Friday Chess

Friday Night Chess is a more-casual event than our main club night on Mondays.

The night is mainly aimed at junior and newer players. Though we do encourage adults to also take part in these games too.

The start time is around 6:30pm and finish time is around 8:30pm. Players should arrive early since we expect to start at around 6:30pm or 6:35pm and so their names could be registered in the club tournament for the evening.

Schedule includes:

  • Rapid games ( 15mins + 5sec/move)
  • Blitz games ( 5mins + 3sec/move and 5mins + 5sec/move)
  • Knockout Tournaments ( 20mins + 0sec/move )
  • Special Formats (The Gambit Rapid, The Queenless Rapid, A Hop And A Skip and )

The evening is run by the organiser, Alex Huang.

Entry is free for club members and a $2 voluntary donation is appreciated from non-members, but not necessary.

Please contact Alex at 021-0543891, if you cannot make it to the night or have any enquiries about our next event.

The schedule can be found here: http://www.aucklandchess.nz/friday-chess/schedule/

Results from Feb 2017 to October 2017: Link

Current Results for Nov and Dec 2017:

The 5+3 Blitz Special: (Nov 17th)

We were just testing a new format suggested by Ying and it turns out to be very good and people were enjoying playing blitz. It makes a lot of sense to have a 3 second increment instead of 2 seconds or no increment because a lot of our players, especially older players (as well as players who often play on the Monday Nights too) are used to playing longer time controls. A 3 second increment will allow them to make decisions better when they are low on time, and be less likely to be low on time than the alternatives above. One can calculate a lot of things in 3 seconds, first matching their opponent’s move with the move they had in mind to counter that move, and then confirming whether if the move they intend to play would answer their opponent’s move adequately.

Next year we will remove the formats 3+2, 5+0 and 5+2, and only have 5+3 as well as 5+5 for the Blitz section. While in the Rapid Section, we will have 15+5, 15+0, 20+0, and 10+0 (only in the Semis and Finals of the Knockout Tournaments). For the U-900 group, they will still be playing mostly 10+0 regardless, since their games finish very quickly.

Simon won the tournament with the perfect score of 7.0/7, Philli was 2nd with 6.0/7 (only loss was to Simon) and Joe was 3rd with 5.0/7.

The Queenless Rapid 15+5 (Nov 24th and Dec 1st)

We realised that often juniors do not have enough practice with their endgames. So this will help them in regards to practicing their endgames and the ‘queenless positions’ they are often called in textbooks. Also, people tend to rely too much on their queen to do the job of attacking when they have the initiative, and in defending a number of squares when they don’t. We hope this will be an enjoyable experience and would like to run this every year.