The tournament is held as an individual Swiss with a team twist, where you can build teams and get team standings. Teammates are not paired against each other during the tournament. ATA is also the cheapest way to get FIDE-rated games under your belt, 20 NZD for six classical games in just two days of a normal weekend.
The 2022 Club Champs was won by FM Alphaeus Ang on 8.0/9 (with one upset caused by WCM Isabelle Ning). Isabelle finished second and undefeated on 7.0/9, Daqi Mao is 3rd on 6.5/9, Justin Wang is 4th and undefeated on 6.0/9, and a bunch of players on 5.5/9.
The B-grade was won by Nikita Lobanov on 7.5/9. Eric Wu dropped from A to B recently but came second on 6.5/9. Pranav Shenoy, Tyleah Po’e-Tofaeono, and Jerome Tao finished on 6.0/9.
The last tournament of the year, the Spring Cup, starts on the 7th of November. Please find your name on the list (everybody’s in one grade for now, but we’ll divide the list into A and B grades before the start). The tournament lasts six rounds and will be only NZCF-rated.
If you don’t intend to play, please let the captain know. We’ve removed those who confirmed they’re not playing. If the captain forgot about you, please let us know, too.
The club has only 80 seats, and we’re full for this tournament. New players and their parents, please remember to text the captain before 6:30 pm on Monday night if you cannot come, so others can be paired and not have to wait in vain. Thanks!
Club captain Timothy Ha will be absent on Monday, 17/10 (playing as the youngest player in the Asian Seniors!) so please contact Keong Ang to notify him if you’re not coming. Message Keong if you’ve got his contacts, or write to KeongAng@ and cc: TimothyHa@ (both are gmail.com emails) before 6:30 pm.
On Monday 24/10 the club night will not be run due to the Merv Morrison Memorial tournament being held at ACC. You can register for that one and play!
The last round of the ACC Club Championship will be held on the 31st of October.
To recap: there is no club on Monday 24/10. On 17/10 contact Keong instead of Timothy 🙂
The entry fee is only 20 NZD for six FIDE-rated games over one weekend.
The August edition was won by The Knightmares (again!). Individual winners were Eric Minorov and Sai Somaraju who will get ATA hoodies.
The NZCF calendar doesn’t have any other FIDE-rated classical OTB weekenders in September, so this will be the only event available, in addition to Monday and Wednesday FIDE-rated club nights at the Auckland Chess Centre and North Shore Chess Club.
We started the 2022 ACC Club Champs with 75 players (44 names in A-grade and 31 in B-grade) and only one player forgot to contact the captain about missing Monday night, so there was only one forfeit loss in round 1!
Some players even notified us about their future schedule and got the 1/2 point byes pre-registered several weeks in advance.
We function all Mondays, including school holidays, so if you’re travelling or sick or cannot come on any Monday night, please let us know in advance or before 6:30 pm on Monday. Pairings are locked soon after that, and it’s frustrating when somebody travels during the city’s peak hours to the club and doesn’t get a game.
The FIDE-rated and NZCF-rated Club Champs (classical 75+30) will start on Monday, 29th of August. There will be two grades, A and B. The grade division has been done based on both ratings and recent performance.
Please check your name on the list and let the captain know if we’ve forgotten your name, or if you want to withdraw. Thanks.