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    Australasian Masters 2012

    Australasian Masters 2012 will take place from December 8 until December 16.

    Venue--- Box Hill Chess Club( 3 Rochester Road,Canterbury)

    Please see the pairings for the tournament.

    1.Bob Smith---FIDE Master---New Zealand

    2.Guy West----International Master--Australia

    3.Bobby Cheng--FIDE Master---Australia

    4.Like Li---New Zealand

    5.Anton Smirnov---Australia

    6.Domagoj Dragicevic---FIDE Master--Australia

    7.Arkadius Kalka---FIDE Master---Germany

    8.James Morris--International Master---Australia

    9.Eddy Levi---FIDE Master---Australia

    10.Vladimir Smirnov--International Master--Russia

    Time control 90 minutes per game plus 30 seconds per move from the first move.

    Prizes

    1.$1000

    2.$500

    3.$300

    Top Victorian player---$500 plus Victorian Master 2012 Title.

    Starting time 4-00 pm for all rounds except round 2( Sunday December 9).

    Starting time for the round 2---5-30 pm.

    Here are the pairings round by round

    10 Players

    Round
    1 1:10 2:9 3:8 4:7 5:6
    2 10:6 7:5 8:4 9:3 1:2
    3 2:10 3:1 4:9 5:8 6:7
    4 10:7 8:6 9:5 1:4 2:3
    5 3:10 4:2 5:1 6:9 7:8
    6 10:8 9:7 1:6 2:5 3:4
    7 4:10 5:3 6:2 7:1 8:9
    8 10:9 1:8 2:7 3:6 4:5
    9 5:10 6:4 7:3 8:2 9:1

    The latest ratings for the players will be published December 1.
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    I believe Kalka is from Germany, not Aus
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    Cheng-Morris in the very first round! This game could decide the tournament
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron
    Cheng-Morris in the very first round! This game could decide the tournament
    Vlad and Domagoj are no easy beats. Along with the rest of the field I think you're jumping the gun a bit there. Big advantage for the winner though

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundys_bro
    Vlad and Domagoj are no easy beats. Along with the rest of the field I think you're jumping the gun a bit there. Big advantage for the winner though
    Yes, that's a more objective approach!
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    Quote Originally Posted by leonid Sandler
    Australasian Masters 2012 will take place from December 8 until December 16.

    Venue--- Box Hill Chess Club( 3 Rochester Road,Canterbury)

    Please see the pairings for the tournament.

    1.Bob Smith---FIDE Master---New Zealand

    2.Guy West----International Master--Australia

    3.Bobby Cheng--FIDE Master---Australia

    4.Like Li---New Zealand

    5.Anton Smirnov---Australia

    6.Domagoj Dragicevic---FIDE Master--Australia

    7.Arkadius Kalka---FIDE Master---Germany

    8.James Morris--International Master---Australia

    9.Eddy Levi---FIDE Master---Australia

    10.Vladimir Smirnov--International Master--Russia

    Time control 90 minutes per game plus 30 seconds per move from the first move.

    Prizes

    1.$1000

    2.$500

    3.$300

    Top Victorian player---$500 plus Victorian Master 2012 Title.

    Starting time 4-00 pm for all rounds except round 2( Sunday December 9).

    Starting time for the round 2---5-30 pm.

    Here are the pairings round by round

    10 Players

    Round
    1 1:10 2:9 3:8 4:7 5:6
    2 10:6 7:5 8:4 9:3 1:2
    3 2:10 3:1 4:9 5:8 6:7
    4 10:7 8:6 9:5 1:4 2:3
    5 3:10 4:2 5:1 6:9 7:8
    6 10:8 9:7 1:6 2:5 3:4
    7 4:10 5:3 6:2 7:1 8:9
    8 10:9 1:8 2:7 3:6 4:5
    9 5:10 6:4 7:3 8:2 9:1

    The latest ratings for the players will be published December 1.
    Thanks Prez!

    That's a great way to close the year with an important tournament for Victoria as the one (Aus Championships 2012) that opened it!
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    Poor timing...

    While I think that it is great that this event is being run, I find it incredibly disappointing that the the organiser Leonid Sandler (who also happens to be the CV president) has decided to schedule it to clash with the MCC Christmas Swiss - a tournament run by a CV affiliated club... (preventing elite players from playing in both events).

    I am also on the executive of CV and in a CV exec meeting I voted for CV to donate $1200 toward this tournament. However I wouldve voted against this if I had known that it would clash with an event run by ANY CV affiliated club.

    I will be voting AGAINST CV finanically supporting this event again unless it doesnt clash with any CV affiliated clubs events.
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    Grant-

    This comes weeks after CV responded to a letter written by the MCC committee complaining about just this sort of thing. I realise this is not a CV event but CV have donated $1200 to it.

    The response to this letter apologised for putting the Vic Teams final on top of one of our events that had been advertised for a year in advance, and also stated that CV hoped to work and cooperate with the MCC more efficiently in the future.

    The Christmas Swiss already has GM Zhao and IM Illingworth playing in it and with a bit of planning could have been a norm event.

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    My reaction was similar to Grant's - if the Masters was run from December 5-13 then the players in the Australasian Masters could also play the Christmas Swiss. A similar thing was done in 2009 where the Oceania Zonal in Tweed Heads was run immediately prior to the Gold Coast Open, which strengthened the latter tournament (Gawain Jones played and won that tournament with Puchen, Stephen, David and myself in equal second).

    However for the MCC Christmas Swiss to be a norm event it would need to be a minimum of nine rounds long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant Szuveges
    While I think that it is great that this event is being run, I find it incredibly disappointing that the the organiser Leonid Sandler (who also happens to be the CV president) has decided to schedule it to clash with the MCC Christmas Swiss - a tournament run by a CV affiliated club... (preventing elite players from playing in both events).

    I am also on the executive of CV and in a CV exec meeting I voted for CV to donate $1200 toward this tournament. However I wouldve voted against this if I had known that it would clash with an event run by ANY CV affiliated club.

    I will be voting AGAINST CV finanically supporting this event again unless it doesnt clash with any CV affiliated clubs events.
    Is the Christmas Swiss really aimed at elite players?

    Of those in the Masters field, the only ones who (to my mind) would be a realistic chance to play the event were they not playing the masters would be James Morris & Domagoj Dragicevic. Players lie Bobby Cheng, Guy West, etc although they might play, I think they would be less likely to play in a 6 round event with 3 games on the Saturday.

    Although it is great to have Yuan & Max playing in the event, they aren't really the general 'target audience' that the tournament is aimed at. To my mind (and I could be wrong), such an event is targeted at local Melbourne players, and mostly MCC regulars such as John Beckman, Gary Bekker, Jack Puccini, etc who play in lots of the Monday night & weekend events at MCC.

    Alternatively, perhaps the Christmas Swiss is at a better time of the year for players, both local and interstate than the Melbourne Cup Weekender, as things like uni & school exams are typically finished, work for many people is winding down for the year, and players may be more inclined to play in a weekender in December rather than early November. With this in mind, maybe the Christmas Swiss could become the big tournament for MCC each year, which could work with the Australasian Masters to possibly become an elite weekender, possibly with IM norm opportunities in the future, in a similar way that the Doeberl Cup & Sydney International work with each other to attract strong fields to both events.

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    Kerry,

    1. They aren't all target players but a lot of people play MCC events for their strength- if James and one or two more play it means another 5-10 in the Christmas Swiss.

    2. Is there a reason for this clash? Why couldn't it have been started 2 days, or one week earlier?

    Cooperation on things like this would benefit everyone.

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    Players List

    Code:
    No  Name                Feder Rtg  Loc 
    
    1.  Smith, Bob          NZ    2212 2231
    2.  West, Guy           AUS   2333 2343
    3.  Cheng, Bobby        AUS   2372 2413
    4.  Li, Luke            NZ    2265 2235
    5.  Smirnov, Anton      AUS   2160 2158
    6.  Dragicevic, Domagoj AUS   2249 2288
    7.  Kalka, Arkadius     GER   2349 2321
    8.  Morris, James       AUS   2371 2369
    9.  Levi, Eddy          AUS   2126 2143
    10. Smirnov, Vladimir   RUS   2399 2403
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Stead
    Is the Christmas Swiss really aimed at elite players?

    Of those in the Masters field, the only ones who (to my mind) would be a realistic chance to play the event were they not playing the masters would be James Morris & Domagoj Dragicevic. Players lie Bobby Cheng, Guy West, etc although they might play, I think they would be less likely to play in a 6 round event with 3 games on the Saturday.
    Luke Li just entered the Christmas Swiss yesterday - and then promptly (and apolagetically) withdrew his entry after being alerted to the clash... yet another player prevented from playing in a CV affiliated club's event because of the stupid scheduling of this tournament.
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    Round 1 Pairings

    Code:
    No Name           Loc  Total  Result   Name                Loc  Total
    
     1 Smith, Bob     2231 [0]       :     Smirnov, Vladimir   2403 [0]  
     2 West, Guy      2343 [0]       :     Levi, Eddy          2143 [0]  
     3 Cheng, Bobby   2413 [0]       :     Morris, James       2369 [0]  
     4 Li, Luke       2235 [0]       :     Kalka, Arkadius     2321 [0]  
     5 Smirnov, Anton 2158 [0]       :     Dragicevic, Domagoj 2288 [0]
    Round 1 commences today at the Box Hill Chess Club at 4 pm

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