View Full Version : Waikato Open 2011: 11-13 Nov

18-10-2011, 07:36 PM
Yes it's back, and as big as ever! How big? Grand Prix Class 1 big! This is the premier Waikato chess event for 2011. The prize fund is over $1400.

So big it takes 3 days: the Waikato Open runs from 11-13 November this year, held at St Pauls Collegiate. One round Friday night, 3 rounds on Saturday and 2 rounds on Sunday. Up to 4 hours of thinking time per game, so start getting fit for a lot of sit!

The Open is divided into 2 sections: the open event is FIDE & NZCF Rated; the U1800 event is NZCF rated. Full details are here (http://hamiltonchess.net/events/waikato-open/). Note that registration and payment is required before the event. Discounts for 2 or more from the same family, and for Hamilton chess club members.

10-11-2011, 06:28 AM
Just a quick note that the Waikato Open is starting tomorrow night from 7pm at St Pauls Collegiate School, Hamilton. We have over 35 already registered/paid, with a strong Open/FIDE Rated section (8 of the 16 so far with rating over 2000) and many playing in the under 1800 section.

It is not too late to register - full details of the event are here (http://hamiltonchess.net/events/waikato-open/), and/or how to register (http://hamiltonchess.net/events/waikato-open/waikato-open-registration/).

Yes it is a 3-day event, the largest and longest time control you will find in the Waikato this year. So if you are serious about your chess, or want to grab an NZCF rating or to establish a FIDE rating, or some Grand Prix class 1 points, then get along.

Any questions, just ask..

13-11-2011, 10:50 AM
What has been happening - any results to post?

13-11-2011, 11:32 AM
easy to work out what happened Palmerston won the event again that is why no updates.

13-11-2011, 12:00 PM
easy to work out what happened Palmerston won the event again that is why no updates.
I expected as much...:P

13-11-2011, 02:25 PM
I believe Ben Hague won, with Noel Pinic second (still games going on as I write, and I'm not there, so no guarantees!). Of note was the performance of young William Zhang (North Shore) who drew with Bob Smith in the final round.

Tony Dowden
13-11-2011, 05:36 PM
easy to work out what happened Palmerston won the event again that is why no updates.
:hmm: Mark, I would've thought SHump would be above that ... perhaps he forgot about it or something.

13-11-2011, 05:37 PM
maybe so but tourney started on Friday and no updates at all !!!

14-11-2011, 11:10 AM
Well we had 19 Open and 19 U1800 players do battle over 6 rounds and what seemed like a long weekend, as we started on Friday night and went to 6pm Sunday. In the Open event, Ben Hague on 5 points took out 1st place, a repeat of his 1st place last year. Noel Pinic did well to secure 2nd on 4.5 and it was a 3 way tie for third on 4 points between Bob Smith, Daniel Han and Paul Garbett. Rating group prizes ($ and books) were shared between Peter Stuart and Roger Perry (group 1) and William Zhang took out rating group 2 - the lowest rated in the Open event!

In the U1800 event, Michael Budd took first on 5.5, followed by Richard Dare 2nd on 5. There was a 4-way tie for 3rd between Karl Holdo, Nigel Crombie, Hamish Shierlaw and Joy Shu Yan Qin. As most of this group were also in rating group 1, they all received $ and books. The rating group 2 prize ($ + book) went to Daniel Gong.

A well done to all the competitiors, you all made my arbiting efforts easy. Thank you to Gary Judkins for the use of St Pauls Collegiate school, it is always a great venue for chess, and this time we had cricket to watch as well on both days. And thank you to Hilton Bennett for help with the organisation.

Standings and cross table details and some photos (thank you Simon Lyall and Ian Kennedy) are on the results page (http://hamiltonchess.net/events/waikato-open/waikato-open-results/).

I had kept the players up to date between rounds, but I was too shattered at midnight to do any postings here. I am glad that our event was of interest.

Tony Dowden
15-11-2011, 09:28 PM
Thanks Scott, you'll have to start charging soon :)