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Kevin Bonham
27-06-2011, 11:25 PM
Just a post to advise that this GP Class 1 weekender is on and entry details will be out in the next week or two once I have got past (or crashed and exploded into) a current pressing work deadline.

ER
28-06-2011, 09:19 PM
Just a post to advise that this GP Class 1 weekender is on and entry details will be out in the next week or two once I have got past (or crashed and exploded into) a current pressing work deadline.

Any idea about the venue yet? If I am in Australia that weekend I might drop in to say g'day!

Kevin Bonham
28-06-2011, 09:22 PM
Same venue as last time (Princes St Primary). We are very lucky to have that venue for free on account of the work done by Mellissa and others with the school club there.

ER
29-06-2011, 08:38 AM
Same venue as last time (Princes St Primary). We are very lucky to have that venue for free on account of the work done by Mellissa and others with the school club there.


A school which has chessboards in their grounds has to be a good school! :)

http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee481/jak_jak1/MONUMENTS/100_4070.jpg

Rocks in the Princes St Primary school yard. Kids who use the school grounds to play and socialise during holidays, told me their own theory why these rocks are there: So the green UFO men who brought them there in the first place can see them from their space ship and find their way back!

http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee481/jak_jak1/MONUMENTS/100_4193.jpg

Tony Dowden
29-06-2011, 09:52 PM
Any idea about the venue yet? If I am in Australia that weekend I might drop in to say g'day!
May you dodge the ash cloud then!

Kevin Bonham
30-06-2011, 02:42 AM
This might be 5 rounds instead of the usual 6 and if so then perhaps a slightly slower time control than the usual 60/10 as some adults really don't like 4 rounds in one day. (I personally don't mind it provided there are at least 2 solid breaks of an hour or so along the way). Haven't made a final decision on this so if any feedback in the next few days will be taken into account - also asked the TCA Exec for comments yesterday.

ER
30-06-2011, 05:14 AM
May you dodge the ash cloud then!

Hehe I can always use the Spirit of Tassie! :P :owned: Pity they don't have the day trips during winter! :(

Tony Dowden
02-07-2011, 06:01 PM
This might be 5 rounds instead of the usual 6 and if so then perhaps a slightly slower time control than the usual 60/10 as some adults really don't like 4 rounds in one day. (I personally don't mind it provided there are at least 2 solid breaks of an hour or so along the way). Haven't made a final decision on this so if any feedback in the next few days will be taken into account - also asked the TCA Exec for comments yesterday.

Five rounds would be good!

Tony Dowden
03-07-2011, 08:33 PM
Five rounds would be good!

Just wondering how many times I can vote :whistle:

Kevin Bonham
03-07-2011, 08:35 PM
Just wondering how many times I can vote :whistle:

Vote early vote often. :lol:

I'm going with five barring strong feedback to the contrary in the next few days as I need to get on with getting stuff out there for this one.

Tony Dowden
12-07-2011, 10:01 PM
At this stage I think I'll enter whatever format is decided :)

But if I do end up cranking out four 'classical' games in one day then maybe I should try out the ultimate luxury of one game per day at the leisurely time control of 100 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 seconds increment (followed by 50 minutes in 20 moves then 15 minutes for the remaining moves) at the Queenstown Classic (sigh)

Kevin Bonham
12-07-2011, 10:09 PM
It's five rounds (three and two); I'm working on the entry form at the moment.

Kevin Bonham
12-07-2011, 10:58 PM
Details from entry form (just sent out to TCA Exec below so should appear on TCA website soon) .

Hobart Weekender 2011

Class One Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix event
Hosted by Hobart International Chess Club for the TCA

VENUE: Princes St Primary School, Sandy Bay, Hobart

FORMAT: 5 round Swiss or Accelerated Swiss. 60 minutes plus 15 seconds per move per player.

