Rod Hessing confirmed his credentials as 2017 Club Lightning Champion, taking out the 2018 Winter Lightning Tournament on Thursday, 23rd August. Hessing finished ahead of 14-time Club Champion Alistair Anderson, with Reza Daneshvar in third place.
The 2018 Club Championship series saw Alistair Anderson and Michael Sugrue sharing line honors on 4/5, with Geoffrey Gill third on 2.5/5 points.
Anderson and Sugrue then played a two-game tiebreaker on the 4th and 11th October, with Sugrue winning to become the 2018 Club Champion.
Paul Brown won the second playoff round of the Reserve Championship, securing joint Championship with Jack Smith (who won the first round).
The 2018 Geelong Chess Club Reserve Championship remains in the balance after Jack Smith and Paul Brown tied with two points out of three. They will now play a two-match playoff on August 9th and 16th.
Meanwhile, old rivals Alistair Anderson and Michael Sugrue have taken the early running in the Club Championship, leading on two and a half points each with two rounds to play.
The 2018 Geelong Chess Club Championship and Reserve Championship commenced on Thursday, 19th July.
Geelong retained the Fletcher Morrow Shield after defeating Ballarat 6.5 to 3.5 on Sunday 12th August, 2018 in Ballarat. The contest was much closer than the final scores suggested, with Bas Van Riel beating Michael Sugrue on board 1 (the latter’s first defeat in the Series), and Patrick Cook holding Alistair Anderson to a draw with the black pieces. Other Ballarat winners were Kevin Perrin and Kiki Dunn.
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.