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Kevin Bonham
20-07-2009, 08:23 PM
Class One Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix event
Hosted by Hobart International Chess Club for the TCA

VENUE: Migrant Resource Centre, 49 Molle St, Hobart

FORMAT: 6 round Swiss or Accelerated Swiss. 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move per player.

ROUNDS START: Saturday 15th August 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:15 pm
Sunday 16th August 9:30 am, 12:45 pm.

ENTRY FEES: $50 waged, $45 conc, $30 U18, $25 U12, $5 discount if received by 7th Aug. Entries on day close 10:00 am (subject to room and equipment). If considering entering on day, please let us know.

PRIZES: 1st c. 40%, 2nd c. 20%, 3rd, U1700, U1400 c. 10% of prize pool (subject to at least three entries per division), U18 prize $60, U12 prize $50. Prize pool is entry fees less running costs and levies.

ARBITERS: Kevin Bonham, Graham Richards and assistants.

ENQUIRIES: Kevin Bonham ph. 0421 428 775 email k_bonham@tassie.net.au

NOTES: FIDE Laws 2009 apply –mobile phones making any noise will incur automatic forfeit. Entrants agree to abide by all decisions of the organisers and arbiters. The organisers reserve the right to make any changes required.

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ENTRY FORM

Name:
Address:
Phone: Email (optional):
DOB if under 18:
Tick here if you would like your entry acknowledged by email: ____

Please detach this form and post it with payment to Kevin Bonham, 410 Macquarie Street, South Hobart, Tas 7004. Cheques and money orders to be made payable to HOBART INTERNATIONAL CHESS CLUB.

Kevin Bonham
24-07-2009, 11:37 PM
Got the dates wrong by a day in the first version of the previous post (sigh!)

Fixed now.

Trent Parker
25-07-2009, 02:49 AM
I'm going to get to a Hobart tournament one of these days!

Basil
25-07-2009, 05:34 AM
I'm going to get to a Hobart tournament one of these days!
likewise

Tony Dowden
25-07-2009, 09:16 AM
Originally Posted by Trent Parker
I'm going to get to a Hobart tournament one of these days!


likewise

Suggest you go both of those days ;)

I am a likely starter in the event.

Saragossa
27-07-2009, 03:16 PM
Marcus and I should be playing. Hopefully I won't play too badly 'cos I think I've just pushed above 1500 (for the september ratings) and hope to keep it like that.

Kevin Bonham
05-08-2009, 06:01 PM
Entries to date

Kevin Bonham
Julian Steward
Glen Gibbs
Tony Sturges
Adam Carter
Mason Carter
Luke Worner
Cam Martin-Simpson

Likely but unconfirmed

Tony Dowden
Lawrence Bretag
Marcus Bretag

Saragossa
05-08-2009, 10:05 PM
It's probbaly necessary to note that Marcus and I will most likely pay on the day. Simply because Mum gets paid then and is flying to NSW now socan't pay now. Hopefully won't cause any pairings headaches now that you know.

Kevin Bonham
05-08-2009, 10:13 PM
No problems at all.

Kevin Bonham
06-08-2009, 12:59 AM
On account of me being unusually slack getting entry forms out for this event, early entry discount will now be available to all firm entries received (payment on day OK) a day or more in advance of the tournament starting.

Kevin Bonham
09-08-2009, 08:51 PM
Nigel Frame is a confirmed entry.

Kevin Bonham
10-08-2009, 06:47 PM
more entries:

Russell Horton
Vincent Horton
Jamie Briant
Harry Briant
Shugi Yu
Owen Short
Cameron Harris

Kevin Bonham
11-08-2009, 02:45 PM
Dallas Fry has entered, Kevin Hendrey and Alastair Dyer possible.

Now 17 confirmed + 5 likely/possible.

Kevin Bonham
12-08-2009, 08:01 PM
Alastair Dyer and Bill Chen have entered.

19 confirmed, 4 likely/possible.

Tony Dowden
12-08-2009, 08:14 PM
Hi KB, I'm still a definite maybe (sorry). Will let you know one way or the other on Friday.

GoodNite
13-08-2009, 07:37 AM
Hi KB, I'm still a definite maybe (sorry). Will let you know one way or the other on Friday.

Hi everyone. I had had some hopes to play this weekend as well. But it looks as though family commitments will prevent me. I will try to get my life uncluttered over the next few months, in the (vain?) hope that I can devote more time to playing chess. Good luck to everyone who is playing.

:)

Tony Dowden
13-08-2009, 11:22 PM
Well, I am coming now. Family organised and accommo sussed.

See you all at 29 minutes arfter Rd 1 starts - just kidding KB :P

Kevin Bonham
14-08-2009, 04:56 PM
Current field in rating order with seed ratings for unrateds:

Tony Dowden 1963
Kevin Bonham 1878
Alastair Dyer 1862
Julian Steward 1767
Nigel Frame 1727
Glen Gibbs 1604
Cameron Harris 1603
Marcus Bretag 1510 - likely but not confirmed
Lawrence Bretag 1488 - likely but not confirmed
Henry Sheerwater 1481
Vincent Horton 1474
Russell Horton 1433
Dallas Fry 1405
Jamie Briant 1326
Mason Carter 1263
Owen Short 1259
Tony Sturges 1180
Adam Carter 1098
Luke Worner (1050)
Harry Briant 926
Mitchell Reid 838
Shuqi Yu (800)
Cam Martin-Simpson (700)

20 confirmed 3 unconfirmed

Bill Chen has withdrawn.

Kevin Bonham
15-08-2009, 09:58 PM
No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5

1. Dowden, Tony 1965 4 13:W 8:W 6:W 12:W 2:
2. Bonham, Kevin 1878 4 14:W 7:W 5:W 9:W 1:
3. Dyer, Alastair 1862 2.5 15:W 10:D 4:L 19:W 8:
4. Steward, Julian 1767 3 16:W 9:L 3:W 13:W 17:
5. Frame, Nigel 1727 2 17:W 12:W 2:L :L 13:
6. Gibbs, Glen B 1604 2 18:W 11:W 1:L 16:L 12:
7. Harris, Cameron 1603 2 19:W 2:L 16:L 21:W 14:
8. Bretag, Marcus 1510 2.5 20:W 1:L 18:W 17:D 3:
9. Bretag, Lawrence 1488 3 21:W 4:W 10:W 2:L 16:
10. Sheerwater, Henry 1481 2 22:W 3:D 9:L 14:D 18:
11. Horton, Vincent 1474 2 23:W 6:L 17:L 24:W 20:
12. Horton, Russell 1433 2 24:W 5:L 25:W 1:L 6:
13. Fry, Dallas 1405 2 1:L 25:W 20:W 4:L 5:
14. Ivkovic, Milutin 1397 2 2:L 19:D 22:W 10:D 7:
15. Martin, Janice 1359 1 3:L 20:L 19:L 22:W 24:
16. Briant, James 1326 3 4:L 21:W 7:W 6:W 9:
17. Carter, Mason 1263 2.5 5:L 24:W 11:W 8:D 4:
18. Short, Owen 1259 2 6:L 23:W 8:L 25:W 10:
19. Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1180 1.5 7:L 14:D 15:W 3:L 21:
20. Carter, Adam 1098 2 8:L 15:W 13:L 23:W 11:
21. Worner, Luke 1050 1 9:L 16:L 23:W 7:L 19:
22. Briant, Harrison 964 .5 10:L :D 14:L 15:L 25:
23. Reid, Mitchell 838 1 11:L 18:L 21:L 20:L :W
24. Yu, Shuqi 800 1 12:L 17:L :W 11:L 15:
25. Martin-Simpson, Cam 700 1 :W 13:L 12:L 18:L 22:

Kevin Bonham
16-08-2009, 12:54 AM
The tournament prizepool (somewhat hammered by increased venue hire costs and the proportion of the field that are juniors) has been boosted by a donation of $60 from Tony Sturges. He won't see it since he doesn't use the internet but on behalf of the host club I am very grateful for this generous gesture, which was announced at the start of play.

Round 1 - all went according to seeding for once.

Round 2 - several exciting games this round. Tony Dowden and Marcus Bretag used up half their time for the first 10 moves of a particularly messy Ruy. Marcus missed the win of a piece and Tony won on move 19 but sometimes short games can be tough ones.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 Bd7 5.Nc3 Nge7 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 g5 8.Bg3 g4 9.Nd5 Nxd5 10.Bxc6 Bxc6 [10...bxc6 wins piece] 11.exd5 gxf3 12.dxc6 fxg2 13.Rg1 exd4 14.Qxd4 Rg8 15.0-0-0 bxc6 16.Qe4+ Kd7 17.Qf5+ Ke8 18.Rde1+ Be7 19.Bh4 1-0

Henry Sheerwater played a great game against Alastair Dyer who in the end did well to scramble a draw in the endgame. Lawrence Bretag and Julian Steward had a tense and messy tussle in which Julian was dominant but let Lawrence's queen through in a queen and knight ending, and the queen did incredible damage. Glen Gibbs did extremely well to avoid another upset, putting away Vincent Horton in the ending having at one stage appeared to be struggling. At one stage I was scoring two time scrambles at once and it was almost three! Adam Carter defeated Janice Martin despite the rating difference this round; I think that's the second or third time he's done so.

Round 3 - Bonham defeated Frame by exchanging into a favourable Maroczy Bind type rook and knight ending which eventually turned into a won knight ending. Lawrence Bretag went to 3/3 by beating Sheerwater quickly. The two high seeds who had conceded points in the previous round had to play each other and the time scramble at the end (messy ending with Steward having a knight for two pawns) finally resulted in a rook vs pawn ending. Both players had been bashing out moves rapidly and perhaps had they known they had each built up 4 mins then this would not have happened:

4R3/8/8/8/4K3/8/5p2/5k2 b - - 0 1

1...Ke1?? (anywhere else draws) 2.Kf3+ and Julian won. Good result for Mason Carter this round defeating a higher rated junior, Vincent Horton.

Round 4 - Most games this round were over quickly and even those that went somewhere near the distance were mostly lopsided. Jamie Briant had a decisive upset win against Gibbs. Bonham lost a pawn against Lawrence Bretag after getting way too loose on the queenside but got away with it after Lawrence blundered into a mate while trying to keep a lid on black's compensation.

I may not be able to post results tomorrow as I have to leave for Launceston to run an interschool after the TCA meeting and not sure I can get online til Monday evening.

Saragossa
16-08-2009, 08:21 PM
Over now. Unfortunately I don't have all the reults, (Should have grabbed a copy :wall: :wall: :wall: ) so i'll leave you all in suspense until Kevin gets back just so things have a sense of completeness. What I can say however is that I didn't win :( .

After my first day which i thought was pretty excellent (Even though I lost to Kevin I thought I played quite some of the opening pretty accurately. So I can learn a lesson from this. :) ) My game vs Henry Sheerwater was my most dissapointing, even though I won, I played the icelandic gambit and got no compensation then got lucky whcih was unfortunate for him. And to clarify on my game vs Julian I was worse but I found some defensive resources and he misplayed the attack IMO. (I'll put the game up sometime. Maybe next week seeing as Marcus has it in his coat pocket.) Then we went into a dead drawn ending but I was in time trouble so he went for the win ,after a draw was offered by me, and tripped over his own attack by neglecting his king.

Next day was pretty dreadful but I still have got some good indication of how much I've improved by the way I played the middlegame vs Jamie.......the endgame is another matter.

All in all an excellent tournament with a big thanks to Kevin for organising and I'm sure you are all one the edge of your seats for the results!

