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Watto
17-08-2010, 12:53 PM
Croydon's next classic time control tournament starts this Thursday.

We have named it ‘The Frost’ after our founding President, Stephen Frost, who is also our current Treasurer and webmaster (Frosty and The Snail King on chesschat.) The club is deeply indebted to Steve. Simply put, there would be no Croydon CC without him!

It is ACF rated and runs over 5 Thursday evenings, with play beginning Thursday 19th August at 7:45pm at the Croydon RSL.

The time control is 60 mins + 30 sec. All games will be published on the Croydon CC website.

Director of Play is Ian Birchall. Welcome back Ian. :)

Players intending to enter this tournament should register by 7:30 pm sharp with play commencing at 7:45 pm.

The forfeit time for games will be 30 minutes.

The entry fee is $10 for members. As in the past, we require membership in order to play in our regular club tournaments. The membership fees, however, will be reduced by half as we are halfway through the year.

Club Membership
-- $60.00 / year for seniors
-- $40.00 / year for juniors
---- $20.00 / year for 2nd junior
---- additional juniors free

Croydon has regular club tournaments (as well as blitz/social nights and training workshops) throughout the year so membership is well worth it.

See the calendar on our website for more details: http://www.croydonchess.com/Calendar...U/Default.aspx

Detailed contact and venue details can also be found at our website.

IM Guy West and Ian Birchall are two of the stronger players who will be playing. Adding some 1500 depth, I believe that the abovementioned Stephen Frost and our club junior coach Jamie Cross will also play! :D

I look forward to seeing all the familiar faces and some new ones!

Spiny Norman
17-08-2010, 05:17 PM
I'll be playing for sure; would be churlish of me to miss my namesake tournament!

Metro
17-08-2010, 06:18 PM
I'll be playing for sure; would be churlish of me to miss my namesake tournament!
How do you feel about a tournament being named after you? When do we see the Watto Classic?:D

lost
17-08-2010, 10:46 PM
How do you feel about a tournament being named after you? When do we see the Watto Classic?:D

What is the tournament time control? 60 mins + 30 secs?

lost

Watto
18-08-2010, 12:15 AM
How do you feel about a tournament being named after you? When do we see the Watto Classic?:D
hmm, the Watto Classic - sounds like some sort of forced blunder tournament! ;)

Hi lost, it's 60 min + 30 secs.

Spiny Norman
21-08-2010, 11:16 AM
How do you feel about a tournament being named after you?
Its a nice gesture. Recognition is an important factor around a chess club. I think next year we will probably need to institute a "Goldsmith" tournament too!

Watto
22-08-2010, 09:17 AM
Commentary by Ian Birchall:
"In Round 1, many games were hard fought, but the club office-bearers did well.
Club Treasurer Steve Frost (The Snail King) was held at bay until move 50 by a strong performance from junior Cameron Yung. President Richard Goldsmith countered Herman Naude’s early initiative and made good use of the open d-file and strong points to drive home an impressive attack. Vice-President Guy West’s aggressive opening play saw Linden Lyons’ king take a walk. Club Secretary, Jean Watson, demolished and diverted committee member Pearl Yung’s centre pawns before winning on time in a strong position. Our Junior Coach, Jamie Cross, ignored loss of material to make a successful strike at John Fleming’s king position. Committee member, Ion Kloprogge, always a tricky customer, turned a slightly weaker position against Steve Scott into a win by setting and then closing a mating trap. Feisty play by Rodney Matthews made the Director of Play, Ian Birchall, struggle to turn positional advantage into a win."

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Lyons, Linden 1080 [0] 0:1 West, Guy 2271 [0]
2 Birchall, Ian 1764 [0] 1:0 Matthews, Rodney 1040 [0]
3 Yung, Cameron 937 [0] 0:1 Frost, Stephen 1561 [0]
4 Cross, Jamie 1448 [0] 1:0 Fleming, John M 868 [0]
5 Yung, Pearl 745 [0] 0:1 Watson, Jean 1278 [0]
6 Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [0] 1:0 Naude, Herman [0]
7 Scott, Steve [0] 0:1 Kloprogge, Ion 1172 [0]
All games will shortly be available on our website: http://www.croydonchess.com/

Provisional Round 2 pairings:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 West, Guy 2271 [1] : Cross, Jamie 1448 [1]
2 Watson, Jean 1278 [1] : Birchall, Ian 1764 [1]
3 Frost, Stephen 1561 [1] : Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [1]
4 Kloprogge, Ion 1172 [1] : Lyons, Linden 1080 [0]
5 Matthews, Rodney 1040 [0] : Yung, Pearl 745 [0]
6 Fleming, John M 868 [0] : Yung, Cameron 937 [0]
7 Naude, Herman [0] : Scott, Steve [0]

Watto
23-08-2010, 10:35 AM
All games will shortly be available on our website: http://www.croydonchess.com/

All games are now available to play through on our website.
http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2010/TheFrostAugust/tabid/172/language/en-AU/Default.aspx

Watto
29-08-2010, 10:44 AM
Here are the results from round 2.
A couple of games have been postponed. Ian Birchall will supply the round 3 pairings once these have been played. The board 1 game will be played on Monday evening, not sure about board 6.


No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 West, Guy 2271 [1] -:- Cross, Jamie 1448 [1]
2 Watson, Jean 1278 [1] 0:1 Birchall, Ian 1764 [1]
3 Frost, Stephen 1561 [1] 1:0 Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [1]
4 Kloprogge, Ion 1172 [1] 1:0 Lyons, Linden 1080 [0]
5 Matthews, Rodney 1040 [0] 1:0 Fleming, John M 868 [0]
6 Yung, Pearl 745 [0] -:- Yung, Cameron 937 [0]
7 Naude, Herman [0] 1:0 Scott, Steve [0]

Watto
29-08-2010, 10:29 PM
Comments by DOP Ian Birchall on the round 2 games:
"Some absences meant adjustments to the R2 pairings and two postponements.

On board 2, Jean had a bad day, giving up a pawn, before walking into a tactic which lost a piece. On board 3, Stephen had another long game, but used good endgame technique to tie up his opponent before administering the ‘coup de grace’. Board 4, saw Ion go up a piece early on. Linden put up stubborn resistance, even winning back a couple of pawns, but under severe time pressure his position finally collapsed. On board 5, good tactics from the steadily improving Rodney Matthews overcame John’s aggressive play. Board 7 saw Scott castling into Herman’s developing king-side attack. Herman played well to bring the attack home.

When the results of postponed games are known, the R3 pairings will be published – probably by Tuesday evening."

Spiny Norman
30-08-2010, 06:48 AM
Ian is very gracious. I would have described my game more like:

"Stephen had another long game; after playing himself into a winning position with some good endgame play, he failed to find an easy winning line, blundered and was fortunate to swindle a win." :doh:

Ian CCC
30-08-2010, 04:35 PM
Ian is very gracious. I would have described my game more like:

"Stephen had another long game; after playing himself into a winning position with some good endgame play, he failed to find an easy winning line, blundered and was fortunate to swindle a win." :doh:

I gave you the benefit of the doubt, figuring that all along you were aiming to end up with the flashy triple isolated pawn mating net, rather than, the prosaic, snaffle your opponent's pawns and then queen finish!

See here, for the game:

Frosty's O.T.B. games
(http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?p=287068#post287068)

Spiny Norman
30-08-2010, 06:08 PM
... flashy triple isolated pawn mating net ...
Flashy ... or possibly "dopey". ;)

Watto
31-08-2010, 10:22 PM
Here are the round 3 pairings. Guy won his postponed round 2 game against Jamie Cross. I've posted their game below.
The other postponed game from round 2 is yet to be played.

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Frost, Stephen 1561 [2] : West, Guy 2271 [2]
2 Birchall, Ian 1764 [2] : Kloprogge, Ion 1172 [2]
3 Cross, Jamie 1448 [1] : Matthews, Rodney 1040 [1]
4 Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [1] : Watson, Jean 1278 [1]
5 Fleming, John M 868 [0] : Naude, Herman [1]
6 Lyons, Linden 1080 [0] : Scott, Steve [0]
7 Yung, Cameron 937 [1] .5:0 BYE
8 Yung, Pearl 745 [0] .5:0 BYE
Event: The Frost
Date: 2010.08.30
Round: 2
White: West, Guy
Black: Cross, Jamie
Result: 1-0
ECO: E20
WhiteElo: 2271
BlackElo: 1448
PlyCount: 49

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 c5 5. a3 Ba5 6. d5 d6 7. e4 O-O 8. Bd3 exd5
9. cxd5 Nbd7 10. Nge2 a6 11. O-O b5 12. Kh1 h6 13. Ng3 Ne5 14. Be2 Ra7 15. f4
Ng6 16. b4 cxb4 17. axb4 Bxb4 18. Nxb5 Re7 19. Nd4 Nxe4 20. Nc6 Nxg3+ 21. hxg3
Qb6 22. f5 Rxe2 23. Qxe2 Ne5 24. Be3 Qb7 25. Rfb1 1-0

Watto
03-09-2010, 10:30 AM
Commentary by Ian Birchall:

"In Round 3, almost all of the games were hard-fought affairs. Stephen played strongly against Guy's Benko Gambit and gave the top seed a run for his money. Ian got a great position out of the opening, but had difficulty converting to a more tangible advantage against Ion's solid defence. After complementary errors from both sides, a mating attack finally got Ian the result. Rodney declined Jamie's speculative piece sac, but his king position had been compromised and Jamie made short work of finishing him off. Jean made the most of weaknesses in Richard's position to go ahead in the Q & P ending before swapping down to a won K & P ending. Linden's classic play of doubling rooks on the open file, before raiding the seventh rank, proved very effective against Steve. John converted an equal K & P ending to score a good win against Herman."

Round 3 results:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Frost, Stephen 1561 [2] 0:1 West, Guy 2271 [2]
2 Birchall, Ian 1764 [2] 1:0 Kloprogge, Ion 1172 [2]
3 Cross, Jamie 1448 [1] 1:0 Matthews, Rodney 1040 [1]
4 Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [1] 0:1 Watson, Jean 1278 [1]
5 Fleming, John M 868 [0] 1:0 Naude, Herman [1]
6 Lyons, Linden 1080 [0] 1:0 Scott, Steve [0]
7 Yung, Cameron 937 [0] .5:0 BYE
8 Yung, Pearl 745 [0] .5:0 BYE
Cross Table after round 3:

No Name Rtg Loc Title Total 1 2 3

1 West, Guy 2271 im 3 8:W 4:W 3:W
2 Birchall, Ian 1764 3 9:W 5:W 6:W
3 Frost, Stephen 1561 2 12:W 7:W 1:L
4 Cross, Jamie 1448 2 10:W 1:L 9:W
5 Watson, Jean 1278 2 13:W 2:L 7:W
6 Kloprogge, Ion 1172 2 14:W 8:W 2:L
7 Goldsmith, Richard 1251 1 11:W 3:L 5:L
8 Lyons, Linden 1080 1 1:L 6:L 14:W
9 Matthews, Rodney 1040 1 2:L 10:W 4:L
10 Fleming, John M 868 1 4:L 9:L 11:W
11 Naude, Herman 1 7:L 14:W 10:L
12 Yung, Cameron 937 .5 3:L 13:- 0:D
13 Yung, Pearl 745 .5 5:L 12:- 0:D
14 Scott, Steve 0 6:L 11:L 8:L

All games will be available on our website in the next day or two: http://www.croydonchess.com/

Watto
03-09-2010, 11:48 AM
[Event "The Frost (2010)"]
[Site "Croydon Chess Club"]
[Date "02/09/2010"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Stephen Frost"]
[Black "IM Guy West"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A59"]
[WhiteElo "1561"]
[BlackElo "2286"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2008.03.29"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.Nc3 d6 7.e4 Bxf1 8.Kxf1 g6 9.g3 Bg7 10.Kg2 O-O
11.Nge2 Nbd7 12.Qc2 Ra6 13.a4 Qa8 14.Nb5 Qb7 15.Nec3 c4 16.Be3 Rc8 17.Bd4 Nc5 18.Ra3 h5 19.f3 Nb3 20.Re1 Nxd4
21.Nxd4 Nxd5 22.exd5 Bxd4 23.Re4 Be5 24.a5 Rc5 25.Ra4 Qc7 26.Qe2 Raxa5 27.Rxa5 Qxa5 28.Rxc4 Bxc3 29.bxc3 Rxd5 30.Qb2 Rd3
31.Rb4 Qd5 32.Rb8+ Kh7 33.Qb7 Rd2+ 34.Kh1 Qa2 0-1

Watto
07-09-2010, 10:31 AM
Here are the provisional round 4 pairings for this Thursday evening:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 West, Guy 2271 [3] : Birchall, Ian 1764 [3]
2 Watson, Jean 1278 [2] : Frost, Stephen 1561 [2]
3 Kloprogge, Ion 1172 [2] : Cross, Jamie 1448 [2]
4 Yung, Cameron 937 [.5x] : Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [1]
5 Fleming, John M 868 [1] : Lyons, Linden 1080 [1]
6 Matthews, Rodney 1040 [1] : Naude, Herman [1]
7 Scott, Steve [0] : Yung, Pearl 745 [.5x]

ER
07-09-2010, 12:36 PM
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 this 3...b5 is such an infuriating move... It's so, so incogruous, so unsettling! It makes you feel like walking barefoot in a thorny field! :( I don't like it! :(

Spiny Norman
07-09-2010, 05:42 PM
The background to the game, from my perspective, is that I had been watching the sorts of openings that Guy had been playing over the past year. With weaker players he has displayed a predilection for slightly dodgy but exciting lines such as the Schliemann (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5!?) when playing Black. In other words, "gambits" of some description or another. I guessed that he would like the challenge of a gambit, but given that I'm one of the mid-range players at the club, that he would choose something a bit more recognised.

Now I don't know whether my logic was sound, but I prepared for a week for this game and played 1.d4 specifically so that he would have the opportunity to play the Benko. I prepared the 11.Nge2 line especially and was very pleased when he followed my preparation right up to move 15...c4 where I varied from theory 16.Ra3 and played my own move 16.Be3 instead.

Around about move 19 was where I really had to start seriously thinking for myself ... so its little wonder that I made a blunder almost immediately with 20.Re1 (20.Rd1 would have been much better) and was dead lost just a dozen moves later. ;)

ER
07-09-2010, 06:24 PM
... With weaker players he has displayed a predilection for slightly dodgy but exciting lines such as the Schliemann (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5!?) when playing Black...

Since you mentioned the Schliemann, let's have a look at one of an earlier Guy's endeavours with it against a, hmmm I wouldn't call him exactly weak, opponent.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 Bc5 7. O-O d6 8. Nc3 O-O 9. Qc4+ Kh8 10. Bxc6 bxc6 11. b4{?!11. Nxe5 Qe8 12. Nd3 and Black has to work to justify the pawn sac.} Bb6 12.Qxc6 Bg4 13. Nd2 Bd7 14. Qc4 Ng4 {And White had to resign, in view of} 15. Nf3 Rxf3 16. gxf3 Qh4 17. fxg4 Qxg4 18. Kh1 Qf3+ 19. Kg1 Bh3 {mating.} 0-1

but I regress, let's go back to the Benko so I am PM ing you an interesting anti-West/Benko line ;) which we can use it against him in the forthcoming Guy West Classic. Sending soon! :) ooops I just realised that the line I am talking about is good for Black, so I am keeping it in the safe to use it against someone who plays this opening against me! (I am sending it anyway) :)

Ian CCC
08-09-2010, 01:29 AM
With some players unable to make it on Thursday, and not wanting to have the results of postponed games hanging over the last round, I've decided to do the pairings again. Here's the new R4 draw:


1 West, Guy 2271 [3] : Birchall, Ian 1764 [3]
2 Watson, Jean 1278 [2] : Frost, Stephen 1561 [2]
3 Kloprogge, Ion 1172 [2] : Yung, Cameron 937 [1.5]
4 Matthews, Rodney 1040 [1] : Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [1]
5 Fleming, John M 868 [1] : Lyons, Linden 1080 [1]
6 Scott, Steve [0] : Yung, Pearl 745 [.5]
7 Cross, Jamie 1448 [2] .5:0 BYE
8 Naude, Herman [1] .5:0 BYE

Ian Birchall.

Watto
11-09-2010, 09:34 AM
Round 4 was played last Thursday night.
No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 West, Guy 2271 [3] 1:0 Birchall, Ian 1764 [3]
2 Watson, Jean 1278 [2] 0:1 Frost, Stephen 1561 [2]
3 Kloprogge, Ion 1172 [2] 1:0 Yung, Cameron 937 [1.5]
4 Matthews, Rodney 1040 [1] 0:1 Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [1]
5 Fleming, John M 868 [1] 0:1 Lyons, Linden 1080 [1]
6 Scott, Steve [0] 1:0 Yung, Pearl 745 [.5]
7 Cross, Jamie 1448 [2] .5:0 BYE
8 Naude, Herman [1] .5:0 BYE
Ian Birchall has supplied the following commentary:
"Round 4 saw the top two seeds on board 1. Ian, with the black pieces, was a little hazy on the King’s Indian four pawns attack and used up time stepping his way through the opening. Guy went for the king-side attack, perhaps over-reaching a little, but with good practical chances. Inaccuracies meant that each side had their turn at holding the advantage, but, in the end, Ian’s heavy time use and an acute attack of chess blindness decided the game in Guy’s favour.
On board 2, another King’s Indian saw Jean and Stephen quickly swap down pieces into an ending. Jean erred in pushing pawns without support and Stephen, at home in the endgame, made her pay. Cameron made the most of Ion’s opening errors to go 2 pawns ahead, but instead of consolidating and catching up on development; he played for the attack, exposing his king in the process. Ion doesn’t need much encouragement to go on the offensive and he soon forced mate. On board 4, Richard and Rodney had a fierce tactical battle before ending up in a R & P ending where Richard’s extra pawns counted. Good tactical play from Linden saw him turn what started out as an equal endgame into a win against John. On board 6, Steve Scott defended well against Pearl’s threats before taking advantage of her weakened king position for a very good win.

As always, the games can be found on the club website www.croydonchess.com, under the ‘Results’ tab. [Frosty also has an analysis of his games here: http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?p=288605#post288605]

The final round is next Thursday with Ion being given the task of trying to prevent Guy’s clean sweep, while second place will likely be decided by the board 2 match between Ian and Stephen."

Round 5 pairings:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Kloprogge, Ion 1172 [3] : West, Guy 2271 [4]
2 Birchall, Ian 1764 [3] : Frost, Stephen 1561 [3]
3 Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [2] : Cross, Jamie 1448 [2.5]
4 Lyons, Linden 1080 [2] : Watson, Jean 1278 [2]
5 Naude, Herman [1.5] : Yung, Cameron 937 [1.5]
6 Scott, Steve [1] : Matthews, Rodney 1040 [1]
7 Yung, Pearl 745 [.5] : Fleming, John M 868 [1]

Watto
18-09-2010, 10:32 AM
The final round was played on Thursday night. Congratulations to Guy for winning the tournament, Ian for coming second and Jamie Cross for taking the third spot. A huge thanks to Ian Birchall for his excellent arbiting and I also hope that Stephen Frost enjoyed playing tournament chess again ... it was great to have The Snail King back playing at the club.

Round 5 results:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Kloprogge, Ion 1172 [3] 0:1 West, Guy 2271 [4]
2 Birchall, Ian 1764 [3] 1:0 Frost, Stephen 1561 [3]
3 Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [2] 0:1 Cross, Jamie 1448 [2.5]
4 Lyons, Linden 1080 [2] 0:1 Watson, Jean 1278 [2]
5 Naude, Herman [1.5] 1:0 Yung, Cameron 937 [1.5]
6 Scott, Steve [1] .5:.5 Matthews, Rodney 1040 [1]
7 Yung, Pearl 745 [.5] 1:0 Fleming, John M 868 [1]


Ian Birchall has supplied the following commentary:

"The final round of ‘The Frost’ had a number of interesting games. Not the least was on Board 1, where Ion Kloprogge, rated 1172, played an outstanding game against Guy West, rated 2271. Positive play, out of a slightly inferior opening, saw Ion gain equality which he maintained until the endgame. After losing a pawn going into the rook ending, he missed a clear drawing opportunity and Guy made the most of his error. Guy’s consistently strong play proved too much for all his opponents in this competition winning the tournament with 5/5. Congratulations, Guy!

On board 2, Steve Frost’s now feared opening preparation gained time on the clock until Ian upset it, by choosing an unusual move order, and the game went Ian’s way from there on. After a long layoff from tournament chess, Steve Frost has made a good comeback in this tournament. He showed good skill in the endgame against lower rated opponents and his good opening preparation kept higher rated opponents wary. It was great to see a stalwart of the club back on the warpath in the tournament named in his honour!

On board 3, Richard’s English Opening got him off to a good start, but Jamie gradually got on top, before Richard miscalculated under pressure and gave up a piece. That win gave Jamie 3rd place in the tournament. On the next board, Jean had a comfortable win against Linden after a tactical skirmish left her two knights for a rook and pawn up.

I haven’t yet seen Herman’s game with Cameron, but apparently, Herman did well to drive home an attack against Cameron’s king.

Steve Scott’s play is clearly improving, having the better part of a draw against Rodney Matthews. Unfortunately, after achieving an aggressive position against Rodney’s king he missed the tactic 21. Nb6+ , winning easily!

On board 7, John had been building up to a win in his game against Pearl when he failed to notice that his bishop was unprotected. Pearl swooped and it was mate next move.

As always, the results and games can be found under the ‘Results’ tab on the club website http://www.croydonchess.com/

Ian Birchall, DOP

Cross Table:

No Name Rtg Loc Title Total 1 2 3 4 5

1 West, Guy 2271 im 5 9:W 3:W 4:W 2:W 6:W
2 Birchall, Ian 1764 4 10:W 5:W 6:W 1:L 4:W
3 Cross, Jamie 1448 3.5 14:W 1:L 10:W 0:D 8:W
4 Frost, Stephen 1561 3 11:W 8:W 1:L 5:W 2:L
5 Watson, Jean 1278 3 12:W 2:L 8:W 4:L 9:W
6 Kloprogge, Ion 1172 3 13:W 9:W 2:L 11:W 1:L
7 Naude, Herman 2.5 8:L 13:W 14:L 0:D 11:W
8 Goldsmith, Richard 1251 2 7:W 4:L 5:L 10:W 3:L
9 Lyons, Linden 1080 2 1:L 6:L 13:W 14:W 5:L
10 Matthews, Rodney 1040 1.5 2:L 14:W 3:L 8:L 13:D
11 Yung, Cameron 937 1.5 4:L 12:+ 0:D 6:L 7:L
12 Yung, Pearl 745 1.5 5:L 11:- 0:D 13:L 14:W
13 Scott, Steve 1.5 6:L 7:L 9:L 12:W 10:D
14 Fleming, John M 868 1 3:L 10:L 7:W 9:L 12:L