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GapChess
16-10-2018, 07:56 PM
The Marcus Porter Memorial is the annual memorial event to honour the late Marcus Porter who brought such life to any event that he played in.

The tournament will be 8 rounds with 4 rounds played on each evening of 2nd and 9th November 2018.

Time Control: 10 minutes each plus 2 seconds a move Fisher.
Venue: The Draney Theatre, Marist College Ashgrove, Frasers Road, Ashgrove. You can use the back entrance which is Glenlyon Dr.
Registration by 7:00 pm on both nights.

Special Grob Prize! Awarded to the player with the highest score playing the Grob and the Reverse Grob.

Entry fee: $10 seniors; $5 juniors to be paid on the first night

All are welcome.
To assist with planning please confirm attendance to Shane via text on 0437 737 537 or email shane_mather@sunsuper.com.au.

Michael_D'Arcy
02-11-2018, 09:51 PM
No Name Feder Rtg Total 1 2 3 4

1 Smerdon, David 2508 4 11:W 13:W 8:W 3:W
2 Edwards, Jacob 2020 3.5 21:W 19:W 6:W 5:D
3 Maguire, Tom 2150 3 9:W 12:W 4:W 1:L
4 Mather, Andrew 1849 3 7:W 16:W 3:L 14:W
5 D'Arcy, Michael 1798 3 0:D 15:W 13:W 2:D
6 Walker, Tyson 1826 3 23:W 10:W 2:L 11:W
7 Brady, Aiden 755 3 4:L 17:W 20:W 12:W
8 Slater-Jones, Henry 1965 3 24:W 20:W 1:L 10:W
9 Lam, Colin 1015 2.5 3:L 22:W 19:D 20:W
10 Patel, Khush 1197 2 25:W 6:L 18:W 8:L
11 Lin, Joe 1083 2 1:L 27:W 15:W 6:L
12 Ooi, Jayden 1395 2 22:W 3:L 21:W 7:L
13 Flitcroft-Smith, George 1463 2 27:W 1:L 5:L 22:W
14 Lin, Ian 1218 2 15:L 23:W 16:W 4:L
15 Keys, Michael 2 14:W 5:L 11:L 21:W
16 Patel, Shubh 681 2 17:W 4:L 14:L 27:W
17 Stewart, Craig 1479 2 16:L 7:L 27:W 19:W
18 Gentle, Matthew 2 20:L 24:W 10:L 23:W
19 Uebel, Konrad 1353 1.5 28:W 2:L 9:D 17:L
20 Willcock, Brian 1230 1 18:W 8:L 7:L 9:L
21 Barnard, Ross 877 1 2:L 28:W 12:L 15:L
22 Giannini, Stefo 1 12:L 9:L 24:W 13:L
23 Nag, Suvan 753 1 6:L 14:L 28:W 18:L
24 Patel, Himanshu 870 1 8:L 18:L 22:L 28:W
25 Dale, Liam 1 10:L 0:W 0: 0:
26 Young, Sze .5 0:D 0:L 0: 0:
27 Stewart, Calem 538 0 13:L 11:L 17:L 16:L
28 Turner, Jai 0 19:L 21:L 23:L 24:L
29 Parle, Hughston 2054 0 0: 0: 0: 0:
30 Sands, Gary 1167 0 0: 0: 0: 0:
31 O'Connor, Michael 585 0 0: 0: 0: 0:

Michael_D'Arcy
02-11-2018, 09:54 PM
We had a few players unavailable tonight, but they will join the tournament next Friday. If you would like to play, please contact Shane and we will see you next week.

Multiple Grobs (and Double Grobs) have been played - Jacob Edwards currently leads the Grob challenge with 3.5 from 4 attempts.

It was also good to see numerous beanies and pyjamas. See you all next week.

Desmond
03-11-2018, 11:57 AM
Very good turnout!

