Welcome to the Perth Chess Club

North Woodvale Primary School, 4 Chichester Drive (Cnr Trappers Drive), Woodvale WA 6026

Perth Chess Club is a senior club based in the Northern Suburbs. Usually over 30 players of all standards enjoy chess each Wednesday from mid-January to early December.

Information about the club, including a map of its location, is available on the <Club Info> page.

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Club in recess; ratings update


The club is in recess for the rest of the year, and will re-open with an Allegro Open tournament starting on 12 January. The <Calendar of Events> is now available for 2022.

Some photos from the trophy presentations are available on the <Photos page>.

The <Ratings page> has been updated with the December PCC and ACF ratings.

Norbert Muller Cup


Report from Rob Maris:

The first Norbert Muller Cup was extremely well supported by members with 39 participating in a friendly and competitive manner. The B, C and D groups consisted of 8-player all-play-all groups, whilst the A group was a 7-round swiss of 15 players.

In the A group Derwent Maggs scored a perfect 7/7, 2.5 points clear of equal 2nd place that was shared between unrated Josh Davoll, Rob Maris and improving junior Iker Hernandez Mendez.

The last round of the B group saw Ernest Boswarva defeat Steven Hintz to finish equal first with him on 5.5/7, a point ahead of 3rd placed Franz Oswald who joined the club from Melbourne.

In the C group top-rated Colin Walker was 1st with 6.5/7 conceding a draw to Ashley Michael. Ashley was the lowest rated player in this group, but is clearly improving as he scored 4.5/7 to finish 3rd with John Brooke. New member Morgan Larkin from USA came 2nd on 5/7.

Manfred Young was highest scorer in the D group with 6/7, his only loss coming in the last round to new member Jake Watson who was 2nd on 5.5/7. Another newish member Ridge Kwenda was equal 3rd with young Senudi De Vas on 4.5/7.

Congratulations to the highest scoring player Derwent Maggs; he is the first player to have his name engraved on the Norbert Muller Cup. For details of all players' scores please see the <Tournament page>.

Ratings update


The <Ratings page> has been updated with the September PCC and October FIDE ratings.

Wolfgang Leonhardt Cup and John Brooke Cup


Report from Rob Maris:

The Wolfgang Leonhardt Cup & John Brooke Cup attracted a total of 38 players. This consisted of 14 players in the higher rated Wolfgang Leonhardt Cup and 24 players in the John Brooke Cup.

In the Wolfgang Leonhardt Cup, Marc Saxon was impressive winning his first 6 games. Marc was held to a draw in the final round by Peter De Yaak who came 2nd on 4.5/7. Two of the lowest rated players, Daniel Clarke and Marcus Ingram-Halford, performed well above their rating scoring 3.5 and 3 respectively.

In the John Brooke Cup it was a close fascinating battle at the top with the lead changing from Justin Massam to Miles Sowden then to Steven Hintz. Steven finished 1st on 6/7 with Yonal De Vas 2nd on 5.5 and Kuol Garang 3rd on 5/7. Three new members competed: Martin Leech 4/7, Matthew Dudek 4/7, Ridge Kwenda 2/7. Martin and Matthew will also gain a FIDE rating, as will Charles Knight and Ashley Michael.

Please see the <Tournament page> for the cross-tables showing how all players scored.

Ratings update


The <Ratings page> has been updated with the August PCC and September ACF ratings.

Calendar update


The <Calendar of Events> has had a slight change: the problem solving competition will no longer be held, and the Lightning Championship will be played at a 5min+3sec increment time control instead of 3min+2sec.

Fred Maris Trophy


Report from Rob Maris:

The first Fred Maris Trophy rated tournament attracted 34 players, a really good turn-out for a Winter tournament. It was pleasing to see Ross List and Norbert Muller making a welcome return to a rated tournament at the club. There were 4 all-play-all groups of 6 players and the "A" group was a 10-player 5-round swiss.

The winner of the Fred Maris Trophy with 5/5 was Yonal de Vas. The top scoring player in each group was: "A" Rob Maris 4.5/5, "B" Daniel Clarke 4.5/5, "C" Yonal de Vas 5/5, "D" Darren Powell 4/5, "E" Geoffrey Owen 4.5/5.

Each of the all-play-all groups was won by the second highest rated player. In the "A" swiss there were many draws, including Robert Stortz drawing every game. For the full results please see the <Tournament page>.

Bernard Anton Shield


Report from Alan Wolstencroft:

Perth Chess Club retained the Bernard Anton Shield with a convincing win over the Metro Chess Club 21.5 to 14.5, a very similar result to that of the earlier home match in June. The combined 2021 score was 43.5 (Perth Chess Club) to 28.5 (Metro Chess Club).

As usual there was a friendly spirit during the match despite the intensity of some of the games.

Calendar update


Following the recent closure of the club due to the COVID restrictions, the <Calendar of Events> has been amended. The Rapid Play Championship has been removed from 21 & 28 July and replaced with the Fred Maris Trophy.

Ratings update


The <Ratings page> has been updated with the June PCC, ACF, and FIDE ratings.

Club Championship


Report from Rob Maris:

The 2021 Perth Chess Club Championship had 38 players competing in a 7 round swiss that was also FIDE rated. With the swiss format this gave players the opportunity to play against those they do not usually meet in the all-play-all tournaments.

In round 6 Marc Saxon achieved a draw with black in a long game against Derwent Maggs. This meant that Derwent went into the final round with black against David Barry who was sharing the lead. Derwent triumphed to finish 1st on 6/7 with Marc and Derek Elkington in equal 2nd place.

Amongst the other impressive performers, with wins and draws against higher rated players, were Marcus Simonds, Iker Hernandez Mendez, John Brooke and Darren Powell. All players' results can be observed from the cross-table on the <Tournament page>.

Calendar update


Following the recent closure of the club for one week due to the COVID restrictions, the <Calendar of Events> has been amended.

Ratings update


The <Ratings page> has been updated with the March/April PCC, ACF, and FIDE ratings.

Mary Thomson Cup


Report from Rob Maris:

The Mary Thomson Cup consisted of 40 players that were split into 4 groups: the "A" was a 16 player 7 round swiss, whilst the "B", "C", "D" were all-play-all groups of 8 players.

"A": Derwent Maggs showed why he is rated about 2200 with a convincing performance to secure 1st place on 6.5/7. Derwent was 1.5 points clear of Chirag Doshi and Rob Maris in equal 2nd. Marc Saxon made a welcome return to tournament chess after a break of over 10 years, he achieved 50% despite playing against the top 3 scorers. New member Marcus Ingram-Halford was also impressive scoring 4/7. Highly rated Rebo found playing at two clubs too tiring and withdrew after draws with Kelly Ristovsky and David Barry and a loss to John Barber.

"B": New member Daniel Clarke triumphed in some level looking endgames to win all 7 games. Thomas Browning and Mark Howard shared 2nd place with 4.5.

"C": Ernest Boswarva was on fine form to finish 1st on 5.5, his only loss was to new member Brandon Barry. Brandon was second on 5 after being held to a draw in the last round by improving junior Yonal De Vas. Ernest's only draw was to another new member Matt Carroll who came 3rd with 4.5.

"D": Brian Overste was successful in taking out 1st place, also with 5.5/7. Brian was just half a point ahead of Mike Rennie and Gordon Lucas.

Please see the <Tournament page> for details of all players' results.

Calendar update


Following the recent one-week lockdown, the <Calendar of Events> has been amended.

Allegro Championship


Report from Rob Maris:

The Allegro Championship was an 8-round swiss held over two weeks (13 & 20 Jan). This attracted an excellent turn-out of 40 players, that enjoyed plenty of games after the Christmas break.

We ended up with a 3-way tie for equal first on 6.5/8: Yihe Fu (Rebo), Saminda De Vas, Derek Elkington. Just half a point behind them were Derwent Maggs and Jamie Laubbacher.

The Allegro seems to be a popular tournament to start off the new year and helps to assess the appropriate rating group for players new to the club.

Club closed for the holidays


The club is closed for the rest of the year, and will re-open on 13 January 2021 with the Allegro Championship.

The <Calendar of Events> for 2021 is now available, and the <Ratings> page is also updated with the December ratings.

Mary Thomson Cup


Report from Rob Maris:

34 players competed in the 2020 Mary Thomson Cup, our final rated tournament of the year.

The 'A' group was a 7 round swiss consisting of 10 players rated over 1700, whilst the 'B', 'C, 'D' groups were 8 player all-play-all groups.

Derwent Maggs won the 'A' group on 5/7 with Chirag Doshi 2nd on 4.5 then David Barry and Rob Maris equal 3rd on 4.

In the 'B' group there were many draws in the early rounds that helped enable Miles Sowden to lead on 4.5/5. But Miles was overtaken by John Barber, Steven Hintz and Derek Roebuck who were equal 1st on 5/7.

The 'C' was won by junior Iker Hernandez with 6.5/7, his only draw with Victor Markou. Iker impressed both with his play and taking his time throughout his games. Another new member Zachary Fernandez was 2nd on 5 despite a forfeit and Colin Walker was 3rd on 4.5.

There was a clear top 3 in the 'D' with Geoffrey Owen sharing 1st with junior Yonal De Vas (aged just 10) on 6/7. In 3rd was David Pires on 5 who was defeated in his last round by Mike Rennie.

Please see the <Tournament page> for the cross-tables.

Wolfgang Leonhardt Cup and John Brooke Cup


Report from Rob Maris:

The Wolfgang Leonhardt Cup (over 1500) & John Brooke Cup (under 1500) had 32 players in these FIDE-rated 7 round swiss tournaments.

In the Wolfgang Leonhardt Cup, Derwent Maggs had a successful return to tournaments with an unbeaten 5.5/7 (including a draw with Wolfgang!), which enabled him to finish joint first with Rebo.

In the John Brooke Cup, congratulations to Mark Howard and David Hounsome who were joint first on 5.5/7.

Please see the <Tournament page> for the cross-tables for both tournaments, plus you can play through a wild and very entertaining game between Alan and Derek.

Bernard Anton Shield


Report from Rob Maris:

The second leg was held at Perth Chess Club on 22nd July. Both clubs made just 2 changes to their teams, but the results were not as close as the first leg with Perth winning by 24.5 to 11.5. The total result was a Perth victory with 44 points versus Metro’s 28 points.

6-Player Groups


Report from Rob Maris:

The 6 player divisions tournament consisted of 3 all-play-all divisions of 6 players and 1 swiss division of 10 players. The two juniors dominated the "A" with Rebo 1st on 4.5/5 after drawing a long endgame with Jamie who was 2nd on 3.5/5. In the "B" Alan scored 5/5 and improving Kelly was 2nd on 4/5. The "C" was won by new member Abhay on 5/5 with Mark 2nd on 4/5. The "D" was won by Bruce on 5/5 after a last round victory with black against 2nd placed David Frankland.

The players, including Wolf, seemed to enjoy playing rated games again after the break: the hall was warm enough and the quicker time-control 50mins plus 30secs per move led to most games finishing prior to 10pm.

Cross tables are available on the <Tournament Page>.

Bernard Anton Shield


Report from Alan Wolstencroft:

The first leg of the Bernard Anton Interclub match with Metro Chess Club was held at Metro Chess Club on Thursday, 9th July. It was a close fought match. Going into the last round with Perth leading by one point, strong performances by the Open and Under-1550 divisions secured a three-point victory, 19.5 to 16.5.

Club Reopening and 6-Player Groups

The Perth Chess Club will reopen on 10 June, and will continue with the calendar, so that 10 June will be round one of the 6-Player Groups tournament (time control 50min + 30sec/move). To play, entries must be sent by mid-day on Sunday 7th June via email to rob.maris@perthchessclub.org.au.

We would like to remind players to

2020 8-Player Groups

Report by Rob Maris:

"In 2020 the rated groups tournament attracted a record 39 players, who were split into 4 groups with players of similar strength.

"The 'A' group consisted of 10 players rated over 1750 (including 3 of WA’s top juniors) and was run as a 7 round swiss. All players scored at least 2/7 and the winner Juan Rodriguez scored 5.5/7 (loss to Chirag Doshi, draw with Jamie Laubbacher). The 'B' was an 8 player all-play-all, but 2 players had to withdraw after 2 games. Kelly Ristovsky was half a point ahead of Jacob Gibson before they played in the last round. Kelly won to finish on 4.5/5 (draw with Justin Massam). The 'C' was a very close 8 player all-play-all. New member Miles Sowden was 1st on 5.5/7 (loss to another new member Ben Knox and draw with Jayden Huynh). Besides Jayden, who withdrew on 0.5/4, all other players scored at least 2.5/7. The 'D' was a 13 player 7 round swiss. This group also consisted of well-matched players and the top score again was 5.5/7 with new member Ben Colman and Bruce Lanham sharing first place."

Cross tables are available on the <Tournament Page>.

2020 Allegro Championship

Report by Rob Maris: "The first tournament of 2020 was an 8 round Allegro (15mins each) held over two weeks that attracted 36 players. Equal 1st on 6/8 were Juan Rodriguez, Ned Tomic and 90 year old Wolfgang Leonhardt!

"2019 was a successful year at the club with the five rated tournaments attracting an average of 33 players."

For any rescheduling of games or contact details of members, please contact Rob Maris. Tel. 0434 018 624 or email <rob.maris@perthchessclub.org.au>.