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ANZAC Day Weekender

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ANZAC DAY WEEKENDER 2009
 
=1st: Gawain Jones (GM), David Smerdon (IM)
3rd: Eugene Schon
TOURNAMENT REPORT by Grant Szuveges

The ANZAC Day weekender was a strange little tournament in that everything went completely to plan! There were no major upsets, no disputes, no controversy - just 22 players enjoying having a few games of chess... There were only 2 upsets in the entire tournament, with the rating difference between the players involved less than 100 points in both cases. There were also only 4 draws in the whole event. Despite the lack of upsets, the tournament was not boring. It was quaint (for lack of a better word) and still interesting for the many spectators.

What we did see, was a very professional performance by the top 2 seeds, who demolished everything in their path before drawing their final game against each other. The only time that either of them were troubled came in round 3 when Eugene Schon had Smerdon in a pickle - but Smerdon's practical play under the circumstances was enough to get him off the hook. Both GM Jones and IM Smerdon gave a very instructive display of how to consistently beat 1800-2200 type players.

The small turnout resulted in many of the higher rated players playing against eachother, which suited many of the up-and-coming stronger juniors. Many of them played in the event to have a crack against the top two seeds. Bobby Cheng even managed to play both of them. When the smoke cleared, Eugene Schon ended up third in the tournament on 4 points - after consistently beating everyone rated below him too.

Efrain Tionko won the first rating prize scoring 3.5 after an interesting draw with FM James Morris in the final round, and Scott Humphreys and MCC junior Simon Krumbi shared the second group prize scoring 2 points each.

Despite the normality of the results, the tournament did give us (the MCC) a chance to road-test a few innovations regarding the tournament structure, such as half-point byes, the allegro running alongside it on day 1, and manual pairings - which many players said that they enjoyed because it brought back a bit of history at Australia's oldest chess club.

Id also like to mention that out of every tournament I have ever been involved in organising, the players in this event were by far the most courteous, polite and well behaved group I have ever had to be around. There was not a single dispute, a single problem, a single complaint or any arguments or bad sportsmanship. One player even waited for their opponent to get to the board after he was running late before starting the clock! The whole tournament was a pleasure to run. I was very impressed in particular, with the top 2 seeds. Throughout the tournament they were sociable, friendly and had lots of time for the other players. After sensibly drawing their final round game with eachother, they took the time to analyse it (which was great for the spectators) and played blitz and transfer chess with the other players. I was happy that they shared first prize as it felt symbolic that 2 complete gentlemen and great chess players should win a tournament which was notable for the spirit of fair play displayed by all of the participants.

After the prizegiving, IM David Smerdon gave a simul, to raise money for the MCC building fund. The simul was small but successful at raising funds and all participants got to play 2 games with David which he analysed with them afterwards.
No  Name                 Feder Rtg Loc 
1.  Jones, Gawain        OS        2551
2. Smerdon, David C ACT 2520
3. Cheng, Bobby VIC 2133
4. Schon, Eugene VIC 2094
5. Morris, James VIC 2083
6. Partsi, Dimitry VIC 2012
7. Wijesuriya, Vineetha 1897
8. Tan, Justin VIC 1805
9. Tionko, Efrain VIC 1801
10. Maroroa, Sue OS 1745
11. Bekker, Gary D VIC 1668
12. Sannidhanam, Anurag VIC 1551
13. Steele, Michael VIC 1496
14. Kostrzewa, Jake VIC 1429
15. Oswald, Franz VIC 1385
16. Gamage, Thumala
17. Humphreys, Scott
18. Koutrabinis, Petros
19. Kurumbi, Simon
20. Rayson-Hill, Tristan
21. Simon, Endre
22. Portulic, Vic
               
No Name                Loc  Total  Result   Name                Loc  Total
 1 Gary D Bekker       1668 [0]      0:1    Gawain Jones        2551 [0]  
2 David C Smerdon 2520 [0] 1:0 Anurag Sannidhanam 1551 [0]
3 Michael Steele 1496 [0] 0:1 Bobby Cheng 2133 [0]
4 Eugene Schon 2094 [0] 1:0 Jake Kostrzewa 1429 [0]
5 Thumala Gamage [0] 0:1 James Morris 2083 [0]
6 Dimitry Partsi 2012 [0] 1:0 Scott Humphreys [0]
7 Simon Kurumbi [0] 0:1 Vineetha Wijesuriya 1897 [0]
8 Justin Tan 1805 [0] 1:0 Petros Koutrabinis [0]
9 Tristan Rayson-Hill [0] 0:1 Efrain Tionko 1801 [0]
10 Sue Maroroa 1745 [0] 1:0 Endre Simon [0]
11 Franz Oswald 1385 [0] 1:0 BYE

