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?
The 2020 Kāpiti Rapid
The 26th playing of the Kāpiti Rapid drew one of the largest number of entrants in the tournament’s history and attracted players from as far afield as Auckland.
The top grade boasted a strong line up with an average rating of almost 2100, and 5 titled players, including current New Zealand Champion and top seed, FM Ben Hague. Things did not go smoothly for the pre-tournament favourite, when he suffered a loss playing Black against Athula Russell in round 3 (see game here). FM Nic Croad took control of the tournament with a win in round 5 against defending champion, FM Scott Wastney (see game here). He secured the tournament win with a final round win against CM Jack James (game here), to achieve 5½ from a possible 6 points. Athula Russell, who remained unbeaten, and Ben Hague tied second on 5 points.
|2020 Kāpiti Rapid winner Nic Croad with Club President Gordon Lyall|
The B grade was a tight affair and resulted in a 4-way share of first place between Kayden Loke, Nathan Hall, Lars Dobbertin-King and Paul He, each scoring a very impressive 4 points.
The C grade was shared by Jamie Webster and ungraded 15-year-old Henry Zaslov who recently arrived in Wellington from the USA.
The Junior gold medal winner was Michael Sole, who scored a solid 4 points and played on board 2 against Ben Hague in the last round. Winner of the silver medal, on tie-break, was Afique Nazeer.
The Junior (U15) gold medal went to Kayden Loke on tie-break from Paul He, who took silver.
David Paul and Ross Jackson were the highest scoring locals on 3½, and share the Flora Paul Memorial Trophy for the best performing Kāpiti Club members.
Round 4 Club Champs
The annual Kāpiti Rapid Chess tournament is on this Saturday, and with the interest shown so far, it promises to be another great day of chess on the Kāpiti Coast. All are welcome. See here for details how to join in. You can also follow it on Vega here.
Round 4 of the Club Champs this week. Geoffrey Gunawan followed up his earlier draw against Club Champ Gordon Lyall, with a 22-move win over top-rated Club player Ross Jackson – some 490 rating points higher! See their game here. Geoffrey now leads outright on 3½ from 4, with Gordon next on 3 (see his game here), followed by a chasing pack on 2½. Full current standings and results can be found here. With three more rounds left in the competition, the Tom Powell Trophy is still up for grabs. Will Geoffrey continue his good form, or will the bigger guns, or even one of the lesser guns, prevail! Stay tuned.
Round 2 Club Champs
A reminder that the annual Kāpiti Rapid is on 21 November. It is is open to everyone and promises to be a great day. See here for details.
Ross Jackson leads the Kāpiti Chess Club Champs after the second round with a win this week over Hamish Lester. Geoffrey Gunawan also did well to secure to a draw against 2019 Champion Gordon Lyall, and both now share second place on 1.5 points. Full standings after round 2 can be seen here.
Above: Move 6 in a marathon 92 move battle between Guy Burns and David Scott. The game had plenty of rook and pawn endgame practice, after having reached a largely even endgame by move 26. Guy unluckily mis-stepping near the end to allow David in for the late win. See game here.
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.
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