We are now taking registrations for the FIDE-rated Autumn Rapid and the Autumn Cup. The Autumn Rapid is a 6-round rapid tournament held on the 12th and 19th of April as a single grade. The Autumn Cup is a 7-round tournament held from the 3rd of May to the 21st of June. The A-grade is an 8-player round-robin and there are also B- and C-grade Swiss groups.
Since the entries for each tournament is limited to 80 players, we are putting in a new system to control entries.
Initially, each tournament will have 50 places for players over 1500 NZCF rating and 30 places for players under 1500 rating allocated. The first 50 higher-rated or the first 30 lower-rated entries will automatically get in.
One week before the tournament starts the rating restrictions will be removed and any remaining places allocated to entries with registration on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Remember, priority is given to 50 NZCF 1500+ rated players, and 30 players rated under 1500. One week before each tournament, the registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. People who notify the captain will be added to this list in order of messages. Thanks!
The one week deadlines for the rating groups will be:
Tournament leader Bruce Watson beat second place Nigel Metge. Timothy Ha also beat Daqi Mao to go into outright second. Wins for both Tracy Tang and Hao Tang saw the Father and Daughter share 3rd place.
The final round will likely see Bruce Watson playing Tim Ha for 1st place, Bruce has the advantage of a half point and a small rating difference. There are a large group of players on 6 and 5.5 that could share 2nd or 3rd.
Upsets in Round 8
Ayaan Vasudeva beat Eric Fan Baraa Zara beat Philli Park-Tamati Charles Lu beat Grant Burrows Daksh Bhatt beat Scott Treanor Narasimhan Lakshmi Ravi beat Jordan Lewis Hunter Po`e-Tofaeono beat Winston Weng Tracey Tang beat Anya Thurner
A reminder that we now have a casual evening on Fridays for those people who wish to play chess outside the usual Monday tournament. All ages are welcome and it will be run on the 10th and 17th of December before taking a break till February.
On Saturday the 6th of December the Papatoetoe Rapid was held. ACC players who did well were:
A Grade: 1st equal Alphaeus Ang and Daniel Gong, 2= Paul Garbett B Grade: 1st equal Tim Ha
There was also a Junior Rapid on the Sunday that was won by Alphaeus Ang.
Three players Daniel Runcan, Nigel Metge and Bruce Watson went into the round sharing the lead on 5 points. A draw on the top board between Daniel and Nigel allowed Bruce to go into the lead with a Win.
We also had some new players in the tournament with David Chen and Utkarsh Shah starting and Tyleah Po’e-Tofaeono and Philli Park-Tamati back after breaks
Bruce Watson now leads the tournament with just two rounds left. He is half a point ahead of Daniel Runcan, Nigel Metge and Timothy Ha.
Upsets in Round 7
Zihao Lin beat Paul Kane Charles Lu beat Anderson Chen Anya Thurner beat Philli Park-Tamati Tracey Tang beat Stephen Peak Yolanda Chang drew with Simon Lyall Tim Ha beat Alex Nagorski
We had several new players in Round 6. Shiyan, Elianor, Becky and Jerome all played for the first time and Ying Wang decided to start playing again.
A reminder that there are several tournaments coming up. The NZ Seniors Starts this week, The Papatoetoe Rapid is on December 5th and Howick has a tournament on December 20th. Plus there are 2 Junior tournaments during December. More details in the NZ Chess Calendar.
Once again there were a large number of upsets. The top two on boards 6 and 7 were Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono beating Nathan Goodhue and Tracy Tang beating Richard Taylor.
A Draw on board one means 3 players are now in first equal on 5 points. Bruce Watson, Daniel Runcan and Nigel Metge. Another 5 players are just half a point back on 4.5. So with 3 rounds left the result is still in doubt.
Top Upsets in Round 6
Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono beat Nathan Goodhue Tracy Tang beat Richard Taylor Ayaan Vasudeva beat Virginia Milne Baraa Zara beat Andrew Michael Mike Steiner drew with Grant Burrows Philbert Zhai drew with Neil Sonnekus Alan Leach drew with Kenny Zhang Eric Fan beat Scott Treanor Don Eade drew with Daniel Runcan
A reminder that the Summit Rapid is coming up this weekend. It will be at Alexandra Park on Sunday November 22. The NZ Seniors Champs will be at the Chess Centre starting on Thursday November 26th. More information about both events (and others coming up) is on the NZ Chess Calendar.
After taking an early bye Bruce Watson finally caught up to leader Daniel Runcan, but managed only a draw. This leaves Daniel in the joint lead with Nigel Metge with both on 4.5.
Upsets in Round 5.
There were 13 upsets this round. The top were:
Adele Zhou beat William Liu Sophia Feng beat Jordan Lewis Eric Mironov drew with Neil Sonnekus Weitang Yu beat Charles Lu Stephen Peak beat Anderson Chen Daniel Runcan drew with Bruce Watson John McCory drew with Grant Burrows
A win for Danial Runcan gives him the outright lead with 4/4 . However he’ll likely be rewarded by being paired with Bruce Watson in Round 5. Four players share 2nd place on 3.5 points: Bruce Watson, Don Eade, Tim Ha and Nigel Metge.
Further down the boards there were a large number of draws.
Upsets in Round 4
Eric Mironov beat Virginia Milne Adele Zhou beat Victor Coen Annie Yue beat Paul Kane Lakshmi Ravi drew with Richard Taylor Stephen Peak drew with Clinton Wells Baraa Zara drew with Anderson Chen Eden Oshri beat Ali Karaambayev Mike Steiner beat David Zhu Alan Leach drew with Daqi Mao Yolanda Chang drew with Abraham Deng Daksh Bhatt beat Eric Fan Anya Thurner drew with Lewis Jordan Mantra Bhatt drew with Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono
A reminder that subscriptions are now overdue. Cost is $100 which covers 2020 and 2021. Mike Steadman will be at the Club on Monday the 8th of November to collect fees. People who don’t pay may be unable to continue playing.
Once again there were several upsets and the competition is still very open. Only 3 players are still undefeated: Daniel Runcan, Hao Tang and Don Eade. Just behind them on 2.5 are seven players including top seed Bruce Watson.
Upsets in Round 3
Max Wang beat Paul Kane Weiyang Yu beat beat Lucas Xiao Ayaan Vasudeva drew with Scott Treanor Adam Ali drew with Andersen Chen Stephen Peak drew with Richard Taylor
The 2020 Junior Interclub was played on Sunday the 1st of November.
Thank you to all the players and parents for coming along. We ended up with 5 teams playing among the 21 teams in the competition.
ACC Team A was 3rd ACC Team C was 5th ACC Team D with 9th ACC team B was 12th ACC Team E with 19th
Information for players
A quick summary of what is happening.
Start time is 9:30am (please arrive a few minutes earlier)
Finish time probably around 4pm
Lunch break around 12:30pm
Location is Lyell Creek room at Alexandra Park.
Players must be born on or after January 1st 2006
4 players per team (one reserve allowed)
Time Control 15m + 10s
5 rounds (based on last year)
Please let Simon Lyall know via text if you are running late or unable to play and tell Simon once you have arrived. There will probably be close to 80 players involved from all clubs so it’ll be a little busy.
Round 2 stirred up the tournament. 2nd ranked Gino Thorndon took a Bye while 3rd Ranked Nathan Goodhue lost an upset to Daqi Mao. There were several other upsets.
There are 10 players on 2 points, but only one (Danial Runcan) is ranked in the top 10. But there are up to (Covid allowing) seven rounds left so plenty of time for the top players to catchup.
Upsets in Round 2
Daqi Mao beat Nathan Goodhue Ayaan Vasudeva beat David Zhu Anya Thurner beat Alex Nagorski Baraa Zara beat Jordan Lewis Kenny Zhang beat Clinton Wells Weiyang Yu drew with Bevis Jiang Daksh Bhatt beat Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono Stephen Peak drew with Nigel Metge