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First Ratings Update For 2021 Posted

Posted: 03/02/2021 by Ian in Club News

graphClub ratings have been updated

Icebreaker Blitz Is Popular

Posted: 03/02/2021 by Ian in Club News

Thirty players turned out for the icebreaker blitz which I think is a club record. Honours go to Hilton on 5.5. Next week we will have slower paced chess, 2 games per night over three weeks. Please make a commitment to come to all three nights. We look forward to many of the new faces last night turning into regular attenders and fully fledged members



Chess Club Resumes February 2nd 2021

Posted: 06/12/2020 by Ian in Club News

After a long covid winter the chess club will resume activity at 7pm on February 2nd 2021 (assuming the country is in level one). The playing calendar for term one 2021 has been posted. Hope to see you all again soon.

Club Remains In Recess For 2020

Posted: 28/10/2020 by Ian in Club News

Sadly as the year draws to a close the club will remain in covid recess for the remainder of the year.

Second Virtual Tournament To Richard

Posted: 15/09/2020 by Ian in Club News

Richard (AKA Chessy64) takes line honours in our second virtual tournament. Email Andrew if you want to take part in the new tournament starting next week.

Virtual Swiss This Week

Posted: 30/08/2020 by Ian in Club News

We will have a virtual Swiss over the next three weeks, two games per week at time control 20+ 0. If you don’t know how to join contact Andrew (see below). Please don’t join if you know you cant commit to the three weeks. Be in the waiting room at 7:20. Kickoff is 7:30

Inaugural Virtual Blitz To Prashanth

Posted: 25/08/2020 by Ian in Club News

Thirteen players for our first virtual tournament. Cross table below. First blood to Prashanth


Club nights will resume this Tuesday 25th August in virtual format. We will start with a six round swiss on the Lichess server. Time control will be 5 + 3 with one minute between rounds. Start time is 7:30 so be in the waiting room by 7:25. If you dont have a Lichess username or account go and sign up now for free (maybe you could use your initials so other club members know who they are playing). Andrew Malcouronne is Director Of Play so you need to email him to become part of the HCC Lichess user group. If you are not already member of the group then email  Andrew (see below). Assuming things go smoothly we will run some more traditional club events (like 20 + 0, 3 games per night over 2 nights, etc) starting from next week.


With regret your committee have decided it is time to suspend all club activities in light of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Subscriptions will be deferred until the club resumes – ie if you have 10 months subscription remaining currently, and the club is closed for 12 months, you will have 10 months subscription credit from the time of reopening

Club Champs Underway

Posted: 12/03/2020 by Ian in Club News

Club champs are underway with 27 entrants. We have had 2 rounds so far. The crosstable is below. Remember all players are assumed to be playing unless I am notified by email on Sunday evening. Draw will be posted Monday. Richard Jackson has kindly volunteered to act as “twelfth man” to make up the numbers if we have an odd number on the night, but has noted that his games wont be used for club rating purposes. The current crosstable is appended and the tentative round 3 draw is below that

1 Richard_Dare 2.0 +W11 +B9
2 Hilton_Bennett 2.0 +B12 +W8
3 Graham_Nolan 2.0 +W15 +B14
4 Sivaram_Manoharan 2.0 +B13 +W10
5 Max_Stephens 1.5 =BYE +B16
6 Nathanial_Loy 1.5 =BYE +W19
7 Ben_Firestone 1.5 =BYE +W26
8 Michael_Lin 1.0 +W17 -B2
9 Colin_Barrett-Hogg 1.0 +B20 -W1
10 Joel_Crombie 1.0 +W23 -B4
11 Gary_Judkins 1.0 -B1 +W22
12 William_Crombie 1.0 -W2 +B25
13 Rowan_Lightfoot 1.0 -W4 +B24
14 William_Lynn 1.0 +B27 -W3
15 Andy_Song 1.0 -B3 +W27
16 Sean_Clark 1.0 +B26 -W5
17 Murray_Tuatini 1.0 -B8 +W21
18 Kaeden_Govender 1.0 =BYE =W20
19 Ian_Kennedy 0.5 =BYE -B6
20 Thomas_Beier 0.5 -W9 =B18
21 Richard_Jackson 0.5 =BYE -B17
22 Jarvis_Xiang 0.5 =BYE -B11
23 Shan_Sundararaj 0.5 -B10 =BYE
24 Dinupa_Yakupitiyage 0.5 =BYE -W13
25 Kalhara_Weeraman 0.5 =BYE -W12
26 Ben_Wright 0.0 -W16 -B7
27 Zane_Brown 0.0 -W14 -B15


