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Kevin Bonham
20-04-2018, 11:45 PM
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For years I couldn't find a picture of Tony Sturges from later in his life but here is one taken by Amiel Rosario at the 2004 Hobart Weekender (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?1485-Hobart-Weekender). This is at the end of the tournament and David Christian (left) and yours truly (centre) are working out the prizemoney while Tony (right) writes down results to publish in the newspaper. Leo Minol at rear.

This year's Sturges Memorial is as always on Anzac Day, commemorating the anniversary of Tony's death on 25.4.2013 (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?14663-RIP-Tony-(Thelston)-Sturges-(1953-2013)). As the obituary notes Tony had a deep love of opening theory including obscure and unusual lines and so the Sturges Memorial is a theme tournament with a difference.

This year's theme is places. See official TCA page for details at https://www.tasmanianchessassociation.org/tournaments/tony-sturges-memorial-and-blitz .

This event is a fundraiser for chess in Tasmania.

Kevin Bonham
23-04-2018, 10:31 PM
Note: anyone thinking of playing in the blitz only should keep an eye on this page as we quite often end up moving the blitz forward depending on how many people play the thematic tournament on the day. We'll try to give 1 hour's notice of any changed start time.

phyrexianrook
25-04-2018, 01:16 PM
Final Feld


No Name Feder Loc

1. Bonham, Kevin TAS 1884
2. Nguyen, Tan Thanh TAS 1862
3. Cox, Aidan TAS 1820
4. Little, Ian TAS 1720
5. Rumley, William TAS 1711
6. Nagy, Alex TAS 1434
7. Shepherd, Chris TAS 1417
8. Beeton, Kerry TAS 1409
9. Swan, Owen TAS 1051
10. Nguyen, Lee TAS
11. Powell-Davis, Thomas TAS



No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Bonham, Kevin 1884 [0] : Nagy, Alex 1434 [0]
2 Shepherd, Chris 1417 [0] : Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [0]
3 Cox, Aidan 1820 [0] : Beeton, Kerry 1409 [0]
4 Swan, Owen 1051 [0] : Little, Ian 1720 [0]
5 Rumley, William 1711 [0] : Nguyen, Lee [0]
6 Powell-Davis, Thomas [0] 1:0 BYE

phyrexianrook
25-04-2018, 01:42 PM
In my game a 1.h4 g5 opening went into truly ridiculous territory ending with several illegal move mistakes and both sides dropping pieces, the game finally ended with a back rank mate.

All the other games looked far too serious. However, Kerry did decline the win after being given a break on a touch move blunder. Not sure if that qualifies as Launceston collusion?!

Round 1 Results

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Bonham, Kevin 1884 [0] .5:.5 Nagy, Alex 1434 [0]
2 Shepherd, Chris 1417 [0] 0:1 Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [0]
3 Cox, Aidan 1820 [0] .5:.5 Beeton, Kerry 1409 [0]
4 Swan, Owen 1051 [0] 0:1 Little, Ian 1720 [0]
5 Rumley, William 1711 [0] 1:0 Nguyen, Lee [0]
6 Powell-Davies, Thomas [0] 1:0 BYE


Round 2 Draw

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [1] : Rumley, William 1711 [1]
2 Little, Ian 1720 [1] : Powell-Davies, Thomas [1]
3 Beeton, Kerry 1409 [.5] : Bonham, Kevin 1884 [.5]
4 Nagy, Alex 1434 [.5] : Cox, Aidan 1820 [.5]
5 Swan, Owen 1051 [0] : Shepherd, Chris 1417 [0]
6 Nguyen, Lee [0] 1:0 BYE

phyrexianrook
25-04-2018, 02:13 PM
There was some discussion over if there are any Polish Orangutans or not, we agreed if there was such a thing they were a rare animal indeed. Less hilarity over the board this round and most games descended into something far too normal. I missed a tactic early on, but got a second chance at it the move after. My opponent then went into overdrive and launched a massive assault which looked far scarier than it should. Perhaps I was just spooked by previous talk of the Halloween Attack... could this be the beginning of the theme for next year?

The game between Alex and Aidan was a tight finish with Alex down to his last 30 seconds before forcing the issue to mate with 6 seconds on the clock

Round 2 Results

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [1] 1:0 Rumley, William 1711 [1]
2 Little, Ian 1720 [1] 1:0 Powell-Davies, Thomas [1]
3 Beeton, Kerry 1409 [.5] 0:1 Bonham, Kevin 1884 [.5]
4 Nagy, Alex 1434 [.5] 1:0 Cox, Aidan 1820 [.5]
5 Swan, Owen 1051 [0] 1:0 Shepherd, Chris 1417 [0]
6 Nguyen, Lee [0] 1:0 BYE


Round 3 Draw

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Little, Ian 1720 [2] : Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [2]
2 Nguyen, Lee [1] : Bonham, Kevin 1884 [1.5]
3 Powell-Davies, Thomas [1] : Nagy, Alex 1434 [1.5]
4 Cox, Aidan 1820 [.5] : Swan, Owen 1051 [1]
5 Rumley, William 1711 [1] : Beeton, Kerry 1409 [.5]
6 Shepherd, Chris 1417 [0] 1:0 BYE

phyrexianrook
25-04-2018, 02:50 PM
Hilarity was the flavour of the round for Round 3. After some hasty communal analysis of the opening position 1.d4 f5 (Dutch) there were 2 people who fell to the traps discussed. The basic ideas were mates and material advantages claimed after opening the h5-e8 diagonal. I got an advantage against Tan in this way, Aidan mated Owen in 5 moves with this idea, and Will Rumley managed to lose a queen as white to a counter attack from Kerry against this theme, and then mated Kerry with 3 pawns, a Knight and a Rook on with the king on the back rank!

The game between Alex and Thomas seemed far too normal and lasted twice as long as all the other games combined with Alex ending the better in a QR vs R endgame.

Round 3 Results

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Little, Ian 1720 [2] 1:0 Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [2]
2 Nguyen, Lee [1] 0:1 Bonham, Kevin 1884 [1.5]
3 Powell-Davies, Thomas [1] 0:1 Nagy, Alex 1434 [1.5]
4 Cox, Aidan 1820 [.5] 1:0 Swan, Owen 1051 [1]
5 Rumley, William 1711 [1] 1:0 Beeton, Kerry 1409 [.5]
6 Shepherd, Chris 1417 [0] 1:0 BYE


Round 4 Draw

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Bonham, Kevin 1884 [2.5] : Little, Ian 1720 [3]
2 Nagy, Alex 1434 [2.5] : Rumley, William 1711 [2]
3 Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [2] : Cox, Aidan 1820 [1.5]
4 Shepherd, Chris 1417 [1] : Nguyen, Lee [1]
5 Powell-Davies, Thomas [1] : Swan, Owen 1051 [1]
6 Beeton, Kerry 1409 [.5] 1:0 BYE

phyrexianrook
25-04-2018, 03:27 PM
I think everyone learnt their lessons from the previous round where black also had a pawn on f5, in this case the games seemed much calmer. My game against Kevin found it's way into somewhat normal feeling territory reasonably early.

Round 4 Results

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Bonham, Kevin 1884 [2.5] 1:0 Little, Ian 1720 [3]
2 Nagy, Alex 1434 [2.5] .5:.5 Rumley, William 1711 [2]
3 Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [2] 1:0 Cox, Aidan 1820 [1.5]
4 Shepherd, Chris 1417 [1] 1:0 Nguyen, Lee [1]
5 Powell-Davies, Thomas [1] 0:1 Swan, Owen 1051 [1]
6 Beeton, Kerry 1409 [.5] 1:0 BYE


Round 5 Draw

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Bonham, Kevin 1884 [3.5] : Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [3]
2 Little, Ian 1720 [3] : Nagy, Alex 1434 [3]
3 Rumley, William 1711 [2.5] : Shepherd, Chris 1417 [2]
4 Swan, Owen 1051 [2] : Beeton, Kerry 1409 [1.5]
5 Nguyen, Lee [1] : Powell-Davies, Thomas [1]
6 Cox, Aidan 1820 [1.5] 1:0 BYE

phyrexianrook
25-04-2018, 04:00 PM
By all reports round 5 games were boring, but Kevin admits to being a pawn up from move 7 and being out played.

Round 5 Results

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Bonham, Kevin 1884 [3.5] 0:1 Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [3]
2 Little, Ian 1720 [3] 1:0 Nagy, Alex 1434 [3]
3 Rumley, William 1711 [2.5] 1:0 Shepherd, Chris 1417 [2]
4 Swan, Owen 1051 [2] 1:0 Beeton, Kerry 1409 [1.5]
5 Nguyen, Lee [1] 0:1 Powell-Davies, Thomas [1]
6 Cox, Aidan 1820 [1.5] 1:0 BYE


Round 6 Draw

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Rumley, William 1711 [3.5] : Little, Ian 1720 [4]
2 Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [4] : Nagy, Alex 1434 [3]
3 Cox, Aidan 1820 [2.5] : Bonham, Kevin 1884 [3.5]
4 Shepherd, Chris 1417 [2] : Powell-Davies, Thomas [2]
5 Beeton, Kerry 1409 [1.5] : Nguyen, Lee [1]
6 Swan, Owen 1051 [3] 1:0 BYE

phyrexianrook
25-04-2018, 05:06 PM
After confusing the positions for the players choice round and the random round, by virtue of a dice application on Christine's phone we drew (in a very non-Tony fashion) a standard Spanish.

My game against Will descended quickly from a standard Ruy Lopez to a fried liver attack in which we both forgot our theory. Will was utterly crushing me before losing a piece in the wrong way and allowing me enough wiggle room to escape the complications. Half the game consisted of me moving my king around the board with a knight pinned to it on d4 but with Will having no pawns left to claim it.

Aidan and Kevin both admitted knowing nothing in the starting position and ended up in an endgame with QRN vs QR trading mating threats which forced the queens off. In the end Aidan was able to exchange the rooks and win a pawn to claim the win.

Round 6 Results

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Rumley, William 1711 [3.5] 0:1 Little, Ian 1720 [4]
2 Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [4] 1:0 Nagy, Alex 1434 [3]
3 Cox, Aidan 1820 [2.5] 1:0 Bonham, Kevin 1884 [3.5]
4 Shepherd, Chris 1417 [2] 1:0 Powell-Davies, Thomas [2]
5 Beeton, Kerry 1409 [1.5] 1:0 Nguyen, Lee [1]
6 Swan, Owen 1051 [3] 1:0 BYE


Round 7 Draw

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [5] : Swan, Owen 1051 [4]
2 Beeton, Kerry 1409 [2.5] : Little, Ian 1720 [5]
3 Bonham, Kevin 1884 [3.5] : Shepherd, Chris 1417 [3]
4 Powell-Davies, Thomas [2] : Rumley, William 1711 [3.5]
5 Nguyen, Lee [1] : Cox, Aidan 1820 [3.5]
6 Nagy, Alex 1434 [3] 1:0 BYE

phyrexianrook
25-04-2018, 05:09 PM
The most hilarious game of the final round was between Will and Thomas. When played from an incorrect opening position Will claimed a win in under 10 moves.

Final results see myself as the winner by a clear point with both Tan and Owen equal second.

Round 7 Results

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 [5] 0:1 Swan, Owen 1051 [4]
2 Beeton, Kerry 1409 [2.5] 0:1 Little, Ian 1720 [5]
3 Bonham, Kevin 1884 [3.5] 1:0 Shepherd, Chris 1417 [3]
4 Powell-Davies, Thomas [2] 0:1 Rumley, William 1711 [3.5]
5 Nguyen, Lee [1] 0:1 Cox, Aidan 1820 [3.5]
6 Nagy, Alex 1434 [3] 1:0 BYE


Final Standings

Place Name Feder Loc Score

1 Little, Ian TAS 1720 6
2-3 Nguyen, Tan Thanh TAS 1862 5
Swan, Owen TAS 1051 5
4-6 Cox, Aidan TAS 1820 4.5
Bonham, Kevin TAS 1884 4.5
Rumley, William TAS 1711 4.5
7 Nagy, Alex TAS 1434 4
8 Shepherd, Chris TAS 1417 3
9 Beeton, Kerry TAS 1409 2.5
10 Powell-Davies, Thomas TAS 2
11 Nguyen, Lee TAS 1


Cross Table

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

1 Little, Ian TAS 1720 6 3:W 10:W 2:W 5:L 7:W 6:W 9:W
2 Nguyen, Tan Thanh TAS 1862 5 8:W 6:W 1:L 4:W 5:W 7:W 3:L
3 Swan, Owen TAS 1051 5 1:L 8:W 4:L 10:W 9:W 0:W 2:W
4 Cox, Aidan TAS 1820 4.5 9:D 7:L 3:W 2:L 0:W 5:W 11:W
5 Bonham, Kevin TAS 1884 4.5 7:D 9:W 11:W 1:W 2:L 4:L 8:W
6 Rumley, William TAS 1711 4.5 11:W 2:L 9:W 7:D 8:W 1:L 10:W
7 Nagy, Alex TAS 1434 4 5:D 4:W 10:W 6:D 1:L 2:L 0:W
8 Shepherd, Chris TAS 1417 3 2:L 3:L 0:W 11:W 6:L 10:W 5:L
9 Beeton, Kerry TAS 1409 2.5 4:D 5:L 6:L 0:W 3:L 11:W 1:L
10 Powell-Davies, Thomas TAS 2 0:W 1:L 7:L 3:L 11:W 8:L 6:L
11 Nguyen, Lee TAS 1 6:L 0:W 5:L 8:L 10:L 9:L 4:L

phyrexianrook
25-04-2018, 05:16 PM
After the early finish of the Thematic Memorial we are advancing the start time of the Blitz by 45 minutes.

The 3+2 Blitz tournament will now start at 1815h (6:15pm)

Max Illingworth
25-04-2018, 06:04 PM
You rock, Ian! Congratulations!

Kevin Bonham
25-04-2018, 09:27 PM
Blitz results


No Name Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

1 Pirotais, Jerome 2399 8 6:W 3:W 2:L 8:W 5:W 4:W 7:W 10:W 12:W
2 Bonham, Kevin 1884 8 11:W 9:W 1:W 4:W 10:W 3:L 8:W 5:W 7:W
3 Cox, Aidan 1820 6.5 13:W 1:L 5:W 10:L 6:W 2:W 4:W 11:D 8:W
4 Little, Ian 1720 5.5 7:D 6:W 8:W 2:L 9:W 1:L 3:L 13:W 0:W
5 Nguyen, Tan Thanh 1862 5.5 10:W 8:D 3:L 7:W 1:L 9:W 12:W 2:L 11:W
6 Ivkovic, Milutin 1553 5 1:L 4:L 11:W 12:W 3:L 0:W 9:W 7:L 13:W
7 Swan, Owen 1051 4.5 4:D 11:D 9:D 5:L 0:W 10:W 1:L 6:W 2:L
8 Rumley, William 1711 4.5 12:W 5:D 4:L 1:L 11:W 13:W 2:L 0:W 3:L
9 Powell-Davies, Thomas 4.5 0:W 2:L 7:D 13:W 4:L 5:L 6:L 12:W 10:W
10 Beeton, Kerry 1409 4 5:L 13:W 12:W 3:W 2:L 7:L 0:W 1:L 9:L
11 Nagy, Alex 1434 4 2:L 7:D 6:L 0:W 8:L 12:W 13:W 3:D 5:L
12 Rumley, Rebecca 563 2 8:L 0:W 10:L 6:L 13:W 11:L 5:L 9:L 1:L
13 Chin, Albert 1107 1 3:L 10:L 0:W 9:L 12:L 8:L 11:L 4:L 6:L

After losing a probably won game to Jerome on Monday, this time I won a probably lost game - two pawns down with R+B vs R+N.

There were a fair few funny incidents and one game even declared drawn under Article A.4.4 (both kings in check). Owen Swan set what may well be a Tasmanian blitz record by drawing three games in a row!

Capablanca-Fan
26-04-2018, 06:17 AM
Congrats to both winners; a good margin over the rest.

I was also surprised that a theme tournament would have a Ruy López in one round.