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Kāpiti Chess Club 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.

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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!

Round 6 Winter Cup

This week saw an exciting penultimate round to the Club’s Winter Cup.  This saw the potential pool of players who could  win the competition reduce from nine down to two.  After six rounds, David Scott leads on 5 points, half a point ahead of David Paul on 4.5, followed by a group of four on 3.5 points, but who are now out of contention.  David S will need at least a draw against top seed Ross next week to keep a share of the prize, while a win for David P could see him win outright. It promises to be an exciting finale next week! Congratulations also to our newest members Pavlo and John who have been  acquitting themselves very well against some of the more  seasoned members. Full results from this week can be found here

Round 5 Winter Cup

This week, round 5 of the Kapiti Chess Club 2020 Winter Cup, saw another good turn out, and some great match ups and results. 

David Paul ended David Scott’s recent run of results, outplaying him in the endgame after a tight contest up to then. Guy Burns beat Ross Jackson, and Geoffrey Gunawan beat John Whibley, while the Club’s newest member,  Pavlo Chudinov got his second win of the tournament to join what is now  a large pack of potentially 9 players who could win the Cup with two more rounds to go. Full results and standings can be found here. Stay tuned!

Round 4 Winter Cup

It was great to see so many players along this week, with a two-year attendance high for the club making for some exciting match-ups as the Winter Cup moved into Round 4.

David Scott was lucky after grabbing a poisoned pawn that should have cost him a piece, ended up being the hole his own pawn eventually could push through for the win. He now leads, 4 from 4. A chasing bunch of 6 players are all sitting second equal on 2.5, and with 3 rounds to go, nothing is yet certain. Full results can be found here.

This position shown arose in one of the games this week, that between Mike O’Rorke (playing white) v Geoffrey Gunawan. Black has just grabbed what looks like a free knight on a3, but this is a losing move. Black gets away with a draw 7 moves later but how should he be punished? The full game can be found here

A second game from this week, Brandon Holman v David Paul can also be found here.

Mid-winter competition heats up

The Club welcomed no less than four new faces this week as competition heated up at the mid way stage of the Winter Cup. David Scott held off in a typically tight battle against John Whibley, and now leads the competition outright after three rounds, ahead of Guy Burns half a point behind. The game of the night was between top seed Ross Jackson and last year’s winner David Paul, which went late into the evening. Any chances of a win looked only to be with David, but tight and accurate defense eventually saw the players agreeing a draw. Newcomers Chris and Pavlo also fared well, both coming away with a win on their first outing. Full results can be found here.

David and Ross battle late into the evening – Round 3 of the Winter Cup.

Round 2 Winter Cup

This week the battle for the Winter Cup moved into its second week. Unlike last week, all games this week went to the stronger rated player. On top board, improving Geoffrey Gunawan fought hard against David Scott to repeat his upset win last week, but David prevailed in the end, to go 2 from 2, and take the outright lead going into the next round.  You can see their game here.  Guy Burns, Liam Parkes and John Whibley all currently share second, albeit all, for the moment, with the help of byes. Full results can be here, and more photos can be found here.

Below: Geoffrey and Mark in action against the two David’s, with Brandon in the background.

Round one Winter Cup

The 2020 Winter Cup got underway this week. This long format tournament was first run last year, and provides a fresh change to the 10 minute rapid online Club battles of recent lockdown months. Round one Swiss tournaments often predictably go to the stronger top half players, but not this week, with two top players, and almost a third, upset. After Round 1, Geoffrey Gunawan, David Scott, John Whibley, Mike O’Rorke, and newcomer John Eccles all came away with a win, and Liam Parkes also joins them with the bye. Full results can be found here.

Over the board chess starts again

It was great to meet  face to face again this week as the club resumed its over the board meetings after three months of COVID-induced lockdown. Members eased back into it with a relaxed night of casual chess. A revised calendar of events for the rest of the year has been  posted, with competition starting again next week with the Winter Cup.  

The Club met online over a dozen times during lockdown, attracting members, past and present, as well as visitors and out-of-towners, and there looks to be interest in continuing to hold online meetings from time to time, in addition to physical meetings on Tuesdays. Online the club meets here, so keep a eye out for upcoming online events.

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 Kāpiti 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.