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Kevin Bonham
24-09-2009, 02:26 PM
Details as copied from entry form (attached).

Burnie Shines Weekender 2009
Class One Yulgilbar - Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix event hosted by the Burnie Chess Club for the TCA
VENUE: Havenview Primary School, Marriot St, Burnie
FORMAT: 6 round Swiss or Accelerated Swiss. 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move per player.
ROUNDS START: Saturday 24th Oct Sunday 25th October 10:30 am, 12:45 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm 9:00 am, 11:30 am.
ENTRY FEES: Waged: $50, Concession: $45, Under 18: $20, Under 12: $15 $5 discount if received by 10th Oct. 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 U18 prize $50 U12 prize $30, Female prize $30(subject to at least three entries per division) Prize pool is entry fees less running costs and levies.
ARBITERS: Russell Horton, Nigel Lewis and Carey Kuzmic.
ENQUIRIES: Russell Horton 0400255946; hortons@bigpond.com

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:
Neville Ledger, PO Box 837, Burnie, Tas, 7320.
Cheques and money orders to be made payable to Burnie Chess Club.

Tony Dowden
24-09-2009, 05:43 PM
I'm entering :)

Kevin Bonham
24-09-2009, 07:45 PM
So am I.

The Tassie grand prix prize for this year (all $100 of it!) is superficially close between Dowden (19), Bonham (18.25), Dyer (17.83). However, Tony has played only three events while the other two have played four, and he is playing in the Melbourne Cup weekender the week after.

Saragossa
24-09-2009, 07:52 PM
$100 isn't a bad bonus at the end of the year. Marcus and I will be playing and it will be my birthday on the sunday WOOT WOOT!

Tony Dowden
24-09-2009, 08:43 PM
So am I.

The Tassie grand prix prize for this year (all $100 of it!) is superficially close ... However, Tony has played only three events ...

Actually I played in the Doeberl Cup Major as well - and bombed in the last two rounds :(

Kevin Bonham
24-09-2009, 08:49 PM
Actually I played in the Doeberl Cup Major as well - and bombed in the last two rounds :(

My understanding is that because that is an Under 2000 event it does not count as one of the five events for the purposes of the Tas state score standings.

Tony Dowden
26-09-2009, 02:50 PM
My understanding is that because that is an Under 2000 event it does not count as one of the five events for the purposes of the Tas state score standings.
OK, but it turned out not to be relevant!

Tony Dowden
20-10-2009, 08:51 PM
Does anyone know what is going on in terms of entries and so forth?

As far as I can tell the Burnie Club isn't promoting its own event on-line. The 2009 Grand Prix Calendar on the ACE site links to a site that Phil Donnelly closed ages ago. The TCA site does not a 'live' link to the event (not a good look for the TCA)

In fact, I can't find any info elsewhere about this (official Grand Prix) event this coming weekend except here!!

Kevin Bonham
20-10-2009, 09:03 PM
I saw a list of 14 entries posted by Phil on the other forum on 14 Oct: Dowden, Bonham, Bretag x2, Horton x2, Lewis, C Kuzmic, Lucas, Fry, Sturges, Fifield, Carter x2. Peter Lucas is an interesting inclusion as he is one of the strongest players in Burnie but doesn't often compete in tournaments.

The new BCC site is http://nwtaschess.blogspot.com/ but there isn't anything about the event up there at the moment.

Tony Dowden
21-10-2009, 07:23 AM
Thanks KB. What 'other forum' are you referring to?

Presumably the likes of Alastair Dyer and Kevin Hendrey will play too.

Kevin Bonham
21-10-2009, 09:03 PM
Hughes, Radosavljevic, P Donnelly and Dyer are also now said to be entries making 18. Dragan Radosavljevic (whose play often involves extremely strange openings and insidious traps) very rarely plays in weekenders so non-Burnie players rarely get chances to play against him these days.

Kevin Bonham
26-10-2009, 04:47 PM
Two of the three current Tasmanian champions, Tony Dowden and Alastair Dyer, finished =1st in the event - both drew with each other and also with Kevin Bonham but Bonham had an upset loss to Marcus Bretag. Young junior Mason Carter acheived, and deserved from what I saw of his games, a career-best third place on 4.5/6 performing hundreds of points above his rating.


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

1 Dyer, Alastair TAS 1862 5 3:W 10:W 2:D 7:W 4:D 6:W
2 Dowden, Tony TAS 1980 5 12:W 11:W 1:D 6:W 10:W 4:D
3 Carter, Mason TAS 1351 4.5 1:L 15:W 5:W 9:W 6:D 7:W
4 Bonham, Kevin TAS 1918 4 21:+ 6:L 12:W 11:W 1:D 2:D
5 Horton, Russell TAS 1404 4 18:W 8:L 3:L 16:W 15:W 10:W
6 Bretag, Marcus TAS 1502 3.5 20:W 4:W 8:W 2:L 3:D 1:L
7 Radosavljevic, Dragan TAS 1567 3.5 14:W 17:W 9:D 1:L 11:W 3:L
8 Lucas, Peter TAS 1917 3.5 13:W 5:W 6:L 10:L 12:W 9:D
9 Donnelly, Philip W TAS 1669 3.5 0:D 19:W 7:D 3:L 14:W 8:D
10 Horton, Vincent TAS 1508 3 15:W 1:L 14:W 8:W 2:L 5:L
11 Bretag, Lawrence TAS 1553 3 16:W 2:L 13:W 4:L 7:L 14:W
12 Hughes, David TAS 1403 3 2:L 16:W 4:L 13:W 8:L 15:W
13 Kuzmic, Carey TAS 1365 3 8:L 20:W 11:L 12:L 17:W 16:W
14 Lewis, Nigel TAS 1341 2 7:L 18:W 10:L 19:W 9:L 11:L
15 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) TAS 1176 2 10:L 3:L 18:W 20:W 5:L 12:L
16 Carter, Adam TAS 1196 2 11:L 12:L 17:W 5:L 20:W 13:L
17 Jolly, Jackson TAS 770 2 19:W 7:L 16:L 0:D 13:L 20:D
18 James, Cohen Tas 1 5:L 14:L 15:L 0:W 0: 0:
19 Fry, Dallas TAS 1405 1 17:L 9:L 20:W 14:L 0: 0:
20 Withers, Anthony TAS 776 .5 6:L 13:L 19:L 15:L 16:L 17:D
21 Fifield, Andrew TAS 1395 0 4:- 0:L 0: 0: 0: 0:


Fifield was a no-show and James and Fry were authorised withdrawals after the first day.

Detail to follow.

Kevin Bonham
26-10-2009, 11:28 PM
As there has been some confusion about some results I can confirm that Alastair did indeed defeat Marcus in the final round - looked like it would be a draw but wasn't.

Following comments are generally provisional and subject to analysis/annotation etc:

The tournament attracted 21 entrants, one of whom did not appear for round 1 (and was then contacted and withdrew). Although the numbers were modest it was very pleasing to see Burnie players Peter Lucas and Dragan Radosavljevic return to weekend play (Dragan sporting an especially stylish hat). To the best of my knowledge these two haven't played in a weekender for three and five and a half years respectively (at least, if I'm wrong, they haven't played often in that time.)

The tournament was played in a different room to the one used in past tournaments at the venue. A special feature was that board 1 was in a little side-room of sorts on a table by itself. As the top seed stayed there for the entire tournament I was wondering if this side-room should be labelled "Dowden's Den: Beware of the Dragon 2.Nc3 Sicilian". On finally gaining belated admission to the inner sanctum I did check to see if the walls were decked out with torture implements to be used on those entering, but found none.

Round 1: The only upset this round was Jackson Jolly (770) taking advantage of an opening error by Dallas Fry (1405) and playing well to convert a substantial material lead. Alastair Dyer said that Mason Carter gave him serious problems in this round before making a mistake which allowed Alastair to win decisively. The bye showed glimpses of promise against Phil Donnelly but was soon forced to settle for a draw.*

Round 2: Evidently stressed out by a gruelling forfeit win the previous round, second seed Kevin Bonham was beaten by Marcus Bretag in an Exchange French after losing a pawn to a miscalculation and some nice play, then swapping off into a lost ending on the false impression a knight could be trapped, and finally getting mated by a pawn. Remaining games again went according to seeding.

Round 3: The top board game Dowden-Dyer liquidated into a drawish position and was squared pretty early on. Marcus Bretag proved his win over Bonham (1918) was no fluke by defeating Lucas (1917) and hence going to the lead after the latter, who appeared pretty rusty in this tournament, made a mistake in the middlegame. Bonham wrecked a great attack with antipositional moves against David Hughes and had to go down a pawn in search of activity - eventually regaining it, winning another, and then winning a rather drawish ending after Hughes finally blundered a piece.

Round 4: Perhaps emboldened by Marcus's win over Bonham, both Bretags tried the French Exchange. Both M Bretag-Dowden and L Bretag-Bonham started 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.Ne2 Bd6 6.0-0. Here Dowden played 6...Qh4 and won with a massive kingside pawn storm while Bonham played the less ambitious 6...Nf6 and, already a pawn up, won easily in the middlegame after Lawrence tried an exchange sac that blew up comprehensively.

One of the most bizarre games I have ever seen was V Horton - Lucas. Blow by blow in the likely case that I do not get the score of this drama, White had a humungous attack and eventually ended up in an ending with the curious advantage of two exchanges and a pawn. But Lucas had dangerous pawns and while trying to deal with them (I liked returning one exchange to kill one of them as a winning plan) Vincent made a horrible blunder allowing Peter to threaten a discovered check, giving Vincent the choice of which rook to lose.

The tide thus turned in Peter's favour and he was soon trying to convert K+B+N+P vs K+R+P. Peter's pawn was well advanced and very dangerous and Vincent was trying to sac his rook for it and force Peter to show the crowd what he knew about KBN vs K. But Peter was alert to the risk and having none of it. With Peter's pawn on the seventh, and Peter needing only to check Vincent's king off the blocking square with his bishop to promote, Peter sacrificed his knight to move his king closer and protect the pawn. However, this backfired, as after taking the knight, Vincent's rook covered all the bishop's checking squares. Peter had to move the bishop, and the tempo allowed Vincent to check his king. That would have driven the king away from Peter's last pawn had he not interposed the bishop. But now, with the bishop pinned by the rook, Vincent's remaining pawn made its first move of the game - two squares - outside the square of Peter's king. Having no defence to RxB and then Vincent's pawn running home while Peter's sat blocked on the seventh, Peter resigned.

Mason Carter impressed this round with an upset win over Phil Donnelly in which he played carefully and won from a roughly level position in the ending (and I heard he turned down a draw in the process though I am not sure, if so, when the offer happened).

Round 5: Two authorised withdrawals (Fry and James) overnight. Dowden won comprehensively against Vincent Horton. Bonham-Dyer was livened up by a very audacious pawn sac by black on move 7. The resultant attack was strengthened by a later exchange sac and Dyer apparently could have won by exchanging queens and continuing to attack an exchange and pawn down with queens off the board. He missed this and Bonham obtained a perpetual. Will have to look at game closely to see if there was more. Two of the best-performed juniors in the event, Marcus Bretag and Mason Carter, drew to both go to 3.5/5.

Round 6: The board 1 game was a fizzer with Bonham (white) playing a much too safe line against Dowden and the game was drawn on move 16. With Dowden assured first, Dyer needed to beat Marcus Bretag to join him. This didn't look like happening with two rooks and seven pawns each on the board, but it got a bit tricky and in a single rook ending Marcus fell for a "lollable" (I thank Alastair for adding this word to my vocab) tactic. It was "Van Perlo's Endgame Tactics" stuff - Marcus's rook got so hemmed in by its own pawns that Alastair was able to force it to either exchange itself or be exchanged into a dead lost pure pawn ending either way; Marcus resigned.

In a battle billed as "youth vs experience" between the youngest and oldest competitors separated by over 60 years, Mason Carter got a huge attack against Dragan Radosavljevic, lodging a knight deep in enemy territory and opening up queen lines against Dragan's displaced king. Dragan defended with his usual trickiness but Mason was too patient and it was too much; eventually Mason won queen for rook and eventually won on time. This secured a fantastic 3rd outright for Mason who performed at 1778 in this event.

Russell Horton tied for fourth (a nice recovery from 1/3) by outpreparing and defeating son Vincent (who had beaten him earlier that week to win the Robert Isted tournament outright). Donnelly and Lucas drew a close game to both finish on 3.5. But meanwhile interest was hotting up in the battle for the decidedly non-coveted Toilet Brush, a prestigious award presented to (and expected to be vigorously used by!) the BCC senior with the lowest score at the end of the event. I won't embarrass the winner of this award by naming him but I believe photographic evidence of him holding this trophy aloft exists!

Prizes: =1st Dowden and Dyer, 3rd M Carter, U18 M. Bretag, 2nd U18 V. Horton and L. Bretag, U1700 R. Horton, U1400 C. Kuzmic. The BCC again returned all entry money as prizes and Tony Sturges donated $50.

Please let me know of any errors of fact in the above and I will fix them.

(* A previous BCC tournament had explicitly disallowed half-point byes on request but in this case after some discussion by the organisers and enquiries about normal process it was decided to accept them.)

Kevin Bonham
27-10-2009, 09:48 AM
Bonham - Dyer. One of these games where you don't know whether to laugh or cry - I was so pleased to have survived an excellent and potentially winning attack that I took a draw by repetition in moderate time trouble ... but in a won position. :wall: :wall: :wall:

1.g3 e5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Bg2 f5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 Bb4 6.Bd2 0-0 7.e3 f4! I was surprised by this sacrifice but Alastair told me it is thematic in the Grand Prix Attack, which this is a reversed version of. Certainly it scores well in practice with the Fritz database showing Black scoring 54% from over 100 games. 8.exf4 d6 9.Nge2 a5 10.0-0 Qe8 11.Ne4 [11.Nd5!] 11...Qh5 12.N2c3 [12.d4!] 12...Bg4 13.f3 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 [14.fxg4?? Bc5+ 15.Kh1 Nxg3#] 14...Bd7 15.Be3 Played to provoke the exchange sac since he is going to mess up my kingside anyway. But perhaps here opening the centre was the lesser evil. [15.fxe5 dxe5 16.Bxb4 axb4 17.Qd2 for instance] 15...exf4 16.Bxf4 Rxf4! 17.gxf4 Nd4 Black's compensation is obvious. 18.a3 Bc5 19.Nxc5 A dilemma. I exchange off my most active piece, but the alternative is keeping a dangerous bishop pair on the board. 19...dxc5! 20.Qe1? Based on a miscalculation. I intended setting up the queen swap by means of Qg3 but forgot the small matter of a knight fork on e2. [Perhaps 20.Re1 Bc6 21.Re5] 20...Re8! 21.Qf2 [Fritz suggests 21.Qxa5 when play might continue 21...b6 22.Qa7 Ne2+ 23.Kh1 Ng3+ 24.Kg1 Nxf1 25.Rxf1 Qg6 26.Qb7 and Black has more than adequate compensation for two pawns.] 21...Re2 22.Qg3 Rxb2 23.Qg5 Qe8? [23...Qxg5 24.fxg5 Ne2+ 25.Kh1 Nf4 26.Rg1 Bc6 winning] 24.Rae1 Ne2+ 25.Kh1 Qe3? The queen is in too deep. 26.Qd8+! Be8 27.Qd5+ [27.Bh3! threatening to win the bishop is totally winning since after 27...Kf7 white has 28.Qxc7+ and if for instance 28...Kg8 29.Qc8 Kf7 30.Qf5+ Kg8 31.Qe6+ and black's attack is shot.][
27.Qxc7 guarding the f-pawn is also probably winning.] 27...Bf7 28.Qd8+ [28.Qe5 Qxe5 29.fxe5 Nf4 probably wins for black] 28...Be8 29.Qd5+?? With about seven mins each on the clock I decided to repeat moves and take the draw and failed to examine my full range of options before making this decision. 29...Bf7 30.Qd8+ Be8 -

Tony Dowden
27-10-2009, 07:34 PM
Thanks for the interesting report Kevin :clap: :clap:

Just a few comments to add:
1. I put away all 'instruments of torture in the last round'. A draw with Black was enough to win the event :P

2. I managed to get a good position against Alastair Dyer (well on the way to a win, I think) where he had dubious compensation for a pawn, only to throw it away to a nice three-move tactic which I noticed during the act of making the move which allowed it (funny how the unconscious brain 'knows' these things but won't alert the conscious barin until its too late)

3. I was impressed with Vincent Horton's fighting defence after a bad outcome from the opening. I reckon he is due for some good results soon.

4. Mason Carter's result is yet another argument for some kind of rating points bonus to kick in when performances are massively higher than a player's rating. I was very, very impressed with Mason's play throughout the event (indeed, Alastair was very fortunate to survive his Round 1 outing against him)

5. Still on ratings: it was notable that the older and well-established North-West players such as Lucas, Donnelly and Radosavljevic performed well below their ratings so I'm not to sure how strong the argument that adult ratings in the North-West (in particular) are deflated really is. Nonetheless, I think that overall the ratings of the stronger Tasmanian adults probably are somewhat deflated.

6. Finally, the event was run very smoothly by a highly capable and thoughtful Burnie CC team. At one point I commented I thought the playing room was getting a little stuffy - and later received a run down on the 5-6 steps they had taken to aleviate the problem!!

Adamski
27-10-2009, 11:41 PM
Congratulations to my good mate & fellow Kiwi (& fellow ex-Dunedinite) Tony Dowden on another Tasmanian victory, albeit shared.:clap:

Kevin Bonham
28-10-2009, 10:19 AM
Marcus Bretag - Bonham. Generally Marcus played better than me in this game but coming across my missed (and obvious) win in annotating this game this morning was an unpleasant experience.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Be2 An unusual move and one that struck me as somewhat harmless. 4...Bd6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bg5 Bf5 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nbd2 Nbd7 9.c3 c6 10.Nh4 Be6 Black is certainly better here. 11.Qc2 Qc7 12.h3 Rfe8 13.Bd3 b6 14.Nf5 Bf4 15.Nf3 c5 16.Bb5 Ne4 [16...Bxg5 17.Nxg5 a6 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Bxd7 Qxd7=] 17.Ne7+! Kf8 [17...Kh8 turns out to be more accurate] 18.Nxd5! Bxd5 19.Bxf4 Qxf4 20.Bxd7 Re7 21.Bb5 c4? An attempt to trap the bishop that actually backfires by giving white an opportunity to attack the trapping pawn. 22.Ne5! Nd6?! [The exchange sac 22...Rxe5! 23.dxe5 Nd2 deserves consideration here - white will most likely have to return the exchange.][ the immediate 22...Nd2?! is answered by 23.Rfe1! Qg5 24.Ng4 and if 24...h5 25.Rxe7 Kxe7 26.Re1+ etc] 23.Bc6! Be4 24.Bxe4 Nxe4 25.Rfe1 Nd6 26.Re3 [26.Qxh7] 26...Qf5 27.Qxf5 Nxf5 28.Rf3 Nd6 29.Re1 Rae8 30.Rfe3 Nf5 31.R3e2?? This actually should lose, but I missed the win. [31.Nd7+ Kg8 32.Rxe7 Rxe7 33.Rxe7 Nxe7 34.Ne5 with a won knight ending.] 31...f6 32.Nd7+ Kf7 33.Rxe7+ Rxe7?? Here I was so focused on the incorrect idea that I can trap the knight in the knight ending that I missed the correct way to trap the knight - by keeping rooks on! [33...Nxe7! and the rook traps the knight which must give itself up for a pawn, so black should win] 34.Rxe7+ Kxe7 35.Nb8 Kd6 [35...a5 36.Nc6+ Kd6 37.Na7 and it escapes via b5] 36.Na6 The only move, or it gets trapped. 36...Ne7 37.Nb4 a5 38.Nc2 b5 39.Kf1 Kd5 40.Ne3+ Ke4?? 41.Ke2! and the black king is in too deep, so black is utterly lost anyway because of the pawn mate threats. 41...f5 42.g3 f4 43.f3# 1-0

Kevin Bonham
28-10-2009, 11:14 AM
Bonham - Hughes. I actually played even worse in this than in the one I lost to Marcus and was lucky to get away with it (check out both side's shockers on move 56!)

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.Nc3 Bb7 4.d3 d6 5.e4 Nbd7 6.Be2 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Ne1?! Very artificial but based on black's opening setup so far I felt an f-pawn hack attack was the way to go. Actually he dealt with it rather well. 8...0-0 9.f4 Ne8 10.f5 exf5 11.Rxf5 g6 12.Rf3 Ng7 13.Rh3 Nc5 14.Qd2 Bc8! 15.Rf3 Nce6 16.d4 Bf6 17.Nc2 Bb7 18.d5? Antipositional rubbish. 18...Nc5 19.Qh6 Bc8 20.Be3 Bxc3 21.bxc3 Nxe4 I had decided to give this pawn up for activity, since it is backwards and would probably just die anyway unless I was careful. 22.Bd4 f6 23.Qf4 f5 24.Qh6 Rf7 25.Rh3 Ne8? 26.Re1? [Missing of course 26.Qxg6+! winning a pawn since 26...hxg6 27.Rh8#] 26...Qg5 27.Bf3 Qxh6 28.Rxh6 Ba6? [28...N8f6 and white is pretty much out of compensation] 29.Bxe4 fxe4 30.Na3 Ng7 31.Rh4 Nf5 32.Rhxe4 Nxd4 33.cxd4 Raf8 34.Re7 Rxe7 35.Rxe7 Rf7 36.Re8+ Rf8 Draw offered. Objectively fair enough but as the much higher-rated player in an endgame with play left in it I wasn't remotely tempted. 37.Re3 Kg7 38.g3 Rf7 39.Kg2 Bc8 40.Nb5 a6 41.Na7 Bd7 42.Nc6 Bg4 I believe it is easier practically for black to hold if he takes the knight. 43.Nb4 a5 44.Nd3 Bf5 45.Nf4 Kf6 46.h3 Bb1 47.a3?! Risky 47...Ba2 48.c5 b5 [48...bxc5 49.dxc5 dxc5 50.Re6+ Kf5 51.Rc6 c4 and black has chances] 49.cxd6 cxd6 50.Re6+ Kf5 51.Rxd6 Ke4! 52.Rb6 Bxd5? [52...Bc4! and black again could win] 53.Rxb5 Bc6 54.Rxa5 Kxd4+ 55.Kg1 Kc4 56.Ra6?? I don't know what's more unbelievable, that I played this or the reply. 56...Be4?? [56...Kb5! traps rook and wins exchange and game] 57.Ra4+ Black has made "der letzte fehler" and resigns, though playing on to make me win RN2P vs R2P would have been quite reasonable. 1-0

Kevin Bonham
28-10-2009, 11:50 AM
L Bretag - Bonham.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.Ne2 Bd6 6.0-0 Nf6 [6...Qh4!? was played by Dowden against Marcus Bretag on board 1 this round.] 7.c4 0-0 8.Nbc3 [I was happy to provoke 8.c5 Be7 which in my view favours black and I have lots of experience in such positions] 8...dxc4 9.Bxc4 Bg4 10.f3 Bf5 11.Be3 Re8 12.Bf2 Na5 13.Bb5 c6 14.Ba4? [14.Bd3 is necessary here but black's position is fine as white really has the IQP without the attack] 14...Nc4! 15.Bb3 Nxb2 16.Qd2 Nd3 17.Bh4? [17.Bc2! would have stirred things up. After 17...Nxf2 18.Bxf5 it looks like black is simply losing, but in fact 18...Qa5! 19.Bc2 (19.Bxh7+ Nxh7 20.Rxf2 and white has bad pawns) 19...Rxe2 20.Qxe2 Nh3+ 21.gxh3 Qxc3 gives black lots of compensation for the trivial material deficit of pawn for exchange] 17...Nb4 [17...Bb4! wins easily] 18.a3 Na6 19.Qg5 Bd3! Attacking chances tied down white lashes out with an exchange sac offer that only works if black falls for it. 20.Ng3?? Bxg3! [Not falling for 20...Bxf1?? 21.Nf5 g6 22.Nh6+ Kf8 23.Nxf7 winning] 21.Qxg3 Qxd4+ 22.Kh1 Bxf1 0-1

Bonham - Dowden. Apologies for the boredom level; I wasn't feeling sharp after relatively little time to clear my mind after the exciting game against Alastair.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0-0 c5 5.c3 0-0 6.d4 cxd4 Draw offered by black. 7.cxd4 d6 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.e4 [9.d5 looks like a better try] 9...Bg4 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 e5 12.dxe5 [12.Be3] 12...dxe5 13.Bg5 h6 14.Qxd8 Rfxd8 15.Bxf6 [15.Be3 again but 15...Nd4 leaves black with few if any problems] 15...Bxf6 16.Nd5 Draw agreed.

Capablanca-Fan
28-10-2009, 01:10 PM
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.Ne2 Bd6 6.0-0 Nf6 [6...Qh4!? was played by Dowden against Marcus Bretag on board 1 this round.]
Maybe he was familiar with a similar Alekhine continuation (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1008320)?


7.c4 0-0 8.Nbc3 [I was happy to provoke 8.c5 Be7 which in my view favours black and I have lots of experience in such positions]
Not sure about that. White could play 9.a3 which looks comfortable. There are lines when very strong Black players make such moves with several tempi less, e.g. Adams Nunn 1997 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1014869).


8...dxc4 9.Bxc4 Bg4 10.f3 Bf5 11.Be3 [11. a3 keeps Black out of b4 and allows a retreat for the B. I'm not sure where I want that B yet] 11. Re8 12.Bf2 Na5 13.Bb5 c6 14.Ba4? [14.Bd3 is necessary here but black's position is fine as white really has the IQP without the attack]
Yes, Black should be OK with the light-squared Bs gone, although his Na5 is misplaced.


14...Nc4! 15.Bb3 Nxb2 16.Qd2 Nd3 17.Bh4? [17.Bc2! would have stirred things up. After 17...Nxf2 18.Bxf5 it looks like black is simply losing, but in fact 18...Qa5! 19.Bc2 (19.Bxh7+ Nxh7 20.Rxf2 and white has bad pawns) 19...Rxe2 20.Qxe2 Nh3+ 21.gxh3 Qxc3 gives black lots of compensation for the trivial material deficit of pawn for exchange]
A complex line; yeah, looks like White's weak Ps should be ample compensation for Black.

Tony Dowden
28-10-2009, 05:46 PM
Congratulations to my good mate & fellow Kiwi (& fellow ex-Dunedinite) Tony Dowden on another Tasmanian victory, albeit shared.:clap:
Thanks Jonathan.

In Tassie its both politic and polite to share - so my general policy is to share half points and prize money as much as needed ;)

Kevin Bonham
28-10-2009, 06:12 PM
The number of ties for first in weekenders here appears to have increased markedly in the last few years. In my case this isn't for want of trying to get outrights (although I'm usually quite cautious in that situation) but the last three times I have gone into the last round with a half-point lead (06 Burnie Shines, 07 and 09 Opens) I haven't played the last game well enough to win it!

Tony Dowden
28-10-2009, 06:22 PM
The number of ties for first in weekenders here appears to have increased markedly in the last few years.

Mea culpa! I'm spreading world peace ...

Kevin Bonham
28-10-2009, 08:08 PM
Mea culpa! I'm spreading world peace ...

You ought to swap notes with your 2007 co-champion Peter Knight. Often when he plays in tournaments Peter's aim is to come first and he doesn't care one bit if it is outright or equal. In one case he created a five-way tie for the Sandy Bay Club Championships by offering his final opponent, who he outrated by hundreds of points, a draw around move 12-15 while already a piece up!

Basil
28-10-2009, 08:43 PM
You ought to swap notes with your 2007 co-champion Peter Knight. Often when he plays in tournaments Peter's aim is to come first and he doesn't care one bit if it is outright or equal. In one case he created a five-way tie for the Sandy Bay Club Championships by offering his final opponent, who he outrated by hundreds of points, a draw around move 12-15 while already a piece up!
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Kevin Bonham
30-10-2009, 10:28 PM
Pics of prize winners and some comments by Russell Horton are up at http://nwtaschess.blogspot.com/2009/10/blog-is-back-old-and-recent-news.html and have been for some time.

I mentioned Mason Carter's performance compared to rating above; Marcus Bretag's was almost as far above his current rating (he performed at 1836). Then again Marcus is underrated at present and we know from the past that he can play tournaments at top level (eg his =1st in Launceston Weekender at the start of the year).