Chess Association of Western Australia


2005 WA Grand Prix

For the 2005 WA Grand Prix there was an overall average of 20 players per tournament (down from 2004's 20.3, 2003’s 25.9 & 2002’s 23.4). This year the Perth Open with 35 players was the most popular with the SW Open next with 29 players. It is again possible that the WA State Championship being played on 9 Sundays meant players had fewer weekends free for GP weekenders. Support for the weekenders was strongest amongst the highest rated players despite the fact that the relative fast time limits, multiple games a day and rating prizes should appeal most to lower rated players and juniors.

An innovation this year was the inclusion of 2 weekly evening events, the Midland & City of Fremantle Opens. It is hoped  it might be possible to include the Metro Open as well in 2006. To ensure country players were not too disadvantaged by the inclusion of these two events players were able to gain points in only 7 of the 9 tournaments.

Another innovation was the use of variable time limits instead of the basic one hour per player. The 1 hour + 10 seconds a move seemed the most popular with its avoidance of hectic time scrambles more than off-setting the later finishes each day.

EVENTS: SW, Kingsley, Perth Opens, Gufeld Cup, Foundation Day, Willetton & Christmas Opens, Midland & City of Fremantle Opens.



Top scorers:

PREMIER                        Events    1sts        Pts

1        Haydn Barber       	 7        4          72.5	
2        Tim  Hare  	 	 6        1          53	
3        Tristan Boyd	 	 4        3          45	

MAJOR (UNDER 1850)

1        Tom Donaldson *   	 7        2	     65.5 	
2        Gordon Dunlop  	 8	  1	     58.5	
3        Nedeljko Tomic	 	 7 	  2 	     55.5	

MINOR (UNDER  1550)

1        Mick Pavlovic		 6        3 	     55.5 	
2        Gary Donaldson		 7  	  1 	     46 	
3        Yita Choong *	 	 4 	  1 	     36.5
4        Brett O’Donoghue 	 4 	  2 	     35 

*  denotes junior