Friday, 19 April 2013

Melbourne Chess Club Championships - Round 9

The final round of the MCC Championship was slightly anti-climatic, as tournament leader IM Guy West had played his final round game the previous Friday evening (he planned to be interstate to attend a wedding when the final round was scheduled to occur), which resulted in a draw. This meant that Guy was 1.5 points clear of his nearest rival, so had secured his eleventh club championship title! This is a record, having now passed Frank Crowl's ten championships, which he won between 1929 & 1953. Guy's championship wins began in 1983, with his latest (though not necessarily last) one in the 2013 championship, 30 years later! Congratulations Guy!
This left Monday's games as a fight for the minor places & rating prizes. Ari Dale played a nice game to beat Mirko Rujevic & secure second place outright, while Justin Tan beat Chris Wallis to join Laurent Michaille in a tie for third place. Last year's champion Dusan Stojic beat his good friend Domagoj Dragicevic to finish in equal fifth place just outside the prizes. Jack Puccini scored another upset win, this time beating David Hacche, to finish tied with Dusan on 6/9, which was enough to win the U2000 prize. Although James Cameron lost his final game to Mehmedalija Dizdarevic, his rivals for the U1800 prize were unable to make up enough ground to catch him, so his 4.5/9 result was enough to win the division outright.
Overall, the tournament was once again the strongest club championship in Victoria, if not Australia, with 2 IMs, 4 FMs & a total of 13 players rated over 2000 participating. However the number of players under 1800 (only 13, with one of these being unrated) was a little disappointing & contributed significantly to the total number of players being lower than previous years. I'm not sure of the reasons for this decline in numbers, but the club needs to address this issue, as without a strong base of players the club will not be able to maintain (let alone improve) its current situation.

Final round results are on ChessChat.
There you can also find the Final Cross Table.
Below is the final round game between Ari Dale & Mirko Rujevic.

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