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total
 1 Gawain Jones        2551 [1]      1:0    Justin Tan      1805 [1]  
2 Vineetha Wijesuriya 1897 [1] 0:1 David C Smerdon 2520 [1]
3 Bobby Cheng 2133 [1] 1:0 Sue Maroroa 1745 [1]
4 Efrain Tionko 1801 [1] 0:1 Eugene Schon 2094 [1]
5 James Morris 2083 [1] 1:0 Franz Oswald 1385 [1]
6 Scott Humphreys [0] 0:1 Gary D Bekker 1668 [0]
7 Anurag Sannidhanam 1551 [0] 1:0 Thumala Gamage [0]
8 Petros Koutrabinis [0] 0:1 Michael Steele 1496 [0]
9 Jake Kostrzewa 1429 [0] 1:0 Simon Kurumbi [0]
10 Dimitry Partsi 2012 [1] .5:0 BYE
11 Tristan Rayson-Hill [0] .5:0 BYE
12 Endre Simon [0] .5:0 BYE

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total
 1 Bobby Cheng        2133 [2]      0:1    Gawain Jones        2551 [2]  
2 David C Smerdon 2520 [2] 1:0 Eugene Schon 2094 [2]
3 James Morris 2083 [2] 1:0 Dimitry Partsi 2012 [1.5]
4 Anurag Sannidhanam 1551 [1] 0:1 Vineetha Wijesuriya 1897 [1]
5 Justin Tan 1805 [1] 1:0 Michael Steele 1496 [1]
6 Franz Oswald 1385 [1] 0:1 Sue Maroroa 1745 [1]
7 Jake Kostrzewa 1429 [1] 0:1 Efrain Tionko 1801 [1]
8 Endre Simon [.5] 1:0 Tristan Rayson-Hill [.5]
9 Simon Kurumbi [0] 1:0 Thumala Gamage [0]
10 Scott Humphreys [0] 1:0 Petros Koutrabinis [0]
11 Gary D Bekker 1668 [1] .5:0 BYE

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total
 1 Gawain Jones        2551 [3]      1:0    James Morris        2083 [3]  
2 David C Smerdon 2520 [3] 1:0 Bobby Cheng 2133 [2]
3 Vineetha Wijesuriya 1897 [2] 0:1 Efrain Tionko 1801 [2]
4 Eugene Schon 2094 [2] 1:0 Justin Tan 1805 [2]
5 Sue Maroroa 1745 [2] 1:0 Gary D Bekker 1668 [1.5]
6 Vic Portulic [0] 1:0 Endre Simon [1.5]
7 Michael Steele 1496 [1] 1:0 Scott Humphreys [1]
8 Franz Oswald 1385 [1] 1:0 Jake Kostrzewa 1429 [1]
9 Thumala Gamage [0] .5:.5 Tristan Rayson-Hill [.5]
10 Simon Kurumbi [1] 0:1 Anurag Sannidhanam 1551 [1]
11 Petros Koutrabinis [0] 1:0 BYE
                    
No Name                Loc  Total  Result   Name                Loc  Total
 1 Gawain Jones        2551 [4]     .5:.5   David C Smerdon     2520 [4]  
2 Sue Maroroa 1745 [3] 0:1 Eugene Schon 2094 [3]
3 Efrain Tionko 1801 [3] .5:.5 James Morris 2083 [3]
4 Bobby Cheng 2133 [2] 1:0 Vic Portulic [1]
5 Michael Steele 1496 [2] 0:1 Vineetha Wijesuriya 1897 [2]
6 Justin Tan 1805 [2] 1:0 Anurag Sannidhanam 1551 [2]
7 Gary D Bekker 1668 [1.5] .5:.5 Franz Oswald 1385 [2]
8 Tristan Rayson-Hill [1] 0:1 Scott Humphreys [1]
9 Endre Simon [1.5] 0:1 Jake Kostrzewa 1429 [1]
10 Petros Koutrabinis [1] 0:1 Simon Kurumbi [1]
11 Thumala Gamage [.5] 1:0 BYE
                         
Place Name                 Feder Rtg Loc  Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.
 1-2  Smerdon, David C     ACT       2520 4.5      10.0  16.5   14.5
Jones, Gawain OS 2551 4.5 9.5 16.0 14.5
3 Schon, Eugene VIC 2094 4 9.5 16.0 12.0
4-5 Tionko, Efrain VIC 1801 3.5 8.5 13.5 10.5
Morris, James VIC 2083 3.5 8.0 13.5 12.5
6-9 Cheng, Bobby VIC 2133 3 9.5 15.0 10.0
Tan, Justin VIC 1805 3 8.0 13.0 9.0
Wijesuriya, Vineetha 1897 3 7.5 14.0 9.0
Maroroa, Sue OS 1745 3 7.0 12.5 10.0
10 Oswald, Franz VIC 1385 2.5 7.5 13.0 7.5
11-16 Sannidhanam, Anurag VIC 1551 2 8.0 13.5 6.0
Steele, Michael VIC 1496 2 8.0 11.5 6.0
Bekker, Gary D VIC 1668 2 7.5 14.0 6.0
Kostrzewa, Jake VIC 1429 2 7.5 13.0 5.0
Kurumbi, Simon 2 5.0 8.5 4.0
Humphreys, Scott 2 5.0 8.0 4.0
17-19 Gamage, Thumala 1.5 6.5 11.0 2.0
Simon, Endre 1.5 5.5 9.5 5.0
Partsi, Dimitry VIC 2012 1.5 2.0 7.0 4.0
20-22 Portulic, Vic 1 7.5 12.0 2.0
Koutrabinis, Petros 1 6.5 11.5 2.0
Rayson-Hill, Tristan 1 6.0 10.5 3.0

crosstable
No  Name                Rtg Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5  
1.  Gawain Jones            2551 4.5   11:W  8:W  3:W  5:W  2:D
2. David C Smerdon 2520 4.5 12:W 7:W 4:W 3:W 1:D
3. Bobby Cheng 2133 3 13:W 10:W 1:L 2:L 22:W
4. Eugene Schon 2094 4 14:W 9:W 2:L 8:W 10:W
5. James Morris 2083 3.5 16:W 15:W 6:W 1:L 9:D
6. Dimitry Partsi 2012 1.5 17:W :D 5:L : :
7. Vineetha Wijesuriya 1897 3 19:W 2:L 12:W 9:L 13:W
8. Justin Tan 1805 3 18:W 1:L 13:W 4:L 12:W
9. Efrain Tionko 1801 3.5 20:W 4:L 14:W 7:W 5:D
10. Sue Maroroa 1745 3 21:W 3:L 15:W 11:W 4:L
11. Gary D Bekker 1668 2 1:L 17:W :D 10:L 15:D
12. Anurag Sannidhanam 1551 2 2:L 16:W 7:L 19:W 8:L
13. Michael Steele 1496 2 3:L 18:W 8:L 17:W 7:L
14. Jake Kostrzewa 1429 2 4:L 19:W 9:L 15:L 21:W
15. Franz Oswald 1385 2.5 :W 5:L 10:L 14:W 11:D
16. Thumala Gamage 1.5 5:L 12:L 19:L 20:D :W
17. Scott Humphreys 2 6:L 11:L 18:W 13:L 20:W
18. Petros Koutrabinis 1 8:L 13:L 17:L :W 19:L
19. Simon Kurumbi 2 7:L 14:L 16:W 12:L 18:W
20. Tristan Rayson-Hill 1 9:L :D 21:L 16:D 17:L
21. Endre Simon 1.5 10:L :D 20:W 22:L 14:L
22. Vic Portulic 1 : : : 21:W 3:L
No Name                Rtg Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5  
1  David C Smerdon         2520 4.5   11:W  8:W  3:W  6:W  2:D
2 Gawain Jones 2551 4.5 13:W 7:W 6:W 5:W 1:D
3 Eugene Schon 2094 4 14:W 4:W 1:L 7:W 9:W
4 Efrain Tionko 1801 3.5 22:W 3:L 14:W 8:W 5:D
5 James Morris 2083 3.5 17:W 10:W 19:W 2:L 4:D
6 Bobby Cheng 2133 3 12:W 9:W 2:L 1:L 20:W
7 Justin Tan 1805 3 21:W 2:L 12:W 3:L 11:W
8 Vineetha Wijesuriya 1897 3 15:W 1:L 11:W 4:L 12:W
9 Sue Maroroa 1745 3 18:W 6:L 10:W 13:W 3:L
10 Franz Oswald 1385 2.5 0:W 5:L 9:L 14:W 13:D
11 Anurag Sannidhanam 1551 2 1:L 17:W 8:L 15:W 7:L
12 Michael Steele 1496 2 6:L 21:W 7:L 16:W 8:L
13 Gary D Bekker 1668 2 2:L 16:W 0:D 9:L 10:D
14 Jake Kostrzewa 1429 2 3:L 15:W 4:L 10:L 18:W
15 Simon Kurumbi 2 8:L 14:L 17:W 11:L 21:W
16 Scott Humphreys 2 19:L 13:L 21:W 12:L 22:W
17 Thumala Gamage 1.5 5:L 11:L 15:L 22:D 0:W
18 Endre Simon 1.5 9:L 0:D 22:W 20:L 14:L
19 Dimitry Partsi 2012 1.5 16:W 0:D 5:L 0: 0:
20 Vic Portulic 1 0: 0: 0: 18:W 6:L
21 Petros Koutrabinis 1 7:L 12:L 16:L 0:W 15:L
22 Tristan Rayson-Hill 1 4:L 0:D 18:L 17:D 16:L
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