Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chess News

It's been an action packed week in Melbourne with plenty of chess being played. Probably the most important event was the conclusion of the Box Hill Championship, while the inaugural Noble Park Weekender was a huge success and a strong schools tournament was run by chesskids.

FM Bobby Cheng is the 2012 Box Hill Club Champion. It is a prestigious Championship to win dating back to 1952 with a number of strong and influential players having won the title. The tournament did have some controversy with Bobby being awarded a half point bye in round 8 of the event when the byes were supposed to have stopped being given after round 6. The reason for this was that Bobby was representing Australia at the World Youth Olympiad in Turkey and only knew of the dates after the start of the Box Hill Championship and was committed to playing both. Taking the clash into account the organizer's awarded him a half point bye for the round he missed. I don't really want to make too much of this, but I will say that the club was put into a very difficult situation and chose one of a number of decisions and the decision of the organizing committee is final. So congratulations to Bobby, who is champion for the second time, though first outright.

The Noble Park Classic is a new weekend event on the Victorian circuit. If it continues in the way it started it will put itself right up there with the premier weekenders of Ballarat and the Victorian Open. The event was won by the ever popular FM Domagoj Dragicevic, who has been a tireless worker for the club since its creation. As I played in the event I will be writinf a much fuller report in the next couple of days :)

Victorian schools are lucky to have 2 organisations running interschool tournaments in the state, and both are getting towards the business end of proceedings. Chesskids ran a secondary schools final event last week with a number of strong players present. Top individual scorer on the day was Ari Dale, but his school could only manage second. Top school was defending champions Glen Waverley Secondary.

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