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June 16th 2019 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, tournament website.

Open:
1st CM Alphaeus Ang
2nd= Felix Xie & WCM Nadia Braganza
Book Prize: Alex Coates

U-1200
1st Zachary Yu
2nd Daqi Mao
Book Prize: Bevis Jiang

U-800
1st Grayson Po'e-Tofaeono
2nd Harrison Xiao
Book Prize: Anthony Hu

Vega links: Open U1200 U800

Alphaeus Ang   Nadia Braganza & Felix Xie   Alex Coates
Open 1st CM Alphaeus Ang   Open 2nd= WCM Nadia Braganza
& Felix Xie
  Open Book Prize: Alex Coates
Zachary Yu   Daqi Mao   Bevis Jiang
U1200 1st Zachary Yu   U1200 2nd Daqi Mao   U1200 Book Prize: Bevis Jiang
Grayson Po'e-Tofaeono   2nd Harrison Xiao   Book Prize: Anthony Hu
U800 1st Grayson Po'e-Tofaeono   U800 2nd Harrison Xiao   U800 Book Prize: Anthony Hu

June 15th 2019 - Upper Hutt Rapid, Upper Hutt.

A Class One Event in the Poison Pawn Grand Prix

A Grade:
1st Scott Wastney 4.5/6
2nd= Anthony Ker, Brian Nijman, Russell Dive 4

B Grade:
1st Michael Sole 5.5
2nd Lars Dobbertin-King 4.5
3rd Dion Charles 4

C Grade:
1st Paul He 6
2nd Samuel Darr 5
3rd = Geoffrey Gunawan, Glen Sullivan 4.5

Junior Grade
1st = Adam Ord, Zac Li, Joshua Knowles 5

June 1st-3rd 2019 - 42nd Trusts Chess Open, Henderson, Auckland.
Venue: Te Pai Centre, Cnr Lincoln Rd and Te Pai Place, Henderson.
A Super Class Event in the Poison Pawn Grand Prix, run by Waitakere Chess Club Inc.
Organiser: Bob Smith caissa1530@gmail.com or phone 0274786282.
Tournament website here
Complete A Grade PGN file.
Vega Results: Open A Open B Open C Junior.

A Grade:
1st Evan Capel 5.0/6
2nd= IM Russell Dive, CM John Duneas, FM Mike Steadman, CM David Cilia Vincenti 4.5
under 2200 FM Bob Gibbons 4.0
under 2070 CM Alex Nagorski, Prashant Mistry, Antonio Krstev 3.0
under 1940 Romie Lord Guerra 3.5

B Grade:
1st Sheng Yip Chan 5.5
2nd Philli Park-Tamati 5.0
3rd Hao Tang 4.5
under 1700 Allen Li, Karl Holdo, Aaron Ziwen Wang 3.5
under 1650 Oscar Shu Xuan Qin 4.0
under 1560 Hugh Gao 3.5

C Grade:
1st Jia Wang 5.5
2nd Adithya Elara Rajesh 5.0
3rd= Rohit Mudaliar, Kedar Walke, Anya Thurner 4.5
under 1350 Brian Zhao 4.0
under 1170 Penghao (Jack) Chen, Baraa Al-Afaghani 4.0
under 1020 Ethan Yichen Liu 3.5

Junior Grade:
1st Zachary Yu 5.0
2nd= Philbert Zhai, Andy Yang 4.5
under 10 Anas Al-Afaghani 3.0
under 8 1st Eric Zhang 3.5
under 8 2nd Daqi Mao 2.0

May 25th 2019 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, tournament website.

Open:
1st Felix Xie (5.5/6 points)
2nd Rohit Mudaliar
Book Prize: Philli Park-Tamati

U1200:
1st Yaoyuan Zhang (6/6 points)
2nd Justin Huang
Book Prize: Bryan Kang

U800:
1st Bevis Jiang (5/6 points)
2nd= Anas Al-Afaghani, Tarun Mudaliar & Ruan Kruger
Book Prize: Austin Picard

Vega links: Open U1200 U800

Felix Xie   Rohit Mudaliar   Yaoyuan Zhang
Open 1st Felix Xie   Open 2nd Rohit Mudaliar   U1200 1st Yaoyuan Zhang
Justin Huang   Bryan Kang   Bevis Jiang
U1200 2nd Justin Huang   U1200 Book Prize: Bryan Kang   U800 1st Bevis Jiang
Tarun Mudaliar, Anas Al-Afaghani & Ruan Kruger   Austin Picard    
U800 2nd= Tarun Mudaliar,
Anas Al-Afaghani & Ruan Kruger
  U800 Book Prize: Austin Picard    

May 25th 2019 - The Kapiti Rapid, Paraparaumu Beach.
Venue: Salvation Army District Hall, 41 Bluegum Rd, Papaparaumu Beach 5032.

Open
1st FM Scott Wastney 5.5/6
2nd Romie Lord Guerra 5/6
3rd= IM Russell Dive, Brian Nijman 4.5/6

Open U2000
1st= Ryan Winter, Bill Forster, Ed Tanoi, Michael Sole 4/6

Open U1600
1st= Paul He, Brandon Holman, Jaco Wiringi, Neels Du Plesis, Michael Ashe 3/6

Junior
1st= Zac Li, Ben Guo, Hamish Lester 5/6

May 18th-19th 2019 - Combined Lightning & Rapid Weekender, Auckland.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mt Eden.
New format: 9 rounds each of lightning and rapid (1 point wins for blitz, 2 point wins for rapid – combined total).

Open
1st Evan Timothy Capel 7 + 7.5*2 = 22/27
2nd CM Alphaeus Ang 6.5 + 7.5*2 = 21.5/27
3rd FM Ben Hague 7 + 6.5*2 = 20/27

Under 2100 and Over 1800
1st Sheng Yip Chan 8 + 5*2 = 18/27
2nd Romie Lord Guerra 6.5 + 5.5*2 = 17.5/27

Under 1800
1st Euan McDougall 5 + 6*2 = 17/27
2nd Alexis Delpech 4.5 + 5.5*2 = 15.5/27
3rd Xintong (Winston) Weng 5 + 5*2 = 15/27

Under 1400
1st Pratik Jadhav 4.5 + 5*2 = 14.5/27
2nd Baraa Al-Afaghani 4.5 + 4*2 = 12.5/27

Tournament website here.

May 12th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz

Open:
Oscar Qin 6/6
2nd= Aaron Wang, Winston Weng 4.5
Best U1200 Daqi Mao 3.5
Best U1000 Max Luo 3.0

U1000:
1st Justin Huang 5/6
2nd Patrick Lin 4.5
3rd= Yuke Chan, Joseph Xin, Charlotte Ray 4.0
Best U11 Yin Ma 3.0
Best U9 Justin Feng 3.5
Vega links: Open U1000.

Oscar Qin   Aaron Wang   Justin Huang
Open Champion Oscar Qin   Open 2nd= Aaron Wang   U1000 Champion Justin Huang
Yuke Chan, Joseph Xin, Charlotte Ray   Justin Feng    
U1000 3rd= Yuke Chan,
Joseph Xin, Charlotte Ray
  U1000 Best U9 Justin Feng    

 

April 25,27,28 2019 - Anzac Split Weekender, Auckland.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mt Eden.
1st CM John Duneas 5.5/6
2nd Romie Lord Guerra 5
3rd= CM Alphaeus Ang, CM Allen Fan 4.5

Tournament website here.

April 19th – 22nd 2019 - North Island Championsbip, Wellington.
Venue: CQ Hotel, 223 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington. Organised by the Wellington Chess Club, combining their traditional Easter weekend event with the New Zealand Chess Federation North Island Championships (rapid & blitz events excluded).

1st FM Mike Steadman 7.5/8
2nd FM Scott Wastney 6.5/8
3rd IM Anthony Ker 6/8

A-Grade
1st Alex Nagorski 5.5/8
2nd Caleb He 5/8

B-Grade
1st= Kendrick Zhang, Nicholas Heyworth, David Scott, Robert List 4/8

Best Junior & Best female player
Layla Timergazi 5.5/8

Biggest upset
Lewis Carroll's win over Lawrence Farrington difference 584 rating points.

