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Craig_Hall
08-06-2015, 05:19 PM
2015 South Island Championships
Incorporating the 2015 All Canterbury Championship.

Organised by the Canterbury Chess Club. This event is a Class 1 event in the Poison Pawn Grand Prix sponsored by Dancing Water Wines (http://www.dancingwater.co.nz/) and Benson Insurance Brokers (http://www.bensoninsurance.co.nz/). The entry form is available here (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/downloads/2015SouthIsland.pdf).

When
7 - 10 October (Wed - Sat) in Christchurch.

Venue
9/27 Tyne Street, Christchurch.

Tournament timetable
8 Round Swiss with 2 rounds per day. The players meeting will be at 9:30am on the 7th. Round 1 will be at 10am, round 2 at 3pm, and rounds will be at 9:30am and 3pm daily thereafter. Prizegiving will be as soon as practical after the end of round 8 on the 10th.

Time control
90 mins per player, per game plus a 30 second increment added from move 1.

Prize Fund
There is a guaranteed minimum prize fund of $1000 made up of cash, wine and book prizes. This will be increased if entries allow. As part of that, a meritorious performance prize will be awarded each day at the discretion of the Director of Play.

The highest-placed South Island NZ player (NZ resident or citizen registered with a South Island club) will be the South Island Champion and the highest-placed Canterbury resident will be the All Canterbury Champion. Prizes will be shared between players on the same number of points - tie-breaks will not be used. Players may not win more than one open or grade prize, but may win the All Canterbury Championhip prize and a meritorious performance prize in addition to other prizes. NZ Master points are on offer - 10 points for 1st, 6 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd and 1 for 4th.

Entry fee
$80, or $50 for juniors (born on or after 1/1/1995). $10 discount for entries received by September 30. NZ players must be NZCF-registered or pay the $20 NZCF registration fee with their entry. Players who also enter the South Island Rapid Championship may pay a combined entry fee of $100 or $60 for juniors ($10 discount not available in conjunction with this).

Rating
The event will NZCF and FIDE-rated where possible. Non-NZ players must be registered with FIDE by their own federation.

Director of Play
Director of Play (Arbiter) is IA Craig Hall.

South Island Championship Competition Rules


Default time is 30 minutes after the scheduled start of play, per NZCF Tournament Regulations.
Appeals: A player may appeal against a decision of the Arbiter. An Appeals Committee will be elected at the Players Meeting. Appeals must be lodged in writing within 60 minutes of the end of the game. A fee of $50 will apply, to be refunded if the appeal is successful or otherwise at the discretion of the Appeals Committee.
Mobile Phones: During a game, players are forbidden to have a mobile phone, electronic means of communication or any device capable of suggesting chess moves <B>on their person</B> in the playing venue. Such devices may be stored in a player's bag, which is to be left under their table during the game unless permission is given by the Arbiter. Such devices are to be switched off and are not to make any noise. Breaches of this rule will result in loss of game unless the Arbiter decides otherwise.
Half-point Byes: Players may elect to take a half-point bye in any of one of the first four rounds. Please inform the Arbiter prior to the completion of the previous round. Players may not take more than one half-point bye in the tournament.


Accommodation
Accommodation options will be listed here in due course. Anyone who is interested in sharing accommodation, please feel free to post in this thread and we will try to facilitate this.

Craig_Hall
10-06-2015, 07:17 PM
Some accommodation options:

Tower Junction Motor Lodge: http://www.towerjunctionchristchurch.co.nz/ (the closest to the venue)
Ashley Hotel, Christchurch: http://www.ashleyhotelchristchurch.co.nz/ (the second closest to the venue)
Argyle on the Park: http://www.argyleonthepark.co.nz/
City Park Motel: http://cityparknz.com/
Lorenzo Motor Lodge: http://www.lorenzomotorlodge.co.nz/
Cherry Tree Motel: http://www.cherrytreemotel.co.nz/index.html

All are within about 10-15 minutes walking distance of the venue, although as noted, some are closer than others. Generally, any motel at the town end of Riccarton Road (the address will be in the low numbers i.e. <100) will be within walking distance.

Craig_Hall
24-07-2015, 09:47 PM
Entries to date:

Ross Black
Ray Bongalon
Leon Kempen

Craig_Hall
05-08-2015, 06:25 PM
FM Mark Noble has entered.

Craig_Hall
12-08-2015, 04:46 PM
Latest entries:

Bob Clarkson
Quentin Johnson
Del Robinson

Craig_Hall
30-08-2015, 08:11 PM
Latest entries:

Arie Nijman
Brian Nijman
Hamish Gold
Rik Hothersall
Bob van den Bergh

Craig_Hall
16-09-2015, 06:29 PM
Latest entries:

Rico Fraser
Leo Chen
Federico Roura
Guy Mulinder
Stephen Taylor
Simon Ward
Robin Wan
Edward Rains
Timothy Rains

Craig_Hall
23-09-2015, 12:12 PM
Latest entries:

Leighton Nicholls
Micah Nylund
Timothy Nylund
Benjamin Nylund

Craig_Hall
04-10-2015, 08:19 PM
Vega files are now up at www.chess.org.nz - link to the SI Champs is on the left, and the link to the Vega files is near the top of the page, or click on http://www.chess.org.nz/Vega/wwwSouthIsland2015/ for the direct link.

With 33 entries to date, we are looking pretty crowded at this point! Also, the $10 early bird discount to the entry fee is no longer available (players who entered by 30 September qualified for the discount even if they will pay on the day).

Qbert
05-10-2015, 06:52 AM
Looks good Craig, except I think you need to update your nzcf Standard rating list in Vega :hmm:

Tony Dowden
05-10-2015, 09:36 AM
Looks good Craig, except I think you need to update your nzcf Standard rating list in Vega :hmm:
And Edward Tanoi has a FIDE rating: 1969 (he may well be inactive now but I played him in the George Trundle Qualifiers event in 2010)

Craig_Hall
05-10-2015, 09:11 PM
Looks good Craig, except I think you need to update your nzcf Standard rating list in Vega :hmm:

Thanks for the heads up - I thought I had the most up to date list, but will ensure it's all updated before the tournament actually begins.

Craig_Hall
07-10-2015, 10:20 AM
After some issues with the Vega databases, we got underway at 10:15am. 32 players in the end after some late entries and withdrawals - pairings for round one are available here: http://www.chess.org.nz/Vega/wwwSouthIsland2015/

Craig_Hall
07-10-2015, 03:38 PM
Lots of upsets in Round 1, but round 2 went a bit more to form. Draw is up for round 3: http://www.chess.org.nz/Vega/wwwSouthIsland2015/

Craig_Hall
08-10-2015, 03:10 PM
Some games are now up on the website as well.

Tony Dowden
09-10-2015, 08:39 AM
Thanks for the up-dates Craig :) (c'mon Otago!)

Capablanca-Fan
09-10-2015, 12:50 PM
So correspondence GM Noble beat Lukey with Black? Not bad, because Lukey is especially dangerous with White, as even Chandler found out (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1482728).

Qbert
09-10-2015, 04:37 PM
So correspondence GM Noble beat Lukey with Black? Not bad, because Lukey is especially dangerous with White, as even Chandler found out (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1482728).

An unfortunate end to that game. R and 2 h pawns vs R and N, so drawn but black can play on for 50 moves, but Lukey forgot to press his clock and lost on time.

Capablanca-Fan
09-10-2015, 11:56 PM
An unfortunate end to that game. R and 2 h pawns vs R and N, so drawn but black can play on for 50 moves, but Lukey forgot to press his clock and lost on time.

That's a shame. But then, Lukey won RB vs R against Chandler.

Kevin Bonham
10-10-2015, 10:29 AM
That's a shame. But then, Lukey won RB vs R against Chandler.

I think RB vs R is won a higher proportion of times OTB (even if the position is drawn) than RN vs R (though I lost the latter against Vlad with time trouble contributing to my demise). Incidentally I found this interesting interview (http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.com.au/2009/11/arkell-interview-iii.html) with British player Keith Arkell who has had and won said ending a very large number of times.

Capablanca-Fan
10-10-2015, 12:31 PM
I think RB vs R is won a higher proportion of times OTB (even if the position is drawn) than RN vs R (though I lost the latter against Vlad with time trouble contributing to my demise). Incidentally I found this interesting interview (http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.com.au/2009/11/arkell-interview-iii.html) with British player Keith Arkell who has had and won said ending a very large number of times.

Yes, and the defense is also much easier (at least with time to think) in RN vs R. Thanks for that interview with GM Arkell; quite remarkable that he has even reached that endgame so often, and his explanation still leaves questions.

Desmond
10-10-2015, 01:00 PM
That's a shame. But then, Lukey won RB vs R against Chandler.Was that a win on time? Not sure how to win in that final position.

Craig_Hall
10-10-2015, 01:56 PM
Was that a win on time? Not sure how to win in that final position.

White has a couple of threats:

67. Rg1 then 68. Rg8#; and/or
67. Rf1+ Ke8 (Kg7 allows White to play KxR) 68. Bc6+ Kd8 69. Rf8+ Re8 70. Rxe8#

Desmond
10-10-2015, 04:57 PM
White has a couple of threats:

67. Rg1 then 68. Rg8#; and/or
67. Rf1+ Ke8 (Kg7 allows White to play KxR) 68. Bc6+ Kd8 69. Rf8+ Re8 70. Rxe8#

Well it is black's move. 66...Rh7 and 67.Rg1 is met by Rd7+ when the rook is immune due to stalemate.

Craig_Hall
10-10-2015, 05:19 PM
Well it is black's move. 66...Rh7 and 67.Rg1 is met by Rd7+ when the rook is immune due to stalemate.

On the weblink, someone else asked the question, and apparently Rh7 is the only move, and is a tablebase draw, so that answers that!

Craig_Hall
10-10-2015, 05:20 PM
Congratulations to CM Edward Rains and FM Mark Noble - first equal! As Mark is not from the South Island, Ed Rains is the South Island champion, and is also the All Canterbury champion. Other places / prizes:

Third FM Stephen Lukey
First = U2000 Leighton Nicholls and CM Leon Kempen
First = U1800 Alexander Reissner and Simon Ward
First U1600 Leo Chen
Second = U1600 Kate Song and Stephen Murdoch
Meritorious Performances (one per day) - Alexander Reissner, Matthew McNabb, Leo Chen, Kate Song (days 1 - 4 respectively)
DD Smash Upset Prize - Timothy Nylund for his win over Federico Roura in round 7


South Island Lightning currently underway...

Craig_Hall
10-10-2015, 08:29 PM
Congratulations to the 2015 South Island Lightning Champion, Chris Baker!