Just a quick note that we are planning to restart chess on the 2 Feb 2021, while holding on the 19th January the Annual General Meeting for 2020. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements and a 2021 event calendar!
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.
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.
The chess open, not the tennis, silly 😉 Report from Steven Hogan:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The club is in recess now. An updated 2018 calendar is live on the site. Casual chess will kick off 2018 on the 23rd January. All welcome!