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    Croydon Chess: The Frost 19 Aug - 16 Sep

    Croydon's next classic time control tournament starts this Thursday.

    We have named it ‘The Frost’ after our founding President, Stephen Frost, who is also our current Treasurer and webmaster (Frosty and The Snail King on chesschat.) The club is deeply indebted to Steve. Simply put, there would be no Croydon CC without him!

    It is ACF rated and runs over 5 Thursday evenings, with play beginning Thursday 19th August at 7:45pm at the Croydon RSL.

    The time control is 60 mins + 30 sec. All games will be published on the Croydon CC website.

    Director of Play is Ian Birchall. Welcome back Ian.

    Players intending to enter this tournament should register by 7:30 pm sharp with play commencing at 7:45 pm.

    The forfeit time for games will be 30 minutes.

    The entry fee is $10 for members. As in the past, we require membership in order to play in our regular club tournaments. The membership fees, however, will be reduced by half as we are halfway through the year.

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

    Croydon has regular club tournaments (as well as blitz/social nights and training workshops) throughout the year so membership is well worth it.

    See the calendar on our website for more details: http://www.croydonchess.com/Calendar...U/Default.aspx

    Detailed contact and venue details can also be found at our website.

    IM Guy West and Ian Birchall are two of the stronger players who will be playing. Adding some 1500 depth, I believe that the abovementioned Stephen Frost and our club junior coach Jamie Cross will also play!

    I look forward to seeing all the familiar faces and some new ones!
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    I'll be playing for sure; would be churlish of me to miss my namesake tournament!
    “As you perhaps know, I haven't always been a Christian. I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity.” -- C.S.Lewis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiny Norman
    I'll be playing for sure; would be churlish of me to miss my namesake tournament!
    How do you feel about a tournament being named after you? When do we see the Watto Classic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro
    How do you feel about a tournament being named after you? When do we see the Watto Classic?
    What is the tournament time control? 60 mins + 30 secs?

    lost

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro
    How do you feel about a tournament being named after you? When do we see the Watto Classic?
    hmm, the Watto Classic - sounds like some sort of forced blunder tournament!

    Hi lost, it's 60 min + 30 secs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro
    How do you feel about a tournament being named after you?
    Its a nice gesture. Recognition is an important factor around a chess club. I think next year we will probably need to institute a "Goldsmith" tournament too!
    “As you perhaps know, I haven't always been a Christian. I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity.” -- C.S.Lewis

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    Round 1

    Commentary by Ian Birchall:
    "In Round 1, many games were hard fought, but the club office-bearers did well.
    Club Treasurer Steve Frost (The Snail King) was held at bay until move 50 by a strong performance from junior Cameron Yung. President Richard Goldsmith countered Herman Naude’s early initiative and made good use of the open d-file and strong points to drive home an impressive attack. Vice-President Guy West’s aggressive opening play saw Linden Lyons’ king take a walk. Club Secretary, Jean Watson, demolished and diverted committee member Pearl Yung’s centre pawns before winning on time in a strong position. Our Junior Coach, Jamie Cross, ignored loss of material to make a successful strike at John Fleming’s king position. Committee member, Ion Kloprogge, always a tricky customer, turned a slightly weaker position against Steve Scott into a win by setting and then closing a mating trap. Feisty play by Rodney Matthews made the Director of Play, Ian Birchall, struggle to turn positional advantage into a win."
    Code:
     No Name               Loc  Total  Result   Name             Loc  Total
    
     1 Lyons, Linden      1080 [0]      0:1    West, Guy        2271 [0]  
     2 Birchall, Ian      1764 [0]      1:0    Matthews, Rodney 1040 [0]  
     3 Yung, Cameron      937  [0]      0:1    Frost, Stephen   1561 [0]  
     4 Cross, Jamie       1448 [0]      1:0    Fleming, John M  868  [0]  
     5 Yung, Pearl        745  [0]      0:1    Watson, Jean     1278 [0]  
     6 Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [0]      1:0    Naude, Herman         [0]  
     7 Scott, Steve            [0]      0:1    Kloprogge, Ion   1172 [0]
    All games will shortly be available on our website: http://www.croydonchess.com/

