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Tony Dowden
14-01-2009, 07:12 PM
Confirmed entries so far:

Tony Dowden 1970
Lee Jones 1967
Kevin Bonham 1886
Glen Gibbs 1664
Mason Carter 1264
Adam Carter 1161
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1157
Luke Woodrue unrated

Its great to have FM Lee Jones visiting Tasmania from 'continental' Australia. In recent years we've had IM Guy West, Jean Watson, Sarah Anton, Anton Smirnov, FM Vladimir Smirnov, FM James Morris and (of course) Ian Rout, who has almost played in enough Tassie events to complete his requirements for Tasmanian citizenship ;)

All 'off shore' visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome :D

Tony Dowden
14-01-2009, 07:31 PM
Here are the tournament details ...

Launceston Weekender 2009
Yulgibar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix event (Class 1)

DATES: January 24-25 (‘Australia Day weekend’)

VENUE: Adult Education Centre, 8 High Street, LAUNCESTON

FORMAT: 6 round Swiss, 60 minutes plus increment of 10 seconds per move.

TIMETABLE:
Saturday 24th Jan Rd 1: 10.00am Rd 2: 1.00pm Rd 3: 3.30pm Rd 4: 6.45pm
Sunday 25th Jan Rd 5: 9.45am Rd 6: 1.00pm

ENTRY FEES: $50 waged, $40 concession, $30 juniors (U18 on January 1, 2009). Entries will be accepted up until 15 minutes before Round 1 subject to sufficient equipment.

PRIZES: 1st (c. 40% prize pool); 2nd (c. 20%); 3rd, U1700, U1500 (c. 10%); U18 & U12 & best female prizes (subject to number of entries in relevant category). NB Prize pool is entry fees less running costs and levies.

ARBITERS: Launceston Chess Club Committee

ENQUIRIES: Tony Dowden email: dowdenz(at)yahoo.co.nz

NOTES: FIDE rules apply – ringing mobiles will incur an automatic forfeit. Entrants must agree to abide by all decisions of the organisers and arbiters. The organisers reserve the right to make changes to arrangements
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ENTRY FORM: Launceston Weekender 2009

Name: _________ DOB (if under 18): _____

Address: ___________

Phone: Email (optional): _______________________

Please detach this form and post with payment to:
Dr Tony Dowden, 59 Forest Road, Trevallyn, TAS 7250

Cheques or money orders payable to ‘LAUNCESTON CHESS CLUB’

ER
14-01-2009, 09:03 PM
I promise that next year I will be there! Business and a more timely announcement by the NSW CA will have me celebrating AUS Day deep in Bill Gletsos territory this year! :)
2010 will be Kevin Bonham's turn! (Unless he makes the pilgrimage to the "mainland" during that time!)
CAGLES to all and have a great tournament!

Vlad
14-01-2009, 09:22 PM
I would seriously consider coming if it was not at the same time as the NSW weekender.

Oh well, some other time.:)

Tony Dowden
14-01-2009, 10:23 PM
I promise that next year I will be there!

OK, that's one confirmed for the 2010 event ;)

Tony Dowden
14-01-2009, 10:25 PM
I would seriously consider coming if it was not at the same time as the NSW weekender.

Oh well, some other time.:)

Sure :cool:

All the best for IM norm hunting in 2009 :)

Tony Dowden
16-01-2009, 09:25 PM
Latest entries (up-dated Jan 17):

Tony Dowden 1970
Lee Jones 1967
Kevin Bonham 1886
Alastair Dyer 1818 (TBC)
Glen Gibbs 1664
Marcus Bretag 1641 (TBC)
Lawrence Bretag 1418 (TBC)
Dallas Fry 1355
Mason Carter 1264
Adam Carter 1161
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1157
Luke Worner unrated

Saragossa
16-01-2009, 10:25 PM
Marcus and I are going just need to send in the entry forms.

Tony Dowden
17-01-2009, 08:36 AM
Marcus and I are going just need to send in the entry forms.
Thanks Lawrence, I've put you and Marcus in (above) as 'unconfirmed'. Cheers, Tony :)

Davidflude
17-01-2009, 09:12 AM
How long does the ferry take to Cross Bass Strait?

What sort of accomodation is available in Launcestion?

I may come next year. (I have commitments this year which prevent me from coming.) Maybe I will bring the car.

Best wishes for a great tournament,

David

ER
17-01-2009, 03:42 PM
Hi David
It takes 9 hours from here to Launcheston.
I 'd suggest you do the day trip! It' s a beaty! Leaving here at 9 am arriving there at 6 pm.

If you wanna do the night, Spirit of Tassie leaves here at 9 pm and gets there at 6 am!

CAGLES

Tony Dowden
17-01-2009, 09:08 PM
How long does the ferry take to Cross Bass Strait?

What sort of accomodation is available in Launcestion?

I may come next year. (I have commitments this year which prevent me from coming.) Maybe I will bring the car.

