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Week 2 of the Freebird

Back to over the board this week with Rounds 5 to 8 of the popular Freebird tournament, played with a 10m + 5s time format. After 8 rounds, Gordon Lyall wins this first leg of the tournament on 7 points, followed by Geoffrey Gunawan on 6.5, and Stewart Holdaway on 6. The full cross table of results can be found here. The second and final leg of the Freebird will be played in June. Next week we will hold our AGM, and the week after that we will begin the also popular Kington Memorial tournament. Check here for the full calendar of events planned for the year. If you live locally, and are interested in playing, come and check us out. We cater to all levels.

Kāpiti members at Hawke’s Bay Rapid

Two Club members, Geoffrey Gunawan and David Scott, visited Napier last weekend for the 9th annual Hawke’s Bay Rapid. Also participating was recent newcomer to the Club, Stewart Holdaway. While none of us were amongst the final prizes, it was a very enjoyable and well-run day. Final winners can be found here, while full results for the Kāpiti contingent can be found here. Going into the final round, Geoffrey was in for a chance of first place in the B grade, but lost to eventual B grade winner Briene Membrere. However, one highlight of the day perhaps, was his very nice 8 move cameo from Round 4


Back to online this week

With the change in Covid Alert Levels announced on 14 February, and in line with NZCF policy, the Club will not meet  over the board on Tuesday 16 February, but will instead meet online from 7:30 pm at lichess.org/team/kapiti-chess-club.  Even if you haven’t previously played with us online, it’s easy to participate, just click on the link and ask to join the group. If we (hopefully) return to Alert Level 1 this week, then we will resume over the board play on 23 February, with the second night of the Freebird Trophy, and with the AGM also pushed back one week to the 2 March.

Freebird takes off

It was great to see a number of new visitors to the Club again this week, where tournament play kicked off for the year with the first four rounds of the Freebird Trophy. This series runs over two weeks under a time control of 10 m + 5 s. At the half-way stage of this first leg of the tournament, newcomer Stewart Holdaway leads on 3.5, with Gordon Lyall and Geoffrey Gunawan next on 3, and David Paul next on 2.5. Current results can be found here.  The final four rounds of this first leg of the tournament will play next week. 

Below: Geoffrey Gunawan showing  good form with a Round 1 win over current Club Champ Gordon Lyall


Kāpiti Chess Clubs kicks off for 2021

Kāpiti Chess Club kicked off its year this week with a great night of social chess. It was great to see a bunch of new visitors as well as our returning members. An exciting calendar of events is planned for the coming year. Next week sees the start of the popular Freebird competition, with its lively 10 minute + 5 second time format. On the 23rd is our Annual General Meeting. Both members and visitors are welcome and encouraged to come along and contribute their views on key matters for the Club.

A reminder also that the Hawke’s Bay Chess Club is holding their annual Hawke’s Bay Rapid tournament on February 13. I’ve been going for a couple of years, and have found them thoroughly enjoyable and well-run. Entry form here.

Kāpiti Chess for 2021 starts up February 2

The Kāpiti Chess Club starts back again for 2021 on February 2. All are welcome. We have a new calendar of events (here) that will appeal to both social and serious players, including a new Spring Cup with a 15 m + 5 s format, a Fischer-Random night, our traditional tournaments and heaps more.

If you are an existing member, welcome back! If you’ve never visited us before, and are interested in playing Chess, come and check us out. We play at the Salvation Army (rear) hall, 41 Bluegum Road, Paraparaumu Beach, every Tuesday night from 7:30pm. The first three nights are free! Feel free to contact us here if you have any questions. 

Kāpiti chess winds up for the year

With a perfect night, and in the picturesque semi-rural setting of Club member Brandon’s home, Kāpiti Chess Club members with friends and family celebrated the end of the year with a memorable night of food, drink, prizegiving and social chess. 

The evening kicked off with end of year prizegiving. We were lucky to only have one of our trophies not able to be awarded this year due to Covid. Congratulations to all the winners and in particular to our Championship winners, Gordon Lyall in the A Grade, Geoffrey Gunawan in the B Grade, and Hamish Lester in the C Grade. Also to Geoffrey Gunawan for taking out the Grand Prix Glenys Mills Memorial Rook for best consistent performance over the year. 

With the formalities  out of the way, everyone then quickly settled into a great evening of eating, drinking and relaxed chess of various levels of quality, which went on well into the beautiful windless Kāpiti evening.

The full list of awards and winners for 2020 can be found here.
More photos of the night including all the trophy winners can be found here.

The Club has now finished for the year, and will resume again on 9 February 2021. Look forward to seeing you all then.

Kāpiti Junior Chess Championship

The Kāpiti Junior Chess Championship, played in Paraparaumu on Saturday 12th December, saw players representing 22 schools from Wellington to Levin, compete across 4 divisions. In the premier Open Division, top seed Ryan Winter (Wellington College) suffered a surprise defeat in round 1 to Josh Langford (Wellington College). Former Paraparaumu College student, Geoffrey Gunawan, held the joint lead at the halfway stage but was not able to carry his early momentum into the later rounds. Going into the 6th and final round, Henry Zaslow (Onslow College) had a clear half point lead but had to settle for third place, after losing a tough battle to Kayden Loke who took the title on tie-break, from Ryan Winter. Kayden was unbeaten throughout the tournament scoring 3 wins and 3 draws from his 6 games. Three games here: Loke v Winter, van der Hoorn v Loke, and Loke v Laslow

In the School event, Vincent Lou (HIBS) was an impressive winner in the Secondary grade, with 5 points from 6, ahead of Hamish Lester (Paraparaumu College) and Mia Vachon (Marsden Collegiate School). In the Intermediate section, Sravya Moparthi (Hutt Intermediate) had a perfect score going into the last round, and despite a loss playing Black against Youan Salt (Levin Intermediate), she held on to win the section on tie-break, from Youan in second and Ryan Goodall (Levin Intermediate) taking third place. The primary section had the largest field of all the grades and saw Lucas Qu (Churton Park) win the gold medal with silver going to Max Wang (Johnsonville School) and bronze to William Ding (Eastern Hutt School).

The Kāpiti Chess Club School Trophy, awarded to the top performing Kāpiti Horowhenua school, was comprehensively won by Levin Intermediate who had a strong tournament.

Final standings, 2020 Kāpiti Junior Chess Championship:

Junior Open: 1. Kayden Loke, 2. Ryan Winter (Wellington College), 3. Henry Zaslow (Onslow College)
Secondary School: 1. Vincent Luo (HIBS), 2. Hamish Lester (Paraparaumu College), 3. Mia Vachon (Marsden Collegiate School)
Intermediate School:  1. Sravya Moparthi (Hutt Intermediate), 2. Youan Salt (Levin Intermediate), 3. Ryan Goodall (Levin Intermediate)
Primary School: 1. Lucas Qu (Churton Park), 2. Max Wang (Johnsonville School), 3. William Ding (Eastern Hutt School)
Kāpiti Chess Club School Trophy: Levin Intermediate (Youan Salt, Jack Davidson, Jack Grey, Ryan Goodall & Brock Clement)

Full results from the day can be found here:
Kāpiti Junior Open 2020
Kāpiti Junior (School) Chess Championship (Individual results by age group)
Kāpiti Junior (School) Chess Championship (School results)

Below: Amy Knowles vs Lucas Qu
Zachery He vs Mia Vachon

Below: Kāpiti Junior Chess Championship School Trophy winners, Levin Intermediate

More photos from the day can be found here.

2020 Club Champs decided!

Gordon Lyall makes it a threepeat and retains the Club Champion title and Tom Powell Trophy he won in 2018.  He secured the A grade title with a final round win this week against David Paul (See game here). Ross Jackson and Geoffrey Gunawan also had wins to retain second and third spots respectively (See Geoffrey’s game here). As the highest placed player rated under 1600, Geoffrey also takes out the B Grade champion title and keeps hold of the Ab Borren Trophy he won last year.  Hamish Lester takes the C Grade and Gufeld Trophy. Congratulations to all. See here for the full results and standings. 

A reminder that the Club is hosting the Kāpiti Junior Chess Championship this Saturday. This is the ideal chess event for all junior playing levels, with an Open section accommodating elite juniors, along with a Schools section with three grades. It’s not too late to enter, and promises to be a fun day. Details about the event and how to enter are here.

This was our last week of formal Club chess for the year. Next week is prizegiving, and a relaxed final night of social chess over some food and drink.

Kāpiti Junior Chess Championships

Following on from the successful Kāpiti Rapid last month, the club is hosting an open tournament for school kids and juniors, the Kāpiti Junior Chess Championships, on December 12. This is the ideal chess event for all junior playing levels, accommodating elite juniors in the Open section and three school grades. This should be a fun day. Details about the event and how to enter are here.

Meanwhile, things are really heating up with Round 6 of the Club Championships played this week.  Top seeds Gordon Lyall and Ross Jackson lead on 5 and 4½ respectively, with would-be contender Geoffrey Gunawan third on 4. Geoffrey wasn’t able to hammer home his great form to date, losing to John Eccles this week (see game here), while Ross and Gordon got the full point from their games (Gordon’s game here). However with one more round to go, all three have a chance of securing the title next week. Stay tuned! Full results so far can be found here.

The distinctive white knight of the Ab Borren Trophy for B grade champion, with the cup for most improved player behind. Geoffrey Gunawan won both last year, but has his eyes on the bigger prize this year. Can he do it?