Southern California Chess Federation
State Champions

Southern California Open Champions here
Southern California Invitational Champions here

Before California split into two chess "states" in 1977, the traditional state championship was scheduled every Labor Day weekend. The failure of the state-wide organization to conduct championships for several years in the mid-1970s provided one of the reasons for the formation of the SCCF.

At an early SCCF meeting, the officers voted to award the first SCCF state championship title to the winner of a futurity at The Chess Set, Lina Grumette's legendary Hollywood club. Two years later, another Chess Set futurity awarded the second title.

The SCCF began organizing its own Labor Day tournament in 1979. The first event was small and not billed as a state championship. However, the SCCF gained exclusive use of the Labor Day weekend in succeeding years. The highest-scoring Southern California resident in the Open section earns the title of Southern California Open champion.

Since 1989, the SCCF has conducted an invitational championship, the Southern California Championship, every July. The SCCF invites eight of the best local players, choosing the previous year's champions, qualifiers from the SCCF Candidates tournament, and sometimes others by rating. The prize fund comes from donations and the SCCF treasury.

In 2003, the SCCF expanded the tournament to 10 players in the hope of making it an international title tournament, eligible to award IM norms. The tournament reverted to eight players the next year.

Southern California Open Champions

Year Location No.
Open
Players
(Tot)
Winner Score
2016        
2015        
2014 San Diego 42
(166)
Dionisio Aldama (TB), Timur Gareyev, Melikset Khachiyan, Enrico Sevillano and Michael Brown 4½-1½
2013 San Diego 66
(202)
Melikset Khachiyan (TB), Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, and Nicholas Van Der Nat 5-1
2012 San Diego 49
(171)
John Daniel Bryant 5-1
2011 San Diego 63
(188)
Varuzhan Akobian 5½-½
2010 Los Angeles 69
(119)
Enrico Sevillano 5½-½
2009 San Diego 60
(139)
Melikset Khachiyan (TB), Evgeny Shver and Alejandro Ramirez 5-1
2008 Pasadena 82
(150)
Enrico Sevillano (TB), Melikset Khachiyan, Andranik Matikozyan, and
Tatev Abrahamyan
5-1
2007 Los Angeles 57
(135)
Tim Taylor (TB), Enrico Sevillano and John Daniel Bryant 5-1
2006 Temecula 42 (131) Valentin Iotov (Bulgaria), title to Varuzhan Akobian (TB), Enrico Sevillano, Melikset Khachiyan and Joel Banawa all at 4½-1½ 5-1
2005 Los Angeles 76
(145)
Enrico Sevillano 5½-½
2004 Burbank 152 Melikset Khachiyan (TB), Amir Bagheri, Jack Peters 5-1
2003 San Diego 123 Enrico Sevillano (Nevada), title to Melikset Khachiyan (TB), Cyrus Lakdawala, Eduardo Ortiz and Daniel Rensch, all 4½-1½ 5-1
2002 Los Angeles 192 Andranik Matikozyan(TB), Tatev Abrahamyan, Pieta Garrett, Roger Norman, Jesse Kraai and Jack Peters 5-1
2001 San Diego 191 Levon Altounian 5-1
2000 Los Angeles 128 Levon Altounian, (Norik Kalantaryan, Nick Schoonmaker also 5-1, both ineligible) 5-1
1999 Los Angeles 251 Jaan Ehlvest, Alexander Shabalov, Aleks Wojtkiewicz (all ineligible)
(co-champion titles to Levon Altounian, Armen Ambartsoumian at 5-2)
5½-1½
1998 Los Angeles 145 Jayson Gonzalez (Philippines), title to Armen Ambartsoumian, 5-1 5½-½
1997 San Marcos 94 Mladen Vucic 5-1
1996 Commerce 105 Jack Peters 5½-½
1995 Buena Park 157 Cyrus Lakdawala, Jack Peters 5½-½
1994 Buena Park 192 Jack Peters, Larry Remlinger 5½-½
1993 Long Beach 190 Jack Peters, Cris Ramayrat 5½-½
1992 La Mirada 134 Wageeh Boctor 5½-½
1991 San Diego 159 Jack Peters 5½-½
1990 Commerce 261 Igor Ivanov (TB), Jack Peters and Doug Root 5½-½
1989 Commerce 193 Jack Peters 6-0
1988 Long Beach 201 Walter Browne, Kamran Shirazi (Browne ineligible for title) 5½-½
1987 Commerce 241 Victor Frias (New York), title to Doug Root (TB), Brian Allen, Jimmy Lakdawala, Jack Peters, Kamran Shirazi and Jeremy Silman, all 5-1 5½-½
1986 San Diego 258 Dan Durham, Larry Remlinger 5½-½
1985 Pasadena 248 Kamran Shirazi 5½-½
1984 Los Angeles 185 Kamran Shirazi 6-0
1983 Los Angeles 168 Kamran Shirazi 5½-½
1982 Anaheim 281 Doug Root, James Tarjan 5½-½
1981 Los Angeles 189 Kamran Shirazi 6-0
1980 Los Angeles 200+ Doug Root, Perry Youngworth 5½-½
1979 West Covina 35 Jeff Long 5½-½

Southern California Invitational Champions


Date Location Winner Score
July 6-9, 2017 Whittier John Bryant 5½-1½
July 7-10, 2016 Temecula John Bryant (playoff) & Keaton Kiewra 5½-1½
July 9-12, 2015 Beverly Hills Michael William Brown 5-1
Sept. 18-21, 2014 Beverly Hills Kostya Kavutskiy 6-1
June 20-23, 2013 Monterey Park Andranik Matikozyan 5-2
July 14-29, 2012 Monterey Park Jack Peters (TB) & Varun Krishnan 5½-1½
August 13-28, 2011 Beverly Hills Roman Yankovsky 5½-1½
August 14-22, 2010 Century City Philip Wang (TB) & Joel Banawa 5-2
August 15-29, 2009 Century City Enrico Sevillano 6½-½
August 16-24, 2008 Century City Enrico Sevillano, Alexandre Kretchetov 5-2
July 7-15, 2007 Century City Enrico Sevillano 6½-½
July 8-16, 2006 Century City Enrico Sevillano (TB), Andranik Matikozyan 4½-1½
July 9-17, 2005 Century City Andranik Matikozyan (TB), Melikset Khachiyan, Cyrus Lakdawala 5-2
July 10-25, 2004 Century City Kongliang Deng 6-1
July 18-27, 2003 Costa Mesa Levon Altounian, Andranik Matikozyan 7-2
July 13-21, 2002 Costa Mesa Melikset Khachiyan 5½-1½
July 14-22, 2001 Century City Levon Altounian 5-2
July 8-16, 2000 Hollywood Cyrus Lakdawala, Jack Peters 5½-1½
July 10-18, 1999 Los Angeles Jack Peters, Charles Van Buskirk 5-2
July 11-19, 1998 Irvine Levon Altounian, Cyrus Lakdawala, Jack Peters 5-2
July 12-20, 1997 Irvine Cyrus Lakdawala 5½-1½
July 13-21, 1996 Irvine Marc Leski 5½-1½
July 22-30, 1995 Buena Park Jack Peters 5½-1½
July 23-31, 1994 Buena Park Cyrus Lakdawala 6½-½
July 10-18, 1993 Buena Park Thomas Wolski 6-1
July 11-19, 1992 Long Beach, Buena Park David Strauss 6-1
July 13-21, 1991 Los Angeles Doug Root (TB) Jack Peters, Jonathan Schroer 4½-2½
July 21-29, 1990 El Toro, Los Angeles Jack Peters 4½-2½
July 22-30, 1989 Upland, Commerce Jack Peters 5½-1½
Jan-May, 1979 Hollywood Julius Loftsson, Vince McCambridge 11½-3½
Jan 15-Mar 19, 1977 Hollywood Jack Peters 11½-3½