The Exposition Park Library Chess Club was one of the most successful and longest running programs in the history of LAPL. From 1991 – when I first came to Expo – until my retirement in 2010, the club ran continuously with the exception of three interruptions during the years when I was assigned to other branches for several months at a time.
Click here to visit the club’s old web site . . .
Below are some photos and tournament results (2001-2005) from the club’s web site . . .
June 2002 Tournament results:
An open tournament was hosted by our club this past Sunday, April 7th, 2002, at the Exposition Park Library in Los Angeles (photos below).
The winners, with their final scores, were:
1st Quad David Nufer 2 1/2 – 1/2
2nd Quad Jerome Poinssett 3-0
3rd Quad August Galace 3-0
4th Quad Chris Habu 3-0
5th Quad George Zamalea 3-0
There was also a Swiss System section to the tournament which consisted of six players. There was, however, a five-way tie for first place in this section. The names of these latter winners were:
The final score of all the Swiss System winners was 2-0. With the 20 players in the Quad system part of the tournament, together with the six players in the Swiss System section, there was a grand total of 26 players who competed in our tournament.
Results of the Open Tournament, Sunday, March 3rd, at the Exposition Park Library (Photos from the tournament below).
In a well-attended tournament, the winners were the following:
1st Quad There was a tie for first between Eric Leung and Bob Lauson, both with final scores of 2-0.
2nd Quad Shafiq Al-Baqir 3-0
3rd Quad There was a tie for first between Christophe Carter, Atzael Perez, and Lauren Prewitt, all with final scores of 2-0.
4th Quad Manuel Pascual 3-0
5th Quad Bernard Harris 3-0
6th Quad Danyul[sic] Lawrence 3-0
7th Quad Javier Ramirez 2 1/2 – 1/2
8th Quad Abel Coronel 3-0
9th Quad Rene Aventura 3-0
Winners of the February 2002 Open Chess Tournament at the Expositon Park Library (Feb. 3, 2002) are the following:
1st Quad Komal Kamat 2 1/2 – 1/2
2nd Quad Tie for 1st place: Madhavan Vajapeyam 2-0 and Johnny Ramirios 2 – 0
3rd Quad Tie for 1st place: Richard Luchetta 2 -0 and Isaac Safran 2- 0
4th Quad Tie for 1st place: Omar Jaime 2 – 0 and Christian Jaime 2 – 0
1st place Jose Hernandez 3- 0
January 6, 2002
A Well-Attended 3-round Quad Tournament Sunday January 6, 2002
at the Exposition Park Library, 3665 So. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, California
1st Quad There was a tie for 1st place between Matt Witten and Roger Aramayo,
both with final scores of 2-0.
2nd Quad Ilya Malinsky 2 1/2 – 1/2
3rd Quad Anand Kesavaraju 3-0
4th Quad There was a tie for 1st place between Madhavan Vajapeyam and Victor Johnson, both with final scores of 2-0
5th Quad There was a tie for first place between Christian Jaime and Shafiq Al-Baqir, both with final scores of 2-0.
6th Quad Lauren Prewitt 3-0
7th Quad There was a tie for 1st place between Nickey Nadel and Raymond Blackshire, both with final scores of 2-0
8th Quad Karim Seada 3-0
9th Quad Zachary Witten 3-0
Photos from the event:
DECEMBER 2001 OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT
hosted by our club this past Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 2001 at the Exposition Park Library.
In a well-attended tournament (32 entries), the results of the three rounds of quad play were:
1st Quad — There was a threeway tie for first between Nathan Hala, Roger Aramayo, and Balint Nagy, all with final scores of 2-0.
2nd Quad — Colette McGruder 3-0
3rd Quad — Frank Cipriani 3-0
4th Quad — Raymond Boncato 3-0
5th Quad — Jahad Amiri 3-0
6th Quad — Humbert Calaguas 3-0
7th Quad — There was a twoway tie for first between Shafiq Al-Baqir and Rikki Holland, both with final scores of 2-0.
8th Quad — Seneca Turner 3-0
When not conducting tournaments our club [http://members.tripod.com/expochess/] also has regular meetings with various chess-related activities which include, but are not limited to, chess games for pleasure, simultaneous games against an rated Expert player, analysis of games, and general chess instruction. Our meetings are held every Sunday, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the Exposition Park Public Library, in close vicinity to the University of Southern California [http://www.lapl.org/branches/06-m.html]. The Library’s address is: Exposition Park Regional Library 3665 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90007 Tel.: 1 323 732 0169 Fax: 1 213 612 0540
Photos from the December Open are below:
Results of the open tournament held Sunday, Nov. 4th, 2001, at the Exposition Park Library.
The tournament was conducted in two sections, a Quad section and a Swiss System section.
In the Quad section the winners were the following:
1st Quad Rene Aventura 3-0
2nd Quad Ilya Malinsky 2 1/2- 1/2
3rd Quad Eugene Ivanov 3-0
4th Quad Sridhar Ramanujan 3-0
In the Swiss System section the winner was Leroy Norriss with a final score of 3-0.
Results of our Oct. 7th, 2001 tournament.
The winners in that tournament were:
1st Quad Roger Aramaya 2 1/2- 1/2
2nd Quad Dale Ohashi 3-0
3rd Quad Charles Marshall 3-0
4th Quad A three-way tie for first place between Raymond Boncato, Lauren Prewitt, and Omar Jaime, all with final scores of 2-0.
5th Quad Danyul [sic!] Lawrence 3-0
6th Quad Eugene Zaranof 3-0
Results of the September 2001 Expo Open Chess Tournament
held Sept. 2, 2001
Winner of the Swiss: Danyul Lawrence
Winner of Quad 1: Nathan Hala
Winner of Quad 2: 2nd Quad Mark Mehlert
Winners of Quad 3 (2-way tie): Frank Cipriani and Paul Townsend
Winners of Quad 4 (3-way tie): Isaac Safran, Leroy Norris, and Charles Marshall
Winner of Quad 5: Christian Jaime
Winners of the Exposition Park Chess Club August 2001 Open
(held August 5, 2001) are as follows:
1st Quad Nathan Hala 3-0
2nd Quad Max Landaw 2-0
3rd Quad Balint Nagy 3-0
4th Quad There was a tie for 1st between Charles Harper and an anonymous winner, both with scores of 2 1/2 – 1/2.
5th Quad Juan Chavez 3-0
6th Quad Bertram Buggs 2-0
7th Quad Ben Chang 3-0
8th Quad There was a tie for first between Landry Thomas and Brad
Jaggi, both with scores of 2-1
32 participants overflow into reading room
The tournament was held July 1, 2001.
The names of the winners, and their final scores, were as follows:
1st Quad Nathan Hala 2 1/2-1/2
2nd Quad Marc Willis 3-0
3rd Quad Isaac Safron 3-0
4th Quad Richard Luchetta 3-0
5th Quad Johnny Ramirios 3-0
6th Quad Chris Habu 3-0
Results of the open chess tournament,
conducted Sunday, June 3rd, 2001
The tournament was conducted as a three- round quad tournament.
The winners were:
1st Quad Ramon Tolentino 2 1/2- 1/2
2nd Quad Lelland Farrar 2 1/2- 1/2
3rd Quad Shafiq Al-Baqir Susayn 3-0
Photos from the tournament are below:
1st Place.Quad 2: Leland Farrar
1st Place Swiss : Johnny Ramirios; 2nd Place Swiss: Ervin Ghevondian (not shown)
1st Place Quod 1: Roger Aramaya and Ramon Tolentino (not shown)
Swiss 2nd & 3rd Tie : Chrisophe Carter (below) and
Ervin Ghevandian (not shown)
Below are more photos from the tournament:
The April 2001 Open Chess Tournament was held April 1, 2001
April 2001 Open winners:
1st Quad: Roger Aramayo 3-0
2nd Quad: Ken Philipson 3-0 (photo below)
The following are the results of the March Open Tournament:
1st Ramon Tolentino 3-0
2nd Simon Howard 3-0
3rd Shafiq Al-Baqir 3-0
February 2001 Exposition Park Chess Club Open Tournament Results
Results of the Open Tournament hosted by our chess club Sunday, Feb. 4th, 2001, at the
Exposition Park Public Library. The competition format was the Swiss System, and the
winners were the following:
1st – 3rd place tie:
Ramon Tolentino 3-0
Mark Mehlert 3-0
Thomas Landry 3-0
Results of our open, three-round chess tournament, held this past Sunday, Jan. 7th, 2001, at the Exposition Park Public Library in Los Angeles.
The tournament competitors were split into two groups: a Quad and a Swiss System section.
In the Quad section the winner was Ramon Tolentino, with a perfect score of 3-0.
In the Swiss System section the first place winner was Stefanie Botelho with a score of 2 1/2 – 1/2. Tied for second place were Leland Farrar and Simon Howard with scores of 2-1.