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Honourable Bob – round 3

The round 3 results are below, with a message from Steven:

Thanks to the players who let me know if they were unable to make last night or would be running late. Could I please ask each player to save my number (0413 941 467) and let me know if you’re unable to make a round. This allows a re-pairing to be done or for me to notify the opponent.
If you know you are unavailable a week in advance, I can give 1/2 point byes in any round except the final 2 of a tournament if you request a bye at latest the Tuesday before being away.

Round 3 results

  1 = Hogg,Dean           (2.0)-Salanowski,Mark   (2.0)= 2- 7= 1 - 0
  2 = Saric,Sergey        (2.0)-Beaumont,David    (2.0)=12- 3= 0 - 1
  3 = Whitford,Matthew    (1.5)-Kirk,Ian          (2.0)= 8-24= 1 - 0
  4 = Hogan,Steven        (1.0)-Hibberd,Nathan    (1.5)= 6- 1= 0 - 1
  5 = McIntyre,Julian     (1.0)-Cox,Tyler         (1.0)=10-21= 1 - 0
  6 = Mullen,Chris        (1.0)-Dellmann,Thomas   (1.0)=11-22= 1 - 0
  7 = Jovanovic,Stephan   (1.0)-Matijas,Dejan     (1.0)=23-13= 0 - 1
  8 = Bejjanki,Pranav Sai (1.0)-Park,Jun          (1.0)=17-27= 0 - 1
  9 = Koci,Adem           (1.0)-Hubble,Jarod      (1.0)=19-31= 1F-0F
 10 = Clerk,Felix         (0.0)-Paul,Cijo         (0.5)=15-29= 1 - 0
 11 = Maure,Eric          (0.0)-Clerk,Max         (0.0)=25-16= 1 - 0
 12 = Abraham,Robin       (0.0)-Belfall, Mitchell (0.0)=30-18= 0 - 1
 13 = Cox,Aiden           (0.0)-Galia,Aaryan      (0.0)=20-32= 0 - 1
 14 = McFarlane,Hasini    (0.0)-(bye )            (0.0)=26- 0= 1    
 15 = Davis,Tony J        (1.0)-(half point bye ) (0.0)= 4- 0= ½        
 16 = Humphreys,Scott      (1.0)-(half point bye )(0.0)= 5- 0= ½    
 17 = Nowak,Ruben         (1.0)-(half point bye ) (0.0)= 9- 0= ½    
 18 = Hibberd,Aaron       (1.0)-(not paired )     (0.0)=14- 0= 0    
 19 = Watson,Tyson        (0.0)-(not paired )     (0.0)=28- 0= 0    

Budapest Chess Club news

In other chess news, the Budapest chess club (760 Boronia Rd, Wantirna) is running two types of events this year:

  • junior chess lessons, held the first 3 Sunday afternoons of the month, for beginners (2 hours), intermediate (3 hours) and advanced (3 hours) students. Monthly fees are $50 (beginners) or $60 (intermediate and advanced). Parents are encouraged to also enrol, at $15/session.
  • a 4-player inter-club team rapid (7 rounds, 15min/0 time limit) competition, held each last Sunday of the month (Feb to Nov), starting at 2pm. Entry fee $25/player/monthly competition. Prize money is per month as well as for the overall year’s winning teams. All players in a team should be members of the same club.

All expressions of interest should use the form below

Honourable Bob – round 2

Round 2 has been completed, results below. A good draw for Matthew, and Ian continues his winning ways. Due to the 5-day lockdown, round 3 has been postponed. The proposed round 3 draw will need to be re-done, due to player availability.

Hopefully chess can resume soon.

Round 2 results

  1 = Hibberd,Nathan    ( 1.0) - Whitford,Matthew     (1.0) =   1 -   8 = ½ - ½
  2 = Matijas,Dejan     ( 1.0) - Hogg,Dean            (1.0) =  13 -   2 = 0 - 1
  3 = Beaumont,David    ( 1.0) - Mullen,Chris         (1.0) =   3 -  11 = 1 - 0
  4 = Humphreys,Scott   ( 1.0) - Saric,Sergey         (1.0) =   5 -  12 = 0 - 1
  5 = Kirk,Ian          ( 1.0) - Hogan,Steven         (1.0) =  24 -   6 = 1 - 0
  6 = Salanowski,Mark   ( 1.0) - Hibberd,Aaron        (1.0) =   7 -  14 = 1 - 0
  7 = Paul,Cijo         ( 0.5) - McIntyre,Julian      (0.0) =  29 -  10 = 1 - 0
  8 = Dellmann,Thomas   ( 0.0) - Clerk,Felix          (0.0) =  22 -  15 = 1 - 0
  9 = Clerk,Max         ( 0.0) - Cox,Tyler            (0.0) =  16 -  21 = 0 - 1
 10 = McFarlane,Hasini  ( 0.0) - Bejjanki,Pranav Sai  (0.0) =  26 -  17 = 0 - 1
 11 = Belfall, Mitchell ( 0.0) - Jovanovic,Stephan    (0.0) =  18 -  23 = 0 - 1
 12 = Watson,Tyson      ( 0.0) - Koci,Adem            (0.0) =  28 -  19 = 0 - 1
 13 = Park,Jun          ( 0.0) - Maure,Eric           (0.0) =  27 -  25 = 1 - 0
 14 = Hubble,Jarod      ( 0.0) - Abraham,Robin        (0.0) =  31 -  30 = 1 - 0
 15 = Davis,Tony J      ( 1.0) - ( not paired )       (0.0) =   4 -   0 = 0    
 16 = Nowak,Ruben       ( 1.0) - ( not paired )       (0.0) =   9 -   0 = 0    
 17 = Cox,              ( 0.0) - ( not paired )       (0.0) =  20 -   0 = 0    

Kickoff for 2021!

We have now resumed chess for 2021, in a covid-safe manner, with 28 players on the starting line for the Honourable Bob 5 round/week event. We welcome 10 new faces to the event. Perhaps this is due to a) a desire to get out and meet other chess players or b) the popularity of the Netflix Queens Gambit. Unfortunately no female players presented themselves on Tuesday, but we remain hopeful.

Round 1 results and draft round 2 pairings are below. Please remember to a) bring your own pen (for the scoresheet), b) to pay the $15 event entry fee (in cash preferably) and c) contact Steven BEFORE Tuesday if you require a bye for the next round.

Round 1 results

 1 = Clerk,Felix         ( 0.0) - Hibberd,Nathan     ( 0.0) = 15 -  1 = 0 - 1
 2 = Hogg,Dean           ( 0.0) - Clerk,Max          ( 0.0) =  2 - 16 = 1 - 0
 3 = Bejjanki,Pranav Sai ( 0.0) - Beaumont,David     ( 0.0) = 17 -  3 = 0 - 1
 4 = Davis,Tony J        ( 0.0) - Belfall, Mitchell  ( 0.0) =  4 - 18 = 1 - 0
 5 = Coji,Adem           ( 0.0) - Humphreys,Scott    ( 0.0) = 19 -  5 = 0 - 1
 6 = Hogan,Steven        ( 0.0) - Cox, Aiden         ( 0.0) =  6 - 20 = 1 - 0
 7 = Cox, Tyler          ( 0.0) - Salanowski,Mark    ( 0.0) = 21 -  7 = 0 - 1
 8 = Whitford,Matthew    ( 0.0) - Dellmann, Thomas   ( 0.0) =  8 - 22 = 1 - 0
 9 = Jovanovic, Stephan  ( 0.0) - Nowak,Ruben        ( 0.0) = 23 -  9 = 0 - 1
10 = McIntyre,Julian     ( 0.0) - Kirk, Ian          ( 0.0) = 10 - 24 = 0 - 1
11 = Maure, Eric         ( 0.0) - Mullen,Chris       ( 0.0) = 25 - 11 = 0 - 1
12 = Saric,Sergey        ( 0.0) - McFarlane, Hasini  ( 0.0) = 12 - 26 = 1 - 0
13 = Park, Jun           ( 0.0) - Matijas,Dejan      ( 0.0) = 27 - 13 = 0 - 1
14 = Hibberd,Aaron       ( 0.0) - Watson, Tyson      ( 0.0) = 14 - 28 = 1 - 0
15 = Paul,Cijo           ( 0.0) - ( half point bye ) ( 0.0) = 29 -  0 = ½     

Chess cancelled for the remainder of 2020

Sadly, the Committee has taken the decision to cancel chess for the remainder of 2020, on the basis that there is no reasonable prospect of being able to recommence the activities in the current year. The stage 4 restrictions are in place until mid-September, and the venue is waiting until 100 people can meet before it re-opens, as such even fitting in a club championship over 7 weeks is not possible.
When we are able to meet again, we will do so with our AGM to direct what the club does in 2021.
The club will not be charging any membership fees for 2020. Therefore, players who have paid their 2020 membership will have this credited to the following year. If any player would prefer a refund of the membership, please feel free to contact me with bank details and I’ll arrange the deposit.
Players are welcome to play casual games against each other, I have played a number of members in multiple games and have enjoyed playing, despite it being done remotely.

Update on COVID-19 impact on chess

Although the Government will shortly announce the further easing of restrictions, allowing 50 people to meet, there remain some matters than need to be worked through that prevent the club from setting a re-commencement date. These issues are outlined below.
1: The Salvation Army will be opening their venues once 100 people are allowed to meet. This will be required before the club can re-commence.
2: We have written to Chess Victoria (CV) seeking advice on a State-wide policy for re-opening chess clubs. We have asked CV for advice that would apply to re-opening of all Victorian Chess Clubs that’s supported by Government advice. Our public liability insurance is through CV, therefore their guidance on re-opening chess clubs will inform how we can proceed.
3: The Committee are discussing a draft COVID policy for the club to follow, along with a revised calendar for what will remain of the year and pro-rata membership fees. These will all be available prior to re-commencing.
We will continue to provide updates as they are relevant. Please be assured that we are actively looking at timing and policies for the club returning, however we are not in a position to advise a date at this time.

Online chess tournament to start

Very pleasing sign-up to the online tournament, with 19 entries to date. Therefore, the event will be run over 7 rounds. The tournament can be entered up until Steven releases round 1 pairings on the evening of Friday 3rd April.
The event will run through the Chess Time app.
It’s terrific for the club to regain contact with players who’ve moved away. Players who you may not recognise from the club have been members that have moved interstate or overseas.
If you wish to play but have not entered, please contact Steve and add him on Chess Time (Steve Hogan is my name on the app).
These online events are UNRATED and have no official standing in terms of club awards etc. It is purely being run to enhance a level of social interaction in these times and provide us with a way to continue the club and our enjoyment of chess.