Chess Book Borrowing Library

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?

Chess paused…

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.

A good night to visit the club…

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.

Budapest Chess Club news

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

Kickoff for 2021!

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.

Round 1 results

 1 = Clerk,Felix         ( 0.0) - Hibberd,Nathan     ( 0.0) = 15 -  1 = 0 - 1
 2 = Hogg,Dean           ( 0.0) - Clerk,Max          ( 0.0) =  2 - 16 = 1 - 0
 3 = Bejjanki,Pranav Sai ( 0.0) - Beaumont,David     ( 0.0) = 17 -  3 = 0 - 1
 4 = Davis,Tony J        ( 0.0) - Belfall, Mitchell  ( 0.0) =  4 - 18 = 1 - 0
 5 = Coji,Adem           ( 0.0) - Humphreys,Scott    ( 0.0) = 19 -  5 = 0 - 1
 6 = Hogan,Steven        ( 0.0) - Cox, Aiden         ( 0.0) =  6 - 20 = 1 - 0
 7 = Cox, Tyler          ( 0.0) - Salanowski,Mark    ( 0.0) = 21 -  7 = 0 - 1
 8 = Whitford,Matthew    ( 0.0) - Dellmann, Thomas   ( 0.0) =  8 - 22 = 1 - 0
 9 = Jovanovic, Stephan  ( 0.0) - Nowak,Ruben        ( 0.0) = 23 -  9 = 0 - 1
10 = McIntyre,Julian     ( 0.0) - Kirk, Ian          ( 0.0) = 10 - 24 = 0 - 1
11 = Maure, Eric         ( 0.0) - Mullen,Chris       ( 0.0) = 25 - 11 = 0 - 1
12 = Saric,Sergey        ( 0.0) - McFarlane, Hasini  ( 0.0) = 12 - 26 = 1 - 0
13 = Park, Jun           ( 0.0) - Matijas,Dejan      ( 0.0) = 27 - 13 = 0 - 1
14 = Hibberd,Aaron       ( 0.0) - Watson, Tyson      ( 0.0) = 14 - 28 = 1 - 0
15 = Paul,Cijo           ( 0.0) - ( half point bye ) ( 0.0) = 29 -  0 = ½     

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.

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.

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.