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Qbert
16-06-2010, 11:10 AM
I thought I'd better start a thread for this event here, before someone else starts it in a less appropriate section ;) . starting on 3 July the field as per http://www.aucklandchesscentre.co.nz/2010-george-trundle-nz-masters-tournament is:
Field for the Masters ( May 2010 FIDE Ratings )

IM Stephen Solomon AUS 2434
IM Herman Van Riemsdijk BRA 2416
IM Guy West AUS 2325
FM Bobby Cheng AUS 2290
FM Bob Smith NZL 2274
FM Bruce Watson NZL 2274
FM Mike Steadman NZL 2252
FM Stephen Lukey NZL 2244
Ralph Hart NZL 2226
Daniel Shen NZL 2161

Field for the Qualifiers ( May 2010 FIDE Ratings)

Gino Thornton 2195
Tony Dowden 2123
Bruce Wheeler 2122
Peter Stuart 2042
Edward Tanoi 2008
Bob Gibbons 2002
Helen Milligan 1995
Eachen Chen 1994
Hilton Bennett 1983
Alan Ansell 1975
Bill Forster 1928
Hans Gao 1772

and the full draw is up on http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/calendar.html. Great to see Bobby Cheng and Tony Dowden in particular competing in NZ.

heligan
28-06-2010, 03:01 PM
Stephen Lukey has pulled out of the Masters; his place has been taken by Gino Thornton. As yet Gino's place in the Qualifiers' is unfilled.

Adamski
28-06-2010, 11:35 PM
I thought I'd better start a thread for this event here, before someone else starts it in a less appropriate section ;) . starting on 3 July the field as per http://www.aucklandchesscentre.co.nz/2010-george-trundle-nz-masters-tournament is:
Field for the Masters ( May 2010 FIDE Ratings )

IM Stephen Solomon AUS 2434
IM Herman Van Riemsdijk BRA 2416
IM Guy West AUS 2325
FM Bobby Cheng AUS 2290
FM Bob Smith NZL 2274
FM Bruce Watson NZL 2274
FM Mike Steadman NZL 2252
FM Stephen Lukey NZL 2244
Ralph Hart NZL 2226
Daniel Shen NZL 2161

Field for the Qualifiers ( May 2010 FIDE Ratings)

Gino Thornton 2195
Tony Dowden 2123
Bruce Wheeler 2122
Peter Stuart 2042
Edward Tanoi 2008
Bob Gibbons 2002
Helen Milligan 1995
Eachen Chen 1994
Hilton Bennett 1983
Alan Ansell 1975
Bill Forster 1928
Hans Gao 1772

and the full draw is up on http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/calendar.html. Great to see Bobby Cheng and Tony Dowden in particular competing in NZ.Best wishes to Tony Dowden for the Qualifiers. Would be good to see him bring an NZ title back to Tassie. Looks like he'll be top seed.

Tony Dowden
29-06-2010, 07:46 PM
No pressure, eh Jonathan?! ;)

A pity the other two highest rated players have withdrawn (Gino Thornton has been promoted [good for his Olympiad prep] and Bruce Wheeler has withdrawn) but it will be very interesting and also challenging playing against this Auckland-based field. In addition I've only played the other 'oldies' (Forster, Bennett, Gibbons, NM Stuart), so it will be nice to play new opponents.

heligan
29-06-2010, 09:31 PM
Just to confirm the Qualifiers' is now a 10-player all-play-all, one round a day. The revised pairings will go up on the website tomorrow (the draw has been re-done).

Davidflude
01-07-2010, 09:06 AM
Congratulations on organizing this tournament. It looks like it will be a real ripper.

just a couple of questions.

1) Will you be displaying games live using DGT boards?

2) Will you be posting games in PGN format?

heligan
01-07-2010, 10:12 AM
The tournaments have been organised by Michael Steadman and the Auckland Chess Centre. I don't know if DGT boards will be used - if they are, then the live games would be on the Auckland Chess Centre website. I will post pgn files on my site (www.newzealandchess.co.nz) as and when they are available.

GinoTHEstud
01-07-2010, 06:38 PM
Man i hope i can get it together. I don't feel confident at all, maybe this is a good thing. I have a good colour draw. Sigh....9 games of hard chess.

Watto
02-07-2010, 04:31 PM
Man i hope i can get it together.
Hi Gino, last night Guy said to tell you you’re not the only one feeling that way! He was so distracted trying to juggle last minute work with going away that he forgot his passport this morning and only remembered a full half an hour after we had starting driving to the airport in peak hour traffic. :eek: Luckily it’s the school holidays so we had a dream run on the second attempt to get to the airport... at no other time would he have been granted a reprieve like that.
p.s. I assume he did manage to catch his flight – I had to race off to work so couldn’t wait

Watto
03-07-2010, 11:06 AM
Round 1 is scheduled to have started 5 minutes ago. Unfortunately no live games. Here are the pairings:

Saturday 3rd
12:30pm: Players' Meeting

IM event: 1:00pm Rd 1
Hart-Shen
Smith-Cheng
West-Watson
Van Riemsdijk-Solomon
Steadman-Thornton

Qualifier: 1:00pm Rd 1
Stuart-Chen
Forster-Tanoi
Dowden-Gibbons
Bennett-Ansell
Gao-Milligan

ER
03-07-2010, 01:32 PM
Round 1 is scheduled to have started 5 minutes ago. Unfortunately no live games. Here are the pairings:
...
West-Watson


??? :hmm: :lol:

heligan
03-07-2010, 05:04 PM
The pgn file for round 1 is now available at
http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/results.html

Watto
03-07-2010, 06:38 PM
The pgn file for round 1 is now available at
http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/results.html
Great, thanks Helen.

Watto
03-07-2010, 06:42 PM
Based on the pgn which Helen has uploaded, here are the results of round 1:

Saturday 3rd

IM event: 1:00pm Rd 1
Hart ½ Shen
Smith ½ Cheng
West 1-0 Watson
Van Riemsdijk ½ Solomon
Steadman 1-0 Thornton

Qualifier: 1:00pm Rd 1
Stuart 1-0 Chen
Forster 0-1 Tanoi
Dowden 0-1 Gibbons
Bennett 1-0 Ansell
Gao 1-0 Milligan

MrRookHammer
03-07-2010, 07:06 PM
Sad there no live games, but great to see results and pgn up so quick.

Some interesting chess in both grades. "Big Mike" Steadman must be one of the fav's for the top group with some great play of late. Tomorrow clash Solo vs Steadman could be a major factor in who wins this event

Think some kind Aussie should sent West an opening book after his mistake on move 2 with f4 ? vs Watson

The Qualifier group is harder to pick a winner. Milligan, Tanoi and Stuart must all have chances to win this event.

Tanoi and Stuart both looked in control in round 1. In fact given the both have white tomorrow and are playing well I expect them both to win again !

Expect junior Ansell to cause some upsets among the top seeds as he is known for.

Very suprised at Gibbons powerful demolition of the pawn grabbing top seed Dowden. Gibbons may not be as rusty as expected and cause pretty of problems for the top seeds.

an exciting event for sure, and some great chess to come

Tony Dowden
04-07-2010, 07:57 AM
Very suprised at Gibbons powerful demolition of the pawn grabbing top seed Dowden. Gibbons may not be as rusty as expected and cause pretty of problems for the top seeds.



Bob played steadily and definitely deserved to win. I missed chances to press for something more in the early middle game (eg Nd5 instead of Bxf6) and then my fatal pawn grabs were a fool-hardy attempt to win based on shoddy analysis (not to mention being horribly anti-positional!).

Hilton Bennett played a smooth game - if anyone wants to glance at another Qualifiers' game.

Brian_Jones
04-07-2010, 10:55 AM
Some interesting chess in both grades. "Big Mike" Steadman must be one of the fav's for the top group with some great play of late. Tomorrow clash Solo vs Steadman could be a major factor in who wins this event. Think some kind Aussie should sent West an opening book after his mistake on move 2 with f4 ? vs Watson. The Qualifier group is harder to pick a winner. Milligan, Tanoi and Stuart must all have chances to win this event. Tanoi and Stuart both looked in control in round 1. In fact given the both have white tomorrow and are playing well I expect them both to win again! Expect junior Ansell to cause some upsets among the top seeds as he is known for. Very suprised at Gibbons powerful demolition of the pawn grabbing top seed Dowden. Gibbons may not be as rusty as expected and cause pretty of problems for the top seeds. an exciting event for sure, and some great chess to come

You have to be kidding mate. The IM event will be won by either Solo, West or Van Riemstijk. The Qualifier will be won by Bob Gibbons or Peter Stuart.
Experience will show in end!

Capablanca-Fan
04-07-2010, 02:33 PM
Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.03"]
[Round "1.3"]
[White "West, Guy"]
[Black "Watson, Bruce"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B21"]
[WhiteElo "2325"]
[BlackElo "2274"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

{Black should never have lost this}1. e4 c5 2. f4 e6 3. Nf3 a6 4. d3 Nc6 5. Be2 d5 6. O-O Nf6 7. e5 Ng4 8. c3 Be7 9. Na3 O-O 10. Nc2 f6 11. d4 Qb6 12. Kh1 cxd4 13. Nfxd4 Nxd4 14. Nxd4 fxe5 15. Bxg4 exd4 16. Qxd4 Qb5 17. Qd1 Bd7 18. Be3 Qxb2 19. Bd4 Bf6 20. Rb1 Qxa2 21. Rxb7 Bc8 22. Rc7 Qa5 23. Rxc8 Raxc8 24. Bxe6+ Kh8 25. Bxc8 Bxd4 26. Bxa6 Qxc3 {(=)} 27. Bd3 g6 28. f5 g5 29. Qf3 Bf6 30. Qxd5 Qd4 31. Qxd4 Bxd4 32. Re1 Ra8 33. g3 Ra1 34. Bb1 Kg7 35. Kg2 Bf6 36. Rc1 Ra7 37. Rc6 h5 38. Bc2 Rd7 39. Kf3 Rb7 40. Bd3 Rd7 41. Bc4 g4+ 42. Ke3 Bg5+ 43. Ke4 Bf6 44. Bd5 Rb7 {??} 45. Rxf6 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.03"]
[Round "1.4"]
[White "van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Black "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B88"]
[WhiteElo "2416"]
[BlackElo "2423"]
[PlyCount "111"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 Be7 8. Be3 O-O 9. f4 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 e5 11. fxe5 dxe5 12. Bxe5 Qa5 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. O-O Be6 15. Qf3 Rac8 16. Nd5 Qc5+ 17. Kh1 Bxb2 18. Rad1 b5 19. Qf2 Rfe8 20. a4 Qxf2 21. Rxf2 bxa4 22. Bxa4 Red8 23. c4 Ba3 24. Bb5 g6 25. Rfd2 Kh8 26. h3 h5 27. e5 Bc5 28. Kh2 h4 29. g3 hxg3+ 30. Kxg3 Bf5 31. h4 Rb8 32. Kf4 a6 33. Bxa6 Rb3 34. Re2 Kg7 35. h5 Ra8 36. hxg6 Bxg6 37. Bb5 Raa3 38. Rf1 Rd3 39. Nf6 Re3 40. Rxe3 Bxe3+ 41. Kg4 Bd4 42. Nh5+ Kh6 43. Nf4 Bxe5 44. Nxg6 fxg6 45. Rf3 Ra2 46. Rh3+ Kg7 47. Bc6 Rf2 48. Rf3 Rg2+ 49. Kh3 Rg1 50. Bd7 g5 51. c5 Rd1 52. c6 Rd4 53. Rf5 g4+ 54. Kg2 Bc7 55. Rg5+ Kf6 56. Rxg4 {Draw agreed} 1/2-1/2

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.03"]
[Round "1.5"]
[White "Steadman, Mike"]
[Black "Thornton, Gino"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C11"]
[WhiteElo "2277"]
[BlackElo "2181"]
[PlyCount "123"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bc5 9. Qd2 Qe7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O-O f6 12. exf6 Qxf6 13. g3 Bxd4 14. Bxd4 Nxd4 15. Qxd4 Qxd4 16. Rxd4 Nb6 17. a4 Bd7 18. a5 Nc8 19. Bb5 Be8 20. Bxe8 Rxe8 21. f5 exf5 22. Rxd5 Ne7 23. Rd7 Nc6 24. Rxb7 Nxa5 25. Rb5 Nc4 26. Rxf5 Rab8 27. b3 Ne3 28. Rc5 Rbc8 29. Rxc8 Rxc8 30. Kd2 Ng4 31. h3 Rd8+ 32. Kc1 Nh6 33. Rf1 g6 34. g4 Re8 35. Kd2 Rd8+ 36. Ke3 Nf7 37. Ne4 Re8 38. Kd4 Rd8+ 39. Kc3 Kg7 40. Kb2 Rd4 41. Re1 Rd5 42. Nc3 Rd2 43. Ra1 Rd7 44. Ra5 h6 45. Ne4 Re7 46. Ra4 Ne5 47. Nc5 Nf3 48. Re4 Rxe4 49. Nxe4 Ng1 50. Nf2 Kf6 51. c4 Ke5 52. Kc3 Ne2+ 53. Kd3 Nd4 54. b4 Ne6 55. Ke3 Kd6 56. Nd3 Nd8 57. Ke4 a6 58. Ne5 Kc7 59. Nxg6 Nc6 60. b5 axb5 61. cxb5 Nd8 62. Nf4 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.03"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Stuart, Peter"]
[Black "Chen, Eachen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A21"]
[WhiteElo "2053"]
[BlackElo "2007"]
[PlyCount "111"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. Nd5 Bc5 4. e3 Ne7 5. d3 O-O 6. Nf3 c6 7. Nc3 Ng6 8. Be2 d6 9. O-O Nd7 10. Ne4 f5 11. Nxc5 Nxc5 12. b4 Ne6 13. Bb2 f4 14. Qd2 Ng5 15. Kh1 Nxf3 16. Bxf3 Nh4 17. Qe2 Qg5 18. Rg1 fxe3 19. fxe3 Nf5 20. Rge1 Rf6 21. Kg1 Nh4 22. Rf1 Be6 23. Be4 Raf8 24. Rxf6 Rxf6 25. Rf1 Rxf1+ 26. Kxf1 Bg4 27. Qf2 Bh5 28. g3 Ng6 29. Bf3 Bg4 30. Bxg4 Qxg4 31. Ke1 Qh3 32. Kd2 Nf8 33. c5 Qe6 34. cxd6 Qxd6 35. a3 e4 36. Bd4 exd3 37. Bc5 Qd8 38. Qf5 b6 39. Bd4 Ng6 40. Qe6+ Kf8 41. Qxc6 Ne7 42. Qe4 Ng6 43. Qf3+ Kg8 44. Qb7 Qe7 45. Qxe7 Nxe7 46. Kxd3 Kf7 47. Kc4 Nc8 48. Kd5 g6 49. Kc6 Ke6 50. Kb7 Kd7 51. a4 h5 52. Bg7 g5 53. Bf8 h4 54. gxh4 gxh4 55. h3 b5 56. a5 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.03"]
[Round "1.2"]
[White "Forster, Bill"]
[Black "Tanoi, Edward"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B53"]
[WhiteElo "1944"]
[BlackElo "2013"]
[PlyCount "64"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

1. Nf3 d6 2. e4 c5 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 a6 5. c4 Nc6 6. Qd2 g6 7. b3 Bg7 8. Bb2 Nf6 9. Nc3 O-O 10. Be2 Nd7 11. O-O Nc5 12. Rfe1 Bd7 13. Bf1 Qa5 14. Nd1 Qxd2 15. Nxd2 Nd4 16. Rb1 a5 17. Ne3 Bc6 18. Nd5 e5 19. f3 Bh6 20. Red1 f5 21. Bxd4 exd4 22. Rb2 Bxd5 23. cxd5 a4 24. b4 a3 25. Rc2 Na4 26. Nc4 fxe4 27. fxe4 Bf4 28. Rxd4 b5 29. Rd3 bxc4 30. Rxa3 c3 31. Rb3 Be3+ 32. Kh1 Rxf1# 0-1

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.03"]
[Round "1.3"]
[White "Dowden, Tony"]
[Black "Gibbons, Robert"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C45"]
[WhiteElo "2123"]
[BlackElo "2002"]
[PlyCount "90"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Nxc6 Qf6 6. Qf3 Qxc6 7. Nc3 Nf6 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O d6 10. Bg5 Bd4 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. Nd5 Bd8 13. Rfe1 Qd7 14. h3 c6 15. Ne3 Bf6 16. c3 Qe7 17. Rad1 Be6 18. Bb1 Rad8 19. Ng4 Be5 20. Qe3 Bxg4 21. hxg4 Qh4 22. f4 Bf6 23. g5 Be7 24. Qxa7 Qxf4 25. Qxb7 Bxg5 26. Qxc6 Qg3 27. Qb6 Bf4 28. Re2 f5 29. exf5 Rde8 30. Be4 Qh4 31. Rd3 Bh2+ 32. Kf1 Rxe4 33. Qb3+ Kh8 34. Rf3 Rxe2 35. Kxe2 Qe4+ 36. Kd1 Re8 37. Qb5 Bg1 38. a4 h6 39. a5 Re5 40. Qb8+ Kh7 41. Qc7 Rd5+ 42. Kc1 Be3+ 43. Rxe3 Qxe3+ 44. Kb1 Qd3+ 45. Ka2 Qxf5 {White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.03"]
[Round "1.4"]
[White "Bennett, Hilton"]
[Black "Ansell, Alan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B10"]
[WhiteElo "1970"]
[BlackElo "1975"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

1. e4 c6 2. Ne2 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Ng3 Bg6 5. h4 h6 6. h5 Bh7 7. e6 fxe6 8. d4 Qd6 9. f4 Nd7 10. Bd3 Bxd3 11. Qxd3 O-O-O 12. O-O Ngf6 13. b3 Nb6 14. Ba3 Qd7 15. c3 g5 16. hxg6 h5 17. Nd2 h4 18. Ne2 h3 19. gxh3 Ne4 20. Nxe4 dxe4 21. Qxe4 Rxh3 22. Kg2 Rh8 23. Rh1 Rg8 24. c4 Bg7 25. Rad1 Rdf8 26. Rd3 Rf6 27. Rg3 Qe8 28. Rh7 Nd7 29. Rh4 Nf8 30. Rhg4 Rh8 31. d5 Rh6 32. Bb2 exd5 33. cxd5 cxd5 34. Qxd5 Rd6 35. Qf5+ e6 36. Qc5+ Rc6 37. Qxa7 Bxb2 38. g7 Bxg7 39. Rxg7 Kd8 40. Qxb7 Rc2 41. Rd3+ {Black resigns} 1-0

Adamski
04-07-2010, 03:24 PM
Thanks to Jono for posting all those games. Better luck to Tony D for the rest of the event.
Good to see Guy made it in time. 2 f4 is not so bad v Sicilian. I have been known to play it myself, though I think Guy's follow-up was a bit passive.

heligan
04-07-2010, 04:51 PM
Results so far:
IM event:
Hart 0-1 Smith
Cheng 0-1 West
Watson 1-0 Van Riemsdijk
Solomon 0-1 Steadman
Shen-Thornton - still playing when I left

Qualifier:
Stuart 1-0 Forster
Tanoi ½-½ Dowden
Gibbons ½-½ Bennett
Ansell 1-0 Gao
Chen ½-½ Milligan

flukey
04-07-2010, 05:00 PM
Wow, Mike beat Solo today ... usually Mike gets good position v Solo and mucks it up ... good to see he converted this time.

In yesterday's game I couldn't see why Smith would agree a draw v Cheng ... if he gets both his rooks to the c file and prepares b5 black looks to have a hard time of it ... what do you think Jono?

heligan
04-07-2010, 05:11 PM
Games and full results are available now.

flukey
04-07-2010, 05:23 PM
Thanks for games Helen ... Solo played a series of uninspiring moves against Mike and then a rank blunder with 34 ed?? I wonder if he was in time trouble?

CivicChessMan
04-07-2010, 05:42 PM
In yesterday's game I couldn't see why Smith would agree a draw v Cheng ... if he gets both his rooks to the c file and prepares b5 black looks to have a hard time of it

Rybka gives a slight edge to White at the drawn position. Even with both rooks on the c file, a4 and b5, Rybka doesn't find a win for white.

flukey
04-07-2010, 06:06 PM
Rybka gives a slight edge to White at the drawn position. Even with both rooks on the c file, a4 and b5, Rybka doesn't find a win for white.

Cheng is not Rybka, but to be fair neither is Smith. In these sort of positions you keep playing on till black makes the draw certain, especially at this level.

CivicChessMan
04-07-2010, 06:25 PM
Great start by Steadman.

1 Guy West 2 5:W 6:W
2 Mike Steadman 2 10:W 8:W
3 Bob Smith 1.5 6:= 7:W
4 Daniel Shen 1.5 7:= 10:W
5 Bruce Watson 1 1:L 9:W
6 Bobby Cheng .5 3:= 1:L
7 Ralph Hart .5 4:= 3:L
8 Stephen Solomon .5 9:= 2:L
9 Herman van Riemsdijk .5 8:= 5:L
10 Gino Thornton 0 2:L 4:L

1 Peter Stuart 2 8:W 10:W
2 Hilton Bennett 1.5 5:W 3:=
3 Bob Gibbons 1.5 7:W 2:=
4 Edward Tanoi 1.5 10:W 7:=
5 Alan Ansell 1 2:L 6:W
6 Hans Gao 1 9:W 5:L
7 Tony Dowden .5 3:L 4:=
8 Eachen Chen .5 1:L 9:=
9 Helen Milligan .5 6:L 8:=
10 Bill Forster 0 4:L 1:L

flukey
04-07-2010, 06:29 PM
OMG, the finishing conception in Watson-Van Riemsdijk is absloutely amazing! 43 a4!!! is a stunner! Even after the relatively better 44 ... Ng3 45 Kb6 Ne4 46 Nd2 Kd4 47 Kc6 Nc5 48 Nb3!! Kd4 49 a6 white still queens!!

An over the board study ... well done Bruce!

Tony Dowden
04-07-2010, 08:10 PM
Better luck to Tony D for the rest of the event.

Thanks again Jonathan. Don't expect too much as I'm only a chess tourist these days (my host was aghast that I had no laptop when I arrived!)

I used too much time again in Rd 2 but managed to preserve a bit of activity and pulled off a drawing combination against Edward Tanoi (he was a full hour ahead on the clock at one point).

Today's Masters highlights: Bruce's deadpan expression when playing a4!! in the knight ending to win aginst IM Herman Van Riemsdijk and Mike Steadman's fine win against Solo with the Stonewall Dutch (Flukey: at the post-mortem both parties agreed White is in bad shape after e2-e3 so the loss of a piece later on was somewhat academic. Mike's ...Rd5! and ...Qh6! were very cute). IM Guy West also looks very determined and deserves his two wins to date.

Qualifier's highlights: Alan Ansell recovered quickly with a steadily played game against Hans Gao. I also thought Eachen Chen played very steadily against Helen Milligan (right now women's chess in NZ has to be the best it's ever been)

Tomorrow I play tournament leader NM Peter Stuart. Hopefully I don't waste the white pieces ...

Watto
04-07-2010, 10:48 PM
Since the fields have altered since the first post and some seedings have also changed with the use of the July FIDE ratings, I thought it's worth posting the fields for the Masters and Qualifiers events again:

Field for the Masters ( July 2010 FIDE Ratings )

IM Stephen Solomon AUS 2423
IM Herman Van Riemsdijk BRA 2416
FM Bobby Cheng AUS 2332
IM Guy West AUS 2325
FM Mike Steadman NZL 2277
FM Bruce Watson NZL 2274
FM Bob Smith NZL 2273
Ralph Hart NZL 2223
Gino Thornton NZL 2181
Daniel Shen NZL 2163

Field for the Qualifiers ( July 2010 FIDE Ratings )

Tony Dowden 2123
Peter Stuart 2053
Helen Milligan 2015
Edward Tanoi 2013
Eachen Chen 2007
Bob Gibbons 2002
Alan Ansell 1975
Hilton Bennett 1970
Bill Forster 1944
Hans Gao 1793

Capablanca-Fan
05-07-2010, 03:07 AM
[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.04"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Hart, Ralph"]
[Black "Smith, Robert"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B22"]
[WhiteElo "2223"]
[BlackElo "2273"]
[PlyCount "36"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Qf3 {very artificial} 4...e6 5.Qg3 d6 6.f4 Nc6 7.Nf3 Nde7 {equally artificial} 8.Bd3 Ng6 9.Be4 Qc7 [9...Bd7 would save a tempo later] 10.0-0 Bd7 11.d4 d5 12.Bd3 cxd4 13.Nxd4 [13.cxd4 Qb6 14.Qf2 Nb4] 13...Bc5 14.Be3 Qb6 15.Qf2 Bxd4 16.Bxd4 Nxd4 17.Bxg6? [17.cxd4] 17...Ne2+ 18.Kh1 hxg6 {White resigns}19.Qxe2 [19.Qxb6 axb6 20.Rf2 Ng3+ 21.Kg1 Ne4] 19...Bb5 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.04"]
[Round "2.2"]
[White "Cheng, Bobby"]
[Black "West, Guy"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A57"]
[WhiteElo "2332"]
[BlackElo "2325"]
[PlyCount "98"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

{The veteran IM copes with a dangerous looking attack from the new IM to obtain a winning OCB endgame}1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.Nf3 g6 5.cxb5 a6 6.b6 Qxb6 7.Nc3 d6 8.e4 Bg7 9.Nd2 0-0 10.a4 Nbd7 11.a5 Qa7 12.Nc4 Ne8 13.Bg5 Ndf6 14.Nb6 Rb8 15.Bc4 h6 16.Be3 Nc7 17.Qe2 Nd7 18.Nca4 Ne5 19.0-0 Bd7 20.Nxd7 Nxd7 21.f4 Nb5 22.Kh1 Rb7 23.f5 Rbb8 24.Nb6 Nd4 25.Bxd4 Bxd4 26.Ra3 Nxb6 27.axb6 Qxb6 28.Qg4 Qxb2 29.Rh3 Bg7 30.fxg6 fxg6 31.Qe6+ [31.Qxg6 Rxf1+ 32.Bxf1 Qf6 33.Qxf6 Bxf6 with a won endgame] 31...Kh7 32.Qxe7 Qf6! 33.Qxf6 [33.Rxf6 Rb1+] 33...Rxf6 34.Rhf3 Rxf3 35.gxf3 a5 36.Rf2 g5 37.Ra2 Rb1+ 38.Kg2 Rb2+ 39.Rxb2 Bxb2 40.Bb3 Kg6 41.h4 [41.Kf2 Kf6 42.Ke3 Ke5 and White can merely chose which side he wants to the Black King to penetrate.] 41...Be5 42.Kh3 Kh5 43.Bd1 Kg6 44.hxg5 Kxg5 45.Kg2 Kf4 46.Kh3 Bf6 47.Kg2 h5 48.Kf2 h4 49.Kg2 c4 {White resigns. Even OCB can't save White here, since the passed Ps on both wings are too much to cope with 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.04"]
[Round "2.3"]
[White "Watson, Bruce"]
[Black "van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E05"]
[WhiteElo "2274"]
[BlackElo "2416"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

{60yo veteran looks like he had any advantage going after comfortably equalizing with Black. But when trying to win on the K-side, he underestimate the impotence of a N in coping with a distant passed P} 1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.d4 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bg5 Be4 11.Qc1 Nbd7 12.Nc3 Bb7 13.Rd1 h6 14.Bxf6 Nxf6 15.Ne5 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 Qd6 17.Qe3 Rac8 18.f3 c5 19.dxc5 Qxc5 20.Qxc5 Rxc5 21.Nd3 Rc7 22.Rac1 Rfc8 23.e4 Nd7 24.Ne2 Rc2 25.Kf1 Nb6 26.Ke1 Kf8 27.Rxc2 Rxc2 28.Rc1 Rc4 29.Rxc4 bxc4 30.Ndc1 Bf6 31.b3 Ke7 32.f4 Bb2 33.Kd2 Kd6 34.Kc2 Bxc1 35.Nxc1 f5 36.exf5 exf5 37.Kc3 Kd5 38.bxc4+ Nxc4 39.Nb3 Ne3 40.Kb4 Nf1 41.Ka5 Kc4 42.Kxa6 Nxh2 43.a4!! Nf1 [43...Kxb3 44.a5 Nf1 45.Kb5 Nxg3 46.a6 Ne4 47.a7 Nd6+ 48.Kc6] 44.a5 Ne3 [44...Nxg3 45.Kb6 Ne4 46.Nd2+! Kd4 (46...Kd3 47.Kc6) 47.Kc6 Nc5 48.Nb3+ Nxb3 49.a6] 45.Kb7 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.04"]
[Round "2.4"]
[White "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Black "Steadman, Mike"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A90"]
[WhiteElo "2423"]
[BlackElo "2277"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 c6 5.Nf3 d5 6.0-0 Bd6 7.b3 Qe7 8.a4 a5 9.Ba3 Bxa3 10.Nxa3 0-0 11.Nc2 Nbd7 12.Nce1 b6 13.Nd3 Ba6 14.Rc1 Rac8 15.Nfe5 Ne4 16.f3 Nef6 17.Qd2 Nxe5 18.Nxe5 c5 19.f4 Rfd8 20.cxd5 Nxd5 21.dxc5 Nb4 22.Qe3 bxc5 23.Bf3 {White's "good" B is no better than the proverbial bad Stonewall B in this position, since it's actively placed.} 23...Qd6 24.Kf2 Nd5 25.Bxd5 exd5 26.Rfd1 Qb6 27.Rd2 Bb7 28.Rdc2 d4 29.Qd3 Be4 {the White N looks good, but it's not as well supported as it looks. Black's "bad" B is more dangerous} 30.Qc4+ Rd5 31.e3 Rcd8 32.Rd2 Qh6 33.h4 Kf8 34.exd4? [34.Re2 d3 35.Rd2 Qh5 Black has the undermining ...g5, much like the next variation; 34.Kf1 g5 35.fxg5 Qb6 36.exd4 Rxe5] 34...Rxe5! 35.Qb5 Qh5 36.Rc3 Red5 37.Rxc5 Qf3+ 38.Ke1 Qxg3+ 39.Kd1 Qg1+ 40.Ke2 Qg4+ {White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.04"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Stuart, Peter"]
[Black "Forster, Bill"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A21"]
[WhiteElo "2053"]
[BlackElo "1944"]
[PlyCount "77"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

1. c4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Nf3 d6 6. d4 Nc6 7. d5 Nb8 8. O-O O-O 9. Qc2 Qe8 10. e3 Qh5 11. Ne1 f4 12. exf4 Bh3 13. f3 Nbd7 14. g4 Qh4 15. Qf2 Qxf2+ 16. Rxf2 Bxg2 17. Nxg2 Nc5 18. fxe5 Nd3 19. exf6 Nxf2 20. Kxf2 Bxf6 21. Ne4 Be5 22. h3 Rae8 23. Ke2 b6 24. Rb1 h6 25. Be3 Rf7 26. b3 Kh7 27. Rh1 Ref8 28. f4 Bf6 29. Nxf6+ Rxf6 30. Kf3 Re8 31. Rd1 Rf7 32. Rd3 g6 33. Bd4 c5 34. dxc6 Rc7 35. Re3 Rxe3+ 36. Nxe3 Rxc6 37. Ke4 a6 38. Kd5 Rc8 39. Bxb6 {Black resigns} 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
05-07-2010, 03:13 AM
Wow, Mike beat Solo today ... usually Mike gets good position v Solo and mucks it up ... good to see he converted this time.
Yes, a good win, it seems; he looked better even apart from the blunder.


In yesterday's game I couldn't see why Smith would agree a draw v Cheng ... if he gets both his rooks to the c file and prepares b5 black looks to have a hard time of it ... what do you think Jono?
Hmm, I think Smith could have made Black work harder. The Smith of 30 years ago certainly would have. Blocking up the K-side seems wrong, since if he can't break through the weak Q-side Ps, he'll need a second front.

Kevin Bonham
05-07-2010, 01:25 PM
Minor correction: Bobby Cheng is an FM (initially by Zonal but now by rating as well) and not yet an IM. Probably only a matter of time though. :lol:

Vlad
05-07-2010, 03:54 PM
Yes, a good win, it seems; he looked better even apart from the blunder.


I think white was better until Solo decided to exchange his white bishop for a knight. After that the game goes one way.

GinoTHEstud
05-07-2010, 04:15 PM
Results from today.

Steadman 1 - 0 Watson
Smith .5-.5 shen
West 1 - 0 Hart
Herman 0 - 1 Chen
Thornton 1-0 Solomon.

My first win over 2400 player. Was a good game, messed up the opening then he went a bit passive and i got this huge pin and was devasting.

Mike looking good on 3/3. Games should be up shortly.

flukey
05-07-2010, 04:28 PM
You have to be kidding mate. The IM event will be won by either Solo, West or Van Riemstijk.

Just one horse left in the race Brian!!! If it is any consolation I thought Solo was an absolute sure thing and that Guy would give up too many draws to threaten him ....

flukey
05-07-2010, 04:34 PM
Well done Gino, doing well as my "sub" lol!

MrRookHammer
05-07-2010, 04:36 PM
Results from today.

Steadman 1 - 0 Watson
Smith .5-.5 shen
West 1 - 0 Hart
Herman 0 - 1 Chen
Thornton 1-0 Solomon.

My first win over 2400 player. Was a good game, messed up the opening then he went a bit passive and i got this huge pin and was devasting.

Mike looking good on 3/3. Games should be up shortly.

What a way to get on the Scoreboard , with a win over the top seed ! great stuff Gino !

As mentioned much earlier "Big Mike" Steadman is one of the fav's to win this event, and looks on track to do so ! I sure he will also be quite happy with Watson and Gino helping him out by stomping on the two top seeds.

CivicChessMan
05-07-2010, 04:38 PM
1 Guy West 3 6:W 5:W 8:W
2 Mike Steadman 3 7:W 9:W 6:W
3 Bob Smith 2 5:= 8:W 4:=
4 Daniel Shen 2 8:= 7:W 3:=
5 Bobby Cheng 1.5 3:= 1:L 10:W
6 Bruce Watson 1 1:L 10:W 2:L
7 Gino Thornton 1 2:L 4:L 9:W
8 Ralph Hart .5 4:= 3:L 1:L
9 Stephen Solomon .5 10:= 2:L 7:L
10 Herman van Riemsdijk .5 9:= 6:L 5:L

1 Bob Gibbons 2.5 7:W 4:= 8:W
2 Peter Stuart 2.5 5:W 10:W 7:=
3 Edward Tanoi 2.5 10:W 7:= 4:W
4 Hilton Bennett 1.5 9:W 1:= 3:L
5 Eachen Chen 1.5 2:L 6:= 10:W
6 Helen Milligan 1.5 8:L 5:= 9:W
7 Tony Dowden 1 1:L 3:= 2:=
8 Hans Gao 1 6:W 9:L 1:L
9 Alan Ansell 1 4:L 8:W 6:L
10 Bill Forster 0 3:L 2:L 5:L

flukey
05-07-2010, 04:39 PM
Don't think Mike will win, he will be playing with IM norm in mind and so will be focused on 6.5. 7 will probably win it ... West or Cheng looking good though Cheng may face the same norm issue

Vlad
05-07-2010, 04:48 PM
Just one horse left in the race Brian!!! If it is any consolation I thought Solo was an absolute sure thing and that Guy would give up too many draws to threaten him ....

I would not make conclusions so quickly. Guy does really look good after beating Bobby in round 2. Mike still needs to play Bobby who is slowly getting his form. I think it will most likely be the race of 3 - Guy, Mike and Bobby.

To get an IM norm one needs to score 6.5/9. That means Mike needs 3.5/6 of the remaining games, while Bobby needs 5/6.

MrRookHammer
05-07-2010, 04:51 PM
1 Guy West 3 6:W 5:W 8:W
2 Mike Steadman 3 7:W 9:W 6:W
3 Bob Smith 2 5:= 8:W 4:=
4 Daniel Shen 2 8:= 7:W 3:=
5 Bobby Cheng 1.5 3:= 1:L 10:W
6 Bruce Watson 1 1:L 10:W 2:L
7 Gino Thornton 1 2:L 4:L 9:W
8 Ralph Hart .5 4:= 3:L 1:L
9 Stephen Solomon .5 10:= 2:L 7:L
10 Herman van Riemsdijk .5 9:= 6:L 5:L

What an exciting and interesting event. It must be rare in any event for the two top seeds to be at the bottom of the table after 3 rounds !


Don't think Mike will win, he will be playing with IM norm in mind and so will be focused on 6.5. 7 will probably win it ... West or Cheng looking good though Cheng may face the same norm issue

let me go down on record as not only predicting Mike Steadman as a fav in this event but as the Winner of this event !

heligan
05-07-2010, 05:12 PM
Full results and games now available on the website.

Tony Dowden
05-07-2010, 06:25 PM
Results from today.

Thornton 1-0 Solomon.

My first win over 2400 player. Was a good game, messed up the opening then he went a bit passive and i got this huge pin and was devastating.

Congrats Gino :clap: :clap:

flukey
05-07-2010, 06:32 PM
Another peculiar game from Smith ... plays a few good moves in a row, gets what looks like a solid advantage with Qe5, then offers a draw!

that Caesar guy
05-07-2010, 07:46 PM
How odd...the bottom 2 players are the top two seeds...:hmm:

Leonid Sandler
05-07-2010, 07:49 PM
Nice to see Guy West is doing so well!

Bobby beat brazilian legend (I remember seeing Herman for first time in 1979 Interzonal tournament in my home town Riga ).

Well done Victorians!

Watto
05-07-2010, 10:33 PM
Tuesday 6th
IM event: 1:00pm Rd 4
Hart-Van Riemsdijk
Smith-West
Cheng-Steadman
Watson-Thornton
Shen-Solomon

Qualifier: 1:00pm Rd 4
Stuart-Bennett
Forster-Dowden
Tanoi-Gao
Gibbons-Milligan
Chen-Ansell

Capablanca-Fan
06-07-2010, 05:31 AM
[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.05"]
[Round "3.1"]
[White "West, Guy"]
[Black "Hart, Ralph"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D02"]
[WhiteElo "2325"]
[BlackElo "2223"]
[PlyCount "77"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

{sometimes two bishops are better than two knights even in a closed position, where the Ns have no outposts and the Bs can support wing play} 1. Nf3 Nc6 2. d4 d5 3. g3 Bg4 4. Nbd2 g6 5. h3 Bf5 6. c3 Bg7 7. Bg2 Nf6 8. O-O Qd7 9. Kh2 Ne4 10. Nb3 b6 11. Nh4 Be6 12. f3 Nd6 13. e4 Nc4 14. Qe2 Bf6 15. e5 Bxh4 16. gxh4 Bf5 17. Bh6 Nd8 18. Nc1 Na5 19. Nd3 Ne6 20. Rad1 f6 21. f4 Bxd3 22. Rxd3 f5 23. Rg3 O-O-O 24. h5 Rdg8 25. Qf3 c6 26. Rg1 Qe8 27. Bf1 gxh5 28. Bd3 Rxg3 29. Qxg3 Qf7 30. Qh4 Nc4 31. Be2 Nd8 32. Rg7 Qe6 33. Qxe7 Qxe7 34. Rxe7 Nxb2 35. e6 b5 36. Bg7 Rg8 37. Be5 Rg6 38. Rc7+ Kb8 39. e7 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.05"]
[Round "3.2"]
[White "van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Black "Cheng, Bobby"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C06"]
[WhiteElo "2416"]
[BlackElo "2332"]
[PlyCount "88"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

{White was much better out of the opening, but lost the thread} 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 b6 7.Nh3 Ba6 8.Bxa6 Nxa6 9.Qe2 Nab8 10.Nf4 Nc6 11.Nf3 a6 12.0-0 Be7 13.c4! dxc4 14.d5 exd5 15.e6 0-0 16.exd7 Qxd7 {three pawns are not worth a N here.} 17.Rd1 d4 18.Qxc4 {one down} 18...Rfd8 19.b3 Bd6 20.a3 [to stop Black's united pawns advancing 20.a4 ] 20...b5 21.Qc2 Rac8 22.h3 h6 23.Bd2 Ne5 24.Nxe5 Bxe5 25.Nd3 Bf6 26.Nxc5 d3 27.Qc1 Qd5 28.b4 Bxa1 29.Qxa1 Rc6 Black is back in the game 30.Be3 Rg6 31.g3 Qf5 32.Kh2 d2 33.Qa2 Qf3 34.Rxd2 Rgd6 35.Nb3 Rxd2 36.Nxd2 Qe2 37.g4 Rd3 38.Kg3 Qd1 39.Kg2 Qe2 40.Kg3 Qe1 41.Nf3? Rxe3 42.Qc2 Rc3 43.Qb2 Qg1+ 44.Kf4 Qc1+ {White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.05"]
[Round "3.3"]
[White "Steadman, Mike"]
[Black "Watson, Bruce"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "2277"]
[BlackElo "2274"]
[PlyCount "79"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

{These guys were rivals in their schoolboy days in the late 1970s. This game is curious in that Black played the Fischer pawn grab on both sides, and lost one of the bishops.} 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d4 c6 6. Bd2 Bf5 7. Ne4 Qc7 8. Nxf6+ exf6 9. Bc4 Bd6 10. Qe2+ Qe7 11. Qxe7+ Kxe7 12. O-O-O Re8 13. Rhe1+ Be6 14. d5 cxd5 15. Bxd5 Nc6 16. Bxc6 bxc6 17. Nd4 Kf8 18. Nxc6 Bxa2 19. Rxe8+ Kxe8 20. Be3 Bxh2 21. g3 h5 22. Nb4 Be6 23. Rh1 Bxg3 24. fxg3 Bg4 25. Bc5 a5 26. Re1+ Be6 27. Nd5 Rc8 28. Ba3 Rc4 29. Nf4 Kd7 30. Nxh5 Rg4 31. Re3 Rg5 32. Nf4 Rg4 33. Kd2 g5 34. Nh5 Rd4+ 35. Kc3 Rc4+ 36. Kd3 Rc6 37. Nxf6+ Kc8 38. Kd2 Bc4 39. Ne4 f6 40. Rc3 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.05"]
[Round "3.4"]
[White "Thornton, Gino"]
[Black "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E25"]
[WhiteElo "2181"]
[BlackElo "2423"]
[PlyCount "101"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

[pgn]1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qd2 f5 9.e3 0-0 10.g3 Nc6 11.Bd3 e5 12.Ne2 b6 [12...cxd4 13.cxd4 exd4 14.exd4 f4 with a good game] 13.0-0 cxd4 14.cxd4 Bb7 15.Bb2 Qe7? 16.Bc4 Na5 17.Ba2 e4 18.Nc3 Rad8 19.fxe4 fxe4 20.Rxf8+ Kxf8 21.Rf1+ Nf6 22.Rf5 Ba6? 23.Nd5 Qe6 24.Qb4+ Kf7 25.Nxf6 Qxa2 26.Nh5+ [26.Nd5+ {simpler} 26...Kg8 (26...Kg6 27.Qe7 Kxf5 28.Qe5+ Kg6 29.Qe6+ Kg5 30.h4+ Kh5 31.Nf4#) 27.Qf8+! Rxf8 28.Ne7+ Kh8 29.Rxf8+] 26...Ke6 [26...Kg8 27.Qe7 Qb1+ 28.Kg2 Qxb2+ 29.Kh3] 27.Nxg7+ Kd7 28.d5 Kc8 29.Ne6 Be2 [29...Re8 30.Qc3+ Qc4 31.Qg7 Bb7 32.Rf8 mates] 30.Qc3+ Nc4 31.Nxd8 Qxb2 32.Qxb2 Nxb2 33.Nc6 Nc4 34.Kf2 Bg4 35.Rf8+ Kc7 36.a4 a5 37.Rf4 Bd1 38.Rxe4 Nb2 39.Nd4 Bxa4 40.h4 Kd6 41.Re6+ Kc5 42.h5 Nc4 43.Rh6 Kxd5 44.Rxh7 Ne5 45.Rg7 Be8 46.h6 Bg6 47.Nf3 Nd3+ 48.Ke2 Be4 49.Rd7+ Kc5 50.Rxd3 a4 51.Rd4 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.05"]
[Round "3.5"]
[White "Smith, Robert"]
[Black "Shen, Daniel"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D45"]
[WhiteElo "2273"]
[BlackElo "2163"]
[PlyCount "37"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nc3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. g4 Bb4 8. Bd2 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 Ne4 10. Bd3 Nxc3 11. Qxc3 Qf6 12. Ke2 O-O 13. Rhg1 {superfluous} 13... c5 14. g5 Qe7 15. cxd5 exd5 16. h4 cxd4 17. Qxd4 Nc5 18. h5 f5 19. Qe5 {Draw agreed, prematurely on White's part} 1/2-1/2

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.05"]
[Round "3.1"]
[White "Dowden, Tony"]
[Black "Stuart, Peter"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A46"]
[WhiteElo "2123"]
[BlackElo "2053"]
[PlyCount "43"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]

{Not really an opening to cause Black problems} 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 h6 4. Bxf6 Qxf6 5. Nbd2 d5 6. e3 c5 7. c3 Nc6 8. Bd3 Qd8 9. O-O Be7 10. Ne5 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Bd7 12. e4 Bc6 13. Qe2 Qd7 14. Rad1 O-O-O 15. f4 g6 16. exd5 Bxd5 17. Bb5 Bc6 18. Bxc6 Qxc6 19. Ne4 Rxd1 20. Rxd1 Rd8 21. Rxd8+ Kxd8 22. c4 {Draw agreed} 1/2-1/2

GinoTHEstud
06-07-2010, 05:14 PM
Results

Watson - Thornton 0-1
Cheng - Steadman 0-1
Smith - West 0-1
Hart - Herman 0-1
Shen - Solomon 1-0.

Good day with the black pieces. Mike and guy lead with 4/4 i think.

heligan
06-07-2010, 05:38 PM
Full results and games now available on the website.

flukey
06-07-2010, 05:50 PM
Well done Gino and Mike.

Tony Dowden
06-07-2010, 07:29 PM
Daniel Shen is also doing very well on +2 and inflicting Solo's third loss in a row.

Watto
06-07-2010, 10:38 PM
IM event: 1:00pm Rd 5
Steadman (4) - Hart (½)
Van Riemsdijk (1 ½) - Smith (2)
Thornton (2) - Cheng (1 ½)
Solomon (½) - Watson (1)
West (4) - Shen (3)

Qualifier: 1:00pm Rd 5
Gao (1 ½) - Stuart (3)
Bennett (2) - Forster (0)
Milligan (2) - Tanoi (3)
Ansell (2) - Gibbons (3)
Dowden (2) – Chen (1 ½)

Note: I've just added up the total scores myself from Helen's website so hopefully they are right

Kevin Bonham
06-07-2010, 10:38 PM
Solo is using the tournament to get all the shockers out of his system before Siberia. :lol:

Adamski
07-07-2010, 12:08 AM
Good to see that Tony Dowden won his Round 4 game. May many more wins follow this his first one in the event.

Adamski
07-07-2010, 12:46 AM
Hey guys I am sure we (in Aus) all want Solo in better form for the Olympiad - so here's hoping for some wins.

CivicChessMan
07-07-2010, 03:11 AM
1 Guy West 4 8:W 6:W 10:W 4:W
2 Mike Steadman 4 5:W 9:W 8:W 6:W
3 Daniel Shen 3 10:= 5:W 4:= 9:W
4 Bob Smith 2 6:= 10:W 3:= 1:L
5 Gino Thornton 2 2:L 3:L 9:W 8:W
6 Bobby Cheng 1.5 4:= 1:L 7:W 2:L
7 Herman van Riemsdijk 1.5 9:= 8:L 6:L 10:W
8 Bruce Watson 1 1:L 7:W 2:L 5:L
9 Stephen Solomon .5 7:= 2:L 5:L 3:L
10 Ralph Hart .5 3:= 4:L 1:L 7:L

1 Bob Gibbons 3 5:W 4:= 8:W 6:=
2 Peter Stuart 3 9:W 10:W 5:= 4:=
3 Edward Tanoi 3 10:W 5:= 4:W 8:=
4 Hilton Bennett 2 7:W 1:= 3:L 2:=
5 Tony Dowden 2 1:L 3:= 2:= 10:W
6 Helen Milligan 2 8:L 9:= 7:W 1:=
7 Alan Ansell 2 4:L 8:W 6:L 9:W
8 Hans Gao 1.5 6:W 7:L 1:L 3:=
9 Eachen Chen 1.5 2:L 6:= 10:W 7:L
10 Bill Forster 0 3:L 2:L 9:L 5:L

Capablanca-Fan
07-07-2010, 06:39 AM
[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.06"]
[Round "4.1"]
[White "Shen, Daniel"]
[Black "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C55"]
[WhiteElo "2163"]
[BlackElo "2423"]
[PlyCount "123"]
[EventDate "2010.07.06"]

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.c3 d6 6.Nbd2 0-0 7.Bb3 Be6 8.Bc2 d5 9.0-0 dxe4 Black is still fine after this exchange, but was there any hurry? 10.dxe4 a5 11.a4 Bc5 12.Qe2 Nh5 [12...Qe7] 13.Nb3 Bxb3 14.Bxb3 Nf4 15.Bxf4 exf4 16.Rad1 Qe7 17.Qb5 Ra6 [17...Bb6] 18.Rd5 Rb6 19.Qc4 Bd6 20.Re1 Be5 21.Red1 g6 22.Rb5 Bd6 23.Rdd5 Rxb5 24.Rxb5 Rd8 25.Rxb7 Ne5 26.Nxe5 Bxe5 27.Rb5 f3 28.h4 fxg2? 29.Qxf7+! Qxf7 30.Bxf7+ Kxf7 31.Rxe5 Rd2 32.Rxa5 Rxb2 33.Rc5 Re2 34.Rc4 h5 35.Kxg2 Kf6 36.a5 Ra2 37.Rc5 Ra1 38.Kf3 Rh1 39.a6 Ra1 40.Rc6+ Ke5 41.Rxg6 c6 42.Rxc6 Rxa6 nice try 43.Rc5+ [43.Rxa6 Stalemate] 43...Kd6 44.Rxh5 Rc6 45.Rh6+ Ke5 once again 46.Rh5+ Ke6 47.Kf4 But White sees through it; Black could have resigned here. 47...Rxc3 48.Rh6+ Kf7 49.f3 Ra3 50.Rd6 Ke7 51.e5 Ra4+ 52.Kg5 Ra1 53.f4 Rg1+ 54.Kf5 Rh1 55.Rh6 Rf1 56.Rh7+ Kf8 57.e6 Kg8 58.Rd7 Kf8 59.h5 Rf2 60.Kg6 Ke8 61.f5 Rf1 62.Kf6 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.06"]
[Round "4.2"]
[White "Watson, Bruce"]
[Black "Thornton, Gino"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A14"]
[WhiteElo "2274"]
[BlackElo "2181"]
[PlyCount "64"]
[EventDate "2010.07.06"]

{White threw away a great position with blunders} 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.b3 c5 7.e3 Nc6 8.Bb2 dxc4!? 9.bxc4 Qd3 10.Qb3 Rd8 11.Rd1 Qf5 12.d4 Bd7 13.d5 exd5 14.cxd5 Nb4 15.Nc3 c4?! 16.Qxc4 Rac8 17.Qb3 a5 18.Nd4 White is a P up and has a good position besides 18...Qh5 19.a3 a4 20.Nxa4 Nbxd5 21.Nb6 Nxb6 22.Qxb6 Ng4 23.Rac1?? Qxh2+ 24.Kf1 Qh5 25.Rxc8? Nxe3+! 26.fxe3 Qxd1+ 27.Kf2 Bxc8 28.Bxb7 Qd2+ 29.Kf3 Bh3 30.Ne2 h5 31.Kf2 Qd1 32.e4 Qf1+ 33.Ke3 Bg5+ 34.Nf4 Rd3# {White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.06"]
[Round "4.3"]
[White "Cheng, Bobby"]
[Black "Steadman, Mike"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A92"]
[WhiteElo "2332"]
[BlackElo "2277"]
[PlyCount "126"]
[EventDate "2010.07.06"]

Notice how move 56... Ke3! answers the question on another thread, Is Bähr's rule worth learning? (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?p=282596)
1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 c6 5.Bg2 d5 6.Bf4 this can be a target, and throughout the game, was just in the way of White's ideal plan of playing a N to e5. 6...Be7 7.Qc2 0-0 8.0-0 Qe8 9.Rc1 Qh5 10.Nbd2 Nbd7 11.Ng5 a bit artificial 11...Nb6 12.c5 h6 13.Nxe6 Bxe6 14.cxb6 axb6 this has helped Black 15.a4 Ne4 16.e3 Rac8 17.Nf3 Bb4 18.Qb3 Ba5 19.Rd1 Rfd8 20.Rac1 Qe8 21.Ne1 Bf7 22.Nd3? [22.f3 Nd6] 22...Bh5 23.f3 Nd2 24.Qa2 Nxf3+ 25.Bxf3 Bxf3 26.b4 Bxd1 27.Rxd1 c5 28.dxc5 bxc5 29.bxa5 c4 30.Nb4 g5 31.Nxd5 Rxd5 32.Rxd5 gxf4 33.gxf4 Qxe3+ 34.Qf2 Qxf2+ 35.Kxf2 c3 36.Rd1 c2 37.Rc1 Kf7 38.Ke3 Ke6 39.Kd3 Kd5 40.Rxc2 Rxc2 41.Kxc2 Ke4 42.Kd2 Kxf4 43.Ke2 Ke4 44.Kf2 h5 45.Ke2 Kf4 46.Kf2 Kg4 47.Kg2 h4 48.Kf2 Kh3 49.Kg1 f4 50.Kh1 f3 51.Kg1 Kg4 52.Kf2 Kf4 53.Kf1 Ke3 54.Ke1 f2+ 55.Kf1 Kf3 56.h3 Ke3! [56...Kg3 57.a6 bxa6 58.a5 Kxh3 59.Kxf2 Kg4 60.Kg2 Kf4 61.Kh3 Ke4 62.Kxh4 Kd4 63.Kg3 Kc4 64.Kf2 Kb4 65.Ke1 Kxa5 66.Kd1 Kb4 67.Kc2=] 57.a6 bxa6 58.a5 Kd4 59.Kxf2 Kc5 60.Ke3 [60.Kf3 Kb5 61.Kg4 Kxa5 62.Kxh4 Kb4 63.Kg5 a5 64.h4 a4 65.h5 a3 66.h6 a2 67.h7 a1=Q 68.h8=Q Qxh8] 60...Kb5 61.Kd4 Kxa5 62.Kc5 Ka4 63.Kc4 a5 {White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.06"]
[Round "4.4"]
[White "Hart, Ralph"]
[Black "van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B07"]
[WhiteElo "2223"]
[BlackElo "2416"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2010.07.06"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 Ng4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bc1 Bg7 7. Be2 Nf6 8. Nf3 O-O 9. h3 c6 10. a4 Nbd7 11. Be3 e5 12. Qd2 exd4 13. Nxd4 Nc5 14. f3 Re8 15. O-O-O Qa5 16. b3 a6 17. Nb1 Qxd2+ 18. Nxd2 Nd5 19. Bf2 Nc3 20. Rde1 d5 21. Bd3 Nxd3+ 22. cxd3 Na2+ 23. Kb1 Nb4 24. exd5 Rd8 25. Nc2 Nxd3 26. Bh4 Nxe1 27. Rxe1 g5 28. Bg3 Bf5 29. d6 Bf8 30. Nc4 b5 31. Nb6 Rab8 32. d7 Rxb6 33. Bc7 Rxd7 34. Bxb6 Rd2 {White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.06"]
[Round "4.5"]
[White "Smith, Robert"]
[Black "West, Guy"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C50"]
[WhiteElo "2273"]
[BlackElo "2325"]
[PlyCount "40"]
[EventDate "2010.07.06"]

{A bad short loss with White, overlooking a piece loss thanks to a pin} 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 e5 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bc4 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Bb3 why? Other moves could transpose into a favorable Steinitz Ruy. 8...Na5 9.Nde2 Nxb3 10.axb3 Re8 11.h3 Bf8 12.Ng3 b6 13.Qf3 Bb7 14.Bg5 Re6 15.Nd5 Be7 16.Nf5? [16.Nxe7+ Qxe7 17.Nf5 Qd8 18.Rfe1] 16...Nxd5 17.exd5 Bxg5 18.h4 [18.dxe6 Bxf3] 18...Be7 19.Qc3 Rf6 20.Qd3 Qd7 {White resigns} 0-1


[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.06"]
[Round "4.2"]
[White "Forster, Bill"]
[Black "Dowden, Tony"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A09"]
[WhiteElo "1944"]
[BlackElo "2123"]
[PlyCount "60"]
[EventDate "2010.07.06"]

{Good win by Tony D, who exploited the missing fianchettoed B; the pressure tied White up. It's notable that TonyD likes the Benoni himself and had to face it with reverse colours, a tempo up. But as is often true, reversed openings are nothing special, and the extra tempo counts for little.} 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 d4 3. e3 c5 4. exd4 cxd4 5. d3 Nc6 6. g3 e5 7. Bg2 Bd6 8. O-O Nf6 9. Bg5 O-O 10. a3 a5 11. b3 h6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Nfd2 Qe7 14. Re1 f5 15. f4 Qc7 16. Bxc6 bxc6 17. c5 Bxc5 18. Rxe5 Bd6 19. Re1 c5 20. Qh5 Bb7 21. Nf3 a4 22. Nbd2 axb3 23. Nxb3 c4 24. dxc4 Qxc4 25. Rab1 Qd5 26. Nbd2 Rxa3 27. Re8 Bc6 28. Rxf8+ Bxf8 29. Rb6 d3 30. Qg6 {an act of self-euthanasia to end suffering} 30... Bc5+ {White resigns} 0-1

Qbert
07-07-2010, 06:54 AM
1 Guy West 4 8:W 6:W 10:W 4:W
2 Mike Steadman 4 5:W 9:W 8:W 6:W
3 Daniel Shen 3 10:= 5:W 4:= 9:W
4 Bob Smith 2 6:= 10:W 3:= 1:L
5 Gino Thornton 2 2:L 3:L 9:W 8:W
6 Bobby Cheng 1.5 4:= 1:L 7:W 2:L
7 Herman van Riemsdijk 1.5 9:= 8:L 6:L 10:W
8 Bruce Watson 1 1:L 7:W 2:L 5:L
9 Stephen Solomon .5 7:= 2:L 5:L 3:L
10 Ralph Hart .5 3:= 4:L 1:L 7:L

1 Bob Gibbons 3 5:W 4:= 8:W 6:=
2 Peter Stuart 3 9:W 10:W 5:= 4:=
3 Edward Tanoi 3 10:W 5:= 4:W 8:=
4 Hilton Bennett 2 7:W 1:= 3:L 2:=
5 Tony Dowden 2 1:L 3:= 2:= 10:W
6 Helen Milligan 2 8:L 9:= 7:W 1:=
7 Alan Ansell 2 4:L 8:W 6:L 9:W
8 Hans Gao 1.5 6:W 7:L 1:L 3:=
9 Eachen Chen 1.5 2:L 6:= 10:W 7:L
10 Bill Forster 0 3:L 2:L 9:L 5:L

Thanks CCM - this makes it easier to see. Great performance by Steadman so far.

Tony Dowden
07-07-2010, 08:52 AM
Good to see that Tony Dowden won his Round 4 game. May many more wins follow this his first one in the event.
Thanks Jonathan! I feel I've 'warmed up' after my dodgy play in the first two games. But no easy games here - everyone else seems to be massively more prepared.

Tony Dowden
07-07-2010, 08:55 AM
... It's notable that TonyD likes the Benoni himself and had to face it with reverse colours, a tempo up ...

Game specific prep Jono! A ...g6 fianchetto is also a pleasant system for Black.

To be honest, playing against a Benoni might be even more fun than playing a Benoni!

Qbert
07-07-2010, 09:18 AM
Thanks Jonathan! I feel I've 'warmed up' after my dodgy play in the first two games. But no easy games here - everyone else seems to be massively more prepared.
Come on Tony! You're the only (honorary) South Islander in the field now that flukey withdrew - do us proud!:)

MrRookHammer
07-07-2010, 10:10 AM
What an exciting event. Two interesting tournaments at the same time.

In the top group Steadman still on fire mowing down the the field. if Steadman keep playing like this he will NZ's next IM !
West has recovered from playing 2 f4 ? in round 1 and is keeping pace with Steadman. Question is - can West keep pace before there big clash in round 7 ?

Interesting to note Daniel Shen is in unshared 3rd place. Clearly NZ's most promising junior player. Given his recent NZ Champs performance, he not far from gaining the title himself. Bit hard to believe he is the lowest rated player in the field, but not for long clearly.

Olympiad team members Bob & Gino sit at 50% in this strong field. Great to see Gino climb out of the cellar and storm into mid-field

Shocking to see top seed IM Solo at the bottom of the table, clearly West has run off with his lucky kangaroo foot.

Some exciting chess coming for round 5, of which will be West vs Shen. Can West maintain pace with Super Steadman ?

The Qualifier is also very interesting. As predicted Stuart and Tanoi are making strong runs. Suprising joined by Bob Gibbons, who is playing well at this stage.

I am still expecting a late charge from Helen Milligan. Out of all of the field the qualified to play in the NZ Champs at january , she fininshed highest placed, this alone must make her one of the fav's in this event.

Top seed Dowden after a very bad start finally put up his first win of the event against a so far luckyless Bill Forster. He has climbed his way back from the bottom end of the table to 50%

Lots of big clashes for this round - the question will be who can keep pace with Stuart ? With the other fav's to win this event, Helen Milligan and Edward Tanoi facing off this round. Gibbons faces giant-killer Ansell, and Olympiad player Eachen Chen will be looking for another point vs Dowden

if only this was live - better than the Rugby world cup , but very good results and pgn up so quick. No doubt the money spend on Eden park should have went to the Auckland chess centre for events like this and many others.

that Caesar guy
07-07-2010, 10:32 AM
What an exciting event. Two interesting tournaments at the same time.

In the top group Steadman still on fire mowing down the the field. if Steadman keep playing like this he will NZ's next IM !
West has recovered from playing 2 f4 ? in round 1 and is keeping pace with Steadman. Question is - can West keep pace before there big clash in round 7?

Interesting to note Daniel Shen is in unshared 3rd place. Clearly NZ's most promising junior player. Given his recent NZ Champs performance, he not far from gaining the title himself. Bit hard to believe he is the lowest rated player in the field, but not for long clearly.

Olympiad team members Bob & Gino sit at 50% in this strong field. Great to see Gino climb out of the cellar and storm into mid-field

Shocking to see top seed IM Solo at the bottom of the table, clearly West has run off with his lucky kangaroo foot.

Some exciting chess coming for round 5, of which will be West vs Shen. Can West maintain pace with Super Steadman ?


Or maybe it is Steadman keeping pace with West? How can you tell? :P

Watto
07-07-2010, 12:03 PM
If you're looking at the two players on 4/4, today Steadman has White against Hart who is currently on half a point. West has White against Shen who is on 3 so in good form and not out of the race at all.

For the last four rounds, all three have a tough series of games: Guy has White against Van Riemsdijk, Black against Steadman, White against Thornton and Black against Solomon in the final round.
Steadman has Black against Smith, White against West , Black against Van Riemsdijk and White against Shen in the final round.
Shen has White against Watson, Black against Van Riemsdijk, White against Cheng and Black against Steadman in the final round.

Must admit, I'd be pretty surprised if the top two seeds stay out of form for the whole tournament so I'd expect them to have an impact in the last 5 rounds even if they can't win the tournament...

heligan
07-07-2010, 05:54 PM
Games and full results are now available on the website.
Standings:
NZ Masters after Rnd 5: WEST 5; Steadman 4.5; Smith, Shen 3; Cheng 2.5; Thornton 2; Solomon, van Riemsdijk, Watson 1.5; Hart 1
Qualifier - after Rnd 5: STUART, GIBBONS 3.5; Dowden, Milligan, Tanoi 3; Ansell 2.5; Bennett, Gao 2; Chen 1.5; Forster 1

Tony Dowden
07-07-2010, 07:42 PM
Games and full results are now available on the website.
Standings:
NZ Masters after Rnd 5: WEST 5; Steadman 4.5; Smith, Shen 3; Cheng 2.5; Thornton 2; Solomon, van Riemsdijk, Watson 1.5; Hart 1
Qualifier - after Rnd 5: STUART, GIBBONS 3.5; Dowden, Milligan, Tanoi 3; Ansell 2.5; Bennett, Gao 2; Chen 1.5; Forster 1

Actually, Solo is unfortunately only on 1.0/5

IM norm watch Four players are still in the frame: Mike Steadman needs 2/4, Bob Smith and Daniel Shen both need 3.5/4, and Bobby Cheng needs 4/4

Guy West has to be raging favourite to win the Masters (hope that isn't a kiss of death)

Gattaca
07-07-2010, 08:46 PM
Guy West has to be raging favourite to win the Masters (hope that isn't a kiss of death)[/QUOTE]

:doh: Doh, you mozzed me! I'll be more than happy just to finish on a solid 50%.

Now that Steadman's collapsed it's actually anyone's tournament.

By the way, correction to the analysis of my game with Smith. [16.Nxe7+ Qxe7 17.Nf5 Qd8 18.Rfe1] was given, but I intended 17... Qe8, unpinning with pressure against e4. It's about equal, but since I was much worse on move 4 I felt that 'the trend was my friend.'

Unfortunately I seem to have come down with a cold (been very wintry here), and I doubt I'll be able to pass it on to the other players still in contention in time. But one can only try.

that Caesar guy
07-07-2010, 08:58 PM
Now that Steadman's collapsed it's actually anyone's tournament.

Not sure a draw is quite what I would call a collapse...
Still, having a half point buffer could be useful. ;)
Good luck Guy :D

Gattaca
07-07-2010, 09:47 PM
Not sure a draw is quite what I would call a collapse...
Still, having a half point buffer could be useful. ;)
Good luck Guy :D

Thanks, James! Good to have a couple of Aussie supporters on here to keep those Kiwis honest. :cool:

Leonid Sandler
07-07-2010, 10:12 PM
Good luck,Guy!

Billanook College tournament training was good for you!

Adamski
07-07-2010, 11:53 PM
Games and full results are now available on the website.
Standings:
NZ Masters after Rnd 5: WEST 5; Steadman 4.5; Smith, Shen 3; Cheng 2.5; Thornton 2; Solomon, van Riemsdijk, Watson 1.5; Hart 1
Qualifier - after Rnd 5: STUART, GIBBONS 3.5; Dowden, Milligan, Tanoi 3; Ansell 2.5; Bennett, Gao 2; Chen 1.5; Forster 1The Dowden recovery continues. Now only half a point behind the leaders. I agree with Quentin - you are representing the South Island as well as Tasmania so come on Tony!

And congrats to Guy on 100% so far in the main event.:clap:

Capablanca-Fan
08-07-2010, 12:18 AM
In the top group Steadman still on fire mowing down the the field. if Steadman keep playing like this he will NZ's next IM !
Extremely fine effort, given that he is nearly 50 and also the main organizer of the tournament; many will attest that organizing often subtracts a couple of hundred rating points.

Capablanca-Fan
08-07-2010, 12:22 AM
[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.07"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "West, Guy"]
[Black "Shen, Daniel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A18"]
[WhiteElo "2325"]
[BlackElo "2163"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2010.07.07"]

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.e5 d4 5.exf6 dxc3 6.bxc3 Qxf6 7.Nf3 c5 8.d4 h6 9.Bd3 Nc6 10.0-0 Bd6 11.Qe2 Bf4 12.Ba3 Bd6 13.Rfe1 0-0 14.Rad1 Rd8 15.dxc5!? Tripling his pawns, but he does gain one, as well as some good support for an outpost on d6. 15...Bc7 16.Nd4 e5 17.Nb5 Ba5 18.Qc2 b6 19.Be4 Bg4 20.Rd6 Rxd6 21.cxd6 Rc8 22.Bxc6 Rxc6 23.Qe4 Bd7 24.Nxa7 Bxc3 25.Rc1 [25.Nxc6 Bxc6 (25...Bxe1 26.Ne7+) 26.Qxc6 Bxe1 27.Qa8+ Kh7 28.Qe4+] 25...Rxd6 26.Bxd6 Qxd6 27.Nb5 Qd2 28.Qc2 Qxc2 29.Rxc2 Bb4 30.Nc7 Bc6 31.Nd5 Bc5 32.Rb2 b5 33.Rxb5! Bxb5 34.cxb5 Kf8 35.b6 Ke8 36.b7 Bd6 37.Nb4 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.07"]
[Round "5.2"]
[White "van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Black "Smith, Robert"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B35"]
[WhiteElo "2416"]
[BlackElo "2273"]
[PlyCount "166"]
[EventDate "2010.07.07"]




1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 [5.c4] 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 a5 [8...Ng4 9.Qxg4 (9.Nxc6 Nxe3 10.Nxd8 Nxd1 11.Nd5 Rxd8) 9...Nxd4] 9.0-0 {Not a line to cause Black many problems.} 9...d6 10.Ndb5 b6 11.Re1 {doesn't go well with the later f4.} 11...Ba6 12.a4 Rc8 13.f4 Nd7 14.Qf3 Bxb5 15.axb5 Nd4 16.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 17.Kh1 Bxc3! 18.bxc3 Rc5 19.Rad1 Qc7 20.Re3 Rc8 21.e5 {just makes another weakness} 21...dxe5 22.fxe5 e6 23.h3 Nxe5 24.Qf6 Nd7 25.Qh4 Nf8 26.Red3 Rxc3 27.Rd6 Rc5 28.c4 Qb8 29.Qf6 Qc7 30.Qd4 e5 31.Qh4 Re8 32.Qe4 Kg7 33.Qh4 Re6 34.Rd8 e4 35.R8d5 h6 36.Qf2 Rf6 [36...e3] 37.Qd4 Rxd5 38.cxd5 Qf4 39.Re1 e3 {Black is still winning, but not as easily as before.} 40.Qxe3 Qxe3 41.Rxe3 Nd7 42.Kg1 Nc5 43.Bd1 Rf4 44.Re8 Rb4 45.Bf3 a4 46.d6 Rd4 47.Rd8 a3 48.Ra8 Na4 49.Bd5 Rxd5 50.Rxa4 Rxb5 51.Rxa3 Rd5 52.Rb3 Rxd6 53.Kf2 Kf6 54.Ke3 Ke6 55.Ke4 f5+ 56.Ke3 Kd5 57.Rb1 Kc6 58.Rc1+ Kb7 59.Rb1 Rd5 60.g4 Kc6 61.Rg1 fxg4 62.hxg4 b5 63.Rb1 Kc5 64.Rh1 h5 65.gxh5 gxh5 {White could have resigned here.} 66.Rc1+ Kb4 67.Ke4 Rd7 68.Rb1+ Kc5 69.Rc1+ Kb6 70.Rh1 Rh7 71.Rh4 Ka5 72.Kd3 Rd7+ 73.Ke4 b4 74.Rxh5+ Ka4 75.Ke3 b3 76.Rh8 Ka3 77.Ra8+ Kb2 78.Ke2 Kc2 79.Rc8+ Kb1 80.Rb8 b2 81.Ra8 Rd4 82.Ke3 Rd5 83.Ke4 Rb5 {as would be expected, Smith knows Lucena!} {White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.7"]
[Round "5.3"]
[White "Steadman, Mike"]
[Black "Hart, Ralph"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C11"]
[WhiteElo "2277"]
[BlackElo "2223"]
[PlyCount "131"]
[EventDate "2010.07.07"]

Known book draw in final position. I think that 20.Ke3 Nxd4 21.Kxd4 would have allowed White to press Black for a long time, along the lines of Tarrasch – Teichmann, San Sebastian 1912 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1141646).

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bc5 9. Qd2 Bxd4 10. Bxd4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Qb6 12. Qxb6 Nxb6 13. b3 Bd7 14. Bd3 Nc8 15. Kd2 Ne7 16. Rae1 O-O-O 17. Ne2 Rdg8 18. Nd4 a6 19. Rhf1 Nc6 20. Nf3 Kc7 21. Ng5 Rf8 22. Nxh7 Rxh7 23. Bxh7 g6 24. Rf3 Rh8 25. Rh3 Kd8 26. Ree3 Ne7 27. g4 Ke8 28. a4 Kf8 29. Kc3 Kg7 30. Bxg6 Rc8+ 31. Kb2 fxg6 32. Rc3 Nc6 33. g5 Be8 34. b4 b5 35. axb5 axb5 36. Rc5 Rc7 37. Rhc3 d4 38. Rd3 Rf7 39. Rxb5 Rxf4 40. c3 dxc3+ 41. Kxc3 Kf8 42. Rd6 Rf3+ 43. Kd2 Rf4 44. Ke3 Rxb4 45. Rxb4 Nxb4 46. Rxe6 Bf7 47. Rd6 Nd5+ 48. Ke4 Nc7 49. h4 Ne6 50. Kf3 Ke7 51. Kg4 Ng7 52. Rb6 Be6+ 53. Kf4 Bf5 54. Rb7+ Bd7 55. Ra7 Nf5 56. h5 Ng7 57. h6 Ne6+ 58. Kg4 Nf8+ 59. Kh4 Nh7 60. Ra6 Kf7 61. e6+ Bxe6 62. Ra7+ Kg8 63. Rg7+ Kh8 64. Rxg6 Bf5 65. Rg7 Nxg5 66. Kxg5 {Draw agreed} 1/2-1/2

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.07"]
[Round "5.4"]
[White "Thornton, Gino"]
[Black "Cheng, Bobby"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A40"]
[WhiteElo "2181"]
[BlackElo "2332"]
[PlyCount "148"]
[EventDate "2010.07.07"]

1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bxf3 6.exf3 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 d5 8.Bg2 Ne7 9.0-0 Nbc6 10.cxd5 Qxd5 11.f4 Qd7 12.Nc3 Rd8 13.Bxc6 Nxc6 14.d5 Ne7 15.Qe2 exd5 16.Rfe1 c6 17.Rad1 f6 18.b4 Kf7 19.Rd2 g6 [19...Rhe8 20.b5 Ng6 21.Qd1 Rxe1+ 22.Qxe1 Nxf4! 23.gxf4 Qg4+ 24.Kh1 Qf3+ 25.Kg1 Qxc3;
19...b5] 20.b5 c5 21.Nxd5 Nxd5 22.Qc4 Kg7 23.Red1 Qg4 24.Qb3 [24.Rxd5 Qxd1+!] 24...Rhe8 25.Rxd5 Rxd5 26.Qxd5 Re7 27.Qd6 Kf7 28.a4 Qe6 29.Qd8 c4 30.Qh8 Qh3 31.f5 gxf5 32.Qd8 Qg4 33.Qd5+ Kg7 34.f3 Qh5 35.Qxc4 Qxf3 36.Rf1 Qe3+ 37.Kh1 Qe4+ 38.Qxe4 fxe4 39.Kg2 Kg6 40.Kf2 f5 41.Rc1 Rd7 42.Rc2 Rd4 43.Ke3 Rxa4 44.Kf4 e3+ 45.Kxe3 Rb4 46.Ra2 Rxb5 47.Rxa7 Rb4 48.Rb7 b5 49.Kf3 Rb1 50.Kf4 Rf1+ 51.Ke3 Re1+ 52.Kf3 Re5 53.Kf4 Re4+ 54.Kf3 b4 55.h3 Rc4 56.Ke3 h5 57.h4 Kf6 58.Rb6+ Ke5 59.Rb5+ Ke6 60.Rb6+ Kd5 61.Rb5+ Kc6 62.Rxf5 b3 63.Kd2 Rc2+ 64.Kd3 Rc1 65.Rf2 Kb5 66.Rf8 Kb4 67.Ke3 b2 68.Rb8+ Kc3 69.Rc8+ Kb3 70.Rb8+ Kc2 71.Kf4 b1Q 72.Rxb1 Rxb1 73.g4 Rb4+ 74.Kg5 hxg4 {White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.07"]
[Round "5.5"]
[White "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Black "Watson, Bruce"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B49"]
[WhiteElo "2423"]
[BlackElo "2277"]
[PlyCount "95"]
[EventDate "2010.07.07"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be2 a6 7. Be3 b5 8. Nxc6 Qxc6 9. e5 Bb7 10. Bf3 Qc7 11. O-O Rc8 12. Bxb7 Qxb7 13. Qd3 Ne7 14. Rad1 Ng6 15. f4 Nh4 16. Ne4 Rc4 17. Bd4 Nf5 18. c3 h5 19. b3 Rc8 20. g3 Be7 21. Rfe1 Qc6 22. Bf2 Rd8 23. Qf3 Rc8 24. Rd3 d5 25. exd6 Nxd6 26. Nxd6+ Bxd6 27. Qxc6+ Rxc6 28. Red1 Bc7 29. c4 bxc4 30. Rc3 Ke7 31. Rdc1 Bd6 32. Rxc4 Rxc4 33. Rxc4 Kd7 34. Bd4 f6 35. Kg2 Rc8 36. Kf3 Rxc4 37. bxc4 Kc6 38. h3 Be7 {(=)} 39. g4 hxg4+ 40. hxg4 g6 41. Ke4 Bd8 42. Be3 Bc7 43. f5 exf5+ 44. gxf5 gxf5+ 45. Kxf5 Be5 46. Ke6 Bb2 47. a4 Bc3 48. Kf5 {Draw agreed} 1/2-1/2

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.07"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Dowden, Tony"]
[Black "Chen, Eachen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A25"]
[WhiteElo "2123"]
[BlackElo "2007"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2010.07.07"]

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 d6 4.Nc3 Be6 5.d3 Qd7 6.b4 Rb8 7.b5 Nd8 8.Rb1 Ne7 9.e4 g6 10.Be3 Bg7? 11.Bxa7 Ra8 12.Be3 0-0 13.Nge2 Bh3 14.0-0 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Ne6 16.a4 c6 17.d4 exd4 18.Nxd4 c5 19.Nde2 f5 20.Nd5 Nc8 [20...fxe4 21.Nb6 Qc7 22.Nxa8 Rxa8 might be Black's best shot, although white shouldn't have too much trouble consolidating.] 21.exf5 Rxf5 22.Bd2 Ng5 23.Ng1 Ne4 24.Be1 very Steinitzian; Black will go no further 24...Rf7 25.a5 Qe6? 26.Rb3 Ne7 27.Nc7 Qc8 28.Nxa8 Qxa8 29.f3 Ng5 30.Qxd6 Bd4 31.h4 Nf5 32.Qd5 Ne3+ 33.Rxe3 Bxe3 34.hxg5 Qe8 35.Bf2 Bxf2 36.Rxf2 Qe1 37.Re2 {Black resigns} 1-0

Vlad
08-07-2010, 01:53 AM
Thanks, James! Good to have a couple of Aussie supporters on here to keep those Kiwis honest. :cool:

Hi Guy. Me and my son are currently in rural Russia. We are sending you 100% of our Russian-Australian support!!! 5/5 is impressive!:clap: :clap: :clap:
Keep it up!

CivicChessMan
08-07-2010, 03:22 AM
Thanks CCM - this makes it easier to see. Great performance by Steadman so far.

What do I have to do to get the table in the format you have used.

Tony Dowden
08-07-2010, 06:33 AM
The Dowden recovery continues. Now only half a point behind the leaders. I agree with Quentin - you are representing the South Island as well as Tasmania so come on Tony!

And congrats to Guy on 100% so far in the main event.:clap:

Thanks Jonathan,

I'm starting to play a little better.

Of course coming from colder climes than everyone else, the 'cold' conditions work in my favour (What snow and ice? I don't see any!) Seriously, this event in the chillbox of the (heated) Auckland Chess Centre is MUCH easier than playing in the oven of the Melbourne CC where last November it was about 40 degrees but there was NO air conditioning - I seriously thought I would overheat on one or two days!!

I reckon we should turn the heating off. I would then tip Gattaca to pick up a lucky four more wins after the touch move rule suddenly becomes prominent as the thin-blooded players largely lose fine motor control of their hands ;)

As for me I've still got a coat and hat I haven't worn yet (they are for when I do some alpine walking next week - it's not actually cold here ...). By the way I did point out it was too hot in the playing room in Rd 1 but I just got this kind of crazy look from the DOP like I was demented or something. So I've just been turning the occasional heater off when no one is looking :D

Qbert
08-07-2010, 06:54 AM
What do I have to do to get the table in the format you have used.

enclose it in
code tags (the # symbol in the text editor).

Watto
08-07-2010, 07:01 AM
Extremely fine effort, given that he is nearly 50 and also the main organizer of the tournament; many will attest that organizing often subtracts a couple of hundred rating points.
Yes, he's been very impressive - hope he keeps it up and gets the norm! How many norms has Mike Steadman got? If he gets this one, will it be the last one he needs?
(actually, Erik Teichmann, the Australian based Englishman is another player who is about 50 - although looks years younger - who has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years... good to see it can be done.)

As for the overall tournament, go Guy! And in the qualifiers, go Tony Dowden! :)
p.s. I'd like to see Milligan do well as well so an equal tie for first would be great!

CivicChessMan
08-07-2010, 07:59 AM
1 Guy West 5 7:W 5:W 9:W 3:W 4:W
2 Mike Steadman 4.5 6:W 10:W 7:W 5:W 9:D
3 Bob Smith 3 5:D 9:W 4:D 1:L 8:W
4 Daniel Shen 3 9:D 6:W 3:D 10:W 1:L
5 Bobby Cheng 2.5 3:D 1:L 8:W 2:L 6:W
6 Gino Thornton 2 2:L 4:L 10:W 7:W 5:L
7 Bruce Watson 1.5 1:L 8:W 2:L 6:L 10:D
8 Herman van Riemsdijk 1.5 10:D 7:L 5:L 9:W 3:L
9 Ralph Hart 1 4:D 3:L 1:L 8:L 2:D
10 Stephen Solomon 1 8:D 2:L 6:L 4:L 7:D

1 Bob Gibbons 3.5 3:W 8:D 7:W 4:D 6:D
2 Peter Stuart 3.5 9:W 10:W 3:D 8:D 7:D
3 Tony Dowden 3 1:L 5:D 2:D 10:W 9:W
4 Helen Milligan 3 7:L 9:D 6:W 1:D 5:W
5 Edward Tanoi 3 10:W 3:D 8:W 7:D 4:L
6 Alan Ansell 2.5 8:L 7:W 4:L 9:W 1:D
7 Hans Gao 2 4:W 6:L 1:L 5:D 2:D
8 Hilton Bennett 2 6:W 1:D 5:L 2:D 10:L
9 Eachen Chen 1.5 2:L 4:D 10:W 6:L 3:L
10 Bill Forster 1 5:L 2:L 9:L 3:L 8:W

heligan
08-07-2010, 08:04 AM
Games and stuff will be up late on the website tonight - apologies in advance!

MrRookHammer
08-07-2010, 08:38 AM
Now that Steadman's collapsed it's actually anyone's tournament.

.

Steadman is still fav to win this event

It was certainly a suprise result with West sneaking half a point in the lead, when before the round it looked likely Steadman would pull half a point in front due to West having to face 3rd place Shen and Steadman having an easier game against bottom of the table Hart who was sitting on .5/4

The games were very interesting. Hart unleashed a drawing line against Steadman, Steadman push very hard to make something out of the position and came very very close to winning, heartbreakingly close in fact.
West seem to catch Shen in the opening and played well to put him away.

West has Van Riemsdijk, Steadman, Thornton, and Solo left to play
Steadman has Smith, West, Van Riemsdijk, and Shen left to play

Steadman has a slightly easier run to the finish. And there no way West can finish this event with 100%, so his " collapse " is just around the corner. Not to mention the big and exciting "Steadman vs West" clash coming in round 7

CivicChessMan
08-07-2010, 01:54 PM
I should think that the IM norm is the goal for Mike Steadman, anything else is a bonus. Mike needs 2 points from the last 4 rounds.

GinoTHEstud
08-07-2010, 02:15 PM
I won today against hart. West drew with herman...the rest are still going.

MrRookHammer
08-07-2010, 02:42 PM
I won today against hart. West drew with herman...the rest are still going.

Wow that was quick. Congrats on your growing list of wins Gino !

Now that West's collapsed, as predicted , Steadman can pull back level if he can put Smith away.

Interesting to note Smith is board 1 for the NZ Olympiad team and Steadman is board 2, so it will be an exciting clash

Gattaca
08-07-2010, 04:54 PM
Thanks for the support, Leonid, Jean and Vladimir. Good luck to Anton if he is playing in something.

My implosion was caused by a horrible opening with White today. I got back to equality eventually, maybe even a slight edge if you believe Fritz, but it took a toll on my clock. My lack of preparation for this event was always going to be my undoing, (even though I have the best second.)

When I left, Mike was the exchange and a prawn up against Bob, but had a lot of work still to do. Bob had an unpleasant kingside initiative and I wasn't sure that Mike had any simple defence. He had more time on the clock, though. Earlier on it looked very promising for Bob, but I think he went wrong when he started getting a bit short on time.

Solomon appeared to be winning against Cheng.

GinoTHEstud
08-07-2010, 05:36 PM
T
When I left, Mike was the exchange and a prawn up against Bob,

Wow a prawn you say, hopefully i can win some food tomorrow against bob. I hope mike won. Looks like bob is getting some form!.

Gattaca
08-07-2010, 05:50 PM
Oh, and Watson was better with Black in an ending against Shen, but a lot of work to do, too. Shen might just hold it.

It's not impossible that Smith could have won somehow, in which case he would still be in with a big shot at a norm. My best guess is Steadman 63%, draw 31%, Smith 5% and 1% tip for the arbiter.

That biased Kiwi guy is actually right that I have a horrible run home, with Blacks against the Steadperson and Solomon, plus the in form Gino the stud in between.

GinoTHEstud
08-07-2010, 06:09 PM
im hardly in form, with my idiot loss draw against cheng. WAs completely drawn. I cant even draw basic rook endings its very embarsssing. Should be on 3.5/6. Which is not bad for my 2181 rating...

So guy what u neeed to do is swap off into a drawn rook ending.

Gattaca
08-07-2010, 06:30 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

The only endings I have won lately have been bishops on opposite colours.

heligan
08-07-2010, 09:02 PM
Full results and games now available. Standings as follows (there was an error in yesterday's ... sorry...)

Masters after Rnd 6: WEST 5.5; Steadman 5; Smith, Shen 3.5; Thornton 3; Cheng 2.5; Solomon, van Riemsdijk, Watson 2; Hart 1
Qualifier after Rnd 6: DOWDEN, STUART, GIBBONS 4; Milligan, Ansell 3.5; Tanoi 3; Gao 2.5; Chen, Bennett 2; Forster 1.5

Tony Dowden
08-07-2010, 09:37 PM
IM norm watch

Mike Steadman needs 1.5/3

Bob Smith & Daniel Shen need a perfect 3/3

Capablanca-Fan
08-07-2010, 10:52 PM
[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.08"]
[Round "6.2"]
[White "Cheng, Bobby"]
[Black "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E14"]
[WhiteElo "2332"]
[BlackElo "2423"]
[PlyCount "86"]
[EventDate "2010.07.08"]

{Solo finds his usual form, to exploit a central majority v Q-side majority}1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 c6 3.c4 e6 4.Nbd2 Nf6 5.e3 c5 6.b3 Nc6 7.Bb2 cxd4 8.exd4 Be7 9.Bd3 0-0 10.0-0 b6 11.Re1 Bb7 12.Rc1 Rc8 13.Qe2 g6 14.a3 Re8 15.c5 a5 16.Bb5 Nd7 17.Bxc6 Bxc6 18.b4 axb4 19.axb4 Rb8 20.Bc3 [20.b5 Bxb5! 21.Qxb5 bxc5 22.Qe2 Rxb2] 20...bxc5 21.dxc5 Bf6 22.Bxf6 Qxf6 23.Rb1 Bb5 24.Qd1 e5 25.Nb3 e4 26.Nfd4 Bd3 27.Qd2 Ne5 [27...Bxb1 28.Rxb1 Ne5 29.b5 Nc4 30.Qe2 e3] 28.Ra1 Bc4 [28...Qh4 29.b5 Bxb5 30.Nxb5 Rxb5 31.Qxd5 Ng4] 29.b5 Bxb5 30.Nxb5 Rxb5 31.Qxd5 Nd3 32.Rf1 Nf4 33.Qc4 Reb8 34.Nd2 {This N can't find a safe square} 34...Rb4 35.Qa6 [35.Nxe4 Qxa1 36.Qxb4 Qxf1+] 35...Qg5 36.g3 Ne6 37.Qe2 [37.Rfd1 e3] 37...Rb2 38.Rab1 R8b3 39.Rbd1 Rd3 40.Qxe4 Rdxd2 41.c6 Qc5 42.Qf3 Ng5 43.Qg2 Rxf2 44.Rxf2 Nh3+ 45.Qxh3 Qxf2+ 46.Kh1 Qf3+ 47.Kg1 Qxd1+ {White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.08"]
[Round "6.3"]
[White "Hart, Ralph"]
[Black "Thornton, Gino"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E32"]
[WhiteElo "2223"]
[BlackElo "2181"]
[PlyCount "60"]
[EventDate "2010.07.08"]

{Black obtained a good position from the opening, and crushed White after further errors} 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 b6 7.f3 d5 8.Bg5 Ba6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Rc1 h6 11.Bh4 Nbd7 12.e3 Bxf1 13.Kxf1 c5! 14.dxc5 bxc5 {this P is taboo for most of the game because of the undefended Rc1} 15.Bxf6 Nxf6 16.Ne2 Rc8 17.Kf2 Re8 18.Qd3 Qd6 19.Ng3 Rb8 20.Qd2 Qe5 21.Rc2 Rb3 22.Re1 Nd7 23.e4 d4 24.f4?! Qb8 25.e5? [25.Kg1 d3 26.Rc3 Rxb2 27.Qxd3 Qxf4] 25...d3 26.Kg1 dxc2 27.Qxd7 Qd8 28.Qg4 Qd2 29.Rf1 Qe3+ 30.Kh1 c1=Q{White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.08"]
[Round "6.4"]
[White "Smith, Robert"]
[Black "Steadman, Mike"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C18"]
[WhiteElo "2273"]
[BlackElo "2277"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2010.07.08"]

{A messy game ending in a forced repetition} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. h4 Qa5 8. Bd2 Qa4 9. Qb1 a6 10. Nf3 Nd7 11. h5 h6 12. Rh4 Qc6 13. a4 b6 14. Bc1 Bb7 15. Rg4 Nf5 16. Bd3 O-O 17. c4 cxd4 18. cxd5 Qc5 19. Ba3 Qc3+ 20. Kf1 Rfe8 21. dxe6 fxe6 22. Qe1 Bxf3 23. gxf3 Nxe5 24. Qxe5 Qxa1+ 25. Kg2 Qxa3 26. Bxf5 Qf8 27. Bxe6+ Kh7 28. Rg6 Rad8 29. Qe4 Kh8 30. Qe5 Kh7 31. Qe4 Kh8 32. Qe5 {Draw agreed} 1/2-1/2

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.08"]
[Round "6.5"]
[White "West, Guy"]
[Black "van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D05"]
[WhiteElo "2325"]
[BlackElo "2416"]
[PlyCount "35"]
[EventDate "2010.07.08"]
{See Post 86 (http://chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=282780&postcount=86)}
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 d5 4. Bd3 c5 5. c3 Nc6 6. Nbd2 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. Re1 e5 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. Nxe5 Bxe5 11. e4 Bg4 12. Qc2 Re8 13. g3 Bc7 14. b3 dxe4 15. Nxe4 h6 16. Bb2 Nd7 17. f4 Nf8 18. Nf2 {Draw agreed} 1/2-1/2

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.08"]
[Round "6.5"]
[White "Dowden, Tony"]
[Black "Bennett, Hilton"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A24"]
[WhiteElo "2123"]
[BlackElo "1970"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2010.07.08"]

{Looked like a positional Q-side v K-side game, where White probably had an edge, but then Black made a careless central P push allowing White a decisive pin} 1.Nf3 d6 2.g3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.0-0 e5 7.d3 c6 8.Rb1 a5 9.a3 Bf5 10.b4 axb4 11.axb4 Qc8 12.Re1 Na6 13.b5 Nc5 14.Nd2 Bd7 15.Bb2 Ne8 16.Ra1 Rxa1 17.Qxa1 f5 18.Na4 Nxa4 19.Qxa4 f4 20.Ne4 fxg3 21.hxg3 d5? 22.cxd5 cxd5 [22...cxb5 is still bad but not losing as quickly] 23.Qb3! Be6 24.Ng5 Kh8 25.Nxe6 Qxe6 26.Qxd5 Qb6 27.e3 Nf6 28.Qxb7 Qa5 29.Ra1 Qd2 30.Bxe5 Nh5 31.Qf3! Qb4 [31...Rxf3 32.Ra8+ Rf8 33.Rxf8#] 32.Qxf8+! {Black resigns because if} [32...Qxf8 33.Ra8 Qxa8 34.Bxg7+ Kxg7 35.Bxa8 winning easily] 1-0

Adamski
08-07-2010, 11:31 PM
Thanks Jonathan,

I'm starting to play a little better.

Of course coming from colder climes than everyone else, the 'cold' conditions work in my favour (What snow and ice? I don't see any!) Seriously, this event in the chillbox of the (heated) Auckland Chess Centre is MUCH easier than playing in the oven of the Melbourne CC where last November it was about 40 degrees but there was NO air conditioning - I seriously thought I would overheat on one or two days!!

I reckon we should turn the heating off. I would then tip Gattaca to pick up a lucky four more wins after the touch move rule suddenly becomes prominent as the thin-blooded players largely lose fine motor control of their hands ;)

As for me I've still got a coat and hat I haven't worn yet (they are for when I do some alpine walking next week - it's not actually cold here ...). By the way I did point out it was too hot in the playing room in Rd 1 but I just got this kind of crazy look from the DOP like I was demented or something. So I've just been turning the occasional heater off when no one is looking :D

:P It must still be cold as Tony is doing well.

Tony Dowden
09-07-2010, 06:43 AM
:P It must still be cold as Tony is doing well.

Funnily enough after all that tough in cheek stuff about turning off heating, I really WAS too hot yesterday! I was down to a shirt after an hour or so while pretty much everyone else remained rugged up!

:hmm: I'm not too sure how they cope with a 10-15 degree temperature change during the game!

CivicChessMan
09-07-2010, 07:03 AM
1 Guy West 5.5 7:W 6:W 10:W 3:W 4:W 9:D
2 Mike Steadman 5 5:W 8:W 7:W 6:W 10:D 3:D
3 Bob Smith 3.5 6:D 10:W 4:D 1:L 9:W 2:D
4 Daniel Shen 3.5 10:D 5:W 3:D 8:W 1:L 7:D
5 Gino Thornton 3 2:L 4:L 8:W 7:W 6:L 10:W
6 Bobby Cheng 2.5 3:D 1:L 9:W 2:L 5:W 8:L
7 Bruce Watson 2 1:L 9:W 2:L 5:L 8:D 4:D
8 Stephen Solomon 2 9:D 2:L 5:L 4:L 7:D 6:W
9 Herman van Riemsdijk 2 8:D 7:L 6:L 10:W 3:L 1:D
10 Ralph Hart 1 4:D 3:L 1:L 9:L 2:D 5:L

1 Bob Gibbons 4 2:W 9:D 7:W 4:D 5:D 8:D
2 Tony Dowden 4 1:L 6:D 3:D 10:W 8:W 9:W
3 Peter Stuart 4 8:W 10:W 2:D 9:D 7:D 4:D
4 Helen Milligan 3.5 7:L 8:D 5:W 1:D 6:W 3:D
5 Alan Ansell 3.5 9:L 7:W 4:L 8:W 1:D 6:W
6 Edward Tanoi 3 10:W 2:D 9:W 7:D 4:L 5:L
7 Hans Gao 2.5 4:W 5:L 1:L 6:D 3:D 10:D
8 Eachen Chen 2 3:L 4:D 10:W 5:L 2:L 1:D
9 Hilton Bennett 2 5:W 1:D 6:L 3:D 10:L 2:L
10 Bill Forster 1.5 6:L 3:L 8:L 2:L 9:W 7:D

MrRookHammer
09-07-2010, 08:01 AM
An exciting event in the top group after 6 rounds. And some great performances by the top half of the field.

1 West, Guy 2325 +371 5.5
2 Steadman Mike 2277 +286 5
3 Smith, Robert 2273 +74 3.5
4 Shen, Daniel 2163 +178 3.5
5 Thornton, Gino 2181 +101 3
6 Cheng, Bobby 2332 -74 2.5
7 Watson, Bruce 2274 -96 2
8 Solomon Stephen 2423 -269 2
9 van Riemsdijk, Herman 2416 -228 2
10 Hart, Ralph 2223 -230 1

This Round sees the big clash between the stars of this event Steadman - West. With both players having outstanding performances, and there game likely to have a big effect on the who wins this event.

MrRookHammer
09-07-2010, 08:13 AM
Qualifier's performances


1 Gibbons, Robert 2002 +98 4/6
2 Dowden, Tony 2123 -4 4
3 Stuart, Peter 2053 +42 4
4 Milligan, Helen 2015 +17 3.5
5 Ansell, Alan 1975 +50 3.5
6 Tanoi, Edward 2013 -43 3
7 Gao, Hans 1793 +148 2.5
8 Chen, Eachen 2007 -108 2
9 Bennett, Hilton 1970 -72 2
10 Forster, Bill 1944 -141 1.5

Certainly a close race to the finish here, with 3 players in first, and two more hot on there heels half a point back. Its looking very hard to call at this stage

Hans Gao and Robert Gibbons will not doubt be picking up a big bunch of rating points with both having very good rating performances

Qbert
09-07-2010, 11:10 AM
Funnily enough after all that tough in cheek stuff about turning off heating, I really WAS too hot yesterday! I was down to a shirt after an hour or so while pretty much everyone else remained rugged up!

:hmm: I'm not too sure how they cope with a 10-15 degree temperature change during the game!

Whether it's because of your superior acclimatisation or just putting off your opponents, this striptease performance of your seems to be working Tony. ;) Keep it up!

flukey
09-07-2010, 05:43 PM
hmm, Gino is logged on and hasn't posted the results - I guess he didn't win!

heligan
09-07-2010, 06:16 PM
Full results and games are now available on the website.
Standings:
IM Standings after Rnd 7: WEST 6.5; Steadman 5; Smith 4.5; Shen 3.5; Solomon, van Riemsdijk, Cheng, Thornton 3; Watson 2.5; Hart 1

Qualifier Standings after Rnd 7: DOWDEN 5; Milligan, Gibbons, Ansell 4.5; Stuart 4; Tanoi 3.5; Bennett 3; Gao 2.5; Chen 2; Forster 1.5

Tony Dowden
09-07-2010, 06:52 PM
Whether it's because of your superior acclimatisation or just putting off your opponents, this striptease performance of your seems to be working Tony. ;) Keep it up!

OK, OK, I think that theme has had a full workout now :D

Adamski
09-07-2010, 11:40 PM
So Guy and Tony are now the clear leaders. Good to see chess chatters on top. :clap:

Capablanca-Fan
10-07-2010, 12:29 AM
[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.09"]
[Round "7.1"]
[White "van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Black "Shen, Daniel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C91"]
[WhiteElo "2416"]
[BlackElo "2163"]
[PlyCount "79"]
[EventDate "2010.07.09"]
{A sharp win by the veteran—his K-side attack crashed through just in time.}
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. d4 Bg4 10. Be3 exd4 11. cxd4 d5 12. e5 Ne4 13. Nc3 Nxc3 14. bxc3 Qd7 15. h3 Bh5 16. g4 Bg6 17. Bg5 Ba3 18. Qd2 Na5 19. Nh4 Nc4 20. Bxc4 bxc4 21. Nxg6 hxg6 22. Qc2 Rab8 23. Rab1 Rb6 24. Rxb6 cxb6 25. f4 Re8 26. f5 gxf5 27. gxf5 b5 28. Rf1 Bf8 29. Qg2 b4 30. Qg3 bxc3 31. Bf6 Qa7 32. Qg4 Kh7 33. Qh4+ Kg8 34. Kh1 c2 35. Rg1 Rb8 36. Bxg7 Bxg7 37. Qf6 Kf8 38. Qxg7+ Ke8 39. Qg8+ Ke7 40. f6+ {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.09"]
[Round "7.2"]
[White "Steadman, Mike"]
[Black "West, Guy"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E49"]
[WhiteElo "2277"]
[BlackElo "2325"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "2010.07.09"]
{The clash between the leaders. Black played into a bad line, as shown by such games as Botvinnik–Capablanca, Avro 1938 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1031957), Kotov–Unzicker, Saltsjöbaden Interzonal, 1952 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1084334), Kasparov vs Ivanovic, Izt 1983 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1070067), and even my own modest effort Sarfati–Stuart, NZ Champs 1987–1988 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1450731). Black offered a couple of draws, and White understandably refused them. But then White seemed to drift, and Black managed to exchange pieces and exploit his own Q-side majority.}
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 b6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Ne2 Ba6 10.0-0 c5 11.Ng3 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Nc6 13.Ra2 Re8 14.f3 Qd7 15.Re2 Rad8 {(=)} 16.Bb2 Re6 17.Rd1 cxd4 18.cxd4 Na5 19.e4 Rc8 20.e5 Ne8 21.f4 Rec6 22.f5 Nc4 23.Ba1 [23.Bc1 looks better, as it can better support White's K-side play.] 23...Qd8 24.Qf3 [24.f6! gxf6 25.Nf5 {flukey's logical suggestion, where the potential of the Ba1 might be unleashed if the Ps are exchanged} fxe5 {25... Re6 (Gattaca) 26. Qg3 Kf8 (26... Kh8 27. Nh6) 27. Qh4 fxe5 (27... Kh8 28. Rd3 wins) 28. Qxh7 (flukey)} 26.dxe5 Re6 27.Qg3+ Rg6 28.e6!! Rxg3 29.e7 Rg6 {else 30.Bh6#} 30.exd8=Q Rxd8 31.Rxd5! Ned6 32.Ne7+ Kf8 33.Nxg6+ {with an extra exchange—qbert}]24... b5 25.Ree1 [25.Rf1 White needs to aim for f6.] 25...Qg5 {(=)} 26.Rd3 Nc7 27.Bc3 a5 28.Ne2 Rb8 29.Qh3 Rh6 30.Rg3 {(=)} 30...Rxh3 Without the Qs on, and with White's R going off-side, Black now refuses the draw, hoping to use his Q-side majority. 31.Rxg5 Rd3 32.Ra1 [32.Rg3] 32...b4 33.axb4 axb4 34.Rb1 Na6 35.Be1 b3 36.e6 b2 37.e7 [37. f6 g6 38. e7 Nc7 39. Bg3 Rxg3 40. Nxg3 h6 41 Re5 {flukey}] 37... f6 38.Rg4 Re3 39.Nc3 Na3 40.Nxd5 Nxb1 {White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.09"]
[Round "7.3"]
[White "Thornton, Gino"]
[Black "Smith, Robert"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E94"]
[WhiteElo "2181"]
[BlackElo "2273"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2010.07.09"]
{White made serious concessions: exchanging his dark-squared B leaving Black's in command of those squares, and closing off his Q-side play. Thus Black was the only one who could really play for a win. But there was still a job to do before White blundered a piece.}
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d6 3. c4 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e4 O-O 6. Be2 Na6 7. O-O e5 8. d5 Nc5 9. Qc2 a5 10. Be3 Ng4 11. Bxc5 dxc5 12. Ne1 Nf6 13. Nd3 Qe7 14. Kh1 b6 15. a3 Ba6 16. Nc1 Ne8 17. Nb5 Nd6 18. Nxd6 cxd6 19. Bd3 Bc8 20. Ne2 f5 21. f3 Bh6 22. b4 Be3 23. bxc5 Bxc5 24. Nc3 Bd7 25. exf5 gxf5 26. Rfe1 Qh4 27. Re2 {(=)} Rf6 28. g3 Qh5 29. Rg2 Kh8 30. Be2 Qh6 31. Na4 Bd4 32. Rb1 Rb8 33. Nc3 Qe3 34. Rb3?? a4 {White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.09"]
[Round "7.4"]
[White "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Black "Hart, Ralph"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C12"]
[WhiteElo "2423"]
[BlackElo "2223"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2010.07.09"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Ne4 8.Qg4 g6 9.Bd3 Nxd2 10.Kxd2 c5 11.h4 Bd7 12.h5 g5 13.f4 Rg8 [13...gxf4 {it seems that Black didn't realize how strong White's passed Ps would be, thanks to his later Q sac.}] 14.Nf3 Nc6 15.fxg5 Qa5 16.g6 0-0-0 17.Qf4 fxg6 18.hxg6 Rdf8 19.Qxh6 Nxd4 20.Qxf8+! Rxf8 21.g7 Nxf3+ 22.gxf3 Rg8 23.Rh8 Qd8 24.Rxg8 Qxg8 25.Rg1 Kc7 26.c4 [26.Bh7 Qxh7 27.g8Q Qh2+ 28.Qg2 Qxe5 {would be a long drawn-out win, since Black has a P for the exchange and White's structure is bad. But White doesn't need to hurry with Bh7. An alternative plan is consolidation first with f4, Kc1 then Bh7, where a whole exchange up would win straightforwardly.}] 26...dxc4 27.Bxc4 b5 28.Bd3 b4 29.Kc1 Ba4 30.Rg2 a5 31.Bc4 Bd7 32.f4! {now White will end up even more than the exchange up} 32...Kb6 33.f5 Qb8 34.g8Q Qxe5 35.Qd8+ Kc6 36.Bb5+ Kxb5 37.Qxd7+ {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.09"]
[Round "7.2"]
[White "Gao, Hans"]
[Black "Dowden, Tony"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C18"]
[WhiteElo "1793"]
[BlackElo "2123"]
[PlyCount "92"]
[EventDate "2010.07.09"]
{Dr Dowden took the lead by going directly from the opening into a favorable endgame then converting}
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qc7 7. Qg4 f5 8. Qh5+ g6 9. Qd1 Bd7 10. Nf3 cxd4 11. cxd4 Ba4 12. Bd3 Qc3+ 13. Bd2 Qxd3! 14. cxd3 Bxd1 15. Kxd1 h6 {Now Black has essentially an extra P, since White's doubled D pawns can't make a passed P, and his bad B is also exchanged.} 16. Rb1 b6 17. h4 Nc6 18. Ke2 Rc8 19. Rhc1 Rh7 20. Rc2 Nce7 21. Rbc1 Rxc2 22. Rxc2 Kd7 23. g3 Nc6 24. Kd1 a6 25. Rb2 Kc7 26. Be3 Nge7 27. Kd2 Nc8 28. Rc2 Kd7 29. Rb2 Nd8 30. Ne1 {(=)} Nf7 31. Nc2 Kc7 32. Nb4 Kb7 33. Rc2 Ne7 34. Na2 g5 35. h5 Nc6 36. f3 f4 37. Bg1 fxg3 38. Ke1 Ne7 39. Nc3 Nd8 40. Rg2 Nf5 41. Ne2 Rf7 42. Nxg3 Nh4 43. Rf2 Nxf3+ 44. Kf1 Nd2+ 45. Ke2 Rxf2+ 46. Bxf2 Nb1 {White resigns} 0-1

flukey
10-07-2010, 06:32 AM
I think Steadman played fine and could have clinched things with the thematic 24 f6! gf 25 Nf5 ... the attack should then be overwhelming ... note black has to careful about taking on e5 and unleash Ba1 and otherwise white can go Qg3 threatening ef and Re8 then Qg7 mate.

Tony Dowden
10-07-2010, 06:46 AM
IM norm watch

Mike Steadman 1.5/2 (Van Riemsdijk, Shen)
Bob Smith 2/2 (Solomon, Watson)

Today will be a tough round as the IM's seem to be firing at last. Still, if either (or both!) Kiwis win it will be an exciting final round.

Tony Dowden
10-07-2010, 06:51 AM
So Guy and Tony are now the clear leaders. Good to see chess chatters on top. :clap:

Thanks Jonathan - you are a very good encourager/exhorter. My last two opponents (each just a half point behind me) will be tough though. Young Alan Ansell pulled off a nice win against Peter Stuart yesterday and Helen Milligan is also playing very steadily.

Qbert
10-07-2010, 07:28 AM
Come on Tony, see if you can reach the 'shadow IM norm' score of 6.5 in the challengers. After warming up at the start, your games are looking a lot more self-assured in the last few rounds.:clap:

But I agree your last two opponents will be tough.

Qbert
10-07-2010, 07:51 AM
I think Steadman played fine and could have clinched things with the thematic 24 f6! gf 25 Nf5 ... the attack should then be overwhelming ... note black has to careful about taking on e5 and unleash Ba1 and otherwise white can go Qg3 threatening ef and Re8 then Qg7 mate.

It would certainly have started to look like one of your games Stephen!:)
Here is a sample line that give an idea of the tactical options that were on:
[24.f6! gxf6 25.Nf5 fxe5 26.dxe5 Re6 27.Qg3+ Rg6 28.e6!! Rxg3 29.e7 Rg6 {else 30.Nh6#} 30.exd8=Q Rxd8 31.Rxd5! Ned6 32.Ne7+ Kf8 33.Nxg6+ fxg6]
(I tried and failed to edit this into the pgn copied from Jono's post - the pgn viewer just won't recognise it.

Gattaca
10-07-2010, 08:03 AM
I think Steadman played fine and could have clinched things with the thematic 24 f6! gf 25 Nf5 ... the attack should then be overwhelming ... note black has to careful about taking on e5 and unleash Ba1 and otherwise white can go Qg3 threatening ef and Re8 then Qg7 mate.

Mike played the opening very well and got a good position. Theory is not my strong point and Mike knows this position very well, whereas I've never had it before. I was trying to avoid any preparation from Mike's coach, Ian Rogers. :)

However, it's a bit strong to say 24 f6 gxf6 25 Nf5 clinches things. If I went into that variation I would have played 25...Re6 and there is plenty of fight left. I did think I was worse, hence the draw offer. Unfortunately by the time Mike offered a draw later I was much better. I would have been happy with a draw and seeing Mike coast to a norm.

flukey
10-07-2010, 08:38 AM
Yeah, I think the tactical draw offers got Mike in slightly the wrong frame of mind - ie "I have the draw in hand and can play safely for the win". Very common scenario - in fact the reason I sometimes offer a draw to a higher rated player when I know they won't accept it. Then when the person who thinks they have the draw in hand offers one back a rejection can lead to a quick collapse, as in this game.

Yes, perhaps "clinches" is too strong but it is the sort of thematic move that activates all white's pieces and really should lead to a position where white can safely play for a win despite the minus pawn given blacks open king and need to use major pieces defensively (eg Re6). Certainly more fun for white than blacks rooks coordinating down c file!

Capablanca-Fan
10-07-2010, 08:41 AM
I've edited the PGN to include the above analysis. I still think Mike was a bit inaccurate earlier, but Lukey's line looks very hard for Black to play.

flukey
10-07-2010, 08:51 AM
It would certainly have started to look like one of your games Stephen!:)
Here is a sample line that give an idea of the tactical options that were on:
[24.f6! gxf6 25.Nf5 fxe5 26.dxe5 Re6 27.Qg3+ Rg6 28.e6!! Rxg3 29.e7 Rg6 {else 30.Bh6#} 30.exd8=Q Rxd8 31.Rxd5! Ned6 32.Ne7+ Kf8 33.Nxg6+ fxg6]
(I tried and failed to edit this into the pgn copied from Jono's post - the pgn viewer just won't recognise it.

Wow, that is a nice line Qbert!!! I'm not sure I would have found that one over the board - let a guy take your queen and reply with a non-check pawn thrust!! Of course the key was e7 took away the f8 flight square while attacking the queen at the same time. Amazing stuff.

Watto
10-07-2010, 08:53 AM
I did think I was worse, hence the draw offer.
Just curious, my Fritz 9 has the position as more or less equal, Black no worse =(-0.06) with the first draw offer at move 15 and =(0.16) at the second at move 25 (if White replies 26.Bc3)
Is this a position that Fritz doesn't quite understand or was it just your perception that you were worse at that stage or is it a more difficult position to play on a practical level for Black?

Edit: I meant move 25

Qbert
10-07-2010, 09:10 AM
I've edited the PGN to include the above analysis. I still think Mike was a bit inaccurate earlier, but Lukey's line looks very hard for Black to play. Thanks Jono - unfortunately my typo (Bh6# instead of Nh6# - since corrected) is in the pgn file too...

flukey
10-07-2010, 09:10 AM
However, it's a bit strong to say 24 f6 gxf6 25 Nf5 clinches things. If I went into that variation I would have played 25...Re6 and there is plenty of fight left.

In light of Qberts pretty variation and the fact that after 25 ... Re6 26 Qg3 Kf8 (Kh8 27 Nh6) 27 Qh4 fe (Kh8 28 Rd3 wins) 28 Qh7 and black is finished after some combination of de and doubling rooks on the f-file, I might revert back to my initial "clinches" prognosis!!

None of this is to undermine Guy's cool defensive play in the game that nicely capitalised on white's indecision.

Qbert
10-07-2010, 09:12 AM
Wow, that is a nice line Qbert!!! I'm not sure I would have found that one over the board - let a guy take your queen and reply with a non-check pawn thrust!! Of course the key was e7 took away the f8 flight square while attacking the queen at the same time. Amazing stuff.

Yeah - to see something like that over the board - that would be amazing. The line was too good not to share.

flukey
10-07-2010, 09:12 AM
Watto, I think Fritz doesn't understand such positions! The point is that in such positions white can steadily imporve things from say move 13 onwards and black doesn't have much counterplay. This is all illustrated by the games Jono references.

Watto
10-07-2010, 09:23 AM
Watto, I think Fritz doesn't understand such positions! The point is that in such positions white can steadily imporve things from say move 13 onwards and black doesn't have much counterplay. This is all illustrated by the games Jono references.
ah, thanks - I hadn't really looked at Jono's pgn because I'd already played over the game. I'll take a look at the games he mentions!
p.s. nice games - thanks Jono!

flukey
10-07-2010, 09:25 AM
I'll also be fractionally premature and congratulate Guy on his tournament win!

CivicChessMan
10-07-2010, 09:35 AM
1 Guy West 6.5 9:W 5:W 10:W 3:W 4:W 6:D 2:W
2 Mike Steadman 5 7:W 8:W 9:W 5:W 10:D 3:D 1:L
3 Bob Smith 4.5 5:D 10:W 4:D 1:L 6:W 2:D 7:W
4 Daniel Shen 3.5 10:D 7:W 3:D 8:W 1:L 9:D 6:L
5 Bobby Cheng 3 3:D 1:L 6:W 2:L 7:W 8:L 9:D
6 Herman van Riemsdijk 3 8:D 9:L 5:L 10:W 3:L 1:D 4:W
7 Gino Thornton 3 2:L 4:L 8:W 9:W 5:L 10:W 3:L
8 Stephen Solomon 3 6:D 2:L 7:L 4:L 9:D 5:W 10:W
9 Bruce Watson 2.5 1:L 6:W 2:L 7:L 8:D 4:D 5:D
10 Ralph Hart 1 4:D 3:L 1:L 6:L 2:D 7:L 8:L

1 Tony Dowden 5 2:L 6:D 5:D 10:W 9:W 7:W 8:W
2 Bob Gibbons 4.5 1:W 7:D 8:W 4:D 3:D 9:D 6:D
3 Alan Ansell 4.5 7:L 8:W 4:L 9:W 2:D 6:W 5:W
4 Helen Milligan 4.5 8:L 9:D 3:W 2:D 6:W 5:D 10:W
5 Peter Stuart 4 9:W 10:W 1:D 7:D 8:D 4:D 3:L
6 Edward Tanoi 3.5 10:W 1:D 7:W 8:D 4:L 3:L 2:D
7 Hilton Bennett 3 3:W 2:D 6:L 5:D 10:L 1:L 9:W
8 Hans Gao 2.5 4:W 3:L 2:L 6:D 5:D 10:D 1:L
9 Eachen Chen 2 5:L 4:D 10:W 3:L 1:L 2:D 7:L
10 Bill Forster 1.5 6:L 5:L 9:L 1:L 7:W 8:D 4:L

flukey
10-07-2010, 09:56 AM
Did Mike Steadman miss a last golden opportunity on move 37?

My chess computer is a 15 year old version of crafty running on an almost kaput laptop, so maybe the Rykba brigade can try 37 f6!

As far as I can make out, after 37 f6 g6 38 e7 Nc7 39 Bg3 Rg3 40 Ng3 h6 41 Re5 is tough for black with white seemingly in no danger of losing.

After 37 f6 f3 38 Nf4! Re3 39 Rg7 Kh8 40 Re7 also looks very tough for black as the direct 40 ... Re1 41 Re1 b1(q) 42 Rb1 Rb1 43 Kf2 wins, and 40 ... Na3 41 Rb2! Re1 42 Kf2 Rb2 43 Ke1 also looks a world of pain for black.

I wonder what the clock position was at this point, maybe a time scramble??

Watto
10-07-2010, 10:23 AM
I wonder what the clock position was at this point, maybe a time scramble??
Yes, Guy said he had made a mental note earlier on not to allow it but short of time, and a bit mentally fatigued, he did! But then Mike was even shorter of time and didn't see it.

Desmond
10-07-2010, 10:33 AM
I'll also be fractionally premature and congratulate Guy on his tournament win!
Yes, outstanding performance. :clap:

flukey
10-07-2010, 10:45 AM
Yes, Guy said he had made a mental note earlier on not to allow it but short of time, and a bit mentally fatigued, he did! But then Mike was even shorter of time and didn't see it.

That explains it ... I must say that is one of my tricks as well ... make a mental note to avoid something then a few moves later stumbling into it!

heligan
10-07-2010, 01:54 PM
IM event:
Hart 1-0 Watson
Smith-Solomon (12:00pm start - still playing)
West 1-0 Thornton
Van Riemsdijk 0-1 Steadman
Shen ½-½ Cheng
Qualifier:
Stuart ½-½ Gibbons
Forster 0-1 Ansell
Dowden ½-½ Milligan
Bennett 0-1 Gao
Chen 0-1 Tanoi

Watto
10-07-2010, 02:22 PM
IM event:
Hart 1-0 Watson
Smith-Solomon (12:00pm start - still playing)
West 1-0 Thornton
Van Riemsdijk 0-1 Steadman
Shen ½-½ Cheng
Qualifier:
Stuart ½-½ Gibbons
Forster 0-1 Ansell
Dowden ½-½ Milligan
Bennett 0-1 Gao
Chen 0-1 Tanoi
Congrats Guy. :) Also, great to see that Steadman's norm chances are still alive. :clap: Should be an exciting last round!

CivicChessMan
10-07-2010, 02:50 PM
Congrats Guy. :) Also, great to see that Steadman's norm chances are still alive.

That's a great result for Mike Steadman who now just needs half a point tomorrow against Daniel Shen with the white pieces. A short draw seems likely.

heligan
10-07-2010, 02:53 PM
I don't think Mike is aware that a short draw is a possible way for a game to finish...

CivicChessMan
10-07-2010, 02:57 PM
1 Tony Dowden 5.5 3:L 6:D 5:D 10:W 9:W 8:W 7:W 4:D 2:
2 Alan Ansell 5.5 8:L 7:W 4:L 9:W 3:D 6:W 5:W 10:W 1:
3 Bob Gibbons 5 1:W 8:D 7:W 4:D 2:D 9:D 6:D 5:D 10:
4 Helen Milligan 5 7:L 9:D 2:W 3:D 6:W 5:D 10:W 1:D 8:
5 Peter Stuart 4.5 9:W 10:W 1:D 8:D 7:D 4:D 2:L 3:D 6:
6 Edward Tanoi 4.5 10:W 1:D 8:W 7:D 4:L 2:L 3:D 9:W 5:
7 Hans Gao 3.5 4:W 2:L 3:L 6:D 5:D 10:D 1:L 8:W 9:
8 Hilton Bennett 3 2:W 3:D 6:L 5:D 10:L 1:L 9:W 7:L 4:
9 Eachen Chen 2 5:L 4:D 10:W 2:L 1:L 3:D 8:L 6:L 7:
10 Bill Forster 1.5 6:L 5:L 9:L 1:L 8:W 7:D 4:L 2:L 3:


A fitting finale to the Qualifiers with the two leaders Tony Dowden and Alan Ansell meeting in the final round. Will Tony and Alan go for the win and outright victory or play it safe? The latter option gives both Bob Gibbons and Helen Milligan a fighting chance to join them.

CivicChessMan
10-07-2010, 03:01 PM
I don't think Mike is aware that a short draw is a possible way for a game to finish...

That's probably true. With the white pieces he may decide to go for glory. Was there any move minimum agreed upon?

Garvinator
10-07-2010, 03:05 PM
That's probably true. With the white pieces he may decide to go for glory. Was there any move minimum agreed upon?
The most glory would be the IM norm, so if he is not aware that a short draw is possible, he will be by tomorrow ;)

heligan
10-07-2010, 03:06 PM
No, there's no minimum move rule here.

GinoTHEstud
10-07-2010, 03:08 PM
Mike told me today in the car that he wants to get his IM title properly what ever that means. I think the reason he turned down wests draw offers was principal to the postion. Helen means that he will play it out and earn the norm. Even though most of us would secure the draw and take the norm. Not sure what mike wants to do... im sure he will play.

There is no min move to draw in this event.

Qbert
10-07-2010, 03:08 PM
I don't think Mike is aware that a short draw is a possible way for a game to finish...
With the last mathematical possibility of catching West gone, even Steadman may take a draw rather than risk losing the benefit of all his hard work in this tournament. It's no longer premature to congratulate Guy now, though :clap: .

I suspect Dr Dowden has no such scruples in the Challengers... might be the first game finished :)

Kevin Bonham
10-07-2010, 03:18 PM
A fitting finale to the Qualifiers with the two leaders Tony Dowden and Alan Ansell meeting in the final round.

Who is white in this game?

[EDIT: found it on the site, Ansell has white.]

CivicChessMan
10-07-2010, 03:21 PM
Mike told me today in the car that he wants to get his IM title properly what ever that means. I think the reason he turned down wests draw offers was principal to the postion. Helen means that he will play it out and earn the norm. Even though most of us would secure the draw and take the norm. Not sure what mike wants to do... im sure he will play.

I'm sure that noone will begrudge Mike a short draw. Getting an IM norm is hard enough so a draw is a means to an end.

Gattaca
10-07-2010, 04:29 PM
However, it's a bit strong to say 24 f6 gxf6 25 Nf5 clinches things. If I went into that variation I would have played 25...Re6 and there is plenty of fight left.

In light of Qberts pretty variation and the fact that after 25 ... Re6 26 Qg3 Kf8 (Kh8 27 Nh6) 27 Qh4 fe (Kh8 28 Rd3 wins) 28 Qh7 and black is finished after some combination of de and doubling rooks on the f-file, I might revert back to my initial "clinches" prognosis!!

None of this is to undermine Guy's cool defensive play in the game that nicely capitalised on white's indecision.

Sorry, I was doing it blindfold and had in my head the position after 25... Qg5, when 26 f6 is not so simple. Now I know the position you mean.

During the game I'd intended to meet 24 f6 with g6. Am I getting mated? I knew it looked bad, but I didn't see the mate.

Today I got a chance to show what I can do with an opening position I like, after the unseemly grovelling of the last two games. :) There were lots of nice sacrificial lines, but Gino sidestepped them all. I have done some light notes. Is there anyone I can e-mail the pgn file to who can post it with the notes?

Thanks to the people who congratulated me, but the tournament isn't over yet. I'm just taking it one game at a time... don't want to get ahead of myself. Mr Rookhanger still has Mike as hot favourite.

I don't see any point in Mike busting his hump to try and beat Daniel. It's every bit a norm earned the right way. Daniel is a good player, and actually if he wanted to, could throw the kitchen sink at Mike knowing that Mike needs a draw. Personally I think a draw is obvious and sensible; it's certainly not prearranged, just acceptable to both players you would think.

Garvinator
10-07-2010, 04:32 PM
I have done some light notes. Is there anyone I can e-mail the pgn file to who can post it with the notes?
Send the file to me at graygarvin@gmail.com and I will put it up.

flukey
10-07-2010, 05:15 PM
Just spoke to Mike and got the impression he will have no qualms taking a one move draw if it is on offer! Certainly no madcap glory winning plans are entering his head. Which is all very sensible.

Gattaca
10-07-2010, 05:31 PM
Just spoke to Mike and got the impression he will have no qualms taking a one move draw if it is on offer! Certainly no madcap glory winning plans are entering his head. Which is all very sensible.

I'm pleased to hear that! He's done superbly considering he's also the organiser. Great play and great attitude.

I've send that game through, Garvin, but not sure if it worked. Let me know.

I'll be gone for a while though... All Blacks vs Springboks starting now!

Gattaca
10-07-2010, 06:32 PM
Anyone know what heppened in Smuth - Solomon yet? I thought Smuth looked a bit butter when I lift.

heligan
10-07-2010, 06:39 PM
Full results and games now available on the website. Smith-Solomon was drawn in 124 moves. Standings:

IM Standings after Rnd 8: WEST 7.5; Steadman 6; Smith 5; Shen 4; Cheng, Solomon 3.5, van Riemsdijk, Thornton 3; Watson 2.5; Hart 2

Qualifier Standings after Rnd 8: ANSELL, DOWDEN 5.5; Milligan, Gibbons 5; Stuart, Tanoi 4.5; Gao 3.5, Bennett 3; Chen 2; Forster 1.5

Watto
10-07-2010, 07:16 PM
That's a disappointing result for Smith after such a long game - looks like he was winning for most of it!

ER
10-07-2010, 07:33 PM
So Guy won the tournament? Shall we claim one for Australia?


Full results and games now available on the website.

link plz?

Watto
10-07-2010, 07:40 PM
So Guy won the tournament?
...
link plz?
Tournament isn't over yet - one round to go - but yes Guy has won it.
This is the link: http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/results.html

ER
10-07-2010, 07:57 PM
Tournament isn't over yet - one round to go - but yes Guy has won it.
This is the link: http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/results.html

WOW thanks Watto!!!!

http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Holidays_and_Party/fireworks-074.gif

He didn't practice his Kiwi accent for nothing after all!!!

thanks for the link too!

Malfegor01
10-07-2010, 08:26 PM
Congratulations Guy:clap:

Tony Dowden
10-07-2010, 08:49 PM
Just spoke to Mike and got the impression he will have no qualms taking a one move draw if it is on offer! Certainly no madcap glory winning plans are entering his head. Which is all very sensible.

Ditto. Mike reassures me he is actually able to 'change gears' and not burn his bridges in every game afterall!

Tony Dowden
10-07-2010, 08:58 PM
That's a disappointing result for Smith after such a long game - looks like he was winning for most of it!

Yes and no.

In my opinion Smith was a little worse for a long time (maybe even lost) but since his norm chances were still 'live' he doggedly kept trying and trying and trying. Solo had less to play for and due to likely exhaustion seemed to lose concentration at critical moments when the were down to under five minutes each. Eventually just when Smith should have bagged it (104.Ke4 looks like it might be 'the go') he went astray and Solo found a way to liquidate the last two White pawns.

