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Tony Dowden
16-02-2008, 06:57 PM
Hello all,

This thread is for players intending to play in the 2008 Tasmanian Championship and, later on, those interested in following progress and results.

If you wish to play and have any special needs please let us know (see entry form on TCA website for contact details).

I'll arrange for an entry form to be posted here very soon.

Cheers, Tony Dowden
(President, Launceston Chess Club)

Kevin Bonham
16-02-2008, 08:16 PM
Entry form added to Tony's post and my previous post on this event deleted (I hadn't been able to attach the copy of the form I had then for some reason, think it was over the file size limit.)

Kruupy
16-02-2008, 08:24 PM
really Looking forward to this one....I hope hobart as a club does well. Should be a really great comp.

Tony Dowden
17-02-2008, 07:48 AM
really Looking forward to this one....I hope hobart as a club does well. Should be a really great comp.

Thanks for posting the entry form Kevin. And sorry I didn't find the earlier thread (I'm new to Chess Chat).

Hope you find it a truly memorable event Kruupy. I'm not sure if I've met you.

Cheers

Capablanca-Fan
17-02-2008, 01:42 PM
Thanks for posting the entry form Kevin. And sorry I didn't find the earlier thread (I'm new to Chess Chat).

Hope you find it a truly memorable event Kruupy. I'm not sure if I've met you.

Cheers
Welcome to ChessChat, Tony!

Tony Dowden
17-02-2008, 07:43 PM
Thanks for the welcome Jono - and answering my query re Obama in the 'Non-chess' section. (I think I'm much less knowledgable about it than you are!)

I hope to make it up to QLD for a chess tournament sometime.

Basil
17-02-2008, 07:49 PM
I hope to make it up to QLD for a chess tournament sometime.
Well in that case, hi!

Cheers
Howard

Garvinator
17-02-2008, 08:16 PM
I hope to make it up to QLD for a chess tournament sometime.
Hello Tony,

Are you able to list a time? I could then give you a list of tournaments on up here around that time :)

Capablanca-Fan
19-02-2008, 09:11 PM
Thanks for the welcome Jono and answering my query re Obama in the 'Non-chess' section. (I think I'm much less knowledgable about it than you are!)
Well, some time since I last saw you, I married an American ;)


I hope to make it up to QLD for a chess tournament sometime.
That would be fun.

Basil
19-02-2008, 09:28 PM
Well, some time since I last saw you, I married an American ;)
WHAT?

Adamski
19-02-2008, 09:33 PM
Welcome to ChessChat, Tony!Ditto, Tony! It was great to catch up last year at SIO and hope it's not too long before we see each other again. I think the life-time Blitz score between us is round about 100- 20 in your favour!:) And I have only got most of that 20 'cos I am older than you and played you in your inexperienced days.:lol:
Blessings,
Jono2

Tony Dowden
20-02-2008, 08:07 AM
Well, some time since I last saw you, I married an American ;)


That would be fun.

Congratulations, you kept that quiet! And I married a German (but you knew that?)

Dunno when I'll be up in QLD anytime soon, but a zonal or a large Swiss might be very tempting.

Tony Dowden
20-02-2008, 08:09 AM
Ditto, Tony! It was great to catch up last year at SIO and hope it's not too long before we see each other again. I think the life-time Blitz score between us is round about 100- 20 in your favour!:) And I have only got most of that 20 'cos I am older than you and played you in your inexperienced days.:lol:
Blessings,
Jono2

Actually I remember taking a few blitz beatings when my rating was at least 1800. You are too modest! ;)

Capablanca-Fan
20-02-2008, 12:45 PM
Congratulations, you kept that quiet! And I married a German (but you knew that?)
Thanx! Almost 3 years now. Yes I definitely know about yours.


WHAT?
Well, she says she feels more Australian than American; likes our directness. I've also introduced her to proper (i.e. British) comedy like Fawlty Towers, Keeping Up Appearances and Vicar of Dibley.

Basil
20-02-2008, 01:24 PM
Well, she says she feels more Australian than American; likes our directness. I've also introduced her to proper (i.e. British) comedy like Fawlty Towers, Keeping Up Appearances and Vicar of Dibley.
:lol: Sounds like she was glad to be rescued!

Adamski
20-02-2008, 04:53 PM
Thanx! Almost 3 years now. Yes I definitely know about yours. I have a wedding photo of Jono and Sherry I can email you if you wish, Tony.



Well, she says she feels more Australian than American; likes our directness. I've also introduced her to proper (i.e. British) comedy like Fawlty Towers, Keeping Up Appearances and Vicar of Dibley. Excellent, Jono!:clap:

Tony Dowden
22-02-2008, 06:34 AM
Well, now we've recovered from the fact that long confirmed chess-playing bachelors can actually change their spots, back to theTassie Championship ...

Aftter club tonight I should be able to post a list of early entries and perhaps another list of those who have indicated a clear intention to play.

Kevin Bonham
22-02-2008, 10:30 AM
I've posted my entry form today.

Tony Dowden
22-02-2008, 09:39 PM
Unfortunately Leo Minol was indisposed and couldn't make it to club tonight, so we don't know who has actually entered so far. But many of the usual suspects have indicated have indicated an intention to play:

Kevin Bonham (H), Adam, Ellyn and Mason Carter (H), James Briant (H), Alastair Dyer (NW), Vincent, Russell and Nina Horton (NW), Tony and Ben Dowden (L), Dallas Fry (L), Michael Lucht (L), Ramin and Mushtagh Rezaie (L), Justin Hood (L) [H = Hobart, NW = NorthWest, L = Launceston]

I'll add to this list of 16 as names come to hand. Cheers, Tony

Tony Dowden
23-02-2008, 12:13 PM
More names: Nigel Frame (H), Tony Sturges (H), David Hughes (NW), Kevin Hendrey (NW) - which brings us to a total of 20 'probables' - so presumably we can expect around 30 entries.

NOTE: The Launceston Chess Club committee has decided to extend the cut-off for the $5.00 'early-bird' discount to Friday Feb 29th.

Tony Dowden
25-02-2008, 12:38 PM
More names: Aisling McCullough (NW) and Carey Kuzmic (NW) = 22 probables

Tony Dowden
27-02-2008, 07:07 PM
Two more: Harrison Briant and an ACT player (now confirmed to be Ian Rout) = 24 probables.

This will be up-dated to actual entries over the weekend

Ian Rout
27-02-2008, 10:04 PM
an ACT player (Rout?)
Yes.

Kevin Bonham
28-02-2008, 05:03 AM
24 likely with over a week to go is good.

Tony Dowden
28-02-2008, 11:44 AM
Yes.

Thanks for confirming your intention to play Ian. Its great that you are prepared to travel down to Tassie again so soon after your last visit.

I'm looking forward to meeting you - and to playing in your 'home' event, the Doeberl Cup which looks like it will be a fantastic event this year.

Cheers, Tony

Tony Dowden
01-03-2008, 11:36 AM
26 confirmed entries to date - name, (junior), March 2008 rating, origin:

Tony Dowden 2010 (L)
Kevin Bonham 1961 (H)
Ian Rout 1846 (ACT)
Ramin Rezaie 1805 (L)
Nigel Frame 1740 (H)
Alastair Dyer (j) 1726 (NW)
Michael Lucht 1617 (L)
John Tandori 1482 (L)
Vincent Horton (j) 1460 (NW)
Justin Hood (j) 1426 (L)
David Hughes 1424 (NW)
Russell Horton 1415 (NW)
Dallas Fry 1374 (L)
Carey Kuzmic 1320 (NW)
Andrew Fifield (j) 1197 (NW)
James Briant (j) 1168 (H)
Tony Sturges 1126 (H)
Mason Carter (j) 1087 (H)
Nina Horton (j) 1027 (NW)
Mushtagh Rezaie (j) 981 (L)
Adam Carter 956 (H)
Ellyn Carter (j) 845 (H)
Ben Dowden (j) 692 (L)
Harrison Briant (j) 433 (H)
Aisling McCullough (j) 400 (NW)
Eamon Falloon (j) unr (L)

And 1 unconfirmed: Kevin Hendrey (j) 1341 (NW)

27 in total, including 14 juniors

Kevin Bonham
01-03-2008, 12:05 PM
John Tandory 1000 [est] (L)

I assume this is the same guy who played the 2004 Launceston Weekender, where his surname was spelt "Tandori", and he was competitive if somewhat erratic, defeating Graham Richards and Phil Donnelly (Phil was winning but blundered a piece) but also losing to Tony Sturges. Also there is a J Tandori on the ACF master list with a 1482?? rating (listed under Victoria) who I suspect could be the same guy. Anyway he is well over 1000 strength - probably at least 1400.

