2008 Teams Lightning Championship

Report by Gordon Dunlop:

The 2008 Teams Lightning event was held at the Legacy Centre on Sunday 14th December. A total of fifteen teams competed in five divisions. The prizes consisted of engraved electronic clocks, in the top three divisions, with Xmas stockings for the other divisions and all runners up. The event was held in traditional Xmas spirit and all players had a fun time. Prizes for many of the major tournaments of the year were presented after the event together with Grand Prix awards. This was followed by a fantastic supper prepared by parents of junior players.

The tournament was run as a 9 round Swiss tournament followed by a final between the top two teams in each division. The first three rounds were played as guillotine lightning, the next three as Fisher and the last three as Bronstein. This was an interesting experience for many players who had not tried these time formats previously. Guillotine was used in the finals. The White team had two white boards and could choose their boards. The Black team could then choose their opponents.

In the finals, players had to play in rating order. The leading teams in a division 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.

The finals results were:

Goodwill Huntingdale defeated the Hardegen team (1.5-1.5).
Goodwill Huntingdale won all their preliminary rounds but found themselves 0.5-1.5 after the first two games had finished and Tristan was under pressure to obtain a win against Andrew to win the match. Andrew had to settle for the Xmas stocking but well done for an exciting and close finish in the final.

Bahama Boys defeated the McMahon team (2.0-1.0).
These two teams scores 6 match points and 18 game points in the preliminary rounds. In round seven the Bahama Boys won their match against the McMahon team so had the choice of colours for the final. Well done for their consistency during the day.

Veronamy defeated Applecross (2.0-1.0).
Again a close tussle between all three teams in this division resulted in tie break rules being applied. Together with the Sino.Ajay/William teams all teams were on 5 match points. Veronamy had 18 game points, Applecross 16.5 and Sino 12 game points. Well done Veronamy for winning and for the very creative name.

Novice A
Floppy Carrots defeated Sri/Afdal/Van (2.0-1.0).
Again both teams were on 4 match points but the Floppy Carrots had 13 game points compared 10. The young Carrots prevailed against the older team from the Philippines. Congratulations to the Carrots each received Xmas stockings.

Novice B
Young Whipper Snippers defeated Jessica Ciny/David (3.0-0.0).
In this special division for novices the Young Whipper Snippers prevailed in a decisive win. Congratulations and expect to play in a higher division next year.

There were some novelty prizes worth noting.
1) Biggest upset prizes went to the unrated Ajay Sood for defeating Gordon Dunlop. In the rated category Verity Williams defeated Andrew Hardegen for a rating difference of 829

2) Fastest win (or most time on clock) went to Edik Gilmetdinov with 4:07 in the guillotine section and Tim Hare with 5:03 in the Bronstein section.

2008 Lightning Teams

Goodwill Huntingdale (2025) - Tristan Boyd 2275, Tim Hare 2013, Dennis Holland 1799

Kurniawan (2000) - Stephanus Kurniawan 2125, Marc Vlietstra 2010, Gordon Dunlop 1875

Hardegen (1830) - Andrew Hardegen 1997, Albert Chin 1800, Robin Shaw 1712

McMahon (1680) - Denis McMahon 1561, Edik Gilmetdinov 1566, Ganesh Vishwanath 1833

The Bahama Boys - Chris Cuellar 1612, Derek Elkington 1689, Dan Summers 1800

Veronamy (1120) - Verity Williams 1168 , Veronica Williams 1175, Amy Brown 1071

Ryan/Ben/William (1200) - Ryan Sam 1600, Ben Edland 884, William Williams 1051

Applecross - Alex Bray 1076, Gabriel Cruz, Chirag Saroha 1446

Bernard/Rudi/Charlton - Charlton Rebello, Bernard Laugery 1188, Charlton Rebello

Sino/Ajay/William - Sino, William, Ajay Sood

Sri/Afdhal/Van - Sri Wadodo, Afdhal Zainal, Van Suhafly

The Floppy Carrots (950) - George 953, Jesse 981, Sylvie 947

Young Whipper Snippers - Daniel D'Angelo, Dylan Foppa, James Edland

Zarnaz - Denzil Tran 856, Zarnaz Mehryar, Rino D'Angelo

Jessica/Cindy/David (800) - Jessica D'Amargo 856, Cindy Ng 807, David Handojo 743

Final Standings

 Place Name                     Feder Rtg Loc  Score   M-Buch. Buch. Progr. 

 1     Goodwill Huntingdale,              2025 9        34.0  44.0   45.0
 2     Hardegen,                          1830 7.5      34.5  46.5   35.0
 3     Kurniawan,                         2000 6.5      37.5  50.0   30.5
 4-5   McMahon,                           1680 6        36.5  47.0   30.5
       The Bahama Boys,                   1650 6        35.0  44.5   31.0
 6-8   Veronamy,                          1120 5        35.0  45.5   24.0
       Applecross,                        1200 5        32.5  40.5   23.5
       Sino/Ajay/William,                 1000 5        29.0  37.0   20.0
 9     Ryan/Ben/William,                  1220 4.5      31.0  40.5   25.0
 10-11 Sri/Afdhal/Van,                    950  4        33.5  43.0   22.0
       The Floppy Carrots,                900  4        26.5  34.5   20.0
 12    Bernard/Rudi/Charlton,             900  3.5      33.0  42.5   19.5
 13    Young Whipper Snippers,            800  3        27.5  37.0   13.0
 14    Jessica/Cindy/David,               850  2        27.5  34.0   14.0
 15    Zarnaz,                            800  1        26.0  33.5    7.0

Cross Table

 No  Name                     Feder Rtg  1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    

 1.  Goodwill Huntingdale,              11:W  5:W  3:W  2:W  4:W  8:W  6:W 10:W 14:W
 2.  Kurniawan,                          8:W  7:W  4:D  1:L  3:L 10:W  9:W  5:W  6:W
 3.  Hardegen,                          10:W 12:W  1:L  4:D  2:W  5:W  7:W  8:W 11:W
 4.  McMahon,                            9:W  6:W  2:D  3:D  1:L  7:W  5:L 11:W 13:W
 5.  The Bahama Boys,                   14:W  1:L 10:W  8:W  6:W  3:L  4:W  2:L 15:W
 6.  Ryan/Ben/William,                  13:W  4:L 12:W  7:D  5:L 11:W  1:L 15:W  2:L
 7.  Applecross,                        15:W  2:L 11:D  6:D  9:W  4:L  3:L   :W 12:W
 8.  Veronamy,                           2:L  9:W 13:W  5:L 14:W  1:L 12:W  3:L   :W
 9.  Sino/Ajay/William,                  4:L  8:L 14:W 12:W  7:L   :W  2:L 13:W 10:W
 10. Sri/Afdhal/Van,                     3:L 15:W  5:L 11:W 13:W  2:L   :W  1:L  9:L
 11. Bernard/Rudi/Charlton,              1:L 14:W  7:D 10:L   :W  6:L 15:W  4:L  3:L
 12. The Floppy Carrots,                  :W  3:L  6:L  9:L 15:W 13:W  8:L 14:W  7:L
 13. Jessica/Cindy/David,                6:L   :W  8:L 15:W 10:L 12:L 14:L  9:L  4:L
 14. Young Whipper Snippers,             5:L 11:L  9:L   :W  8:L 15:W 13:W 12:L  1:L
 15. Zarnaz,                             7:L 10:L   :W 13:L 12:L 14:L 11:L  6:L  5:L