Kevin Bonham
17-08-2009, 06:59 PM
No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6

1 Dowden, Tony 1965 5.5 12:W 7:W 5:W 20:W 2:D 4:W
2 Bonham, Kevin 1878 5.5 16:W 15:W 23:W 8:W 1:D 9:W
3 Dyer, Alastair 1862 4.5 19:W 14:D 4:L 17:W 7:W 8:W
4 Steward, Julian 1767 4 9:W 8:L 3:W 12:W 10:W 1:L
5 Gibbs, Glen B 1604 4 11:W 6:W 1:L 9:L 20:W 15:W
6 Horton, Vincent 1474 4 22:W 5:L 10:L 24:W 13:W 12:W
7 Bretag, Marcus 1510 3.5 13:W 1:L 11:W 10:D 3:L 17:W
8 Bretag, Lawrence 1488 3.5 21:W 4:W 14:W 2:L 9:D 3:L
9 Briant, James 1326 3.5 4:L 21:W 15:W 5:W 8:D 2:L
10 Carter, Mason 1263 3.5 23:L 24:W 6:W 7:D 4:L 14:W
11 Short, Owen 1259 3.5 5:L 22:W 7:L 18:W 14:D 16:W
12 Fry, Dallas 1405 3 1:L 18:W 13:W 4:L 23:+ 6:L
13 Carter, Adam 1098 3 7:L 19:W 12:L 22:W 6:L 20:W
14 Sheerwater, Henry 1481 2.5 25:W 3:D 8:L 16:D 11:D 10:L
15 Harris, Cameron 1603 2.5 17:W 2:L 9:L 21:W 16:D 5:L
16 Ivkovic, Milutin 1397 2.5 2:L 17:D 25:W 14:D 15:D 11:L
17 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1180 2.5 15:L 16:D 19:W 3:L 21:W 7:L
18 Martin-Simpson, Cam 2.5 0:W 12:L 20:L 11:L 25:W 19:D
19 Martin, Janice 1359 2.5 3:L 13:L 17:L 25:W 24:W 18:D
20 Horton, Russell 1433 2 24:W 23:L 18:W 1:L 5:L 13:L
21 Worner, Luke 2 8:L 9:L 22:W 15:L 17:L 0:W
22 Reid, Mitchell 838 2 6:L 11:L 21:L 13:L 0:W 24:W
23 Frame, Nigel 1727 2 10:W 20:W 2:L 0:L 12:- 0:
24 Yu, Shuqi 1 20:L 10:L 0:W 6:L 19:L 22:L
25 Briant, Harrison 964 .5 14:L 0:D 16:L 19:L 18:L 0:L

U1700: Glen Gibbs, U18 Vincent Horton, U12 Mason Carter, U1500 Lawrence Bretag, special junior prize Jamie Briant.

It was actually supposed to be U1700 and U1400 according to the entry form (in the hubbub at the end I forgot that the cutoff was now 1400 not 1500) but Lawrence and Jamie would have both been awarded prizes anyway.

Nigel Frame was a notified absence for round 4 and expected to play round 5, but withdrew on the morning before that round but after the pairings had been released. Harry Briant was a late notified absence for round 6 and I rejigged the draw slightly to prevent a player who had already had a bye from receiving a forfeit as well.

More later, have to go to club now.

Capablanca-Fan
18-08-2009, 07:57 AM
Congrats to the two winners. :clap: Looks like the third seed started too slowly to catch up.

GoodNite
18-08-2009, 08:40 AM
Congratulations to Kevin and Tony.

It was nice to be able to drop in and see the last round games. The games on the top 3 boards were very interesting, and I hope they will be posted soon.

Dowden-Steward was an interesting game for me because I have frequently played a similar variation to Tony's (at least in the past, when I have had the occasion to play). It was an English Opening with Black posting a B on c5 (not unusual), but without f5, so more passive than a reversed Grand Prix Attack. Normally white challenges the B with an early e3 and d4, but Tony played a more flexible variation with the Ps on d3, e3 and a3. But then, rather than playing for a later d4 (after suitable preparation), he converted it into a Botvinnik type P structure with e4. I am not sure about that approach, as it opens the diagonal for the B, but the game took some interesting turns after that, especially after white played a variation that forced Black to give up his light squared B. In Bonham-Briant, the opening was also very interesting, with Black tempting white into a d5 push that gave him (Black) a strong N on e5. After establishing the N on e5, Black seemed to lose the thread of the game after that and drifted into a lost position. Normally, in these types of positions, Black has to play for active piece play in order not to let white's advantage in space dominate. The ensuing tactics were interesting and perhaps some improvements can be found (???). In Dyer-Bretag, the game was a Vienna or King's gambit. It was very interesting. White sacrificed a N on f7 (not unusual in some of these lines). The game really demonstrated the importance of using clock time. Black was handicapped by 400 rating points and a defensive position. Almost any player rated >2000 would have consumed maximum time on the clock after leaving known book lines. Instead, the game moved at breakneck pace with many interesting moves left unplayed. White won, but it is clear that Bretag could gain several hundred rating points if he could learn to play more slowly in critical positions.

Well, those are my thoughts. Other games were equally interesting, but I cannot remember all the details. Hopefully they can be posted in the near future.

Congrats to all of course. :clap: Somehow I will try to find the time to play in the next one. :hmm:

David

Kevin Bonham
18-08-2009, 02:24 PM
Congratulations to Kevin and Tony.

It was nice to be able to drop in and see the last round games.

It was great to see you there; sorry I didn't have time to talk but my last round game was a bit intense!

Dowden-Steward eventually went to a time scramble where lots of stuff got liquidated into an ending with K+R+2P (passed connected pair each) which Julian apparently did well to reach. When I saw that on the board I thought I might be on for outright 1st but black blundered one of the pawns and lost.

Bonham - J. Briant, last round.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Bc5?! Theoretically this is not recommended but it is also quite sharp so white has to be careful. In a previous game against Jamie I tripped over my own kingside attack, lost a piece and was dead for most of the game but managed to win it. 4.Nxe5 Bxf2+ 5.Kxf2 Nxe5 6.d4 Nc6 7.Be3 [7.Bf4 is correct - had I been expecting to play Jamie I would have remembered that.] 7...d6 8.Bc4 Nf6 9.h3 Be6 10.d5? Ne5! I simply forgot he could go here! I think white is still better here but I have much more of a fight on my hands with a fixed pawn weakness and having to play around his knight. 11.Be2 Bd7 12.Rf1 c5 I thought this was a bit inflexible. 13.Kg1 [13.dxc6 Bxc6 14.Qd4 ganging up on the d-pawn is a strong option for white] 13...Qe7 14.Qe1! A similar maneuver had been played against me in my previous game. 14...h6 15.Qg3 g5?! Asking for trouble. Black does have some vague threats on the kingside but there are many white defenders there. After this move black will struggle to find king safety anywhere. [15...Ng6 is sounder] 16.Qf2 Nh7 17.Bh5?! Played so I could start bringing the knight to the kingside but probably just getting pawns rolling on the queenside right away would be fine here. 17...Rf8 18.Ne2 Ditto to previous note. He obviously intends to castle queenside. 18...0-0-0 19.Ng3 f6? [The crucial break 19...f5! works here for black since after 20.Nxf5 Bxf5 21.exf5 Nf6 black recovers the pawn since if 22.Bf3? g4! 23.hxg4?? Nexg4 wins a piece] 20.b4 b6 21.a4 [21.bxc5 dxc5 22.Be2 must win] 21...Nc4 Now white is lost and remains so. [21...f5 is again best although white's queenside attack is much more advanced now so white should still win.] 22.a5 f5 Too late 23.axb6! White threatens to take on a7 and queen so black cannot do anything with the f-pawn. 23...axb6 24.Ra7 Kb8 25.Rfa1 Rc8 Best [25...Na5 26.R1xa5! bxa5 27.bxc5!!] 26.Nxf5 Rxf5 [26...Qxe4 27.Nxd6! Nxd6 28.Qg3 and if 28...Rf4 29.Bxf4 gxf4 30.Qg7 wins] 27.Qxf5 Bxf5 28.Rxe7 Nxe3 29.exf5 Nf6 30.Rxe3 [Sufficient but 30.Raa7 Rd8 31.Reb7+ Kc8 32.Bf7 is much easier!] 30...Nxh5 31.Re6 cxb4 32.Rxd6 Rxc2 33.Rxb6+ Kc7 34.Raa6 Rc1+ 35.Kh2 g4 Cute swindle attempt. 36.Rc6+ [36.hxg4 is strongest here.] 36...Rxc6 37.Rxc6+ Kd7 38.hxg4 Nf4 39.Rc5? [Another slack move; 39.Rxh6 wins much more easily.] 39...Kd6 40.Rb5 Nxd5 41.Kg3 Kc6 42.f6 Nxf6 43.Rxb4 Kc5 44.Rf4 Nd5 45.Rf5 Kd4 46.Rh5 [The pawn ending after 46.Rxd5+ Kxd5 is won, eg 47.Kh4 Ke4 48.g5! hxg5+ 49.Kxg5 winning but I saw no need to calculate it; his king position is not good enough for there to be a risk of something like the famous Lasker-Lasker draw; plus I have two pawns not just one.] 46...Ne3 47.Rxh6 Nf5+?? Forks king and rook but has a minor technical drawback. 48.gxf5 1-0

Garvinator
18-08-2009, 02:31 PM
Hello Kevin,

Have the events for next year been planned yet?

Kevin Bonham
18-08-2009, 02:37 PM
Corrected result

Mason Carter defeated Henry Sheerwater in the final round but the result was entered incorrectly. This has been fixed and corrected SP files have been sent to all relevant sources. It has no impact on prizes.

That makes Mason's performance especially impressive; he performed at 1589.

Kevin Bonham
18-08-2009, 02:39 PM
Hello Kevin,

Have the events for next year been planned yet?

According to the current rotation it will be:

Australia Day long weekend - Launceston
Labour Day weekend - Tas Champs, Hobart
Queens Birthday weekend - Tas Open, Burnie
mid-August - Hobart Weekender
late October - Burnie Shines

Haven't got confirmation from the clubs yet and I know in Hobart's case we can't absolutely confirm venue bookings until early in the New Year.

Garvinator
18-08-2009, 02:42 PM
According to the current rotation it will be:

Labour Day weekend - Tas Champs, HobartAnd to confirm dates, this would be 6 to 8th March 2010. Do I have this correct?

Kevin Bonham
18-08-2009, 03:12 PM
And to confirm dates, this would be 6 to 8th March 2010. Do I have this correct?

Correct. Tas Champs will be somewhere in the greater Hobart area and will be on from 6-8 March.

Venue won't be confirmed for a while. We may go elsewhere because of the cost; the MRC are charging $70 a day at present and $210 is a pretty big hit to a prize pool of around $1000.

Garvinator
18-08-2009, 04:05 PM
Correct. Tas Champs will be somewhere in the greater Hobart area and will be on from 6-8 March.

Venue won't be confirmed for a while. We may go elsewhere because of the cost; the MRC are charging $70 a day at present and $210 is a pretty big hit to a prize pool of around $1000.
Was just wanting to confirm dates. I would have been rather surprised if venue etc was already confirmed and booked ;)

Kevin Bonham
18-08-2009, 05:27 PM
Most of my remaining games.

Bonham - Ivkovic. I played pretty well in this one though I missed a few stronger lines.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 Re8 8.f4 Bf8 9.Bf3 c6 [9...c5 is probably best here but I enjoy playing this sort of position with white] 10.Be3 Na6 11.Bf2 Nc5 12.Re1 Ncd7?! 13.Bh4 c5 [13...Qb6] 14.Nf5 Qb6 15.Rb1 g6 16.Ne3 Bg7 17.Ned5 [Somehow I missed 17.Nc4 which is obviously better] 17...Nxd5 18.Nxd5 Qa5 19.Ne7+ Kh8 20.Qxd6 Bf8 21.Bg4 Qd8 22.Nxc8! The tactics here are quite tricky so I put several minutes into getting them right. 22...Qxh4 23.Qxd7 Raxc8 24.g3! Qd8 25.Rbd1 Qb6 26.Qxf7 Re7 27.Qb3 Qxb3 28.axb3 Rce8 29.e5 h5 30.Bf3 Kg7 31.Rd5 Rc7 32.Red1 b6 33.h3 a6 34.g4 h4 35.f5 g5 36.Be4 c4 37.Rd7+ Re7?? 38.f6+ Kf7 39.fxe7 Rxd7 40.exf8=Q+ 1-0

I won't post Harris - Bonham. White blundered a pawn on move 10 and then self-pinned a piece in the middlegame so it wasn't very interesting.