Tony Dowden
01-03-2008, 12:14 PM
I assume this is the same guy who played the 2004 Launceston Weekender, where his surname was spelt "Tandori", and he was competitive if somewhat erratic, defeating Graham Richards and Phil Donnelly (Phil was winning but blundered a piece) but also losing to Tony Sturges. Also there is a J Tandori on the ACF master list with a 1482?? rating (listed under Victoria) who I suspect could be the same guy. Anyway he is well over 1000 strength - probably at least 1400.

Thanks Kevin, all fixed now. (It seems he is the same John Tandori - from Cressy and ex VIC).

Kevin Bonham
04-03-2008, 01:31 AM
I heard tonight from Tony Sturges that Glen Gibbs is playing.

By the way, the H in the case of the Carters is Hastings - almost as far south as it is possible to go!

Tony Dowden
05-03-2008, 07:12 PM
UPDATE: The numbers are now up to 30 - with room for at least another dozen, so no one should worry about missing out (just don't be late on Saturday morning!)

29 confirmed entries to date:

L = Launceston and environs, NW = North West/ H = Hobart and environs

Name, (junior), March 2008 rating, origin:

Neil Markovitz 2056 (H)
Tony Dowden 2010 (L)
Kevin Bonham 1961 (H)
Ian Rout 1846 (ACT)
Ramin Rezaie 1805 (L)
Glen Gibbs 1786 (H)
Nigel Frame 1740 (H)
Alastair Dyer (j) 1726 (NW)
Michael Lucht 1617 (L)
John Tandori 1482 (L)
Milutin Ivkovic 1464 (H)
Vincent Horton (j) 1460 (NW)
Justin Hood (j) 1426 (L)
David Hughes 1424 (NW)
Russell Horton 1415 (NW)
Dallas Fry 1374 (L)
Carey Kuzmic 1320 (NW)
Andrew Fifield (j) 1197 (NW)
James Briant (j) 1168 (H)
Tony Sturges 1126 (H)
Mason Carter (j) 1087 (H)
Nina Horton (j) 1027 (NW)
Mushtagh Rezaie (j) 981 (L)
Adam Carter 956 (H)
Ellyn Carter (j) 845 (H)
Ben Dowden (j) 692 (L)
Harrison Briant (j) 433 (H)
Aisling McCullough (j) 400 (NW)
Eamon Falloon (j) unr (L)

And 1 unconfirmed entry:

Kevin Hendrey (j) 1341 (NW)

Kruupy
05-03-2008, 08:28 PM
I have personally heard from Glen that he was going...

Tony Dowden
06-03-2008, 06:47 AM
I have personally heard from Glen that he was going...

Thanks Kruupy - but I've taken 'confirmed' to mean entry actually received. It sounds like you aren't coming after all?

Kruupy
06-03-2008, 03:42 PM
I cannot be sure of what I am doing until tomorrow, hopefully there will still be some spots available.

I am opening a Pizza shop down here in the city and if I get hold of my oven tomorrow (Friday) I think we will be opening on sunday in which case I cannot go. However if I dont get it (Due to current luck this is likely) I will probably try to attend. Its a touch and go situation....

Tony Dowden
06-03-2008, 03:58 PM
I cannot be sure of what I am doing until tomorrow, hopefully there will still be some spots available.

I am opening a Pizza shop down here in the city and if I get hold of my oven tomorrow (Friday) I think we will be opening on sunday in which case I cannot go. However if I dont get it (Due to current luck this is likely) I will probably try to attend. Its a touch and go situation....

No worries Kruupy, we can open a second room. The more the merrier! (Note up-dated player list above).

Southpaw Jim
06-03-2008, 09:45 PM
I'd drop in to watch for a while, since I'll be in Launceston for the day, but I doubt I'll be allowed to with wife and child in tow..

Kevin Bonham
06-03-2008, 10:34 PM
Should be a good weekend; will be a record or near-record field and the strength of the top nine (at least) will ensure that the winner is well tested.

Kruupy
06-03-2008, 11:35 PM
Probability of me going is on the increase! - does anyone know if any player limits have been set yet?

Kevin Bonham
06-03-2008, 11:47 PM
Probability of me going is on the increase! - does anyone know if any player limits have been set yet?

In the update at the top of Tony's post 30 he says "The numbers are now up to 30 - with room for at least another dozen".

Kruupy
06-03-2008, 11:53 PM
Cheers KB.

Tony Dowden
07-03-2008, 12:56 PM
In the update at the top of Tony's post 30 he says "The numbers are now up to 30 - with room for at least another dozen".

Yes, there's still room at the inn!

santeb72
08-03-2008, 10:04 AM
Have fun all. I cannot make it unfortunately, but will watch out for results.

Hopefully I can get a game at the HICC this Monday night instead.

Sante

Tony Dowden
08-03-2008, 09:37 PM
I'm exhausted after three games(!) so here is brief update after Day 1:

The starting field was the following 29 players. (David Hughes didn't turn up).

Neil Markovitz 2056 (H)
Tony Dowden 2010 (L)
Kevin Bonham 1961 (H)
Ian Rout 1846 (ACT)
Ramin Rezaie 1805 (L)
Glen Gibbs 1786 (H)
Nigel Frame 1740 (H)
Alastair Dyer (j) 1726 (NW)
Michael Lucht 1617 (L)
John Tandori 1482 (L)
Milutin Ivkovic 1464 (H)
Vincent Horton (j) 1460 (NW)
Justin Hood (j) 1426 (L)
Russell Horton 1415 (NW)
Dallas Fry 1374 (L)
Kevin Hendrey (j) 1341 (NW)
Carey Kuzmic 1320 (NW)
Andrew Fifield (j) 1197 (NW)
James Briant (j) 1168 (H)
Tony Sturges 1126 (H)
Mason Carter (j) 1087 (H)
Nina Horton (j) 1027 (NW)
Mushtagh Rezaie (j) 981 (L)
Adam Carter 956 (H)
Ellyn Carter (j) 845 (H)
Ben Dowden (j) 692 (L)
Harrison Briant (j) 433 (H)
Aisling McCullough (j) 400 (NW)
Eamon Falloon (j) unr (L)

Rd 1: Just one upset. Kevin Bonham (1961) hung a knight to a standard tactic and must have been pleased when his opponent Carey Kuzmic (1320) sued for peace in a queen and knight ending where the guy with the two knights is meant to have all the fun.

Rd 2: Another upset: Vincent Horton (1460) played very steadily against Ramin Rezaie (1805) and managed to hold a dodgey bishop and pawn ending.

Rd 3: Markovitz and Dowden both won to go to 3/3 and set up a likely top board pairing in Round 4. Ian Rout (ACT visitor) could possibly join them on 3 - but when I left Alastair Dyer (on 1.5/2 I think) had laid siege to his king, so I am assuming that he won't.

More tomorrow!

Basil
08-03-2008, 09:43 PM
Nice report!

Qbert
09-03-2008, 05:55 AM
I'm exhausted after three games(!)
Rd 3: Markovitz and Dowden both won to go to 3/3 and set up a likely top board pairing in Round 4
More tomorrow!

Good luck for today, Tony - hang in there!

Quentin

Tony Dowden
09-03-2008, 05:32 PM
Good luck for today, Tony - hang in there!

Quentin

Thanks Q!

Tony Dowden
09-03-2008, 05:46 PM
Day 2 (Rounds 4 and 5).

Today was a good day for your truly. Rd 4: Markovitz-Dowden (an English Opening) was a quick win for Black when Neil chose a bad way to lose a piece as opposed to a line where he might have genrated reasonable compensation. Rd 5: Dowden-Rout (an early ...Bc5 Spanish) was another quick win when Black allowed a crushing kingside attack.

