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MichaelBaron
25-01-2010, 11:04 AM
Pheonix Invitational Tournaments will be moving to Thursdays.
10 player round robin events.
FIDE/ACF rated
Entries $50 ($40 concession)

Phoenix 1 2010
February 11th-April 15th

Contact MCC to register for participation!

Carl Gorka
09-02-2010, 11:05 PM
The Pheonix tournaments for 2010 are taking on a new dimension. While the intention is to eventually have these tournaments FIDE rated round robins, initially they will not be FIDE-rated.

A new event starts next Thursday 18th February. The change to the advertised schedule has been caused by an attempt to play some games in the tournament online with players interstate. So far there are 7 players signed up to what is scheduled to be an 8-player round robin event, and hopefully the Pheonix tournaments will expand in time.

Sorry for any changes to the calendar, we at the MCC hope that this new initiative will prove useful for Australian chess in the future and seek expressions of interest from clubs around Australia who would like to participate in this sort of event in the future.

Thanks

Carl Gorka

Garvinator
10-02-2010, 01:24 PM
This tournament should probably have its title changed ;)

Carl Gorka
10-02-2010, 05:08 PM
This tournament should probably have its title changed ;)

The tournament will stay as the Pheonix, if the mods want to change the thread title then they can:P

Carl Gorka
25-02-2010, 06:28 PM
Phoenix Tournament 1 2010-02-18
This is to be an 8 player round robin tournament with a time control of 60 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move. The tournament is to be directed by the Melbourne Chess Club in association with Hobart International Chess Club and the event will be applied to the ACF for rating. At the Melbourne end, Carl Gorka will be the DOP/arbiter, while Kevin Bonham is coordinating the Tasmanian end of affairs, though someone else may be nominated as an official arbiter. The main aim of the tournament is to successfully bring together players from different states of Australia and use the amazing resources the internet has to offer to advance club chess. The MCC as a goodwill gesture are offering all members of Hobart International Chess Club, and their Junior Chess Club honorary memberships of the club for the period of 12 months which will entitle these players to play in our tournaments at the reduced rate which we offer our own members.

The 8 players who have entered the tournament are as follows, in the order they were drawn:
1. James Briant (Tasmania) [1306]
2. James Macauley (MCC) [unrated]
3. Frank Lekkas (MCC) [1445]
4. Elizabeth Warren (MCC) [905]
5. Adolph Lekkas (MCC) [unrated]
6. Harrison Briant (Tasmania) [899]
7.Simon Karumbi (MCC) [1083]
8. Jack Puccini (MCC) [unrated]

The draw for the tournament was conducted at the Melbourne Chess Club on the night of round 1 with the numbers being drawn by past President Greg Gatto.
Round #1 : 2-7 3-6 4-5 1-8
Round #2 : 1-2 7-3 6-4 8-5
Round #3 : 3-1 4-7 5-6 2-8
Round #4 : 1-4 2-3 7-5 8-6
Round #5 : 5-1 4-2 6-7 3-8
Round #6 : 1-6 2-5 3-4 8-7
Round #7 : 7-1 6-2 5-3 4-8

We decided to start the tournament by pairing the Lekkas brothers together, which meant round 7 was officially the first round. The 2 Tasmanian players are due to play each other this week which means that their round 6 game has already been played. On the first night some mishaps occurred. Jack Puccini turned up late and his opponent had left the building, so Jack was paired against Simon Karumbi who was, in turn, due to play one of our friends from Hobart. Jack Puccini and Elizabeth Warren will have to play their game at a date before the last round. And James Macauley’s game against an unknown opponent will have to wait for a later date.
The results from the first night at the Melbourne Chess Club were:
Adolph Lekkas-Frank Lekkas 1-0
Jack Puccini-Simon Karumbi 0-1

Due to some late negoatiations between MCC and the various online chess servers, it was only agreed very late in the day that the games could be played on the ChessCube site, the site which earlier this year experimented with the South African Open including players from overseas. But because of this, we have had to delay our online games yet another week. Round 6 will be played this week, making the Melbourne players a game ahead of the Tasmanians.
Week 2 Thursday 25th February 2010
James Macauley-Adolph Lekkas
Frank Lekkas-Jack Puccini
Elizabeth Warren-Simon Karumbi
Games played between players from Tasmania and Victoria will be played via the internet on the chesscube site with the first games to be played next Thursday, 4th March

Lekko
25-02-2010, 06:29 PM
One of the games can be viewed live from
http://melbournechessclub.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=114

MichaelBaron
25-02-2010, 07:14 PM
omg, Adolph Lekkas beat Frank Lekkas :D

Lekko
25-02-2010, 08:47 PM
omg, Adolph Lekkas beat Frank Lekkas :D
Well aren't you well informed.

