Archive for June, 2013

A Myer Tan Nz Grand Prix Class 1 Event

Venue: St. Paul’s Collegiate School, Hamilton

Friday 26th To Sunday 28th July, 2013

The Tournaments:

An open and an under 1800 tournament, each a six round swiss with a time control of all moves in 90 minutes plus an increment of 30 seconds per move. the open tournament will be a fide rated event. both tournaments are nationally rated and are therefore open only to nzcf registered players. nzcf registration $20.  players under 1800 nz rating may enter the open tournament, but the organisers reserve the right to move players between events if they feel that it is appropriate.

A pdf detailing the tournament is here, and the registration page is here. This is the Premiere Waikato Chess Event of the year, dont miss out.

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Camera2Simon Lyall has kindly set up a flickr site with lots of photos from the weekend rapid. The site can be accessed here

Club Rating System Updated

Posted: 25/06/2013 by Ian in Club News

graphTo paraphrase a famous opening line: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all chess players are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are openings, end games and the pursuit of higher ratings…”

Up until now ratings have been done using a system in which stronger players (Michael, Hilton, William and Stefan) were automatically assigned a higher starting rating (1500) while everyone else was assigned a lower starting value (1000). With several stronger players joining the club the issue of where they should be assigned for starting rating has arisen.  Giving everyone the same starting rating removes the burden of having to decide who gets a higher initial rating, and as ratings tend towards an equilibrium over time the eventual result is very similar irrespective of where players start out. It does mean you are more likely to lose points to a much stronger player (if they start with a rating much higher than you then you lose little if any points to them when they beat you). On the other hand all the other club members will likely play them as well with the same result, and as stated above, the ratings will tend toward an equilibrium.

Accordingly all players ratings have been reworked using 1500 as a starting value, and the updated results posted on the usual page.

Note that when we run the club rapid (after the current club blitz) there will be two divisions (kings queens and rooks will play in their own division, bishop knights and pawns in the reserve division).

That means you only have 2 more weeks to polish up your club ranking if you want to play in the open division of the club rapid.

Blitz Round 2

Posted: 25/06/2013 by Ian in Club News

blitzRound 2 of the club blitz saw 18 players turn out, an improvement on last weeks 14. Stefan, William, and Michael shared 5 points each, followed by Hilton on 4.5 and Sivoram a respectable 4. Half way through the club blitz champs Hilton, William, and Stefan are leading the open division on 9.5 followed by Graham on 8.5. In the reserve board division Asheesh is on 6.5, followed by Ian on 6. Crosstables and cumulative points totals have been updated, as have club ratings and rankings. Round 3 next week

DollarFor the record, these were the divisional placings from this weekends tournament.

Open: Noel Pinic  1st = 5 points Hans Gao  1st = 5 points Bob Smith  1st = 5 points Michael  Freeman 1st = 5 points.

Under 1800 Grade: Graham Nolan  1st = 4 points Johnson Li  1st = 4 points Layla Timergazi  1st = 4 points Alphaeus Ang  1st = 4 points Daniel Gong  1st = 4 points Leo Zhang  1st = 4 points

Under 1500 Grade: Ian Kennedy  1st 4 points

Under 1000 Grade: Naveen Saily  1st =  2 points Aaron Taylor  1st =  2 points Darius Hasan-Stein 1st =  2 points Lucas Salazar  1st =  2 points Brijesh Sivabalan 1st =  2 points Finlay Buckell  1st =  2 points Daniel Salazar  1st =  2 points Shilong Yang  1st =  2 points Oscar Qin  1st =  2 points William Morrow  1st =  2 points

In addition to the cash prizes for the players above, book prizes were allocated as followed

Open: Eddie Tan was the top player on 4.5 points on tie-break and received a book prize.

Under 1800 Grade: Each player a book prize.

Under 1000 Grade: The top two on tie-break(Naveen Saily and Aaron Taylor) received a book prize.

CameraSome photos from the rapid have been posted, so you can see if were photogenic enough to make it into the rouges gallery

Fiftyfour On The Day

Posted: 23/06/2013 by Ian in Club News

NI_Rapid_2013We ended up with 54 players for the North Island Rapid Championship. This was also the first New Zealand FIDE rated rapid, and a Myer Tan Class 2 Grand Prix event. Noel Pinic, Hans Gao, Robert Smith and Michael Freeman all managed scores of 5 out of 6,  while Eddie Tan, William Zhang, and Giovanni Thornton shared 4.5. A full list of divisional prize winners will be posted shortly. The final crosstable is here, and some photos here.   Club ratings have been updated