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    6th Annual Sturges Memorial and Blitz

    Apologies for the lack of pre-event coverage as a result of me being extremely busy.

    The 6th annual Tony Sturges Memorial was held today in Hobart - these events commemorate Tony Sturges (1953-2013) who died on Anzac Day 2013.

    The event, a fundraiser for the TCA, is usually held as an opening theme tournament where a different set opening is played from each round. This year there were issues with organising the event as basically no-one had time to do it, which contributed to the lower than usual field of 6. The main event was played as a Fischer-Random using positions 223 (meant to be 222), 333, 444, 555 and 777 (666 was skipped) from a list available online. (https://www.mark-weeks.com/cfaa/chess960/c960strt.htm)

    223: NQRKNRBB
    333: NRQBKRBN
    444: RBNNQKBR
    555: RNKNBQRB
    777: QRKBBNRN

    ACT visitor Miles Patterson won the main event easily:

    Code:
    No Name                  Feder Rtg Loc  Total 1 2 3 4 5 6
    
    1  Patterson, Miles      ACT       1915 5     * W W W W W
    2  Bonham, Kevin         TAS       1902 3     L * W L W W
    3  Powell-Davies, Thomas TAS       1378 3     L L * W W W
    4  Swan, Owen            TAS       1529 2     L W L * L W
    5  Rumley, William       TAS       1829 2     L L L W * W
    6  Shepherd, Chris       TAS       1467 0     L L L L L *
    This was followed by the blitz, which was brought forward because the main event had finished early.

    Earlier in the day we had been talking about queen vs pawn endings and this got into how queen vs knight's pawn could end up as queen vs knight, and then discussion about how easy queen vs knight was or wasn't to win. I've personally never had this endgame. Lo and behold, it appeared on the board with very little time on the clocks in the game between Miles (queen) and Will (knight) - and was drawn by second illegal move! (Queen and pawn against knight would have been a loss in the same circumstance.) I was lucky to beat Toby after blundering two bishops for rook early in the game.

    Code:
    No Name                  Feder Rtg Loc  Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    
    1  Bonham, Kevin         TAS       1902 7.5   * W W W D W W W W
    2  Straton, Toby         TAS       1989 7     L * W W W W W W W
    3  Mackey, Nick          TAS       1608 5     L L * W W L W W W
    4  Rumley, William       TAS       1829 4.5   L L L * D W W W W
    5  Patterson, Miles      ACT       1915 4     D L L D * L W W W
    6  Shepherd, Chris       TAS       1467 4     L L W L W * L W W
    7  Powell-Davies, Thomas TAS       1378 2     L L L L L W * L W
    8  Swan, Owen            TAS       1529 2     L L L L L L W * W
    9  Rumley, Rebecca       TAS       931  0     L L L L L L L L *

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    Pity about the small entry. It seems like a fun tournament to play in, and good to keep the memory going. Congrats to both winners.

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