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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Club Champs is almost over now with most players now turning their attention to the G60 event. Bonham 11.5/12 needs half a point from two games for a guaranteed outright first. Saunders 10.5/13 is overwhelmingly likely to win his last game (either by forfeit or OTB) and come second - an excellent result that should see his rating increase dramatically when results are processed in the end of year list. Line 11/14 has finished the event and has a guaranteed podium position.
    Very impressive result

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    Podium places are now settled after Bonham won this rather wild but also inaccurately played game in which the opponent could have won a pawn at one point and had a good position at another:

    Bonham - Cohen

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    Martin Line got so absorbed watching this game that he blundered his queen in the G60 tournament but was able to get two pieces and escape with a draw on account of Noel O'Mara's time trouble. Another exciting G60 game was Saunders - J O'Mara - White collapsed in the ending in Black's time trouble and Black was able to get mate down with six seconds on his clock! (The stakes were high as White still had a pawn on the board).

    Early days yet but current leaders in the G60 event (11 entrants so far) Ivkovic 3/3 Bonham 1.5/2 J O'Mara 3.5/5.
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    The HICC champs is over for another year. 15 players played enough games to be classed as finishers with 86 of the 105 games scheduled being played.

    13.5/14 Kevin Bonham 1941
    11.5 Michael Saunders 1576
    11 Martin Line 1696
    9 John Slidziunas 1636, Henry Sheerwater UNR
    8 Janice Martin 1414, Nigel Frame 1783
    7.5 Michael Midson 1597
    6 Graham Richards 1380
    5.5 Milutin Ivkovic 1563, Scott Cohen 1518
    3.5 Noel O'Mara 1217
    3 John Kennedy 1302
    2 John O'Mara 1541, James Abbott UNR

    Scratched: Leon Rice 0/1 Charles Chadwick 0/2 Suraj Dutt 0/1

    (Frame, Kennedy and both O'Maras lost some points in unplayed games)

    A superb result for Saunders who taking his loss to the unrated Sheerwater into account performed at about 1850 strength and will get a large ratings boost from this event.

    The last game to finish was spectacular. Mike Midson allowed his opponent a lot of space and couldn't deal with the attack that followed from Scott Cohen's speculative double piece-sac. Although Cohen sometimes missed the strongest continuations it seems he was always objectively winning from about move 23 on. Scott was modest enough to admit that he simply forgot to take Black's queen, but as far as I can tell not taking it was the right thing to do!

    Cohen - Midson

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    Milutin Ivkovic continues to lead the G60 on 4/4 from Bonham 2.5/3 and Saunders 5/7.

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    Yes, 11.5/ 14 is solid in anyone's language. Would someone please get on a boat and give Bonham a run for his money. This is getting tedious
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    Oi! I'm not done kicking myself for not winning in '04 yet!

    (In that year Kacic and I were level near the end and I thought I had to win my last game to stay level with him. I found myself in a drawn position, had to take suicidal risks to unbalance it, and lost. But then a player who I had drawn with and Kacic had beaten failed to complete half his games, as I should have realised might happen, and was scratched. So the draw I moronically spurned would have actually been good for =1st )

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    The current G60 tournament is going at an uneven pace with one player playing all the other nine entries to that point before a final player entered just prior to the closing of entries.

    Bonham has a lead of sorts on 3.5/4 after easily beating Ivkovic who is now 4/5.

    Bonham - Ivkovic (incidentally only the second time I've faced the Guimard variation in a tournament, and the first was nineteen years ago!)

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    Saunders defeated Ivkovic in an amazing game which seesawed with complications on both kingsides until White finally decided to win a piece ... which cost him the game! Now Bonham 5.5/6 leads Saunders 6/8 Ivkovic 4/6 Midson 4/6 and John O'Mara 6.5/9.

    Ivkovic (1511) - Saunders (1696)

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    I was in Tasmania last week based in Hobart. I had thought of having a look at the goings on at HICC but I'd been out on a cruise that Monday afternoon and a lack of sleep the night before left me in no mood to play even casual games.

    Anyway I think the club was having serious 1 hour per side games that night.

    I took a little mobile phone pic of the sign marking the HICC venue last Friday just before I left for home as it is around the corner from the backpacker and airport shuttle terminus.

    The other pic here is of the chess board in the Elizabeth St Mall.

    Sorry I didn't get to meet anybody chess wise but ostensibly I was down visiting for the scenery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skaro
    The other pic here is of the chess board in the Elizabeth St Mall.

    Sorry I didn't get to meet anybody chess wise but ostensibly I was down visiting for the scenery.
    You missed the giant board and pieces in Franklin Square, only 2 blocks away! There's often some action there during lunch hours
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    Kevin - when does HICC reconvene after the Xmas/NY break?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurotrash
    Kevin - when does HICC reconvene after the Xmas/NY break?
    January 15th.

    Haven't updated this thread for a while for our despairing mainland audiences doubtless waiting breathlessly for me to fail to win a tournament. Alas Bonham has won the One Hour followed by Saunders and Ivkovic. A double-round robin rapidplay (G15/+10) is now in progress with leaders including that Bonham chap again 8/9 Chadwick 7/8 and Ivkovic 8/12.

    This was one of the wilder rapidplay games I've ever had. From my comically pointless greed on move 14 the game is very messy indeed for another 11 moves. I've tried analysing it using my old version of Fritz but the poor thing isn't entirely up to the challenge! If anyone can find a clear win for either side in all the mess from moves 14-25 I'd love to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    If anyone can find a clear win for either side in all the mess from moves 14-25 I'd love to see it.
    Fritz 9 isn't suggesting anything momentous. A shootout analysis, however, gives white a score of 87% over 8 games (2x 3/5/7/9 ply) from move 16 onwards, eg:

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    16.Ne6 Qb6 17.Nxd5 Qa5 18.Ndc7+ Kf7 19.Rd1 Bxe6 20.Nxa8 Qb4 21.h3 Kg7 22.Nc7 Bf5 23. Nd5 Qb5 24.a4 Qa6 25.Be3 Bd6 26.g4 Be6 27.Rac1 e4 28.Qxe4 Bxd5 29.Qxd5 Be7 30.Rc7 g5 31.Qe4 1-0
    Alternatively, the same analysis run on the position at move 25 scores white at a mere 50% over 8 games.

    Dunno if this is at all meaningful though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurotrash
    Fritz 9 isn't suggesting anything momentous. A shootout analysis, however, gives white a score of 87% over 8 games (2x 3/5/7/9 ply) from move 16 onwards, eg:

    Alternatively, the same analysis run on the position at move 25 scores white at a mere 50% over 8 games.

    Dunno if this is at all meaningful though
    Thanks for that.

    Shootouts tend to indicate how easy the computer finds it to play a position quickly; they often miss best lines but can give a fair idea of who has the practical chances.

    16.Ne6 Qb6 17.Nxd5 Qa5 18.Ndc7+ Kf7 19.Rd1 Bxe6 20.Nxa8 Qb4 21.h3 Kg7 22.Nc7 Bf5 23. Nd5 Qb5 24.a4 Qa6 25.Be3 Bd6 26.g4 Be6 27.Rac1 e4 28.Qxe4 Bxd5 29.Qxd5 Be7 30.Rc7 g5 31.Qe4 1-0
    Wow, 16.Ne6!? I never even saw that, looks quite dangerous. Perhaps in the above game 19...Rb8 is OK for black but it's still extremely messy.

    It was such a rich position for many moves.

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    The club AGM and Lightning will be held on Feb 19th with the club championship commencing on Feb 26th.

    Bonham is guaranteed outright first in the rapidplay (13.5/15 with one to play) but his tedious domination of club events could be under threat if, among other things, a mysterious newcomer who is +3=2 against him in casual games thus far enters some tournaments!

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    Kev - no club on Monday 12th I take it?
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