZ, CLAUDIA E  TX 2064*   2085*   W--96 W--46 D---3 W--18 L---1  3.5 
15224818   14 CARLL, GARRETT B  TX 1429*   1581*   W-109 W--31 W---6 D---2 L---5  3.5 
12029800   15 HUDDLESTON, JAMES TX 2114*   2115*   W--41 W--50 W--27 D---1 L---3  3.5 
13517950   16 MALAZARTE, ERNEST TX 2130*   2123*   W--33 W--29 D--18 W--21 L---2  3.5 
13942054   17 NGUYEN, DUY MINH  TX 2075*   2081*   X-110 D---5 W--49 L---3 W--47  3.5 
15757280   18 VIDJEACOUMAR, SIN TX 1586/03 1824/08 W--83 W--34 D--16 L--13 W--51  3.5 
10070759   19 MOORE, BOBBY G, J TX 2200*   2200*   W--36 D---7 H---0 D--47 W--28  3.5 
14509898   20 LOPEZ, LUKE       TX 1864*   1885*   H---0 W--22 L---5 W--69 W--49  3.5 
14450427   21 YU, RAY           TX 1917*   1918*   H---0 W--55 W--71 L--16 W--50  3.5 
14502963   22 FAN, WILLIAM G    TX 1931*   1922*   H---0 L--20 W--98 W--74 W--54  3.5 
10399831   23 SMITH, ANDREW I   TX 2032*   2015*   W--39 L---2 W--58 W--42 L---8  3.0 
12430764   24 TAYLOR, BRYAN WES TX 1918*   1914*   W--73 L---6 W--76 W--29 L---9  3.0 
13510941   25 FLORES, BRANDON M TX 1797*   1794*   L---5 W--43 W--87 W--56 L--10  3.0 
15585988   26 BULGER, JAMES     TX 1469*   1516*   W--30 L---4 W--99 L--10 W--74  3.0 
15757295   27 RAVINDRAN, MAGESH TX 1300/03 1586/08 W--97 W--73 L--15 W--39 L---7  3.0 
12777105   28 VISWANATH, LAKSHM TX 1657*   1696*   L---6 W--75 W--97 W--38 L--19  3.0 
14783745   29 HERRERA, BLAKE    TX 1632*   1662*   W--10 L--16 W-102 L--24 W--65  3.0 
14605830   30 BANDI, ROHIT CHOU TX 1819*   1794*   L--26 W--94 W--60 W--68 L--11  3.0 
15121826   31 RAMESH, SREENEVAS TX 1735*   1710*   L---7 L--14 W--86 W--82 W--84  3.0 
12596133   32 DELEON, JOSE      TX 1774*   1771*   L--45 W--70 W--78 W--66 L--12  3.0 
12430464   33 ECKERT, ALLEN     TX 1700*   1701*   L--16 W--87 W--67 L---7 W--68  3.0 
11289258   34 RIMPEL, LOUIS H   TX 1680*   1668*   L---8 L--18 W--85 W--97 W--64  3.0 
12283310   35 MINSKEY, CHARLES  TX 1869*   1849*   D--48 D--52 W--80 W--84 L---4  3.0 
14714240   36 ROMO, BENJAMIN    TX 1747*   1752*   L--19 W--78 W--90 L---6 W--70  3.0 
11346600   37 HERNANDEZ, JULIAN TX 1853*   1843*   H---0 D--48 W--72 W--64 L---6  3.0 
12871427   38 DIAZ, ADRIAN      TX 2039*   2010*   H---0 D--49 W--70 L--28 W--55  3.0 
12424200   39 MALCOLM, BARRINGT TX 1674*   1660*   L--23 W--82 W--89 L--27 W--78  3.0 
12620982   40 CARRIZALES, JUAN, TX 1634*   1683*   L---4 W-106 F--56 W--87 W--63  3.0 
14750730   41 BATTULA, RAHUL    TX 1778*   1765*   L--15 D--64 H---0 W--75 W--72  3.0 
15187722   42 QIN, ANDREW       TX 1651*   1649*   L--63 W--67 W--79 L--23 W--66  3.0 
11476791   43 BURKLOW, FREDDY R TX 1418*   1431*   W--66 L--25 L--63 W-101 W--79  3.0 
14793323   44 THOMAS, MICHAEL D TX 1655*   1627*   L---9 L--68 W--95 X-106 W--76  3.0 
12839764   45 DE JESUS, JEFFREY TX 2306*   2301*   W--32 W---9 D---4 D--11 U---0  3.0 
