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Watto
09-02-2009, 08:32 AM
Croydon’s next tournament, The Euwe starts Thursday week, the 19th February and runs for 5 rounds until the 19th March. Start time is 7:45 pm and the time limit is 60 min + 30 sec. ACF rated.

Venue: Croydon RSL

Entry fee: $10. As in the past, we require membership in order to play in our regular tournaments (not our Grand Prix weekenders or Open of course), mainly because as a club our focus has been on developing the club and growing its membership. Croydon has regular club tournaments (as well as blitz nights and training workshops) throughout the year so membership is well worth it. :)
See club calendar for details: http://www.croydonchess.com/Calendar/tabid/55/language/en-AU/Default.aspx

Club Membership
-- $60.00 / year for seniors
-- $40.00 / year for juniors
---- $20.00 / year for 2nd junior
---- additional juniors free

Detailed contact and venue details can be found on the club site: www.croydonchess.com

Watto
20-02-2009, 10:36 AM
Round 1 was last night. Here is the list of entrants and the results:


No Name Feder Rtg Loc

1. Birchall, Ian VIC 1862
2. Stones, Douglas VIC 1787
3. Cross, Jamie VIC 1399
4. Chong, Reginald VIC 1381
5. Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1304
6. Watson, Jean VIC 1263
7. Goldsmith, Richard VIC 1222
8. Hetrel, Daniel VIC 1211
9. Lyons, Linden VIC 1170
10. Wills, Steven L VIC 1160
11. Fleming, John
12. Matthews, Rodney


No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Birchall, Ian 1862 [0] 1:0 Goldsmith, Richard 1222 [0]
2 Hetrel, Daniel 1211 [0] 0:1 Stones, Douglas 1787 [0]
3 Cross, Jamie 1399 [0] 1:0 Lyons, Linden 1170 [0]
4 Wills, Steven L 1160 [0] 0:1 Chong, Reginald 1381 [0]
5 Kloprogge, Ion 1304 [0] 1:0 Fleming, John [0]
6 Matthews, Rodney [0] 0:1 Watson, Jean 1263 [0]

A couple of upset draws and wins were threatened (Hetrel had an excellent position against Stones at one point and Chong pulled off a bit of a swindle against Wills) but none eventuated. Sorry about the formatting... cut and paste didn't work so well this time. :hmm:

Watto
23-02-2009, 11:38 AM
All games from round 1 can now be found at http://www.croydonchess.com under results 2009 The Euwe and then click on the games tab.

Ill post the round 2 pairings as soon as I get them.

Watto
24-02-2009, 11:26 AM
Provisional round 2 pairings.


No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Chong, Reginald 1381 [1] : Birchall, Ian 1862 [1]
2 Stones, Douglas 1787 [1] : Kloprogge, Ion 1304 [1]
3 Watson, Jean 1263 [1] : Cross, Jamie 1399 [1]
4 Goldsmith, Richard 1222 [0] : Matthews, Rodney [0]
5 Wills, Steven L 1160 [0] : Hetrel, Daniel 1211 [0]
6 Lyons, Linden 1170 [0] : Fleming, John [0]

Adamski
24-02-2009, 12:40 PM
Hi Watto and congrats on Queenstown 2009 performamce. Why is the event called the Euwe? In honour of a past visit by the Dr himself to Croydon?

Spiny Norman
24-02-2009, 02:06 PM
One of our traditions at Croydon is that we name our tournaments after former World Champions. Past tourneys have been named after Capablanca, Steinitz, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Fischer and more. Seems it was the Dutchman's turn this year!

Rincewind
24-02-2009, 03:12 PM
Seems it was the Dutchman's turn this year!

And Watto is off to a flyer!

Sorry, couldn't resist the Dutchman reference.

Capablanca-Fan
24-02-2009, 04:42 PM
One of our traditions at Croydon is that we name our tournaments after former World Champions. Past tourneys have been named after Capablanca, Steinitz, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Fischer and more. Seems it was the Dutchman's turn this year!
Looks like you also name them after pseudo-world-champs like Khalifman ;)

Spiny Norman
24-02-2009, 08:29 PM
We're very cosmopolitan down here. :)

Watto
27-02-2009, 05:43 PM
Round 2 results

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Chong, Reginald 1381 [1] 1:0 Birchall, Ian 1862 [1]
2 Stones, Douglas 1787 [1] 1:0 Kloprogge, Ion 1304 [1]
3 Watson, Jean 1263 [1] 0:1 Cross, Jamie 1399 [1]
4 Goldsmith, Richard 1222 [0] 1:0 Matthews, Rodney [0]
5 Wills, Steven L 1160 [0] 0:1 Hetrel, Daniel 1211 [0]
6 Lyons, Linden 1170 [0] 1:0 Fleming, John M [0]
7 Yung, Pearl [0] 0:1 Waller, A (Tony) 1600 [0]


Below is the upset of the night between Chong and Birchall. Other games can be found at http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/2009/TheEuweFebruary/tabid/153/language/en-AU/Default.aspx


Provisional round 3 pairings

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Chong, Reginald 1381 [2] : Stones, Douglas 1787 [2]
2 Cross, Jamie 1399 [2] : Birchall, Ian 1862 [1]
3 Waller, A (Tony) 1600 [1] : Goldsmith, Richard 1222 [1]
4 Hetrel, Daniel 1211 [1] : Kloprogge, Ion 1304 [1]
5 Lyons, Linden 1170 [1] : Watson, Jean 1263 [1]
6 Matthews, Rodney [0] : Wills, Steven L 1160 [0]
7 Fleming, John M [0] : Yung, Pearl [0]

Crosstable after 2 rounds:

No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3

1 Stones, Douglas VIC 1787 2 7:W 5:W 3:
2 Cross, Jamie VIC 1399 2 8:W 6:W 4:
3 Chong, Reginald VIC 1381 2 11:W 4:W 1:
4 Birchall, Ian VIC 1862 1 10:W 3:L 2:
5 Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1304 1 13:W 1:L 7:
6 Watson, Jean VIC 1263 1 14:W 2:L 8:
7 Hetrel, Daniel VIC 1211 1 1:L 11:W 5:
8 Lyons, Linden VIC 1170 1 2:L 13:W 6:
9 Waller, A (Tony) VIC 1600 1 0: 12:W 10:
10 Goldsmith, Richard VIC 1222 1 4:L 14:W 9:
11 Wills, Steven L VIC 1160 0 3:L 7:L 14:
12 Yung, Pearl VIC 0 0: 9:L 13:
13 Fleming, John M 0 5:L 8:L 12:
14 Matthews, Rodney 0 6:L 10:L 11:

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.Be3 Qa5 9.Qb3 O-O 10.Bc4 Nc6 11.O-O Qc7 12.Rad1 cxd4 13.Bxd4 Na5 14.Bxf7+ Rxf7 15.Qd5 e6 16.Qg5 Nc6 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Rd3 e5 19.Rfd1 Be6 20.Rd6 Qe7 21.Qg3 Qf6 22.Ng5 Re7 23.h4 h6 24.Nxe6+ Rxe6 25.Rd7+ Re7 26.R7d6 Qf7 27.h5 Re6 28.Rd7 Ne7 29.R1d3 g5 30.Rf3 Qe8 31.Rfd3 Kh8 32.R3d6 Nc6 33.Qf3 Rd8 34.Rxe6 Qxe6 35.Rf7 g4 36.Qf5 Rd1+ 37.Kh2 Qxf5 38.exf5 Rd2 39.Kg3 Rxa2 40.Rxb7 a5 41.f6 e4 42.Rc7 Ne5 43.Re7 Kg8 44.Rxe5 Ra4 45.Kf4 Rc4 46.Kf5 Rc5 47.Rxc5

Spiny Norman
05-03-2009, 10:16 PM
Reg Chong (1381) is on a flyer -- tonight he knocked over Douglas Stones (1787) after winning over Ian Birchall (1862) last week. Film @ 11.

I stood in at short notice for a missing player and managed a win against Ion Kloprogge who had a nasty looking attack against my king that was never quite enough to win, but looked good enough to lure him into saccing material.

Before I left the venue, I noted that Tony Waller had beaten Richard Goldsmith, and Watto was locked in an interesting endgame with K+B+7P vs K+N+6P against Linden Lyons. She was just in the process of creating a passed pawn as I departed. Jamie Cross at one stage looked like he was about to beat Ian Birchall, but when I left he was a protected passed pawn down in a K+Q+R endgame and looked in a bit of strife.

Guy West popped in earlier in the night and splattered my Kings Gambit Accepted in about 15 moves in a friendly game, and was already starting to flog my Benko Gambit Declined when the D.O.P. stepped in and asked me to play a serious game.

Watto
05-03-2009, 11:00 PM
... and Watto was locked in an interesting endgame with K+B+7P vs K+N+6P against Linden Lyons. She was just in the process of creating a passed pawn as I departed.

Jamie Cross at one stage looked like he was about to beat Ian Birchall, but when I left he was a protected passed pawn down in a K+Q+R endgame and looked in a bit of strife.

Unfortunately, Watto turned into Warwick Capper in the endgame and played like a true moron to lose about 4 pawns in quick succession. Just horrible.

Jamie ended up losing that one having missed a few drawing chances.

Spiny Norman
06-03-2009, 05:11 AM
Oh dear! Watto, that's a shame, I was certain that you'd outplayed him to that point. There was a point in the game when your king was on g5 (?) and you had the two bishops against his two knights, and I thought: chop, chop, chop, chop, bishops and knights gone, won pawn endgame for White ... but I would have to play it through or Fritz it to be certain.

Chess, like golf, uses the phrase "Well, there's always next week ..."

For the record, here's my game from last night:

[Event "The Euwe (2009)"]
[Site "Croydon Chess Club"]
[Date "05/03/2009"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Stephen Frost"]
[Black "Ion Kloprogge"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D94"]
[WhiteElo "1548"]
[BlackElo "1304"]
[PlyCount "89"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.e3 e6 6.Bd3 O-O 7.O-O a5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.b3 Bg4 10.h3 Bc8
11.Bb2 c6 12.Re1 Nh5 13.Rc1 Be6 14.e4 Nf4 15.Bb1 Bh6 16.Rc2 Qc8 17.Ne2 Nxe2+ 18.Rcxe2 Bxh3 19.gxh3 Qxh3 20.Nh2 Nd7
21.Bc1 Bg7 22.Re3 Qh4 23.Rg3 Rfe8 24.Bg5 Qh5 25.Qxh5 gxh5 26.Bh6 Kf8 27.Bxg7+ Ke7 28.exd5+ Kd8 29.Rxe8+ Kxe8 30.dxc6 bxc6
31.Bxh7 f6 32.Bh6 Ke7 33.Be4 Ra6 34.Be3 Ke6 35.Bd3 Ra8 36.Nf3 Nb6 37.Nd2 a4 38.Ne4 axb3 39.Nc5+ Kf7 40.axb3 Ra1+
41.Kg2 Ra8 42.Bg6+ Ke7 43.Bxh5 Nd5 44.Rg7+ Kf8 45.Ne6# 1-0

Watto
06-03-2009, 08:26 AM
Oh dear! Watto, that's a shame, I was certain that you'd outplayed him to that point. There was a point in the game when your king was on g5 (?) and you had the two bishops against his two knights, and I thought: chop, chop, chop, chop, bishops and knights gone, won pawn endgame for White ... but I would have to play it through or Fritz it to be certain.

Chess, like golf, uses the phrase "Well, there's always next week ..."

Yes, should have been a fairly straightforward win except that I forgot what I already know and even worse, I stopped calculating. Why I did that, I couldn't say. :( Anyway, as you say, there's always next week...

Linden was short on time for much of the game and didn't get flustered by that to his credit. Down to 2 seconds at one point!

p.s. GO REG!

Watto
06-03-2009, 04:56 PM
Round 3 results

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Chong, Reginald 1381 [2] 1:0 Stones, Douglas 1787 [2]
2 Cross, Jamie 1399 [2] 0:1 Birchall, Ian 1862 [1]
3 Waller, A (Tony) 1600 [1] 1:0 Goldsmith, Richard 1222 [1]
4 Frost, Stephen 1548 [0] 1:0 Kloprogge, Ion 1304 [1]
5 Lyons, Linden 1170 [1] 1:0 Watson, Jean 1263 [1]
6 Matthews, Rodney [0] 1:0 Wills, Steven L 1160 [0]
7 Fleming, John M [0] 1:0 Yung, Pearl [0]
8 Osborne, Kerry [0] 0:1 Osborne, Darcy [0]


Crosstable after round 3:

No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4

1 Chong, Reginald VIC 1381 3 17:W 2:W 4:W 5:
2 Birchall, Ian VIC 1862 2 8:W 1:L 3:W 6:
3 Cross, Jamie VIC 1399 2 6:W 7:W 2:L 4:
4 Stones, Douglas VIC 1787 2 11:W 10:W 1:L 3:
5 Waller, A (Tony) VIC 1600 2 0: 16:W 8:W 1:
6 Lyons, Linden VIC 1170 2 3:L 14:W 7:W 2:
7 Watson, Jean VIC 1263 1 12:W 3:L 6:L 11:
8 Goldsmith, Richard VIC 1222 1 2:L 12:W 5:L 9:
9 Osborne, Darcy VIC 1 0: 0: 15:W 8:
10 Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1304 1 14:W 4:L 13:L 12:
11 Hetrel, Daniel VIC 1211 1 4:L 17:W 10: 7:
12 Matthews, Rodney 1 7:L 8:L 17:W 10:
13 Frost, Stephen VIC 1548 1 0: 0: 10:W 0:
14 Fleming, John M 1 10:L 6:L 16:W 17:
15 Osborne, Kerry 0 0: 0: 9:L 16:
16 Yung, Pearl VIC 0 0: 5:L 14:L 15:
17 Wills, Steven L VIC 1160 0 1:L 11:L 12:L 14:

Provisional round 4 pairings:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Waller, A (Tony) 1600 [2] : Chong, Reginald 1381 [3]
2 Birchall, Ian 1862 [2] : Lyons, Linden 1170 [2]
3 Stones, Douglas 1787 [2] : Cross, Jamie 1399 [2]
4 Kloprogge, Ion 1304 [1] : Matthews, Rodney [1]
5 Watson, Jean 1263 [1] : Hetrel, Daniel 1211 [1]
6 Osborne, Darcy [1] : Goldsmith, Richard 1222 [1]
7 Fleming, John M [1] : Wills, Steven L 1160 [0]
8 Yung, Pearl [0] : Osborne, Kerry [0]

Dougy
07-03-2009, 10:39 AM
Some arbiter's comments:

There was a moment when one of the players asked "can I take that move back?" In this instance the player had moved a piece that left his king in check. There was no legal moves with that piece. So in fact the player could play any other legal move instead. See Article 4 (http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook?id=124&view=article): The act of moving the pieces.

In the Cross-Birchall game, Cross didn't have an opportunity to claim a draw by three-move repetition and correctly didn't make a claim. Several of us (myself included) thought that he kept playing on in a worse position.

I'm in the process of passing the arbiter's cap to Ian Birchall. Next week expect him to be the arbiter instead.

Watto
11-03-2009, 04:37 PM
Please ignore the provisional round 4 pairings I posted last week as I have been advised they will be changing quite a bit (we have had a player withdraw and another is ill etc.)

Watto
13-03-2009, 06:36 PM
Reg Chong is having an amazing run. :clap: He's on 4/4 and with one round to go is assured of victory. It's just a question of whether he wins outright or ends up sharing first place...

