Closing Night prizegiving and quiz – 13 December

The trophy winners for 2017 were:
Senior Club Standard Championship – Quentin Johnson
Intermediate Club Standard Championship – Terry Duffield
Junior Club Standard Championship – Max Lough
Standard Perpetual Championship – Hamish Gold
Senior Club Rapid Championship – Quentin Johnson
Intermediate Club Rapid Championship – Edward Sarfas
Junior Club Rapid Championship – Max Lough
Rapid Perpetual Championship – Ryan Lau
JJ Marlow Trophy for under 20 Championship – Riley Jellyman
Cleland Trophy – Quentin Johnson
Richard Sutton Trophy – Quentin Johnson
The quiz was very closely fought with Caro Kannians winning on 26 points ahead of the Glasses on 25 and the Mustachios (with a smaller team) on 22. Thanks to Geoff Aimers for again providing a challenging quiz.

Perpetual Handicap – 6 December

Jack Cowie established an early lead in the Rapid and it was only overhauled late in the year by great performances in the Rapid Championship from Max Lough and Ryan Lau. These two swapped first and second throughout the 2nd leg of the championship with Ryan just keep the lead in the final event to win on +80 with Max second on +76 and Jack third on +64. The Standard also featured Max Lough at or near the lead for most of the year, but an outstanding surge by Hamish Gold in the 2nd leg of the Club Championship and then the Richard Sutton Trophy ran away with first place on a wopping +99. Max was second on an excellent +64, while Quentin Johnson came third on +57. Max's appearance on both podiums shows his steep improvement in the past year.
Otago Chess Club Perpetual Handicap 2017

As at:
7/12/2017



























Standard
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12



Rapid
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Rank
Name
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Gain

Rank
Name
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Gain
1
Quentin J F Johnson
552
552
555
563
563
572
585
581
587
587
606
609
57

1
Iain Lamont
544
548
534
534
534
534
534
534
534
534
534
534
-10
2
Iain Lamont
548
548
531
521
522
522
522
522
522
522
527
512
-36

2
Quentin J F Johnson
557
564
566
566
540
540
558
556
556
532
532
532
-25
3
Leighton Nicholls
509
509
515
535
536
534
529
499
494
494
494
494
-15

3
Leighton Nicholls
478
485
488
488
488
488
512
518
518
518
518
518
40
4
Geoffrey Aimers
382
382
378
370
370
372
383
409
403
403
403
403
21

4
Geoffrey Aimers
377
365
385
385
385
385
385
385
385
385
385
385
8
5
Hamish R Gold
286
286
279
276
286
306
312
328
347
347
368
385
99

5
Naser Tamimi
383
383
383
383
383
383
383
383
383
383
383
383
0
6
Naser Tamimi
360
360
360
360
360
360
360
360
360
360
360
360
0

6
Riley Jellyman
331
343
367
367
376
376
376
376
376
376
376
376
45
7
Riley Jellyman
322
322
321
332
332
342
348
356
356
356
356
359
37

7
Edward Sarfas
313
315
317
317
330
330
320
324
348
368
368
368
55
8
Terence Duffield
337
337
346
347
352
359
359
360
370
370
351
350
13

8
Hamish R Gold
346
346
346
346
373
373
357
357
337
353
353
353
7
9
Edward Sarfas
306
306
325
326
326
313
301
317
331
331
339
343
37

9
Shoji Fukushima
232
233
245
245
263
263
239
259
244
260
260
260
28
10
Brent Southgate
283
283
281
298
302
306
306
307
308
308
287
277
-6

10
Brent Southgate
205
216
225
225
200
200
228
250
250
250
250
250
45
11
Shoji Fukushima
234
234
238
250
245
272
271
259
254
254
264
276
42

11
Max Lough
156
165
147
147
170
170
192
214
214
232
232
232
76
12
Robert D Clarkson
267
267
254
243
235
247
245
265
262
262
248
236
-31

12
Ryan Lau
151
160
153
153
191
191
165
177
197
231
231
231
80
13
David M Reid
205
205
212
209
216
215
203
184
203
203
203
214
9

13
Taine Box
216
224
234
234
210
210
238
220
220
220
220
220
4
14
Taine Box
187
187
196
207
195
204
200
200
200
200
206
197
10

14
Terence Duffield
234
242
231
231
213
213
197
181
200
194
194
194
-40
15
John F Armstrong
168
168
183
185
172
181
188
173
168
168
190
190
22

15
Ethan Lau
163
157
146
146
189
189
201
183
183
175
175
175
12
16
Hildon Nisa
188
188
196
189
197
194
193
198
187
187
173
187
-1

16
Jack Cowie
100
93
133
133
163
163
163
163
163
163
163
163
63
17
Zohar Gonen
150
150
150
150
150
150
150
172
163
163
171
171
21

17
Zohar Gonen
150
150
150
150
150
150
150
150
150
150
150
150
0
18
Max Lough
103
103
97
134
148
134
148
158
167
167
167
167
64

18
Martin Brook
100
109
120
120
110
110
138
138
130
142
142
142
42
19
Ryan Lau
135
135
128
122
116
105
116
135
145
145
162
162
27

19
Hildon Nisa
160
155
160
160
140
140
120
124
136
137
137
137
-23
20
Martin Brook
117
117
117
117
112
96
87
114
128
128
145
143
26

20
Robert D Clarkson
177
167
188
188
152
152
152
152
136
136
136
136
-41
21
Ethan Lau
106
106
101
83
98
105
105
85
79
79
101
101
-5

21
John F Armstrong
142
140
121
121
159
159
163
159
159
132
132
132
-10
22
Munya Marowa
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
0

22
David M Reid
165
154
127
127
127
127
127
127
127
127
127
127
-38
23
Harold Gao
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
99
96
96
96
96
-4

23
Munya Marowa
100
104
104
104
104
104
104
104
104
104
104
104
4
24
Liam Gonen
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
102
94
94
88
88
-12

24
Liam Gonen
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
0
25
Lorne Brooks
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
87
86
-14

25
Nicholas Wright
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
0
26
Jack Cowie
80
80
80
80
80
80
80
80
80
80
80
80
0

26
Harold Gao
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
0
27
Nicholas Wright
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
84
79
79
79
79
-21

27
Lorne Brooks
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
0
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Richard Sutton Trophy – 6 December

With a lower than average turnout of juniors due to exams, defending Champion and top seed Quentin Johnson won the key match-up with second seed Iain Lamont in round three to go a half point clear on 3/3 ahead of Hamish Gold, who had condeded a draw in round 1 to Ethan Lau. In the next round Gold ceded position and material for a dangerous attack against Johnson, but missed his best chance to sac a piece for perpetual check and lost. Meanwhile Edward Sarfas joined Lamont in the chasing pack on 3/4. The fifth round saw Johnson defeat Shoji Fukushima, while Lamont won against Sarfas to stay in touch. Gold Beat Brent Southgate to move up to third position going into the final round. Terry Duffield lost a piece to Johnson after weakening his back rank, to complete a clean sweep for Johnson of 6/6 and first place. In a fascinating & complex game of many twists Gold overcame Lamont to claim second on 4½. Sarfas defeated Martin Brook to join Lamont in third place, while Fukushima's passed pawn proved too string for Southgate and he won to take sole fifth on 3½. Gold's performance won hm many rating points and cemented his grip on the Standard Handicap trophy. Fukushima, Brook, David Reid and Hildon Nisa should all earn FIDE ratings in the next list.
Richard Sutton Trophy 2017
 Cross Table at round 6 sorted by score
 
Pos NAME                 Rtg   T  Fed  Pts |   1     2     3     4     5     6    |  Buc1    BucT
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  1 Johnson, Quentin J F 2143     NZL  6.0 | +B7   +W4   +B3   +B2   +W5   +B6    |   19.0    21.5
  2 Gold, Hamish R       1756     NZL  4.5 | =W11  +B6   +B14  -W1   +B13  +W3    |   17.5    19.0
  3 Lamont, Iain         2109     NZL  4.0 | +W8   +B5   -W1   +B14  +W4   -B2    |   20.5    22.0
  4 Sarfas, Edward       1843     NZL  4.0 | +B10  -B1   +W17  +W11  -B3   +W9    |   17.5    18.0
  5 Fukushima, Shoji     1674     NZL  3.5 | +B17  -W3   =B7   +W8   -B1   +W13   |   17.5    18.0
  6 Duffield, Terence    1820     NZL  3.0 | -W9   -W2   +BYE  +B17  +B8   -W1    |   17.0    17.5
  7 Armstrong, John F(W) 1606     NZL  2.5 | -W1   =B8   =W5   =B9   +W14   --    |   18.0    19.5
  8 Reid, David M        1560     NZL  2.5 | -B3   =W7   +B10  -B5   -W6   +W16   |   15.5    17.5
  9 Brook, Martin        1495     NZL  2.5 | +B6   -W14  -B11  =W7   +W17  -B4    |   14.0    14.5
 10 Nisa, Hildon         1559     NZL  2.5 | -W4   =B13  -W8   -B16  +BYE  +W14   |   12.5    13.5
 11 Lau, Ethan       (W) 1370     NZL  2.0 | =B2   =BYE  +W9   -B4    --    --    |   18.0    20.5
 12 Lau, Ryan        (W) 1382     NZL  2.0 | +W13  =BYE  =BYE   --    --    --    |   17.5    19.5
 13 Southgate, Brent     1767     NZL  2.0 | -B12  =W10  +B16  =BYE  -W2   -B5    |   17.0    19.0
 14 Clarkson, Robert D   1631     NZL  1.5 | =BYE  +B9   -W2   -W3   -B7   -B10   |   17.0    19.0
 15 Gonen, Zohar     (W)    0     NZL  1.5 |  --    --   +W19  =BYE   --    --    |   14.5    17.0
 16 Box, Taine           1574     NZL  1.5 |  --    --   -W13  +W10  =BYE  -B8    |   13.0    15.0
 17 Brooks, Lorne           0     NZL  1.0 | -W5   +BYE  -B4   -W6   -B9   -W18   |   16.0    18.0
 18 Jellyman, Riley      1876     NZL  1.0 |  --    --    --    --    --   +B17   |   12.5    13.0
 19 Gonen, Liam      (W)    0     NZL  0.5 |  --    --   -B15  =BYE   --    --    |   13.5    15.0
 
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Summer Rapid Open – 2 December

