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ChrisBurns
10-04-2011, 08:45 AM
Just thought that I would start this thread, I am going to play in it.8 rounds over 4 days.If I have time at the tourny I might post some progress updates here.Anyone else here intending on going?

ChrisBurns
16-04-2011, 01:16 PM
With just under a week away to start, there are 20 entries.http://www.chess.wellington.net.nz/ni.html
If I remember rightly in the days that Gordon Hoskyn organised tournys that in the last week you could get about half the current entries.So my guess is for 30 entrants.

CivicChessMan
23-04-2011, 06:48 AM
25 players are competing in this year's North Island which is a disappointing turnout. In the last 20 years, only the 2006 and 2008 championship have attracted fewer players. From 1990 to 1994, 50+ players was normal; from 1995 - 1999, 35 to 45 players; from 2000 onwards, only the 2007 tournament had more than 50 players. Perhaps it's time for NZCF to consider what can be done to revitalise the Island championships.

Still, on the bright side, these are some high ranked players competing. After 2 rounds, Anthony Ker, Bob Smith, Paul Garbett, Ross Jackson and Chris Burns lead with 2. Pick of round 3 is Garbett vs Smith.

Qbert
23-04-2011, 08:41 AM
I would have played, but the Zonal depleted my inter-island chess budget for 2011. The Wellington club holds good tournaments. Looks like Wastney pulled out - which is a shame.

Keong Ang
23-04-2011, 09:37 AM
25 players are competing in this year's North Island which is a disappointing turnout. In the last 20 years, only the 2006 and 2008 championship have attracted fewer players. From 1990 to 1994, 50+ players was normal; from 1995 - 1999, 35 to 45 players; from 2000 onwards, only the 2007 tournament had more than 50 players. Perhaps it's time for NZCF to consider what can be done to revitalise the Island championships.

Still, on the bright side, these are some high ranked players competing. After 2 rounds, Anthony Ker, Bob Smith, Paul Garbett, Ross Jackson and Chris Burns lead with 2. Pick of round 3 is Garbett vs Smith.

25 players is a disappointing turnout. However it's still quite good when you consider that it's being held in Wellington.

To put it in perspective, 2010 with 38 players was disappointing too, especially since it was held in Auckland. Subtract the "Auckland factor" of 13-15 players and the 20+ player base level turnout shows itself. Come to think of it, last year's "Auckland factor" was dismal. Perhaps due to NI Champs being run in the week following the NZ Juniors and George Trundle.

Tournaments this year may also suffer from Queenstown 2012 issues. People are saving up for it by limiting tournaments to local ones within driving distance that cost less than $50 to enter. Observation of such evidence while anecdotal, easily subtracts up to 10 players from major tournaments held in other cities.

Also, with 2012 NZ Championships combined into 2012 Queenstown Classic, there's no more incentive to enter NI Championship to become NI Champion for automatic entry into NZ Championship.

There are currently no other chess tournaments being held in Auckland over Easter weekend and it's also school holidays. In 2010 over there were 35 players in Auckland Chess Centre Weekender over Easter. We could interpret the figures to mean around 25 players would not go out of town for chess.

With Doeberl Cup on at the same time, it's quite good that NI Champs still have high ranked players in it. Maybe it's the cost factor again, cheaper to play in Wellington than to head over to Canberra. Of course, players who are seriously chasing title norms or FIDE ratings would be at Doeberl rather than NI Champs.

It's not easy to pinpoint exactly what attracts players to tournaments. I'm sure NZCF (and any organiser) would love to know.

CivicChessMan
23-04-2011, 10:40 AM
I wondered if the entry fee of $90 was a bit steep and may have put some people off.

Craig_Hall
23-04-2011, 11:28 AM
High entry fees may have put off the locals, but not the travellers in my experience - it costs a fair amount to travel to and play in a week long tournament, and entry fee is usually a small part of that, not a large one.

I have a feeling that the Zonal and Queenstown have been prioritised over the NI for a lot of potential travellers this year, and we'll probably find it's the same for the SI Champs as well. Saving for the RWC may have something to with it as well.

Keong Ang
23-04-2011, 11:41 AM
I wondered if the entry fee of $90 was a bit steep and may have put some people off.

Entry fee of $90 ($70 for juniors) may be a bit steep but is similar to 2010 NI Championship entry fee of $80 (with no junior concession).
Prize pool this year is significantly lower but I doubt that would change things.

Main cost of entering tournament for out of town players would be in transport and accomodation. Even 1st prize of $500 will not cover expenses.
There was interest among the chess players in Auckland to enter the NI Champs, but cost realities stopped all plans.

Higher level players who are willing to wear the cost would be off to Doeberl and SIO for FIDE ratings or title norms. It is really some kind of value for money ratio that seems to be used.

Davidflude
23-04-2011, 01:49 PM
I was thinking of visiting my brother and playing in wellington but he and his wife are overseas.

When and where is the South Island?

CivicChessMan
25-04-2011, 07:50 AM
Here's some information from the North Island in Wellington.

Standings after 6 rounds: Paul Garbett, Bob Smith 5.5; Anthony Ker 5; Chris Burns, Ross Jackson, Mathew King, Chris Smith 4. Two rounds to play.

From the Wellington Chess Cub website (Bill Forster, I believe):

At the moment Bob Smith must be favourite to win after a fine sacrificial finish blew our hometown hero Anthony Ker off the board in round 4. Sweet utu for Bob after failing to put Anthony away when he had the chance at Congress. In round three Bob Smith and Garbett drew, and the inevitable Garbett-Ker showdown didn't eventuate on Sunday but will light up board 1 in round 7. That clash will settle the mini round-robin tournament within a tournament between the three big guns and will go a long way towards deciding the fate of the title. Ker needs a win to revive his hopes. Garbett needs a win to keep pace with Smith. A draw isn't much use to anyone.

Round 7 has Garbett vs Ker, King vs Bob Smith and Jackson vs Chris Smith.

ChrisBurns
25-04-2011, 09:10 PM
The tourny finished today, I got 4th= with 5/8.I lost to the 3 top seeds Ker, Garbett and Smith in the final round.My rating of 2145 put me in a strange position as the next highest was Garbett close to 200 points higher and the next lowest was in the 1900's.I ended up losing 9 rating points.
The winner was Bob Smith with 7.5 and 2nd was Garbett 7 and 3 Ker 6.5.
Ker and Garbett had a draw in round 7.The DOP was entering the games to make a database which will get on the NZ chess site eventually.

Adamski
25-04-2011, 11:47 PM
I was thinking of visiting my brother and playing in wellington but he and his wife are overseas.

When and where is the South Island?
Hi David,
I quickly checked the NZ web sites but as yet no details on this year's South island. Any Kiwi-based folks know more? maybe it was due to be in Chrischurch but no decision yet on whether that can proceed, in the light of the terrible earthquake and after-shocks?

Congratulations to Bob Smith on winning the North Island this year, and Paul Garbett on finishing second. A disappointing result for Anthony Ker after winning yet another NZ Championship. Good to see some more senior players doing well.

Craig_Hall
26-04-2011, 10:24 AM
The South Island was due to be in Chch. Hopefully still will be, but we're still a bit busy with life to set dates just yet etc.

CivicChessMan
26-04-2011, 04:16 PM
Final standings:


1 SMITH, ROBERT W MM 2345 W19 W4 D2 W3 W7 W9 W6 W5 7
2 GARBETT, PAUL A NS 2328 W9 W16 D1 W5 W18 W4 D3 W12 7
3 KER, ANTHONY F WE 2456 W11 W12 W5 L1 W6 W10 D2 W4 6
4 SMITH, CHRISTOPHER HH unr W20 L1 W10 W11 W13 L2 W7 L3 5 41
5 BURNS, CHRIS J WA 2145 W13 W8 L3 L2 W19 W18 W14 L1 5 40
6 KING, MATHEW J PN 1964 W14 D18 D7 W8 L3 W17 L1 W10 5 38
7 JACKSON, L ROSS WE 1986 W10 W25 D6 D18 L1 W11 L4 W16 5 33
8 DOLEJS, DAN GA 1772 W24 L5 W17 L6 L10 W21 W13 W11 5 30
9 RAINS, EDWARD CA 1707 L2 W15 W14 L13 W12 L1 L11 W20 4 37
10 JAMES, JACK PN 1679* L7 W23 L4 W15 W8 L3 W18 L6 4 35
11 MITCHELL, ROBERT S NS 1711 L3 W21 W25 L4 W20 L7 W9 L8 4 32
12 ROBERTS, MICHAEL H WE 1818 W15 L3 L18 W23 L9 W19 W20 L2 4 32
13 LYALL, SIMON AC 1697 L5 W24 D16 W9 L4 D14 L8 W18 4 31
14 RAINS, TIMOTHY CA 1642 L6 W22 L9 D17 W16 D13 L5 W19 4 30
15 MOORE, NICHOLAS KJ unr L12 L9 W20 L10 L21 W25 W23 W22 4 23
16 SMITH, VIVIAN J MM 1748 W23 L2 D13 L19 L14 W24 W17 L7 3 30
17 TIMERGAZI, LAYLA KJ unr L21 bye L8 D14 W23 L6 L16 W25 3 23
18 STRACY, DON M WE 1741 W22 D6 W12 D7 L2 L5 L10 L13 3 36
19 FARRINGTON, LAWRENCE B WE 1708 L1 L20 W22 W16 L5 L12 W21 L14 3 32
20 LIST, ROBERT UH 1565* L4 W19 L15 W25 L11 W22 L12 L9 3 27
21 CAPPER, DAVID S WE 1723 W17 L11 - - W15 L8 L19 W23 3 21
22 HUANG, ZHONGJIN KJ unr L18 L14 L19 D24 bye L20 W25 L15 2
23 METHAM, MICHAEL HA unr L16 L10 W24 L12 L17 bye L15 L21 2
24 SOSAYA, PHIL unr L8 L13 L23 D22 W25 L16 - - 1
25 CLENNELL, DANIEL unr bye L7 L11 L20 L24 L15 L22 L17 1

Tony Dowden
26-04-2011, 09:38 PM
Congrats to FM Bob Smith :clap: :clap: :clap:

Capablanca-Fan
27-04-2011, 02:23 PM
Congrats to FM Bob Smith :clap: :clap: :clap:
Indeed, an excellent score, and apparently a great win against Ker is included. But I wouldn't know because I've seen no games (hint ;)).

Hobbes
27-04-2011, 07:29 PM
When and where is the South Island?

http://oi54.tinypic.com/xy8u9.jpg

CivicChessMan
28-04-2011, 03:02 AM
Event: North Island Championship
Round: 4.1
White: Smith, Robert
Black: Ker, Anthony


1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. h3 O-O 6. Be3 a6 7. a4 b6 8. e5 Nfd7
9. e6 fxe6 10. h4 Nf6 11. h5 Nxh5 12. Bd3 Nc6 13. Ng5 Nf4 14. Bxf4 Rxf4 15. g3
Rxd4 16. Qf3 Qe8 17. Rxh7 Rd5 18. Nxd5 exd5 19. Qh1 e6 20. Rh8+ Bxh8 21. Qh7+
Kf8 22. Qxh8+ Ke7 23. Qg7+ Kd8 24. Nf7+ Kd7 25. Ne5+ Kd8 26. Bxg6 1-0

CivicChessMan
28-04-2011, 03:13 AM
Event: North Island Championship
Round: 3.2
White: Garbett, Paul
Black: Smith, Robert

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7 4.Bd3 c5 5.dxc5 Nf6 6.exd5 Qxd5 7.Ngf3 a5 8.O-O O-O 9.Qe2 Nbd7 10.b3 Nxc5 11.Bc4 Qh5 12.Ne5 Qxe2 13.Bxe2 Nfd7 14.Bb2 Nxe5 15.Bxe5 b6 16.Bf3 Ba6 17.Bxa8 Bxf1 18.Bf3 Ba6 19.Ne4 Nxe4 1/2-1/2

CivicChessMan
28-04-2011, 03:14 AM
Event: North Island Championship
Round: 7.1
White: Garbett, Paul
Black: Ker, Anthony

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 c6 5. h3 Nbd7 6. f4 b5 7. a3 a6 8. Nf3 Bg7
9. Qd2 O-O 10. Bd3 Nb6 11. O-O Bb7 12. f5 Rc8 13. Bh6 c5 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. Qf4
cxd4 16. Nxd4 Nbd7 17. Kh1 Qb6 18. Nce2 Nc5 19. fxg6 fxg6 20. e5 dxe5 21. Qxe5
Rf7 22. Nf4 Nxd3 23. cxd3 Kg8 24. Nfe6 Nd7 25. Qg5 Qd6 26. Rxf7 Kxf7 27. Re1
Nf6 28. Qe3 Ke8 29. b4 Rc3 30. Nc5 Bd5 31. Nxa6 Bxg2+ 32. Kxg2 Nd5 33. Qe5 Nf4+
34. Kh1 Qxe5 35. Rxe5 Rxa3 36. Nc5 Nxd3 37. Nxd3 Rxd3 38. Nxb5 Rxh3+ 39. Kg2
Rb3 40. Re4 Kd7 41. Rc4 e5 42. Nc3 Ke6 43. b5 h5 44. Rc6+ Kd7 45. Kf3 Rxb5 46.
Rxg6 1/2-1/2

Capablanca-Fan
28-04-2011, 05:11 AM
Thanks, CCM. :cool:

Interference
29-04-2011, 11:01 AM
A little bit of info on the North Island Championship.
http://web.mac.com/xrissmith/Chess/NZ/nznichamps2011.htm
But not much more info than you already have.

ChrisBurns
12-05-2011, 04:55 PM
The pgn file of all the games is now available. http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/downloads/NorthIsland2011.pgn