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Watto
12-06-2009, 06:32 PM
2009 CROYDON OPEN

A seven round Swiss. Games will be governed by the FIDE laws of chess and
will be ACF rated.

WHEN: 23rd July to 3rd September 2009
7:45 pm, Thursday evenings

VENUE: Croydon RSL, 1 Civic Sq, Croydon. About 400 m from Croydon
station.
Melways: 50 - J4, UBD: 260 - G5.

PRIZES:
Prize fund to be a minimum of 80% of entry fees after costs. $ 150 first
prize guaranteed.
There will be 1st, 2nd and third prizes plus a rating group and junior prize.
Maximum one prize per entrant. Prizes to be shared equally in the event of a tie.

ENTRY FEES:
$ 30 Standard entry
$ 20 Junior and Croydon CC members
GM, IM, WGM and WIM - Free

Payment due on the first evening of the tournament. Players are advised
to be present by 7:30 pm before round 1.

TIME CONTROLS: 60 minutes + 30 seconds per move from move 1. Players are required to record all moves.

ENQUIRIES: To enter or if you have any questions, please contact Tournament Director Ian Birchall by email ian.birchall@croydonchess.com

or Ph. 9723 7213.

Players of all strengths are welcome. We look forward to seeing lots of familiar as well as new faces. :)

For more details see www.croydonchess.com

Richard Goldsmi
13-06-2009, 02:56 PM
Thanks J.W.

Look forward to the spirited competition and gamesmanship of the Croydon Open event. It will be good to see some of the old and new faces.

Watto
03-07-2009, 09:14 AM
And beginning Thursday 23rd July is the 2009 Croydon Open - one of our biggest and strongest tournaments. 2008 placegetters were 1st - Kok-Siong Teo, 2nd - Guy West and 3rd - Ngiam Yee Wong.

See the Croydon Chess website for more details: http://croydonchess.com
We look forward to another strong tournament this year. :)

Ian CCC
08-07-2009, 05:32 PM
So far, the following players have confirmed their entry for the 2009 Croydon Open:


1. Teo, Kok-Siong 2192 fm
2. Wong, Ngiam Yee 2051
3. Birchall, Ian 1838
4. Lacey, David 1756
5. Chong, Reginald 1605
6. Cross, Jamie 1454
7. Humphreys, Scott 1417
8. Goldsmith, Richard 1311
9. Matthews, Rodney 1116
10. Yung, Pearl 768
11. Yung, Cameron

It will be great to see KokSiong back playing again after a six month break. Having won the tournament in the previous 2 years, he is keen to retain the trophy for another year!

Watto
10-07-2009, 09:17 AM
So far, the following players have confirmed their entry for the 2009 Croydon Open:


1. Teo, Kok-Siong 2192 fm
2. Wong, Ngiam Yee 2051
3. Birchall, Ian 1838
4. Lacey, David 1756
5. Chong, Reginald 1605
6. Cross, Jamie 1454
7. Humphreys, Scott 1417
8. Goldsmith, Richard 1311
9. Matthews, Rodney 1116
10. Yung, Pearl 768
11. Yung, Cameron

It will be great to see KokSiong back playing again after a six month break. Having won the tournament in the previous 2 years, he is keen to retain the trophy for another year!
Hi Ian. Please add me to the list of entries. :)

Ian CCC
12-07-2009, 09:52 AM
The Croydon Open will be governed by the FIDE Laws of Chess. The latest changes to the Laws came into effect on the 1st July 2009. These included a change to the rule regarding forfeits. The implication of this change is that the time period before forfeit is enforced must be advertised prior to the tournament, as otherwise, the default time of zero minutes is used.


As a result, the following rule will apply to the 2009 Croydon Open:

2009 Croydon Open - Forfeit Rule:

Any player who arrives at the chessboard more than 1 hour after the start of the session shall lose the game unless the arbiter decides otherwise.


Ian Birchall
Tournament Director

Ian CCC
16-07-2009, 11:14 PM
Hi Ian. Please add me to the list of entries. :)

Hi Jean, great to have you playing!

Players can enter up until 7:30pm on Thursday 23rd July, the night of the first round. But if you intend playing, please email me beforehand to ensure your entry.

Unfortunately, David Lacey said he can no longer play.

Here's the updated list of entries.



1. Teo, Kok-Siong 2192 fm
2. Wong, Ngiam Yee 2051
3. Birchall, Ian 1838
4. Chong, Reginald 1605
5. Cross, Jamie 1454
6. Humphreys, Scott 1417
7. Goldsmith, Richard 1311
8. Watson, Jean 1311
9. Kloprogge, Ion 1286
10. Simpson, Bruce 1246
11. Matthews, Rodney 1116
12. Wong, Joseph 1091
13. Fleming, John M 793
14. Yung, Pearl 768
15. Yung, Cameron
16. Chandrakumaran, Lemuel

Ian Birchall
Tournament Director

ian.birchall@croydonchess.com

Watto
17-07-2009, 10:16 PM
Hi Jean, great to have you playing!


Please add Guy West to the list of entries too - he's just confirmed he'll play. :)

Ian CCC
19-07-2009, 06:57 PM
Please add Guy West to the list of entries too - he's just confirmed he'll play. :)
Welcome aboard, Guy!

We now have the top 3 placegetters from last year competing - it's starting to get interesting!

Ian.

Ian CCC
21-07-2009, 08:41 PM
Newcomers to the venue sometimes have trouble finding it - so be early!

Civic Square has 2 intersections with Mt Dandenong Rd. The Croydon RSL is in Civic Square about 30m south of the western most intersection of Civic Square and Mt Dandenong Rd.



NOTE: Google Maps has Croydon RSL at the wrong end of Civic Square.

To find the correct location, go to Google Maps (http://maps.google.com.au/), type in the address:


4 Civic Square Croydon

Croydon RSL is opposite this address!

Watto
25-07-2009, 11:17 AM
Here are the results from round 1.

My game finished early as did Guy's so I didn't get to see the other games of the evening. It seems there were quite a few exciting games and upsets. We are very pleased to have a number of juniors playing in this tournament and they certainly made their presence felt on Thursday night with Joseph Wong beating Ian Birchall (who outrates him by about 750 points) and Zachary Loh beating Reg Chong (about a 500 point difference.) :clap: It certainly makes things interesting!

No Name Loc Result Name Loc

1 Guy West 2292 1:0 Ion Kloprogge 1286
2 Bruce Simpson 1246 0:1 Kok-Siong Teo 2192
3 Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 1:0 Rodney Matthews 1116
4 Joseph Wong 1091 1:0 Ian Birchall 1838
5 Reginald Chong 1605 0:1 Zachary Loh 1068
6 John M Fleming 793 0:1 Jamie Cross 1454
7 Scott Humphreys 1417 1:0 Lemuel Chandrakumaran
8 Pearl Yung 768 : Richard Goldsmith 1311
9 Jean Watson 1311 1:0 Cameron Yung

Here is Ian's loss to Joseph (Ian is better for much of this game until the catastrophic 29... f6 which Joseph takes full advantage of). When I get a moment, I'll post Zachary's win over Reg, and finally Kok-Siong's win over Bruce Simpson with a nice tactical finish.

Croydon Open 23/07/2009
Joseph Wong 1091 - Ian Birchall 1838 1-0
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.a3 Bd6 6.f4 O-O 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nd5 9.Nxd5 exd5 10.Bd3 Re8 11.Kf1 Qf6 12.Nf3 Bf5 13.h4 Qg6 14.Bxf5 Qxf5 15.Ng5 h6 16.g4 Qd7 17.Nh3 c5 18.g5 cxd4 19.Qxd4 Qb5+ 20.Kg2 Nc6 21.Qd1 d4 22.gxh6 Re6 23.h7+ Kh8 24.Ng5 Re7 25.Qh5 Qb3 26.f5 Qc2+ 27.Kg1 Qxf5 28.Rh3 Ne5 29.Bd2 f6 30.Nf7+ Nxf7 31.Qxf5 dxe3 32.Rxe3 Ne5 33.Bb4 Bxb4 34.axb4 a6 35.b5 a5 36.h5 b6 37.h6 Rf8 38.hxg7+ Rxg7+ 39.Kf1 Rg5 40.Qe6 Ng4 41.Rg3 f5 42.Qe7 Rf6 43.Rxg4 1-0

Provisional round 2 pairings:
There is one postponed game between Pearl Yung and Richard Goldsmith. Please note that the provisional R2 pairings are based on a probable win for Richard, going by rating. However, if there is a different result, the pairings will change completely.

No Name Loc Result Name Loc

1 Richard Goldsmith 1311 : Guy West 2292
2 Kok-Siong Teo 2192 : Scott Humphreys 1417
3 Zachary Loh 1068 : Ngiam Yee Wong 2051
4 Jamie Cross 1454 : Jean Watson 1311
5 Ion Kloprogge 1286 : Joseph Wong 1091
6 Ian Birchall 1838 : John M Fleming 793
7 Lemuel Chandrakumaran : Reginald Chong 1605
8 Cameron Yung : Bruce Simpson 1246
9 Rodney Matthews 1116 : Pearl Yung 768

Watto
25-07-2009, 11:32 PM
A fine, convincing win by Zachary Loh over Reg Chong. He got the initiative with Black, converted it into a material advantage and converted that advantage into a fairly easy win. Interestingly enough, both players appear to have missed 39.Nxd4 which would have allowed Reg to fight on for quite a bit longer. Anyway, here's the game.

Event: Croydon Open 09
Site: Croydon Chess Club
Date: 2009.07.23
Round: 1.5
White: Chong, Reginald
Black: Loh, Zachary
Result: 0-1
ECO: E12
WhiteElo: 1605
BlackElo: 1068
PlyCount: 108

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.d4 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 Bb7 6.Qb3
Be7 7.d5 exd5 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.cxd5 Na6 10.e4 Nc5 11.Qc2 Qe7 12.Bc4 Bxc3+
13.bxc3 Qxe4+ 14.Qxe4+ Nxe4 15.Rc1 O-O 16.O-O Rfe8 17.Rfe1 Nf6 18.Rcd1
Rxe1+ 19.Nxe1 Re8 20.Bb3 Bxd5 21.Bxd5 Nxd5 22.Kf1 Nf6 23.Nf3 d6 24.Nd4 a6
25.g3 Re5 26.Rc1 Rc5 27.Ke2 Ne4 28.c4 b5 29.f3 Nf6 30.Kd3 d5 31.Re1
bxc4+ 32.Kc3 Ra5 33.Re2 c5 34.Nc2 Rxa2 35.g4 h6 36.h4 Ra4 37.Re5 d4+ 38.
Kb2 Ra5 39.g5 Rb5+ 40.Kc1 hxg5 41.hxg5 Nd7 42.Re8+ Nf8 43.Rc8 Ra5 44.Kb1
d3 45.Ne3 c3 46.f4 c2+ 47.Nxc2 dxc2+ 48.Kxc2 g6 49.Kc3 Kg7 50.Kd3 Rb5 51.
Kc4 Ne6 52.Rc6 Rb4+ 53.Kc3 Rxf4 54.Rxa6 Nxg5 0-1

Watto
25-07-2009, 11:35 PM
Event: Croydon Open 09
Site: Croydon Chess Club
Date: 2009.07.23
Round: 1.2
White: Simpson, Bruce
Black: Teo, Kok-Siong
Result: 0-1
ECO: D02
WhiteElo: 2192
BlackElo: 1246
PlyCount: 60

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 c5 3.c3 Nc6 4.Nbd2 cxd4
5.cxd4 Qb6 6.e3 Bf5 7.Be2 e6 8.O-O Nf6 9.Nh4 Bd6 10.Nxf5 exf5 11.Nf3 O-O
12.a3 a5 13.Rb1 Ne4 14.Bd2 Rfe8 15.Bd3 Rac8 16.Qe2 g6 17.Rfc1 Bf8 18.Be1
f4 19.Bd2 Nxd2 20.Qxd2 fxe3 21.fxe3 Bh6 22.Re1 Re7 23.Re2 Rce8 24.Rbe1
Nxd4 25.Nxd4 Bxe3+ 26.Rxe3 Qxd4 27.Kf2 Qf4+ 28.Kg1 Rxe3 29.Rf1 Qd4 30.Qf2
Rxd3 0-1

Ian CCC
26-07-2009, 01:50 PM
The Round 1 upsets have continued with Pearl defeating Richard!

Well done Pearl! :clap:

Commiserations, Richard - you're in good company.:wall:

Here's the resulting pairings for Round 2. As always, they are provisional, but I will contact players individually if, for some reason, their pairings have to change.

Round 2 Pairings


1 Scott Humphreys 1417 [1] : Guy West 2292 [1]
2 Kok-Siong Teo 2192 [1] : Jean Watson 1311 [1]
3 Zachary Loh 1068 [1] : Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 [1]
4 Jamie Cross 1454 [1] : Joseph Wong 1091 [1]
5 Ian Birchall 1838 [0] : Pearl Yung 768 [1]
6 Rodney Matthews 1116 [0] : Reginald Chong 1605 [0]
7 Richard Goldsmith 1311 [0] : Lemuel Chandrakumaran [0]
8 Ion Kloprogge 1286 [0] : John M Fleming 793 [0]
9 Cameron Yung [0] : Bruce Simpson 1246 [0]


Ian Birchall
Tournament Director

Spiny Norman
27-07-2009, 05:59 AM
All results and games (excepting that delayed game) are now up on the club's website too: www.croydonchess.com

Watto
27-07-2009, 12:54 PM
The Round 1 upsets have continued with Pearl defeating Richard!

Well done Pearl! :clap:

Commiserations, Richard - you're in good company.:wall:

Here's the resulting pairings for Round 2. As always, they are provisional, but I will contact players individually if, for some reason, their pairings have to change.

Round 2 Pairings


1 Scott Humphreys 1417 [1] : Guy West 2292 [1]
2 Kok-Siong Teo 2192 [1] : Jean Watson 1311 [1]
3 Zachary Loh 1068 [1] : Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 [1]
4 Jamie Cross 1454 [1] : Joseph Wong 1091 [1]
5 Ian Birchall 1838 [0] : Pearl Yung 768 [1]
6 Rodney Matthews 1116 [0] : Reginald Chong 1605 [0]
7 Richard Goldsmith 1311 [0] : Lemuel Chandrakumaran [0]
8 Ion Kloprogge 1286 [0] : John M Fleming 793 [0]
9 Cameron Yung [0] : Bruce Simpson 1246 [0]


Ian Birchall
Tournament Director
Yay, great result Pearl. :) I thought she was improving!

Thanks to Pearl, I’m now facing a very tough opponent in FM Kok Siong Teo (former board 1 player for Singapore) but I must admit I’m pretty happy about that, looking forward to the challenge. :eek:

SHump
27-07-2009, 01:40 PM
Also thanks to Pearl, I am taking on your better half in round 2 Watto - also a challenge. I suspect due to the small field, we will all have 'challenges' ahead. How many times have you Watto had to play Guy 'in earnest' - and did you have any side bets on the result?:cool: (no, you do not have to answer that!)

Watto
27-07-2009, 02:38 PM
Also thanks to Pearl, I am taking on your better half in round 2 Watto - also a challenge. I suspect due to the small field, we will all have 'challenges' ahead. How many times have you Watto had to play Guy 'in earnest' - and did you have any side bets on the result?:cool: (no, you do not have to answer that!)
In earnest, as in a proper tournament game, not at all. So that mighty battle has yet to eventuate… ;) We played against each other in a blitz tournament once… in Launceston, I think it was.

Dougy
30-07-2009, 12:19 PM
The Round 1 upsets have continued with Pearl defeating Richard!

Well done Pearl! :clap:

Yay Pearl!

Watto
01-08-2009, 08:20 PM
Here are the results from round 2.

Joseph Wong continued his good run beating Jamie Cross. He's proving to be an excellent fighter!
Commentary from Ian Birchall: "Jamie had the better of it for most of the game, but both players missed some tactics and Joseph proved to be more solid in the end. Richard lost again. He went a piece up against Lemuel, but encouraged his opponent's pawns to roll forward and then couldn't stop them!"


No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Scott Humphreys 1417 [1] 0:1 Guy West 2292 [1]
2 Kok-Siong Teo 2192 [1] 1:0 Jean Watson 1311 [1]
3 Zachary Loh 1068 [1] 0:1 Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 [1]
4 Jamie Cross 1454 [1] 0:1 Joseph Wong 1091 [1]
5 Ian Birchall 1838 [0] 1:0 Pearl Yung 768 [1]
6 Rodney Matthews 1116 [0] 0:1 Reginald Chong 1605 [0]
7 Richard Goldsmith 1311 [0] 0:1 Lemuel Chandrakumaran [0]
8 Ion Kloprogge 1286 [0] -:- Bruce Simpson 1246 [0]
9 Cameron Yung [0] 1:0 John M Fleming 793 [0]

Ian sent me the pgn for my game against Kok Siong Teo, the last one going on Thursday evening, so here it is. I must admit I really enjoyed this game and was fairly happy with my play (annotations by myself and Guy.)

Event: Croydon Open 09
Site: Croydon Chess Club
Date: 2009.07.30
Round: 2.2
White: Teo, Kok-Siong
Black: Watson, Jean
Result: 1-0
ECO: C10
WhiteElo: 2192
BlackElo: 1311
PlyCount: 113

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6.Ng3 {Kok Siong obviously wanted to keep it complicated but this move allows Black to equalise.} c5 7. Bd3 Qc7 8. Qe2 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Bg5 Re8 11. Ne4 {After the game, Teo pointed out to me this move was a blunder. Instead of 11... Nd5, c4! picks up a piece (for a pawn or two and a little bit of counterplay).} Nd5 12. Bxe7 Rxe7 13. dxc5 Nxc5 14. Nxc5 Qxc5 15. Qe5 Rc7 {Qc7 is a bit more solid.} 16. Rad1 Bd7 17. Rfe1 Nf6 18. Qxc5 Rxc5 19. Ne5 Rc7 20. Nxd7 Nxd7 21. Bb5 Nf6 22. c3 Kf8 23. Rd4 Rac8 24. Red1 a6 25.Be2 Ke7 26. Bf3 b5 27. Kf1 Nd7 28. a4 bxa4 {This looks anti positional but it allows Black to reposition the Knight to a strong square with gain of tempo.} 29. Rxa4 Nc5 30. Rb4 Rd8 {Here, and at various points later in the game, Black could have equalised with a5, a4, but I thought I might be creating a target.} 31. Rxd8 Kxd8 32. Ke2 f6 33. Rb6 e5 34. Bd5 Ke7 35. Ke3 h6 36. f4 exf4+ 37. Kxf4 Rd7 38. c4 {Black has lost the chance to cement the Knight on c5 by a5, a4, so now White has a clear advantage.} Rd6 39. Rb8 Nd3+ 40. Kf5 Ne5 41. b4 Rd8 42. Rb6 Rd6 43. Rb7+ Rd7 44. Rb8 Rd8 45. Rxd8 Kxd8 46. Ke6 Kc7 47. b5 axb5 48. cxb5 Kb6 49. Bc6 Nxc6 {Obviously losing, but whilst h5 looks like a good try to draw, 50. h4! probably still wins for White; both players were down to their last couple of minutes at this stage.} 50. bxc6 Kxc6 51. Kf7 Kd6 52. Kxg7 Ke6 53. Kxh6 Kf5 54. Kh5 Kf4 55. Kg6 f5 56. h4 Kg4 57. h5
1-0

Provisional Pairings for Round 3:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Guy West 2292 [2] : Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 [2]
2 Joseph Wong 1091 [2] : Kok-Siong Teo 2192 [2]
3 Jean Watson 1311 [1] : Ian Birchall 1838 [1]
4 Reginald Chong 1605 [1] : Cameron Yung [1]
5 Lemuel Chandrakumaran [1] : Jamie Cross 1454 [1]
6 Pearl Yung 768 [1] : Scott Humphreys 1417 [1]
7 Bruce Simpson 1246 [0] : Zachary Loh 1068 [1]
8 Richard Goldsmith 1311 [0] : Rodney Matthews 1116 [0]
9 John M Fleming 793 [0] : Ion Kloprogge 1286 [0]

Cross Table after Round 2:

No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3

1 Wong, Joseph VIC 1091 2 5:W 10:W 3:
2 West, Guy VIC 2292 2 18:W 6:W 4:
3 Teo, Kok-Siong OS 2192 2 15:W 7:W 1:
4 Wong, Ngiam Yee VIC 2051 2 16:W 8:W 2:
5 Birchall, Ian VIC 1838 1 1:L 11:W 7:
6 Humphreys, Scott VIC 1417 1 12:W 2:L 11:
7 Watson, Jean VIC 1311 1 13:W 3:L 5:
8 Loh, Zachary VIC 1068 1 9:W 4:L 15:
9 Chong, Reginald VIC 1605 1 8:L 16:W 13:
10 Cross, Jamie VIC 1454 1 17:W 1:L 12:
11 Yung, Pearl VIC 768 1 14:W 5:L 6:
12 Chandrakumaran, Lemuel 1 6:L 14:W 10:
13 Yung, Cameron VIC 1 7:L 17:W 9:
14 Goldsmith, Richard VIC 1311 0 11:L 12:L 16:
15 Simpson, Bruce VIC 1246 0 3:L 18:- 8:
16 Matthews, Rodney VIC 1116 0 4:L 9:L 14:
17 Fleming, John M VIC 793 0 10:L 13:L 18:
18 Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1286 0 2:L 15:- 17:

All other games and results can be found at www.croydonchess.com under Results.

Basil
01-08-2009, 08:27 PM
Congrats on your play Watto. Making a 800 rating point difference very hard to discern.

Watto
08-08-2009, 07:55 PM
Here are the results from round 3.
Commentary from Ian Birchall: "Richard finally managed a win in his postponed game, while Zachary Loh again performed well above his rating with a win against Bruce Simpson. John Fleming also had a good result against the much higher rated Ion Kloprogge. Lemuel held Jamie to a draw with solid defensive play. In the final position, Jamie could have broken through by sacrificing his bishop and gaining two passed pawns in compensation. It was most unusual for Jamie not to try it - he must have been tired!"

No Name Loc Result Name Loc

1 Guy West 2292 1:0 Ngiam Yee Wong 2051
2 Joseph Wong 1091 -:- Kok-Siong Teo 2192
3 Jean Watson 1311 0:1 Ian Birchall 1838
4 Reginald Chong 1605 1:0 Cameron Yung
5 Lemuel Chandrakumaran .5:.5 Jamie Cross 1454
6 Pearl Yung 768 0:1 Scott Humphreys 1417
7 Bruce Simpson 1246 0:1 Zachary Loh 1068
8 Richard Goldsmith 1311 1:0 Rodney Matthews 1116
9 John M Fleming 793 1:0 Ion Kloprogge 1286

Here's the board 1 game with some light annotations by Guy.
Event: Croydon Open 09
Site: Croydon Chess Club
Date: 2009.08.06
Round: 3.1
White: West, Guy
Black: Wong, N.Y..
Result: 1-0
ECO: C41
WhiteElo: 2292
BlackElo: 2051
PlyCount: 69

