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    Victorian Masters

    Does anybody have any news about this tournament? Round 1 was today. I'm surprised there's so little information on the internet on a chess tournament of this category.

    The Victorian Masters is an invitational tournament devised to create opportunities for local players to compete for FIDE titles and ratings. The 2004 Masters will run from April 14 to 23 and will again be conducted on behalf of the Association by chess retailer and coaching service provider Chess World.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Javier Gil
    Does anybody have any news about this tournament? Round 1 was today.
    Average FIDE 2321, which is a shame since if it was over 2325 the IM norm would be 6/9 rather than 6.5.

    Round 1:
    Lukey - Solomon 1-0
    Levi - Froehlich 0.5-0.5
    West - Canfell 0-1
    Tindall - Puchen Wang 0.5-0.5
    Lim Yee Weng - Abdul Wahab 0.5-0.5

    I don't know what the Web coverage is likely to be for the rest of the tournament but I'll provide updates when I get online (if I'm still winning ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_Canfell
    Average FIDE 2321, which is a shame since if it was over 2325 the IM norm would be 6/9 rather than 6.5.

    Round 1:
    Lukey - Solomon 1-0
    Levi - Froehlich 0.5-0.5
    West - Canfell 0-1
    Tindall - Puchen Wang 0.5-0.5
    Lim Yee Weng - Abdul Wahab 0.5-0.5

    I don't know what the Web coverage is likely to be for the rest of the tournament but I'll provide updates when I get online (if I'm still winning ).
    you beat West. WOW. well done mate

    Interesting to see how Olympiad contenders Solo and Froelich go.
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    Greg, thanks for your post [and Javier also for initiating this thread].

    This is the strongest tournament currently in progress in Australia, however there is nothing on the ACF website. There is nothing on the VCA site. And nothing on the Chess World site.

    Congrats on racking up a victory against Guy.

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    greg

    any chnace of posting your win against Guy???????

    And when are you playing Solo???
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    Quote Originally Posted by chesslover
    greg

    any chnace of posting your win against Guy???????

    And when are you playing Solo???
    Playing Solo in round 5.

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    This is the strongest tournament currently in progress in Australia, however there is nothing on the ACF website. There is nothing on the VCA site. And nothing on the Chess World site.
    Exactly. This is very shameful.

    By the way, congratulations Greg and thanks for your report on the first round.
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    Thanks for posting the game Greg, nice win. Guy's knight play seemed a little cryptic to a mere mortal like me. Seemed to spend a lot of tempi on them. Is the knight that useful on b5 in that position? And the knight on f5 just got swapped off and allowed the e-pawn battering ram that allowed you to win the game so nicely. Perhaps when you have more time you could comment a little on the game too.

    Good luck in the rest of the tourny.
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    Greg good game

    you did not play like a Feeble Master at all - in this game an Impressive Master standard were thou :p

    good luck with the rest of the games and I will barrack for you in this tournament
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    Quote Originally Posted by chesslover
    you did not play like a Feeble Master at all
    Sadly, I played more like a feeble non-master today. I've just got home so I assume the round 2 results haven't been posted elsewhere.

    Puchen Wang (NZ) - Canfell 1-0
    Solomon - Lim Yee Weng (MAL) 1-0
    Froehlich (GER) - West 0.5-0.5
    Tindall - Lukey (NZ) 1-0
    Krstic - Levi 0.5-0.5

    Abdul Wahab (IRQ) has withdrawn due to illness, replaced by Krstic, who is to be commended for stepping in such short notice. I believe the category and norm requirements remain the same.

    Tindall, Wang 1.5/2
    Froehlich, Solomon, Canfell, Levi, Lukey 1.0/2
    Krstic 0.5/1
    West, Lim Yee Weng 0.5/2

    (Abdul Wahab 0.5/1)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Cox
    Thanks for posting the game Greg, nice win. Guy's knight play seemed a little cryptic to a mere mortal like me. Seemed to spend a lot of tempi on them. Is the knight that useful on b5 in that position? And the knight on f5 just got swapped off and allowed the e-pawn battering ram that allowed you to win the game so nicely.
    This is pretty much right, Barry. Guy played a reverse Pirc, so my classical set-up in reply means his extra tempo is not so critical, and I think I equalised. The knight didn't necessarily have to go to b5 straight away either, as sometimes it is more effective on c4 (after dxe4 by Black). The Nh4-f5 plan wasn't bad per se since 16...Bxf5 17.exf5 e4 is met by 18.Bf4 and White will eventually get the e-pawn. After 16...Qd8, Guy completely forgot about the f5 capture and 17.Bf1 just makes it that much worse for him. 22.Na3 was just a time-trouble mistake, although after 22.g4 Ne5, he's got Nf3+ and Q onto the b8-h2 diagonal at some point to contend with.

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    Hey Greg, is/are your IM norm(s) still in existence, or has it/have they expired?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machiavelli
    Hey Greg, is/are your IM norm(s) still in existence, or has it/have they expired?
    My understanding is that norms no longer expire after six years, and that all norms have been retrospectively reactivated, in which case I have a 12-game norm from 1990. The difference is that it requires 30 games worth of norms rather than 24, so it's now practically impossible to do it in two norms, and for some people may even require four norms. The IA's can probably confirm this. Of course, after today this is looking a little academic for me, but Brett must be some kind of chance to get to 6.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_Canfell
    My understanding is that norms no longer expire after six years, and that all norms have been retrospectively reactivated, in which case I have a 12-game norm from 1990. The difference is that it requires 30 games worth of norms rather than 24, so it's now practically impossible to do it in two norms, and for some people may even require four norms. The IA's can probably confirm this. Of course, after today this is looking a little academic for me, but Brett must be some kind of chance to get to 6.5.
    Yes, no time period any more.

    You're not quite dead in the water yet for an IM norm, though this result is awful in terms of tournament management. Solo and Froehlich loomed as danger games, the others as win/draw matches, in terms of making 6.5.

    Still, you have the goods to combat Solo [hopefully you learnt from your Doeberl experience!] and have stay alive with a 1.5 margin for error from here on in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_Canfell
    Sadly, I played more like a feeble non-master today. I've just got home so I assume the round 2 results haven't been posted elsewhere.

    Puchen Wang (NZ) - Canfell 1-0
    Solomon - Lee Yin Weng (MAL) 1-0
    Froehlich (GER) - West 0.5-0.5
    Tindall - Lukey (NZ) 1-0
    Krstic - Levi 0.5-0.5

    Abdul Wahab (IRQ) has withdrawn due to illness, replaced by Krstic, who is to be commended for stepping in such short notice. I believe the category and norm requirements remain the same.

    Tindall, Wang 1.5/2
    Froehlich, Solomon, Canfell, Levi, Lukey 1.0/2
    Krstic 0.5/1
    West, Lee Yin Weng 0.5/2

    (Abdul Wahab 0.5/1)
    Abdul Wahab is FIDE rated 2296 whereas Krstic is only 2111.
    A difference of 185.
    This would drop the average rating by 18.5 points but if the average was 2321 then its still above 2300 at 2302.
    Hence that is why it makes no difference to the norm requirements.

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