19th Annual Sands Regency Western States Open, October 19-21, 2001The Sands Regency Hotel, Barbara Woodward, and especially Jerry Weikel and his family make this annual chess event happen every October. For the 19th edition, 385 players, including 11 GMs and 10 IMs, competed in eight different sections. At the end of six rounds, GMs Alexander Onischuk, Alexander Ivanov, and IM Enrico Sevillano tied for first in the Open Section.
Nevada players in the winner circle included Edwin Straver in the Expert Section and Limuel Coloma in the Under 1600 Section.
There was a bookstore, free game analysis by GM Larry Evans, simultaneous exhibitions, and the whole setting of a weekend chess festival!
Below is a list of Nevada players results. My apologies for any missed Nevada players.
Open (69 players)Philip Wang 3.5, Ron Gross 2, Todd Imada 1.5, Arkia Bayati 1.
Expert (39 players)Edwin Straver 4.5, John Carr 2, David Ryba 1.5, George Fischer 1.5.
Under 2000 (56 players)Edwin Simanis 3, Duane Catania 1, Steve Little 2.
Under 1800 (59 players)Stephen Kesti 3, Laroy O'Doan 2.5, Brad Zentmeyer 2.
Under 1600 (72 players)Limuel Coloma (rated 1181!) 5.5, Milivoj Filipas 3, Shaun Ayres 1.5.
Under 1400 (48 players)Ricardo Arteaga 4, Mike Patraw 2.5.
Under 1200 (41 players)Kevin Patraw 3, Rio Patraw 3.