The casual night on Jan 18 was good, we had a 9-round blitz tournament, with six (!) new players in the club, years of birth ranging from 1944 to 2010. FM Alphaeus Ang won without any problems, 9.0/9. Rauen Le Grange finished second with 8.0/9 (losing only to Alphaeus) and Jordan Lewis on 7.0/9 (losing only to the two leaders).
Some photos of the night (mums played chess to entertain the kid that had a bye!)
Next Monday, Jan 25 is the 9-round FIDE-rated blitz. Please text/email/message Tim Ha to register. Current registrations are online: https://www.aucklandchess.nz/vega/2021/wwwACCJanuaryBlitz/playersname.html
After that, the club will be closed for two Mondays until Feb 15, but for a very good reason: TWO back-to-back weekend tournaments will be held in the club venue. They are:
- Auckland Anniversary Weekender, Jan 30, Jan 31, Feb 1, a 6-round classical tournament, 90+30.
- Waitangi Day Weekender, Feb 6, Feb 7, Feb 8, another 6-round classical tournament, 90+30.
Please register via the links on NewZealandChess.nz.