Southern California Chess Federation
Major Event History

Below is a work in progress history of major southern California chess tournaments sponsored by SCCF.

Major Southern California Tournaments

Year Event Plr Winners(s) Score
2021 American Open      
Pacific Southwest Open - Not held Covid-19 -
Memorial Day Classic - Not held Covid-19 -
SCCF Senior Open - Not held Covid-19 -
USAT West
(Zoom)
300 UC Berkeley Team B 6-0
2020 American Open - Not held Covid-19 -
Pacific Southwest Open - Not held Covid-19 -
Memorial Day Classic - Not held Covid-19 -
SCCF Senior Open - Not held Covid-19 -
USAT West - Not held Covid-19 -
2019 American Open 269 Cameron Wheeler & Justin Sarkar 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 147 Robert Shlyakhtenko 4-1
Memorial Day Classic 145 Michael Casellla 5-1
SCCF Senior Open - Not held -
USAT West
(Santa Clara)
272
64T
? ?
2018 American Open 229 John Daniel Bryant & Danial Asaria 6-2
Pacific Southwest Open 138 Dionisio Aldama 4½-½
Memorial Day Classic 174 John Daniel Bryant 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 20 Bruce Bakker 4½-1½
USAT West
(Santa Clara)
276
66T
NorCal House of Chess Warriors 5½-½
2017 American Open 284 Vladimir Belous 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 120 Timur Gareyev 4-1
Memorial Day Classic 144 John Daniel Bryant & Jack Peters 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 12 Bruce Bakker, Zeigler, Peter Hodges 4-1
USAT West
(tbd)
? ? ?
2016 American Open 255 Timur Gareyev & John Daniel Bryant 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 135 Timur Gareyev 4½-½
Memorial Day Classic 131 Philip Wang 5½-1½
SCCF Senior Open - Not held -
USAT West
(Santa Clara)
309
53T
Rainbow Unicorns 6-0
2015 American Open 264 Varuzhan Akobian & Dionisio Aldama 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 105 Niccolo Ronchetti & Anniie Wang 5-1
Memorial Day Classic 107 Joshua Sheng 5-1
SCCF Senior Open - Not held -
USAT West
(Irvine)
50T
219
NorCal House of Chess (Enrico Sevillano, Ricardo de Guzman, Ronald Cusi, Ronit Pattanayak, Evan Vallens) 6-0
2014 American Open 280 Timur Gareev 7-1
Pacific Southwest Open 105 Enrico Sevillano 5-1
Memorial Day Classic 104 Michael Brown 5½-½
SCCF Senior Open 19 Raoul Crisologo 4-1
USAT West
(Santa Clara)
52T
227
NorCal House of Chess (Enrico Sevillano, Ricardo De Guzman, Ronald Cusi, Shafieen Ibrahim) 5-1
2013 American Open 275 Timur Gareev, Mackenzie Molner 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 125 Niccolo Ronchetti, Andranik Matikozyan 5-1
Memorial Day Classic 118 Jack Peters 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 25 Bruce Baker, Ben Barquin 4-1
USAT West
(Pleasanton)
44T
264
Norcal House of Chess (Kings & Queens) (De Guzman, Lazo Cusi, Byambaa, Castro, Doyle) 6-0
2012 American Open 213 Melikset Khachiyan 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 41 Tatev Abrahamyan 4½-½
Memorial Day Classic 112 Jack Peters 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 24 Bruce Baker, Ben Barquin 4-1
USAT West
(Santa Clara)
40T
269
Forfeit by Disconnection (Robin Cunningham, Julian Chan, Todd Rumph, Dana MacKenzie, Steve Gaffagan) 5½-½
2011 American Open 260 Varuzhan Akobian 7-1
Pacific Southwest Open 112 Roman Yankovsky, Andranik Matikozyan, John Daniel Bryant 5-1
Memorial Day Classic 122 Melikset Khachiyan 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 25 Bruce Baker 4½-½
USAT West 54T
243
USC (Jack Peters, Danyul Lawrence, Blake Phillips, Nathan Heussenstamm, Sriram Balasubramanian) 6-0
2010 American Open 219 Joshua Friedel, Enrico Sevillano & Melikset Khachiyan 6-2
