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Peter Tsai
02-09-2018, 06:23 AM
2019 Australian Blitz Championship

Date:
Tuesday 1 January 2019 4 pm

Venue:
Chess Artists Caulfield Chess Club, 222 Balaclava Road, Caulfield, 3162. Victoria.

Format:
11 Rounds – Swiss Tournament

Time Control:
3 minutes plus 2 second increment from move 1

Forfeiture:
The forfeit time for a game is when the player’s time has elapsed.

Rating:
FIDE (Blitz) and ACF (Quick) rated
Pairings and rating prizes will be based on the following rating hierarchy:
FIDE Blitz rating
FIDE Rapid rating
FIDE Standard rating
ACF Quick rating
ACF Classic rating

Eligibility:
Open, but players who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents must have a FIDE ID.

Entry Fees:
Free for GM, WGM, IM, WIM
$30, Concession (Junior, Student or Pensioner) $25

Entries close at 3:30 pm Tuesday 1 January 2019

Players can also enter the Blitz Tournament during the 2019 Australian Open. See Peter Tsai (2019 Australian Open Organiser, chess@t-s-a-i.com) with cash payment.

Prizes: $1400
1st $500
2nd $300
3rd $200
4th $100
3 rating group prizes:of $100 each.

Title of Australian Blitz Champion: will be awarded to the Australian citizen or permanent resident with the highest final score (after a playoff if required – see Tiebreak below).

Tiebreak:
In the event of a tie for the title between one or more eligible players, a playoff will be held:
1. For two players, 2 games with alternate colours, repeated if necessary until the tie is broken.
2. For three or more players, a single round robin, repeated if necessary until the tie is broken (with players who are no longer tied for first eliminated after each round robin cycle).

Davidflude
03-09-2018, 01:01 PM
This is a nice venue
I have played several tournaments at this venue. It is comfortable, easy access by tram and train, there is good car parking about one tram stop away.

I am not playing

1) I am hopeless at blitz,

2) I will need to spend time catching up on correspondence games.

ER
09-12-2018, 09:11 PM
Due to unforeseen (social commitments) circumstances, I will not be participating in this one.
Please remove my name if it has appeared in any relevant lists.
Thanks in advance!
E.

Igor_Goldenberg
13-12-2018, 03:28 PM
I am probably playing. If I wake up in time...

ER
13-12-2018, 04:27 PM
I am probably playing. If I wake up in time...

Well, admittedly it starts at the very early time of 4:00 PM, but with a bit of effort you might be able to make it!!! :D :P

jammo
13-12-2018, 04:50 PM
Can I just check .... is this really the Australian Blitz Championship or is it meant to be the Australian Open Blitz Championship?

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2018, 04:57 PM
Can I just check .... is this really the Australian Blitz Championship or is it meant to be the Australian Open Blitz Championship?

It is the Australian Blitz Championship. The event and the rules surrounding it are the same every year whether it is a Championship or Open year - the tournament is open to all but the title of Champion goes to the highest-scoring Australian (after playoff if necessary), with "Australian" defined as citizen or permanent resident (in the view of the ACF Council) irrespective of who they are currently FIDE-registered to.

The formerly distinct title of Australian Open Blitz Champion (or as it may have been then, Australian Open Lightning Champion) was abolished many years ago and therefore no longer exists. I moved the motion to abolish it because the practice of having a title that could alternately be won and not won by overseas players was confusing and without the slightest sense to it. Despite this many people continue to mistakenly believe that a separate title "Australian Open Blitz Champion" still exists, in some cases even after being corrected on it several times!

jammo
13-12-2018, 06:52 PM
Thank you for that information. Perhaps any confusion arises because people look at the ACf Tournament by-laws on the website (which apparently are out of date) and they list an “Australian Open Blitz” title.

I’m struggling to follow the logic of not having a separate open blitz title yet still having a separate Australian Open title. Surely your argument applies to both blitz and non-blitz?

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2018, 07:01 PM
Thank you for that information. Perhaps any confusion arises because people look at the ACf Tournament by-laws on the website (which apparently are out of date) and they list an “Australian Open Blitz” title.

Some of it might but some of the people most prone to be confused and spread confusion (this doesn't mean you) were actually there when the motion was passed! One in particular; I won't be naming names though.


I’m struggling to follow the logic of not having a separate open blitz title yet still having a separate Australian Open title. Surely your argument applies to both blitz and non-blitz?

I will address this on the Aus Open format thread to avoid sending this one off-topic. [edit: done]

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2018, 07:28 PM
I am probably playing. If I wake up in time...

I am probably playing and I won't wake up in time as I will be flying over from Tassie at a foolish hour for the National Conference. Free ratings points to give away to good homes and, as usual, anyone with a four-figure rating who is under the age of ten.

Peter Tsai
29-12-2018, 09:57 PM
You can enter at the Australian Open till 31 December or email to Peter Tsai: chess@t-s-a-i.com
Entries on the day of the tournament will be taken at Chess Artist Chess Club, 222 Balaclava Road, Caulfield, 3162. Victoria.
Entries close at 3:30 pm Tuesday 1 January 2019


Name Fed Title Rtg
Smirnov,Anton NSW GM 2519
Papin,Vasily RUS GM 2482
Cheng,Bobby VIC IM 2469
Tan,Justin VIC GM 2426
Izzat,Kanan AZE IM 2424
Puccini,Jack VIC FM 2221
Sandler,Leonid VIC IM 2169
Dragicevic,Domagoj VIC FM 2159
Zulfic,Fedja SA 2110
Lekkas,Frank VIC 2036
Savige,Colin B VIC 1992
Yu,Allen VIC 1958
Kelly,Adam WA CM 1933
Karaivanov,Alexander BUL 1908
Chibnall,Alana ACT WFM 1905
Bonham,Kevin TAS 1785
Crowley,Regan VIC CM 1724
Johnson,Nicholas QLD 1717
Jochimsen,Erik ACT 1483
Testolin,Ryder VIC 1435
Behne-Smith,Elizabeth NSW 1352
Fox,Dominic NSW 1335
Goodison,Leonard VIC 622
Goodison,Justin VIC 497
Chapula,Brian WA 0
De Rooy,Jack VIC 0
De Rooy,Samuel VIC 0
Petris,Angelos AUS 0

Peter Tsai
31-12-2018, 04:20 AM
You can enter at the Australian Open till 31 December or email to Peter Tsai: chess@t-s-a-i.com
Entries on the day of the tournament will be taken at the tournament venue, Chess Artist Chess Club, 222 Balaclava Road, Caulfield, 3162. Victoria.
Entries close at 3:30 pm Tuesday 1 January 2019
Spaces are limited at the Venue


