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Kevin Bonham
04-05-2010, 08:49 PM
(Entry form available on web at http://www.chesstasmania.org.au/events/TasOpen_10.htm)

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2010 Tasmanian Open
and
Tasmanian Lightning Championships

Class One Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix event
Hosted by Burnie Chess Club for the TCA



VENUE: Havenview Primary School

FORMAT: 6 round Swiss 90 mins + 15 secs/move

ROUNDS START: Saturday 12th June 10:30 am, 2:30 pm, 6:45 pm.
Sunday 13th June 9:30 am, 1:45 pm,
Monday 14th June 9:00 am

ENTRY FEES: $55 waged, $50 conc, $30 U18, $25 U12, $5 discount if received by 28th May. 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 $70, U12 prize $50 (subject to at least three entries per division). Prize pool is entry fees less running costs and levies.

ARBITERS: To be appointed.

ENQUIRIES: David Hughes
david.gareth.hughes@gmail.com
03 6423 5669
0433 062 200

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.

Lightning Championships: Sunday 13th June, 7:00 pm entries close at 6:45 pm. $10 entry.

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Kevin Bonham
11-05-2010, 11:26 PM
Entry details above approved by TCA.

Adamski
14-05-2010, 12:32 AM
I see another "Weekend at Burnie's" is coming up. Cool, but no dead bodies please.

Tony Dowden
27-05-2010, 10:04 PM
I'm considering playing in this event.

Anyone else?

Saragossa
28-05-2010, 10:14 PM
I'm considering playing in this event.

Anyone else?

I think Marcus will be.

Kevin Bonham
29-05-2010, 08:21 AM
I have entered and paid.

Tony Dowden
30-05-2010, 04:59 PM
I have entered and paid.

Good stuff, I'm in then. It will be interesting to see if you an add to your collection of seven Open titles (I'll try and offer you some kind of a challenge!)

Tony Dowden
10-06-2010, 09:07 PM
Hmm, anyone else playing?

Kevin Bonham
10-06-2010, 10:01 PM
From the BCC blog (http://nwtaschess.blogspot.com/) the field to date is as follows:

Tony Dowden 1948
Alastair Dyer 1929
Kevin Bonham 1837
Nigel Frame 1762
Phil Donnelly 1657
Marcus Bretag 1642
Lawrence Bretag 1608
Vincent Horton 1545
David Hughes 1484
Russell Horton 1455
Dylan Kuzmic 1432
Andrew Fifield 1415
Nigel Lewis 1346
Graham Richards 1333
Mason Carter 1324
Dallas Fry 1306
James Briant 1292
Owen Short 1271
Adam Carter 1246
Tony Sturges 1123
Harrison Briant 923
Bill Chen 721
Robert Jiang 407
Shuqi Yu UNR

Total 24, which with a few days to go is very good.

I could get Mason in round 1 which would be interesting; I have only played him in rapids before, never in a full-length game.

I'll be interested to see how Bill Chen goes; I think he's quite a bit stronger than his rating.

Tony Dowden
11-06-2010, 09:31 PM
Thanks Kevin,

It's good to see the NW players out in force again.

Alastair has to be favourite. It will be interesting to see if he can continue to be the form Tassie player of 2010.

ER
12-06-2010, 12:05 AM
Good luck to all! Some tough battles expected! :clap:

Kevin Bonham
12-06-2010, 12:54 PM
The field is 25. From those listed above we are plus Reg Harvey, John O'Mara, Noel O'Mara and Nick Hunn and minus Phil Donnelly, Bill Chen and Shuqi Yu.

Round 1 currently in progress. One result against rating so far, Jamie Briant win against Lawrence Bretag. Could be another barring blunders as Graham Richards just went exchange up in the ending against Nigel Frame. Dowden vs Fifield, V Horton vs A Carter (which is interesting) and N O'Mara vs Hughes the others still going.

ER
12-06-2010, 01:15 PM
The field is 25. From those listed above we are plus Reg Harvey, John O'Mara, Noel O'Mara and Nick Hunn and minus Phil Donnelly, Bill Chen and Shuqi Yu.

Round 1 currently in progress. One result against rating so far, Jamie Briant win against Lawrence Bretag. Could be another barring blunders as Graham Richards just went exchange up in the ending against Nigel Frame. Dowden vs Fifield, V Horton vs A Carter (which is interesting) and N O'Mara vs Hughes the others still going.

Do you mean you are posting while your game is still on?

Kevin Bonham
12-06-2010, 01:39 PM
Do you mean you are posting while your game is still on?

Of course not (as explained in shoutbox).

Bear in mind I am only a spectator here so I'm not wired to the SP files the organisers are using. First round results:

Dowden 1-0 Fifield
Lewis 0-1 Dyer
Bonham 1-0 M Carter
Richards 1-0 Frame
M Bretag 1-0 Fry
J Briant 1-0 L Bretag
J O'Mara 1-0 Short
A Carter 1-0 V Horton (Wing Gambit strikes)
Hughes draw N O'Mara
Sturges 0-1 R Horton
Harvey 1-0 H Briant
Hunn 0-1 D Kuzmic
Jiang 1 bye

round 2 draw

Harvey - Dowden
Dyer - Richards
D Kuzmic - Bonham
J Briant - M Bretag
Jiang - J O'Mara
R Horton - A Carter
Frame - Hughes
N O'Mara - L bretag
V Horton - Fry
Fifield - Short
H Briant - Lewis
M Carter - Sturges
Hunn 1 bye

Kevin Bonham
12-06-2010, 05:58 PM
Harvey - Dowden 0-1
Dyer - Richards 1-0
D Kuzmic - Bonham 0-1
J Briant - M Bretag draw (finished as two rooks and rook pawn vs two rooks)
Jiang - J O'Mara 0-1 (OCB ending with O'Mara two pawns up, perhaps holdable with perfect technique and knowing there was a chance to draw)
R Horton - A Carter 0-1 (also OCB ending, I think this one was a forced win but Adam had to play very well to convert it. Earlier he had been winning by more)
Frame - Hughes 1-0
N O'Mara - L Bretag 0-1
V Horton - Fry 1-0
Fifield - Short 1-0
H Briant - Lewis 0-1 (very close, was Q+3Ps+OCBs each but sort of position where blunders are always possible)
M Carter - Sturges 1-0 (nice mate in 19 moves Tony tells me)
Hunn 1 bye

Garvinator
12-06-2010, 06:11 PM
KB: Are you able to get the sp files to display on here?

Kevin Bonham
12-06-2010, 06:28 PM
Not at this very moment. May get a chance to get them off the organisers' comp after this round.

Dowden - Bonham
J O'Mara - Dyer
A Carter - J Briant
M Bretag - V Horton
Fifield - Frame
L Bretag - Hunn
Lewis - R Horton
Richards - R Harvey
Kuzmic - Jiang
D Hughes M Carter
Fry N O'Mara
Short Sturges
H Briant 1 bye

Kevin Bonham
12-06-2010, 10:39 PM
No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Dowden, Tony [2] 1:0 Bonham, Kevin [2]
2 O'Mara, John [2] 0:1 Dyer, Alastair [2]
3 Carter, Adam [2] 0:1 Briant, James [1.5]
4 Bretag, Marcus [1.5] 1:0 Horton, Vincent [1]
5 Fifield, Andrew [1] 1:0 Frame, Nigel [1]
6 Bretag, Lawrence [1] 1:0 Hunn, Nick [1]
7 Lewis, Nigel [1] 0:1 Horton, Russell [1]
8 Richards, Graham [1] 0:1 Harvey, Reg [1]
9 Kuzmic, Dylan [1] 1:0 Jiang, Robert [1]
10 Hughes, David [.5] 1:0 Carter, Mason [1]
11 Fry, Dallas [0] 0:1 O'Mara, Noel [.5]
12 Short, Owen [0] 1:0 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [0]
13 Briant, Harrison [0] 1:0 BYE

Just this once I will put it in start order. It's funnier that way in this tournament.


No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4

1. Dowden, Tony 1948 3 13:W 11:W 3:W 2:
2. Dyer, Alastair 1929 3 14:W 16:W 7:W 1:
3. Bonham, Kevin 1837 2 15:W 12:W 1:L 5:
4. Frame, Nigel 1762 1 16:L 9:W 13:L 23:
5. Bretag, Marcus 1642 2.5 17:W 18:D 8:W 3:
6. Bretag, Lawrence 1608 2 18:L 21:W 24:W 12:
7. O'Mara, John 1572 2 19:W 25:W 2:L 18:
8. Horton, Vincent 1545 1 20:L 17:W 5:L 16:
9. Hughes, David 1484 1.5 21:D 4:L 15:W 19:
10. Horton, Russell 1455 2 22:W 20:L 14:W 13:
11. Harvey, Reg 1450 2 23:W 1:L 16:W 20:
12. Kuzmic, Dylan 1432 2 24:W 3:L 25:W 6:
13. Fifield, Andrew 1415 2 1:L 19:W 4:W 10:
14. Lewis, Nigel 1346 1 2:L 23:W 10:L 21:
15. Carter, Mason 1342 1 3:L 22:W 9:L 24:
16. Richards, Graham 1333 1 4:W 2:L 11:L 8:
17. Fry, Dallas 1306 0 5:L 8:L 21:L 25:
18. Briant, James 1292 2.5 6:W 5:D 20:W 7:
19. Short, Owen 1271 1 7:L 13:L 22:W 9:
20. Carter, Adam 1246 2 8:W 10:W 18:L 11:
21. O'Mara, Noel 1164 1.5 9:D 6:L 17:W 14:
22. Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1123 1 10:L 15:L 19:L :W
23. Briant, Harrison 923 1 11:L 14:L :W 4:
24. Hunn, Nick 843 1 12:L :W 6:L 15:
25. Jiang, Robert 407 1 :W 7:L 12:L 17:


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Dyer, Alastair [3] : Dowden, Tony [3]
2 Bonham, Kevin [2] : Bretag, Marcus [2.5]
3 Briant, James [2.5] : O'Mara, John [2]
4 Bretag, Lawrence [2] : Kuzmic, Dylan [2]
5 Horton, Russell [2] : Fifield, Andrew [2]
6 Harvey, Reg [2] : Carter, Adam [2]
7 Short, Owen [1] : Hughes, David [1.5]
8 O'Mara, Noel [1.5] : Lewis, Nigel [1]
9 Frame, Nigel [1] : Briant, Harrison [1]
10 Horton, Vincent [1] : Richards, Graham [1]
11 Carter, Mason [1] : Hunn, Nick [1]
12 Fry, Dallas [0] : Jiang, Robert [1]
13 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [0] 1:0 BYE

Kevin Bonham
12-06-2010, 11:00 PM
Dowden - Bonham.

1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Nbd7 5.0-0 Be7 6.b3 c6 7.Bb2 b6 8.Nc3 Bb7 9.Rc1 Rc8 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.Nb5 a6 12.Nbd4 0-0 13.Rxc8 Qxc8 14.Qb1 Qb8 15.d3 Rc8 16.Rc1 Rc7 17.a3 Qc8 18.Rxc7 Qxc7 19.b4 b5 20.Qa1 h6 21.Nb3 Bd8 22.Ne5 Nxe5 23.Bxe5 Qc2 24.Nd4 Qc8 25.Bh3 Bc7 [Not 25...Nd7? 26.Bxg7!! since if 26...Kxg7 27.Nxe6+ mates] 26.Bxf6 gxf6 27.Nb3 [I looked at it and thought it was unsound, but it isn't: 27.Nxe6!! Be5 (27...fxe6 28.Qxf6 Kh7 29.Bxe6 Qe8 30.Bf5+ Kg8 31.Qxh6 and white will win black's queen.) 28.d4 and white has won a pawn] 27...Kg7 28.Qd4 Be5 29.Qg4+ Kh7 30.d4 Bd6 31.Qf3 Kg7 32.Qd3 Qc4 33.Qd1 Bc7 [33...Qc3] 34.Bf1 [34.Nc5 Bc8 35.Qd2] 34...Qc3 35.e3 Bc6 36.h4 a5?! 37.bxa5 Bxa5 38.Nxa5 Qxa5 39.Qc1 Qb6 40.Qb2 Qb7 41.Bd3 Kh8 42.Qb4 Kg7 43.h5 Qa8 44.g4 Bd7 45.Qe7 Qc6 46.Kg2 Qc3?? Not in bad time trouble here, still had 10 mins or so left. [46...Qc8] 47.Bg6! Be8 48.Qxe8 fxg6 49.Qe7+ 1-0

Kevin Bonham
13-06-2010, 12:51 PM
No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Dyer, Alastair [3] .5:.5 Dowden, Tony [3]
2 Bonham, Kevin [2] 1:0 Bretag, Marcus [2.5]
3 Briant, James [2.5] 1:0 O'Mara, John [2]
4 Bretag, Lawrence [2] 1:0 Kuzmic, Dylan [2]
5 Horton, Russell [2] 0:1 Fifield, Andrew [2]
6 Harvey, Reg [2] 1:0 Carter, Adam [2]
7 Short, Owen [1] 1:0 Hughes, David [1.5]
8 O'Mara, Noel [1.5] .5:.5 Lewis, Nigel [1]
9 Frame, Nigel [1] 1:0 Briant, Harrison [1]
10 Horton, Vincent [1] 1:0 Richards, Graham [1]
11 Carter, Mason [1] 1:0 Hunn, Nick [1]
12 Fry, Dallas [0] 1:0 Jiang, Robert [1]
13 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [0] 1:0 BYE



Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

1-3 Dowden, Tony TAS 1948 3.5 6.0 12.5 9.5
Briant, James TAS 1292 3.5 4.5 9.5 8.5
Dyer, Alastair TAS 1929 3.5 3.5 8.0 9.5
4-7 Bonham, Kevin TAS 1837 3 4.5 10.0 8.0
Fifield, Andrew TAS 1415 3 4.0 9.5 6.0
Bretag, Lawrence TAS 1608 3 4.0 8.0 6.0
Harvey, Reg TAS 1450 3 3.0 7.0 7.0
8 Bretag, Marcus TAS 1642 2.5 5.0 9.5 7.5
9-17 O'Mara, John TAS 1572 2 5.5 9.5 7.0
Carter, Adam TAS 1246 2 5.0 10.5 7.0
Horton, Russell TAS 1455 2 3.5 7.0 6.0
Kuzmic, Dylan TAS 1432 2 3.5 7.0 6.0
Short, Owen TAS 1271 2 3.5 7.0 3.0
O'Mara, Noel TAS 1164 2 3.0 7.0 4.5
Horton, Vincent TAS 1545 2 3.0 6.5 4.0
Frame, Nigel TAS 1762 2 2.5 6.0 4.0
Carter, Mason TAS 1342 2 2.0 5.5 4.0
18-19 Hughes, David TAS 1484 1.5 4.0 8.0 4.0
Lewis, Nigel TAS 1346 1.5 4.0 8.0 3.5
20-25 Richards, Graham TAS 1333 1 5.0 10.5 4.0
Hunn, Nick TAS 843 1 4.0 9.0 3.0
Briant, Harrison TAS 923 1 4.0 8.5 2.0
Sturges, Tony (Thelston) TAS 1123 1 4.0 8.0 1.0
Jiang, Robert TAS 407 1 4.0 7.0 4.0
Fry, Dallas TAS 1306 1 4.0 7.0 1.0

Kevin Bonham
13-06-2010, 12:56 PM
No Name
Total Result Name Total

1 Dowden, Tony [3.5] : Briant, James [3.5]
2 Dyer, Alastair [3.5] : Bretag, Lawrence [3]
3 Fifield, Andrew [3] : Bonham, Kevin [3]
4 Bretag, Marcus [2.5] : Harvey, Reg [3]
5 Carter, Adam [2] : Frame, Nigel [2]
6 O'Mara, John [2] : Carter, Mason [2]
7 Kuzmic, Dylan [2] : Horton, Vincent [2]
8 O'Mara, Noel [2] : Horton, Russell [2]
9 Lewis, Nigel [1.5] : Short, Owen [2]
10 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [1] : Hughes, David [1.5]
11 Hunn, Nick [1] : Richards, Graham [1]
12 Jiang, Robert [1] : Briant, Harrison [1]
13 Fry, Dallas [1] 1:0 BYE

Kevin Bonham
13-06-2010, 09:39 PM
Here's Dyer-Dowden round 4. As I believe they are going to annotate the game themselves (not necessarily for publication!) I give only the moves, suffice to say both had serious winning prospects at various times but time trouble resulted in a draw (they had about 1 min each plus increment when draw agreed).

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qc7 7.Qg4 f5 8.Qg3 Nc6 9.Nf3 cxd4 10.cxd4 Nge7 11.Be2 0-0 12.0-0 Na5 13.Bd3 Nc4 14.h4 a5 15.h5 Ra6 16.Bg5 f4 17.Bxf4 Nf5 18.Qg4 Rb6 19.Bg5 Nb2 20.Bxf5 exf5 21.Qg3 f4 22.Bxf4 Qf7 23.Be3 Qxh5 24.Qh4 Qf5 25.Rab1 Rg6 26.Ng5 Rh6 27.Qg3 Nc4 28.Qf3 Qd7 29.Qg3 Rg6 30.e6 Qe7 31.Qh3 h6 32.Nf3 Bxe6 33.Qh5 Rgf6 34.Ne5 Nxe5 35.Qxe5 Rf5 36.Qg3 Kh7 Draw agreed.


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Dowden, Tony [3.5] 1:0 Briant, James [3.5]
2 Dyer, Alastair [3.5] 1:0 Bretag, Lawrence [3]
3 Fifield, Andrew [3] 1:0 Bonham, Kevin [3]
4 Bretag, Marcus [2.5] 1:0 Harvey, Reg [3]
5 Carter, Adam [2] 0:1 Frame, Nigel [2]
6 O'Mara, John [2] 1:0 Carter, Mason [2]
7 Kuzmic, Dylan [2] .5:.5 Horton, Vincent [2]
8 O'Mara, Noel [2] 0:1 Horton, Russell [2]
9 Lewis, Nigel [1.5] .5:.5 Short, Owen [2]
10 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [1] .5:.5 Hughes, David [1.5]
11 Hunn, Nick [1] 0:1 Richards, Graham [1]
12 Jiang, Robert [1] 0:1 Briant, Harrison [1]
13 Fry, Dallas [1] 1:0 BYE


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Dowden, Tony [3.5] 1:0 Briant, James [3.5]
2 Dyer, Alastair [3.5] 1:0 Bretag, Lawrence [3]
3 Fifield, Andrew [3] 1:0 Bonham, Kevin [3]
4 Bretag, Marcus [2.5] 1:0 Harvey, Reg [3]
5 Carter, Adam [2] 0:1 Frame, Nigel [2]
6 O'Mara, John [2] 1:0 Carter, Mason [2]
7 Kuzmic, Dylan [2] .5:.5 Horton, Vincent [2]
8 O'Mara, Noel [2] 0:1 Horton, Russell [2]
9 Lewis, Nigel [1.5] .5:.5 Short, Owen [2]
10 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [1] .5:.5 Hughes, David [1.5]
11 Hunn, Nick [1] 0:1 Richards, Graham [1]
12 Jiang, Robert [1] 0:1 Briant, Harrison [1]
13 Fry, Dallas [1] 1:0 BYE


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Fifield, Andrew [4] : Dyer, Alastair [4.5]
2 Bretag, Marcus [3.5] : Dowden, Tony [4.5]
3 Bonham, Kevin [3] : Briant, James [3.5]
4 Frame, Nigel [3] : O'Mara, John [3]
5 Bretag, Lawrence [3] : Harvey, Reg [3]
6 Short, Owen [2.5] : Kuzmic, Dylan [2.5]
7 Horton, Vincent [2.5] : O'Mara, Noel [2]
8 Hughes, David [2] : Fry, Dallas [2]
9 Richards, Graham [2] : Lewis, Nigel [2]
10 Carter, Mason [2] : Carter, Adam [2]
11 Briant, Harrison [2] : Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [1.5]
12 Jiang, Robert [1] : Hunn, Nick [1]
13 Horton, Russell [3] 0:0 BYE (absent, has to work)

Kevin Bonham
13-06-2010, 09:56 PM
Alastair Dyer is the new Tasmanian Lightning Champion. Defending 2006-9 champion Tony Dowden was defeated by Vincent Horton in round two. Alastair took the outright lead by beating me in round 4. In a complex position where I had had quite a nice attack, I picked up my f-pawn then realised it was protecting my bishop on e3, which was attacked by his queen. Instead of realising that my rook on h3 was also defending said bishop, and hence playing f4, I wrongly decided I was losing a piece no matter what and played f3?? double-unprotecting my bishop. :wall:

By round six, Alastair's dominance of the event was so advanced that he was downfloated to play a player on three, there being only four other players above 50% and him having already beaten all four!

A picket fence was prevented by a gallant round 8 effort by Mason Carter who had the better of his draw with Alastair but that draw was also enough to put Alastair over the line, with Lawrence Bretag second and Tony Dowden third.

NB re the following crosstable: my copy of SP inserts a fictitious blank round 5 (there were really 9 rounds not 10). Also the rating list used to seed the field was a slightly outdated main-list as that was what was readily to hand when the organisers were keen to get underway on time.


No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 Dyer, Alastair 1903 8.5 17:W 5:W 2:W 4:W 0: 3:W 6:W 11:W 10:D 8:W
2 Bretag, Lawrence 1609 7 11:W 15:W 1:L 6:W 0: 7:W 8:W 4:W 3:L 5:W
3 Dowden, Tony 1971 6.5 12:W 6:L 11:W 9:W 0: 1:L 7:W 5:W 2:W 4:D
4 Bonham, Kevin 1896 5.5 13:W 10:W 6:W 1:L 0: 5:L 11:W 2:L 9:W 3:D
5 Bretag, Marcus 1575 5 8:W 1:L 16:W 12:W 0: 4:W 10:W 3:L 7:L 2:L
6 Horton, Vincent 1530 5 7:W 3:W 4:L 2:L 0: 13:W 1:L 16:L 14:W 10:W
7 Short, Owen 1290 5 6:L 13:W 10:W 11:W 0: 2:L 3:L 0:W 5:W 9:L
8 Briant, James 1306 5 5:L 17:W 9:L 15:W 0: 0:W 2:L 12:W 13:W 1:L
9 Kuzmic, Dylan 1490 5 14:W 12:L 8:W 3:L 0: 11:L 15:W 17:W 4:L 7:W
10 Carter, Mason 1488 4.5 16:W 4:L 7:L 14:W 0: 12:W 5:L 15:W 1:D 6:L
11 Fry, Dallas 1330 4 2:L 14:W 3:L 7:L 0: 9:W 4:L 1:L 16:W 0:W
12 Horton, Russell 1430 4 3:L 9:W 15:W 5:L 0: 10:L 17:W 8:L 0:W 14:L
13 Fifield, Andrew 1332 4 4:L 7:L 17:W 16:W 0: 6:L 0:W 14:L 8:L 15:W
14 Carter, Adam 1170 4 9:L 11:L 0:W 10:L 0: 17:W 16:L 13:W 6:L 12:W
15 Hunn, Nick 842 3 0:W 2:L 12:L 8:L 0: 16:W 9:L 10:L 17:W 13:L
16 Briant, Harrison 899 3 10:L 0:W 5:L 13:L 0: 15:L 14:W 6:W 11:L 17:L
17 Kuzmic, Carey 1347 2 1:L 8:L 13:L 0:W 0: 14:L 12:L 9:L 15:L 16:W

Garvinator
13-06-2010, 11:43 PM
Was 3+2 or 5/0 used?

Tony Dowden
14-06-2010, 06:33 PM
Alastair Dyer is the new Tasmanian Lightning Champion. Defending 2006-9 champion Tony Dowden was defeated by Vincent Horton in round two.

Congratulations Alastair, a worthy champion :clap: :clap:

My loss to Vincent was my first blitz loss in five years of Tassie Lightnings. Alastair then backed up by comprehensively outplaying me two rounds later.

I also drew with KB in a tragi-comic last round game where Kevin played the cunning 1.Nc3!? which morphed into a kind of Sicilian. After not realising for more than 20 moves I had blundered a piece, I found the ending wasn't as 'winning' as I'd thought. With time ticking down KB immediately blundered a piece back then I let him take all my pawns! I put it down to one part old age (I used to find it so easy but now it is so hard!!) and the other part the predictable result of squeezing a blitz tournament into the end of Day 2 after five punishing rounds of 90/15.

Tony Dowden
14-06-2010, 06:33 PM
Was 3+2 or 5/0 used?
5/0

Kevin Bonham
14-06-2010, 06:34 PM
Was 3+2 or 5/0 used?

5/0. Hobart club may try 3/2 or 4/2 next time we run it.

Last round of the Open featured an excellent "grandstand finish" with the last two games going being the top two boards Fifield - Dyer and M Bretag - Dowden. Both Dowden and Dyer prevailed, Dowden from what may well have been a losing position (I have the game but have yet to look at it in detail) and Dyer finally converting a drawn rook ending when Andrew didn't have the technique to hold it at a 15 second increment. (It ended up as a KR vs KRP. Earlier with three pawns each it looked completely drawn except Alastair found a very nifty zugzwang-type trick).

It is the second win of the Open title for both Dowden and Dyer; both previously tied for first with yours truly in 2007 and 2009 respectively. It also means Alastair has won both Championship title and the Open two years in a row, albeit mostly tied, and he is the first player to do this in two different years, let alone consecutively. Well done Alastair! Alastair is also the second player to win the Championship, Open and Lightning all in the same year (Tony Dowden did this in 2007). Still waiting to be claimed is the feat of winning both Championship and Open outright in the same year.

Apart from =1st and =3rd prizes were awarded for U12 (Mason Carter), U1400 (Jamie Briant), U1700 (shared between Marcus Bretag, Vincent Horton and John O'Mara). U18 was pooled into =3rd. Tony Sturges again made a donation to increase the junior prizes. (I would have pooled U1700 into =3rd as well but that said for me to win any money at all from this particular weekend is probably enough of a travesty as it is!)

Andrew Fifield and Jamie Briant were the junior stars of the tournament (now that Alastair is arguably an ex-junior) and when they get the experience and match toughness to be better at holding difficult games under pressure on the big boards in the final rounds, look out!


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Fifield, Andrew [4] 0:1 Dyer, Alastair [4.5]
2 Bretag, Marcus [3.5] 0:1 Dowden, Tony [4.5]
3 Bonham, Kevin [3] 1:0 Briant, James [3.5]
4 Frame, Nigel [3] .5:.5 O'Mara, John [3]
5 Bretag, Lawrence [3] 1:0 Harvey, Reg [3]
6 Short, Owen [2.5] .5:.5 Kuzmic, Dylan [2.5]
7 Horton, Vincent [2.5] 1:0 O'Mara, Noel [2]
8 Hughes, David [2] 0:1 Fry, Dallas [2]
9 Richards, Graham [2] 0:1 Lewis, Nigel [2]
10 Carter, Mason [2] 1:0 Carter, Adam [2]
11 Briant, Harrison [2] 0:1 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [1.5]
12 Jiang, Robert [1] 0:1 Hunn, Nick [1]
13 Horton, Russell [3] 0:0 BYE


No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6

1 Dowden, Tony 1948 5.5 3:W 12:W 4:W 2:D 6:W 7:W
2 Dyer, Alastair 1929 5.5 14:W 20:W 8:W 1:D 5:W 3:W
3 Fifield, Andrew 1415 4 1:L 13:W 9:W 16:W 4:W 2:L
4 Bonham, Kevin 1837 4 17:W 11:W 1:L 7:W 3:L 6:W
5 Bretag, Lawrence 1608 4 6:L 21:W 22:W 11:W 2:L 12:W
6 Briant, James 1292 3.5 5:W 7:D 19:W 8:W 1:L 4:L
7 Bretag, Marcus 1642 3.5 15:W 6:D 10:W 4:L 12:W 1:L
8 O'Mara, John 1572 3.5 13:W 25:W 2:L 6:L 17:W 9:D
9 Frame, Nigel 1762 3.5 20:L 24:W 3:L 23:W 19:W 8:D
10 Horton, Vincent 1545 3.5 19:L 15:W 7:L 20:W 11:D 21:W
11 Kuzmic, Dylan 1432 3 22:W 4:L 25:W 5:L 10:D 13:D
12 Harvey, Reg 1450 3 23:W 1:L 20:W 19:W 7:L 5:L
13 Short, Owen 1271 3 8:L 3:L 18:W 24:W 14:D 11:D
14 Lewis, Nigel 1346 3 2:L 23:W 16:L 21:D 13:D 20:W
15 Fry, Dallas 1306 3 7:L 10:L 21:L 25:W 0:W 24:W
16 Horton, Russell 1455 3 18:W 19:L 14:W 3:L 21:W 0:L
17 Carter, Mason 1342 3 4:L 18:W 24:L 22:W 8:L 19:W
18 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1123 2.5 16:L 17:L 13:L 0:W 24:D 23:W
19 Carter, Adam 1246 2 10:W 16:W 6:L 12:L 9:L 17:L
20 Richards, Graham 1333 2 9:W 2:L 12:L 10:L 22:W 14:L
21 O'Mara, Noel 1164 2 24:D 5:L 15:W 14:D 16:L 10:L
22 Hunn, Nick 843 2 11:L 0:W 5:L 17:L 20:L 25:W
23 Briant, Harrison 923 2 12:L 14:L 0:W 9:L 25:W 18:L
24 Hughes, David 1484 2 21:D 9:L 17:W 13:L 18:D 15:L
25 Jiang, Robert 407 1 0:W 8:L 11:L 15:L 23:L 22:L

Kevin Bonham
14-06-2010, 06:42 PM
With time ticking down KB immediately blundered a piece back then I let him take all my pawns.

Yes, what finally happened at the end to this rather pitiable game was that Tony decided to abandon his bishop for a won ending with three pawns against a knight, which was a good idea but hopping around nimbly with knights in the ending is the one thing I can still do when exhausted, and I just managed to mop up two of them and hold the third on the seventh rank.

I also won a very drawn knight ending against Vincent despite him missing an illegal move claim.

Kevin Bonham
14-06-2010, 09:22 PM
Fifield - Dyer

Incidentally I noticed a very similar rook ending was held on one of the top Vic Open boards.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bd3 d6 6.c4 Nc6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.b4 d5 11.c5 a5 12.exd5 cxd5 13.Ba3 axb4 14.Bxb4 Qc7 15.Nb5 Qc6 16.a4 Bb7 17.Qc2 Rfc8 18.Rfc1 e5 19.Nd6 Bxd6 20.cxd6 Qb6 21.Qb2 e4 22.Bb5 Bc6 23.Rxc6 Rxc6 24.Bxc6 Qxc6 25.Qc3 Qxc3 26.Bxc3 Kf8 27.h3 Ke8 28.Bxf6 gxf6 29.Rd1 Ra5 30.f3 f5 31.g4! fxg4 32.fxe4! dxe4 33.Rd4 e3 34.hxg4 Kd7 35.Kf1 Re5 36.Ke2 h6 White has to give up his perfect protective network, but should still draw easily. 37.Rd3 Re4 38.Rxe3 Rxa4 39.Rh3 Ra2+ 40.Kd1 Kxd6 41.Rxh6+ Ke5 42.Rh7 Kf6 43.Rh3 Kg5 44.Rf3 f6 45.Ke1 Rg2 46.Kf1 [46.Rf5+ Kg6 47.Rf4 forces a draw immediately] 46...Rxg4 Tablebase draw. 47.Ke2 Tablebase loss, rook to any third rank square except g3 draws. 47...Rg2+ Now drawn again. [47...Re4+ was a tablebase win but very hard to see why at 15 secs/move. After 48.Kd3 (48.Kf2 Rf4 with a won pawn ending) 48...Re1! is the only move that wins by force.] 48.Ke3 f5 49.Rf1 Rg3+ 50.Kd4? White's technique in time trouble is not up to realising he needs to keep the king ahead of the pawn rather than the rook. 50...Kg4 51.Ke5 Re3+ 52.Kf6 f4 53.Rg1+ Kf3 54.Kf5 Re8 55.Rf1+ Kg3 56.Rg1+ Kf2 57.Rg4 f3 58.Kf4 Ke2 59.Rh4 f2 Time 0-1

M Bretag - Dowden. Not completely sure I have some of the last 10 or so moves right as there was some postmortem analysis that I have noted that doesn't tally with the moves given.

1.e4 e6 2.b3 b6 3.Bb2 Bb7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Qe2 d6 6.Nf3 a6 7.a4 c5 8.g3 Nc6 9.Bg2 Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Rad1 e5 12.d3 Nd4 13.Nxd4 cxd4 14.Nb1 Bc8 15.c4 dxc3 16.Bxc3 Bg4 17.f3 Be6 18.Qb2 b5 19.a5 b4 20.Bxb4 Rb8 21.Qa3 Qc7 22.Nd2 Rfe8 23.Kh1 Qb7 24.Bxd6 Bxd6 25.Qxd6 Rbd8 26.Qxe5 Rxd3 27.Qa1 Rb8 28.Nc4 Rxb3 29.Nb6 Nd7 30.Qd4! Powerful centralisation, black is in big trouble now. 30...Nf8 31.f4 Bg4 32.Rd2 h6 33.h3 Bc8 34.Rc1 Rxg3! 35.e5? [35.f5 and white has Qd6 and Rc7 coming among other nasties.] 35...Rxg2 Swindle! 36.Rxg2 Bxh3 37.Rcg1 Ne6 38.Qe3 Bxg2+ 39.Rxg2 Rd8 40.Kh2 Qe7 41.Qg3 Qb4 42.f5 Ng5 43.Ra2 Rd2+ [43...Qe4!] 44.Rxd2 Qxd2+ 45.Qg2 Qxa5 46.Qa8+ Kh7 47.Nd5 Qd2+ 48.Kg3 Qe1+ 0-1

Tony Dowden
14-06-2010, 09:27 PM
Last round of the Open featured an excellent "grandstand finish" with the last two games going being the top two boards Fifield - Dyer and M Bretag - Dowden. Both Dowden and Dyer prevailed, Dowden from what may well have been a losing position (I have the game but have yet to look at it in detail)

I have to say I was absolutely dead in the water before pulling off a sneaky swindle! At one point I lost concentration completely and missed Marcus' next move three times in a row. (We are playing again in the Club champs this Wednesday which will be interesting).

Again, congratulations to Alastair Dyer :clap: :clap: :clap: He is the form player of 2010 on the Tassie circuit and it is simply a matter of time before he breaks 2000 and cements his status as the top-ranked Tasmanian.

Capablanca-Fan
15-06-2010, 02:59 PM
I have to say I was absolutely dead in the water before pulling off a sneaky swindle! At one point I lost concentration completely and missed Marcus' next move three times in a row. (We are playing again in the Club champs this Wednesday which will be interesting).
I must admit, if instead of chasing your B with the weakening 33.h3, he had first confined it with 33.f5, I'd like to know myself what Black could do.

Back in NZ Championship days, you would have found 27.Nxe6!! like a shot in that position against KB.

Tony Dowden
16-06-2010, 07:59 PM
I must admit, if instead of chasing your B with the weakening 33.h3, he had first confined it with 33.f5, I'd like to know myself what Black could do.

Back in NZ Championship days, you would have found 27.Nxe6!! like a shot in that position against KB.

Agreed Jono. I was (completely) lost against Marcus. I felt like resigning after 30.Qd4! but sniffed slight swindling chances. 34.f5 is obviously still winning but Marcus was shocked that he'd missed my reply of 34...Rxg3 and played the 'obvious' but fatal 35.e5?

You are too kind - I miss lots of tactics these days! Interestingly, I correctly analysed the Nxe6 sac against Kevin but only from a line where my knight went to c5 first. But it simply didn't occur to me on move 27.

Adamski
16-06-2010, 11:44 PM
Congratulations to Alastair and Tony on another strong performance!:clap:

Tony Dowden
17-06-2010, 08:06 PM
Congratulations to Alastair and Tony on another strong performance!:clap:

Thanks Jonathan - I was fortunate/blessed in the last round though ;)

Vlad
17-06-2010, 08:19 PM
Tony, I remember you were asking if we could come one more time to Tassie. We are thinking about coming to play in the Hobart weekender in the middle of August. Can you make sure that the strong field will be there?:lol: