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Publicist
21-11-2008, 07:16 PM
The tournament organiser, leonid Sandler, now has all 10 players for the Masters.
The last 2 players are Doug Hamilton (FM) and David Hacche both of them
performed very well in Victorian Championship 2008.
It is good that all available top Victorian Players are participating.



Now we have 3 IM ,3 FM in the field,plus players from 5 different countries.
Average FIDE rating of players 2236(aprox) International master norm is 7
points from 9 games .



The prizes as follows
1.$1000
2.$500
3.$300
Plus top scoring victorian will get $500 plus Victorian Master title.

Bulletins
with games wil be produced and one game will be transmitted live.
Venue is Chess Victoria 2008 HQ in Canterbury.

Postponed games will be organised a bit later on after consultations with
players concerned.
Pairings will be released soon!
The tournament is presented by Halsteen PTY.LTD (Director
Eddy Levi)
Chess Victoria (President Katrin Wills) and
Chess Australia PTY.LTD (Director Leonid Sandler www.chesscoaching.com.au)

90 minutes per game plus 30 seconds per move is the rate of play.

ER
21-11-2008, 08:49 PM
The tournament organiser, leonid Sandler, now has all 10 players for the Masters.
The last 2 players are Doug Hamilton (FM) and David Hacche both of them
performed very well in Victorian Championship 2008.
It is good that all available top Victorian Players are participating.



Now we have 3 IM ,3 FM in the field,plus players from 5 different countries.
Average FIDE rating of players 2236(aprox) International master norm is 7
points from 9 games .



The prizes as follows
1.$1000
2.$500
3.$300
Plus top scoring victorian will get $500 plus Victorian Master title.

Bulletins
with games wil be produced and one game will be transmitted live.
Venue is Chess Victoria 2008 HQ in Canterbury.

Postponed games will be organised a bit later on after consultations with
players concerned.
Pairings will be released soon!
The tournament is presented by Halsteen PTY.LTD (Director
Eddy Levi)
Chess Victoria (President Katrin Wills) and
Chess Australia PTY.LTD (Director Leonid Sandler www.chesscoaching.com.au)

90 minutes per game plus 30 seconds per move is the rate of play.

Very good and interesting news!
Dates of rounds?
Any possibility to have the Melbourne Chess Club involved somehow? The Club has been successfully involved in such events before, and I think it is a good idea for the historically important MCC to have some exposure in prestigious tournaments.
CAGLES

Publicist
24-11-2008, 08:12 AM
See the Chess Victoria web-site for details

http://chessvictoria.netfirms.com/08_vic_masters.htm

1 Solomon IM
2.West IM
3.Rujevic IM
4.Levi FM
5.Cheng(NZ)
6.Gorka(England)
7.Smirnov(Russia) FM
8.Dizdarevic(Bosnia)
9.Hamilton
10.Hacche

The tournament is presented by Halsteen PTY.LTD (Director Eddy Levi) Chess Victoria (President Katrin Wills) and Chess Australia PTY.LTD (Director Leonid Sandler Leonid Sandler's Australian Chess Coaching - Home (http://www.chesscoaching.com.au)).


Playing dates 6 Dec. '08 to 14 Dec. '08

Leonid Sandler
25-11-2008, 10:59 AM
Here are the pairings for Australian Masters 2008.
1.B.Cheng
2.D.Hamilton
3.V.Smirnov
4.E.Levi
5.D.Hacche
6.M.Dizdarevic
7.M.Rujevic
8.G.West
9.C.Gorka
10.S.Solomon

Leonid Sandler
06-12-2008, 08:22 AM
First round will be played today December 6th at House of Chess Victoria(aka Box Hill chess club,3 Rochester rd,Canterbury).Starting time 4-30 pm,spectators are welcome.

Here are the pairings for the first round

D.Hamilton-C.Gorka
V.Smirnov-G.West
E.Levi-M.Rujevic
D.Hacche-M.Dizdarevic

B.Cheng-S.Solomon game is postponed until monday December 8th as both players are in Adelaide(Bobby competing and Stephen coaching at Australian Schools Finals )

gbekker
06-12-2008, 08:56 AM
I will try to relay a live game and a webcam from my webpage
http://www.auschess.org.au/oceania/live/
whenever internet access allows me to. :-)

Cheers,

Gary Bekker

Davidflude
06-12-2008, 10:41 AM
I will try and drop in this afternoon to have a look. Gary if you have any hassles telephone me at home.

Leonid Sandler
06-12-2008, 07:31 PM
First round results
Smirnov-West draw
Levi-Rujevic 0-1
Hamilton-Gorka 1-0
Hacche-Dizdarevic draw

bergil
07-12-2008, 01:44 AM
First round results
Smirnov-West draw
Levi-Rujevic 0-1
Hamilton-Gorka 1-0
Hacche-Dizdarevic drawIn the game between Vlad and Guy does white blunder on move 28 with Rxa8 instead of gxBf3?

Leonid Sandler
07-12-2008, 06:40 AM
Just a few brief notes about Round 1 games.

Smirnov-West started slowly with early queens swap soon black won a pawn but Vladimir had some compensation as black king was stuck in the middle of the board and then

Guy blundered the whole piece but Vladimir was probably under impression that his bishop was on g7 and did not accept an early X-mass present.
Soon draw was agreed.

In Levi-Rujevic game black has fully equalised after thematical central break d5 in Sicilian defence but Eddy then overpressed and Mirko very nicely converted small advantage to a full point.

Hamilton-Gorka -another Sicilian defence and again after d5 break it seems to me that black was ok but in mutual timetrouble Doug managed to break through and checkmated Carl king.Nice attacking game from former Australian Champion.

Hacche had close to winning position against Dizdarevic but could not convert and in endgame Mehmedalia managed to salvage half point.

Today round 2
Rujevic-Hacche
West-Levi
Gorka-Smirnov
Two other games
Cheng-Hamilton and Solomon-Dizdarevic will be played Friday December 12th at 10-00am.

