Monday, 15 January 2018

Latest NZCF Rapid Ratings November 2017

Following on from yesterday's standard ratings, here are the latest (November 2017) rapid ratings. As you can see, there were not many changes, as there were very few rapid games played by our club members.
Russell Dive dropped from number 2 nationally to number 3, being overtaken by Auckland's Ben Hague.
I'm not too sure why some people have not been assigned national ranks, but it may be to do with not having played enough games overall.

The next NZCF rating lists are due out in March.



Rank (club) Rank (nat) Rating ∆R #G Active
1 Dive, Russell J  -  1     3  2398           2-17
2 Ker, Anthony F   unc     4  2368           2-17
3 Wastney, Scott  +  1     5  2349           2-17
4 Croad, Nicholas   unc     7  2312           2-17
5 Nijman, Brian  -  1    28  2115           2-16
6 Sellen, Ian  +  2    41  2048           2-17
7 Timergazi, Layla  +  2    48  1998   10   6  3-17
8 Nyberg, Michael  -  1    52  1985           2-17
9 Forster, William   unc    54  1981           2-17
10 Jackson, L Ross   unc    64  1938           2-17
11 Stone, Andrew  +  1    68  1928           2-17
12 Boardman, Jeffrey F  +  1    73  1901           1-16
13 Aldridge, Alan L  +  3    77  1880           2-17
14 Kulkarni, Yogesh  +  4    82  1857           2-17
15 Frost, Paul F E  +  4    83  1852           2-16
16 Coghini, Philip G   unc    95  1783           2-17
17 Stracy, Don M  +  1    98  1773           2-16
18 Stoeveken, Peter   unc   105  1758           2-17
19 Barraza Perez, Jesus (Jesse)   unc   106  1755           2-17
20 Benitez, Edgar   new   108  1739        6  3-17
21 Chen, Wei Kai  +  4   119  1698           2-17
22 Day, Fabian         1648           2-17
23 Winter, Ryan  - 10   141  1645  -34   6  3-17
24 De Briey, Aurian         1625        6  3-17
25 Dixon, Hamish A  +  3   155  1607           2-17
26 Farrington, Lawrence B  +  1   167  1565           2-17
27 Rabina, Romeo  -  1   170  1557           2-17
28 Anderson, Gordon  -  1   171  1555           2-16
29 Brockway, Andrew   unc   173  1543           2-17
30 Capper, David S   unc   175  1541           2-16
31 Thorpe, Richard         1533           2-17
32 Baker, Jack         1512           2-16
33 Austin, Tama  +  3   185  1507           1-17
34 He, Caleb  +  2   191  1493           2-17
35 Wevers, Alexis         1488           2-17
36 Sole, Michael D  -  2   200  1483           2-17
37 Tagos, Bernardo  +  3   201  1477   13   6  3-17
38 Landrain, Marc         1462           2-16
39 Jacobsen, Josiah         1458           2-17
40 Wight, Joshua  -  5   221  1411           2-17
41 Forlong-Ford, Colwyn  -  5   222  1410           2-17
42 Leask, Hamish         1392           2-17
43 Benitez, Ric         1387           2-17
44 Konakanchi, Karthik  -  4   230  1379           2-17
45 Van Der Anker, Juan         1342           2-17
46 Darr, Samuel  -  5   249  1313           2-17
47 Alcorn, Simeon         1306           2-17
48 Del Favero, Marcus         1297           2-17
49 Hall, Nathan         1279           2-17
50 Meravanage, Satwik  -  4   254  1272           2-17
51 Theodosiou, Andreas  -  5   263  1252           2-17
52 Barr, Nicholas         1214           1-16
53 Proctor, Matthew  -  8   298  1174           2-16
54 Stannard, Bobby  - 33   299  1171  -62   5  3-17
55 Konakanchi, Pramodh  - 10   301  1169           2-17
56 He, Paul  -  9   303  1159           2-17
57 Zhao, Aiden Tyler  -  5   322  1053           2-17
58 Asher, Bruce  -  5   326  1035           2-17
59 Kibblewhite, Daniel          974           2-17
60 Hewson, Paul          974           2-16
61 Wood, Oliver          873           2-16
62 Zhao, Jeffrey  -  3   363   649           3-16

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Latest NZCF Ratings November 2017



The NZCF website seems to be undergoing a revamp (by Bill?) and the November 2017 ratings still haven't shown up.
Anyway, I asked Rowan Wood to send me the spreadsheet and he very kindly obliged. These are the Wellington ratings, with Anthony having lost his top spot to Auckland's Ben Hague.

NB these ratings do not include Congress 2018 or the Wellington Club Championship 2017.

Explanation of the columns:
1. Rank in Wellington
2. Name
3. Rating for November 2017
4. Difference in national position compared with July 2017
5. Rank in New Zealand
6. Difference in rating compared with July 2017
7. Number of games played in the rating period
8. Last rating list where player had games counted (e.g. 2-17 means July 2017 rating list, and 3-17 means November 2017 (current) list)



Rank Name Rating National Rank ∆R #G Active
1 Ker, Anthony F 2488  -  1     2    -1   7  3-17
2 Dive, Russell J 2443   unc     3     9  13  3-17
3 Croad, Nicholas 2407   unc     6    14  17  3-17
4 Wastney, Scott 2394   unc     7     3   3  3-17
5 Nyberg, Michael 2149  + 15    33    48  16  3-17
6 Nijman, Brian 2146  -  2    35            2-17
7 Timergazi, Layla 2133  -  6    37   -25  13  3-17
8 Perry, Roger L 2106  -  8    46   -18  13  3-17
9 Pomeroy, Arthur J 2092  +  3    51            2-17
10 Stone, Andrew 2086  - 10    52   -27   7  3-17
11 Sellen, Ian 2067  +  5    59    11   8  3-17
12 Forster, William 2057  - 11    63   -36  16  3-17
13 Kulkarni, Yogesh 2037  +  5    66     8   6  3-17
14 Jackson, L Ross 2013  -  2    75    -7   7  3-17
15 Rossiter, Philip E 1969  +  1    81    -9   8  3-17
16 Aldridge, Alan L 1946  +  4    87    10   5  3-17
17 Wilkins, Mark 1922  -  3   104            2-17
18 Brockway, Andrew 1914  +  1   105    15   8  3-17
19 Chen, Wei Kai 1879  + 24   119    66   8  3-17
20 Coghini, Philip G 1876  -  8   122   -12   7  3-17
21 Barraza Perez, Jesus (Jesse) 1870  - 12   124   -20   8  3-17
22 Benitez, Edgar 1819                8  3-17
23 Stoeveken, Peter 1814  -  8   139   -36   7  3-17
24 Winter, Ryan 1814  + 39   139   103   7  3-17
25 Mullan, A Brett 1814                7  3-17
26 Sole, Michael D 1801  + 34   143    74   8  3-17
27 Farrington, Lawrence B 1800  -  9   146   -38   7  3-17
28 Roberts, Michael H 1787   unc   154            2-16
29 Day, Fabian 1784  +  1   156         6  3-17
30 Baker, Jack 1781  +  1   158            1-17
31 Rabina, Romeo 1767   unc   164            2-17
32 Forlong-Ford, Colwyn 1719  -  8   179   -19   5  3-17
33 Thorpe, Richard 1711  + 29   180    80   6  3-17
34 Stracy, Don M 1710  -  9   181   -27   6  3-17
35 Dixon, Hamish A 1701  -  3   184     4   5  3-17
36 Hill, Ryan 1688                   2-16
37 Austin, Tama 1674  -  2   192            1-17
38 Lamerton, Troy 1671   unc   193            1-16
39 De Briey, Aurian 1650               16  3-17
40 Anderson, Gordon 1640   unc   204            1-17
41 Wight, Joshua 1620  +  3   216    11   7  3-17
42 Wevers, Alexis 1614  - 19   219   -40   8  3-17
43 Leask, Hamish 1567                6  3-17
44 Benitez, Ric 1565                   2-17
45 Hall, Nathan 1559                8  3-17
46 Meravanage, Satwik 1541  +  6   241    41   5  3-17
47 Darr, Samuel 1535   new   242         8  3-17
48 Rose, Nathan 1528  -  5   245            2-17
49 Konakanchi, Karthik 1519  +  5   248    29   7  3-17
50 Tagos, Bernardo 1496   unc   259    13   7  3-17
51 He, Caleb 1485  + 17   263    72   8  3-17
52 Theodosiou, Andreas 1482  - 13   265   -11   7  3-17
53 Asplet, Mike 1478  -  6   266            3-16
54 Van Der Anker, Juan 1477   new   267         6  3-17
55 Scarlett, William 1461  -  9   276            2-16
56 Landrain, Marc 1447  -  5   278            3-16
57 Alcorn, Simeon 1445                8  3-17
58 Bennett, Sarah 1427  - 18   287   -31   6  3-17
59 Jacobsen, Josiah 1409                7  3-17
60 Proctor, Matthew 1407  - 16   288   -42   6  3-17
61 Kibblewhite, Daniel 1387  - 12   294   -13   6  3-17
62 Bloor-Wilson, Ethan 1363                   3-16
63 Del Favero, Marcus 1357   new   301         6  3-17
64 Stannard, Bobby 1350   new   303        12  3-17
65 Zhao, Aiden Tyler 1291  - 10   322    13   5  3-17
66 Sknar, Andriy 1281  - 10   323     5   7  3-17
67 Wood, Oliver 1278                   3-16
68 Leman, Dominic 1272                   2-16
69 Asher, Bruce 1268  - 10   325     8   8  3-17
70 He, Paul 1183  -  4   344    41   7  3-17
71 Hewson, Paul 1181                   2-16
72 Sole, Christopher 1147  - 14   352            2-16
73 Greenlee, Isaiah 1120                   2-16
74 Bailey, Daniel 1088  - 12   360            1-16
75 Collings, Alex 1058  - 10   362            2-16
76 Konakanchi, Pramodh 1050  - 17   363   -57   6  3-17
77 Nagrecha, Prashant 1023                5  3-17
78 Leo, Esther  963                   1-17
79 Zhao, Jeffrey  849  - 11   381            2-17

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Club Championship Update part II

Here is the cross table for the B grade of the Club Championship that finished in December.
Club captain Philip Rossiter completed a highly successful 2017 to come top of the table, thus earning the right to compete in the A grade later this year. Just half a point behind him were Edgar Benitez and Phillip Coghini, both of whom played excellent chess in this tournament.

On the whole the running of this division went quite well, because people made an effort to try to finish all their games. Unavoidably, Jesse Barraza had to agree draws in his last two fixtures (against Lawrence Farrington and Peter Stöveken) without actually playing the games, because of his sudden relocation to Christchurch.
Jesse has now sold his house in Eastbourne, and we wish him well in his future endeavours.


No Name Loc Total #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
1 Rossiter, Philip 1978 7 * 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1
2 Benitez, Edgar 1809 6.5 0 * 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1
3 Coghini, Phillip 1888 6.5 1 0 * + 1 1 1 0 1 ½
4 Mullan, Brett 1800 5 ½ 0 - * 0 1 ½ 1 1 1
5 Chen, Wei Kai 1813 4.5 0 ½ 0 1 * ½ 1 ½ 0 1
6 Aldridge, Alan 1936 4.5 ½ 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 1
7 Brockway, Andrew 1899 3.5 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½
8 Barraza, Jesse 1890 3 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½
9 Stoeveken, Peter 1849 2.5 0 0 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ * ½
10 Farrington, Lawrence 1838 2 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ *

Friday, 12 January 2018

Final Club Championship Tables - A grade

So sorry for the delay in updating this blog, I wasn't sure if anyone was still reading it. But in Palmerston North I was berated at length by a couple of Upper Hutt players who rely on this to find out what's going on.

I'll update over the next few days. For starters, here is the A grade cross table. The title was won jointly by Nic Croad and Russell Dive, each of whom lost one game. Nic lost to Russell, and Russell lost to Bill Forster (see the Wellington Chess Facebook page for the finish)

From my point of view it wasn't such a bad tournament, I picked up a few rating points mainly by beating a couple of out of form opponents. Michael Nyberg was disappointing, especially after he did so well at the George Trundle Challengers near the start of our Championship.

No Name Loc Total #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
1 Dive, Russell 2434 8 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1
2 Croad, Nic 2393 8 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
3 Ker, Anthony 2489 7 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
4 Nijman, Brian 2146 4.5 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 ½
5 Sellen, Ian 2056 4 0 0 0 1 * ½ 0 1 ½ 1
6 Timergazi, Layla 2158 4 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1 1 ½ 1
7 Perry, Roger 2124 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1
8 Forster, Bill 2093 2.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 * ½ 0
9 Jackson, Ross 2020 2.5 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * 1
10 Nyberg, Michael 2101 1.5 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 *

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Club Championship Weeks 5-6

Russell is accustomed to getting picket fences in the Club Championship, but he's out of luck this year. Bill Forster has been playing against Russell for over 30 years, at standard, rapid and blitz time controls, and on Thursday he managed not to lose to him for the first time!

He writes:
"Russell slowly outplayed me in this game (no surprises there). I spent a lot of time early, although it turns out my worries at that stage were largely phantoms. I did come up with a plan to hold White up, and if I had followed up my ...f6 with ...e5 as intended I would have got a reasonable position. Instead I relaxed thinking I could play ...e5 whenever I wanted, and Russell was able to get a complete grip with exactly the kind of crushing space advantage he loves. Also I was out of time. I was reduced to 3 ranks and waiting. I tried to tell myself it was like a delayed hippo with dynamic potential, but I didn't really believe my own propaganda. Surprisingly Russell spent all his time advantage enjoying his space advantage with a lot of manoeuvring back and forth but no decisive breakthrough (yet). I was slightly encouraged to achieve time parity (both players increment only), whilst still clinging on to dear life. Interestingly through this entire phase Stockfish tells me that I could have played ...e5 at various times as a freeing move, so there was some dynamic potential. I was tempted but could never see the tactical justification.

Anyway, with no time anyone can make a mistake and surprisingly it was Russell rather than me. I defended a loose pawn indirectly, Russell thought I was defending it with an (ineffective) counter-threat. The phony counter-threat was just a lucky coincidence. He took the pawn and basically (sadly) this means I won through a one move blunder."



Philip Rossiter also lost for the first time on Thursday, against Phillip Coghini, but such is his dominance, he still leads the B grade by a whole point.

Grade C has so many unplayed games, it is impossible to talk about a leader.

Grade D has seen many interesting games. I particularly like the style of young newcomer Josh Langford, who seems to do rather well out of gambit lines, but doesn't always convert his winning positions.
Hamish Leask now shares the lead with Karthik Konakanchi.

Week 5
Sellen          0-1     Ker
Timergazi     0-1    Croad
Nyberg         0-1    Jackson
Nijman          0-1    Dive

Chen            0-1    Stoeveken
Barraza     1/2-1/2 Brockway
Farrington     0-1    Mullan
Benitez          0-1    Rossiter
Coghini          1-0    Aldridge

Stracy           1-0     Forlong-Ford
Sole               1-0    Rabina  
Thorpe           0-1    Day
Dixon             0-1    Wight

Leask             1-0   Tagos
Kibblewhite    1-0   Theodosiou
Hall                 1-0   De Briey
Zhao               0-1   Bennett
Asher              0-1   Darr
Langford          0-1  Konakanchi K
Proctor            0-1   Konakanchi P
Carroll             0-1   Stannard


Week 6
Nyberg           0-1    Sellen
Jackson          0-1   Croad
Dive                0-1    Forster
Perry               0-1    Timergazi
Ker                  1-0    Nijman

Farrington        0-1    Benitez
Aldridge         1/2-1/2 Chen
Mullan           1/2-1/2 Brockway
Rossiter            0-1    Coghini

Dixon                1-0    Rabina
Day                   1-0    Sole

Leask             1/2-1/2 Kibblewhite
Darr                  0-1    Konakanchi K
Tagos              1/2-1/2 Hall
Bennett             1-0    Konakanchi P
Jacobsen           1-0   Langford
Theodosiou        0-1   Stannard
De Briey             1-0   Proctor
Zhao                  1-0    Carroll

A grade

No Name Loc Total #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
1 Dive, Russell 2434 4 * 1 1 0 1 1
2 Ker, Anthony 2489 4 0 * 1 1 1 1
3 Nijman, Brian 2146 3 0 0 * 1 1 1
4 Croad, Nic 2393 3 * 1 1 1
5 Timergazi, Layla 2158 3 0 0 * ½ 1 1 ½
6 Jackson, Ross 2020 2 0 0 ½ * ½ 1
7 Perry, Roger 2124 2 0 0 * 1 1
8 Forster, Bill 2093 1.5 1 0 0 ½ *
9 Sellen, Ian 2056 1.5 0 0 0 ½ 0 * 1
10 Nyberg, Michael 2101 0 0 0 0 0 0 *

B grade

No Name Loc Total #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
1 Rossiter, Philip 1978 5 * ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 1
2 Mullan, Brett 1800 4 ½ * 1 ½ 0 1 1
3 Benitez, Edgar 1809 4 0 * 1 0 1 1 1
4 Coghini, Phillip 1888 3 1 * 1 0 1
5 Aldridge, Alan 1936 3 ½ 0 0 0 * ½ 1 1
6 Brockway, Andrew 1899 2.5 ½ 1 * ½ ½
7 Chen, Wei Kai 1813 2 1 ½ * ½ 0
8 Barraza, Jesse 1890 2 0 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ *
9 Stoeveken, Peter 1849 1.5 0 0 0 1 * ½
10 Farrington, Lawrence 1838 1 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ *


C grade

No Name Loc Total #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
1 Wight, Joshua 1609 3 * 1 0 1 1
2 Sole, Michael 1727 3 * 0 0 0 1 1 1
3 Day, Fabian 1784 2 0 1 * 1 0
4 Forlong-Ford, Colwyn 1738 2 1 * 1 0 0
5 Thorpe, Richard 1632 2 1 0 0 * 0 1
6 Wevers, Alexis 1654 2 1 0 * 1
7 Winter, Ryan 1711 2 1 * 1
8 Dixon, Hamish 1697 2 0 1 0 * 1
9 Rabina, Romeo 1767 1 0 1 0 *
10 Stracy, Don 1737 1 0 0 1 0 0 *


D grade

No Name                     Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6  

1  Leask, Hamish            1570 4.5    0:½  8:½  5:1  2:1  3:1  6:½
2  Konakanchi, Karthik      1504 4.5   18:1  0:½  4:1  1:0  7:1  8:1
3  Tagos, Bernardo          1483 4      5:1  0:½ 11:1  7:1  1:0  4:½
4  Hall, Nathan             1278 4      0:½ 20:1  2:0 10:1  9:1  3:½
5  Jacobsen-Grocott, Josiah 1238 4      3:0 14:1  1:0 12:1 11:+  7:1
6  Kibblewhite, Daniel      1400 4     16:1  9:1  7:0  0:½ 13:1  1:½
7  Langford, Joshua         800  3      0:1 13:1  6:1  3:0  2:0  5:0
8  Darr, Samuel             1444 3     19:½  1:½  0:½  0:½ 14:1  2:0
9  De Briey, Aurian         1549 3     15:1  6:0  0:½  0:½  4:0 20:1
10 Bennett, Sarah           1427 3      0:½ 11:0  0:½  4:0 18:1 12:1
11 Benitez, Ric             1566 2.5    0:½ 10:1  3:0 13:½  5:-  0:½
12 Konakanchi, Pramodh      1106 2.5   17:0  0:½ 15:1  5:0 20:1 10:0
13 Theodosiou, Andreas      1493 2.5   14:1  7:0 16:1 11:½  6:0 15:0
14 Asher, Bruce             1258 2.5   13:0  5:0 20:1 18:1  8:0  0:½
15 Stannard, Bobby          1369 2.5    9:0  0:½ 12:0 20:0 21:1 13:1
16 Nagrecha, Prashant       899  2      6:0  0:1 13:0  0:½  0:½  0:0
17 He, Caleb                1413 2     12:1  0:½  0:½  0:0  0:0  0:0
18 Zhao, Aiden              1279 2      2:0  0:½  0:½ 14:0 10:0 21:1
19 He, Paul                 1142 1.5    8:½  0:½  0:½  0:0  0:0  0:0
20 Proctor, Matthew         1478 1.5    0:½  4:0 14:0 15:1 12:0  9:0
21 Carroll, Lewis                1      0:½  0:½  0:   0:  15:0 18:0