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    2005 Belconnen Premier and Divisions

    (Comments by Ian Rout, so blame any typos on him....)

    The 2005 Belconnen Premier and other round robin events kicked off last night. An indication of the competitiveness of the event was that in the top four sections the highest rated players failed to score a full point, and only managed two draws (To slightly spoil the story, the first seed in the Premier didn't actually play, but the highest seed who did play lost).

    The blockbuster game for Round 1 featured Junta Ikeda and Brian Fitzpatrick, coincidentally a preview of next week Canberra CC decider though with colours reversed. Brian introduced numerous tricky tactics but Junta handled them all, finally introducing an exchanging combination of his own to end the game. Gareth Oliver also won, while two other games were drawn.

    The First Division features a number of leading players and with a place in next year's Premier an attraction for all except a couple who voluntarily dropped down from this year's Premier, this may be the most bloodthirsty group. There were no draws in the first round.

    The Second Division is a mixture of adults and juniors of varying levels of experience. Yi Yuan drew with top seed Mark Hummel, while Tamzin Oliver won against the second seed Nguyen Tran. The Third Division was similarly tough at the top; Michael Redpath drew with top seed Harry Johnson and Michael Reading was the only top half player to score a full point. The Fourth Division was more regular with the results generally as expected except for an upset by Bevan Lee.

    All the results are below; for the full tables, the draw, and the games of the Premier, see

    http://www.netspeed.com.au/ianandjan/IansPage/

    Leaders to date (all on 1/1)

    Premier: J. Ikeda, G. Oliver

    First Div: C. Tran, Sreetharan, Guo-Yuthok, Hoang, Ali

    Second Div: M. Ikeda, T. Oliver, Wicks, Jaksa

    Third Div: M. Reading, Ong, Kimura

    Fourth Div: N. Redpath, King, Li, Lee, Shields

    Note a couple of late changes - interchange Bartlett (into the Premier) and Ali; replace A. Mitchell with Georgiou in the Fourth. [The second has not, at the time of writing, been adjusted on the web page.]

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    BELCONNEN PREMIER

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    Ashley Oakes - Shaun Press ½-½

    Michael Wei - Tor Lattimore deferred

    Brian Fitzpatrick - Junta Ikeda 0-1

    Ian Rout - Jeremy Reading ½-½

    Stephen Bartlett - Gareth Oliver 0-1


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    FIRST DIVISION

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    Milan Grcic - Mosaddeque Ali 0-1

    Jey Hoole - Khoi Hoang 0-1

    Jeremy Neeman - Christopher Tran 0-1

    Andrew Brown - Sherab Guo-Yuthok 0-1

    Kishore Sreetharan - Shannon Oliver 1-0


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    SECOND DIVISION

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    Nguyen Tran - Tamzin Oliver 0-1

    Mark Hummel - Yi Yuan ½-½

    Peter Murphy - Mark Wicks 0-1

    Miona Ikeda - Paul Dunn 1-0

    David Jaksa - Emma Guo 1-0

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    THIRD DIVISION

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    Michael Redpath - Harry Johnson ½-½

    Jake McCook - Tomoki Kimura 0-1

    Aidan Lloyd - Sophie Heath ½-½

    Edward Xing - Lara Ong 0-1

    Michael Reading - Alana Chibnall 1-0

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    FOURTH DIVISION

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    Mark King - Andrew Georgiou 1-0

    Bevan Lee - Taiyang Zhang 1-0

    Benjamin Xing - Nicholas Redpath 0-1

    Tim Clark - Peter Shields 0-1

    Damien Neulist - James Li 0-1

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    Round 2 - commentary by Ian Rout

    After only two rounds of the Belconnen Premier every player has dropped at least half a point. Last night’s winners were Brian Fitzpatrick, Shaun Press and Jeremy Reading; the last two jointly lead the tournament with Junta Ikeda, who narrowly failed to win the longest game of the night. Shaun’s win in a sharp line of the Najdorf Sicillian was the game of the round, watch for this one when the games are updated later this weekend. (Mother's interpretation - Gareth forgot his opening theory and got torn apart by Shaun!)

    The key game of the First Division looked to be between Sherab Guo-Yuthok and Kishore Sreetharan, the sole pairing involving first round winners. However it turned out to be the only game, as the rest were deferred for various reasons. The players drew to share the lead.

    There were no real surprises in the other divisions with the higher-ranked players generally taking the top spots at this early stage. The Third Division already has an outright leader with Michael Reading the only player to put two wins on the board.

    Leading scores after two rounds are as follows – these are confused by deferred games so for a more accurate picture see the full tables at

    http://www.netspeed.com.au/ianandjan/IansPage/

    Premier:

    1½ - J. Reading, J. Ikeda, Press

    First Division:

    1½ - Sreetharan, Guo-Yuthok

    Second Division:

    2 - T. Oliver, Jaksa, Wicks

    1½ - Yuan

    Third Division:

    2 - M. Reading

    1½ - Lloyd, Johnson

    Fourth Division:

    2 - N. Redpath, Li, King

    This weeks results:

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    BELCONNEN PREMIER

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    Ashley Oakes - Michael Wei ½-½

    Tor Lattimore - Brian Fitzpatrick 0-1

    Junta Ikeda - Ian Rout ½-½

    Jeremy Reading - Stephen Bartlett 1-0

    Shaun Press - Gareth Oliver 1-0

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    FIRST DIVISION

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    Milan Grcic - Jey Hoole deferred

    Khoi Hoang - Jeremy Neeman deferred

    Christopher Tran - Andrew Brown deferred

    Sherab Guo-Yuthok - Kishore Sreetharan ½-½

    Mosaddeque Ali - Shannon Oliver deferred

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    SECOND DIVISION

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    Nguyen Tran - Mark Hummel deferred

    Yi Yuan - Peter Murphy 1-0

    Mark Wicks - Miona Ikeda 1-0

    Paul Dunn - David Jaksa 0-1

    Tamzin Oliver - Emma Guo 1-0

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    THIRD DIVISION

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    Michael Redpath - Jake McCook ½-½

    Tomoki Kimura - Aidan Lloyd 0-1

    Sophie Heath - Edward Xing 0-1

    Lara Ong - Michael Reading 0-1

    Harry Johnson - Alana Chibnall 1-0


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    FOURTH DIVISION

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    Mark King - Bevan Lee 1-0

    Taiyang Zhang - Benjamin Xing 0-1

    Nicholas Redpath - Tim Clark 1-0

    Peter Shields - Damien Neulist 0-1

    Andrew Georgiou - James Li 0-1

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    Round 3

    One of the last games to finish this week was in the Second Division, where David Jaksa and Mark Wicks verified centuries of theory on opposite-coloured Bishop endings. Overturning the theory would have given one of them outright first but instead they still share the lead. David plays fourth-placed Yi Yuan in next week’s key encounter.

    In the Third Division, by contrast, the leaders avoided each other with Michael Reading, Harry Johnson and Aidan Lloyd all winning. Along with Edward Xing who moved into third place they will again all play different opponents next week so it may be a while before this group sorts itself out. The top seeds Mark King and Nicholas Redpath remain undefeated in the Fourth Division.

    The First Division featured a test of another theory, namely that nobody ever won a game by resigning. Although this theory was not disproved as such, the alternative approach also failed to win for Milan Grcic in the second-longest game of the night. The other bad news is that the three oldest players were paired in the first rounds and now have a rough six rounds in the run home, though Mos Ali with two wins to date and a deferred game is best played to survive it. Mos’s game with Sherab Guo-Yuthok may be the most important next week, depending what happens in the multitude of deferred games.

    The longest game featured Michael Wei and Shaun Press, who jointly led the Premier after Michael caught up his first round game. Shaun just about equalized at one point but failed to find the right moves after that, leaving Michael as outright leader. Junta Ikeda has a game in hand and could join him. Two games were deferred, while Gareth Oliver and I both took full points against Jeremy Reading and Tor Lattimore. Tor has had the horror draw of the tournament, meeting three top-half seeds in the first three rounds.

    Next week is the promoter’s special with the top rated two players Brian Fitzpatrick and Michael Wei meeting, as do third and fourth seeds Junta Ikeda and Gareth Oliver.

    For the full tables see

    http://www.netspeed.com.au/ianandjan/IansPage/

    Games from the Premier for round 3 are available, and as there were no tame draws or tedious Rook endings this week they may all be worth playing through.

