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Kevin Bonham
28-04-2008, 05:33 PM
Tasmanian Open and Tasmanian Lightning Championship 2008

Class One Myer Tan Australian Chess Grand Prix event
Hosted by Hobart International Chess Club for the TCA

VENUE: Migrant Resource Centre, 49 Molle St, Hobart

OPEN: 6 round Swiss. 90 minutes plus 10 seconds per move per player.

ROUNDS START: Sat 7th June 10:30 am, 2:45 pm, Lightning 7:00 pm.
Sun 8th June 9:30 am, 2:45 pm, 7:00 pm
Mon 9th June 9:00 am

ENTRY FEES: $55 waged, $50 concession, $30 U18, $25 U12, $5 discount if received by 1 June. Entries on the day close 10am (subject to equipment). If considering entering on the day please let us know.

PRIZES: 1st c. 40%, 2nd c. 20%, 3rd, U1700, U1400 c. 10% of prize pool (subject to at least three entries per division), U18 prize $60, U12 prize $50. Prize pool is all money received except running costs and levies.

LIGHTNING: Swiss or Round Robin depending on entries. Entry $10. Pay on night. All entry money paid as prizes.

D.O.P : Kevin Bonham ARBITERS: To be appointed.

ENQUIRIES: Kevin Bonham ph. 6224 8487 email k_bonham@tassie.net.au

NOTES: FIDE Laws 2005 apply – ringing mobiles will incur automatic forfeit. Entrants agree to abide by all decisions of the organisers and arbiters. The organisers reserve the right to make any changes required.

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ENTRY FORM

Name: DOB (if under 18):
Address:
Phone: Email (optional):

Please detach this form and post it with payment to Kevin Bonham, 410 Macquarie Street, South Hobart, Tas 7004. Cheques and money orders to be made payable to HOBART INTERNATIONAL CHESS CLUB only, not to the TCA.

(Printable version of entry form with schedule attached - TCA logo omitted for file size for forum upload reasons).

Eligibility to win the Tasmanian Lightning Championship title is confined to those who are current residents of Tasmania and have lived in Tasmania for a total of at least one year during their life.

Tony Dowden
28-04-2008, 09:50 PM
You can count me in!

GoodNite
29-04-2008, 02:37 PM
I will be there too!

Kevin Bonham
17-05-2008, 12:15 PM
It has been brought to my attention that the closing date for early entry discount as stated on the entry form is actually a Sunday. Early entry discount will therefore also apply to anyone who pays at HICC on Monday 2nd June, provided they pay in cash.

Kevin Bonham
23-05-2008, 08:41 PM
Early days but we have eleven confirmed entries so far: Tony Dowden, Kevin Bonham, Glen Gibbs, Alastair Dyer, Nigel Lewis, Janice Martin, Tony Sturges, Andrew Fifield, Mason Carter, Adam Carter, Ellyn Carter.

Kevin Bonham
28-05-2008, 03:16 PM
More entries: Milutin Ivkovic; Carey and Dylan Kuzmic; Russell, Nina and Vincent Horton, and David Hughes.

GoodNite
29-05-2008, 08:11 AM
Kevin, I would like to enter too. Not having a cheque account, can I drop the form in to you with the cash? If so, when. Of course I should be able to drop round to the HICC later in the evening on Monday. At the moment most Mondays are problematic because I have internal group meetings that finish a bit late on the Monday. But I can be there aroudn 8-ish or so. David

Kevin Bonham
29-05-2008, 07:07 PM
Kevin, I would like to enter too. Not having a cheque account, can I drop the form in to you with the cash? If so, when. Of course I should be able to drop round to the HICC later in the evening on Monday. At the moment most Mondays are problematic because I have internal group meetings that finish a bit late on the Monday. But I can be there aroudn 8-ish or so. David

Monday night at any time during club hours (7:30 onwards) would be fine, and ditto for anyone else who would like to enter on Monday night (but if doing so, please enter by cash.)

Thanks.

GoodNite
30-05-2008, 12:47 PM
Great, see you Monday. D.

Tony Dowden
01-06-2008, 02:50 PM
More entries: Milutin Ivkovic; Carey and Dylan Kuzmic; Russell, Nina and Vincent Horton, and David Hughes.

As someone who has only played in Tasmania for a few seasons I'm very, very impressed by the continuing loyalty and commitment to state tournaments by Tasmanian players. Its still a week out and there are already about 20 entries for the Tasmanian Open.

I find it especially interesting to make comparisons with the current Queen's Birthday event currently taking place in Dunedin, NZ at my previous club. This event is both FIDE and nationally rated.

Here is is the field. I've inserted a few local players (with imaginary NZ Elo ratings apart from myself) to give an idea of where Tasmanians might fit in.

2306 FM Nic Croad (Wellington)
>> 2132 Tony Dowden (TAS)
2116 John Sutherland (Dunedin)
2116 Quentin Johnson (Dunedin)
>> 2000 Kevin Bonham (TAS)
1902 Michael Nyberg (Wellington)
1889 Ross Jackson (Wellington)
1808 Geoff Aimers (Dunedin)
>> 1800 Alastair Dyer (TAS)
1781 Hamish Gold (Dunedin)
1760 Arie Nijman (Christchurch)
>> 1700 Glen Gibbs (TAS)
1675 Simon Ward (Christchurch)
1670 Bruce Gloistein (Christchurch)
1627 Terry Duffield (Dunedin)
1587 Nigel Cooper (Christchurch) 1587
>> 1500 Vincent Horton (TAS)

What do I notice here?

Some things are similar. The entry fees are comparable (Dunedin: $60 adults $35 juniors). Both events will be well run and will be pleasant to play in. The Otago CC owns its own rooms so probably has the edge over Hobart International CC in terms of playing conditions.

But the differences between the two events are palpable. In Dunedin there are only 12 players! There are NO juniors! (Actually most are over 40 yeras old). And there are NO players under 1500! :eek:

In my opinion this scenario would be being played out here in Tasmania - EXCEPT for the wonderful commitment to junior chess in Tasmania. Can I urge all clubs not to slacken their hitherto impressive resolve to encourage juniors?

The example of the Burnie Chess Club is superb - despite one or two Burnie adults perhaps feeling they have been a little too successful now that the juniors are starting to win everything :lol:

Kevin Bonham
01-06-2008, 03:10 PM
Now that the new ratings are through, this is the current field in rating order.

* = has indicated entering but not yet paid

2073 David Small
2026 Tony Dowden
1931 Kevin Bonham
1781 Glen Gibbs
1778 Charles Chadwick*
1746 Nigel Frame
1701 Alastair Dyer* (j)
1526 Vincent Horton (j)
1471 Milutin Ivkovic
1449 Russell Horton
1431 Nigel Lewis
1424 David Hughes
1408 Janice Martin
1321 Dylan Kuzmic
1299 Mason Carter (j)
1273 Carey Kuzmic
1243 Andrew Fifield* (j)
1166 Tony Sturges
1025 Nina Horton (j)
901 Adam Carter
768 Ellyn Carter (j) - Withdrawn

Kevin Bonham
03-06-2008, 10:17 PM
Minor edits made to entry list above.

Currently 20 entries so won't be a huge field but looking like a pretty strong one by Tassie standards, especially if some of the possibles materialise ...

santeb72
03-06-2008, 11:09 PM
With the average rating of 1498, this is a really top field.

