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Peter Abbott
31-03-2016, 02:59 PM
NSWCA has again managed to secure the Chatswood Club as the venue for the NSW Open this year. It proved a popular venue last year, being close to a major transport hub and many amenities. Details of the tournaments are below:


New South Wales Open 11-13 June 2016

Tournaments:
Two sections, NSW Open and NSW Minor - which is restricted to players below 1600

Venue:
The Chatswood Club. 11 Help St Chatswood, NSW (3 minute walk from Chatswood Station, limited parking available at 12 Mackintosh St)

Open Prizes:
1st $1400, 2nd $1000, 3rd $600, 4th $500, 5th $300, 6th $200, 7th $100.
U2000-1800 1st $250, 2nd $125, 3rd $100. U1800 1st $250, 2nd $125 3rd $100

Open entry fees:
If registered by 9 June:
Adult: $95 Junior [U18]: $87 Aged pensioner: $77
If registered after 9 June:
Adult: $120 Junior [U18]: $115 Aged pensioner: $95

Minor Prizes:
1st $1000, 2nd $600, 3rd $400, 4th $300, 5th $200, 6th $150, 7th $100
U1400-1200 1st $250, 2nd $125, 3rd $100 U1200 1st $250, 2nd $125, 3rd $100

Minor entry fees:
If registered by 9 June:
Adult: $85 Junior [U18]:$78 Aged pensioner: $67
If registered after 9 June:
Adult: $110 Junior [U18]:$100 Aged pensioner: $85

Schedule.
Sat 11 June 11.00 – 11.30 Registration
12.00 Round 1
16.30 Round 2
Sun 12 June 09.30 Round 3
14.00 Round 4
18.30 Round 5
Mon 13 June 09.45 Round 6
14.15 Round 7
18.30 Prize giving

FIDE time control 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move from move 1

Entries on the day of the tournament will incur a $10 additional late fee and will be included in the round 1 draw at the arbiter’s discretion.

Exemption from entry fees: FIDE titleholders – GM, IM, WGM, WIM. - Provided entry received by 9 June 2016.

The Open Division will be FIDE rated.

For further information e-mail tournaments@nswca.org.au or visit the NSWCA website: www.nswopen.nswca.org.au or www.nswca.org.au

Alana
12-05-2016, 04:38 PM
This event is less than a month away! Don't forget to enter by 9 June to avoid the late fee!

NickC
18-05-2016, 06:51 PM
Is it possible to take a half-point bye for one of the three Sunday rounds to reduce it to two games for the day?

whatteaux
19-05-2016, 12:01 AM
Yep.

Peter Abbott
19-05-2016, 03:08 PM
Expanding on Whatteaux's 'Yep' - Players may request up to two half point byes providing the request is made to the arbiters prior to the start of the round before the bye is needed. For example, a bye for Round 3 must be requested before the start of Round 2. No half point byes will be available in the last two rounds.’

Adamski
21-05-2016, 02:17 PM
I won't be playing this year. I am the third arbiter for the busy Saturday. At least I don't have to prepare any openings, middle games or endings this year!

Alana
22-05-2016, 05:18 PM
I won't be playing this year. I am the third arbiter for the busy Saturday. At least I don't have to prepare any openings, middle games or endings this year!

Sad that you are not playing Jonathan, but at the same time it will be great to have you on board to help Shaun Press and myself out :)

Adamski
22-05-2016, 08:14 PM
Sad that you are not playing Jonathan, but at the same time it will be great to have you on board to help Shaun Press and myself out :)Looking forward to working with you both!

Myan
22-05-2016, 10:23 PM
For the rating prizes in the open section, would you consider the ACF or FIDE rating? my ACF rating is below 1800 but my FIDE is over 2000

Vlad
22-05-2016, 10:31 PM
I have entered Anton through the official website - the last tournament he plays in oz before the Olympiad.

Bill Gletsos
22-05-2016, 11:35 PM
For the rating prizes in the open section, would you consider the ACF or FIDE rating? my ACF rating is below 1800 but my FIDE is over 2000All rating prizes are based on ACF ratings, however a FIDE rating will be used if a player has no ACF rating.

ER
23-05-2016, 04:05 AM
I have entered Anton through the official website - the last tournament he plays in oz before the Olympiad.

All the very best for Anton in this historically strong tournament and a good preparation for the Olympiad! I am sure Baku will be another milestone in his brilliant career! :clap:

Peter Abbott
02-06-2016, 01:20 PM
Just one week to go until early entries close on 9 June.

42 registered so far www.nswopen.nswca.org.au

NickC
05-06-2016, 11:32 AM
Thanks for the clarification regarding half-point byes Peter - that sounds like a sensible policy, although please note that it isn't mentioned on the NSW Open website or brochure so many players (who don't visit Chess Chat forum) may not be aware that this option exists.

