Chess Association of Western Australia

2015 Christmas Open

Played on the 28th & 29th of November.


The 2015 Christmas Open was held on 28th and 29th November at Leeming Primary School and attracted 22 participants. The tournament was won by WA Champion Yita Choong (5.5/6). In second place with 5/6 was Igor Butsenko, a recent arrival from Ukraine, whom we are pleased to welcome to the WA chess scene. The third prize was won by Australian Under 16 Champion Patrick Gong (4.5/6).

There was a wide range of playing strength, with 3 players rated over 2200. There were 7 juniors participating, as well as 4 new players who were competing in a CAWA weekender for the first time.

The tournament was played in the right spirit and there were no incidents to speak of.

Report by: Andrew Hardegen.

Prize Winners


  Open
  1st: Yita Choong    (5.5) 
  2nd: Igor Butsenko  (5.0)
  3rd: Patrick Gong   (4.5)

  U/1900
 =1st: Igor Colic & Ignatius Yap (3.5) 

  U/1500
  1st: David Spatar (3/6)
 =2nd: Gary Donaldson, Marlon Apostol, 
       Rahal Wijesuriya &  Darrian Low (2.5) 


Final Standings

 Place Name                     Feder Loc  Score Buch. Wins

   1   Choong, Yita             WA    2298 5.5    22.0    5
   2   Butsenko, Igor           WA         5      23.5    4
   3   Gong, Patrick            WA    2040 4.5    22.0    4
  4-6  Ferozkohi, Ihsan         WA    2229 4      21.5    3
       Kelly, Adam              WA    1968 4      20.5    4
       Carolin-Unkovich, George WA    1931 4      17.0    4
  7-8  Colic, Igor              WA    1703 3.5    19.0    3
       Yap, Ignatius            WA    1724 3.5    16.5    2
 9-12  France, George           WA    1626 3      22.5    3
       Ellis, David             WA    1937 3      21.0    3
       Dunlop, Gordon           WA    1858 3      20.0    3
       Spatar, David            WA         3      11.0    3
 13-16 Donaldson, Gary          WA    1492 2.5    16.0    2
       Apostol, Marlon          WA    1487 2.5    16.0    2
       Wijesuriya, Rahal        WA    1228 2.5    15.0    2
       Low, Darrian             WA         2.5    14.5    2
 17-20 Tomic, Nedeljko          WA    1839 2      17.5    2
       Bhardwaj, Dhruv          WA    1593 2      17.5    2
       Hardegen, Kathryn        WA    1904 2      13.5    2
       Holland, Jacob           WA         2      13.5    1
  21   Nairn, Mike              WA    1536 1.5    17.0    1
  22   Bhardwaj, Aayush         WA    1254 1      16.0    0
  23   Parekh, Sahil            WA    1554 0       3.5    0


Cross Table

 No Name                     Feder Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6  

 1  Choong, Yita             WA    2298 5.5    9:W 10:W  3:W 19:W  2:D  4:W
 2  Butsenko, Igor           WA         5     18:W  6:W  4:W  5:W  1:D  3:D
 3  Gong, Patrick            WA    2040 4.5   21:W 11:W  1:L 10:W  5:W  2:D
 4  Ferozkohi, Ihsan         WA    2229 4     23:+ 19:W  2:L 17:W  9:W  1:L
 5  Kelly, Adam              WA    1968 4     13:W 17:W  7:W  2:L  3:L  9:W
 6  Carolin-Unkovich, George WA    1931 4     22:W  2:L  9:L  7:W 17:W 11:W
 7  Colic, Igor              WA    1703 3.5   16:W  8:D  5:L  6:L 14:W 15:W
 8  Yap, Ignatius            WA    1724 3.5    0:D  7:D 10:L 14:D 18:W 13:W
 9  France, George           WA    1626 3      1:L 15:W  6:W 11:W  4:L  5:L
 10 Ellis, David             WA    1937 3     14:W  1:L  8:W  3:L 11:L 18:W
 11 Dunlop, Gordon           WA    1858 3     12:W  3:L 13:W  9:L 10:W  6:L
 12 Spatar, David            WA         3     11:L 21:L 14:L 22:W 20:W 17:W
 13 Donaldson, Gary          WA    1492 2.5    5:L 20:W 11:L 21:D 16:W  8:L
 14 Apostol, Marlon          WA    1487 2.5   10:L 16:L 12:W  8:D  7:L 22:W
 15 Wijesuriya, Rahal        WA    1228 2.5   19:L  9:L 16:D 20:W 21:W  7:L
 16 Low, Darrian             WA         2.5    7:L 14:W 15:D 18:L 13:L 21:W
 17 Tomic, Nedeljko          WA    1839 2     20:W  5:L 21:W  4:L  6:L 12:L
 18 Bhardwaj, Dhruv          WA    1593 2      2:L 22:W 19:L 16:W  8:L 10:L
 19 Hardegen, Kathryn        WA    1904 2     15:W  4:L 18:W  1:L  0:   0: 
 20 Holland, Jacob           WA         2     17:L 13:L 22:W 15:L 12:L  0:W
 21 Nairn, Mike              WA    1536 1.5    3:L 12:W 17:L 13:D 15:L 16:L
 22 Bhardwaj, Aayush         WA    1254 1      6:L 18:L 20:L 12:L  0:W 14:L
 23 Parekh, Sahil            WA    1554 0      4:-  0:   0:   0:   0:   0: