2024 Southern California State Championship
June 13-16, 2024

Welcome to the official site of the 2024 Southern California State Championship. Thank you to all of our donors whose generous contributions made this year's event possible.


Tournament rules and format are as follows:

Format: Eight player single round robin

Participants: Seeds for event are as follows: The top eight players on the SoCal resident rating list who accepted their invitation.

Time Control: 40/90 + SD/30; +30 increment from move one

Pairings: Pairings will be determined after a drawing of lots in the opening ceremony.

Opening Ceremony: Thursday 5:00 pm

Thursday: One-6:00 pm
Friday: Two-10:00 am, Three-5:00 pm
Saturday: Four-10:00 am, Five-5:00 pm
Sunday: Six-10:00 am, Seven-5:00 pm

Prizes: $$10,200 guaranteed prizes

Prize Schedule
1st Place $3,000 + Trophy + Title of State Champion
2nd Place $2,000
3rd Place $1,500
4th Place $1,200
5th Place $1,000
6th Place $750
7th Place $500
8th Place $250

Cash prizes: Cash prizes are combined and divided equally when players tie. For example: If three players tie for first, the first, second, and third prizes will be combined and divided equally: $3000 + $2000 + $1500 = $6500. $6500/3 = $2167.

Best Game Prizes: Two best game prizes judged by IM Jack Peters will be awarded: $250 for best game, and $100 for second best game.

Tiebreaks for trophy and title:

1. Direct Encounter. If All the tied players have met each other, the sum of points from these encounters is used. The player with the highest score is ranked number 1.

2. Sonneborn-Berger System (calculation). Sonneborn-Berger for Round Robin Individual Tournaments is the sum of the scores of the opponents a player has defeated (including wins by forfeit) and half the scores of the players with whom he has drawn.

3. Koya System for Round-Robin Tournaments. This is the number of points achieved against all opponents who have achieved 50% or more (including wins by forfeit).

4. Sum of Progressive Scores. After each round a player has a certain tournament score. These scores are added to determine the total Sum of Progressive Score.

5. Sum of Progressive Scores Cuts. The Sum of Progressive Score reduced by the tournament score of one or more rounds, starting with the first round.

Ratings: The tournament will be FIDE- and USCF-rated

Default (late) time: The standard default time is one hour. You have one to appear at the board.

Draws: There is no mandatory minimum number of moves that must be completed before a draw can be offered.

Electronic Devices: Players must place all electronic devices in a designated box before the start of the round. They are to have no electronic devices on their person at any time during the round. If a player is caught with an electronic device on their person, the game they are playing will be declared a forfeit loss. If the infraction is deemed an accident the player shall be allowed to participate in the remaining games. If the infraction not accidental, the player will be expelled from the event.

DGT: TCC will broadcast the games in the playing room on a large wall-mounted monitor with no delay. TCC will also broadcast the games on Chess.com with a 15-minute delay on the event's webpage here. TCC will also broadcast on Lichess.org with a 15-minute delay on the event's wepage here.

Score sheets: A copy of scoresheet to be given by each player to TD after each round

Chief Arbiter: Bill Broich, 515-205-8062, broich01@yahoo.com

Site: Temecula Chess Club, 27403 Ynez Road Suite #213 Temecula CA 92591; 951.327.1000; info@temeculachess.com.

Spectators: All spectators welcome


No. Player Player USCF
Total Place
1 Ali Marandi GM "JJ" Ali Marandi 2570 2511 X ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 5 Tie 1st-2nd, $$2,500 + Title & Trophy
2 Akopian GM Vladimir Akopian 2654 2586 ½ X ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 5 Tie 1st-2nd, $$2,500
3 Shlyakhtenko IM Robert Shlyakhtenko 2486 2397 0 ½ X ½ ½ 1 1 1 4.5 3rd, $1,500
4 Khachiyan GM Melikset Khachiyan 2522 2430 ½ 0 ½ X ½ 1 ½ 1 4 4th, $$1,200
5 Bryant IM John Bryant 2518 2409 0 0 ½ ½ X ½ ½ 1 3 Tie 5th-6th, $875
6 Hakobyan Eduard Hakobyan 2404 2297 0 ½ 0 0 ½ X 1 1 3 Tie 5th-6th, $875
7 Costello IM Alexander Costello 2353 2219 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 X 0 2.5 7th, $$500
8 Eidelman FM Gabriel Eidelman 2412 2376 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 8th, $$250
  Average Average 2490 2403                    

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