    Provisional Round 2 pairings:
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    No Name             Loc  Total  Result   Name               Loc  Total
    
     1 West, Guy        2271 [1]       :     Cross, Jamie       1448 [1]  
     2 Watson, Jean     1278 [1]       :     Birchall, Ian      1764 [1]  
     3 Frost, Stephen   1561 [1]       :     Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [1]  
     4 Kloprogge, Ion   1172 [1]       :     Lyons, Linden      1080 [0]  
     5 Matthews, Rodney 1040 [0]       :     Yung, Pearl        745  [0]  
     6 Fleming, John M  868  [0]       :     Yung, Cameron      937  [0]  
     7 Naude, Herman         [0]       :     Scott, Steve            [0]

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    Games available

    Quote Originally Posted by Watto
    All games will shortly be available on our website: http://www.croydonchess.com/
    All games are now available to play through on our website.
    http://www.croydonchess.com/Results/...U/Default.aspx

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    Round 2 results

    Here are the results from round 2.
    A couple of games have been postponed. Ian Birchall will supply the round 3 pairings once these have been played. The board 1 game will be played on Monday evening, not sure about board 6.

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     No Name             Loc  Total  Result   Name               Loc  Total
    
     1 West, Guy        2271 [1]      -:-    Cross, Jamie       1448 [1]  
     2 Watson, Jean     1278 [1]      0:1    Birchall, Ian      1764 [1]  
     3 Frost, Stephen   1561 [1]      1:0    Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [1]  
     4 Kloprogge, Ion   1172 [1]      1:0    Lyons, Linden      1080 [0]  
     5 Matthews, Rodney 1040 [0]      1:0    Fleming, John M    868  [0]  
     6 Yung, Pearl      745  [0]      -:-    Yung, Cameron      937  [0]  
     7 Naude, Herman         [0]      1:0    Scott, Steve            [0]

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    report on round 2

    Comments by DOP Ian Birchall on the round 2 games:
    "Some absences meant adjustments to the R2 pairings and two postponements.

    On board 2, Jean had a bad day, giving up a pawn, before walking into a tactic which lost a piece. On board 3, Stephen had another long game, but used good endgame technique to tie up his opponent before administering the ‘coup de grace’. Board 4, saw Ion go up a piece early on. Linden put up stubborn resistance, even winning back a couple of pawns, but under severe time pressure his position finally collapsed. On board 5, good tactics from the steadily improving Rodney Matthews overcame John’s aggressive play. Board 7 saw Scott castling into Herman’s developing king-side attack. Herman played well to bring the attack home.

    When the results of postponed games are known, the R3 pairings will be published – probably by Tuesday evening."

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    Ian is very gracious. I would have described my game more like:

    "Stephen had another long game; after playing himself into a winning position with some good endgame play, he failed to find an easy winning line, blundered and was fortunate to swindle a win."
    “As you perhaps know, I haven't always been a Christian. I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity.” -- C.S.Lewis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiny Norman
    Ian is very gracious. I would have described my game more like:

    "Stephen had another long game; after playing himself into a winning position with some good endgame play, he failed to find an easy winning line, blundered and was fortunate to swindle a win."
    I gave you the benefit of the doubt, figuring that all along you were aiming to end up with the flashy triple isolated pawn mating net, rather than, the prosaic, snaffle your opponent's pawns and then queen finish!