Vega Link: here.

Consolidated complete PGN here (thanks Bruce Pollard).

April 21st 2019 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, tournament website.

Open:
1st Aidan Morgan
2nd= Alex Coates & Baraa Al-Afaghani
Book Prize: Nicholas Xu

U1200:
1st Victor Coen
2nd= Charles Lu & Yaoyuan Zhang
Book Prize: Eric Fan

U800:
1st Daqi Mao (6/6 points)
2nd Vihandu Jayawickrama
Book Prize: Jonathan Hair

Vega links: Open U1200 U800

Aidan Morgan   Alex Coates & Baraa Al-Afaghani   Victor Coen
Open 1st Aidan Morgan   Open 2nd= Alex Coates &
Baraa Al-Afaghani
  U1200 1st Victor Coen
Charles Lu & Yaoyuan Zhang   Eric Fan   Daqi Mao
U1200 2nd= Charles Lu &
Yaoyuan Zhang
  U1200 Book Prize: Eric Fan   U800 1st Daqi Mao
Vihandu Jayawickrama   Jonathan Hair    
U800 2nd Vihandu Jayawickrama   U800 Book Prize: Jonathan Hair    

April 7th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz


Open
1st Weng, Xintong(Winston) Plus book prize 5.5/6
2nd Mudaliar, Robit 5/6
3rd= Zhu, Junyang David Plus book prize 4/6
3rd= Yuan, Jacob 4/6

Best U1300 AI-Afaghani 2.5/6
Best U1200 Mao, Daqi plus book prize 3/6

U1000
1st Lin, Patrick Plus book prize 5.5/6
2nd= Dai, Jerry 4.5/6
2nd= Tang, Tracy Plus book prize 4.5/6

Best U10 Yu, Dean Plus book prize 4/6
Best U8 Feng, Justin 3.5/6


Vega links: Open and U1000.

Open Section Winners   Daqi Mao   Baraa Al-Afaghani
Open Section Winners   Open Best U1200 Daqi Mao   Open Best U1300 Baraa Al-Afaghani
U1000 Section Winners   Dean Yu   Justin Feng
U1000 Section Winners   U1000 Best U10 Dean Yu   U1000 Best U8 Justin Feng

March 24th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz


Open:
1st Weng, Xintong(Winston) Plus book prize 6/6
2nd Xiao, Lucas Plus book prize 4/6
3rd= Qin, James Plus book prize 3/6
3rd= Yuan, Jacob 3/6
3rd= Zhu, Junyang(David) 3/6
3rd= Yang, Lucase 3/6
3rd= Gan, Emily 3/6
3rd= Zhao Jay Zi Xuan 3/6
Best U1300 Xiao Lucas 3/6
Best U1000 Wang, Eugene 2.5/6

U-1000
1st Mao, Daqi Plus book prize 6/6
2nd Liu, Zikun Kenneth Plus book prize 5/6
3rd= Zhao, Fangfei 4/6
3rd= Shi, Aaron 4/6
3rd= Liu, Muyang Sunny 4/6
3rd= Huang, Justin 4/6
Best U11 Yang, Andy Plus book prize 3/6
Best U8 Feng, Justin 3/6


Vega links: Open and U1000.

Winston Weng   Lucas Xiao   Open Section Winners
Open 1st Winston Weng   Open 2nd Lucas Xiao   Open Section Winners
Daqi Mao   Zikun Kenneth Liu   U1000 Section Winners
U1000 1st Daqi Mao   U1000 2nd Zikun Kenneth Liu   U1000 Section Winners

March 17th 2019 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, tournament website.

Open:
1st Alphaeus Ang
2nd = Winston Weng, Yolanda Chang & Alex Coates
Book Prize: Lucas Xiao

U1200:
1st= Layne Almonte & Zihan Mei
Book Prize: Ethan Zhang


U800:
1st= Anas Al-Afghani, Sam Lin & Tim Zhang
Book Prize: Victor Coen

Vega links: Open U1200 U800

Alphaeus Ang   Alex Coates, Winston Weng & Yolanda Chang   Layne Almonte & Zihan Mei
Open 1st Alphaeus Ang   Open 2nd = Alex Coates,
Winston Weng & Yolanda Chang
  U1200 1st= Layne Almonte & Zihan Mei
Anas Al-Afghani, Sam Lin & Tim Zhang   Ethan Zhang, Lucas Xiao and Victor Coen    
U800 1st= Anas Al-Afghani,
Sam Lin & Tim Zhang
  Book prize winners: Ethan
Zhang, Lucas Xiao and Victor Coen
   

March 16th 2019 - Latvian Rapid, Pakuranga, Auckland.

A, B, C and D Grades to cater for all strengths. $750 first prize in the A grade and a super-class Poison Pawn/D & D Financial Consultants Grand Prix event.

A Grade
1st CM Alphaeus Ang 5/6
2nd= Antonio Krstev, FM Bob Smith, FM Alexei Kulashko, Evan Capel 4.5/6

B Grade
1st Timothy Ha 5.5/6
2nd= Jasmine Zhang, Neil Cruden 5/6

C Grade
1st= Ariel Patdu, Rohit Mudaliar 5.5/6
3rd Liam Healey 5/6

D Grade
1st= Keenan Taylor, Allen Weng 5.5/6
3rd Pasind Jayawickrama 5/6

Vega Results: A Grade, B Grade, C Grade, D Grade.

February 23rd 2019 - 14th Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mt Maunganui.
The perennially popular event organised annually by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club. This year 52 players competed in three separate tournaments. Next year's tournament is already set for 29th Feb (easy to remember).

Results
A-Grade
1st Romie Lord Guerra (Philippines) 5/6
2nd= FM Daniel Gong, Evan Capel (Malaysia) 4.5/6
4th= CM Alphaeus Ang, IM Russell Dive, Irmak Sipahioglu (Turkey), Ralph Hart 4/6
Under 2100 Noel Pinic (Best Bay of Plenty Player) 3.5/6
Under 1900 WFM Jasmine Zhang 3.5/6

B-Grade (Under 1800)
1st= Chahal Aman (India), Luis Angel Duran Rubalcava (Mexico) 5/6
3rd= Timothy Ha, Simon Lyall 4/6
Under 1600 Aaron Wang, Connor Hackney, Philli Park-Tamati 3.5/6
Under 1400 Leo Kim 3/6

Junior
1st Md Shahmat Mahin 6/6
2nd= Daniel Kang, Nrusingha Rath, Aidan Morgan 4/6
Under 10 years old Matthew Kim 2.5/6

Romie Lord Guerra   Evan Capel and Daniel Gong   Irmak Sipahioglu, IM Russell Dive,<br>CM Alphaeus Ang, Werner Corbe
A Grade 1st Romie Lord Guerra   A Grade 2nd= Evan Capel and Daniel Gong   Irmak Sipahioglu, IM Russell Dive,
CM Alphaeus Ang. Where's Ralph?
Werner Corbe hands over the cheques

The Tournament website includes Vega pages for all tournaments and more photos.

February 17th – 24th 2019 - Oceania Zonal, GUAM.

Open
1st GM Max Illingworth 7.5/9
2nd FM Shaun Press 6.5/9
3rd= CM Clive Ng, Manuel Enofre Efren, CM John Duneas 6/9
John Duneas achieves the 6/9 required for an FM title, and since he has reached been rated FIDE 2100 or more at one point, meets the rating requirement and becomes an FM elect. Congratulations John.

Women's
1st WGM Julia Ryjanova 9/9
2nd Rebecca Stones 7.5/9
3rd Vyanla Punsalan 7/9

Vega Links: Open and Women's

February 17th 2019 - Summit Junior Chess Rapid, Auckland.
Organised by Summit Chess Club, contact Ying Wang, Email: ywang@outlook.co.nz


Open
1st Felix Xie 5.5/6
2nd= Aaron Wang and Kendrick Zhang 4.5/6

U1000
1st Baraa Al-Afaghani 5.5/6
2nd= Vincent Cai and Charles Lu 5/6


Vega links: Open and U1000.

Felix Xie   Kendrick Zhang and Aaron Wang   Vincent Cai, Baraa Al-Afaghani and Daniel Gong
Open 1st Felix Xie   Open 2nd= Kendrick Zhang and Aaron Wang   Vincent Cai, Baraa Al-Afaghani and Club Captain Daniel Gong

February 10th 2019 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, tournament website.

Open
1st Alex Coates
2nd = Jack Chen, Winston Weng and Philli Park-Tamati
Book Prize: Aidan Morgan

U1200
1st Charles Lu
2nd= Adam Ali and Ruichen Wang
Book Prize: Tejasvi Kichavadi

U800
1st Eric Fan
2nd Charlotte Ray
Book Prize: Anderson Chen

Vega links: Open U1200 U800

Flickr Photo Gallery here.

Alex Coates   Winston Weng and Jack Chen   Adam Ali and Ruichen Wang
Open 1st Alex Coates   Open 2nd= Winston Weng
and Jack Chen
  U1200 2nd= Adam Ali
and Ruichen Wang
Eric Fan   Charlotte Ray   Anderson Chen
U800 1st Eric Fan   U800 2nd Charlotte Ray   U800 Book Prize Anderson Chen

February 9th 2019 - Seventh Hawkes Bay Rapid, Napier.
Venue: Greenmeadows East Community Hall, 83 Tait Drive Taradale. Organised annually by the Hawkes Bay Chess Club.
Results:
A Grade
1st FM Stephen Lukey 5.5/6
2nd Evan Capel 4.5/6
3rd FM Robert Smith 4/6

B Grade
1st= Felix Xie and Bernard Carpinter 5/6
3rd Vivian Smith 4.5/6

Junior Grade
1st William Duncan
2nd Tobey Hughes

Vega links: A Grade, B Grade.

January 26th-28th 2019 - Auckland Anniversary Tournament, Auckland.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mt Eden.
Tournament website.
Vega link here

Open
1st: CM Alphaeus Ang 5.5/6
2nd: FM Mike Steadman 5/6
3rd=: CM Benji Lim, WCM Nicole Qin 4.5/6

Under 1800
1st: WCM Nicole Qin 4.5/6
2nd=: Timothy Ha, CM Aurel-John Buciu (AUS), WCM Nadia Braganza 4/6

Under 1500
1st: Isabelle Ning. 4/6
2nd=: Jacob Yuan, Oscar Qin, Pridiyathon Kulchayodom (THA), Uday Jain, Sean Myers (AUS), WCM Eva Lourenco, Kendrick Zhang, David Vincent. 3/6

Under 1200
1st: Hannah Xu 3/6
2nd=: Anya Thurner, Jay Zhao, Aaron Shi, Scott Smith 2/6

Alphaeus Ang   Nicole Qin
Open 1st CM Alphaeus Ang   U1800 1st WCM Nicole Qin
Isabelle Ning   Hannah Xu
U1500 1st Isabelle Ning   U1200 1st Hannah Xu

January 25th 2019 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, tournament website.

Open
1st (FM elect) CM Alphaeus Ang
2nd Felix Xie
3rd Rohit Mudaliar

U1200
1st Eden Oshri
2nd David Zhu
3rd (by tiebreak) Charles Lu

U800
1st= Ashe Stevenson & Baara Al-afghani
3rd (by tiebreak) Jack Zhu

Vega links: Open U1200 U800

Alphaeus Ang   Felix Xie   Eden Oshri
Open 1st Alphaeus Ang   Open 2nd Felix Xie   U1200 1st Eden Oshri
David Zhu   Baara Al-afghani and Ashe Stevenson   Jack Zhu, Rohit Mudaliar, Charles Lu
U1200 2nd David Zhu   U800 1st= Baara Al-afghani
and Ashe Stevenson
  Book Prizes Jack Zhu,
Rohit Mudaliar, Charles Lu

January 14th-22th 2019 - NZ Open Championship, Auckland.
1st= FM Brandon Clarke (England), GM Timur Gareyev (USA) 7/9
3rd= GM Vasily Papin (Russia), GM Darryl Johansen (Aus), IM Aleksandar Wohl (Aus), IM Anthony Ker, FM Dusan Stojic (Aus), IM Russell Dive IM Leonid Sandler (Aus) 6.5/9
Full results on Vega.

As the highest placed New Zealanders, Anthony Ker and Russell Dive are joint NZ Champions. Going into the final round Ker, Dive and Bob Smith (the usual suspects?) were each on 5.5/8, and each faced a GM opponent in a situation where a draw was likely sufficient for a spot on the silver rook. A special mention to Bob who got the rough end of the draw, not only did he alone have a fifth Black, he had the strongest and likely hungriest opponent of the three. Paul Garbett and Daniel Gong (playing each other) and Leonard McLaren also had a chance to join Anthony and Russell, but none of these players managed to win.

Anthony extends his remarkable tally of NZ championships to 14, Ortvin Sarapu's astronomical record (20) might really be at risk. Russell's 6th title is not too shabby either.

Timur Gareyev and Brandon Clarke   Anthony Ker and Russell Dive
The tournament winners. Timur gives a speech,
Brandon reflects on three great weeks at the office.
  NZ Champions again, rivals and friends
(with NZCF Patron Jim Benson).

January 14th-22th 2019 - NZ Major Open Championship, Auckland.
1st Romie Guerra (Phillipines) 7.5/9
2nd David Lovejoy (Aus) 7/9
3rd= FM Bob Gibbons and Bernd Kievelitz (Germany) 6.5/9
Full results on Vega.

Unheralded (even unrated) visitor Romie Guerra wins the tournament, playing an impressive brand of powerhouse chess. Regular visitor David Lovejoy comes second, and new NZCF life member Bob Gibbons collects the Major Open trophy for top placing New Zealander.

January 23rd-24th 2019 - NZ Rapid Championship, Auckland.
1st GM Timur Gareyev (USA) 8.5/9
2nd= GM Vasily Papin (Russia), IM Leonid Sandler (Aus), FM Brandon Clarke (England) and Ralph Hart 7.0/9 Ralph Hart as the top placing New Zealander becomes NZ Rapid champion. A special mention to new Oceania U12 Champion (he scored 9/9 there) Sravan Renjith with a remarkable, unbeaten 6.5/9.
Full results on Vega.

January 24th 2019 - NZ Lightning Championship, Auckland.
1st GM Timur Gareyev (USA) 9/9
2nd Romie Guerra (Phillipines) 7.5/9
3rd Evan Capel (Malaysia) 7/9
Full results on Vega.
Evan is studying in Auckland but is not a permanent resident. The top placing New Zealanders were part of a ten way tie for =5th on 6/9. So the NZ Blitz title is shared in by Paul Garbett, Sravan Renjith, Ralph Hart, Daniel Gong, Nigel Metge and Bob Smith.

January 15th-20th 2019 - NZ Junior Open Championships, Auckland.
Overall winner Allen Fan 6/6
2nd= Paul He & Winston Weng 4.5/6
Under 15: Uday Jain
Under16: Hannah Xu, Isabelle Ning, Jeffrey Yu

Under 20 Trophy: Euan McDougall
Under 16 Trophy: Allen Fan
Under 14 Trophy: Winston Weng
Under 10 Trophy: Isabelle Ning
Full results on Vega.

Prize Giving  
Happy Winners, left to right: Euan McDougall, Jeffrey Yu, Hannah Xu, Isabelle Ning
Uday Jain, Winston Weng, Paul He, Allen Fan
 

January 4th-12th 2019 - George Trundle Memorial, Auckland.

Masters Tournament:
1st FM Brandon Clarke (Eng) 6.5/9 (IM Norm, now an IM elect)
2nd= FM Dusan Stojic (Aus) (IM Norm) and GM Vasily Papin (Rus) 6/9

Qualifiers Tournament:
1st CM John Duneas 7/9
2nd= WIM Alexandra Jule (Aus) and CM Zi Han Goh (SGP) 5.5/9

Reserves Tournament:
1st= Chahal Aman (Ind) and WFM Alana Chibnall (Aus) 7/9
3rd Hilton Bennett 5.5/9

Vega links: Masters, Qualifiers and Reserves.

Consolidated PGN download: here.

Brandon Clarke & Dusan Stojic   Mike Steadman & Bruce Watson
Masters 1st and 2nd= Brandon Clarke & Dusan
Stojic with Norm Certificates
  Tournament Supremo Mike Steadman
awards Bruce Watson the top Kiwi award

January 5th-13th 2019 - Oceania Youth Championship, Auckland.

Organiser contact details: Mike Steadman, steadmanm@hotmail.com
Event details: Entry form (pdf document).

Classical under 20 Open: Vega
1st FM Karl Zelesco (Aus) 8/9
2nd David Cannon (Aus) 7/9
3rd CM Alphaeus Ang 6/9

Classical under 16 Open: Vega
1st= CM Allen Fan and Kayson Wang (Aus) 7/9
3rd= Brendan Zou (Aus) and Michael Ostapenko (Aus) 6.5/9

Classical under 14 Open: Vega
1st= CM Richard Meng and Shawn Zillmann (Aus) 7/9
3rd Christopher Lim (Aus) 6.5/9

Classical under 12 Open: Vega
1st Sravan Renjith 8/9
2nd Oliver Li (Aus) 7.5/9
3rd= Oscar Qin and Paul He 6/9

Classical under 10 Open: Vega
1st Jayden Ooi (Aus) 8.5/9
2nd Kendrick Zhang 6.5/9
3rd= Tiger Zhao (Aus) and Cunmeng Wang (Aus) 6/9

Classical under 20 Girls: Vega
1st WFM Jasmine Zhang 8/9
2nd WFM Vyanla Punsalan 7/9
3rd= WCM Cassandra Lim (Aus) and WFM Zhi Lin Guo (Aus) 6.5/9

Classical under 12 Girls: Vega
1st Sophie Chang (Aus) 8/9
2nd Athena-Malar Retnaraja (Aus) 7.5/9
3rd Isabelle Ning 6.5/9

Rapid under 20 Open: Vega
1st David Cannon (Aus) 7.5/9
2nd FM Luis Chan (Aus) 7/9
3rd= Hughston Parle (Aus), Michael Ostapenko (Aus) and CM Henry Slater-Jones (Aus) 6.5/9

Rapid under 12 Open: Vega
1st Sravan Renjith 9/9
2nd= Jayden Ooi (Aus) and Oscar Qin and Paul He 7/9

Rapid under 20 Girls: Vega
1st WFM Vyanla Punsalan 8.5/9
2nd WFM Zhi Lin Guo (Aus) 7.5/9
3rd WFM Jasmine Zhang 7/9

Blitz under 20 Open: Vega
1st FM Luis Chan (Aus) 7.5/9
2nd= Kris Chan (Aus) and Ray Yang (Aus) 7/9

Blitz under 12 Open: Vega
1st Jayden Ooi (Aus) 8/9
2nd= Felix Xie and Tiger Zhao (Aus) 7/9

Blitz under 20 Girls: Vega
1st= WFM Zhi Lin Guo (Aus) and WFM Vyanla Punsalan 8.5/9
3rd Sophie Chang (Aus) 7/9

NZ Direct Title Eligibility and/or Norms (Provisional)
CM Alphaeus Ang achieves FM plus IM norm
CM Allen Fan achieves FM plus IM norm
CM Richard Meng achieves FM
Sravan Renjith achieves FM
Oscar Qin achieves CM
Kendrick Zhang achieves CM
WFM Jasmine Zhang achieves WIM plus WGM norm
WFM Vyanla Punsalan achieves WIM norm
WCM Nadia Braganza achieves WFM
Isabelle Ning achieves WCM
Hannah Xu achieves WCM
Kimberly Yuan achieves WCM

Please, note that NZCF does not cover the costs of CM and WCM titles, this up to individual players, should they wish to accept the award.

Also notable is FM Karl Zelesco (Aus), direct IM title plus a GM norm.

December 16th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang

Open Tournament:
1st= CM Richard Meng and Rohit Mudaliar
3rd Joe Wang
U-1200 Book Prize: Lucase Yang

U-900 Tournament:
1st Alan Chen
2nd= Charlotte Ray and Andy Yang
U-600 Book Prize: Kunal Bhaskar

Vega links: Open U900

CM Richard Meng & Rohit Mudaliar   Joe Wang   Lucase Yang
Open 1st= CM Richard Meng & Rohit Mudaliar   Open 3rd Joe Wang   U-1200 Book Prize: Lucase Yang
Alan Chen   Charlotte Ray and Andy Yang   Kunal Bhaskar
U900 1st Alan Chen   U900 2nd= Charlotte Ray and Andy Yang   U600 Book Prize: Kunal Bhaskar

December 1st - 2nd 2018 - Papatoetoe Rapid, Papatoetoe, Auckland.
Venue: St George (formerly RSA) Bowling Club, 86 Cambridge Terrace, Papatoetoe.
Three tournaments according to ratings, A, B, and C, on Saturday 1st December 2018.
Junior tournament on Sunday 2nd December 2018. Junior players can play on both days.

Tournament website

Results:
A Grade:
1st= CM Alphaeus Ang, IM Paul Garbett 5/6
3rd= CM Allen Fan, Gino Thornton 4.5

B Grade:
1st Andrew Li 5/6
2nd = Hilton Jacobs, Jeffrey Yu 4.5

C Grade:
1st Ariel Patdu 5.5/6
2nd Ravi Lakshmi 5
3rd= Rishit Patel, John Guan, Robert Hurndell 4.5

Junior:
1st CM Oliver Picken 5.5/6
2nd= Euan McDougall, Andrew Li, CM Alphaeus Ang 5

November 18th 2018 - Summit Rapid Championships, Auckland.
Organised by Ying Wang, ywang@outlook.co.nz for the Summit Chess Club. Venue: Syngeye Community Centre, 3/44 Portage Rd, New Lynn, Auckland. Three divisions: Open, U1800 and Junior tournaments, $1450 total prizefund. Format: 6 Round Swiss, time limit 25 minutes per player with an increment of 5 seconds per move from move one.
This event was a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event.
Results:
A Grade:
1st Erwin Koestanto 5/6
2nd = FM Daniel Gong, IM Paul Garbett, FM Ewen Green 4.5/6

B Grade:
1st Simon Lyall 5.5/6
2nd = Hilton Jacobs, Saibo (Cyber) Li, Aaron Wang, WCM Nadia Braganza 4.5/6

Junior:
1st Tejashvi Kichivadi 6/6
2nd James Chen 5/6
3rd Jacob Chai 4.5/6
Best under 900 Alan Chen, Anthony Hu 4/6
Best under 600 Chenghao Li, Vincent Cai, Alexander Hanru Pan, Zihao Lin 4/6

Vega links: Open, U1800, Junior.

November 4th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang

Open Tournament:
1st= Philli Park-Tamati & Matthew Chen
3rd= Jack Chen, Hannah Xu, Tejasvi Kichavadi and Ruichen Wang
Book Prize: Lucas Xiao

U-900 Tournament:
1st Alan Chen
2nd= James Qin & Michael Ma
Book Prize Emily Gan

Vega links: Open U900

Philli Park-Tamati and Matthew Chen   Jack Chen, Ruichen Wang, Hannah Xu   Alan Chen
Open 1st= Philli Park-Tamati and Matthew Chen   Open 3rd= Jack Chen, Ruichen Wang, Hannah Xu   U900 1st Alan Chen
Michael Ma and James Qin   Emily Gan    
U900 2nd= Michael Ma and James Qin   U900 Book Prize: Emily Gan    

October 27th-28th 2018 - Chess Power National Finals, Auckland.
The private school chess company Chess Power, have successfully staged the 2018 edition of their National finals competition, both individual and teams. For full details see the big pictorial stories on their website; Individuals, Teams. A brief summary of the major prize winners follows.

Individual:
Overall Female Champion, Yolanda Chang (Kaurilands School)
Junior Division Champion, Paul He (Eastern Hutt School)
Intermediate Division Champion, Rohit Mudaliar (Blockhouse Bay Intermediate)
Senior Division Champion, Marin Brimon (Linwood College)
2018 Overall Champion, Max Stephens (Hamilton Boys' High School)

Teams:
Junior Division
1st= Kaurilands School, Auckland, Cockle Bay School, Auckland
3rd Avalon School, Wellington

Intermediate Division
1st Mt Roskill Intermediate, Auckland
2nd Blockhouse Bay Intermediate, Auckland
3rd Berkley Normal Middle School, Hamilton

Senior Division
1st Mt Roskill Grammar, Auckland
2nd Hamilton Boys' High School, Hamilton
3rd Nelson College

Chess Power National Finals  
A view of the playing hall  

October 20th-22nd 2018 - Merv Morrison, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland. An Open tournament, a 6-round Swiss system with a Standard time control of all moves in 90 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one. NZCF Standard rated and FIDE rated. This event is a Poison Pawn Grand Prix in Association with D & D Financial Consultants Ltd class 1 event.
Tournament website.
Vega: Merv Morrison

This event saw a triumph of the returning Olympians.
1st= FM Alexei Kulashko, FM Ben Hague 5.5/6
3rd CM John Duneas 5

October 13th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang, thanks to Simon Lyall for running this month's edition.

Open Tournament:
1st= Philli Park-Tamati and Benjamin Agnew
3rd ChenChen Huang
Book Prize: Nicholas McKinlay

U-900 Tournament:
1st= Jack Chen and Adam Ali
3rd= Alan Chen and Eugene Wang
Book Prize: Emily Gan

Vega links: Open U900

Adam Ali and Jack Chen  
U-900 1st= Adam Ali and Jack Chen  

October 1st-11th 2018 - NZ Chess Festival, Palmerston North.
Organised by the Manawatu Knights Chess Club. Contact: Mark Noble, Email: manawatuknights@xtra.co.nz; Phone: 027 3382040 or 06 3237003.

Ten tournaments, including North Island, NZ Senior and NZ Junior championships for all three disciplines (classical, rapid and blitz).

Vega links for all tournaments;
North Island Chess Championship. 8th - 11th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Junior Chess Championship. 1st - 4th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Senior Chess Championship. 2nd - 4th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Junior Blitz Chess Championship. 4th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Senior Blitz Chess Championship. 4th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Junior Rapid Chess Championship. 5th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Senior Rapid Chess Championship. 5th October 2018 vega
Feilding Rapid. 6th October 2018 vega
North Island Blitz Chess Championship. 6th October 2018 vega
North Island Rapid Chess Championship. 7th October 2018 vega

North Island Championship
1st FM Mike Steadman 8.0/8 ** North Island champion in a dominant performance **
2nd Michael Sole 5.5
3rd= CM Jack James, Ryan Winter, Matthew McNabb, Timothy Ha 5.0

New Zealand Junior Championship
1st CM Jack James 6.5/7
2nd CM Allen Fan 6.0
3rd Caleb He 5.0

New Zealand Senior Championship
1st= FM Mark Noble, Michael Steadman 5.0/6
3rd David Lovejoy (Aus) 4.0

Veterans Grade (over 65)
1st David Lovejoy (Aus) 4.0
2nd Grant Kerr 3.5
3rd William Lynn 2.5

New Zealand Junior Blitz Championship
1st CM Jack James 6.5/7
2nd CM Allen Fan 6.0
3rd= Winston Weng, Caleb He, Boyuan Zhang 4.5

New Zealand Senior Blitz Championship
1st FM Michael Steadman 6.0/6

New Zealand Junior Rapid Championship
1st WIM Layla Timergazi 6.0/6
2nd CM Jack James 5.0
3rd= Caleb He, Sol Ross 4.5

New Zealand Senior Rapid Championship
1st FM Michael Steadman 4.5/5
2nd Miles Patterson (Aus) 4.0
3rd FM Mark Noble 3.0

Feilding Rapid
1st= FM Michael Steadman, CM Jack James, 5.5/6
3rd= Miles Patterson(AUS), Simon Lyall, Isabelle Ning, Timothy Ha, Mathew Steadman 4.0

Under 1700
1st= Simon Lyall, Isabelle Ning, Timothy Ha, Mathew Steadman 4.0

Under 1400
1st Kendrick Zhang 3.5
2nd= Hannah Xu, Boyuan Zhang 3.0

North Island Blitz Championship
1st Matthew McNabb 6.5/7
2nd CM Jack James 6.0
3rd FM Michael Steadman 5.5

Junior Grade
1st CM Jack James 6.0
2nd= Caleb He, Isabelle Ning, Mathew Steadman 4.0

North Island Rapid Championship
1st FM Michael Steadman 5.5/6
2nd= CM Jack James, FM Mark Noble 4.5

Junior Grade
1st CM Jack James 4.5
2nd Caleb He 4.0
3rd= Isabelle Ning, Sol Ross, Kendrick Zhang 3.5

September 29th-October 3rd 2018 - South Island Championship, Christchurch.
Venue: Canterbury Chess Club Clubrooms, 9/27 Tyne Street, Riccarton.
Sponsored by Benson Insurance Brokers.

Rapid Championship (29 September), 6 round Swiss, 25mins + 5s/move. Minimum $400 prize fund, GP Class 2.
Lightning Championship (29 September), 9 round Swiss, 3mins + 2s/move. Minimum $100 prize fund.
South Island Championship (30 September - 3 October), 8 round Swiss, 90 mins + 30s/move. Minimum $800 prize fund, GP Class 1.

Stephen Lukey was the impressive winner of the South Island Championships in Christchurch, conceding draws only to Edward Rains and Riley Jellyman.

1st Stephen Lukey 7.0/8
2nd= Nick Cummings, Clinton Wells 5.5

Earlier in the rapid.
1st= Edward Rains, Clinton Wells 5.0/6
3rd Matthew McNabb 4.5

Also Matthew McNabb won the blitz.

Full results on Vega: SI Champs SI Rapid SI Lightning.

September 15th-16th 2018 - ACC September Weekender, Auckland.
Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
An experimental new format, 9 rounds of Rapid and 9 rounds of Blitz. Rapid results have double weight in calculating overall result.
Combined results, from the Tournament website
Open
1st: CM Alphaeus Ang, 24.5/27 (8/9 rapid, 8.5/9 blitz winning both events separately).
2nd: FM Ben Hague, 22/27 (7.5 rapid, 7 blitz).
3rd: Evan Capel (MAS), 20/27 (7 rapid, 6 blitz).

Under 2100
1st: Daniel Runcan, 17.5/27 (6 rapid, 5.5 blitz).
2nd: CM John Duneas, 17/27 (6 rapid, 5 blitz).

Under 1800
1st: Philli Park-Tamati, 15.5/27 (5.5 rapid, 4.5 blitz).
2nd=: Luis Angel Duran Rubalcava (MEX), 15/27 (5 rapid, 5 blitz).
2nd=: Allen Li, 15/27 (5 rapid, 5 blitz).

Under 1400
1st: Boyuan Zhang, 13/27 (4 rapid, 5 blitz).
2nd=: Matthew Chen, 12/27 (4 rapid, 4 blitz).
2nd=: Ian Lewis, on 12/27 (4 rapid, 4 blitz).

Vega links: Rapid Blitz.

September 2nd 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang

Open Tournament:
1st= Philli Park-Tamati & Krystal Lal
3rd Mathew Steadman
Book Prize: Alex Coates

U-900 Tournament:
1st= Joseph Xin & Jack Chen
3rd Charles Lu
Book Prize: Emily Gan

Vega links: Open U900

Philli Park-Tamati & Krystal Lal   Alex Coates   Jack Chen & Joseph Xin
Open 1st= Philli Park-Tamati & Krystal Lal   Open Book Prize: Alex Coates   U900 1st= Jack Chen & Joseph Xin
Charles Lu   Emily Gan    
U900 3rd Charles Lu   U900 Book Prize: Emily Gan    

August 25th-26th 2018 - Peter Stuart Memorial, Auckland.
There were three divisions, A-grade, B-grade and C-grade, with a total of $2,250 in prizes (making it a Poison Pawn Class 1 event).


Results as reported on the North Shore Club website
Open:
1st= Evan Capel (Malaysia) & FM Mike Steadman
3rd FM Ben Hague
Flukey 1.c4 Upset Prize: Winston Weng for his draw v. Gino Thornton
(Donated by Stephen Lukey in appreciation of years of friendship and encouragement from Peter. The prize was awarded to the A-Grade player who achieved the largest ratings upset [draws count with a halved rating difference] in a White game starting with 1.c4 [Peter's favourite move by a very wide margin]).
Rating u2000: Antonio Krstev & CM Benjamin Lim
Rating u1850: CM Alex Nagorski, Juni Aguilar (Philippines), Philip Hair, CM Richard Meng, & Xinyang Liu
B-Grade:
1st= Erwin Koestanto (Indonesia) & Brett Rider
3rd Euan McDougall
Rating u1600: Nigel Cooper & Felix Xie
Rating u1460: Philli Park-Tamati
C-Grade:
1st= Ravi Lakshmi & Edward Ashworth
3rd Jay Zi Xuan Zhao
Age prizes: Grown-Up - Ying Wang
Born 2001-2006: Kevin Shen Su
Born 2007-2009: Thomas Zheng
Born 2009 or later: Pasindu Jayawickrama (Sri Lanka)

Full results on Vega: Open ; B Grade ; C Grade

August 4th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang

Open Tournament:
1st = Winston Weng & Philli Park-Tamati
3rd = Mathew Steadman, Euan McDougall, Matthew Chen, Rohit Mudaliar
Book Prize: Pasindu Jayawickrama

U-900 Tournament:
1st Joseph Xin
2nd= Anthony Hu, Michael Ma, Charles Lu and James Qin
Book Prize: Ken Ruan

Vega links: Open U900

Winston Weng & Philli Park-Tamati   Matthew Chen, Rohit Mudaliar, Euan McDougall   Pasindu Jayawickrama
Open 1st= Winston Weng & Philli Park-Tamati   Open 3rd= Matthew Chen, Rohit Mudaliar, Euan McDougall   Open Book Prize: Pasindu Jayawickrama
Joseph Xin   Michael Ma, Charles Lu, Anthony Hu and James Qin   Ken Ruan
U900 1st Joseph Xin   U900 2nd= Michael Ma, Charles Lu, Anthony Hu and James Qin   U900 Book Prize: Ken Ruan

July 27-29 2018 Waikato Chess Open, Hamilton.
Venue: Saint Paul's Collegiate School, Hukanui Rd, Hamilton. Featuring an Open ($325 first prize) and an under-1800 tournament, both 6-round Swiss system events. FIDE and NZCF rated. Poison Pawn / D & D Grand Prix Class One event.

Open Division
1st FM Ben Hague (Auckland) 5/5
2nd = FM Michael Steadman (Auckland), IM Russell Dive (Wellington) 4.5/6

Grade I
1st Nathan Goodhue (Auckland) 4/6
2nd = FM Bob Gibbons (Auckland), CM Hilton Bennett (Hamilton) 3.5/6

Grade II
1st Luis Duran Rubalcava (Hamilton) 3.5/6
2nd - Josia Vickers (Mt Maunganui), Juni Aguilar (North Shore) 3/6

Winner of Len Whitehouse Memorial Trophy for best Waikato player:
Graeme Spain (Te Awamutu) 4/6

Under 1800 Division
1st Michael Lin (Hamilton) 5.5/6
2nd = Lara Heppenstall (Hamilton), William Crombie (Hamilton) 4.5/6

Grade I
1st Kendrick Zhang (North Shore) 4/6
2nd = Gary Judkins (Hamilton), Jeffrey Yu (Auckland), Ying Wang (Auckland) 3.5/6

Grade II
1st Joel Crombie (Hamilton) 3/6
2nd Tracy Liu (Auckland), Vraj Dhankee (Waitakere) 2.5/6

Winner of William Lynn Cup for best Hamilton Junior:
Michael Lin (Hamilton) 5.5/6

Ben Hague won this tournament by himself, despite withdrawing before the last round! It really does make sense; Ben is hot in pursuit of the IM title, and after 5/5 in the first five rounds his live FIDE rating was above 2400. Finishing early meant not risking falling back under the magic threshold (the IM title requires a published [i.e. between tournaments] rating of 2400 at some point in a career, plus norms). This left Russell Dive needed a win in the last round to catch Ben for =1st, but Nathan Goodhue (having another good tournament) held to deny him.

Full Results on Vega: Open Grade U1800 Grade

July 7th-15th 2018 - George Trundle Masters, Auckland.
This marvellous tournament is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Multiple nine round round robin tournaments. One round a day, in the afternoon, with an appropriately slow 90/30 + extra 30 minutes at move 40 time control. Invitations are coveted, but don't be shy about enquiring about next year's edition - to be held in January this time (see the Calendar Page).
Results
Masters
1st FM Ben Hague, 6.5 qualifying for an IM norm
2nd IM Vishal Sareen (India), 6
3rd FM Chris Wallis (Australia), 5.5

Qualifiers
1st= Gordon Morrell & FM Mike Steadman, 8
3rd Nathan Goodhue, 5.5

Reserves
1st CM Richard Meng, 7.5
2nd Laurens Goormachtigh (Belgium), 6
3rd Xinyang Liu, 5.5

Talents
1st Euan McDougall, 7.5
2nd= Hugh Gao & WCM Nadia Braganza, 6.5

Full results and all games on Vega: Masters ; Qualifiers ; Reserves ; Talents

July 1st 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang

Open Tournament:
1st Winston Weng
2nd Euan McDougall
3rd Rohit Mudaliar
Book Prize Matthew Chen

U-900 Tournament:
1st Yifei Song
2nd Michael Ma
3rd Michael Lu
Book Prize David Zhu

Vega links: Open U900

Winston Weng   Euan McDougall   Rohit Mudaliar
Open 1st Winston Weng   Open 2nd Euan McDougall   Open 3rd Rohit Mudaliar
Matthew Chen   Yifei Song   Michael Ma
Open Book Prize: Matthew Chen   U900 1st Yifei Song   U900 2nd Michael Ma
Michael Lu   David Zhu    
U900 3rd Michael Lu   U900 Book Prize: David Zhu    

June 30th 2018 - Upper Hutt Rapid 2018, Upper Hutt.
Organised by the Upper Hutt Chess Club.

A Grade
1st Ben Hague (5/6)
2nd Anthony Ker 4.5
3rd= Scott Wastney, Russell Dive 4

B Grade
1st Edgar Benitez (4.5/6)
2nd= Sol Ross, Akshay Sharma 4

C Grade
1st Alexandre Patenotte (6/6)
2nd= Michael Sole, Paul He 5

Junior Grade
1st Joshua Langford (5.5/6)
2nd Georgina Moeke 5
3rd= Joshua Knowles and Jason You 4

Full Results on Vega: A Grade B Grade C Grade Junior Grade

Ben Hague and Co.
Upper Hutt A Grade winner Ben Hague, 2nd Anthony Ker, 3rd= Russell Dive and Scott Wastney

June 17th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang

Open Tournament:
1st= Euan McDougall and Benjamin Agnew
3rd= Matthew Chen, Krystal Lal and Joe Wang
Book Prize: Hannah Xu

U-900 Tournament:
1st= FaAfuhia Fia and Tejasvi Kichavadi
3rd= Allen Weng and Yifei Song
Book Prize: Ruichen Wang

Vega links: Open U900

Euan and Ben   Matthew, Krystal and Joe   Hannah Xu
Open 1st= Euan McDougall and Benjamin Agnew   Open 3rd= Matthew Chen, Krystal Lal and Joe Wang   Open Book Prize: Hannah Xu
Tejasvi and FaAfuhia   Yifei and Allen   Ruichen Wang
U900 1st= Tejasvi Kichavadi and FaAfuhia Fia   U900 3rd= Yifei Song and Allen Weng   U900 Book Prize: Ruichen Wang

June 15th 2018 - 2018 NZCF Auckland Girls Chess Championship, Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland.
Organised by Bob and Viv Smith.


Download full results here (pdf document).

Anya plays Hannah   Layne plays Sofia   Karen plays Anna
Under 10 Champion, Anya Thurner (Kaurilands) on the right, plays Hannah Xu (St Kentigerns)   Under 12 Champion, Layne Almonte (St Pauls School, Massey) on the left, plays Sofia Witten-Hannah (Home Schooled)   2018 Auckland Girls Champion, Karen Geng (Mt Albert Grammar) on the left, plays Anna Moir (Pakuranga College)
General View   Under 8s   Under 12s
144 girls compete in the 2018 Auckland Girls Chess Championship at Mt Albert War Memorial Hall   Under 8s, 2nd = Kaylie Chen (Willow Park School) on the left with winner Fang Fei Zhao (Elim Christian College)   Under 12s left to right: 2nd= Jillian Bunquin (St Pauls, Massey), Selena Xie Hu (Carmel College) and Emma Zhuang with winner Layne Almonte (St Pauls', Massey)
Under 10s   Under 14s   Under 16s
Under 10s left to right 3rd = Charlotte Ray (Diocesan) and Rui Chen Wang (Willow Park School), 2nd Yolanda Chang, and winner Anya Thurner (Kaurilands)   Organiser Viv Smith with Under 14s left to right: 3rd = Saasha Ghadiali (Mt Roskill Intermediate), Sylvia McDougall (Mt Roskill Grammar) and Krystal Lal (Howick College), with joint winners Erica Yue Hu (Carmel College) and Zoe Guan (St Cuthbert's)   Under 16s winner Crystal Chanwong (Auckland Girls Grammar) in the middle, with 2nd = Evita and Tamara Land left and right (Rangitoto College)
Under 18s   Overall    
Under 18s left to right
3rd= Seionara Tugaga and Kate Shirley (McAuley High), 2nd Kirushni Suthakaran (Mt Roskill Grammar) and winner Karen Geng (Mt Albert Grammar)
  Over 12s left to right
2nd= overall Erica Yue Hu (Carmel College), Kirushni Suthakaran (Mt Roskill Grammar), and Zoe Guan (St Cuthbert's College) with 2018 Champion Karen Geng (Mt Albert Grammar)
   

June 2nd-4th 2018 - 41st Trusts Chess Open, Auckland.
Super Class Grand Prix event. Prize-fund over $6600, including 1st prize of $1200. Four separate 6 round Swisses: A (1800 and above), B (1500 to 1999), C (under 1500), Junior (Under 12 and under 1200).

See also a short report on the Home Page.

A-Grade
1st IM Anthony Ker 5.0/6
2nd= FM Mike Steadman, FM Bob Smith, FM Ben Hague, FM Alexei Kulashko 4.5

B-Grade
1st Erwin Koestanto 5.5/6
2nd Oliver Dai 5.0
3rd= Timothy Ha, Owen Jin 4.5

C-Grade
1st Paul He 5.5/6
2nd Julien Goh 5.0
3rd Daniel Qiu 4.5

Junior
1st Anya Thurner 6.0/6
2nd= Allen Weng, Ryan Fan, Eric Jin, Pasidu Jayawickrama 4.0

Tournament website link.
Full results on Vega: A-Grade B-Grade C-Grade Junior

May 29th 2018 - Gawain Jones Simul, Howick, Auckland.
Venue: Howick Bowling Club, 33 Selwyn Rd, Cockle Bay. Play started at 7.45pm.
English Grandmaster Gawain Jones took on 22 opponents simultaneously in this fundraiser organised by the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club in support of their three club members playing in the Batumi Olympiad later this year.
Gawain's opponents were 1. FM Ben Hague 2495, 2. FM Daniel Gong 2290, 3. FM Bob Gibbons 2049, 4. CM Paul Spiller 2038, 5. CM Stan Yee 2031, 6. WFM Jasmine Zhang 1992, 7. Grant Kerr 1858, 8. Oliver Dai 1760, 9. Euan McDougall 1673, 10. Tony Booth 1656, 11. Jim Benson 1628, 12. Josia Vickers 1573, 13. Temu Maroroa 1553, 14. Wayne McDougall 1440, 15. Allan Han 1393, 16. Daniel Qiu 1307, 17. David Nie 1292, 18. Hannah Xu 1037, 19. Jay Zhao 970, 20. Eric Zhang 966, 21. Chris Jardine unr (and one other unknown [at this point] player). The top three players managed draws, Gawain swept the rest of the field.
Further details on the Howick-Pakuranga website.

May 19th, 26th and 27th 2018 - ACC May Weekender, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland.

A crowded field at the top of the latest ACC Weekender, only 1 point separating the top 9 players. Just for the moment Ben Hague seems to have mislaid his knack of winning all the marbles in these events.

1st= FM Alexei Kulashko, FM Ben Hague, FM Leonard McLaren 5.0/6
4th FM Daniel Gong 4.5
5th= CM Alphaeus Ang, CM John Duneas, WFM Jasmine Zhang, CM Helen Milligan, Laurens Goormachtigh (Belgium) 4.0
Full results on Vega.

May 13th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang

Open Tournament:
1st Josia Vickers
2nd= Philli Park-Tamati, Winston Weng, Felix Xie and Joe Wang
Book Prize: Kenny Zhang

U-900 Tournament:
1st Ethan Liu
2nd Nico McKinlay
3rd Lucas Xiao
Book Prize: Zihan Mei

Vega links: Open U900

Josia Vickers   Winston Weng   Ethan Liu
1st Josia Vickers   2nd= Winston Weng   U900 1st Ethan Liu
Nico McKinlay   Lucas Xiao   Zihan Mei
U900 2nd Nico McKinlay   U900 3rd Lucas Xiao   U900 Book Prize: Zihan Mei

April 25th, 28th, and 29th 2018 - ACC ANZAC Weekender, Auckland.
Organised by the Auckland Chess Centre. Venue: Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell, St, Mount Eden, Auckland.

1st IM Paul Garbett 5.5/6
2nd= FM Alexei Kulashko, CM Alphaeus Ang 5

Full results on Vega.

April 15th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang

Open Tournament:
1st= Euan McDougall and Felix Xie
3rd Mathew Steadman
Book Prize: Krystal Lal

U-900 Tournament:
1st Joseph Xin
2nd= Lucas Xiao, Zihan Mei and Ethan Liu
Book Prize: Eugene Wang

Vega links: Open U900

Euan McDougall and Felix Xie   Krystal Lal    
1st= Euan McDougall and Felix Xie   Book Prize: Krystal Lal    
Joseph Xin   Ethan Liu, Zihan Mei and Lucas Xiao   Eugene Wang
U900 1st Joseph Xin   U900 2nd= Ethan Liu, Zihan Mei and Lucas Xiao   U900 Book Prize: Eugene Wang

March 30th - April 1st 2018 - Wellington Open, CQ Hotel, Wellington.


1st IM Anthony Ker 5.5/6
2nd= FM Nic Croad, WIM Layla Timergazi, FM Mike Steadman, IM Russell Dive 4.5

More on the Wellington Chess Club website including a full .pgn
Full results on Vega.

Round 6, Boards 1 and 2   Round 6, Boards 3 and 4
Round 6, Boards 1 and 2   Round 6, Boards 5 and 6

March 24th 2018 - Latvian Rapid, Auckland.

