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XuderuF
20-12-2020, 01:35 PM
Place Name Feder Loc Score Berg. Wins

1-2 McGowan, Cameron NSW 2276 6 17.00 5
Zheng, Marco Le Lun NSW 2071 6 16.75 5
3 Fikh, Anthony NSW 1863 4.5 11.00 4
4 Keating, Jack NSW 1950 4 9.25 3
5 Vincent, Alaina NSW 1710 3.5 7.75 3
6 Melamed, Daniel NSW 1887 2.5 3.50 2
7 Ge, Eva NSW 1783 1.5 1.75 1
8 Wang, Daniel (Zhiyi) NSW 1119 0 0.00 0

XuderuF
20-12-2020, 01:36 PM
Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Score Berg. Wins

1 Zhang, Richard NSW 8 31.50 7
2 Chen, Daniel Jingxi NSW 1103 6.5 23.25 5
3 Jiang, Benjamin NSW 1022 6 23.25 4
4 Chen, Dean NSW 792 5.5 17.75 5
5 Liu, Josh NSW 629 5 16.50 4
6-7 He, Angela NSW 630 4.5 18.25 3
Wang, Caleb NSW 459 4.5 12.75 4
8 Gao, Ethan NSW 817 3 6.50 3
9-10 Ding, Daniel (Yulin) NSW 729 1 3.50 0
Pan, Renee Yang NSW 1 2.75 0

XuderuF
20-12-2020, 01:40 PM
No Name Feder Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

1. McGowan, Cameron NSW 6 * 1 1 1 1 0.5 0.5 1
2. Melamed, Daniel NSW 2.5 0 * 0 0 1 0 0.5 1
3. Vincent, Alaina NSW 3.5 0 1 * 1 1 0 0 0.5
4. Fikh, Anthony NSW 4.5 0 1 0 * 1 0.5 1 1
5. Wang, Daniel (Zhiyi) NSW 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 0 0
6. Zheng, Marco Le Lun NSW 6 0.5 1 1 0.5 1 * 1 1
7. Keating, Jack NSW 4 0.5 0.5 1 0 1 0 * 1
8. Ge, Eva NSW 1.5 0 0 0.5 0 1 0 0 *

XuderuF
20-12-2020, 01:41 PM
No Name Feder Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1. Jiang, Benjamin NSW 6 * 0 0.5 0.5 0.5 1 0.5 1 1 1
2. Chen, Daniel Jingxi NSW 6.5 1 * 1 0.5 0 0.5 1 0.5 1 1
3. Liu, Josh NSW 5 0.5 0 * 0 0.5 1 1 0 1 1
4. He, Angela NSW 4.5 0.5 0.5 1 * 0 0 1 1 0 0.5
5. Zhang, Richard NSW 8 0.5 1 0.5 1 * 1 1 1 1 1
6. Wang, Caleb NSW 4.5 0 0.5 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 1
7. Ding, Daniel (Yulin) NSW 1 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 0 0.5
8. Chen, Dean NSW 5.5 0 0.5 1 0 0 1 1 * 1 1
9. Gao, Ethan NSW 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 1
10. Pan, Renee Yang NSW 1 0 0 0 0.5 0 0 0.5 0 0 *

XuderuF
14-01-2021, 01:53 AM
SECOND ANNUAL RISING STARS CHAMPIONSHIPS

by Chief Organiser Jilin Zhang and Chief Arbiter Charles Zworestine

As the name of the Rising Stars chess tournament suggests, it was intended to encourage elite level junior players in NSW to continue putting more effort into chess and to aim high. Chief Organiser Jilin Zhang proved in 2019 she was just as good at organising as arbiting and playing (she is also a WGM and IA) – the first event last year was a resounding success! Of course with COVID, there were doubts the event could be held again this year. But persistence paid off, and we were very fortunate to be able to hold the second tournament during the global pandemic. The time control was 90 + 30; FIDE rated with prize money, it is one of the few high-level junior events in NSW. There was also a (60 + 30) Reserves tournament comprising the most promising of Jilin’s students. Lots of interesting chess was anticipated; so let’s see how it all went!

Round 1 showed top seed Cameron McGowan would not have it all his own way, as Eva Ge’s aggressive play as Black saw her reach a won rook and opposite coloured bishop endgame with her opponent’s rook stuck moveless on h4! With a passed pawn on c2, Eva just had to see how to get her rook into the enemy position to win; but sadly for her, in time pressure, she instead released the rook and lost a tough ending. Jack Keating’s attack had less luck, as Daniel Melamed was rock solid in reaching a drawn queen and rook ending. Marco Zheng began well by beating Alaina Vincent. Bottom seed Daniel Wang (last year’s Reserves champion) put up a fight against Anthony Fikh; but Anthony eventually broke through with a successful attack on Daniel’s king.

Eva rebounded well with a win against Daniel Wang in Round 2, although Daniel again put up a good fight; while Anthony had a solid draw as Black against Marco. Jack attacked well as White to defeat Alaina. But the most action was again in Cameron’s game, where his bishop exchange blundered his queen to a discovery – but Daniel Melamed did not see it, instead recapturing with his own queen and trading queens! Poor Daniel was then ground down positionally in a lengthy ending. So after two lost positions, Cameron ended Day 1 as outright leader on 2/2 – incredible!

Of course most of the players had not played over the board chess for months; was rust the cause of the blunders? Daniel Melamed did a good job of overcoming this, seemingly preferring being White in the first game of the day! He was convincing in beating Eva Ge in Round 3, finishing her off by exploiting her habitual time pressure. At least this round Cameron was not losing, but Alaina played well to force a drawn ending; a shame, then, when she blundered and lost a piece and the game to a tactic. Jack messed up his opening as Black against Anthony, losing the game quickly; while Daniel continued to show lots of fight, but moved too fast and lost to Marco.

Jack was in no mood for mercy in Round 4, attacking ferociously and wiping Daniel Wang off the board in half an hour! Cameron played his best game so far against Anthony, his first blunder free game seeing him reach 4/4 with a grinding positional win. Marco kept the pressure on by beating Eva to reach 3.5/4, Eva again losing in her time pressure. Alaina (who’d been unlucky to this point) got herself off the mark by beating Daniel Melamed. After carelessly losing a piece early on to a Noah’s Ark trap, Daniel fought hard to try and build up an attack as compensation; but it was too much to concede, and Alaina mercilessly exploited her advantage to force victory.

Cameron maintained his lead on 5/5 with his Round 5 win against Daniel Wang; starting to struggle in such elite company, hopefully Daniel was benefiting from the high level experience. But Marco (4.5/5) kept the pressure on with a positional win against Jack. Anthony was also too solid as White against Daniel Melamed, his victory in this game leaving him in a good position on 3.5/5. But the most interesting game was the battle between Eva and Alaina, with the former (as Black) winning a pawn to a tactic early on and seemingly well on the way to victory. Alaina had other ideas, however; she fought like a tigress, managed to create complications in Eva’s (you guessed it!) time pressure, and eventually won her pawn back into a drawn rook ending.


This clearly wore Eva out; she was no match for Jack in Round 6, the latter winning pawns and eventually the game. Anthony lost touch with the leaders after losing to Alaina; he messed up the defence of his king, fell into a crushing Nxe6 tactic and resigned before mate. Daniel Melamed was winning easily against Daniel Wang, a piece up with queens off; but he got careless when he touched the wrong piece, and was lucky he had (and found) one line which worked tactically to maintain his advantage and win the game! But clearly the critical game was between Cameron and Marco; and Cameron looked well on the way to victory in a queenless ending when he exploited his positional advantage to win one of the weak enemy pawns. But Marco fought hard, finally managing to force opposite coloured bishops; and when all the rooks came off Cameron could no longer win, the draw leaving Marco still just half a point adrift at the top.

So to the critical final round, where Alaina finished a strong recovery from her 0/3 start with a win against the luckless Daniel Wang. With 3.5 points from her last 4 games, she did superbly to reach 50% - great effort Alaina… Anthony’s final round win against Eva snared him third place with 4.5/7; but all eyes were on Marco, after Cameron’s early draw as Black against Jack opened the door for Marco to finally catch him! A tough game ensued against Daniel Melamed, with Marco ending up in an opposite coloured bishop ending a pawn ahead; it was tough but winning, and Marco showed great technique to triumph in the end. So equal first on 6/7 for Cameron and Marco, and a much deserved shared title. An armageddon game was held for show, with Marco as Black having draw odds. Cameron raced the clock when he got king and rook versus king, but could not quite make it; so a draw was a fitting end to this fascinating event!

Final Standings: =1st Cameron McGowan, Marco Zheng 6/7; 3rd Anthony Fikh 4; 4th Jack Keating 4; 5th Alaina Vincent 3; 6th Daniel Melamed 2; 7th Eva Ge 1; 8th Daniel Wang 0.

The Reserves was dominated from start to end by ten year old Richard Zhang, with a final score of 8/9. He was solid throughout, often trading down and winning in the endgame; and he took his time and thought far more than any other player. He was only in trouble once, losing queen for rook and bishop and finding himself in a lost position against Josh Liu; but the latter could not see how to stop his passed pawn, so agreed to a draw. His only other half point dropped was when he traded too much into a drawn king and pawn ending against Benjamin Jiang. In his critical game against second placegetter Daniel Chen, he won a rook and fought off Daniel’s attempt at counterplay via passed pawns to win in the endgame. Daniel himself was lucky in a couple of games, coming back from a rook down to win one game and a piece down to draw another; but he fought hard in every game, so he deserved his second place. All players will benefit from the experience; hopefully next time they will take their time a bit more!

Final Standings: 1st Richard Zhang 8/9; 2nd Daniel Chen 6; 3rd Benjamin Jiang 6; 4th Dean Chen 5; 5th Josh Liu 5; =6th Angela He, Caleb Wang 4; 8th Ethan Gao 3; =9th Daniel Ding, Renee Pan 1.

Thus ended a fun tournament… According to the players, it was good to have some chess, and they hope they will meet everybody again next year! The wish is to make it an annual event. We were also very grateful that we just finished on time on the last day, as the day after could have seen more restrictions. But we survived, and the chess thrived; bring on next year’s event!

https://www.9news.com.au/national/chess-champions-australia-heather-richards-the-queens-gambit-australia/b3e7f936-37cd-4f32-8275-a1f6e4d74ab8