Bonham-Rout was draw in Round 4. I'm not to sure about other boards - will try to up-date later tonight. For instance, I don't know what happened to Markovitz in Rd 5 but I've got a suspicion he drew with KB (as I think Kevin is on 3.5). There seemed to be several draws though - and I do know that in Round 6 tomorrow KB has White against me on Board 1.

Capablanca-Fan
09-03-2008, 07:33 PM
No one can accuse Dr Dowden of having dodged the other high seeds this time ;) Any games worth posting?

Tony Dowden
09-03-2008, 08:12 PM
Thanks for that Jono. Mind, the notion that one could 'dodge high seeds' when sitting on 100% seems strange!

Up-date and memory refresh: now I remember, in Rd 5 Markovitz had Black against Frame and, I think, won in the end. The leaderboard after Rd 5 is probably: Dowden (5) Markovitz (4) Bonham, Rout, V.Horton (3.5) Dyer, Lucht, Frame, ... (3)

Some comments on the terrific bunch of juniors playing in the event:

State junior champion Alastair Dyer (15) is going through a readjustment as everyone now has an exaggerated respect for his strength. No doubt his form will pick up very soon. Although his rating will take a bit of punishment in the short term I won't be surprised to see him 100-200 rating points stronger within a few more rating periods. I have seen him escape from some woeful positions lately - always a sign of latent talent waiting to 'out'.

Vincent Horton (11) is following a Magnus Carlsen-like trajectory - that is to say his improvement is simply different to everyone elses! He is 1460 going on 1600-1700. What I like most about his play right now is that he is so tough to beat. When he is on song - remembering its easy for an 11-year-old to be tired some club nights - anyone under 1800 already seems to be struggling to win. In addition he is starting to manage his clock with more care.

I've been impressed with Jamie Bryant's play (14?) Although his performanances haven't caught that much attention, he works hard at the board (he was the only Tasmanian junior to gain rating points at the Aussie junior in January) and is bound to win some big scalps soon.

Kevin Hendrey (15?) is (quite suddenly?) managing the clock much more wisely which is bound to help him no end. I think he will score some big scalps soon as well.

Mason Cater (9) continues to play astonishingly good chess. And he's only been playing for something like 15 months!

Justin Hood (15) is a real talent - he is already the 4th strongest player in Launceston - but the current event is underlining the fact that he needs to be more patient and circumspect against strong opposition.

Tony Dowden
10-03-2008, 05:41 PM
Round 5
Bonham-Dowden was an unexciting Tarrasch French and ended in a quick draw. Markovitz ground down Vincent Horton - who yet again displayed great resilience under pressure. Rout beat Gibbs to move into contention for a major placing. Alastair Dyer won a long ending against Dallas Fry to also move into contention.

Round 6
Rout-Markovitz was drawn when a semi-forced repetition resulted. Dowden-Rezaie was also drawn but only after Dowden managed to weather a hair-raising attack after Ramin sacced a piece as Black on f3 in a Spanish (not what one might expect!). Dowden eventually accepted a draw in a better position (which meant he had the Tasmanian title in the bag). Dyer-Bonham was a French Winawer resulting in a draw - altough I'm told Dyer should have seriously considered playing on. In the last game to finish Vincent Horton displayed great determination and skill to beat former Tasmanian champion Michael Lucht in a double rook ending.

No doubt KB will supply full details including a few games some time in the next few days.

Final results
1st & Tasmanian Champion: Tony Dowden 6/7, 2nd: Neil Markovitz 5.5, 3rd: Ian Rout 5, U1700: Russell Horton 4.5, U18: Alastair Dyer 4.5, U12 (and equal U1700 & U18): Vincent Horton 4.5, U1400: Mason Carter 4, Tasmanian Senior Champion: Glen Gibbs 4.5, Tasmanian Women's Champion: Nina Horton 3.

charleschadwick
10-03-2008, 05:49 PM
Congratulations Tony
cheers Charles

Basil
10-03-2008, 05:51 PM
Excellent (brief, on point and easy to read) reporting, Tony. Thanks.

Bill Gletsos
10-03-2008, 07:18 PM
Tony in your previous post were not those round reports Rounds 6 & 7 rather than 5 & 6.

Kevin Bonham
10-03-2008, 08:03 PM
Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

1 Dowden, Tony TAS 2010 6 22.0 31.0 26.5
2 Markovitz, Neil TAS 2056 5.5 22.0 31.0 23.5
3 Rout, Ian C ACT 1846 5 23.0 32.5 22.5
4-10 Frame, Nigel TAS 1740 4.5 22.5 32.5 19.0
Rezaie, Ramin TAS 1805 4.5 21.5 31.0 18.5
Bonham, Kevin TAS 1961 4.5 21.5 30.0 19.5
Gibbs, Glen B TAS 1786 4.5 20.5 29.0 19.5
Horton, Vincent TAS 1460 4.5 19.0 26.0 18.0
Dyer, Alastair TAS 1726 4.5 18.5 25.5 19.0
Horton, Russell TAS 1415 4.5 17.5 22.5 17.0
11-13 Ivkovic, Milutin TAS 1464 4 20.5 27.5 17.0
Carter, Mason TAS 1087 4 17.5 23.5 14.0
Briant, James TAS 1168 4 17.0 23.0 15.0
14-17 Lucht, Michael TAS 1617 3.5 20.5 29.5 16.5
Hendrey, Kevin TAS 1321 3.5 18.0 25.5 14.0
Fifield, Andrew TAS 1197 3.5 17.5 25.0 13.0
Sturges, Tony (Thelston) TAS 1126 3.5 14.0 19.0 10.5
18-22 Fry, Dallas TAS 1374 3 17.5 24.5 12.0
Tandori, J VIC 1482 3 16.5 23.5 13.5
Hood, Justin TAS 1426 3 16.5 22.5 12.0
Horton, Nina TAS 1027 3 16.5 21.5 12.5
Rezaie, Mushtagh TAS 981 3 15.5 21.0 11.0
23-26 Kuzmic, Carey TAS 1320 2.5 16.0 22.5 10.5
Briant, Harrison TAS 433 2.5 16.0 21.0 9.5
Falloon, Eamon TAS 2.5 14.5 19.0 9.5
Carter, Ellyn TAS 845 2.5 13.5 19.0 6.5
27-28 Dowden, Ben TAS 692 2 16.5 23.0 8.0
Carter, Adam TAS 956 2 16.5 21.0 6.0
29 McCullough, Aisling TAS 400 0.5 14.0 20.0 2.5


No Name Feder Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

1 Dowden, Tony TAS 15:W 14:W 4:W 2:W 3:W 6:D 5:D
2 Markovitz, Neil TAS 18:W 19:W 7:W 1:L 4:W 8:W 3:D
3 Rout, Ian C ACT 16:W 11:W 9:W 6:D 1:L 7:W 2:D
4 Frame, Nigel TAS 12:W 10:W 1:L 13:W 2:L 5:D 11:W
5 Rezaie, Ramin TAS 13:W 8:D 14:L 12:W 10:W 4:D 1:D
6 Bonham, Kevin TAS 23:D 18:W 8:W 3:D 7:D 1:D 9:D
7 Gibbs, Glen B TAS 17:W 20:W 2:L 11:W 6:D 3:L 16:W
8 Horton, Vincent TAS 27:W 5:D 6:L 20:W 15:W 2:L 14:W
9 Dyer, Alastair TAS 21:W 24:W 3:L 10:D 14:D 18:W 6:D
10 Horton, Russell TAS 29:W 4:L 24:W 9:D 5:L 15:W 20:W
11 Ivkovic, Milutin TAS 26:W 3:L 17:W 7:L 12:W 13:W 4:L
12 Carter, Mason TAS 4:L 27:W 20:W 5:L 11:L 22:W 18:W
13 Briant, James TAS 5:L 28:W 25:W 4:L 19:W 11:L 21:W
14 Lucht, Michael TAS 22:W 1:L 5:W 15:D 9:D 16:D 8:L
15 Hendrey, Kevin TAS 1:L 23:W 22:W 14:D 8:L 10:L 28:W
16 Fifield, Andrew TAS 3:L 22:L 23:W 17:W 21:W 14:D 7:L
17 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) TAS 7:L 26:W 11:L 16:L 24:D 29:W 23:W
18 Fry, Dallas TAS 2:L 6:L 28:W 27:W 22:W 9:L 12:L
19 Tandori, J VIC 28:W 2:L 0:D 21:D 13:L 23:W 0:L
20 Hood, Justin TAS 25:W 7:L 12:L 8:L 28:W 27:W 10:L
21 Horton, Nina TAS 9:L 29:W 0:D 19:D 16:L 25:W 13:L
22 Rezaie, Mushtagh TAS 14:L 16:W 15:L 25:W 18:L 12:L 27:W
23 Kuzmic, Carey TAS 6:D 15:L 16:L 24:W 26:W 19:L 17:L
24 Briant, Harrison TAS 0:W 9:L 10:L 23:L 17:D 26:L 29:W
25 Falloon, Eamon TAS 20:L 0:W 13:L 22:L 29:W 21:L 26:D
26 Carter, Ellyn TAS 11:L 17:L 27:L 0:W 23:L 24:W 25:D
27 Dowden, Ben TAS 8:L 12:L 26:W 18:L 0:W 20:L 22:L
28 Carter, Adam TAS 19:L 13:L 18:L 29:W 20:L 0:W 15:L
29 McCullough, Aisling TAS 10:L 21:L 0:D 28:L 25:L 17:L 24:L

More details soon - hoping to get down to HICC sometime this evening.

Garvinator
10-03-2008, 08:06 PM
Bad luck KB, a couple of more draws and you could have been a GM ;) :whistle:

Kevin Bonham
10-03-2008, 10:06 PM
Couple of games in (hoping there'll be many more as there were some very nice ones, none of them mine.)

Rather messy last round game for the leader but neither human nor silicon power has yet found anything all that crushing for the opponent.

Dowden - R. Rezaie

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Qe1 Nd7 8.d4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Ne5 10.Nb3 Nf3+ 11.gxf3 Bh3 12.Qd2 Qc8 13.Qf4 h5 14.Qe5 f6 15.Qc3 Qe6 16.Nd4 Qf7 17.f4 Bxf1 18.Kxf1 0-0-0 19.Qb3 Qg6 20.Qe6+ Kb8 21.Be3 Rhe8 draw agreed (with white needing only a draw for outright first by this stage)

From the last round - with a dramatic time scramble ending

Horton,Vincent (1460) - Lucht,Michael (1617) [E80]
[Russell Horton]

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.f3 [5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 Ne7 8.Qd2 h5 9.Be2 h4 10.0-0-0 h3 11.g4 Nxg4] 5...Nc6 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 Ne7 8.Qd2 h5 9.Be2 h4 10.0-0-0 h3 11.g4 Nfg8 12.Bf1 Bh6 13.Bxh6 Nxh6 14.Bxh3 f5 15.gxf5 gxf5 16.Kb1 f4 17.Bxc8 Nxc8 18.Nge2 Nb6 19.b3 Nf7 20.Nc1 Qf6 21.Qf2 Ng5 22.N1e2 [22.Nb5;
22.c5 are both interesting here] 22...Nh3 23.Qf1 0-0-0 24.Ng1 Ng5 25.Qf2 a6 26.a4 Nh3 27.Nxh3 Rxh3 28.Qg2= Rdh8 29.Rd2 Qh6 30.Rf2 Qh7 31.Ne2 Rg8 32.Qf1 Rg5 33.Ng1 Rh6 34.h3 Rhg6 35.h4 Rh5 36.Qh3+ Kd8 37.Ne2 Rgh6 38.Rfh2 Nd7 39.Qg2 Ke8 [39...Rxh4? 40.Qg5+!] 40.Ng1 Kf7 41.Nh3 Ke7 42.Ng5 Qg6 43.Qg4 Rh8 44.Qe6+ Qxe6 45.Nxe6 Nf8 46.Ng7 R5h7 47.Nf5+ Kf6 48.Rg2 Ng6 49.Rg4 Ne7 50.Rg5= [50.Nxe7 Kxe7] 50...Nxf5 51.Rxf5+ Kg6?? 52.Rg1+ Kh6 53.Rfg5 [53.Rf6+ Kh5 54.Rfg6 Kxh4 55.Rh1#] 53...Rf7 54.h5 Rhh7 55.Rg6+ Kxh5 56.R6g2 1-0


Bad luck KB, a couple of more draws and you could have been a GM ;) :whistle:

Apart from the GM draw against Dowden, I should have scored about minus two points out of four from the rest. In super-GM-analogy terms I was blundering like Ivanchuk or putting pieces on ridiculous squares like Morozevich, all in order to draw like Leko. :wall:

Believe it or not this is not my most drawish Tas Champs ever! In 1991 (six rounds) I acheived the following results:

draw, draw, draw, draw, draw, win on forfeit

(At the time that was a very good result for me against that field.)

Adamski
10-03-2008, 10:11 PM
Congratulations Tony
cheers CharlesWell done , Tony - two years in a row?

Kevin Bonham
10-03-2008, 10:23 PM
Some comments on some individual games (of which I don't have the moves as yet):

In round 1 Gibbs vs Sturges was very close and reached a fiendishly hard rook ending where each side had two passed pawns on the sixth rank. (Gibbs' were connected, Sturges' weren't). I think it was drawn with best play but Gibbs managed to get a KRP v KR that initially looked drawn but Sturges' endgame technique was nowhere near holding it.

Round three Rezaie vs Lucht was one of the most dramatic games I have witnessed. It was a very sharp game all the way through, boiling down to an ending where Rezaie won Lucht's final bishop with check, leaving Lucht with queen and pawns while Rezaie had queen, knight and pawns. Furthermore Lucht had about 4 mins and Rezaie close to 20. But Rezaie's king was exposed and Lucht had two threats - getting the knight back with a fork, and getting a perpetual. Rezaie maneuvered desperately to try to keep his winning chances alive but as he did so Lucht picked off a pawn ... and another ... and another ... and another ... and finally with KQ5P vs KQNP, Lucht forced a queen swap, Rezaie couldn't hold the pawns and Lucht had won the game by repeatedly threatening to draw it!

Frame very unlucky to lose to Markovitz in round 5, played a strong game and should have drawn but I think he fell for a trick of some kind.

Round 6 Rout over Gibbs looked rather showy - when I saw it towards the end Rout had queen for two rooks but Rout's queen was rampant while Gibbs' pieces were hanging around on the back rank. Fry took Dyer to a time-scramble and I thought there were a number of chances for Fry to make it even harder for him but these were missed in time pressure and Dyer got through.

Round 7 Markovitz v Rout draw - the alternative to the repetition was a fascinatingly messy and unclear exchange for pawn sac.

Kevin Bonham
10-03-2008, 10:26 PM
Well done , Tony - two years in a row?

Three in a row and this is the first hat-trick since Adrian Flitney in 1981-2-3. One of Tony's was a tie, as was one of Flitney's.

Capablanca-Fan
10-03-2008, 11:59 PM
Couple of games in (hoping there'll be many more as there were some very nice ones, none of them mine.)
Any as good as Tony Dowden vs Bruce R Watson, New Zealand Championship 2008? (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1482790)


Rather messy last round game for the leader but neither human nor silicon power has yet found anything all that crushing for the opponent.

Dowden - R. Rezaie

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Qe1 Nd7 8.d4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Ne5 10.Nb3 Nf3+ 11.gxf3 Bh3 12.Qd2 Qc8 13.Qf4 h5 14.Qe5 f6 15.Qc3 Qe6 16.Nd4 Qf7 17.f4 Bxf1 18.Kxf1 0-0-0 19.Qb3 Qg6 20.Qe6+ Kb8 21.Be3 Rhe8 draw agreed (with white needing only a draw for outright first by this stage)
Then it's understandable to accept; White could surely have exploited B+N v R if it had been necessary.

Tony Dowden
11-03-2008, 08:29 AM
Congratulations Tony
cheers Charles

Thanks Charles!

Tony Dowden
11-03-2008, 08:30 AM
Tony in your previous post were not those round reports Rounds 6 & 7 rather than 5 & 6.
Yes! I'm still getting used to the notion of 7 rounds in a (long) weekend!

Tony Dowden
11-03-2008, 08:32 AM
Nice report!
Thanks mate!

Tony Dowden
11-03-2008, 08:33 AM
Excellent (brief, on point and easy to read) reporting, Tony. Thanks.

