While some took the opportunity to get away over the School holiday/Easter/ANZAC breaks, three Kapiti club members Geoffrey Gunawan, David Scott, and Ross Jackson, decided to spend four solid days competing in the annual Wellington Chess Club Easter tournament, which this year doubled as the North Island Chess Championships.
Our club members held their own against one of the largest, most competitive fields playing this event (a total of 56 players, including many of the top NZ players, more than a third of the field rated over 2000, and an average tournament rating of around 1800).
Photo: Geoffrey considering his opening options…. f5 again?
Geoffrey (rated 1445) continued with his promising progress of late, scoring 3 from 8 (and a very respectable performance rating near 1500). This included a good win and a draw against 1700+ opposition. David S (rated 1666) scored a solid 4 from 8, managing a placing in the B-grade.
Special acknowledgement should be made to dual citizen member Ross (he is also President of the Wellington Chess Club), who not only played, but was the chief organiser of this successful event. Ross (rated 1928) scored 4/8 against tough competition, including a missed opportunity against current NZ champion Russell Dive. You can see this game, and ones from Geoffrey and David here. A full run down event results can be found here.
Above: Chief Tournament organiser, WCC Club President and KCC member Ross Jackson.
Meanwhile, round two of the Leo Eichholtz 25-5 rapid competition continued at the club this week. While a number were away on holidays, it was great to see former Club Captain Lars back visiting. Club Champion, Gordon Lyall rolled on with his winning ways – with wins over Ross Jackson and David Paul. Geoffrey also secured a full two points for the night, and currently sits in second place with David P.