The casual night on Jan 18 was good, we had a 9-round blitz tournament, with six (!) new players in the club, years of birth ranging from 1944 to 2010. FM Alphaeus Ang won without any problems, 9.0/9. Rauen Le Grange finished second with 8.0/9 (losing only to Alphaeus) and Jordan Lewis on 7.0/9 (losing only to the two leaders).
Hi everyone. We are reopening for the Saturday Night Junior Chess on the 13th February this year. Unfortunately, I have lost all of my phone contacts on my holiday trip. We would like to ask our parents to send me a txt with their child’s name, so we can inform everyone about our future junior night events. My contact number is 021-0543891, Alex. Thank you so much.
We also would like to ask whether if our parents are interested in the return of the ACC Junior Rapids (which was run monthly from 2016-2019, on behalf of GM Murray Chandler) in 2021. Quite a few parents were asking about this last year and we also keen to start running it again.
There will be a schedule for this year’s Saturday Junior Nights. A link will be added here (and on the club page) when it’s up and running.
Lastly, we would like to ask your opinion about what future chess events you would like to see us to run, we can make it happen! We highly value your opinion.
With most people traveling or attending the New Zealand Congress in Palmerston North early January, the club will resume on Jan 18.
Please also note: the new club captain is Timothy Ha. During the next few weeks please send Tim your contact details via Facebook or email timothyha at gmail or text via phone O21-O88O-1O35. Please state the following information:
your name (and your child’s name, if you’re a chess parent) as registered with either FIDE and/or NZCF
the mobile number for text messages during club nights, so you can inform Tim of your absence (or your child’s) and he can recognise you
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
Tonight on December 5th, we will finish off the year with our Saturday Night Junior Chess for this year. It’s been a very hectic year and I’m glad everything worked out for most of us. Next yearwe will resume at the start of February.
For those of you who are interested in playing more chess in December can play on Friday Night Casual Chess, which is dedicated to more complete beginners to beginners for adults and kids alike. This is held at the Auckland Chess Centre from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Wayne McDougall will be running that event for another two weeks this year. Please see the post about Friday Night Casual Chess for more details.
Thank you for all those who came along to our evenings. We had many very interesting and close games during this year. Our evening is still considered quite casual, with a bit more competition from strong kids and a stepping stone towards to the tougher Monday Night Chess.
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