Archive for November, 2013

NZCF Ratings Updated

Posted: 27/11/2013 by Ian in Club News

NZCF rating lists have just been published. Members ratings have been amended on the membership page here, as well as the change — plus or minus — from the last rating period.

The club continues to attract junior members with Elijah DeWit joining this week as member number 32. Seventeen members are Juniors. With  one night left in the year we look forward to a strong year in 2014. Welcome Elijah.

Chess Club Final Night For 2013

Posted: 26/11/2013 by Ian in Club News

Next Tuesday 03/12/13 will be the final night for 2013. We will have 6 rounds of 5 + 3 to finish. Let’s have a good turnout to round out a successful year.

Josh Poša Is Member Number 31.

Posted: 24/11/2013 by Ian in Club News

Club membership continues to rise with the addition of Josh as a Junior member. Welcome Josh.

The club has reached a milestone of 30 paid up members with Junior Sam Kim joining up last night. Sam has been taking part in our “play like a former world champion tournament” for the last few weeks and has now made the move to full membership. Welcome Sam.

Informal Blitz

Posted: 20/11/2013 by Ian in Club News

We had an 8 round blitz last night. Gary had some good wins and advanced significantly on the rating table. The nights crosstable is below, and club ratings have been updated.

1 Michael Freeman 6.5 +W15 =B2 +W6 +B3 +W8 -B4 +W5 +B7
2 Richard Dare 5.5 +B11 =W1 +B13 +W10 +B5 =W3 -B6 =W4
3 Graham Nolan 5.5 +B7 +W9 +B5 -W1 +B12 =B2 -W4 +B6
4 Hilton Bennett 5.5 -B5 +W12 -B10 +W11 +B7 +W1 +B3 =B2
5 Gary Judkins 5.0 +W4 +B8 -W3 +B6 -W2 +B9 -B1 +W14
6 Stefan Wagner 5.0 +B12 +W13 -B1 -W5 +B10 +B8 +W2 -W3
7 Sivoran Manoharan 4.0 -W3 +BYE +B11 -B8 -W4 +W12 +B14 -W1
8 Eddie Tan 4.0 +B10 -W5 +B9 +W7 -B1 -W6 +W15 -B11
9 Murray Tuatini 4.0 +BYE -B3 -W8 +W13 +B11 -W5 -B10 +W15
10 Richard Jackson 4.0 -W8 +B15 +W4 -B2 -W6 +B14 +W9 -B12
11 Daniel Davis 4.0 -W2 +B14 -W7 -B4 -W9 +B15 +W12 +W8
12 Ian Kennedy 3.0 -W6 -B4 +W15 +B14 -W3 -B7 -B11 +W10
13 Finlay buckell 2.0 +W14 -B6 -W2 -B9 +BYE
14 Sam Kim 2.0 -B13 -W11 +BYE -W12 +B15 -W10 -W7 -B5
15 Josh Posa 1.0 -B1 -W10 -B12 +BYE -W14 -W11 -B8 -B9
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Hilton scored a creditable 4th =  with 5.5 out of a possible 9  in the recent South Island Champs held in Nelson, October 9th to 13th. His only losses were to the IMs that came first and second.

1 Wang, Pu Chen 2379 IM 9.0 +B10 +W7 +B3 +W4 +B2 +W5 +B8 +W6 +B14
2 Solomon, Stephen 2404 IM 7.0 +W8 +B13 +W6 +B9 -W1 -B3 +W12 +B4 +W5
3 Wohl, Aleksandar 2364 IM 7.0 +W11 +B9 -W1 +B20 +W13 +W2 -B4 +B7 +W15
4 Johnson, Quentin 2144 5.5 +W14 +B24 +W15 -B1 =W12 =B13 +W3 -W2 =B9
5 Bennett, Hilton 2100 CM 5.5 =W17 +B20 =W12 +B24 +W6 -B1 =W7 +B16 -B2
6 Chan, Peng Kong 2263 IM 5.5 +B23 +W21 -B2 =W7 -B5 +W10 +B13 -B1 +W16
7 Van,  Dijk Peter 2076 5.0 +W25 -B1 +W11 =B6 +W15 =B12 =B5 -W3 =B8
8 Benson, Christopher 1895 5.0 -B2 +W19 +W28 -B13 +W9 +B11 -W1 =B10 =W7
9 Rains, Timothy 2003 5.0 +B18 -W3 +B14 -W2 -B8 +W26 =B23 +W25 =W4
10 Timergazi, Layla 1889 5.0 -W1 +B25 -W13 +B26 =W24 -B6 +W18 =W8 +B23
11 Dolejs, Dan 1871 5.0 -B3 +W18 -B7 +W27 +B17 -W8 -B14 +B22 +W20
12 Kempen, Leon 1970 CM 5.0 +W29 =B15 =B5 +W21 =B4 =W7 -B2 =W14 =B13
13 Rains, Edward 2092 4.5 +B19 -W2 +B10 +W8 -B3 =W4 -W6 =B24 =W12
14 Nicholls, Leighton 1854 4.5 -B4 +W26 -W9 +B28 +W20 -B15 +W11 =B12 -W1
15 Donaldson, Bruce 2109 4.5 +B27 =W12 -B4 +W17 -B7 +W14 -B16 +W23 -B3
16 Jackson, L. Ross 1990 4.5 =B17 -W23 +W18 +B22 +B24 +W15 -W5 -B6
17 Roura, Federico 1751 4.5 =B5 =W16 =B21 -B15 -W11 =W22 =B27 +BYE +W26
18 Mulligan, Allan 1655 4.5 -W9 -B11 =W25 -B16 +BYE +W19 -B10 +W27 +B24
19 Gloistein, Bruce 1695 4.5 -W13 -B8 +W29 =B23 -W26 -B18 +BYE +W28 +B25
20 Hothersall, Rik 1956 4.0 +B28 -W5 +B22 -W3 -B14 =B23 =W24 +W21 -B11
21 Nijman, Arie 1991 4.0 +W22 -B6 =W17 -B12 -W23 +BYE =B25 -B20 +W29
22 Dellaca, Bruce 1610 4.0 -B21 +W23 -W20 =B25 -W16 =B17 +B29 -W11 +B28
23 Gold, Hamish 1866 3.5 -W6 -B22 +B16 =W19 +B21 =W20 =W9 -B15 -W10
24 Marko, Helmut 1983 CM 3.5 +B26 -W4 +B27 -W5 =B10 -W16 =B20 =W13 -W18
25 Cooper, Nigel 1692 3.5 -B7 -W10 =B18 =W22 +B29 +W27 =W21 -B9 -W19
26 Ryan, Tom 1200 3.5 -W24 -B14 +BYE -W10 +B19 -B9 =W28 +W29 -B17
27 Brockway, Andrew 1770 3.5 -W15 +B29 -W24 -B11 +W28 -B25 =W17 -B18 +BYE
28 Whittington, Seth 1000 2.5 -W20 +BYE -B8 -W14 -B27 +W29 =B26 -B19 -W22
29 Whittington, Finn 1100 1.0 -B12 -W27 -B19 +BYE -W25 -B28 -W22 -B26 -B21

Bay of Plenty Rapid 2014

Posted: 12/11/2013 by Ian in Club News

The always popular Bay of Plenty Rapid  will be held on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014. The tournament will be run in three groups and is suitable for players of all ability. An entry form can be found here

Eight Rounds Of Blitz Next Week

Posted: 12/11/2013 by Ian in Club News

blitzWe will have 8 rounds of blitz next week — the first 4 at time control of 3 minutes plus 2 seconds a move, and then 4 games at 5 minutes plus 3 seconds a move. Visitors and guests are welcome to join in. Games start 7:20 sharp so dont be late.

After 10 rounds the final scores were Michael 7.5, Stefan 7, and Graham 6.5. The full crosstable is below:

1 Michael Freeman 7.5 +B14 +W11 +B5 +B7 +W8 +W4 +B2 =W3
2 Stefan Wagner 7.0 +W3 -B15 +W16 -B8 +W10 +B7 +B6 +W4 -W1 +B9
3 Graham Nolan 6.5 -B2 -W6 -B9 +B16 +W18 +W19 +B14 +B5 +W4 =B1
4 Murray Tuatini 6.0 +B18 +W10 -W7 +B12 +W13 -B1 +W5 -B2 -B3 +W6
5 William Lynn 6.0 +B9 +W14 -W1 +B6 +W7 -B12 -B4 -W3 +W8 +B13
6 Richard Jackson 5.5 -W15 +B3 +W13 -W5 +B9 =B8 -W2 +W11 +B16 -B4
7 Daniel Davis 5.0 +B17 +W8 +B4 -W1 -B5 -W2 +B10 +W9
8 Matt Crombie 5.0 +W20 -B7 +B10 +W2 -B1 =W6 -B9 +W13 -B5 =B11
9 Ian Kennedy 5.0 -W5 -B12 +W3 +B21 -W6 +B13 +W8 -B7 +W10 -W2
10 Gary Judkins 5.0 +W12 -B4 -W8 +W11 -B2 +B18 -W7 +W14 -B9 +B16
11 A. Hasan-Stein 4.5 +W13 -B1 -W12 -B10 -B19 +W21 +W16 -B6 +B14 =W8
12 S. Manoharan 4.0 -B10 +W9 +B11 -W4 +B14 +W5
13 Joel Crombie 4.0 -B11 +W18 -B6 +W14 -B4 -W9 +B19 -B8 +BYE -W5
14 D. Hasan-Stein 3.0 -W1 -B5 +W21 -B13 -W12 +B16 -W3 -B10 -W11 +BYE
15 Eddie Tan 2.0 +B6 +W2
16 Finlay Buckel 2.0 -B2 -W3 +B21 -W14 -B11 +B18 -W6 -W10
17 Mike Absolam 2.0 -W7 -B20 +BYE +W18
18 Elijah Dewit 2.0 -W4 -B13 +W19 -B17 -B3 -W10 +B21 -W16
19 Sam Kim 2.0 -B18 +BYE +W11 -B3 -W13 -W21
20 Brandon Cuellar 1.0 -B8 +W17
21 Josh Posa 1.0 -B14 -W9 -W16 -B11 -W18 +B19

Kramnik_KasparovRounds 9 and 10 were from Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000. London and from Anand vs Kramnik, 2008. Bonn, Germany
Although Garry Kasparov was not recognized as champion by FIDE, the rest of the chess world continued to acknowledged him as the best player. He had continued to dominate the chess tournaments while FIDE’s new system to select their champion, consisting of a single tournament of short knockout matches, offended the sensibilities of both players and fans. However, Kasparov had not played a match in 5 years, and believed that for his title to maintain its credibility, it was time to take on a new challenger. The Braingames organization was created by a group headed by Grandmaster Ray Keene specifically to organize a match for Kasparov. Whereas the champion’s challenger had since 1948 been the winner of a series of tournaments and matches, this time Kasparov’s opponent was simply picked by GM Keene. (more…)

Membership Bonus This Month

Posted: 12/11/2013 by Ian in Club News

lookIn an effort to boost membership, and in recognition that this month the World Chess Championship will take place, Hamilton Chess Club is pleased to offer a significant discount off our usual membership subscription rate. The offer applies to both adult and junior memberships. To take up the offer you must never have previously been a financial member of the club, and must pay your membership fee before 1 December 2013. For the usual annual fee ($40 adult, $20 junior) you will be credited with 15 months membership, representing a 25% bonus over the usual rate.

By taking up this offer.

  • You will have free access to the Hamilton Chess Centre on club nights
  • You will receive reduced entry fees for events conducted by the Hamilton Chess Club – a saving to you of at least $5 per tournament!
  • You can improve your chess skills.
  • You will get a club rating that you can use as an incentive to advance
  • Your membership allows the club to provide resources and willing people to run local events – without this, the club would not exist

Come along this Tuesday night and check us out.

Game 1 Live Stream On Youtube

Posted: 09/11/2013 by Ian in Club News

Below is a link for livestream of game 1 on the world champs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH_5Ko7QCi8

Crosstable So Far

Posted: 06/11/2013 by Ian in Club News

With two rounds to go in our minitournament the lead is share equally by Michael and Stefan. Dont miss out on the final two rounds. The crosstable is appended below.

1 Michael  Freeman 6.0 +B15 +W12 +B8 +B3 +W6 +W4
2 Stefan  Wagner 6.0 +W5 -B14 +W17 -B6 +W11 +B3 +B7 +W4
3 Daniel  Davis 5.0 +B16 +W6 +B4 -W1 -B8 -W2 +B11 +W9
4 Murray  Tuatini 5.0 +B18 +W11 -W3 +B10 +W13 -B1 +W8 -B2
5 Graham  Nolan 5.0 -B2 -W7 -B9 +B17 +W18 +W19 +B15 +B8
6 Matt  Crombie 4.5 +W20 -B3 +B11 +W2 -B1 =W7 -B9 +W13
7 Richard  Jackson 4.5 -W14 +B5 +W13 -W8 +B9 =B6 -W2 +W12
8 William  Lynn 4.0 +B9 +W15 -W1 +B7 +W3 -B10 -B4 -W5
9 Ian  Kennedy 4.0 -W8 -B10 +W5 +B21 -W7 +B13 +W6 -B3
10 Sivoram  Manoharan 4.0 -B11 +W9 +B12 -W4 +B15 +W8
11 Gary  Judkins 4.0 +W10 -B4 -W6 +W12 -B2 +B18 -W3 +W15
12 Adam  Hasan-Stein 3.0 +W13 -B1 -W10 -B11 -B19 +W21 +W17 -B7
13 Joel  Crombie 3.0 -B12 +W18 -B7 +W15 -B4 -W9 +B19 -B6
14 Eddie  Tan 2.0 +B7 +W2
15 Darius  Hasan-Stein 2.0 -W1 -B8 +W21 -B13 -W10 +B17 -W5 -B11
16 Mike  Absolam 2.0 -W3 -B20 +BYE +W18
17 Finlay Buckel 2.0 -B2 -W5 +B21 -W15 -B12 +B18
18 Elijah  Dewit 2.0 -W4 -B13 +W19 -B16 -B5 -W11 +B21 -W17
19 Sam Kim 2.0 -B18 +BYE +W12 -B5 -W13 -W21
20 Brandon  Cuellar 1.0 -B6 +W16
21 Josh Posa 1.0 -B15 -W9 -W17 -B12 -W18 +B19

Karpov-KorchnoiGame 8 was drawn from the 1978 World Chess Championship was played between challenger Viktor Korchnoi and champion Anatoly Karpov in Baguio City, Phillipines. The conditions of the match were changed for the first time since 1951: the 24 game format was replaced with an unlimited game format, with the first player to win 6 games being declared champion. The rematch clause for the Champion, which had been discarded since 1963, was brought back into effect. This was not the first match betwen Korchnoi and Karpov. In the 1974 candidates matches, after defeating Lev Polugaevsky and Boris Spassky in preliminary matches, Karpov beat Korchnoi in the 1974 candidates final by the close score of +3 -2 =19. Korchnoi had been one of the USSR’s top grandmasters for over 20 years. He had won the Soviet Championship on four occasions and had had reached the Candidates final twice. When Korchnoi dramatically defected from the USSR in 1976, he set the stage for one of the most bitterly contested matches in WCC history, filled with high political drama, tension, and accusations. The political ramifications of a Soviet defector winning the chess crown hung heavy on the match atmosphere. Numerous accusations were traded by the two camps. Korchnoi continously complained that he was being stared at by a member of Karpov’s team during play, a parapsychologist supposedly with hypnotic powers. Karpov objected to Korchnoi’s wearing of sunglasses which he said deflected light on his eyes. At one point in the match the players stopped shaking hands and all further communication stopped. Draws offers were conveyed through the arbiter. (more…)

Game 7: Fischer vs Spassky 1972

Posted: 06/11/2013 by Ian in Club News

Fisher-Spassky“The Match of the Century”

The name Bobby Fischer, at least to Americans, is synonymous with chess. A prodigy in the 50s, a world class player in the 60s, the 70s saw Fischer at his pinnacle. He earned the right to challenge Boris Spassky in a title run without comparison, defeating Mark Taimanov and Bent Larsen with perfect scores of 6-0, and ex-champion Petrosian 6½-2½. Now the stage was set, and the only thing standing between Fischer and Spassky was Fischer himself.  The match was mired in political overtones, during the height of the Cold War. The Soviet chess system had a monopoly on the title since 1948, and the expectations on Spassky were enormous. While Fischer studied chess virtually in seclusion, Spassky had the full resources of the USSR. Victor Baturinsky, head of Soviet Chess Sports Committee, said: “Basically, the Soviet leadership and the powers that be in sport, were interested in just one issue: how to stop Fischer from becoming World Champion.”  With the match set to begin in Reykjavik, Iceland, Fischer (who had not signed any documents confirming his participation) began to make a number of demands, including a percentage of television rights, a larger prize fund, and all manner of conditions covering everything from the lighting to the chair cushions. To satisfy Bobby’s demands of a larger prize fund, British chess promoter James Slater donated a dazzling $125,000 to be added to the prize fund. Fischer still needed more convincing by Bill Lombardy (Fischer’s last-minute choice as second), and one famously persuasive telephone call from Henry Kissinger. Mere hours before he would be forfeited, Fischer arrived in Iceland. (more…)

Membership Bonus This Month

Posted: 02/11/2013 by Ian in Club News

lookIn an effort to boost membership, and in recognition that this month the World Chess Championship will take place, Hamilton Chess Club is pleased to offer a significant discount  off our usual membership subscription rate. The offer applies to both adult and junior memberships. To take up the offer you must never have previously been a financial member of the club, and must pay your membership fee before 1 December 2013. For the usual annual fee ($40 adult, $20 junior) you will be credited with 15 months membership, representing a 25% bonus over the usual rate.

By taking up this offer.

  • You will have free access to the Hamilton Chess Centre on club nights
  • You will receive reduced entry fees for events conducted by the Hamilton Chess Club – a saving to you of at least $5 per tournament!
  • You can improve your chess skills.
  • You will get a club rating that you can use as an incentive to advance
  • Your membership allows the club to provide resources and willing people to run local events – without this, the club would not exist

Come along this Tuesday night and check us out.

BrainMindSport Festivals and Competitions are held in Europe – and next February – Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula is championing the first of its kind in New Zealand. Along with serious competitors, the event will provide a fun environment for anyone who plays a sport of the mind to compete equally and fairly in the spirit of good will and sportsmanship. There will be a Street Party with local Bands on Friday evening 28th February 2014 – and a multi bar Quiz Night on Saturday 1st March 2014. Chess will be one of the competitive events. For further details the website is  http://mindsportsfestival.co.nz and a flyer is here