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    MCC Alex Kaplan Memorial Blitz (Easter Monday - 5 April)

    Alex Kaplan Memorial Blitz
    (Easter Monday 5 April 2021)


    MCC was saddened to hear of the passing in 2020 of Alex Kaplan - a long time MCC member, past Committee member, and fixture in MCC's Monday night tournaments.

    In his memory, MCC has decided to hold a Blitz tournament on the evening of 5 April 2021 - Easter Monday.


    Where
    Melbourne Chess Cub
    66 Leicester Street, Fitzroy, VIC

    When
    Monday 5 April 2021 (Easter Monday)
    Entries Close: 2:00 pm
    Tournament Start: 2:15 pm

    Format
    13 Round Swiss Tournament
    Entry is open to all players (Members and non-Member).

    Byes
    Players may take up to 2 half point byes during rounds 1-11

    Time Control
    3 minutes + 2 seconds per move.

    Pairings and Ratings
    The tournament will be Tornelo rated only.
    Pairings will be done on the basis of Tornelo ratings
    Any player who does not have a current Tornelo rating will have a Tornelo profile generated based on the current FIDE or ACF rating.

    Entry Fee
    $12 Full Member, $10 Concession / Junior Member. (Add $10 for non Members)
    Club Member GMs, IMs and FMs free. GMs and IMs not resident in Victoria free.

    Prizes
    First prize of $150 and 2 rating prizes of $50 are guaranteed.
    Further prizes may be determined depending on numbers of entrants.

    Tournament Organiser
    Thai Ly (0421 912 296 or melbchessclub@gmail.com)

    Arbiter
    To be confirmed

    Further Questions
    melbchessclub@gmail.com

    Registration of entry can be done by Registering on Tornelo at

    https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/melbo...aplan-memorial

    or by contacting the Tournament Organiser or by entering in person at MCC prior to the scheduled close of entries.


    Please note that MCC's current limit on total players will apply in accordance with its current COVID protocols.
    Last edited by Bill Gletsos; 28-03-2021 at 04:39 PM. Reason: Mod: Updated times

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    This clashes with Doeberl Cup, as I noted in the City of Melbourne Open thread, as the latter tournament is the one I thought would clash with this one.

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    I will see if I can make it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    I will see if I can make it.
    Fair enough, as you can take a plane without shortening your game to do that . However, since it's a blitz night, why not have the memorial take place instead of the normal blitz night (but at the same time) like we did with the Richard Voon memorial?

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    Note that the starting time is NOT 7pm as stated in the thread starter but at 2pm!!!!!! Would be great to have it edited!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Note that the starting time is NOT 7pm as stated in the thread starter but at 2pm!!!!!! Would be great to have it edited!
    That's correct , only I don't know why they can't have the tournament at 7pm if there are already many Monday nights of the year when MCC holds a round of one of its longplay tournaments. (obviously it doesn't see them as issues with players having to go to work the next day.)

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    IMPORTANT - Tournament now to start ~2 pm (not 7pm)

    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Note that the starting time is NOT 7pm as stated in the thread starter but at 2pm!!!!!! Would be great to have it edited!
    Correct - due to popular feedback, MCC has decided to change the official time for the start of Alex Kaplan Memorial Blitz as follows:

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    Monday 5 April 2021 (Easter Monday)
    Entries Close: 2:00 pm
    Tournament Start: 2:15 pm

    This is similar to the starting times which occur for MCC's Saturday Allegros.

    As for editing the opening post of this thread, I cannot do that without assistance from the Mods.

    I (and, I am sure, prospective players) would much appreciate if a mod could change the opening post to reflect the new starting time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Ly View Post
    As for editing the opening post of this thread, I cannot do that without assistance from the Mods.

    I (and, I am sure, prospective players) would much appreciate if a mod could change the opening post to reflect the new starting time.
    Done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos View Post
    Done.
    Thanks Bill.

    If it's not too much bother, it the thread title could also delete the word "evening", that would also be appreciated.
    Last edited by Thai Ly; 28-03-2021 at 04:48 PM.

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    "This is similar to the starting times which occur for MCC's Saturday Allegros."
    So when does this finish? I assume it takes as many hours as would the MCC (Fastplay) Championships and Grand Final Eve blitz tournaments, which is maybe 5 hours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael. I View Post
    "This is similar to the starting times which occur for MCC's Saturday Allegros."
    So when does this finish? I assume it takes as many hours as would the MCC (Fastplay) Championships and Grand Final Eve blitz tournaments, which is maybe 5 hours?
    Its 13 rounds of blitz, so <10 minutes a round. So should be finished before 5PM with very high confidence.

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    [QUOTE=Thai Ly;478772]Correct - due to popular feedback, MCC has decided to change the official time for the start of Alex Kaplan Memorial Blitz as follows:

    When
    Monday 5 April 2021 (Easter Monday)
    Entries Close: 2:00 pm
    Tournament Start: 2:15 pm

    I assume chess-players going away for the long weekend are Doeberl players? In other words chess players who are going away for a non-chess long weekend and back late Monday afternoon and would play is a null set?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAHAHAHA View Post
    Its 13 rounds of blitz, so <10 minutes a round. So should be finished before 5PM with very high confidence.
    Thanks , but someone else said that there's 20min to a round at this year's MCC Blitz Championships.

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    That gives chess players sometime to socialize Michael. This is not online chess to move quickly from one game to another. This is a chess club with focus on social interaction too. I am glad that MCC creates such tournaments in the memory of chess players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy009 View Post
    That gives chess players sometime to socialize Michael.
    Hmm...imagining chess players socializing .
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