Author Archives: Chris Roberts

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Fall JJ Starts With 4-Way Tie

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The Fall Junior Joust series kicked off with a hard-fought 4-way tie for first place. With a score of 3.0-1.0, Sahan Doraiswamy, Avery Beck, Benny Zhang, and Carrey Liu all tied for first place in the Fall Junior Joust No. 1. Liu won his first three games and looked like he would win the event. But, Doraiswamy won a critical last round game to tie things up. The 4-round G/15 Swiss was held on October 9, 2021.

Complete standings are here.

Games here.

Pictures here.


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Follow the US Chess Champs

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Follow the US Chess Championships.

Live games here:

Completed games here:


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Williams Tops Strong TCC96 Field

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With an excellent score of 6.5-1.5, veteran player John W. Williams won clear first place over a large, strong field. Ever-improving Evan Zhao, rated only 1100, won the best under 1600 prize with a score of 4.5-3.5. The 8-round, 23-player, G/45 event ended on September 28, 2021.

Complete standings are here.

Eight games from the four top boards in rounds 7 and 8 are here.

L to R: Vadim Kudryavtsev, John Williams, Scott Roods, Marius Lucan


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Coach’s Corner #2

Category:Adult,Scholastic

They say that one of the best ways to improve your chess skill is to go over your games, especially those pesky losses. Fortunately, TCC’s DGT boards and software not only let us broadcast the games on the big screen, which everyone seems too enjoy, they let us capture the game scores.

Below you will find all 20 board 1-4 Junior Joust Summer Final games played on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. I lightly annotated all 20 games with the help of Stockfish 14. Hopefully, by reviewing these annotated games you can pick up some chess tips to improve your game. Surely, there are mistakes in my analysis. If you find something feel free to let me know.

I also looked for patterns. The theme I would like to stress today is development and castling early. Several games were lost because players neglected development or their King got caught in the center. Remember, the opening is a race and you should try hard to not waste time. Castle early and pay close attention to your Monarch’s safety. Focus on occupying or controlling the center.

Another theme is your before-moving safety check. Many pieces were hung so watch out, sit on your hands, and keep a close eye out for loose pieces and mates in one — both your King and theirs! Before you reach out and move your piece, consider how your opponent might reply. Do you have any hanging pieces? Does he have a mate in one? Do you have a mate in one? Several mate in ones were missed in these games so you might be surprised.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy the games as much as I did.

Chris Roberts

You can also view the games here.


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Antonio Wins Summer Finals

Category:Scholastic

Lorenzo Antonio won the Junior Joust Summer series finals with a score of 4.0-1.0 and a tiebreak Blitz win over Wynn Marple. The 5-round 13-player G/15 invitational Swiss was held on September 25, 2021.

Complete standings are here.

Games here.

Pictures here.


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Lucan Perfect Again

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With a perfect 10-0 score, Marius Lucan walloped the TCC 95 field and won first place by two full points. Ezekiel Vannoy won the best under 1600 prize with a fine score of 6-4. The 10-round G/45 event ended on August 31, 2021. Complete standings are here.


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Zhao 1st After Clutch Win

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With a score of 3.5-0.5, veteran jouster Dennis Zhao won first place in the Summer No. 4 Junior Joust. Zhao, who was trailing the leader by half a point after three rounds, won a critical last round 75-move thriller deliivering checkmate with only two seconds on the clock. Very exciting. The 4-round G/15 Swiss was held on August 28, 2021.

Complete standings are here. Games here. Pictures here.

Fifteen players are currently qualified for the Summer finals, list here. There is one more Junior Joust on Sept. 11 in the Summer season so it is not too late to qualify for the finals.


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Marple Perfect in JJ Summer 3

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Wynn Marple scored a perfect 4-0 to win clear first place in Junior Joust Summer No. 3. The 18-player 4-round Swiss was held on Saturday August 14, 2021.

Complete standings here.

Games here.

Pictures here.


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Lucan Strikes Again

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With a score of 7-1, an undefeated Marius Lucan won TCC 94 a full two points ahead of the field. Luis Andrade won the Best Under 1600 prize with a score of 5-3. This 8-round Swiss event had a record 22 players and ended July 27. Complete standings are here.

Marius annotated the following exciting game that featured a Queen sac.

If the above viewer does not work you can view the game here.


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Another 1st for Evan Zhao

Category:Scholastic

With an undefeated score of 3.5-0.5, Evan Zhao won clear first place in the first Junior Joust of the Summer season. The 15-player, 4SS was held on July 10, 2021.

Complete standings here.

Sixteen games from the top four boards here.

More pictures here.


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