The weekend of 24/25 October 2020 comprised of four events open to Juniors.
On Saturday 24 October we held the Teams National finals in both onsite and online formats. And on Sunday 25 October, we held the Champions Trophy also in onsite and online formats. This report is a summary of the Online Champions Trophy. You can view other reports below...
View the Onsite Teams Nationals report
View the Onsite Champions Trophy report
The Champions Trophy is an invitation-only event. To gain a place at the Champions Trophy you have to perform exceptionally well at a Chess Power cluster event, a regional event or at a Sarapu Cup. The standard is high and only the best chess players in NZ get an invite.
It is fair to say the COVID pandemic not only caused people financial hardship but also created concern for the safety of people when attending events. To address these issues, we decided to hold the Champions Trophy in both an onsite and an online format for the first time.
We had a total of 67 players participate in the online event with good representation from across New Zealand. Although the numbers were quite low for our first online Champions Trophy, it should be remembered the event didn't even exist a few weeks earlier. In addition, we had 135 players attend the onsite Champions Trophy event. So combined, 202 players participated.
The event was held online using Zoom technology and our games server, Tornelo. Tornelo was recently updated to support online events when COVID struck and it was up to the task!
We had special prizes for players that gained the most rating points and had the biggest upsets winning against a lot stronger players.
Junior division - Nathan Sun. Gained 86 rating points.
Intermediate division - Uros Ponjiger. Gained 208 rating points.
Open division - Saahir Saheb. Gained 104 rating points.
Samuel Coles win against Troy Kelso rated 909.
George Farman for his win against Ben Geilik rated 1115!
Tobey Hughes for his win against Rohansa Ganewatta rated 1076
The best ranked player in each age group won the special champions trophy age group medal.
7 and under: Ritul Joseph
9 and under: Jason Cao
11 and under: Nathan Sun
11 and under: Anne Porteous
12 and under: Amanjot Singh
13 and under: Jordan Flewellen
14 and under: Ron Geilik
16 and under: Philip Brand
18 and under: Nick Rea
The best score by a female player in each division were awarded glass Best Girl Champions Trophy trophies.
Junior Division Female Champion
Intermediate Division Female Champion
Open Division Female Champion
The best score by a player in each division were awarded glass 1st Overall Champions Trophy trophies.
Junior Division Champion
Intermediate Division Champion
Open Division Champion
The top players in each division were awarded the Junior Master title. Each player was sent a framed junior master certificate and awarded the esteemed Junior Master title.
Junior Division Junior Masters
Ritika Joseph (Ritika already earned her Junior Master title in the Online Teams Nationals the day before!)
Intermediate Division Junior Masters
Open Division Juniors Masters
We would really love to hear what you thought of the event. We are giving away 6 chess sets for the best feedback.