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Kevin Bonham
01-02-2011, 05:35 PM
Just posting to let people know the Tas Champs is on at the usual time at Adult Ed Centre, 8 High St Launceston.

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Tasmanian Chess Championships 2011
Class 1: 2011 Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix event
Hosted by the Launceston Chess Club

VENUE: Adult Education Centre, 8 High Street, Launceston
FORMAT: 7 round Swiss 90 mins + 15 secs/move

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

ENTRY FEES: $60 waged, $55 conc, $35 U18, $30 U12
$10 discount if payment is received before midnight, Thursday 10th March.
Entries on day close at 10:00am sharp and are subject to room and equipment.

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: Michael Lucht, michael_w_lucht@hotmail.com (preferred). Ph: (03) 6326 3843

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.

TITLES: Titles of Tas Champion, Tas Senior Champion (≥60 on 1/1/2011) and Tas Women’s Champion will be awarded (last two subject to at least two entries). Only players meeting TCA residency rules can win titles.
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ENTRY FORM

Name: .................................................. .................................................. ..........................

Address: .................................................. .................................................. .......................

Phone: ................................................ Email: .................................................. ..........

DOB if under 18: ............................ Tick here if eligible for Senior Champion: ..........

Please detach this form and post it with payment to:
Michael Lucht
Unit 2, 27 Foch Street
Mowbray, TAS 7248.
Cheques and money orders to be made payable to: LAUNCESTON CHESS CLUB.

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Tony Dowden
02-02-2011, 07:26 AM
Count me in :cool:

Kevin Bonham
05-02-2011, 12:03 PM
Entry form details have now been officially approved by TCA.

I intend to participate.

Saragossa
05-02-2011, 01:18 PM
Yes, I shall play.

Tony Dowden
11-02-2011, 09:37 PM
LCC Secretary Michael Lucht has agreed to pass on Championship entries to me but may even sign up as a ChessChatter and post them here himself.

The 2011 Championship -and overall Tassie chess scene - will be very different this year as 2009 & 2010 state champion Alastair Dyer and last year's bolter Marcus Bretag have both opted to go to uni in Melbourne and will therefore take up Victorian (or is it 'Mexican'?) residence. Hopefully Vincent Horton and Mason Carter will make a push over the next few years to try and fill their shoes. (Not to say various other likely lads could do similar though).


Entries so far (some TBC)
Tony Dowden 1987
Kevin Bonham 1790
Nigel Frame 1706
Lawrence Bretag 1601
Mason Carter 1336

Kevin Bonham
11-02-2011, 10:00 PM
Just for anyone interested the TCA residency rules are that a player:

* Must be living in Tasmania at the time of the tournament, and

* Must have lived in Tasmania for a total of at least one year during their life (not necessarily unbroken and not necessarily the last year).

TCA exec has discretion to rule on all unclear cases.

Thus if someone moves interstate for three years for study reasons, they're ineligible until they come back. But if someone is living in Tas during school/uni holidays and just staying in another state in term time then the TCA has discretion to declare them eligible if it wishes.

Tony Dowden
11-02-2011, 10:05 PM
Just for anyone interested the TCA residency rules are that a player:

* Must be living in Tasmania at the time of the tournament, and

* Must have lived in Tasmania for a total of at least one year during their life (not necessarily unbroken and not necessarily the last year).

TCA exec has discretion to rule on all unclear cases.

Thus if someone moves interstate for three years for study reasons, they're ineligible until they come back. But if someone is living in Tas during school/uni holidays and just staying in another state in term time then the TCA has discretion to declare them eligible if it wishes.

In this case would Alastair and Marcus (or Thomas Hendrey for that matter) be likely to be eligible for Tassie residency despite being up in VIC during term time? If so it would be good to let them know.

Kevin Bonham
11-02-2011, 10:46 PM
In this case would Alastair and Marcus (or Thomas Hendrey for that matter) be likely to be eligible for Tassie residency despite being up in VIC during term time? If so it would be good to let them know.

TCA has never actually had to rule on such a case (and I don't think it was even envisaged when the rule was last looked at given the weakness of junior chess at the time!) I don't want to speak for the TCA Exec and this is not formal advice that any weight should be placed on, but I reckon they would be ruled eligible.

Actually I'm going to contact the TCA Exec about this possibility before the Championships. It may be that we can make some general ruling on it in advance.

Tony Dowden
12-02-2011, 08:29 AM
Actually I'm going to contact the TCA Exec about this possibility before the Championships. It may be that we can make some general ruling on it in advance.
I've also sent a PM to Alastair's father to let Alastair know about the situation.

Michael Lucht
17-02-2011, 06:12 PM
It is still early days, but so far the following players have registered:

Tony Dowden, 1987
Nigel Frame, 1706
Michael Lucht, 1552
Mason Carter, 1336
Thelston (Tony) Sturges, 1131

Tony Dowden
17-02-2011, 09:01 PM
Thanks Michael - good to see you have joined ChessChat :clap: :clap:

Joining Michael's post and my earlier post in this thread, we get a couple more entries awaiting official confirmation:

Entries so far
Tony Dowden 1987
Kevin Bonham 1790 (TBC)
Nigel Frame 1706
Lawrence Bretag 1601 (TBC)
Michael Lucht 1552
Mason Carter 1336
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1131

Michael Lucht
27-02-2011, 03:09 PM
Thanks Tony!

At this stage, only two more TBCs. The list is:

Tony Dowden 1987
Kevin Bonham 1790 (TBC)
Nigel Frame 1706
Lawrence Bretag 1601 (TBC)
John O’Mara 1558 (TBC)
Michael Lucht 1552
Mason Carter 1336
Noel O’Mara 1226 (TBC)
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1131

Tony Dowden
01-03-2011, 06:19 PM
Entries on March 1st (with adjusted ACF ratings):

Tony Dowden 2064
Kevin Bonham* 1881
Nigel Frame 1793
Lawrence Bretag* 1686
Michael Lucht 1600
John O’Mara* 1600
David Hughes* 1502
Mason Carter 1404
Noel O’Mara* 1270
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1223
Lenard Lange* unr
Zero Zen* unr
* = TBC

Kevin Bonham
02-03-2011, 08:34 PM
I believe it's Zen Zero (firstname Zen surname Zero).

I posted my entry today.

Tony Dowden
02-03-2011, 08:37 PM
I believe it's Zen Zero (firstname Zen surname Zero).

I posted my entry today.

Thanks Kevin, will up-date the entry list then :)

Tony Dowden
02-03-2011, 08:40 PM
Entries on March 2nd (with adjusted ACF ratings):

Tony Dowden 2064
Kevin Bonham 1881
Nigel Frame 1793
Lawrence Bretag* 1686
Michael Lucht 1600
John O’Mara* 1600
David Hughes* 1502
Mason Carter 1404
Noel O’Mara* 1270
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1223
Lenard Lange* unr
Zen Zero* unr
* = TBC

Kevin Bonham
02-03-2011, 10:50 PM
If the organisers wish to use Lange's and Zero's rapid ratings to seed them, they are 1238 and 1079 respectively. Unlikely to make any real difference in the current field since they will likely be near the tail end anyway, barring a late flood of low-rated or unrated juniors.

Tony Dowden
03-03-2011, 07:08 PM
If the organisers wish to use Lange's and Zero's rapid ratings to seed them, they are 1238 and 1079 respectively. Unlikely to make any real difference in the current field since they will likely be near the tail end anyway, barring a late flood of low-rated or unrated juniors.

Thanks Kevin. Presumably Club Secretary and Tournament Organiser Michael Lucht will see this suggestion when he next logs in to add entries.

Michael Lucht
05-03-2011, 06:18 PM
With just one week to go, we have the following:

Tony Dowden 2064
Kevin Bonham 1881
Nigel Frame 1793
Lawrence Bretag 1686 (TBC)
John O’Mara 1600 (TBC)
Michael Lucht 1600
Reg Harvey 1588
David Hughes 1502 (TBC)
Mason Carter 1404
Noel O’Mara 1270 (TBC)
Lenard Lange 1238 (TBC) [Rapid Rating]
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1223
Zen Zero 1079 (TBC) [Rapid Rating]

Tony Dowden
06-03-2011, 12:00 PM
Thanks Michael.

It's a pretty small field so let's hope LCC receives a few more entries.

:hmm: I'm surprised that there isn't more interest from some of the strong juniors we've had in recent years. Maybe the lead-up to the Aussie Junior in Hobart a couple of years ago was the high tide in terms of junior interest in chess for the time being.

Kevin Bonham
06-03-2011, 01:47 PM
Maybe the lead-up to the Aussie Junior in Hobart a couple of years ago was the high tide in terms of junior interest in chess for the time being.

A problem is that a large number of the top juniors, basically those who were the start of the present wave, have hit the dreaded year 12 / first year uni stage at the same time. So we have potentially lost several of them at once. But also weaker juniors do not seem to be entering adult events as prolifically as a few years ago, possibly because there is so much interschool for them to play in to get their chess fix.

By the way Lawrence put in an apology for the TCA AGM indicating he can't attend the state champs so I doubt he will be playing.

With the way LCC have put their cutoff for early entry on midnight Thursday, hopefully you will get a lot more entries this week.

Tony Dowden
06-03-2011, 05:34 PM
Entries on March 6th
Tony Dowden 2064
Kevin Bonham 1881
Nigel Frame 1793
John O’Mara* 1600
Michael Lucht 1600
Reg Harvey 1588
David Hughes* 1502
Mason Carter (j) 1404
Noel O’Mara* 1270
Lenard Lange*(j) 1238(r)
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1223
Zen Zero* 1079(r)
(n=12)

* = to be confirmed
j = junior
r = rapid rating

Michael Lucht
09-03-2011, 01:28 PM
Just one day before the deadline for the discount, a few TBCs became confirmed, but no additional entries. It might be a small field this year.

Tony Dowden 2064
Kevin Bonham 1881
Nigel Frame 1793
John O’Mara 1600
Michael Lucht 1600
Reg Harvey 1588
David Hughes 1502
Mason Carter 1404
Noel O’Mara 1270
Lenard Lange 1238 (TBC) [Rapid Rating]
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1223
Zen Zero 1079 (TBC) [Rapid Rating]

Kevin Bonham
10-03-2011, 08:37 PM
No signs of any of the ex-juniors wanting to play anyway but in case they do, the TCA has passed the following:


That former Tasmanian juniors remain eligible for TCA titles while studying interstate, provided they continue to live in Tasmania during breaks in study. A minimum of six weeks in the state per year is required to qualify. The TCA retains discretion to rule individually on all unclear or borderline cases.

Tony Dowden
11-03-2011, 09:57 PM
On the eve of the event we probably have two more local entries from Launceston but on the other hand two of the existing entries remain unconfirmed.

It looks like a small field of 12-14 players this year.

Kevin Bonham
12-03-2011, 10:07 PM
Smallest field since 1992 (I think) mainly on account of a dearth of juniors. The NW juniors have mostly gone to University, while the Hobart juniors tend to travel in packs or not at all. Mason Carter is playing well as the only strong junior in the field; John Nicholas is the only other junior.

After three rounds Nigel Frame has the lead with top seeds Tony Dowden and Kevin Bonham racking up a whole one (1) win between them! Quite a lot of draws in general, most of them very hard-fought (both Mason's draws today went all the way to stalemate!)

The thematic blunder of the day has involved coffee cups. Two players who shall remain nameless have knocked over their coffee, one of them all over an adjacent scoresheet.


No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3

1. Dowden, Tony TAS 2064 2 7:W 4:D 3:D
2. Bonham, Kevin TAS 1881 1.5 8:D 5:D 7:D
3. Frame, Nigel TAS 1793 2.5 9:W 6:W 1:D
4. Lucht, Michael TAS 1600 2 10:W 1:D 8:D
5. O'Mara, John TAS 1600 1 11:L 2:D 9:D
6. Harvey, Reg TAS 1588 2 12:W 3:L 11:W
7. Hughes, David TAS 1502 1.5 1:L 10:W 2:D
8. Carter, Mason TAS 1404 2 2:D 11:W 4:D
9. O'Mara, Noel TAS 1270 1.5 3:L 12:W 5:D
10. Sturges, Tony (Thelston) TAS 1223 1 4:L 7:L 12:W
11. Beeton, Kerry TAS 1000 1 5:W 8:L 6:L
12. Nicholas, John TAS 500 0 6:L 9:L 10:L

Kevin Bonham
12-03-2011, 10:10 PM
No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Lucht, Michael [2] : Frame, Nigel [2.5]
2 Dowden, Tony [2] : Carter, Mason [2]
3 Harvey, Reg [2] : Bonham, Kevin [1.5]
4 O'Mara, Noel [1.5] : Hughes, David [1.5]
5 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [1] : Beeton, Kerry [1]
6 Nicholas, John [0] : O'Mara, John [1]

Kevin Bonham
12-03-2011, 11:47 PM
Carter-Bonham

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bd2 dxe4 5.a3 Be7 [5...Bxc3 is fine] 6.Bf4 [6.Nxe4] 6...Nf6 7.Nge2 0-0 8.g3 b6 9.Bg2 Bb7 10.0-0 c5 11.dxc5 Bxc5 12.b4 Be7 13.Qxd8 Rxd8 14.Rad1 Nbd7 15.Rd2 Nf8 [15...a5] 16.Rfd1 Rxd2 17.Rxd2 Rd8? Black misses a trick and white recovers a pawn. 18.Rxd8 Bxd8 19.Bg5! h6 20.Bxf6 Bxf6 21.Nxe4 Be7 22.Nf6+!? Bxf6 23.Bxb7 Nd7 24.f4 Bb2 25.a4 Kf8 26.Kf2 Ke7 27.Ke3 a5 28.bxa5 [I was concerned about 28.c3 which seems to give white some advantage] 28...bxa5 29.Nd4 Bc1+ 30.Ke2 Kd6 31.Nb3 Nc5 32.Nxc1?! [32.Nxc5 is dead drawn] 32...Nxb7 33.Nb3 f6 [33...Kd5! probably wins] 34.c4 e5 35.f5 Kc6 [35...h5! stops all the subsequent goings on and should win.] 36.g4 Kb6 37.Kd3 Nc5+ 38.Nxc5 Kxc5 39.Kc3 e4 40.h3 e3 41.Kd3 Somewhere around here Mason (correctly as it turned out!) offered a draw 41...e2 42.Kxe2 Kxc4 43.Ke3 Kb4 44.Kd4 Kxa4 45.Kc4 Black cannot win because white can lose more tempi. 45...Ka3 46.Kc3 Ka2 47.Kc2 a4 48.h4 Ka1 49.Kc1 h5 50.gxh5 [Not falling for the trap 50.g5 fxg5 51.hxg5 h4 52.f6 gxf6 53.gxf6 h3 54.f7 h2 55.f8=Q h1=Q+] 50...Ka2 51.Kc2 a3 52.h6 gxh6 53.h5 Ka1 54.Kc1 a2 55.Kc2 ½-½

Bonham - J O'Mara. Not awake at all in the opening. Lucky not to lose. Ended up in material up but "all rook endings are drawn".

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 c5? 4.e5? [Couldn't work out what was wrong with black's third. 4.Bb5+ Bd7 5.exd5 exd5 6.Bxd7+ Qxd7 7.0-0 with a big lead in development might be part of it!] 4...Nc6 5.d3 f6 6.Bf4?! fxe5 7.Bxe5 [7.Nxe5 Qf6 concerned me 8.Nxc6 Qxf4 9.Qh5+ Qf7 10.Qxf7+ Kxf7 11.Ne5+ Kf6 and black is doing well.] 7...Nxe5 8.Nxe5 Nf6 9.Be2? [9.d4] 9...Bd6 10.f4 0-0 11.d4 Qa5! 12.dxc5 Bxe5 [12...Bxc5-+] 13.fxe5 Ne4 14.Qd4 Nxc3 15.bxc3 Bd7 16.Rb1 Rab8 17.a4 Qxa4 18.Kd2 Rf4 19.Qxa4 Rxa4 20.Bb5 Bxb5 21.Rxb5 Rc4 22.Rhb1 a6 [22...Rc8!=] 23.Rxb7 Rxb7 24.Rxb7 Rxc5 25.Rb6 Kf7 26.Rxa6 Rc4 27.Ra7+ Kg6 28.Re7 Kf5 [28...Rg4] 29.Rxg7 h5 30.Rh7 h4 31.Rh5+ Kg6 32.Rh8 Kg7 33.Rb8 Rg4 34.g3 hxg3 35.hxg3 Rxg3 36.Rc8 Rg5 37.c4 dxc4 38.Rxc4 [38.Rc5 is trappier] 38...Rxe5 39.Kd3 Kf6 40.Rc8 Rd5+ 41.Ke4 Re5+ 42.Kd4 draw

Hughes - Bonham. Missed a few wins here

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.0-0 Bd6 11.Nf3 0-0 12.Bg5 Qb6 13.Qd2 Bd7 14.a3 Na5 15.Rab1 Rac8 16.Ne5 Bb5 [16...Bxe5 17.dxe5 Ng4 wins white's e-pawn] 17.Bxb5 Qxb5 18.Nc3 Qb3 19.Bxf6 Rxf6 20.Nd7 Rf7 21.Ne5 [21.Qe2!] 21...Bxe5 22.dxe5 Nc4 23.Qe2 Nxa3! 24.Ra1 Nc2? [24...Nc4 25.Rxa7 d4 26.Na4 d3-+] 25.Rxa7 Qxb2 26.Nb5 Rcf8 27.Nd6 Rc7 28.Nb5 Rd7 29.Rd1 d4?! 30.Nd6 Qb6 31.Rxb7 [31.Ra4! Rc7 32.Rc4 d3 33.Rxd3 Rxc4 34.Nxc4 Qb4²] 31...Rxb7 32.Nxb7 Qxb7 [32...d3! 33.Rxd3 Nb4 34.Rd7 Qc6 35.Qd2 Nd5 36.Rxd5 Qxd5 37.Qxd5 exd5] 33.Qxc2 Qd5 34.Qd3 Rd8 35.f4 Qc5 36.g3 Rd5 37.h4 Qa7 38.Kf2 Qa2+ 39.Rd2 Qa1 40.Rd1 Qa2+ 41.Rd2 Qa1 42.Rd1 draw

Kevin Bonham
13-03-2011, 08:20 PM
Crosstable after round 5.


No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6

1. Dowden, Tony 2064 4 7:W 4:D 3:D 8:W 6:W 2:
2. Bonham, Kevin 1881 3 8:D 5:D 7:D 6:D 11:W 1:
3. Frame, Nigel 1793 3 9:W 6:W 1:D 4:D 8:L 7:
4. Lucht, Michael 1600 3.5 10:W 1:D 8:D 3:D 9:W 5:
5. O'Mara, John 1600 3 11:L 2:D 9:D 12:W 10:W 4:
6. Harvey, Reg 1588 2.5 12:W 3:L 11:W 2:D 1:L 10:
7. Hughes, David 1502 2.5 1:L 10:W 2:D 9:L 12:W 3:
8. Carter, Mason 1404 3 2:D 11:W 4:D 1:L 3:W 9:
9. O'Mara, Noel 1270 2.5 3:L 12:W 5:D 7:W 4:L 8:
10. Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1223 2 4:L 7:L 12:W 11:W 5:L 6:
11. Beeton, Kerry 1000 1 5:W 8:L 6:L 10:L 2:L 12:
12. Nicholas, John 500 0 6:L 9:L 10:L 5:L 7:L 11:

Round 6 in progress


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Bonham, Kevin [3] .5:.5 Dowden, Tony [4]
2 Lucht, Michael [3.5] : O'Mara, John [3]
3 Frame, Nigel [3] .5:.5 Hughes, David [2.5]
4 Carter, Mason [3] .5:.5 O'Mara, Noel [2.5]
5 Harvey, Reg [2.5] 1:0 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [2]
6 Beeton, Kerry [1] 1:0 Nicholas, John [0]

Lucht a pawn up, if he wins the 1989 co-champion will go into round 7 tied for the lead.

Bonham - Dowden (not all that interesting but at least it's short enough to post quickly!)

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 f5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 Be7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.0-0 d6 8.e3 Inaccurate, white should start queenside manuevers before committing to this. 8...Kh8 [8...h6] 9.a3 a5 10.Rb1 Qe8 11.b4 axb4 12.axb4 Be6 13.Bd2?! [13.b5 Na5 14.Ra1] 13...h6 [13...e4] 14.b5 Nd8 15.Ra1 [15.Qc2! prevents 15...e4 from working and appears to be strong for white] 15...Rxa1 draw agreed; after 16.Qxa1 e4 17.Nd4 exd3 18.Nxe6 Nxe6 19.Bxb7 black may be better.

Nigel Frame's chances were more or less snuffed out by Mason Carter. I will post that game shortly.

Kevin Bonham
13-03-2011, 08:29 PM
Frame - Carter

1.f4 g6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nh3 Nf6 5.Nf2 0-0 6.c3 Nc6 7.d3 e5 8.0-0 Re8 9.e3 exf4 10.exf4 Bd7 11.Na3 Qc8 12.Nc2 Ne7 13.Bd2 Ng4 14.Nxg4 Bxg4 15.Bf3 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 c6 17.Rae1 Nf5 18.d4 Nd6 19.Ne3 Ne4 20.Bc1 Qd7 21.Ng4 f5 22.Ne5 Bxe5 23.fxe5 a5 24.Re2 Rf8 25.h4 Rae8 26.Rg2 b5 27.Qd3 h5 28.Be3 a4 29.Kh2 Kg7 30.b3 axb3 31.axb3 Ra8 32.c4 Ra3 33.cxb5 cxb5 34.Bc1 Raa8 35.Rc2 Rfc8 36.Rxc8 Rxc8 37.Bb2 Qc6 38.Rc1 Qa6 39.Rxc8 Qxc8 40.b4? Qc4 [40...f4 41.gxf4 Qg4-+] 41.Qxc4 dxc4 42.Kg2 Kf7 43.d5 Ke7 [43...c3 44.Bc1 c2 45.d6=] 44.Kf3 Nd2+ 45.Kf4 Ne4 46.Kf3 Nd2+ 47.Ke3 Ne4 48.Kd4 Nxg3 49.Kc5 f4 50.Kc6 Nf5 51.d6+ Ke6 52.d7 Ne7+ 53.Kxb5?! [53.Kc7 Nd5+ 54.Kc6 Ne7+ draw] 53...Kxd7 54.Kxc4 f3 55.Bd4? [55.Kd3 should hold] 55...Nc6! Mason spots that the bishop is, as he put it, too "multitasked". 56.e6+ Kxe6 57.Bf2 Ne5+ 58.Kc5?? and resigns but it was lost anyway. 0-1

Kevin Bonham
13-03-2011, 09:28 PM
Michael Lucht indeed won, and SP claims this to be the final round draw:


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Lucht, Michael [4.5] : Bonham, Kevin [3.5]
2 Dowden, Tony [4.5] : Beeton, Kerry [2]
3 Carter, Mason [3.5] : Harvey, Reg [3.5]
4 Nicholas, John [0] : Frame, Nigel [3.5]
5 O'Mara, John [3] : Hughes, David [3]
6 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [2] : O'Mara, Noel [3]

The pairing of Nicholas with a 3.5-er is forced but I'm going to do a full manual check if I remain awake long enough.

Tony Dowden
13-03-2011, 09:40 PM
Michael Lucht indeed won, and SP claims this to be the final round draw:


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Lucht, Michael [4.5] : Bonham, Kevin [3.5]
2 Dowden, Tony [4.5] : Beeton, Kerry [2]
3 Carter, Mason [3.5] : Harvey, Reg [3.5]
4 Nicholas, John [0] : Frame, Nigel [3.5]
5 O'Mara, John [3] : Hughes, David [3]
6 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [2] : O'Mara, Noel [3]

The pairing of Nicholas with a 3.5-er is forced but I'm going to do a full manual check if I remain awake long enough.

Thanks KB :clap: :clap:

:hmm: I'll be interested to hear about your manual check in the morning as I'm surprised to get KB2 - but I suppose we all knew we'd get some interesting pairings near the end given it's a 7 rounder and only 12 players

Kevin Bonham
13-03-2011, 09:58 PM
Harvey-Bonham. Never had a game where I had to play on about 1 min/increment for so long, which explains some of the missed chances at the end. No idea how I got into such time trouble in this game.

1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 d5 3.Bd3 c5 4.c3 cxd4 5.exd4 Bg4 6.f3 Bh5 7.Bf4 e6 8.Nd2 Bd6 9.Qa4+ Nc6 10.Ne2 Bg6 11.Bxg6 hxg6 12.0-0-0 Bxf4 13.Nxf4 Qa5 14.Qb3 Qc7 15.g3? Nxd4 16.Qa4+ Nc6 17.h4 Nh5 18.Nxh5 gxh5 19.f4 0-0-0 20.Nf3 Rhe8 21.Kb1 Kb8 22.Rhe1 f6 23.Qc2 Qf7 24.Rf1 Rc8 25.Qg2 Qg6+ 26.Ka1 Qe4 27.Rfe1 Qc4 28.Nd2 Qb5 29.Nb3 a5 30.Qf2 b6 31.Nd4 Nxd4 32.Rxd4 Ka7?! [32...e5 33.fxe5 Rxe5 maybe] 33.Qf3 g6 34.Qf2 Rc4 35.Red1 Qc5 36.Qc2 Rxd4 37.Rxd4 f5? [37...e5 of course but I was already getting short of time] 38.Qe2 Rc8 39.a3 Re8 40.Qe5 Qe7 41.Ka2 Kb7 42.Kb3 Rd8 43.Kc2 Rd7 44.Kd3 Rc7 45.Qe3 Qf6 46.Qf3 Ka7 47.Qe3 Kb7 48.Qf3 Ka6 49.Qe2 Qe7 50.Kd2+ Kb7 51.Qb5 Rc5 52.Qe2 Qd6 53.Kd3 Rc4 54.Qe3 Kc8 55.Kd2 Rc7 56.Qd3 Qd7 57.Qa6+ Rb7 58.Qa8+ Kc7 59.Qa6 [59.Qg8] 59...Kb8 60.Qe2 Ka7 61.Qe5 Qe7 62.Qe3 Rc7 63.Ra4 Kb7 64.Rd4 Ka7 65.b4 axb4 66.Rxb4 Qc5 67.Qd3 Kb8 [67...Qf2+ 68.Kc1 Kb7] 68.Rb5 Qxa3 69.Rxb6+ Rb7 70.Rxb7+ Kxb7 71.Qb5+ Kc7 72.Kd3 Qa7 [72...Qa8!] 73.Qb4 Qa6+ 74.Kd2 Qd6 75.Qd4 Qe7 76.Qe5+ Kc6 77.Qd4 Kd7 78.Qe5 Kc6 79.Kd3 Kb6 80.Kd2 Kc6 unclaimed triple, first of many 81.Qe2 Kd7 82.Qe5 Kc6 83.Qe2 Qd6 84.Qa6+ Kd7 85.Qb7+ Qc7 86.Qb4 Qd6 87.Qd4 Qe7 88.Qe5 Qe8 89.Qg7+ Kd6 90.Qe5+ Kd7 91.Kd3 Ke7 92.Kd4 Qa4+ 93.Kc5 Qa7+ 94.Kc6 Qa6+ 95.Kc5 Qc8+ 96.Kb6 Qd8+ 97.Kc5 Qc8+ 98.Kb5 Qd7+ 99.Kc5 Qa7+ 100.Kc6 Qa4+ 101.Kc5 Qa7+ 102.Kc6 Qd7+ 103.Kc5 and black claimed a draw by 103...Qa7+ ½-½

Kevin Bonham
14-03-2011, 12:05 PM
No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

1 Dowden, Tony 2064 5.5 6:W 3:D 2:D 5:W 8:W 4:D 10:W
2 Frame, Nigel 1793 4.5 7:W 8:W 1:D 3:D 5:L 6:D 12:W
3 Lucht, Michael 1600 4.5 11:W 1:D 5:D 2:D 7:W 9:W 4:L
4 Bonham, Kevin 1881 4.5 5:D 9:D 6:D 8:D 10:W 1:D 3:W
5 Carter, Mason 1404 4 4:D 10:W 3:D 1:L 2:W 7:D 8:D
6 Hughes, David 1502 4 1:L 11:W 4:D 7:L 12:W 2:D 9:W
7 O'Mara, Noel 1270 4 2:L 12:W 9:D 6:W 3:L 5:D 11:W
8 Harvey, Reg 1588 4 12:W 2:L 10:W 4:D 1:L 11:W 5:D
9 O'Mara, John 1600 3 10:L 4:D 7:D 12:W 11:W 3:L 6:L
10 Beeton, Kerry 2 9:W 5:L 8:L 11:L 4:L 12:W 1:L
11 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1223 2 3:L 6:L 12:W 10:W 9:L 8:L 7:L
12 Nicholas, John 0 8:L 7:L 11:L 9:L 6:L 10:L 2:L


Tony Dowden is Tasmanian Champion for the fifth time in six years. Michael was very close to tying and had an enormous attack against me after I rather bravely decided that three tempi was an acceptable price for a minor exchange, and was then forced to spend the rest of the game playing Cockroach Chess (TM).

Adamski
14-03-2011, 05:20 PM
Congrats on another victory, Tony. Well done!

Tony Dowden
14-03-2011, 05:36 PM
Congrats on another victory, Tony. Well done!

Thanks a lot Jonathan. Despite my ostensible rating advantage I struggled to get going on the first day thanks to a combination of rust accumulated since last October plus some unusually muggy weather (or 'marsh weather' as Kevin put it).

To my mind the standout performance was the strong showing by Mason Carter (12) from the remote township of Hastings in Tasmania's deep south. Mason is extravagently gifted but unlike some top Australian juniors doesn't have easy access to strong opponents or elite coaching. Nonetheless it will be very interesting to see how he progresses over the next few years.

Kevin Bonham
14-03-2011, 09:51 PM
Mason was great this tournament. He was really taking more time to analyse positions deeply than he sometimes has in the past - he also did serious computer-assisted prep for Nigel Frame's pet non-book Birds line (and came up with a similar strategy to combating it to one I came up with many years ago via similar methods!) And I was impressed with the level of understanding and the concepts involved in his comments when talking about his games.

Lucht - Bonham. Well I thought Fritz would find wins all over the place for Michael but I actually have more defensive resources than even I had seen in holding it and up until mutual time trouble wrecked it it was a very good game. Few chances for white to get a strong plus and I miss a win near the end but a lot less of the nasty stuff works for white than I expected. That said Fritz may not be seeing all white's attacks so suggested winning lines for white welcome.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0-0 0-0 5.Nc3!? Unusual 5...d5 6.d4 Nbd7 [6...Bf5] 7.Bf4 c6 8.Qd2 Re8 [8...Nb6!?] 9.Rfe1 Nh5 10.e4! Michael ignores my threat to win the minor exchange, preferring instead to strike in the centre before I can do so. [I was very interested in the line 10.Bh6! e5?! (10...Ndf6 11.Bxg7 Nxg7+/=) but in fact after 11.Bxg7 (11.g4 Bxh6! 12.Qxh6 Nhf6 and black seems OK) 11...Kxg7 12.e4! black's position is very bad] 10...Nxf4 11.Qxf4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Nf6 [12...Nf8!?] 13.Ne5! [13.Neg5 is interesting because after the natural response 13...h6 white has a sac with 14.Nxf7!? Kxf7 15.Ne5+ Kg8 16.Nxg6 and while it may not be objectively sound black's kingside is quite a mess.] 13...Rf8 A strange looking decision but prophylaxis against white playing knight to g5. I decided to ensure that if he did so I would have a free hand, rather than commit myself to something like bishop f5. 14.Nxf6+ [14.Nc5 is also strong] 14...Bxf6 [14...exf6 Dowden ] 15.Rad1 [Not 15.Ng4 Bxg4 16.Qxg4 Qb6!] 15...Be6! 16.Re3 Bd5 [16...Qa5 is suggested by Fritz but it was hard for me to think of active queen play when concerned about my kingside and with a potentially loose e-pawn.] 17.Bf1 [17.c4 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Qd6 and white is better. The move played was probably more annoying but I couldn't see that white could make much use of a tempo so] 17...Be6 18.g4 Qd6 19.Rdd3 [I was worried here white might attack with 19.Rh3 but it is nothing, eg 19...Bg7 (or even 19...h5 ; I examined the needlessly wild line 19...Bxe5 20.Qh6 Rfe8 21.dxe5 Qxe5 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 when black doesn't seem to die as there is no mate but white is better) ] 19...Bc4!? It seems black was OK here anyway so this tricky move isn't needed. But it was useful for getting some time on the clock as I was in time trouble already. 20.Rc3 Bxf1 21.Kxf1 Bxe5 [21...Rad8 is fine. Again I was worried about ghosts on the h-file but Bg7 is the universal remedy.] 22.dxe5 Qd1+ 23.Re1 Qd5 24.Rd3 Qe6 [24...Qxa2 25.Qh6 f5!=] 25.g5 Kg7? [25...Rfd8] 26.h4? [Now 26.Qh4! is good. I intended 26...Rh8 but (26...Rg8! 27.Rh3 Rh8 with gain of time cf main line - white is better but not so hugely so) 27.Qh6+ Kg8 28.Red1 Rf8 29.Rd7 Qxe5 30.Rd8 Qg7 31.R1d7 and white is on top] 26...Rfd8 27.Rf3 Now black is clearly OK as white's attacks are all slow, so it is white who starts to get into time trouble 27...Rd5 28.h5 Rad8 Or just take it. 29.hxg6 Qxg6?! [29...hxg6 is best as I will get the h-file] 30.e6! fxe6 31.Re5 [31.Qc7! Re8 32.Qxb7 Qxc2 33.Qb3 Qxb3 34.Rxb3 Rxg5 35.Rxe6 and white is a pawn down but will draw ] 31...Rxe5 [Much better 31...Rd4 - time trouble again] 32.Qxe5+ Kg8 33.Rh3 Rd5 [33...Rd1+! 34.Kg2 Rd5 is winning for black] Alas here white blundered in severe time trouble with 34.Re3?? [34.Qb8+ Kf7! 35.Rf3+! Rf5 36.Rh3 Qg7 37.Qc8=] 34...Rxe5 0-1


Despite my ostensible rating advantage I struggled to get going on the first day thanks to a combination of rust accumulated since last October plus some unusually muggy weather (or 'marsh weather' as Kevin put it).

I was struggling to recollect saying this then realised what I actually said was "March weather". I find that at this time of the year it is often very humid in both Burnie and Launceston - the very worst weather for my chess. Same in Hobart last March, but not so regularly.

Kevin Bonham
15-03-2011, 08:08 AM
The strange-looking last round draw was the subject of a fair amount of discussion. I couldn't reach a clear verdict on Sunday night but it now looks to me that the draw is correct. I'll put a thread about it in Arbiter's Corner.

Kevin Bonham
15-03-2011, 08:52 PM
After drawing my first four games in a row (none even remotely intentionally) there was a bit of speculation about the record for most draws in a Tasmanian Championship.

I had five draws in each of 1991 (+1=5-0 with the +1 being on forfeit in the final round), 2008 (+2=5-0) and 2011 (+2=5-0 again).

I predicted that if anyone had exceeded this record it would most likely be Neville Ledger.

It turns out that Neville indeed had six draws (+1=6-0) in 1975, which was more than half of the total draw tally for that year's event. But what surprised me was that in the following year that record was equalled by Stephen Swift (+1=6-0) and Peter Wagg (+0=6-1) in a tournament that recorded 17 draws and only 11 decisive games (cf many superGM events nowadays!) Neville had only four draws that year, which was below the tournament average! In both these years the top division was an eight-player round robin.

Capablanca-Fan
16-03-2011, 04:36 PM
Any games from the winner?

Tony Dowden
16-03-2011, 09:08 PM
Any games from the winner?
Hmm, when I have time to do it by hand maybe. Dowden-Carter was probably my best game. Mason ended up in a passive position in an English Opening (despite some more computer prep) but defended doggedly before I finally cracked his resistance.

Tony Dowden
19-03-2011, 08:14 PM
I was unhappy with my laboured play in my three games on Day 1 (admittedly I hadn't played with a classical time-control since October and three games in one day is a rude shock to one's consitution) but I was pleased with my morning game on Day 2 against Mason. The supposed 660 difference in our ratings was laughable because Mason stubbornly resisted my old man's attack. In the end though, the glacial pace of the game and my 38 year advantage in age made the difference :lol:

Round 4: Dowden (2064) - M. Carter (1404) 1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.0-0 e5 7.d3 Nge7 8.a3 0-0 9.Rb1 a5 10.Ne1 Ra6 11.Nc2 b6 12.b4 axb4 13.axb4 Ra7 14.e3 Be6 15.b5 Nb8 16.e4 f5 17.Bg5 h6 18.Bxe7 Qxe7 19.Ne3 Nd7 20.Ned5 Bxd5 21.Nxd5 Qd8 22.Ra1 Rxa1 23.Qxa1 Nf6 24.exf5 gxf5 25.Qa7 Nxd5 26.Bxd5+ Kh8 27.Re1 Re8 28.Re2 Re7 29.Qa6 Kh7 30.h4 Bf8 31.Ra2 Rg7 32.Bg2 h5 33.Qa8 Be7 34.Qf3 Kg6 35.Ra8 Qd7 36.Rh8 Rh7 37.Rxh7 Kxh7 38.Qxh5+ Kg7 39.Bh3 Kf6 40.Qh6+ Kf7 41.Qh7+ Kf6 42.h5 Qe6 43.Qg6#

Capablanca-Fan
28-03-2011, 11:15 PM
I was unhappy with my laboured play in my three games on Day 1 (admittedly I hadn't played with a classical time-control since October and three games in one day is a rude shock to one's consitution) but I was pleased with my morning game on Day 2 against Mason. The supposed 660 difference in our ratings was laughable because Mason stubbornly resisted my old man's attack. In the end though, the glacial pace of the game and my 38 year advantage in age made the difference :lol:

Round 4: Dowden (2064) - M. Carter (1404) 1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.0-0 e5 7.d3 Nge7 8.a3 0-0 9.Rb1 a5 10.Ne1 Ra6 11.Nc2 b6 12.b4 axb4 13.axb4 Ra7 14.e3 Be6 15.b5 Nb8 16.e4 f5 17.Bg5 h6 18.Bxe7 Qxe7 19.Ne3 Nd7 20.Ned5 Bxd5 21.Nxd5 Qd8 22.Ra1 Rxa1 23.Qxa1 Nf6 24.exf5 gxf5 25.Qa7 Nxd5 26.Bxd5+ Kh8 27.Re1 Re8 28.Re2 Re7 29.Qa6 Kh7 30.h4 Bf8 31.Ra2 Rg7 32.Bg2 h5 33.Qa8 Be7 34.Qf3 Kg6 35.Ra8 Qd7 36.Rh8 Rh7 37.Rxh7 Kxh7 38.Qxh5+ Kg7 39.Bh3 Kf6 40.Qh6+ Kf7 41.Qh7+ Kf6 42.h5 Qe6 43.Qg6#
Yes, a very patient "encirclement" win, where the Q-side entry enables penetration laterally towards the K. Black may have been misled by the alleged drawing tendencies of opposite-coloured Bs, but that applies only to pure B endgames; the opposite is true in middlegame attacks. Black could not trade Qs on a8 because the Pb6 would be doomed, but then that square was used by the white R anyway.

A suggested improvement for Black comes out of Dvoretsky's concept of "superfluous piece": Black should have refrained from 20... Bxd5, because leaving that alone made White's Nc3 superfluous, and less useful than the B it was exchanged for. Black instead could aim for ... f4. ... h5 was also wrong, because there was no B to defend it there.

Tony Dowden
29-03-2011, 08:52 PM
A suggested improvement for Black comes out of Dvoretsky's concept of "superfluous piece": Black should have refrained from 20... Bxd5, because leaving that alone made White's Nc3 superfluous, and less useful than the B it was exchanged for. Black instead could aim for ... f4. ... h5 was also wrong, because there was no B to defend it there.

Thanks Jono - a fine point re the 'superfluous piece'. I must admit that on the day I sensed the game was at a crossroads around move 20 and was unsure if I had any advantage or not.

Earlier I may have been too quick to play the automatic d2-d3. Instead a quick Ne1-c2 manoeuvre seems to give me a wider range of options.