The round 5 matches of the Vancouver Rapid League were rescheduled for Thursday February 16. Thursday is the one day I can't get away so David Bissell became the captain and we had to scramble to find two players.
And we did. Javid Mavaddat (1800) and Anna Van (1430) came to play for our team against SFU. The scores matched the order of appearance.
David Bissell came through with 3/3, Javid scored 1/3 and Anna (0/3). Anna found the fast 15 10 time control challenging. I know how she feels. I practice it on chess.com with 15 10 rapid tournaments. It takes time.
Our next match will be more difficult as we face the Chigorin Chess Club which is captained by NM/FIDE CM Roman Jiganchine. Monday February 27, 2017 at 5:30.
Chess players lucky enough to improve their game reach different milestones during their playing years. Becoming a chess club champion is one of them. I came close second once in North Vancouver behind National Master Joe Oszvald. Then in 2005, I finally did it. I had to get through a huge flex double round robin to do it. It took a few months but I achieved this huge milestone. See trophy below.
When club president Chris Dickson moved to Maple Ridge, the Royal City Chess Club in New Westminster folded.
Chess club champions are usually rated over 2000.
My plan now is to organize regular, rapid and blitz championships at our Port Coquitlam chess club. That way more players can reach their milestones.
Download one of my games against an International Master.
NCM Vas Sladek
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