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Ian CCC
25-07-2011, 10:47 AM
"The Frost" Winter Warmer is named in honour of Croydon Chess Club's founding President Steve Frost (AKA: The Snail King, Frosty & Spiny Norman). Steve is taking a break from over-the-board chess for a while and we wish him well in his endeavours.

Here's the tournament details:


Tournament: “The Frost” Winter Warmer
Type: 5 round Swiss
Time control: 60min/30sec
Forfeit Time: 30 minutes
Byes: 1 half-point bye allowed in rounds 1 to 3
Rating: ACF Rated
Arbiter: Ian Birchall


Round 1 Results

The first round was played last Thursday. We welcomed two new players: Theo Potts and Greg Thomas. :) It doesn't seem that long ago that we were welcoming their round 1 opponents, John Fleming and Rod Matthews, who are now steadfast members of the club. We hope they have a great time at the club.

Here's the results:


1 Ian Birchall 1895 1:0 Ion Kloprogge 1347
2 Steve Scott 996 0:1 Jamie Cross 1728
3 Christopher Potter 1507 1:0 Pearl Yung 982
4 Kenneth Minty 0:1 Cameron Yung 1353
5 John M Fleming 1167 1:0 Theo Potts
6 Greg Thomas 0:1 Rodney Matthews 1100
7 Antares Car 438 .5:0 BYE

Round 1 Commentary

The games will be up on our website in the next few days http://www.croydonchess.com


B1: Ian, with white, gained a dominating position from the opening (after 3...Nxd5?) and probably should have found a way to finish the game more quickly, but, as usual, Ion's strong defensive play made finding the best path more difficult.

B2: Steve's tentative opening play allowed black to take control of the centre and drive back the white pieces. After opening up his opponent's king position, Jamie's strong tactical play soon achieved victory.

B3: After an opening in which both sides made errors (why not win a pawn with 5...dxe4?), Chris allowed a queen swap into an advantageous ending. Chris settled first, played the stronger tactical chess and won comfortably.

B4: Black could have won a pawn with 3...dxe4, but there were opportunities in the opening missed by both sides. After many pieces were exchanged off, a fairly even double rook endgame ensued. However, Ken tied himself up trying to defend two isolated pawns, while Cameron used his rooks aggressively to achieve a comfortable win.

B5: Black's early Nh6 could have been punished with an early d4, stamping white's control of the centre. Following the opening skirmish, there was a series of threats and small combinations from both sides, in which John was able to accumulate material and dominate the rest of the game.

B6: Black's aggressive play, with 9...e5, paid off, as white did not respond with the best move (10.cxd5). Rod's attack quickly broke through white's king position, first winning pawns and then the exchange.


Round 2 Provisional Pairings


1 Cameron Yung 1353 : Ian Birchall 1895
2 Jamie Cross 1728 : John M Fleming 1167
3 Rodney Matthews 1100 : Christopher Potter 1507
4 Antares Car 438 : Steve Scott 996
5 Pearl Yung 982 : Greg Thomas
6 Theo Potts : Kenneth Minty

Ian CCC
27-07-2011, 03:37 PM
The provisional R2 pairings have been adjusted to:


1 Cameron Yung 1353 [1] : Ian Birchall 1895 [1]
2 Jamie Cross 1728 [1] : John M Fleming 1167 [1]
3 Rodney Matthews 1100 [1] : Christopher Potter 1507 [1]
4 Antares Car 438 [.5] : Kenneth Minty [0]
5 Theo Potts [0] : Steve Scott 996 [0]
6 Pearl Yung 982 [0] : Greg Thomas [0]

Ian CCC
29-07-2011, 09:39 AM
1 Cameron Yung 1353 [1] 0:1 Ian Birchall 1895 [1]
2 Jamie Cross 1728 [1] 1:0 John M Fleming 1167 [1]
3 Rodney Matthews 1100 [1] 0:1 Christopher Potter 1507 [1]
4 Antares Car 438 [.5] Post. Kenneth Minty [0]
5 Theo Potts [0] 0:1 Steve Scott 996 [0]
6 Pearl Yung 982 [0] 1:0 Greg Thomas [0]

The R3 pairings will be done when the result of the postponed game is known.

R2 Commentary

The games will be on the Croydon Chess Club (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/FrostWinterWarmer2011/tabid/196/language/en-US/Default.aspx) website in the next few days. Although all games went to the higher rated player, Cameron made Ian work hard for the win and Greg played well against Pearl.


B1: Cameron played very well early in the game. It was a very even game for the first 15 moves (15 Nxd5 would have led to advantage for white). In fact, Cameron's 13.Nf5 was the preferred computer move, despite the insistence of higher rated players in post-game analysis that 13.Be3 was better (apparently the B on e3 is a target for N-a5-c4). Only when time pressure and tactics came into play did the game begin to go Ian's way.

B2: Jamie made John pay dearly for his early Bf5 in the Semi-Slav opening. John giving away his queen didn't help matters.

