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lost
05-07-2009, 02:40 AM
Hi everyone,

Just want to let everyone know about the South African Open.

There are three people in Melbourne playing in this tournament via chesscube.com.

The players participating in the event are GM Gawain Jones, IM Puchen Wang and IM Mirko Rujevic.

All three players are on 2/2 and have had easy wins so far.

Round 4 and 5 games will kick off at 5.30PM and 2.30AM and then every other round after that it will be 2.30AM until the final day which kicks off at 7.00PM.

For further info go to www.saopen2009.com

lost
05-07-2009, 12:01 PM
GM Gawain Jones, IM Puchen Wang and IM Mirko Rujevic won there round three games.

Round four is starting at 5.30PM Australian time with Round five beginning at 2.30AM.

Tune in via chesscube.

lost
06-07-2009, 08:03 PM
Update on the SA Open

Our 3 players playing in the tournament, Jones, Wang and Rujevic are going well in the tournament.

Jones is the sole leader in the tournament with a perfect score of 5/5.

Wang is in equal 2nd with 5 others on 4.5/5 and finally, Rujevic, who played Jones in round 5 and lost is on 4/5.

Games are now starting at 3AM Melbourne time.

Go to www.chesscube.com to watch the games live and www.saopen2009.com for all the results of the tournament.

lost
07-07-2009, 09:48 AM
Another update on the South African Open.

Jones suffered his drop of points in the open with a draw against the strong african IM, Amon Simutowe.

Rujevic had a draw against Mabusela. Rujevic commented after the game that he could have played better and missed some winning chances.

And finally, Puchen had a great win against Masango.

Games starting at 3AM Melbourne time.

Go to www.chesscube.com to watch the games live and www.saopen2009.com for all the results of the tournament.

Tonights games start at 3AM, so tune in and watch them live.

Garrett
07-07-2009, 09:50 AM
how do I get to the games after I go to chesscube ?

Cheers
Garrett.

lost
07-07-2009, 10:30 AM
Instructions in getting to the live games for the SA Open.

When you have a username and you have logged in on the left hand side of the screen you will see Clubs and Chat room, Live games, My friends.

Click on Clubs and Chat room and scroll down to the SA Open and click on that. There will be a tab for Live games and just click on them for jones, wang and rujevic.

lost
07-07-2009, 07:55 PM
Pairings for the South African Open for the players here in Melbourne.

GM Gawain Jones v IM Puchen Wang
Makoto v IM Rujevic

Games starting at 3AM on www.chesscube.com

See the above post for details on how to access the games.

lost
08-07-2009, 09:22 AM
The results for round 7 games are as follows:

A draw between GM Jones and IM Wang and Rujevic lost to Makoto on time.

gbekker
09-07-2009, 09:24 AM
GM Komarov - GM Gawain Jones 1/2
IM Puchen Wang - Mosethle 1 - 0
IM Mirko Rujevic - Solomons 1/2

Gawain Jones agreed to a quick draw to consolidate his tournament position and conserve his energy for the final rounds.

Puchen Wang had a nice win against Mosetlhe.

Mirko Rujevic, who lost yesterday, had an eventful draw this morning:

On move 21 his opponent, who had just played a routine exchange of pieces on his chess board, mouse-slipped and his accidentally placed his piece one square short of the recapturing square on his computer. Mirko immediately rejected his opponent's take-back request and played a continuation which maintained a piece advantage. Only after the arbiters intervened and reset reconstructed the game position and clock times, did the game resume.

Later, after playing 33.g5?! Mirko claimed he had missed the draw offer made by his opponent moments earlier, and asked that he be allowed to accept the draw. His opponent, who had been considering the stronger replies 33.Rd1 and 33.Rxc2, now felt his position was better and refused to agree to the draw given that Mirko had made a move. The arbiters decided that play must continue and around 20 moves later it appeared that Mirko's hasty pawn advances on the king-side might have cost him the game. But some clever endgame technique and tactics allowed our Mirko to eventually hold on to the draw. The game finished after sunrise and Mirko left the venue to head off to work ... no wonder the guy is feeling exhausted.

I will upload the AUS games from the event below.

Gary Bekker
Australian Site Arbiter
SA Open 2009

Watto
09-07-2009, 09:31 AM
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The game finished after sunrise and Mirko left the venue to head off to work ... no wonder the guy is feeling exhausted.

I will upload the AUS games from the event below.

Gary Bekker
Australian Site Arbiter
SA Open 2009
Thanks for the reports Gary and 'lost'. I've been thinking of you all getting up in the early hours of the morning. I hope Mirko is okay to drive (and work) after all that!
Look forward to seeing some of the games.

gbekker
09-07-2009, 10:03 AM
Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.03
Round: 1
White: Jones, G
Black: Smit, L
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2550
BlackElo: 1848
ECO: C45

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. Bd3 d6 7. O-O Ne7 8. Nd2 O-O 9. Nb3 Bb6 10. c4 Be6 11. Kh1 f5 12. Qc2 fxe4 13. Bxe4 h6 14. c5 dxc5 15. Nxc5 Bd5 16. Be3 Qc8 17. Rfd1 Bxe4 18. Qxe4 Nd5 19. Rac1 Re8 20. Qc4 Kh8 21. Bd4 Qf5 22. Re1 Nf4 23. Re3 Rxe3 24. fxe3 Nh5 25. Rf1 Qg6 26. Kg1 Rd8 27. b4 Rd5 28. Nb3 Kh7 29. Rc1 Bxd4 30. Nxd4 Re5 31. Qxc6 Qd3 32. Qc2 Rxe3 33. Qxd3+ Rxd3 34. Nb3 Rd7 35. Rc6 Nf4 36. Ra6 Nd3 37. b5 Re7 38. h4 Re1+ 39. Kh2 Re2 40. Rxa7 Nf4 41. Kg3 Nxg2 42. Nd4 Rb2 43. Rxc7 Rxa2 44. b6 Rb2 45. b7 Ne3 46. Nc6 Nd5 47. Rd7 Rb3+ 48. Kf2 Nf6 49. Re7 Nd5 50. Rd7 Nf6 51. Rf7 Kg6 52. Re7 Nd5 53. Re6+ Kf7 54. Rd6 Rxb7 55. Nd8+ 1-0

