The WA Allegro Championship attracted 25 entries, about average for this type of event in WA. Of these, 9 were Juniors, which is encouraging. Given the time control of the event (15 minutes flagfall) it is not too surprising that most of the prizes were won by Juniors, or recent Juniors.
Yita Choong was the first to break clear, with 4 wins in a row, including a seemingly critical one against Tom Donaldson in round 4. However, consecutive losses to Thomas Pinnock (!) and Aston Taminsjah left him needing some help, if he was to win.
However, that help was not forthcoming, and Tom and Aston Taminsjah scored an excellent 8 points to share the WA Allegro title. Astonís only loss was to Tom in round 2.
Dennis Holland finished in 4th place with 5Ĺ. Unfortunately, he was not eligible for any of the rating prizes.
Six players finished on 5 points: Thomas Pinnock, Matthew Duke, Nedeljko Tomic, Alan Wolstencroft, Girma Orssengo and Alexander Ridley. Between them, these players shared every rating prize, as well as the Junior prize. It was difficult to find a way to divide the prizemoney, so I took a slightly different path.
Since Matthew Duke was the only one to be rated below 1400, it was easy enough to give him that prize. Matthew did very well, at one stage having 5/7, before running into Tom and Yita in the last two rounds. According to the (slightly suspect) rating program attached to SwissPerfect, Matthew was only expected to score 0.36 points from the 9 rounds, so his score of 5 was really not expected, at least by SwissPerfect.
For each of the other 5 players, I assessed their result in terms of all of the rating groups. For example, all 5 equally shared the U1800 prize, so they each received $8 each for that. Thomas and Alexander shared the Junior prize, so they each received $20 for that. Finally, Thomas, Girma and Alexander shared the U1600 prize, so they each received $13.33 for that. Then, I added up the bits and rounded the values a little bit to achieve the final result. It was a bit of a pain, but it seemed to be a decent way to do it.
We had our share of excitement along the way. One passionate young player took out his frustration with Chess on the building. Fortunately, he did not damage either himself, or the building, but he did cause something of a ruckus, and a halt to play. Another player was also causing problems, at one stage threatening to call the police, swearing at people, and departing with a threat to sue me. There were other minor incidents, but the CAWA Council will have to consider whether any action is required regarding these two.
Thomas Pinnock was unfortunate to fall foul of the dreaded mobile phone gambit in the last round. If we had not been running so late because of previous problems, this phone call would have come after play was over. At least, Thomas still received the same amount of prizemoney that he would have won, even if he had won the last game. Thomas continues to impress in the short time that he has been playing in open Chess tournaments.
All of this may have been amusing for bystanders but was a bit stressful for me. Hopefully, not all future tournaments will prove this lively, but no one can say that the CAWA does not provide entertainment!
By the way, is anyone out there looking for an opportunity to become a DOP? Vacancies exist.
Your shaken but (hopefully) not stirred DOP, Haydn Barber