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Altecman
02-06-2011, 03:40 PM
Report from Garry Lycett.

Dandenong Autumn Open 2011

36 players entered the event and the first round got underway not too late, which is surprising for first rounds.
It was pleasing to see players such as Mehmedalija Dizdarevic, Richard Voon, Abdulwahab Rashid and Phillip Drew make a return to the club.
There were also two new players, Zaki Naseri and Hadi Naseri, so hopefully everyone makes them welcome.

All but two games in the first round went the way the ratings would predict.
But on boards 3 and 4 both Abdulwahab Rashid and Richard Voon were involved in long struggles where they could only manage to draw. I didn't see much of any other game but both Franz Oswald and Stephen Bickell must have played well to hold their much higher rated opponents.
Because these were the only two draws both Franz and Stephen are rewarded for their effort by having to play each others opponents next week to see if they can repeat the effort.

Meanwhile on board 5 the winner of the two previous tournaments was completely outplayed and facing imminent defeat at the hands of Masood Alikhail. But rather than a forced mate Masood chose to win the exchange, and rather than take a perpetual, or just continue the exchange up and in a winning position Masood made an unfortunate mistake which instantly cost him the game. Three hours and 34 good moves all undone by one blunder. I would have felt sorry for him if I wasn't the the fortunate opponent on the other end.
An extremely lucky escape.

And the two final games to finish involved, (no surprise, deep thinkers both of them), Ashley Mison and Alan Gray who were obviously putting up good fights against their much higher rated opponents. I didn't see either of the games but was told both had good positions with Alan clearly winning. But in the end Lalizad Rahmatulla and Elvis Espejo managed to escape with a victory.

In determining the rating groups I have not split them evenly by numbers which can result in players at the top or bottom of each group being rated either much higher or lower than the rest of the group.
Instead I have tried to split them a bit more evenly by rating.

Although the rating groups are based, (and will remain based), on March 1st ratings, the new ratings come out 1st June, and two players, Lalizad Rahmatulla and Ghulam Angori, will finally get an official rating. Up until now I have given them a provisional rating (guess) purely for pairings puposes.
This official ACF rating will determine which rating group they will go into.
And there are two new players whose ratings I have only guessed at, so at this stage I have no real idea how good they may be.

So the rating groups, which each have $100 on offer, are provisional until after Rd2, after which I will include the 4 players mentioned above, and may tweak the groupings accordingly.

The rating groups so far determined are;
U1700 - 7 players between 1643 - 1557 (86-point rating variance)
U1500 - 4 players between 1496 - 1444 (52-point rating variance)
U1400 - 4 players between 1397 - 1301 (96-point rating variance)
U1200 - 5 players between 1189 - 1084 (105-point rating variance)
U1000 - 5 players between 994 - 270 (724-point rating variance)

Of course players in these groups are still eligible for 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize, along with the other 7 players over 1700 not in a rating group.

A reminder to all players about the noise level, and discussions of games, both completed and still underway, whilst in the playing area. It was better last night but can still be improved upon.
Although it may take a few consecutive Collingwood losses to keep Stephen Bickell quiet.

Following are the Rd1 results and the Rd2 pairings.

Regards; Garry Lycett

Results Rd1
1 Tolpigin, George 1444 [0] 0:1 Lojanica, Milenko 2014 [0]
2 Dizdarevic, Mehmedalija 1972 [0] 1:0 Meilicke, George 1397 [0]
3 Oswald, Franz 1385 [0] .5:.5 Rashid, Abdulwahab 1909 [0]
4 Voon, Richard 1878 [0] .5:.5 Bickell, Stephen J 1364 [0]
5 Alikhail, Masood 1301 [0] 0:1 Lycett, Garry 1838 [0]
6 Campara, Miralem 1800 [0] 1:0 Huynh, Phong 1189 [0]
7 McEachern, Graham 1186 [0] 0:1 Gungordu, Ismet 1643 [0]
8 Albarracin, Gregorio 1608 [0] 1:0 Lee, Geoff 1176 [0]
9 Froiland, Gunnar 1146 [0] 0:1 Chong, Reginald 1597 [0]
10 Chua, Manny 1595 [0] 1:0 Seehusen, John 1084 [0]
11 Naseri, Zaki [0] 0:1 Forster, Kevin 1568 [0]
12 Potter, Christopher 1560 [0] 1:0 Naseri, Hadi [0]
13 Angori, Ghulam [0] 0:1 Armerman, Mendel 1557 [0]
14 Lalizad, Rahmatulla [0] 1:0 Mison, Ashley 994 [0]
15 Gray, Alan 926 [0] 0:1 Espejo, Elvis 1496 [0]
16 Jago, Stephen 1484 [0] 1:0 Rasmussen, Henning 885 [0]
17 Ang, Natalie 567 [0] 0:1 Jahid, Khadem 1457 [0]
18 Tyrone, Angelo 270 [0] 0:1 Drew, Phillip 1746 [0]

