Thursday, 30 August 2012

Chess club new venue progress

Chess club will be at St Peters Willis Street again this week, 4th September.

just to let everyone know where we are with the new (permanent) venue for the chess club -

Ross Jackson has done a lot of work contacting and visiting venues. It's surprising how little there is out there that is suitable, unfortunately.

1. We have definitely ruled out Philosophy House. The room is too small for the number of people we have
2. Ross and Alan had a look around the old Bowling Club, and deemed it unsuitable also, because of the location and the fencing noise, among other things
3. St Peters is possible. We will be there this Tuesday again, so we can get more of an idea of its pros and cons. The main con as I see it is the lack of a second room for analysis and friendly games. Also it was a pain having to put away the tables and chairs, it was ok with the people I had helping (thanks Ram and Alok), but the people who finish their games last tend to be people who don't help very much. Also, the lighting wasn't very good.
4. Alan, Ross and I had a look at the Wellington Bridge Club last night. This is a large comfortable playing room with also a large analysis room upstairs. Storage would be available, and we wouldn't have to put away tables, downstairs at least. There is even a kitchen hand available so washing up is pretty much sorted! The disadvantages would be having to move to a Thursday night (probably), and possibly the motorway noise for some people. At the end of our visit we spoke to some Bridge Club officials and they seemed very positive and welcoming.

The short list at this stage would seem to be St Peters and the Bridge Club. Neither of these venues are guaranteed, however, as we have to wait for the venues themselves to decide if they want us!

I'll keep you updated with any further developments. Any feedback as usual is very welcome.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Club Championship Round 5 at St Peters

The A grade schedule was severely ravaged by absences of one sort or another, and only one of the scheduled games actually took place. Anthony and I also played our round 8 game since neither of our opponents were there, and this resulted in a mauling for me.

The B grade looks very interesting, Alok Pandey is hanging in there in the lead but he is going to be challenged strongly, I think, by Ramarao Miriyala, who has won all the 3 games he has played so far. Also on 3 points is our wonderfully talented 11 year old Layla Timergazi, who won the classic youth versus experience match against Don Stracy.

The C grade has been thrown open by Ken Heaton suffering his first loss of the championship, against John Cook. Actually, this will be Ken's last game of the championship, as he is sadly unable to play any more games at the club until November. It's great to see another young talent near the top of the table in Josh Wight, and he will play on board 1 against John Cook next week.

This was our temporary accommodation on Tuesday, where we'll be also next week. This follows the sudden closure of Turnbull House due to earthquake fears. What do people think of St Peters (pictured above - thanks Matt)? Were you happy to play there? Would you rather play somewhere else?



Club Championship A grade - Round 5

 1 Brian Nijman                1:0    Michael Nyberg
 2 Ian Sellen                  0:1    Anthony Ker

Cross Table

No Name Loc Total #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
1 Ker, Anthony 2449 4.5 * D W W W W
2 Nijman, Brian 2156 3 D * L W W D
3 Dive, Russell 2437 2.5 * W D W
4 Forster, Bill 2049 2.5 L * W W D
5 Sellen, Ian 2039 1.5 L W * D L
6 Jackson, Ross 2026 1.5 L D L * W
7 Nyberg, Michael 2074 1.5 L L D * W
8 Stoeveken, Peter 1917 1 L L W L *
9 Stone, Andrew 2033 .5 L D L *
10 Pomeroy, Arthur 2111 .5 L D *

Club Championship B grade - Round 5

Results

No Name                Loc   Result   Name              Loc 

 1 Lawrence Farrington 1751   .5:.5   Mike Roberts      1843
 2 Don Stracy          1828    0:1    Layla Timergazi   1755
 3 Andrew Brockway     1798   .5:.5   Jonathon Whittle  1637
 4 David Paul          1883   .5:.5   Alok Pandey           
 5 Alan Aldridge       1959    0:1    Rama Rao Miriyala     

Cross Table

No Name Loc Total #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
1 Pandey, Alok 3.5 * W D L W W
2 Miriyala, Rama Rao 3 * W W W
3 Timergazi, Layla 1755 3 L * L W W W
4 Roberts, Mike 1843 2.5 W * L L W D
5 Paul, David 1883 2 D L W * D
6 Aldridge, Alan 1959 2 L W * W
7 Whittle, Jonathon 1637 1.5 L L * W D
8 Stracy, Don 1828 1 W L L *
9 Brockway, Andrew 1798 1 L L D L D *
10 Farrington, Lawrence 1751 .5 L L D *

Club Championship C grade - Round 5

Results

No Name            Loc  Total  Result   Name                    Loc  Total

 1 John Cook       1611 [3]      1:0    Ken Heaton              1637 [4]  
 2 Matt Veldhuizen 1573 [3]      1:0    Andreas Theodosiou      1232 [3]  
 3 John Marney     1610 [2]      1:0    Dylan Frater            1596 [2]  
 4 Quinn Weekes         [1]      0:1    Shyamkumar Sampathkumar 1301 [1]  
 5 Alex Johnson         [2]      1:0    BYE                               
 6 Andrew Sknar    1427 [1]     .5:.5   BYE                               
 7 Andriy Sknar    1011 [1]     .5:.5   BYE                               
 8 Saurabh Gupta        [2]     .5:.5   BYE                               
 9 Josh Wight           [3]     .5:.5   BYE                               

Cross Table

No Name                     Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5  

1  Heaton, Ken              1637 4      7:W  5:W  4:W  3:W  2:L
2  Cook, John               1611 4     11:W  6:W  3:L  9:W  1:W
3  Veldhuizen, Matt         1573 4      9:W 13:W  2:W  1:L  5:W
4  Wight, Josh                   3.5    0:W  8:W  1:L 11:W  0:D
5  Theodosiou, Andreas      1232 3     10:W  1:L  8:W  6:W  3:L
6  Marney, John             1610 3     13:W  2:L  7:W  5:L  9:W
7  Johnson, Alex                 3      1:L 10:W  6:L 12:W  0:W
8  Gupta, Saurabh                2.5   12:W  4:L  5:L 13:W  0:D
9  Frater, Dylan            1596 2      3:L 11:W 12:W  2:L  6:L
10 Sampathkumar, Shyamkumar 1301 2      5:L  7:L 11:L  0:W 13:W
11 Sknar, Andrew            1427 1.5    2:L  9:L 10:W  4:L  0:D
12 Sknar, Andriy            1011 1.5    8:L  0:W  9:L  7:L  0:D
13 Weekes, Quinn                 1      6:L  3:L  0:W  8:L 10:L

Club Championship C grade - Round 6

Provisional pairings

No Name                    Loc  Total  Result   Name          Loc  Total

 1 Josh Wight                   [3.5]     :     John Cook     1611 [4]  
 2 Matt Veldhuizen         1573 [4]       :     John Marney   1610 [3]  
 3 Andreas Theodosiou      1232 [3]       :     Alex Johnson       [3]  
 4 Shyamkumar Sampathkumar 1301 [2]       :     Saurabh Gupta      [2.5]
 5 Quinn Weekes                 [1]       :     Dylan Frater  1596 [2]  
 6 Andrew Sknar            1427 [1.5]     :     Andriy Sknar  1011 [1.5]
 7 Ken Heaton              1637 [4]     .5:.5   BYE                     




Friday, 24 August 2012

Wellington Primary Interschool Competition

A report on the Wellington Primary Interschool Competition (by Scott Wastney)

The Wellington Primary Interschool was held at Johnsonville School on Friday 24th August.  Teams of four players play in a 6-round Swiss with clocks set for 15 minutes.   

The winning team was Ngaio.  Their star player was Wellington Chess Club member Layla Timergazi who scored 6/6 on board 1.  The other players in the team were Boston Hart, William Scarlett (a relation of a former NZ champion Martin Dreyer), and Ben Harvey.  By winning the competition they are the Wellington representatives at the National School Finals, which is being jointly organised by Martin Sims and Mark Noble in Palmerston North on 29/30th September.

Second place was the van der Hoorn coached Thorndon A-team which included Wellington Chess Club player Andrew Sknar.  Then in third place was the Johnsonville A-team , a team with great potential since two of their players are only year 3 students.

I’d like to make a special mention on the Maungaraki team.  A keen parent, Doug Burdon, organises their school chess club even now after his children are no longer at the school.  The first time they entered they finished somewhere near the bottom, but each year since they finish higher on the table.  This time it was 5th place.  

Here is the crosstable:

Place    Team                           Score

  1        Ngaio                          19.5
  2        Thorndon A               16.5
  3        Johnsonville A           16  
  4        Eastern Hutt                15  
 5-6      Maungaraki                 13.5
            Crofton Downs           13.5
  7        Newlands                    12  
  8        Thorndon B                 11  
  9        Johnsonville B             10.5
10-11  Cashmere                    10  
            St Brigids B                10  
12-13  Karori West                 9.5 
            Khandallah A              9.5 
 14       Waterloo                     8.5 
15-16  St Brigids A                8   
            Khandallah B              8   

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Russell Dive off to the Olympiad


Russell and Nic from a few years back


One of our duo of International Masters, Russell Dive, has been selected to represent New Zealand at the World Team Championships in Istanbul, and will be heading off at the weekend. He will be on board 1 sitting next to Wellington Chess Club alumnus Nic Croad.

This is Russell's 9th chess Olympiad with his first one being in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1988. 

He writes that his best game result at an Olympiad was beating Grandmaster Ashot Anastasian from Armenia with Black in round 1 of the 2004 Moscow Olympiad. His most memorial moments were getting an IM norm at the 2004 Moscow Olympiad, and playing Board 2 against the Ukraine in round 8 of the 2008 Dresden Olympiad, with Ivanchuk playing Murray Chandler in the board next to him

I have also just learnt that our top female player, Marany Meyer, will be heading to Istanbul too, as Sue Maroroa has had to pull out of the women's team. Marany has previously played Olympiad chess as part of the South African women's team

 We wish Marany, Russell, Nic and the rest of the New Zealand players all the very best as they represent our corner of the chess world on the international stage.

Club Champs Round 4 Results and Standings

Games to follow:

Club Championship A grade - Round 4

Results

No Name              Result   Name           

 1 Jackson, Ross       0:1    Nijman, Brian  
 2 Nyberg, Michael     1:0    Stone, Andrew  
 3 Stoeveken, Peter    0:1    Ker, Anthony   
 4 Dive, Russell        :     Sellen, Ian    
 5 Forster, Bill      .5:.5   Pomeroy, Arthur 
 
 

Cross Table

No Name Loc Total #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
1 Ker, Anthony 2449 3.5 * D W W W
2 Dive, Russell 2437 2.5 * W D W
3 Forster, Bill 2049 2.5 L * W W D
4 Nijman, Brian 2156 2 D * L W D
5 Sellen, Ian 2039 1.5 W * D L
6 Jackson, Ross 2026 1.5 D L L * W
7 Nyberg, Michael 2074 1.5 L D * W
8 Stoeveken, Peter 1917 1 L L W L *
9 Pomeroy, Arthur 2111 .5 L D *
10 Stone, Andrew 2033 .5 L D L *

Club Championship B grade - Round 4

Results

No Name              Loc   Result   Name                Loc 

 1 Mike Roberts      1843    0:1    Alan Aldridge       1959
 2 Rama Rao Miriyala         1:0    David Paul          1883
 3 Alok Pandey               1:0    Andrew Brockway     1798
 4 Jonathon Whittle  1637    1:0    Don Stracy          1828
 5 Layla Timergazi   1755    1:0    Lawrence Farrington 1751

Cross Table

No Name Loc Total #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
1 Pandey, Alok 3 * W L W W
2 Roberts, Mike 1843 2 * L W L W
3 Aldridge, Alan 1959 2 W * W
4 Miriyala, Rama Rao 2 * W W
5 Timergazi, Layla 1755 2 L L * W W
6 Paul, David 1883 1.5 W L * D
7 Stracy, Don 1828 1 W * L
8 Whittle, Jonathon 1637 1 L L W *
9 Brockway, Andrew 1798 .5 L L L D *
10 Farrington, Lawrence 1751 0 L L *

Club Championship C grade - Round 4

Results

No Name                    Loc  Total  Result   Name               Loc  Total

 1 Ken Heaton              1637 [3]      1:0    Matt Veldhuizen    1573 [3]  
 2 Dylan Frater            1596 [2]      0:1    John Cook          1611 [2]  
 3 John Marney             1610 [2]      0:1    Andreas Theodosiou 1232 [2]  
 4 Andrew Sknar            1427 [1]      0:1    Josh Wight              [2]  
 5 Andriy Sknar            1011 [1]      0:1    Alex Johnson            [1]  
 6 Saurabh Gupta                [1]      1:0    Quinn Weekes            [1]  
 7 Shyamkumar Sampathkumar 1301 [0]      1:0    BYE                          

Cross Table

No Name                     Loc  Total  1    2    3    4  

1  Heaton, Ken              1637 4      9:W  4:W  3:W  2:W
2  Veldhuizen, Matt         1573 3      7:W 11:W  5:W  1:L
3  Wight, Josh                   3      0:W  8:W  1:L 10:W
4  Theodosiou, Andreas      1232 3     13:W  1:L  8:W  6:W
5  Cook, John               1611 3     10:W  6:W  2:L  7:W
6  Marney, John             1610 2     11:W  5:L  9:W  4:L
7  Frater, Dylan            1596 2      2:L 10:W 12:W  5:L
8  Gupta, Saurabh                2     12:W  3:L  4:L 11:W
9  Johnson, Alex                 2      1:L 13:W  6:L 12:W
10 Sknar, Andrew            1427 1      5:L  7:L 13:W  3:L
11 Weekes, Quinn                 1      6:L  2:L  0:W  8:L
12 Sknar, Andriy            1011 1      8:L  0:W  7:L  9:L
13 Sampathkumar, Shyamkumar 1301 1      4:L  9:L 10:L  0:W

Club Championship C grade - Round 5

Provisional Pairings

No Name            Loc  Total  Result   Name                    Loc  Total

 1 John Cook       1611 [3]       :     Ken Heaton              1637 [4]  
 2 Matt Veldhuizen 1573 [3]       :     Andreas Theodosiou      1232 [3]  
 3 Saurabh Gupta        [2]       :     John Marney             1610 [2]  
 4 Alex Johnson         [2]       :     Dylan Frater            1596 [2]  
 5 Andrew Sknar    1427 [1]       :     Andriy Sknar            1011 [1]  
 6 Quinn Weekes         [1]       :     Shyamkumar Sampathkumar 1301 [1]  
 7 Josh Wight           [3]      0:0    BYE                               
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Monday, 20 August 2012

Wellington Chess Club is moving!! ...

24-Aug-12 - Confirmed that we will definitely be in St Peter's church hall on 28th August. Watch this space for news of a permanent new home for the chess club

Cheers


Wellington Chess Club has been informed that we will no longer be able to use Turnbull House as our club rooms, because of earthquake strengthening work that needs to be done there. Very short notice - tonight is our last night there! We have to find a new venue by next week. We will be urgently looking for a new venue so that there will be minimum disruption to the club championship. If you know of a suitable venue, please let me or the committee know. Thanks


Update 22-Aug - looks like we'll be in St Peter's church hall on 28th August, but will confirm later. Thanks to John Gillespie for organising this.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Round 3 Games

The club championship has reverted to its normal state of events, with Russell Dive and Anthony Ker sharing the lead on 2.5/3 points. I handed Peter his first win of the A grade by succumbing to his superior Knights in the endgame.
Group B saw the return of Don Stracy from his travels, coming straight in and beating the leader Alok Pandey.
Group C has 2 players still on 3/3, Ken Heaton and Matt Veldhuizen. They will play each other next week.