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Saragossa
26-01-2010, 07:35 PM
Launceston CUP 2010

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

Hosted by: Launceston Chess Club for the TCA

DATE: February 13-14, 2010

VENUE:

Adult Education Centre,
8 High Street, LAUNCESTON
FORMAT: 6 round Swiss,
60 minutes plus increment of 10seconds per move.

ENTRY FEE:

$50 waged,
$45 concession,
$30 juniors (U18)
$20 juniors (U12)

Sausage Sizzle: $5

Early entries close Wed 10th Feb 2010. Late entries close Saturday at 9:30am sharp (subject to sufficient equipment) and will attract a $5 late fee.


PRIZES:

1st: 40% + TROPHY (CUP)
2nd: 20%,
3rd, U1700, U1500, U18: 10%
U16, U14, female: TROPHY Prizes are subject to a minimum of three entries in each category.
ARBITERS:

Two members from organising club and one or two members from visitor clubs.

ENQUIRIES: Leo Minol email: leominol@hotkey.net.au

Saragossa
26-01-2010, 07:37 PM
Seeing as there is about three weeks to go it is probably best a thread is started so people know on chesschat. Hype, hype and I intend to attend.

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2010, 07:49 PM
I'll play.

I'll also have Tas Champs info out soon - have just been slack with that because of being swamped by Australian Junior.

Tony Dowden
27-01-2010, 12:38 PM
I'm planning to play too :cool:

Tony Dowden
27-01-2010, 12:41 PM
I'll play.

I'll also have Tas Champs info out soon - have just been slack with that because of being swamped by Australian Junior.

Sorry KB, I don't think being swamped with the Aussie Junior counts as being 'slack'! You are a confirmed worka-albeitchess-holic ;)

Tony Dowden
29-01-2010, 08:14 PM
I'm planning to play too :cool:

Can I quote myself? Looks like I can ...

I'm down-grading my intention to play to a 'definite maybe'.

Tony Dowden
08-02-2010, 06:55 PM
Five days out

So far we have what I will call 'strong interest' that I think will translate into entries from:

Bonham, Kevin 1896
Bretag, Lawrence 1609
Horton, Vincent 1530
Horton, Russell 1430

If I make it to Club on Wednedsday evening I'll update when I get home.

Kevin Bonham
08-02-2010, 06:57 PM
+ Nigel Frame, Graham Richards, Tony Sturges

Tony Dowden
08-02-2010, 09:57 PM
Thanks KB. I'll add them along with any other entries on Wednsday when/if I check in at the club.

Tony Dowden
10-02-2010, 07:24 PM
Here the unconfirmed field with three days to go:

Dyer, Alastair 1903
Bonham, Kevin 1896
Rout, Ian 1868
Frame, Nigel 1717
Bretag, Lawrence 1609
Bretag, Marcus 1575
Lucht, Michael 1564
Horton, Vincent 1530
Carter, Mason 1488
Horton, Russell 1430
Richards, Graham 1351
Fry, Dallas 1330
Carter, Adam 1170
Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1164

Tony Dowden
12-02-2010, 09:30 PM
Here's the unconfirmed field the night before:

Dyer, Alastair 1903
Bonham, Kevin 1896
Frame, Nigel 1717
Bretag, Lawrence 1609
Bretag, Marcus 1575
Lucht, Michael 1564
Horton, Vincent 1530
Carter, Mason 1488
Egan, Bill 1431 (ACT)
Horton, Russell 1430
Richards, Graham 1351
Fry, Dallas 1330
Carter, Adam 1170
Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1164

It looks like a straight toss up between KB and Alastair with the likes of Lawrence, Marcus, Vincent and maybe Nigel Frame capable of spoiling roles.

As for our top young junior talents: I'd like to see 11-year-old Mason Carter do much better than his perplexingly poor performance in the Aussie Junior. And 2010 could easily be a breakthrough year where we see 13-year-old Vincent Horton stepping up to around 1600-1700 strength and starting to consistingly beat all but the very top Tasmanian players - and giving us as sense of just how strong he could become.

Also very nice to see that Canberran identity Bill Egan has entered.

Adamski
13-02-2010, 10:02 AM
But what is Tony Dowden's excuse for not playing. Not so long ago, Tony, you said you were a "definite maybe". :evil:

Tony Dowden
13-02-2010, 03:58 PM
But what is Tony Dowden's excuse for not playing. Not so long ago, Tony, you said you were a "definite maybe". :evil:

Whats with the 'evil' dude?! Unfortunately its a case of not being able to do two things at once. I have a PhD student in desparate time-trouble with only days left before the final (absolutely last with all extensions used up) deadline :rolleyes:

Yes, doctorates can actually have deadlines these days! Hmmm, I can think of a couple of prominent Kiwi players who took many years for their doctorates :lol: I shouldn't mention names but keen sleuths will be interested to know that the disciplines were in Chemistry and English ...

I'm actually expecting final amendments of PhD sometime during Round 4 tonight. Thanks to modern e-communication :( ... sigh ...

Desmond
13-02-2010, 08:12 PM
Whats with the 'evil' dude?! Unfortunately its a case of not being able to do two things at once. I have a PhD student in desparate time-trouble with only days left before the final (absolutely last with all extensions used up) deadline :rolleyes:

Yes, doctorates can actually have deadlines these days! Hmmm, I can think of a couple of prominent Kiwi players who took many years for their doctorates :lol: I shouldn't mention names but keen sleuths will be interested to know that the disciplines were in Chemistry and English ...

I'm actually expecting final amendments of PhD sometime during Round 4 tonight. Thanks to modern e-communication :( ... sigh ...
PhD Bus specialising in time management?

Tony Dowden
13-02-2010, 10:11 PM
PhD Bus specialising in time management?

:lol: No, a thesis on teacher education

And, taa-daaah, as of 10.30pm earlier this evening its finished :owned: (my editing bit, that is)

I wonder how Day 1 of the Launceston Cup went? Tomorrow my wife wants me to take her to the nearby Launceston 'Festivale' (of fine food and wine), so parking at the chess, doing my husbandly escort duty (nibbling on this and quaffing the odd drop of that - for those without imagination), and then checking out Round 5 play in the morning might be a goer :cool:

Its still tough to decide whether KB or Alastair Dyer should be favourite to win but perhaps KB is more susceptible to losing concentration and dipping out versus lesser opposition, so at the risk of incurring random approbrium (from the likes of certain Glicko gods :lol: ) I'll go for Alastair.

Tony Dowden
14-02-2010, 05:30 PM
Unconfirmed results: Alastair Dyer duly won with 5/6, five players tied for second on 4/6: Nigel Frame, Kevin Bonham, Vincent Horton, Lawrence Bretag and Thomas Hendrey.

Vincent Horton played a major role in the fortunes of the top two seeds, drawing with Dyer in Round 1 and then going one better and mating Bonham.

[UP-DATE: Oops, it was Mason Carter who drew with Dyer, not Vincent Horton]

Basil
14-02-2010, 05:54 PM
acceleration anyone?

Garvinator
14-02-2010, 07:12 PM
acceleration anyone?
Umm why? 20 odd players and 6 rounds, that is plenty of time to give the opportunity to sort the field.

It just happens that there were a large number of players tied.

Kevin Bonham
14-02-2010, 07:49 PM
Its still tough to decide whether KB or Alastair Dyer should be favourite to win but perhaps KB is more susceptible to losing concentration and dipping out versus lesser opposition

Um, yeah ...


No Name Feder Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6

1 Dyer, Alastair TAS 1903 5 13:D 15:W 7:W 2:D 4:W 5:W
2 Bonham, Kevin TAS 1896 4 9:W 10:W 3:D 1:D 6:L 4:W
3 Bretag, Lawrence TAS 1609 4 8:W 6:W 2:D 4:L 14:W 7:D
4 Hendrey, Thomas TAS 1638 4 12:W 16:W 5:W 3:W 1:L 2:L
5 Frame, Nigel TAS 1717 4 15:W 7:W 4:L 13:W 10:W 1:L
6 Horton, Vincent TAS 1530 4 17:W 3:L 16:W 0:L 2:W 10:W
7 Bretag, Marcus TAS 1575 3.5 14:W 5:L 1:L 17:W 11:W 3:D
8 Fifield, Andrew TAS 1332 3.5 3:L 14:W 10:L 16:W 13:D 0:W
9 Egan, Bill ACT 1431 3.5 2:L 13:D 11:W 10:L 17:W 14:W
10 Lucht, Michael TAS 1564 3 11:W 2:L 8:W 9:W 5:L 6:L
11 Carter, Adam TAS 1170 3 10:L 12:W 9:L 0:W 7:L 16:W
12 Richards, Graham TAS 1351 3 4:L 11:L 15:W 14:L 0:W 13:W
13 Carter, Mason TAS 1488 2.5 1:D 9:D 17:W 5:L 8:D 12:L
14 Fry, Dallas TAS 1330 2 7:L 8:L 0:W 12:W 3:L 9:L
15 Horton, Russell TAS 1430 2 5:L 1:L 12:L 0:L 16:W 17:W
16 Martin-Simpson, Cam TAS 1 0:W 4:L 6:L 8:L 15:L 11:L
17 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) TAS 1164 1 6:L 0:W 13:L 7:L 9:L 15:L


It was Mason Carter who drew with Dyer in round 1.

Basil
14-02-2010, 08:26 PM
Umm why? 20 odd players and 6 rounds, that is plenty of time to give the opportunity to sort the field.

It just happens that there were a large number of players tied.
agreed.

Tony Dowden
14-02-2010, 10:59 PM
It was Mason Carter who drew with Dyer in round 1.

Oops, you are right KB.

Now I remember Alastair telling me but somehow I misremembered it - and I'm not even an American politician

Kevin Bonham
15-02-2010, 01:13 AM
My other games from this weekend (showing that I could have lost five instead of just one!)

Egan - Bonham

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Be3?! A natural looking move but one that runs into positional problems [main line runs 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 0-0 11.Bc4] 7...cxd4 recapturing with the c-pawn will lose material after the bishop check so white has to accept an isolated pawn 8.Bxd4 Nc6 9.Nf3 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Qxd4 11.Nxd4 a6 12.Be2 Be7 13.0-0 0-0 14.Rab1 b5 15.f4?! [15.e5!?] 15...Bb7 16.Bf3 Rac8 [Fritz prefers 16...Rfc8 17.e5 Ra7] 17.e5 Bxf3 18.Rxf3 Rc4 19.Kf1 Rfc8 20.Ne2 Bd8 May not be the most effective plan, and indeed finding a clearly winning plan is not that easy despite black's apparent large advantage. 21.Rb4 R4c5 22.Rd4! h6 23.a4 [23.Rfd3=] 23...Ba5 24.axb5 axb5 25.Rdd3 Rc4 26.Ke1 Ra4 27.Kd2? Ra2+ 28.Ke1 b4! The decisive breakthrough; although it puts all the pawns on one side it creates threats against white's king that are very hard to deal with. 29.cxb4 Bxb4+ 30.Kf1 Rcc2 31.Rd8+ [31.Rfe3 Bc5 32.g3 Bxe3 33.Rxe3 and white can try to hold exchange down based on all pawns being on one side, but with very passive pieces I don't see much chance of it working.] 31...Kh7 32.Rb8 Bc5 33.Nc3 Rc1+ 0-1

Bonham - Lucht

1.Nf3 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 d6 4.d4 Nf6 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 Nc6 7.Nc3 e5 8.e4? [8.d5][
8.dxe5] 8...Bg4 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Qe2 Nfd7 11.h3? Simple tactical error but as my position was bad anyway, not a bad pawn to lose. 11...Nxf3+ 12.Bxf3 Bxh3 13.Rd1 Ne5 14.Nd5 Nxf3+ 15.Qxf3 f5?! This natural attacking move in a strong position allows white a neat resource to complicate matters 16.Qh1! Bg4 17.f3 Bh5 [17...c6! 18.Ne3 fxe4 19.fxg4 Rf3 20.Qg2 and black has lots of pressure.] 18.exf5 Rxf5 19.g4 Rg5? [19...c6! 20.gxf5 cxd5 21.Rxd5 and black has sufficient play for the exchange][
19...Re5!? 20.Qg2] 20.Bxg5 Qxg5 21.Qg2 c6 22.gxh5 Simplifying 22...Qxg2+ 23.Kxg2 cxd5 24.Rxd5 Bxb2 25.Rb1 Ba3?! 26.Rxb7 gxh5 27.Rxh5 Bc5 28.Rhxh7 Re8 29.Rbg7+ Kf8 30.Rh8+ Kxg7 31.Rxe8 Kf7 32.Re4 Bb6 33.Kg3 Bd8 34.Kg4 Bf6 35.Kf5 Bd8 36.Re1 Bf6 37.Rb1 1-0

L Bretag - Bonham. On the one hand Lawrence could have put me away, on the other his play to save the game in a bad and very complex position and pretty much surfing the increment (at one stage he had 30 secs vs 9 mins) was amazing, he just kept finding moves!

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 c5 3.c4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.e4 Somewhere around here I realised I had allowed white to transpose into a Sicilian line I had little idea about. 5...Bc5 6.Nb3 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 b6?! [7...a5!?] 8.Bxb4 Nxb4 9.Nc3 Bb7? 10.a3 [10.Nb5 Ba6 11.Nd6+ Kf8 etc is miserable] 10...Nc6 11.Qg4 Qf6 [11...Nf6!? 12.Qxg7 Rg8 13.Qh6 Ne5] 12.0-0-0 Ne5 13.Qg3 Rc8 [13...Ne7] 14.c5! bxc5 15.f4 Ng6 16.Nb5 Ke7 17.f5 Ne5 18.Nxa7 [18.Nd6 Rc7 19.Na5 Bc6 20.fxe6 fxe6 21.Be2 and black is lost] 18...Ra8 19.Nb5 Bxe4 20.Qe3? [20.fxe6 fxe6 21.Nxc5] 20...Qh6! 21.Qxh6 Nxh6 22.fxe6 fxe6 23.Nxc5 Having missed the queen swap white's position is now very bad and furthermore he was much more short of time than I was. 23...Rhc8 24.b4 Bd5 25.Kb2 d6 26.Nb3 Nf5 27.Nc3 Bc6? [27...Bxg2! 28.Bxg2 Nc4+ 29.Kb1 Rxa3 wins] 28.b5 Bb7 29.Re1! Ng4 30.Bd3 Lawrence was very low on time and basically playing all this on the increment. 30...Nge3 31.Bxf5 Nxf5 32.Rhf1 Nh4 33.Nd4 e5 34.Nf5+ [34.g3!?] 34...Nxf5 35.Rxf5 g6 36.Rf2 Rf8 37.Ree2 Rf5 38.g4 Rf3 [38...Rxf2 39.Rxf2 d5-/+] 39.Rxf3 Bxf3 40.Rd2! Bxg4 [40...Ke6!] 41.Nd5+ Kf8 42.Nf6 Be6 43.Nxh7+ Kg7 44.Rxd6 Bc4 45.Rd7+ Kh6 46.b6 Rb8 47.b7 Ba6 48.Nf6 Bxb7 score ends (mutual time trouble)

This was the final position (perhaps I missed wins in the rook ending but without the moves I don't know).

1.Kc7 Draw agreed (both <1 minute at this stage), the only remotely promising try which neither of us saw appears to be 1...Re8! 2.Kd7 Kd2 3.Kxe8 e1=Q+ when play might continue 4.Kd7 Qh1 5.Rh7 etc which looks like it is still a draw.

Bonham - Dyer

1.Nc3 c5 Alastair didn't feel like either a 4 Knights or a Veresov 2.e4 e6 3.Nf3 a6 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 b5 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bb7 9.f4 Qc7 10.Be3 Be7 11.f5 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 e5 13.Be3 Nf6 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.exd5 Probably roughly level now but a subtle and tricky position. 15...Rc8 16.c3 Qc4 17.a4 b4 18.cxb4 [18.Rc1! b3 19.Ra1 is amusing] 18...Qxb4 19.Ra3! Ba8! 20.Qd3 0-0 21.Qd2 Qxd2 22.Bxd2 Rc5 23.Be3 Rc2 24.Rb1 Rxg2+! [24...Rb8 first with the exchange sac to follow is even stronger.] 25.Kxg2 Bxd5+ 26.Kg1 Be4 27.Rf1 [27.Rc1] 27...Rb8 28.Rf2 d5 29.Ra1 I'm probably losing here but luckily for me black overpresses: 29...d4? 30.Bxd4! exd4 31.Re2 [31.Re1 d3 32.Rxe4 Bc5 33.Kg2 Bxf2 34.Kxf2 Rxb2+ 35.Ke3 Kf8 is not a straightforward draw for white] 31...Bxf5 32.Rxe7 Kf8 33.Rae1 d3 34.R7e3 f6 35.g4! Bg6 36.h4 h6 37.h5 Bh7 38.Re6 d2 39.Rd1 Rxb2 40.Re2 [There was actually no hurry to retake the pawn, I could have helped myself to 40.Rxa6 first, eg 40...Rb1 41.Rxb1 Bxb1 42.Rd6 Bc2 43.Rxd2 Bxa4 advantage white, but looks drawn.] 40...Rb4 41.Rdxd2 Rxg4+ 42.Kf2 Rxa4 43.Rd8+ Kf7 44.Rd7+ Kf8 Draw agreed with both players short of time but it's a shame I didn't see 45.Rb2! Re4 46.Rbb7 Bg8 47.Rxg7 when white must have real winning chances

T Hendrey - Bonham

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.c3 c5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Nf3 Bd6 11.Bf4 0-0 12.0-0 Bxf4 13.Nxf4 Ne4 14.Nh3 [14.Ne2 Rxf3 15.gxf3 Ng5 16.Kh1 e5 etc is the main line here]
[14.Qc1]
[14.g3] 14...Qf6 [14...Qb6=] 15.Re1 Nd6? [15...e5! 16.dxe5 (16.Qb3) 16...Nxe5 17.Bxe4 dxe4 18.Qd5+ Nf7 19.Nfg5 Bxh3 20.Nxh3=] 16.Ne5 Nf5 17.Nxc6 bxc6 18.Bxf5 exf5 19.f4 Rb8 20.Qd2 Qd6 21.Rac1 Rb5 22.Nf2! Ba6? Just a total waste of time. 23.Nd3 Rfb8 24.b4! R5b6 25.Nc5 Bc8 26.Re5 [26.Re8+ Kf7 27.Rce1+-] 26...h6 [A fun line I perhaps wrongly dismissed is 26...Rxb4!? 27.Re8+ Kf7 28.Rxc8 and now 28...Rb2! 29.Qc3 Qxf4 and white's only real winning try is of all things 30.Rf8+! when after 30...Kg6 31.Nd3 forced! 31...Rxg2+!! 32.Kxg2 Qg4+ and it is unclear whether white can avoid perpetual.] 27.Rce1 Kh7 28.a3 Qg6 29.Re7 a5! 30.Nd3 [30.bxa5?? Rb2 wins;
30.Na4! is best] 30...axb4 31.Nxb4 R6b7 32.Qc2 Rxe7 33.Rxe7 Qd6 34.Re5 Bd7 35.Qc3 [35.Na6!?] 35...Ra8 36.g3 White is getting into bad time trouble here and black is starting to get play at last. 36...Qb8 37.Re7 Qd6 38.Re1 [38.Re5 and I would have repeated moves I think.] 38...Qb8 39.Ra1 [39.Nd3!] 39...Qb5 and here in a still slightly better position white took a little too long over his move and flagged by what must have been just a fraction of a second 0-1

Jesper Norgaard
15-02-2010, 01:23 PM
L Bretag - Bonham. On the one hand Lawrence could have put me away, on the other his play to save the game in a bad and very complex position and pretty much surfing the increment (at one stage he had 30 secs vs 9 mins) was amazing, he just kept finding moves!

This was the final position (perhaps I missed wins in the rook ending but without the moves I don't know).

Starting from a few moves into the analysis of the game, I started testing my skills with Rybka "riding the" increment, I gave myself 1 minute and 30 seconds per move, Rybka 2 minutes and 15 seconds per move, and in the end I managed to win, although I don't think this is really an exhaustive analysis of white's chances. I also took score with a normal score sheet on all the moves and times to make it a true training in an increment-game:



1.Kf6 g4 2.Ke5 Ke3 3.Kd6 Kd4 4.Rf4+ Kc3 5.Rf7 Kb4 6.Rg7 Kb5 7.Ke5 Qh8 8.Ke4 Kc5 9.Kf5 Kd6 10.Rg6+ Kd5 11.Rg5 Kc6 12.Rxg4 Qh7+ 13.Rg6+ Kb7 14.h4 Kxa7 15.Kg5 Qe7+ 16.Kg4 Qe4+ 17.Kg5 Qe3+ 18.Kf5 Qh3+ 19.Kg5 Qg3+ 20.Kh5 Qf4 21.Rg4 Qf5+ 22.Rg5 Qh7+ 23.Kg4 Qe4+ 24.Kg3 Kb6 25.h5 Kc6 26.h6 Kd6 {26...Qh1 would save about 10 moves to mate, e.g. would be much more effective} 27.Rh5 Qg6+ 28.Kh4 Qh7 29.Kg3 Ke6 30.Kf4 Kf6 31.Rh4 Kg6 32.Rh1 Qc7+ 33.Kg4 Qc2 34.Kg3 Qc7+ 35.Kg4 Qh7 {ouch, back to the drawing board!} 36.Kf4 Kf6 37.Rh4 Qf5+ 38.Kg3 Qd3+ 39.Kf4 Qd2+ 40.Kg3 Qe1+ 41.Kg4 Qg1+ 42.Kf3 Kg5 43.Re4 Qh1+ 44.Ke3 Qxh6 45.Ra4 Qb6+ 46.Rd4 Kf5 47.Kd3 Qb3+ 48.Kd2 Ke5 49.Rg4 Kd5 50.Rf4 Qg3 51.Ra4 Qf3 52.Rb4 Kc5 53.Ra4 Qf2+ 54.Kd3 Qf1+ 55.Ke4 Qb1+ 56.Kf4 Qc1+ 57.Kf5 Qc2+ 58.Kf4 Qxa4+ 59.Ke5 Qg4 60.Kf6 Kd6 61.Kf7 Ke5 62.Ke8 Qg7 63.Kd8 Kd6 64.Ke8 Qe7#

In the end my remaining time was 4:03 and 2:15 of Rybka. I used the free engine 2.2n2 by the way, although I have big brother 3.1.

This should give some idea that the position is won for black.

Kevin Bonham
15-02-2010, 01:53 PM
Interesting and thanks for having a look at it. In that line, as soon as white plays 12.Rxg4 (??) it is a tablebase win for black. I noticed yesterday that it seems critical for white to keep the rook on the seventh rank protecting the a-pawn if at all possible, except when checking. So can black win after 12.Rg7 ? I'm intrigued Rybka would take the pawn as Fritz immediately favours not doing so.

Maybe there is a way to use the K+Q together to force white to relax the 7th rank defence but if so I reckon it will be very tricky.

By the way the increment in this case was 10 seconds.

Jesper Norgaard
15-02-2010, 05:03 PM
Interesting and thanks for having a look at it.
You are welcome - but I think I got to the wrong conclusion. :rolleyes:



In that line, as soon as white plays 12.Rxg4 (??) it is a tablebase win for black.
Indeed, and it is a tablebase draw with only a7-pawn and rook on 7.th, so if g- and h-pawn are exchanged, it is a draw. Just remember it wasn't Rybka on overnight analysis or anything like that, but a casual time control. Even computers make mistakes on too little time. The human reasoning that only the a7-pawn can save white is a typical human decision that computers will not obey or indeed realize, if there immediate gamma-values of node after 5 moves tell them that the value of Rxg4 is slightly better. The great problem with boxes today, they don't realize anything out of common sense.

I was just busy jotting down increment-moves and trying to be on pace with the time control without realizing that there would be no remedy to the strong a-pawn.

At the moment Rybka is color-blind to having rook pawn and wrong colored bishop is just a draw, unless it is actually playing with tablebases turned on.

So it is more likely a draw. But anything can happen on 10 second increments :P

Tony Dowden
15-02-2010, 06:48 PM
My other games from this weekend (showing that I could have lost five instead of just one!)
Thanks for the interesting games KB :cool:

That avatar looks like a healthy Oryctolagus cuniculus tasmaniensis specimen but I guess it could be a Oryctolagus cuniculus glickolossis.

Kevin Bonham
15-02-2010, 08:23 PM
That avatar looks like a healthy Oryctolagus cuniculus tasmaniensis specimen but I guess it could be a Oryctolagus cuniculus glickolossis.

:lol: Whatever my rating cops for that will be less points loss than I deserve. I should be given a rating of 3 and forced to start again from there, except that would be unfair to those who lost ratings points as I regained them.

Shame I didn't have my digital camera when I went to Betsey Island near Hobart in 2006; every rabbit on that island is a sort of silvery bluish-black colour; they are all descended from a small number of a special breed of rabbit set loose there around 1850.

Jesper Norgaard
16-02-2010, 11:14 AM
At the moment Rybka is color-blind to having rook pawn and wrong colored bishop is just a draw, unless it is actually playing with tablebases turned on.

Funny I should mention the wrong-colored bishop with rook pawn - it just happened today in Linares - Topalov escaped with a draw being 2 pawns behind because Aronian's white-squared bishop can't help his h-pawn, so Toppy can sacrifice his bishop on the d-pawn and don't worry, be happy :owned:
Maybe Aronian didn't have his tablebases turned on? ;)