Archive for March, 2014

If, like me, you have already worked out that it is going to take another years practice before you are able to achieve the lofty title of Club Champ there are still other goals that you can strive for. Below is a list (in rank order) of those members that played in last years champs, and are featuring again this year. If you arent going to be on the podium, the next best thing would be to improve your rank order among this illustrious group.

1 Hilton Bennett
2 Stefan Wagner
3 Daniel Davis
4 Graham Nolan
5 Christopher Symon
6 Eddie Tan
7 Richard Jackson
8 Gary Judkins
9 Murray Tuatini
10 Ian Kennedy
11 Craig Scott
12 Samuel Eddy
13 Benjamin Symon
14 Sivaram Manoharan

Gary_Hamilton_PressThose of you that get the Hamilton Press may have seen the article on page 7 featuring Gary and his passion for using Chess in schools as a way of enhancing mathematical ability. Gary and Geri will once again running the Waikato School Pupils tournament, a flyer for which can be accessed here

National Ratings Updated

Posted: 26/03/2014 by Ian in Club News

The latest national ratings list has been released. Club members NZCF standard and rapid ratings, along with any change since the last rating, have been updated on the page “Who We Are”

Subs Due For Many

Posted: 25/03/2014 by Ian in Club News

Check the page “who we are” to see if your sub is due. Many memberships come due around now. Annual fees remain at last years level — $40 adult, $20 junior. On line payment is preferred.


The crosstables after three rounds of the club champs, and next weeks draw (assuming no one notifies a bye) are below. Please notify bye requests by Sunday evening or the draw will stand as posted below. Remember clocks will start at 7:15 pm so dont be late

Open Division – Crosstable after 3 rounds

1 Hilton_Bennett 1614 3.0 +W10 +B11 +B4
2 Graham_Nolan 1604 2.5 +W6 +B12 =W5
3 William_Lynn 1596 2.5 =BYE +W13 +B8
4 Richard_Dare 1605 2.0 +BYE +B7 -W1
5 Stefan_Wagner 1608 2.0 =B13 +W9 =B2
6 Ian_Kennedy 1524 2.0 -B2 +W14 +W11
7 Sivoram_Manoharan 1565 2.0 +B14 -W4 +B12
8 David_Whiting 1500 1.5 =B9 +W16 -W3
9 Eddie_Tan 1568 1.5 =W8 -B5 +W15
10 Daniel_Davis 1531 1.5 -B1 =W15 +B13
11 Gary_Judkins 1574 1.0 +B15 -W1 -B6
12 Murray_Tuatini 1504 1.0 +B16 -W2 -W7
13 Richard_Jackson 1531 0.5 =W5 -B3 -W10
14 Nick_Sayers 1500 0.5 -W7 -B6 =B16
15 Christopher_Symon 1506 0.5 -W11 =B10 -B9
16 Matt_Crombie 1537 0.5 -W12 -B8 =W14

Junior Division –Crosstable after 3 rounds

1 Craig_Scott 1477 3.0 +W6 +B5 +W2
2 Samuel_Eddy 1474 2.0 +B7 +W3 -B1
3 Brandon_Cuellar 1459 2.0 +W4 -B2 +W5
4 Joel_Crombie 1479 2.0 -B3 +W7 +B6
5 Josh_Posa 1445 1.0 +BYE -W1 -B3
6 Elijah_Dewit 1425 1.0 -B1 +BYE -W4
7 Adam_Hasan_Stein 1374 1.0 -W2 -B4 +BYE


Next Weeks Draw (if no byes)


Club Champs: Results After Two Rounds

Posted: 19/03/2014 by Ian in Club News


The crosstables after two rounds of the club champs, and next weeks draw (assuming no one notifies a bye) are below. Please notify bye requests by Sunday evening or the draw will stand as posted below. Remember clocks will start at 7:15 pm so dont be late

Open Division –Crosstable after 2 rounds

1 Graham Nolan 1604 2.0 +W8 +B9
2 Hilton Bennett 1614 2.0 +W11 +B7
3 Richard Dare 1605 2.0 +BYE +B10
4 Stefan Wagner 1608 1.5 =B12 +W13
5 William Lynn 1596 1.5 =BYE +W12
6 David Whiting 1500 1.5 =B13 +W15
7 Gary Judkins 1574 1.0 +B14 -W2
8 Ian Kennedy 1524 1.0 -B1 +W16
9 Murray Tuatini 1504 1.0 +B15 -W1
10 Sivoram Manoharan 1565 1.0 +B16 -W3
11 Daniel Davis 1531 0.5 -B2 =W14
12 Richard Jackson 1531 0.5 =W4 -B5
13 Eddie Tan 1568 0.5 =W6 -B4
14 Christopher Symon 1506 0.5 -W7 =B11
15 Matt Crombie 1537 0.0 -W9 -B6
16 Nick Sayers 1500 0.0 -W10 -B8

Junior Division –Crosstable after 2 rounds

1 Samuel Eddy 1474 2.0 +B7 +W3
2 Craig Scott 1477 2.0 +W5 +B4
3 Brandon Cuellar 1459 1.0 +W6 -B1
4 Josh Posa 1445 1.0 +BYE -W2
5 Elijah Dewit 1425 1.0 -B2 +BYE
6 Joel Crombie 1479 1.0 -B3 +W7
7 Adam Hasan-Stein 1374 0.0 -W1 -B6

Next Weeks Draw (if no byes)


The 2014 club championship kicked off last night with 15 players in the Open Division and 7 competing in the Junior division for  a total of 22 players. In the past 3 years we have had 16 entries (2011), 12 entries (2012) and 21 entries (2013). Maybe next year we can make it 25. Richard did well to take a draw off Stefan. Josh took a bye in the juniors because of school commitments, but will be joining the tournament next week. We had  a slightly slow start to get the draw sorted this week, but now that we are underway clocks will be starting at 7:15 sharp, whether you are there or not, so don’t be late.

The crosstables so far follow … (more…)

Dave Whiting and Nick Sayers joined the club last night and are now participating in this years Club Championship. Nick has been to the club on and off over the years but will now be coming on a regular basis. Based in Tirau Nick is a dedicated chess fan playing at the BOP club in Tauranga on Monday nights, and then with us on Tuesday nights! Welcome Nick. Dave also travels quite a distance to play as he is based in Ngaruawahia. He has previously played club chess in Christchurch, and at one point for the Abergavenny Chess Club (that’s in Wales boyo) where he had a respectable rating of 1880. I see from the the Abergavenny Chess Club ‘s website that they meet upstairs at the Kings Arms Hotel, a late sixteenth century coaching inn. I hope room G2, Hamilton Boys High School, can compare favourably to Daves former haunt! Dave started well in the tournament last night with a draw against Eddie. Welcome Dave.

Club Champs Next Week

Posted: 05/03/2014 by Ian in Club News

AnnouncementThe Club champs will run over six club nights starting  Tuesday 11th March.

The format will be  start time 7.15pm, 1 game per night, open to paid up (as of 11/3/14) club members only . You can check when your sub is due by going to the website – About > Who We Are.  Online payments preferred, see the website for details. Remember No Sub No Play.

There will be an Open Division, and a Junior Division (stronger Junior members can elect to play in the Open Division if they wish; sadly – for some of us at least – weaker senior members cannot elect to play in the Junior division). The Junior division might run over five rounds depending on numbers, or even as a round robin.

The winner of the Open Division will be awarded the title Club Champion 2014. The winner of the Junior division will be awarded the title Club Junior Champion 2014 and will receive a book prize.

Entries will be seeded based on Current club ratings. No late entries allowed – so if you cant make it on the first night let me know and you will be awarded a bye. Also if you want to play but might be a little late on the first night let me know and I will include you in the draw. Please don’t turn up after 7:15 and expect me to redo the draw.  Entries will not be accepted in week two or beyond

Time limit 45 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from move 1, as we need to be out of the room by 9:30. Junior division will be  25 minutes plus 5 seconds per move from move 1.

Games start at 7.15pm – a 30 minute late time applies (your game is lost if you are 30 minutes late). Late time for Juniors is 25 minutes.

Clocks will be started at 7:15 even if neither player is present.

Usual FIDE laws apply. Disputes committee will be club executive (Hilton Ian and Richard). If one or two of the disputes committee is/are party to a dispute, the remaining member(s) will constitute the disputes committee.

Please bring a pen to record your games (recording is mandatory in the open divison, but optional for the  junior division).

One 1/2 point bye allowed per player, if notified to Ian the Sunday before the round that it applies.

No half point byes allowed in rounds 5 or 6.

Ties will be decided using  tie breaks in the following order:  Buchholz Cut 1, Buchholz Total, Buchholz Median, Sonneborn-Berger.  If still tied the award will be shared.

BellanteWe have some serious chess coming up soon with the club champs, but members are urged to show a little more restraint than an Italian ‘cannibal’ lodger that confessed to a frenzied knife murder of Irish journalist over a midnight game of chess.  The Italian man cut open his Dublin landlord’s chest and tried to eat his heart following a fight over a chess match. Police said: ‘It’s one of the most horrific acts of violence committed against an innocent person in Irish history.’  Saverio Bellante, 34, was charged with murder. Police say he admitted his guilt after being arrested at the home he shared with Tom O’Gorman, a policy researcher for a conservative Catholic think tank in Ireland. Pathologists said the 39-year-old victim suffered dozens of severe knife wounds to his head and chest, which had been cut fully open. Ireland’s senior pathologist determined that the heart remained, but a lung was missing. The crime scene was said to be so shocking that the two officers who found the body will be sent for trauma counselling. Police offered no explanation for what happened to the lung. Evidence suggested that O’Gorman’s prone head and body also were bludgeoned with a dumbbell. Bellante called police to report the killing. He claimed to officers that he had cut open O’Gorman’s chest and tried to eat his heart after a dispute over a move in a chess match the two had been playing. Bellante offered no plea at his arraignment in a Dublin court. When Judge David McHugh asked him why he had no lawyers, Bellante said he wanted to represent himself and would decline state-funded legal aid. A policeman testified that, when charged with murder Bellante replied: ‘I am guilty.’ In the club champs members are urged not to resort to violence but to refer any disputes to the arbiter.