Welcome to the Perth Chess Club

North Woodvale Primary School, 4 Chichester Drive (Cnr Trappers Drive), Woodvale WA 6026

Perth Chess Club is a senior club based in the Northern Suburbs. Usually over 30 players of all standards enjoy chess each Wednesday from mid-January to early December.

Information about the club, including a map of its location, is available on the <Club Info> page.

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Perth Club Championship

(2022-05-13)

Games from round five of the Club Championship are available for viewing and download (PGN) on the <Tournament page>.

Lightning Championship; Fixed Openings

(2022-04-08)

Report from Rob Maris:

The Lightning Championship had 29 players competing in a 7 round swiss with 5 mins plus 2 secs per move. Derwent Maggs finished first on 6/7 ahead of Rob Maris and Alex Janceski.

The Fixed Openings tournament had a different opening for each of the 5 rounds, thanks to organiser Alan Wolsencroft. Marc Saxon had an impressive victory over Derwent Maggs in the last round to finish first.

Mary Thomson Cup

(2022-04-08)

Report from Rob Maris:

The MT Cup consisted of 34 players that were allocated into 4 rating groups.

A feature of this tournament was the games being available to view on the <Tournament page>, with thanks to Daniel Clarke and David Barry.

The "A" was a 10 player swiss that was won by Derwent Maggs on 6.5/7, his only draw being to Gyula Plaganyi. Gyula finished third just behind Rob Maris on 5.

In the "B" Chirag Doshi triumphed with 5.5/6, his only draw to Dylan Gough. Dylan shared 2nd place with Tristan Weijermars on 3.5/6.

The top two players in the "C" are clearly improving players: 1st was Ashley Michael on 6/7 with Charles Knight 2nd on 5/7.

Before the last round of the "D", only 1.5 points (4/6 to 2.5/6) separated all 8 players! In the final round Norbert Muller triumphed to finish 1st on 5/7 with Manfred Young 2nd on 4.5.

Please see the cross-tables on the <Tournament page> for further details of the Mary Thomson Cup.

Ratings and Calendar update

(2022-03-03)

The <Calendar of Events> has been changed: the dates of the Lightning Championship (now 6 April) and the Bernard Anton match (now 5 October) have been swapped.

The <Ratings page> has been updated with the March ACF and FIDE ratings.

Club in recess; ratings update

(2021-12-06)

The club is in recess for the rest of the year, and will re-open with an Allegro Open tournament starting on 12 January. The <Calendar of Events> is now available for 2022.

Some photos from the trophy presentations are available on the <Photos page>.

The <Ratings page> has been updated with the December PCC and ACF ratings.

Norbert Muller Cup

(2021-11-19)

Report from Rob Maris:

The first Norbert Muller Cup was extremely well supported by members with 39 participating in a friendly and competitive manner. The B, C and D groups consisted of 8-player all-play-all groups, whilst the A group was a 7-round swiss of 15 players.

In the A group Derwent Maggs scored a perfect 7/7, 2.5 points clear of equal 2nd place that was shared between unrated Josh Davoll, Rob Maris and improving junior Iker Hernandez Mendez.

The last round of the B group saw Ernest Boswarva defeat Steven Hintz to finish equal first with him on 5.5/7, a point ahead of 3rd placed Franz Oswald who joined the club from Melbourne.

In the C group top-rated Colin Walker was 1st with 6.5/7 conceding a draw to Ashley Michael. Ashley was the lowest rated player in this group, but is clearly improving as he scored 4.5/7 to finish 3rd with John Brooke. New member Morgan Larkin from USA came 2nd on 5/7.

Manfred Young was highest scorer in the D group with 6/7, his only loss coming in the last round to new member Jake Watson who was 2nd on 5.5/7. Another newish member Ridge Kwenda was equal 3rd with young Senudi De Vas on 4.5/7.

Congratulations to the highest scoring player Derwent Maggs; he is the first player to have his name engraved on the Norbert Muller Cup. For details of all players' scores please see the <Tournament page>.

Ratings update

(2021-10-02)

The <Ratings page> has been updated with the September PCC and October FIDE ratings.

Wolfgang Leonhardt Cup and John Brooke Cup

(2021-09-16)

Report from Rob Maris:

The Wolfgang Leonhardt Cup & John Brooke Cup attracted a total of 38 players. This consisted of 14 players in the higher rated Wolfgang Leonhardt Cup and 24 players in the John Brooke Cup.

In the Wolfgang Leonhardt Cup, Marc Saxon was impressive winning his first 6 games. Marc was held to a draw in the final round by Peter De Yaak who came 2nd on 4.5/7. Two of the lowest rated players, Daniel Clarke and Marcus Ingram-Halford, performed well above their rating scoring 3.5 and 3 respectively.

In the John Brooke Cup it was a close fascinating battle at the top with the lead changing from Justin Massam to Miles Sowden then to Steven Hintz. Steven finished 1st on 6/7 with Yonal De Vas 2nd on 5.5 and Kuol Garang 3rd on 5/7. Three new members competed: Martin Leech 4/7, Matthew Dudek 4/7, Ridge Kwenda 2/7. Martin and Matthew will also gain a FIDE rating, as will Charles Knight and Ashley Michael.

Please see the <Tournament page> for the cross-tables showing how all players scored.

Ratings update

(2021-09-09)

The <Ratings page> has been updated with the August PCC and September ACF ratings.

Calendar update

(2021-09-04)

The <Calendar of Events> has had a slight change: the problem solving competition will no longer be held, and the Lightning Championship will be played at a 5min+3sec increment time control instead of 3min+2sec.

Fred Maris Trophy

(2021-07-31)

Report from Rob Maris:

The first Fred Maris Trophy rated tournament attracted 34 players, a really good turn-out for a Winter tournament. It was pleasing to see Ross List and Norbert Muller making a welcome return to a rated tournament at the club. There were 4 all-play-all groups of 6 players and the "A" group was a 10-player 5-round swiss.

The winner of the Fred Maris Trophy with 5/5 was Yonal de Vas. The top scoring player in each group was: "A" Rob Maris 4.5/5, "B" Daniel Clarke 4.5/5, "C" Yonal de Vas 5/5, "D" Darren Powell 4/5, "E" Geoffrey Owen 4.5/5.

Each of the all-play-all groups was won by the second highest rated player. In the "A" swiss there were many draws, including Robert Stortz drawing every game. For the full results please see the <Tournament page>.

Bernard Anton Shield

(2021-07-10)

Report from Alan Wolstencroft:

Perth Chess Club retained the Bernard Anton Shield with a convincing win over the Metro Chess Club 21.5 to 14.5, a very similar result to that of the earlier home match in June. The combined 2021 score was 43.5 (Perth Chess Club) to 28.5 (Metro Chess Club).

As usual there was a friendly spirit during the match despite the intensity of some of the games.

Calendar update

(2021-07-08)

Following the recent closure of the club due to the COVID restrictions, the <Calendar of Events> has been amended. The Rapid Play Championship has been removed from 21 & 28 July and replaced with the Fred Maris Trophy.

Ratings update

(2021-06-04)

The <Ratings page> has been updated with the June PCC, ACF, and FIDE ratings.

Club Championship

(2021-05-21)

Report from Rob Maris:

The 2021 Perth Chess Club Championship had 38 players competing in a 7 round swiss that was also FIDE rated. With the swiss format this gave players the opportunity to play against those they do not usually meet in the all-play-all tournaments.

In round 6 Marc Saxon achieved a draw with black in a long game against Derwent Maggs. This meant that Derwent went into the final round with black against David Barry who was sharing the lead. Derwent triumphed to finish 1st on 6/7 with Marc and Derek Elkington in equal 2nd place.

Amongst the other impressive performers, with wins and draws against higher rated players, were Marcus Simonds, Iker Hernandez Mendez, John Brooke and Darren Powell. All players' results can be observed from the cross-table on the <Tournament page>.

Calendar update

(2021-05-01)

Following the recent closure of the club for one week due to the COVID restrictions, the <Calendar of Events> has been amended.

Ratings update

(2021-04-02)

The <Ratings page> has been updated with the March/April PCC, ACF, and FIDE ratings.

Mary Thomson Cup

(2021-03-25)

Report from Rob Maris:

The Mary Thomson Cup consisted of 40 players that were split into 4 groups: the "A" was a 16 player 7 round swiss, whilst the "B", "C", "D" were all-play-all groups of 8 players.

"A": Derwent Maggs showed why he is rated about 2200 with a convincing performance to secure 1st place on 6.5/7. Derwent was 1.5 points clear of Chirag Doshi and Rob Maris in equal 2nd. Marc Saxon made a welcome return to tournament chess after a break of over 10 years, he achieved 50% despite playing against the top 3 scorers. New member Marcus Ingram-Halford was also impressive scoring 4/7. Highly rated Rebo found playing at two clubs too tiring and withdrew after draws with Kelly Ristovsky and David Barry and a loss to John Barber.

"B": New member Daniel Clarke triumphed in some level looking endgames to win all 7 games. Thomas Browning and Mark Howard shared 2nd place with 4.5.

"C": Ernest Boswarva was on fine form to finish 1st on 5.5, his only loss was to new member Brandon Barry. Brandon was second on 5 after being held to a draw in the last round by improving junior Yonal De Vas. Ernest's only draw was to another new member Matt Carroll who came 3rd with 4.5.

"D": Brian Overste was successful in taking out 1st place, also with 5.5/7. Brian was just half a point ahead of Mike Rennie and Gordon Lucas.

Please see the <Tournament page> for details of all players' results.

Calendar update

(2021-02-11)

Following the recent one-week lockdown, the <Calendar of Events> has been amended.

Allegro Championship

(2021-01-21)

Report from Rob Maris:

The Allegro Championship was an 8-round swiss held over two weeks (13 & 20 Jan). This attracted an excellent turn-out of 40 players, that enjoyed plenty of games after the Christmas break.

We ended up with a 3-way tie for equal first on 6.5/8: Yihe Fu (Rebo), Saminda De Vas, Derek Elkington. Just half a point behind them were Derwent Maggs and Jamie Laubbacher.

The Allegro seems to be a popular tournament to start off the new year and helps to assess the appropriate rating group for players new to the club.

For any rescheduling of games or contact details of members, please contact Rob Maris. Tel. 0434 018 624 or email <rob.maris@perthchessclub.org.au>.