Monday Night Chess cancelled 17 August

Due to the Level 3 Covid-19 lockdown the Chess Centre will be closed on Monday the 17th of August.

It is very likely that the club will be closed on August 24th and potentially following Monday. Chess cannot be restarted until we are back at level 1.

Rounds 4-6 of the Spring Cup are cancelled and the event will be shortened to just 3 rounds. Rounds played will be submitted to NZCF and FIDE for rating.

Once we have a firm restart date we will decide on a calendar of events.

2020 Spring Rapid – Rounds 1-3

With the Latest Covid-19 lockdown there is a good chance that Monday Chess will be suspended for a time. We will post an update once the government announces an update to the lockdown.

A reminder to check that you have entered the Club Champs. This will probably be the next event to be held. Check the vega page to make sure you are entered.

The Spring Rapid is the 2nd leg (after the Blitz) of the ACC Rapid Champs. Points earned in each event got towards determining the winner.

Spring Rapid Rounds 1 to 3

The first 3 rounds of the Spring Rapid were held on August 10th. The field was very full with several latecomers having to be turned away.

Vega Page for the Spring Rapid

Photos from the Spring Rapid

Round 1

Upsets (all 500 or more point different) were:

Sai Somaraju beat Nico McKinlay
Eric Mironov beat Eric Fan
Pranav Shenoy beat Alan Leach
Daqi Mao beat Clinton Wells
Eden Oshri beat Sameer Khanal

Round 2

Eric Mironov got his send upset in a row, an 835 point difference, although is opponent was probably a little over-rated.

Eric Mironov beat Anas Zara
Charlotte Ray beat David Zhu
Mantra Bhatt beat John McClory
Ayaan Vasudeva beat Anderson Chen
Victor Coen beat Abraham Deng

Round 3

Many players took half-point byes in the last round including the 5 top seeds. This left 4 players sharing the lead on a perfect score: Hao Tang, Rauen Le Grange, Alex Nagorski and Euan McDougall. Even if rounds 4-6 are played the top seeds may not be able to catch them.

Upsets in Round 3

There were a large number of upsets in this round. 14 of the 19 boards had upsets. Eric Mironov got his 3rd upset in a row with a draw with Stephen Peak.

Ethan Sheng beat John McClory
Zihao Lin beat Paul Kane
Eric Mironov drew with Stephen Peak
Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono beat Isabelle Ning
Bao Nguyen beat Abraham Deng
Ayaan Vasudeva beat Nicholas McKinlay
Daqi Mao beat Anaz Zara
Victor Coen beat Sylvia McDougall
Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono beat Mike Steiner
Hao Tang beat Richard Taylor


2020 Winter Cup – Round 7

Spring Rapid will start on August 10th. Please enter as soon as possible. The Club Champs will be starting on August 24th. A Grade will be a 10-player round robin while there will be a big Swiss grade for everyone else.

Vega Links: A Grade , B Grade

Winter Cup Round 7 PGN by Ewen Green

A Grade

With 3 players on 5 points in the last round Danial Gong and Paul Garbett drew while Bruce Watson beat Jasmine Zhang in a close endgame to become the winner.

1st Bruce Watson – 6
2nd= Alphaeus Ang, Paul Garbett, Danial Gong – 5.5

Upsets in A Grade Round 7

Anya Thurner beat Don Eade
Lucas Xiao drew with Akshay Sharma
Scott Treanor drew with Andrew Michael
Philli Park-Tamati drew with Clinton Wells
Jordan Lewis beat Tang Hao

B Grade

Baraa Zara and Neil Sonnekus both scored wins in the last round to share 1st place.

1st= Baraa Zara, Neil Sonnekus 6
3rd= Jacob Yuan, David Zhu, Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono, Sameer Khanal 5

Upsets in B Grade Round 7

Adele Zhou beat Paul Kane
Ayaan Vasudeva beat Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono
Andersen Chen drew with Wayne McDougall
Lanjun Liu drew with Ethan Liu
David Zhu beat Mike Steiner

2020 Winter Cup – Round 6

Catching up with the previous rounds. Spring Rapid starts on August 10th. Get your entry in soon.

Vega Links: A Grade , B Grade

A Grade

Winter Cup, A Grade, Round 6 PGN by Ewen Green

Leader Paul Garbett lost his game to Bruce Watson to give us a three-way tie between them and Daniel Gong going into the last round.

Upsets in A Grade round 6

Philli Park-Tamati beat Daniel Runcan
Lucas Xiao drew with Boyian Zhang
Anya Thurner drew with Simon Lyall

B Grade

Baara Zara upset Alan Leach on board 1 . Baraa, Jacob Yuan and Neil Sonnekus now lead on 5 points each.

Upsets in B Grade round 6

Lanjun Liu drew with Tracey Tang
Sophia Feng beat Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono
Weiyang Yu beat Eric Mironov
Baraa Zara beat Alan Leach

2020 Winter Cup – Round 5

Over the weekend the first round of the B-Grade Interclub was played. ACC played Howick-Pakuranga and won by 4.5 – 1.5. Further rounds will be played in August.

A signup sheet is now up for the Spring Rapid.

Vega Links: A Grade , B Grade

A Grade

Winter Cup A Grade Rd 5 PGN by Ewen Green

Paul Garbett kept his unbeaten lead with a win over Alphaeus Ang to put him on 5/5. Boards 2 and 3 saw draws so he will be hard to catch in the last two rounds. Bruce Watson, Daniel Gong and Felix Xie share 2nd place on 4 points.

