The 54th Peninsula Open Chess Tournament.
The 54th consecutive Peninsula open chess tournament was held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June, 2019 in the Grace Lutheran College school at Rothwell.
The tournament was sponsored by the Redcliffe Chess Club and professionally supported by AuNix Internet who ensured that the top 8 boards were supplied with DGT on line coverage and those games can be sourced at https://livechess.aunz.net.
The tournament was conducted over 6 rounds, with a time control of 60 minutes plus an increment of 20 seconds per move. There were 61 players in attendance, with a strong junior contingent (especially from the Gold Coast) as well as 2 IMs Stephen Solomon (top seed) and Brodie McClymont. The tournament was conducted in a very friendly, but extremely competitive manner with long and complex games being the order of the day. There were many games exceeding 75 plus moves and the endgame technique of many of the juniors displayed a maturity beyond their age, which is a great credit to them and their coaches.
For the statistically minded, of the 168 games played, white won 83, black 68 and only 17 draws were recorded.
There are 2 games of considerable interest – Eason Wang’s (11 years old) draw against IM Stephen Solomon. The game went for 115 moves and Eason played an extremely complex endgame in fine style to secure the draw. The other is Craig Stewart’s game against IM Brodie McClymont – a Grob!!! An extremely tactical game (and one for the Grob aficionados) that tested the skillls of the IM, who during his presentation speech stated that this was his most testing game of the tournament.
The tournament had $2,550 in cash prizes up for grabs, and in a close finish in all rating groups the winners were:
Open: =1st were IM Brodie McClymont and Aiden Brady both on 5 1/2 points out of 6. Aiden had a remarkable tournament playing well above his rating. Hopefully, this break through result will auger well for his continued improvement as an emerging player to watch on the local chess scene.
=3rd were IM Stephen Solomon; David Lovejoy and Majid Jabur all on 5 points. Majid has had a long absence from competitive chess and we hope to see more of him in upcoming tournaments.
Group A winners were Eason Wang; Mark Stokes; Khush Patel; Craig Stewart and Oliver Yang.
Group B winner was Diego Aldana.
Group C Raphael Atia.
Group D Shub Patel and Masaki Williams.
Group E Sophia Sophia Ahern.
The unrated prize was shared between Aadi Rai and Steven Gatt.
Final standings were:
Place Name Rating Points 1-2 McClymont, Brodie QLD 2368 5.5 Brady, Aiden QLD 1387 5.5 3-5 Solomon, Stephen J QLD 2374 5 Jabur, Majid QLD U/R 5 Lovejoy, David QLD 1739 5 6-7 Maguire, Tom QLD 2206 4.5 Nothdurft, John D VIC 1719 4.5 8-15 Yang, Oliver QLD 1440 4 Wang, Eason QLD 1344 4 Patel, Khush QLD 1333 4 Weller, Tony QLD 1593 4 Stewart, Craig A QLD 1425 4 Stokes, Mark C QLD 1454 4 Atia, Raphael QLD 955 4 Aldana, Diego QLD 1285 4 16-23 Morris, Byron QLD 1742 3.5 Ooi, Jayden QLD 1576 3.5 Fossey, Allan QLD 1697 3.5 Atia, Ben QLD 1308 3.5 Dewadasa, Imira QLD 1167 3.5 Mercado, Rover-Leigh QLD 1334 3.5 Li, Jason QLD 1177 3.5 Van Der Byl, Orsen QLD 1237 3.5 24-37 Ming, Kenny QLD 1178 3 Warta, George QLD 1359 3 Ahern, Sophia QLD 643 3 Kodituwakku, Dulin Nethsuka QLD 1033 3 Cooper, Joshua QLD 946 3 Bargo, Peter-John QLD 1031 3 Patel, Shubh QLD 729 3 Xing, Zerui QLD 1072 3 Lo, Micah QLD 891 3 Williams, Masaki QLD 835 3 Rai, Aadi U/R 3 Lam, Colin QLD 880 3 Gatt, Steven U/R 3 Patel, Himanshu QLD 968 3 38-42 Sudhahar, Mittun NSW 1478 2.5 Yeung, Jennifer QLD 799 2.5 Suraweera, Adheesha QLD 953 2.5 Paliwoda, John QLD 1310 2.5 Yang, Melody QLD 650 2.5 43-53 Turner, Jai QLD 699 2 Young, Micah QLD 753 2 Martinuzzi, Luca QLD 551 2 Martinuzzi, Sebastian QLD U/R 2 Hoens, Scott QLD 686 2 Perera, Ometh QLD 386 2 Carter, Martin QLD 835 2 Rogers, Jim QLD 651 2 Hamilton, Don QLD 1309 2 Allen, Kris QLD 792 2 Williams, Elizabeth QLD 713 2 54-55 Qu, Anson QLD 846 1.5 Polkinghorne, Ethan QLD 357 1.5 56-59 Martinuzzi, Kal QLD 291 1 Hartley, Lachlan U/R 1 Long, Bobby QLD U/R 1 Janof, Ali U/R 1 60 Mercado, Eowyn QLD 574 0.5 61 Lovli, Werner QLD 432 0
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