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    Cool 2020 Victorian Country Chess Championship - Geelong, Dec 5 & 6

    2020 Victorian Country Chess Championship

    Promoted by the Victorian Rural Chess League

    Sponsored by Geelong Short Stays


    To all Victorian Country Chess Players:

    We are very pleased to advise that following the relaxation of the Covid 19 restrictions on indoor events by the Victorian Government as from 23 November, that we are able to hold the 2020 Victorian Country Chess Championship in a relatively normal fashion.

    The championships will be hosted again by the Geelong Chess Club and will be held in the same venue as last year - St Mary’s Terrace Community Hub in Myers Street.

    We appreciate the sponsorship of Geelong Short Stays and suggest that they be contacted for all accommodation requirements. Telephone 0407 711 707, email accom.in.geelong@outlook.com or visit their website at www.geelongshortstays.com.au

    Given the serious implications of the COVID19 pandemic, the organizers will have a COVID Safe Plan in place and this will be supervised by a COVID Safe Monitor. Games will be played in 2 rooms and tables will be appropriately spaced at safe distances. Other usual COVID Safe procedures will also be in place. There will be a limit of 28 entries for the championship which is the maximum allowable under Government density quotient rules. This happens to be the same number of entries received in 2019. Final entries will be decided by those who have paid their entry fees in advance by EFT to the nominated bank account as shown on the attached flyer and entry form. If anyone decides to pay on the day then they may well have to miss out due to COVID maximum participant restrictions. If for any reason the event has to be cancelled then all entry fees which have been paid will be refunded.

    Please note the location eligibility requirements, and restricted number of entries this year.

    The entry details along with a history of the tournament can be found on the website:
    https://ballaratchess.com/events/2020/2020vrcl.html

    Flyer can be downloaded from here:
    https://ballaratchess.com/events/202...CC%20Flyer.pdf


    Dates: Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December 2020

    Venue: St Mary’s Terrace Community Hub, 192 Myers St, Geelong.

    Round Times:
    Saturday 5th December
    Round 1 9.30 am
    Round 2 1.00 pm
    Round 3 4.00 pm

    Sunday 6th December
    Round 4 9.30 am
    Round 5 1.00 pm
    VRCL meeting 3.45 pm
    Round 6 4.00 pm

    A forfeit will be awarded if a player is 30 minutes late for a game

    COVID19 Safeguards and Restricted Entries:
    Given the current government Covid 19 restrictions on public gatherings for indoor events, there will be a maximum of 28 entries accepted. The event will be played in 2 separate rooms with tables spaced at appropriate distances and other Covid safe procedures will be in place. A Covid Safe Monitor will be appointed to ensure they are followed.


    Entry Fees: $80 Adult, $60 Concession
    Concession applies to Pensioners, Unemployed and Full-Time Students.
    Present concession card at the tournament.
    Payment can be made either at the event or by EFT to the bank account of Ballarat Chess Club Inc:
    BSB 182 512 number 963 263 561.

    Eligibility:
    The Victorian Country Chess Championship is open to all Victorian players whose main place of residence is outside a 50 km radius from the Melbourne GPO.

    Rate of Play & Half Point Bye:
    All moves in 60 minutes per player plus an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1. All moves of each game should be recorded. A player may request a single Half Point Bye in rounds 1 to 4. This must be done in writing, email or text message prior to the tournament or before the start of the previous round.

    Prizes:
    All entry fees will be distributed in prizes after deduction of expenses in conducting the event. Prizes will be awarded to the first three players in the Championship and Reserve sections. If there is a tie for a title then joint champions will be declared and prize money divided equally. All players will compete in a single tournament. The prize pool will be allocated 75% to the Championship and 25% to the Reserve.

    Reserve Champion:
    The title of Reserve Champion will be awarded to the leading player(s) in the bottom half of the field based on rating or seeding by the Arbiter.

    Entries & Inquiries
    Email entries to kevinp@ppt.com.au or n.barrow@latrobe.edu.au or post to VRCL at PO Box 500 Ballarat Vic 3353. Telephone Kevin Perrin on 0418 533 517 or Nigel Barrow on 0421 674 869 for inquiry. Email advice of entry would be appreciated.

    Accommodation & Sponsorship
    We appreciate the sponsorship of Geelong Short Stays and suggest that they be contacted for all accommodation requirements. Telephone 0407 711 707, email accom.in.geelong@outlook.com or visit their website at www.geelongshortstays.com.au

    General
    All games will be submitted for rating through Chess Victoria. The Arbiter for the event will be Nigel Barrow. A players committee will be elected prior to the start of the tournament to review any appeal to a decision made by the Arbiter. We acknowledge the support of the Geelong Chess Club and thank them for hosting the championships.
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    I am here, just trying to clarify

    1) V-line's intentions re allowing Melbourne to Gelong travel. Will try to combine visit with picnic at Buckley's Falls.
    2) Organisers' intention to allow Covid-19 rule abiding visitors during tournament.
    3) Confirm event's venue. Is it the one on the right side of the street as we go down toward Kardinia Park?
    4) Will the canteen operate?
    5) Small donation has already been sent. Cheers!
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    all clear from V-line!
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    Also careful with these copy and paste business.
    On post #1 of this thread
    Sat 12 October and Sun 13 October in "round times" need to be corrected to Sat 5 December and Sun 6 December!


    Snipped out since problem was fixed.
    Last edited by ER; 24-11-2020 at 09:47 AM.
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    ^^ Good pickup ER - I've asked for these to be updated.

    In response to your questions:

    2) I'll need to confirm this with the Geelong team who are putting together the COVID Safe plan - the issue will be the density restriction on number of people allowed in the building at any one time.
    If a game or two has already finished and players have already exited, then I couldn't see why a spectator wouldn't be allowed.
    There have only been a handful of spectators in previous years.

    3) The venue is St Mary's Community Hub at 192 Myers St.
    Google maps link:
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Vo...!4d144.3633463

    4) We traditionally don't have a canteen at the venue for this tournament (just tea, coffee & biscuits). There are plenty of food shops within a few blocks of the venue (local pubs, cafes, Subway, McDonalds, etc).

    5) Thank you for your donation!
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    There will be a limit of 28 entries for the championship
    Do we have a list of entries? thanks

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    Entry list would be neat

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    Cool

    Hi all, there have been only 16 entries thus far so there is still scope for more entries.

    Code:
    No  Name               ACF  Location     
    1.  Gill, Geoffrey     1954 Geelong  
    2.  Barrow, Nigel      1904 Bendigo  
    3.  Daneshvar, Reza    1828 Geelong  
    4.  Anderson, Alistair 1765 Geelong  
    5.  Coffey, Ruari      1701 Ballarat 
    6.  Leach, Alex        1691 Geelong  
    7.  Goswami, Sagargiri 1672 Geelong  
    8.  Ristic, Mio        1654 Geelong  
    9.  Bashar, Omar HMN   1611 Geelong  
    10. Hessing, Rod       1573 Geelong  
    11. Cook, Patrick      1537 Ballarat 
    12. Perrin, Kevin J    1531 Ballarat 
    13. Smith, Jack        1482 Geelong  
    14. Brown, Greg        1325 Rosebud
    15. Yates, Anna        831  Ballarat 
    16. Espinoza, Franco        Ballarat
    However, there are some regulars who we expect may still enter. So, if you intend to play then please advise via the emails listed on the form and in the original post of this thread and arrange for payment of entry fee to the nominated account. It could be a bit risky leaving a decision to enter and pay on Saturday since the maximum entry level might be reached by then. Entries will be accepted strictly in the order in which payment is received. Donít forget that a single half point bye is available in the first 4 rounds.

    Please note the simple rules (one page) COVID Safe Plan for the tournament.
    https://www.ballaratchess.com/events...le%20rules.pdf

    Under the plan, there will be no shared food, shared drink, or shared cups/saucers are available. Ė it is all BYO.
    Meals should not be consumed at your table but drinks are ok.

    Spectators including partners and parents will only be able to enter the building if the maximum capacity of 28 has not been exceeded. Subject to weather conditions we are hoping to arrange some tables and chess equipment outside for analysis and friendly chess games.
    "On my chess set, all the pawns are Hamburglers" ~ Homer Simpson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElevatorEscapee View Post
    Hi all, there have been only 16 entries thus far so there is still scope for more entries.

    Code:
    No  Name               ACF  Location     
    1.  Gill, Geoffrey     1954 Geelong  
    2.  Barrow, Nigel      1904 Bendigo  
    3.  Daneshvar, Reza    1828 Geelong  
    4.  Anderson, Alistair 1765 Geelong  
    5.  Coffey, Ruari      1701 Ballarat 
    6.  Leach, Alex        1691 Geelong  
    7.  Goswami, Sagargiri 1672 Geelong  
    8.  Ristic, Mio        1654 Geelong  
    9.  Bashar, Omar HMN   1611 Geelong  
    10. Hessing, Rod       1573 Geelong  
    11. Cook, Patrick      1537 Ballarat 
    12. Perrin, Kevin J    1531 Ballarat 
    13. Smith, Jack        1482 Geelong  
    14. Brown, Greg        1325 Rosebud
    15. Yates, Anna        831  Ballarat 
    16. Espinoza, Franco        Ballarat
    However, there are some regulars who we expect may still enter. So, if you intend to play then please advise via the emails listed on the form and in the original post of this thread and arrange for payment of entry fee to the nominated account. It could be a bit risky leaving a decision to enter and pay on Saturday since the maximum entry level might be reached by then. Entries will be accepted strictly in the order in which payment is received. Donít forget that a single half point bye is available in the first 4 rounds.

    Please note the simple rules (one page) COVID Safe Plan for the tournament.
    https://www.ballaratchess.com/events...le%20rules.pdf

    Under the plan, there will be no shared food, shared drink, or shared cups/saucers are available. Ė it is all BYO.
    Meals should not be consumed at your table but drinks are ok.

    Spectators including partners and parents will only be able to enter the building if the maximum capacity of 28 has not been exceeded. Subject to weather conditions we are hoping to arrange some tables and chess equipment outside for analysis and friendly chess games.
    The legendary Stewart Booth is not in the field!
    Interested in Chess Lessons?
    Email webbaron!@gmail.com for more Info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    The legendary Stewart Booth is not in the field!
    I remember Dr Booth playing in 2014 (= 2nd with G. Gil) not sure if he's played since.
    Last time he won the tournament was in 2011
    And so missing in action () is Carl Gorka who won the flag in 2017
    Let's see if G. Gill wins it for the 3rd time.
    My money on Kevin Perrin to win the Reserves!
    Looks like weather in Geelong won't be kind to Melbourne visitors, so I will have to wait until 2021 to watch some games and have a picnic @ Buckley Falls.
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    Thanks Elliot & Michael,

    Stewart actually competed as recently as 2018 - I haven't heard if he is coming this year.

    Entries to date:

    Code:
    No  Name               ACF  Location  
    1.  Gill, Geoffrey     1954 Geelong  
    2.  Barrow, Nigel      1904 Bendigo  
    3.  Daneshvar, Reza    1828 Geelong  
    4.  Anderson, Alistair 1765 Geelong  
    5.  Coffey, Ruari      1701 Ballarat 
    6.  Leach, Alex        1691 Geelong  
    7.  Goswami, Sagargiri 1672 Geelong  
    8.  Ristic, Mio        1654 Geelong  
    9.  Macak, Sean        1619 Ballarat 
    10. Bashar, Omar HMN   1611 Geelong  
    11. Hessing, Rod       1573 Geelong  
    12. Cook, Patrick      1537 Ballarat 
    13. Perrin, Kevin J    1531 Ballarat 
    14. Smith, Jack        1482 Geelong  
    15. Sicat, Rodel       1340 Geelong  
    16. Brown, Greg        1325 Frankston
    17. Yates, Anna        831  Ballarat 
    18. Peterson, Rory     440  Mildura  
    19. Espinoza, Franco        Ballarat
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