ROUNDS START: Saturday 13th August 10:30 am, 2:00 pm, 5:45 pm
Sunday 14th August 9:00 am, 12:45 pm.

ENTRY FEES: $50 waged, $45 conc, $30 U18, $25 U12, $5 discount if entry received by 8th Aug. Entries on day close 10 am. If considering entering on day, please let us know.

PRIZES: 1st c. 40%, 2nd c. 20%, 3rd, U1750, U1500 c. 10% of prize pool, U18 prize $60 U12 prize $50 (prizes and amounts subject to at least three entries in each division). Prize pool is entry fees less running costs and levies.

JUNIOR AWARD: The TCA is currently finalising arrangements for a probable Junior Player Of The Year Award to assist a player to compete in the Australian Junior. It is expected this will be one of the events used to award this for 2011.

ARBITERS: Kevin Bonham and assistants.

ENQUIRIES: Kevin Bonham ph. 0421 428 775 email k_bonham@tassie.net.au

HALF POINT BYES: In cases of unavoidable clashing commitment only, max 1 per player, Saturday only, must be requested before tournament.

NOTES: FIDE Laws 2009 apply –mobile phones making any noise will incur automatic default. Entrants agree to abide by all decisions of the organisers and arbiters. The organisers reserve the right to make any changes required.

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ENTRY FORM
Name:
Address:
Phone: Email (optional):
DOB if under 18:
Tick here if you would like your entry acknowledged by email: ____

Please detach this form and post it with payment to Kevin Bonham, 410 Macquarie Street, South Hobart, Tas 7004. Cheques and money orders to be made payable to HOBART INTERNATIONAL CHESS CLUB.

Tony Dowden
13-07-2011, 06:46 AM
OK, just confirming that I'm intending to enter :cool:

Kevin Bonham
22-07-2011, 10:39 PM
Early suspects:

Tony Dowden*
Kevin Bonham
Nigel Frame
Mason Carter
Tony Sturges

*= likely, TBC

Ian Rout
23-07-2011, 01:18 PM
Early suspects:

Tony Dowden*
Kevin Bonham
Nigel Frame
Mason Carter
Tony Sturges

*= likely, TBC
I will be in Tasmania in August and will also be playing in this event.

Is there a bank account number where entry fees can be transferred or should I just send a cheque?

Kevin Bonham
24-07-2011, 01:50 PM
I will be in Tasmania in August and will also be playing in this event.

Is there a bank account number where entry fees can be transferred or should I just send a cheque?

Account number is

BSB 017-010
AC 5971-45391

If anyone else wants to enter and pay by that method this is welcome but please let me know after depositing the money so I can tell our Treasurer it is there.

Tony Dowden
24-07-2011, 02:06 PM
Early suspects:

Tony Dowden*

*= likely, TBC

I'm a 'definite' - and have paid on-line :cool:

Kevin Bonham
02-08-2011, 05:10 PM
Entries so far:

Tony Dowden
Ian Rout
Kevin Bonham
Nigel Frame
Mason Carter (j)
Graham Richards
Tony Sturges
Bradley Vince (j)
Joshua Harvey (j)

Hope we will pick up some more over the next couple of weeks.

Kevin Bonham
03-08-2011, 03:15 PM
John O'Mara and Noel O'Mara have entered. Noel will have a half-point bye for round 1.

Tony Dowden
06-08-2011, 09:53 PM
No other interest from Nth Tas I'm afraid :(

DF is playing again but it doesn't suit.

Kevin Bonham
08-08-2011, 11:20 PM
Ueli Niederer has entered and will have a half-point bye in round 2.

Kevin Bonham
12-08-2011, 03:08 AM
Alas the entry number has gone in the wrong direction - 1 scratching and also I redirected a junior player to the Southern Tas Junior Champs as I was not convinced he was experienced enough for a weekender against a strong field. So the current field is just ten - hopefully there will be some last minute entries tomorrow or Saturday!

Tony Dowden
Ian Rout
Kevin Bonham
Nigel Frame
Mason Carter (j)
John O'Mara
Noel O'Mara
Ueli Niederer
Tony Sturges
Bradley Vince (j)

GoodNite
12-08-2011, 11:20 AM
Sorry everyone. I have too many commitments this weekend to be able to play. I would have loved to, but family rules...

Enjoy the weekend.

David

Kevin Bonham
12-08-2011, 06:09 PM
Could be a round robin or a match at this rate as Tony Dowden has also had to withdraw! The show will go on.

Tony Dowden
12-08-2011, 06:32 PM
Sorry folks. Have been unwell and not up to it :(

Hope you play some good chess without me ;)

ER
12-08-2011, 06:57 PM
Sorry folks. Have been unwell and not up to it :(


Speedy recovery Tony! Get well soon mate! :)

Garvinator
12-08-2011, 08:24 PM
Could be a round robin or a match at this rate as Tony Dowden has also had to withdraw! The show will go on.
It will be interesting if you get 9 entries ;)

Kevin Bonham
12-08-2011, 08:30 PM
It will be interesting if you get 9 entries ;)

Well a 5-round Swiss for nine players shouldn't be too unmanageable and in any case rounds 1 and 2 each have a half-point bye request in them so there will most likely be either two or three rounds where someone has a nonrequested bye whatever the final number. Could be some funny round 5 pairings though!

Numbers here aint good at the moment. The first wave of juniors has hit university, the second wave of juniors have more junior-only chess than they can poke a stick at, and a lot of the adults seem to only have time now for rapids.

Kevin Bonham
13-08-2011, 09:20 AM
It will be interesting if you get 9 entries ;)

We dream of such riches, now down to eight. :P

Garvinator
13-08-2011, 10:29 AM
Numbers here aint good at the moment. The first wave of juniors has hit university, the second wave of juniors have more junior-only chess than they can poke a stick at, and a lot of the adults seem to only have time now for rapids.I have been following the situation in Tassie, partly because of the juniors issue, which is also relevant up here and I think it might be general Australia wide.

More interschool and junior only competitions, especially ones that are held during school times, makes it much harder to get them involved in weekender or club chess.

It seems like players in Tassie are not so willing to travel, is that a correct assumption? If so, it might be time to look at the round formats that do seem to be designed for those travelling from the other areas ie those going Burnie to Hobart or vice versa.

I think you have one tournament that is 4 rounds on Saturday and 2 rounds on the Sunday. If players from the other towns are not going to travel, it might be time to change to 3 and 3, which means no Sat night round and that might be more attractive.

Kevin Bonham
13-08-2011, 09:01 PM
I have been following the situation in Tassie, partly because of the juniors issue, which is also relevant up here and I think it might be general Australia wide.

More interschool and junior only competitions, especially ones that are held during school times, makes it much harder to get them involved in weekender or club chess.

Yes. But until recently we were still getting a regular eight or ten along to weekenders but have been affected by:

* a large bunch of strong juniors hitting uni together and mostly leaving the scene interstate or cutting back.

* as well as that with some of the long-established juniors who are not so old there is burnout. Some of them have been playing chess since they were five and they get to a point in their teens where it's just another thing that they are good at and they'll still play for their school but don't want to devote weekends.

* among the "tweenage" juniors a number have just stopped playing because one who apparently occupied a bit of a local leadership position developed other interests. As a result the Hobart junior club, while still going well, is not as strong as even a year ago.

So junior crossover to weekenders has come down to a few who are super-keen, which is basically where we were in the late 90s except that we have lost a heck of a lot of adults since then.


It seems like players in Tassie are not so willing to travel, is that a correct assumption?

It is suddenly looking a lot like that just this year and a little bit last year as well. Not sure if there is an underlying cause of that in terms of the tournaments itself or if it is broader economic issues.


