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SHump
04-08-2010, 12:35 PM
Hamilton Chess Club - bringing chess to all ages in the Waikato

I just want to let all know that I have constructed a web site for the Hamilton Chess club - located at www.hamiltonchess.weebly.com. The aim is to promote upcoming events, results, and allow players to register online for events. This would apply to school, one-day, half-day and weekend long events.

Watch this space for updates - please take a look and provide any feedback - PLEASE! For those that read this and maintain a NZ chess sites, could you please update your site accordingly. Hilton Bennett is still the main HCC contact, but you can reach me via here, the HCC web site or this email (scotthumphreys56@gmail.com).

SHump
17-08-2010, 08:01 PM
Just to update you all:
a) the HCC site has a calendar and blog pages, so I can bring you news and events on there as well as here
b) Chess will be played in Hamilton Gardens on the following dates from noon to 5pm, in the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion: 19 Sept, 7 Nov and 16 Jan 2011. These are all Sunday afternoons.

Cash Prizes will be given for highest scoring adult, and for the best U18, U14 and U10 boy and girl players. The entry fees are very reasonable: $15 for adults and $10 for juniors. Please register (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/hamilton-gardens-19-sept.html)via the web site, or check out for more details of the HCC monthly chess (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/monthly-chess.html) events.

Davidflude
18-08-2010, 01:04 AM
Hamilton Chess Club - bringing chess to all ages in the Waikato



Well Shump,

I hope that you have settled in.

1) have you seen the World's longest point break at Raglan

2) have you ben to the snow Ruepehu.

3) have you visited the thermal areas.

4) have you visited the Auckland chess centre.

SHump
18-08-2010, 07:19 AM
haha David - all good questions:
I have lived and worked in Hamilton before, so I can say that it is a yes to 1 and 3. But I, like many kiwis, would have to say no to 2 and 4 (surprising how many have not even seen snow). But I have been over a fair bit of the north island in the last month and previously. But places like New Plymouth and Wellington are on the list for sure. I have seen more of the south island than my kiwi wife - also probably a usual situation.

Maybe Auckland chess centre needs to come to me rather than the other way around :) - there were a fair number from 'up north' at the recent Waikato weekender...

cheers, Scott

SHump
18-08-2010, 12:52 PM
The Hamilton Chess Club is running a number of rapid play chess events at the Hamilton Gardens Rotary Lounge, Hamilton Pavilion from noon to 5pm (Sunday) and at the Central Library from noon to 4pm (Saturday). See attached flyer as well.

Cash Prizes will be given for highest scoring adult, and for the best U18, U14 and U10 boy and girl players.

For the library dates, note that the parking is free in the city from 10am Saturday! (and $1 an hour for up to 4 hours in the underground council parks). The library venue will be on the second level, stack area, or if the weather is fine in December, then outdoors in Garden place.

Hamilton Garden dates:
19 September - register here (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/hamilton-gardens-19-sept.html)
7 November
16 January 2011

Hamilton Central Library dates:
16 October
11 December

Other information:
Entry fees (payable on the day):
$15 for adults
$10 for juniors

If you are interested in more details, then please contact us (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/contact-us.html). And PLEASE register in advance - in makes starting so much quicker!

SHump
19-08-2010, 09:53 PM
Just to clarify, these events will be blitz games. Sometimes 5 and sometimes 10 minute games..

Hamilton Gardens Events
All your moves in 10 minutes,
8 rounds in total

Hamilton Central Library Events
All your moves in 5 minutes,
12 rounds in total

For either events, registration and payment starts at noon.

And congratulations to Noel Pinic - he is the first player to register for the 19th Aug event in the Hamilton Gardens.

The updated attached flyer makes it clear it is blitz and not rapid.

SHump
28-08-2010, 08:04 AM
Our 'Inaugural' Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday 14th September from 7pm at the Hamilton Combined Return Services Club at 50 Rostrevor St, Hamilton. So if you are a member, want to become a member, or are even a little curious about the club, want to put in your two-cents worth, then please come along on that night. Note that there is no need to be an RSA member to come to the club for this meeting (come in as a guest!!)

A committee member nomination form is on the links (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/links.html)page and a draft agenda will appear there soon. More details on the blog (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/blog-updates.html)page.

SHump
03-09-2010, 09:58 AM
If there was a regular public weekly place (say on a Sunday) for anyone to turn up (for FREE!) for a few games of chess in Hamilton, would anyone be interested and come along? Just turn up and play - bringing along your own set/board would guarantee you a game! It would be just pot luck WHO you would play! Thoughts welcome - either send a comment here, or via our contact (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/contact-us.html)page. I would be happy to bring along a few sets to get the ball rolling, but I would not be there EVERY Sunday - but to seed the event and build some momentum I could be there for a few weekends in a row.

But over to you, the Hamilton chess community - could this work for you?

SHump
03-09-2010, 09:36 PM
The Hamilton Chess Club is planning to run a series of monthly blitz play chess events, starting with the Central Library from noon to 4pm (on a Saturday) .

Cash Prizes will be given for highest scoring adult, and for the best U18, U14 and U10 boy and girl players.

For the library events, note that the parking is free in the city from 10am Saturday! (and $1 an hour for up to 4 hours in the underground council parks). The library venue will be on the second level, stack area, or if the weather is fine in December, then outdoors in Garden place.

The first event will be held in the Hamilton Central Library on the 16 October.

Other information:
Entry fees (payable on the day):
$15 for adults
$10 for juniors

Hamilton Central Library Events
All your moves in 5 minutes,
12 rounds in total

Registration and payment starts at noon. If you are interested in more details, then please contact (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/contact-us.html)us. And PLEASE register in advance - in makes starting so much quicker!

Note that I had to unavoidably cancel the planned event on the 19th Sept for a few reasons. I am sorry for any inconvenience caused.

SHump
08-09-2010, 07:30 AM
At our regular club meeting last night, we had 5 new people turn up! Now, with us being a small club, this is fantastic news. Hopefully they will want to keep coming back as well. They all said they found us by just surfing the net and found the club site. So I am a little chuffed that the Hamilton Chess Club site is working, and I hope this leads to a general resurgence of chess activity in the Hamilton environs!

I just hope people don't confuse us with the Canadian, New Jersey or Victorian Hamiltons!

SHump
15-09-2010, 07:06 AM
Hamilton Chess Club presents Pot Luck Chess
Where Hamilton Central Library, level 2, stack area, or outdoors as suitable.
When Every Sunday Noon to 3.15pm
Cost Free
What Come along and play some chess – take pot luck as to who you play!

Some chess equipment will be available, or bring your own chess set and board to ensure you get a game!

This starts this Sunday (19th) and will be on EVERY SUNDAY. So please come along and try out the new chess venue.

See attached flyer - pass this on to all you know!

SHump
21-09-2010, 07:04 AM
Hamilton Press has published a story and photo of Daniel Han, Hamilton chess club member, with his thoughts before he headed off to the Chess Olympiad - the 'world cup' of chess events. His opponents will need to prepare against d4 ;-). See article here (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/blog-updates.html). All the best to Daniel and all of the NZ mens and ladies teams.

SHump
22-09-2010, 10:04 AM
At last night's club night, it was slightly embarrassing that we had more people wanting to play than sets available. OK, we have more sets but not enough were brought along - we really had quite a few new people turn up! This is a nice problem to have. We will have enough sets in future, but if this continues we will need to find a larger space for us. Any suggestions will be considered.

SHump
18-10-2010, 01:07 PM
The HCC web site now has some long awaited updates for recent events involving Waikato school teams and individual players. See under events-> junior chess (or here (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/junior-chess.html)).

I am thinking of holding a Hamilton Rookies Shield starting in the 2011 summer school holidays, available to anyone under 1700 rating, with prizes for adults and U18, U16, U14, U12, U10, U8 boys and girls, and encouragement awards. Basically a number of 7 round rapid events throughout the first 3 terms of the year, with individual event prizes and a grand prize for those over all events. But more of this later. Any feedback on this idea appreciated.

SHump
20-10-2010, 06:28 AM
We are introducing (from now!) a scheme for those out there that may want to come to the club on club nights, but cannot or do not, for whatever reason, become club full members. So to make it easier for you, the following will apply:
For non-members: please contribute a gold coin ($2 for adults, $1 for under 18s) when you visit us on club nights. We will arrange for a donation box to be available. Please check out here (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/membership.html)for those that may wish to become club members.

SHump
08-11-2010, 08:21 AM
I just wanted to put it out there.. we are considering a change of venue for our regular club nights (currently on a Tuesday, but the day of the week we meet is not a top priority). But something where it is neutral to those that attend, reasonably central location, mostly quiet, has some tables and chairs. Unfortunately our budget is not too flash either, as we are rebuilding the club numbers.

But if anyone reading this has any suggestions, then please get in touch (or place your comment here). Some potential locations: Waikato Migrant Resource centre, Boundary Road; Waikato Woodworkers Hall, Storey Ave.

We would not make a move until March or so next year, tha gives us some time to find the right venue!

SHump
10-11-2010, 06:58 AM
We started at the club last night, two 6-round swiss tournaments, to play one game of rapid and one game of blitz each Tuesday in the lead up to the Xmas break. We have 10 starters, but more are welcome to join next week! Updated results will be posted under here as we go along.

The prizes will be, not too surprisingly, xmas hampers for the winners of each event.

SHump
11-11-2010, 11:34 AM
I thought that a few readers out there may not be so experienced when it comes to playing in chess events or how to use a clock, or what does the arbiter do, etc. So I have put together a few notes here (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/tips-when-playing-in-tournaments.html). So if you fall into the above category, then please take 5 minutes to run through the list. Any comments welcome.

SHump
08-12-2010, 07:46 AM
Some exciting and welcome news!

We will be from the start of 2011 meeting at a new venue, for club nights and also for most of our other tournament requirements. The new venue is the Hamilton Chess Centre, now co-located with the premises used by The Hamilton Club, situated at 21 Grantham St, near the Waikato museum in the central city. We will be able to use one room exclusively for our club night needs, and there are other rooms available there when we stage larger events. The first of these will be a 2011 Rapid, on 16th January from 11am. We will still meet on Tuesdays, the first next year is 18th Jan.

The membership fees have also been restructured. The annual adult membership fee will not change - this is $50 for 12 month membership, but a range of options has also been introduced:
- 6 month memberships
- junior memberships
- payment plans can be arranged
- increased fees for non-members visits (first 2 visits for non-members are free)

Note that there is no requirement for you to become a member of The Hamilton Club, although we are working on reciprocal reduced fees for members of both groups.

SHump
10-01-2011, 08:09 AM
My chess widow and myself were interviewed on the Hamilton Community Radio (http://www.communityradio.co.nz/index.asp?pageID=2145827198) yesterday. Stay tuned for a sound bite of the interview appearing on the HCC site. A lot was discussed - including chess!, and how to live with a chess nut, from a woman's perspective.

SHump
19-01-2011, 06:50 AM
We held our first club night at the Hamilton Chess Centre last night with a healthy number attending. Everyone enjoyed it, with many positive comments (very quiet, good setup, easy access).

Some said it was better than the Auckland Chess Centre, but as I have not been there, I cannot comment further.

Once we get tea and coffee organised, it should be even better.

Two regulars to our weekend events, but not yet club members, said they will join now! And welcome to our newest club member, Asheesh Gautam, a Fiji FIDE registered player with a FIDE rating in the 1800s, and an ex-Fiji Olympiad player. I am sure he will test the mettle of our players in future club events!

SHump
20-01-2011, 09:11 AM
OK, so what is on for 2011? 01/19/2011

I have put together a draft club calendar for 2011, that includes serious (?) and fun stuff. The web version is under calendar (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/calendar.html)and a pdf download is available under the links (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/links.html)page. Each school term I am planning one serious sets of events (club rapid championship, club championship etc) that run over a number of club nights, as well as some weekend one day rookies/mixed rapid events.

There is probably room for a few more events (like the NZCF North Island rapid), but there needs to be some feedback from members etc about what they want as well, and a balance between chess and real life/having a life! Comments welcome ;-)

SHump
10-02-2011, 06:03 AM
The club rapid championship started this week, and will be played over the next 8 weeks (7 rounds of chess, 1 round per night, but just casual chess next week). It is still not too late to enter - just turn up or contact me (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/contact-us.html). Players can take up to 2 half point byes (up to round 5).

We also had many new members join this week - the club membership now stands at 23, with 5 juniors. A full list can be found on the about us (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/about-us.html) tab. Welcome to our newest members Austin Sedgwick, Craig Scott, Callum Scott, David Chen, Samuel Eddy and Vai Wihongi. Good luck to all of you in the Rapid Championship.

SHump
10-02-2011, 07:48 AM
I often get asked how to improve your chess playing ability? Well, apart from the 10,000 hour rule (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expert) (if you want to be an expert at anything, then you need to put in that many hours! - see Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers), then a structured practice and training regime is also useful (sorry, no short cuts here). Pattern recognition and learning can also help.

On the links (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/links.html)page I have included a few useful sites (well, I have found them useful) for tactical instruction and puzzles. So 10 chess tactic challenges a day may keep the chess blunder doctor (or is it the grim reaper?) away.

SHump
17-02-2011, 07:18 PM
I have created a group on facebook for the club, so please visit and add yourself there - upcoming news etc will be posted there as well as on the 'blog updates (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/blog-updates.html)' section of the club site. I have also inserted the same links on both the web site 'home' and 'links' pages. To go there direct, the link is below (you must have a facebook account, or it asks you to log into facebook if you are not already logged in).

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_178732928818888&ap=1

If you just want to 'like' the chess club site, there is a a facebook 'like' button on the home page (http://hamiltonchess.weebly.com/index.html)!

SHump
04-03-2011, 11:14 AM
The Hamilton Chess Club web site has moved to a new web address: http://hamiltonchess.net

Please update your records/favourites etc. If you already had us noted under hamiltonchess.wordpress.com then using that address will automatically redirect you to the new address. But the hamiltonchess.weebly.com address will not redirect you (there are links on that site to let people find us still to the new site).

Sorry for any inconvenience caused. The new site brings a more professional edge and provides a few more features that will assist me down the track.

The club has been famous for a day.. here are some sites that have run a story of interest, in some fashion or other:
ChessBase.com - Chess News - Female grandmaster wins Hamilton Rookies Shield! (http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7051)
Steve Giddins' BCM blog: Tournament raider (http://stevegiddins.blogspot.com/2011/03/tournament-raider.html)
The Closet Grandmaster (http://closetgrandmaster.blogspot.com/)
Lara Stock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lara_Stock)
Father and daughter play (and win) rookies tournament under false names : ChessVibes (http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/father-and-daughter-play-and-win-rookies-tournament-under-false-names/)

SHump
16-03-2011, 06:10 AM
This 7-round 20+5 tournament has just 2 weeks to go (we are playing 1 round on each club night). After 5 rounds, Hilton Bennett is outright leader on 5 points and is looking unstoppable. See here (http://hamiltonchess.net/events/club-rapid-championship/)for the current cross table and the provisional pairings for round 6.

CivicChessMan
16-03-2011, 09:22 AM
Will this tournament be NZCF rated?

SHump
16-03-2011, 12:45 PM
Will this tournament be NZCF rated?
No. Perhaps the next club members event will be...