Are there any games available?

smurfo
05-11-2018, 08:51 AM
I guess I don't mind people finding out my opening secrets for this event :)


[Event "Marcus Potter Memorial"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.11.02"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Smerdon, David"]
[Black "Lin, Joe"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2508"]
[BlackElo "1083"]
[PlyCount "91"]

1. g4 d5 2. Bg2 Bxg4 3. c4 dxc4 4. Bxb7 Nd7 5. Qa4 Ngf6 6. Na3 e6 7. Nxc4 Bc5
8. Ne5 Bf5 9. Nc6 Nb6 10. Nxd8+ Nxa4 11. Bxa8 Kxd8 12. Bc6 Be4 13. Bxe4 Nxe4
14. Nh3 g5 15. Rg1 f5 16. d3 g4 17. dxe4 gxh3 18. exf5 exf5 19. Rg3 f4 20. Bxf4
Rf8 21. O-O-O+ Kc8 22. e3 Rf6 23. Rxh3 Rb6 24. Rxh7 Rc6 25. Kb1 Ba3 26. Rxc7+
Rxc7 27. Bxc7 Kxc7 28. bxa3 Nc3+ 29. Kc2 Nxd1 30. Kxd1 Kd6 31. h4 Ke6 32. e4
Kf6 33. f4 Kg6 34. e5 Kf7 35. h5 a5 36. h6 Kg6 37. e6 Kxh6 38. e7 Kg6 39. e8=Q+
Kf5 40. Qe5+ Kg6 41. Qe6+ Kh7 42. f5 a4 43. Qg6+ Kh8 44. Qg5 Kh7 45. f6 Kh8 46.
Qg7# 1-0


[Event "Marcus Potter Memorial"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.11.02"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Flitcroft-Smith, George"]
[Black "Smerdon, David"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "1463"]
[BlackElo "2508"]
[PlyCount "60"]

1. Nf3 h6 2. g3 g5 3. h3 Bg7 4. Bg2 e5 5. e4 d5 6. Nc3 dxe4 7. Nxe4 f5 8. Nc3
e4 9. Nh2 Nf6 10. O-O O-O 11. d4 Nc6 12. Be3 Nd5 13. Nxd5 Qxd5 14. c3 f4 15.
gxf4 gxf4 16. c4 Qg5 17. Kh1 fxe3 18. fxe3 Bd7 19. Qb3 Ne7 20. Bxe4 Nf5 21. c5+
Kh8 22. Bxf5 Bxf5 23. Rf4 Rae8 24. Nf3 Qg3 25. Rg1 Qxh3+ 26. Nh2 Rxe3 27. Qd5
Re2 28. Rg2 Re1+ 29. Rg1 Rxg1+ 30. Kxg1 Qg3+ 0-1


[Event "Marcus Potter Memorial"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.11.02"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Smerdon, David"]
[Black "Slater-Jones, Henry"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2508"]
[BlackElo "1965"]
[Annotator "Smerdon,David"]
[PlyCount "45"]

1. g4 d5 2. h3 c6 3. c4 e6 4. b3 Nf6 5. Bb2 h6 6. Bg2 Bd6 7. Nf3 Nbd7 8. Nc3
dxc4 9. bxc4 Ne5 10. Nxe5 Bxe5 11. e3 c5 12. f4 Bc7 13. Rb1 Qe7 14. h4 Nd7 15.
Nb5 Nf6 16. g5 hxg5 17. hxg5 Rxh1+ 18. Bxh1 Ng8 19. Bxg7 a6 20. Nxc7+ Qxc7 21.
Be5 Qd7 22. Qh5 Ne7 23. Qh8+ 1-0


[Event "Marcus Potter Memorial"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.11.02"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Maguire, Tom"]
[Black "Smerdon, David"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2150"]
[BlackElo "2508"]
[Annotator "Smerdon,David"]
[PlyCount "78"]

1. g4 d5 2. Bg2 Bxg4 3. c4 c6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Qb3 Nf6 6. Nc3 e6 7. Qxb7 Nbd7 8.
Nb5 Rc8 9. Qxa7 Bc5 10. Qa4 O-O 11. d4 Ra8 12. Qb3 Qb6 13. Be3 Be7 14. Bf4 Ra5
(14... e5 $1 $19) 15. a4 Rfa8 16. Ra2 Rc8 (16... e5 $1 $19) (16... Rxb5 $5 17.
axb5 Rxa2 18. Qxa2 Bb4+ 19. Bd2 Bxd2+ 20. Kxd2 Qxd4+ 21. Ke1 Qb4+ 22. Kf1 Qxb5
$17) 17. Nf3 Bf5 18. O-O Bc2 19. Qe3 Bxa4 20. Nc3 Bb3 21. Rxa5 Qxa5 22. Ne5
Nxe5 23. Bxe5 Ng4 24. Qf4 Nxe5 25. Qxe5 Qc7 26. Qxc7 Rxc7 27. Ra1 g6 28. Ra8+
Kg7 29. Rb8 Bc4 30. Bf3 g5 31. Na4 Ra7 32. Nc3 Bf6 33. e3 Ra1+ 34. Kg2 Bf1+ 35.
Kg3 Bd3 36. b4 Rg1+ 37. Bg2 Bf1 38. f4 Rxg2+ 39. Kf3 g4# 0-1

Desmond
05-11-2018, 10:07 AM
Very interesting, thanks!

StokesyRedcliff
05-11-2018, 12:46 PM
Hi David Thank-you for posting these games too! It looks like a FUN event to play in! Talking about FUN events, check out the CAQ Teams of 6 Chess Day on Saturday November 17 at The Hinterland Hotel Nerang! Let me know if you want to play for REDCLIFFE! Go to www.caq.org.au and look under Coming Events!

Tyson
09-11-2018, 09:39 PM
Final Results


Place Name Feder Rtg Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

1 Smerdon, David 2508 8 28.0 37.0 36.0
2 Maguire, Tom 2150 7 28.0 40.0 31.0
3 Edwards, Jacob 2020 5.5 28.5 37.5 27.5
4-5 Mather, Andrew 1849 5 28.0 39.0 26.0
Walker, Tyson 1826 5 28.0 38.0 24.0
6-10 Parle, Hughston 2054 4.5 25.0 35.0 15.0
Patel, Khush 1197 4.5 25.0 34.0 21.5
D'Arcy, Michael 1798 4.5 25.0 33.5 22.0
Lin, Joe 1083 4.5 24.5 34.5 18.5
Stewart, Craig 1479 4.5 21.5 28.5 17.5
11-16 Brady, Aiden 755 4 28.0 39.0 22.0
Flitcroft-Smith, George 1463 4 23.5 33.5 18.5
Ooi, Jayden 1395 4 23.0 30.0 19.0
Uebel, Konrad 1353 4 18.0 24.0 16.5
Nag, Suvan 753 4 17.5 23.0 13.0
Patel, Himanshu 870 4 16.0 21.5 12.0
17-18 Lam, Colin 1015 3.5 22.5 30.5 17.0
Sands, Gary 1167 3.5 22.5 27.0 11.0
19-23 Lin, Ian 1218 3 24.0 32.0 16.0
Patel, Shubh 681 3 23.5 30.5 16.0
Gentle, Matthew 3 22.5 27.5 14.0
Willcock, Brian 1230 3 19.5 25.0 12.0
Slater-Jones, Henry 1965 3 11.5 22.0 11.0
24 Keys, Michael 2.5 10.0 15.5 7.5
25 Giannini, Stefo 1.5 11.5 18.0 3.5
26-29 Barnard, Ross 877 1 23.0 29.0 7.0
Turner, Jai 1 20.0 25.0 4.0
Porter, Angus 1 7.5 12.5 1.0
Dale, Liam 1 5.5 5.5 1.0
30 Stewart, Calem 538 0 11.5 18.5 0.0



