Thursday, 13 December 2012

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Winners for 2012

I trust the Presentation and Annual Dinner went swimmingly well last night. Sorry I could not attend and congratulate the winners.

Click here to see again the list of Club winners for 2102.

My best wishes to everyone for the coming holidays and New Year! I hope to play again next year at the Club. See you then!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club 2012 Champion

Drum rolllllllllllll.......

The 2012 Club Champion is Frank Pacey! Congrats!

Coming 2nd is Donato Mallari
Equal 3rd are Egon Cardenas, Bill Gletsos, Steven Liu
6th is Shane Dibley

That concludes the programme for 2012. Presentation and Annual Dinner this Wednesday and then a break for the holidays and the Club resumes activities in late January.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Ryde-Eastwood Chess Classic 2012_Rd 7 and Final Standings

In the final competition for the Club, Arthur has emerged first with a picket-fence score of 7/7. Chris Ball defeated Lorenzo Escalante in the final round to join Richard Galwey in joint second placing. Lorenzo and Argo Kuru are joint fourth.

Congratulations to all.

Results of Round 7 and Final Standings can be viewed here.

I am awaiting the results of the Club Championship and will post them when they are made available to me.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Ryde-Eastwood Chess Classic 2012_Rd 6

Ryde-Eastwood Chess Classic 2012 has reached Round 6 and Arthur Huynh has won with 6/6 and a round to spare. Lorenzo Escalante, Chris Ball and Richard Galwey (lost to Lorenzo in Rd 6) are joint second with 4/6.

For full results and standings after Round 6, see here.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Ryde-Eastwood Chess Classic 2012_Rd 5

Ryde-Eastwood Chess Classic 2012 has reached Round 5 and Arthur Huynh is still leading with 5/5. Richard Galwey is on 4/5.

For full results and standings after Round 5, click here.

Monday, 19 November 2012

2012 Presentation Evening and Annual Dinner

Please read the following important Announcement from the President on the 2012 Presentation Evening and Annual Dinner:

Dear Members,
I invite you and your partner to our presentation night followed by dinner in the Golden Hawk Restaurant.
The presentation night is on Wednesday 12th December starting at 7.30pm in our chess room.
If you would like to come to dinner the cost is;
Member    - $25
Your partner - $40
If your partner is a child and they order from the children’s menu the cost would be $10.
The menu is attached.
Let me know ASAP if you wish to attend dinner and please pay Greig Edwards before 7.30 pm 12th December.

Les Mikolajczyk

For the menu, click here to view.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Ryde-Eastwood Chess Classic 2012_Rd 4

Ryde-Eastwood Chess Classic 2012 has reached Round 4 and Arthur Huynh is leading with 4/4. With Ted Wong and Konrad Zielinski having withdrawn and Arthur defeating Lorenzo Escalante in Rd 4, it looks like a trot to the finish for Arthur.

For full results and standings after Round 4, click here.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Ryde-Eastwood Classic Update

For results of the Ryde-Eastwood Classic after Round 3, click here.

Thursday, 18 October 2012


A message from the President:
Dear Members,
Our R-E Classic competition starts on Wednesday, if you would like to compete please let me know before 5.00pm Tuesday 23rd. The  competition will be a 7 round Swiss with the final round being played on December 5th.
The time limit will be 40 move in 90 minutes + 30 minutes to finish.
The finals of our Club Championship will also be played during this period.
Our presentation and annual dinner will be held on December 12th.


Friday, 12 October 2012

The Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Lightning Championship 2012

The Club Championship Lightning Preliminary  & Final results were:

Prelim Group A
Ted Wong 8/9
Christopher Ball 8/9
Chee Tan 6/9

Prelim Group B
Shane Dibley 9/9
Rob Watson 7/9
Lorenzo Escalante 5.5/9

Championship Lightning  Final

1st Ted Wong 8.5/10
2nd Lorenzo Escalante 7.5/10
3rd Christopher Ball 5.5/10
Congratulations to Ted Wong.

The Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Calendar Updated

The Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Calendar has been updated. Please see here or click on the link on the sidebar to the right.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Ryde-Eastwood Chess Club Lightning competition

Message from El Presidente:
Hi all, 
Just a reminder that our lightning competition starts on Wednesday, if you wish to compete be there before 7.30pm. The finals will be held on the following Wednesday. 
Regards, Les Mikolajczyk

NSWCA Grade Matches U1400

Here is a report from the El Kapitan of the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club U1400 team.
Good Evening Ryde Eastwood U1400 Chess Team!!!,

I’m writing this email as one of my final roles as Captain...

Finally the NSWCA have updated the results  ( ) of the U1400 competition that we completed 4 days ago...

According to the NSWCA website there will be a presentation at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club on September 12th, 2011...Let’s hope that is a misprint and it should be on THIS year...

I’ve completed the form guide for those of you who are interested...(see the attached spreadsheet)...

So it’s official we have come first with 22 from 32 ( a clear 3.5 in front of 2nd) and are thus the 2012 Under 1400 grade NSWCA chess champions...What an honour!!!...Congratulations to all...

I would like to thank Chris Ball for leading the charge on Board 1 with 5.5 from 7 and reciting famous grandmaster games of the past whilst waiting for the opposition to arrive...

I would like to thank Martin Chin for overcoming his bitter disappointment of losing the first game and going on to win the individual cross table result with 6.5 from 8...

In the past players who have played at least 70% of games and won at least 70% of those games (as is the case with the above 2 players) were entitled to an additional award...I’m not sure if that is the case this year...perhaps Les Mikolajczyk or Bill Gletsos could answer this...

I would like to thank Vince Chiara for participating with his 4.5 from 7 despite his devotion to the U1600 competition...

I would like to thank Ivan Mitrovic for participating with his 4 from 8 despite having a car without brakes and having the flu in the last round...

I would like to thank the unused reserves Wayne Bredin and Brendan Xu despite the latter resigning half way through...

I would like to thank myself with 1.5 from 2 and for doing a good job encouraging , organising , instructing and documenting the results...

No need to reply to this email …Yes this means you!!!

Remember to have fun , but it is more fun to win…We proved this , didn’t we?

No need to address me as Captain from now on… “Alan” will suffice… J

Kind Regards
Alan Marton
The results are here.


Saturday, 21 July 2012

Ryde-Estwood Leagues Club's Chess Club Calendar UPDATED!!

Dear Members,

The Ryde-Estwood Leagues Club's Chess Club Calendar has been UPDATED!! Please click on link here and check it out!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Chess Puzzle from French Team Top 12 Championships

From the current French Team Top 12 Championship happening in Belfort,

Round 6 game  between GM Etienne Bacrot (2695) - GM Dmitry Svetushkin (2597), White has just played 45  Qf4-d6. What would you play as Black? Do you see any threats?

* In the game, Black queened the d-pawn (45...d2-d1=Q) but this allowed a petite combinaison: 46.Ng6+ Kg8 47.Qxb8+ Kh7 48.Ne7.
Stockfish recommends 45...Kf8-e8 which is still difficult for Black but not losing immediately.

This is not so much a puzzle as it is puzzling. Round 6 between IM Jean-Rene Koch (2484) - GM Kamil Miton (2622), White has just played 53 Bd1xh5. What would you play as Black? (scroll down to ** and highlight to reveal the answer, that is, after you have a think, if you are interested to know what happened.)

**To maintain the draw, you would expect Black to capture b3 with the Knight, ie 53...Nc5xb3 but no, the game record shows 53...Nc5xa4. Stockfish on iPad thinks this is a +73 White advantage but the second puzzling thing occurred: the game was drawn. I can only surmise that both players were in time trouble? OR possible but unlikely: the game score is corrupted?
Now here is the puzzle: Can you win as White from 53...Nc5xa4? (see below *** and highlight to reveal the answer)
(the full game score:
IM Koch, Jean-Rene (2484) - GM Miton, Kamil (2622)
TCh-FRA Top 12 2012 Belfort FRA (6.4), 2012.06.05
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.c4 Be7 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3 Nf6 9.Nc2 O-O 10.Bd3 Bg4 11.f3 Be6 12.Be3 Nh5 13.Nd5 Bg5 14.Bb6 Qd7 15.O-O Ne7 16.a4 Rac8 17.Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.b3 g6 19.Nb4 Bf4 20.g3 Qg5 21.Ra2 a5 22.Nd5 Bxd5 23.exd5 Be3+ 24.Bxe3 Qxe3+ 25.Kh1 f5 26.Re2 Qc5 27.Bc2 Nf6 28.Qd2 Qc7 29.Kg2 Nd7 30.Rfe1 Nc5 31.f4 e4 32.Qd4 Qg7 33.Qxg7+ Kxg7 34.Kf2 h6 35.Ke3 Kf6 36.Rf1 Rce8 37.Ref2 Re7 38.h3 Kg7 39.Rg2 Ref7 40.g4 fxg4 41.Rxg4 g5 42.h4 Rxf4 43.Rfxf4 Rxf4 44.Rxf4 gxf4+ 45.Kxf4 Kg6 46.Bxe4+ Kh5 47.Bc2 Kxh4 48.Bd1 Kh3 49.Kf5 Kg3 50.Kf6 Kf4 51.Ke7 Ke5 52.Kd8 h5 53.Bxh5 Nxa4 54.bxa4 Kd4 55.Kc7 Ke5 56.Kb6 Kf6 57.Kxa5 Ke7 58.Kb6 Kd8 59.a5 Kc8 60.Be8 Kb8 61.Bb5 Kc8 62.Be8 Kb8 63.Bb5 ½-½)
***At move 58...Ke7-d8, Stockfish announces mate in 22 with 59 Kb6xb7.
At move 59...Kd8-c8, Stockfish announces mate in 17 with 60 Bh5-g4+.
At move 60...Kc8-b8, Stockfish announces mate in 6 with 61 Be8-d7.

2012 Club Championship Prelimaries

Previously Postponed Games

Valenzuela - Kirillov 0-1
Khoo - Ball 1-0
Kuru - Mlinaric 0-1
Shoa - Liu 0F-1F
Hale - Dibley 1-0
Mallari - Edwards 1-0
Margan - Bredin 1-0
Mikolajczyk - Christensen 1-0
Gletsos - Galwey 1-0
Mikolakjczyk - Burgess 1-0
Christensen - Margan 1-0
Khoo - Grbin 1-0
Edwards - Hale 0-1
Margan - Mikolajczyk 0-1
Hale - Khoo 0.5-0.5
Gletsos - Burgess 0.5-0.5
Bredin - Christensen 0-1

Sunday, 20 May 2012

NSWCA Grade Matches Competition

Hi all,
It appears that NSWCA will not have an U2150 & an U1800 division in this year’s Grade Match Competition due to lack of entries.

U1600 & U1400 division will be played and we are entering a team in each division.

Team co-ordinator is Greig Edwards; email phone 0416248223

U1600 team: Susan Margan    1527   (Capitan) email phone0434004577

U1400 team: Alan Marton        1325   (Capitan) email phone 0419238632

Les Mikolajczyk

Friday, 11 May 2012

2012 Club Championship Prelimaries Round 11

Round 11

Ball - Grbin 0.5-0.5
Edwards - Gluvchinsky 1-0
Mitrovic - Dibley 0-1
Chin - Hale 0-1
Watson Bye
Mallari - Khoo 1-0

Mlinaric Bye
Zekic - Kirillov 0-1
Chiara Bye
Valenzuela - Kuru 0-1
Shoa - Liu Postponed
Escalante - Pacey 0-1

Mikolajczyk Bye
Hickey - Margan 0.5-0.5
Irmler - Burgess 0-1
Marton - Cartdenas 0-1
Bredin - Galwey 0-1
Christensen - Gletsos 0.5-0.5

Previously Postponed Games

Kuru - Pacey 0-1

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Puzzle from US Women Chess Championships

The US Chess Championships and the Women Chess Championships is currently underway in St Louis. The official website has the live games and live commentary with Jennifer Shahade (the one with the nasal tone in her voice) and GM Ben Finegold.

From Round 2,

In this position, White just played 18 Rf1-f3. This is a blunder. How should Black punish this?

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

2012 Club Championship Prelimaries Round 10

Round 10

Watson - Ball 1-0
Hale - Khoo Postponed
Dibley - Mallari 0-1
Gluvchinsky Bye
Grbin - Chin 1-0
Edwards - Mitrovic 1-0

Pacey Bye
Liu - Escalante 1-0
Kuru - Shoa 1F-0F
Valenzuela Bye
Kirillov - Chiara 0-1
Mlinaric - Zekic 1-0

Galwey Bye
Cardenas - Gletsos 1-0
Burgess - Christensen 0.5-0.5
Margan - Bredin Postponed
Mikolajczyk - Marton 0.5-0.5
Hickey - Irmler 1-0

Chess Tip#1

What to do when you lose to an Engine ...... Advice from an Emperor and military genius ......

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

2012 Club Championship Prelimaries Round 9

Round 9

Ball - Mitrovic 0.5-0.5
Chin - Edwards Postponed
Grbin Bye
Mallari - Gluvchinsky 1-0
Khoo - Dibley 0-1
Watson - Hale 0.5-0.5

Zekic Bye
Chiara - Mlinaric 1-0
Valkenzuela - Kirillov Postponed
Shoa Bye
Escalante - Kuru 1-0
Pacey - Liu 1-0

Cardenas Bye
Burgess - Galwey 0.5-0.5
Margan - Gletsos 0-1
Mikolajczyk - Christensen Postponed
Hickey - Bredin 1-0
Irmler - Marton 0-1

Previously Postponed Games

Cardenas - Bredin 1-0

Sunday, 22 April 2012

The 2012 Zurich Chess Challenge - Kramnik vs Aronian

Yesterday (this morning AEST), the world No 2 ranked chess player, GM Levon Aronian, played the first game in a 6-games match with the world No 3 ranked chess player and former world champion, GM Vladimir Kramnik, in Zurich, Switzerland. The excellent website is here.

If you are in Zurich, entry as spectator is free (and Shaun Press blogged that there is a lucky Australian in Zurich ......), otherwise, you can watch the game (chess moves) live here or watch the game live (the players) here with commentary by IM Werner Hug and GM Yannick Pelletier. The whole organisation for online chess fans is really good.

But for the creme de la creme of online chess commentary, I would recommend the exceedingly excellent commentary by GM Sergey Shipov on Crestbook (if you read russian) otherwise head over to Chessvibes and read the live translation into English by Colin McGourtry:  Round 1 here. I really enjoyed playing through the game this morning over breakfast and learned a lot.

Alternatively, Chessdom with its Chessbomb live game analysis by GM Arkadij Naiditsch of the Chess Evolution team also has great live commentary: see here.

And the result this morning? Aronian landed the first significant blow winning with Black. I suggest heading over to Chessvibes to see the story/commentary. But a few interesting bits:
  1. The game ended following a game by the current European Woman Chess Champion Valentina Gunina vs Anna Muzychuk, Gaziantep 2012. It seems that this is the only game with the position after 16 Nd5. Anna Muzychuk played 16...Qd6 and went on to lose.
  2. According to Shipov, from the live video, it seems Kramnik did not expect Aronian's 12 move reply, i.e. 12...Qe6. Perhaps I might check it out on the video.
  3. According to Naiditsch, their publication, the Chess Evolution Weekly Newsletter (CEWN), analysed the Gunina-Muzychuk game in Issue 4 and suggested 16...Qd6 as improvement over Muzychuk's 12...Qe6 in the game. Hmmmmm ...... does this mean that someone should get Kramnik a subscription to CEWN? :) :) :)
FM Dennis Monokroussos has also analysed the game (see here) but added the following on move 16...Qe6 (I think from the press conference after the game which I have not watched):
and the all-knowing commentators assumed that when Aronian played 16...Qe6 rather than Muzychuk's 16...Qd6 both players were still early in their preparation.
Surprisingly, this assumption was false. Aronian, who played the novelty, was unaware of the game and hadn't spent too much time on 11.Re1 lines in general. Kramnik did know the game, but in a big lapse had not investigated it too seriously or with an engine (but I repeat myself?) and was on his own after Aronian's new move.
Interestingly, everyone assumed that the players were still early in their preparation, but this was not so. Aronian had barely worked on 11.Re1, while Kramnik had seen the Gunina-Muzychuk game but for some reason hadn't bothered to look carefully at it, either on his own or with an engine. As a result, he went into a deep think here, realizing that he was already slightly worse and trying to decide which slightly worse position to defend.
This is also borne out by TWIC (also analysis by Mark Crowther): see here.

Also interesting from the press conference (I think) are Aronian's thoughts of his strategy, e.g. as reported by Mark Crowther:
Aronian was concentrating on getting an ending with the queens off which he thought was favourable to him
Aronian kept setting Kramnik problems and avoided exchanging into a technical ending (of which he wasn't that confident)

But kudos to both Kramnik and Aronian for playing original interesting chess and not boring drawing chess in the very first game.

What can we learn from this game? I think for club players like me, at least the following:
  1. The game is a window int how top players prepare for their games and the openings and the specific lines within the openings they choose and analyse in preparation.
  2. Even the greatest chess players is only human and can make mistakes in home analysis.
  3. If following Shipov's commentary, we can also learn how top players will try to defend, either by setting up defensive walls or by complicating the games. For me this was really interesting and Shipov's commentary brought this out in a very clear manner. His explanations of Kramnik's subsequent moves were very clear. Eg Shipov's annotation to Kramnik's 24th move:
24. g5 
A very tough move by a courageous player. Volodya understands the strategic risk of his position perfectly well and is striving to generate complications at all costs. He's clearly afraid of being strangled without counterchances. The difficulty of the move is that it leads to the destruction of White's pawn structure. Personally I wouldn't be able to decide on something like that. But the computer confirms Kramnik's choice is correct. Well, they both know better.
I am really looking forward to more fighting chess from both players now.

2012 Club Championship Prelimaries Rounds 8

Round 8

Hale - Ball 1-0
Dibley - Watson 1-0
Gluvchinsky - Khoo 1-0
Grbin - Mallari 0-1
Edwards Bye
Mitrovic - Chin 0-1

Liu Bye
Kuru - Pacey Postponed
Escalante Bye
Kirillov - Shoa 1-0
Mlinaric - Valenzuela 1-0
Zekic - Chiara 1-0

Irmler Bye
Marton - Hickey 0.5-0.5
Bredin - Mikolajczyk 0-1
Christensen - Margan Postponed
Gletsos - Burgess Postponed
Galwey - Cardenas 1-0

Previously Postponed Games

Margan - Irmler 0.5-0.5

Friday, 20 April 2012

Endgames and their importance

On one of the past Wednesday evenings at the Club, Arthur Huynh was demonstrating a few endgames to Greig, Alan and myself. We all agreed on the importance of learning the endgames well but being amateurs club players with limited time and limited memory, endgames can be tough. But what if you are a GM? Even if you are an amateur GM? Shouldn't you know the basic endgame theory? This lesson was brought home today when I read the Chessvibes report on the Bangkok Open.

At the recent Bangkok Open, English GM Nigel Short, on his way to winning the event, played GM Farrukh Amonatov in the penultimate round. On move 78, Short played Ra8, reaching the famous Vancura position but with Black's rook and king in the wrong position to achieve a draw (have a look at the notes on Chessvibes).

This is the earlier position after White's 69th move (69 a7). What would you play if you were Black to draw?

As a matter of serendipity (I am a fan of serendipitious events), I was reading the newish Chess Evolution Weekly Newsletter (which was started in February this year). The newsletter is a great subscription, as it contains 4 well-annotated GM games, an annotated classic game, puzzles and Edngame theory by GM Csaba Balogh. In issue No 3, GM Balogh dealt with the Vancura position! (The first edition is free for download.)

It is important to know the endgame positions but even more important to know how to transition to the known endgame position.

If club members are interested, I can post some well-known endgame positions (plagiarised from CEWN but only the positions, not the notes and solutions) on this blog as an ongoing exercise ...... Perhaps we can get a discussion going on this blog ......

Monday, 16 April 2012

2012 Club Championship Prelimaries Rounds 6 and 7 Results

Round 6

Dibley - Ball 1-0
Gluvchinsky - Hale 1-0
Grbin - Watson 1-0
Edwards - Khoo 0-1
Mitrovic - Mallari 0-1
Chin Bye

Valenzuela Bye
Shoa - Chiara 0-1
Escalante - Zekic 0-1
Pacey - Mlinaric 1-0
Liu - Kirillov 0.5-0.5
Kuru - Bye

Marton Bye
Bredin - Irmler 0-1
Christensen Hickey 0.5-0.5
Glets0s - Mikolajczyk 1-0
Galwey - Margan 1-0
Cardenas - Burgess 1F-0F

Round 7

Ball - Chin 1-0
Mitrovic - Bye
Mallari - Edwards Postponed
Khoo - Grbin Postponed
Watson - Gluvchinsky 1-0
Hale - Dibley Postponed

Kuru Bye
Liu Bye
Kirillov - Pacey 0-1
Mlinaric - Escalante 1-0
Zekic - Shoa 1-0
Chiara - Valenzuela 0-1

Hickey Bye
Irmler - Mikolajczyk 0.5-0.5
Marton - Margan 0-1
Bredin - Burgess Postponed
Christensen - Cardenas 1-0
Gletsos - Galwey Postponed

Previously Postponed Games

Liu - Zekic 0.5-0.5
Galwey - Hickey 0.5-0.5

Friday, 6 April 2012

2012 Club Championship Prelimaries Round 5 Results

Round 5

Ball - Bye
Mallari - Chin 1-0
Khoo - Mitrovic 1-0
Watson - Edwards 1-0
Hale - Grbin 0-1
Dibley - Gluvchinsky 1-0

Kirillov - Kuru 0.5-0.5
Mlinaric - Liu 0-1
Zekic - Pacey 0-1
Chiara - Escalante 0-1
Valenzuela - Shoa 1-0

Margan - Bye
Mikolajczyk - Burgess Postponed
Hickey - Cardenas 0-1
Irmler - Galwey 0-1
Marton - Gletsos 1-0
Bredin - Christensen Postponed

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

2012 Club Championship Prelimaries Round 4 Results

Round 4

Ball - Edwards 1-0
Mitrovic - Grbin 0.5-0.5
Chin - Gluvchinsky 0-1
Siow - Dibley 0-1
Mallari - Hale 1-0
Khoo - Watson 0-1

Shoa - Bye
Escalante - Valenzuela 1-0
Pacey - Chiara 1-0
Liu - Zekic Postponed
Kuru - Mlinaric Postponed
Kirillov - Bye

Bredin - Bye
Christensen - Marton 1-0
Gletsos - Irmler 1-0
Galwey - Hickey Postponed
Cardenas - Mikolajczyk 1-0
Burgess - Margan 1-0

Monday, 19 March 2012

2012 Club Championship Prelimaries Rounds 1-3 Results

Round 1

Khoo - Ball Postponed
Watson - Mallari 0-1
Hale - Siow 1-0
Dibley - Chin 1-0
Gluvchinsky - Mitrovic 1-0
Grbin - Edwards 1-0

Chiara - Bye
Valenzuela - Zekic 0-1
Shoa - Mlinaric 0-1
Escalante - Kirillov 1-0
Pacey - Tan 1-0
Liu - Kuru 1-0

Gletsos - Bye
Galwey - Christensen 0-1
Cardenas - Bredin postponed
Burgess - Marton 1-0
Margan - Irmler Postponed
Mikolajczyk - Hickey 0-1

Round 2

Mallari - Ball 1-0
Khoo - Siow 1-0
Watson - Chin 1-0
Hale - Mitrovic 1-0
Dibley - Edwards 1-0
Gluvchinsky - Grbin 1-0

Escalante - Bye
Pacey - Shoa 1-0
Liu - Valenzuela 1-0
Kuru - Chiara 0-1
Tan - Zekic Postponed
Kirillov -Mlinaric 0-1

Christensen - Bye
Gletsos - Bedin 1-0
Galwey - Marton 0.5-0.5
Cardenas - Irmler 1-0
Burgess - Hickey 1-0
Margan - Mikolajczyk Postponed

Round 3

Gluvchinsky - Ball 1-0
Grbin - Dibley 0-1
Edwards - Hale Postponed
Mitrovic - Watson 0.5-0.5
Chin - Khoo 0-1
Siow - Mallari 0-1

Kirillov - Bye
Mlinaric - Tan 0-1
Zekic - Kuru 1-0
Chiara - Liu 0-1
Valenzuela - Pacey 0-1
Shoa - Escalante 0-1

Burgess - Bye
Margan - Cardenas 1-0
Mikolajczyk - Galwey 0.5-0.5
Hickey - Gletsos 0-1
Irmler - Christensen 0-1
Marton - Bredin 1-0

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Magnus Carlsen speaks ...... the videos.

Here you have it ...... Magnus at his most talkative (!?) in an exclusive interview with the well-known US TV programme CBS 60 minutes.

60 Minutes also produced extra video clips.

Life as a celebrity (or not!):

Here is Chessbase founder, Frederic Friedel:

Lastly there is GM Daniel King on the chess game.

Here is FM Dennis Monokroussos take on it:
[DM: I don't think it does any harm to the prestige of chess, and in that sense it's good. However, it strikes me as pretty ill-informed. Carlsen has tremendous talent, but it's not as if he's inexplicable but players like Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik, Aronian and Topalov (to give just the other members of the 2800 club) are somehow ordinary and their abilities perfectly understood. And it's not so much that it's insulting to them as it reflects an utter lack of understanding about learning and excellence.

The interviewer was also in raptures about Carlsen's 10-board blindfold simul. That's impressive, and I doubt that I could do it even if I started working on blindfold chess in a serious way. But a German FM recently played something like 46 blindfold games simultaneously! That's an incredible achievement, but it still doesn't put him in Carlsen's league as a chess player.

So I'd call it the television equivalent of empty calories.]

AND Lastly, here is the 1972 60 Minutes interview with Bobby Fischer:

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Monday, 20 February 2012

2012 Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club — Rapid Championship_Final Standings

Final Placings

1st Arthur Huynh
=2nd Donatao Mallari, Steven Liu, Shane Burgess, Chee Tan, Frank Pacey

=1st Shane Dibley, Les Mikolajczyk, Vince Chiara

2012 Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club — Rapid Championship_Rounds 7-9

Round 7

Huynh - Christensen 1-0
Liu - Cardenas -.5-0.5
Mallari - Khoo 1-0
Tan - Pacey 1-0
Gletsos - Kuru 1-0
Marton - Burgess 0-1
Watson - Zekic 0-1
Gluvchinsky - Mitrovic 0-1
Mikolajczyk - Dibley 0-1
Grbin - Edwards 1-0
Kirillov - Irmler 0-1
Valenzuela - Chiara 0-1
Bredin - Margan 0-1
Mere - Mlinaric 0-1

Round 8

Tan - Huynh 0.5-0.5
Mallari - Gletsos 1-0
Zekic - Liu 0-1
Mitrovic - Cardenas 1-0
Christensen - Burgess 0-1
Pacey - Khoo 1-0
Kuru - Dibley 0-1
Watson - Marton 1-0
Irmler - Grbin 0-1
Mlinaric - Gluvchinsky 0-1
Margan - Chiara 0-1
Edwards - Mikolajczyk 0-1
Valenzuela - Kirillov 0-1
Mere - Bredin 0-1

Round 9

Huynh - Mitrovic 1-0
Burgess - Mallari 1-0
Liu - Pacey 0-1
Gletsos - Tan 0.5-0.5
Cardenas - Christensen 0-1
Dibley - Zekic 0-1
Khoo - Watson 0-1
Grbin - Mikolajczyk 0-1
Chiara - Kuru 1-0
Gluvchinsky - Marton 1-0
Bredin - Irmler 1-0
Kirillov - Mere 1-0
Mlinaric - Edwards 0-1
Margan - Valenzuela 0-1

2012 Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club — Rapid Championship_Rounds 4-6

Round 4

Mallari - Huynh 0-1
Liu - Watson 1-0
Pacey - Gletsos 1-0
Escalante - Tan 0-1
Burgess - Cardenas 0-1
Kuru - Marton 0.5-0.5
Christensen - Chiara 1-0
Dibley - Gluvchinsky 1-0
Zekic - Margan 1-0
Mitrovic - Mikolajczyk 1-0
Edwards - Khoo 0-1
Kirillov - Grbin 1-0
Mere - Valenzuela 1-0
Irmler - Mlinaric 1-0

Round 5

Huynh -Liu 1-0
Tan - Mallari 0-1
Cardenas - Pacey 0-1
Marton - Christensen 0-1
Gletsos -Dibley 1-0
Escalante - Kuru 1-0
Watson - Mitrovic 1-0
Khoo - Zekic 1-0
Kirillov - Burgess 0-1
Gluvchinsky - Chiara 1-0
Grbin - Mere 1-0
Margan - Edwards 0.5-0.5
Valanzuela - Irmler 1-0
Mlinaric - Mikolajczyk 0.5-0.5

Round 6

Pacey - Huynh 0-1
Liu Mallari 1-0
Christensen - Gletsos 0.5-0.5
Khoo - Escalante 1-0
Cardenas - Watson 1-0
Burgess - Chee 0-1
Kuru - Gluvchinsky 1-0
Dibley - Marton 0-1
Zekic - Grbin 1-0
Mitrovic - Valenzuela 1-0
Edwards - Kirillov 1-0
Mikolajczyk - Margan 1-0
Chiara - Mlinaric 0-1
Irmler - Mere 1-0

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

2012 Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club — Rapid Championship_Rounds 1-3

It is February and the first comp has begun in Ryde-Eastwood Chess Club. I am kicking myself for missing it this year but things did not happen last Wednesday and I could not get away.

If, like me, you wish to play chess, please remember that Rapid will go on for another two weeks and then it is the Club Championships Preliminaries.

Round 1

Huynh - Dibley 1-0
Margan - Christensen 0-1`
Mallari - Edwards 1-0
Mlinaric Liu 0-1
Gletsos - Mikolajczyk 1-0
Marton - Escalante 0-1
Watson - Irmler 1-0
Chiara - Burgess 0-1
Tan - Kirillov 1-0
Valenzulea - Kuru 0-1
Cardenas - Mere 1-0
Bredin - Mitrovic 0-1
Gluvchinsky - Pacey 0-1

Round 2

Burgess - Huynh 0-1
Christensen - Watson 0-1
Kuru - Mallari 0-1
Liu - Tan 1-0
Mitrovic - Gletsos 0-1
Escalante - Cardenas 1-0
Pacey - Margan 1-0
Irmler - Gluvchinsky 0-1
Dibley - Chiara 0.5-0.5
Edwards - Valenzuela 1-0
Kirillov - Mlinaric 1-0
Mikolajczyk - Bredin 1-0
Mere - Marton 0-1

Round 3

Huynh - Escalante 1-0
Mallari - Pacey 1-0
Gletsos - Liu 0.5-0.5
Watson - Burgess 0-1
Gluvchinsky - Christensen 0.5-0.5
Tan - Edwards 1-0
Mikolajczyk - Kuru 0-1
Cardenas - Kirillov 1-0
Marton - Mitrovic 1-0
Mlinaric - Dibley 0-1
Chiara - Irmler 1-0
Margn - Mere 1-0
Valenzuela - Bredin 1-0

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The first competition for the year begins tomorrow .....

Message from our President:
Hi chess players,
Our rapid play competition starts tomorrow night, if you want to compete be at the Club before 7.30. The competition has a spamming time limit and there are 3 games played each Wednesday night over the next 3 week.
Hope to see you there.

Les Mikolajczyk

2011 Ryde Eastwood Classic Results Rounds 5-7

Round 5

Selim - Grbin 0.5-0.5
Cardenas - Hickey 1-0
Pacey - Edwards 1-0
Kuru - Mikolajczyk 1-0
Kirillov = Chiara 1-0
Mirovic - Mlinaric 0.5-0.5
Valenzuela - Marton 1-0
Shoa - Irmler 0-1
Bredin - Bye 0-0

Round 6

Grbin - Cardenas 0-1
Kirillov - Pacey 0-1
Hickey - Mlinaric 1-0
Chiara - Edwards 0-1
Valenzuela - Mitrovic 0-1
Irmler - Mikolajczyk 0-1
Shoa - Marton 0-1

Round 7

Pacey - Grbin 1-0
Edwartds - Cardenas 0-1
Hickey - Chiara 0-1
Marton - Kirillov 0-1
Mikolajczyk - Valenzuela 1-0
Mitrovic - Shoa 1-0
Mlinaric - Irmler 0.5-0.5

=1st Egon Cardenas & Frank Pacey
Division 2
=1st KArl Kirillov & Les Mikolajczyk


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club 2012 AGM

The Chess Club AGM is on this Wednesday, 25th January 2012, starting at 7:30 pm. Come and have your say or volunteer your services.

The agenda and related documents can be viewed here.