Friday Chess

Friday Night Chess is a more-casual event than our main club night on Mondays.

The night is mainly aimed at junior and newer players. Though we do encourage adults to also take part in these games too.

The start time is around 6:30pm and finish time is around 8:30pm. Players should arrive early since we expect to start at around 6:30pm or 6:35pm and so their names could be registered in the club tournament for the evening.

Schedule includes:

  • Rapid games ( 15mins + 5sec/move)
  • Blitz games ( 5mins + 3sec/move and 5mins + 5sec/move)
  • Knockout Tournaments ( 20mins + 0sec/move )
  • Special Formats (The Gambit Rapid, The Queenless Rapid, A Hop And A Skip and Rando Rapid)

The evening is run by the organiser, Alex Huang.

Entry is free for club members and a $2 voluntary donation is appreciated from non-members, but not necessary.

Please contact Alex at 021-0543891, if you cannot make it to the night or have any enquiries about our next event.

The schedule can be found here: http://www.aucklandchess.nz/friday-chess/schedule/

Results from Feb 2017 to October 2017: Link

Final Results for Nov and Dec 2017:

The 5+3 Blitz Special: (Nov 17th)

We were just testing a new format suggested by Ying and it turns out to be very good and people were enjoying playing blitz. It makes a lot of sense to have a 3 second increment instead of 2 seconds or no increment because a lot of our players, especially older players (as well as players who often play on the Monday Nights too) are used to playing longer time controls. A 3 second increment will allow them to make decisions better when they are low on time, and be less likely to be low on time than the alternatives above. One can calculate a lot of things in 3 seconds, first matching their opponent’s move with the move they had in mind to counter that move, and then confirming whether if the move they intend to play would answer their opponent’s move adequately.

Next year we will remove the formats 3+2, 5+0 and 5+2, and only have 5+3 as well as 5+5 for the Blitz section. While in the Rapid Section, we will have 15+5, 15+0, 20+0, and 10+0 (only in the Semis and Finals of the Knockout Tournaments). For the U-900 group, they will still be playing mostly 10+0 regardless, since their games finish very quickly.

Simon won the tournament with the perfect score of 7.0/7, Philli was 2nd with 6.0/7 (only loss was to Simon) and Joe was 3rd with 5.0/7.

The Queenless Rapid 15+5 (Nov 24th and Dec 1st)

We realised that often juniors do not have enough practice with their endgames. So this will help them in regards to practicing their endgames and the ‘queenless positions’ they are often called in textbooks. Also, people tend to rely too much on their queen to do the job of attacking when they have the initiative, and in defending a number of squares when they don’t. We hope this will be an enjoyable experience and would like to run this every year.

The Christmas Blitz 5+5 (Dec 8th)

An awesome night of blitz just before our final night the prizegiving. Simon won the event.

Prizegiving and Survival Knockout (15+0) (Dec 15th)

We gave out certificates to the winners of the Seasonal Rapids and Seasonal Knockouts, as well as the winner and runners up of the Club Championship. There are a number of kids who still hasn’t received their certificates since they were absent on the night. Simon Lyall is our Friday Night Club Champion for 2017.

We had a very exciting Survival Knockout. Both our first and second seeds, Simon and Stephen, were knocked out in the Quarter Finals against the final two survivors, Oscar and Philli. Oscar and Philli continued their journey to defeat Joe and Paul respectively. Then in the final deciding matches, we decided they were to play a bo3 5 minute blitz match without increments, in order to make this a very exciting finale to the tournament. The boys very quickly agreed to a draw in the first game, without knowing that they weren’t allowed to ask for a draw in the Knockout Tournament. Since the number that was randomly generated was a 9, which was an odd number. It gave Oscar two whites out of the three games. The first game Oscar had white and quickly agreed to a draw, which meant Philli only had to win one more of the two games in order to win the tie-break. Oscar won the 2nd game but he was very nervous and insisted to take a break before the final decisive game. There was no doubt that he has to win this last game or force a draw. Philli was able to win this last game and through tie-breaks, Philli won the Survival Knockout tournament 1.5-1.5.

The kids who were knocked out of the tournament were to play some 10 minute games against each other in the Rando Rapid tournament. Whoever won the most games is the winner of our mini tournament. William Zhang-sun won 7 games on the night and he won our mini tournament.

Congratulations to all the winners this year. We are finished for this year. Next year, we will resume our Club Nights on the 9th of February 2018. I will send a txt to everyone to remind them just a week before. If I don’t have your contact number and you wish to be part of our txting group which I send announcements to, please message me on 021-0543891. Thank you for your support. Hope you will enjoy the rest of the year. See you next year! Alex.