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FM_Bill
10-09-2008, 08:43 PM
5 round swiss
Sat 20th- Sun 21st Sept
60m + 30s increment

Round 1 11:am
Round 2 3:pm
Round 3 7:pm

Sun
Round 4 11:am
Round 5 3:pm

Entry fee $55 full, $45 concession
$25 u18
less $10 mcc members

Prize money : 80% of entry fees

entries close 10am Sat

Melbourne chess club
66 Leicester St, Fitzroy

contact phone number 0416 032779 John Davenport

MichaelBaron
11-09-2008, 02:40 AM
I am most likely to be playing in this one!

D Dragicevic
11-09-2008, 11:15 AM
I am not 100%, but I am looking to play this one.

MichaelBaron
11-09-2008, 11:33 AM
I am not 100%, but I am looking to play this one.

Very good!

MichaelBaron
11-09-2008, 05:53 PM
I wonder why the tournament is called MCC Memorial?

Does it mean that the MCC is dead...and we are getting together in memory of it :)

joergw
11-09-2008, 07:07 PM
Hi, will attend with my son as well. Can you provide your e-mail, so I can register? Would prefer not need to turn up before 10:45AM or so;)

Joerg

MichaelBaron
11-09-2008, 07:48 PM
Can you provide your e-mail, so I can register? Would prefer not need to turn up before 10:45AM or so;)


You can message Maccavity on chesschat forum.

queenant89
12-09-2008, 10:36 AM
i may play aswell but depends on a few things regarding work etc. ..

Trent Parker
12-09-2008, 10:59 AM
How many people normally go to the MCC weekender?

And Just out of curiosity how is the prize money broken up?

Davidflude
12-09-2008, 11:40 AM
This is a great tournament for underrated juniors to pick up rating points. Also they will get chances to play some very strong players.

I will speak to several juniors in the club tonight suggesting that they play.

Depending on circumstances I might play myself. The big problem is car parking.
Maybe I should pay $5.00 and park the car in the car park of the establishment on the next street. (I do not mean the place with the murals on the walls).

BennyG
15-09-2008, 03:43 PM
Just saying that Russell Murray and myself will be participating in this tournament.
Also just wondering if anyone has any info about who and how many people are playing?

MichaelBaron
18-09-2008, 03:16 PM
Count me in! Please regard this post as confirmation of my entry:)

D Dragicevic
19-09-2008, 12:38 PM
Yeh, looks like I am playing so see you tomorrow..

MichaelBaron
19-09-2008, 10:11 PM
Yeh, looks like I am playing so see you tomorrow..
Yay! Lets try to finish our games quickly...and then start with the "real chess" :)

MichaelBaron
20-09-2008, 10:36 PM
Any chance of the results and pairing published online?

Bereaved
21-09-2008, 02:00 AM
Hello everyone,

As I have had to reassemble the Swiss perfect file on one machine, and then type the pairings here, we will have to settle for the Round 4 pairings tonight

Round 4 pairings


1 Bobby Cheng 2045 [3] : Michael Baron 2336 [2.5]
2 Domagoj Dragicevic 2132 [2.5] : Laurence Matheson 1775 [2.5]
3 Olivier Martinez 1500p [2] : James Morris 2050 [2]
4 Russell Murray 1852 [2] : David Wiatr 1494 [2]
5 Edsil Dilla 1914 [1.5] : Ian Stone 1671 [2]
6 Rhys Hopkins 1624 [1.5] : Kozo Simutanyi 1708 [1.5]
7 Jack Shanks 1682 [1.5] : Patrick Lenne 1596 [1.5]
8 Justin Tan 1733 [1] : Brendan Podbury 1572 [1]
9 Joerg Wallmueller 1618 [1] : Peter Wallmueller 1085 [1]
10 Calvin Bennett 1597 [.5] : Ben Gavine 1300p [0]
11 Sara Anton 1451 [.5] : A Harris 1300p [0]


Take care and God Bless, Macavity

joergw
21-09-2008, 07:16 AM
When I saw the draw for the 7PM game yesterday at 6 PM, my son Peter had a Bye with a 1/2 point as someone else needed to leave.
So I told the arbiter I can't play either as I can't have a 8 year old kid hanging around a couple of hours alone.

And now I see that my son got a full point, but myself 0??? Which leads to the fact I have to ply against him? That is somehow very strange.

I don't get the fact either why my son got the bye yesterday anyway. He has a rating of 1085, but two players in the field have no rating at all. The arbiter gave them a preliminary rating of 1300, but usually pairings should be done on real ratings.

CameronD
21-09-2008, 11:23 AM
In Brisbane, arbiters generally have a player as unrated unless the arbiter has an estimate of the players rating (coaches opinion, arbiter knowledge, performance rating, junior/rapid ratings etc), in which case they receive a provisional rating.

Garvinator
21-09-2008, 12:17 PM
When I saw the draw for the 7PM game yesterday at 6 PM, my son Peter had a Bye with a 1/2 point as someone else needed to leave.
So I told the arbiter I can't play either as I can't have a 8 year old kid hanging around a couple of hours alone.

And now I see that my son got a full point, but myself 0??? Which leads to the fact I have to ply against him? That is somehow very strange.

I don't get the fact either why my son got the bye yesterday anyway. He has a rating of 1085, but two players in the field have no rating at all. The arbiter gave them a preliminary rating of 1300, but usually pairings should be done on real ratings.
I have answered the questions you have posed in the arbiters corner. Had I seen this before you would have left for MCC, my advice would be to approach the arbiter and ask how come the pairings have been done as they have been. Then you will have an explanation and you have more information.

Bereaved
21-09-2008, 11:25 PM
Hello everyone,

Congratulations to all the prize winners in this event


1st Bobby Cheng 4.5/5

=2nd FM James Morris, Domagoj Dragicevic 4/5


Rating A

Ian Stone 3/5



Rating B

Octavio Martinez 3/5



So on to the event itself, the details of which are below



Firstly, here is a list of players


No Name Feder Rtg Loc

1. Baron, Michael VIC 2336
2. Dragicevic, Domagoj VIC 2132
3. Morris, James VIC 2050
4. Cheng, Bobby OS 2045
5. Dilla, Edsil VIC 1914
6. Murray, Russell VIC 1852
7. Matheson, Laurence VIC 1775
8. Tan, Justin VIC 1733
9. Simutanyi, Kozo VIC 1708
10. Shanks, Jack QLD 1682
11. Stone, Ian VIC 1671
12. Hopkins, Rhys VIC 1624
13. Wallmueller, Joerg VIC 1618
14. Bennett, Calvin VIC 1597
15. Lenne, Patrick VIC 1596
16. Podbury, Brendan VIC 1572
17. Martinez, Octavio 1500
18. Anton, Sarah VIC 1451
19. Wiatr, David VIC 1494
20. Gavine, Ben 1300
21. Harris, Anthony 1300
22. Wallmueller, Peter VIC 1085



Results rounds 1-5



No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Michael Baron 2336 [0] 1:0 Rhys Hopkins 1624 [0]
2 Joerg Wallmueller 1618 [0] 0:1 Domagoj Dragicevic 2132 [0]
3 James Morris 2050 [0] 1:0 Calvin Bennett 1597 [0]
4 Patrick Lenne 1596 [0] 0:1 Bobby Cheng 2045 [0]
5 Edsil Dilla 1914 [0] 1:0 Brendan Podbury 1572 [0]
6 Octavio Martinez 1500 [0] 1:0 Russell Murray 1852 [0]
7 Laurence Matheson 1775 [0] 1:0 Sarah Anton 1451 [0]
8 David Wiatr 1494 [0] 0:1 Justin Tan 1733 [0]
9 Kozo Simutanyi 1708 [0] 1:0 Ben Gavine 1300 [0]
10 Anthony Harris 1300 [0] 0:1 Jack Shanks 1682 [0]
11 Ian Stone 1671 [0] 1:0 Peter Wallmueller 1085 [0]