Bonham - Frame. Generally positionally sensible but there were a few times black could have got off the hook; he missed them all and I won a knight ending. Quite a difficult game to play as I knew my opponent was unwell and while I did choose to go into what I thought would be an especially tedious ending with that in mind, I had to remind myself that just because he was not well did not mean he would blunder all over the place.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 e6 6.Re1 Nf6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Be7 9.c4 Nc6 10.Nc3 0-0 11.Bg5 Rfd8 12.Nf3 Ne8 13.Qd2 Bxg5 14.Qxg5 Qe7 15.Qxe7 Nxe7 I was playing quickly and quite happy to liquidate out of the opening into this Maroczy Bind style ending. Although it must be objectively tenable I knew it would be very difficult for black to hold it. 16.Rad1 Rac8 17.b3 Ng6 18.Rd2 Kf8 19.Red1 Ke7 20.Ne1 Ne5 21.f4 Nc6 22.Nf3 h6 23.Kf2 a6 24.Na4 Nf6 [24...b5!] 25.Ke3 Ng4+ 26.Ke2 Nf6 27.Nc3 g6 28.h3 h5 29.Ke3 Ne8 30.Na4 b5 Black belatedly gets the break in but in this position it is not as good as earlier. 31.cxb5 axb5 32.Nc3 b4 33.Na4 Nc7? 34.Rc1 Nb5 35.Rdc2 [I missed 35.Nb6 Rc7 36.Rdc2 Nc3 37.Na4 and white wins a pawn.] 35...Nca7 36.Kd3 Rxc2 37.Rxc2 d5! A good shot but white is still much better. 38.e5 f6 39.Nd4 [39.exf6+ Kxf6 40.Nc5 is quite strong.] 39...Nxd4 40.Kxd4 Nb5+ 41.Kd3 fxe5 42.fxe5 Rd7 43.Rc6 Rc7?! [43...Na7 is necessary I think.] 44.Rxc7+ Nxc7 45.Kd4 Na6? [45...Nb5+! 46.Kc5! Nc3! 47.Kxb4 Nxa2+ 48.Ka3 Nc1 49.Nc5 Ne2 50.b4 and white is still very likely to win but it is harder.] 46.Nb2? [46.Nc5 is more accurate.] 46...Kd7? Now white wins easily as the king has gone the wrong way. [46...h4! 47.Nd3 Kf7 appears to hold] 47.Nd3 Kc6 48.Nf4 Nc5 49.Nxg6 Ne4 50.Nf4 1-0

L. Bretag - Bonham. Interesting game. Shaky opening by me (though not as bad as I thought it was when playing it) then white blundered allowing a neat finish. Lawrence plays d-pawn openings well; I certainly wasn't going to allow the Moscow Gambit in this game. :lol:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 Be7 7.Rc1 0-0 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 [9...Nd5 is standard here.] 10.Bd3 b4 11.Ne4 NCO evaluates this as +/= 11...Bb7 12.Qc2 h6 [Now I could play 12...Nxe4! since 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Bxe4 f5! 15.Bd3 (15.Bxc6!? requires white to give up queen for rook piece and pawn after 15...Rac8 16.d5 exd5 17.Bxb7 Rxc2 18.Bxd5+ Kh8 19.Rxc2) 15...c5! gives me a nice position but I missed the strength of the two pawn moves.] 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.Be4 Rac8 [15...Rab8!] 16.Qa4! Nasty; he is "threatening" three queenside pawns at once. But he can't actually take the c-pawn so the best I can do is defend the b-pawn and try to get compensation for the a-pawn. 16...Qe7 17.Qxa7 Rc7! [17...Nf6 18.Bb1! and there is no compensation.(not 18.Bxc6?? Rc7) ] 18.Qa4 [After the game I suggested that 18.Qa5! poses more problems. Fritz agrees although black is still competitive.] 18...Ra8 19.Qb3 Nf6 20.Bd3 c5 21.0-0 Bxf3 22.gxf3 cxd4 23.exd4 White remains a pawn up but his structure is dreadful and his kingside is weak. In my view black is better, at least in practical terms. 23...Nd5 Makes positional sense but also carrying a fork threat which white overlooked. 24.Be4?? Qg5+ 25.Kh1 I can win a rook here, but there's better. 25...Nf4! 26.Rg1 Rxc1 27.Rxc1 Qg2# 0-1

Bonham - Dowden. An interesting game and probably too strategically confusing for the time control. A typical example of one of my big problems as an OTB player - my tendency to assess my position more negatively than it deserves (especially when the opponent comes up with something unexpected; in this case I didn't expect ...Qe8) and go into control-freak mode when the position really doesn't demand it. In this game I burnt up far too much time panicking about the state of my kingside and thinking I was in serious trouble when most likely I was fine so long as I was careful. I do take Fritz's claim that I was plus half a pawn for much of the game with some caution as I know it overestimates big centres but still, it's hardly like I was in big trouble (which I thought I was from moves about 10 to 17).

