Chess Association of Western Australia




2019 Maccabi Blitz Chess Competition


The Maccabi Blitz Chess Competition was held on Sunday 3rd November and was hosted by the Maccabi Junior Chess Club at the site of their venue, the Gordon Bloomfield Hall in Yokine. The event attracted 32 players, composed of 24 juniors and 8 adults.

The event was won by Rebo Fu with a score of 9.5/11, only half a point ahead of second place finisher Jamie Laubbacher. Following on from their excellent results in the WA Rapidplay Championships, both these young players showed impressive skill to finish ahead of their much older and more experienced competitors. Third place was taken by Ronen Diamant with a score of 8/11. There was 5-way tie for fourth between Dylan Gough, Nedeljko Tomic, Alan Wolstencroft, Paul Ivankovich and 10-year-old Barath Harirajesh, all scoring 7/11.

Barath Harirajesh was awarded first place junior/under1200 prize. It should also be pointed out that his win against Nedeljko Tomic was one of the biggest upsets in the entire tournament. Second place junior/under1200 was awarded to Ram Manav Soni who scored an impressive 6.5/11, with his draw to Dylan Gough also ranking as a major upset.

Since Barath and Ram had secured prizes already, the upset prizes went to Paul Ivankovich for his win against Rebo Fu, Dylan Gough for his draw to Rebo Fu, and Anthony Nguyen for his draw to Alex Janceski.

A big thank you should go to the Maccabi Junior Chess Club for hosting the event, with a special thank you to Shai Levin for all the hard work he put in behind the scenes making sure this event would be a success.

Report kindly provided by Jay Lakner.

Prize Winners

 Open
 1st: Rebo Fu
 2nd: Jamie Laubbacher
 3rd: Ronen Diamant

 Junior/U1200
 1st: Barath Harirajesh
 2nd: Ram Manav Soni
=3rd: Hardy Dai, Aaron Levine, Ezra Levine,  Rafael Levine & Raphael Resnick

 Upset Prizes
 Dylan Gough, Paul Ivankovich & Anthony Nguyen


Final Standings


 Pos   Pts  ID   NAME                   Rtg   Fed  Buc1  BucT

   1   9.5   1   Fu,Yihe (Rebo)         2044  WA   69.0  74.0
   2   9.0   7   Laubbacher,Jamie       1324  WA   69.5  74.5
   3   8.0  21   Diamant,Ronen             0  WA   71.0  76.0
   4   7.0   5   Gough,Dylan            1523  WA   72.5  77.5
   5   7.0   2   Tomic,Nedeljko         1720  WA   71.0  71.0
   6   7.0   3   Wolstencroft,Alan      1701  WA   70.5  75.5
   7   7.0   4   Ivankovich,Paul        1649  WA   69.5  70.5
   8   7.0   8   Harirajesh,Barath      1148  WA   65.0  69.0
   9   6.5   6   Janceski,Alex          1499  WA   67.0  71.5
  10   6.5  10   Soni,Ram Manav          686  WA   56.5  60.5
  11   6.0  11   Levine,Aaron            656  WA   65.0  70.0
  12   6.0  26   Levine,Rafael             0  WA   56.0  59.0
  13   6.0  16   Dai,Hardy               354  WA   54.5  55.5
  14   6.0  25   Levine,Ezra               0  WA   54.5  54.5
  15   6.0  14   Resnick,Raphael         575  WA   53.5  57.5
  16   5.5  13   Barbare,Ishaan          627  WA   66.0  70.0
  17   5.5  15   Nguyen,Anthony          457  WA   65.0  69.5
  18   5.5  27   Levy,David                0  WA   56.5  56.5
  19   5.0  12   Resnick,Naftali         642  WA   61.0  64.0
  20   5.0   9   Levin,Daniel            764  WA   59.5  64.5
  21   5.0  23   Zamil,Hasan               0  WA   54.5  54.5
  22   5.0  30   Naouri,Gilaad             0  WA   51.0  52.0
  23   5.0  19   Caro,Oz                   0  WA   50.0  50.0
  24   5.0  17   Salamastrakis,Orlando   275  WA   46.5  46.5
  25   4.5  31   Posner,Eliav              0  WA   53.5  57.5
  26   4.5  22   Forsyth,Felix             0  WA   47.5  47.5
  27   4.0  24   Konno,Genta               0  WA   50.0  51.0
  28   4.0  29   Mueller,Henning           0  WA   50.0  50.0
  29   4.0  32   Snel,Benji                0  WA   44.0  44.0
  30   3.0  28   Liu,Roy                   0  WA   44.5  44.5
  31   1.0  20   Diamant,Natan             0  WA   47.5  47.5
  32   0.0  18   Caro,Alit                 0  WA   49.0  50.0



Cross Table


 Pos NAME                 Rtg   T  Fed  Pts |   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9    10    11    |  Buc1   BucT  
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   1 Fu,Yihe (Rebo)       2044      WA  9.5 | +W24  +B19  -W7   +B16  +W8   +W2   +B5   +W3   +B6   =W4   +B9    |  69.0   74.0 
   2 Laubbacher,Jamie     1324      WA  9.0 | +W21  +B13  +W5   +B7   +W3   -B1   +B9   +W6   -B4   +W17  +B11   |  69.5   74.5 
   3 Diamant,Ronen           0      WA  8.0 | +B4   +W20  +B17  +W6   -B2   -W9   +W7   -B1   +W8   +W5   +B16   |  71.0   76.0 
   4 Gough,Dylan          1523      WA  7.0 | -W3   +B14  +W9   +B19  -W5   +B13  +W8   =B10  +W2   =B1   -W7    |  72.5   77.5 
   5 Tomic,Nedeljko       1720      WA  7.0 | +B32  +W11  -B2   +W28  +B4   +W6   -W1   +B9   +W7   -B3   -W8    |  71.0   71.0 
   6 Wolstencroft,Alan    1701      WA  7.0 | +W23  +B15  +W8   -B3   +W7   -B5   +W20  -B2   -W1   +B10  +W17   |  70.5   75.5 
   7 Ivankovich,Paul      1649      WA  7.0 | +B31  +W16  +B1   -W2   -B6   +W11  -B3   +W17  -B5   +W19  +B4    |  69.5   70.5 
   8 Harirajesh,Barath    1148      WA  7.0 | +B27  +W12  -B6   +W25  -B1   +W16  -B4   +W11  -B3   +W26  +B5    |  65.0   69.0 
   9 Janceski,Alex        1499      WA  6.5 | +B26  =W17  -B4   +W23  +B20  +B3   -W2   -W5   +B18  +W16  -W1    |  67.0   71.5 
  10 Soni,Ram Manav        686      WA  6.5 | -B12  +W27  =B23  +W17  -B11  +W28  +B19  =W4   =B16  -W6   +B18   |  56.5   60.5 
  11 Levine,Aaron          656      WA  6.0 | +W18  -B5   -W21  +B14  +W10  -B7   +W22  -B8   +W12  +B15  -W2    |  65.0   70.0 
  12 Levine,Rafael           0      WA  6.0 | +W10  -B8   -W19  +B15  -W16  -B14  +W30  +B24  -B11  +W28  +W20   |  56.0   59.0 
  13 Dai,Hardy             354      WA  6.0 | +B29  -W2   -B25  +W18  +B28  -W4   -B17  -W14  +B31  +W27  +B19   |  54.5   55.5 
  14 Levine,Ezra             0      WA  6.0 | -B20  -W4   +B32  -W11  +B30  +W12  -W18  +B13  -W15  +B21  +W22   |  54.5   54.5 
  15 Resnick,Raphael       575      WA  6.0 | +B22  -W6   -B28  -W12  +B23  +W25  +B29  -W18  +B14  -W11  +B26   |  53.5   57.5 
  16 Barbare,Ishaan        627      WA  5.5 | +W28  -B7   +W18  -W1   +B12  -B8   +W21  +B20  =W10  -B9   -W3    |  66.0   70.0 
  17 Nguyen,Anthony        457      WA  5.5 | +W25  =B9   -W3   -B10  +W22  +B21  +W13  -B7   +W20  -B2   -B6    |  65.0   69.5 
  18 Levy,David              0      WA  5.5 | -B11  +W32  -B16  -B13  =W26  +W23  +B14  +B15  -W9   +B25  -W10   |  56.5   56.5 
  19 Resnick,Naftali       642      WA  5.0 | +B30  -W1   +B12  -W4   +B27  -W20  -W10  +B21  +W22  -B7   -W13   |  61.0   64.0 
  20 Levin,Daniel          764      WA  5.0 | +W14  -B3   +W24  +B21  -W9   +B19  -B6   -W16  -B17  +W23  -B12   |  59.5   64.5 
  21 Zamil,Hasan             0      WA  5.0 | -B2   +W29  +B11  -W20  +B25  -W17  -B16  -W19  +B32  -W14  +B27   |  54.5   54.5 
  22 Naouri,Gilaad           0      WA  5.0 | -W15  -B23  +B26  +W24  -B17  +W27  -B11  +W29  -B19  +W31  -B14   |  51.0   52.0 
  23 Caro,Oz                 0      WA  5.0 | -B6   +W22  =W10  -B9   -W15  -B18  +W32  =B25  +W30  -B20  +W31   |  50.0   50.0 
  24 Salamastrakis,Orland  275      WA  5.0 | -B1   +W30  -B20  -B22  -W29  +B31  +W28  -W12  -B26  +W32  +B25   |  46.5   46.5 
  25 Posner,Eliav            0      WA  4.5 | -B17  +W26  +W13  -B8   -W21  -B15  +B27  =W23  +B29  -W18  -W24   |  53.5   57.5 
  26 Forsyth,Felix           0      WA  4.5 | -W9   -B25  -W22  +W32  =B18  -B29  +W31  +B30  +W24  -B8   -W15   |  47.5   47.5 
  27 Konno,Genta             0      WA  4.0 | -W8   -B10  +W29  +B30  -W19  -B22  -W25  +B31  +W28  -B13  -W21   |  50.0   51.0 
  28 Mueller,Henning         0      WA  4.0 | -B16  +W31  +W15  -B5   -W13  -B10  -B24  +W32  -B27  -B12  +W30   |  50.0   50.0 
  29 Snel,Benji              0      WA  4.0 | -W13  -B21  -B27  +W31  +B24  +W26  -W15  -B22  -W25  -B30  +B32   |  44.0   44.0 
  30 Liu,Roy                 0      WA  3.0 | -W19  -B24  +B31  -W27  -W14  +B32  -B12  -W26  -B23  +W29  -B28   |  44.5   44.5 
  31 Diamant,Natan           0      WA  1.0 | -W7   -B28  -W30  -B29  +B32  -W24  -B26  -W27  -W13  -B22  -B23   |  47.5   47.5 
  32 Caro,Alit               0      WA  0.0 | -W5   -B18  -W14  -B26  -W31  -W30  -B23  -B28  -W21  -B24  -W29   |  49.0   50.0