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Club Wraps up 2016 with AGM

The Geelong Chess Club wrapped up the year with the 2016 Annual General Meeting, held on Thursday, December 15th.

Thanks to all members and volunteers who made 2016 a successful year for the club. The 2017 Calendar will be published shortly, the next club night will commence at 7pm on Thursday, 2nd February, 2017.

Wishing a happy and safe festive season to all, and a prosperous 2017.



Daneshvar, Sugrue tie for 2016 Rapid Title

In the final round of the Rapid Play Championship, Reza Daneshvar defeated Michael Sugrue in a must-win game with the black pieces, to share equal first place, despite having missed the first two rounds of play. Likewise, talented junior Jack Smith won through to share equal third with Mio Ristic, having also missed the first two rounds. Full results are listed on the tournament page.

Five in Running for 2016 Rapid Play Title

After four rounds of play, a single point separates the five front runners of the 2016 20-Minute Championship.

Michael Sugrue clings to a half-point lead, with Reza Daneshvar, Mio Ristic, Barboros Kara, and Geoff Barber all within striking distance, with two rounds to play this Thursday.

Update 6th December: Round 5 has now been re-drawn as Barboros Kara has had to withdraw. Please see the tournament page for details.

AGM 15th December

Next Thursday (15th December) marks the last club night for 2016, with AGM, prize-giving and end of year celebrations.

2016 Rapid Play Championship starts on Thursday 24th November.

There will be six rounds, with two rounds per night over three Thursdays.
See the Tournament Page for more details.

Players may also submit a late entry, starting from Thursday 1st December.
Please forward late registration requests to email address by 6:30pm Thursday, 24th November.

The event was held in the middle of the year last time, and the title then was taken by Michael Sugrue, closely pressed by Reza Daneshvar. Reza may be the one to beat this year, as he blitzed the lightning championship back in October, tied with Michael in the Spring Rapid in September and was first in the Ten Minute Championship also in September.

Meanwhile, last Thursday Zoran Babic and Rod Hessing completed their outstanding game from the Spring Swiss.

[Event “Sping Swiss”]
[Site “Geelong Chess Club”]
[Date “2016.11.17”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Zoran Babic”]
[Black “Rod Hessing”]
[Result “0-1”]

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bd2 c6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 e6 9.Qe2 Qc7 10.O-O Bd6 11.g3 h5 12.Bg5 Nbd7 13.d5 Nxd5 14.Nxd5 cxd5 15.Bxd5 O-O 16.Bxe6?? Rae8 17.Bxf7+ Kxf7 18.Qxh5+ Kg8 19.Rae1 Ne5 20.Bf4 Nf7 21.Bxd6 Qxd6 22.Rxe8 Rxe8 23.Rd1 Qe5 24.Qg6 Qe2 25.Rd7 Qf3 0-1

Zorans’ unsound sacrifice on move 16 was decisive.  He possibly thought his three pawn plus was sufficient compensation, but this turned out not to be so.

Club switches from Friday to Thursday nights

Starting next Thursday November 17 the Club will be opening on Thursday rather than Friday nights. All other details remain the same.

Meanwhile last Friday the fourth on November in the final round of the Spring Swiss, Reza Daneshvar who was leading the tournament lost to Zoran Babic.  Rod Hessing won his game against Mio Ristic to hold outright first place.

However, Rod has proposed that he play a further match against Zoran to make up for a game Zoran forfeited to him earlier.  So Rods’ result will be considered provisional for now.

Rod gained first place with this miniature against Mio Ristic

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bc4 Bg4 6.f3 Bh5 7.Ne2 e6 8.Bf4 c6 9.O-O Be7 10.Ne4 O-O 11.Bd6??


Bxd6 12.Nxd6 Qb4 0-1

Meanwhile on board one Zoran Babic stopped Reza Daneshvars’ run at first place with this Centre Counter Defence.

[Event “Spring Swiss”]
[Site “Geelong Chess Club”]
[Date “2016.11.11”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Reza Daneshvar”]
[Black “Zoran Babic”]
[Result “0-1”]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.e5 Nd5 8.Nxd5 cxd5 9.Bd3 Qc7 10.O-O Qxe5 11.Re1 Qf6 12.f4 Bc5+ 13.Kh1 Bb7 14.Bd2 Bc6 15.b4 Bd4 16.Rb1 a6 17.Qe2 Ba4 18.Qf3 O-O 19.c3 Bb6 20.Qe2 Bc7 21.Bxa6 Bc2 22.Rbc1 Be4 23.Rf1 Qg6 24.Bb5 Rxa2 25.c4 Bd3 26.Qe3 Bxf1 27.Rxf1 Qc2 28.Rf2 Qd1+ 29.Be1 Rxf2 30.Qxf2 Bxf4 31.Kg1 d4 32.Qxf4 Qxe1+ 33.Qf1 Qxf1+ 34.Kxf1 d6 35.Bc6 Rb8 36.b5 Kf8 37.Ke2 f5 38.Kd3 e5 39.Bd5 Ke7 40.h3 Kd7 41.Bc6+ Kc7 42.Bd5 Kb6 43.g3 Kc5 44.Bc6 e4+ 0-1

Final round of Spring Swiss this Friday

Going into the final round the standings are:

Place Name                  Rating  Score     M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   Daneshvar, Reza       1743     3.5       7.5  11.0   11.5
  2   Hessing, Rod          1400     3         7.5  12.5   12.0
 3-4  Ristic, Mio           1551     2.5       6.0  10.0    8.5
      Babic, Zoran          1751     2.5       5.5   9.5    8.5
  5   Smith, Jack           1250     2         4.5   7.5    8.0
  6   Barber, Geoff         1635     1.5       5.0   8.0    3.5
 7-8  Davis, Geoff          1458     0.5       6.5  10.5    1.5
      Courtis, Owen         1321     0.5       6.0   9.5    2.5

Reza Daneshvar has the lead because he won in round 4 with the black pieces against Rod Hessing in this somewhat unusual  Bird’s Opening game.

[Event “Spring Swiss”]
[Site “Geelong Chess Club”]
[Date “2016.11.04”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Rod Hessing “]
[Black “Reza Daneshvar”]
[Result “0-1”]

1.f4 Nc6 2.b3 e5 3.e4 exf4 4.Nf3 d6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.O-O Ne5 7.Bxd7+ Qxd7 8.d4 Nxf3+ 9.Qxf3 O-O-O 10.Qxf4 f6 11.Nc3 Ne7 12.Nd5 c6 13.Ne3 Re8 14.Ba3 Ng6 15.Qf3 d5 16.Bxf8 dxe4 17.Qf5 Rhxf8 18.Rae1 Nh4


{White here played 19.Qf2 and Black with g5 and f5 developed an initiative on the Kings
side.  Had White played 19.Qc5 he should have fared better. Of course, if 19.Qxh7?? 20.Rh8! traps the lady.}

19.Qf2 g5 20.d5 b6 21.c4 f5 22.c5 f4 23.dxc6 Qxc6 24.cxb6 Qxb6 25.Rc1+ Kb8 26.Nd5 Qxf2+ 27.Rxf2 e3 28.Re2 Rd8 29.Nb4 Rc8 30.Rd1 a5 31.Nd5 Rcd8 32.Nxe3 fxe3 33.Rxd8+ Rxd8 34.Rxe3 Rd1+ 35.Kf2 Rd2+ 36.Re2 Rxe2+ 37.Kxe2 Nxg2 38.Kf3 Nf4 39.Kg4 h6 40.h4 Kb7 41.hxg5 hxg5 42.Kxg5 Nd3 43.a3 Nc1 44.b4 a4 45.Kf4 Kb6 46.Ke4 Kb5 47.Kd4 Ne2+ 48.Kd3 Nf4+ 49.Kd4 Ne6+ 50.Kd5 Nd8 51.Kd4 Nc6+ 52.Kc3 Ne5 53.Kb2 Kc4 54.Ka2 Nd3 55.Kb1 Kb3 0-1

Pairings for the final round are:

No Name              Result   Name          

 1 Daneshvar, R (2)     :     Babic, Z (1)  
 2 Ristic, M (4)        :     Hessing, R (6)
 3 Smith, J (8)         :     Barber, G (3) 
 4 Davis, G (5)         :     Courtis, O (7)

Details of previous rounds are here