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Ian CCC
24-09-2011, 09:28 AM
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Croydon Chess Club (http://www.croydonchess.com) welcomes all chess players to enter our final tournament for the year:


Tournament: Croydon Open 2011

Where: Croydon RSL, Civic Square, Croydon, VIC
Type: 7 Round Swiss
Dates: 7 Thursday nights beginning 13th October
Starting Time: 7.45pm (please register by 7.30pm on the first night)
Time Control: 60min/30s
Forfeit Time: 30 minutes
Byes: Two half-point byes allowed in the first 5 rounds, only.
Rated: ACF Rated
Arbiter: Ian Birchall
Cost: $30 adult non-members, $20 members and juniors, FIDE titled players free
Prizes: See post below for cash prize breakdown
Contact: ian.birchall@croydonchess.com

We also have a zero cost subsidiary tournament for local junior players:


Tournament: Croydon Junior Open 2011

Type: 7 Round Swiss
Dates: 7 Thursday nights beginning 13th October
Starting Time: 6.35 pm
Time Control: 20min/5s
Rated: Unrated
Cost: Nil
Prizes: Medals


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Ian CCC
07-10-2011, 03:13 PM
Hi everyone,

Croydon Chess Club has decided to offer cash prizes in order to make this event more attractive to non-members.

Unfortunately, in order to cover the cash prizes, we have had to alter the entry fees. We hope that this does not inconvenience anyone.

Unfortunately, I can't edit the above post unless the administrators help out [done-KB], but here are the new details:

REVISED ENTRY FEES:

Adult non-members: $30

Members and juniors: $20

FIDE titled players free.

REVISED CASH PRIZES

1st place: 35% of prize pool ($140 guaranteed minimum)

2nd place: 25% of prize pool ($100 guaranteed min.)

3rd place: 20% of prize pool ($80 guaranteed min.)

Rating prize (bottom half of field): 10% of prize pool ($40 guaranteed min.)

Junior prize: 10% of prize pool ($40 guaranteed min.)


Regards,

Ian Birchall.
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Watto
07-10-2011, 04:23 PM
Hi Ian. Please add Jean Watson and Guy West to the entry list. Thanks! :)

Watto
07-10-2011, 09:28 PM
Thanks for editing the post, Kevin. :)

Ian CCC
14-10-2011, 04:30 PM
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Welcome to the first round of the 2011 Croydon Open. It's great to see the number of juniors entered and also a few visitors from other clubs. We hope you all enjoy your games and the friendly atmosphere at CCC.

It's still possible for more players to join in. Just notify me via ian.birchall@croydonchess.com by Wednesday 19th Oct.

As always the results and games from our tournaments will appear in the results section of our website (http://www.croydonchess.com) in the following few days. Please note that any published pairings are provisional until just before the beginning of the round.

Round 1 Results:


1 Steve Scott 1004 0:1 Guy West 2300
2 Ian Birchall 1938 1:0 Kenneth Minty 869
3 Carl Dingfelder 622 0:1 Christopher Potter 1505
4 Jean Watson 1368 0:1 Antares Car 612
5 Emily Lin 217 0:1 Richard Goldsmith 1336
6 Cameron Yung 1237 1:0 Selwyn Lo
7 Geraldine Quah 0:1 John M Fleming 1193
8 Rodney Matthews 1028 1:0 Grace Quah
9 Greg Thomas 1:0 BYE
10 Pearl Yung 926 .5:0 BYE


R1 Commentary

The first round saw good games on the top boards and an upset on board 4.


B1: A straight-forward winning plan from Guy. 3.e4?! gives black the opportunity to pile up on f2 with Bc5 and R & Q along the half-open f-file. The g-pawn gets pushed to remove the blockading N on f3 and Steve's position falls. Interesting might have been 6.Bc4, offering the e-pawn but making it difficult for black to castle king-side.

B2: Ian was outplayed by Ken in the opening (where 3.Nc3?! and 4.a4?! were part of the wrong plan), but things began to turn around after 8...Ng4?! (Nbd7) and 10....Ne5?! (Nxe3) when white's central pawn phalanx and more coordinated pieces gave him the advantage.

B3: A King's Indian variation resulted in fairly even position, but with considerable central tension. While black kept up the piece pressure, probing for weaknesses, white aimed for e4. Carl should have prepared the way with 14.g3, as Chris's Nf4 in response proved devastating.

B4: An exciting, topsy-turvy game, where Jean could have put the game away early with 11.cxd4 or 12.Bf3, but instead let Antares of the hook. Antares responded with the clever in-between move, 13.b5! , and suddenly black was on top! 14.Qc2? lost a piece to Qxc6, but the alternatives were only a bit better. Jean fought back with an exchange sac and, after a couple of errors from Antares, resulting in him losing a piece and leaving his king in the centre, the game was almost back to even. However, Jean couldn't maintain the pressure and Antares made good use of his rooks to infiltrate the white position and force resignation. A big win for Antares! :clap:

B5: Young Emily played the first few moves well, but couldn't find a good plan to continue the game. Perhaps 5. 0-0 getting her king into safety or 5.d4 opening up the position and allowing easy development would have been wiser options. Richard calmly took all offered material and won comfortably.

B6: An unexpectedly poor game from Selwyn from move 9 onwards. He played far too quickly and didn't think enough about his moves. On the other hand, Cameron's king's knight must have won a few immunity challenges, as it remained en prise from move 10 to move 22 while picking up a bishop, a rook and a pawn, but survived to contribute to the mating net at the end of the game.

B7: The opening was fairly even, but then John's probing knight manoeuvres proved effective when Geraldine allowed a fork winning a pawn and the exchange.

B8: Grace played a very good opening, but missed a number of tactics that gradually depleted her forces. Rodney's speculative 9.Nb5 should have been met by 9...Nc6 with a good game for black, not retreating the bishop and allowing 10. Nc7 losing the exchange.


Croydon Junior Open 2011

The Junior tournament had 14 players competing in round 1, with a number of new players to the club. Welcome to everybody! The results and provisional pairings for the tournament will appear regularly on our website (http://www.croydonchess.com) in the results section.


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Ian CCC
14-10-2011, 04:34 PM
The following pairings are provisional and may change prior to the beginning of the round.

Any players who are not available for any round should let me know as soon as possible, so that suitable arrangements can be made.



1 Guy West 2300 [1] : Cameron Yung 1237 [1]
2 John M Fleming 1193 [1] : Ian Birchall 1938 [1]
3 Christopher Potter 1505 [1] : Rodney Matthews 1028 [1]
4 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [1] : Greg Thomas [1]
5 Antares Car 612 [1] : Pearl Yung 926 [.5]
6 Emily Lin 217 [0] : Jean Watson 1368 [0]
7 Selwyn Lo [0] : Steve Scott 1004 [0]
8 Kenneth Minty 869 [0] : Geraldine Quah [0]
9 Grace Quah [0] : Carl Dingfelder 622 [0]

Ian CCC
22-10-2011, 04:59 AM
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Here's the Round 2 results:


1 Guy West 2300 [1] 1:0 Cameron Yung 1237 [1]
2 John M Fleming 1193 [1] 0:1 Ian Birchall 1938 [1]
3 Christopher Potter 1505 [1] 1:0 Rodney Matthews 1028 [1]
4 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [1] 1:0 Greg Thomas [1]
5 Antares Car 612 [1] .5:.5 Pearl Yung 926 [.5]
6 Emily Lin 217 [0] 0:1 Jean Watson 1368 [0]
7 Selwyn Lo [0] 0:1 Steve Scott 1004 [0]
8 Kenneth Minty 869 [0] 1:0 Geraldine Quah [0]
9 Grace Quah [0] 0:1 Carl Dingfelder 622 [0]

Round 2 Commentary

The games will be on our website (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/CroydonOpenOctober/tabid/202/language/en-US/Default.aspx) in the next day or so.


B1: An unusual choice to retake with 4....Nxd5?! allowed white to dominate the centre early (a Grunfeld set-up without the pressure of black's fianchettoed bishop along the a1-h8 diagonal). Guy pushed d5 to disrupt black's development. Cameron responded aggressively, giving up two pieces for a rook, a pawn and hoping for more. Unfortunately, for Cameron, the resulting position proved to be very much in white's favour.

B2: Black had the better of the opening after 3.Bb5+ ?! and 4.Qe2?! From there, black was able to apply pressure, pick up pawns and steer the game to a comfortable win.

B3: A fairly eventful game. Chris scooped up a number of pawns, but then provided opportunities for counter-play to his opponent. Unfortunately, Rodney didn't make the most of them. In the opening, instead of taking a free pawn, black gave one up. Later, 12...Bxg2 released the pressure on white's position (12...Qd7 was better). 25.Qf3? gave up the exchange, while 28.Nd5 c6 29.Nb4 should have lost a piece and the game to 29...Rxc1. The move played, 29...Qd4, was OK, but the follow-up, starting with 31.Be3?, was both unnecessary and tactically unsound.

B4: Who said symmetrical openings are boring? Greg sprang a surprise counter to Richard's Queen's gambit with 2.c5!? and would have been rewarded if he'd played 5....Qf6 embarrassing white's rook. After that, Richard consolidated his extra pawn and built up enough pressure to crack Greg's defensive position.

B5: After Antares gave up a pawn in the opening, Pearl swapped down into an ending, but not always to her advantage. Giving up her good bishop for white's bad bishop and then swapping the other bishop at the cost of weakened pawns made the rook ending difficult. Antares played the ending well to finish with a draw.

B6: After Emily's early queen manoeuvres, perhaps an early d4 by black may have cramped white's game and secured the advantage. Emily played well to last 70 moves, while Jean played a steady game capitalising on her opponent's errors.

B7: An improved display from Selwyn in this game, but a couple of terrible errors by him in giving up pieces for pawns ensured a comfortable win for Steve.

B8: Geraldine should have taken the advantage with 3...exd4 after white's 3.c5?!, gaining time with Nc6 and pressuring the c-pawn if white recaptures with the queen. After 6.Bb5, 6...e4 or 6...cxd4 was necessary. Instead, Qe7 and 0-0-0 proved disastrous when Ken played Bxc6 and drove the attack home.

B9: Time wasting with 6.g3?! and 8.h3? in a French defence was severely punished when Carl was allowed to wreak havoc on white's centre and queen-side.

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Ian CCC
22-10-2011, 05:04 AM
1 Christopher Potter 1505 [2] : Guy West 2300 [2]
2 Ian Birchall 1938 [2] : Richard Goldsmith 1336 [2]
3 Cameron Yung 1237 [1] : Antares Car 612 [1.5]
4 Pearl Yung 926 [1] : Jean Watson 1368 [1]
5 Carl Dingfelder 622 [1] : John M Fleming 1193 [1]
6 Rodney Matthews 1028 [1] : Kenneth Minty 869 [1]
7 Greg Thomas [1] : Steve Scott 1004 [1]
8 Geraldine Quah [0] : Emily Lin 217 [0]
9 Grace Quah [0] : Selwyn Lo [0]

Ian CCC
28-10-2011, 11:02 PM
1 Christopher Potter 1505 [2] 0:1 Guy West 2300 [2]
2 Ian Birchall 1938 [2] 1:0 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [2]
3 Cameron Yung 1237 [1] 1:0 Antares Car 612 [1.5]
4 Pearl Yung 926 [1] 0:1 Jean Watson 1368 [1]
5 Carl Dingfelder 622 [1] .5:.5 John M Fleming 1193 [1]
6 Rodney Matthews 1028 [1] 0:1 Kenneth Minty 869 [1]
7 Greg Thomas [1] 1:0 Steve Scott 1004 [1]
8 Geraldine Quah [0] 0:1 Emily Lin 217 [0]
9 Grace Quah [0] 1:0 Selwyn Lo [0]



Round 3 Commentary

The games will be on our website (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/CroydonOpenOctober/tabid/202/language/en-US/Default.aspx) in the next day or so.


B1: This game should be enough to stop anyone playing the English Opening. A few simple moves, followed by a queen swap, and it's white who's fighting to achieve equality! Attacking black's centre early with 4.Nf3 or 5.d4 seemed the way to go. Later, Chris didn't realise the f-pawn was immune and played the weakening 8. e6 instead of the calm 8.Nf3. As it was, Guy's bishops cut mercilessly through white's camp and and Chris could do little against the onslaught.

B2: An interesting battle developed after black's 3...c5 in the Queen's Gambit. Instead of the sensible and more usual 4.cxd5, Ian chose the complications of 4.dxc5?! and Richard gave up a pawn rather meekly. Ian chose to swap down to an ending, when he should have made more of his middle-game advantages. Then, giving up the 2 bishops made the ending much more difficult than it should have been. With two pairs of rooks on the board and B v N, Ian manoeuvred to get the best set-up to push d5 and, from there, the win was reasonably straight-forward.

B3: 6...Nxe4 would have been equal, but 6...Qd6 left black open to a cheap fork and losing a piece soon after. Cameron wrapped up the game quickly after that.

B4: After 8.Bc2? white's king was stuck on e1, so the opening up of the centre resulting from e4 and e5 probably wasn't a good idea. By the time Pearl's king found shelter, Jean was a pawn up and had a dominating position with her d and e pawns streaming forward into the white position. Good, aggressive play from Jean.

B5: Unfortunately, after having the better of John in the opening, 9.Ne5? lost a piece for Carl. However, John was in a generous mood and returned the piece when 15. ...Bxh2+? didn't quite work. Later, he also gave up an exchange to keep queens on after 27...Rxe5?. Eventually, John's harassing tactics around Carl's king paid off and Carl had to give up his queen for rook and bishop to avoid mate. The resulting position allowed John to force perpetual check.

B6: White gained a strong position in the opening after black's unorthodox 3....Be6?. However, steady, purposeful play from Ken saw him gradually get on top against Rodney's more aggressive, but risky, approach.

B7: Black had a strong position out of the opening – good bishop, better development and half open file in line with white's king. However, 14....Nf5 was the wrong idea. 14...Qc5 followed by b5 bearing down on white's king would have been strong. Playing 16...Be4 and not considering white's response proved costly for Steve. A piece up, Greg's steady play ensured victory.

B8: Emily played sensible chess, pawn storming on the queen-side after Geraldine castled there. She was helped by her opponent, firstly neglecting development of her bishop, inexplicably giving up the exchange and then giving up a piece. A nice sacrifice by Emily at the end to force mate.

B9: With both players intent on playing far too quickly, bad errors, on both sides, were bound to occur – giving away free pieces, not saving pieces, not winning the exchange. Only Grace's purposeful attack on her opponent's king saw her win this game.


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Ian CCC
28-10-2011, 11:05 PM
1 Guy West 2300 [3] : Ian Birchall 1938 [3]
2 Kenneth Minty 869 [2] : Christopher Potter 1505 [2]
3 Jean Watson 1368 [2] : Greg Thomas [2]
4 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [2] : Cameron Yung 1237 [2]
5 Antares Car 612 [1.5] : Carl Dingfelder 622 [1.5]
6 John M Fleming 1193 [1.5] : Rodney Matthews 1028 [1]
7 Steve Scott 1004 [1] : Emily Lin 217 [1]
8 Pearl Yung 926 [1] : Grace Quah [1]
9 Selwyn Lo [0] : Geraldine Quah [0]

Ian CCC
04-11-2011, 11:51 PM
1 Guy West 2300 [3] 1:0 Ian Birchall 1938 [3]
2 Kenneth Minty 869 [2] 0:1 Christopher Potter 1505 [2]
3 Jean Watson 1368 [2] 1:0 Greg Thomas [2]
4 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [2] 0:1 Cameron Yung 1237 [2]
5 John M Fleming 1193 [1.5] 1:0 Rodney Matthews 1028 [1]
6 Steve Scott 1004 [1] 0:1 Carl Dingfelder 622 [1.5]
7 Emily Lin 217 [1] 1:0 Grace Quah [1]
8 Selwyn Lo [0] 0:1 Geraldine Quah [0]
9 Pearl Yung 926 [1] .5:0 BYE
10 Antares Car 612 [1.5] .5:0 BYE


Round 4 Commentary:

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


B1: The opening was a Najdorf with 6.f4. After Ian played 7....Nc6?! without much thought (7...Nbd7 or 7...Qc7 are normal), Guy struck back with 8.fxe4! and black was on the back foot from there on. The simple and active 16...Nd4, instead of the awkward 16....Nb8?, would certainly have given white greater difficulty and may have led to equality (according to Fritz). Sustained pressure from Guy, preventing black from coordinating his pieces, while alternating the focus of attack between the f and d files had its effect. The game was well over by the time Ian help-mated himself.

B2: White's 3.b3 in the Petroff worked well when black played passively. With the d5 strong point in front black's backward d pawn, strong dark-squared bishop and better development, Ken held the advantage out of the opening. However, these advantages gradually disappeared as Ken exchanged pieces and Chris began to developed counter-play on the Queen-side and down the a-file. Ken's last opportunity to keep the game alive would have been 36.Re2.

B3: Perhaps Jean could have achieved more in the opening against Greg's unusual play. However, her positive play and her placing of pieces on good squares ensured that she always had the advantage. A couple of tactics won pawns and Greg quickly resigned.

B4: The opening skirmishes were a little strange with black offering up a piece for 2 pawns. Richard tried to be tricky with 9.b4?, lost the opportunity and ended up a pawn down instead. However, Cameron's extra pawn was backward on a half-open file and he had a big pawn for a light-squared bishop, so white was still on top. White broke through on the c-file and regained the pawn, but again, strangeness ensued, as this time white refused to use his rook to win black's a-pawn. Instead Richard swapped his active rook for black's defensive rook and ended up in a tricky endgame with two pieces each. Cameron allowed Richard to create a passed pawn on the king-side, but Richard should have played 46.f6 giving his king a pathway via the centre. Instead, 46.Kh5? allowed Cameron's king to invade the queen-side and escort his own passed c-pawn. Richard's last chance was to take black's bishop on move 49 and go into a Q & P endgame, still with winning chances. 49.Ke6?? was the losing move.

B5: Rodney lost a pawn in the opening, but made the running for most of the game. He harassed the white position and made some headway at times, but John was able to keep the advantage. At one stage, Rodney may have been able to take a draw by repetition, but chose to play on. Eventually Rodney blundered, but by that stage John had broken through in the centre and was well on the way to promoting a pawn.

B6: Both players were willing to exchange pieces and lock up the position, so a draw appeared to be in the offing. When Steve finally decided to open up a file with 36.g4 the remaining pieces were exchanged. The problem for Steve was that he was then left with a lost K & P ending. 47.Rg4, or later, 49.Kf3 followed by 50.e4 may have drawn. Carl had an easy path for his king into white's position, through f5 - e4 d3, and he had enough pawn moves up his sleeve to overcome any opposition from white's king.

B7: Grace forgot to play 4....d4 in response to Emily's 4.Ng5. Her king was exposed early and she lost her queen to a knight fork. After that, she did well to survive for almost 40 moves. Aggressive, but sensible play from Emily.

B8: After missing the win of a piece with 11.Bxd7+ followed by 12.cxd4, white succumbed meekly to a simple mating attack.


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Ian CCC
04-11-2011, 11:53 PM
1 Jean Watson 1368 [3] : Guy West 2300 [4]
2 Ian Birchall 1938 [3] : Christopher Potter 1505 [3]
3 Cameron Yung 1237 [3] : John M Fleming 1193 [2.5]
4 Carl Dingfelder 622 [2.5] : Richard Goldsmith 1336 [2]
5 Greg Thomas [2] : Kenneth Minty 869 [2]
6 Antares Car 612 [2] : Emily Lin 217 [2]
7 Geraldine Quah [1] : Pearl Yung 926 [1.5]
8 Grace Quah [1] : Steve Scott 1004 [1]
9 Rodney Matthews 1028 [1] : Selwyn Lo [0]

Ian CCC
11-11-2011, 12:30 PM
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1 Jean Watson 1368 [3] 0:1 Guy West 2300 [4]
2 Ian Birchall 1938 [3] 1:0 Christopher Potter 1505 [3]
3 Cameron Yung 1237 [3] 0:1 John M Fleming 1193 [2.5]
4 Carl Dingfelder 622 [2.5] 0:1 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [2]
5 Greg Thomas [2] 0:1 Kenneth Minty 869 [2]
6 Antares Car 612 [2] 1:0 Emily Lin 217 [2]
7 Geraldine Quah [1] 0:1 Pearl Yung 926 [1.5]
8 Grace Quah [1] 0:1 Steve Scott 1004 [1]
9 Rodney Matthews 1028 [1] 1:0 Selwyn Lo [0]


All games and results can be found in the "Results" section of our website. (http://www.croydonchess.com/) Recent games and results may take a day or two to appear.


Round 5 Commentary


B1: Up to about move 19 Jean had been doing very well. Guy had a strong piece outpost in front of white's isolated d-pawn, but he had made some "interesting choices" with 15.Ra7 and 11.gxf6. Jean's idea to attack the weakened king position was good, but needed more preparation before side-lining her queen with 19.Qh5. Guy, playing safely with 24.Qg7, was ready to make the most of Jean's 25.Nh4? He won a piece and the game was over soon after.

B2: A very even game for the first 18 moves. Ian then played the risky 19.Bh6?! when Chris should have responded 19...Bxh6 and won a pawn for inadequate compensation after 20.Qxh6 Ba6. White beat up an attack against the black king which black assisted by swapping knights on f5. White won the ensuing rook ending comfortably.

B3: John handed Cameron a pawn in the opening which Cameron dutifully gave back soon after (11.e5?). John didn't make the most of it and Cameron seemed to be getting on top with better piece placement in an open position. The simple 19.Rd7, occupying the seventh, would have been strong, instead 19.Rd3 blundered the exchange. Again, 20.Re7 occupying the seventh would have offered white some compensation, but the played 20.Rf3 led to exchanges and weakened pawns around white's king, which John eventually exploited.

B4: Carl did well to exploit black's ill-positioned knight at c6 by opening up the c-file. After black played 16.....dxe4? followed by 17....Kf8? Carl was well on top. However, he didn't drive his advantage home and Richard was fortunate to pick up a rook after 26.Rd7??

B5: A short tactical game with missed opportunities for both sides. A QGA where black played 5...a6? instead of the normal 5....b4. Ken was in a lot of trouble when he tried 10...Na5?, but Greg missed 11.Qa4+ followed by the win of a piece. A later 13.Qa4+ was also strong. Having survived that, Ken was then fortunate to fork Greg's queen and rook and, in the complications that followed, gain a piece.

B6: Antares surprised Emily with the Danish Gambit. Emily got into trouble with 5.Bc5 (instead of say 5. dxc3) then 6. Qe7 (instead of h6) and 9. a6 (instead of dxe5). Antares played well to make the most of his opponent's errors.

B7: Geraldine didn't think through the consequences of some combinations and too easily lost a pawn and then a rook. From there, Pearl finished the game off efficiently.

B8: Grace's game suffered when she broke a number of opening rules. Her errors of moving a piece twice in the opening and bringing her queen out early, without good reason, were well exploited by Steve.

B9: Selwyn did well to force the win of a pawn in the opening against Rodney. Unfortunately, instead of playing the necessary 10.Be7, he continued with 10....Bc5 allowing 11.Re1+ and an awkward pin along the e-file. As a result, Selwyn lost a piece and Rodney polished off the game from there.


Croydon Junior Open

Seven-year old Emily Lin defeated her strongest rival last night and now has 5/5. Careful, determined play has been the key to her success against her older opponents. She is well on the way to winning the title with a perfect score!

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Ian CCC
11-11-2011, 12:33 PM
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1 Guy West 2300 [5] : John M Fleming 1193 [3.5]
2 Cameron Yung 1237 [3] : Ian Birchall 1938 [4]
3 Christopher Potter 1505 [3] : Antares Car 612 [3]
4 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [3] : Jean Watson 1368 [3]
5 Kenneth Minty 869 [3] : Carl Dingfelder 622 [2.5]
6 Pearl Yung 926 [2.5] : Emily Lin 217 [2]
7 Steve Scott 1004 [2] : Rodney Matthews 1028 [2]
8 Selwyn Lo [0] : Greg Thomas [2]
9 Geraldine Quah [1] : Grace Quah [1]


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Ian CCC
19-11-2011, 08:19 AM
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1 Guy West 2300 [5] 1:0 John M Fleming 1193 [3.5]
2 Cameron Yung 1237 [3] 0:1 Ian Birchall 1938 [4]
3 Christopher Potter 1505 [3] 1:0 Antares Car 612 [3]
4 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [3] 0:1 Jean Watson 1368 [3]
5 Kenneth Minty 869 [3] 0:1 Carl Dingfelder 622 [2.5]
6 Pearl Yung 926 [2.5] 1:0 Emily Lin 217 [2]
7 Steve Scott 1004 [2] 0:1 Rodney Matthews 1028 [2]
8 Selwyn Lo [0] 0:1 Greg Thomas [2]
9 Geraldine Quah [1] 0:1 Grace Quah [1]


Round 6 Commentary: (As usual games will appear on our website here (http://http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/CroydonOpenOctober/tabid/202/language/en-US/Default.aspx)in the next few days.)


B1: An unusual variation of the King's Gambit Declined. 1.e4 e5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Bc5!? 4.fxe5 Nxe5 5.Nxe5 Qh4+ 6.g3 Qxe4+ 7.Qe2 Qxh1. Guy went the active route with 8.d4 (instead of 8.Ng6+), giving up the exchange but looking to trap black's queen on h1. John had the more difficult game, working out how best to save his queen while trying to develop smoothly. 8...Be7 immediately may have been his best chance, while an early b6 threatening Ba6 was probably the best way for his queen to escape. Under pressure, John blundered his queen a few moves later.

B2: The play was fairly even up until Cameron chose the bold, but flawed, 18.fxe5?! After 18. ...Bxe4, Ian was a pawn ahead, but the position was still tricky and both players had run down their time. Cam's king was more vulnerable, but Ian had a number of weak pawns. Ian should have played assertively with 23....Ra2 or 23....Ne4. Instead, he tried to consolidate, went defensive with 23...Ne6?! and handed the initiative to white. After 33.Rf1? black missed the forced mate beginning with 33...Nf4+! and instead offered another queen swap. Cam accepted the swap, perhaps missing that black could retain his extra pawn. Finally, 36.c4 would have offered greater resistance than 36.b4? trapping his bishop. A very good game from Cameron who kept the pressure on his much higher rated opponent.

B3: After dropping a pawn with 9....Nbd7?, Antares was always struggling to get compensation. Perhaps a minority attack on the queen-side would have been the best option. Instead, 18....e5? resulted in a weak, backward d-pawn on a half-open file. From there, Chris simply mopped up the d-pawn and any other pawns on offer for a comfortable win.

B4: Richard was a pawn ahead with a strong position for most of the game. However, after swapping queens, Jean played assertively and drummed up counter-play against white's weakened pawns. The position of her king close to the centre of the board, initially a problem as an object of attack (e.g. 34.Rc2+ would have threatened mate and forced the win of a piece), was well positioned for the coming endgame. While Richard made some errors resulting in the loss of key pawns, Jean played well to get to a rook endgame a pawn up and well-positioned for the win.

B5: Queens were exchanged early and a lot of manoeuvring of minor pieces occurred. Black appeared to have the better chances (e.g. 22...Rd3 or 24...Rxd1 would have been strong for black), however the game looked headed for a draw once Ken's knight got to d5. Carl tried 34.b5? allowing Ken to win a pawn, but he missed immediately going into a won K & P ending with 40.Rd1. Later, 43.b5 followed by 44.b6 would have forced a pawn through to queen. However, Ken played 43.Rd1 instead, forcing rooks off, but at the cost of the pawn. Unfortunately for Ken, his outside passed pawn was counter-balanced by Carl's better placed king and after 45.Ke2 any winning chances were with black. 48.g4 would have secured the draw, but 48.Kg5, as played, lost.

B6: After weakening black's queen-side pawns, Pearl chose to swap queens. A better option would have been to open up the centre with e4 and expose the pawns to attack. In any case, Pearl soon won a pawn when Emily allowed her bishop on d3 to be “knight-forked” with her unprotected f-pawn. Later, Pearl could have doubled rooks on the open c-file and threatened black's king. Instead she focussed on advancing her queen-side pawns while Emily tried to drum up some counter-play on the other wing. Calm defence combined with assertive play saw a comfortable win to Pearl.

B7: After good opening play from both sides, white had a slim advantage. However, Steve exchanged his light squared bishop leaving his king-side with weaknesses. He did well to block the light squares with pawns and should have been OK, but meanwhile Rodney was able to get his knight into a dangerous position at f4. Instead of removing the knight, Steve went after the “poisoned pawn” at h4. Rodney made good use of the half-opening of the h-file and his well positioned knight to checkmate white.

B8: Selwyn was unable to find a plan and lost quickly when he failed to see Greg's mating threat.

B9: A very tactical game, with lot's of missed opportunities. 7.Nxc6 would have won a piece earlier than it did in the game. A piece could have been saved with 9....Nxe3. 12.Nxc3 would have got back the piece. Later black won a rook when white didn't retake. After that, the game settled down and Grace was able to convert the ending.


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Ian CCC
19-11-2011, 08:21 AM
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1 Carl Dingfelder 622 [3.5] : Guy West 2300 [6]
2 Ian Birchall 1938 [5] : Jean Watson 1368 [4]
3 John M Fleming 1193 [3.5] : Christopher Potter 1505 [4]
4 Rodney Matthews 1028 [3] : Pearl Yung 926 [3.5]
5 Greg Thomas [3] : Cameron Yung 1237 [3]
6 Antares Car 612 [3] : Kenneth Minty 869 [3]
7 Grace Quah [2] : Richard Goldsmith 1336 [3]
8 Steve Scott 1004 [2] : Geraldine Quah [1]
9 Emily Lin 217 [2] : Selwyn Lo [0]


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Watto
19-11-2011, 08:31 AM
Round 6 Commentary:

B4: Richard was a pawn ahead with a strong position for most of the game. However, after swapping queens, Jean played assertively and drummed up counter-play against white's weakened pawns. The position of her king close to the centre of the board, initially a problem as an object of attack (e.g. 34.Rc2+ would have threatened mate and forced the win of a piece), was well positioned for the coming endgame. While Richard made some errors resulting in the loss of key pawns, Jean played well to get to a rook endgame a pawn up and well-positioned for the win.

Yes, I need to look at that opening a bit more as I've not played the exchange that way before in a tournament game and made a few errors and Richard's endgame could use some work as he is definitely stronger in the opening and middlegame. We always have a hard fought game; I felt pleased to have kept fighting when things did seem a bit hopeless and the win meant I could go home and not dream about the game all night...
Thanks for the regular reports, Ian. :)

Ian CCC
25-11-2011, 11:56 PM
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Congratulations to Guy West on his 2011 Croydon Open win. This is the third year in a row that he has won the title. Ian snuck in for 2nd place after having had a couple of scares in his games and Chris Potter managed a very good third place, only losing to Guy and Ian.

Results for the final round:


1 Carl Dingfelder 622 [3.5] 0:1 Guy West 2300 [6]
2 Ian Birchall 1938 [5] 1:0 Jean Watson 1368 [4]
3 John M Fleming 1193 [3.5] 0:1 Christopher Potter 1505 [4]
4 Rodney Matthews 1028 [3] 1:0 Pearl Yung 926 [3.5]
5 Greg Thomas [3] 0:1 Cameron Yung 1237 [3]
6 Antares Car 612 [3] post. Kenneth Minty 869 [3]
7 Grace Quah [2] 0:1 Richard Goldsmith 1336 [3]
8 Steve Scott 1004 [2] 1:0 Geraldine Quah [1]
9 Emily Lin 217 [2] 1:0 Selwyn Lo [0]


Final Round Commentary: Games will be up on our website (http://www.croydonchess.com) shortly.



B1: Carl fought hard, but Guy's play was too strong, with nice little tactics picking up pawns on a regular basis.

B2: A very close game throughout, with both sides failing to make the most of the opportunities provided by their opponent. In the opening, Ian should have held the advantage after the straightforward 9.Ne5 c5 10.f4, but instead made a series of weaker moves which gave Jean the upper-hand. After 25....Rc6?! (Rd8 was better) Ian regained the initiative, but struggled to make headway against Jean's defensive set-up. Ian used up vital time contemplating unsound combinations (e.g. 29.Rd8+ Nxd8 30.Qxd8+ forces mate, but fails to 29.Kh2 and 33.Rd7 fails to 33...Rc1!), and then played the loose 33.Nc3?! unnecessarily allowing Jean counter-play. While Ian had the stronger position, Jean continued to create difficulties by threatening his king. Time pressure for both players led to further errors. Ian somehow miscalculated the knight fork, 39.Ne7+, not realising that it forced the win of the exchange, while Jean missed 46...Nxg2!, winning, and instead played 46...Ne2?? leading to the loss of the knight. A well played game from Jean, maintaining the pressure on her higher-rated opponent.

B3: Quite early on, the game seemed focussed on the queen-side, when action in the centre was required. An early d5 by black, on moves 7, 8 or 9, would have won a piece. d4 by white at a suitable time would have equalised. As it was, Chris had the initiative, expanding on the queen-side at the expense of white's misplaced bishop. John, under pressure, couldn't hold the position and, in the end, black's d5 still won a piece, this time on move 20, and Chris had a comfortable win.

B4: Pearl, after 10....cxd4, had the advantage out of the opening, but Rodney set a little trap with 12.Bd3. Pearl went after the d-pawn and lost her queen after a discovered attack with 16.Bxh7+.

B5: Greg gave black the initiative early with a3 and h3 moves. However, for black, 12....Nd5, with pressure along the e-file, looked more natural than 12...Ne4. The exchange 16.Bxf6?! allowed Cameron to develop his queen to a good square and free up d8 for a rook, while 17.g4? weakened Greg's king position and led to the loss of a pawn. However, after that, Greg defended well, making it difficult for Cameron to convert the extra pawn. 33...b4, removing the remaining queen-side pawns and giving white drawing chances, looked like an error. However, Greg blundered his rook soon after.

B6: Postponed.

B7: Richard must have thought he had a fight on his hands when Grace forced the win of a pawn in the opening, but instead of consolidating, Grace over-reached and gave away a piece. From there, Richard easily secured the win.

B8: Steve made the running in this game, playing aggressively to pick up a pawn early. He kept pressing in the end game to pick up further pawns. Geraldine fought well the entire game and while she missed some of Steve's threats, she didn't make serious errors.

B9: A game played far too quickly. Each player had opportunities to win the game, but too many pieces were just given away. The more consistent player eventually won.

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Ian CCC
26-11-2011, 09:02 AM
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Congratulations to Emily Lin on winning the Croydon Junior Open with a perfect score of 7/7. Her careful, consistent play ensured victory. Well done, Emily! :clap:

Three players finished on 4.5/7, with tiebreak giving 2nd place to Geraldine Quah , 3rd place to Nathanael Low and 4th place to Xiao Yang Ni. A good effort by all. :clap:

Medals and prizes will be given out on our Presentation Night on the 8th December starting at 6pm.


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Ian CCC
28-11-2011, 10:39 AM
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All the games and results are now on the CCC website here (http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2011/CroydonOpenOctober/tabid/202/language/en-US/Default.aspx).

The postponed game was a win to Ken over Antares.

Here's the Final Cross Table:


1 West, Guy (1) VIC 2300 7 15:W 5:W 3:W 2:W 4:W 9:W 10:W
2 Birchall, Ian (2) VIC 1938 6 6:W 9:W 7:W 1:L 3:W 5:W 4:W
3 Potter, Christopher (3) VIC 1505 5 10:W 8:W 1:L 6:W 2:L 12:W 9:W
4 Watson, Jean (4) VIC 1368 4 12:L 14:W 11:W 13:W 1:L 7:W 2:L
5 Yung, Cameron (6) VIC 1237 4 18:W 1:L 12:W 7:W 9:L 2:L 13:W
6 Minty, Kenneth (11) VIC 869 4 2:L 17:W 8:W 3:L 13:W 10:L 12:W
7 Goldsmith, Richard (5) VIC 1336 4 14:W 13:W 2:L 5:L 10:W 4:L 16:W
8 Matthews, Rodney (8) VIC 1028 4 16:W 3:L 6:L 9:L 18:W 15:W 11:W
9 Fleming, John M (7) VIC 1193 3.5 17:W 2:L 10:D 8:W 5:W 1:L 3:L
10 Dingfelder, Carl (12) VIC 622 3.5 3:L 16:W 9:D 15:W 7:L 6:W 1:L
11 Yung, Pearl (10) VIC 926 3.5 0:D 12:D 4:L 0:D 17:W 14:W 8:L
12 Car, Antares (13) VIC 612 3 4:W 11:D 5:L 0:D 14:W 3:L 6:L
13 Thomas, Greg (18) VIC 3 0:W 7:L 15:W 4:L 6:L 18:W 5:L
14 Lin, Emily (14) VIC 217 3 7:L 4:L 17:W 16:W 12:L 11:L 18:W
15 Scott, Steve (9) VIC 1004 3 1:L 18:W 13:L 10:L 16:W 8:L 17:W
16 Quah, Grace (17) VIC 2 8:L 10:L 18:W 14:L 15:L 17:W 7:L
17 Quah, Geraldine (16) VIC 1 9:L 6:L 14:L 18:W 11:L 16:L 15:L
18 Lo, Selwyn (15) VIC 0 5:L 15:L 16:L 17:L 8:L 13:L 14:L

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