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.
Schedule:
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: https://ballaratchess.com/events/2020/2020vrcl.html

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

Club Championship Pairings Round 3; Goswami takes on top seed

Here are the pairings for round 3 of the Geelong Chess Club Championship 2020:

Board 1 – Geoffrey Gill (1.5) vs Sagar Goswami (2)
Board 2 – Reza Daneshvar (1.5) vs Jack Smith (1.5)
Board 3 – Mio Ristic (1) vs Geoffrey Barber (1.5)
Board 4 – Zoran Babic (1) vs Paul Brown (1)
Board 5 – Wade Patterson (1) vs Rodel Sicat (1)
Board 6 – Robert Dejanovic (0) vs Geoff Davis (0)

This should be a fun round to watch, as we see potential leaders lock horns to keep their hand in. Good luck to everyone!

Club Championships Rounds 1 and 2; Goswami leads, Gill and 3 others follow on 1.5

The Geelong Club Championships for 2020 kicked off on Thursday the 15th of October, with games being organised between players over the following week. The new format has worked smoothly so far; many thanks to Paul Brown for committing to the running of the tournament, and for volunteering to give weekly commentary on the games!

Sagar Goswami currently leads, having won both of his games; 4 players pursue him closely, including 2019 Victorian Country Champion Geoffrey Gill, who took a BYE in round 2, and 2019 Club Champion Reza Daneshvar! The next few rounds will undoubtedly see some bloodshed as the top contenders start to cross swords, and the shape of the leaderboard will truly emerge.

Round 1 Results:
Zoran Babic vs Geoffrey Gill 0-1
Reza Daneshvar vs Geoff Davis 1-0
Rodel Sicat vs Sagar Goswami 0-1
Mio Ristic vs Robert Dejanovic 1-0
Paul Brown vs Geoff Barber 0-1
Wade Patterson vs BYE 1-0
Jack Smith – half point BYE

Round 2 Results:
Geoff Barber vs Reza Daneshvar 1/2 – 1/2
Sagar Goswami vs Wade Patterson 1-0
Rob Dejanovic vs Zoran Babic 0-1
Jack Smith vs Mio Ristic 1-0
Geoff Davis vs Rodel Sicat 0-1
Paul Brown vs BYE 1-0
Geoffrey Gill – half point BYE

Round 3 Pairings to be produced 29 October.

Standings at end of round 2:
1. Sagar Goswami 2
2 – 5. Geoffrey Gill 1.5
Reza Daneshvar 1.5
Geoff Barber 1.5
Jack Smith 1.5
6 – 10. Zoran Babic 1
Mio Ristic 1
Rodel Sicat 1
Paul Brown 1
Wade Patterson 1
11 – 12. Geoff Davis 0
Robert Dejanovic 0


Round 1 report (Paul Brown):

Paul B vs Geoff B. 0:1
Paul and Geoff settled into a exchange slav defence for this game. Both players played well, however by the Bishop vs Knight ending Geoff had worn Pauls stamina and he blundered a knight fork, losing his bishop and consequently the game. https://www.chess.com/a/23aoUginS9tJa
Reza D vs Geoff D. 1:0
Reza and Geoff’s game featured an open Sicilian where Reza as white was able to attain some positional plusses that led to black resigning on move 25. https://www.chess.com/a/fkV1UwbL9tJa
Zoran B vs Geoffrey G. 0:1
Zoran played e4 and Geoffrey issued the somewhat rare schliemann/jaenisch gambit. Geoffrey showed his ability to play accurately and Zoran was overcome and resigned on move 40. https://www.chess.com/a/28jx7RQAJ9tJa
Mio R vs Rob D. 1:0
Rob played a pirc defence against e4 and Mio took the lions share of the centre in the opening. Mio opted to castle queenside on move 11 and both players began their attacks. White managed to crack blacks king position first, and in doing so opened Robs king up to a decisive barrage of checks. https://www.chess.com/a/3BZBaTmKt9tJa
Rodel S vs Sagar G. 0:1 As white in this game, Rodel played in an aggressive nature and put immediate pressure on blacks kingside. Sagar, not being one to buckle under pressure showed depth in his defence and did not allow Rodel any advantage. At the time of writing the analysis for this game may be incorrect, but I am hoping to correct it with feedback from the players. Here’s the game anyhow. https://www.chess.com/a/gc24dPgz9tJa


Round 2 report (Paul Brown)

Geoff D vs Rodel. 0 – 1.
Geoff and Rodel settled into a nice positional game with Geoff featuring his Colle system. Both players played well and the game remained even until the pieces were traded off; Geoff with a Bishop/Queen and Rodel with a Knight and queen. Rodel showed off his “magnus carlsen-esque” ability to make something out of nothing and managed to achieve positional dominance over the white pieces, leading to a victory for black. LINK: https://www.chess.com/…/a913bee2-181f-11eb-b942…
Rob D vs Zoran B. 0 – 1.
In this game we saw Rob opt for a Chigorin variation of the queens pawn opening, with Zoran opting for a Nf6, d5, Bf5 set up. Approaching the middle game Zoran allowed a black Knight to be traded on e4 and recapturing with the pawn, damaging his structure but controlling some nice squares in Robs territory. Rob, to counter this castled queenside and lined his rooks on the G and H files, with Zoran preferring to not castle at all! The rooks were traded and black managed to invade with the queen, leading to a tactic that lost white a piece. LINK: https://www.chess.com/…/9e94ca5e-181c-11eb-83e5…
Jack S vs Mio R. 1 – 0.
In this game opening with e4, we had the pleasure of seeing Mio’s dependable French defence. The players played an advanced Steinitz variation, with white featuring 3. Nc3 and an early f4 squeezed in before further development. Throughout the opening the players built a lot of pressure in the centre which was quickly liquified into an open position with neither king castled and each player still having two minor pieces, both rooks and their queens; the resulting position was extremely sharp and double edged. However, both players stepped up to the plate and played with high accuracy. In the end though it was Jack who was the most Grand-masterly and managed to snip an extra piece somewhere in the flurry of exchanges. Mio forced Jack to prove he could convert and used any and every resource or trap the position could offer – forcing Jack to remain razor sharp for the next 20 moves, with black still having winning chances all the way up until the end. LINK: https://www.chess.com/…/539be7be-181a-11eb-9d82…
Sagargiri G vs Wade P. 1 – 0.
Our last game to be analysed was an instructive showing by Sagar, showing us how an ultra-aggressive playstyle can really pay off. The players featured the classical variation of the Caro-Kann; with white taking full advantage of his slight lead in development over blacks un-castled king. Black was forced to go un-castled and retreat his dark square bishop back to it’s home square to defend against whites f5 knight post. This led to white being able to play dynamically to put pressure on black, and somewhere around move 20 blacks position crumbled to whites advanced pieces and superior rooks. LINK: https://www.chess.com/…/2549773c-181a-11eb-93d1…
Geoff B vs Reza D. 1/2 – 1/2.
Geoff and Reza’s game could not be scheduled this week and the players agreed to draw.