Steven got covid, and Casey is a close COVID contact and therefore also cannot attend the club this week. Therefore, the match with Invercargill will take place with HBCC players playing from home. Casey has emailed the players at our end to advice this. There will be no chess this tuesday at the hall, as neither myself, Casey nor Mark are able to attend. We will definitely be back on 26 April for start of the Hobsons Bay Cup. Thanks to the players who sent me well wishes. I am feeling completely over the symptoms, and looking forward to the start of the Hobsons Bay Cup. We will advise the results of the match vs Invercargill later in the week. Regards Steve
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
With 4 of the 5 rounds of the all rounder championship completed, Rheyansh has emerged as the strong tournament favourite after winning all 5 games in the Allegro round. Rheyansh has a 3 point lead over Julian, the fight for the overall win appears to be between these talented juniors. Nine points are on offer for the final Blitz (9 game) round.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Daniel winning all his games! The Nakhmanson Gambit (1: e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Nxe4 6. Nc3) and English Opening (1. c4) we’re voted equal 2nd, and will be the two themes for later in the year.
A small but crazy group of club players experienced the full beauty of the Grob opening (1.g4) in an Allegro setting last Tuesday. Some players thrived, some floundered, but they each came across positions that they otherwise would never encounter.
Next week is the start of the club championship and reserves.
Below are the results for the Musio Gambit allegro. Well done to Daniel for taking out the night with a perfect 5/5. A number of juniors also relished the aggressive and tactical opening and performed well, namely George, Sergey and Kevin.
Next week (7 Aug) is the start of the 7 round Koshnitsky Cup. Its the final club championship qualification tournament, with a number of players in the running.
Tonight we will be playing allegro, using the same starting opening position for each game. Tonight it is the Musio Counter Gambit. The starting moves are 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. Bc4 g4. Its real aggressive and sharp, a fun and challenging night awaits.
The following week will be the start of the Koshnitsky Cup, our next rated event, over 7 weeks, one game per night.