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nd7 4. Bc4 c6 5. O-O Be7 6. dxe5
dxe5 7. Ng5 Bxg5 8. Qh5 Qe7 9. Bxg5 Ngf6 {White is restricted to a small advantage in this variation} 10. Qf3 h6 11. Be3 Nf8 12. h3 Be6 13. Nd2 Ng6 14. Rfd1 O-O 15. Bf1 b6 16. a4 Rfd8 17. a5 Rab8 18. axb6 axb6 19. c3 Kh7 20. b4 c5 21. Rab1 Qc7 22. g3 c4 23. b5 {White has maintained a small opening initiative. At this point, Black makes a brave but probably incorrect decision to sacrifice the exchange. Normal manoeuvering was still possible.}Rd3 24. Rdc1 {Probably more accurate is accepting the exchange sac immediately.} Rbd8 25. Bxd3 Rxd3 26. Rb4 Bxh3 {Black's only move to avoid a big disadvantage was the hard to discover 26... Ne7!} 27. Nxc4 {A mistake. 27. Rxc4 was correct.} Ng4 {The decisive error. Both players had missed the tricky 27... Be6! where White is still substantially better but in a far more complicated position.} 28. Qe2 {White is now clearly winning and Black has nothing better than sacrificing another exchange.} Nxe3 29. Qxd3 Nxc4 30. Rxc4 Qe7 31. Qe3 Qe6 32. Rc7 Qg4 33. Rxf7 Nf4 {33... Nh4 with the idea of Bg2 and Qh3 is slightly harder to meet, but White is still too far ahead in material and can defend by 34. Kh2.} 34. Rxf4 exf4 35. Qxf4 1-0


CROSS TABLE AFTER ROUND 3 (I've added an x to denote a game in hand)
Currently the postponed games are:
R2 Ion Kloprogge v Bruce Simpson
R3 Joseph Wong v Kok-Siong Teo

No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4

1 West, Guy VIC 2292 3 18:W 5:W 2:W 6:
2 Wong, Ngiam Yee VIC 2051 2 17:W 4:W 1:L 3:
3 Wong, Joseph VIC 1091 2x 7:W 9:W 6:- 2:
4 Loh, Zachary VIC 1068 2 8:W 2:L 16:W 5:
5 Humphreys, Scott VIC 1417 2 10:W 1:L 12:W 4:
6 Teo, Kok-Siong OS 2192 2x 16:W 11:W 3:- 1:
7 Birchall, Ian VIC 1838 2 3:L 12:W 11:W 8:
8 Chong, Reginald VIC 1605 2 4:L 17:W 14:W 7:
9 Cross, Jamie VIC 1454 1.5 15:W 3:L 10:D 13:
10 Chandrakumaran, Lemuel 1.5 5:L 13:W 9:D 11:
11 Watson, Jean VIC 1311 1 14:W 6:L 7:L 10:
12 Yung, Pearl VIC 768 1 13:W 7:L 5:L 15:
13 Goldsmith, Richard VIC 1311 1 12:L 10:L 17:W 9:
14 Yung, Cameron VIC 1 11:L 15:W 8:L 16:
15 Fleming, John M VIC 793 1 9:L 14:L 18:W 12:
16 Simpson, Bruce VIC 1246 0x 6:L 18:- 4:L 14:
17 Matthews, Rodney VIC 1116 0 2:L 8:L 13:L 18:
18 Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1286 0x 1:L 16:- 15:L 17:
PROVISIONAL ROUND 4 PAIRINGS:
The provisional R4 pairings are OK if J. Wong - Teo is 0-1 or = or unplayed, but will need to change if the result is 1-0.
Arrangements for when they play haven't been finalised, yet.

The Kloprogge - Simpson result doesn't have a significant effect on pairings, but Ian is currently pairing it as a provisional draw.

No Name Loc Result Name Loc

1 Kok-Siong Teo 2192 : Guy West 2292
2 Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 : Joseph Wong 1091
3 Ian Birchall 1838 : Reginald Chong 1605
4 Zachary Loh 1068 : Scott Humphreys 1417
5 Jamie Cross 1454 : Richard Goldsmith 1311
6 Lemuel Chandrakumaran : Jean Watson 1311
7 Pearl Yung 768 : John M Fleming 793
8 Cameron Yung : Bruce Simpson 1246
9 Ion Kloprogge 1286 : Rodney Matthews 1116
All other games and results can be found at www.croydonchess.com under Results.

Watto
15-08-2009, 06:01 PM
ROUND 4 RESULTS:

No Name Loc Result Name Loc

1 Kok-Siong Teo 2192 0:1 Guy West 2292
2 Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 1:0 Joseph Wong 1091
3 Ian Birchall 1838 1:0 Reginald Chong 1605
4 Zachary Loh 1068 .5:.5 Scott Humphreys 1417
5 Jamie Cross 1454 0:1 Richard Goldsmith 1311
6 Lemuel Chandrakumaran 1:0 Jean Watson 1311
7 Pearl Yung 768 0:1 John M Fleming 793
8 Cameron Yung 0:1 Bruce Simpson 1246
9 Ion Kloprogge 1286 0:1 Rodney Matthews 1116

Commentary from Ian Birchall: "NY was surprised by a tactical shot from Joseph Wong, before finally outplaying him. Guy's simple, strong play overwhelmed Kok-Siong's uncoordinated pieces (Strange how top players make it look so easy!). Reg handed Ian a piece again, but this time with zero compensation. Richard played well against a very much out of form Jamie. Scott was winning against Zac, but Zac's dancing knight caused confusion and Scott lost his way under time pressure. A draw was eventually agreed.

Lemuel v Jean was a very interesting game. Lemuel had a strong position in the middle game, but missed some winning tactics (e.g. 17.Bxe6!). Jean managed to reach a winnable K & P endgame, but allowed Lemuel to create an outside passed pawn with her king too far away to stop it.

The other games were full on, tactical battles with the steadier player winning in each case. Ion managed to get a perpetual check position when he was a rook down against Rodney, but chose to take a piece instead and wound up losing shortly thereafter!"

CROSS TABLE AFTER ROUND 4 (x denotes a game in hand)
These postponed games are are still to be played:
R2 Ion Kloprogge v Bruce Simpson
R3 Joseph Wong v Kok-Siong Teo:

No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4

1 West, Guy VIC 2292 4 18:W 4:W 2:W 8:W
2 Wong, Ngiam Yee VIC 2051 3 15:W 5:W 1:L 7:W
3 Birchall, Ian VIC 1838 3 7:L 14:W 13:W 9:W
4 Humphreys, Scott VIC 1417 2.5 6:W 1:L 14:W 5:D
5 Loh, Zachary VIC 1068 2.5 9:W 2:L 17:W 4:D
6 Chandrakumaran, Lemuel 2.5 4:L 10:W 12:D 13:W
7 Wong, Joseph VIC 1091 2x 3:W 12:W 8:- 2:L
8 Teo, Kok-Siong OS 2192 2x 17:W 13:W 7:- 1:L
9 Chong, Reginald VIC 1605 2 5:L 15:W 16:W 3:L
10 Goldsmith, Richard VIC 1311 2 14:L 6:L 15:W 12:W
11 Fleming, John M VIC 793 2 12:L 16:L 18:W 14:W
12 Cross, Jamie VIC 1454 1.5 11:W 7:L 6:D 10:L
13 Watson, Jean VIC 1311 1 16:W 8:L 3:L 6:L
14 Yung, Pearl VIC 768 1 10:W 3:L 4:L 11:L
15 Matthews, Rodney VIC 1116 1 2:L 9:L 10:L 18:W
16 Yung, Cameron VIC 1 13:L 11:W 9:L 17:L
17 Simpson, Bruce VIC 1246 1x 8:L 18:- 5:L 16:W
18 Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1286 0x 1:L 17:- 11:L 15:L

GAMES
Ian sent me the following three games to post (I was tempted not to post my game ... it's too good an example of lazy, undisciplined play on my part; I had well over twenty minutes left with which to calculate when I made the final losing blunder on move 42):
Event: Croydon Open 09
Date: 2009.08.13
Round: 4.1
White: Teo, Kok-Siong
Black: West, Guy
Result: 0-1
ECO: D53
WhiteElo: 2192
BlackElo: 2292
PlyCount: 54
TimeControl: 60+30

