The 2018 SSCC Blitz Championship will consist of the following 3 blitz tournaments, held at different times of the year:
Easter Blitz Tournament: 27th March
Winter Blitz Tournament: 10th July
Spring Blitz Tournament: 9th October
Players will be awarded points for each tournament they participate in, according to a Grand Prix System (1st in category: 10 points, 2nd: 8 points, 3rd: 6 points, 4th: 4 points, 5th: 3 points, 6th and below: 2 points). Once the 3 tournaments are completed, the points will be tallied and the respective SSCC Blitz Championship titles awarded to the leading players in each category.
Just as in 2016 and 2017, cash prizes will be awarded for performances in this year's individual tournaments, as is the case for most other events held at the club. No Grand Prix cash prizes will be awarded. Thus, players may not need to participate in all 3 tournaments to win a prize.
The entry fee for each tournament will be $10. We will be trialling Fischer time controls for blitz events in 2018, as are used in ACF and FIDE blitz events. Some events will be run with a time control of 3 minutes initially with 2 seconds increment per move, and if successful, this time control will continue to be used. Otherwise, some tournaments may be run with the guillotine time control of 5 minutes per player that was used in 2017.
This year's Blitz Championship series was dominated by two players, Ihsan Ferozkohi and Patrick Gong, who performed consistently above all others.
Congratulations to all of the following players:
2018 SSCC Blitz Champion: Ihsan Ferozkohi 2018 SSCC Blitz Runner-up: FM Patrick Gong 2018 SSCC Blitz 1st Under 1850: Ian McAteer 2018 SSCC Blitz 1st Under 1550: Oscar Gao 2018 SSCC Blitz Under 18 Champion: Oscar Gao 2018 SSCC Blitz Under 12 Champion: Yonal de Vas
SSCC Blitz Championship: Final Standings
The final points tally (updated after the Spring Blitz Tournament) can be viewed here:
2018 SSCC Spring Blitz Tournament
The 2018 Spring Blitz Tournament was contested by 10 players and was won by FM Patrick Gong (9.0/9).
1st: FM Patrick Gong (9.0/9) -- $40 2nd: Ihsan Ferozkohi (8.0/9) -- $20 1st Under 2000: Brent Geronimo (6.0/9) -- $20 1st Under 1700: Harry Geronimo (3.0/9) -- $20
The 2018 Winter Blitz Tournament was contested by 20 players and was won by FM Patrick Gong. Congratulations to Patrick and to all of the following prizewinners:
1st: FM Patrick Gong (8.0/9) -- $70 2nd: Ihsan Ferozkohi (7.5/9) -- $40 3rd: George Carolin-Unkovich (7.0/9) -- $30 1st Under 2000: Ian McAteer, Ben Dagza & Joshua Lee -- $10 each 1st Under 1650: Neo Jun Wei & Oscar Gao -- $15 each
The 2018 SSCC Easter Blitz was held on 27 March. The tournament was one of SSCC's most well attended blitz events with 23 entries and a very strong overall field. The games were played in a great spirit with only a few hiccups as we adjusted to the 3 + 2 time control and the new ruling of adding time for illegal moves. Thank you to all participants.
Congratulations go to the following players:
1st: Ihsan Ferozkohi (8.0/9) 2nd: Edward Calado (7.5/9) 1st Under 1900: Neo Jun Wei (5.5/9) 1st Under 1500: Pranav Senthil Kumar (5.0/9)