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Ian CCC
25-08-2011, 03:13 PM
A new tournament begins tonight at Croydon Chess Club (http://www.croydonchess.com/). Here are the details:





Tournament: The President's Cup

Type: 5 round Swiss

Dates: 5 Thursdays beginning 25th August

Time: 7.45pm (please register by 7.35pm)

Time Control: 60min/30s

Forfeit Time: 30 minutes

Byes: One half-point bye allowed in the first three rounds,


otherwise byes are 0 points.

Rated: ACF Rated

Arbiter: Ian Birchall

Cost: $10 for members

Ian CCC
26-08-2011, 01:23 PM
It was great to see Club President, Richard Goldsmith, back in the fray after “family leave”. :clap: His announcement of a perpetual trophy (maybe a cup?) for this tournament was an extra incentive for the competitors in the event.

Here's the results of Round 1:


1 John M Fleming 1167 [0] 0:1 Guy West 2307 [0]
2 Ian Birchall 1895 [0] 1:0 Rodney Matthews 1100 [0]
3 Steve Scott 996 [0] 0:1 Christopher Potter 1507 [0]
4 Cameron Yung 1353 [0] 1:0 Antares Car 438 [0]
5 Kenneth Minty [0] .5:.5 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [0]
6 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [0] 1:0 Greg Thomas [0]


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

R1 Commentary

It was an interesting first round, where the top seeds, on boards 1 to 3, struggled to put away their lower rated opponents:


B1: After a lay-off for a few weeks, Guy's play looked a little rusty in his game against John. After a fairly even opening, Guy appeared to be getting on top, with pressure along the d-file and perhaps f5 coming. Although John's d-pawn fell, he continued to play assertively. With Guy's knight on the queen-side rim (...looking very grim!), John may have had counter-chances harassing the opposing king. Unfortunately, John missed a double-attack losing his bishop and Guy safely negotiated the rest of the game.

B2: Rodney didn't find the best line against Ian's provocative 9.e4 and a skirmish ended with black losing a centre pawn and under pressure. Further complications saw white go a piece ahead, then quickly blunder it back again. Fortunately for Ian, the ensuing R ending, with a protected passed pawn, was a straight-forward win.

B3: Steve held his own against Chris for most of the game and entered the Q and P ending with the advantage. He could have picked up a pawn easily, but instead chose to swap queens. Unfortunately for Steve, Chris's better placed king allowed him to easily mop up a number of pawns before Steve's king could have any effect on the ending.

B4: In this short game between the two juniors, black self-destructed and white cleaned up.

B5: Ken's steady development and straight-forward play easily accounted for Ion's unusual opening strategy. A pawn down, Ion tried to manufacture a king-side attack. Ken repulsed it easily and went two pawns up in a R ending. The final moves aren't entirely clear from the score-sheets, but it appears Ion managed to swindle a draw from a totally lost position! (the continuation would seem to be 76...Rxb4+! and the draw follows)

B6: Black's slow development, early on, could have been punished with an early d5 opening up the position. However, Richard played steadily and with purpose and, despite the cobwebs, he had developed a very strong position before Greg had to leave.

Ian CCC
26-08-2011, 01:25 PM
As a result of 2 players being unavailable next Thursday, I've altered the Round 2 pairings.

Here's the new Round 2 provisional pairings:


1 Guy West 2307 [1] : Richard Goldsmith 1336 [1]
2 Christopher Potter 1507 [1] : Ian Birchall 1895 [1]
3 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [.5] : John M Fleming 1167 [0]
4 Rodney Matthews 1100 [0] : Kenneth Minty [.5]
5 Greg Thomas [0] : Steve Scott 996 [0]
6 Cameron Yung 1353 [1] 0.5:0 BYE
7 Antares Car 438 [0] 0.5:0 BYE

Ian CCC
02-09-2011, 10:40 AM
Here's the Round 3 results:


1 Guy West 2307 [1] 1:0 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [1]
2 Christopher Potter 1507 [1] .5:.5 Ian Birchall 1895 [1]
3 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [.5] 0:1 John M Fleming 1167 [0]
4 Rodney Matthews 1100 [0] 0:1 Kenneth Minty [.5]
5 Greg Thomas [0] .5:.5 Steve Scott 996 [0]
6 Cameron Yung 1353 [1] .5:0 BYE
7 Antares Car 438 [0] .5:0 BYE

Games Commentary:


There were a number of long, tough battles this round, with many of the lower rated players excelling against their higher rated opponents.

B1: Richard's surprise Albin Counter Gambit went a little astray and he failed to get compensation for the gambit pawn. Strong play from Guy quickly gained another pawn and black's position was soon unrecoverable.

B2: Ian took some risks in order to create a double-edged position. This paid off when he won a pawn and then entered what should have been an easily won endgame. However, Chris had other ideas and put up strong resistance. Despite being 3 pawns up at one stage, Ian, under time pressure, was not able to land a final blow (and there were lots of opportunities! :wall: ) and Chris escaped by giving his knight up for the pawns.

B3: In this battle, John demonstrated his great improvement this year. He played very solidly against against Ion's quirky, counter-attacking style. Weak pawns were attacked and won, an unsound sacrifice was accepted and a passed pawn was created and pushed. A very nice win!

B4: Another solid performance, this time by Ken. After gaining a pawn in the opening, Ken played a nice tactic picking up another two pawns. In desperation, Rodney resorted to giving up more material in order to drum up counter-play. Ken lapped up the offerings and made few errors in a comfortable win.

B5: With both players intent on blocking up the position and swapping off pieces, the game quickly went to an even endgame with few opportunities make headway.

The games should be on our website (http://www.croydonchess.com/) early next week.

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Ian CCC
02-09-2011, 10:45 AM
These are the provisional pairings for R3:


1 Ian Birchall 1895 [1.5] : Guy West 2307 [2]
2 Kenneth Minty [1.5] : Cameron Yung 1353 [1.5]
3 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [1] : Christopher Potter 1507 [1.5]
4 John M Fleming 1167 [1] : Steve Scott 996 [.5]
5 Antares Car 438 [.5] : Ion Kloprogge 1347 [.5]
6 Greg Thomas [.5] 1:0 BYE
7 Rodney Matthews 1100 [0] 0.5:0 BYE

Ian CCC
10-09-2011, 01:08 PM
Here's the Round 3 results:


1 Ian Birchall 1895 [1.5] 0:1 Guy West 2307 [2]
2 Kenneth Minty [1.5] 0:1 Cameron Yung 1353 [1.5]
3 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [1] .5:.5 Christopher Potter 1507 [1.5]
4 John M Fleming 1167 [1] 0:1 Steve Scott 996 [.5]
5 Antares Car 438 [.5] 1:0 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [.5]
6 Greg Thomas [.5] 1:0 BYE
7 Rodney Matthews 1100 [0] .5:0 BYE

R3 Commentary: As usual, games will be on our website (http://croydonchess.com) in the next day or so.

The lower rated players had a good night on boards 3 to 5:


B1: A disappointing game, as Ian continues his recent run of poor form. From a cramped position, Guy coordinated his pieces effectively to gain control of the open d-file. Meanwhile, Ian frittered away any opening advantage and then left a piece en prise.

B2: A few injudicious moves beginning with 8...d4 cost Cameron a pawn in the opening. Ken consolidated his pawn advantage and had an excellent position, but then went too much on the defensive. After missing Cameron's tactical threat and playing 22.Bd4?! Ken missed saving his piece with 24. Rad1. After that, Cameron safely negotiated the ending.

B3: With both players willingly exchanging pieces, a fairly even rook ending resulted. Chris missed some chances to exploit Richard's isolated e-pawn, and instead tried to infiltrate with his king. Richard was a little too defensive with his rook and after the dubious 53. g3+ ? should probably have lost. However, with the clock ticking down, Chris wasn't able to find the winning strategy and swapped rooks into a drawn endgame.

B4: A terrific game from Steve. John's disregard for the development of his Q-side pieces was severely punished.

B5: As usual, Ion steered the opening into uncharted territory and was rewarded with the win of the exchange. However, his queen-side pieces were undeveloped and the white pieces were beginning to swarm. A careless 19...f5? from Ion was punished by Antares with 20.Nxf5! and black was in trouble. Antares managed the remaining tactical complications well and his win was the biggest upset of the tournament … so far.



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Ian CCC
10-09-2011, 01:10 PM
Here's next Thursday's provisional pairings:


1 Guy West 2307 [3] : Cameron Yung 1353 [2.5]
2 Christopher Potter 1507 [2] : Antares Car 438 [1.5]
3 Steve Scott 996 [1.5] : Ian Birchall 1895 [1.5]
4 Kenneth Minty [1.5] : Richard Goldsmith 1336 [1.5]
5 Greg Thomas [1.5] : John M Fleming 1167 [1]
6 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [.5] : Rodney Matthews 1100 [.5]

Ian CCC
16-09-2011, 03:28 PM
Here's the Round 4 results and commentary:


1 Guy West 2307 [3] 1:0 Cameron Yung 1353 [2.5]
2 Christopher Potter 1507 [2] 1:0 Antares Car 438 [1.5]
3 Steve Scott 996 [1.5] 0:1 Ian Birchall 1895 [1.5]
4 Kenneth Minty [1.5] 1:0 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [1.5]
5 Greg Thomas [1.5] 0:1 John M Fleming 1167 [1]
6 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [.5] 1:0 Rodney Matthews 1100 [.5]


You'll find the games here (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/ThePresidentCupAugust/tabid/201/language/en-US/Default.aspx) shortly.


B1: Cameron's 7...b6 created a weakness in his undeveloped queen-side which was ruthlessly exploited by Guy.

B2: A fairly straightforward game for Chris, this week. Antares was intent on exchanging pieces, but he entered a rook endgame with a number of weak pawns when already a pawn down. Chris happily mopped them up.

B3: In a Dutch set-up, black became overly obsessed with keeping white pieces out of e5 without weakening e6 (by playing d6 ) and perhaps the weakening g5 was unnecessary. In the end, however, tactics decided the day when white's N became trapped in the middle of the board.

B4: A nicely played game by Richard up until his last move. The opening was equal after a closed Sicilian turned into a French defence formation with white aiming for a king-side attack and black playing on the queen-side and pressuring the e5 pawn. Ken erred with 19.c3, leaving b3 weak and Richard exploited it to win a piece. Ken desperately sacrificed another to open up black's king position. This was rewarded when black completely overlooked white's Qf6+ followed by mate.

B5: A game in which both players had their chances. Greg went a pawn ahead with a discovered attack on John's queen. After a queen exchange, John pursued a king-side pawn storm, while Greg missed winning another pawn with Bxa6 around move 30. John managed to equalise and an even K & P endgame ensued, but a miscalculation from Greg saw the game finally go John's way.

B6: Both Rodney and Ion have been out of form in recent weeks. The game went tactical early and both sides had chances to gain the advantage. It looked like Rodney's gamble with 6...Nxe4? was paying off when Ion played 8.Qd3?! and 9.Qb5+? but he responded with 9...c6?? instead of Nd7 and finished up losing a piece.

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Ian CCC
16-09-2011, 03:32 PM
Round 5 provisional pairings:


1 Christopher Potter 1507 [3] : Guy West 2307 [4]
2 Ian Birchall 1895 [2.5] : Kenneth Minty [2.5]
3 Cameron Yung 1353 [2.5] : John M Fleming 1167 [2]
4 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [1.5] : Ion Kloprogge 1347 [1.5]
5 Antares Car 438 [1.5] : Greg Thomas [1.5]
6 Rodney Matthews 1100 [.5] : Steve Scott 996 [1.5]

Ian CCC
24-09-2011, 12:32 AM
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A good tournament for Guy West, who finished unchallenged on 5/5, and for Cameron Yung (3.5/4) who crept into second place on tie-break with his only loss being to Guy. It was also good to see Richard back and in good form, even if he was a little disappointed with the results of his final two games.

Final Round Results:


1 Christopher Potter 1507 [3] 0:1 Guy West 2307 [4]
2 Ian Birchall 1895 [2.5] 1:0 Kenneth Minty [2.5]
3 Cameron Yung 1353 [2.5] 1:0 John M Fleming 1167 [2]
4 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [1.5] .5:.5 Ion Kloprogge 1347 [1.5]
5 Antares Car 438 [1.5] 1:0 Greg Thomas [1.5]
6 Rodney Matthews 1100 [.5] 1:0 Steve Scott 996 [1.5]


Round 5 Commentary:

As usual all games and full results will appear on our website (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/ThePresidentCupAugust/tabid/201/language/en-US/Default.aspx) in the next few days.


B1: After an even opening, Chris took a slightly defensive posture allowing Guy to take the initiative. Guy won a pawn, albeit isolated and doubled, and then efficiently steered the game to a won end-game position.

B2: Ian built on an early opening error to gain a significant development advantage and eventually overwhelm Ken's position.

B3: Strong play from Cameron kept John on the defensive throughout the game and it wasn't long before his material advantage forced resignation.

B4: Careful, straightforward middle game play from Richard frustrated Ion's attempts to create complications. Richard went two pawns up, then a piece as well, before Ion pulled off another of his classic swindles and, much to Richard's chagrin, achieved an out-of-the-blue draw.

B5: Both sides had their chances in this topsy-turvy game between Antares and Greg. A final blunder decided the game in Antares favour.

B6: Rodney played aggressively, but a little carelessly, to allow Steve to go two pawns up for little compensation. However, finally, the aggression paid off when a back rank mating threat forced the win of black's queen.


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