I think you have one tournament that is 4 rounds on Saturday and 2 rounds on the Sunday. If players from the other towns are not going to travel, it might be time to change to 3 and 3, which means no Sat night round and that might be more attractive.

We made this one 3 and 2 with the Sat night round finished by 8 but that still made little difference.

I'm wondering if we should even try one-day-only 4-rounders like in the USA.

I'm also likely to see if I can get someone else to have a go at running them for a year or two, just to see if fresh ideas and new enthusiasm can make a difference. Not sure who we've got though!

Or maybe we could try holding some on schooldays! That how interschool works - day off school with your mates.

Kevin Bonham
13-08-2011, 09:10 PM
No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4

1 Rout, Ian C ACT 1920 3 2:W 7:W 4:W 3:
2 O'Mara, John TAS 1514 2 1:L 0:W 7:W 5:
3 Carter, Mason TAS 1500 2 4:D 8:W 5:D 1:
4 Bonham, Kevin TAS 1854 1.5 3:D 5:W 1:L 6:
5 Frame, Nigel TAS 1771 1.5 6:W 4:L 3:D 2:
6 Niederer, Ueli TAS 1445 1.5 5:L 0:D 8:W 4:
7 Vince, Bradley TAS 362 1 0:W 1:L 2:L 8:
8 O'Mara, Noel TAS 1391 .5 0:D 3:L 6:L 7:


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Rout, Ian C [3] : Carter, Mason [2]
2 O'Mara, John [2] : Frame, Nigel [1.5]
3 Niederer, Ueli [1.5] : Bonham, Kevin [1.5]
4 O'Mara, Noel [.5] : Vince, Bradley [1]

Kevin Bonham
13-08-2011, 09:35 PM
Bonham - Carter. Fun game but a frustrating outcome for me since I was various shades of better pretty much throughout but wasted too much time calculating dud or unnecessary lines. In the end Mason resisted well then we both got into very severe time trouble in which I missed a way to force a won queen ending.

1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.0-0 0-0 7.d4 d6 8.d5 Nb8 [8...Na5 is obviously better] 9.e4 Bg4 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Nbd7 12.Be3 Ne5 13.Be2 a6 14.Kg2 Qb6 15.Na4 Qc7 16.Nc3 e6 17.f4 Ned7 18.Qd2 [18.dxe6 fxe6 19.Qd3 Rf7 20.Rad1 Bf8 is very strong for white] 18...exd5 19.exd5 Rfe8 20.f5 Ne4 21.Nxe4 Rxe4 22.Bd3 Re7 23.fxg6 hxg6 24.Bg5 Ree8 25.Rae1 Rxe1 26.Rxe1 Ne5 27.Be2 a5 28.h4 b6 29.Rf1 Rf8 30.Bh6 Kh7 31.Bxg7 Kxg7 32.h5 Rh8 33.Qg5 Qd7 34.Qf6+ Kg8 35.Rh1 Rh7 36.hxg6 Nxg6 37.Rxh7 Kxh7 38.Bd3 Kh6 39.Kf3 [in time trouble missing 39.Bxg6 fxg6 40.Qh8+ Qh7 (40...Kg5 41.Qh4+ Kf5 42.Qf4#) 41.Qd8 winning] 39...Qe7 40.Qxe7 Nxe7 and draw agreed about 5 moves later. -

Frame - Bonham. Nigel played his usual system and I was very pleased when after 17...dxe4 I saw that the natural 18.Qe2 allowed ...e3! winning the exchange for a pawn (which I generally find to be barely worth the effort but looked pretty good in this case.) I missed a few simpler wins and was just about on the verge of stuffing it up for good when White blundered.