Name Fed Title Rtg
Smirnov,Anton NSW GM 2519
Papin,Vasily RUS GM 2482
Cheng,Bobby VIC IM 2469
Clarke,Brandon G I ENG FM 2436
Tan,Justin VIC GM 2426
Izzat,Kanan AZE IM 2424
Chapman,Mark SA IM 2336
Dale,Ari VIC IM 2255
Puccini,Jack VIC FM 2221
Sandler,Leonid VIC IM 2169
Ng,Clive NSW CM 2168
Dragicevic,Domagoj VIC FM 2159
Zulfic,Fedja SA 2110
Lekkas,Frank VIC 2036
Rashid,Abdulwahab VIC FM 2015
Savige,Colin B VIC 1992
Beaumont,David VIC 1991
Yu,Allen VIC 1958
Kelly,Adam WA CM 1933
Karaivanov,Alexander BUL 1908
Chibnall,Alana ACT WFM 1905
Badrinarayan,Sankeertan ACT 1867
Jothibabu,Anandaram VIC 1800
Kalisch,Tom VIC 1793
Bonham,Kevin TAS 1785
Poberezovsky,Daniel VIC 1725
Crowley,Regan VIC CM 1724
Bayaca,Sterling NSW 1722
Johnson,Nicholas QLD 1717
Badrinarayan,Siddhant ACT 1572
Jochimsen,Erik ACT 1483
Testolin,Ryder VIC 1435
Behne-Smith,Elizabeth NSW 1352
Burbach,Brunel Baron THA 1345
Fox,Dominic NSW 1335
Burbach,Anya Belle THA 1117
Venkat,Ishan VIC 1003
Goodison,Leonard VIC 622
Goodison,Justin VIC 497
Chapula,Brian WA 0
De Rooy,Jack VIC 0
De Rooy,Samuel VIC 0
Petris,Angelos VIC 0
Deng,James VIC 0

Peter Tsai
01-01-2019, 07:12 AM
Entries today will be taken at the tournament venue, Chess Artist Chess Club, 222 Balaclava Road, Caulfield, 3162, Victoria.
Entries close at 3:30 pm Tuesday 1 January 2019
Spaces are limited at the Venue

Pairings and rating prizes will be based on the following rating hierarchy:
FIDE Blitz rating
FIDE Rapid rating
FIDE Standard rating
ACF Quick rating
ACF Classic rating


Name Fed Title Rtg
Smirnov,Anton NSW GM 2578
Papin,Vasily RUS GM 2491
Cheng,Bobby VIC IM 2469
Tan,Justin VIC GM 2448
Clarke,Brandon G I ENG FM 2413
Izzat,Kanan AZE IM 2409
Chapman,Mark SA IM 2336
Zelesco,Karl VIC FM 2281
Liu,Yi QLD FM 2265
Puccini,Jack VIC FM 2258
Dale,Ari VIC IM 2255
Sandler,Leonid VIC IM 2169
Dragicevic,Domagoj VIC FM 2159
Ng,Clive NSW CM 2146
Zulfic,Fedja SA 2110
Sheldrick,Kevin SA 2085
Loh,Zachary VIC FM 2071
Kargosha,Bahman OS 2043
Lekkas,Frank VIC 2039
Rashid,Abdulwahab VIC FM 2015
Kethro,Michael ACT FM 2006
Savige,Colin B VIC 1992
Yu,Allen VIC 1974
Beaumont,David VIC 1959
Kelly,Adam WA CM 1933
Anderson,Alistair VIC 1931
Karaivanov,Alexander BUL 1908
Chibnall,Alana ACT WFM 1905
Russell,Paul NSW CM 1895
Badrinarayan,Sankeertan ACT 1867
Babic,Zoran VIC 1853
Voon,Richard VIC 1841
Jothibabu,Anandaram VIC 1798
Daneshvar,Reza VIC 1791
Bonham,Kevin TAS 1785
Chmiel,Rad VIC 1760
Kalisch,Tom VIC 1747
Poberezovsky,Daniel VIC 1744
Crowley,Regan VIC CM 1737
Bayaca,Sterling NSW 1722
Zou,Brendan VIC 1722
Johnson,Nicholas QLD 1717
Badrinarayan,Siddhant ACT 1572
Ng,Reiner VIC 1559
Liang,Raymond QLD 1543
Kolak,Tanya VIC 1539
Hawkins,Sean VIC 1512
Jochimsen,Erik ACT 1483
Beckman,John VIC 1474
Wang,Ruicheng VIC 1453
Testolin,Ryder VIC 1435
Hooi,Kathleen VIC 1429
Goodison,Leonard VIC 1353
Behne-Smith,Elizabeth NSW 1352
Burbach,Brunel Baron THA 1345
Fox,Dominic NSW 1335
Li,Jackie VIC 1287
Prince,Alan VIC 1257
Goodison,Justin VIC 1201
Burbach,Anya Belle THA 1117
Wang,Cunmeng VIC 1094
Ng,Reyen VIC 1077
Hawkins,Julia VIC 1065
Venkat,Ishan VIC 1003
Flanagan,Liam VIC 879
Moar,Timothy VIC 471
De Rooy,Jack VIC 0
De Rooy,Samuel VIC 0
Deng,James VIC 0
Petris,Angelos VIC 0
Raghavan,Vinay VIC 0
Hooi,Ethan VIC 0

Altecman
01-01-2019, 09:11 AM
Hi Peter.

Can you please add me to the list of players?

Philip drew

Peter Tsai
01-01-2019, 09:04 PM
Cross Table


2019 Australian Blitz Championship
Cross Table at round 11 sorted by score

Pos NAME Rtg T Fed Pts | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 | Buc1 BucT
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1 Smirnov,Anton 2578 GM NSW 10.5 | +B39 +W28 +B11 +W27 +B14 +W4 +B7 +W3 =B2 +W5 +B6 | 77.5 83.5
2 Tan,Justin 2448 GM VIC 9.0 | +W55 +B21 -W7 +B23 +W87 +B18 +W6 +B4 =W1 +B9 =W3 | 78.0 83.5
3 Papin,Vasily 2491 GM OS 8.5 | +W79 +B12 +W6 +B15 -W5 +B11 +W26 -B1 +W17 +B29 =B2 | 77.5 82.0
4 Cheng,Bobby 2469 IM VIC 8.5 | +B57 +W19 +B18 +W8 +B33 -B1 +W14 -W2 =B5 +W10 +B15 | 77.0 82.5
5 Morris,James 2431 IM VIC 8.0 | +B50 +W32 +B20 +W51 +B3 -W7 =B10 +W8 =W4 -B1 +W17 | 78.0 83.5
6 Dale,Ari 2255 IM VIC 8.0 | +B70 +W24 -B3 +W53 +B12 +W37 -B2 +W33 +B14 +W15 -W1 | 74.0 79.0
7 Sandler,Leonid 2169 IM VIC 8.0 | +B105 +W53 +B2 +W26 =B27 +B5 -W1 =W10 -B15 +W33 +B16 | 73.5 76.5
8 Wallis,Christopher 2267 FM VIC 8.0 | +W66 +B58 +W35 -B4 =W34 =B22 +W52 -B5 +B19 +W20 +B18 | 67.5 72.5
9 Loh,Zachary 2071 FM VIC 8.0 | +B80 +W43 -B27 +W50 -B26 +W25 +B24 +W16 +B35 -W2 +B14 | 67.5 72.0
10 Puccini,Jack 2258 FM VIC 7.5 | +W61 +B88 -W34 +B40 +W35 +B19 =W5 =B7 =W26 -B4 +W30 | 67.5 72.0
11 Nakauchi,Gene 2201 FM QLD 7.5 | +W77 +B54 -W1 +B88 +W38 -W3 +B33 -B26 =W40 +W28 +B29 | 66.5 71.0
12 Kethro,Michael 2006 FM ACT 7.5 | +B72 -W3 +W64 +B62 -W6 +B45 -W17 +B61 =B30 +W54 +W26 | 63.0 68.0
13 Ng,Clive 2146 CM NSW 7.5 | +B90 +W59 -B26 +W56 -B19 =W75 +W23 -B36 +W39 +B40 +W27 | 60.5 64.5
14 Chapman,Mark 2336 IM SA 7.0 | +W45 +B23 +W87 +B34 -W1 +B52 -B4 +W20 -W6 +B37 -W9 | 72.5 78.0
15 Zelesco,Karl 2281 FM VIC 7.0 | +B31 +W48 +B52 -W3 +B51 -W33 +B34 +W21 +W7 -B6 -W4 | 71.0 76.5
16 Izzat,Kanan 2409 IM OS 7.0 | +B25 +W37 -B51 +W65 -B20 +W28 +W22 -B9 +W21 +B26 -W7 | 69.5 74.5
17 Liu,Yi 2265 FM QLD 7.0 | +B71 +W65 -B33 +W24 -B52 +W41 +B12 +W19 -B3 +W22 -B5 | 67.5 72.5
18 Dragicevic,Domagoj 2159 FM VIC 7.0 | +W100 +B68 -W4 +B41 +W76 -W2 -B21 +W53 +B38 +B25 -W8 | 66.5 70.0
19 Yu,Allen 1974 VIC 7.0 | +W93 -B4 +W45 +B61 +W13 -W10 +B87 -B17 -W8 +B62 +W46 | 66.0 70.0
20 Choong,Yita 2127 FM WA 7.0 | +W69 +B41 -W5 +B68 +W16 -W26 +B38 -B14 +W62 -B8 +W37 | 64.5 69.5
21 Gusain,Daniel 1991 VIC 7.0 | +B82 -W2 -B50 +W81 +B62 +W63 +W18 -B15 -B16 +W49 +B36 | 62.0 66.5
22 Levi,Eddy L 2070 FM VIC 7.0 | +W73 =B64 +W67 -W33 +B31 =W8 -B16 +B56 +W50 -B17 +W38 | 61.5 66.5
23 Karaivanov Alexander 1908 BUL 7.0 | +B101 -W14 +B89 -W2 +B79 +W77 -B13 -W30 +B43 +W47 +B34 | 61.0 64.5
24 Badrinarayan,Sankeer 1867 ACT 7.0 | +W78 -B6 +W100 -B17 +W66 +B42 -W9 -B46 +W61 +B63 +B52 | 60.0 63.5
25 Ilic,Nicholas 1583 VIC 7.0 | -W16 +B92 -W38 +B83 +W88 -B9 +B65 +W52 +B34 -W18 +B33 | 59.5 63.5
26 Clarke,Brandon G I 2413 FM OS 6.5 | +W36 +B38 +W13 -B7 +W9 +B20 -B3 +W11 =B10 -W16 -B12 | 74.5 80.5
27 Ryjanova,Julia 2303 WGM VIC 6.5 | +W63 +B29 +W9 -B1 =W7 =B34 =W35 -B37 +W32 +W36 -B13 | 71.0 76.0
28 Savige,Colin B 1992 VIC 6.5 | +W91 -B1 =W36 +B44 +W64 -B16 +W39 -B54 +W31 -B11 +W59 | 65.5 69.5
29 Milojevic,Miodrag 1896 VIC 6.5 | +B97 -W27 =B31 =W36 =B55 +W57 +B75 +W51 +B54 -W3 -W11 | 62.5 66.0
30 Burbach Brunel Baron 1345 THA 6.5 | -W34 +B40 -W41 -B58 +W99 +B66 +W64 +B23 =W12 +W35 -B10 | 61.5 65.0
31 Watson,James 1567 VIC 6.5 | -W15 +B106 =W29 +B54 -W22 +B64 +W67 -B35 -B28 +W75 +B56 | 58.5 61.5
32 Kelly,Adam 1933 CM WA 6.5 | +W92 -B5 +W63 -B76 =W39 +B60 -W36 +B75 -B27 +W57 +B54 | 57.0 61.0
33 Lojanica,Milenko 2014 BIH 6.0 | +W76 +B44 +W17 +B22 -W4 +B15 -W11 -B6 +W46 -B7 -W25 | 72.0 76.5
34 Rashid,Abdulwahab 2015 FM VIC 6.0 | +B30 +W89 +B10 -W14 =B8 =W27 -W15 +B63 -W25 +B41 -W23 | 67.5 71.5
35 Kargosha,Bahman 2043 OS 6.0 | +B81 +W47 -B8 +W43 -B10 +W50 =B27 +W31 -W9 -B30 =W39 | 66.5 71.0
36 Zillmann,Shawn 1682 VIC 6.0 | -B26 +W108 =B28 =B29 +W58 =W51 +B32 +W13 =W37 -B27 -W21 | 65.0 68.0
