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ElevatorEscapee
19-09-2010, 01:30 PM
Hi all, this tournament is on in Castlemaine (same venue as last year) on October the 2nd & 3rd

Details and entry form can be found on the VRCL page on the Ballarat Chess Club website: http://www.ballaratchess.com/vrcl/vindex.html

Please note the eligibility criteria regarding main place of residence.

Thank you,

Nigel :)

ER
19-09-2010, 03:19 PM
Hi Nigel
I have a simple question and apologies if it has been posted and answered in the past.
Why don't you allow entries from Melburnians and interstate players as well with a few extra prizes for non country Victorians.
The Victorian Country Chess Championships will not lose of their prestige or merit as a result of this inclusion.
I think the extra entries would more than cover for the additional prize money and would make the tournament more popular than it is now.
Victorians and interstate players love playing in our country areas and I am sure Ballarat's success is not an accidental phenomenon!
Cheers!

ElevatorEscapee
21-09-2010, 07:18 PM
Hi Elliot,

Thank you for your interest in this tournament.

We have an informal meeting where we ask the tournament competitors every year what they want or what they would like to improve the tournament.

The model you have suggested (an open tournament, with the title going to the highest finishing country Victorian) is one I would prefer, however, whenever this has been raised, the preference of the majority has been to restrict the entries solely to Victorian country players (determined by an eligibility criteria based on distance from central Melbourne).

I am happy to proffer the suggestion again this year. .

By the way, someone calling themself "Karina" sent me an email enquiry (I suspect through this site) regarding a competitor who played in the tournament a couple of years ago, who did not meet the eligibility criteria. My Hotmail account couldn't respond to the email address, so I will post my response here.

Traditionally, whilst the eligibility criterion was applied, the organising committee reserved the right to invite other players at their discretion. Usually these would be former country players who had previously played in the tournament prior to moving to the city. This practice was discontinued (in the early 2000s from memory) after concerns were raised by some of the tournament competitors.

In 2007, one of the tournament organizers sent an invitation to a player, mistakenly believing that his home in Frankston would fall outside of the 50km radius from the Melbourne GPO (in actual fact it turned out to be around 35km). - This wasn't the fault of the player, he was only accepting a tournament invitation - in fact he played so well, he wound up winning the tournament!

After the minor controversy this caused, the 50 km eligibility criterion has been more strictly applied.

I hope that helps answer people's questions. :)

(PS this is my fourth attempt at posting this, my wireless connection has been cutting in and out all evening!)

ElevatorEscapee
01-10-2010, 08:14 PM
Hi everyone, just a reminder that this tournament is on tomorrow.

Thus far around 20 people have expressed a desire to enter, (including some former champions and a mystery competitor) we will have to see who else shows up on the morning.

For the footy fans, I'll try to set up a tv in a nearby room with the sound turned down so that people can watch the AFL Grand Final in between moves in rounds 2 & 3.

Competitors are also reminded of Daylight Savings coming into effect in Victoria early on Sunday morning, so no excuses for showing up late to Round 4!

If anyone is having difficulty finding the venue tomorrow morning, please give me a call on my mobile phone - the number is mentioned on the information sheet with the entry form on the Ballarat Chess Club website: http://www.ballaratchess.com/vrcl/vindex.html

Chess players from Melbourne are reminded of the eligibilty criterea - their main place of residence being outside of a 50km radius from the Melbourne GPO. Fortunately for those who don't meet this criterea, there is an excellent alternative, the Guy West Classic tournament hosted by the Croydon Chess Club as detailed in another thread in this forum.

Thank you,

Nigel :)

ElevatorEscapee
04-10-2010, 10:41 AM
Congratulations to Russell Murray & Stewart Booth who drew their game against each other and won all their other games to share the title of Victorian Country Chess Champion.

My plan of setting up a portable tv in the analysis room so that people could watch the AFL Grand Final was thwarted by lack of tv reception, this led to a desparate search for a portable radio in the shops in Castlemaine. Setting this up proved fortuitous as my opponent in Round 3 was a passionate Collingwood supporter (even wearing his Magpies beanie during the game) - he was so excited in the middle of the third quarter that he overlooked one of my threats.

Prize winners:

Open:
= 1st, Stewart Booth & Russell Murray, =3rd, Patrick Cook, Leigh Healey & Nigel Barrow.

Reserves:
=1st, Kevin Perrin & Ken Czuczman, =3rd Max Mollard, Alexander Malejewicz, Geoff Davis.

Lucky Door Prize (bottle of wine):
David Gleeson.


Round by round results, - (*note some ratings provisional).


Round 1
No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total
1 Max J Mollard (9) 1509 [0] 0:1 Stewart Booth (1) 2042 [0]
2 Nigel Barrow (2) 1823 [0] 1:0 Kevin J Perrin (10) 1501 [0]
3 Alexander Malejewicz (11) 1437 [0] 0:1 Russell Murray (3) 1794 [0]
4 Leigh Healey (4) 1730 [0] .5:.5 Geoff Davis (12) 1352 [0]
5 Matthew A Clarke (13) 1300 [0] 0:1 Rob Loveband (5) 1581 [0]
6 Patrick Lenne (6) 1565 [0] .5:.5 Ken Czuczman (14) 1290 [0]
7 Josh Camm (15) 1100 [0] 0:1 Patrick Cook (7) 1550 [0]
8 Paul Power (8) 1515 [0] 1:0 David Gleeson (16) 1100 [0]
9 James Watson (17) 990 [0] 1:0 BYE


Round 2
No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total
1 Stewart Booth (1) 2042 [1] 1:0 Paul Power (8) 1515 [1]
2 Rob Loveband (5) 1581 [1] 0:1 Nigel Barrow (2) 1823 [1]
3 Russell Murray (3) 1794 [1] 1:0 James Watson (17) 990 [1]
4 Patrick Cook (7) 1550 [1] 1:0 Leigh Healey (4) 1730 [.5]
5 Geoff Davis (12) 1352 [.5] 1:0 Patrick Lenne (6) 1565 [.5]
6 Ken Czuczman (14) 1290 [.5] 0:1 Max J Mollard (9) 1509 [0]
7 Kevin J Perrin (10) 1501 [0] 1:0 Matthew A Clarke (13) 1300 [0]
8 Josh Camm (15) 1100 [0] 0:1 Alexander Malejewicz (11) 1437 [0]
9 David Gleeson (16) 1100 [0] 1:0 BYE

Round 3
No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total
1 Russell Murray (3) 1794 [2] .5:.5 Stewart Booth (1) 2042 [2]
2 Nigel Barrow (2) 1823 [2] 1:0 Patrick Cook (7) 1550 [2]
3 Paul Power (8) 1515 [1] 1:0 Geoff Davis (12) 1352 [1.5]
4 Alexander Malejewicz (11) 1437 [1] 0:1 Rob Loveband (5) 1581 [1]
5 David Gleeson (16) 1100 [1] .5:.5 Max J Mollard (9) 1509 [1]
6 James Watson (17) 990 [1] 0:1 Kevin J Perrin (10) 1501 [1]
7 Leigh Healey (4) 1730 [.5] 0:1 Ken Czuczman (14) 1290 [.5]
8 Patrick Lenne (6) 1565 [.5] 1:0 Matthew A Clarke (13) 1300 [0]
9 Josh Camm (15) 1100 [0] 1:0 BYE

Round 4
No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total
1 Stewart Booth (1) 2042 [2.5] 1:0 Nigel Barrow (2) 1823 [3]
2 Rob Loveband (5) 1581 [2] 0:1 Russell Murray (3) 1794 [2.5]
3 Patrick Cook (7) 1550 [2] .5:.5 Paul Power (8) 1515 [2]
4 Kevin J Perrin (10) 1501 [2] 1:0 Patrick Lenne (6) 1565 [1.5]
5 Max J Mollard (9) 1509 [1.5] 1:0 Geoff Davis (12) 1352 [1.5]
6 Ken Czuczman (14) 1290 [1.5] 1:0 David Gleeson (16) 1100 [1.5]
7 James Watson (17) 990 [1] .5:.5 Josh Camm (15) 1100 [1]
8 Leigh Healey (4) 1730 [.5] 1:0 Alexander Malejewicz (11) 1437 [1]
9 Matthew A Clarke (13) 1300 [0] 1:0 BYE

Round 5
No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total
1 Kevin J Perrin (10) 1501 [3] 0:1 Stewart Booth (1) 2042 [3.5]
2 Nigel Barrow (2) 1823 [3] 0:1 Russell Murray (3) 1794 [3.5]
3 Max J Mollard (9) 1509 [2.5] .5:.5 Patrick Cook (7) 1550 [2.5]
4 Paul Power (8) 1515 [2.5] 0:1 Ken Czuczman (14) 1290 [2.5]
5 Geoff Davis (12) 1352 [1.5] 1:0 Rob Loveband (5) 1581 [2]
6 David Gleeson (16) 1100 [1.5] 0:1 Leigh Healey (4) 1730 [1.5]
7 Patrick Lenne (6) 1565 [1.5] 1:0 Josh Camm (15) 1100 [1.5]
8 Matthew A Clarke (13) 1300 [1] 1:0 James Watson (17) 990 [1.5]
9 Alexander Malejewicz (11) 1437 [1] 1:0 BYE

Round 6
No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total
1 Stewart Booth (1) 2042 [4.5] 1:0 Ken Czuczman (14) 1290 [3.5]
2 Russell Murray (3) 1794 [4.5] 1:0 Max J Mollard (9) 1509 [3]
3 Patrick Cook (7) 1550 [3] .5:.5 Kevin J Perrin (10) 1501 [3]
4 Geoff Davis (12) 1352 [2.5] .5:.5 Nigel Barrow (2) 1823 [3]
5 Leigh Healey (4) 1730 [2.5] 1:0 Patrick Lenne (6) 1565 [2.5]
6 Alexander Malejewicz (11) 1437 [2] 1:0 Paul Power (8) 1515 [2.5]
7 Josh Camm (15) 1100 [1.5] 1:0 Matthew A Clarke (13) 1300 [2]
8 James Watson (17) 990 [1.5] 1:0 David Gleeson (16) 1100 [1.5]
9 Rob Loveband (5) 1581 [2] 1:0 BYE


Final Standings


Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Club Score

1-2 Booth, Stewart VIC 2042 Swan Hill 5.5
Murray, Russell VIC 1794 Leongatha 5.5
3-7 Barrow, Nigel VIC 1823 Bendigo 3.5
Cook, Patrick VIC 1550 Ballarat 3.5
Perrin, Kevin J VIC 1501 Ballarat 3.5
Czuczman, Ken VIC 1290 Bendigo 3.5
Healey, Leigh VIC 1730 Bendigo 3.5
8-11 Mollard, Max J VIC 1509 Bendigo 3
Loveband, Rob VIC 1581 Ballarat 3
Malejewicz, Alexander VIC 1437 Blackwood 3
Davis, Geoff VIC 1352 Ballarat 3
12-15 Power, Paul VIC 1515 Geelong 2.5
Lenne, Patrick VIC 1565 Drouin 2.5
Watson, James VIC 990 Ballarat 2.5
Camm, Josh VIC 1100 Bendigo 2.5
16 Clarke, Matthew A VIC 1300 Warrnambool 2
17 Gleeson, David VIC 1100 Bendigo 1.5



Here is one of my games from Round 5 which features a sudden mating attack from on of the co champions:

Nigel Barrow (1823) v Russell Murray (1794)
VCCC 2010
Round 5
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Be3 e6 8.
Bd3 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. cxd5 exd5 11. h3 Bh5 12. Re1 Re8 13. Rc1 Qa5 14. a3
Rad8 15. Be2 Ne4 16. Na4 Qc7 17. b4 Qb8 18. Qb3 Bf6 19. Red1 h6 20. Nc5 g5
21. Qd3 Bg7 22. Qb5 Ng3 23. Bd3 Bxf3 24. gxf3 Nxd4 25. Bxd4 Bxd4 26. Nb3
Ne2+ 27. Bxe2 Qg3+ 28. Kh1 Bxf2 29. Qd3 Qxh3#
{Black mates} 0-1

Photos and more games to appear soon on the Ballarat Chess Club website.

Thanks to all the players and organisers for making this a pleasant, relaxed and trouble free tournament. :)

ElevatorEscapee
11-10-2010, 02:57 PM
An update on this event, photos and crosstable now available at the VRCL area of the Ballarat Chess Club website.

http://www.ballaratchess.com/vrcl/vevents10.htm

Next year's Championship tentatively booked for Swan Hill on the 8th & 9th of October 2011.

ER
11-10-2010, 03:09 PM
Nigel, I visited Bendigo the other day searching for some local history of the second (or is it third?) Aussie Rules Footy Club in Australia! Mate that's a great place to play Chess! I wish you and the Club all the best in your future events and I 'll do my best to come and visit you some day! :)

Garvinator
11-10-2010, 03:10 PM
Cross Table.

Bereaved
12-10-2010, 09:41 PM
Hi everyone,

Russell Murray is a strong player and a good friend, and I am delighted for him with this good achievement!!

Well done Russell!!

Take care and God Bless, Malcolm

PS Do you know what I like about Castlemaine back there?:D :D