No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Laurence Matheson 1775 [1] .5:.5 Michael Baron 2336 [1]
2 Domagoj Dragicevic 2132 [1] .5:.5 Kozo Simutanyi 1708 [1]
3 Justin Tan 1733 [1] 0:1 James Morris 2050 [1]
4 Bobby Cheng 2045 [1] 1:0 Ian Stone 1671 [1]
5 Jack Shanks 1682 [1] .5:.5 Edsil Dilla 1914 [1]
6 Rhys Hopkins 1624 [0] 1:0 Octavio Martinez 1500 [1]
7 Russell Murray 1852 [0] 1:0 Sarah Anton 1451 [0]
8 Ben Gavine 1300 [0] 0:1 Joerg Wallmueller 1618 [0]
9 Calvin Bennett 1597 [0] 0:1 David Wiatr 1494 [0]
10 Peter Wallmueller 1085 [0] 0:1 Patrick Lenne 1596 [0]
11 Brendan Podbury 1572 [0] 1:0 Anthony Harris 1300 [0]



No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 James Morris 2050 [2] 0:1 Bobby Cheng 2045 [2]
2 Michael Baron 2336 [1.5] 1:0 Jack Shanks 1682 [1.5]
3 Edsil Dilla 1914 [1.5] 0:1 Domagoj Dragicevic 2132 [1.5]
4 Kozo Simutanyi 1708 [1.5] 0:1 Laurence Matheson 1775 [1.5]
5 Joerg Wallmueller 1618 [1] -:+ Russell Murray 1852 [1]
6 Octavio Martinez 1500 [1] 1:0 Justin Tan 1733 [1]
7 Ian Stone 1671 [1] 1:0 Brendan Podbury 1572 [1]
8 Patrick Lenne 1596 [1] .5:.5 Rhys Hopkins 1624 [1]
9 David Wiatr 1494 [1] 1:0 Ben Gavine 1300 [0]
10 Sarah Anton 1451 [0] .5:.5 Calvin Bennett 1597 [0]
11 Peter Wallmueller 1085 [0] 1:0 BYE
12 Anthony Harris 1300 [0] 0:0 BYE





No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Bobby Cheng 2045 [3] 1:0 Michael Baron 2336 [2.5]
2 Domagoj Dragicevic 2132 [2.5] 1:0 Laurence Matheson 1775 [2.5]
3 Octavio Martinez 1500 [2] 0:1 James Morris 2050 [2]
4 Russell Murray 1852 [2] 1:0 David Wiatr 1494 [2]
5 Edsil Dilla 1914 [1.5] 0:1 Ian Stone 1671 [2]
6 Rhys Hopkins 1624 [1.5] 1:0 Kozo Simutanyi 1708 [1.5]
7 Jack Shanks 1682 [1.5] 1:0 Patrick Lenne 1596 [1.5]
8 Justin Tan 1733 [1] 1:0 Brendan Podbury 1572 [1]
9 Joerg Wallmueller 1618 [1] .5:.5 Peter Wallmueller 1085 [1]
10 Calvin Bennett 1597 [.5] 1:0 Ben Gavine 1300 [0]
11 Sarah Anton 1451 [.5] 1:0 Anthony Harris 1300 [0]



