Friday, May 15, 2015

Glen Eira Chess Club

Glen Eira Chess Club is a small but active club based at Carnegie Library. We meet on a Friday evening which doesn't suit some of the older players, but is good for junior players. Actually, in this cosmopolitan, 24 hours a day city of Melbourne, any time is as good as any other for a small chess club to run. The link above takes you to our Facebook page, and it has just reached 100 likes, and it would be great if you could help by liking our page or passing on the information to people in or near Glen Eira. Don't worry, we don't spam you constantly!

The club runs 3 qualifying tournaments throughout the year, with 3 places from each going towards a Championship event which starts in October. Currently, the second qualifier is in progress, and it is a small and slightly weaker than usual field that contests it. To me, this is great as it means that some regular club members who turn up week in, week out, will qualify for the championship rather than their places being taken by strong visitors to the club. Saying that, we haven't had too many strong visitors in the year since we started.

Top seed for the second qualifier is WCM Sarah Anton, so it is still a respectable event. Second seed is another female player, Rebecca Strickland, while Jerzy Krysiak makes the third seed, and all 3 of these players qualified for last year's final.

Colourful action as Rebecca and Maha warm up watched by JJ
The winner and runner up from the 2014 Championship, IM James Morris and FM Domogoj Dragicevic, are currently competing in the Victorian Championship. Both players have got off to a good start and are on 1.5/2. There are 11 rounds, so a long way to go, but we wish both James and Domogoj, the best of luck in the rest of the event.

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