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Basil
13-05-2009, 10:02 PM
2009 Tasmanian Open and Lightning Championship

TASMANIAN OPEN - Yulgibar/Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix event (Class 1)

Hosted by: Launceston Chess Club for the Tasmanian Chess Association
DATE: June 6-8 (Queen's Birthday Weekend)
VENUE: Adult Education Centre, 8 High Street, Launceston
FORMAT: 6 round Swiss, 90 minutes plus increment of 15 seconds per move.
TIMETABLE:
Saturday 6th June
10.30am Round 1
3:00pm Round 2
7:30pm Commitee Meeting

Sunday 7th June
9:30am Round 3
2:00pm Round 4
7:00pm Tasmanian Lightning Championship

Monday 8th June
9:00am Round 5
1:30pm Round 6

ENTRY FEE
$55 waged,
$45 concession,
$30 juniors (U18)

• Discount of $5 if entry received by May 27.
• Entries received by mail after Wednesday June 3 may be declined if insufficient equipment.
• Entries on the day, if accepted, will close at 10:00am sharp and incur a $5 late fee

PRIZES
1st - 40%
2nd - 20%
3rd, U1700 & U1500 - 10%

U18
U12
Womens

NB Prize pool is entry fees less running costs and levies.

Prizes are subject to at least 3 entries per division.
ORGANISER Dr Tony Dowden
(for Launceston CC committee)
ARBITERS Two members from organising club and one or two members from visitor clubs
CONTACT Mr Leo Minol
ph: 03-6344 7472
email: leominol@hotkey.net.au
NOTES FIDE laws apply – ringing mobiles will incur an automatic forfeit. Entrants must abide by all decisions of the organiser and arbiters. The organising committee reserves the right to make changes to arrangements (for instance, division prizes may be subject to sufficient entries)


TASMANIAN LIGHTNING CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday 7th June 7.00pm start,
entries accepted up until 6.45pm,
entry fee $10.00 a head

http://www.chesstasmania.org.au/events/TasOpen_09.htm

Tony Dowden
15-05-2009, 07:20 PM
Thanks Gunner :)

I'm paying my entry at Club tonight (yes, we meet on a Friday :eek: ), so that's at least one entry.

Basil
15-05-2009, 08:34 PM
Thanks Gunner :)

I'm paying my entry at Club tonight (yes, we meet on a Friday :eek: ), so that's at least one entry.
Actually Lawrence did the hard yards (put up the thread first (unknown to me) and also supplied me the link for the info), but you're welcome.

Garvinator
16-05-2009, 12:22 AM
Thanks Gunner :)

I'm paying my entry at Club tonight (yes, we meet on a Friday :eek: ), so that's at least one entry.
Are you paying your entry to Gunner? ;)

Tony Dowden
16-05-2009, 09:00 AM
Nope, I paid it to Leo :) (Read the entry form)

Tony Dowden
16-05-2009, 09:01 AM
Actually Lawrence did the hard yards (put up the thread first (unknown to me) and also supplied me the link for the info), but you're welcome.

OK, thanks to Saragossa then :D

Tony Dowden
23-05-2009, 09:29 AM
Entries

Tony Dowden 1986
Dallas Fry 1405
Mason Carter 1325
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1154
Adam Carter 1039

Kevin Bonham
23-05-2009, 12:59 PM
I will be playing - only reason I haven't entered yet is that I haven't got around to asking Leo what alternative entry payment method he'll accept, since entrants have been asked not to send cash, I don't have a cheque account, and there's no way I'm forking out $4.50 for a money order.

Tony Dowden
23-05-2009, 06:15 PM
Early entries
Tony Dowden 1986
Dallas Fry 1405
Mason Carter 1325
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1154
Adam Carter 1039

Rumoured entries
Kevin Bonham 1880

[Gotta be careful with rumours as 'Daffy Duck' was officially recorded as attending a University of Tasmania lecture recently.]

Tony Dowden
24-05-2009, 06:25 PM
Entries as of May 24
Tony Dowden 1986
Kevin Bonham 1880
Alastair Dyer 1830
Dallas Fry 1405
Mason Carter 1325
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1154
Adam Carter 1039

(NB I won't be able to up-date this as much or often as I'd like to so please feel free to add your name if you are playing)

Kevin Bonham
26-05-2009, 05:00 PM
Janice Martin told me last night to pass on that she is definitely playing.

I think it's safe to assume Glen Gibbs is playing too since he is coming up in the car with Tony Sturges and me.

I have arranged with Leo to pay on the day.

Tony Dowden
26-05-2009, 05:50 PM
Expected entries (May 26)
Tony Dowden 1986
Kevin Bonham 1880
Alastair Dyer 1830
Glen Gibbs 1618
Russell Horton 1470
Vincent Horton 1444
Dallas Fry 1405
Janice Martin 1359
Mason Carter 1325
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1154
Adam Carter 1039

Saragossa
26-05-2009, 11:43 PM
Both Marcus and I should be playing but we get back on the 4th so either mum will send payment from Tas or we'll pay on the day. I'll send an email to Leo about that.

Tony Dowden
27-05-2009, 07:54 PM
Expected entries (May 27)
Tony Dowden 1986
Kevin Bonham 1880
Alastair Dyer 1830
Marcus Bretag 1749
Glen Gibbs 1618
Russell Horton 1470
Vincent Horton 1444
Lawrence Bretag 1408
Dallas Fry 1405
Janice Martin 1359
Mason Carter 1325
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1154
Adam Carter 1039

Southpaw Jim
27-05-2009, 11:05 PM
Definitely not, as I have a 40th to attend.

And no, it's not mine :P I'm not that O.L.D. ... :P

(yet)

lost
28-05-2009, 12:04 AM
I might play in the Tasmanian Open.

Garvinator
28-05-2009, 12:37 AM
I might play in the Tasmanian Open.
and you are?

Kevin Bonham
02-06-2009, 03:09 AM
Graham Richards will be playing.

Tony Dowden
02-06-2009, 10:09 AM
Expected entries (June 2)
Tony Dowden 1965
Kevin Bonham 1878
Alastair Dyer 1862
Glen Gibbs 1604
Marcus Bretag 1510
Lawrence Bretag 1488
Vincent Horton 1474
Russell Horton 1433
Dallas Fry 1405
Janice Martin 1359
Mason Carter 1263
Graham Richards 1243
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1180
Adam Carter 1098

Saragossa
05-06-2009, 02:37 PM
We are also bringing another player along, Daniel Crawford (unr) for the blitz championship as well, emailing Leo now.

ok one day before the tourney goodluck to all!

Tony Dowden
05-06-2009, 08:35 PM
Gemma Woodwell is also playing but I'm now doubtful.

Tony Dowden
06-06-2009, 09:13 AM
Charlie Smith is also playing

Tony Dowden
07-06-2009, 10:35 AM
Day 1

After two rounds the top two seeds Kevin Bonham and Alastair Dyer are leading with 2/2. Tasmania's top senior Glenn Gibbs also has 2/2.

Vincent Horton has started slowly with two draws.

Tony Dowden
07-06-2009, 10:27 PM
Day 2

Kevin Bonham and Alastair Dyer are leading with 3.5/4 and it looks like one or both of them will win.

Kevin would win a record seventh Tassie Open title while Alastair would win his maiden title.

Kevin has a tricky pairing in Rd 5 with Black vs former Tassie Champ Nigel Frame. (Alastair crushed Nigel in under 20 moves in Round 3 so has an easier run on Day 3).

Vincent Horton has recovered to 3/4 so is another top Tassie junior player in with a chance.

Tony Dowden
08-06-2009, 05:32 PM
Day 3

Kevin Bonham and Alastair Dyer duly won the 2009 Tasmanian Open with 5.0/6 thus, as indicated yesterday, Kevin winning a record seventh Open title and Alastair winning his maiden Open title :clap: :clap: :clap:

Twelve-year-old Vincent Horton held both Kevin and Alastair to draws in the last two rounds and came a well deserved 3rd= on 4/6 along with Marcus Bretag, Glen Gibbs and (another very notable effort) Charlie Smith. Between them these four swallowed up all the grade and age group prizes on offer.

Andrew Fifield won an 'encouragement' prize kindly donated by an adult player.

Book selling activities also raised exactly $100 towards trophies for the 2010 Australian Junior Championship and $76 towards the Launceston Chess Club's new storage cabinet. Players are sincerely thanked for their generous bids for books and other materials.

Capablanca-Fan
08-06-2009, 06:41 PM
Didn't you play, Tony? Congrats to the winners.

Tony Dowden
08-06-2009, 07:57 PM
I might play in the Tasmanian Open.
Looks like we lost you?

Tony Dowden
08-06-2009, 08:01 PM
Didn't you play, Tony? Congrats to the winners.
No, I didn't play in the Open this year as it coincided with the last three days of a 10 day family holiday.

(For those who are single and/or don't have children: if I had played then Queen's Birthday wouldn't have been a holiday for my wife any more ...)

Kevin Bonham
08-06-2009, 08:25 PM
Open crosstable:


No Name Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6

1 Bonham, Kevin 1878 5 10:W 8:W 4:W 2:D 7:W 3:D
2 Dyer, Alastair 1862 5 19:W 13:W 7:W 1:D 3:D 8:W
3 Horton, Vincent 1474 4 21:D 15:D 12:W 13:W 2:D 1:D
4 Gibbs, Glen B 1604 4 12:W 14:W 1:L 15:D 16:W 7:D
5 Smith, Charlie 1221 4 8:L 10:W 9:L 19:W 22:W 17:W
6 Bretag, Marcus 1510 4 15:L 21:W 16:D 22:W 9:D 12:W
7 Frame, Nigel 1727 3.5 16:W 9:W 2:L 11:W 1:L 4:D
8 Bretag, Lawrence 1488 3.5 5:W 1:L 22:W 9:D 15:W 2:L
9 Horton, Russell 1433 3.5 23:W 7:L 5:W 8:D 6:D 11:D
10 Fifield, Andrew 1378 3.5 1:L 5:L 21:W 18:D 19:W 16:W
11 Hughes, David 1394 3.5 24:W 22:D 15:D 7:L 13:W 9:D
12 Carter, Mason 1263 3 4:L 20:W 3:L 24:W 14:W 6:L
13 Hendrey, Kevin 1451 3 17:W 2:L 18:W 3:L 11:L 20:W
14 Fry, Dallas 1405 3 20:W 4:L 17:W 16:L 12:L 15:W
15 Richards, Graham 1243 2.5 6:W 3:D 11:D 4:D 8:L 14:L
16 Briant, James 1326 2.5 7:L 23:W 6:D 14:W 4:L 10:L
17 Carter, Adam 1098 2.5 13:L 19:W 14:L 21:D 18:W 5:L
18 Short, Owen 1259 2.5 22:L 24:W 13:L 10:D 17:L 21:W
19 Martin, Janice 1359 2 2:L 17:L 20:W 5:L 10:L 24:W
20 Briant, Harrison 964 2 14:L 12:L 19:L 23:W 24:W 13:L
21 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1180 1.5 3:D 6:L 10:L 17:D 23:D 18:L
22 Harris, Cameron 1603 1.5 18:W 11:D 8:L 6:L 5:L 0:
23 Crawford, Daniel 1.5 9:L 16:L 24:L 20:L 21:D 0:W
24 Woodwell, Gemma 764 1 11:L 18:L 23:W 12:L 20:L 19:L

Lightning crosstable.


No Name Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

1 Dowden, Tony 1965 8.5 6:W 7:D 9:W 3:W 2:W 8:W 4:W 10:W 11:W
2 Bonham, Kevin 1878 7 12:W 10:W 3:D 4:W 1:L 7:W 6:W 8:W 5:D
3 Dyer, Alastair 1862 7 8:W 9:W 2:D 1:L 6:W 4:D 14:W 7:W 10:W
4 Bretag, Lawrence 1488 6 11:W 16:W 7:D 2:L 5:W 3:D 1:L 12:W 8:W
5 Bretag, Marcus 1510 5.5 9:L 14:W 17:W 10:L 4:L 15:W 13:W 6:W 2:D
6 Hughes, David 1394 5 1:L 13:W 14:W 7:W 3:L 10:W 2:L 5:L 0:W
7 Horton, Vincent 1474 5 13:W 1:D 4:D 6:L 9:W 2:L 11:W 3:L 15:W
8 Briant, James 1326 5 3:L 15:W 16:W 11:W 10:W 1:L 17:W 2:L 4:L
9 Carter, Mason 1263 5 5:W 3:L 1:L 16:W 7:L 14:L 0:W 17:W 12:W
10 Hendrey, Kevin 1451 4 17:W 2:L 11:W 5:W 8:L 6:L 15:W 1:L 3:L
11 Short, Owen 1259 4 4:L 12:W 10:L 8:L 16:W 0:W 7:L 14:W 1:L
12 Fifield, Andrew 1378 4 2:L 11:L 15:L 0:W 17:W 13:W 16:W 4:L 9:L
13 Carter, Adam 1098 4 7:L 6:L 0:W 14:W 15:W 12:L 5:L 16:L 17:W
14 Briant, Harrison 964 3 15:W 5:L 6:L 13:L 0:W 9:W 3:L 11:L 16:L
15 Horton, Russell 1433 3 14:L 8:L 12:W 17:W 13:L 5:L 10:L 0:W 7:L
16 WoodWell, Gemma 764 3 0:W 4:L 8:L 9:L 11:L 17:L 12:L 13:W 14:W
17 Crawford, Daniel 2 10:L 0:W 5:L 15:L 12:L 16:W 8:L 9:L 13:L


Alastair Dyer is the youngest player to hold both Open and Championship titles in the same year, and this is only the fifth time this feat has been accomplished in the 35-year history of the Open.

Will add some comments later.

Saragossa
08-06-2009, 09:02 PM
Grats to Kevin and Alastair, two records smashed at the same event excellent excellent. Went over a couple of my games at home and have decided that my only game that was semi alright was my game against Russel which he managed (both of us really) to draw.

I was made mice meat by both the winners to say the least but atleast in my Game vs Kevin I managed to thrash about which I was rather proud of. And against Alastair was (as planned) heading down a good ol' boring path then I managed to rather excitingly drop my queen and a piece :lol: :lol: :lol:

Also Congratulations to Tony for taking the Blitz title yet again and especially for your genorosity, the book sale was excellent and everything you have and are currently contributing to Tasmanian chess means so much to Myself, Marcus and everyone.

P.S Kevin can I please have my name switched with Marcus on the blitz table unless there is a reason for it, thats just to satisfy my immature ego :P

P.P.S All the books being in descriptive notation I thought was actually quite useful, as I have far too many descriptive books and thus have come accustomed to reading them.

Kevin Bonham
08-06-2009, 10:51 PM
P.S Kevin can I please have my name switched with Marcus on the blitz table unless there is a reason for it, thats just to satisfy my immature ego :P

Fixed. Previous version was wrongly given in seeding order instead of score order.

Yes, the book sale was great! Lots of obscure stuff going for $1 or $2 a book; I ended up with a box full of stuff. Came from an estate (judging from the inscriptions of a member of the Walker family, though I am unsure which one).

The inscription inside "100 Soviet Chess Minatures" intrigued me:


Presented to the Top Lady Player in the Premier Division of the Tasmanian Chess Championship 1971 [signed] J Dickens (Tas Champion)

In those days there was an eight-player top division Championship with a reserves division, and it turns out that Miss Walker (who was several times Tasmanian women's champion) actually won the 1970 reserves division, half a point ahead of one Reg Harvey (still on the scene!) and well ahead of Stephen Swift and Colin Cloudsdale who would go on to dominate the state chess scene through much of the 70s. I'm guessing all this lot were juniors or thereabouts at the time.

I have a correct copy of the amazing Hendrey-Dyer game from round 2 and will be feeding this to Fritz and then posting it shortly.

As for the Open record for some reason this seems to be my pet event (probably because I like playing chess in the winter more than the summer); hopefully I can win a few more Opens and make sure that whoever eventually passes it has had to work to overtake my tally.

Adamski
08-06-2009, 11:13 PM
Congrats to Kevin, Alastair and Tony for their victories. Yes, Tony, it's not a holiday for one's spouse when one plays chess on a holiday weekend. I will have to make it up to mine for playing in the NSW Open!

Kevin Bonham
09-06-2009, 02:12 AM
Kevin Hendrey - Alastair Dyer (round 2). It was quite a surprise to watch this one because I have not seen Kevin play this wildly before; I'm far more used to this sort of thing in games where Alastair is the attacker! Notes done quickly with extensive Fritz assistance, not guaranteed error-free.

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3 g5 5.h4 g4 6.Ng5 h6 7.Nxf7 Shulman and Gallagher (amusingly, since Alastair is a Gallagher fan) have both won with this rare line while Jono won the black side against Anthony Ker! 7...Kxf7 8.d4 [8.Bc4+ d5 9.Bxd5+ Kg7 10.d4 Nf6 and white has adequate compensation according to NCO but the move played was seen in the Gallagher game among others.] 8...d5 9.Nxd5 [Nearly always white plays 9.Bxf4 ;
or 9.exd5 here so now the game leaves the course of theory] 9...Be6 10.Bc4 Nf6 [10...f3!?] 11.Bxf4 Bxd5 12.exd5 Na5! 13.Bd3 [13.Be2 looks more accurate] 13...Qxd5 14.0-0 Qxd4+ 15.Kh1 Nc6! 16.c3 Qd5 17.Bxc7 Bd6? Up til now black has defended extremely well but here is white's best chance. [17...Kg7! to release the pin on the knight.] 18.Bxd6! [The move played is fine but 18.Qxg4! is even stronger 18...Rhg8 (18...Bxc7 19.Qg6+ Ke7 20.Qxf6+ wins; 18...Qxd3 19.Qd7+ Ne7 20.Bxd6 wins) 19.Qd7+ Ne7 20.Rxf6+! Kxf6 21.Rf1+ Kg7 22.Bxd6 Kh8 23.Rf3! holds everything together and white is winning] 18...Rad8 [18...Qxd6 19.Bg6+ Ke7 20.Qb3 Nd7 21.Rf7+ Kd8 22.Rxd7+ Qxd7 23.Rd1 Qxd1+ 24.Qxd1+ is not recommended for black] 19.Bc7 [19.Qe2! and if 19...Qxd6 20.Rxf6+! Qxf6 (20...Kxf6 21.Rf1+ Kg7 22.Qxg4+ Qg6 23.Qxg6#) 21.Rf1 with another strong Q for 2R position] 19...Qxd3 20.Bxd8 Rxd8 [20...Qxd1 21.Raxd1 Rxd8 22.Rxd8 Nxd8 looks drawn] 21.Qb3+ [21.Qxg4 Qg6 22.Qf4 Kg7 is possibly better for white than what was played.] 21...Qd5 22.Qxb7+ Rd7 23.Qa6 [23.Qb3 to swap queens looks is an option now that white has two extra pawns] 23...Rd6 24.Qb7+ Kg6 At this point white had 6 minutes to black's 8. The increment is 15 seconds. Here white's position is at least OK and perhaps better, though black has nothing to panic about. But over the next two moves white burns up five minutes. 25.Qc8 Rd8 26.Qa6 Rd6 27.Qe2 Qh5 28.g3 White's position is getting iffy and at one minute plus 15 seconds per move it is much too hard to hold. [28.Qf2] 28...Qd5+ 29.Kg1 Qc5+ 30.Rf2 [30.Qf2 Qxf2+ 31.Rxf2 Rd3 is white's last chance for a reasonable position] 30...Ne5! 31.Kf1 Nf3 32.Qc2+ Kg7 33.b4? Qe5! 34.Qe2 Ne4! 35.Rg2 Rd2 36.Qe3 Nxg3+ 37.Rxg3 Qxe3 0-1 A devastating finish by black who was himself down to a few minutes plus increment.

Kevin Bonham
09-06-2009, 02:34 AM
Alastair Dyer - Nigel Frame (round 3). Alastair wins a lot of games very quickly and decisively, including against players rated not much below him as in this case.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.g4 A typical Alastair move. Watching it I had a gut feel that Nigel would struggle against it. 7...a6 8.g5 Ng8? [8...Nxe4 9.Nxe4 d5 looks fine for black but I suspect he didn't see it] 9.h4 Qc7 10.Bb3 Nc6 11.Be3 Bd7 12.Qd2 Na5 13.f4 Nxb3 14.Nxb3 f6 15.0-0-0 0-0-0 16.Qf2! Rf8? 17.Bb6 Qc6 18.Na5 1-0

GoodNite
09-06-2009, 08:27 AM
Congratulations to Kevin and Alastair. Would have loved to have played, but major renovations on our house kept me close to home. Next year hopefully. Not ruling out participating in the Hobart Weekender in August. Cheers.

Kevin Bonham
09-06-2009, 01:33 PM
I'll put all my games up as I annotate them, such as they are.

Fifield - Bonham. My opponent (who was dependent on a lift) arrived about 25 minutes late for this game which may have contributed to the game being very one-sided.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.a3 c4 7.Bg5?! This move may look like it develops with tempo, but it actually loses it. 7...Qb6 8.Qc2 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Be2 Bd6 12.0-0 0-0-0 13.Nbd2 e5 14.b4? [Quite aside from avoiding immediate loss of a pawn 14.b3 is necessary here to open the queenside and give white realistic chances. Black still has a strong centre and a faster attack.] 14...exd4 15.cxd4 Nxd4 16.Nxd4 Qxd4 17.Nf3 Qf4 18.Qd2?! I don't think white should exchange queens here. He can survive my kingside attack for a little while and might have counter chances if I mess it up. Exchanging off just gives me a way too easy ending. 18...Qxd2 19.Nxd2 Be5 20.Ra2 Ba4 21.Bg4+ Kb8 22.Nf3 c3 23.Nxe5 fxe5 24.Re1 Rhe8 [24...d4 is fine] 25.Bf5 Re7 26.f4 e4 27.Kf2 Bd7 [Unnecessary; 27...d4 wins overwhelmingly] 28.Bxd7 Rdxd7 29.Rc2 d4 30.Rd1 Re8 31.f5 Rc8 32.Re2? d3 33.Rxe4 c2 0-1

Bonham - L Bretag. Fairly well played and strategically interesting middlegame followed by very badly played ending (Lawrence has the excuse of inexperience in this area while I have none for clueless shockers like 39.Ra7? and 42.Rh7??).

