Summer Swiss Underway, 2 Upsets

The Summer Swiss has started with a modest number of 6 participants.
Mio Ristic requested a half-point bye for round 1, so there were two games played and Paul Brown had the full-point bye.

Jack Smith and Geoff Barber met on board 1. Barber erred early in the game in a Ruy Lopez, and felt compelled to sacrifice knight and bishop for 2 pawns. Though Geoff tried to rustle up some of his trademark wizardry, Jack found the correct path to consolidation, and clinched the victory.

On board 2, Zoran Babic took the white pieces against Rodel Sicat. This game was more positional, with Babic playing 6. Be2 against the Najdorf Sicilian. Rodel’s pieces found active squares and he developed an excellent position, before almost spoiling it all by making a slip of the hand. However, his position was still slightly better, and it was enough for him to grind out the win in the endgame.

Round 1 Results:
Jack Smith vs Geoff Barber 1-0
Zoran Babic vs Rodel Sicat 0-1
Paul Brown vs BYE 1-0
Mio Ristic 0.5 BYE

Round 2 Pairings
Rodel Sicat vs Paul Brown
Geoff Barber vs Mio Ristic
Zoran Babic vs BYE 1-0
Jack Smith 0.5 BYE

Summer Swiss next up: 5 rounds of classical chess

The next tournament on the calendar for Geelong Chess Club is the Summer Swiss! This will be the first opportunity this year for locals to get their teeth into some serious chess.

Number of rounds: 5
Time control: 60 mins + 30 seconds
ACF Rated: Yes
Additional Information:

Please submit requests for byes as early as possible so that we can let your opponent know and no one will be inconvenienced. (You must submit a bye request at least 2 days before the round in question.)

We can only accommodate late entries as late as round 2.

For any enquiries, feel free to contact us at: 0406199457 – SMS preferred.

Summer Rapid concludes, Daneshvar, Ristic show good form

The second half of the Summer Swiss has finished, giving a clear winner: Reza Daneshvar ripped through the opposition to achieve a score of 5.5/6! Mio Ristic was playing well, and followed closely on 5 points.

(Note that the pairing system was different for this tournament, due to last-minute circumstances regarding the club computer, so a keen eye might spot some discrepancies. [e.gthe only bye available is the half point bye; Garry Quince for some reason got 2 byes] This tournament will therefore NOT be ACF rated. Further tournaments will be paired by the usual Vega system.)

Round 1 Results:
Geoff Davis vs Reza Daneshvar 0-1
Garry Quince vs Jack Smith 0.5-0.5
Harry Soo vs Mio Ristic 0-1
Paul Brown vs BYE 0.5

Round 2 Results: (Note that Zoran Babic entered in round 2)
Reza Daneshvar vs Zoran Babic 0.5-0.5
Mio Ristic vs Garry Quince 1-0
Jack Smith vs Paul Brown 1-0
Harry Soo vs Geoff Davis 0-1

Round 3 Results: (Note that Harry Soo withdrew in round 3)
Reza Daneshvar vs Mio Ristic 1-0
Zoran Babic vs Jack Smith 0-1
Paul Brown vs Geoff Davis 0-1
Garry Quince vs BYE 0.5

Round 4 Results:
Jack Smith vs Reza Daneshvar 0-1
Geoff Davis vs Mio Ristic 0-1
Garry Quince vs Paul Brown 1-0
Zoran Babic vs BYE

Round 5 Results:
Reza Daneshvar vs Garry Quince 1-0
Mio Ristic vs Jack Smith 1-0
Geoff Davis vs Zoran Babic 0-1
Paul Brown vs BYE 0.5

Round 6 Results:
Paul Brown vs Reza Daneshvar 0-1
Mio Ristic vs Zoran Babic 1-0
Jack Smith vs Geoff Davis 1-0
Garry Quince vs BYE 0.5

Final Standings:

1Reza Daneshvar5.5+B6=W4+W2+B3+W5+B715.516.5
2Mio Ristic5.0+B8+W5-B1+B6+W3+W416.016.0
3Jack Smith3.5=B5+W7+B4-W1-B2+W617.518.5
4Zoran Babic3.0BYE=B1-W3+W8+B6-B216.016.0
5Garry Quince2.5=W3-B2=BYE+W7-B1=BYE19.020.0
6Geoff Davis2.0-W1+B8+B7-W2-W4-B317.517.5
7Paul Brown1.0=BYE-B3-W6-B5=BYE-W116.518.0
8Harry Soo0.0-W2-W6BYE-B4BYEBYE7.59.5

Summer Swiss at half-way point, Daneshvar, Smith lead

The first tournament of the year has kicked off, with 8 participants in the Summer Rapid.
A few notable appearances were made by old club members Garry Quince and Geoff Davis. Keen junior Harry Soo was also welcomed!

Note that a different pairing system is being used for this tournament out of necessity, and that byes caused by odd numbers are half points instead of full points

Half-Point Byes: Zoran Babic was given a round 1 bye, and Harry Soo was given a round 3 bye.

Round 1 Results:
Geoff Davis vs Reza Daneshvar 0-1
Garry Quince vs Jack Smith 0.5 – 0.5
Harry Soo vs Mio Ristic 0-1
Paul Brown vs BYE (0.5)

Round 2 Results:
Reza Daneshvar vs Zoran Babic 0.5-0.5
Mio Ristic vs Garry Quince 1-0
Jack Smith vs Paul Brown 1-0
Harry Soo vs Geoff Davis 0-1

Round 3 Results:
Reza Daneshvar vs Mio Ristic 1-0
Zoran Babic vs Jack Smith 0-1
Paul Brown vs Geoff Davis 0-1

Round 4 Pairings:
Jack Smith vs Reza Daneshvar
Geoff Davis vs Mio Ristic
Garry Quince vs Paul Brown
Zoran Babic vs Harry Soo

Summer Rapid Will Mark the Start of Geelong Chess Club’s 2020!

The Summer Rapid will commence this coming Thursday (6th Feb), and will be the first tournament for Geelong Chess Club’s new year!

There will be 6 rounds over two weeks (Feb 6: R1, R2, R3 and Feb 13: R4, R5, R6) and the time control will be 20 minutes plus 2 seconds per move. The tournament will be ACF (Australian Chess Federation) quickplay rated. Don’t worry if you don’t have a rating; you can still play!)

We will try to start at roughly 7:15, so please ensure you are at the club by then if you want to play.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday Afternoon Casual! Bring your friends!

Geelong Chess Club is trialling a casual afternoon chess session. Come along and bring your friends!

What: Saturday Afternoon Chess! Come along and have a friendly game of chess with players of all skill levels.

Where: Geelong West Neighbourhood House
89 Autumn St, Geelong West, 3218

When: 12pm – 2 pm Saturdays, starting November 9

Cost: $2/participant to cover renting costs

Tea and coffee available + Free parking nearby

Limited sets available; bring your own if possible, but make sure you can identify your own set if you do!

We are not yet sure if this will continue over the holiday period; it will depend on the turnout/interest we get. Anyone from beginner to experienced club veteran is welcome to come and have a game or two in a relaxed atmosphere!

We’d like to see you there if you can make it!

If you have any questions, please contact us:

PH: 0406199457 – SMS preferred

Club Championship almost at halfway point, Daneshvar, Davis lead

The Club Championship’s 4th round will be played this coming Thursday, 31st October. Two players lead on an undefeated score of 2.5/3, Reza Daneshvar and visitor Tony Davis, Davis having beaten top seed Alistair Anderson in round 3, Daneshvar fighting back from a worse position to take the full point from the dangerous Omar Bashar.

In the coming round, Tony will play 2017 Lightning Champion Rod Hessing as Black, while Reza takes on Mio Ristic. One thing is certain: there will be no easy games…

Anderson blitzes Lightning Championship for 11th time

The 2019 Lightning Championship was won by Alistair Anderson, who took away his 11th Lightning Championship title!

In a field of 9 players, Alistair left his competition in the dust, scoring 6/7. Reza Daneshvar, Mio Ristic, and Jack Smith finished behind him with 4.5/7 to share second place.

Merriment was made – along with more than a few blunders – and a fun night was had by all, with a few games of “transfer” being played afterwards. 
Congratulations to Alistair on another fine victory!

For details, see the tournament page here: