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  1. #1996
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    New sets have arrived!

    The Open Rapid has begun. Five-night 10-round Swiss (15 mins plus 2 secs increment from move 41). If anyone still wants to enter they can do so next week and will start on 1/2 but with no half-point byes remaining. Anyone playing who cannot make it or will be more than 15 mins late on a given night must SMS me 0421428775 by 6:30 sharp on the night.

    Player list (rating for Jensen Chung is online estimate):

    Code:
    No  Name            Feder Rtg Loc 
    
    1.  Bonham, Kevin   TAS       1920
    2.  Smith, Andrew   TAS       1790
    3.  Little, Ian     TAS       1658
    4.  Nagy, Alex      TAS       1470
    5.  Butler, Andrew  TAS       1434
    6.  Perrin, Joshua  TAS       1363
    7.  Rumley, William TAS       1335
    8.  Shepherd, Chris TAS       1330
    9.  Midson, Michael TAS       1231
    10. Chung, Jensen             1200
    11. Cotton, Sam     VIC       1188
    12. Jennings, James TAS       1118
    13. Hay, Les        TAS       1001
    14. Rutledge, Adam  TAS       976 
    15. Yarrow, Archie  TAS       612
    Round 1

    Code:
    No Name           Total  Result   Name           Total
    
     1 Chris Shepherd [0]      0:1    Kevin Bonham   [0]  
     2 Andrew Smith   [0]      1:0    Michael Midson [0]  
     3 Jensen Chung   [0]      0:1    Ian Little     [0]  
     4 Alex Nagy      [0]      0:1    Sam Cotton     [0]  
     5 James Jennings [0]      0:1    Andrew Butler  [0]  
     6 Joshua Perrin  [0]      1:0    Les Hay        [0]  
     7 Adam Rutledge  [0]      0:1    William Rumley [0]  
     8 Archie Yarrow  [0]      1:0    BYE
    Round 2

    Code:
    No Name           Total  Result   Name           Total
    
     1 Kevin Bonham   [1]      1:0    Joshua Perrin  [1]  
     2 William Rumley [1]      0:1    Andrew Smith   [1]  
     3 Ian Little     [1]     .5:.5   Sam Cotton     [1]  
     4 Andrew Butler  [1]      1:0    Archie Yarrow  [1]  
     5 Jensen Chung   [0]     .5:.5   Alex Nagy      [0]  
     6 Les Hay        [0]      1:0    Chris Shepherd [0]  
     7 Michael Midson [0]      1:0    James Jennings [0]  
     8 Adam Rutledge  [0]      1:0    BYE
    Both my opponents tonight played impressively but I was just able to get the win in each case. Some dramatic games:

    * Will vs Adam - Will played mate with a rook except it wasn't, hence dropping the exchange to a backwards bishop capture. Adam was exchange up with good chances but dropped the rook back and reached a drawn K vs KBP ending (wrong colour square for rook's pawn) but took his king out of the corner and Will prevailed.

    * Jensen vs Alex - Alex missed mate in 1 with eight seconds on his clock (plus the increment) and a few moves later flagged giving Jensen half a point.

    * Ian vs Sam - strange messy OCB ending which Ian made a valiant effort to lose in Sam's severe time trouble but was able to just hang on.
    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 27-02-2017 at 09:26 PM.

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    As much as I remember of Shepherd - Bonham goes something like this:

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    ...and black should win this pretty easily but I somehow got tangled up and ended up dropping the a-pawn before winning the bishop ending.

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    Alastair Maria, Mark Zeeman and Otto Newstead have all entered and been given half-point byes for rounds 1 and 2.

    Round 3:

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    No Name           Total  Result   Name           Total
    
     1 Andrew Smith   [2]      0:1    Kevin Bonham   [2]  
     2 Sam Cotton     [1.5]    1:0    Andrew Butler  [2]  
     3 Joshua Perrin  [1]      0:1    Ian Little     [1.5]
     4 Alastair Maria [1]      0:1    William Rumley [1]  
     5 Mark Zeeman    [1]      1:0    Adam Rutledge  [1]  
     6 Archie Yarrow  [1]      1:0    Otto Newstead  [1]  
     7 Alex Nagy      [.5]     1:0    Michael Midson [1]  
     8 Chris Shepherd [0]      0:1    James Jennings [0]  
     9 Jensen Chung   [.5]    .5:.5   BYE                 
    10 Les Hay        [1]     .5:.5   BYE
    Round 4:

    Code:
    No Name           Total  Result   Name           Total
    
     1 Kevin Bonham   [3]      1:0    Ian Little     [2.5]
     2 Sam Cotton     [2.5]    0:1    Andrew Smith   [2]  
     3 Andrew Butler  [2]      1:0    Mark Zeeman    [2]  
     4 William Rumley [2]      1:0    Archie Yarrow  [2]  
     5 Les Hay        [1.5]    0:1    Alex Nagy      [1.5]
     6 Adam Rutledge  [1]      0:1    Joshua Perrin  [1]  
     7 Michael Midson [1]      0:1    Alastair Maria [1]  
     8 James Jennings [1]      1:0    Otto Newstead  [1]  
     9 Chris Shepherd [0]      1:0    BYE                 
    10 Jensen Chung   [1]     .5:.5   BYE
    Andrew outprepared me (or more accurately, prepared at all which I did not) in round 3 and was exchange up in a Closed Tarrasch but fell into a Swindle of the QxR, if RxQ then back rank mate variety.

    Rounds 5 and 6 in two weeks time - club closed next week for public holiday.

    After the Open Rapid we also had an unrated 3+2 blitz

    Code:
    No Name            Rtg Loc  Total  1    2   3   4   5   6   7  
    
    1  Bonham, Kevin       1920 6.5    5:W  6:D 3:W 2:W 4:W 8:W 7:W
    2  Little, Ian         1658 5.5    7:D  5:W 6:W 1:L 3:W 4:W 9:W
    3  Butler, Andrew      1434 4     11:W 10:W 1:L 4:L 2:L 9:W 0:W
    4  Lee, Kam            1425 4      0:   9:W 8:W 3:W 1:L 2:L 6:W
    5  Shepherd, Chris     1330 4      1:L  2:L 7:W 9:W 6:L 0:W 8:W
    6  Nagy, Alex          1470 3.5    9:W  1:D 2:L 8:W 5:W 7:L 4:L
    7  Cotton, Sam         1188 2.5    2:D  8:L 5:L 0:W 9:L 6:W 1:L
    8  Midson, Michael     1231 2     10:L  7:W 4:L 6:L 0:W 1:L 5:L
    9  Hay, Les            1001 2      6:L  4:L 0:W 5:L 7:W 3:L 2:L
    10 Smith, Andrew       1790 1      8:W  3:L 0:  0:  0:  0:  0: 
    11 Maria, Alastair          1      3:L  0:W 0:  0:  0:  0:  0:
    I blundered my queen against Alex while a piece up, also managed to get back the exchange and eventually drew by rambling rook with R+P vs Q+2P though I am not convinced Alex could not have got out of it.

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    Open Rapid Round 5

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    No Name           Total  Result   Name           Total
    
     1 William Rumley [3]      0:1    Kevin Bonham   [4]  
     2 Ian Little     [2.5]    0:1    Andrew Smith   [3]  
     3 Alex Nagy      [2.5]    1:0    James Jennings [2]  
     4 Archie Yarrow  [2]      1:0    Sam Cotton     [2.5]
     5 Joshua Perrin  [2]     .5:.5   Alastair Maria [2]  
     6 Mark Zeeman    [2]      0:1    Les Hay        [1.5]
     7 Adam Rutledge  [1]      1:0    Chris Shepherd [1]  
     8 Michael Midson [1]      1:0    BYE                 
     9 Andrew Butler  [3]     .5:.5   BYE                 
    10 Jensen Chung   [1]      0:0    BYE                 
    11 Otto Newstead  [1]      0:1    BYE
    Open Rapid Round 6

    Code:
    No Name           Total  Result   Name           Total
    
     1 Kevin Bonham   [5]      1:0    Alex Nagy      [3.5]
     2 Andrew Smith   [4]      1:0    Archie Yarrow  [3]  
     3 Ian Little     [2.5]    0:1    William Rumley [3]  
     4 Sam Cotton     [2.5]    1:0    Joshua Perrin  [2.5]
     5 Alastair Maria [2.5]    1:0    Les Hay        [2.5]
     6 Michael Midson [2]      1:0    Adam Rutledge  [2]  
     7 Chris Shepherd [1]      0:1    Mark Zeeman    [2]  
     8 James Jennings [2]      1:0    BYE                 
     9 Andrew Butler  [3.5]   .5:.5   BYE                 
    10 Otto Newstead  [1]      0:1    BYE
    Will played a really excellent positional game against me for most of the game (though I did play an ...e6 Sicilian by transposition, which I don't know a great deal about.) He was better for a long time and forced a rook ending a pawn up but I was able to outplay him and win in 71 moves, mainly because he allowed me to get a dangerous passed pawn.

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    Scary junior alert issued for Alastair Maria! He's defeated Michael Midson 1231 and Les Hay 1001 in four games. He's only six!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Scary junior alert issued for Alastair Maria! He's defeated Michael Midson 1231 and Les Hay 1001 in four games. He's only six!
    Another Anton Vladimirovich Smirnov in in the making?
    “Conservatives these days are more geared to facts than emotions, and as individuals they seem to have a more ethical, perhaps sports-based sense of fair play.” — Camille Paglia
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    I didn't see either win so I'm not sure how he beat them yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    I didn't see either win so I'm not sure how he beat them yet.
    Probably with psychology

    I suspect Alistair under represented he's ability by being 6.
    It's a subtle approach but can give a huge psychological advantage.

    Wearing glasses held together with sticky tape or wearing odd socks is similar but no where near the same level. If you ever have to play him, and he's wearing a T-Shirt that's got chess pieces on it, but says "let's play some cheese", look out !




    MCC Chess Lecture on Psychology in Chess https://youtu.be/dD2ywRKcnYQ
    I put a comment in the comments section because I didn't completely agree.
    Last edited by Kaitlin; 21-03-2017 at 08:03 PM.
    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

    ..Chess is all about fear and psychology

    ..Chess is like an exam..... you havent studied for

    ..If you're good at Chess it means you are very intelligent and could potentialy do great things
    ..... but that you might have wasted that playing way too much chess

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