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.exd5 Nxd5 4.Bc4 c6 5.Qf3 e6 6.Nge2 Nd7 7.d4 Qf6 8.Qe4 [I should have remembered from previous games in this line that 8.Qg3! is the move here.] 8...Qg6 [8...N7b6] 9.Bxd5!? Really this is not the best move; the threats it creates are not too hard to deal with and it would be safer for white to just castle. 9...cxd5 10.Qxg6 hxg6 11.Nb5 Kd8 12.Bf4 Bb4+! [Or 12...a6! 13.Nd6 Bxd6 14.Bxd6 Nf6 and black's half open files compensate for his slow development and weak bishop] 13.c3 Ba5 14.a4 a6 15.Nd6 Ke7! 16.0-0 f6 17.Rfe1 g5 18.Bg3 g6 [18...f5 19.Nxc8+ Raxc8 20.f3 f4 21.Bf2=] 19.b4!? Bd8 [19...Bc7! 20.Nf7 Kxf7 21.Bxc7 b6 is fine for black] 20.c4! e5! 21.dxe5 Nxe5 22.Nxc8+ Rxc8 23.Bxe5 [23.cxd5 Rc4 24.Rab1 might be better] 23...fxe5 24.cxd5 Rc4! 25.Ng3 Bc7?! [25...Kd6!=] 26.Rac1?! [Inaccurate; 26.Ne4 first is best] 26...Rxc1? [Black needed to find 26...Rhh4 ] 27.Rxc1 Kd6 28.Ne4+ Kxd5 [Forced as 28...Kd7 29.Nc5+ Ke7 30.Nxb7 is all over] 29.Nf6+ The point - to see if he will let me take the bishop with his king on a less aggressive square, which he did. 29...Ke6 [29...Kd6 30.Ne4+ Kd5 and just taking the bishop is probably best but I may have played 31.Nxg5] 30.Rxc7 Kxf6 [30...Rd8!] 31.Rxb7 An easily won ending which I proceed to make a considerable mess of. 31...Rh4 32.f3 Rd4! 33.Kf2 a5 [33...g4] 34.Rb6+ Kf7 35.bxa5 Rxa4 36.a6 Ra2+ 37.Kg3 Ra4 38.Rb7+ Kf6 39.Ra7? Absolute brainfade. I know the rook works better from the side so why the hell did I put it in front? I also did this in a game against Martin not too long ago. [39.a7 wins easily] 39...Ke6 40.Kf2 Ra2+ 41.Ke3! Rxg2?? 42.Rh7?? [Black's previous actually justifies white's rook placement since after 42.Ra8 black does not have time to stop the pawn as white will have Re8+ promoting] 42...Ra2 43.a7 Kf5 [43...Kd5 looks easier] 44.Kd3 Ra4! 45.Kc3 Ke6? [45...g4! 46.Kb3 Ra1 47.fxg4+ Kxg4 48.Kc4 e4 looks like still drawing.] 46.Kb3 Ra6 47.Kb4 Kd5 48.Kb5 Ra1 49.Kb6 Rb1+ 50.Kc7 Ra1 51.Kb8 1-0.

Gibbs-Bonham. I find playing black against Glen very tough. This one liquidated to a tricky rook and knight ending where I was generally just a touch better; I missed a win, he missed a draw, then he blundered.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 (Glen usually plays 1.e4 against me but switched to 1.Nf3 with 2.g3 in a recent rapid tournament. I played 2...b5 and went on to win yet in preparing many lines for this game did not even consider Glen might try 2.c4. So I was out of my prep on move 2, which echoes a comment Glen once made to me that preparing for opponents is pointless since they instinctively sense what you have cooked up and avoid it!) 2...c5 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.0-0 g6 6.b3 Bg7 7.Bb2 0-0 8.d4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bxg2 10.Kxg2 d5 11.cxd5 Qxd5+ 12.Nf3 Nc6 [12...Qb7!?] 13.Qxd5 Nxd5 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 After white's very drawish handling of the opening the position is completely symmetrical except that in effect white has played one knight move while black has played three and is to move. Thus, black has effectively gained three tempi but so much has gone off the board that it is hard for black to do anything with that! 15.Nbd2 Rac8 16.Rac1 Ncb4 17.a3 Na2!? Risky but the only try for an advantage. 18.Rc4 b5 19.Rd4 Rfd8 20.e4 Nf6 21.Re1 Rxd4 22.Nxd4 a6 23.f4 [23.e5 Nd5 24.Ne4 maybe] 23...Rc3 24.h3?! Rd3! [Even better 24...Nh5! 25.N2f3 Nc1 26.b4 Nf6 etc and white is struggling] 25.N2f3 Nc3 26.e5 Nfd5 27.Kf2 e6 28.h4 Nb6?! [28...h5] 29.Kg2 Nd7 Around here white should continue pushing pawns on the kingside instead of making useless fiddly moves that just allow black to reorganise his knights. 30.Rc1 Nc5 31.Rc2 [31.Ne1!=] 31...N5e4 32.Ne2? Nxe2? [Missing 32...Nd5 33.Rc6 Ne3+ 34.Kh3 Nf5 winning easily] 33.Rxe2 Nc5 34.b4 Na4 35.Ra2 [35.Rd2! draws as after 35...Rxa3 36.Rd7 h6 37.Nd4 white has perpetual.] 35...h6 36.Kf2 Nc3 37.Rd2?? [37.Ra1 wasn't pleasant but white may have survived.] 37...Ne4+ 38.Ke2 Nxd2! 0-1

Kevin Bonham
09-06-2009, 03:29 PM
Bonham - Dyer. Alastair and I were leading on 3/3 with no-one else above 2 and given that my primary aim for the tournament was to finish at least =1st to extend my record I was pretty cautious.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 e5 7.d4 Nc6 8.dxe5 [A pretty boring sideline but the d5 main line doesn't really suit me. I could have played Be3 or just avoided all KI transpositions instead.] 8...dxe5 9.Bg5 Qe8 [9...Qxd1 looks thoroughly dull] 10.Qc1 [10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.cxd5 Nd4 must be good for white.] 10...Be6 11.Bh6 [11.Nd5 again] 11...Rd8 12.Qg5 Nd7?! [12...Bxh6! 13.Qxh6 Nd4 exposes white's kingside push as nonsense and if 14.Nxe5 Nxe4! since if 15.Nxe4 Nxe2+] 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 f6 16.Qe3 threatening the a-pawn after the knight moves 16...Nd4! [16...e4 17.Nd2 Nb4 18.Qc3 isn't good] 17.Nxd4 exd4 18.Qd2 c5 19.Rfe1 Qf7 20.b4 b6 21.a4 Rfe8 22.a5 Ra8 [22...b5!?] 23.Ra3 Qe7 24.b5 Qe5 Draw Agreed. I accepted as I really don't have that much idea what is going on in this position. Bit wimpy as I am probably substantially better here but I do have endgame liabilities if too much stuff comes off the board. -

Frame - Bonham. Lucky to get away with this one after getting away with a blunder then letting a good position slip back to even.

1.f4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Nh3 d5 4.Nf2 Bg7 5.Bg2 0-0 Nigel's pet system which looks bizarre but is not that easy to force an advantage against. The most important thing I've found is to lock down e4 and stop him getting a convincing pawn push to that square. 6.e3 c5 7.d3 Nc6 8.0-0 e5! 9.c3 exf4! 10.exf4 Re8 11.Nd2 Be6 12.Nb3 b6 13.Qc2 Rc8 [13...Bf5!] 14.Bd2 Qd7 [14...c4!] 15.Rae1 Ne7 16.Qd1 Ng4?? 17.Bc1? [Almost as soon as I played my previous I saw that 17.Rxe6 Nxf2 18.Rxe7 gets white two pieces for the rook. However Nigel didn't calculate it fully and missed the chance.] 17...Nxf2 18.Rxf2 Bg4 19.Bf3 Bxf3 20.Qxf3 Nf5 21.Rfe2 d4 22.Bd2 dxc3 23.bxc3 Rxe2 24.Rxe2 Rd8 25.Nc1 h6 26.Qe4 Bf6 27.Kg2 Nd6 28.Qd5 Nb5 29.Qxd7 Draw offered but white is clearly worse. 29...Rxd7 30.c4 Nd4 31.Re8+ Kg7 32.Kf2 Nf5 33.Ke2 Nd6 34.Re3 Bd4 35.Rf3 Re7+ 36.Kf1 Nf5 37.Ne2 Bf6 38.Kf2 h5 39.h3 a6 40.g4! hxg4 41.hxg4 Nd6 42.Re3 Rd7 43.Bc3 b5 44.Bxf6+ Kxf6 45.cxb5 axb5 Strong play by white from a very poor position has reached a level position but with all the hard work done he now throws it away in spectacular fashion. 46.Nc3 b4 47.Ne4+? Nxe4+ 48.dxe4 c4 49.Ke2?? [49.Re2 offers more resistance] 49...c3 [49...Ra7 also wins] 50.Rd3 [50.e5+ doesn't work as 50...Ke6 51.Re4 Kd5 52.Kd3 Kc5+ 53.Kc2 Rd2+ 54.Kb1 Rd4 wins] 50...c2! 51.Rxd7 c1=Q 52.Rd2 Qh1! 53.g5+ Ke6 54.Ke3 Qe1+! 0-1

V Horton-Bonham. Both of us had 2-3 colour splits but he was coming off two blacks in a row so I got a fourth black. Again I was cautious given my half-point lead and Alastair winning his last-round game very quickly, possibly too cautious in fact but above all else I wanted to make certain my main objective was acheived.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 Second time ever in a rated game! I thought the Classical was safer since Vincent had big chances in the Winawer in a previous game. 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3 This line is pretty harmless 5...c5 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Be2 cxd4 8.Bxd4 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 a6 [9...Bc5 10.Qg4 0-0 is fine and probably better than this very cautious move] 10.0-0 Qb6 11.Qxb6 Nxb6 12.Nd4 Bd7 13.Bd3 Rc8 14.f4 Nc4 15.Bxc4 Rxc4 [15...dxc4 16.Ne4 is probably inferior] 16.Nce2 Be7 17.c3 0-0 18.Rf3 g6 [18...f6 to open the board for the bishop pair was probably better - I just didn't want to give white any counterplay or winning chances at all, just wanted to shut down the kingside and see if I could break through on the c-file. But without any weaknesses anywhere else it is not going to be easy.] 19.Raf1 b5 20.Rc1 Rfc8 21.Kf2 Bc5?! This turns out to be an unsound trap. I wanted to lure him into his following move, thinking I would win if he did. But it is actually not the case. 22.b3! Bxd4+ 23.Kf1! I think many sub-1500 players here would either take the bishop (losing a piece) or even resign, but delaying the recapture saves the piece. 23...R4c7 [If I was willing to take risks in search of a win I could sac the exchange with 23...Bb6 24.bxc4 Rxc4] 24.Nxd4 b4 25.Ke2 bxc3 26.Kd3 h5 My problem is that there is actually nothing here. White plays his king to c2 and regroups via R(f1)-d1-d3 and recovers the pawn after which not only am I not winning, but I have to beware of straying into an unfavourable good knight/bad bishop ending. Therefore I decided to settle for =1st. Tony Dowden commended Vincent on his very sensible handling of this position. 1/2-1/2

Capablanca-Fan
09-06-2009, 05:07 PM
Bonham – Dyer

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 e5 7.d4 Nc6 8.dxe5 [A pretty boring sideline but the d5 main line doesn't really suit me. I could have played Be3 or just avoided all KI transpositions instead. Yet this line is better a move earlier, at least in normal KID positions as opposed to this transposition. In that line, Black has to squirm a bit to develop the Q-side, but has long-term chances because of White's weak d4 square and other weak dark squares. An early Kasparov game (see below) shows how Black can generate winning chances] 8...dxe5 9.Bg5 Qe8 [9...Qxd1 looks thoroughly dull. Yet a strong Black player could outplay a weaker opponent by following it with ... h6, then maybe ... Bg4 going for the weak d4 square, and surrounding weak dark squares] 10.Qc1 [10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.cxd5 Nd4 must be good for white. I doubt that White has anything special here though. He usually doesn't with such play.] 10...Be6 11.Bh6 [11.Nd5 again] 11...Rd8 [What about 11... Nd4 which looks even better than in the next note?] 12.Qg5 Nd7?! [12...Bxh6! 13.Qxh6 Nd4 exposes white's kingside push as nonsense and if 14.Nxe5 Nxe4! since if 15.Nxe4 Nxe2+] 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 f6 16.Qe3 threatening the a-pawn after the knight moves 16...Nd4! [16...e4 17.Nd2 Nb4 18.Qc3 isn't good] 17.Nxd4 exd4 18.Qd2 c5 19.Rfe1 Qf7 20.b4 b6 21.a4 Rfe8 22.a5 Ra8 [22...b5!?] 23.Ra3 Qe7 24.b5 Qe5 Draw Agreed. I accepted as I really don't have that much idea what is going on in this position. Bit wimpy as I am probably substantially better here but I do have endgame liabilities if too much stuff comes off the board. But what to play? That B is bad (although the N is poorly placed at present too) and the pin on the e-file could become annoying. -

Silvio Danailov vs Garry Kasparov, World Junior, Dortmund 1980 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1069862)

V Horton – Bonham

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 Second time ever in a rated game! I thought the Classical was safer since Vincent had big chances in the Winawer in a previous game. 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3 This line is pretty harmless 5...c5 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Be2 cxd4 8.Bxd4 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 a6 [9...Bc5 10.Qg4 0-0 is fine and probably better than this very cautious move] 10.0-0 Qb6 11.Qxb6 Nxb6 12.Nd4 Bd7 13.Bd3 Rc8 14.f4 Nc4 15.Bxc4 Rxc4 [15...dxc4 16.Ne4 is probably inferior] 16.Nce2 Be7 17.c3 0-0 18.Rf3 g6 [18...f6 to open the board for the bishop pair was probably better — I just didn't want to give white any counterplay or winning chances at all, just wanted to shut down the kingside and see if I could break through on the c-file. But without any weaknesses anywhere else it is not going to be easy. But 18... f6 should be thought of as [I]reducing White's counterplay in this case, because it takes the sting out of a P storm] 19.Raf1 b5 20.Rc1 Rfc8 21.Kf2 Bc5?! This turns out to be an unsound trap. I wanted to lure him into his following move, thinking I would win if he did. But it is actually not the case. Seems like Black could still play on with 21 ... b4 here. Or if something more cautious is desired, then ... h5, Bd8-b6 and prepare the undermining b4 22.b3! Bxd4+ 23.Kf1! I think many sub-1500 players here would either take the bishop (losing a piece) or even resign, but delaying the recapture saves the piece. 23...R4c7 [If I was willing to take risks in search of a win I could sac the exchange with 23...Bb6 24.bxc4 Rxc4] 24.Nxd4 b4 25.Ke2 bxc3 26.Kd3 h5 My problem is that there is actually nothing here. White plays his king to c2 and regroups via R(f1)-d1-d3 and recovers the pawn after which not only am I not winning, but I have to beware of straying into an unfavourable good knight/bad bishop ending. Therefore I decided to settle for =1st. Tony Dowden commended Vincent on his very sensible handling of this position. 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
09-06-2009, 06:00 PM
B-D


But what to play? That B is bad (although the N is poorly placed at present too) and the pin on the e-file could become annoying.

Possibly 25.axb6 and if ...axb6 then 26.Rxa8 followed by f4 and with black's rook distracted white gets the play on the file after Bd3. The pin is very annoying otherwise in many lines, especially those where I go for the kingside hack with Rh3 (there's nothing actually there.)


What about 12... Nd4 which looks even better than in the next note?

It turns out that ...Nd4 works best when the white queen is on h6. That means that if white responds with Nxd4 and e5 (instead of with Nxe5), black plays ...Ng4 and if Bxg4 dxc3. But if Black has no ...Ng4 because the queen isn't on h6, then Nxd4 can be a strong response to ...Nd4.

VH-B


Seems like Black could still play on with 21 ... b4 here. Or if something more cautious is desired, then ... h5, Bd8-b6 and prepare the undermining b4

Absolutely; 21...b4 is much better. White will seek counterplay by opening the kingside so it's not as if white is completely on the back foot.

Kevin Bonham
09-06-2009, 06:17 PM
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u275/therealsleepycat/fuji.jpg

Grandmaster Fuji, the owner of Launceston Backpackers (above), was my second for this tournament. Known to favour space advantage and gobbling material (actually the image does not fully convey what an enormous cat he is). Under his guidance I have won two of the three tournaments I have played while staying at said premises.

Fuji says "when all else fails, knock over the rubbish bin".

He may soon be installed as my avatar.

Tony Dowden
09-06-2009, 07:50 PM
Congrats to Kevin, Alastair and Tony for their victories.
Thanks Jonathan :D

Tony Dowden
09-06-2009, 08:05 PM
Grandmaster Fuji ... was my second for this tournament. Known to favour space advantage and gobbling material (actually the image does not fully convey what an enormous cat he is).
Looks like GM Fuji-neko-san is occupying e4, e6, d4 & d5 all at once :P

Obviously lacking in talent as a cat burglar though.

Tony Dowden
09-06-2009, 08:10 PM
V Horton-Bonham. Both of us had 2-3 colour splits but he was coming off two blacks in a row so I got a fourth black. Again I was cautious given my half-point lead and Alastair winning his last-round game very quickly, possibly too cautious in fact but above all else I wanted to make certain my main objective was acheived.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3 This line is pretty harmless 5...c5 But 6.dxc5
... looks famiilar :lol:

Kevin Bonham
09-06-2009, 08:48 PM
Oh dear, it does too, it transposes to that thing. That probably would have quite annoyed me (had I even noticed) as I haven't yet repaired the repertoire damage from March and was intending to avoid that line at an earlier stage if he played it.

Just before the tournament I came across a mention of a book called "The Flexible French" (by Moskalenko, NIC, 2008). This book has a whole chapter on 11.0-0-0 arising out of the move order 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Nc6 7.Bf4 Bxc5 8.Bd3 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Qe2!? 0-0 11.0-0-0 (it calls this the "Zakharov variation"). Review here (http://www.jeremysilman.com/book_reviews_jd/Flexible_French.html).

Garvinator
09-06-2009, 09:02 PM
Just before the tournament I came across a mention of a book called "The Flexible French" (by Moskalenko, NIC, 2008). This book has a whole chapter on 11.0-0-0 arising out of the move order 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Nc6 7.Bf4 Bxc5 8.Bd3 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Qe2!? 0-0 11.0-0-0 (it calls this the "Zakharov variation"). Review here (http://www.jeremysilman.com/book_reviews_jd/Flexible_French.html).
On www.ficgs.com I have this move order in one of my current games, but I chose 10. 0-0. My database does have 10. Qe2 with 91 games for a percentage of 65%, compared to 10. 0-0 for 322 games with a percentage of 49%.

