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Tom Kalisch
01-12-2020, 04:49 PM
Victorian Blitz Down Under
Chess Victoria is running an on line Swiss Blitz tournament by invitation only on
Sunday Dec 20 at 7:30 pm AEST on the Chess.com platform.

Chess.com Link will be provided on Monday Dec 15 2020.

Eligible players will be FIDE titled players(minimum FM & WFM) and those with a minimum Chess.com blitz rating of 2200 (as at 1 Dec 2020) who are resident in Australia or overseas players who have previously played over the board tournaments within Australia.

(Invited players who have accepted the invitation to play will become members of Solstice Club on Chess.com)

Time control:3min +2sec/move

No.of rounds:11

Entry fee:Free for GM,IM,WGM,WIM
A$10 for all others, payable on Trybooking.com

Entries close:Saturday 19 December2020 midnight AEST

Prize money:
1st A$250
2nd:A$200
3rd:A$150
4th:A$100
Top Victorian :A$100 and Victorian On line Blitz Title
Top Female : A$100

Prize money will be electronically transferred to winners' nominated bank accounts.

Tournament Organizer:Tom Kalisch (tkalisch@bigpond.net.au),0409 529 731

International Arbiter: Peter Tsai ( chess@t-s-a-i.com) ,0419 324 870

All players agree to abide by all rules and site policies stated at chess.com/legal.Anti-cheating
measures are based on chess.com resources and Arbiter.

Zoom:All players will be monitored via Zoom with an additional second side angle camera focused on the player's screen required.

JackRodgers
01-12-2020, 05:05 PM
Looks like an awesome event. I'm definitely interested in playing and would like to register my interest; 2589 blitz high, 2650 bullet on Chess.com, and NSW champ.

ER
01-12-2020, 05:23 PM
Looks like an awesome event. I'm definitely interested in playing and would like to register my interest; 2589 blitz high, 2650 bullet on Chess.com, and NSW champ.

Not to mention your singing talents - easily the best young Australian of the year!!!

Chesswise, go for it Jack, enter and beat them mercilessly! :)

Tom Kalisch
06-12-2020, 08:20 AM
2 WEEKS TO GO !! SUNDAY DEC 20 7:30pm Melbourne time =GMT +11
PARTICIPANTS TO DATE:


FIDE TITLE , PLAYER , Chess.com Blitz rating
1 GM Anton Smirnov 3052
2 GM Temur Kuybokarov 2921
3 GM Gawain Jones 2898
4 GM Justin Tan 2853
5 GM Hrant Melkumyan 2839
6 GM Arturs Neiksans 2828
7 GM Moulthun Ly 2769
8 GM Fabien Libiszewski 2759
9 FM Sam Chow 2668
10 GM Hoang Thong Tu 2635
11 Jack Rodgers 2568
12 IM Xiangyi Liu 2513
13 IM Igor Goldenberg 2427
14 FM Chris Wallis 2407
15 John Nemeth 2333
16 FM Domagoj Dragicevic 2289

Andy009
09-12-2020, 05:55 PM
2 WEEKS TO GO !! SUNDAY DEC 20 7:30pm Melbourne time =GMT +11
PARTICIPANTS TO DATE:


FIDE TITLE , PLAYER , Chess.com Blitz rating
1 GM Anton Smirnov 3052
2 GM Temur Kuybokarov 2921
3 GM Gawain Jones 2898
4 GM Justin Tan 2853
5 GM Hrant Melkumyan 2839
6 GM Arturs Neiksans 2828
7 GM Moulthun Ly 2769
8 GM Fabien Libiszewski 2759
9 FM Sam Chow 2668
10 GM Hoang Thong Tu 2635
11 Jack Rodgers 2568
12 IM Xiangyi Liu 2513
13 IM Igor Goldenberg 2427
14 FM Chris Wallis 2407
15 John Nemeth 2333
16 FM Domagoj Dragicevic 2289

Not sure why the Victorian Blitz tournament that is supposed to encourage more Victorian players without any rating restrictions to participate is being organised as an invite only event for all Australian and overseas players above a rating. How will chess develop in Victoria with events that don't encourage more Victorians to participate?!

