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Allan Chang Memorial – 21 February

The Allan Chang 10 minute hourglass tournament had a turnout of 24 participants over the two weeks. The trophy goes to the largest upset (based on club rapid rating difference January 2024). The unusual time limit can encourage reckless play and plenty of upsets, but there were generally fewer this year, with most going to younger underrated players.

Oscar Lobb retained the trophy he had also won last year by recording the biggest upset on the first night with a win over visiting player Timothy Schulte (difference 126 club rapid rating points). New member Jacob Christie was perhaps unlucky, as he chalked up a string of upset victories over Tyne Grant (100), Oliver Lee (93), John Armstrong (79) and Geoff Lambourne (85), but none quite as large as Oscar's. However he gained bundle of NZCF rating points and leads the perpertual rapid on +53 on the back of his performance. His taally of 4 points from 5 games was the second best, equal with Schulte, with only Quentin Johnson's tally of 6/7 ahead of them.

View Crosstable and Rating performances

2024 Otago chess club AGM – 7 February

Terry Duffield stood down as President and Alf Loretan was elected as the new President. Geoff Aimers replaced Alf as Vice-President and Ben Suazo was nominated to take over as club captain outside of committee. Brent Southgate was voted to stay on as Secretary (in his absence). Quentin Johnson was elected Treasuer, pending the committee co-opting a new Treasuer at a later date, and stayed on as Director of Junior Play. Bob Glass took on the role of Financial Reviewer and remained as Patron. Iain Lamont, Samuel Mitchell and Tyne Grant were elected as committee members and Terry Duffield is Past President.
2024 Subscriptions were increased by $5 from 2023: Ordinary $135, Unwaged $115 and Junior $70. Subs are now due and can be paid to the Otago Chess Club (Inc), Westpac A/C 03-0905-0169820-00.

The 2024 committee comprises:

President: Alf Loretan; Vice President: Geoff Aimers; Secretary: Brent Southgate; Treasurer: Quentin Johnson; Director of Junior Play: Quentin Johnson; Past-President: Terry Duffield; Club Captain: Ben Suazo (outside Committee); Committee members: Iain Lamont, Samuel Mitchell and Tyne Grant; Financial Reviewer: Bob Glass; Patron: Bob Glass.

The Draft Calendar for 2024 was discussed, and was adopted subject to a shift to accommodate the South Island Championship in July.

Blair Freeman Blitz 1 - 31 January

The first Blitz tournament for the 2024 Blair Freeman trophy took place on 31 January and had a turnout of 18 players. Top seed Alex Nedyhalov won with 6/7, drawing only to Tyne Grant in round 5. 2023 Trophy holder Quentin Johnson was second on 5, losing to Nedyhalov and drawing with Iain Lamont, who finished third on 5 points. Grant and Ben Suazo finished tied for 4th on 4.

View the final crosstable.

President vs Vice President - 25 January

The opening event for 2024 was the traditional President vs Vice President match on 24 January. This year Alf Loretan's Vice President's team narrowly defeated Terry Duffield's President's team 4-3.