No Name Feder Rtg Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

1 Smerdon, David 2508 8 9:W 12:W 23:W 2:W 3:W 4:W 11:W 6:W
2 Maguire, Tom 2150 7 0:W 0:W 4:W 1:L 5:W 11:W 3:W 7:W
3 Edwards, Jacob 2020 5.5 26:W 14:W 5:W 8:D 1:L 13:W 2:L 4:W
4 Mather, Andrew 1849 5 11:W 20:W 2:L 19:W 8:W 1:L 5:W 3:L
5 Walker, Tyson 1826 5 15:W 7:W 3:L 9:W 2:L 10:W 4:L 11:W
6 Parle, Hughston 2054 4.5 0: 0: 0: 0: 9:W 18:W 8:W 1:L
7 Patel, Khush 1197 4.5 29:W 5:L 21:W 23:L 19:W 8:D 12:W 2:L
8 D'Arcy, Michael 1798 4.5 0:D 24:W 12:W 3:D 4:L 7:D 6:L 17:W
9 Lin, Joe 1083 4.5 1:L 30:W 24:W 5:L 6:L 15:W 13:W 10:D
10 Stewart, Craig 1479 4.5 20:L 11:L 30:W 14:W 21:W 5:L 19:W 9:D
11 Brady, Aiden 755 4 4:L 10:W 22:W 13:W 17:W 2:L 1:L 5:L
12 Flitcroft-Smith, George 1463 4 30:W 1:L 8:L 25:W 0:D 17:W 7:L 14:D
13 Ooi, Jayden 1395 4 25:W 2:L 26:W 11:L 20:W 3:L 9:L 21:W
14 Uebel, Konrad 1353 4 27:W 3:L 17:D 10:L 18:L 26:W 20:W 12:D
15 Nag, Suvan 753 4 5:L 19:L 27:W 21:L 26:W 9:L 22:W 20:W
16 Patel, Himanshu 870 4 23:L 21:L 25:L 27:W 22:W 20:L 26:W 19:W
17 Lam, Colin 1015 3.5 2:L 25:W 14:D 22:W 11:L 12:L 18:W 8:L
18 Sands, Gary 1167 3.5 0: 0: 0: 0: 14:W 6:L 17:L 27:W
19 Lin, Ian 1218 3 24:L 15:W 20:W 4:L 7:L 21:W 10:L 16:L
20 Patel, Shubh 681 3 10:W 4:L 19:L 30:W 13:L 16:W 14:L 15:L
21 Gentle, Matthew 3 22:L 16:W 7:L 15:W 10:L 19:L 27:W 13:L
22 Willcock, Brian 1230 3 21:W 23:L 11:L 17:L 16:L 27:W 15:L 26:W
23 Slater-Jones, Henry 1965 3 16:W 22:W 1:L 7:W 0: 0: 0: 0:
24 Keys, Michael 2.5 19:W 8:L 9:L 26:W 0:D 0: 0: 0:
25 Giannini, Stefo 1.5 13:L 17:L 16:W 12:L 0:D 0: 0: 0:
26 Barnard, Ross 877 1 3:L 27:W 13:L 24:L 15:L 14:L 16:L 22:L
27 Turner, Jai 1 14:L 26:L 15:L 16:L 0:W 22:L 21:L 18:L
28 Porter, Angus 1 0: 0: 0: 0: 0: 0: 0: 0:
29 Dale, Liam 1 7:L 0:W 0: 0: 0: 0: 0: 0:
30 Stewart, Calem 538 0 12:L 9:L 10:L 20:L 0: 0: 0: 0:

GapChess
10-11-2018, 10:27 AM
Congratulations to David Smerdon who has taken out the 2018 Marcus Porter Memorial.

Well done to Joe Lin who won a beanie for the best placed under 1100 prize.

Congratulations to Tom Maguire who led the way with 7 grob points from 8 attempts and walked with the coveted grob prize. David was second place with 6 grob points from 6 attempts and Jacob Edward third with 5.5 grob points from 8 attempts. Once again a number of players embraced the grob theme and the grob or reverse grob was played 74 times.

The prize for best dressed went to Tyson Walker who was definitely ready for bed in his pj's and shark slippers.

Many thanks to the Porter family who once again donated a beautiful clock trophy for the winner.

Thank you to everyone who played and hope to see you next year.

Tom M
10-11-2018, 03:25 PM
My games from rounds 5, 6 and 7.


[Event "2018 Marcus Porter Memorial"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.11.09"]
[Round "5.2"]
[White "Maguire, Tom"]
[Black "Walker, Tyson"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2150"]
[BlackElo "1826"]
[PlyCount "51"]
[EventDate "2018.11.09"]