A Grade
1st FM Alexei Kulashko 5.5/6
2nd= FM Ben Hague, Ralph Hart, FM Bob Smith, CM Alphaeus Ang 4.5

B Grade
1st Erwin Koestanto 5.5
2nd= Euan McDougall, Luis Duran Rubalcava 5.0

C Grade
1st= Wayne McDougall, Connor Hackney 5.0
3rd= Scott Smith, Leo Li, Kimberley Yuan 4.5

D Grade
1st Hamish Chan 5.5
2nd Hannah Xu 5.0
3rd= Jay Zi Xuan Zhao, Tejasvi Kichavaoi, Brian Zhao 4.5

Howick-Pakuranga club website
Vega links: A Grade; B Grade; C Grade; D Grade.

Board 1 Round 5   It's a young man's game
A crucial round 5 game, Alexei Kulashko's horses
look a little odd, but he made this work
  It's a young man's game

March 11th 2018 - 6th Hawke's Bay Rapid, Napier.

A Grade
1st Ben Hague 5.5 pts
2nd equal Stephen Lukey, Daniel Gong 4.5 pts

B Grade
1st equal Aaron Wang, Oscar Qin 5.5 pts
3rd Kimberley Yuan 3.5 pts

Junior
1st Finley Duncan 6 pts
2nd Sean Molloy 5 pts
3rd equal Te Kaha Taiapa, Akuhata Keelan 3.5 pts

Vega Links: A-Grade; B-Grade; Junior.

Daniel Gong, Ben Hague, Stephen Lukey   Kimberley Yuan, Aaron Wang, Oscar Qin
A Grade: Daniel Gong, Ben Hague, Stephen Lukey   B Grade: Kimberley Yuan, Aaron Wang, Oscar Qin
Sean Molloy, Te Kaha Taiapa, Akuhata Keelan, Finley Duncan   A tournament with nice ambience
Junior: Sean Molloy, Te Kaha Taiapa, Akuhata Keelan, Finley Duncan   A tournament with nice ambience

March 4th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Organiser: Alex Huang

Open Tournament:
1st Philli Park-Tamati
2nd= Joe Wang and Matthew Chen
Book Prize: James Liu

U-900 Tournament:
1st Brena Merz
2nd Joseph Xin
3rd Charlotte Ray
Book Prize: Anthony Hu

Vega links: Open U900

Philli Park-Tamati   Matthew Chen and Joe Wang   James Liu    
1st Philli Park-Tamati   2nd= Matthew Chen and Joe Wang   Book Prize: James Liu    
Brena Merz   Joseph Xin   Charlotte Ray   Anthony Hu
U900 1st Brena Merz   U900 2nd Joseph Xin   U900 3rd Charlotte Ray   U900 Book Prize: Anthony Hu

February 24th 2018 - Bay of Plenty Rapid, Mt. Maunganui.
A-Grade
1st (5.5/6) FM Ben Hague
2nd (4.5) Kirill Polishchuk
3rd= (4.0) FM Mike Steadman, Noel Pinic, IM Paul Garbett, CM Helen Milligan, Richard Dare

B-Grade
1st (6/6) Laurens Goormachtigh (Belgium)
2nd (5) Luis Ange Duran Rubalcava (Mexico)
3rd= (4) Asheesh Gautam (Fiji), Leyton Hackney, Simon Lyall, Neil Cruden, Timothy Ha, Philli Park-Tamati
under 1400 Jie Gong

Junior-Grade
1st= (5/6) Aidan Morgan, Leo Kim, U O G Udul Bandara (Sri Lanka)
under 12 years (4) Kevin Li
under 10 years (3) Hannah Xu
Vega Results A-Grade; B-Grade; Junior.

February 18th 2018 - ACC Junior Rapids, Auckland.
For players under 20 on 1/1/2018. Organised by Alex Huang in association with the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Ave, Mount Eden.
Two divisions, Open and u-900 rating, $370 total prizefund. NZCF rated, and part of the Poison Pawn Grand Prix!
Organiser: Alex Huang

Open Tournament:
1st Mathew Steadman
2nd= Euan McDougall and Felix Xie
Book Prize: Tracy Liu

U-900 Tournament:
1st Lucas Xiao
2nd Edward Zhan
3rd= Joseph Xin and Harrison Xiao
Book Prize: Daniel Hu

Vega links: Open U900

Mathew Steadman   Felix Xie and Euan McDougall   Tracy Liu
1st Mathew Steadman   2nd= Felix Xie and Euan McDougall   Book Prize: Tracy Liu
Lucas Xiao   Daniel Hu, Lucas Xiao, Harrison Xiao, Edward Zhan and Joseph Xin    
U900 1st Lucas Xiao   U900 prizes Daniel Hu, Lucas Xiao, Harrison Xiao, Edward Zhan and Joseph Xin    

January 27th-29th 2018 - Auckland Anniversary Weekender, Auckland.
1st Ben Hague (6/6) 2nd= Alphaeus Ang, Bob Smith, Paul Garbett, Allen Fan, Gini Thornton and John Duneas (4.5)
Vega Results

January 21st 2018 - The ACC Junior Invitational Tournament, Auckland.
Organiser: Alex Huang
1st Josia Vickers 2nd= Euan McDougall, Abraham Deng and Andrew Li.
Vega Results

Josia Vickers   Abraham Deng, Andrew Li and Euan McDougall
1st Josia Vickers   2nd= Abraham Deng, Andrew Li and Euan McDougall

January 1st-12th 2018 - 125th New Zealand Congress, Palmerston North

MillenniumHotels.com New Zealand Open Vega
1st GM Adrien Demuth (8/9)(France)
2nd GM Fabian Libiszewski (7/9)(France)
3rd= and Joint NZ Champions IM Russell Dive & CM Alphaeus Ang (6/9)
5th= CM Allen Fan, FM Daniel Gong, FM Robert Smith, FM Mike Steadman, IM Anthony Ker, FM Ben Hague, & FM Dusan Stojic (Australia)

Major Open Vega
1st CM Leon Kempen (Australia)
2nd and NZ Major Open Champion CM Stan Yee
3rd= Alan Winfield, Laurens Goormachtigh (Belgium) & Ryan Winter
Rating prizes:
1700-1800: Dion Charles
1600-1700: Louie Wei
1450-1600: Sarah Yan, Caleb He & Fabian Day
1300-1450: Oscar Qin
Under 1300: Sashi Kumar, Arkadi Polyakevich & Paul He

D&D New Zealand Rapid Championship Vega
1st= GM Fabian Libiszewski (France) and NZ Rapid Champion FM Michael Steadman
3rd GM Adrien Demuth (France)
Under 18:
1st CM Alphaeus Ang
2nd= Ryan Winter & WIM Layla Timergazi
Under 14:
1st CM Allen Fan
2nd= Hugh Gao & Mathew Steadman
Under 10:
1st Paul He
2nd= Isabel Ning & Daniel Shek (England)
Under 2100:
1st CM Jack James
Under 1700:
1st= James Stewart, Sol Ross, Simon Lyall, Tawan Sunathvanichkul (Thailand) & Caleb He

New Zealand Blitz Championship Vega
1st GM Fabian Libiszewski (France)
2nd= GM Adrien Demuth (France) and Joint NZ Blitz Champions Ralph Hart, Hans Gao, & IM Anthony Ker
Under 1700: CM Oliver Picken
Under 1500: Hugh Gao, Sol Ross, Daniel Shek (England) & Caleb He
Under 1300: Hannah Xu

New Zealand Junior Open Championship Vega
1st CM Alphaeus Ang
2nd= CM Oliver Picken & CM Allen Fan
Under 1800 Dion Charles
Under 1500 Rodney Li
Under 1300 Daniel Shek

Palmy Knights Open Vega
1st FM Mark Noble
2nd CM Jack James
3rd Simon Lyall
Rating 1700-2000 Roy Seabrook & Martin Post
Rating 0-1700 Stephen Murdoch, Wayne Knightbridge & Nigel Cooper

Manawatu Rapid Vega
1st CM Jack James
2nd= WCM Vyanla Punsalan & CM Oliver Picken
Under 1600: 1st= Mathew Steadman & Caleb He
Under 1300: 1st Paul He

TAB Terrace End Trans Tasman Blitz Match
Anthony Ker and Ben Hague (NZ) 5 defeat 3 (AUS) Darryl Johansen and Dusan Stojic

 

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