The Summer Rapid Open saw just ten players brave the heat. Ross Black was unable to make it from Christchurch, so Ilir Mani from the North Shore was the only non-local competitor. He defeated 2nd seed Riley Jellyman in the only upset of the first round after the later sacced a piece for too little compensation. Mani went on to beat Bob Clarkson in the second round to share the lead with top seed Quentin Johnson and third seed Hamish Gold. In the third round a misunderstanding over a declined draw offer meant that Mani erred in a drawish rook ending and lost to Johnson. Meanwhile Jellyman beat Gold to join the chasing a group a point behind. In round 4 Johnson beat Hildon Nisa to go to 4/4. Jellyman stayed in touch, saccing his queen against Shoji Fukushima to force a winning ending. Gold beat Mani to keep up with Jellyman. In the final round Jellyman exploited Johnson's misplayed opening to chalk up the win and join Johnson in first place along with Gold, who won again Dallin Heperi. Mani won the U1400 grade with a win over Harold Gao to reach 3 points, followed by Nisa, who drew with Fukushima to reach 2½.
Cross Table
 
No Name                 Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5
 
1  Jellyman, Riley      1736 4      4:L 10:W  2:W  5:W  3:W
2  Gold, Hamish R       1716 4      6:W  5:W  1:L  4:W  7:W
3  Johnson, Quentin J F 2036 4      8:W  7:W  4:W  6:W  1:L
4  Mani, Ilir           1257 3      1:W  8:W  3:L  2:L  9:W
5  Fukushima, Shoji     1469 2.5    9:W  2:L  7:W  1:L  6:D
6  Nisa, Hildon         1187 2.5    2:L  9:W 10:W  3:L  5:D
7  Heperi, Dallin       1600 2     10:W  3:L  5:L  8:W  2:L
8  Clarkson, Robert D   1272 2      3:L  4:L  9:W  7:L 10:W
9  Gao, Harold          1000 1      5:L  6:L  8:L 10:W  4:L
10 Wright, Nick         1100 0      7:L  1:L  6:L  9:L  8:L
 

Club Rapid Championship 2nd leg – 25 October

Despite the new rules applied again this year the competition for the three tites was largely decided by advantages gained in the first leg. Defending Champion and top seed Quentin Johnson only needed to score 2/6 in the A Grade to retain the Senior Championship trophy, as main rival from the first leg Leighton Nicholls did not compete. Edward Sarfas won the A Grade with 4/6 and this was easily enough to secure the Intermediate Championship trophy. The B Grade was closely fought, with Shoji Fukushima and Max Lough tying for first on 3½/6. This result gave Lough the Junior Trophy - extending the lead he had carried from the 1st leg. The C Grade was won by Ryan Lau with a massive score of 7/8, two point clear of Hildon Nisa with Martin Brook a further half point back. Although not enough to overhaul Lough in the Rapid Championship, it did give him the rating points to just overtake Lough in the battle for the Rapid Perpetual Trophy, winning with a gain of 80 points for the year to Lough's 76.
Cross Table
 
No Name                 Feder Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
 
1  Sarfas, Edward       A     1598 8      3:W  3:W  5:W  5:L  4:L  4:W  0:   0:
2  Lau, Ryan            C     1371 7     13:W 13:W 11:W 11:W  9:L  9:W 12:W 12:W
3  Gold, Hamish R       A     1716 7      1:L  1:L  4:W  4:L  5:+  5:+  0:   0:
4  Johnson, Quentin J F A     2036 6      5:-  5:-  3:L  3:W  1:W  1:L  0:   0:
5  Jellyman, Riley      A     1736 5      4:-  4:-  1:L  1:W  3:-  3:-  0:   0:
6  Lough, Max           B     1332 4.5   10:W 10:W  7:D  7:D  8:L  8:D  0:   0:
7  Fukushima, Shoji     B     1469 4.5    8:L  8:D  6:D  6:D 10:W 10:W  0:   0:
8  Duffield, Terence    B     1366 4      7:W  7:D 10:L 10:L  6:W  6:D  0:   0:
9  Nisa, Hildon         C     1187 3     11:W 11:D 12:L 12:D  2:W  2:L  0:   0:
10 Lau, Ethan           B     1297 3      6:L  6:L  8:W  8:W  7:L  7:L  0:   0:
11 Brook, Martin        C     1287 2.5    9:L  9:D  2:L  2:L 12:W 12:W  0:   0:
12 Armstrong, John F    C     1272 1.5    0:-  0:-  9:W  9:D 11:L 11:L  2:L  2:L
13 Clarkson, Robert D   C     1272 0      2:L  2:L  0:-  0:-  0:-  0:-  0:   0:
 

Ultimate Challenge – 25 October

The Ultimate Challenge format was copied from the after event at the Sinquefield Cup Super GM tournament. Two teams of four players played 5m + 3s Bronstein blitz in rotation – 5 moves for each player before the next member of their team took over the game, with players paired to be roughly even strength. The team order was reversed for the final deciding game. The team of Quentin, Brent, Martin & Sam lost the first game against the team Edward, Zohar, Hildon & Liam, but then struck back in the second after Brent stood down and was replaced by Shoji and went on to win the final deciding game with just an extra pawn up in a pawn ending.

South Island Championship and South Island Rapid Championship - 11-15 October


South Island Championship


1st= WCM Vyanla Punsalan and FM Stephen Lukey (SI Champion)

3rd Riley Jellyman

U1800 Grade

1st= Hamish Gold, Aurian De Briey & Max Lough

DD Smash Upset Prize to Winston Weng for win over Oliver Picken

A complete pgn file of the games can be downloaded here
2017 South Island Championships
 Cross Table at round 8 sorted by score
 
Pos NAME                 Rtg   T  Fed  Pts |   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8    |  DirE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  1 Punsalan, Vyanla M   1896 WCM NZL  6.5 | +B21  +W6   +B17  =W7   +B3   +B2   =W5   =W4    |    1.0
  2 Lukey, Stephen G     2350  FM NZL  6.5 | +B19  +W9   =B3   +W10  +B7   -W1   +B11  +W5    |    0.0
  3 Jellyman, Riley      1876     NZL  6.0 | +W22  +B5   =W2   =B4   -W1   +W9   +B10  +B7    |    0.0
  4 Christie, Richie     1977     NZL  5.5 | +B20  =W17  =B6   =W3   =B9   +W10  +W7   =B1    |    0.0
  5 Johnson, Quentin J F 2143     NZL  5.0 | +B11  -W3   +B20  =W9   +B13  +W6   =B1   -B2    |    1.0
  6 Cummings, Nick       2102     NZL  5.0 | +W16  -B1   =W4   =B18  +W8   -B5   +W14  +B11   |    0.0
  7 Rains, Edward        2150  CM NZL  4.5 | +W15  +B8   +W18  =B1   -W2   +W11  -B4   -W3    |    0.0
  8 Dolejs, Dan          1930     NZL  4.5 | +B23  -W7   +B22  -W11  -B6   +W18  +B17  =W9    |    0.0
  9 Brockway, Andrew     1899     NZL  4.5 | +W13  -B2   +W16  =B5   =W4   -B3   +W19  =B8    |    0.0
 10 Picken, Oliver       1949  CM NZL  4.0 | +W12  -B18  +W15  -B2   +W16  -B4   -W3   +B19   |    0.0
 11 Gold, Hamish R       1756     NZL  4.0 | -W5   +B13  +W12  +B8   +W18  -B7   -W2   -W6    |    0.0
 12 De Briey, Aurian     1540     BEL  4.0 | -B10  =W19  -B11  =W23  +B22  +W20  =B13  =W15   |    0.0
 13 Lough, Max           1528     NZL  4.0 | -B9   -W11  +BYE  +B14  -W5   =B16  =W12  +B22   |    0.0
 14 Sarfas, Edward       1843     NZL  3.5 | -B17  -W20  +B19  -W13  +B23  +W15  -B6   =W18   |    0.0
 15 Black, Ross          1790     NZL  3.5 | -B7   +W23  -B10  +W17   --   -B14  +W20  =B12   |    0.0
 16 Clarkson, Robert D   1631     NZL  3.5 | -B6   +W21  -B9   +W22  -B10  =W13  =B18  =W17   |    0.0
 17 Heperi, Dallin       1557     NZL  3.5 | +W14  =B4   -W1   -B15  +W21  =B19  -W8   =B16   |    0.0
 18 Weng, Xintong (Winst 1171     NZL  3.5 | +BYE  +W10  -B7   =W6   -B11  -B8   =W16  =B14   |    0.0
 19 Duffield, Terence    1820     NZL  3.0 | -W2   =B12  -W14  +BYE  +B20  =W17  -B9   -W10   |    0.0
 20 Murdoch, Stephen     1598     NZL  3.0 | -W4   +B14  -W5   +B21  -W19  -B12  -B15  +W23   |    0.0
 21 Beneke, Carel    (W) 1500     NZL  3.0 | -W1   -B16  +B23  -W20  -B17  +W22  +BYE   --    |    0.0
 22 Stevenson, Michael   1498     NZL  2.0 | -B3   +BYE  -W8   -B16  -W12  -B21  +W23  -W13   |    0.0
 23 Lukey, Bryce         1538     NZL  1.5 | -W8   -B15  -W21  =B12  -W14  +BYE  -B22  -B20   |    0.0
 
Full results on Vega: South Island Championship

South Island Rapid Championship


1st= CM Edward Rains (SI Rap co-chp), CM Oliver Picken, Iain Lamont (SI Rap co-chp) & WCM Vyanla Punsalan

U1550 Grade

1st= Aurian De Briey and Stephen Murdoch

3rd= Shoji Fukushima, John Ansell & Max Lough
2017 South Island Rapid Championships
 Cross Table at round 6 sorted by score
 
Pos NAME                 Rtg   T  Fed  Pts |   1     2     3     4     5     6    |  DirE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  1 Rains, Edward        2150  CM NZL  4.5 | +B5   +W12  +B3   =W2   -B4   +W9    |    1.5
  2 Picken, Oliver       2047  CM NZL  4.5 | +W19  +B11  =W4   =B1   =W3   +B7    |    1.5
  3 Lamont, Iain         1937     NZL  4.5 | +W8   +B9   -W1   +B11  =B2   +W4    |    1.5
  4 Punsalan, Vyanla M   1883 WCM NZL  4.5 | +B6   +W21  =B2   +B7   +W1   -B3    |    1.5
  5 De Briey, Aurian     1540     BEL  4.0 | -W1   -B8   +W15  +B20  +W11  +B13   |    0.0
  6 Murdoch, Stephen     1357     NZL  4.0 | -W4   +B19  -B17  +W14  +B10  +W8    |    0.0
  7 Johnson, Quentin J F 2036     NZL  3.5 | +B14  =W10  +B13  -W4   +B12  -W2    |    0.0
  8 Fukushima, Shoji     1469     NZL  3.5 | -B3   +W5   +B21  +W17  =B9   -B6    |    0.0
  9 Ansell, John         1349     NZL  3.5 | +B17  -W3   +B12  +W13  =W8   -B1    |    0.0
 10 Lough, Max           1332     NZL  3.5 | +W18  =B7   -W11  +B16  -W6   +B15   |    0.0
 11 Gloistein, Bruce H   1637     NZL  3.0 | +B16  -W2   +B10  -W3   -B5   +W19   |    0.0
 12 Sarfas, Edward       1598     NZL  3.0 | +W20  -B1   -W9   +B21  -W7   +B18   |    0.0
 13 Heperi, Dallin       1696     NZL  2.5 | =W15  +B18  -W7   -B9   +W16  -W5    |    0.0
 14 Brook, Martin        1495     NZL  2.5 | -W7   +B20  =W16  -B6   -W15  +B21   |    0.0
 15 Clarkson, Robert D   1272     NZL  2.5 | =B13  -W17  -B5   +W19  +B14  -W10   |    0.0
 16 Rains, Jessica       1176     NZL  2.5 | -W11  +BYE  =B14  -W10  -B13  +W20   |    0.0
 17 Black, Ross      (W) 1724     NZL  2.0 | -W9   +B15  +W6   -B8    --    --    |    0.0
 18 Gold, Hamish R       1716     NZL  2.0 | -B10  -W13  -B19  +BYE  +W20  -W12   |    0.0
 19 Beneke, Carel        1500     NZL  2.0 | -B2   -W6   +W18  -B15  +W21  -B11   |    0.0
 20 Hanson, Leevi        1000     NZL  1.0 | -B12  -W14  +BYE  -W5   -B18  -B16   |    0.0
 21 Downey, Arthur          0     NZL  1.0 | +BYE  -B4   -W8   -W12  -B19  -W14   |    0.0
 
Full results on Vega: South Island Rapid

Photo and caption on Otago Daily Times website

Club Championship – 20 September

After the second leg of the 2016 Club Championship, Quentin Johnson repeated his score of 4/5 from the first leg, losing just one game to Geoff Aimers, who finished scond on 3½ ahead of Terry Duffield third on 2½. This proved enough for Johnson to take the Senior Championship, as first leg leader Leighton Nicholls couldn't keep up the momentum and finished on 2 points along with Edward Sarfas. Riley Jellyman only managed to complete two games to finish on 1 point.
The B grade was dominated by Hamish Gold, who scored a 5/5 picket fence, only just missing out on the Intermediate Championship title to Terry Duffield's strong showing in the A grade after being promoted. Brent Southgate finished two points back on 3, though he could be joined by Bob Clarkson depending on the result of his unfinished game with Max Lough (update 15 Oct - Bob forfeited this game due to being unable to play it before the end of October rating deadline). Clarkson is on 2 with Shoji Fikushima, while Lough's final total of 2½ won him the Junior Championship by a large margin after being promoted from the C Grade. John Armstrong finished on ½, a drop in perfromance in this event after a string of good results in the last 12 months.
The C grade was again a six-round Swiss. Top seed David Reid started with a loss to Ryan Lau, but a string of wins and draw to 2nd seed Hildon Nisa allowed him to recover - finishing with a pleasing queen sacrifice for mate in this final game and take clear first on 4½/6. Ryan Lau finished next on 4 points, losing only to Hildon and taking a couple of half-point byes. Nisa finished 3rd on 3½, followed by Martin Brook and new member Zohar Gonen on 3 points. Two more new members were next: Liam Gonen on 2, Nicholas Wright on 1½. Then came Ethan Lau on 1 and another new member Harold Gao on 0.
The new rules ( ) this year mean that each grade starts with a base score and/or a scaling factor, to allow performances to be roughly compared between grades, based on the average rating of the field in each grade. That allows players in different grades to compete for the same trophy on roughly even terms. The final Championship totals show the effect of these adjustments:

1 Johnson 15 (Senior Champion); 2 Nicholls 13½; 3-4 Aimers & Duffield (Intermediate Champion) 11½; 5 Sarfas 11; 6 Gold 10½; 7-8 Jellyman & Southgate 9½; 9 Fukushima 7½; 10-11 Lough (Junior Champion) & Reid 7; 12 Nisa 6½; 13-14 Clarkson & Armstrong 5½; 15 Ryan Lau 4; 16 Brook 3; 17 Zohar Gonen 2½ 18 Ethan Lau 2; 19-20 Liam Gonen & Wright 1½; 21 Gao 0.

A Grade
No
Name
Loc
Total
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
1
Johnson, Quentin J F
2143
4
*
0
1
1
1
1
2
Aimers, Geoffrey
1868
3.5
1
*
½
½
½
+
3
Duffield, Terence
1820
2.5
0
½
*
½
½
+
4
Sarfas, Edward
1843
2
0
½
½
*
1
0
5
Nicholls, Leighton
2048
2
0
½
½
0
*
+
6
Jellyman, Riley
1876
1
0
-
-
1
-
*

B Grade
No
Name
Loc
Total
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
1
Gold, Hamish R
1756
5
*
1
1
1
1
1
2
Southgate, Brent
1767
3
0
*
1
0
1
1
3
Lough, Max
1528
2.5
0
0
*
1
+
½
4
Fukushima, Shoji
1674
2
0
1
0
*
0
1
5
Clarkson, Robert D
1631
2
0
0
-
1
*
1
6
Armstrong, John F
1606
.5
0
0
½
0
0
*
C Grade
Cross Table
 
No Name               Loc  Total  1    2    3    4   5    6
 
1  Reid, David M      1560 4.5    2:0 12:1  4:1  3:½ 7:1  5:1
2  Lau, Ryan          1382 4      1:1  3:0  7:1  0:½ 0:½  6:1
3  Nisa, Hildon       1559 3.5   12:1  2:1  5:0  1:½ 0:1  4:0
4  Brook, Martin      1495 3      6:1  0:½  1:0  0:½ 0:0  3:1
5  Gonen, Zohar            3      7:1  0:½  3:1  0:½ 0:0  1:0
6  Gonen, Liam             2      4:0  0:½ 12:1  0:½ 0:0  2:0
7  Wright, Nicholas        1.5    5:0  0:1  2:0  0:½ 1:0  0:0
8  Duffield, Terence  1820 1      0:   0:  14:1  0:0 0:0  0:0
9  Clarkson, Robert D 1631 1      0:   0:   0:  14:1 0:0  0:0
10 Lough, Max         1528 1      0:   0:   0:   0:  0:  12:1
11 Sarfas, Edward     1843 1      0:   0:   0:   0:  0:  13:1
12 Lau, Ethan         1370 1      3:0  1:0  6:0  0:½ 0:½ 10:0
13 Fukushima, Shoji   1674 0      0:   0:   0:   0:  0:  11:0
14 Gao, Harold             0      0:   0:   8:0  9:0 0:0  0:0
 

Spring Rapid Open – 2 September

The Spring Rapid Open drew a healthy field of 19. Missing from the usual field was Ross Black from Christchurch, but Dylan and Amy Lee travelled up from Invercargill to add some novelty to the field that was otherwise from Dunedin, with Dallin Heperi a welcome addition after many years absence from the competition. Four players, Gary Yao, John Mengel, Leevi Hanson and Linus Patterson were playing in their first open. The time control of Bronstein 25 mins plus 5 seconds was used. There were two upsets in round 1: Romero Suggate's defeat of Edward Sarfas - the second swiss gambit in a row for Sarfas, and Nick Wright's defeat of Martin Brook. Top seed Quentin Johnson sacrificed a piece for a speculative attack agains Hildon Nisa and had to play well to win a tough game against sturdy defence. In round two Johnson was again under pressure from Ethan Lau, before Ethan simply left a rook to be taken. Second seed Hamish Gold went down to Bob Clarkson, Suggate continued his giant-beating ways with a win over Heperi and Gary Yao held Nisa to a draw. The third round saw an end to Clarkson's run at the hands of Ryan Lau, who joined Johnson on 3/3 after the latter defeated Max Lough, while Gold put a stop to Suggate to lead the chasing pack a point behind. The battle between the leaders in the fourth round ended in a victory for Johnson after Ryan overlooked a knight fork. Gold, Heperi, Sarfas and Lough joined Ryan in second place with wins over Ethan, Clarkson, Brook and Suggate respectively. Meanwhile Mengel, Patterson and Amy all managed to score their first points in one of these events. The fifth round started without the Lee's who had an appointment back in Invercargill. Gold developed a strong attack after sacrificing a pawn against Johnson and got his chance when Johnson erred allowing Gold's queen to win back the pawn and enter the position decisively. Gold overlooked a winning queeen check on h8 and then sacced the queen for a rook in a miscalulated combo. The queen soon cleaned up Gold's passed pawns and won. Heperi beat Ryan to stay in touch, as did swiss gambiteer Sarfas with a win over Lough. Meanwhile Hanson scored his first win of the event over Noah Oseki. Staying in contention for the prize list were Nisa, Brook, Yao and Mengel, with wins over Ethan, Suggate, Clarkson and Patterson respectively. The round finished eraly so a sixth and final round was added to make up the time. Johnson was not unduly troubled by Heperi's offbeat opening to take first with 6/6. Sarfas defeated Nisa to take clear second on 5 points without playing the top seed - a success for the swiss gambit. Gold beat Lough to finish third equal 4 points with Ryan, who defeated Brook and Yao, who beat Wright. That meant Ryan Lau won the under 1500 grade ahead of Hildon Nisa second on 3½, while Gary Yao won the under 700 grade ahead of John Mengel, also second on 3½ after a win over Hanson.

