Author Archives: Chris Roberts

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Lucan Corrals Iron Horse

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Marius Lucan is a living legend of Temecula Chess Club. An outstanding and vibrant personality to go with undeniable skill at the board. No one scored more points at TCC than he did in 2020.


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Free Sweeps

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Free swept Junior Joust Winter #2 with a perfect 4-0 score. With this performance, he clinched a seat in the Winter Finals in his first TCC event. The 11-player event was held on Feb. 13. This JJ saw an influx of new talent that shook things up dramatically. Ugandan brothers Truth and Free, as well as Ryan Archer and Julia Reuben, made debuts. Veterans Jacob Braught and Ben Reuben tied for 2nd with a score of 3-1. Complete standings are here.


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Lucan Tops TCC88

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Marius Lucan topped the field in TCC No. 88 with a score of 5-1.

Tzvi Bar finished 2nd with 4.5-1.5 and was the only player able to win against Kettering.

Kainoa Kettering — rated only 1080 — won the under 1600 prize with a fine score of 4-2.

The 14-player event ended January 26.

Complete standings are here.


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Brandon Lee Sweeps

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With a perfect 4-0 score, Brandon Lee swept the field on Jan. 9 and became the Junior Joust Fall 2020 champion. He also joined the 1000 Club. The 7-player 4-round Swiss was held on Jan. 9. Congratulations for a job well done!


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Action at TCC

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Here is some recent action at the club.


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Good Sized Free Play Day

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We had a good sized free play day Monday. New faces are trickling in and familiar ones are making them feel welcome. 😁


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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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