Chess Association of Western Australia


2008 Willetton Open

The 2008 Willetton Open attracted an entry of 22 players, an improvement over recent events. With eight of them being rated over 1900, an interesting struggle was anticipated. David Ellis was the DOP and everything ran smoothly.

Stephanus Kurniawan survived a couple of crises in key games against Michael Horstmann and Andrew Kuklinski to win the tournament, conceding just one draw to Eugeniy Konovalov in the last round. Michael Horstmann won five games to finish clearly second and, if he had a bit of bad luck against Stephanus, this was counter balanced by a bit of good luck against Dave Dempster. Marc Vlietstra had a solid result.

Eugeniy Konovalov played his first non-rapid tournament for some time. Perhaps he was a bit rusty, as he drew four games, including a somewhat lucky one against Ryan Sam in Round 1. Andrew Kuklinski was going well with 3 points after four rounds, but a missed win against Stephanus in Round 5 and suffered a quick loss against Marc in the last Round, that somewhat ruined his tournament. The young Junior, Lee Harris-Brown, gave a couple of much higher rated opponents a real fight and is developing a reputation as a solid player.




Prize Winners

 Open

 1st 	Stephanus Kurniawan		5/6
 2nd	Michael Horstmann		5
 3rd	Marc Vlietstra			4 


 U/1900

 1st	Afek Abdat			3
=2nd	Nedeljko Tomic			3
	Chris Cuellar			3
	Ryan Sam			3


 U/1500

 1st	Alex DeHeer			3


 U/1500 Junior

 1st	Darby Thurtell			2
 2nd	Lee Harris-Brown		2



Final Standings

Place Name                 Loc  Score M-Buch. Progr. Buch.

  1   Kurniawan, Stephanus 2104 5.5      15.5   20.5  23.5
  2   Horstmann, Michael   2167 5        15.0   18.0  23.0
  3   Vlietstra, Marc      2007 4.5      13.5   16.0  20.5
 4-6  Konovalov, Eugeniy   2066 4        14.0   14.5  22.0
      Ellis, David         1926 4        14.0   14.0  22.0
      Hare, Tim            1993 4        12.0   14.0  19.0
 7-8  Kuklinski, Andrew    1931 3.5      15.5   16.0  23.0
      Abdat, Akef          1853 3.5      13.0   13.0  19.5
9-13  Tomic, Nedeljko      1828 3        12.5   11.0  18.0
      DeHeer, Alex         1432 3        12.5   11.0  17.0
      Cuellar, Chris       1578 3        12.5    9.0  19.5
      Dempster, Dave       1919 3        11.5   11.0  18.0
      Sam, Ryan            1574 3        11.5    9.0  17.5
14-17 Booth, Guy           1482 2.5      12.0    9.0  17.5
      Sheridan, Wallace    1561 2.5      11.0    8.0  17.0
      Orssengo, Girma      1600 2.5      10.5    6.5  16.0
      Thurtell, Darby      1120 2.5       8.5    5.5  13.0
18-19 Shaw, Robin          1772 2        11.0   10.0  16.0
      Harris-Brown, Lee         2        10.5    8.0  16.0
 20   Savory, Philip       1023 1.5      11.0    4.5  14.5
 21   Savory, Andrew            0.5      10.0    1.0  14.5
 22   Rebello, Charlton         0         5.0    0.0  10.0



Cross Table

No  Name                 Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6  

1.  Horstmann, Michael   2167 5     12:W  8:W  4:W  2:L  7:W  9:W
2.  Kurniawan, Stephanus 2104 5.5   13:W  7:W  5:W  1:W  6:W  3:D
3.  Konovalov, Eugeniy   2066 4     14:D 12:W  6:D  8:W  4:D  2:D
4.  Vlietstra, Marc      2007 4.5   15:W  9:W  1:L 11:W  3:D  6:W
5.  Hare, Tim            1993 4     16:W 10:W  2:L  6:L 20:W 17:W
6.  Kuklinski, Andrew    1931 3.5   17:W 11:W  3:D  5:W  2:L  4:L
7.  Ellis, David         1926 4     18:W  2:L 13:W 17:W  1:L 10:W
8.  Dempster, Dave       1919 3     19:W  1:L 15:W  3:L  9:L 20:W
9.  Abdat, Akef          1853 3.5   21:W  4:L 16:D 14:W  8:W  1:L
10. Tomic, Nedeljko      1828 3     20:W  5:L 17:L 16:W 13:W  7:L
11. Shaw, Robin          1772 2     22:W  6:L 20:W  4:L 17:L 14:L
12. Orssengo, Girma      1600 2.5    1:L  3:L 21:W 15:D 16:L 22:W
13. Cuellar, Chris       1578 3      2:L 14:W  7:L 19:W 10:L 16:W
14. Sam, Ryan            1574 3      3:D 13:L 18:W  9:L 15:D 11:W
15. Sheridan, Wallace    1561 2.5    4:L 21:W  8:L 12:D 14:D 18:D
16. Booth, Guy           1482 2.5    5:L 19:W  9:D 10:L 12:W 13:L
17. DeHeer, Alex         1432 3      6:L 22:W 10:W  7:L 11:W  5:L
18. Thurtell, Darby      1120 2.5    7:L 20:L 14:L 22:W 19:W 15:D
19. Savory, Philip       1023 1.5    8:L 16:L 22:W 13:L 18:L   :D
20. Harris-Brown, Lee         2     10:L 18:W 11:L 21:+  5:L  8:L
21. Rebello, Charlton         0      9:L 15:L 12:L 20:-   :    : 
22. Savory, Andrew            .5    11:L 17:L 19:L 18:L   :D 12:L