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.03
Round: 1
White: Wang, P
Black: Akande, T
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2453
BlackElo: 1830
ECO: C88

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Bb7 10. d4 Re8 11. Nbd2 Bf8 12. d5 Ne7 13. Nf1 h6 14. N3h2 c6 15. dxc6 Bxc6 16. Qf3 Ng6 17. Ng4 a5 18. a3 a4 19. Ba2 Bd7 20. Ng3 Nh4 21. Nxf6+ Qxf6 22. Qxf6 gxf6 23. Nh5 Bg7 24. Bxh6 Bh8 25. Rad1 Ra6 26. Be3 Bxh3 27. gxh3 Nf3+ 28. Kf1 Nxe1 29. Kxe1 Re7 30. Ke2 Kh7 31. Ng3 Bg7 32. Nf5 Rd7 33. Rd5 1-0

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.03
Round: 1
White: Rujevic, M
Black: Swanson, D
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2282
BlackElo: 1818
ECO: C18

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qa5 7. Bd2 c4 8. Qg4 g6 9. h4 h5 10. Qf4 Nc6 11. Nf3 Nce7 12. Ng5 Nf5 13. f3 Qc7 14. g4 hxg4 15. fxg4 Ng7 16. a4 f5 17. exf6 Qxf4 18. Bxf4 Nxf6 19. Be5 Ke7 20. Be2 Bd7 21. Bxf6+ Kxf6 22. Rf1+ Nf5 23. gxf5 1-0

gbekker
09-07-2009, 10:05 AM
Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.04
Round: 2
White: Lewis, M
Black: Jones, G
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 2038
BlackElo: 2550
ECO: A57

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. b6 g6 6. Nc3 Qxb6 7. e4 d6 8. Be2 Bg7 9. Nf3 O-O 10. O-O Bg4 11. Nd2 Bxe2 12. Qxe2 Nbd7 13. Kh1 Qc7 14. Nc4 Nb6 15. Bd2 Nxc4 16. Qxc4 Nd7 17. f4 Rfb8 18. b3 Rb4 19. Qe2 Rb7 20. Rac1 Nb6 21. Nd1 a5 22. Bc3 a4 23. Bxg7 Kxg7 24. b4 Nd7 25. a3 Qb6 26. bxc5 Nxc5 27. Rc3 Qb5 28. Qxb5 Rxb5 29. Nf2 Rb3 30. Rfc1 Rab8 31. g3 Rxc3 32. Rxc3 Rb3 33. Rc2 Rxa3 34. e5 Rb3 35. exd6 exd6 36. Kg2 a3 37. Ra2 Na4 38. Nd1 Rb2+ 39. Nxb2 axb2 0-1

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.04
Round: 2
White: Vermaak, F
Black: Wang, P
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 1953
BlackElo: 2453
ECO: B12

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. dxc5 Nc6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nf3 Bxc5 7. Bd3 f6 8. exf6 Nxf6 9. Bg5 O-O 10. O-O Bd7 11. Qe2 Qc7 12. Bh4 Rae8 13. Rae1 a6 14. Bg3 Qd8 15. Ne5 Nxe5 16. Bxe5 Re7 17. Nb1 Be8 18. Bxf6 Rxf6 19. Nd2 e5 20. b4 Bxb4 21. c4 e4 22. Bc2 Qc7 23. Rc1 Qf4 24. Nb3 Rh6 25. g3 Qf5 26. f4 Qh3 27. cxd5 Bb5 28. Qg2 Bxf1 29. Rxf1 Qxg2+ 30. Kxg2 e3 31. d6 Rxd6 0-1

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.04
Round: 2
White: Cruywagen, J
Black: Rujevic, M
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 1931
BlackElo: 2282
ECO: C77

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3 b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. O-O d6 8. c3 O-O 9. Nbd2 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. Re1 Re8 12. Nf1 Bf8 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bd2 Nc6 15. Ng3 g6 16. a4 b4 17. h3 Be6 18. Bb3 Bxb3 19. Qxb3 Rb8 20. c4 Bg7 21. Be3 Nd7 22. Nh2 Nd4 23. Qd1 b3 24. Bxd4 cxd4 25. a5 Nc5 26. Ne2 h5 27. f4 Bh6 28. Rf1 Rb7 29. Rf3 Ne6 30. g3 Rf8 31. Kg2 Kh7 32. f5 Nc5 33. Nc1 Qg5 34. Ne2 Kg8 35. Nf1 Qd8 36. Qe1 gxf5 37. exf5 f6 38. Nd2 d5 39. cxd5 Qxd5 40. Nf1 Nxd3 41. Qb1 e4 42. Rf2 Nxf2 43. Kxf2 e3+ 44. Kg1 d3 0-1

gbekker
09-07-2009, 10:07 AM
Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.04
Round: 3
White: Jones, G
Black: Van Der Nat, N
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2550
BlackElo: 2322
ECO: B23

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bb5 Nd4 6. O-O a6 7. Bd3 d6 8. Nxd4 cxd4 9. Ne2 Nf6 10. Kh1 O-O 11. Nxd4 Nxe4 12. Bxe4 Bxd4 13. Qf3 Rb8 14. c3 Bg7 15. f5 b5 16. d4 Qc7 17. Bg5 b4 18. Rae1 h6 19. Bd2 bxc3 20. bxc3 gxf5 21. Qg3 Kh7 22. Rxf5 Bxf5 23. Bxf5+ Kh8 24. Qh3 e6 25. Bd3 Rfe8 26. Bxh6 f5 27. Re3 Bxd4 28. Rg3 Qh7 29. cxd4 Rg8 30. d5 Rg6 31. Rxg6 Qxg6 32. dxe6 Qxe6 33. Be3+ Kg8 34. Bxf5 Qe7 35. Be6+ Kg7 36. Qh6# 1-0

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.04
Round: 3
White: Wang, P
Black: Mabusela, J
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2453
BlackElo: 2244
ECO: A05

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. g3 b6 5. Bg2 Bb7 6. O-O Be7 7. d4 cxd4 8. Qxd4 Nc6 9. Qd3 O-O 10. Rd1 Qc8 11. Bg5 Rd8 12. Rac1 h6 13. Bf4 d5 14. cxd5 Nxd5 15. Nxd5 Rxd5 16. Qb3 Rc5 17. Rxc5 Bxc5 18. a3 Ne7 19. Qd3 a5 20. h4 Nd5 21. Be5 Qe8 22. e4 Ne7 23. b4 axb4 24. axb4 Bxb4 25. Bxg7 Kxg7 26. Qd4+ Kh7 27. Qxb4 Ra4 28. Qxb6 Bxe4 29. Rd8 Qc6 30. Qb2 Ng8 31. Ne5 1-0

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.04
Round: 3
White: Rujevic, M
Black: McCallum, B
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2282
BlackElo: 1614
ECO: B62

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Be2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Ndb5 Ne8 10. Bxe7 Qxe7 11. f4 a6 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 Bd7 14. Rad1 Bc6 15. Bf3 e5 16. Qe3 Nc7 17. f5 Rad8 18. a4 b5 19. a5 b4 20. Nd5 Bxd5 21. exd5 f6 22. Be2 Rb8 23. Rf4 Qf7 24. Rg4 Kh8 25. Qd2 Qd7 26. Rxb4 Qxf5 27. Rb6 Qe4 28. b3 Rxb6 29. axb6 Nb5 30. Bxb5 axb5 31. Ra1 h6 32. b7 1-0

gbekker
09-07-2009, 10:09 AM
Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.05
Round: 4
White: Amini, D
Black: Jones, G
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 1675
BlackElo: 2550
ECO: E71

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. h3 O-O 6. Nf3 Qe8 7. Be2 e5 8. dxe5 dxe5 9. Be3 b6 10. O-O Bb7 11. Qc2 c5 12. Nd5 Nc6 13. Nc7 Qb8 14. Nxa8 Qxa8 15. Nd2 Nxe4 16. Bf3 Nxd2 17. Qxd2 Rd8 18. Bd5 Nd4 19. Bxb7 Qxb7 20. Kh1 f5 21. Bg5 Rd7 22. Rad1 f4 23. f3 Rd6 24. Qe1 Qa6 25. Qe4 h6 26. Qa8+ Kh7 27. Be7 Rc6 28. b3 Rc8 29. Qd5 Nf5 30. Qd7 Rg8 31. Rf2 Kh8 32. Qe6 Qc8 33. Qxc8 Rxc8 34. Rd8+ Rxd8 35. Bxd8 e4 36. fxe4 Ng3+ 37. Kh2 Be5 38. Rf3 Nxe4 39. Kg1 Bd4+ 40. Kh1 Be5 41. a4 g5 42. Kg1 Kg7 43. Rd3 Bd4+ 44. Kf1 Kg6 45. a5 bxa5 46. Bxa5 Ng3+ 47. Ke1 Kf5 48. b4 Ke4 49. Rf3 Nf5 50. bxc5 Bxc5 51. Bd2 Nh4 52. Rb3 Nxg2+ 53. Kf1 Nh4 54. Bb4 Bd4 55. c5 Kd5 56. Rd3 Nf5 57. Ke2 h5 58. Rd1 g4 59. hxg4 hxg4 60. Bc3 f3+ 61. Kd3 Bxc3 62. Kxc3+ Kxc5 63. Ra1 Ng3 0-1

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.05
Round: 4
White: Phiri, R
Black: Wang, P
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 2145
BlackElo: 2453
ECO: D86

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 c5 8. Ne2 O-O 9. O-O Nc6 10. Be3 Bd7 11. Rb1 cxd4 12. cxd4 Rc8 13. Bd3 Na5 14. d5 b6 15. Ba6 Ra8 16. Qd3 Bc8 17. Rfc1 Bxa6 18. Qxa6 Qd7 19. Qd3 Rac8 20. Bd4 Bxd4 21. Qxd4 Qd6 22. Rc3 e5 23. Qd3 Rxc3 24. Qxc3 Nb7 25. f3 f5 26. Rd1 fxe4 27. fxe4 Nc5 28. Qe3 Rf7 29. Nc3 a6 30. Rf1 b5 31. Rxf7 Kxf7 32. Nd1 Nd7 33. h3 a5 34. Qf2+ Ke7 35. Qh4+ Nf6 36. Nf2 h5 37. Qg5 Kf7 38. Nd3 Nxe4 39. Qxe5 Qxe5 40. Nxe5+ Kf6 41. Nc6 a4 42. a3 Nc3 43. d6 Ke6 44. Ne5 Kxd6 45. Nxg6 b4 46. Nh4 b3 47. Nf5+ Kc5 0-1

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.05
Round: 4
White: Peretz, L
Black: Rujevic, M
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 1875
BlackElo: 2282
ECO: A48

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 Bg7 4. Qd2 O-O 5. Bh6 d6 6. Bxg7 Kxg7 7. Nc3 c6 8. e4 Bg4 9. Ng5 Qa5 10. h3 Bc8 11. Be2 h6 12. Nf3 Nbd7 13. O-O e5 14. Rae1 Re8 15. Bc4 Re7 16. a3 Nf8 17. Re3 Qc7 18. Rfe1 a5 19. Nh2 b5 20. Ba2 b4 21. Ne2 Qb6 22. dxe5 dxe5 23. Ng3 Be6 24. Bb1 Rd8 25. Qc1 bxa3 26. bxa3 Red7 27. c4 Qc5 28. Rc3 Rd2 29. Rf1 Bc8 30. Nf3 R2d6 31. Kh1 Ne6 32. Nxe5 Qxe5 33. f4 Nxf4 34. Rcf3 g5 35. Qe1 Rd2 36. R3f2 Rxf2 37. Qxf2 Qd4 38. Qf3 Be6 39. e5 Qxe5 40. Qxc6 Rd2 41. Be4 Nxe4 42. Nxe4 Rc2 43. Nd6 Nh5 44. Ne8+ Kg6 45. Qf3 Ng3+ 46. Kg1 Nxf1 47. Qd3+ Qf5 0-1

gbekker
09-07-2009, 10:17 AM
Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.05
Round: 5
White: Jones, G
Black: Rujevic, M
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2550
BlackElo: 2282
ECO: C69

