In a dramatic final round, the leader Rob Loveband was defeated by rampaging Jamie Brotheridge, while Bas van Riel overcame Rodney Jacobs, so Rob shares the title with Bas.
Meanwhile, Sean Macak faced unbeaten Chantelle Barnett for the Reserves title, and he profited from a rare blunder by Chantelle; President Patrick Cook was probably lucky to defeat Secretary Anna Yates; Louis Douglas fell to Caitlin Barnett; and Peter Wang defeated promising junior Justin Goodison. Leading final scores: Rob Loveband & Bas van Riel 6, Jamie Brotheridge 5.5, Patrick Cook & Sean Macak 5
Anna playing Patrick, Gabriel played Tom, and Bas outplayed Rod for a share in the title.
With one round to go, Rob Loveband has secured at least a share of the title after brushing aside Ruari Coffey. Bas van Riel remains in with a chance after defeating Peter Miitel. Meanwhile, several of our juniors are continuing to show very good chess skills. Sean Macak kept Patrick Cook honest with an excellent draw after good preparation. Chantelle Barnett punished Harrison Harrison’s eccentric opening play, and remains unbeaten! Kalen Douglas showed his promise with a fine win over Michael Schreenan, while his older brother Louis bounced back with a win over Matthew Pace.
Leonard plays Dan, Rob focuses against Ruari, and Sean faces the "drawmeister" Patrick.
The 2018 Teters Memorial is reaching the pointy end, and Rob Loveband has charged to the lead after an excellent win over Patrick Cook. High flying juniors Louis Douglas and Sean Macak met each other with Sean emerging victorious in a fighting game. Chantelle Barnett showed high class technique in a rook and pawn ending to hold Peter Wang to a draw, and remains unbeaten! Kalen Douglas played very well against Rodney Jacob’s power chess before falling for a trick; and Ruari Coffey produced a nice smothered mate to defeat Harrison Harrison. Rob Loveband leads with 5/5, Bas van Riel and Ruari Coffey follow on 4/5, and Sean Macak heads a pack of players on 3.5/5.
Peter vs Chantelle, Ruby vs Anna, and Bas faces Jamie
The strong run of the juniors stalled in round 4 when Sean Macak was outplayed in a lively
game by Jamie Brotheridge, and Louis Douglas fell into a trap after initially getting the
better of Patrick Cook. Chantelle Barnett did very well to hold Robert Bailey to a draw.
At the top of the table, Rob Loveband now leads with 4/4 after a fine victory over top seed
Bas van Riel.
Sean Macak meets Jamie Brotheridge, and Louis Douglas faces Patrick Cook
The junior players had some mixed results this round. On the upside, experienced chess
coach Robert Bailey was held to a draw by his student(!) Sean Macak, and Louis Douglas
stunned his opponent Kent Baden to score a great win. Leonard Goodison fell to Gabriela
Marquez, and Justin Goodison was taught a lesson by Kevin Perrin. Other notable results
were Anna Yates’ excellent win over Tom Oppenheim, and Chantelle Barnett’s draw versus
Michael Schreenan. Bas van Riel and Rob Loveband lead with 3/3.
Juniors continue to do well in the tournament! Sean Macak dispatched veteran Ian Boyle,
while Louis Douglas held professional coach Robert Bailey to a draw. Patrick Cook had to
work hard to overcome Caitlin Barnet, and Rob Loveband conjured an aesthetically pretty
mate against Kevin Perrin. All the other games went more or less as expected.
Teters Round 1
35 players have entered the Arthur Teters Memorial 2018, including 2-time Club Champion Peter Miitel, returning to the Club after a lengthy period away. This is a fantastic turnout for this prestigious event.
Since it is a Swiss tournament, the first few rounds tend to see mismatched pairings, leaving plenty of room for upsets. And we got 2 major upsets: first, Chantelle Barnett brilliantly defused Rodney Jacobs’ aggressive play to score a great victory (see games), and second, Sean Macak defeated a perhaps rusty Peter Miitel.
That two of our up and coming juniors can score impressive wins against experienced Champions, bodes well for the future of chess in Ballarat.
All the other games went according to rating, except for Matthew Pace scoring a forfeit.
Arthur Teters Memorial
This year's tournament begins on August 2nd, and is a seven round Swiss tournament. Arthur was a past Ballarat Champion and also previous Australian Open winner. In 2015 we began using an old analog clock donated by Bill Hoffman as our trophy.
Last year the tournament was won by Harrison on 6.5 out of 7 points. There will be many competitors vying to hold the clock for the year - come a little early and register for the tournament and a chance to be the next Teters Champion!