Geelong Summer Swiss Round 4

Round 4 of the Geelong Summer Swiss is over, and we are seeing a freight-train performance by Geoff Davis, only halted a few rounds ago by Geoff Barber who held him to a draw.

His latest victim was Serge Corbeil, where Geoff, playing White played 3. e5, the Advance Variation, against Serge’s French. Geoff snatched a pawn in the middlegame but Serge stuck it out through a 127 move slug fest before finally going down to Geoff’s material advantage.

On board 2, Chris Lamming turned around an unpleasant position as White against Jack Smith after Jack missed White’s tactical opportunity, and Black proceeded to play on down 2 pawns for a piece; the position was probably drawn until Jack inexplicably placed both passed pawns en prise in a row.

Rodel Sicat played a fine game as White against Geoff Barber on board 3 in a Slav, with Black finding his king under heavy siege in the middlegame, and White forced resignation before the endgame.

Mio got a forfeit win over Anakin, and James and Paul Brown were apologies. (James was given a half point bye.)

Going forward, Geoff Davis needs only a draw to win the tournament, but Chris will have something to say about that in their game I’m sure! It should be an exciting finish to the event.

Round 5 pairings:
Geoff Davis vs Chris Lamming
Serge Corbeil vs Rodel Sicat
Geoff Barber vs Jack Smith
Mio Ristic vs Paul Brown
James Davidson vs Anakin Kotus
Standings before round 5:
1. Geoff Davis 3.5
2. Chris Lamming 3
3-4. Serge Corbeil 2.5
Rodel Sicat 2.5
5 – 7. Jack Smith
2Geoff Barber 2
Mio Ristic 2
8-9. Paul Brown 1
Anakin Kotus 1
10. James Davidson 0.5

Round 3 Summer Swiss Summary

Round 3 saw Geoff Davis and Serge Corbeil take the lead, after Davis thwarted Jack Smith’s attempts to bamboozle with 1. e4 c5 2. a3?! on the top board, and Serge patiently put away Anakin Kotus on board 2.

Mio Ristic went down on board 3 to Geoff Barber, after hanging a knight fork of king and queen. Rodel Sicat won his game against keen newcomer James Davidson without too many issues; Chris Lamming was not present, as he had unavoidable work committments.

Round 3 results:
Jack Smith vs Geoff Davis 0-1
Serge Corbeil vs Anakin Kotus 1-0
Geoff Barber vs Mio Ristic 1-0
Rodel Sicat vs James Davidson 1-0
Paul Brown 0.5 BYE

Round 4 pairings:
Geoff Davis vs Serge Corbeil
Chris Lamming vs Jack Smith
Rodel Sicat vs Geoff Barber
Mio Ristic vs Paul Brown
James Davidson vs Anakin Kotus

Summer Swiss continues: Round 2

There were two draws out of 4 games played on Thursday, one of them being the game on Board 1 between Chris Lamming and Serge Corbeil.

Chris started with 1. e4 and Serge replied with the French Defense; the next few moves unfolded into a Two Knights, where Serge provoked e5 with …Nf6. Black tried to pick at the e5 pawn, but White had enough play to hold the balance, and looking for play along the f-file. The game remained even, though, and the players agreed to a draw in a NvB ending where there was no way in for either king.

Anakin Kotus played an excellent game on board 2 against Jack Smith, displaying great tactical awareness. Jack, with the Black pieces, won a pawn early in a “Botvinnik English” kind of setup, but Anakin kept playing and eventually snagged back the pawn with a cute tactic. White continued to put pressure on Black, but didn’t see the danger until Black struck back with a combination against White’s king that saw an immediate loss of material. A good show from a promising Geelong junior!

Geoff Davis faced Geoff Barber in a Petroff Defense on Board 3, and as one might expect the opening stage was pretty quiet, with Mr. Davis playing some passive moves, allowing Mr. Barber to gain a fine position in the opposite side castling middlegame; White admitted to being worried afterwards! However, Black forgot to follow the grandmaster rule: “Always play Kb1” and White managed to change the nature of the game by forcing a trade of queens with a check. In the longest game to finish by far, Davis eventually looked to be completely winning, with his king behind Barber’s pawns in an ending, and a bishop for knight to boot. But with a nifty display of endgame understanding, Black combined counterattacks and defence to steer the game into a tranquil drawn position. A neat escape in Geoff B’s return to OTB chess!

On Board 4, Mio Ristic played James Davidson in a Scandinavian. James played quite solidly, putting a knight on c6 instead of the usual pawn, ala Alistair Anderson. However, he was not quite careful enough with his queen and soon found it trapped on b6; Mio was, of course, able to convert a full queen without further drama.

Round 2 results:
Chris Lamming vs Serge Corbeil 0.5 – 0.5
Anakin Kotus vs Jack Smith 0-1
Geoff Davis vs Geoff Barber 0.5 – 0.5
Mio Ristic vs James Davidson 1-0
Paul Brown vs BYE

Note: Fess and Aidan were not present for round 2, and Rodel had to take a BYE due to work. If Fess and Aidan are not present in round 3 they will be taken out of the draw; their opponents will likely be playing each other in this case.

Round 3 pairings:
Jack Smith vs Chris Lamming
Serge Curbeil vs Geoff Davis
Geoff Barber vs Anakin Kotus
Paul Brown vs Mio Ristic
Rodel Sicat vs Fess Vehbi
Aidan Vehbi vs James Davidson

Summer Swiss kicks off with 10 players

The Summer Swiss has started strong with 10 participants, many of whom were new faces at the club, including an overseas visitor in Chris Lamming, starting off with a solid win against Fess Vehbi on board 1 on the Black side of a Sicilian Dragon.
Fess set up a Yugoslav Attack formation, but was somewhat delayed in pushing the h-pawn, allowing Chris time to counter-attack in the centre and stave off the eventual kingside threats.

Board 2 saw Jack Smith play a surprisingly uninspiring Scotch Gambit against Rodel Sicat; Rodel stepped off the beaten track, and Jack had a small and pleasant edge but failed to do much with it; pieces came off the board and it looked quite drawish until Rodel took one too many pawns and allowed Jack a nice trick to trap the bishop.

Newcomer James Davidson took the White pieces against Geoff Davis on board 3 in a “delayed alapin Sicilian”; Geoff got early pressure against the e4 pawn, and James didn’t find the right response; he eventually resigned down a few pieces.

On board 4, Serge Curbeil made an appearance against Aidan Vehbi; clearly an experienced player, Serge took control with a Stonewall structure, and quickly checkmated the youngster.

Geoff Barber took a bye in the first round, but Anakin Kotus did not go without a game; a visiting Geoffrey Gill had a casual game or two with him, and Anakin got the full point bye.

Round 1 results:
Fess Vebhi vs Chris Lamming 0-1
Jack Smith vs Rodel Sicat 1-0
James Davidson vs Geoff Davis 0-1
Serge Curbeil vs Aidan Vehbi 1-0
Anakin Kotus vs BYE 1-0
Geoff Barber requested BYE .5

Round 2 pairings:
Chris Lamming vs Serge Curbeil
Anakin Kotus vs Jack Smith
Geoff Davis vs Geoff Barber
Rodel Sicat vs Fess Vehbi
Aidan Vehbi vs James Davidson

No meeting this Saturday

We were happy to see healthy numbers (13 altogether) for the return of the Saturday afternoon sessions, but we will not be able to meet this coming Saturday (27 Feb) as the venue will not be open.

Hope to see you next week, or, if you’re playing, for round 2 of the Summer Swiss on Thursday!

O’Dea, Smith equal victors in Summer Rapid

David O’Dea shared first place with Jack Smith in the first Geelong Chess Club tournament of 2021, both players scoring 5 points; David looked unstoppable going into the final round on 5/5 where he played the Black pieces against a trailing Rodel Sicat, but Rodel played a picturesque final game, culminating in a fine sacrifice to drag down his strong opponent.

We were happy to welcome many newcomers to the Club in this first tournament of the year, with David, Ash Batta, James Davidson and Fess and Aidan making their first appearance, all putting on a good show against tough contenders.

Round 1 Results:
Aidan vs Geoffrey Gill 0-1
Ashutosh Batta vs Mio Ristic 1-0
Jack Smith vs James Davidson 1-0
Fess vs Geoff Davis 0-1
Rodel Sicat vs Anakin Kotus
David O’Dea vs BYE 1-0

Round 2 Results:
Geoffrey Gill vs Rodel Sicat 0-1
Geoff Davis vs David O’Dea 0-1
Ashutosh Batta vs Jack Smith 0-1
Mio Ristic vs Fess 1-0
James Davidson vs Aidan 0-1
Anakin Kotus vs BYE 1-0

Round 3 Results:
David O’Dea vs Jack Smith 1-0
Rodel Sicat vs Mio Ristic 0-1
Anakin Kotus vs Geoffrey Gill 0-1
Aidan vs Geoff Davis 0-1
Fess vs Ashutosh Batta 1-0
James Davidson vs BYE 1-0

Round 4 Results:
Geoffrey Gill vs David O’Dea 0-1
Mio Ristic vs Geoff Davis 1-0
Jack Smith vs Rodel Sicat 1-0
Anakin Kotus vs Aidan 1-0
James Davidson vs Ash Batta 0-1
Fess vs BYE

Round 5 Results:
David O’Dea vs Mio Ristic 1-0
Geoff Davis vs Jack Smith 0-1
Rodel Sicat vs Fess 1-0
Ash Batta vs Anakin Kotus 1-0
Geoffrey Gill vs James Davidson 1-0
Aidan vs BYE

Round 6 Results:
Rodel Sicat vs David O’Dea 1-0
Jack Smith vs Mio Ristic 1-0
Ash Batta vs Geoffrey Gill 0-1
Geoff Davis vs Anakin Kotus 1-0
Aidan vs Fess 0-1
James vs BYE

Final Standings:
1 – 2. David O’Dea 5
Jack Smith 5

3 – 4. Rodel Sicat 4
Geoffrey Gill 4

5 – 8. Mio Ristic 3
Geoff Davis 3
Ash Batta 3
Fess 3

9 – 11. Anakin Kotus 2
James Davidson 2
Aidan 2

Rapid Championship halfway, Daneshvar leads; last 3 rounds tonight

The last 3 rounds of the 2020 Geelong Rapid Championships will commence this Thursday at 7 pm; Reza Daneshvar has an early lead after beating Geoffrey Gill in round 3. He is pursued by 5 players on 2 points though, so anything could happen in the last 3 rounds!

The club was pleased to see some fresh faces – Anakin Kotus and Matthew Whitford both made a return after fairly long hiatuses, and Louis Fevrier and Fin Hutton came along for their first Geelong Chess Club tournament! Fin currently sits on 2 points, after beating club stalwarts Zoran Babic and Rodel Sicat in rounds 2 and 3 respectively.

With many players still in contention, it will be an exciting second night of chess!

Round 1 Results:
Geoffrey Gill vs Rodel Sicat 1-0
Jack Smith vs Zoran Babic 0-1
Reza Daneshvar vs Louis Fevrier 1-0
Fin Hutton vs Matthew Whitford 0-1
Mio Ristic vs Anakin Kotus 1-0
Wade Patterson vs Geoff Davis 1-0

Round 2 Results:
Matthew Whitford vs Geoffrey Gill 0-1
Zoran Babic vs Mio Ristic 0-1
Wade Patterson vs Reza Daneshvar 0-1
Geoff Davis vs Louis Fevrier 1-0
Rodel Sicat vs Fin Hutton 0-1
Anakin Kotus vs Jack Smith 0-1

Round 3 Results:
Geoffrey Gill vs Reza Daneshvar 0-1
Mio Ristic vs Matthew Whitford 0-1
Fin Hutton vs Zoran Babic 1-0
Jack Smith vs Geoff Davis 0-1
Rodel Sicat vs Wade Patterson 1-0
Louis Fevrier vs Anakin Kotus 1-0

Standings at end of Round 3:
1. Reza Daneshvar 3
2 – 6. Geoffrey Gill 2
Matthew Whitford 2
Fin Hutton 2
Mio Ristic 2
Geoff Davis 2
7 – 11. Wade Patterson 1
Louis Fevrier 1
Zoran Babic 1
Rodel Sicat 1
Jack Smith 1
12. Anakin Kotus 0

Round 4 Pairings:
Reza Daneshvar vs Mio Ristic
Fin Hutton vs Geoffrey Gill
Matthew Whitford vs Geoff Davis
Zoran Babic vs Wade Patterson
Louis Fevrier vs Jack Smith
Anakin Kotus vs Rodel Sicat

Geelong Chess Club Rapid Championship 2020 will be held at Club

We are happy to announce that the Geelong Chess Club Rapid Championship 2020 will be going ahead, starting this coming Thursday at the Girl Guides Hall, 33 Myers Street from 7 pm.

There will be 6 rounds (subject to numbers) spread over 2 weeks. 3 games this coming Thursday, 3rd December, 3 games on Thursday, 10th December.

Time control will be 20 mins + 2 seconds increment.

Please be mindful of and obey COVID-Safe protocols such as mask wearing, and physical distancing. Hope to see you all there!

Victorian Country Championship: 5th, 6th December

We are happy to announce that the Victorian Country Championship will be going ahead over-the-board this year over Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of December!

There will be 6 rounds, played over two days, each game played at a time control of 60 mins + 30 seconds each move.
Saturday 5 December –
Round 1 9.30 am
Round 2 1.00 pm
Round 3 4.00 pm
Sunday 6 December –
Round 4 9.30 am
Round 5 1.00 pm
Meeting 3.45 pm
Round 6 4.00 pm
Prizegiving and COVID-Safe catch-ups will commence afterwards!

With the COVID-19 restrictions having eased in Victoria recently, Geelong Chess Club and the Victorian Rural Chess League have been working together to make this tournament happen in a safe manner. Though we have had a good run in Victoria, we must still be cautious; there will be regulations to manage the safety of all participants.
Most notably, there is an entry limit of 28 players, due to the distancing requirements. This tournament is a great opportunity for country players to pit themselves against some of the strongest competition in regional Victoria, or just to get your feet wet in a friendly tournament environment.

For further details see the Ballarat Chess Club website:

For clarification on restrictions or payment enquiries, I suggest you contact either:
Kevin Perrin, – 0418 533 517 (President of Victorian Rural Chess League)
Nigel Barrow – 0421 674 869 (Arbiter and Director of Play)