No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Bobby Cheng 2045 [4] .5:.5 Domagoj Dragicevic 2132 [3.5]
2 James Morris 2050 [3] 1:0 Russell Murray 1852 [3]
3 Laurence Matheson 1775 [2.5] 1:0 Jack Shanks 1682 [2.5]
4 Rhys Hopkins 1624 [2.5] 0:1 Justin Tan 1733 [2]
5 Ian Stone 1671 [3] 0:1 Michael Baron 2336 [2.5]
6 David Wiatr 1494 [2] 0:1 Octavio Martinez 1500 [2]
7 Calvin Bennett 1597 [1.5] .5:.5 Edsil Dilla 1914 [1.5]
8 Peter Wallmueller 1085 [1.5] 0:1 Kozo Simutanyi 1708 [1.5]
9 Joerg Wallmueller 1618 [1.5] 1:0 Sarah Anton 1451 [1.5]
10 Brendan Podbury 1572 [1] 0:1 Patrick Lenne 1596 [1.5]
11 Ben Gavine 1300 [0] 1:0 Anthony Harris 1300 [0]

Final standings


Place Name Loc Score

1 Bobby Cheng 2045 4.5
2-3 Domagoj Dragicevic 2132 4
James Morris 2050 4
4-5 Michael Baron 2336 3.5
Laurence Matheson 1775 3.5
6-9 Octavio Martinez 1500 3
Russell Murray 1852 3
Justin Tan 1733 3
Ian Stone 1671 3
10-14 Rhys Hopkins 1624 2.5
Jack Shanks 1682 2.5
Kozo Simutanyi 1708 2.5
Patrick Lenne 1596 2.5
Joerg Wallmueller 1618 2.5
15-17 Edsil Dilla 1914 2
David Wiatr 1494 2
Calvin Bennett 1597 2
18-19 Peter Wallmueller 1085 1.5
Sarah Anton 1451 1.5
20-21 Brendan Podbury 1572 1
Ben Gavine 1300 1
22 Anthony Harris 1300 0


Crosstable in start order



No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5

1. Michael Baron 2336 3.5 12:W 7:D 10:W 4:L 11:W
2. Domagoj Dragicevic 2132 4 13:W 9:D 5:W 7:W 4:D
3. James Morris 2050 4 14:W 8:W 4:L 17:W 6:W
4. Bobby Cheng 2045 4.5 15:W 11:W 3:W 1:W 2:D
5. Edsil Dilla 1914 2 16:W 10:D 2:L 11:L 14:D
6. Russell Murray 1852 3 17:L 18:W 13:+ 19:W 3:L
7. Laurence Matheson 1775 3.5 18:W 1:D 9:W 2:L 10:W
8. Justin Tan 1733 3 19:W 3:L 17:L 16:W 12:W
9. Kozo Simutanyi 1708 2.5 20:W 2:D 7:L 12:L 22:W
10. Jack Shanks 1682 2.5 21:W 5:D 1:L 15:W 7:L
11. Ian Stone 1671 3 22:W 4:L 16:W 5:W 1:L
12. Rhys Hopkins 1624 2.5 1:L 17:W 15:D 9:W 8:L
13. Joerg Wallmueller 1618 2.5 2:L 20:W 6:- 22:D 18:W
14. Calvin Bennett 1597 2 3:L 19:L 18:D 20:W 5:D
15. Patrick Lenne 1596 2.5 4:L 22:W 12:D 10:L 16:W
16. Brendan Podbury 1572 1 5:L 21:W 11:L 8:L 15:L
17. Octavio Martinez 1500 3 6:W 12:L 8:W 3:L 19:W
18. Sarah Anton 1451 1.5 7:L 6:L 14:D 21:W 13:L
19. David Wiatr 1494 2 8:L 14:W 20:W 6:L 17:L
20. Ben Gavine 1300 1 9:L 13:L 19:L 14:L 21:W
21. Anthony Harris 1300 0 10:L 16:L :L 18:L 20:L
22. Peter Wallmueller 1085 1.5 11:L 15:L :W 13:D 9:L


and in score order


No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5

1 Bobby Cheng 2045 4.5 13:W 9:W 3:W 4:W 2:D
2 Domagoj Dragicevic 2132 4 14:W 12:D 15:W 5:W 1:D
3 James Morris 2050 4 17:W 8:W 1:L 6:W 7:W
4 Michael Baron 2336 3.5 10:W 5:D 11:W 1:L 9:W
5 Laurence Matheson 1775 3.5 19:W 4:D 12:W 2:L 11:W
6 Octavio Martinez 1500 3 7:W 10:L 8:W 3:L 16:W
7 Russell Murray 1852 3 6:L 19:W 14:+ 16:W 3:L
8 Justin Tan 1733 3 16:W 3:L 6:L 20:W 10:W
9 Ian Stone 1671 3 18:W 1:L 20:W 15:W 4:L
10 Rhys Hopkins 1624 2.5 4:L 6:W 13:D 12:W 8:L
11 Jack Shanks 1682 2.5 22:W 15:D 4:L 13:W 5:L
12 Kozo Simutanyi 1708 2.5 21:W 2:D 5:L 10:L 18:W
13 Patrick Lenne 1596 2.5 1:L 18:W 10:D 11:L 20:W
14 Joerg Wallmueller 1618 2.5 2:L 21:W 7:- 18:D 19:W
15 Edsil Dilla 1914 2 20:W 11:D 2:L 9:L 17:D
16 David Wiatr 1494 2 8:L 17:W 21:W 7:L 6:L
17 Calvin Bennett 1597 2 3:L 16:L 19:D 21:W 15:D
18 Peter Wallmueller 1085 1.5 9:L 13:L 0:W 14:D 12:L
19 Sarah Anton 1451 1.5 5:L 7:L 17:D 22:W 14:L
20 Brendan Podbury 1572 1 15:L 22:W 9:L 8:L 13:L
21 Ben Gavine 1300 1 12:L 14:L 16:L 17:L 22:W
22 Anthony Harris 1300 0 11:L 20:L 0:L 19:L 21:L


Take care and God Bless, Macavity

PS as I was not at the club, the other ancillary discussions arising from this event are things I have no concrete information about, but will see what I can find out.

Axiom
21-09-2008, 11:36 PM
Wouldn't mind seeing the Cheng-Baron game....

MichaelBaron
22-09-2008, 12:35 AM
First of all Congratulations to Bobby Cheng! :clap:

He played some excellent chess and fully deserved to win. In rounds 3 and 4 he crushed myself and James Morris in fine attacking (should be said crushing) style.

In round 5 he appeared to be in big trouble against Domagoj in the endgame..but now that i logged in to send a PM to Domagoj to congratulate him on winning the tournament...i learned that the game was drawn. That shows that Bobby can defend as well as attack.

Overall, It was good to see a lot of rapidly improving juniors in the field. Some very good games have been played and a friendly atmpsphere was enjoyed by all of the participants.

As for me, i had my worst result in 3.5 years and my round 2 draw was the worst game i have played since losing to Dilla piece up 2 years ago. I may be unhappy with my score - but the way i was playing in this tournament - this is the score that i deserve.

On the positive side, on completion of my last round game - I played some blitz against Hacche. Our match ended ..with an 8-0 score. And of course, on saturday i earned customary $5 from Domagoj :).

MichaelBaron
22-09-2008, 12:40 AM
And now I see that my son got a full point, but myself 0??? Which leads to the fact I have to ply against him? That is somehow very strange.

I don't get the fact either why my son got the bye yesterday anyway. He has a rating of 1085, but two players in the field have no rating at all. The arbiter gave them a preliminary rating of 1300, but usually pairings should be done on real ratings.

I agree with the first of your points: Player 1 gets a full-point bye and Player 2 gets a 0 point bye appears to be a bit strange. My guess (and its just a guess) is that the arbiter gave your son a bye as he was due to get one and you were given a forfeight as you were not eligible to play.