1.f4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nh3 Bg7 5.Nf2 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.d3 e5 8.0-0 0-0 9.e3 exf4 10.exf4 Re8 11.Nd2 Bf5 12.Nb3 Qd6 13.d4 cxd4 14.Nxd4 Nxd4 15.Qxd4 Ne4 16.Qd1 Qc5 17.Bxe4 dxe4 18.Qe2 e3! 19.Nd1 Bg4 20.Bxe3 Bxe2 21.Bxc5 Bxf1 22.Kxf1 b6 23.Be3 Rad8 24.Ke2 Rd7 25.Rc1 b5 26.Kf3 Rde7 27.Rc2 Rc8 28.Nf2 b4 29.c4 b3 30.axb3 Rb8 31.Bc5 [31.Rd2!] 31...Rxb3+ 32.Kg2 Rc7 33.Ba3 Bf8 34.Bxf8 Kxf8 35.Nd1 Ke7 36.Kf2 Kd6 37.Rd2+ Kc5 38.Ne3 Rcb7 39.Rd5+ Kc6 40.Nd1 R7b4 [40...Rd7 is much simpler] 41.Rd8! a5 42.Rf8 Rb7 43.Rc8+ Rc7 44.Ra8 Kb6 45.Ke2 Re7+ 46.Kd2 Rd7+ 47.Kc2 Rbd3 48.Nc3 Rd2+ 49.Kb3 Rxh2 50.c5+? Black is probably going to get the a-pawn anyway so this isn't needed. 50...Kxc5 51.Rxa5+ Kc6 52.Ra6+ Kb7 53.Rf6 Rg2 54.Ne4 Kc8 55.Nd6+ Kb8 [55...Kd8!] 56.Nxf7 Rxg3+ 57.Kc4 Rc7+ 58.Kd4 Rg2 59.b4 Rb2 60.Ke4 Rxb4+ 61.Kf3 Rb1 62.Ne5 Rf1+ 63.Kg2 Ra1 64.Rf8+ Kb7 65.Kg3 Rc3+ 66.Kf2?? White realised the blunder before pressing his clock but alas had already released the piece. 66...Ra2+ 0-1

[EDIT: Above corrected, 62. was Ne5 not Nd6 and 64...Kb7 not Ka7]

Bonham - Rout. Forgot all theory, played a bad move followed by a blunder and just kept finding nothing worked. Credit to Ian who was merciless in making sure he didn't let me get away with anything this time.

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.0-0 d5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.a3?! [8.Nxd5 Qxd5 9.d3 0-0 10.Be3 Bd7 11.Nd4 Qd6 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 etc] 8...0-0 9.Qc2 h6 10.d3 Be6 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.Nd2? Not very long after playing this move I realised it created a lot more problems than it was worth. 12...Qd7 13.Nb3 Nd4 14.Nxd4 cxd4 15.Qc5 b6! 16.Qb4 Rac8 17.Bd2 Rc2 18.Rac1?? [18.Rfd1 and completely passive defence is the only option.] 18...a5 19.Qxb6 Rxd2 20.Rfe1 Qd8 21.Qb5 Qb8 22.Qxa5 Rxb2 23.Qc5 Rc8 24.Qxe7 Rxc1 25.Rxc1 Rxe2 26.Bd5 Bf8 27.Qb7 Qxb7 28.Bxb7 Bxa3 0-1

Haven't seen much of the other games today but the N O'Mara-Niederer game this evening was quite exciting when I looked at it - really odd pawn structures, pieces en prise to pawns, black kingside open but with nothing seemingly able to reach it and other fun.

Bereaved
13-08-2011, 11:32 PM
Hi Kevin, in Frame - Bonham, 65. Nb5+ seems to have drawn on the spot unless I am missing something? ie 65...Kb6 66. Nxc7 Kxc7 67. Rf7+ to be followed by 68. Rxh7

Take care and God Bless, Bereaved

Kevin Bonham
13-08-2011, 11:51 PM
Hi Kevin, in Frame - Bonham, 65. Nb5+ seems to have drawn on the spot unless I am missing something? ie 65...Kb6 66. Nxc7 Kxc7 67. Rf7+ to be followed by 68. Rxh7

Take care and God Bless, Bereaved

Thanks very much for spotting that - couple of move entry errors by me, they have been fixed now. He actually played 62.Ne5 not Nd6 and I was therefore able to play Kb7 not Ka7 so the knight fork was never on.

