Posts Tagged ‘rookies’

I am finding it hard to get the numbers to run this event, this is a first. But it has got me wondering about the format of having a single division. Perhaps it gets run in say 3 divisions: U1600, U1300 and ‘U1400 and under 14’.

This at least would stop kids complaining about ‘having to play adults’ (well, those that qualify for the 3rd division). A single division has worked well before however. I realise we all have other things to do, so chess may get put down the list…

On a brighter note, we start the Autumn Rapid tonight at the club, 6 rounds of 25’+5″ chess, 2 games a night for three consecutive Tuesdays. This is free for members (visitors pay $5 per night).

Update 05/03: A great day was had by all 24 players and supporters. Full commentary, results and pictures are here.

Where are those Rookies boys?

Posted: 19/02/2012 by Scott in Club News
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Just 2 weeks now to the 1st Rookies Shield for 2012 (4th Mar) , and so far only girls have been registered. When I say only girls, I think it is great we have females entering. If we have enough ladies, then we can run a separate division.

But come on boys – get going and register now!

And this Tuesday at the club we have the first club tournament for 2012 – a one night Blitz event (free for members, $5 for non-members). And the following Tuesday, we start the Autumn Cup (a 6 round 25/5 rapid play tournament, one game per night. Not NZCF rated. Free entry for club members, $10 for non-members, book prizes)

Well we are going to have a great time this year, with a raft of events on club nights and a number of weekend events. The table on the calendar page summarises the full year list of events, too numerous to mention here. But some things are worth a few words…

We start on club nights with a blitz tournament (21st Feb) followed by 3 nights of the Autumn Rapid. Then I am very excited about the start (on 27 Mar) of the club championship and reserves events. The club championship will be a 10 player 90/30 round robin that is FIDE and NZCF rated. The club reserves will be a 9 round 60/10 swiss event. More details to follow.

The first weekend event is the ever popular Rookies Shield is back again this year, 3 events spread through the year, with the first event on 4 Mar. This is for those new to chess, chess tournaments, and is limited to players under an NZCF rating of 1600. We hope to have separate girls only divisions this year, numbers allowing. So please register now to kick off a great Rookies season.

The 5th and final Rookies Shield chess event for 2011 is on Sunday 4 Sept. This will be held at the Hamilton Chess Club, 21 Grantham St Hamilton, next to the Waikato museum.

We hope to see you there for another fun filled chess-playing day. We cater for those not used to playing in chess tournaments. It will also be good practice for any school kids going on to the National interschools at the end of Sept.

The chess will be fast and furious – 7 games over the day, with short time controls of 15 minutes each for all your thinking time. Cash Prizes will be given as a minimum for overall 1st and 2nd, the best adult, best unrated player, and the best U18, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8 players (players can only win one prize).

Being the last Rookies shield event for 2011, therre will also be prizegiving for the best accumulated scores over the 5 rounds of 2011.

Entry fees:
$15 for adults (or just $10 if also entering a junior – come on you parents – take up the challenge and mix it up with your kids!)
$10 for juniors and Hamilton Chess Club members.
Be there from 11am (round 1 starts at 11.30am) – and there will be a 25 minute lunch break after round 3.

Please register in advance so we know you are coming (entry fees payable on the day). Go here: https://hamiltonchess.net/events/rookies-shield/

for more details and how to register.

I hope to see many new faces. Please get in touch with me if you have any questions.

The 4th Rookies Shield chess event is on this Sunday 17th July (in most people’s school holidays, so you have no excuse!).

This will be held at the Hamilton Chess Club, 21 Grantham St Hamilton, next to the Waikato museum.

We hope to see you there for another fun filled chess-playing day. We cater for those not used to playing in chess tournaments.

The chess will be fast and furious – 7 games over the day, with short time controls of 15 minutes each for all your thinking time. Cash Prizes will be given as a minimum for overall 1st and 2nd, the best adult, best unrated player, and the best U18, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8 players (players can only win one prize).

Entry fees:
$15 for adults (or just $10 if also entering a junior – come on you parents – take up the challenge and mix it up with your kids!)
$10 for juniors and Hamilton Chess Club members.
Be there from 11am (round 1 starts at 11.30am) – and there will be a 25 minute lunch break after round 3.

Please register in advance so we know you are coming (entry fees payable on the day). Go here: https://hamiltonchess.net/events/rookies-shield/

for more details and how to register.

thanks, and hope to see many new faces. Please get in touch with me if you have any questions.

Round 3 Rookies!!

Posted: 12/05/2011 by Scott in Club News
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Our now world famous Rookies Shield series of events had its third round on 29th May. Full results are here. Over 7 games, Lillian Dare (6 points) won from Ian Kennedy (5.5) with Christopher Symon (U14) and Daniel Gong (U10) both on 5 points. Aaron Wang (U8, 4 pts) and Thomas Duncan (U12, 2 pts) both won their age divisions.

The next Rookies shield will be on 17 July.

Rookies Shield – a record crowd!

Posted: 09/04/2011 by Scott in Club News
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Today we had our biggest and best event so far, with 30 entries! We used the large upstairs space for the games, and kept the usual club room downstairs for fun/analysis chess between the ‘serious’ stuff upstairs. Richard Dare and his Mum Lillian came in first and second. David Chen, Christopher Symon, Benjamin Symon, Alphaeus Ang and Zion Vaughters won the 1st in the U18, U14, U12, U10 and U8 age groups. Elyse Oliveira was the highest scoring girl. Full prize list, standing and cross table are here. Photos from the event will be added to the site when they become available.

Thanks to Keong Ang for assisting as arbiter, the parents who supported their children and those that also dared to compete against them 😉 And thanks to having the 8 kids and a few playing adults from Hikuai school.

A stock news break

Posted: 24/03/2011 by Scott in Club News
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Just in case you missed it, the Hamilton Press ran a story yesterday about the Lara Stock/Michael Stock affair, with a picture and some quotes. See the article WGM wins Hamilton Rookies Shield 23Mar2011. It looks fairly accurate – I just thought they could have added a mention of this site as well.

Rookies Shield round 2, 10 Apr 2011

Posted: 14/03/2011 by Scott in Club News
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Our now world famous Rookies Shield series of events will hold its second round on 10 April. Full details are here. This is already shaping to be our biggest and best event so far, with 20 entries already! We hope to use the large upstairs space for the games, and keep the usual club room downstairs for fun/analysis chess between the ‘serious’ stuff upstairs. So please register online so we can plan our resources for the big day!

Edit 4/4/11: So far we have 22 players (18 juniors) registered, to make it an interesting day this Sunday. A few more game adults would be appreciated! And a new entry fee: usually it is normally $15 for adults, but now it is just $10 if also entering a juniorcome on you parents – take up the challenge and mix it up with your kids!

At great expense to the Hamilton Chess Club management, two strong chess players were secretly imported from Europe to test the resolve and current skill level of the Waikato juniors and beginners on 20th Feb. Lara Stock (wgm) and her father Michael Stock (2200+) cleverly kept their relationship, ages – she was over 18 – and identities secret (by using false names) and both convincingly blitzed the field of up and coming but unsuspecting budding chess enthusiasts. We all enjoyed the lessons learned – both on and off the chess board, of honesty and integrity or what happens when there is a lack of it. Stay tuned for the next secret mission of the management – we may be able to exhume Bobby Fischer yet! Some pics of our undercover chess players are below. Update 05/03/2011: You may also wish to follow where else the pair have been, and other Australian/New Zealand reaction here.