With the spread of Covid19 overseas, it is increasingly likely that it will be spreading in Auckland before the end of March.
To ensure the safety of our members and their families, we have decided to cancel the March 16 and March 23 Monday night Chess.
Please check the club website and Facebook page regularly for updates. We will post news there.
We will be creating fields and entries for the Autumn Rapid and Autumn Cup in case these go ahead. We are also looking at options for online games. The remaining two rounds of the Summer Cup may be played later or we may reduce it to five rounds.
Updated Guidelines for Playing Nights
We have the following additional guidelines for when Club Nights restart.
A reminder that players can request half-point byes for any reason. Please text Simon on 021 575 233.
We would ask the following not to come to the club:
People who have been outside New Zealand in the last two weeks
People who are in close contact with somebody who has been outside New Zealand in the last two weeks
People who are ill with Colds, Cough, Runny Nose, Flu or other infectious illness
People with compromised immune systems
At the Club
We will be working to add more soap and other cleaning options.
Players should wash their hands with soap regularly, especially after using the toilet.
Players should reduce direct physical contact, including no handshakes at the start of games.
Players can wear masks to reduce risk of picking up an infection. But if you are sick yourself you should stay home.
There were a large number of players taking byes in Round 5 due to exams and concerns over Covid-19. A reminder that half point byes are always available on request provided they are notified before 6:45pm on Monday evening.
We will do a further post on the weekend regarding Covid-19 and the Chess Club.
For now a reminder that entries for the Autumn Rapid and Autumn Cups are now open for all players who played in the Summer Cup.
A Grade Round 5
Allen Fan and Alphaeus Ang got wins to share the lead. Daniel Gong is just behind on 4 points. Another 7 players are on 3.5
Upsets in A Grade Round 5
Rauen Le Grange drew with Gordon Morrell Euan McDougall beat Nigel Metge Virginia Milne drew with Abraham Deng
B Grade Round 5
The Leader from round 4, Neil Sonnekus was beaten by the underrated Anderson Chen.
Anderson is now in the lead by himself with Neil, Mike Steiner and Baraa Al-Afaghani half a point behind.
Upsets in B Grade Round 5
Anderson Chen beat Neil Sonnekus Pranav Shenoy beat Adam Macauley Charles Liu beat Lucas Xiao Adam Ali beat Luiz Stephany Filho
Registration for the Autumn Rapid and Autumn Cup will go up in the next few days. Due to lack of physical space at the Club there will be restrictions on numbers in both tournaments.
A reminder that if you are sick and possibly infectious then please do not come to club nights. You can get a half-point bye for any round of a Swiss tournament bye texting Simon Lyall on 021 575 233 before 6:45pm.
A reminder that the draft draws below is not final. It will change when people takes byes. Also if you turn up at 7 on a Club night and are listed as a bye then please tell Simon and stick around for a while. We will try and pair you with somebody whose opponent hasn’t turned up.
The two leaders in round 3, Allen Fan and Alphaeus Ang drew so they are now joined by two other juniors (Daniel Gong and Felix Xie) in 1st equal with 3.5.
The adults from A Grade are all half a point behind on 3.
Upsets in A Grade round 4
Daqi Mao beat Abraham Deng Muhammad Razzaq beat Grant Burrows Akshay Sharma drew with Alex Nagorski Felix Xie beat Gordon Morrell Jeffrey Yu beat Joe Wang Boyuan Zhang beat Simon Lyall Winston Weng beat Eric Wu
Neil Sonnekus is now the sole leader, undefeated on 4 points. Just behind on 3.5 are Alan Leach and Anderson Chen
Upsets in B Grade round 4
Sophia Feng beat Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono Anderson Chen beat Wayne McDougall Adam Ali beat John McClory Pranav Shenoy beat Ayaan Vasudeva
The 2021 NZ Chess Congress has just been announced. It will be in Palmerston North at the start of January 2021 and comprise 7 tournaments including the NZ Open Championship. An Entry form with details is online.
The first round of the Summer Cup was on Monday the 10th of February.
We were very full with 97 players entered in the tournament and 84 people playing in Round 1. This is at the limit of the number of players we can fit into the centre so no further entries will be accepted for this tournament.