Club member results in the Australian Open

The chess open, not the tennis, silly ūüėČ Report from Steven Hogan:

Hoping you each had a terrific Christmas and new year period. Some club members took on the challenge of the Australian Open tournament between 27 Р31 December. Below are the results for the club members. The event was split into two tournaments, the Australian Open and Australian Minor (which is limited to players below 1600 FIDE), and each were 9 round events.
Australian Open
Daniel Gusain – 5.5
David Beaumont – 5.5
Dean Hogg – 4/7
Myiesha Maunders – 4
Tony Davis – 4
Steven Hogan – 2.5
Matthew Whitford – 2.5
Australian Minor
Milan Ilic – 6
Sophie Davis – 6
Ruben Nowak – 5.5
Sergey Saric – 5.5
Lang Jing – 4
Well done to all the club members who took on the event.
Chess will start back on 22 January with an informal evening (where different variants of chess will be available). First tournament evening is the following week on 29 January. See the calendar for the full year event timings.

Awards night, AGM and club in recess

Tomorrow night, from 7pm, is our end of year function for awards presentation, festive fun and food followed by our Annual General Meeting. Please come along for some cheer and at the AGM we will be deciding on our event schedule and the time controls for our events.

The club will then be in recess until the end of January 2019. To all my readers, have a safe and happy break, and may your chess rating losses be little ones.

Please make sure you attend your game!

Just a quick reminder about coming to chess when you are paired to play! Some players travel considerable distance to play at the club, therefore in fairness to players who attend we need to make sure that they get a game, preferably against their paired opponent.

All games get underway by 7:30pm, with a 30 minute forfeit period.

Please ensure that Steven is advised either by email or phone if you can’t attend on a night¬†that you are paired to play (phone only if notifying on the day of the game). If he is notified he will try to contact your opponent.¬†In addition, if you know in advance that you cannot attend a round, Steven should be advised as soon as possible so that the computer can allocate requested byes.These policies are in place to make every effort to ensure that all players attending the club actually get to play.

At the 2017 AGM we adopted the following policy for failure to attend without previous advice:

  • 1st time in tournament – Warning and player needs to confirm that they are wishing to continue.
  • 2nd time in tournament – Player withdrawn from tournament.

New time format for long-time games

We conducted a ballot on whether future rated tournaments would remain at 60 minutes + 30 seconds a move as per the Purdy Cup or revert to 75 minutes + 30 seconds a move. The results of the  ballot were clear, with 19 votes cast for the former and 9 for the latter. Therefore, tournaments will use the 60 minutes + 30 seconds a move time control for at least the remainder of 2018. This can be re-visited at the AGM at year end.

Personally, I don’t think the chess quality has suffered unduly, but the shorter time frame gives us all an opportunity for a slighter earlier night.

Hi and Bye to club members

As we have had a few comings and goings to our club member (seniors) list, I thought I should update the ACF ratings list on the ratings page. Bruce Williams and his partner Regina Edwards have had to return to sunny Qld; we will all be sad to see them go. Some new names to the club include Max and Felix Clerk, Kevin Deraniyagala, Alex Hell, Randy Tagala, Daniel Sheen, Zac Royston, Branislav Minic. Welcome all! Apologies if I have left someone out.

 

Lightning #2 results

Congratulations to Dean for winning this fun event (well, not fun for all of us, but certainly not serious!). Placings below.

Next week is the start of the Western Masters. If you are unable to make Round 1 and would like to play, please advise Steven as the tournaments are round robins, so games can be caught up.

Also, welcome to Andrew Fletcher, a new player visiting the club.

Placings

Place Name               Feder Rtg Loc  Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   Hogg, Dean                   2038 6.5      22.5  32.0   27.0
  2   Humphreys, Scott             1771 5.5      21.5  31.0   22.0
 3-4  Williams, Bruce              2128 5        21.0  30.5   21.0
      Gusain, Daniel               1654 5        17.5  26.0   19.0
  5   Davis, Tony                  1869 4.5      19.0  28.5   19.0
 6-8  Fletcher, Andrew             1696 4        19.5  28.0   18.0
      Nowak, Ruben                 1512 4        18.5  25.5   16.0
      Mullen, Chris                1370 4        15.0  23.5   14.0
9-11  Salanowski, Mark             1663 3.5      21.5  29.5   17.0
      Richards, Derek              1446 3.5      18.5  25.5   12.0
      Jing, Lang                        3.5      14.0  18.5   10.5
12-14 Hogan, Steven                1600 3        20.0  26.5   16.0
      Edwards, Regina              1364 3        16.0  22.5   10.0
      Kostakakis, Angelo           1044 3        13.5  19.5    8.0
15-16 Whitford, Matthew            775  2.5      17.0  24.5   12.0
      Hu, Timothy                  870  2.5      14.0  19.5    6.0
17-18 Liu, Jim                     461  2        17.0  22.5   11.0
      Minichelli, Phil             1264 2        14.0  18.5    7.0
 19   Liu, William                 311  1.5      13.5  17.5    5.0
 20   Castles, Tommy                    0.5      14.0  19.5    3.0

