Kapiti Chess Club
NOTE: Physical club night meetings are currently suspended due to the COVID-19. In the meantime though, the Club is now meeting online, same day and time. Check us out here.
Kapiti Chess Club normally meets 7:30pm, Tuesdays at the Salvation Army rear Hall, 41 Bluegum Road, Paraparaumu Beach. Juniors meet before this at 7:00pm for coaching and casual games before the formal club games. This is a great way to learn or improve your game with experts, and have a bit of fun with other juniors.
The Club has definitely moved into the swing of online meetings. Weekly rapid and junior blitz arenas have proved popular, and the convenience of this format during lockdown has also seen a second weekly meeting set up on Friday nights. Last night’s comp saw 11 players battle out some 26 games and 1,356 moves, with Ross Jackson coming out on top at the end of the 90 minute arena. Results can be seen here.
The second week of the new online club meeting format looks to be working very well. Nine members joined in the fun, first with juniors battling out 30 minutes of 3+2 games in the Junior Blitz Arena, before joining others in the main Kapiti Chess Club Arena for an hour of 5+2 games. An action-filled night saw some nearly 30 games played, and lots of online chat (a noticeably different feature of this new format compared with normal over-the-board meetings). Congrats to Mark Summers who took out the Junior Blitz Arena, and to Ross Jackson, unbeaten in the Main Arena. Results can be seen here.
Kapiti Chess Club Online
With the current unprecedented times, the Club has set itself up to meet online. The club is set up on lichess.org and can be found here. The new forum is open to Kapiti Chess Club members and all chess enthusiasts within the Kapiti-Horowhenua District.
The first online chess night was trialled this week, and after some initial hiccups, it went very well. Around half a dozen players battled out a flurry of blitz games, with lots of fun and chat. Congratulations to Geoffrey (aka ‘FreeNexus’) the winner on the night. Results of the night can be seen here.
This coming week (31 March), we will look to run a KCC Junior Blitz (3+2) for Juniors, from 7-7.30 pm, and another KCC All Blitz (5+3) from 7.30 pm for one hour, with casual games after that.
Club nights suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic
The Kapiti Chess Club Committee has decided to cancel the next two club nights due to the Coronavirus.
The Government has taken unprecedented measures to protect all New Zealander’s from the Covid-19 and we fully support their efforts to restrict the spread of the virus. We therefore believe that it is in the best interest of the members, and our community, to suspend the chess club for at least two weeks.
The next scheduled club night will be 31st March, however, we will review the situation prior to this date and provide further updates via our website.
Second round of the Kingston Memorial tournament this week, and unlike last week, not all results went the way of the stronger player. One of our youngest players, Lucas Thompson grabbed a good win against the more experienced Rick Lowe, while Geoffrey Gunawan secured a draw against much higher-rated David Paul, and David Scott was able to get a point from Ross Jackson, albeit on time. After two rounds then, Gordon Lyall and David Scott lead on 2 points, but with six rounds left, there’s plenty of action yet to come. Full results so far, here. More photos here.
2020 KCC AGM
The Club held its Annual General Meeting this week, including the election of Committee members as follows: Gordon Lyall (President), Guy Burns (Vice-President), David Paul (Club Captain), David Scott (Secretary), Brandon Holman (Treasurer), Ross Jackson and Geoffrey Gunawan (Committee Members). Mark Summers was re-elected as Junior Captain. John Whibley was made a Life Member in recognition of his 30 year association with the Club. A range of other items were discussed, including fees, finances, a constitution refresh, the calendar of events, regional tournaments, and marketing and promotion. Full reports from the meeting can be found here.
Freebird week two
This week saw the second and final night of the Club’s fun annual Freebird tournament, with four more rounds of 10 m + 5 s games. After 8 rounds, David Paul emerged victorious with 6.5 from 8, with David Scott second on 6. Top juniors were Geoffrey Guanawan on 5.5, and Mark Summers on 3.5. Congratulations! An Honourable Mention goes to new player to the club, Anthony Baker, scoring a creditable 4 from 8 on debut. Click here for full results.
Next week is AGM night, followed by casual chess as time permits. See you then.
Kapiti Chess Club gets underway for 2020
Chess for 2020 got underway this week at the Kapiti Chess Club with an enthusiastic turn out of current and past members, and several new visitors to the club. Welcome!
This week saw the start of the Freebird tournament played under a 10 m + 5 s time control, over two weeks. At the half-way stage after four rounds, there is a crowded leaderboard with David Paul, Guy Burns, Geoffrey Gunawan and David Scott all on 3 points. See full results here.
Below: Play underway for 2020. For more club photos click here.
Chess for 2020 starting soon
Chess for 2020 will start again at the Club on Tuesday 4th February. Non-members and members welcome! We will be starting the year with our Freebird tournament. This is a short, fun tournament run over two weeks with 4 games a night using a 10 m + 5 s increment time format.
The Club’s AGM will be held on Tuesday 18th February, with casual chess following, as time permits. Please contact the Club if you’d like more information. A provisional calendar of events for 2020 is available here, and this will be confirmed after the AGM.
We cater for juniors as well as adults, so if you or your kids enjoy chess, come and check us out.
A fun final night of the year for the Kapiti Chess Club this week, where members, family and friends got together to celebrate the year with some food, casual chess, including the traditional Club Champion simul against club members, and of course the main event, the formal prizegiving awards for the year. Click here to see photos from the night.
Congratulations again to all our winners, and thanks to all our members for a successful 2019 year. See you in 2020!