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29-01-2020, 03:14 PM
Having successfully staged two weekenders last year; we hope to repeat the feat this year. Further details of upcoming competitions will be posted here on Chess Chat, as well as on the CAQ website, in the coming months along with other chess events in our district. :owned:

04-02-2020, 06:24 PM
Our junior Grand prix starts this month. The dates for the year are 23/02/2020, 29/03/2020, 26/04/2020, 31/05/2020, 26/07/2020, 30/08/2020, 25/10/2020 and the final round will be on 29/11/2020. We look forward to seeing some new faces from the Wide bay area.

26-02-2020, 01:17 PM
The first round of our Children's GP was held last weekend. 15 players attended.
One player came from Gladstone for the first time because of the information e-mailed to school chess coordinators; as well as 4 players from Hervey Bay/Maryborough.
Thr results were
1st Sarah Knight 6/6, picket fence
2nd Joel Knight 5/6, lost on time to his sister Sarah.
3 way tie for 3rd 4/6 Lucas Bern, Jaden Holzheimer, Ewan Kenway.
Most interesting game prize - Callum Macann and Lalit Gudimetla

12-03-2020, 07:04 PM
Gardiner Chess came to town for the Wide Bay North Term 1. This event was held at Walkervale State School on Wednesday 11/3/20 attracting 111 contestants, 49 in the High School section and 62 in the Primary; this was a new record for a first term tournament. Schools in the district fielded teams of four students. After seven intense rounds, top placings in the team awards were –
High Schools Division
First Shalom College 21.5
Second Bundaberg SHS 20
Third St Luke’s Anglican College 16.5
Primary Schools Division
First St Luke’s Anglican College 22
Second Norville SS 1 19.5
Third Norville SS 2 19
There were some fine individual performances. Bundaberg SHS student Joshua Howard turned in a remarkable effort. He won all seven of his games. In the primary schools section, placings were determined by computer after three players each finished with six wins. Top placings in the individual awards were –
High Schools Section
First Joshua Howard Bundaberg SHS 7
Second Patrick Maher Shalom 6
Third Nicholas Whitelum Shalom 6
Primary Schools Section
First Scott Rosenberger Norville 6
Second Ewan Kenway Norville 6
Third Joshua Lee St Luke’s 6
The next of these tournaments, The Wide Bay North Term Two, will be held at Avoca State School on Tuesday 19/5/20.
Our thanks to Shaun and Sam

16-03-2020, 08:51 AM
Unfortunately along with the rest of Queensland we have suspended club activities for the foreseeable future. We may even have to learn to "nop" instead of shaking hands before a game.

16-03-2020, 11:19 AM
Will this mean offering your elbow as a gesture of resignation?

16-03-2020, 04:29 PM
Surely the winner should be giving his/her opponent the elbow. Kowtowing should be sufficient from the resignee.

19-05-2020, 07:42 AM
As the year progresses and more and more tournaments have to be cancelled I suspect that our Open in August will bite the dust as well. Hopefully our second tournament, which is scheduled for 21/22 November may yet survive.

09-06-2020, 07:53 AM
There is a light at the end of the tunnel Bundaberg Chess Club will be open again as of 17th June. COVID precautions will be in place, but our rooms can accommodate 20. Come and join us from 6pm at our club rooms on Woongarra ST.

18-06-2020, 07:33 AM
Last night we were officially back. Armed with Glen 20, Dettol wipes and hand sanitiser we reconquered the club rooms. New and old faces met across the boards and a good time was had by all.

28-06-2020, 10:21 AM
Last night we were officially back. Armed with Glen 20, Dettol wipes and hand sanitiser we reconquered the club rooms. New and old faces met across the boards and a good time was had by all.

I am interested in how you maintained the social distancing of 1.5m (https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/coronavirus-prevention) while you "met across boards". It may be relevant to other chess clubs who want to resume operations.