The next rapid open is the Summer Rapid on Saturday 2 December.
Cross Table
 
No Name                 Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6
 
1  Johnson, Quentin J F 2036 6      7:W 12:W  9:W  5:W  4:W  3:W
2  Sarfas, Edward       1598 5     10:L 18:W 14:W 13:W  9:W  7:W
3  Heperi, Dallin       1700 4     18:W 10:L 17:W 11:W  5:W  1:L
4  Gold, Hamish R       1716 4     17:W 11:L 10:W 12:W  1:L  9:W
5  Lau, Ryan            1371 4     19:W 15:W 11:W  1:L  3:L 13:W
6  Yao, Gary                 4      9:L  7:D 19:W  8:D 11:W 14:W
7  Nisa, Hildon         1187 3.5    1:L  6:D 18:W 17:W 12:W  2:L
8  Mengel, John              3.5   12:L 17:L  0:W  6:D 15:W 16:W
9  Lough, Max           1332 3      6:W 14:W  1:L 10:W  2:L  4:L
10 Suggate, Romero           3      2:W  3:W  4:L  9:L 13:L  0:W
11 Clarkson, Robert D   1272 3     16:W  4:W  5:L  3:L  6:L 19:W
12 Lau, Ethan           1297 3      8:W  1:L 16:W  4:L  7:L 15:W
13 Brook, Martin        1287 3     14:L 19:W 15:W  2:L 10:W  5:L
14 Wright, Nick              2     13:W  9:L  2:L 18:L  0:W  6:L
15 Patterson, Linus          2      0:W  5:L 13:L 16:W  8:L 12:L
16 Hanson, Leevi             2     11:L  0:W 12:L 15:L 19:W  8:L
17 Lee, Dylan           675  1      4:L  8:W  3:L  7:L  0:L  0:L
18 Lee, Amy             598  1      3:L  2:L  7:L 14:W  0:L  0:L
19 Oseki, Noah               1      5:L 13:L  6:L  0:W 16:L 11:L
 

Otago/Southland Under 20 (Junior) Championship – 19 August

A healthy field of 21 players turned out at the Otago Chess Club to contest the 2017 championship. Only Rogan-Joe Sloan (St Kevins, Waimate) and Hamish Early (Remarkables, Queenstown) came from outside Dunedin. Defending champion Leighton Nicholls started as favourite, along with former champion Riley Jellyman (OBHS). However, seven rounds with the Rapid time limit of 25 minutes for the game meant there was plenty of room for upsets. As last year, Max Lough (OBHS) was the player that proved the most difficult for the favourites. The first round largely went as expected, though a key result was Ethan Lau’s (OBHS) win over under 13 champion from two weeks earlier Martin Brook (JMC). Round two saw only one minor upset when Ryan Lau (OBHS) lost to Zishen Fu (OBHS). Round three saw only three players still on maximum points after Nicholls defeated Ethan Lau, Jellyman beat Fu with a blistering attack and Lough eventually overcame Romero Suggate (Tahuna) in the ending after initially going material down. The game of round 4 was Nicholls-Lough in which Nicholls won the exchange but in the R vs N ending Lough’s passed c-pawn either cost the rook or queened. Nicholls chose to try to defend the R vs Q ending with a fortress, but Lough played well to eventually secure victory. Jellyman joined Lough in the lead on 4/4 with a win over Ryan Lau. The chasing pack on 3 points was made up of Nicholls, Fu, Brook, Suggate, and Noah Oseki (OBHS) who upset Ethan Lau. In the clash between the leader in round five, Lough initially went up an exchange with a knight fork, but Jellyman had compensation in terms of a kingside pawn roller. Lough went for tactics against Jellyman’s weakened kingside rather than open up the centre for his rooks and a piece sac for two pawns was not enough compensation with his queenside pieces undeveloped. Jellyman’s two pieces dominated the rook and he went on to win, taking the sole lead. Nicholls joined Lough a point behind on 4/5 with a win over Suggate, as did Brook by beating Fu and Oseki after defeating Sloan. The penultimate round slimmed down the chasing pack as Jellyman beat Oseki to move to 6/6, while Lough beat Brook and Nicholls beat Fu to stay a point behind. The next group on 4 points were Brook, Suggate, Oseki and Ethan and Ryan Lau, who came from three pieces down to win over a tired Liam Gonen (Home). In the final round the top two seeds finally met and a three-way tie for first was possible if Jellyman lost to Nicholls and Lough beat Ryan Lau. Ryan couldn’t repeat his escapology from the previous round and lost quickly to Lough. The top-board game entered a tactical melee with many pieces en prise, where Nicholls could have won a pawn, but he overlooked his chance and Jellyman took control of the position and won to secure the tournament victory. Lough was left alone in second place while Nicholls was joined in third place by Brook with a win over Oseki, and Suggate who defeated Ethan Lau.
First and winner of the JJ Marlow Trophy for the second time was Riley Jellyman on 7/7. Second place under 20 and first under 16 went to Max Lough on 6 points. Third equal were Leighton Nicholls, Martin Brook and Romero Suggate on 5 points, with the letter two also first equal under 13. Second equal U16 were Ethan Lau, Noa Oseki, Nicholas Wright (OBHS) Gary Yao (JMC) and Hamish Early on 4 points. The winning team was OBHS1 (Max Lough, Ryan Lau & Ethan Lau).
Cross Table
 
No Name               Sch   Age Rtg  Team   Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7
 
1  Jellyman, Riley    OBHS  16  1736        7     10:W 13:W 12:W  8:W  2:W  7:W  3:W
2  Lough, Max         OBHS  15  1332 OBHS1  6     20:W  7:W  5:W  3:W  1:L  4:W  8:W
3  Nicholls, Leighton       19  1975        5     15:W  9:W  6:W  2:L  5:W 12:W  1:L
4  Brook, Martin      JMC   11  1287        5      6:L 16:W  9:W 11:W 12:W  2:L  7:W
5  Suggate, Romero    Tah   11  742         5     14:W 17:W  2:L 15:W  3:L  9:W  6:W
6  Lau, Ethan         OBHS  14  1297 OBHS1  4      4:W 18:W  3:L  7:L 10:W 16:W  5:L
7  Oseki, Noah        OBHS  13  630  OBHS2  4     17:W  2:L 18:W  6:W 14:W  1:L  4:L
8  Lau, Ryan          OBHS  16  1371 OBHS1  4     19:W 12:L 10:W  1:L 15:W 13:W  2:L
9  Wright, Nicholas   OBHS  13  560  OBHS2  4     21:W  3:L  4:L 19:W 16:W  5:L 13:W
10 Yao, Gary          JMC   12  575         4      1:L 11:W  8:L 17:W  6:L 14:W 12:W
11 Early, Hamish      Rem   11              4     12:L 10:L  0:W  4:L 21:W 19:W 15:W
12 Fu, Zishen         OBHS  13  803  OBHS2  3     11:W  8:W  1:L 13:W  4:L  3:L 10:L
13 Gonen, Liam        Home  12              3     16:W  1:L 14:W 12:L 20:W  8:L  9:L
14 Sloan, Rogan-Joe   St K  14              3      5:L 19:W 13:L 18:W  7:L 10:L  0:W
15 Hanson, Leevi      LP    13  419         3      3:L 20:W 21:W  5:L  8:L 18:W 11:L
16 Curran, Riley      Kings 16              3     13:L  4:L 20:W 21:W  9:L  6:L 18:W
17 Tainui, John             19              2.5    7:L  5:L 19:D 10:L 18:L  0:W 20:W
18 McIntosh, Fen      PC    10  334  Port C 2      0:W  6:L  7:L 14:L 17:W 15:L 16:L
19 Blackwood, Samuel  Kings 12              2      8:L 14:L 17:D  9:L  0:W 11:L 21:D
20 Harvey-Knox, Mahia PC    12       Port C 2      2:L 15:L 16:L  0:W 13:L 21:W 17:L
21 Kloewas, Kade      PC    11       Port C 1.5    9:L  0:W 15:L 16:L 11:L 20:L 19:D
 
Team Standings
 
Place Name   Score
 
  1   OBHS1  14
  2   OBHS2  11
  3   PORT C 5.5
 

Thematic tournament – 9 August

Six players contested the round-robin with a blitz time control of Bronstein 5 mins plus 3 seconds per move, as six players from the rapid championship had to finished postponed games and Bob Clarkson and Hamsh Gold chose to play a standard perpetual challenge (drawn). Using a pack of 52 cards with openings printed on them the openings were changed every round, so ranged from the solid English (1.c4) to the dubious Centre Game (1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4?!). Newcomers Nick Wright and Gary Yao took part in their first club event. Final scores: 1 Quentin Johnson 4½/5; 2 Edward Sarfas 3½; 3 Martin Brook 3; 4 Hildon Nisa 2½; 5 Gary Yao 1½; 6 Nick Wright 0.

Club Rapid Championship 1st leg – 9 August

In order to ensure the most accurate ratings, the grades were set using the Rapid Perpetual ratings at the end of June under the rules. Top seeds Quentin Johnson and Leighton Nicholls scored 5/6 in the A Grade to share the lead going ionto the second leg. In The B Grade 3rd seed Brent Southgate was surprisingly dominant to win on 5/6 and earn promotion to the A Grade ahead of Shoji Fukushima and Taine Box tied for second on 3. The C Grade was won by Max Lough with and equally dominating 5/6 to earn promotion to the B Grade ahead of Ethan Lau and John Armstrong tied for second on 2½. The D-Grade was another convincing 5/6 win by Martin Brook, playing in his first Rapid Championship. In the combined cross table below the inter-grade handicap of 4½ points has been added to the A grade, 1½ to the B Grade, 1 to the C Grade and 0 to the D Grade and show the overall standings after the first leg. The handicaps are derived from the difference in expected score between the average NZCF rating of each grade.
Cross Table
 
No Name                 Grade Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6
 
1  Johnson, Quentin J F A     2036 9.5    5:W  5:W  6:W  6:W  2:W  2:L
2  Nicholls, Leighton   A     1975 9.5    6:W  6:W  5:W  5:W  1:L  1:W
3  Southgate, Brent     B     1355 6.5    9:W  9:W 15:W 15:L  8:W  8:W
4  Lough, Max           C     1332 6     14:W 14:W 11:L 11:W 12:W 12:W
5  Sarfas, Edward       A     1598 5.5    1:L  1:L  2:L  2:L  6:W  6:L
6  Gold, Hamish R       A     1716 5.5    2:L  2:L  1:L  1:L  5:L  5:W
7  Brook, Martin        D     1287 5     10:W 10:L 13:W 13:W  0:W  0:W
8  Box, Taine           B     1267 4.5   15:W 15:W  9:W  9:L  3:L  3:L
9  Fukushima, Shoji     B     1469 4.5    3:L  3:L  8:L  8:W 15:W 15:W
10 Clarkson, Robert D   D     1272 4      7:L  7:W  0:W  0:W 13:W 13:L
11 Armstrong, John F    C     1272 3.5   12:W 12:L  4:W  4:L 14:L 14:D
12 Lau, Ethan           C     1297 3.5   11:L 11:W 14:D 14:W  4:L  4:L
13 Nisa, Hildon         D     1187 3      0:W  0:W  7:L  7:L 10:L 10:W
14 Lau, Ryan            C     1371 3      4:L  4:L 12:D 12:L 11:W 11:D
15 Duffield, Terence    B     1366 2.5    8:L  8:L  3:L  3:W  9:L  9:L
 

Otago/Southland Under 13 (Primary-Intermediate) Individual Championship – 5 August

