Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012 Queenstown Chess Classic

A strong Palmy Club contingent is heading to Queenstown where their will be more Grandmasters in New Zealand than has been seen in many years.

2012 Queenstown Chess Classic,

Queenstown,
New Zealand
15th-23rd January 2012
Incorporating the official NZCF 119th NEW ZEALAND CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS
A cash prizefund of NZ $30,000 is guaranteed 

Complete info here

Entries so far (January 2012 FIDE ratings; italic are NZCF national ratings):


1 2693 GM Li Chao (CHN)

2 2653 GM Gawain Jones (ENG)

3 2639 GM Surya Ganguly (IND)

4 2592 GM Eduardas Rozentalis (LTU)

5 2572 GM Sune Berg Hansen (DEN)

6 2569 GM Zhao Jun (CHN)

7 2553 GM Dejan Bojkov (BUL)

8 2551 GM Zhao Xue (CHN)

9 2537 GM Klaus Bischoff (GER)

10 2459 IM George Xie (AUS)

11 2455 GM Kivanc Haznedaroglu (TUR)

12 2422 Trevor Tao (AUS)

13 2414 IM Akshat Khamparia (IND)

14 2403 GM Darryl Johansen (AUS)

15 2401 IM Herman Van Riemsdijk (BRA)

16 2388 FM Max Illingworth (AUS)

17 2376 IM Moulthun Ly (AUS)

18 2375 IM Stephen Solomon (AUS)

19 2375 FM Bobby Cheng (AUS)

20 2359 IM Anthony Ker (NZL) NZ Champion

21 2354 IM James Morris (AUS)

22 2349 FM Junta Ikeda (AUS)

23 2345 IM Russell Dive (NZL)

24 2325 wgm Irene Sukandar (INA)

25 2323 IM Guy West (AUS)

26 2294 FM Dusan Stojic (AUS)

27 2290 IM Paul Garbett (NZL)

28 2277 Domagoj Dragicevic (AUS)

29 2273 FM Bob Smith (NZL)

30 2266 FM Tim Reilly (AUS)

31 2261 FM Stephen Lukey (NZL)

32 2259 FM Chris Wallis (AUS)

33 2258 FM Mike Steadman (NZL)

34 2244 wgm Xiaobing Vivian Gu (CHN)

35 2241 Marc Repplinger (GER)

36 2234 wgm Kruttika Nadig (IND)

37 2216 Andrew Bird (AUS)

38 2215 IM Andrew Brown (AUS)

39 2210 FM Ove Hartvig (DEN)

40 2188 Eugene Schon (AUS)

41 2182 Daniel Shen (NZL)

42 2167 wgm Karolina Smokina (MDA)

43 2167 Laurence Matheson (AUS)

44 2167 Yi Liu (AUS)

45 2165 Luke Li (NZL)

46 2132 Malcolm Pyke (AUS)

47 2129 Andy Machdoem (NZL)

48 2127 Quentin Johnson (NZL)

49 2123 wim Christin Andersson (SWE)

50 2092 FM Brian Jones (AUS)

51 2087 John Duneas (NZL)

52 2079 Alan Ansell (NZL)

53 2068 John McDonald (NZL)

54 2066 Noel Pinic (NZL)

55 2060 Ivan Dordevic (NZL)

56 2056 Pengyu Chen (AUS)

57 2053 wim Ingrid Lauterbach (ENG)

58 2052 Stephen Fairbairn (CAN)

59 2036 Alek Safarian (AUS)

60 2031 Fuatai Fuatai (NZL)

61 2030 Jason Tang (AUS)

62 2022 Chris Burns (NZL)

63 2020 wim Sue Maroroa (NZL)

64 2016 Malcolm Armstrong (ENG)

65 2010 wim Emma Guo (AUS)

66 2008 George Lester (AUS)

67 1999 Leon Kempen (AUS)

68 1994 Ari Dale (AUS)

69 1991 Peter Stuart (NZL)

70 1990 Karl Zelesco (AUS) 71 1989 Andrew Janisz (NZL)

72 1985 Justin Davis (NZL)

73 1979 wfm Helen Milligan (NZL)

74 1965 Hilton Bennett (NZL)

75 1961 Mathew King (NZL)

76 1959 Adrian Flitney (AUS)

77 1958 Dennis Holland (AUS)

78 1947 Ross Jackson (NZL)

79 1945 Nathan Goodhue (NZL)

80 1939 David Lovejoy (AUS)

81 1933 Richard Voon (AUS)

82 1924 Chris Benson (NZL)

83 1924 Hans Gao (NZL)

84 1922 Kian Hwa Lim (MAS)

85 1916 Matthias K├Ârber (GER)

86 1914 Kenneth Holt (AUS)

87 1910 Bill Forster (NZL)

88 1908 Hamish Selnes (AUS)

89 1884 Harry Press (AUS)

90 1883 Angelo Tsagarakis (AUS)

91 1873 Roy Seabrook (NZL)

92 1872 Edward Rains (NZL)

93 1865 Efrain Tionko (AUS)

94 1850 Federico Roura (NZL)

95 1849 William Zhang (NZL)

96 1848 Andrew Brockway (NZL)

97 1846 (?) Hacer Haznedaroglu (TUR)

98 1834 Tony Booth (NZL)

99 1834 Arie Nijman (NZL)

100 1830 Hamish Gold (NZL)

101 1823 Bruce Kay (NZL)

102 1807 Winston Yao (NZL)

103 1802 David Capper (NZL)

104 1802 Nigel Cooper (NZL)

105 1798 wfm Natasha Fairley (NZL)

106 1787 Bruce Gloistein (NZL)

107 1781 Huseyin Yeten (CYP)

108 1771 Enzo Pieri (ITA)

109 1760 Erlend Millikan (USA)

110 1752 wfm Viv Smith (NZL)

111 1746 Stewart Holdaway (NZL)

112 1737 Tim Rains (NZL)

113 1728 Kevin Brown (AUS)

114 1719 John Beckman (AUS)

115 1715 wfm Nicole Tsoi (NZL)

116 1703 Roland Brockman (AUS)

117 1677 Ryan Louie (AUS)

118 1672 William XW Li (NZL)

119 1672 Bob Mitchell (NZL)

120 1668 Elliott Renzies (AUS)

121 1643 Leteisha Simmonds (AUS)

122 1643 Alphaeus Ang (NZL)

123 1619 Gary Judkins (NZL)

124 1618 Leighton Nicholls (NZL)

125 1587 Leo Zhang (NZL)

126 1581 Shanon Vuglar (AUS)

127 1571 Jean Watson (AUS)

128 1529 Robert Clarkson (NZL)

129 1495 Hamish Shierlaw (NZL)

130 1385 Seong-June Her (NZL)

131 1006 Brian Liu (NZL)

132 1003 Carlssen van Rooyen (NZL)

133 unrated Maris Cekulis (AUS)

134 unrated Ben Clayton (NZL)

135 unrated Jamie-Lee Guo (AUS)

136 unrated Jack Hughes (AUS)

137 unrated Jared Louie (AUS)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Palmerston North Chess Club Championship

Congratulations to GM Mark Noble on winning Palmerston North's strongest ever Club Championship.



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Saturday, December 10, 2011

4th Gordon Hoskyn Memorial

Grandmaster Clash




The debate for the title of "Strongest Chess Club in New Zealand" hotted up yesterday at the 4th Gordon Hoskyn Memorial Rapid in Palmerston North.
Palmerston North Star players have been dominating NZ Chess of late. Wellington Club fearing Palmy top players GM Mark Noble and FM "Big Ben" Hague, sparing no expense cunningly brought in a ringer, a big ringer, former World Champion no less! former World junior under 20 Champion GM Helgi Gretarrsson (2462) from Iceland !
This brought an very exciting Grandmaster vs Grandmaster Clash with palmy's own local GM, in small little outback palmy, a place regarded as an intellectual backwoods by the big centres, a mighty battle unfolded. If this wasn't exciting enough two more titled players had also shown up including the Current New Zealand Champion IM Ker.
Sadly absent was one of Palmy's best FM "Big Ben" Hague rumored to have been kidnapped by NZ Grand Prix staff in order to avoid giving him Grand Prix points.

Prize winners

A-Grade

1st GM Helgi Gretarrsson (2462)
2nd IM Anthony Ker (2375)
3rd= FM Scott Wastney (2283)
John McDonald (2029)
Michael Nyberg (2026)

B-Grade
1st= Ross Jackson
Justin Davis
Mathew King
Bill Forster
Jack James
Chris Smith
James Stewart

C-Grade
1st Jack James
2nd= Layla Timergazi
Nicholas Moore
Brent Cooze

"17 out of 22 players received prizes including grade and upsets prizes"

More results to follow.