29-06-2020, 08:52 PM
What we have done is separated the tables so that the non-moving player can pull back after stopping their clock. Thus a 2m distance can be maintained. We have sufficient area >80sqm, so that we can seat up to 20 players. I hope this is helpful to all other clubs out there. Also of benefit is the CAQ document that originated in Toowoomba for a club COVID-19 plan

19-07-2020, 03:11 PM
We are going to hold our club championship as a weekender over the 28th and 29th August. Numbers will be limited by the prevailing COVID restriction, but there may be a spare spot if you are passing. It will be ACF rated with time controls of 60+20

14-08-2020, 01:16 PM
Well competitive chess is back in Bundy. Gardiner Chess staged Round 3 of the Wide Bay North division and the full results can be found on their website.
Our club championship is set to go ahead on the 28th and 29th August. Elbow off will be at 0930. So can you be there by 0900 so that entries can be made into Swiss Manager. Adults $20 a head and juniors $10. Prizes will be determined by the number of entrants. It will be ACF rated if you are a CAQ member

29-08-2020, 11:05 AM
Our club weekender is now underway. We have a couple of visitors Mark Stokes and Tony Weller. We think this is the first OTB tournament in the post COVID era.
So; Board 1 Tony Weller v Phil Mulholland; Board 2, Martin Carter v Mark Stokes; Board 3, John Harris v Steven Harris; Board 4, Ranga Mashamhandra v Peter Bender; Board 5, Louis Willemse v Adam Richardt. Keith Macleod having the bye.
Updates will follow.

29-08-2020, 12:45 PM
No surprises in Round 1.
Round 2:-
Tony Weller v K Macleod; Mark Stokes v Louis Willemse; Ranga Mashamhandra v John Harris; Peter Bender v Steven Harris; and on Board 5 Phil Mulholland v Adam Richardt. Martin Carter bringing up the Bye.

29-08-2020, 04:55 PM
Again, no real surprises. So to Round 3
Board 1, Mark v Ranga
Board 2, Tony v Martin
Board 3, Louis v Keith
Board 4, John v Phil
Board 5, Adam v Peter
Steven has the bye.
Standings will be published with the next round later this evening.

29-08-2020, 06:41 PM
And the results from Round 3
Mark and Ranga drew; Tony beat Martin; Keith beat Louis; John and Phil drew and Peter beat Adam.
So the standings are:-
Joint first on 2.5 Ranga, Keith, Tony and Mark
Fifth on 2 Peter
Joint sixth on 1.5 John and Phil
Bringing up the rear on 1; Martin, Stephen, Adam and Louis.
Round 4 commences at 0930 with
1. Ranga v Tony
2. Keith v Mark
3. Peter v John
4. Stephen v Phil
5. Martin v Louis.

Adam gets the bye.

I'm sorry that i cannot show games, but any of the protagonists who wish to share are invited to do so.

30-08-2020, 02:42 PM
Round 4
Ranga beat Tony; Mark beat Keith; John beat Peter; Phil beat Stephen and Louis beat Martin.

So Round 5 is
Tony V Mark, Phil v Ranga, John v Keith, Peter v Martin and Stephen v Adam.

30-08-2020, 03:19 PM
Round 5 winners were Tony, Ranga, John, Adam and Peter and Martin drew.
Going into round 6
Ranga is on 4.5 followed by Tony, John, and Mark on 3.5.
Round 6 is Louis v Ranga, Mark v John, Tony v Peter, Adam v Keith and Martin v Stephen.

30-08-2020, 06:46 PM
And the winner, and Bundaberg Club Champion, is Ranga with 5.5/6, denied a picket fence by Mark who finished a clear second with 4.5. The winner of the Junior Club Champion was Adam.
Third to seventh were Tony, John, Phil and Peter.
Eighth was Louis; ninth was Martin, with Adam tenth and Stephen eleventh.
We would like to thank Tony and Mark for coming to visit and making this the first post-COVID tournament.
Next up is the Leo Wilkinson in Redcliffe

30-08-2020, 10:34 PM
Actually Martin there is one event before the Leo Wilkinson Memorial which is the Nell Van De Graaff Classic - http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?18155-2020-Nell-Van-De-Graaff-Classic-(Over-the-board-weekender)

31-08-2020, 03:55 PM
Yes Shaun; you are quite correct. Hopefully any further restrictions on the Gold Coast will not prevent it going ahead. But in deference to our guests I decided to preference Leo. Good luck with the Nell Van de Graff.

31-08-2020, 10:24 PM
In the results I managed to omit Keith from the list of third to seventh. Oops.

01-09-2020, 11:39 AM
Well done to Ranga and the other prize winners. Any chance of posting a crosstable?

02-09-2020, 02:55 PM
Sorry I missed this one (and battling with Tony and Mark again). I've just moved from Brisbane to Coral Cove (as of a week ago) and hope to attend some club nights in both Bargara and Bundy in the near future. Had way too much to do over the weekend, unfortunately, with the moving van arriving and all the other settling in.

But I'll make an appearance soon... :)

Kevin Casey

03-09-2020, 03:38 PM
Sorry, but it is beyond my computing capacity to upload that from the format that I have it in. You can have a look at it when you come and visit us.
Or may be not.

