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arosar
13-08-2004, 05:40 PM
NZ CHAMPIONSHIP AND NZ MAJOR OPEN - CLASS ONE, 2-10 JANUARY, 2005, Wanganui CC. Two 11 round swisses. Time control FIDE Game in 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from move one. The Championship is restricted to players rated over 2000 or FIDE 2100, and will be FIDE rated. Entry fees: Championship - GM's and IM's free, $110 others (juniors $55). Major Open - $80 (juniors $40). For more details or any queries contact hoskyn@ihug.co.nz

NZ RAPID CHAMPIONSHIP - CLASS TWO, 11-12 JANUARY, 2005, Wanganui CC. 9 round swiss. Time control 30 minutes each. Entry fee: $40 (Juniors $20).

For more on NZ see: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/nzchess/

AR

Paul S
13-08-2004, 08:19 PM
Amiel, why aren't you supporting/promoting the Mount Buller event instead? :P ;)

arosar
13-08-2004, 09:05 PM
Amiel, why aren't you supporting/promoting the Mount Buller event instead? :P ;)

Because it is an unsupportable event. And you my friend, I know, will be on my side.

AR

Paul S
13-08-2004, 09:32 PM
Because it is an unsupportable event. And you my friend, I know, will be on my side.

AR

I agree with you that Mt Buller is an unsatisfactory location (and that after two failed Mount Bullers there should not have been a third chance given to Mount Buller) and that the Australian Open/Championships should be held in a major city.

Yet at the same time, I think we should give the organisers a break. They are essentially unpaid volunteers who are just trying to do their best for the good of Australian chess and who give their time to do so.

While people (like myself) may not agree with the decision to play the Australian Open/Championships at Mount Buller, at the same time I think it is inappropriate and wrong to try to undermine/sabotage the event (especially in the case of people such as myself who never have and are unlikely to ever play in an Australian Open/Championships).

Garvinator
13-08-2004, 09:37 PM
I agree with you that Mt Buller is an unsatisfactory location (and that after two failed Mount Bullers there should not have been a third chance given to Mount Buller) and that the Australian Open/Championships should be held in a major city..

the main fault for the failure of the two previous attempts at mt buller does not lie with accor/mercure/mt buller. So to say that it should not be held at mt buller cause of the two previous failures is rather unfair to mt buller.

Paul S
05-09-2004, 09:07 PM
I was recently given a copy of the booklet (16 page A5 size) for this tournament (112th NZ Congress). Looks very well done and professional.

Seems that Wanganui has a well run chess club. According to page 13 of this booklet they have a Patron, President, four Vice-Presidents, Secreatry, Treasurer, Publicity Officer, Librarian, Club Captain, five other people on the Management Committee, a Match Committee (3 people) and a Financial Reviewer! :clap: If only chess clubs in Sydney were like this!!! :(

Also liked one aspect of the entry form insert (which was on a pink A4 sheet with printed information spit into 2 x A5) whereby (upon request) the organisers would arrange share accommodation for people travelling by themselves to the event with other like minded people (so that the players could make significant cost savings).

I would suggest to the Mount Buller Organisers to knock up a similar type booklet and that (upon request) the Mt Buller organisers arrange share accommodation for players travelling by themselves to Mt Buller.

While I won't be going to either Mt Buller or Wanganui (for a variety of reasons - primarily due to my workplace being busy at this time of year) I say well done to the Wanganui chess club for producing such a professional looking booklet promoting the 112th NZ Congress and I would encourage the ACF to do something similar for the Mt Buller Championships!

PHAT
05-09-2004, 09:48 PM
AR, you have the right to start this thread, but, starting this thread is not "good" AR, not "good". :thumdown: :naughty:

arosar
04-01-2005, 01:31 PM
http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3618715&thesection=localsport&thesubsection=&thesecondsubsection=

Now on 3/4. Just lost to Prince. In rounds 2 and 3 I managed to beat higher rated opponents including the top seed Neil Gunn (1914 NZCF).

More later with PGN when I get back to Sydney.

AR

jenni
04-01-2005, 03:17 PM
Well done Amiel - keep it up :)

Oepty
04-01-2005, 05:13 PM
I notice that Alex Wohl is said to be from Germany. Is this a mistake or is he planning to change allegiance?
Scott

Paul S
04-01-2005, 10:44 PM
Is there a website for this event?

skip to my lou
04-01-2005, 11:04 PM
http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3618715&thesection=localsport&thesubsection=&thesecondsubsection=

Now on 3/4. Just lost to Prince. In rounds 2 and 3 I managed to beat higher rated opponents including the top seed Neil Gunn (1914 NZCF).

More later with PGN when I get back to Sydney.

AR

Upload some photos! Hmm.. Maybe I should setup photo gallery software for you

arosar
05-01-2005, 08:17 AM
I notice that Alex Wohl is said to be from Germany. Is this a mistake or is he planning to change allegiance?
Scott

This has been much talked about and Wohl himself had a good laught at it yesterday. No, nothing to worry - he's not switching feds. It's just that he apparently had to come from Germany to get to NZ. The organisers just thought it more 'fancy' for the local press to describe him as an entry from Germany. The Wanganui Chronicle is actually giving this daily coverage.

AR

arosar
05-01-2005, 08:18 AM
Upload some photos! Hmm.. Maybe I should setup photo gallery software for you

Yes, I took lotsa pics. Dang I forgot to bring my camera to the net cafe today. Will do tomorrow during rest day.

AR

arosar
05-01-2005, 08:36 AM
Here is my round 2 game against 1700+ Evans. Not sure if I played correctly but I was happy with this win. In the next round, against top seed, Gunn, I found myself on the black side of the Bayonet. OTB I suddenly began to think that maybe these wily kiwis set me up for something. So I played the alternative 9...a5. The PGN isn't available yet on the site. I'll post that later. See youse all.

[Event "112th New Zealand Major Open 2004-05"]
[Site "Wanganui"]
[Date "2005.01.02"]
[Round "2.5"]
[White "Rosario, Amiel"]
[Black "Evans, David"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E97"]
[PlyCount "71"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 O-O 6. Nf3 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5
Ne7 9. b4 Nh5 10. Re1 f5 11. Ng5 Nf6 12. Bf3 c6 13. Qb3 Kh8 14. Bb2 cxd5 15.
cxd5 h6 16. Ne6 Bxe6 17. dxe6 Nc6 18. Nd5 Rc8 19. Rac1 Re8 20. Nxf6 Bxf6 21.
exf5 gxf5 22. Bh5 Rg8 23. Bf7 Rg4 24. Qh3 Bg5 25. b5 Ne7 26. Rcd1 Qb6 27. Qd3
Bf6 28. Qxd6 Qxb5 29. Bxe5 Kg7 30. Qxe7 Qxe5 31. Rxe5 Bxe7 32. Rxf5 Rc2 33. Bh5
Rg5 34. Rf7+ Kg8 35. Rxe7 Rxh5 36. Rd8# 1-0

WhiteElephant
05-01-2005, 08:41 AM
I noticed an old fellow Waverley Chess Club member, Sean Watherow, playing in NZ. If you bump into him say hi from George from Waverley...don't know if he'll remember me though...it was way back when.

W.E.

Oepty
05-01-2005, 02:15 PM
This has been much talked about and Wohl himself had a good laught at it yesterday. No, nothing to worry - he's not switching feds. It's just that he apparently had to come from Germany to get to NZ. The organisers just thought it more 'fancy' for the local press to describe him as an entry from Germany. The Wanganui Chronicle is actually giving this daily coverage.

AR
Thank you for the clarification
Scott

arosar
06-01-2005, 08:05 AM
I noticed an old fellow Waverley Chess Club member, Sean Watherow, playing in NZ. If you bump into him say hi from George from Waverley...don't know if he'll remember me though...it was way back when.


Don't think he remembered you mate. He asked me what your surname was.

Unluckily for him - yesteday, he miscounted the captures and lost to my room-mate.

AR

arosar
07-01-2005, 12:50 PM
Just made it now to 5/7.

Last night we had the lightning. They do things a bit funny down here these kiwis. Instead of playing one big swiss, all players are split into various groups. Then after that, the top 8 scorers out of all groups go into an RR for the main title tournament. The rest go into a swiss format reserves.

The only dispute was over an inverted rook (in lieu of Q). Now is that action legal - can someone pls remind me?

Also, players here chat during games! I can't bloody believe it.

AR

arosar
07-01-2005, 12:53 PM
[Event "112th New Zealand Major Open 2004-05"]
[Site "Wanganui"]
[Date "2005.01.03"]
[Round "3.3"]
I should have lost a piece here, I'm sure, but Neil didn't spot it! Lucky! This was round 3.

[White "Gunn, Neil"]
[Black "Rosario, Amiel"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E97"]
[PlyCount "100"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. d4 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5
Ne7 9. b4 a5 10. Ba3 Nh5 11. Re1 f5 12. Bf1 axb4 13. Bxb4 b6 14. a4 fxe4 15.
Nxe4 Bg4 16. Neg5 h6 17. Ne6 Bxe6 18. dxe6 Nf4 19. a5 bxa5 20. Rxa5 Rxa5 21.
Bxa5 Nxe6 22. Qc2 Qa8 23. Bc3 Nf4 24. Nd2 Qc8 25. Bb2 Qg4 26. Qb3 Qf5 27. Ne4
Kh7 28. Qb7 d5 29. cxd5 Nexd5 30. Qa7 Ne6 31. Bc4 Ndf4 32. Ng3 Qc2 33. Bxe6
Qxb2 34. Bg4 Nd3 35. Re2 Qc1+ 36. Nf1 Qf4 37. Bf3 c5 38. Qd7 Qd4 39. Qe6 Rf6
40. Qa2 Nc1 41. Qd2 Nxe2+ 42. Qxe2 Rd6 43. Be4 c4 44. h4 Kg8 45. Kh2 Rf6 46. f3
Bf8 47. Qa2 Bc5 48. Qa8+ Kg7 49. Ng3 h5 50. Bd5 Qxh4# 0-1

AR

auriga
07-01-2005, 01:22 PM
nice win against the bayonet, amiel.

Rincewind
07-01-2005, 05:25 PM
The only dispute was over an inverted rook (in lieu of Q). Now is that action legal - can someone pls remind me?

While common practice it is AFAIK not legal. I imagine the ruling should be is that although it is inverted, it is a rook and so if it moves diagonally you could claim a win by illegal move. Anyone know if this is right?

Garvinator
07-01-2005, 08:24 PM
While common practice it is AFAIK not legal. I imagine the ruling should be is that although it is inverted, it is a rook and so if it moves diagonally you could claim a win by illegal move. Anyone know if this is right?
an inverted rook is still regarded in the rules as a rook, no matter how it is placed on the board. If your opponent was then to move it like a queen, it would be an illegal move and subject to the penalties of illegal moves.

WhiteElephant
07-01-2005, 08:34 PM
an inverted rook is still regarded in the rules as a rook, no matter how it is placed on the board. If your opponent was then to move it like a queen, it would be an illegal move and subject to the penalties of illegal moves.

So, what to do if there is no Queen handy? Are you allowed to stop the clocks and go hunting around for a Queen?

Garvinator
07-01-2005, 09:03 PM
So, what to do if there is no Queen handy? Are you allowed to stop the clocks and go hunting around for a Queen?
that is exactly what you are supposed to do. If there is no queen handy, you stop the clocks and call the arbiter. If the tournament has no arbiter, then you can get it yourself :) or a team captain in a team game.

WhiteElephant
07-01-2005, 09:15 PM
that is exactly what you are supposed to do. If there is no queen handy, you stop the clocks and call the arbiter. If the tournament has no arbiter, then you can get it yourself :) or a team captain in a team game.

Wow, in 20 years of playing chess I never knew that. Always thought that you could be forfeited for unauthorised stopping of clocks. Having to look around for a Queen could actually give you a nice break in a time scramble :)

Garvinator
07-01-2005, 09:19 PM
Wow, in 20 years of playing chess I never knew that. Always thought that you could be forfeited for unauthorised stopping of clocks. Having to look around for a Queen could actually give you a nice break in a time scramble :)
hehe that is true. Anytime you have a query about the rules etc or require assistance or a rule dispute, the first thing you should do is stop the clocks and call for the arbiter on duty.

Paul S
07-01-2005, 10:29 PM
It seems to me at this point that it is a 2-2 draw between Mt Buller and Wanganui.

"Goals" to Mt Buller:
1) They have a website (mind you, with some significant shortcomings, as has been expressed elsewhere - nonetheless, a website is better than no website at all, as per Wanganui).
2) Better prizemoney (although this is really only of interest to GMs/IMs/FMs than the "ordinary" chess player).

"Goals" to Wanganui:
1) A considerably superior brochure/booklet (not as glossy as the Mt Buller booklets, but had far more substance - IMHO substance wins over style).
2) Located in (or near) a town (making it easier for chess players regarding everyday conveniences).

Any thoughts as to the "score"? Should it be 2-2? Or 3-2? Or 2-3? Or other?

Bill Gletsos
07-01-2005, 11:13 PM
So, what to do if there is no Queen handy? Are you allowed to stop the clocks and go hunting around for a Queen?
It is explicitly covered by Article 6.13 b

A player may stop the clocks only in order to seek the arbiter's assistance, for instance when promotion has taken place and the piece required is not available.

WhiteElephant
07-01-2005, 11:30 PM
It is explicitly covered by Article 6.13 b

A player may stop the clocks only in order to seek the arbiter's assistance, for instance when promotion has taken place and the piece required is not available.

Thanks Bill. Dammit I've misplaced my copy of the FIDE Handbook again :)

Bill Gletsos
07-01-2005, 11:31 PM
Thanks Bill. Dammit I've misplaced my copy of the FIDE Handbook again :)
You can always try the FIDE web site. ;)

arosar
08-01-2005, 08:56 AM
Dang!! I drew my 8th round game yesterday. Now on 5.5/8. In the main section, Wohl is ahead.

AR

arosar
10-01-2005, 06:17 AM
What an exciting finish to this great event!

In the senior section, Ker and Wohl are both in the lead after the Australian lost to top seed Tomas Civin yesterday.

While the major open section is still wide open with Bill Forster only half a point ahead on 7.5.

On the other hand, I am out of contention with only 6.5 points. Yesterday, I totally got my move orders mixed up on the Black side of a Chicago Maneouvre against the Morra.

Wish me all the best boys! Lemme feel your luurve!!

http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3619451&thesection=localsport&thesubsection=&thesecondsubsection=

AR

Libby
10-01-2005, 06:45 AM
What an exciting finish to this great event!

In the senior section, Ker and Wohl are both in the lead after the Australian lost to top seed Tomas Civin yesterday.

While the major open section is still wide open with Bill Forster only half a point ahead on 7.5.

On the other hand, I am out of contention with only 6.5 points. Yesterday, I totally got my move orders mixed up on the Black side of a Chicago Maneouvre against the Morra.

Wish me all the best boys! Lemme feel your luurve!!

http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3619451&thesection=localsport&thesubsection=&thesecondsubsection=

AR

And look, it's even in the "local sport" section of a newspaper.

arosar
10-01-2005, 08:27 AM
Yes, they have a very good relationship with the local media here. And the PR man, who also happens to be the Prez of Wanganui CC, is very good at what he does. Unlike some!

Anyway, just lost the final round. But that's OK. I decided to have a little fun and that was that with that.

In the main section, Van der Hoorn is apparently of the same mindset as he just played the following as white: f3 f5/Kf2 e5/Kg3 f4+/Kf2 . . .

And guess what I picked up the other day? Fischer's "My 60 . . . ." in the original Faber edition!! Woohoo . . .!! Been lookin' for this for years. Cost all of NZD$19 - cheap as.

See youse in a tick...gotta do laundry.

AR

arosar
10-01-2005, 12:21 PM
Ker settled for a draw against Spain in the final round to secure second place over all (8 pts). Thus, he won the NZCF title for a 4th time in a row. This achievement equalled that of O Sarapu.

Wohl, on board 2, won a fine endgame against Goodhue to take first place on 8.5.

In the majors, Forster finished on top with 8.5 also.

Here are the top placings:

Senior Section

Wohl 8.5
Ker 8
Civin 7.5
Ker, Garbett 7
Lukey 6.5
Riley, Smith, Spain 6

Major Open

Forster 8.5
Verathaniam 8
Nyberg 7.5
Gunn, Stone 7

Watherow and myself finished with 6.5. My score was actually good enough to win NZD$75 in the U1700 section.

