Following an unprecedented surge in membership over the last few weeks the club now has 45 members. We welcome all the following as new members to the club: Ricky Hall, Talmage Scirkovich, Josh Holtham, Josef Gillgren, Cam Sundararaj, Shan Sundararaj, and Max Stephens. Club ratings have been updated so all new players can see where they sit on the ratings board.


Members Only For The Next Six Weeks

Posted: 13/06/2018 by Ian in Club News

We will start the annual club rapid championship next week. The format will be one game per night over six weeks. Time control to be 30 minutes, plus 10 seconds increment per move from move one. Hamilton Chess Club Special Rules, and the usual rules about awarding byes will apply. Note that this is a member only event, so if you are not already a member and want to take part you will need to join up next week

We had a new club record last night with 32 players turning up to join in the fun. In the end it was Richard on 5.5 for the tournament, followed by Prashanth and Hilton. That concludes the Autumn cup season and we will kick off the club rapid from next week

1 Richard_Dare 5.5 +B13 +W4 +B7 +W2 +B8 =W3
2 Prashant_Mistry 5.0 +B8 +W6 +B5 -B1 +W4 +W7
3 Hilton_Bennett 4.5 +W16 -B5 +W26 +B6 +W7 =B1
4 William_Lynn 4.0 +W17 -B1 +B14 +W13 -B2 +W8
5 William_Crombie 4.0 +B32 +W3 -W2 -B7 +W16 +B9
6 Michael_Lin 4.0 +W27 -B2 +W19 -W3 +B24 +B16
7 Milton_Severinsen 3.0 +W21 +B9 -W1 +W5 -B3 -B2
8 Leo_Dizon 3.0 -W2 +B27 +W9 +B14 -W1 -B4
9 Ian_Kennedy 3.0 +B24 -W7 -B8 +W17 +B13 -W5
10 Rowan_Lightfoot 3.0 -W19 +B17 -W18 -B16 +W14 +B20
11 Ruchira Silva 3.0 +B34 +W28 +B21
12 Alex Treat 3.0 +W29 +B33 +W17
13 Kevin_Li 2.5 -W1 +B19 +W32 -B4 -W9 =B15
14 Richard_Jackson 2.5 +B33 =B26 -W4 -W8 -B10 +W24
15 Nathaniel Loy 2.5 +W33 +B27 =W13
16 Murray_Tuatini 2.0 -B3 -W32 +B24 +W10 -B5 -W6
17 Joel_Crombie 2.0 -B4 -W10 +W33 -B9 +W23 -B12
18 Sean_Clark 2.0 -W26 +B33 +B10
19 Lasen_Silva 2.0 +B10 -W13 -B6 -W24 -B20 +W29
20 Max Stephens 2.0 +B22 +W19 -W10
21 Daniel_Dizon 2.0 -B7 -W24 -B27 +W30 +B25 -W11
22 Talmage Scirkovich 2.0 -W20 +B30 +W33
23 Josef Gillgren 2.0 +W31 -B17 +W27
24 Andy_Song 2.0 -W9 +B21 -W16 +B19 -W6 -B14
25 CamSundararaj 2.0 +B35 -W21 +B28
26 Graham_Nolan 1.5 +B18 =W14 -B3
27 Richard_Ismay 1.0 -B6 -W8 +W21 -B28 -W15 -B23
28 Isaac Kim 1.0 +W27 -B11 -W25
29 Shan Sundararaj 1.0 -B12 +W35 -B19
30 Vinnie Gillgren 1.0 -B21 -W22 +B34
31 Jean Purcell 1.0 -B23 +W34
32 Ronja_Ripp 1.0 -W5 +B16 -B13
33 Maureen_Murphy 0.0 -W14 -W18 -B17 -B15 -W12 -B22
34 Jae Park 0.0 -W11 -B31 -W30
35 Josh Haltham 0.0 -W25 -B29



GM Simul Popular

Posted: 07/06/2018 by Ian in Club News

BojkovThanks go to Hilton for organizing a great night on Tuesday with a 25 person Simul against Grandmaster Degan Bojkov from Bulgaria. Degan is in New Zealand at present due to his role as the Coach of NZ Open Team to Olympiad travelling to Batumi, Georgia this September. In 2009 Degan was champion of Bulgaria and member of the Bulgarian team at the European championships. He earned his GM title in 2008 and won the 48th Canadian Open Chess Championship in 2011. He was the trainer for Antoaneta Stefanova who was Women’s World Champion from 2004 to 2006. Degan’s current FIDE rating is 2478. The final score for the night was 24.5 to 0.5 with credit going to Prashanth who took the draw. Honourable mention also to William Lynn and Joel Crombie. At the finish William had connected passed pawns on the 6th rank, but was just nudged out by Degan’s bishop pair. Joel played firmly and was one of the last players to fall, with things very even in rook and pawn ending till close to the end.simul

Autumn(3) At Half Way

Posted: 01/06/2018 by Ian in Club News
1 Richard_Dare 3.0 +B6 +W4 +B8
2 Prashant_Mistry 3.0 +B7 +W5 +B3
3 William_Crombie 2.0 +B14 +W9 -W2
4 William_Lynn 2.0 +W19 -B1 +B12
5 Michael_Lin 2.0 +W16 -B2 +W15
6 Kevin_Li 2.0 -W1 +B15 +W14
7 Leo_Dizon 2.0 -W2 +B16 +W13
8 Milton_Severinsen 2.0 +W22 +B13 -W1
9 Hilton_Bennett 2.0 +W18 -B3 +W11
10 Sean_Clark 2.0 -W11 +B21 +B17
11 Graham_Nolan 1.5 +B10 =W12 -B9
12 Richard_Jackson 1.5 +B21 =B11 -W4
13 Ian_Kennedy 1.0 +B20 -W8 -B7
14 Ronja_Ripp 1.0 -W3 +B18 -B6
15 Lasen_Silva 1.0 +B17 -W6 -B5
16 Richard_Ismay 1.0 -B5 -W7 +W22
17 Rowan_Lightfoot 1.0 -W15 +B19 -W10
18 Murray_Tuatini 1.0 -B9 -W14 +B20
19 Joel_Crombie 1.0 -B4 -W17 +W21
20 Andy_Song 1.0 -W13 +B22 -W18
21 Maureen_Murphy 0.0 -W12 -W10 -B19
22 Daniel_Dizon 0.0 -B8 -W20 -B16

Richard Ismay Newest Member

Posted: 24/05/2018 by Ian in Club News

The club welcomes Richard Ismay as its newest member.

Michael Claims Two Scalps

Posted: 23/05/2018 by Ian in Club News

Michael Lin beat two of the clubs senior members last night – both Prashanth and Miiton taking a bath. This is a tremendous result for Michael whose chess is going from strength to strength. For his efforts he has picked up an impressive 37 ratings points across the tournament, with the ratings graph below