As for the second point: I think it is a reasonable practice to give unrated players a provisional rating. Once these players are given a rating at the start of a tournament - this particular rating is to be used for managing their parings throughout the event. :hmm:

D Dragicevic
22-09-2008, 09:28 AM
First of all Congratulations to Bobby Cheng! :clap:

He played some excellent chess and fully deserved to win. In rounds 3 and 4 he crushed myself and James Morris in fine attacking (should be said crushing) style.

In round 5 he appeared to be in big trouble against Domagoj in the endgame..but now that i logged in to send a PM to Domagoj to congratulate him on winning the tournament...i learned that the game was drawn. That shows that Bobby can defend as well as attack.

Overall, It was good to see a lot of rapidly improving juniors in the field. Some very good games have been played and a friendly atmpsphere was enjoyed by all of the participants.

As for me, i had my worst result in 3.5 years and my round 2 draw was the worst game i have played since losing to Dilla piece up 2 years ago. I may be unhappy with my score - but the way i was playing in this tournament - this is the score that i deserve.

On the positive side, on completion of my last round game - I played some blitz against Hacche. Our match ended ..with an 8-0 score. And of course, on saturday i earned customary $5 from Domagoj :).

Yeh, I managed to misplay it, and he got away with the draw. It was a bit dissapointing, but overall I think Bobby deserved to win the tournament having played 3 top seeds, so I don't have too much complaints..

But yeah, overall an enjoyable tournament...

Watto
22-09-2008, 10:05 AM
Wouldn't mind seeing the Cheng-Baron game....
Yes, it would be great to see some of the games if anyone can post a couple. As usual, thanks for posting the results, Malcolm.

joergw
22-09-2008, 10:06 AM
Michael,

not that it really matters, but honestly I believe a provisional rating of 1300 for a player who started learning chess 3 month ago and plays his first tournament is far too high. When looking at the ACF percentile placings, he left already 43% percent of all players behind him without playing one tournament match ever?

Anyway - Bobby played again an excellent tournament - if he continues that pace he is going to become FM soon.

BTW: what is the process for strong Juniors to become FM - i.e. how did exceptional strong juniors as James and Gene become FMs without a 2300 rating?

MichaelBaron
22-09-2008, 10:42 AM
Michael,

BTW: what is the process for strong Juniors to become FM - i.e. how did exceptional strong juniors as James and Gene become FMs without a 2300 rating?

James and Gene (as well as some non junior-players such as Brian Jones :) ) Never had a Fide rating of 2300. However, they got their titles from the Zonal (zonals should be recognized as 'Title Factories" :) ). There has been a thread on ChessChat some time ago discussing validity of the zonal titles and it discussed this issue in detail.

In case of Bobby, I am very sure that he can be an IM soon as he is getting stronger and stronger. He already plays (not sure how consistently though) at a 2300 level. In the last couply of month, he has beaten Myself, Sandler and Teichmann (as well as many other 2000+) players.

WhiteElephant
22-09-2008, 12:11 PM
Michael,

not that it really matters, but honestly I believe a provisional rating of 1300 for a player who started learning chess 3 month ago and plays his first tournament is far too high. When looking at the ACF percentile placings, he left already 43% percent of all players behind him without playing one tournament match ever?

As an outside observer, I don't see what the point was of assigning provisional ratings at all - why not just leave them as unrated? The only purpose it achieved was to make those guys seeded higher than Peter as there was no one else Under 1300. Provisional ratings make more sense when there are quite a few unrated players and there is a need to distinguish between them or there is a particularly strong unrated player.

Anyway...no biggie...what's done is done, just turned out to be very unlucky for Jeorg & Peter. I wonder if the arbiter could have changed the draw to give one of the 1300 players the Bye once Jeorg had let him know that he could not play if Peter has the Bye. But I guess that would cause more problems in itself.

And congrats to Bobby on a good tournament..well played!

joergw
22-09-2008, 01:00 PM
I wonder if the arbiter could have changed the draw to give one of the 1300 players the Bye once Jeorg had let him know that he could not play if Peter has the Bye.

Exactly my point - I would have expected that kind of flexibility in a fairly small field. But as you say - not a biggie, just a bit unfortunate.
That should probably be the end of the discussion! New tournament(s), new luck.

Unfortunately the timing for the "The Elwood 2008 Open" is not perfect, as a lot of Juniors are playing in Vietnam - Peter will return too late to compete there, and that applies probably for quite a lot of other Juniors :-(

WhiteElephant
22-09-2008, 01:03 PM
New tournament(s), new luck.

Yes, I find it all evens out...some tournaments things go your way and others they go against you.

bobby1972
22-09-2008, 03:58 PM
michael i am sure they are as fond of their fm tittle as you are.i am sure they are very hard to get,in time all this kids will be im`s anyway i mean they are so young and rated very high i mean i dont know any players even the ones in victoria that became the cream who where over 2000 at 14,i mean from my recolection none only maybe smerdon zhao who else?

Ivanchuk_Fan
22-09-2008, 06:41 PM
James and Gene (as well as some non junior-players such as Brian Jones :) ) Never had a Fide rating of 2300. However, they got their titles from the Zonal (zonals should be recognized as 'Title Factories" :) ). There has been a thread on ChessChat some time ago discussing validity of the zonal titles and it discussed this issue in detail.

In case of Bobby, I am very sure that he can be an IM soon as he is getting stronger and stronger. He already plays (not sure how consistently though) at a 2300 level. In the last couply of month, he has beaten Myself, Sandler and Teichmann (as well as many other 2000+) players.

It should be mentioned that a player who can defeat 2200 players is not necessarily over 2200 playing strength, since a player playing at their very best usually plays a couple hundred of points above their rating, but even underrated players sometimes play below their given rating.

Still, Michael knows Bobby personally and I do not, so I shall refrain from judging what I would consider to be his current playing strength.

Btw, what do you mean by 'be an IM soon'? It takes many years of very hard work to improve to 2400 level, even if a player is already at 2200/2300 strength. There are players that have gone from 2200 to 2400+ in only a year, such as Carlsen (1.25 years), Hao (1 year, although all the rating gains were made in one rating period), Hou (2220 to 2488 in just 9 months) and Grachev (1.25 years), but there are very few such players.

ER
22-09-2008, 08:28 PM
All in all it looks as it was an excellent tournament, with strong participation and the chance for strong and not so strong juniors to lock horns with some big guns!
CONCLUSION: Congratulations to Melbourne Chess Club for keeping up the tradition of organising memorable events!
MORAL: Always listen to my favourite chess player (mentor, tormentor, friend and the list goes on and on and on...) David Flude! He recommended this tournament a few posts back and once again he was proved right!
Cheers and good luck!

Metro
23-09-2008, 12:57 AM
First of all Congratulations to Bobby Cheng! :clap:

He played some excellent chess and fully deserved to win. In rounds 3 and 4 he crushed myself and James Morris in fine attacking (should be said crushing) style.

In round 5 he appeared to be in big trouble against Domagoj in the endgame..but now that i logged in to send a PM to Domagoj to congratulate him on winning the tournament...i learned that the game was drawn. That shows that Bobby can defend as well as attack.

Overall, It was good to see a lot of rapidly improving juniors in the field. Some very good games have been played and a friendly atmpsphere was enjoyed by all of the participants.

As for me, i had my worst result in 3.5 years and my round 2 draw was the worst game i have played since losing to Dilla piece up 2 years ago. I may be unhappy with my score - but the way i was playing in this tournament - this is the score that i deserve.

On the positive side, on completion of my last round game - I played some blitz against Hacche. Our match ended ..with an 8-0 score. And of course, on saturday i earned customary $5 from Domagoj :).

Congratulatios to Bobby:clap: :clap: :clap:
and James and Domagoj:clap: :clap: