Wednesday, 31 August 2016

2016 Chess Olympiad

From the ACF newsletter:

The Olympiad opens tomorrow 1 September and play commences 2nd September.

GM David Smerdon offers a user friendly guide at in two parts (19 & 21 August) on why the women play separately, how many players in a team, how pairings are made, who the big teams are, what the schedule is, who is likely to win gold, drug testing, anticheating, and how Australia shapes up in the face of all this.
You can watch the official site here or listen to commentators on servers like chess.comchess24 or ICC.
The August Olympiad edition of Australian chess magazine 50 Moves offers an Australian perspective with a historical survey of 21 great Olympiad moments by GM Ian Rogers.
The country lists with individual team composition are published on the official website.
A useful statistical resource for chess team events is Olimpbase.
Australia’s own WIM Biljana Dekić is playing in her 12th Olympiad. And GM Eugenio Torre is playing in his 23rd for the Philippines.
courtesy of ACF Newsletter 16/8 31 August 2016 Editor: Frank Low

Congrats and Welcome to Australia's latest and newest Grandmaster (elect)!!!

Australia now has 6 Grandmasters in chess with Queenslander Moulthun Ly achieving his 3rd and final GM norm at the 2016 Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival Masters Tournament. GM-elect Moulthun will be representing Australia at the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan which begins on 1st September (play starts on 2nd September). The title will become official sometime in November 2016. Moulthun is a truly original nice guy and great role model for the youngsters coming through the ranks in chess. He has also contributed back to youth chess eg, being instructor at the AusJCL annual JETS camp as well as acting as selector for AusJCL. His achievement came on the heels of Sydneysider Max Illingworths' GM title last year. Presently, Australia also has Victorian IM Justin Tan actively pursuing the GM-title overseas, mainly in tournaments across Europe. Justin has 2 GM-norms and is seeking his 3rd norm.

2016 NSWCA Grade Matches - Congratulations!!! Ryde-Eastwood U1700 Champions

The Ryde-Eastwood U1700 team has won the 2016 NSWCA Grade Matches U1700 competition. Played over a gruelling two months period with weekly matches, Ryde-Eastwood has triumphed with a score of 22/36. There were 4 teams and each team played the others 3 times. Ryde-Eastwood scored 2-2, 3-1 and 1.5-2.5 against UNSW; 2.5-1.5, 3-1, 1-5-2.5 against Cabra-Vale; 1.5-2.5, 4-0 , 3-1 against Harbord. Best individual performers were Mohan Pagadala (1481) with 5/8 (+4=2-2) and Suranga Seneviratne (1625) with 5/9 (+3=4-2), Shane Dibley (1486) with 4/5 (+4-1).

Ryde-Eastwood came second in the tough U2100 competition with 24/36. Arthur Huynh scored a remarkable undefeated 6.5/7. Christopher Ball dis well with 6/9 (+5=2-2) as did Patrick Wiggins with 6/8 (+6=0-2) and Egon Cardenas with 5/7 (+5=0-2).

The U1500 team came third in the U1500 competition with Yifu Wu (6.5/9 +5=3-1), Mohan Pagadala (5/7 +5=0-2), (5.5/9 +4=3-2) carrying the team.

Arthur, Egon, Patrick (U2100), Yifu, Mohan (U1500) all won individual performance prizes as well.

Congratulations!!! Well Done!!! Three Cheers!!!

Monday, 29 August 2016

2016 Bobby Fischer Cup

Dear Members,

The Bobby Fischer Cup competition starts on Wednesday, it will be a rapid play competition with a time limit of 20min + 10sec/move, there will be 3 rounds each night for 3 Wednesday nights. If you wish to play please let me know before 7.00pm tomorrow night.

On Wednesday 14th September the NSWCA will conduct the Grade Match presentation and a lightning competition in our chess club room and you are all welcomed.

Also on Wednesday 7th September we will be relocated down stairs to the Sports Bar.


Les Mikolajczyk

Monday, 15 August 2016

Chess Lightning Competition

Dear Members,
Due to some unforeseen circumstances we are 2 weeks behind our program, hence our Lightning Competition will start on Wednesday, if you wish to compete please let me know before 7.00pm on Tuesday 16th August 2016.

Les Mikolajczyk