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    2018 Australian Blitz Championship (Sunday 7 Jan - Sydney, FIDE rated)

    Norths Chess Club is proud to host to the 2018 Australian Blitz Championship. The details are as follows:

    Date and time: Sunday 7 January, with games expected to start at 2pm.

    Location: Norths, 12 Abbott Street, Cammeray, Sydney NSW 2062.

    Format: 11 round (Dutch) Swiss, with pairings by Vega.

    Time Control: All moves in 3 minutes plus an increment of 2 seconds per move.

    Eligibility: Open, but players who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents must have a FIDE ID.

    Entry Fees: Standard $25; concession (junior, student or pensioner) $20. Free entry for GMs, WGMs, IMs and WIMs.

    Entries: Complete the Registration form on the Registration webpage. Entries close at 1:30pm on Sunday 7 September.

    Prizes (guaranteed): The title of Australian Blitz Champion will be awarded to the Australian citizen or permanent resident with the highest final score (after a playoff if required – see Tiebreak section below).
    • 1st: $500
    • 2nd: $250
    • 3rd: $150
    • Rating Group A, B and C (which are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quartiles respectively of the tournament rating distribution, excluding unrated players): $100 each
    Prize money will be shared equally among players on the same score and each player may win only one prize. Unrated players are ineligible for rating prizes.

    Tournament rating: Pairings and rating prizes will be based on the following rating hierarchy:
    1. FIDE Blitz rating
    2. FIDE Rapid rating
    3. FIDE Standard rating
    4. ACF Quick rating
    5. ACF Classic rating
    Players without any of these ratings will be considered to be unrated.

    Rating: The results of this tournament will be submitted for the FIDE Blitz and ACF Quick rating lists.

    Tiebreaks: In the event of a tie for the title between one or more eligible players, a playoff will be held:
    • For two players: 2 games with alternate colours, if necessary repeated until the tie is broken.
    • For three or more players: A single round robin, if necessary repeated until the tie is broken (with any players who are no longer tied for first eliminated after each round robin cycle).

    Forfeit time: The forfeit time for a game is when a player’s time has elapsed.

    Rules: The FIDE Laws of Chess apply, including Article B.4 of the Competition Rules.

    Arbiter: IA Shaun Press (chief)
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    With over 70 entries to date, including four IMs (the latest published list is on the Entries webpage) and more expected before the 1:30pm deadline, avoid Sydney's forecast 40 degree temperatures and play 11 rounds of blitz in air conditioning.

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    Anyone know who won the Lightning?

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    Brandon Clarke won the tournament with 10.5/11, Moulthun Ly won the Australian Blitz Champion title with 9.5/11 (finishing in outright second place).
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    Congrats to Englishman Brandon. Finishing ahead of Moulthun in any fast time limit is an achievement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Illingworth View Post
    Brandon Clarke won the tournament with 10.5/11, Moulthun Ly won the Australian Blitz Champion title with 9.5/11 (finishing in outright second place).
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    Very well run tournament, went very smoothly. There weren't any appeals and I hear about as much of an incident as there was was one unverifiable situation where one player accused another of not saying "adjust".

    As an arbiter and administrator I know it is much better to have increments because it helps in reducing incidents. As a player, I still don't like 3/2 - the time pressure early in the game is much more intense than in 5/0 and you don't have anywhere near as much flexibility about managing your time. If you spend a couple of minutes thinking in the opening you then have to watch the clock continually for the rest of the game, which I often forget to do. But the increment did save me from my own stupidity in one case:

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    In a position something like this (but I am not sure of the exact position of the black pawns) and with both players down to eight seconds I played d8=Q. I was so certain black would take my queen and then try to draw with the two pawns that when he instead played Rb2+ I somehow concluded this move was "illegal" and "claimed" for extra time - with the result that my opponent, not me, was given a minute! Without increment this could well have been a fatal blow.
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    I take it that you won with the extra Q, since you need not run out of time with the increment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    I take it that you won with the extra Q, since you need not run out of time with the increment?
    Easily. Probably obtained an unfair advantage unintentionally by wrongly stopping the clock.

    I did run out of time in my last round game with Ostapenko; I think he might have been starting to win anyway after a long and close game. Some blitz games are too interesting for the time control, whatever it is.

    Brandon Clarke's result - wow. He did say he was losing a couple of games and had a bit of fortune.
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    Congratulations to 2018 Australian Blitz Champion GM Moulthun Ly and all prizewinners:

    Open:
    1st: FM Brandon Clarke (ENG)
    2nd and Australian Blitz Champion: GM Moulthun Ly
    3rd: IM Kanan Izzat (AZE)

    Under 2100: =1st CM Kevin Willathgamuwa, CM Kerry Stead, FM Charles Tsai
    Under 1800: 1st Hughston Parle
    Under 1650: 1st Abanoub Attalla
    Unrated: =1st Parviz Ahmandi, David Milne
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