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Bg4 6. h3 h5 7. d3 Qf6 8. Be3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 Qxf3 10. gxf3 Bd6 11. Nd2 Ne7 12. Rfb1 g5 13. Kf1 f6 14. b4 Ng6 15. Ke2 Nf8 16. a4 Ne6 17. Nc4 Kd7 18. c3 Rhg8 19. Na5 b6 20. Nb3 Kc8 21. a5 b5 22. d4 Kb7 23. Nc5+ Bxc5 24. bxc5 Rad8 25. Rd1 Rge8 26. dxe5 fxe5 27. Rxd8 Rxd8 28. Rg1 Rg8 29. h4 g4 30. fxg4 hxg4 31. h5 Nf4+ 32. Bxf4 exf4 33. h6 g3 34. Kf3 Rg6 35. Rh1 g2 36. Rg1 Rxh6 37. Rxg2 Rh3+ 38. Kxf4 Rxc3 39. e5 Rxc5 40. e6 Rc2 41. Ke3 Rc1 42. Kd2 Rh1 43. f4 Rh8 44. f5 Kc8 45. f6 Kd8 46. Ke3 c5 47. f7 Rf8 48. Rg8 Ke7 49. Ke4 c4 50. Ke5 c3 51. Rxf8 1-0

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.05
Round: 5
White: Wang, P
Black: Simutowe, A
Result: 1/2-1/2
WhiteElo: 2453
BlackElo: 2481
ECO: B28

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. d4 Nf6 6. Be3 cxd4 7. cxd4 e6 8. Nc3 Qa5 9. Bd3 b5 10. O-O Bb7 11. Re1 Nbd7 1/2-1/2

Gawain had rejected an early draw offer from Mirko.

Puchen was very tired and happy to have a quick draw.

Gary Bekker
Australian Site Arbiter
SA Open 2009

Igor_Goldenberg
09-07-2009, 10:25 AM
Gawain had rejected an early draw offer from Mirko.


I guess he had some scores to settle. The opening reminds me of their game in Vic Open.
They played remarkably good chess considering it's done after midnight! I'd probably fall asleep after few moves.

gbekker
09-07-2009, 10:27 AM
Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.06
Round: 6
White: Simutowe, A
Black: Jones, G
Result: 1/2-1/2
WhiteElo: 2481
BlackElo: 2550
ECO: B22

1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be2 cxd4 7. cxd4 e6 8. Nc3 Qa5 9. Be3 Nf6 10. Qb3 Qb4 11. Qxb4 Bxb4 12. h3 Bh5 13. O-O O-O 14. Rac1 Rfd8 15. Rfd1 Nd5 16. Kf1 Nxe3+ 17. fxe3 f6 18. Ne4 Bf7 19. Nc5 Bxc5 20. Rxc5 Nb4 21. a3 b6 22. Rc4 Nd5 23. Kf2 Be8 24. e4 Nf4 25. Bf1 Bb5 26. Rc3 Bxf1 27. Kxf1 f5 28. Re1 Rd6 29. g3 fxe4 30. Rxe4 Nd5 1/2-1/2

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.06
Round: 6
White: Masango, S
Black: Wang, P
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 2130
BlackElo: 2453
ECO: D91

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bg5 Ne4 6. cxd5 Nxg5 7. Nxg5 e6 8. Qd2 h6 9. Nf3 exd5 10. e3 O-O 11. Bd3 c6 12. O-O Qe7 13. e4 dxe4 14. Nxe4 Be6 15. Rfe1 Nd7 16. Qf4 Rad8 17. h4 Kh8 18. Qg3 Qb4 19. a3 Qb6 20. Nd6 Bxd4 21. Rxe6 Bxf2+ 22. Qxf2 fxe6 23. Ne4 Ne5 24. Qxb6 Nxf3+ 25. gxf3 axb6 26. Be2 Rf4 27. h5 gxh5 28. Kf2 h4 29. Rg1 Rdf8 30. Ke3 h3 31. Rh1 Rh4 32. Rh2 Rf5 33. Bf1 Rfh5 34. Nf2 Re5+ 35. Ne4 Reh5 36. Nf2 Kg7 37. Rxh3 Rxh3 38. Bxh3 Kf6 39. Ne4+ Ke7 40. Bf1 Rh2 41. Nf2 Rh5 42. f4 e5 43. fxe5 Rxe5+ 44. Ne4 Rh5 45. Nf2 Kd6 46. Ne4+ Ke5 47. Nf2 Rg5 48. Nd3+ Kf6 49. Nf2 Rg1 50. Ke2 h5 51. Bh3 Rg7 52. Bc8 Ke5 53. Nd3+ Ke4 54. a4 h4 55. Nf2+ Kd4 56. Kf3 Rg3+ 57. Kf4 Rg7 58. b4 Kc4 59. a5 Kxb4 60. axb6 Kb5 61. Ne4 Kxb6 62. Be6 Kc7 63. Ng5 Kd6 64. Bc8 b5 65. Nf3 Rg8 66. Bf5 Rh8 67. Kg4 Rg8+ 68. Kf4 Rh8 69. Kg4 h3 70. Kg3 Rg8+ 71. Kf4 Rf8 72. Kg4 c5 73. Nh2 c4 74. Be4 Rh8 75. Kf3 Kc5 76. Ke3 b4 77. Bf5 b3 78. Kd2 Rf8 0-1

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.06
Round: 6
White: Rujevic, M
Black: Mabusela, J
Result: 1/2-1/2
WhiteElo: 2282
BlackElo: 2244
ECO: C11

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bc5 9. Qd2 O-O 10. O-O-O a6 11. Nb3 Bb4 12. a3 Be7 13. Ne2 b5 14. Ned4 Nxd4 15. Bxd4 Nb6 16. Qa5 Rb8 17. Nc5 Nc4 18. Qxd8 Rxd8 19. Bd3 Na5 20. Rhe1 Nc6 21. Bf2 a5 22. g4 a4 23. c3 d4 24. cxd4 Nxd4 25. Ne4 Bb7 26. Nd6 Nb3+ 27. Kb1 Bxd6 28. exd6 Bd5 29. f5 Bf3 30. fxe6 fxe6 31. Be2 Be4+ 32. Bd3 Bf3 33. Be2 Be4+ 34. Bd3 Bf3 1/2-1/2

gbekker
09-07-2009, 10:37 AM
Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.07
Round: 7
White: Jones, G
Black: Wang, P
Result: 1/2-1/2
WhiteElo: 2550
BlackElo: 2453
ECO: C03

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7. g3 b6 8. Bb5+ Bd7 9. Bxd7+ Qxd7 10. O-O Bd6 11. Qe2 O-O 12. Bg5 Be7 13. c4 Rfe8 14. Rad1 h6 15. Ne5 Qc8 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Nc6 e5 18. dxe5 Re6 19. Qf3 Qe8 20. exf6 Qxc6 21. Qxc6 Rxc6 22. Rfe1 Rxf6 23. Rd7 c5 24. h4 h5 25. Kg2 a5 26. f4 g6 27. Kf3 Rc8 28. Red1 Re8 29. Rb7 Kg7 30. Rd3 Re1 31. Rb3 Ree6 32. Rd7 Rd6 33. Rd3 1/2-1/2

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.07
Round: 7
White: Makoto, R
Black: Rujevic, M
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2157
BlackElo: 2282
ECO: A05

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. c4 d6 6. O-O Nbd7 7. Nc3 c6 8. h3 e5 9. e4 Re8 10. Re1 Qc7 11. Be3 a5 12. Rc1 Qb8 13. Qd2 b5 14. dxe5 dxe5 15. cxb5 cxb5 16. Nd5 Nxd5 17. exd5 Bb7 18. d6 Nf6 19. Rc7 Ne4 20. Qd3 Ra6 21. Ng5 Rxd6 22. Qxb5 Nxg5 23. Rxb7 Nxh3+ 24. Bxh3 Qd8 25. Rd7 Rxd7 26. Qxd7 Qxd7 1-0

Mirko looked totally exhausted during this game, and this was reflected in his play. He his going to work during the day, and then playing his games in this event between 3am and 7am, local AUS time. Makoto's victory earned him local press coverage, and placed him amongst the top ten competitors going into round 8.

Gary Bekker
Australian Site Arbiter
SA Open 2009

Basil
09-07-2009, 10:38 AM
Thank you for these Gaz. Beyond the call.


Mirko looked totally exhausted during this game, and this was reflected in his play. He his going to work during the day, and then playing his games in this event between 3am and 7am, local AUS time.
Wow.

antichrist
09-07-2009, 10:47 AM
I think you have enjoyed this post enough so I am removing before they remove me, but I will replace by request.

gbekker
09-07-2009, 12:00 PM
Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.08
Round: 8
White: Komarov, D
Black: Jones, G
Result: 1/2-1/2
WhiteElo: 2530
BlackElo: 2550
ECO: A48

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 c6 10. Nd2 a5 11. bxa5 Qxa5 1/2-1/2

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.08
Round: 8
White: Wang, P
Black: Mosethle, K
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2453
BlackElo: 2169
ECO: B90

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf3 Qc7 8. a4 b6 9. Be2 Bb7 10. Nd2 d5 11. Nxd5 Nxd5 12. exd5 Bxd5 13. O-O Be7 14. Bf3 Bxf3 15. Qxf3 Nc6 16. Qg3 O-O 17. Bh6 Bf6 18. Ne4 Qe7 19. c3 Kh8 20. Nxf6 Qxf6 21. Be3 Rab8 22. f4 e4 23. f5 h6 24. Rad1 Rfd8 25. Rxd8+ Rxd8 26. Bxb6 Rd2 27. b4 Rd3 28. Qf4 Rxc3 29. Qxe4 Rb3 30. Bc5 Rb2 31. h4 Kh7 32. Rd1 Nxb4 33. Bd4 Qd6 34. f6+ g6 35. Qe7 Qd5 36. Bxb2 Qxd1+ 37. Kh2 1-0

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.08
Round: 8
White: Rujevic, M
Black: Solomons, R
Result: 1/2-1/2
WhiteElo: 2282
BlackElo: 1921
ECO: B23

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 a6 3. a4 b6 4. Nf3 d6 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Nf6 7. Bd3 e6 8. O-O Be7 9. f4 Qc7 10. Qe2 Nbd7 11. Bd2 Bb7 12. Rae1 Nc5 13. Kh1 O-O 14. b4 Nxd3 15. cxd3 Rac8 16. Rc1 Qb8 17. Qf2 Rfe8 18. Nc2 Ba8 19. Ne3 d5 20. exd5 Nxd5 21. Ncxd5 Bxd5 22. Nxd5 exd5 23. Bc3 b5 24. a5 Qd6 25. Qb2 Qg6 26. Rf3 Qd6 27. Rb1 Bf6 28. Bxf6 Qxf6 29. Qxf6 gxf6 30. Kg1 Rc2 31. Rf2 Rec8 32. g4 R8c3 33. g5 Kg7 34. h4 Kg6 35. f5+ Kh5 36. gxf6 Kxh4 37. Re1 Kg5 38. Rxc2 Rxc2 39. Re5 Kxf6 40. Rxd5 Ke7 41. Kf1 Rb2 42. Rd4 h5 43. Rh4 Rd2 44. Rxh5 Rxd3 45. Rh6 Rd6 46. Rh4 Kf6 47. Rh5 Ke5 48. Ke2 Rf6 49. Ke3 Rxf5 50. Rh8 Rf6 51. Rb8 Kd5 52. Kd3 Re6 53. Rf8 f6 54. Rf7 Ke5 55. Ke3 Rd6 56. Rf8 Rc6 57. Re8+ Kf5 58. Rb8 Ke5 59. Re8+ Kd5 60. Kd3 f5 61. Rf8 Ke5 62. Rb8 Rc4 63. Rb6 Rxb4 64. Rxa6 Ra4 65. Ra8 Kf4 66. a6 Kf3 67. a7 f4 68. Kc3 Rc4+ 69. Kb3 Rc7 70. Kb4 Rb7 71. Kc3 b4+ 72. Kb3 Kf2 1/2-1/2

Gawain Jones agreed to a quick draw against 2nd seed GM Komarov to consolidate his tournament position and conserve his energy for the final rounds.