A full house of 37 players turned out at the Otago Chess Club to compete in this year's championship. Players came from all over the region, including Queenstown, Oamaru, Cromwell, Alexandra and Limehills as well as Dunedin. Defending Champion Martin Brook (11 – all ages are as at 1 January 2017, John McGlashan), once again made no contest of the race for first - winning all six games to finish a full point ahead of his closest rivals. Three players tied for second place on 5 points: Romero Suggate (11, Tahuna Int.), Liam Gonen (12, Home) and Derick van Basten (12, Oamaru Int.). First and second in the under 11 grade was shared by Oliver Hobbs (10, Balmacewen) and Ryan Choi (9, Queenstown) on 4 points. Third went to Tom Barson (Port Chalmers) on 3½ points. Mary Mengel (10, Maori Hill) won the Best Girl prize on 2 points. The John McGlashan team of Martin Brook, Gary Yao (12) and John Mengel (11) won the Intermediate team prize with a total of 13½ points. The Port Chalmers team of Tom Barson, Fen McIntosh (10) and Louie McGlynn-Cole won the Primary team prize with a total of 8 points.
Cross Table
 
No Name                  Sch   Age Rtg  Team           Total  1    2    3    4    5    6
 
1  Brook, Martin         JMC   11  1287 John McGlashan 6     27:W  8:W  7:W  6:W  2:W  9:W
2  Suggate, Romero       Tah   11  743                 5     18:W 23:W  3:W  4:W  1:L 14:W
3  Gonen, Liam           Home  12       Home           5     20:W 16:W  2:L  8:W 10:W  5:W
4  van Basten, Derick    OI    12       Oamaru Int     5     29:W 30:W  5:W  2:L  7:W  6:W
5  Hobbs, Oliver         Bal   10                      4     15:W 10:W  4:L 11:W 14:W  3:L
6  Owen, Jake            DNI   11       DNI            4     31:W 14:W  9:W  1:L 12:W  4:L
7  Choi, Ryan            Qtn   9                       4     11:W 34:W  1:L 25:W  4:L 16:W
8  Pandya, Dev           OI    11       Oamaru Int     4     17:W  1:L 32:W  3:L 22:W 15:W
9  Yao, Gary             JMC   12  566  John McGlashan 4     26:W 19:W  6:L 12:W 15:W  1:L
10 Anderson, Daniel      Home  11       Home           4     21:W  5:L 22:W 17:W  3:L 19:W
11 Early, Hamish         Rem   11                      4      7:L 35:W 20:W  5:L 24:W 18:W
12 Barson, Tom           PC    10       Port Chalmers  3.5   24:W 13:D 34:W  9:L  6:L 25:W
13 Mengel, John          JMC   11  580  John McGlashan 3.5   25:W 12:D 14:L 24:L 17:W 26:W
14 Sun, Yi Tao           OI    12       Oamaru Int     3     22:W  6:L 13:W 16:W  5:L  2:L
15 Lau, Jared            Bal   11  472                 3      5:L 21:W 23:W 19:W  9:L  8:L
16 Edmond Smail, Nikau   DNI   11       DNI            3     33:W  3:L 18:W 14:L 28:W  7:L
17 Gonen, Yakim          Home  8        Home           3      8:L 27:W 30:W 10:L 13:L 28:W
18 Duckles, Micah        Kaik  10       Kaikorai       3      2:L 36:W 16:L 30:W 20:W 11:L
19 Lambeth, Ethan        DNI   11       DNI 2          3     37:W  9:L 28:W 15:L 21:W 10:L
20 Patterson, Linus      Home  10  413                 3      3:L 33:W 11:L 32:W 18:L 29:W
21 Telfer, Felix         DNI   10       DNI            3     10:L 15:L 29:W 23:W 19:L 34:W
22 McIntosh, Fen         PC    10  335  Port Chalmers  3     14:L 31:W 10:L 36:W  8:L 32:W
23 Saldivia, Facundo     DNI   11       DNI 2          3     36:W  2:L 15:L 21:L 37:W 24:W
24 Wilde, Lucas          DNI   12       DNI 2          2.5   12:L 25:D 26:W 13:W 11:L 23:L
25 Herrick, George       Crom  10       Cromwell       2.5   13:L 24:D 37:W  7:L 30:W 12:L
26 van Broekhoven, Loek  Balm  11                      2.5    9:L 37:D 24:L 35:W 27:W 13:L
27 Connell, Noah         Crom  10       Cromwell       2.5    1:L 17:L 33:D 31:W 26:L 37:W
28 Mengel, Mary          MH    10  287                 2      0:D  0:D 19:L 34:W 16:L 17:L
29 Affleck, Seth         Crom  10       Cromwell       2      4:L 32:L 21:L  0:W 36:W 20:L
30 McGregor, Tigue       Bal   11                      2     32:W  4:L 17:L 18:L 25:L 36:W
31 Edmond-Smaill, Kahu   Opo   8                       2      6:L 22:L 35:D 27:L  0:W 33:D
32 van Broekhoven, Stijn Kaik  9        Kaikorai       2     30:L 29:W  8:L 20:L 35:W 22:L
33 Gill, Lucas           Lime  9                       2     16:L 20:L 27:D 37:D 34:D 31:D
34 Thompson, Harrison    Cav   11  126                 1.5   35:W  7:L 12:L 28:L 33:D 21:L
35 McGlynn-Cole, Louie   PC    10       Port Chalmers  1.5   34:L 11:L 31:D 26:L 32:L  0:W
36 Taylor, Charlotte     Terr  8                       1     23:L 18:L  0:W 22:L 29:L 30:L
37 Oberlin-Brown, Fergus Kaik  9        Kaikorai       1     19:L 26:D 25:L 33:D 23:L 27:L
 
Team Standings
 
Place Name           Score
 
  1   JOHN MCGLASHAN 13.5
 2-3  HOME           12
      OAMARU INT     12
  4   DNI            10
  5   DNI 2          8.5
  6   PORT CHALMERS  8
  7   CROMWELL       7
  8   KAIKORAI       6
 

Cleland Trophy – 12 July

The Cleland Trophy draw was unusual this year in that the top two seeds both opted for a half-point bye in the first round, so didn't meet until until the final round. After two rounds non-one was more surprised to see club President Bob Clarkson in the sole lead on 2/2 than the President himself, having upset Edward Sarfas, while Geoff Aimers was held to a draw by Brent Southgate and Hamish Gold by Ethan Lau. Normal service was restored in round 3, however, when Bob went down to Leighton Nicholls, who joined Aimers, Gold and Quentin Johnson in the lead on 2½. Top seed Johnson took the sole lead in round 4 by defeating Aimers with a thematic exchange sac in the Sicilian, after Aimers missed a chance to return the exchange to reach a drawn opposite coloured bishop ending two pawns down. Meanwhile Nicholls and Gold drew to be half a point back on 3 with Shoji Fukushima. Round 5 saw Gold spoil a good position against Johnson to lose material and eventually the game. Nicholls stayed in contention with a win over Fukushima. Further back on 3½ were Aimers and Riley Jellyman, but as Johnson and Nicholls had yet to play, they were out of contention for the Trophy. The final round was affected by the heavy snow and only seven players made it to the clubrooms. Clarkson's event ended anticlimactically with the bye, as the lowest placed of those present who hadn't already received one. Fortunately Johnson and Nicholls were able to play each other for the Cleland Trophy. Johnson sacced a pawn in a Benoni structure for an attack that resulted in a lasting bind over the light squares. The defence was difficult and eventually Nicholls succumbed as his time ran low, leaving Johnson the winner on 5½/6. Gold finished a good tournament with a win over Hildon Nisa to join Nicholls in second place on 4 points. Duffield beat Sarfas to join Clarkson, Aimers & Jellyman in fourth on 3½.
Cross Table
 
No Name                 Loc  Club Total  1    2    3    4    5    6
 
1  Johnson, Quentin J F 2136 OT   5.5    0:D  8:W  9:W  4:W  3:W  2:W
2  Nicholls, Leighton   2057 OT   4      0:D  7:W  6:W  3:D  8:W  1:L
3  Gold, Hamish R       1765 OT   4     18:W 16:D 12:W  2:D  1:L 11:W
4  Aimers, Geoffrey     1883 OT   3.5   13:W  9:D 16:W  1:L  7:W  0:L
5  Jellyman, Riley      1880 OT   3.5    0:D  0:D  0:D  9:W 10:W  0:L
6  Clarkson, Robert D   1674 OT   3.5   14:W 12:W  2:L  8:L 11:D  0:W
7  Duffield, Terence    1795 OT   3.5    0:D  2:L 17:W 16:W  4:L 12:W
8  Fukushima, Shoji     1663 OT   3     15:W  1:L 11:W  6:W  2:L  0:L
9  Southgate, Brent     1742 OT   2.5   17:W  4:D  1:L  5:L  0:W  0:L
10 Box, Taine           1571 OT   2.5    0:D  0:D 15:W  0:D  5:L  0:L
11 Nisa, Hildon         1553 OT   2.5   12:L 18:W  8:L  0:W  6:D  3:L
12 Sarfas, Edward       1826 OT   2.5   11:W  6:L  3:L 15:W 13:D  7:L
13 Armstrong, John F    1621 OT   2.5    4:L 17:L 14:W 18:W 12:D  0:L
14 Lau, Ryan            1451 OT   2      6:L  0:D 13:L  0:D 18:W  0:L
15 Lough, Max           1421 OT   2      8:L  0:W 10:L 12:L 17:W  0:L
16 Lau, Ethan           1389 OT   1.5    0:W  3:D  4:L  7:L  0:L  0:L
17 Reid, David M        1548 OT   1.5    9:L 13:W  7:L  0:D 15:L  0:L
18 Brook, Martin        1552 OT   .5     3:L 11:L  0:D 13:L 14:L  0:L
19 Lamont, Iain         2136 OT   .5     0:D  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:
20 Cowie, Jack          1168 OT   .5     0:D  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:
 

