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    Re: modern odds matches

    Chess seems to have the best starting position for the given pieces and their movements, IMHO. Some Chess960 starting positions are definitely worse than others, I've read long ago. Other drawbacks of Chess960 are that there would be no opening books to sell, and that merchandising and movie representation of such a board game seems harder since there is no starting position to display (the same is true for Go). A way around this is to have one set starting position for, say, 100 years (or 1 year, as Kasparov has suggested), but that would kind of negate the original major aim of Chess960.
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    Round 5 Pairings

    If there are no further BYE requests these are possible pairings.

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    Pairings for Round 5. 2017 RA Club Ch: :o
    
    Bd	#	Res	White	#	Res	Black
    1	15		Zachary Dukic (2078 4.0)	2		David Gordon (2310 4.0)
    2	8		Sam Marin (2155 3.5)	5		Ramon J. Cova (2222 3.0)
    3	6		John Upper (2212 3.0)	12		Ben Kellar (2115 3.0)
    4	14		Svitlana Demchenko (2086 3.0)	9		Saeid Sadeghi (2149 3.0)
    5	10		William G. Doubleday (2136 3.0)	13		Dusan Simic (2100 3.0)
    6	23		Dan Kearnan (1878 3.0)	11		Francesco Dunne (2118 3.0)
    7	17		David Fei (2022 3.0)	1		Qiyu Zhou (2326 2.5)
    8	3		Mate Marinkovic (2269 2.5)	16		Simon Kuttner (2078 2.5)
    9	4		Kevin Pacey (2225 2.5)	20		Jeff Groot-Lipman (1928 2.5)
    10	46		Noah Marchildon (1360 2.5)	7		Stijn De Kerpel (2196 2.5)
    11	18		Sasha Solunac (2010 2.0)	29		Jan Huus (1779 2.0)
    12	21		Abdelaziz Mahdjoubi (1912 2.0)	30		Daniel Xu (1753 2.0)
    13	22		Stefan Lanceman (1880 2.0)	36		Vikram Mallur (1628 2.0)
    14	37		Denis Lemieux (1563 2.0)	24		Alex Danilov (1843 2.0)
    15	26		Peter Arseneau (1822 2.0)	41		Romy Peters (1501 2.0)
    16	31		Eric Van Dusen (1742 2.0)	27		Gordon Ritchie (1808 2.0)
    17	28		Konstantin Vlasenko (1784 2.0)	48		David Brock (1280 2.0)
    18	45		Yaorui Xu (1377 1.5)	54		Michaell Tan (1072 2.0)
    19	51		Daniel Wang (1133 1.5)	50		Alexander Dukkardt (1229 1.5)
    20	59		Vladimir Dukkardt (800 1.5)	44		Victor Samuel (1377 1.5)
    21	42		Keven Eyre (1418 1.0)	25		Amos Kuttner (1828 1.0)
    22	32		Paul St. Pierre (1731 1.0)	43		Xu Rong [Caroline] Chen (1418 1.0)
    23	38		Gerard Felderhof (1555 1.0)	57		Emil Wang (982 1.0)
    24	47		Alexander Stopic (1353 1.0)	39		Yves Arsenault (1546 1.0)
    25	52		Daniel Labib (1117 1.0)	40		Drew Metcalfe (1511 1.0)
    26	55		Dave Westbury (1054 0.5)	53		Rami Labib (1080 0.5)
    27	58		Wahida Chowdhury (845 0.5)	56		Jonathan Levine (1005 0.0)
     	60	½ 	Samer Hockayem (unr. 1.5)	 	 	BYE
     	33	½ 	Simon Perkins (1728 1.5)	 	 	BYE
     	34	½ 	Garland Best (1676 2.0)	 	 	BYE
     	49	½ 	Jeremy Sztuka (1264 1.5)	 	 	BYE
     	19	½ 	Ray Kuryliw (1993 2.5)	 	 	BYE
    
    
    
    Last edited by Halldor P. Palsson; Tuesday, 14th February, 2017 at 10:07 PM. Reason: NEW byes

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    Standings after Round 5

    Zachary Dukic is at the helm and poised to win the $500 first prize in our club championship.

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    Standings. 2017 RA Club Ch
    
    #	Place	Name	Rtng	Rd 1	Rd 2	Rd 3	Rd 4	Rd 5	Tot
    1	1	Zachary Dukic	2078	W55	W9	W8	W20	W2	5.0
    2	2-7	David Gordon	2310	W47	W15	W7	W16	L1	4.0
    3	 	Ramon J. Cova	2222	W59	L16	W38	W17	W12	4.0
    4	 	Saeid Sadeghi	2149	W42	W18	H---	H---	W15	4.0
    5	 	William G. Doubleday	2136	W24	L20	W40	W28	W14	4.0
    6	 	Francesco Dunne	2118	W49	W23	L16	W26	W20	4.0
    7	 	Ben Kellar	2115	W50	W40	L2	W24	W13	4.0
    8	8-12	Qiyu Zhou	2326	W37	W14	L1	H---	W16	3.5
    9	 	Mate Marinkovic	2269	W39	L1	W23	H---	W25	3.5
    10	 	Kevin Pacey	2225	H---	W22	L20	W43	W27	3.5
    11	 	Stijn De Kerpel	2196	W48	D17	W27	L12	W32	3.5
    12	 	Sam Marin	2155	W41	D27	W36	W11	L3	3.5
    13	13-24	John Upper	2212	L40	W50	W37	W21	L7	3.0
    14	 	Dusan Simic	2100	W31	L8	W48	W30	L5	3.0
    15	 	Svitlana Demchenko	2086	W51	L2	W42	W46	L4	3.0
    16	 	David Fei	2022	W43	W3	W6	L2	L8	3.0
    17	 	Ray Kuryliw	1993	W53	D11	W29	L3	H---	3.0
    18	 	Abdelaziz Mahdjoubi	1912	W60	L4	L24	W53	W37	3.0
    19	 	Stefan Lanceman	1880	H---	H---	L32	W41	W40	3.0
    20	 	Dan Kearnan	1878	W54	W5	W10	L1	L6	3.0
    21	 	Alex Danilov	1843	H---	D38	W49	L13	W60	3.0
    22	 	Konstantin Vlasenko	1784	H---	L10	H---	W42	W38	3.0
    23	 	Jan Huus	1779	W57	L6	L9	W49	W43	3.0
    24	 	Romy Peters	1501	L5	W57	W18	L7	W36	3.0
    25	25-35	Simon Kuttner	2078	H---	H---	H---	W39	L9	2.5
    26	 	Sasha Solunac	2010	W44	H---	D28	L6	H---	2.5
    27	 	Jeff Groot-Lipman	1928	W56	D12	L11	W44	L10	2.5
    28	 	Gordon Ritchie	1808	H---	W33	D26	L5	H---	2.5
    29	 	Garland Best	1676	H---	W46	L17	H---	H---	2.5
    30	 	Denis Lemieux	1563	H---	H---	W45	L14	H---	2.5
    31	 	Victor Samuel	1377	L14	L37	D60	W54	W53	2.5
    32	 	Noah Marchildon	1360	H---	H---	W19	H---	L11	2.5
    33	 	Michaell Tan	1072	H---	L28	D41	B---	H---	2.5
    34	 	Andrew Svensson	1070	H---	H---	H---	U---	W52	2.5
    35	 	Vladimir Dukkardt	800	H---	U---	U---	W58	W51	2.5
    36	36-45	Peter Arseneau	1822	W61	H---	L12	H---	L24	2.0
    37	 	Daniel Xu	1753	L8	W31	L13	W55	L18	2.0
    38	 	Eric Van Dusen	1742	H---	D21	L3	W50	L22	2.0
    39	 	Simon Perkins	1728	L9	W55	H---	L25	H---	2.0
    40	 	Vikram Mallur	1628	W13	L7	L5	W56	L19	2.0
    41	 	Yves Arsenault	1546	L12	D54	D33	L19	W55	2.0
    42	 	Drew Metcalfe	1511	L4	W60	L15	L22	W57	2.0
    43	 	David Brock	1280	L16	W47	W59	L10	L23	2.0
    44	 	Jeremy Sztuka	1264	L26	H---	W54	L27	H---	2.0
    45	 	Samer Hockayem	unr.	H---	H---	L30	H---	H---	2.0
    46	46-54	Amos Kuttner	1828	H---	L29	H---	L15	D49	1.5
    47	 	Paul St. Pierre	1731	L2	L43	L56	W61	H---	1.5
    48	 	Gerard Felderhof	1555	L11	W56	L14	L52	D50	1.5
    49	 	Keven Eyre	1418	L6	W61	L21	L23	D46	1.5
    50	 	Xu Rong [Caroline] Chen	1418	L7	L13	W57	L38	D48	1.5
    51	 	Yaorui Xu	1377	L15	H---	L53	W60	L35	1.5
    52	 	Alexander Dukkardt	1229	H---	U---	U---	W48	L34	1.5
    53	 	Daniel Wang	1133	L17	D59	W51	L18	L31	1.5
    54	 	Dave Westbury	1054	L20	D41	L44	L31	W56	1.5
    55	55-58	Alexander Stopic	1353	L1	L39	W61	L37	L41	1.0
    56	 	Daniel Labib	1117	L27	L48	W47	L40	L54	1.0
    57	 	Emil Wang	982	L23	L24	L50	W59	L42	1.0
    58	 	Wahida Chowdhury	845	H---	U---	U---	L35	H---	1.0
    59	59-61	Michael Abt	1668	L3	D53	L43	L57	---	0.5
    60	 	Rami Labib	1080	L18	L42	D31	L51	L21	0.5
    61	 	Jonathan Levine	1005	L36	L49	L55	L47	H---	0.5
    

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    Re: Round 1 of 2017 RA Club Championship January 19 to March 2

    Still two rounds to go, but an impressive performance to this point by Zachary.

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    Re: modern odds matches

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Pacey View Post
    Chess seems to have the best starting position for the given pieces and their movements, IMHO.
    Hi Kevin, what do you mean exactly? How is the starting position the best? Most suited to seeking immediate development and central control?

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    Re: modern odds matches

    Hi Brad

    I go into great detail about that, and other aspects of why chess is arguably free of arbitrariness as a board game of skill, in the following CFC blog entry of mine:

    http://www.chesscanada.info/forum/en...games-of-skill
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    Re: modern odds matches

    That is very interesting, Kevin.

    I agree that chess possesses a certain perfection that ought not be tampered with as no improvements are possible.

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    Re: modern odds matches

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Thomson View Post
    That is very interesting, Kevin.

    I agree that chess possesses a certain perfection that ought not be tampered with as no improvements are possible.
    As it is true with most any artificial confine, the starting position of standard Chess is completely unnatural.

    Perfection is unnatural.

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    Re: modern odds matches

    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Frarey View Post
    Perfection is unnatural.
    Then so must be you yourself. :)

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    Pairings for Round 6!

    Please e-mail fs889@ncf.ca if you need a bye in rounds 6-7.

    1) byes are zero points for rounds 6 & 7;
    2) the winner(s) will receive the trophy and cash prize of $500 at the AGM;
    3) champion(s) will take on the membership in a simultaneous exhibition after the AGM.

    These pairings will change as I am expecting 5-10 byes in round 6 :o

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    Pairings for Round 6. 2017 RA Club Ch:
    
    Bd	#	Res	White	#	Res	Black
    1	5		Ramon J. Cova (2222 4.0)	15		Zachary Dukic (2078 5.0)
    2	2		David Gordon (2310 4.0)	10		William G. Doubleday (2136 4.0)
    3	9		Saeid Sadeghi (2149 4.0)	11		Francesco Dunne (2118 4.0)
    4	12		Ben Kellar (2115 4.0)	3		Mate Marinkovic (2269 3.5)
    5	1		Qiyu Zhou (2326 3.5)	8		Sam Marin (2155 3.5)
    6	7		Stijn De Kerpel (2196 3.5)	4		Kevin Pacey (2225 3.5)
    7	23		Dan Kearnan (1878 3.0)	6		John Upper (2212 3.0)
    8	13		Dusan Simic (2100 3.0)	22		Stefan Lanceman (1880 3.0)
    9	24		Alex Danilov (1843 3.0)	14		Svitlana Demchenko (2086 3.0)
    10	28		Konstantin Vlasenko (1784 3.0)	17		David Fei (2022 3.0)
    11	41		Romy Peters (1501 3.0)	19		Ray Kuryliw (1993 3.0)
    12	29		Jan Huus (1779 3.0)	21		Abdelaziz Mahdjoubi (1912 3.0)
    13	16		Simon Kuttner (2078 2.5)	44		Victor Samuel (1377 2.5)
    14	18		Sasha Solunac (2010 2.5)	46		Noah Marchildon (1360 2.5)
    15	20		Jeff Groot-Lipman (1928 2.5)	37		Denis Lemieux (1563 2.5)
    16	27		Gordon Ritchie (1808 2.5)	55		Andrew Svensson (1070 2.5)
    17	34		Garland Best (1676 2.5)	54		Michaell Tan (1072 2.5)
    18	60		Vladimir Dukkardt (800 2.5)	26		Peter Arseneau (1822 2.0)
    19	30		Daniel Xu (1753 2.0)	40		Drew Metcalfe (1511 2.0)
    20	39		Yves Arsenault (1546 2.0)	31		Eric Van Dusen (1742 2.0)
    21	49		Jeremy Sztuka (1264 2.0)	33		Simon Perkins (1728 2.0)
    22	36		Vikram Mallur (1628 2.0)	48		David Brock (1280 2.0)
    23	25		Amos Kuttner (1828 1.5)	45		Yaorui Xu (1377 1.5)
    24	43		Xu Rong [Caroline] Chen (1418 1.5)	32		Paul St. Pierre (1731 1.5)
    25	38		Gerard Felderhof (1555 1.5)	51		Daniel Wang (1133 1.5)
    26	50		Alexander Dukkardt (1229 1.5)	42		Keven Eyre (1418 1.5)
    27	47		Alexander Stopic (1353 1.0)	56		Dave Westbury (1054 1.5)
    28	52		Daniel Labib (1117 1.0)	58		Emil Wang (982 1.0)
    29	59		Wahida Chowdhury (845 1.0)	53		Rami Labib (1080 0.5)
    

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