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29-06-2006, 09:09 AM
Rather than start something new whenever we have something to report from Rooty Hill I thought I’d start a Rooty Hill thread. Feel free to comment. Brickbats are as welcome as bouquets (especially if they’re constructive).

It’s Rooty Hill Open time again and you’re all invited to play (it might be a bit of a commute for Fourfy and Howzer, but all you Sydney-siders are invited, anyway). First round is on Monday, July 31 and details are available at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/RHopen06.html

29-06-2006, 09:13 AM
A lot of the information on the Rooty Hill web page is specific to the club and would have limited interest to other viewers, but there’s a lot there that is of general interest and if you haven’t seen it you may find it informative or entertaining or, sometimes, both.

I’ll add the occasional update when a new story is posted.

In the meantime here’s a set of links to our features. You can find lots of tournament reports and games either by visiting our home page and viewing the TOC or by clicking on any of the archive links shown on that TOC.

This list is incomplete but is in order of being written with the most recent on top.

Gormallygate http://www.rootyhillchess.org/caoili.html
Mother Goose http://www.rootyhillchess.org/goose.html
Junior Chess http://www.rootyhillchess.org/junior06.html
Blacktown Simul http://www.rootyhillchess.org/centenary.html
Rooty Hill, Earth http://www.rootyhillchess.org/earth.html
Internet Chess http://www.rootyhillchess.org/net.html
Starting a Club http://www.rootyhillchess.org/ccc.html
Immortality http://www.rootyhillchess.org/immortality.html
What's in a Name? http://www.rootyhillchess.org/origin.html
NSW Open 2006 http://www.rootyhillchess.org/nswopen06.html

Test yourself http://www.rootyhillchess.org/checkframe.htm

Rooty Hill People:
Brian Jones http://www.rootyhillchess.org/jones.html
Tony Bouchaaya http://www.rootyhillchess.org/tony.html
Henry Rara – http://www.rootyhillchess.org/news050831.htm

PRESS CLIPPINGS: http://www.rootyhillchess.org/publicity.html

Santa Gambit http://www.rootyhillchess.org/xmas05.html
About Time http://www.rootyhillchess.org/time.html
Knight's Tour http://www.rootyhillchess.org/logic.html
Sweet & Sour Chess http://www.rootyhillchess.org/sweetsour.html
Polgar: World Record http://www.rootyhillchess.org/polgar.html
Sydney Simuls http://www.rootyhillchess.org/portisch.html
Yogi Berra – Chess Guru http://www.rootyhillchess.org/yogi.html

A Christmas Fable http://www.rootyhillchess.org/xmas2004.html

There are also a number of tournament reports listed in the ARCHIVE http://www.rootyhillchess.org/archive.html

03-07-2006, 12:22 PM
New story up this morning for all you Kung Fu fans. Chess for Grasshoppers is drawn from the repertoire of that inscrutable chess teacher, Master Po.

Find it at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/kungfu.html

It's a wonder Master Po hasn't found his way into the "Chess Sayings" thread...

08-07-2006, 12:47 PM
There's a new story up on the Rooty Hill page about Moulthun Ly's and his performance at the World Open.


And don't forget the Rooty Hill Open, commencing July 31...

22-07-2006, 12:37 PM
Last call for the Rooty Hill Open. It starts on Monday, July 31 and runs for nine consecutive Mondays. DOP is Peter Cassettari and the prize list has been increased this year.

Full details at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/RHopen06.html

01-08-2006, 09:38 AM
The Rooty Hill Open got under way last night. I'll post a list of players when it's available.

Longest game of the night was Brian Jones vs Allan Butler. I was a bit snaky with Brian for taking so long coz Allan was my lift home.

I got to play young Rhys Holland whose 1100+ rating must send him to sleep laughing every night. He looks about six inches taller than last year and I guess his playing strength is in the 1500s and rising. I miscalculated a knight sacrifice early and should have lost but he overestimated my g2 bishop and let me get away with it. Next week I get to play his Dad who, I have no doubt, will avenge the family honour.

There were quite a few visitors and a couple of new tournament players who will make it an interesting event.

Carrie Evans conceded 400+ points to Jeff Cabilin but managed a draw. She hasn't been seen at the club for ages but has been playing on ICC. It doesn't seem to have done her game any harm at all. See what you think:

Event: Rooty Hill Open:[/b] ]
Site: Rooty Hill
Date: 2006.07.31
Round: 1
White: Evans, Carrie
Black: Cabilin, Jeff
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: A10
WhiteElo: 1416
BlackElo: 1824
PlyCount: 99
TimeControl: 90+15

{192MB} 1. c4 b6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 Bb7 4. g3 f5 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. d3 Bb4 7. Bg5 h6 8.
Bxf6 Qxf6 9. Qc2 O-O 10. O-O-O Nc6 11. Nge2 Bxc3 12. Qxc3 fxe4 13. Qxf6 Rxf6
14. Bxe4 Rxf2 15. Nf4 Na5 16. Bxb7 Nxb7 17. Rd2 Rxd2 18. Kxd2 g5 19. Ng6 Kg7
20. Ne5 d6 21. Nc6 Nd8 22. Nd4 e5 23. Nb5 Ne6 24. Rf1 a6 25. Nc3 Rf8 26. Rxf8
Kxf8 27. Nd5 a5 28. Ke3 Kf7 29. a3 g4 30. b4 axb4 31. axb4 Kg6 32. b5 h5 33.
Ne7+ Kg5 34. Nd5 h4 35. Ke4 h3 36. Ne3 Nd4 37. Kd5 Nf5 38. Nxf5 Kxf5 39. Kc6 e4
40. dxe4+ Kxe4 41. Kxc7 Kf3 42. Kxb6 Kg2 43. Kc7 Kxh2 44. b6 Kxg3 45. b7 h2 46.
b8=Q h1=Q 47. Kxd6 Qh6+ 48. Kd5+ Kf3 49. c5 g3 50. Qb3+ 1/2-1/2

08-08-2006, 11:11 AM
Event: Rooty Hill Open:
Site: Rooty Hill
Date: 2006.08.07
Round: 2
White: Christensen, Joshua
Black: Dicks, David
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 1554
BlackElo: 1986

TimeControl: 90+15

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.O-O O-O 8.Be3 Nc6 9.Nb3 Be6 10.f4 Rc8 11.Qe1 Na5 12.Nxa5 Qxa5 13.Qh4 Rxc3 14.bxc3 Nxe4 15.Bd4 Nxc3 16.Bxc3 Qxc3 17.Rab1 b6 18.Bd3 Bxa2 19.Rbe1 Bf6 20.Qg4 a5 21.Qd7 Be6 22.Qb5 Qc5+ 23.Kh1 Qxb5 24.Bxb5 Rc8 25.Bd3 a4 26.Rb1 a3 27.Rxb6 Ra8 28.Rbb1 a2 29.Ra1 Bc3

08-08-2006, 11:30 AM
Thanks, Bergil. Entertaining game. I was playing on the next board but didn't get a chance to look across at this one. I believe this is David Dick's first tournament for over twelve months -- earlier he'd had a break of about 15 years. Good to see him back.

I have the scores for two games so far. Brian Jones had an entertaining win over Munir Anjum. There's a big difference in their ratings but Munir usually plays a lot better than this. Still, it's a fun mate.

Since my game was the last to finish I didn't get a look at any other games and don't have the results, but the first four boards were all won by the higher-rated players: Tony Bouchaaya, Brian Jones, David Dick and Jim Holland.

I beat up Jim's son, Rhys, last week and he didn't have a lot of trouble avenging the family honour this week. When he played 1. e4 I thought, ahhh, Lopez! Hah! Wishful thinking. He played a King's Gambit! Well, I'd never played the Falkbeer but I saw it on chessgames.com during the week and since I always get into trouble with black against the KG I gave it a bash. I can't say I didn't have some chances but with two pieces for a rook and two pawns I managed to lock all my pieces away where they couldn't fight. I could have played on a little longer by sacrificing the rook for his two passed pawns, but my knight and bishop wouldn't have fared long against his two rooks and a particularly bloodthirsty king.

Event: Rooty Hill Open
Site: Rooty Hill
Date: 2006.08.07
Round: 2
White: Jones, Brian
Black: Anjum, Munir
Result: 1-0
ECO: D30
WhiteElo: 1558
BlackElo: 2124
PlyCount: 55
TimeControl: 90+15

{192MB} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 Bxd2+ 5. Qxd2 Nf6 6. Nc3 c6 7. e3
Nbd7 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Bd3 Nxc3 10. bxc3 Nf6 11. O-O O-O 12. e4 h6 13. e5 Nd5 14.
c4 Ne7 15. Qe3 f5 16. exf6 Rxf6 17. Qe4 g6 18. Qh4 Kg7 19. Ne5 Nf5 20. Bxf5
exf5 21. Rad1 Be6 22. d5 cxd5 23. cxd5 Bg8 24. Qd4 Qb6 25. Qc3 Rd8 26. Rb1 Qd6
27. Rxb7+ Kh8 28. Nxg6# 1-0

Event: Rooty Hill Open
Site: Rooty Hill
Date: 2006.08.07
Round: 2
White: Holland, Jim
Black: Evans, David
Result: 1-0
ECO: C31
WhiteElo: 1913
BlackElo: 1555
PlyCount: 71
EventDate: 2006.??.??
TimeControl: 90+15

{192MB} 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nc3 Qd8 5. fxe5 Bc5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Bb5
Bd7 8. d3 a6 9. Bc4 Nd4 10. Ng5 Nh6 11. Rf1 O-O 12. h3 Qe7 13. Bf4 Be6 14. Nd5
Bxd5 15. Bxd5 Ne6 16. Bxe6 fxe6 17. Qh5 Qe8 18. Qxe8 Raxe8 19. g4 Rxf4 20. Rxf4
Be3 21. Nxe6 Rxe6 22. Re4 Bg5 23. d4 Nf7 24. Re2 Be7 25. Kf2 c5 26. c3 cxd4 27.
cxd4 Bd8 28. Kf3 Bb6 29. Ke4 Kf8 30. Kf5 Ke7 31. d5 Nh6+ 32. Kf4 Rg6 33. g5 Nf7
34. h4 h6 35. Kf5 Nh8 36. d6+ 1-0

12-08-2006, 11:33 AM
Found a set of video clips of Bobby Fischer this morning and have placed links to them at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/bobby.html

They're very short and load quickly on ADSL. They're probably watchable on dial-up as well.

27-09-2006, 03:38 AM
Tony Bouchaaya drew his last round game with Joe Ymalay to win this year's Rooty Hill Open. Noel Mangrobang, still unrated and a most interesting player, beat David Dick (1986), and those two finished equal second on 6.5 with Brian Jones who beat Leo Tenorio in Round 9.

Prize Winners:
Open Champion, Tony Bouchaaya; U1900, Noel Mangrobang; U1700, Frank Barisic; U1550, Yama Mahmmdi; U1400, Rolando Gonzales and Eddie Quesada. Congratulations to Tony and all other winners.

Full report, standings, cross table, pix and games at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/RHopen06.html

01-10-2006, 08:18 AM
The Rooty Hill club championship commences on Monday, October 9 in our new venue, the Boomerang Room. (There are plenty of toilet facilities with no CCTV monitoring...)

Two unrated players have found their way into the top division: Noel Mangrobang who may be stronger than his 1820 provisional rating (he beat David Dick in the last round of the RH Open), and John Yao who played well in the Open, but will face very stiff competition here.

One disappointing omission is young Ben Harris who conceded only a single draw in winning last years Division 2 section and was expected to flex his muscles in the top division this year. Ben recently played in the World Youth (U16) Olympiad. Read about it here: http://www.rootyhillchess.org/ben

Entries are still open for club members or anybody who played in the Rooty Hill Open.

Div A.
1. Tony Bouchaaya 2126
2. Peter Cassettari 1874
3. Leonardo Tenorio 1833
4. Noel Mangrobang 1820p
5. Robert Ambalong 1808
6. Joe Ymalay 1773
7. Levi Descallar 1723
8. John Yao 1700p

Div B.
9. Norie Tiqui 1688
10. Stevan Jovanovic 1662
11. Rick Carballo 1642
12. Chris Rust 1626
13. Muhamed Buza 1613
14. David Evans 1565
15. Iliya Dzukic 1558
16. Joshua Christensen 1536

Div C.
17. Peter Barreca 1520
18. Allen Robinson 1512
19. M Munir Anjum 1498
20. George Smit 1484
21. Allan Butle 1465
22. Stephen Stipic 1457
23. Yama Mahmoodi 1450
24. Bill Herreros 1423

Div D.
25. Shane Burgess 1405
26. Rolando Gonzales 1401
27. Ken Macgillivray 1398
28. Frank Kresinger 1342
29. Eddie Quesada 1320
30. Tony Baldwin 1292
31. Peter Watts 1136
32. Vince Zalac 1031
33. Ross A Smith u/r

06-10-2006, 10:36 AM
We've done another games update on ChessTheatre. It just keeps growing.

The first eight games from Elista 2006 are now available for viewing (the first three were annotated by GM Ernesto Inarkiev). They're at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/chesstheatre/WCCM/CT_wccm06.html.

There's also an archive of previous Kramnick/Topalov Games at

06-10-2006, 11:10 AM
We've done another games update on ChessTheatre. It just keeps growing.

The first eight games from Elista 2006 are now available for viewing (the first three were annotated by GM Ernesto Inarkiev). They're at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/chesstheatre/WCCM/CT_wccm06.html.

There's also an archive of previous Kramnick/Topalov Games at
http://www.rootyhillchess.org/chesstheatre/KraTop/CT_KraTop.htmlGood stuff Dozy. :clap:

27-10-2006, 11:35 PM
The Rooty Hill club championship commences on Monday, October 9 in our new venue, the Boomerang Room. (There are plenty of toilet facilities with no CCTV monitoring...)

Two unrated players have found their way into the top division: Noel Mangrobang who may be stronger than his 1820 provisional rating (he beat David Dick in the last round of the RH Open), and John Yao who played well in the Open, but will face very stiff competition here.

One disappointing omission is young Ben Harris who conceded only a single draw in winning last years Division 2 section and was expected to flex his muscles in the top division this year. Ben recently played in the World Youth (U16) Olympiad. Read about it here: http://www.rootyhillchess.org/ben

Entries are still open for club members or anybody who played in the Rooty Hill Open.Any updates Dozy? The players in divisions have changed since your last post.

27-10-2006, 11:38 PM
The Rooty Hill Club Championship commenced on Monday, October 9 with 26 players in four divisions—three round robins and a Swiss. Tony Bouchaaya is the only player above 2000 and, at 2126, is about 250 points higher than Peter Cassettari, his nearest rival.

Several newer players find themselves scattered through the grades. Noel Mangrobang has been with us for most of this year but is still unrated. He will have no trouble justifying his place in the top division. John Yao, following his good form in the Rooty Hill Open, has been given a provisional rating of 1700 and will be one of the threats in Division B. He is joined there by Armando Magallanes whose first night at the club was Round 1 of this tournament. Armando is also unrated and may find this division challenging first up. Another first timer is Don Belleza who will play in Division D. Welcome to Armando and Don—good luck to both of you in the tournament.

There were some entertaining games in Round 2 and when Tony Bouchaaya persuaded Jeff Cabillin's king to do an impromptu strip-tease the result was well worth seeing: Click here to play through it.
With an early finish (my opponent missed an early pawn fork and his game never got back into stride) I had time to walk around the boards for a while and look at some positions. Peter Cassettari overcame the double handicap of being club president as well as DOP to beat Leo Tenorio; George Smit's rook and three pawns were too hot for Allen Robinson's lone rook; Eddie Quesada mounted an all-out attack on Vince Zalac's trapped bishop; and Michael Jansen's knight sacrifice looked good but failed when Shane Burgess's rook was doubly defended.
It's not unusual to sacrifice a piece to queen a pawn but the reverse rarely works, as was seen by Allan Butler's involuntary king sacrifice which effectively stopped Munir Anjum's d-pawn from taking the final step to the eighth rank.
Congrats to Ross Smith who scored his first-ever tournament win in tonight's game. There'll be lots more around the corner, Ross.

Round 3 saw all four Division A games drawn after Tony Bouchaaya missed a win in a complicated position against Noel Mangrobang. Noel and Tony share the lead on 2½. Leo Tenorio did some flip-flops in his game with Hans Muller. First, Leo lost a piece, later he won it back, then in an endgame where Hans had a knight and three pawns against Leo's knight and two, Leo exchanged his remaining knight for two pawns before forcing off Hans's last pawn. Entertaining stuff!
Rick Carballo beat Chris Rust to lead Division B with 3/3, just half a point ahead of Levi Descallar. Rick and Levi play next week and that game may well decide the ultimate winner.
Munir Anjum uncharacteristically forfeited his Division C game, and with it the lead. He remains on 2 points just half a point behind joint leaders Joshua Christensen and David Evans.
In Division D only Yama Mahmoodi and Shane Burgess have 3/3 and play each other next week to find the outright leader.

—Report: David Evans

31-10-2006, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the contribution, Garvan. It's appreciated.

Here's the update on last night's play. Full details, cross-table and draw for next week are available at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/ClubChamp06.html

Round 4, and the pecking order is already being established. Tony Bouchaaya picked up a forfeit and leads Division A on 3.5/4 ahead of Noel Mangrobang and Hans Muller each on 3. Leo Tenorio, three pawns down, re-defined what we mean by "minority attack" when he forced a draw with Jeff Cabilin in the longest game of the night. Peter Cassettari and Noel Mangrobang drew a rook-and-pawn ending.

Levi Descallar defeated Rick Carballo to take the Division B lead by half a point. Rick remains in second place. The two interesting games from this division were Norrie Tique v. Stevan Jovanovic and John Yao v Armando Magallanes. Stevan was able to mount a heavy attack with queen, rook and knight against Norrie's exposed king, while Armando, down a piece for two pawns and faced with John's advancing g-pawn, found time to queen first—see the diagram. Armando was thrown in the deep end because, unrated, his first night at the club was the first night of the Championship and he found himself in Division B. Congrats on the win, Armando.

In Division C Peter Barreca, already a knight in arrears to Joshua Christensen, lost his rook to a discovered attack. Joshua's position at the top of the table is no surprise—he won the Doeberl Minor at Easter before winning this year's City of Sydney Under 1700. I was a little surprised to see Allan Butler and George Smit each with 45 minutes on their clock, then realised Allan's was actually 45 seconds. He worked hard to stay ahead of the increments but had only eleven seconds left when George's unstoppable a-pawn reached the seventh rank.

Yama Mahmoodi and Shane Burgess share the lead in Division D after drawing their game. They are on 3.5 but have to stay ahead of Steven Stipic who didn't start playing till Round 2. At the moment one of those three seems likely to emerge as the winner, though Ken MacGillivray, always dangerous, isn't far behind.

07-11-2006, 12:51 AM
Dozy, here is my game from last night.

Event: Rooty Hill Club Championship
Site: Rooty Hill
Date: 2006.11.07
Round: 5
White: Stipic, Steven
Black: Burgess, Shane
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 1457
BlackElo: 1405

1.e3 c5 2.Qh5 e6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Qg5 cxd4 5.exd4 Nc6 6.Nf3 b6 7.a3 Bb7 8.Bd3 Ne7 9.Qe3 Ned5 10.Qe2 Bd6 11.Be4 O-O 12.Bg5 Qc7 13.Ne5 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 f6 15.Nf3 Nb4 16.Qg4 Nxc2+ 17.Ke2 fxg5 18.Nbd2 Ba6+ 19.Kd1 Nxa1 20.Qe4 Rfc8 21.Qb1 Nc2 22.Nxg5 Bd3

07-11-2006, 08:20 AM
Nice game bergil. I wish my opponents played 2.Qh5 more regularly :doh:

07-11-2006, 11:09 AM
Round 5 saw Tony Bouchaaya pick up another forfeit—his second in two weeks—at the top of the table. That leaves him a point clear with two rounds to go. Robert Ambalong picked up his first full point at Peter Cassettari's expense. Peter missed 33 ...Bf6+ which probably won while Robert's cheeky b5 bishop was safe because of the threatened back rank mate.

Division B boasted the longest game of the night and both players were in time trouble. Chris Rust with rook and pawns vs Levi Descallar's knight and bishop was unable to prevent Levi sacrificing the knight for his last pawn and the game was drawn. Chris had to do it the hard way after making an illegal move when both players had just under a minute on the clock, and being forced to concede Levi a two minute penalty. Armando Margallanes continued his good form from last week with a victory over the always hard-to-beat Norrie Tique.

Division C is becoming predictable: Joshua Christensen won, Dozy drew, and Allan Butler got into time trouble. Joshua's game (with Allen Robinson) was played ahead of time, George Smit offered an early draw which I declined, but he found a perpetual check with a queen against my two rooks, and Peter Barreca had built up a strong position when Allan Butler ran out of time and made a few poor moves.

I saw a couple of entertaining games from Division D: Ross Smith developed a tasty attack against Vince Zalac (see the diagram below) and Ken MacGillivray had an, "Oops!" at the end of a long game with Yama Mahmoodi when he dropped a rook while in a strong position. If we were handing out awards for courageous innovations, though, the prize would go to Steven Stipic for his 1. e3 followed by 2. Qh5. Shane Burgess's response was both leisurely and effective, even taking time for a lazy zwischenzug (zwischenshah?) before reaping the harvest of a pawn fork. You can see it in Bergil’s post above.

(This report is incomplete. I am waiting for the rest of the results to come in. The two games mentioned in the text can be viewed on the Rooty Hill web page at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/ClubChamp06.html)

Diagram: Vince Zalac vs Ross Smith

r7/ppq2k2/2p2N2/8/3BB3/3P1p1b/PPP2Pr1/R2Q1R1K b - - 0 35

07-11-2006, 01:55 PM
Nice game bergil. I wish my opponents played 2.Qh5 more regularly :doh:I'll not complain if it happens more often. ;)

13-11-2006, 11:09 PM
Dozy, here is my game from last night. A bit Lucky or a swindle? :oops:
A little from column A and a little from column B
Event: Rooty Hill Club Championship
Site: Rooty Hill
Date: 2006.11.07
Round: 5
White: Herreros, Bill
Black: Burgess, Shane
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 1423
BlackElo: 1405

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 e6 4.d3 Na5 5.Bb3 Nxb3 6.axb3 b6 7.c3 Qc7 8.Bg5 Be7 9.Bxe7 Nxe7 10.Nbd2 Ng6 11.O-O O-O 12.Nc4 d5 13.exd5 exd5 14.Ne3 Rd8 15.d4 Bb7 16.Qc2 cxd4 17.Nxd4 a6 18.b4 b5 19.Rfd1 Qf4 20.Nf3 Qe4 21.Rd4 Qxc2 22.Nxc2 Rd6 23.Ne3 Rad8 24.Nd2 Ne7 25.Nb3 Nc6 26.Nc5 Bc8 27.Rd2 Ne5 28.Rad1 Be6 29.Nb7 Nc4 30.Nxc4 bxc4 31.Nxd8 Rxd8 32.h3 g6 33.Ra1 Rd6 34.f3 Kg7 35.Kf2 h5 36.Ke3 Kf6 37.Ra5 g5 38.Rd1 Ke5 39.Rda1 Bc8 40.g3 f6 41.f4+ Ke6 42.Kd4 gxf4 43.gxf4 Kf5 44.Rxd5+ Rxd5+ 45.Kxd5 Kxf4 46.Rf1+ Kg5 47.Rg1+ Kf4 48.Kxc4 Bxh3 49.Kd3 h4 50.Ke2 Be6 51.Kf2 h3 52.Rh1 Kg4 53.Rh2 f5 54.Rh1 Bd5 55.Rh2 f4 56.Kg1 Kg3 57.Rd2 Bc4 58.Rf2 f3 59.Rd2 Be2

13-11-2006, 11:40 PM
Round 6 saw Chris Rust defeat Stevan Jovanovic in their postponed Round 1 game while three more games were postponed: Anjum/Christensen and Barreca/Robinson in Div C and Jansen/Smith in Div D.
In Div A Joe Ymalay got a big plus in development against Peter Cassettari and forced Peter's king out into a mating net, while Tony Bouchaaya had a long game before he finally overcame Hans Muller. The other two games were drawn.
In Div B Armando Margallanes had a pawn advantage in a rook and pawn ending and was able to force a pawn through. Norrie Tique's king was comfortable hiding behind Rick Carballo's advanced g2 pawn and Norrie finally won their game. Levi Descallar already has this division in the bag—he's 1½ points in front with one round left to play.
Div C: Only two games were decided -- David Evans beat Allan Butler in a game where both players made mistakes, and Iliya Dzukic beat George Smit in the fastest game of the night. After eighteen moves Iliya had used only three minutes, and George only four.
There was plenty of excitement in Div D. Eddie Quesada's advanced a-pawn set Peter Watts too many problems. Don Belleza had lots of chances in his game with Vince Zalac but Vince's experience and one pawn advantage were enough to win. Ken MacGillivray, two pawns down to Rolando Gonzales, managed to win one of them and swap rooks to gain the opposition for his draw. Yama Mahmoodi showed why he is joint leader in a convincing win from Steven Stipic: he had an array of connected passed pawns on the f, g, and h files that Garry Kasparov wouldn't have been able to stop. Not to be outdone, the other joint leader, Shane Burgess, fought back from the exchange down against Bill Herreros whose rook was helpless against Shane's maurauding pawns.

13-11-2006, 11:46 PM
A bit Lucky or a swindle?
You deserved your win, mate. Well done.

14-11-2006, 05:18 PM
Isn't there a pool comp going there at the moment? Pinoy journo Marlon Bernardino is, I believe, covering this event for Pinoy papers.


22-11-2006, 11:45 AM
Round 7 and it's all over. Well, except for Division C, anyway.

Congratulations to Tony Bouchaaya, once again the Rooty Hill Club Champion, and to runner-up Hans Muller who has lost nothing during his two year absence from the game. He beat Noel Mangrobang in this round to take second spot. It was Noel's only loss. Leo Tenorio had an entertaining sacrificial win against Joe Ymalay.

Division B went to Levi Descallar 6/7 who conceded only two draws (to Stevan Jovanovic and Chris Rust).

Division C is still undecided. There is still one postponed game to be played between Joshua Christensen and Munir Anjum Neither player has lost a game but Munir conceded one draw and a forfeit while Joshua conceded only a draw and is on 5.5/6. David Evans (3 draws) is on 5.5/7 while Munir is on 4.5. Joshua needs only a draw to win the division, but if Munir wins there will be a three-way dead head for first.

Division D was shared by Yama Mahmoodi and Shane Burgess who both have 6.5/7.

The score table will be completed as soon as the results are available.

Many thanks to DOP Peter Cassettari for yet another top performance in running the tournament.

Here's Leo Tenorio's win against Joe Ymalay from Division A:

Event: Rooty Hill Club Championship:[/b] ]
Site: Rooty Hill
Date: 2006.11.20
Round: 6
White: Ymalay, Joe
Black: Tenorio, Leo
Result: 0-1
ECO: B01
Annotator: Evans,David
PlyCount: 66
TimeControl: 300

{192MB, Fritz8.ctg} 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. c4 Qd4 4. d3 Nf6 5. Nf3 Qg4 6. Be3
e6 7. a3 Bd6 8. h3 Qg6 9. Nc3 c6 10. d4 O-O 11. g4 Nfd7 12. Bd3 f5 13. gxf5
exf5 14. Rg1 Qe8 15. c5 Bf4 16. Qb3+ Kh8 17. Ke2 Bxe3 18. fxe3 f4 19. e4 Qh5
20. h4 Nf6 21. Rg5 Qf7 22. Bc4 Qe7 23. Ne5 f3+ 24. Kd3 g6 25. Rxg6 Nbd7 26.
Nf7+ Rxf7 27. Bxf7 hxg6 28. Bxg6 Nxc5+ 29. dxc5 Be6 30. Qb4 Rd8+ 31. Ke3 Ng4+
32. Kxf3 Qxh4 33. Bf5 Qf2+ 0-1

25-02-2007, 08:11 PM
Rooty Hill now has a blog to go with its web page. It's at http://chessgenie.blogspot.com/

I must admit to being a reluctant blogger but we're going to try to avoid making it just another normal chess blog. Rather than keeping up-to-date with overseas tournaments (which are available in many places) it'll contain the kind of off-beat chess stories we previously published in "Chess in the News", as well as a bit of Rooty Hill content. We'll probably also incorporate some of the reports that would normally have gone to our web page.

The web page is also in the process of being updated. We'd be interested in hearing any comments.

09-03-2007, 08:55 AM
A group of German Indologists claim (Times of India, March 09) that chess originated in the town of Tannauj in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Personally, I still like Valhalla, but I'm probably prejudiced.

There's a story and link to the original article on the Rooty Hill blog:

30-04-2007, 09:47 AM
This has absolutely nothing to do with Rooty Hill but I couldn't find anywhere else to post it and, since it's on the Rooty Hill Blog I guess this is close enough.

In the South Florida Sun Sentinel yesterday, columnist Bill Cornwell wrote about a game Kramnik lost to Kamsky in their World Ch Candidates Match in 1994.

On move 31 Kramnik had mate on the move. Neither his queen on h6, his supporting pawn on f6, nor the mating square at g7 could be touched. But, to quote Banjo Paterson in The Man from Ironbark , Kamsky said, "One check before I go".

What followed has to be the most amazing combination I've ever seen and 11 moves later Kramnik resigned.

You can play through it on the blog at http://chessgenie.blogspot.com/

18-06-2007, 07:17 AM
It's coming soon, it's rich (well, rich for a rapid) and it's probably gunna be big. It's the Rooty Hill Open Rapid.

This is a Saturday tournament on June 30 and prize money totals $920 with the first three prizes 1st $200, 2nd $140 and 3rd $100. Then there are division prizes of 1st $17 and 2nd $50 for U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400.

Entry fee is $20. Registration is on the day.

