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Back to OTB chess this week

With COVID alert levels back to 1, we will be meeting over the board again this week for the start of the Winter Cup. Rounds 1 and 2 played at 25m + 5s. Junior Club will meet beforehand, as usual, at 6:30. 

Congratulations to Lars who took out the gold in last week’s online arena. Full results here

Freebird decided

This week saw the conclusion of the second leg of the Freebird (10m + 5s) tournament, and with the results of with the first leg played back in February, congratulations goes to Gordon Lyall (with 12½) who now adds this trophy to his collection. But with a win over Gordon in the final round, Geoffrey Gunawan took out a close second (half a point behind on 12 points). Third was David Paul on 8½, and fourth was Ross Jackson on 8. Full vega results for series 2 can be found here, but overall combined final standings were:

PlayerSeries 1Series 2Total
Gordon Lyall75.512.5
Geoffrey Gunawan6.55.512
David Paul    44.58.5
Ross Jackson  3.54.58
Stewart Holdaway61.57.5
Guy Burns       437
John Eccles       2.53.56
David Scott     336
Brandon Holman  23.55.5
John Whibley 325
Andy Hicks     1.51.53
Hamish Lester   303
Mike O’Rorke01.51.5


Kāpiti Chess Club update – 15 June

This week saw the start of the second leg of the Club’s 10m + 5s Freebird tournament. Winner on the night was Gordon Lyall on 3½ from 4, followed by David Paul and Geoffrey Gunawan on 3. Combined standings after 12 rounds, and going into the final four rounds next week are: Gordon 10½, Geoffrey  9½, David Paul 7, Ross Jackson, Guy Burns, Stewart Holdaway 6, David Scott 5, John Eccles, John Whibley 4, followed by the remainder.

Junior Club continues to go strong with a mini 5m competition this week using clocks. Next week juniors will sit for their NZCF Level 1 pawn badge and certificate.

Photo: John Eccles and David Paul battle in Round 2 of 4 played in this week’s Freebird 10m+5s competition. John lost this one, but can take consolation in being the only person on the night not to lose his game to current Club Champ Gordon Lyall.

Blitz night

The first leg of the Club’s Blitz Cup was played this week. David Paul was winner on the night, with 8 from 9, followed half a point behind by Gordon Lyall,  with Geoffrey Gunawan in third place on 6½. Final standings and results can be found here. David again showed his impressive Blitz skills, losing just the one game to Gordon.  Of the 15 times the Blitz Cup has been contested since 2006, he has won it 12 times. Can he he make it 13 in 2021? The next leg will resume on August 14. Meanwhile, the next two weeks see the conclusion of the Freebird tournament (played at 10m + 5s). Here are the standings from the the first leg of this played back in February. Scores from both will count towards the final trophy!

First series of Leo Eichholtz decided

Stewart Holdaway was the deserved winner of the first leg of the Club’s Leo Eichholtz tournament, finishing this week unbeaten on 6½ from 8. He finished a clear 1½ points ahead of second place getters, Geoffrey Gunawan and Ross Jackson on 5. It was a night of chances, including Ross falling to a nice game by Geoffrey (see game here), and Guy perhaps ruing chances in Round 7 against Stewart, and in Round 8, where he allowed himself  to get into a clever minor piece trap from Mike. Here’s another game from the competition, the Round 3 clash between the eventual first and second place getters. 

Final results can be found here. The second and final leg of the Leo Eichholtz will begin in August. Meanwhile, next week will be a night of Blitz fun (or madness), followed the week after that by the start of final leg of the Freebird (10m + 5s).

The 2021 Kāpiti Rapid

The 27th annual Kāpiti Rapid was held in Paraparaumu on Saturday 29th May. The tournament fielded the second largest number of players in its 30-year history, with 45 players, including several titled players and former New Zealand champions. The tournament was played over 6 rounds under a 25 m + 5s time format.

Congratulations to Russell Dive who took out the open grade with an unbeaten 5½ from 6, with Brian Nijman and Anthony Ker sharing 2nd= on 5, and  Ben Hague, Scott Wastney and Ryan Winter tied for 4th=  on 4½. Interestingly, Russell was the co-winner of the very first Kāpiti Rapid held 30 years ago in 1991, and this is the 11th time he has won it.

Some critical results included Andrew Brockway’s victory over Anthony Ker in Round 2,  and Scott Wastney’s win over Ben Hague in Round 4. Second place getter, Brian Nijman played well with his sole loss also coming in Round 4 to eventual winner Russell. Brian’s fifth round win against fast improving junior Kayden Loke also drew applause from the crowd of spectators as he skillfully managed to execute a bishop and knight versus king mate in significant time trouble.

While Russell entered his Round 6 game against top seed Ben Hague a clear point ahead, four chasers including Ben, could catch him if they won. Both Russell and Ben had victory to play for, so it was unlikely to be a quick draw. The game battled down to the final minutes into a tense endgame, with both eventually able to promote pawns into a drawn K&Q v K&Q position. The draw was enough to give Russell the tournament victory.

Andrew Brockway also had a good day, with a victory over Anthony Ker, and only a single loss to Ryan Winter to finish on 4 from 6. Along with fellow Wellington Club mates Joshua Langford, Thomas Van der Hoorn, and Brent Perrin, he took a four-way share of the B grade prize, for those rated 1400 to 1800.

Taking out the C grade (under 1400) was unrated player Mathieson Carlyle with an impressive 4 from 6, ahead of Aidan Malcolm and Eric Zaslow on 3½.

Showing some amazing depth and future promise, the field comprised 16 juniors, ranging in ages from 8 to 19, and from unrated to ratings over 1900. In the 14 and over age group, Ryan Winter took out the Gold medal, ahead of Thomas van der Hoorn, while in the under 14 group, Kayden Loke again shone through to take the Gold medal ahead of Zac Li.

The top scoring Kāpiti Club players on 3½ were Guy Burns and David Paul along with dual Wellington and Kāpiti Club member Ross Jackson.

Final results can be found here:
Full crosstable
Standings by grade
Junior standings by age group

Photos from the day can be found here.

The day was well-organised and run by Club President Gordon Lyall, with the great help of his wife Andrea, and support from Club members. Thanks also to the Wellington Chess Club who provided extra equipment.

Thanks to all who attended.

Club night update – 25 May

There was plenty of action on club night this week, as Rounds 5 and 6 were played in the Leo Eichholtz 25+5 tournament.  Stewart Holdaway looks to have his eyes firmly on first place with a win over past champion David Paul, and a draw against Ross Jackson. He currently leads on on 5 from 6. Guy Burns and Ross Jackson also had a win and a draw from the night and sit in second place on 4. The level of closeness in the competition has been such that predicting winners is difficult, and so next week promises to be another interesting night. Current standings and results here.

This Saturday, 29th May, is the annual Kāpiti Rapid. With the entries so far, it promises to be a great day. Entry is open to anyone – details here.   

Half-way in Leo Eichholtz, Kāpiti members visit Palmerston North

After four rounds of the Leo Eichholtz Rapid, Stewart Holdaway leads on 3½, including a win over Club Champ, Gordon Lyall in Round 4. John Eccles follows on 3, then a chasing pack of Gordon, David Paul, Guy and Ross on 2½. Full results and standings at this half-way stage can be found here

Junior Club continues to prove popular with around 15 kids along this week.

Last Sunday four Club members – Geoffrey Gunawan, David Scott, Ross Jackson and Stewart Holdaway – competed in the Martin Sims Memorial Rapid tournament in Palmerston North. This was an enjoyable day, well run by the Manawatu-Knights Chess Club under Mark Noble. A reasonably well rated field, meant most of the Kāpiti contingent were ranked in the bottom half of the field, and while none of us were in the prizes, all performed close to expected, scoring between 2½ to 4 from the six rounds. Full results on the NZCF website here. Some photos from the day can be found here,  and one of Stewart’s games from the day here.

Don’t forget: Saturday 29th, the 27th Kāpiti Rapid promises to be another great day of Chess. Open to all levels and ages, with prizes over several grades, including junior prizes. Get in quick for this popular annual event. Click here on how to enter.

Club night – 11 May

The first two rounds of the Club’s 25+5 rapid tournament for the Leo Eichholtz Board were played this week. A competitive and enjoyable spirit resulted in some great games, and a mix of interesting results. John Eccles prevailed over 9-time past winner of this tournament, David Paul, to lead with maximum points from the night, with a chasing pack of four close behind on 1½. David Scott was left to rue his chances after snatching a draw and a loss from winning positions. Current results here.  

Below: Junior Club seems to to be proving a popular addition to the Kāpiti Coast, with around a dozen kids along each week. The youngest just 4 years old!

Term 2 Junior Club – Final results in Kingston

The second term of our new Junior Club kicked off enthusiastically this week with 12 juniors along for lessons and games. Meanwhile for the seniors following, it was the final round of the Kingston Memorial. Final placings are: Gordon Lyall 7/8, Stewart Holdaway and John Eccles on 5½, and Guy Burns and Ross Jackson next on 5. Final results here.

Next week is Round 1 and 2 of the Leo Eichholtz Rapid tournament, played under a 25 m + 5 s time control.