Tony Dowden
13-08-2011, 11:56 PM
Hi Kevin, in Frame - Bonham, 65. Nb5+ seems to have drawn on the spot unless I am missing something? ie 65...Kb6 66. Nxc7 Kxc7 67. Rf7+ to be followed by 68. Rxh7

Take care and God Bless, Bereaved

I noticed the very same ...

Garvinator
14-08-2011, 02:05 AM
In regards to lack of travel- It is suddenly looking a lot like that just this year and a little bit last year as well. Not sure if there is an underlying cause of that in terms of the tournaments itself or if it is broader economic issues.Not only those reasons, but I have found that it is quite often a lack of local 'drive' in that the local organisers are not mentioning, or pushing the events in other parts of the state. And certainly not helping to organise to send players to the other centres.


I'm wondering if we should even try one-day-only 4-rounders like in the USA.I have wondered how successful 5 rounds of 60 flat would be in one day.

That being said, for the situation in Tassie, I think travelling four hours for just 4 rounds in one day would be a dis-incentive. With that distance, it still almost certainly means an overnight stay anyways. A comparable trip up here is from Brisbane to Bundaberg and I am sure that would not be popular for many players to go for one day.


I'm also likely to see if I can get someone else to have a go at running them for a year or two, just to see if fresh ideas and new enthusiasm can make a difference. Not sure who we've got though!

I could imagine using the same venue might also be a very minor issue. It is nice to go to somewhere different, especially if travel is involved.


Or maybe we could try holding some on school days! That how interschool works - day off school with your mates.:uhoh:

Kevin Bonham
14-08-2011, 04:09 PM
No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5

1 Rout, Ian C ACT 1920 4 6:W 8:W 2:W 3:D 4:D
2 Bonham, Kevin TAS 1854 3.5 3:D 4:W 1:L 5:W 7:W
3 Carter, Mason TAS 1500 3.5 2:D 7:W 4:D 1:D 6:W
4 Frame, Nigel TAS 1771 3 5:W 2:L 3:D 6:W 1:D
5 Niederer, Ueli TAS 1445 2.5 4:L 0:D 7:W 2:L 8:W
6 O'Mara, John TAS 1514 2 1:L 0:W 8:W 4:L 3:L
7 O'Mara, Noel TAS 1391 1.5 0:D 3:L 5:L 8:W 2:L
8 Vince, Bradley TAS 362 1 0:W 1:L 6:L 7:L 5:L

Ian drew both his games today and won the tournament but they were both rather long (the one with Nigel went down to KP v KP, so Ian said in his acceptance speech that it was not a grandmaster draw and that was not the only thing that was not grandmasterly about it! It actually opened 1.f4 d5 2.g3 h5, a very interesting line but Nigel declined to play Nf3 leading into the exchange sac on h4.) In his game with Mason, Ian looked to be better when I saw it around the late middlegame.

Mason had another excellent result, drawing with the top three seeds. His rating still lags from the ghost of Australian Juniors past otherwise I think he would be in the state top ten by now.

With Mason tying for second a ratings prize was won by Ueli Niederer. Ueli and I had a really messy game this morning where the computer says I was always fine if I played the right moves but some of the lines it generates are quite bizarre.

Kevin Bonham
14-08-2011, 04:41 PM
Niederer - Bonham.

I'm rather glad Ueli didn't see 21.Qd4; although the computer lines (if correct) are in black's favour some are also almost beyond human comprehension and it would be much too easy to miscalculate.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Be3 cxd4 [6...Qb6 is better] 7.cxd4 Qb6 8.b3? [8.Nc3?! Qxb2 9.Bd2] 8...Bb4+ 9.Nbd2 Nge7 10.Rc1 Nf5 11.Bd3 Ba3 [11...Nfxd4 12.Nxd4 Nxd4 13.Qg4 Bxd2+ 14.Kxd2 Qa5+ 15.Kd1 Nc6 16.Qxg7 0-0-0] 12.Rb1 Nb4 13.Bxf5 exf5 14.0-0 Bb5 15.Re1 [15.Nc4!! dxc4 16.bxc4 Bxc4 (16...Bd7?? 17.Bd2) 17.Qa4+ Qc6 18.Qxa3 Nc2 19.Qc1 Bxf1 20.Qxf1 Nxe3 21.fxe3 0-0 and white has some compensation for the exchange] 15...Bd3 16.Nc4 dxc4 17.d5 Qa6 18.e6 0-0 19.Bc5 Bxb1 20.Bxf8 Bc2 21.exf7+ [21.Qd4! f6 (21...Rxf8 22.e7 Nd3! 23.d6 Bxd6 24.e8=Q Bc5 25.Qdd7 Qf6 26.bxc4 Bxf2+ 27.Kf1 Nxe1 28.Kxf2 Nd3+ 29.Kf1 and although white has two queens black is supposedly much better. A really odd computer line.) 22.d6 Nc6 23.Qd5 Qa5 24.Qxc4 Qc5 25.Qxc5 Bxc5 26.e7 Be4 27.Nd2 Bxd6 28.e8Q Bxh2+ 29.Kxh2 Rxe8 etc and black is winning] 21...Kxf8 22.Qe2 Be4 23.Ng5 Qg6 24.Nxe4 fxe4 25.Qxc4 Qxf7 26.Qc5+ Kg8 27.Rd1 Rf8 28.d6 Nd3 29.Qc4 Qxc4 30.bxc4 Bxd6 31.f3 Bc5+ 32.Kf1 Nb4 33.Ke2 exf3+ 34.gxf3 Re8+ 35.Kf1 Kf7 36.Rd7+ Re7 37.Rxe7+ Kxe7 and black won 0-1

Bonham - N O'Mara

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 c6 4.dxc6 [4.c4] 4...Nxc6 5.c3?! [5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Bb5 is good] 5...e6?! [I was a bit concerned about 5...e5! and rightly so. 6.Bb5 (6.dxe5 Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Ng4 8.Be3 Nxe3+ 9.fxe3 Bc5 and will recover the pawn) 6...Qd5 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.Nf3 e4 9.Ne5 Bd6 and white is not going too well] 6.Nf3 Qc7 7.Bd3 Bd6 8.Bg5 Bd7 9.Nbd2 0-0-0 10.Ne4 Be7 11.Nxf6 gxf6 12.Bh4 Rhg8 13.Bg3 Qa5 14.Qb3 [14.b4!?] 14...Bf8 15.Bxh7 Rh8 16.Bd3 Bh6 17.Qb5 [17.Qc4!] 17...Qxb5 18.Bxb5 a6 19.Bc4 Na5 20.Bd3 Bc6 21.Bh4 [21.b4 Bxf3 22.gxf3 Nc6 23.h4] 21...Bxf3 [21...Bg7] 22.gxf3 Bd2+ 23.Kxd2 Rxh4 24.Rag1 Rdh8 25.Rg7 Rxh2 26.Rxh2 Rxh2 27.Ke3 Nc6 28.Rxf7 f5 29.Bc4 Rh6 30.Kf4 Nd8 31.Re7 Rh2 32.Kg3 Rh1 33.Bxe6+ Nxe6 34.Rxe6 1-0

Tony Dowden
14-08-2011, 06:23 PM
No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5

1 Rout, Ian C ACT 1920 4 6:W 8:W 2:W 3:D 4:D
2 Bonham, Kevin TAS 1854 3.5 3:D 4:W 1:L 5:W 7:W
3 Carter, Mason TAS 1500 3.5 2:D 7:W 4:D 1:D 6:W
4 Frame, Nigel TAS 1771 3 5:W 2:L 3:D 6:W 1:D
5 Niederer, Ueli TAS 1445 2.5 4:L 0:D 7:W 2:L 8:W
6 O'Mara, John TAS 1514 2 1:L 0:W 8:W 4:L 3:L
7 O'Mara, Noel TAS 1391 1.5 0:D 3:L 5:L 8:W 2:L
8 Vince, Bradley TAS 362 1 0:W 1:L 6:L 7:L 5:L

Ian drew both his games today and won the tournament but they were both rather long (the one with Nigel went down to KP v KP, so Ian said in his acceptance speech that it was not a grandmaster draw and that was not the only thing that was not grandmasterly about it! It actually opened 1.f4 d5 2.g3 h5, a very interesting line but Nigel declined to play Nf3 leading into the exchange sac on h4.) In his game with Mason, Ian looked to be better when I saw it around the late middlegame.

Mason had another excellent result, drawing with the top three seeds. His rating still lags from the ghost of Australian Juniors past otherwise I think he would be in the state top ten by now.

With Mason tying for second a ratings prize was won by Ueli Niederer. Ueli and I had a really messy game this morning where the computer says I was always fine if I played the right moves but some of the lines it generates are quite bizarre.

Congrats Ian, Kevin and Mason :clap: :clap: :clap:

Kevin Bonham
14-08-2011, 07:59 PM
I should really be uncongratulated as my game against Ian was quite dreadful. Congrats Ian and Mason, they played much more consistently than me.

ER
14-08-2011, 11:59 PM
... I could imagine using the same venue might also be a very minor issue. It is nice to go to somewhere different, especially if travel is involved. :uhoh:

The primary school is a lovely venue, I wouldn't change it! You walk out, have a great view of the mountain, the hills and the water, the fresh air is magic! I believe if the mainlanders discovered this jewel would keep going there for more!

Adamski
15-08-2011, 12:10 AM
Congrats Ian, Kevin and Mason :clap: :clap: :clap:
Ditto from me. Nice smooth performance by the visitor from ACT!:clap:

ER
15-08-2011, 12:17 AM
Congrats Ian, Kevin and Mason :clap: :clap: :clap:

Same from me! Go the Capitals Ian!

Tony Dowden
15-08-2011, 09:06 PM
I should really be uncongratulated as my game against Ian was quite dreadful. Congrats Ian and Mason, they played much more consistently than me.

True, the game against Ian game wasn't your finest moment but for anone over 30 three games in a day is enough to lose concentration and so missing th tactic after Rc1 was quite understandable. Congratulations for recovering and still coming 2nd= then :)

In Niederer-Bonham 21.Qd4(!!) was a typical computer move I wouldn't expect a non-GM to see (although Solo is also partial to that kind of thing)

Kevin Bonham
15-08-2011, 11:07 PM
True, the game against Ian game wasn't your finest moment but for anone over 30 three games in a day is enough to lose concentration

I really should be fine with three or even four well-spaced games in one day and these were well-spaced. Perhaps too well spaced since I budgeted for c. 1 hr breaks between rounds only for no game before a break to go close to the distance. It's when games are jam-packed together with inadequate recovery time between games that I run out of energy. However this time I had stayed out late the previous night and not got much sleep before the day so was probably not my sharpest that day - competing priorities and all that. Self-inflicted of course.

(By the way I personally have the view that breaks of less than 45 minutes between rounds for any main-list rated tournament, even G60s, are undesirable. I wonder whether events where games are jam-packed together with 10 and 30 minute breaks should even be rated.)

charleschadwick
17-08-2011, 06:05 PM
Congratulations to Ian, Kevin and Mason. I assume that there is a misprint in Mason's rating of 1500. Presumably the 5 should be an 8! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Charles