    Leaders are a little unclear due to deferred games but the position is something like this (x = deferred game):

    Premier

    2½ - Wei

    2 - G. Oliver, Rout

    1½x - J. Ikeda



    First Division

    2x - Ali

    2 - Sreetharan

    1½x – C. Tran, Hoang, Guo-Yuthok



    Second Division

    2½ - Wicks, Jaksa

    2x - T. Oliver

    2 - Yuan



    Third Division

    3 - M. Reading

    2½ - Lloyd, Johnson

    2 - E. Xing



    Fourth Division

    3 – N. Redpath, King

    2 – Li, Lee, Shields

    This week’s results:



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    BELCONNEN PREMIER

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    Michael Wei - Shaun Press 1-0

    Brian Fitzpatrick - Ashley Oakes deferred

    Ian Rout - Tor Lattimore 1-0

    Stephen Bartlett - Junta Ikeda deferred

    Gareth Oliver - Jeremy Reading 1-0


    Michael Wei - Tor Lattimore 1-0 (round 1)





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    FIRST DIVISION

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    Jey Hoole - Mosaddeque Ali 0-1

    Jeremy Neeman - Milan Grcic 1-0

    Andrew Brown - Khoi Hoang ½-½

    Kishore Sreetharan - Christopher Tran ½-½

    Shannon Oliver - Sherab Guo-Yuthok deferred





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    SECOND DIVISION

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    Mark Hummel - Tamzin Oliver deferred

    Peter Murphy - Nguyen Tran 1-0

    Miona Ikeda - Yi Yuan ½-½

    David Jaksa - Mark Wicks ½-½

    Emma Guo - Paul Dunn 1-0





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    THIRD DIVISION

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    Jake McCook - Harry Johnson 0-1

    Aidan Lloyd - Michael Redpath 1-0

    Edward Xing - Tomoki Kimura 1-0

    Michael Reading - Sophie Heath 1-0

    Alana Chibnall - Lara Ong 1-0





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    FOURTH DIVISION

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    Bevan Lee - Andrew Georgiou 1-0

    Benjamin Xing - Mark King 0-1

    Tim Clark - Taiyang Zhang deferred

    Damien Neulist - Nicholas Redpath 0-1

    James Li - Peter Shields 0-1

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    What was the process in which what players made what divisions?

    Hi Canberra,
    I was checking the results and I was wondering why Milan Grcic wasn't in the top event and was in Division One. His rating is a lot higher than Stephen Bartlett's who is in the top event. Did players have to qualify or did Milan want to play down...


    Thx...


    P.S No sarcasm Shuan...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liberace
    Hi Canberra,
    I was checking the results and I was wondering why Milan Grcic wasn't in the top event and was in Division One. His rating is a lot higher than Stephen Bartlett's who is in the top event. Did players have to qualify or did Milan want to play down...


    Thx...


    P.S No sarcasm Shuan...

    Milan elected to play down (though if Tuggeranong gets their tournaments in the rating difference won't be so great on the next list).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout
    Milan elected to play down (though if Tuggeranong gets their tournaments in the rating difference won't be so great on the next list).
    Their Club Championship finishes on May 23rd so see if you can chase them to make sure they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos
    Their Club Championship finishes on May 23rd so see if you can chase them to make sure they do.
    I have an agent in the field who will be doing her best on Monday to get some action on that front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liberace
    Hi Canberra,
    I was checking the results and I was wondering why Milan Grcic wasn't in the top event and was in Division One. His rating is a lot higher than Stephen Bartlett's who is in the top event. Did players have to qualify or did Milan want to play down...


    Thx...


    P.S No sarcasm Shuan...
    OK So no sarcasm then. I'll instead tell it like it is. He wasn't the only who was scared to play in the Premier. But he also had another reason, for which you have to PM me to find out.

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    Round 4

    As a result of last night's round only two players have perfect scores and the contenders for for top (and bottom) spots are starting to separate, and a few players put their first scores on to the board.

    The four leaders in the Third Division all won, leaving a chasm between them and the rest of the field. This is partly due to the draw keeping them all apart up to now, but next week's round brings together equal-second placed Harry Johnson and Aidan Lloyd.

    Mark King and Mark Wicks took over the sole leads in the Fourth and Second Divisions respectively due to their rivals losing. The Second Division is starting to string out, while the Fourth Division has four players in equal second and three yet to score.

    A curious position has developed in the First Division with everybody having deferred at least one game, so the position is still fluid. Mos Ali leads after drawing with Sherab Guo-Yuthok in this week's key game.

    Most players are still in contention in the Premier. In the contest between the two top seeds Brian Fitzpatrick won against Michael Wei in spite of conceding a start on the clock, while third and fourth seeds Junta Ikeda and Gareth Oliver played a draw of which Junta reportedly had the better.

    Apparently at least three of the top games were in the balance until the end so watch for them later this weekend.

    See

    http://www.netspeed.com.au/ianandjan/IansPage/



    For full tables and games. Also at least two games are being played out of session this weekend so check for updates during the week.



    Leaders to date (x = deferred game)



    Premier:
    2½ - Wei, G. Oliver
    2x - Fitzpatrick, Rout, J. Ikeda
    2 - Press, J. Reading


    First Division:
    2½x - Ali
    2x - Gu-Yuthok, Sreetharan
    1½x - Hoang, C. Tran



    Second Division:

    3½ - Wicks
    3x - T. Oliver
    3 - Yuan
    2½ - Jaksa



    Third Division:
    4 - M. Reading
    3½ - Lloyd, Johnson
    3 - E. Xing



    Fourth Division:
    4 - King
    3 - Li, Lee, Shields, N. Redpath



    Round 4 results:


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    BELCONNEN PREMIER
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    Michael Wei - Brian Fitzpatrick 0-1
    Ashley Oakes - Ian Rout deferred
    Tor Lattimore - Stephen Bartlett 1-0
    Junta Ikeda - Gareth Oliver ½-½
    Shaun Press - Jeremy Reading ½-½


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    FIRST DIVISION
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    Jey Hoole - Jeremy Neeman 1-0F
    Milan Grcic - Andrew Brown 1-0
    Khoi Hoang - Kishore Sreetharan deferred
    Christopher Tran - Shannon Oliver deferred
    Mosaddeque Ali - Sherab Guo-Yuthok ½-½


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    SECOND DIVISION
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    Mark Hummel - Peter Murphy 1-0
    Nguyen Tran - Miona Ikeda ½-½
    Yi Yuan - David Jaksa 1-0
    Mark Wicks - Emma Guo 1-0
    Tamzin Oliver - Paul Dunn 1-0


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    THIRD DIVISION
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    Jake McCook - Aidan Lloyd 0-1
    Michael Redpath - Edward Xing 0-1
    Tomoki Kimura - Michael Reading 0-1
    Sophie Heath - Alana Chibnall 1-0
    Harry Johnson - Lara Ong 1-0


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    FOURTH DIVISION
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    Bevan Lee - Benjamin Xing 1-0
    Mark King - Tim Clark 1-0
    Taiyang Zhang - Damien Neulist 0-1
    Nicholas Redpath - James Li 0-1
    Andrew Georgiou - Peter Shields 0-1

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    Round 5

    Several players put their first score on the board, the lead changed in 1½ Divisions and only one player has a perfect score after the fifth round (and mid-point) of the Premier last night.

    Mark King scored his fifth straight win in the Fourth Division and had all but one of his closest challengers drop two points behind. In the Third Division Harry Johnson moved into equal first with Michael Reading, who dropped his first half-point of the event to Michael Redpath.

    There was a monster upset in the Second Division where Paul Dunn, after not previously troubling the scorer, knocked over leader Mark Wicks who fell to fourth. Although the position is muddied by games deferred and played in advance this section features multiple ties for both the top spot and the wooden spoon so almost everybody has something to play for.

    The First Division looks to be the most open at this stage, partly because everybody has at least one deferred game, with six or seven players realistically in contention. Mos Ali easily held his lead with a forfeit while Kishore Sreetharan heads the challenging group after beating Milan Grcic in a long game.

    There was one tame draw in the Premier but all the other games featured a contest. Junta Ikeda retained the tournament lead with the first Premier win of the night from an attack on Jeremy Reading's King. Michael Wei won a tricky Bishop ending against me in the longest game of the night to move into second after the game between Gareth Oliver and Tor Lattimore faded to a draw.

    People may not have noticed that this is an international tournament with three federations represented. This week's round brought together the overseas representatives Shaun Press (PNG) and Brian Fitzpatrick (Ireland) who played a theoretical Marshall line leading to a victory for Ireland, which may be the best entertainment of the round when games are posted in the next couple of days.



    Leading scores (x = deferred game, # = game played in advance)



    Premier:
    4 - J. Ikeda
    3½ - Wei
    3x - Fitzpatrick
    3 - G. Oliver

    First Division:
    3½x - Ali
    3x - Sreetharan
    2½x - Guo-Yuthok
    2xx - Hoang


    Second Division:
    4 - T. Oliver, Yuan
    4# - Jaksa
    3½ - Wicks
    3 - M. Ikeda



    Third Division:
    4½ - Johnson, M. Reading
    4 - E. Xing
    3½ - Lloyd



    Fourth Division:
    5 - King
    4 - N. Redpath
    3 - Li, Lee, Shields



    See



    http://www.netspeed.com.au/ianandjan/IansPage/



    for the full tables.



    An advance reminder also that the club is open but there is no scheduled play on June 10 (the long weekend, not next week) which provides an opportunity to catch up missed games.





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    BELCONNEN PREMIER – Round 5
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    Brian Fitzpatrick - Shaun Press 1-0
    Ian Rout - Michael Wei 0-1
    Stephen Bartlett - Ashley Oakes ½-½
    Gareth Oliver - Tor Lattimore ½-½
    Jeremy Reading - Junta Ikeda 0-1



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    FIRST DIVISION
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    Jeremy Neeman - Mosaddeque Ali 0-1F
    Andrew Brown - Jey Hoole 1-0
    Kishore Sreetharan - Milan Grcic 1-0
    Shannon Oliver - Khoi Hoang ½-½
    Sherab Guo-Yuthok - Christopher Tran ½-½


    Christopher Tran - Shannon Oliver 0-1 [Round 4]



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    SECOND DIVISION
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    Peter Murphy - Tamzin Oliver 0-1
    Miona Ikeda - Mark Hummel 1-0
    David Jaksa - Nguyen Tran ½-½
    Emma Guo - Yi Yuan 0-1
    Paul Dunn - Mark Wicks 1-0



    David Jaksa - Tamzin Oliver 1-0 [Round 9]


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    THIRD DIVISION
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    Aidan Lloyd - Harry Johnson 0-1
    Edward Xing - Jake McCook 1-0
    Michael Reading - Michael Redpath ½-½
    Alana Chibnall - Tomoki Kimura 1-0
    Lara Ong - Sophie Heath 1-0



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    FOURTH DIVISION
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    Benjamin Xing - Andrew Georgiou 1-0
    Tim Clark - Bevan Lee 1-0
    Damien Neulist - Mark King 0-1
    James Li - Taiyang Zhang 0-1
    Peter Shields - Nicholas Redpath 0-1

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    First a couple of announcements. The next tournament at Belconnnen is the ACT Championship, an eleven-round Open Swiss which any ACTCA member resident in ACT or surrounds may enter. This starts on Friday July 8. The normal pattern has been that the draw each week is circulated at noon on the prior Wednesday and hence normal entries close on the Wednesday before round 1; late entries are allowed with similar timing in subsequent weeks subject to the capacity of the venue. Up to three half-point byes are available but only in the first five weeks. All of this (except the date) has not yet been confirmed but as it has operated in the past is included here for information – watch for more details and put it in your diary.

    Second, there is there is no scheduled play on June 10 (next week) so you can play lightning, catch up missed games or have the week off. Note that all deferred games must be played before the scheduled final round, Friday 1 July, so that everybody knows the tournament position at that point and so that we can close off the tournament.

    Now on to the results. A couple of previously undefeated leaders bit the dust this week and while there were no complete turnovers of the lead there were changes in shares of the lead right through the divisions.

    Two players who strengthened their positions were Yi Yuan and Mos Ali in the Third and Second Divisions. Yi took the outright top spot with Mark Wicks moving back up to second and their game in the next round could decide the outcome; but three other players are not out of it, including top seed Mark Hummel if he wins his deferred games. Mos Ali’s win against Chris Tran probably eliminated one challenger, while Kishore Sreetharan gave Jey Hoole a scarce half-point. Mos has not only a half-point lead but a deferred game in hand so could well have it wrapped up before meeting Kishore in the last round.

    The Fourth Division opened up dramatically with Mark King losing to James Li allowing everybody else to get a point closer. Nicholas Redpath has joined Mark and with the two scheduled to meet in the second-last round the most likely outcome is that the winner of that game will win the section. Even more dramatic was Michael Reading’s quick loss to Jake McCook in the Third Division, leaving the early pacesetter in third place behind Harry Johnson and Edward Xing. This section features the promoter’s dream finish with the three leaders meeting in the last three rounds, starting with the two current leaders next round.

    The Premier was awash with theory this week. My game with Brian Fitzpatrick was a Berlin Defence which White (Brian) won; Shaun Press and Junta Ikeda drew a Sicilian Kan which looked like it might have been played before for a fair way; while Michael Wei and Stephen Bartlett not only repeated a Botvinnik Semi-Slav from an earlier round but also repeated the losing move. The emphasis was more on endgame theory in an opposite-Bishops ending won by Jeremy Reading, who is having a good tournament, against Tor Lattimore. Finally Gareth Oliver employed Steinitz’s theory that it is worth suffering a little for an extra pawn.

    Junta is now the only undefeated player in the Premier but has dropped three half-points, allowing Michael to catch him. However Brian has a game in hand and could catch or overtake them both when it is played off next week. One (or more) of these three will probably win it from here, unless there is a multiple pile-up on 6/9.

    Leading scores (x = deferred game, # = game played in advance)

    Premier:
    4½ - J. Ikeda, Wei
    4x - Fitzpatrick
    4# - G. Oliver

    First Division:
    4½x - Ali
    4 - Sreetharan
    3x - Guo-Yuthok, Hoang

    Second Division:
    5 - Yuan

    4½ - Wicks
    4 - T. Oliver,
    4# - Jaksa

    Third Division:
    5½ - Johnson
    5 - E. Xing
    4½ - M. Reading
    3½ - Lloyd

    Fourth Division:
    5 - King, N. Redpath
    4 - Li, Lee, Shields

    See

    http://www.netspeed.com.au/ianandjan/IansPage/

    for the full tables.

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    BELCONNEN PREMIER – Round 6
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    Brian Fitzpatrick - Ian Rout 1-0
    Michael Wei - Stephen Bartlett 1-0
    Ashley Oakes - Gareth Oliver 0-1
    Tor Lattimore - Jeremy Reading 0-1
    Shaun Press - Junta Ikeda ½-½

    Gareth Oliver - Ian Rout 0-1 [round 9]

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    FIRST DIVISION
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    Jeremy Neeman - Andrew Brown 1-0
    Jey Hoole - Kishore Sreetharan ½-½
    Milan Grcic - Shannon Oliver ½-½
    Khoi Hoang - Sherab Guo-Yuthok ½-½
    Mosaddeque Ali - Christopher Tran 1-0

    Khoi Hoang - Kishore Sreetharan ½-½ [round 4]

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    SECOND DIVISION
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    Peter Murphy - Miona Ikeda 1-0
    Mark Hummel - David Jaksa 1-0
    Nguyen Tran - Emma Guo 0-1F
    Yi Yuan - Paul Dunn 1-0
    Tamzin Oliver - Mark Wicks 0-1

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    THIRD DIVISION
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    Aidan Lloyd - Edward Xing 0-1
    Jake McCook - Michael Reading 1-0
    Michael Redpath - Alana Chibnall 1-0
    Tomoki Kimura - Lara Ong ½-½
    Harry Johnson - Sophie Heath 1-0

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    FOURTH DIVISION
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    Benjamin Xing - Tim Clark 1-0
    Bevan Lee - Damien Neulist 1-0
    Mark King - James Li 0-1
    Taiyang Zhang - Peter Shields 0-1
    Andrew Georgiou - Nicholas Redpath 0-1F

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    The seventh round of the Belconnen Premier was not kind to the leaders, though not as unkind as it should have been. Michael Wei, Junta Ikeda and Brian Fitzpatrick jointly led after six rounds, a comfortable margin over the rest of the field except for Gareth Oliver who was half a point behind but having played an extra game. Michael played Gareth and got an advantageous endgame with two Bishops against two Knights, Junta looked to have a nice opening against Tor Lattimore, but Brian was struggling against tail-ender Stephen Bartlett.

    Late in the night two of the games turned dramatically. Junta lost too much material in pushing his attack while Brian benefited from a blunder, the reversals of fortune leaving Brian on top of the table with Junta third rather than the other way round. Gareth held the draw to stay in touch.

    In games not critical to the outcome Jeremy Reading won against Ashley Oakes to move into the top half, while I lost against Shaun Press in a game which illustrates why players over 25 should think about taking up bridge.

    The leaders in other Divisions mostly consolidated their places. Mos Ali and Kishore Sreetharan both won in the First Division with Khoi Hoang moving to third; Mos is looking good here with a half-point up and a game in hand. The top of the table clash in the Second Division was drawn leaving Yi Yuan half a point ahead of Mark Wicks, though Mark Hummel is still a dark horse with a portfolio of deferred games. The corresponding game in the Third Division was won by Harry Johnson against Edward Xing, giving Harry a clear point gap over Michael Reading who gets the chance to wipe it off in Round 9.

    Mark King is the first divisional winner that can be declared as a result of playing off his Round 9 game early, though mathematically Nicholas Redpath and James Li can still share first in the Fourth Division.

    A reminder that all games must be played off by 1 July.

    Leading scores (x = deferred game, # = game played in advance)

    Premier:

    5½ - Fitzpatrick
    5 - Wei
    4½ - Ikeda
    4½# - G. Oliver
    4 - J. Reading

    First Division:

    5½x - Ali
    5 - Sreetharan
    4x - Hoang
    3½ - Guo-Yuthok


    Second Division:

    5½ - Yuan
    5 - Wicks
    5# - Jaksa
    4½# - T. Oliver
    3½xx - Hummel


    Third Division

    6½ - Johnson
    5½ - M. Reading
    5 - E.Xing
    3½ - M. Redpath, Lloyd

    Fourth Division:

    7# - M. King
    5 - N. Redpath, Li
    4 - Lee, Shields


    See

    http://www.netspeed.com.au/ianandjan/IansPage/

    for the full tables.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~
    BELCONNEN PREMIER – Round 7
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~

    Ian Rout - Shaun Press 0-1
    Stephen Bartlett - Brian Fitzpatrick 0-1
    Gareth Oliver - Michael Wei ½-½
    Jeremy Reading - Ashley Oakes 1-0
    Junta Ikeda - Tor Lattimore 0-1

    Brian Fitzpatrick - Ashley Oakes ½-½ [round 3]





    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~
    FIRST DIVISION
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~

    Andrew Brown - Mosaddeque Ali 0-1
    Kishore Sreetharan - Jeremy Neeman 1-0
    Shannon Oliver - Jey Hoole ½-½
    Sherab Guo-Yuthok - Milan Grcic 0-1
    Christopher Tran - Khoi Hoang 0-1

    Christopher Tran - Andrew Brown 1-0 [round 2]
    Shannon Oliver - Sherab Guo-Yuthok ½-½ [round 3]



    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~
    SECOND DIVISION
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~



    Miona Ikeda - Tamzin Oliver ½-½
    David Jaksa - Peter Murphy 1-0
    Emma Guo - Mark Hummel deferred
    Paul Dunn - Nguyen Tran 1-0F
    Mark Wicks - Yi Yuan ½-½



    Mark Hummel - Tamzin Oliver 1-0 [round 4]



    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~
    THIRD DIVISION
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~


    Edward Xing - Harry Johnson 0-1
    Michael Reading - Aidan Lloyd 1-0
    Alana Chibnall - Jake McCook 1-0
    Lara Ong - Michael Redpath 0-1F
    Sophie Heath - Tomoki Kimura ½-½





    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~
    FOURTH DIVISION
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~

    Tim Clark - Andrew Georgiou deferred
    Damien Neulist - Benjamin Xing 1-0
    James Li - Bevan Lee 1-0
    Peter Shields - Mark King 0-1
    Nicholas Redpath - Taiyang Zhang deferred



    Mark King - Nicholas Redpath 1-0 [round 9]

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