The 2018 Geelong Chess Club Qualification Tournament ended in a three way tie with three players on three and a half points. The remaining three qualifiers were not decided until the very last game, with newcomer Dave O’Hanlon holding off Mio Ristic’s king’s side attack to force a draw. O’Hanlon put in a strong performance, and was unlucky not to qualify, falling short by the narrowest of margins.
The top six finishers now go through the 2018 Club Championship, which along with the Reserves Championship, commences on Thursday, 19th July. Please see the Club Championship Qualifier page for final standings.
Reza Daneshvar and Club President Geoffrey Gill shared first place in the 2018 Ten Minute Handicap on 4 out of 5 points, in a keen field of ten players.
The handicap format seemed to work well, with seven of the ten players managing a score of 50% or better. Please see the Tournament Page for details.
With one round to play, Reza Daneshvar has an unbeatable lead in the 2018 Autumn Swiss Tournament after his fourth straight victory, this time over Mio Ristic.
Owen Courtis drew comfortably against Michael Sugrue, while junior member Jack Smith held 2016 joint club champion Geoff Barber to a draw in a tense knight and pawn ending.
Smith now joins Courtis, Ristic and Sugrue in a four-way contest for second place. See the Tournament Page for further details.
Six players tied for first place in a dramatic finish to the 2018 Autumn Rapid Tournament on Thursday, 12th April.
It looked like Michael Sugrue would overtake tournament leader Reza Daneshvar after both Mio Ristic and Geoff Davis defeated Daneshvar, but Sugrue was himself beaten in the last round by Geoff Barber. Rising junior Jack Smith also joined the winner’s circle with a last-round victory over 2016 Club co-Champion Zoran Babic.
See the Tournament Page for full details.
Zoran Babic and Michael Sugrue shared first place in the 2018 Summer Lightning Tournament, both scoring 6 out of 7 points.
The club will take a break on Thursday 29th March for Easter.
Congratulations to 17 year old NSW Grandmaster Anton Smirnov, and 24 year old Victorian International Master James Morris, who took out equal first prize in the 2018 Ballarat Begonia Open Chess Tournament, held on the Labour Day Long Weekend from March 10th to 12th. Both were unbeaten on 6/7.
The Geelong contingent featured strong performances from Alistair Anderson, Reza Daneshvar, Mio Ristic (all on 4/7), and Club Lightning Champion Rod Hessing (3.5/7).
Full results may be found at the Tournament Web Site.
The 2018 Summer Swiss Tournament was won by Michael Sugrue, half a point clear of Owen Courtis and Reza Daneshvar.