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

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