Chess Association of Western Australia


2010 WA Grand Prix

The 2010 WA Grand Prix events were held as part of the Yulgilbar – Think Big Australian Grand Prix. The top WA player will receive a cash prize in the national competition but may or may not be the CAWA winner. WA Open winner in the Paul Meyer Awards was Stephanus Kurniawan with David Ellis runner-up and Yita Choong third. The Major was won by Ned Tomic (his third Major win), well ahead of Girma Orssengo and Gordon Dunlop. Ned played in all six events and finished strongly gaining top Major place in all three final events. Gary Donaldson retained the Minor Division just ahead of Girma Orssengo who was unable to play in the final event. George Carolin-Unkovich played in four events and took out the junior award ahead of Yita Choong and Ryan Sam. Hopefully more juniors might be encouraged to compete in next year’s events. In general participation rates were up on the previous few years. Thanks are due to Haydn Barber for acting as DOP throughout the year (with the exception of the Perth Open run by Norbert Muller and the Perth Club).

Report by David Ellis.



2010 Open Grand Prix - Prizewinners

Position		         Events	1st  Game Pts  GP Pts

PREMIER

1	Stephanus Kurniawan	  4	3	21.5	45
2	David Ellis		  5	0	21.5	40.5
3	Yita Choong		  3	2	15	29.8
4	Tom Donaldson	  	  5	1	19.5	29.3
5	Tristan Boyd 		  2	2	10	21.3
6	Dennis Holland	  	  4	0	14	20.5
7	Gordon Dunlop	  	  4	0	13.5	16.7
8	Ryan Sam		  2	0	 8.5	16.5
9	Derek Elkington	  	  2	0	 8.5	15.5
10	Edik Gilmetdinov	  1	1	 5.5	12



MAJOR (Under 1850 *)
 
1	Nedeljko Tomic 	  	  6	3	21	51.3	
2	Girma Orssengo	  	  5	1	16.5	36.8
3	Gordon Dunlop	  	  4	1	13.5	28.8
4	Eddy Seah		  3	0	11.5	27.5
5	Gary Donaldson	  	  6	0	17	25.4
6	Behrouz Ghobanian      	  4	0	11.5	24.5
7	Ryan Sam 		  2 	2 	 8.5	22
8	Derek Elkington 	  2	1	 8.5	21



MINOR (Under 1550 *)

1	Gary Donaldson 	  	  6	2	17	52.3
2	Girma Orssengo 	  	  5	3	16.5	51.3
3	Behrouz Ghobanian 	  4	1	11.5	35.5
4	Denis McMahon	  	  3	1	 9.5	30.3
5	Bernard Laugery 	  3	0	 6	24.5
6	Ryan Sam    		  2     2        8.5	24
7	George Carolin-Unkovich   4     0	 8.5	23.5



JUNIOR
1	George Carolin-Unkovich	  4	1	 8.5	42
2	Yita Choong		  3	3	15	36
3	Ryan Sam		  2	1	 8.5	22


*  Ratings as of December 2009