Report – 13 December 2015

 

Queensland Teams Championships 2015

Venue: St Joseph’s Primary School, Bracken Ridge

 

The now traditional photo of The Gap Chess Club with the trophies, represented by the six players and team captain Shane Mather.

 

Left to right: Andrew Mather; Cameron De Vere (partially hidden); Moulthun Ly; Andrew Robinson (with the main trophy); Shane Mather; Joshua Morris; Tony Morris

 

Today was a very successful day for the Chess Association of Queensland and also for The Gap Chess Club.

 

The Gap also congratulates the Gold Coast Chess Club for being the first club to win this tournament in three consecutive years.

 

The previous high total of teams entering was smashed with 13 teams easily surpassing the previous record of 9 teams which entered last year’s edition. Due to this great showing of support from the local chess community, there was a late decision to amend the time controls from 15 minute flat to 15 minutes plus 3 second increments. Last year the event was run as a round-robin, but with too many teams a Swiss draw (7 rounds) made more sense, probably made life easier for the arbiter as well. The arbiter was Andrew Fitzpatrick who did a fine job and ensured the tournament ran smoothly after getting off to a slightly late start.

 

This tournament was also a watershed for The Gap Chess Club. For the first time in the history of this tournament, The Gap finished in the top half of the final standings. And another first was The Gap winning more games than it lost. This was achieved in no small part due to the recruitment of Moulthun Ly to our top board, and credit for this goes to the team coach Shane Mather who was also instrumental in ensuring The Gap fielded a team again this year. The club thanks Moulthun for playing for The Gap and for contributing his seemingly effortless performances to enhance our club’s prospects. Indeed Moulthun won all of his games except the game against Gene Nakauchi in which Moulthun had a slight advantage but had to settle for a draw when Gene knocked off his final pawn.

 

Having Moulthun on Board One allowed the rest of our team to play down a board, and as the table below shows, most players ended up with opponents whose average rating closely matched their own. Despite this advantage over previous years, The Gap’s other five players had mixed results.

 

Andrew Mather was disappointed to lose to Oliver McCarthy in the second round, but produced two strong performances to win against veteran Alain Pardoen of Park Road, and then achieve a draw with 2261 rated Dusan Stojic.

 

Cameron De Vere had a bad day all round, playing at time controls with which he was never comfortable. However his participation was on Board Three due to his relatively high 1691 classical ACF rating, and this at least allowed the club’s next three players to play down a board.

 

Andrew Robinson had a bad start losing to two players rated in the 1400s who he would normally have expected a better result than two losses. However things fell in place with win resulting from a brutal counter-attack against Stuart Holt in the third round, and then defending well enough against Tyson Walker to gain a draw in the fourth round. A win in the sixth round lifted Andrew’s contribution to 2.5 points for the day which was only just sub-par.

 

Joshua Morris won the board prize for Board Five with a scintillating performance over the seven round, obtaining five wins, a draw and a loss. Probably Joshua’s greatest triumph was persevering in a difficult endgame with queens on the board against a very strong opponent in Michael D’Arcy representing the Bullwinkle club.

 

Tony Morris started well winning a full point in each of the first three round, including a forfeit in his Round Two game against UQ. For this game his opponent was to be Shane Mather who was filling in on Board Six for UQ, but Shane opted to play a friendly and forfeit the match game due to his conflict of interest as team captain of The Gap. After his early success, Tony lost his way somewhat, gaining just a draw and three losses in the final four rounds, sometimes coming out worse after being in a winning position.

 

 

Final teams standing for 2015

Place

Name

Score

M-Buch.

1

Gold Coast 1

29.5

109.5

2

Bullwinkle

25.5

110.5

3

Excessive Epicness 1

24.5

108.5

4

Redcliffe 1

22.5

112.5

5

Park Road 1

22.5

108.5

6

The Gap

21.5

111.5

7

Redcliffe 2

21.5

96.0

8

Uq Chess

20.5

103.5

9

Ostapenko Juniors

20.5

103.0

10

Gold Coast 2

20.0

97.5

11

Logan City

19.5

108.0

12

Excessive Epicness 2

16.0

102.5

13

Park Road 2

16.0

98.5

 

 

Previous winners

2002

Redcliffe

2003

Bullwinkle, Gold Coast (joint winners)

2004

Redcliffe

2005

Bullwinkle

2006

Bullwinkle

2007

Kings of Chess

2008

Brisbane (on countback from Bullwinkle)

2009

Bullwinkle

2010

Redcliffe

2011

Gardiner Chess

2012

Bullwinkle (on countback from Redcliffe)

2013

Gold Coast

2014

Gold Coast

2015

Gold Coast

 

 

The Gap Chess Club results

Time Controls: 15 minutes plus 3 second increment

Opponent

Games Played

Match Result

W

D

L

v. Team Ostapenko

4

0

2

The Gap

v. UQ Chess

3

0

3

Draw

v. Park Road 1

4

0

2

The Gap

v. Excessive Epicness 1

2

1

3

Excessive Epicness 1

v. Gold Coast 1

1

3

2

Gold Coast 1

v. Gold Coast 2

3

1

2

The Gap

v. Bullwinkle

2

0

4

Bullwinkle

TOTAL

19

5

18

6th from 13 teams

 

The Gap Chess Club – Player results

Board

Name

Dec Rating

Won

Drawn

Lost

Average rating of opponents

1

Moulthun Ly

2488

6

1

0

1890.9

2

Andrew Mather

1812

3

1

3

1767.0

3

Cameron De Vere

1692

0

0

7

1723.7

4

Andrew J Robinson

1612

2

1

4

1613.9

5

Joshua Morris

1509

5

1

1

1561.2

6

Tony Morris

1392

2

1

3

1431.2

 

Forfeits

 

1

0

0

 

 

TOTAL

 

19

5

18

 

 

The Gap Chess Club – Round-by-Round

 

The Gap Chess Club

 

Team Ostapenko (Round 1)

UQ Chess (Round 2)

Park Road 1 (Round 3)

Excessive Epicness 1 (Round 4)

Board

 

Rating

Opponent

Rating

Result

Opponent

Rating

Result

Opponent

Rating

Result

Opponent

Rating

Result

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Moulthun Ly

2488

Michael Ostapenko

1662

W

Nizami Ousmand

1637

W

Robbie Peck

1861

W

Ryan Louie

2026

W

2

Andrew Mather

1812

Jason Wang

1451

W

Oliver McCarthy

1453

L

Alain Pardoen

1804

W

Ross Lam

1911

L

3

Cameron De Vere

1692

Alexander Au

1439

L

Nicholas Kang

 

L

Jared Louie

1752

L

Charles Tsai

1821

L

4

Andrew J Robinson

1612

Wei-wei Tsai

1418

L

Justin Turner

1433

L

Stuart Holt

1657

W

Tyson Walker

1733

D

5

Joshua Morris

1509

Thomas Yang

1212

W

Andrew Quach

 

W

Alexander O'Flynn

1733

L

Clint Therakam

1685

W

6

Tony Morris

1392

Dashiell Young

1057

W

No Opponent

 

+

Nicholas Johnson

1646

W

Hughston Parle

1640

L

 

Average Rating

1750.8

 

1373.2

 

 

1507.7

 

 

1742.2

 

 

1802.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gap Chess Club

 

Gold Coast 1 (Round 5)

Gold Coast 2 (Round 6)

Bullwinkle (Round 7)

 

 

 

Board

 

Rating

Opponent

Rating

Result

Opponent

Rating

Result

Opponent

Rating

Result

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Moulthun Ly

2488

Gene Nakauchi

2313

D

Oleg Kitikov

1718

W

Jacob A Edwards

2019

W

 

 

 

2

Andrew Mather

1812

Dusan Stojic

2261

D

James Kay

1589

W

Michael Van Pelt

1900

L

 

 

 

3

Cameron De Vere

1692

Alexandra Jule

2009

L

Kevin Song

1446

L

Kevin Casey

1875

L

 

 

 

4

Andrew J Robinson

1612

Daniel Lapitan

1884

L

Bruce Harris

1399

W

Tony (Junhao) Zhong

1773

L

 

 

 

5

Joshua Morris

1509

Douglas Williams

1631

W

Jack Luke-Paredi

1295

D

Michael D'Arcy

1811

W

 

 

 

6

Tony Morris

1392

Shaun Curtis

1427

D

Hikaru Oka

1259

L

Derek Zhang

1558

L

 

 

 

 

Average Rating

1750.8

 

1920.8

 

 

1451.0

 

 

1822.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete Results

The full team and individual results for this tournament have been posted to page 2 of the following chesschat.org thread:

 

Previous editions

The Gap Chess Club’s previous participation in this tournament:

 

The Gap also has a page detailing the club’s historical results at the Queensland Teams Championship.

 

 

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