ACA Lightning 2018

 

Played at the ACC Cromwell St on Saturday 8th Sept.

We had 2 teams of 4, but Howick-Pakuranga, North Shore and ACC only entered 1 each. Which was more than a match for us. Featuring  5  ex- NZ Champs, one co-present NZ Champ, one International Master, and no one rated below 2000 NZCF points.

Although we mostly just supplied “canon fodder” for these clubs, we did manage to squeeze out a point here and there.

PT [a]  Ian McNally                      6/16

David Taylor                                  4/16

Alexander Laughland                    3/16

Temu Maroroa                                3/16

PT [b] Vijay Kumar                         3/16

Rosjier Hall                                      1/16

John McRae                                      0/16

  Sefan Brzozwski                            0/16

Overall I think we all enjoyed the chance to play some of the best in the country.

RESULTS    1st  Howick-Pakuranga

their team was  Martin Dryer, Ben Hague, Daniel Gong and Ewen Green. Best Player Ben Hague  15.5/16

Graeme Coleman Winter Knight 2018

 

4 new players joined after the start – brothers Alden and Alex Oraha , Kush Sharma and Matson Underwood.

The Winter Knight was clearly won by  Pasindu Jayawickrama and Kimberley Williams managed to secure the Winter Pawn.

RESULTS – Winter Knight 2018

1st  Pasindu  5/5

2nd Robin  4/5

3 – 4th  Yabla and Phuong   3/5

RESULTS – Winter Pawn Medal

1st  Kimberley Williams  2/5

most played games and best score of the lower rated players.

OTHER  NEWS – John McRae and Pasindu both played in the C Grade of the PETER STUART MEMORIAL tournament over the weekend

John McRae     scored    2.5 points

Pasindu             scored   3.5 points and a grade prize

WELL   DONE!  

B Grade Inter – Club 2018

 

Again held over 3 Sunday nights in the Stable Café at Alexander Park.

Round 3   was Howick-Pakuranga  last chance to catch Auckland Chess Centre,but it was Winston Weng’s win over Scott Smith of Papatoetoe that gave ACC too many points to be caught. So the Final Results were –

1st  Auckland Chess Centre                 13 points

2nd Howick-Pakuranga                        11 points

3rd Papatoetoe                                        7 points

4th North Shore                                       5 points

Very good effort by Papatoetoe , the only disappointing thing was the number of people who said they wanted to play but didn’t turn up.

However one high point was the outstanding  performance by Vijay Kumar who scored  2.5 points out of 3 games.

WELL DONE     Vijay !

 

The next ACA event is the Inter-Club Lightning held at the ACC  Cromwell St. on Saturday 8th September. Players meeting – 9.30 am  [ 2 teams of 4 – time  3min + 2 sec ]

What value are Handicap Tournaments?

Besides giving lower rated players a chance to win a trophy there seems to be little of worth for the rest.

Though how to play when a piece down could be useful.

Tata Steel 2018  Round 8

Magnus Carlsen  v  Gawain Jones

1.e4 c5  2.Nf3 d6  3.d4 cxd4  4.Nxd4 Nf6  5.Nc3 g6  the Dragon 6.Be3 Bg7  7.f3 Nc6  8.Qd2 0-0  9.0-0-0 [also played are 9.Bc4 and 9.g4 ]   9. …. d5  10.Qe1 e5  11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.exd5 Nxd5  13.Bc4 Be6  14.Kb1 Re8  15.Ne4 f5 16.Ng5 Bc8 17.g4? f4  18.h4 fxe3  19.Qxe3 h6  20.Qc5 Bb7  21.Ne4 Re6  22.h5 Qb6  23.g5! hxg5 [ if 23…..Qxc5 24.Nxc5 Re7 25.Nxb7 Rxb7 26.Rxb5 cxd5 27.Bxd5+Kh7 28.Bxb7 Rb8 29.Be4 ] 24.Qa3 Rb8 25.b3 Qd8  26.Qxa7 gxh5  27.Rxh5 Rg6  28.Rxg5!Rxg5  29. Nxg5 Qc8  30 Rg1 Ra8 31.Qb6 Ra6  32.Qc5 Qd7  33.Ne4 Kh8[avoid Nf6+] 34.Qf2 Qe7 35.Bxa6 Bxa6  36.Qh2+ Kg8 37.Qh6 Qa7 38.Qe6+ Kf8 39.Rg5 Ne3 40.Qd6+ Kf7 41.Nc5 Bc8 42. Rxg7+! here  Black resigned  if …. Kxg7 43.Qxe5+ Kf7 44.Qxe3 guards the knight and the extra pawns will win.

