GM Shtembuliak Evgeny Wins Southwest Open

GM Evgeny Shtembuliak won the International Section of the Southwest Open with 7.0 points in nine rounds. GM Jeffery Xiong tied for second with GM Kamil Dragun and GM Hvhannes Gabuzyan with 6.5 points. NM Benjamin Frenkel topped the Under 2300 section with 6.0 points in seven rounds. Gabriel McDonald placed first in the Reserve section with 6.5 points in seven rounds. Walton Downs won the Novice section with a perfect seven points. The 85th Annual Southwest Open was held in Irving, Texas over Labor Day weekend. Shtembuliak is a student at Texas Tech University.

GM Evgen Shtembuliak won the International Section of the 2019 Southwest Open and was the top Collegiate Player

GM Evgen Shtembuliak won the International Section of the 2019 Southwest Open and was the top Collegiate Player

NM Benjamin Frenkel won the Under 2300 section at the 2019 Southwest Open

NM Benjamin Frenkel won the Under 2300 section at the 2019 Southwest Open

Gabriel McDonald won the Reserve Section of the 85th Southwest Open

Gabriel McDonald won the Reserve Section of the 85th Southwest Open

Walter Downs won the Novice section at the 2019 Southwest Open

Walter Downs won the Novice section at the 2019 Southwest Open


In the scholastic side event, Cole Blakemean of Keller High School won the K-12 Championship section with a perfect five out of five, while Rayansh Pande topped the K-12 Under 1000 section.

Results

TCA SW Open Business Meeting Sunday September 1st, 8:30 AM

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Agenda Southwest Open

1. Reading of the minutes of previous meeting by the Secretary
2. Financial report by the Treasurer
3. President’s Report
4. Old Business
5. New Business

Nicole Niemi Wins 2019 Texas Women’s Chess Championship

Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Nicole Niemi, 2019 Texas Women's Chess Champion; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor.

Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Nicole Niemi, 2019 Texas Women’s Chess Champion; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor.

Nicole Niemi (from Garland) won 2019 Texas Women’s Chess Champion on tie-breaks over Woman International Master Alexey Root, Ph.D. (from Denton), the 1998 Texas Women’s Chess Champion. Both ended the four-round event with 3.5 points.

Both players performed as exemplary champions throughout this Championship, in the North Richland Hills Library, during the period of August 17-18, 2019. Both finished with 3.5/4 points after their hard-fought draw on Board One in the final round. The games is available on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/texaschesschamps/video/469029679.

The 2019 Texas Women’s Chess Championship was held in the North Richland Hills Library.

See Wall Chart at USCF (Not in tiebreak order.)

Minutes from May 20, 2019 Teleconference

Below are the unapproved minutes from the May 20, 2019 Teleconference.

Opening

The regular meeting of the Texas Chess Association was called to order at 8:00pm Central time on Zoom teleconference
by Tom Crane.

Attendees:

Tom Crane, Renate Garcia, Luis Reed, Jim Hollingsworth, Ruben Arzaga (Region 4), Jaime Valle, Jose Plascencia (Region
4), David Cantu (Region 4), Anthony Saldivar (Region 4), Mark Reyes (Region 4) and Ruth Castillo (Region 4)

Agenda

Opening remarks. If you are not speaking please mute your phone or laptop, if you don’t it causes voice quality voice
quality issues

Background Checks and Requirements to Submit P&Ls. Motion passed for immediate implementation at State meeting.
We also discussed changing the election cycle to two years and this passed for immediate implementation.

Status of updating the remaining By-Laws

The By-Laws have many things in them that we simply don’t do – this is your chance to propose changes to get the By-
Law to reflect what we’re doing as an organization.

Specific things I want to see in the updated By-Laws

How are we going to restructure the memberships since we are taking Texas Knights on-line

Streamlined/redlined/revised so they are easier to understand

Things we don’t do for instance

Section 2. Annual Junior Chess Meeting

The annual junior chess meeting shall be held during the Texas Scholastic Championship. The tournament director or
organizer shall plan for this meeting to take approximately ninety minutes. The agenda shall focus on issues unique to
Texas Junior Chess.

It’s not clear whether there’s a Board of Directors consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer or
are the Regional Directors included.

Polgar nominee –Emily Nguyen, Senior Championship Representative

How do we count our members

After numerous discussions I think we need to count all the members we really have

We have ~400 regular paying but we give one tournament memberships to all the scholastic players who play our
events. This would put us in the ~4,000 person ball park.

USCF Delegate’s – I have until…..as long as I need. If you are going to the US Open, or know somebody that is going,
please ask them to contact me so I can put them on the list.

Current list – Troy Gillispie, Vish, me, Luis, David Harvey

Financial report- Just a mention how much we have in our accounts. Plan to audit and why we’re doing it.

Plan to roll out the on-line Texas Knights – Louis Reed is the new Texas Knights Editor

Lonann French has resigned as Secretary, Renate Garcia has been installed as her replacement

David Ortiz is the new Director for Region X, still need Director for Region 7

TCA needs to start getting younger

Texas State and Amateur and Southwest Open out of the Metroplex – push to 2020, Luis has hotel deals for 2019 in
place

TCA starting to utilize younger members to get them credits for larger events

Regional Reports- Is your Regional awarded and if not, what is the plan for this

Things that are happening in their Region, mention large upcoming tournament’s, or bring up any issues important to
them that we need to address

Significant Discussion about status of Region 4

Ruben Arzaga Regional Director stated that he has actually received bids from Vista hills Elementary (Ysleta Independent
School District) and Douglas Elementary (El Paso Independent School District). Canyon Hills (El Paso Independent School
District) has wanted to submit a bid as well but has not as of this conversation. Mr. Arzaga has used the Guidelines
previously administered by past President Mr. Rios but has modified/changed them to “fit the Region”. Mr. Crane asked
for Mr. Arzaga to figure out the criteria for Bids. They will be in contact.

David Cantu interjected that St Clements (Private School, previous awardee) would be interested in submitting a bid for
the Regional again. There are now 4 active bids for 2020.

It was recommended that there be an acting schedule to help make the selection process easier for every year but not
agreed upon. Schools who have not had the opportunity to host the Regional will get first priority. Final bid award will
be announced in July.

Background Checks

Motion passed for immediate implementation at State meeting. TCA asks/ suggests organizers to have tournament
directors pass a background check in good faith in order to be certain no felon or sex offenders are in direct contact with
scholastics.

Profit and Loss

Motion passed for immediate implementation at State meeting. An event that is a TCA event is required to submit a
statement to the TCA President, Treasurer and the Organizer of the School to ensure a proper account of profit is
recorded. This includes the $1 fee for those players who are not current TCA members.

Status of updating the remaining By-Laws

Further discussion to revisit at next meeting.

Elections for Officers

Motion passed for changing the election cycle to two years and this passed for immediate implementation. Open floor
for discussion on elections process. Mr. Crane stated it costs money for TCA to run an election.

David Cantu stated that elections should be run yearly.

Jose Plascencia asked how to change the Representative for Scholastics. Mr. Plascencia would like to be considered for
the Scholastic Representative position for Region 4.

Memberships

We must discuss how to update the membership dues to reflect that all Texas Knights publications will be online and not
mailed. Mr. Crane spoke about the $1 entry fee for all TCA events per player if not a TCA member.

What is the benefit of becoming TCA member? Mr. Crane stated it is to support chess in Texas and you are most likely a
person who wants to see chess grow in your area and State.

David Cantu stated there is currently only one TCA event in the area on a yearly basis and he would like to see more TCA
events to indicate the value of joining TCA.

Renate Garcia suggested that everyone start submitting bids to host other TCA events /US Chess rated events and to
support TCA events as they happen in our area as well as outside of the Region.

Texas Knights

Louis Reed remarked on the status of the publication. Regional Directors are asked to submit information about their
Regions to the editor for publication. The publication is almost ready for distribution online.

Facebook

Jim Hollingsworth commented on the donation process using Facebook. It takes longer than expected and he will
probably not use it as a way to seek donations again.

Mr. Reed suggested that there be an event created for every event so it may be easier for everyone to look up the
events instead of scrolling down. Mr. Hollingsworth recommended that it would be easier to post these on the website.

Mr. Hollingsworth recommended that all events should be submitting to the Texas official Clearinghouse Calendar of
events as well as producing a Tournament Life Announcement (TLA) through US chess since this is the primary place he
obtains information to post on the Facebook page.

Representatives

2019 National Tournament of Girl Champions Rep WFM Priya Trakru

2019 Denker Rep WIM Emily Nguyen

2019 Barber Rep Rohit Gundam

2019 National Senior Rep Miguel Medina Paz

OPEN floor to discuss upcoming events

Jose Plascencia – (President of EPIC, coach at La Fe Prep) Fast cash USCF Tournament June 1 at Alameda location, Mr
Maass (GM) will host a simul in Juarez, Mexico with Yasser Quezada May 20. The El Paso Institute of Chess is a local non
profit 501 (c) 3 .

Mark Reyes – (El Paso Chess Rockstars/ Borderland Chess Central Newsletter, USCF Club TD, Coach at Eastwood Knolls)
Borderland Tournament to be held at Peter Piper Pizza on Paisano, May 25 non USCF. Summer Chess Camp at Jose
Cisneros Library Branch, Tournament July 20.

Renate Garcia – (Crusader Chess Club of El Paso President/Organizer, Coach Vista Hills Elem, USCF Club TD) “Crusader
Week of Giving” Women’s Championship 2019 Fundraiser, USCF Tournament/ Non USCF member Tournament on May
21 held at Peter Piper Pizza on Lee Trevino. Simul Fundraiser benefitting CRC7 Ft Bliss with National Master Luis Silva on
May 25th.

Jim Hollingsworth – Red River Shoot Out XVII annual series of annual team matches Texas leads the series 10 to 7.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned by Tom Crane at 9:30pm Central time.

Minutes submitted by:

Renate Garcia, Secretary TCA

Cameron Wheeler Wins State Championship

Cameron Wheeler and Lucas Revellon

Cameron Wheeler, 2019 Texas State Champion and Lucas Revellon, 2019 Texas Amateur Champion

IM Cameron Wheeler’s 6.5 points (out of seven) topped the field of 46 in the championship section of the 74th Texas State and Amateur Championships held at the DFW Airport Marriott South in Fort Worth from May 24-27, 2019. IM Zurab Javakhadze was second with six points. GM Julio Sadorra and NM Jack Easton were third with 5.5 each. Lucas Revellon won the amateur section with 6.5 points out of seven.

Championship Section Results | Amateur Section Results

The tournament was organized by Dallas Chess Club.

TCA Teleconference May 20

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Agenda

Opening remarks –

  • If your not speaking please mute your phone or laptop, if you don’t it causes voice quality voice quality issues

Background Checks and Requirements to Submit P&Ls – Motion passed for immediate implementation at State meeting

  • We also discussed changing the election cycle to two years and this passed for immediate implementation.

Status of updating the remaining By-Laws

  • The By-Laws have many things in them that we simple don’t do – this is you chance to propose changes to get the By-Law to reflect what we’re doing as an organization.
  • Specific things I want to see in the updated By-Laws
  • How are we going to restructure the memberships since we are taking Texas Knights on-line
  • Streamlined/redlined/revised so they are easier to understand
  • Things we don’t do for instance
  • Section 2. Annual Junior Chess Meeting
  • The annual junior chess meeting shall be held during the Texas Scholastic Championship. The tournament director or organizer shall plan for this meeting to take approximately ninety minutes. The agenda shall focus on issues unique to Texas Junior Chess.
  • It’s not clear whether there’s a Board of Directors consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer or are the Regional Directors included.

Polgar nominee –Emily Nguyen, Senior Championship Representative-

How do we count our members

  • After numerous discussions I think we need to count all the members we really have
  • We have ~400 regular paying but we give one tournament memberships to all the scholastic players who play our events.  This would put us in the ~4,000 person ball park.

USCF Delegate’s – I have until…..as long as I need.  If you are going to the US Open, or know somebody that is going, please ask them to contact me so I can put them on the list.

  • Current list – Troy Gillispie, Vish, me, Luis, David Harvey

Financial report

  • Just a mention how much we have in our accounts
  • Plan to audit and why we’re doing it

Plan to roll out the on-line Texas Knights – Louis Reed is the new Texas Knights Editor

Lonann French has resigned as Secretary, Renate Garcia has been installed as her replacement

David Ortiz is the new Director for Region X, still need Director for Region 7

TCA needs to start getting younger

  • Texas State and Amateur and Southwest Open out of the Metroplex – push to 2020, Luis has hotel deals for 2019 in place
  • TCA starting to utilize younger members to get them credits for larger events

Regional Reports

  • Is your Regional awarded and if not what is the plan for this
  • Things that are happening in their Region, mention large upcoming tournament’s, or bring up any issues important to them that we need to address

Renate Garcia Named TCA Secretary

Renate GarciaRenate Garcia of El Paso was named Secretary of the Texas Chess Association.

TCA President Tom Crane made the announcement saying, “I am pleased to announce Renate Garcia is our new Texas Chess Association Secretary. Ms. Garcia hails from El Paso and has been doing a wonderful job as Region IV Scholastic Rep. She is President of the Crusader Chess Club of El Paso. She is a tournament director/organizer and recently served as Assistant TD of the 119-player K-1 Championship section at the 2019 Texas State Scholastic Championships.

“Ms. Garcia is a strong supporter of Scholastic, Women’s and Veterans Chess. Last November she organized and directed a Veterans Championship in Horizon City. She has a May 21st Fundraiser Tournament scheduled for the Texas Women’s Chess Championship at a Peter Pan Pizza restaurant in El Paso. She will also be playing in the 2019 Texas Women’s Chess Championship.

Congratulations, Renate. The Texas Chess Association is better because of you!”