Last week saw the 2021 Spielvogel Tournament completed and the result went down to the wire in both divisions. In the outright section Scott Stewart and Ruari Coffey tied for first on 5.5 points closely followed by Patrick Cook on 5.0 points after he held Scott to a draw in the final round. The Reserve section resulted in a 3 way tie for first between Louis and Kalen Douglas and also Nigel Block who each finished on 3.5 points from the 7 rounds. Congratulations to all players especially Louis and Nigel who scored their first wins in tournaments at the club.
Scott has taken the lead on 5 points after beating Bas, with just one round to go. 3 players are a half point behind, and the gold could go to anyone! an exciting finish ahead.
Bas continues to hold the lead after opening up Ruari's king to attack and manoeuvering him into a lost position. Harrison and Scott are a half point behind now with just two rounds to go.
In the main battle of the night, Ruari, as black, defeated top seed Scott in a game which is not up for perusal yet. Other games played on the night proceeded pretty much as expected with some minor upsets in the lower boards. Bas and Ruari now are on 3.5 points at the head of the pack.
DGT boards used for the top 4 games can be viewed live here. All players wanting to enter their games can do so here... ChessMicrobase. (Get the login details from Rob L). Scott has started a blog on Chess.com with his games annotated, and you can see that here... Scott's Blog
11 games played on the night: no big upsets. Scott holds the lead with 3 points, followed by a swathe of players on 2.5 points. DGT boards used for the top 4 games can be viewed live, albeit delayed 30 minutes, here.
See some write-ups and annotations of your games by Scott, here at Scott's Blog. All players wanting to enter their games can do so here... ChessMicrobase. (Get the login details from Rob L).
No upsets except a draw by Leonard against Patrick, bishops of opposite colours in a futile bout. All players wanting to enter their games can do so here... ChessMicrobase. (Get the login details from Rob L). Scott has started a blog on Chess.com with his games annotated, and you can see that here... Scott's Blog
Round One saw 27 entrants with 12 games played OTB on the night, which was a healthy number of masked players.
All games went to the higher rated player, with Kalen and Rob's game finishing last. All players wanting to enter their games can do so here... ChessMicrobase. (Get the login details from Rob L). Scott has started a blog on Chess.com with his games annotated, and you can see that here... Scott's Blog
On Thursday 11 February, the Spielvogel Tournament will start. This will run over 7 weeks, with a game per week and a time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move increment. There will be cash prizes for outright and the lower half of the field based on ratings. This will be our first classic event since restarting meetings and I know a lot of our members are looking forward to it.Please contact me if you wish to discuss any matter.
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From Australian Dictionary of Bibliography
Nathan Frederick Spielvogel (1874-1956), teacher, writer and historian, was born on 10 May 1874 at Ballarat, Victoria, son of Newman Frederick Spielvogel, pawnbroker, and his wife Hannah, née Cohen. Newman, an Austrian, and Hannah, a Prussian, were typical of the strong Jewish community on the Ballarat goldfields. Nathan attended Dana Street State School and trained there in 1892-95 as a pupil-teacher. He taught at several schools in the Wimmera, including Dimboola (1897, 1899-1907).
A small man, with sharply chiselled features, a wide forehead, big ears, warm eyes, a jutting chin and a beard that became golden, Spielvogel was adventurous and imaginative. In 1904 he spent his savings of £120 on a six-month journey through Egypt, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Britain. He had begun his writing career in 1894 with a Christmas story for the Ballarat Courier, to which—with the Jewish press, the Bulletin, the Dimboola Banner and other newspapers—he contributed regularly under such pen names as 'Genung', 'Eko', 'Ato' and 'Ahaswar'. From the early 1920s he wrote a humorous piece each month for the Teachers' Journal, but was probably best known for his first book, A Gumsucker on the Tramp (1906). It sold 20,000 copies. He also published The Cocky Farmer (1914), A Gumsucker at Home (1914), Old Eko's Note-Book (1930) and a volume of poetry called Our Gum Trees (1913).
He loved a beer (not lager) and around 1908 dined every Thursday at Fasoli's café, Melbourne, with writers and artists such as E. J. Brady, Norman Lindsay, Hal Gye, C. J. Dennis and Louis Esson. Later he was close to J. K. Moir, Victor Kennedy and R. H. Croll of the Bread and Cheese Club. Croll thought him 'offensively Australian' yet proudly Jewish, a conjunction that rent Spielvogel in 1901 when his love for a Gentile conflicted with a promise to his mother not to marry out of the faith. He remained steadfast and on 6 September 1911 at the Great Synagogue, Hyde Park, Sydney, married Jessie Muriel, daughter of Henry Harris, publisher of the Hebrew Standard.
After further postings to other Victorian schools, Spielvogel returned to Ballarat to be headmaster of Dana Street in 1924-39. Inspiring, sympathetic and methodical, he was immensely popular: a phalanx of pupils usually escorted him into the grounds. As president of the revived Ballarat Historical Society (1933-56), he developed a passion for local history. He published vignettes of early Ballarat life and a popular monograph, The Affair at Eureka (1928). After retirement he was largely responsible for managing the local museum and for placing plaques and monuments at historic sites. His broadcasts and press releases increased historical awareness.
Spielvogel was president of the Ballarat Hebrew Congregation, the Mechanics' Institute, the Teachers' Institute and Dana Street Old Scholars' Association. Strongly patriotic during World War I, he became chairman of the Dads' Association in World War II. A sharp mind lay behind his lifelong interest in chess: he was secretary (1894) and president (1939) of the Ballarat club and represented Victoria in 1921 and 1925. He was instrumental in sustaining the Ballarat synagogue between 1941 and 1953 and wrote Jewish stories with a tenderness and strength that drew from Judah Waten the remark that Jewish literature in Australia began with him. Spielvogel died on 10 September 1956 at Ballarat and was buried in the old cemetery. His wife and their three sons (all of whom had married out of the faith and in his absence) survived him.