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Sevillano Wins 1st NorCal House of Chess Invitational Print E-mail
By Joyce Laforteza   
April 4, 2012
The 1st NorCal House of Chess Invitational in Fremont saw some upsets along the way but the top seeded players still came out the victors. IM Enrico Sevillano scored 7.5 to win clear first, while IMs Ricardo De Guzman & Ray Kaufman placed 2nd & 3rd with 6 points.  The tournament comprised of 3 IMs, 3 FMs, 1 WFM & 2 National Masters fill out the Category III (2307 average FIDE Rating). The youngest two participants who proved they could play against the big guns, 22-yr old WFM Uyanga Byambaa & 14-yr. old whiz kid (NM) Yian Liou.

Both came close in earning their first norms (WIM & IM). IM-elect Ronald Cusi came in 4th place (5.5 points) without losing a game. Ronald already completed 3 of his IM norms but merely needs to reach 2400 FIDE rating to become an official IM. They will most likely try their chances again in the next NorCal House of Chess Invitational on May 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20.

On the same weekend, NorCal House of Chess conducted its 1st FIDE Qualifier event to give players the chance to earn the much-coveted seat in the Invitational. 20 players competed in this prestigious event, mostly the top kids from Northern California! Daniel Liu earned the seat by scoring 3.5 points. He also became a National Master by reaching the 2200-mark! He actually tied with World Youth-veteran Cameron Wheeler but had better tie-breaks. Cameron, together with fellow chess punk, Vignesh Panchanatham (who beat top-seeded NM Ryan Porter) both earned seats in the next FIDE Qualifier on May 19 & 20. 

NorCal House of Chess continues its tradition of organizing the most elite chess tournaments in Northern California for both adults and scholastics. This type of tournament has attracted many players from other countries & states primarily because of chief organizer, Ted Castro’s (famous coach & chief organizer) hospitality – warm accommodation, food, quality of tournament (every round starts on time) and great players. It’s like one big party – everyone’s having fun (before and after their games) while playing serious & quality games on the board.

Despite having no sponsors (other than Weibel Chess which provided nice chess pieces & clocks), parents/chess lovers come and visit to bring food/drinks and volunteer to make these events a successful one. Wei Liu, coach and father of Daniel Liu, commented that “NorCal House of Chess has raised chess in the Bay Area to a higher level.” 

If you want to come and check out or be part of our events, please visit us at www.norcalhouseofchess.com. 
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November - Chess Life Online 2012

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