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CivicChessMan
05-10-2010, 09:16 AM
South Island Championship is being held this week in Ashburton. Here are the rapid results.


1-2 Alan Ansell 1880 6 1st=
Boyd Siripornpitak 1721 6 1st=, South Island Rapid Champion
3-5 John Sutherland 2026 5
Renato Remaneses 1843 5
Bruce Gloistein 1775 5
6 Andy Machdoem 1954 4.5
7-13 John Van Ginkel 1992 4
Peter Fraemohs 1961 4
Edward Rains 1383 4 1st= Under 1400
Nigel Richardson 1717 4
Stephen Taylor 1682 4 1st Under 1700
Timothy Rains 1358 4 1st= Under 1400
Hamish Gold 1742 4
14 Tai Zhou 3.5 Junior prize
15-22 Federico Roura 1570 3 2nd= Under 1700
Arie Nijman 1876 3
Andrew Hamilton 1515 3 2nd= Under 1700
John Macdonald 1531 3 2nd= Under 1700
Allan Mulligan 1513 3 2nd= Under 1700
Rex Scarf 1628 3 2nd= Under 1700
Dan Dolejs 1622 3 2nd= Under 1700
John Ansell 1312 3
23-24 Roy Keeling 1561 2.5
Nigel Cooper 1504 2.5
25-26 Devam Pandya 1052 2
Ross Black 2
27-28 Robert Clarkson 1309 1
Ray Foxley 1

CivicChessMan
05-10-2010, 09:46 AM
31 players are competing in the tournament. Not a bad turnout. Andy Machdoem (2133) is the favourite with only two others over 2000 - Peter Fraemohs and John van Ginkel.

A number of upset draws in the first round. The top three seeds all won.

A minor upset in round 2 when Hamish Gold beat Peter Fraemohs.

Leading scores after 2 rounds:


1-5 Andy Machdoem 2133 2
John Van Ginkel 2012 2
Ross Jackson 1977 2
Rik Hothersall 1940 2
Hamish Gold 1815 2
6-9 Andrew Hamilton 1714 1.5
Rex Scarf 1707 1.5
Ross Black 1100 1.5
Nigel Cooper 1777 1.5

Qbert
05-10-2010, 10:11 AM
Good to see a healthy turnout. Would have played myself, but the October dates made it too difficult. :(

Well done Hamish!:clap:

Adamski
05-10-2010, 11:17 AM
31 players are competing in the tournament. Not a bad turnout. Andy Machdoem (2133) is the favourite with only two others over 2000 - Peter Fraemohs and John van Ginkel.

A number of upset draws in the first round. The top three seeds all won.

A minor upset in round 2 when Hamish Gold beat Peter Fraemohs.

Leading scores after 2 rounds:


1-5 Andy Machdoem 2133 2
John Van Ginkel 2012 2
Ross Jackson 1977 2
Rik Hothersall 1940 2
Hamish Gold 1815 2
6-9 Andrew Hamilton 1714 1.5
Rex Scarf 1707 1.5
Ross Black 1100 1.5
Nigel Cooper 1777 1.5

Thanks for your excellent service on NZ chess events, CCM. Much appreciated. I hope my friend Ross Jackson, who has come down from the North Island for the event, can sustain his excellent start.

CivicChessMan
05-10-2010, 11:35 AM
Nic Croad has won the last two but this time he had bigger fish to fry. So looks like Ross is the only player from the North.

Qbert
05-10-2010, 01:07 PM
Nic Croad has won the last two but this time he had bigger fish to fry. So looks like Ross is the only player from the North.
Nic would have been hard-pressed to travel from Reading, UK to compete this year, even if he wasn't in the Olympiad.:)

Tony Dowden
05-10-2010, 06:31 PM
Nic Croad has won the last two but this time he had bigger fish to fry. So looks like Ross is the only player from the North.
Actually, Nic isn't a South Islander so he can't have won the last two. And he would have been commuting from Siberia, not Reading ;)

Tony Dowden
05-10-2010, 06:32 PM
A minor upset in round 2 when Hamish Gold beat Peter Fraemohs.



