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Watto
26-05-2011, 04:48 PM
In Ian Birchall's words: THE SNACK ATTACK TOURNAMENT for junior and senior members commences Thursday June 2nd at 7.45pm and is to be run over five Thursday evenings.

The idea of this tournament is to give junior players the opportunity to compete in a Senior tournament and to begin the process of gaining an Australian Chess Federation Rating.

We encourage all juniors with an interest in competing in serious tournaments to gain experience by participating in this event.

The time limit for the games is the minimum allowed under rating rules, so that all games should be finished by 9.30pm. (Note: games are likely to finish earlier than this.)

We will be providing supper/snacks for juniors playing in the tournament, any accompanying parents/guardians and senior players, between 7.30pm and 7.45pm to help overcome any hunger pangs!

'Snack Attack' Tournament details:

Dates: Each Thursday from the 2nd June through to 30th June

Arbiter/Contact: Ian Birchall (email: ian.birchall@croydonchess.com)

Time control: 30 minutes per player plus 30 seconds added on for each move completed.

Cost: Senior members $10, Junior members free.

Tournament Conditions:

All players and spectators must be quiet.

Mobile phones must be off.

All moves must be recorded.

All games will be published on our website and ACF rated.

If you find you are unable to attend any round, please contact the arbiter as soon as possible.

Forfeit time: Players may arrange to begin games after 7.45pm, if they have the prior agreement of their opponent and the arbiter. Otherwise, the forfeit time is 30 minutes from the commencement of the round.

Organisation for each evening:

6.30pm Junior club will run as normal until 7.30pm.

7.30pm Supper/snacks for Snack Attack players and parents/guardians.

7.45pm “Snack Attack” Tournament games begin.

9.30pm Most games should be finished by this time.

After Seniors may stay on to play Allegro Challenge games (15min per player)

IMPORTANT: In order to assist with organisation, could all players intending to play in this event please confirm your intention to play by Monday 30th May if possible.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Regards,

Ian Birchall

Junior Coach
Croydon Chess Club
(Email: ian.birchall@croydonchess.com)

Watto
04-06-2011, 10:38 AM
We played the first round of this tournament on Thursday evening. I was pleased to hear that 20 players have entered (that's good for one of our regular weekly tournaments rather than our weekender.)
Ian is once again performing in his role as DOP, thanks and much appreciated Ian. Pearl Yung provided a rather impressive number of plates of 'snacks' - some home cooked - thanks Pearl!

The surprise of the evening was a generous donation of $100 by tournament entrant Jamie Kenmure so that we could have prizes for the tournament as he wanted to support our efforts to bring more of our juniors into a proper tournament environment (okay, Pearl's snacks will no doubt lead to them being eternally disappointed by the simple fare if any at future tournaments but otherwise it's a proper tournament environment... ;)) Many thanks Jamie!

I think the breakdown was $50 first prize and then $30 second and third $20 (please correct me if I'm wrong, Jamie K or Ian) with 2 coaching sessions from Jamie Kenmure for the best performing unrated junior.

Now to Ian's commentary on the games:
B1: Out of the opening, Guy's pieces were well placed for an attack on John's king, but John played well, early, to hold the position. However, the exchange of queens led to an endgame where Guy dominated.

B2: Some errors in the opening gave Steve a cramped position. A desperate attempt to free himself cost material and allowed Ian to finish the game quickly.

B3. After an even opening, some speculative attacking moves from Pearl led her into trouble. The faster time control resulted in a few dodgy tactics from both sides, but then Chris settled and took control of the game.

B4: Selwyn played a little too quickly, giving up a piece and allowing his opponent, Jamie, to easily overwhelm his king position.

B5: Grace played the opening beautifully and by move 13 had gained a strategic advantage against Jean. She could have continued the pawn advance with 14.g5 instead of losing a pawn and the initiative with Ng5. Unfortunately, her tactics let her down and Jean dominated the rest of the game.

B6: Geraldine erred by moving a pawn twice (6...d5?) in the opening and Cameron was too strong from there on.

B7. James made the mistake of giving his queen an early excursion in the opening. The queen captured a couple of pawns, but without the help of the other pieces she was quickly trapped and lost. James battled hard, but Ion broke open the position and had a comfortable victory.



List of Players
No Name Feder Rtg Loc

1. West, Guy VIC 2307
2. Birchall, Ian VIC 1895
3. Cross, Jamie VIC 1728
4. Potter, Christopher VIC 1507
5. Kenmure, Jamie VIC 1433
6. Watson, Jean VIC 1384
7. Yung, Cameron VIC 1353
8. Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1347
9. Fleming, John M VIC 1167
10. Matthews, Rodney VIC 1100
11. Scott, Steve VIC 996
12. Yung, Pearl VIC 982
13. Car, Antares VIC 438
14. Minty, Kenneth VIC
15. Bangham, Frank VIC
16. Keyhoe, James VIC
17. Quah, Grace VIC
18. Quah, Geraldine VIC
19. Low, Nathanael VIC
20. Lo, Selwyn VIC


And here are the results.

Results
No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 John M Fleming 1167 [0] 0:1 Guy West 2307 [0]
2 Ian Birchall 1895 [0] 1:0 Steve Scott 996 [0]
3 Pearl Yung 982 [0] 0:1 Christopher Potter 1507 [0]
4 Jamie Kenmure 1433 [0] 1:0 Selwyn Lo [0]
5 Grace Quah [0] 0:1 Jean Watson 1384 [0]
6 Cameron Yung 1353 [0] 1:0 Geraldine Quah [0]
7 James Keyhoe [0] 0:1 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [0]
8 Antares Car 438 [0] : Kenneth Minty [0]
9 Jamie Cross 1728 [0] .5:0 BYE
10 Rodney Matthews 1100 [0] .5:0 BYE
11 Nathanael Low [0] .5:0 BYE
12 Frank Bangham [0] .5:0 BYE


There is a postponed game to come between Antares and Ken. Ian will provide a R2 pairing when the result is known.

The games should be on our website in the next day or two.

lost
04-06-2011, 08:39 PM
We played the first round of this tournament on Thursday evening. I was pleased to hear that 20 players have entered (that's good for one of our regular weekly tournaments rather than our weekender.)
Ian is once again performing in his role as DOP, thanks and much appreciated Ian. Pearl Yung provided a rather impressive number of plates of 'snacks' - some home cooked - thanks Pearl!

The surprise of the evening was a generous donation of $100 by tournament entrant Jamie Kenmure so that we could have prizes for the tournament as he wanted to support our efforts to bring more of our juniors into a proper tournament environment (okay, Pearl's snacks will no doubt lead to them being eternally disappointed by the simple fare if any at future tournaments but otherwise it's a proper tournament environment... ;)) Many thanks Jamie!

I think the breakdown was $50 first prize and then $30 second and third $20 (please correct me if I'm wrong, Jamie K or Ian) with 2 coaching sessions from Jamie Kenmure for the best performing unrated junior.

Now to Ian's commentary on the games:
B1: Out of the opening, Guy's pieces were well placed for an attack on John's king, but John played well, early, to hold the position. However, the exchange of queens led to an endgame where Guy dominated.

B2: Some errors in the opening gave Steve a cramped position. A desperate attempt to free himself cost material and allowed Ian to finish the game quickly.

B3. After an even opening, some speculative attacking moves from Pearl led her into trouble. The faster time control resulted in a few dodgy tactics from both sides, but then Chris settled and took control of the game.

B4: Selwyn played a little too quickly, giving up a piece and allowing his opponent, Jamie, to easily overwhelm his king position.

B5: Grace played the opening beautifully and by move 13 had gained a strategic advantage against Jean. She could have continued the pawn advance with 14.g5 instead of losing a pawn and the initiative with Ng5. Unfortunately, her tactics let her down and Jean dominated the rest of the game.

B6: Geraldine erred by moving a pawn twice (6...d5?) in the opening and Cameron was too strong from there on.

B7. James made the mistake of giving his queen an early excursion in the opening. The queen captured a couple of pawns, but without the help of the other pieces she was quickly trapped and lost. James battled hard, but Ion broke open the position and had a comfortable victory.



List of Players
No Name Feder Rtg Loc

1. West, Guy VIC 2307
2. Birchall, Ian VIC 1895
3. Cross, Jamie VIC 1728
4. Potter, Christopher VIC 1507
5. Kenmure, Jamie VIC 1433
6. Watson, Jean VIC 1384
7. Yung, Cameron VIC 1353
8. Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1347
9. Fleming, John M VIC 1167
10. Matthews, Rodney VIC 1100
11. Scott, Steve VIC 996
12. Yung, Pearl VIC 982
13. Car, Antares VIC 438
14. Minty, Kenneth VIC
15. Bangham, Frank VIC
16. Keyhoe, James VIC
17. Quah, Grace VIC
18. Quah, Geraldine VIC
19. Low, Nathanael VIC
20. Lo, Selwyn VIC


And here are the results.

Results
No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 John M Fleming 1167 [0] 0:1 Guy West 2307 [0]
2 Ian Birchall 1895 [0] 1:0 Steve Scott 996 [0]
3 Pearl Yung 982 [0] 0:1 Christopher Potter 1507 [0]
4 Jamie Kenmure 1433 [0] 1:0 Selwyn Lo [0]
5 Grace Quah [0] 0:1 Jean Watson 1384 [0]
6 Cameron Yung 1353 [0] 1:0 Geraldine Quah [0]
7 James Keyhoe [0] 0:1 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [0]
8 Antares Car 438 [0] : Kenneth Minty [0]
9 Jamie Cross 1728 [0] .5:0 BYE
10 Rodney Matthews 1100 [0] .5:0 BYE
11 Nathanael Low [0] .5:0 BYE
12 Frank Bangham [0] .5:0 BYE


There is a postponed game to come between Antares and Ken. Ian will provide a R2 pairing when the result is known.

The games should be on our website in the next day or two.

Jean,

The prizes are correct and I will just add that if there is a tie for best unrated junior, then all players tied for best unrated junior will get 2 coaching sessions from me.

It was also great to be at the club again, friendly atmosphere and again good chess been played. Good to see Guy and Ian playing in this tournament. if they play each other, it will be good for juniors to see how to greats of the club play.

On a further note, if the club continues with this tournament as an annual tournament for the juniors, I will be happy to sponsor the tournament.

Well done Croydon and will see you next week.

lost

lost
08-06-2011, 09:30 PM
Just wondering when the pairings for round 2 will be up.

lost

Ian CCC
09-06-2011, 12:43 AM
Just wondering when the pairings for round 2 will be up.

lost

There are still a couple of unknowns regarding the pairings. Subject to further information, the provisional pairings for R2 are:


1 Guy West 2307 [1] : Jamie Kenmure 1433 [1]
2 Jean Watson 1384 [1] : Ian Birchall 1895 [1]
3 Christopher Potter 1507 [1] : Cameron Yung 1353 [1]
4 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [1] : Jamie Cross 1728 [.5]
5 Rodney Matthews 1100 [.5] : Antares Car 438 [x]
6 Kenneth Minty [x] : John M Fleming 1167 [0]
7 Steve Scott 996 [0] : Grace Quah [0]
8 Geraldine Quah [0] : Pearl Yung 982 [0]
9 Selwyn Lo [0] : James Keyhoe [0]
10 Frank Bangham [.5] : BYE
11 Nathanael Low [.5] : BYE

Watto
11-06-2011, 07:23 AM
Round 2 results:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Guy West 2307 [1] 1:0 Jamie Kenmure 1433 [1]
2 Jean Watson 1384 [1] 0:1 Ian Birchall 1895 [1]
3 Christopher Potter 1507 [1] 1:0 Cameron Yung 1353 [1]
4 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [1] 1:0 Antares Car 438 [1]
5 Rodney Matthews 1100 [.5] .5:.5 Jamie Cross 1728 [.5]
6 Kenneth Minty [0] 0:1 John M Fleming 1167 [0]
7 Steve Scott 996 [0] 1:0 Grace Quah [0]
8 Geraldine Quah [0] 1:0 Pearl Yung 982 [0]
9 Selwyn Lo [0] 1:0 James Keyhoe [0]
10 Nathanael Low [.5] 0:0 BYE
Round 2 Commentary by Ian Birchall

B1: A good start by Jamie with a fairly standard opening. Guy ignored a couple of opportunities to gain materially, and instead, went for Jamie's king. A speculative sacrifice by Guy saw Jamie unable to find a satisfactory defence.

B2: Jean tried an unorthodox opening with 1.e3. Ian went for a closed position and set about making a break-through at the base of the pawn chain on f2 and e3. Ian missed a couple of opportunities to win material while being focussed on carrying out the plan. Jean left her king too long in the centre and when the break-through came her position collapsed..

B3: Cameron combatted Chris's London system reasonably well and with 14...f6 had an even game. Unfortunately, retaking on f6 with the R rather than the g-pawn and then exchanging pawns with 22....dxc4, exposed many weaknesses, which Chris successfully exploited.

B4: After a an early skirmish in the opening, the game was fairly even for quite a while, with both sides circling for an attacking edge. An error from Ion, on move 23, which allowed the double attack, Qe4, winning a piece was missed by Antares. Instead, Antares' bishop sacrifice failed to achieve the mate he was after, and Ion was able to mop up and win the ending.

B5: Rodney came out of the opening well, but Jamie's more effective use of his pieces saw him gradually get on top, eventually trapping Rodney's queen. However, a slip from Jamie cost him his queen and an interesting rook ending ensued. Jamie began two pawns up, but didn't find the most effective plan and Rodney was able to get enough counter-play to achieve a hard fought draw.

B6: John's cramped unorthodox opening slowed him down against Ken. However, once a few pieces had been exchanged, and John got his king-side attack rolling, Ken quickly succumbed.

B7: Grace played the opening a little passively, allowing Steve a space advantage, and then chose to castle queen-side and execute a pawn-storm against Steve's king. A good try, but missing a threat to her knight (no escape square) and then throwing away another piece was costly.

B8: Geraldine concentrated on development early in the game, but unfortunately gave up a piece too easily. Pearl, perhaps cruising a little with such early success, was too focussed on her own attack to notice a little mate threat that Geraldine had cooked up. First success to one of the unrated players – well done Geraldine!

B9: Each player made a good effort in the opening to develop pieces and castle. Selwyn gave up a piece, but a few moves later James did the same, so the game went back to being fairly even. James missed winning a queen with 22...Qxc3 (and the rook can't recapture because of Rxa1 followed by mate). Both sides were angling for back rank mate, but the point of Selwyn's Bf5, stopping the black king escaping, was missed by James and he was the one to lose a hard fought game.

Provisional round 3 pairings:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Ian Birchall 1895 [2] : Guy West 2307 [2]
2 Jamie Kenmure 1433 [1] : Christopher Potter 1507 [2]
3 Steve Scott 996 [1] : Jean Watson 1384 [1]
4 John M Fleming 1167 [1] : Geraldine Quah [1]
5 Selwyn Lo [1] : Rodney Matthews 1100 [1]
6 Nathanael Low [.5] : Antares Car 438 [1]
7 Grace Quah [0] : Kenneth Minty [0]
8 James Keyhoe [0] : BYE
9 Jamie Cross 1728 [1] : BYE
10 Cameron Yung 1353 [1] : BYE
11 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [2] : BYE
12 Pearl Yung 982 [0] : BYE

Watto
17-06-2011, 10:35 PM
Here are the round 3 results with commentary by Ian Birchall :):
B1: The game proceeded fairly quietly until Guy's 22..Qh4. This sparked a slightly panicky response from Ian, of 23. f4 (instead of the more sensible Nc4) and a flurry of complications ensued. Ian swapped his queen for two rooks, but the exchange left his N in a precarious position. 33.g4 or R1f2 would have maintained the balance. Instead, 33.Nc7? allowed Guy to make good use of the N & Q combination to seal victory.

B2: In perhaps the most exciting game of the round black, losing a pawn early, didn't seem to matter as Jamie and Chris castled on opposite sides and pawns were sent storming. Both sides missed opportunities, but perhaps it was that extra pawn that provided the death-blow to Chris's king.

B3: Steve and Jean's game proved to be very even from beginning to end. Jean tried hard to create some problems for Steve, but she missed 31..Rxd4! winning a pawn. Unfortunately, Jean had to leave early and gave the game away in a endgame in which she was a pawn down, but which still appeared very drawish.

B4: Geraldine, again, played well in the opening and appeared on top early. However, she misjudged the position after 11.e4 which allowed John a strong attack against f7 and Geraldine's king position was soon compromised.

B5: In an interesting tactical battle, Antares played a little more solidly than his opponent, Selwyn, to achieve a nice win.

B6: James was playing smart chess, utilising a pin to win a piece.followed by a double attack winning another piece. However, he wasn't careful enough in checking his opponent's possible responses and Nathanael was able to force a back-rank mate.

B7: Grace played the opening well against Ken and held the advantage. However, she lost a pawn and then a piece, and so, was very fortunate to finish off the game with a nice mate.

Round 3 Results:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Ian Birchall 1895 [2] 0:1 Guy West 2307 [2]
2 Jamie Kenmure 1433 [1] 1:0 Christopher Potter 1507 [2]
3 Steve Scott 996 [1] 1:0 Jean Watson 1384 [1]
4 John M Fleming 1167 [1] 1:0 Geraldine Quah [1]
5 Selwyn Lo [1] 0:1 Antares Car 438 [1]
6 James Keyhoe [0] 0:1 Nathanael Low [.5]
7 Grace Quah [0] 1:0 Kenneth Minty [0]
8 Jamie Cross 1728 [1] 0:0 BYE
9 Cameron Yung 1353 [1] .5:0 BYE
10 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [2] .5:0 BYE
11 Rodney Matthews 1100 [1] 0:0 BYE
12 Pearl Yung 982 [0] .5:0 BYE

And the provisional round 4 pairings:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Guy West 2307 [3] : Ion Kloprogge 1347 [2.5]
2 John M Fleming 1167 [2] : Ian Birchall 1895 [2]
3 Christopher Potter 1507 [2] : Steve Scott 996 [2]
4 Antares Car 438 [2] : Jamie Kenmure 1433 [2]
5 Nathanael Low [1.5] : Cameron Yung 1353 [1.5]
6 Jamie Cross 1728 [1] : Grace Quah [1]
7 Jean Watson 1384 [1] : Selwyn Lo [1]
8 Geraldine Quah [1] : Rodney Matthews 1100 [1]
9 Pearl Yung 982 [.5] : Frank Bangham [0]
10 Kenneth Minty [0] : James Keyhoe [0]

Ian CCC
17-06-2011, 11:15 PM
All the games can be found on the Croydon CC website here (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/SnackAttackJune/tabid/192/language/en-US/Default.aspx).

Watto
25-06-2011, 09:16 AM
Here are the round 4 results with commentary by Ian Birchall. As Ian says, Ion Kloprogge defended really well against Guy. He lost in the end but it was an impressive effort. :clap:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Guy West 2307 [3] 1:0 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [2.5]
2 John M Fleming 1167 [2] 0:1 Ian Birchall 1895 [2]
3 Christopher Potter 1507 [2] 1:0 Steve Scott 996 [2]
4 Antares Car 438 [2] 0:1 Jamie Kenmure 1433 [2]
5 Selwyn Lo [1] 0:1 Cameron Yung 1353 [1.5]
6 Jamie Cross 1728 [1] 1:0 Grace Quah [1]
7 Jean Watson 1384 [1] 1:0 Rodney Matthews 1100 [1]
8 Pearl Yung 982 [.5] +:- Nathanael Low [1.5]
9 Kenneth Minty [0] 1:0 James Keyhoe [0]
10 Geraldine Quah [1] .5:0 BYE
Ian Birchall commentary: This week, the two top seeds saw tough resistance from their opponents. Both blundered in time trouble and could easily have lost their games.