One other question - if as per Bill's post above ACF ratings are used for determining the pairings and prizes (unless a player doesn't have an ACF rating, in which case their FIDE rating is used), why does the Entries list page (http://nswopen.nswca.org.au/entries.php) list the FIDE rather than ACF ratings for the Open section? Couldn't this confuse players into thinking that they're eligible for a rating prize (based on their FIDE rating) when they're not (because their ACF rating is the relevant one)?

Peter Abbott
05-06-2016, 02:50 PM
Thanks for the clarification regarding half-point byes Peter - that sounds like a sensible policy, although please note that it isn't mentioned on the NSW Open website or brochure so many players (who don't visit Chess Chat forum) may not be aware that this option exists.

One other question - if as per Bill's post above ACF ratings are used for determining the pairings and prizes (unless a player doesn't have an ACF rating, in which case their FIDE rating is used), why does the Entries list page (http://nswopen.nswca.org.au/entries.php) list the FIDE rather than ACF ratings for the Open section? Couldn't this confuse players into thinking that they're eligible for a rating prize (based on their FIDE rating) when they're not (because their ACF rating is the relevant one)?

Policy on byes tends to be discussed with the arbirters in the lead up to the tournament but, given that the half point bye arrangement now is becoming a standard, we'll consider incorporating it into the website and entry form for next year. FIDE ratings have historically been used on the website as it is a FIDE-rated tournament and we do get foreign entrants. Agreed that clarifying the fact that rating prizes are based on ACF in the rules is a good idea. We'll also make sure that this is clear at the tournament commencement.

Thanks for the suggestions. Hopefully we will see your entry soon to add to the 61 entered so far (top seeds are currently Smirnov, Bjelobrk and Bierkens)

Bill Gletsos
05-06-2016, 02:50 PM
One other question - if as per Bill's post above ACF ratings are used for determining the pairings and prizes (unless a player doesn't have an ACF rating, in which case their FIDE rating is used), why does the Entries list page (http://nswopen.nswca.org.au/entries.php) list the FIDE rather than ACF ratings for the Open section? Couldn't this confuse players into thinking that they're eligible for a rating prize (based on their FIDE rating) when they're not (because their ACF rating is the relevant one)?The Open section is FIDE rated so we rank in FIDE rating order.

Peter Abbott
06-06-2016, 07:01 PM
If anyone is travelling to Chatswood by train for the NSW Open, take note of some trackwork and plan accordingly. Buses replace trains between Berowra and Hornsby on the North Shore Line, and also between Hornsby and Strathfield on the Northern line. The Central Coast and Newcastle line also looks to be affected from Hamilton. Trains on the rest of the North Shore line (City to Chatswood and through to Hornsby) should be fine.

Entries are now up to 70 with the third IM (Andrew Brown) entering. Just a reminder that early entries close on Thursday 9th.

Trent Parker
08-06-2016, 05:40 AM
Hi all! I have just entered!

Just a heads up for organizers I am seeing my sister and parents off at the airport on that morning I will not be getting into Chatswood until about 11:50. Please put me into the 1st round draw

Max Illingworth
08-06-2016, 08:20 AM
I am also playing this wonderful tournament! Chatswood was a nice venue last year with plenty of food nearby, and shops for those accompanying the players.

Adamski
08-06-2016, 08:41 AM
I am also playing this wonderful tournament! Chatswood was a nice venue last year with plenty of food nearby, and shops for those accompanying the players.
Great to hear that, Max. See you there!

Vaness
08-06-2016, 11:16 AM
We will also be playing. Just tried to enter IM Richard S Jones 2384, comes up with payment option only but it's free for IMs?! Please enter him, I'll send my entry/payment through tonight. We will both have half a point byes round 3.
Thanks,
Vaness.

Bill Gletsos
08-06-2016, 01:53 PM
We will also be playing. Just tried to enter IM Richard S Jones 2384, comes up with payment option only but it's free for IMs?! Please enter him, I'll send my entry/payment through tonight. We will both have half a point byes round 3.
Thanks,
Vaness.IM Jones has been added to the entries list.

Vaness
08-06-2016, 02:56 PM
IM Jones has been added to the entries list.

Ok thanks- just entered myself also.

Bill Gletsos
08-06-2016, 10:36 PM
Currently 116 entries in the NSW Open with 62 in the Open Division and 54 in the U1600.

Peter Abbott
09-06-2016, 09:59 AM
Just a reminder that early entries close today.

Alana
09-06-2016, 10:41 AM
Both the Open and Under 1600 events have chess-results.com websites. Please note that these haven't been updated since Tuesday night so they are out of date! Don't panic if you don't see your name!

Open: http://chess-results.com/tnr225815.aspx?lan=1
Minor: http://chess-results.com/tnr225814.aspx?lan=1

smellysocks7
09-06-2016, 12:13 PM
Just a reminder that early entries close today.

Hi, I just want to clarify: does this mean that if I enter today I can still get the early entry discount?
Thanks!

Adamski
09-06-2016, 12:27 PM
Hi, I just want to clarify: does this mean that if I enter today I can still get the early entry discount?
Thanks!

Yes!

smellysocks7
09-06-2016, 01:30 PM
Thanks Adamski! :)

Bill Gletsos
09-06-2016, 04:03 PM
Both the Open and Under 1600 events have chess-results.com websites. Please note that these haven't been updated since Tuesday night so they are out of date! Don't panic if you don't see your name!

Open: http://chess-results.com/tnr225815.aspx?lan=1
Minor: http://chess-results.com/tnr225814.aspx?lan=1The current entries list is at http://nswopen.nswca.org.au/entries.php
Direct deposits will be added later tonight.

Adamski
11-06-2016, 07:45 PM
1.5 exciting rounds completed. In round 1 Max won a nice brevity against Stephen Ireland whose K got stuck on e3 with the opening barely over. Max played a nice ...g5 move which won but computers find ...Ne1 which wins quicker! Maybe someone will post the game.
Over 140 players across the 2 tournaments. A great turnout.

ER
11-06-2016, 08:34 PM
1.5 exciting rounds completed. In round 1 Max won a nice brevity against Stephen Ireland whose K got stuck on e3 with the opening barely over. Max played a nice ...g5 move which won but computers find ...Ne1 which wins quicker! Maybe someone will post the game.
Over 140 players across the 2 tournaments. A great turnout.

A tremendous success quantitatively and qualitatively! Congratulations to organisers and participants! :clap:

Alana
12-06-2016, 11:18 AM
Unfortunately round 3 started 20 minutes late today - after 4(!) different people spoke to the club to make sure the club was opening at 9, the staff didn't show up until 9:35!

Issues with one of the laptops also caused us to not have any live broadcast of the games for another 10 minutes, but thankfully that was all sorted and all is underway with the top 6 games being broadcasted. Live games can be seen here: http://nswopen.nswca.org.au/live/livegames.php

Thank you to the players for understanding that delays do happen and they were not caused by us - 144 players are in this tournament and yet every single player was completely understanding. Unfortunately for us this had to happen on the day where we have 3 rounds so looking forward to a nice late night..!

Alana
12-06-2016, 11:21 AM
1.5 exciting rounds completed. In round 1 Max won a nice brevity against Stephen Ireland whose K got stuck on e3 with the opening barely over. Max played a nice ...g5 move which won but computers find ...Ne1 which wins quicker! Maybe someone will post the game.
Over 140 players across the 2 tournaments. A great turnout.

The game that Jonathan Adams is talking about can be seen on Shaun's blog here: http://chessexpress.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/mini-max.html .

MichaelBaron
12-06-2016, 11:33 PM
Interesting how 3 of the co-leaders after rd 5 all lost points...to byes.

Adamski
13-06-2016, 09:11 PM
Terrific recovery by Max to finish first equal with Yuan! In the end the 2 GM's triumphed. Well done!

Adamski
13-06-2016, 09:16 PM
Also congratulations to Frank Low (ACF newsletter editor) and young Michael Gong who were first equal in the u1600. Full results for both tournaments on chess-results.

Max Illingworth
13-06-2016, 09:54 PM
I already mentioned it in my winner's speech, but I want to once again thank the organisers, arbiters, players and parents who created a very pleasant atmosphere for what was a relatively smooth tournament. Of the tournaments I played this year, I probably enjoyed this one the most, and I take away plenty of pleasant memories. The most pleasant of these isn't my equal first place (though I can't complain about my first tournament victory of 2016!), but seeing my students do very well, with some of them taking home prize money to boot! Congratulations, and I look forward to seeing your great games!

Andrew Hardegen
13-06-2016, 11:34 PM
I already mentioned it in my winner's speech, but I want to once again thank the organisers, arbiters, players and parents who created a very pleasant atmosphere for what was a relatively smooth tournament. Of the tournaments I played this year, I probably enjoyed this one the most, and I take away plenty of pleasant memories. The most pleasant of these isn't my equal first place (though I can't complain about my first tournament victory of 2016!), but seeing my students do very well, with some of them taking home prize money to boot! Congratulations, and I look forward to seeing your great games!

Congratulations Max, and Yuan. Well done also to Frank and Michael in the U1600.