Tom Kalisch
13-12-2020, 04:31 PM
1 WEEK TO GO !! SUNDAY DEC 20 7:30pm Melbourne time =GMT +11

Chess.com link to watch the games will be posted on Tuesday 15 December 2020

PARTICIPANTS TO DATE:


FIDE TITLE , PLAYER , Chess.com Blitz rating , FED
1 GM Anton Smirnov 3052 AUS
2 GM Temur Kuybokarov 2921 AUS
3 GM Gawain Jones 2898 ENG
4 GM Justin Tan 2853 AUS(V)
5 GM Hrant Melkumyan 2839 ARM
6 GM Arturs Neiksans 2828 LAT
7 IM Junta Ikeda 2798 AUS
8 GM Moulthun Ly 2769 AUS
9 GM Fabien Libiszewski 2759 FRA
10 IM Rishi Sardana 2702 AUS
11 FM Sam Chow 2668 AUS(V)
12 GM Daniel Fernandez 2647 ENG
13 GM Hoang Thong Tu 2635 VIE
14 Jack Rodgers 2568 AUS
15 IM Xiangyi Liu 2513 SGP
16 IM Igor Goldenberg 2427 AUS(V)
17 FM Chris Wallis 2407 AUS(V)
18 John Nemeth 2333 AUS(V)
19 WFM Giang Nguyen 2308 AUS
20 FM Domagoj Dragicevic 2289 AUS(V)
21 IM Vladimir Feldman 2209 AUS
22 IM Irina Berezina 2148 AUS
23 WIM Biljana Dekic 1941 AUS
24 FM Viktor Berezin 1905 UKR
25 FM David Cannon AUS (V)

Tom Kalisch
15-12-2020, 05:13 AM
Chess.com tournament link is https://www.chess.com/live#t=1892971

Tom Kalisch
20-12-2020, 09:29 AM
Live at 7:30pm Melbourne time today https://www.chess.com/live#t=1892971





Final List of Participants:

FIDE TITLE , PLAYER , Chess.com Blitz rating , FED ,User name
1 GM Anton Smirnov 3052 AUS, Anton Smirnov
2 GM Temur Kuybokarov 2921 AUS, Kuybokarov Temur
3 GM Gawain Jones 2898 ENG, Verde Notte
4 GM Justin Tan 2853 AUS(V), justantan
5 GM Hrant Melkumyan 2839 ARM, Hrant_ChessMood
6 IM Junta Ikeda 2798 AUS, nekochabo
7 GM Moulthun Ly 2769 AUS, Molton
8 GM Fabien Libiszewski 2759 FRA, Fablibi
9 IM Rishi Sardana 2702 AUS, Rish_97
10 FM Sam Chow 2668 AUS(V), samssky
11 GM Daniel Fernandez 2647 ENG,LuckIsMySkill
12 GM Hoang Thong Tu 2635 VIE, NguyenXi
13 Jack Rodgers 2568 AUS, IMJackRodgers
14 IM Xiangyi Liu 2513 SGP, aaaao
15 Tom Maguire.2443 AUS, Glomnipotentt
16 IM Igor Goldenberg 2427 AUS(V) ,I_Gold
17 IM Irene Sukander 2410 INA , ikhasu
18 FM Chris Wallis 2407 AUS(V), ChrisWallis
19 FM Viktor Berezin 2319 UKR ,Santyaga1
20 WFM Giang Nguyen 2308 AUS, gazpacho210
21 David Cannon 2290 AUS(V) , dcann0n88
22 FM Domagoj Dragicevic 2289 AUS(V) ,Victory16
23 IM Vladimir Feldman 2209 AUS, vzf
24 IM Irina Berezina 2148 AUS, iberezina
25 WIM Biljana Dekic 1941 AUS,Biljana101

Metro
20-12-2020, 10:31 AM
Is anyone game to pick a winner?:whistle:

ER
20-12-2020, 12:20 PM
Temur all the way! And for the medals Temur, Anton and Justin!

Tom Kalisch
20-12-2020, 05:10 PM
Commentary from 7pm on ChessTV by GM Arturs Neiksans https://www.twitch.tv/gmneiksans

Kevin Bonham
20-12-2020, 07:16 PM
Excellent, thanks all for the links.

Anton off to a slow start but plenty of time to recover.

Kevin Bonham
20-12-2020, 07:48 PM
Commentary from 7pm on ChessTV by GM Arturs Neiksans https://www.twitch.tv/gmneiksans

Neiksans is a fun commentator, very lively. He is being given some rather extraordinary material by some of the players.

Kevin Bonham
20-12-2020, 08:04 PM
Neiksans is talking about why there are only 10 rounds. There are 20 players and chess.com doesn't allow swisses with more than n/2 rounds.

MichaelBaron
20-12-2020, 09:49 PM
Neiksans is a fun commentator, very lively. He is being given some rather extraordinary material by some of the players.

Once some players lose chances for prizes, they start playing extra ordinary fun chess. Actually, online chess tournaments often have far more exciting struggles to watch than the OTB ones. The blitz time control also helps!