Go Hamish!!

CivicChessMan
05-10-2010, 06:44 PM
Actually, Nic isn't a South Islander so he can't have won the last two. And he would have been commuting from Siberia, not Reading ;)

Correction: Nic Croad won the 2009 South Island while runner-up Peter Fraemohs is the current South Island Champion. In 2008, GMs Johansen, Chandler and Solomon were 1st equal. Roger Nokes was South Island Champion.

CivicChessMan
05-10-2010, 06:50 PM
Halfway stage in the South Island and four players have 3.5 after 4 rounds. Leading scores are:
1-4 Andy Machdoem 2133 3.5
Hamish Gold 1815 3.5
Ross Jackson 1977 3.5
John Van Ginkel 2012 3.5
5-6 Peter Fraemohs 2035 3
Arie Nijman 1842 3

Tony Dowden
05-10-2010, 07:29 PM
Correction: Nic Croad won the 2009 South Island while runner-up Peter Fraemohs is the current South Island Champion. In 2008, GMs Johansen, Chandler and Solomon were 1st equal. Roger Nokes was South Island Champion.
Thanks CCM.

I wasn't being serious though.

But I was recalling the year (1995?) when I 'won' the title with a very minor placing behind all the North Islanders - including Stephen Lukey who was quite surprised to discover he wasn't a South Islander anymore (he's since rectified this anomaly whereas I'm having on-going issues in that department). I also won the title some years on (um, maybe 2002?) in an even more embarrassing way: my last opponent mysteriously defaulted and I was left holding the silverware.

One day I'll have to try and win the title fair and square as well as 'morally' but I'll have to move back to the South Island first!

Tony Dowden
05-10-2010, 07:30 PM
Halfway stage in the South Island and four players have 3.5 after 4 rounds. Leading scores are: ... Hamish Gold 3.5
Go Hamish! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Qbert
06-10-2010, 04:28 AM
Go Hamish! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Hamish has a TPR after 4 rounds of 2242, has played 2 of the top 3 seeds and is about to play the third in rd 5.
C'mon Hamish! :clap: :clap: :clap:

CivicChessMan
06-10-2010, 09:50 AM
when I 'won' the title with a very minor placing ...

The year was 1996 and you actually finished 2nd equal, a point behind Stephen Lukey. A pretty useful field too.


1 LUKEY, STEPHEN G 2254 W13 W4 D7 W8 W3 D6 W5 D2 6
2 DOWDEN, R ANTHONY 2089 W14 L3 W13 D7 W8 D4 W6 D1 5 40
3 KER, ANTHONY F 2351 W10 W2 W11 D6 L1 D5 D7 W9 5 40
4 VAN DIJK, PETER 2035 W21 L1 W15 L5 W10 D2 W17 W7 5 36
5 BENNETT, HILTON P 1897 W23 L6 W24 W4 W11 D3 L1 W12 5 34
6 SINCLAIR, MARK 2182 W15 W5 W17 D3 D7 D1 L2 D8 5 40
7 GUTHRIE, DAVID W 2105 W20 W12 D1 D2 D6 W9 D3 L4 5 39
8 COATES, STEPHEN 1908 D22 W16 W9 L1 L2 W17 W18 D6 5 33
9 JACKSON, JON R 2101 D18 W19 L8 W14 W12 L7 W11 L3 4 33
10 ALDRIDGE, ALAN L 1841 L3 L14 W23 W15 L4 W19 D13 W11 4 32

CivicChessMan
06-10-2010, 10:14 AM
In the last round of the 2002 South Island, David Wood defaulted to Tony.

