2005 News Archive

Otago Chess Club 2005 Championship Winners - 7 December

Standard
Rapid
Senior
1st Richard Sutton
2nd= Tony Dowden
Quentin Johnson
Senior
1st Quentin Johnson
2nd Don Storey
3rd Duncan Watts
Intermediate
1st Tery Duffield
2nd Sandy Chandra
3rd= Craig Bourne
David Reid
Intermediate
1st Alistair Newbould
2nd= Craig Bourne
David Reid
Junior
1st John Armstrong
2nd= Nabeelah Saib
Jonathan Favel
Junior
1st John Armstrong
Perpetual Handicap
1st David Reid
2nd Andrew Stone
3rd Don Storey
Perpetual Handicap
1st John Armstrong
2nd Don Storey
3rd Jin-Won Cho
Blitz
1st Richard Sutton



Andrew Stone wins Summer 60-60 – 7 December 2005

Winning 3 and taking a half point bye proved enough for first in the last club tournament of the year for up-and-coming junior Andrew Stone.

Cross Table

No Name                 Feder Rtg Total  1    2    3    4
 
1  STONE, A                       3.5    6:W  0:D 13:W  5:W
2  SUTTON, RJ                     3      0:  12:W  0:D  3:W
3  GOLD, HR                       2.5   16:W  4:W  5:D  2:L
4  LYDIATE, CHRISTOPHER           2.5    8:W  3:L 10:W  6:D
5  JOHNSON, QJF                   2.5   10:W 13:W  3:D  1:L
6  ARMSTRONG, JF                  2      1:L 10:D 11:W  4:D
7  NEWBOULD, AR                   2      0:D  0:D 12:W  0:L
8  AIMERS, G                      2      4:L 16:W  9:W  0:L
9  WATTS, D                       2     12:L 14:W  8:L 15:W
10 SOUTHGATE, B                   1.5    5:L  6:D  4:L 13:W
11 CHANDRA, S                     1.5   13:L  0:D  6:L 16:W
12 BOURNE, C                      1      9:W  2:L  7:L  0:L
13 REID, DM                       1     11:W  5:L  1:L 10:L
14 HAASE, GG                      1      0:   9:L  0:D  0:L
15 SAIB, M                        1      0:   0:  16:W  9:L
16 MING-WONG, A                   0      3:L  8:L 15:L 11:L
 

GM Nigel Short simultaneous exhibition – 30 November 2005

English grandmaster Nigel Short finished off his New Zealand tour New Zealand tour in Dunedin by taking on 26 opponents at the Otago Chess Club. After 3½ hours of play all games were finished, Nigel conceding just two draws - to Duncan Watts and Quentin Johnson. The event was the highest profile one of its type for many years, and many thanks are owed to Nigel and Chris Benson of the Canterbury club who made it all happen.

Otago Primary/Intermediate Championship – 26 November 2005

This belatedly held event was smaller than usual, attracting 21 entries from schools around the Dunedin area - particularly well represented were DNI and Maori Hill Primary. The winner and 2005 Primary and Intermediate School champion was Patrick Dawson of DNI, who scored the maximum 5 points out of a possible 5. The result was close however, as Patrick overcame his closest rival Alex Ming-Wong of Maori Hill by the narrowest of margins in the final round. Alex shared 2nd= place on 4/5 with Ben Watts and Nabeelah Saib, who also took the best girl prize. The best team prize was also close - going to DNI's Patrick Dawson and Allyn Robins in the final round.

Standings

Place Name                     School      Team  Age Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.
 
  1   Dawson, Patrick          DNI         DNI1  12  5        10.0  16.0   15.0
 2-4  Ming-Wong, Alex          Maori Hill  MH    9   4        10.0  18.0   14.0
      Watts, Ben               Balmacewan        12  4         9.0  15.0   13.0
      Saib, Nabeelah           Tahuna            12  4         8.0  14.5   12.0
5-10  Smith, Joel              Scared Heart      8   3         9.0  15.0   10.0
      Robins, Allyn            DNI         DNI1  12  3         8.5  14.5   10.0
      Calvery, Campbell        DNI         DNI3  12  3         7.5  14.0   10.0
      Rosenberg, Matthew                         12  3         7.5  13.0    8.0
      Gould, Riley             College St  COLL1 11  3         6.0  11.5    8.0
      Fitchett, Caitlin        DNI         DNI2  12  3         5.0  10.5    8.0
 11   Adler, Peter             Arthur St         11  2.5       5.5   9.5    5.0
12-17 Kim, Andrew              Maori Hill        8   2         9.0  15.0    7.0
      Perry, Marc              Maori Hill  MH    9   2         8.5  13.0    5.0
      Beamish, Aisling         Maori Hill        8   2         8.5  12.5    7.0
      Jamieson, Thomas         College St  COLL1 11  2         7.5  13.5    5.0
      Harahap, Radley          St Clair          10  2         7.0  12.0    5.0
      Goodwin, Simon           Maori Hill        7   2         7.0  11.0    6.0
18-20 Thorsnes, Quinn          DNI         DNI2  11  1.5       6.0  11.0    4.5
      Lim, Jack                Maori Hill        8   1.5       5.5   9.5    5.0
      Davis, Zachary           St Clair          11  1.5       5.0   9.0    2.5
 21   Bracey-Brown, Grant      DNI         DNI3  12  1         6.0  10.5    5.0
 22   McKee, Charlie (withdrew)Maori Hill        9   0         3.0   3.0    0.0
 

Team Standings

Place Name  Score
 
  1   DNI1  8
  2   MH    6
  3   COLL1 5
  4   DNI2  4.5
  5   DNI3  4
 

Otago Chess Club Rapid Championship – 17 November 2005

Top seed Quentin Johnson won this years title after scoring 4/6 in the second leg of the A grade, for a combined total of 9/12. The winner of this leg - Duncan Watts with 5½/6 will be rueing that he didn't compete in the 1st leg. However his score was enough to finish 3rd behind Don Storey who had a combined total of 6½.
Alistair Newbould took out the B grade overall with two solid performances totalling 8/12 ahead of David Reid and Craig Bourne on 6/12 in a closely fought grade.
The C grade provided a runaway win for John Armstrong though the large number of unfinished games from his rivals may have increased this margin. Second was Sandy Chandra and 3rd was shared by Muhammad & Nabeelah Saib and Jonathan Favel.

South Island and National School teams Championship in Christchurch – 17 October 2005

Two Dunedin schools – Kings HS and Dunedin Nth Intermediate sent teams up to Christchurch over the weekend to contest first the South Island final and, if successful the national final the following day. Alas the more experienced Christchurch teams from St Andrews HS and Cobham Intermediate were victorious over their Dunedin counterparts. However the National finals went the next day to the three Auckland schools who travelled down to contest them:
Secondary, Years 9 to 13 - Auckland Grammar
Intermediate, Years 7 to 8 - St Helier's School
Primary, Years 1 to 6- Epsom Normal School
With the Otago Daily times competition providing the chance for the Dunedin teams to sharpen their skills prior to next years finals, we can hope to provide a stronger challenge.

Otago Chess Club Championship – 1 October 2005

In yet another convincing performance, Richard Sutton has retained his title with a game in hand (currently on 7½/8) - making it four in a row from 2001 to 2005. With some games to play in the A grade 2nd= has gone to Tony Dowden (in his last club tournament for some time, alas) and Quentin Johnson on 7/9. While a very creditable 4th was earned by junior Andrew Stone, finishing on 5/9.

No
Name
Feder
Rtg
Total
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
#10
1
SUTTON, RJ
NZL
2301
8.5
*
½
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
DOWDEN, RA
NZL
2184
7
½
*
0
1
1
1
½
1
1
1
3
JOHNSON, QJF
NZL
2149
7
0
1
*
1
1
0
1
1
1
1
4
STONE, A
NZL

5
0
0
0
*
0
1
1
1
1
1
5
AIMERS, G
NZL
1772
4.5
0
0
0
1
*
0
½
1
1
1
6
STOREY, DJH
NZL

4
0
0
1
0
1
*
0
1
1
0
7
WATTS, D
NZL
2054
4
0
½
0
0
½
1
*
½
½
1
8
HAASE, GG
NZL
2062
2.5
0
0
0
0
0
0
½
*
1
1
9
SOUTHGATE, B
NZL

1.5
0
0
0
0
0
0
½
0
*
1
10
GOLD, HR
NZL

1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
*


The B-grade 2nd leg was jointly won by Craig Bourne and Sandy Chandra on 5/6 followed by Terry Duffield and David Reid on 4 points. Now the combined scores leaves Duffield on 10/12 for 1st= and B-grade for 2005, followed by Chandra on 9/12 in 2nd and Bourne and Reid on 7/12 in 3rd= place. Apologies for the earlier mistake in the scores which had reversed the result of the game Duffield vs Bourne (won by Duffield).

Cross Table

No Name          Feder Rtg Total 1    2    3    4   5   6
 
1  BOURNE, C               5     7:W  6:W  2:W  3:W 4:L 0:W
2  CHANDRA, S              5     5:W  3:W  1:L  0:W 7:W 5:W
3  REID, DM                4     4:W  2:L  0:W  1:L 6:W 7:W
4  DUFFIELD, T             4     3:L 10:W  6:W  5:W 1:W 0:L
5  FAVEL, J                2     2:L  0:W  9:W  4:L 0:L 2:L
6  SAIB, M                 1     0:W  1:L  4:L  0:L 3:L 0:L
7  ARMSTRONG, JF           1     1:L  9:L  0:L 14:W 2:L 3:L
8  SAIB, N                 1     0:L  0:L 10:W  0:L 0:L 0:L
9  CHO, J                  1     0:L  7:W  5:L  0:L 0:L 0:L
10 CHO, D                  0     0:L  4:L  8:L  0:L 0:L 0:L
11 withdrew,               0     0:L  0:L  0:L  0:L 0:L 0:L
12 withdrew,               0     0:L  0:L  0:L  0:L 0:L 0:L
13 withdrew,               0     0:L  0:L  0:L  0:L 0:L 0:L
14 MING-WONG, A            0     0:   0:   0:   7:L 0:L 0:L
 

Otago Daily Times School Teams Chess Championship

The final matches for this, the inaugural year of this competition will take place on Monday the 19th of September at the Otago Chess Club. Contesting the A grade final will be Otago Boys High School A, the winner of the round-robin tournament held over the third school term, and the runner up, Kings High School. OBHS A finished with a crushing 24 points out of a possible 28, but Kings HS was only 1½ points behind and had to default a game in their match with OBHS A, so the final should be a close contest.
The B grade final will be between Dunedin North Intermediate, who made a strong showing among the mostly secondary shool competition, and the OBHS B team. These two finished equal on 12 points so another close match is predicted.
The winners of each match will be the first teams to hold the Otago Daily Times School Teams Chess Championship trophy – Secondary and Intermediate grade respectively.

Otago Daily Times School Teams Competition Round Robin Results

Week One (Starting 13th June)

White Team Black Team

Taieri College (TC) 1 - 3 Otago Boys High School A (OBHS A)
Kings High School (KHS) 4 - 0 John McGlashan A (JMG A)
John McGlashan B (JMG B) 3 - 1 Balmacewan Intermediate (BI)
Otago Boys High School B (OBHS B) 2 - 2 Dunedin North Intermediate (DNI)

Week Two (Staring 20th June)

White Team Black Team
JMG A 2 ½ - 1 ½ TC
OBHS A 3 - 1 KHS
DNI 3 - 1 JMG B
BI 1 - 3 OBHS B

Week Three (Starting 27th June)
White Team Black Team
KHS 4 - 0 TC
JMG A 1 - 3 OBHS A
BI 1 - 3 DNI
OBHS B 2 - 2 JMG B

Week Four (Starting 4th July)
White Team Black Team
TC 4 - 0 BI
DNI 1 ½ - 2 ½ KHS
JMG B 0 - 4 OBHS A
OBHS B 1 - 3 JMG A

Week Five (Starting 25th July)

White Team Black Team
DNI 1 ½ - 2 ½ TC
KHS 4 – 0 BI
OBHS A 3 - 1 OBHS B
JMG A 3 - 1 JMG B

Week Six (Starting 1st August)
White Team Black Team
TC 2 -2 JMG B
KHS 3 - 1 OBHS B
BI 0 - 4 OBHS A
DNI 1 - 3 JMG A


Week Seven (Starting 8th August)
White Team Black Team
OBHS B 2 - 2 TC
JMG A 2 - 1 BI
JMG B 0 - 4 KHS
OBHS A 4 - 0 DNI





WEEK




Senior Grade
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
TOTAL
Otago Boys High School A
3
3
3
4
3
4
4
24
Kings High School
4
1
4
2.5
4
3
4
22.5
John McGlashan College A
0
2.5
1
3
3
3
2
14.5
Taieri College
1
1.5
0
4
2.5
2
2
13









Junior Grade








Dunedin North Intermediate
2
3
3
1.5
1.5
1
0
12
Otago Boys High School B
2
3
2
1
1
1
2
12
John McGlashan College B
3
1
2
0
1
2
0
9
Balmacewan Intermediate
1
1
1
0
0
0
1
4

Otago Spring Rapid open – 27 August

Hamish Gold had his first success in this series of tournaments after many attempts and near misses. After beating 2nd seed Quentin Johnson in the third round and disposing of surprise co-leader Terry Duffield (who had just upset top seed Richard Sutton) in the 4th, Gold had a point lead with one round to play. Unfortunately his last game was against Sutton, who made sure lightning didn't strike twice in the same day – beating Gold to share first place. Li Ding, made up somewhat for failing to defend his junior title the previous weekend by winning his final round game vs Duffield to catch the leader and also share 1st on 4/5.
Nabeelah Saib and Alexander Ming-Wong each scored 3/5 to jointly win the U1400 grade. While Ben Dowden, Joel Smith and Samual Cathro all scored 2/5 to share the U1160 grade.

Cross Table

No Name              Feder Rtg Total  1    2    3    4    5
 
1  SUTTON, RJ                  4     11:W  8:W  5:L  4:W  2:W
2  GOLD, HR                    4     10:W 12:W  4:W  5:W  1:L
3  DING, L                     4     13:W  4:L 11:W 10:W  5:W
4  JOHNSON, QJF                3      6:W  3:W  2:L  1:L  8:W
5  DUFFIELD, T                 3     14:W  9:W  1:W  2:L  3:L
6  SAIB, N                     3      4:L 13:W 12:W  8:L 10:W
7  MING-WONG, A                3     12:L 14:W 10:L  9:W 11:W
8  BOURNE, C                   2.5   15:W  1:L  9:D  6:W  4:L
9  SAIB, M                     2.5   16:W  5:L  8:D  7:L 12:W
10 DOWDEN, RB                  2      2:L 16:W  7:W  3:L  6:L
11 FAVEL, J                    2      1:L 15:W  3:L 13:W  7:L
12 MACMURDO, WALKER            2      7:W  2:L  6:L 14:W  9:L
13 SMITH, J                    2      3:L  6:L 16:W 11:L 15:W
14 CATHRO, S                   2      5:L  7:L 15:W 12:L 16:W
15 WATTS, B                    1      8:L 11:L 14:L 16:W 13:L
16 CREIGHTON, OLIVER           0      9:L 10:L 13:L 15:L 14:L
 

Otago/Southland Junior Championship 2005 – 20 August

Despite leading the field after four rounds with a maximum 4 points, defending champion Li Ding of Bayfield HS was not able to repeat last year's success, losing in the final two rounds to Otago University students Andrew Stone and Tim Riley. These two had drawn with each other in round 4 and won all their other games to finish 1st= on 5½/6 and as joint champion for 2005.
4 points proved a popular score with the other prizewinners:-
1st= Females: Josie Burrows & Nabeelah Saib
1st= under 16: Josie Burrows & Walker MacMurdo
1st= under 12: Nabeelah Saib & Alexander Ming-Wong (who had defended his under 10 title a week earlier)

2005 Dunedin Under 10 Championship
Place
Points
Name
Age (1/1/05)

School/school team
1st
5/5
Alex Ming-Wong
8

Maori Hill A
2nd
4
Ben Dowden
8

Sacred Heart
3rd
3.5
Joel Smith
7

Sacred Heart
4th=
3
Marc Perry
8

Maori Hill A

3
Simon Goodwin
6

Maori Hill

3
James Parkinson-Wisely
9

George St
7th=
2.5
Ben Pinfold
8

Maori Hill B

2.5
Jack Ashcroft
8

St Bernadette’s A

2.5
Raymond Myers
8

St Joseph’s (Port Chalmers)
10th=
2
Eamon Frazer
9

George St

2
Joseph Pickles
9

St Brigid’s
12th=
1.5
Charlie McKee
8

Maori Hill B

1.5
Zoe Hunter
9

St Bernadette’s A

1.5
Jonathan Brett
9

St Bernadette’s B
15th
1
Hannah Tobin
9

St Bernadette’s B
16th
0
Shannon McKee
6

Columba College

Prizes:
1st Alexander Ming-Wong, 2nd Ben Dowden, 3rd Joel Smith, Best novice:
Simon Goodwin, Best female: Zoe Hunter, Best Team: Maori Hill 1

Team scores:
Maori Hill A: 8, Sacred Heart 7.5, George St 5, Maori Hill B 4,
St Bernadette’s A 3 and St Bernadette’s B 2.5

Also the 3 members of the winning school team from Bayfield (Ding, Burrows & David Hsiao) were all on 4.

2005 Otago Junior Chess Championship results

Name
Age (1/1/05)
Score
Place
1
Andrew Stone
18
5.5/6
1st= Open
2
Tim Riley
18
5.5
1st= Open
3
Li Ding
17
4

4
Nabeelah Saib
11
4
1st= U12 & best female
5
Josie Burrows
13
4
1st= U16 & best female
6
Alexander Ming-Wong
8
4
1st= U12
7
Walker MacMurdo
15
4
1st= U16
8
David Hsiao
17
4

9
Muhammad Saib
15
3

10
Karl Hooper
14
3

11
Jonathan Favel
12
3

12
Patrick Dawson
11
3

13
Ben Watts
11
3

14
Ashleigh Brewer
13
3

15
Allyn Robins
11
2

16
Violet Baird
17
2

17
Jared Lauridsen
14
2

18
Campbell Calverley
11
2

19
Marc Perry
8
2

20
Matthew Rosenberg
12
1

21
Praveen Sivapalan
12
1

22
Ben Pinfold
8
1

School team places (team score = sum of individual scores)

1st Bayfield High School (Ding, Burrows & Hsiao)
2nd Logan Park High School (MacMurdo, Baird & Brewer)
3rd Kings High School (Hooper, Lauridsen & Favel)
4th= Dunedin North Intermediate (Dawson, Calverley & Robins)
4th= Maori Hill Primary (Ming-Wong, Perry & Pinfold)

Cross Table

No Name                 Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6
 
1  STONE, Andrew        1500 5.5    4:W  5:W 11:W  2:D 13:W  3:W
2  RILEY, Tim           1450 5.5   20:W 15:W  9:W  1:D  3:W  4:W
3  DING, Li             1400 4     21:W  7:W  6:W 11:W  2:L  1:L
4  SAIB, Nabeelah       1200 4      1:L 17:W 12:W 16:W  5:W  2:L
5  HSIAO, David         1320 4     17:W  1:L 21:W  6:W  4:L 11:W
6  MACMURDO, Walker     1025 4     16:W 10:W  3:L  5:L 20:W  9:W
7  MING-WONG, Alexander 1300 4     22:W  3:L 18:W  9:W 10:L 13:W
8  BURROWS, Josie       1085 4      9:L 16:W 15:L 20:W 12:W 10:W
9  HOOPER, Karl         1345 3      8:W 12:W  2:L  7:L 18:W  6:L
10 DAWSON, Patrick      1325 3     12:L  6:L 17:W 14:W  7:W  8:L
11 SAIB, Muhammad       1350 3     14:W 18:W  1:L  3:L 15:W  5:L
12 BREWER, Ashleigh     1075 3     10:W  9:L  4:L 17:W  8:L 15:W
13 FAVEL, Jonathan      1340 3     18:L 14:W 20:W 15:W  1:L  7:L
14 WATTS, Ben           1090 3     11:L 13:L 22:W 10:L 16:W 19:W
15 BAIRD, Violet        1310 2     19:W  2:L  8:W 13:L 11:L 12:L
16 LAURIDSEN, Jared     1210 2      6:L  8:L 19:W  4:L 14:L 21:W
17 PERRY, Marc          1070 2      5:L  4:L 10:L 12:L 22:W 18:W
18 ROBINS, Allyn        1080 2     13:W 11:L  7:L 21:W  9:L 17:L
19 CALVERLEY, Campbell  1060 2     15:L 20:L 16:L 22:W 21:W 14:L
20 SIVAPALAN, Praveen   1170 1      2:L 19:W 13:L  8:L  6:L 22:L
21 ROSENBERG, Matthew   1110 1      3:L 22:W  5:L 18:L 19:L 16:L
22 PINFOLD, Ben         1050 1      7:L 21:L 14:L 19:L 17:L 20:W
 

OCC Championship Update – 17 August

Tony Dowden is leading the A grade win 6 wins from six games played, ahead of Geoff Aimers with 3½/6, defending champion Richard Sutton 3/3, Quentin Johnson 3/4 nad Don Storey 3/6. The crunch will likely come when top three seeds Dowden, Sutton & Johnson square off.
Meanwhile the first leg of the B grade was convincingly won by Terry Duffield with 6/6, two points ahead of Sandeep Chandra in 2nd with John Armstrong and David Reid a point further back.

Cross Table

No Name          Feder Rtg Total  1    2    3    4   5    6
 
1  DUFFIELD, T             6      7:W  2:W  5:W  4:W 3:W  0:W
2  CHANDRA, S              4     12:W  1:L  6:W  9:+ 5:W  3:L
3  ARMSTRONG, JF           3      0:D  0:D  0:L  5:W 1:L  2:W
4  REID, DM                3     10:W  8:L  9:W  1:L 0:W  0:L
5  BOURNE, C               2     13:W  0:L  1:L  3:L 2:L 11:W
6  SAIB, N                 2      0:L 13:W  2:L 11:L 0:L  7:W
7  FAVEL, J                1      1:L  0:L 11:W  0:L 0:L  6:L
8  RILEY, T                1      0:   4:W  0:L  0:L 0:L  0:L
9  RITCHIE, A              1      0:  12:W  4:L  2:- 0:L  0:L
10 HOOPER, KARL            1      4:L 11:W  0:L  0:L 0:L  0:L
11 SAIB, M                 1      0:L 10:L  7:L  6:W 0:L  5:L
12 CHO, D                  0      2:L  9:L  0:L  0:L 0:L  0:L
13 CHO, J                  0      5:L  6:L  0:L  0:L 0:L  0:L
 

However things are not going so well in the second leg for Duffield, as he lost his first game to Reid, thus giving the others a chnace to catch him.

Otago Queen's Birthday Weekend Open – 4-6 June 2005 by Quentin Johnson


The decision to reschedule the traditional Otago Easter Tournament to Queen's Birthday weekend this year was vindicated, despite the proximity to mid-year exams discouraging participation by any tertiary students. The healthy field of 22 included a strong turnout from the Wellington, Canterbury and Ashburton clubs for thhis Class 3 Global Chess Enterprises Grand Prix event, with a total prize fund just short of $600.
Clear favouritewas New Zealand Championship regular, Nic Croad, with the only other 2000+ rated players being fellow Wellingtonian Michael Turner and local Quentin Johnson. However, a solid bunch of players in the 1800-1900 range lurked just behind these three.

Round 1
The only upset was caused by 4th seed Duncan Watts dropping off the pace when he handed a powerful attack to Ashburton's Allan Mulligan. Mulligan won material and converted it to take the full point. Johnson was more fortunate after the early loss of an exchange when subsequent errors by veteran campaigner Bruce Gloistein gave more than adequate compensation.

Watts, D - Mulligan, A [R1]
1 Nf3 d5 2 g3 Nf6 3 Bg2 Nc6 4 d4 h6 5 O-O Bf5 6 c3 e6 7 Nbd2 Bd6 8 Re1 O-O 9 Nh4 Be4 10 Nxe4 Nxe4 11 Nf3 f5 12 Bf4 Bxf4 13 gxf4 Rf6 14 Ne5 Nxe5 15 fxe5? Rg6 16 e3 Qg5 17 Qf3 Rf8 18 Re2 Qh4 19 Rf1 Ng5 20 Qg3 Nh3+ 21 Kh1 Rxg3 22 fxg3 Qh5 23 Bf3 Qg6 24 Bg2 Ng5 25 Ref2 Ne4 26 Bxe4 dxe4 27 Rf4 Qh7 28 R4f2 g6 29 Kg2 Qe7 30 Re1 c5 31 Rc2 b5 32 Kf2 g5 33 Ke2 Qc7 34 Rec1 cxd4 35 cxd4 Qf7 36 Rf1 a5 37 Ke1 Kg7 38 Kd2 b4 39 Rfc1 Qh5 40 Ke1 Qf3 41 Re2 Qh1+ 42 Kd2 Qf3 43 Ke1 f4 44 gxf4 gxf4 45 exf4 Qxf4 46 Rc7+ Kh8 47 Rcc2 e3 48 Kd1 Qxd4+ 49 Ke1 Qh4+
0-1

Round 2
Five players made it to 2/2 in this round. Craod exploited Jackson's exposed king in an Anti-Meran Gambit. Turner eventually overcame Craig Hall's attempt to build a fortress in a Q vs R ending. Johnson picked up a couple of pawns and then a piece against Michael Nyberg. Ross McKerras's gambit proved quickly effective against Geoff Aimers and Peter Fraemohs accepted Mulligans early piece sac to halt his giant-killing ambitions.

Croad, N - Jackson, LR [R2] (annoted by Tony Dowden for the ODT)
1 Nf3 d5 2 d4 c6 3 c4 e6 4 Nc3 Nf6 5 Bg5 dxc4 6 e4 b5 7 e5 h6 8 Bh4 g5 9 Nxg5 hxg5 10 Bxg5 Nbd7 The double-edged main line of the Queen’s Gambit Semi-Slav Defence.
11 exf6 Bb7 12 g3 a6? This loses valuable time. The main line runs 12 — c5 13 d5 Qb6 17 Bg2 0-0-0, 18 0-0 b4 with complications.
13 Bg2 Nxf6?! Black can ill afford this pawn capture. He should be thinking about the safety of his king.
14 0-0 Be7 15 Rc1 Rg8 16 h4 Nd5 17 Bxe7 Qxe7 18 b3! — White gradually prises the position open. The black king has nowhere to hide.
18 — Qb4 19 Ne4 cxb3 20 axb3 a5 21 Qh5 Ke7 22 Nc5 Bc8 23 Nd3! Qxb3 24 Ne5 — White’s striking knight manoeuvre elegantly ends Black’s resistance.
24 — Rg7 25 Qh8 Rg6 26 Nxc6+! 1-0 White wins easily after 26 — Kd6, 27 Qf8+! Kc7, 28 Nxa5+

Round 3
Craod prevailed in the ending over Fraemohs to set the pace on 3/3. Matching him was Johnson, when Turner left a rook hanging in time-trouble after a see-saw battle. The clock also played a part in Mckerras joining the leaders, after Luke Lambert lost on time in a drawish queen ending.

Turner, M - Johnson, Q [R3]
1 c4 Nf6 2 g3 e6 3 Bg2 d5 4 Nf3 Nbd7 5 O-O Be7 6 d4 dxc4 7 Nc3 c5 8 e3 O-O 9 Qe2 a6 10 a4 cxd4 11 exd4 Qc7 12 Bf4 Bd6 13 Bxd6 Qxd6 14 Qxc4 Nb6 15 Qe2 Nbd5 16 Rfe1 b6 17 Ne5 Bb7 18 Ne4 Nxe4 19 Bxe4 Qe7 20 Rad1 Nf6 21 f3 Rac8 22 Nc4 Nxe4 23 fxe4 Qb4 24 b3 Rfd8 25 Rd3 b5 26 axb5 axb5 27 Ne5 Rc2 28 Qd1 f6 29 Rf1 Rdc8 30 Ng4 f5 31 Ne3 Rb2 32 d5 fxe4? (32 ... Qxe4 =+) 33 Rd4 Qc3 34 Rxe4 exd5 35 Re7 Qc5 36 Qg4? (36 Rff7+-) Qxe7 37 Re1 Qxe3+
0-1

Round 4
Croad advanced to 4/4 by rounding up McKerras's Tarrasch isolani, with the queenside following in short order. This gave him a point lead as Johnson failed to take his chances in a scrappy game against Fraemohs – finaly falling to a back-rank mate. Turner and Jackson joined the group on 3 with respective wins over Aimers and Nyberg. Meanwhile the youngest competitor, 8 year old Alexander Ming-Wong's fortitude in fighting on after the early loss of his queen was rewarded with a win and the lead in the Junior section on 2 points.

Croad, N - McKerras, R [R4]
1 Nf3 d5 2 d4 Nf6 3 c4 e6 4 Bg5 c5 5 cxd5 exd5 6 Nc3 Nc6 7 g3 Be7 8 Bg2 Be6 9 O-O O-O 10 dxc5 d4 11 Bxf6 Bxf6 12 Ne4 Be7 13 Rc1 Qd5 14 Nd6 Bxd6 15 cxd6 Qxd6 16 Qa4 Rfd8 17 Rfd1 Qe7 18 Nxd4 Nxd4 19 Rxd4 Rxd4 20 Qxd4 a6 21 Qb6 Rc8 22 Rd1 Rc7 23 Bxb7 Bxa2 24 Bd5 Bxd5 25 Qb8+
1-0

Scarf, R - Nijman, A [R4]
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 d3 Be7 5 Nc3 d6 6 Nd5 Nxd5 7 Bxd5 O-O 8 c3 Be6 9 Be3 Bxd5 10 exd5 Nb8 11 O-O f5 12 g3 Nd7 13 h4 f4 14 gxf4 exf4 15 Bd4 Bxh4 16 Nxh4 Qxh4
0-1

Round 5
Turner's Catalan allowed Croad a comfortable opening – establishing a queenside passed pawn which ensured vitory in the eventual N ending. This result guaranteed outright 1st place for Nic, as the matches between the players on 3 points wre both draws: Johnson blundered back McKerras' gambit pawn early on, but McKerras did not make the most of his chances, while a draw was eventually agreed between Fraemohs and Jackson in what looked like a hairy game.

Turner, M - Croad, N [R5]
1 c4 Nf6 2 g3 e6 3 Bg2 d5 4 Nf3 Be7 5 O-O O-O 6 d4 dxc4 7 Qa4 a6 8 Qxc4 b5 9 Qc2 Bb7 10 a3 Nbd7 11 Nc3 c5 12 e3 Rc8 13 Qe2 Qb6 14 Rd1 Rfd8 15 a4 b4 16 Nb1 Qc7 17 b3 c4 18 Qxc4 Qxc4 19 bxc4 Rxc4 20 Nbd2 Rc2 21 Ne1 Rc7 22 Bxb7 Rxb7 23 Bb2 Rc7 24 Rdc1 Rdc8 25 a5 Kf8 26 Kf1 Ke8 27 e4 Rxc1 28 Rxc1 Rxc1 29 Bxc1 Nb8 30 f3 Nc6 31 Nb3 Bd8 32 Bd2 Nxa5 33 Nxa5 Bxa5 34 Nd3 Kd7 35 Bxb4 Bxb4 36 Nxb4 a5 37 Na2 Kc6 38 Nc3 Nd7 39 Ke2 e5 40 d5+ Kc5 41 Kd3 Kb4 42 Kc2 Nb6 43 Na2+ Kc4 44 Nc3 Nc8 45 Na4 f5 46 Nc3 fxe4 47 fxe4 Nd6 48 Kb2 a4 49 Nxa4 Nxe4 50 Kc2 Kxd5 51 Kd1 Nf6 52 Ke2 Kd4 53 Nb2 e4 54 Nd1 Nd5 55 Kd2 e3+ 56 Ke2 Ke4 57 h3 h6 58 h4 h5 59 Nb2 Nc3+ 60 Ke1 Kf3 61 Nc4 Nd5 62 Nd6 Kxg3 63 Nf5+ Kf3 64 Nxg7 Nf4 65 Kd1 Ng2
0-1

Round 6
With first prize sewn up, the final round was all about the minor placings: Jackson made an early claim for at least a share of 2nd on 4½ by winning a quick debacle over Turner. Johnson opted for an early Q-exchange with Croad, who didn't find the way to advantage so a draw resulted. Nyberg and Hall, with wins over Gloistein and Aimers joined Johnson on 4 points. However the final placings depended upon the result of McKerras – Fraemohs, the last pair on 3½ ...
Meanwhile Nijman claimed first place in the U1700 grade by turning the two minor pieces to account versus Watts' rook, finishing on 3½. He was followed by Gloistein, Mulligan, Rex Scarfe & Craig Bourne in a tie for 2nd (U1700) on 3 points. Muhammad Saib had a notable draw (though he should have won) against Hamish Gold to draw level with Ming-Wong on 2 points and share the Junior prize. Because of the imminent departure of many players from out of town, a premature prize-giving was held to award all those already decided.
Finally, the Fraemohs – McKerras game evolved to a R-ending with active rooks and few pawns, where McKerras's fleeting two-pawn advantage was not enough to avoid the inevitable draw. Thus Jackson took 2nd prize alone, followed by a five-way tie for 3rd between Fraemohs, Johnson, Mckerras, Nyberg and Hall.

Jackson, R - Turner, M [R6]
1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Qxd5 3 Nc3 Qa5 4 d4 Nf6 5 Bd3 c6 6 Ne2 Be6 7 O-O g6 8 Nf4 Bd5 9 Re1 Bg7 10 Bd2 Qd8 11 Qe2 e6 12 Na4 b5 13 Nc5 O-O 14 a4 g5 15 Nh5 Nxh5 16 Qxh5 h6 17 axb5 cxb5 18 h4 gxh4 19 Bxh6 Qf6 20 Bg5
1-0

Nic Croad's win was thoroughly deserved, as he dominated throughout and only dropped half a point after 1st was assured, while Jackson can also be pleased with a satisfying result in a strong field. As organiser, director and player, Johnson had an unenviable task, but the tournament was relatively free of incident – barring the last round when a kibitzing player who had finished mistakenly thought a draw had been agreed in another game and demonstrated a winning move on the board – happily no dispute ensued! Three players earned FIDE rating blocks (Jackson, Hall & Mulligan) and the event proved very enjoyable.

Cross Table

No Name                 Club  Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6
 
1  CROAD, NICHOLAS      WE    2137 5.5    8:W  2:W  3:W  5:W  9:W  4:D
2  JACKSON, L ROSS      WE    1806 4.5   20:W  1:L 16:W  6:W  3:D  9:W
3  FRAEMOHS, PETER      CA    1861 4     11:W 13:W  1:L  4:W  2:D  5:D
4  JOHNSON, QUENTIN J F OT    2019 4     10:W  6:W  9:W  3:L  5:D  1:D
5  MCKERRAS, ROSS       CA    1864 4     14:W 12:W 21:W  1:L  4:D  3:D
6  NYBERG, MICHAEL      WE    1799 4     17:W  4:L 22:W  2:L 16:W 10:W
7  HALL, CRAIG          CA    1784 4     18:W  9:L  8:W 15:D 10:D 12:W
8  NIJMAN, ARIE J       CA    1656 3.5    1:L 20:W  7:L 11:W 13:D 15:W
9  TURNER, MICHAEL G    WE    2055 3     16:W  7:W  4:L 12:W  1:L  2:L
10 GLOISTEIN, BRUCE N   CA    1580 3      4:L 17:D 20:W 21:W  7:D  6:L
11 SCARF, REX           AS    1471 3      3:L 15:D 14:W  8:L 21:+ 13:D
12 AIMERS, GEOFFREY     OT    1746 3     22:W  5:L 13:W  9:L 18:W  7:L
13 MULLIGAN, ALLAN W    AS    1533 3     15:W  3:L 12:L 22:W  8:D 11:D
14 BOURNE, CRAIG        OT    1502 3      5:L 19:W 11:L 16:L 22:W 18:W
15 WATTS, DUNCAN        OT    1884 2.5   13:L 11:D 17:W  7:D  0:D  8:L
16 GOLD, HAMISH R       OT    1615 2.5    9:L 18:W  2:L 14:W  6:L 19:D
17 DELLACA, BRUCE       AS    1390 2.5    6:L 10:D 15:L 18:L 20:W 22:W
18 MING-WONG, ALEX      OT         2      7:L 16:L 19:W 17:W 12:L 14:L
19 SAIB, MUHAMMAD       OT    1306 2     21:L 14:L 18:L 20:D  0:W 16:D
20 SIVAPALAN, PRAVEEN   OT    1420 1.5    2:L  8:L 10:L 19:D 17:L  0:W
21 LAMBERT, LUKE        OT    1759 1.5   19:W  0:D  5:L 10:L 11:-  0:L
22 DOWDEN, R BENJAMIN   OT         1     12:L  0:W  6:L 13:L 14:L 17:L
 

Otago CC Rpid Championship 1st leg – 22 June

Quentin Johnson made a good start to defending his title (held jointly with Richard Sutton), by winning the 1st leg of the A grade, albeit after losing an early game to fine play by David Reid.
Scores: 1. Johnson 5/6; 2. Don Storey 4; 3. Hamish Gold 2; 4. David Reid 1.
The B and C grades have yet to complete all their results, but the ever improving Brent Southgate has made an early claim for the B grade by finishing on 4/6 for at least 1st equal, depending on other results.

Otago Queen's Birthday Open – 6 June

Nic Croad was the convincing winner of the Otago Queen's Birthday Open event held at the Otago Chess Club over the 3-day weekend. Nic sewed up 1st place with a round to spare and finished with an unbeaten 5.5/6, a point clear of Ross Jackson in 2nd place. These two were part of a strong Wellington contingent who dominated the prizelist, winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd=. Similarly prominent among the prizewinners where visiting Cantabrians from both Christchurch and Ashburton with three finishing in a 5-way tie for 3rd place on 4 points, and collecting most of the U1700 prizes headed by the rejuvenant Arie Nijman taking 1st U1700 on 3.5. The Junior prize was shared by promising locals Alexander Ming-Wong (only 8 years old) and Muhammad Saib on 2 points. The tournament was organised and directed by Quentin Johnson, who also played – having the distinction of taking the only half point off the winner.
Scores: 1. Nic Croad (WE) 5.5/6; 2. Ross Jackson (WE) 4.5; 3-7. Peter Fraemohs (CA), Quentin Johnson (OT), Ross McKerras (CA), Michael Nyberg (WE) & Craig Hall (CA) 4; 8. Arie Nijman 3.5; 9-14. Michael Turner (WE), Bruce Gloistein (CA - 2nd= U1700), Rex Scarf (AS - 2nd= U1700), Geoff Aimers (OT), Allan Mulligan (AS - 2nd= U1700) & Craig Bourne (OT - 2nd= U1700) 3; 15-17. Duncan Watts (OT), Hamish Gold (OT) & Bruce Dellaca (AS) 2.5; 18-19. Alex Ming-Wong (OT) & Muhammad Said (OT) 2; 20-21. Praveen Sivapalan (OT) & Luke Lambert (OT) 1.5; 22. Ben Dowden (OT) 1.

Cleland Trophy – 25 May

The winner of the Cleland Trophy in 2005 was Quentin Johnson with an emphatic 6/6. Second place went to Richard Sutton who took 2 half-point byes and had one loss (to Johnson) to finish on 4 points. He was followed by Duncan Watts, Terry Duffield, Don Storey, Hamish Gold and David Reid in 3rd place on 3.5.

Cross Table

No Name                 Feder Rtg Total  1    2    3    4    5    6
 
1  JOHNSON, QUENTIN J F           6      4:W 10:W  2:W  9:W  8:W  3:W
2  SUTTON, RICHARD J              4      6:W  0:D  1:L  4:W  0:D  9:W
3  WATTS, DUNCAN                  3.5   11:W  8:L  0:D 19:W  6:W  1:L
4  DUFFIELD, TERENCE              3.5    1:L 22:W  0:D  2:L 18:W 10:W
5  STOREY, DONALD J H             3.5   16:L  0:D  7:W  0:L 11:W  8:W
6  GOLD, HAMISH R                 3.5    2:L  0:D 19:W 10:W  3:L 12:W
7  REID, DAVID M                  3.5    0:D  0:D  5:L 11:W 10:D 15:W
8  STONE, ANDREW                  3     17:W  3:W  0:D  0:D  1:L  5:L
9  LAMBERT, LUKE                  3     19:W 13:D 16:W  1:L 12:D  2:L
10 NEWBOULD, ALISTAIR R           2.5   21:W  1:L 15:W  6:L  7:D  4:L
11 SOUTHGATE, BRENT               2.5    3:L  0:D 17:W  7:L  5:L 16:W
12 AIMERS, GEOFFREY               2.5    0:   0:  24:W 15:W  9:D  6:L
13 DOWDEN, R ANTHONY              2     15:W  9:D  0:D  0:L  0:L  0:L
14 RILEY, TIM                     2      0:D  0:D 21:W  0:L  0:L  0:L
15 BOURNE, CRAIG                  2     13:L 16:W 10:L 12:L 19:W  7:L
16 CHANDRA, SANDEEP               2      5:W 15:L  9:L  0:L 22:W 11:L
17 SAIB, MUHAMMAD                 1.5    8:L  0:D 11:L  0:W  0:L  0:L
18 FAVEL, JONATHAN                1.5    0:D  0:D  0:D  0:L  4:L 19:L
19 ARMSTRONG, JOHN F              1.5    9:L  0:D  6:L  3:L 15:L 18:W
20 TREBILCO, STEPHEN              1      0:   0:   0:  23:W  0:L  0:L
21 SAIB, NABEELAH                 .5    10:L  0:D 14:L  0:L  0:L  0:L
22 BURGESS, MATTHEW               .5     0:   4:L  0:D  0:L 16:L  0:L
23 BAIRD, VIOLET                  0      0:   0:   0:  20:L  0:L  0:L
24 EADES, DANIEL                  0      0:   0:  12:L  0:L  0:   0:
25 withdrew,                      0      0:L  0:L  0:L  0:L  0:   0:
 

Blitz tournament – 12 April

Without last year's blitz champion Tony Dowden in the field, Quentin Johnson outdistanced the rest with 5.5/7 for clear first.

Swiss Standard – 5 April

Richard Sutton and Quentin Johnson sharded first with 4.5/5 after agreeing a quick draw in the 4th round – both going on to win in the last round. Other notable performances were Andrew Stone in 3rd on 4 points who lost only to Johnson, while the evergreen Graham Haase notched up 3 wins to come 4th.

