I. NorCal House of Chess Winter Championship (February 25 & 26, 2012)

NorCal House of Chess is sponsoring a long-time control event this winter. This tournament is perfect for Adults & kids who prefer to play in a long-time control. For the Open Section, it will be a FIDE-RATED event! Several Masters have signed up. Advance entries will soon be posted. Please email us, if you want to participate in this event.


5-SS, G/90 AllStar Institute 43697 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539.
$$$ 2,400 based on 72 fully paid entries in 3 sections. Class prizes/sections will be adjusted accordingly depending on the number of entrants.

$$$ 2,400 based on 72 fully paid entries in all sections.

$450 for 1st place winner
$220-150-80 (2nd,3rd, and 4th)
U2100 $ 120, 80 (1st & 2nd)

Amateur Section (1500-1899)
$300 for 1st place winner
$120-100 (2nd & 3rd place)
U1700 $120-80 (1st & 2nd place)

Reserve Section (1000-1499)
$ 220 for 1st place winner
$100-80 U1300 100-80

Entry Fee: $ 55.00. If payment is received after Feb. 24 or onsite: $ 65.00
($5.00 discount if NHC member; $ 20.00 more if playing up)
February Supplement will be used.
GM/IM Free if confirmed by Feb. 24 (Entry fee will be deducted from Prize money; Late fee will be applied if onsite registration)

Round times: 5 Rounds and Game in 90 minutes.
Saturday 10:30 am; 2:30 pm; and 6:00 pm
Sunday 9:30 am; 1:30 pm
Byes: Two ½ point byes, if requested before Rd.2

Entries: Please mail your entry forms & payments c/o Ted Castro at P.O. Box 110, Newark, CA 94560. Email us at norcalhouseofchess@gmail.com or castro.ted@gmail.com. Online payment will be set up very soon, please email us if you want to participate in this event.

Others: Walking distance to Starbucks, right beside really good Japanese, Indian, & Chinese Restaurants, Subway, and Shopping area.

Player Name: _________________________________________________

USCF ID_________________________________Rating:______________

SECTION: OPEN_________AMATEUR__________RESERVE____________

Address: _________________________ City: ___________Zip:_________

Email: _____________________________________________________

Home/Cellphone: ___________ For scholastics, Parent’s name _____________

School: ________________________________Grade: ________________

NorCal House of Chess member____________ Date of membership:__________

Additional Requests (Byes or Playing up)_______________________________

Please send checks to P.O. BOX 110, Newark, CA 94560. (payable to Ted Castro)
You can email us at norcalhouseofchess@gmail.com or castro.ted@gmail.com or please call us at 415-756-1204/415-269-9555.

II. Group Classes on weekends!

It is still not too late to sign up for the private group classes. Slots are limited since we want to keep the numbers to a minimum. For those who attended the first session, please email us to confirm if you want your kids to continue with the program.

A. Intermediate/Advance Class 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Saturdays
B. Master Class 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Sat) and/or 10:00-11:30 am (Sun)
C. Beginners/Intermediate Class 10:00 am – 11:30 am Sundays

Location: AllStar Institute 43697 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539.
Coaches: Top-notch Coach Ted Castro, IM-Elect Ronald Cusi/IM De Guzman and several guest Masters, Coach Joyce Laforteza


The first version of the Winter Marathon is about to end this Friday. In the Open Section, International Master Ricardo De Guzman is leading with 4 points after beating WFM Uyanga Bayambaa in an exciting game where, the former almost flagged before checkmating her. In the U1500 Section, Seth Castro is undefeated with 4 points after beating Shreyas Swaminathan. Almost 40 players are playing in this tournament. If you are interested to participate in the second version of the Winter Marathon, please email us. The Marathon will start on March 2.
Standings. winter marathon 2012: Open Section

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4

1 Ricardo De Guzman 2500 W11 W10 W12 W3 4.0
2 Ted Castro 2000 H— W9 D8 W10 3.0
3 Uyanga Byambaa 2027 W9 H— W4 L1 2.5
4 Neil Regan 1900 D6 W7 L3 W11 2.5
5 Anirudh Seela 1781 H— H— D6 W12 2.5
6 Barry Curto 1900 D4 H– D5 D7 2.0
7 Pranav Nagarajan 1822 H— L4 W15 D6 2.0
8 Nikhil Jaha 1405 H— L12 D2 W13 2.0
9 Pranav Senthilkumar 1356 L3 L2 W14 W15 2.0
10 Gaudencio Dela Cruz 2000 W15 L1 D11 L2 1.5
11 Michael Ho 1815 L1 W14 D10 L4 1.5
12 Julie Regan 1641 D13 W8 L1 L5 1.5
13 Alisha Chawla 1317 D12 D— H— L8 1.5
14 Chenyi Zhao 1300 H— L11 L9 B— 1.5
15 Calvin Tam 1446 L10 H— L7 L9 0.5


Last month, NorCal House of Chess hosted the most elite chess tournament in Northern California. It was very successful that it was all over the news and everyone is eager to find out when the next event will be. We are pleased to announce that we are hosting an IM-Norm Event (Round-Robin) on March 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25. It’s a 10-player round-robin tournament that gives a chance for players to earn their IM Norm. We have a long list of players who want to participate but here’s a list of players who are confirmed to play.

IM Enrico Sevillano (USA) 2490 Fide Rating
IM Ricardo De Guzman (PHI) 2393
IM Ray Kaufmann (USA)/ IM Angelo Young (PHI) 2325
FM Ronald Cusi (USA) 2313
FM Bela Evans (USA) 2262
FM Tigran Ishkanov (USA) 2350
FM Richard Lobo (UK) 2251
WFM Uyanga Byambaa (MGL) 2118
IM-Elect Faik Aleskerov (AZE) 2362

NY Times Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/ 01/15/crosswords/chess/as- california-chess-grows-a- shining-specimen-of-play.html? _r=1

US Chess Life: http://main.uschess.org/ content/view/11556/654/

CHESSDOM.COM: http://www.chessdom.com/ northern-california- international-2012

CHESS.COM: http://www.chess.com/news/ 2012-northern-california- international-6982?keepThis= true&TB_iframe=true&height= 650&width=850

FILAMSTAR..NET: http://filamstar.net/index. php?id=4115
GM Josh Friedel’s article: http://main.uschess.org/content/view/11612/658/

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