[
1 DOWDEN, R ANTHONY 2189 W7 W10 L2 D3 D6 W4 W9 W5* 6 41
2 MCNABB, MATTHEW D 2033 W14 W8 W1 D4 W7 L5 W10 D3 6 40
3 SPAIN, GRAEME A 2181 W15 D9 W10 D1 W4 W12 D5 D2 6 38
4 BENNETT, HILTON P 2075 W17 W5 W6 D2 L3 L1 W7 W11 5 41
5 WOOD, DAVID A 1837 W22 L4 W9 W11 W8 W2 D3 L1* 5 36
6 GILES, BENJAMIN J 2048 W13 W11 L4 D12 D1 D7 W8 W15 5 36
7 REEDY, BRENDAN 1736 L1 W12 W14 W9 L2 D6 L4 W16 4 38
8 FRAEMOHS, PETER 1858 W18 L2 D17 W20 L5 W16 L6 W13 4 33

Qbert
06-10-2010, 01:54 PM
Hamish Gold has stormed into the sole lead with a rd 5 win over top seed Machdoem!!:owned: TPR 2358!:clap:
Scores after round 5

1 Hamish Gold 1815 4.5
2-4 John Van Ginkel 2012 4
Ross Jackson 1977 4
Peter Fraemohs 2035 4
5-7 Andy Machdoem 2133 3.5
Nigel Richardson 1678 3.5
Boyd Siripornpitak 1843 3.5
8-14 Rik Hothersall 1940 3
Timothy Rains 1480 3
Arie Nijman 1842 3
Nigel Cooper 1777 3
Andrew Hamilton 1714 3
Dan Dolejs 1785 3
Simon Ward 1741 3
15-18 Federico Roura 1780 2.5
Rex Scarf 1707 2.5
Tai Zhou 1400 2.5
Bruce Gloistein 1722 2.5
19-25 Allan Mulligan 1663 2
Ross Black 1100 2
Stephen Taylor 1693 2
Edward Rains 1599 2
Robert Clarkson 1523 2
Ray Foxley 1100 2
Devam Pandya 1350 2
26-28 Farhana Halim 1082 1.5
Michael Stevenson 1452 1.5
Izzah Halim 1192 1.5
29-31 Roy Keeling 1636 1
Stewart Bennett 1554 1
Aiman Halim 974 1


Next up for the Goldmeister is 'Jackson of the North'

Round Six Draw

1 Hamish Gold 1815 : Ross Jackson 1977
2 John Van Ginkel 2012 : Peter Fraemohs 2035
3 Andy Machdoem 2133 : Rik Hothersall 1940
4 Arie Nijman 1842 : Boyd Siripornpitak 1843
5 Nigel Richardson 1678 : Andrew Hamilton 1714
6 Dan Dolejs 1785 : Simon Ward 1741
7 Nigel Cooper 1777 : Timothy Rains 1480
8 Rex Scarf 1707 : Federico Roura 1780
9 Bruce Gloistein 1722 : Tai Zhou 1400
10 Robert Clarkson 1523 : Stephen Taylor 1693
11 Edward Rains 1599 : Ross Black 1100
12 Devam Pandya 1350 : Ray Foxley 1100
13 Michael Stevenson 1452 : Farhana Halim 1082
14 Izzah Halim 1192 : Stewart Bennett 1554
15 Aiman Halim 974 : Roy Keeling 1636
16 Allan Mulligan 1663 : BYE

CivicChessMan
06-10-2010, 04:49 PM
Hamish Gold drew with Ross Jackson, John van Ginkel and defending champion Peter Fraemohs drew and Andy Machdoem won against Rik Hothersall. The leaderboard is Hamish Gold 5; Andy Machdoem, Ross Jackson, John Van Ginkel, Peter Fraemohs 4.5; Arie Nijman, Timothy Rains, Andrew Hamilton 4.

Draw for round 7:

1 Arie Nijman 1842 : Hamish Gold 1815
2 John Van Ginkel 2012 : Andy Machdoem 2133
3 Peter Fraemohs 2035 : Ross Jackson 1977
4 Andrew Hamilton 1714 : Timothy Rains 1480


Arie Nijman will be a tough opponent for Hamish in this round. Two rounds to go and the tournament is still wide open.

Tony Dowden
06-10-2010, 07:20 PM
The year was 1996 and you actually finished 2nd equal, a point behind Stephen Lukey. A pretty useful field too.


1 LUKEY, STEPHEN G 2254 W13 W4 D7 W8 W3 D6 W5 D2 6
2 DOWDEN, R ANTHONY 2089 W14 L3 W13 D7 W8 D4 W6 D1 5 40
3 KER, ANTHONY F 2351 W10 W2 W11 D6 L1 D5 D7 W9 5 40
4 VAN DIJK, PETER 2035 W21 L1 W15 L5 W10 D2 W17 W7 5 36
5 BENNETT, HILTON P 1897 W23 L6 W24 W4 W11 D3 L1 W12 5 34
6 SINCLAIR, MARK 2182 W15 W5 W17 D3 D7 D1 L2 D8 5 40
7 GUTHRIE, DAVID W 2105 W20 W12 D1 D2 D6 W9 D3 L4 5 39
8 COATES, STEPHEN 1908 D22 W16 W9 L1 L2 W17 W18 D6 5 33
9 JACKSON, JON R 2101 D18 W19 L8 W14 W12 L7 W11 L3 4 33
10 ALDRIDGE, ALAN L 1841 L3 L14 W23 W15 L4 W19 D13 W11 4 32


OK, my memory is fading!

However I do recall surprising a certain ChessChatter with the Double Muzio :lol: And, I think, earning only one NZ Master point.

Tony Dowden
06-10-2010, 07:24 PM
Hamish Gold drew with Ross Jackson, John van Ginkel and defending champion Peter Fraemohs drew and Andy Machdoem won against Rik Hothersall. The leaderboard is Hamish Gold 5; Andy Machdoem, Ross Jackson, John Van Ginkel, Peter Fraemohs 4.5; Arie Nijman, Timothy Rains, Andrew Hamilton 4.

Draw for round 7:

1 Arie Nijman 1842 : Hamish Gold 1815
2 John Van Ginkel 2012 : Andy Machdoem 2133
3 Peter Fraemohs 2035 : Ross Jackson 1977
4 Andrew Hamilton 1714 : Timothy Rains 1480


Arie Nijman will be a tough opponent for Hamish in this round. Two rounds to go and the tournament is still wide open.

This is so old but they say timing is everything: Go for gold, Hamish!!!

Adamski
06-10-2010, 11:01 PM
This is so old but they say timing is everything: Go for gold, Hamish!!!Ditto - great to see an Otago man doing well. Split loyalties here between Hamish and Ross. (One of my own favorite wins was against Hamish, but he was weaker then! It's on the favourite games thread and on chessgames.com. Ross and I played many times at the Otago University Chess Club.)

Qbert
07-10-2010, 04:49 AM
Hamish still maintaining a TPR of 2248 after 6 rounds. But I understand that is nowhere near his best performance - didn't he win the Otago Easter one year with a picket fence against reasonable opposition? If there's one South Island player who deserves to get his name on the trophy for the first time - it's Hamish. Only Bob Smith, Anthony Ker & Ross Jackson(!) have played more std games, and he is is the most prolific Rapid player by 150 games!
I keep forgetting Ross Jackson's Otago connections: Go Ross!:)

flukey
07-10-2010, 08:11 AM
I echo the cry of "go Hamish"!!!!!!!!!! I think he might have won a South Island Rapid before, or maybe he just got pipped at the post. But to win the South Island would be awesome!!

flukey
07-10-2010, 08:21 AM
Thanks CCM.

I wasn't being serious though.

But I was recalling the year (1995?) when I 'won' the title with a very minor placing behind all the North Islanders - including Stephen Lukey who was quite surprised to discover he wasn't a South Islander anymore (he's since rectified this anomaly whereas I'm having on-going issues in that department). I also won the title some years on (um, maybe 2002?) in an even more embarrassing way: my last opponent mysteriously defaulted and I was left holding the silverware.