AR

arosar
10-01-2005, 12:24 PM
Here are some pics.

Bill Forster, winner of the Major Open section.

arosar
10-01-2005, 12:26 PM
A ver eager crowd at the prize giving. You can see Wohl and New Zealand IM Russell Dive standing to his left.

arosar
10-01-2005, 12:32 PM
Visitor from Czech Republic and top seed Tomas Civin. He finished in outright 3rd - drawing his last round game against Riley.

To his left are FM Bob Smith, NZCF Prez and Bruce Pollard - DOP.

arosar
10-01-2005, 12:34 PM
IM Anthony Ker receiving the Champions trophy.

arosar
10-01-2005, 12:37 PM
A very happy IM Alex Wohl - finishing outright 1st.

arosar
10-01-2005, 12:41 PM
The top 3 finishers.

arosar
10-01-2005, 12:46 PM
I shall post a full report upon my return to Sydney with more pics from NZ. It was a truly exciting tournament with the winners still undecided till the very last round. I'm definitely coming back next year for the 113th Congress in Queenstown.

Murray Chandler predicts that there could be as many as 100 Aussies attending. ("That's if you like Australians", said NZCF Prez Smith at the closing that provoked a little laughter).

See you!!

AR

Alan Shore
10-01-2005, 05:38 PM
Congratulations to Aleks on his victory!

Is it just me or does he now look like a member of the Spanish Mafia with that long hair? ;)

P.S. Thanks for the photos Amiel, what will you buy with that Kiwi money.. NZ$75 should be enough to buy you a Big Mac and a Coke I suppose :P

Rincewind
10-01-2005, 06:17 PM
Is it just me or does he now look like a member of the Spanish Mafia with that long hair? ;)

I reckon his hair was around length when he won the Aust Champ 12 years ago. It might have been up and down in between of course. ;)

JGB
10-01-2005, 07:37 PM
I reckon his hair was around length when he won the Aust Champ 12 years ago. It might have been up and down in between of course. ;)
In Europe over the last three years I only ever saw him with long hair, and he loves to play with it while he is thinking over the board, it really is a weird sight.

arosar
11-01-2005, 05:43 AM
what will you buy with that Kiwi money.. NZ$75 should be enough to buy you a Big Mac and a Coke I suppose :P

The exchange rate is almost 1:1. In fact, there is actually a cross-circulation of small coins (5c, 10c, and 20c) in both countries.

AR

arosar
11-01-2005, 05:45 AM
Signing out from Wanganui.

AR

Rincewind
11-01-2005, 07:22 AM
The exchange rate is almost 1:1. In fact, there is actually a cross-circulation of small coins (5c, 10c, and 20c) in both countries.

The current exchange rate is closer to 91.5c. But if that is close to 1:1 please open a chess bookshop and I'll make sure I buy all my stuff off you in NZ$. ;)

The cross-circulation of small coins has more to do with the number of people travelling both ways and that the coins are minted off the same or very similar blanks. This means the coins pass casual inspection and are generally accepted in vending machines.

Bill Forster
12-01-2005, 12:42 PM
Hello there, I just stumbled over this thread and couldn't resist registering and adding my $NZ0.02 (which in terms of local purchasing power for all intents and purposes equals or even slightly exceeds $AU0.02, believe me:-). I was playing in Wanganui too. Amiel and the other Aussies all seemed to be decent friendly blokes and were most welcome. I'm sure it works the other way when kiwis play across the ditch. Amiel posted his disappointment with a draw in round 8. That was against me! He was pressing me but let me bail out to a perpetual. We split our mini match 1-1 in the lightning too. What's the deal with "can't believe they talk during games" Amiel ? I thought the whole tournament was about as silent as can be imagined. I played in a tournament in Brazil once, now there people really talk during games.

Anyway cheers and best wishes from one of your kiwi cousins.

Bill.

arosar
12-01-2005, 05:40 PM
Bill -

I am in Christchurch now mate. I swear I will send you those pics when I get to Sydney.

AR

arosar
18-01-2005, 12:24 PM
Czech visitor Tom Civin. He was top seed on rating but played bad - losing to Garbett and Ker while managing only a draw against Bennett. But in the second half he picked up the pace and even included a win against Wohl in the tenth round.

He was also involved in a minor dispute with FM S Lukey in the ninth. Civin had written down a move, thought for a while again then changed what he initially recorded. Lukey protested.

AR

arosar
18-01-2005, 12:28 PM
Quite a friendly bloke with a hearty laugh. He was a little lucky against my room-mate Gino Thornton.

AR

arosar
18-01-2005, 12:31 PM
His win against Dive was perhaps one of the tournament's best. Then in the 11th he lost to Stuart in an exciting rook endgame. Both players had their audience on the edge of their seats.

[Event "112th New Zealand Championship 2004-05"]
[Site "Wanganui"]
[Date "2005.01.04"]
[Round "4.4"]
[White "Lukey, Stephen"]
[Black "Dive, Russell"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E12"]
[PlyCount "63"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 Bb7 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd3 c5 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 d6 10. Nd2 h6 11. Bh4 e5 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. Be4 Nc6 14. Bxf6 Qxf6 15. Bd5 Rad8 16. Ne4 Qe7 17. f4 exf4 18. Rxf4 Ne5 19. Qh5 Bxd5 20. cxd5 Rxd5 21. Raf1 c4 22. h3 Ra5 23. Rf5 f6 24. Ng3 Rxa2 25. R5f4 Qe8 26. Qf5 Qc6 27. Re4 Rd8 28. Nh5 Rdd2 29. Nf4 Nd3 30. Qg6 Ne5 31. Rxe5 Rd8 32. Re7 1-0

AR

arosar
18-01-2005, 12:38 PM
NZ's board 1 at the Olympiad. Some might say he had an unfair advantage. Just before the start of his games, he'd get a bit of back massage from the Mrs.

He finished the tournament with a draw against the very dangerous G. Spain, thus retaining his title for the 4th time in a row. This feat equalled that of the legendary Sarapu.

AR

arosar
18-01-2005, 12:42 PM
A very powerful performance by this friendliest of blokes. His only stumble was the loss to Civin. Later he said to me, "I just played the whole game very weakly".

[Event "112th New Zealand Championship 2004-05"]
[Site "Wanganui"]
[Date "2005.01.09"]
[Round "10.1"]
[White "Wohl, Alek"]
[Black "Civin, Tomas"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D34"]
[PlyCount "60"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 e6 3. Bg2 d5 4. O-O c5 5. c4 Be7 6. d4 Nc6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Nc3 O-O 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. a3 Re8 11. b4 Bb6 12. Bg5 d4 13. Na4 Bg4 14. Nxb6 Qxb6 15. Bxf6 gxf6 16. Qd2 Rad8 17. Qf4 Bh5 18. Qxf6 Rxe2 19. Nh4 Ne5 20. Qg5+ Bg6 21. Nf5 d3 22. Ne7+ Kg7 23. Nd5 f6 24. Qf4 Qe6 25. Ne3 b6 26. g4 d2 27. Nf5+ Bxf5 28. gxf5 Qe7 29. Rad1 Nd3 30. Qc4 Nb2 0-1

arosar
18-01-2005, 12:47 PM
Former title holder Garbett.

[Event "112th New Zealand Championship 2004-05"]
[Site "Wanganui"]
[Date "2005.01.02"]
[Round "2.3"]
[White "Wohl, Alek"]
[Black "Garbett, Paul"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A04"]
[PlyCount "73"]

1. Nf3 e6 2. g3 f5 3. d3 Nf6 4. Bg2 d5 5. O-O c5 6. c4 Nc6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Bg5 Be7 9. Nc3 Be6 10. d4 Ne4 11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. dxc5 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Qxc5 14. Nd4 Nxd4 15. cxd4 Qa3 16. Rb1 b6 17. Qd2 O-O 18. Rb3 Qd6 19. Rc1 Rac8 20. Rbc3 Rxc3 21. Rxc3 Rc8 22. Rxc8+ Bxc8 23. Qf4 Qxf4 24. Bxd5+ Kf8 25. gxf4 Ke7 26. f3 b5 27. e4 b4 28. Kf2 a5 29. Ke3 a4 30. Kd2 h6 31. Bc6 a3 32. Kc2 Kd6 33. Bd5 Ba6 34. Kb3 Be2 35. Ba8 g5 36. fxg5 hxg5 37. exf5 1-0

arosar
18-01-2005, 12:53 PM
Current NZCF president, Robert Smith. He was in a peaceful mood against his country's best.

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:01 PM
The main playing area was spacious. Each pair of players had a table all to themselves.

Also, as you have all probably observed, they use Saitek clocks down there. I found these to be quite uncomfortable at first particularly during the blitz. I rather prefer banging down on those lever type mechanisms of the DGTs.

Apparently the main motivation for using these clocks was their cheaper price.

AR

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:07 PM
While the top 6 boards of the Major Open section were in the main playing hall, the rest were just outside.

It seemed crowded but, in fact, there was plenty of room to move about. Just next to this playing area is The Oaks - the motel's very well equipped restaurant. So, from time to time, we'd see the waiting staff carry some pretty delicious food to patrons. Now that was really distracting!

AR

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:20 PM
Seen on the black side is one of NZ's youngest hopes - Gino Thornton. He was one of my room mates down there. Quite a strong player already at 1928 NZCF.

Though he finished on only 4.5, he provided the tournament with some of its more amusing moments. During the blitz, for instance, he kept talking to his opponent. Lukey had to tell him mid-game to "play properly" (as in, don't talk).

In the forth round, he managed to pull off a remarkable save against Sims. It must be said, however, that Sims was clearly in terrible form finishing with the awful score of 0.5. At some point during that encounter - Sims must have felt terribly bad that he offered Thornton a draw. Our young player loudly replied, "draw declined".

Then in the 8th, Gino scored this rather amusing win against Mark van der Hoorn. It is amusing because the position, right up to about the 17th move, had already appeared on our coffee table just 30 minutes before the start of play. I remember him saying, "I so hope he plays like this".

In fact, this variation has already been played before and it has a fancy name. Do you know what it is?

[Event "112th New Zealand Championship 2004-05"]
[Site "Wanganui"]
[Date "2005.01.07"]
[Round "8.7"]
[White "Thornton, Gino"]
[Black "van der Hoorn, Mark"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A57"]
[PlyCount "57"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. Nc3 axb5 6. e4 b4 7. Nb5 d6 8. Bc4 g6 9. e5 dxe5 10. d6 Na6 11. Nf3 exd6 12. Bg5 Bb7 13. Nxe5 Qe7 14. Nxd6+ Qxd6 15. Bxf7+ Ke7 16. Qxd6+ Kxd6 17. Bxf6 Bh6 18. Rd1+ Kc7 19. Rd7+ Kb6 20. Bxh8 Rxh8 21. O-O Nb8 22. Nc4+ Kc6 23. Re7 Ba6 24. Rd1 Bf4 25. g3 Bg5 26. Rd6+ Kb5 27. Rb7+ Bxb7 28. Rb6+ Ka4 29. b3# 1-0

Did he miss an early mate? No, he was just being cute.

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:22 PM
Here's a couple more games from Gino. The first, below, caused the former NZCF president to storm off.

[Event "112th New Zealand Championship 2004-05"]
[Site "Wanganui"]
[Date "2005.01.02"]
[Round "2.7"]
[White "Thornton, Gino"]
[Black "Stuart, Peter"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B23"]
[PlyCount "55"]

1. e4 c5 2. f4 e6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Nf3 Nge7 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Nxd4 7. Qxd4 Nc6 8.
Qf2 d5 9. Bd3 Bb4 10. Bd2 O-O 11. O-O-O dxe4 12. Bxe4 Qe7 {(=)} 13. Kb1 Bd7 14.
g4 Rfd8 15. Rhe1 Qf8 16. Qh4 g6 17. f5 exf5 18. gxf5 Be7 19. f6 Bb4 20. Bh6 Qc5
21. Rd5 Qc4 22. Bd2 Bxc3 23. Bxc3 Nb4 24. Qh6 Qxa2+ 25. Kc1 Qa1+ 26. Kd2 Qxe1+
27. Kxe1 Nxc2+ 28. Bxc2 1-0

AR

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:24 PM
And that encounter with Sims. There is draw available to Sims using Philidor's maneouvre. But he missed it.

[Event "112th New Zealand Championship 2004-05"]
[Site "Wanganui"]
[Date "2005.01.04"]
[Round "4.8"]
[White "Sims, Martin T"]
[Black "Thornton, Gino"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A16"]
[PlyCount "138"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Nge2 c5 7. d4 Nc6 8. dxc5
dxc5 9. Be3 Qa5 10. Qa4 Qxa4 11. Nxa4 Nb4 12. O-O-O Bg4 13. f3 Be6 14. a3 Bxc4
15. axb4 Bxe2 16. Rd2 Bb5 17. Nc3 Bc4 18. Bxc5 Rfe8 19. e5 Nh5 20. f4 Rac8 21.
Bxb7 Rc7 22. Bd5 Bxd5 23. Nxd5 Rb7 24. g4 Nxf4 25. Nxf4 Bxe5 26. Nd3 Bf6 27.
Be3 a5 28. bxa5 Rb5 29. b4 e5 30. g5 Be7 31. Rb2 Reb8 32. a6 Ra8 33. a7 e4 {(=)
} 34. Nf2 Bxg5 35. Bxg5 Rxg5 36. Nxe4 Re5 37. b5 Rxa7 38. b6 Ra1+ 39. Rb1 Rxb1+
40. Kxb1 Rb5+ 41. Kc2 {(=)} 41... Rxb6 42. Kd3 f5 43. Nf2 Rb3+ 44. Ke2 Kg7 45.
Rd1 Ra3 46. Rd3 Ra2+ 47. Kf3 Kf6 48. h4 Ra4 49. Kg3 Ke6 50. Rb3 Rc4 {(=)} 51.
Nh3 Rg4+ 52. Kf3 Rxh4 53. Nf4+ Kf7 54. Rb7+ Kf6 55. Rb6+ {(=)} 55... Ke5 56.
Nxg6+ hxg6 57. Rxg6 {(=)} 57... Rh3+ 58. Kf2 Rb3 59. Rh6 Kf4 60. Rh4+ Kg5 61.
Rh8 Kg4 62. Rg8+ Kf4 63. Rh8 Rb2+ 64. Kf1 Kf3 65. Rh3+ Kg4 66. Ra3 f4 67. Ra4
Kg3 68. Ra3+ f3 69. Ra1 Rh2 0-1

AR

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:27 PM
Peter Stuart, former NZCF president and quite a strong player himself. He is seen here whiling away the time while waiting for his opponent, Mark van der Hoorn.

Mark has a strange habit of turning up to every single game up to about 30 minutes late - sometimes more. He even turned up late for the first round of the rapid!

AR

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:31 PM
1. Nf3 and Ker thinks for about 5 minutes. These two gents belong to the same club and would have played each other countless times over the years. So, Ker must be asking himself, "what do I play against this guy?"

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:37 PM
Someone who is surely well known to our own juniors is Mr van der Hoorn. He was coach/manager of NZ's team at the World Youths, I believe. A very smart guy and always good for a laugh over a few handles and not to mention a few good gossips. Like, who's the famous player dubbed "the car jacker"? And which former world champion got rejected?

Seen on the right of the picture is Nathan Goodhue.

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:42 PM
One of the most exiciting games must surely be Prince Vetharaniam's over Robert Mitchell. Immediately after the game, Robert admitted that in all his years, he'd never managed to defeat the King's Gambit.

They are seen in the picture during the post mortem.

[Event "112th New Zealand Major Open 2004-05"]
[Site "Wanganui"]
[Date "2005.01.09"]
[Round "10.4"]
[White "Vetharaniam, Prince"]
[Black "Mitchell, Robert"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C34"]
[PlyCount "39"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d6 4. d4 g5 5. Bc4 g4 6. O-O Be6 7. Bxe6 fxe6 8. Ne1 h5 9. Bxf4 Bh6 10. Qd2 Nd7 11. Nc3 Qf6 12. Nb5 Qd8 13. Nd3 e5 14. Bxh6 Nxh6 15. dxe5 dxe5 16. Qc3 Rc8 17. Nxe5 Rh7 18. Rad1 a6 19. Nxd7 Rxd7 20. Qh8+ 1-0

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:46 PM
The hard working, Barry Williams.

He managed to produce the bulletins (merely a listing of main games) quickly enough that they were immediately available the following day and, sometimes, on the same day. I should be mentioned that he gave up playing in the tournament in order to fulfill this all-important task.

Well done Barry! And thanks!!

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:51 PM
No, they're not playing funny chess.

Seen on the left is Wanganui CC president, Gordon Hoskyn. On the right is DOP, Bruce Pollard. They are sorting through the numbered pebbles which they used for special prize draws.

Each player in the tournament is allocated a number 1 to n. Just before each round's start, someone draws a number from the barrel. Whosoever's number is drawn wins a special book prize (of the winner's choice). For those staying at the motel, there was also a special accomodation draw prize worth NZD$400.00. Our young mate Gino Thornton won that win which he duely spent on a brand new Discman.

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:55 PM
Seen here is the finish to Stuart - Lukey. As you can see, it had the crowd enthralled. Just over on the next table was the game Civin - Riley, also a rook endgame, and which, thankfully for Aussies, ended in a draw.

[Event "112th New Zealand Championship 2004-05"]
[Site "Wanganui"]
[Date "2005.01.10"]
[Round "11.5"]
[White "Stuart, Peter"]
[Black "Lukey, Stephen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E73"]
[PlyCount "143"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. e4 d6 4. d4 Bg7 5. Be2 O-O 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Qd2 e5 8. d5 Nc5 9. f3 a5 10. g4 c6 11. Bd1 cxd5 12. cxd5 b5 13. Nxb5 Rb8 14. Be2 Ba6 15. Nc3 Bxe2 16. Kxe2 Qc8 17. Rb1 Rb4 18. Kf1 Nfd7 19. Kg2 Nb6 20. Nh3 f5 21. Nf2 fxg4 22. fxg4 Nba4 23. h3 Nxc3 24. bxc3 Nxe4 25. Nxe4 Rxe4 26. Rhf1 Rc4 27. Rxf8+ Bxf8 28. Rc1 Bg7 29. Qb2 e4 30. Qb6 Be5 31. Qxa5 h5 32. Qd8+ Qxd8 33. Bxd8 hxg4 34. hxg4 Kf7 35. Rc2 Ke8 36. Bb6 Kd7 37. Kf2 Bxc3 38. Ke2 Rc8 39. a4 Rb8 40. a5 Bf6 41. Rc7+ Ke8 42. Ke3 Bd8 43. Rc6 Kd7 44. Kxe4 Ra8 45. Bxd8 Rxd8 46. a6 Re8+ 47. Kf4 Re1 48. Rb6 Ra1 49. Kg5 Ra4 50. Rb7+ Kc8 51. Ra7 Rd4 52. Re7 Kb8 53. Kxg6 Rxg4+ 54. Kf5 Rh4 55. Ke6 Rh6+ 56. Kd7 Ka7 57. Kc6+ Kxa6 58. Rd7 Rh1 59. Rxd6 Rc1+ 60. Kd7+ Kb7 61. Re6 Rc7+ 62. Kd6 Rc1 63. Re7+ Kc8 64. Re8+ Kb7 65. Kd7 Rc7+ 66. Ke6 Rc1 67. d6 Re1+ 68. Kd7 Rd1 69. Re2 Kb6 70. Rb2+ Kc5 71. Kc7 Ra1 72. d7 1-0

arosar
18-01-2005, 01:58 PM
Last round game between Civin and Riley. Was there a way to win for Civin?

[Event "112th New Zealand Championship 2004-05"]
[Site "Wanganui"]
[Date "2005.01.10"]
[Round "11.3"]
[White "Civin, Tomas"]
[Black "Reilly, Tim"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B07"]
[PlyCount "155"]

1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. e4 Nf6 4. Bd3 Bg7 5. O-O O-O 6. c3 Nc6 7. Re1 e5 8. h3 Bd7 9. Be3 exd4 10. cxd4 Nb4 11. Nc3 Nxd3 12. Qxd3 h6 13. Bf4 a6 14. e5 dxe5 15. dxe5 Nh5 16. Bh2 Bc6 17. Qe3 Re8 18. Rad1 Qc8 19. Nd4 Bd7 20. Nd5 Nf6 21. Nxf6+ Bxf6 22. Qxh6 Bg7 23. Qf4 c5 24. Nf3 Be6 25. b3 a5 26. Ng5 a4 27. Nxe6 Qxe6 28. Qc4 axb3 29. axb3 Qxc4 30. bxc4 Ra4 31. Rb1 Re7 32. Rec1 Bxe5 33. Bxe5 Rxe5 34. Rxb7 Re4 35. Rc7 Rexc4 36. Rxc5 Rxc1+ 37. Rxc1 Ra2 38. g4 Kg7 39. Kg2 g5 40. Kg3 Ra3+ 41. f3 Kg6 42. Re1 Rb3 43. Re8 f6 44. Ra8 Rc3 45. Ra5 Rb3 46. Rf5 Ra3 47. h4 gxh4+ 48. Kxh4 Ra1 49. Kg3 Ra3 50. Rb5 Rc3 51. Rb8 Ra3 52. Re8 Rb3 53. Kf4 Rb4+ 54. Re4 Rb5 55. Rd4 Ra5 56. Rd3 Rb5 57. Kg3 Rb1 58. f4 Rg1+ 59. Kh3 Rh1+ 60. Kg2 Ra1 61. Rd6 Ra2+ 62. Kg3 Kf7 63. Kf3 Ra3+ 64. Ke4 Ra4+ 65. Rd4 Ra6 66. Kd5 Kg6 67. Kc5 Ra5+ 68. Kd6 Ra6+ 69. Ke7 Ra7+ 70. Ke6 Ra6+ 71. Kd5 Ra3 72. Re4 Ra5+ 73. Kd6 Ra6+ 74. Kd7 Ra7+ 75. Kc8 f5 76. Re6+ Kf7 77. gxf5 Ra4 78. Kd7 1/2-1/2

arosar
18-01-2005, 02:03 PM
In this shot is the game Forster - Nyberg. Again, another exciting match-up. Forster's closing speech was particularly memorable and reminded us all that we must keep on keeping on!

Well done Bill!

arosar
18-01-2005, 02:04 PM
[Event "112th New Zealand Major Open 2004-05"]
[Site "Wanganui"]
[Date "2005.01.09"]
[Round "10.1"]
[White "Forster, Bill"]
[Black "Nyberg, Michael"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C00"]
[PlyCount "113"]

1. e4 e6 2. d3 c5 3. f4 b6 4. Nf3 Bb7 5. g4 d5 6. e5 Nh6 7. h3 Be7 8. Be3 Na6
9. Bg2 Nc7 10. Nbd2 d4 11. Bf2 Nd5 12. Nh2 Ne3 13. Bxb7 Nxd1 14. Bc6+ Kf8 15.
Rxd1 Rc8 16. Bg2 b5 17. O-O f5 18. exf6 gxf6 19. Rde1 Qb6 20. Re2 Nf7 21. Nhf3
Rg8 22. Rfe1 Nd8 23. Ne4 a5 24. g5 f5 25. Ne5 Qc7 26. Ng3 Qd6 27. Bf3 a4 28.
Kh1 b4 29. Nh5 Rb8 30. Rg1 b3 31. cxb3 axb3 32. a3 Rc8 33. Be1 Nf7 34. Nc4 Qa6
35. Bd2 Rg6 36. Rge1 h6 37. h4 hxg5 38. fxg5 Rg8 39. Rxe6 Qa7 40. Rxe7 Qxe7 41.
Rxe7 Kxe7 42. Nf6 Rh8 43. h5 Rcd8 44. a4 Nd6 45. Nd5+ Ke6 46. Nf4+ Ke7 47. Ng6+
Ke6 48. Nxd6 Kxd6 49. Nxh8 Rxh8 50. Bf4+ Ke6 51. a5 Rh7 52. g6 Ra7 53. h6 Rxa5
54. g7 Ra1+ 55. Kg2 Rb1 56. g8=Q+ Kf6 57. h7 1-0

arosar
18-01-2005, 02:07 PM
With the final champs still undecided by the tenth round, here we can see players and spectators eagerly looking to see the final match-ups in the 11th.

arosar
18-01-2005, 02:10 PM
The town of Wanganui. It's actually a small city with everything you need. They even have their own art gallery, museum and an opera house. (In fact, the week we were there was Wanganui's Opera Week).

arosar
18-01-2005, 02:14 PM
The main street. Plenty of shopping and places to eat - from cheapo fish n' chips to spicy Thai. Gravity Cafe seems to be the hang-out of the gorgeous people. Loved the coffee there too - sadly, a rarity in a country where baristas need a few lessons in coffee making. I know - I'm a metrosexual Sydneysider!

arosar
18-01-2005, 02:17 PM
Check out this art-deco gem, Embassy Cinema. You walk in there and feels like being back in the old days. There I saw "The Incredibles" - which I so highly recommend!

arosar
18-01-2005, 02:21 PM
What is it with these Brians? Over in NZ is Mr Brian Foster, proprietor of NZ Chess Supplies. And, just like our own Brian, he makes a killing on the helpless players who buy any number of chess books they'll never read.

Just kidding OK, Brians?

arosar
18-01-2005, 02:28 PM
After Wanganui, I went back to Wellington then off to Christchurch for a couple of days. There, I saw this (see pic).

And by the way, on my first night in Wanganui who should I meet but GM Murray Chandler's uncle. That's right! I walk into the local BP petrol joint and there he was, manning the counter. He even gave me a lesson in how to butter my sandwiches. Unbelievable!! Good onya Clive! Too bad, I have no pic for that.

And that's that with that. Next year, it is expected that some 100 or so Aussies will invade Queenstown for the 113th Congress. Now Wanganui is gorgeous but let me tell you, Queenstown is absolutely mind blowing.

Hope to see you there boys and girls.

AR

Paul S
18-01-2005, 02:58 PM
And that's that with that. Next year, it is expected that some 100 or so Aussies will invade Queenstown for the 113th Congress. Now Wanganui is gorgeous but let me tell you, Queenstown is absolutely mind blowing.

Hope to see you there boys and girls.

AR

Hi Amiel

Well done on all those pictures and reports! :clap: :clap: :clap:

I have had a look at the website for the January 2006 Queenstown chess tournaments http://www.ashburtonchess.cjb.net/ (then click on Queenstown 2006 link) and am impressed by what I see. Those Queenstown guys seem to know a thing or two about how to promote/organise a large tournament. I like some of their innovative ideas, such as overseas players being able to take up to two half point byes (to enable them to do a bit of sightseeing) - this is something that appeals to a "not so serious" (and therefore lowly rated) chessplayer like myself (viz combine chess with a bit of sightseeing).

There is a good chance that I may be one of the 100 Aussies at Queenstown next year! I was in Queenstown in 1981, and yes, it is a beautiful place. Should be a good tournament and I suspect will even be better than the 2003 and 2004 Doeberl Cups (which to date are the best tournaments I have attended)!