1.Nf3 e6 2.g3 f5 3.c4 Nf6 4.d3 Probably telegraphing my prepared intentions (to strike with e4 against a Stonewall type system) too early. 4...d6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Re1 Na6 9.a3 Nc7 10.Qc2 Qe8 11.e4 fxe4 12.Nxe4 [12.dxe4 is probably better here. As is often the case I was assessing my position too negatively because of a few relatively vague black kingside threats.] 12...Qh5 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.d4 Be7 15.Qe4 Bd7 16.Nd2 Rae8 17.Qe2 Qf7 18.f4 [18.Ne4 looks good] 18...Bf6 19.Nf3 b6 20.Bd2 Qh5 21.Bc3 c5 22.Qe3 Bc6 23.Nd2 Bxg2 24.Kxg2 b5 By now I was in quite serious time trouble with about 4 mins left. 25.b3 [25.dxc5! is very strong, eg 25...Bxc3 (25...dxc5 26.Bxf6 Rxf6 27.Ne4 winning pawn) 26.Qxc3 Qxc5 27.Ne4 Qb6 28.Rad1 with an excellent position] 25...a6 Agreed drawn due to mutual time shortage and tournament situation.

My TPR for this tournament was 2113 which was my best TPR for about five years.

Saragossa
18-08-2009, 05:53 PM
Wow i just looked over my game vs Julian (from memory) and now I'm a bit embaressed to post it. I think both of us missed an intermediate move :wall: and then later I played a move that I thought was good for a combination but instead helped him out! Ah well I'll post when I get the scoresheet.

Thank you for the advice David. Yeah I'm really going to have to go for gold at Burnie. I'm not sure how close but I reckon I'll be around 60 points off 1600 by september.

2113! Excellent work Kevin!

Tony Dowden
18-08-2009, 08:37 PM
Congratulations to Kevin and Tony ... Dowden-Steward was an interesting game for me because I have frequently played a similar variation to Tony's (at least in the past, when I have had the occasion to play). It was an English Opening with Black posting a B on c5 (not unusual), but without f5, so more passive than a reversed Grand Prix Attack. Normally white challenges the B with an early e3 and d4, but Tony played a more flexible variation with the Ps on d3, e3 and a3. But then, rather than playing for a later d4 (after suitable preparation), he converted it into a Botvinnik type P structure with e4. I am not sure about that approach, as it opens the diagonal for the B, but the game took some interesting turns after that, especially after white played a variation that forced Black to give up his light squared B ... Well, those are my thoughts. David

Hi David,

Thanks for congrats and your thoughts.

You are right. In Dowden-Steward I was aware that the pawn-push to e4 was (ridiculously) anti-positional but I hoped to make the game more interesting as I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get much of an advantage by playing quietly. Steward then proved my 'activity' was illusory and proceded to completely out-play me - both positionally and tactically! He even temporarily sacced his queen which I happily managed to see coming but missed an earlier tactic that committed me to a bad line. (Julian - who was Tassie champion in his late teens, I think - is definitely a impressively gifted player so it will be very interesting to see where his 'come-back' rating peaks - 2000 or so I suspect). Luckily I saw some swindling possibilities in a bad ending and played a pawn push d5-d6-d7 which turned out to be less innocuous than it looked. Somehow at the death it all morphed into a better rook ending and then when I went into full blitz-mode Julian unfortunately went into complete melt-down and lost both his remaining pawns.

I was also fortunate in Rd 2 that Marcus Bretag didn't accept my accidental gift of a piece - so I had my share of 'luck' (so to speak) during the event.

Kevin thoroughly deserved to win after fronting the organisation of the event, leading the arbitering and playing very solidly. :clap: :clap:

Mason Carter caught my eye with some positionally intuitive play and clinical finishing. :clap: :clap: How good will he be in, say, five years?!

Cheers, Tony

PS I forgot to say I tried to win the Bonham-Dowden pairing after Kevin's 1.Nf3 which morphed into an off-beat English but although KB was reduced to 4 mins on the clock I was only (marginally) successful with the mind games and didn't manage to get anything tangible on the board and, as I was down to 7 mins myself, a draw seemed like a fair enough result.

:lol: Have now played over this game (in thread above) and can see it was a pretty poor effort (even for early on a Sunday morning). My knight manoeuvre to c7 was way too slow and I was reduced to fairly meaningless shadow boxing for the rest of the game.

Kevin Bonham
19-08-2009, 01:13 AM
(Julian - who was Tassie champion in his late teens, I think

Pretty sure it was early twenties in his case. Ben Fearnley-Sander, who was in the same wave of juniors, won at 17 or 18. Nigel Frame and I were the other two from the same wave who went on to eventually win it but I had to wait until age 29 (not surprising, since I was a very mediocre junior) and Nigel was in his mid-30s when he won his. It will be interesting to see in another 20 years or so how many of the current wave get their name on the trophy. (The tally currently stands at one - the one who was more or less inevitable provided he kept trying, but I wouldn't care to pick which others will or won't eventually make it.)

GoodNite
19-08-2009, 08:19 AM
Bonham-Dowden!! Ah, another interesting English!! Thank you to both players.

Here are my comments after about 3 minutes of reflection. Perhaps our silicon buddies can find improvements, but these are my rapid comments (all I have time for these days). I take no responsibility for faulty analysis under the circumstances. Kevin and Tony have obviously had a chance to look at this game for much longer than I.

I think Black's setup is a little slow with e6 and d6, because normally Black would aim for e5 in one move. The way it was played, Black would be a tempo down on main lines if that were the case. Therefore Tony elected to keep the Pawn at e6, which was more passive.

8 Re1. I think 8. e4 should come into consideration here.
9.a3. Sometimes, in the English, it is better to use the R, by Rb1. This prevents any stuff on the a file later on if Black chooses to play a5 after b4. The point is that after a3 and b4, if Black plays a5 and white elects to keep the pawn on b4, then Rb1 is forced. So the R might as well move to b1 first off.
10. Qc2. I would not have committed the Q to a square so early, but would have waited to place her where she is needed later on.
12. Nxe4(?). White definitely needs to take with the Pawn. Grab the centre (Dr. Tarrasch).
14... Be7. An interesting point in the game. At first sight this move looks passive and it looks as though Black should complete development with Bd7. But then it is clear that Black is concerned about Bf4 in reply with the N on c7 skewered. But Be7 still seems to be too passive. The only move I can find here is 14... e5. Black accepts a weakened pawn structure for piece play and the opening up of the white squared B's diagonal to f5, g4 and h3. Then play might proceed dxe, dxe, Be3 with chances for both sides.
16. Nd2. I would have completed development. White is aiming for f4, but this seems too slow before development is complete.
17, Qe2, passive. Now Black should have taken the Queen on e2 I think, and then played Bf6 attacking the weak d pawn and exploiting the fact that the N has moved from f3.
Definitely 25. dxc5 is the right move.

