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The Club meets every Tuesday at 7:30pm at the Salvation Army rear Hall, 41 Bluegum Road, Paraparaumu Beach. The Club is open from 7:00pm for casual games before the formal club games. All welcome.

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Round 1 Club Champs

The 2020 Kāpiti Chess Club Championship got underway this week. Round 1 results went mostly the way of the higher rated player, with the exception of Geoffrey Gunawan winning a nice game against Guy Burns (see here).  On full points after one round are Ross Jackson, Gordon Lyall, David Paul, Geoffrey Gunawan, and Hamish Lester (bye). See results here

Kāpiti Rapid chess tournament time!

The annual Kāpiti Rapid tournament has been set for Saturday November 21. It is an NZCF rated tournament over 6 rounds, open to players of all levels, with prizes in different grades. It promises to be a great day of chess. Come and support chess in Kāpiti. Entry form and details here.     

The Kāpiti Rapid was first run in 1991, and has been supported by players from beginner level to New Zealand champions. For a history of past tournaments, including winners, tournament reports and photos click here.

2020 Blitz Cup

The second and final leg of the 2020 KCC Blitz Cup was played this week. Gordon Lyall maintained his good form of late with another picket fence 7 from 7. Second equal were Geoffrey Gunawan and David Scott on 5, with Geoffrey in good form picking up David Paul’s scalp, and very unlucky against David Scott.  Combining second leg scores with those from the first series played back in August, sees David Paul come out overall winner, and he retains the Blitz Cup for another year. Congratulations! Brandon Holman comes in second.  Final results can be found here.

Next week sees the first week of the Club Championships. There’s prizes in three grades, so players of all  levels welcome.

Latest Kāpiti Chess news

2019 Club Champion, Gordon Lyall was unstoppable again this week with another 2 wins from 2 to make it a picket fence 8 from 8, and worthy winner of this year’s Leo Eichholtz Rapid trophy. One of our newest members, Pavlo Chudinov was a worthy second on 6, with a large bunch behind on 4. See final results here

Dual Kāpiti and Wellington club member, Ross Jackson headed down to Dunedin last week to compete in the 2020 South Island Champs, held 3-9 October. Ross scored a creditable 4 from 7,  even in the running for a placing going into the last round… “The South Island Chess Championship was a wonderful occasion… Dunedin is a beautiful city…” Click  here for the rest of Ross’s report, including photos and one of his games. For the record Matthew McNabb, from the Canterbury Club took out the champs. See the NZCF website for results.

Blitz fun returns next week for the second and final leg of the Club’s Blitz Cup. The week after that, the Club will head into its Club Championships. 

Finally, for light interest, an interesting article on this year’s global boom on online chess, and some of its associated challenges. 

Week 3, and rounds 5 and 6 of the Leo Eichholtz 25+5 rapid tournament played this week at the Kāpiti Chess Club. Gordon Lyall continued his unbeaten run winning both games, against David Paul, and Brandon Holman. He now has an unbeatable lead with two rounds to go and is guaranteed at a least a share of the Trophy. Congratulations Gordon! Mike O’Rorke also had a good night winning against Lars Dobbertin-King and Guy Burns. Standings after six weeks: Gordon Lyall, 6 from 6;  Pavlo Chudinov and David Scott on 4, followed by a large bunch on 3. See full results here.

Kāpiti Club rapid competition heats up

Some great match ups this week as the Club moved into Rounds 3 and 4 of its annual 25 + 5 rapid competition for the Leo Eichholtz Board. Gordon Lyall made it 2 from 2 again with wins over Geoffrey Gunawan and Pavlo Chudinov, and leads on 4 points at this halfway stage. David Scott also took 2 from 2 against John Whibley and Brandon Holman to be a point behind on 3. Both his games had a element of luck, with John, under great time pressure, missing a likely draw, while Brandon gave David a lesson in how not to play his favoured London – with a super advantage after just 6 or 7 moves (see game here). A large pack, comprising most of the rest of the players, are sitting third on 2 points, testament to the close strength of the competition. See full standings here.

Photo: Down to the final seconds of an exciting last game of Round 3. Geoffrey Gunawan pushes Club Champion Gordon Lyall, but Gordon prevails.

For more Club photos, click here.



OTB chess resumes again

With Covid Alert Levels back to 1, it was great to get back to over the board chess this week at the Kāpiti Chess Club, for the second time this year. The Club got straight into its popular rapid competition,  the Leo Eichholtz Board, played with a 25m + 5s time control.

After the first two rounds, three players, Gordon Lyall, Geoffrey Gunawan and Andy Hicks, had 2 points from the night, with a large bunch getting at least one win. Results, so far, can be found here. The competition will continue with 6 more rounds played over the next three weeks. 

KCC online meeting update

With over-the-board meetings  temporarily suspended due to Covid-19, the club has resumed its online meetings on lichess. Week three of these last night saw Gordon run out again as champion on the night, making it three from three.  Results can be found here.  Games are typically played in a Blitz 5m + 5s format, which can often lead to exciting finishes, as one or more players get low on time. Here is one such game from this week between David and Lars.

The weekly competitions, known as ‘Arenas’, run every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9 pm, while NZ remains in Level 2. All are welcome to participate. 

Blitz night

This week the Club indulged in some blitz fun with the first of two nights contested for the Blitz Cup. After 8 rounds of 3 minute per side action, last year’s co-winner David Paul looks well on track to retain his hold on this trophy, with an impressive 7.5 out of 8. In second equal place was Guy Burns and Brandon Holman on 6. See results here.

Special mention to junior member Valera (pictured above), who was very unlucky not to come away with a great upset win over David in Round 5, with a single misstep in the endgame that would have otherwise seen his pawn queen and win. Nevertheless, a good effort ending up as first placed junior with 3 wins from 6 rounds played.

Next week sees the first night of the Leo Eichholtz Trophy. Two rounds of 25 m + 5 s games.

Final round of Winter Cup

A great turnout, some great match-ups, and with no clear winner yet decided, it promised to be an exciting final round of the KCC Winter Cup. 

It could have been either of the David’s, and in the end it was both. David Paul found new member Pavlo equal to the challenge. After securing a small material advantage from a close game, he was forced to accept a perpetual check draw. Meanwhile, David Scott was eventually outplayed by top seed Ross, after being a pawn up after the opening. This left both David’s on 5 out of 7 and joint winners of the Cup for 2020. After trading his queen for two rooks, Geoffrey held on against a tenacious Guy to win their game, and take top junior placing, and third equal overall with Ross  Jackson.  Some other good games saw Brandon beat Mike, and John Whibley beat Gordon. Other new comers John Eccles, Chris and Rhys also winning their games.  See results here.

With  improvements in a number of members, and with the introduction of some strong new members, there is now a much larger pool of players who are competing more closely against each other. This has made for an enjoyable and interesting seven weeks of Winter Cup competition, and also bodes well for future Club competitions. 

Next week is Blitz night, and some crazy fun!