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    Hobart Weekender 10-11 Sep.

    THREE IN A ROW FOR NIGEL FRAME

    Reigning state champion Nigel Frame's excellent year continued when he won
    the 2005 Hobart Weekender, his third Tasmanian weekender victory in a row. Frame
    defeated two other outright contenders, Glen Gibbs and Peter Billam, in
    rounds 4 and 5 to move to a one-point lead with two rounds to go. A round 6 loss to Kevin Bonham after misplacing his queen then left Frame tied with Bonham and surprise co-leader Russell Horton, but Frame easily beat Horton in the final round,
    while Bonham settled for second when Billam (with a +/- position in a heavy piece ending but behind on the clock) offered him a draw.

    There was a major upset (see below) in the first round when Graham Richards beat Kevin
    Bonham, who walked into a queen sacrifice for mate next move. Another upset was Russell Horton's win
    over Glen Gibbs in round 6. Russell (who won
    the U1700 prize) also nearly beat Peter Billam, reaching the endgame a pawn
    up but then getting outplayed by Billam's superior technique.

    Those juniors playing (most Hobart juniors were competing in the Hobart
    Junior Championships on the same weekend) frequently threatened to cause
    upsets, but seldom converted. Apart from Alastair Dyer's two wins over
    1500+ players (winning him the U1500 ratings prize), the only damage to the
    adult ratings pool was Zachary Frame's draw against Milutin Ivkovic. After
    a very poor Tasmanian Championship, Frame jnr played much better this
    weekend and was rewarded with the U18 prize, while Vincent Horton (who was
    incredibly unlucky not to beat John O'Mara when exchange up in the ending
    with O'Mara's flag hanging) won the U12.

    The G60 time limit again caused many dramatic time scrambles. Several players either entered pure pawn endings they should have avoided, or else misplayed those they had reached. Remarkably only three of the 77 games played were drawn.

    6/7 Nigel Frame 1851
    5.5 Kevin Bonham 1942
    5 Peter Billam 1934, Russell Horton 1354, Ross George 1704
    4 Glen Gibbs 1777, Michael Saunders UNR, Alastair Dyer 1313(J), John O'Mara
    1532, Winand Frantzen 1263
    3.5 Milutin Ivkovic 1545, Michael Schmidt 1550, Zachary Frame 735(J)
    3 Graham Richards 1412, Janice Martin 1503 (F), Vincent Horton 734(J), Carey
    Kuzmic 1532, Leo Minol 1202
    2 Dylan Kuzmic UNR, Jackson Jolly 610(J)
    1 Erin Frame 790 (FJ)
    0 Nina Horton UNR (FJ)

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    One of many pawn ending disasters from the weekend.

    George - Gibbs. Both players were in time trouble but Black's was significantly worse.

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    Bonham - Nigel Frame

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    First round skittles: George - Kuzmic, D.

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    In George v Gibbs, I am sure that 1.f6 Kxf6 2.Ke4 doesn't lose - and at a quick look it seems it might be winning for White by a tempo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian_Rogers
    In George v Gibbs, I am sure that 1.f6 Kxf6 2.Ke4 doesn't lose - and at a quick look it seems it might be winning for White by a tempo.
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    You sure you counted right, Ian? 1.f6 doesn't lose but it doesn't win either.

    edit: I guess your first point stands, though. 1.f6 is White's best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kegless
    You sure you counted right, Ian? 1.f6 doesn't lose but it doesn't win either.

    edit: I guess your first point stands, though. 1.f6 is White's best.
    Are you sure.

    Maybe I am missing something but after 1.f6 Kxf6 2. Ke4 Ke6 3. Kd4 doesnt Kf5 just win in all variations.
    e.g. 4. Ke3 Ke5 5. Ke2 Kd4 or 5. Kd3 Kf4 6. Ke2 Kg3 7. Ke3 Kxh3 8. Kf2 g4

    3. Kd3 isnt any better .. 3. Kd3 Kd5 (Not Kf5) 4. Ke3 Ke5 as above
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos
    Are you sure.

    Maybe I am missing something but after 1.f6 Kxf6 2. Ke4 Ke6 3. Kd4 doesnt Kf5 just win in all variations.
    e.g. 4. Ke3 Ke5 5. Ke2 Kd4 or 5. Kd3 Kf4 6. Ke2 Kg3 7. Ke3 Kxh3 8. Kf2 g4

    3. Kd3 isnt any better .. 3. Kd3 Kd5 (Not Kf5) 4. Ke3 Ke5 as above
    Instead of 3. Kd4 (or 3.Kd3), why not 3. f4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    Instead of 3. Kd4 (or 3.Kd3), why not 3. f4?
    After 3. f4 gxf4 4. Kxf4 Kd5 Black wins because after White captures the Black h pawn and moves to the g file and Black captures the white b pawn, Black queens first and covers the White queening square of h8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos
    Are you sure.

    Maybe I am missing something but after 1.f6 Kxf6 2. Ke4 Ke6 3. Kd4 doesnt Kf5 just win in all variations.
    e.g. 4. Ke3 Ke5 5. Ke2 Kd4 or 5. Kd3 Kf4 6. Ke2 Kg3 7. Ke3 Kxh3 8. Kf2 g4

    3. Kd3 isnt any better .. 3. Kd3 Kd5 (Not Kf5) 4. Ke3 Ke5 as above
    Bill, can I stand by my point that 1.f6 neither wins nor loses.

    After 1...Kxf6, 2.Kd2! takes distant corresponding squares and draws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kegless
    Bill, can I stand by my point that 1.f6 neither wins nor loses.

    After 1...Kxf6, 2.Kd2! takes distant corresponding squares and draws.
    Doesnt 2.. Ke6 then win, because after 3. Kd3 then Kd5 and if 3. Ke3 then Ke5. If 3. Ke2 Kf5 4. Ke1 Ke5 (distant opposition) 5. Kf1 (or Ke2) Kd4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos
    Doesnt 2.. Ke6 then win, because after 3. Kd3 then Kd5 and if 3. Ke3 then Ke5. If 3. Ke2 Kf5 4. Ke1 Ke5 (distant opposition) 5. Kf1 (or Ke2) Kd4
    I can see you're not going to be dissuaded by misapplied bullshit such as corresponding squares, Bill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kegless
    I can see you're not going to be dissuaded by misapplied bullshit such as corresponding squares, Bill!


    It is an interesting position and I think just goes to show how easy it is to turn a draw into a loss.

    e.g AR's post #8 seems reasonable until you realise that whichever pawn be it Blacks a or Whites h queens first, wins.

    It is also often easier to play them from the sidelines than across the board.
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    Last post before bed.

    After 1.f6 Kf6, then why not 2. Kd4 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    Last post before bed.

    After 1.f6 Kf6, then why not 2. Kd4 ?
    That just outright loses to 2...Kf5.

    If 3. Ke3 then Ke5 and you are into an above line winning for Black.
    If 3. Kc5 the Kf4 just leads to the line as shown in the actual game.
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