We started the 2022 ACC Club Champs with 75 players (44 names in A-grade and 31 in B-grade) and only one player forgot to contact the captain about missing Monday night, so there was only one forfeit loss in round 1!
Some players even notified us about their future schedule and got the 1/2 point byes pre-registered several weeks in advance.
We function all Mondays, including school holidays, so if you’re travelling or sick or cannot come on any Monday night, please let us know in advance or before 6:30 pm on Monday. Pairings are locked soon after that, and it’s frustrating when somebody travels during the city’s peak hours to the club and doesn’t get a game.
The FIDE-rated and NZCF-rated Club Champs (classical 75+30) will start on Monday, 29th of August. There will be two grades, A and B. The grade division has been done based on both ratings and recent performance.
Please check your name on the list and let the captain know if we’ve forgotten your name, or if you want to withdraw. Thanks.
It was another Nagorski — McDougall finale at an ACC club tournament, Spring Rapid this time, and with colours reversed compared to the recent Winter Cup.
Going into the last round, Euan McDougall was leading the tournament by half a point and needed only a draw, but Alex Nagorski beat him from an equal endgame position, being more precise in an “every Russian schoolboy knows” type of endgames.
The given position is when Alex spent 13 minutes of a 25+5 game to find a plan. The long think paid off. Yolanda Chang and Grayson Po’e-Tofaeono are two other players finishing second equal with Euan, ahead of Alphaeus Ang, Bruce Wheeler and Justin Wang who finished third. Both Yolanda and Grayson scored 3/3 in the last rounds.
For a better experience, please let us know in advance if you will be late and want to skip the first round of the night, or if you require a bye in the third round. Three rapid games mean about 3 hours of play plus about 10 minutes between rounds to make the pairings.
Euan McDougall is the outright winner of ACC Winter Cup A-grade, with Philli Park-Tamati in second place. Hao Tang and Alex Nagorski shared third.
In the B-grade, the winner is Luna Xu. Sai Somaraju came second. Ayaan Vasudeva, Pranav Shenoy and Jerome Tao shared third.
We will start a 9-round Club Champs on the 29th of August. Before that, 15/8 and 22/8 are rapid nights. Please let the captain know in advance if you do not want to play 25+5 rapid (three games a night).
There is no Auckland Interclub tournament this year, but there’s still the Auckland Teams Arena (ATA), a series of two-day (one normal weekend) tournaments at ACC that you can join. ATA August will also be the only classical OTB weekender besides the NZ Seniors Champs this month.
ACC would like to invite other Auckland clubs to build teams and bring them for these fun team events. The entry fee is only 20 NZD for six FIDE- and NZCF-rated games. Even though we don’t offer prize money, there are more lasting things on offer like T-shirts for individual winners and teams, and a lot of team spirit. For the August event, we will also have outdoor lunch with pizza and drinks (weather permitting).
Note: teams can be of any size, as long as they won’t be more than half of the tournament list. The tournaments are run as individual Swiss events, but team members won’t be paired against each other. The team score is the sum of the top 4 scorers.