Michael has kindly provided some analysis of his game with Hilton last night. The permanent link can be found in the library under the menu above. Text can be copied to a pgn file for replay. (Further contributions to the library always welcome). Michael won in 46 moves but given that both players were under time pressure things may have turned out differently if Hilton had spotted the way to win Michaels queen on move 42. In the diagrammed position Michael has just played Rc1 in response to Hilton’s Rf1 check. Hilton responded Rf2, but could have won the queen with an alternative move. Can you spot the better continuation, without asking your German friend?
The 2013 North Island Rapid Chess Championship, a Myer Tan Nz Grand Prix Class 2 Event, will be held at St. Paul’s Collegiate School, Hukanui Road, Hamilton Sunday 23rd June, 2013. The format is a FIDE and NZCF rapid rated 6 round Swiss tournament, with each player having 25 minutes plus 5 seconds added from move one. Minimum total prize fund will be $700 (1st: $200, 2nd:$150, 3rd:$100; plus grade prizes – cash & chess books – to the value of $250.
Players meeting: 9am sharp, entries close. Round 1 9:30 am – 10:30 am; Round 2 11:00 am – 12 noon; Round 3 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm; Round 4 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm; Round 5 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm; Round 6 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Prize-giving will follow as soon as possible after the completion of the last round. All players must be NZCF registered.
Entry Fees: $40 if received by Friday 21st June. Late entry fee $7.50 (if entry received after 21st June)
Round five once again provided some red hot games. Michael and Hilton went into a Kings Indian Defence in the first showdown of the club heavyweights. Hilton swapped a queen for minor pieces but in the end Michael came through to take the game 1-0. Daniel managed to create passed pawns on both sides of the board against Graham for a well deserved win. Damian and Sivoram’s game was very close and could have gone either way down to the last move, but Damian came through in the end. Damian Michael and Daniel were the biggest winners of rating points on the night picking up 21, 18, and 11 respectively. Player ratings, summary statistics, and individual member crosstables have all been updated to reflect tonight’s games, and the updated crosstable has been posted under events. Three rounds to go.
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Changes to member ratings now reflect the number of games previously played. If a player has played 30 or fewer games the number of rating points at stake for that individual in that particular game (referred to as the K-factor in the ELO system) will be 32. In theory, after a sufficient number of games have been played, ratings should become more stable and to reflect this the rating points at stake (ie the K-factor) will be reduced to 16 after an individual has played more than 30 games. A full explanation is here. Ratings have been reworked for all rated tournaments since 1/1/13 to reflect the modification. Members can now also review their own individual crosstable against other club members for all rated games here. The permanent link to this page is “Individual Member Crosstables” under Club Ratings, top right.
In future members are able to view their statistics for total number of rated games, win rate, and result (W, D, L) by colour by following the link on the club rating page. Currently the player with the greatest number of rated games is Christopher (with 45), and the player with the best win rate is Hilton (0.87). Overall a total of 439 games have been rated since the start of the year (this includes games by non members in, for instance, The Autumn Rookies). Ratings have now been fully automated so I have reworked these, and modified Stefan’s starting rating to 1500 to more accurately reflect his playing ability.