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Kāpiti Chess Club Online

With the current unprecedented times, the Club has set itself up to meet online. The club is set up on lichess.org and can be found here. The new forum is open to Kāpiti Chess Club members and all chess enthusiasts within the Kāpiti-Horowhenua District.

The first online chess night was trialled this week, and after some initial hiccups, it went very well. Around half a dozen players battled out a flurry of blitz games, with lots of fun and chat. Congratulations to Geoffrey (aka ‘FreeNexus’) the winner on the night. Results of the night can be seen here.

This coming week (31 March), we will look to run a KCC Junior Blitz (3+2) for Juniors, from 7-7.30 pm, and another KCC All Blitz (5+3) from 7.30 pm for one hour, with casual games after that.

Club nights suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic

The Kāpiti Chess Club Committee has decided to cancel the next two club nights due to the Coronavirus.

The Government has taken unprecedented measures to protect all New Zealander’s from the Covid-19 and we fully support their efforts to restrict the spread of the virus. We therefore believe that it is in the best interest of the members, and our community, to suspend the chess club for at least two weeks.

The next scheduled club night will be 31st March, however, we will review the situation prior to this date and provide further updates via our website.

Second round of the Kingston Memorial tournament this week, and unlike last week, not all results went the way of the stronger player. One of our youngest players, Lucas Thompson grabbed a good win against the more experienced Rick Lowe, while Geoffrey Gunawan secured a draw against much higher-rated David Paul, and David Scott was able to get a point from Ross Jackson, albeit on time. After two rounds then, Gordon Lyall and David Scott lead on 2 points, but with six rounds left, there’s plenty of action yet to come. Full results so far, here. More photos here.

2020 KCC AGM

The Club held its Annual General Meeting this week, including the election of Committee members as follows:  Gordon Lyall  (President),  Guy Burns (Vice-President), David Paul (Club Captain), David Scott (Secretary), Brandon Holman (Treasurer), Ross Jackson and Geoffrey Gunawan (Committee Members). Mark Summers was re-elected as Junior Captain. John Whibley was made a Life Member in recognition of his 30 year association with the Club. A range of other items were discussed, including  fees, finances, a constitution refresh, the calendar of events, regional tournaments, and marketing and promotion. Full reports from the meeting can be found here.

Freebird week two

This week saw the second and final night of the Club’s fun annual  Freebird tournament, with four more rounds of  10 m + 5 s games. After 8 rounds, David Paul emerged victorious with 6.5 from 8, with David Scott second on 6. Top juniors were Geoffrey Guanawan on 5.5, and Mark Summers on 3.5. Congratulations! An Honourable Mention goes to new player to the club, Anthony Baker, scoring a creditable 4 from 8 on debut. Click here for full results.

Next week is AGM night, followed by casual chess as time permits. See you then.

Kāpiti Chess Club gets underway for 2020

Chess for 2020  got underway this week at the Kāpiti Chess Club with an enthusiastic turn out of current and past members, and several new visitors to the club. Welcome!

This week saw the start of the Freebird tournament played under a 10 m + 5 s time control, over two weeks.  At the half-way stage after four rounds, there is a crowded leaderboard with David Paul, Guy Burns, Geoffrey Gunawan and David Scott all on 3 points. See full results here.

Below: Play underway for 2020. For more club photos click here.

Chess for 2020 starting soon

Chess for 2020 will start again at the Club on Tuesday 4th February. Non-members and members welcome! We will be starting the year with our Freebird tournament. This is a short, fun tournament run over two weeks with 4 games a night using a 10 m + 5 s increment time format.

The Club’s AGM will be held on Tuesday 18th February, with casual chess following, as time permits. Please contact the Club if you’d like more information. A provisional calendar of events for 2020 is available here, and this will be confirmed after the AGM.

We cater for juniors as well as adults, so if you or your kids enjoy chess, come and check us out. 

2019 Prizegiving

A fun final night of the year for the Kapiti Chess Club this week, where members, family and friends got together to celebrate the year with some food, casual chess, including the traditional Club Champion simul against club members, and of course the main event,  the formal prizegiving awards for the year. Click here to see photos from the night.

Congratulations again to all our winners, and thanks to all our members for a successful 2019 year. See you in 2020!

2019 Club Champs wrap up

The final round of the Club Championships was played this week, and we now have confirmed winners for 2019. Congratulations to the champions in each of our grades.

A Grade B Grade C Grade
Gordon Lyall (first) Geoffrey Gunawan (first) Mark Summers (first)
Ross Jackson (second) Brandon Holman (second) Valera Bonyushkin (second)

Gordon Lyall backed up his win from last year to retain the A grade title for another year, half a point ahead of Ross Jackson. Geoffrey Gunawan takes out the B grade, having shown some impressive improvement over this year. While amongst the younger ranks, Mark Summers has also been in great form and despite missing three rounds,  takes this year’s C grade winning all but one of his games.  This link here features a nice win of his from Round 11.  Full final results of the 2019 Kapiti Chess Champs can be found here.

That now wraps up formal games at the Club for this year. Next week is prizegiving, supper and the traditional club simul against the Club Champion. Please bring some food, and friends and family are very welcome too.  See you there!

From the Archives – 1989

In this post, we go back 30 years to September 1989, when New Zealand FIDE Master Johnathan Sarfati visited the club at their Kapiti College clubrooms to give a talk and play a simul against club members. Sarfati at the time was one of New Zealand’s leading players, including having won the 1987/88 New Zealand Championship.

One of our current members, John Whibley was even there and is shown playing below. No records remain of the results, including if any club members were successful in their game. John also declines to say whether he won or lost!

Johnathan followed this up in April 2003 with a repeat visit to the club, this time playing an 11 game  simul, and winning all 11 games blindfolded!! Here is an account of that event from former member and club champion Earl Roberts (Chess from behind a blindfold, from NZ Chess 29(3) 2003, page 23). He returned again in February 2016 for another simul, winning 9 from 10.

If you are interested in seeing other photos of the early KCC club days from the late 1980’s and 1990’s click here.  We’d like to develop this history further, so if you have any photos, articles or stories you’d like to contribute to our club’s online history, we’d love to hear from you.