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
Just a heads up that on May 22nd, we won’t be running the Saturday Junior Night due to the ACC Weekender being run at the venue. We will resume on the following week. We will also have a break during the Trust Open tournament on June 5th.
May 22nd – Break May 29th – Resume June 5th – Break June 12th – Our schedule resumes to normal
FM Allen Fan (b. 2004) will represent New Zealand at the FIDE World Cup in Sochi, Russia, July 2021 (tournament details: PDF + calendar)
WCM Isabelle Ning (b. 2009) and Felix Xie (b. 2008) will participate in the FIDE Chessable Academy and get special coaching from the world’s best!
The note on NZCF website reads:
Allen Fan selected for the World Cup
NZCF has selected 17-year-old FM Allen Fan to represent NZ at the World Cup in Sochi, Russia, to be played from July 10th. Allen started playing chess at five and credits his parents for dedicating countless hours of time and effort to his chess ambitions, including travelling with him to international youth competitions. Allen has enjoyed participating in global online competitions but is pleased to be selected for a prestigious over-the-board event as Covid (hopefully) wanes. He is intent on doing everything he can to progress further and eventually become an IM.
Interclub tournaments are held in Auckland by the Auckland Chess Association. Teams of 6 players from each club are playing roughly every second Sunday. This year, six teams are participating — Auckland Chess Centre, Howick-Pakuranga, North Shore, Papatoetoe, Waitakere, and Summit. It’s a round-robin tournament and lasts five rounds.
ACC beat Howick 4.5-1.5 in the first round and beat Papatoetoe 5-1 in the second round. Current standings are (final standings are based on game points)
This year our club is experiencing a boom and we are running out of space. The total number of players is 86, but our club has only 80 seats, so we have to introduce a waitlist. B-grade and C-grade will have a waitlist of 3 players each, and on the night, if others drop out due to illness or exams or any other life issues, players from the waitlist will get a spot.
Now to penalties… Please understand that the waitlist is created because every chess player wants to have a game, but this also means everybody else needs to be responsible and notify the captain before 6:30 pm on Monday nights. If a player or his/her parents forget to do that twice, they’ll be withdrawn from the tournament.
B-grade: David Holland
C-grade: Ethan Tai, Jerome Tao, James Kippenberger
If you’re unhappy with seeing yourself (or your child) on the waitlist, please come to the captain and require a one-time compensation in form of a Chessable course. There’ll be hard work for you to do instead of playing a Monday night game!
Please also note that the number of 85 players on the list means that on every particular night, anybody from the waiting list (we’ll publish the list soon when grades are done) cannot play if all others have turned up.
Euan McDougall and FM Alphaeus Ang shared 1st place in the Autumn Rapid. Both had one draw and five wins.
FM Daniel Gong (4 wins, 2 byes) and CM Alex Huang (5 wins, 1 loss) shared second on 5.0/6. Several players were on 4.5, with different paths to their results: WCM Isabelle Ning, Felix Xie, Joe Wang, Hao Tang, and Winston Weng.
Isabelle Ning beat Alex Huang and WIM Jasmine Zhang, then later drew Euan McDougall (who was quite lucky to escape to a draw)
Felix Xie had one upset draw with Philli Park-Tamati and lost to Alphaeus Ang
Hao Tang drew Alphaeus Ang and beat Paul Macdonald
Joe Wang beat Paul Macdonald and others, losing only one game to Alex Huang
Winston Weng was away from chess, skipped rounds 1-3 and came back to win rounds 4-6.
Little debutants in the club, Leo Lian and Franklyn Zhang (brother of Jasmine) started slowly in rounds 1-3 (0.5 and 0) but got themselves two wins in rounds 4-6. They can play chess!
In round 3 of the first rapid night, Alphaeus Ang was held to a draw by Hao Tang, and Felix Xie by Philli Park-Tamati. These four are on 2.5/3, with some people on 2.5 after playing only 2 games (0.5 byes in round 3).
Alex Nagorski, Euan McDougall, Isabelle Ning and Jasmine Zhang are on the perfect score of 3.0/3.
ANZAC weekender will happen on April 24-26, so the club will be closed on April 26, and will resume on May 3 for the start of the Autumn Cup.
Our club will not run casual chess Fridays on April 16, 23 and 30. Coach Wayne will be back on May 7, after the school holidays. If you’re keen to play online chess, we have the usual NZCF Friday night blitz on Lichess, please join the NZCF team to play. Make sure to specify your name and location so you can be added. Thanks!