The 2015 Southern Suburbs Championship was the third ACF rated tournament and the second FIDE rated tournament to be held at the club in 2015. The Championship began on Tuesday 10th October and concluded on Tuesday 22nd November. The format was 7 round Swiss, with 1 round per week. The time control was 90 minutes initial time, with an increment of 30 seconds per move.
The tournament was contested by a field of 27 players. This time of year is a busy one for most of us, and unfortunately a number of our club players were unable to compete this year. We were, however, delighted to be joined by 6 new members for this tournament. In 2016, the Championship will be scheduled to commence 2 weeks earlier, which we hope will make it easier for people to participate.
Congratulations to the 2015 Southern Suburbs Champion, Ihsan Ferozkohi. It was not all plain sailing: Lorenzo Escalante defeated Ihsan in Round 4, and led the tournament by a half-point going into the final round. Unfortunately for Lorenzo, he lost his final round game, giving Ihsan a chance to win the tournament outright if he were to win against David Ellis. Ihsan eventually won on time, in a complex ending in which both players had chances at various stages.
We were pleased to welcome Pranav and Raghav Senthil Kumar, aged 10 and 8 respectively, who are recent arrivals from India. Both played some impressive chess, with Pranav defeating the 2015 Metro Respini B Division winner George France (1626) and the WA junior champion Ignatius Yap (1724), and Raghav defeating Alan Fardoe (1453). Pranav and Ignatius shared the Best Junior Prize with Andrey Lugovskoy (aged 14), a player who has improved rapidly in his first year at the club and who is likely to be a strong force at adult tournaments in the years ahead.
1st: Ihsan Ferozkohi (6/7)
2nd: Lorenzo Escalante (5.5/7)
Equal 3rd: Andrew Hardegen & Allan Natividad (5/7)
1st: Allan Natividad (5/7)
Equal 2nd: Simon Ayling & Jon Prunty (4.5/7)