IM Bryant, GM Gareyev, & GM Khachiyan Win LA Open


GM Timur Gareyev will be attempting a World Record in Las Vegas in December 3. More photos at

The Los Angeles Open was held from November 4-6, in Ontario, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.  The $15,000 guaranteed prize fund drew 180 players in six sections including two GMs and five IMs in the 31 player open section.  The two GMs both tied for first, but the top prize on tiebreaks went to IM John Bryant.  Bryant won $900 plus the $100 bonus while GMs Timur Gareyev and Melikset Khachiyan each won $900.  Bryant started 3-0 by defeating Pranav Nanur, WIM Annie Wang, and IM Joshua Sheng.  Here is the round two win over WIM Wang.

In rounds four and five, Bryant drew both Gareyev and Khachiyan.

Gareyev gave up draws to IMs Bregadze and Bryant and defeated NMs Albert Lu and Ilia Serpik and Gordon McNeil.

GM Khachiyan drew with Bryant and NM Albert Lu and defeated IM Sheng, NM Daniel Mouserri and Aaron Jones.

There was a four way tie for 4th at 3 ½.  NM Danial Asaria won the first Under 2250 prize of $600 while IM Keaton Kiewra, WIM Annie Wang, and NM Ilia Serpik each won $150.

US Chess News reporter NM Vanessa West and NM Anthony Ge each won $150 for splitting the second under 2250 prize.

The section winners were:

Under 2050

Ed Cohen, 4  ½ – ½ $1200

Under 1850

Charles Smith, 4 ½ – ½ , $1200

Under 1650

Alexander Garber & Fausto Castro, 4 ½ – ½ , $750

Under 1450

Leo De Vera, 5-0, $1000

Under 1200

Malachi Fowler, 5-0, $986

Under 1000

Ryan Qu, Imaad Rana, Johnny Li, Omya Vidyarthi, Ivan Lin, & Austin Mitchell, 4-1, $250

Mixed Doubles

Omya Vidyarthi & Vyom Vidyarthi, 8-0, $300 each

Blitz Tournament

IM Levan Bregadze 7-1, $120

NTD David Hater directed for CCA assisted by Randall Hough and Scott Hunt.

Full tournament details can be found at

Previous Continental Chess tournaments can be found at the Continental Chess website at


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