Puchen Wang had a nice win against Mosetlhe.

Mirko Rujevic had an eventful draw involving a move take-back, game reconstruction, and disputed draw offer - see earlier comments.

gbekker
09-07-2009, 12:08 PM
GM Simutowe,A (ZAM) 2481 [7.0] - GM Komarov,D (UKR) 2530 [6.5]
Van Rensburg (RSA) 2106 [6.5] - IM Wang,P (NZL) 2453 [7.0]
GM Jones,G (ENG) 2550 [6.5] - IM Mabusela,J (RSA) 2244 [6.0]
Quirk,T (RSA) 1495 [5.5] - IM Rujevic,M (AUS) 2282 [5.0]

gbekker
10-07-2009, 02:55 PM
Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.09
Round: 9
White: Jones, G
Black: Mabusela, J
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2550
BlackElo: 2244
ECO: C07

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 Nc6 5. exd5 exd5 6. Bb5 Bd6 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. O-O Ne7 9. Nb3 Bd6 10. Re1 O-O 11. Bg5 Qc7 12. Bh4 Nf5 13. Bg3 Nxg3 14. hxg3 a6 15. Bd3 Qb6 16. Re3 h6 17. Qd2 Nb4 18. Nfd4 Nxd3 19. Qxd3 Bd7 20. Nf5 Bxf5 21. Qxf5 a5 22. a4 Rac8 23. Rd1 d4 24. Nxd4 Qxb2 25. Rb3 Qa2 26. Rxb7 Bc5 27. Nb3 Bb4 28. Rxf7 Rxf7 29. Qxc8+ Rf8 30. Qc4+ Kh8 31. Nxa5 Qxc4 32. Nxc4 Rc8 1-0

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.09
Round: 9
White: Van Rensburg, R
Black: Wang, P
Result: 1/2-1/2
WhiteElo: 2106
BlackElo: 2453
ECO: D11

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qb3 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. g3 O-O 7. Bg2 dxc4 8. Qxc4 Be6 9. Qd3 Na6 10. O-O Nb4 11. Qd1 h6 12. Re1 Nbd5 13. e4 Nxc3 14. bxc3 Qa5 15. Qc2 Qh5 16. Rb1 b5 17. Ne5 Ng4 18. Nxg4 Bxg4 19. Qd3 Rad8 20. f3 Be6 21. Qc2 Bc4 22. Qf2 f5 23. exf5 Qxf5 24. Ba3 Rfe8 25. f4 Bd5 26. Rb2 e6 1/2-1/2

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.09
Round: 9
White: Quirk, T
Black: Rujevic, M
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 1495
BlackElo: 2233
ECO: B01

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nf3 e5 4. Nc3 Qe6 5. Bb5+ c6 6. Ba4 Bd6 7. O-O Ne7 8. Re1 f5 9. d4 e4 10. Bg5 O-O 11. d5 Qg6 12. Bxe7 Bxe7 13. Nd4 Rd8 14. Nce2 Bd6 15. f4 cxd5 16. Bb3 Bc5 17. Kh1 Nc6 18. Nb5 Qf7 19. Qd2 a6 20. Nbc3 Be6 21. Rad1 d4 22. Bxe6 Qxe6 23. Na4 Bb4 24. c3 dxc3 25. Qe3 cxb2 0-1

Gawain had a good win against Mabusela, to rejoin the tournament leaders.

Puchen accepted a draw with the Black pieces in a difficult position against the lower-rated Van Rensburg.

Mirko had a relatively easy win against Quirk.

gbekker
10-07-2009, 03:00 PM
FM De Villiers (RSA) 2179 (7.0) - GM Jones (ENG) 2550 (7.5)
GM Komarov (UKR) 2530 (7.0) - IM Wang (NZL) 2453 (7.5)
IM Rujevic (AUS) 2282 (6.0) - Mare (RSA) 1828 (6.0)

Games start at 3am (AUS East Coast time) and finish around 7am.

MichaelBaron
10-07-2009, 08:05 PM
I hope the games are not going to be Fide rated. Otherwise it is simply not fair to Mirko who is playing at 3 am after a day at work

Bill Gletsos
10-07-2009, 08:13 PM
I hope the games are not going to be Fide rated. Otherwise it is simply not fair to Mirko who is playing at 3 am after a day at workYou could have easily seen that it is FIDE rated by checking the tournament website.

Oepty
10-07-2009, 08:21 PM
I hope the games are not going to be Fide rated. Otherwise it is simply not fair to Mirko who is playing at 3 am after a day at work

Michael, no one forced him to enter the tournament, so he has agreed to the conditions by entering. He either thought the conditions were fair or played despite the unfairness or didn't think at all.
Scott

MichaelBaron
10-07-2009, 09:41 PM
Michael, no one forced him to enter the tournament, so he has agreed to the conditions by entering. He either thought the conditions were fair or played despite the unfairness or didn't think at all.
Scott

Pity :( . It is particularly sad given that Mirko is not a professional chess bum who can sleep in the afternoon...then play at night. I really admire his efforts.

Oepty
10-07-2009, 10:31 PM
Pity :( . It is particularly sad given that Mirko is not a professional chess bum who can sleep in the afternoon...then play at night. I really admire his efforts.

I agree, to play chess of any standard under the conditions he is playing under is admirable.
Scott

Fenguin
12-07-2009, 07:10 PM
The games aren't being played 3am South African time... we're 10 hours ahead of them so that means the games are being played at around 5pm? Still... great effort by Mirko to be playing an elite tournament and work while not playing!

