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Lucan & Kudryavtsev Top TCC87

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Marius Lucan and Vadim Kudryavtsev topped the field in TCC No. 87 with a score of 6.5-1.5.

Joshua Perez and and Jacob Wang shared the under 1600 prize with a score of 4-4.

The 11-player event ended December 29.

This month all rounds had a G/30+5 seconds time control due to new Covid-19 curfew restrictions

Complete standings are here.


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Lucan & Roods Top Field

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L to R: Marius Lucan, Michael Bascon, and Scott Roods

Marius Lucan and Scott Roods shared top honors in TCC No. 86 with a score of 6-1. Michael Bascon took the under 1600 prize with a score of 4-3. The 12-player event ended November 24.

This month was more predictable than October, except for the games of 7-year-old Jacob Wang who made his first appearance and impressed all with his talent. His draw with NM Vadim Kudryavtsev was the shocking highlight of the tournament. Jacob’s defensive resourcefulness and patience in equal positions was ironic because these are usually the traits of veteran players. Dakota Rowland returned and played well.

The first three Tuesdays featured two games each night of the traditional G/45+5 seconds time control; but, the final night was limited to one round due to new Covid-19 curfew restrictions. The chess was lively as usual and all had a good time.

Masks continue to be required and TCC remains Covid-19 free.

Complete standings are here.


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Lucan Awarded Fischer Prize

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For his perfect 10-0 score in TCC #84 against exceptional chess players, TCC awarded Marius Lucan with a beautiful Bobby Fischer trophy. Congratulations Marius.

L to R: Coach Paschal, Marius Lucan, NM Vadim Kudryavtsev


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Lucan’s Romp is a 10

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With a perfect score of 10-0, Marius Lucan won clear first place in TCC No. 84 by 1.5 points. The 10-round Swiss ended Sept. 29. NM Vadim Kudryavtsev was runner-up at 8.5-1.5.

Here is a game from the event:


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Arnold Sweeps JJ Finals

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Lily Arnold

Lily Arnold scored a perfect 4-0 in the Summer 2020 Junior Joust Finals. Her impressive performance earned her clear first place by a full point. Runners-up at 3-0 were Brandon Yu, Gavin Ebreo, and Lily’s sister Hannah Arnold. The 4-round Swiss was held on September 26, 2020.


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Williams Rocks!

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John Williams won TCC’s August 2020 Tuesday Knighter tournament with a fine score of 7-1. His reputation of class and strength continues to solidify itself in TCC history. TCC also congratulates Pedro Valdericeda and Josh Perez for splitting the under 1600 performance prize.

Pedro Valdericeda (left) put up a titanic defensive effort against John in round 8 that played down into an opposite colored bishop endgame, but alas John’s two pass pawns and active King pressed home for the full point.

Dereck Williams looks on in the foreground. Many-time winner Marius and Sorin observe in the background.

The ongoing saga of our flagship tournament continues! In September, TCC looks forward to more great stories with 10 rounds of action scheduled, two USCF-rated G/45 rounds each Tuesday night.

NOTE: TCC will not have a 10-player maximum but all other Covid-19 rules will be enforced.


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TCC Needs Your Help

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TCC is looking to supplement its income while it bridges the gap into a better tomorrow. If there’s anything any of you would like to and are able to contribute to our nonprofit club, TCC would greatly appreciate it. TCC uses what it has to help its community through the game we love and it’s many benefits. Thank you.


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Lucan Continues Streak

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With a score of 7-1, Marius Lucan once again won clear first place in TCC No. 82 that finished July 28. His only loss was to state championship contender Byran Shapiro, MD, who topped the field in terms of rating. This was TCC’s second Tuesday night Swiss since re-opening since closing for a few months due to Covid-19.

The action continues next Tuesday, August 4, with a new 8-round G/45 Swiss. Once again, masks will be required and there will be a limit of 10 persons in the club at one time. So, if you want to play on Tuesday nights in August, contact TCC to reserve a spot.


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Yu Tops 1st Summer Joust

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Brandon Yu

The Summer 2020 Junior Joust series has begun. Brandon Yu took first place with a perfect 4-0 score. Giovanna Bascon got 2-2, Max Bascon got 1.5-2.5 and first-timer Malachi Stiles got 0.5-3.5. This was a small 4-round Swiss which featured some very exciting games. Malachi Stiles vs. Max Bascon in round two was a back and forth barn burner that ended in a stalemate draw. These kids are off to a good start and we’ll see how the rest of the season develops.

The next Junior Joust is planned in two weeks.


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TCC Vote Chess Match vs North County

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TCC is playing a “vote chess” match vs. the North County Chess Club. Check out the game here.


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