Chess Association of Western Australia


2016 WA Junior Allegro Championships


The 2016 WA Junior Allegro Championships was held at the Leeming Primary school on the 28th of August.


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The 2016 WA Junior Allegro Championships attracted 33 participants. There was a good mix of experienced players and new entrants to the junior chess scene, some of whom performed quite strongly.

Patrick Gong was the outright winner with 8.5/9. After a somewhat shaky start, being offered a draw in a losing position against a low-on-time Kevin Shah Mansouri in Round 2, he recovered quickly and scored a crucial win against early tournament leader George Carolin-Unkovich in Round 5. George kept pace with Patrick for the remaining 4 rounds, but eventually had to settle for 2nd place with 8/9.

Meanwhile, there was a fierce battle for 3rd place and the age group prizes. Ben Hurst looked poised to take outright 3rd, when he unexpectedly popped his queen in a dominating position against Kevin in the last round. This opened the door for a 5(!)-way tie for 3rd on 6/9 between Ben, Kevin, Pranav Senthil Kumar, Sri Krishna Dharmapuri and Alex Mhawira. Meanwhile, a point back, there was a 3-way tie for the under 10 prize when frontrunners Alex Pimenov and Kundan Dharmapuri both lost their last game, allowing Raghav Senthil Kumar to catch them.

It was also very encouraging to see several girls participating. Of the girls, Safiyya Aljunied had clearly the most tournament experience, and she came close to beating George and drawing with Patrick on her way to defending her title from last year. The best of the newcomers was 10 year old Wenhan Qiu, who scored a respectable 4/9 and had no qualms sacrificing her queen for a back rank mate in one of her games.

Apart from a late start due to some no-shows and a couple of mid-tournament withdrawals, the tournament ran fairly smoothly. As DOPs, wed like to thank all of the players for their cooperation and for graciously accepting our rulings on minor disputes, and we hope that everyone enjoyed playing in the event.

Report by: Yita Choong and Edik Gilmetdinov




Prize Winners


 Open (Under 18)
 1st           Patrick Gong (8.5/9)
 2nd           George Carolin-Unkovich (8/9)
 3rd           Alexander Mhawira (6/9)

 Girls (Under 18)
 1st           Safiyya Aljunied (5/9)
 2nd           Wenhan Qiu (4/9)

 Under 16
 1st           Kevin Shah Mansouri (6/9)
 2nd           Matthew Ashworth (5.5/9)

 Under 14
 1st           Sri Krishna Dharmapuri (6/9)
 2nd           Ramudu Rathnayake (5.5/9)

 Under 12
 =1st          Benjamin Hurst, Pranav Senthil Kumar (6/9)

 Under 10
 =1st          Alex Pimenov, Kundan Dharmapuri, Raghav Senthil Kumar (5/9)
 



Final Standings

  
  Place Name                     Age   Loc  Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

    1   Gong, Patrick            U18   2183 8.5      38.5  50.5   41.0
    2   Carolin-Unkovich, George U18   1874 8        39.0  51.5   40.0
   3-7  Hurst, Benjamin          U12   1580 6        41.5  55.0   35.0
        Senthil Kumar, Pranav    U12   1463 6        40.0  52.5   33.0
        Dharmapuri, Sri Krishna  U14   1671 6        37.5  46.5   33.0
        Shah Mansouri, Kevin     U16   1450 6        36.5  47.5   28.5
        Mhawira, Alexander       U18        6        32.0  38.5   26.0
   8-9  Rathnayake, Ramudu       U14   1500 5.5      35.0  47.0   27.5
        Ashworth, Matthew        U16        5.5      35.0  46.5   27.0
  10-16 Aljunied, Safiyya        U16G  1250 5        36.5  48.0   29.0
        Pimenov, Alex            U10   1550 5        36.0  48.0   29.0
        Dharmapuri, Kundan       U10   858  5        35.0  44.5   25.0
        Senthil Kumar, Raghav    U10   1273 5        34.0  45.0   25.0
        Cheuk, Reuben            U16        5        33.5  43.0   24.0
        Tyers, Daniel            U12        5        30.0  39.0   24.0
        Kito, Nao                U12        5        27.5  35.0   19.0
   17   Vearncombe, Sebastian    U16   1100 4.5      37.0  47.0   27.0
  18-25 Richards, Ethan          U10   265  4        32.0  40.5   21.0
        Hwang, Damin             U12        4        31.5  38.5   23.0
        Nguyen, Minh             U10   1300 4        30.5  41.5   21.0
        Aljunied, Haydar         U12        4        29.5  39.5   21.0
        Hwang, Yumin             U12        4        29.5  38.5   18.0
        Stergiou, Filippos       U10        4        29.0  34.5   17.0
        Qiu, Wenhan              U12G       4        26.5  32.0   15.0
        Richards, David          U10   900  4        24.5  31.0   19.0
  26-27 Srikrishna, Venkatanath  U10        3.5      27.0  33.5   16.5
        Richards, Jamie          U10   900  3.5      21.5  26.5   14.5
  28-29 Shipman, Sarah           U14G       3        29.5  38.5   21.0
        Lawson, Patrick          U12        3        27.5  34.0   12.0
   30   Sekhon, Banisha Kaur     U12G       2        28.0  33.5   11.0
  31-32 Carlin, Armani           U10G       1        26.5  34.0    5.0
        Liddiard, Ryan           U12        1         8.0  16.5    2.0
   33   Gautam Insan, Snehil     U10G       0         3.5  10.0    0.0
   



