Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Octos - the results

Congrats to Jeff Serna who took 1st in the Christmas pudding section. Sam Dooley came in 2nd and Donald Poston and Nakul Deshpande split the U1700 prize. In the (lower) Christmas Lights section 1st and 2nd were shared by Matthew Niemiec and Henry Poston. 18 players competed but youth triumphed. The cross table should be on the USCF site before anyone can say Bah Humbug

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Octos players

For the 17th we are expecting:
Jeff Serna 1995
Sam Dooley 1919
Jim Johnston 1891
Bill Frank 1872
Robert Hampton 1740
Holly McRoberts 1698
Nakul Deshpande 1633
Edward Wyckoff 1582
Anne Wyckoff 1577
Charles Gillespie 1542
Rick Lass 1532
Steve Aarons 1478
Matthew Niemiec 1327
Aubrey O'Neal 1282
Della Carter 458

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Octos on December 17th and NM Class in March

Congrats to Julian Trujillo who won the Berserkers tourney. Thanks to all who played.
Our next event is a 3 round G/60 Octos tourney, also at the La Farge library on December 17th.
In the new year we will take a break so as not to conflict with the NM Memorial in January or the Southern Rocky Fide tourney in February, BUT we will be running the NM Class tournament on March 17th and 18th. There will be 5 rounds of G/90 with sections based on chess classes (Expert/ Master, class A,B,C,D and E and below). We have a new venue for this - in the mall at La Tienda in Eldorado. They usually run concerts there and the stage area is very well lit! More info on the flyer attached to the upcoming events info at
To get to the place you get on the I-25 heading out of Santa Fe towards Las Vegas. 8 miles from Santa Fe take the Clines Corners exit Rte 285. At the 2nd light turn left into Eldorado. La Tienda is the 1st on the left.
Hope to see you all there.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Berserkers tournament on November 26th

Our next event is an 8 round swiss system tourney to be held at La Farge library, Llano St. Santa Fe. I anticipate having 1 section with cash prizes for 1st and rating prize(s). G/15 + 3 sec delay. Rounds at 10:15 11 11:45 1:15 2 2:45 3:30 4:15
This tournament is quick rated only. You can play without risking a drop in your regular rating!
Jim Johnston 1711
Holly McRoberts 1672
Jarvis Billy 1669
Rick Lass 1436
Julian Trujillo 1431
Steve Aarons 1347
Matthew Niemiec 1311
Colin Redman 1122
Elizabeth Cooper 1031

Hope to see you there too! It should be a lot of fun AND good practice for the US G/15 championship that will be in ABQ in February 2012 as part of the Southern Rocky Fide Open tournament.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October 15th Match-Ups

Our next tournament is at the La Farge Library on October 15th. Everyone plays their opponent as white and as black in a 2 game match. The opponent is the player closest to your rating. G/90 + 30 second increments. Rounds at 10:15 and 1:30.
$10 to enter. 2 points wins $20 1.5 points wins $10
Ted Belanoff 2147
Jim Johnston 1885
Bill Frank 1862
Jarvis Billy 1832
Robert Hampton 1771
Holly McRoberts 1655
Rick Lass 1509
Art Byers 1416
Scout Veitch 1207
Della Carter 411

SFR players may also be interested in the Los Alamos Kick Off tourney on Sunday October 30th. Info at
Also the NM Open in Rio Rancho on November 5th and 6th, info at

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Time Odds tourney....Results

We had 12 players at the August 20th tournament and the time handicap proved to be a big advantage when after 3 rounds there were 2 young 1300 players as the only perfect scores! These 2 both ended up with a prize as Matthew Niemiec came in 1st and Harsh Bhundiya scored the biggest upset for a win against top seed Carlos Santillan. The 2nd biggest upset prize went to Della Carter.
4.5 Matthew Niemiec
4 Carlos Santillan, Sam Dooley, Dante Archuleta, Robert Hampton and Bird Thompson
3.5 Harsh Bhundiya
2 Bill Frank, Holly McRoberts and Della Carter
1 Gene Chavez
0 Craig Stamm
The next SF Rooks tourney will be match play on October 15th but don't forget the Great Santa Fe Gambit tourney at the NEA on Botolph St. in Santa Fe. It is on September 17th...Details on the NMCO website or in Chess Life

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Time Odds Tournament ...... Players

So far the following have told me they will be playing on Saturday 20th:

Carlos Santillan 2033
Sam Dooley 1913
Jim Johnston 1871
Bill Frank 1862
Holly McRoberts 1686
Bird Thompson 1622
Harsh Bhundiya 1378
Matthew Niemiec 1308
Craig Stamm 866
Della Carter 431
Gene Chavez Unr.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Prairie Dog Quick - Results

Carlos Santillan swept the tournament last Sunday with 5 points. In 2nd place, with 4, Bob Hampton took the U1600 prize, while Ian Scott's 3 points were enough to win the U1400 $.
Great job, you guys, and thanks to all who played.
Our next event is the unrated time odds tournament at the Rodriguez Community Center in Santa Fe on the 20th August. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Next tournament on Sunday 24th July

Our next tourney is a five round quick chess swiss at the Rodriguez Community Center. If there are 12 or more entries we will have 2 sections. Game in 29 with 3 seconds delay. Rounds at 10, 11:30, 1:30, 2:45 and 4.
To enter send a check for $10 to S F Rooks or send me an email at that you are coming and then be sure to arrive early on the day.

We are expecting the following with quick ratings as listed:
Carlos Santillan 1941
Tim Martinson 1839
Leroy Quintana 1701
Jim Johnston 1654
Holly McRoberts 1576
Robert Hampton 1485
Julian Trujillo 1440
Andrei Popa-Simil 1063
Ian Scott 1022
Victor Popa-Simil 1007
Della Carter 289

To get to the Venue:
From Santa Fe go to Airport road, immediately get in right hand lane and take 2nd R on to Lopez Lane. Stay on it- even when it changes its name- cross Rufina, Agua Fria, the Santa Fe River and you will reach Prairie Dog Loop...The center is on the L
From ABQ or Los Alamos get on State Road 599. 5 miles from the I- 25 turn on CR62, towards town. Follow the Frontage road then turn R on CR62 go past the Fire Station on the L and the Center is on the R

Monday, June 20, 2011

Quad Winners

Congrats to the following quad winners from the ROTR tourney last Saturday
1 Sam Dooley
2 Leroy Quintana
3 Daniel Trujillo
4 Art Byers
5 Krishan Bhakta and Andrei Popa-Simil

Checks have been mailed to the above. I am patiently trying to get the report in to USCF and anticipate it getting posted eventually.
Don' forget the ABQ /Rio Rancho Open on the 25th and 26th June.
The next SFR event will be a 5 round swiss tournament, either 23rd or 24th July, I will announce which day within the week. Either way there will be 2 sections by rating and the time control is G/29

Thursday, June 16, 2011

For Saturday's tournament we are expecting:
Tim Martinson 1903
Caleb Jaquish 1890
Sam Dooley 1886
Jim Johnston 1883
Leroy Quintana 1830
Albert Zuo 1811
Robert Hampton 1800
Holly McRoberts 1677
Charles Gillespie 1570
Chris Hyde 1541
Daniel Trujillo 1464
Robert Peebles (1400)
Arthur Byers 1370
Harsh Bhundiya 1352
Michael Martinson 1266
Krishan Bhakta 1239
Annabelle Romero 959
Andrei Popa-Simil 946
Victor Popa-Simil 924

The La Farge library is on Llano between St. Michael's Drive and Siringo. If you are coming in from ABQ the easiest route is to take the St Francis exit from I 25, turn Left at the 3rd light onto Siringo, then Right at the 2nd light onto Llano.
See you all there at 10 a m on Saturday 18th

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Our next tournament is The Return of the Rooks Quad at La Farge Library, LLano St. Santa Fe. Everybody plays 3 rounds. Rounds are at 10;15, 1:00 and 3:15. To enter send a check for $10 to Santa Fe Rooks, 84 Moya Road, Santa Fe NM 87508. 1st place in each quad wins $30.
Future tourneys:
July 24th Prairie Dog Quick G/29 6 rounds
August 20th Time Odds Tourney 6 rounds at Rodriguez Comm Ctr Prairie Dog Loop
October 15th Berserkers Tourney 8 rounds of G/15
November 19th Match-ups 2 games against the same opponent G/90 + 30 secs December 19th Christmas Octos 3 rounds G/60.

Return of the Rooks Quad and Time Odds Tourney are already confirmed. The other tournaments will be at venues in Santa Fe to be announced. Santa Fe Library venues can only be booked one month in advance.
All tourneys are $10 to enter and will award cash prizes.
See you all there

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Time Odds Tournament on August 20th

Santa Fe Rooks will be holding a handicap tournament at Nancy Rodriguez Community Center on 20th August. I thought you would all appreciate some advanced warning on how to set your clocks when you get there! You start with 30 minutes each on the clock....then calculate the difference in the players' ratings. Divide by 10 to get the number of minutes to adjust and then add half to the weaker player's time and subtract half from the stronger player.

For example......Joe Fish rated 1304 plays Magnus Bloggs rated 1697. The difference is 393 points.Divide by 10 leaves 39.3, so 39 minutes is the difference in clock times. Add 20 to Joe's clock so he starts with 50 minutes. Subtract 19 from Magnus which leaves him with 11 minutes.
5 sec delay is always used.
The stronger player will never start with less than 5 minutes
For calculation of time odds times, unrated players count as 1200

There will be 6 rounds, 1 section, prizes for 1st and for biggest upset(s) though only 1 prize per player. Hope to see you all there.
Jim Johnston

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Results reported

Congratulations to yesterday's winners, with 2 1/2 points each:
Jim Johnston and Caleb Jaquish in the top section
Chris Hyde and Dan Tellez in the second section

Results have been submitted to and should be posted shortly.

April will be a good month for chess in northern New Mexico:

The annual Class Championship will be held in Santa Fe April 16-17, at Desert Academy in Ssanta Fe. The winner of each class will be invited to represent New Mexico in the Rocky Mountain Team Challenge, tentatively scheduled in July in Taos.

April 30 is the 17th annual Pir Maleki Memorial, held at the United World College in Montezuma (near Las Vegas). BY far the most beautiful location for a chess tournament in New Mexico.

For more details and to register, follow the links from

It has been a pleasure hosting and playing in tournaments in the last couple of years, and I am grateful to know that Jim Johnston will be carrying forward the tradition.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tournament Entries

First, I'd like to announce that this year's NM Class Championship will be in Santa Fe April 16-17!!! More on that soon, or visit

As of today's mail, the following people have signed up for this Saturday's tournament at the Nancy Rodriguez Community Center, #1 Pririe Dog Loop in the village of Agua Fria.

This is the season finale and we are offering a $200 first place per Octagon.

Entry fee is $25, and we will accept onsite entries between 8:30 and 9:00. If you know you are coming, please call or email in advance.

As usual, ratings reflect the most current ratings based on the tournament history tab on a player's page.

1924 Sam Dooley
1885 William Frank
1875 Caleb Jaquish
1830 Robert Hampton
1828 Jim Johnston
1610 Christopher Cruz
1535 Julian Trujillo
1514 Rick Lass
1508 Gregory Currin
1475 Daniel Trujillo
1467 Chris Hyde
1332 Dan Tellez
1234 Scout Veitch
955 Elizabeth Cooper
599P Sirius Amerman

Hope to see a few more of you there!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thanks Rick

April 2nd will be the last tournament Rick organises in Santa Fe before taking off for new adventures in another town. If you are reading this you probably already know it, but he created the SFR and has run monthly tournaments in Santa for about 2 years now.
I hope you will all turn out for this one.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tournament results and upcoming season finale

Results from our match play tournament have been posted to the uschess website. Thanks to all for playing on Saturday.

The Season Finale will be Saturday, April 2 at the Nancy Rodriguez Community Center in Agua Fria village. It will be a G/75 with 15 second delay, 3 round tournament.

First place prize will be $200 in each octagon, with a $25 entry fee.

Onsite registration is available, but please sign up in advance if you know you will be playing. Registration is between 8:30 and 9:00, first round starts at 9:15.

I am also pleased to announce that Jim Johnston will begin hosting SF Rooks tournaments after this season. I will be moving to Silver City for the summer (and beyond??), and am looking forward to the move.

Thanks to every one for making my Santa Fe chess life fulfilling.

Stay tuned...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tournament Entries

As of this Thursday's mail, the following players are entered in Saturday's tournament.

1923 Wayne Hatcher
1911 Sam Dooley
1854 Caleb Jaquish
1851 Robert Hampton
1818 Jim Johnston
1591 Charles Gillespie
1539 Julian Trujillo
1518 Rick Lass
1502 Chad Frantz
1468 Daniel Trujillo
1070 Ian Scott
953 Annabelle Romero
814 Alfredo Vigil

Onsite entries are available between 8:30 and 9:00, but please register in advance if you plan on playing.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Upcoming Tournaments

The final two tournaments of the season have been finalized. Both will be held at the Nancy Rodriguez Community Center in Agua Fria.

March 19 will be a G/100 with 30 second incremental, match play. $10 entry fee, with no prize money.
April 2 will be the season finale, G/75 with 15 second delay. Swiss Style Octagons. $25 entry fee, $200 prize for first place in each section.

Registration will be available onsite, but please register in advance if you know you will be coming.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Feb 12 Tournament cancelled

For a variety of reasons, I am disappointed to announce the cancellation of the Feb 12 G/29 tournament.

There are several other exciting events this month, including the Feb 25-27 Southern Rocky FIDE Open in Albuquerque. See to register.

We may replace the April 2 Fools Tourney with a G/29. Please let me know which is preferable at

I apologize for the inconvenience.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tournament Results

Congratulations to Wayne Hatcher, winner of Saturday's blitz tournament with 9 points in 10 games, and Sam Dooley, second place with 8 points.

The results have been submitted and should appear at the USCF chess site shortly.

Our next tournament will take place Saturday, February 12, and will be a G/29, Dual Quad. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tournament Saturday, January 22

The next tournament is this Saturday, Jan 22, at the Nancy Rodriguez Community Center in Agua Fria (Santa Fe). The center is at #1 Prairie Dog Loop, off County Road 62, between Highway 599 and Agua Fria St. (CR 62 is also called Caja del OroGrant Rd.)For those coming from out of town, the best route is probably to take 599 to CR 62, and follow that. It involves a couple of turns, so if you have trouble finding it on googlemaps, please don't hesitate to call me at 505-920-0540. From the south, take a right at the CR62 exit, then a left where the road ends, a right at the first opportunity (Caja del Oro Grant Rd), and the site is on the right just after the fire station.

The format has changed slightly from the original announcement, as several people more experienced with blitz suggested making it a dual round robin to allow for more games. Thus, each round listed below includes two games, one each as white and black.

10:00-10:20-- registration (onsite registrations allowed, and check in for preregistered players)
round times--- 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30.

Please note there is no scheduled lunch break. There is a refrigerator and stove onsite, if you'd like to bring a snack.

So far, we only have a couple of registrations in, Wayne Hatcher, fresh off his grandmaster draw, and Sam Dooley. If you think you are registered and I didn't name you, please let me know ASAP and I will add your name to the list.

If you know you will be playing, please let me know so the morning setup can go more smoothly. You can sign up here, or call me at 505-920-0540

I believe we will be using this site for the remainder of the season, which will help us keep the announcements coming in a more timely manner for future tournaments.

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