Archive for April, 2018

Check Us Out May 1st

Posted: 25/04/2018 by Ian in Club News

If you have been thinking about coming along for a look then May 1st at 7pm is your best bet. We will start a 6 game tournament running over 2 weeks. Each game will last around 40 minutes. Games will kick off shortly after 7, so dont be late if you want to take part in the mini tournament. New members are always welcome. Come along and be part of the fun. Read this page for guidance if you are thinking of joining the clubplayers3


The Dark Horse on TV One Tonight

Posted: 21/04/2018 by Ian in Club News

Darkhorse1This great movie is compulsory viewing for any kiwi with an interest in chess. It is available on TV One On Demand currently, or can be watched this evening on TV One. Upon its premiere as the Opening Night film of the New Zealand International Film Festival on 17 July 2014, The Dark Horse was declared by the RNZ National Review “One of the greatest New Zealand films ever made“.

The Dark Horse is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brilliant but little-known New Zealand hero and chess champion – Genesis Potini. Once a heralded chess champion, Genesis has spent the last few years in and out of mental institutions, battling with severe bipolar disorder.  After being released from theDarkHorse2 psychiatric ward for one more chance at life, he moves in with Ariki, his gang-patched and distant brother, and Ariki’s soon-to-be-patched teenage son, Mana. Needing a purpose and a reason to get out of the gang house, Genesis joins a rough-as-guts local chess club, with the wild idea of coaching the motley crew of kids to the national chess championship.  On the way, Gen must face the responsibility that comes with being a leader, navigate conflict within the gang world and try to survive the potentially devastating strife that breaks out between him and his brother over his nephew’s future. Watch it — you wont be disappointed


Club Recess

Posted: 19/04/2018 by Ian in Club News

The club is in recess now for the school holidays. We will reopen on May 1st with Autumn Cup (1). The calendar for 2018 can be found here.

The astute among you will have noticed that Donald Brunt has been listed as a financial member of Waikato Chess Club for several years now, although is strangely absent from any game records.

Caissa runs thick in Donald’s veins, and he continues to support us financially based on his love for the game, even though his playing days are over. We thank Don for his ongoing support.

By way of biography Donald has penned the following:

My introduction to chess was in 1949. I had just started work after leaving school the previous year, and saw two blokes playing in the lunch room. I was immediately hooked, and joined the Henderson (Auckland) chess club, as well as the NZ Correspondence Chess Association. In 1957, when the Henderson Club closed, I joined the very strong Dominion Road club. Four NZ Champions or future champions were members, Ortvin Sarapu, Fred Foulds, Barry Menzies, Roger Court and later the prodigy Rodney Phillips, who won the NC Championship aged 14. In 1971 I was transferred to Kawerau by my employer and found that there was a chess club, but it unfortunately went into recess about 1974.

The NZ Correspondence Association headquarters were transferred from Wanganui to Auckland in 1955, and I became Tournament Director, a position I held for 17 years. At the Dominion Rd club I was a committee member for about three years. About that time there was much infighting and strife in the NZ Chess Association, and eventually after intervention from Auckland agreement was reached to shift the Association’s affairs to Auckland for four years after which it alternated in four-yearly spells with Wellington. I became a delegate on the NZ Chess Council for two or three years. Other administrative positions I held were Sec/Treas Kawerau Chess Club, Sec/Treas Bay of Plenty Chess Association and Treasurer of the Kawerau Contract Bridge Club. (I seem to recall that William Lynn was in Rotorua in the 1970s and played bridge.)

Highlights of my playing days were playing Sarapu and C.J.S. Purdy in simuls. Sarapu thrashed me and Purdy wore me down. Sarapu played the simul at amazing speed.  After 23 moves he was averaging something like 7 seconds per move including walking time.  As to playing strength, my skills did not match my enthusiasm, and I was no more than average. My only good result was 2nd in the Bay of Plenty Champs 1972

Club Recess

Posted: 12/04/2018 by Ian in Club News

The club is in recess now for the school holidays. We will reopen on May 1st with Autumn Cup (1). The calendar for 2018 can be found here.

Richard On Tie Break

Posted: 11/04/2018 by Ian in Club News

Richard once agian takes the title of Club Champ 2018, although it came down to the third tie break

1 Richard_Dare 5.5 +W10 +B17 +W12 =W2 +B4 +B3
2 Graham_Nolan 5.5 +B27 +W16 +W9 =B1 +W8 +B10
3 Milton_Severinsen 4.0 =BYE +W11 +B6 =W4 +B5 -W1
4 Prashant_Mistry 4.0 +W22 +B15 =W8 =B3 -W1 +B13
5 William_Lynn 4.0 -W16 +B14 +W22 +B15 -W3 +B8
6 Gary_Judkins 4.0 -W21 +B27 -W3 +B23 +W16 +B14
7 Kevin_Li 4.0 -W9 -B23 +W27 +B19 +W15 +B12
8 William_Crombie 3.5 +B25 +W21 =B4 +W13 -B2 -W5
9 Hilton_Bennett 3.5 +B7 +W13 -B2 =BYE +W18
10 Michael_Lin 3.5 -B1 +W25 +W26 =B12 +B17 -W2
11 Murray_Tuatini 3.5 =BYE -B3 -W14 +B25 +W20 +W17
12 Eushin_Kang 3.0 +B20 +W18 -B1 =W10 =B14 -W7
13 Christopher_Symon 3.0 +W23 -B9 +W19 -B8 +W21 -W4
14 Ruchira_Silva 3.0 =BYE -W5 +B11 +B22 =W12 -W6
15 Rowan_Lightfoot 3.0 +B26 -W4 +B21 -W5 -B7 +W24
16 Leo_Dizon 3.0 +B5 -B2 -W17 +W24 -B6 +B22
17 Lara_Heppenstall 2.5 +B24 -W1 +B16 =BYE -W10 -B11
18 Ian_Kennedy 2.5 +W19 -B12 +W23 =BYE -B9
19 Joel_Crombie 2.5 -B18 +W20 -B13 -W7 =B25 +W21
20 Daniel_Dizon 2.5 -W12 -B19 =W25 +B27 -B11 +W26
21 Ronja_Ripp 2.0 +B6 -B8 -W15 +W26 -B13 -B19
22 Alex_Treat 2.0 -B4 +W24 -B5 -W14 +B26 -W16
23 Nathanial_Loy 2.0 -B13 +W7 -B18 -W6 -B24 +W27
24 Andy_Song 2.0 -W17 -B22 +BYE -B16 +W23 -B15
25 Sean_Clark 2.0 -W8 -B10 =B20 -W11 =W19 +BYE
26 Lasen_Silva 1.0 -W15 +BYE -B10 -B21 -W22 -B20
27 Maureen_Murphy 1.0 -W2 -W6 -B7 -W20 +BYE -B23


The Tie breaks used were according to the NZCF  standard  1. Direct Encounter. 2. Cumulative (Sum of Progressive Scores). 3. Total Buchholz. 4. Sonneborn-Berger. 5. Buchholz Cut1, and Richard takes it on the third tie break as below


Pos Name DirE Cmlt BucT S-B Buc1
1 Richard_Dare 0.5 19.5 22.5 19.75 20.0
2 Graham_Nolan 0.5 19.5 20.0 17.25 19.5


For those that are interested The Buchholz system (also spelled Buchholtz) is a ranking system developed by Bruno Buchholz in 1932, for Swiss system tournaments. It was originally developed as an auxiliary scoring method, but is now used as a tie-breaking system. It was probably first used in the 1932 Bitterfeld tournament

The method is to give each player a raw score of one point for each win and a half point for each draw. When used as an alternate scoring system, each player’s Buchholz score is calculated by adding the raw scores of each of the opponents he played and multiplying this total by the player’s raw score. When used for tie-breaking among players with the same raw score, no multiplying is necessary and the sum of the raw scores of the opponents played is used to break ties.



Round Six Draw

Posted: 07/04/2018 by Ian in Club News

The draw for the final round is below. Milton Richard and Graham still each have the possibility of being sole winner of the tournament, so some high stakes games coming this Tuesday nightR6


Standings At Round Five

Posted: 07/04/2018 by Ian in Club News

With one round to go standings are as follows

1 Richard_Dare 4.5 +W5 +B14 +W7 =W2 +B6
2 Graham_Nolan 4.5 +B27 +W18 +W13 =B1 +W4
3 Milton_Severinsen 4.0 =BYE +W16 +B11 =W6 +B8
4 William_Crombie 3.5 +B26 +W19 =B6 +W9 -B2
5 Michael_Lin 3.5 -B1 +W26 +W25 =B7 +B14
6 Prashant_Mistry 3.0 +W20 +B17 =W4 =B3 -W1
7 Eushin_Kang 3.0 +B23 +W15 -B1 =W5 =B10
8 William_Lynn 3.0 -W18 +B10 +W20 +B17 -W3
9 Christopher_Symon 3.0 +W24 -B13 +W22 -B4 +W19
10 Ruchira_Silva 3.0 =BYE -W8 +B16 +B20 =W7
11 Gary_Judkins 3.0 -W19 +B27 -W3 +B24 +W18
12 Kevin_Li 3.0 -W13 -B24 +W27 +B22 +W17
13 Hilton_Bennett 2.5 +B12 +W9 -B2 =BYE
14 Lara_Heppenstall 2.5 +B21 -W1 +B18 =BYE -W5
15 Ian_Kennedy 2.5 +W22 -B7 +W24 =BYE
16 Murray_Tuatini 2.5 =BYE -B3 -W10 +B26 +W23
17 Rowan_Lightfoot 2.0 +B25 -W6 +B19 -W8 -B12
18 Leo_Dizon 2.0 +B8 -B2 -W14 +W21 -B11
19 Ronja_Ripp 2.0 +B11 -B4 -W17 +W25 -B9
20 Alex_Treat 2.0 -B6 +W21 -B8 -W10 +B25
21 Andy_Song 2.0 -W14 -B20 +BYE -B18 +W24
22 Joel_Crombie 1.5 -B15 +W23 -B9 -W12 =B26
23 Daniel_Dizon 1.5 -W7 -B22 =W26 +B27 -B16
24 Nathanial_Loy 1.0 -B9 +W12 -B15 -W11 -B21
25 Lasen_Silva 1.0 -W17 +BYE -B5 -B19 -W20
26 Sean_Clark 1.0 -W4 -B5 =B23 -W16 =W22
27 Maureen_Murphy 1.0 -W2 -W11 -B12 -W23 +BYE

(only partial email results receivedby me, so if there are errors in the above these will be corrected)