Really looking forward to seeing the results of this one.

Tony Dowden
04-06-2008, 08:11 AM
Aren't you playing Sante? I thought you'd be out to beat me good and properly this time ;)

santeb72
04-06-2008, 01:45 PM
I would love to play but havnt committed yet as there are a few family things to do on the weekend that may prevent me.

I have been studying my secret Anti-French English with tinge of Kings Indian Moscow Variation 12 a3 !? defence which I hope to catch a few of the over 1900 players with, but see how we go! :)

Taking 3 days out is tough on the people that have committments, young families, work ect.

I know a few chess widows out there who always threaten to ring the divorce lawyers the weekend following a tournament!.

Hope to catch on the weekend Tony, if not best of luck!.

Sante

Tony Dowden
04-06-2008, 03:27 PM
I would love to play but havnt committed yet as there are a few family things to do on the weekend that may prevent me.

Hope to catch on the weekend Tony, if not best of luck!

Sante

Yes, it is important to keep your wife and family happy. Maybe you can make it to the Lightning Championship - about your normal pace anyway - isn't it? :lol:

Too bad about your secret preparation - its not secret any more! :cool:

Garvinator
04-06-2008, 04:51 PM
Maybe you can make it to the Lightning Championship - about your normal pace anyway - isn't it? :lol
From what I have read on here, so a Martin v sante game would be finished half an hour after start time ;)

santeb72
04-06-2008, 04:57 PM
From what I have read on here, so a Martin v sante game would be finished half an hour after start time ;)

A Ivkovic,Martin, Bettiol tournament would be over in 10 min max. None of this 90 min plus 30 sec fluff. Blitz sorts out the real men from the boy :) Think and think quick and get it over with.

Problem is that we would have broken 4 clocks in the bashing.

Could be also the reason that all of us are still ranked in the 1400s :(

But my theory is that if I havnt seen the winning move in 5 mins, then I doubt that I will see it in 30 mins.

We should have a 3 day tournament, full of just 5 min games. Imagine that , 6 games an hour, 8 hour tournament, 48 games a day, 144 games over the 3 days. You would never want to see a board for a week.

Brian_Jones
04-06-2008, 05:03 PM
A Ivkovic,Martin, Bettiol tournament would be over in 10 min max. Problem would be that we would have broken 4 clocks in the bashing. .

Maybe an opportunity for a chess retailer? :)

See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=DGT2010

santeb72
04-06-2008, 05:07 PM
Maybe an opportunity for a chess retailer? :)

See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=DGT2010

Certainly would be good testers for any blitz product :) We would be happy to receive any free products to put through the paces!

Tony Dowden
04-06-2008, 09:48 PM
We should have a 3 day tournament, full of just 5 min games. Imagine that , 6 games an hour, 8 hour tournament, 48 games a day, 144 games over the 3 days. You would never want to see a board for a week.

Reminds me of (very) old teenage dreams of having a go at the (then) seemingly assailable world record for marathon blitz - and having some long sessions with multile opponents. Its amazing how your brain can slowly shut down but somehow you keep setting up one-movers ;)

But these days an hour or two of blitz is easily enough to scramble my brain :eek:

Hope to see you during the weekend Sante :)

GoodNite
05-06-2008, 07:07 AM
Quick query to you all. I asked Kevin, but he is not a car person. For those of you who are driving in, what is the parking like around the tourney venue? Is there decent parking on the street on saturday?

Tony Dowden
05-06-2008, 06:14 PM
Hi David,

I'm a 'car person' but not a Hobartian. My therefore non-expert opinion - remembering Molle St is one-way - is that if I go further along Molle St (past the club) and up the hill a little I can find a park. (This is assuming you are OK to walk a few hundred metres). See you on Saturday.

Cheers, Tony

Southpaw Jim
05-06-2008, 09:39 PM
There's the carpark over the fence, but it's got a sign claiming that it's a towaway area - fine for Monday nights, but probably too risky during a full Saturday.

I'd be surprised if the meters in that area operated on a Saturday, especially the further away from the CBD you get. I'd recommend just making sure you're 10mins early so you can drive around a bit if need be. There'd be something around within a block or 2.

I'd like to be playing, but I'm in the same position as Sante. Negotiations with the wife have resulted in a tentative leave-pass for the September weekender...

Kevin Bonham
05-06-2008, 10:41 PM
I checked this this morning and there is plenty of free street parking on Macquarie St on weekends. The meters don't apply on weekends. There are 2P spaces that apply on Mondays (some metered some not) but whether they are applicable to, or enforced on, public holidays is unknown to me. And yes, as Tony says, if you're willing to walk a little way you should be able to find free parking anyway.

I wouldn't recommend parking in the adjacent carpark as the Centre did get one call from the owners after a previous event.

Southpaw Jim - September weekender is in August this year (16-17). We've moved it forwards out of the school holidays because the turnout last year was too low.

Southpaw Jim
05-06-2008, 10:47 PM
Hmm 16-17 August... my eldest's 2nd birthday is on 18 August.. must try and organise parties on the following weekend! :eek:

GoodNite
06-06-2008, 06:57 AM
Thanks to all of you for your advice. See you tomorrow. D :)

Kevin Bonham
06-06-2008, 07:16 PM
Julian Steward 1748 has entered and Andrew Kruup 1508 and Michael Midson 1479 are likely to play.

Kevin Bonham
06-06-2008, 07:42 PM
Neil Markovitz 2022 has also entered. By Tassie standards this will be a very strong field!

Kevin Bonham
06-06-2008, 09:58 PM
Kevin Hendrey 1353 (j) has also entered. We are now looking at a field of at least 23 and perhaps 25 or more for the Open.

Kevin Bonham
07-06-2008, 09:58 PM
Lightning Championship

The 2008 Tasmanian Lightning attracted a field of 15 players. After four rounds defending champion Tony Dowden was tied for the lead with Alastair Dyer (the two having drawn in round 2) and after round five, these two had cleared out to lead by a point and a half. The title was decided when Dyer lost to Milutin Ivkovic (an occupational hazard for leaders of Tassie blitz tournaments!) in round eight, and in the final round Dowden only needed a draw for outright first with Dyer second. Former state champion Julian Steward, who has recently returned to tournament chess, was third. A close fight for the junior prize was decided in Vincent Horton's favour with Kevin Hendrey and Andrew Fifield very close behind; unfortunately the other junior in the field, Bradley Vince, was not up to this level. Second seed Kevin Bonham had an absolute shocker and was lucky to avoid a Cheparinov-style "Audi" with an upset victory against the bye in round 5.


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

1 Dowden, Tony TAS 2026 10 51.5 65.5 60.5
2 Dyer, Alastair TAS 1708 9.5 51.5 66.0 57.0
3 Steward, Julian TAS 1748 8 52.5 63.0 47.0
4 Horton, Vincent TAS 1529 6.5 51.5 64.5 36.0
5-8 Fifield, Andrew TAS 1243 6 53.5 64.0 35.5
Ivkovic, Milutin TAS 1471 6 52.5 65.5 35.0
Bettiol, Sante TAS 1408 6 51.5 62.0 33.0
Hendrey, Kevin TAS 1353 6 50.0 60.5 32.0
9-11 Kuzmic, Carey TAS 1273 5.5 54.5 65.0 33.0
Horton, Russell TAS 1449 5.5 52.0 62.5 33.0
Bonham, Kevin TAS 1931 5.5 48.0 58.5 31.5
12 Tilsley, Thomas TAS 5 52.0 62.5 34.0
13 Kuzmic, Dylan TAS 1321 4 44.5 51.5 27.0
14 Krasnicki, Tom TAS 1486 3.5 45.5 52.5 22.5
15 Vince, Bradley TAS 1 45.0 56.0 11.0



No Name Feder Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

1. Dowden, Tony TAS 8:W 4:D 2:W 5:W 3:W 6:W 11:W 10:W 13:W 9:W 14:D
2. Bonham, Kevin TAS 9:W 5:L 1:L 12:L :W 11:W 6:D 13:L 7:W 15:W 4:L
3. Steward, Julian TAS 10:W 15:W 5:W 4:L 1:L 8:W 9:W 6:L 14:W 11:W 13:W
4. Dyer, Alastair TAS 11:W 1:D 13:W 3:W 9:W 10:W 14:W 8:L 6:W 5:W 2:W
5. Tilsley, Thomas TAS 12:W 2:W 3:L 1:L 11:L 7:W 8:L :W 15:W 4:L 6:L
6. Horton, Vincent TAS 13:L 7:W 12:W 9:D 14:D 1:L 2:D 3:W 4:L 10:W 5:W
7. Krasnicki, Tom TAS 14:D 6:L 10:L :W 15:W 5:L 12:L 11:L 2:L 8:W 9:L
8. Ivkovic, Milutin TAS 1:L 11:W 14:L 13:W 12:W 3:L 5:W 4:W 10:L 7:L :W
9. Horton, Russell TAS 2:L 10:W 15:W 6:D 4:L 12:W 3:L 14:L :W 1:L 7:W
10. Bettiol, Sante TAS 3:L 9:L 7:W 15:W 13:W 4:L :W 1:L 8:W 6:L 12:W
11. Hendrey, Kevin TAS 4:L 8:L :W 14:W 5:W 2:L 1:L 7:W 12:W 3:L 15:W
12. Kuzmic, Dylan TAS 5:L :W 6:L 2:W 8:L 9:L 7:W 15:W 11:L 13:L 10:L
13. Kuzmic, Carey TAS 6:W 14:D 4:L 8:L 10:L :W 15:W 2:W 1:L 12:W 3:L
14. Fifield, Andrew TAS 7:D 13:D 8:W 11:L 6:D 15:W 4:L 9:W 3:L :W 1:D
15. Vince, Bradley TAS :W 3:L 9:L 10:L 7:L 14:L 13:L 12:L 5:L 2:L 11:L

Kevin Bonham
07-06-2008, 10:15 PM
Open progress report

This year's Open has attracted a field of 25 players and it is one of the strongest all-Tasmanian tournaments ever held, including numbers 1,2,3 and 5 on the state "active" rating list, plus top seed David Small who is rated higher than any of them!

In round one there were four draws, including the last three games to finish. Julian Steward was held by Mason Carter in a king and pawn ending, Tony Sturges played a strong game against Vincent Horton and forced a repetition, Kevin Hendrey showed great resilience to hold out Glen Gibbs in a fiddly position, and Carey Kuzmic drew against Nigel Frame after missing a couple of wins in a same-colour bishop ending.

This all meant some of the higher seeds were clashing in round two. Dyer-Small was a long close game with Small eventually getting home despite having to deal with an inconvenient knight for much of the game. For Dowden's win over Bonham see below (will be posted shortly), Markovitz survived a prolonged kingside attack from Andrew Kruup and emerged victorious, while Knight and Chadwick drew after Knight was (not surprisingly) unable to convert with KR3P vs KR2P and all pawns on one side.

Sturges continued his good run, drawing with Frame, as did Mason Carter with a draw against Glen Gibbs.


No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3

1 Small, David H 2073 2 12:W 9:W 2:
2 Dowden, Tony 2026 2 21:W 8:W 1:
3 Markovitz, Neil 2022 2 13:W 10:W 5:
4 Chadwick, Charles 1778 1.5 20:W 5:D 6:
5 Knight, Peter 1982 1.5 25:W 4:D 3:
6 Steward, Julian 1748 1.5 11:D 22:W 4:
7 Horton, Vincent 1529 1.5 17:D 23:W 16:
8 Bonham, Kevin 1931 1 24:W 2:L 12:
9 Dyer, Alastair 1708 1 14:W 1:L 20:
10 Kruup, Andrew 1508 1 18:W 3:L 11:
11 Carter, Mason 1299 1 6:D 16:D 10:
12 Ivkovic, Milutin 1471 1 1:L 14:W 8:
13 Lewis, Nigel 1431 1 3:L 15:W 19:
14 Fifield, Andrew 1243 1 9:L 12:L 0:W
15 Carter, Adam 901 1 0:W 13:L 18:
16 Gibbs, Glen B 1781 1 22:D 11:D 7:
17 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1166 1 7:D 19:D 21:
18 Horton, Nina 1025 1 10:L 0:W 15:
19 Frame, Nigel 1746 1 23:D 17:D 13:
20 Kuzmic, Dylan 1321 1 4:L 25:W 9:
21 Horton, Russell 1449 .5 2:L 24:D 17:
22 Hendrey, Kevin 1353 .5 16:D 6:L 24:
23 Kuzmic, Carey 1273 .5 19:D 7:L 25:
24 Martin, Janice 1408 .5 8:L 21:D 22:
25 Hughes, David 1424 0 5:L 20:L 23:

Kevin Bonham
07-06-2008, 10:50 PM
Dowden - Bonham

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Qg4 This has never been played against me in a rated game before and came as quite a surprise! 5...Ne7 6.dxc5 Bxc3+ [6...Nbc6 which I didn't even consider is the main line here.] 7.bxc3 Ng6 8.Bd3 Nd7 9.Nf3 Qa5 10.Bd2 Nxc5 11.0-0 Nxd3 [Fritz suggests the peculiar-looking 11...Ne4!? with the idea 12.Bxe4 h5 which appears to favour white but gets extremely messy.] 12.cxd3 Qc7?! [12...Qa6] 13.Rfe1 Bd7 Black is certainly struggling here as both minor pieces are worse than their white counterparts. 14.Rab1! a6 15.h4 h5 16.Qb4 Bb5! Black begins to get back into the game 17.Qd4 [17.Re3 appears best] 17...Ne7! 18.c4?! [18.Qe3 Nf5 19.Qe2 and white remains a bit better] 18...dxc4 19.Rec1 Rd8 20.Qe4 Qd7 21.Bb4 [21.Ba5 Bc6 22.Qf4 cxd3! 23.Bxd8 Qxd8 looks better for black] 21...Nf5? [Here I was getting short of time and completely overestimated white's compensation after 21...cxd3 22.Bd6 which is not too hard to deal with after 22...Nf5-/+] 22.dxc4 Bc6 23.Qf4 Bxf3? [23...Qd3! 24.Rb3 Qe4=] 24.Qxf3! Nxh4 25.Qe4 Nf5 26.Ba5 Rb8 27.Rd1 Qe7?? [Annoyingly I examined the only move that keeps black in the game 27...Qa4 eg 28.Bc7 Rc8 29.Qxb7 0-0 30.c5 and white is better, but it's messy. Of course I had not anticipated what white had up his sleeve!] 28.Qc6+!! Kf8 [Forced as 28...bxc6 29.Rxb8+ Qd8 30.Rbxd8+ Ke7 31.R1d7#] 29.Rd7 Qg5 [Hastens the end but 29...Qe8 30.Rbxb7 Rc8 31.Rxf7+ Kg8 32.Qxe8+ Rxe8 is miserable anyway.] 30.Rdxb7 As ...Re8 31.Qxe8+! mates and everything else loses a rook, black resigns. 1-0

It was suggested I sometimes post clean copies of games for interest of those who may have copy and paste issues so have done this below.