B3: An apparently innocuous variation of the Two Knights Defence sprang into life with Chris' 9.f5!? After which, it became a tactical battle where Chris always had the upper-hand.

B4: Postponed

B5: After gaining a pawn and a piece in the opening, Steve had few problems systematically swapping down into a won endgame.

B6: The opening was a little better for white and Pearl was able to come away with a pawn advantage. She swapped down into an endgame, but Greg defended well and, after a mistake from Pearl, he had equalised. Unfortunately, he then had to leave and concede the game.

Ian CCC
03-08-2011, 08:27 AM
In the postponed game, Antares defeated Ken, so the pairings for R3 are:


1 Ian Birchall 1895 [2] : Jamie Cross 1728 [2]
2 Christopher Potter 1507 [2] : Antares Car 438 [1.5]
3 Steve Scott 996 [1] : Cameron Yung 1353 [1]
4 John M Fleming 1167 [1] : Rodney Matthews 1100 [1]
5 Kenneth Minty [0] : Pearl Yung 982 [1]
6 Greg Thomas [0] : Theo Potts [0]

Ian CCC
05-08-2011, 04:35 PM
Here's the R3 results:


1 Ian Birchall 1895 [2] 1:0 Jamie Cross 1728 [2]
2 Christopher Potter 1507 [2] 1:0 Antares Car 438 [1.5]
3 Steve Scott 996 [1] 0:1 Cameron Yung 1353 [1]
4 John M Fleming 1167 [1] 1:0 Rodney Matthews 1100 [1]
5 Kenneth Minty [0] 1:0 Pearl Yung 982 [1]
6 Greg Thomas [0] +:- Theo Potts [0]

Round 3 Commentary:

Most of the games in this round were long, tough battles which could easily have had very different results. As usual, the games will be up on our website (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/FrostWinterWarmerJuly/tabid/196/language/en-US/Default.aspx) in the next day or so.



B1: A game where white had some advantage out of the opening, but struggled to make good use of it. Jamie defended well and was able to wrest the advantage with good play against white's hanging pawns. As time pressure increased, Jamie went for an attack on Ian's king. Unfortunately, this backfired when Jamie miscalculated and lost a rook in an otherwise equal position.

B2: Apart from an early skirmish when white could have won a centre pawn, the game was very even for the first twenty or so moves. Black developed good pressure against white's queen-side. However, Antares underestimated the growing storm heading towards his king and 26...Nc8? allowed Chris to devastate black's king position with a nice temporary bishop sacrifice on g6.

B3: Until Steve blundered the exchange on move 18, the contest had been fairly even. However, at that stage, Cameron had used up a lot of time and Steve, by playing actively on the king-side, didn't make things easy for him. Towards the end of the game, with both players confronting 30s per move, Cameron gave the exchange back with 69....Ra3? If Steve had found the in-between move 70. Bxe5!, then a draw may well have been on the cards.

B4: A tough, interesting game between two evenly matched players. White gained a pawn in the opening, then black won it back, before clever play by John achieved an advantageous rook endgame. Rodney missed chances to claw back a pawn on moves 34 and 38, but, eventually, John's more accurate endgame play ensured victory.

B5: With the exception of some dubious knight moves by white in the opening, this game was quite well played by both sides. In the end, perhaps the exchange of rooks was a little rash and the resulting position favoured white's better placed pieces. Ken was able to win a pawn and then, after finding a way to avoid checks, use his queen and bishops more effectively to gain victory.

Ian CCC
05-08-2011, 04:37 PM
Here's the R4 Pairings:


1 Christopher Potter 1507 [3] : Ian Birchall 1895 [3]
2 Cameron Yung 1353 [2] : John M Fleming 1167 [2]
3 Jamie Cross 1728 [2] : Antares Car 438 [1.5]
4 Rodney Matthews 1100 [1] : Kenneth Minty [1]
5 Greg Thomas [1] : Steve Scott 996 [1]
6 Pearl Yung 982 [1] : Theo Potts [0]

Ian CCC
12-08-2011, 10:05 AM
Here's the R4 Results:


1 Christopher Potter 1507 [3] 0:1 Ian Birchall 1895 [3]
2 Cameron Yung 1353 [2] 1:0 John M Fleming 1167 [2]
3 Jamie Cross 1728 [2] 1:0 Antares Car 438 [1.5]
4 Rodney Matthews 1100 [1] 0:1 Kenneth Minty [1]
5 Greg Thomas [1] 0:1 Steve Scott 996 [1]
6 Pearl Yung 982 [1] 1:0 Theo Potts [0]

R4 Commentary:

As usual, the games will be here (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/FrostWinterWarmerJuly/tabid/196/language/en-US/Default.aspx) on our website in the next few days.


B1: With the exception of white's last move, its hard to identify any significant errors in this game. Perhaps Chris should have played Nxc6 before 14.dxc5, and for Ian, the solid 17...Nd6 was an improvement on the tactical 17...f6, while 22...b5 would have been better than 22....Ba7 which failed to a well timed 23. e4. The position, prior to the error on move 26. was very even and the game could have easily have petered out to a draw.

B2: A strong game by Cameron, picking the weakness in John's opening play and building pressure until black's position collapsed.

B3: Aggressive, but risky, play allowed Jamie to mate quickly in the Fried Liver Attack.

B4: Rodney's spectacular double piece sacrifice beginning with 24. Nxh7? looked to be paying dividends when Ken played 29. Qxe7? instead of Qd6+. However, if Rodney had taken into account black's counter-play along the g-file after 32. Qxg6+, he would have played Bh6 instead, winning.

B5: After white initiated a Q swap into an unfortunately, inferior endgame followed by the immediate loss of a pawn, he missed an opportunity to win it back with 24.Bxa5 by utilising the pin along the b-file. A later attempt to do the same thing, when the pin was no longer in effect, resulted in the loss of a piece.

B6: Strong, positive play from Pearl saw a comfortable victory.

Ian CCC
12-08-2011, 10:11 AM
Here's the pairings for the final round:


1 Ian Birchall 1895 [4] : John M Fleming 1167 [2]
2 Jamie Cross 1728 [3] : Christopher Potter 1507 [3]
3 Pearl Yung 982 [2] : Cameron Yung 1353 [3]
4 Steve Scott 996 [2] : Kenneth Minty [2]
5 Antares Car 438 [1.5] : Greg Thomas [1]
6 Theo Potts [0] : Rodney Matthews 1100 [1]

Ian CCC
19-08-2011, 07:44 PM
Here's the results, so far, for the final round:


1 Ian Birchall 1895 [4] 1:0 John M Fleming 1167 [2]
2 Jamie Cross 1728 [3] -:+ Christopher Potter 1507 [3]
3 Pearl Yung 982 [2] Post. Cameron Yung 1353 [3]
4 Steve Scott 996 [2] 0:1 Kenneth Minty [2]
5 Antares Car 438 [1.5] 1:0 Greg Thomas [1]
6 Theo Potts [0] -:+ Rodney Matthews 1100 [1]

R5 Commentary

Here's the commentary on the games completed last night:


B1: Ian exploited the light square weaknesses created when black played 1....d6 followed by 2...f6 and, with a little help from his opponent, was able to finish the game off quickly.

B4: After the opening, both sides seemed to be searching for a plan. In the end, Ken decided to strike in the centre with 13....c5 and Steve should have kept the strong d4 pawn (14.Rac1 was fine) instead of playing 14.dxc4?! ceding some central control and reducing support for his N on e5. Ken followed up well, and after 19.Qd2? (better was 19.Be4) Black was winning. Steve's piece blunder was the final straw and Ken went on to win easily.

B5: Greg could have taken greater advantage of Antares' slow and weakening 2.f3?! (with perhaps 2...dxe4 or 3....d4 or 6...Bxf3). However, the game settled down to a fairly even battle until 25...exd4? What appeared to be regulation exchanges on the e-file, had a nasty sting in the tail, and black ended up a piece down.


Next Tournament: The President's Cup - a 5 round Swiss beginning next Thursday, August 25th at 7.45pm. 60min/30s.

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Ian CCC
26-08-2011, 01:41 PM
Cameron won his game against Pearl. So, here are the final standings:


1 Birchall, Ian VIC 1895 5
2-3 Potter, Christopher VIC 1507 4
Yung, Cameron VIC 1353 4
4-5 Cross, Jamie VIC 1728 3
Minty, Kenneth VIC 3
6 Car, Antares VIC 438 2.5
7-10 Fleming, John M VIC 1167 2
Scott, Steve VIC 996 2
Yung, Pearl VIC 982 2
Matthews, Rodney VIC 1100 2
11 Thomas, Greg 1
12-13 Potts, Theo 0
Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1347 0 (only played 1 game)


For the full cross-table please go to our website (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/FrostWinterWarmerJuly/tabid/196/language/en-US/Default.aspx).

Adamski
26-08-2011, 10:19 PM
Congrats to Ian CCC. :clap: (CCC = Croydon Chess Club of course.)

Great to see a tournament named after Frosty!

Ian CCC
28-08-2011, 07:39 AM
Congrats to Ian CCC. :clap: (CCC = Croydon Chess Club of course.)

Great to see a tournament named after Frosty!

Thanks, Adamski. There were also excellent performances from Chris Potter (2nd), Cameron Yung (3rd), Jamie Cross (4th) and Ken Minty (5th). Cameron is improving rapidly while Chris and Jamie could easily have had draws against me. It's unfortunate that Jamie missed the last round because of car trouble. Ken Minty is also improving rapidly and had good wins over a number of experienced, rated players. New member Greg Thomas also played very well in his games, but because he has to leave early, he was often under pressure to finish games off quickly and he missed out on some better results.