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Bd3
dxc4 7. Bxc4 c5 8. dxc5 Qa5 9. Nf3 Qxc5 10. Qd4 Qxd4 11. exd4 Nc6 12. a3 Rd8
13. Rd1 h6 14. Be3 Na5 15. Ba2 Nd5 16. Nxd5 exd5 17. Ne5 Be6 18. Bd2 Nc4 19.
Nxc4 dxc4 20. Bc3 b5 21. Bb1 a5 22. Be4 Bd5 23. Bxd5 Rxd5 24. Ke2 b4 25. Be1
Rad8 26. axb4 axb4 27. Ke3 Bc5 0-1

Event: Croydon Open 09
Date: 2009.08.13
Round: 4.2
White: Wong, N.Y..
Black: Wong, Joseph
Result: 1-0
ECO: A23
WhiteElo: 2051
BlackElo: 1091
PlyCount: 113
TimeControl: 60+30

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bc5 4. Bg2 c6 5. e3 O-O 6. Nge2
Re8 7. O-O d5 8. cxd5 cxd5 9. d4 exd4 10. exd4 Bb6 11. Bg5 Bg4 12. Re1 Nc6 13.
f3 Nxd4 14. Nxd4 Rxe1+ 15. Qxe1 Bxd4+ 16. Kh1 Be6 17. Rd1 h6 18. Rxd4 hxg5 19.
Qd2 Qa5 20. Qxg5 Rc8 21. h3 Qb6 22. Qd2 Nh5 23. Kh2 Rc4 24. Rxc4 dxc4 25. f4
Qc7 26. Qe3 b6 27. Qf3 Nf6 28. f5 Bd7 29. a3 Qc8 30. g4 Qc7+ 31. Kh1 Qe5 32.
Qf2 Qd6 33. g5 Nh5 34. Ne4 Qd1+ 35. Kh2 Qd3 36. g6 Nf6 37. Qh4 Bxf5 38. Nxf6+
Kf8 39. Nd5 fxg6 40. Qe7+ Kg8 41. Qxa7 Qd4 42. Qxb6 Qe5+ 43. Kh1 Qe1+ 44. Qg1
Qg3 45. Qe3 Qh4 46. a4 Kh7 47. a5 g5 48. Ne7 Bd3 49. a6 g4 50. a7 gxh3 51. Qxh3
Qxh3+ 52. Bxh3 Be4+ 53. Bg2 Bxg2+ 54. Kxg2 g5 55. a8=Q Kh6 56. Qe8 g4 57. Qg6#
1-0

Event: Croydon Open 09
Date: 2009.08.13
Round: 4.6
White: Chandrakumaran, Lemuel
Black: Watson, Jean
Result: 1-0
ECO: E14
BlackElo: 1311
PlyCount: 95
TimeControl: 60+30

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Be2
b6 7. O-O Bb7 8. Re1 c5 9. b3 Nc6 10. Bb2 Rc8 11. cxd5 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 Qxd5 13.
Bc4 Qd7 14. dxc5 Qxd1 15. Rexd1 Bxc5 16. Rd7 Ba8 17. Rad1 Rcd8 18. Ne5 Rxd7 19.
Rxd7 Rd8 20. Rxd8+ Nxd8 21. Kf1 Nc6 22. Nxc6 Bxc6 23. a3 Bd6 24. f4 Kf8 25. Kf2
b5 26. Be2 f6 27. Bf3 Bxf3 28. Kxf3 Ke7 29. a4 a6 30. Ke4 Kd7 31. h3 Kc6 32.
Bd4 Bc5 33. axb5+ Kxb5 34. Kd3 Bxd4 35. exd4 Kb4 36. Kc2 g6 37. Kb2 Kb5 38. Kc3
a5 39. g3 h6 40. g4 f5 41. g5 hxg5 42. fxg5 f4 43. h4 f3 44. Kd3 f2 45. Ke2 Kb4
46. h5 f1=Q+ 47. Kxf1 gxh5 48. g6 1-0

PROVISIONAL PAIRINGS FOR ROUND 5:

No Name Loc Result Name Loc

1 Guy West 2292 : Ian Birchall 1838
2 Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 : Kok-Siong Teo 2192
3 Zachary Loh 1068 : Lemuel Chandrakumaran
4 Scott Humphreys 1417 : Reginald Chong 1605
5 Joseph Wong 1091 : Richard Goldsmith 1311
6 John M Fleming 793 : Bruce Simpson 1246
7 Jean Watson 1311 : Jamie Cross 1454
8 Rodney Matthews 1116 : Cameron Yung
9 Ion Kloprogge 1286 : Pearl Yung 768

Note that these pairings are based on a probable win to Kok-Siong in the postponed round 3 game.

All other games and results can be found at www.croydonchess.com under Results.

Spiny Norman
16-08-2009, 08:12 AM
Watto, as you know, I'm a big fan of K+P engames, so enjoyed looking at the finish of your game (although sorry to see that you lost it). I think you had a winning position at move 40, with 40...g5 instead of f5. After 41.fxg5 hxg5 you have:

-- the ability to create a passed pawn at will on the kingside via a later f5
---- yes, this would give your opponent a central passed pawn in the process; but
---- outside passed pawns outweigh a central passed pawn, because White's king has to concede a lot of territory in order to stop it
-- a more aggressive/active king

so despite the material being equal, I think you have excellent prospects of forcing the win of material from that point on ... although it would be necessary to do some calculation to see whether, if all but the queenside pawns are liquidated, whether the position allows Black to stop White from re-entering with his king in order to draw against your remaining rook pawn.

EDIT: actually, after 40...g5 41.fxg5 hxg5 although White has some serious problems, there are some interesting nuances. He has to move his king, so concedes more territory. Black can follow up with 42...Kb4 and then 43.Kc3 e5 44.dxe5 fxe5 it looks all over for White ... BUT ...
White still has a later h4! up his sleeve, creating a passed pawn on the g-file, so if Black has captured the b-pawn anywhere in this line, White's queening at g8 will be with check. So its more complicated than I first thought. This probably means the b-pawn cannot be captured if you want an easy win, as winning a K+Q+P vs K+Q is very tough.

Ian CCC
19-08-2009, 12:37 AM
I can finally report the results of postponed games:

Round 2: Ion Kloprogge 1 - 0 Bruce Simpson

Round 3: Joseph Wong 0 -1 Kok-Siong Teo

The resultant Round 5 pairings are now:



No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Guy West 2292 [4] : Ian Birchall 1838 [3]
2 Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 [3] : Kok-Siong Teo 2192 [3]
3 Zachary Loh 1068 [2.5] : Lemuel Chandrakumaran [2.5]
4 Scott Humphreys 1417 [2.5] : Reginald Chong 1605 [2]
5 Joseph Wong 1091 [2] : Richard Goldsmith 1311 [2]
6 John M Fleming 793 [2] : Jean Watson 1311 [1]
7 Ion Kloprogge 1286 [1] : Jamie Cross 1454 [1.5]
8 Rodney Matthews 1116 [1] : Bruce Simpson 1246 [1]
9 Cameron Yung [1] postponed Pearl Yung 768 [1]

Ian Birchall
Tournament Director

Kevin Bonham
19-08-2009, 05:28 PM
EDIT: actually, after 40...g5 41.fxg5 hxg5 although White has some serious problems, there are some interesting nuances. He has to move his king, so concedes more territory. Black can follow up with 42...Kb4 and then 43.Kc3 e5 44.dxe5 fxe5 it looks all over for White ... BUT ...
White still has a later h4! up his sleeve, creating a passed pawn on the g-file, so if Black has captured the b-pawn anywhere in this line, White's queening at g8 will be with check. So its more complicated than I first thought. This probably means the b-pawn cannot be captured if you want an easy win, as winning a K+Q+P vs K+Q is very tough.

If Black is accurate the lines after 43.Kc3 e5 44.dxe5 fxe5 in fact end up (at worst) as K+Q+2P vs K+Q (which of course is still pretty challenging).

