Chess Association of Western Australia


2012 Teams Lightning Championship




Report by Gordon Dunlop:

The 2012 Teams Lightning event was held at the Moresby Hall on Sunday 16th December. A total of twelve teams competed in four divisions. The prizes consisted of cash prizes, Xmas stockings with champagne for the overall winners. Electronic clocks held by the association will be engraved to recognize the division winners and will be used at future tournaments. Xmas stockings were given to the runners up in each division. The event was held in traditional Xmas spirit and all players had a fun time. Prizes for many of the major tournaments of the year were presented after the event together with Grand Prix awards. This was followed by supper and drinks.

The tournament was run as a 9 round Swiss tournament followed by a final between the top two teams in each division. As done in previous years the first three rounds were played as guillotine lightning, the next three as Fisher and the last three as Bronstein. Guillotine was used in the finals for the top divisions and Fischer for the remaining divisions. The White team had two white boards and could choose their boards. The Black team could then choose their opponents.

In the finals, teams had to play in rating order. The leading teams in a division could choose to have the White pieces on boards 1 and 3 needing two points to win the match. Alternatively they could take the Black pieces on those boards needing only 1.5 points to win the match.

There were some novelty prizes given for first win, fastest win in each time control and biggest upsets. Tom Donaldson had the first win of the day. Sean Xiong won the prize for the fastest win under the guillotine time with a time of 4:50. This must be one of the fastest times and 5 seconds faster than last year. Druv Bhardwaj had the most time on the clock for the Fischer time control being 3:15 after starting with 3:02. This was a round where the good players wanted their opponents to keep playing rather than resign. In Bronstein time three players had remaining times of 5:03 but the prize was given to George Carolyn-Unkovich.

The biggest upset prize went to the unrated player Nanthida Ang defeating Michael Horstmann with a rating difference of over 1000 if we gave Nanthida a default rating of 1000. There was great excitement in the room when this game finished.

Quizzes were also run on the day. The chess puzzle was obviously too difficult as only one person found any correct answers and the prize was won by Ganesh Viswanath. A word puzzle was also conducted in which words within the word Checkmate had to be found. This quiz was won by Casey Tay finding 58 of the 78 words that were considered allowable. Prizes were also awarded to David Ellis and Alex DeHeer.

The DOP’s prizes were given to Linda Carolyn-Unkovich and my wife Christine for their work in assisting on the day but thanks also go to the many other parents and players who assisted on the day. Thanks also go to the Association President, Haydn Barber, for planning the day along with all the other events that he organizes during the year.

The list of teams with members follows at the end of this report. The finals results were:

Open

Zwichenzug comfortably defeated the Wood Pushers (3.0 - 0.0).
The Wood pushers defeated every other team on the day.
Third place was won by the Zwichenzug Challengers.

Reserves

The Perth Reserves defeated Wally’s Team (1.5 - 1.5). This was decided only after two applications of tie break rules.

Restricted

The Williams team defeated the Santa’s Elves (2.0-1.0).

Juniors and Novice

Whatever 2012 defeated the Cricketers (2.5-0.5).
Third place was won by South China Sea.

Thank you to all the players for joining in the day’s activities. The DOPs decisions were accepted gracefully. All players had a good time and I was pleased to receive good feedback about the day’s activities. Start planning your teams for 2013.







2012 Lightning Teams
Adult rating is given first then the junior rating if applicable.

Open

Zwichenzug v2.0.12
Yita Choong			2263
Tom Donaldson			2049
Ganesh Viswanath		1974

Zwichenzug Challengers
Marc Vlietstra			2060
George Carolin-Unkovich		1727
Adam Kelly			1633

Perth Open Team
Robert Maris			1975
Derek Elkington			1890
Natalie Maris			1818

Wood Pushers
David Ellis			1974
Peter de Yaak			1948
Michael Horstmann		2164


Reserves

Perth Reserves Team
Ross List			1775
Alan Wolstencroft		1716
Lennard Mechlowsky		1602

Wally's Team
Wally Lubtschenko		1716
Alex DeHeer			1525
Eelke De Boer			1700


Restricted

Williams Team
William Williams		1290/1656
Verity Williams			1450
Rudy Williams			855 

Santa's Elves
John Summerfield		1490
Wytse De Boer			1000
Nanthida Ang			1200


Junior/Novice

South China Sea
Sean Xiong			1239
Gavin Tay			?/1364
Casey Tay			?/989

Cricketers
Dhruv Bhardwaj			?/1591
Aayush Bhardwaj			?/1397
Sri Krishna Dhamapuri		?/1406

Whatever 2012
Van Suhafly			1000
Alvan Opira			1000
Ajay Sood			1000

Chess Stars
Akhil Ambati			?/859
Anusha Ambati			?/1000
Kundan Dhamapuri		?/924