We now have a small collection of chess books, available to borrow for free. The aim is to read it, then return it (no hoarding please!). Books will be kept with the equipment. Feel free to add to the collection – come on, you must have some books you no longer need/read?
Just a quick note to say that we are paused from chess for 2 weeks, at this stage. So no chess on the 1st and 8th June.
From our President:
The current tournament will continue to remain 7 rounds. Myself and the committee will work through adjusting the calendar to accommodate the number of weeks we lose. In addition to staying physically safe, myself and the committee also hope you each are doing well mentally during lockdown. Hoping we will be able to re-commence soon.
Tomorrow night (16th March), 730pm, would be a good time to visit for those of you looking for some speed chess and also a chance to se what we do. We will play a stand-alone evening of lightning chess. Each player will play 7 games, with a 5 second plus 3 second increment time control. The following week (23rd March) we will commence our next rated event, the 5 round Purdy Cup.
For those that follow such things, the latest ACF ratings were published on 1st March. I have updated the page here with details. I went into hibernation with doing an update, since most of us were not playing any chess.
In other chess news, the Budapest chess club (760 Boronia Rd, Wantirna) is running two types of events this year:
junior chess lessons, held the first 3 Sunday afternoons of the month, for beginners (2 hours), intermediate (3 hours) and advanced (3 hours) students. Monthly fees are $50 (beginners) or $60 (intermediate and advanced). Parents are encouraged to also enrol, at $15/session.
a 4-player inter-club team rapid (7 rounds, 15min/0 time limit) competition, held each last Sunday of the month (Feb to Nov), starting at 2pm. Entry fee $25/player/monthly competition. Prize money is per month as well as for the overall year’s winning teams. All players in a team should be members of the same club.
All expressions of interest should use the form below
We have now resumed chess for 2021, in a covid-safe manner, with 28 players on the starting line for the Honourable Bob 5 round/week event. We welcome 10 new faces to the event. Perhaps this is due to a) a desire to get out and meet other chess players or b) the popularity of the Netflix Queens Gambit. Unfortunately no female players presented themselves on Tuesday, but we remain hopeful.
Round 1 results and draft round 2 pairings are below. Please remember to a) bring your own pen (for the scoresheet), b) to pay the $15 event entry fee (in cash preferably) and c) contact Steven BEFORE Tuesday if you require a bye for the next round.
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.