Dowden - Bonham [C17]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Qg4 Ne7 6.dxc5 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Ng6 8.Bd3 Nd7 9.Nf3 Qa5 10.Bd2 Nxc5 11.0-0 Nxd3 12.cxd3 Qc7 13.Rfe1 Bd7 14.Rab1 a6 15.h4 h5 16.Qb4 Bb5 17.Qd4 Ne7 18.c4 dxc4 19.Rec1 Rd8 20.Qe4 Qd7 21.Bb4 Nf5 22.dxc4 Bc6 23.Qf4 Bxf3 24.Qxf3 Nxh4 25.Qe4 Nf5 26.Ba5 Rb8 27.Rd1 Qe7 28.Qc6+ Kf8 29.Rd7 Qg5 30.Rdxb7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
08-06-2008, 11:18 PM
Four players share the lead in the Open with one round to go after a dramatic second day.

In round 3 Small and Dowden had a short tense draw while Markovitz inflicted a rare loss on Peter Knight (game to follow). Vincent Horton added another high-rated scalp to his collection with a win over Glen Gibbs in a difficult game, and Bonham demolished Ivkovic with a queen-sac combo. The disaster of the round occurred in Chadwick-Steward - after a long fighting game in which he had apparently missed one win, Chadwick was playing brilliantly in a good knight-bad bishop ending and had reached this position:

4K3/6N1/1b1k1p2/p1p1p3/P1PpP1P1/3P4/8/8 w - - 0 1

Kf7 wins here but after hovering his hand over the king, White changed his mind, moved his knight to e6 and took his hand off it. After ...Kxe6 White resigned ... but I'm not sure that black can then win after Kf8!

In round 4 Dowden and Markovitz had a tense draw. Vincent Horton and Small won against Steward and Mason Carter respectively while Adam Carter (outrated by over 1000 points!) had an advantage for much of the opening after exposing Bonham's ignorance of the Grob, before a tactical shot turned the tables. Russell Horton drew with Knight across a 500+ point rating gap, while Nigel Frame conceded his fourth draw in a row.

In round 5 the board 1 game between Small and Markovitz was again a draw, but on board 2 Tony Dowden spent much of the game lost against Vincent Horton and was even a piece and a pawn down in the endgame. In Horton's severe time trouble Dowden was able to come up with so many tricks that it looked at one stage like Dowden would actually win (!) but surfing the increment with less than one minute on his clock for several moves, Horton found some great saving moves and the game was drawn.

Bonham won a pawn in the opening against Steward and converted after a fiddly rook and knight endgame, while Chadwick atoned for the morning's disaster with an impressive endgame win against Dyer in mutual time trouble.

Andrew Kruup did not show for round 3 and we have been completely unable to contact him - if anyone knows him and has been in touch with him today please let us know. Charles Chadwick will be unable to play round six because of work commitments.

No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Bonham, Kevin [4] : Small, David H [4]
2 Markovitz, Neil [4] : Horton, Vincent [4]
3 Dowden, Tony [3.5] : Frame, Nigel [3]
4 Gibbs, Glen B [3] : Horton, Russell [3]
5 Knight, Peter [3] : Hendrey, Kevin [2.5]
6 Steward, Julian [2.5] : Hughes, David [2.5]
7 Dyer, Alastair [2.5] : Carter, Mason [2]
8 Ivkovic, Milutin [2] : Kuzmic, Dylan [2]
9 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [2] : Fifield, Andrew [2]
10 Martin, Janice [1] : Carter, Adam [2]
11 Lewis, Nigel [1.5] : Horton, Nina [1.5]
12 Kuzmic, Carey [1] 1:0 BYE
13 Chadwick, Charles [3.5] 0:0 ABSENT


No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6

1 Markovitz, Neil 2022 4 22:W 25:W 7:W 5:D 2:D 3:
2 Small, David H 2073 4 19:W 12:W 5:D 15:W 1:D 4:
3 Horton, Vincent 1529 4 17:D 18:W 9:W 11:W 5:D 1:
4 Bonham, Kevin 1931 4 24:W 5:L 19:W 21:W 11:W 2:
5 Dowden, Tony 2026 3.5 8:W 4:W 2:D 1:D 3:D 10:
6 Chadwick, Charles 1778 3.5 16:W 7:D 11:L 22:W 12:W 0:L
7 Knight, Peter 1982 3 14:W 6:D 1:L 8:D 16:W 13:
8 Horton, Russell 1449 3 5:L 24:D 17:W 7:D 21:W 9:
9 Gibbs, Glen B 1781 3 13:D 15:D 3:L 20:W 17:W 8:
10 Frame, Nigel 1746 3 18:D 17:D 22:D 16:D 15:W 5:
11 Steward, Julian 1748 2.5 15:D 13:W 6:W 3:L 4:L 14:
12 Dyer, Alastair 1708 2.5 20:W 2:L 16:D 13:W 6:L 15:
13 Hendrey, Kevin 1353 2.5 9:D 11:L 24:W 12:L 23:W 7:
14 Hughes, David 1424 2.5 7:L 16:L 18:W 23:D 22:W 11:
15 Carter, Mason 1299 2 11:D 9:D 25:+ 2:L 10:L 12:
16 Kuzmic, Dylan 1321 2 6:L 14:W 12:D 10:D 7:L 19:
17 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1166 2 3:D 10:D 8:L 19:W 9:L 20:
18 Kuzmic, Carey 1273 2 10:D 3:L 14:L 24:D 19:L 0:W
19 Ivkovic, Milutin 1471 2 2:L 20:W 4:L 17:L 18:W 16:
20 Fifield, Andrew 1243 2 12:L 19:L 0:W 9:L 24:W 17:
21 Carter, Adam 901 2 0:W 22:L 23:W 4:L 8:L 24:
22 Lewis, Nigel 1431 1.5 1:L 21:W 10:D 6:L 14:L 23:
23 Horton, Nina 1025 1.5 25:L 0:W 21:L 14:D 13:L 22:
24 Martin, Janice 1408 1 4:L 8:D 13:L 18:D 20:L 21:
25 Kruup, Andrew 1508 1 23:W 1:L 15:- 0:L 0: 0:

Kevin Bonham
08-06-2008, 11:26 PM
Markovitz - Knight

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.0-0 c5 6.Nc3 Be7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Qxd4 Nc6 9.Qf4 a6 10.Rd1 d6 11.Be3 Qc7?! 12.Rac1 Rb8? 13.Nd5! exd5 14.cxd5 Qd7 15.dxc6 Bxc6 16.Rxc6 [16.Ne5 is easier] 16...Qxc6 17.Nd4 Qc8 18.Nc6 Rb7 19.Nxe7 Rxe7 20.Qxd6 Qc7 21.Bc6+ Kf8 22.Bf4! Qxd6 23.Bxd6 g6 24.Ba3 Ng8 25.Rd7 h5 26.h4 Rh7 27.Rb7 f5 28.Rxb6 Kg7 29.Bxe7 Nxe7 30.Rxa6

and I'm having troubles following the scoresheet after this but black resigned a few moves later.

Garvinator
08-06-2008, 11:31 PM
Andrew Kruup did not show for round 3 and we have been completely unable to contact him - if anyone knows him and has been in touch with him today please let us know.
When something is known of Andrew's whereabouts, can you please update?

Kevin Bonham
09-06-2008, 02:47 PM
The Open has finished in a four-way tie after the top three boards were all drawn in the final round. Small played the black side of a Symmetrical English strongly against Bonham and pressed for a win for some time but Bonham was able to scramble into a queen ending where Small would have had to take extreme risks to avoid perpetual check. I will analyse the game and post it later.

Vincent Horton was a pawn up against Markovitz for much of the game including an ending with three minor pieces each but was unable to convert and settled for a draw.

Tony Dowden could have made it a five-way tie had he defeated Nigel Frame but was unable to do so - Dowden's fourth draw of the tournament and Frame's fifth!

Bonham is a repeat offender in this tournament, winning it for the sixth time including the last four in a row (three of those ties) but it is the first win of the title for Markovitz and Small (both at the first attempt) and Vincent Horton's first win of any rated adult tournament.

Equal first in such a field is a remarkable result for Vincent at age 12, and while he was showing signs of moving up a gear in the Tas Champs earlier this year few would have expected him to have a major win under his belt so soon. He began slowly with a draw against Tony Sturges (whose rating has gone down to 1166 mainly because of points lost to much weaker juniors) but by the end of the tournament the state's best players were grovelling to split the point against their young opponent.

As Vincent Horton was eligible for U1700 it was pooled into the four-way tie. U1400 was won by Dylan Kuzmic and U18 by Alastair Dyer (Andrew Fifield missing both on tiebreak as his score included the bye). Mason Carter was the only player besides Vincent Horton eligible for U12 but his play, including draws against three of the four 1700s players he met, was certainly deserving of a prize.

We still don't know what happened to Kruupy and I'm concerned about the situation and hope he is OK given that all attempts to contact him have failed - again, if anyone knows anything please let me know via PM.

More later.


No Name Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6

1 Markovitz, Neil 2022 4.5 19:W 25:W 6:W 5:D 2:D 3:D
2 Small, David H 2073 4.5 21:W 13:W 5:D 17:W 1:D 4:D
3 Horton, Vincent 1529 4.5 20:D 22:W 7:W 16:W 5:D 1:D
4 Bonham, Kevin 1931 4.5 24:W 5:L 21:W 15:W 16:W 2:D
5 Dowden, Tony 2026 4 12:W 4:W 2:D 1:D 3:D 9:D
6 Knight, Peter 1982 4 10:W 8:D 1:L 12:D 11:W 18:W
7 Gibbs, Glen B 1781 4 18:D 17:D 3:L 14:W 20:W 12:W
8 Chadwick, Charles 1778 3.5 11:W 6:D 16:L 19:W 13:W 0:L
9 Frame, Nigel 1746 3.5 22:D 20:D 19:D 11:D 17:W 5:D
10 Hughes, David 1424 3.5 6:L 11:L 22:W 23:D 19:W 16:W
11 Kuzmic, Dylan 1321 3 8:L 10:W 13:D 9:D 6:L 21:W
12 Horton, Russell 1449 3 5:L 24:D 20:W 6:D 15:W 7:L
13 Dyer, Alastair 1708 3 14:W 2:L 11:D 18:W 8:L 17:D
14 Fifield, Andrew 1243 3 13:L 21:L 0:W 7:L 24:W 20:W
15 Carter, Adam 901 3 0:W 19:L 23:W 4:L 12:L 24:W
16 Steward, Julian 1748 2.5 17:D 18:W 8:W 3:L 4:L 10:L
17 Carter, Mason 1299 2.5 16:D 7:D 25:+ 2:L 9:L 13:D
18 Hendrey, Kevin 1353 2.5 7:D 16:L 24:W 13:L 23:W 6:L
19 Lewis, Nigel 1431 2 1:L 15:W 9:D 8:L 10:L 23:D
20 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) 1166 2 3:D 9:D 12:L 21:W 7:L 14:L
21 Ivkovic, Milutin 1471 2 2:L 14:W 4:L 20:L 22:W 11:L
22 Kuzmic, Carey 1273 2 9:D 3:L 10:L 24:D 21:L 0:W
23 Horton, Nina 1025 2 25:L 0:W 15:L 10:D 18:L 19:D
24 Martin, Janice 1408 1 4:L 12:D 18:L 22:D 14:L 15:L
25 Kruup, Andrew 1508 1 23:W 1:L 17:- 0:L 0: 0:

Kruupy
09-06-2008, 04:04 PM
Hi all,

I sincerly apologise for not appearing to the remander of the tournament, it was wrong of me to not let anyone know where I was. I am however safe and in no harm. Thankyou for whomever come down to my store to let me know the round had commenced and I dearly hope that it didnt put anyone off there games.

On friday night (after round 2) I had managed to get my credit card and mobile phone stolen and as a result of that (and many many other things) i just needed to get away for a little bit. I did not intend to harm anyone or get anyone worried about me. I am really sorry. and it will never happen again. I hope that everyone can understand and I thank you all for showing such care about my whereabouts and safety.

Cheers,
Kruupy.

Basil
09-06-2008, 04:04 PM
Well done, Kev. Well done everybody who played above their strength. Well done. Good reporting. Well done all 'round.

Carry on everybody, you're all doing very well!

Garrett
09-06-2008, 04:33 PM
Good reporting Kev !

I enjoyed reading the reports.

Cheers
Garrett.

Capablanca-Fan
09-06-2008, 05:07 PM
What happened to Charles Chadwick last round. A win for him would have put him in the 1st= group.

Garvinator
09-06-2008, 05:08 PM
I am however safe and in no harm.
This is good news :clap:

Garvinator
09-06-2008, 05:08 PM
What happened to Charles Chadwick last round. A win for him would have put him in the 1st= group.
KB reported earlier in the thread that CC could not play the last round.

Kevin Bonham
09-06-2008, 05:41 PM
I will now be adding games as they come to hand, including annotating some of mine.

