The Spring Competition is at a stage now that we can see indicators of the players moving into the prize zone in the Intermediate and Advanced groups. The Beginners group is being prepared now for competition play.
In the beginners group, first we welcome Kaya and Kian as our new members. The group is growing now towards over 10 players, which is the maximum for this, always most dynamic, group.
In this group we played a real match for the first time, but only for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes the games were stopped and we would all go the boards to agree who had the better position.
We agreed that Kaiden had a slight advantage over Kian. Saga, although a Queen up, would lose that queen on next move and would be in material disadvantage of a queen against rook. Christopher had the upper hand against Kaya and Mikael was proud to be assessed drawish with a plus against coach David. Way to go Mikael!
Kaya (left) against Christopher (foreground), Sage (left middle) against James and Kaiden (left back) against Kian
Mikael played confidently with black to claim a draw!
With 2 more games to go Bryant is steering towards a 100% score after 6 wins in 6 games. Based on this score so far Bryant would add 72.2 points to his rating once the the tournament is closed. Franz is making a strong comeback and with 3.5 points stands strongly on 2nd place. Max, with 3 points on 3rd place has thus far increased his rating most with over 100 points. Noteworthy is also that Jay is crawling closer to the top 3 with 2 consecutive wins. Well done!
Also welcome to Hyung Jun as our new member!
Cross Table Intermediate Group after 6 rounds
Chor Wei got his first win in an exciting game against Max with several queen promotions on both sides. The clock was for both players close to zero which is an indicator of the players taking their time. Great progress.
Similarly Wilson and Mei Jing had a great game with Mei Jing little time left on the clock, but enough advantage on the board to win the game in time. With 3 points out of 4 Mei Jing is now leading the Advanced group, on the way improving her rating in this championship with 93.3 points for now. Miguel Angel and Gerent, both without a loss for now, are still within range though once caught up a couple of games.
Cross Table after Round 4 Advanced Group