37 Lojanica,Zdravko 1931 VIC 6.0 | +W106 -B16 +W66 +B104 +W67 -B6 =BYE +W27 =B36 -W14 -B20 | 64.0 67.0
38 Beaumont,David 1959 VIC 6.0 | +B108 -W26 +B25 +W69 -B11 +W61 -W20 +B42 -W18 +B50 -B22 | 63.5 66.5
39 Zou,Brendan 1722 VIC 6.0 | -W1 -B76 +B90 +W72 =B32 +W80 -B28 +W60 -B13 +W58 =B35 | 62.0 66.0
40 Holland Daniel 1878 AUS 6.0 | +B103 -W30 +B70 -W10 -B50 +W69 +B89 +W47 =B11 -W13 =B42 | 60.5 63.5
41 Chmiel,Rad 1760 VIC 6.0 | +B60 -W20 +B30 -W18 +B69 -B17 -W46 +W80 +B78 -W34 +B71 | 59.5 64.0
42 Testolin,Ryder 1435 VIC 6.0 | -B51 +W107 -B53 +W49 +B56 -W24 +B43 -W38 +B65 =B59 =W40 | 59.0 62.0
43 Poberezovsky,Daniel 1744 VIC 6.0 | +W94 -B9 +W78 -B35 +W44 -B87 -W42 +B92 -W23 +B73 +W66 | 57.0 60.5
44 Caita Mindra,Emanoil 0 VIC 6.0 | +B49 -W33 +B47 -W28 -B43 +W79 -B62 +W71 -B53 +W89 +B65 | 55.5 59.5
45 Hooi,Ethan 1579 VIC 6.0 | -B14 +W101 -B19 +W97 +B48 -W12 -B53 =W69 =W67 +B92 +W68 | 55.5 59.0
46 Wang,Ruicheng 1453 VIC 6.0 | -W87 +B96 -W88 +B102 -W75 +B58 +B41 +W24 -B33 +W53 -B19 | 55.5 58.5
47 Dakic,Dusan 1731 VIC 6.0 | +W109 -B35 -W44 +B73 -W104 +B106 +W72 -B40 +W88 -B23 +W67 | 53.5 55.5
48 Chibnall,Alana 1905 WFM ACT 6.0 | +W83 -B15 -W61 +B91 -W45 +B71 -W50 +B76 -W63 +B77 +W62 | 52.0 56.0
49 Stokes,Mark C 1779 QLD 6.0 | -W44 +B85 -W76 -B42 -W60 +B99 +W93 +B77 +W66 -B21 +W63 | 52.0 55.5
50 Wang,Kayson 1693 VIC 5.5 | -W5 +B93 +W21 -B9 +W40 -B35 +B48 +W87 -B22 -W38 =B53 | 65.0 69.0
51 Sheldrick,Kevin (W) 2085 SA 5.5 | +W42 +B75 +W16 -B5 -W15 =B36 +W68 -B29 +W55 -- -- | 64.5 69.0
52 Lekkas,Frank 2039 VIC 5.5 | +W85 +B62 -W15 +B75 +W17 -W14 -B8 -B25 =W56 +B64 -W24 | 63.0 67.5
53 Drew,Phillip 1841 VIC 5.5 | +W84 -B7 +W42 -B6 -W61 +B73 +W45 -B18 +W44 -B46 =W50 | 62.5 67.0
54 Jothibabu,Anandaram 1798 VIC 5.5 | +B74 -W11 =B80 -W31 +B98 +W70 +B76 +W28 -W29 -B12 -W32 | 60.0 63.0
55 Johnson,Nicholas 1717 QLD 5.5 | -B2 +W82 -W104 +B93 =W29 -B67 +W91 +B68 -B51 -W56 +B81 | 56.5 60.5
56 Sannidhanam,Anurag 1748 VIC 5.5 | +W111 -B87 +W83 -B13 -W42 +B93 +B77 -W22 =B52 +B55 -W31 | 56.5 57.5
57 Hassall,Kim 1718 VIC 5.5 | -W4 =B91 +W84 -B67 +W78 -B29 -W60 +B82 +W76 -B32 +W85 | 54.5 58.5
58 Babic,Zoran 1853 VIC 5.5 | +B99 -W8 -B69 +W30 -B36 -W46 +B98 =W70 +B91 -B39 +W76 | 54.5 57.5
59 Daneshvar,Reza 1791 VIC 5.5 | +W96 -B13 +W73 -B87 -W77 +B82 -B61 +W90 +B89 =W42 -B28 | 52.5 56.5
60 Cervenjak,Mark 1788 QLD 5.5 | -W41 -B100 +B108 =W70 +B49 -W32 +B57 -B39 -W64 +W97 +B75 | 51.5 54.5
61 Liang,Raymond 1543 QLD 5.0 | -B10 +W74 +B48 -W19 +B53 -B38 +W59 -W12 -B24 -W65 +B93 | 62.0 66.0
62 Bayaca,Sterling 1722 NSW 5.0 | +B102 -W52 +B109 -W12 -W21 +B78 +W44 +B67 -B20 -W19 -B48 | 58.5 60.5
63 Badrinarayan,Siddhan 1572 ACT 5.0 | -B27 +W97 -B32 +W101 +B65 -B21 +W88 -W34 +B48 -W24 -B49 | 58.0 61.5
64 Crowley,Regan 1737 CM VIC 5.0 | +B107 =W22 -B12 +W80 -B28 -W31 -B30 +W98 +B60 -W52 =B69 | 57.5 60.5
65 Russell,Paul 1895 CM NSW 5.0 | +W86 -B17 +W77 -B16 -W63 +B90 -W25 +B72 -W42 +B61 -W44 | 57.0 61.0
66 Ng,Reiner 1559 VIC 5.0 | -B8 +W99 -B37 +W74 -B24 -W30 +B108 +W81 -B49 +W78 -B43 | 57.0 60.0
67 Anderson,Alistair 1931 VIC 5.0 | =B98 +W103 -B22 +W57 -B37 +W55 -B31 -W62 =B45 +W70 -B47 | 55.5 58.5
68 Bonham,Kevin 1785 TAS 5.0 | +B95 -W18 +B81 -W20 +B71 =W76 -B51 -W55 =B70 +W90 -B45 | 55.0 58.5
69 Dias,Douglas 1465 VIC 5.0 | -B20 +W110 +W58 -B38 -W41 -B40 +W86 =B45 -W75 +B99 =W64 | 54.0 56.0
70 Kolak,Tanya 1539 VIC 5.0 | -W6 +B86 -W40 =B60 +W91 -B54 =W84 =B58 =W68 -B67 +W92 | 53.5 57.5
71 Petris Angelos 1550 GRE 5.0 | -W17 -B83 +W86 +B99 -W68 -W48 +B106 -B44 +W72 +B84 -W41 | 52.0 55.0
72 Gao,Daniel Danning 1333 VIC 5.0 | -W12 +B79 -W75 -B39 +W74 +B100 -B47 -W65 -B71 +W94 +B89 | 51.0 54.5
73 Warren,Elizabeth 1361 VIC 5.0 | -B22 +W102 -B59 -W47 +B101 -W53 -B78 +W97 +B94 -W43 +B96 | 49.0 52.0
74 Raghavan,Vinay 508 VIC 5.0 | -W54 -B61 +W85 -B66 -B72 -W105 +B110 -W106 +B95 +W107 +B90 | 41.5 43.5
75 Kalisch,Tom 1747 VIC 4.5 | +B110 -W51 +B72 -W52 +B46 =B13 -W29 -W32 +B69 -B31 -W60 | 60.5 62.5
76 Fox,Dominic 1335 NSW 4.5 | -B33 +W39 +B49 +W32 -B18 =B68 -W54 -W48 -B57 +W80 -B58 | 59.0 63.5
77 Hawkins,Sean 1512 VIC 4.5 | -B11 +W95 -B65 +W110 +B59 -B23 -W56 -W49 +B106 -W48 =B78 | 53.5 55.5
78 Flanagan,Liam 879 VIC 4.5 | -B24 +W105 -B43 +W89 -B57 -W62 +W73 +B85 -W41 -B66 =W77 | 52.5 55.5
79 Cook,Geoff L 1720 VIC 4.5 | -B3 -W72 +B103 +W82 -W23 -B44 -W92 =B86 -W84 +B100 +W99 | 51.0 54.0
80 Hooi,Kathleen 1429 VIC 4.5 | -W9 +B111 =W54 -B64 +W100 -B39 =W90 -B41 +W102 -B76 =W84 | 50.0 51.0
81 Goodison,Leonard 1353 VIC 4.5 | -W35 +B94 -W68 -B21 +W83 -B88 +W102 -B66 =W99 +B86 -W55 | 49.0 52.0
82 Bao,Kevin 1278 VIC 4.5 | -W21 -B55 +W96 -B79 +B94 -W59 =B101 -W57 -B97 +W98 +B105 | 45.5 48.5
83 Wang,Cunmeng 1094 VIC 4.5 | -B48 +W71 -B56 -W25 -B81 +W110 -B105 +W107 -B90 +W106 =B91 | 45.0 47.0
84 Harding,Ben 773 VIC 4.5 | -B53 =W90 -B57 -W98 +B110 +W97 =B70 -W89 +B79 -W71 =B80 | 44.5 46.5
85 Behne-Smith,Elizabet 1352 NSW 4.5 | -B52 -W49 -B74 +W103 =B97 -W98 +B109 -W78 +B101 +W91 -B57 | 43.5 45.5
86 Hawkins,Julia 1065 VIC 4.5 | -B65 -W70 -B71 -W105 +B95 +W107 -B69 =W79 +B98 -W81 +B97 | 42.0 45.0
87 Zulfic,Fedja (W) 2110 SA 4.0 | +B46 +W56 -B14 +W59 -B2 +W43 -W19 -B50 -- -- -- | 63.0 68.0
88 Voon,Richard (W) 1841 VIC 4.0 | +BYE -W10 +B46 -W11 -B25 +W81 -B63 +W105 -B47 -- -- | 59.0 62.0
89 Lumsdon,David 1576 VIC 4.0 | +W104 -B34 -W23 -B78 +W92 +B102 -W40 +B84 -W59 -B44 -W72 | 54.5 57.5
90 Maunders,Myiesha 1472 VIC 4.0 | -W13 =B84 -W39 +W107 +B109 -W65 =B80 -B59 +W83 -B68 -W74 | 50.5 52.5
91 Li,Jackie 1287 VIC 4.0 | -B28 =W57 +B98 -W48 -B70 +W109 -B55 +W101 -W58 -B85 =W83 | 49.5 51.5
92 Gao,James Lequan 1213 VIC 4.0 | -B32 -W25 -B110 +W95 -B89 +W94 +B79 -W43 +B105 -W45 -B70 | 49.0 51.0
93 Prince,Alan 1257 VIC 4.0 | -B19 -W50 +B95 -W55 +B107 -W56 -B49 -W94 +B108 +W102 -W61 | 47.5 50.5
94 He,JiaCheng 0 CHI 4.0 | -B43 -W81 -B97 +BYE -W82 -B92 +W96 +B93 -W73 -B72 +W106 | 44.0 47.0
95 Gunstone,Ben 323 VIC 4.0 | -W68 -B77 -W93 -B92 -W86 +W103 -B107 +B100 -W74 +BYE +B108 | 39.5 42.0
96 Moar,Timothy 471 VIC 4.0 | -B59 -W46 -B82 -W108 +B103 -W101 -B94 +W110 +B109 +W105 -W73 | 39.0 41.0
97 Ng,Reyen 1077 VIC 3.5 | -W29 -B63 +W94 -B45 =W85 -B84 +W100 -B73 +W82 -B60 -W86 | 49.5 53.0
98 Goodison,Justin 1201 VIC 3.5 | =W67 -B104 -W91 +B84 -W54 +B85 -W58 -B64 -W86 -B82 +BYE | 49.0 51.5
99 Deng,James 685 VIC 3.5 | -W58 -B66 +B105 -W71 -B30 -W49 +B111 +W108 =B81 -W69 -B79 | 48.0 49.0
100 Beckman,John 1474 VIC 3.5 | -B18 +W60 -B24 =W109 -B80 -W72 -B97 -W95 +B111 -W79 +B107 | 45.5 46.5
101 Burbach Anya Belle 1117 THA 3.5 | -W23 -B45 +W111 -B63 -W73 +B96 =W82 -B91 -W85 -B103 +W109 | 45.0 46.0
102 Zoryrun,Han 0 CHI 3.5 | -W62 -B73 +BYE -W46 +B108 -W89 -B81 +W109 -B80 -B93 =W103 | 43.0 45.0
103 Venkat,Ishan 1003 VIC 3.5 | -W40 -B67 -W79 -B85 -W96 -B95 +BYE +W111 -B107 +W101 =B102 | 39.0 40.0
104 Goldenberg,Igor (W) 2325 IM VIC 3.0 | -B89 +W98 +B55 -W37 +B47 -- -- -- -- -- -- | 53.0 56.0
105 Jochimsen,Erik 1483 ACT 3.0 | -W7 -B78 -W99 +B86 -W106 +B74 +W83 -B88 -W92 -B96 -W82 | 47.0 50.0
106 Gunstone,Jack 1196 VIC 3.0 | -B37 -W31 -B107 +W111 +B105 -W47 -W71 +B74 -W77 -B83 -B94 | 47.0 48.0
107 Taheri,Keyan 0 QLD 3.0 | -W64 -B42 +W106 -B90 -W93 -B86 +W95 -B83 +W103 -B74 -W100 | 43.0 46.0
108 Gunstone,Liam 1215 VIC 3.0 | -W38 -B36 -W60 +B96 -W102 +B111 -W66 -B99 -W93 +B110 -W95 | 42.5 43.5
109 Yuan,Andrew 0 VIC 2.5 | -B47 +BYE -W62 =B100 -W90 -B91 -W85 -B102 -W96 +W111 -B101 | 42.0 43.0
110 De Rooy,Samuel 0 VIC 2.5 | -W75 -B69 +W92 -B77 -W84 -B83 -W74 -B96 +BYE -W108 =B111 | 41.0 42.0
111 De Rooy,Jack 0 VIC 1.5 | -B56 -W80 -B101 -B106 +BYE -W108 -W99 -B103 -W100 -B109 =W110 | 34.5 36.5