Cross Table

  
 No Name                     Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9  

 1  Gong, Patrick            2183 8.5   21:W  6:D 17:W  3:W  2:W  4:W 13:W  5:W 10:W
 2  Carolin-Unkovich, George 1874 8      9:W 20:W  8:W  5:W  1:L 10:W  3:W 11:W  4:W
 3  Hurst, Benjamin          1580 6     14:W 10:W  4:W  1:L 11:W  5:W  2:L  9:W  6:L
 4  Senthil Kumar, Pranav    1463 6     16:W 18:W  3:L 14:W  9:W  1:L 10:W  8:W  2:L
 5  Dharmapuri, Sri Krishna  1671 6     31:W 13:W 28:W  2:L 17:W  3:L  6:W  1:L 12:W
 6  Shah Mansouri, Kevin     1450 6     29:W  1:D 11:L 26:W  8:D  7:W  5:L 14:W  3:W
 7  Mhawira, Alexander            6     13:L 31:W 21:W 17:L 12:W  6:L 18:W 15:W 11:W
 8  Rathnayake, Ramudu       1500 5.5   22:W 12:W  2:L  9:L  6:D 19:W 17:W  4:L 21:W
 9  Ashworth, Matthew             5.5    2:L 32:W 13:W  8:W  4:L 17:D 20:W  3:L 19:W
 10 Aljunied, Safiyya        1250 5     24:W  3:L 16:W 28:W 19:W  2:L  4:L 21:W  1:L
 11 Pimenov, Alex            1550 5     19:W 17:L  6:W 12:W  3:L 18:W 15:W  2:L  7:L
 12 Dharmapuri, Kundan       858  5     23:W  8:L 15:W 11:L  7:L 16:W 19:W 13:W  5:L
 13 Senthil Kumar, Raghav    1273 5      7:W  5:L  9:L 29:W 28:W 14:W  1:L 12:L 24:W
 14 Cheuk, Reuben                 5      3:L 24:W 18:W  4:L 25:W 13:L 22:W  6:L 17:W
 15 Tyers, Daniel                 5     18:L  0:W 12:L 22:W 26:W 20:W 11:L  7:L 27:W
 16 Kito, Nao                     5      4:L 33:W 10:L 20:L 30:W 12:L 23:W 26:W 22:W
 17 Vearncombe, Sebastian    1100 4.5   30:W 11:W  1:L  7:W  5:L  9:D  8:L 18:W 14:L
 18 Richards, Ethan          265  4     15:W  4:L 14:L 32:W 23:W 11:L  7:L 17:L 29:W
 19 Hwang, Damin                  4     11:L 30:W 20:W 25:W 10:L  8:L 12:L 28:W  9:L
 20 Nguyen, Minh             1300 4     32:W  2:L 19:L 16:W 21:W 15:L  9:L 22:L 28:W
 21 Aljunied, Haydar              4      1:L 29:W  7:L 30:W 20:L 23:W 28:W 10:L  8:L
 22 Hwang, Yumin                  4      8:L 23:L 27:W 15:L 24:W 25:W 14:L 20:W 16:L
 23 Stergiou, Filippos            4     12:L 22:W 25:L 27:W 18:L 21:L 16:L  0:W 31:W
 24 Qiu, Wenhan                   4     10:L 14:L 29:L 31:W 22:L  0:W 30:W 25:W 13:L
 25 Richards, David          900  4     28:L 27:W 23:W 19:L 14:L 22:L 26:W 24:L 30:W
 26 Srikrishna, Venkatanath       3.5   27:D 28:L 31:W  6:L 15:L 29:W 25:L 16:L  0:W
 27 Richards, Jamie          900  3.5   26:D 25:L 22:L 23:L 29:W 28:L 31:W 30:W 15:L
 28 Shipman, Sarah                3     25:W 26:W  5:L 10:L 13:L 27:W 21:L 19:L 20:L
 29 Lawson, Patrick               3      6:L 21:L 24:W 13:L 27:L 26:L  0:W 31:W 18:L
 30 Sekhon, Banisha Kaur          2     17:L 19:L  0:W 21:L 16:L 31:W 24:L 27:L 25:L
 31 Carlin, Armani                1      5:L  7:L 26:L 24:L  0:W 30:L 27:L 29:L 23:L
 32 Liddiard, Ryan                1     20:L  9:L 33:W 18:L  0:   0:   0:   0:   0: 
 33 Gautam Insan, Snehil          0      0:  16:L 32:L  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0: