Archive for March, 2015

Club Champs Rules Modified

Posted: 29/03/2015 by Ian in Club News

Many members have attended the club champs without a pen to record games. Those that have taken the trouble to record their games are commended for their efforts, especially if playing a non-recording opponent. To maximise participation the rule on recording has now been relaxed and this will no longer be required.


Club Champs Round 3

Posted: 25/03/2015 by Ian in Club News


1 Graham_Nolan 2.5 +W5 +B12 =BYE
2 Richard_Dare 2.5 +W14 +B11 =W3
3 William_Lynn 2.0 +W13 =B4 =B2
4 Hilton_Bennett 2.0 +B6 =W3 =BYE
5 Christopher_Symon 2.0 -B1 +W15 +W12
6 Ian_Kennedy 2.0 -W4 +B13 +W11
7 Craig_Scott 2.0 =BYE +B9 =W8
8 Sivaram_Manoharan 2.0 =BYE +BYE =B7
9 Matt_Crombie 1.5 =BYE -W7 +B14
10 Gary_Judkins 1.5 -W11 +B14 =BYE
11 Stefan_Wagner 1.0 +B10 -W2 -B6
12 Daniel_Davis 1.0 +B15 -W1 -B5
13 Murray_Tuatini 1.0 -B3 -W6 +B15
14 Richard_Jackson 0.0 -B2 -W10 -W9
15 Thys_Joubert 0.0 -W12 -B5 -W13



1 Sean_Clark 3.0 +B13 +W10 +B4
2 Jasmine_Podmore 2.5 +B11 =BYE +W7
3 Perry_Taylor 2.5 +W16 =B7 +W8
4 Suriya_Srinivasan 2.0 +W14 +B5 -W1
5 Adam_Hasan-Stein 2.0 +B12 -W4 +B10
6 Jenny_Xiang 2.0 -W7 +B16 +BYE
7 Jeff_Xiang 1.5 +B6 =W3 -B2
8 Dhushar_Chatergee 1.5 =BYE +BYE -B3
9 Joel_Crombie 1.5 =BYE +B14
10 Jarvis_Xiang 1.0 +W15 -B1 -W5
11 Calib_Wilson 1.0 -W2 +W12 -BYE
12 Francis_Seong 1.0 -W5 -B11 +W16
13 Nithin_Perumal 0.5 -W1 =BYE -BYE
14 Finn_Birnie_Selwyn 0.5 -B4 =BYE -W9
15 Joy_Guo 0.5 -B10 =BYE -BYE
16 Diny_Zhou 0.0 -B3 -W6 -B12


Daniel Does Well At Latvian Tournament

Posted: 23/03/2015 by Ian in Club News

Congratulations to Daniel for winning the C grade division of the Latvian tournament at the weekend with 5.5 points. Craig also put in a good showing with 3.5 in the C grade, while Richard made a very tidy 3 points in the A grade.

Members Only

Posted: 22/03/2015 by Ian in Club News

Remember that it is members only while the club champs are on. If you are a guest interested in coming along check out the calendar at top left.

Club Champs Round 2

Posted: 18/03/2015 by Ian in Club News


1 Graham Nolan 2.0 +W9 +B8
2 Richard Dare 2.0 +W13 +B7
3 Hilton Bennett 1.5 +B10 =W4
4 William Lynn 1.5 +W14 =B3
5 Craig Scott 1.5 =BYE +B12
6 Sivaram Manoharan 1.5 =BYE +BYE
7 Stefan Wagner 1.0 +B11 -W2
8 Daniel Davis 1.0 +B15 -W1
9 Christopher Symon 1.0 -B1 +W15
10 Ian Kennedy 1.0 -W3 +B14
11 Gary Judkins 1.0 -W7 +B13
12 Matt Crombie 0.5 =BYE -W5
13 Richard Jackson 0.0 -B2 -W11
14 Murray Tuatini 0.0 -B4 -W10
15 Thys Joubert 0.0 -W8 -B9



1 Sean Clark 2.0 +B11 +W7
2 Suriya Srinivasan 2.0 +W12 +B8
3 Jeff Xiang 1.5 +B9 =W4
4 Perry Taylor 1.5 +W15 =B3
5 Jasmine Podmore 1.5 +B10 =BYE
6 Dhushar Chatergee 1.5 =BYE +BYE
7 Jarvis Xiang 1.0 +W14 -B1
8 Adam Hasan-Stein 1.0 +B16 -W2
9 Jenny Xiang 1.0 -W3 +B15
10 Calib Wilson 1.0 -W5 +W16
11 Nithin Perumal 0.5 -W1 =BYE
12 Finn Birnie-Selwyn 0.5 -B2 =BYE
13 Joel Crombie 0.5 =BYE
14 Joy Guo 0.5 -B7 =BYE
15 Diny Zhou 0.0 -B4 -W9
16 Francis Seong 0.0 -W8 -B10


Jenny Xiang Club’s Newest Member

Posted: 18/03/2015 by Ian in Club News

Jenny joins brothers Jarvis and Jeff as the club’s newest member. Jenny continues this years trend of increasing female membership, and brings total membership to 42. Welcome Jenny. (Edit: Club’s Newest Member, not Clubs Newest Member!!)

