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.

Geelong Chess Club Championship 2020

We are excited to announce that the 2020 Geelong Chess Club Championship will be going ahead! (Not on the 8th of October, but on the 15th.)


FORMAT: 7 round swiss.
TIME CONTROL: 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment.
REQUIREMENTS TO PLAY: The tournament is open to anyone that lives within 50 kilometres of the Geelong CBD. To play you must provide at least two forms of preferred contact (mobile number/email/facebook messenger/chess.com). This is so that players can contact you to organise their games. Your contact details will not be shared without your express consent.
ENTRY: The Club Championship is FREE for club members. To be eligible to play you must have paid your membership ($30) by 13th October.
For non-members the entry is also $30, which is equal to this year’s reduced membership price.
You can pay via a bank transfer with the details below. If you cannot make the bank transfer, a cash payment can be organised by messaging the director of play (Paul Brown).

Geelong Chess club bank account:BSB – 063512Account number – 10857680RSVP as soon as possible if you would like to play – the cut off will be 11pm on Tuesday the 13th of October

.Further details:

  • Due to current covid restrictions, the championship will not be held at the chess club. Instead, at the beginning of each round, pairings will be released and the individual players will organise when and where the game will be played. This means that players can agree to play in a café or alternative venue of their choosing; we understand that most people prefer to play over the board as has been tradition. However, if a venue cannot be agreed upon, or the players cannot travel/weather does not permit, the players can agree to play online as well (If a game simply cannot be scheduled between two players, both players may have to forfeit that round – the director of plays’ discretion may be used in these instances).
  • Pairings are released each week at Thursday 1pm, and all games should be played by the following Tuesday night at 11pm. Once players have played their weekly game, they will notify the director of play (Paul Brown/Jack Smith) of the result so the next round’s pairings can be published. This should be done as soon as a result has been determined so that there are no delays. If you cannot make a round or need a bye, you should notify the director of play by the end of the current round – so before Tuesday 11pm each week. It’s expected that if you sign up for the tournament you will try to play each round, but things do happen.
  • Inquire with the director of play if you need access to chess board/clock, some can be made available or some good apps can be suggested.
  • We have chosen to run the tournament in this way to be the most inclusive to all who would like to play, and to resemble normality as much as possible. This tournament will not be ACF or FIDE rated. No cash prizes are awarded; the winner of the tournament is crowned Geelong Chess Club champion for 2020 and your name will be engraved onto the annual Championship trophy as a lasting testament of your achievement.

    Entry list (ACF Ratings used for initial seeding):
    1. Geoffrey Gill 1954
    2. Reza Daneshvar 1828
    3. Sagargiri Goswami 1672
    4. Mio Ristic 1654
    5. Geoff Barber 1630
    6. Zoran Babic 1621
    7. Jack Smith 1482
    8. Geoff Davis 1427
    9. Rodel Sicat 1340
    10. Robert Dejanovic 1241
    11. Paul Brown 979
    12. Wade Patterson 0




    Contact Us:
    Director of Play (Paul Brown): 0418 488 995
    Assistant Director of Play (Jack Smith): 0406 199 457
    or send us an email at: geelongchessclub@gmail.com

Fletcher Morrow Shield 2020: Report

I’m happy to announce another Fletcher-Morrow match complete for the year, and another resounding win for Geelong; we took the honours 7 – 3, with Ballarat taking both of the reserve boards. Thanks to both teams’ players for making the first online Fletcher Morrow match an enjoyable one!

Results:

Board 1: Ruari Coffey (Meow909) vs Micheal Sugrue (play_gate) 0-1 (G)
Board 2: Reza Daneshvar (rd_mis) vs Bas Van Riel (BasvR12) 0-1 (B)
Board 3: Sean Macak (SeanMacak) vs Alistair Anderson (AussieRookie) draw
Board 4: Mio Ristic (RookieM) vs Rob Loveband (AustraliaRob) 1-0 (G)
Board 5: Patrick Cook (peacook23) vs Geoff Barber (GambitStrike) draw
Board 6: Jack Smith (JackSmith_GCC) vs Kevin Perrin (KevinP201) 1-0 (G)
Board 7: Gary Voigt (GVoigt) vs Geoff Davis (GDavisChess) 1-0 (B)
Board 8: Rodel Sicat (Mr_Sunny) vs Ben Naughton (Naughto48) 1-0 (G)
Board 9: Leonard Goodison (GJL8888) vs Paul Brown (Andromeda_121) 0-1 (G)
Board 10: Wade Patterson (james218) vs Tom Oppenheim (AustraliaTomO) 1-0 (G)

Final Score: 7-3 Geelong victory

Board 11: Justin Goodison (Pizaa) vs Eddie Teijeiro (Eddiet1710) 1-0
Board 12: Thomas Nuessler (MusicalCatch) vs Jasan Barnett (dominicgaj) 0-1

On board one, Michael Sugrue had the Black pieces vs Ruari Coffey in a London System, where Ruari started off on the wrong foot by playing 3. e3 followed by 5. e4. White’s game seemed too hesitant and mechanical, and Michael’s logical developing moves exposed weaknesses in the White position that forced Ruari to first give up a pawn, then the c-file; Michael won in his trademark style, giving his tricky and skilled opponent no chances as he steamrolled via the c-file. Link: https://www.chess.com/live/game/5271434129?username=play_gate

On Board 2, Reza took White against the dangerous Bas Van Riel in an Italian. White got little from the opening, a Giuoco Piano with an early d4: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. 0-0 Nf6 5. d4 Bxd4 6. Nxd4 Nxd4 7. Bg5 d6 8. Nc3 c6. Reza seemed to be trying for an f4 break, but didn’t get it in time, as eventually, a black knight claimed f4. Black played an excellent, solid game and won convincingly after his final move, which threatened mate with no adequate response. Link: https://www.chess.com/live/game/5271594230?username=rd_mis

Alistair Anderson has Black vs up and coming junior Sean Macak, and probably came out of the opening somewhat worse, but Sean had difficulty proving anything against his battle-hardened opponent, even though he did manage to grab a pawn going into the ending. (It should be noted that Alistair disconnected for about 20 minutes and thus got himself into his customary time trouble!) White’s position required a very high level of technique to try and exploit, and Black played stubbornly enough to make White’s life very difficult. Eventually, pieces came off and the game was a draw. (Note that Sean clicked resign instead of draw, but both players and both captains agreed the game should be drawn with Alistair having single bishop vs pawn, though as Michael pointed out, checkmate is still possible for Black.)
Link: https://www.chess.com/live/game/5271439199?username=aussierookie

Mio Ristic had White on board 4 against Rob Loveband in a Sicilian Najdorf, where Mio essayed his customary English attack. It was a normal opposite side castling situation, until Mio took advantage of a few inaccuracies, first refuting a premature 15… f5? and then offering a poisoned pawn on f3, which was duly eaten, and White went on to win decisive material.
Link: https://www.chess.com/live/game/5271449087?username=rookiem

Geoff and Patrick shared a leisurely game, where both sides developed solidly out of a Slav; a fair bit of pawn tension developed, but nothing serious amounted, and after playing on a bit, the players agreed to a draw.
Link: https://www.chess.com/live/game/5271431794?username=gambitstrike

Jack took on Kevin on board 6, Jack taking the White pieces and essaying the Ponziani (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3) Kevin replied with the non-standard 3… d6, and Jack took the centre and a slight plus; he decided to lock down the kingside and opt for play against the c7 pawn along the semi-open c-file, before making a speculative knight sacrifice that probably should not have been attempted. The sac was rewarded when Black dropped a rook, allowing the White pieces to quickly and decisively invade the position.
Link: https://www.chess.com/live/game/5271454276

Geoff Davis had a tough game as Black against Gary Voigt, as Gary quickly got a Maroczy bind kind of structure by a different move order. (Perhaps Black can stop this early e4 – c4 – d4 by putting the knight on d4?) White kept the opening advantage, and after a typical Nd5 “sacrifice” White put pressure on e6. All it took was one mistake by Geoff for Gary to scoop up a knight and after a bit of shuffling in the endgame, force resignation.
Link: https://www.chess.com/live/game/5271439506?username=gdavischess

Rodel Sicat took on Ben Naughton as White on Board 8 in a Giuoco Piano; the game saw Rodel push his queenside pawns early, to which Black logically replied with d5 and got a fair position. Ben seemed spooked by Rodel’s 13. Ng5 (one reason why Black can’t go wrong with playing …h6 at some point) and instead of the difficult-to-play but necessary 13… Rf8, he allowed his pawns to be compromised after 13… Be6; Rodel cruised for the rest of the game, playing a nice attack to its natural conclusion. Link: https://www.chess.com/live/game/5271436717?username=mr_sunny

Paul had Black against Leonard Goodison in an unorthodox Sicilian, where White went for an early g3 and abstained from playing d4 early. Paul played quite well to equalise, and Leonard had trouble finding the right ideas; Black played d5, and quickly took advantage of a pin to win a pawn on the kingside and pour down pressure on the White king; Paul scored a solid Geelong victory. Link: https://www.chess.com/live/game/5271435961?username=andromeda_121

On board 10, we had Wade Patterson, a new talent at the club, taking the White pieces for Geelong against longtime Ballarat player, Tom Oppenheim. Wade safely took some central space, and was gifted with a piece after an en passant tactic. He gave the piece back, but the correct defence for Black is very difficult to find, and Wade finished off with a nice attack. Link: https://www.chess.com/live/game/5271431002?username=james218

