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Kevin Bonham
04-07-2008, 01:47 AM
Hobart Weekender 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

FORMAT: 6 round Swiss or Accelerated Swiss. 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move per player.

ROUNDS START: Saturday 16th August 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:45 pm, 7:00 pm
Sunday 17th August 9:00 am, 12:00 pm.

ENTRY FEES: $50 waged, $45 conc, $30 U18, $25 U12, $5 discount for entries received by 4th August. Entries on the day close 10 am sharp – if considering entering on 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 entry fees less running costs and levies.

ARBITERS: Graham Richards, Kevin Bonham and assistants.

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

NOTES: FIDE Laws 2005 apply – ringing mobiles will incur automatic loss of game. 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:
Address:
Phone: Email (optional):

Please tick here if you would like your entry acknowledged by email: ___

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 and will be cleared .

Southpaw Jim
04-07-2008, 03:22 PM
Fingers crossed, I should be able to play this one :)

Garvinator
04-07-2008, 03:23 PM
Hopefully Kruppy will not going AWOL this time :oops:

Kevin Bonham
04-07-2008, 09:41 PM
Hopefully Kruppy will not going AWOL this time :oops:

He clearly said that that won't be happening again and I'm sure he now realises the expectations concerning notifying withdrawals from weekenders, whatever the reason.

Vlad
20-07-2008, 11:04 PM
I am thinking about playing in this event. Is it possible to get a half point bye for the first round? Thanks.

Kevin Bonham
21-07-2008, 02:15 AM
I am thinking about playing in this event. Is it possible to get a half point bye for the first round? Thanks.

Any requests for a half-point bye should be emailed or PMd to me stating the reason for requesting a half-point bye so I can forward it and discuss it with Graham. Generally if there is a valid reason for requesting a half-point bye it is approved.

Kruupy
21-07-2008, 02:07 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ggrayggray
Hopefully Kruppy will not going AWOL this time



He clearly said that that won't be happening again and I'm sure he now realises the expectations concerning notifying withdrawals from weekenders, whatever the reason.


Thanks for raising that issue ggrayggray, I am glad that my entrance into the tournament holds so dearly to you, yes I will be participating in the event.

Kevin Bonham
21-07-2008, 03:40 PM
Any requests for a half-point bye should be emailed or PMd to me stating the reason for requesting a half-point bye so I can forward it and discuss it with Graham. Generally if there is a valid reason for requesting a half-point bye it is approved.

Further to this if anyone coming from interstate needs a half-point bye to fly in on Saturday morning that is definitely fine; sorry, I should have said that earlier!

Vlad
21-07-2008, 06:49 PM
I have booked the tickets, so you can count on us. I would appreciate if somebody could answer a few questions.
1) Is the venue in the centre of Hobart? How close is the venue to the club that meets on Mondays.
2) Can somebody suggest a not-too-expensive hotel somewhere nearby?
3) Can I pay the entry fee by direct payment or a credit card?
4) Anything else I forgot to ask? :)

Thanks.

arosar
21-07-2008, 08:44 PM
Dude...I was there a coupla years ago and stayed in a nearby backpackers. The joint is literally 3 minutes walk. I think this is their website: http://www.salamanca.com.au/backpackers/.

Also, this is only about 10 minutes walk from the city centre.

AR

Kevin Bonham
21-07-2008, 11:26 PM
1) Is the venue in the centre of Hobart? How close is the venue to the club that meets on Mondays.

It is exactly the same venue.


2) Can somebody suggest a not-too-expensive hotel somewhere nearby?

I will get an up-to-date accommodation list and indicate some options as soon as I can.


3) Can I pay the entry fee by direct payment or a credit card?

Entry fee by direct payment into our bank account will be fine. I will just check with our Treasurer that the account details I have are correct (including the name of the account) and then PM these to you.

Kevin Bonham
27-07-2008, 10:52 PM
I'll be away from the club again this week alas, but those wishing to pay early entries in cash can still do so the following Monday. Or pay them to Graham or Mike Midson and get them to pass on to me.

Trent Parker
28-07-2008, 11:27 PM
Never been to Hobart.... or Tassie for that matter........

Kevin Bonham
31-07-2008, 09:46 PM
Number of entries is still quite small (hopefully a number will enter next Monday) but I am very pleased to advise that FM Vladimir Smirnov (2303, NSW) and his son Anton (1371) and Leon Kempen (1969, Vic) are all confirmed entries.

Trent Parker
05-08-2008, 09:48 PM
Which bus routes if any go from the Airport to Hobart? the metro website seems......unfriendly? If you dont know the suburbs.

Garvinator
05-08-2008, 10:08 PM
Which bus routes if any go from the Airport to Hobart? the metro website seems......unfriendly? If you dont know the suburbs.
Time to start up some competition between chess competitions ;)

Dilly, are you aware that Bundaberg Open is on the same weekend: http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=8430

Kevin Bonham
05-08-2008, 10:28 PM
Which bus routes if any go from the Airport to Hobart?

There is an Airporter bus that leaves after every flight. At $13 one way or $23 return it's much cheaper than a taxi which is now around $50.

http://www.redlinecoaches.com.au/airporter/index.html

Metro don't go to the airport (probably not allowed to).

eclectic
05-08-2008, 10:31 PM
cheaper if you have a concession but only as a single journey so a separate ticket needed for the return

Tony Dowden
05-08-2008, 10:36 PM
I'm still thinking about playing (sorry). Trouble is its in the middle of my winter hibernation :lol:

Is the confirmed list any longer?

arosar
05-08-2008, 10:44 PM
Google has just launched the StreetView. Is this the venue?

AR

Kevin Bonham
05-08-2008, 10:55 PM
Is the confirmed list any longer?

Confirmed entries so far

Vladimir Smirnov (FM) 2303
Leon Kempen 1969
Kevin Bonham 1931
Nigel Frame 1746
Milutin Ivkovic 1471
Anton Smirnov 1371
Graham Richards 1342
Mason Carter 1299
Andrew Fifield 1243
Tony Sturges 1166
Adam Carter 901

(There are at least a few others I'm pretty confident about but none of these are over 1800).


Google has just launched the StreetView. Is this the venue?

Yep!

Southpaw Jim
05-08-2008, 11:07 PM
I intended to avail myself of the early bird discount last night, but forgot to bring my cheque book.

Best of intentions, I'll be in this (barring wifely interventions or other acts of God).


Metro don't go to the airport (probably not allowed to).
Correct, it's not within their Urban Service Contract. I doubt they'd ever be allowed to either, it'd kill the private operator.

Oh, btw - Kevin above forgot to mention that entry is at the back of the pictured premises ;)

Kevin Bonham
05-08-2008, 11:23 PM
Oh, btw - Kevin above forgot to mention that entry is at the back of the pictured premises ;)

Yes, it's through the door off the carpark that is down the bottom of the drive on the right of the building as shown in that picture.

Kevin Bonham
07-08-2008, 01:36 PM
Entries may not be huge in number yet but are certainly coming from far and wide - the Bretag brothers from St Marys on the Tasmanian east coast have both entered.

Tony Dowden
09-08-2008, 04:54 PM
Hi KB,

I'm definitely coming down to play now. A good chance to play Vladimir - assuming I can get somewhere near the top board that is ;)

Ben (my son) wants to know how many juniors are playing so far - presumably he isn't too keen on potentially losing every game!

Cheers, Tony

Kevin Bonham
09-08-2008, 08:06 PM
Ben (my son) wants to know how many juniors are playing so far - presumably he isn't too keen on potentially losing every game!

Five juniors confirmed so far. May find out about more tomorrow if I drop in to the Southern Interschool.

Tony Dowden
09-08-2008, 09:54 PM
Five juniors confirmed so far. May find out about more tomorrow if I drop in to the Southern Interschool.

Thanks Kevin, I'll let you know if Ben decides to come too. Presumably the field will look a lot different after tomorrow. Cheers, Tony

Tony Dowden
11-08-2008, 06:24 PM
Hi Kevin,

I'm definitely coming to play in the Hobart Weekender and have accommo sorted. Entry in the mail. But Ben doesn't want to come - sorry - I think watching the Olympics is more attractive ;)

Cheers, Tony

PS I think the usual suspects from the NW are coming too.

Kevin Bonham
11-08-2008, 11:23 PM
Thanks Tony.

As well as Tony Dowden, we now have confirmed entries from Julian Steward and James Abbott (and we still have quite a few possibles/probables but I prefer not to announce them until/unless they confirm!)

Southpaw Jim
12-08-2008, 07:51 PM
Anton Smirnov 1371
Graham Richards 1342
Mason Carter 1299
Andrew Fifield 1243
Tony Sturges 1166
Adam Carter 901
Looks like it's going to be a bit of a scrap for the U1400 prize! :eek:

Southpaw Jim
14-08-2008, 08:33 AM
A word of advice for anyone travelling to Hobart for this event... bring your winter woollies!! We're going through a bit of a cold snap at the moment, with maximum temperatures of 9 degrees forecast for the weekend :eek:

Capablanca-Fan
14-08-2008, 09:27 AM
A word of advice for anyone travelling to Hobart for this event... bring your winter woollies!! We're going through a bit of a cold snap at the moment, with maximum temperatures of 9 degrees forecast for the weekend :eek:
Must be why the envirowackos preach about "climate change" rather than "global warming" :P

Tony Dowden
14-08-2008, 05:59 PM
Hi Jono,

Unlike you thin-boddied Brizzy/Logan inhabitants we get four seasons. We currently have one you don't get. Its called winter ;)

Cheers, Tony

Tony Dowden
14-08-2008, 06:14 PM
I'm really looking forward to this event. Its great to hear some strong Mainland visitors are coming. I wonder what it would take to get Jono to come down - surely he still has some thermal underwear left from his NZ days? :lol:

Tasmanian junior champion Alastair Dyer is travelling down with me. Watch out - he's been beating up 2100-2200 players lately :eek: [See results from recent Freytag event in Adelaide for more details]. He also mercilessly bashed my experimental Alekhine's Def in a practice game the other day :( A pity practice games don't get published ;)

Anyone under 2500 who plays Alastair is advised to have their 'safety mode' turned on :cool:

Kevin Bonham
14-08-2008, 09:18 PM
Yes I can confirm that Alastair has entered bringing the total number of confirmed entries to 17.

Kevin Bonham
15-08-2008, 07:45 PM
Current list of entries (20) in rating order.

Vladimir Smirnov (FM, NSW) 2303*
Tony Dowden 2026
Leon Kempen 1979
Kevin Bonham 1931
Glen Gibbs 1781
Julian Steward 1748
Nigel Frame 1746
John Slidziunas 1737
Alastair Dyer 1708j
Milutin Ivkovic 1471
Russell Horton 1449
Anton Smirnov 1371j*
Graham Richards 1342
Mason Carter 1299j
James Abbott 1293
James Briant 1222j#
Tony Sturges 1166
Adam Carter 901
Lawrence Bretag UNRj
Marcus Bretag UNRj

* Half-point bye round 1
# will not play Sunday and may not play round 1

Andrew Fifield was originally entered but has withdrawn.

Kevin Bonham
16-08-2008, 09:57 PM
Standings in score order.


No Name Feder Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5

1 Smirnov, Vladimir NSW 2303 3.5 0:D 10:W 16:W 6:W 5:
2 Frame, Nigel TAS 1746 3 20:W 14:W 6:D 3:D 7:
3 Steward, Julian TAS 1748 3 23:W 9:D 18:W 2:D 4:
4 Dyer, Alastair TAS 1708 3 22:W 7:D 13:D 15:W 3:
5 Gibbs, Glen B TAS 1781 3 18:L 20:W 14:W 13:W 1:
6 Bonham, Kevin TAS 1931 2.5 24:W 11:W 2:D 1:L 8:
7 Dowden, Tony TAS 2026 2.5 21:W 4:D 9:D 11:D 2:
8 Kempen, Leon VIC 1969 2.5 14:L 12:W 23:W 9:D 6:
9 Horton, Russell TAS 1449 2.5 25:W 3:D 7:D 8:D 16:
10 Briant, James TAS 1222 2.5 0:D 1:L 19:W 21:W 0:L
11 Reid, Vaness NSW 1496 2.5 15:W 6:L 22:W 7:D 12:
12 Bretag, Marcus TAS 898 2.5 19:D 8:L 24:W 18:W 11:
13 Smirnov, Anton NSW 1371 2 0:D 19:W 4:D 5:L 15:
14 Farin, Ingo TAS 1400 2 8:W 2:L 5:L 20:W 17:
15 Bretag, Lawrence TAS 899 2 11:L 0:W 21:W 4:L 13:
16 Slidziunas, John TAS 1737 2 17:W 18:D 1:L 0:D 9:
17 Short, Owen TAS 1011 2 16:L 21:L 0:W 23:W 14:
18 Carter, Mason TAS 1299 1.5 5:W 16:D 3:L 12:L 19:
19 Ivkovic, Milutin TAS 1471 1.5 12:D 13:L 10:L 22:W 18:
20 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) TAS 1166 1 2:L 5:L 25:W 14:L 22:
21 Martin, Janice TAS 1408 1 7:L 17:W 15:L 10:L 25:
22 Carter, Adam TAS 901 1 4:L 24:W 11:L 19:L 20:
23 Abbott, James TAS 1293 1 3:L 25:W 8:L 17:L 24:
24 Richards, Graham TAS 1342 1 6:L 22:L 12:L 25:W 23:
25 Briant, Harrison TAS 508 0 9:L 23:L 20:L 24:L 21:

"Ratings" in bold and italic are estimates for seeding purposes.

Round 5 draw:


No Name Total Result Name Total

1 Gibbs, Glen B [3] : Smirnov, Vladimir [3.5]
2 Steward, Julian [3] : Dyer, Alastair [3]
3 Dowden, Tony [2.5] : Frame, Nigel [3]
4 Bonham, Kevin [2.5] : Kempen, Leon [2.5]
5 Bretag, Marcus [2.5] : Reid, Vaness [2.5]
6 Horton, Russell [2.5] : Slidziunas, John [2]
7 Short, Owen [2] : Farin, Ingo [2]
8 Smirnov, Anton [2] : Bretag, Lawrence [2]
9 Ivkovic, Milutin [1.5] : Carter, Mason [1.5]
10 Abbott, James [1] : Richards, Graham [1]
11 Carter, Adam [1] : Sturges, Tony (Thelston) [1]
12 Briant, Harrison [0] : Martin, Janice [1]
13 Briant, James [2.5] 0:0 BYE

Kevin Bonham
16-08-2008, 10:28 PM
V Smirnov - Bonham.

