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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    Knights are also often not too hot against passed flank pawns.

    I found a couple of previous games with 17 ...Qe5+ and both were won by white easily for similar reasons, though in one case black did not swap queens immediately.

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    Daniel played like a super GM today and didn't make any mistakes, except that he could have won quicker with 30. Rd1! Re8+ 31. Kxd5 Rd8+ 32. Kc6 Rxd1 33. b6. After that he had to find the absolutely brilliant move 32. Rc3!!, sacrificing a Rook or a Bishop! If then I took the B with 32. ... Ng6+ 33. Kxf5 Rd5+ 34. Ke4 Rxa5 35. Rc4! wins. Later if 34. ... Rd5+ 35. Kg4 Rxa5 36. b8=Q Rxa4+ 37. Kf3, now surprizingly Black cannot hold onto his Knight, so W would win the Q & 2Ps vs. R & 2Ps on the K-side. Daniel came close to winning all 3 of his other games too.

    This morning Bruce took me and his dog for a very pleasant 2 hour walk through Kauri forest to the beach, and I had some tumbles at the steep descents and some cuts and bleeding on my left knee, but really enjoyed it! When we re-entered the forest at the track from the beach where we had come out, for the ascent, we saw the sign saying "Warning - Track Closed!" Then we actually got lost on the way up. But Bruce is a very good navigator and we followed a stream and got back to the track pretty quickly! I found I wasn't as fit as him on the way up too! He was the invited NZ junior at the 1978 Aus Juniors in Ipswich, and beat me in our game there.
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    Score required for IM norm is 6.5
    The Solo's have it !!

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    Solomon and Croad moved into the lead with these convincing wins:

    Solomon,S (2478) - Steadman,M (2226) [B06]
    2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (5.2), 01.10.2008

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    Reilly,T (2271) - Croad,N (2290) [D31]
    2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (5.1), 01.10.2008

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    Some good endgame play by young Baider against Lukey, who seems to have used up all his energy in beating Johanson so well:

    Lukey,S (2288) - Baider,D (2091) [C10]
    2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (5.3), 01.10.2008

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    In a round of decisive games, Johanson shows his skill in a reversed Dragon:

    Watson,B (2280) - Johansen,D (2452) [A29]
    2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (5.5), 01.10.2008

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    Smith moved into third place against a strong opponent. It looked like a dicey game until White's last move:

    Toth,A (2401) - Smith,R (2316) [E12]
    2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (5.4), 01.10.2008

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    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 01-10-2008 at 10:07 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    In a round of decisive games, Johanson shows his skill in a reversed Dragon
    A great game to play through. Very instructive for me. Good game Daryl
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    Johansen must be on 3 points, not 2.5 as web site states.
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    A bit of a rest day today for some, which is understandable in a strong tournament like this. The only decisive game was this one marred by a bad slip:

    Steadman,M (2226) - Lukey,S (2288) [E94]
    2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (6.4), 02.10.2008

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    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Sigh ... there I was sitting at the board thinking ok I take his bishop on d4, then I take his bishop on h5, and then i start analysing away ... and then I play the second move first! Actually just a merciful release because if 19 ... Bd4 20 qd4 qh5 21 b3! I'm screwed on the long diagonal.

    14 ... f5 was way too optimistic ... something sane like 14 ... Bh3 would have been perfectly ok for black.

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    Don't worry Stephen - there's still time to climb out of the cellar

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    Round 7 Scores:
    IM event: 4½ Croad, Johansen, Solomon; 4 Toth; 3½ Smith, Steadman; 3 Baider, Watson; 2½ Reilly; 2 Lukey.

    Since the IM norm is 6½, only first three can obtain it, which is a big thrill for GM Johanson and IM Solomon, but might be worthwhile for Croad. He has to beat Smith with White then Lukey with Black.

    This round he had a great chance against Solo himself:

    Solomon,S (2478) - Croad,N (2290) [B17]
    2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (7.1), 03.10.2008

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    Lukey bounces back with a good win over Riley, sacrificing a P then offering an exchange while Black's Q-side pieces were spectators.

    Lukey,S (2288) - Reilly,T (2271) [A87]
    2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (7.2), 03.10.2008

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    Toth took advantage of Steadman's outlandish opening with a well-timed central breakthrough:

    Toth,A (2401) - Steadman,M (2226) [A50]
    2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (7.3), 03.10.2008

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    Johanson won a very long game with grandmasterly manoeuvring:

    Johansen,D (2452) - Smith,R (2316) [A35]
    2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (7.5), 03.10.2008

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    Young Baider played a bit too loosely this time, and the veteran Watson kept the advantage he gained.

    Watson,B (2280) - Baider,D (2091) [E18]
    2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (7.4), 03.10.2008

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    Last edited by Capablanca-Fan; 03-10-2008 at 05:51 PM.
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    Watson,B (2280) - Baider,D (2091) [E18]
    2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (7.4), 03.10.2008

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    Darryl seems to play quite a lot of games like that - lots of maneuvering, board chockers with pawns, hardly any exchanges of anything. I admire his patience in squeezing wins out of such positions. All the back and forth rook moves in the Smith game remind me of computers playing against each other trying to find a breakthrough!

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    It is a crazy game indeed. I am lucky enough Darryl has never did this to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron
    Indeed . Its a long time since I saw Darryl being crushed like this. Nor i have every seen Luckey play so well. Well-done!
    Yes, nice win Steve. Now you just need to tighten up against the non-GMs
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiddling
    Score required for IM norm is 6.5
    Well done Nic Coad - and best of luck to grab an IM norm

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