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Spiny Norman
05-02-2005, 02:31 PM
Croydon Chess gets under way this week. Come down and have a cappuccino with us and see what all the fuss is about!

6:00pm Junior Group: Coaching Session and Competitive Game
7:30pm Adult Group: Casual Play ... great opportunity for us all to get to know each other as we're all going to be new members this year!

Details of the coaching and tournament schedule (http://www.croydonchess.com/calendar.htm) can be found at our website: www.croydonchess.com (http://www.croydonchess.com)

First tournament of the year will be a 5-round allegro on Thursday, 17th February. Get in early to start earning points towards entry into the Club Championship at the end of the year (top 8 points scorers qualify)!

IMPORTANT: Come and support the club and the 2005 Maroondah Festival Chess Championship on Sunday, 20th February. Entry is free. Trophies for Open, U18 and U12 category winners. Please register at our website (http://www.croydonchess.com/contacts.htm) as we are limited to just 20 boards.

Spiny Norman
12-02-2005, 01:33 PM
The first night at the re-launched Croydon Chess went very well.

There was an encouraging start for the Junior coaching sessions run by Denis Bourmistrov (2004 Australian Junior Champion), with 6 children learning some of the fundamentals of chess. I quizzed my own kids after the session and my 9-year old daughter proudly informed me:

Control the centre
Develop your pieces
Protect your king!


It seems I should have taken some of that advice myself as young Michael Collins beat me 2-0 in a couple of rapid games. Fortunately my son Jared was able to defend the family honour by holding Michael to a draw after initally being a piece down. This was a great result for Jared, as Michael beat him in a recent game at Box Hill Chess Club.

Bill Collins introduced himself and we had a chat about past times at Croydon Chess Club.

We had a number of visitors on the night, including Gary Wastell from Chess Victoria ... CV have graciously allowed us to borrow some equipment for a couple of weeks until our council funding comes through. Shaun Fielder also stopped by and I took much pride in showing him around our fabulous venue.

We had around 15 adults for the later casual-play session ... enough to encourage us to pursue further marketing initiatives with local council, newspapers, etc, so as to build up the numbers.

We'll run an allegro tournament next Thursday and will shake the bugs out of the donated computer systems at the same time.

Special thanks to the committee and other volunteers who have worked so hard to make Croydon Chess a reality ... especially Andrew LeRoy (Vice President and DOP), Mike Smith (Webmaster), Warren Whitham (Marketing), Trevor Williams (Volunteers Coordinator) and my wife Tracey.

Don't forget the Maroondah Festival Tournament on Sunday, 20th February 2005 ... entry via the Croydon Chess website (http://www.croydonchess.com).

klyall
16-02-2005, 08:41 PM
My dinosaur computer can't access PDF files.

Can you please provide a brief summary of any weekenders or Sunday tournaments on this thread?

Spiny Norman
19-02-2005, 08:55 PM
My dinosaur computer can't access PDF files.

Can you please provide a brief summary of any weekenders or Sunday tournaments on this thread?

Can ... and will (!) do so. Stand by ...

Spiny Norman
19-02-2005, 09:35 PM
Results from our first tournament run last Thursday, 17th February 2005 ... 5 round allegro, 15 minutes each, no increment.

The Field:

Fourteen (14) players participated which was a somewhat stronger than expected turnout for our very first tournament, with Bill Collins (2084) and Denis Bourmistrov (2025) expected to do well. A suprise visit from IA Gary Bekker (1565) was most welcome.

Round 1:
Charles Abrahams (1344) caught out young Jared Frost (unr) with an Orang-Utan opening (1.b4). Mike Smith (1342) and improving junior Michael Collins (1016) played the game of the round ... the latter winning on time with just 2 seconds left on his own clock in a roughly even position.

Round 2:
Gary Bekker played a great game to beat Denis Bourmistrov. A minor family feud between Stephen Frost (1197) and son Jared was resolved in the elder's favour.

Round 3:
Bill Collins moved to 3/3 with a win over Gary Bekker. Denis Bourmistrov moved back into contention with a win over Tony Waller (1793).

Round 4:
Bill Collins moved to 4/4 by opening up Stephen Frost's stonewall defence and catching him in a mating net. Gary Bekker improved to 3/4 with a win over Charles Abrahams.

Round 5:
Gary Becker moved into contention (4/5) with a win over Stephen Frost's Benoni Defence after picking up a crucial pawn late in the game and eventually converting it to a Queen. But Bill Collins (5/5) underlined his superiority on the night with a well-earned win against Denis Bourmistrov (3/5).

Final Standings:
1st place: 5/5 Bill Collins
2nd place: 4/5 Gary Bekker
3rd place: 3/5 Denis Bourmistrov (on tie break)


4-6 3 Tony Waller, Charles Abrahams, Michael Collins
7 2.5 Stephen Frost
8-9 2 Mike Smith, Jared Frost
10 1.5 David Payton
11 1 Jason Gardiner
12 0 Ben Kyne

Junior Highlight: Jared Frost's 5th-round win over David Payton.

Spiny Norman
19-02-2005, 09:43 PM
Tomorrow (Sunday, 20th February 2005) is the inaugural Maroondah Festival Chess Championship, hosted by Croydon Chess. Format is a 5-round allegro, 15 minutes each player, no increment.

Registration from 12:30pm onwards. Play starts promptly at 1:00pm.

Entry is free. We can accomodate up to 40 players, so get there early if you have not pre-registered through our website already!

Trophies and Certificates will be presented for winners of the three (3) sections ... Open, Under 18 and Under 12. Certificates will be presented for the runner-up.

Location: Croydon Park is just behind Croydon Main Street and between Mt Dandenong Road and Hewish Road (Melways: 50K4).

Spiny Norman
20-02-2005, 07:10 PM
The inaugural Maroondah Festival Chess Championship was played under overcast skies as the eighteen participants enjoyed the open air environment at Croydon Park this afternoon.

We were pleased to welcome a number of visiting players on the day, from as far afield as Werribee and Healesville, including James Bonning (JGB, a regular poster on Chess Chat). Lots of "walk-ups" introduced themselves during the competition and we expect to see many new faces at the club over coming weeks ... including several players rated ~2000!

Format was a 5-round Allegro, Swiss pairings, 15 minutes per player, no increment.

Results:

Open - Winner: Gary Bekker 4/5 (on tie-break)
Open - Runner Up: Stephen Frost 4/5 (on tie-break)

Under 18 - Winner: Jared Frost 3/5
Under 18 - Runner Up: Jay Maccarron 2/5

Under 12 - Winner: Jamie Yung 3/5
Under 12 - Runner Up: Jared Christensen 2/5

Full Table:


Place Name............. Score
1-4 Bekker, Gary 4
Frost, Stephen 4
Bonning, James 4
Smith, Mike 4
5-7 Yung, Jamie 3
Bradley, Mark 3
Frost, Jared 3
8-9 Abrahams, Charles 2.5
Carthew, Seraphina 2.5
10-14 Christensen, Jared 2
Young, Jack 2
Gibson, Kyle 2
Maccarron, Jay 2
Bradley, Tyler 2
15-16 Maccarron, Cayl 1.5
Brooks, Christine 1.5
17 Brooks, Beverly 1
18 Frost, Courtney 0

Spiny Norman
02-04-2005, 08:09 AM
The final round Croydon Chess' first rated tournament was completed on Thursday night, with the cream dutifully rising to the top. Full details can be found here:

http://www.croydonchess.com/results.htm

Round 5

On board 1 Tony Waller won a pawn from Stephen Frost after the latter's tactical oversight and effortlessly converted that advantage into a win, leaving him on 4/5 in first place on tiebreak.


[Event "The Tal (2005)"]
[Site "Croydon Chess"]
[Date "2005.03.31"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Stephen Frost"]
[Black "Tony Waller"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B33"]
[WhiteElo "1793"]
[BlackElo "1191"]
[PlyCount "64"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 d6 7. Be2 g6 8. Qd2 Bg7 9. O-O Bd7 10. Nxc6 Bxc6 11. f3 O-O 12. Rab1 Rc8 13. Bh6 Qc7 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. Kh1 Rfd8 16. Nd5 Bxd5 17. exd5 Qxc2 18. Qxc2 Rxc2 19. Bd3 Rc5 20. Be4 20... Rdc8 {Black cannot grab another pawn here with 20. ... Nxd5 because of b4 winning a piece.} 21. Kg1 Nxe4 22. fxe4 Rc2 23. Rf2 b5 24. Kf1 Rc1+ 25. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 26. Ke2 Rc2+ 27. Ke3 Rxf2 28. Kxf2 Kf6 29. Ke3 Ke5 30. g3 f5 31. exf5 gxf5 32. h4 Kxd5 0-1


On board 2 Andrew leRoy's opponent left pieces hanging and was crushed in just 13 moves.

On board 3 Douglas Stones moved into third place with a win over Warren Whitham ... the game was relatively well balanced until Warren left his queen hanging.


[Event "The Tal (2005)"]
[Site "Croydon Chess"]
[Date "2005.03.31"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Warren Whitham"]
[Black "Douglas Stones"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C77"]
[WhiteElo "1402"]
[PlyCount "64"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. c3 b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. d4 exd4 9. cxd4 Nxe4 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 Bf6 12. Bb2 d5 13. Qd3 Na5 14. Bc2 g6 15. Rfe1 Bf5 16. Qd2 Nc4 17. Qc1 Nxb2 18. Qxb2 Bxc2 19. Qxc2 c6 20. Ne5 Qc7 21. Ng4 Bg7 22. Re2 Rfe8 23. Rae1 Rxe2 24. Rxe2 h5 25. Ne5 Bxe5 26. dxe5 Re8 27. f4 Qb6+ 28. Kf1 a5 29. e6 c5 30. exf7+ Kxf7 31. Rxe8 Kxe8 32. Qxg6+ Qxg6 0-1


On board 4 Mike Smith overran Jared Frost's kingside position, sacrificing a knight for two pawns and eventually developing enough pressure to force material losses and his young opponent's resignation.


[Event "The Tal (2005)"]
[Site "Croydon Chess"]
[Date "2005.03.31"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Jared Frost"]
[Black "Mike Smith"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C68"]
[WhiteElo "1342"]
[PlyCount "34"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Bd6 6. Nc3 Bg4 7. d3 h6 8.
Be3 Nf6 9. h3 Bh5 10. Qe2 g5 11. g4 Nxg4 12. hxg4 Bxg4 {White now needs to bring his rooks to the defence of his exposed king, but instead plays ...} 13. Rad1 Qf6 14. Kg2 h5 15. Rh1 O-O-O 16. Rdg1 { 16.Nb1 followed by 17.Nb1d2 props up the defences a little.} Rdg8 { Now 17.Nb1 is the only saving move} 17. d4 h4 { 18.d5 is met by h3+ 19.Kg3 h2 ... so ... } 0-1

Spiny Norman
02-04-2005, 08:22 AM
The Term 1 Junior Tournament at Croydon Chess was won by Jared Frost (age 12) with a perfect 7/7 after beating his sister Courtney (age 8) in the final round (and she was distinctly unimpressed I can tell you, just wait until she grows up!).

Mathew Bradshaw had a win with Black over Daniel Condos to join Daniel in equal second place on 4/7. Jamie Yung and Christine Brooks also had final round wins to finish on 4/7.

Final Standings



Place Name............. Score
1 Jared Frost 7
2-5 Daniel Condos 4
Mathew Bradshaw 4
Jamie Yung 4
Christine Brooks 4
6 Jared Christensen 3.5
7-9 Courtney Frost 3
Beverley Brooks 3
Kiandra Young 3
10-12 Damien Loten 2
James McKenzie 2
Jack Young 2
13 Jake Alix 1.5
14-16 Alexander Robinson 1
Mitchell Patten 1
Cameron Yung 1
17-18 James Minett 0.5
Satheesha Peiris 0.5

Spiny Norman
02-04-2005, 08:26 AM
Just a reminder to all that the club will be closed for the next two (2) Thursday nights due to school holidays.

Senior play resumes on Thursday, 21st April 2005 with a Rapid Play knock-out tournament. Free entry.

Junior coaching resumes Thursday, 28th April 2005 with round 1 of the Term 2 Tournament to follow the coaching session.

arosar
02-04-2005, 08:31 AM
Hey that's a cool website. I had not noticed that before.

AR

Spiny Norman
02-04-2005, 12:06 PM
Hey that's a cool website. I had not noticed that before.

Thanks AR .... one of our committee members (Mike Smith) put it together for us.

Spiny Norman
20-04-2005, 08:41 PM
Senior play resumes on Thursday, 21st April 2005 with a Rapid Play knock-out tournament. Free entry.

Junior coaching resumes Thursday, 28th April 2005 with round 1 of the Term 2 Tournament to follow the coaching session.

Ah, the drought is almost over ... Croydon Chess kicks off again tomorrow evening with a "Rapid Play Knockout" one-night event. Free entry. All welcome.

Spiny Norman
20-04-2005, 09:25 PM
Croydon Chess Newsletter 2005-01

WHAT'S ON ? - Croydon Chess kicks off its Term 2 program tomorrow night (Thursday, 21st April 2005) with a Rapid Play Knockout Tournament. Come along and enjoy the fun! Tournament entry is free. All visitors most welcome!

MAKING THE CLUB FAMILY FRIENDLY - For those playing in the rated senior tournaments during the rest of the year, we have made a minor adjustment to make these tournaments more "family friendly" as a number of people (incl. myself) have school-age children who are ready to start taking on the adults in a serious game. Rather than the longer time limits previously advertised (90min+30sec), all our rated tournaments will be run at a time limit of 60 minutes + 15 seconds/move which means that most games should finish by 10PM.

JUNIOR COACHING - A reminder for parents: Junior coaching starts up again next week. Cost is $35/term as before.

COUNCIL FUNDING - our club was successful in applying for funding from Maroondah Council and we have been able to use those funds to help in acquiring some of our own equipment. We're now the proud owners of 12 sets of boards/pieces as well as 12 digital clocks. This is a great leap forward, and we wish to thank both Maroondah Council for the funding as well as Gary Wastell from Chess Victoria for lending us some equipment during our startup phase.

CHESS VICTORIA - Croydon Chess will soon be affiliated with Chess Victoria. "Provisional affiliation" has already been granted, subject to the appropriate paperwork and fees being paid (this is in progress as I write this).

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH - Membership of the club currently stands at 25 (adults + juniors) which is a great effort to start the year off. A special thank you to all those who have demonstrated support for the club as we strive to build momentum and a strong foundation for the future. It would be great if we could continue to build towards a total of 50 members by the end of 2005. To achieve this we will need to undertake some promotions in the community. If you are able to help with this area (e.g. by setting aside an hour or so once in a while to come and play chess in a local shopping centre, or a similar kind of activity, so that people become aware that we exist!), please speak to me any night at the club.

Kind regards to all,

Stephen Frost
President - Croydon Chess

Spiny Norman
21-04-2005, 11:48 PM
WHAT'S ON ? - Croydon Chess kicks off its Term 2 program tomorrow night (Thursday, 21st April 2005) with a Rapid Play Knockout Tournament.

Results just in:

I managed to get through the first round with a Bishop + Rook sac to force checkmate, but fell at the next hurdle .... managed to draw my second round game with Black against Andrew LeRoy, but then lost the blitz decider-game.

My boss from work made an appearance (David Payton) and being unrated he thought he was in for a tough time ... but after beating off junior Jared Frost in the first round he then backed up with wins over Mike Smith (1334) and Tony Waller (1793) to reach the final round.

But the winner was: Douglas Stones (who seems to be going from strength to strength).

We had a number of visitors from other clubs. The cappucino machine was working overtime (I've finally worked out how to use it myself!). Loads of fun was had by all.

Don't forget next week: The "USSR Memorial Blitz" ... see you there!

Spiny Norman
30-04-2005, 11:04 AM
Don't forget next week: The "USSR Memorial Blitz" ... see you there!
The USSR Memorial Blitz kicked off with 12 competitors and several onlookers who decided to keep their powder dry, perhaps put off by the 5 minutes/game time limit?

New member N Y Wong confirmed his "highest rated player" status with a commanding 7/7 performance, closely followed by Douglas Stones with 6/7 (his only loss was to N Y) and yours truly with 5/7 (losses to N Y and Douglas).



Place Name Score M-Buch
-------------------------------------
1 Wong, N Y 7 20.0
2 Stones, Douglas 6 17.0
3 Frost, Stephen 5 17.0
4-6 Abrahams, Charles 4 21.0
Waller, Tony 4 16.0
Smith, Mike 4 12.0
7-9 Oswald, Franz 3 20.0
Frost, Jared 3 19.0
Gabrys, Marek 3 13.0
10-12 Yung, Jamie 1 16.0
Sawkins, Cliff 1 16.0
Williams, Trevor 1 15.0

Spiny Norman
30-04-2005, 11:28 AM
All tournament games at Croydon Chess attract a certain number of Grand Prix points. Winner takes all, or in the event of a drawn game, they're split 50:50 between the competitors.

The top eight (8) eligible points winners at the end of 2005 quality for the club championship tournament. All other eligible players can compete in a reserves tournament. Winner of the reserves automatically qualifies for next year's club championship tournament.

Eligibility is based on club membership.



Place Rating Name Points Eligible
--------------------------------------------------
1 1793 Waller, Tony 48 Yes
2 1460 Stones, Douglas 40 Yes
3 1501 LeRoy, Andrew 35 Yes
4 1191 Frost, Stephen 29 Yes
5 1342 Smith, Mike 28 Yes
6 1344 Abrahams, Charles 21 Yes
7 1540 Bekker, Gary 16 Yes
8 unr Whitham, Warren 16 Yes
------------------------------------------------
9 unr Payton, David 15 No
10 unr Frost, Jared 15 Yes
11 2084 Collins, Bill 10 No
12 2012 Wong, N Y 7 Yes
13 2025 Bourmistrov, Denis 6 Yes
14 1089 Collins, Michael 6 No
15 1003 Oswald, Franz 3 No
16 1200 Gabrys, Marek 3 Yes
17 unr Gardiner, Jason 2 Yes
18 unr Sawkins, Cliff 1 Yes
19 unr Williams, Trevor 1 Yes
20 unr Yung, Jamie 1 Yes

Spiny Norman
13-05-2005, 08:28 PM
The inaugural "The Fischer" tournament kicked off this week at Croydon Chess, with 13 participants (up from 8 in our first ever tournament). Time limit is 60min + 15secs/move. Entry fee is $10 to cover rating costs and end of year awards.

Click here for details:
1st Round Results, 2nd Round Pairings, Players List and Cross Table (courtesy of SP2HTML) (http://www.croydonchess.com/results.htm)

Some games from Round 1:

Event: The Fisher (2005)
Round: 1
Board: 3
Site: Croydon Chess
Date: 12/05/2005
White: Jared Frost (unr)
Black: Andrew LeRoy (1501)
Result: 1-0
ECO: C68 (Ruy Lopez - Exchange)


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.0-0 d6 6.d3 Be7 7.Be3 f5 8.exf5 Bxf5 9.c3 Nf6 10.d4 exd4 11.Bxd4 0-0 12.Re1 Ng4 13.h3 Nf6 14.Nbd2 c5 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Ne4 Qd7?! 17.Nxf6+ Rxf6?? 18.Qd5+ Be6 19.Qxa8+ Kf7 20.Qxa6 Bxh3? 21.Qc4+ d5?? 22.Ne5+ 1-0


Event: The Fisher (2005)
Round: 1
Board: 2
Site: Croydon Chess
Date: 12/05/2005
White: Tony Waller (1793)
Black: Stephen Frost (1191)
Result: -
ECO: A87 (Dutch Defence)


1.g3 g6 2.Bg2 Bg7 3.d4 f5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Nf3 d6 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.a4 c6 9.a5 Qc7 10.Ng5 Nb8 11.d5 c5 12.h4 a6 13.Bf4 Nh5 14.Qd2 Nxf4 15.Qxf4 h6 16.Ne6 Bxe6 17.dxe6 Bxc3 18.bxc3 Kh7 19.Rfb1 Nc6 20.Bxc6 bxc6 21.Rb6 Rfb8 22.Rab1 Rxb6 23.Rxb6 Qc8 24.e4 Qxe6 25.exf5 Qe1+ 26.Kh2 Qxc3 27.fxg6+ Kxg6 28.h5+ Kg7 29.Rb7 Qf6 30.Qe3 Kf7 31.f4 Qe6 32.Qd3 Rg8 33.Qh7+ Rg7 34.Qd3 Qc8 35.Rb6 Qg4 36.Rxc6 Qxh5+ 37.Kg2 Qg4 38.Qd5+ Qe6 39.Qxe6+ Kxe6 40.Rxa6 Rg8 41.Rb6 Ra8 42.a6 Kf5 43.Kf3 h5 44.Rb7 Rxa6 -

Spiny Norman
20-05-2005, 07:55 AM
Round 2 of The Fischer (2005) tournament at Croydon Chess was completed last night with all games "going with serve" with the exception of Board 3 where Jared Frost demolished his father (yours truly) who blundered a piece on move 8 and backed that up with another oversight 10 moves later (see game below). Jared now moves into equal first on 2/2 and meets top-ranked N Y Wong next week.

Round 2 results and Round 3 pairings here (http://www.croydonchess.com/results.htm).

Date: 19/05/2005
White: Stephen Frost (1191)
Black: Jared Frost (unr)
Result: 0-1
ECO: C36 (King's Gambit)

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Nc3 Qa5 6.Bc4 Nc6 7.0-0?? Qc5+ 8.d4 Qxc4 9.Re1+ Be7 10.Bxf4 Nf6 11.Bg5 0-0 12.Ne4 Nxe4 13.Bxe7 Nxe7 14.Rxe4 Ng6 15.b3 Qd5 16.Re3 Bg4 17.Qd2 Bxf3 18.c4?? Qg5! 19.Rae1 Bc6 20.d5 Bd7 21.Qb4 Rfe8 22.Rxe8+ Rxe8 23.Rxe8+ Bxe8 0-1

Spiny Norman
02-06-2005, 12:11 PM
I trust the arrival of winter has not caught you in its spell. We've certainly noticed things a bit chilly down at the club, so we've had to break out the heaters already! But it seems that the cooler weather is conducive to playing good chess!

"The Fischer" Tournament - Round 4

Round 4 kicks off tonight with some interesting pairings (especially boards 1 and 2):


Board Seed Rating Name Result Name Rating Seed
1 1 2012 Wong, NY (3) Stones, Douglas (3) 1460 4
2 5 1344 Abrahams, Charles (2) Frost, Jared (2) 0 9
3 2 1793 Waller, Tony (1.5) Smith, Mike (1.5) 1342 6
4 3 1501 LeRoy, Andrew (1.5) Frost, Stephen (1.5) 1191 8
5 13 0 Whitham, Warren (1.5) Gabrys, Marek (1) 1200 7
6 11 0 Sawkins, Cliff (0.5) Wales, John (0.5) 0 12
7 10 0 Gardiner, Jason (0) Bye



ACF Ratings - June 2005

The latest Australian Chess Federation ratings list has been released (June 2005) and some of our members at Croydon have performed well. We currently have 11 rated members:

------------------------ Adults
2081 Wong, Ngiam Yee
1746 Waller, Anthony
1545 Bekker, Gary
1539 LeRoy, Andrew
1502 Stones, Douglas
1348 Smith, Mike
1344 Abrahams, Charles
1261 Frost, Stephen
1200 Gabrys, Mark
------------------------ Juniors
620 Young, Jack
529 Christensen, Jared

Congratulations to the following for their substantially increased ratings when compared to the previous period:

N Y Wong (+69)
Andrew LeRoy (+38)
Douglas Stones (+42, also breaking the 1500 mark, well done!)
Stephen Frost (+70)

Average rating amongst all rated adults is 1507.

Lets all remember to promote the club at every opportunity and work towards attracting some more members over the coming months! It would be great to see the list of rated players increase to more than 20 by year's end.

Chess Benefits For Schools/Students

We have received some terrific information concerning the benefits of chess for students (and therefore for schools). courtesy of Wayne Young (thanks Wayne!). We have a small number of photocopies available, so please speak to me this coming Thursday at the club if you would like a copy.

You may wish to give a copy to your local school, as it will encourage them to develop a chess program so that all students can benefit and improve their education performance!

That's all for now, have a great week everyone!

Stephen Frost
President - Croydon Chess

Spiny Norman
18-06-2005, 11:09 AM
The Term 2 Junior Tournament saw joint winners, the two Jareds (Jared Christensen and Jared Frost) both with 6/7:


Place Name............. Score
1-2 Jared Frost 6
Jared Christensen 6
3 Jack Young 5.5
4 Jamie Yung 5
5-7 Jake Alix 4
Stuart Williams 4
Daniel Condos 4
8-10 Mathew Bradshaw 3.5
Christine Brooks 3.5
Courtney Frost 3.5
11 James McKenzie 3
12-13 Kiandra Young 2.5
James Minett 2.5
14-16 Beverley Brooks 2
Damien Loten 2
Kevin Hartje 2
17 Rohan Cadman 1.5
18-20 Satheesha Peiris 1
Alexander Robinson 1
Steve James 1
21 Matt James 0.5

Spiny Norman
18-06-2005, 11:14 AM
Full details of the tournament (incl. all games) can be found here:

http://www.croydonchess.com/results.htm

N Y Wong was a convincing winner with 5/5, closely followed by the rapidly improving Douglas Stones.


Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Score Buch.

1 Wong, NY 2012 5 13.0
2 Stones, Douglas 1460 4 15.5
3 Waller, Tony 1793 3.5 14.0
4-5 Abrahams, Charles 1344 3 14.5
Frost, Stephen 1191 3 10.5
6-7 Smith, Mike 1342 2.5 13.0
Whitham, Warren 2.5 12.0
8-9 Frost, Jared 2 16.0
Sawkins, Cliff 2 10.5
10-12 Gabrys, Marek 1200 1.5 14.5
LeRoy, Andrew 1501 1.5 12.0
Gardiner, Jason 1.5 11.5
13 Wales, John 0.5 11.0

Spiny Norman
18-06-2005, 11:21 AM
The 2-week, 5-round June Rapid Play commenced last Thursday, with a number of new players turning out to participate in the fun. Time limit was set for 15 mins/each + 10 seconds/move. Three (3) rounds were played on the night, with a further two to follow next Thursday. Results so far:


Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

1-2 Wong, NY 2081 3 4.0 9.0 9.0
Waller, Tony 1746 3 3.0 7.0 9.0
3-8 Jenkins, Keith 1671 2 4.0 7.5 7.0
Smith, Mike 1348 2 4.0 7.0 6.0
Guy, Wayne 1963 2 3.0 7.0 7.0
Stones, Douglas 1502 2 3.0 6.5 6.0
Frost, Stephen 1261 2 3.0 6.5 5.0
Brehas, Costa 2 3.0 5.5 5.0
9-13 LeRoy, Andrew 1539 1 3.0 6.0 4.0
Abrahams, Charles 1344 1 3.0 6.0 4.0
Gabrys, Marek 1201 1 3.0 6.0 3.0
Frost, Jared 1199 1 3.0 6.0 3.0
Sawkins, Cliff 800 1 1.5 2.5 2.0
14-15 Whitman, Warren 1100 0.5 3.0 5.5 1.0
Farrelly, Cathy 579 0.5 2.5 4.5 1.0
16 Williams, Trevor 0 2.0 3.5 0.0


Crosstables and next week's pairings will be posted on the Croydon Chess website shortly.

Spiny Norman
25-06-2005, 12:43 PM
The 2-week, 5-round June Rapid Play finished last Thursday, results as follows (also to be posted to the website shortly):


Place Name Rating Score Buch.

1 Wong, NY 2081 5 17.0
2-3 Waller, Tony 1746 4 15.0
Stones, Douglas 1502 4 12.5
4-7 Frost, Stephen 1261 3 16.5
Guy, Wayne 1963 3 16.0
Jenkins, Keith 1671 3 13.5
LeRoy, Andrew 1539 3 12.0
8-12 Smith, Mike 1348 2 14.0
Brehas, Costa 2 12.5
Gabrys, Marek 1200 2 12.0
Frost, Jared 2 11.0
Sawkins, Cliff 2 8.5
13-14 Farrelly, Cathy 579 1.5 10.5
Abrahams, Charles 1344 1.5 8.0
15 Whitman, Warren 0.5 6.5
16 Williams, Trevor 0 9.5


The club is now in recess for a couple of weeks due to school holidays.

Spiny Norman
25-06-2005, 12:52 PM
All tournament games at Croydon Chess attract a certain number of Grand Prix points. Winner takes all, or in the event of a drawn game, they're split 50:50 between the competitors.

The top eight (8) eligible points winners at the end of 2005 quality for the round-robin club championship tournament. All other eligible players can compete in a reserves tournament. Winner of the reserves automatically qualifies for next year's club championship tournament.

Eligibility is based on club membership.

Major changes since April ... the arrival of N Y Wong who has rocketed into equal 4th place on the back of perfect 7/7, 5/5 and 5/5 performances in the last 3 tournaments. Warren Whitham must be looking over his shoulder, with Jared Frost lurking just outside the eight.


Place Rating Player Points Eligible
---------------------------------------------------
1 1746 Waller, Tony 88 Yes
2 1502 Stones, Douglas 84 Yes
3 1261 Frost, Stephen 62 Yes
4 2081 Wong, N Y 62 Yes
5 1539 LeRoy, Andrew 56 Yes
6 1348 Smith, Mike 54 Yes
7 1344 Abrahams, Charles 49.5 Yes
8 Whitham, Warren 37.5 Yes
---------------------------------------------------
9 Frost, Jared 37 Yes
10 Sawkins, Cliff 23 Yes
11 1200 Gabrys, Marek 21 Yes
12 1540 Bekker, Gary 16 Yes
13 Payton, David 15 No
14 Gardiner, Jason 14 Yes
15 2084 Collins, Bill 10 No
16 1963 Guy, Wayne 9 No
17 1671 Jenkins, Keith 9 No
18 2024 Bourmistrov, Denis 6 No
19 Brehas, Costa 6 Yes
20 1089 Collins, Michael 6 No
21 579 Farrelly, Cathy 4.5 No
22 Wales, John 4 Yes
23 1003 Ozwald, Franz 3 No
24 Williams, Trevor 1 Yes
25 Yung, Jamie 1 Yes

Spiny Norman
16-07-2005, 11:50 AM
Coaching for our juniors resumes this week (Term 3) and there are a couple of items of interest that all our players/parents should note:

New Coach Appointed

For the coming term the coaching sessions and junior tournament will be led by Leonid Sandler (IM). We are all looking forward to acquiring new and improved skills and are excited to have someone of Leonid's standing involved with the club.

The club would also like to extend its appreciation to Denis Bourmistrov who has been instrumental in leading our junior program during the formative months of the club's operations. We wish you well Denis in all your future endeavours and trust that you will continue to be a regular visitor to the club!

Circle The Wagons - Ranges Challenge

Calling all competitors ... junior and senior ... Ranges Chess Club will be visiting us on Thursday, 27th July 2005 for an inter-club, one night chess challenge. There will be a junior match from 6:30pm and a senior match at 7:45pm.

If you are interested in representing Croydon on that night, please speak with Douglas Stones (our Director Of Play) next Thursday at the club so he knows that you are available. We have not yet finalised the number of boards, but you would do well to "get in early" if you'd like to play!

Junior Chess Sub-Committee

Croydon Chess would like to extend to you an invitation to work more closely with the club in developing our junior players. We recognise that junior chess is the future of the club ... but we can't get there on our own.

The committee has therefore decided to call for the formation of a Junior Chess Sub-Committee to help guide our junior program. We're looking for three (3) interested adults (parents/guardians of our junior members) to form the inaugural sub-committee. We also want to invite one member of the junior sub-committee to join the club's committee so that the needs of our juniors are heard and taken into consideration.

This is a great opportunity for YOU to get involved and make your voice heard. We would value and appreciate your input and support. If you are interested, please contact me and let me know:

e: stephen.frost@croydonchess.com
m: 0413 537 817

More Than Just Shuffling Pieces

Becoming a good player and a valued club member requires more than just chess ability. There are many things to consider ... for example:

* Discipline of thought and behaviour
* Respect for your opponent
* Knowing and observing the Laws Of Chess
* Adding value to the club

There are many others I could mention. A friend once said to me "Everyone should have three levels of interaction in life" ... and what he meant was this:

1. Receiving from your teachers/mentors
2. Sharing with your peers
3. Giving to others

Lets embrace that at Croydon Chess and look for opportunities to both give and receive ... have a great week everyone!

Stephen Frost
President - Croydon Chess

Spiny Norman
23-07-2005, 11:14 AM
Results from last Thursday's 7-round blitz ... another top performance by the top-ranked N Y Wong. Since nobody is going to say it for me ;) I was also VERY happy with my own 6/7 effort, with my only loss being to the winner. Looks like some of my study is starting to pay off.


Place Name Loc Score Buch
-----------------------------------------
1 Wong, N Y 2081 7 28.5
2 Frost, Stephen 1261 6 29.0
3-6 Brehas, Costa 4 28.5
Abrahams, Charles 1344 4 28.5
Waller, Tony 1746 4 25.5
Smith, Mike 1348 4 25.5
7 Wieland, Josef 3.5 27.5
8-10 Gabrys, Marek 1200 3 22.0
Whitham, Warren 3 23.0
Gardiner, Jason 3 18.5
11 Frost, Jared 2.5 25.5
12-13 Sawkins, Cliff 2 20.0
Williams, Trevor 2 19.5
14 Wales, John 1 21.5


Next week will see the challenge match between Ranges Chess Club and Croydon Chess, plus plenty of informal play in our cafe.

Spiny Norman
23-07-2005, 11:31 AM
All tournament games at Croydon Chess attract a certain number of Grand Prix points. Winner takes all, or in the event of a drawn game, they're split 50:50 between the competitors. The top eight (8) eligible points winners at the end of 2005 quality for the round-robin club championship tournament. All other eligible players can compete in a reserves tournament. Winner of the reserves automatically qualifies for next year's club championship tournament. Eligibility is based on club membership.

RECENT CHANGES

8th placed Warren Whitham has managed to put an extra 1/2 point between himself and Jared Frost ... the big test will be in the next rated tournament starting Thursday week, where a 1/2 point in the standings will translate into 4 GP points. N Y Wong's 7/7 last Thursday puts him into 3rd place. Andrew LeRoy's absence last week sees him drop to 6th place as Mike Smith moves up into 5th. The pressure is now on, as we are at the business end of the season!


Place Rating Player Points Eligible
---------------------------------------------------
1 1746 Waller, Tony 92 Yes
2 1502 Stones, Douglas 84 Yes
3 2081 Wong, N Y 69 Yes
4 1261 Frost, Stephen 68 Yes
5 1348 Smith, Mike 58 Yes
6 1539 LeRoy, Andrew 56 Yes
7 1344 Abrahams, Charles 53.5 Yes
8 Whitham, Warren 40.5 Yes
---------------------------------------------------
9 Frost, Jared 39.5 Yes
10 Sawkins, Cliff 25 Yes
11 1200 Gabrys, Marek 24 Yes
12 Gardiner, Jason 17 Yes
13 1540 Bekker, Gary 16 Yes
14 Payton, David 15 No
15 Brehas, Costa 10 Yes
16 2084 Collins, Bill 10 No
17 1963 Guy, Wayne 9 No
18 1671 Jenkins, Keith 9 No
19 2024 Bourmistrov, Denis 6 No
20 1089 Collins, Michael 6 No
21 Wales, John 5 Yes
22 579 Farrelly, Cathy 4.5 No
23 Weiland, Josef 3.5 No
24 1003 Ozwald, Franz 3 No
25 Williams, Trevor 3 Yes
26 Yung, Jamie 1 Yes

Dougy
02-08-2005, 06:47 PM
This Thursday a new chess tournament "The Kasparov" starts at Croydon Chess Club. :P The time controls are 60min + 15sec/move. It will consist of five rounds, on the following dates, starting at 7.45pm.

04-Aug-05
11-Aug-05
18-Aug-05
25-Aug-05
01-Sep-05

- Dougy

Spiny Norman
03-08-2005, 07:53 AM
Well done Dougy and welcome to the board!

Also note that the tournament will be rated. Entry fee $10 only. Swiss-format.

Spiny Norman
26-08-2005, 08:51 PM
The Kasparov is 1 round from completion. This week saw a struggle for top spot on board 1 between top rated N Y Wong (2081) and one of our newest club members in Wayne Guy (1963). The result, an honourable draw. Both now have 3.5/4 going into the final round next Thursday. Standings, cross-tables and all games here. (http://www.croydonchess.com)

[White "N Y Wong"] [Black "Wayne Guy"] 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.c4 c6 6.d4 0-0 7.b3 Bf5 8.Nbd2 Ne4 9.Bb2 Nd7 10.Nh4 Nxd2 11.Qxd2 Nf6 12.f3 Qd7 13.Rae1 dxc4 14.Nxf5 Qxf5 15.bxc4 Rfd8 16.Rd1 Qh5 17.e4 e6 18.e5 Nd7 19.f4 Nb6 20.Qc2 Rd7 21.a4 Rad8 22.a5 Nc8 23.a6 Ne7 24.axb7 Rxb7 25.Ba3 Nf5 26.Qf2 Rb3 27.Bc1 c5 28.Bf3 Rxf3 29.Qxf3 Qxf3 30.Rxf3 Nxd4 31.Kf2 Rb8 32.Ra3 Rb7 33.Be3 Bf8 34.Rd2 Rb4 35.Rxa7 Rxc4 36.g4 Kg7 37.Rc7 Ra4 38.Bxd4 Rxd4 39.Rxd4 cxd4 40.g5 Ba3 41.Ke2 Bb2 42.Kd3 Kf8 43.Rc8+ Kg7 44.Rd8 Bc3 45.Kc4 Bb2 46.Kb5 Bc3 47.Kc6 Bb2 48.Kb7 Bc3 49.Kc8 Bb2 50.Kb7 Bc3 51.Kc6 Ba1 52.Kc5 Bb2 53.Kc4 Bc3 54.Ra8 Bd2 55.Kxd4 Bxf4 -

Spiny Norman
03-09-2005, 11:43 AM
Hi everyone,

Winter is over, so things are warming up on and off the board! There are a number of strong new members that have joined the club, notably our coach International Master Leonid Sandler (2324) and former Victorian Open Champion Wayne Guy (1963).

By the way, Leonid is competing in the Victorian Open Championship ... good luck Leonid, we wish you well.

IN THIS ISSUE
- ACF September 2005 Ratings
- Croydon Chess Grand Prix Points Update
- Ranges Inter-Club Challenge

ACF Ratings - September 2005

The latest Australian Chess Federation ratings list has been released (September 2005) and our members at Croydon have again performed well. We now have 14 rated members (up from 11 in the previous list):


Sandler Leonid 2324
Wong Ngiam Yee 2106
Guy Wayne 1963
Waller Tony 1703
Stones Douglas 1641
Bekker Gary 1570
LeRoy Andrew 1446
Abrahams Charles 1443
Smith Mike 1378
Frost Stephen 1360
Kloprogge Ion 1305
Gabrys Marek 1095
Young Jack 620
Christensen Jared 529

Special congratulations to the following players for their substantially increased ratings when compared to the previous period:


+139 Douglas Stones now 1641 with a bullet!!
+ 99 Charles Abrahams now 1443
+ 99 Stephen Frost now 1360

Special mention should be made of Douglas' effort ... he was ranked as the fifth fastest improver in Australia during this ratings period!

The average rating amongst all our members is now 1463 (up from 1337 last quarter). Our top-ranked junior is still Jack Young (620). A number of currently unrated players will soon have a rating, once the ACF's requirements for the minimum number of games played against rated players is met:


Sawkins Cliff 6 more games
Whitham Warren 6 more games
Frost Jared 4 more games

Note: games against rated played in the recently-completed The Kasparov 2005 tournament at Croydon were not included in the September ratings calculations.

Grand Prix Points

As at 1st September 2005 ,following completion of The Kasparov 2005 tournament, here are the Grand Prix points standings. The top 8 points scorers are eligible to compete in the round-robin club championship. All other players will compete in a reserves tournament. The winner of this year's reserves will be automatically qualified for next year's club championship.

The top 8 has consolidated, with Jared Frost winning a crucial game over Warren Whitham last Thursday night, thus securing his place in the field. There are now just 10 points on offer in the upcoming Fischer Random tournament (5 games @ 2 points each). But given that Andrew LeRoy in 8th place is currently inactive and unlikely to take up his place in the field, that throws it wide open again.

I am expecting a strong challenge in the next two weeks from late-starter Wayne Guy to try to overtake Warren Whitham and Marek Gabrys.


Player Total Eligible?
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Wong, N Y 105 Yes
Waller, Tony 92 Yes
Frost, Stephen 88 Yes
Stones, Douglas 84 Yes
Smith, Mike 82 Yes
Abrahams, Charles 69.5 Yes
Frost, Jared 59.5 Yes
LeRoy, Andrew 56 Yes
----------------------------------
Whitham, Warren 48.5 Yes
Gabrys, Marek 48 Yes
Guy, Wayne 45 Yes
Gardiner, Jason 33 Yes
Sawkins, Cliff 33 Yes
Brehas, Costa 26 Yes
Kloprogge, Ion 24 Yes
Weiland, Josef 19.5 Yes
Bekker, Gary 16 Yes
Payton, David 15 No
Williams, Trevor 11 Yes
Collins, Bill 10 No
Jenkins, Keith 9 No
Bourmistrov, Denis 6 No
Collins, Michael 6 No
Wales, John 5 Yes
Farrelly, Cathy 4.5 No
Ozwald, Franz 3 No
Yung, Jamie 1 Yes

Ranges Inter-Club Challenge

On Wednesday, 5th October 2005 we will be playing the return leg of our inter-club challenge against Ranges Chess Club. When we last played Croydon had a comfortable win, with our junior team winning 4-0 and the senior team winning 3-1. But that was on "home soil" and we now have to play them again on their turf. It would be great if some of our members who didn't get to play last time could represent the club this time and get some valuable experience as a result.

If you'd like to be considered to be part of the team, please respond to this email and let us know so we can build a list of candidate players.

Ranges Chess Club meets up at Olinda (details of venue to be confirmed in due course). The juniors match will be from 6:30pm - 7:30pm and the seniors will play from 7:45pm - 9:45pm. The main thing that we will need on the night is a couple of volunteer drivers from amongst our parents, so that the kids can leave after they've played their match.

Spiny Norman
07-09-2005, 12:26 PM
The Kasparov 2005 tournament finished last Thursday ... N Y Wong and Wayne Guy tied for first on 4.5/5 ... daylight to the third-place getters (a whole host of players on 3/5).

This week we're starting a Fischer Random tourney, running over 2 Thursday nights. 3 rounds this Thursday, 2 rounds the following week. Play starts at 7:45pm. Visitors welcome! Further details at the website:

www.croydonchess.com (http://www.croydonchess.com)

Spiny Norman
09-09-2005, 07:45 AM
Grand Prix Points

As at 1st September 2005 ,following completion of The Kasparov 2005 tournament, here are the Grand Prix points standings. The top 8 points scorers are eligible to compete in the round-robin club championship. All other players will compete in a reserves tournament. The winner of this year's reserves will be automatically qualified for next year's club championship.

The top 8 has consolidated, with Jared Frost winning a crucial game over Warren Whitham last Thursday night, thus securing his place in the field. There are now just 10 points on offer in the upcoming Fischer Random tournament (5 games @ 2 points each). But given that Andrew LeRoy in 8th place is currently inactive and unlikely to take up his place in the field, that throws it wide open again.

I am expecting a strong challenge in the next two weeks from late-starter Wayne Guy to try to overtake Warren Whitham and Marek Gabrys.


Player Total Eligible?
----------------------------------
Wong, N Y 105 Yes
Waller, Tony 92 Yes
Frost, Stephen 88 Yes
Stones, Douglas 84 Yes
Smith, Mike 82 Yes
Abrahams, Charles 69.5 Yes
Frost, Jared 59.5 Yes
LeRoy, Andrew 56 Yes
----------------------------------
Whitham, Warren 48.5 Yes
Gabrys, Marek 48 Yes
Guy, Wayne 45 Yes

<snip>

The first three (3) rounds of the 2005 Fischer Random tournament are complete. Quite a shock to discover that Marek Gabrys was away interstate and unable to compete, leaving the door wide-open for Wayne Guy to have a clear run at Warren Whitham for the GP points on offer.

Wayne took full advantage of the opportunity and finished the night on 3/3 (tied for first place with N Y Wong), despite apparently losing his queen in round 2 against Charles Abrahams. I couldn't quite see from my position on board 3, but it looked unintentional and Charles was certainly kicking himself after the game! :doh:

Warren had shocker of a night, losing all three of his games. Even more of a shock ... Warren is also away next week on business, so it looks like Wayne Guy is a shoo-in for the last qualifying position in the final 8 for the Club Championship.

(My own performance on the night was reasonably good ... winning a close game against club newcomer Dean Sawyer, drawing against 1700-rated Tony Waller in a K+N+2P vs K+R endgame, and losing to leader N Y Wong in round 3).

Spiny Norman
16-09-2005, 10:11 AM
The Fischer Random tournament completed last night. Wayne Guy looked in line for a clean sweep after beating N Y Wong in round 4, but then conceded a draw to Tony Waller in the final round. Top placegetters were:


1 Wayne Guy 4.5
2 N Y Wong 4
3-4 Douglas stones 3.5
Stephen Frost 3.5

This concluded the Grand Prix points tournaments for the year. The final 8 who will compete for this year's club championship are:


N Y Wong
Wayne Guy
Tony Waller
Douglas Stones
Charles Abrahams
Mike Smith
Stephen Frost
Jared Frost

The draw for this round-robin tournament will be published on the club's website in the next couple of days, and will also be posted here.

All other club members are eligible to compete in the Reserves tournament, the winner of which is automatically eligible for next year's Championship.

Spiny Norman
08-10-2005, 08:57 AM
The draw for this round-robin tournament will be published on the club's website in the next couple of days, and will also be posted here.
First round of the Croydon Chess club championship is next Thursday. Full draw for the tournament is on the club's website (http://www.croydonchess.com/results.htm). Round 1 is as follows:


Board Rating Name Name Rating
1 1360 FROST, Stephen (0) ABRAHAMS, Charles (0) 1443
2 1378 SMITH, Mike (0) GUY, Wayne (0) 1963
3 0 FROST, Jared (0) WONG, Ngiam Yee (0) 2106
4 1703 WALLER, Tony (0) STONES, Douglas (0) 1641

All other members are eligible to compete in the Reserves tournament. The winner of the reserves automatically qualifies for next year's championship. Entry fee for both Championship and Reserves is just $10 to cover rating fees and trophies. Clocks start at 7:45pm sharp.

Junior members can play in a juniors-only tournament that also starts this Thursday following the coaching session that starts at 6pm.

four four two
08-10-2005, 09:32 AM
Just a quick question Frosty. Why is your club championship a closed section with just 8 players? :hmm:

Spiny Norman
08-10-2005, 09:54 AM
Just a quick question Frosty. Why is your club championship a closed section with just 8 players? :hmm:

Good question 442. It actually opens up a whole lot of questions about how we've positioned and structured our club. I will elaborate:

We wanted to encourage regular participation at Croydon, hence the Grand Prix Points scheme. We are not interested in IM-strength players turning up once a year to carry off the club championship trophy if they don't participate regularly during the year. Our GP points scheme makes it possible for very good players to make a late run at qualifying with a concerted effort (e.g. Wayne Guy managed to qualify this year in 8th place and he started accumulating GP points quite late), but it also allows fairly average players like myself to have a chance of qualifying provided I regularly participate and perform well. If we just made it a huge Swiss tournament at the end of the year, where would be the incentive for people to participate regularly and support the club? So to summarise that ... we have structured things to maximise overall participation throughput the year.

We've got Box Hill about 30 minutes away which offers a huge range of tournaments, so we've organised ourselves on a different night with a quite different flavour. Our tournaments cost just $10 entry to cover rating fees and a trophy at the end of the year. We don't offer any prizemoney. It might surprise people, but we also restrict tournament entry to members only. If someone is a current member at another club we will usually allow them to enter 1 tournament without being a member, but if they want to play regularly we expect them to support the club and become a member.

Just in case that might seem overly restrictive ... we have gradually built up a membership of around 40 people (juniors and adults) with very little marketing effort having to be put in. We intended to do a lot more marketing than we did this year, but we're all busy people and time got away from us. There's a bunch of people who play at Croydon who are also members at Box Hill. I think they come to us for different reasons than when they go to Box Hill. If we tried to be "another Box Hill" I think we would probably fail. Variety is the spice of life, so we just offer something quite different.

Spiny Norman
08-10-2005, 10:06 AM
Croydon Chess vs Ranges Chess Club (Inter-Club Challenge)

On Wednesday, 5th October 2005 the return leg of the inaugural annual inter-club challenge between Croydon Chess and Ranges Chess Club was played and we certainly noticed the home ground advantage as Ranges beat our adult team 3-2. Our juniors managed a good win with a 5-2 result our way. This gives a final result as follows:

ADULTS
Home leg - Won 3-1
Away leg - Lost 2-3
--------------------
Aggregate - Won 5-4

JUNIORS
Home leg - Won 4-0
Away leg - Won 5-2
--------------------
Aggregate - Won 9-2

four four two
08-10-2005, 10:07 AM
So how many tournaments would you average in a year for people to earn these grand prix points? Is 8 people the set number for the championship each year or does the qualifying cut off vary from year to year depending on how many players you have throughout the year in your tournaments? :hmm:

Spiny Norman
08-10-2005, 04:57 PM
So how many tournaments would you average in a year for people to earn these grand prix points? Is 8 people the set number for the championship each year or does the qualifying cut off vary from year to year depending on how many players you have throughout the year in your tournaments? :hmm:
Since we only started the club in February, some of those questions are moot ... but:
- we had 3 "major" tournaments this year, 5 rounds, 8 GP pts/round
- we ran a number of "minor" tournaments (allegros, blitz, fischer random) which generally attract 1 or 2 GP pts/game
- I think the 8-person cutoff will remain, assuming we keep the same format

If the club grows a lot larger then of course we will review the format and choose whatever is the most appropriate mechanism.

Spiny Norman
08-10-2005, 05:54 PM
A revised draw for the club championship tournament is on the club's website (http://www.croydonchess.com/results.htm) due to a scratching. Marek Gabrys, being the next highest GP points scorer, is available to step into the breach. Round 1 is now as follows:


Board Rating Name Name Rating
1 1360 FROST, Stephen (0) ABRAHAMS, Charles (0) 1443
2 1378 SMITH, Mike (0) GABRYS, Marek (0) 1095
3 0 FROST, Jared (0) WONG, Ngiam Yee (0) 2106
4 1703 WALLER, Tony (0) STONES, Douglas (0) 1641

Spiny Norman
14-10-2005, 07:32 PM
Round 1 results from last night:

1-0 Frost vs Abrahams
1-0 Smith vs Gabrys
0-1 Frost vs Wong
1-0 Waller vs Stones

Standings/crosstable etc now posted on the club's website.

Spiny Norman
22-10-2005, 01:17 PM
Round 2 results from last Thursday:

0-1 Abrahams vs Stones
1-0 Wong vs Waller (interesting game, see below)
1-0 Gabrys vs Frost,J
1-0 Frost,S vs Smith


Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Score Berg. Progr. Wins
1-2 FROST, Stephen 1360 2 1.00 5.0 2
WONG, Ngiam Yee 2106 2 1.00 5.0 2
3-6 SMITH, Mike 1378 1 1.00 3.0 1
WALLER, Tony 1703 1 1.00 3.0 1
STONES, Douglas 1641 1 0.00 2.0 1
GABRYS, Marek 1095 1 0.00 2.0 1
7-8 FROST, Jared 0 0.00 0.0 0
ABRAHAMS, Charles 1443 0 0.00 0.0 0


All games are now posted on the club's website, but here's the best game from the round:

[White "N.Y.Wong"][WhiteElo "2106"][Black "Tony Waller"][BlackElo "1703"]1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d3 d6 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. O-O Nf6 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. c3
Bd7 9. Re1 Qc7 10. Nf1 Rad8 11. a3 b5 12. d4 cxd4 13. cxd4 Qb6 14. h3 d5 15. e5
Ne4 16. Be3 Rc8 17. N3h2 f5 18. f4 Na5 19. Bxe4 fxe4 20. Kg2 Rc4 21. Re2 Rfc8
22. g4 Qc7 23. b4 Nc6 24. Rd2 a5 25. Qe1 axb4 26. axb4 Nxb4 27. Qh4 Rc2 28.
Qxe7 Rxd2+ 29. Bxd2 Nc6 30. Qc5 Bf8 31. Qxd5+ Kg7 32. e6 Be8 33. Qxe4 Ne7 34.
Qe5+ Qxe5 35. fxe5 Rc4 36. Ra7 b4 37. d5 b3 38. Rb7 Kg8 39. Ne3 Rd4 40. Nf3 Rd3
41. d6 Bc6 42. Rb8 Bxf3+ 43. Kxf3 Nc6 44. e7 Nxb8 45. e8=Q Rxd2 46. e6 1-0

Spiny Norman
29-10-2005, 09:44 AM
Round 3 last Thursday saw a number of surprising results:

1-0 Smith vs Abrahams
1-0 Frost,J vs Frost,S
0.5-0.5 Waller vs Gabrys
0-1 Stones vs Wong

Abrahams and Smith were locked in a R+P endgame. Abrahams' king occupied the queening square ... but in time trouble he went to move his rook to a square where it defended his remaining pawn but let the piece drop on the wrong square! Realising that the pawn was lost he got flustered and resigned immediately. Later analysis showed that the endgame was drawn nonetheless!

Frost vs Frost demonstrated once again the rapid development of young Jared, as he accumulated a series of small advantages through the middlegame (extra space, opponent's poor piece placement, control of an open file, rooks to the 7th rank) and eventually I cracked just as I thought I was about to equalise. My blunder on move 29 cost me a rook and the game.

Gabrys had black against stalwart Tony Waller and Marek played extremely well, belying his under-1200 rating. He managed to get a passed pawn to the 6th rank in a Queen+Pawns endgame, and Tony was forced to take a draw by repetition.

Last but not least, Douglas Stones gave clubhouse leader N.Y.Wong a good run for his money. N.Y. sacrificed the exchange and eventually managed to get into a winning position. I didn't see the final moves on the night, but time may have played a factor.

So we are almost at the half-way mark. Here's the standings, showing N.Y.Wong as the only undefeated player to date. Having seen off his two major threats in Waller and Stones, it seems little now stands between him and the inaugural club championship trophy.


Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Score Berg. Progr. Wins
1 WONG, Ngiam Yee 2106 3 3.50 9.0 3
2-3 FROST, Stephen 1360 2 2.00 7.0 2
SMITH, Mike 1378 2 1.50 6.0 2
4-5 WALLER, Tony 1703 1.5 1.75 5.0 1
GABRYS, Marek 1095 1.5 1.75 4.0 1
6-7 FROST, Jared 1 2.00 2.0 1
STONES, Douglas 1641 1 0.00 3.0 1
8 ABRAHAMS, Charles 1443 0 0.00 0.0 0

All games are now posted on the club's website, but here's Marek Gabrys' draw with Tony Waller:

[White "Tony Waller"][WhiteElo "1703"][Black "Marek Gabrys"][BlackElo "1095"]1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 c5 4. cxd5 cxd4 5. dxe6 Bxe6 6. Qxd4 Nc6 7. Qa4 Bb4+
8. Bd2 a5 9. Nc3 Nge7 10. e3 O-O 11. Be2 Nd5 12. Qc2 Rc8 13. a3 Bxc3 14. Bxc3
Nxc3 15. bxc3 Qf6 16. Rc1 Ne5 17. Nxe5 Qxe5 18. O-O b5 19. Rfd1 Bc4 20. Bxc4
Rxc4 21. Rd4 Qe7 22. Rxc4 bxc4 23. Qa4 Qc5 24. Rb1 g6 25. Rb5 Qc7 26. Rxa5 Rb8
27. Ra8 Qb7 28. Rxb8+ Qxb8 29. Qb4 Qc7 30. g3 Qc6 31. a4 Qd5 32. Qb8+ Kg7 33.
Qb1 Qa5 34. Qd1 Qxc3 35. Kf1 Qb4 36. Ke2 Qb2+ 37. Ke1 c3 38. Qd4+ Kg8 39. Qd8+
Kg7 40. Qd4+ Kh6 41. Qh4+ Kg7 42. Qd4+ f6 43. Qd7+ Kh6 44. Qh3+ Kg7 45. Qd7+
1/2-1/2

Spiny Norman
17-11-2005, 11:00 PM
One round to play in the 2005 Croydon Club Championship, and N.Y.Wong is untouchable on 6/6 and 1.5 points clear of Tony Waller in 2nd place.

The Reserves tournament concluded last week, with the winner being Ion Kloprogge on 5/5.

Last but not least, the Junior Championship also have one round to play, but like the seniors the winner has already been decided (Jared Frost is 2 points clear with 6/6).

Presentation night is coming up on Thursday, 1st December 2005. Format will be:

6:00pm - 7:00pm Casual play, finger food, drinks, etc
7:00pm - 7:30pm Presentations
7:45pm - 10:00pm Blirz tournament, 5 mins/game, Swiss

Free entry, all welcome!

Spiny Norman
24-11-2005, 11:09 PM
All games are now completed in the inaugural Croydon Chess Club Championship ... the winner was N.Y.Wong with a picket fence of 7/7.

In second place, Tony Waller on 5.5/7.

In third place, Douglas Stones on 4.5/7.

Full details and crosstable at the club's website (http://www.croydonchess.com/results.htm).

In the juniors, Jared Frost won with 7/7 (and also had a draw against Douglas Stones in tonight's game).

Next Thursday night is presentation night. Again, details at the club's website (http://www.croydonchess.com).

Spiny Norman
30-11-2005, 07:04 AM
Just a reminder that tomorrow night (Thursday, 1st December 2005) is Croydon Chess' inaugural presentation night. Activities start from 6:00pm, presentations from 7:00pm, and a blitz tournament (7 rounds, 5 mins/game) from 7:45pm.

Everyone is welcome (members and non-members alike). Come and see why Croydon Chess is such a great club to be involved with!

Entry is free, both to the club premises and to the blitz tournament. All details available at our website, including a map showing our location:

WWW.CROYDONCHESS.COM

Spiny Norman
04-12-2005, 08:45 PM
We have finally reached the end of our first year ... and what a year it has been! Congratulations to all our prizewinners from last Thursday night, including Warren Whitham for his "Beautiful Game" award, N.Y.Wong winning the club championship, and Jared Frost winning the junior championship.

The small crowd (around 60 people) in attendance on Thursday included Carl Gorka and Leonid Sandler and I want to thank those two gentlemen for doing such a great job in assisting with the junior presentations.

I think everyone agreed that the highlight of the night was the DVD presentation put together by Jason Gardiner! I will organise for a low-res version of that to be put on the club's website shortly and will post details here when it is available. I suspect we might be the only chess club in Australia to have our own promotional DVD ... if you know of any others, let me know!

Last, but not least, the results of the blitz tournament played on the night:

1st place: N.Y.Wong (2142) with 6.5/7
2nd place: Wayne Guy (2030) with 6/7
3rd place: Douglas Stones (1675) with 5.5/7

I managed to stay in contention until the last round, but lost to Douglas Stones and finished in equal 4th place with 5/7.

Thanks to everyone who has helped the club this year:
- Box Hill Chess Club ... for supporting our creation a year ago
- Maroondah City Council ... for a financial grant enabling us to buy boards, pieces and clocks
- Department of Family and Community Services ... for a financial grant to acquire other essential equipment
- Denis Bourmistrov ... coaching during Terms 1 and 2
- Leonid Sandler ... coaching during Term 3
- Carl Gorka ... coaching during Term 4
- Mike Smith ... committee member and webmaster
- Warren Whitham ... committee member and premises manager
- Trevor Williams ... committee member and barkeeper!
- Andrew LeRoy ... vice president and d.o.p.
- Tracey Frost ... administrator/organiser par excellence!
- Douglas Stones ... d.o.p.

If I have forgotten anyone, I apologise!

Spiny Norman
10-12-2005, 08:15 AM
This may well be the last post for the year in this thread. A minor correction ... I have been advised that in the blitz tournament (see previous post) Douglas Stones actually scored 6/7 and thus should have been equal second place with Wayne Guy. Sorry Dougy!

The club will be open for casual play on Thursdays from 7PM during the holiday period, thanks to the volunteering efforts of Tony Waller, N.Y.Wong and a few others who have offered to do the setup and packup whilst I and others are away on leave.

We gave it a trial run last week and had more than 20 in attendance which was excellent. I played about 10 blitz/rapid games against Wayne Guy and N.Y.Wong and managed to squeak 1 draw ... but it was actually a lot of fun being a punching bag, and I learned how NOT to play the Black side of a Bishop's Opening (several times, in the same line!).

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM is being scheduled for Thursday, 2nd February 2006 ... all members will be posted their Notice of Meeting, Agenda and committee Nomination Forms shortly.

ursogr8
15-12-2005, 06:18 PM
hey Frosty,
You there mate?

I hear the bigwigs from CV are possibly visiting your premises next Thursday night.
Do you guys run to scones, jam and coffee?
Do you have enough parking spaces if the full Committee arrives?

regards
starter

Spiny Norman
16-12-2005, 10:51 AM
hey Frosty,
You there mate?
I hear the bigwigs from CV are possibly visiting your premises next Thursday night.
Do you guys run to scones, jam and coffee?
Do you have enough parking spaces if the full Committee arrives?
Yep, I'm here ... but only just ... I'm on a plane to the Gold Coast tomorrow morning and won't be back for three weeks.

Re: the bigwigs, your information undoubtedly correct, spoke to GaryW yesterday. All systems go. Tony Waller will be around, with a handful of others playing a bit of casual chess. We'll organise a few tables and chairs. Not sure about scones, jam and coffee though, as everything is shut down for Xmas. Might be able to manage the latter ... ;) ... I'm disappointed I'm going to miss you guys!

Spiny Norman
25-01-2006, 05:57 AM
Closing this thread now ... see new thread: Croydon Chess Calendar (2006)