 

Hans Gao Junior Handicap Shield 2018

Players with a Club Rating of  425 or above are RED

Players with a Club Rating of 400 to 425 are  BLUE

Players with a Club Rating of 375 to 400 are GREEN

Players with a Club Rating of under 375 are PURPLE

Regardless of which colour they have drawn the higher rated player gives up the knight in the b file or the rook in the a file, except RED against PURPLE when RED gives up his Queen.

RED   plays        BLUE    gives up the N in the b file

                           GREEN gives up the R in the a file

                           PURPLE   gives up the Q

BLUE  plays     GREEN   gives up the N in the b file

                          PURPLE  gives up the R in the a file

GREEN  plays   PURPLE gives up the N in the b file

BONUS POINTS –

BLUE  wins against RED  1 + 1

GREEN wins against RED  1 + 2

PURPLE wins against RED  1 + 3

GREEN wins against BLUE  1 + 1

PURPLE wins against BLUE  1 + 2

PURPLE wins against GREEN  1 + 1

THE IDEA IS TO GIVE LOWER RATED PLAYERS A CHANCE TO WIN A TROPHY AS HAPPENED THIS YEAR.

RESULTS –

1st   Luke     12 points

2nd =  Kimberley and Pasindu   8 points

4 – 5th  Oliver and Robin   on    7 points

Well Done! everyone!  

 

NZ Girls Inter-Schools Champs 3/7/18

 

Held at St Cuthbert’s College  Epsom  Auckland

RESULTS

Secondary    1st  Mt Roskill Grammar

Intermediate   1st  Mt Roskill Intermediate

Primary            1st  Willow Park School

Holly Cross School Papatoetoe  entered a team in the Intermediate Section, just missing out on 3rd place to the “tie-break system”

Crystal Hart  [an ex-member] on board 1 scored  2/5

Phuong Do [present member] on board 3 scored 4.5/5

Very well done! but she could only manage a draw in a

King + pawn against a King ending.

Watch “Important Endgames that People mess up ” by IM Eric Rosen on YouTube

 

Junior Inter-Club 2018

 

On Sunday 24th June 14 teams of 4 from North Shore, Auckland Chess Centre, Howick-Pakuranga, and Papatoetoe met in the Lyell Creek Lounge at Alexander Park.

We entered 2 teams

Papatoetoe A                                Rating

1.Hugh Gao                                         1432

2.Pasindu Jayawickrama                      1004

3.Ansh Gupta                                      915

4.Max Jiang                                         774

Papatoetoe B

1.Manit KC                                            756

2.Aryan Bansal                                     UNR

3.Vidul Jayawickrama                            UNR

4.Oliver Zhao                                         UNR

Manit didn’t turn up  making it very disheartening for the rest of his team, who struggled to motivate themselves.

RESULTS –          Team Ranking after Round 5

North Shore A                     8 POINTS

Auckland Red                      7

North Shore B                     7

Papatoetoe A                     7

Final Placings were –

1st  North Shore  A

2nd Auckland Red

3rd North Shore  B

4-5th  Papatoetoe  A  and  Auckland Kool Katz

Over all an outstanding effort by Papatoetoe A with their 2 points against Tournament Winners North Shore A  in Round 2 – surely a highlight

Pasindu       1004           1-0        Andrew Li      1616

Ansh              915           1-0        Matthew Chen  1336

Also  Pasindu  scored  5 out of 5 points – the only player to do so, with wins against David Nie  1334 and Jian Uday 1138    A very good result. Well Done!

 

South Auckland Inter-Schools 2018

 

Once a year throughout Auckland Schools hold Chess Tournaments to find the best Secondary  Intermediate  and Primary teams in each area.

These then meet in a play off tournament to see who will represent Auckland in the National Finals – held this year in Mount Maunganui .

 

RESULTS – South Auckland Secondary Schools

1st  Kings College A

2nd Papatoetoe High B

3rd Papatoetoe High A

100% score over 6 rounds – Ryan Nguyen  ex club member

South Auckland Intermediate Schools

1st  Papatoetoe Intermediate B

2nd Rosehill Intermediate A

3rd  Papatoetoe Intermediate A

100% score over 6 rounds – Max Jiang club member

South Auckland Primary Schools

1st Papatoetoe Central A

2nd Puhinui A

3rd Papatoetoe East A

100% score over 6 rounds – Aryan Bansal club member

Winners to play off at Auckland Chess Centre – 26th Sept.

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