Leonid Sandler made a third visit from Melbourne to participate in the Blitz and, having 3 out of 5 scores, has qualified to be the Blitz Champion of 2021! Congratulations to Leonid. His final score was 20.5 out of 21, with only young Paul Dao able to wrest half a point off him in the final game of the final tournament of the year. In a dramatic finish where Paul had the advantage, Leonid managed to get a draw by repetition as the other players watched on near midnight - everyone tired after participating in the AGM and only starting after 9pm! Crosstable will be posted when I get hold of it.
16 players participated in the blitz tournament held OTB at the BMI. Masks were worn and everyone QRed in. Jamie and Patrick shared the gold on 5.5 of 7.
The 3rd Blitz tournament was held on the night before lockdown - IM Leonid Sandler also participated as he was at the club delivering a lecture to our members. 19 players started and 14 finished after 11pm with a predictable win by Leonid!
23 players took part in Blitz 2 - people seem to like the slower pace created by adding a 5 second increment to the games. Ruari ended up on the top of the pile, winning his last game on time, with his clock still on 4 minutes - great time management! Leonard put in a great performance and was only a half point behind.
A surprise visitor took the honours for the first blitz tournament of the year: Chess Victoria President, IM Leonid Sandler, joined in and won all his 7 games. Patrick and Harrison followed on 5.5, and Leonard on 5 points. A great turnout of 22 players kicked off the year's scheduled events in style! We had some old faces reappear: Angus Blenkiron, Bill Coutts and James Watson, and some newish faces too: Julian Feinberg, Nick Lyons, Joe Daher and Vivaan Solanki. Covid safe practices were upheld, with masks now not being mandatory.
The Ernie Greenhalgh Blitz Championship.
A Grand Prix cycle of five, 7 round tournaments throughout the year, with a player's best 3 scores deciding the title.
There is a $75 prize for the King or Queen of the clock!