Nell Van Degraff Classic 2017
Arundel Country Club from their website (Playing hall is inside the open doors)

Nell Van Degraff Classic 2017

Feb 18, 2018, 6:13 PM |

Hi everyone!

Back with another tournament report for the Nell Van Degraff tournament. This tournament took place from the 16th to 17th of September 2017 at Arundal Country Club. The time control of this tournament was 60 minutes + 10 seconds per move and there was 7 rounds of games.

The Arundal Country Club was a pretty decent venue though there was probably a bit too noisy in the main playing hall as people could be heard from the door leading to the outside. Inside it was quite decently pack with all tables located in close proximity to each other apart from the top 4 boards which were separated from the other boards. Also the top 4 boards were playing on wooden boards and GM Ian Rogers was providing analysis on these games in the commentary room which everyone could visit!

This tournament was renamed after Nell Van Degraff to celebrate her dedicated to the game of chess. What made this different from most other tournaments that the players were placed in 4 player teams with an average rating of 1400 or less. There was some team prizes that were up for grabs and it was a very close competition in the team prizes at the end! My team included Sam Bombas, Sam Marsh and Terrence Le.

So without further ado I would like to present my games.

Day 1: 16th of September 2017

Round 1: 

Round 2:

Round 3:

Really happy with that round 3 win not only because of that being my biggest upset in a tournament, but I felt my play was quite solid there and was able to put my opponent under some pressure.


Round 4:

My reward for my previous round big win? I get to face IM Alex Wohl on a DGT Board!

Felt pretty happy with my play in the above game and finished the day with 3/4!

Day 2:

Round 5:

Game 6:
Round 7:
The final round has arrived and I was doing well with 5/6 so far, unfortunately my play in the final game was quite horrible.
Overall it was a good tournament for me and I was happy with my play for the most part (except for the final round game). I managed to share a rating group prize (I think it was like U1600) between many people and probably got like $5 or $10. I would like to thank Gardiner Chess and the other arbiters for running the event as well as the Arundel Country Club for providing the venue.


If you have any comments, questions or analysis/advice feel free to leave them in the comments below happy.png