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Autumn Rapid Open – 8 March

The 2020 Autumn seasonal rapid held on Sunday 8th March was run without any problems. It was a close run finish for first place between the top three but Malcolm Crack came through with an unblemished record of 5 wins from 5 games so a deserved win for him. Followed closely by Joe McKee and Romero Suggate with 4 out of 5. Fourth place was shared between Edward Sarfas and Ben Suazo. In the under 1600 Hamish Gold was first, followed by young Artem Anokovna who played really well and in third place was Arthur Chia. The under 1300 was won outright by Romero Suggate with 4 wins followed by Adrian Smith-Beech and in third place Martin Brook. Upset Prizes also went to Artem Anokvna for a draw against lewis Kim and a win against Bob Clarkson. Sophia Witham who was the only player to arrive from Invercargill received an upset prize for drawing with Bob Clarkson. Mention in despatches was also made at the prize giving with upsets by Joe McKee who beat Ben Suazo and by Romero Suggate who beat Edward Sarfas. It was great to see Ross Black down from Christchurch again to participate in this tournament which has now for quite a number of years unfortunately he had to cut short his round 4 game and default round 5 because of time pressure to get back to Christchurch. It was the same with Sophia Witham also missed her last round with needing to catch the bus back to Invercargill but was great effort from her to get here for the tournament.

The next rapid open is the Winter Rapid on Sunday 7 June.

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Allan Chang Memorial – 26 February

The Allan Chang 10 minute hourglass tournament found a unique winner in just three rounds - Geoff AImers scored 3/3 to finish clear first. As always the trophy was decided in the first round, with Lewis Kim defeating top seed Ben Suazo to claim the biggest upset. Although there were other upsets, none came close to this.

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2020 Otago chess club AGM – 12 February

Bob Clarkson stayed on a President for another year, as did Brent Southgate as Secretary and Geoff Aimers as Vice President. Max Lough stood down as Treasurer to pursue his studies in 2020 and was replaced by Alf Loretan. Bob Glass remained as Patron, but stood down as Auditor and was replaced by Quentin Johnson. Shoji Fukushima resigned from the committee for 2020 and was replaced by honorary member Lisa Oseki. Subscriptions remained the same as 2019. The 2020 committee comprises:

President: Bob Clarkson; Vice President: Geoff Aimers; Secretary: Brent Southgate; Treasurer: Alf Loretan; Director of Junior Play: Quentin Johnson; Past-President: N/A; Committee members: Terry Duffield, Edward Sarfas and Lisa Oseki; Auditor: Quentin Johnson; Patron: Bob Glass.

The Calendar for 2020 was accepted with no chnages for 2020 with the committee to draft changes for 2021.