<

Southern California Chess Federation

2002 State Championship


The Southern California Chess Federation ran its eight-player state championship on the weekends of July 13-14 and July 20-21 in Costa Mesa, about 50 miles south of Los Angeles. The new state champion is IM Melikset Khachiyan, who won his first three games and led the tournament all the way. Clear second a half-point behind was Los Angeles Times chess columnist IM Jack Peters, the only one to defeat Khachiyan.

Former state champion Cyrus Lakdawala suffered severe back pain before the second weekend and could not muster the strength for his usual comeback. His games against Levon Altounian and Ron Hermansen were agreed drawn without play. Nevertheless, he tied for third place with newcomer (to California!) Whee Ky Ma, who won all three of his games on the second weekend.

The SCCF hopes to make next summer's championship, the 15th in the series, an international title tournament. Plans call for adding two more players to fulfill the requirements for titled players and foreigners.

All games from the tournament
are available here in PGN format.

Final Standings


Southern California Invitational Championship
July 13-21, 2002
Costa Mesa, CA

                                1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 
1   Khachiyan,Melikset  2477	* 0  1 1 1 1 1	5.5/7
2   Peters,Jack         2456	1 *    1  1	5.0/7
3   Lakdawala,Cyrus     2435	  * 1    	4.0/7  14.00
4   Ma,Whee Ky          2294	0  0 * 1  1 1	4.0/7  10.75
5   Casella,Michael     2265	0   0 *  1 1	3.5/7
6   Altounian,Levon     2448	0 0    *  	2.5/7  7.50
7   Hermansen,Ron       2224	0   0 0  * 1	2.5/7  6.75
8   Small,Gregg         2245	0 0  0 0  0 *	1.0/7

Average elo: 2320  Category: 3