Bill Gletsos
07-12-2008, 01:48 PM
Round 1
Smirnov - West
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3.e3 c5 4.Be2 d5 5.0-0 Nbd7 6.c4 dxc4 7.Bxc4 Be7 8.dxc5 Nxc5 9.Qxd8+ Bxd8 10.Nc3 a6 11.a4 Nfe4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.b3 Bf6 14.Ra2 Bd7 15.Ba3 b5 16.Bd3 Nc3 17.Rc2 bxa4 18.Rfc1 Nb5 19.Bxb5 axb5 20.bxa4 Rxa4 21.Bd6 Ra6 22.Rd2 Bc6 23.h3 Ra1 24.Rxa1 Bxa1 25.Ra2 Bxf3 26.Rxa1 Kd7 27.Be5 Ra8?? 28.Rxa8?? [28. gxf3] 28... Bxa8 29.Bxg7 Kc6 30.Kf1 Kd5 31.Ke2 Kc4 32.g3 b4 33.Kd2 Bg2 34.h4 Bf3 35.Bf6 h5 36.Bg7 Kd5 37.Bf8 b3 38.Ba3 Ke4 39.Bb2 e5 40.Bc3 f5 41.Bb2 1/2-1/2

Leonid Sandler
07-12-2008, 05:34 PM
15...Re3 16.Re1 Rxe1+ 17.Kxe1 Bd6 18.Nf1 Nf7 19.Kf2 Ne7 20.Bd2 Kc8

Leonid Sandler
07-12-2008, 07:09 PM
West-Levi draw
Guy was pressing all game but Eddy defended well

Rujevic-Hacche 1-0
Disaster in opening for David he was fighting on but lost a pawn and later on the game

Gorka-Smirnov 0-1
Unusual typical Vladimirs opening gave him small but long lasting advantage which he converted and went on to win.

Australian Champion Stephen Solomon is in town and will play his postponed round one game against Bobby Cheng tomorrrow morning at 10-00 am.

Metro
07-12-2008, 07:58 PM
Any chance of Nigel Short playing in Australian Masters next year?:)

eclectic
07-12-2008, 08:24 PM
Any chance of Nigel Short playing in Australian Masters next year?:)

stop flogging my silly ideas :P ;)

Leonid Sandler
07-12-2008, 09:42 PM
On Monday December 8th Australian Champion Stephen Solomon will start his campaign against promising junior Bobby Cheng.This game was postponed from the first round and is scheduled for 10-00 am start.Today Stephen's dad and biggest fan Frank Solomon who generously donated $1000 to Australian Olympiad appeal has visited the venue. In the mean time Stephen rung me from airport on his arrival from Adelaide.
In round three I can see a few really big games
Hamilton-Solomon not to be missed as former Australian Champion no doubts will press hard against current Champion.
The other interesting matchups includes
Smirnov-Cheng
Hacche-West
Levi-Gorka
Dizdarevic-Rujevic

After 2 rounds Mirko Rujevic is early leader with 2 wins,
Vladimir Smirnov on 1,5 points.

MichaelBaron
08-12-2008, 11:50 AM
Very strange play by Bobby this morning :( he must be really tired after the school champs.

Bill Gletsos
08-12-2008, 02:35 PM
Round 2
West - Levi
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nc6 3.g3 Bg4 4.Nbd2 Qd7 5.h3 Bf5 6.c3 f6 7.Nh4 e5 8.Nxf5 Qxf5 9.e3 exd4 10.exd4 0-0-0 11.Qg4 Nh6 12.Bd3 Re8+ 13.Kd1 Qxg4+ 14.hxg4 Kb8 15.f3 Re3 16.Re1 Rxe1+ 17.Kxe1 Bd6 18.Nf1 Nf7 19.Kf2
Ne7 20.Bd2 Kc8 21.Ne3 c6 22.Rh1 h6 23.Ng2 Kd7 24.Nf4 Ng5 25.Nh5 Rg8 26.Be3 Ke8 27.Bf4 Bxf4 28.gxf4 Ne6 29.Bh7 Rh8 30.Bf5 Nxf5 31.gxf5 Nc7 32.Rg1 Rh7 33.Nxg7+ Kf7 34.Nh5 Ne8 35.Rg6 Ke7 36.Rg8 Nd6 37.Rg6 Ne8 38.Kg3 Kf7 39.Kg4 Rh8 40.Kh3 Rh7 41.Kg2 Ng7 42.Rxg7+ [42. Rxf6+ Ke7 43. Rxc6] 42... Rxg7+ 43.Nxg7 Kxg7 44.Kg3 Kf7 1/2-1/2

MARON
08-12-2008, 03:24 PM
Is there a site where we can view all the games?

Igor_Goldenberg
08-12-2008, 03:27 PM
Is there a site where we can view all the games?
top board is relayed here (http://www.auschess.org.au/oceania/live/)

gbekker
08-12-2008, 05:01 PM
I have bought a wireless broadband connection and will broadcast live images from the top board eac evening between 6pm and 8pm at http://www.auschess.org.au/oceania/live/

This page will also be used to relay games and images from the Queenstown Classic in NZ next month.

Regards,

Gary :-)

Capablanca-Fan
08-12-2008, 08:15 PM
Quite an upset with Hamilton beating Solo in what looked like a well-deserved win.

Bill Gletsos
08-12-2008, 10:01 PM
Round 3
Hamilton - Solomon

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 cxd4 13.cxd4 Nc6 14.Nb3 a5 15.Be3 a4 16.Nbd2 Bd7 17.Rc1 Rfc8 18.Nf1 Qb8 19.Bg5 exd4 20.Nxd4 h6 21.Be3 Ne5 22.Ng3 Nc4 23.Ndf5 Bd8 24.Bd4 Be6 25.Nxg7 Kxg7 26.Nh5+ Kf8 27.Nxf6 Ne5 28.Nd5 Ba5 29.Rf1 Bxd5 30.exd5 Bb6 31.Bxb6 Qxb6 32.Qh5 Kg7 33.Kh1 Qd4 34.f4 Nd3 35.Qg4+ Kf8 36.Bxd3 Rxc1 37.Rxc1 Qxd3 38.Qh5 Kg7 39.Qg4+ Kf8 40.Qh5 Kg7 41.Kh2 Re8 42.Rc3 Qh7 43.f5 Re5 44.Qg4+ Kf6 45.Qh4+ Kg7 46.f6+ Kf8 47.Rc8+ Re8 48.Qg4 1-0

Leonid Sandler
08-12-2008, 10:02 PM
Todays games provided a lot of excitment for chess fans.
In the morning we saw postponed game from round one and Australian Champion Stephen Solomon relatively easy outplayed with black pieces Bobby Cheng who just returned from Adelaide where he won all 5 games and helped his school team Greythorn PS to get bronze medals in Australian National Finals.
In afternoon game Bobby was under pressure against IM norm hopeful Vladimir Smirnov.
In one stage Smirnov missed an opportunity to finish game in style giving Cheng some chances to salvage half a point but Bobby make a few mistake and lost.
Smirnov-Cheng 1-0

Hacche-West 0-1
David misplayed
opening and his dark square bishop became very passive.
Soon he lost piece and resigned.

Levi-Gorka 0-1
In roughly equal endgame Eddy lost his central pawn and was not able to recover .
Dizdarevic -Rujevic draw.
Game started with rarely played Central Opening and Mehmedalia had serious advantage then suddenly offered draw which was immediately accepted.

Of course the most entertaining game between two Champions
Hamilton-Solomon 1-0!
In slightly inferior position Stephen missed nice combination which helped Doug to win a pawn plus Solomons King residence had been seriosly compromised .
Even legendary defensive skills did not help Stephen this time and soon Doug Hamilton celebrated well deserved win!
An excellent display by former Australian Champion.

Tomorrow round 4 game Rujevic-Solomon game will be transmitted live on DGT board and Mirko should be very vary of wounded giant.
International arbiter and Oceania President Gary Bekker will provide video cam footage of the game.

Another very important game between leaders Hamilton(2 points out of 2 games) against Smirnov (2,5 points from 3).

Guy West with white pieces will try to stay in touch with leaders when he plays against M.Dizdarevic.

In Cheng-Levi game both players no doubts will be trying to reverse their fortunes.
Tomorrow round 4 will starts at 1-00 pm and spectators are welcome.
More photos will be displayed on CV website www.chessvictoria.netfirms.com

Bill Gletsos
08-12-2008, 10:04 PM
Round 3
Smirnov - Cheng

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 Nbd7 7.0-0 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Re8 9.cxd5 exd5 10.c4 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Nb6 12.Be2 Nbd5 13.Qb3 c6 14.Ne5 Qc7 15.Ba3 Be6 16.Qc2 Qa5 17.Nc4 Qc3 18.Rfc1 Qxc2 19.Rxc2 Red8 20.Rac1 Rac8 21.Rb2 Rc7 22.h3 Ne4 23.Bf3 Ng5 24.Be2 f6 25.Na5 Rdd7 26.Nb3 Rd8 27.Nc5 Bc8 28.Bc4 Kh8 29.Bf1 g6 30.Rcb1 Nc3 31.Rc1 Nd5 32.Nd3 Ne6 33.g3 Kg7 34.Bg2 Kf7 35.Nc5 Nxc5 36.Bxc5 b6 37.Ba3 Bb7 38.Rbc2 Rcd7 39.Bf1 f5 40.Rb1 Kf6 41.Bc1 Re8 42.a4 Rd6 43.Ba3 Rd7 44.a5 Re6 45.Bc4 b5 46.Bf1 a6 47.Rbc1 Kf7 48.Bg2 Rd8 49.Rc5 Ne7 50.d5 cxd5 51.Rc7 Rb8 52.Rd7 Bc8 53.Ra7 b4 54.Bxb4 Rxb4 55.Rxc8 Rb5 56.Rd8 Kf6 57.Rf8+ Kg7 58.Rfa8 Rxa5 59.Bf1 Kh6 60.Re8 Nc6 61.Rxh7+ Kxh7 62.Rxe6 Nb4 63.Kg2 Ra3 64.h4 a5 65.Bb5 Na2 66.Be8 a4 67.Bxg6+ Kg7 68.Bxf5 Rb3 69.Bc2 Rb4 70.Ra6 Nc3 71.h5 1-0

MARON
08-12-2008, 10:40 PM
Does anyone have the Cheng-Solomon Game?

Bill Gletsos
08-12-2008, 10:43 PM
Round 1
Cheng - Solomon

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 b6 5.a3 Bxd2+ 6.Bxd2 Bb7 7.Bg5 d6 8.e3 Nbd7 9.Be2 h6 10.Bh4 Qe7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Qc2 c5 13.b4 Rac8 14.Qb3 e5 15.Rfe1 Rfe8 16.Kf1 Qe6 17.a4 Bxf3 18.Bxf3 cxd4 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.Bd5 Nxd5 21.cxd5 Qg4 22.exd4 Qxd4 23.Rec1 e4 24.Ke2 Qe5 25.h3 Qg5 26.Rc6 Rxc6 27.dxc6 e3 28.g3 exf2+ 29.Kf1 Qe5 0-1

MARON
08-12-2008, 10:46 PM
Thanks Bill.

Bill Gletsos
08-12-2008, 10:52 PM
Thanks Bill.Your welcome.

gbekker
09-12-2008, 12:06 AM
I have now modified the http://www.auschess.org.au/oceania/live/ web-page to provide a live webcam rather than regularly uploaded still images.

All spectators are welcome to discuss the top game using the chat feature simply by typing their name, clicking on LOGIN, and giving their comments.

Remember that Tuesday's games start at 1pm.

Leonid Sandler
09-12-2008, 03:40 PM
Draramatic finish of the game Hamilton-Smirnov.Vlad had 2 Queens against Doug 2 rooks and Hamilton performed stalemate trick of the century pulling unexpected draw!
More report on the game later on.

Leonid Sandler
09-12-2008, 04:24 PM
Round 4 results are as follows
Rujevic-Solomon 1-0
West-Dizdarevic 1-0
Cheng-Levi draw
Hamilton-Smirnov draw
Gorka-Hacche 1-0
More reports to follow later on.
One important game from round seven will be played tonight at oldest chess club in Australia -Melbourne chess club starting at 7-30 pm.
Eddy Levi-Stephen Solomon

Leonid Sandler
09-12-2008, 08:33 PM
Australian Champion Stephen Solomon lost second game in a row which a rare occasion indeed.
This game was transmitted live and looks like that in roughly equal position Solomon lost concentration dropping pawn and Rujevic calmly converted his advantage
Solomon-Rujevic 0-1!
In West-Dizdarevic game white maintained initiative from first moves,later on Guy converted his positional advantage into extra pawn and won the game after 71 moves.
Cheng-Levi game saw young Bobby outplayed his experienced opponent and was cruising to his first victory in the tournament but played too fast giving Eddy chances to activate his rooks.Cheng started big checking campaign losing all his extra pawns and nearly lost at the end.
Fortunately Bobby managed to held a draw scoring his first half a point in the tournament.
Gorka-Hacche 1-0 White won a pawn in opening and went on to convert into full point.
And for desert dramatic encounter Hamilton-Smirnov.
In this game Vladimir surprised his opponent with tricky variation in Sicilian defence managed to win a pawn and was closing the game. Lets join the players.
Position after 56 moves White Kc2,Rd6,Rh6 pawn a3
Black Ke1,Qe5 pawns h3,e2,b7
Doug Hamilton was not pleased with his position and with some humour observed that position does not looks good!
The game continues
57.Rd3 Qc5+ 58.Rc3 Qf5+ 59.Kb2 Kf2 60.Rhxb3 e1Q thats it you might think but hang on drama is unfolding 61.Rc2+Kg1 62.Rhc3 Qb5+63.Rb3 Qa1+! nice touch,
64.Kxa1 Qxb3 65.Ra2 what else? b5!
66.a4! last roll of the dice bxa4?? (b4! wins ) 67.Rg2+!! brilliant stalemate idea saving the game for white! Poor Vlad played a few more moves 67...Kf1
68.Rf2+!Ke1 69.Re2+ Kd1 70.Rd2+ Kc1 71 Rc2+Kxc2 Stalemate!
Dramatic finish ,hopefully Smirnov will recover after this disapointment and continues his hunt for IM norm!
Tomorrow round 5 will starts at 4-30pm
we will witness some heavyweighters clashes
Smirnov-Solomon
Rujevic-West
Other games
Levi-Hamilton
Dizdarevic-Gorka
Hacche-Cheng
After 4 rounds sole leader is Mirko Rujevic 3,5 points(+3)
Vladimir Smirnov and Guy West on 3 points(+2)
Doug Hamilton on 2,5 points from 3 games(+2)
C.Gorka on 2 points,S.Solomon on 1 point after 3 games(-1)
M.Dizdarevic on 1 point from 3 games(-1) and E.Levi on 1 point from 4 games(-2)
B.Cheng 0,5 points from 3 games(-2),
D.Hacche on 0,5 points from 4 games(-3)
We are still deciding which game will be played on DGT board.
Spectators are welcome

Adamski
09-12-2008, 11:27 PM
Dramatic Tuesday indeed - I hope Vlad recovers from that tragedy.

MichaelBaron
09-12-2008, 11:49 PM
Dramatic Tuesday indeed - I hope Vlad recovers from that tragedy.

Well it happens..tragedy would be if he lost...such half-point losses occur all the time.

Kevin Bonham
10-12-2008, 12:02 AM
Really freakish swindle, not so much the theme as the way it appeared from such an overwhelmingly lost position. Especially lucky/unlucky that on c2 two pieces can take but both give stalemate.

Out of curiosity, does Doug have any IM norms among his enormous collection of acheivements?

Bill Gletsos
10-12-2008, 12:34 AM
57. Rd3 Qc5+ 58. Rc3 Qf5+ 59. Kb2 Kf2 60. Rhxh3 e1=Q 61. Rc2+ Kg1 62. Rhc3 Qb5+ 63. Rb3 Qa1+ 64. Kxa1 Qxb3 65. Ra2 b5 66. a4 bxa4 67. Rg2+ Kf1 68. Rf2+ Ke1 69. Re2+ Kd1 70. Rd2+ Kc1 71. Rc2+ Kxc2 1/2-1/2

Publicist
10-12-2008, 09:23 AM
Results, crosstable and photoos are available on the CV website http://chessvictoria.netfirms.com go to Australian Masters via CV tournaments

MichaelBaron
10-12-2008, 09:26 AM
Really freakish swindle, not so much the theme as the way it appeared from such an overwhelmingly lost position. Especially lucky/unlucky that on c2 two pieces can take but both give stalemate.

Out of curiosity, does Doug have any IM norms among his enormous collection of acheivements?

I am pretty sure he does. However, his fide is around 2200 right now. Would be great to see it going back to 2400 but to be honest, i think it is unlikely to happen. Also, his norms must be dating back to the 1970's.

Ian Rout
10-12-2008, 10:22 AM
Also, his norms must be dating back to the 1970's.As I understand it, norms now don't expire and this includes restoring old ones (there was a period where norms had to be made within five? years). An English player recently completed the IM requirements with norms scored about 28 years apart.

MichaelBaron
10-12-2008, 10:45 AM
As I understand it, norms now don't expire and this includes restoring old ones (there was a period where norms had to be made within five? years). An English player recently completed the IM requirements with norms scored about 28 years apart.

Orh, i thought they still had to be completed within 7 years. But i may be wrong of course :hmm: . In any case, can Hamilton get his Fide to 2400?

MichaelBaron
10-12-2008, 10:46 AM
May be ACF needs to apply to Fide to award Doug an IM title based on his past achievements.

Metro
10-12-2008, 01:06 PM
I am pretty sure he does. However, his fide is around 2200 right now. Would be great to see it going back to 2400 but to be honest, i think it is unlikely to happen. Also, his norms must be dating back to the 1970's.

Perhaps his best chance is to retire and become a full-time chess player:)

Capablanca-Fan
10-12-2008, 02:37 PM
Orh, i thought they still had to be completed within 7 years. But i may be wrong of course :hmm: . In any case, can Hamilton get his Fide to 2400?
Or is it enough that he once achieved 2400, if he in fact did so?

Capablanca-Fan
10-12-2008, 02:55 PM
Black should have used his two Qs instead of giving up one of them with 63... Qa1+, by exploiting their diagonal powers to pin a R and tie the other one down. Here are some non-computer variations showing that White's attempted fortress collapses quickly after a R is pinned:

57. Rd3 Qc5+ 58. Rc3 Qf5+ 59. Kb2 Kf2 60. Rhxh3 e1=Q 61. Rc2+ Kg1 62. Rhc3 Qb5+ [62... Qfe5! 63. Rc1 Qxc1+ 64. Kxc1 Qxc3+; 63. Kb3 Qb5+ and mate next; 63. a4 Qd4] 63. Rb3 Qa1+ [Not only giving up material but setting up a help-stalemate by luring the K into the corner. Black could still play 63... Qbe5+ 64. Rbc3 b5; or even 63... Qee5+ 64. Rcc3 Qd3 threatening 65... Qd2+; 64. Ka2 Qed5 65. Rb2 Qd3 (stopping Rb1+) 66. a4 Q5c4 67. Ka3 Qd6+ 68. Rb4 Qc3+ 69. Rb3 Qa1#] 64. Kxa1 Qxb3 65. Ra2 b5 66. a4 bxa4 67. Rg2+ Kf1 68. Rf2+ Ke1 69. Re2+ Kd1 70. Rd2+ Kc1 71. Rc2+ Kxc2 1/2-1/2

Ian Rout
10-12-2008, 03:13 PM
Or is it enough that he once achieved 2400, if he in fact did so?If he ever did then I believe that is sufficient, it doesn't matter when it happens.

eclectic
10-12-2008, 04:03 PM
If he ever did then I believe that is sufficient, it doesn't matter when it happens.

according to his elo profile (chessbase 9) his maximum rating seems to be 2305

Leonid Sandler
11-12-2008, 06:35 AM
All games in round five were very hard fought
The first result of the round -draw after more than 3,5 hours of play between International masters M.Rujevic-G.West.
Mirko won pawn in opening stages of the game but Guy skilfully used control over dark squares on a king side.Soon a few pieces were swopped off with both players tried hard to get advantage but to no avail.
Hacche-Cheng draw
David managed to round up and capture isolated d pawn but Bobby defended with grim determination and deep in the bishop ending saved the game.Good effort for youngster!

Dizdarevic-Gorka 1-0
Real disaster for Carl.
He outplayed his opponent in Sicilian defence and with support of two bishop abtained winning advantage in endgame only to blunder when important win was so close...

Levi-West 1-0
After some mediocre performances in the previous rounds Eddy won his first game in Masters.In unusial line of Sicilian defence Hamilton could not solve opening problems losing pawn and later on the game.

Smirnov-Solomon 0-1
Knights dancing a-la Solomon!
Vladimir played very smart chess metodicaly swaping a lot of pieces (he had small but long lasting advantage).
When in complicated 4 knights endgame Smirnov missed an excellent opportunity to increase his advantage and may be even win.
Instead of this he send his knight in the wrong direction and Stephen knights (on h1 ,second on a3) performed miracles cleaning all white pawns.
At the end of the this titanic struggle another black knight(!) appered on a board and Smirnov resigned.It was wonderful entertaiment for attending spectators.
After this important win Stephen is still in a hunt for 2008 trifecta(Australian Championhip,Gran Prix and Australian Masters)

After 5 rounds playerts on plus score are

Rujevic 4 points,
West 3,5
Solomon,Smirnov 3 points each
Hamilton 2,5 points from 4 games

Today round 6
Solomon-West game will be transmitted live
other pairs are
Gorka-Rujevic
Hamilton-Hacche
Smirnov-Levi
Cheng-Dizdarevic

Tony Dowden
11-12-2008, 08:00 AM
Black should have used his two Qs instead of giving up one of them with 63... Qa1+, by exploiting their diagonal powers to pin a R and tie the other one down. Here are some non-computer variations showing that White's attempted fortress collapses quickly after a R is pinned:

57. Rd3 Qc5+ 58. Rc3 Qf5+ 59. Kb2 Kf2 60. Rhxh3 e1=Q 61. Rc2+ Kg1 62. Rhc3 Qb5+ [62... Qfe5! 63. Rc1 Qxc1+ 64. Kxc1 Qxc3+; 63. Kb3 Qb5+ and mate next; 63. a4 Qd4] 63. Rb3 Qa1+ [Not only giving up material but setting up a help-stalemate by luring the K into the corner. Black could still play 63... Qbe5+ 64. Rbc3 b5; or even 63... Qee5+ 64. Rcc3 Qd3 threatening 65... Qd2+; 64. Ka2 Qed5 65. Rb2 Qd3 (stopping Rb1+) 66. a4 Q5c4 67. Ka3 Qd6+ 68. Rb4 Qc3+ 69. Rb3 Qa1#] 64. Kxa1 Qxb3 65. Ra2 b5 66. a4

66...Qc3+ also looks like a trivial win. For example 67.Kb1 bxa4 68.Rxa4(?) Qb3+ -+

brett
11-12-2008, 09:19 AM
66...Qc3+ also looks like a trivial win. For example 67.Kb1 bxa4 68.Rxa4(?) Qb3+ -+

66...b4 also leads to a quick win.

MichaelBaron
11-12-2008, 10:08 AM
Dizdarevic is on 2 points :clap: . It shows that ratings are not everything.

Capablanca-Fan
11-12-2008, 11:51 AM
66...Qc3+ also looks like a trivial win. For example 67.Kb1 bxa4 68.Rxa4(?) Qb3+ -+
66...b4 also leads to a quick win.
You're both certainly right.

Kevin Bonham
11-12-2008, 05:05 PM
When in complicated 4 knights endgame Smirnov missed an excellent opportunity to increase his advantage and may be even win.
Instead of this he send his knight in the wrong direction and Stephen knights (on h1 ,second on a3) performed miracles cleaning all white pawns.
At the end of the this titanic struggle another black knight(!) appered on a board and Smirnov resigned.It was wonderful entertaiment for attending spectators.

Were there actually five knights on the board at once or were some exchanged before this happened?

Leonid Sandler
12-12-2008, 06:42 AM
Here are some brief notes from round 6.

Cheng-Dizdarevic 1-0
Nice clean game from youngest participant .
After winning pawn in Budapest Gambit he created strong attack and finish game with checkmate.First victory for young Bobby with no doubts with many to come in Australian Masters events in 21st centure.

Gorka-Rujevic draw
In rare line of Ruy Lopez tournament leader won a pawn but missed simple opportunity to increase his advantage.Soon after Gorka turn the tables and in final position could play on without any risk of losing.

Hamilton-Hacche 1-0
Second time in Masters David employed Kalashnikov variation but again the world famous machinegun misfired and Hamilton obtained probably winning advantage but in severe timetrouble panicked allowing black king to advance to c1.

Luckily for Doug his opponent made last mistake...

Smirnov-Levi 1-0

In slightly worse position Levi send his knight to the edge of the board and soon lost piece.After this Vladimir showed good technical skills easily converting his extra bishop.

Solomon-West 0-1
This game was played on DGT board and our readers can make their own opinion.
I can recall some years ago Guy wrote an article saying that variation which he played was refuted .Apparantly he found some improvement and still playing it!
Solomon could not get any advantage out of opening and was forced to sacriface exchange hoping to use his big pawn majority on queen side.
West however found good solution sacrificing rook for the bishop and pawn.
In resulting endgame two black bishop were very strong and then Solomon missed his chance to stay alive it was all over.
Very instructive game!

Standings after 6 rounds
1-2 Rujevic and West 4,5 points each
3.Smirnov 4 points
4.Hamilton 3,5 points from 5 games
5.Solomon 3 points
6.Gorka 2,5 points
7-8 Cheng and Dizdarevic 2 points from 5 games
9.Levi 2 points from 7 games
10.Hacche 1 point

This morning at 10-00 am
postponed game from round 2 is on
Solomon-Dizdarevic

Round 7 games will be played at 4-30 pm
Hacche-Smirnov
Dizdarevic-Hamilton
West-Gorka
Rujevic-Cheng (this game will starts at 2-00 pm )

Vlad
12-12-2008, 12:56 PM
Were there actually five knights on the board at once or were some exchanged before this happened?

The maximum number of knights was 4..:)

shelldrake
12-12-2008, 01:25 PM
The maximum number of knights was 4..:)

Pawns can be exchanged for a knight if the player desired.

Leonid Sandler
13-12-2008, 06:48 AM
Here are very brief observations about round 7 games.

Rujevic-Cheng draw
This game started at 2-00 pm as Bobby played last round game in BHCC tournament later on at 7-45 pm.
After only 12 moves in Closed Sicilian black seized initiative ,soon Cheng won a pawn but experienced Mirko managed to save half a point in rook endgame.
After flying start Mirko make 3 hard fought draws in a row.
Young Bobby after 2 losses in the first day is showing high class (since then he did not lose a single game).Well done Bobby!

Hacche-Smirnov 0-1
Russian player employed Slav Defence winning after Hacche missed a few good opportunities.

West-Gorka draw
In classical opening Gorka played very risky leaving his king in the middle of the board.West who was short of time decided to take safe option (he had an excellent attacking chances) and draw was agreed.

Dizdarevic-Hamilton 1-0
Sicilian defence produced doubleedged endgame and Doug make last mistake..
Good recovery for Dizdarevic who lost in 17 moves his morning game against Solomon

Solomon-Levi 1-0
This game was played a few days ago at MCC

After 7 rounds we have 3 horse race

1-3 Smirnov,West and Rujevic on 5 points
4.Solomon 4 points
5.Hamilton 3,5 from 6 games
6-7 Dizdarevic,Gorka 3 points
8.Cheng 2,5 points from 6 games
9.Levi 2 points
10.Hacche 1 point.

This morning at 10-30am we will have postponed game from round 2 with oldest paticipant will play against youngest one.Age difference 58(!) years.
Cheng-Hamilton

At 4-30 pm round 8
Solomon-Gorka
Cheng-West
Hamilton-Rujevic
Smirnov-Dizdarevic
Levi-Hacche


Spectators are welcome

Bill Gletsos
13-12-2008, 02:21 PM
Round 5
Smirnov - Solomon
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Bxd2+ 7.Nbxd2 d6 8.e4 e5 9.d5 Nb8 10.b4 a5 11.a3 0-0 12.0-0 c6 13.Ne1 cxd5 14.cxd5 Bd7 15.Nd3 Bb5 16.Qb3 a4 17.Qc2 Nbd7 18.Rfc1 Nb6 19.Nb2 Rfc8 20.Qd1 Qd7 21.Bf1 h5 22.Bxb5 Qxb5 23.Qf1 Qxf1+ 24.Kxf1 Kf8 25.f3 Ke7 26.Ke2 Nfd7 27.Kd1 f5 28.Rxc8 Rxc8 29.Rc1 Rxc1+ 30.Kxc1 Nf6 31.h4 fxe4 32.fxe4 Ng4 33.Kc2 Nf2 34.Nd3 Nh1 35.Nf1 Nc4 36.Kd1 Nxa3 37.Ke2 Nc2 38.Kf3 a3 39.Nc1 Nxb4 40.Ne3 a2 41.Nb3 Nd3 42.Nf5+ Kd7 43.Nxg7 b5 44.Nf5 Nhf2 45.Na1 b4 46.Ne3 Ng4 47.Nec2 Ke7 48.Kg2 Kd7 49.Kf3 Kc7 50.Ke2 Nc5 51.Nxb4 Nxe4 52.Nxa2 Nxg3+ 53.Kd3 Nf5 54.Nc3 Nxh4 55.Nc2 Ng6 56.Ke4 Ne7 57.Kf3 Nf6 58.Ne3 Kb6 59.Kg3 Kc5 60.Kh4 Kd4 61.Ned1 Nexd5 62.Ne2+ Kd3 63.Ng3 Nf4 64.Nf2+ Ke3 65.Nd1+ Kf3 66.Nf5 d5 67.Nb2 Ne4 68.Ne7 Nd2 69.Nc6 Ke4 70.Na4 d4 71.Kg3 Nc4 72.Nb4 Nd6 73.Nc5+ Kf5 74.Nb3 d3 75.Kf2 h4 76.Nc6 h3 77.Kg3 Ne4+ 78.Kh2 d2 79.Ncd4+ exd4 80.Nxd4+ Kg4 81.Nc2 Nd5 82.Ne1 dxe1=N 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
13-12-2008, 03:44 PM
34. Nd3 looks like an unforced error. 34. Kc3 idea b5, Kb4 should be hard for Black.

Desmond
13-12-2008, 04:27 PM
82...dxe1=N what a great way to finish a 4 knight ending. :clap:

Vlad
13-12-2008, 07:43 PM
34. Nd3 looks like an unforced error. 34. Kc3 idea b5, Kb4 should be hard for Black.

34. Nd3 was perfectly fine. 35. Nf1 was a terrible mistake... I should have played 35. Kd1 with the idea of catching the knight by the king.

Capablanca-Fan
13-12-2008, 08:01 PM
34. Nd3 was perfectly fine. 35. Nf1 was a terrible mistake... I should have played 35. Kd1 with the idea of catching the knight by the king.
Fair comment. Looks like Black will have to head for 3P v N.

Leonid Sandler
13-12-2008, 11:33 PM
Please find brief summary of round 8 games.
It was perfect day to play chess in Melbourne and we have witnessed some fantastic games.

Hamilton-Rujevic 1-0
Another very instructive Spanish game from former Australian Champion.
Doug played this game in classical manner ,first he weakened position of black king and after that arranged pass pawn on d file. Nearly all Mirko pieces were completely tied up which gave white opportunity to win material.
An excellent win for the oldest participant!

Smirnov-Dizdarevic 1-0
Vladimir outplayed Mehmedalia in opening but make a few inaccuracies and was to forced to win the game second time.
In time trouble Dizdarevic lost piece and soon after resigned.

Levi-Hacche 0-1
First win in the tournament for David came deep in endgame there Levi missed elegant Queen sac following pawn promotion

Solomon-Gorka 1-0
24 moves demolition in Kan variation of Sicilian defence.
Gorka missed topical temporary knight sacrifice((Nd5!) which gave Stephen big positional advantage as black king was stuck in the middle of the board.
Soon black Queen was trapped and Gorka resigned.

Cheng-West draw
West got advantage out of opening ( all his pieces were more active than their opposites).He played very well up to the stage and had a few strong options to attack depleted position of Cheng king but opted to win b pawn giving Bobby chance to somehow regain material.
Soon draw was agreed .
Another good result for Bobby and missed opportunity for Guy.

Last postponed game from round 2 was played Friday morning.
Cheng-Hamilton draw
Grunfeld Defence resulted to small advantage for black but Cheng defended well.


Before the last round
1.V.Smirnov 6 points
2.G.West 5,5
3-5 S.Solomon ,M.Rujevic,D.Hamilton 5 points each
6.B.Cheng 3,5
7-8 C.Gorka,M.Dizdarevic 3 points each
9-10 D.Hacche,E.Levi 2 points each

Last round Sunday December 14th starting at 1-00 pm .
As you can see half of the players are still can win the tournament.

Rujevic (5)-Smirnov (6) Vlad need to win to score IM norm but draw will be enough to garantee him at least equal first placing.Mirko also need win in order to catch his opponent.
This game will be transmitted live.

West(5,5)-Hamilton (5)
Both players will try hard to win!

Hacche(2)-Solomon(5)
No doubts that Solomon will try to finish Masters on a high note but Hacche is trying to get out from last place...

Gorka(3)-Cheng(3,5)
Crosstable neighbours clash.

Dizdarevic(3)-Levi (2)
Both players had their moment under sun and hoping to finish in style.

Amongst numerous spectators we are hoping to see some Presidents...

Tony Dowden
14-12-2008, 08:14 AM
34. Nd3 was perfectly fine. 35. Nf1 was a terrible mistake... I should have played 35. Kd1 with the idea of catching the knight by the king.

Good luck for an IM norm in the last round! ;)

Leonid Sandler
14-12-2008, 12:18 PM
Rujevic-Smirnov
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 h67.Nd6+Bxd6 8.Qxd6 Qe7 9.Qxe7 Kxe7 10.Be3 d611.g4 Be6

West-Hamilton
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 d5 4.f3 Nf6 5.e4 e6 6.e5 Nfd7 7.c3 c5

Leonid Sandler
14-12-2008, 12:53 PM
West-Hamilton
8.Be3 Nc6 9.f4 Be7 10 Nf3 o-o 11 Bd3 b6 12.o-o f5

Leonid Sandler
14-12-2008, 01:25 PM
13 exf6 Nxf6 14.Nbd2 Qc7 15.Ne5 Bb7 16.Qf3 Rae8 17.Qh3 Bd6

Capablanca-Fan
14-12-2008, 01:27 PM
Good luck for an IM norm in the last round! ;)
Indeed. Let's see some of Drug's wins here; we've seen only his lesser games so far.

Leonid Sandler
14-12-2008, 01:33 PM
After 15 moves black is pawn up

Desmond
14-12-2008, 02:07 PM
West-Hamilton progress
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 d5 4.f3 Nf6 5.e4 e6 6.e5 Nfd7 7.c3 c5 8.Be3 Nc6 9.f4 Be7 10.Nf3 0-0 11. Bd3 b6 12.0-0 f5 13. exf6 Nxf6 14.Nbd2 Qc7 15.Ne5 Bb7 16.Qf3 Rae8 17.Qh3 Bd6

Leonid Sandler
14-12-2008, 07:56 PM
Just a quick post to report final standings for the Masters 2008

1.V.Smirnov 7 points out of 9 games(IM norm) first prize $1000 plus Australian Master Title
2.G.West 6,5 points, Victorian Master Title plus prizemoney $1000( second prize $500 plus $500 prize to the top scoring Victorian )
3.S.Solomon 6 points third prize $300
4-5 D.Hamilton and M.Rujevic 5 points each
6.C.Gorka 4
7-8 B.Cheng and M.Dizdarevic 3,5 points each
9.E.Levi 2,5
10.D.Hacche 2 points

Final rounds results
Hacche-Solomon 0-1
West-Hamilton 1-0
Dizdarevic-Levi draw
Rujevic-Smirnov 0-1
Gorka-Cheng 1-0

Other reports will follow in the next few days

Kevin Bonham
14-12-2008, 08:06 PM
Just a quick post to report final standings for the Masters 2008

1.V.Smirnov 7 points out of 9 games(IM norm) first prize $1000 plus Australian Master Title

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Congratulations drug - top effort to get there in the end after some bad luck along the way. I see drug won KRN vs KR for the second time this year!

Box Hill TFD is incorrectly showing final result as a draw although obviously Rujevic resigned if those moves are correct.

MichaelBaron
14-12-2008, 10:11 PM
Yep! Congratulations to Drug! Winning last round game with black pieces is never easy :clap: :clap:

Davidflude
14-12-2008, 10:26 PM
Lat night I was looking at the very line that they played. I don't blame Doug for avoiding the Blackmar diener Gambit with an extra move for white. About the only good thing about accepting the gambit is that most white players who have played the gambit have not got a clue as to how to play the normal Blackmar-Diemer gambit and play lines where the extra tempo is not significant.

I have asked guy to email me the score of his game which I may use.

C.Antolis
14-12-2008, 10:28 PM
Did White really blunder into that Knight check with Rh2??

Metro
15-12-2008, 01:21 AM
Yep! Congratulations to Drug! Winning last round game with black pieces is never easy :clap: :clap:

Congratulations to Vladimir:clap: :clap: :clap: and Guy:clap: and Solo:clap:
How many IM norms now for drug?

Watto
15-12-2008, 08:27 AM
Indeed. Let's see some of Drug's wins here;
As of yesterday evening, every game from the Masters has been posted by Carl Gorka, on the other chess forum. An amazing job! :)
Iím hoping that they will also be made available at a site we can actually link to from here as not everyone knows the address of the other forum.

Adamski
15-12-2008, 09:06 AM
Just a quick post to report final standings for the Masters 2008

1.V.Smirnov 7 points out of 9 games(IM norm) first prize $1000 plus Australian Master Title
Congratulations, drug! Terrific stuff.:clap:

Tony Dowden
15-12-2008, 01:25 PM
Congratulations, drug! Terrific stuff.:clap:

Congratulations Vladimir :clap: :clap: :clap:

Bill Gletsos
15-12-2008, 04:39 PM
As of yesterday evening, every game from the Masters has been posted by Carl Gorka, on the other chess forum. An amazing job! :)
Iím hoping that they will also be made available at a site we can actually link to from here as not everyone knows the address of the other forum.Carl (fireeater) is an active poster here so he can put the pgn of the event here as an attachment.

Spiny Norman
15-12-2008, 05:07 PM
Congrats to all. Well done Drug, Gattaca, Solo and FireEater (did I miss any posters?). Looked like some really interesting chess was played. I'm still hoping to see some brief annotations on Gattaca's Portuguese Variation game against Solo.

Davidflude
15-12-2008, 08:40 PM
Doug Hamilton had the chance to play a line where West would have had A BDG with an extra move.

Someone did it against Kasparov and got absolutely smashed. Maybe I will post it. The line that Doug played is also regarded as an inferior line of the French.

Publicist
15-12-2008, 08:49 PM
Carl (fireeater) is an active poster here so he can put the pgn of the event here as an attachment.
The link to 'the other board' has been displayed for some time on the CV website http://chessvictoria.netfirms.com Go to Australian masters via CV tournaments

Davidflude
15-12-2008, 09:06 PM
Here is Kasparov denonstating why black should not accept the gambit. Doug had enough sense not to accept the gambit.Event: Sao Paulo 450 anniv simul
Site: Sao Paulo
Date: 2004.08.21
Round: ?
White: Kasparov, Garry
Black: Carneiro, Marco Paulo
Result: 1-0
ECO: A45
WhiteElo: 2817
Annotator: David Flude
PlyCount: 57
EventDate: 2004.08.21
Source: ChessPublishing
SourceDate: 2004.10.24

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bf4 d5 4. f3 Nf6 5. e4 dxe4 6. Nc3 exf3 7. Nxf3 {
White has a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit with an extra tempo. this makes an enormous
difference.} Bg4 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 c6 10. O-O-O e6 11. Bc4 Nbd7 12. d5 cxd5
13. Nxd5 (13. Bxd5 {Deep Rybka thinks that this move is even stronger than the
move Gary played. The point is that after the pawn takes on d5 a white piece
is not attacked.} Nxd5 14. Nxd5 exd5 15. Rhe1+ Be7 16. Bd6 O-O 17. Bxe7 Qc7 18.
Bxf8 Nxf8 19. Qxd5 {white is the exchange ahead}) 13... Nxd5 $2 (13... exd5 $1
{gives black more chances of survival} 14. Rhe1+ Be7 15. Bd6 {
Making use of the extra-tempo!} (15. Bxd5) 15... O-O 16. Bxe7 Qc7 17. Bxd5 (17.
Bxf8 Qxc4 18. Be7 Qxa2 19. Qa3 Qc4 $44 {is somewhat messy.}) 17... Ne5 18. Qa3
Rfc8 (18... Nxd5 19. Bxf8) 19. Bb3 Nc4 20. Bxc4 Qxc4 21. Qb3 Qxb3 22. axb3 Rc6
23. Bxf6 Rxf6 24. Rd7 {Winning a pawn.} Rf2 25. g4 Rh2 26. Rxb7 h6 (26... Rxh3
27. Rxa7) 27. Rf1 Rf8 28. Rf3 $16) 14. Bxd5 {As Ritchie Benau used to say
about the English batting "The wheels have come off"} a5 15. Bxb7 Ra7 16. Rxd7
$1 Qf6 (16... Kxd7 17. Qc6+ Ke7 18. Qc5+ Kf6 19. Qg5#) (16... Qxd7 17. Bc6) 17.
Rhd1 Be7 18. Rxe7+ $1 Qxe7 (18... Kxe7 19. Bd6+ Kd8 20. Bc5+ Kc7 21. Qc6+ Kb8
22. Bd6#) 19. Qc6+ Kf8 20. Bd6 g6 21. Bxe7+ Kxe7 22. Qc5+ Kf6 23. Qxa7 Rf8 24.
Qd4+ e5 25. Qd6+ Kg7 26. Qxe5+ Kg8 27. Qf6 h5 28. Bd5 Kh7 29. Bxf7 1-0

ER
15-12-2008, 09:16 PM
Here is Kasparov denonstating why black should not accept the gambit.

Excellent example David and thanks! However, why in heavens did Black continue playing after move 20?

eclectic
15-12-2008, 09:42 PM
The link to 'the other board' has been displayed for some time on the CV website http://chessvictoria.netfirms.com Go to Australian masters via CV tournaments

in which case why aren't the games posted at the CV site first?

i don't see "the other board" listed as a major monetary sponsor of the event and therefore entitled to "exclusive access"

Vlad
15-12-2008, 10:22 PM
Thanks to everybody for congratulations. 3 times unlucky entitled me to be once lucky..:)

Bill Gletsos
15-12-2008, 11:48 PM
Attached is the pgn for the all ganes from the 2009 Australian masters.

Brian_Jones
16-12-2008, 07:45 AM
The link to 'the other board' has been displayed for some time on the CV website http://chessvictoria.netfirms.com Go to Australian masters via CV tournaments

When will round 9 results be posted?

Tony Dowden
16-12-2008, 09:34 AM
I see drug won KRN vs KR for the second time this year!



But on the first occasion (Smirnov-Bonham, Hobart 2008) the KRN vs KR ending was defended better ;)

Capablanca-Fan
16-12-2008, 09:48 AM
But on the first occasion (Smirnov-Bonham, Hobart 2008) the KRN vs KR ending was defended better ;)
All the same, the defender's job should be considerably easier than in KRB vs KR.

Kevin Bonham
20-12-2008, 12:01 AM
However, why in heavens did Black continue playing after move 20?

Indeed, on the surface it shows disrespect to one of the greatest players who has lived to continue playing on the black side of a simul in that position. But perhaps he'd paid his money and wanted to see what a former World Champ does with a completely won position.


But on the first occasion (Smirnov-Bonham, Hobart 2008) the KRN vs KR ending was defended better ;)

I'd prefer to say "less awfully".

Capablanca-Fan
20-12-2008, 01:50 AM
[KRN v KR] I'd prefer to say "less awfully".
You're in good company (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1070866) though; Alekhine managed to hold against Capa (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1012508)all the same.