Inspired by the ongoing success of the George Trundle, this new tournament also comprises four individual nine-round ten-player classical round-robin tournaments with the same ideal one round per day, starting at 2 pm, schedule. The four tournaments are known as the Masters, Qualifiers, Reserves and Talents. The entry fee is $100, only 40 players can be accommodated, so get your entry in early!
More details are on the tournament website. Organised by North Shore Chess Club, but played at ACC, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.
Quick notice: ACC is open for the Winter Cup tonight, which might start just 15 mins later due to the ongoing Trundle tournament (needs time to reset the clocks). If you’re sick or travelling and cannot play, please let the captain know before 6:30 pm. Thanks!
ACC Winter Cup (7 rounds of classical 90+30 chess, FIDE- and NZCF-rated) starts Monday, June 28, 7:00 pm with 8 players registered in A-grade, 48 in B-grade (rating>=1400) and 30 in C-grade. (Note: all pairings in Vega are not final until Monday, 7:00 pm).
Please aim to arrive at 6:40-6:45. Don’t forget to notify the captain before 6:30 pm if you cannot come. If you have school camping or travel plans that overlap with Monday club night, please let us know even earlier! Thanks! This will help us provide a better experience for the remaining players. When the club has more than 80 players, the people on the waitlist will not have a game.
We plan to broadcast A-grade games live at https://aucklandchess.nz/live so tune in on Mondays, 7:00 pm if you can’t visit the club or if the crowd blocks you from seeing a top board game.
2021 Winter Cup A-grade players are:
1. FM Mike Steadman (winner of the Autumn Cup A) 2. CM Alex Huang 3. Nathan Goodhue 4. Daniel-Ioan Runcan 5. Paul Macdonald 6. Clinton Wells 7. CM Alex Nagorski (winner of the Autumn Cup B) 8. Nigel Metge
They will play a 7-round single round-robin tournament.
The FIDE- and NZCF-rated Winter Cup will start on Monday, June 28. Please check your name on the lists below, and let the captain know if there was any mistake. Note that A-grade round-robin players are listed in the B-grade for now, until we get confirmations that eight top players can play the 7 rounds from Jun 28 to Aug 9.
The grade cut-off is 1400 this time, which is defined as follows:
if FIDE June 1 rating >= 1400, the player plays in B-grade
if NZCF June 1 rating >= 1400, the player plays in B-grade
if the player was FIDE unrated, but performance rating (PR) in Autumn Cup >= 1400, the player plays in B-grade (the PR will be checked again on June 21, after the last round of the Autumn Cup), as this rating would most probably become their FIDE July 1 rating (unless some other tournament will affect it)
We have only 80 seats and are already full after just one day of registration being opened. Some players will be on the waitlist, so if some players don’t turn up on the night, people from the waitlist will get paired to play (if the number in their grade is even).
Autumn Cup has a rest day on Monday, June 7 (many of us will play in the Trusts Open tournament — good luck!)
FM Mike Steadman is on a perfect score 5.0/5 and leading in the ACC Autumn Cup A-grade, a round-robin tournament between the top 8 players. He still has to face FMs Alphaeus Ang and Daniel Gong, though 🙂 Vega link
In the B-grade, Euan McDougall was on 4.0/4 before round 5 when he faced Daqi Mao and lost. Daqi has played 4 rounds of the 5 and has won all 4 games, so he’s leading on 4.5/5 (4 wins + 1 bye) with a bunch of people on 4.0. Vega link
Jay Zhao, Michael Ma and Ying Wang are on 4.0/5 and leading in the C-grade. Vega link