Archive for July, 2013

Check This Out

Posted: 31/07/2013 by Ian in Club News

Camera2For those of you keen to revel in the afterglow of the best Regional Chess Tournament in the country Symon Lyall has once again provided a link to his Flickr site with lots of photos. Enjoy.


Club Rapid Round 3

Posted: 31/07/2013 by Ian in Club News

Michael and Eddie are 2 points each in the rapid after three rounds, while Daniel is clear of the field with 3 from 3 in the B division. Crosstables and club ratings have been updated.

Benjamin Symon Top Waikato Junior

Posted: 29/07/2013 by Ian in Club News

Benjamin_Symon_William_Lynn_CupClub member Benjamin Symon was awarded the prestigious “William Lynn” trophy for the best Waikato Junior at the conclusion of this weeks open Tournament. Benjamin scored a credible 4 out of 6 in the Under 1800 division and we look forward to possible higher scores next year. He was as the cup his effort meant he was awarded a share of the cash prize for coming third overall, and a book prize for age and grade achievement.

Club Member Awarded Len Whitehouse Cup

Posted: 29/07/2013 by Ian in Club News

Eddie_Tan_Whitehouse_CupThe Len Whitehouse Cup is awarded every year in memory of an early member of the club who sadly passed away soon after the first Waikato Open. It is awarded to the player, being a resident of the greater Waikato area, who scores highest in the Open division of the tournament. The cup has been awarded continuously for a total of 21 years. This year club member Eddie Tan claimed the honours. Eddie is a recent import from the UK and is proving a strong player at club nights

Waikato Open 2013 Results Are In

Posted: 28/07/2013 by Ian in Club News

DSC05470The Waikato Open 2013 was a great success with 38 players. The Open division was contested by 19 players with FM Bob Smith taking the $325 first prize on a score of out of 5 out 6. As well as the cash prize Bob was pleased with what he calculated to be an extra 22 points added to his FIDE rating following the weekend’s effort. Second place was a three way tie between FM Mike Steadman, FM Mark Noble, and Craig Blaxall. In the Under 1800 division 18 players toughed it out. Richard Dare managed 5 out of 6 to take out first place. Tony Wang was second on 4.5 points, and third place was a three way tie between Benjamin Symon, Allen Fan, and Ian Kennedy all on 4 points. In the grade prizes Caleb Wright (3.5 out of 6) took the U2000 cash prize on points, and there was a five way tie in the U1500 between Daniel Davis, Lillian Dare, Christopher Symon, Murray Tuatini, and Dion Charles, all on 3 out of 6. The Len Whitehouse Cup for the highest scoring Waikato player went to club member Eddie Tan, who managed 3 points in the Open Division. The William Lynn Trophy for the best Waikato Junior went to Benjamin Symon. Club ratings have been updated to reflect the weekend’s games. The full crosstables are here, and the rogue’s gallery is here.  The Champions board has been updated here. Thanks to all the participants, especially those that made the effort to attend from out of town, and thanks once again to Keong Ang for his super smooth running of the tournament. We hope to see you all again next year.

Thirtynine So Far

Posted: 25/07/2013 by Ian in Club News

We have 39 registered for the Waikato Open starting tomorrow night. With a few stragglers we should make 42 or 43. Dont be late, first game starts at 7:15 pm sharp.

Rapid Round Two

Posted: 24/07/2013 by Ian in Club News

We had round 2 of the rapid last night. Wins in the A division for Michael and Asheesh, and in the B division for Daniel Ian RIchard and Brandon. Gary picked up rating points in some casual games after the formal part of the evening to reach an all time personal best of 1554. Statistics and crosstables have been updated. Round 3 next week.

1. There has been a change in the pawn structure. Your opponent has 8 and you don’t have any.
2. Your opponent begins to throw pawns at your eyes.
3. You have a postion won but your opponent has a gun.
4. The Director tells you not to bother turning in your scoresheet after the game.
5. Before game begins you notice your opponents 1st initials are ‘GM’.
6. After completing your development you sense your opponent playing the endgame.
7. Just as you make your opening move your opponent announces mate in 11.
8. You don’t control any squares at all.
9. Your draw offer sends all the people watching your game into uncontrollable laughter.
10. Your opponent has 3 bishops

Club Rapid Championship 2013 Underway

Posted: 17/07/2013 by Ian in Club News

The Club Rapid Championship (25 + 5) kicked off last night in two divisions. The A division will be contested by seven players (William and Stefan are not participating, leaving Michael, Hilton, Asheesh, Gary, Eddie, Sivoram, and Graham) and will run as a round robin, while all other club members get to participate in the B division as a Swiss Style Tournament. Last night saw wins for Michael and Eddie. The round robin draw has been posted under Events>Club Rapid 2013. After the formal games for the evening players indulged in some casual chess, with the option of playing for ratings points. Statistics and ratings have been updated as usual. Non-members are still welcome to come along for a look and some casual chess, although the formal games (members only) will be running until around 8:15pm each club night for the next six weeks.

Club players generally improved their National ratings in this rating period. The biggest gainer was Daniel Davis, who added an impressive 170 points to his national rapid rating, while Graham, Benjamin, Gary and Christopher also made healthy gains of 154, 128, 99, and 50 respectively. Several other players made smaller gains, and there were only a couple of players that dropped a few points. There is real potential for sibling rivalry with Benjamin’s rapid rating now only 8 points behind older brother Christopher’s. Several players entered the rating list for the first time: Eddie enters with a rapid rating 1998, Asheesh comes in with both a standard (1902) and rapid (1776) rating, and Adam and Darius are now nationally rated players entering with 853 and 1109 respectively. The club list has been updated to reflect the new national ratings. Players can work to improve their standard ratings at the forthcoming Waikato Open.

The club welcomes Adam Hasan-Stein as its newest (and youngest!) member. Adam has been coming along with brother Darius for some weeks now and the 51 ratable games he has played at the club have now been incorporated into the club ratings page. So far he has managed a total of 8 wins, and his chess is sure to come on over the next 12 months. He is a starter for the club rapid championship which kicks off next week. Welcome Adam.

medalFollowing tonights six round Swiss Tournamet Gary, Asheesh, and Stefan have achieved personal best club ratings of 1551, 1600, and 1621 respectively. Gary retains the Rook ranking that he achieved last week, and with it the privilege of playing in the open division of the club rapid championship commencing next week. All club rankings and ratings have been updated under the link at top right.

Stefan Club Blitz Champion 2013

Posted: 09/07/2013 by Ian in Club News

RatingWe had 16 for the final round of the club blitz championship this week. In the open division it came down to a countback on individual results with both Stefan and William tied on 19 points apiece, out of a possible 24. In round one they had drawn in the fifth game. In the second round Stefan won as black in game 4, and he won again in round 3, this time as white in game 6. In tonights fourth round William won as white, but Stefan takes the crown with +2=1-1. His name has been immortalized on the champions page.

In the reserve board division (for those ranked Bishop or below at the start of the tournament) Asheesh came out on top with 14 points, which would have been enough to place him fourth overall had he been competing in the open grade. He was followed by Gary on 13, and then Ian on 12. The final scores are tabulated below, and all the crosstables and cumulative points are here

Open Division  
Stefan Wagner 19
William Lynn 19
Hilton Bennett 18.5
Daniel Davis 13.5
Richard Jackson 11.5
Eddie Tan 9.5
Graham Nolan 8.5
Michael Freeman 8
Sivoram Manoharan 7


Reserve Board  
Asheesh Gautam 14
Gary Judkins 13
Ian Kennedy 12
Craig Scott 9
Murray Tuatini 8
Brandon Cuellar 8
Samuel Eddy 5
Darius Hasan-Stein 5
Clayton Howard 5
Christopher Symon 5
Adam Hasan-Stein 1.5


Further Rating Improvements

Posted: 06/07/2013 by Ian in Club News

graphClub ratings have been further enhanced. Now members can track their performance by individual game, and a table of the maximum rating recorded by individual players, and the date that the rating was achieved, has been added to the bottom of this page. The permanent links are at top right under “Club Ratings”

Gary Races Ahead

Posted: 03/07/2013 by Ian in Club News

graphGary managed a win against Eddie last night in the third round of the club blitz champs and scooped a fist full of club rating points in the process. As a consequence he has leapfrogged up the rankings reaching the lofty grade of rook. If he manages to remain there next week he earns the privilege of playing in the A division of the club rapid

Welcome Brandon As Our Newest Member

Posted: 02/07/2013 by Ian in Club News

The club welcomes Brandon Cuellar as its newest member. Brandon has played in the last two rounds of the club blitz champs  (where he is placed fourth in the reserve board division) and has an official club rating of 1458 which he hopes to improve in coming weeks. Brandon is honing his chess skills for when he plays in the Fairfield intermediate team.

blitzWilliam and Stefan are tied on first place in the open division of the Club Blitz Champ a 14.5 points each, with Hilton 3rd on 13, so there will be real competition for Honours next week. In the reserve board division Asheesh leads on 11 with Gary and Ian sharing 2nd equal on 9. Crosstables and cumulative scores are here. Club ratings have been updated and there are a few surprises after this weeks games. One more week to make it into the top division for the club rapid champs that start the week after next.