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All rounder event – round 2 completed

The medium and the first of the long games has completed, with Rheyansh holding onto his tournament lead. An exciting leaderboard with 10 players in striking distance, each able to make a strong case for taking out the event.

See you next week for week 3. It will run as the same format as this week, two long games at the 30 + 15 sec time control.

Current standings:

			Round   1	2
		       Length   Medium  Long    	
Player	               Rating	Max 12  Max 8 	Total	
Rheyansh Annapureddy	1157	10.5	6	16.5
Julian McIntyre	        1292	7.5	8	15.5
Sergey Saric	        1376	9	6	15
Ruben Nowak	        1411	9	4	13
Matthew Whitford	1567	4.5	8	12.5
Steve Hogan	        1536	6	6	12
Scott Humphreys	        1538	7.5	4	11.5
Dejan Matijas	        1228	7.5	4	11.5
Mark Salanowski	        1442	6	4	10
Ian Kirk	        1241	6	4	10
Adem Koci	        Unr	4.5	4	8.5
Conrado Cajes	        Unr	0	8	8
Max Clerk	        737	6	2	8
Cijo Paul	        1528	7.5	0	7.5
Eric Maure	        1255	6	0	6
Peter Condick	        1191	6	0	6
Tyler Cox	        954	6	0	6
Aiden Cox	        Unr	0	4	4
Emmanual Massa      	Unr	0	4	4
Felix Clerk	        848	3	0	3

Details for chess resuming on 9 November


The event will run over 5 weeks, with a variety of game lengths. Players will accumulate points from each game, with the winner being the player gaining the highest number of points. The lengths of the games, and number of points attached is each is as follows:

  • Blitz – 9 rounds – 1 evening – 5 + 3 secs delay – 1 point per game
  • Short length – 5 rounds – 1 evening – 10 mins + 5 secs delay 2 points per game
  • Medium length – 4 rounds – 1 evening – 20 mins + 10 secs delay 3 points per game
  • Long – 4 round – 2 evenings – 30 mins + 15 secs delay 4 points per game

The dates of the games will be as follows:

  • 9 Nov – Medium length games
  • 16 Nov – Long games (night 1)
  • 23 Nov – Long games (night 2)
  • 30 Nov – Short Length Games
  • 7 Dec – Blitz

The Medium Length and Long games will be paired as one single event for the purpose of determining the pairings. Therefore, players will play different opponents across the 3 initial evenings. The Short length and blitz rounds will be paired as separate tournaments.
Players may take 1 of the first 3 rounds as byes, and will receive half the points available for the evening they are away.

As the event is unrated, it is free for members of the club. Normal tournament fees will apply otherwise.

Please note the winner(s) will receive a medal at presentation night for the event, however the decision was taken not to rate the event in acknowledgement of the time since we’ve been able to play in a competitive manner. Also, the event won’t decide a club champion for the year. Unfortunately the club championship and Peter Caissa Cup can’t be awarded this year.

Ladies and gents – please start your (chess) engines!

Just wishing to build some momentum, as we look very likely to be able to have face-to-face chess resuming at Altona on 9th November! As mentioned in the previous post, this will be 5 rounds of medium, long, long, short and blitz time frame games, over 5 weeks.

Games would nominally start at 7.30pm, but please arrive by 7:15pm at the latest so we can organise the entries, pairings.

Sorry, chess engines will NOT be allowed, just what sits between your ears.

Chess when we can re-commence (9 Nov)

If and when we can resume chess, we have drastically thought about how we can run a few fun weeks of chess before the Christmas break. The plan is to have some un-rated events, of varying time controls, so we can get an ‘all rounder’ experience.

The schedule will be as follows (draft, assuming we can get 5 weeks of chess in):

  • Round 1 – Medium length games
  • Round 2 – Long games (evening 1)
  • Round 3 – Long games (evening 2)
  • Round 4 – Short length games
  • Round 5 – Blitz games

With the unrated status, the event will be FREE to financial members. Non-members will be charged the $15 tournament fee.

More details once we are closer to realising some face to face chess!

Western Event terminated

Unfortunately this event series has had to stop where it got up to (2 rounds), due to the continued covid-19 lockdown affecting Melbourne. The 2 games will be sent for ACF rating.

We are hoping the club championship will be able to commence in a few weeks time. Stay safe all of us! Look out for any terminators 😉

Western Events underway

The Western series of events (Master, Major, Swiss) started last Tuesday. These are 5 round events (round robin for the Masters and Major) over 5 weeks, pitting players with similar ratings against each other. The groupings are below. Only one round has been completed, so I will report once we have 3 rounds done, to see if there is some trend happening.

Master group

1 David Beaumont 1974
2 Matthew Whitford 1550
3 Steven Hogan 1533
4 Sergey Saric 1489
5 Aaryan Galia 1450
6 Eric Maure 1450

Major group

1 Ian Kirk 1435
2 Adem Koci 1300
3 Cijo Paul 1280
4 Julian McIntyre 1247
5 Conrado Cajes 1200
6 Dejan Matijas 1153

Swiss group

 1     Annapureddy,Rheyansh Redd 1133 
 3     Cox,Tyler                  905
 4     Shelev,Petar               891
11     Pasukov,Leo                  0
 2     Condick,Peter             1021
 5     Annapureddy,Dhruthin Redd  866
 7     Davis,Sophie               824
10     Massa,Emmanuel               0
 6     Clerk,Felix                828
 8     Clerk,Max                  725
 9     Cox,Aiden                    0