Knight - Hendrey

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nc6 3.d4 Bf5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.0-0 Qc8 6.c4 dxc4 7.Qa4 Qd7 8.Qxc4 Be4 9.Nbd2 Bd5 10.Qc3 Ne4 11.Nxe4 Bxe4 12.Be3 0-0-0? 13.Ne5! Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Qxd4 15.Bh3+ Kb8 16.Nxf7 Qd5 17.Nxd8 Qxd8 18.Rfd1 Qe8 19.Rd4 Bc6 20.Rad1 b6 21.Rd8+ 1-0

Bonham - Small

1.Nf3 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 c5 4.c4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.0-0 d5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Nxd5 Qxd5 9.d3 Qd6!? [9...0-0 10.Be3 Bd7 11.Nd4 Qd6 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 13.Bxc6 Qxc6 14.Rc1 Qd6 appears to be the main line] 10.Rb1?! [After the game David mentioned that white can give up the b-pawn for a strong position, and this would be the time to try it, eg 10.Be3! and if 10...Bxb2 11.Rb1 Bg7 12.Ng5] 10...Bd7 11.Bd2?! [A very unambitious move, although not remembering theory in the opening had put me behind on the clock. 11.Qb3, 11.Ng5, 11.Bf4 all deserve consideration.] 11...0-0 12.Qc1 Rac8 13.Bh6 Nd4! 14.Nxd4 cxd4 15.Qd2 Bxh6 16.Qxh6 Bc6 [I was quite concerned about 16...Rc2 here] 17.Bxc6 Rxc6 18.Rfc1 Rfc8 19.Qd2 Qe6 [I expected 19...Qc7 20.Rxc6 Qxc6 when black has a permanent hold on the c-file, although it is not immediately disastrous as I can allow a queen-swap on c2 and evict his rook by bringing my king to d1 after that.] 20.Rxc6 Rxc6 I assumed David intended this. If he wanted to take back with the queen he could have forced it by the line in the previous note. 21.Rc1 Risky but I preferred the unclear queen ending to a passive position. 21...Rxc1+ 22.Qxc1 Qxe2 23.Qc8+ Kg7 24.Qxb7 Qxd3 25.Qxe7 Qb1+ 26.Kg2 Qxb2? [26...Qf5 gives black at least practical winning chances, eg 27.Qb4 Qd5+ 28.f3 a5] 27.Qe5+ Kf8 28.Qh8+ Ke7 29.Qe5+ Kf8 If black tries to run to the queenside to escape the perpetuals he will at least lose the f-pawn with check, and may even end up worse despite his strong pawn. -

Bonham - Ivkovic. Fun smash against another homebaked (or halfbaked) non-defence.

1.e4 e6 A promising start, but it's all downhill from here for Black. 2.d4 d6? 3.Nf3 c6? 4.Bd3 Be7 5.0-0 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.e5 [Move seven and already I can't control myself. ] 7...dxe5 8.dxe5 Nd5 9.Ne4 Qc7 10.c4 Nb4 11.Bf4 Nxd3 12.Qxd3 Nc5 13.Qd4?! [13.Nxc5 is better - 13...Bxc5 14.Ng5 and if 14...h6 15.Ne4] 13...Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Qb6 15.b3 f5?! Obviously black's position is passive but this adds weaknesses to it without doing too much to activate his pieces.. 16.exf6 Bxf6 [I thought 16...gxf6 was more interesting] 17.Be5 0-0 18.Rfd1 Bxe5 19.Qxe5 Rf7 He wants to activate his dreadful bishop but there won't be time for that! 20.Rd2 Bd7 21.Rad1 Rd8 22.Qe4 This actually isn't the most crushing move but it will certainly do. [22.c5! eg 22...Qb5 23.Ng5 and if 23...Re7 24.Rxd7 Rexd7 25.Rxd7 Rxd7 26.Qxe6+ mating] 22...Qc7 23.Ng5 Rf5 24.Qxe6+! [24.Rxd7? isn't up to scratch, eg 24...Rxd7 25.Qxe6+ Rdf7 26.Nxf7 Rxf7] 24...Bxe6 Everything else gets mated. 25.Rxd8+ Rf8 [25...Qxd8 26.Rxd8+ Rf8 27.Nxe6 Rxd8 28.Nxd8+-] 26.Rxf8+ [and black resigned to avoid 26...Kxf8 27.Nxe6+] 1-0

Kevin Bonham
09-06-2008, 06:07 PM
KB reported earlier in the thread that CC could not play the last round.

Yes, Charles was unable to avoid work commitments today and advised of this at the start of the tournament.

Kruupy - glad to hear you are OK (albeit minus belongings - hope you get them back or if not that as little financial damage as possible occurs).

Just for anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation, if you are ever inclined to withdraw from a tournament for whatever reason, it is very important that you inform the organisers as soon as you are at all reasonably able to do so, even if it may be inconvenient to do so at the time.

In this case Kruupy's reason for withdrawing is completely legitimate, but us not knowing about it meant that two players did not get a game that round, who could have played in that round had we known in advance that he would not be playing. Some players quite like getting free points, but others can get rather bored by it.

In some cases unnotified withdrawals can play all kinds of havoc with the fair distribution of prizes. In this case it didn't have any effect on them, but while looking into it I noticed something strange - when doing tiebreaks Swiss Perfect treats the bye as scoring 50% for Buchholz purposes, which seems a bit odd.

Capablanca-Fan
09-06-2008, 06:07 PM
KB reported earlier in the thread that CC could not play the last round.
Oh right, that's a shame.

Tony Dowden
09-06-2008, 06:54 PM
Hi all,

I sincerly apologise for not appearing to the remander of the tournament, it was wrong of me to not let anyone know where I was. I am however safe and in no harm. Thankyou for whomever come down to my store to let me know the round had commenced and I dearly hope that it didnt put anyone off there games.

On friday night (after round 2) I had managed to get my credit card and mobile phone stolen and as a result of that (and many many other things) i just needed to get away for a little bit. I did not intend to harm anyone or get anyone worried about me. I am really sorry. and it will never happen again. I hope that everyone can understand and I thank you all for showing such care about my whereabouts and safety.

Cheers,
Kruupy.

Hi Kruppy,

I'm very sorry to hear about your mishap.

I was looking forward to meeting you properly on Day 2 or 3 of the event but didn't get the chance! Hopefully we will see you again sometime.

Cheers, Tony

Tony Dowden
09-06-2008, 07:04 PM
The Open has finished in a four-way tie

Congratulations to KB, Neil and David :clap:

And very special congratulations to 12 year old Vincent Horton :clap: :clap: Vincent had both Neil and myself on the ropes in Rds 5 & 6 so he could be counted as unlucky not to have won the event on his own! :eek:

Kevin Bonham
17-06-2008, 06:13 PM
R Horton - Dowden supplied by the former

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. dxe6 (4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nf3 g6 7. Bf4 a6 8. e4 b5 9. Qe2)
4... fxe6 5. Nc3 d5 6. Bg5 d4 7. Ne4 Be7 8. Bxf6 gxf6 9. Nf3
e5 10. g3 Nc6 11. Bg2 f5 12. Ned2 e4 13. Ng1 Ne5 14. Nh3 Be6 15. O-O Nxc4 16.
Nxc4 Bxc4 17. Qa4+ b5 18. Qa6 Qb6 19. Qxb6 axb6 20. Nf4 Bd6 21. b3 Bf7 22. Bh3
Bxf4 23. gxf4 Be6 24. Rfc1 Ra3 25. Kf1 Rg8 26. Ke1 Rg1+ 27. Kd2 Rxc1 28. Kxc1
c4 29. Kb2 b4 30. bxc4 Rxh3 31. Rd1 d3 32. exd3 Rxd3 0-1

Kevin Bonham
19-06-2008, 08:09 PM
Alastair Dyer - Mason Carter. Himself the rising star of the Tassie junior chess scene just a year or two ago, Dyer is currently a comparatively stationary (if strong) target for an even younger wave of juniors! I haven't had time to analyse this one yet but look forward to doing so soon. I've had a quick look and it's quite entertaining, as you would expect from both sides' move 9 alone! Mason thinks this was his best game of the tournament.

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 exd4 5. Qxd4 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Bxc6 Bxc6 8.
Bg5 Be7 9. O-O-O O-O 10. h4 a5 11. h5 h6 12. Bf4 b5 13. g4 Nh7 14. Nd5 Bf6 15.
Nxf6+ Qxf6 16. Qe3 Qe6 17. Nd4 Qxe4 18. Nxc6 Qxc6 19. g5 Rfe8 20. Qd2 Nxg5 21.
Bxg5 hxg5 22. h6 Re6 23. Qxg5 Rg6 24. Qf5 Rxh6 25. Rxh6 gxh6 26. Rg1+ Kf8 27.
Qf6 Qd5 28. Qxh6+ Ke7 29. Re1+ Kd7 30. Qh3+ Kc6 31. Qc3+ Kb6 32. Kb1 Rg8 33.
Qe3+ Qc5 34. Qf3 f5 35. c3 Rh8 36. Qg3 Qd5 37. Qe3+ Kc6 38. a3 Rh4 39. Qa7 Re4
40. Qa6+ Kd7 41. Rxe4 Qxe4+ 42. Ka2 Qd5+ 43. Ka1 a4 44. Qa7 Qc5 45. Qb8 Qe5 46.
Ka2 Qd5+ 47. Ka1 Qe5 48. Ka2 f4 49. Qf8 Qe6+ 50. Ka1 Qe1+ 51. Ka2 Qxf2 52. Qf7+
Kc6 53. Qe8+ Kc5 54. Qb8 Kd5 55. Qxb5+ Qc5 56. Qd3+ Kc6 57. Qa6+ Kd5 58. Qd3+
Ke5 59. Qe2+ 1/2-1/2

Capablanca-Fan
20-06-2008, 11:38 AM
Alastair Dyer - Mason Carter.
1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 exd4 5. Qxd4 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Bxc6 Bxc6 8.
Bg5 Be7 9. O-O-O O-O 10. h4 a5 11. h5 h6 12. Bf4 b5 13. g4 Nh7 14. Nd5 Bf6 15.
Nxf6+ Qxf6 16. Qe3 Qe6 17. Nd4 Qxe4 18. Nxc6 Qxc6 19. g5 Rfe8 20. Qd2 Nxg5 21.
Bxg5 hxg5 22. h6 Re6 23. Qxg5 Rg6 24. Qf5 Rxh6 25. Rxh6 gxh6 26. Rg1+ Kf8 27.
Qf6 Qd5 28. Qxh6+ Ke7 29. Re1+ Kd7 30. Qh3+ Kc6 31. Qc3+ Kb6 32. Kb1 Rg8 33.
Qe3+ Qc5 34. Qf3 f5 35. c3 Rh8 36. Qg3 Qd5 37. Qe3+ Kc6 38. a3 Rh4 39. Qa7 Re4
40. Qa6+ Kd7 41. Rxe4 Qxe4+ 42. Ka2 Qd5+ 43. Ka1 a4 44. Qa7 Qc5 45. Qb8 Qe5 46.
Ka2 Qd5+ 47. Ka1 Qe5 48. Ka2 f4 49. Qf8 Qe6+ 50. Ka1 Qe1+ 51. Ka2 Qxf2 52. Qf7+
Kc6 53. Qe8+ Kc5 54. Qb8 Kd5 55. Qxb5+ Qc5 56. Qd3+ Kc6 57. Qa6+ Kd5 58. Qd3+
Ke5 59. Qe2+ 1/2-1/2
Why did Black accept a draw? He must be winning with that strong passed f-pawn, and the other Ps would make it easy to hide from perpetual check. Even if he loses the Q-side Ps, the f-pawn would win.

Kevin Bonham
20-06-2008, 06:53 PM
Why did Black accept a draw?

Lack of tournament experience I think. He wasn't sure he could get out of the checks - probably he'll know for the future that he can play on anyway since so long as he's not at risk of losing, if the opponent can force a draw then good luck to them.

Tony Dowden
20-06-2008, 11:02 PM
Why did Black accept a draw? He must be winning with that strong passed f-pawn, and the other Ps would make it easy to hide from perpetual check. Even if he loses the Q-side Ps, the f-pawn would win.

Quite so.

Soon after the game I demonstrated to Mason and Alastair that Black can win without much bother. One effective way is to combine pushing the f pawn with a mating attack by manoeuvring the black king to c2 and setting up a three move queen-checking sequence: check down the a2-g8 diagonal, check on the back rank, then Qb1 mate.

Don't forget that Mason is only 9 :eek: (maybe 10 now?)

Kevin Bonham
21-06-2008, 06:07 PM
I see a couple of silly people on another site worked themselves into their usual lather about one of my comments above. I didn't mean to suggest that Alastair would not improve again in the future (in this sense "shooting star" is not the most appropriate metaphor; my apologies, I have corrected it to what I should have said!)

All I meant to indicate is that while younger juniors like Vincent Horton and Mason Carter are showing very rapid improvement this year, Alastair's improvement seems to have stalled for the time being (TonyD on another thread called this a "realignment" and he probably knows more about how strong juniors progress than I do - I never had the privelege of being one!). This is reflected by Dyer's drop of almost 100 ratings points in the last two ratings periods, although some of that was in the Australian Junior where loss of ratings points is an occupational hazard for any junior player who normally plays against adults.

Phil Donnelly offers Dyer's recent retention of his BCC title (albeit most likely as a tie with Donnelly himself ) as counter-evidence to my comments above. It isn't; with the withdrawal of Pavicic, Dyer was the top seed by over 100 points and would therefore be expected to win the event, probably outright. Alastair's performance rating for the event is 1800, which is good but hardly demonstrates anything as evidence of improvement rate when his December 07 rating was just two points lower than that figure.

Also, given that Donnelly has complained that Dyer drew white against all the top seeds based on rating, Donnelly believes Dyer had an unfair advantage in the BCC Champs anyway, so it is not clear how seriously his evidence is intended.

Before the Open, Donnelly also, on his unofficial BCC website, agreed that Dyer's recent form hadn't been that crash hot, but suggested based on his games against Donnelly and Radosavljevic at the BCC that this was no longer the case and that entrants in the Open should be very afraid. Well, I certainly took that warning to heart, especially as I regard Alastair as a dangerous opponent whatever form he is in, but again his Open result (RP 1460) didn't bear out that warning at all, although his losses to Small and Chadwick were both close games.

Kevin Bonham
26-06-2008, 11:19 PM
Finally got around to completing a report on this event; has been sent to TCA website and ACF newsletter with games Dowden-Bonham and Markovitz-Knight.

Tony Dowden
28-06-2008, 01:10 PM
In my view Alastair Dyer - along with Vincent Horton and Mason Carter - counts as an exceptional talent. All the more so since these three players live in small towns and only rarely have opportunities to play strong players who genuinely know a lot about chess. (In comparison the likes of other elite Australian juniors such as FM Gene Nakauchi or FM James Morris live in major metropolitan areas and would frequently rub shoulders with masters).

Assuming Alastair remains keen to improve his chess, I predict he will lift his game to a new level - say 200-300 rating points higher - within a year or two. Actually, I have already seen him playing at around 2000 strength in some isolated cases. As KB alludes to above, I have been convinced for some time that Alastair is working through a stage where he is experiencing the joys of seizing the initiative but has not yet fully appreciated that the initiative must be earned, that is that one can't always win by brute force. Having said this, I suspect that Alastair's developing style is leaning more towards Tal than, say, Karpov.

I am hoping to play some training games against (northern-based) Alastair and Vincent some time over the next few months. And I am expecting to get beaten - despite a rating advantage in the order of 300-500!

Kevin Bonham
07-07-2008, 03:27 PM
Maybe what Alastair needs is to be playing more 2000+ players and less sub-1500s. He certainly did alright in Adelaide on the weekend defeating SA Champion (and ex-Tas Champion) Colin Cloudsdale (1991) and then defeating Domagoj Dragicevic (2125) who I think could be his highest-rated victim yet. Even with three losses in a row to players in that sort of rating range after that, he still finished well ahead of seeding. :clap: :clap:

Garvinator
07-07-2008, 04:40 PM
Maybe what Alastair needs is to be playing more 2000+ players and less sub-1500s.
This is certainly true looking at things from far away.

What also seems true is that he needs to leave Tassie and move across the Strait, where he can play in a couple of clubs a week that offer him all the competition he could ever want.

Tony Dowden
16-07-2008, 09:44 AM
Assuming Alastair remains keen to improve his chess, I predict he will lift his game to a new level - say 200-300 rating points higher - within a year or two. Actually, I have already seen him playing at around 2000 strength in some isolated cases ... I am hoping to play some training games against (northern-based) Alastair and Vincent some time over the next few months.

I rest my case. In the 'Freytag Checkmate' event in Adelaide last weekend I see that Alastair beat noted Victorian player Dom Dragicevic (2125) and SA player Colin Cloudsdale (1991) :clap: :clap:

I'm playing training games against Alastair and Vincent H over the weekend of August 2-3. Russell H is designing a mean schedule so wish me luck ;)

Kevin Bonham
23-08-2008, 01:04 AM
V Horton - Sturges (round 1). It is remarkable indeed that Vincent ended up socking it to the 2000s later in the tournament when in this game black had plenty of opportunities for an advantage (and towards the end for a win as one of the lines I give shows.) However, Tony's current rating is not a fair reflection of his ability against stronger opponents.

1.e4 b6 2.d4 Ba6 The Guatemalan Defence. Tony has been surprisingly successful with this eccentric line. 3.Bxa6 Nxa6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Nf3 c5 6.d5 exd5 7.Qxd5 Nf6 8.Qd1 d6 9.Bg5 Be7 10.Nd5 0-0 11.0-0 Nxd5 12.Qxd5 Nc7 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Qd3 Ne6 15.Nd2 b5 16.f4 c4 17.Qg3 Nd4 18.Kh1 f5 19.c3 Nc6 20.exf5 Rxf5 21.Qf3 Rc8 22.g4 Rf7 23.Rae1 Qd7 24.Ne4 Ne5 25.Qh3 Nd3 26.Rd1 h6 27.f5 d5 28.Nf2 Nxb2 29.Rd2 Na4 30.Qf3 Nb6 31.Nh3 g5 32.Nf2 h5 33.Rfd1 Kh7 34.Qh3 h4 35.Qe3 Kh6 36.Ne4 Qd8 37.Nc5 Re7 38.Ne6 Qg8 39.Qd4 Qh8 40.Qe3 Qf6 41.Qf2 Qxc3 42.Rc2 Qh3 43.Qd2 Qxg4 [43...Qf3+ 44.Kg1 Qxg4+ 45.Kh1 Qf3+ 46.Kg1 Qxf5 47.Nd4 Qg4+ 48.Kh1 Rf8-+] 44.Rg1 Qf3+ 45.Rg2 Qf1+ 46.Rg1 Qf3+ 47.Rg2 Qf1+ draw

Garvinator
23-08-2008, 02:31 AM
Kevin,

Do you know which tournament will have the seven rounds of 90 + 10? And if so, which city will it be in, Hobart, Launceston or Burnie?

Kevin Bonham
23-08-2008, 03:21 PM
Kevin,

Do you know which tournament will have the seven rounds of 90 + 10? And if so, which city will it be in, Hobart, Launceston or Burnie?

Tasmanian Championships normally has 7x90/10. (Tas Open is 6x90/10 with Lightning on Saturday night, and the others have shorter time limits).

Tas Champs and Tas Open both rotate between cities. 2009 Tas Champs is scheduled for Burnie.

The Tas Champs isn't necessarily seven rounds but would be unless the host club made a submission otherwise that was approved by the TCA. Also the TCA has passed a motion discouraging two rounds on the final day for events held in Hobart and Burnie so if there are seven rounds it would most likely be 3-3-1 (2-3-2 is OK in Launceston.)

Garvinator
23-08-2008, 05:07 PM
Tasmanian Championships normally has 7x90/10. (Tas Open is 6x90/10 with Lightning on Saturday night, and the others have shorter time limits).

Tas Champs and Tas Open both rotate between cities. 2009 Tas Champs is scheduled for Burnie.

The Tas Champs isn't necessarily seven rounds but would be unless the host club made a submission otherwise that was approved by the TCA. Also the TCA has passed a motion discouraging two rounds on the final day for events held in Hobart and Burnie so if there are seven rounds it would most likely be 3-3-1 (2-3-2 is OK in Launceston.)
Thanks for the information. I should have asked, what dates for the Tas Champs (now I know which one is 7 x 90 + 10). Did some searching and came up with (Launceston, March 8-10 2008)

So I take it the Tas Champs at this stage are Burnie March 7-9 2009? Is this correct?

From looking at flight information previously, it appears that Burnie is the 'worst' for getting to from interstate. No direct flights and only a rex plane from Melbourne with the added cost that entails.

Kevin Bonham
23-08-2008, 05:13 PM
Thanks for the information. I should have asked, what dates for the Tas Champs (now I know which one is 7 x 90 + 10). Did some searching and came up with (Launceston, March 8-10 2008)

So I take it the Tas Champs at this stage are Burnie March 7-9 2009? Is this correct?

Yes, that's the March long weekend down here. I should add that the date is not absolutely set in stone yet but that is certainly when I would very much expect it to be held.


From looking at flight information previously, it appears that Burnie is the 'worst' for getting to from interstate. No direct flights and only a rex plane from Melbourne with the added cost that entails.

It is; services to the NW coast have suffered severe cutbacks in recent years. Travel to anywhere outside of Hobart and Launceston even by bus is quite a hassle now.

eclectic
23-08-2008, 07:09 PM
Yes, that's the March long weekend down here. I should add that the date is not absolutely set in stone yet but that is certainly when I would very much expect it to be held.



It is; services to the NW coast have suffered severe cutbacks in recent years. Travel to anywhere outside of Hobart and Launceston even by bus is quite a hassle now.

it might even be less of a hassle for you to come over for the ballarat begonia open and to think that if you did so you would be spared a long long weekend of mind numbing philibustering :whistle:

Kevin Bonham
23-08-2008, 08:00 PM
it might even be less of a hassle for you to come over for the ballarat begonia open and to think that if you did so you would be spared a long long weekend of mind numbing philibustering :whistle:

Unlike in 2006 when Phil was running the show his influence in Burnie seems pretty marginal these days so I don't think we'll be seeing any bizarre reinventions of the tournament design wheel of the type we did then.

The annual clash with Ballarat is a nuisance; we haven't been able to find a way round that yet as we really need long weekends for our Champs given the intrastate travel issues.