Millennium Hotels New Zealand Chess Grand Prix 2007

































































































First of all, some exciting news: as you may have noticed, the Grand Prix has a new name. NZCF Council has reached an agreement with Millennium Hotels and Resorts to sponsor the nationwide chess Grand Prix for two years, starting from 2007. I would like to acknowledge the hard work NZCF President Paul Spiller has put into this sponsorship deal; he has put in a lot of effort to achieve what I am sure will be an excellent outcome for both parties.

















Paul Spiller
Photo by Stan Yee Increased Grand Prix Prizes The New Zealand Chess Federation is delighted to advise that, with the support of Millennium Hotels and Resorts, the Grand Prix prizes for 2007 have been upgraded. Council has now approved the following prizes for this season: Open: 1st $600, 2nd $400, 3rd $300, 4th $250, 5th $200 Under 2000: 1st $350, 2nd $250, 3rd $200, 4th $100 Under 1700: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $150 Under 1400: 1st $200, 2nd $150, 3rd $100 Junior: 1st $200, 2nd $150, 3rd $100 Female: 1st $200, 2nd $150, 3rd $100 Senior: 1st $200, 2nd $150, 3rd $100 U14 & U1400: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $50 Best North Island non-winner outside Auckland and Wellington: $50 Best South Island non-winner: $50 This is an overall increase of $1,400 on last year’s prizes. Event Results Howick Rapid (Class 3): Leading scores were: B. Lim (6/7) 1, S. Yee (5.5) 2, R. Gibbons, C. Blaxall (5) 3-4, A. Peng, J. Benson (4) 5-6 …16 players. Kapiti Rapid (Class 2): D. Baider, S. Lukey, N. Croad (5/6) 1-3, M. van der Hoorn, S. Wastney (4.5) 4-5, R. Dive, M. Hill, A. Ker, M. Post, R. Jackson (4) 6-10 …36 players. Devonport Rapid (Class 2): S. Conquest (5/5) 1, L. McLaren, M. Krstev, A. Carpinter (4) 2-4, R. Smith, B. Watson, P. Garbett, P. Stuart (3.5) 5-8, A. Krstev, M. Steadman, F. Fuatai, W. Power, R. Gibbons (3) 9-13 … 32 players. North Shore Open (Class 1): L. McLaren (4.5/5) 1, M. Steadman (4) 2, P. Garbett, R. Hart (3.5) 3-4, A. Krstev, G. Thornton, Andy Chen, J. Duneas, F. Fuatai (3) 5-9 …20 players B Tournament: V. Smith (4.5/5) 1, J. Book, D. Smith (4) 2-3, S. Maroroa, R. Seabrook, G. Pocock (3.5) 4-6, V. Jefferson, S. De Palma, R. Dare (3) 7-9 …24 players. C Tournament: J. Ruan (5/5) 1, G. Liu, B. Wu, V. Collingwood, X. Li (4) 2-5, M. Bi, D. Zhao, D. Taylor, J. McRae (3.5) 6-9 …36 players. Waikato Open: R. Smith (5/6) 1, D. Han (4.5) 2, M. Steadman, F. Fuatai, A. Krstev , D. Shen (4) 3-6, J. Browne, P. Goffin (3.5) 7-8 …20 players B Tournament: R. Dare, W. Lynn (5.5/6) 1-2, A. Ansell (4.5) 3, G. Shields (4) 4, R. Collingwood, G. Pocock, Atanas Alipiev, N. Cruden, G. Judkins (3.5) 5-9 …23 players North Island Champs (Class 1): L. McLaren, D. Eade (6.5/8) 1-2, B. Cheng, M. Krstev (6) 3-4, E. Chen, R. Gibbons, D. Dolejs (5.5) 5-7, P. Stuart, J. Browne, G. Thornton, F. Petreski, R. Perry, N. Goodhue, A. Krstev, D. Shen, W. Forster, H. Milligan, A. Michael, Andy Chen, N. Cruden, L. Rawnsley, E. Huang, B. Gloistein (5) 8-18 …56 players North Island Rapid (Class 1): P. Wang (5.5/6) 1, M. Krstev, P. Garbett, F. Petreski, B. Cheng, L. McLaren (5) 2-6, R. Gibbons, R. Smith, A. Krstev, H. Milligan (4.5) 7-10 … 74 players NZ Junior Champs (Class 1): M. Krstev (6.5/7) 1, G. Thornton (6) 2, S. Maroroa, D. Smith (5.5) 3-4, M. Wu, E. Chen, H. Ruan, J. Gao, N. Tsoi, Shirley Wu (5) 5-10, D. Shen, E. Nicholls, A. Alipiev (4.5) 11-13 … 58 players NZ Junior Rapid Champs (Class 1): P. Wang (6/6) 1, M. Wu, D. Shen, H. Ruan, C. Guo (5) 2-5, M. Krstev, Sharon Wu, Shirley Wu, E. Chen (4.5) 6-9 … 70 players Fairhurst Pawn (Class 3): L. McLaren (8.5/9) 1, F. Fuatai (7) 2, S. Yee (6.5) 3, R. Taylor (6) 4, R. Gibbons, P. Spiller, C. Blaxall, S. Plyler (5.5) 5-8 … 27 players. 30th Waitakere Licensing Trust Chess Open (Superclass) A Tournament: R. Smith (5/6) 1, M. Steadman (4.5) 2, L. McLaren, J. Browne, P. Zhang (4) 3-5, W. Forster, A. Krstev, C. Thurner, R. Perry, B. Cheng (3.5) 6-10 …22 players B Tournament: V. Smith (5/6) 1, J. Book, N. Fairley, F. Petreski (4.5) 2-4, W. Lynn, E. Chen, J. O’Connor, E. Tanoi 5-8 …24 players C Tournament: M. Steiner (5.5/6) 1, A. Michael (5) 2, Sharon Wu, V. Collingwood, R. Collingwood (4.5) 3-5, J. Francis, A. Huang, D. Zhao, J. Ruan, J. Gesmundo, C. Guo, N. Tsoi (4) 6-12 … 37 players Junior Tournament: B. Wu (5.5/6) 1, T. Chen, H. Zhang (5) 2-3, M. Jiang, N. Guo (4.5) 4-5, A. Maroroa, C. Chen, O. Dong (4) 6-8 … 32 players. Otago Queen’s Birthday Open (Superclass): P. Garbett (5.5/6) 1, N. Croad (5) 2, M. Voracek, D. Weegenaar, Q. Johnson (4.5) 3-5, J. Sutherland, R. Dowden, R. Sutton, H. Bennett, B. Donaldson (4) 6-10, R. Dive, A. Nijman, Q. Chao (3.5) 11-13 … 38 players NZ Seniors’ Championship (Class 2): V. Smith, W. Power, G. Hoskyn (4.5/6) 1-3, W. Lynn (4) 4, H. Courtney, A. Booth, E. Otene (3.5) 5-7 … 14 players Wellington Easter: N Croad, S. Lukey (5/6) 1-2, P. Stuart, D. Baider (4.5) 3-4, R. Jackson, B. Nijman, J. Davis, F. Fuatai (4) 5-8 …33 players NZ Women’s Championship: (8 player round robin): Shirley Wu (5.5/7) 1, J. Gao, E. Chen, H. Milligan (5) 2-4, V. Smith (4.5) 5, Sharon Wu, E. Otene (1.5) 6-7, H. Courtney (0) 8. NZ Women’s Reserve: J. Wong, J. Li (10.5) 1-2, N. Tsoi, W. Chen (5) 3-4 … 7 players. Mount Maunganui RSA CC: R. Smith, M. Steadman (5/6) 1, P. Garbett (4.5) 3, P. Stuart, P.W. Power (4) 4-5. B Tournament (under 1400): C. Zhai, G. Judkins, T. Gothorp (4.5/6) 1-3, V. Collingwood, A. Ansell, N. Marko, O. Lynn (4) 4-7. MIT Rapid (Class 1) A Grade: R. Smith, L. McLaren (5/6) 1-2, M. Steadman, M. Krstev (4.5) 3-4, J. Browne, F. Fuatai, F. Petreski, M. Wu, (4) 5-8, H. Bennett (3.5) 9, A. Carpinter, A. Krstev, J. Duneas, B. Lim (3) 10-13, N. Gunn, P. Garbett, H. Marko, B. van der Lee (2.5) 14-17, M. Hill, R. Gibbons, C. Blaxall, W. Power (2) 18-21, C. Wright, Caleb (1.5) 22, E. Tanoi, D. Eade (1) 23-24. B Grade: E. Chen (5/6) 1, S. Maroroa, E. Book (4.5) 2-3, W. Lynn, D. Smith, R. Seabrook, Sharon Wu (4) 4-7, Paul Morten, N. Cruden, V. Collingwood, Shirley Wu (3.5) 8-11, A. Michael, R. Mitchell, P. Logo, A. Alipiev, J. Cater (3) 12-16, V. Smith, B. Rider (2.5) 17-18, C. Wilson, B. Winsor (2) 19-20, Peter Morten, N. Tsoi, R. Collingwood, T. Maroroa (1) 21-24. C Grade: T. Gothorp, K. Zhu, A. Huang, B. Mauwa (5/6) 1-4, R. Lineses, H. Gao, C. Zhai, G. Chen, E. Yang, K. van den Bosch, D. Sanders (4) 5-11, L. Zhu (3.5) 12, L. Zhang, B. Shingade, H. Lin, O. Lynn, S. Smith, W.X. Chen, B. Liu, K. Lu, T.K. Wong (3) 13-21, W. Liu, S. Chowdhury, A. Shi (2.5) 22-24, T. Chen, M. Lee, H. Zhang, J. Fluke, M. Yang, A. Pan, E. Zhu (2) 25-31, J. Zhu, D. Filipo (1) 32-33, C. Cheng (0) 34. Junior Grade: W. Yao, X.W. Li, Z. May (5/6) 1-3, H. Jiang, J. Lewis (4.5) 4-5, M.G. So, C. Reyno, B. Qian (4) 6-8, L. Leow, C.L. Zou (3.5) 9-10, J. Chu, K. Qiu, J. Logo, H. Jia, S.X. Tang, O. Yang, O. Dong (3) 11-17, J. Knights, I. Lin (2.5) 18-19, J. Chen, M. Mistry, N. Logo, B. Shingade, C. Reyno, P. Thomas (2) 20-25, J. Filipo, (1.5) 26, T.M. Jiang (1) 27, O.L. Zou (0.5) 28. IMPORTANT REMINDER to all tournament organisers: Please fill in the birthdates of juniors and seniors before sending in your SwissPerfect files. I need to be able to identify them to award Grand Prix points. Grand Prix Final Results Open: R. Smith 89.5, L. McLaren 80.5, M. Steadman 79, P. Garbett 67.9, N. Croad 53.5, M. Krstev 41.4, P. Wang 40, D. Baider 36.5, S. Lukey 29.5, Q. Johnson 26, M. Chandler 25, B. Cheng 21.9, S. Wastney 19, P. Stuart 18, G. Thornton 17.7, D. Eade 17.5, D.Han 15, D. Shen 14.25, J. Van Ginkel 14, B. Martin, R. Nokes 13.5. Under 2000: M. Krstev 71.66, A. Krstev 66.06, F. Fuatai 64.56, B. Cheng 58.16, J. Browne 52, D. Shen 33.16, F. Petreski 31.33, G. Thornton 29.9, A. Machdoem 27, R. Jackson 26, J. Van Ginkel 25, W. Power 24.75, R. Gibbons 24.5, M. Voracek, D. Weegenaar 22.5, J. Davis 21, D. Eade, D. Xu 20, S. Yee 18, W. Forster, C. Qi 16.5. Under 1700: V. F. Petreski 69.17, Smith 67.75, S. Ward 62, E. Chen 53.15, J. Book 44.17, J. Davis 40, D. Eade 38.75, W. Lynn 37, A. Nijman 33.75, M. King 33.5, R. Seabrook 28, N. Cooper, D. Dolejs 25.5, E. Tanoi 24.75, R. Dare 22.75, C. Qi 22.5, Shirley Wu 21.67, D. Smith 20.25, Andy Chen 18, R. Taylor 17.4, H. Ruan 17.25, N. Fairley 15.67 Under 1400: G. Judkins 51.33, H. Ruan 50.86, J. Ruan 48.5, Sharon Wu 42.39, A. Michael, V. Collingwood 41.36, A. Ansell 39.5, B. Dellaca 36.5, S. Plyler 34.33, T. Gothorp 43.22, A. Alipiev 34.19, O. Lynn 30.5, R. Collingwood 27.36, X. Li 26.7, M. Steiner 25, A. Huang 21.92, D. Zhao 21.36, B. Wu 19.36. Junior: M. Krstev 86.5, B. Cheng 81.5, S. Maroroa 68.25, F. Petreski 67.5, E. Chen 65.25, D. Baider, P. Wang 60, D. Smith 57.5, X. Li 41.16, A. Ansell 39.33, M. Wu 39, J. Ruan 38.95, Sharon Wu 35.5, D. Zhao 34.2, G. Thornton 33.75, R. Dare 33, Andy Chen 32.75, O. Lynn 30, Shirley Wu 30, H. Ruan 29.75, A Huang 28.7, J. Gao 26.5, D. Shen 26.25, N. Tsoi 25.7. Senior: W. Lynn 100, V. Smith 96, N. Cruden 75.5, R. Collingwood 71, D. Taylor 66.5, R. Mitchell 48, C. Wilson 45, B. Gloistein 36, M. Steiner 34, P. Morten 31.5, A. Nijman 30, L. Dare 19.5, D. Stracy, M. Wigbout 17.5, R. Keeling 16.5, A. Booth 16.33, M. Macdonald, W. Power, P. Young 15. Female: V. Smith 90.5, E. Chen 83.5, S. Maroroa 79.5, H. Milligan 70.16, N. Tsoi 68.67, Shirley Wu 62, Sharon Wu 61.33, J. Li 55.5, J. Gao 55, M. Yang 50, J. Wong 41, W. Chen 23.5, J. Zhu 21, M. Bi, N. Fairley 20, L. Dare 18.67, H. Courtney 15.67, C. de Moulin, L. Rogers 9, E. Charomova 7. Under 14 & Under 1400: H. Ruan 91, N. Tsoi 62.6, A. Ansell 62, J. Ruan 61.37, Sharon Wu 56.07, B. Wu 54.57, X. Li 45.66, D. Zhao 42.6, Atanas Alipiev 37.07, A. Huang 31.34, C. Guo 30.87, C. Zhai 29.57, E. Huang 24.5, A. Maroroa 22.07, T. Chen, H. Zhang 17.5, Z. May, W. Yao 15.66.

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