2007 Teams Lightning Championship

Report by Gordon Dunlop:

The 2007 Teams Lightning event was held at the Legacy Centre on Sunday 2nd December. A total of six teams competed in three divisions for prizes of engraved electronic clocks and Xmas stockings. The event was held in traditional Xmas spirit and all players had a good time.

The tournament was run as a double Round Robin of all six teams followed by finals between the two teams in each division. In the preliminary rounds the White team had two white boards and could choose their boards. The Black team could then choose their opponents. Two player teams forfeited a board of their choice so they always chose their opponents. They could not forfeit against the same player twice. The first Round Robin used a Fischer time control while a no increment 5 mins was used in the second Round Robin and finals. This caused a few problems adjusting for some players, including myself.

In the finals, players had to play in rating order. Teams could choose to have the White pieces on boards 1 and 3 needing two points to win the match, or take the Black pieces on those boards needing only 1.5 points to win the match. Two player teams played boards one and three and forfeited board two. The list of all team participants are at the end of the report. Since there were only six teams the preliminary rounds only served the purpose of deciding the advantage in the finals.

The finals results were:


HaHoRu defeated the Metro team (2.0-1.0).

These teams were closely matched and both dropped occasional games. The HaHoRu team, which does sound rather Xmasy, prevailed. The Metro team received their Xmas Chocolate stockings for second place as well as another three stockings for winning all the novelty prizes. Eat it slowly guys!


Comeback Pawns defeated Metro - Perth Alliance (2.0-1.0).

The score for this match was a surprise result as in both the preliminary rounds the result was 3-0 the other way between these teams. Edik and Gordon came from clearly drawn or losing positions to win both games and the match. Board two was forfeited.

Under 1500

Manning Club Alliance defeated Seton Catholic College (2.5-0.5).

The Manning Club Alliance prevailed against a weakened Seton team with the early departure of one of their members. The Seton team showed great courage competing against such a strong field. Showing such determination, I am sure will become great chess players.

There were some novelty prizes worth noting.

1. First win of the tournament went to: Andrew Kuklinski
2. Biggest upset prizes went to: Andrew Kuklinski for defeating Michael Horstmann for a rating difference of 265
3. Fastest win (or most time on clock) went to: Marc Vlietstra with a time of 5:23 in the first round.

2007 Lightning Teams

Michael Horstmann (2196)
Andrew Hardegen (2133)
Joel Rufin (1796)

Andrew Kuklinski (1931)
Albert Chin (1893)
Marc Vlietstra (1884)

Metro - Perth Alliance
Robin Shaw (1770)
Andrzej Patron (1730)
Mike McGregor (1496)

Comeback Pawns
Gordon Dunlop (1878)
Edik Gilmetdinov (1504)

Manning Club Alliance
Guy Booth (1581)
Bernard Laugery (1276)
Liam Love

Seton Catholic College
Peter Liebeck
Jordan Coppard
Simon Warman