Rating Groups

2019 Australian Blitz Championship
Melbourne - 01/01/2019, 01/01/2019

Rated Player Group at round 11


Group limits: 2200 <= rating <= 2800
Pos score ID NAME | Rtg T Fed | Buc1 BucT
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1 10.5 1 Smirnov,Anton | 2578 GM NSW | 77.5 83.5 1st $500 2019 Australian Blitz Champion
2 9.0 4 Tan,Justin | 2448 GM VIC | 78.0 83.5 2nd $300
3 8.5 2 Papin,Vasily | 2491 GM OS | 77.5 82.0 Equal 3rd $150
4 8.5 3 Cheng,Bobby | 2469 IM VIC | 77.0 82.5 Equal 3rd $150
5 8.0 5 Morris,James | 2431 IM VIC | 78.0 83.5
6 8.0 15 Dale,Ari | 2255 IM VIC | 74.0 79.0
7 8.0 12 Wallis,Christopher | 2267 FM VIC | 67.5 72.5
8 7.5 14 Puccini,Jack | 2258 FM VIC | 67.5 72.0
9 7.5 16 Nakauchi,Gene | 2201 FM QLD | 66.5 71.0
10 7.0 8 Chapman,Mark | 2336 IM SA | 72.5 78.0
11 7.0 11 Zelesco,Karl | 2281 FM VIC | 71.0 76.5
12 7.0 7 Izzat,Kanan | 2409 IM OS | 69.5 74.5
13 7.0 13 Liu,Yi | 2265 FM QLD | 67.5 72.5
14 6.5 6 Clarke,Brandon G I | 2413 FM OS | 74.5 80.5
15 6.5 10 Ryjanova,Julia | 2303 WGM VIC | 71.0 76.0
16 3.0 9 Goldenberg,Igor (W) | 2325 IM VIC | 53.0 56.0


Group limits: 1900 <= rating <= 2199
Pos score ID NAME | Rtg T Fed | Buc1 BucT
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1 8.0 17 Sandler,Leonid | 2169 IM VIC | 73.5 76.5 Equal 1st $50
2 8.0 23 Loh,Zachary | 2071 FM VIC | 67.5 72.0 Equal 1st $50
3 7.5 29 Kethro,Michael | 2006 FM ACT | 63.0 68.0
4 7.5 19 Ng,Clive | 2146 CM NSW | 60.5 64.5
5 7.0 18 Dragicevic,Domagoj | 2159 FM VIC | 66.5 70.0
6 7.0 32 Yu,Allen | 1974 VIC | 66.0 70.0
7 7.0 20 Choong,Yita | 2127 FM WA | 64.5 69.5
8 7.0 31 Gusain,Daniel | 1991 VIC | 62.0 66.5
9 7.0 24 Levi,Eddy L | 2070 FM VIC | 61.5 66.5
10 7.0 37 Karaivanov Alexander | 1908 BUL | 61.0 64.5
11 6.5 30 Savige,Colin B | 1992 VIC | 65.5 69.5
12 6.5 34 Kelly,Adam | 1933 CM WA | 57.0 61.0
13 6.0 28 Lojanica,Milenko | 2014 BIH | 72.0 76.5
14 6.0 27 Rashid,Abdulwahab | 2015 FM VIC | 67.5 71.5
15 6.0 25 Kargosha,Bahman | 2043 OS | 66.5 71.0
16 6.0 36 Lojanica,Zdravko | 1931 VIC | 64.0 67.0
17 6.0 33 Beaumont,David | 1959 VIC | 63.5 66.5
18 6.0 38 Chibnall,Alana | 1905 WFM ACT | 52.0 56.0
19 5.5 22 Sheldrick,Kevin (W) | 2085 SA | 64.5 69.0
20 5.5 26 Lekkas,Frank | 2039 VIC | 63.0 67.5
21 5.0 35 Anderson,Alistair | 1931 VIC | 55.5 58.5
22 4.0 21 Zulfic,Fedja (W) | 2110 SA | 63.0 68.0


Group limits: 1500 <= rating <= 1899
Pos score ID NAME | Rtg T Fed | Buc1 BucT
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1 7.0 42 Badrinarayan,Sankeer | 1867 ACT | 60.0 63.5 Equal 1st $50
2 7.0 63 Ilic,Nicholas | 1583 VIC | 59.5 63.5 Equal 1st $50
3 6.5 39 Milojevic,Miodrag | 1896 VIC | 62.5 66.0
4 6.5 67 Watson,James | 1567 VIC | 58.5 61.5
5 6.0 62 Zillmann,Shawn | 1682 VIC | 65.0 68.0
6 6.0 57 Zou,Brendan | 1722 VIC | 62.0 66.0
7 6.0 41 Holland Daniel | 1878 AUS | 60.5 63.5
8 6.0 50 Chmiel,Rad | 1760 VIC | 59.5 64.0
9 6.0 53 Poberezovsky,Daniel | 1744 VIC | 57.0 60.5
10 6.0 64 Hooi,Ethan | 1579 VIC | 55.5 59.0
11 6.0 55 Dakic,Dusan | 1731 VIC | 53.5 55.5
12 6.0 49 Stokes,Mark C | 1779 QLD | 52.0 55.5
13 5.5 61 Wang,Kayson | 1693 VIC | 65.0 69.0
14 5.5 44 Drew,Phillip | 1841 VIC | 62.5 67.0
15 5.5 46 Jothibabu,Anandaram | 1798 VIC | 60.0 63.0
16 5.5 60 Johnson,Nicholas | 1717 QLD | 56.5 60.5
17 5.5 51 Sannidhanam,Anurag | 1748 VIC | 56.5 57.5
18 5.5 59 Hassall,Kim | 1718 VIC | 54.5 58.5
19 5.5 43 Babic,Zoran | 1853 VIC | 54.5 57.5
20 5.5 47 Daneshvar,Reza | 1791 VIC | 52.5 56.5
21 5.5 105 Cervenjak,Mark | 1788 QLD | 51.5 54.5
22 5.0 70 Liang,Raymond | 1543 QLD | 62.0 66.0
23 5.0 56 Bayaca,Sterling | 1722 NSW | 58.5 60.5
24 5.0 66 Badrinarayan,Siddhan | 1572 ACT | 58.0 61.5
25 5.0 54 Crowley,Regan | 1737 CM VIC | 57.5 60.5
26 5.0 40 Russell,Paul | 1895 CM NSW | 57.0 61.0
27 5.0 68 Ng,Reiner | 1559 VIC | 57.0 60.0
28 5.0 48 Bonham,Kevin | 1785 TAS | 55.0 58.5
29 5.0 71 Kolak,Tanya | 1539 VIC | 53.5 57.5
30 5.0 69 Petris Angelos | 1550 GRE | 52.0 55.0
31 4.5 52 Kalisch,Tom | 1747 VIC | 60.5 62.5
32 4.5 72 Hawkins,Sean | 1512 VIC | 53.5 55.5
33 4.5 58 Cook,Geoff L | 1720 VIC | 51.0 54.0
34 4.0 45 Voon,Richard (W) | 1841 VIC | 59.0 62.0
35 4.0 65 Lumsdon,David | 1576 VIC | 54.5 57.5


Group limits: 0 <= rating <= 1499
Pos score ID NAME | Rtg T Fed | Buc1 BucT
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1 6.5 83 Burbach Brunel Baron | 1345 THA | 61.5 65.0 1st $100
2 6.0 78 Testolin,Ryder | 1435 VIC | 59.0 62.0
3 6.0 104 Caita Mindra,Emanoil | 0 VIC | 55.5 59.5
4 6.0 77 Wang,Ruicheng | 1453 VIC | 55.5 58.5
5 5.0 76 Dias,Douglas | 1465 VIC | 54.0 56.0
6 5.0 85 Gao,Daniel Danning | 1333 VIC | 51.0 54.5
7 5.0 80 Warren,Elizabeth | 1361 VIC | 49.0 52.0
8 5.0 101 Raghavan,Vinay | 508 VIC | 41.5 43.5
9 4.5 84 Fox,Dominic | 1335 NSW | 59.0 63.5
10 4.5 98 Flanagan,Liam | 879 VIC | 52.5 55.5
11 4.5 79 Hooi,Kathleen | 1429 VIC | 50.0 51.0
12 4.5 81 Goodison,Leonard | 1353 VIC | 49.0 52.0
13 4.5 87 Bao,Kevin | 1278 VIC | 45.5 48.5
14 4.5 94 Wang,Cunmeng | 1094 VIC | 45.0 47.0
15 4.5 100 Harding,Ben | 773 VIC | 44.5 46.5
16 4.5 82 Behne-Smith,Elizabet | 1352 NSW | 43.5 45.5
17 4.5 96 Hawkins,Julia | 1065 VIC | 42.0 45.0
18 4.0 75 Maunders,Myiesha | 1472 VIC | 50.5 52.5
19 4.0 86 Li,Jackie | 1287 VIC | 49.5 51.5
20 4.0 90 Gao,James Lequan | 1213 VIC | 49.0 51.0
21 4.0 88 Prince,Alan | 1257 VIC | 47.5 50.5
22 4.0 108 He,JiaCheng | 0 CHI | 44.0 47.0
23 4.0 103 Gunstone,Ben | 323 VIC | 39.5 42.0
24 4.0 102 Moar,Timothy | 471 VIC | 39.0 41.0
25 3.5 95 Ng,Reyen | 1077 VIC | 49.5 53.0
26 3.5 91 Goodison,Justin | 1201 VIC | 49.0 51.5
27 3.5 99 Deng,James | 685 VIC | 48.0 49.0
28 3.5 74 Beckman,John | 1474 VIC | 45.5 46.5
29 3.5 93 Burbach Anya Belle | 1117 THA | 45.0 46.0
30 3.5 111 Zoryrun,Han | 0 CHI | 43.0 45.0
31 3.5 97 Venkat,Ishan | 1003 VIC | 39.0 40.0
32 3.0 73 Jochimsen,Erik | 1483 ACT | 47.0 50.0
33 3.0 92 Gunstone,Jack | 1196 VIC | 47.0 48.0
34 3.0 109 Taheri,Keyan | 0 QLD | 43.0 46.0
35 3.0 89 Gunstone,Liam | 1215 VIC | 42.5 43.5
36 2.5 110 Yuan,Andrew | 0 VIC | 42.0 43.0
37 2.5 107 De Rooy,Samuel | 0 VIC | 41.0 42.0
38 1.5 106 De Rooy,Jack | 0 VIC | 34.5 36.5


Group limits: 0 <= rating <= 0
Pos score ID NAME | Rtg T Fed | Buc1 BucT
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1 6.0 104 Caita Mindra,Emanoil | 0 VIC | 55.5 59.5
2 4.0 108 He,JiaCheng | 0 CHI | 44.0 47.0
3 3.5 111 Zoryrun,Han | 0 CHI | 43.0 45.0
4 3.0 109 Taheri,Keyan | 0 QLD | 43.0 46.0
5 2.5 110 Yuan,Andrew | 0 VIC | 42.0 43.0
6 2.5 107 De Rooy,Samuel | 0 VIC | 41.0 42.0
7 1.5 106 De Rooy,Jack | 0 VIC | 34.5 36.5

Andy009
02-01-2019, 06:46 AM
Great event once again.111 players and some tough blitz chess by everyone.no easy matches but Anton's 10.5/11 in a tough field needs to be commended.The only concern was that the tournament went lot longer than expected! Hope we have many such great events in future.

BlairMandla
02-01-2019, 03:33 PM
Whilst I understand that Blitz events are an easy way for organizers to make some quick cash in attempt to cover the expected loss of running the main event.
I must say given volume of players and the money clearly collected it is disappointing that 2nd place prizes in each rating division were not offered.
Additionally it makes no sense why one rating group has 16 and 22 players whilst the others have 35 and 38 (31 excluding unrated) respectively, why not the cut these evenly.

On titled players, is it ACF mandated that WIM, IM, WGM & GM must receive free entry or do the organizers have the choice?
The NSWCA system of charging titled players works very well and has proven not to detract players, although I would be happy for GMs to continue to receive the free entry.

Kevin Bonham
03-01-2019, 10:55 PM
On titled players, is it ACF mandated that WIM, IM, WGM & GM must receive free entry or do the organizers have the choice?

It is currently mandated for all official ACF title events.

Kevin Bonham
03-01-2019, 11:02 PM
The only concern was that the tournament went lot longer than expected!

Yes it started about 45 minutes late, which I understood was partly because of numerous issues with registering unknown players, but also because so many disorganised players showed up just before the scheduled starting time (and even in some cases a couple of minutes after) despite the advertised closing time.

Players need to understand that if they want events to start on time then either they have to arrive by the advertised starting time or else the organisers will have to start enforcing it strictly.

After the event started the organisers were using protocols (individual paper slips) to record the results but abandoned this after round 1 because of the time it was taking. I don't think there were major holdups past that point - it just does take time collating and entering all the results after each round.

Garvinator
04-01-2019, 03:41 AM
Yes it started about 45 minutes late, which I understood was partly because of numerous issues with registering unknown players, but also because so many disorganised players showed up just before the scheduled starting time (and even in some cases a couple of minutes after) despite the advertised closing time.
Being the Australian Blitz Championship, almost all of your starting time issues are eliminated if you forbid on the day entries. Considering that this event was advertised weeks in advance and had over 100 entries, there was no genuine reason for on the day entries.

All that does is collect some extra entries at the expense of delaying the start for, what 45 minutes. So all those who entered early, did the right thing and then had to sit around and wait for those who entered on the day and for the organisers to attempt to get the last minute entries in the field.

Kevin Bonham
04-01-2019, 09:36 AM
Being the Australian Blitz Championship, almost all of your starting time issues are eliminated if you forbid on the day entries. Considering that this event was advertised weeks in advance and had over 100 entries, there was no genuine reason for on the day entries.

And even with an advertised cutoff of 3:30 on the day, there were still 72 already entered by just after 8:00 on the day as Peter's post above shows. So it is a minority entering late who are creating delays for everyone else.

Fortunately this year there were no appeals which can slow down blitz events considerably (as I know from experience!)

It may be worth considering enforcing cutoffs and saying on the publicity details "This cutoff will be strictly enforced". Or surcharge all entries after that time by 100%.

Garvinator
05-01-2019, 07:13 PM
And even with an advertised cutoff of 3:30 on the day, there were still 72 already entered by just after 8:00 on the day as Peter's post above shows. So it is a minority entering late who are creating delays for everyone else.

It may be worth considering enforcing cutoffs and saying on the publicity details "This cutoff will be strictly enforced". Or surcharge all entries after that time by 100%.

I chopped the middle comment about appeals from KB's quote as it does not apply to my reply regarding starting times.

I am having a major case of deja vu here and almost like I am returning back to chess administration and tournament organisation here as I am making a lot of the same arguments or points as I used to.

Having anything other than a blanket ban on 'on the day' entries places pressure on the organisers, or the chief arbiter, or lone arbiter if at a smaller event, to accept entries until all potential entries are accepted to keep those players happy.

More time is lost arguing with those you have to reject, or tell them that they can not play in round one and give a zero point or half point bye in round one as per the tournament rules, than 'just' adding their name to entry list and sorting out their entry particulars as the event goes along.

And very few if any organisers, or arbiters, want to create arguments in these situations. Whilst it can seem like a good solution to have a cutoff time, what happens if a few players were in line to enter, the hammer comes down for the cutoff time and are then told bad luck, too late.

What will be remembered for most of the players, parents, spectators and any sponsors who are in attendance is a large argument between a group of players who were denied entry and a set of organisers or arbiters at the start of the event if there is a cut off time.

Having no entry on the day prevents all of this. The only possible requirement is that all players have to check in with the chief arbiter to get their name marked off so the arbiting team knows they are there before pairings are released. And that can be the purpose of a cutoff time.


Entries close day before.

Check in for Round One closes 15 minutes before.

Play starts (for this event): 4pm

All done and simple, in my opinion.

I know organisers are scared of losing entries by not allowing on the day entries, but having events starting 45 minutes late is a terrible look for the organising team and does make people wonder whether to enter again if it is repeatedly regularly. Events start 45 minute late, I can't plan my day because I don't know when the event will finish, might give it a miss, is the thought pattern.

Kevin Bonham
05-01-2019, 07:50 PM
I know organisers are scared of losing entries by not allowing on the day entries, but having events starting 45 minutes late is a terrible look for the organising team and does make people wonder whether to enter again if it is repeatedly regularly. Events start 45 minute late, I can't plan my day because I don't know when the event will finish, might give it a miss, is the thought pattern.

I don't think it is really that much of a deterrent though. Big blitz tournaments usually fail to start on time but they continue attracting large fields. The number of players deterred by difficulty planning their day would probably be smaller than the number who didn't enter if entries closed before the day.

A big blitz I was last-minute CA of ran ridiculously overtime because the original CA withdrew after the starting time but before the first round had started, then there were two appeals (both dismissed) that were difficult to coordinate and get addressed quickly, largely because the Chief Organiser wasn't even in the venue. We must have finished something like 3 hours later than intended. Players were extremely understanding and flexible. Only one had to go home.


And very few if any organisers, or arbiters, want to create arguments in these situations. Whilst it can seem like a good solution to have a cutoff time, what happens if a few players were in line to enter, the hammer comes down for the cutoff time and are then told bad luck, too late.

I think this was a factor this time too - people in the queue but not at the front of it by the cutoff time.

Shaun94
06-01-2019, 12:37 AM
As an arbiter at the large blitz event mentioned i can confirm the players were very understanding and we had minimal complaints in regards to the timing of the event

I do also recall the appeals being quite time consuming, much more so then the extra players to add.

Bob1
19-01-2019, 06:00 PM
Other than a delayed start this was a very well run event - excellent arbiters (and decisions)
I was simply a NSW observer (with a little credibility as an organiser/arbiter myself!)

I think the large number of on the day entries (about 30% from my information) was the reason for the delayed start - which frustrated all of us present. (I always struggle with this myself)
However as a result 100+ players were able to participate. (personally I hate turning players away from an event - in fact I never have - so I applaud the decisions to accept everyone)

The initial result reporting system failed because there were so many players who had no experience at championship level tournaments. (and like all chess players didn't listen to the announcements before the games!)
The organisers adapted and changed - things improved round on round.

Amazing result from Anton!

Great work from the organisers and arbiters - I'm sure we all learned from this experience.

Alana
19-01-2019, 07:16 PM
I think the large number of on the day entries (about 30% from my information) was the reason for the delayed start - which frustrated all of us present. (I always struggle with this myself)
However as a result 100+ players were able to participate. (personally I hate turning players away from an event - in fact I never have - so I applaud the decisions to accept everyone)

The way to go about this is just have registration close 15 or 30 minutes before (or preferably the day before). If you have players turn up late on the day they can enter and play, sure, but they will just need to understand that they would receive a half point bye for the first round. That means the players who turned up on time can start on time, and the late joiners can still play. You can still get the 100+ entries to the tournament, and hopefully it will encourage players to turn up early.

A number of the group of players who walked in after the tournament was meant to start were IM's - they need to understand that they follow the same rules as everyone else in the event.

I think this also affects registration lists for tournaments - if a player has registered and paid for an event than assume they are coming and pair them, instead of waiting around for them to get their name ticket off a list.

On a side note, well done to the arbiters and Peter for running a very smooth Blitz once it got started :)

DanielHolland
24-01-2019, 10:04 AM
Considering it was new years day, many people would be feeling a little bit groggy, which would account for their late arrival. So there really is no solution, just an acceptance of the 'shit happens'.

In summary and conclusion, to those that took the time to write a wall of text complaining...harden the **** up��

Kevin Bonham
24-01-2019, 10:26 AM
Considering it was new years day, many people would be feeling a little bit groggy, which would account for their late arrival.

For a tournament starting at 4 pm? Must have been one hell of a party!