SHump
16-03-2011, 12:47 PM
Dear Hamilton chess club members and friends

I would like to let you know that it is possible for you to contribute to the Hamilton chess club web site. I know I have been the one that set up the site initially, and have been editing and posting to it so far. But the site is YOUR club's site, and as such it is possible for you, if you want to, to contribute posts, images, etc to the site. If you are interested in adding to the variety/diversity of your site, then please let me know and I can explain how to get you added to the site for one of the user roles. Below explains about each of the roles.

Even though you may not a member of the chess club (not yet at least), then you could be a regular entrant in our events and so you may also like to have a say in the site. Note that the site always provides a method for you to comment on any post or page as an almost anonymous person as well.
The user roles are:
Administrator

An administrator has full and complete ownership of a blog, and can do absolutely everything. This person has complete power over posts/pages, comments, settings, theme choice, import, users – the whole shebang. Nothing is off-limits, including deleting the entire blog.

Only one administrator per blog is recommended!

Editor

An editor can publish, edit, and delete any posts/pages, moderate comments, manage categories, manage tags, manage links and upload files/images.

Author

An author can edit, publish and delete their posts, as well as upload files/images.

Contributor

A contributor can edit their posts but cannot publish them. When a contributor creates a post, it will need to be submitted to an administrator for review. Once a contributor’s post is approved by an administrator and published, however, it may no longer be edited by the contributor.

SHump
29-03-2011, 08:56 AM
I spent an interesting few hours at a prison on Sunday. No, I have not been bad, not even naughty. But the inmates do spend a lot of time playing chess, and so I was looking at how feasible it was to support that need. Being a community volunteer in a prison is an interesting experience. Sure, there are police checks, and photo id to show each time, but the whole process is fairly easy to use and is not onerous. Your personal safety is always an issue anywhere you go, but it cannot be any worse in a prison, the way I can see it working.

I am thinking of holding a session on a regular basis, for say 3 hours, one unit per visit. A unit consists of say 40-60 prisoners. The whole prison may hold 1000 prisoners. Sure, not all units or all prisoners will be interested in chess. But what I can do is not limited - teach chess, just play some chess, hold a simul or an event amongst the prisoners - and would be inresponse to their needs. If it gets organised enough, it could be inter-unit competitions - the winner to hold the conquest cup!

If anyone has any suggestions, or has had experience before or whatever, please get in touch.

Edit 30/03/11: please see a separate thread on chess in prison under New Zealand Chess.

Keong Ang
29-03-2011, 04:16 PM
I spent an interesting few hours at a prison on Sunday. No, I have not been bad, not even naughty. But the inmates do spend a lot of time playing chess, and so I was looking at how feasible it was to support that need. Being a community volunteer in a prison is an interesting experience. Sure, there are police checks, and photo id to show each time, but the whole process is fairly easy to use and is not onerous. Your personal safety is always an issue anywhere you go, but it cannot be any worse in a prison, the way I can see it working.

I am thinking of holding a session on a regular basis, for say 3 hours, one unit per visit. A unit consists of say 40-60 prisoners. The whole prison may hold 1000 prisoners. Sure, not all units or all prisoners will be interested in chess. But what I can do is not limited - teach chess, just play some chess, hold a simul or an event amongst the prisoners - and would be inresponse to their needs. If it gets organised enough, it could be inter-unit competitions - the winner to hold the conquest cup!

If anyone has any suggestions, or has had experience before or whatever, please get in touch.

You've surely got yourself a captive niche. :lol:

SHump
29-06-2011, 04:04 PM
After a few (6?) months of occupation of the Hamilton Club by the Hamilton Chess Club, and after the 100 year history of the Hamilton Club, we have had verbal notice (so far) that we will have to move out of the Hamilton Club in September (yes, this year), due to the building being relocated (a little closer to the river).

I would expect the relocation and refurbishment to take about 2 years or so to complete, though this is just my guess of the time frame. The large upstairs space would be demolished, not moved (sad face).

For now, nothing has changed, and events such as the Hamilton Rapids and Rookies Shield will continue as normal, up to September. But we need to find a new premises soon.

I would be happy to field any suggestions for where we could move to, that we could afford, etc.

SHump
22-07-2011, 02:01 PM
OK, what makes a good chess web site??

A change is as good as a holiday they say, so please let me know if you feel like you are on holiday now with the new web site theme. Yes, a bit edgy, a bit grungy, but hey also more readable I think... but hey I am an engineer, not an artist, so feedback welcome!

The home page is here (http://hamiltonchess.net/)

Keong Ang
22-07-2011, 02:53 PM
OK, what makes a good chess web site??

A change is as good as a holiday they say, so please let me know if you feel like you are on holiday now with the new web site theme. Yes, a bit edgy, a bit grungy, but hey also more readable I think... but hey I am an engineer, not an artist, so feedback welcome!

The home page is here (http://hamiltonchess.net/)

Never thought of going to jail on holiday... :lol:

You'd think that there should be lots of green pasture around Waikato, but instead we wake up in a nightmare with 4 grey walls and a sad old padre.
OK I'm joking about the sad old padre, but it does make me wish for the green green grass of home. :whistle:

Then again I'm no designer so am not qualified for such stuff.

SHump
11-09-2011, 05:40 AM
After 6 months of occupation of the Hamilton Club by the Hamilton Chess Club, and after the 100 year history of the Hamilton Club building, we have had to move due to the building being relocated (a little closer to the river).

We will start up afresh at the Hamilton Girls High School, Hill St entrance, from 20 Sept. For a map and directions, see the about page (http://hamiltonchess.net/about/). We appreciate the offers of help we received from other schools and groups. We will try to maintain our meeting times and the chess coaching sessions as usual, but there may be some disruption as we settle in.

SHump
30-01-2012, 08:43 PM
A fun long weekend of chess at the popular Mystery Creek music festival. A few more words and 6 pics can be found here (http://hamiltonchess.net/2012/01/30/chess-at-parachute-2012/).

Adamski
30-01-2012, 10:47 PM
A fun long weekend of chess at the popular Mystery Creek music festival. A few more words and 6 pics can be found here (http://hamiltonchess.net/2012/01/30/chess-at-parachute-2012/).
Great to see Hamilton Chess Club continuing this initiative.:clap:

SHump
31-01-2012, 11:24 AM
The club organised last night that we play a simul against the Brazilian IM Herman van Riemsdijk. Herman is visiting Hamilton for a few days and we were very pleased to have him here so that he could share his knowledge of chess and talk about his worldwide experiences.

It was a timed simul (ie using clocks), to give us some certainty of a finish time and to allow a more level playing field for all. Entry fee for the simul was $12.

Herman has played against a range of present and past world champions and top flight chess players, and he had a lot to share with us.

Herman was a pleasure to host last night. 12 players took him on and the score line was 11-0-1 to Herman, one win coming from our newest member and a fellow dutchman, Peter Hulshof. We are getting people from all over the world coming to the Hamilton Chess Club!:)

SHump
10-02-2012, 07:52 PM
Well we are going to have a great time this year, with a raft of events on club nights and a number of weekend events. The table on the calendar page (http://hamiltonchess.net/events/calendar/) summarises the full year list of events, too numerous to mention here. But some things are worth a few words…

We start on club nights with a blitz tournament (21st Feb) followed by 3 nights of the Autumn Rapid. Then I am very excited about the start (on 27 Mar) of the club championship and reserves events. The club championship will be a 10 player 90/30 round robin that is FIDE and NZCF rated. The club reserves will be a 9 round 60/10 swiss event. More details to follow.

The first weekend event is the ever popular Rookies Shield (http://hamiltonchess.net/events/rookies-shield/) is back again this year, 5 events spread through the year, with the first event on 4 Mar. This is for those new to chess, chess tournaments, and is limited to players under an NZCF rating of 1600. We hope to have separate girls only divisions this year, numbers allowing. So please register (http://hamiltonchess.net/events/rookies-shield/register/) now to kick off a great Rookies season.