15-10-2020, 10:50 AM
Bundaberg Term 4 Interschools Chess Tournament

On Tuesday 13th October Avoca State High School hosted the Bundaberg Schools Chess Tournament. For the High Schools this competition started in 1987 and has been running continuously since 2008. The Primary schools have been contesting their trophy since 2010. This year there were 47 senior students representing 7 schools alongside 99 primary students representing 10 schools from the Bundaberg and Fraser Coast regions.
The competition was run under the aegis of Bundaberg Chess Club, with the Club President, Martin Carter, a FIDE qualified National Arbiter, as Chief Arbiter ably assisted by club members, Elizabeth and John Harris, Phil Mulholland, Keith MacLeod and Louis Willemse. It is both a team (of four) and an individual competition
After 7 hard fought rounds the results were as follows.
Senior School Teams
First, Aldridge:- Mitchell Whitaker; Lexie Rhigetti; Ryan Fredricksen and Regan Bailey with a score of 20.5
Second, Bundaberg 1:- Joshua Howard; Brenton McHale; Reece Buckholz and Fletcher Churchill on 20
Third, St Luke’s 1:- Nelson Brown; Haiden Campbell; Lachlan Hocking and Angus Hill with 16.5
So just 0.5 points separated the top two teams.

Senior School individual results were
First, Mitchell Whitaker with a perfect score of 7/7
Second, Brenton McHale with 6/7
Third, Riley Newbold with 5.5/7

Primary School Teams
First, St Luke’s 1:- Joshua Lee, Min Sussens, Samuel Schmidt and Xander Hills on 21.5.
Second, Norville 1:- Ewan Kenway, Emily Rosenberger, Scott Rosenberger and Lachlan Gatto on 19
Third:- Avoca 1 Swarith Chand, Oliver Jowett, Isaac Parker and Ashton Ogle on 18.
Special mention must be given to Tinana who finished sixth with a team of three

Primary School individual.
First Lily Fraser on a perfect 7/7
Second Lucas and third Joshua Lee. Both finished on 6/7; but Lucas got secong on tie break.

These results will be forwarded to the CAQ, the Chess Association of Queensland, for inclusion in the Queensland Junior Rankings.

The Bundaberg Junior Grand Prix resumes on 25th October after a COVID induced break. All juniors are invited to attend at the U3A Building on Woongarra Street from 8.45 am on that Sunday.

21-10-2020, 10:36 PM
The Bundaberg Open Weekender 21st and 22nd November 2020
Bundaberg Chess Club is proud to present an Open Weekender. This is a CAQ approved event.
Numbers will be capped at 40, due to COVID restrictions
Venue St Luke’s School, 4 Metzger Street, Bundaberg. This venue is air conditioned
Format 6 Round Swiss Time Control 60 mins + 10 sec Fischer
Director of Play Martin Carter
Official Opening at 1115
Rounds Saturday Rd 1 1130 Rd 2 1430 Rd3 1700
Sunday Rd 4 0830 Rd 5 1100 Rd 6 1330
Up to 2 half point byes are available on request in rounds 1-5
1st Prize: $700 2nd Prize: $350 3rd Prize: $200
Rating group prizes 1st Prize: $130 2nd Prize: $70
The number of rating groups will depend on the number of entries received
Entry fees Adults: $70 Juniors: $45 $80 on the day $50 on the day
Entrants needing to join CAQ should add $20 to above fees
Text entries to 0428367662 or email to bundabergchessclub18@ozemail.com.au
or direct to Westpac BSB 034122 A/C 404252 using name as reference

22-10-2020, 09:41 PM
For the Bundaberg Open we will be starting another thread.
Bundaberg Open Weekender 20/21 November

25-10-2020, 05:47 PM
The Junior GP has resumed. We had a total of 17 players at the club rooms this morning from Agnes Water to Maryborough. The results were close.
3 way tie 1st
Mitchell Whitaker 5/6 from Aldridge SHS
Min Sussens 5/6 from St Lukes
Bohdi Rasmussen 5/6 from Agnes Waters

3 way tie for 2nd
Ewan Kenway 4/6 Norville
Callum Macann 4/6
Lachlan Gatto 4/6 Norville

27-10-2020, 06:31 AM
Obviously I should have said that there was a three way tie for first and a three way tie for fourth.

17-12-2020, 11:50 AM
Well not too bad a year. Our club championship went ahead with visitors from down south. Thank you Mark and Tony. Our open weekender was well received at our new venue. Thank you St Luke's.