Sorry for the sloppy (superficial) analysis. I am sure both Tony and Kevin can provide some more comments here.

Back to work....

Cheers

David

Kevin Bonham
19-08-2009, 02:14 PM
Thanks David - I suspect all the above is correct. :D

9.a3 and 10.Qc2 were the two moves of mine I felt most negative about both during and after the game. I agree that 9.Rb1 is better than 9.a3 especially as it may then support b4-b5 more effectively should that be useful.

The computer keeps suggesting that I should have played d4 earlier. It especially likes this on move 11. I was reluctant to even consider this after the early d3 but given that black has played c6, d6 and e6 (and therefore will probably need to give the tempo back) there is a kind of logic to it.

The computer also makes the suggestion 13.Bg5! with a clear plus (about 0.9 it says!) to white. The idea seems to be that black has two very passive pieces on the queenside. Thus if the minor pieces are exchanged on the kingside that will only favour white. While the move I played is by no means bad, I was still in a negative and defensive frame of mind when actually my position was good.

Although it was an interesting game and I didn't do anything too dreadful in it I am still disappointed about my level of failure to evaluate the position objectively as the game was in progress.

GoodNite
20-08-2009, 07:26 AM
The computer also makes the suggestion 13.Bg5! with a clear plus (about 0.9 it says!) to white. The idea seems to be that black has two very passive pieces on the queenside. Thus if the minor pieces are exchanged on the kingside that will only favour white. While the move I played is by no means bad, I was still in a negative and defensive frame of mind when actually my position was good.

Hi Kevin, I think you are too hard on yourself (but then maybe that is the path to being a strong player anyway!). My first impression was that 13. Bg5 is interesting but not necessarily best. But after looking closer, white does seem to have a small plus, you are right! There are obviously some tactics around the d pawn, but maybe the computer is also scoring it high because in some variations Black is forced to meet Nxf6 with gxf6, disrupting the K side pawn structure. This doesn't seem to be a great sin, however, as long as black can hold the pawn mass together. Black's pieces are bit awkwardly placed and the N on c7 is a bit exposed in some variations, both along the h2 b8 diagonal as well as on the c file (if Black pushes d5). You are also right that if white can get in d4 to prevent the freeing move e5, then white should be better.

Kevin Bonham
20-08-2009, 09:53 PM
Some of the best results by players based on rating:

Jamie Briant 1326 performed at 1666* defeating two 1600s
Mason Carter 1263 performed at 1589
Adam Carter 1098 performed at 1371 defeating a 1300 and a 1400
Kevin Bonham 1878 performed at 2113
Lawrence Bretag 1488 performed at 1675*
Cam Martin-Simpson (unrated and I don't think he has scored points against a rated player before in either a full length or rapid game) performed at 1115.

* = not including win over unrated player, including which probably adds five points or so.

Saragossa
20-08-2009, 10:13 PM
Jamie Briant 1326 performed at 1666* defeating two 1600s

Kevin Bonham 1878 performed at 2113

:clap: :clap: :clap: Wow looks like Jamie is one to watch out for at the Tasmanian Junior. And again that is quite a score from you Kevin. I'm looking forward to Burnie I definitely think it will be interesting. And also the next rapid, pending on how many strong players come. The more the better!

Tony Dowden
21-08-2009, 07:51 PM
Congrats to the two winners. :clap: Looks like the third seed started too slowly to catch up.

Thanks Jono. We're still keen for you to come down here to play in a Tassie circuit event.

Actually, if you come to Lonnie the (recent) wild, woolly and very wet weather should remind you of your old home-town of Windy Wellington ;)

Tony Dowden
21-08-2009, 07:53 PM
Some of the best results by players based on rating:

Jamie Briant 1326 performed at 1666* defeating two 1600s
Mason Carter 1263 performed at 1589
Adam Carter 1098 performed at 1371 defeating a 1300 and a 1400
Kevin Bonham 1878 performed at 2113
Lawrence Bretag 1488 performed at 1675*
Cam Martin-Simpson (unrated and I don't think he has scored points against a rated player before in either a full length or rapid game) performed at 1115.

* = not including win over unrated player, including which probably adds five points or so.

How do you calculate perfs? I spose my score wasn't too bad either?

Kevin Bonham
21-08-2009, 08:01 PM
Looks like the third seed started too slowly to catch up.

I have noticed it's quite common for Alastair to start weekenders slowly and then come home with wins in the last 2-3 rounds. It could have been worse for him since he was losing against Sheerwater who couldn't quite shut the lid on his coffin, but he also would have been more in touch with the leaders had he not lost to Steward with that endgame blunder.

I was expecting (and not exactly looking forward to!) Black against Alastair in the final round but I hadn't noticed he had a BWBWW colour history and therefore was unlikely to get another W.


How do you calculate perfs? I spose my score wasn't too bad either?

Long story but there is a nice online calculator done by pax at http://www.paxmans.net/performance_calc.php . You performed at 2088. (The main reason it is slightly lower than mine is that you played me whereas I played you. :D )

Tony Dowden
21-08-2009, 08:10 PM
Bonham-Dowden!! Ah, another interesting English!! Thank you to both players.

Here are my comments after about 3 minutes of reflection. Perhaps our silicon buddies can find improvements, but these are my rapid comments (all I have time for these days). I take no responsibility for faulty analysis under the circumstances. Kevin and Tony have obviously had a chance to look at this game for much longer than I ... David

Interesting ... but I've just remembered something I was painfully aware of in the game as soon as I played it but then managed to completely forget about [is old age creeping up or what?!]

I reckon I was fine out of the slightly odd-looking opening but my impetuous 11...fxe4? left me with annoying positional problems and a general inability to create dynamic chances for pretty much the rest for the game. So although I think my Na6-c7 manoeuvre was too slow, 11...fxe4? definitely made it bad and, worse, the pawn capture compromised my whole centre. If Kevin had applied more pressure down the 'e' and 'd' files then I think I was lost.

In addition - as I think I mentioned to Kevin after the game - I thought about 13...gxf6!? but at the time I thought it might be trying too hard and that a draw with Black after mucking up the opening early on a Sunday morning would be a reasonable goal to aim for. (Mind, I nearly blew that too with my dodgy pawn push to b5).

Adamski
21-08-2009, 10:54 PM
Congrats to the two winners. :clap: Ditto from me. Well done Tony and Kevin! Hope to see you both at norths in January!

Tony Dowden
22-08-2009, 03:48 PM
Long story but there is a nice online calculator done by pax at http://www.paxmans.net/performance_calc.php . You performed at 2088

Thanks Kevin

Tony Dowden
22-08-2009, 03:50 PM
Ditto from me. Well done Tony and Kevin! Hope to see you both at norths in January!
Thanks Jonathan.

I'm doubtful about Norths. It would be fun to play in the Aussie championship (assuming I qualified as the Tassie rep) but is tough on the family in the summer hols.

Garvinator
22-08-2009, 05:31 PM
Thanks Jonathan.

I'm doubtful about Norths. It would be fun to play in the Aussie championship (assuming I qualified as the Tassie rep) but is tough on the family in the summer hols.
What about a holiday for all in Sydney? :)

Tony Dowden
23-08-2009, 11:19 AM
What about a holiday for all in Sydney? :)

Nice try but Confucius say 'Chess and family holiday don't mix'

Garvinator
23-08-2009, 11:42 AM
Nice try but Confucius say 'Chess and family holiday don't mix'
But no one asked Confucius, so his opinion is irrelevant and uncalled for :P

Saragossa
23-08-2009, 04:59 PM
1. e4 Nc6 {I had earlier predicted that he would play this becausee of some of his games on the HICC thread. So I got as much help as MCO could provide. Which evidently was not a whole lot} 2. d4 d5 {I had done most of my memorisation around the 2...e5 lines mainly due to lack of material otherwise :doh:} 3. e5 f6 4. f4 Nh6 5. c3 Bf5 6. Nf3 Qd7 7. Nbd2?! {7. Be3 probably more accurate but I wanted to take c5 or atleast provoke b6 so i had a target on the queenside} e6 8. h3?! {I though I would get in g4 at some point and have quite annoying pressure on the kingside. But in hindisght it isn't too quick and my king is stuck in the center. Luckily my central pawns are nice enough to defend him for the momet.} O-O-O 9. Nh4 g5! 10. fxg5 fxg5 11. Nxf5 Nxf5 12. Qf3 h5 {I didn't think this move was accurate but I haven't been over the game extensively} 13. Bd3 g4 14. Qf2 Bh6 15. Bxf5 Rdf8 16. hxg4? ({this makes things way more complex. The idea however was that in the tension I was planning} 16...hxg4 17. Rxh6? Rxh6 18. Bxe6 {"Winning a piece :wall: :wall: :wall: "I however missed} 18...Rh1+!) 16...hxg4 17. Ke2 {! Perhaps the only move?} Rxf5 18. Qg3 R5f8 19. Nb3 Bxc1 20. Raxc1 b6 21. Rxh8 Rxh8 22. Qxg4 {FREE PAWN!!! and hilariously enough white has the advantage} 22...Ne7 23. c4 Rg8 24. Qf3 Kb8 25. g4 {25. b3 would have been better but I got scared of Nf5 :wall:} 25...dxc4 26. Rxc4 {I would have had bxc4 which would've been awesome!} Qb5 27. Nd2 Rh8 28. b3 Rh2+ 29. Kd1 Qa5 30.Rc2 Qb4 31. Qf8 Kb7 32. Qf3 Nd5 33. Nc4 Rxc2 34. Kxc2 b5 35. a3 Qe1 36. Nd2 Qa1 37. b4 c6?! {weakens the c6 square which is a perfect place for my knight} 38. Qd3 Qg1 39. Ne4 Ne3+ 40. Kb3 Nd5 41. Nc5+ Kb6 42. a4 bxa4? {I think a5 got him out of it?} 43. Nxa4+ Kc7 {my queen then went and checked him on the back rank winning a load of pawns and his knight. Notably the knight win wasn't forced but he let it hange because he though his queen was on h1 defending it.

Capablanca-Fan
23-08-2009, 10:21 PM
Thanks Jono. We're still keen for you to come down here to play in a Tassie circuit event.
Thanx Tony. I wouldn't mind that, or at least visit a Tassie club.


Actually, if you come to Lonnie the (recent) wild, woolly and very wet weather should remind you of your old home-town of Windy Wellington ;)
Why do you think I escaped? ;)

Tony Dowden
24-08-2009, 08:33 AM
But no one asked Confucius, so his opinion is irrelevant and uncalled for :P
Fair cop, I don't know if he went on family holidays either

Tony Dowden
24-08-2009, 08:44 AM
{my queen then went and checked him on the back rank winning a load of pawns and his knight. Notably the knight win wasn't forced but he let it hange because he though his queen was on h1 defending it.
Good gritty defence Lawrence! Against Julian Steward - right?

Black had to do something more radical to exploit his advantage in development. The piece sac 13...Nfxd4!? is an interesting possibility

ER
24-08-2009, 10:11 AM
(...) my queen then went and checked him on the back rank winning a load of pawns and his knight. Notably the knight win wasn't forced but he let it hange because he though his queen was on h1 defending it
Classic! :clap: