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Koshnitsky cup – final round results

Congrats to Bruce in winning this event, scoring 6.5/7, followed by Nathan (6) and Tony(5).

For the Next Few Weeks – Schedule is as follows
Tues 26 September – Lightning
Tues 3 October – Allegro (Kings Gambit Accepted)
Tues 10 October – Commencement of Club Championships and reserves.

Round 7 (Final Round) Results

No Name              Loc Total  Result   Name            Loc  Total

 1 Williams, Bruce       2128 [5.5]    1:0    Humphreys, Scott     1771 [4]  
 2 Davis, Tony J         1869 [5]      0:1    Hibberd, Nathan      2033 [5]  
 3 Edwards, Regina       1364 [4]      0:1    Watson, James        1839 [3.5]
 4 Gusain, Daniel        1654 [3.5]    1:0    Salanowski, Mark     1663 [3.5]
 5 Richards, Derek       1446 [3.5]    1:0    Whitford, Matthew    775  [3]  
 6 Minichelli, Felice    1264 [3]      -:+    Szuveges, Narelle S  1767 [3]  
 7 McIntyre, Charlie     1421 [3]      1:0    Hu, Timothy Tianmeng 870  [3]  
 8 Dogaris, George       1033 [3]     .5:.5   Hogan, Steven        1591 [2.5]
 9 Maunders, Myiesha     1137 [2.5]    1:0    Ramos, Antonio       1496 [2.5]
10 Mullen, Chris         1370 [2]      1:0    Deraniyagala, Kevin  903  [2]  
11 Dharmakeerthi, Dasula      [1]      1:0    Kostakakis, Angelo   1044 [2]  
12 Jing, Lang                 [1]      1:0    O'Leary, Mike        395  [0] 

Koshnitsky cup round 6

Congrats to Matthew for his good result against his higher rated opponent in round 6. Bruce continues to lead from the front.

Round 6 Results

No Name              Loc Total  Result   Name            Loc  Total

 1 Hibberd, Nathan      2033 [5]      0:1    Williams, Bruce       2128 [4.5]
 2 Watson, James        1839 [3.5]    0:1    Davis, Tony J         1869 [4]  
 3 Humphreys, Scott     1771 [3]      1:0    Gusain, Daniel        1654 [3.5]
 4 Dogaris, George      1033 [3]      -:-    Szuveges, Narelle S   1767 [3]  
 5 Ramos, Antonio       1496 [2]     .5:.5   Richards, Derek       1446 [3]  
 6 Maunders, Myiesha    1137 [2.5]    0:1    Edwards, Regina       1364 [3]  
 7 Hogan, Steven        1591 [2.5]    -:+    Salanowski, Mark      1663 [2.5]
 8 Kostakakis, Angelo   1044 [2]      -:-    McIntyre, Charlie     1421 [3]  
 9 Whitford, Matthew    775  [2]      1:0    Mullen, Chris         1370 [2]  
10 BYE                                -:-    BYE                             
11 Hu, Timothy Tianmeng 870  [2]      1:0    Dharmakeerthi, Dasula      [1]  
12 Jing, Lang                [1]      0:1    Minichelli, Felice    1264 [2]  

Best in the West 2017 results

The results are in, along with a short commentary here.

Over $3,200 in prizes were claimed over the weekend, with Hobsons Bay players Bruce Williams, Myiesha Maunders and Vishal Bhat among the prizes. Hobsons Bay Junior Players Max Clerk and Julian McIntyre were also among the prize winners.

Thanks to all who participated, but most of all to Tony Davis who organised and ran yet another very successful event. I’d encourage all Tuesday night regulars to give Best in the West a shot next year, it is always a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.

Koshnitsky cup round 5

Congrats to Timothy and Myiesha for their good results against higher rated opponents in round 5.

Round 5 Results

No Name              Loc Total  Result   Name            Loc  Total

 1 Gusain, Daniel      1654 [3.5]    0:1    Hibberd, Nathan       2033 [4]  
 2 Szuveges, Narelle S 1767 [3]      0:1    Williams, Bruce       2128 [3.5]
 3 Davis, Tony J       1869 [3]      1:0    Dogaris, George       1033 [3]  
 4 Hogan, Steven       1591 [2.5]    0:1    Watson, James         1839 [2.5]
 5 Hogg, Dean          2038 [2]      -:+    Edwards, Regina       1364 [2]  
 6 Mullen, Chris       1370 [2]      0:1    Humphreys, Scott      1771 [2]  
 7 Salanowski, Mark    1663 [2]     .5:.5   Maunders, Myiesha     1137 [2]  
 8 Kostakakis, Angelo  1044 [2]      0:1    Richards, Derek       1446 [2]  
 9 Deraniyagala, Kevin 903  [2]      0:1    McIntyre, Charlie     1421 [2]  
10 Minichelli, Felice  1264 [1.5]   .5:.5   Hu, Timothy Tianmeng  870  [1.5]
11 Ramos, Antonio      1496 [1]      1:0    Dharmakeerthi, Dasula      [1]  
12 Jing, Lang               [1]      0:1    Whitford, Matthew     775  [1]  
13 Liu, Jim            461  [1]      -:+    Castles, Tommy             [1]  
14 O'Leary, Mike       395  [0]      -:-    Liu, William          311  [0]  

Koshnitsky cup – round 4

Congrats to Daniel, George and Myiesha for their good results against higher rated opponents in round 4. On a personal note, I have never had 4 draws in a row before!

Round 4 Results

No Name              Loc Total  Result   Name            Loc  Total

 1 Williams, Bruce      2128 [3]     .5:.5   Gusain, Daniel        1654 [3]  
 2 Hibberd, Nathan      2033 [3]      1:0    Hogg, Dean            2038 [2]  
 3 Richards, Derek      1446 [2]      0:1    Davis, Tony J         1869 [2]  
 4 McIntyre, Charlie    1421 [2]      0:1    Szuveges, Narelle S   1767 [2]  
 5 Dogaris, George      1033 [2]      1:0    Salanowski, Mark      1663 [2]  
 6 Watson, James        1839 [1.5]    1:0    Minichelli, Felice    1264 [1.5]
 7 Maunders, Myiesha    1137 [1.5]   .5:.5   Humphreys, Scott      1771 [1.5]
 8 Hu, Timothy Tianmeng 870  [1.5]    0:1    Hogan, Steven         1591 [1.5]
 9 Deraniyagala, Kevin  903  [1]      +:-    Ramos, Antonio        1496 [1]  
10 Mullen, Chris        1370 [1]      +:-    Whitford, Matthew     775  [1]  
11 Edwards, Regina      1364 [1]      1:0    Jing, Lang                 [1]  
12 Castles, Tommy            [1]      0:1    Kostakakis, Angelo    1044 [1]  
13 Liu, Jim             461  [1]      -:-    Liu, William          311  [0]  
14 O'Leary, Mike        395  [0]      -:+    Dharmakeerthi, Dasula      [0]  

Koshnitsky cup – round 3 results

Congrats to George for his win over Antonio in round 3, a higher rated opponent. But Steven gets the big OOPS for the round, with a stalemate pawn move (K+2P vs K).

Round 3 Results

No Name              Loc Total  Result   Name            Loc  Total

 1 Davis, Tony J         1869 [2]      0:1    Williams, Bruce      2128 [2]  
 2 Szuveges, Narelle S   1767 [2]      0:1    Hibberd, Nathan      2033 [2]  
 3 Watson, James         1839 [1.5]    -:+    Gusain, Daniel       1654 [2]  
 4 Hogg, Dean            2038 [1]      1:0    Mullen, Chris        1370 [1]  
 5 Humphreys, Scott      1771 [1]     .5:.5   Minichelli, Felice   1264 [1]  
 6 Salanowski, Mark      1663 [1]      1:0    Edwards, Regina      1364 [1]  
 7 Hogan, Steven         1591 [1]     .5:.5   Maunders, Myiesha    1137 [1]  
 8 Dogaris, George       1033 [1]      1:0    Ramos, Antonio       1496 [1]  
 9 Richards, Derek       1446 [1]      1:0    Deraniyagala, Kevin  903  [1]  
10 Whitford, Matthew     775  [1]      0:1    McIntyre, Charlie    1421 [1]  
11 Jing, Lang                 [1]      0:1    Hu, Timothy Tianmeng 870  [.5] 
12 Liu, William          311  [0]      0:1    Kostakakis, Angelo   1044 [0]  
13 Dharmakeerthi, Dasula      [0]      0:1    Liu, Jim             461  [0]  
14 O'Leary, Mike         395  [0]      0:1    Castles, Tommy            [0]  

Koshnitsky cup – round 2

Congrats to Daniel for his win over Dean in round 2, and to Regina and George for their draws against higher rated opponents.

Round 2 Results

No Name              Loc Total  Result   Name            Loc  Total

 1 Williams, Bruce      2128 [1]      1:0    Salanowski, Mark    1663 [1]  
 2 Gusain, Daniel       1654 [1]      1:0    Hogg, Dean          2038 [1]  
 3 Hibberd, Nathan      2033 [1]      1:0    Hogan, Steven       1591 [1]  
 4 Ramos, Antonio       1496 [1]      0:1    Davis, Tony J       1869 [1]  
 5 Szuveges, Narelle S  1767 [1]      1:0    Richards, Derek     1446 [1]  
 6 Edwards, Regina      1364 [.5]    .5:.5   Humphreys, Scott    1771 [.5] 
 7 McIntyre, Charlie    1421 [.5]    .5:.5   Dogaris, George     1033 [.5] 
 8 Hu, Timothy Tianmeng 870  [.5]     0:1    Mullen, Chris       1370 [0]  
 9 Minichelli, Felice   1264 [0]      1:0    O'Leary, Mike       395  [0]  
10 Liu, Jim             461  [0]      0:1    Maunders, Myiesha   1137 [0]  
11 Kostakakis, Angelo   1044 [0]      0:1    Jing, Lang               [0]  
12 Liu, William         311  [0]      0:1    Deraniyagala, Kevin 903  [0]  
13 Castles, Tommy            [0]      0:1    Whitford, Matthew   775  [0]  
14 Watson, James        1839 [1]     .5:0    BYE    

Koshnitsky Cup started

The Koshnitsky Cup started (the 1st of 7 rounds), with games mostly going with rating. Looks like a large field overall (29), but a number of players took a first round bye. I had a few puzzled faces over the name of the event, so please see below for some info.

Gregory (Gary) Koshnitsky (6 October 1907, Kishinev – 17 September 1999, Australia) was an Australian chess master. Born in Kishinev, Bessarabia (then Russia, now Moldova), he emigrated in his youth to Australia.

He was Australian Champion in 1933 and 1939 (with Lajos Steiner), and won three Queensland titles, seven New South Wales titles, and one South Australian title (1966). His last win was something of an anniversary, as he won his first tournament in Australia, the Queensland championship in 1926.

Koshnitsky was awarded the IMC title (International Master of Correspondence Chess) in 1972. He was appointed Honorary Member of FIDE in 1993.

He was the author of the book Chess Made Easy (with Cecil Purdy).

Round 1 Results

No Name              Loc Total  Result   Name            Loc  Total

 1 Mullen, Chris       1370 [0]      0:1    Williams, Bruce      2128 [0]  
 2 Hogg, Dean          2038 [0]      1:0    Minichelli, Felice   1264 [0]  
 3 Maunders, Myiesha   1137 [0]      0:1    Hibberd, Nathan      2033 [0]  
 4 Davis, Tony J       1869 [0]      1:0    Kostakakis, Angelo   1044 [0]  
 5 Deraniyagala, Kevin 903  [0]      0:1    Watson, James        1839 [0]  
 6 Humphreys, Scott    1771 [0]     .5:.5   Hu, Timothy Tianmeng 870  [0]  
 7 Whitford, Matthew   775  [0]      0:1    Szuveges, Narelle S  1767 [0]  
 8 Salanowski, Mark    1663 [0]      1:0    Liu, Jim             461  [0]  
 9 O'Leary, Mike       395  [0]      0:1    Gusain, Daniel       1654 [0]  
10 Hogan, Steven       1591 [0]      1:0    Liu, William         311  [0]  
11 Jing, Lang               [0]      0:1    Ramos, Antonio       1496 [0]  
12 Richards, Derek     1446 [0]      1:0    Castles, Tommy            [0]  
13 Cajes, Conrado           [0]     .5:0    BYE                            
14 Nowak, Ruben        1512 [0]     .5:0    BYE                            
15 McIntyre, Charlie   1421 [0]     .5:0    BYE                            
16 Edwards, Regina     1364 [0]     .5:0    BYE                            
17 Dogaris, George     1033 [0]     .5:0    BYE 

Blumenfeld Counter Gambit Allegro results

This event was the 5th round of the Allegro events we hold each year, each with a different opening start position. Results are below. Congrats to Bruce (again!). The images are from Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) was a famous American photographer of German origin (nothing to do with chess, as far as I know).

No Name              Loc Total  Result   Name            Loc  Total

  1   Williams, Bruce      QLD       2128 5         9.5  16.5   15.0
  2   Salanowski, Mark     VIC       1663 4         7.0  14.0   12.0
  3   Hogg, Dean           VIC       2038 3.5       7.0  13.5   10.5
 4-8  Hogan, Steven        VIC       1591 3         9.0  14.5   10.0
      Edwards, Regina      QLD       1364 3         7.0  11.5    8.0
      Jing, Lang           VIC            3         6.5  10.0    8.0
      Davis, Tony J        VIC       1869 3         6.0  12.5   10.0
      Deraniyagala, Kevin  VIC       903  3         5.5  12.0    6.0
9-12  Whitford, Matthew    VIC       775  2         9.5  15.0    7.0
      Richards, Derek      VIC       1446 2         9.5  14.5    9.0
      Mullen, Chris        VIC       1370 2         7.5  13.0    7.0
      Kostakakis, Angelo   VIC       1044 2         7.0  10.5    5.0
13-14 Hu, Timothy Tianmeng VIC       870  1.5       9.0  14.5    6.5
      Castles, Tommy                      1.5       5.0   8.5    2.0
 15   Liu, William         VIC       311  1         5.5   9.0    3.0
 16   Liu, Jim             VIC       461  0.5       6.5  10.5    1.0

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