Archive for March, 2013

Hamilton Chess Club Is On Facebook

Posted: 27/03/2013 by Ian in Club News

FacebookDont forget you can follow Hamilton Chess Club on facebook!


Last night saw the welcome addition of three new members to the club, from the very junior to the very experienced. We now have a total of 24 paid up members and a couple of prospects in the wings as well. First of all we welcome Darius Hasan-Stein as a junior member. Darius is 13 and a pupil at St Pauls Collegiate. No doubt he will make Gary’s school team in later years. He lists his interests as Chemistry, Science, and chess. He has been coming along the last few nights with younger brother Adam, who will graduate to full club membership in a few years as well. Welcome Darius. Next we welcome Damian Eades. Damian comes to us from the Bay Of Plenty and is a strong player with an NZCF standard and rapid ratings of  1701 and 1475 respectively (and now a HCC rating of 1031). Finally we welcome Michael Freeman. Michael is a very strong player (NZCF standard rating of 2174) while his rapid rating of 2110 places him at number 28 nationally. Michael was NZ Correspondence Champion in 1979/80 and 1983/84, and earned a NZ Correspondence Chess Master title. In 1995 he gained an International Correspondence Master title (2450 level) and in 2003 he won the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) 50th anniversary IM-D event and gained a Senior International Master title. Over the board Michael represented NZ in chess at the 1996 Chess Olympiad and the 1983, 1993 and 1995 Asian Teams events and was NZ Team Captain for four Chess Olympiads (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000) and a member of the FIDE Executive Board from 1998-2002. He is the current FIDE delegate and also the NZ delegate to ICCF.

Twenty Two For Lightning Tournament

Posted: 27/03/2013 by Ian in Club News

LightningWe had 22 players at the club last night which I think is our best ever turnout. We had a lightning tournament of eight rounds at 3 + 2, Richard’s favourite time control. Peter and Michael were neck and neck with Peter just taking it out by half a point, although based on Club ratings Michael came out on top with 1598 to Peter’s 1577. Christopher and Richard were clear third and fourth respectively, Stefan and Eddie tied for fifth and then there were the rest. Ian managed to score a spectacular own-goal by calling time against Eddie, only to realize that it was his own flag that had fallen and not his opponents (palm slaps forehead). Club ratings have been updated, and the crosstable is below.

1 Peter Hulshof 7.5 +W16 +B3 +W11 +B7 +W2 =B4 +B5 +W8
2 Michael Freeman 7.0 +W7 +B8 +W3 +B4 -B1 +W5 +B9 +B11
3 Christopher Symon 6.0 +B14 -W1 -B2 +W17 +B8 +W10 +B15 +W4
4 Richard Jackson 5.5 +B12 +B9 +W5 -W2 +B10 =W1 +B7 -B3
5 Stefan Wagner 5.0 +W17 +B10 -B4 +W8 +B18 -B2 -W1 +W9
6 Eddie Tan 5.0 +B12 +W15 -W9 +B22 +B10 +W7
7 Graham Nolan 4.0 -B2 +W15 +B18 -W1 +B13 +W19 -W4 -B6
8 Mike Hare 4.0 +B15 -W2 +W9 -B5 -W3 +B18 +W16 -B1
9 Daniel Davis 4.0 +B13 -W4 -B8 +W19 +B6 +B16 -W2 -B5
10 Ian Kennedy 4.0 +B18 -W5 +W16 +B11 -W4 -B3 -W6 +B15
11 Sivaram Manoharan 4.0 +B22 +W19 -B1 -W10 -W16 +B21 +B12 -W2
12 Damian Eades 4.0 -W4 -B13 -W6 +B20 +W21 +B17 -W11 +B16
13 Samuel Eddy 4.0 -W9 +W12 +B19 -B16 -W7 -W15 +B22 +B17
14 Maimoena Hulshof 4.0 -W3 -B16 -W17 +W22 -B15 +B20 +W18 +B21
15 Clayton Howard 3.0 -W8 -B7 +W21 -B6 +W14 +B13 -W3 -W10
16 Craig Scott 3.0 -B1 +W14 -B10 +W13 +B11 -W9 -B8 -W12
17 Emi Ng 3.0 -B5 -W18 +B14 -B3 +W20 -W12 +B19 -W13
18 Adam Hasan 3.0 -W10 +B17 -W7 +B21 -W5 -W8 -B14 +W22
19 Grace Li 3.0 +W21 -B11 -W13 -B9 +W22 -B7 -W17 +W20
20 Lachlan 2.0 +B22 -W12 -B17 -W14 +W21 -B19
21 Zamiena Hulshof 1.0 -B19 +W22 -B15 -W18 -B12 -W11 -B20 -W14
22 Darius Hasan 0.0 -W11 -B21 -W20 -B14 -B19 -W6 -W13 -B18

The Club champs will start next Tuesday the 2nd of April
The Championship will run over eight club nights excluding the School Holidays

2/4, 9/4, 16/4 Rounds 1 2 3
23/4, 30/4 Casual club night only, school holidays
7/5, 14/5, 21/5, 28/5, 4/6 Rounds 4 5 6 7 8


The format will be  start time 7.15pm, 1 game per night, open to paid up club members only     No exceptions
– if you are not a financial member, please remember to update your  subscription payment this Tuesday – or next week at the latest (Subs can be paid online — details on the website)

You can check when your sub is due by going to the website – About > Who we are

-time limit 45 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from move 1, as we need to be out of the room by 9:30
-games start at 7.15pm – a 30 minute late time applies (your game is lost if you are 30 minutes late).
-clocks will be started at 7:15 even if neither player is present.
-usual FIDE laws apply
-please bring a pen to record your games
-one 1/2 point bye allowed per player, if notified the Sunday before the round that it applies
-no half point byes allowed in rounds 7 or 8.

Entries will be seeded based on Current club ratings

Club Champs Coming Soon

Posted: 24/03/2013 by Ian in Club News

We will be starting the club champs shortly. You will need to be a paid up member to participate so check when your subscription expires under About>Who We Are

Twentyone So Far For The Rookies

Posted: 24/03/2013 by Ian in Club News

We have 21 participants registered so far for the Rookies, so may get close to thirty once all entries are counted.

Tournament Dates Announced

Posted: 20/03/2013 by Ian in Club News

AnnouncementHamilton Chess Club is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the North Island Rapid Champs on Sunday the June 23 . The Waikato Open will be held  26/27/28 July. Once again we will be making use of the excellent facilities at Saint Pauls Collegiate. We look forward to seeing you there. Flyers will be posted shortly