Members Only

Posted: 13/03/2015 by Ian in Club News

Remember that it is members only while the club champs are on. If you are a guest interested in coming along check out the calendar at top left.

Club Welcomes Finn And Perry

Posted: 11/03/2015 by Ian in Club News

The club welcomes Finn Birnie-Selwyn and Perry Taylor as its newest members. Membership now stands at 41 with around half being Junior members

Club Champs

Posted: 11/03/2015 by Ian in Club News


1 Richard_Dare 1.0 +W9
2 Hilton_Bennett 1.0 +B10
3 Graham_Nolan 1.0 +W11
4 Stefan_Wagner 1.0 +B12
5 William_Lynn 1.0 +W13
6 Daniel_Davis 1.0 +B14
7 Matt_Crombie 0.5 =BYE
8 Craig_Scott 0.5 =BYE
9 Richard_Jackson 0.0 -B1
10 Ian_Kennedy 0.0 -W2
11 Christopher_Symon 0.0 -B3
12 Gary_Judkins 0.0 -W4
13 Murray_Tuatini 0.0 -B5
14 Thys_Joubert 0.0 -W6



1 Perry Taylor 1.0 +W12
2 Jasmine_Podmore 1.0 +B13
3 Sean_Clark 1.0 +B14
4 Suriya_Srinivasan 1.0 +W15
5 Jeff_Xiang 1.0 +B9
6 Jarvis_Xiang 1.0 +W10
7 Adam_Hasan-Stein 1.0 +B11
8 Joel_Crombie 0.5 =BYE
9 Jenny Xiang 0.0 -W5
10 Joy_Guo 0.0 -B6
11 Francis_Seong 0.0 -W7
12 Diny_Zhou 0.0 -B1
13 Calib_Wilson 0.0 -W2
14 Nithin_Perumal 0.0 -W3
15 Finn Birnie_selwyn 0.0 -B4

Club Ratings Updated

Posted: 08/03/2015 by Ian in Club News

graphClub ratings have now been updated incorporating all games played so far this year. Hugo has managed to get to the top of the table despite having played only 13 games. Richard and Hilton follow as second and third. In terms of highest club rating achieved over all time Richard and Hugo are currently tied on 1674 each. Eddie and Graham have achieved personal best club ratings this year of 1651 and 1641 resepctively. Current club ratings will be used to seed the draw for this coming weeks Club Championship.

Informal Blitz Results Now Posted

Posted: 08/03/2015 by Ian in Club News

The crosstables for the informal blitz tournaments held on the first two club nights of the year are below. Twenty players turned out on both nights. Eddie top scored in the first, while Eddie Richard and Stefan shared first place in the second. The games have now been incorporated into the club ratings, along with the just completed Autumn Blitz.

Informal 5 + 3 blitz February 3rd

1 Eddie Tan 4.5 +B16 +W6 =B5 +W4 +B11
2 Hilton Bennett 4.0 +B9 +W7 +B3 -B5 +W12
3 Hugo Berthier 4.0 +B10 +W13 -W2 +W11 +W5
4 Graham Nolan 4.0 +W12 +B11 +W14 -B1 +W13
5 Richard Dare 3.5 +W14 +B8 =W1 +W2 -B3
6 Richard Jackson 3.5 +W20 -B1 +W15 +B14 =W8
7 William Lynn 3.5 +W17 -B2 +W12 =B8 +W15
8 Daniel Davis 3.0 +B18 -W5 +B9 =W7 =B6
9 Murray Tuatini 2.5 -W2 +B17 -W8 =B10 +W20
10 Gary Judkins 2.5 -W3 -B15 +B16 =W9 +W17
11 Sivoram Manoharan 2.0 +B19 -W4 +B13 -B3 -W1
12 Joel Crombie 2.0 -B4 +W19 -B7 +W16 -B2
13 Stefan Wagner 2.0 +W15 -B3 -W11 +B17 -B4
14 Matt Crombie 2.0 -B5 +W18 -B4 -W6 +B19
15 Dhusar Chattergee 2.0 -B13 +W10 -B6 +W18 -B7
16 Jeff Xiang 1.5 -W1 +B20 -W10 -B12 =B18
17 Calib Wilson 1.0 -B7 -W9 +B19 -W13 -B10
18 Jarvis Xiang 1.0 -W8 -B14 =W20 -B15 =W16
19 Nithin Perumal 1.0 -W11 -B12 -W17 +B20 -W14
20 Philip Brand 0.5 -B6 -W16 =B18 -W19 -B9


Informal 5 + 3 blitz February 10th

1 Eddie Tan 5.0 +B11 +W9 +B5 +B2 +W4 -W3
2 Richard Dare 5.0 +B15 +W6 +B3 -W1 +B8 +W7
3 Stefan Wagner 5.0 +W12 +B8 -W2 +B10 +W9 +B1
4 Daniel Davis 4.5 +B13 =W7 +B6 +W5 -B1 +W8
5 Graham Nolan 4.0 +W16 +B10 -W1 -B4 +W12 +B9
6 Sivaram Manoharan 4.0 +W17 -B2 -W4 +B14 +W16 +B10
7 Craig Scott 3.5 +W20 =B4 -W10 +B15 +W11 -B2
8 Matt Crombie 3.0 +B18 -W3 +B11 +W13 -W2 -B4
9 Gary Judkins 3.0 +W14 -B1 +W16 +B12 -B3 -W5
10 Richard Jackson 3.0 +B19 -W5 +B7 -W3 +B13 -W6
11 Suriya Srinivasan 3.0 -W1 +B14 -W8 +B16 -B7 +W15
12 Dhusar Chatergee 2.5 -B3 +W18 +B15 -W9 -B5 =W13
13 Jarvis Xiang 2.5 -W4 +B20 +W17 -B8 -W10 =B12
14 Thys Joubert 2.5 -B9 -W11 +B18 -W6 =B20 +B17
15 Murray Tuatini 2.0 -W2 +B17 -W12 -W7 +B19 -B11
16 Joel Crombie 2.0 -B5 +W19 -B9 -W11 -B6 +W20
17 Calib Wilson 2.0 -B6 -W15 -B13 +W19 +B18 -W14
18 Philip Brand 2.0 -W8 -B12 -W14 +B20 -W17 +W19
19 Nithin Perumal 1.0 -W10 -B16 +W20 -B17 -W15 -B18
20 Naomi Russell 0.5 -B7 -W13 -B19 -W18 =W14 -B16


Autumn Cup Final Results

Posted: 04/03/2015 by Ian in Club News

AutumnThe final results for the Autumn cup have been posted here. Hugo came first with a perfect 8. Richard was second dropping only the one game to Hugo. Congratulations to Sivoram , Christopher and Matt who tied for third place on 5 points. Club ratings will be updated shortly.

Four New Members In One Night.

Posted: 04/03/2015 by Ian in Club News

The club goes from strength to strength with four new members signing up in a single night. Diny Zhou and Joy Guo have joined as junior members. Good to see a few more girls being attracted to the club. Francis Seong has also joined the club as a Junior. Hugo Berthier has also joined and will certainly give our strongest players a challenge in the forthcoming club champs. Hugo is currently in New Zealand from his native France as is a very strong player with a fide rating of 2199 (2204 rapid, 2193 blitz). Membership now stands at forty!

Of 44 players that turned out for this weeks BOP rapid 11 play at the Hamilton club.

In the A division Hugo came first equal. Eddie did well with 3 points, Stefan scored 2.5 and Hilton 2.

In the B division Richard Dare was clear first on 6 points. Daniel managed 3.5 points, Gary scored 3, Craig 2.5, and Matt and Murray each got 2.

Congratulations to Joel who got 3.5 points in the Junior division and picked up a Junior Grade prize.

Crosstables are on the New Zealand Chess website

Club Champs Start March 10th

Posted: 02/03/2015 by Ian in Club News

Final night of the Autumn cup this week, then the Club champs will run over six club nights starting Tuesday 10th March, with a 2 week break during the school holidays.

The format will be start time 7.15pm (7.30 on week 1 so I can get the draw done), 1 game per night, open to financial members (or financial members temporarily in arrears) 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. If you are not currently a member but want to take part then you can join on the first night (Adult: $40 per year, or $25 for 6 months. Juniors $20 per year)

There will be an Adult 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 –senior members cannot elect to play in the Junior division).

Time control for adults will be 45 + 10. Time control for juniors will be 25 + 10

The winner of the Adult Division will be awarded the title Club Champion 2015 and receive all the accolades that are associated with the title. The winner of the Junior division will be awarded the title Club Junior Champion 2015 and will receive a book prize.

Entries will be seeded based on Current club ratings. (Club ratings will be updated when I have the crosstables for the blitz evenings held at the start of the year). 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.

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 with  the exception of the Hamilton Chess Club Special Rules found here. 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.