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Dozy
05-10-2005, 11:48 AM
Blacktown City Council celebrates 100 years of municipal government next year and propose a year-long sports celebration with various events held on available weekends throughout the year.

Rooty Hill Chess Club has been invited to participate and we will be conducting a junior tournament at Blacktown Council Chambers on Sunday March 12, 2006.

This is a preliminary advice but, subject to confirmation, we expect the tournament to commence at 10.00 am. I'll be looking to contact schools in the area (as well as the NSWJCL) with the idea of getting advance bookings.

Richard Gastineau-Hills has agreed to be DOP.

We'll keep you advised of developments.

We have also been negotiating for a simul at Westpoint but, while the Westpoint management were originally enthusiastic, we haven't been able to pin them down and that event seems unlikely at this stage.

Dozy
27-10-2005, 10:41 PM
Centrepoint Blacktown came on board today and are throwing their support (and their promotional dollars) behind the "Centennial Chess Challenge at Westpoint" on March 4 next year.

The featured player will be Tony Bouchaaya a former chess olympian and currently leading the Rooty Hill Club Championship.

The simul will be held the week before our Centenary Junior Tournament which will go ahead on Sunday, March 12.

There's a story on the Rooty Hill web page and that'll be kept up to date as developments develop. (After all, developing is what developments do best...)

http://www.rootyhillchess.org/centenary.html

Garvinator
28-10-2005, 12:53 AM
why only a junior tournament. Why not a tournament for everyone?

Dozy
28-10-2005, 06:28 AM
why only a junior tournament. Why not a tournament for everyone?Opportunity and logistics.

We were offered the use of the Council's main hall free of charge for one day. My immediate reaction was to go for a regular chess tournament but, because of the local flavour (it's a local government promotion) and the desirability of promoting chess to as many new players as possible, after discussions we thought a junior tournament would be a better option.

We could have run an open rapid tournament in that time frame but given many players' reluctance to travel to Sydney's west to play chess we may have found ourselves playing a virtual in-club tournament, albeit in a different location.

We've had a steady trickle (is that an oxymoron RW?) of new people into Rooty Hill this year and the combination of kids + parents at this event will allow us to interest a few more.

My thinking may be flawed there but those were the reasons behind it and it's now locked in to the Council's publicity.

bunta
30-10-2005, 08:32 AM
what kind of event is it? so the tournament details haven't been finalised?

Dozy
30-10-2005, 09:01 AM
what kind of event is it? so the tournament details haven't been finalised?Not sure which way we're going to run with it yet.

We weren't able to put much together because, until last Thursday, things were pretty much up in the air.

We'll be discussing it at the club over the next week or two and will post details on the Rooty Hill web site ASAP.

bunta
01-11-2005, 12:50 PM
Notify on chesschat as well, it would be good! =) thanks again

Dozy
07-01-2006, 01:41 PM
Here's a precis of the Junior Tournament.


Where and when: Sunday, March 12 at Bowman Hall, Blacktown Council Chambers, Blacktown (about 5 minutes' walk from Blacktown Station).

The tournament is open to all school-aged children.

Format: It will be run in one open section, with an allegro time limit.

Lunch: Players should bring their own lunch and refreshments since none will be available at the venue.

Trophies and Centenary Medallions will be provided for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Primary and Secondary School students. If there are sufficient entries we will also provide a trophy for intermediate age groups within those categories. (The medallions are still subject to confirmation by the Council.)

Entries: Advance registration is necessary. Please email or phone your entry by the Friday before the tournament, providing your name (given name and surname), date of birth and school.

Entry Fee: $10 payable at the start of the tournament.

D.O.P: Richard Gastineau-Hills

Entries and enquiries: David Evans -- phone 02 4739 2785
Email: davidevans@rootyhillchess.org

Full details at the Rooty Hill web site: http://www.rootyhillchess.org/junior06.html

Dozy
04-02-2006, 11:14 AM
With only four weeks to go till our simul and five till the junior tourney, it's time for an upgrade.

Westpoint (whose new Promotions Coordinator is even more enthusiastic than the last one) are getting right behind the simul. Four-times Chess Olympian, Tony Bouchaaya, will be in the hot seat. It will be staged at Level 1, Westpoint Blacktown (right next to Blacktown Railway Station) at 11 am, Saturday March 4.

The junior tournament (see the earlier post) is being promoted by Blacktown Council who have been waiting for the schools to return from Christmas hols before doing a mass mail-out.

If you're going to be in the Blacktown area early next month, or if you have friends in the area, please let them know.

bunta
24-02-2006, 04:05 PM
With only four weeks to go till our simul and five till the junior tourney, it's time for an upgrade.

Westpoint (whose new Promotions Coordinator is even more enthusiastic than the last one) are getting right behind the simul. Four-times Chess Olympian, Tony Bouchaaya, will be in the hot seat. It will be staged at Level 1, Westpoint Blacktown (right next to Blacktown Railway Station) at 11 am, Saturday March 4.

The junior tournament (see the earlier post) is being promoted by Blacktown Council who have been waiting for the schools to return from Christmas hols before doing a mass mail-out.

If you're going to be in the Blacktown area early next month, or if you have friends in the area, please let them know.

just a question, do you have to be a player living or from the blacktown residence and area? because i live in the fairfield district, so who is exactly invited? every single junior in nsw?

Dozy
25-02-2006, 09:42 AM
Every junior in NSW is definitely invited though if they all turn up it might get a bit squeezy. There was a full page ad in the current NSWJCL magazine (mailed out on Wednesday) and that's about as inviting as we can get.

Apart from the 1-2-3rd trophies for the overall placegetters, there will be 1-2-3rd Age Group medallions. Council advises that they're similar to Gold/Silver/Bronze Olympic medals. I haven't seen them but that's how they were described to me.

There's also a simul at Westpoint Blacktown this coming Saturday by Rooty Hill Club Champion and four-time Chess Olympian Tony Bouchaaya. It's open to all comers but phone Westpoint first to book in (I'm taking entries for the Junior Tournament but Westpoint are booking for the simul). I don't know how many people have nominated yet but the first 30 will be the lucky ones.

Full details of both events at http://www.rootyhillchess.org
Both events can be found under the heading "Coming Up"

I'm unlikely to visit Chess Chat Forum much over the next couple of weeks so if anybody wants further information email me davidevans@rootyhillchess.org

Dozy
28-02-2006, 08:03 AM
Don't forget there's a simul by four time Chess Olympian Tony Bouchaaya (check out some of his achievements at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/tony.html) at Westpoint Blacktown, 11.00 am on Saturday morning, March 4.

The following Sunday there's a Junior Tournament at Blacktown and ALL juniors are invited to play, irrespective of where they live. Full details at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/junior06.html

If you're in the area, or can get there, why not take part?
Send me an email to book in: davidevans@rootyhillchess.org

bergil
05-03-2006, 08:39 AM
Don't forget there's a simul by four time Chess Olympian Tony Bouchaaya (check out some of his achievements at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/tony.html) at Westpoint Blacktown, 11.00 am on Saturday morning, March 4.

Great job Dozy! The simul at Westpoint Blacktown was a brillant success and really well attended both by players and spectators. It was good to see it attract a wide variety of players from juniors to pensioners and especially those who haven't or don't play organised chess anymore. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Tony Bouchaaya proved once again what a class act he is! He was friendly and charming, never complained and accepted more games throughout the day as those who finished left the tables. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Dozy
05-03-2006, 09:54 AM
Great job Dozy! The simul at Westpoint Blacktown was a brillant success and really well attended both by players and spectators. It was good to see it attract a wide variety of players from juniors to pensioners and especially those who haven't or don't play organised chess anymore. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Tony Bouchaaya proved once again what a class act he is! He was friendly and charming, never complained and accepted more games throughout the day as those who finished left the tables. :clap: :clap: :clap:Thanks, Bergil. There's a story about it at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/centenary.html

We had a lot of help -- Bergil went around and collected some players, Bob Sewell brought along some juniors (I think 9 year old Shobana Bommireddipalli was one of Bob's players. She played a beautiful game and was only 2 pawns down after about 65 moves. I put her position with the report), lots of Rooty Hill people came along to set up, carry-and-fetch, Westpoint and Blacktown Council were there. It was a pretty good community effort.

So, what now?

Next Sunday, March 12 there's a Junior Tournament (also part of the Blacktown Centenary) at Bowman Hall. Full details are at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/junior06.html or email me if you need any more info.

bunta
08-03-2006, 09:09 AM
Thanks, Bergil. There's a story about it at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/centenary.html

We had a lot of help -- Bergil went around and collected some players, Bob Sewell brought along some juniors (I think 9 year old Shobana Bommireddipalli was one of Bob's players. She played a beautiful game and was only 2 pawns down after about 65 moves. I put her position with the report), lots of Rooty Hill people came along to set up, carry-and-fetch, Westpoint and Blacktown Council were there. It was a pretty good community effort.

So, what now?

Next Sunday, March 12 there's a Junior Tournament (also part of the Blacktown Centenary) at Bowman Hall. Full details are at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/junior06.html or email me if you need any more info.

how many juniors you got so far? any strong players so far? i heard the numbers arent all that many so are you guys going to readjust the prizes?

Dozy
08-03-2006, 04:36 PM
how many juniors you got so far? any strong players so far? i heard the numbers arent all that many so are you guys going to readjust the prizes?Bunta, in the early days of hang gliding there was a man who bought a glider from one of the few suppliers at that time. He was evidently nervous about risking life and limb in such a daring pursuit and kept putting off his initial flight by asking lots of questions about how to do it. Finally the supplier told him, "Just find a hill and jump off."

If you want to play, Bunta, we'd love to have you. If you don't want to play I'm sure there's a convenient hill near your place.

So far we have 25-35 entries and quite a few are more-or-less new to tournament play but, since I've never been involved with junior chess, I can't be sure how many.

No, we won't be reducing the number of trophies or medallions.

The tournament is getting lots of publicity in the local press and the Western Weekender will run a feature on it this Friday, so we're expecting late entries as those papers are circlated.

You can see the story from today's Blacktown Advocate here: http://www.rootyhillchess.org/news060308.html

bergil
08-03-2006, 04:52 PM
Bunta, in the early days of hang gliding there was a man who bought a glider from one of the few suppliers at that time. He was evidently nervous about risking life and limb in such a daring pursuit and kept putting off his initial flight by asking lots of questions about how to do it. Finally the supplier told him, "Just find a hill and jump off."

If you want to play, Bunta, we'd love to have you. If you don't want to play I'm sure there's a convenient hill near your place.

:clap: :clap: :clap: :lol:

:hmm: See below :P

Rincewind
08-03-2006, 05:09 PM
If you want to play, Bunta, we'd love to have you. If you don't want to play I'm sure there's a convenient hill near your place.

:hmm: with (major) apologies to Banjo Paterson...

'Twas Mulga Bunta from Eaglehawk, that caught the hang-gliding craze;
He turned away the good old plane that served him many days;
He dressed himself in gliding clothes, as flash as any bike rider;
He hurried off to town and bought a shining new hang-glider;
...

bunta
09-03-2006, 07:35 AM
Bunta, in the early days of hang gliding there was a man who bought a glider from one of the few suppliers at that time. He was evidently nervous about risking life and limb in such a daring pursuit and kept putting off his initial flight by asking lots of questions about how to do it. Finally the supplier told him, "Just find a hill and jump off."

If you want to play, Bunta, we'd love to have you. If you don't want to play I'm sure there's a convenient hill near your place.

So far we have 25-35 entries and quite a few are more-or-less new to tournament play but, since I've never been involved with junior chess, I can't be sure how many.

No, we won't be reducing the number of trophies or medallions.

The tournament is getting lots of publicity in the local press and the Western Weekender will run a feature on it this Friday, so we're expecting late entries as those papers are circlated.

You can see the story from today's Blacktown Advocate here: http://www.rootyhillchess.org/news060308.html

OK, so i ask too many questions? i'll stop then... :eh:

Dozy
13-03-2006, 06:42 AM
Our junior tournament yesterday wrapped up Rooty Hill's involvement with the Blacktown Centenary. For this year at least! There were so many requests to make the junior tournament an annual event that we may need to put it on the calendar. Certainly Blacktown Council are keen to get behind it.

First three places were filled by 17 yo Bob Liang, 9 yo Joshua Lau and a tie between 17 yo Michael Ngo and 7 yo sensation Andrew Pan.

Andrew's mother rang the night before the event and asked if he could play. It was his first tournament. He virtually played lightning chess (on an allegro time limit) and his knowledge of tactics was impressive. (Joshua Lau offered a pawn to trap his bishop on a2-b1 and, after a moment's thought, Andrew came pawn-storming down the board to dig it out. Exciting stuff.)

We've had a ton of press coverage about this and the previous week's simul and there's more promised this week.

There's a full report about the junior tournament at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/junior06.html

and a set of newspaper clippings at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/publicity.html. ("Chess Gladiator" is about the simul and "Mesopotamian Chess" is a preview of the junior tournament.)

bergil
13-03-2006, 07:03 AM
:clap: Well done Bunta

Dozy
13-03-2006, 07:33 AM
:clap: Well done BuntaWhaddaya mean? Are you telling me Bunta was there and didn't even say hello?

bunta
14-03-2006, 05:29 PM
:clap: Well done Bunta

thank you

bunta
14-03-2006, 07:53 PM
dozy, you got any photos you can send to me about the tournament? i would like to see them and my school knows that i am playing chess out of school so they might write up an article about it

Dozy
15-03-2006, 10:28 PM
dozy, you got any photos you can send to me about the tournament? i would like to see them and my school knows that i am playing chess out of school so they might write up an article about itSorry, Bunta. I took a camera along but was warned that in the current political/judicial climate I'd be in a grey area taking photographs of minors without their parents' written consent, so I chickened out.

The St. Marys Star sent a photographer and his pic will be the only one available. On Sunday night I Emailed them a story to go with it and it's been confirmed for next week's edition. (The Star comes out on Tuesday so we were too late for this week.)

I'm going on hols next Wednesday but should have time to put it up before I go. That will be the only pic we have of the tournament and you can download it if you like. Your name should be in the story that goes with it -- they're unlikely to edit out the placegetters.

If you want to read it, there's a copy of our press release here:
http://www.rootyhillchess.org/junior06.html as well as the results and cross table.

And let me add my congrats to Bergil's. It was a good effort.