Thanks, I'll keep you on as a critic!

Tony Dowden
11-03-2008, 08:49 AM
Any as good as Tony Dowden vs Bruce R Watson, New Zealand Championship 2008? (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1482790)


Then it's understandable to accept; White could surely have exploited B+N v R if it had been necessary.

Yes, Jono, you are right. I definitely liked my chances at this stage (a direct king attack was getting tempting - especially as Ramin doesn't like defending). But after threading my way through that kingside minefield with my queen - I was very relieved to find all his wining attempts (I think) - discretion (and another title) seemed the better part of valour.

Although it was a very enjoyable game to play, the sacrificial attack against Bruce Watson wasn't sound. When I get time I'll write some notes and ask KB to post the game (I haven't figured out how).

Tony Dowden
11-03-2008, 08:51 AM
Well done , Tony - two years in a row?

Thanks Jono2

Capablanca-Fan
11-03-2008, 09:36 AM
Yes, Jono, you are right. I definitely liked my chances at this stage (a direct king attack was getting tempting - especially as Ramin doesn't like defending). But after threading my way through that kingside minefield with my queen — I was very relieved to find all his wining attempts (I think) — dicrestion (and another title) seemed the better part of valour.
It seems most doubtful that ...Nf3+ could work against good defence. A title on your own is definitely a good reason to take a draw.


Although it was a very enjoyable game to play, the sacrificial attack against Bruce Watson wasn't sound. When I get time I'll write some notes and ask KB to post the game (I haven't figured out how).
I wasn't sure about the soundness; definitely a long term plan with the Nxf6 second sac. Was clearly too much for Black to figure out over the board, as opposed to home analysis with computer help.

To post, use [ PGN ] game moves [ / PGN] but close the spaces; notes in brackets. An export from a computer database should be good enough to provide the moves and notes in readable format. Could go in the NZ Champs thread.

Qbert
11-03-2008, 10:06 AM
Congratulations Tony:clap:
Good luck at the Doberl Cup.

Q

Kevin Bonham
11-03-2008, 10:08 AM
Dowden-Watson (NZ Champs) posted in game viewer as requested to games and analysis section here (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=7813).

Kevin Bonham
11-03-2008, 12:03 PM
Posting some of my games as I annotate them - note that they are definitely not among the cream of the crop for the weekend but may be of interest to some.

Urgh, it gets worse; I knew I was losing in several of the games I drew but I was also losing momentarily in one of the two that I won.

I had my pet ...Qc7 Winawer in three games this weekend and misplayed it atrociously in all of them - mixing up lines, playing the right idea at the wrong moment or simply (as in the last game vs Dyer) putting all my pieces on idiotic squares because I decided on the spur of the moment to play a line I haven't refreshed my memory of in a while.

V Horton - Bonham.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qc7 7.Qg4 f5 8.Qd1 [8.Qh5+ g6 9.Qd1 to give black kingside weaknesses is better.] 8...cxd4? Mixing up lines again! Black should take this pawn in the Qg3 lines but with the Q on d1 it is better not to. 9.cxd4 Bd7 10.Nf3 Ba4 11.Bd3 Nc6 [Fancy queen swap with 11...Qc3+ 12.Bd2 Qxd3 13.cxd3 Bxd1 14.Kxd1 Nc6 15.Rb1 b6 gives black good endgame chances.] 12.0-0 Rc8? [12...Nge7] 13.Qe2?! [13.Ng5! is extremely strong here - I intended 13...Nxd4 (13...Qe7 14.Qh5+ g6 15.Qh3 and white has great pressure as 15...Nxd4 loses to 16.Qh4) defending the e-pawn but white just wins with 14.Qh5+ g6 15.Qh4 hitting the knight; 15...Qc3 16.Be3 Bxc2 17.Bxd4 Qxd3 18.Nxe6 etc is quite hopeless.] 13...Nge7 14.Rb1 Nd8 15.Bb5+? Black's position was still quite unpleasant but now white kindly simplifies into an ending that is good for black; he'll know not to do that in future! 15...Bxb5 16.Qxb5+ Qc6 17.Qxc6+ [17.Qb4! Qxc2 18.Bg5 Qc7 19.Rfc1 Nec6 20.Bxd8 Kxd8 and white has counterplay for the pawn.] 17...Rxc6 18.Rb2 b6 19.Bg5 h6 20.Bxe7 Black is clearly better now. 20...Kxe7 21.Rc1 Nb7 22.c3!? Rhc8 23.Rbc2 Na5 24.Nd2 Nc4 25.Nxc4 [25.Nb1 holds out longer but white's position is utterly passive ] 25...Rxc4 26.Kf1 Now black wins a pawn with a nice diversion trick worth knowing. 26...Ra4 27.Ra1? [White can make black work a little harder by giving up the isolated a-pawn without a fight, eg 27.Ke2 Rxa3 28.Kd3 Rb3 29.Ra2 a5] 27...Rxd4 28.f3 Rdc4 29.Rac1 d4 30.Ke2 Rxc3 31.Rxc3 Rxc3 32.Rxc3 dxc3 33.Kd3 Kd7 34.Kxc3 Kc6 35.Kc4 b5+ 36.Kd4 f4 37.h4 g5 38.h5 a5 39.Kc3 Kd5 40.Kd3 Kxe5 41.Kc3 Kd5 0-1

Kevin Bonham
11-03-2008, 12:21 PM
Bonham - Rout. Probably I wasn't as lost in this game as I thought I was (indeed later on I missed some chances for an advantage) but it looked pretty nasty for a while.

1.c4 e6 2.g3 This was the one transposition I hadn't prepared anything for and I wimped out of playing a Catalan because I didn't feel I knew it well enough and instead came up with ... total rubbish! 2...d5 3.cxd5 exd5 4.d4 So basically an exchange QGD but where white is putting the light square bishop on a more passive square. In other words, silly. 4...Nf6 5.Nf3 Bd6 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Bg5 c6 8.Bg2 h6 9.Bd2 Bf5 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Nh4 Bh7 12.Bh3 Re8 13.Qc1 [Don't know why I didn't just play 13.Nf5 immediately] 13...Ne4 14.Be3 Ndf6 15.Re1 Nxc3 16.bxc3 Ne4 17.Nf3 f5 [I was very relieved not to get 17...Qa5-/+ when White gets very tied down trying to hang on to the backwards c-pawn.] 18.Nd2 g5 19.Nxe4 dxe4 20.Bg2 [20.Rb1! and white may actually be better ] 20...Qf6 21.f4 exf3 22.exf3 f4 23.Bf2 Rxe1+ 24.Qxe1 Bg6 25.Qd2 Re8 26.a4 Qe6 27.Qb2 b6 28.Re1 Qd5 29.Rxe8+ Bxe8 30.Qe2 Black seemed to be considering ...Bf7 which I thought was dangerous and I was again relieved when he played 30...Kf7 31.Bf1 Qe6 32.Qa6 Qe7 33.Qc4+ Kf6 34.Qd3 Bb8 35.Bh3 Bd7 36.Bxd7 Qxd7 37.Kg2 [37.g4! but by this stage I was getting into time trouble.] 37...Qf5 38.Qc4 Qd5 39.Qxd5 cxd5 40.g4 Bd6 41.Kf1 Kg6 42.Ke2 h5 43.h3 hxg4 44.hxg4 Kf6 draw agreed.

Kevin Bonham
11-03-2008, 02:40 PM
Gibbs - Bonham

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qc7 7.Qg4 f5 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Qd1 Bd7 10.Nf3 Ba4 11.Bd3 Nd7 See note to black's 14th. 12.h4 h6 13.Rb1 cxd4 14.cxd4 Qc3+ This initiates a fancy queen-swap which I should have played immediately after 11.Bd3. The difference here is that White has been able to get the move Rb1 in, which means that I will not be able to look after my b-pawn and play Nc6. 15.Bd2 Qxd3 16.cxd3 Bxd1 17.Kxd1 b6 18.Ke2 Nb8 [18...Rc8 19.Rbc1 Kd8 is another option] 19.Rhc1 Na6? [19...Kd7 is better] 20.Rc6 Kf7 21.Rbc1 [21.Bxh6?! was considered by white but appears to be not quite enough.] 21...Ne7 22.R6c2? [Lucky for black as 22.Rd6 leaves Black unable to prevent the rook from reaching d7, and with nothing left to do but passive rook moves; I am sure white is winning here.] 22...Kg7 23.a4 Rhc8 24.a5 Rxc2 25.Rxc2 Rc8 [25...b5!?] 26.Rb2 Rc6?! [26...Rb8] 27.Ne1 Nc8 28.Nc2 Rc7 29.Nb4 Nxb4 30.Bxb4 g5 31.hxg5 hxg5 32.Kd2 Just when I was thinking white might overpress and lose this, he offers me a draw! If I had not been so far behind Dowden I would have played on. As it was I spent 15 minutes analysing the position trying to find a safe line leading to winning prospects for black, couldn't find one, so agreed.

