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Walden
14-03-2017, 02:59 AM
Manawatu Knights Chess Club will be hosting the 125th New Zealand Chess Congress in Palmerston North

The 1st and only time Palmerston North hosted this event was 71 years ago, in 1946-47.

The tournament dates: 01 January 2018 to 11 January 2018. (entry details will be on the NZ Chess Federation website by the end of March 2017)

12th January 2018 Simul 12pm-3pm Playing in the Palmerston North Square against a visiting GrandMaster details to follow.

any question please contact Mark Noble (xn7223@paradise.net.nz)

Adamski
15-03-2017, 07:34 PM
Great news, Mark. I love that the Knights name lives on too (thinking of Genesis Potini). You never know, I might make it over!

Walden
19-03-2017, 01:36 PM
Accommodation at Venue:

Special rate of $90.45 incl GST per night valid from 30th December 2017 to 13th January 2018.
Rate covers accommodation for one or two people, unlimited WiFi, and continental breakfast.
To book accommodation at special rate: Visit Millennium Hotels website www.millenniumhotels.com select Copthorne Palmerston North,
choose dates of stay, and enter code NZCHESS18 into the group/promo code section.

More info on this event to follow once entry forms are done.

Walden
22-03-2017, 05:05 AM
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Manawtu Knights Chess Club can confirm 2 Grandmaster that will be attending the 125 NZ chess open championship

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 France & Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 France

Walden
23-03-2017, 12:44 PM
Link to the Entry and info for 2018 MILLENNIUMHOTELS.COM NZ OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/NZChamp125/index.html

slyall
25-03-2017, 01:36 PM
I'm really excited to see the large number of tournaments available for everyone to play in. The morning tournaments means players can get in a lot of Chess per dollar spent on Leave, travel and Holidays

Walden
27-03-2017, 04:23 AM
I'm really excited to see the large number of tournaments available for everyone to play in. The morning tournaments means players can get in a lot of Chess per dollar spent on Leave, travel and Holidays

The whole idea Simon was to have more events for all ages to play in !!

Walden
23-04-2017, 06:34 AM
125 New Zealand Chess Congress, Entries to date:

MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 France
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 France
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM

D & D New Zealand Rapid

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 France
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 France
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Nigel Cooper

New Zealand Major Open

Nigel Cooper

New Zealand Junior Open

Vyanla Punsalan WCM

Manawatu Rapid

Vyanla Punsalan WCM

New Zealand Blitz Championship

Vyanla Punsalan WCM

GM Simul

Vyanla Punsalan WCM

junior
25-04-2017, 09:07 AM
i would attend , but the problem with me and maybe some other people is that ,we would have to spend New years Eve without our families. If the dates were like 3rd- till whenever then i think more people would join

Walden
27-04-2017, 03:41 PM
i would attend , but the problem with me and maybe some other people is that ,we would have to spend New years Eve without our families. If the dates were like 3rd- till whenever then i think more people would join

Round 1 start at 2.30pm on the 1st Jan so not sure what your problem would be :)

Walden
17-05-2017, 09:23 AM
125 New Zealand Chess Congress, Entries to date:

MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 France
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 France
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mike Steadman FM
Andreas Schmitz CM Germany
Manuela Schmitz WFM Germany

D & D New Zealand Rapid

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 France
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 France
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Nigel Cooper
Dion Charles
Mike Steadman FM
Mathew Steadman

New Zealand Major Open

Nigel Cooper
Mathew Steadman
Dion Charles

New Zealand Junior Open

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Mathew Steadman

Manawatu Rapid

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mathew Steadman

New Zealand Blitz Championship

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles

GM Simul

Vyanla Punsalan WCM

smokydark
18-06-2017, 04:06 PM
what is the date the blitz/rapid is set to be? ill be in new zeleand for a holiday over the new years and wouldn't mind dropping by for a day of quicker games if im close by

Craig_Hall
23-06-2017, 04:26 PM
what is the date the blitz/rapid is set to be? ill be in new zeleand for a holiday over the new years and wouldn't mind dropping by for a day of quicker games if im close by

Rapid is the 10th and 11th, Blitz is on the 11th.

Walden
16-07-2017, 05:41 PM
125 New Zealand Chess Congress, Entries to date:

MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mike Steadman FM
Andreas Schmitz CM (Germany)
Manuela Schmitz WFM (Germany)
Ben Hague FM

D & D New Zealand Rapid

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Nigel Cooper
Dion Charles
Mike Steadman FM
Mathew Steadman
Ben Hague FM

New Zealand Major Open

Nigel Cooper
Mathew Steadman
Dion Charles

New Zealand Junior Open

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Mathew Steadman
Daniel Shek (England)

Manawatu Rapid

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mathew Steadman

New Zealand Blitz Championship

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Daniel Shek (England)
Andrien Demuth GM (France)
Fabien Libisaewski GM (France)
Ben Hague FM

GM Simul

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Daniel Shek (England)

Walden
10-10-2017, 05:36 AM
125 New Zealand Chess Congress, Entries to date:

MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mike Steadman FM
Andreas Schmitz CM (Germany)
Manuela Schmitz WFM (Germany)
Ben Hague FM

D & D New Zealand Rapid

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Nigel Cooper
Dion Charles
Mike Steadman FM
Mathew Steadman
Ben Hague FM
Alphaeus Ang CM
Haran Salasan

New Zealand Major Open

Nigel Cooper
Mathew Steadman
Dion Charles

New Zealand Junior Open

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Mathew Steadman
Daniel Shek (England)
Haran Salasan

Manawatu Rapid

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mathew Steadman

New Zealand Blitz Championship

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Daniel Shek (England)
Andrien Demuth GM (France)
Fabien Libisaewski GM (France)
Ben Hague FM

GM Simul

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Daniel Shek (England)

Walden
16-10-2017, 07:10 AM
125 New Zealand Chess Congress, Entries to date:

MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mike Steadman FM
Andreas Schmitz CM (Germany)
Manuela Schmitz WFM (Germany)
Ben Hague FM
Alphaeus Ang CM
Haran Salasan (Australia)
Bogdan Borsos IM (Ukraine)

D & D New Zealand Rapid

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Nigel Cooper
Dion Charles
Mike Steadman FM
Mathew Steadman
Ben Hague FM


New Zealand Major Open

Nigel Cooper
Mathew Steadman
Dion Charles
Laurens Goormachtigh (Belgium)

New Zealand Junior Open

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Mathew Steadman
Daniel Shek (England)
Haran Salasan

Manawatu Rapid

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mathew Steadman

New Zealand Blitz Championship

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Daniel Shek (England)
Andrien Demuth GM (France)
Fabien Libisaewski GM (France)
Ben Hague FM

GM Simul

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Daniel Shek (England)

Walden
27-10-2017, 08:32 AM
125 New Zealand Chess Congress, Entries to date:

MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mike Steadman FM
Andreas Schmitz CM (Germany)
Manuela Schmitz WFM (Germany)
Ben Hague FM
Alphaeus Ang CM
Haran Salasan (Australia)
Bogdan Borsos IM (Ukraine)

D & D New Zealand Rapid

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Nigel Cooper
Dion Charles
Mike Steadman FM
Mathew Steadman
Ben Hague FM
Hamish Gold
Derek Sharp
Hananke Calitz
Simon Lyall
Isabella Ning
Anthony Booth


New Zealand Major Open

Nigel Cooper
Mathew Steadman
Dion Charles
Laurens Goormachtigh (Belgium)
Hamish Gold
Hananke Calitz
Sashi Kumar Ramamirtham (India)
Simon Lyall
Ross jackson
Isabella Ning
Anthony Booth

New Zealand Junior Open

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Mathew Steadman
Daniel Shek (England)
Haran Salasan
Isabella Ning

Manawatu Rapid

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mathew Steadman
Derek Sharp
Simon Lyall
Isabella Ning

Palmy Knights Open

Simon Lyall

New Zealand Blitz Championship

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Daniel Shek (England)
Andrien Demuth GM (France)
Fabien Libisaewski GM (France)
Ben Hague FM
Simon Lyall
Isabella Ning

GM Simul

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Daniel Shek (England)
Isabella Ning
Anthony Booth

Banquet Dinner & Prize Giving

Ross Jackson
Mark Noble
Anthony Booth

Walden
15-11-2017, 05:01 AM
125 New Zealand Chess Congress, Entries to date:

MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mike Steadman FM
Andreas Schmitz CM (Germany)
Manuela Schmitz WFM (Germany)
Ben Hague FM
Alphaeus Ang CM
Haran Salasan (Australia)
Bogdan Borsos IM (Ukraine)
Tony Dowden NM
Layla Timergazi WIM
John Caldeira (Fiji)
Colin Savige (Australia)
Darryl Johansen GM 2374 (Australia)

D & D New Zealand Rapid

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Nigel Cooper
Dion Charles
Mike Steadman FM
Mathew Steadman
Ben Hague FM
Hamish Gold
Derek Sharp
Hananke Calitz
Simon Lyall
Isabella Ning
Anthony Booth
Mike Vander Brink
Layla Timergazi WIM
John Caldeira (Fiji)
Colin Savige (Australia)
Elizabeth Warren (Australia)
Isabella Malton
Darryl Johansen GM 2374 (Australia)


New Zealand Major Open

Nigel Cooper
Mathew Steadman
Dion Charles
Laurens Goormachtigh (Belgium)
Hamish Gold
Hananke Calitz
Sashi Kumar Ramamirtham (India)
Simon Lyall
Ross jackson
Isabella Ning
Anthony Booth
Stan Yee CM
Bernard Carpinter
Leon Kempen (Australia)
Elizabeth Warren (Australia)
Isabella Malton

New Zealand Junior Open

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Mathew Steadman
Daniel Shek (England)
Haran Salasan
Isabella Ning
Anya Thurner
Isabella Malton

Manawatu Rapid

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mathew Steadman
Derek Sharp
Simon Lyall
Isabella Ning
Isabella Malton

Palmy Knights Open

Simon Lyall

New Zealand Blitz Championship

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Daniel Shek (England)
Andrien Demuth GM (France)
Fabien Libisaewski GM (France)
Ben Hague FM
Simon Lyall
Isabella Ning
Colin Savige (Australia)
Elizabeth Warren (Australia)
Isabella Malton
Darryl Johansen GM (Australia)

GM Simul

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Daniel Shek (England)
Isabella Ning
Anthony Booth
Isabella Malton

Banquet Dinner & Prize Giving

Ross Jackson
Mark Noble
Anthony Booth
John Caldeira
Leon Kempen

Walden
29-11-2017, 06:38 AM
125 New Zealand Chess Congress, Entries to date:

MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mike Steadman FM
Andreas Schmitz CM (Germany)
Manuela Schmitz WFM (Germany)
Ben Hague FM
Alphaeus Ang CM
Haran Salasan (Australia)
Bogdan Borsos IM (Ukraine)
Tony Dowden NM
Layla Timergazi WIM
John Caldeira (Fiji)
Colin Savige (Australia)
Darryl Johansen GM 2374 (Australia)
Leighton Nicholls
Johan Goormachtigh FM
Bob Smith FM
John Duneas
Hans Gao

D & D New Zealand Rapid

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Nigel Cooper
Dion Charles
Mike Steadman FM
Mathew Steadman
Ben Hague FM
Hamish Gold
Derek Sharp
Hananke Calitz
Simon Lyall
Isabella Ning
Anthony Booth
Mike Vander Brink
Layla Timergazi WIM
John Caldeira (Fiji)
Colin Savige (Australia)
Elizabeth Warren (Australia)
Isabella Malton
Darryl Johansen GM 2374 (Australia)
Jeremy Knowles
Sol Ross
Leighton Nicholls
Jack James CM
Caleb He
Paul He
Bob Smith FM
Hugh Gao
Hans Gao
Angel Duran (Mexico)
C Beneke


New Zealand Major Open

Nigel Cooper
Mathew Steadman
Dion Charles
Laurens Goormachtigh (Belgium)
Hamish Gold
Hananke Calitz
Sashi Kumar Ramamirtham (India)
Simon Lyall
Ross jackson
Isabella Ning
Anthony Booth
Stan Yee CM
Bernard Carpinter
Leon Kempen (Australia)
Elizabeth Warren (Australia)
Isabella Malton
John Pakenham
Martin Post
Alan Winfield
Sol Ross
Paul He
Caleb He
Michael Sole
C Beneke
Oliver Picken

New Zealand Junior Open

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Mathew Steadman
Daniel Shek (England)
Haran Salasan
Isabella Ning
Anya Thurner
Isabella Malton
Sol Ross
Kimberley Yuan
Caleb He
Paul He
Hugh Gao

Manawatu Rapid

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mathew Steadman
Derek Sharp
Simon Lyall
Isabella Ning
Isabella Malton
Sol Ross
Leighton Nicholls
Caleb He
Paul He
Hugh Gao

Palmy Knights Open

Simon Lyall
Martin Post
C Beneke

New Zealand Blitz Championship

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Daniel Shek (England)
Andrien Demuth GM (France)
Fabien Libisaewski GM (France)
Ben Hague FM
Simon Lyall
Isabella Ning
Colin Savige (Australia)
Elizabeth Warren (Australia)
Isabella Malton
Darryl Johansen GM (Australia)
Jeremy Knowles
Sol Ross
Leighton Nicholls
Jack James CM
Caleb He
Paul He
Angel Duran (Mexico)
Hugh Gao
Hans Gao

GM Simul

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Daniel Shek (England)
Isabella Ning
Anthony Booth
Isabella Malton
Sol Ross

Banquet Dinner & Prize Giving

Ross Jackson
Mark Noble
Anthony Booth
John Caldeira
Leon Kempen
Martin Post
Bob Smith

Walden
01-12-2017, 03:59 AM
125 New Zealand Chess Congress, Entries to date:

MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Championship

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mike Steadman FM
Andreas Schmitz CM (Germany)
Manuela Schmitz WFM (Germany)
Ben Hague FM
Alphaeus Ang CM
Haran Salasan (Australia)
Bogdan Borsos IM (Ukraine)
Tony Dowden NM
Layla Timergazi WIM
John Caldeira (Fiji)
Colin Savige (Australia)
Darryl Johansen GM 2374 (Australia)
Leighton Nicholls
Johan Goormachtigh FM
Bob Smith FM
John Duneas
Hans Gao
Joy Qin WCM
Nicole Qin WCM
Anthony Ker IM
Russell Dive IM
Roy Seabrook
Daniel Gong FM
Caroline Yan
Edward Rains CM
Allen Fan

D & D New Zealand Rapid

Adrien Demuth GM 2527 (France)
Fabien Libiszewski GM 2543 (France)
Helen Milligan CM
Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Nigel Cooper
Dion Charles
Mike Steadman FM
Mathew Steadman
Ben Hague FM
Hamish Gold
Derek Sharp
Hananke Calitz
Simon Lyall
Isabella Ning
Anthony Booth
Mike Vander Brink
Layla Timergazi WIM
John Caldeira (Fiji)
Colin Savige (Australia)
Elizabeth Warren (Australia)
Isabella Malton
Darryl Johansen GM 2374 (Australia)
Jeremy Knowles
Sol Ross
Leighton Nicholls
Jack James CM
Caleb He
Paul He
Bob Smith FM
Hugh Gao
Hans Gao
Angel Duran (Mexico)
C Beneke
Anthony Ker IM
Russell Dive IM
Hannah Xu
Allen Fan


New Zealand Major Open

Nigel Cooper
Mathew Steadman
Dion Charles
Laurens Goormachtigh (Belgium)
Hamish Gold
Hananke Calitz
Sashi Kumar Ramamirtham (India)
Simon Lyall
Ross jackson
Isabella Ning
Anthony Booth
Stan Yee CM
Bernard Carpinter
Leon Kempen (Australia)
Elizabeth Warren (Australia)
Isabella Malton
John Pakenham
Martin Post
Alan Winfield
Sol Ross
Paul He
Caleb He
Michael Sole
C Beneke
Oliver Picken
Wayne Knightbridge
Oscar Qin
Arkadi Polyakevich (Russia)
John Liu
Aaron Wang
Sarah Yan
Louie Wei
Hannah Xu
Ying Wang

New Zealand Junior Open

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Mathew Steadman
Daniel Shek (England)
Haran Salasan
Isabella Ning
Anya Thurner
Isabella Malton
Sol Ross
Kimberley Yuan
Caleb He
Paul He
Hugh Gao
Hannah Xu
Allen Fan

Manawatu Rapid

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Mathew Steadman
Derek Sharp
Simon Lyall
Isabella Ning
Isabella Malton
Sol Ross
Leighton Nicholls
Caleb He
Paul He
Hugh Gao
Oscar Qin
Hannah Xu
Jie Gong
Aaron Wang


Palmy Knights Open

Simon Lyall
Martin Post
C Beneke
Wayne Knightbridge
Roy Seabrook


New Zealand Blitz Championship

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Dion Charles
Daniel Shek (England)
Andrien Demuth GM (France)
Fabien Libisaewski GM (France)
Ben Hague FM
Simon Lyall
Isabella Ning
Colin Savige (Australia)
Elizabeth Warren (Australia)
Isabella Malton
Darryl Johansen GM (Australia)
Jeremy Knowles
Sol Ross
Leighton Nicholls
Jack James CM
Caleb He
Paul He
Angel Duran (Mexico)
Hugh Gao
Hans Gao
Anthony Ker IM
Russell Dive IM
Allen Fan

GM Simul

Vyanla Punsalan WCM
Daniel Shek (England)
Isabella Ning
Anthony Booth
Isabella Malton
Sol Ross

Banquet Dinner & Prize Giving

Ross Jackson
Mark Noble
Anthony Booth
John Caldeira
Leon Kempen
Martin Post
Bob Smith

Keong Ang
12-12-2017, 06:16 AM
Webpage of the 125th New Zealand Chess Congress:
https://newzealandchess.nz/2018/congress.html

ChrisBurns
01-01-2018, 12:04 PM
Manawatu Knights Chess Club will be hosting the 125th New Zealand Chess Congress in Palmerston North

The 1st and only time Palmerston North hosted this event was 71 years ago, in 1946-47.

The tournament dates: 01 January 2018 to 11 January 2018. (entry details will be on the NZ Chess Federation website by the end of March 2017)

12th January 2018 Simul 12pm-3pm Playing in the Palmerston North Square against a visiting GrandMaster details to follow.

any question please contact Mark Noble (xn7223@paradise.net.nz)

According to the entry form
Entries to all tournaments need to be submitted and paid by 1st December 2017. Late entry fees
apply after that date. No new entries accepted from day a tournament starts.
But there is no mention of what the late fees are and what specific time do entries have to be in by. Also the rule that no entries accepted on day means that the blitz could miss out on many entries as some people might only want to play depending on how exhausted or not after the rapid finishes.

MichaelBaron
02-01-2018, 03:23 PM
Gong-Demuth - what a dramatic game. Tables keep turning!

Kevin Bonham
02-01-2018, 05:27 PM
Gong-Demuth - what a dramatic game. Tables keep turning!

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.e3 c5 4.Nf3 d5 5.Nbd2 Nc6 6.c3 cxd4 7.exd4 Nh5 8.Bg3 g6 9.Bd3 f6 10.Qc2 Bg7 11.0-0-0 0-0 12.Nf1 a6 13.h3 e5 14.dxe5 fxe5 15.Be4 Be6 16.Bh4 Bh6+ 17.Kb1 Qa5 18.Bxg6 e4 19.Bg5 hxg6 [19...Bg7 white has two pieces en prise and after 20.Bxh5 exf3 21.Bxf3 (21.Qb3 fxg2 wins a piece of course) 21...d4 with dual discovered attacks would be crushing] 20.Bxh6 d4 21.Nxd4 Nb4 [21...Qxa2+=] 22.Qxe4 Bxa2+ 23.Kc1 Rxf2 24.Be3 [24.Qxg6+ Kh8 25.Be3 black has nothing and white is winning.] 24...Rf6 25.g4 Bd5 26.Qb1 Bxh1 27.gxh5 Qxh5 28.cxb4 Qxd1+ 0-1 ouch.

MichaelBaron
05-01-2018, 04:32 PM
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.e3 c5 4.Nf3 d5 5.Nbd2 Nc6 6.c3 cxd4 7.exd4 Nh5 8.Bg3 g6 9.Bd3 f6 10.Qc2 Bg7 11.0-0-0 0-0 12.Nf1 a6 13.h3 e5 14.dxe5 fxe5 15.Be4 Be6 16.Bh4 Bh6+ 17.Kb1 Qa5 18.Bxg6 e4 19.Bg5 hxg6 [19...Bg7 white has two pieces en prise and after 20.Bxh5 exf3 21.Bxf3 (21.Qb3 fxg2 wins a piece of course) 21...d4 with dual discovered attacks would be crushing] 20.Bxh6 d4 21.Nxd4 Nb4 [21...Qxa2+=] 22.Qxe4 Bxa2+ 23.Kc1 Rxf2 24.Be3 [24.Qxg6+ Kh8 25.Be3 black has nothing and white is winning.] 24...Rf6 25.g4 Bd5 26.Qb1 Bxh1 27.gxh5 Qxh5 28.cxb4 Qxd1+ 0-1 ouch.

And today's highlight - Caroline Yan's successful defence against Darryl to snatch half a point.

Craig_Hall
06-01-2018, 10:33 PM
According to the entry form
Entries to all tournaments need to be submitted and paid by 1st December 2017. Late entry fees
apply after that date. No new entries accepted from day a tournament starts.
But there is no mention of what the late fees are and what specific time do entries have to be in by. Also the rule that no entries accepted on day means that the blitz could miss out on many entries as some people might only want to play depending on how exhausted or not after the rapid finishes.

In the NZCF Tournament Rules, the late surcharge is 20% of the entry fee for the Championship and Major Open. There is no late surcharge given for the Rapid (the Lightning is not an official NZCF tournament), so perhaps the intended late fee for the Rapid and Lightning is 0%...

heligan
07-01-2018, 09:57 AM
..or you could check the details at the official Congress 2018 webpage, which you will find linked at
www.newzealandchess.nz

DOPmanNZ
08-01-2018, 12:54 PM
Are all the games going to be available. So far I can only see the games recorded by the dgt boards minus the Ker-Stojic game from round 4.

Last year all the games were entered and made available.

CivicChessMan
09-01-2018, 05:19 AM
The final round of the New Zealand Open takes place Tuesday (NZ time). It's fairly safe to say that GM Adrien Demuth of France has the tournament in the bag with a clear point lead over his compatriot GM Fabian Libiszewski. Demuth needs only a draw with white against Bob Smith to win outright. Mike Steadman has black against Libiszewski while Daniel Gong, the third of the New Zealand trio on 5.5 points plays four time winner Russell Dive. .

These are the leading scores for New Zealand players: Smith, Steadman and Gong 5.5; Allen Fan, Dive, Hans Gao and Alphaeus Ang 5. Out of contention now are Ben Hague and thirteen time winner Anthony Ker on 4.5 points.

Six points appears to be the popular score for winning the Silver Rook. Smith and Steadman have Black against the French GMs and probably would be happy with half-a-point to move to 6. They will then hope that Dive does not lose to Gong. A draw moves Gong to six points while Dive must win to get there. Gao and Ang face off in a potential winner takes all while Fan has a difficult task with black against Australian GM Darryl Johansen. All this speculation counts for nothing though if any of the leading three players can win their round 9 games.

Keong Ang
09-01-2018, 08:53 PM
Are all the games going to be available. So far I can only see the games recorded by the dgt boards minus the Ker-Stojic game from round 4.

Last year all the games were entered and made available.

Game scoresheet photo/scan can be purchased and emailed for $20 per game per player.
Payment details (direct to account, or cheque) are the same as those listed on the entry form. Please remember to email exact details of desired game (tournament, round, board number, player).
We may do a special discount if photo/scan of both players scoresheets in a particular game are wanted.

Keong Ang
09-01-2018, 09:19 PM
According to the entry form
Entries to all tournaments need to be submitted and paid by 1st December 2017. Late entry fees
apply after that date. No new entries accepted from day a tournament starts.
But there is no mention of what the late fees are and what specific time do entries have to be in by. Also the rule that no entries accepted on day means that the blitz could miss out on many entries as some people might only want to play depending on how exhausted or not after the rapid finishes.

Late entry fee is $20, as listed in the entry form (page titled "Entry Form", page 8 of 8) that is in the page that appears after the Event Information, Rules and Regulations page you are quoting from.

As a matter of principle, late entry fee must be charged otherwise it would be unfair to all players who had entered by the due date.
It is assumed that players who wish to indulge in entering tournaments when the officials are busiest have no problems with paying $20 for the luxury.
This late entry fee is understood to be for each tournament that was entered late, so it is a simple matter of adding $20 to every tournament's entry fee.

By now $20 late entry fee practically only applies to the NZ Blitz since it is the only tournament where the day it starts has not yet arrived.

Time entries have to be in is covered by clause in Entry Form page 8 of 8, "No Entry will be considered accepted until payment is received."
When payment is received determines whether deadlines have been met.

CivicChessMan
09-01-2018, 10:32 PM
3582 It's a French quinella for the 2018 New Zealand Open. GM Adrien Demuth has won the tournament with 8/9, a full point ahead of GM Fabien Libiszewski. Before the start of the final round, seven players were in contention to be NZ Champion. From this group emerged two players, Russell Dive and Alphaeus Ang. Six points is the magic number. Dive took control of his game with Daniel Gong on move 31 and went on to win in 53 moves. Ang established an advantage as early as move 14 against Hans Gao, winning in just 26 moves. This is Alphaeus's first New Zealand Champion title and Russell's fifth (86/87, 95/96, 98/99, 2015 and now 2018). Congratulations!

The New Zealand Major Open was won by Australian Leon Kempen with 7.5 points, ahead of Stan Yee on 7 with three players tied for third on 6.5 points: Laurens Goormachtigh (BEL), Ryan Winter and Alan Winfield. Congratulations!

Capablanca-Fan
10-01-2018, 02:47 AM
Fine result for Dive and Ang: behind only the two French GMs and ahead of quite a strong field.

Bill Forster
10-01-2018, 08:13 AM
Late entry fee is $20, as listed in the entry form (page titled "Entry Form", page 8 of 8) that is in the page that appears after the Event Information, Rules and Regulations page you are quoting from.

As a matter of principle, late entry fee must be charged otherwise it would be unfair to all players who had entered by the due date.
It is assumed that players who wish to indulge in entering tournaments when the officials are busiest have no problems with paying $20 for the luxury.
This late entry fee is understood to be for each tournament that was entered late, so it is a simple matter of adding $20 to every tournament's entry fee.

By now $20 late entry fee practically only applies to the NZ Blitz since it is the only tournament where the day it starts has not yet arrived.

Time entries have to be in is covered by clause in Entry Form page 8 of 8, "No Entry will be considered accepted until payment is received."
When payment is received determines whether deadlines have been met.

I think you are overcomplicating this Keong. For the main tournaments, a late fee is fair enough I suppose. Personally I prefer an early entry discount, but I can reluctantly and sadly accept that it amounts to the same thing. When I was treasurer at the Wellington Chess Club I know I just quietly ignored our late entry fee rules, and never collected the fees. To me it is more important to get people playing chess, and chess players often are much better at optimising their strategy and tactics on a chess board than in their real world affairs. I don't think those who entered on time are being punished "in principle" or otherwise by not collecting late fees. The reward for entering on time is the lack of stress and feeling of calm that comes from running your life in a non-chaotic manner.

I'm really not a fan of late entry fees for Rapid and especially Blitz. Especially with an early cutoff date. I don't think this is a good idea at all. Traditionally it has been okay to make a late decision. Sure it leads to a flurry of activity before the first round, and it's a bit rough on the poor old treasurer. But I'm sure you'd be the first to point out that once you've developed some facility with it, Vega makes it very easy to add late players. To me it's more important to encourage people to play chess than to enforce rigid and unfriendly rules.

I thought your bid for NZCF presidency was all about encouraging people to play by making it less expensive?

Bill Forster
10-01-2018, 08:17 AM
Game scoresheet photo/scan can be purchased and emailed for $20 per game per player.
Payment details (direct to account, or cheque) are the same as those listed on the entry form. Please remember to email exact details of desired game (tournament, round, board number, player).
We may do a special discount if photo/scan of both players scoresheets in a particular game are wanted.

I'm going to assume you are joking. Surely.

GinoTHEstud
10-01-2018, 09:05 AM
I was thinking the same thing Bill. 20$ for a photo of a score-sheet?
Where is the simple pgn?

CivicChessMan
10-01-2018, 10:08 AM
The scoresheets are the property of NZCF so I don't believe that the organisers have any rights to sell these anyway. And it's not even April 1st yet.

DOPmanNZ
10-01-2018, 11:56 AM
Game scoresheet photo/scan can be purchased and emailed for $20 per game per player.
Payment details (direct to account, or cheque) are the same as those listed on the entry form. Please remember to email exact details of desired game (tournament, round, board number, player).
We may do a special discount if photo/scan of both players scoresheets in a particular game are wanted.

This is ridiculous. Selling what you don’t even own. How is this reducing players expenses.

The score sheets are the property of the organizers - Manawatu Knights – or at least they are according to FIDE rules.

Do you actually know what chess players want? Number 1 after the results is the game score.

ChrisBurns
10-01-2018, 10:09 PM
This is ridiculous. Selling what you don’t even own. How is this reducing players expenses.

The score sheets are the property of the organizers - Manawatu Knights – or at least they are according to FIDE rules.

Do you actually know what chess players want? Number 1 after the results is the game score.

It takes quite a bit of time to enter the score sheets manually. Who is going to volunteer ? I think we should be happy with the coverage we have got. I have managed to follow many games from the comfort of my home with live analysis on Chess24. Even the Rapids are covered something that was never before possible as no one kept score sheets. Just out of curiosity does anyone know if a delay is used in transmission as I have seen results posted before the the game finishes on screen.

MichaelBaron
10-01-2018, 10:16 PM
I am pretty sure that about selling score-sheets...it was a joke :)...besides with all due respect to the players....I would rather buy score-sheets from Carlsen :).

RE games as intellectual property...The only player who has been seriously claiming that his games are only his and his oppontents' and trying to sell them is Sveshnikov.

CivicChessMan
11-01-2018, 08:52 AM
One round to go in the NZ Rapid Championship. Two of three leaders are French with Mike Steadman in the middle of the baguette. GM Fabien Libiszewski has 7 points, Steadman has 6.5 after a fortunate escape in round 8 against Ben Hague (draw) and GM Adrien Demuth has 6. There is a group of six players on 5.5 points including kiwis Anthony Ker, Ralph Hart, Mark Noble and Ben Hague. No matter what the outcome of his game against Noble, Steadman is already NZ Rapid Champion. A win or a draw will give him sole custody of the title. On the other hand, a loss means Noble will be champion and opens the door for the others on 5.5. The other three contenders all have difficult tasks though. It's Libiszewski vs Ker, GM Darryl Johansen vs Hague and Russell Dive vs Hart.

CivicChessMan
11-01-2018, 09:44 AM
Mike Steadman is the NZ Rapid Champion for 2018. In the final round, he won against Mark Noble to win the title outright and finish as tournament winner together with GM Fabien Libiszewski on 7.5 points. The pendulum swung back and forth in their game and it wasn't until move 32 that Stockfish gave Steadman a decisive advantage which he converted into a win 9 moves later. This is Mike's second NZ Rapid title. His first title was 10 years ago in 2008. Congratulations!

Final standings: Fabien Libiszewski, Mike Steadman 7.5; Adrien Demuth 7; Darryl Johansen 6.5; Russell Dive, Alphaeus Ang, Anthony Ker and Jack James 6.

Bill Forster
11-01-2018, 09:59 AM
It takes quite a bit of time to enter the score sheets manually. Who is going to volunteer ? I think we should be happy with the coverage we have got. I have managed to follow many games from the comfort of my home with live analysis on Chess24. Even the Rapids are covered something that was never before possible as no one kept score sheets. Just out of curiosity does anyone know if a delay is used in transmission as I have seen results posted before the the game finishes on screen.

It is definitely nice to have the live coverage, and Keong always does a good job of that. But a proper .pgn record of the whole tournament is just as important, in fact more important in my opinion. The way in which historic contests can be replayed in perfect fidelity is one of the singular charms of chess, something that elevates it above most other sports, games and hobbies. It has become normal practice to make such a record for important tournaments in New Zealand, and I'd hate to see that change, especially for Congress.

It's true that it's a pain to actually enter the games, but it's far from prohibitive. Bruce Pollard always happily takes this task on in the tournaments he runs. Invariably there are volunteers who help out once someone takes the lead. And of course the job is that much smaller when there are a significant number of electronic boards as there are in this tournament.

slyall
11-01-2018, 10:23 AM
It is definitely nice to have the live coverage, and Keong always does a good job of that. But a proper .pgn record of the whole tournament is just as important, in fact more important in my opinion. The way in which historic contests can be replayed in perfect fidelity is one of the singular charms of chess, something that elevates it above most other sports, games and hobbies. It has become normal practice to make such a record for important tournaments in New Zealand, and I'd hate to see that change, especially for Congress.

It's true that it's a pain to actually enter the games, but it's far from prohibitive. Bruce Pollard always happily takes this task on in the tournaments he runs. Invariably there are volunteers who help out once someone takes the lead. And of course the job is that much smaller when there are a significant number of electronic boards as there are in this tournament.

PGN availability has been hit and miss for many years across tournaments (with the possible exception of the NZ champs although I'm not sure if all recent years are available)

There was a tournament in 2017 (Not run by Keong) where even during the tournament the scoresheets were only made available to "friends" of one of the organisers, other people were asked to pay. I don't believe the PGN has been published since.

Perhaps it should be in tournament contracts

Capablanca-Fan
11-01-2018, 12:20 PM
Mike Steadman is the NZ Rapid Champion for 2018. In the final round, he won against Mark Noble to win the title outright and finish as tournament winner together with GM Fabien Libiszewski on 7.5 points. The pendulum swung back and forth in their game and it wasn't until move 32 that Stockfish gave Steadman a decisive advantage which he converted into a win 9 moves later. This is Mike's second NZ Rapid title. His first title was 10 years ago in 2008. Congratulations!

Final standings: Fabien Libiszewski, Mike Steadman 7.5; Adrien Demuth 7; Darryl Johansen 6.5; Russell Dive, Alphaeus Ang, Anthony Ker and Jack James 6.

Superb result for the veteran Steadman. He was even overwhelmingly winning against Libiszewski but unaccountably threw it away.

Adamski
11-01-2018, 03:57 PM
3582The New Zealand Major Open was won by Australian Leon Kempen with 7.5 points, ahead of Stan Yee on 7 with three players tied for third on 6.5 points: Laurens Goormachtigh (BEL), Ryan Winter and Alan Winfield. Congratulations!Is that the same Alan Winfield who played in Christchurch when I was there? If so, it is a great result for him. Presumably a comeback as his name has not figured in NZ tournaments for the last 10 years as far as I recall.

CivicChessMan
11-01-2018, 04:53 PM
It is Alan Winfield, formerly of the Civic and Wellington clubs, now of Kapiti. He reappeared on the rating list in 2015 after a hiatus of 12 years. He played in the 2015 Wellington Easter tournament.

heligan
11-01-2018, 06:31 PM
Just a reminder that if you go to www.newzealandchess.nz you will find links to the Congress 2018 page (with results, Vega links, live game links that allow play-through of games that were live, etc etc) and also to our Recent Results page which has photos of prizewinners (and links to more photos and of course the Vega files).

Thanks to everyone who made this event a resounding success!

Capablanca-Fan
12-01-2018, 06:45 AM
NZ Blitz (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/new-zealand-blitz-2018/9/1/6)

1. GM Libiszewski, Fabien 8/9
2= Hart, Ralph; CM Gao, Hans; IM Ker, Anthony F; GM Demuth, Adrien 6½/9

NZ title presumably shared by Hart, Gao, and Ker. I know Ker has won before, but don't know about the others.

Bill Forster
12-01-2018, 07:54 AM
It is Alan Winfield, formerly of the Civic and Wellington clubs, now of Kapiti. He reappeared on the rating list in 2015 after a hiatus of 12 years. He played in the 2015 Wellington Easter tournament.

Alan and the CivicChessMan himself would regularly make mincemeat of me back in the day (mid 80s) at the old Civic Chess Club. Every game always seemed to end in a rook ending, and contrary to Dr Tarrasch's maxim, in fact all rook endings are lost (from my perspective anyway - I still have the same problem). Alan has recently returned to NZ from the dark side (Australia). I met him in a cafe in Kapiti to talk about my chess program. "I've been using it for a while - I assumed it was written by a company in China or something" was one amusing Alan Winfield observation.


PGN availability has been hit and miss for many years across tournaments (with the possible exception of the NZ champs although I'm not sure if all recent years are available)

There was a tournament in 2017 (Not run by Keong) where even during the tournament the scoresheets were only made available to "friends" of one of the organisers, other people were asked to pay. I don't believe the PGN has been published since.

Perhaps it should be in tournament contracts

I should have made the point earlier that the sad loss of Peter Stuart is going to be acutely felt in this area. He would often shoulder a lot of the work of game entry. I hope someone will step up and continue his New Zealand database curation efforts.

Adamski
12-01-2018, 08:29 AM
It is Alan Winfield, formerly of the Civic and Wellington clubs, now of Kapiti. He reappeared on the rating list in 2015 after a hiatus of 12 years. He played in the 2015 Wellington Easter tournament.Of course - wrong island! I played him often too. Mixed results.

Tony Dowden
26-01-2018, 10:18 AM
Just a reminder that if you go to www.newzealandchess.nz you will find links to the Congress 2018 page (with results, Vega links, live game links that allow play-through of games that were live, etc etc) and also to our Recent Results page which has photos of prizewinners (and links to more photos and of course the Vega files).

Thanks to everyone who made this event a resounding success!

Yes, it was a great success! Well done Mark Noble and team - it is no small feat for a small club to pull off such a high-class event.