Orange County is best in west
By Jack Peters
February 21, 2010

Two Orange County teams stood out in the U.S. Amateur Team West last weekend in Woodland Hills. Each scored 5 1/2 – 1/2 , winning five matches. They tied their fifth-round meeting.

On tiebreak, Team OC (Alexandre Kretchetov, Takashi Iwamoto, Ilia Serpik and Leo Kamgar) edged ACA 64 Square Modern Warfare (Vadim Kudryavstev, Christian Tanaka, Jared Tan and Eric Zhang) to win the tournament. Team OC will represent the West in an Internet playoff against winners of three other regionals.

Fourclosers (Ron Hermansen, Alessandro Steinfl, Tim Hanks and Jeffrey Cohen) took third place with a match score of 5-1 and also earned the prize for best team name.There were too many winners to mention in the 48-team, 207-player event. Full results are posted at westernchess.

Individual honors went to state champion IM Enrico Sevillano, 5-1 on first board; IM Andranik Matikozyan, 5 1/2 – 1/2 on second board; Ilia Serpik, 5-1 on third board; Eric Zhang, 6-0 on fourth board; and Ezekiel Liu, 4-0 as best alternate.

Here is the full article.

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