Upsets in A Grade Round 5.

Scott Treanor beat Karl Holdo
Tim Ha beat Nigel Metge
Winston Weng beat Hao Tang
Richard Taylor beat Nathan Goodhue

B Grade

A Draw at the top left Alan Leach and Jacob Yuan on first equal with 4.5. Just behind are Mike Steiner, Baraa Zara and Neil Sonnekus.

Upsets in B Grade Round 5

Lanjun Liu beat Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono
Weiyang Yu beat Paul Kane
Max Wang beat Adele Zhou
Charlottle Ray beat Charles Lu

2020 Winter Cup – Round 4

Entries for the Spring Rapid will be going up soon. This will be 6 rounds of 25+5 Rapid in a single Grade.

We had a film crew in the Club getting some footage for a documentary on Club member Mike Steiner.

Vega Links: A Grade , B Grade

A Grade

Winter Cup A Grade Round 4 PGN by Ewen Green

A Draw on the top board between Alphaeus Ang and Bruce Watson means that Paul Garbett is now in the led by himself on 4 points out of 4.

On Row 2 Euan McDougall and Philli Park-Tamati continued their run of upset wins.

Upsets in A Grade Round 4

  • Anya Thurner beat Rauen Le Grange
  • Philli Park-Tamati beat Paul Macdonald
  • Euan McDougall beat Clinton Wells
  • Lewis Jordan drew with Daniel Runcan

B Grade

Alan Leach and Jacob Yuan are now the only undefeated players and share first place. Srenoy Pranav took advantage of a default to go into 3rd.

Upsets in B Grade round 4

  • Lanjun Liu beat Sai Vivan Somaraju
  • Anderson Chen beat Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono
  • Vincent Cai beat Tracey Tang
  • Eden Oshri beat Paul Kane
  • David Zhu beat Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono
  • Ethan Liu beat Sylvia McDougall

2020 Winter Cup – Round 3

B Grade Interclub will be starting on Sunday July 19th. It is open to players with NZCF ratings below 2000. Please talk to Simon Lyall if you’d like to be on the team.

Winter Cup A Grade Rd 3 PGN by Ewen Green

Vega Links: A Grade , B Grade

A Grade

Boards 1-4 saw the top 4 players in the Grade beat all the lower rated players. But on board 5 recently-returned player Richard Taylor got an upset.

Bruce Watson, Alphaeus Ang and Paul Garbett share the lead on 3/3.

Upsets in Round 3

Anya Thurner drew with Louis Lim
Richard Taylor beat Daniel Runcan
Stephen Peak beat Andrew Michael
Jordan Lewis drew with Nigel Metge
Jeffrey Yu drew with Simon Lyall

B Grade

Jacob Yuan, Mike Steiner, Alan Leach and Eric Fan lead on 3 points.

Upsets in Round 3

Lanjun Liu beat Paul Kane
Pranav Shenoy beat Tyleah Po’e-Tafaeono
Michael Ma drew with Wayne McDougall

2020 Winter Cup – Round 2

A reminder that club fees are due and should be paid by the end of the Winter Cup. Mike Steadman will be at the club at the start of most rounds.

Also a reminder that the club will be playing though the school holidays. Please text Simon (021 575 233) if you will be away and miss rounds.

Vega Links: A Grade , B Grade

Winter Cup A Grade Round 2 PGN by Ewen Green

A Grade

The 2nd round of the Winter Cup saw a few more upsets. Philli Park-Tamati managed his second upset in a row.

There are 7 players on 2 points.

Upsets in Round 2

  • Anya Thurner beat Andrew Michael
  • Philli Park-Tamati beat Nigel Metge
  • Euan McDougall beat Nathan Goodhue
  • Kenny Zhang beat Isabelle Ning

B Grade

Top seed Wayne McDougall was upset by Baraa Zara but most of the other top players survived this round.

Upsets in B Grade Round 2

  • Anderson Chen beat Tracey Tang
  • Wincent Cai beat Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono
  • Baraa Zara beat Wayne McDougall
  • Anas Zara beat Paul Kane

Interclub Chess

Interclub Chess is planned to start again in July. We are looking for B-Grade Players with a rating under 2000 on NZCF 2020-1 list.

Games are planned for Sunday evenings at Alexandra Park. Provisional dates are: 19 July, 2 August, 9 August, 16 August and 23 August.

If you would like to play on the team (you don’t have to play all rounds) then please contact Club Captain Simon Lyall on Mondays or via SMS on 021 575 233.

2020 Winter Cup – Round 1

The First Round of the 2020 Winter Cup was held on June 22. This is the first tournament after Covid-19 lockdown. We have around 40 entries in each tournament.

A reminder that since the tournament is FIDE rated we cannot change the draw after a round starts. If you cannot make a round please text Simon before 6:40pm.

Vega Links: A Grade , B Grade

PGN for A Grade Round 1 by Ewen Green

A Grade

Only a few upsets due to the big rating range between opponents.

  • Philli Park-Tamiti beat Jasmine Zhang
  • Lakshmi Ravi beat Isabelle Ning
  • Scott Treanor drew with Don Eade
  • Grant Burrows drew with a recently-returned Richard Taylor

B Grade

Also only a few upsets

  • Anderson Chen beat Paul Kane
  • Sophia Feng beat newcomer Miles Ross
  • Vincent Cau beat Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono
  • Pranav Shenoy drew with Bevis Jiang
  • Sai Somaraju drew with Adam Ali