1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Bd6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.0-0 0-0 7.Bg5 Bg4 8.Nbd2 Nbd7 9.c4 c6 10.Re1 Qc7 11.h3 Bh5 12.c5 Bf4 13.Qc2 Rfe8 14.b4 Bg6 15.Bxg6 hxg6 16.Bxf4 Qxf4 17.g3 Qf5 18.Qxf5 gxf5 19.Nb3 Rxe1+ 20.Rxe1 b6 21.Rc1 b5 22.Na5 Rc8 23.Nh4 g6 24.f3 Ne8 25.Kf2 Ng7 26.Ke3 Ne6 27.f4 Nd8 28.Nf3 Rc7 29.Ne5 Kg7 30.g4 fxg4 31.hxg4 f6 32.Nf3 Nb8 33.Rf1 Nb7 34.Nb3 Re7+ 35.Kd3 Re4 36.Nfd2 Re7 37.g5 Nd7 38.Nf3 fxg5 39.fxg5 Re8 40.Nbd2 a5 41.a4 Now the fun starts! 41...bxa4 42.b5? Ndxc5+! [The threat was 42...cxb5 43.c6] 43.dxc5 Nxc5+ 44.Kc3 cxb5 45.Kd4 Nb3+ 46.Nxb3 axb3 47.Kc5 a4 48.Nd4 Re5? [48...b2! wins as if 49.Kb4 Re4 50.Kc3 b4+ 51.Kxb4 Rxd4+ 52.Ka3 Rd2 53.Kxa4 Rc2-+] 49.Kxb5 [49.Kd6 threatening Ne6+ draws] 49...b2 50.Nc2 d4+ 51.Kc4 Ra5 [51...Rxg5 is better] 52.Kb4 [52.Nxd4 a3 53.Ne6+ draws] 52...d3 53.Na3 Rxg5 54.Rd1 Rg3? The start of problems for black as white now starts mopping up pawns. [54...Rg4+ 55.Kc3 g5 etc at least shouldn't lose] 55.Kxa4 d2 56.Nc4 Rg2 57.Nxb2 g5 58.Kb3 g4 59.Kc3 Kg6 60.Nc4 Kg5 61.Nxd2 Re2 62.Kd3 Re8 63.Ne4+ Kf4 64.Rf1+ Ke5 65.Nf6 Rd8+ 66.Ke3 g3 67.Ng4+ Ke6 68.Rg1 Ra8 69.Kf4 g2 70.Rxg2 Ra4+ 71.Kf3 Ra3+ 72.Ne3 Ra8 73.Rg5 Rf8+ 74.Ke4 Ra8 75.Rg6+ Kf7 76.Rb6 Ra4+ 77.Ke5 Ra1 78.Rf6+ Ke7 79.Nd5+ Kd7 80.Rd6+ Ke8 81.Re6+ Kd8 82.Rh6 Re1+ 83.Kd6 Re8 84.Rh7 Rg8?? finally the decisive blunder in extreme time trouble [84...Re2 is still drawn] 85.Rd7+! Kc8 86.Ne7+ 1-0

Basil
16-08-2008, 10:35 PM
Great game boys. Congrats to Kevin for both excitement and punching above your weight.

Kevin Bonham
16-08-2008, 10:47 PM
One of the strangest games of the day was A Carter - Reid. Despite the rating gap of almost 600, Adam had played well enough to get to an endgame of rook vs bishop and rook's pawn. Rather than agree a draw, he continued trying to win, but about ten moves away from a draw by the 50-move rule, he blundered the rook. It should have still been a draw as the bishop was of the wrong colour square but he put his king on the wrong square and Vaness duly won on move 100.

Here's some more cheap entertainment

Sturges - Frame

1.e4 c5 2.Qh5 e6 3.f4 Nf6 4.Qf3 Nc6 5.c3 Be7 6.Ne2 0-0 7.d4 d5 8.e5 Ne4 9.Nd2 Nxd2 10.Bxd2 Qb6 11.0-0-0 Bd7 12.Be3 c4 13.g4 a5 14.h4? [14.f5! would have kept white in the game.] 14...a4 15.f5 a3 16.Rd2 axb2+ 17.Kb1 Rxa2 18.Kxa2 Ra8+ 19.Kb1 Ra1+ 20.Kc2 b1=Q# 0-1

Another strange finish was Mason Carter's upset win over Glen Gibbs in round 1. It was a tricky double-rook ending where Gibbs had all the pressure but Mason dealt with his attempt to open up the position very accurately and Gibbs, his winning chances apparently gone, walked into a mate!

eclectic
16-08-2008, 10:51 PM
... duly won on move 100.

i don't blame you for not putting that into pgn here (not that you would necessarily have the moves on hand)

:)

Southpaw Jim
16-08-2008, 10:54 PM
This was probably my most interesting game of today - this game did my head in, trying to work out what to do while avoiding the pitfalls. Hastened the end by going a pawn down and then trading everything off :rolleyes: and finally hanging my rook.

White: Abbott, James
Black: Kempen, Leon
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 1293
BlackElo: 1969

1. e4 e6 2. d3 c5 3. Nd2 Nc6 4. Ngf3 g6 5. g3 Bg7 6. Bg2 Nge7 7. O-O O-O 8. Re1 Qc7 9. c3 Rb8 10. Nf1 b6 11. e5?! Bb7 12. Bf4? Nd5 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bd2 Kh7 15. Qe2 Rfc8 16. h4 Qd8 17. N1h2 Nde7 18. Ng4 Nf5 19. Nf6+? {Bf4 is better} 19... Bxf6 20. exf6 Qxf6 21. Ne5 Nxe5 22. Qxe5 Qxe5 23. Rxe5 Bxg2 24. Kxg2 c4 25. g4? Nxh4+ 26. Kg3 g5 27. Rh1 f6 28. Re3 Ng6 29. Rf3 Kg7 30. Kg2?? Nh4+ 0-1

Kevin Bonham
16-08-2008, 11:52 PM
Bonham - Frame

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nc6 6.Re1 e6 7.c4 Nf6 8.d4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Be7 10.Nc3 0-0 11.Nf3 Rac8 12.b3 Rfd8 13.Bf4 a6 14.Qd2 Qc7 15.Rad1?! Ne5! I wasted something like ten minutes here and couldn't find anything better than 16.Rc1 Ng6 17.Be3 Ng4 18.Bd4 Bf6 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.h3 Qa5 21.Red1 Rd7 22.Nd5! Qd8 23.Nxf6+ Qxf6 Draw offered. I'm clearly better here so I declined despite being twenty-five mins behind on the clock! 24.c5! d5! 25.b4?! Qf4 [25...Rcd8! gives white problems] 26.Qxf4 Nxf4 27.Kf1 Rcd8 28.Ne5 [28.c6!] 28...Rc7 29.h4 f6 30.Nc4 d4 31.g3 Ng6 32.Nd6 e5 33.a4 Ne7 34.Nc4 Kf8 35.Nb6 Kf7 36.Ke2 Ke6 37.f4 g6 [37...f5!?] 38.Kd3 Nc8 [I was in quite serious time trouble now and Nigel was hanging on well. I therefore dismissed the solid Nc4 and didn't even see an even better move and played the way-too-risky] 39.Nd5?! Nigel ripped it off immediately [39.Na8!± eg 39...Re7 40.c6] 39...Rxd5! 40.exd5+ Kxd5 41.Re1 [41.fxe5 fxe5 42.Rf1 e4+ 43.Ke2 d3+=] 41...Ne7 42.fxe5 fxe5 43.g4 Nc6! Suddenly white is losing. 44.Rb1 Rf7 45.b5 axb5 46.axb5 e4+ 47.Ke2 Ne5 48.c6 d3+ 49.Kd1 Nc4 50.Rb4 bxc6 51.bxc6 e3? This throws away the win [I had seen and was suitably afraid of 51...d2! which wins easily] 52.Rxc4! Kxc4 53.Rxe3 Kc3 54.Re5 d2 Draw Agreed. I had only about three minutes left when Nigel offered and could find nothing worth playing on for in using up two and a half of those; indeed it is objectively drawn.

Capablanca-Fan
17-08-2008, 11:10 AM
Great game boys. Congrats to Kevin for both excitement and punching above your weight.
Yeah, Kevin should not have lost that. Looks like Drug underestimated the force of the N sac.

Capablanca-Fan
17-08-2008, 11:12 AM
I'm really looking forward to this event. Its great to hear some strong Mainland visitors are coming. I wonder what it would take to get Jono to come down — surely he still has some thermal underwear left from his NZ days? :lol:
Would it be thick enough? ;) Actually I am curious about Tasmania in general and the Hobart International Club in particular.

Southpaw Jim
17-08-2008, 04:42 PM
Weren't you thinking of coming down and playing a simul in Sept/Oct?

Kevin Bonham
17-08-2008, 05:54 PM
No Name Feder Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6

1 Smirnov, Vladimir NSW 2303 5.5 0:D 13:W 14:W 2:W 11:W 10:W
2 Bonham, Kevin TAS 1931 4.5 24:W 3:W 4:D 1:L 9:W 7:W
3 Reid, Vaness NSW 1496 4 8:W 2:L 20:W 6:D 12:W 4:D
4 Frame, Nigel TAS 1746 4 23:W 18:W 2:D 7:D 6:D 3:D
5 Dyer, Alastair TAS 1708 4 20:W 6:D 17:D 8:W 7:D 11:D
6 Dowden, Tony TAS 2026 3.5 16:W 5:D 9:D 3:D 4:D 8:D
7 Steward, Julian TAS 1748 3.5 22:W 9:D 19:W 4:D 5:D 2:L
8 Bretag, Lawrence TAS 3.5 3:L 0:W 16:W 5:L 19:W 6:D
9 Horton, Russell TAS 1449 3.5 25:W 7:D 6:D 10:D 2:L 17:W
10 Kempen, Leon VIC 1969 3.5 18:L 12:W 22:W 9:D 13:W 1:L
11 Gibbs, Glen B TAS 1781 3.5 19:L 23:W 18:W 17:W 1:L 5:D
12 Bretag, Marcus TAS 3.5 21:D 10:L 24:W 19:W 3:L 18:W
13 Briant, James TAS 1222 3 0:D 1:L 21:W 16:W 10:L 14:D
14 Slidziunas, John TAS 1737 3 15:W 19:D 1:L 0:D 17:D 13:D
15 Short, Owen TAS 1011 3 14:L 16:L 0:W 22:W 18:D 20:D
16 Martin, Janice TAS 1408 3 6:L 15:W 8:L 13:L 25:W 22:W
17 Smirnov, Anton NSW 1371 2.5 0:D 21:W 5:D 11:L 14:D 9:L
18 Farin, Ingo TAS 2.5 10:W 4:L 11:L 23:W 15:D 12:L
19 Carter, Mason TAS 1299 2.5 11:W 14:D 7:L 12:L 8:L 24:W
20 Carter, Adam TAS 901 2.5 5:L 24:W 3:L 21:L 0:W 15:D
21 Ivkovic, Milutin TAS 1471 2.5 12:D 17:L 13:L 20:W 22:L 23:W
22 Abbott, James TAS 1293 2 7:L 25:W 10:L 15:L 21:W 16:L
23 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) TAS 1166 1.5 4:L 11:L 25:W 18:L 24:D 21:L
24 Richards, Graham TAS 1342 1.5 2:L 20:L 12:L 25:W 23:D 19:L
25 Briant, Harrison TAS 508 1 9:L 22:L 23:L 24:L 16:L 0:W

Really delighted to get a turnout of 25 players for this event, especially with some from far away. After the weekender attracted a very small turnout of 14 last year we moved it from September into August when there is less other chess on and it looks like it has worked.

FM Vladimir Smirnov won the tournament easily, winning the last two games against Glen Gibbs and Leon Kempen. Gibbs lost on time with queen against queen and rook's pawn (I think the position was also unfavourable for Gibbs because Smirnov had good king position) and Kempen also lost on time in an SCB ending which Smirnov was winning by the time the flag fell.

[EDIT: Gibbs actually lost because queens were exchanged, see below]

In the final round board 2 game, Kevin Bonham was under severe pressure against Julian Steward after yet another indifferently played opening but turned the tables with an exchange sac. Nigel Frame was pressing for a share of second a pawn up in a heavy piece ending against Vaness Reid (having accepted From's Gambit and successfully hung on to the pawn) but Reid played a number of strong moves very quickly under severe time pressure and was eventually able to hold. This meant that Frame and Reid tied for third with Alastair Dyer (Dyer and Frame each undefeated but with four draws).

With Reid and Dyer accounting for the U1700 and U18 prizes, the other two prizes going were the U12 prize (won by Anton Smirnov, who performed at 1549, on countback over Mason Carter) and the U1400 prize, somewhat remarkably won by Jamie Briant, who juggled chess with other sporting commitments all weekend. Originally expecting to play only rounds 2-4, Jamie was eventually able to play parts of rounds 5 and 6, having to resign his round 5 game partway through but managing to draw against John Slidziunas in round 6 despite arriving 47 minutes late!

Incidentally Jamie's unexpected availability for round 5 was the cause of a late amendment to about half the pairings for that round - a note advising of this had been left in a suitably prominant place but the DOP(e) doing the pairings (me) completely failed to notice it last night. Longstanding TCA regs allow all draws to be changed up to 10 mins before the start of the round to deal with problems like this.

Special mention should be made of the Bretag brothers who both finished on an excellent 3.5/6 and would have won at least one ratings prize if they had a rating! We were also pleased to have a newcomer to the Tasmanian scene in Ingo Farin who made an immediate impact with a win over Leon Kempen in the opening round.

The only lowlight of the weekend was a security alarm going off which we expect to be billed to the club although we have been unable to identify who (if anyone) from our group went upstairs thus triggering it in round 1.

pattox
17-08-2008, 06:05 PM
I surprised myself by holding off an expected defeat for quite a time in this game. During the post mortem with Vladimir he told me that, for quite a time, he thought that he was in trouble. It was only after until move 24 when I took his bishop with my knight that he felt his problems had disappeared. After that, while the game is still fairly even, black has all the initiative.

We also looked at some variations involving an early pawn e5 push by white which he was worried about and though looked very strong. But fritz couldn't find any strong continuations.


[Event "Hobart Weekender"]
[Date "2008.08.16"]
[Round 3]
[White "John Slidziunas"]
[Black "V Smirnov"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 e6 3. Bg2 Be7 4. O-O O-O 5. d4 c5 6. c4 d6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. d5
exd5 9. cxd5 Nb4 10. e4 Bg4 11. a3 Na6 12. Qc2 Nc7 13. Re1 b5 14. b4 Nd7 15.
Bf4 a5 16. bxc5 Nxc5 17. Nd4 Bd7 18. Rab1 g5 19. Bd2 Rb8 20. Nc6 Bxc6 21. dxc6
b4 22. axb4 axb4 23. Nd5 b3 24. Nxe7+ Qxe7 25. Qc3 Nb5 26. Qe3 f6 27. Bf1 Na3
28. Rb2 Nc2 29. Rxc2 bxc2 30. Bc4+ Kg7 31. Bc1 Rb1 32. h4 Qxe4 0-1

Tony Dowden
17-08-2008, 06:19 PM
Would it be thick enough? ;) Actually I am curious about Tasmania in general and the Hobart International Club in particular.

Maybe not thick enough - Mt Wellington had a lot of white stuff on it over the weekend. ;)

Actually, 'thick' sums up the weekend quite well. My special diet designed to ward off the wintry cold has duly thickened my blood - but when it comes to playing chess my blood doesn't seem to flow very well to the calculating part of my brain. I couldn't believe how much I failed to see (or nearly failed to see) all weekend. :doh: It was amazing I didn't lose any games - not that only winning managing to win in Round 1 is much to write home about :rolleyes:

It would be good to see you down here sometime :)

Tony Dowden
17-08-2008, 06:21 PM
Congratulations KB - on coming second on your own :cool:

Capablanca-Fan
17-08-2008, 06:21 PM
Weren't you thinking of coming down and playing a simul in Sept/Oct?
I was hoping that the work commitments would allow this, but it doesn't look like happening this year, unfortunately. It's a club I'd like to visit—it's the best club thread on ChessChat.

Kings of chess
17-08-2008, 06:42 PM
No Name Feder Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6

1 Smirnov, Vladimir NSW 2303 5.5 0:D 13:W 14:W 2:W 11:W 10:W
2 Bonham, Kevin TAS 1931 4.5 24:W 3:W 4:D 1:L 9:W 7:W
3 Reid, Vaness NSW 1496 4 8:W 2:L 20:W 6:D 12:W 4:D
4 Frame, Nigel TAS 1746 4 23:W 18:W 2:D 7:D 6:D 3:D
5 Dyer, Alastair TAS 1708 4 20:W 6:D 17:D 8:W 7:D 11:D
6 Dowden, Tony TAS 2026 3.5 16:W 5:D 9:D 3:D 4:D 8:D
7 Steward, Julian TAS 1748 3.5 22:W 9:D 19:W 4:D 5:D 2:L
8 Bretag, Lawrence TAS 3.5 3:L 0:W 16:W 5:L 19:W 6:D
9 Horton, Russell TAS 1449 3.5 25:W 7:D 6:D 10:D 2:L 17:W
10 Kempen, Leon VIC 1969 3.5 18:L 12:W 22:W 9:D 13:W 1:L
11 Gibbs, Glen B TAS 1781 3.5 19:L 23:W 18:W 17:W 1:L 5:D
12 Bretag, Marcus TAS 3.5 21:D 10:L 24:W 19:W 3:L 18:W
13 Briant, James TAS 1222 3 0:D 1:L 21:W 16:W 10:L 14:D
14 Slidziunas, John TAS 1737 3 15:W 19:D 1:L 0:D 17:D 13:D
15 Short, Owen TAS 1011 3 14:L 16:L 0:W 22:W 18:D 20:D
16 Martin, Janice TAS 1408 3 6:L 15:W 8:L 13:L 25:W 22:W
17 Smirnov, Anton NSW 1371 2.5 0:D 21:W 5:D 11:L 14:D 9:L
18 Farin, Ingo TAS 2.5 10:W 4:L 11:L 23:W 15:D 12:L
19 Carter, Mason TAS 1299 2.5 11:W 14:D 7:L 12:L 8:L 24:W
20 Carter, Adam TAS 901 2.5 5:L 24:W 3:L 21:L 0:W 15:D
21 Ivkovic, Milutin TAS 1471 2.5 12:D 17:L 13:L 20:W 22:L 23:W
22 Abbott, James TAS 1293 2 7:L 25:W 10:L 15:L 21:W 16:L
23 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) TAS 1166 1.5 4:L 11:L 25:W 18:L 24:D 21:L
24 Richards, Graham TAS 1342 1.5 2:L 20:L 12:L 25:W 23:D 19:L
25 Briant, Harrison TAS 508 1 9:L 22:L 23:L 24:L 16:L 0:W

Really delighted to get a turnout of 25 players for this event, especially with some from far away. After the weekender attracted a very small turnout of 14 last year we moved it from September into August when there is less other chess on and it looks like it has worked.

FM Vladimir Smirnov won the tournament easily, winning the last two games against Glen Gibbs and Leon Kempen. Gibbs lost on time with queen against queen and rook's pawn (I think the position was also unfavourable for Gibbs because Smirnov had good king position) and Kempen also lost on time in an SCB ending which Smirnov was winning by the time the flag fell.

In the final round board 2 game, Kevin Bonham was under severe pressure against Julian Steward after yet another indifferently played opening but turned the tables with an exchange sac. Nigel Frame was pressing for a share of second a pawn up in a heavy piece ending against Vaness Reid (having accepted From's Gambit and successfully hung on to the pawn) but Reid played a number of strong moves very quickly under severe time pressure and was eventually able to hold. This meant that Frame and Reid tied for third with Alastair Dyer (Dyer and Frame each undefeated but with four draws).

With Reid and Dyer accounting for the U1700 and U18 prizes, the other two prizes going were the U12 prize (won by Anton Smirnov, who performed at 1549, on countback over Mason Carter) and the U1400 prize, somewhat remarkably won by Jamie Briant, who juggled chess with other sporting commitments all weekend. Originally expecting to play only rounds 2-4, Jamie was eventually able to play parts of rounds 5 and 6, having to resign his round 5 game partway through but managing to draw against John Slidziunas in round 6 despite arriving 47 minutes late!

Incidentally Jamie's unexpected availability for round 5 was the cause of a late amendment to about half the pairings for that round - a note advising of this had been left in a suitably prominant place but the DOP(e) doing the pairings (me) completely failed to notice it last night. Longstanding TCA regs allow all draws to be changed up to 10 mins before the start of the round to deal with problems like this.

Special mention should be made of the Bretag brothers who both finished on an excellent 3.5/6 and would have won at least one ratings prize if they had a rating! We were also pleased to have a newcomer to the Tasmanian scene in Ingo Farin who made an immediate impact with a win over Leon Kempen in the opening round.

The only lowlight of the weekend was a security alarm going off which we expect to be billed to the club although we have been unable to identify who (if anyone) from our group went upstairs thus triggering it in round 1.

Impressive. Fast report, results and some games already can be seen to addition also second place in the tournament.

Adamski
17-08-2008, 07:02 PM
A victory for NSW in Tassie. Well done drug. And well done, KB, in getting outright second. Tony D, at least you know what not to do for the blood next time now! Hope to see you at Manly in January for the Aussie Open. (See your work email.)

