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    2017 Nell Van De Graaff Classic

    The Nell Van de Graaff Classic is held yearly to celebrate Nell Van de Graaff and her passion for chess. The event is a ACF and CAQ Categroy 3 Grand Prix event.

    This event is for players of all levels and ages. This event is also unique in that whilst it is an individual tournament, players will also be able to compete as part of a team. Team rating averages must be under 1400 ACF and can be advised in advance, or we can help put you in a team on the day (Arbiters will work to make team averages as competitive as possible, however cannot guarantee all teams a realistic chance at team prizes). With a grand total of $3000 in prize money this event is sure to attract many strong players as it has in the past.

    We are excited to announce at GM Ian Rogers will be providing commentary on top games during the event!!

    Players must record their moves during their game. 1 pen per person will be provided, additional pens will be 50c per pen.

    *Note* If numbers grow past a certain point the organizers reserve the right to use accelerated pairings.

    Date : 16 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
    Venue : Arundel Hills Country Club, Arundel Place, Arundel

    Entry Fees
    Adult Price : $ 65 Per Player
    Concession Price : $ 60 Per Player
    Junior Price : $ 60 Per Player
    Please note a late fee of $10 will be applicable for those registering/paying on the day.

    All GM/WGM/IM/WIM's will receive free entry if entered before the 9th of September.

    Food: There will be food packages for lunch available on the day which can be purchased on arrival.

    Schedule:
    Please ensure you arrive by 9.15am for registration otherwise you may be excluded from round 1.
    Saturday 16th September Registration at 8.45am 9.15am, Round 1 @ 9.30am, Round 2 @ 12.00pm, Round 3 @ 2.30pm, Round 4 @5.00pm
    Sunday 17th September Round 5 @ 9.00am, Round 6 @ 11.30am, Round 7 @ 2.00pm, Presentations @ 4.30pm

    Time Control: 60 minutes per player + 10 seconds per move

    Prizes:

    1st $800, 2nd $400, 3rd $300, 4th $200, 5th $100
    3 x rating groups of 1st $150 and 2nd $50
    Team Prizes: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100
    Additional prizes will be allocated based upon sufficient entries.

    Lunches:

    Lunches are available from the cafe downstairs. There will $10 lunch options that can be pre-ordered (specifically designed for kids) whilst adults and spectators can head down and order at any stage.

    Supervision:

    Parents will need to make their own judgement as to whether they need to be present for the duration of the event. Gardiner Chess will take sensible steps including outlining the playing area and other inside areas for players to be in, however Gardiner Chess staff will not be able to accompany children to the shopping centre under any circumstances.

    To register for this event please head to http://www.gardinerchess.com.au/even...graaff-classic
    For all further enquiries please contact: events@gardinerchess.com.au

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    NVGC Provisional list of players

    With less than one week until the NVGC it's time to get your entries in!

    Code:
    No  Name                 Feder Rtg Loc 
    
    1.  Solomon, Stephen J   QLD       2449
    2.  Wohl, Aleksandar H   QLD       2444
    3.  Stojic, Dusan        QLD       2313
    4.  Parle, Hughston      QLD       2037
    5.  Harris, Timothy      QLD       1812
    6.  Renjith, Sravan      OS        1757
    7.  Weller, Tony         QLD       1716
    8.  Kay, James           QLD       1703
    9.  Wang, Jason          QLD       1686
    10. Liang, Raymond       QLD       1525
    11. Morris, Byron        QLD       1446
    12. Le, Terrence         QLD       1307
    13. Wang, Eason          QLD       1057
    14. Tseng, Daniel        QLD       1023
    15. Lo, Jonathan         QLD       942 
    16. Marsh, Sam           QLD       870 
    17. Watkins, Sophie      QLD       832 
    18. Born, Jazz           QLD       805 
    19. Ooi, Jayden          QLD       804 
    20. Bombardieri, Sam     QLD       649 
    21. Qu, Anson            QLD       581 
    22. Granger, Riley       QLD       513 
    23. Ming, Kenny          QLD       470 
    24. Watkins, Rachel Jane QLD       405 
    25. Dullaway, Michael    QLD       356 
    26. Li, Ray              QLD       346 
    27. Lam, Colin           QLD       301 
    28. Dullaway, Erin       QLD       269 
    29. Lo, Micah            QLD       124
    Remembering the team prizes for this event adds an extra element as well as having Ian Rogers giving live commentary!

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    Provisional List of players 13/09/17

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    No  Name                 Feder Rtg Loc 
    
    1.  Solomon, Stephen J   QLD       2449
    2.  Wohl, Aleksandar H   QLD       2444
    3.  Liu, Yi              QLD       2389
    4.  Stojic, Dusan        QLD       2313
    5.  Parle, Hughston      QLD       2037
    6.  Ostapenko, Michael   QLD       1862
    7.  Harris, Timothy      QLD       1812
    8.  Renjith, Sravan      OS        1757
    9.  Kitikov, Oleg        QLD       1752
    10. Weller, Tony         QLD       1716
    11. Kay, James           QLD       1703
    12. Taylor, Ben          QLD       1697
    13. Wang, Jason          QLD       1686
    14. Liang, Raymond       QLD       1525
    15. Morris, Byron        QLD       1446
    16. Chan, Jason          QLD       1426
    17. Le, Terrence         QLD       1307
    18. Peach, Ben           QLD       1259
    19. Anand, Aditya        QLD       1135
    20. Wang, Eason          QLD       1057
    21. Tseng, Daniel        QLD       1023
    22. Lo, Jonathan         QLD       942 
    23. Marsh, Sam           QLD       870 
    24. Watkins, Sophie      QLD       832 
    25. Born, Jazz           QLD       805 
    26. Ooi, Jayden          QLD       804 
    27. Yuan, Dylan          QLD       749 
    28. Jule, Elena          QLD       736 
    29. Bombardieri, Sam     QLD       649 
    30. Liu, Henry           QLD       603 
    31. Lee, Chun            QLD       593 
    32. Qu, Anson            QLD       581 
    33. Granger, Riley       QLD       513 
    34. Ming, Kenny          QLD       470 
    35. Watkins, Rachel Jane QLD       405 
    36. Dullaway, Michael    QLD       356 
    37. Li, Ray              QLD       346 
    38. Lam, Colin           QLD       301 
    39. Dullaway, Erin       QLD       269 
    40. Lo, Micah            QLD       124 
    41. Kho, John Kai Han    QLD           
    42. Kho, Samuel          QLD           
    43. Ong, Alex            QLD           
    44. Zhai, Ray            QLD           
    45. Zhang, William       QLD
    With only a few days before this great event be sure to register at http://www.gardinerchess.com.au/even...raaff-classic/

    Keep in mind the added team aspect with additional prizes (Please note all teams must have an average rating of 1400 per player or below).
    Last edited by Shaun94; 13-09-2017 at 09:39 AM.

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    IM Brodie McClymont 2450 has now entered becoming our new top seed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun94 View Post
    Remembering the team prizes for this event adds an extra element as well as having Ian Rogers giving live commentary!
    Will Nell herself attend?
    So let me see if I have this straight:
    • People are born male but can change to female.
    • People are born white but can change to black.
    • People are born homosexual but can never change.

    Makes perfect sense I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Will Nell herself attend?
    Unfortunately Nell passed away recently.

    https://www.facebook.com/gardinerche...91796594198059

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afitz View Post
    Unfortunately Nell passed away recently.

    https://www.facebook.com/gardinerche...91796594198059
    That is indeed sad news. Rest in peace.
    meep meep

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    It is very sad, Nell was an asset to the chess community I recall playing her myself 15 years ago in a Gold Coast Open I believe.

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    NVGC Provisional list of players update

    Code:
    No  Name                 Feder Rtg Loc 
    
    1.  McClymont, Brodie    QLD       2450
    2.  Solomon, Stephen J   QLD       2449
    3.  Wohl, Aleksandar H   QLD       2444
    4.  Liu, Yi              QLD       2389
    5.  Stojic, Dusan        QLD       2313
    6.  Maguire, Tom         QLD       2076
    7.  Parle, Hughston      QLD       2037
    8.  Tsai, Charles        QLD       1977
    9.  Stahnke, Alexander   QLD       1889
    10. Ostapenko, Michael   QLD       1862
    11. Harris, Timothy      QLD       1812
    12. Renjith, Sravan      OS        1757
    13. Kitikov, Oleg        QLD       1752
    14. Weller, Tony         QLD       1716
    15. Kay, James           QLD       1703
    16. Taylor, Ben          QLD       1697
    17. Wang, Jason          QLD       1686
    18. Chan, Jacob Joseph   QLD       1674
    19. Liang, Raymond       QLD       1525
    20. Hamilton, Don        QLD       1499
    21. Morris, Byron        QLD       1446
    22. Chan, Jason          QLD       1426
    23. Curtain, Joseph      QLD       1325
    24. Le, Terrence         QLD       1307
    25. Peach, Ben           QLD       1259
    26. Sarney, Jim          QLD       1181
    27. Anand, Aditya        QLD       1135
    28. Wang, Eason          QLD       1057
    29. Tseng, Daniel        QLD       1023
    30. Chan, Jordan         QLD       966 
    31. Lo, Jonathan         QLD       942 
    32. Marsh, Sam           QLD       870 
    33. Watkins, Sophie      QLD       832 
    34. Born, Jazz           QLD       805 
    35. Ooi, Jayden          QLD       804 
    36. Yuan, Dylan          QLD       749 
    37. Jule, Elena          QLD       736 
    38. Bombardieri, Sam     QLD       649 
    39. Liu, Henry           QLD       603 
    40. Lee, Chun            QLD       593 
    41. Qu, Anson            QLD       581 
    42. Granger, Riley       QLD       513 
    43. Ming, Kenny          QLD       470 
    44. Watkins, Rachel Jane QLD       405 
    45. Dullaway, Michael    QLD       356 
    46. Li, Ray              QLD       346 
    47. Lam, Colin           QLD       301 
    48. Dullaway, Erin       QLD       269 
    49. Lo, Micah            QLD       124 
    50. Kho, John Kai Han    QLD           
    51. Kho, Samuel          QLD           
    52. Ong, Alex            QLD           
    53. Zhai, Ray            QLD           
    54. Zhang, William       QLD
    With more and more entries coming in as the event approaches it is shaping up to be a great weekender!
    Last edited by Shaun94; 13-09-2017 at 09:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afitz View Post
    Unfortunately Nell passed away recently.

    https://www.facebook.com/gardinerche...91796594198059
    Very sorry to hear that
    So let me see if I have this straight:
    • People are born male but can change to female.
    • People are born white but can change to black.
    • People are born homosexual but can never change.

    Makes perfect sense I guess

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    Mark C Stokes has just entered The Nell Van De Graaff Classic at Arundel Park Country Club, Arundel Place, Arundel this Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17. He even plans to be there for Round 1! I bet International Masters like Brodie McClymont, Stephen Solomon and Alex Wohl will now be shivering in their boots. See you all Saturday by 9:15am at Arundel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun94 View Post
    It is very sad, Nell was an asset to the chess community I recall playing her myself 15 years ago in a Gold Coast Open I believe.
    We need an obituary thread here.
    So let me see if I have this straight:
    • People are born male but can change to female.
    • People are born white but can change to black.
    • People are born homosexual but can never change.

    Makes perfect sense I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by StokesyRedcliff View Post
    Mark C Stokes has just entered The Nell Van De Graaff Classic at Arundel Park Country Club, Arundel Place, Arundel this Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17. He even plans to be there for Round 1! I bet International Masters like Brodie McClymont, Stephen Solomon and Alex Wohl will now be shivering in their boots. See you all Saturday by 9:15am at Arundel!
    "Their knees will tremble and their cheeks grow pale"
    Last edited by Frank; 14-09-2017 at 12:06 PM.

