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Kevin Bonham
13-01-2008, 05:18 PM
Copied from entry form, please PM me if you would like one emailed.


Launceston Rapid Chess Tournament (January 2008)
Hosted by: Launceston Chess Club
DATE: Saturday 26 January, 2008

VENUE: Adult Education Centre, 8 High Street, LAUNCESTON

FORMAT: 5 round Swiss, 25 minutes plus increment of 5 seconds per move.

TIMETABLE: Play commences 12 noon. Short break after three rounds. Prizegiving at approximately 5.15pm

ENTRY FEES: $20 waged, $15 concession, Juniors (U18) $10. Entries will be accepted on the day before 11.40 am (sharp).

PRIZES: A range of prizes will be awarded (the precise composition of the prizes will be at the discretion of the Launceston Chess Club Committee).

ARBITERS: Launceston Chess Club Committee

ENQUIRIES: Leo Minol ph: 03-6344 7472 email: leominol@hotkey.net.au



Name: __ ______ DOB (if under 18): _____

Address: ___________

Phone: Email (optional): _______________________

Please detach this form and post it with payment to:
Mr Leo Minol, 11 Docking Court, Newstead, TAS 7250.

Cheques or money orders payable to ‘LAUNCESTON CHESS CLUB’

14-01-2008, 09:54 PM
I wont know whether I'm going until a few days before the event :S - anyone else going?

19-01-2008, 07:01 PM
Looks like I'm going to this one.

Kevin Bonham
19-01-2008, 07:15 PM
I'm interested in grovelling a lift if anyone is going up just for the day. The Redline bus would get up about an hour too late (and is quite expensive anyway.)

19-01-2008, 07:20 PM
If I can get hold or either of my perants car i will definatly offer lifts to anyone who requires. Will find out tomorrow though.

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2008, 07:38 PM
Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

1 Bonham, Kevin TAS 2088 4.5 9.5 16.0 14.0
2-3 Hendrey, Thomas TAS 1451 3.5 9.0 15.5 10.5
Frame, Nigel TAS 1660 3.5 8.5 15.0 12.0
4-7 Rezaie, Ramin TAS 2048 3 9.0 14.0 10.5
Carter, Adam TAS 3 8.0 13.5 8.0
Fry, Dallas TAS 1530 3 7.5 12.5 6.0
Carter, Mason TAS 3 6.5 11.5 10.0
8 Lucht, Michael TAS 1556 2.5 9.0 14.5 9.0
9-12 Kruup, Andrew TAS 1369 2 8.0 13.5 7.0
Minol, Leo TAS 1138 2 7.0 11.0 6.0
Hood, Justin TAS 1425 2 5.5 9.5 6.0
Rezaie, Mushtagh TAS 895 2 5.0 8.5 4.0
13-14 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) TAS 1191 0.5 7.0 10.5 1.0
Carter, Ellyn TAS 667 0.5 6.0 9.5 1.0

No Name Feder Rtg 1 2 3 4 5

1 Bonham, Kevin TAS 6:W 2:W 7:W 3:D 4:W
2 Hendrey, Thomas TAS 5:W 1:L 8:W 9:W 3:D
3 Frame, Nigel TAS 10:W 11:W 4:D 1:D 2:D
4 Rezaie, Ramin TAS 13:W 8:D 3:D 5:W 1:L
5 Carter, Adam TAS 2:L 6:W 11:W 4:L 9:W
6 Fry, Dallas TAS 1:L 5:L 14:W 12:W 8:W
7 Carter, Mason TAS 9:W 13:W 1:L 8:L 10:W
8 Lucht, Michael TAS 12:W 4:D 2:L 7:W 6:L
9 Kruup, Andrew TAS 7:L 12:W 10:W 2:L 5:L
10 Minol, Leo TAS 3:L 14:W 9:L 11:W 7:L
11 Hood, Justin TAS 14:W 3:L 5:L 10:L 13:W
12 Rezaie, Mushtagh TAS 8:L 9:L 13:W 6:L 14:W
13 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) TAS 4:L 7:L 12:L 14:D 11:L
14 Carter, Ellyn TAS 11:L 10:L 6:L 13:D 12:L

Ratings above are rapid ratings (or normal ratings where the players have no rapid ratings) but players were seeded for pairing purposes using normal ratings.

Some of my games and comments to follow

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2008, 09:15 PM
This one-day rapid was a Launceston Chess Club idea and after a successful if small event it is possible other clubs will consider hosting them.

In round one, all games went with seeding except for unrated junior Mason Carter defeating Andrew Kruup. Tony Sturges, however, had Ramin Rezaie on toast, a piece up and on the attack, before losing the piece back and then messing up a rook ending that was probably still winnable - Tony described this as the most won position he had ever lost.

In round two, Ramin Rezaie and Michael Lucht drew by repetition in a queen and knight ending with both very short of time. Mason Carter defeated another adult (Sturges) and because he had been downfloated in round two, he couldn't be so in round three, so the bottom seed found himself on top board.

Carter put up a good fight against Bonham (see below) while Rezaie and Frame drew, so Bonham moved to the outright lead after three rounds.

Yet another Bonham-Frame game saw Bonham mess up a sacrificial attack, then Frame blunder the exchange, then Bonham blunder a rook, and eventually the game was drawn. A rather strange game in this round was between Mustagh Rezaie and Dallas Fry in which the former, bashing out moves at blitz speed, acheived a position where he was lost on the board but had thirteen minutes while Fry was surfing the five second increment with seconds on his clock. Fry was able to scramble a mate but was extremely lucky that Rezaie jnr missed a backwards bishop capture of his queen the move before he mated. On the bottom board Ellyn Carter was beating Sturges, a rook up for most of the game and playing strongly, before Sturges managed to recover the rook and draw.

The final round top board game between Tasmania's two highest rapid-rated players was a very dull French Exchange until Rezaie messed up a drawn knight ending and lost. Nigel Frame and Thomas Hendrey drew after Frame swindled a stalemate by giving up his rook when Hendrey had rook, bishop, two pawns and not a lot of time. Mason Carter cleaned up his third adult for the day to finish on a very impressive 3/5.

All my games (such as they are, but all have points of interest) are below.

Fry - Bonham
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Bd3 Nbd7 6.Nf3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.0-0 a6 10.Re1 c5 11.b3 Rc8 12.Bb2 cxd4 13.exd4 Bb4 14.Rc1 Qa5 15.Qd2 Bxf3? [15...Nd5 16.Be4 N7f6! 17.Ng5 Qxa2! 18.Bxd5 Nxd5 19.Nge4 Qxb3-+] 16.gxf3 [16.a3!=] 16...Nd5?? 17.Bf5?? [Neither of us saw that white can call black's bluff with 17.Nxd5!! Rxc1 18.Nxb4 when white has two bishops for a rook!] 17...0-0 18.Bb1 Nxc3 19.Qd3 Nxb1 20.Rxc8 Rxc8 21.Qxb1 Bxe1 22.a3 Qd2 0-1

Bonham - Hendrey, Thomas
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nc6 6.Re1 Nf6 7.c4 g6 8.Nc3 Bg7 9.d3 Ng4 10.h3 Nge5 11.Nxe5 dxe5 12.Be3 Nb4 [12...b6!] 13.Bxc5?! [13.Nd5+/=] 13...Nxd3 14.Ba3 [14.Bxe7! Nxe1 (14...Nxb2 15.Qb3!±) 15.Nd5 Nxg2 16.Kxg2 f5 and white has more than enough for the exchange] 14...Rc8? It took black about seven minutes to make this move and for the first six of them I was blissfully unaware that he could take my rook on e1! It was very lucky for me that he thought he had something better by threatening a pawn first and giving me the choice to save my pawn or the exchange. I chose, of course, to save both! 15.Re3 Nc5 16.Bxc5 Rxc5 17.Qxd7+ Kxd7 18.Rd1+ Kc8 19.b3 Rd8 20.Red3 Rxd3 21.Rxd3 Rc7? 22.Nb5 Rd7 23.Nxa7+ Kd8 24.Rxd7+ Kxd7 25.Nb5 e6 26.Kf1 f5 27.f3 g5 28.g4 fxe4 29.fxe4 Bf8 30.Ke2 Kc6 31.Kd3 Bc5 32.Nc3 Kb6?? 33.Na4+ Kc6 34.Nxc5 Kxc5 35.Kc3 1-0

Carter, Mason - Bonham [C02]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.dxc5 Bxc5 6.Bd3 Nge7 7.0-0 Nb4 8.Be2 Bd7 9.a3 Nbc6 10.Bd3 Ng6 11.Bxg6 hxg6 12.Nc3 Rc8 [12...Qc7] 13.Ng5?! Nxe5 14.Bf4 Nc6?! [14...Nc4] 15.Re1 0-0 16.Qf3 Be7 17.Qg3 Nd4?! 18.Qh4! A nasty surprise. After 18...Bxg5 19.Bxg5 white hits both queen and knight forcing 19...Qb6 20.Be3 and now I have to play 20...Rc4 21.Qg3? [21.Rab1 (for instance) 21...Nf3+ 22.gxf3 Rxh4 23.Bxb6 axb6 and black's winning in theory, but it's still a messy position especially for a rapid.] 21...Qxb2 22.Qd6? Nxc2 23.Qxd7 Nxe1 24.Rxe1 Qxc3 and black won 0-1

Bonham - Frame
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 h6?! 7.Ne5! Bh7 8.Bc4 e6 9.Qf3 Nf6 10.Qb3!? Qb6 11.Bxe6! fxe6 12.Qxe6+ Be7 13.Nf7? [13.0-0±] 13...c5! [13...Bg8! would have also been embarrasing.] 14.Qxb6 axb6 15.Nxh8 Kf8 16.0-0 cxd4 17.Rd1 Kg8 18.Rxd4 Nc6 19.Rd2 Kxh8 20.c3 Rf8 21.f3 b5 22.Rd1 b4 23.Bd2 Re8 24.cxb4 Nxb4 25.a3 Nc2 26.Rac1 Bc5+ 27.Kh1 Re6 28.Bc3 b6 29.Bxf6 gxf6 30.Rd8+ Kg7 31.Nh5+ Kg6?? 32.Nf4+ Kf5 33.Nxe6 Kxe6 34.Rd2 Nxa3 35.bxa3 Bxa3 36.Rc6+ and white is of course totally winning but somehow managed to blunder a rook for nothing with about eight minutes on the clock resulting in a drawn ending. ˝-˝

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.Ne2 Nf6 6.c3 Bd6 7.Bf4 0-0 8.Bxd6 Qxd6 9.0-0 Bg4?! 10.f3 Bh5 11.Ng3 Bg6 12.Bxg6 fxg6 13.Re1 Rfe8 14.Nd2 Re6 15.Rxe6 Qxe6 16.Qe2 Qd7 17.Re1 Re8 18.Qf2 Ne7 19.Nb3 b6 20.Nc1 Nf5 An unpromising position where white is slightly better because of black's poor pawn structure. 21.Nd3 Qb5 22.Rxe8+ Qxe8 23.Qe2?! Nxg3! 24.Qxe8+ Nxe8 25.hxg3 I think the remote possibility of eventually creating an outside pawn gives me just the slightest advantage now. 25...Kf7 26.Ne5+ Ke6 27.Kf2 Nd6 28.b3? [28.Ke3! I was looking at 28...Nc4+ 29.Nxc4 dxc4 but the pawn ending appears drawn.] 28...Nb5 29.Nc6 Nxc3 30.a4 a5 31.Ke3 Na2 32.Kf4 [32.Kd2 was best but even so after 32...Kd6 33.Ne5 c5 black is winning.] 32...Kd6 33.Nd8 Nc1 34.Nf7+ Ke7 35.Ne5 [35.Ng5 h6] 35...Nxb3 36.Nc6+ Kd6 37.Nd8 Nxd4 38.Ke3 and of course black is winning easily here but I saw a neat way to force it 38...Ke7! 39.Kxd4 [39.Nb7 Nc6 and the white knight is fatally trapped] 39...Kxd8 40.Kxd5 Kd7 41.g4 c6+ 42.Kd4 g5 43.g3 g6 44.f4 gxf4 45.gxf4 Ke6 46.Ke4 h5 47.gxh5 gxh5 48.f5+ Kf6 49.Kf4 b5 0-1

26-01-2008, 09:30 PM
The final round top board game between Tasmania's two highest rapid-rated players
Higher even than Dowden and Markovitz?

Was recording the moves compulsory?

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2008, 09:38 PM
Higher even than Dowden and Markovitz?

Neither of these have rapid ratings.

Was recording the moves compulsory?

No. I reconstructed all my games after each one was finished.

Kevin Bonham
27-01-2008, 12:09 AM
By the way, in my game against Frame above I tried to trot out a trap I researched some time ago for use against the quite common but incorrect ...h6 against Nf3. However it was so long since I had used the line that I forgot the move order. 8.Bc4 is unnecessary and the correct (but poorly known) line is 8.Qf3! forcing ...Nf6 and then 9.Qb3 +-.

27-01-2008, 03:23 PM
By the way, in my game against Frame above I tried to trot out a trap I researched some time ago for use against the quite common but incorrect ...h6 against Nf3. However it was so long since I had used the line that I forgot the move order.
This one ?

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5?! 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Ne5! Bh7 8.Qh5 g6 9.Bc4 gxh5? 10. Bxf7#

Won't work in your game because of the extra move d4, which allows ... Qa5+ making a flight square for the K before taking the Q.

8.Bc4 is unnecessary and the correct (but poorly known) line is 8.Qf3! forcing ...Nf6 and then 9.Qb3 +-.
Maybe even 8. Qh5 first to force the 'orrible g6 first?

Kevin Bonham
27-01-2008, 04:42 PM
Neat. I vaguely remember coming across that one when I prepared that 2.Nc3/3.Nf3 line against the Caro-Kann for a training match game (which I won rather nicely so I wouldn't rule out playing that system again).

Your suggestion of 8.Qh5 may be even stronger than my previously researched line 8.Qf3 (which itself clearly wins if played in the correct move order rather than with my incorrect 8.Bc4 thrown in!). After 8.Qh5 g6 9.Qf3 f6 10.Bc4! is very good.

Kevin Bonham
27-01-2008, 05:16 PM
The end of Frame-Hendrey in the latter's time trouble was something very much like this.

8/5b2/8/R5pp/8/6rk/8/7K b - - 1 20

1...g4 2.Rxh5+ and ...Bxh5 stalemate was black's only legal move.