One day I'll have to try and win the title fair and square as well as 'morally' but I'll have to move back to the South Island first!

Well yes ... I was very surprised that when playing Tony in the last round, and with him needing a draw to catch me, he offered a draw that left me outright first! I had not suspected that his plan was to get second and then succeed on the stewards inquiry re residency!

For the curious, I had lived in the South Island all my life but moved to Wellington for work. At the time I played in the South Island champs, I had not qualified as a North Islander under the rules. One might expect that as a New Zealander I had to be one or the other, and until I qualified as a North Islander I was still a South Islander! But the Chess Federation decided otherwise ... so I guess I was "stateless" for a period, just like good old Korchnoi in the 1977 candiates matches. I think there is a reference by Keene that if the Russians hadn't caved in in the 1978 Karpov match, he was to play under the "jolly roger" flag!

Tony Dowden
07-10-2010, 09:35 AM
Well yes ... I was very surprised that when playing Tony in the last round, and with him needing a draw to catch me, he offered a draw that left me outright first! I had not suspected that his plan was to get second and then succeed on the stewards inquiry re residency!

For the curious, I had lived in the South Island all my life but moved to Wellington for work. At the time I played in the South Island champs, I had not qualified as a North Islander under the rules. One might expect that as a New Zealander I had to be one or the other, and until I qualified as a North Islander I was still a South Islander! But the Chess Federation decided otherwise ... so I guess I was "stateless" for a period, just like good old Korchnoi in the 1977 candiates matches. I think there is a reference by Keene that if the Russians hadn't caved in in the 1978 Karpov match, he was to play under the "jolly roger" flag!

Yes, it was quite a saga! I had simply assumed Stephen then living in Wellington was a 'North Islander' and that I would win the title. But of course residency rules need to be more complex than that!

Interestingly, the boot was on the other foot later on as I think I only just qualified for residency when I won the Tasmanian Championship at my first attempt in 2006. Oddly enough, I think my earlier period of residency in Tassie from 1960-1966 came in handy!! (KB will know the exact details).

Tony Dowden
07-10-2010, 09:36 AM
I echo the cry of "go Hamish"!!!!!!!!!! I think he might have won a South Island Rapid before, or maybe he just got pipped at the post. But to win the South Island would be awesome!!

Does anyone know the Round 7 results yet? And is there a Round 8 anymore?

Go for gold, Hamish! :D

Qbert
07-10-2010, 10:15 AM
Does anyone know the Round 7 results yet? And is there a Round 8 anymore?

I think you're a little premature Tony - the 8th round doesn't start until 3pm, so there are probably still games going from rd 7 about now. the results are going up on the Canterbury Club website (http://www.chess.org.nz/), and they posted after the morning round yesterday, so keep your eyes peeled on there.

GO HAMISH!!!:D

Qbert
07-10-2010, 11:19 AM
veteran Arie Nijman finally halts the Gold express:

Round Seven Results

1 Arie Nijman 1842 1:0 Hamish Gold 1815
2 John Van Ginkel 2012 : Andy Machdoem 2133
3 Peter Fraemohs 2035 0:1 Ross Jackson 1977
4 Andrew Hamilton 1714 1:0 Timothy Rains 1480
5 Boyd Siripornpitak 1843 1:0 Dan Dolejs 1785
6 Simon Ward 1741 1:0 Nigel Richardson 1678
7 Federico Roura 1780 0:1 Bruce Gloistein 1722
8 Rik Hothersall 1940 1:0 Rex Scarf 1707
9 Edward Rains 1599 : Nigel Cooper 1777
10 Ray Foxley 1100 0:1 Stephen Taylor 1693
11 Farhana Halim 1082 0:1 Robert Clarkson 1523
12 Tai Zhou 1400 1:0 Devam Pandya 1350
13 Roy Keeling 1636 1:0 Allan Mulligan 1663
14 Ross Black 1100 : Izzah Halim 1192
15 Aiman Halim 974 0:1 Michael Stevenson 1452
16 Stewart Bennett 1554 1:0 BYE


Now Jackson leads by half a point in a close finish:

1 Ross Jackson 1977 5.5
2-6 Hamish Gold 1815 5
Andy Machdoem 2133 5
John Van Ginkel 2012 5
Arie Nijman 1842 5
Andrew Hamilton 1714 5
7-10 Peter Fraemohs 2035 4.5
Boyd Siripornpitak 1843 4.5
Simon Ward 1741 4.5
Bruce Gloistein 1722 4.5

All of the top ten except Jackson have a chance to become SI Champion!!:hmm:
Here are the relevant last round pairings:

Round Eight Draw

1 Ross Jackson 1977 : Arie Nijman 1842
2 Andy Machdoem 2133 : Andrew Hamilton 1714
3 Boyd Siripornpitak 1843 : John Van Ginkel 2012
4 Hamish Gold 1815 : Simon Ward 1741
5 Bruce Gloistein 1722 : Peter Fraemohs 2035

Go for Gold, Hamish!!!!!:owned: :owned:

Qbert
07-10-2010, 11:22 AM
Hamish's TPR is now a less spectacular 2095

CivicChessMan
07-10-2010, 12:42 PM
I wouldn't be at all surprised if Arie Nijman knocks off Ross Jackson and wins the South Island. If so, would he be the oldest player to have won one of the major tournaments (Championship, North and South Island)?

Qbert
07-10-2010, 12:45 PM
If so - he would probably be beating his own record! He won the SI in the 1999 if I remember the cup correctly - tied with Bruce Donaldson.

Tony Dowden
07-10-2010, 05:15 PM
I think you're a little premature Tony - the 8th round doesn't start until 3pm, so there are probably still games going from rd 7 about now. the results are going up on the Canterbury Club website (http://www.chess.org.nz/), and they posted after the morning round yesterday, so keep your eyes peeled on there.

GO HAMISH!!!:D

Thanks Qbert - I've since found the schedule on the Asburton CC page

Go Hamish!! :D

Qbert
07-10-2010, 05:33 PM
Gold, Nijman, van Ginkel and Machdoem all won to finished tied for first a joint champions!! GOOOO HAAMISH!!!, (South Island Champion):owned: :owned:

Final Standings

Place Name Loc Score

1-4 Hamish Gold 1815 6
Andy Machdoem 2133 6
John Van Ginkel 2012 6
Arie Nijman 1842 6
5-6 Ross Jackson 1977 5.5
Peter Fraemohs 2035 5.5


1 Ross Jackson 1977 0:1 Arie Nijman 1842
2 Andy Machdoem 2133 1:0 Andrew Hamilton 1714
3 Boyd Siripornpitak 1843 0:1 John Van Ginkel 2012
4 Hamish Gold 1815 1:0 Simon Ward 1741
5 Bruce Gloistein 1722 0:1 Peter Fraemohs 2035

Qbert
07-10-2010, 05:39 PM
Final TPR for Hamish: 2111. :clap:

CivicChessMan
07-10-2010, 06:15 PM
Congratulations to the four winners. Amazing feat by Arie Nijman :clap:

Tony Dowden
07-10-2010, 06:40 PM
Awesome result for Hamish and Arie! Congratulations to all four winners :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Qbert
08-10-2010, 04:36 AM
Here's one of new South Island co-Champion Hamish Gold analysing his last round win over Simon Ward, while Ross Jackson & Craig Hall (DOP) look on. Note the Asburton Hotel Analysis 'room'.

Qbert
08-10-2010, 04:40 AM
Here are the four co-champions : Hamish Gold, John van Ginkel, Arie Nijman & Andy Machdoem. Congratulations to all :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Qbert
08-10-2010, 04:42 AM
Here is the whole field for the group photo. Thanks to Andy Machdoem for the images.

Craig_Hall
08-10-2010, 12:10 PM
It was a great tournament, played in excellent spirit and camaraderie, as South Island events always are. I hope to get the games up sooner rather than later, but will have to squeeze that in when I can (I finished 7 rounds during the event, but still have the last round to sort out). All the winners had their moments, although I think Arie beating sole first place, twice, on the last day was something special. Since the other 3 had each already won the trophy at least once, Hamish took it with him, which I thought was appropriate, especially since he had the highest tie-break (traditionally the SI Champs doesn't break ties).

I've updated the standings on the website to include prizes won, but it was also a very strong performance from 13 year old Tim Rains to finish up tied for first in the U1800 grade, given he was a starter for the U1600 prize as well.

(I really wanted to comment on stuff while the tourney was going on, especially with some live score updates, but didn't have an account and the registration just wouldn't work for me until today)

Qbert
08-10-2010, 01:22 PM
It was a great tournament, played in excellent spirit and camaraderie, as South Island events always are. I hope to get the games up sooner rather than later, but will have to squeeze that in when I can (I finished 7 rounds during the event, but still have the last round to sort out). All the winners had their moments, although I think Arie beating sole first place, twice, on the last day was something special. Since the other 3 had each already won the trophy at least once, Hamish took it with him, which I thought was appropriate, especially since he had the highest tie-break (traditionally the SI Champs doesn't break ties).
Good choice - Hamish should be chuffed on his performance:clap: But as you say, Arie's storming home run was amazing (I should know his age, but I forget 80+?:eek: ).


I've updated the standings on the website to include prizes won, but it was also a very strong performance from 13 year old Tim Rains to finish up tied for first in the U1800 grade, given he was a starter for the U1600 prize as well.
Yeah, Tim came down and raided the Otago/Southland Junior chp (http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/otagochess/news.html)


(I really wanted to comment on stuff while the tourney was going on, especially with some live score updates, but didn't have an account and the registration just wouldn't work for me until today)
Welcome to Chess Chat Craig!:)

CivicChessMan
08-10-2010, 03:47 PM
A big thanks to Craig Hall who with his punctual updating of results alllowed us to follow an exciting tournament from near and far. Job well done.

Tony Dowden
08-10-2010, 08:25 PM
It was a great tournament, played in excellent spirit and camaraderie, as South Island events always are. I hope to get the games up sooner rather than later, but will have to squeeze that in when I can (I finished 7 rounds during the event, but still have the last round to sort out). All the winners had their moments, although I think Arie beating sole first place, twice, on the last day was something special. Since the other 3 had each already won the trophy at least once, Hamish took it with him, which I thought was appropriate, especially since he had the highest tie-break (traditionally the SI Champs doesn't break ties).

I've updated the standings on the website to include prizes won, but it was also a very strong performance from 13 year old Tim Rains to finish up tied for first in the U1800 grade, given he was a starter for the U1600 prize as well.

(I really wanted to comment on stuff while the tourney was going on, especially with some live score updates, but didn't have an account and the registration just wouldn't work for me until today)

Thanks for all your efforts Craig, the SI is always an awesome event. An amazing story that Arie and Hamish got a share of the title. But now I feel sooooooooooooo homesick!!

Adamski
09-10-2010, 08:36 AM
Well done to the four winners. I remember rhree of them. Great result for Hamish and sounds like Craig again did great job.

Craig_Hall
20-10-2010, 05:48 PM
Games are now available for download in PGN format at the Canty CC website (www.chess.org.nz) - follow your nose to the SI Champs section. Some scoresheets were unable to be followed (given my limited time, at least), so some games had to be truncated (substantially in some cases).

Qbert
21-10-2010, 04:51 AM
Excellent. Thanks Craig - a worthy effort for tournament that size.:clap:

Tony Dowden
21-10-2010, 08:49 PM
Some entertaining games :D

Interesting to see so many Dutch Defences.