Chess Association of Western Australia




2013 Gufeld Cup

The Gufeld Cup (6 rounds) was played over the weekend of the 6th & 7th of April at the Moresby Street Centre in Kensington.

This yearís Gufeld Cup only attracted a borderline number of Chessplayers to the Moresby Street Hall.

If this trend continues, the viability of future CAWA weekend tournaments will come under question. I donít believe that we should consider abandoning our weekend events for two important reasons:

1. we have SOME members who still support them, and
2. they are very useful as an avenue for our young players to improve the standard of their Chess.

However, when so few play in each tournament, the cost of venue hire becomes an issue. I am becoming a bit depressed at the pitiful prize lists that I am forced to offer, time after time. If everyone is happy to accept this situation then, I suppose, we donít have a problem.

The easiest way for our tournaments to become viable is to have more members playing in them. If that doesnít happen, we may have to raise entry fees (not an attractive option) or seek out a cheaper venue Ė not that I think Moresby Street is expensive. I know of a venue that we can get for free but it is a long way from the Perth CBD.

If anyone has a suggestion to make, please let me know.

Anyway, as far as the tournament is concerned, it may have been small, but it was not weak. The top half was made up of 1900+ players and the bottom half was mostly promising Juniors.

Yita Choong dominated the tournament and won comfortably. He won all of his games, against all of his main rivals. You canít do more than that.

George Carolin-Unkovich turned in another very good result. He lost only to Yita, had wins against David Ellis, Eddy Seah and Nedeljko Tomic along the way, and seemed to have no trouble holding Marc Vlietstra to an important draw in the last round.

The other star of the weekend was Gary Donaldson. Gary played a field with an average rating of 1995 (higher than anyone else) and beat Akef Saleh in the last round to win the U1800. All of his rivals in the U1800 division were Juniors, so this was something of a victory for the older generations.

Haydn Barber, DOP



Prize Winners


Open
 1st	   	Yita Choong			6/6		 
 2nd 	  	George Carolin-Unkovich		4Ĺ 
=3rd		Marc Vlietstra			4	 
		David Ellis			4		 

U/1800
 1st 	  	Gary Donaldson			3Ĺ




Final Standings


Place Name                     Loc  Club   Score

  1   Choong, Yita             2322        6    
  2   Carolin-Unkovich, George 1715 Junior 4.5  
 3-4  Vlietstra, Marc          2052        4    
      Ellis, David             1995        4    
  5   Donaldson, Gary          1504        3.5  
 6-7  Saleh, Akef              1916        3    
      Gong, Patrick            1165 Junior 3    
8-10  Tomic, Nedeljko          1821        2.5  
      de Yaak, Peter           1971        2.5  
      Bhardwaj, Dhruv               Junior 2.5  
11-13 Seah, Eddy               2012        2    
      Yap, Ignatius            1079 Junior 2    
      Xiong, Sean              1266 Junior 2    


Cross Table


No Name                     Club   Total  1    2    3    4    5    6  

1  Choong, Yita                    6      2:W  4:W  6:W  3:W  5:W  9:W
2  Carolin-Unkovich, George Junior 4.5    1:L  5:W 11:W  8:W  4:W  3:D
3  Vlietstra, Marc                 4      5:D 10:W  8:W  1:L 11:W  2:D
4  Ellis, David                    4      7:W  1:L 12:W  6:W  2:L 11:W
5  Donaldson, Gary                 3.5    3:D  2:L 10:W  9:W  1:L  6:W
6  Saleh, Akef                     3     12:W 11:W  1:L  4:L 13:W  5:L
7  Gong, Patrick            Junior 3      4:L 13:W  9:L 11:L  0:W 12:W
8  Tomic, Nedeljko                 2.5   10:D  9:W  3:L  2:L 12:L  0:W
9  de Yaak, Peter                  2.5    0:D  8:L  7:W  5:L 10:W  1:L
10 Bhardwaj, Dhruv          Junior 2.5    8:D  3:L  5:L  0:W  9:L 13:W
11 Seah, Eddy                      2     13:W  6:L  2:L  7:W  3:L  4:L
12 Yap, Ignatius            Junior 2      6:L  0:W  4:L 13:L  8:W  7:L
13 Xiong, Sean              Junior 2     11:L  7:L  0:W 12:W  6:L 10:L