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Watto
17-01-2011, 02:38 PM
The Croydon Club Championship starts Thursday evening the 10th February and runs for 7 rounds until the 24th March.

The championship will be held at our club rooms:
Croydon RSL
1 Civic Square
Croydon VIC 3136
(near bottom of Main Street)

All rounds start at 7:45 pm and the time limit is 60 min + 30 sec. It will be ACF rated. Swiss Perfect pairings will be used. Players are advised to be present by 7:30 pm before round 1. The entry fee will be $10.

The club championship is open to all 2011 club members - our club membership brochure can be downloaded from the home page of our website.

Our annual membership fees are very affordable and our activities include a ton of different tournaments and events (including chess workshops) on Thursday evenings in Croydon as well as one GP weekender each year. For more details on the events we offer see our calendar: http://www.croydonchess.com/Calendar/tabid/55/language/en-US/Default.aspx
Club Membership
-- $60.00 / year for seniors
-- $40.00 / year for juniors
Ė $20.00 / year for 2nd junior
Ė additional juniors free

I warmly encourage players who live in Croydon and surrounding suburbs to join our club and play in our club championship! (if you live way across on the other side of the city you are equally welcome... :)) Croydon has a wide range of players from beginners to master level and is a very friendly club.

Contact and venue details, results and games can be found on the club site: www.croydonchess.com

Watto
17-01-2011, 06:29 PM
Hi everyone. I'm very pleased to let you know that Ian Birchall will be arbiter. Many thanks, Ian!

Watto
28-01-2011, 08:33 AM
Contact and venue details, results and games can be found on the club site: www.croydonchess.com
Any enquiries about the championship can also be directed to me here at chesschat. Other contact details can be found on this page: http://www.croydonchess.com/About/ContactUs/tabid/61/language/en-US/Default.aspx
If you wish to enter, just let one of us know or you may also turn up on the night. We look forward to seeing you there. :)

Ian CCC
11-02-2011, 02:13 PM
1 Ion Kloprogge 1266 [0] 0:1 Guy West 2283 [0]
2 Ian Birchall 1828 [0] 1:0 Linden Lyons 1150 [0]
3 Rodney Matthews 1074 [0] 0:1 Jamie Cross 1559 [0]
4 Kyle Gibson 1530 [0] 1:0 John M Fleming 993 [0]
5 Cameron Yung 983 [0] 1:0 Christopher Potter 1495 [0]
6 Joseph Wong 1331 [0] 1:0 Steve Scott 872 [0]
7 Pearl Yung 790 [0] 1:0 Jean Watson 1276 [0]


All games have been published on the Croydon Chess Club website (http://www.croydonchess.com) (see post below). Here's the commentary for the first round:


The Club Championship is underway in its new time slot at the beginning of the year. With many players clearing out the cobwebs after a number of weeks away from the board, the conditions were just right for upsets and the Yung family did not disappoint!

On board 1, Ion couldn’t come up with a decent plan against Guy’s French. He lost the central battle and, shortly thereafter, the weak squares around his king proved fatal.

Ian played a rather innocuous opening against Linden, where White declined for some time to play the called for c4 and allowed easy equality. However, Black was a little to too quick to start opening up the position and White’s better development combined with attacks on the Black queen allowed him to dominate the position before a final tactic caused resignation.

On board 3, Rodney tried swapping off pieces in the opening, but it only seemed to help Black quickly develop his remaining pieces and solve his opening problems. Jamie ended up with considerable pressure against his opponent’s isolated queen pawn and K-side. A serious tactical error was the result and Rodney quickly succumbed.

Board 4 saw John surviving a dodgy opening against Kyle, before accidentally giving up a piece. The closed nature of the position enabled John to last another 50 moves.

A lovely tactic finished off a nicely played game by junior Cameron Yung to cause the biggest upset of the round in defeating Chris Potter. Well done, Cameron:clap:

Board 6 saw a typically aggressive, but flawed, game from Joseph Wong. He offered a piece with 8.Ne5? Steve, wisely, didn’t take up the offer on that move, but after castling he missed playing 9….g5! with advantage. A number of other opportunities were missed by both players (e.g. 23…Rxe5 and 29…Re8 both winning a pawn). When down material, Joseph offered a draw which Steve declined. Finally, Steve buckled under the pressure from the clock, and Joseph’s harassing play, to give Joseph the win.

On board 7, Jean Watson held the advantage out of the opening with Pearl’s pieces getting in each other’s way on the K-side. But she missed the opportunity to convert to a material advantage. Both players were then happy to swap down into a K&P endgame which clearly favoured Black, but K&P endgames aren’t called “tricky” for no reason. Black retreated at the wrong time (39.Kh5? instead of 39.g4! winning comfortably) and all of a sudden it was White who was winning. Black missed one last chance to cause difficulties with 44….e4, before succumbing. :clap: Congratulations Pearl!

Ian CCC
11-02-2011, 02:29 PM
Here are the provisional pairings for Round 2:


1 Guy West 2283 [1] : Kyle Gibson 1530 [1]
2 Joseph Wong 1331 [1] : Ian Birchall 1828 [1]
3 Jamie Cross 1559 [1] : Cameron Yung 983 [1]
4 Christopher Potter 1495 [0] : Pearl Yung 790 [1]
5 Jean Watson 1276 [0] : Rodney Matthews 1074 [0]
6 John M Fleming 993 [0] : Ion Kloprogge 1266 [0]
7 Linden Lyons 1150 [0] : Steve Scott 872 [0]

Ian CCC
11-02-2011, 04:48 PM
The games from Round 1 have been published on the Croydon Chess club website here (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/ClubChampionship/tabid/188/language/en-US/Default.aspx).

(Thanks, Steve! :clap: )

Ian CCC
18-02-2011, 06:12 PM
1 Guy West 2283 [1] 1:0 Kyle Gibson 1530 [1]
2 Joseph Wong 1331 [1] POST Ian Birchall 1828 [1]
3 Jamie Cross 1559 [1] POST Cameron Yung 983 [1]
4 Christopher Potter 1495 [0] .5:.5 Pearl Yung 790 [1]
5 Jean Watson 1276 [0] 1:0 Rodney Matthews 1074 [0]
6 John M Fleming 993 [0] 1:0 Ion Kloprogge 1266 [0]
7 Linden Lyons 1150 [0] 0:1 Steve Scott 872 [0]

The games will appear on the club website (http://www.croydonchess.com) in the next day or so. Here's the R2 commentary to whet your appetite:


Round 2 Commentary

Well there were no excuses for sluggish minds this week, but, despite two postponements, there were even more upset results than last week!
Pearl and Steve carried on from their play last week and achieved fine results, while John surprised Ion with his careful, manoeuvring play. :clap: Interestingly, all the upsets involved the higher rated player allowing a knight fork winning the exchange!:wall:

On Board 1, a Sicilian Defence turned French after Guyís Smith-Morra Gambit was declined. Kyle made a series of slightly inferior moves which weakened his position while Guy gradually increased his hold. Kyle was again struggling with time, but he put up stubborn defence until 20Ö.Nd7? and then the fatal 21ÖRe8?

On board 4, neither player took full advantage of the unusual opening moves by their opponent, but it soon became clear that white had a winning space advantage. However, Chris chose to expand on the K-side with f4 at the wrong moment allowing a knight fork on e3 and the loss of the exchange. White still seemed to have good prospects, as the Black pieces were confined and Blackís K-side looking ready for storming. But, Pearl had other ideas and broke through on the Q-side with 24Öa5?! to which Chris replied 25. b5? gaining the opportunity to win back the exchange, instead of 25. bxa5! winning. After that, a draw was agreed in a position favouring Black.

The game on board 5 was over quickly when Rodney overlooked the main threat in Jeanís winning combination.

With neither player willing to make a central break, the board 6 game began as a slow manoeuvring affair. But John seemed to get his pieces working together more effectively and his pawn break on the Q-side led to a winning invasion of Ionís position.

On Board 7, Steve broke opening rules by moving his d-pawn twice and played 5Öd5! taking charge of the central light squares. Linden allowed a knight fork which lost him the exchange, but he fought back, gaining a passed pawn and reaching a very interesting B & Ps v R & Ps endgame, which both sides had chances to win. White needed to keep the Black R confined, while trying to create a second passed pawn. Black needed to get his K to e6 or e8 in front of the passed pawn and activate his R. Steveís 46Öb5, trying to create space and open files for the R, but exposing the Q-side pawns to attack, was risky. 50. Bd8 Ra7+ 51. Bc7 Ra8 52. Bxa5 was probably winning for White. Later 54.Bc7 would have lead to a similar position, but with the Black c pawn more advanced it was probably only a draw (albeit a tricky one!). However, the move played, 54.Kd6, prove to be fatal, as it let the Black K into e8, allowing the R freedom to roam.

Ian CCC
18-02-2011, 06:19 PM
As one of the postponed games will be played Tuesday night, I'll wait until that result is known before finalising the R3 pairings. Pairings will be posted here first thing Wednesday morning.

Watto
18-02-2011, 07:27 PM
Thanks for all the reports, Ian. :)

Ian CCC
22-02-2011, 10:42 PM
In the postponed Round 2 game, Joseph Wong v Ian Birchall, White was surprised by a sudden piece attack against his king which he couldn't repulse.

Here are the provisional pairings for Round 3:


1 Ian Birchall 1828 [2] : Guy West 2283 [2]
2 Pearl Yung 790 [1.5] : Jamie Cross 1559 [1x]
3 Kyle Gibson 1530 [1] : Cameron Yung 983 [1x]
4 John M Fleming 993 [1] : Joseph Wong 1331 [1]
5 Steve Scott 872 [1] : Jean Watson 1276 [1]
6 Ion Kloprogge 1266 [0] : Christopher Potter 1495 [.5]
7 Rodney Matthews 1074 [0] : Linden Lyons 1150 [0]

Ian CCC
26-02-2011, 08:25 AM
The result of the other R2 postponed game - Jamie Cross 1-0 Cameron Yung.

Round 3 Results, so far:


1 Ian Birchall 1828 [2] 0:1 Guy West 2283 [2]
2 Pearl Yung 790 [1.5] post Jamie Cross 1559 [2]
3 Kyle Gibson 1530 [1] post Cameron Yung 983 [1]
4 John M Fleming 993 [1] 0:1 Joseph Wong 1331 [1]
5 Steve Scott 872 [1] 0:1 Jean Watson 1276 [1]
6 Ion Kloprogge 1266 [0] post Christopher Potter 1495 [.5]
7 Rodney Matthews 1074 [0] 1:0 Linden Lyons 1150 [0]

The games have been published on our website here (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/ClubChampionship/tabid/188/language/en-US/Default.aspx).

Round 3 Game Commentary:


On board 1, an unusual choice in the opening, followed by a couple of weak moves, resulted in Ian giving up a pawn. Guy took control of the rest of the game.

Boards 2, 3 and 6 were postponed.

Joseph seemed to be able to go round picking up John’s pawns, almost at will. He then, cleverly, gained the exchange for one of the pawns and went on to win comfortably.

Steve played aggressively, but his rook was in a precarious position on the side of the board. He had to give up a piece to salvage it. Jean was homing in on his king as Steve lost on time.

After gaining a pawn early on, Linden couldn’t find a way to consolidate his position. Rodney’s harassing play eventually got its reward when Linden overlooked the threatened mate.

Ian CCC
26-02-2011, 08:33 AM
As it might be a while before the postponed games from R3 are completed, I have gone ahead with the R4 pairings based on "anticipated" results for those games:


1 Guy West 2283 [3] : Jamie Cross 1559 [2x]
2 Jean Watson 1276 [2] : Ian Birchall 1828 [2]
3 Joseph Wong 1331 [2] : Kyle Gibson 1530 [1x]
4 Cameron Yung 983 [1x] : Pearl Yung 790 [1.5x]
5 Christopher Potter 1495 [.5x] : John M Fleming 993 [1]
6 Steve Scott 872 [1] : Rodney Matthews 1074 [1]
7 Linden Lyons 1150 [0] : Ion Kloprogge 1266 [0x]

Ian CCC
04-03-2011, 07:24 AM
1 Guy West 2283 [3] 1:0 Jamie Cross 1559 [2]
2 Jean Watson 1276 [2] 0:1 Ian Birchall 1828 [2]
3 Joseph Wong 1331 [2] 1:0 Kyle Gibson 1530 [1]
4 Cameron Yung 983 [1] post. Pearl Yung 790 [1.5]
5 Christopher Potter 1495 [.5] 1:0 John M Fleming 993 [1]
6 Steve Scott 872 [1] 1:0 Rodney Matthews 1074 [1]
7 Linden Lyons 1150 [0] 1:0 Ion Kloprogge 1266 [0]

Ian CCC
04-03-2011, 07:30 AM
The games should be available on our website (http://www.croydonchess.com) in the next couple of days, but here's the commentary in advance:


On board 1, Jamie, while playing a new opening for him, got caught in a sharp variation he didnít know and surrendered quickly.

On board 2, Jean played well and deserved at least a draw. After keeping Ian under pressure in the early part of the game, she gave up a pawn. But she played a nice piece sacrifice to obtain drawing chances. This wasnít responded to accurately by Ian and an ending resulted in which Jeanís passed pawns should have held against the N and pawns.

On board 3, after Kyle made an incorrect capture on move 8, Joseph cleverly built up pressure on blackís position. Joseph missed a couple of opportunities to drive the win home earlier, but overall, a very impressive game by him.

The board 4 game was postponed.

On board 5, John was a little off form, allowing Chris to pick up a couple of easy pawns and the exchange. Chris expertly steered the game to a comfortable K & P endgame.

At move 21, Rodney looked to be winning comfortably with the two bishops, central control and an extra passed pawn, however he pushed his passed pawn too quickly and allowed 22.Nb4 winning a piece. Steve could have finished the game off more quickly with 30.Qf3, but swapped down into an easily won endgame instead.

An out of form Ion Kloprogge struggled to cope with Lindenís solid play.

Ian CCC
04-03-2011, 07:45 AM
Here's the provisional pairings for Round 5. Some pairings may change if any posponed games that may be completed this weekend have unexpected results.
Final pairings will be confirmed here on Monday.


1 Guy West 2283 [4] : Joseph Wong 1331 [3]
2 Jamie Cross 1559 [2x] : Ian Birchall 1828 [3]
3 Kyle Gibson 1530 [1x] : Christopher Potter 1495 [1.5x]
4 Pearl Yung 790 [1.5xx] : Steve Scott 872 [2]
5 Cameron Yung 983 [1xx] : Jean Watson 1276 [2]
6 John M Fleming 993 [1] : Linden Lyons 1150 [1]
7 Rodney Matthews 1074 [1] : Ion Kloprogge 1266 [0x]

Watto
04-03-2011, 08:33 AM
On board 2, Jean played well and deserved at least a draw. After keeping Ian under pressure in the early part of the game, she gave up a pawn. But she played a nice piece sacrifice to obtain drawing chances. This wasn’t responded to accurately by Ian and an ending resulted in which Jean’s passed pawns should have held against the N and pawns.
I really needed to think clearly in that endgame about exactly what you could do in that position and then I might have been content to shuffle my king around realising it was the best way. I started to tell myself a story instead of calculating concrete variations. If I had calculated properly instead of weaving fuzzy tales in my head, I wouldn't have thrown away my a pawn on impulse, thinking I 'might' be able to gobble up your remaining pawns, thus ensuring the draw... I realised shortly after that I'd thrown away the game. :(
Oh well, I'll study more endgames so I'm a bit more clear headed in these situations. To be fair to both of us, we were very short on time by that stage.

Fritz thinks that Jamie was hardly worse when he resigned as it turns out.

Basil
04-03-2011, 08:54 AM
I started to tell myself a story instead of calculating concrete variations. If I had calculated properly instead of weaving fuzzy tales in my head...
Fantastic turn of phrase! I'm going to try and keep this one so as to give myself a damn good kick up the Arsenal wherever appropriate in life.

Paying $20 HCDs, right there folks!

Ian CCC
07-03-2011, 10:28 AM
Cameron defeated Pearl in their postponed game from R4. So, the pairings for R5 published on Friday are confirmed:


1 Guy West 2283 [4] : Joseph Wong 1331 [3]
2 Jamie Cross 1559 [2x] : Ian Birchall 1828 [3]
3 Kyle Gibson 1530 [1x] : Christopher Potter 1495 [1.5x]
4 Pearl Yung 790 [1.5x] : Steve Scott 872 [2]
5 Cameron Yung 983 [2x] : Jean Watson 1276 [2]
6 John M Fleming 993 [1] : Linden Lyons 1150 [1]
7 Rodney Matthews 1074 [1] : Ion Kloprogge 1266 [0x]


Any postponed games, remaining unplayed prior to R6, will be expected to be played on the catch-up night - Tuesday 15th Mar (7:45pm start) at our club rooms.

Ian CCC
12-03-2011, 06:11 AM
Here's the Round 5 results:


1 Guy West 2283 [4] 1:0 Joseph Wong 1331 [3]
2 Jamie Cross 1559 [2x] 1:0 Ian Birchall 1828 [3]
3 Kyle Gibson 1530 [1x] .5:.5 Christopher Potter 1495 [1.5x]
4 Pearl Yung 790 [1.5x] 1:0 Steve Scott 872 [2]
5 Cameron Yung 983 [2x] 0:1 Jean Watson 1276 [2]
6 John M Fleming 993 [1] .5:.5 Linden Lyons 1150 [1]
7 Rodney Matthews 1074 [1] 0:1 Ion Kloprogge 1266 [0x]

The competition for 2nd and 3rd place has been thrown wide open after Jamie's upset win over Ian. Jamie is now in line for second place in the tournament, but with 2 rounds to go anything can still happen.

Round 5 Game Commentary: Games from the club championship can be found here. (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/ClubChampionship/tabid/188/language/en-US/Default.aspx)


On board 1, Joseph played a Queen’s Indian, but failed to get in d5. Guy developed a positional bind and Joseph’s pieces were pushed right back, before a neat tactic finished the game.

On board 2, after a promising opening, Ian became over-ambitious, going for tactics while neglecting development. Jaime comfortably quelled the premature attack. In an attempt to get more out of the position, Ian went for an exchange sac, but his remaining pieces were undeveloped and Jamie’s rooks took control The queen offering 24.Qc8! , winning the bishop on a6 after the necessary 24...Qe8, would have been a nice finish to the game, but Jamie’s move proved just as effective.

A very quiet game developed on board 3, with both players adopting a careful approach. As the time for both players was quickly running down, a draw was agreed.

A rather strange, topsy-turvy game developed on board 4, where Pearl gave up a pawn for nothing, but then won a knight using a pin. She looked to be comfortably winning the endgame but then gave up her bishop for nothing and ended up being a pawn down in a rook endgame. Steve wasn’t sure how to proceed and under time pressure allowed Pearl to shepherd her pawn through to queen. Steve eventually lost on time.

On board 5, Jean was picking up pawns with her Q while Cameron pawn-stormed on the king-side. It was just becoming a very interesting game when Cameron blundered a rook under time pressure.

I haven’t seen Linden’s game against John, but by all accounts, it was a long, tough affair going down to K & Q v K & Q.

White held the advantage for much of the game on board 7, but Ion’s harassing play with the black pieces paid off when Rodney failed to find the winning move 39.Re8+! and instead lost a piece.


Junior Club Championship

The Junior Club Championship also had a dramatic turn with Joseph Wong's win over Kyle Gibson. Joseph is now leading on 4.5, followed by Kyle on 4 and James on 3.5.

Ian CCC
12-03-2011, 06:32 AM
There will be a catch-up night on Tuesday for the remaining 3 postponed games. The pairings for R6 that are published on our website are provisional until the results of these games are known. The final R6 pairings will be published here on Wednesday morning.

Ian CCC
15-03-2011, 10:45 PM
Round 5 Commentary continued


John v Linden 0.5 - 0.5

On board 6, Linden got his king-side pawns moving displacing Johnís pieces. He was winning until 30...Qf7 (instead of Qg6) allowed a discovered check winning his rook. John, instead of dominating with 36.Rd7, allowed Linden counter-play and was forced to give back a knight. Linden, despite being under a minute for most of endgame, played it well and John couldnít find a winning method (e.g. 68.Rxd5+). The result was a hard-fought draw.

Ian CCC
15-03-2011, 10:49 PM
Round 3 Postponed games


Kyle v Cameron 0.5- 0.5

White probably had the best chance for advantage in the opening with 6.e5, but after queens were exchanged, the game settled into a bishop v knight endgame with symmetrical pawns on both wings. Kyle missed winning opportunities in the endgame, but the game was eventually agreed drawn.

Pearl v Jamie 0 - 1

Pearl blew a rook in the opening and Jamie finished the game off quickly.

Ion v Chris 1 Ė 0

This was a game in which both players had winning chances. Ion did well to get on top as Chris got into time trouble. Chris gave up the exchange for a pawn and had chances if he could get his passed pawns rolling. Unfortunately, Chrisí king was very exposed and, after a few missteps, Ion managed to win a piece and eventually the game.

Ian CCC
15-03-2011, 10:53 PM
Given the results of the postponed games, the pairings for Round 6 have been adjusted. The final pairings for R6 are:


1 Jean Watson 1276 [3] : Guy West 2283 [5]
2 Jamie Cross 1559 [4] : Joseph Wong 1331 [3]
3 Ian Birchall 1828 [3] : Cameron Yung 983 [2.5]
4 Ion Kloprogge 1266 [2] : Pearl Yung 790 [2.5]
5 Steve Scott 872 [2] : Kyle Gibson 1530 [2]
6 Christopher Potter 1495 [2] : Linden Lyons 1150 [1.5]
7 Rodney Matthews 1074 [1] : John M Fleming 993 [1.5]

ER
15-03-2011, 10:57 PM
I know it isn't the right place to post this here, but just a small parenthetical note, to say how pleasantly surprised I was to see so many Croydon CC players and visitors during the weekend at Begonia! :clap:
I had a very interesting game vs Jamie Cross who absolutely stunned me with a move I wouldn't even dream of playing myself since it was in a position that the more conventional move would be more than enough to win the game!
Congrats Jamie! :clap:
Looking forward to see you all in the Guy West Classic! :)

Ian CCC
18-03-2011, 01:21 AM
1 Jean Watson 1276 [3] 0:1 Guy West 2283 [5]
2 Jamie Cross 1559 [4] 1:0 Joseph Wong 1331 [3]
3 Ian Birchall 1828 [3] 1:0 Cameron Yung 983 [2.5]
4 Ion Kloprogge 1266 [2] 1:0 Pearl Yung 790 [2.5]
5 Steve Scott 872 [2] 0:1 Kyle Gibson 1530 [2]
6 Christopher Potter 1495 [2] 1:0 Linden Lyons 1150 [1.5]
7 Rodney Matthews 1074 [1] 0:1 John M Fleming 993 [1.5]


The game commentary will follow in a later post. Suffice it to say, that a number of higher ranked players were fortunate to survive their games (including me!).

Ian CCC
18-03-2011, 01:25 AM
1 Guy West 2283 [6] : Christopher Potter 1495 [3]
2 Kyle Gibson 1530 [3] : Jamie Cross 1559 [5]
3 Ion Kloprogge 1266 [3] : Ian Birchall 1828 [4]
4 Joseph Wong 1331 [3] : Jean Watson 1276 [3]
5 John M Fleming 993 [2.5] : Steve Scott 872 [2]
6 Linden Lyons 1150 [1.5] : Cameron Yung 983 [2.5]
7 Pearl Yung 790 [2.5] : Rodney Matthews 1074 [1]

Ian CCC
19-03-2011, 12:02 PM
The games from Round 6 can be found here (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/ClubChampionship/tabid/188/language/en-US/Default.aspx) on our website.


On board 1, Jean held her own until Guy got his king-side attack going.

On board 2, Jamie had an easy win after Joseph gave up a piece.

On board 3, Ian was fortunate as Cameron missed 2 winning continuations when both were in time trouble. Early on, Cameron gave up a couple of pawns for what should have been a spurious king-side attack. However, under time pressure, Ian failed to simplify, while Cameron found ways to continue the attack. Ian’s 38. h5? should have lost to Rxf4! and 49.Rb8? should have lost to 49...Qd1+ 50.Kc3 Qa4!

I haven’t seen the scoresheets for board 4, yet.

On board 5, Steve played a solid opening, but incorrectly exchanged off his good bishop before giving away a couple of pawns, allowing Kyle a comfortable win.

Board 6 saw another desperate game when Chris’s King's Gambit went awry and he went two pieces down. Chris kept probing the black position and harassing the black pieces while watching Linden’s time tick down. During the combat, many opportunities were missed, including at least one mate in one. In the end, the clock decided the game.

On board 7, John played a very controlled game, exploiting the weaknesses in Rodney’s position. The relentless pressure induced errors from his opponent. Well played, John!

Ian CCC
24-03-2011, 11:43 PM
Here's the results of the final round of the Club Championship:


1 Guy West 2283 [6] 1:0 Christopher Potter 1495 [3]
2 Kyle Gibson 1530 [3] 0:1 Jamie Cross 1559 [5]
3 Ion Kloprogge 1266 [3] 0:1 Ian Birchall 1828 [4]
4 Joseph Wong 1331 [3] 1:0 Jean Watson 1276 [3]
5 John M Fleming 993 [2.5] 1:0 Steve Scott 872 [2]
6 Linden Lyons 1150 [1.5] 0:1 Cameron Yung 983 [2.5]
7 Pearl Yung 790 [2.5] .5:.5 Rodney Matthews 1074 [1]



Congratulations to Guy West on winning the 2011 Croydon Club Championship with a perfect score.:clap:

Also, a fantastic result for Jamie Cross, coming outright second with 6/7. Well done.:clap:

Junior Club Championship

Joseph Wong won the Junior Club Championship with 6.5/7 :clap: and Kyle Gibson came second with 6/7.:clap:

Full results for both tournaments, and the final games from the club championship, will be on our website (http://croydonchess.com) in the next couple of days. The final games' commentary should appear in this thread in a similar time-frame.

Watto
25-03-2011, 08:48 AM
Here's the results of the final round of the Club Championship:

Congratulations to Guy West on winning the 2011 Croydon Club Championship with a perfect score.:clap:

Also, a fantastic result for Jamie Cross, coming outright second with 6/7. Well done.:clap:

Junior Club Championship

Joseph Wong won the Junior Club Championship with 6.5/7 :clap: and Kyle Gibson came second with 6/7.:clap:

Full results for both tournaments, and the final games from the club championship, will be on our website (http://croydonchess.com) in the next couple of days. The final games' commentary should appear in this thread in a similar time-frame.
Congratulations to Guy, Jamie, Joseph and Kyle!

A huge thanks to you, Ian, for running the tournament so well as arbiter/Tournament Director, entering the games and for posting all the reports here. It is much appreciated by all of us. :clap:

NOTE: next Thursday, the 31st March, will be a club championship game analysis and coaching night run by IM Guy West (possibly assisted by club member FM Bill Jordan :)) Starting at 7:45 pm. After the coaching we'll play some allegro games.

Ian CCC
26-03-2011, 12:47 AM
The full cross table and results are now on our website. The games form Round 7 will follow shortly. In the mean time here's the game commentary -

Round 7 Commentary


On board 1, Guy surprised Chris with 5.d4 in the Ruy Lopez. Chris ended the opening a pawn down with a difficult position to defend. The result was never in doubt.

On board 2, Kyleís Sicilian Alapin went wrong. He ended up with an isolated d-pawn, bad bishop and an exposed king. Jamie maintained pressure throughout the game and finished it off with a nice mating combination.

On board 3, a slightly unorthodox opening played out to a fairly even position. Black gained some central control and began confining the white pieces. Whiteís doubled rooks on the d-file were quickly disconnected by 26...Nd3, but, amazingly, black failed to notice the follow-up fork with 27...Nf4! Despite the miss, blackís position was strong enough that white was required to give up the exchange in the next few moves, anyway.

After 9.Rc1? c4!, Jean built up a dominating position against Joseph. However, Joseph got a bishop to d6 and then found the best possibility for counter-play .... pushing his f-pawn against his opponentís king position. Jean failed to make the correct response at the crucial moment and, in a flash, the game was over.

With good tactics Steve won two pawns in the opening against John. He gave up one pawn while exchanging down into an endgame, but still had 2 connected passed pawns and a winning position. However, he didnít make good use of his K & N, allowing Johnís king to roam at will while picking up unprotected pawns. A fortunate win for John.

On board 6, Linden sacrificed a piece for the attack against Cameronís king. Linden didnít find the strongest moves (e.g. 14. Ne5 instead of Ng5), meanwhile Cameron defended well, and obtained good counter-play, to get the win.

On board 7, Pearl was in trouble after losing a piece early. Rodney pressed home his advantage by infiltrating on the king-side. However, with a bishop out of play on the queen-side, he needed to tread a little carefully. A mistake by Rodney allowed Pearl to give perpetual check .... overlooking the fact that, by that stage, she was actually winning!:wall:

Watto
30-03-2011, 11:38 AM
NOTE: next Thursday, the 31st March, will be a club championship game analysis and coaching night run by IM Guy West (possibly assisted by club member FM Bill Jordan :)) Starting at 7:45 pm. After the coaching we'll play some allegro games.
A reminder that this is on this Thursday!