Pairings Rd2
1 Lojanica, Milenko 2014 [1] : Chua, Manny 1595 [1]
2 Forster, Kevin 1568 [1] : Dizdarevic, Mehmedalija 1972 [1]
3 Lycett, Garry 1838 [1] : Potter, Christopher 1560 [1]
4 Armerman, Mendel 1557 [1] : Campara, Miralem 1800 [1]
5 Drew, Phillip 1746 [1] : Lalizad, Rahmatulla [1]
6 Gungordu, Ismet 1643 [1] : Espejo, Elvis 1496 [1]
7 Jahid, Khadem 1457 [1] : Albarracin, Gregorio 1608 [1]
8 Chong, Reginald 1597 [1] : Jago, Stephen 1484 [1]
9 Rashid, Abdulwahab 1909 [.5] : Bickell, Stephen J 1364 [.5]
10 Oswald, Franz 1385 [.5] : Voon, Richard 1878 [.5]
11 Naseri, Zaki [0] : Tolpigin, George 1444 [0]
12 Meilicke, George 1397 [0] : Angori, Ghulam [0]
13 Naseri, Hadi [0] : Alikhail, Masood 1301 [0]
14 Huynh, Phong 1189 [0] : Gray, Alan 926 [0]
15 Mison, Ashley 994 [0] : McEachern, Graham 1186 [0]
16 Lee, Geoff 1176 [0] : Ang, Natalie 567 [0]
17 Rasmussen, Henning 885 [0] : Froiland, Gunnar 1146 [0]
18 Seehusen, John 1084 [0] : Tyrone, Angelo 270 [0]

Altecman
02-06-2011, 03:41 PM
Report from Garry Lycett

The second round was marred by three forfeits / withdrawls, two of whom didn't appear, the other I wasn't made aware of until 10 minutes prior to the round beginning.
A reminder that if you are not able to make a round players are allowed to take up to two 1/2-point byes, (excluding the final round). But I need to be notified preferably the Wednesday before, and by the Monday before at the latest.
To simply not appear is inconsiderate to your opponent who turns up and has to wait around for 1/2-hour with nobody to play.

The three withdrawls were joined by Tyrone Angelo who did notify me that he is going overseas on holiday and will miss the rest of the tournament. This leaves 32 players in the event.

After the second round there are 5 players remaining on 2-points. Of the top 6 rated players only 1 of them, Milenko Lojanica, is on 2-points, the others all having conceded a draw and sitting on 1.5-points.

Last night Mehmedalija Dizdarevic, Garry Lycett and Miralem Campara all had to accept a draw against lower rated opponents. Although all three were in different circumstances.
Armerman vs Campara was a peaceful encounter,
Lycett vs Potter was a Benko Gambit with Chris seemingly getting a very strong position after Garry made a few not so good moves. Garry rejected Chris' first draw offer, but one move later Chris offered it again and given the position it was "....an offer he can't refuse".
Forster vs Dizdarevic was also a Benko Gambit, with Kevin rejecting the offered a6-pawn and returning the material. In a long rook and pawn ending all the spectators thought Mehmedalija had a clear win with his two passed central pawns. But Kevin managed to blockade them and with just enough threats of his own on the kingside to stop Mehmedalija's king being activated it finished in a draw. After the game all the onlookers tried to show Mehmedalija how he could have won, but it turned out to be more complicated than they all thought, and perhaps it was a draw all along.

Another game to finish late was Oswald vs Voon where Franz looked at one point to be winning, but in time trouble a miscalculation lost a pawn and Richard was able to win the ending.

Two upsets involved Alan Gray and Ashley Mison who both overcame 200-point rating deficits to record victories. I didn't see what happened as unusually for these two both games were finished reasonably early.

The rating groups, which each have $100 on offer, are set as follows;
U1750 - 6 players between 1746 - 1590 (156-point rating variance)
U1570 - 6 players between 1568 - 1457 (111-point rating variance)
U1400 - 4 players between 1397 - 1301 (96-point rating variance)
U1200 - 5 players between 1189 - 1084 (105-point rating variance)
U1000 - 4 players between 994 - 567 (427-point rating variance)
All players in these groups are still eligible for 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize, along with the other 6 players over 1800 not in a rating group.