But there is no need for black to wipe out the b-pawn anyway. After 40...g5 41.fxg5 hxg5 42.K moves, Black should just play ...Kc6. White cannot stop black playing ...Kd5 sooner or later and at that point Black can play ...e5 as now the king will be able to stop the white g-pawn, while black's king will not be able to stop both the black e and h pawns.

40...g5 indeed wins.

Spiny Norman
19-08-2009, 06:25 PM
Yes, good point, 42...Kc6 is a very nice move indeed! I must remember to tell myself to look beyond just the obvious (the b-pawn capture) and try to find a better move.

Watto
23-08-2009, 06:07 PM
ROUND 5 RESULTS

No Name Loc Result Name Loc

1 Guy West 2292 1:0 Ian Birchall 1838
2 Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 .5:.5 Kok-Siong Teo 2192
3 Zachary Loh 1068 0:1 Lemuel Chandrakumaran
4 Scott Humphreys 1417 .5:.5 Reginald Chong 1605
5 Joseph Wong 1091 .5:.5 Richard Goldsmith 1311
6 John M Fleming 793 0:1 Jean Watson 1311
7 Ion Kloprogge 1286 0:1 Jamie Cross 1454
8 Rodney Matthews 1116 1:0 Bruce Simpson 1246
9 Cameron Yung -:- Pearl Yung 768

CROSS TABLE

No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6

1 West, Guy VIC 2292 5 16:W 5:W 2:W 3:W 6:W 4:
2 Wong, Ngiam Yee VIC 2051 3.5 13:W 8:W 1:L 7:W 3:D 6:
3 Teo, Kok-Siong OS 2192 3.5 18:W 12:W 7:W 1:L 2:D 5:
4 Chandrakumaran, Lemuel 3.5 5:L 11:W 10:D 12:W 8:W 1:
5 Humphreys, Scott VIC 1417 3 4:W 1:L 15:W 8:D 9:D 3:
6 Birchall, Ian VIC 1838 3 7:L 15:W 12:W 9:W 1:L 2:
7 Wong, Joseph VIC 1091 2.5 6:W 10:W 3:L 2:L 11:D 9:
8 Loh, Zachary VIC 1068 2.5 9:W 2:L 18:W 5:D 4:L 10:
9 Chong, Reginald VIC 1605 2.5 8:L 13:W 17:W 6:L 5:D 7:
10 Cross, Jamie VIC 1454 2.5 14:W 7:L 4:D 11:L 16:W 8:
11 Goldsmith, Richard VIC 1311 2.5 15:L 4:L 13:W 10:W 7:D 14:
12 Watson, Jean VIC 1311 2 17:W 3:L 6:L 4:L 14:W 16:
13 Matthews, Rodney VIC 1116 2 2:L 9:L 11:L 16:W 18:W 17:
14 Fleming, John M VIC 793 2 10:L 17:L 16:W 15:W 12:L 11:
15 Yung, Pearl VIC 768 1 11:W 6:L 5:L 14:L 17:- 18:
16 Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1286 1 1:L 18:W 14:L 13:L 10:L 12:
17 Yung, Cameron VIC 1 12:L 14:W 9:L 18:L 15:- 13:
18 Simpson, Bruce VIC 1246 1 3:L 16:L 8:L 17:W 13:L 15:
Commentary from Ian Birchall, Tournament Director:
Apart from one postponed game, Round 5 of the Open is over and IM Guy West seems unstoppable on 5/5.

On board 1, I tried a speculative opening, and Guy gave up a pawn for a strong initiative. Guy maintained his grip until move 17 when, with both players under time pressure, 17 Rad1? should have been answered with 17....Rxd1 18. Rxd1 cxb5 19. Qd5 Qb6 20. b4 e6 with reasonable prospects. Instead, I responded 17....Ne6?? breaking the queen's protection of c6 and losing quickly.

On board 2, was the game of the tournament, so far. A rollicking, tactical battle between N.Y. and Kok-Siong. Pieces hanging, tricky combinations, mating nets and mistakes on both sides - a great game for the spectators!

On board 3, in a game with chances for both sides, newcomer Lemuel battled it out with junior Zac. In an equal endgame, Lemuel creatively offered up his knight, which Zac dutifully accepted, allowing Lemuel to create an unstoppable, outside passed pawn - for the second game in a row!

On board 4, an amazing game, where lower rated Scott Humphreys outplayed Reg Chong, even being a rook for 2 pawns up near the end of the game. Reg has a tendency to hang on in these situations, and this was no exception. A mistake by Scott with an overloaded knight, protecting his rook and trying to stop a passed pawn, allowed Reg to wrangle a draw.

On board 5, Joseph and Richard couldn't make headway in a closed position and eventually agreed to a draw.

On board 8, Bruce outplayed Rodney and he had signicant material advantage when he decided to sacrifice his queen for checkmate. Unfortunately, he realised too late that the mate was not on and struggled on a piece down before finally succumbing.

The other games, went with rating, with Jamie and Jean winning comfortably. The board 9 game, Cameron Yung v Pearl Yung, was postponed.

Here are the games from Board 1 and 2:
Event: Croydon Open 09
Site: Croydon Chess Club
Date: 2009.08.20
Round: 5.1
White: West, Guy
Black: Birchall, Ian
Result: 1-0
ECO: D06
WhiteElo: 2292
BlackElo: 1838
PlyCount: 41

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.e4 Bxf3 6.Qxf3 Nb4 7.Qb3 N8c6 8.Bb5 Qxd4 9.O-O O-O-O 10.a3 Qb6 11.Nc3 Na6 12.Be3 Nd4 13.Bxd4 Rxd4 14.Qxf7 Qg6 15.Qf3 Nc5 16.e5 c6 17.Rad1 Ne6 18.Bxc6 Ng5
19.Bxb7+ Kc7 20.Nb5+ Kb8 21.Qc3 1-0
Event: Croydon Open 09
Site: Croydon Chess Club
Date: 2009.08.20
Round: 5.2
White: Wong, N.Y..
Black: Teo, Kok-Siong
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: C02
WhiteElo: 2051
BlackElo: 2192
PlyCount: 81

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Bd7 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Be2 Bb5
7.c4 Bxc4 8.Bxc4 dxc4 9.d5 exd5 10.Qxd5 Ne7 11.Qe4 Qc6 12.Qxc4 b5 13.Qe2 Nd7 14.a4 bxa4 15.Nc3 Nb6 16.O-O Nf5 17.Nb5 Be7 18.e6 f6 19.Bf4 O-O 20.Rfd1 Rfd8 21.g4 Nd5 22.Rxd5 Rxd5 23.Rc1 a6 24.Nc7 Nd4 25.Qe4 Nxf3+ 26.Qxf3 Rad8 27.Kg2 R5d6 28.Bxd6 Qxd6 29.Qb7 Qf4 30.Rc3 Bd6 31.Ne8 Be7 32.Nxg7 Kf8 33.h3 Rb8 34.Qd7 Rd8 35.Qb7 Rb8 36.Qd7 Qe4+ 37.Kg3 Rd8 38.Qa7 Qe5+ 39.Kg2 Qe4+ 40.Kg3 Qe5+ 41.Kg2 1/2-1/2

PROVISIONAL ROUND 6 PAIRINGS

No Name Loc Result Name Loc

1 Lemuel Chandrakumaran : Guy West 2292
2 Kok-Siong Teo 2192 : Scott Humphreys 1417
3 Ian Birchall 1838 : Ngiam Yee Wong 2051
4 Reginald Chong 1605 : Joseph Wong 1091
5 Jamie Cross 1454 : Zachary Loh 1068
6 Richard Goldsmith 1311 : John M Fleming 793
7 Rodney Matthews 1116 : Cameron Yung
8 Jean Watson 1311 : Ion Kloprogge 1286
9 Bruce Simpson 1246 : Pearl Yung 768

All games and results can be found at www.croydonchess.com

ER
24-08-2009, 04:46 AM
Congratulations to IM Guy West for winning the Open! :clap:

Dougy
24-08-2009, 07:42 AM
Congratulations to IM Guy West for winning the Open! :clap:

Hmmmm still two rounds to go... but I'm also pretty sure he'll win outright.

ER
24-08-2009, 10:04 AM
ops sorry I thought that it was a 6 round tournament for some reason. :doh: Ok I am postponing the celebrations for one more week! :) Locking in Guy though! :)

Watto
29-08-2009, 01:08 PM
Round 6 commentary from Ian Birchall, Tournament Director:
"Congratulations to IM Guy West on winning the Croydon Open! After 6 rounds, he has 6/6 and can no longer be caught.

In this round, all but one game went with rating.

Lemuel was holding out quite well against Guy, until he allowed a mate in one. Scott Humphreys achieved an equal position out of the opening in his game, but Kok-Siong made the most of the resulting middle game, tying up Scott's pieces with threats that became increasingly difficult to meet. On board 3, N.Y.'s unusual opening play paid dividends, when I responded inadequately and went a pawn down in a difficult position.

Joseph Wong showed great persistence in his play against Reg Chong. After the initial opening skirmishes, the position became quite closed. However, Joseph out-manoeuvred his opponent to win the exchange. Finally, the blunder of a vital pawn by Reg saw Joseph break through for a win.

Jamie played d4 (normally an e4 player!) and faced the Queen's Indian, his normal defence to d4. He was able to out-tactic Zac, winning first a pawn, then a piece. Early on in his game, Richard was fortunate not to go a piece down against John Fleming. Later, just as his king's position was being peeled open, Richard managed to get in first with a back rank mate.

Cameron Yung was all over Rodney's position in the opening, winning a piece early. However, Rodney played positively to pose Cameron problems. Eventually, his two passed pawns on the queen-side proved to be too strong. Jean v Ion Kloprogge was a lively affair, but Jean coordinated her pieces more effectively to win comfortably, Finally on board 9, Pearl didn't manage to castle and Bruce's strong tactical play left her king mated in the centre of the board."

ROUND 6 RESULTS

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Lemuel Chandrakumaran [3.5] 0:1 Guy West 2292 [5]
2 Kok-Siong Teo 2192 [3.5] 1:0 Scott Humphreys 1417 [3]
3 Ian Birchall 1838 [3] 0:1 Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 [3.5]
4 Reginald Chong 1605 [2.5] 0:1 Joseph Wong 1091 [2.5]
5 Jamie Cross 1454 [2.5] 1:0 Zachary Loh 1068 [2.5]
6 Richard Goldsmith 1311 [2.5] 1:0 John M Fleming 793 [2]
7 Rodney Matthews 1116 [2] 1:0 Cameron Yung [2]
8 Jean Watson 1311 [2] 1:0 Ion Kloprogge 1286 [1]
9 Bruce Simpson 1246 [1] 1:0 Pearl Yung 768 [1]

CROSS TABLE

No Name Rtg Loc Title Total 1 2 3 4 5 6

1 West, Guy 2292 im 6 17:W 9:W 2:W 3:W 8:W 5:W
2 Wong, Ngiam Yee 2051 4.5 11:W 12:W 1:L 4:W 3:D 8:W
3 Teo, Kok-Siong 2192 fm 4.5 16:W 10:W 4:W 1:L 2:D 9:W
4 Wong, Joseph 1091 3.5 8:W 7:W 3:L 2:L 6:D 13:W
5 Chandrakumaran, Lemuel 3.5 9:L 6:W 7:D 10:W 12:W 1:L
6 Goldsmith, Richard 1311 3.5 18:L 5:L 11:W 7:W 4:D 15:W
7 Cross, Jamie 1454 3.5 15:W 4:L 5:D 6:L 17:W 12:W
8 Birchall, Ian 1838 3 4:L 18:W 10:W 13:W 1:L 2:L
9 Humphreys, Scott 1417 3 5:W 1:L 18:W 12:D 13:D 3:L
10 Watson, Jean 1311 3 14:W 3:L 8:L 5:L 15:W 17:W
11 Matthews, Rodney 1116 3 2:L 13:L 6:L 17:W 16:W 14:W
12 Loh, Zachary 1068 2.5 13:W 2:L 16:W 9:D 5:L 7:L
13 Chong, Reginald 1605 2.5 12:L 11:W 14:W 8:L 9:D 4:L
14 Yung, Cameron 2 10:L 15:W 13:L 16:L 18:W 11:L
15 Fleming, John M 793 2 7:L 14:L 17:W 18:W 10:L 6:L
16 Simpson, Bruce 1246 2 3:L 17:L 12:L 14:W 11:L 18:W
17 Kloprogge, Ion 1286 1 1:L 16:W 15:L 11:L 7:L 10:L
18 Yung, Pearl 768 1 6:W 8:L 9:L 15:L 14:L 16:L


Here's the board 2 game between Kok-Siong Teo and Scott Humphreys.
Event: Croydon Open 09
Site: Croydon Chess Club
Date: 2009.08.27
Round: 6.2
White: Teo, Kok-Seong
Black: Humphreys, Scott
Result: 1-0
ECO: A82
WhiteElo: 2192
BlackElo: 1417
PlyCount: 55

1.e4 d6 2.d4 f5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.exf5 Bxf5 5.Bd3 Qd7 6.d5 e5 7.dxe6 Qxe6+ 8.Nge2 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Nc6 10.O-O O-O-O 11.Nf4 Qd7 12.Ncd5 Nxd5 13.Qxd5 Re8 14.Be3 Re5 15.Qd3 g6 16.c4 Bg7 17.Rad1 Rd8 18.Qa3 Ra5 19.Qb3 Qf7 20.Nd5 Ne7 21.Bg5 Bf8 22.Qh3+ Kb8 23.Rfe1 Re8 24.Qd7 Rxd5 25.cxd5 h6 26.Bxe7 Bxe7 27.Rc1 c5 28.dxc6 1-0

ROUND 7 PAIRINGS

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Guy West 2292 [6] : Jamie Cross 1454 [3.5]
2 Richard Goldsmith 1311 [3.5] : Kok-Siong Teo 2192 [4.5]
3 Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 [4.5] : Lemuel Chandrakumaran [3.5]
4 Joseph Wong 1091 [3.5] : Rodney Matthews 1116 [3]
5 Scott Humphreys 1417 [3] : Jean Watson 1311 [3]
6 Zachary Loh 1068 [2.5] : Ian Birchall 1838 [3]
7 Pearl Yung 768 [1] : Reginald Chong 1605 [2.5]
8 John M Fleming 793 [2] : Bruce Simpson 1246 [2]
9 Cameron Yung [2] : Ion Kloprogge 1286 [1]

All games and results can be found at www.croydonchess.com

Watto
05-09-2009, 11:49 PM
The final round of the Croydon Open was played on Thursday evening (Note there are 2 postponed games to be completed next Thursday - B7 Pearl v Reg and B9 Cameron v Ion.)

It's been an enjoyable tournament with all sorts of interesting games and upsets. Congratulations to the prize winners and also thank you to Ian for being such a good tournament director.

Report by Ian Birchall:
"Well, the Croydon Open 2009 has come to an end.

At the top end, IM Guy West won comfortably with a score of 7/7. His play was characterised by deceptively simple, strong moves with very few errors. A fine effort.

FM Kok-Siong Teo and N.Y. Wong played out an exciting draw in R5 to finish =2nd on 5.5/7.

The highlight of the tournament was the play of young guns Joseph Wong and Zachary Loh. Their performances easily belied their ratings. Joseph defeated me (1838), Reg (1605) and Jamie (1454), while only losing to Kok-Siong (2192) and N.Y. (2051). Zac defeated me (1838), Reg (1605) and Bruce (1246). These 10 year olds are clearly going to cause a lot more upsets in coming years. Well done, guys!

The R7 game between Scott Humphreys and Jean Watson proved to be the decider for the U1500 prize. After winning a pawn early, Scott shepherded the game to a won R&P endgame.

The whole tournament was played in great spirit. Well done by all players and congratulations to the prize winners.