12730225   46 GITHORO, MBUGUA B TX 2262*   2252*   W--54 L--13 W--59 W--63 U---0  3.0 
13156795   47 MCDONALD, GABRIEL TX 1774*   1785*   L---2 W--60 W--75 D--19 L--17  2.5 
12498848   48 GRILLO, RAYMOND A TX 1610*   1618*   D--35 D--37 W--81 L--12 D--60  2.5 
14987180   49 DELEON, CARLOS DA TX 1484*   1571*   W--80 D--38 L--17 W--57 L--20  2.5 
12755968   50 JOHNSON, ROSS EVA TX 1520*   1539*   W--61 L--15 H---0 W--59 L--21  2.5 
14484332   51 ORTIZ, MATTHEW    TX 1784*   1759*   D--52 L--12 W--93 W--71 L--18  2.5 
13731991   52 PACHECO, DAVID, I TX 1577*   1589*   D--51 D--35 L---9 D--67 W--89  2.5 
15506010   53 MURALIDHARAN, SAN TX 1746*   1746*   L---3 W--88 W--82 L---9 H---0  2.5 
12561407   54 DAVIS, CHARLES R  TX 1735*   1731*   L--46 W--72 W-106 H---0 L--22  2.5 
14998896   55 CASAS, MICHAEL    TX 1562*   1549*   D--59 L--21 W--91 W--92 L--38  2.5 
15004804   56 AKELLA, NITIN SRI TX 1260*   1267*   L--58 W--86 X--40 L--25 D--61  2.5 
13467667   57 MILLS, WILLIAM RI TX 1781*   1746*   L---1 D--71 W--77 L--49 W--90  2.5 
12703789   58 PUTNAM, BILL HOWA TX 1463*   1466*   W--56 L--10 L--23 D--89 W--93  2.5 
15585601   59 KANG, ZHILING     TX 1228*   1324*   D--55 W--93 L--46 L--50 W--88  2.5 
15052858   60 AUNG, CHRISTOPHER TX 1357*   1371*   W--98 L--47 L--30 W-103 D--48  2.5 
12773482   61 REA, JONATHAN     TX 1488*   1437*   L--50 L--74 W-108 W--83 D--56  2.5 
12625674   62 ESTRADA, JAIME    TX 1665*   1633*   L--11 L--65 H---0 W-100 W--92  2.5 
13997116   63 MCNIECE, BRIAN    TX 1904*   1884*   W--42 L---3 W--43 L--46 L--40  2.0 
15166312   64 POTHIREDDY, VAMSH TX 1284*   1337*   W--77 D--41 D--12 L--37 L--34  2.0 
15197776   65 MALCOLM, MATTHEW  TX 1264/11 1321/15 X-111 W--62 L---1 L---8 L--29  2.0 
15348463   66 ALEXIS, FREWIN    TX 1177*   1216*   L--43 W-104 W--96 L--32 L--42  2.0 
15606662   67 CORREA, RAMON     TX 1296*   1338*   W--81 L--42 L--33 D--52 D--73  2.0 
15105036   68 YELLAMRAJU, AMBIC TX 1271*   1312*   W-108 W--44 L---2 L--30 L--33  2.0 
15196107   69 ALVAREZ CARRIZALE TM 1443*   1415*   D--89 W--91 L--11 L--20 D--77  2.0 
15461241   70 MIELES, ANTONIO W TX 1421*   1420*   W-101 L--32 L--38 W-102 L--36  2.0 
14908373   71 GUNDAM, ROHIT RED TX 1364*   1369*   W--99 D--57 L--21 L--51 D--81  2.0 
15472194   72 PULLABHOTLA, VENK TX 1377*   1375*   W-102 L--54 L--37 W--98 L--41  2.0 
12575888   73 DUGAN, DON        TX 1646*   1598*   L--24 L--27 W-104 D--90 D--67  2.0 
13306488   74 JOHNSON, LUKAS DA TX 1039*   1133*   D--76 W--61 H---0 L--22 L--26  2.0 
14830707   75 PEREZ, ETHAN HUNT TX 1336*   1334*   W-100 L--28 L--47 L--41 W--99  2.0 
15352433   76 LEONARD, FAUSTIN  TX 1331*   1314*   D--74 D--89 L--24 W--99 L--44  2.0 
15349870   77 SUDARSHAN, ANIRUD TX  942*   1009*   L--64 D--83 L--57 W--95 D--69  2.0 
15184345   78 ZOU, ERIC         TX 1347*   1337*   W-103 L--36 L--32 X--96 L--39  2.0 