Garvinator
25-02-2010, 08:47 PM
I had a look at the chesscube website and am now wondering how does this all work as the chesscube website did not appear easy to understand to me.

Am certainly interested in future possibilities.

MichaelBaron
25-02-2010, 10:01 PM
Well aren't you well informed.
and you have not even complained on facebook yet ;)

Lekko
25-02-2010, 10:37 PM
and you have not even complained on facebook yet ;)
Yeah, because you don't complain on facebook after your games.

MichaelBaron
25-02-2010, 10:57 PM
Yeah, because you don't complain on facebook after your games.

You did on Monday ;)

Lekko
25-02-2010, 11:15 PM
You did on Monday ;)
And? You've done it before.

MichaelBaron
26-02-2010, 12:10 AM
And? You've done it before.

Hmm...I can not recall myself....writing long passages about my king travelling the board..;)

Lekko
26-02-2010, 12:17 AM
Hmm...I can not recall myself....writing long passages about my king travelling the board..;)
The post was... "head's going to explode after that game, can't believe the sac didn't work". That's shorter than what you wrote.

Lekko
03-03-2010, 10:24 PM
Brother's got some massive school assignment thingy tomorrow and was hoping to postpone his game.

Garvinator
03-03-2010, 10:51 PM
I had a look at the chesscube website and am now wondering how does this all work as the chesscube website did not appear easy to understand to me.

Am certainly interested in future possibilities.
Bump.

Lekko
04-03-2010, 08:55 PM
Game 1: Frank Lekkas 1-0 Harry Bryant

Event: ICC
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2010.03.04
White: Lekkas, Frank
Black: Bryant, Harry
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 1445
BlackElo: 908
ECO: C10
Opening: French
Variation: Marshall variation
TimeControl: 3600+10

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 c5 4. exd5 exd5 5. dxc5 Nf6
6. Bg5 Be6 7. Bb5+ Nc6 8. Nf3 a6 9. Ba4 b5 10. cxb6 Qxb6
11. Bxf6 gxf6 12. O-O Rd8 13. Nd4 Bd7 14. Re1+ Be7 15. Bxc6 Bxc6
16. Qe2 Rd7 17. Nf5 Qc5 18. b4 Qxb4 19. Rab1 Bb5 20. Nxb5 Qe4
21. Nbd6+ Bxd6 22. Nxd6+ Rxd6 23. Qg4 Qxe1+ 24. Rxe1+ Kd8 25. Qb4 Kd7
26. Qb7+ Kd8 27. Qe7+ Kc8 28. Qxd6 Rd8 29. Qc6+ Kb8 30. Rb1+ Ka7
31. Qb7#
1-0

Lekko
04-03-2010, 08:56 PM
[Event "Phoenix"]
[Site "MCC"]
[Date "4/3/2010"]
[Round "Round1"]
[White "Macauley, James"]
[Black "Karumbi, Simon"]
[Result "0-1"]


1. e4 e6 2. d4 c5 3. Nf3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. Nc3 Qd8 6. Bc4 Nc6 7. d5 exd5 8.
Bxd5 Qe7+ 9. Be3 Nf6 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. O-O Qc7 12. Re1 Be6 13. Ng5 Bd6 14.
Nxe6 fxe6 15. g3 O-O 16. Bg5 Rad8 17. Bxf6 Rxf6 18. Ne4 Rg6 19. Qe2 Be5 20.
Nxc5 Rd5 21. Nd3 Bd4 22. Kg2 Rf5 23. c3 Bb6 24. Rad1 c5 25. c4 Qb7+ 26. Kg1 h5
27. h4 Bc7 28. Kh2 Qb8 29. Qe3 Rxf2+ 30. Nxf2 Bxg3+ 31. Kh3 Bf4 32. Rd8+ Qxd8
33. Qxf4 Rf6 34. Qg3 Qd2 35. Ne4 Qxb2 36. Nxf6+ Qxf6 37. Re2 Qf1+ 38. Rg2 Qh1+
39. Qh2 Qf1 40. Qg1 Qf5+ 41. Kh2 Kh8 42. Kh1 Qe4 43. Qf1 Qxh4+ 44. Kg1 Qd4+ 45.
Qf2 Qa1+ 46. Kh2 Qe5+ 47. Rg3 h4 48. Qf8+ Kh7 49. Qxg7+ Qxg7 50. Rxg7+ Kxg7 51.
Kh3 Kf6 52. Kxh4 Ke5 53. Kg5 Kd4 54. Kf6 e5 0-1

Kevin Bonham
04-03-2010, 10:10 PM
Hmmm. I can't recommend 3...c5 against 3.Nc3; it's OK against Nd2 but against the former it just seems to lose a pawn. Harry did have some chances to get it back early if he was willing to endure a dodgy pawn structure though.

Lekko
04-03-2010, 10:19 PM
Hmmm. I can't recommend 3...c5 against 3.Nc3; it's OK against Nd2 but against the former it just seems to lose a pawn. Harry did have some chances to get it back early if he was willing to endure a dodgy pawn structure though.

Yes. I was actually considering to play Nd2 but didn't feel like seeing 3..c5... which I saw anyway lol. After b4 though I think I win shortly after.

I don't have a copy of Jack and James' game, can you post it Kevin?

Grant Szuveges
04-03-2010, 10:21 PM
Kevin

I love the photo you have put up! That is one snazzy looking rabbit!

Kevin Bonham
04-03-2010, 10:25 PM
I don't have a copy of Jack and James' game, can you post it Kevin?

I don't have it either. I wasn't the arbiter tonight and won't be for at least the next two weeks due to fieldwork commitments.

Grant - original of rabbit at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Wild_black_Oryctologus_cuniculus.jpg/399px-Wild_black_Oryctologus_cuniculus.jpg

Lekko
04-03-2010, 10:41 PM
I don't have it either. I wasn't the arbiter tonight and won't be for at least the next two weeks due to fieldwork commitments.

Grant - original of rabbit at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Wild_black_Oryctologus_cuniculus.jpg/399px-Wild_black_Oryctologus_cuniculus.jpg
Ok, I'll have to get Carl to post it then (or get it from Carl).

Kevin Bonham
04-03-2010, 11:23 PM
Yes. I was actually considering to play Nd2 but didn't feel like seeing 3..c5... which I saw anyway lol.

After 3.Nd2 c5 I like 4.Ngf3, it can make it harder for black to get the sorts of positions black wants, especially if black is not booked up on it.

Lekko
06-03-2010, 12:04 PM
James Bryant 1 - 0 Jack Puccini

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 e6 4.d3 Be7 5.Bf4 Qb6 6.Qc2 Nf6 7.Be2 d5 8.Nbd2 Bd7 9.O-O O-O 10.Rfe1 Rac8 11.Rac1 c4 12.Be3 cxd3 13.Bxd3 Qc7 14.exd5 Nxd5 15.Bxh7+ Kh8 16.Bd3 Bd6 17.Ne4 Nf4 18.Nxd6 Qxd6 19.Bxf4 Qxf4 20.Re4 Qc7 21.Rh4+ Kg8 22.Bh7+ Kh8 23.Bg8+ Kxg8 24.Qh7+

Carl Gorka
10-03-2010, 10:44 AM
Round 2 of the Phoenix tomorrow night sees the following pairings:

J. Briant-J. Macauley
S. Karumbi-F. Lekkas
H. Briant-E. Warren
J. Puccini-A. Lekkas

Check my blog for more details.:)

MichaelBaron
10-03-2010, 01:12 PM
Round 2 of the Phoenix tomorrow night sees the following pairings:

J. Briant-J. Macauley
S. Karumbi-F. Lekkas
H. Briant-E. Warren
J. Puccini-A. Lekkas

Check my blog for more details.:)
Karumbi-Lekkas is the game of the round!

Lekko
10-03-2010, 10:42 PM
Karumbi-Lekkas is the game of the round!
Believe it or not, he's not going to be there.

Lekko
01-04-2010, 12:03 PM
Carl it says I'm playing Jack tonight, but our game was earlier on in the tournament. If I come in, who do I play?

MichaelBaron
13-04-2010, 07:23 PM
Any updates on how the tournament is going? Up to date results?
Also when is the next one (fide-rated one) starting?

MichaelBaron
19-04-2010, 09:06 PM
An the next one is starting soon, so contact Carl Gorka (aka Fireeater) if you are interested in playing in it!

Bill Gletsos
30-05-2010, 04:53 PM
This event needs to be sent to the CV Ratings Officer ASAP for ACF rating.

Lekko
30-05-2010, 05:09 PM
This event needs to be sent to the CV Ratings Officer ASAP for ACF rating.
We're waiting on the last result between the two Tasmanians.

Bill Gletsos
30-05-2010, 05:19 PM
We're waiting on the last result between the two Tasmanians.Just submit it without that result and provide the result to me as soon as it is known.