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Bloke
09-12-2009, 06:42 AM
gday, Me and my mate recently decided to begin travelling around the east coast of aus and participate in chess tournaments. Does anyone have any good tournament recommendations? i cant play in the aus chess champs because im tied up with work, but towards the end of january and after would be fine. We are rated around 1600. On our way to GM's >< i have a copy of the acf newsletter, but id like personal opinions on tourneys =) cheers

Garrett
09-12-2009, 07:52 AM
There's a tournament on in Brisbane on the Australia Day Weekend.

The venue is first class and air-conditioned.

The tournament is FIDE rated and will help you on your way to GM title.

Further info at caq.org.au

cheers
Garrett.

Garrett
09-12-2009, 07:53 AM
and as a warm up I believe there is a one dayer on at Redlands just outside of Brisbane on the 17th Jan.

cheers
Garrett.

SHump
09-12-2009, 09:51 AM
I know this year there was a player and his wife that travelled from Bris and back to Bris in a loop, and this is a rough memory, of going via the Newcastle open (Feb), Ballarat Begonia (March), Dubbo Open (also March), then to a Croydon (Vic) event then to Doeberl (Canberra, easter) and then to Sydney (SIO) and back to Bris (Qld open in Bundy?). All are GP events, so even if your rating does not go up, you might win the end of year GP $$?

Next year, after the Bris Aus day weekender, you can get to Melb for the Ranges sizzler (Feb) then Ballarat (March), then Doeberl and SIO again - other events are not listed yet (I am assuming Ballarat will be on). But this is also a shameless plug for the Ranges Sizzler. The sizzler is new, and taking advantage that there is not much Melb (GP) chess going on in Feb, but the other events I can certainly personally recommend.

Bloke
09-12-2009, 02:12 PM
ah sweet. i cant play any in january i asked my boss, 2 busy =( but those ones in vic sound interesting, may be hard to get too. thanks but ill look into em =)

Garvinator
09-12-2009, 07:34 PM
ah sweet. i cant play any in january i asked my boss, 2 busy =( but those ones in vic sound interesting, may be hard to get too. thanks but ill look into em =)
There should be a weekender in Newcastle in the middle of February.

Garvinator
09-12-2009, 07:35 PM
There's a tournament on in Brisbane on the Australia Day Weekend.

The venue is first class and air-conditioned.

The tournament is FIDE rated and will help you on your way to GM title.

Further info at caq.org.au

cheers
Garrett.
This tournament is highly recommended ;) and hopefully will have a large turnout :)

Bloke
10-12-2009, 08:05 AM
now that sounds like a tourney ill definetely play in. awesome only 4-5 hours away rather tahn 20 in vic =) cheers

Trent Parker
10-12-2009, 09:44 AM
There is also the Australia Day weekender in Sydney

Bloke
10-12-2009, 06:45 PM
hm yeah stil a bit busy then. pretty sure now ill be goin to the one in newcastle in feb.

Charles
10-12-2009, 08:24 PM
The biggest weekender in Australia is the Doeberl Cup (Canberra) with 239 players last year. It also is over the Easter weekend (1-5 april) and can dovetail nicely in with the SIO in Sydney. To get into the major you need a rating over 1400 and it is FIDE rated. Because of the minimum limit, tough games start straight away. On this basis you would get 16 FIDE rated games with taking just one week off work. Web link is below.

Bloke
10-12-2009, 11:07 PM
oh wow, that sounds great. Most likely my friend and i will definitely go in that. i dont think he has a rating yet, mine is 1515 or something i havent played too many games. wheres the best site to see your official aus rating? thanks =)

billross
11-12-2009, 12:24 PM
Hi "Bloke'!!

Later on in the year there are a few tournaments at the Gold Coast, which is a fairly easy drive from Coffs. Alan T and I have been to a few previously.

Bill

AzureBlue
11-12-2009, 12:58 PM
oh wow, that sounds great. Most likely my friend and i will definitely go in that. i dont think he has a rating yet, mine is 1515 or something i havent played too many games. wheres the best site to see your official aus rating? thanks =)
http://www.auschess.org.au/ratings/acfrate.htm

and click on "ACF Master List Zipped" on the left column, then search for your name :whistle:

Bloke
11-12-2009, 04:21 PM
thanks azure =) haha hey bill. its me sam brown from coffs chess club =p

Bill Gletsos
11-12-2009, 04:47 PM
http://www.auschess.org.au/ratings/acfrate.htm

and click on "ACF Master List Zipped" on the left column, then search for your name :whistle:He is on the active list so he doesnt need to look at the master file. ;)

Bloke
11-12-2009, 05:55 PM
yea cool. didnt realise. um wat do the numbers mean after ur rating? it doesnt say on there =s

billross
11-12-2009, 08:57 PM
thanks azure =) haha hey bill. its me sam brown from coffs chess club =p
Hi Sam - I guessed it was you!!
Bill

Kevin Bonham
11-12-2009, 09:00 PM
yea cool. didnt realise. um wat do the numbers mean after ur rating? it doesnt say on there =s

Number of games played in the period, followed by rank in the country, followed by rank in the state.

Bloke
12-12-2009, 12:43 AM
hm apparently i havent played any games yet then =s how did u guess it was me bill?

billross
12-12-2009, 06:57 AM
You have actually played rated games - the club champs and 60 min tournament were rated lasted year also the Coffs Harbour Open is rated. So you have actually played quite a few games ripping rating points off old codgers like me!! Deservedly you have achieved quite a high rating for someone relatively new on the rating scene - well done! I knew what your rating was so guessed who Bloke is.

Trent Parker
12-12-2009, 01:48 PM
Hi sam.

I think I played against you in either this year's or last year's Coffs Harbout Open. Ahh yes it was last year: :p

I was quite lucky!

[Event "Coffs Harbour Open"]
[Date "2008.07.20"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Brown, Sam"]
[Black "Parker, Trent"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D20"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3 Bd6 5. c4
dxc4 6. Bxc4 Nf6 7. O-O O-O 8. Bg5 Nbd7 9. Nc3 Re8 10. Qb3 Qe7 11. Nd5 Qf8 12.
Nxf6+ Nxf6 13. Bxf6 gxf6 14. Rae1 Bg4 15. h3 Bh5 16. Nh4 Kh8 17. Qxb7 Qg7 18.
Qc6 Rg8 19. Nf5 Qg5 20. Nxd6 cxd6 21. Bd5 Rac8 22. Qd7 Qxd5 23. g3 Qxd4 24. Kh2
Rc2 25. Kg2 Qd5+ 26. Kh2 Qf3 27. Qxa7 Qxg3+ 0-1

Newcatle open is a great tournament! you will enjoy it!

The 0 games is the amount of rated games you have had in this ratings period - not total games.

BearDrinkingBeer
12-12-2009, 02:50 PM
We are rated around 1600. On our way to GM's
I like your style.

Bloke
12-12-2009, 03:00 PM
ahh ok bill that makes sense. yeah this year im gonna try n play in some not local tourneys, should be fun. Yeah i remember you trent, on the 2nd day last match and we both hadnt won that day. and you beat me i was devastated haha! i started off so good on the first day too with 3/4 wins and a win vs sam grigg. oh well. will probably play you again at some stage =D

Bloke
12-12-2009, 03:01 PM
Thanks bear i like it too lol =D

Bloke
19-12-2009, 08:23 PM
wow trent u werent kidding u did get lucky! i remember that game haha i just went over it! i completely overlooked that i left my bishop unguarded. argh mistakes like that are the worst! well done but =D lookin forward 2 playing u again for sure