Otago/Southland Secondary Interschool Teams Championship 2017 – 24 June

Eleven teams from seven schools played for the thirteenth annual Otago/Southland Secondary Interschool Teams' Championship on Saturday 24 June. Very welcome were the three schools that made the trip from outside Dunedin this year: Dunstan High School, James Hargest College and Southland Boys' High School taking on the hosts Otago Boys’ High School and regular competitors Logan Park High School, John McGlashan College and Kavanagh College.
The OBHS A team defended their title once again, but were under severe pressure from the John McGlashan A team, until pulling away in the final two rounds. OBHS A finished first on 24½/28, with the John McGlashan A team second on 20½ points. The contest for third was very close, and was claimed by James Hargest College on 18 points after a 4-0 sweep of fellow Invercargill team, Southland Boys' High School, in the final round gave them a half point margin over the John McGlashan B team. The top three teams qualify for the South Island finals in Ashburton on 6 September, while OBHS A and James Hargest go on to the national finals in Christchurch on 30 September - 1 October.
Leading individual scorers were Board 1: Martin Brook (JMC A) 7/7, Riley Jellyman (OBHS A) 6/7; Andrew Wilson (Kavanagh) 4½/7; Board 2: Max Lough (OBHS A) 6/7, Noah Oseki (OBHS B) 6/7; Fraser Reynolds (JMC A) 5/7, Fred Munn (James Hargest) 5/7. Board 3: Ethan Lau (OBHS A) 6/7, Liam Barnes (James Hargest) 5/7, Harry Major (Logan Park) 5/7; Board 4: Ryan Lau (OBHS A) 6½/7, John Mengel (JMC B) 6½/7, Jin Young Kim (JMC A) 5/7.
Thank you to Otago Boys’ High School for providing the excellent venue once again.
Cross Table
 
No Name                 Total  1      2      3      4      5      6      7
 
1  Otago Boys' HS A,    24.5   3:3.0  2:3.0  5:3.0  4:3.5  8:4.0 10:4.0  7:4.0
2  John McGlashan A,    20.5   4:2.5  1:1.0  6:4.0  7:4.0  3:4.0  8:3.0  5:2.0
3  James Hargest,       18.0   1:1.0 11:4.0  8:3.0  5:3.0  2:0.0  6:3.0 10:4.0
4  John McGlashan B,    17.5   2:1.5  6:2.0 10:4.0  1:.5   9:4.0  5:1.5  0:4.0
5  Otago Boys' HS B,    16.0   9:4.0  8:3.0  1:1.0  3:1.0  6:2.5  4:2.5  2:2.0
6  Kavanagh College,    14.5   7:2.0  4:2.0  2:0.0  0:4.0  5:1.5  3:1.0 11:4.0
7  Logan Park HS,       14.0   6:2.0 10:2.0  9:3.0  2:0.0 11:3.0  0:4.0  1:0.0
8  John McGlashan C,    13.0   0:4.0  5:1.0  3:1.0 11:3.0  1:0.0  2:1.0  9:3.0
9  Dunstan HS A,        10.5   5:0.0  0:4.0  7:1.0 10:2.0  4:0.0 11:2.5  8:1.0
10 Southland Boys' HS,  10.5  11:2.5  7:2.0  4:0.0  9:2.0  0:4.0  1:0.0  3:0.0
11 Dunstan HS B,        9.0   10:1.5  3:0.0  0:4.0  8:1.0  7:1.0  9:1.5  6:0.0
 

View individual scores (not accurate in some cases due to board shifting between players)
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Zishen Fu (OBHS B) and Riley Jellyman (OBHS A)
Finn Holden (James Hargest) and Caleb Oakley (JMC C)
Morgan Ormsby (SBHS) and Joseph Kim (JMC B)
Lilly Anderson (Dunstan A) and Leevi Hanson (Logan Park)
Andrew Wilson (Kavanagh) and Martin Brook (JMC A)

Otago/Southland Primary and Intermediate Interschool Teams Championship 2017 – 17 June

20 teams from 15 schools played for the thirteenth annual Otago/Southland Primary and Intermediate Interschool Teams' Championships at the new venue this year of Kavanagh College gymnasium. There was good representation from outside Dunedin with teams from Queenstown, Cromwell and Oamaru.
The writing was on the wall in the Intermediate section when the John McGlashan team beat defending champions Tahuna 3-1 in round 2, having won by the same margin over Queenstown Primary in the first round, as it turned out Queenstown were to be their closest rivals. Oamaru Int started with the same scores, and defeated early leaders DNI A in round three, but JMC had a 4-0 win over Balmacewen B to take the lead that round, which they kept until the end, winning all their matches and finishing first on 23/28. Queenstown fought their way to second place on 19 points, just one ahead of DNI A in third on 18 points.
Leading individual scorers were Board 1: Romero Suggate (Tahuna) 7/7, Martin Brook (John McGlashan) 6/7, Romero Suggate (Tahuna) 6/7, Derick van Basten (Oamaru) 5/7; Board 2: Gary Yao (John McGlashan) 6½/7, Ryan Choi (Queenstown) 5½/7, Emmanuel Keane (Tahuna) 5/7, Ethan Lambeth (DNI A) 5/7; Board 3: John Mengel (John McGlashan) 6/7, Nikau Edmond Smail (DNI A) 5/7, Dev Pandya (Oamaru) 5/7, Felix Telfer (DNI B) 5/7; Board 4: Aaron Nelson (Balmacewen A) 5½/7, Todd Khaengkhan (Queenstown) 5½/7, Sheon Luxmanan (John McGlashan) 4½/7, Harvey Mullins (DNI B) 4½/7.
Cross Table
 
No Name             Total 1     2     3     4     5     6     7
 
1  John McGlashan,  23.0  2:3.0 5:3.0 8:4.0 4:4.0 3:3.0 7:3.0 6:3.0
2  Queenstown,      19.0  1:1.0 6:2.0 7:3.0 8:4.0 5:2.0 3:3.0 9:4.0
3  DNI A,           18.0  8:3.5 7:3.0 4:1.5 9:4.0 1:1.0 2:1.0 0:4.0
4  Oamaru Int,      16.0  6:3.0 9:3.0 3:2.5 1:0.0 0:4.0 5:2.0 7:1.5
5  Tahuna,          15.5  9:3.0 1:1.0 6:1.0 0:4.0 2:2.0 4:2.0 8:2.5
6  Balmacewen A,    15.0  4:1.0 2:2.0 5:3.0 7:2.5 8:1.5 0:4.0 1:1.0
7  DNI B,           15.0  0:4.0 3:1.0 2:1.0 6:1.5 9:4.0 1:1.0 4:2.5
8  Balmacewen B,    9.5   3:.5  0:4.0 1:0.0 2:0.0 6:2.5 9:1.0 5:1.5
9  Kavanagh,        9.0   5:1.0 4:1.0 0:4.0 3:0.0 7:0.0 8:3.0 2:0.0
 
View Intermediate individual scores (not accurate in some cases due to board shifting between players)
The Primary section was a real nail-biter defending. Former champions Maori Hill took the lead from the first round and held it by half a point going into the final round. Queenstown Primary, who had been beaten 3-1 by the leaders in the third round, had hauled themselves back into contention with a series of convincing match wins over the next few rounds, including a crushing 4-0 sweep of defending Champions, George St Normal in round 4. In the final round the Maori Hill team faced George St and were held to a 2-2 draw. Meanwhile Queenstown defeated St Clair A 3-1 to sneak ahead by half a point and take the championship for 2017, finishing first on 21½/28. Maori Hill were second on 21 points and the Cromwell/Goldfields team finished third on 17½ points.
Leading individual scorers were Board 1: Hasan Sheikh (St Clair A) 7/7, Jung Hoon Kim (Maori Hill) 6/7, Torsten Wilkinson (St Leonards) 5/7, Theo Laws (Cromwell/Goldfields) 5/7; Board 2: Fen McIntosh (Port Chalmers) 6½/7, Kaleb McCombe-Rae (Cromwell/Goldfields) 6/7, Aubrey Alsop-Mackie (George St) 5/7; Board 3: Keanu Kaihe (Queenstown) 6/7, Will Parry (Maori Hill) 5½/7, Sofal Mourot (George St) 5½/7; Board 4: Luan Canina (Queenstown) 7/7, Jack Ussher (Maori Hill) 6/7, Brent Manangan (St Joeseph's A) 4½/7.
Cross Table
 
No Name                  Total  1      2      3      4      5      6      7
 
1  Queenstown Primary,   21.5   7:3.0  6:3.0  2:1.0  4:4.0  3:3.5  5:4.0  8:3.0
2  Maori Hill,           21.0  10:4.0 11:3.5  1:3.0  3:3.0  7:3.5  6:2.0  4:2.0
3  Cromwell/Goldfields,  17.5   5:2.5  9:3.5 11:4.0  2:1.0  1:.5   0:4.0  6:2.0
4  George St Normal,     16.5   6:1.5  5:2.5  9:4.0  1:0.0 11:3.5  8:3.0  2:2.0
5  St Josephs A,         16.5   3:1.5  4:1.5  6:2.0 11:4.0 10:3.5  1:0.0  0:4.0
6  St Leonards,          16.0   4:2.5  1:1.0  5:2.0  8:2.5  9:4.0  2:2.0  3:2.0
7  Port Chalmers,        14.5   1:1.0  8:1.5  0:4.0 10:3.0  2:.5   9:2.0 11:2.5
8  St Clair A,           13.5   9:1.5  7:2.5 10:2.0  6:1.5  0:4.0  4:1.0  1:1.0
9  St Josephs B,         12.0   8:2.5  3:.5   4:0.0  0:4.0  6:0.0  7:2.0 10:3.0
10 Grant's Braes,        10.0   2:0.0  0:4.0  8:2.0  7:1.0  5:.5  11:1.5  9:1.0
11 St Clair B,           9.0    0:4.0  2:.5   3:0.0  5:0.0  4:.5  10:2.5  7:1.5
 
View Primary individual scores (not accurate in some cases due to board shifting between players)
Thank you to all the participants for making it a great day of chess and a special thank you to Daniel Kelly and Kavanagh College for providing the excellent venue.

Winter Rapid Open – 10 June

The Winter Rapid Open drew a healthy field of 18. Top seed was Alexandre Quere, a French tourist, who had been playing chess whenever his trip throughout New Zealand coincided with a tournament. Ross Black came from Christchurch, and otherwise the field was from Dunedin, with former club member John Croawell a welcome addition while back in town temporarily. Three players, Jared Lau, Nick Wright and Noah Oseki were playing in their first open. This was the first time the time control of Bronstein 25 mins plus 5 seconds was used. The experiment was successful, though the 5 free seconds each move did not eliminate losses on time. The only upset in round 1 was Ethan Lau's defeat of Edward Sarfas, contimuing his good form in recent club tournaments. In round two second seed Quentin Johnson messed up a winning rook ending against Jinge Li, but Li missed the draw in severe time pressure. Third seed Hamish Gold went down to Shoji Fikushima, while Ethan Lau continued his winning ways, this time against Max Lough. The third round saw a major upset when Quere lost on time to 4th seed Shanon Davie, having been unable to convert a pawn-up ending. Davie was joined in the lead by Johnson, who avenged a recent loss against Ethan Lau, while Fukushima's run was stopped by Sarfas. Meanwhile Martin Brook racked up his second win against Bob Clarkson. The battle between the leaders in the fourth round ended in a victory for Johnson after Davie weakened his light squares in the opening and lost a critical pawn that left his pieces badly placed. Quere's woes continued as he miscalculated a promotion combination against Fukushima and his pawn was caught, but he managed to draw the ending a piece down. The older generation asserted itself a little against the young usurpers this round as Gold, Sarfas, Black, Hildon Nisa, and Clarkson defeated respectively Li, Brook, Ethan Lau, Lough and Jared Lau. The only exception was Romero Suggate's win over Croawell. The final round saw Johnson defeat Gold, taking first with 5/5 without playing the top seed. Davie had his chances to beat Sarfas after a piece sac for a kingside attack, but in the end the defence prevailed. Black joined Sarfas in second place on 4 points with a win over Fukushima. Quere's win over Li left him just out of the prizelist in fourth on 3½. The under 1400 grade was deservedly won jointly by Brook, who won a nice ending from Nisa, and Ethan Lau who beat Oseki to finish tied on 3 points.

The next rapid open is the Spring Rapid on Saturday 2 September.
Cross Table
 
No Name                 Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5
 
1  Johnson, Quentin J F 2063 5     13:W 10:W  5:W  6:W  8:W
2  Black, Ross          1588 4      7:W  4:L 12:W  5:W  9:W
3  Sarfas, Edward       1622 4      5:L 17:W  9:W  7:W  6:W
4  Quere, Alexandre     2200 3.5   14:W  2:W  6:L  9:D 10:W
5  Lau, Ethan           1147 3      3:W 13:W  1:L  2:L 15:W
6  Davie, Shannon       1684 3     11:W 12:W  4:W  1:L  3:L
7  Brook, Martin        1102 3      2:L 16:W 14:W  3:L 11:W
8  Gold, Hamish R       1693 3     16:W  9:L 11:W 10:W  1:L
9  Fukushima, Shoji     1376 2.5   18:W  8:W  3:L  4:D  2:L
10 Li, Jinge            1500 2     17:W  1:L 15:W  8:L  4:L
11 Nisa, Hildon         1194 2      6:L 14:W  8:L 13:W  7:L
12 Suggate, Romero      1000 2      0:W  6:L  2:L 16:W 13:L
13 Lough, Max           1302 2      1:L  5:L 17:W 11:L 12:W
14 Clarkson, Robert D   1343 2      4:L 11:L  7:L 18:W 16:W
15 Oseki, Noah          1000 2      0:  18:W 10:L 17:W  5:L
16 Croawell, John       1200 1      8:L  7:L 18:W 12:L 14:L
17 Wright, Nick         1000 1     10:L  3:L 13:L 15:L 18:W
18 Lau, Jared           1000 0      9:L 15:L 16:L 14:L 17:L
 

Swiss Rapid – 31 May

The Swiss Rapid was won by second seed Hamish Gold in a tournament full of upsets and reversals. Gold defeated top seed Quentin Johnson in round three to share the lead with EDward Sarfas, playing this event for the first time. Sarfas won the game to be sole leader on 4/4, followed by Gold and Ethan Lau on 3 points after the latter inflicted a second loss on Johnson. Also on 3/4 were Riley Jellyman and Jack Cowie, both scoring two wins after two half-point byes, but neither of these two played in the final two rounds. In round 5 Ethan Lau joined Sarfas in the lead by winning their encounter, along with Gold who beat Shoji Fukushima. The final round saw Gold win a hairy looking game over Ethan to take first place on 5/6. Sarfas lost his second in a row, this time to Johnson, so these two both joined Ethan Lau in second place on 4 points. In a strangely split field, the next group in fifth equal on 3½ were Ryan Lau, Shoji Fukushima, Max Lough and John Armstrong. There were some big winners and losers rating points-wise, with the biggest gainers being Ethan and Ryan Lau and John Armstrong.
Cross Table
 
No Name                 Loc  Club Total  1    2    3    4    5    6
 
1  Gold, Hamish R       1693 OT   5      7:W 13:W  4:W  3:L  6:W  2:W
2  Lau, Ethan           1147 OT   4     11:L  0:W 15:W  4:W  3:W  1:L
3  Sarfas, Edward       1622 OT   4     14:W 11:W  5:W  1:W  2:L  4:L
4  Johnson, Quentin J F 2063 OT   4     16:W 12:W  1:L  2:L  5:W  3:W
5  Lau, Ryan            1168 OT   3.5    6:D  7:W  3:L 15:W  4:L 13:W
6  Fukushima, Shoji     1376 OT   3.5    5:D 16:W  9:L 12:W  1:L 11:W
7  Lough, Max           1302 OT   3.5    1:L  5:L 14:W 13:W 12:W  8:D
8  Armstrong, John F    1170 OT   3.5   12:L 14:W 16:W  9:L 11:W  7:D
9  Jellyman, Riley      1662 OT   3      0:D  0:D  6:W  8:W  0:L  0:L
10 Cowie, Jack               OT   3      0:D  0:D 12:W 11:W  0:L  0:L
11 Southgate, Brent     1351 OT   2      2:W  3:L 13:W 10:L  8:L  6:L
12 Duffield, Terence    1419 OT   2      8:W  4:L 10:L  6:L  7:L 16:W
13 Brook, Martin             OT   2      0:W  1:L 11:L  7:L 14:W  5:L
14 Nisa, Hildon         1194 OT   2      3:L  8:L  7:L 16:W 13:L  0:W
15 Box, Taine           1255 OT   1      0:D  0:D  2:L  5:L  0:L  0:L
16 Clarkson, Robert D   1343 OT   1      4:L  6:L  8:L 14:L  0:W 12:L
17 Lamont, Iain         1944 OT   1      0:D  0:D  0:L  0:L  0:   0:
 

Shuffle tournament – 10 May

10 players took part in the shuffle chess tournament, which was a nine round round-robin. Random starting positions and a 5 minutes 3 seconds Bronstein removed the experience advantage of some players, which was reflected in the final standings. Top seed Quentin Johnson managed to survive a dead lost position a rook down aganst Ethan Lau, when Ethan overlooked a sneaky endgame mate, on the way to scoring 9/9. Edward Sarfas took clear second on 8 points and Ryan Lau third on 7 points. Final scores: 1 Johnson 9/9; 2 Sarfas 8; 3 Ryan Lau 7; 4 Martin Brook 5½; 5 Ethan Lau 4; 6 Jack Cowie 3½; 7-8 Hildon Nisa & John Armstrong 3; Bob Clarkson 2; Wade (visitor) 0.

Club Championship – 3 May

After the first leg of the 2017 Club Championship, Leighton Nicholls leads the A grade after an excellent result of 4½/5. Quentin Johnson is half a point behind and the only player in range to have realistic chances to challenge Nicholls for the title in the 2nd leg. Iain Lamont and Edward Sarfas were next on 2 points, followed by Riley Jellyman on 1½, and Geoff Aimers on 1.
With one game to play, the B grade is led by 3rd seed Brent Southgate on 3½/5. But top seed Terry Duffield is on 3/4 with a game in hand against the fast improving Shoji Fukushima, who is on 2½/4. at least one of these two must catch Southgate. Hamish Gold on 2½ rescued his tournament with wins in the final two rounds, while John Armstrong's 2 points was a good showing. Bob Clarkson found the going tough on ½ a point.

Update: Duffield beat Fukushima in a well calculated pawn ending to finish first overall on 4/5.
The C grade was a six-round Swiss. After an inauspicious start losing to Hildon Nisa, Max Lough put together a string of wins to finish first on 5/6 and gain a bunch of rating points. At one point it looked like a four-way tie for first was possible, if top seed Taine Box beat Lough in the final round, but Lough prevailed, leaving Nisa and David Reid tied for second on 4 points, with Box 4th on 3 points.
The rules () mean that each grade start with a base score and/or a scaling factor, to allow performances to be roughly compared between grades, based on the average rating of the field in each grade. That allows players in different grades to compete for the same trophy on fair terms. The Championship totals in the link below show the effect of these adjustments.

A Grade
No
Name
Loc
Total
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
1
Nicholls, Leighton
2057
4.5
*
1
½
1
1
1
2
Johnson, Quentin J F
2136
4
0
*
1
1
1
1
3
Lamont, Iain
2136
2
½
0
*
0
1
½
4
Sarfas, Edward
1826
2
0
0
1
*
0
1
5
Jellyman, Riley
1880
1.5
0
0
0
1
*
½
6
Aimers, Geoffrey
1883
1
0
0
½
0
½
*
B Grade
No
Name
Loc
Total
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
1
Duffield, Terence
1795
4
*
½
1
1
½
1
2
Southgate, Brent
1742
3.5
½
*
½
1
1
½
3
Fukushima, Shoji
1663
2.5
0
½
*
0
1
1
4
Gold, Hamish R
1765
2.5
0
0
1
*
½
1
5
Armstrong, John F
1621
2
½
0
0
½
*
1
6
Clarkson, Robert D
1674
.5
0
½
0
0
0
*
C Grade
Cross Table
 
No Name              Loc  Total 1   2   3   4   5   6
 
1  Lough, Max        1421 5     2:0 5:1 3:1 0:1 5:1 4:1
2  Nisa, Hildon      1553 4     1:1 3:1 4:0 3:0 0:1 7:1
3  Reid, David M     1548 4     5:1 2:0 1:0 2:1 7:1 8:1
4  Box, Taine        1571 3     7:1 0:½ 2:1 0:½ 0:0 1:0
5  Lau, Ethan        1389 1.5   3:0 1:0 0:½ 0:0 1:0 9:1
6  Cowie, Jack       1168 1     0:½ 0:½ 0:0 0:  0:  0:
7  Lau, Ryan         1451 .5    4:0 0:½ 0:0 0:0 3:0 2:0
8  Brook, Martin     1552 .5    0:½ 0:0 0:  0:  0:  3:0
9  Armstrong, John F 1621 0     0:  0:  0:  0:  0:  5:0
 

Blitz tournament – 22 March

The five minutes time limit tended to favour the faster moving players at the expense of the slower ones compared to their usual strength. The competition in the field of 12 for first was intense, with many results going down to the wire and overall victory in doubt until the final round.

Final scores: 1 Quentin Johnson, 10/11; 2-3 Riley Jellyman & Shoji Fukushima 9; 4 Edward Sarfas 8; 5 Ethan Lau 6½; 1 6 Max Lough 5; 7-8 Martin Brook & Hildon Nisa 4½; 9 John Armstrong 3½; 10 Taine Box 3; 11 Jack Cowie 2; 12 Bob Clarkson 1.