Round 4 results

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Waller, A (Tony) 1600 [2] 0:1 Chong, Reginald 1381 [3]
2 Birchall, Ian 1862 [2] 1:0 Lyons, Linden 1170 [2]
3 Stones, Douglas 1787 [2] 1:0 Watson, Jean 1263 [1]
4 Kloprogge, Ion 1304 [1] 1:0 Matthews, Rodney [1]
5 Yung, Pearl [0] 0:1 Goldsmith, Richard 1222 [1]
6 Fleming, John M [1] 0:1 Wills, Steven L 1160 [0]
7 Cross, Jamie 1399 [2] .5:.5 BYE

Crosstable after round 4:

No Name Feder Rtg Loc Total 1 2 3 4 5

1 Chong, Reginald VIC 1381 4 11:W 2:W 3:W 5:W 4:
2 Birchall, Ian VIC 1862 3 8:W 1:L 4:W 7:W 3:
3 Stones, Douglas VIC 1787 3 13:W 6:W 1:L 10:W 2:
4 Cross, Jamie VIC 1399 2.5 7:W 10:W 2:L 0:D 1:
5 Waller, A (Tony) VIC 1600 2 0: 15:W 8:W 1:L 7:
6 Kloprogge, Ion VIC 1304 2 12:W 3:L 14:L 9:W 8:
7 Lyons, Linden VIC 1170 2 4:L 12:W 10:W 2:L 5:
8 Goldsmith, Richard VIC 1222 2 2:L 9:W 5:L 15:W 6:
9 Matthews, Rodney 2 10:L 8:L 11:W 6:L 0:W
10 Watson, Jean VIC 1263 1 9:W 4:L 7:L 3:L 12:
11 Wills, Steven L VIC 1160 1 1:L 13:L 9:L 12:W 15:
12 Fleming, John M 1 6:L 7:L 15:W 11:L 10:
13 Hetrel, Daniel VIC 1211 1 3:L 11:W 0: 0: 0:
14 Frost, Stephen VIC 1548 1 0: 0: 6:W 0: 0:
15 Yung, Pearl VIC 0 0: 5:L 12:L 8:L 11:


Provisional final round pairings:

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Chong, Reginald 1381 [4] : Cross, Jamie 1399 [2.5]
2 Birchall, Ian 1862 [3] : Stones, Douglas 1787 [3]
3 Lyons, Linden 1170 [2] : Waller, A (Tony) 1600 [2]
4 Goldsmith, Richard 1222 [2] : Kloprogge, Ion 1304 [2]
5 Watson, Jean 1263 [1] : Fleming, John M [1]
6 Wills, Steven L 1160 [1] : Yung, Pearl [0]
7 Matthews, Rodney [1] 1:0 BYE

shelldrake
13-03-2009, 10:26 PM
Reg Chong is having an amazing run. :clap: He's on 4/4 and with one round to go is assured of victory. It's just a question of whether he wins outright or ends up sharing first place...

He is playing very well. Makes it even more frustrating that I had a 2 piece lead on him and I blew it :( .

Watto
21-03-2009, 09:14 PM
Final results are now on the club website. A big congratulations to Reg Chong for winning the tournament outright! :clap:
Games as usual can be viewed at www.croydonchess.com


Results: Round 5

No Name Loc Total Result Name Loc Total

1 Chong, Reginald 1381 [4] .5:.5 Cross, Jamie 1399 [2.5]
2 Birchall, Ian 1862 [3] 0:1 Stones, Douglas 1787 [3]
3 Lyons, Linden 1170 [2] 1:0 Waller, A (Tony) 1600 [2]
4 Goldsmith, Richard 1222 [2] 1:0 Kloprogge, Ion 1304 [2]
5 Watson, Jean 1263 [1] 0:1 Fleming, John M [1]
6 Wills, Steven L 1160 [1] 1:0 Yung, Pearl [0]
7 Matthews, Rodney [1] 1:0 BYE

Thursday evening was also notable for being our cheese and wine farewell for Tony Waller who is moving to NSW. He's a lovely bloke and will be sorely missed. Best of luck, Tony. :)