1. g4 d5 2. Bg2 Bxg4 3. c4 dxc4 4. Qa4+ {Avoiding Tyson's prep after 4. Bxb7
Nd7!?} c6 5. Qxc4 Nf6 6. Nc3 e5 7. Nf3 Be6 8. Qa4 b5 $6 {A tad premature; c6
becomes very sensitive now.} 9. Qc2 Nbd7 10. d4 Qb6 $2 {Black should not allow
dxe5. The play against f2 is illusory.} 11. dxe5 Ng4 12. O-O Be7 13. h3 $2 {
I thought that my play against c6 would be strong in the case of ...Ngxe5, but
it isn't.} Nh6 $2 (13... Ngxe5 14. Nxe5 Nxe5 15. Be3 Qb8 $1 {Precise. White
has compensation for the pawn, and in a practical game (especially rapid) that
compensation will usually prove more important than a pawn. For example:} 16.
Bd4 O-O 17. f4 Nc4 18. f5 Bd7 19. f6 gxf6 20. Rad1 {with excellent chances.})
14. Be3 {White is definitely better now.} c5 15. Ng5 Rc8 16. Nxe6 fxe6 17. f4
$2 (17. Bxh6 $1 {A hard move to make in a game, although now that I look at it
it's clearly great. White gives back the two bishops immediately to cripple
the pawn structure and any chance the king had at safety. Any counterplay on
the g-file will be too slow.}) 17... Nf5 18. Bf2 O-O 19. a4 Bh4 $2 {Allowing
axb5 is not good, although the position after} (19... b4 20. Ne4 {doesn't
inspire much confidence, unless you are a computer and you see} Qa6 $1 {
when the c-pawn will be quick indeed.}) 20. axb5 Bxf2+ 21. Rxf2 c4 {The pin is
not an issue, considering Black gave up his dark squared bishop to create it.}
22. Ra6 $2 {A hard move to not play, but it's incorrect.} (22. Be4 $1 {removes
the annoying idea of Nd4. White remains a pawn up.}) 22... Qd4 $2 {Missing a
chance in time trouble.} (22... Qe3 $1 {and Black can struggle on with his
annoying queen, since} 23. Rxe6 {is met by} Nd4) 23. Qe4 $2 (23. Qd1 $1 {
forces the queens off, since} Qe3 {hangs a knight.} 24. Qxd7) 23... Nc5 $2 (
23... Qd2 $1 {With similar play as before.} 24. Rxe6 $2 Nc5) 24. Qxd4 Nxd4 25.
Rxa7 Rxf4 $4 {Time trouble...} 26. Rxf4 1-0


[Event "2018 Marcus Porter Memorial"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.11.09"]
[Round "6.2"]
[White "Brady, Aiden"]
[Black "Maguire, Tom"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B00"]
[WhiteElo "755"]
[BlackElo "2150"]
[Annotator "Tom"]
[PlyCount "48"]
[EventDate "2018.11.09"]

1. e4 g5 2. d4 Bg7 3. h4 h6 $2 {Stupid. I forgot about d4 after} (3... g4 $1)
4. Be3 c5 5. hxg5 hxg5 6. Rxh8 Bxh8 7. c3 cxd4 8. Bxd4 $6 {This plays into
Black's hands. White should keep the centre with} (8. cxd4 {when Black's
position is awful.}) 8... Bxd4 9. Qxd4 Nc6 $4 10. Qh8 $2 {Phew.} (10. Qg7 {
And Black should strongly consider resigning.}) 10... Kf8 11. Bc4 $6 {There
will be no play against f7.} (11. Nf3 {was a much more effective way to harass
the kingside.}) 11... Qb6 {I would have played e6, but I was fairly sure my
opponent would play Qh7 if I did this.} 12. Qh7 $2 (12. Nd2 {Calling the bluff
when Black's position remains rather miserable.}) 12... Ne5 {Suddenly Black
has some very strong threats, White blunders straight away.} 13. b3 $4 {
A very strange move. Even if there isn't Qb2, White probably wants to keep
this bishop, or at least not be saddled with awful pawns.} (13. Bb3 a5 $1 {
Black's threats come remarkably quickly.} 14. Nf3 Nxf3+ 15. gxf3 e6 16. Nd2 a4
17. Bc4 Qxb2 $17) 13... Nxc4 14. bxc4 Qb2 $19 15. e5 Qxa1 16. Qc2 {All that's
left is to untangle the queen, slowly but surely. Black should watch out for
Ne2-c1-b3, however.} d6 17. Ne2 Bd7 18. Nc1 Ba4 19. Nb3 Bxb3 20. Qxb3 dxe5 21.
Qxb7 Rd8 22. Qb3 Nf6 23. f3 Nd7 24. Qc2 Rb8 0-1


[Event "2018 Marcus Porter Memorial"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.11.09"]
[Round "7.2"]
[White "Maguire, Tom"]
[Black "Edwards, Jacob"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2150"]
[BlackElo "2020"]
[Annotator "Tom"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "2018.11.09"]

1. g4 g5 2. d4 d6 {An interesting decision. Black wants to play ...e5 in
King's Indian style, but this may not be advisable in conjuction with ...g5,
since the crucial f5 break will be that much harder to carry out effectively.}
3. Bg2 Bg7 4. h3 {Sort of a bluff. I thought ...h5 was probably better than ...
h6, but had a feeling he would play the latter, which was the one I wanted him
to play.} h6 5. c4 Nc6 6. e3 e5 7. d5 Nce7 8. Nc3 Ng6 9. Nge2 N8e7 10. Ng3 O-O
11. Be4 Nh4 {Not your typical King's Indian, that's for sure. It seems like an
improved version for White since black's dark squared bishop is so bad and
there is no g-pawn to play gxf5. That could just be superficial, however.} 12.
Qd3 (12. Qc2 {may have been more accurate, in view of what happened later in
the game. But it probably doesn't matter.}) 12... f5 13. gxf5 Bxf5 $2 {An odd
decision, and a pretty clear mistake. With such weak light squares, Black
should definitely not give up this bishop.} (13... Nexf5 {and who knows.}) 14.
Nxf5 Nexf5 15. Bd2 Qf6 16. O-O-O Ne7 17. Rdf1 Nf3 18. Bxf3 $2 {Missing a great
chance with} (18. h4 $1 {since} Nxh4 {is decisively met by} 19. f4 $1 {And
White's position is tremendous.}) 18... Qxf3 19. Ne4 $2 (19. h4 $1 {again was
excellent. I think I didn't play it because of} g4 {but} 20. h5 {with similar
play to the game should be strong. Lines are opening up on the side of the
board that Black's king is on.}) 19... Qf5 (19... Rf4 $1 {would have been a
great shot.} 20. Ng3 (20. Nc3 $2 Rd4 $1 {and Black wins an important pawn
while trading the queens off.})) 20. Qc2 $2 {I was worried about c6, but it
was again time for h4.} (20. h4 $1 g4 21. h5 c6 {and simply} 22. Rfg1 {amongst
others. White is better.}) 20... a6 $2 {Black had the opportunity to make
White's life very difficult on the Kingside.} (20... Ng6 $1 {and it is not
clear at all how White should proceed.}) 21. h4 $1 {Finally.} g4 22. h5 b5 $6 {
Black's play is coming too slowly here. He should consider trying to defend g4
with} (22... Kh8 23. Rfg1 Rg8) 23. Rfg1 bxc4 24. Rh4 Kh8 25. Rhxg4 Rg8 26. Qxc4
$17 Qf7 27. Nc3 c6 $2 28. e4 $2 {Invisible chess moves!} (28. dxc6 {and the
queen is protected laterally.} d5 29. Qc5 Rac8 30. c7 {and that's a hard pawn
to round up.}) 28... Rac8 29. Qxa6 cxd5 30. exd5 Rc7 $2 {Avoiding ...Nxd5 Rxg7!
} (30... Nxd5 $4 31. Rxg7 $1) ({But there was} 30... Qxd5 $1) 31. Qxd6 Nxd5 32.
Bxh6 Nxc3 33. Bxg7+ Rxg7 34. Qh6+ $2 {White is totally winning with this move,
but it is based on an oversight.} (34. Qd8+ $1 {is simple.}) 34... Rh7 35. Rg8+
$4 {To justify Qh6+, White had to find} (35. Qf6+ $3 {As pointed out by GM
Smerdon after the game. White wins everything.} Rg7 (35... Qxf6 36. Rg8#) 36.
Qxg7+ (36. Qd8+ {Is again simpler.}) 36... Qxg7 37. Rxg7 {And the problem is
that Black cannot keep the knight since a move like} Nd5+ {is met by} (37...
Ne2+ 38. Kd2 {collects the knight.} Rxg7 39. Rxg7 Kxg7 40. Kxe2) 38. Rxc7 Nxc7)
35... Qxg8 36. Rxg8+ Kxg8 37. Qe6+ Kf8 38. Qf5+ Kg8 39. bxc3 Rxc3+ 40. Kd2 Rcc7
{And I won a very messy time trouble phase by exchanging the h-pawn for e5,
pushing my a-pawn to a5 and f-pawn to f5, thus tying his rooks to the sixth,
and eventually realising I could just play Qc8-xa6 after futily trying to
zugwang him}

Round 8 wasn't so interesting and I can't remember it anyway. I think these were the final moves:

8/pp6/6bp/4k1p1/2P1pp2/1P3P2/P3BKPP/8 w - - 0 1

White should play fxe4 and struggle on, but instead he played Ke1, when after e3, Black should be just winning. My young opponent lost on time either here or on the next move.