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Kevin Bonham
26-01-2015, 11:51 PM
2015 Tasmanian Championships

Class One ACF Grand Prix event
Hosted by Hobart International Chess Club for the TCA

VENUE: Princes St Primary School, Randall Street, Sandy Bay

FORMAT: 7 round Swiss 90 mins + 15 secs/move. Pairings by Vega.

ROUNDS START: Saturday 7th March 10:30 am, 2:30 pm, 6:45 pm.
Sunday 8th March 9:30 am, 1:45 pm, 6:00 pm
Monday 9th March 9:00 am

ENTRY FEES: $55 waged, $50 conc, $30 U18, $25 U12, $5 discount if received by Monday 2 Mar. Entries on day (cash preferred) close 10:00 am. If considering entering on day, please let us know.

TCA Levy: Tasmanian players add $10 if not a current member of a club affiliated to the TCA.

PRIZES: 1st c. 40%, 2nd c. 20%, 3rd, U1700, U1400 c. 10% of prize pool, U18 prize $70, U12 prize $50 (prizes subject to at least three entries per division). Prize pool is entry fees less running costs and levies.

ORGANISER: Kevin Bonham
ARBITERS: To be appointed
ENQUIRIES: Kevin Bonham ph. 0421 428 775 email k_bonham@tassie.net.au (Note: I will be away Jan 27 - Feb 6).

NOTES: FIDE Laws 2014 apply. Entrants agree to abide by all decisions of the organisers and arbiters. The organisers reserve the right to make any changes required. Venue details subject to booking confirmation (expected by mid-Feb).

TITLES: Titles of Tasmanian Champion, Tasmanian Senior Champion and Tasmanian Womens Champion awarded (last two subject to at least two entries). Only players meeting TCA residency rules can win titles. However interstate players are welcome to compete for prizemoney and GP points.

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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

Payment by direct deposit: Direct deposits can be sent to:

HOBART INTERNATIONAL CHESS CLUB
ANZ
017-010
597145391

and send confirmation of payment to k_bonham@tassie.net.au

As noted above I will be away until Feb 6 but will acknowledge all entries received ASAP on return.

Paper entry forms will be circulated in mid-Feb.

Kevin Bonham
10-02-2015, 09:13 PM
MOBILE PHONES

We're still to determine the exact mobile phone rules for this tournament following the 2014 FIDE changes but for the time being it is requested that players bring some way to store a mobile phone other than on their person, if they wish to bring one to the venue during play.

I do not intend applying automatic loss of game for players who do have a mobile phone on their person, in the unlikely case of that being detected. Most likely a warning will be specified for at least the first such case.

Kevin Bonham
12-02-2015, 12:41 PM
Venue booking has been confirmed. There are four confirmed entries so far; I will post a list when we have a few more.

Kevin Bonham
16-02-2015, 10:38 PM
Entries to date:

Kevin Bonham 1906
Denis McMahon 1747
Scott Cohen 1613
Ian Little 1439
Elliott Renzies (Vic) 1361
Neil Mordue (ACT) 1333

idledim
16-02-2015, 11:54 PM
Dave Hughes will definitely be playing.

antichrist
17-02-2015, 12:41 AM
money to be sent to HOBART INTERNATIONAL CHESS CLUB - okay we realise it is over the waves but isn't that taking it a bit too far (any reason by the way)

Kevin Bonham
17-02-2015, 07:47 AM
money to be sent to HOBART INTERNATIONAL CHESS CLUB - okay we realise it is over the waves but isn't that taking it a bit too far (any reason by the way)

I've addressed the history of this before. The HICC was formed by a merger of the old Sandy Bay chess club and a club that was initially called the International Chess Club because its membership was mostly from overseas. When the ICC acquired the equipment of the dormant Hobart Chess Club it became the HICC. When the two clubs merged, the HICC name was kept at the request of our venue, the Migrant Resource Centre, as a way of highlighting that the club is open to everyone.

antichrist
17-02-2015, 09:08 PM
I've addressed the history of this before. The HICC was formed by a merger of the old Sandy Bay chess club and a club that was initially called the International Chess Club because its membership was mostly from overseas. When the ICC acquired the equipment of the dormant Hobart Chess Club it became the HICC. When the two clubs merged, the HICC name was kept at the request of our venue, the Migrant Resource Centre, as a way of highlighting that the club is open to everyone.

Thanks.
In the same flavour I could honestly call a local chess gathering the Hippy International Chess Club HICC

ER
19-02-2015, 12:39 PM
hi Kev, can you please confirm that this is another possible way of getting to the venue from the club (next to my hotel) on foot?

http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee481/jak_jak1/hobart_zpsw97aai8u.png (http://s1230.photobucket.com/user/jak_jak1/media/hobart_zpsw97aai8u.png.html)

(I want to avoid distractions such as the german bakery when coming to the venue - after play OK)

idledim
19-02-2015, 02:21 PM
Spoke with Ian Rout last night and he'll also be entering.

Kevin Bonham
19-02-2015, 03:28 PM
Elliott: Yes it is but it would take you either past or very near the Food Store deli/bakery which may be another similar possible distraction source!

If wishing to avoid that, instead of going up Pillinger St, go along Parliament St to Princes St or Randall St.

Kevin Bonham
19-02-2015, 03:30 PM
Spoke with Ian Rout last night and he'll also be entering.

Ta.

Kevin Bonham 1906
Ian Rout 1901
Denis McMahon 1747
Scott Cohen 1613
David Hughes 1535 $
Ian Little 1439
Elliott Renzies (Vic) 1361
Neil Mordue (ACT) 1333

$ = expected, not yet paid

(Ratings will be updated when March list comes out.)

ER
19-02-2015, 04:35 PM
Elliott: Yes it is but it would take you either past or very near the Food Store deli/bakery which may be another similar possible distraction source!

If wishing to avoid that, instead of going up Pillinger St, go along Parliament St to Princes St or Randall St.


Thanks Kev, I inserted the new diagram on my map. (also good to know about the food store / delli bakery for the way back that is! :) ) cheers

Kevin Bonham
26-02-2015, 11:39 AM
Ninth entry added: Damon Leary (Tas) $ (ACF-unrated, plays online)

idledim
26-02-2015, 02:50 PM
Russell Horton indicated last night he'd try to make it down - and Dylan Kuzmiak as well "if at all possible."

Kevin Bonham
02-03-2015, 07:48 PM
Ian Rout 1938
Kevin Bonham 1918
Denis McMahon 1781
Kam Lee 1622
Scott Cohen 1613
David Hughes 1545 $
Alex Nagy 1500
Ian Little 1465
John O'Mara 1408 $
Elliott Renzies (Vic) 1346
Neil Mordue (ACT) 1333
Damon Leary UNR $
Bradley Vince 989
William Rumley 613
Rebecca Rumley 134

$ = not yet paid

Probable/possible

Russell Horton 1597 $
Dylan Kuzmic 1591 $

antichrist
02-03-2015, 10:57 PM
Pity outsiders can not participate via webcam even if they cannot win the title

Kevin Bonham
02-03-2015, 11:00 PM
Pity outsiders can not participate via webcam even if they cannot win the title

They should come down here and help build Tasmania's economy!

As it happens, online participation has been talked about as a possible method of resolving the distance issue in Tasmanian chess. (The two biggest chess centres are four hours' drive apart). All a real pain to organise though, and far from universally supported anyway.

Ian Rout
03-03-2015, 09:59 AM
As it happens, online participation has been talked about as a possible method of resolving the distance issue in Tasmanian chess. (The two biggest chess centres are four hours' drive apart). All a real pain to organise though, and far from universally supported anyway.
I don't think it's appropriate for a title event, as you could have the outcome decided by issues peculiar to online play. It may be an option for other events or inter-club matches.

Ian Rout
05-03-2015, 09:47 AM
What (if there is one) is the tie-break mechanism? It may have been mentioned in previous years but I don't recall.

Kevin Bonham
05-03-2015, 12:00 PM
What (if there is one) is the tie-break mechanism? It may have been mentioned in previous years but I don't recall.

There is none for the title. If there is a tie between eligible players, the tie stands and the champions are co-champions and all names appear on the trophy. Surprising this doesn't happen more often actually; there was a three-way tie in 2009 and a two-way tie in 2007 and the last tie before that was 1993.

The tiebreaks programmed into SP are used in breaking ties for ratings prizes or 3rd outright where necessary to avoid the paying out of prizes that are much smaller than the entry fees.

Kevin Bonham
05-03-2015, 12:01 PM
Roger Blackburn 1076 $ has entered.

ER
06-03-2015, 10:30 AM
just arrived in hobart after a wonderful experience in Russel and other waterfalls. cold as! apparently it snowed and hailed up the holy mountain yesterday. I will still go there for a coach ride some time after lunch! amazing the no. of tourists here for the cricket. perfect organising, free buses to Bellerive etc. tourists show genuine interest when told about chess champs. I am out of here! see you all tomorrow at the tournament!

Kevin Bonham
07-03-2015, 10:14 AM
No Name Feder Rtg Loc

1. Rout, Ian C TAS 1938
2. Bonham, Kevin TAS 1918
3. McMahon, Denis TAS 1781
4. Lee, Kam TAS 1622
5. Cohen, Scott TAS 1613
6. Horton, Russell TAS 1597
7. Hughes, David TAS 1545
8. Nagy, Alex TAS 1500
9. Little, Ian TAS 1465
10. O'Mara, John TAS 1408
11. Mordue, Neil ACT 1383
12. Renzies, Elliott VIC 1346
13. Leary, Damon TAS 1300est
14. Blackburn, Roger TAS 1076
15. Rumley, William ACT 613
16. Tamang, Biswash TAS


No Name Result Name

1 Rout, I (1) : Little, I (9)
2 O'Mara, J (10) : Bonham, K (2)
3 McMahon, D (3) : Mordue, N (11)
4 Renzies, E (12) : Lee, K (4)
5 Cohen, S (5) : Leary, D (13)
6 Blackburn, R (14) : Horton, R (6)
7 Hughes, D (7) : Rumley, W (15)
8 Tamang, B (16) : Nagy, A (8)

Kevin Bonham
07-03-2015, 01:35 PM
No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Rout, Ian C [0] .5:.5 Little, Ian [0]
2 O'Mara, John [0] .5:.5 Bonham, Kevin [0]
3 McMahon, Denis [0] .5:.5 Mordue, Neil [0]
4 Renzies, Elliott [0] .5:.5 Lee, Kam [0]
5 Cohen, Scott [0] 1:0 Leary, Damon [0]
6 Blackburn, Roger [0] 1:0 Horton, Russell [0]
7 Hughes, David [0] 1:0 Rumley, William [0]
8 Tamang, Biswash [0] 1:0 Nagy, Alex [0]


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Blackburn, Roger [1] : Cohen, Scott [1]
2 Tamang, Biswash [1] : Hughes, David [1]
3 Mordue, Neil [.5] : Rout, Ian C [.5]
4 Bonham, Kevin [.5] : Renzies, Elliott [.5]
5 Little, Ian [.5] : McMahon, Denis [.5]
6 Lee, Kam [.5] : O'Mara, John [.5]
7 Horton, Russell [0] : Leary, Damon [0]
8 Nagy, Alex [0] : Rumley, William [0]

Kevin Bonham
07-03-2015, 02:23 PM
Yes a rather odd round one with four draws and at least one upset. Rout-Little was relatively short with queens off early on, O'Mara-Bonham black missed a (fairly tricky) win of a pawn in the middlegame, McMahon-Mordue white was winning but allowed a perpetual and Renzies-Lee was a long game with draw agreed with both below 5 mins in a messy bishop ending.

Kevin Bonham
07-03-2015, 05:37 PM
Nepalese student Biswash Tamang and Scott Cohen lead after round 2. Roger Blackburn put up a great fight against Scott but blundered a rook while just about surfing the increment.


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Blackburn, Roger [1] 0:1 Cohen, Scott [1]
2 Tamang, Biswash [1] 1:0 Hughes, David [1]
3 Mordue, Neil [.5] .5:.5 Rout, Ian C [.5]
4 Bonham, Kevin [.5] 1:0 Renzies, Elliott [.5]
5 Little, Ian [.5] 0:1 McMahon, Denis [.5]
6 Lee, Kam [.5] 1:0 O'Mara, John [.5]
7 Horton, Russell [0] 1:0 Leary, Damon [0]
8 Nagy, Alex [0] 0:1 Rumley, William [0]


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Cohen, Scott [2] : Tamang, Biswash [2]
2 McMahon, Denis [1.5] : Bonham, Kevin [1.5]
3 Rout, Ian C [1] : Lee, Kam [1.5]
4 Rumley, William [1] : Horton, Russell [1]
5 Hughes, David [1] : Mordue, Neil [1]
6 O'Mara, John [.5] : Blackburn, Roger [1]
7 Renzies, Elliott [.5] : Little, Ian [.5]
8 Leary, Damon [0] : Nagy, Alex [0]

Kevin Bonham
07-03-2015, 09:17 PM
No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Cohen, Scott [2] .5:.5 Tamang, Biswash [2]
2 McMahon, Denis [1.5] 0:1 Bonham, Kevin [1.5]
3 Rout, Ian C [1] 1:0 Lee, Kam [1.5]
4 Rumley, William [1] 0:1 Horton, Russell [1]
5 Hughes, David [1] 1:0 Mordue, Neil [1]
6 O'Mara, John [.5] 0:1 Blackburn, Roger [1]
7 Renzies, Elliott [.5] 1:0 Little, Ian [.5]
8 Leary, Damon [0] 0:1 Nagy, Alex [0]

Flagfall in O'Mara - Blackburn - white had 4:54 vs 2:15 but lost on time eight moves later in a complex position.


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Bonham, Kevin [2.5] : Cohen, Scott [2.5]
2 Horton, Russell [2] : Tamang, Biswash [2.5]
3 Blackburn, Roger [2] : Rout, Ian C [2]
4 Lee, Kam [1.5] : Hughes, David [2]
5 Renzies, Elliott [1.5] : McMahon, Denis [1.5]
6 Nagy, Alex [1] : Mordue, Neil [1]
7 Rumley, William [1] : O'Mara, John [.5]
8 Little, Ian [.5] : Leary, Damon [0]

Kevin Bonham
08-03-2015, 12:06 PM
No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Bonham, Kevin [2.5] 1:0 Cohen, Scott [2.5]
2 Horton, Russell [2] .5:.5 Tamang, Biswash [2.5]
3 Blackburn, Roger [2] 0:1 Rout, Ian C [2]
4 Lee, Kam [1.5] .5:.5 Hughes, David [2]
5 Renzies, Elliott [1.5] .5:.5 McMahon, Denis [1.5]
6 Nagy, Alex [1] 0:1 Mordue, Neil [1]
7 Rumley, William [1] 0:1 O'Mara, John [.5]
8 Little, Ian [.5] 1:0 Leary, Damon [0]

Horton only just hung on against Tamang and I was really struggling against Cohen but he miscalculated and lost a piece. Even then I had to win RN3P vs R4P all on the same side which may well have been a draw except that the rooks went off.


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Tamang, Biswash [3] : Bonham, Kevin [3.5]
2 Rout, Ian C [3] : Cohen, Scott [2.5]
3 Hughes, David [2.5] : Horton, Russell [2.5]
4 McMahon, Denis [2] : Blackburn, Roger [2]
5 Mordue, Neil [2] : Lee, Kam [2]
6 O'Mara, John [1.5] : Renzies, Elliott [2]
7 Nagy, Alex [1] : Little, Ian [1.5]
8 Leary, Damon [0] : Rumley, William [1]

Kevin Bonham
08-03-2015, 03:48 PM
O'Mara-Bonham

1.b4 e6 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.a3 d5 4.e3 b6 [4...a5] 5.Nf3 c5 6.b5 Bd6 7.c4 0-0 8.Be2 Bb7 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.d4 Qc7 11.Nbd2 cxd4 12.exd4 dxc4 13.Rc1! Rac8 14.Bxc4 Qb8 15.Qb3 Bf4 16.Rcd1 Ne4 17.Nxe4 [17.g3 Nxd2 18.Nxd2=] 17...Bxe4 18.Nd2 Bf5 [Critically missing that 18...Bxh2+ is fine since after 19.Kh1 Bb7 black is just a pawn up; the g-pawn can't trap the bishop as it is pinned, and. 20.Bxe6 just loses after 20...fxe6 21.Qxe6+ Rf7] 19.g3 Bg5 20.f4 Be7 21.Bd3 Bxd3 22.Qxd3 Nf6 23.Rc1 Qb7 24.Qf3 Qd7 [24...Nd5] 25.Qd3 Rfd8 26.Rxc8 Rxc8 27.Rc1 Rxc1+ 28.Bxc1 Qd5 29.Qc4 Qxc4? [29...Qh5] 30.Nxc4 Nd7 31.Kf2 draw

Bonham-Renzies. A woeful game.

1.Nf3 c5 2.e4 g6 3.c3 e6 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 Bg7 6.Nc3 Qb6 7.Be2 Ne7 8.0-0 Nbc6 9.Na4 Qc7?? 10.d5 exd5 11.exd5 Nb4 12.d6 Qc2 13.dxe7 Qxd1 14.Bxd1 b6 15.Re1 Bb7 16.a3? Nd3 17.Re3? Nf4? [17...Nxc1 18.Rxc1 Bh6 recovers an exchange] 18.Bb3 Rc8 19.Bd2 b5 20.Nc3 a6 21.Ng5 Ne6 22.Nxe6 dxe6 23.Nd1 Kxe7 24.Bb4+ Ke8 25.Bxe6?? fxe6 26.Rxe6+ Kd8 27.Nc3 [I'd actually thought that 27.Re7 wins a bishop here. Er, no. 27...Rc7 of course.] 27...Bf8?? [27...Rc4] 28.Bxf8 [28.Rd1+ Kc7 29.Nxb5+!! axb5 30.Bc3] 28...Rxf8 29.Rd1+ Kc7 30.Re7+ Kb8 31.Rxh7 Rce8 32.h3 Bc6 33.Rd6 Bb7? 34.Rxg6 Rd8 35.Rb6 1-0

McMahon - Bonham. A very original treatment of the French Advanced by white.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.g3 Qb6 6.Ne2 Bd7 7.Bh3 Rc8 8.0-0 cxd4 9.cxd4 Be7 10.a3 Na5 11.b4 Nc4 12.Nd2 a5 13.Nxc4 Rxc4 14.bxa5 Qxa5 15.Bd2 Qa7 16.Qb3 Ba4 17.Qe3 Bd8 18.Rfb1?! Ne7 19.Rc1 Rxc1+ 20.Rxc1 Nc6 21.f4? Bb5 22.f5 Bxe2 23.fxe6?! Swindle attempt 23...Qxd4 24.exf7+ Kxf7 25.Be6+! Ke7? [25...Ke8] 26.Bb4+ Ke8 27.Qxd4 Nxd4 28.Bxd5 Bf3 29.Bc4 Ne2+ 30.Bxe2 Bxe2 31.e6 Bg4 32.Re1 [32.e7 is very annoying] 32...Be7 33.Re4 Bxb4 34.Rxg4 Bxa3 [34...Bc5+ 35.Kg2 g6] 35.Rxg7 Be7 36.Rg4 b5 37.Kf2 b4 38.Ke3 Rf8 39.h3 Rf6 40.Re4 Kd8 41.Rd4+ Kc8 42.Re4 Kb7 43.Re5 Kc6 44.Ke4 Kd6 45.Kd4 Rxe6 46.Rh5 h6 47.g4 Bf8 48.Rb5 Kc6 49.Rb8 Bc5+ 50.Kc4 Re4+ 51.Kd3 Re3+ 0-1

Kevin Bonham
08-03-2015, 04:03 PM
No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Tamang, Biswash [3] 0:1 Bonham, Kevin [3.5]
2 Rout, Ian C [3] 1:0 Cohen, Scott [2.5]
3 Hughes, David [2.5] 1:0 Horton, Russell [2.5]
4 McMahon, Denis [2] 1:0 Blackburn, Roger [2]
5 Mordue, Neil [2] .5:.5 Lee, Kam [2]
6 O'Mara, John [1.5] .5:.5 Renzies, Elliott [2]
7 Nagy, Alex [1] .5:.5 Little, Ian [1.5]
8 Leary, Damon [0] 1:0 Rumley, William [1]


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Bonham, Kevin [4.5] : Rout, Ian C [4]
2 McMahon, Denis [3] : Hughes, David [3.5]
3 Little, Ian [2] : Tamang, Biswash [3]
4 Lee, Kam [2.5] : Blackburn, Roger [2]
5 Cohen, Scott [2.5] : O'Mara, John [2]
6 Horton, Russell [2.5] : Nagy, Alex [1.5]
7 Mordue, Neil [2.5] : Leary, Damon [1]
8 Rumley, William [1] : Renzies, Elliott [2.5]

Kevin Bonham
08-03-2015, 08:19 PM
Bonham - Cohen. Computer says it's not as dire as I thought but I still played very flatly.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6 4.0-0 Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.d3 [6.c3] 6...a6 7.Bxc6 Bxc6 8.Nc3 [8.e5] 8...e6 9.Bg5 Be7 10.h3 0-0 11.Qd2 b5 12.a3 a5 13.Ne2? [13.e5! and not 13...Bxf3? 14.exf6 gxf6 15.Bh6 Bc6 16.Qe3 Kh8 17.Bxf8 Bxf8] 13...Qc7 14.Ng3 Rfb8 15.d4 b4?! 16.c3? [16.dxc5! and not 16...dxc5 since 17.Bf4] 16...Qb7 17.axb4 axb4 18.Rxa8 Rxa8 19.dxc5 bxc3 20.Qxc3 dxc5 21.Bxf6 [21.Ne5] 21...Bxf6 22.Qxc5 Bxb2 [22...Rc8!] 23.Rb1 Bxe4?? 24.Nxe4 Qxe4 25.Rxb2 Ra1+ 26.Kh2 h6 27.Qc8+ [27.Qc7 might have better winning chances.] 27...Kh7 28.Qc2 Qxc2 29.Rxc2 Ra5 30.Re2 Kg6 31.Ne5+ Kf6 32.Ng4+ Kf5 33.g3 h5 34.Ne3+ Kf6 35.Nc4 Rc5 36.Nd6 Ke7 37.Ne4 Ra5 38.f4 f6 39.Kg2 g5 40.fxg5 fxg5 41.Kf3 Rf5+ 42.Ke3 g4 43.hxg4 hxg4 44.Nd2 I touched this knight intending to put it on f-two which would have been a blunder 44...Kf6?? 45.Rf2 Ke5 46.Rxf5+ Kxf5 47.Ne4 Ke5 48.Nf2 Kf5 49.Kd3 Ke5 50.Nxg4+ Kf5 51.Nf2 e5 52.Ke3 e4 53.Nxe4 Kg4 54.Kf2 Kh3 55.Kf3 1-0

Kevin Bonham
08-03-2015, 08:29 PM
No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Bonham, Kevin [4.5] .5:.5 Rout, Ian C [4]
2 McMahon, Denis [3] 0:1 Hughes, David [3.5]
3 Mordue, Neil [2.5] 1:0 Tamang, Biswash [3]
4 Lee, Kam [2.5] 0:1 Horton, Russell [2.5]
5 Cohen, Scott [2.5] 1:0 Renzies, Elliott [2.5]
6 O'Mara, John [2] 1:0 Nagy, Alex [1.5]
7 Little, Ian [2] 1:0 Rumley, William [1]
8 Leary, Damon [1] 0:1 Blackburn, Roger [2]


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Hughes, David [4.5] : Bonham, Kevin [5]
2 Horton, Russell [3.5] : Rout, Ian C [4.5]
3 Cohen, Scott [3.5] : Mordue, Neil [3.5]
4 Blackburn, Roger [3] : Little, Ian [3]
5 Tamang, Biswash [3] : O'Mara, John [3]
6 Nagy, Alex [1.5] : McMahon, Denis [3]
7 Rumley, William [1] : Lee, Kam [2.5]
8 Renzies, Elliott [2.5] : Leary, Damon [1]

Kevin Bonham
08-03-2015, 09:37 PM
Tamang - Bonham

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Bf4 d5 4.c5 b6 5.cxb6 axb6 6.Nc3 Bd6 7.Bg5 0-0 8.e3 Ba6 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Nbd7 11.Nb5?! Bb4+ 12.Nc3 Qc8 13.Nge2 Qa6 14.Qxa6 Rxa6 15.0-0 c6 16.Bf4 Nh5 17.Bg3 Nxg3 18.hxg3 Rfa8 19.Rfc1 h6 20.a3 Bxc3 21.Rxc3 c5 22.Rac1 c4 23.f3 [23.e4 here is best before black inflicts damage on the queenside] 23...b5 24.Nf4 Nb6 25.e4 Ra4 26.Ne2? b4 27.axb4 Rxb4 28.R3c2 Ra2 29.Rb1 Na4 30.Nc1 Rbxb2 31.Rcxb2 Rxb2 32.Rxb2 Nxb2 33.Kf2 Kf8 34.Ke3 Ke7 35.e5 Na4 36.Na2 Kd7 37.Kd2 Kc6 38.Kc2 Kb5 39.g4 Nb6 40.Kc3 Nd7 41.Nb4 Nb8 [41...Nxe5! is a free pawn because if 42.dxe5 d4+] 42.f4 Nc6 43.Nc2 Ne7 44.Ne3 g6 45.g3 Ka4 46.Nc2 Nc6 [46...h5 wins] 47.Ne3 Na7 48.f5 [48.Nxc4! Nb5+ 49.Kd3 dxc4+ 50.Kxc4 Nc7 51.Kc5 Kb3 52.Kd6 Nd5 53.Kd7 Kc4 54.Ke8 g5 55.fxg5 hxg5 56.Kxf7 Nc7 57.Kf6 Kxd4 58.Kxg5 Kxe5 etc and black just wins] 48...Nb5+ 49.Kd2 Nxd4 50.fxg6 fxg6 51.Kc3 Nc6 52.g5 h5 [52...d4+ 53.Kxc4 dxe3 54.Kd3 Nxe5+ 55.Kxe3 h5] 53.Nc2 Kb5 54.Ne1 Nxe5 55.Ng2 Nf3 56.Nf4 Nxg5 57.Nxg6 Ne4+0-1

Bonham - Rout. Had a strong position here, just didn't do enough with it.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0-0 d6 5.d4 0-0 6.c4 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.e4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Nc5 10.h3 a5 11.Bf4 Nfd7 12.Qd2 Ne5 13.b3 Ncd3?! [13...Ned3 is better] 14.Bg5! f6 15.Bh6 [15.Be3 is much more ambitious.] 15...Bxh6 16.Qxh6 Bd7 17.Qe3 Nb4 18.a3 Nbc6 19.f4 Nxd4 20.Qxd4 Nc6 21.Qd5+ Kg7 22.Rad1 Qe7 23.Qd3 Be6 24.Nd5 Qf7 25.Rde1 Rfe8 26.Ne3 [26.e5 was playable immediately, eg 26...dxe5 27.fxe5 f5 28.Qc3] 26...Rad8 27.Qc3 Bc8 28.b4 axb4 29.axb4 Nb8 30.Nd5 Be6 31.e5 dxe5 32.fxe5 f5 33.Nf6 Rf8 34.Nd5 Rfe8 35.Nf4 [35.g4] 35...c6 36.g4 Kg8 37.Nxe6 Rxe6 38.gxf5 gxf5 39.Qf3 Nd7 40.Qxf5 Qxf5 41.Rxf5 Rde8 42.b5 Nxe5 43.Rc1 Kg7 draw agreed, with about 10 mins each left 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
09-03-2015, 09:47 AM
Hughes - Bonham dramatically drawn after wombat with the black pieces blunders a pawn but gets it back, and can even play for a win but is happy to share the title. Rout will now tie for the title if he beats Russell Horton.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.g3 cxd4 This is probably wrong, trying too hard just to vary from the McMahon game in case opponent prepared an improvement. 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nge7 8.Bh3 Qa5 9.Nge2 Bd7 10.0-0 Nf5?! 11.Bxf5 exf5 12.a3 Be7?? Black's next few moves might be iffy too but let's give all the question marks to the big mistake 13.Qb3 0-0-0 14.Qxd5 Qxd5 15.Nxd5 Be6 16.Nxe7+ Nxe7 17.Bg5 Rhe8 18.Rac1+ Kb8 19.Rfd1 h6 20.Bxe7 Rxe7 21.Nc3? Bb3 22.Rd2 Rxe5 23.dxe5 Rxd2 24.Nb5 draw agreed. Black is better now and maybe even winning but I was happy to just ensure at least a share of the title especially as my brain was too fried to see this rather obvious line: 24...Rxb2 25.Nd6 Be6 which stops the mate and saves the pawn (of course). 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
09-03-2015, 09:55 AM
Ian Rout is joint state champion, his first title after beating Russell Horton. In a complex position where I think with best play Rout would have emerged a pawn up, Horton allowed a minor technical hitch known as mate in 1.

chessmaniac
09-03-2015, 01:50 PM
Congratulations to Ian and Kevin, sharing Tasmanian Chess title for 2015.
Big weekend for myself, outright 3rd, in my best finish in a State classical tournament.
Well run tournament, with all players playing in good spirit, with many close and exciting games.
I had to beat Kevin in the last round with the white pieces to win the title, won a pawn, then gave it back and decided all that would happen then was I would at best draw, leaving me outright 3rd at worst, or lose, and fall back in the pack.
When Kevin accepted my draw offer, I felt pleased and was able to relax while everyone else pushed wood to no avail.

Kevin Bonham
09-03-2015, 03:12 PM
No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Hughes, David [4.5] .5:.5 Bonham, Kevin [5]
2 Horton, Russell [3.5] 0:1 Rout, Ian C [4.5]
3 Cohen, Scott [3.5] 1:0 Mordue, Neil [3.5]
4 Blackburn, Roger [3] 0:1 Little, Ian [3]
5 Tamang, Biswash [3] 1:0 O'Mara, John [3]
6 Nagy, Alex [1.5] 0:1 McMahon, Denis [3]
7 Rumley, William [1] 0:1 Lee, Kam [2.5]
8 Renzies, Elliott [2.5] 1:0 Leary, Damon [1]


No Name Feder Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

1 Bonham, Kevin TAS 1918 5.5 13:D 9:W 6:W 4:W 5:W 2:D 3:D
2 Rout, Ian C TAS 1938 5.5 7:D 8:D 10:W 12:W 4:W 1:D 11:W
3 Hughes, David TAS 1545 5 15:W 5:L 8:W 10:D 11:W 6:W 1:D
4 Cohen, Scott TAS 1613 4.5 16:W 12:W 5:D 1:L 2:L 9:W 8:W
5 Tamang, Biswash TAS 4 14:W 3:W 4:D 11:D 1:L 8:L 13:W
6 McMahon, Denis TAS 1781 4 8:D 7:W 1:L 9:D 12:W 3:L 14:W
7 Little, Ian TAS 1465 4 2:D 6:L 9:L 16:W 14:D 15:W 12:W
8 Mordue, Neil ACT 1383 3.5 6:D 2:D 3:L 14:W 10:D 5:W 4:L
9 Renzies, Elliott VIC 1346 3.5 10:D 1:L 7:W 6:D 13:D 4:L 16:W
10 Lee, Kam TAS 1622 3.5 9:D 13:W 2:L 3:D 8:D 11:L 15:W
11 Horton, Russell TAS 1597 3.5 12:L 16:W 15:W 5:D 3:L 10:W 2:L
12 Blackburn, Roger TAS 1076 3 11:W 4:L 13:W 2:L 6:L 16:W 7:L
13 O'Mara, John TAS 1408 3 1:D 10:L 12:L 15:W 9:D 14:W 5:L
14 Nagy, Alex TAS 1500 1.5 5:L 15:L 16:W 8:L 7:D 13:L 6:L
15 Rumley, William ACT 613 1 3:L 14:W 11:L 13:L 16:L 7:L 10:L
16 Leary, Damon TAS 1 4:L 11:L 14:L 7:L 15:W 12:L 9:L

charleschadwick
09-03-2015, 07:24 PM
Congratulations to Ian, Kevin and David and to the ratings and Junior prize winners

Kevin Bonham
09-03-2015, 07:33 PM
Thanks Charles. On that score I should add that the U1700 was won by Scott Cohen and the U1400 by Neil Mordue. Mordue is a strong correspondence player who doesn't play much OTB so his rating is probably not fully reflective of his skills. There being only one junior entrant (Will Rumley who is much stronger than his rating and could well have got more than 1 point) there were no junior prizes.

By the way for anyone interested my last round game is an object lesson in bad psychology on my part. The last thing I expected was for David to repeat Denis's strange line against the Advanced (which he got a decent game with up until the big mistake f4) and my concern when David did so was that the Devonport clubmates might have cooked up an improvement, as I couldn't remember the improvements I had found. So to avoid that I started playing just about any move to get away from the previous game - including quite a lot of bad ones. :rolleyes:

By the way 2: this is the first time I have won the state title while organising it. However I had a lot of help from Ian Little, which made it quite a bit easier.

GoodNite
10-03-2015, 05:45 AM
Congratulations to Ian, Kevin, David, Scott and Neil. Wel done! Looks like the competition was fiercely fought! Sorry I wasn't able to make it this weekend. Next time? Hopefully the Tas Open in Burnie?? DS

Kevin Bonham
10-03-2015, 11:11 AM
Next time? Hopefully the Tas Open in Burnie?? DS

Yes I believe the Open is in Burnie this year.

idledim
10-03-2015, 11:34 AM
Tasmanian Open and Lightning June 6, 7, 8 Burnie

Tasmanian Rapid Championships (+ Devonport Lightning) July 25, 26 Devonport

Burnie Shines October 24, 25 Burnie

Kevin Bonham
10-03-2015, 11:38 AM
This is what I have of Renzies-Lee (of interest because Kam frequently analyses Alekhine's lines at HICC, recently including this one). However I am not sure what I've copied is correct because I thought material had been even in the final position. (The explanation for the draw offer: time trouble.)

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.exd5 Nxd5 4.Bc4 Nb6 5.Bb3 c5 6.d3 [A line we have looked at here is 6.Qh5 c4 7.Bxc4 Nxc4 8.Qb5+ Nc6 9.Qxc4 when black seems to be OK] 6...Nc6 7.a3 e6 8.Nf3 Be7 9.Bf4 0-0 10.Nb5 Bd7 11.0-0 e5 12.Bd2 Nd4?! This looks good but seems to be a positional error. While Black has the more advanced pawn chain it isn't actually doing anything and white's pieces are very active 13.Nbxd4 exd4 14.Re1 Bg4 15.h3 Bh5 16.g4 Bg6 17.Ne5 Nd7 18.Nxg6 hxg6 19.Qf3 b6 20.Qe4! Bd6 21.Qxg6 Qf6 22.Qh5? [Better to simplify with 22.Qxf6 gxf6 which white should win eventually] 22...Ne5 23.Bd5 Nf3+ 24.Bxf3 Qxf3 25.Bg5 This move doesn't effectively counter black's control over the e-file that is generated by white's inability to move his king. Possibly better to just return the pawn [25.Qf5 Qxh3 26.Bf4 Bxf4 27.Qxf4 etc] 25...Rfe8 26.Qh4 Re2! 27.Rxe2 Qxe2 28.f4 Qxc2 29.Re1 Qxd3 30.Bd8 Qb5 31.f5 Qd7 32.Bg5 Re8 33.f6 Rxe1+ 34.Qxe1 Qe6 35.Qxe6 fxe6 36.fxg7 Kxg7 37.Kf2 b5 38.Ke2 c4 39.h4 Bc7 40.Be7 "Draw offered by Black, white accepted (with glee!!!)" 1/2-1/2

James Peirce
10-03-2015, 01:58 PM
It seems that the point of the g3 in the advanced French is so white can follow up with Bh3(as played in McMahon-Bonham) trying to discourage f6.
Hopefully David still has this good form coming into next weeks game against him(we both lead on 4/4 with only a few rounds to go.)

James Peirce
10-03-2015, 02:03 PM
Bring on the Devonport Rapid Play and the Tas Open and Lightning!

Kevin Bonham
10-03-2015, 02:30 PM
It seems that the point of the g3 in the advanced French is so white can follow up with Bh3(as played in McMahon-Bonham) trying to discourage f6.

Also to discourage Nf5. In the Hughes game I played Nf5 anyway, having seen some theory lines where black does this and puts up with using the light-square bishop as a big pawn for a while. But in that particular game it was probably bad.

ER
10-03-2015, 03:43 PM
Congrats to both the winners (Kev and Ian) and all players for the fighting spirit matched by the friendly atmosphere they created throughout the tournament.
I leave Tassie tomorrow with the best of memories and already look forward seeing you all at the next big one!

James Peirce
11-03-2015, 07:16 AM
The Fritz database only has 3 games with the g3 out of about 4 million games, Nf5 was played at somepoint in all three of them i think.

GoodNite
11-03-2015, 07:21 AM
Yes, I think g3 is a mistake. From a positional point of view, the B belongs on e2 or d3, not h3 where it either bites granite or may even be exchanged off. White has serious problems with development and I think g3 is just too slow. The plan of f4 is also not so strong as it weakens the a7 to g1 diagonal. The pawn on d4 is under attack and g3 does nothing to deal with this. After g3, Qa5 (as sometimes seen in the Tarrasch variation) looks very strong as it threatens cxd4. After g3 Qa5 I think Black is much better. I am less keen on g3 cxd4 cxd4 Bb4+.

antichrist
11-03-2015, 08:01 AM
Also to discourage Nf5. In the Hughes game I played Nf5 anyway, having seen some theory lines where black does this and puts up with using the light-square bishop as a big pawn for a while. But in that particular game it was probably bad.

In new terminology the light square bishop referred to here is Black's queen bishop? (of course idiot) I find the old terminology more meaningful as it means you can attack the opponent's king directly with that bishop whilst it is in original posi or castled posi. Whilst light and dark are neutral terminology. Also I have always thought that the king's bishop is more involved in king's defence and the queen bishop for attack and trading. So the descriptive name actually means something.

Kevin Bonham
11-03-2015, 10:08 AM
I've responded to the above on the other thread where you posted it. (Normally posting the same post on multiple threads isn't allowed but in this case I don't think it's an issue.)

Ian Rout
12-03-2015, 01:53 PM
Not one of the great tournament performances if I were to be entirely honest - two draws to open, scrambling a draw in round 6, and needing to finish with a win and rely on the other last round result going the right way. But it was a good tournament played in the right spirit, and many players were in with a shot until near the end. Thanks to Ian Little, Kevin Bonham and HICC for putting it on, and congratulations to Kevin who played most of the top finishers without a loss.

Anyway, a couple of games. In this one Black just loses a pawn for no compensation on move 9 through a miscalculation, but there is some entertaining pattern recognition tactics training:

I. Rout - S. Cohen (5)
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 c5 6. Nf3 d5 7. O-O b6 8. cxd5
Bxc3 9. bxc3 cxd4 10. dxe6 fxe6 (10... dxc3 11. exf7+ Rxf7 12. Bxh7+) 11. cxd4
Bb7 12. Ba3 Rf7 13. Rc1 Nbd7 14. Ng5 Re7 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. Rc7 Rb8 17. Qc2 Nd5
18. Bxh7+ Kf8 (18... Kh8 19. Bg8 g6 20. Qxg6) 19. Rxb7 1-0
This one is more complicated. White's concept with 10.e4 is not technically unsound but Black doesn't need to enter the complications. Both sides assumed that taking a pawn with check (15...Qxf2+) must be best but it turns out that returning a pawn with check (proposed by Elliott Renzies) is better, and dead even in the computer's estimation. 17.Qg3, planning the conclusion that in fact eventuated, should have let most of the advantage slip whereas Qxg7 which I thought was unnecessarily complicated would win easily. The finish is another basic tactics exercise.

I. Rout - K. Lee (3)
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 a6 5. e3 Bg4 6. Qb3 Ra7 7. Ne5 e6 8. Nxg4
Nxg4 9. Qd1 f5 10. e4 dxe4 11. Nxe4 fxe4 (11... e5) (11... Bb4+ 12. Nc3 c5) 12.
Qxg4 Bb4+ 13. Bd2 (Surprisingly it is better to play 13. Kd1 Qxd4+ 14. Kc2
with the point O-O 15. Be3 (refer next note).) 13... Bxd2+ 14. Kxd2 Qxd4+
15. Kc2 Qxf2+ (15... O-O 16. Qxe6+ Kh8 17. Be2 Nd7 18. Rad1 Qxf2 19. Qxe4 Nf6
defuses everything.) 16. Be2 Qf5 17. Qg3 (17. Qxg7 e3+ 18. Kb3 Rf8 19. Rhf1)
17... O-O (17... Nd7) 18. Rhf1 Qc5 19. Rxf8+ Qxf8 20. Rf1 Qc8 (More demanding
but still losing is 20... Qe8 21. Qc7 Nd7 22. Rd1 Nf8 23. Rd8 Qf7 24. Qb6) 21.
Qf2 1-0

Tony Dowden
12-03-2015, 10:45 PM
...Big weekend for myself, outright 3rd, in my best finish in a State classical tournament ...

Congratulations David :)

Tony Dowden
12-03-2015, 10:47 PM
Congrats to both the winners (Kev and Ian) and all players for the fighting spirit matched by the friendly atmosphere they created throughout the tournament.
I leave Tassie tomorrow with the best of memories and already look forward seeing you all at the next big one!

Congrats also to Kevin and Ian :clap: :clap: (So Ian, are you a Tasmanian now? I'm a little confused!)

Agent Smith
13-03-2015, 06:37 AM
Ian wrote
I. Rout - K. Lee (3)
You didnt miss this great finish in your analysis ? 21. Qd6 Nd7 22. Qxe6+ Kh8 23. Qxd7

Kevin wrote
Bonham-Renzies. A woeful game
Cheers for that clinical display. :) I surely can't figure out why you gave him a chance to save his bishop ?

Kevin Bonham
13-03-2015, 08:47 AM
Cheers for that clinical display. :) I surely can't figure out why you gave him a chance to save his bishop ?

Oh that's an easy one. I had not even noticed I could win it!

(By the way I put just about all my games up here, even the really stupid ones, mainly so I can find them easily when I get around to putting them in my games folder. Doesn't matter if I lose the scoresheet then.)

Ian Rout
13-03-2015, 01:13 PM
You didnt miss this great finish in your analysis ? 21. Qd6 Nd7 22. Qxe6+ Kh8 23. Qxd7
Yes, 21.Qd6 is much better (threat Qe7 or Bg4) as Black can hang on in the final position with 21...b6 which averts immediate disaster.

Ian Rout
13-03-2015, 01:14 PM
Congrats also to Kevin and Ian :clap: :clap: (So Ian, are you a Tasmanian now? I'm a little confused!)
I moved about 15 months ago.

ER
13-03-2015, 09:04 PM
Event Tasmanian Open 2015
Site Princes Street Primary School, Hobart
Date 08/3/2015
Round 3
White Elliott Renzies
Black Denis McMahon
Result Draw

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ {I simply don't like those light
square Bishops who have an annoying tendency to pin my Knight on f3!} Qxd7 5.
c4 c6 6. d6 Qxd6 7. Nc3 e5 8. Qe2 Nbd7 9. d3 {?} O-O-O {? 9... Nc5! Well I
didn't realise my blunder until Denis castled long missing his opportunity!
Then I played the correct move with a sigh of relief} 10. Be3 Nc5 11. Bxc5
Qxc5 12. O-O-O Be7 13. h3 h5 14. Nf3 Nd7 15. Kb1 f5 16. d4 exd4 17. Nxd4 Qe5 {
Now I thought I was better - after all I win the f-Pawn so why not?} 18. Qxe5
Nxe5 19. Nxf5 Bf6 20. Nd6+ Kc7 21. c5 {I think I might have had better here but hey, I am playing against a much stronger player and there was a brilliant day outside}b6 22. f4 Ng6 23. cxb6+ axb6 24. Nf7
Rxd1+ 25. Rxd1 Rf8 26. Ng5 Re8 27. g3 Bxc3 28. bxc3 Re3 29. f5 Nf8 30. Ne6+
Nxe6 31. fxe6 Rxe6 32. Rd3 g5 33. Kc2 Re2+ 34. Rd2 Rxd2+ 35. Kxd2 Kd6 36. Ke2
Kd5 37. Kd3 b5 38. Ke3 Ke5 39. Kd3 c5 40. Ke3 Kd5 41. g4 h4 42. Kd3 c4+ 43. Ke3
Ke5 44. a3 Kd5 45. Kf3 {Draw. I am not so sure about this ending. I think either
side had great opportunities to go wrong and lose! So I played it safe for the half point and so did Denis. I might have a look at it
at some later stage when I have time to study chess properly! For now I just leave it to
some computer nerd to play with their chess programs!}

Kevin Bonham
13-03-2015, 09:16 PM
I thought black might have chances in the pure pawn ending but the box says it is totally drawn all the way.

ER
13-03-2015, 09:37 PM
In this game I was also drawn against a stronger opponent! Ian had forced a draw versus the highest rated player in the tournament in a previous round, so I went for it!
White Elliott Renzies
Black Ian Little
1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 {I have suffered against David Flude in this line} 3. exd5 exf4 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. c4 c6 6. Nc3 Bd6 7. Be2 Bc5 8. d4
Bb4 9. O-O Bxc3 10. bxc3 cxd5 11. Bxf4 O-O 12. cxd5 Nxd5 13. Qd2 Nf6 14. Bd3
Nc6 15. Bg5 Qd6 16. Rae1 Be6 {It didn't take even me long to realise that this was a bad move} 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. Qh6 Rfe8 19. Bxh7+ Kh8 20. Be4+ {I have seen the Bishop retreating to g6 in similar positions but wasn't exactly sure if it worked here, so I played what I thought was also winning} Kg8 21. Qxf6 Qe7 22. Qh6 f6 23. Bd5 Qf7 24. Ng5 {Black resigns}
After the game Ian told me that it was the story of his chess life to produce the goods against strong players and then to lose to patzers immediately after! I sympathise with him! How can I forget my smashing win against Taras Yermolenko in Eastwood a few months back only to lose next round to some kid who had just learned how the knights move! :P :lol:

Capablanca-Fan
14-03-2015, 04:38 AM
Very good win against a strong opponent. He went wrong by making four moves with his KB at the start, giving you lots of time to develop with tempo. On move 12, in such positions, it's often good to maintain the tension, and 12. Bg5 would be a most annoying pin, now that he has no B to block on e7 plus White having the f-file for further attack. Ne5 would likely follow, and the spoiling of the K-side P structure seems inevitable, as happened in the game with the unforced 16... Be6 (although White had a strong position regardless). Your finishing moves were clear enough, and it was fine to play them. Maybe even stronger was 19.d5, because this impudent forking P can't be captured either by the Q (because it would fall to a discovered check) or the B (because it would open the e-file taking the BK's flight square on e7, so Qh7-h8#).

ER
14-03-2015, 06:12 AM
Very good win against a strong opponent. He went wrong by making four moves with his KB at the start, giving you lots of time to develop with tempo. On move 12, in such positions, it's often good to maintain the tension, and 12. Bg5 would be a most annoying pin, now that he has no B to block on e7 plus White having the f-file for further attack. Ne5 would likely follow, and the spoiling of the K-side P structure seems inevitable, as happened in the game with the unforced 16... Be6 (although White had a strong position regardless). Your finishing moves were clear enough, and it was fine to play them. Maybe even stronger was 19.d5, because this impudent forking P can't be captured either by the Q (because it would fall to a discovered check) or the B (because it would open the e-file taking the BK's flight square on e7, so Qh7-h8#).

Thanks for the advice Capablanca-Fan! It went straight into my openings notebook! :)

ER
14-03-2015, 11:14 AM
Pictures of players (including a rare moment of Kevin Bonham smiling) and a couple of venue and surroundings have been sent to Ian, Russel and Kev.
Please let me know if you have received them! Cheers!

antichrist
14-03-2015, 04:48 PM
Pictures of players (including a rare moment of Kevin Bonham smiling) and a couple of venue and surroundings have been sent to Ian, Russel and Kev.
Please let me know if you have received them! Cheers!

Exactly as I imagined him to be

Kevin Bonham
14-03-2015, 08:50 PM
Pictures of players (including a rare moment of Kevin Bonham smiling) and a couple of venue and surroundings have been sent to Ian, Russel and Kev.
Please let me know if you have received them! Cheers!

Received, ta.

Tom M
14-03-2015, 09:40 PM
In this game I was also drawn against a stronger opponent! Ian had forced a draw versus the highest rated player in the tournament in a previous round, so I went for it!
White Elliott Renzies
Black Ian Little
1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 {I have suffered against David Flude in this line} 3. exd5 exf4 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. c4 c6 6. Nc3 Bd6 7. Be2 Bc5 8. d4
Bb4 9. O-O Bxc3 10. bxc3 cxd5 11. Bxf4 O-O 12. cxd5 Nxd5 13. Qd2 Nf6 14. Bd3
Nc6 15. Bg5 Qd6 16. Rae1 Be6 {It didn't take even me long to realise that this was a bad move} 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. Qh6 Rfe8 19. Bxh7+ Kh8 20. Be4+ {I have seen the Bishop retreating to g6 in similar positions but wasn't exactly sure if it worked here, so I played what I thought was also winning} Kg8 21. Qxf6 Qe7 22. Qh6 f6 23. Bd5 Qf7 24. Ng5 {Black resigns}
After the game Ian told me that it was the story of his chess life to produce the goods against strong players and then to lose to patzers immediately after! I sympathise with him! How can I forget my smashing win against Taras Yermolenko in Eastwood a few months back only to lose next round to some kid who had just learned how the knights move! :P :lol:

The bishop retreat to g6 with this pattern only works when f7 is undefended - the idea is Bg6+, Qh7+, and Qxf7#. But this doesn't work because of the bishop on e6 - so get rid of it! 20. Rxe6! and if 20...Qxe6 21. Bf5+ wins. Anything else and the mating pattern now works.

Kevin Bonham
14-03-2015, 11:37 PM
Exactly as I imagined him to be

Care to elaborate?

You'd better be sensible and serious about this one. My tolerance for personal trolling from interstate posters on Tasmanian-specific threads is well below zero.

ER
15-03-2015, 01:24 AM
The bishop retreat to g6 with this pattern only works when f7 is undefended - the idea is Bg6+, Qh7+, and Qxf7#. But this doesn't work because of the bishop on e6 - so get rid of it! 20. Rxe6! and if 20...Qxe6 21. Bf5+ wins. Anything else and the mating pattern now works.
Thanks for the input Tom M. It's useful to know these things!

ER
15-03-2015, 08:12 AM
Received, ta.

Good. I should have added here that the


(including a rare moment of Kevin Bonham smiling)


comment, applies strictly to the chess player Kevin Bonham during play and is not a general comment about his off the chess board personality.
In fact Kevin Bonham is a very pleasant person to converse and deal with and smiling is not a rare trait of his character.
The comment here was an extension of a related jocular conversation we had during the tournament!

Kevin Bonham
16-03-2015, 03:08 PM
Kam Lee's remaining games:

Lee - O'Mara

1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. g3 d6 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. d5 h6
9. Rb1 g5 10. b4 Nh5 11. Bb2 f4 12. e4 g4 13. Nd4 f3 14. Bh1 Be5 15. h3 e6 16.
hxg4 Nxg3 17. fxg3 Bxg3 18. Rxf3 Rxf3 19. Bxf3 exd5 20. cxd5 Qh4 21. Qe2 c5 22.
Nf5 Bxf5 23. exf5 Be5 24. Ne4 Nd7 25. Bxe5 Nxe5 26. bxc5 dxc5 27. Rxb7 c4 28.
Kg2 Rc8 29. d6 Nxf3 30. Qxf3 Qe1 31. d7 Rd8 32. Rc7 Qa1 33. Rc8 Qxa2+ 34. Kh3
Qa5 35. Nd6 c3 36. f6 c2 37. Qe3 c1=Q 38. Qxc1 1-0

Lee - Hughes

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 O-O 8.
Be2 c5 9. O-O cxd4 10. cxd4 Nc6 11. Be3 a6 12. Rc1 Qd7 13. d5 Ne5 14. Nxe5 Bxe5
15. f4 Bg7 16. Bf3 b5 17. e5 Bb7 18. d6 exd6 19. Bxb7 Qxb7 20. exd6 Rac8 21.
Rxc8 Rxc8 22. Bd4 Bxd4+ 23. Qxd4 Rd8 24. f5 Qc6 25. fxg6 hxg6 26. Rd1 Qc4
1/2-1/2

Mordue - Lee

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. d3 c5 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. O-O Bf5 6. Nbd2 e6 7. Re1 Be7 8. c4
O-O 9. b3 Rb8 10. Nh4 Bg6 11. Nxg6 hxg6 12. e4 dxe4 13. dxe4 e5 14. Bb2 Nd4 15.
Nf3 Nd7 16. Bxd4 cxd4 17. Qd2 Qb6 18. Qc2 Bb4 19. Red1 Bc3 20. Rab1 a5 21. Ne1
g5 22. Nd3 Rfe8 23. Bh3 Nf6 24. Qe2 g6 25. a3 Qc6 26. f3 Kg7 27. Nf2 Rh8 28. b4
axb4 29. axb4 b5 30. Bf1 bxc4 31. Qxc4 Qxc4 32. Bxc4 Rxb4 33. Rxb4 Bxb4 34. Rb1
Rb8 35. Nd3 Bd6 36. Ra1 Rb7 37. Ra6 Ne8 38. Bd5 Rc7 39. Bc6 Nf6 40. Bb5 Be7 41.
Ba4 g4 42. Nxe5 gxf3 43. Nxf3 Nxe4 44. Rc6 Rxc6 45. Bxc6 Nd6 46. Nxd4 1/2-1/2

Lee - Horton

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 O-O 7. Bg5 Nbd7 8.
e3 h6 9. Bh4 b6 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. Ne2 Qe7 12. O-O e5 13. cxd5 Bxd5 14. e4 Bb7 15.
d5 Rad8 16. Kh1 Nc5 17. c4 c6 18. Nc3 b5 19. f4 exf4 20. g3 g5 21. gxf4 bxc4
22. fxg5 Nfxe4 23. Qh5 Nxd3 24. Qxh6 Qe5 25. g6 Qg7 26. gxf7+ Rxf7 27. Qxg7+
Rxg7 28. Nxe4 Rc8 29. Nf6+ Kh8 30. Rg1 cxd5 31. Rxg7 Kxg7 32. Rg1+ Kf7 33. h3
c3 34. Bg5 c2 0-1

Rumley - Lee

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. c4 Nb6 4. c5 Nd5 5. Bc4 e6 6. d4 b6 7. Be3 Nxe3 8. fxe3
bxc5 9. Qf3 Nc6 10. d5 Nxe5 11. Qf4 Nxc4 12. Qxc4 exd5 13. Qxd5 Rb8 14. Qe5+
Qe7 15. Qxc7 Qd6 16. Qxa7 Be7 17. Qa3 O-O 18. Nf3 Ba6 19. Nc3 Qd3 20. Kf2 Qc2+
21. Kg3 Rxb2 22. Ne1 Qf2+ 23. Kh3 Qh4# 0-1

Kevin Bonham
16-03-2015, 03:12 PM
2850

Prizewinners: L to R: Neil Mordue (U1400), David Hughes (3rd), Ian Rout (co-champion), Kevin Bonham (co-champion), Scott Cohen (U1700)

Photo by Kam Lee.

Ian Rout
16-03-2015, 04:14 PM
Prizewinners: L to R: Neil Mordue (U1400), David Hughes (3rd), Ian Rout (co-champion), Kevin Bonham (co-champion), Scott Cohen (U1700)

Photo by Kam Lee.I expected the caption to read "Can you identify any of these men, madam?"

Ian Rout
17-03-2015, 10:52 AM
I thought I should post the decisive last round game. I didn't bother previously as I thought it was just not a very good game, but a discussion with the metal monster shows some interesting points - not at the finish where White misses a mate in one, though the game is decided in any case by then, but in the earlier tactics.

I didn't play the obvious pawn grab with 16...Nxb2 (the N on c3 hangs) because of 17.Nd5 when White looks to have all sorts of attack but the computer finds defences, especially involving ...Bb5 when the flashy Qe6 doesn't win. White probably should play 17.a4 which blocks ...a4 and controls b5 - 17...Nxb2 is supposedly still best but not as convincingly.

By the time White plays Nd5 it really is losing but otherwise Black's position is preferable, probably in practice by more than the computer's assessment.

R. Horton - I. Rout (7)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8.
Bxf6 gxf6 9. Nd4 Bd7 10. Be2 Qb6 11. Nb3 Be7 12. Bh5 Ne5 13. Qe2 Rc8 14. O-O
Rg8 15. Kh1 Nc4 16. Rab1 a5 (16... Nxb2 17. Nd5 exd5 18. exd5 (18. Rxb2 Bb5)
18... Bb5 19. Qe6 Kd8 apparently holds) 17. Rfe1 (17. a4 Nxb2) 17... a4 18. Nd2 Nxd2
19. Nd5 (19. Qxd2 Qc5) 19... Qd4 20. c3 Qxe4 21. Qxd2 (21. Qxe4 Nxe4 22. Nxe7 (
22. Rxe4 exd5 23. Re3 Rg5) 22... Nxf2+ 23. Kg1 Nh3+ 24. Kf1 Kxe7) 21... Qxg2#
0-1

idledim
17-03-2015, 11:11 AM
I've forwarded the games posted here to Neville Ledger so he can consider them for inclusion in vol.10 of the Tasmanian Chess Records Series. If there are other games from the Tas. Champs. please put them here and I'll make sure he gets them. Alternatively, send them to me as a private message if you're shy!? Thanks to everyone who has already done this.

ER
18-03-2015, 08:47 AM
White Elliott Renzies
Black Damon Leary
Result 1-0


1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 c6 6. d6 Qxd6 7. Nc3 e5 8.
Nf3 Be7 9. O-O Nbd7 10. d4 exd4 11. Nxd4 O-O 12. Nf5 Qxd1 {? Big mistake by Damon} 13. Nxe7+ Kh8 14.
Rxd1 g6 15. Bg5 Kg7 16. Bxf6+ Nxf6 17. Re1 Rfe8 18. Rad1 {not the best, I think the Knight could have been saved by doubling the Rooks but I didn't see it during the game since my main goal was to win the c-Pawn with a better position} Kf8 19. Nxc6 bxc6 20.
Kf1 Rxe1+ 21. Kxe1 Ke7 22. f3 Rd8 {exchanges help the stronger side} 23. Rxd8 Kxd8 24. Ke2 Kd7 25. Ke3 g5 26. Ne4 {forces the exchange and enters a favourable Pawn ending}
Nxe4 27. Kxe4 Ke6 28. Kd4 Kd6 29. b4 h5 30. a4 a6 31. c5 {White wins the ending 1-0}

Kevin Bonham
18-03-2015, 10:04 AM
I'd like to very much thank the many players who have supplied games. It's been pleasing to get such a good cross-section.