Venue: Girl Guides Hall, 33 Myers St, Geelong.
Carl Gorka has won the 2018 Victorian Country Chess Championship, with an unbeaten score of 5.5 out 6 points. Geelong’s Reza Daneshvar took outright second place, also unbeaten on 5 points.
Ballarat’s Ruari Coffey played well over his 1487 rating, to take third place outright, and the Reserve Championship Title, with a likewise unbeaten score of 4.5 points.
Equal second for the Reserve Title were Kevin Perrin, and Geelong’s Jack Smith, likewise performing well above his 1324 rating on 3.5 points.
Geelong’s Alistair Anderson performed strongly, coming equal 4th outright on 4 points (losing only to Daneshvar). Geoff Barber, Barboros Kara, and Mio Ristic all scored 3.5 points, newcomer Paul Brown belied his 1016 rating to gain a creditable 3 points, with Rod Hessing and Andrew Wemyss on 2.5 points, and Zoran Babic on 1.5 points.
The five round 2018 Spring Swiss Tournament is under way with a solid field of nine competitors. Round 3 commences this Thursday, 18th October.
Geelong Chess Club President Geoffrey Gill romped home in the 2018 Spring Rapid, taking first place with a perfect score of 6/6. Mio Ristic seized second place on 4.5/6, by defeating Reza Daneshvar, who finished third on 4/6.
Reza Daneshvar became 2018 Club Lightning Champion with a score of 7/8 – closely followed by Mio Ristic and Alistair Anderson on 6/8. Special mention goes to Jack Smith, who officiated as Director of Play and also took outright 4th position on 5.5/8.
Rod Hessing confirmed his credentials as 2017 Club Lightning Champion, taking out the 2018 Winter Lightning Tournament on Thursday, 23rd August. Hessing finished ahead of 14-time Club Champion Alistair Anderson, with Reza Daneshvar in third place.
The 2018 Club Championship series saw Alistair Anderson and Michael Sugrue sharing line honors on 4/5, with Geoffrey Gill third on 2.5/5 points.
Anderson and Sugrue then played a two-game tiebreaker on the 4th and 11th October, with Sugrue winning to become the 2018 Club Champion.
Paul Brown won the second playoff round of the Reserve Championship, securing joint Championship with Jack Smith (who won the first round).