Over 120 chess players competed in Fresno on Friday and Saturday for the 6th Annual Central California Chess Open, hosted by the Fresno Chess Club.
For the first time in six years, local players won three different sections, according to Roberto Lopez.
Edison Computech student Alexander Guiterrez won the under 1250 section and $400 prize money.
Bryce Wong, from Coalinga Middle School, won the under 1650 section and $700. Bryce also teamed up with another local player, Ashleann Chen, of Fort Washington Elementary School in Fresno, to win the mixed doubles prize of $200.
Bryce’s older brother, Brett Wong, of Coalinga High School, also won the under 2050 section and $800.
Bryce and Brett have been the only two individual State Scholastic Chess Champions from the Central Valley, Lopez said, and have been instrumental in contributing to Coalinga’s 16 Chess State Championships.
The tournament, held at the DoubleTree Convention Center in downtown Fresno, hosted players from the Bay Area, Southern California and as far away as Texas.
For more information on the full list of winners, visit www.centralcaliforniaopen.com
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