Board 11, first of the two unscored reserve games, Eddie Teijeiro had Black against Justin Goodison. The two played incredibly quickly, with both players ending the game with over 70 minutes! Eddie had a tough game, where White’s pieces found annoying squares, but there was nothing terminal until the endgame, where Justin’s king was much more active, and Justin went on to win a nice game. (Though after Justin’s interesting piece sac in the ending, Black’s bishop can stay defending the b5 pawn, giving away a6. This is delicate though, and easily missed.) All in all a well-played game by Justin. Link: https://www.chess.com/live/game/5271434803?username=eddiet1710

Thomas Nuessler took on a more experienced Jasan Barnett on Board 12; Thomas lost a pawn early on, then a second one in the middlegame, but some clever endgame tactics won him back both pawns! However, from there, he tried too active an approach, neglecting one of the defense of one of his hard-earned pawns, and he wound up losing a good fight. Link: https://www.chess.com/live/game/5271438072?username=musicalcatch

A hard-fought day of chess; many thanks to everyone for making our first online Fletcher-Morrow Shield a success, both in terms of result, and in terms of quality!

Geelong v Ballarat

Coming up on Sunday 9th August, Geelong Chess Club will play Ballarat Chess Club in the annual Fletcher-Morrow match. This contest has been going on since 1925! Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year, the match will not be played over the board. Instead this match will take place on chess.com. For more details, please contact team captain Jack Smith (geelongchessclub@gmail.com).

Gill takes out Winter Rapid 6/6, Brown follows on 5

The Winter Rapid has been won very handily by Geoffrey Gill, taking the honours with a perfect 6/6 score; congratulations!

In second place came Paul, clearly on sizzling form with a score of 5/6, only dropping a point to Mr. President. Well done, Paul, on some serious improvement!

Reza and Mio tied for 3rd place on 3 points, after Mio beat the 2019 Club Champ as Black in the final round.

I was unfortunately not available for the second half of the tournament, but Paul kindly took the job of Director of Play for the night, and we had a new face enter the tournament in Thomas Nuessler!

With the current situation in Melbourne, we are not sure that we will be able to stay open much longer, but we will be open at least one more week, our next session being the 16th of July. Hope to see everyone there!

Round 4 results:
Geoffrey Gill vs Reza Daneshvar 1-0
Paul Brown vs Wade Patterson 1-0
Mio Ristic vs Geoff Davis 1-0
Thomas Nuessler vs BYE

Round 5 results:
Mio Ristic vs Geoffrey Gill 0-1
Thomas Nuessler vs Paul Brown 0-1
Wade Patterson vs Geoff Davis 1-0
Reza Daneshvar vs BYE

Round 6 results:
Geoffrey Gill vs Wade Patterson 1-0
Reza Daneshvar vs Mio Ristic 0-1
Geoff Davis vs Thomas Nuessler 1-0
Paul Brown vs BYE

Winter Swiss: Gill leads 3/3 at half way point

The Winter Rapid marked the reopening of the Geelong Chess Club! 7 players attended the first night, with the first 3 rounds out of 6 being played.

Geoffrey Gill leads on 3/3, having dispatched Geoff Davis, Jack and Paul in a very clean fashion.
3 players follow on 2/3 in Paul, Jack, and Reza. (Paul showed that he has been using his lockdown time to study, cleaning up club veterans Mio and Reza both in the one night.)

The club welcomed newcomer Wade Patterson as well, who showed good potential and patience, but was outlasted by Mio and Reza.

Round 1 results:
Geoff Davis vs Geoffrey Gill 0-1
Reza Daneshvar vs Paul Brown 0-1
Wade Patterson vs Mio Ristic 0-1
Jack Smith vs BYE

Round 2 results:
Geoffrey Gill vs Paul Brown 1-0
Mio Ristic vs Jack Smith 0-1
Geoff Davis vs Reza Daneshvar 0-1
Wade Patterson vs BYE

Round 3 results:
Jack Smith vs Geoffrey Gill 0-1
Reza Daneshvar vs Wade Patterson 1-0
Paul Brown vs Mio Ristic 1-0
Geoff Davis vs BYE
Round 4 pairings:
Geoffrey Gill vs Reza Daneshvar
Paul Brown vs Jack Smith
Wade Patterson vs Geoff Davis
Mio Ristic vs BYE

Summer Swiss Update: Going into round 4 Smith, Babic play for lead

After taking a couple of byes in rounds 2 and 3, Jack Smith comes back to face Zoran Babic in the penultimate round. Both players are on 2/3, with Mio Ristic and Geoff Barber lurking in the shadows on 1.5 each. The tight situation at the top will make the final couple of rounds an interesting struggle to watch!

Round 3 Results:
Zoran Babic vs Anthony Bauer 1-0
Mio Ristic vs Geoff Davis 1-0
Gary Nolan vs Geoff Barber 1F-0F
Jack Smith vs BYE 0.5
Paul Brown vs BYE 0.5
Daniel Pinhasov added to round 4 draw

Round 4 Pairings:
Jack Smith vs Zoran Babic
Gary Nolan vs Mio Ristic
Anthony Bauer vs Geoff Barber
Daniel Pinhasov vs Geoff Davis
Paul Brown vs BYE 0.5