Best wishes for a great tournament,

David

All kinds of accommo David. Hope you can make it next year :)

Tony Dowden
18-01-2009, 02:53 PM
13 entries (up-dated Jan 18):

Tony Dowden 1970
Lee Jones 1967
Kevin Bonham 1886
Alastair Dyer 1818 (to be confirmed)
Glen Gibbs 1664
Marcus Bretag 1641 (TBC)
Michael Lucht 1590 (TBC)
Lawrence Bretag 1418 (TBC)
Dallas Fry 1355
Mason Carter 1264
Adam Carter 1161
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1157
Luke Worner unrated

Tony Dowden
20-01-2009, 07:24 PM
14 entries (up-dated Jan 20):

Tony Dowden 1970
Lee Jones 1967
Kevin Bonham 1886
Alastair Dyer 1818 (to be confirmed)
Glen Gibbs 1664
Marcus Bretag 1641 (TBC)
Michael Lucht 1590 (TBC)
Lawrence Bretag 1418 (TBC)
Dallas Fry 1355
Mason Carter 1264
Adam Carter 1161
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1157
Harrison Briant 501 (TBC)
Luke Worner unrated

ER
21-01-2009, 10:19 AM
Kevin what's the highest rating you 've ever achieved?

Kevin Bonham
21-01-2009, 11:10 AM
Kevin what's the highest rating you 've ever achieved?

The highest normal rating I have ever achieved is 2039 (my current rapid rating is higher). In the tournament immediately after getting it I lost to a 1600 and a 1500 and drew with a 1400 and dropped 78 points from 6 games!

I was also just above 2000 for two ratings periods another time although I did not play in one of those.

ER
22-01-2009, 09:48 AM
I do not know if you are involved in Tassie Chess Admin as well, but do you think that your duties here as well as in ACF have had a negative effect on your playing strength?

Kevin Bonham
22-01-2009, 10:53 AM
I do not know if you are involved in Tassie Chess Admin as well, but do you think that your duties here as well as in ACF have had a negative effect on your playing strength?

Yes I am, and no I don't.

I think the main causes of my slight drop in average rating compared to a few years back are:

(i) Work. I used to have an unfair advantage over many of my opponents when I was either a student or working from home, but in 2007-8 I was often working full days before club nights; I tend to work very hard and relatively late in the day when I am working and I show up at the club exhausted and having only just had dinner, both of which increase the risk of losing. That stops my old trick of using consistently strong club performances to offset inconsistent performance in weekenders.

(ii) Increments. Some opponents are drawing games they otherwise would have lost on time, and also I find it more difficult to plan my time when the time remaining for the game is fluid as opposed to fixed.

(iii) Opponents are preparing for games more than they used to.

Saragossa
22-01-2009, 12:21 PM
since it's question Kevin time I've had this one for a while just not mentioned it.
Since you (near) always play 1...e6 to 1.e4 have you ever (or are currently) prepared for another response just like insane preperation so you shock a strong opponant that has been preparing for your french?

Kevin Bonham
22-01-2009, 05:21 PM
Since you (near) always play 1...e6 to 1.e4 have you ever (or are currently) prepared for another response just like insane preperation so you shock a strong opponant that has been preparing for your french?

Sounds too much like hard work. The initial surprise would be amusing but if they had a clue what they were doing with whatever I played instead they would probably be able to smash me. I am really slow at learning new theory; most of the time I only pick it up from experience rather than reading books.

I haven't ruled out doing something different someday though. Incidentally I have played 1...e6 in response to 1.e4 in absolutely every rated or rapid-rated game I have ever played so far, going right back to age 14. But I did vary in the Burnie Shines by playing the Classical instead of the Winawer and I may (or may not) find other such ways to mix things up.

Tony Dowden
22-01-2009, 09:24 PM
1...e6 is the only sound response to 1.e4 ;)

At GM level the Sicilian Najdorf is fine but I'm not a GM ...

Saragossa
23-01-2009, 08:15 AM
Yeah I've been looking for a better defence to 1.e4 because I have now decided that 1...e5 gets an ?! sicilians and french have a little to much coverage and require effort in learning so I have decided to just kind of wing it.

On another nore this is my last post before the tournament so good luck all competing I'll see you on saturday.

Tony Dowden
23-01-2009, 08:29 AM
Yeah I've been looking for a better defence to 1.e4 because I have now decided that 1...e5 gets an ?! sicilians and french have a little to much coverage and require effort in learning so I have decided to just kind of wing it.

On another nore this is my last post before the tournament so good luck all competing I'll see you on saturday.

Hi Saragossa, I was only joking about the French being the only decent reply to 1.e4 ;)

1...e5(!) is absolutely fine if you have lines worked out.

1...e6, 1...d5 (with 1...Qxd5) and 1...c6 are solid but I like the French because it seems to offer more dynamic possibilities.

1...c5 probably IS best because it offers so mnay interesting possibilities but it is too much work for an old guy like me (I'm tried the Taimanov and the Najdorf in the last few years but there's too much to learn)

Since you are still at school I would encourage you to play spicy lines like 1...e5 with a version of the Marshall Attack or the Sicilian Najdorf or Sicilian Dragon. Or all three!

In addition 1...Nf6 and 1...d6 (or 1...g6 1...a6 etc) are less respected in GM chess but they are all fun ...

Of course maybe 1.e4(?!) is poor psychologically because Black has so much choice ...

Tony Dowden
23-01-2009, 08:32 AM
15 entries (up-dated Jan 23 9.00am):

Tony Dowden 1970
Lee Jones 1967
Kevin Bonham 1886
Alastair Dyer 1818 (to be confirmed)
Glen Gibbs 1664
Marcus Bretag 1641
Michael Lucht 1590 (TBC)
Russell Horton 1437 (TBC)
Lawrence Bretag 1418
Dallas Fry 1355
Mason Carter 1264
Adam Carter 1161
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1157
Harrison Briant 501 (TBC)
Luke Worner unrated

ER
23-01-2009, 09:26 AM
GO LAWRENCE!!!!

Kevin Bonham
23-01-2009, 09:35 AM
1...e6 is the only sound response to 1.e4 ;)

I must confess I started playing the French because when I was a weak junior two things bugged me about 1...e5. The first was defending e5 and the second was defending f7. Then one day I saw 1...e6 in a book and realised it was the magic solution! I didn't need to defend the pawn on e5 because it wasn't there, and I didn't need to defend f7 right away because e6 blocked the diagonal.

I commenced playing the French rightaway and have never looked back! :P

(25 years later I find that I know quite a few things about the French but still regularly play it rather badly.)

Garvinator
23-01-2009, 11:38 AM
What happened to all those 2000+ players that I saw back a few tournies ago?

Capablanca-Fan
23-01-2009, 01:03 PM
I must confess I started playing the French because when I was a weak junior two things bugged me about 1...e5. The first was defending e5 and the second was defending f7. Then one day I saw 1...e6 in a book and realised it was the magic solution! I didn't need to defend the pawn on e5 because it wasn't there, and I didn't need to defend f7 right away because e6 blocked the diagonal.

I commenced playing the French rightaway and have never looked back! :P

(25 years later I find that I know quite a few things about the French but still regularly play it rather badly.)
In my case, I played 1... e5 right from my early days and have hardly played anything else since. Capablanca recommended it in Chess Fundamentals, although he played the French himself quite a lot. It seems that Black can get badly crushed with either if he doesn't know what he's doing, although in different ways.

I did try the Frog in a recent non-blitz Internet game. It shows that the exchange variation is not a sure way to draw, and how dangerous opposite-side castling is when a P move allows the opponent to open lines more quickly:

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bd2 c6 6. a3 Bd6 7. Nf3 Bf5 8. Qe2 Ne7 9. O-O-O O-O 10. h3 b5 11. g4 Bc8 12. Bg2 a5 13. g5 b4 14. Na2 bxa3 15. Bc3 Ba6 16. Qd2 axb2 17. Bxb2 Nd7 18. h4 Nb6 19. Ne5 Nc4 20. Nxc4 Bxc4 21. Nc3 a4 22. Ba1 Qb6 23. Nb1 Rb8 24. Qc3 Bf4 25. Nd2 Qb1#

hendreyth
23-01-2009, 04:16 PM
Hi Tony,

Kevin and I will be there.

Tony Dowden
23-01-2009, 08:30 PM
Hi Tony,

Kevin and I will be there.

Thanks Thomas :)

Tony Dowden
23-01-2009, 08:33 PM
20 entries (up-dated Jan 23 9.00pm)

Tony Dowden 1970
Lee Jones 1967
Kevin Bonham 1886
Alastair Dyer 1818
Ramin Rezaie 1777
Thomas Hendrey 1674
Glen Gibbs 1664
Marcus Bretag 1641
Michael Lucht 1590
Henry Sheerwater 1521 (TBC)
Russell Horton 1437
Lawrence Bretag 1418
Kevin Hendrey 1367
Dallas Fry 1355
Mason Carter 1264
Adam Carter 1161
Tony (Thelston) Sturges 1157
Mushtagh Rezaie 1040
Harrison Briant 501 (TBC)
Luke Worner unrated

Tony Dowden
24-01-2009, 08:47 PM
The event started with the same 20 players as above (actually Sheerwater joined in Round 2)

After four rounds FM Lee Jones has 4 wins :cool:

Four players are on 3 points (Bonham, Dowden, Marcus Bretag & Sheerwater).

10-year-old (yes, TEN) Mason Carter upset Ramin Rezaie in Round 1 and then very nearly beat me in Rd 2 :eek: I lost a piece and was only able to save the game deep in the ending due to his understandably immature endgame technique.

Tony Dowden
25-01-2009, 05:08 PM
Final results

Jones, Dowden & Marcus Bretag 4.5/6; Bonham, Dyer, Sheerwater, Kevin Hendrey 4, ...

PS. Thanks to KB for posting the whole thing below (how did he go back to Hobart and do that in such a short space of time??)

Kevin Bonham
25-01-2009, 06:58 PM
No Name Feder Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5 6

1 Bretag, Marcus TAS 1641 4.5 18:W 4:L 6:W 5:W 7:W 3:D
2 Jones, Lee R NSW 1967 4.5 6:W 13:W 4:W 9:W 3:L 5:D
3 Dowden, Tony TAS 1970 4.5 10:D 14:D 11:W 12:W 2:W 1:D
4 Bonham, Kevin TAS 1886 4 11:W 1:W 2:L 10:W 5:L 8:W
5 Dyer, Alastair TAS 1818 4 16:W 9:D 12:W 1:L 4:W 2:D
6 Hendrey, Kevin TAS 1367 4 2:L 17:W 1:L 19:W 10:W 11:W
7 Sheerwater, Henry TAS 1521 4 0:L 20:W 15:W 14:W 1:L 12:W
8 Rezaie, Ramin TAS 1777 3.5 14:L 10:D 16:W 13:W 9:W 4:L
9 Lucht, Michael TAS 1590 3.5 19:W 5:D 14:W 2:L 8:L 15:W
10 Horton, Russell TAS 1437 3 3:D 8:D 13:W 4:L 6:L 16:W
11 Bretag, Lawrence TAS 1408 3 4:L 18:W 3:L 15:W 14:W 6:L
12 Hendrey, Thomas TAS 1674 3 20:W 15:W 5:L 3:L 16:W 7:L
13 Gibbs, Glen B TAS 1664 3 17:W 2:L 10:L 8:L 19:W 20:W
14 Carter, Mason TAS 1264 2.5 8:W 3:D 9:L 7:L 11:L 17:W
15 Briant, Harrison TAS 501 2 0:W 12:L 7:L 11:L 18:W 9:L
16 Fry, Dallas TAS 1355 2 5:L 19:W 8:L 17:W 12:L 10:L
17 Sturges, Tony (Thelston) TAS 1157 2 13:L 6:L 18:W 16:L 20:W 14:L
18 Rezaie, Mushtagh TAS 1040 2 1:L 11:L 17:L 20:W 15:L 19:W
19 Worner, Luke TAS 1 9:L 16:L 20:W 6:L 13:L 18:L
20 Carter, Adam TAS 1161 0 12:L 7:L 19:L 18:L 17:L 13:L


Brilliant result for Marcus Bretag - =1st in only his third weekender! I'll post some more comments and some of my own shockers later. :D

Tony Dowden
25-01-2009, 08:26 PM
Brilliant result for Marcus Bretag =1st in only his third weekender!

Yes, congratulations Marcus :clap: :clap:

Kevin Bonham
25-01-2009, 09:23 PM
Summary of as much as I remember:

Round 1: Harry Briant gets a 1-point bye and Henry Sheerwater (who turned up slightly late) is admitted starting round 2. Ironically they would have played in this round anyway but most likely with the scores the other way round! Russell Horton draws with Tony Dowden (not the first time, playing Tony seems to bring out the best in him.) Mason Carter scores a great upset defeating Ramin Rezaie who I believe is his highest-rated victim to date. Alas I haven't seen the game yet; I was far too busy avoiding defeat against Lawrence Bretag in a very messy game where he had heaps of great ideas but I squeaked through in mutual time trouble in an otherwise very drawn ending.

Round 2: Glen Gibbs has a great shot at Lee Jones on board 1 but eventually blunders and loses. Bonham gets a big positional jump on Marcus Bretag in the opening and after sterling resistance eventually wins. Michael Lucht impresses with a draw against Alastair Dyer and Russell Horton holds another strong player (Rezaie) to a draw. Dowden almost finds himself .5/2, nearly losing to Mason Carter but eventually escaping with a draw.

Round 3: Lee Jones plays a sideline Bonham hasn't seen before and has a large advantage early on, eventually winning despite the latter's attempts to find tactical saving resources. Thomas Hendrey plays strongly in the 4.a3 Four Knights against Dyer but eventually blunders in his habitual time trouble. Russell Horton continues a great start dispatching Gibbs, who resigns in mutual time trouble although it appears he was only going to be exchange down. Kevin Hendrey is winning against Marcus Bretag but walks into a mate.
Newcomer Luke Warner notches his first rated win defeating Adam Carter - like the Carters he is from the far south of the state.

Round 4: Lee Jones gets a large attack against Lucht winning comfortably. Alastair Dyer mounts an Austrian Attack like charge against Marcus Bretag which looks great until a counterpunch appears out of seemingly nowhere and Alastair eventually drops a piece. Dowden beats Thomas Hendrey again with the latter's time trouble a critical factor. Horton finally runs out of puff blundering a pawn in the opening vs Bonham who grinds out a technical endgame win. Sheerwater (who hasn't played for a while before this tournament) notches his third win for the day after a good tussle with Mason Carter.

Round 5: Dowden arrives a bit late but it is Lee Jones who ends up in trouble on the board and the clock as the leader is brought back to the field (would be interesting to have a detailed look at this game). Inattention by Bonham against Dyer (perhaps and just playing too dodgy a line) results in Dyer seizing the moment to play a nasty c4; only seven accurate moves by Dyer later Bonham allows himself to be spectacularly mated as a cute way to (not) resign the disaster. Lucht turns down a draw against Rezaie because the position is too interesting; Rezaie goes on to win. A great result for Harry Briant defeating Mustagh Rezaie rated over 500 points higher and winning praise from high-rated observers for his approach to this game.

Round 6: Dowden, M Bretag and Jones all lead with Dyer and Rezaie half a point astray. Jones - Dyer is drawn by perpetual in very violent fashion with Alastair sacrificing lots of material. I didn't see the Dowden - M Bretag game. In Bonham - Rezaie, white believing himself to be much better gave short shrift to a draw offer, then spent much of the game losing before delivering a freak mate swindle after Rezaie tried too hard to avoid a perpetual (cf Rezaie's game with Lucht in Tas Champs last year where much the same swindle happened.) Henry Sheerwater seals a great result with a win over Thomas Hendrey; I was very impressed with the way in which Henry rounded out this game giving the opponent no chance to swindle despite not having that much time on his clock. Wins for Kevin Hendrey and Mason Carter help them to each win a minor prize. (Mason's fittingly included a copy of Agdestein's "Wonderboy".)

Kevin Bonham
25-01-2009, 09:53 PM
Dyer - Bonham

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 b6 Used by Ivanchuk to defeat Gazza in the mid-90s but probably a bit marginal all the same. 5.Qg4 Bf8 6.Nf3 Ba6 [I knew that 6...Qd7 is most common here but I was keen to try a slightly less cluttered position to the line after 7.Bb5 c6 etc] 7.Be2 [Compared to 7.Bxa6 Nxa6 black ends up effectively moving the knight from a6 to c6 in one move so I was not unhappy to see this.] 7...Bxe2 8.Nxe2 c5 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Bg5! Qd7?! This mixes up themes from different lines and the queen ends up causing trouble by still being on the d-file. 11.c3 Nge7 12.Rfd1! Nf5 13.c4!? It turns out that this move is actually not that objectively terrifying but it opens up the position in a way that soon allows me to go wrong. 13...Nfxd4? [13...h6! appears to be the answer and it will soon be clear what problems come of missing this critical defence.] 14.Nexd4 cxd4 15.cxd5 Qxd5? [I thought 15...exd5 was just hopeless because of 16.Qxd7+? (16.Qg3! looks like a bigger problem) 16...Kxd7 when if 17.Nxd4 Nxd4 18.Rxd4 Ke6 19.Rc1 looked ugly. But here I was seeing ghosts all over the place since firstly I can take on e5 instead of d4 with the knight, and secondly ...Bc5 is fine at the end of this line.] 16.Nxd4! Nxe5 17.Qe2! With, and only with, this superbly accurate move black has a host of new problems and is utterly lost. After over 20 minutes all I could come up with (trying to stop various ways I had seen that the wheels would fall off) was 17...Rc8? [Best of a bad bunch: 17...f6 18.Nb5! Qc4 19.Qxc4 Nxc4 20.Nc7+ Ke7 21.Nxa8 fxg5 but white is certainly winning] 18.Nb5 Nf3+ 19.Qxf3 My magnificent plan here, such as it was, was to swap queens and play on a piece for pawn down in the hope I could give white some work to do. At this point I noticed a slight technical hitch, but since taking either the knight or the bishop loses a rook to mate threats after Qb7 I decided to let Alastair checkmate me 19...Qxf3 20.Nc7+! Rxc7 21.Rd8# 1-0

ER
26-01-2009, 12:26 AM
Thanks for the excellent report Kev and it seems you guys enjoyed the tournament regardless the final result, which of course will be looked upon with amazement as well as well as a general applause for the youngster!!! :clap:
I was expecting better from Lawrence, but I am sure in coming tournaments he will have better results inspired in his efforts by his brother's, I presume Marcus is his brother, success!
By the way, Tony, please comfirm my entry for next year's Launceston Aus Day Weekender. I will be coming down right after my visit to South America.

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2009, 01:40 AM
I was expecting better from Lawrence, but I am sure in coming tournaments he will have better results inspired in his efforts by his brother's, I presume Marcus is his brother, success!

Nothing wrong with Lawrence's result. He basically performed to his (good for his experience level) rating except for the last round - Kevin Hendrey is a bit underrated anyway so a game between those two could go either way. Also Lawrence was beating me for much of the game before messing up the endgame in time trouble, see below.

Marcus is indeed Lawrence's older brother; very much younger brother put in an appearance at the prizegiving ceremony.

Bretag L - Bonham

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4+ Apparently this is the "Catalan Bogo-Indian". I used to play the Kangaroo (2...Bb4+) quite a lot so I felt at home with this although I knew no theory about it. 4.Bd2 a5 5.Bg2 d5 6.a3 [6.Nf3;
6.Qc2] 6...Bxd2+ 7.Nxd2 0-0 8.Ngf3 Nbd7 A bit slow maybe. 9.Qc2! b6 10.Rc1 c5 11.e4 cxd4 [Fritz finds a great line I would never seen at this time limit if at all: black is way on top after 11...dxe4! 12.Nxe4 Bb7 13.Nd6 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 cxd4!! since if 15.Bxa8 Qxa8 16.0-0 Ne5 17.f4 and after 17...Nf3+ 18.Rxf3 Qxf3 recovering exchange with attack] 12.e5? [12.exd5=] 12...d3? [12...Ng4 getting a pawn is fine, I forget why I didn't play it] 13.Qxd3 Nc5 14.Qd4! dxc4? [14...Nfe4 15.b4 axb4 16.axb4 Ra2 is dodgy for black but better than this] 15.exf6! Nd3+ 16.Kd1 Bb7 17.fxg7 Re8 18.Rxc4 [18.Qe3 is also good.] 18...Qxd4 19.Rxd4 Nxf2+ 20.Ke2 Nxh1 21.Bxh1 Kxg7?! It was better to leave this pawn for now 22.Nc4! Bd5? [22...Red8] 23.Rg4+! Kf8 24.Nxb6 With only a straight rook for two pieces black is losing now. 24...Ra7 25.Nxd5 exd5+ 26.Kd3 Rae7 27.Ng5 [27.Nd4!] 27...f6 28.Rf4! Kg7 29.Nf3 Re2 30.Nh4 Rxb2 31.Bxd5 Re5? 32.Nf5+ Kg6 33.Nh4+ Kg7 34.Nf5+ Kf8 [I avoided repeating not because I didn't want a draw but because I didn't want him to play 34...Kg6 35.Be4 though it happens that after 35...Rb3+ 36.Kd4 Rxa3 black is not as bad as might have been] 35.Ne3! Rxh2 36.Rxf6+ Ke7 37.Rf7+ Kd6 38.Nc4+? Time pressure was starting to tell on white's up to now excellent play here. This gives black a safe draw although by this stage white's position is very hard to convert. 38...Kxd5 39.Nxe5 Kxe5 40.Ra7 Rh3 41.Rxa5+ Kf6 42.Ra6+ Kf5 43.Ra5+ Kg4 44.Ke4 Rxg3 45.Ra7 h5 46.Rg7+ Kh3 47.Rh7? Loses the pawn but this is still a book draw. 47...h4 48.Kf4 Rxa3 49.Rg7 Rg3 50.Rh7 Rg1 51.Ke3 Kg3 52.Rg7+ Kh2 53.Rh7 h3 54.Kf2 Rg6 55.Kf3 Rg8 56.Kf4?? Rook to any of a-f7, h5 or h6 were still draws as was Kf2. 56...Kg2 White resigns. 0-1

Bonham - M Bretag. Actually much less one-way traffic than I previously thought; Black had at least three chances to break free.

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Bg4 Tromp a move behind. Don't know anything about this so assumed it was a bit suspect. 3.Ne5 Bh5 4.c4 [I considered 4.g4! and should have played it. After 4...Bg6 5.h4 black has lots of problems saving the bishop.] 4...e6 5.Qb3 Nc6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.c5 Objectively black is probably fine here but the clamp attempt proves hard to deal with. 7...Ne7 8.Bf4?! Qb8 [8...Rb8 and black may even be better] 9.Nd2 Nf5 10.e3 Qxb3 11.Nxb3 [11.axb3!] 11...Kd7 12.Ba6 f6 13.Na5 Rb8 14.Bb7? Ne7? [14...e5! allowing 15.Bxc6+ works as after 15...Ke6 white has too many problems to deal with at once.] 15.b4 g5 16.Bg3 Bg6 17.Kd2 h5 18.h3 [18.h4] 18...Bh6 19.a3 f5 20.Be5 Rhf8 21.f4 gxf4 22.exf4 There was a degree of risk in giving black the half-open g-file but I thought it was safe as I can defend it, while black now has a weakness on e6. 22...Rf7 23.Rae1 Bg7 24.h4 Bxe5 25.Rxe5 Rg7 26.g3 Bf7 27.Re3 Rbg8 28.Rh3 Only move. 28...Rb8 29.Ke2 Rg4 30.Kf2 Bg8 31.Rh1 Bf7 32.Rb1 Rgg8 33.Reb3 Be8 34.Ba6 Kd8 35.Re3 Kd7 36.Nb3 Bf7 37.Nd2 Ng6 38.Be2 Rh8 39.Nf3 a5 40.Ng5 Bg8 41.Bf3 axb4 42.axb4 [Better 42.Rxb4 as black's active rook became a nuisance in the game.] 42...Ra8 43.Rbe1 Nf8 44.Be2 Nh7!? 45.Nf3 Nf6 46.Ne5+ Kc8 47.Nxc6 Winning the pawn at last, but black's knight is a nuisance. 47...Ra2! 48.Kg1 Rh7 49.Ne5 [49.Rb1] 49...Rg7 50.Nd3? Ne4 51.Kg2 Bf7 52.Nf2 Nd2? Releasing the pressure slightly [52...e5! 53.Nxe4 probably best 53...exd4 and probably black is better!] 53.Nh3 Ne4 54.Ng5 Nxg5? With this nuisance off the board white's task is much easier. 55.hxg5 Rb2 56.b5 Kb7? 57.Kh3 [57.c6+! Kb6 58.Ra1 with mate threat winning] 57...Rg8 58.Bf1 Re8 59.g6! Bxg6 60.Rxe6 Rxe6 61.Rxe6 Bh7 62.Re5 Rf2 63.Bg2 Rd2 64.Rxd5 Bg8 65.Rd8+ 1-0

I've put my swindle of Rezaie in the appropriate hall of fame/shame (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?p=227452) and will have a look at how Lee Jones walloped me later.

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2009, 01:53 PM
Lee Jones - Bonham. All downhill with a bullet after I missed 18...Re8.

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd2! The ! is for psychology. This was round three with only a 15 minute break after round two when I was last finished. So I'd had time to realise I'm playing Lee and quickly refresh my memory on 6.Qc2 which I know he likes, but not enough time to look at sidelines like this. Secondly 15 mins after a long hard game the last thing I wanted was a sharp opposite-sides castling bunfight. 7...0-0 8.0-0-0 e5 [8...c5 is the main line here.] 9.Be1 exd4 [I considered 9...e4 with a strange kind of reverse Advanced French but was unsure of its merits.] 10.Nxd4 Nb6 11.h3 Qe7 12.g4 Nxc4 13.g5 Ne8 14.Bd3 g6 15.Bxc4 dxc4 16.Ne4 Be5? [16...c5! 17.Nb5 Bf5 18.f3 leads to a messy position where white has a fair amount of compensation for the pawn.] 17.Qxc4 Nd6 18.Qc5 [18.Bb4!] 18...Nf5? [I missed the critical 18...Re8 with equality after 19.Nxc6! Bxb2+ (19...bxc6 20.Nxd6 Bf5 21.Bb4 Bxd6 22.Rxd6 Qxg5=) 20.Kxb2 Qxe4 21.Qxd6 bxc6=] 19.Qxe7 Nxe7 20.Bb4 Re8 21.f4 Bf5?! Desperately trying to prevent Nd6 but it doesn't work out at all. 22.Nxf5 gxf5 23.Ng3 Nd5 24.Bd2 [Or 24.Rxd5 cxd5 25.fxe5 Rxe5 but it's understandable to not unbalance the material in a favourable position] 24...Bg7 25.Nxf5 Re4 26.Rhe1 Nb4 27.Bxb4 Rxb4 28.Rd2 Re8 29.Red1 a5 30.a3 Rb3 31.Rd8 Rxd8 32.Rxd8+ Bf8 33.h4 Rb5 34.e4 Rb3 35.h5 with a mating net so black resigned 1-0

Saragossa
26-01-2009, 02:34 PM
I felt proud of my play perhaps not the result but I think in my game versus Bonham I showed a level of positional understanding that I haven't had in my previous games and in my game versus Carter aside a couple of errors by him I calculated a race win on the kingside which I usually would have backed out of. Only disapointment was a patzer knight drop against Kevin (Hendry) In what looked like a position with slight favours to white (I was black).

Other than that playing Tony was quite the lesson in the french and hopefully in the Tas champs I will be able to end his undefeated streak with a bit of hard work in the upcoming weeks (Especially endings).

Capablanca-Fan
26-01-2009, 04:45 PM
Dr Dowden's two-round "Swiss Gambit" worked like a charm ;) as did beating the leader when it mattered.

Tony Dowden
27-01-2009, 07:47 AM
Dr Dowden's two-round "Swiss Gambit" worked like a charm ;) as did beating the leader when it mattered.

:lol: Yes, luckily everything fell sweetly for me - after nearly losing to a very talented ten-year-old :eek:

When is Dr Sarfati coming down to Tassie?

Capablanca-Fan
27-01-2009, 11:20 AM
:lol: Yes, luckily everything fell sweetly for me - after nearly losing to a very talented ten-year-old :eek:
Spare a thought for GM Nurlan Ibrayev who lost a tournament game to nine-year-old Shah Hetul (http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5144), and it seemed like he was genuinely outplayed rather than blundering in a winning position.


When is Dr Sarfati coming down to Tassie?
Hopefully my work will let me loose down there long enough at least to visit one of the clubs there.

Tony Dowden
28-01-2009, 05:41 PM
By the way, Tony, please comfirm my entry for next year's Launceston Aus Day Weekender. I will be coming down right after my visit to South America.

Hi JAK,

You are most discerning! Not everyone realises that entry into our event is highly sought after and that we are strictly limited to no more than 200 players.

But, sorry, you'll have to wait until (1) we have confirmed we are having the tournament, and (2) we announce that we are accepting entries (probably some time next December).

On behalf of the Club committee can I just say how much we appreciate your enthusiasm :D

Cheers, TonyD
(President, Launceston Chess Club)

ER
29-01-2009, 12:33 PM
Thanks Tony.
Anyway, I will try to make it to Tassie for other tournaments at least once this year, so I will have the chance to meet you all and have a chat and few games.
Unfortunaly, two of Tassie's first tournaments of the year clashed with tournaments I had already entered or booked hotels etc (NSW Aus Day w/ender) and Ballarat Begonia.
However, I hope I will have the opportunity to put Tassie first in tournaments after Doeberl which I have already entered.
See ya all soon! :)

Tony Dowden
29-01-2009, 07:39 PM
Thanks Tony.
I hope I will have the opportunity to put Tassie first in tournaments after Doeberl which I have already entered.
See ya all soon! :)

Sounds great JAK. We always appreciate Mainland visitors down here in Tassie :P

I'll be at the Doeberl Cup (playing in either the Premier or the Major) - so be sure to either introduce yourself to me or, maybe, just write 'justaknight' across your forehead ;)

Kevin Bonham
01-02-2009, 11:18 PM
Phil Donnelly has predictably written all kinds of nonsense elsewhere about the Dyer-Bonham game but as most of this is really about Phil and how much he detests me rather than the game itself, I've debunked it on the Toolbox-Detox thread.

Tony Dowden
02-02-2009, 03:34 PM
Phil Donnelly has predictably written all kinds of nonsense elsewhere about the Dyer-Bonham game but as most of this is really about Phil and how much he detests me rather than the game itself, I've debunked it on the Toolbox-Detox thread.

I'm disappointed to hear about this KB :rolleyes:

Although I haven't looked at Phil's comments (maybe he was over enthusiastic about a very impressive win by a NW junior?), I believe I can comment as a 'Frenchophile' and a player of comparable strength to you (and, I suppose, also geographically neutral in terms of possible South vs North-West rivalries) and state that in my opinion your notes seemed reasonably objective and largely accurate.

I thought those Black knight x pawn captures on moves 13 and 16 were probably wrong. In both instances Black all-too-cooperatively opens up the position and uses up a valuable tempo which might have been better employed for king safety.

Overall, though, White played a very fine game :clap: :clap: - which you (KB) have already fully acknowledged in your annotations to the game earlier in this thread

Capablanca-Fan
02-02-2009, 04:05 PM
I endorse Tony's comments.

I think Black is already lost by 16. Nxd4. E.g. the elegant line 16... Nxd4 17. Rxd4 Qxe5 18. Qf3! Rc8 19. Qc6+! Rxc6 20. Rd8#.

Kevin Bonham
02-02-2009, 04:42 PM
I think Black is already lost by 16. Nxd4.

I agree; 15...Qxd5 is probably the point at which it becomes outright lost but my position was very difficult by that stage anyway.


Although I haven't looked at Phil's comments (maybe he was over enthusiastic about a very impressive win by a NW junior?)

In this case I'd probably try to forgive him if that was all it was, though I have found the way Phil gets so carried away with the (considerable) successes of NW juniors that he even disses the strength of juniors from elsewhere in the state pretty tedious at times.

Alas, no, he went a lot further than that, including attacks on my professionalism and honesty, as documented on the other thread.

Tony Dowden
02-02-2009, 06:56 PM
I endorse Tony's comments.

I think Black is already lost by 16. Nxd4. E.g. 16... Nxd4 17. Rxd4 Qxe5 18. Qf3! Rc8 19. Qc6+! Rxc6 20. Rd8#.

Jono and KB are 'more' right than I was: I agree it looks terminal for Black by move 16.

I've since done a little actual analysis instead of relying on a lazy mix of casual calculation and intuition - as one is overly wont to do in one's late 40's ;) - and it is terribly hard to glue an effective defence together. (Earlier I missed that Qb7 has the idea of Qd7 mate in one key line).

Tony Dowden
02-02-2009, 06:59 PM
Alas, no, he went a lot further than that, including attacks on my professionalism and honesty, as documented on the other thread.

Sorry to hear :(

Capablanca-Fan
02-02-2009, 08:29 PM
Jono and KB are 'more' right than I was: I agree it looks terminal for Black by move 16.
Well, maybe my 19. Qc6+! was subconsciously inspired by another recent Tasmanian French game decided by 28.Qc6+! (http://www.chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=199307&postcount=33);)