The Southern California (Invitational) Qualifying Tournament will be held over the weekend of June 27-28 at the Lakeview Senior Center (20 Lake Road, Irvine, CA 92604).
This tournament will qualify four players for the State Championship Finals. These four players will compete with four seeded players for the title of Southern California State Champion.
The seeded players are the current state champion, the winner of the Southern California Open, and the two highest rated Southern Californian residents per the June 1998 rating supplement.
If any of the seeded players decline their invitation, the qualifying tournament will qualify additional players into the finals until eight players are obtained.
The finals for the State Championship will be held at the same site over the weekends of July 11-12 and 18-19. The finals are a seven-round robin, FIDE rated, with a 40/2 SD/1 time control.
The Qualifying Tournament will be a four-round Swiss, FIDE-rated, with a 40/2, SD/1 time control. Rounds will be at 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM each day. Spectators are welcomed at both events free of charge.
Following are the players who have earned the right to compete in the Qualifying Tournament based on their results in the given tournaments. These players must contact Michael Carr at (714) 768-3538 or Email: email@example.com, prior to the qualifying tournament to confirm their intention to play. Qualifiers from the Lina Grumette Memorial Day Classic will be notified.
PLAYER EVENT IM Jack Peters Finalist in 1996 State Championship Valdis Saulespurens Finalist in 1996 State Championship Charles Van Buskirk Finalist in 1996 State Championship Levon Altounian Finalist in 1996 State Championship Stephen Jones Finalist in 1996 State Championship Andrew Krasnov Finalist in 1996 State Championship Ilya Sterin Finalist in 1996 State Championship Rogelio Pineda Pacific Southwest Open Mark Duckworth Pacific Southwest Open Anthony Saidy Continental Open Steve Ramos Southern California Open Thomas Wolski Southern California Open William Longren Pacific Coast Open, September 1997 Gregg Small Pacific Coast Open, September 1997 Eric Shoemaker North County G/60 Championship Paul Kolinko North County G/60 Championship Michael Nagaran North County G/60 Championship Arthur Macaspac SCCF Amateur Championship David Bassett SCCF Amateur Championship GM Eduard Gufeld American Open Ron Hermansen American Open Robert Richard SCCF Senior Championship Carl Wagner SCCF Senior Championship Viktor Kuperman Irvine G/60 Championship Alan Montalbo Irvine G/60 Championship Michael Shvartsman Irvine G/60 Championship Tony Miller Irvine G/60 Championship IM Osman Palos Pacific Coast Open, February 1998 Oscar Maldonado Western Class Championship Harutyun Akopyan So. California High School Championship
Valdis Saulespurens 3-1 William Longren 3-1 Charles Van Buskirk 3-1 Stephen Jones 2 1/2 - 1 1/2 Ron Hermansen 2 1/2 - 1 1/2 Michael Shvartsman 2 1/2 - 1 1/2
Five spots were available, and Jones and Hermansen won on tie-breaks over Shvartsman. The first five listed above will join Cyrus Lakdawala, Jack Peters, and Levon Altounian to fill out the field for the State Championship.