Pacific Southwest Open 86 Melikset Khachiyan 5½-½
Memorial Day Classic 95 John Daniel Bryant 4½-½
SCCF Senior Open 26 Peter Graves 4½-½
USAT West 48T
210
Team OC (Alexandre Kretchetov, Takashi Iwamoto, Ilia Serpik, Leo Kamgar) TB over ACA: 64 Square Modern Warfare 5½-½
2009 American Open 212 Melikset Khachiyan, Andranik Matikozyan & Julian Landaw 6-2
Pacific Southwest Open 126 Enrico Sevillano 5½-½
Memorial Day Classic 121 Melikset Khachiyan, Enrico Sevillano, Andranik Matikozyan & John Daniel Bryant 4½-1½
SCCF Senior Open 32 Bruce Baker 4½-½
USAT West 46T
202
ACA Beasts (John Daniel Bryant, Michael Yee, Vincent Huang, Santy Wong) TB over Yellow is Mellow, OC Chess Club and ACA Chess Club 5-1
2008 American Open 227 Melikset Khachiyan 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 89 Timothy Taylor & Gregg Small 5-1
Memorial Day Classic 114 Melikset Khachiyan & Andranik Matikozyan 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 30 Romeo Ignacio 4½-½
USAT West 49T
217
We Have Cox (Robby Adamson, Landon Brownell, Jonathan Cox, Ben Marmont) 6-0
2007 American Open 214 Alex Yermolinsky 6-2
Pacific Southwest Open 101 Jack Peters 4½-½
Memorial Day Classic 121 Enrico Sevillano 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 27 Carl Wagner TB over Ulric Aeria & Carey Milton 4½-½
USAT West 44T
198
Orange County Chess Club (Alexandre Kretchetov, Ilia Serpik, Takashi Iwamoto, Krishna Kaliannan) TB over Knights of the Republic, Hoo’s the Next American Idol? 5-1
2006 American Open 255 Melikset Khachiyan & David Pruess 6-2
Pacific Southwest Open 92 Andranik Matikozyan 6-1
Memorial Day Classic 120 Aleks Wojtkiewicz & Enrico Sevillano 4½-½
SCCF Senior Open 21 Carey Milton & Michael Nagaran 4-1
USAT West 46T
200
Caltech (Patrick Hummel, Eugene Yanayt, Howard Liu, Joshua Gutman) 5½-½
2005 American Open 251 Vladimir Mezentsev 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 113 Andranik Matikozyan, Jack Peters, Michael Casella & Ilia Serpik 5-1
Memorial Day Classic 133 Andranik Matikozyan 5½-½
SCCF Senior Open 19 Bruce Baker 4½-½
USAT West 47T
208
Let’s Mate Those Fockers (Charles Van Buskirk, Ron Hermansen, Tim Hanks, Rory Valle) TB over Caltech Football Sucks 5-1
2004 American Open 196 Melikset Khachiyan 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 133 Andranik Matikozyan 5½-½
Memorial Day Classic 155 Enrico Sevillano 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 23 Bruce Baker TB over Alejandrino Baluran 4-1
USAT West 46T Patrick Hummel and a Hat Trick of Pummelers (Patrick Hummel, Eugene Yanayt, Graham Free, Howard Liu) 6-0
2003 American Open 230 Suat Atalik, Varuzhan Akobian & Pavel Blatny 6-0
Pacific Southwest Open 161 Andranik Matikozyan 5½-½
Memorial Day Classic 138 Vladimir Mezentsev 5½-½
SCCF Senior Open 25 Robert Richard 4½-½
USAT West 42T CALTECHnechically Won (Wei Ji Ma, Eugene Yanayt, Graham Free, Howard Liu) 5½-½
2002 American Open 296 Yury Shulman & Pavel Blatny 6-0
Pacific Southwest Open 142 Enrico Sevillano, Levon Altounian, Melikset Khachiyan & Tatev Abrahamyan 5½-1½
Memorial Day Classic 159 Varuzhan Akobian 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 27 Ed Cohen & Carl Wagner 4-0
USAT West 54T Enron Shredders and the Lords of the Kings (Levon Altounian, Andrey Krasnov, Karl Yee, Simon Haham) 5½-½
2001 American Open 357 Melikset Khachiyan 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 126 Melikset Khachiyan 6½-½
Memorial Day Classic # TBD #
SCCF Senior Open 32 Tie between Stephen Jones, Carl Wagner, Robert Richard & Tom Fries 3½-½
USAT West 48T AAA Kings (Andranik Matikozyan, Varuzhan Akobian, Minas Nordanyan, Harut Keshishian) TB over The Chess Survivors 5½-½
2000 American Open 207 Andranik Matikozyan 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 124 Norik Kalantarian & Andranik Matikozyan 6-1
Memorial Day Classic 109 Rashid Ziatdinov & Armen Ambartsoumian 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 29 Stephen Jones 4-0
USAT West 46T Dogs (Jack Peters, Robert Rowley, Ron Gross, Alan Compton) 5½-½
1999 American Open 263 Eduard Gufeld 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 141 Levon Altounian, Michael Casella & Ron Hermansen 5-1
Memorial Day Classic 237 Sergey Kudrin & Cyrus Lakdawala 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 23 Stephen Jones TB over Ed Cohen 3½-½
USAT West 59T Censure Countergambit (Robert Hurdle, John Wilson, Sharon Burtman, John R. Williams, Robert Bryan) TB over Tiebreak over Who’s on First, Watson Second; Impeachable Defenses; Off My Knight 5-1
1998 American Open 257 Pavel Blatny & Cyrus Lakdawala 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 120 Jack Peters & Oscar Maldonado 5½-½
Memorial Day Classic 214 Cyrus Lakdawala, Eduard Gufeld & Michael Brooks #
SCCF Senior Open 30 Robert Richard TB over Stephen Jones & Carl Wagner 3½-½
USAT West 59T Evil Samaritans (Levon Altounian, Karl Yee, Andrey Krasnov, Mario De La Victoria) TB over Nilpferd 5½-½
1997 American Open 264 Alexander Goldin, Walter Browne & Igor Ivanov 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 155 Jack Peters 5½-½
Memorial Day Classic 281 Igor Ivanov 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 29 Stephen Jones TB over Carl Wagner 3½-½
USAT West 80T Flesh, Bones, Marrow & Entrails (William Longren, Andrew Sacks, Mark Saylor, Hiu Yong) 6-0
1996 American Open 339 Alex Yermolinsky 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 158 Mladen Vucic, Mark Duckworth & James Todd 6-1
Memorial Day Classic 330 Yona Kosashvili 5½-½
SCCF Senior Open 20 Stephen Jones 4-0
USAT West 83T It’s Gonna Hurt Real Bad (Mark Saylor, Brian Zavodnik, Paul Lane, Paul Motta) 5½-½
1995 American Open 314 Igor Ivanov 7-1
Pacific Southwest Open 147 Igor Ivanov 6½-½
Memorial Day Classic 336 Walter Browne 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 18 Ron Gross 3½-½
USAT West 76T Ramos and Romulans (Steve Ramos, Jerry Hanken, John Toulouse, Tracy Gray, Skip Holloman) TB over WCC #1 Get Medieval 5½-½
1994 American Open 296 Dmitry Gurevich 7-1
Pacific Southwest Open 173 Jack Peters & Jonathan Yedidia 6½-½
Memorial Day Classic 355 Rafael Vaganian, Artashes Minasian & Armen Ambartsoumian 5-1
SCCF Senior Open 20 Elhami Ibrahim TB over Aniceto Lacno 3½-½
USAT West 72T
313
Three Men and a Baby (Jack Peters, Robert Ciaffone, Jordy Mont-Reynaud, Ulric Aeria) 5½-½
1993 American Open 286 Loek van Wely 7-1
Pacific Southwest Open 143 Jesse Sales 5½-½
Memorial Day Classic 302 Artashes Minasian, Alex Yermolinsky, Ilya Gurevich, Nick de Firmian & Rodrigo Atotubo 4½-1½
SCCF Senior Open 19 Carl Pilnick 3½-½
USAT West 72T
310
Team Chess Palace (Javier Torres, John Skratulia, Juan Fong, Ron Underwood, Walter Avelar) 5½-½
1992 American Open 299 David Strauss, Jeremy Silman, Cris Ramayrat & Anthony Saidy 6½-1½
Pacific Southwest Open 144 Ilya Sterin 6-0
Memorial Day Classic 172 Larry Remlinger 5½-½
SCCF Senior Open - Not held -
USAT West 61T
270
Piece Keeping Forces (Steven Jacobi, Don Proffit, Ofer Nadler, Danny Berman) TB over Hasta La Vista, Baby 5½-½
1991 American Open 367 Joel Benjamin 7-1
Pacific Southwest Open ? ? ?
Memorial Day Classic ? ? ?
SCCF Senior Open 12 Carl Wagner 3½-½
USAT West 70T
295
A Lass, Poor Your Rook (Mark Saylor, William Longren, Jerry Hanken, Leticia Marquez) 5½-½
1990 American Open # Walter Browne, Igor Ivanov #
1990 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1990 Memorial Day Classic # TBD #
1990 SCCF Senior Open 15 Jerry Hanken & John Patty 2½-1½
1990 USAT West 68T
284
The Smart Alekhines (James Petranovich, Robert Richard, Eric Kuniholm, David Leo Stefurak) 5½-½
1989 American Open # Gata Kamsky, Larry Christiansen, Maxim Dlugy, Walter Browne, Nick de Firmian #
1989 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1989 Memorial Day Classic # TBD #
1989 1st SCCF Senior Open ? John Patty ?
1989 USAT West 55T Santa Monica Maulers (William Longren, Steve Hughes, Abdel Boutefnouchet, Shebly Seyrafi) 5½-½
1988 American Open # Jack Peters #
1988 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1988 Memorial Day Classic # TBD #
1988 USAT West 63T
272
Laki, Laki, Maki and Haki (Cyrus Lakdawala, Jimmy Lakdawala, James Maki, Dan Neilson) TB over three teams 5-1
1987 American Open # Yasser Seirawan #
1987 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1987 Memorial Day Classic # TBD #
1987 USAT West 66T Aw, I Didn’t See That (Calvin Powell, Steve Ramos, Michael Walder, Nick Fulgham) 5½-½
1986 American Open # Lev Alburt, Walter Browne, Boris Gulko #
1986 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1986 Memorial Day Classic # TBD #
1986 USAT West 45T
195
USC Trojan Horses (Charles Braun, Steven Jacobi, Samuel Berger, Stephen Finley) 5½-½
1985 American Open # Yasser Seirawan, Igor Ivanov, David Strauss #
1985 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1985 Memorial Day Classic # TBD #
1985 USAT West 41T
175
International Players Chess News (Larry Remlinger, Juan Fong, Paul Lane, Robert Tischler) 6-0
1984 American Open # Jack Peters, Igor Ivanov #
1984 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1984 Memorial Day Classic # TBD #
1984 1st USAT West 29T
128
The Quadrupled Pawns (Dan Durham, Bruce Kovalsky, Tim Hanks, Joey Waxman) 4½-½
1983 American Open # Larry Christiansen, David Strauss, Nikolai Minev #
1983 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1983 Memorial Day Classic # TBD #
1982 American Open # Jack Peters, James Tarjan, Ian Rogers #
1982 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1982 Memorial Day Classic # TBD #
1981 American Open # Nick de Firmian, John Watson #
1981 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1981 Memorial Day Classic # TBD #
1980 American Open # Walter Browne, John Grefe, David Strauss #
1980 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1980 1st Memorial Day Classic # TBD #
1979 American Open # Perry Youngworth #
1979 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1978 American Open # David Strauss, Paul Whitehead #
1978 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1977 American Open # Jack Peters, Cicero Braga #
1977 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1976 American Open # Walter Browne, Yasser Seirawan, John Pike #
1976 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1975 American Open # Kim Commons, David Strauss #
1975 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1974 American Open # Kim Commons, Peter Biyiasas #
1974 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1973 American Open # James Tarjan #
1973 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1972 American Open # Larry Remlinger #
1972 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1971 American Open # Carl Pilnick, Larry M. Evans, Walter Browne, Ross Stoutenborough, David Strauss #
1971 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1970 American Open # Robert Byrne #
1970 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1969 American Open # TBD #
1969 Pacific Southwest Open # Ray Martin #
1968 American Open # James Lazos #
1968 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1967 American Open # Anthony Saidy #
1967 Pacific Southwest Open 129 Tibor Weinberger (winner on tiebreak), Robion Kirby 6½-1½
1966 American Open # Larry Kaufman, Robion Kirby #
1966 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1965 1st American Open # Pal Benko #
1965 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1965 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1963 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1962 Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #
1961 1st Pacific Southwest Open # TBD #

Rank & File issue No. 1 was in 1977.