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    NZ Champs 2008

    Starts tomorrow (OK, today for those who believe the new day starts at midnight; I don't!). Not as many Australian players raiding this event as normal but Tim Reilly is playing, and Tony Dowden (joint Tasmanian champion) is probably both an Australian and a New Zealander now!

    Live games will apparently be broadcast from www.aucklandchesscentre.co.nz/dgt/tfd.htm

    Entry list:

    Entries received so far (22): GM Murray Chandler 2540 (NZ), IM Herman Van Riemsdijk 2391 (Brazil), IM Russell Dive 2341 (NZ), IM Paul Garbett 2338 (NZ), FM Robert Smith 2333 (NZ), IM Anthony Ker 2330 (NZ), FM Nicolas Croad 2313 (NZ), FM Bruce Watson 2293 (NZ), FM Stephen Lukey 2283 (NZ), FM Tim Reilly 2276 (Australia), Michael Steadman 2238 (NZ), FM Ove Hartvig 2233 (Denmark), Leonard McLaren 2250 (NZ), NM Graeme Spain 2191 (NZ), Ralph Hart 2174 (NZ), NM Tony Dowden 2170 (NZ), Matthew Barlow 2148 (NZ), NM Peter Stuart 2114 (NZ), Gino Thornton 2095 (NZ), Hilton Bennett 2094 (NZ), Fuatai Fuatai 2087 (NZ), Nathan Goodhue 2083 (NZ).
    Schedule (their time):

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    Tuesday 15th January  	Opening ceremony  	13:00  	   	 
      	Round 1 	14:00 	  	 
    Wednesday 16th January 	Round 2 	10:00 	Round 3 	18:00
    Thursday 17th January 	Round 4 	14:00 	  	 
    Friday 18th January 	Round 5 	10:00 	Round 6 	18:00
    Saturday 19th January 	Round 7 	14:00 	  	 
    Sunday 20th January 	Round 8 	14:00 	  	 
    Monday 21st January 	Round 9 	14:00 	  	 
    Tuesday 22nd January 	Round 10 	14:00 	  	 
    Wednesday 23rd January 	Round 11 	14:00 	  	 
      	Prizegiving 	19:30
    Interesting to note this is roughly the same format as the Aus Champs except minus the rest day.

    New Zealand Champion receives automatic NZ olympiad selection, but only if they get the title outright.
    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 14-01-2008 at 11:29 PM.

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    Why is it that several Australians often play the NZ Championship, but very few if any New Zealanders play the Australian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax
    Why is it that several Australians often play the NZ Championship, but very few if any New Zealanders play the Australian?
    Who knows? It wasn't that way when I played in the NZ champs regularly, and they were closed to 12 NZ citizens (including dual nationals like me), as they had been for decades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pax
    Why is it that several Australians often play the NZ Championship, but very few if any New Zealanders play the Australian?
    I put a motion to the recent ACF National Conference that was later adopted by the Council to the effect that the ACF should liaise with the NZCF to avoid clashes between the two National Championships for that very purpose. I had thought that it would be beneficial for New Zealanders to play in our Championships and vice versa. I note that this year there isn't a clash anyway but I still think it's a good idea to have a bit more formal contact between the two Federations and to encourage closer relations between the two and their players. (New Zealand is closer to Sydney than Perth is.) At present there is none to speak of and, unfortunately, I didn't get to initiate anything (for various reasons) while I was ACF President.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax
    Why is it that several Australians often play the NZ Championship, but very few if any New Zealanders play the Australian?
    Because more of our players like their chances of getting a big prize in the NZ champs than NZ players like their chances of ditto in the Australian?

    Because we simply have more players?

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    Both valid

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Because more of our players like their chances of getting a big prize in the NZ champs than NZ players like their chances of ditto in the Australian?

    Because we simply have more players?
    Both KB's points are valid. Of course, there are also a number of NZ citizens who live in Oz. I am one (so at least one kiwi played in the 2008 Oz lightning champs anyway.)

    KB will probably agree with me when I say "go Tony Dowden" in Auckland. I have known Tony since we were both young laddies in Dunedin, NZ.
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    R1 - Van Riemsdijk lost and Tony D drew

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    I haven't seen Tony's game yet (the PGN link is down) but this is the upset:

    Hartvig - van Riemsdijk

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    Black, a pawn up at the time, missed the nice idea 16...Qg6!, and after 17...Re4?! 18.Ng5 spent most of the rest of the game suffering to varying degrees.

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    Reilly–Dive was a swindle. Reilly was winning before. His unnecessary 27. Kh1 prepared the way for falling into the trap.
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    Van Riemsdijk - Lukey, in which white sprung a theoretical surprise and obtained a strong position very quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Van Riemsdijk - Lukey, in which white sprung a theoretical surprise and obtained a strong position very quickly.
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    Last edited by Capablanca-Fan; 17-01-2008 at 08:19 PM.
    “The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    So where did Black go wrong, since you're a French expert?
    I am not an expert on 6...Ne7, I avoid it almost entirely as it's a bit on the sharp side for me (I like being able to get my pieces into play a little clumsily sometimes without finding myself down a rook on account of it), and instead play 6...Qc7 which tends to lead to totally different positions.

    I think Black is clearly in trouble after ...f6 (so often a thematic freeing move) because the queen is such a key defender of the q-side. I have played games in the ...Qc7 line where the Q sits on c7 for a while with the B on f4 and the Q effectively pins the e-pawn, but here it doesn't because it cannot afford to be diverted.

    I am not sure if Black is in trouble before that or not.
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    What about 12...Nf5 for black? It exerts pressure on d4 and if White evicts it with 13.g4, then the knight retreats and the white kingside may become opened up for black to play on (not immediately, some groundwork needed first). White does have 13.Qb2 defending d4 and pressuring down the b-file, but needs to be a little bit careful that Black can't just lock the queenside and play on the kingside; after all, it is extremely difficult for white to treble on the queenside. And white is forced to commit to one of these two plans really; nothing else looks good.

    There may be some lurking strategic problems in all this that I'm not a good enough player to see, but for the time being I'm assuming ...Nf5 is at least vaguely viable.

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    ...Qa5 can't have been good, or if he was really desperate to do it, it should have been followed by ...c4, and putting the B on a4 sooner or later.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    ...Qa5 can't have been good, or if he was really desperate to do it, it should have been followed by ...c4, and putting the B on a4 sooner or later.
    ...Qa5 is a common line against 7.h4 but in many lines black will soon exchange pawns on d4.

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