ER
12-07-2009, 08:40 PM
Fengs. I predict this and next (and not only) are going to be your years of success.
I ve spoken to many people and they all say if Thomas applies himself he can beat anyone.
I believe that, but I also like your carefree attitude which makes you very popular...
So, you and other BHCC talented juniors like Zach, Vinaly, Anurag Adam, Denyz, Liam, Stephanie, the Cannon, and others :clap: :clap: :clap: will keep on improving and uphold Victoria's. BH and CJ CC high!

Fenguin
12-07-2009, 09:49 PM
Fengs. I predict this and next (and not only) are going to be your years of success.
I ve spoken to many people and they all say if Thomas applies himself he can beat anyone.
I believe that, but I also like your carefree attitude which makes you very popular...
So, you and other BHCC talented juniors like Zach, Vinaly, Anurag Adam, Denyz, Liam, Stephanie, the Cannon, and others :clap: :clap: :clap: will keep on improving and uphold Victoria's. BH and CJ CC high!

Thanks Elliot :) I haven't really had a good last couple of years staying around the 1100 - 1300 range until finally breaking out at the end of the year. Everyone in that time has surpassed me.... Gene, Nicholas, Isaac and some are creeping up too Josh Ng, Vinay... I think for myself it was about time I've played some really good chess for a prolonged period of time and I'm extremely pleased with this :)

Anyways, good luck to all the aussies participating in the South African Open! While I was in Turkey for the small World Youth U16 Olympiad, I made many friends with these lovely people! I then saw them again at Vietnam for the huge World Youth Chess Championships! They all invited me to go to the South African Open, and I never really knew how big the tournament was until now!

Good Luck To All Participants!

gbekker
13-07-2009, 10:38 AM
Just in case there is any confusion caused by Fenguin's comments ...

The SA Open tournament rounds started around 7pm local time in South Africa and three players were competing in the event remotely - connected via the internet from Melbourne.

These players were GM Gawain Jones (ENG), IM Puchen Wang (NZL) and IM Mirko Rujevic (AUS) and they had to play from around 3am to 7am local (Melbourne) time. They played online against their opponents in Cape Town, via ChessCube. All games were played under the supervision of a FIDE accredited arbiter.

After the round, Mirko and I would go to work and then try to get a few hours sleep in the evening before the next round.

All players competing remotely from Melbourne found that playing at 3am in the morning was quite tiring and difficult, because of the lack of a normal night's sleep.

This is the first time that FIDE will rate tournament chess games played via the internet, and the tournament organisers are hoping that this will be a forerunner of more events like this in the future!

Warmest regards,

IA Gary Bekker
Remote Site Arbiter
SA Open 2009

gbekker
13-07-2009, 10:53 AM
Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.10
Round: 10
White: De Villiers, C
Black: Jones, G
Result: 1/2-1/2
WhiteElo: 2179
BlackElo: 2550
ECO: E76

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f4 O-O 6. Nf3 Na6 7. e5 Nd7 8. c5 c6 9. Bxa6 bxa6 10. Be3 Rb8 11. O-O Rxb2 12. Qa4 Nb8 13. Qa3 Rb7 14. cxd6 exd6 15. Ne4 d5 16. Nd6 Qe7 17. Bf2 Rb6 18. Bh4 f6 19. Rae1 Be6 20. Re3 Qd7 21. exf6 Bxf6 22. Bxf6 Rxf6 23. Ne5 Qd8 24. Ng4 Bxg4 25. Re8+ Qxe8 26. Nxe8 Re6 27. h3 Rxe8 28. hxg4 Re2 29. Rf3 Rb1+ 30. Kh2 Rbb2 31. Re3 Rxg2+ 32. Kh1 Rge2 33. Rxe2 Rxe2 34. Qd6 Re8 35. Qc7 a5 36. f5 gxf5 37. gxf5 Rf8 38. f6 Rxf6 39. Qxb8+ Kg7 40. Qxa7+ Kg6 41. Qxa5 Kf5 42. Qc7 Rh6+ 43. Kg2 Ke4 44. Qe5+ Kd3 45. Kf2 Rh1 46. Qe3+ Kc4 47. Kg2 Rb1 48. Qe2+ Kc3 49. Qe3+ Kc4 50. Kf2 Rb2+ 51. Kf3 Rxa2 52. Kf4 Ra8 53. Qe7 Kxd4 54. Qb4+ Kd3 55. Qb6 Ra4+ 56. Ke5 Re4+ 57. Kd6 Rc4 58. Qb1+ Kd2 59. Qxh7 d4 60. Qh2+ Kc3 61. Qe5 Kb3 62. Qe4 Kc3 63. Qe1+ Kc2 64. Qe2+ Kc3 65. Qe1+ Kc2 66. Qe2+ Kb3 67. Qd3+ Kb4 68. Qb1+ Kc3 69. Qa1+ Kd2 70. Qb2+ Ke3 71. Qb6 Rc2 72. Ke5 c5 73. Qh6+ Kd3 74. Qg6+ Kc3 75. Qg1 Kc4 76. Qg8+ Kc3 77. Qg1 Kb2 78. Ke4 Rc3 79. Qf2+ Kb3 80. Qf7+ Kb2 81. Qf2+ Ka3 82. Qd2 Kb3 83. Qd1+ Kb2 84. Qe2+ Kb3 85. Qb5+ Ka2 86. Qa6+ Kb1 87. Qb5+ Kc1 88. Qf1+ Kd2 89. Qf2+ Kd1 90. Qf1+ Kc2 91. Qe2+ Kc1 1/2-1/2

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.10
Round: 10
White: Komarov, D
Black: Wang, P
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2530
BlackElo: 2453
ECO: A11

1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. d4 Nbd7 6. Qc2 b6 7. Bd3 Bb7 8. O-O Be7 9. b3 Rc8 10. Bb2 dxc4 11. bxc4 c5 12. d5 exd5 13. cxd5 Nxd5 14. Nxd5 Bxd5 15. Rad1 Bf6 16. Ba6 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Rc7 18. Bxf6 Qxf6 19. Bb5 Ke7 20. Bxd7 Rxd7 21. Qe4+ Qe6 22. Rxd7+ Kxd7 23. Qb7+ 1-0

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.10
Round: 10
White: Rujevic, M
Black: Mare, M
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2282
BlackElo: 1828
ECO: C33

