SCCF Qualifying Tournament
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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:, 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.

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