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MCC Bulletin #5 : 1/8/2009

Melbourne Chess Club Bulletin 5. 1/8/09

Carl Gorka
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Melbourne Chess Club Bulletin 5. 1/8/09 


"Hi everyone,  
     Things are moving along very well at the Melbourne Chess Club with the club way ahead of where we expected it to be at this stage of the year. The biggest surprise is our dramatic increase in membership. We now have 130 members for 2009 with the number expected to keep growing. Obviously being the second half of the year we dont expect this figure to double, although we do expect that we will probably reach 150. One pleasing aspect is the increase in junior members. We now have 30 juniors with this number also growing rapidly.  
     The club has also completed various maintanence jobs which were in dire need of completion. We now have new guttering, new carpet in the foyer/blitz area, a new fire hose and new cups and plates. These things are a bit boring, but have to be done to maintain the upkeep of the building. In 2009, more money has been spent on building and maintanence than in the previous 3 years combined!!! And we are continuing to spend to ensure that the building is a comfortable, safe and fun environment for us all to play chess in.  
     The mural on the outside wall is almost complete now and is not only keeping the graffiti away (its intended purpose), but is also giving the club much needed publicity. Numerous people have been photographing it and many have come in and asked about the club after seeing the mural! People finally know that the old black building is a chess club!!!  
     The website has been thouroughly worked on by Bob Krstic and Janis Lesinskas and is very very close to release now. The structure is complete and 95% of the content has been added. We couldve released it earlier, but we decided that a perfect finished product was worth waiting for rather than releasing an unfinished website just to get it done quickly.   
     You may also have noticed that the MCC is holding more tournaments this year too. Our Saturday allegro is attracting fields of around 30 players most weeks and the Ballroom Blitz on Saturday evenings is attracting fields of around 15. Coming up in September is our first ever Transfer Tournament, and then at the end of October, is the Cup Weekender! We have already started receiving entries for this one, so get in early and receive the $10 earlybird discount if you pay by September 30th. This event has a limit of 100 players, so dont be too late. Later in November will be the MCC Allegro Championship, a 13 round Allegro held over a weekend. If you can think of any more ideas for tournaments or would like to run one yourself, please contact us asap. We want more people playing more chess more often!!! 
      It is amazing that only 6 months ago, the MCC was struggling, but a lot has happened since then. As I said earlier, we as a club are ahead of where we thought we would be at this stage of the year. Our goal now, is to make sure that the progress continues and that we achieve what we are working towards in the second half of the year - and hopefully more!!! 
               Grant Szuveges, Melbourne Chess Club president."

Committee News 

A lot has already been said by the President, but there are some other notable committee actions. 

A new code of conduct will be displayed on the website outlining the expectations that the club has on its activities, and the behaviour of its members. And the website itself

should be up and running soon as well, displaying club news, games, history and tournament details among other things. 

The renovation of the building itself has been a constant in the committee’s plans. There is a lot to undertake, and we have come to realize that there is probably too much for us to complete in this year. We are happy with the cosmetic work on the outside of the building, the mural being in keeping with the general feel of the Fitzroy and Brunswick street area. A number of large jobs have presented themselves as being necessary, including the renovation of the toilets and kitchen areas, the outside guttering, and the electrical system within the club. While we will undertake to complete all these tasks, we are having to prioritise these very costly jobs, and under the able financial management of Treasurer Pano Skiotis, we feel confident that the decisions being taken are the best for the long term good of the club. 

Club News 

An exciting new initiative has just been arranged by G Szuveges. A sausage sizzle, with proceeds to be going to the club’s building fund will be taking place at a Bunnings Warehouse. More details of this to follow. 

A number of important events have taken place at the club since the last bulletin. The City of Melbourne Open finished in a joint tie between IM’s G. West and M. Rujevic. A new event generously sponsored and organized by M. Raine, the Kon Raipalis Memorial is reaching its conclusion. With one round to go, ex-club champion, M Pyke is leading the event by half a point form FM M. Baron and D. Dragiceveic. This event is running concurrently with U-2000 and U-1600 events. These tournaments were run as one event, the winners being P. Kovacevic and J. Papadinis in the U-2000 section, and F. Lekkas and A. Kaplan in the U-1600 section. 

Tuesday nights has seen a ‘novice’ group created, though I’m not sure exactly how novice some of these players are. Anyway, an U-1500 tournament was held, won by W. Gibson. 

Wednesday night has been taken over by the endgame group which has become quite active. It is now a weekly group with between 6-12 members regularly showing up to work on their endgames. This group is free to MCC members so why not come along and give it a try, all are welcome. 

Perhaps the biggest success of the MCC this year has been the faster time control tournaments held on Saturdays. Starting at 2pm every Saturday, the MCC runs its allegro tournaments which are now regularly getting fields of around 30 players. We have the Gypsy Bar in Brunswick Street to thank for sponsorship of this event. This has been dominated by FM M. Baron though he has not had it his own way all the time. The allegro’s are followed at around 7pm by the blitz events. These have also become more popular and have even attracted sponsorship of $100 per fortnight.

With minimal entry fees, but maximum fun and competition, these tournaments seem set to remain popular into the future. Why not come along and see how much fun they can be? 

Forthcoming events 

A lot of new events are on the horizon. Keep an eye on the bulletin boards in the club for details of: 

* MCC Open – the next Monday night tournament

* Transfer Tournament – for fans of variants be here in September

*  Cup Weekender – FIDE rated weekender over Melbourne Cup holiday

* Xmas Swiss – a new format to be announced soon

* FIDE round robins – a new edition to Tuesday nights

* Allegro and Blitz Championships – scheduled for November and December, more details to follow soon. 

Contacts and Useful Info 

President Grant Szuveges

VP Carl Gorka 0406021559,  

Chesschat:  A forum where the draw of MCC tournaments is posted

Ozchess  A forum, some games are posted here. 


A selection of games from the City of Melbourne Open. We were lucky to have IM Greg Hjorth back, as well as strong players such as FM Eric Teichmann, David Hacche and FM (soon to be IM) James Morris. 

Morris, J- Voon, R

MCC open 2009

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4 5.Qc2 d6 6.a3 Bxc3 7.Qxc3 0–0 8.d3 h6 9.Be2 e4 10.dxe4 Nxe4 11.Qc2 Re8 12.0–0 Qf6 13.Nd2 Nc5 14.b4 Bf5 = 15.Qb2 Qxb2 16.Bxb2 Na4 17.Ra2 Nxb2 18.Rxb2 Nd4 19.Bd1 Nc6 20.Bf3 Rab8 21.Bxc6 bxc6 22.Rb3 Re6 23.Rc3 Rg6 24.e4 Bd7 25.Nb3 Re8 26.Re3 Rge6 27.Rfe1 Re5 28.f4 R5e7 29.Kf2 Be6 30.Na5 Bd7 31.e5 Kf8 32.Nb7 d5 33.cxd5 cxd5 34.Rc3 Bb5 35.Rec1 Rb8 36.Na5 Rc8 37.Rc5 a6 38.Rxd5 f6 39.Nc6 Re6 40.Nd4 Rb6 41.e6 g6 42.g4 Ba4 43.f5 g5 44.Rc3 Ke7 45.Nb3 Rd6 46.Rxd6 Kxd6 47.Nc5 Bb5 48.a4 Be8 49.Rd3+ Ke7 50.a5 Bb5 51.Rd4 h5 52.gxh5 Rh8 53.Kg3 Rxh5 54.Nd3 Rh4 55.Rd5 Bxd3 56.Rxd3 Rxb4 57.Rd7+ Ke8 58.Rf7 Rb5 59.Rxf6 Rxa5 60.Kg4 Rc5 61.Kxg5 a5 62.Rh6 Kf8 63.Kf6 Kg8 64.Rh4 Rc6 65.Ke7 Ra6 66.f6 Ra8 67.f7+ Kg7 68.Rg4+1-0 

Hjorth G – Hacche, D

MCC Open 2009

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 a6 4.Bg2 b5 5.d3 Bb4+ 6.Nbd2 Bb7 7.0–0 0–0 8.b3 Bc3 9.Rb1 d5 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Qc2 d4 12.Bb2 b4 13.Nc4 c5 14.e4 Nbd7 15.a4 Nb6 16.Nxb6 Qxb6 17.Bc1 Rae8 18.Nh4 Bc8 19.Bg5 c4 20.dxc4 Nd7 21.Nf5 f6 22.Bf4 Ne5 23.Rbd1 Be6 24.Bxe5 fxe5 25.Qd3 g6 26.Nh4 Qd6 27.Nf3 Bg4 = 28.h3 Bxf3 29.Bxf3 Rf6 30.Be2 Ref8 31.Kg2 a5 32.f3 Qc7 33.Rf2 g5 34.Qc2 h6 35.Bd3 Kg7 36.Qe2 Qf7 37.Rh1 h5 38.h4 g4 39.Rhf1 gxf3+ 40.Rxf3 Qg6 41.Rxf6 Rxf6 42.Rf5 Rxf5 43.exf5 Qc6+ 44.Qf3 Qh6 45.c5 Qd2+ 46.Kh3 Qe3 47.Qxe3 dxe3 48.c6 e4 49.Be2 Be5 50.Bxh5 Kf6 51.Bg4 Bc7 52.Kg2 Be5 53.Bh3 e2 54.Kf2 Bxg3+ 55.Kxe2 Bf4 56.Bg4 Ke7 57.h5 Kd6 58.Bf3 exf3+ 59.Kxf3 Bg5 60.Ke4 Bf6 61.c7 Kxc7 62.Kd5 Kd7 63.Kc5 Kc7 64.Kb5 Bc3 65.Kxa5 Kc6 66.f6 Kc5 67.f7 Bg7 68.Ka6 Kc6 69.Ka7 Kc7 Draw 

Teichmann, E – Dragicevic, D

MCC Open 2009

1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 Nd7 3.e4 e5 4.Bc4 c6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.dxe5 dxe5 7.Ng5 Bxg5 8.Qh5 Qe7 9.Bxg5 Ngf6 10.Qh4 0–0 11.0–0 h6 12.Be3 b5 13.Bb3 Nc5 14.f3 a5 15.Qf2 Nfd7 16.a4 b4 17.Ne2 Nxb3 18.cxb3 Qe6 19.Ng3 Qxb3 20.Nf5 c5 21.Bxh6 Re8 22.Nxg7 1-0 


MCC Open 2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.0–0 0–0 10.Bg5 c6 11.Qf3 Qd6 12.h3 Nd7 13.Bf4 Qf6 14.Ne4 Qe7 15.Ng3 Nc5 16.a3 Nxd3 17.Qxd3 Ba5 18.b4 Bb6 19.Rae1 Qf6 20.Be5 Qg6 21.a4 a5 22.bxa5 Bxa5 23.Ra1 Ba6 24.Qxg6 hxg6 25.Rfb1 c5 26.Ra3 Bb4 27.Rf3 Bc4 28.Ra1 Ra6 29.Nf1 d4 30.Rf4 f6 31.Ne3 Be6 1-0 


When? Monday 31st August to Monday 26th October. 9 consecutive Monday evenings at 7pm. Entries close 6pm, 31st August. 
Where? Melbourne Chess Club. 66 Leicester St. Fitzroy, 3065. 
Format? 9 round Swiss 
Time Control? 90 minutes per game + 30 seconds per move. Forfeit time is 30 minutes after game begins. 
Entry Fee? $65 full, $55 concession, less $10 for MCC members. Free for GMs and IMs. 
Prizes? 80% of money collected from entry fees. 
Rating? The event will be ACF and FIDE rated. 
Further Questions? Contact Grant Szuveges 0401-925-075.

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