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Kerry Stead
04-12-2015, 06:57 PM
Tournament details

Schedule:
December 12 6:15pm
December 13 6:15pm
December 14 4:00pm
December 15 4:00pm
December 16 4:00pm
December 17 4:00pm
December 18 4:00pm
December 19 6:15pm
December 20 2:00pm

Venue: Melbourne Chess Club (66 Leicester St, Fitzroy)

Website: http://www.chessvictoria.org.au/

Players (Pairing Order):

GM Norm Event:

1. IM Anton Smirnov AUS 2463
2. IM Bobby Cheng AUS 2419
3. IM Max Illingworth AUS 2499
4. FM Luke Li NZ 2332
5. IM James Morris AUS 2407
6. GM Vasily Papin RUS 2497
7. GM Arturs Neiksans LAT 2603
8. GM Darryl Johansen AUS 2427
9. IM Ari Dale AUS 2331
10. IM Kanan Izzat AZE 2456

IM Norm Event:

1. FM Christopher Wallis AUS 2305
2. IM Mirko Rujevic AUS 2231
3. Hoai Nam Nguyen VIE 2159
4. FM Karl Zelesco AUS 2272
5. CM Alpheus Ang NZ 2132
6. Carl Gorka ENG 2166
7. IM Igor Bjelobrk AUS 2367
8. IM Richard Jones WLS 2403
9. FM Eddy Levi AUS 2182
10. FM Eugene Schon AUS 2327

Pairings for both events:
Rd 1: 1-10, 2-9, 3-8, 4-7, 5-6.
Rd 2: 10-6, 7-5, 8-4, 9-3, 1-2.
Rd 3: 2-10, 3-1, 4-9, 5-8, 6-7.
Rd 4: 10-7, 8-6, 9-5, 1-4, 2-3.
Rd 5: 3-10, 4-2, 5-1, 6-9, 7-8.
Rd 6: 10-8, 9-7, 1-6, 2-5, 3-4.
Rd 7: 4-10, 5-3, 6-2, 7-1, 8-9.
Rd 8: 10-9, 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5.
Rd 9: 5-10, 6-4, 7-3, 8-2, 9-1.

Kevin Bonham
04-12-2015, 07:12 PM
By my calculations the GM norm in the GM norm tournament is 6.5/9 for all norm-seekers and the IM norm in the IM norm tournament is 7/9 for all norm-seekers.

Altecman
04-12-2015, 07:58 PM
The GM event will be broadcasted live on the ACF website. Any interesting IM event games will be manually broadcasted on chesschat.

MichaelBaron
04-12-2015, 10:23 PM
My pick for an IM norm surprisingly is...Nam! He is capable of performing well above his rating. GM tournament, several players are capable of scoring 6.5 if they start well: Smirnov, Izzat, Morris...whoever starts best has the greatest chance!

Carl Gorka
06-12-2015, 09:24 PM
What time control will be used?

Altecman
07-12-2015, 08:51 AM
I believe it is 90+30, Kerry will confirm.

Kevin Bonham
07-12-2015, 09:02 AM
The IM norm looks quite realistic in my view. Someone from the top half might go, say, 4.5/5 against the bottom half and 2.5/4 against the other top half players.

The GM norm will not be easy. Anyone who can get +4 against that field will have earned it!

David Webster
07-12-2015, 10:24 AM
The IM norm looks quite realistic in my view. Someone from the top half might go, say, 4.5/5 against the bottom half and 2.5/4 against the other top half players.

The GM norm will not be easy. Anyone who can get +4 against that field will have earned it!

I reckon both tournaments are well set up for norm opportunities - needing 6.5 rather than 7 will definitely help.

For example, I could easily see Max scoring 5.5 or even 6/8 in the first eight rounds if he's having one of his good tournaments, especially with five whites in those games (including vs Smirnov, Izzat and Papin, the highest rated and probably the toughest of the eight). Then it's just a one-off against a strong player and we've seen Max do well in them before.

Kerry Stead
07-12-2015, 11:37 AM
What time control will be used?

All moves in 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move increment

Sir Cromulent Sparkles
08-12-2015, 02:37 AM
Good luck Viewed.

Leonid Sandler
11-12-2015, 08:59 PM
The first round will be played tomorrow starting at 6-15 pm.Spectators are welcome.

scd
12-12-2015, 08:34 AM
Live games on ACF website:

http://auschess.org.au/acf/live-games/online-dgt-room-a/

Altecman
12-12-2015, 05:35 PM
The Australasian Masters has begun.

http://auschess.org.au/acf/live-games/online-dgt-room-a/

Altecman
12-12-2015, 05:39 PM
Just as an FYI, only 4 boards have connected clocks because I only have 4. CV will endeavor to find me a 5th soon.

Kevin Bonham
12-12-2015, 06:42 PM
Papin has played 3...Qb6 in the Rossolimo. I thought this line had a pretty dubious reputation so will be interesting to see how it goes.

Altecman
12-12-2015, 07:19 PM
Papin has played 3...Qb6 in the Rossolimo. I thought this line had a pretty dubious reputation so will be interesting to see how it goes.

I like white at the moment after Bc5

Kevin Bonham
12-12-2015, 07:48 PM
I like white at the moment after Bc5

I liked white more before it to be honest, but in practical terms this looks extremely hard for black to hold given the clock.

Thebes
12-12-2015, 07:52 PM
I think Morris is just not allowing him to move a piece, his position is great in my opinion.. would be hard to hold with an hour on the clock littlelone 5 minutes.

Can't see any clear win.

Kevin Bonham
12-12-2015, 07:57 PM
Only a few moves later (white to play 17) and it just looks totally winning.

Izzat might be on for a win with black, his position vs Anton looks very strong.

Thebes
12-12-2015, 07:59 PM
Yeah position looks great but I can't see a clear set plan on how to convert.

Altecman
12-12-2015, 08:26 PM
Very impressive win by Morris. Seems to be in good form!

Altecman
12-12-2015, 08:30 PM
[in response to now-deleted post - mod]

Your missing the final moves Kevin.

Thebes
12-12-2015, 08:31 PM
[ditto-mod]

thats not the game at all, he didnt resign after ba6, it continued with rxf5, exf5, gxf5, rg8, e6, dxe6, qxe6, kg7 qg6+ with qh6# coming

Kevin Bonham
12-12-2015, 08:33 PM
Your missing the final moves Kevin.

Yep, they weren't showing on my screen so I've deleted that post. Here's the correct version:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qb6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bxc6 bxc6 6.0-0 f6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Ne7 9.Be3 Qb8 10.f4 g6 11.Nb3 Bh6 12.Bc5 Bxf4 13.Rxf4 Qxf4 14.Qd3 Qh6 15.Qd6 Qg7 16.Rd1 g5 17.Nd4 Qf8 18.b4 Kf7 19.Rf1 h6 20.e5 f5 21.Ne4 Qd8 22.Nxf5 Nxf5 23.g4 Ba6 24.Rxf5+ exf5 25.gxf5 Rg8 26.e6+ dxe6 27.Qxe6+ Kg7 28.Qg6+ 1-0

Altecman
12-12-2015, 08:35 PM
Nethertheless very impressive. Tournament needs a brilliancy prize!

Altecman
12-12-2015, 08:46 PM
Izzat wins.

Altecman
12-12-2015, 09:08 PM
Cheng Wins, draw between Luke Li and Neiksans. Johansen and Illingworth still going.

Kerry Stead
12-12-2015, 09:28 PM
Round 1 results:
GM Event

1 Anton Smirnov 2463 2482 0:1 Kanan Izzat 2456 2521
2 Bobby Cheng 2419 2465 1:0 Ari Dale 2331 2354
3 Max Illingworth 2499 2597 1:0 Darryl K Johansen 2427 2463
4 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359 : Arturs Neiksans 2603
5 James Morris 2407 2461 1:0 Vasily Papin 2497 2536

IM Event

6 Christopher Wallis 2305 2371 1:0 Eugene Schon 2327 2312
7 Mirko Rujevic 2231 2271 : Eddy L Levi 2182 2247
8 Hoai Nam Nguyen 2159 2197 0:1 Richard S Jones 2403 2411
9 Karl Zelesco 2272 2340 0:1 Igor Bjelobrk 2367 2460
10 Alphaeus Wei ern Ang 2132 2182 0:1 Carl Gorka 2166 2202

Kevin Bonham
12-12-2015, 09:38 PM
Thought Darryl had scrambled the draw there which would have been very impressive, but not to be.

Position after move 56:

8/p7/8/3P3P/5kn1/1P1K4/P7/8 b - - 0 1

Black played ...Ke5 but it looks like ...Nf6 draws.

0.5/3 for three GMs is a good start for norm aspirants!

Kerry Stead
12-12-2015, 10:12 PM
GM event results & games also available on Chess Results (as well as Chess Victoria website)

http://chess-results.com/tnr199289.aspx?lan=1
http://www.chessvictoria.org.au/site/victorianchess/2015-australasian-masters

MichaelBaron
12-12-2015, 11:11 PM
Morris-Papin is clearly the game of the round! Hopefully someone will run it through computer to see if all of James's sacrifices were sound but have not seen such exciting games played by locals for a while!

SnkyImmigrant
12-12-2015, 11:44 PM
I think Morris is just not allowing him to move a piece, his position is great in my opinion.. would be hard to hold with an hour on the clock littlelone 5 minutes.

Can't see any clear win.
"In my opinion" aka Houdini shows +3

Thebes
13-12-2015, 12:22 AM
"In my opinion" aka Houdini shows +3

hahahahaha usually the case but if you have a look at the game, position was great.

Carl Gorka
13-12-2015, 08:36 AM
The GM event is amazing (http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/australasian-masters-round-1.html), great job Leonid!

There was a good feel around the MCC today :)

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2015, 09:10 AM
Morris-Papin is clearly the game of the round! Hopefully someone will run it through computer to see if all of James's sacrifices were sound but have not seen such exciting games played by locals for a while!

Stockfish sez 22.Nxf5 sound, best move and totally winning (about +4). It also says 24.Rf2 is stronger than 24.Rxf5 but that the latter is also winning (+2 after ...Kg7).

After 14.Qd3 it is currently giving 0.00 whereas before the first sac it is giving about +1. I will leave it on all day in the position after 14.Qd3 and see if it changes its mind.

Scott Crowley
13-12-2015, 09:12 AM
The GM event is amazing (http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/australasian-masters-round-1.html), great job Leonid!

There was a good feel around the MCC today :)


Was only there for the start, but totally agree.

MichaelBaron
13-12-2015, 09:51 AM
Played through all 5 games on my mobile while running on the trademill this morning. Not a single boring game! Much more fun to follow compared with following the London event where top GMs have been playing few exciting games.

Altecman
13-12-2015, 05:16 PM
Round 2 has begun.

http://auschess.org.au/acf/live-games/online-dgt-room-a/

Altecman
13-12-2015, 05:54 PM
Quick draw between Johansen and Li

MichaelBaron
13-12-2015, 06:46 PM
Quick draw between Johansen and Li

I wonder if Ian Rogers is going to say something about it :)

MichaelBaron
13-12-2015, 06:47 PM
Izzat-Papin looks very good for white right now. Black king appears to be stuck in the center!

Leonid Sandler
13-12-2015, 07:25 PM
http://www.chessdom.com/melbourne-masters-2015/

MichaelBaron
13-12-2015, 07:35 PM
Izzat-Papin - 21.Re4 what a way to continue the attack! Simple 21.Bd6 looks strong enough though.

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2015, 07:50 PM
After 14.Qd3 it is currently giving 0.00 whereas before the first sac it is giving about +1. I will leave it on all day in the position after 14.Qd3 and see if it changes its mind.

It didn't.

Izzat-Papin: I was going to say what a great move 14.Ng6 is but it is actually theory with white scoring very heavily. After 17....d3? black is in even bigger trouble than yesterday and Kanan has just played the crusher 21.Ne4 so Papin may as well resign.

MichaelBaron
13-12-2015, 08:00 PM
It didn't.

Izzat-Papin: I was going to say what a great move 14.Ng6 is but it is actually theory with white scoring very heavily. After 17....d3? black is in even bigger trouble than yesterday and Kanan has just played the crusher 21.Ne4 so Papin may as well resign.

Sadly Morris is losing I think. simple 28.g6 appears to win.

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2015, 08:27 PM
Izzat - Papin

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nf6 8.Ne5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Nbd7 11.f4 e6 12.Bd2 c5 13.0-0-0 cxd4?! 14.Ng6 Rg8 15.Nxf8 Nxf8 16.Rhe1 Qd5 17.Qa3 d3? 18.Bb4 Qc4 19.Rxd3 Qxf4+ 20.Kb1 a5 21.Ne4! Ra6 22.Bxa5 N8d7 23.Qa4 Rc6 24.Nxf6+ Qxf6 25.Red1 Nc5 26.Rd8+ Ke7 27.Rxg8 1-0

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2015, 08:39 PM
Sadly Morris is losing I think. simple 28.g6 appears to win.

30...Qd7 might have been a passive defence but looked like at least tough to crack. The knight sac seems to have been unsound.

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2015, 08:43 PM
Dale-Illingworth 0-1. A nice refutation of Ari's threat to sac his queen for mate.

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2015, 09:16 PM
Smirnov - Cheng. 29...Qe7 instead of Qg6 or Qf6 is the critical mistake.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ Nfd7 9.Nf3 a6 10.Bd3 b5 11.0-0 0-0 12.Bc2 Re8 13.Re1 Nb6 14.Kh1 Bg4 15.h3 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 N8d7 17.e5 Qh4 18.Be3 dxe5 19.f5 Bh6 20.Bxh6 Qxh6 21.Ne4 Nc4 22.Rad1 Nxb2 23.Rd2 Nc4 24.Rf2 Rf8 25.d6 Rad8 26.Bb3 gxf5 27.Qxf5 Nxd6 28.Nxd6 Qxd6 29.Rd1 Qe7 30.Bc2 f6 31.Rfd2 Nb6 32.Rxd8 Rxd8 33.Qxh7+ Qxh7 34.Rxd8+ Kg7 35.Bxh7 Kxh7 36.Rd6 Na4 37.Rxf6 a5 38.Ra6 Nc3 39.Rxa5 Kg6 40.a4 Nxa4 41.Rxb5 e4 42.Ra5 1-0

Kerry Stead
13-12-2015, 09:52 PM
Round 2 results:
GM Event

1 Kanan Izzat 2456 2521 1:0 Vasily Papin 2497 2536
2 Arturs Neiksans 2603 1:0 James Morris 2407 2461
3 Darryl K Johansen 2427 2463 : Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359
4 Ari Dale 2331 2354 0:1 Max Illingworth 2499 2597
5 Anton Smirnov 2463 2482 1:0 Bobby Cheng 2419 2465

IM Event

6 Eugene Schon 2327 2312 1:0 Carl Gorka 2166 2202
7 Igor Bjelobrk 2367 2460 1:0 Alphaeus Wei ern Ang 2132 2182
8 Richard S Jones 2403 2411 1:0 Karl Zelesco 2272 2340
9 Eddy L Levi 2182 2247 : Hoai Nam Nguyen 2159 2197
10 Christopher Wallis 2305 2371 : Mirko Rujevic 2231 2271

MichaelBaron
13-12-2015, 10:11 PM
Smirnov - Cheng. 29...Qe7 instead of Qg6 or Qf6 is the critical mistake.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ Nfd7 9.Nf3 a6 10.Bd3 b5 11.0-0 0-0 12.Bc2 Re8 13.Re1 Nb6 14.Kh1 Bg4 15.h3 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 N8d7 17.e5 Qh4 18.Be3 dxe5 19.f5 Bh6 20.Bxh6 Qxh6 21.Ne4 Nc4 22.Rad1 Nxb2 23.Rd2 Nc4 24.Rf2 Rf8 25.d6 Rad8 26.Bb3 gxf5 27.Qxf5 Nxd6 28.Nxd6 Qxd6 29.Rd1 Qe7 30.Bc2 f6 31.Rfd2 Nb6 32.Rxd8 Rxd8 33.Qxh7+ Qxh7 34.Rxd8+ Kg7 35.Bxh7 Kxh7 36.Rd6 Na4 37.Rxf6 a5 38.Ra6 Nc3 39.Rxa5 Kg6 40.a4 Nxa4 41.Rxb5 e4 42.Ra5 1-0

I thought black got good position out of the opening but then again, e5 followed up with f5 sacrificing a pawn is rather thematic.

Leonid Sandler
14-12-2015, 08:44 AM
http://www.argedrez.com.ar/ListadoPartidas.aspx?eve_id=2529

Davidflude
14-12-2015, 09:18 AM
to the administrators,

keep up the great work. great to watch the games live

Altecman
14-12-2015, 03:01 PM
Round 3 has begun

http://auschess.org.au/acf/live-games/online-dgt-room-a/

Altecman
14-12-2015, 03:01 PM
to the administrators,

keep up the great work. great to watch the games live

Thanks David

David Webster
14-12-2015, 03:17 PM
Max playing a 'Big Clamp' McShane-style as in a game he annotated here - https://www.sydneyacademyofchess.com.au/blog-post-18-03-2013-big-clamp - see the first game there.

This game is in a slightly different move order and Anton varied with 5...e6 rather than 5...d6, but I suspect the concept is the same.

EDIT: Actually now he's played c3, perhaps the other games in that blog post are more relevant.

Altecman
14-12-2015, 05:09 PM
Quick draw between the visiting GMs

MichaelBaron
14-12-2015, 05:14 PM
Max playing a 'Big Clamp' McShane-style as in a game he annotated here - https://www.sydneyacademyofchess.com.au/blog-post-18-03-2013-big-clamp - see the first game there.

This game is in a slightly different move order and Anton varied with 5...e6 rather than 5...d6, but I suspect the concept is the same.

EDIT: Actually now he's played c3, perhaps the other games in that blog post are more relevant.

Right now, black appears to be fine.
Also, In Cheng-Izzat - black is pawn up after 17 moves. Good start to the game.

MichaelBaron
14-12-2015, 05:39 PM
Right now, black appears to be fine.
Also, In Cheng-Izzat - black is pawn up after 17 moves. Good start to the game.

and now 24...Qd2 appears to be leaving white in a difficult endgame in Cheng-Izzat. If Kanan wins - will be on 3 out of 3.

And Morris-Johansen is now an easy win for Morris. Hopefully he will not stuff it up.

MichaelBaron
14-12-2015, 05:57 PM
and now 24...Qd2 appears to be leaving white in a difficult endgame in Cheng-Izzat. If Kanan wins - will be on 3 out of 3.

And Morris-Johansen is now an easy win for Morris. Hopefully he will not stuff it up.

Aaaa Qd2 proved to be miscalculation..sadly both Kanan and myself missed Nc3 :(

Kerry Stead
14-12-2015, 06:06 PM
Max playing a 'Big Clamp' McShane-style as in a game he annotated here - https://www.sydneyacademyofchess.com.au/blog-post-18-03-2013-big-clamp - see the first game there.

This game is in a slightly different move order and Anton varied with 5...e6 rather than 5...d6, but I suspect the concept is the same.

EDIT: Actually now he's played c3, perhaps the other games in that blog post are more relevant.

There's also an article about non-standard lines against the Sicilian in a recent New In Chess
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FM_Bill
14-12-2015, 07:16 PM
In Illingworth-Smirnov, the pawn sac with Nd3 was rather unusual. Black could have ignored it with say Ne7. Earlier after ...g5, fxg5 and Nf5 was interesting.

Vlad
14-12-2015, 07:55 PM
It was not a sac, it was a bad blunder after which black is easily winning.

Unfortunately, Anton first missed a simple plan with 34...Rh1 and the other rook can come to the first file. After 34...R1c2 it is equal.

The loosing move is 40...Rg4. If instead check and collect the pawn on a2, it is an easy draw as white king can't hide anywhere. Once it comes to the third file, then it is Ra3 pinning the rook, otherwise checks on a1 and a2. It the king approaches c file, then check from c8.

I presume in time trouble it is not easy to see, especially the Ra3 move.

Kerry Stead
14-12-2015, 09:03 PM
Round 3 results:
GM Event

1 Bobby Cheng 2419 2465 : Kanan Izzat 2456 2521
2 Max Illingworth 2499 2597 1:0 Anton Smirnov 2463 2482
3 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359 0:1 Ari Dale 2331 2354
4 James Morris 2407 2461 1:0 Darryl K Johansen 2427 2463
5 Vasily Papin 2497 2536 : Arturs Neiksans 2603

IM Event

6 Mirko Rujevic 2231 2271 : Eugene Schon 2327 2312
7 Hoai Nam Nguyen 2159 2197 : Christopher Wallis 2305 2371
8 Karl Zelesco 2272 2340 1:0 Eddy L Levi 2182 2247
9 Alphaeus Wei ern Ang 2132 2182 1:0 Richard S Jones 2403 2411
10 Carl Gorka 2166 2202 0:1 Igor Bjelobrk 2367 2460

Altecman
15-12-2015, 03:01 PM
Round 4 had begun

http://auschess.org.au/acf/live-games/online-dgt-room-a/

Nikolaos
15-12-2015, 04:20 PM
Morris is playing the dutch, interesting and something for a change after almost all the other queens gambit games were met by the nimzo the previous rounds....

Thebes
15-12-2015, 04:31 PM
It was also played yesterday in Cheng - Izzat

Nikolaos
15-12-2015, 04:35 PM
Oh ok i missed that thanks

MichaelBaron
15-12-2015, 07:01 PM
Morris is playing the dutch, interesting and something for a change after almost all the other queens gambit games were met by the nimzo the previous rounds....

Amazing comeback by Morris given that he dropped a pawn for nothing in the opening (at least that is how it looked like) now both players in time trouble with black having some threats on white king...but time trouble will also be a huge factor.

MichaelBaron
15-12-2015, 07:04 PM
Round 4 had begun

http://auschess.org.au/acf/live-games/online-dgt-room-a/

Unfortunately transmisson of Kannan's game against GM stopped after move 43. it appears to be a very interesting endgame with Kannan pressing hard for win (at least in that position - not sure what the position is like now and many moves have been played)

Thebes
15-12-2015, 07:05 PM
Refreshing the page always does the trick.

mine also froze on move 43 but once i refreshed the moves came.

MichaelBaron
15-12-2015, 07:06 PM
Amazing comeback by Morris given that he dropped a pawn for nothing in the opening (at least that is how it looked like) now both players in time trouble with black having some threats on white king...but time trouble will also be a huge factor.

And what an end to the battle...Dale blundered mate in 2 in the mutual time-trouble.

ER
15-12-2015, 08:17 PM
Amazing comeback by Morris ...

says it all! getting that B out of trouble, untangling his pieces, and then counter attacking with such fervor! what a champion!

Kerry Stead
15-12-2015, 08:56 PM
Round 4 results:
GM Event

1 Kanan Izzat 2456 2521 1:0 Arturs Neiksans 2603
2 Darryl K Johansen 2427 2463 : Vasily Papin 2497 2536
3 Ari Dale 2331 2354 0:1 James Morris 2407 2461
4 Anton Smirnov 2463 2482 1:0 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359
5 Bobby Cheng 2419 2465 0:1 Max Illingworth 2499 2597

IM Event

6 Eugene Schon 2327 2312 0:1 Igor Bjelobrk 2367 2460
7 Richard S Jones 2403 2411 : Carl Gorka 2166 2202
8 Eddy L Levi 2182 2247 1:0 Alphaeus Wei ern Ang 2132 2182
9 Christopher Wallis 2305 2371 1:0 Karl Zelesco 2272 2340
10 Mirko Rujevic 2231 2271 1:0 Hoai Nam Nguyen 2159 2197

MichaelBaron
15-12-2015, 10:40 PM
For those who can read Russian or simply want to see some nice photos - article about the Aus Masters that has been published on chess-news.ru just now. It's worth noting that it has up-to-date information about the event as it includes results after Rd4!

Kevin Bonham
15-12-2015, 10:44 PM
GM Norm:

Illingworth needs 2.5/5
Izzat needs 3/5
Morris needs 3.5/5
Smirnov needs 4.5/5
Cheng needs 5/5

Not impossible with the way this has started that we get more than one GM norm.

IM norm

Wallis needs 4/5
Levi needs 5/5

ER
15-12-2015, 10:58 PM
For those who can read Russian or simply want to see some nice photos - article about the Aus Masters that has been published on chess-news.ru just now. It's worth noting that it has up-to-date information about the event as it includes results after Rd4!

For a second I thought you meant Rd4 as in a chess move! :P :)

ER
15-12-2015, 11:00 PM
GM Norm:

Illingworth needs 2.5/5
Izzat needs 3/5
Morris needs 3.5/5
Smirnov needs 4.5/5
Cheng needs 5/5

Not impossible with the way this has started that we get more than one GM norm.

IM norm

Wallis needs 4/5
Levi needs 5/5

OK I tip Morris and Izzat! oops I left Max out! :) Sorry!

So my tipping is Morris, Izzat and Illingworth!

Altecman
15-12-2015, 11:04 PM
Yes for some reason move 43 always needs a refresh. Happens to everyone.

Altecman
15-12-2015, 11:08 PM
GM Norm:

Illingworth needs 2.5/5
Izzat needs 3/5
Morris needs 3.5/5
Smirnov needs 4.5/5
Cheng needs 5/5

Not impossible with the way this has started that we get more than one GM norm.

IM norm

Wallis needs 4/5
Levi needs 5/5

Izzat has been playing brilliant this year winning most events par npcc classic. Morris also has come into his own here thus far. However I think all 3 may potentially make it. Is that statistically possible?

Altecman
15-12-2015, 11:10 PM
By statistically possible I refer to the fact that illingworth Morris and izzat are yet to play each other.

ER
15-12-2015, 11:36 PM
I believe these would be the crucial games:

Round 5

1 Max Illingworth 2499 2597 : Kanan Izzat 2456
3 James Morris 2407 2461 : Anton Smirnov 2463

Round 6

1 Kanan Izzat 2456 2521 : Darryl K Johansen 2427 2463
4 Bobby Cheng 2419 2465 : James Morris 2407 2461
5 Max Illingworth 2499 2597 : Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359

Round 7

1 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359 : Kanan Izzat 2456 2521
2 James Morris 2407 2461 : Max Illingworth 2499

Round 8

1 Kanan Izzat 2456 2521 : Ari Dale 2331 2354
5 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359 : James Morris 2407 2461

Round 9

1 James Morris 2407 2461 : Kanan Izzat 2456 2521
3 Arturs Neiksans 2603 : Max Illingworth 2499 2597

Thebes
15-12-2015, 11:53 PM
Crucial for Luke Li to get his IM norm you mean?

MichaelBaron
15-12-2015, 11:58 PM
Next round is very important. If Max does not lose - his chances for the GM norm are looking very good. If Kanan loses, his chances will sadly look not so good. A potential nail biter Morris vs. Izzat is coming in the last round!

ER
16-12-2015, 12:00 AM
Crucial for Luke Li to get his IM norm you mean?

In this case, crucial for James, Max and Kanan to accumulate necessary points for their GM norms!
In other words, I have listed the opponents of my three favourites for the GM norm! :)

Thebes
16-12-2015, 12:14 AM
I was kidding Renzies, Luke is in contention for getting an IM norm.

Kevin Bonham
16-12-2015, 12:30 AM
However I think all 3 may potentially make it. Is that statistically possible?

This is mathematically possible. They need a combined 9/15 but none of them have played each other, so 12/15 is the maximum they can get between them.

Amazingly it is still mathematically possible at this stage for there to be five GM norms. It's incredibly unlikely, of course.

Nikolaos
16-12-2015, 12:43 PM
Indeed Michael that was an impressive play in the endgame by Morris

David Webster
16-12-2015, 03:09 PM
I think the names are the wrong way around on the live games website - isn't Max white?

Altecman
16-12-2015, 03:12 PM
http://auschess.org.au/acf/live-games/online-dgt-room-a/

Round 5 has begun.

Altecman
16-12-2015, 03:13 PM
I think the names are the wrong way around on the live games website - isn't Max white?

Corrected, thanks.

Thebes
16-12-2015, 04:40 PM
If max gets a norm from this event, how long does it usually take for his title to be registered by FIDE?

Agent Smith
16-12-2015, 04:42 PM
Don't put the mocker on him man.

Live with asnalysis at Chessdom too.
http://www.chessdom.com/melbourne-gm-masters-2015-live/

Houdini likes 20. ... Qb6 for Anton

Kevin Bonham
16-12-2015, 05:12 PM
If max gets a norm from this event, how long does it usually take for his title to be registered by FIDE?

Between 60 days and about 3-4 months from the submission of application. The application has to be approved by a FIDE Presidential Board meeting or Congress (these are held quarterly) and also any application is open for 60 days for public objections before being approved, even if it has already been approved by the PB.

I am not sure when the first quarter PB meeting is yet; it is usually late March or April. The 4th quarter one for 2015 has just been held.

ER
16-12-2015, 05:58 PM
James 's so good! :)
He stuffed up (as per usual) in the beginning.
Then he fought back and now I like his position.
White (James) to play move 33.
Time to start my Fritz 13! :)

Kerry Stead
16-12-2015, 07:06 PM
Round 5 results:
GM Event

1 Max Illingworth 2499 2597 : Kanan Izzat 2456 2521
2 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359 : Bobby Cheng 2419 2465
3 James Morris 2407 2461 : Anton Smirnov 2463 2482
4 Vasily Papin 2497 2536 : Ari Dale 2331 2354
5 Arturs Neiksans 2603 1:0 Darryl K Johansen 2427 2463

IM Event

6 Hoai Nam Nguyen 2159 2197 0:1 Eugene Schon 2327 2312
7 Karl Zelesco 2272 2340 1:0 Mirko Rujevic 2231 2271
8 Alphaeus Wei ern Ang 2132 2182 0:1 Christopher Wallis 2305 2371
9 Carl Gorka 2166 2202 : Eddy L Levi 2182 2247
10 Igor Bjelobrk 2367 2460 1:0 Richard S Jones 2403 2411

Kevin Bonham
16-12-2015, 07:06 PM
All drew today so:

GM Norm:

Illingworth needs 2/4
Izzat needs 2.5/4
Morris needs 3/4
Smirnov needs 4/4

...and it is still mathematically possible - but extremely unlikely - for all these four to get norms.

Among these Morris hasn't yet played Illingworth or Izzat while Smirnov has played all the other three.

Nikolaos
16-12-2015, 07:09 PM
Wow what an endgame we have with morris-smirnov, very tricky. Morris had that bishop locked with the b pawn it looked bad for black but tricky to advance those pawns, Morris had to sac the h pawn to get some play but now it ended in a draw, i thought Morris could win, he gave a chance to black by giving that b pawn by moving the bishop. Maybe Michael Baron or someone a bit more experienced than me can analyze that position, was that a draw? Could white have won? They were very low on time too....

Kevin Bonham
16-12-2015, 07:33 PM
Morris - Smirnov

1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 c5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.h4 h6 6.Bg2 Bg7 7.0-0 e5 8.a3 Nge7 9.c3 Na5 10.b4 Nb3 11.Ra2 Nxc1 12.Rxc1 cxb4 13.cxb4 0-0 14.d4 exd4 15.Rd2 Nc6 16.b5 Na5 17.Nxd4 Bxd4 18.Rxd4 Nb3 19.Rcd1 Nxd4 20.Rxd4 d6 21.Qd2 Qf6 22.Nc3 Be6 23.Rxd6 Qe5 24.Nd5 Bxd5 25.Rxd5 Qa1+ 26.Kh2 h5 27.e5 Qxa3 28.e6 Rae8 29.exf7+ Rxf7 30.Qh6 Qf8 31.Qxg6+ Qg7 32.Qxh5 Kf8 33.Rd2 Qf6 34.Qc5+ Kg7 35.Qxa7 Rh8 36.Qa4 Rh6 37.Qe4 Re7 38.Qd5 b6 39.Rd4 Qe6 40.Re4 Qxd5 41.Rxe7+ Qf7 42.Rxf7+ Kxf7 43.f4 Rd6 44.Kh3 Kf6 45.Kg4 Rd3 46.h5 Rb3 47.Bc6 Rb4 48.Be8 Re4 49.Bc6 Rb4 50.Kh4 Ra4 51.h6 Kg6 52.h7 Kxh7 53.Kg5 Kg7 54.f5 Rd4 55.g4 Kf7 56.Bb7 Rd7 57.Bc8 Rd4 58.Be6+ Ke7 59.Ba2 Rb4 60.f6+ Kf8 61.Kh5 Rxb5+ 62.g5 Rf5 63.Be6 Rf2 64.Bc4 Rf4 65.Be2 Rf2 66.Bc4 1/2-1/2

It seems the try might be don't push 52.h7 but instead play for Be8-g6 then sac the b-pawn for a winning king-side pawn roll. But whether it is winning or not in specific positions is very complex. Computer evaluations are not always useful here; for instance here is a possible position:

1r6/5PkP/6P1/8/8/2K5/1p6/1B6 w - - 0 82

Stockfish evaluates this as +2.6 but I think it's just a draw.

Vlad
16-12-2015, 07:37 PM
I would say the last chance white had a clear win was when he played 45. Kg4... If instead g4, give up b5 but make the pawns roll, it was relatively easy win.

After 45. Kg4 I would say it is equal. Maybe there is a win but it will require something very tricky...

Kevin Bonham
16-12-2015, 07:41 PM
I would say the last chance white had a clear win was when he played 45. Kg4... If instead g4, give up b5 but make the pawns roll, it was relatively easy win.

Yes this looks much easier than trying to win by the same method later.

Vlad
16-12-2015, 08:03 PM
And earlier, 43. f4... is such an appositional move. 43. Bc6 is so much more natural. The idea is that you may want to have a pawn on f3 in some positions to stop checks from the the third rank.

Somebody great said - never push your pawns without thinking, they can't move backwards. A very good example here. Anton could have played 43...Rh5 with a very similar idea.

For a few moves neither player was understanding that allowing g4 is very critical - so the assessment was jumping from a draw to a win.:)

Kevin Bonham
16-12-2015, 08:06 PM
After trying a number of lines with Stockfish, it is looking like 51.Kh3! (not Kg4 since that allows a repetition draw) wins. It is now giving over +3.5 for this move but only after repeated prodding. After the Be8-g6 idea I mentioned before, white brings the king out via g2 (or depending on line g4) to f3. If black actually takes the b-pawn then g4. If black just tries checking instead then eventually the bishop will interpose saving the b-pawn and the king-side rolls. A key point is that in this position:

8/8/1p3kB1/1P5P/1r3P2/6PK/8/8 w - - 0 54

...instead of bringing the king straight out white has Kh4! which is a sort of zugzwang.

Vlad
16-12-2015, 08:25 PM
This zugzwang is not something I can follow. I can just shuffle my rook on a4 and b4, you can't do anything. If your plan is to go to f3 or g2 why not do it immediately, what exactly the king is doing on h4?

Kevin Bonham
16-12-2015, 08:35 PM
This zugzwang is not something I can follow. I can just shuffle my rook on a4 and b4, you can't do anything. If your plan is to go to f3 or g2 why not do it immediately, what exactly the king is doing on h4?

Actually the computer now agrees that Kg2 and Kg4 straight away are easily winning as well (+4ish). Before it didn't. I think the holdup was that if Kg4 Rxb5 white doesn't have g4 because the king is there, but apparently this doesn't matter all that much; it is just an irrelevant tempo slower.

Vlad
16-12-2015, 08:50 PM
Just to see if your computer actually knows what it is talking about...:) Sometimes comps are not able to assess a drawn endgame.

So your plan is to go to e3 and interpose with Bd3 if the rook checks. Right? What about rather than checking (when bishop is still on g6), let us grab on b5 and after g4 play Rc5. Now if you decide to play g5 I am happy to exchange my rook for g and f pawns and arrive at a drawn endgame. Otherwise you will need to move your king back to h4 and I will be able to push my b pawn. So it is not so clear, is it?:)

Edit: I see that it is winning. You do not have to go to h4 but can interpose with the bishop. So this plan can be implemented immediately: Be8, Bg6, Kf3, Kf2 and Ke3. Finally g4 is to be played and nothing black can do.

MichaelBaron
16-12-2015, 11:04 PM
Wow what an endgame we have with morris-smirnov, very tricky. Morris had that bishop locked with the b pawn it looked bad for black but tricky to advance those pawns, Morris had to sac the h pawn to get some play but now it ended in a draw, i thought Morris could win, he gave a chance to black by giving that b pawn by moving the bishop. Maybe Michael Baron or someone a bit more experienced than me can analyze that position, was that a draw? Could white have won? They were very low on time too....

Could not follow the games today unfortunately. Was way too busy with work. Yea, it is quite evident that with 3 connected pawns James must have been winning. Not sure if the positional exchange sac by white was sound or not though. Way to complicated for me to assess.

MichaelBaron
16-12-2015, 11:28 PM
Papin vs. Dale game - is it only me who feels that black could have played on in the final position? not a big edge but a passed a pawn...probably white would defend comfortably but may be worth a try!

Kevin Bonham
17-12-2015, 12:33 AM
Just to see if your computer actually knows what it is talking about...:) Sometimes comps are not able to assess a drawn endgame.

So your plan is to go to e3 and interpose with Bd3 if the rook checks. Right? What about rather than checking (when bishop is still on g6), let us grab on b5 and after g4 play Rc5. Now if you decide to play g5 I am happy to exchange my rook for g and f pawns and arrive at a drawn endgame. Otherwise you will need to move your king back to h4 and I will be able to push my b pawn. So it is not so clear, is it?:)

Edit: I see that it is winning. You do not have to go to h4 but can interpose with the bishop. So this plan can be implemented immediately: Be8, Bg6, Kf3, Kf2 and Ke3. Finally g4 is to be played and nothing black can do.

The draw hazard with the rook sac is well worth watching for but the computer sees it immediately. It avoids it mainly by after ...Rc5, dropping the bishop back and then pushing h6, after which Rxg5 no longer draws.

It is indeed well worth keeping an eye on these things. Sometimes computers will say a position is, say, +7 when all they are seeing is a final Q vs P draw.

Thebes
17-12-2015, 01:39 AM
And of course the classic 2 rooks v King but pawns completely blockaded position is +10, computers do evaluate a lot of drawn endgames incorrectly purely due to the fact one side is up material.

Altecman
17-12-2015, 03:00 PM
http://auschess.org.au/acf/live-games/online-dgt-room-a/

Round 6 has begun.

MichaelBaron
17-12-2015, 03:05 PM
http://auschess.org.au/acf/live-games/online-dgt-room-a/

Round 6 has begun.

Will try to follow, got to deliver a lecture from 5 pm so won't be able to do so consistently.
This Year's event is particularly rich for sharp and exciting battles. True joy to watch. Now in Izzat-Johansen, 3 moves only have been played and things are getting interesting already.

Leonid Sandler
17-12-2015, 03:26 PM
Russian SBS Radio report is here http://http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/russian/ru/content/avstraliyskie-shahmaty-na-ustoychivom-podeme?language=ru

Altecman
17-12-2015, 03:56 PM
Izzat - Johansen. Following the game of Jack Puccini's where he beat GM at Bangkok in 19 moves.

Darryl deviated with 12...Be7. The GM against Jack took on d5 and was crushed quickly after. So maybe this is an improvement?

Jack's game was reported in by Shaun Press earlier in the year: http://chessexpress.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/2015-thailand-open-puccini-crushes-gm.html

Kevin Bonham
17-12-2015, 05:12 PM
Izzat - Johansen. Following the game of Jack Puccini's where he beat GM at Bangkok in 19 moves.

Darryl deviated with 12...Be7. The GM against Jack took on d5 and was crushed quickly after. So maybe this is an improvement?

An improvement on immediately having a very bad position, that's for sure, but this still doesn't look very pleasant. 11...Be7 appears to be a novelty with both 11...Rb8 and 11...exd5 having terrible records including multiple losses across ratings gaps of hundreds of points (Puccini-Gomez wasn't an isolated incident but was typical of 11.Nd5).

Leonid Sandler
17-12-2015, 05:58 PM
For people who would like to learn Latvian language I would recommend Arturs Neiksans excellent blog with plenty inside information and photos. http://http://arturchix.blogspot.com.au/search?updated-max=2015-11-29T14:21:00%2B02:00&max-results=7

ER
17-12-2015, 06:10 PM
For people who would like to learn Latvian language I would recommend Arturs Neiksans excellent blog with plenty inside information and photos. http://http://arturchix.blogspot.com.au/search?updated-max=2015-11-29T14:21:00%2B02:00&max-results=7

Thanks Leonid!

BTW Kanan and Max score wins!

MichaelBaron
17-12-2015, 06:11 PM
Izzat - Johansen. Following the game of Jack Puccini's where he beat GM at Bangkok in 19 moves.

Darryl deviated with 12...Be7. The GM against Jack took on d5 and was crushed quickly after. So maybe this is an improvement?

Jack's game was reported in by Shaun Press earlier in the year: http://chessexpress.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/2015-thailand-open-puccini-crushes-gm.html

Given that Jack and Kanan are friends, not a very surprising choice of opening.

ER
17-12-2015, 06:16 PM
I played this opening with White vs Kanan in the Allegro and he got away with simplifying in the ending.
I had Queen and Rook vs his Queen and Knight but he had about 15 pawns more! :P :)

Kerry Stead
17-12-2015, 07:20 PM
Round 6 results:
GM Event

1 Kanan Izzat 2456 2521 1:0 Darryl K Johansen 2427 2463
2 Ari Dale 2331 2354 0:1 Arturs Neiksans 2603
3 Anton Smirnov 2463 2482 : Vasily Papin 2497 2536
4 Bobby Cheng 2419 2465 : James Morris 2407 2461
5 Max Illingworth 2499 2597 1:0 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359

IM Event

6 Eugene Schon 2327 2312 1:0 Richard S Jones 2403 2411
7 Eddy L Levi 2182 2247 0:1 Igor Bjelobrk 2367 2460
8 Christopher Wallis 2305 2371 1:0 Carl Gorka 2166 2202
9 Mirko Rujevic 2231 2271 : Alphaeus Wei ern Ang 2132 2182
10 Hoai Nam Nguyen 2159 2197 0:1 Karl Zelesco 2272 2340

Kevin Bonham
17-12-2015, 07:28 PM
Three left in the GM norm hunt:

Illingworth needs 1/3
Izzat needs 1.5/3
Morris needs 2.5/3

...and at this stage all three could still in theory make it.

Wallis needs 2/3 for an IM norm and is black against Bjelobrk who currently has 6/6 tomorrow.

ER
18-12-2015, 09:47 AM
Three left in the GM norm hunt:

Illingworth needs 1/3
Izzat needs 1.5/3
Morris needs 2.5/3

...and at this stage all three could still in theory make it.



Round 7

1 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359 : Kanan Izzat 2456 2521
2 James Morris 2407 2461 : Max Illingworth 2499 2597

Round 8

1 Kanan Izzat 2456 2521 : Ari Dale 2331 2354
4 Max Illingworth 2499 2597 : Vasily Papin 2497 2536
5 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359 : James Morris 2407 2461

Round 9

1 James Morris 2407 2461 : Kanan Izzat 2456 2521
3 Arturs Neiksans 2603 : Max Illingworth 2499 2597

expect fireworks tonight,
tomorrow
and
the day after!!! :)

BTW I've just discovered Kerry's excellent bulletins covering both events on a daily basis!
The whole thing is so professionally organised!
Thank you all who contributed
to such a great event!

Leonid
Eddy
CV
MCC
Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia Pacific
Chess Australia
Swanston Hotel
State Government Victoria

unheralded others!

MichaelBaron
18-12-2015, 10:25 AM
Round 7

1 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359 : Kanan Izzat 2456 2521
2 James Morris 2407 2461 : Max Illingworth 2499 2597

Round 8

1 Kanan Izzat 2456 2521 : Ari Dale 2331 2354
4 Max Illingworth 2499 2597 : Vasily Papin 2497 2536
5 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359 : James Morris 2407 2461

Round 9

1 James Morris 2407 2461 : Kanan Izzat 2456 2521
3 Arturs Neiksans 2603 : Max Illingworth 2499 2597

expect fireworks tonight,
tomorrow
and
the day after!!! :)

Things are looking good for Illingworth and Kanan...if they hold their nerve ,both can have the norm comfortably. James's chances are also looking realistic. If he wins today against Max and tomorrow against Luke (and against Luke I do fancy his chances) he will need draw in the last round to get the norm...against Kanan who may possibly also need a draw or will secure his GM norm already if plays well against Luke and Ari (both strong players but Kanan can beat them if all goes well). 3 GM norms in a single event is becoming a reality! Needless to say Morris-Illingworth is very important!

ER
18-12-2015, 10:33 AM
Also note that Max has to play both GMs in the penultimate and final rounds.
Our visitors haven't produced the expected goods yet, but GM Arturs Neiksans
has started firing even belatedly!
I expect GM Vasily Papin to find some form sooner rather than later!

ER
18-12-2015, 10:55 AM
I was kidding Renzies, Luke is in contention for getting an IM norm.

You naughty boy! :)

Tony Dowden
18-12-2015, 10:58 AM
Since we are making predictions: I reckon Max and Kanan are odds-on to get GM norms with a round to spare (what an amazing outcome that would be!) but I think both James (GM norm) and Chris (IM norm) only have slight chances.

ER
18-12-2015, 12:06 PM
Since we are making predictions: I reckon Max and Kanan are odds-on to get GM norms with a round to spare (what an amazing outcome that would be!) but I think both James (GM norm) and Chris (IM norm) only have slight chances.

I believe in James' tenacity, will power and talent! With his back on the wall he will fight mercilessly to get those points!

MichaelBaron
18-12-2015, 03:44 PM
Since we are making predictions: I reckon Max and Kanan are odds-on to get GM norms with a round to spare (what an amazing outcome that would be!) but I think both James (GM norm) and Chris (IM norm) only have slight chances.

2/3 against such field would be a reasonable score by Chris rather than a sensational one. As for James - he usually plays either very well or very badly. If he continues to play very well that 2.5/3 could be a reasonable expectation as well (but I must agree that all it would take for him to have his dreams shattered is one blunder)

MichaelBaron
18-12-2015, 04:14 PM
Kanan's opening looks extremely strange. Hopefully his opponent will not punish him for such carelessness. James played opening against Illingworth surprisingly passively.

ER
18-12-2015, 06:56 PM
2/3 against such field would be a reasonable score by Chris ...

Chris?

Thebes
18-12-2015, 07:02 PM
Chris?

Christoper Wallis in the IM event.

ER
18-12-2015, 07:07 PM
Christoper Wallis in the IM event.

Oh ok thanks!
James just resigned btw!

Thebes
18-12-2015, 07:08 PM
Congratulations to Max Illingworth, Australia's 5th GM.

Kevin Bonham
18-12-2015, 07:08 PM
Max has won with Black against James and is GM-elect with two rounds to spare!
Kanan needs 0.5/2.

MichaelBaron
18-12-2015, 07:09 PM
Sadly, things did not go well for James. Max eventually prevailed (he missed mate in 1 on the final move of the game but position was too strong anyway). Great fighting effort by James though. On a positive side, Kanan not only survived but won! Therefore, his IM norm is also looking quite secure (he needs 0.5/2)

Scott Crowley
18-12-2015, 07:10 PM
Congratulations to Max Illingworth, Australia's 6th GM.

Congrats Max! Well done and most deserved.

Kerry Stead
18-12-2015, 07:16 PM
Round 7 results:
GM Event

1 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359 0:1 Kanan Izzat 2456 2521
2 James Morris 2407 2461 0:1 Max Illingworth 2499 2597
3 Vasily Papin 2497 2536 : Bobby Cheng 2419 2465
4 Arturs Neiksans 2603 1:0 Anton Smirnov 2463 2482
5 Darryl K Johansen 2427 2463 : Ari Dale 2331 2354

IM Event

6 Karl Zelesco 2272 2340 : Eugene Schon 2327 2312
7 Alphaeus Wei ern Ang 2132 2182 1:0 Hoai Nam Nguyen 2159 2197
8 Carl Gorka 2166 2202 0:1 Mirko Rujevic 2231 2271
9 Igor Bjelobrk 2367 2460 1:0 Christopher Wallis 2305 2371
10 Richard S Jones 2403 2411 : Eddy L Levi 2182 2247

ER
18-12-2015, 07:16 PM
Congrats Max! Well done and most deserved.

Ditto! a lifetime's goal has been achieved. Mrs Illingworth you have every right to be proud of your son! Max, congratulations! :clap: :clap:
James, you fought bravely, your time will come sooner rather than later! :clap:

Kevin Bonham
18-12-2015, 07:32 PM
How about Igor in the IM tournament? 7/7, amazing! But not good news for norm-hunters who would probably rather play the GMs in the GM tournament instead of him!

Chris needs to beat Jones with white and Levi with black.

pax
18-12-2015, 07:46 PM
Max has won with Black against James and is GM-elect with two rounds to spare!
Kanan needs 0.5/2.

What a crushing performance from both Max and Kanan. GM quality without doubt, especially considering the youth and strength of the field.

jammo
18-12-2015, 07:48 PM
Congratulations to Max Illingworth, Australia's 5th GM.

Do we have to do this again..... sixth GM!

Tony Dowden
18-12-2015, 07:49 PM
... [Max] missed mate in 1 on the final move of the game but position was too strong anyway...
Strange comment given that mate in 2 was forced. (If you see a forced mate just play it).

Tony Dowden
18-12-2015, 07:51 PM
Do we have to do this again..... sixth GM!

So, are you counting the late Walter Shaun Browne?

jammo
18-12-2015, 07:52 PM
Sadly, things did not go well for James. Max eventually prevailed (he missed mate in 1 on the final move of the game but position was too strong anyway). Great fighting effort by James though. On a positive side, Kanan not only survived but won! Therefore, his IM norm is also looking quite secure (he needs 0.5/2)

I have to agree. His IM norm must be the most secure IM Norm in the history of chess. Let's hope his GM norm follows shortly.....

Kevin Bonham
18-12-2015, 07:56 PM
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.d4 Bb4 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.e3 0-0 10.Be2 Be6 11.0-0 a6 12.Rfc1 Bd6 13.Qd1 Ne7 14.Na4 b6 15.b4 Rfb8 16.Qb3 g5 17.Nb2 g4 18.Ne5 Bxe5 19.dxe5 Qxe5 20.Nd3 Qg7 21.Qd1 c6 22.Nf4 Kh8 23.g3 Rg8 24.a4 Bc8 25.a5 b5 26.Ra2 Bf5 27.Bd3 Bd7 28.Rd2 f5 29.Bb1 Rad8 30.Rd4 Qf6 31.h3 gxh3 32.Qh5 Rg4 33.Qxh3 Rdg8 34.Kf1 Nc8 35.Kg2 Nd6 36.Rh1 Nf7 37.Bd3 Rf8 38.Be2 Rgg8 39.Nd3 Rd8 40.Nc5 Bc8 41.Qh5 Rd6 42.Rf4 Rg5 43.Qh4 Kg8 44.Bh5 Ne5 45.Rd1 Nd7 46.e4 Ne5 47.exf5 Rxf5 48.Rxf5 Qxf5 49.Re1 Rf6 50.f4 Ng6 51.Re8+ Kg7 52.Bxg6 Kxg6 53.Re2 d4 54.Ne4 Rf8 55.Qe7 Be6 56.Kf2 Bd5 57.Qd6+ Kg7 58.Nc5 Rf6 59.Qe7+ Bf7 60.Nd7 Rg6 61.Qf8+ Kh7 62.Ne5 Rg7 63.Rd2 Qh3 64.Rd3 Bc4 65.Rf3 Qh2+ 0-1

Hard-fought game that could have gone any way. Unfortunately for James just a blunder with 63.Rd2?? when after 63.Nxf7 he would soon have recovered the pawn with a better position. After 63...Qh3 there is no time to take the bishop any more as white is mated.

Kevin Bonham
18-12-2015, 08:07 PM
The other point here is that 65.Nxc4 is no good as after bxc4 the rook must stay on the rank to protect g3 (in fact it has to go to f3) and black wins the ending easily.

StokesyRedcliff
18-12-2015, 08:21 PM
A big big congratulations to Max for grabbing the coveted 3rd GM norm and of course the big big GM title! I can see the big big smile on Mrs Illingworth's face right now all the way from Queensland!
Let's hope Queensland's Moulthun Ly soon does a MAX too! I predict Moulthun will join Max as a GM sometime in 2016!

SnkyImmigrant
18-12-2015, 09:04 PM
Congratulations to Max for achieving his GM title! Sad to see James Morris missing out on norm, he demonstrated GM quality chess in this tournament too and was well deserved to achieve it.

Altecman
18-12-2015, 09:28 PM
Well done max.
James will have many more chances will his ability.

mishahu
18-12-2015, 09:50 PM
Congratulations Max on achieving the title of Grandmaster. While most knew it was sure to come, it's wonderful now to see your efforts come to fruition.

MichaelBaron
18-12-2015, 10:05 PM
I have to agree. His IM norm must be the most secure IM Norm in the history of chess. Let's hope his GM norm follows shortly.....

Just a typo. Glad it gave you something to write about. In old age, keeping busy is important :)

Leonid Sandler
19-12-2015, 07:53 AM
http://https://www.fide.com/component/content/article/4-tournaments/9291-australian-summer-of-chess.html

Leonid Sandler
19-12-2015, 07:59 AM
http://chess-news.ru/node/20642

Adamski
19-12-2015, 08:12 AM
http://https://www.fide.com/component/content/article/4-tournaments/9291-australian-summer-of-chess.htmlGood link, Leonid! Works with http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/4-tournaments/9291-australian-summer-of-chess.html
Well done mate with this tournament!!

MichaelBaron
19-12-2015, 09:39 AM
Well done mate with this tournament!!

:).
Long time no thank you or well done :).

For those who are contemplating to come to MCC tonight to watch the Masters - do note that MCC is air-conditioned so you will not melt along with the GMs.

Carl Gorka
19-12-2015, 11:14 AM
Congratualtions to Max Illingworth on his final norm. (http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/a-new-grandmaster.html)

Leonid Sandler
19-12-2015, 12:41 PM
http://extratime.echo.az/article.php?aid=322199

Kerry Stead
19-12-2015, 05:22 PM
IM Igor Bjelobrk has secured outright first place in the IM event after drawing his round 8 game with Mirko Rujevic.

Altecman
19-12-2015, 05:37 PM
Round 8 is live.

http://auschess.org.au/acf/live-games/online-dgt-room-a/

Altecman
19-12-2015, 06:58 PM
Quick draw between Illingworth and Papin

Altecman
19-12-2015, 09:13 PM
Izzat makes GM norm

MichaelBaron
19-12-2015, 09:18 PM
Very impressive resolve by Kanan! He could have opted for quick draw to secure his GM norm but he played on and won convinsingly. Also, surprised that Darry exchanged rooks in a rook endgame (totally lost position for him anyway though) to go into a K&pawn endgame that is even easier for white to win.

Nikolaos
19-12-2015, 10:49 PM
We are going for the longest game in the history lol. we past the 150 move mark now between Neiksans and Cheng!

Kerry Stead
19-12-2015, 10:58 PM
Round 8 results:
GM Event

1 Kanan Izzat 2456 2521 1:0 Ari Dale 2331 2354
2 Anton Smirnov 2463 2482 1:0 Darryl K Johansen 2427 2463
3 Bobby Cheng 2419 2465 : Arturs Neiksans 2603
4 Max Illingworth 2499 2597 : Vasily Papin 2497 2536
5 Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359 0:1 James Morris 2407 2461

IM Event

6 Eugene Schon 2327 2312 1:0 Eddy L Levi 2182 2247
7 Christopher Wallis 2305 2371 : Richard S Jones 2403 2411
8 Mirko Rujevic 2231 2271 : Igor Bjelobrk 2367 2460
9 Hoai Nam Nguyen 2159 2197 1:0 Carl Gorka 2166 2202
10 Karl Zelesco 2272 2340 1:0 Alphaeus Wei ern Ang 2132 2182

Kevin Bonham
20-12-2015, 12:50 AM
Congrats to Kanan on the norm; his play has been very impressive.

Kevin Bonham
20-12-2015, 01:00 AM
The whopper: Cheng - Neiksans. As noted by Vlad in the shoutbox 131...Bd5 threw the win away (...f2); earlier Bobby had been winning.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 c6 4.c4 Bf5 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.d3 e6 7.Be3 Qb4+ 8.Nc3 Nbd7 9.Nd4 dxc4 10.Qxc4 Qxc4 11.dxc4 Bg6 12.0-0 Ng4 13.Bc1 0-0-0 14.b3 Nde5 15.Nf3 Bb4 16.Na4 Nxf3+ 17.Bxf3 Ne5 18.Bg2 f6 19.f4 Ng4 20.h3 Nh6 21.g4 Kc7 22.e4 Bd2 23.Bb2 Be3+ 24.Kh1 Bd4 25.Rad1 Bxb2 26.Nxb2 e5 27.f5 Bf7 28.Kh2 Rhe8 29.Kg3 Bg8 30.h4 Nf7 31.Kf2 b6 32.Bf3 h6 33.Rg1 Rd6 34.Ke3 Rxd1 35.Nxd1 Kd6 36.Nf2 Ke7 37.Nh3 Nd6 38.g5 hxg5 39.hxg5 Bf7 40.g6 Rh8 41.Nf2 Be8 42.Rh1 Rxh1 43.Nxh1 c5 44.Ng3 Nb7 45.Be2 Na5 46.Kd2 Nc6 47.Kc3 Nd4 48.Bd3 Bc6 49.a3 Nf3 50.b4 Nd4 51.Kb2 Ba4 52.Kc3 Bd1 53.b5 Kd6 54.Kd2 Bf3 55.Nf1 Bh5 56.Ne3 Nf3+ 57.Kc3 Nd4 58.Nd5 Kd7 59.Bc2 Ke8 60.Bd3 Bf3 61.Kd2 Bh5 62.Bc2 Bf3 63.Nc3 Bg2 64.Bd3 Bf3 65.Ke3 Bg4 66.Kd2 Bf3 67.Bc2 Bg2 68.a4 Kd7 69.Bb1 Ke8 70.Bd3 Kd7 71.Be2 Ke8 72.Ke3 Kd7 73.Kf2 Bh1 74.Bd1 Ke8 75.Ke3 Bg2 76.Be2 Bh1 77.Bd3 Kd7 78.Bb1 Bf3 79.Bd3 Bg4 80.Kd2 Ke8 81.Kc1 Kd7 82.Kb2 Bh5 83.Ka3 Kc7 84.a5 bxa5 85.Ka4 Kb6 86.Nd5+ Kb7 87.Nc3 Kb6 88.Ka3 Kc7 89.Nd5+ Kb7 90.Kb2 Kc8 91.Nc3 Kc7 92.Ka3 Kd7 93.Ka4 Kc7 94.Kxa5 Kb7 95.Ka4 Kb6 96.Nd5+ Kb7 97.Ka3 Kc8 98.Kb2 Kd7 99.Kc1 Ke8 100.Kd2 Kd7 101.Bc2 Nf3+ 102.Ke3 Ng5 103.Ba4 Kd6 104.Nc3 Bf3 105.Bd1 Bg2 106.Be2 Ke7 107.Bd3 Bf3 108.Kd2 Kd6 109.Kc2 Bh5 110.Kb3 Kc7 111.Ka4 Kb6 112.Nd5+ Kb7 113.Ka5 Nh3 114.Nc3 Nf4 115.Bf1 Bf3 116.Na4 Kc7 117.Nxc5 Kd6 118.Kb4 Bh1 119.Nb7+ Kc7 120.Nc5 Kd6 121.Ne6 Nxe6 122.fxe6 Bxe4 123.c5+ Kxe6 124.Ka5 Kd5 125.Kb4 Ke6 126.Ka5 Kd5 127.Kb4 f5 128.Bc4+ Kd4 129.c6 f4 130.Be6 f3 131.Bh3 Bd5 132.c7 Bb7 133.b6 axb6 134.Kb5 f2 135.Kxb6 Bc8 136.Bxc8 f1=Q 137.Bb7 Qb1+ 138.Ka7 Qxg6 139.c8=Q e4 140.Qc2 Qg4 141.Qd2+ Ke5 142.Qd5+ Kf6 143.Qd4+ Kg5 144.Bxe4 g6 145.Qe5+ Kh6 146.Kb6 Qd7 147.Qf6 Qe8 148.Bd5 Qb8+ 149.Kc5 Qa7+ 150.Kb5 Qd7+ 151.Kc5 Qa7+ 152.Kb4 Qb8+ 153.Kc4 Qc8+ 154.Kd4 Qf5 155.Qh4+ Kg7 156.Qe7+ Kh6 157.Qe3+ Kg7 158.Be6 Qf6+ 159.Kc4 Qa1 160.Bd5 Qa2+ 161.Qb3 Qxb3+ 162.Kxb3 Kf6 163.Kc4 Ke5 164.Bg2 g5 165.Kd3 Kf4 166.Ke2 Kg3 167.Bf3 g4 168.Bxg4 1/2-1/2

Scott Crowley
20-12-2015, 07:14 AM
Congrats to Kanan and Max. 2 GM norms from the one event is excellent.

Well done to Leonid for getting this up and running again, it is really proving to be an wonderful opportunity for those players aiming for norms and titles.

Leonid Sandler
20-12-2015, 07:17 AM
http://chess-news.ru/node/20645

Leonid Sandler
20-12-2015, 01:21 PM
Congratulations to both Max and Kanan for scoring GM Norm.It is official now!! As they opponents showed up to play in the last round:owned:

MichaelBaron
20-12-2015, 01:28 PM
Lets see what will happen in Johansen-Cheng. Will they fight out a sharp Benoni or will it be a quick draw?

Tony Dowden
20-12-2015, 01:29 PM
Since we are making predictions: I reckon Max and Kanan are odds-on to get GM norms with a round to spare (what an amazing outcome that would be!) but I think both James (GM norm) and Chris (IM norm) only have slight chances.

It wan't that hard to predict after Rd 6 but, yep, on the money!

Kevin Bonham
20-12-2015, 01:31 PM
Congratulations to both Max and Kanan for scoring GM Norm.It is official now!! As they opponents showed up to play in the last round:owned:

Yes, technically Max needed his opponent to show up today for his norm to be valid as otherwise he would not have played 3 GMs.

For Kanan, had James not shown up today then he could still have received an 8-game norm under rule 1.41c, which would have meant he'd need a 10+ game norm as one of his other two.

Bereaved
20-12-2015, 02:03 PM
I find this conjecture that some players would not arrive to play round 9 odd,

Take care and God Bless, Bereaved

Kevin Bonham
20-12-2015, 02:26 PM
I find this conjecture that some players would not arrive to play round 9 odd,

I'm sure Leonid isn't being serious in suggesting it was a real risk. :lol: That said, when I put in Justin Tan's IM application, one of his norms was from a 6-player double round robin where his opponent had forfeited the last game. That meant Justin only received a 9-game norm rather than a 10-game norm, which fortunately didn't matter.

Adamski
20-12-2015, 02:31 PM
Well done also to Kanan and Igor. Along with Max 3 terrific performances over the 2 events.

MichaelBaron
20-12-2015, 02:34 PM
Interesting fight on board 1, looks like Max outprepared his GM opponent. After move 20 black appears to be doing very well (at least according to me :)).

MichaelBaron
20-12-2015, 02:37 PM
Well done also to Kanan and Igor. Along with Max 3 terrific performances over the 2 events.

That is well done number 2 for the same event (correct me if I am wrong). In this case, lets once again thank the tournament organizers, Melbourne Chess club, chess sets and chess clocks. Also thank other participants, spectators, and the Australian government that allowed the event to take place on our soil. To make sure all have been thanked, big thank you goes to UN.

Igor_Goldenberg
20-12-2015, 03:09 PM
GM norm with a round to spare is an outstanding achievement.
But with two rounds to spare is absolutely phenomenal.

Tony Dowden
20-12-2015, 03:56 PM
I find this conjecture that some players would not arrive to play round 9 odd ...

But conjecture is the life-blood of posting ;)

Vlad
20-12-2015, 04:09 PM
It is relatively common in Europe that GMs/IMs blackmail norm aspirants... But it is pretty much unheard of here in Australia...

MichaelBaron
20-12-2015, 04:24 PM
Johansen-Cheng Transmission appears to be down :(. Tried the reloading trick but it does not seem to work.

Tony Dowden
20-12-2015, 04:26 PM
That is well done number 2 for the same event (correct me if I am wrong). In this case, lets once again thank the tournament organizers, Melbourne Chess club, chess sets and chess clocks. Also thank other participants, spectators, and the Australian government that allowed the event to take place on our soil. To make sure all have been thanked, big thank you goes to UN.

I'm glad someone is doing some thanking. Well done all concerned.

Vlad
20-12-2015, 04:40 PM
The one who clearly needs to be thanked is Leonid! The third time (GM event) is lucky...:)

Vlad
20-12-2015, 05:03 PM
It is pity Darryal missed 48 Ne7! He had a nice mate trap...

Kerry Stead
20-12-2015, 05:03 PM
Round 9 results:
GM Event

1 James Morris 2407 2461 : Kanan Izzat 2456 2521
2 Vasily Papin 2497 2536 : Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359
3 Arturs Neiksans 2603 1:0 Max Illingworth 2499 2597
4 Darryl K Johansen 2427 2463 : Bobby Cheng 2419 2465
5 Ari Dale 2331 2354 0:1 Anton Smirnov 2463 2482

IM Event

6 Alphaeus Wei ern Ang 2132 2182 : Eugene Schon 2327 2312
7 Carl Gorka 2166 2202 : Karl Zelesco 2272 2340
8 Igor Bjelobrk 2367 2460 1:0 Hoai Nam Nguyen 2159 2197
9 Richard S Jones 2403 2411 1:0 Mirko Rujevic 2231 2271
10 Eddy L Levi 2182 2247 1:0 Christopher Wallis 2305 2371

kibitzer
20-12-2015, 05:17 PM
It is relatively common in Europe that GMs/IMs blackmail norm aspirants... But it is pretty much unheard of here in Australia...

Do you mean they make them pay to turn up Vlad?

Bereaved
20-12-2015, 05:47 PM
GM Norm Results
Standings
Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Score
1 Kanan Izzat OS 2456 2521 7.5
2 Max Illingworth NSW 2499 2597 7
3 Arturs Neiksans OS 2603 6.5
4 James Morris VIC 2407 2461 5.5
5 Anton Smirnov NSW 2463 2482 5
6 Bobby Cheng VIC 2419 2465 4
7 Vasily Papin OS 2497 2536 3.5
8-10 Zuhao (Luke) Li OS 2332 2359 2
Darryl K Johansen VIC 2427 2463 2
Ari Dale VIC 2331 2354 2


Cross Table
No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1. Anton Smirnov 2463 2482 5 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
2. Bobby Cheng 2419 2465 4 0 * 0 1
3. Max Illingworth 2499 2597 7 1 1 * 1 1 0 1 1
4. Zuhao (Luke) Li 2332 2359 2 0 0 * 0 0 0
5. James Morris 2407 2461 5.5 0 1 * 1 0 1 1
6. Vasily Papin 2497 2536 3.5 0 * 0
7. Arturs Neiksans 2603 6.5 1 1 1 * 1 1 0
8. Darryl K Johansen 2427 2463 2 0 0 0 0 * 0
9. Ari Dale 2331 2354 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 0
10. Kanan Izzat 2456 2521 7.5 1 1 1 1 1 1 *

Take care and God Bless, Bereaved

Bereaved
20-12-2015, 05:48 PM
IM Norm Results
Standings
Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Score
1 Igor Bjelobrk NSW 2367 2460 8.5
2-3 Christopher Wallis VIC 2305 2371 5.5
Eugene Schon VIC 2327 2312 5.5
4 Karl Zelesco VIC 2272 2340 5
5-6 Mirko Rujevic VIC 2231 2271 4.5
Richard S Jones OS 2403 2411 4.5
7 Eddy L Levi VIC 2182 2247 4
8 Alphaeus Wei ern Ang OS 2132 2182 3
9 Carl Gorka VIC 2166 2202 2.5
10 Hoai Nam Nguyen OS 2159 2197 2


Cross Table
No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1. Christopher Wallis 2305 2371 5.5 * 1 1 1 0 0 1
2. Mirko Rujevic 2231 2271 4.5 * 1 0 1 0
3. Hoai Nam Nguyen 2159 2197 2 0 * 0 0 1 0 0 0
4. Karl Zelesco 2272 2340 5 0 1 1 * 1 0 0 1
5. Alphaeus Wei ern Ang 2132 2182 3 0 1 0 * 0 0 1 0
6. Carl Gorka 2166 2202 2.5 0 0 0 1 * 0 0
7. Igor Bjelobrk 2367 2460 8.5 1 1 1 1 1 * 1 1 1
8. Richard S Jones 2403 2411 4.5 1 1 1 0 0 * 0
9. Eddy L Levi 2182 2247 4 1 0 1 0 * 0
10. Eugene Schon 2327 2312 5.5 0 1 1 0 1 1 *

Take care and God Bless, Bereaved

Tony Dowden
20-12-2015, 05:53 PM
It is pity Darryl missed 48 Ne7! He had a nice mate trap...

Can't Black defend with 48...Nxd3 (covering the would-be mating square of f2)?

Tony Dowden
20-12-2015, 05:55 PM
The one who clearly needs to be thanked is Leonid! The third time (GM event) is lucky...:)

True, Leonid cracked the winning formula this time!

Bereaved
20-12-2015, 06:01 PM
Also seeing I cannot see it mentioned anywhere else, congratulations to Kanan Izzat on his first place in the GM norm event!! 7.5/9 (+6,=3,-0). Fantastic effort!!

And exceptionally well done also to Igor Bjelobrk on his complete domination of the IM norm event with 8.5/9 (+8,=1,-0) winning the event by a massive 3 point margin!!

Take care and God Bless, Bereaved

Kevin Bonham
20-12-2015, 07:31 PM
I get true performance ratings for the two winners as 2734 for Kanan Izzat and 2753 for Igor Bjelobrk.

Vlad
20-12-2015, 07:56 PM
Yes, whatever is tangible. If Max's opponent did not show up then Max would not get a norm and would not become a GM. How much is it worth to Max? At least a trip to Europe. So he would be happy to pay at least 1000 dollars.

Of course, it is more common in open events rather than invited round-robins.

Agent Smith
20-12-2015, 08:11 PM
Congrats on a great tournament Leonid and Max, and Darryl for making up the third GM. Anton's rating is getting up there .. though just a couple of points this time.

2015 Australasian Masters GM Norm Event
Melbourne Chess Club, 2015.12.12 - 2015.12.20
Average Rating: 2443 (Category 8)


Rtng Age Nat Score (Tie) I I N M S C P L J D Perf Chg
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1: Izzat, Kanan 2456 19 AZE 7.5 / 9 29.25 X = 1 = 1 = 1 1 1 1 2715 +28 (+6 -0 =3)
2: Illingworth, Max 2499 23 AUS 7.0 / 9 26.00 = X 0 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 2657 +17 (+6 -1 =2)
3: Neiksans, Arturs 2603 32 LAT 6.5 / 9 26.25 0 1 X 1 1 = = = 1 1 2591 -2 (+5 -1 =3)
4: Morris, James 2407 21 AUS 5.5 / 9 17.75 = 0 0 X = = 1 1 1 1 2527 +15 (+4 -2 =3)
5: Smirnov, Anton 2463 14 AUS 5.0 / 9 14.50 0 0 0 = X 1 = 1 1 1 2484 +2 (+4 -3 =2)
6: Cheng, Bobby 2419 18 AUS 4.0 / 9 15.50 = 0 = = 0 X = = = 1 2403 -2 (+1 -2 =6)
7: Papin, Vasily 2497 27 RUS 3.5 / 9 14.25 0 = = 0 = = X = = = 2357 -18 (+0 -2 =7)
8: Li, Luke 2332 18 NZL 2.0 / 9 8.00 0 0 = 0 0 = = X = 0 2235 -10 (+0 -5 =4)
9: Johansen, Darryl 2427 56 AUS 2.0 / 9 5.75 0 0 0 0 0 = = = X = 2225 -23 (+0 -5 =4)
10: Dale, Ari 2331 17 AUS 2.0 / 9 4.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 = X 2235 -10 (+1 -6 =2)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
45 games: +17 -10 =18

[Event "2015 Australasian Masters GM Norm Event"]
[Site "Melbourne Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.12.17"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Illingworth, Max"]
[Black "Li, Luke"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2499"]
[BlackElo "2332"]
[ECO "A06"]
[EventDate "2015.12.12"]
[Board "5"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "AUS"]
[Annotator "Critter 1.6a 64-bit , Critter 1.6a 64-bit"]
[Depth "17 , 16"]

1. g3 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Nbd7 {[% +0.23] Last book move (Performance)} 5. c4 {[% +0.26]} 5. ... dxc4 {[% +0.21]} 6. Qa4 {[% +0.00]} 6. ... a6 {[% +0.03]} 7. Qxc4 {[% +0.03]} 7. ... b5 {[% +0.06]} 8. Qc2 {[% +0.01]} 8. ... Bb7 {[% +0.03]} 9. Nc3 {[% +0.00]} 9. ... Be7 {[% +0.12]} 10. a4 {[% +0.12]} 10. ... b4 {[% +0.14]} 11. Nb1 {[% -0.07]} 11. ... Nc5 {[% +0.28]} 12. d3 {[% +0.32]} 12. ... Bd5 {[% +0.42]} 13. Nbd2 {[% +0.35]} 13. ... b3 {[% +0.44]} 14. Qc3 {[% +0.53]} 14. ... Rb8 {[% +0.53]} 15. Nc4 {[% +0.44]} 15. ... O-O {[% +0.35]} 16. Be3 {[% +0.24]} 16. ... Ba8 {[% +0.67]} 17. Qa5 {[% +0.64]} 17. ... Nb7 {[% +1.00]} 18. Qxa6 {[% +0.94]} 18. ... Nd5 {[% +1.12]} 19. Ba7 {[% +1.12]} 19. ... Rc8 {[% +1.12]} 20. Nd4 {[% +1.00]} 20. ... Nb4 {[% +1.86]} 21. Qb5 {[% +1.84]} 21. ... c6 {[% +2.00]} 22. Qh5 {[% +1.41]} 22. ... g6 {[% +1.46]} 23. Qh3 {[% +1.26]} 23. ... Bc5 {[% +1.26]} 24. Nxe6 {[% +1.40]} 24. ... fxe6 {[% +1.40]} 25. Qxe6+ {[% +1.40]} 25. ... Rf7 {[% +1.32]} 26. Ne5 {[% +1.36]} 26. ... Qe8 {[% +1.45]} 27. Bh3 {[% +0.76]} 27. ... Bxa7 {[% +0.70]} 28. Nxf7 {[% +0.62]} 28. ... Qxe6 {[% +0.67]} 29. Bxe6 {[% +0.67]} 29. ... Re8 {[% +0.67]} 30. Ng5+ {[% +0.67]} 30. ... Kg7 {[% +0.67]} 31. Bxb3 {[% +0.76]} 31. ... Rxe2 {[% +0.76]} 32. Ne6+ {[% +0.62]} 32. ... Kf6 {[% +0.71]} 33. Nc7 {[% +0.70]} 33. ... Nc5 {[% +1.16]} 34. Bd1 {[% +0.73]} 34. ... Rxb2 {[% +0.81]} 35. Nxa8 {[% +0.64]} 35. ... Ncxd3 {[% +0.81]} 36. a5 $201 {[% +0.81]} 36. ... Ke5 $2 $16 {+2.61 / +0.81}
( 36. ... Bxf2+ 37. Kh1 Nd5 38. Bf3 Ne3 39. Rfb1 Rd2 40. Ra3 Ne5 41. Ra4 Kg5 42. Rf4 $14 )
37. Nb6 {[% +2.58]} 37. ... Kd4 {[% +3.32]}
( 37. ... Kd4 { 16:+3.32} 38. Bf3 Rd2 39. Nc8 Bc5 40. a6 Nxf2 41. a7 Nh3+ 42. Kh1 Bxa7 43. Rxa7 Nf2+ )
1-0


[Event "2015 Australasian Masters GM Norm Event"]
[Site "Melbourne Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.12.18"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Morris, James"]
[Black "Illingworth, Max"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2407"]
[BlackElo "2499"]
[ECO "D38"]
[EventDate "2015.12.12"]
[Board "2"]
[PlyCount "130"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "AUS"]
[Annotator "Critter 1.6a 64-bit"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. d4 Bb4 5. Qa4+ Nc6 6. cxd5 {[%eval -0.03] Move out of book (Performance: e3 58% Bg5 20% Ne5 13% Bd2 8%)} 6. ... exd5 {[%eval -0.03]} 7. Bg5 {[%eval -0.21]} 7. ... h6 {[%eval -0.05]} 8. Bxf6 {[%eval -0.06]} 8. ... Qxf6 {[%eval -0.06]} 9. e3 {[%eval -0.09]} 9. ... O-O {[%eval -0.03]} 10. Be2 {[%eval +0.00]} 10. ... Be6 {[%eval -0.03]} 11. O-O {[%eval +0.00]} 11. ... a6 {[%eval -0.01]} 12. Rfc1 {[%eval -0.18]} 12. ... Bd6 {[%eval -0.16]} 13. Qd1 {[%eval -0.14]} 13. ... Ne7 {[%eval -0.11]} 14. Na4 {[%eval -0.15]} 14. ... b6 {[%eval -0.21]} 15. b4 {[%eval -0.11]} 15. ... Rfb8 {[%eval -0.08]} 16. Qb3 {[%eval -0.34]} 16. ... g5 {[%eval -0.05]} 17. Nb2 {[%eval -0.84]} 17. ... g4 {[%eval -0.33]} 18. Ne5 {[%eval -0.32]} 18. ... Bxe5 {[%eval -0.01]} 19. dxe5 {[%eval -0.01]} 19. ... Qxe5 {[%eval -0.01]} 20. Nd3 {[%eval -0.10]} 20. ... Qg7 {[%eval -0.13]} 21. Qd1 {[%eval -0.12]} 21. ... c6 {[%eval -0.20]} 22. Nf4 {[%eval -0.03]} 22. ... Kh8 {[%eval +0.12]} 23. g3 {[%eval -0.01]} 23. ... Rg8 {[%eval +0.04]} 24. a4 {[%eval +0.03]} 24. ... Bc8 {[%eval +0.32]} 25. a5 {[%eval +0.19]} 25. ... b5 {[%eval +0.21]} 26. Ra2 {[%eval +0.17]} 26. ... Bf5 {[%eval +0.15]} 27. Bd3 {[%eval +0.15]} 27. ... Bd7 {[%eval +0.27]} 28. Rd2 {[%eval +0.25]} 28. ... f5 {[%eval +0.30]} 29. Bb1 {[%eval +0.07]} 29. ... Rad8 {[%eval +0.42]} 30. Rd4 {[%eval +0.17]} 30. ... Qf6 {[%eval +0.45]} 31. h3 {[%eval +0.14]} 31. ... gxh3 {[%eval +0.14]} 32. Qh5 {[%eval +0.14]} 32. ... Rg4 {[%eval +0.45]} 33. Qxh3 {[%eval +0.45]} 33. ... Rdg8 {[%eval +0.57]} 34. Kf1 {[%eval +0.51]} 34. ... Nc8 {[%eval +0.45]} 35. Kg2 {[%eval +0.39]} 35. ... Nd6 {[%eval +0.48]} 36. Rh1 {[%eval +0.48]} 36. ... Nf7 {[%eval +0.49]} 37. Bd3 {[%eval +0.44]} 37. ... Rf8 {[%eval +0.71]} 38. Be2 {[%eval +0.71]} 38. ... Rgg8 {[%eval +0.76]} 39. Nd3 {[%eval +0.74]} 39. ... Rd8 {[%eval +0.68]} 40. Nc5 {[%eval +0.63]} 40. ... Bc8 {[%eval +0.65]} 41. Qh5 {[%eval +0.59]} 41. ... Rd6 {[%eval +0.62]} 42. Rf4 {[%eval +0.58]} 42. ... Rg5 {[%eval +0.51]} 43. Qh4 {[%eval +0.42]} 43. ... Kg8 {[%eval +0.51]} 44. Bh5 {[%eval +0.42]} 44. ... Ne5 {[%eval +0.34]} 45. Rd1 {[%eval +0.20]} 45. ... Nd7 {[%eval +0.21]} 46. e4 {[%eval +0.37]} 46. ... Ne5 {[%eval +0.58]} 47. exf5 {[%eval +0.31]} 47. ... Rxf5 {[%eval +0.66]} 48. Rxf5 {[%eval +0.28]} 48. ... Qxf5 {[%eval +0.19]} 49. Re1 {[%eval +0.19]} 49. ... Rf6 {[%eval +0.18]} 50. f4 {[%eval +0.19]} 50. ... Ng6 {[%eval +0.19]} 51. Re8+ {[%eval +0.00]} 51. ... Kg7 {[%eval +0.00]} 52. Bxg6 {[%eval +0.00]} 52. ... Kxg6 {[%eval +0.00]} 53. Re2 {[%eval -0.02]} 53. ... d4 {[%eval +0.00]} 54. Ne4 {[%eval +0.00]} 54. ... Rf8 {[%eval +0.00]} 55. Qe7 {[%eval +0.23]} 55. ... Be6 {[%eval +0.25]} 56. Kf2 {[%eval -0.14]} 56. ... Bd5 {[%eval -0.14]} 57. Qd6+ {[%eval -0.51]} 57. ... Kg7 {[%eval +0.26]} 58. Nc5 {[%eval +0.44]} 58. ... Rf6 {[%eval +0.66]} 59. Qe7+ {[%eval +0.57]} 59. ... Bf7 {[%eval +0.82]} 60. Nd7 {[%eval +0.50]} 60. ... Rg6 {[%eval +0.50]} 61. Qf8+ {[%eval +0.53]} 61. ... Kh7 {[%eval +0.48]} 62. Ne5 {[%eval +0.23]} 62. ... Rg7 $201 {[%eval +0.23]} 63. Rd2 $4 $19 {-5.48 / +0.23}
( 63. Nxf7 Rxf7 64. Qe8 Qg6 65. Re7 Kg7 66. Rxf7+ Qxf7 67. Qxf7+ Kxf7 68. Kf3 Ke6 $10 )
63. ... Qh3 {[%eval -5.49]} 64. Rd3 {[%eval -5.49]} 64. ... Bc4 {[%eval -5.47]} 65. Rf3 {[%eval -327.49]} 65. ... Qh2+ {[%eval -327.49]}
( {[Critter 1.6a 64-bit] 64:M1} 65. ... Qh2+ 66. Ke1 Qe2# )
( 65. ... Qh2+ { 16:-327.49} 66. Ke1 )
0-1


[Event "2015 Australasian Masters GM Norm Event"]
[Site "Melbourne Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.12.20"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Neiksans, Arturs"]
[Black "Illingworth, Max"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2603"]
[BlackElo "2499"]
[ECO "A15"]
[EventDate "2015.12.12"]
[Board "3"]
[PlyCount "67"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "AUS"]
[Annotator "Critter 1.6a 64-bit"]
[Depth "16"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 b6 3. g3 c5 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. O-O g6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. d4 cxd4 8. Qxd4 d6 9. Rd1 Nbd7 10. Be3 Rc8 11. Rac1 {[% +0.37] Last book move (Performance)} 11. ... a6 {[% +0.31]} 12. b3 {[% +0.35]} 12. ... O-O {[% +0.30]} 13. Qh4 {[% +0.30]} 13. ... Re8 {[% +0.27]} 14. Bh3 {[% +0.26]} 14. ... Ba8 {[% +0.26]} 15. g4 {[% +0.33]} 15. ... b5 {[% +0.46]} 16. g5 {[% +0.32]} 16. ... Nh5 {[% +0.30]} 17. Qg4 {[% +0.07]} 17. ... e6 {[% -0.02]} 18. Rxd6 {[% -0.07]} 18. ... Bxf3 {[% +0.55]} 19. exf3 {[% +0.50]} 19. ... bxc4 {[% +0.55]} 20. Rcd1 {[% +0.50]} 20. ... cxb3 {[% +0.61]} 21. Rxd7 {[% +0.63]} 21. ... Qa5 {[% +0.68]} 22. axb3 {[% +0.69]} 22. ... Qxc3 {[% +0.62]} 23. Qa4 {[% +0.69]} 23. ... Bf8 {[% +0.69]} 24. Bg4 {[% +0.52]} 24. ... Ng7 {[% +0.59]} 25. Bd4 {[% +0.51]} 25. ... Qc2 {[% +0.45]} 26. Ba1 {[% +0.30]} 26. ... Rb8 {[% +0.47]} 27. Qf4 {[% +0.48]} 27. ... Nf5 {[% +0.50]} 28. Rc1 $201 {[% +0.58]} 28. ... Qxb3 $2 $16 {+2.61 / +0.58}
( 28. ... Rb4 29. Rxc2 Rxf4 30. Be5 Rb4 31. Rcc7 Rb5 32. f4 Re7 33. Rxe7 Nxe7 34. Bd1 $14 )
29. Bxf5 {[% +2.54]} 29. ... e5 {[% +2.60]} 30. Bxe5 $201 {[% +2.60]} 30. ... Rb5 $2 $18 {+5.04 / +2.60}
( 30. ... Rxe5 31. Qxe5 Rb5 32. Qe3 Qxe3 33. fxe3 Rxf5 34. f4 f6 35. gxf6 Rxf6 36. Kf2 $16 )
31. Rb1 {[% +5.14]} 31. ... Qa2 {[% +5.22]} 32. Rxb5 {[% +5.15]} 32. ... axb5 {[% +5.15]} 33. Be4 {[% +5.14]} 33. ... Bc5 {[% +7.78]} 34. Rd2 {[% +4.41]}
( 34. Rd2 { 16:+4.41} 34. ... Qe6 35. Rd5 Qb6 36. Qf6 Bxf2+ 37. Kg2 Qxf6 38. Bxf6 Be3 39. Rxb5 h6 40. h4 )
1-0

Kevin Bonham
20-12-2015, 08:19 PM
The online coverage of this event was very good.

Vlad
20-12-2015, 08:35 PM
The online coverage of this event was very good.

The organization generally was exceptional.

Three times in a row Leonid manages to get fields for both IM and GM tournaments. Taking into account all the force majeure, this is just beyond any expectation.

Just to give you an example - this year just a few days before the start of the event, one of the foreigners who was meant to play in the IM event, suddenly dropped out for family reasons. If somebody else was the organizer - chances are the IM tournament would not have a norm. Well, this is not when Leonid is the organizer. He managed to find 2 replacements in just a few days.

pax
20-12-2015, 10:20 PM
Yes, whatever is tangible. If Max's opponent did not show up then Max would not get a norm and would not become a GM. How much is it worth to Max? At least a trip to Europe. So he would be happy to pay at least 1000 dollars.

Of course, it is more common in open events rather than invited round-robins.

If that were to happen in Australia, he could easily pay the $1000, and then once the game was over, publicly shame the extortionist. I daresay such a person would never be welcome at a tournament in this country again. The chess world is a very small place.

pax
20-12-2015, 10:23 PM
The organization generally was exceptional.

Three times in a row Leonid manages to get fields for both IM and GM tournaments. Taking into account all the force majeure, this is just beyond any expectation.

Just to give you an example - this year just a few days before the start of the event, one of the foreigners who was meant to play in the IM event, suddenly dropped out for family reasons. If somebody else was the organizer - chances are the IM tournament would not have a norm. Well, this is not when Leonid is the organizer. He managed to find 2 replacements in just a few days.

It's an excellent thing, particularly at this moment in time, with several Australian and honourary Australian players having realistic prospects of GM norms and titles in the near future.

Altecman
20-12-2015, 10:33 PM
The online coverage of this event was very good.

Thanks Kevin, appreciate it :)

MichaelBaron
20-12-2015, 10:43 PM
If that were to happen in Australia, he could easily pay the $1000, and then once the game was over, publicly shame the extortionist. I daresay such a person would never be welcome at a tournament in this country again. The chess world is a very small place.

It is very rare that someone would ask for money for turning up. Never heard of it. What I've heard about quite alot is GMs offered money to losing their games. That Happens in Round Robin events in Russia, Serbia, Hungary etc. alot. In fact, some of these events are designed primarily for people to buy norms.

Leonid Sandler
20-12-2015, 10:59 PM
http://extratime.echo.az/article.php?aid=322224

ER
21-12-2015, 12:43 AM
http://extratime.echo.az/article.php?aid=322224

my defensive system blocked this site out!
momentarily I saw Kanan looking perplexed! :)

Leonid Sandler
22-12-2015, 02:57 PM
One hour long radio interview on the most popular Russian chess website can be viewed now http://chess-news.ru/node/20655

Kerry Stead
26-12-2015, 11:57 AM
The bumper final bulletin from the Australasian Masters is finally out!
http://www.chessvictoria.org.au/2015-australasian-masters/2015-australasian-masters-games

Leonid Sandler
07-01-2016, 10:09 PM
Hot of the press https://www.fide.com/component/content/article/4-tournaments/9331-the-australian-summer-of-chess-continues.html

Thebes
16-01-2016, 01:11 AM
The games have been updated to Chessbases Mega Database 2016, Update 12 specifically.