The June 1st ACF ratings have been released and I will bring a copy of them next week.
These new ratings have no effect on the pairings or the rating groups for this tournament, which are still based on the March ratings as the tournament began prior to the June ratings being released.
eg; Masood Alikhail and Franz Oswald are still in the U1400 group and Ashley Mison still in the U100 group despite the new ratings being higher.
Some players whose ratings have gone up;
Masood Alikhail: up 145-points to 1446
Gregorio Albarracin: up 144-points to 1752
Phong Huynh: up 76-points to 1265
Stephen Jago: up 57-points to 1541
Ashley Mison: up 31-points to 1025
Franz Oswald: up 30-points to 1415

This tournament , as well as being ACF rated, is also FIDE rated. Of the 32-players remaining 50% of them have a FIDE rating and all bar 2 have a FIDE-id and some games, they just just need some more games against FIDE-rated opponents to get a FIDE rating themselves.
The FIDE ratings do differ from ACF. They show Phillip Drew as 4th seed ahead of Voon, Lycett and Campara, while Kevin Forster's FIDE rating of 1845 would jump him above quite a few others.
I will bring a copy of the FIDE ratings next week.

A reminder to all players about keeping the noise level down.
Discussions of games still underway by spectators must be done well away from the players.
Discussions of games still underway by either participant is against the rules.
When watching games try not to crowd the players by standing too close or leaning on the table.
When a move is made spectator's should not shake their heads, grimace or fling their hands in the air and walk away. Such actions are very disconcerting for the players, and can affect the game or be considered cheating if a player, (rightly or wrongly), takes notice of a spectators reaction to his opponents move.

Following are the results for Rd 2 and the pairings for Rd 3.

Regards; Garry Lycett

Results Rd2
1 Lojanica, Milenko 2014 [1] 1:0 Chua, Manny 1595 [1]
2 Forster, Kevin 1568 [1] .5:.5 Dizdarevic, Mehmedalija 1972 [1]
3 Lycett, Garry 1838 [1] .5:.5 Potter, Christopher 1560 [1]
4 Armerman, Mendel 1557 [1] .5:.5 Campara, Miralem 1800 [1]
5 Drew, Phillip 1746 [1] 1:0 Lalizad, Rahmatulla 1590 [1]
6 Gungordu, Ismet 1643 [1] 1:0 Espejo, Elvis 1496 [1]
7 Jahid, Khadem 1457 [1] 0:1 Albarracin, Gregorio 1608 [1]
8 Chong, Reginald 1597 [1] 1:0 Jago, Stephen 1484 [1]
9 Rashid, Abdulwahab 1909 [.5] 1:0 Bickell, Stephen J 1364 [.5]
10 Oswald, Franz 1385 [.5] 0:1 Voon, Richard 1878 [.5]
11 Naseri, Zaki [0] -:+ Tolpigin, George 1444 [0]
12 Meilicke, George 1397 [0] +:- Angori, Ghulam 792 [0]
13 Naseri, Hadi [0] -:+ Alikhail, Masood 1301 [0]
14 Huynh, Phong 1189 [0] 0:1 Gray, Alan 926 [0]
15 Mison, Ashley 994 [0] 1:0 McEachern, Graham 1186 [0]
16 Lee, Geoff 1176 [0] 1:0 Ang, Natalie 567 [0]
17 Rasmussen, Henning 885 [0] 0:1 Froiland, Gunnar 1146 [0]
18 Seehusen, John 1084 [0] 1:0 Tyrone, Angelo 270 [0]

Pairings Rd3
1 Gungordu, Ismet 1643 [2] : Lojanica, Milenko 2014 [2]
2 Albarracin, Gregorio 1608 [2] : Drew, Phillip 1746 [2]
3 Dizdarevic, Mehmedalija 1972 [1.5] : Chong, Reginald 1597 [2]
4 Potter, Christopher 1560 [1.5] : Rashid, Abdulwahab 1909 [1.5]
5 Voon, Richard 1878 [1.5] : Forster, Kevin 1568 [1.5]
6 Campara, Miralem 1800 [1.5] : Lycett, Garry 1838 [1.5]
7 Chua, Manny 1595 [1] : Armerman, Mendel 1557 [1.5]
8 Lalizad, Rahmatulla 1590 [1] : Alikhail, Masood 1301 [1]
9 Espejo, Elvis 1496 [1] : Lee, Geoff 1176 [1]
10 Jago, Stephen 1484 [1] : Seehusen, John 1084 [1]
11 Froiland, Gunnar 1146 [1] : Jahid, Khadem 1457 [1]
12 Tolpigin, George 1444 [1] : Mison, Ashley 994 [1]
13 Gray, Alan 926 [1] : Meilicke, George 1397 [1]
14 Bickell, Stephen J 1364 [.5] : Oswald, Franz 1385 [.5]
15 Ang, Natalie 567 [0] : Huynh, Phong 1189 [0]
16 McEachern, Graham 1186 [0] : Rasmussen, Henning 885 [0]