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Spiny Norman
01-08-2007, 09:02 AM
Starting Thursday night (2/8/2007) and running over 7 consecutive Thursday nights, Croydon is running a low-key tournament that is open to anyone to enter. Because we are not offering cash prizes, costs are low at just $20.00 entry fee.

Over coming years we hope to eventually grow this tournament into a larger FIDE-rated open event, however this is an opportunity for someone to get their name on the envisaged permanent trophy in the #1 spot.

Already confirmed as entries are a number of strong players:
-- FM Teo Kok Siong (a.k.a. Peter), FIDE 2274
-- N.Y. Wong, ACF 2203
-- Tony Waller, ACF 1787

This is a great opportunity to play some good chess, at low cost.

When:
7 consecutive Thursday nights
Starting: Thursday, 2nd August 2007
Ending: Thursday, 13th September 2007

Where:
Croydon Chess Club
meets at: Croydon Christian Church, 34 Research Drive, South Croydon
(Melways ref: 51C9)

What:
Open Tournament
7-round Swiss
Time Control: 60+30
Open to members and non-members of Croydon Chess

Trophies:
Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
Winners name engraved on permanent shield (displayed at club)

Schedule:
Registrations at 7:30pm
Play starts at 7:45pm

Cost:
Entry Fee: just $20.00 ($10.00 for Croydon members)

Spiny Norman
03-08-2007, 07:07 AM
First round games went mostly according to the script, with the exception of relative newcomer Bill McNeal (unrated) who had a fine, attacking win over Jan Jaske (1398).

FM Peter Teo blew out the cobwebs with a careful win over Marek Gabrys (1234) by winning first one pawn, then a second, then exchanging down to a simple endgame win.

My game was relatively uneventful to begin with, as my opponent allowed me to win a couple of pawns early on, but finished with a flourish as in the following position:
1q2rrk1/p2R1p2/3R2pp/4P2n/2P1Q3/1P3N1P/P4PP1/6K1 b - - 1 1

I played Rxg6+ and my opponent resigned after some thought (Fritz later helpfully explained that I had a "mate in 6" ... I'd calculated several lines to mate, but realised that if Black played Ng7 to "hang on" then I could just grab the pawn on h6 and be miles ahead).

Junior player Jack Young and David Lacey analysed their game long into the night until I eventually threatened to throw them out of the club! Hopefully much useful learning was done.

Crosstable after round #1:


Rank Name............... FIDE Local 1 Score
1 Teo, Kok Siong 2274 0 W10+ 1
2 Wong, Ngiam Yee 0 2203 B11+ 1
3 Waller, A (Tony) 0 1787 W12+ 1
4 Lacey, David 0 1689 B13+ 1
5 Frost, Stephen 0 1566 W14+ 1
6 Kloprogge, Ion 0 1383 W15+ 1
7 McNeal, Bill 0 0 W 9+ 1
8 Teo, Audrey 0 0 bye+ 1
9 Jaske, Jan 0 1398 B 7- 0
10 Gabrys, Marek 0 1234 B 1- 0
11 Goldsmith, Richard 0 1061 W 2- 0
12 Wills, Steven L 0 886 B 3- 0
13 Young, Jack 0 867 W 4- 0
14 Sawkins, Cliff 0 816 B 5- 0
15 Teo, Lisa 0 0 B 6- 0

Provisional pairings for round #2:


No Name Total Result Name Total
1 Lacey, David [1] : Teo, Kok Siong [1]
2 Wong, Ngiam Yee [1] : Frost, Stephen [1]
3 Teo, Audrey [1] : Waller, A (Tony) [1]
4 Wills, Steven L [0] : McNeal, Bill [1]
5 Jaske, Jan [0] : Young, Jack [0]
6 Sawkins, Cliff [0] : Goldsmith, Richard [0]
7 Teo, Lisa [0] 1:0 BYE
8 Kloprogge, Ion [1] .5:0 BYE
9 Gabrys, Marek [0] .5:0 BYE

MichaelBaron
03-08-2007, 10:50 AM
FM Peter Teo blew out the cobwebs with a careful win over Marek Gabrys (1234) by winning first one pawn, then a second, then exchanging down to a simple endgame win.


Not sure what "Blowing out the Cobwebs" means. :doh: (new english language expression for me) In the context of FM playing 1200 it probably stands for "waiting for your opponent to blunder it all" :D

Spiny Norman
03-08-2007, 11:08 AM
Not sure what "Blowing out the Cobwebs" means. :doh: (new english language expression for me) In the context of FM playing 1200 it probably stands for "waiting for your opponent to blunder it all" :D
Sorry, Michael! I'll translate. Picture a dusty old room. You open the door. Old spider webs hang from the ceiling. Room obviously hasn't been used in a while. Needs a good spring cleaning. You open the windows, start knocking down the cobwebs, sweeping the floor ..

"blowing out the cobwebs" is an expression which refers to someone who is doing something that they haven't done for a long time, so they feel a bit "rusty" and out of practice. I'd been told that Peter Teo hadn't played competitively in a tournament for quite some time ...

English is indeed an odd language. Possibly worth its own thread in Non-Chess!

MichaelBaron
03-08-2007, 01:44 PM
Sorry, Michael! I'll translate. Picture a dusty old room. You open the door. Old spider webs hang from the ceiling. Room obviously hasn't been used in a while. Needs a good spring cleaning. You open the windows, start knocking down the cobwebs, sweeping the floor ..

"blowing out the cobwebs" is an expression which refers to someone who is doing something that they haven't done for a long time, so they feel a bit "rusty" and out of practice. I'd been told that Peter Teo hadn't played competitively in a tournament for quote some time ...

English is indeed an odd language. Possibly worth its own thread in Non-Chess!

thank you!

Capablanca-Fan
03-08-2007, 02:31 PM
Wow, I recall on my first visit to Singapore as a junior many revolutions ago, Teo Kok Seong was very highly regarded there.

Spiny Norman
04-08-2007, 07:53 AM
Wow, I recall on my first visit to Singapore as a junior many revolutions ago, Teo Kok Seong was very highly regarded there.
I'm just hoping to play him early in the tournament, rather than later, as I suspect that the more games he plays the tougher it'll get! When we did the first provisional draw I got paired against him in round #2 (White pieces for me). That would have suited nicely. But then a couple of players advised that they would be away next week, so we re-did the draw ... now I've got Black against N.Y.Wong.

Spiny Norman
10-08-2007, 08:20 AM
Results from last night (round #2):

There were a few surprises, most of them pleasant!:
-- micro junior Audrey Teo put up a good show before eventually losing to Tony Waller
-- junior Jack Young (867) beating Jan Jaske (1398)
-- Steven Wills (886) checkmating Bill McNeal by getting his queen to the back rank (an audible "Is that checkmate?" was overheard! :) )
-- FM Peter Teo lost on time to David Lacey in an intriguing position

Current standings:


Rank Name Rating 1 2 Score
1 Wong, Ngiam Yee 2203 B10+ W 6+ 2
2 Waller, A (Tony) 1787 W 9+ B 7+ 2
3 Lacey, David 1689 B11+ W 5+ 2
4 Kloprogge, Ion 1383 W12+ bye= 1.5
5 Teo, Kok Siong 0 W13+ B 3- 1
6 Frost, Stephen 1566 W15+ B 1- 1
7 Teo, Audrey 0 bye+ W 2- 1
8 McNeal, Bill 0 W14+ B 9- 1
9 Wills, Steven L 886 B 2- W 8+ 1
10 Goldsmith, Richard 1061 W 1- B15+ 1
11 Young, Jack 867 W 3- B14+ 1
12 Teo, Lisa 0 B 4- bye+ 1
13 Gabrys, Marek 1234 B 5- bye= 0.5
14 Jaske, Jan 1398 B 8- W11- 0
15 Sawkins, Cliff 816 B 6- W10- 0

Next week's provisional draw:


Board Rating Name Result Name Rating
1 1787 Waller, A (Tony) (2) Wong, Ngiam Yee (2) 2203
2 1689 Lacey, David (2) Kloprogge, Ion (1.5) 1383
3 0 Teo, Kok Siong (1) Young, Jack (1) 867
4 1566 Frost, Stephen (1) McNeal, Bill (1) 0
5 1061 Goldsmith, Richard (1) Teo, Audrey (1) 0
6 0 Teo, Lisa (1) Wills, Steven L (1) 886
7 1234 Gabrys, Marek (0.5) Jaske, Jan (0) 1398
8 816 Sawkins, Cliff (0) 1 Bye

Spiny Norman
17-08-2007, 10:01 AM
Highlights from Round #3:
-- unrated Bill McNeal beating yours truly again
-- Tony Waller drawing with N.Y.Wong
-- Ion Kloprogge beating David Lacey


No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3

1 Wong, Ngiam Yee VIC 2203 2.5 7:W 11:W 2:D
2 Waller, A (Tony) VIC 1787 2.5 5:W 9:W 1:D
3 Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1383 2.5 10:W 0:D 4:W
4 Lacey, David VIC 1689 2 12:W 8:W 3:L
5 Wills, Steven L QLD 886 2 2:L 6:W 10:W
6 McNeal, Bill VIC 2 13:W 5:L 11:W
7 Goldsmith, Richard VIC 1061 2 1:L 14:W 9:W
8 Teo, Kok Siong 2274 2 15:W 4:L 12:W
9 Teo, Audrey 1 0:W 2:L 7:L
10 Teo, Lisa 1 3:L 0:W 5:L
11 Frost, Stephen VIC 1566 1 14:W 1:L 6:L
12 Young, Jack VIC 867 1 4:L 13:W 8:L
13 Jaske, Jan VIC 1398 1 6:L 12:L 15:W
14 Sawkins, Cliff VIC 816 1 11:L 7:L 16:W
15 Gabrys, Marek VIC 1234 .5 8:L 0:D 13:L
16 Devlin, Paul VIC 0 0: 0: 14:L

Spiny Norman
31-08-2007, 08:40 AM
I was away sick last week, so didn't see the games ... but they should be up on the Croydon Chess website by the end of the weekend. Last night's games have left 4 players with a realistic chance of winning the tournament. After 5 rounds:


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

1 Teo, Kok Siong 2274 4 9.0 15.0 11.0
2 Lacey, David VIC 1689 4 8.0 14.0 12.0
3 Wong, Ngiam Yee VIC 2203 3.5 9.0 15.5 11.5
4 Waller, A (Tony) VIC 1787 3.5 8.0 13.0 12.5
5 McNeal, Bill VIC 3 8.5 14.5 10.0
6 Goldsmith, Richard VIC 1061 3 6.0 10.5 8.0
7 Jaske, Jan VIC 1398 3 5.5 9.5 6.0
8 Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1383 2.5 9.5 15.0 10.0
9 Gabrys, Marek VIC 1234 2.5 7.5 11.5 5.0
10 Wills, Steven L QLD 886 2 9.5 15.0 7.0
11 Young, Jack VIC 867 2 9.5 15.0 6.0
12 Teo, Audrey 2 8.5 14.5 7.0
13 Teo, Lisa 2 6.5 10.0 5.0
14 Frost, Stephen VIC 1566 2 5.0 8.5 6.0
15 Sawkins, Cliff VIC 816 1 7.0 10.0 3.0
16 Devlin, Paul VIC 0 7.5 11.0 0.0


Crosstable:

No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5

1 Teo, Kok Siong 2274 4 9:W 2:L 11:W 3:W 5:W
2 Lacey, David VIC 1689 4 11:W 1:W 8:L 10:W 4:W
3 Wong, Ngiam Yee VIC 2203 3.5 6:W 14:W 4:D 1:L 8:W
4 Waller, A (Tony) VIC 1787 3.5 10:W 12:W 3:D 8:W 2:L
5 McNeal, Bill VIC 3 7:W 10:L 14:W 6:W 1:L
6 Goldsmith, Richard VIC 1061 3 3:L 15:W 12:W 5:L 10:W
7 Jaske, Jan VIC 1398 3 5:L 11:L 9:W 15:W 12:W
8 Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1383 2.5 13:W 0:D 2:W 4:L 3:L
9 Gabrys, Marek VIC 1234 2.5 1:L 0:D 7:L 16:W 11:W
10 Wills, Steven L QLD 886 2 4:L 5:W 13:W 2:L 6:L
11 Young, Jack VIC 867 2 2:L 7:W 1:L 13:W 9:L
12 Teo, Audrey 2 0:W 4:L 6:L 14:+ 7:L
13 Teo, Lisa 2 8:L 0:W 10:L 11:L 15:W
14 Frost, Stephen VIC 1566 2 15:W 3:L 5:L 12:- 16:W
15 Sawkins, Cliff VIC 816 1 14:L 6:L 16:W 7:L 13:L
16 Devlin, Paul VIC 0 0: 0: 15:L 9:L 14:L

Dougy
31-08-2007, 02:40 PM
It's a shame I missed out on this tournament - it looks quite exciting. I'll be returning to Melbourne on Thursday, however I'll arrive at the airport around 5.30 or so, not allowing for delays and customs etc.. I hope I'll be able to pop by.

Spiny Norman
31-08-2007, 03:04 PM
We'd love to see you Dougy! Will want to catch up on all your travel news!

Spiny Norman
31-08-2007, 03:08 PM
Provisional pairings for next week:


No Name Rtg Loc Total Result Name Rtg Loc Total

1 Waller, A (Tony) 1787 [3.5] : Teo, Kok Siong 2274 [4]
2 Lacey, David 1689 [4] : Wong, Ngiam Yee 2203 [3.5]
3 Jaske, Jan 1398 [3] : Goldsmith, Richard 1061 [3]
4 McNeal, Bill [3] : Kloprogge, Ion 1383 [2.5]
5 Gabrys, Marek 1234 [2.5] : Teo, Audrey [2]
6 Teo, Lisa [2] : Frost, Stephen 1566 [2]
7 Sawkins, Cliff 816 [1] : Young, Jack 867 [2]
8 Wills, Steven L 886 [2] : Devlin, Paul [0]