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    Updated provisional list of players 4:00pm 14/09

    Code:
    No  Name                    Feder Rtg Loc 
    
    1.  McClymont, Brodie       QLD       2450
    2.  Solomon, Stephen J      QLD       2449
    3.  Wohl, Aleksandar H      QLD       2444
    4.  Liu, Yi                 QLD       2389
    5.  Stojic, Dusan           QLD       2313
    6.  Maguire, Tom            QLD       2076
    7.  Parle, Hughston         QLD       2037
    8.  Tsai, Charles           QLD       1977
    9.  Stahnke, Alexander      QLD       1889
    10. Ostapenko, Michael      QLD       1862
    11. Walker, Tyson           QLD       1850
    12. Harris, Timothy         QLD       1812
    13. Renjith, Sravan         OS        1757
    14. Kitikov, Oleg           QLD       1752
    15. Weller, Tony            QLD       1716
    16. Kay, James              QLD       1703
    17. Ford, Daniel            QLD       1698
    18. Taylor, Ben             QLD       1697
    19. Wang, Jason             QLD       1686
    20. Chan, Jacob Joseph      QLD       1674
    21. Stokes, Mark C          QLD       1545
    22. Liang, Raymond          QLD       1525
    23. Hamilton, Don           QLD       1499
    24. Morris, Byron           QLD       1446
    25. Chan, Jason             QLD       1426
    26. Curtain, Joseph         QLD       1325
    27. Sakran, Bernard         QLD       1325
    28. Le, Terrence            QLD       1307
    29. Peach, Ben              QLD       1259
    30. Teow, Jaden             QLD       1233
    31. Sarney, Jim             QLD       1181
    32. Anand, Aditya           QLD       1135
    33. Wang, Eason             QLD       1057
    34. Tseng, Daniel           QLD       1023
    35. Chan, Jordan            QLD       966 
    36. Lo, Jonathan            QLD       942 
    37. Moss, Jasper            QLD       899 
    38. Marsh, Sam              QLD       870 
    39. Watkins, Sophie         QLD       832 
    40. Ilka, Alexander         QLD       811 
    41. Born, Jazz              QLD       805 
    42. Ooi, Jayden             QLD       804 
    43. Rathnayake, Leron       SA        769 
    44. Simic, Filip            QLD       751 
    45. Yuan, Dylan             QLD       749 
    46. Waddell, Craig          QLD       737 
    47. Jule, Elena             QLD       736 
    48. Bombardieri, Sam        QLD       649 
    49. Liu, Henry              QLD       603 
    50. Ilka, William           QLD       601 
    51. Lee, Chun               QLD       593 
    52. Qu, Anson               QLD       581 
    53. Granger, Riley          QLD       513 
    54. Tan, Kevin              QLD       495 
    55. Mahaarachchi, Tiran     QLD       479 
    56. Ming, Kenny             QLD       470 
    57. Watkins, Rachel Jane    QLD       405 
    58. Dullaway, Michael       QLD       356 
    59. Li, Ray                 QLD       346 
    60. Lam, Colin              QLD       301 
    61. Dullaway, Erin          QLD       269 
    62. Chou, Kevin             QLD       265 
    63. Lo, Micah               QLD       124 
    64. Kho, John Kai Han       QLD           
    65. Kho, Samuel             QLD           
    66. Li, Jinxiang            QLD           
    67. Ong, Alex               QLD           
    68. Smith, Mathew           QLD           
    69. Smith, Tristan K (2008) QLD           
    70. Zhai, Ray               QLD           
    71. Zhang, William          QLD
    Last edited by Shaun94; 14-09-2017 at 04:05 PM. Reason: Additional player

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    Quote Originally Posted by StokesyRedcliff View Post
    Mark C Stokes has just entered The Nell Van De Graaff Classic at Arundel Park Country Club, Arundel Place, Arundel this Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17. He even plans to be there for Round 1! I bet International Masters like Brodie McClymont, Stephen Solomon and Alex Wohl will now be shivering in their boots. See you all Saturday by 9:15am at Arundel!
    So you're driving the bus huh ?

    Sad to hear about Nell's passing, I met her at one of the tourney's, a lovely lady.

    cheers Garrett.

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