The Suncoast Chess club has been hosting open tournaments since 1990. In most years two events were held
and the names of all winners are engraved on our gigantic rook trophy which was made for us by Eumundi Woodcraft (picture). In 1999, the club had the honour of hosting the Australian Open. In 2006, the club only hosted limited rating tournaments capped at 1850, and those winners' names do not appear on the trophy or this list. The club started hosting Opens again in 2010, skipping 2013.
The names around the top of the trophy are the winners of the 4 tournaments held at the 1999 Australian Open.
Out of the 33 tournaments Open tournaments hosted by the Suncoast Chess Club, there has been 11 different winners with 6 people winning more than once.
Write up of some of the recent Suncoast Chess Club's Events can be found further down this page.
Wendy Coghill started this trn in 1996, to help give confidence to young girls who are normally greatly outnumber by boys at chess trn. The trn is still going strong. Link to the complete list of the Wendy Coghill Shield
Congratulation to Gene and to all the division winners, Charles, Stuart, David and Alin. Full results can be found under "tournaments & result" tab.
This was a small field but enjoyable tournament with some good hard fought games. Congratulation to the Winners; Gene Nakuachi 6/6, Tony (Junhao) Zhong 5/6, equal 3rd Joshua Morris and Tony Weller 4/6. Full Results
In its second year at this venue. In 2011 we had 49 entries with GM Roland Schmaltz as the out right winner.
Link to final results cross table. The playing field was 50 strong. Prizes going to over 20 players. I would like to thank the following for their help and support - Finn Sorensen(set up and equipment), Paul Summers(Mars Bars & assistance), Bill Powell(assistance & coming out of chess retirement to play in the Blitz), Gunter Stock(New fine chess set & 2 copies of Fritz 13 from Gamestronics), Kevin Casey(11 chess books & 2 DVDs), George Lester($$), Elliott Renzies($$), Bari-Claire (for excellent catering(sorry if I got the name/spelling wrong)). We also had Alex Wohl(who tied for 1st in the Blitz with Stephen Solomon) spend some time with us and he offered me some valuable advice (mostly about promotion) of making this good event even better.
On a sad note, Roland Schmaltz(WINNER 6/6 ) is unlikely to play any more tournaments before returning to Germany. We were lucky to have him at our open events and I hope quite a few players have benefited from his advice. Denis Ovcina formerly of South Africa played a good tournament with a strong field to finish out right 2nd securing this by drawing with Solomon in the last round. A 6 way tie for 3rd with 4 from the Open category and 2 from group A. Yi Liu should be noted for beating IM Stephen Solomon in the 3rd round. Other players who preformed really well Karthik Gurunathan, Rachael Solomon, Alan James, Marcus Porter, Andrew Cray, Harry Hughes, Mark Cervenjak, Michael D'Arcy, Daniel Lapitan(def Yi), Martin Jack & Martin Post . Finally the prize money was $890 in prizes for the Open category and another $710 for the rating groups and another $150 in the Blitz.
Also Alex Wohl attend the event(as a spectator) and has written a good blog entry about his experience you can read and you can also check out his complete blog.
Held on the 26th and 27 of February. 6 rounds. 1st prize $600. Additional blitz tournament run on the Saturday Night.