Kevin Bonham
17-08-2008, 07:20 PM
Bonham - Steward

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 a6 4.g3 I had prepared this for my previous game with Julian but by now I had forgotten all my preparation! Still, I played it anyway. 4...Nc6 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 Nge7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Nc6 10.Qd1 [10.Qc4 looks better now] 10...Be7 11.Bf4 0-0 12.a3 Qc7 13.Qd2 Ne5! Successfully exploiting my queen's failure to find a good square; black has now at least equalised. 14.b3 Bd7 15.Ne2 b5 16.Rfd1 Rfd8 17.Nd4 Rac8 Fritz thinks white is OK here but I was finding this position very difficult. 18.Rdc1 Qc3 19.Qxc3 Rxc3 20.Ne2?! [20.Bd2!=] 20...Rc7 21.Be3 Rdc8 22.c3 Nd3 23.Rd1 Nc5 24.Rab1 a5 25.Rd2 h6 26.Bxc5?! I decided to simplify into a clearly worse position because I was well behind on the clock and thought the resulting position would be simpler to play. However in doing so I may have thought my position was worse than it actually was. [26.Nd4] 26...Rxc5 27.Rbd1 R5c7 28.e5? Way too optimistic as this square soon becomes a target for black's dark square bishop 28...d5 29.b4 axb4 30.axb4 Ra7 31.Bf1 f6 32.f4 fxe5 33.fxe5 Bg5 34.Rd3 Ra3 Suddenly in this shabby position I saw an exchange sac idea and played 35.h4 Bd8 36.Bh3! Bb6+ 37.Kh1 g5?! 38.Rxd5! exd5 39.Bxd7 Rf8 40.e6 Bd8 [Here I thought black's best strategy was to exploit the air around my king and play 40...Rf2 which seems to draw] 41.hxg5 hxg5 42.Bxb5 Be7? [42...Rf2 is necessary here] 43.Rxd5 Ra1+ 44.Kg2 Raf1 45.Nf4! Rc1 [45...Re1 46.Ng6 Rxe6 47.Nxf8 Kxf8 and white should win if careful] 46.Ng6 Rc2+ 47.Kh3 1-0

Kevin Bonham
17-08-2008, 08:42 PM
R Horton - Bonham

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 c6 4.e3 d5 5.Nbd2!? Seems to be a reputable sideline but I knew absolutely nothing about it. 5...Nbd7 6.Bd3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5 I think white should just castle rather than dismantling his own centre and giving me piece play here - that said, I may have overindulged in the latter! 8...Nxc5 9.Bc2 Nb4 10.0-0 Nxc2 OK, it's move ten, I've moved pawns four times and knights six and I'm probably better if I know what to do in the position. 11.Qxc2 Be7? 12.Rd1! Qd3 This definitely should have been played the move before and by delaying it a move I got into some trouble. 13.Qxd3 Nxd3 14.Ne4 f5!? Positionally risky but I felt a need to mix things up to increase my winning chances and boot this knight off its strong square. 15.Nd6+ Bxd6 16.Rxd3 Be7 17.b3 Bf6 18.Rb1 Bd7 19.Bb2 Bb5 [19...Bc6!] 20.Rd6!? Ke7 21.Ba3 Kf7 22.Rbd1 Be7 Forcing white to sac the exchange but unfortunately for black the sac is quite sound if correctly followed up. 23.Rd7! Bxd7 24.Rxd7 Rhe8 25.Ne5+? [After the game Russell realised he should have played 25.Ng5+! which I had not looked at. After the forcing line 25...Kf6 26.Nxh7+ Kg6 27.Bxe7 Kxh7 white appears to have adequate compensation, perhaps a little more] 25...Kf8 26.Bb2 Rad8 Now black wraps up easily 27.Kf1 Rxd7 28.Nxd7+ Kg8 29.Ke2? Rc8 30.Bd4 Rc2+ 31.Kf3 Rxa2 32.Nc5 Bxc5 [32...e5 wins a piece] 33.Bxc5 Kf7 34.e4 a5 35.exf5 exf5 36.Ke3 Rb2 37.Kf4 Rxb3 38.Kxf5 Rb5 0-1

Kevin Bonham
17-08-2008, 08:50 PM
Mason Carter - Gibbs. Great tenacity in a very difficult position yields an unexpectedly rich reward and Mason's highest-rated scalp to date.

1.d4 e6 2.c4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 c6 7.Bd3 h6 8.Bf4 Nbd7 9.Nf3 Nh5 10.Be5 Nhf6 11.Bf4 0-0 12.0-0 Re8 13.h3 Nf8 14.Qc2 Ne6 15.Bh2 Bd6 16.Bxd6 Qxd6 17.Ne5 Nf8 18.Rfe1 Be6 19.Ne2 N8d7 20.Nf3 Rac8 21.Rac1 a6 22.Nf4 c5 23.Nxe6 fxe6 24.Qa4 c4 25.Bf1 Ne4 26.Qd1 b5 27.Nd2 Nef6 28.Nf3 a5 29.Qd2 b4 30.Qd1 Ne4 31.Nd2 Ndf6 32.Nxe4 Nxe4 33.f3 Ng3 34.f4 Qd8 35.Be2 Nxe2+ 36.Rxe2 Re7 37.Rec2 Rec7 38.b3 c3 39.Qg4 Qf6 40.Re2 Qf5 41.Qxf5 exf5 42.g4 g6 43.Kg2 Kf7 44.Kf3 Kf6 45.Rcc2 Re7 46.Kf2 Rg8 47.Kf3 g5 48.Kg3 Reg7 49.Rf2 fxg4 50.fxg5+ Kxg5 51.hxg4 Rd7 52.Rf5+ Kg6 53.Rcf2 Re8 54.R5f3 Rde7 55.Re2 h5 56.gxh5+ Kg5 57.Kf2 Rh7 58.Ke1 Rxh5 59.Rg2+ Kh4 60.Kf2 Rg5 61.Rh2+ Kg4 62.Rf4# 1-0

Southpaw Jim
17-08-2008, 09:19 PM
I was hoping that the work commitments would allow this, but it doesn't look like happening this year, unfortunately. It's a club I'd like to visit—it's the best club thread on ChessChat.
Bugger, hopefully we'll see you soon :)

Was disappointing to lose this one, especially since I had a stone-cold win at move 47. My notes ended at move 50, after which under extreme time pressure I managed to faff around with my rook, unable to work out how to save the draw, and lost on time with Janice about to promote one of her pawns.

Event: Hobart Weekender 2008
Round: 6
White: Martin, Janice
Black: Abbott, James
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 1408
BlackElo: 1293

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. e3 d6 5. cxb5 a6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Bd2 Bg7 8. a4 O-O 9. Bc4 e6 10. dxe6 Bxe6 11. b3 axb5 12. Bxb5 Qb6 13. Rb1 Nc6 14. Nf3 Rfd8 15. O-O Nd5 {Bf5!?} 16. Nxd5 Bxd5 17. b4 Na7 18. bxc5 dxc5 19. Bc4 Qd6 20. Qe2 Bxc4 21. Qxc4 Qd5 22. Rfc1 Qxc4 23. Rxc4 Bf8 24. Kf1 Rd3 25. Ke2 Ra3 26. Bc3 Ra2+ 27. Rb2 Rxb2+ 28. Bxb2 Nc6 29. Ba3 Nb4 30. Bxb4 cxb4 31. Ne5 Rxa4 32. Nd7 Ra2+ 33. Kf3 b3 34. Nxf8 Kxf8 35. Rb4 b2 36. Kg3 g5 37. f3 f5 38. f4 g4 39. Rb5 Kg7 40. h3 h5 41. hxg4 hxg4 42. Kh4 Kf7 43. Kg5 Ke6 44. Rb6+ Kd5 45. Kxf5 Kc4 46. Kxg4 Kc3 47. f5 Kc2 {Ra4+ for the win, but under time pressure I never saw it} 48. g3 b1=Q 49. Rxb1 Kxb1 50. f6 1-0

I'd be even more disappointed if I hadn't picked up a win in the previous round:

Event: Hobart Weekender 2008
Round: 5
White: Abbott, James
Black: Ivkovic, Milutin
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 1293
BlackElo: 1479

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O c5 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. h3 a6 10. Bc4 Na5 11. Bd5 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 Be6 13. Nxe7+ Qxe7 14. b3 f6 15. Qd2 Qd7?? 16. Qxa5 Bxh3 17. Nh2? {I passed up gxh3 because I was worried Black might have some counterplay with the Q, possibly a triple rep draw} 17... Be6 18. Qc3 f5 19. Re1 fxe4 20. Rxe4 d5 21. Re1 b6 22. Bb2 d4 23. Qg3 Bf5 24. Rad1 {c3} 24... b5 25. Rd2 Rad8 26. Rde2 Rfe8 27. Rxe8+ Rxe8 28. Rxe8+ Qxe8 29. Qf3 {eurgh, bad} 29... Bxc2 30. Qd5+ Kh8 31. Qxc5 d3 32. Qd6 h6?? {I very nearly missed the fact that the g pawn was pinned, phew!} 33. Qxh6+ 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
17-08-2008, 10:29 PM
Bugger, hopefully we'll see you soon :)
Me too :)

Event: Hobart Weekender 2008
Round: 6
White: Martin, Janice
Black: Abbott, James
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 1408
BlackElo: 1293

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. e3 {a wimpy way of declining the Benko. 4. Nf3 or a4 are more sensible if White doesn't want to accept} 4... d6 {4... bxc4 gives Black a good position} 5. cxb5 a6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Bd2 Bg7 8. a4 O-O 9. Bc4 e6 10. dxe6 Bxe6 11. b3 axb5 12. Bxb5 Qb6 13. Rb1 Nc6 14. Nf3 Rfd8 15. O-O Nd5 {Bf5!?} 16. Nxd5 Bxd5 17. b4 Na7 18. bxc5 dxc5 19. Bc4 Qd6 20. Qe2 Bxc4 21. Qxc4 Qd5 22. Rfc1 Qxc4 23. Rxc4 Bf8 24. Kf1 Rd3 25. Ke2 Ra3 26. Bc3 Ra2+ 27. Rb2 Rxb2+ 28. Bxb2 Nc6 29. Ba3 Nb4 30. Bxb4 cxb4 31. Ne5 Rxa4 [not bad, recovering the P] 32. Nd7 Ra2+ 33. Kf3 b3? 34. Nxf8? {34.Rc8 wins a piece} 34... Kxf8 35. Rb4 b2 {Black should not lose even without the b-pawn because he should hold R endgame of 3v4 on one side. Should be no harm in trying to exploit the passer} 36. Kg3 g5 [both should move towards the K-side. These P moves just provide a target for White] 37. f3 f5 38. f4 g4 39. Rb5 Kg7 40. h3 h5 41. hxg4 hxg4 42. Kh4 Kf7 43. Kg5 Ke6 44. Rb6+ Kd5 45. Kxf5 Kc4 46. Kxg4 Kc3 47. f5 Kc2 {Ra4+ for the win, but under time pressure I never saw it} {White didn't have to allow it} 48. g3 b1=Q 49. Rxb1 Kxb1 50. f6 1-0

Event: Hobart Weekender 2008
Round: 5
White: Abbott, James
Black: Ivkovic, Milutin
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 1293
BlackElo: 1479

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O c5 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. h3 a6 10. Bc4 Na5 11. Bd5 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 Be6 13. Nxe7+ Qxe7 14. b3 f6 15. Qd2 Qd7?? 16. Qxa5 Bxh3 17. Nh2? {I passed up gxh3 because I was worried Black might have some counterplay with the Q, possibly a triple rep draw} [Not likely, since 17.gxh3 Qxh3 is covered by 18. Nh2] 17... Be6 18. Qc3 f5 19. Re1 fxe4 20. Rxe4 d5 21. Re1 b6 22. Bb2 d4 23. Qg3 Bf5 24. Rad1 {c3} 24... b5 25. Rd2 Rad8 26. Rde2 Rfe8 27. Rxe8+ Rxe8 28. Rxe8+ Qxe8 29. Qf3 {eurgh, bad} [Not that bad; doesn't throw away the win] 29... Bxc2 30. Qd5+ Kh8 31. Qxc5 d3 32. Qd6 h6?? {I very nearly missed the fact that the g pawn was pinned, phew!} [White shouldn't have much trouble winning with the extra piece though after Nf1] 33. Qxh6+ 1-0

Vlad
18-08-2008, 11:18 AM
Thanks for having us, it was an enjoyable tournament.




FM Vladimir Smirnov won the tournament easily, winning the last two games against Glen Gibbs and Leon Kempen. Gibbs lost on time with queen against queen and rook's pawn (I think the position was also unfavourable for Gibbs because Smirnov had good king position) and Kempen also lost on time in an SCB ending which Smirnov was winning by the time the flag fell.


Maybe it looked easy, I actually did not find it easy.:) Only the first game was relatively easy, the next 3 games at some points I was loosing, probably the worst for me was against Glen Gibbs (I was even thinking about offering him a draw but I was ashamed to do that in so bad position ;) A little correction to your post, Glen did not loose on time, I forced the exchange of queens after which I had a trivially winning single pawn ending.). Probably the most solid game for me was the last one. It was a drawn position until the very end when in time trouble opponent blundered.





With Reid and Dyer accounting for the U1700 and U18 prizes, the other two prizes going were the U12 prize (won by Anton Smirnov, who performed at 1549, on countback over Mason Carter).

It looks like he finally crossed the 1400 line, we need to get Bill to confirm this. When he is on fire even 1700+ find it difficult against him. Alastair was lucky to get a draw agaisnt him in round 3. In a completely winning position Anton suddenly started playing for a draw. Well, it is not easy to punch above your weight (both literally and rating wise:)). Both his losses were one-move-blunders. Well, only experience can fix that one.:)

Vlad
18-08-2008, 11:22 AM
Great game boys. Congrats to Kevin for both excitement and punching above your weight.

I beg to differ. Yes, you can and actually should congratulate Kevin for punching above his weight, but the excitement was mine.;)

This game reminded me solving with Anton these numerous tactical problems from the manual of chess combinations.

Tony Dowden
18-08-2008, 08:27 PM
Tony D, at least you know what not to do for the blood next time now!

I was just joking about the diet ;) In truth I'm simply getting older and didn't do well with absolutely no preparation and too many late nights (Olympics and what not) :(

In addition, for those wanting a tip: I've found 2 or 3 hours worth of tactics training in the week preceding teh tournament makes a real difference to my performance - at my age anyhow. (I have no idea how the likes of Viktor Korchnoi - or Tassie's Glen Gibbs do it.)

And for those wanting another tip: do some work on your openings if playing a fast time limit like 60 min 10 sec. Otherwise the time just flashes by :eek:

Tony Dowden
18-08-2008, 08:32 PM
Congratulations Vladimir :clap:

You and KB might be interested to hear that Timman held a R+N vs R ending over the weekend.

Capablanca-Fan
18-08-2008, 09:23 PM
In addition, for those wanting a tip: I've found 2 or 3 hours worth of tactics training in the week preceding teh tournament makes a real difference to my performance - at my age anyhow.
What's good for tactics training these days? It seems like fair advice, and I am playing youngsters in the Ruth Coxhill Memorial again.

Kevin Bonham
18-08-2008, 11:42 PM
Thanks for having us, it was an enjoyable tournament.

Thanks for coming!


A little correction to your post, Glen did not loose on time, I forced the exchange of queens after which I had a trivially winning single pawn ending.).

Thanks for the correction; I think I saw a light flashing on Gibbs' clock and wrongly assumed he had run out of time rather than it simply being left running after he resigned.


You and KB might be interested to hear that Timman held a R+N vs R ending over the weekend.

That he did and made it look quite easy too, in the Staunton Memorial - anyone know what the time limit was?

Kevin Bonham
19-08-2008, 08:25 AM
A number of scoresheets have been found lying around the venue!

L. Bretag - M Carter

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bd2 Nc6 5.e3 b6 6.a3 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 Ba6 8.b4 Bb7 9.Nf3 0-0 10.d5 exd5 11.cxd5 Nb8 12.Bc4 d6 13.0-0 Re8 14.Qc2 Bxd5?? 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.Bxd5 c6 17.Bxc6 Rc8 18.b5 Nxc6 19.bxc6 Rc7 20.Rac1 Rac8 21.Nd4 d5 22.Qf5 Qd8 23.Rc2 a6 24.Rfc1 Rb8 25.Nf3 Rbc8 26.Rd2 Rxc6 27.Rcd1 Rc1 28.Kf1 R1c3 29.Ng5 Qe8 30.Qxh7+ Kf8 31.Qh8+ Ke7 32.Qxg7 Rxa3 33.Rxd5 1-0

L. Bretag - Dowden

1.e4 Nf6 2.Bc4 Nxe4 3.Bxf7+ Kxf7 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Qd5+ e6 6.Qxe4 d5 7.Qf4+ Kg8 8.Nf3 Bd6 9.Qe3 c5 10.d4 cxd4 11.Nxd4 e5 12.Nb5 Qa5+ 13.N1c3 d4 14.Qe4 dxc3 15.Qd5+ Kg7 16.b4 Qd8 17.Nxd6 draw was agreed a couple of moves later - correct moves to follow ½-½

Martin - J Briant

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.e3 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.a3 Be7 6.Be2 d5 7.0-0 0-0 8.Bd2 Bd7 9.b4 cxb4 10.axb4 Nxb4 11.Bxb4 Bxb4 12.Qb3 a5 13.Ne5 dxc4 14.Bxc4 b5 15.Bd3 Nd5 16.Be4 Be8 17.Nd3 Be7 18.Bxd5 Qxd5 19.Qxd5 exd5 20.Nc3 Bd6 21.Nxd5 Bc6 22.Nc3 b4 23.Na4 Rfb8 24.Nac5 b3 25.Rfb1 Bxc5 26.Nxc5 a4 27.Ra3 Kf8 28.Rb2 Ke7 29.e4 Rb4 30.d5 Rc4 31.dxc6 Rc1# 0-1

Bill Gletsos
19-08-2008, 05:36 PM
It looks like he finally crossed the 1400 line, we need to get Bill to confirm this.Not yet but very close. BTW his rapid rating has shot up and is close to his normal now.

Vlad
20-08-2008, 09:51 AM
Thanks Bill.

Ahh well, he will keep getting the under 1400 rating prizes.:)

Qbert
20-08-2008, 10:45 AM
I was just joking about the diet ;) In truth I'm simply getting older and didn't do well with absolutely no preparation and too many late nights (Olympics and what not) :(


Hi Tony,
congratulations on remaining unbeaten in Tasmania:owned:

Saragossa
20-08-2008, 12:06 PM
sorry about the loose scoresheets.

yeah i'm doing some analyse's on the dowden game I'll email it to you Kevin because it actually has some quite interesting variations throughout the game. my bad on the game noting it was meant to read: 17...Qe3 18.0-0 Nc6
19.b5 and i offered a draw.

L. Bretag

Tony Dowden
22-08-2008, 09:04 AM
What's good for tactics training these days? It seems like fair advice, and I am playing youngsters in the Ruth Coxhill Memorial again.
I've found that CT-ART 3.0 as recommended by both Brian Jones and a buzz word I kept hearing from juniors at the 2007 SIO (just what IS that 'SeeTeeArt' I was thinking?) is very good. I just need to find the time to actually use it more often. I'd like to be able to turn off the 'clue' feature which makes the board light up like a christmas tree when you don't make the correct move but thats a minor quibble.

But don't forget you are younger than me, so my training regime might not apply to a youngster like you ;)

Southpaw Jim
22-08-2008, 09:56 PM
There's also the Chess Tactics Server (http://chess.emrald.net/index.php), which is free. Just keeps chucking problems at you until you decide you want to stop.

Capablanca-Fan
22-08-2008, 11:59 PM
But don't forget you are younger than me, so my training regime might not apply to a youngster like you ;)
Thanx Tony. Those of us in our 40s need a game plan to keep the teens and 20s in their place ;)

Tony Dowden
23-08-2008, 09:27 AM
Hi Tony,
congratulations on remaining unbeaten in Tasmania:owned:

Yeah, but only by avoiding FM Smirnov ;)

Congrats on your picket fence in the Otago Championship (so far)

Tony Dowden
23-08-2008, 09:28 AM
Thanx Tony. Those of us in our 40s need a game plan to keep the teens and 20s in their place ;)

Indeed - and I'll have to come up with a 50's plan pretty soon!

Adamski
23-08-2008, 09:37 AM
Indeed - and I'll have to come up with a 50's plan pretty soon!I need to work on my 50's plan. Not really going very well...Anyway, its time to attack my tax return this morning.

Tony Dowden
23-08-2008, 09:41 AM
sorry about the loose scoresheets.

yeah i'm doing some analyse's on the dowden game I'll email it to you Kevin because it actually has some quite interesting variations throughout the game. my bad on the game noting it was meant to read: 17...Qe3 18.0-0 Nc6
19.b5 and i offered a draw.

L. Bretag

... and I took the darw because when I played 11...e5?! I'd missed White's 16.b4! (without that White is dead) and that after 19.b5 I also missed a later Ba3 will defend the big knight on d6 :doh: The black position in the final position felt loose but Black is probably OK with ideas like ...Nd4 and ...Qe6 - so even though I was well behind on the clock, maybe I could have played it out.

Earlier in the game I was very disappointed I'd played the weakening 4...g6? But my subsequent self pep talk was overdone. Black should be trying to consolidate the centre rather than diving into murky tactics in an effort to win material :hmm: Well played Lawrence :)

Kevin Bonham
23-08-2008, 03:13 PM
Yeah, but only by avoiding FM Smirnov ;)

There were a few jokes about the Smirnov Avoidance Gambit (which supposedly consisted of taking lots of draws and sitting in the midfield so you would never get to board 1) on the weekend. Quite unusual that a Tasmanian weekender had four players undefeated; I cannot remember one with that many recently.

Capablanca-Fan
28-08-2008, 12:02 AM
There were a few jokes about the Smirnov Avoidance Gambit (which supposedly consisted of taking lots of draws and sitting in the midfield so you would never get to board 1) on the weekend. Quite unusual that a Tasmanian weekender had four players undefeated; I cannot remember one with that many recently.
That is unusual. It's most unlikely that someone like Tony D would deliberately avoid FM Smirnov; he's never ducked fights with IMs and GMs in the past, even someone like Belyavsky when he was one of the top few in the world.

Kevin Bonham
28-08-2008, 12:10 AM
That is unusual. It's most unlikely that someone like Tony D would deliberately avoid FM Smirnov; he's never ducked fights with IMs and GMs in the past, even someone like Belyavsky when he was one of the top few in the world.

No, I don't think anyone was deliberately or even subconsciously avoiding playing Smirnov, it was just an in-joke that was doing the rounds!

Garvinator
28-08-2008, 12:47 AM
There were a few jokes about the Smirnov Avoidance Gambit (which supposedly consisted of taking lots of draws and sitting in the midfield so you would never get to board 1) on the weekend. Quite unusual that a Tasmanian weekender had four players undefeated; I cannot remember one with that many recently.
It could be argued that getting Anton could do more damage to your weekend than Vlad ;)