Main Ladder

Here are the current L.A. Chess Ladder standings. They are regularly updated as challenges and tournaments are played and new members join. To challenge a player, visit the directory to get that player’s contact info.

Remember, you must be inside the top 20 in order to challenge the top 10 ranked players! In addition, you must be inside the top 10 in order to challenge the #1 ranked player. Good luck everyone!

As of 2/21/2018

L.A. Chess Ladder  L.A. Chess Ladder

Rank Player City
1 Vadim Plotkin West Hollywood
2 Gerald Ruiz Burbank
3 Vincent Amaya Hollywood
4 Carlos Huertas Hollywood
5 Darren Himeles  Northridge
6 Riccarlo Porter Los Angeles 
7 Magic Northridge
8 Jose Estrada  Pacoima 
9 Nick Marks  Long Beach
10 Max Hersh Glendale
11 Erik Halseth Los Angeles
12 Kevin Resnick  Calabasas
13 Joel Mendoza Rowland Heights
14 Toy Villafuerte West Covina
15 Grey Massey Sherman Oaks  
16 Eric Sakurai Torrance
17 Eric Schaefer  Reseda Ranch
18 Lupita Perez East L.A. 
19 R. J. Briggs West L.A. 
20 Hieu Nguyen Los Angeles
21 Mark Doty Jr. Orange County 
22 Marco Reed  Sherman Oaks 
23 Mario Madrigal  Long Beach 
24 Chris Han Los Angeles
25 Nishit Patel Los Angeles
26 Marina K. Glendale 
27 Vanessa Himeles Beverly Hills
28 Chase Kopecky  Atwater Village
29 Jorge Rivera North Hollywood
30 Osheen Tosonian Encino  
31  Gavin Faught Los Angeles 
32  Tony Condo Los Angeles
33  Aven Son Santa Monica 
34 Aidan Briggs West L.A.
35  Tyler Bourgoise Hollywood
36  David Yu Arcadia 
37 Alex Gura Los Angeles
38 Anthony Cano Los Angeles
39 Chris Kahn West L.A.
40  Zayd Muhammad Korea Town
41 Ashjae Cacho  Inglewood
42  Robert Mena  Inglewood
43  Lev Marquis Hollywood
44  Ty McClendon Burbank
45 Ben Langley Sherman Oaks
46  Daniel Vizcarra Lynwood
47 Vincent Parra Encino 
48 Hipolino Gomez Los Angeles
49 Katy O'Brian Los Angeles
50  Santy Villanueva Los Angeles
51 Matin Razepoor  Palos Verdes
52  Wesley Wafer Los Angeles
53  Bryan Rivera Los Angeles

To see what challenges have been played, visit the results page!

How do you move up the ladder? If you beat a higher ranked player, you move ahead of that player. If you lose to a higher ranked player, nothing happens. Finally, if you draw against a higher ranked player, you move up to one position behind that player.


  • If #5 Dave beats #2 Carl -> Dave is now #2 and Carl is #3.
  • If #3 Jessica beats #7 Debbie -> No change!
  • If #8 Stevie draws with # 4 Heather -> Stevie is now #5 and Heather is still #4.

Want to see your name on this ranking list? Become a member of The L.A. Chess Ladder! Remember, everyone is welcome to join regardless of age, gender, or playing level. And don’t forget, it’s totally free! Join us today!


L.A. Chess Spot: The Santa Monica Chess Park is a really fun place to play chess. Lots of friendly people and tons of chess tables. Check it out! It is right next to the Santa Monica Pier.


Questions? Concerns? Want to join the L.A. Chess Ladder?

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