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Fischer-Random, Kāpiti and Wellington Opens, and the 10+ Club

This week we took a break from more serious Chess for a really fun night of Fischer-Random. In this variant, the starting positions for pieces on the first rank are random, which means players can’t rely on memorised openings. It makes for some really fun Chess where players have to rely more on first principles to navigate through very weird opening positions. Congrats to Gordon Lyall who won on the night, followed by David Scott in second, and Ross Jackson in third.  Full results here.

Three Kāpiti players  (Nathan Rose, Geoffrey Gunawan and Andrew Brockway) participated in the annual Wellington Easter Open last weekend. Congrats to Nathan who placed second in the C grade. The tournament was won by 2021 NZ Champion Nic Croad, and results can be found here.

The 2022 Kāpiti Rapid is being held on the Saturday 28 May. This tournament is open to all all levels and ages, with prizes over several grades, including junior prizes. Information and entry details can be found here.

Finally, a new addition to the Club’s historical record. This recognises the support and loyalty of all those who have been members of the Kāpiti Chess Club for 10 years or more,  including the amazing 35-year tenure of still current member John Whibley. Check out the 10+ Club here.