The event is sponsored by the Diaz Foundation.

Full details (and contact phone numbers) are available at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/rhor07.html

27-06-2007, 04:41 PM
Just received this email from event organiser, Leo Tenorio:

Breaking News ! GM Dejan Antic is playing in the Rooty Hill One day Rapid Chess Tournament! He phoned me this afternoon confirming his participation. This is very good for our Club and for Rapid Chess as well.

So roll up, folks. Join the rush to the Hill. With luck you could get to play a grandmaster.

01-07-2007, 03:19 PM
I just received the following email from Levi Descallar, one of the organisers of the Rapid. The winner was IM George Xie, half a point ahead of GM Dejan Antic.

Congratulations to everyone who were involved in the various stages of organizing this tournament from the initial conversations, through the planning and holding of the tournament itself until the awarding ceremony.

Thanks to the Diaz Foundation who sponsored our tournament. Thanks to everyone who helped perform the many tasks involved including picking up some players from the train station.

George Xie(IM) took first place with 6.5/7 ahead of Dejan Antic (GM) with 6/7. George and Dejan drew in the fourth round and were destined to share first place until Benny Galvez (2045) surprised everyone by holding Dejan to a draw in the sixth round ! Benny went on to place third in the tournament. Congratulations guys. Well done Benny.

Young primary school boy Dane Zielinski-Nicolson won the U1400 division while Rolando Roselada came all the way from the Philippines to win the unrated prize. He is here on a three week work related trip and found out about the tournament through the internet. Thanks to our guys who
maintain the Rooty Hill RSL Chess website. The other division winners are: U2000 Arthur Huynh , U1800 Lorenzo Escalante, and U1600 Alan Mascarenhas. Well done guys.

The Open Division had the most number of entries with 8 including 1 GM and 1 IM. The U2000 had 5 entries, U1800 had 6 entries, U1600 had 6 entries, U1400 had 3 entries and the unrated division had 7 entries.

Here are the results of the 2007 Diaz Foundation Rooty Hill Rapid Chess tournament held on June 30, 2007 at the Rooty Hill RSL Club.

Total Entries 35
Entry Fee $ 20.00
Total Entry Fees $ 700.00
Diaz Foundation $ 200.00
Grand Total $ 900.00

Open 1st $ 200.00 IM George Xie 2378 6.5
2nd $ 140.00 GM Dejan Antic 2471 6.0
3rd $ 100.00 Benny Galvez 2045 5.5
U2000 1st $ 70.00 Arthur Huynh 1833 4.5
= 2nd $ 25.00 Levi Descallar 1804 4.0
= 2nd $ 25.00 Angelito Camer 1983 4.0
U1800 1st $ 70.00 Lorenzo Escalante 1737 4.0
2nd $ 50.00 Pedro Kirchnei 1680 3.5
U1600 = 1st $ 60.00 Alan Mascarenhas 1576 4.0
= 1st $ 60.00 Rolando Gonzales 1416 4.0
U1400 1st $ 50.00 Dane Zielinski-Nicols 769 2.0
Unrated 1st $ 50.00 Rolando Rosaleda Unrated 4.5

Total Cash Prizes $ 900


Levi Descallar

01-07-2007, 05:55 PM
Is there a cross table available?

02-07-2007, 05:22 AM
Hi Garvin,
Standings and crosstable as requested.

I tried posting the table as is but unfortunately the spacing went awry; and whether I took it from the SP files or the accompanying text files, those smiley faces still appeared when posting to the BB. They came up in place of "D" so they're all draws.

Since Frank Kresinger (who is under suspension) was permitted to play the tournament will probably not be rated.

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

1 Xie, George NSW 2378 6.5 23.0 31.0 26.0 100.00
2 Antic, Dejan OS 2471 6 22.5 32.0 25.0 50.00
3 Galvez, Benny NSW 2045 5.5 21.5 30.5 21.0 40.00
4-5 Bolens, Johny NSW 2107 5 23.0 32.5 23.0 38.75
Agulto, Edgardo NSW 2100 5 20.5 29.0 20.0 37.50
6-10 Manila, Ronald NSW 2002 4.5 22.0 29.5 21.5 36.25
Tumanon, Eric 2050 4.5 21.5 30.0 21.0 35.00
Bouchaaya, Tony NSW 2181 4.5 20.5 28.5 19.5 33.75
Huynh, Arthur NSW 1833 4.5 18.5 26.0 20.0 32.50
Roselada, Rolando 4.5 18.0 25.5 17.0 31.25
11-17 Descallar, Levi NSW 1804 4 20.5 28.5 17.0 30.00
Camer, Angelito NSW 1983 4 18.0 25.5 17.0 28.75
Hiramanek, Zubin NSW 4 17.5 25.0 16.0 27.50
Picart, Francis 4 17.5 24.0 17.0 26.25
Mascarenhas, Alan NSW 1576 4 17.0 24.0 14.0 25.00
Escalante, Lorenzo NSW 1737 4 15.5 22.0 14.0 23.75
Gonzales, Rolando NSW 1416 4 14.0 21.5 12.0 22.50
18 Kirchnei, Pedro NSW 1680 3.5 17.5 25.0 15.5 21.25
19-25 Mohan, Sudi 3 20.0 27.5 16.0 20.00
Anjum, M Munir NSW 1608 3 19.5 27.5 13.0 18.75
Picart, John 3 15.5 20.5 11.0 17.50
Furst, Andrew NSW 1752 3 15.0 20.0 10.0 16.25
Villanueva, Anthony NSW 1587 3 14.5 21.0 9.0 15.00
Tenorio, Leonardo NSW 1866 3 13.0 21.0 11.0 13.75
Kresinger, Frank NSW 1448 3 12.0 17.5 7.5 12.50
26 Losh, Gary NSW 1449 2.5 11.0 17.0 5.0 11.25
27-31 Buza, Muhamed NSW 1597 2 18.5 26.5 11.0 10.00
Urfani, Janshed 2 16.5 23.0 11.0 8.75
Rachmadi, Herman NSW 1654 2 15.0 22.0 10.0 7.50
Zielinski-Nicolson, Dane NSW 769 2 13.5 18.5 5.0 6.25
Zielinski, Konrad NSW 1774 2 12.5 17.5 7.0 5.00
32 Beahan, Patrick 1.5 14.0 19.5 6.5 3.75
33-34 Van Look, David NSW 990 1 14.5 19.5 5.0 2.50
Waters, Mick NSW 1369 1 12.0 17.5 1.0 1.25
35 Ambalong, Robert NSW 1839 0 0.5 0.5 0.0

No Name Feder Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

1. Antic, Dejan OS 18:W 10:W 6:W 2:D 4:W 7:D 12:W
2. Xie, George NSW 19:W 9:W 5:W 1:D 8:W 4:W 6:W
3. Bouchaaya, Tony NSW 20:W 13:W 8:D 4:L 34:W 5:L 29:W
4. Bolens, Johny NSW 21:W 12:W 30:W 3:W 1:L 2:L 13:W
5. Agulto, Edgardo NSW 22:W 17:W 2:L 13:W 7:L 3:W 31:W
6. Tumanon, Eric 23:W 16:W 1:L 19:W 9:W 12:D 2:L
7. Galvez, Benny NSW 24:W 30:L 16:W 29:W 5:W 1:D 8:W
8. Manila, Ronald NSW 25:W 31:W 3:D 35:W 2:L 9:W 7:L
9. Camer, Angelito NSW 26:W 2:L 17:W 31:W 6:L 8:L 32:W
10. Tenorio, Leonardo NSW 27:W 1:L 19:L 18:L 23:W 34:L 33:W
11. Ambalong, Robert NSW :L : : : : : :
12. Huynh, Arthur NSW 28:W 4:L 18:W 33:W 35:W 6:D 1:L
13. Descallar, Levi NSW 29:W 3:L 21:W 5:L 32:W 30:W 4:L
14. Zielinski, Konrad NSW 30:L 26:W 31:L 24:L 17:L 27:L 28:W
15. Furst, Andrew NSW 31:L 25:W 29:L 21:L 26:W 35:L 19:W
16. Escalante, Lorenzo NSW 32:W 6:L 7:L 26:W 30:L 33:W 34:W
17. Rachmadi, Herman NSW 33:W 5:L 9:L 32:L 14:W 20:L 23:L
18. Anjum, M Munir NSW 1:L 27:W 12:L 10:W 24:W 29:L 35:L
19. Buza, Muhamed NSW 2:L 28:W 10:W 6:L 29:L 24:L 15:L
20. Villanueva, Anthony NSW 3:L 29:L 33:L 27:W 22:W 17:W 24:L
21. Mascarenhas, Alan NSW 4:L 32:W 13:L 15:W 33:W 31:L 30:W
22. Losh, Gary NSW 5:L 33:L 26:L 23:D 20:L 25:W 27:W
23. Kresinger, Frank NSW 6:L 34:L 28:D 22:D 10:L 26:W 17:W
24. Gonzales, Rolando NSW 7:L 35:L 27:W 14:W 18:L 19:W 20:W
25. Waters, Mick NSW 8:L 15:L 32:L 28:L 27:L 22:L 26:W
26. Van Look, David NSW 9:L 14:L 22:W 16:L 15:L 23:L 25:L
27. Zielinski-Nicolson, Dane NSW 10:L 18:L 24:L 20:L 25:W 14:W 22:L
28. Beahan, Patrick 12:L 19:L 23:D 25:W 31:L 32:L 14:L
29. Hiramanek, Zubin NSW 13:L 20:W 15:W 7:L 19:W 18:W 3:L
30. Mohan, Sudi 14:W 7:W 4:L 34:L 16:W 13:L 21:L
31. Picart, Francis 15:W 8:L 14:W 9:L 28:W 21:W 5:L
32. Picart, John 16:L 21:L 25:W 17:W 13:L 28:W 9:L
33. Urfani, Janshed 17:L 22:W 20:W 12:L 21:L 16:L 10:L
34. Kirchnei, Pedro NSW : 23:W 35:L 30:W 3:L 10:W 16:L
35. Roselada, Rolando : 24:W 34:W 8:L 12:L 15:W 18:W