The draw for round three, subject to change at this point if there are withdrawals, is below

White Black
 Richard Dare  Sivaram Manoharan
 Graham Nolan  Hilton Bennett
 Max Stephens  Ben Firestone
 Michael Lin  Nathanial Loy
 William Crombie  Colin Barrett-hogg
 Andy Song  William Lynn
 Joel Crombie  Murray Tuatini
 Rowan Lightfoot  Kaeden Govender
 Sean Clark  Gary Judkins
 Ian Kennedy  Dinupa Yakupitiyage
 Shan Sundararaj  Thomas Beier
 Jarvis Xiang  Kalhara Weeraman
 Ben Wright  Zane Brown

First 2020 Ratings Posted

Posted: 19/02/2020 by Ian in Club News

graphClub ratings have been updated

Summer Cup At Round 4

Posted: 19/02/2020 by Ian in Club News
1 Colin Barrett-Hogg 4.0 +W7 +B5 +W4 +B9
2 Richard Dare 4.0 +W8 +B18 +W9 +B3
3 Graham Nolan 3.0 +W10 +B15 +W6 -W2
4 Prashant Mistry 3.0 +B19 +W11 -B1 +W8
5 Andrew Malcouronne 3.0 +B20 -W1 +B13 +W10
6 Sivaram Manoharam 3.0 +B26 +W12 -B3 +W11
7 William Crombie 2.5 -B1 +W27 =W15 +B16
8 Nathanial Loy 2.0 -B2 +W28 +B14 -B4
9 Eushin Kang 2.0 +W25 +B22 -B2 -W1
10 Richard Jackson 2.0 -B3 +W26 +B12 -B5
11 Andy Song 2.0 +W24 -B4 +W22 -B6
12 Joel Crombie 2.0 +W28 -B6 -W10 +B15
13 Kevin Li 2.0 -B22 +W25 -W5 +B21
14 William Lynn 2.0 -B15 +B16 -W8 +W22
15 Murray Tuatini 1.5 +W14 -W3 =B7 -W12
16 Ian Kennedy 1.5 =B27 -W14 +B25 -W7
17 Ben FIrestone 1.5 -B18 -W19 =B26 +W23
18 Gary Judkins 1.0 +W17 -W2
19 Rowan Lightfoot 1.0 -W4 +B17
20 Leo Dizon 1.0 -W5 +B24
21 Cam Sundaraj 1.0 +BYE -W13
22 Thomas Beier 1.0 +W13 -W9 -B11 -B14
23 Shan Sundaraj 1.0 +W24 -B17
24 Jarvis Xiang 1.0 -B11 -W20 -B23 +W26
25 Sean Clark 1.0 -B9 -B13 -W16 +BYE
26 Stanley lin 0.5 -W6 -B10 =W17 -B24
27 Daniel Dizon 0.5 =W16 -B7
28 Daniel Loy 0.0 -B12 -B8

Summer Cup At Round 4

Posted: 19/02/2020 by Ian in Club News

Club Champs March 3

Posted: 16/02/2020 by Ian in Club News

RatingRemember that our premier event, the club champs, will kick off on Tuesday 03 March.

Time control will be the same as last year at 60 minutes + 10 seconds per move from move 1.

One game per night over 6 weeks.

The format will be start time 7.15pm (7.30 on week 1), 1 game per night, open to financial members (or financial members temporarily in arrears), and newly paid up 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. 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)

A single division Swiss Style Tournament. The overall winner will be awarded the title Club Champion 2020 and receive all the accolades that are associated with the title. The highest rated junior  will be awarded the title Club Junior Champion 2020.

The draw will be based on Current club ratings. New players without a club rating will be assigned 1500 points for the purposes of the  draw.

Entry permitted in round one and two, but round one preferred!.  If you can’t make it on the first night let me know and you will be awarded a half point bye. If you enter in round two without prior notification you will retrospectively receive a zero point bye for round 1. 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. Entries will not be accepted in week three or beyond.

Games start at 7.15pm – a 30 minute late time applies (your game is lost if you are 30 minutes late). 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 on the website. 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 if you wish to record your games. Recording is not mandatory, but if you don’t record your game you will not be allowed to claim a draw for the 50 move rule or 3 fold repetition unless agreed by your opponent.

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.

Tie breaks will be according to the NZ  standard  1. Direct Encounter. 2. Cumulative (Sum of Progressive Scores). 3. Total Buchholz. 4. Sonneborn-Berger. 5. Buchholz Cut1.   If still tied the award will be share

Next Two Weeks

Posted: 16/02/2020 by Ian in Club News

We only managed two rounds of the Summer Cup on opening night. To finish out the Summer cup we will have rounds 3 and 4 this Tuesday, and rounds 5 and 6 the next. The time control will be 30 + 0.  Week five we will kick off the club champs.

Simul Success

Posted: 15/02/2020 by Ian in Club News

simulWe had 20 for the simul in the end. Notable wins to William and Prashanth. Graham was close to a win with knight and three pawns against bishop and pawn but in the end had to settle for a draw. Regular club nights resume on Tuesday.

Club Welcomes Six New Members!

Posted: 04/02/2020 by Ian in Club News

We set a club record with six new members joining on the first night of the year — Colin Barrett-Hogg, Sivaram Manoharan, Thomas Beier, Stanley Lin, Ben Firestone, Jarvis Xiang. Colin, Sivaram and Jarvis have all returned after several years absence while Thomas Stanley and Ben are new blood.  Welcome guys.

Great Turnout To Start Year Off

Posted: 04/02/2020 by Ian in Club News

We had a great turnout on the first night of the year with 26 players fronting. Several new members joined up, and some members returned after an absence of several years. The club keeps getting stronger and stronger.  We managed only two games due to some computer teething problems and will continue the tournament in two weeks time at slightly longer time control. Next week is the GM simul so don’t miss out.

1 Richard Dare 2.0 +W14 +B12
2 Prashant Mistry 2.0 +B15 +W13
3 Graham Nolan 2.0 +W16 +B8
4 Colin Barrett-Hogg 2.0 +W10 +B7
5 Eushin Kang 2.0 +W22 +B9
6 Sivaram Manoharan 2.0 +B23 +W11
7 Andrew Malcouronne 1.0 +B19 -W4
8 Murray Tuatini 1.0 +W17 -W3
9 Thomas Beier 1.0 +W18 -W5
10 William Crombie 1.0 -B4 +W21
11 Joel Crombie 1.0 +W24 -B6
12 Gary Judkins 1.0 +W25 -W1
13 Andy Song 1.0 +W26 -B2
14 Nathanial Loy 1.0 -B1 +W24
15 Rowan Lightfoot 1.0 -W2 +B25
16 Richard Jackson 1.0 -B3 +W23
17 William Lynn 1.0 -B8 +B20
18 Kevin Li 1.0 -B9 +W22
19 Leo Dizon 1.0 -W7 +B26
20 Ian Kennedy 0.5 =B21 -W17
21 Daniel Dizon 0.5 =W20 -B10
22 Sean Clark 0.0 -B5 -B18
23 Stanley Lin 0.0 -W6 -B16
24 Daniel Loy 0.0 -B11 -B14
25 Ben Firestone 0.0 -B12 -W15
26 Jarvis Xiang 0.0 -B13 -W19



We have the possibility of a GM Simul on club night 11th February.
Dejan Bojkov is a Bulgarian GM and was champion of Bulgaria in 2009. He was the trainer for Antoaneta Stefanova who was Women’s World Champion from 2004 to 2006. Degan gave a simul at the club back in June 2018 that was very popular. The final score for that night was 24.5 to 0.5 with credit going to Prashanth who took the draw. William Lynn and Joel Crombie were in with chances on that night also. The cost to play will be $10 payable on the night. If you are interested please let Ian know by completing the form below. Note the simul will only go ahead if we have the numbers.




The club calendar for 2020 has been posted. Continuing last years trend there is an emphasis on longer format games. Club nights resume on 4th February with 3 games at 20 + 0. See you there