2019 Summer Cup – Draw for Rd1

The first round of the Summer Cup is on February 11th. The Provisional Draw for grades A, B and C is linked below.

For D grade we had a large number of entries so are short of space. We are setting up some temporary tables but it is possible some players may have to wait to start their games. Due to lack of space no further entries will be accepted.

A reminder that if you are in D grade and unable to play on a Monday you must txt Simon (or inform Ying Wang) before 6:45pm. If you do so you/your child will get a half point bye. If you don’t inform ahead of time then you will get zero. People who regularly don’t notify absences may not be able to enter events.

If you are in a Round Robin grade you are expected to arrange an alternative day with your opponent and then inform Simon.

Draw for round 1 of the Summer Cup:

2019 Blitz

The Summer Cup starts on the 11th of February. We are close to full and any entries received after Feb 5th are not guaranteed a place.

February 4th was the first night back for Auckland Chess Centre in 2019. Due to Chinese New Year we didn’t fill up but we had 45 people playing in the Blitz Championship

This year the Blitz Championship counts towards the Club Rapid Championship[1] . Each point in the blitz will count for half as much as a point in the two club rapids

The Blitz results in Vega

The night was dominated by Alexi Kulashko who won 8 games in a row and only dropped gave up a draw in the final round for a final score of 8.5

Blitz Winner Alexei Kulashko (right) playing 3rd-place Alex Nagorski

Second place was Euan McDougall (who gain 100 FIDE ratings points in January) with 7.5 while Alex Nagorski was 3rd on 7 points.

We had several new players at the club. David McNeil from the US was visiting for the evening. Nigel Metge and Ajit Pendharkar both return to regular play. While Michael O’Callahan, Eden Oshri plus Grayson, Tyleah and Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono were all starting out.

More photos are online

[1] – Several people were concern that the cup should now be called “The Blitz and Rapid Championship” or similar. They are invited to buy (and have engraved) a new cup 🙂

Entries for Blitz and Summer Cup

We are now taking entries for the first two events of 2019

The Blitz will be on February 4th and is a 9 round 3m+2s event. Note that this close to Chinese New Year so check to make sure you don’t have something already planned. Points in this will go towards the Club Rapid Championship.

The Blitz event is in Vega

On February 11th we will have the first main tournament for 2019. The Summer cup will be 3 round-robin grades plus a Swiss. All will be Nationally rated.

Vega Links: A Grade , B Grade , C Grade , D Grade

Note: To decide on entry to grades in the Summer Cup, Players will be ranked by February FIDE rating. The grades people are currently listed in is a draft.

January 21st Simul Cancelled

Due to a clash with the NZ Chess Champs the Simil at the Club on the 21 st of January has been cancelled.

Instead the first event for 2019 will be on the Blitz Championship on February 4th.

Entries for The Blitz and Summer Cup will be up soon.

Spring Cup 2018 – Round 7

December 17th will be the final Club night for 2018. Planned activities are:

  • Prize giving
  • Pizza
  • AGM
  • A Rapid tournament for 2-person teams.

The last round of the Spring Cup saw fewer draws and upsets than previous rounds.

Vega Links:  A Grade , B Grade

2018 Spring Cup R7 PGN by Ewen Green with help.

A Grade

Paul Garbett vs John Duneas – White came out of the opening better and Black failed to contain him. 1-0

Michael Steadman vs Alex Huang – Black was even to better until he allowed White a tactic which won a piece or two. 1-0

Bruce Watson vs Paul Macdonald – After some swaps, White got a nice position where he could make threats and Black had to scramble to counter them. Eventually White broke though and Black resigned. 1-0

Nathan Goodhue vs Lewis Jordan – A fairly even position until Black tied up a rook defending a pawn. White was then able to seize an open file which was enough to create a win. 1-0

Clinton Wells vs Allen Fan – Both players gave up a Kingside pawn in front of their castled Kings and then simultaneously built up an attack/defense. However, White made a miscalculation and was quickly lost. 0-1

Simon Lyall vs Caroline Yan – White gave up a pawn and then ran low on time and made a serious of bad moves. 0-1

Don Eade vs Alex Nagorski – White miscalculated a tactic and lost a piece. He tried some complications to recover but lost another. 0-1

Akshay Sharma vs Timothy Ha – The players went into a sharp opening line but came out fairly even. Some chances were missed by both sides in a very tactical middle game. Black finally made an error and White ended up material which he was quickly able to improve more. 1-0

With Paul Garbett’s win in the last round he pulled ahead of Alphaeus Ang and Daniel Gong (both overseas) to win by himself on 5.5 points.

2nd equal on 5 points was Daniel, Alphaeus and Mike Steadman.

B Grade

Jeffrey Yu vs Virginia Milne – White looked a little lost in the opening and then Black made a mistake and White was a piece up. But White then wasted a few moves, failed to develop and let Black mount a winning attack! 0-1

Sarah Yan vs Stephen Peters – Some tactics in the opening but the players swapped down to an even rook and pawn endgame. Black however made a mistake and lost a pawn and it was over. 1-0

Aaron Wang vs Lakshmi Ravi – The players swapped down to an endgame. Black was better but missed the winning move and the game was drawn.

Arkadi Polyakevich vs Mike Steiner – The players swapped down but White came out a pawn ahead. Under pressure Black made a mistake and White got a passed pawn. 1-0

Andrew Michael vs Abraham Deng – White Sacrificed a piece for an attack but failed to find the correct followup (or settle for a perpetual). Black swapped Queens and the attack faltered. The players then had a very tactical position. Finally Black swapped down material and then got a win. 0-1

Upsets in Round 7

Vincent Cai beat Pattani Priyanshu
Eugene Wang beat Toby Zhang
Lakshmi Ravi drew with Aaron Wang
Uday Jain beat Joe Wang

Winner of B Grade was Virginia Milne on 6 points (a Swiss Gambit).
Second was Sarah Yan on 5.5 points
Third equal on 5 were Jeffrey Yu, Arkadi Polyakevich and Boyuan Zhang.

Spring Cup 2018 – Round 6

Just two more weeks of Club to go this year.

Vega Links:  A Grade , B Grade

2018 Spring Cup R6 PGN by Tim Ha.

A Grade

Alphaeus Ang vs Daniel Gong – White had a better position at times but was unable to exploit it and the players swapped to a Draw.

Paul Garbett vs Ben Hague – Black mounted an attack on White’s King. White defended well but decided to take a draw rather than continue. Draw.

Bruce Watson vs Mike Steadman – White game up a pawn in return for a great outpost Knight. But he failed to find the best continuation and his advantaged petered out in a sharp position. Black managed to force a perpetual check. Draw.

Nathan Goodhue vs Alex Huang –  White allowed a couple of holes in his position. A mistake allowed Black to exploit them and get a couple of rooks on the 7th. 0-1

Paul Macdonald vs Allen Fan –  See Paul’s extensive annotations of this game in the PGN. A sleepy Black got ahead but made a couple of major mistakes that game White a mate. 1-0

John Duneas vs Don Eade – White sacrificed a piece for an attack but allowed White to wiggle out in a complex position. White then swapped a couple of attackers and picked up another piece. 1-0

Tim Ha vs Jordon Lewis – Black put white under pressure but white managed to hang on. However White sacrificed a rook for an attack that turned out not to be sound. Black found a nice tactic to win a couple of moves later. 0-1

Ha vs Lewis. Black to play

Alex Nagorski vs Simon Lyall – Black picked up an early pawn and the players went into some sharp tactics. Black emerged an exchange up and was able to consolidate his lead. 0-1

Upsets in Round 6:

Simon Lyall beat Alex Nagorski
Paul Macdonald beat Allen Fan

Three draws on the top three boards just further squeezed the field. Three players are on 4.5 and 2 more on 4 points.

B Grade

Stephen Peters vs Virginia Milne – White got lost in his (gambit!) opening and then resigned after losing a piece. 0-1

Arkadi Polyakevich vs Jeffrey Yu – White lost a piece in an opening trap and was unable to recover. 0-1

David Ansell vs Boyuan Zhang – Black was better though most of the game. After White gave up a piece for two pawns Black had little trouble mopping up. 0-1

Isabelle Ning vs Aaron Wang – White mounted an early attack on Black’s King which looked dangerous. But she feel into a pin and lost an exchange. 0-1

Upsets in Round 6:

Lakshmi Ravi beat Hugh Gao
Erica Hu beat Priyanshu Pattani
Jeffrey Yu beat Arkadi Polyakevich
Boyuan Zhang beat David Ansell

Jeffrey Yu and Virginia Milne now lead the grade on 5 points. 3 other players are just behind on 4.5


Spring Cup 2018 – Round 5

Final Auckland tournament for this year is the Papatoetoe Rapid. There is Rapid on Saturday the 1st of December and another Junior Rapid on the Sunday. Entries online here.

Vega Links:  A Grade , B Grade

2018 Spring Cup R5 PGN by Ewen Green and Alex Nagorski.

A Grade

Alphaeus Ang vs Paul Garbett – White pushed all four of his centre pawns early while black hung back. The position mostly favour Black but was a dead draw once the players swapped to a rook and pawn endgame. Draw

Mike Steadman vs Daniel Gong – White played 1. e4 for a change and got an equal opening and picked up a pawn in the middle game. But he was unable to find the correct move to open up Black’s position and settled for a draw.

Alex Huang vs Alexei Kulaskho – White picked up a great outpost Knight and pushed a rook though to the 7th. But Black swapped out the attackers to equalise. The position finished with neither player able to break though a wall of pawns though the middle of the board. Draw.

Ben Hague vs Tim Ha – Black lost a piece in the openign and resigned. 1-0

Lewis Jordan vs Bruce Watson – White castled the wrong way into an attack and lost a piece to a tactic a few moves later. 0-1

Paul Macdonald vs John Duneas – Black gave up a pawn for little compensation on move 3. He mounted an attack but didn’t make a lot of progress and lost another pawn. However somehow black got back both the pawns going into the endgame. The players drew with equal endgame.

Don Eade vs Nathan Goodhue – White’s position and material went steadily worse. Although Black missed the best move a couple of times. 0-1

Allen Fan vs Alex Nagorski – Fairly even until Black got his Queen trapped. He got a Rook, Night and Pawn for it but the resulting position forced him into a desperate defence. White advanced some pawns to punch in some more holes and it collapsed. 1-0

Simon Lyall vs Clinton Wells – A fairly even game, neither player managed to get significantly ahead. A draw agreed in an even endgame.

Upsets in Round 5

Alex Huang drew with Alexei Kulashko.

Draws on the top three boards left the placings the same. Ang, Garbett and Gong on 4 with Steadman on 3.5. 5 players are on 3 points.


B Grade

Stephen Peters vs Isabelle Ning – White played the Morra Gambit which Black safely navigated. Both players blundered around until White won. 1-0

Stephen Peak vs Sarah Yan – Black gave up an early pawn almost the same way as the Macdonald/Duneas game. White was going well until they put a piece en prise. Black swapped down to a winning endgame. 0-1

Ravi Lakshmi vs Arkadi Polyakevich – White picked up two pawns. However black piled up 4 pieces against White’s king and white made a mistake that allowed mate. 0-1

Upsets in Round 5

Rosa Ryu beat Toby Zhang
Charlotte Wen beat Kelvin Xiao
Rodney Li beat John McClory

With his win Stephen Peters is in Sole lead on 4.5 points. In 2nd eual on 4.0 points are Arkadi Polyakevich, Sarah Yan, Jeffrey Yu and Virginia Milne.

Spring Cup 2018 – Round 4

The field is starting the spread out in both grades.

Vega Links:  A Grade , B Grade

Spring Cup 2018 R4 PGN entered by Ewen Green

A Grade

Daniel Gong vs Paul Garbett – The two leaders. White got an attack and a pawn after the opening but failed to find the best moves and black equalised. The players agreed on a draw with Black better but with White able to defend. Draw

Bruce Watson vs Alphaeus Ang – Black played some interesting tactics and ended with an unbalanced position when he  took a rook and two pawns (plus 2 passed pawns) for two pieces. Further Swaps left Black with 2 rooks and white with a Knight and two bishops, plus 6 pawns each. Black put pressure on White until he eventually lost a piece. 0-1

Mike Steadman vs Nathan Goodhue – Black handled Whites “1. b4” well enough but White was better afterwards, getting a protected fawn-pawn on h6 with background mate threats. Eventually black slipped up and allowed the threat of Qg7 to happen which forced him to give up material to prevent it. 1-0

Alex Huang vs Allen Fan – A fairly even game until Black slipped up and lost a couple of pawns. 1-0

Tim Ha vs Paul Macdonald – Black played the dubious ‘Rat Defence’ ( 1.d4 d6 2. c4 e5 ) and came out of the opening equal to better. Pieces were changed to get down to an equal Bishop v Knight endgame (with 6 pawns each). The players repeated positions. Draw

Alex Nagorski vs Lewis Jordon – Black forgot his lines to give White a  better opening and White was ahead and attacking. But White miscalculated and lost an exchange. He was able able to defend his position and Black settled for a draw.

John Duneas vs Simon Lyall – A fairly even start, Black got a little better at one point but didn’t know how to handle the position and white came out ahead after a series of threats and swaps. 1-0

Don Eade vs Akshay Sharma – Black missed a tactic and lost an exchange. He made a mate-threat that Black failed to accurately defend. 1-0

Clinton Wells vs Winston Weng – White picked up a couple of pawns and that was enough. 1-0

Upsets in round 4:

Alex Hung beat Allen Fan

Paul Garbett, Daniel Gong and Alphaeus Ang lead the grade on 3.5 points. Mike Steadman is just behind on 3.

B Grade

Arkadi Polyakevich vs Stephen Peters – The players swapped to an even position and took a draw.

Stephen Peak vs Ravi Lakshmi – The players swapped to an even position and took a draw.

Upsets in Round 4:

Jacob Chai beat John McCory (700 point rating difference)
Silei Wang beat Parthi Partheepan
Jeffrey Yu beat Andrew Michael
Ying Wang beat Rodney Li

Stephan Peters and Isabelle Ning are 1st on 3.5. 7 players are in third-equal on 3.0