Purdy Cup Round 4

Well, games in round 4 went mostly according to rating, except Steven keeps doing really well, drawing against Dean! The cross table is below. Note chess will next be on 18 April. Finally, welcome to new players Joel, Finn and Tommy, great to have you guys playing.

Round 4 results

 1 Hogan, Steven     1576 1532 [3]     .5:.5   Hogg, Dean        2000 1999 [3]  
 2 Williams, Bruce   2020 2060 [3]      1:0    Nowak, Ruben      1564 1476 [2]  
 3 Hibberd, Nathan   1942 1977 [2]      1:0    Gusain, Daniel    1725 1562 [2]  
 4 Salanowski, Mark  1559 1668 [2]      0:1    Davis, Tony       1873 1892 [2]  
 5 Richards, Derek   1445 1483 [2]      0:1    Humphreys, Scott  1703 1724 [2]  
 6 Enano, Ronald     1705 1741 [1.5]    1:0    McIntyre, Charlie 1404 1444 [2]  
 7 Harris, Alexander 1367 1387 [1]      -:+    Saric, Sergey     1422 875  [1.5]
 8 Edwards, Regina   1512 1363 [1]      1:0    O'Leary, Mike          271  [1]  
 9 Whitford, Matthew 1417 708  [1]      -:+    Wootten, Rory     1426 1255 [1]  
10 Bejjanki, Pranav       409  [.5]     +:-    Doust, Aidan           503  [1]  
11 Mullen, Chris     1577 1390 [.5]    .5:.5   Liu, Jim               528  [0]  
12 Liu, William           257  [0]      0:1    Castles, Tommy              [0]  
13 Strijker, Finn              [0]      0:1    Trofimovs, Joel             [0]

Current cross table

1.  Williams, Bruce         2020 12:W  8:W  6:W 11:W
2.  Hogg, Dean              2000 13:W  7:W  3:W  9:D
3.  Hibberd, Nathan         1942 14:W 11:W  2:L  8:W
4.  Davis, Tony             1873 15:W  9:L  5:W  7:W
5.  Enano, Ronald           1705 16:W 18:D  4:L 12:W
6.  Humphreys, Scott        1703 17:W 25:W  1:L 10:W
7.  Salanowski, Mark        1559 19:W  2:L 14:W  4:L
8.  Gusain, Daniel          1725 20:W  1:L 15:W  3:L
9.  Hogan, Steven           1576 21:W  4:W 18:W  2:D
10. Richards, Derek         1445 18:L 22:W 16:W  6:L
11. Nowak, Ruben            1564 24:W  3:L 13:W  1:L
12. McIntyre, Charlie       1404  1:L 24:W 25:W  5:L
13. Mullen, Chris           1577  2:L 19:D 11:L 20:D
14. Harris, Alexander       1367  3:L 20:W  7:L 18:-
15. Edwards, Regina         1512  4:L 21:W  8:L 23:W
16. Wootten, Rory           1426  5:L 23:W 10:L 19:+
17. Dogaris, George         1368  6:L   :- 22:-   : 
18. Saric, Sergey           1422 10:W  5:D  9:L 14:+
19. Whitford, Matthew       1417  7:L 13:D   :D 16:-
20. Liu, Jim                      8:L 14:L 23:L 13:D
21. Doust, Aidan                  9:L 15:L 24:W 22:-
22. Bejjanki, Pranav               :D 10:L 17:- 21:+
23. O'Leary, Mike                25:L 16:L 20:W 15:L
24. Liu, William                 11:L 12:L 21:L 27:L
25. Thomas, Geoff                23:W  6:L 12:L   : 
26. Trofimovs, Joel                :    :    :  28: 
27. Castles, Tommy                 :    :    :  24:W
28. Strijker, Finn                 :    :    :  26:L

 

Time to saddle up!

Yes, the break is over, the holidays but a distant memory, the wait is over, now it is time for chess at Hobsons Bay once again! So saddle up, and get along to the club in Altona on Tuesdays for 7:30pm chess.

The club is having a casual night tomorrow to ease (no saddle sores!) yourself into the chess again. Gidday up!saddle