Hope to see you all back for the Open next year!

Prize Winners:

1st IM Guy West

=2nd FM Kok-Siong Teo and N. Y. Wong

Junior Joseph Wong

U1500 Scott Humphreys"


Here are the R7 results and cross table.
ROUND 7 RESULTS

Results
No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Guy West 2292 [6] 1:0 Jamie Cross 1454 [3.5]
2 Richard Goldsmith 1311 [3.5] 0:1 Kok-Siong Teo 2192 [4.5]
3 Ngiam Yee Wong 2051 [4.5] 1:0 Lemuel Chandrakumaran [3.5]
4 Joseph Wong 1091 [3.5] 1:0 Rodney Matthews 1116 [3]
5 Scott Humphreys 1417 [3] 1:0 Jean Watson 1311 [3]
6 Zachary Loh 1068 [2.5] 1:0 Ian Birchall 1838 [3]
7 Pearl Yung 768 [1] : Reginald Chong 1605 [2.5]
8 John M Fleming 793 [2] 0:1 Bruce Simpson 1246 [2]
9 Cameron Yung [2] : Ion Kloprogge 1286 [1]

CROSS TABLE

No Name Rtg Loc Title Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

1 West, Guy 2292 im 7 17:W 5:W 3:W 2:W 10:W 6:W 8:W
2 Teo, Kok-Siong 2192 fm 5.5 13:W 12:W 4:W 1:L 3:D 5:W 9:W
3 Wong, Ngiam Yee 2051 5.5 11:W 7:W 1:L 4:W 2:D 10:W 6:W
4 Wong, Joseph 1091 4.5 10:W 8:W 2:L 3:L 9:D 14:W 11:W
5 Humphreys, Scott 1417 4 6:W 1:L 18:W 7:D 14:D 2:L 12:W
6 Chandrakumaran, Lemuel 3.5 5:L 9:W 8:D 12:W 7:W 1:L 3:L
7 Loh, Zachary 1068 3.5 14:W 3:L 13:W 5:D 6:L 8:L 10:W
8 Cross, Jamie 1454 3.5 15:W 4:L 6:D 9:L 17:W 7:W 1:L
9 Goldsmith, Richard 1311 3.5 18:L 6:L 11:W 8:W 4:D 15:W 2:L
10 Birchall, Ian 1838 3 4:L 18:W 12:W 14:W 1:L 3:L 7:L
11 Matthews, Rodney 1116 3 3:L 14:L 9:L 17:W 13:W 16:W 4:L
12 Watson, Jean 1311 3 16:W 2:L 10:L 6:L 15:W 17:W 5:L
13 Simpson, Bruce 1246 3 2:L 17:L 7:L 16:W 11:L 18:W 15:W
14 Chong, Reginald 1605 2.5 7:L 11:W 16:W 10:L 5:D 4:L 18:
15 Fleming, John M 793 2 8:L 16:L 17:W 18:W 12:L 9:L 13:L
16 Yung, Cameron 2 12:L 15:W 14:L 13:L 18:W 11:L 17:
17 Kloprogge, Ion 1286 1 1:L 13:W 15:L 11:L 8:L 12:L 16:
18 Yung, Pearl 768 1 9:W 10:L 5:L 15:L 16:L 13:L 14:


Here's the board 6 game between Zachary Loh and Ian Birchall. In Ian's words: "While I struggled to find a reasonable plan, Zac just kept playing good moves and easily outplayed me."

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Event: Croydon Open 09
Site: Croydon Chess Club
Date: 2009.09.03
Round: 7.6
White: Loh, Zachary
Black: Birchall, Ian
Result: 1-0
ECO: D02
WhiteElo: 1068
BlackElo: 1838
PlyCount: 87

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 4. Bg2 c5 5. e3 Nc6 6. O-O Be7 7. b3 O-O 8. Bb2
Ne4 9. Nbd2 f5 10. c4 Bf6 11. Nxe4 dxe4 12. Ne5 Qa5 13. Nxc6 bxc6 14. Qc2 Rd8
15. Rfd1 Bb7 16. Bc3 Qa3 17. Bb2 Qa5 18. Bc3 Qb6 19. dxc5 Qxc5 20. Bxf6 gxf6
21. Rxd8+ Rxd8 22. Rd1 Rd6 23. Rxd6 Qxd6 24. Qc3 Kf7 25. Qa5 a6 26. c5 Qb8 27.
Bf1 Qc8 28. Qb6 Ke7 29. b4 e5 30. a4 f4 31. Qa7 Kd8 32. Qb6+ Qc7 33. Qxc7+ Kxc7
34. gxf4 exf4 35. exf4 Bc8 36. Bg2 Bf5 37. Bf1 Kb7 38. Kg2 Be6 39. a5 Bc8 40.
Kg3 Kc7 41. Kh4 Kb7 42. Kh5 Bf5 43. Kh6 Ka7 44. Kg7 1-0

All games and results can be found at www.croydonchess.com

Basil
05-09-2009, 11:54 PM
^ A very tight and tidy game from white given his rating ... and I suspect, age.

SHump
06-09-2009, 09:39 AM
Well done to the juniors Zachary Loh and Joseph Wong who both had good overall results. The top three places went as expected.

This was my first foray at a 7-nighter event at Croydon, but it was most enjoyable (as well as my weekender experience in April). Well done to the organisers and the competitors. As Arnie says - I will be back.

Z&MLoh
06-09-2009, 11:03 AM
Congratulations to all the winners, especially Joseph Wong. His performance belies his age and rating. And a big thank you to Croydon Chess Club and Ian Birchall for an enjoyable tournament.

M. Loh

Watto
12-09-2009, 09:55 AM
The two postponed games from the final round have now been played, with an upset win on rating, on Board 9.
B7 Pearl Yung v Reg Chong 0-1
B9 Cameron Yung v Ion Kloprogge 1-0. Congratulations Cameron.

CROSS TABLE

No Name Rtg Loc Title Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

1 West, Guy 2292 im 7 18:W 5:W 3:W 2:W 11:W 6:W 8:W
2 Teo, Kok-Siong 2192 fm 5.5 14:W 13:W 4:W 1:L 3:D 5:W 9:W
3 Wong, Ngiam Yee 2051 5.5 12:W 7:W 1:L 4:W 2:D 11:W 6:W
4 Wong, Joseph 1091 4.5 11:W 8:W 2:L 3:L 9:D 10:W 12:W
5 Humphreys, Scott 1417 4 6:W 1:L 17:W 7:D 10:D 2:L 13:W
6 Chandrakumaran, Lemuel 3.5 5:L 9:W 8:D 13:W 7:W 1:L 3:L
7 Loh, Zachary 1068 3.5 10:W 3:L 14:W 5:D 6:L 8:L 11:W
8 Cross, Jamie 1454 3.5 16:W 4:L 6:D 9:L 18:W 7:W 1:L
9 Goldsmith, Richard 1311 3.5 17:L 6:L 12:W 8:W 4:D 16:W 2:L
10 Chong, Reginald 1605 3.5 7:L 12:W 15:W 11:L 5:D 4:L 17:W
11 Birchall, Ian 1838 3 4:L 17:W 13:W 10:W 1:L 3:L 7:L
12 Matthews, Rodney 1116 3 3:L 10:L 9:L 18:W 14:W 15:W 4:L
13 Watson, Jean 1311 3 15:W 2:L 11:L 6:L 16:W 18:W 5:L
14 Simpson, Bruce 1246 3 2:L 18:L 7:L 15:W 12:L 17:W 16:W
15 Yung, Cameron 3 13:L 16:W 10:L 14:L 17:W 12:L 18:W
16 Fleming, John M 793 2 8:L 15:L 18:W 17:W 13:L 9:L 14:L
17 Yung, Pearl 768 1 9:W 11:L 5:L 16:L 15:L 14:L 10:L
18 Kloprogge, Ion 1286 1 1:L 14:W 16:L 12:L 8:L 13:L 15:L

All games and results can be found at www.croydonchess.com