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    Hobart Chess Club: news, results, misc.

    Hobart Chess Club currently meets on Mondays at Mt Carmel College, Sandy Bay. Go up the drive to carpark off Sandy Bay Road, then head up away from the road towards the library and through the doors on the left.

    The Hobart Chess Club was originally the Hobart International Chess Club.

    The International Chess Club was first formed in 1994 among members of various, especially Serbian, Hobart ethnic communities. The club acquired the equipment of the original Hobart Chess Club shortly after forming, changing its name to Hobart International Chess Club at this time. In 2002 with attendances declining due to lack of interest, the club merged with the Sandy Bay Chess Club, which had been struggling to maintain numbers because of venue access issues.

    The club now has a junior and a senior club. The club meets on Mondays with the junior club meeting from 5-6:30 during school terms. The adult club meets from 6:30 pm and is open every week excepting most public holidays and 3-4 weeks over Xmas/New Year. Commonly from 6:30-7:30 there are overlap tournaments where adults and juniors play together.

    Some of our tournaments are swisses while some are round robins. The round robins are played to a loosely fixed schedule with a fair degree of flexibility for postponements.

    (Until a few years ago tournaments were played on an ad hoc round robin system.)

    List of Club Champions and Scores

    1995 Kevin Bonham 17.5/20 (2RR)
    1996 Alija Premilovac 6/7
    1997 Pavel Sakov and Lazar Divkovic 7/8
    1998 Kevin Bonham 7.5/10 (2RR)
    1999 Kevin Bonham 8.5/10 (2RR)
    2000 Kevin Bonham 13/14 (2RR)
    2001 Kevin Bonham 5/6
    2002 Kevin Bonham 14/14
    2003 Kevin Bonham 14.5/15
    2004 Tom Kacic 14/16
    2005 Kevin Bonham 12/14
    2006 Kevin Bonham 13.5/14
    2007 Neil Markovitz 13/14
    2008 Neil Markovitz 9/10
    2009 Neil Markovitz, Julian Steward and Kevin Bonham 10/11
    2010 Julian Steward 9/10 (2RR)
    2011 Kevin Bonham 10/12 (2RR)
    2012 Kevin Bonham and Neil Markovitz 7.5/10 (2RR)
    2013 Joshua Loh 10/10
    2014 David Rolph 6/8
    2015 Kevin Bonham 8.5/10
    2016 Kevin Bonham 8.5/9
    2017 Kevin Bonham 9/9
    2018 Jerome Pirotais 9/9
    2019 Kevin Bonham 8.5/9

    In 2011 a Faster Division of the Club Championship was added for players rated under 1500 ACF.

    2011 Graham Richards and Milutin Ivkovic
    2012 Davis Kim
    2013 Davis Kim
    2014 Milutin Ivkovic
    2015 Milutin Ivkovic
    2016 Joshua Perrin

    Faster Division was not held from 2017.

    List of Club Lightning Champions

    2002 Tom Kacic, Lazar Divkovic and Kevin Bonham all 12/14
    2003 Nigel Frame 9.5/11
    2004 Kevin Bonham 7.5/9*
    2005 Nigel Frame and Kevin Bonham 14/15
    2006 Kevin Bonham 9/10 (double round robin)
    2007 Kevin Bonham 9.5/10
    2008 David Small 11.5/12
    2009 Neil Markovitz 12/13
    2010 Neil Markovitz and Kevin Bonham 6/7
    2011 Neil Markovitz and Kevin Bonham 8/9
    2012 Kevin Bonham 6/7
    2013 Neil Markovitz and Peter Knight 6/7
    2014: Kevin Bonham 5.5/7
    2015: Kevin Bonham 7/7
    2016: David Small 9/9
    2017: Kevin Bonham and Aidan Cox 8/9
    2018: Aidan Cox 9/9
    2019: Will Rumley 8/9

    * Lim Yee Weng won tournament but did not join the club during the year.



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    Results of the 2005 HICC Championship (recently completed):

    12/14 Kevin Bonham 1942
    10.5 Tom Kacic 1852
    10 Nigel Frame 1851, Martin Line 1659
    9.5 Peter Billam 1934
    8.5 Charles Chadwick 1724, Milutin Ivkovic 1545
    8 Michael Midson 1526
    6.5 John O'Mara 1532
    6 Scott Cohen 1343, Janice Martin 1503
    3.5 Graham Richards 1412
    3 John Kennedy 1332
    2.5 Winand Frantzen 1263
    0.5 Noel O'Mara 1287

    DNFs 2/6 Cameron Harris 1599, 0/3 Paul Lovric UNR.

    Several players commented that this was the toughest Tasmanian club tournament they had played in and that easy points were rather hard to come by. By around the halfway stage Bonham had conceded draws (both of which should have been losses) to Midson and Ivkovic, but the remaining top contenders had each dropped around three points either to each other or to the various inconsistent midfielders. (Ivkovic especially did all kinds of damage to the pointy end with draws with Bonham and Billam and wins over Kacic and Chadwick, but he also lost to J O'Mara and Martin.) A win by defending champion Kacic over Bonham in a rather sloppy game with a few rounds to go stopped the latter dominating the tournament but was too late to change anything but the minor places. State champ Nigel Frame had two losses (to Bonham in a 92-move epic and to Line) but also had four draws.

    Martin Line, who won the 1992 Sandy Bay Club Championship with a perfect score but has only been back in chess for a couple of years after several years off, appears to be getting back towards his former strength. He lost hundreds of ratings points after a poor result when he first returned but appears to be rapidly recouping them.

    Currently a G60 tournament is in progress and Bonham with 6/6 currently leads but has not yet played any other top contenders. Frame won a very interesting From's Gambit game against Billam but then had an upset loss to Cohen (who seems rather underrated), so Frame and Billam trail by one game.

    Upcoming event: simul with FM Erik Teichmann Wednesday 26th Oct. Will post results here (his previous score a few years ago was +18=1-1).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Upcoming event: simul with FM Erik Teichmann Wednesday 26th Oct. Will post results here (his previous score a few years ago was +18=1-1).
    This time Teichmann, creatively fresh from a pleasant walk down the Overland Track, had little trouble racking up a 16-0 shutout against a field comprised of HICC members and juniors from the Kingston library chess club (thanks to Don Robertson for recruiting the latter).

    Unfortunately numbers at the club have been badly down for no apparent reason over the last month or so and this didn't help the strength of the field for this simul.

    One game has regrettably survived in which the hopes of the locals to register a solitary half point were cruelly snuffed out by a hideous piece of brainfade at the end of a long hard day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
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    On Dec 7 the club will be holding a special fun pre-Xmas novelty blitz tournament with a handicap of 1 pawn worth of material odds per 100 ratings points. Given that juniors are good at blitz and underrated anyway I expect any who show up to have a field day!

    G60 tournament has been a bit insipid with a number of withdrawals or scratchings (some of these by players who were just short of the 50% mark to be classed as finishers). Bonham has 100% and leads by two points with not many games left to play but was a bit lucky to win a long game against Line after dropping a knight for two pawns and some compensation in the middlegame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    On Dec 7 the club will be holding a special fun pre-Xmas novelty blitz tournament with a handicap of 1 pawn worth of material odds per 100 ratings points. Given that juniors are good at blitz and underrated anyway I expect any who show up to have a field day!
    We didn't get any rated juniors, just as well for the adults as James Briant is quite capable of beating top adult blitzers even if they start with their queens! We got four unrated juniors and put them in at est.800.

    The following system of odds was used based on rating difference: 0-99 no odds 100-199 KBP 200-299 KBP+QBP 300-399 QN 400-499 QN+KBP 500-599 QR 600-699 QN+QB 700-799 QN+QB+KBP 800-899 QR+QN 900+ Queen.

    10/12 Nigel Frame 1850 John O'Mara 1543 (Frame won playoff, played at same odds but colours reversed to in the tournament)
    9.5 Kevin Bonham 1940
    9 Graham Richards 1398
    8 John Slidziunas 1704
    7 Henry Sheerwater est.1500
    6.5 Noel O'Mara 1217
    5.5 Scott Cohen 1445
    4.5 Tom Krasnicki est.1250
    4 Alina Krasnicki est.800 (junior prize)
    2 Callum Norris est.800
    1 Sebastian Krasnicki est.800, Piyusha Banneheke est.800

    Milutin Ivkovic withdrew after being ruled lost for king capture against Scott Cohen in round 1. It had been announced before play that king capture would lose, but Ivkovic's English isn't that good - an unfortunate situation.

    There were a number of beginner's mistakes at odds play, eg one Black starting without his f-pawn found himself in immediate strife after 1.e4 e5?? 2.Qh5+ +-.

    Generally the juniors only took points off each other but Callum Norris beat Graham Richards who gave rook odds, Alina Krasnicki, worthy winner of the junior prize, drew with her father Tom who gave piece and pawn odds (both flags fell) and also drew with Kevin Bonham who gave queen odds (which, as it turned out, prevented Bonham from making the playoff). In the playoff Frame beat John O'Mara on time.

    Graham Richards was about as inconsistent with respect to opponents' ratings as he is without odds, compensating for losing to Norris by beating both Frame and Bonham who gave him piece and pawn odds and rook odds respectively. Frame's other loss was to Noel O'Mara and John O'Mara's other loss was to Bonham.

    We might try this again sometime but will probably try to use a Swiss to cut the number of rounds as it was too much for some of the juniors.

    First prize was a bottle of bubbly and junior prize was a small box of chocolates. I think both were donated by Graham Richards.
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    Bonham has won the G60 tournament with 9/9 after swindling Frame from a typically pathetic position. A few games to be played early next year will determine second place on a score of 5.5 or 6.

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    The Great Debate

    HCC Club Championships 2016

    Traditionally, or at least for the past several years... the HCC club championship has been a 2 tiered event with a "faster" division, and a "top" division. Anyone can enter the "top" division, but only those rated below a certain level (1500 I believe) can enter the "faster" division. Time controls for these events are roughly 60+3 and 90+10 respectively. Currently both of these divisions are run as round robins.

    So, the major questions in terms of structure are:
    1. Do we want the tournament to be a round robin or a swiss?
    2. Do we want multiple divisions, if so how do we divide them?
    3. What time control is appropriate?
    4. How do we handle absences?


    Round Robin vs. Swiss

    Running a round robin has the benefit of ensuring that all of your players are tested against each other, the pairings are not affected by half point byes or upset wins/losses. With everyone playing everyone it could be argued that you find the "true" top player". The major downside of running a round robin at the club is how to handle missed games and pairings. Currently our resident DOP Kevin does a lot of work making pairings work when someone has to miss a night. This does happen for all sorts of reasons, illness, family issues, etc. but even with notification it can leave people turning up to the club and not getting a game for that evening. This has caused some friction and disappointment among players. These absences also create some uncertainty as to when the tournament will finish because there are people who need to play "catch up games".

    If the tournament is run as a Swiss we avoid many of these downsides. This is because we can run the tournament over a set number of weeks (thus removing uncertainty as to when the tournament will end), absent players do not affect the pairings and all those present are guaranteed a game (as much as possible, players may get a bye). However, we do lose the all plays all testing of the round robin structure, and if players cannot make one night due to illness etc. then there is no way for them to make up for that opportunity if we run a Swiss.

    So really this choice comes down to if we prefer the all play all test of the round robin structure, and are willing to put up with its practical logistical short comings, or if we're happy enough with the testing ability of the Swiss structure to change to this and avoid these logistical issues.

    Multiple Divisions or Not?

    The question of whether to have multiple divisions in inexorably linked to other questions such as time controls, and format. While we will tackle time control later, I'll also include it in this discussion as it is relevant.

    Generally the 2 divisions have been played because the club has needed to provide a faster time control for junior competitors. While juniors tend to play quickly, when they play against an adult who loves to think, then 90 minutes proves too long for them on a Monday night. Thus the 60 minute division with a small increment was created so juniors could play and attain a classical ACF rating, but weren't going home at 10pm!

    This argument still stands, so you can see why division number and time control cannot be separated - if we only had 1 division it would have to be a faster time control, that is no more than 60 minutes game time. However, several members have expressed to me that 90 minutes for the adult competition is too long. While I enjoy playing longer time controls and love the 90+30 format of some of the weekend tournaments, playing even 90+10 on a Monday evening can be very tiring - so I can see where this argument comes from.

    With this taken into consideration there is an argument to made that the club could roll both divisions into 1 and play a base time of 60 minutes. If this was to occur the format should be a Swiss as the increased numbers would make a round robin unplayable. However, this increase in numbers would also make the Swiss system more accurate over a decent number of rounds.

    So really this choice comes down to whether you're dead set on playing 90 minute games. If you think 90 minutes is too long for club games, or you don't care, then perhaps you'd consider rolling the divisions into 1.

    Of course the other option is to change the way we separate the divisions. At the moment the separation is based on rating, this rating could be changed, or removed, or a different separating mechanism could be used altogether. We could have an age division and possibly run a "Junior" Club Championship with seniors playing in a different division. We could remove the divide entirely and say anyone can play in either division, but only the 90 minute division plays for the title of Hobart Club Champion... These are also valid options for the club to take.

    Appropriate Time Control

    This has partially been discussed above, but like everything we have an opportunity to change and tweak the time controls of our tournaments.

    If 2 divisions are decided on, then I would recommend a fast as possible time control for the faster division, this can be 60 flat, 60+2, or even a more creative control like we experimented with during the recent Open Rapid, and that is 40 moves in 60 minutes, with a 2 second increment there after. Perhaps even 60 moves in 60 minutes with a 5 second increment there after. Really the options are endless, but we should stick to a 60 minute base time for reasons already discussed.

    Also, if 2 divisions are decided upon, then I think the slower division should give players a respectably long time to think, the question is do we do this by way of an increased base time, or an increased increment. I think practically speaking a 90+30 time control is too long for a Monday night. Assuming a 6:30pm sharp kick-off, then games could be pushing past the 10:30-11pm mark which is too late. However, a 60+30 would be a practical option, giving a large increment but reducing the game time significantly. Of course there are all the other options as well such as imposing the increment after 40 moves, or just running a flat time control with no increment.

    But, if 1 division is decided on, then I believe a balance has to be struck. While the game time should be no greater than 60 minutes, I feel the increment should be large enough to allow more classical players to think a little more, and implemented from move 1. A nice compromise would be 60+10. Over 60 moves this is another 10 minutes each so if games go for 60 moves with both players using all the time games that started at 6:30 will finish at 8:50 While this is pushing the bounds of acceptability for parents I believe this will be fine, especially considering most games will be finished before 8pm.

    Handling Absences

    Like time controls and divisions this is linked to the format we choose.

    If we choose a Swiss format, then all we need to do is decide if we're going to allow half point byes (my vote is yes in all but the last 2 rounds, to a maximum of 2), and decide if we give 0 point byes to people who do not notify of absences etc. as per the motion passed at the 2016 AGM "if anyone misses a tournament night without notification, they forfeit their game unless they can be given a bye."

    If we choose a round robin then byes are not possible (unless there is an odd number) and frequent absences cause problems as previously mentioned. One way around this is to essentially "cap" the number of players in particular divisions and then provide sufficient "catch up" weeks for absences, I find logistically this is more trouble than it's worth, but it's an option. However, if we apply the motion re absences without notification to the round robin format, then this has the potential to skew the results as the forfeit point has to got to the player who missed out on the game due to the absence. This damages the virtue of the "all play all test" of the round robin structure, but if we don't impose strict attendance rules in some way we'll continue to be dogged by absences and the resulting difficulties in pairings, and the uncertainty of an tournament end date.

    Having said all of the above, it must be noted that because of the changes to the Open Rapid this year we do have more time up our sleeves for an extended tournament, whatever form that takes.

    Options

    With all of the above taken into consideration, and to direct discussion so we don't get waaaay off topic, I've devised the following options for members to consider:
    1. We don't change anything, the 2 divisions are working, we'll play round robins and put up with the difficulties in pairings etc. - time controls to be decided from below.
    2. We play 2 divisions, but we play Swiss tournaments with a 9 round format - time controls to be decided from below.
    3. We play 1 division, it will be a Swiss of 11 rounds with time control 60+10.


    Time controls options: Base time can be 60, 75, or 90.
    • Base time flat - no increment
    • Base time + 2, 3, 5, or 10 from move 1
    • Base time + 2, 3, 5, 10, or 15 from move 40
    • Base time + 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, or 30 from move 60



    In all cases tournaments including juniors will be suspended during school holidays as per normal.



    I look forward to discussion bother here and at the club. A decision will be made next week.
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    The motion re absences passed at the AGM was in the context of a round robin, not a swiss. In a swiss if someone is absent we can just redo the pairings and if they are absent without notice they score zero and are removed from the pairings til we hear from them again.

    A swiss with half or zero point byes would have the advantage of making the event of fixed length but the cost is that the event ceases to be a chess championship and becomes an chess-and-availability championship. I do not want to win a title by the luck of an opponent who had played better than me having to miss more rounds than I did. I do not want to lose the title in the same circumstance either. I've won some minor club swisses by this method but for the club champs it would demean the title, which is after all the championship of a city of 200,000 people. Unless the number of players is so large that a round robin is totally impractical (say, 20) then I'm totally against this form of swiss.

    A swiss with postponements is a different option but it does not lead to a fixed length tournament as the postponed games can drag on a while (eg if a player has multiple postponements and some of their opponents then postpone.) Doing the draw with postponements is very messy too: results have to be assumed that may then turn out to be wrong, which can affect the integrity of the pairings. It does make dealing with no-shows easier than an RR, except that it gets messy dealing with people who haven't arrived on time. You end up having to delay the round til you see if they appear, and then everyone gets in the habit of expecting the round to start late and arrives late.

    It is true that under the motion passed at the AGM there may be the odd forfeit that would not have happened under the old system (though I hope the real impact is players getting the message that if they cannot be present they really do have to notify). Forfeits in our round robins are unfortunately not new anyway (sometimes players play more than half their games but fail to compete the event), but they generally don't affect the tournament outcome since they tend to involve the tailenders.

    The time control - completely flat time controls are best avoided as they require the use of the draw-claim rules (Appendix G). But of course very small increments are possible, including very small increments only after a certain move number (this worked rather well in the Open Rapid). I don't mind the time control being slightly faster than 90/10 given that it used to be 90 flat. At the same time the peak club champs should be some kind of serious chess and I don't think something like 60/10 really qualifies. 60/30, 75/10, 90/2 - I could cope with any of these. I'd be interested to see which adults (apart from the obvious one who chooses to play in the Faster Division!) think 90 is too long.
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    Hobart Chess Club – Club Championships 2016!

    Round robin (all play all) tournaments in two divisions:
    Top division: 90 minutes plus 10 seconds/move. ACF Rated.
    Faster division: 60 minutes plus 3 seconds/move. ACF Rated.

    Both divisions are open to both adults and juniors but most juniors will find faster division more suitable. Players rated above 1500 ACF cannot enter faster division.
    Moves must be recorded in both events until your time falls below 5 minutes.

    Start time: Mondays 6:30. All players expected to be present strictly on time or else contact us. Games start as soon after 6:30 as we can.

    Finish Time Info For Parents: Young juniors who tend to play quickly will generally finish their games by 7:30. Games involving stronger juniors who play slowly and carefully may in cases go until 8:00 or (rarely) around 8:30.

    The Most Important Rule: If you cannot attend on a given night, or could be more than 15 minutes late, you or your parent must, must, must let Kevin know in advance. Email k_bonham@tassie.net.au before the day or strictly by 6 pm on the day, or SMS/call 0421 428 775 strictly by 6:30.

    Dates: Both events start May 16th. Entries taken on the night. We aim to finish the events by around the end of August depending on numbers. Players will not always get a game each night but we will try to pair as many as possible and share the byes around. School holiday nights are "free nights" for Faster Division - players are not required to attend but those who do may play. Club will be closed June 13.

    Late entry: Entries open until June 6 for both divisions. (Later entries at our discretion). Players who enter late will have weeks they miss counted as absences.

    Format: If a division has up to 8 entries it will be a double round robin. A division with 9 or more entries as of June 6 will be a single round robin unless decided otherwise.

    Absences: Provided they tell us in advance they will be absent, a player can miss four playing weeks without forfeiting any games. Absences can be negated by playing two games on one night or playing games on free nights.

    Absence without notice: If you are not present and did not notify your absence in advance you will forfeit a game unless we can give you a bye. You will also be removed from the tournament until we hear from you again. Any player who does this more than once is out of the tournament.

    Pairings: Pairings will be made on the night from those present or expected to arrive. If players who have been paired fail to arrive by 6:45 without notice, then their game may be re-paired which may result in not getting a game. Players who have frequently missed games by arriving late will be counted as absent.

    Membership: New club members must have paid membership prior to playing any games.

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    This year we again held the pre-Xmas novelty with the same system of odds as in 2005:

    0-99 no odds 100-199 KBP 200-299 KBP+QBP 300-399 QN 400-499 QN+KBP 500-599 QR 600-699 QN+QB 700-799 QN+QB+KBP 800-899 QR+QN 900+ Queen.

    There were eight entrants and it was a single round robin.

    In the first round someone playing black and giving KBP odds actually made the terrible blunder 1.e4 e5?? but the opponent was not alert to the crushing nature of 2.Qh5+ and the black player survived the opening.

    Charles Chadwick assumed the outright lead on 3/3 with Milutin Ivkovic half a point behind, but Ivkovic took over the lead in round 5 by defeating Chadwick. In round 6 Bonham (recovering from 0/2 that was almost 0/3) easily defeated Ivkovic despite giving odds of knight and pawn but Chadwick also lost in this round (on time by eight seconds) to Steward.

    Going into the final round Ivkovic lead Steward, Chadwick and Bonham by half a point. Bonham narrowly defeated Chadwick while Steward lost to Bettiol, but by this time Ivkovic had managed to defeat Cohen with two rooks against a queen and two bishops!

    As there were no juniors Ivkovic was offered the choice of the book + chocolate prize intended for the juniors and the sparkling wine prize intended for the adults and chose the former (not surprising really, it was Hansen's "Guide to the English Opening 1...e5"). The runner-up is far from distressed at this turn of events because good chess books are very nice but it is not so easy to share them.

    Thanks to Graham Richards and (indirectly) Peter Billam for providing the prizes.

    5.5/7 Milutin Ivkovic 1397
    5 Kevin Bonham 1886
    4 Charles Chadwick 1764, Julian Steward 1767, Sante Bettiol 1393
    2.5 James Abbott 1240
    2 Scott Cohen 1598
    1 Graham Richards 1294

    Next year's Xmas event could be a blindfold tourney! You all have 12 months warning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    This year we again held the pre-Xmas novelty with the same system of odds as in 2005:

    0-99 no odds 100-199 KBP 200-299 KBP+QBP 300-399 QN 400-499 QN+KBP 500-599 QR 600-699 QN+QB 700-799 QN+QB+KBP 800-899 QR+QN 900+ Queen.
    So who tended to do better, the odds-giver or odds-taker? From the scores, they seemed to favour the stronger players overall but not by much, so it might be something for Logan to try. Looks like you had to give material in every game, which can't have been easy against people who wouldn't be a pushover in an even game.

    What was the time control?

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    @Charles: the computer doesn't seem to mind me (+0.65) after move 17. It seems I missed a win after 18...Qxd5 - the computer kindly pointed out Qf4!, winning a bishop, but there's no way I would've seen that in a rapid game. However, after the Q swap you have the slightest of edges (-0.12). After that, as you correctly surmised, Rac1 is my best move.

    The move order is wrong somewhere, I know ...a6 was played much earlier than I have it (move 8?), and I'm not sure Qe4 ever happened - I just made that up to fit a6 in somewhere (there had to be a piece move somewhere). I don't think it materially changes the assessment of the game, however.

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    abbott-chadwick

    Is 11.a3 worth considering to prevent 11...Nb4?

    How would 4...Nf6 play out for a better position for Black?
    cheers C


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