    See here, for the game:

    Frosty's O.T.B. games

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian CCC
    ... flashy triple isolated pawn mating net ...
    Flashy ... or possibly "dopey".
    “As you perhaps know, I haven't always been a Christian. I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity.” -- C.S.Lewis

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    round 3 pairings

    Here are the round 3 pairings. Guy won his postponed round 2 game against Jamie Cross. I've posted their game below.
    The other postponed game from round 2 is yet to be played.
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     No Name               Loc  Total  Result   Name             Loc  Total
    
     1 Frost, Stephen     1561 [2]       :     West, Guy        2271 [2]  
     2 Birchall, Ian      1764 [2]       :     Kloprogge, Ion   1172 [2]  
     3 Cross, Jamie       1448 [1]       :     Matthews, Rodney 1040 [1]  
     4 Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [1]       :     Watson, Jean     1278 [1]  
     5 Fleming, John M    868  [0]       :     Naude, Herman         [1]  
     6 Lyons, Linden      1080 [0]       :     Scott, Steve          [0]  
     7 Yung, Cameron      937  [1]     .5:0    BYE                        
     8 Yung, Pearl        745  [0]     .5:0    BYE
    Event: The Frost
    Date: 2010.08.30
    Round: 2
    White: West, Guy
    Black: Cross, Jamie
    Result: 1-0
    ECO: E20
    WhiteElo: 2271
    BlackElo: 1448
    PlyCount: 49

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    Round 3 Results

    Commentary by Ian Birchall:

    "In Round 3, almost all of the games were hard-fought affairs. Stephen played strongly against Guy's Benko Gambit and gave the top seed a run for his money. Ian got a great position out of the opening, but had difficulty converting to a more tangible advantage against Ion's solid defence. After complementary errors from both sides, a mating attack finally got Ian the result. Rodney declined Jamie's speculative piece sac, but his king position had been compromised and Jamie made short work of finishing him off. Jean made the most of weaknesses in Richard's position to go ahead in the Q & P ending before swapping down to a won K & P ending. Linden's classic play of doubling rooks on the open file, before raiding the seventh rank, proved very effective against Steve. John converted an equal K & P ending to score a good win against Herman."

    Round 3 results:
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     No Name               Loc  Total  Result   Name             Loc  Total
    
     1 Frost, Stephen     1561 [2]      0:1    West, Guy        2271 [2]  
     2 Birchall, Ian      1764 [2]      1:0    Kloprogge, Ion   1172 [2]  
     3 Cross, Jamie       1448 [1]      1:0    Matthews, Rodney 1040 [1]  
     4 Goldsmith, Richard 1251 [1]      0:1    Watson, Jean     1278 [1]  
     5 Fleming, John M    868  [0]      1:0    Naude, Herman         [1]  
     6 Lyons, Linden      1080 [0]      1:0    Scott, Steve          [0]  
     7 Yung, Cameron      937  [0]     .5:0    BYE                        
     8 Yung, Pearl        745  [0]     .5:0    BYE
    Cross Table after round 3:
    Code:
    No Name               Rtg Loc  Title Total  1    2    3  
    
    1  West, Guy              2271 im    3      8:W  4:W  3:W
    2  Birchall, Ian          1764       3      9:W  5:W  6:W
    3  Frost, Stephen         1561       2     12:W  7:W  1:L
    4  Cross, Jamie           1448       2     10:W  1:L  9:W
    5  Watson, Jean           1278       2     13:W  2:L  7:W
    6  Kloprogge, Ion         1172       2     14:W  8:W  2:L
    7  Goldsmith, Richard     1251       1     11:W  3:L  5:L
    8  Lyons, Linden          1080       1      1:L  6:L 14:W
    9  Matthews, Rodney       1040       1      2:L 10:W  4:L
    10 Fleming, John M        868        1      4:L  9:L 11:W
    11 Naude, Herman                     1      7:L 14:W 10:L
    12 Yung, Cameron          937        .5     3:L 13:-  0:D
    13 Yung, Pearl            745        .5     5:L 12:-  0:D
    14 Scott, Steve                      0      6:L 11:L  8:L
    All games will be available on our website in the next day or two: http://www.croydonchess.com/

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