15258881   79 CRANE, JAKE RYAN  TX 1038*   1081*   L--88 W-107 L--42 W--80 L--43  2.0 
14512488   80 AYALA JR, PAUL, J TX 1429*   1391*   L--49 W-100 L--35 L--79 W--97  2.0 
15759684   81 CRANE, JUDE BARTO TX 1008/03 1171/08 L--67 W-101 L--48 D--88 D--71  2.0 
15531337   82 GURUNG, KRISHNA   TX 1271*   1268*   W-107 L--39 L--53 L--31 W-103  2.0 
15460247   83 GUTZ, JOSHUA ALLE TX 1313*   1286*   L--18 D--77 H---0 L--61 W-100  2.0 
14140920   84 DETCHEVERRY, MIKE TX 1321*   1297*   D--91 W--95 H---0 L--35 L--31  2.0 
15667341   85 RAJENDRA, AFREN   TX  826/19  879/24 L-106 L--92 L--34 W-108 W--98  2.0 
15643412   86 GONZALEZ, ENRIQUE TX  992/23 1012*   L--87 L--56 L--31 W-107 W-101  2.0 
14989604   87 WAN, AUDREY X     TX 1317*   1328*   W--86 L--33 L--25 L--40 D--96  1.5 
12542411   88 BOURGEOIS, LANE M TX 1459*   1415*   W--79 L--53 L---8 D--81 L--59  1.5 
13769254   89 GONZALEZ ORTIZ, A TM 1253*   1268*   D--69 D--76 L--39 D--58 L--52  1.5 
15281604   90 MARRAPU, DHANVI   TX 1365*   1362*   W-105 L--96 L--36 D--73 L--57  1.5 
15424093   91 MARRAPU, SAKETH   TX  834*    876*   D--84 L--69 L--55 L--93 W-104  1.5 
13306494   92 JOHNSON, AARON CO TX 1176*   1165*   L--94 W--85 H---0 L--55 L--62  1.5 
12228820   93 SHORT, WALLACE B  TX 1229*   1207*   H---0 L--59 L--51 W--91 L--58  1.5 
12454484   94 GRAW, JOHN H, JR  TX 1387*   1391*   W--92 L--30 L--10 H---0 U---0  1.5 
15351451   95 BAO, EDWARD MING  TX  761*    746*   H---0 L--84 L--44 L--77 X-108  1.5 
12560128   96 SALINAS, GUILLERM TX 1687*   1644*   L--13 W--90 L--66 F--78 D--87  1.5 
15184963   97 LUO, ANDREW       TX 1255*   1236*   L--27 W-103 L--28 L--34 L--80  1.0 
15353573   98 LUO, HELEN HANQI  TX  959*    925*   L--60 W-109 L--22 L--72 L--85  1.0 
15105042   99 YELLAMRAJU, APARN TX  993*    976*   L--71 W-105 L--26 L--76 L--75  1.0 
15071377  100 ZHAO, EASON YICHE TX  959*    947*   L--75 L--80 W-105 L--62 L--83  1.0 
12503749  101 FRAY, RICHARD     TX 1156*   1090*   L--70 L--81 W-107 L--43 L--86  1.0 
12667389  102 CHACON, THOMAS ED TX 1108/20 1094/24 L--72 W-108 L--29 L--70 U---0  1.0 
15426895  103 WANG, JEFFREY     TX  971*    943*   L--78 L--97 X-109 L--60 L--82  1.0 
15127606  104 TAYLOR, JACKSON   TX  775*    763*   U---0 L--66 L--73 W-105 L--91  1.0 
15725984  105 MARTINEZ, ABEL    TX  541/10  553/15 L--90 L--99 L-100 L-104 W-107  1.0 
15745773  106 MEDRANO, DAVID    TX 1327/12 1320/15 W--85 L--40 L--54 F--44 U---0  1.0 
15725990  107 OVIEDO, MATTHEW   TX  679/10  624/15 L--82 L--79 L-101 L--86 L-105  0.0 
15336077  108 GEDALA, AARAV     TX  708*    685*   L--68 L-102 L--61 L--85 F--95  0.0 
15741214  109 TURNER, MARK CHRI TX 1300/00  539/02 L--14 L--98 F-103 U---0 U---0  0.0 
13181604  110 MONTAZERI, EBRAHI TX 1689*   1689*   F--17 U---0 U---0 U---0 U---0  0.0 
15726003  111 ACUNA, ROCKY      TX  155/10  155/10 F--65 U---0 U---0 U---0 U---0  0.0 

Section:         2 SIDE
Section Dates:   2015-06-27 - 2015-06-28
Sec Chief TD:    10399289 JOHN PAUL HYLTIN
Sec Asst Chf TD:  
Stats:           1 Round, 2 Players, 1 Game, Swiss
Rating Stats:    Regular Ratings Full K
Dates:           Received: 2015-06-28, Entered: 2015-06-28, Rated: 2015-06-28
Re-Rated:        2015-07-07
 USCF ID PAIR       NAME        ST PRERATE PSTRATE   1   TOTAL
-------- ---- ----------------- -- ------- ------- ----- -----
12228820    1 SHORT, WALLACE B  TX 1207*   1183*   D---2  0.5 
15351451    2 BAO, EDWARD MING  TX  746*    777*   D---1  0.5
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GM Julio Sadorra Wins Texas State Championship

The 2015 Texas State and Amateur Championship chess tournament was held from May 22 to May 25 at the DFW Airport Marriott South in Fort Worth, Texas. Approximately forty-one people participated in the State Championship section while the State Amateur Championship section was packed with one-hundred and thirty-seven people! Social media saavy WCM Claudia Munõz was on hand to compete for the tournament championship and to take plenty of photos for the rest us! In the end, it was GM Julio Sadorro with 4 wins and 2 draws who took the overall tournament win. WCM Munõz played exceptionally well and placed 24th overall with 2 losses, 2 draws, and a win. The final standings for the top ten players in the Championship section were:

#NameRtngPostRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Tot
1GM Julio C Sadorra26262625W32W17W18D16W5D2 5.0
2IM Darwin Yang25752576H—W7D8W13W4D1 4.5
3NM Tianming Xie21662224W34D30W20D28W16D6 4.5
4NM Jeffrey De Jesus23292338W6W9D16W27L2D5 4.0
5NM Dachey Lin23152322W21D19W37W8L1D4 4.0
6Andrew J Widener21422186L4W41D10W19W28D3 4.0
7Joey Kelly21002170D12L2W22W32D18W17 4.0
8NM Atulya Vaidya22542265W40W38D2L5W27D12 4.0
9Robert Sanchez21702199W35L4W36D17D12W18 4.0
10NM Bovey Liu22352234D22D39D6D37W21W20 4.0

GM Julio Sadorra and the Texas State Championship Trophy
Photo: Texas Chess Association

The Amateur Section was open to players U2000 ELO or unrated, while the Championship Section was open to players over 2000 ELO or with a rating higher than the 2014 Amateur Champion, IM Darwin Yang (2570 ELO). This year’s Texas State Amateur Champion is Benjamin Frenkel who destroyed his competition to win a perfect 6/6 with an ELO of 1888!

Benjamin Frenkel and the Texas Amateur Championship Trophy
Photo: Texas Chess Association

The final standings for the top ten players in the Amateur section were:

#NameRtngClubRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Tot
1Benjamin Frenkel188890%W70W106W18W10W16W9 6.0
2Daniel Hung188490%W78W113W41W39D3W17 5.5
3Adrian Diaz1993100%W34W82W19H—D2W25 5.0
4David R Gaston1902100%W95W36D15W24D17W19 5.0
5Ryan S Ackerman1862100%W98W49W57D9D7W20 5.0
6Peter Mikhail1890100%W94L15W66W18W44W23 5.0
7Jonathan F Allen1921100%H—W65W71W85D5W15 5.0
8Annastasia Wyzywany186490%W68W75D85D40W62W16 5.0
9Travis Guenther1943100%W55W63W61D5W11L1 4.5
10Atreya Vaidya197160%W72W14W58L1D15W52 4.5

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2015 Texas State and Amateur Championship Underway

Yesterday was the first day of the 70th Annual Texas State and Amateur Championship chess tournament at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Marriott South in Fort Worth, Texas. The event itself is a 7-Round Swiss with both Champion Sections (G/90 with 30 second increments) and an Amateur Sections (G/90 with 30 second increments). The tournament runs from May 22 to May 25 and is the official State Championship Event for Texas! The Amateur Section is open to players U2000 ELO or unrated, while the Championship Section is open to players over 2000 ELO or with a rating higher than the 2014 Amateur Champion, IM Darwin Yang (2570 ELO).

The Playing Venue (from WCM Claudia Munõz)

The schedule of events for the 2015 Texas Championship should make for quite a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend for those looking to get out and see some fantastic Texas-style chess playing. Among the players is the always inspiring and social-media savvy WCM Claudia Munõz, who is reporting on her official website regularly from the tournament. The schedule for the three and four day events is below. Note that both schedules converge today, Saturday the 23rd:

Schedule of Events

  • May 22 @ 1945 CST: Round 1 (4-Day Event)
  • May 23 @ 1000 CST: Round 1 (3-Day Event)
  • May 23 @ 1430 CST: Round 2
  • May 23 @ 2000 CST: Round 3
  • May 24 @ 1100 CST: Round 4
  • May 24 @ 1715 CST: Round 5
  • May 25 @ 0900 CST: Round 6
  • May 25 @ 1445 CST: Round 7


Human-Sized chess board at The University of Texas – Dallas

Texas has a strong reputation for being the land of beer, BBQ, and cowboys. Yet, amongst those things (which are all real things…even the cowboys), Texas has an incredibly vibrant chess life. The Dallas Chess Club is one of the US Chess Federation‘s Gold-Member clubs. San Antonio, my current city, is home to its own flourishing chess club and it seems like I find chess players almost everywhere I go. The US Chess Federation’s governing body for chess in Texas is the Texas Chess Association, which publishes the Texas Knights Chess Magazine and does an incredible job of promoting chess across the state.

Good luck to all of this year’s State Championship participants and the families that have traveled from all-across the lone-star state to support them!

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