Friday, 26 November 2010

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Classic_ Cross Table after Round 6

Les has prepared a cross-table for the 2010 Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Classic here.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Ryde Eastwood Club Championships Grand Final

Last night was the final night of play in the 2010 Ryde Eastwood Club Championships Grand Final with a round-robin between the best six players of the Club. And nothing was certain going into last night. Rob Watson had a chance to win outright if he wins and joint first if he draws; Bill Gletsos needed to win to possibly share first; Lou Damaschino similarly needed to win to have a chance to share first.

Bill's game finished relatively early as he defeated Mark Aspin. Then came the wait, the agonising wait. Lou played Egon Cardenas. I am not sure what was the verdict on the game (as my game ended late as well) but Egon certainly did not help himself as he spectacularly self-destructed to an obvious tactic losing material and ending up a whole Queen down.

So we have now Bill and Lou on 3.5/5 with everything hinging on the last game to finish, which fittingly was Rob Watson vs Josh Christensen. Now, Josh must have something to prove after dropping the game last week to Egon which dashed all his hopes of taking the Championship outright. Fighting for pride, Josh ended an exchange up, a Rook for a Bishop and the position totally blocked. Josh could not find a way through. Both players were also under a bit of time pressure to make time control at 40 moves. They did, a massive exchange occurred and suddenly it was a won endgame for Josh with a Rook for a Knight and two passed pawns. Josh played accurately and Rob could not hold the position and lost.

That meant, Bill Gletsos and Lou Damaschino as 2010 Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Champions. Congrats to both!

Here are the round by round results:

Round 1

Damaschino - Christensen 0.5-0.5
Gletsos - Cardenas 1-0
Watson - Aspin 1-0

Round 2

Christensen - Aspin 1-0
Cardenas - Watson 0-1
Damaschino - Gletsos 1-0

Round 3

Gletsos - Christensen 0.5-0.5
Watson - Damaschino 1-0
Aspin - Cardenas 1-0

Round 4

Christensen - Cardenas 0-1
Damaschino - Aspin 1-0
Gletsos - Watson 1-0

Round 5

Watson - Christensen 0-1
Aspin - Gletsos 0-1
Cardenas - Damaschino 0-1


=1st Damaschino, Gletsos
=3rd Christensen, Watson
=5th Aspin, Cardenas

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Classic 2010_Round 6 Results

Round 6

Galwey - Escalante 0-1
Grbin - Mallari 0-1
Kuru - Marton 1-0
Kirillov - Patterson 0-1
Hale- Mikolajczyk 0.5-0.5
Hickey - Burgess 0-1
Edwards - Mitrovic 0.5-0.5
Williams - Chiara 0-1
Eyres - Valenzuela 1-0
Irmler - Siow 0.5-0.5
Mere - full point bye

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Classic 2010_Round 5 Results

Round 5

Escalante - Mallari 1-0
Galwey - Hale 1-0
Kuru - Kirillov 0.5-0.5
Burgess - Grbin 0-1
Marton - Irmler 1-0
Chiara - Patterson 0-1
Mitrovic - Hickey 0.5-0.5
Valenzuela - Edwards 0-1
Mere - Mikolajczyk 0-1
Siow - Eyres 0-1
Williams - full point bye

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

World Blitz Chess Championship 2010

The World Blitz Chess Championship is taking place from the 16th-18th November, 2010, in Moscow after the Tal Memorial tournament. The participants include eight players from Tal Memorial 2010 - GM Levon Aronian (ARM) 2801, GM Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2791, GM Pavel Eljanov (UKR) 2742, GM Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 2771, GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 2763, Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2741, GM Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2760, and GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2741.

They will be joined by 3 invited players - GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2802, GM Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) 2744, and GM Peter Svidler (RUS) 2722, as well as the six section winners GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave (FRA) 2703, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) 2720, GM Boris Grachev (RUS) 2654, GM Rauf Mamedov (AZE) 2660, and GM Boris Savchenko (RUS) 2632. GM Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 2744, GM Sergei Movsesian (SVK) 2721, GM Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2709 and World Junior Champion GM Dmitry Andreykin (RUS) 2683 have been invited to complete the field of 20 players.

For results after first day, see here.

Here are some of the videos of the games (all videos by bumblebee1607):

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Annual Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Presentation Evening and Dinner

Dear Chess Club Members,

The year is drawing to a close and it is another successful year for the Club. To celebrate our successes, come along for the Presentation Evening followed by Dinner at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club's Hawk's Nest Restaurant. The Invitation, Dinner Menu and cost are in the documents following.

Presentation and Dinner Invitation


Children's Menu

Dear Chess Club Member,
I invite you and your partner to our annual presentation and dinner evening on Wednesday 15th December. The presentation will start at 7.30pm in our chess club room, followed by dinner in the Hawk’s Nest Restaurant (see attached menus).
If you would like to attend dinner the cost will be;
For a Chess Club Member--------$20
For their Partner--------------------$30
For a Child that is a member of the chess club and orders from the children’s menu---$0
Could you let me know if you will be attending the dinner by the 8th so I can inform the restaurant.
Please pay Tom before the 15th or you can direct deposit the amount into the Chess Club’s bank account, details are;
Commonwealth Bank West Ryde
BSB No.062 271
Account No. 1009 5836
If you direct deposit please inform Tom, his email is
Hope to see you there.
Les Mikolajczyk

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Classic 2010_Round 4 Results

Round 4

Mallari - Kuru 1-0
Patterson - Escalante 0-1
Hale - Grbin 0.5-0.5
Kirillov - Hickey 1-0
Edwards - Burgess 0-1
Mikolajczyk - Marton 0-1
Mere - Mitrovic 0-1
Irmler - Williams 1-0
Eyres - Chiara 0-1
Valenzuela - Siow 1-0
Galwey - half point bye

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Classic 2010_Round 3 Results

Round 3 (corrected today 10th Nov 2010)

Patterson - Mallari 0-1
Burgess - Galwey 0-1
Escalante - Kirillov 1-0
Chiara - Hale 0-1
Mitrovic - Grbin 0F-1F
Hickey - Irmler 1-0
Bredin - Mikolajczyk 0-1
Williams - Valenzuela 1-0
Marton - Mere 1-0
Eyres - full point bye
Kuru - half point bye
Edwards - half point bye
Siow - half point bye