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 Qh4+ 4. Kf1 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qh5 6. d4 d6 7. Bxf4 Bg4 8. c3 O-O-O 9. Nbd2 Nge7 10. d5 Ne5 11. Be2 N7g6 12. Be3 f5 13. Nd4 fxe4 14. h3 Bxe2+ 15. Qxe2 Qh4 16. Bf2 Qh6 17. Nxe4 Nf4 18. Qd2 Nxd5 19. Qxh6 gxh6 20. Kg1 Be7 21. Rd1 Nf4 22. Nf5 Rde8 23. Nxh6 Nfd3 24. b3 Ref8 25. Bg3 Nf4 26. Kh2 Nfg6 27. c4 Bh4 28. Rhf1 Bxg3+ 29. Nxg3 Rxf1 30. Rxf1 Rf8 31. Rxf8+ Nxf8 32. Ne4 Nd3 33. Nf5 Nc1 34. Nc3 Kd7 35. Nd4 c6 36. g4 Ne6 37. Nf3 h6 38. Kg3 Ke7 39. Ne1 Kf6 40. h4 Nc5 41. Kf3 N1d3 42. Nc2 Ne5+ 43. Kg3 a5 44. Nd4 Nf7 45. Kf4 Nd3+ 46. Ke3 Nde5 47. Ne4+ Ke7 48. Kf4 Ng6+ 49. Kg3 d5 50. cxd5 cxd5 51. Nf5+ Ke6 52. Nc5+ Ke5 53. Nxb7 a4 54. bxa4 d4 55. Nc5 Kd5 56. Nb3 Kc4 57. Nfxd4 Nd6 58. a5 Kb4 59. a6 Nc8 60. Nc6+ Ka3 61. a7 Nb6 62. Nbd4 Kxa2 63. Nf5 h5 64. gxh5 Nf8 65. Nce7 Kb3 66. Nd5 Na8 67. Nf6 Kc4 68. Kf4 Kc5 69. Kg5 Kb6 70. h6 Kxa7 71. h7 Nxh7+ 72. Nxh7 Nc7 73. h5 1-0

Gawain Jones was lucky not to lose against FM Charles De Villiers, an aficionado of the KID four pawns attack who dominated South African chess in the late 1970's and 1980's.

Puchen Wang looked exhausted and after a bad start in the opening, quickly found himself overwhelmed by the Ukranian GM Dimitri Komarov.

Mirko Rujevic won a long knight-ending against South African player Mare.

gbekker
13-07-2009, 11:00 AM
Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.11
Round: 11
White: Jones, G
Black: Simotowe, M
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2550
BlackElo: 2110
ECO: C42

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. c4 Be7 6. Nc3 Nxc3 7. dxc3 O-O 8. Qc2 Nd7 9. Bd3 Nf6 10. Be3 c6 11. h3 Qa5 12. Bd4 Re8 13. b4 Qc7 14. O-O-O g6 15. Rhe1 Nh5 16. Qd2 Be6 17. g4 Ng7 18. Qh6 f6 19. Ng5 1-0

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.11
Round: 11
White: Wang, P
Black: De Villiers, C
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 2453
BlackElo: 2179
ECO: B30

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. d4 Bg4 6. Be2 e6 7. h3 Bh5 8. c4 Qd6 9. d5 exd5 10. cxd5 Bxf3 11. Bxf3 Nd4 12. Nc3 Nf6 13. Be3 Nxf3+ 14. Qxf3 Be7 15. O-O-O O-O 16. Bf4 Qa6 17. d6 Bd8 18. Rhe1 Ba5 19. Kb1 Bxc3 20. Qxc3 Nd7 21. Re7 Qa4 22. Qf3 c4 23. Rd4 Qb5 24. Rd5 Qc6 25. Rd4 Qb5 26. a4 Qxa4 27. Bh6 gxh6 28. Rg4+ Kh8 29. Rxd7 1-0

Event: SA Open 2009
Site: www.chesscube.com
Date: 2009.07.11
Round: 11
White: Meintjies, J
Black: Rujevic, M
Result: 1/2-1/2
WhiteElo: 1915
BlackElo: 2282
ECO: C77

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d4 Nxe4 6. Qe2 Nd6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qe4 g6 1/2-1/2

Mirko was happy to agree to a quick draw and conclude the tournament, while Gawain and Puchen both had reasonably quick wins against their South African opponents.

Many thanks to the tournament organisers and ChessCube for hosting the tournament games. Further details are available from the tournament website http://www.saopen2009.com and http://www.chesscube.com/

Tony Dowden
13-07-2009, 11:55 AM
... All players competing remotely from Melbourne found that playing at 3am in the morning was quite tiring and difficult, because of the lack of a normal night's sleep ...


Warmest regards,

IA Gary Bekker
Remote Site Arbiter
SA Open 2009

Are the arbiters finding the 3.00am round tiring too? :)

MichaelBaron
13-07-2009, 12:19 PM
Actually would the games start 11 am south african time....it would be ok for auzzies to play...Personally i love the idea of playing international events without leaving Melbourne.

Watto
13-07-2009, 12:55 PM
Actually would the games start 11 am south african time....it would be ok for auzzies to play...Personally i love the idea of playing international events without leaving Melbourne.
Guy and I want to play in a South African Open in person at some stage (as I grew up there) so it would be quite funny if we went over there and he found himself playing you or Mirko (who he has played so often over the years!) competing remotely from Melbourne.
p.s. thanks again, Gary, for all the games and reports.

Brian_Jones
13-07-2009, 12:58 PM
Personally i love the idea of playing international events without leaving Melbourne.

There is no accounting for taste! ;)

Igor_Goldenberg
13-07-2009, 01:54 PM
Actually would the games start 11 am south african time....it would be ok for auzzies to play...Personally i love the idea of playing international events without leaving Melbourne.

IMHO it's a brilliant idea that works especially well for low-density population country like Australia. I remember trying to float the idea couple of years ago, but didn't find a sympathetic ear.

Travelling and accommodation is a major cost for interstate (I am not even talking about international) competitions. Playing via the link will be more expensive, but if you consider the cost saved on accommodation, it'll work out quite well.