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phyrexianrook
13-03-2015, 02:55 PM
Tony Sturges ANZAC Day Memorial Thematic Competition and Blitz!

Come along to the second annual Tony Sturges Memorial and try your luck against some new crazy openings, and then stick around for a fast and furious blitz competition.

Thematic Memorial:
This is a competition like no other, 7 rounds, 15 minutes each, no increment, and each rounds starts from a different opening position

Blitz competition:
7 rounds, 3 minutes with a 2 second increment,
and each round starts from the normal starting position

Itís all about having some fun at the chess board in the name of one of the HICCís most passionate coaches, and raising some money for chess across the state.


Where:

Princeís Street Primary School

When:

ANZAC Day, Saturday the 25th of April

What time:

Thematic Memorial: 12:00 noon to 5pm
Blitz: 5:30pm to 7pm

How Much:

Thematic Memorial Entry fee $25
Blitz Entry Fee $10
Both Events, Discounted Entry Fee $30

Medals and/or Trophies will be awarded at the HICC later in the year depending on numbers of entrants.

All money raised will be donated to the Tasmanian Chess Association to help improve the delivery of Chess services across the state.



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ER
13-03-2015, 04:38 PM
Enticing! Very enticing, however, it's just 5 days before my departure for Europe! Still a possibility though! :)

Kevin Bonham
22-04-2015, 11:42 PM
Ian has culled this year's list of openings from the titles of books in Tony's collection. Seriously hope I don't get black in the 1.e4 g5 round!

I don't even know yet what he might have in store in the random round.

It's a great sign of the success of this event last year that the TCA now has a new website produced by Ian, the money from last year's event alone paying for about 18 months hosting. It's also an irony because Tony never used the internet. For a while I thought it was deliberate on his part but Tony eventually explained that he was unable to use computers because of a dyslexic-type condition. He would have been very happy to see money raised in his name going to promoting chess.

Tony Dowden
23-04-2015, 10:41 PM
I can't afford the commute from Brisbane but I'm happy to make a $25 donation - just tell me how.

The position on the #1 post reminds me that I once faced the dreaded Elephant Gambit in an NZ Championship. I unknowingly played a reasonable novelty that took my opponent (Peter Hawkes?) out of his book prep and went on to win!

Capablanca-Fan
24-04-2015, 12:09 AM
Is there a dress code for this event: Ties streng verboten?

Kevin Bonham
24-04-2015, 12:46 AM
Is there a dress code for this event: Ties streng verboten?

Ha, I can just about him saying "streng verboten" and picture his expressions as he said it. But actually he would have said that people were just as free to wear a tie as not to wear one. He then would have said that playing in the tournament was compulsory and doubly so since it was a public holiday.

Kevin Bonham
24-04-2015, 12:52 AM
I can't afford the commute from Brisbane but I'm happy to make a $25 donation - just tell me how.

Bank transfer to Tasmanian Chess Association BSB 067-400 ACN 2803-0272 and mark it something like "Donation T Dowden" would probably be easiest + it would be much appreciated.

Kevin Bonham
25-04-2015, 04:20 PM
Sturges Memorial


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

1 Bonham, Kevin 1954 7 5:W 3:W 6:W 4:W 2:W 7:W 8:W
2 Rolph, David J 1736 5 3:L 6:W 4:W 9:W 1:L 5:W 10:W
3 Little, Ian 1516 5 2:W 1:L 8:W 5:L 9:W 11:W 4:W
4 Rumley, William 871 4 10:W 7:W 2:L 1:L 12:W 6:W 3:L
5 Nagy, Alex 1561 4 1:L 8:W 9:W 3:W 6:L 2:L 12:W
6 Vince, Bradley 1247 4 7:W 2:L 1:L 12:W 5:W 4:L 11:W
7 Cohen, Scott 1666 4 6:L 4:L 11:W 10:W 8:W 1:L 9:W
8 Rumley, Rebecca 433 3 12:W 5:L 3:L 11:W 7:L 10:W 1:L
9 Powell-Davies, Thomas 3 11:W 10:W 5:L 2:L 3:L 12:W 7:L
10 Einoder, Nicholas 2 4:L 9:L 12:W 7:L 11:W 8:L 2:L
11 Barrett, Dylan 1 9:L 12:W 7:L 8:L 10:L 3:L 6:L
12 MacDonald, Sophia 0 8:L 11:L 10:L 6:L 4:L 9:L 5:L


Set openings were:

Round 1: Starting position
Round 2: 1.b3
Round 3: 1.e4 g5
Round 4: 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5
Round 5: 1.Nf3 e5 2.f4 exf4
Round 6: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5
Round 7: Ian had brought in a random bag of openings and warned us there was one extremely dodgy one in the bag. Sure enough the extremely dodgy one was drawn: 1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 3.h4 g4

In Round 5 I was a pawn up against Dave but walked into a massive piece sac combo that I didn't see coming at all. After staring at it for several minutes the best I could find was to give back a piece and bail out pawn down and in danger of being mated. We both got short of time and I found a swindle.

In round 2 against Ian after 1.b3 e5 he played the very Tony-like 2.Ba3. This turned into a kind of reversed French Exchange where Black had got rid of his bad bishop by the method mentioned and then castled queen-side. I eventually won in a probably drawish Q+R ending because of a blunder allowing #1.

I felt obliged to play 1.f4 in round 1 and it was a tough From's Gambit.

In round 1 Bradley beat Scott with one second on his clock.

Kevin Bonham
25-04-2015, 07:01 PM
Blitz (3/2)


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

1 Bonham, Kevin 1954 7 7:W 4:W 3:W 2:W 5:W 6:W 8:W
2 Little, Ian 1516 6 10:W 6:W 7:W 1:L 3:W 4:W 9:W
3 Rolph, David J 1736 5 8:W 5:W 1:L 9:W 2:L 7:W 4:W
4 Vince, Bradley 1247 4 11:W 1:L 8:W 5:W 9:W 2:L 3:L
5 Rumley, William 871 4 9:W 3:L 6:W 4:L 1:L 10:W 0:W
6 Wood-Baker, Liam 4 0:W 2:L 5:L 7:W 8:W 1:L 11:W
7 Rumley, Rebecca 433 3 1:L 11:W 2:L 6:L 0:W 3:L 10:W
8 Barrett, Dylan 3 3:L 10:W 4:L 11:W 6:L 0:W 1:L
9 Powell-Davies, Thomas 3 5:L 0:W 10:W 3:L 4:L 11:W 2:L
10 Einoder, Nicholas 2 2:L 8:L 9:L 0:W 11:W 5:L 7:L
11 Powell-Davies, Julia 1 4:L 7:L 0:W 8:L 10:L 9:L 6:L

$355 raised for Tasmanian chess!

Capablanca-Fan
26-04-2015, 03:00 AM
It would have been fitting if one round had begun with the following, in honour of one of Sturges' most crushing black wins:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6

And congrats to KB for both picket fences :clap:

idledim
26-04-2015, 10:14 AM
Congratulations to Kevin on a sterling performance - and to the organisers. It sounds like it was a lovely tournament. I hope Devonport can match the contribution when we host the 2nd. Tas. Rapid Championship and the Devonport Open Lightning in July.

Kevin Bonham
26-04-2015, 11:11 PM
Several of the juniors gave me quite good fights. When they learn to play the whole game as well as they played the opening and early middlegame I'll be at least conceding lots of draws.

I find 3/2 (here used in a rated Tassie blitz for what I think is the first time!) a much harder time control than 5/0.

phyrexianrook
27-04-2015, 09:35 AM
Thanks everyone for coming along and making the day such a success, there is a wrap up of the event on the new TCA website which can be read here (http://www.tasmanianchessassociation.org/hobart-international-chess-club-news-and-games/2015/4/26/an-anzac-commemoration-of-a-different-sort).

I had a chance to talk to most of the juniors and some parents between rounds, and it seems that the juniors are very interested in more single day tournaments with faster time controls. The HICC will plan some more events to try and catch the younger generation while they are still keen. If we offer faster time controls for the juniors, and perhaps cash prizes (from entries) for the adults we'll get a good balanced turn out?!

Watch this space!


I find 3/2 (here used in a rated Tassie blitz for what I think is the first time!) a much harder time control than 5/0.

This just makes me like the time even more! I move all tournaments be 3/2 :)

Adamski
27-04-2015, 02:01 PM
I find 3/2 (here used in a rated Tassie blitz for what I think is the first time!) a much harder time control than 5/0.Really? You got 100%! Twice over! Well done!

Kevin Bonham
27-04-2015, 02:29 PM
Really? You got 100%! Twice over! Well done!

The statistically expected result in the case of the blitz though. Had I conceded even one draw there I would have lost ratings points.

Tony Dowden
30-04-2015, 10:32 PM
Bank transfer to Tasmanian Chess Association BSB 067-400 ACN 2803-0272 and mark it something like "Donation T Dowden" would probably be easiest + it would be much appreciated.

Done - slightly belatedly because I forgot about it, sorry - so make that $380 raised.

idledim
30-04-2015, 10:49 PM
Thanks Tony. Tasmanian chess is richer for your gesture / poorer for your absence.

Tony Dowden
03-05-2015, 08:44 PM
Thanks Tony. Tasmanian chess is richer for your gesture / poorer for your absence.
My pleasure :) I hope to get back to Tassie to play in an event at some stage - probably not in the near future but 'one day' nonetheless ...