On the weekend of August 12th-14th, Continental Chess Association held two different weekend swisses, one on each coast.
On the West Coast, the Pacific Coast Open was held in the Los Angeles suburb of Ontario, California at the Ontario Airport Hotel. The tournament drew 234 players in six sections. There were 3 GMs, four IMs, one WGM, two WIMs, and five FMs in the 44 player Open section. GM Robert Aghasaryan was not the top seeded GM and was seeded behind several of the IMs, but he dominated the tournament finishing a point ahead of the field with a score of 5 ½ – ½. His only draw was in the last round versus IM John Daniel Bryant. Enroute to his victory he defeated FM William Duckworth and WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan. Here is his round five win over Duckworth.
Tying for second place with 4 ½ – 1 ½ were IM Bryant, GM Erico Sevillano, IM Phillip Wang and FM Duckworth, Each received $1000 except for Duckworth who earned $1200 for clear first Under 2300.
The major upset of the tournament was in round one when 12 year old Anthony Ge defeated GM Sevillano. Here is that game,
Sevillano did bounce back though winning the rest of his games until a last round draw with IM Wang. Here is Sevilano’s win versus Siddharth Banik,
The section winners were:
Wan Kim & Alejandro Ruiz 5-1 $1500
Gabriella Kay 6-0, $2000
Philip Leung & Leonard De Leon III, 5-1 $1350
Shawn Baker & Miles Zhou 5-1, $950
Sean Franco 5 ½ – ½ $800
Cindy Zhang & Wan Kim, 10-2, $500 each
Leo Creger V, 7-1 $135
NTD Steve Immitt directed the event assisted by Randy Hough and Scott Hunt.
On the East Coast there was also a 6 round event. The Continental Open was held at a resort, the Host Hotel at Cedar Lake in Surbridge, MA. The $30,000 prize fund attracted 271 players in seven sections. The open section featured four GMs and five FMs among the 33 players. The event had a clear winner – GM Sergey Kudrin scored 5 points to win $3000 plus the $200 first place bonus. Kudrin drew with GMs Alexander Stripunsky and Alexander Ivanov. Here is Kudrin’s round one versus Life Master Oscar Maldonado.
There was a three way tie for second between GMs Stripunkiy & Michael Rohde and NM Carrissa Yip. Rohde and Stripunsky each won $1100 and Yip won $1400 for clear first Under 2300. Stripunskiy had he toughest pairings. He faced all three of the other GMs. He drew with Rohde and Kudrin and defeated Ivanov in the last round. Stripunky also drew with Yip. Rohde drew with Stripunsky, but lost to Ivanov. He defeated four NMs including this win over Brandon Wu.
Yip had a slightly unusual path to the winner’s circle. She lost in round one to an expert and then score 4 ½ out of the remaining 5 including her draw with Stripunsky. Here is her round two win versus Life Master Oscar Maldonado.
Most of the time, we focus on the open section. However, here is a miniature from the Under 2100 section.
The section winners were:
Mateos G Sahakian, Anthony Andreevich Levin & Michael Chen 5-1 $1167.67
Michael Cole, 5 ½ – ½ , $2000
Mark Neale, 5-1, $2000
Blaise Loya 5 ½ – ½ $1400
Surya Vamsi Pulukuri & Kian Thompson 5 -1, $1050
Jane Stripunsky, 5 ½ – ½ $800
Jane Stripunsky & GM Alexander Stripunsky 10-2, $400 each
Melodie Loya and Blaise Loya 10-2, $400 each
Mika Brattain, 7 ½ – ½ $170
Bill Goichberg directed for CCA assisted by Bob Messenger.