Kevin Bonham
11-03-2008, 03:00 PM
Dyer - Bonham

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qc7 7.Nf3 Nc6 More mixing up of lines; I've been playing either ...b6 or ...Bd7 (both of which I didn't feel like playing in this particular game) for so long that I forgot that the main line here is not this but ...Nge7 8.a4 Bd7 9.Ba3 b6 10.Be2 Rc8? [10...f6] 11.0-0 Nge7 12.Ba6 Rd8 13.Bd3 c4 14.Be2 Nc8?! I want to use this one to prevent annoying bishop incursions then switch the other one to the kingside and pressure the a-pawn. But it's all too slow and I'll never actually be able to safely take the pawn. 15.Nh4 N6e7 We're actually playing Stratego not chess, and the thing on d8 is my flag. 16.f4 Nf5? Probably I should have just castled here, now that the dark-square bishop is less likely to attack on the kingside. 17.Nxf5 exf5 18.g4 [18.Qe1! Bxa4 19.Qg3 Rg8+-] 18...Qc6 19.Kh1 fxg4 20.Bxg4 Bxg4 21.Qxg4 Qg6 22.Rg1 [22.Qxg6 hxg6 23.f5 gxf5 24.Rxf5 Ne7 is actually fine for black] 22...Qxg4 23.Rxg4 g6 24.Rf1 Draw agreed. Actually it is not white but Black who should have played on here as with ...Ne7 Black is slightly better and at no particular risk.

Tony Dowden
11-03-2008, 04:42 PM
Congratulations Tony:clap:
Good luck at the Doberl Cup.

Q

Thanks Qbert - If I play like I did in the 2007 Sydney Int'l Open I'll need all the luck I can get in Canberra! But maybe my form will be better this time? Cheers, Tony

Tony Dowden
11-03-2008, 04:47 PM
Posting some of my games as I annotate them - note that they are definitely not among the cream of the crop for the weekend but may be of interest to some.

Urgh, it gets worse; I knew I was losing in several of the games I drew but I was also losing momentarily in one of the two that I won.


At least you weren't losing in our game KB! In fact it seems we managed to copy previous GM play until your Bf4 move - which although slightly inflexible (Ne1, f2-f4 plans are now less feasible) - was just fine. Cheers Tony

Kevin Bonham
13-03-2008, 01:27 AM
Another game I remember - Rezaie vs V Horton was a very resourceful save of a clearly lost SCB ending by the latter.

Tony Dowden
13-03-2008, 08:23 AM
Dyer - Bonham
24.Rf1 Draw agreed. Actually it is not white but Black who should have played on here as with ...Ne7 Black is slightly better and at no particular risk.

24.f5!? might be a better try. White might have had something to play for still. (Mind, being a Winawer player myself, I wouldn't have liked those doubled c pawns).

Ian Rout
13-03-2008, 08:54 AM
Unfortunately my scoresheets are making an unscheduled stopover in Melbourne. I'll put up a game or two when they come home.

Tony Dowden
13-03-2008, 09:04 AM
Dowden-Watson (NZ Champs) posted in game viewer as requested to games and analysis section here (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=7813).

I have posted comments on this game below KB's link.

Tony Dowden
13-03-2008, 09:12 AM
Unfortunately my scoresheets are making an unscheduled stopover in Melbourne. I'll put up a game or two when they come home.
And I'll put some up in the weekend (too busy before then).

Kevin Bonham
13-03-2008, 11:00 AM
First 49 moves of Lucht-Rezaie. Analysis left as an exercise for the reader. :lol:

1.g3 d5 2.Bg2 e5 3.d3 f6 4.e4 d4 5.f4 g6 6.fxe5 fxe5 7.Nf3 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Nd7 10.Rf1 Qf6 11.Qg4 Qb6 12.a3 0-0-0 13.Nd2 h5 14.Qf3 Bh6 15.Nc4 Qc6 16.Bxh6 Nxh6 17.a4 Rhf8 18.Qe2 Rxf1+ 19.Kxf1 Qf6+ 20.Kg1 h4 21.Rf1 Qg5 22.g4 Nf6 23.c3 c5 24.cxd4 cxd4 25.Qc2 Kb8 26.Qb3 Nd7 27.Qb5 Qe7 28.a5 Qc5 29.Qa4 b5 30.axb6 Nxb6 31.Qb3 Ka8 32.g5 Ng8 33.Rf7 Rb8 34.Qa2 Nxc4 35.dxc4 d3+ 36.Kf1 Rf8 37.Rxf8+ Qxf8+ 38.Ke1 d2+ 39.Ke2 d1=Q+ 40.Kxd1 Qf2 41.Qa4 Qg1+ 42.Kc2 Qxg2+ 43.Kd1 Qf3+ 44.Kd2 Qg2+ 45.Kd1 Qf3+ 46.Kd2 Qg2+ 47.Kd1 Qg1+ 48.Kc2 Qf2+ 49.Kb1

Also I have the end (by this stage Lucht is clearly winning). The moves 68...Nd8 69.Qd5 Qe7 have been played and it is white to play move 70:

1.c5 Nf7 2.g6 Nh6 3.Qd6+ Qxd6 4.cxd6 Kc8 5.e5 Kd7 6.g7 Ke6 7.b4 Kf7 8.d7 Ke7 9.e6 Ng8 10.b5 Kd8 11.b6 Ne7 12.b7 Kc7 13.b8=Q+ Kxb8 14.d8=Q+ Nc8 15.e7 1-0

Tony Dowden
15-03-2008, 09:38 AM
At the club last night when Michael and Ramin had their first opportunity to have a decent look at their epic Tassie Champs game (above) the club's resident kibitzer spotted a brilliant win for White after 36...Rf8(??). Black was definitely winning by this stage but after this 'fingerslip' White has a golden opportunity to force a win with 37.Qxa7!! Qxa7 38.Rxf8+ Kb7 39.Rf7+ and 40.Rxa7 with an easily won ending. The game continuation was completely different because Black's (highly dangerous) queen stays on the board.

Tony Dowden
15-03-2008, 10:29 AM
The game viewer wouldn't always accept notes in the game score(?) so in some cases notes are immediately below.

Tony Dowden - Nigel Frame (Round 3)
1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Bg2 c5 5.a3 Nc6 6.Rb1 Rb8?! 7.b4 cxb4 8.axb4 b6?! 9.d4! (As Nigel said after the game, he gave White "too much of a head start") 9...e6 10.Bf4 e5 11.dxe5 Nh5 12.Nf3 0-0 13.Bg5 Qe8 14.Nd5 Bxe5 15.Nxe5 Qxe5 16.Bh6 Bb7 (Or 16...Re8 17.g4 Ng7 18.Bf4) 17.Bxf8 Rxf8 18.0-0 Re8 19.e3 Ba8 20.f4 Qd6 21. e4 Ne7 22.e5 Qb8 23.Nxe7+ Rxe7 24.Bxa8 Qxa8 25.Qd6 Kf8 26.g4 Ng7 27.f5 Ne8 28.Qd4 f6? 29.fxg6 hxg6 30.Rbe1 Qc6 31.exf6 Rxe1 32.Rxe1 Nxf6 33.Rf1 Ke7 34.g5 Ne8 35.Re1+ Kd8 36.Qe5 d6? 37.Qe7+ 1-0
Note to Black's 28th: A tired move hoping for 28.exf6 Re4 but opening lines to his king has to be suicidal.

Neil Markovitz - Dowden (Round 4)
1.Nf3 e6 2.c4 f5 (As a recent convert to the White side of the English, I've found that a Dutch set-up can be irksome. In this game it works to a tee) 3.g3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.d3 d6 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Rb1 Qe8 9.Nb5 (The first sign an early morning round might not agree with Neil. 9.b4 looks more logical) 9...Bd8 10.Bg5 a6 (10...e5) 11.Bxf6 Rxf6 12.Nbd4 Ne7 13.c5 (Interesting, but Black can safely decline the pawn) 13...e5 14.cxd6 cxd6 15.Qb3+ (It looks wrong to block the b pawn) 15...Kh8 16.Nc2 f4 17.d4 (White is struggling to find a constructive plan. His attempt to blow up the centre soon goes badly awry) 17...e4 18.Ng5? (18.Ne1) 18...d5 19.Nh3?? (White had to try a piece sac on e4) 19...f3! 20.exf3 exf3 21.Rfe1 fxg2 22.Qxd5? Bxh3 23.Qxb7 Rc8 24.Nb4? Rb6 0-1
This game was Neil's first loss in match play since arriving in Tasmania from West Virginia, USA. I'm sure he'll give me a rough time in our return match! :)

Dowden - Ian Rout (Round 5)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Bc5 5.d3 Nge7 (Although this may be playable it doesn't combine well with Black's pawn pushes over the next few moves) 6.0-0 0-0 7.c3 d5 8.Nbd2 b5 9.Bb3 Bb6 10.Re1 dxe4 11.Nxe4 Ng6? 12.Nfg5! (White has a very strong attack) 12...Bf5 13.Nxh7! (13.Qh5 is also strong) 13...Bxe4 14.Nxf8 Qh4 15.Be3 Bxg2!? (Hoping to snatch a draw after 16.Nxg6 Qh3 17.f3? Bxf3 18.Qd2 Qg4+ 19.Kf1 Qh3+ 20.Kg1 Qg4+ etc.) 16.Nxg6 Qh3 17.Nh4! 1-0

Dowden - Ramin Rezaie (Round 7)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Qe1 Nd7 8.d4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Ne5 10.Nb3 Nf3+?! (This looks unsound to me now but in the high stakes atmosphere of the final round it had good shock value) 11.gxf3 Bh3 12.Qd2! Qc8 (12...Bd6 was an important alternative but I'd be surprised if it's dangerous) 13.Qf4?! (This queen tour variation can't be right. Instead a refutation of Black's idea might be 13.Rd1! and Kh1 followed by Rg1 if needed. My last round stategy was to keep the draw zone as wide as possible and it seemed safer to move my queen to a defensive post) 13...h5 14.Qe5 f6 15.Qc3! Qe6 16.Nd4 Qf7 17.f4 Bxf1 18.Kxf1 0-0-0 19.Qb3 Qg6 20.Qe6+ Kb8 21.Be3 Rhe8?! Draw agreed
White's 14th: It was essential for the queen to step off the c1-h6 diagonal and unmask the Bc1 to prevent 14...Rh6
White's 15th: Here I suddenly realised my planned 15.Qg3(?) could be met by 15...Kf7!! which prevents 16.Qg6+, threatens to trap White's queen with ...g5 and ...h4, and (by winning some tempi through chasing White's queen) supercharges Black's attack. Fortunately for White his queen can also utilise c3 where dual access to b3 and h3 is very useful.
Black's 15th Black threatens the unsubtle mating manoeuvre of Qf7-g6
Move 19: In the game I thought this resource would finally blunt Black's initiative but maybe I need a better 21st move.
End of game: I was more worried about 21...c5! when I may have to bail out with the unappealing 22.Qe7 cxd4 23.Bd2. After Ramin's 21...Rhe8 which was accompanied by a draw offer, I actually thought about playing on but, given I was now in first place on my own, not for long! :D

Afterwards Ramin suggested that 8.Nc3 was better for me - so I tried it out against him in our very next club game ...

Dowden - R.Rezaie (14/3/2008) [1 hour game plus 15 sec increment]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Qe1 Nd7 8.Nc3 c5 9.Nd5 Bd6?! (0-0 looks better) 10.d3 c6 11.Ne3 0-0 12.Nf5 Nf6 13.N3h4 Bxf5 14.Nxf5 Nh5? (Typical play by Ramin but this is too extravagant. Now White builds up a dangerous initiative) 15.Qd1 Nf4 16.Qg4 Qf6 17.g3 Ng6 18.h4 (Black now blunders but White is already winning) 18...Nh8?? 19.Nh6+ 1-0

Ian Rout
15-03-2008, 01:47 PM
An amusing finish (to an otherwise undistinguished game). Of course the underpromotion is not necessary but it is best (= quickest) and you don't get these chances very often.

Ivkovic 1464 -Rout 1846 (2)
49. Ra3 b1=N+ 50. Kc2 Rc1# 0-1

Ian Rout
15-03-2008, 01:58 PM
There are some inaccuracies in this game - well it was the third game of the day.

Rout 1846 - Dyer 1726 (3)
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 cxd4 5. Qa4+ Bd7 6. Qxd4 exd5 7. Qxd5 Nf6
8. Qd1 Nc6 9. Nf3 Bc5 10. e3 Qe7 11. Be2 O-O-O 12. O-O g5 13. a3 (13. b4!
returning the pawn for a quick attack, is best - I thought so but couldn't
remember for sure as I haven't played this position for over ten years.) 13...
g4 14. Nd4 h5 15. b4 Bd6 16. Ncb5 Be5 17. Bb2 Kb8 18. Rc1 h4 19. Nxc6+?! (
a little over-anxious, 19. Rc5 looks better.) 19... Bxc6 20. Bxe5+?! (20.
Nd4) 20... Qxe5 21. Nd4 Bd5 22. Qc2 Ne4? (22... g3) 23. Bxg4 h3 24. g3 Rdg8
25. f4? (The intended 25. Bf3 is fine, or 25. Nf3 Qd6 26. Rfd1) 25...
Qe7 26. Qe2?? (Another, and even worse, change of plan. The e-pawn doesn't
need protecting because of 26. Bf3 Nxg3 27. hxg3 Qxe3+ (27... h2+ 28. Kh1 Rxg3
29. e4 holds.) 28. Kh2 Qxd4 29. Rfd1) 26... Nf6?? (26... Nxg3! 27. hxg3
h2+ 28. Kf2 h1=Q 29. Rxh1 Bxh1 30. Bh5 Bd5 is good for Black.) 27. Bf3 Ne4
28. Rc2 Rxg3+ 29. hxg3 Nxg3 (29... h2+ 30. Qxh2 Rxh2 31. Kxh2) 30. Bxd5 (30.
Qd3 is adequate but this kills the attack.) 30... Nxe2+ 31. Rxe2 h2+ 32. Kh1
Rd8 33. Bf3 Rh8 34. Rc1 Qd7 35. Rc3 Qe7 36. Bg2 (time, but Black is lost.)
1-0

Ian Rout
15-03-2008, 02:05 PM
This game is not conducive to quick analysis so I won't try.

White contrives to get an improved Milner-Barry. Although Black nominally escapes to a material advantage of two Rooks plus pawn versus Queen, in practice these positions with the Rooks disconnected and the King stuck in between are better for the Queen, though White has to find a way to ooze round the central pawns before Black gets organised.

Rout 1846 - Gibbs 1786 (6)
1. d4 e6 2. e4 d5 3. Bd3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Nf3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. O-O Qb6 8. Re1
Be7 9. Na3 cxd4 10. cxd4 Nf8 11. b3 Bb4 12. Re3 Bc3 13. Rb1 Nxd4 14. Nxd4 Bxd4
15. Nb5 Bc5 16. b4 Be7 17. Qc2 Kd8 18. Rf3 f5 19. exf6 Bxf6 20. Rxf6 gxf6 21.
Be3 Qc6 22. Qb2 e5 23. Rc1 Qd7 24. Rc7 Qxc7 25. Nxc7 Kxc7 26. Qc1+ Kd8 27. Bc5
h5 28. f4 e4 29. Qc3 Nd7 30. Bb5 Rh6 31. Qg3 Nxc5 32. Qg8+ Kc7 33. bxc5 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
15-03-2008, 02:08 PM
Hi KB, The technology is too much for me! Do you have any idea why the viewer won't cooperate for the first of the Dowden-Rezaie games above? Cheers Tony
Seems like you did everything right. Still playing the DERLD then?

Tony Dowden
15-03-2008, 04:43 PM
Seems like you did everything right. Still playing the DERLD then?

As you can see, I've found a solution but not the precise problem ...

Lol, I only rarely play the DERLD now. I supose I thought playing an anti-Marshall line line of the Spanish was a better option against Ramin than, say, playing an English. Maybe not though as I think it turned out to be his first half point against me.

pattox
15-03-2008, 07:53 PM
Hi Tony, Congratulations on your tournament win.

I was looking at your game against Neil Markovitz and was wondering why you didn't play 21. ...Nxd5?

(John Slidziunas)

Tony Dowden
15-03-2008, 08:18 PM
Hi Tony, Congratulations on your tournament win.

I was looking at your game against Neil Markovitz and was wondering why you didn't play 21. ...Nxd5?

(John Slidziunas)

Thanks a lot John. Look one move further! After 22...Nxd5?? 23.Rxe8+ and White mates!

I'm looking forward to catching up with you down in Hobart some time. Cheers, Tony

pattox
16-03-2008, 07:16 AM
Thank you Tony. And thank you also for putting it so gently!

The only thing I can do to assuage my embarassment is to partly (perhaps even wholly) blame fritz8.

I had pasted the game straight into fritz-not via the viewer- and the following is what "arrived".
and that is what I was looking at when I asked the question. In this context my question was reasonable but, quite silly in the context of the complete game with the missing moves reinstated.

1.Nf3 e6 2.c4 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg2 00 6.d3 d6 7.00 Nc6 8.Rb1 Qe8 9.Nb5 Bd8 10.Bg5 a6 11.Bxf6 Rxf6 12.Nbd4 Ne7 13.c5 e5 14.cxd6 cxd6 15.Qb3+ Kh8 16.Nc2 f4 17.d4 e4 18.Ng5 d5 19.Nh3 f3 20.exf3 exf3 21.Qxd5 Bxh3 22.Qxb7 Rc8 23.Nb4 Rb6 Line

Somehow, and I'm not sure how, a move by both sides is missing. When I look back, in my post I was referring to move 21. .... whereas in yours it was move 22. ....

To add to the mystery, I repeated the copy/paste process with fritz8 this morning and this time the full set of moves appeared. So, this experience leaves me very nervous about the whole process of importing chesschat games into fritz.

If anyone knows of an ironclad, repeatable way of importing these games into fritz I would be happy to hear about it.

Tony Dowden
16-03-2008, 08:02 AM
Thank you Tony. And thank you also for putting it so gently!

The only thing I can do to assuage my embarassment is to partly (perhaps even wholly) blame fritz8 ---

--- Somehow, and I'm not sure how, a move by both sides is missing. When I look back, in my post I was referring to move 21. .... whereas in yours it was move 22. ....

To add to the mystery, I repeated the copy/paste process with fritz8 this morning and this time the full set of moves appeared. So, this experience leaves me very nervous about the whole process of importing chesschat games into fritz.

If anyone knows of an ironclad, repeatable way of importing these games into fritz I would be happy to hear about it.

Hi again John,

I thought there had to be a complex reason you would overlook something as straightforward as Rxe8 because it not only mates in another move, it recaptures a queen.

I don't use Fritz so I can't help, sorry.

Cheers, Tony

Kevin Bonham
18-03-2008, 05:04 PM
This has reached me in the mail, just about immaculately handwritten on lined paper, with the annotations as given below which I have copied as supplied even though I disagree with at least one of them!

Endgame buffs may enjoy playing spot-the-missed-win(s) in the rook ending.

Sturges (1126) - H. Briant (433)
[annotations: Sturges]

1.g3 e6 2.b3 Nc6 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Ba3 d5 Declining to exchange bishops with a bold central thrust while at the same time not blocking the exchange. 5.Bxf8 Rxf8 Although 5...Kxf8, with artificial castling, would appear more natural, Black maintains the option of queen-side castling. 6.Na3 e5 7.c4 d4 8.Bxc6+ Probably not the wisest move. 8...bxc6 9.d3 Bb7 Black's fianchettoed Bishop is now rather strong, which is a bit ironic after White's opening. 10.Nf3 Qd6 11.Nc2 c5 12.0-0 Qc6 13.b4 g5 14.b5 Qe6 15.Nxg5 Qg4 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.dxe4 Bxe4 18.f3 Bxc2 19.fxg4 Bxd1 20.Raxd1 0-0-0 21.Rf5 e4 22.Rxc5 Rg8 23.Rd5 d3 24.exd3 exd3 25.R1xd3 Rxd5 26.Rxd5 Rxg4 27.c5 Rb4 28.c6 Rb1+ 29.Kg2 Rb2+ 30.Kh3 Rxa2 31.Rd7 Rb2 32.Rxf7 Kd8 33.Rf8+ Ke7 34.Ra8 Rxb5 35.Rxa7 Kd6 36.g4 Kxc6 37.Ra6+ Rb6 38.Ra3 Kb5 39.g5 c5 40.Rb3+ Ka5 41.Rc3 Kb4 42.Rc1 c4 43.Kg4 c3 44.h4 Rc6 45.Kf5 Kb3 46.h5 Rc5+ 47.Kf6 Kb2 48.Rg1 c2 49.g6 Rxh5 50.g7 Rh6+ 51.Kf7 Rg6 52.Rxg6 hxg6 53.g8=Q c1=Q 54.Qxg6 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
18-03-2008, 05:23 PM
Rout-Markovitz. IIRC the idea of an exchange sac by either 22 or 23....Re2 was analysed here after the game but it seems to actually be completely unsound.

1. d4 c5 2. d5 Nf6 3. Nf3 g6 4. c4 d6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. e4 Bg4 7. Be2 O-O 8. Nd2
Bd7 9. Nf1 e5 10. dxe6 Bxe6 11. Ne3 Nc6 12. O-O Nd4 13. Ned5 Bxd5 14. exd5 Re8
15. Bd3 a6 16. Bg5 Qb6 17. Rb1 Nd7 18. f4 Re3 19. Qd2 Rae8 20. Kh1 h6 21. Bh4
Qb4 22. Bf2 R3e7 23. Bh4 Re3 1/2-1/2

Rout-Fifield. Fifield thought he had had chances here but it is clear to me that although he was a pawn up he could not hold it. However, stronger resistance could have been offered than was.

1. d4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. c4 O-O 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. O-O Nc6 8. e4
Nf6 9. d5 Na5 10. Nc3 e6 11. Qa4 b6 12. Rd1 exd5 13. e5 Bd7 14. Qh4 Ng4 15.
Qxd8 Raxd8 16. Bg5 Rde8 17. Nxd5 Nxe5 18. Ne7+ Kh8 19. Nxe5 Ba4 20. Re1 f6 21.
N7xg6+ hxg6 22. Nxg6+ Kg8 23. Nxf8 fxg5 24. Rxe8 Bxe8 25. Ne6 Bxb2 26. Rd1 Bf7
27. Rd8+ Kh7 28. Nxg5+ Kg6 29. Nxf7 Kxf7 30. Rd7+ Ke6 31. Rxc7 b5 32. Rxa7 Nc4
33. h4 Kf5 34. Bf1 Ke4 35. h5 Kf3 36. h6 Bd4 37. Rf7+ Kg4 38. Rf4+ Kh5 39. Rxd4
1-0

A report including the games Markovitz-Dowden and Rout-Gibbs and a link to this thread has been submitted to the ACF newsletter.

Thanks very much to all who have supplied games. In my view this was a much more interesting state title in terms of the games actually played than last year's, and one of the more exciting ones in that sense for several years.

Tony Dowden
19-03-2008, 07:34 AM
Message to players at the Tasmanian Championship:

Up until now I had forgotten to report that I'd take home a phone recharger (I think it is?!) from the venue. Is it yours?

Tony Dowden
22-03-2008, 08:18 AM
Message to players at the Tasmanian Championship:

Up until now I had forgotten to report that I'd take home a phone recharger (I think it is?!) from the venue. Is it yours?

I've now located the owner of said apparatus.