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Kapiti Chess Club’s Guy Burns, currently residing in South India, came second place in the 17th Gokarna International Chess Tournament held 28 and 29 December. The event, held at the Namaste Yoga Farm, Kudle Beach, Karnataka, attracted an international field of 15 players from India, Germany, France, Spain and New Zealand. Local player Suresh Kattige took honours for the event, with Vzacheslav Khanzi from Kazakhstan taking 3rd place. Photos from the event can be accessed Here.

Prize giving was held tonight with a fine turn out David Paul scooped six titles this year including A grade Champion title for the sixth year in a row.  Sean Doyle picking up most Improved player and the B Grade title with Nathan Price picking up the C Grade title
 Johnny Hynes picked up heaps of awards including top junior and most promising player and Mike O Rorke and Alistair Mcgowan won the Kapiti open title for this year
After prize giving we had lovely food and a brief 5 minute tournament with David Paul getting home in front of John Whibley
A great night was had by all, many thanks to Connie B who took the photos which you can access Here.
Looking forward to next year probably 1st week of February for a start date calender will be posted in due course
 So hone your chess skills over the break and see who can knock David Paul off his perch
Yours in Chess
Round 7 of the Club Champs was played The two top rated players David Paul and Paul Frost did battle with David causing Paul to resign after 25 moves John Whibley applied the screws to Guy Burns and the pressure finally told with Guy gifting John a rook for nothing in a drawn position such a generous fellow.
 Nathan Price secured a draw with Johnny Hynes good result for Nathan and Mike Ororke beat  Sean Doyle
Next week is the final round of the Club Champs see you there yours in chess

Round 8 of the club champs was played and John Whibley comprehensively beat David Paul but not enough to deny David the A Grade title for the sixth year in a row next week is the last 5 minute night for the chess see you there yours in chess

Round 6 of the Club Champs was played and David Paul now has an unstoppable lead to take out the A Grade

The final round of Freebird Trophy was played and after tallying all the rounds, David Paul, once again, takes the Trophy. Guy Burns and Glenys Mills share 2nd prize. Johnny Hynes won the Junior section and Nathan Price was 2nd. Next week the Club Champs resume—round 6 in the 8 round Series 2.

David Paul won a key game against Guy Burns tonight and now leads the Club Champs, ahead 2 points from nearest rival Guy Burns. Next Wednesday is the last 4 rounds for the Freebird Trophy

The first round of series 2 of the Club Champs began today in a unexpected venue—the Womens Centre, Ngahina St, just up from the Community Centre. We found out on Monday that the local council are using our Library venue for the next 5 weeks and have booted us out. Thanks to some running around by Rose and help from Glenys, we have a place to play chess, except for next week—25 September—no chess that week. Our Calendar has been updated to reflect these changes.

Guy Burns takes the lead in the Blitz Competition after a decisive win against 2nd placed David Paul. Series 2 of the Club Champs begins next Wednesday 18 September.

The Kapiti Rapid annual regional tournament was held Saturday 7 September and Kapiti players performed well in a strong but small field, which included current NZ chess champion Scott Wastney and former 12 times NZ champion Anthony Ker. The event was jointly won by the current champion Scott Wastney and Michael Nyberg, who piqued Ker on time in the last round. Kapiti players Mike O’Rorke and Alistair McGowan came runner up, in the combined B and C grade session, half a point behind the young and talented Wellington player Layla Timergazi. Photos of the event can be accessed Here .