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Kevin Bonham
01-04-2010, 09:29 PM
Same deal as last year except that we are not having points this year, and instead paying all prizes on the day, but still with an emphasis on encouraging juniors.

The Hobart event is on and is being run on the 17th by the HIJCC (Nigel Frame and Mellissa Harvey I believe being the main organisers.) Details from entry form below:

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2010 Tasmanian Rapid Chess Series
Tournament 1 Hobart
Hosted by the Hobart International Junior Chess Club for the TCA

This series of 3 tournaments was introduced in 2009 to encourage competition between adult and junior players. Each of the zones, South, North and North West will host a tournament throughout the year.

Date : April 17th 1pm 7pm
Venue : Princes Street Primary School, Randall St, Sandy Bay.
Format : 5 rounds. 25 minutes + 5 seconds per move.
Cost : $30 Adults, $25 Concession, $15 Juniors.
Prizes : to be determined on the day. Prizes will include Open, u18, u12 and girls divisions, subject to at least three entries per division

FIDE Laws 2009 apply. Entrants agree to abide by all decisions of the organisers and arbiters. The organisers reserve the right to make any changes required.
All games will be rapid rated.
Entries will be taken on the day by 12.30pm.

Enquiries : Nigel Frame Ph 042183052 framebna@hotmail.com

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ENTRY FORM
Name:............................................. ................................................. DOB (if under 18):..........................
Address:.......................................... ..........................
Phone: .............................................
Email (optional): .................................................. .................................................. ................

Please tick here if you would like your entry acknowledged by email:
Please detach this form and post it with payment to:
Nigel Frame, 5/35 Cuthbertson Place, Lenah Valley, 7008
Cheques payable to : HOBART INTERNATIONAL CHESS CLUB.

Saragossa
01-04-2010, 11:17 PM
I have a school fate that day but I think I can ask for an earlier shift. So all should be good from Marcus and I.

I'll also publicize the event at school to try and drum up some new participants.

Saragossa
14-04-2010, 02:15 PM
Something else has sprung up so I can't attend. I haven't contacted Marcus so he could still be going.

Kevin Bonham
17-04-2010, 07:58 PM
Nigel and Mellissa did an excellent job to attract 22 players given that they took on the task of organising the tournament only a few weeks out.


No Name Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5

1 Bonham, Kevin 2050 4.5 9:W 7:W 14:W 2:W 3:D
2 Small, David H 1931 4 8:W 5:W 4:W 1:L 6:W
3 Carter, Mason 1236 4 12:W 6:W 13:D 7:W 1:D
4 Steward, Julian 1885 4 21:W 10:W 2:L 14:W 5:W
5 Briant, James 1412 3 20:W 2:L 9:W 10:W 4:L
6 Frame, Nigel 1791 3 11:W 3:L 8:W 15:W 2:L
7 Ivkovic, Milutin 1509 3 19:W 1:L 16:W 3:L 15:W
8 Briant, Harrison 672 3 2:L 20:W 6:L 12:W 14:W
9 Chen, Bill 716 3 1:L 15:W 5:L 19:W 16:W
10 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1317 3 22:W 4:L 19:W 5:L 11:W
11 Gillkum, Anurag 248 2.5 6:L 12:D 17:W 13:W 10:L
12 Robertson, Don 2.5 3:L 11:D 20:W 8:L 18:W
13 George, Ross 1687 2.5 17:W 14:L 3:D 11:L 21:W
14 Carter, Adam 1166 2 16:W 13:W 1:L 4:L 8:L
15 Hunn, Nick 842 2 18:W 9:L 21:W 6:L 7:L
16 Short, Dale 2 14:L 17:W 7:L 21:W 9:L
17 Gregory, Lachlan 2 13:L 16:L 11:L 22:W 19:W
18 Zamykal, Blake 1.5 15:L 19:L 22:D 20:W 12:L
19 Herath, Harshika 1 7:L 18:W 10:L 9:L 17:L
20 Herath, Harindra 1 5:L 8:L 12:L 18:L 22:W
21 Lawrence, Cormac 312 1 4:L 22:W 15:L 16:L 13:L
22 Law, Raman .5 10:L 21:L 18:D 17:L 20:L

Ratings are rapid ratings.

All went smoothly except for a freak loss by Ross George against Anurag Gillkum - Ross's clock had been set without increment and Ross didn't realise this before he lost on time.

Prizes were awarded for 1st, the three =2nds (Mason Carter taking the 1st U12 prize as it was higher), first U18 (Jamie Briant), =2nd U18 (Nick Hunn and Dale Short), and =2nd U12 (Harry Briant and Bill Chen).

Kevin Bonham
17-04-2010, 09:32 PM
Chen - Bonham

I have never played Bill before in any kind of game and was impressed with his play, there was really only a tactic in it - but it's the tactic everyone needs to watch out for if they play the white side of the French!

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Ngf3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Be2 Qb6 8.Qb3 Be7 9.Qxb6 Nxb6 [9...axb6 is better] 10.Nb3 cxd4 11.cxd4 Bd7 12.Bg5 Bxg5 13.Nxg5 Na4 14.Rb1 a6 15.a3 0-0 16.Bd3 h6 17.Nf3 Rfc8 18.Nc5 [18.Kd2! and white is OK and perhaps slightly better] 18...Nxc5 19.dxc5 a5 [19...f6! 20.exf6 e5! 21.Be2 gxf6 and black is well on top] 20.Bb5? Unfortunately here Bill falls into a classic French Defence trap but one that normally happens in the opening and not on move twenty! 20...Nxe5 21.Nxe5 Bxb5 22.b4 axb4 23.axb4 f6 24.Ng6 Kf7 25.Nf4 Ra2 26.Nh3 Rca8 27.Ng1 Ra1 28.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 29.Kd2 Ra2+ White resigns, which in itself shows good understanding.[29...Bf1!] 0-1

Bonham - Ivkovic

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bd3 0-0 7.0-0 Re8 8.f4 c5 9.Nf3 Bg4 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Black has spent two moves giving up bishop for knight and developing white's queen. 11...Nc6 12.Bd2 Qc7 13.Ne2 a6 14.c3 b5 15.Ng3 Rad8 16.Rfe1 h6 17.Nf5 Bf8 18.Ne3 Ne7 19.g3 Ng6 20.Ng4 Nxg4 21.Qxg4 Qc8 [Black could have found some active play here with 21...c4! 22.Bc2 d5! 23.e5 Bc5+ 24.Kf1 d4=] 22.Qxc8 Rxc8 23.Rad1 Rcd8 24.Be3 c4 25.Bc2 f6 26.Rd2 [26.e5! Nh8 27.Bb6 Rc8 28.e6!] 26...Nh8 27.Red1 Nf7 28.Bb6 Rd7 29.Ba5 Be7 30.Rd5 Kh8 31.e5 fxe5 32.fxe5 Nxe5?? 33.Rxe5 dxe5 34.Rxd7 Bc5+ 35.Kg2 e4 36.Rd8 and won 1-0

A Carter - Bonham

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 I know that Adam likes Wing Gambits and I know virtually nothing about them so I decided to modify the script. 3...Bd7 4.Be2 c5 5.b4 cxb4 6.d4 Qb6 7.0-0 Bb5 8.Bxb5+ Qxb5 9.a3 Nc6 10.axb4 Bxb4 11.c3 Be7 12.Na3 Qb6 13.Rb1 Qc7 14.Nb5 Qd7 15.Bf4 [15.Bg5 a6 16.Bxe7 axb5 17.Bc5 and white looks pretty good] 15...a6 16.Qa4 Rb8 17.Na3 [17.Nd6+ Bxd6 18.exd6 Nf6 19.Qa3 looks playable for white] 17...Bxa3 18.Qxa3 Nge7 Very hard for white now. 19.Bg5 0-0 20.Rb6 Nc8 21.Rb2 N8a7 22.Bd2 Nb5 23.Qa1 Qc7 24.Qc1 [Followers of my recent misadventures would be well aware that 24.Qb1! would probably have mated in three.] 24...Na5 25.Rc2 Nb3 26.Qd1 Nxd2 27.Qxd2 Na3 28.Rcc1 Rfc8 29.Qd3 Qc4 30.Qxc4 Rxc4 31.Nd2 Rc7 [31...Rc6 is actually better because in the line 32.Nb3 Nb5 33.Nc5 a5 b6 is well protected.] 32.Nb3 Rbc8 33.Nc5 h6 34.f4 b6 35.Nxa6 Rxc3 36.Rxc3 Rxc3 37.Ra1 Rb3 38.Kf2 Rb2+ 39.Kf3 Nc2 40.Rd1 Rb3+ 41.Kf2 Ra3 [41...b5!] 42.Nc7 Ra4?! [42...Ne3 43.Rb1 Nf5 44.Nb5 Ra2+ 45.Kf3 Nh4+ etc] 43.Nb5 Rb4 44.Rd2 Rxb5 45.Rxc2 Rb3 White could very likely hold this with best play but best play, tricky rook endings and rapids short of time tend not to mix. 46.Ke2 [46.f5!] 46...Kh7 47.Kd2? [A critical loss of time, compare 47.Rc7 Kg6 48.g4] 47...Kg6 48.g4 Rh3 [48...Rf3 is probably simplest] 49.Kc1 [49.Rc6! Rxh2+ 50.Ke3 Rh3+ (Not 50...Rb2?? 51.f5+ drawing) 51.Ke2 (51.Kf2 Rd3) 51...Rg3 52.f5+ Kg5 53.fxe6 fxe6 54.Rxe6 Rxg4 and black will push the h-pawn] 49...Rf3 50.f5+ exf5 51.Rc6+ Kg5 52.gxf5 Kxf5 53.Rxb6 Ke4 54.e6 fxe6 55.Rxe6+ Kxd4 56.Re7 Rf1+ 57.Kd2 Rg1 and won 0-1

Bonham - Small. There are a number of points where I'm not quite sure I have the move orders right here but it went something vaguely like this.

1.g3 g6 2.Bg2 Bg7 3.Nf3 c5 4.e4 Transposing into a particularly harmless Sicilian to avoid David's considerable knowledge of the Sym English and my considerable lack of knowledge of everything else playable here. 4...d6 5.0-0 Nc6 6.c3 e5 7.d3 Nge7 8.Be3 0-0 9.Qd2 f5 10.Bg5 Be6 [10...f4 is certainly playable here since 11.gxf4 h6! 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.fxe5 dxe5 favours black] 11.exf5 In certain English positions the rule is to take here as soon as black cannot take back with the knight. This isn't the same thing at all but I applied the same principle because I just don't want to be analysing the push past every move in a rapid. 11...gxf5 12.Bh6 Ng6 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Ng5 Bg8 15.f4 h6 16.Nh3 Qd7 17.Na3 Rae8 18.Rae1? Bxa2 With the bishop on such a passive square I completely overlooked that it could take here! Luckily it turned out to be a good pawn to lose because the task of extricating the bishop is tricky. 19.c4 Bb3 20.Nb5 Ba4? [20...a6 21.Nc3 Nd4 with b5 coming and white's compensation is gone] 21.Nc3 Nd4 22.Nxa4 Qxa4 23.Ra1 Qb3 24.Rxa7 Re7 25.Kh1 b5 26.Ra3 Qb4 [26...Qc2 27.Qxc2 Nxc2 28.Ra6 bxc4 29.dxc4 e4 seems good for black] 27.Qxb4 cxb4 28.Ra6 bxc4 29.dxc4 Rd8 30.Bd5 e4 31.Ng1 e3 32.Re1 e2? [32...Nc2 33.Re2 Nd4 draw] 33.Bf3?! [33.Kg2] 33...Re3 34.Bh5 Nf8 35.Rb6 b3 36.Kg2 Rc8 37.Kf2 Re6 38.Nxe2 Nc2 39.Rd1 Rxc4 40.Rbxd6 [40.Rb7+ Kh8 41.Bf7 winning but by this stage we were both very short of time] 40...Rxd6 41.Rxd6 Nb4 Not sure if this all exactly correct 42.Nc3 Na2 [If it is the correct move order then 42...Rxc3! 43.bxc3 b2 44.Rd1 Nd3+ wins] 43.Be2 This position is certainly correct. 43...Nxc3! 44.bxc3 Rxc3 45.Rb6 Ne6?? in time trouble but black's position is very difficult 46.Rxe6 1-0

M Carter - Bonham. A very token effort from me here as I only needed the draw for the outright and was still recovering from round 4.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.Bb5 c6 9.Nd6+ Ke7 10.Nxc8+ Rxc8 11.Bc4 Nb6 [If I wasn't in draw mode I just might on a good day have realised that 11...c5! wins a pawn since 12.c3? cxd4 hits white's bishop ] 12.Bb3 c5 13.dxc5 Qxd1+ 14.Rxd1 Rxc5 Draw Agreed though this is actually more than a bit good for black after 15.c3 a5 16.0-0 a4 17.Bc2 Rb5 18.Rb1 Rd8 etc of which at the time my brain saw nothing 1/2-1/2

Capablanca-Fan
18-04-2010, 06:40 AM
Chen - Bonham

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Ngf3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Be2 {rather passive} 7... Qb6 8.Qb3 Be7 9.Qxb6 Nxb6 [9...axb6 is better] 10.Nb3 cxd4 11.cxd4 Bd7 12.Bg5 Bxg5 {12... f6 would seem to be as good here as it was later, and you keep the good B and gain a tempo} 13.Nxg5 Na4 14.Rb1 {maybe the least awkward was 14.0-0-0, Kb1, Rc1, using the K to guard the Ps and entry squares on the Q-side} 14... a6 15.a3 0-0 16.Bd3 h6 17.Nf3 Rfc8 18.Nc5 [18.Kd2! and white is OK and perhaps slightly better] 18...Nxc5 19.dxc5 a5 [19...f6! 20.exf6 e5! 21.Be2 gxf6 and black is well on top] 20.Bb5? Unfortunately here Bill falls into a classic French Defence trap but one that normally happens in the opening and not on move twenty! 20...Nxe5 21.Nxe5 Bxb5 22.b4 axb4 23.axb4 f6 24.Ng6 Kf7 25.Nf4 Ra2 26.Nh3 Rca8 27.Ng1 Ra1 28.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 29.Kd2 Ra2+ White resigns, which in itself shows good understanding.[29...Bf1!] 0-1


M Carter - Bonham. A very token effort from me here as I only needed the draw for the outright and was still recovering from round 4.
Perfectly understandable under the circumstances. Congrats!

Kevin Bonham
18-04-2010, 06:38 PM
Thanks. I actually almost didn't play in this tournament. I had a shocker in the same event last year where I was the main organiser and run off my feet by a flood of on-the-day entries, many of which were last-moment, and my performance suffered (as well as my opponents playing well). This event I was only doing the draw but I decided that I would play if me playing meant that there would not be a bye. We had some new juniors and it is good for them to play in every round and get full value for money.

GoodNite
19-04-2010, 04:27 PM
Thanks Kevin and congrats.

A special congratulations to Mason as well, who did a fantastic job.

I think the position is correct from our game. I missed the Rxc3 tactic because of the time pressure (??) and maybe I was still kicking myself for not playing a6 earlier. My anaysis was really sloppy at that time limit. Maybe I just need to get rid of some of the rust... I think the last rapid game (~25+5) I played was about 5 or 6 years ago.

Bxa2 may be OK, but it is not the sort of move I would normally play in a fast game, and maybe not even in a slower game either. 10...f4 I looked at and is better than my move. I would have played it if you had moved your B one square further.

The juniors played really well. If only some of them would start studying the endgame... they would be knocking off some of the higher rated players. I saw so many losses (some from won positions) because of poor endgame technique.

It is interesting how the mental processes work. I was fortunate in some of my games as I didn't have to analyse too much and got into endgames fairly quickly and was able to grind them out. I think if I had had more tactical battles I would have done worse. Tactical ability seems to decline faster than technical ability when you are rusty. Brute force vs. understanding. One hangs around but the other needs exercising. I think that is also a difference between 5 min blitz and the rapid time limits. The latter requires more analysis, but in the blitz/lightning versions, you have to know where to put your pieces and this helps prune the tree of analysis considerably.


I was watching the juniors. There is plenty of talent there. Some of them, like Mason, would be greatly helped by a good coach. He just needs to learn where to put his pieces and to develop positional understanding, rather than always relying on tactics.

Again, congratulations and thanks to Nigel, Melissa, you and Glenn, who also helped I believe.

Cheers, David

Kevin Bonham
19-04-2010, 05:25 PM
As well as helping, Glen was working on his own program for doing Swiss draws. I think he has been working on it in various forms for 25 years now. It was working fairly well on the weekend but giving some different pairings probably because of different start seedings for the many unrated players. An interesting feature is that it gives odds between the two players in a given pairing based on their performance rating for the event thus far.

Tony Dowden
21-04-2010, 09:28 PM
Nigel and Mellissa did an excellent job to attract 22 players given that they took on the task of organising the tournament only a few weeks out.


1 Bonham, Kevin 2050 4.5
2 Small, David H 1931 4
3 Carter, Mason 1236 4

Ratings are rapid ratings.

Prizes were awarded for 1st, the three =2nds (Mason Carter taking the 1st U12 prize as it was higher), first U18 (Jamie Briant), =2nd U18 (Nick Hunn and Dale Short), and =2nd U12 (Harry Briant and Bill Chen).

Congratulations Kevin :clap: :clap: And a great result Mason :clap: :clap:

Tassie talent watchers may like to know that Mason and I have been playing some 25+5 games on-line. He's visibly improved over half a dozen or so games and took the first half point off me (in a long minor piece ending where I got too casual) in the last one we played on Good Friday.