Cross Table

No Name                 Feder Rtg Total  1    2    3    4    5
 
1  JOHNSON, QUENTIN J F           4.5   17:W  3:W  8:W  2:D  5:W
2  SUTTON, RICHARD J              4.5    7:W 10:W  5:W  1:D  6:W
3  STONE, ANDREW                  4     28:W  1:L 21:W 16:W  7:W
4  HAASE, GRAHAM G                3.5   27:W  0:D 20:W 12:W  0:L
5  STOREY, DONALD J H             3     29:W  9:W  2:L  8:W  1:L
6  LAMBERT, LUKE                  3      0:  16:W  0:D  9:W  2:L
7  SOUTHGATE, BRENT               3      2:L 17:W 23:W 20:W  3:L
8  GOLD, HAMISH R                 3     25:W 20:+  1:L  5:L 12:W
9  DUFFIELD, TERENCE              3     14:W  5:L 19:W  6:L 16:W
10 NEWBOULD, ALISTAIR R           3     24:W  2:L 12:L 26:W 17:W
11 BOURNE, CRAIG                  3      0:D 19:D 16:L 29:W 18:W
12 ARMSTRONG, JOHN F              2.5    0:D 22:W 10:W  4:L  8:L
13 DOWDEN, R ANTHONY              2.5    0:   0:   0:  15:W  0:L
14 SIVAPALAN, PRAVEEN             2.5    9:L  0:D  0:D  0:D 21:W
15 RILEY, TIM                     2.5    0:D  0:D  0:D 13:L 22:W
16 REID, DAVID M                  2     23:W  6:L 11:W  3:L  9:L
17 CHANDRA, SANDEEP               2      1:L  7:L 29:W 19:W 10:L
18 Reifler, Meret                 2      0:D  0:D  0:D  0:D 11:L
19 SAIB, MUHAMMAD                 2      0:D 11:D  9:L 17:L 26:W
20 AIMERS, GEOFFREY               1.5   26:W  8:-  4:L  7:L  0:L
21 FAVEL, JONATHAN                1.5    0:D  0:D  3:L  0:D 14:L
22 SAIB, NABEELAH                 1.5    0:D 12:L  0:D  0:D 15:L
23 WATTS, DUNCAN                  1.5   16:L 27:W  7:L  0:D  0:L
24 Cho, David                     1.5   10:L  0:D  0:D  0:D  0:
25 Cho, Jin-Won                   1.5    8:L  0:D  0:D  0:D  0:
26 TREBILCO, STEPHEN              1     20:L  0:D  0:D 10:L 19:L
27 BAIRD, VIOLET                  1      4:L 23:L  0:D  0:D  0:
28 BREWER, ASHLEIGH               1      3:L  0:D  0:D  0:   0:
29 BURGESS, MATTHEW               .5     5:L  0:D 17:L 11:L  0:L
 

Swiss Standard – 29 March

After three rounds of this five round event – designed to give new club members a chance to establish a national rating in the May rating list – the lead is shared by the top two seeds: reigning club champion Richard Sutton and Quentin Johnson on 3/3. Their match this Wednesday will be be crucial for the final result.

Swiss Rapid – 2 March

The first event for the year was something of a warmup for many, and was dominated by top seed Quentin Johnson who finished with 6/6 a point ahead of Hamish Gold in second place. New junior Tim Riley's 3rd= on 4 points with Duncan Watts was notable in that he started with two half-point byes and was very nearly the victor in his only loss – to Johnson in the 5th round.

Cross Table

No Name                 Feder Rtg Total  1    2    3    4    5    6
 
1  JOHNSON, QUENTIN J F           6     11:W  6:W  2:W  3:W  4:W  8:W
2  GOLD, HAMISH R                 5     19:W 14:W  1:L 20:W  6:W  3:W
3  WATTS, DUNCAN                  4     27:W 16:W  7:W  1:L  8:W  2:L
4  RILEY, TIM                     4      0:   0:  16:W  7:W  1:L 12:W
5  STONE, ANDREW                  3.5    0:   0:   0:   0:  13:D  7:W
6  STOREY, DONALD J H             3     26:W  1:L  0:D  0:D  2:L 19:W
7  REID, DAVID M                  3     12:W 10:W  3:L  4:L 11:W  5:
8  DUFFIELD, TERENCE              3     20:L 26:W 18:W 13:W  3:L  1:L
9  DOWDEN, R ANTHONY              3      0:   0:   0:   0:  14:W  0:L
10 HAASE, GRAHAM G                3     21:W  7:L  0:D 14:W  0:D  0:L
11 ARMSTRONG, JOHN F              3      1:L 20:W  0:D  0:D  7:L 24:W
12 CHANDRA, SANDEEP               3      7:L 27:W  0:D  0:D 20:W  4:L
13 BOURNE, CRAIG                  3      0:D  0:D 15:W  8:L  5:D 16:D
14 NEWBOULD, ALISTAIR R           3     18:W  2:L 23:W 10:L  9:L 20:W
15 Jackson, Lewis                 2.5    0:   0:  13:L 26:W  0:D  0:L
16 SOUTHGATE, BRENT               2.5   28:W  3:L  4:L 18:L 29:W 13:D
17 SAIB, NABEELAH                 2.5    0:   0:   0:   0:  30:W 28:+
18 CHO, JIN-WON                   2.5   14:L 22:W  8:L 16:W 19:D  0:L
19 SAIB, MUHAMMAD                 2      2:L  0:D  0:D  0:D 18:D  6:L
20 WHEELER, PHIL                  2      8:W 11:L 25:W  2:L 12:L 14:L
21 TREBILCO, STEPHEN              2     10:L  0:D  0:D  0:D  0:D  0:L
22 WILSON, JEN                    2      0:  18:L  0:D  0:D  0:D  0:L
23 SIVAPALAN, PRAVEEN             2      0:   0:  14:L  0:D  0:D  0:L
24 REIFLER, MERET                 2      0:   0:   0:   0:   0:  11:L
25 Grenfell, Andrew               2      0:   0:  20:L  0:D  0:D  0:L
26 CHO, DAVID                     2      6:L  8:L  0:W 15:L 28:W  0:L
27 BAIRD, VIOLET                  1.5    3:L 12:L  0:D  0:D  0:D  0:L
28 FAVEL, JONATHAN                1.5   16:L  0:D  0:D  0:D 26:L 17:-
29 BURGESS, MATTHEW               1      0:   0:   0:   0:  16:L  0:L
30 BREWER, ASHLEIGH               0      0:   0:   0:   0:  17:L  0:L

2005 Otago chess club AGM – 2 February

The 2005 AGM kicked off the year and was notable for electing two new life members to the club: Geoff Adams and Richard Sutton. Both have served chess and the Otago Chess Club in particular to great lengths over the years. The 2005 committee consists of :
President: Tony Dowden; Vice President: Alistair Newbould; Secretary: Duncan Watts; Treasurer: Quentin Johnson; Past-President: Graham Haase; Committee members: Terry Duffield, Hamish Gold, Geoff Aimers & Craig Bourne.
Bob Glass was elected as Patron and honorary Auditor.