The East Bay Open Chess Tournament took place this past weekend in Concord, drawing grand masters and rookies alike to the chess table in a battle of skill and tactical decision making.
Mayor Ron Leone kicked off the weekend-long tournament at the Crown Plaza Hotel by proclaiming Nov. 9 to Nov. 11 the official "Contra Costa Chess Club East Bay Open Tournament Days."
The event was hosted by the Contra Costa Chess Club, which meets Thursday evenings from 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Clayton Starbucks at 1536 Kirker Pass Rd.
Grand Master Enrico Sevillano was declared the "clear winner" of the event, and took home a chunk of the tournaments $6,000 prize fund. According to the World Chess Federation, Sevillano is ranked 29th of all active chess players in the United States.
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