2020 Club Champs – Round 3

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Club Champs Round 3

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Once again there were several upsets and the competition is still very open. Only 3 players are still undefeated: Daniel Runcan, Hao Tang and Don Eade. Just behind them on 2.5 are seven players including top seed Bruce Watson.

Upsets in Round 3

Max Wang beat Paul Kane
Weiyang Yu beat beat Lucas Xiao
Ayaan Vasudeva drew with Scott Treanor
Adam Ali drew with Andersen Chen
Stephen Peak drew with Richard Taylor

Junior Interclub 2020

The 2020 Junior Interclub was played on Sunday the 1st of November.


Thank you to all the players and parents for coming along. We ended up with 5 teams playing among the 21 teams in the competition.

ACC Team A was 3rd
ACC Team C was 5th
ACC Team D with 9th
ACC team B was 12th
ACC Team E with 19th

Information for players

A quick summary of what is happening.

  • Start time is 9:30am (please arrive a few minutes earlier)
  • Finish time probably around 4pm
  • Lunch break around 12:30pm
  • Location is Lyell Creek room at Alexandra Park.
  • Players must be born on or after January 1st 2006
  • 4 players per team (one reserve allowed)
  • Time Control 15m + 10s
  • 5 rounds (based on last year)

Please let Simon Lyall know via text if you are running late or unable to play and tell Simon once you have arrived. There will probably be close to 80 players involved from all clubs so it’ll be a little busy.

2020 Club Champs – Round 2

The B-Grade Interclub team had a good 4th round on Sunday the 18th of October with a 5:1 win over Waitakere. Just 1 more round remains against 2nd-place Papatoetoe.

Club Champs Round 2

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Round 2 stirred up the tournament. 2nd ranked Gino Thorndon took a Bye while 3rd Ranked Nathan Goodhue lost an upset to Daqi Mao. There were several other upsets.

There are 10 players on 2 points, but only one (Danial Runcan) is ranked in the top 10. But there are up to (Covid allowing) seven rounds left so plenty of time for the top players to catchup.

Upsets in Round 2

Daqi Mao beat Nathan Goodhue
Ayaan Vasudeva beat David Zhu
Anya Thurner beat Alex Nagorski
Baraa Zara beat Jordan Lewis
Kenny Zhang beat Clinton Wells
Weiyang Yu drew with Bevis Jiang
Daksh Bhatt beat Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono
Stephen Peak drew with Nigel Metge

2020 Club Champs – Round 1 and upcoming events

Chess is back for now. and there are several things coming up

  • Monday October 19 is round 2 of the Club Champs
  • Saturday October 24 – Monday October 26 is the Merv Morrison tournament being held at the Club during the holiday weekend
  • No Chess on Monday evening October 25
  • Sunday November 1st is the Junior Interclub, Please sign up if you are interested in playing
  • Monday November 2 is round 3 of the Club Champs
  • Sunday November 8 will be the last round of the B Grade Interclub
  • Interclub Lighting Teams will be held on Sunday November 15th.

Of the above

  • The Merv Morrison is accepting entries, enter online or with Mike Steadman
  • Junior Interclub is looking for plays, signup or contact Simon Lyall
  • The Blitz Interclub is looking for players (Open and Under-1800) to play.

Club Champs Round 1

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A number of players had to withdraw from the tournament (mainly due to exams) while several others did not turn up to round 1. Hopefully things will settle down for round 2.

With the wide gap between players there were only two upsets in the first round. Also Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono had Nathan Goodhue under pressure for some time, but Nathan was able to survive and win.

Upsets were:

Lucas Xiao drew with Richard Taylor
Michael Ma drew with Anderson Chen

ACC Monday Night Chess – Restarting Oct 12th

Following the government announcement that Auckland is going back to Level 1 we are planning to restart Monday Night chess on Monday October 12th with the 2020 Club Champs.

The Club Champs will be played as a single-grade Swiss tournament of up to 9 rounds, See that post for more details. The list of current entries for the Club Champs is here. Please let Simon know if you like you name added or removed.

The Auckland Chess Association is also planning to resume Interclub Chess in October. Proposed dates are:

  • Sunday 18 October – B Grade Interclub round 4
  • Sunday 1 November – Junior Interclub
  • Sunday 8 November – B Grade Interclub round 5

ACC Monday Night Chess – Update 14 September 2020

The latest announcement from the government has put back our earliest possible return day to Monday the 28th of September since we cannot restart chess till we are back at Level One.

As per the previous announcement we still hope to run the Club Champs as a Single Swiss Grade. See that post for more details.

The list of current entries for the Club Champs is here. Please let Simon know if you like you name added or removed.

ACC Monday Night Chess – Update 4 September 2020

Due to the second Covid19 lockdown Monday Night Chess has been cancelled since early August. Since chess involves close contact with many people for long periods we are unable to play unless the alert level is at Level 1.

The latest announcement by the government is that Auckland will not go to Level one till at least Wednesday the 16th of September.

With this in mind out current schedule is to start the Club Champs on Monday the 21st of September. The tournament would be:

  • Single Swiss Grade Covering all players
  • 80 entries max
  • 90 minutes plus 30s/move
  • FIDE and NZCF Rated
  • Rescheduled/shortened in the event of further lock downs

Unfortunately round-robin events are too vulnerable to disruption by missed nights or missing players. Hence we have decided to stick with a Swiss which gives us some flexibility.

Monday Night Chess cancelled 17 August

Due to the Level 3 Covid-19 lockdown the Chess Centre will be closed on Monday the 17th of August.

It is very likely that the club will be closed on August 24th and potentially following Monday. Chess cannot be restarted until we are back at level 1.

Rounds 4-6 of the Spring Cup are cancelled and the event will be shortened to just 3 rounds. Rounds played will be submitted to NZCF and FIDE for rating.

Once we have a firm restart date we will decide on a calendar of events.

2020 Spring Rapid – Rounds 1-3

With the Latest Covid-19 lockdown there is a good chance that Monday Chess will be suspended for a time. We will post an update once the government announces an update to the lockdown.

A reminder to check that you have entered the Club Champs. This will probably be the next event to be held. Check the vega page to make sure you are entered.

The Spring Rapid is the 2nd leg (after the Blitz) of the ACC Rapid Champs. Points earned in each event got towards determining the winner.

Spring Rapid Rounds 1 to 3

The first 3 rounds of the Spring Rapid were held on August 10th. The field was very full with several latecomers having to be turned away.

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Photos from the Spring Rapid

Round 1

Upsets (all 500 or more point different) were:

Sai Somaraju beat Nico McKinlay
Eric Mironov beat Eric Fan
Pranav Shenoy beat Alan Leach
Daqi Mao beat Clinton Wells
Eden Oshri beat Sameer Khanal

Round 2

Eric Mironov got his send upset in a row, an 835 point difference, although is opponent was probably a little over-rated.

Eric Mironov beat Anas Zara
Charlotte Ray beat David Zhu
Mantra Bhatt beat John McClory
Ayaan Vasudeva beat Anderson Chen
Victor Coen beat Abraham Deng

Round 3

Many players took half-point byes in the last round including the 5 top seeds. This left 4 players sharing the lead on a perfect score: Hao Tang, Rauen Le Grange, Alex Nagorski and Euan McDougall. Even if rounds 4-6 are played the top seeds may not be able to catch them.

Upsets in Round 3

There were a large number of upsets in this round. 14 of the 19 boards had upsets. Eric Mironov got his 3rd upset in a row with a draw with Stephen Peak.

Ethan Sheng beat John McClory
Zihao Lin beat Paul Kane
Eric Mironov drew with Stephen Peak
Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono beat Isabelle Ning
Bao Nguyen beat Abraham Deng
Ayaan Vasudeva beat Nicholas McKinlay
Daqi Mao beat Anaz Zara
Victor Coen beat Sylvia McDougall
Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono beat Mike Steiner
Hao Tang beat Richard Taylor