Peter Tsai
20-12-2020, 10:16 PM
2020 Victorian Blitz Down Under
Cross Table at round 10 sorted by score

Pos NAME Rtg T Fed Pts | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 | Buc1 BucT
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1 Melkumyan,Hrant 2897 GM OS 9.5 | +W8 +B6 +W3 +B9 +B2 =W7 +W5 +B10 +W4 +B12 | 53.0 57.5 1st $250
2 Kuybokarov,Temur 2940 GM WA 7.5 | +W11 +B13 +W9 +B5 -W1 +B3 +W6 -B4 +W10 =B8 | 54.5 59.5 2nd $200
3 Fernandez,Daniel Howard 2706 GM OS 6.5 | +B12 +W21 -B1 +B20 +W5 -W2 +B7 -B6 +W9 =B11 | 53.0 54.5 3rd $150
4 Tan,Justin 2845 GM VIC 6.0 | -B14 -B7 +BYE +W11 +B10 -W6 +B8 +W2 -B1 +W5 | 55.0 58.5 Victorian On line Blitz Title $100
5 Ly,Moulthun 2733 GM QLD 6.0 | +W16 +B14 +W7 -W2 -B3 +W8 -B1 +W15 +B6 -B4 | 55.0 58.5 Eq 4th $50
6 Sardana,Rishi 2684 IM OS 6.0 | +B19 -W1 +W14 -B7 +W20 +B4 -B2 +W3 -W5 +B13 | 54.0 57.5 Eq 4th $50
7 Smirnov,Anton 2995 GM NSW 5.5 | =B10 +W4 -B5 +W6 =B8 =B1 -W3 +B17 -W13 +B19 | 53.0 56.5
8 Rodgers,Jack 2460 NSW 5.5 | -B1 =W12 +B16 +W15 =W7 -B5 -W4 +B20 +W17 =W2 | 50.0 53.5
9 Ikeda,Junta 2720 IM ACT 5.5 | +B18 +W20 -B2 -W1 =W14 +B16 -W10 +B19 -B3 +W21 | 47.5 49.0
10 Goldenberg,Igor 2509 IM VIC 5.0 | =W7 =B11 =W13 +B17 -W4 +W19 +B9 -W1 -B2 =W15 | 51.5 55.0
11 Maguire,Tom 2462 QLD 5.0 | -B2 =W10 =B15 -B4 +W21 +W12 -B17 =W14 +B16 =W3 | 45.5 47.0
12 Nguyen,Giang 2313 WFM SA 5.0 | -W3 =B8 -W17 =W18 +BYE -B11 +W16 +B21 +B15 -W1 | 45.0 46.5 Top Female $100
13 Chow,Samuel 2605 FM VIC 5.0 | +W17 -W2 =B10 =B19 -W16 +B14 -B15 +W18 +B7 -W6 | 44.0 47.5
14 Wallis,Christopher 2467 FM VIC 5.0 | +W4 -W5 -B6 +W21 =B9 -W13 -B18 =B11 +W19 +B17 | 44.0 45.5
15 Feldman,Vladimir 2236 IM NSW 4.5 | -B20 +BYE =W11 -B8 =W18 +B21 +W13 -B5 -W12 =B10 | 42.0 43.5
16 Dragicevic,Domagoj 2314 FM VIC 4.0 | -B5 =W19 -W8 +B22 +B13 -W9 -B12 +BYE -W11 =B18 | 43.0 46.5
17 Cannon,David 2311 FM VIC 4.0 | -B13 =W18 +B12 -W10 =B19 +B20 +W11 -W7 -B8 -W14 | 42.5 46.0
18 Berezin,Victor 2298 FM OS 4.0 | -W9 =B17 -W19 =B12 =B15 +BYE +W14 -B13 -W21 =W16 | 38.5 40.0
19 Berezina-Feldman,Irina 2259 IM NSW 3.5 | -W6 =B16 +B18 =W13 =W17 -B10 +W21 -W9 -B14 -W7 | 43.0 44.5
20 Liu,Xiangyi 2477 IM OS 3.0 | +W15 -B9 +B21 -W3 -B6 -W17 +BYE -W8 -- -- | 43.5 45.0
21 Dekic,Biljana N 1842 WIM NSW 2.0 | +BYE -B3 -W20 -B14 -B11 -W15 -B19 -W12 +B18 -B9 | 42.0 45.5
22 Tu,Hoang Thong 2584 GM OS 0.0 | -- -- -- -W16 -- -- -- -- -- -- | 31.0 32.0

Igor_Goldenberg
21-12-2020, 09:57 AM
Many thanks to organisers. It was a lot of fun playing against such a strong field!

HAHAHAHA
21-12-2020, 10:12 PM
Was great to watch the online commentary and games. Thanks to Arturs, Organisers and players.

Was wondering what is required to get a blitz rating so high. I.e what do these guys do (dont do) Thanks.

Peter Tsai
22-12-2020, 09:06 AM
Commentary of the tournament provided by GM Arturs Neiksans
https://www.twitch.tv/gmneiksans/video/843808135

Download pgn file of all games from the Chess Victoria website
http://www.chessvictoria.org.au/news/2020victorianblitzdownunder

Tom Kalisch
30-12-2020, 06:01 PM
Commentary of the tournament provided by GM Arturs Neiksans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOS7I1dLlIk