Capablanca-Fan
09-06-2009, 11:46 PM
It turns out that ...Nd4 works best when the white queen is on h6. That means that if white responds with Nxd4 and e5 (instead of with Nxe5), black plays ...Ng4 and if Bxg4 dxc3. But if Black has no ...Ng4 because the queen isn't on h6, then Nxd4 can be a strong response to ...Nd4.
Wouldn't it just transpose since against Nxd4, Black can play a Zwischenzug of ... Bxh6.

Kevin Bonham
10-06-2009, 12:40 AM
Wouldn't it just transpose since against Nxd4, Black can play a Zwischenzug of ... Bxh6.

No because white is not obliged to retake the bishop. After 12...Nxd4 13.Nxd4 if ...Bxh6 then 14.Qxe5 removing the threat to the knight and temporarily going a pawn up (black gets it back some moves down the track).

Kevin Bonham
10-06-2009, 01:10 AM
Tasmanian Lightning Championship 2009 - Report

The 2009 state lightning title attracted a field of 17 players - two thirds of the 24 attracted playing in the Open plus defending champion Tony Dowden. All but five of the entrants were juniors, and in the opening announcements DOP Dowden joked that players under the age of 40 would be required to record their moves. A surprise non-entrant was many time winner Nigel Frame (out having dinner with chess friends at a local restaurant.)

Dowden was out of the lead in round 2 when he conceded a generous draw to Vincent Horton (who was about to lose on time but could reach a drawn bishop and rook's pawn of wrong colour ending). He rejoined the leaders in round 3 when Kevin Bonham and Alastair Dyer drew in similar circumstances after a complex French (Bonham allowed Dyer a draw in a dead drawn OCB ending rather than win on time with meaningless moves).

Dowden moved to the lead by defeating Kevin Bonham in round 5 (Bonham "won" the exchange but got totally crunched by a bishop pair) and stayed there for the rest of the event to record an easy victory. Bonham was a point behind in outright second until blundering two pieces for a rook against Marcus Bretag in the final round. Marcus was a few moves from mate when the game was drawn by double flagfall.

The game with the most incidents was between Kevin Hendrey and Russell Horton. At one point Kevin was behind on the clock and said that a triple repetition had occurred (I believe correctly); Russell suggested the rule didn't apply in lightning (it does but the arbiter need not accept the claim if they have not seen it for themselves) and Kevin did not stop the clock to make a formal claim. Later Russell was trying hard to win with K+B+2P vs K+B when his own flag fell first by a few seconds - a win to Kevin on time as K+B is material for a possible (albeit farfetched) mate in such a position.

Russell was also involved in another incident of the only-in-blitz variety when he unintentionally moved a bishop like a giant knight (4x2) and the opponent had the temerity to dispute that this move was legal! Another illegal move classic was Fifield vs Adam Carter with Carter leaving his king in check while both players had six seconds on their clock and Fifield having the presence of mind to remember to stop his ticking clock in time as part of his illegal move claim.

Tony Dowden thus won the lightning title for the fourth year in a row - he has also won the state championship in each of these four years.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u275/therealsleepycat/dowden2.jpg

Tony D with the coveted bishop trophy carved by former TCA Treasurer David Christian out of Tasmanian sassafras. Picture by Russell Horton as my hands are too wobbly to do portraits of anything other than cats.

Capablanca-Fan
10-06-2009, 02:15 AM
No because white is not obliged to retake the bishop. After 12...Nxd4 13.Nxd4 if ...Bxh6 then 14.Qxe5 removing the threat to the knight and temporarily going a pawn up (black gets it back some moves down the track).
Apologies, my original post had a typo:

11...Rd8 [What about 12... Nd4 which looks even better than in the next note?]

I corrected that to 11... Nd4 since after all it was a note to move 11. You're certainly right if it was 12... Nd4 instead of 12... Nd7.

Kevin Bonham
10-06-2009, 02:36 AM
Apologies, my original post had a typo:

11...Rd8 [What about 12... Nd4 which looks even better than in the next note?]

I corrected that to 11... Nd4 since after all it was a note to move 11. You're certainly right if it was 12... Nd4 instead of 12... Nd7.

OK; the difference between 11...Nd4 12.Nxd4 Bxh6 13.Qxh6 and 11...Rd8 12.Qg5 Bxh6 13.Qxh6 Nd4 14.Nxd4 is that in the first case after 13...exd4 White has 14.Nb5 threatening Nxc7 with a fork so white gains time while black deals with that.

But in the second case after 14...exd4 with the rook being on d8, 15.Nb5 is nothing since it is only threatening a pawn, not an effective fork, and after 15...c6 16.Nc7 is no good since black would be happy for white to give up that knight for his bishop.

Hence Nxd4 is a fairly effective response to ...Nd4 if ...Nd4 is played right away on move 11, but an ineffective one if it is played in response to the ...Nd4 line in my notes.

It makes sense (to me at least) that ...Nd4 would be stronger after ...Rd8 than before it because if black is going to take on h6 and get away with it, then white's move 12.Qg5 was wasted and black activated a rook for free. In that sense, 12.Qg5 was a bad move and I would not have played it had I seen that ...Nd4 was a problem. As it happened Alastair did not see ...Nd4 either.

Tony Dowden
13-06-2009, 06:14 PM
Tasmanian Lightning Championship 2009 - Report
... Dowden moved to the lead by defeating Kevin Bonham in round 5 (Bonham "won" the exchange but got totally crunched by a bishop pair) ...
But unlike any of my other games I was completely busted :( against you for about half a dozen moves. Your main mistake was to remove your pressure down the f-file and then cpature my Ne5 with your dark-squared bishop - thereby allowing me to install a monster bishop on e5 which, when paired with the other bishop and supported by my queen was worth a lot more than your rooks skulking over on a8 and c8 :cool: