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XuderuF
16-05-2018, 08:12 AM
2018 NSW Open Chess tournament

Duration:3 days
Start date: 9th of June 2018 - 11th of June (Queens birthday weekend)

The Russian Club
7 Albert Road
Strathfield 2135
NSW

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

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

Minor (U1600) 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

Conditions
You need to register and pay by 8 June to be eligible for the early entry fee.

Details can be found on: http://www.nswca.org.au


You can enter through the link below:
http://nswopen.nswca.org.au/register.php


Arbiters:
Shaun Press (Chief Arbiter)
Alana Chibnall
Nick Kordahi

XuderuF
27-05-2018, 09:56 PM
hi

Bob1
30-05-2018, 05:55 PM
One week to go for early entries.

GM Max Illingworth
and
IM Gary Lane
are both early entries accepting the challenge of defending equal first from last year.

WGM Jilin Zhang
and
IM Ikeda Junta
have also thrown down the Gauntlet for this year.


Plus never discount
FM Brandon Clarke
and
FM Raymond Song

Looks like being another great event in Sydney.
The Russian Club proved popular with players last year because of the easy access to public transport. (2 minutes walk from major Train & Bus Interchanges)

I look forward to greeting all players on the Saturday morning of the 9th June 2018.
(of course I know most of you just want to come to say Hi to me! - and the chess is a bonus :) )
BoB

Bob1
03-06-2018, 04:16 PM
GM Anton Smirnov has joined the party.
This looks set to be another great event for NSW Chess.
The top 6 boards will be broadcast live.

We will have an entry number restriction of 150.
The venue only holds 140 players comfortably (but we can probably squeeze to 150 at a pinch)

I'm also hoping we can manage the noise in the playing area better this year.

Don't leave it too late to enter and find you are #151 (unless you want to play me in the car park)
BoB

Bob1
07-06-2018, 01:18 PM
Total entries are now above 110 and climbing.

Just a reminder that today is the last day for early entries. (if paying by direct debit - please also email tournaments@nswca.org.au)
Our aim is to start the event on time and the early entries allow the arbiters to prepare the database files for the draw correctly.

Entries after midnight tonight carry a significant financial penalty. (and entries on the day incur an additional $10 - with inclusion in the first round at the discretion of the arbiter.)

Also a reminder that all NSW players over 18 years of age must be members of the NSWCA. (plus NSW Juniors must be members of the NSWJCL)
NSWCA Membership can be paid online before the event or to the Treasurer at registration on Saturday (in cash only)

This year we will be hosting up to 10 live broadcast boards thanks to our arbiter team.

Good luck to all the entrants and I'm sure this will be the best NSW Open to date.

BoB

Zwischenzug
08-06-2018, 02:25 PM
Hi. I have a question, where is the nearest all day parking to the venue? I looked on google maps and it appears most of the residential streets nearby only allow 1 hr parking. Thanks.

Bill Gletsos
08-06-2018, 03:28 PM
Currently 78 in the Open and 55 in the U1600.

whatteaux
08-06-2018, 10:32 PM
Hi. I have a question, where is the nearest all day parking to the venue? I looked on google maps and it appears most of the residential streets nearby only allow 1 hr parking. Thanks.

I checked some of those parking signs on Google Street View today, and it appears they don't apply on weekends - at least the 2P ones I saw on Margaret St and Carrington Ave and thereabouts, so it might not be so grim as we thought (I shared your concern at first).

Myan
09-06-2018, 08:58 PM
Any links for the live games?
The website only links to last years games.

whatteaux
09-06-2018, 10:12 PM
Any links for the live games?
The website only links to last years games.

Should be OK by tomorrow, according to Shaun's blog: http://chessexpress.blogspot.com/

Alana
10-06-2018, 11:04 AM
Should be OK by tomorrow, according to Shaun's blog: http://chessexpress.blogspot.com/

6 of the 10 live boards are working, the link is here: http://view.livechesscloud.com/42b3f2ce-0d23-42f2-972a-bc4f6d1fa92d .

We are hoping to have all 10 working by round 4 at 2pm today. Stay tuned!

Adamski
10-06-2018, 09:03 PM
I have played 4 games in the U1600, all of them against Chinese juniors. Very average performance by me with 2/4. Also took a half point bye this morning. A bit beyond me now to calculate the odds of all my opponents being Chinese juniors. Maybe after the tournament is over.

Zwischenzug
10-06-2018, 11:19 PM
Had a really tense and interesting game in round five. Wasn't too familiar with the nimzo and was rather passive in the beginning but managed to gain some activity with a timely pawn sacrifice.

[Event "NSW Open 2018"]
[Date "2018.06.10"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Dorhauer, Peter"]
[Black "Pham, Thai"]
[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 b6 4. e4 Bb7 5. Bd3 Bb4 6. Qc2 c5 7. d5 exd5 8. exd5 d6 9. Nf3 Bxc3+ 10. Qxc3 Qe7+ 11. Kf1 O-O 12. h3 Nbd7 13. Bf4 Rfe8 14. Re1 Qf8 15. Qc2 Rxe1+ 16. Kxe1 Re8+ 17. Kd1 b5 18. b3 Ne5 19. Bxe5 dxe5 20. Re1 Qd6 21. g4 bxc4 22. bxc4 e4 23. Bxe4 Nxe4 24. Rxe4 Rb8 25. Qe2 Bc6 26. Kc1 Ba4 27. Nd2 Qf6 28. Nb3 Qc3+ 29. Qc2 Qxh3 30. Kb2 Qh6 31. f4 Qf6+ 32. Kc1 Bxb3 33. axb3 Qa1+ 34. Kd2 Qg1 35. f5 Qg2+ 36. Kc3 Qf3+ 37. Kb2 a5 38. Ka3 a4 39. Kxa4 Qh1 0-1

Adamski
10-06-2018, 11:23 PM
No Chinese opponent for me tomorrow morning - playing my Rooty Hill clubmate Soliman Soliman.

MichaelBaron
11-06-2018, 12:21 AM
Had a really tense and interesting game in round five. Wasn't too familiar with the nimzo and was rather passive in the beginning but managed to gain some activity with a timely pawn sacrifice.

[Event "NSW Open 2018"]
[Date "2018.06.10"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Dorhauer, Peter"]
[Black "Pham, Thai"]
[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 b6 4. e4 Bb7 5. Bd3 Bb4 6. Qc2 c5 7. d5 exd5 8. exd5 d6 9. Nf3 Bxc3+ 10. Qxc3 Qe7+ 11. Kf1 O-O 12. h3 Nbd7 13. Bf4 Rfe8 14. Re1 Qf8 15. Qc2 Rxe1+ 16. Kxe1 Re8+ 17. Kd1 b5 18. b3 Ne5 19. Bxe5 dxe5 20. Re1 Qd6 21. g4 bxc4 22. bxc4 e4 23. Bxe4 Nxe4 24. Rxe4 Rb8 25. Qe2 Bc6 26. Kc1 Ba4 27. Nd2 Qf6 28. Nb3 Qc3+ 29. Qc2 Qxh3 30. Kb2 Qh6 31. f4 Qf6+ 32. Kc1 Bxb3 33. axb3 Qa1+ 34. Kd2 Qg1 35. f5 Qg2+ 36. Kc3 Qf3+ 37. Kb2 a5 38. Ka3 a4 39. Kxa4 Qh1 0-1

Nice fight-back by black

Adamski
11-06-2018, 10:11 PM
I managed to win my last 2 games so ended up with 4.5/7 and won the princely sum of $25 for 7th =. No doubt soon the organisers will post the resultshere (already on chess-esults.com). The Open was jointly won by Raymond Song and Junta Ikeda. The U 1600 was won by ACF Newsletter editor, Frank Low.