Alan Chang Memorial – 15 March

The Alan Chang 10 minute hourglass tournament as always produced very tough competition for the tournament victory, but this year the Alan Chang Trophy for the biggest upset was almost a non-contest. The trophy holder from last years' event, Taine Box staked his claim on the trophy from round 1 with a huge upset win over Geoff Aimers. No one else came close to challenging this result in the rest of the tournament, though there were many further upsets. Top seed Quentin Johnson had guaranteed a share of first place going into the final round on 4/4 after a lucky win over co-leader Riley Jellyman when the latter misplayed a drawable rook ending. But an opening slip against Leighton Nicholls was ultimately punished and Nicholls joined Johnson in first place on 4/5 along with Aimers, who made the most of his swiss gambit with four consecutive wins. Jellyman and Iain Lamont fought to a standstill in the final round, sharing fourth on 3½ points. Other notable performances were Jack Cowie's 3/4 after missing the first round and Martin Brook and Ryan Lau's 2/5 against very tough opposition. Taine Box pocketed the most rating points, with significant gains by Riley Jellyman and Ryan Lau.
Cross Table
 
No Name                 Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5
 
1  Johnson, Quentin J F 2063 4     10:W 15:W  5:W  4:W  2:L
2  Nicholls, Leighton   1970 4     21:W  6:W  4:L 11:W  1:W
3  Aimers, Geoffrey     1770 4     11:L 19:W  9:W  6:W  7:W
4  Jellyman, Riley      1662 3.5   16:W  7:W  2:W  1:L  5:D
5  Lamont, Iain         1944 3.5   18:W 14:W  1:L 13:W  4:D
6  Sarfas, Edward       1622 3     12:W  2:L 18:W  3:L 13:W
7  Fukushima, Shoji     1376 3     13:W  4:L 12:W 16:W  3:L
8  Cowie, Jack               3      0:  18:L 19:W 12:W 17:W
9  Southgate, Brent     1351 2.5    0:D 11:W  3:L 14:W  0:L
10 Clarkson, Robert D   1343 2.5    1:L 12:L  0:D 18:W 19:W
11 Box, Taine           1255 2      3:W  9:L 14:W  2:L  0:L
12 Lau, Ryan            1168 2      6:L 10:W  7:L  8:L 21:W
13 Brook, Martin             2      7:L 21:W 17:W  5:L  6:L
14 Duffield, Terence    1419 2     17:W  5:L 11:L  9:L 18:W
15 Tamimi, Naser        1660 1.5   19:W  1:L  0:D  0:L  0:L
16 Nisa, Hildon         1194 1.5    4:L 20:D 21:W  7:L  0:L
17 Lau, Ethan           1147 1.5   14:L  0:D 13:L 21:W  8:L
18 Lough, Max           1302 1      5:L  8:W  6:L 10:L 14:L
19 Armstrong, John F    1170 1     15:L  3:L  8:L  0:W 10:L
20 Marowa, Munya             1      0:  16:D  0:D  0:   0:
21 Reid, David M        1311 0      2:L 13:L 16:L 17:L 12:L
 

Autumn Rapid Open – 4 March

The 2017 Seasonal Rapids to determine the winner of the Westpac 30-30 Trophy began with the Autumn Rapid. By recent standards the turnout of 11 was relatively meagre, but the recently re-esteablished OUSA chess club members Paddy Cheah and Sean Ward were a welcome addition to the regulars. Their estimated ratings from Chess.com were a little low and Paddy had top seed Quentin Johnson on the ropes in round 1 with a strong piece sac before ruining it with a blunder, while Sean's piece sac against second seed Riley Jellyman gave him an upset victory. Paddy beat Taine Box in the next round is an interesting BvR ending with passed pawns on both sides. Taine stopped pushing his pawns a move too early and went from winning to losing. Quentin was the only players to reach 3/3 after picking off Ross Blacks pawns one at a time. While Riley beat Naser Tamimi to join him in the chasing group on 2 points. Riley blundered in a difficult position against Quentin to leave the latter on 4/4. Paddy beat Naser, Ross beat Hildon Nisa and Shoji Fukushima beat Taine to stay in touch on 3 points. Because he had played all the others on 3, Quentin was paired with the unlucky Naser in the final round and went on to win to score 5/5. Pady defeated Hildon to score an excellent 4 points, and he was joined in second place by Shoji, who beat Ross in the last game to finish.
The next rapid open is the Winter Rapid on Saturday 10 June.
Cross Table
 
No Name                 Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5
 
1  Johnson, Quentin J F 2063 5      3:W  2:W  5:W  6:W  8:W
2  Fukushima, Shoji     1376 4      7:W  1:L  4:W 10:W  5:W
3  Cheah, Paddy         1360 4      1:L 10:W  9:W  8:W  7:W
4  Ward, Sean           1360 3      6:W  5:L  2:L 11:W  0:W
5  Black, Ross          1588 3     10:W  4:W  1:L  7:W  2:L
6  Jellyman, Riley      1662 3      4:L  9:W  8:W  1:L 11:W
7  Nisa, Hildon         1194 2      2:L  0:W 11:W  5:L  3:L
8  Tamimi, Naser        1660 2      9:W 11:W  6:L  3:L  1:L
9  Clarkson, Robert D   1343 2      8:L  6:L  3:L  0:W 10:W
10 Box, Taine           1255 1      5:L  3:L  0:W  2:L  9:L
11 Suggate, Romero      1000 1      0:W  8:L  7:L  4:L  6:L
 

2017 Otago chess club AGM – 15 February

Bob Clarkson stayed on a President for another year, as did all the other main officers, except Taine Box replaced John Sutherland as Treasurer. Subscriptions rose by $5 except for Junior members. The 2017 committee comprises:
President: Bob Clarkson; Vice President: Brent Southgate; Secretary: Leighton Nicholls; Treasurer: Taine Box; Director of Junior Play: Quentin Johnson; Past-President: Geoff Aimers; Committee members: Terry Duffield, Edward Sarfas, Naser Tamimi & Riley Jellyman; Auditor: Bob Glass; Patron: Bob Glass.

Opening Night1 February

This year a variation was tried on the troditional Presidents vs Vice Presidents match. With 15 players and in the absence of the President, the play was a three-way match bewteen teams of five players at a time limit of Bronstein 30 mins no increment. Each player played two games simultaneously against their counterparts from the other two teams. The teams were evenly matched, and time became a big factor in the results. The Previous Past President's team won the match with 6/10 ahead of the Vice President on 5 and the Past President on 4.
Vice President
Past President
Previous Past President
Quentin Johnson
1
Naser Tamimi
0
Iain Lamont
2
Edward Sarfas
2
Geoff Aimers
½
Riley Jellyman
½
Taine Box
0
Shoji Fukushima
1
Terry Duffield
2
Brent Southgate
½
David Reid
1
Ethan Lau

Martin Brook

Hildon Nisa

Ryan Lau
0
Total Score
5
Total Score
4
Total Score
6

Richard Sutton Trophy 2017
Cross Table at round 6 sorted by score

Pos NAME Rtg T Fed Pts | 1 2 3 4 5 6 | Buc1 BucT

1 Johnson, Quentin J F 2143 NZL 6.0 | +B7 +W4 +B3 +B2 +W5 +B6 | 19.0 21.5
2 Gold, Hamish R 1756 NZL 4.5 | =W11 +B6 +B14 -W1 +B13 +W3 | 17.5 19.0
3 Lamont, Iain 2109 NZL 4.0 | +W8 +B5 -W1 +B14 +W4 -B2 | 20.5 22.0
4 Sarfas, Edward 1843 NZL 4.0 | +B10 -B1 +W17 +W11 -B3 +W9 | 17.5 18.0
5 Fukushima, Shoji 1674 NZL 3.5 | +B17 -W3 =B7 +W8 -B1 +W13 | 17.5 18.0
6 Duffield, Terence 1820 NZL 3.0 | -W9 -W2 +BYE +B17 +B8 -W1 | 17.0 17.5
7 Armstrong, John F(W) 1606 NZL 2.5 | -W1 =B8 =W5 =B9 +W14 -- | 18.0 19.5
8 Reid, David M 1560 NZL 2.5 | -B3 =W7 +B10 -B5 -W6 +W16 | 15.5 17.5
9 Brook, Martin 1495 NZL 2.5 | +B6 -W14 -B11 =W7 +W17 -B4 | 14.0 14.5
10 Nisa, Hildon 1559 NZL 2.5 | -W4 =B13 -W8 -B16 +BYE +W14 | 12.5 13.5
11 Lau, Ethan (W) 1370 NZL 2.0 | =B2 =BYE +W9 -B4 -- -- | 18.0 20.5
12 Lau, Ryan (W) 1382 NZL 2.0 | +W13 =BYE =BYE -- -- -- | 17.5 19.5
13 Southgate, Brent 1767 NZL 2.0 | -B12 =W10 +B16 =BYE -W2 -B5 | 17.0 19.0
14 Clarkson, Robert D 1631 NZL 1.5 | =BYE +B9 -W2 -W3 -B7 -B10 | 17.0 19.0
15 Gonen, Zohar (W) 0 NZL 1.5 | -- -- +W19 =BYE -- -- | 14.5 17.0
16 Box, Taine 1574 NZL 1.5 | -- -- -W13 +W10 =BYE -B8 | 13.0 15.0
17 Brooks, Lorne 0 NZL 1.0 | -W5 +BYE -B4 -W6 -B9 -W18 | 16.0 18.0
18 Jellyman, Riley 1876 NZL 1.0 | -- -- -- -- -- +B17 | 12.5 13.0
19 Gonen, Liam (W) 0 NZL 0.5 | -- -- -B15 =BYE -- -- | 13.5 15.0

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Cross Table

No Name              Loc  Total 1   2   3   4   5   6
 
1  Lough, Max        1421 5     2:0 5:1 3:1 0:1 5:1 4:1
2  Nisa, Hildon      1553 4     1:1 3:1 4:0 3:0 0:1 7:1
3  Reid, David M     1548 4     5:1 2:0 1:0 2:1 7:1 8:1
4  Box, Taine        1571 3     7:1 0:½ 2:1 0:½ 0:0 1:0
5  Lau, Ethan        1389 1.5   3:0 1:0 0:½ 0:0 1:0 9:1
6  Cowie, Jack       1168 1     0:½ 0:½ 0:0 0:  0:  0:
7  Lau, Ryan         1451 .5    4:0 0:½ 0:0 0:0 3:0 2:0
8  Brook, Martin     1552 .5    0:½ 0:0 0:  0:  0:  3:0
9  Armstrong, John F 1621 0     0:  0:  0:  0:  0:  5:0