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THE 12TH ANNUAL FULLERTON CITY CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT Will Be HELD AT 6:30 ON FRIDAY, April 27th, AT LADERA VISTA JR. HIGH SCHOOL, 1700 E. WILSHIRE Ave. As always, this is a grade level tournament (there will be a city champion for each grade), with three trophies awarded in each graded. But there is also a "super-champion" section that gives all players, regardless of grade (but subject to meeting qualifications), a chance to compete with the very best student chess players in Fullerton for the title of 2017 FULLERTON CITY CHESS CHAMPION. .
The workshops, and the Fullerton City chess championship, are offered courtesy of the Fullerton Host Lions. There is no registration fee for the tournament - attendance is FREE. However you will need to register by April 25, by email, and provide name as well email and contact telephone number.


Champs from 2006 to 2016:

tabulation of winners

2014 City Fullerton City Chess Championship Tournament
The annual Fullerton Host Lions-sponsored City Chess Championship Tournament was held for the 9th time on May 23rd at Ladera Vista Jr-High school. To view listing the first, second and third place finishers for the previous 8 city tournaments please click on TOURNAMENT HISTORY.  An impressive showcase for Fullerton chess talent during the past decade!

(To see this year's tournament results, attendees, and trophy winners, Click Here)

The tournament was a lively event, with both the youngest and oldest contestants , the “book-end kids”, walking away with key trophies.  Kindergartener Owen Tang, Sunset Lane tied for first in the K+1st+2nd grade tournament (he actually won on a tie-break), and William Chwa (Troy) who last year came very close, won the “Super-Champion” flight to earn the title of Scholastic City Chess Champion of 2014. The Super-Champion flight featured the best and the brightest, all of them US Chess Federation-rated players. This included a third grader (Henry Tang - Acacia) and two fourth-graders (Anthony Kharrat - Laguna Road, and Denny Lee – Sunset Lane).  The latter fought his way past several older players to take second place! And Julia Hsing prevailed in a series of blitz games against her two main competitors  to win the 6th-8th grade tournament – this to uphold respect for the fair sex!
There weren’t enough players to have a separate tournament at each grade level, necessitating combining K-2nd, 4th & 5th and 6th-8th grades into one tournament each. Trophies were then awarded based on the player’s placement in his tournament & the number of players at his grade level. The following emerged as champions:

            K - Owen Tang (K-Sunset Lane)            
            1st & 2nd - Andrew Song (2nd – Laguna Road)
            3d – Gregory Chen (3d – Laguna Road)
            4th & 5th – Henry Luo (5th – Acacia)
            6th, 7th & 8th – Julia Hsing (6th – Laguna Road)
            Super-Champion (SS) flight – William Chwa (11th -Troy)

Placing second to win trophies were Joseph Kim (2nd – Sunset Lane), Alex Lee (3d – Laguna Road), Justin Kim (4th – Sunset Lane), Kenny Tang (5th – Sunset Lane), Elvin Anam (8th – Parks) and Denny Lee (Sunset Lane). Third place trophies went to Micah Fosmark (3d – Hermosa Drive), Jonathan Hsing (5th – Laguna Road). In the Super-championship flight Isaac Kim (8th – Fisler) finished third, and Michael Zhu (7th – Ladera Vista) fourth.
A complete list of participants and their grouping into different section is shown in the “List of 2014 FCCC Participants”, which also shows the number of participants from the various elementary, junior high schools/middle schools and high schools.

As in the past Laguna Road had the largest number of participants (18), but for the first time ever they were almost matched by another school (Sunset Lane, with only 5 players) for bragging right for the most trophies. Congratulations, Sunset Lane!
In addition to Host Lions members Jennifer Baron, Barbara Riordan, Joe Scherzinger  and Nayleen Werner,  the Fullerton Senior Center chess club and several parents provided great support to run a smooth tournament (not a single child was lost!):  seniors John Darling, Moses Miro, , Stan Tinkle; parents  Mrs. Chen, Mrs. Son and Mr. Wei Tang; Kyle Mori (last year's city champ); friend  Arline S. and parent-photographer Cathy Yang." To see an album of pictures taken during the event, click HERE.
2014 Morrison Scholastic Chess Tournament
For the 41th  year, and for the fifth year in Fullerton, a scholastic chess event  was held at the Ladera Vista Jr. high School on January 25th: the  annual Morrison Scholastic Chess Tournament. The event was organized and conducted by retired Buena Park Jr. High School teacher Dewain Barber, and sponsored by American Chess Equipment (his company recently sold) and the Fullerton Host Lions Club, with facility support from the Fullerton School District.
This year’s event was the largest ever: 125 students from Orange County and environs participated in the free open tournament, and another 50 US Chess Federation rated players students played in a concurrent tournament run by Hanley’s Chess Academy. Due partly to the reduced chess during this school year we had fewer Fullerton students in the tournament than in the past: only 13 vs. 25 last year.  The following students played in the non-rated Morrison:

5th grade (all from Laguna Road)
  Mathew Song - 1st place
  William Kim   -  3d  place
  Kash Wiley     - 3d place  (see photo A)
  Junah Kim       -  did not place
6th grade
  Irfan Iqbal  - Arborland Montessori,  3d place (see Photo B)
7th Grade&
  Nathan Chen -Parks Jr. High, 3d place in the 7th-9th grade section (see Photo C)
9th grade    
  Eeman Iqbal  - Troy HS, 1st place in the 7th-9th grade section (see Photo C)
High School
  Vijay Konka   - - Troy HS - did not place

In the rated tournament Isaac Kim (Fisler) won his under-1000 rated group which had 22 players! (The bad news is that his rating went above 1000, so he will have to play with the big boys the next time!). Jonathan and Julia Hsing played in the same group, with a respectable tie for 5th place. In the Open section 4th grader Henry Tang (Acacia, rated 1265) played – and lost - his first game against the eventual winner (rated at 1729!), and finished in a respectable tie for 9th in  field of 22. Michael Zhu (Hermosa Drive) could have tied him with another win, but did not.
The event started with the Host Lions Chess Activities Coordinator Pete Baron presenting a plaque, signed by city, school district and Orange County notables, to Dewain Barber in an appreciation to his tremendous contribution to the cause of scholastic chess in Orange County, and specifically in Fullerton. Mr. Barber has supported this tournament as a volunteer since its inception, and for the past twenty years publicized, organized, ran (with volunteer support) and financed this tournament. The prospect of playing in this tournament, and the subsequent recognition by the Fullerton Observer, has been a significant motivation for students to continue their chess activities, with the attendant benefits of acquiring habits of tactical and strategic thinking, patience, concentration and good sportsmanship that are inherent in the great game of chess. It should be noted that Mr. Barber has also been involved in the annual Staser Scholastic Chess Tournament, typically held in South Orange County but also attracting Fullerton players (though fewer in number), again as volunteer and later as organizer etc during the same years as for the Morrison Scholastic. 
The Fullerton Host Lions salute this remarkable career in volunteerism and service to the community, a hallmark of Lions all over the world.

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