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    126th New Zealand Chess Congress, Open Championship 2019

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    Round 1 was great for the Ladies!
    Alana beat IM Wohl while NZ rising star drew with IM Sandler!
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    Wohl - Chibnall

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    Soo-Johansen - epic endgame!
    67.Qxe6+ was drawing on the spot
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Soo-Johansen - epic endgame!
    67.Qxe6+ was drawing on the spot
    Yes, stalemate trap for one move in an otherwise losing position. So a double blunder that neither side saw it.

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    NZ Title Contenders

    In 2018, six points was enough to secure the NZ Championship title for Russell Dive and Alphaeus Ang. With 4 rounds to go, there a number of NZ players who can achieve this score and more. Here are the contenders: Daniel Gong 4; Paul Garbett, Anthony Ker, Bob Smith 3.5; Russell Dive, Allen Fan, Leonard McLaren, John Duneas and Edward Rains 3.

    In round 6, Gong vs tournament leader Brandon Clarke, GM Vasily Papin vs Garbett, GM Darryl Johansen vs Ker, Smith vs Albert Winkelman, Damien Norris vs Dive, Ross Lam vs McLaren, Fan vs Nunilon Fulo and the only all NZ clash, Duneas vs Rains.
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    I think a close finish is in prospect for the NZ championship this year. Brandon from Australia though continues his good form over the last year or more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    I think a close finish is in prospect for the NZ championship this year.
    Let's just hope that there isn't a ten-way tie as there was in 2015.
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    NZ Title Contenders

    In round 6, Daniel Gong drew with Brandon Clarke to retain his half-point lead over Paul Garbett and Anthony Ker who also drew their respective games. They have been joined by Russell Dive, Leonard McLaren, Allen Fan and Edward Rains who all won.

    Will round 7 be crunch time? There are two all NZ games, Ker vs Fan and Dive vs Rains. Elsewhere, it is GM Gareyev vs Gong, McLaren vs GM Johansen and Wohl vs Garbett.
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    NZ Title Contenders

    In round 7, Wellington club mates and multiple time NZ Champions won their respective all NZ clashes to take the lead in the race for the NZ title. Anthony Ker with 13 championships is second only to the late great Ortvin Sarapu who won 20 titles. Ker defeated Allen Fan to move to 5 points. Five time winner Russell Dive beat Edward Rains to join Ker. Previous leader Daniel Gong lost against GM Gareyev and is half a point behind on 4.5. Bob Smith bounced back from his round 6 loss to join Gong. Round 8 sees Alex Wohl vs Ker, Dusan Stojic vs Dive, Leonid Sandler vs Gong and Smith vs Elliot Soo-Burrowes. There are another five players on 4 points that will be looking to get back into contention should the leaders slip up.
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    Still a close race for the NZ title.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CivicChessMan View Post
    In round 7, Wellington club mates and multiple time NZ Champions won their respective all NZ clashes to take the lead in the race for the NZ title. Anthony Ker with 13 championships is second only to the late great Ortvin Sarapu who won 20 titles. Ker defeated Allen Fan to move to 5 points. Five time winner Russell Dive beat Edward Rains to join Ker. Previous leader Daniel Gong lost against GM Gareyev and is half a point behind on 4.5. Bob Smith bounced back from his round 6 loss to join Gong. Round 8 sees Alex Wohl vs Ker, Dusan Stojic vs Dive, Leonid Sandler vs Gong and Smith vs Elliot Soo-Burrowes. There are another five players on 4 points that will be looking to get back into contention should the leaders slip up.
    Hi CCM, Hope the Norwegian winter isn't too savage. With two rounds to go I'm picking Anthony Ker and Daniel Gong as the most likely contenders for the NZ title. Maybe Bob Smith, in which case Russell Dive must be included too. Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by CivicChessMan View Post
    Let's just hope that there isn't a ten-way tie as there was in 2015.
    Such nonsense only happens because it's a large swiss, where non-Kiwis have a huge impact on who wins the Kiwi title. If the top places are held by non-Kiwis, then Kiwis must hold lower places, which in a Swiss is more open to chance factors about the opponents' strengths.
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    NZ Title Contenders

    Round 8: Anthony Ker drew with Alex Wohl in 30 moves as did Russell Dive with Dusan Stojic in 41 moves to move to 5.5 points with one round to play. Dive had a clear advantage from move 21 (1.53) and winning at move 24 (5.92) but missed the chance to take the outright lead. They have been joined by Bob Smith who won vs Eliot Soo-Burrowes. On five points are Daniel Gong, Paul Garbett and Leonard McLaren.

    In the final round, the leaders will all face GMs, a tough assignment. It is GM Gareyev vs Smith, Ker vs GM Papin and Dive vs GM Johansen. A win for any of the Kiwis will win the NZ title. Draws and six points opens the door for Gong and Garbett who play each other and McLaren who plays Leonid Sandler. In the worst case scenario where 5.5 points is the winning score, there could be a seven-way tie if Johnson Li defeats Allen Fan.
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    If Clarke wins tomorrow would that be a GM norm and if not is it an IM?

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