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The first ladder night ever held by the Kapiti Chess Club went well. Despite a few absences, a lot of highly competitive games were played, seeing some big changes on the standings in our Ladder Tournament. Mark Summers has taken the overall lead, and several others have seen some big movements. Club president Alan Winfield also organised a few tactical challenges for players to try as training, where team A thoroughly trounced team B thanks to the sharp minds of Savannah Edwards, Mark Woodward, and Gordon Lyall. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

There will be several more ladder nights throughout the year to look forward to; however next week, play resumes in our exciting John Kingston Memorial 55+5 tournament. With the tournament only half-way finished, and a large field of strong contenders for the title, one thing is clear: there’s still plenty of action to come.

This week’s round of the 55+5 John Kingston Memorial Trophy saw the playing field become extremely close. Gordon Lyall returned to form after his loss last week, topping the table by defeating Alan Winfield. He is joined at the top of the standings by dark horse Alistair McGowan, who defeated David Paul. Alan Winfield, David Paul and Lars Dobbertin-King are all just half a point behind the tournament leaders, and many other strong players are not too far behind, so the tournament is still anyone’s game. Check the results page for the full standings.

Next week we will have our first full ladder night. Also keep an eye out for our Kapiti 2000 event happening soon! More details to follow.

Our 55+5 tournament rolls on with only two more rounds left in this series. Previous tournament leader Gordon Lyall was knocked off his perch by newlywed David Paul in an interesting game that will soon be posted on our top games page. Club president Alan Winfield defeated the top-rated player of the club, Ross Jackson, to join David at the top of the standings. Nobody won with the black pieces tonight, although Lars Dobbertin-King managed to hold Guy Burns to a draw. Other notable results included Valera defeating Mark to climb to the top of the juniors, Alistair McGowan defeating Mark Woodward to become a serious contender for the championship, and David Scott winning his first regular club competition game, defeating Rose Kingston. There were no games played on the ladder tonight. Click here for full results.


David Paul; finally mated

Another good round of the John Kingston Memorial 55+5 Tournament saw Gordon Lyall pulling out in front of the pack, beating Ross Jackson to claim the top spot on the table. Alan Winfield and David Paul drew in a very competitive game, each just half a point behind Gordon. You can see their game here. Another interesting game was between relative club newcomer David Scott and club captain Lars Dobbertin-King, which you can see here. Click here for full results.

There was no change on the ladder tonight; Mark Summers beat Rose Kingston, but because of the ladder rules it could not be counted.

Play continued in the John Kingston Memorial 55+5 tournament, with our first standard rated night of the year. Again, the round yielded no surprises, with higher-rated players continuing to win across the board. The next round should see several more interesting match-ups at all levels, as similarly-rated players are beginning to be grouped together in the brackets. Ross Jackson, Alan Winfield, David Paul and Gordon Lyall currently share the top position. Full results here. In addition, Paul Frost beat junior player Valera to climb higher on the ladder. Current standings here.

See also this clash between Guy Burns and Alan Winfield.

The first night of the 2018 John Kingston Memorial Trophy, which is played at a 55+5 time control, was another success. You can see Alan Winfield’s excellent win over Mark Woodward here. The first round had no major surprises, with Ross, Alan, David P, Gordon, Guy, Lars and Alistair all coming away with good wins. Unfortunately, owing to an error, the round cannot be rated with the NZCF. However, the next round of the tournament (which takes place next Tuesday) will be rated as usual. Full results here.

We also saw our first game of the ladder tournament, with Paul Frost defeating Rose Kingston. Ladder challenges can be played on any night after a player’s regular game, so it is good to see this getting underway. See here for more details about the ladder and the current standings.

The first night of the Blitz tournament, and the first night of play for the Kapiti Chess Club in 2018, was a success, with Paul Frost emerging as the front-runner. His near-perfect score of 7.5/8 outmatched many contenders, including second-equal Alan Winfield and Lars Dobbertin-King who only achieved a score of 5.5. Top junior was Valera, who scored 3.

Full results table here. This was the first of four series in the Blitz tournament. The next night of Blitz action will be May 8. Next week we begin the John Kingston Memorial trophy, played at a 55+5 time control.

The AGM was held. The two major points were a change in the Club Officers and Club Membership Fees.

Club Officers:
Club President – Alan Winfield
Club Captain – Lars Dobbertin-King
Club Treasurer – Guy Burns
Club Secretary – Rose Kingston
Junior Representative – Mark Summers
Committee Members – Ross Jackson + David Paul

Membership Fees
It was agreed to increase club membership to $170.00 and that all members of the club become registered with the NZCF so that all players may have their games rated and obtain a NZ Chess Rating.   Consequently, in addition to the increase in membership a $20.00 levy will also be payable HERE for further details.  

Play Start Times
The new management committee is keen to see the club run more formally/efficiently and as such it is intended to commence play of tournaments promptly at 7.45pm. The club rooms will be open from 7.30pm. Any member who intends to play but feels they may be delayed must notify a club official prior to 7.45pm in order to qualify for a bye or possibly start time delay (with opponents agreement).

After consulatation the 2018 Calendar has been approved; see website for details.
Our first meeting is 6 February: AGM and Ladder games.

Well it is all over and the dust has settled on a very competitive NZ Congress
NZ Open Championship – Ross Jackson
By volunteering to be elevated into the NZ Open to even out both tournaments, Ross really put himself in the firing line, competing with both Male and Female International Chess Masters.  To his credit he beat those rated below him and took very credible draws from much stronger opposition, especially in the first round against FM Robert Smith, a 2200+ rated player who finished 7th. Finishing in 30th place on 3.5 pts in a strong field, though he would have wanted to score higher, this is a respectable score.  Well Done Ross.

NZ Major Open Championship – Alan Winfield
Alans penultimate Game against the tournament Leader, Leon Kempen was not an easy one, especially when Alan, overestimating his attacking chances, let his Queens Knight get trapped on its home square!!. Not a good plan.   To his credit he battled on and obtained 2 central pawns for the Knight. Though with good play White should have gone on to win the game, an error in the ending allowed Alan to sacrifice a pawn, and counter attack with his King, forcing white to go into a drawn ending.   The draw kept Alan in the mix just one point behind the leader and half a point behind the leading NZers (Highest NZ player wins Major OpenTitle).

Round 9 saw Alan drawn against up and coming Wgtn player Sarah Yan who was playing well above her rating in the tournament with a score of 5 points.   The way the draw came out meant anyone in the top 7 could win or share the tournament.    Though Alan saved his best till last, with a very controlled victory of Sarah, other results did not go his way, with both the top two seeds wining their games and taking out both the Tournament (Australian – Leon Kempen) and the Major Championship – Aucklander Stanley Lee. All was not lost for Alan however.  His strong finish with the draw against Leon and the win over Sarah, elevated him into 3rd place–well done Alan.