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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.

Club activities suspended

The Committee took the decision yesterday to indefinitely suspend the Hobsons Bay Chess Club due to the Corona Virus. This is not a decision we wanted to take, however the health of participants is the first priority and the club can no longer meet the requirements of Government recommendations. Important information is below.
The reasons for the suspension are due to the following:
  1. Today’s Government recommendation that people stay 1.5 metres apart. The chess club cannot operate in such conditions.
  2. The ban on indoor meetings of groups over 100 and even though we are well below this number, such a ban indicates that meeting indoors is not advisable.
  3. Similar suspensions for the majority of Victorian Chess Clubs.
The club will provide regular (minimum monthly) updates regarding activities. However, early indications is that this may take 6 months to clear up to a sufficient level to permit the club to meet. This site will also advise of the ban and provide important communication information.
We will provide refunds to those members who have paid membership fees (please provide bank details to me privately if you have paid and would like membership to be refunded this way). Otherwise, if the club is able to open later in the year, we will charge a pro-rata membership and memberships already paid can cover this (a later refund of the pro-rata discount can be provided at this time).
If the club is able to resume later in the year, we will revise the calendar to suit, along with club championship qualification if needed.

Chess still operating, for now…

Just a confirmation that with the Corona Virus and State of Emergency in Victoria, chess club will be continuing until I provide further advice. This decision is based on current advice that gatherings under 500 people can continue. If advice comes that the community should not meet indoors (i.e. mass school system closure) then any change in this situation will be advised. The other situation that may result in suspension of the club is if the Salvation Army venue closes (this is not currently the case).
In terms of ensuring the health of participants, the following MUST be adhered to:
  1. Players who experience flu-like symptoms stay away from chess until the matter is cleared with your doctor;
  2. If any player has contact with a person that is suspected to have Corona, stay away until either you complete a 14 day quarantine period OR the person who was suspected of infection receives a negative test result; and
  3. If returning from oversees, the now mandatory 14 day quarantine will include absence from chess during this period.
Thanks for the co-operation with these important matters. Any queries can be directed to Steven Hogan.

Lightning #1 for 2020

The first 9 round, 5-minute ‘skittles’ event was held on Tuesday. David Beaumont won on 7.5/9 from a close field, with 17 people scoring 50% or better! We start the 5 round Purdy Cup next week.

Final standings

Pos   N     NAME                      | Rtg  PRtg Fed |  Pts    Buc1    BucT  
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  1  29     Beaumont,David            |    0  273 VIC |  7.5    46.0 
  2   1     Gusain,Daniel             |    0  220 VIC |  7.0    45.5 
  3   4  CM Davis,Tony J              |    0  220 VIC |  7.0    44.5 
  4  31     Enano,Ronald              |    0   95 VIC |  6.0    45.5 
  5   5     Humphreys,Scott           |    0  125 VIC |  6.0    40.5 
  6   6     Ilic,Milan                |    0   80 VIC |  5.5    45.0    49.0 
  7   2     Hogg,Dean                 |    0   80 VIC |  5.5    45.0    48.5 
  8  28     Zhang,Eric                |    0   80 VIC |  5.5    40.5 
  9   9     Richards,Derek            |    0   80 VIC |  5.5    36.0 
 10  12     Mullen,Chris              |    0   43 VIC |  5.0    48.0 
 11  11     McIntyre,Julian           |    0   43 VIC |  5.0    42.0 
 12   7     Hogan,Steven              |    0   43 AUS |  5.0    38.5 
 13  10     Saric,Sergey              |    0   43 VIC |  5.0    36.0 
 14   8     Whitford,Matthew          |    0    0 VIC |  4.5    43.0 
 15  25     Annapureddy,Rheyansh      |    0    0 AUS |  4.5    38.0 
 16  17     Clerk,Max                 |    0    0 VIC |  4.5    37.5 
 17  15     Kurian,Maksym             |    0    0 VIC |  4.5    37.0 
 18  13     Paul,Cijo                 |    0    0 VIC |  4.0    44.0 
 19  20     Pethe,Abi                 |    0    0 VIC |  4.0    34.5    35.0 
 20  26     Condick,Peter             |    0    0     |  4.0    34.5    35.0 
 21  19     Nawar,Mena                |    0    0 AUS |  4.0    34.0 
 22  14     Jing,Lang                 |    0    0 VIC |  4.0    32.5 
 23  23     Minic,Branislav           |    0    0 VIC |  3.0    36.0 
 24  16     Shelev,Petar              |    0    0 VIC |  3.0    33.5 
 25  22     Zhang,Benjamin            |    0    0 VIC |  3.0    32.5 
 26  18     Clerk,Felix           (W) |    0    0 VIC |  2.0    34.0 
 27  24     Watson,Nicolas        (W) |    0    0 VIC |  2.0    28.5 
 28  21     Bejjanki,Pranav Sai   (W) |    0    0 VIC |  1.5    29.5 
 29  27     Deng,Tina                 |    0    0 VIC |  1.0    26.5

March 2020 Ratings updated

The latest updated ACF ratings (and current FIDE rating) for our members are available, listed here.

It is also pleasing to see that Tina Deng has now achieved an ACF rating (160)! She has been coming to the club since April 2018, but only recently scored a result, allowing her to get an ACF (and presumably FIDE) rating. She played 34 rateable games between September 2018 rating period and the December 2019 rating period. This is a great example of perseverance and dedication to improve, even though she scored zero and (usually)  had a bye in each event she entered.

Honourable Bob – final standings

Please see attached the final round and standings for the Honourable Bob. Congratulations to Tony for winning, and thus qualifying the end of year club championship. And also this event was a good result (4/5) for Cijo and Julian.

Pos   N     NAME                      | Rtg  PRtg Fed |  Pts    Buc1    BucT  
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  1   2  CM Davis,Tony J              |    0  800 VIC |  4.5    12.5 
  2  14     Paul,Cijo                 |    0  240 VIC |  4.0    14.5 
  3  12     McIntyre,Julian           |    0  240 VIC |  4.0    13.0 
  4   1     Beaumont,David            |    0  193 VIC |  3.5    14.0 
  5   6     Salanowski,Mark           |    0  149 VIC |  3.5    12.5 
  6  11     Saric,Sergey              |    0  193 VIC |  3.5    10.5 
  7   5     Humphreys,Scott           |    0  149 VIC |  3.5    10.0 
  8   8     Whitford,Matthew          |    0   72 VIC |  3.0    12.0    13.0 
  9   9     Richards,Derek            |    0   72 VIC |  3.0    12.0    12.5 
 10  10     Nowak,Ruben               |    0   72 VIC |  3.0    11.0 
 11   4     Enano,Ronald              |    0   95 VIC |  3.0    10.5 
 12  15     Matijas,Dejan             |    0   72 VIC |  3.0     9.5 
 13   3 WIM Szuveges,Narelle S        |    0    0 VIC |  2.5    13.5    16.5 
 14  17     Shelev,Petar              |    0    0 VIC |  2.5    13.5    14.5 
 15   7     Hogan,Steven              |    0    0 VIC |  2.5    12.5 
 16  21     Clerk,Felix               |    0    0 VIC |  2.5    10.5 
 17  31     Pethe,Abi                 |    0  125 VIC |  2.5    10.0 
 18  13     McIntyre,Charlie          |    0    0 VIC |  2.0    11.5 
 19  20     Waadhwa,Ehsaas            |    0    0 VIC |  2.0    11.0 
 20  30     Zhang,Eric                |    0    0 VIC |  2.0    10.5 
 21  22     Nawar,Mena                |    0    0 VIC |  2.0     9.5 
 22  27     Deng,Tina                 |    0    0 VIC |  2.0     7.0 
 23  18     Annapureddy,Dhruthin Redd |    0    0 VIC |  1.5    12.0 
 24  25     Watson,Nicolas            |    0    0 VIC |  1.5    11.5 
 25  23     Bejjanki,Pranav Sai       |    0    0 VIC |  1.5    11.0 
 26  32     Brokies,Alwyn             |    0    0 VIC |  1.5    10.0 
 27  26     Condick,Peter             |    0    0 VIC |  1.5     9.5 
 28  19     Clerk,Max                 |    0    0 VIC |  1.0    11.0 
 29  29     Zhang,Benjamin            |    0    0 VIC |  1.0    10.0 
 30  24     Minic,Branislav           |    0    0 VIC |  1.0     8.5 
 31  28     Waadhwa,Rakesh            |    0    0 VIC |  0.5    10.5 
 32  16     McIntyre,Cameron      (W) |    0    0 VIC |  0.5    10.0 
 33  33     Kurian,Maksym             |    0    0 VIC |  0.5     9.0 

Juniors participation agreement

We are asking parents/guardians of junior players to sign the Junior Participation Agreement regarding junior players participating at the club. We would like you to sign to acknowledge the recommendation of the Committee that juniors have supervision during club events and also agree that juniors should not leave the playing venue until such time as they are picked up.

Please note that this is only a precautionary measure. The Club has had no issues with any junior conduct at the club and appreciates the participation of juniors who clearly love the challenge that chess presents!
The form can also be found in future on the Membership page.

Honourable Bob, after 3 rounds

The Honourable Bob event got away to a good start with 32 contestants. Unfortunately Steven’s computer fell at the first hurdle, so Steven had to use high order calculus and other magic to determine the pairing for 2 weeks. But all has been restored to working order (apart from Steven’s mental capacity), and Julian and Cijo are on the maximum score after 3 rounds, with 2 rounds to play.

Round 3 results

  1 = McIntyre,Julian      ( 2.0) - Szuveges,Narelle S   ( 2.0) =  12 -   3 = 1 - 0
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  2 = Richards,Derek       ( 2.0) - Paul,Cijo            ( 2.0) =   9 -  14 = 0 - 1
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  3 = Humphreys,Scott      ( 1.5) - Beaumont,David       ( 1.5) =   5 -   1 = 0 - 1
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  4 = Davis,Tony J         ( 1.5) - Hogan,Steven         ( 1.5) =   2 -   7 = 1 - 0
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  5 = Enano,Ronald         ( 1.0) - Matijas,Dejan        ( 1.0) =   4 -  15 = 1 - 0
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  6 = Waadhwa,Ehsaas       ( 1.0) - Salanowski,Mark      ( 1.0) =  20 -   6 = 0 - 1
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  7 = Clerk,Max            ( 1.0) - Whitford,Matthew     ( 1.0) =  19 -   8 = 0 - 1
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  8 = Nowak,Ruben          ( 1.0) - Annapureddy,Dhruthin ( 1.0) =  10 -  18 = 1 - 0
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  9 = Nawar,Mena           ( 1.0) - McIntyre,Charlie     ( 1.0) =  22 -  13 = 0 - 1
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 10 = Zhang,Eric           ( 1.0) - Pethe,Abi            ( 0.5) =  30 -  31 = 0 - 1
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 11 = Saric,Sergey         ( 0.5) - Bejjanki,Pranav Sai  ( 0.5) =  11 -  23 = 1 - 0
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 12 = Waadhwa,Rakesh       ( 0.5) - Shelev,Petar         ( 0.5) =  28 -  17 = 0 - 1
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 13 = Brokies,Alwyn        ( 0.5) - Clerk,Felix          ( 0.5) =  32 -  21 = 0F-1F
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 14 = Zhang,Ben            ( 0.0) - Minic,Branislav      ( 0.0) =  29 -  24 = 1 - 0
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 15 = Deng,Tina            ( 0.0) - Watson,Nicolas       ( 0.5) =  27 -  25 = 0 - 1
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 16 = Condick,Peter        ( 0.0) - ( half point bye )   ( 0.0) =  26 -   0 = ½    
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 17 = McIntyre,Cameron     ( 0.5) - ( not paired )       ( 0.0) =  16 -   0 = 0

Prize winners for 2019, and the AGM

The motions that were successful at the AGM were as follows:
1) Half point byes will now count towards club championship qualification
2) Lightning events will retain the same time control (5 mins + 3 seconds) but will increase from 7 rounds per evening to 9 rounds.
3) The Allegro theme nights remain, the first one will be standard chess, with opening themes to be decided for the subsequent events on the night of the 1st allegro.
In terms of presentation, please join with me in congratulating the award winners for 2019. They were:
Honourable Bob – Nathan Hibberd & David Beaumont
Purdy Cup – Daniel Gusain
Hobsons Bay Cup – Daniel Gusain
Koshnitsky Cup – David Beaumont
Western Masters – Daniel Gusain
Western Major – Julian McIntyre & Steve Hogan
Western Minor – Sergey Saric
Western Swiss – Cijo Paul & Shashi Mathew
Player of the Year – David Beaumont
Lightning Player of the Year – Daniel Gusain
Allegro Player of the Year – Daniel Gusain
Most improved – Felix Clerk
Most improved senior – Matthew Whitford
Reserves Champion – Mark Salanowski & Steve Hogan
Club Championship Runner-Up – Daniel Gusain
Club Champion – Nathan Hibberd
Steven wishes you and your families all the best for the Christmas and New Year break. Also, best wishes to the members who are competing in the Australian Championships and Australian Junior Championships over the coming weeks.