B1: Guy went with g4 and a king-side attack against Ion's King's Indian set-up. Ion put up a solid defence, manoeuvring his pieces along the first two ranks. Guy built up pressure, but was finding it difficult to land a finishing blow. The position opened up and Guy found his king a little exposed in the centre and Black's minor pieces becoming active. In time trouble, Guy's errors, beginning with 40.Rg3, could have been punished by 44...Qxh4! leaving Ion a clear rook ahead, but Nxd5+ ? losing a queen was played instead.

B2: Ian didn't make good use of his opening advantage and John achieved equality in a closed position. Ian pressed and gained a winning advantage on the queen-side. However, he took John's king-side counter-attack a little too casually and a blunder in time pressure should have seen an upset. Unfortunately for John, he blundered in return and the game finally went Ian's way.

B3: An early queen exchange resulted in a fairly even middle-game. However, Chris played the endgame positively and took good advantage of the weaknesses in Steve's position to score a nice win.

B4: Antares had difficulty anticipating Jamie's threats, allowing Jamie to slowly accumulate booty. A nice game from Jamie K.

B5: Some careless play, saw first Cameron blow a piece early and then Selwyn give it back far too easily. Cameron then steadied and finished the game off comfortably.

B6: Jamie C. caught Grace out with a variation of the Two Knights defence and she gave up a piece early. She kept playing aggressively, but Jamie won comfortably.

B7: Fairly even for the first 20 moves, this game suddenly developed complications with 21....Ne4 followed by 22.Ng5 Qg5?! White withdrew from the fray with 23.Nd4 instead of Rxd5. When Rxd5 finally came, Jean clearly had the advantage and executing the checkmate on move 28 would have been a nice finish. In any case, mate followed shortly, when Rodney neglected his back rank.

B9: With good development, James had the advantage in the opening, but gave up a piece in complications. Ken progressively exchanged pieces to achieve a won endgame.

And the provisonional round 5 pairings:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Christopher Potter 1507 [3] : Guy West 2307 [4]
2 Ian Birchall 1895 [3] : Jamie Kenmure 1433 [3]
3 Cameron Yung 1353 [2.5] : Ion Kloprogge 1347 [2.5]
4 Steve Scott 996 [2] : Jamie Cross 1728 [2]
5 Jean Watson 1384 [2] : John M Fleming 1167 [2]
6 Geraldine Quah [1.5] : Antares Car 438 [2]
7 Selwyn Lo [1] : Pearl Yung 982 [1.5]
8 Rodney Matthews 1100 [1] : Kenneth Minty [1]
9 Grace Quah [1] : James Keyhoe [0]
10 Nathanael Low [1.5] : BYE

Watto
01-07-2011, 09:44 PM
Here are the final round results and commentary by Ian Birchall. Thanks Ian for being such a good DOP, as usual. :clap:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Christopher Potter 1507 [3] 0:1 Guy West 2307 [4]
2 Ian Birchall 1895 [3] 1:0 Jamie Kenmure 1433 [3]
3 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [2.5] 0:1 Jamie Cross 1728 [2]
4 Steve Scott 996 [2] 0:1 John M Fleming 1167 [2]
5 Geraldine Quah [1.5] 0:1 Jean Watson 1384 [2]
6 Rodney Matthews 1100 [1] 0:1 Kenneth Minty [1]
7 Grace Quah [1] 0:1 James Keyhoe [0]
8 Nathanael Low [1.5] 0:0 BYE
9 Cameron Yung 1353 [2.5] 0:0 BYE
10 Pearl Yung 982 [1.5] 0:0 BYE
11 Antares Car 438 [2] 0:0 BYE
12 Selwyn Lo [1] 0:0 BYE

No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5

1 West, Guy 2307 5 5:W 3:W 2:W 8:W 4:W
2 Birchall, Ian 1895 4 10:W 7:W 1:L 5:W 3:W
3 Kenmure, Jamie 1433 3 17:W 1:L 4:W 11:W 2:L
4 Potter, Christopher 1507 3 14:W 9:W 3:L 10:W 1:L
5 Fleming, John M 1167 3 1:L 12:W 13:W 2:L 10:W
6 Cross, Jamie 1728 3 0:D 16:D 0:L 18:W 8:W
7 Watson, Jean 1384 3 18:W 2:L 10:L 16:W 13:W
8 Kloprogge, Ion 1347 2.5 19:W 11:W 0:D 1:L 6:L
9 Yung, Cameron 1353 2.5 13:W 4:L 0:D 17:W 0:L
10 Scott, Steve 996 2 2:L 18:W 7:W 4:L 5:L
11 Car, Antares 438 2 12:W 8:L 17:W 3:L 0:L
12 Minty, Kenneth 2 11:L 5:L 18:L 19:W 16:W
13 Quah, Geraldine 1.5 9:L 14:W 5:L 0:D 7:L
14 Yung, Pearl 982 1.5 4:L 13:L 0:D 15:+ 0:L
15 Low, Nathanael 1.5 0:D 0:L 19:W 14:- 0:L
16 Matthews, Rodney 1100 1 0:D 6:D 0:L 7:L 12:L
17 Lo, Selwyn 1 3:L 19:W 11:L 9:L 0:L
18 Quah, Grace 1 7:L 10:L 12:W 6:L 19:L
19 Keyhoe, James 1 8:L 17:L 15:L 12:L 18:W

Final Round Comments

B1: After queens were exchanged in the opening, an even endgame resulted. However, Guy took good advantage of Chris's weakening 18.c4?! and risky 20.Kd2? to win a pawn and then convert efficiently.

B2: After a solid opening, some risky moves by Jamie K. allowed Ian to build a strong king-side attack. A blunder by Jamie saw a quick finish to the game.

B3: A couple of attacking forays in the opening by Ion were easily repulsed by Jamie. As a result, Jamie gained in development and central control. With Ion's pieces lacking co-ordination and having difficulty finding reasonable squares, Jamie's king-side attack was always going to be difficult to stop.

B4: A very good game between Steve and John. After an even opening, where neither player wanted to grab the centre, some complicated tactical play saw Steve emerge a pawn ahead with a good position. But his 34.Kg2?! allowed John to complicate again with 34...Nxe3+! This lead to 35.Kh1?? by Steve, allowing a potent 36.....e3 discovered check. Although John didn't follow up with the strongest continuation, it was a comfortable win for him from there.

B5: Jean obtained an ideal position from her French defence after removing white's central pawns. From there on, Geraldine was always in difficulty against Jean's strong play.

B6: An early exchange of queens saw a fairly even endgame. Ken collected pawns while Rodney went looking for tactical responses. In the end, Ken's solid play proved far more effective than Rodney's risky approach.

B7: Grace had a bad game, for her, and James took full advantage of her errors.

Congratulations to Guy for his picket fence, but he didn't always have an easy time of it. A couple of games went close to an upset, but when things got tough, with his great experience and ability, he was always likely to come out on top.

In my view, John and Steve demonstrated the greatest improvement in the tournament. John gave me trouble in our game and a little improvement in his opening play would see him surprise a few more people in the future. Steve had very good games against Jean and John and is now a far more solid and accomplished player.

It was good to see all the unrated juniors score at least one win. Geraldine had the best result with her upset win over Pearl. Grace did well to win against Ken. James' and Selwyn's results were a little disappointing, as they would often get into winning positions and then make careless mistakes which cost them the games. Perhaps using a little more time to think about their opponent's possible responses might help.

Overall, the Snack Attack was an interesting experiment on our calendar. Our unrated juniors got some great experience playing serious tournament games against seniors. The recorded games allowed the coaches to review their games with them and I'm sure some useful lessons will have been learnt. Also, the reduced time control allowed us all to go home a little earlier!

Thanks, to Pearl Yung and to the parents who provided the “Snacks”. Thanks also, to Jamie Kenmure who generously provided prize-money which, with everyone's agreement, will now go towards resources for the junior club.