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Honourable Bob underway for 2022!

Serious chess has made a comeback, when round 1 happened this week. Results are below, and provisional round 2 pairings are also listed. Welcome to our new players!

Round 1 results

  1 = Whitford,Matthew    (0.0)-Bonala,Sahith    (0.0)= 2-13 = 1-0
  2 = Cajes,Conrado       (0.0)-Hogan,Steven     (0.0)=14- 3 = ½-½
  3 = Paul,Cijo           (0.0)-Cox,Aiden        (0.0)= 4-15 = 1-0
  4 = Liu,Tina            (0.0)-Nowak,Ruben      (0.0)=17- 5 = 0-1
  5 = Annapureddy,Rheyansh(0.0)-Mahajan,Laksh    (0.0)= 8-18 = 1-0
  6 = Paul,Nikash         (0.0)-Cox,Tyler        (0.0)=19- 9 = 1-0
  7 = De Rooy,Jack        (0.0)-Pawlus,Malachy   (0.0)=11-20 = 0-1
  8 = Tamilchelvan,Girish (0.0)-De Rooy,Samuel   (0.0)=21-12 = 1-0
  9 = Hibberd,Nathan      (0.0)-(half point bye) (0.0)= 1- 0 = ½    
 10 = McIntyre,Julian     (0.0)-(half point bye) (0.0)= 6- 0 = ½    
 11 = Matijas,Dejan       (0.0)-(half point bye) (0.0)= 7- 0 = ½    
 12 = Shelev,Petar        (0.0)-(half point bye) (0.0)=10- 0 = ½    
 13 = Koci,Adem           (0.0)-(half point bye) (0.0)=16- 0 = ½    

Round 2 (provisional) pairings

 1 = Annapureddy,Rheyansh(1.0)-Whitford,Matthew     (1.0)=  8- 2 
 2 = Pawlus,Malachy      (1.0)-Paul,Cijo            (1.0)= 20- 4 
 3 = Nowak,Ruben         (1.0)-Paul,Nikash          (1.0)=  5-19 
 4 = Hibberd,Nathan      (0.5)-Tamilchelvan,Girish  (1.0)=  1-21 
 5 = Hogan,Steven        (0.5)-Shelev,Petar         (0.5)=  3-10 
 6 = McIntyre,Julian     (0.5)-Cajes,Conrado        (0.5)=  6-14 
 7 = Matijas,Dejan       (0.5)-Koci,Adem            (0.5)=  7-16 
 8 = Cox,Tyler           (0.0)-Bonala,Sahith        (0.0)=  9-13 
 9 = Cox,Aiden           (0.0)-De Rooy,Jack         (0.0)= 15-11 
10 = De Rooy,Samuel      (0.0)-Liu,Tina             (0.0)= 12-17 
11 = Mahajan,Laksh       (0.0)-( bye )              (0.0)= 18 =1

Farewell 2021!

From our illustrious President:

The calendar for 2022 is now updated (here). It remains substantially unchanged from the 2021 calendar. We will commence back with an informal evening on Tuesday 18 January, with the first rated event to start 25 January.

The key points from the AGM are as follows:

Committee:

  • Steve Hogan (President, Treasurer)
  • Mark Salanowski (Vice President, Secretary)
  • Scott Humphreys (Website)
  • Casey Goh (General Committee)
  • Matt Whitford (General Committee)
  • Ruben Nowak (General Committee).

The club will look to re-commence its junior program in 2022. This is viewed by the Committee as vital to the longer-term success of the club.

We will look to offer online blitz and/or rapid events in 2022 through Tornelo. Casey has experience in administering these types of events and has kindly brought this up as an opportunity for the club. These will operate over a couple hour period and will provide an opportunity to connect with new players. When times for these are known, I would encourage players to invite friends with an interest in chess to join.

Thank you each for the 2021 year, although it was interrupted by COVID. Looking forward to a big 2022 at the club. Steven Hogan

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All rounder event – completed

The all round championship concluded last night with Rheyansh taking out both the evening and the overall tournament. Terrific effort Rheyansh! Proving yourself as a very capable juniors who may win plenty of tournaments in the near future (and whose future rating will show considerable improvement). The top three standings were:

  • 1st – Rheyansh (38.5 out of 47 possible)
  • 2nd – Julian (32.5)
  • 3rd – Scott (30.5).

Detailed summary scores were:

From our illustrious President:

Likely start-back date (subject to AGM) will be Tuesday 18 January. That will involve informal activities with tournament play to commence the following week.

Wishing you each a very merry Christmas if I don’t see you beforehand. Hope to see you when we start back in 2022!
Regards, Steve

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 😉