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Capablanca-Fan
18-07-2007, 11:11 PM
This is a training tournament for strong Gold Coast juniors, and goes for nine consecutive Wednesdays.

My first game FWIW:

Muller, J. - Sarfati, J. [C89]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Qd3 Bg4 16.Be3 Rae8 17.Qf1 Qh5 18.Nd2 Re6 19.Bxd5 Qxd5 20.Qg2 Qh5 21.f3 Bh3 22.Qf2 f5 23.Bf4 Rxe1+ 24.Rxe1 Bxf4 25.gxf4 Qh6 26.Qe3?? Qg6+ 0-1

Basil
18-07-2007, 11:30 PM
Bf4 was a shame.

Garrett
19-07-2007, 06:50 AM
Well played Jono, the Marshall strikes again !!

Good luck for the rest of the tournament, the challenging rounds come when there are lightning tournaments a couple of meters from you.

Capablanca-Fan
19-07-2007, 09:26 AM
Thanx George—and for the warning :uhoh:

Garvinator
19-07-2007, 11:55 AM
Good luck for the rest of the tournament, the challenging rounds come when there are lightning tournaments a couple of meters from you.Couldnt that be solved by just not agreeing to play games other than on the allocated Wednesday nights ;)

Capablanca-Fan
19-07-2007, 12:21 PM
Couldnt that be solved by just not agreeing to play games other than on the allocated Wednesday nights ;)
I must play on other days anyway, because I am off to America for a month in mid August and need to complete my games before I leave.

Garrett
19-07-2007, 12:23 PM
Couldnt that be solved by just not agreeing to play games other than on the allocated Wednesday nights ;)

um - that *was* on the allocated night Garvo.

Capablanca-Fan
22-07-2007, 08:38 PM
From News at the Centre July 2007 (http://www.gardinerchess.com/main%20events/2007/tournaments/newsatthecentre.htm)

Ruth Coxhill Memorial FIDE-Rated Tournament — 2007

This tournament commenced on Wednesday 18 July.

The 10 player field is as follows:

IM Peter Froehlich FIDE 2355 ACF 2378
FM Jonathan Sarfati FIDE 2278 ACF 2129
WIM Alexandra Jule FIDE 1887 ACF 1705 QJ 1754
Hamish Selnes FIDE 1956 ACF 1800
FM Gene Nakauchi FIDE 2020 ACF 1819 QJ 1792
Yitao Lei FIDE 1930 ACF 1557 QJ 1617
Sam Grigg FIDE 1744 ACF 1591 QJ 1607
Casey Barnard FIDE U/R ACF 1778 QJ 1892
Alex Stahnke FIDE U/R ACF 1600 QJ 1641
Jonas Muller FIDE U/R ACF 1590 QJ 1633

The draw is:

Round 1 — Wed 18 July

1 Muller, Jonas 0:1 Sarfati, Jonathan
2 Froehlich, Peter 1:0 Jule, Alexandra
3 Lei, Yitao 0:1 Grigg, Sam
4 Stahnke, Alexander 0.5:0.5 Barnard, Casey T
5 Selnes, Hamish : Nakauchi, Gene

Round 2 — 25 July

1 Sarfati, Jonathan : Nakauchi, Gene
2 Barnard, Casey T : Selnes, Hamish
3 Grigg, Sam : Stahnke, Alexander
4 Jule, Alexandra : Lei, Yitao
5 Muller, Jonas : Froehlich, Peter

Round 3 — 1 August

1 Froehlich, Peter : Sarfati, Jonathan
2 Lei, Yitao : Muller, Jonas
3 Stahnke, Alexander: Jule, Alexandra
4 Selnes, Hamish : Grigg, Sam
5 Nakauchi, Gene : Barnard, Casey T

Round 4 — 8 August

1 Sarfati, Jonathan : Barnard, Casey T
2 Grigg, Sam : Nakauchi, Gene
3 Jule, Alexandra : Selnes, Hamish
4 Muller, Jonas : Stahnke, Alexander
5 Froehlich, Peter : Lei, Yitao

Round 5 — 15 August

1 Lei, Yitao : Sarfati, Jonathan
2 Stahnke, Alexander: Froehlich, Peter
3 Selnes, Hamish : Muller, Jonas
4 Nakauchi, Gene : Jule, Alexandra
5 Barnard, Casey T : Grigg, Sam

Round 6 — 22 August

1 Sarfati, Jonathan 1:0 Grigg, Sam
2 Jule, Alexandra : Barnard, Casey T
3 Muller, Jonas : Nakauchi, Gene
4 Froehlich, Peter : Selnes, Hamish
5 Lei, Yitao : Stahnke, Alexander

Round 7 — 29 August

1 Stahnke, Alexander: Sarfati, Jonathan
2 Selnes, Hamish : Lei, Yitao
3 Nakauchi, Gene : Froehlich, Peter
4 Barnard, Casey T : Muller, Jonas
5 Grigg, Sam : Jule, Alexandra

Round 8 — 5 September

1 Sarfati, Jonathan : Jule, Alexandra
2 Muller, Jonas : Grigg, Sam
3 Froehlich, Peter : Barnard, Casey T
4 Lei, Yitao : Nakauchi, Gene
5 Stahnke, Alexander: Selnes, Hamish

Round 9 — 12 September

1 Selnes, Hamish : Sarfati, Jonathan
2 Nakauchi, Gene : Stahnke, Alexander
3 Barnard, Casey T : Lei, Yitao
4 Grigg, Sam : Froehlich, Peter
5 Jule, Alexandra : Muller, Jonas

Some games will have to be rescheduled. For example, Hamish Selnes did not return from the Canadian Open in time for round one. Jonathan Sarfati has to bring games forward due to his trip to the US.

Capablanca-Fan
22-07-2007, 09:09 PM
[Event "Ruth Coxhill Memorial"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2007.7.22"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Sarfati Jonathan"]
[Black "Grigg, Sam"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco ""]
[Annotator "Sarfati Jonathan"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nge2 b6?! (Mixing two systems)
7.O-O Bb7 8.d5 Ne5 9.e4 d6 10.f4 Ned7? (10...Nxd3 {Gains the B-pair as some compensation for his cramped game. As played, he gets into trouble}) 11.Nb5! Qb8 12.a3 Ba5 13.Rb1 a6 14.Nxd6+! (This is what Black overlooked) 14... Qxd6 15.e5 Qc7 16.exf6 Nxf6 17.b4 (winning a piece) 17... cxb4 18.axb4 exd5 19.cxd5 Bxd5 (19...Bxb4 20.Qa4+) 20.bxa5 Qc5+ 21.Kh1 Qc6 22.Rxb6! Bxg2+ 23.Kg1 Qd5 24.Nc3 Qxa5 25.Re1+ Kf8 26.Qb3 (Defends everything, leaves Black's B en prise, and threatens Rb8+) 26... Nd7 27.Qa3+ Qxa3 28.Bxa3+ Kg8 29.Rd6 Bh3 30.Re3 Bg4 31.h3 Nf6 32.hxg4 Nxg4 33.Re7 h5 34.Rxa6 Rf8 35.Rc7 h4 36.Bxf8 h3 37.Bc5
h2+ 38.Kh1 (Lack of pieces now means lack of any more tricks) 1-0

Basil
22-07-2007, 09:24 PM
Good game Jon.

Interesting that Sam overlooked the motif of the pawn charge and fork. I created a mess for myself with the same motif {8...Be6} in the Triple Treat against Sam only 8 weeks ago!!

[Event "U/1600 Triple Treat"]
[Date "2007.05.20"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Sam Grigg"]
[Black "Howard"]
[Result "1-0"]
[BlackElo "1498"]
[ECO "A20"]

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bc5 5. e3 a6 6. Nge2 d6 7. O-O Bg4 8. h3 Be6 9. d4 Bxc4 10. dxc5 dxc5 11. Qa4 Bd5 12. Rd1 b5 13. Qc2 Nd4 14. exd4 cxd4 15. Nxd5 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
22-07-2007, 11:42 PM
Good game Jon.

Interesting that Sam overlooked the motif of the pawn charge and fork. I created a mess for myself with the same motif {8...Be6} in the Triple Treat against Sam only 8 weeks ago!!

Thanx Gunner. It does seem surprising as you say. Yeah, 8...Be6 was catastrophic; how did that happen? 4 ...Bc5 is also probably best avoided, because it exposes it to "biff" as CJS Purdy put it.

Basil
22-07-2007, 11:51 PM
Yeah, 8...Be6 was catastrophic; how did that happen?
3 things:
1) Late for the game.
2) Rushing through the opening moves in a quiet :eek: position (don't tell me).
3) Lack of experience in sighting those motifs a mile off - realised it once I had played it - so did he :doh: - in time I'm sure I'll be seeing theses things within moments of looking at the board. Patterns, motifs etc..

Capablanca-Fan
11-08-2007, 12:44 AM
Here you go Gunner: an Owen's defence. You'll be pleased to note that I got nothing out of the opening; it was really a one-move game, decided by Black's overlooking 27.Nd4.

[Event "Ruth Coxhill Memorial"]
[Date "2007.8.8"]
[White "Sarfati Jonathan"]
[Black "Barnard, Casey"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B00"]

1.d4 b6 2.e4 Bb7 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Qe2 c5 6.c3 {6.c4} 6... Qc7
7.O-O Be7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 d6 10.Nbd2 Nbd7 11.e5?! dxe5 12.dxe5 Nd5
13.Bxe7 Nxe7 {13...Kxe7} 14.Be4 O-O 15.Nc4 Rad8 16.Bxb7 Qxb7
17.Rad1 Ng6 18.Rd2 Nf4 19.Qe3 Nd5 20.Qe4 f5 21.Qc2 b5 22.Nd6
Qc6 23.c4 bxc4 24.Nxc4 N7b6 25.Rfd1 Rd7?! 26.Nxb6 axb6?
27.Nd4! Qb7 28.Nxe6 Re8 29.Qb3 Rxe6 30.Rxd5 Rxd5 31.Rxd5 Kh7
32.Qd3 Qf7 33.f4 Rg6 34.h3 Rg3 35.Qd2 h5 36.b3 h4 37.Rd7 Qg8
38.Qe2 Qe8 39.e6 Rg6 40.e7 Qxd7 41.e8=Q Qd4+ 42.Q8e3 Qa1+ 43.Kh2 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
11-08-2007, 01:00 AM
[Event "Ruth Coxhill Memorial"]
[Date "2007.8.5"]
[White "Lei, Yitao"]
[Black "Sarfati Jonathan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "A57"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.g3?! bxc4 5.Bg2 d6 6.e4 Nbd7 7.f4 g6
8.Nc3 Qa5 9.Qc2 Bg7 10.Bd2 Rb8 11.Nf3 Qb6 12.Rb1 e6?! 13.O-O O-O
14.Rfe1 Bb7 15.dxe6 fxe6 16.e5? dxe5 17.Nxe5 Nxe5 18.Rxe5 Bxg2
19.Kxg2 Qc6+ 20.Kg1 Ng4 -+ 21.Re4 Bd4+ 22.Kf1 Nf6 23.Rbe1 Nxe4 24.Rxe4
Rxb2! 25.Qxb2 Qxe4 26.Nxe4 Bxb2 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
11-08-2007, 01:05 AM
[Event "Ruth Coxhill Memorial"]
[Date "2007/8/10"]
[White "Selnes, Hamish"]
[Black "Sarfati Jonathan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "C56"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.O-O Nxe4 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5
Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qa5 9.Nxe4 Be6 10.Neg5 O-O-O 11.Nxe6 fxe6 12.Rxe6
Bd6 13.Qe2 Kd7 ( 13...Qh5 ) 14.Bd2 Qf5 15.Re1 Qxc2 16.Qb5 Rde8
17.Rc1 Qxc1+ 18.Bxc1 Rxe6 19.Bd2 Rhe8 20.Qf5 h6 21.g3 Kd8 22.Qd5
Kc8 23.Nxd4 {?} Re5 24.Qc4 Re4 25.Bc3 Nxd4 26.Bxd4 c5 27.Qd5
Rxd4 28.Qf7 Re7 29.Qf5+ Kc7 30.a3 a5 31.Qc2 a4 32.Qc3 b6 33.Qf3
Kb8 34.Qc6 Bc7 35.b4 axb3 36.Qb5 c4 37.a4 Re5 38.Qb4 Rc5 39.Qc3
Be5 40.Qf3 Bf6 41.Qe3 b2 42.Qe8+ Rd8 0-1

Garvinator
11-08-2007, 04:21 PM
Gunner,

In the Casey Barnard game listed above, he seems to have handled the opening much better than the way you were trying to make work previously.

Basil
11-08-2007, 05:36 PM
Gunner,

In the Casey Barnard game listed above, he seems to have handled the opening much better than the way you were trying to make work previously.
For sure. The more traditional and proven treatment, I still haven't given up on my quest.

As for the Jono game, I feel the difference was the pawn e5. Casey spent time trying to put pressure on it with his knights, and hindsight shows that that wasn't going to happen (against Jon anyway).

I feel black would have been better with a knight on 17...f5 (not g6) for the purpose of preventing white's knight jumping in the supported hole on d6; possible after having swapped the bishops himself, although he may not have time for the latter.

Capablanca-Fan
11-08-2007, 08:47 PM
In the Casey Barnard game listed above, he seems to have handled the opening much better than the way you were trying to make work previously.
After the game, Black criticised ...h6, but there was nothing wrong with it.


As for the Jono game, I feel the difference was the pawn e5. Casey spent time trying to put pressure on it with his knights, and hindsight shows that that wasn't going to happen (against Jon anyway).
Right, it wasn't on an open file, so he couldn't get enough on it, while I could defend easily.

But it still had an effect, because in many lines, I could not hastily put my N on d6, because Black could destroy its guard with ...Nxd6. In going into this line, I overestimated the benefits of this square. And although his B was theoretically bad, it had such a good diagonal that I saw nothing better than swapping it.

Desmond
11-08-2007, 10:42 PM
Right, it wasn't on an open file, so he couldn't get enough on it, while I could defend easily.Moreover, Nimzowitch would have been very happy to overprotect that e5-pawn, as it is a strategic advantage by way of space gain, as demonstrated by Jono's use of the d6-outpost.

Capablanca-Fan
12-08-2007, 08:30 PM
Moreover, Nimzowitch would have been very happy to overprotect that e5-pawn, as it is a strategic advantage by way of space gain, as demonstrated by Jono's use of the d6-outpost.
It seems that a pawn defending an outpost on a fully open file should itself be defended by a pawn. That stops destroying the guard, as I had to watch for.

Rhubarb
16-09-2007, 10:59 PM
Final standings:


No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 Froehlich, Peter GER 2355 2378 8.5 * D W W W W W W W W
2 Nakauchi, Gene AUS 2020 1819 6.5 D * W L W W W L W W
3 Sarfati, Jonathan NZL 2278 2129 6.5 L L * W W W W W D W
4 Muller, Jonas AUS 1590 5 L W L * L D D W W W
5 Jule, Alexandra AUS 1887 1705 4.5 L L L W * W D W L W
6 Selnes, Hamish AUS 1956 1800 4 L L L D L * W D W W
7 Grigg, Sam AUS 1744 1591 4 L L L D D L * W W W
8 Barnard, Casey T AUS 1778 3 L W L L L D L * D W
9 Stahnke, Alexander AUS 1600 2 L L D L W L L D * L
10 Lei, Yitao AUS 1930 1557 1 L L L L L L L L W *

UELleida
19-09-2007, 11:48 AM
Well played Jono, the Marshall strikes again !!

Good luck for the rest of the tournament, the challenging rounds come when there are lightning tournaments a couple of meters from you.

Has Svidler refuted the Marshall with his latest Qe2 move in the World Championship in Mexico? It seems like the GMs thought Black was just worse immediately.

Capablanca-Fan
20-09-2007, 12:00 PM
Has Svidler refuted the Marshall with his latest Qe2 move in the World Championship in Mexico? It seems like the GMs thought Black was just worse immediately.
Not sure what you mean. For comparison, here is a game where a recent simul opponent in the USA tried a Qe2, but quickly erred by exchanging the light squared Bs.

Anon - Sarfati,J [C89]
Simul, Gainsville, FL,
2 September 2007
[J. Sarfati]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Qe2!? Bg4 16.Qf1 Qh5 17.Bd1? Bxd1 18.Rxd1 f5 19.Be3 [19.f4 Rae8 {Black's pressure is worth much more than the P, threatening invasion of the seventh rank, while White has difficulty completing his development.}] 19...f4 20.gxf4 Bxf4 21.Bxf4 Nxf4 22.Kh1 {but White was lost anyway} 22... Qf3+ 0-1

UELleida
20-09-2007, 02:54 PM
Instead of the poor bishop retreat, 17.Nd2 Rae8 18.Rxe8 Rxe8 19.f3 Bf5 20.Ne4 was Svidler's choice in the game, which is just a free pawn for White, although he later dwindled away the advantage.