We are now closed until Jan 13 and our children's GP will resume on Feb 28.

Merry Christmas to all

20-01-2021, 08:13 AM
Bundaberg Chess has returned from aestivation and is open on Wednesday nights from 1800. Look forward to seeing you there.

05-02-2021, 01:48 PM
Bargara has also restarted on a Tuesday night from 1830. The venue is the Bargara Golf Club.

The Bundaberg Open will be held on 21st and 22nd August. I am opening a new thread for information on this exciting event.

04-03-2021, 01:33 PM
Well, the schools are back in action. Gardiner Chess ran the first round of the Wide Bay North division of the Inter Schools competition. Bundaberg State High took out the seniors; and Avoca SS the juniors. Brenton McHale (BSH) picket fenced the Seniors and Shaurya Jain (Avoca SS) did the same in the juniors.
In the first of the year's Children's Sunday GP which was keenly contested by 19 players over 6 rounds. Avoca’s Shaurya Jain won all his games in stylish fashion.
The placings were –
1st 6/6 Shauyra
2nd 5/6 Riley
=3rd 4/6 Min, Mitchell, Daniel, Callum

30-03-2021, 10:29 AM
First the good news. The results from last Sunday's Children's GP.

1st Shaurya Jain 6/6
2nd Scott Rosenberger 4.5/6
A 4 way tie for 3rd on 4/6
Callum Macann
Ewan Kenway
Oliver Martin
Ricky Morey

Most interesting game - Jacob Drew and Ewan Kenway.

Now the bad news; due to the COVID lockdown there will be no chess on March 31st. I will keep readers updated.

04-04-2021, 08:14 AM
Good news. The club will be reopening Wednesday with a party. It will be a BYO mask party.

12-04-2021, 09:03 PM
The club will again be open this Wednesday. Dress code remains mask.
The Children' GP will be held on 18th May due to ANZAC day being the last Sunday of the month. Non-parents or siblings must be club members and have a Blue Card.

02-06-2021, 10:40 AM
The children's GP continues. The result of the May round are as follows
1st Shaurya Jain 6/6
2nd Riley Newbold 5/6
3rd Riley Lockyer 4/6
Callum Macann 4/6

The interesting game prize was not awarded this time. Special mention of the game between Shaurya Jain and Riley Newbold, though - very close, game was even for majority of the game, Shaurya only won in the end game.

23-09-2021, 11:55 AM
President’s Report to the Bundaberg Chess Club AGM 2021
Another year crippled and constrained by COVID. However we do still have a hard core membership that attends, religiously, on a Wednesday evening for our regular social/lightning evenings. Our outreach program helped stage a tournament at Rainbow Beach, which was well received. Unfortunately on the home front Bargara branch is looking for a new home.
Financially we are sound under the stewardship of Elizabeth Harris. We have heard her report.
I am lucky to have such a supportive and experienced committee to rely on.
Some of the Queensland interschool’s was lost but Avoca and Bundaberg State High will be representing the region in Brisbane next month. Both of these schools have coaching input from the club and this is our light at the end of the tunnel. Our championing of junior chess is the one thing that has continued unabated in this trying year with the tireless contributions of John and Elizabeth Harris with their Sunday Children’s Grand Prix.
After last year’s Open, the only Open played outside the South East, which was won by Brodie McClymont;, we had plans to stage two tournaments this year at St Luke’s. As the old joke goes – How do you make G-d laugh? – Make plans. We have deferred the Open to our second date in November, cancelling the proposed Bundaberg Classic. We are fortunate to have good local sponsors in Bundaberg. We, also, have an educational grant from the Bundaberg Regional Council for a Masterclass and Simul to precede this event.
It is unprecedented that I have not said unprecedented so here it is.

22-10-2021, 09:16 AM
Wide Bay Intershools Chess at Avoca 19th October 2021

On Tuesday 19th October Avoca State school kindly hosted the annual Bundaberg Chess Club Wide Bay Interschool competition. From Bundaberg and Fraser Coast 102 primary students from 10 schools and 50 senior students from 7 schools gathered together to enjoy the pleasures of the game.
The senior’s school trophy was won by Bundaberg State High School with their team of Riley Newbold, Brenton Hale, Reece Buckholz and Fletcher Christian on 20 with a clear 4 point margin. This is the team that represented Wide Bay North in the state school finals in Brisbane. Second place was shared by St Luke’s 1 Marko Puusaari, Nelson Brown, Calvin Vickers and Joshua Lee; and Shalom Black Callum Macann, Khan Ashmore, Jacob Werchon and Waylen Hu, with St Luke’s taking the silver medal on tie-break.
The individual gold medal went to Riley Newbold (BSHS) with 6/6 on tiebreak from Brenton McHale also from BSHS. Third place went to Marko Puusaari on 5/6 again in a tie break; all the good players in a close pack with only the tiebreak system to separate them. The individual female prize went to Emily Rosenberger.

In the primary section the winning school was Avoca with 20.5. They had also been to Brisbane as our representatives. Clustered on 16.5 were Riverside Christian College, Norville and St Luke’s who just missed the podium on tiebreak.
The individual winner was Shaurya Jain, his brother Nirvaan followed closely in second. Third spot was shared by Lance Dixon, Harrison Dart and Isaac Parker with Lance taking bronze on tiebreak. The best female prize went to Kiara Carruthers.

22-10-2021, 09:21 AM
Please remember the Bundaberg Open on 27/28 November at St Luke's. Looking forward to seeing you there.:)

24-10-2021, 04:47 PM
The latest round of the Junior's GP took place today. The results are as follows.
18 players attended.

1st Shaurya Jain 6/6
5 way tie for 2nd prize
Mitchell Whitaker 4/6
Callum Macaan 4/6
Fletcher Churchill 4/6
Scott Rosenberger 4/6
Riley Newbold 4/6

Most interesting game - Emily Rosenberger and Jaden Holzheimer

So the winner of our interschool championship Primary division triumphed over our Senior champion. The future looks good for Bundaberg chess.

30-11-2021, 03:33 PM
Bundaberg Chess Festival Weekend
Yet again this year Bundaberg Chess Club is staging the only Open Weekender outside the South East quadrant. We have had great help from Bundaberg Regional Council and other sponsors. The Bundaberg chess festival started on Friday 26th with a day of teaching for local students by British Grandmaster Daniel Fernandez. The morning session was staged at Avoca State School. This school was Wide Bay’s representative in the Primary division of the Gardiner Chess Queensland interschool tournament finishing as the second placed regional school. Shalom College hosted the seniors session and the day wrapped up with a presentation at St Luke’s which was followed by a simultaneous contest where Daniel Fernandez played 19 games at the same time, not losing any with three draws against Benjamin Leong, Timothy Harris and Paul Summers.
The Bundaberg Open Weekender was opened at 1115 on the Saturday morning by the local member for Bundaberg, Tom Smith. The Open is contested over 6 rounds, with games lasting up to two and a half hours. 32 players did battle for the trophy including the visiting Grandmaster and two other Queensland International Masters. This was a very high class field for a regional event. The tournament is run as a Swiss system with winners playing winners, and losers playing losers, in the subsequent rounds, so the field stratifies out to provide a clear winner.
The weather got into the act on Sunday with flooding preventing one player finishing the weekend. On the boards – Round 4 board 1 gave us a superb game between GM Daniel Fernandez and IM Stephen Solomon involving the Reti opening which the GM has written a book on but the IM was prepared; Stephen Solomon eventually losing on time. The tournament ended with a 5˝/6 victory performance from the GM although it was not all easy sailing. Five people tied for second place including IM’s Stephen Solomon and Brodie McClymont, local Ranga Mashamhanda and juniors Byron Morris and Benjamin Leong; all on 4˝ points.

05-12-2021, 11:38 AM
We concluded our festival of chess with a club "rapid" tournament (25/10). A six round Swiss tournament which was won by Kevin Casey (6/6). Second was Peter Bender (5/6) and third was Ranga Mashamhanda (4.5/6). The upset prize went to Shaurya Jain for his draw with Ranga.

16-12-2021, 05:44 PM
Bundaberg has now closed for the seasonal break. We will return on 15th Jan.
We wish all our members a happy festive season. :D:D:D

10-01-2022, 11:28 PM
An emergency committee meeting was held today by phone. Given the changing status of COVID regulation and prognostication by the haruspex; we will follow current wisdom and be delaying the reopening of the club until Feb 2nd. This should coincide with the passing of the peak of the omicron spike. Double vax proof will be required.

12-01-2022, 02:58 PM
Sorry, forgot to add - GM's with a rating >2800 will not be required to show proof of vaccination if playing the Djokovic Gambit.

21-02-2022, 04:49 PM
We are back and have had three club meetings. Our tournaments this year are planned for 2/3 September and our Festival of Chess will be arranged around this. The Classic will be held on the 19th and 20th November now that the Oceania Seniors will not going ahesd.