Tony Dowden
10-07-2010, 09:00 PM
Anyone know what heppened in Smuth - Solomon yet? I thought Smuth looked a bit butter when I lift.

:hmm: Despite some personal coaching this afternoon Guy still can't distinguish between a Kiwi 'u' and a Kiwi 'i' ;)

Tony Dowden
10-07-2010, 09:04 PM
I'm pleased to hear that! He's done superbly considering he's also the organiser. Great play and great attitude.

I've send that game through, Garvin, but not sure if it worked. Let me know.

I'll be gone for a while though... All Blacks vs Springboks starting now!

Interested readers and students of Kiwiana will want to know that the Blacks won by four glorious tries to none (34 -12, I think). Admittedly one of the Boks pulled off a backwards head-butt though :eek: (Look out Wallabies)

Just hope Guy can do the maths and clinch the tournament win tomorrow ;)

Tony Dowden
10-07-2010, 09:07 PM
I don't think Mike is aware that a short draw is a possible way for a game to finish...

Lol, actually he's been getting LOTS of free advice on that particular point!

Adamski
10-07-2010, 11:20 PM
Hearty congratulations to IM Guy West - a terrific performance to have won with a round in hand. Hoping Tony finsihes at least first equal in the Challengers tomorrow.

CivicChessMan
11-07-2010, 12:37 AM
1 Guy West 7.5 9:W 5:W 10:W 3:W 4:W 8:D 2:W 7:W 6:
2 Mike Steadman 6 7:W 6:W 9:W 5:W 10:D 3:D 1:L 8:W 4:
3 Bob Smith 5 5:D 10:W 4:D 1:L 8:W 2:D 7:W 6:D 9:
4 Daniel Shen 4 10:D 7:W 3:D 6:W 1:L 9:D 8:L 5:D 2:
5 Bobby Cheng 3.5 3:D 1:L 8:W 2:L 7:W 6:L 9:D 4:D 10:
6 Stephen Solomon 3.5 8:D 2:L 7:L 4:L 9:D 5:W 10:W 3:D 1:
7 Gino Thornton 3 2:L 4:L 6:W 9:W 5:L 10:W 3:L 1:L 8:
8 Herman van Riemsdijk 3 6:D 9:L 5:L 10:W 3:L 1:D 4:W 2:L 7:
9 Bruce Watson 2.5 1:L 8:W 2:L 7:L 6:D 4:D 5:D 10:L 3:
10 Ralph Hart 2 4:D 3:L 1:L 8:L 2:D 7:L 6:L 9:W 5:

Metro
11-07-2010, 02:33 AM
Hearty congratulations to IM Guy West - a terrific performance to have won with a round in hand. Hoping Tony finsihes at least first equal in the Challengers tomorrow.
Very impressive result for Guy:clap:
I wonder, what is his secret of success?

Capablanca-Fan
11-07-2010, 11:07 AM
:hmm: Despite some personal coaching this afternoon Guy still can't distinguish between a Kiwi 'u' and a Kiwi 'i' ;)
Typical. They don't realise that a Kiwi "i" is not like an Aussie "u" but instead is virtually dropped. A better rendition would have been:


Inyone know what heppened in Sm'th - Solomon yit? I thought Sm'th looked a b't bitter whin I lift.

Basil
11-07-2010, 11:12 AM
Typical. They don't realise that a Kiwi "i" is not like an Aussie "u" but instead is virtually dropped. A better rendition would have been:


Inyone know what heppened in Sm'th - Solomon yit? I thought Sm'th looked a b't bitter whin I lift.
Bwa ha ha :D The kiwi ab'l'ty tu take thu p'ss upon 'tself 's truly commendable.

Capablanca-Fan
11-07-2010, 11:17 AM
[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.10"]
[Round "8.2"]
[White "Hart, Ralph"]
[Black "Watson, Bruce"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E12"]
[WhiteElo "2223"]
[BlackElo "2277"]
[PlyCount "87"]
[EventDate "2010.07.10"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 b6 4. a3 Bb7 5. Nc3 d5 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. e4!? Nxc3 8. bxc3 Bxe4 9. Ne5 c6 10. Qh5 g6 11. Qe2 Bf5 12. g4 Qd5 13. gxf5! Qxh1 14. Nxf7! Qd5 15. fxg6 Rg8 16. Bg2 Qf5 17. Be4 Qh3 18. Qc4 Rxg6 19. Ng5 Rxg5 20. Bxg5 Qg4 21. Bxc6+ Nxc6 22. Qxc6+ Kf7 23. Qxa8 Qg1+ 24. Ke2 Qxa1 25. Qxa7+ Kg6 26. Bd2 Qa2 27. Qa8 Bh6 28. Qg8+ Kf6 29. Qh8+ Kg6 30. f4 Qd5 31. Qe5 Qg2+ 32. Kd3 Kf7 33. Qc7+ Kf6 34. Qxh7 Qxh2 35. Qe4 b5 36. Qe5+ Kf7 37. Qxb5 Bxf4 38. Bxf4 Qxf4 39. Qh5+ Ke7 40. Qe5 Qf1+ 41. Kc2 Qg2+ 42. Kb3 Qb7+ 43. Kc4 Kf7 44. a4 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.10"]
[Round "8.3"]
[White "Smith, Robert"]
[Black "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C18"]
[WhiteElo "2273"]
[BlackElo "2423"]
[PlyCount "247"]
[EventDate "2010.07.10"]
Some gritty Solo endgame defence saved half a point here. When White obtained the winning NPPvN, he should have moved his K to e4 on move 104 or 105, so it's in a position to support either P. Having not done this, he should have guarded the pawns with his N from behind. That way, it can't be taken by the K without allowing the Ps to queen.

Earlier on, Smith looked worse; Black was effectively an a-pawn up because White's doubled c-pawns were useless. Note that Solo avoided repetition around move 40. But he then managed to lose that a-pawn, and his position was quite dangerous after that because the Pf7 was lost as well.
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qc7 7. Nf3 b6 8. a4 Ba6 9. Bxa6 Nxa6 10. O-O Ne7 11. Qd3 c4 12. Qe2 Nb8 13. Ba3 Nbc6 14. g3 h6 15. h4 h5 16. Kg2 Nf5 17. Rfb1 O-O-O 18. Bc1 Qd7 19. Bf4 Kb7 20. a5 Rb8 21. Qd1 Kc7 22. axb6+ Rxb6 23. Ng5 Rxb1 24. Rxb1 g6 25. Qc1 Qe7 26. Rb5 Rb8 27. Rxb8 Kxb8 28. Qb1+ Qb7 29. Qa1 a5 30. Qa3 Qe7 31. Qa4 Kc7 32. Bc1 Qe8 33. Ba3 Nh6 34. Qb5 Qa8 35. Bd6+ Kc8 36. Bf8 a4 37. Ba3 Kc7 38. Qc5 Qb8 39. Qd6+ Kb6 40. Qc5+ Kc7 41. Qd6+ Kb7 42. Qc5 Qa8 43. Qb5+ Kc7 44. Bd6+ Kd7 45. Nh7 Ng8 46. Qb6 Qc8 47. Ba3 Ke8 48. Qb5 Qa8 49. Qc5 Nge7 50. Qb6 Qc8 51. Qb5 Qa8 52. Qb6 Kd7 53. Nf6+ Kc8 54. Qc5 Qb7 55. Ne8 Qa7 56. Nd6+ Kd7 57. Qb5 Qa5 58. Qb7+ Qc7 59. Qa8 Nd8 60. Qxa4+ Nec6 61. Qb5 Qa5 62. Qb2 Qa7 63. Bc5 Qa6 64. Qc1 Qa5 65. Qe3 Qa2 66. Qf3 Qxc2 67. Nxf7 Nb7 68. Bf8 Qf5 69. Ng5 Qxf3+ 70. Kxf3 Nba5 71. Ba3 Nb3 72. Ke3 Na7 73. Nh3 Nb5 74. Bb2 Ke7 75. Nf4 Kf7 76. Ne2 Na5 77. Kd2 Nc6 78. f3 Ne7 79. Kc2 Nf5 80. Bc1 Kg7 81. Bg5 Kf7 82. g4 Ng7 83. Bd8 Na7 84. Nf4 Nc6 85. Bf6 Ne8 86. gxh5 gxh5 87. Bg5 Ng7 88. Bf6 Ne8 89. Nxh5 Kg6 90. Ng3 Nxf6 91. exf6 e5 92. dxe5 Nxe5 93. f4 Nf3 94. h5+ Kxf6 95. Kd1 Nh2 96. h6 Ng4 97. Nf5 Kg6 98. Ne7+ Kxh6 99. Nxd5 Kg6 100. Ke2 Nh6 101. Ne3 Nf7 102. Nxc4 Kf6 103. Kf3 Nd8 104. Ne3 Nb7 105. c4 Nc5 106. Kg4 Nd3 107. Kf3 Nc5 108. Nd5+ Kf5 109. Ke3 Ne6 110. Kd3 Nc5+ 111. Kd4 Ne6+ 112. Ke3 Nc5 113. Ne7+ Kg4 114. f5 Kg5 115. Kd4 Nd7 116. Kd5 Kf6 117. Kd6 Ne5 118. c5 Nf3 119. c6 Nd4 120. Nd5+ Kxf5 121. Ne7+ Ke4 122. c7 Nb5+ 123. Kc6 Nxc7 124. Kxc7 {Draw by insufficient mating material}
1/2-1/2

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.10"]
[Round "8.4"]
[White "West, Guy"]
[Black "Thornton, Gino"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D46"]
[WhiteElo "2325"]
[BlackElo "2181"]
[PlyCount "59"]
[EventDate "2010.07.10"]

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.d4 c6 6.Bd3 0-0 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.e4 {Unlike the game with van Riemsdijk, West gets in e4 first.} 8...dxe4 9.Nxe4 Nxe4 10.Bxe4 Nf6?! [10...c5] 11.Bc2 b6 12.Bg5 Be7 13.Qd3 g6 14.Rad1 Bb7 15.Ne5 Nd7 16.Bf4 Nxe5 17.Bxe5 Qd7 18.Qg3 Rfd8 19.Rd3 c5 {should have been earlier where it would have cost nothing} 20.Qh3 f5 {a sad necessity, becausen White threatened 21. Qxh7+!} 21.dxc5 Qe8 22.cxb6 Rxd3 23.Bxd3 axb6 24.a3 Rd8 25.Re1 Qc6 26.Bf1 Qd7 27.Bc3 Be4 28.b4 Bf8 29.Qg3 b5 30.f3 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.10"]
[Round "8.5"]
[White "Van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Black "Steadman, Mike"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C12"]
[WhiteElo "2416"]
[BlackElo "2274"]
[PlyCount "116"]
[EventDate "2010.07.10"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. bxc3 Ne4 8. Qg4 g6 9. Qf4 c5 10. Bd3 Nxd2 11. Qxd2 Nc6 12. Nf3 c4 13. Be2 Bd7 14. h4 Qe7 15. h5 g5 16. Nh2 f5 17. exf6 Qxf6 18. Ng4 Qg7 19. O-O-O O-O-O 20. Rde1 Rhf8 21. Bf3 Rf5 22. Re3 b5 23. Rhe1 Qf8 24. Kb2 Kc7 25. Ne5 Nxe5 26. Rxe5 Rf4 27. Qe3 b4 28. Ka1 Rb8 29. Rb1 bxc3 30. Qxc3 Rxb1+ 31. Kxb1 Qb8+ 32. Kc1 Qb6 33. g3 Rxd4 34. Rxg5 hxg5 35. h6 e5 36. h7 Qh6 37. Qa5+ Kc8 38. Bxd5 g4+ 39. Kb2 Qxh7 40. Qc5+ Kd8 41. Qf8+ Be8 42. Qd6+ Kc8 43. Be6+ Kb7 44. Bd5+ Rxd5 45. Qxd5+ Bc6 46. Qxe5 Qe4 47. Qg7+ Kb6 48. Kc3 a5 49. a3 Kb5 50. Kb2 Ka4 51. Qc3 Bd5 52. Qg7 Qf3 53. Kb1 Kxa3 54. Qb2+ Ka4 55. Qd4 Qe4 56. Qc3 Qe6 57. Qd4 Qe1+ 58. Ka2 Qe4 {White resigns} 0-1

GinoTHEstud
11-07-2010, 01:40 PM
West beat solomon and mike drew with shen to secure the IM norm.

I drew with herman.Final standings shouldnt be too far away.

Very impressive by west and mike.

Regards to my game with west. I should of played h6 gives black an = game in this line... ITs funny i play it from white all the time. Mike and shen reached the same postion today for obvious reasons daniel didnt play nf6 cause its just horrible for black. He playe h6! the book move... and black plays e5 with about = chances. anyways good lesson learnt that i need to learn more theory

heligan
11-07-2010, 01:49 PM
Final results are up on the website. Crosstables, games and more photos will follow.
IM Standings after Rnd 9: WEST 8.5; Steadman 6.5; Smith 5; Cheng, Shen 4.5; Solomon, Thornton, van Riemsdijk,Watson 3.5; Hart 2

Qualifier Standings after Rnd 9: GIBBONS, MILLIGAN, ANSELL, DOWDEN 6; Stuart, Tanoi 5; Gao 4.5, Bennett 3; Chen 2; Forster 1.5
(Bob Gibbons 1st on tie-break and qualifies for the Masters next year, subject to rating)

flukey
11-07-2010, 02:03 PM
Well done Mike on the IM norm and well done Guy on the win.

Spiny Norman
11-07-2010, 03:05 PM
Congratulations Guy, very well done indeed!

Tony Dowden
11-07-2010, 03:34 PM
Bwa ha ha :D The kiwi ab'l'ty tu take thu p'ss 's upon 'tself 's truly commendable.

L'L

Tony Dowden
11-07-2010, 03:38 PM
Well done Mike on the IM norm and well done Guy on the win.

Indeed. Guy and Mike were both very impressive. And, almost unnoticed, Bob and Gino put some runs on the board which will give them some encouragement for Siberia.

Tony Dowden
11-07-2010, 03:40 PM
Final results are up on the website. Crosstables, games and more photos will follow.

Qualifier Standings after Rnd 9: GIBBONS, MILLIGAN, ANSELL, DOWDEN 6; Stuart, Tanoi 5; Gao 4.5, Bennett 3; Chen 2; Forster 1.5
(Bob Gibbons 1st on tie-break and qualifies for the Masters next year, subject to rating)

Special congratulations to Alan Ansell (13) from New Plymouth for his excellent result.

Igor_Goldenberg
11-07-2010, 04:55 PM
Congratulations to Mike Steadman on the IM norm.
Congratulations to Guy West on phenomenal result - essentially steam-rolling a very strong field.

heligan
11-07-2010, 05:50 PM
Final standings and games up now on the website.

Kevin Bonham
11-07-2010, 05:52 PM
Guy's performance rating for this effort: a mere 2796. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Carl Gorka
11-07-2010, 06:29 PM
Great effort Guy:clap:

Basil
11-07-2010, 06:30 PM
Guy's performance rating for this effort: a mere 2796. :clap: :clap: :clap:
That's what I'm talkin' about, boys :clap:

MrRookHammer
11-07-2010, 06:35 PM
Congrats to IM Guy West for a very outstanding performance,
and for Mike Steadman first IM norm with a super performance in the first half of the event (certainly looking like NZ's next IM).

Great results in the Qualifier by Bob Gibbons, Helen Milligan, and Alan Ansell to share first with top seed Tony Dowden. Also notable Hans Gao the lowest rated player in the field, who will be picking up a truckload of rating points for his fine performance well over his rating.

Watto
11-07-2010, 06:55 PM
A superb result, Guy. Well done! :)

Also great to see Mike Steadman get his first IM norm. For some reason I thought he already had a norm or two from playing at the SIO or Doeberl but he must have just been on track to get one but didn't make it or something. Anyway, very pleased for you, Mike, and congratulations!

Congrats too to the four joint winners of the qualifiers. :)

Also, thanks again to Helen and Ewen and anyone else who was involved (maybe Mike since he was the organiser) in ensuring that the results and games were either emailed or uploaded shortly after the games were over. Great job and much appreciated...

heligan
11-07-2010, 07:01 PM
You should thank Ewen. He spent the hours creating the pgn files and emailing them out. Me, I spent 5 minutes after dinner each night putting them up on the web.

Watto
11-07-2010, 07:08 PM
You should thank Ewen. He spent the hours creating the pgn files and emailing them out. Me, I spent 5 minutes after dinner each night putting them up on the web.
I did thank Ewen :hmm: but maybe by 'you' you just mean that if people generally are expressing their gratitude, they should thank him in particular. Absolutely... :)

Leonid Sandler
11-07-2010, 07:11 PM
Congratulations to Guy West for the superb result crashing through a very strong field with a fantastic score!

Well done to Mike Steadman ,which shows that you can improve your game not only when you are a teenager!


Good luck in the future tournaments.


Leonid Sandler

Adamski
11-07-2010, 07:54 PM
I did thank Ewen :hmm: but maybe by 'you' you just mean that if people generally are expressing their gratitude, they should thank him in particular. Absolutely... :)Are we talking Ewen Green here? A man who has done much for NZ chess over many years. I first met him way back in my teens. I too offer my congrats for his efforts.:clap:

Congrats to all the winners and really pleased to see Mike Steadman get an IM norm. Guy should play more often outside Vic after that result. How about Aus Open 2011?

Capablanca-Fan
12-07-2010, 03:05 AM
Guy's performance rating for this effort: a mere 2796. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Does he get a GM norm then?

Capablanca-Fan
12-07-2010, 03:15 AM
[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.11"]
[Round "9.1"]
[White "Steadman, Mike"]
[Black "Shen, Daniel"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D46"]
[WhiteElo "2277"]
[BlackElo "2163"]
[PlyCount "21"]
[EventDate "2010.07.11"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. d4 d5 4. Nf3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. e4 dxe4 9. Nxe4 Nxe4 10. Bxe4 h6 11. b3 {Draw agreed. ( A first IM-norm for White )} 1/2-1/2

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.11"]
[Round "9.2"]
[White "Thornton, Gino"]
[Black "van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D38"]
[WhiteElo "2181"]
[BlackElo "2416"]
[PlyCount "40"]
[EventDate "2010.07.11"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 O-O 8. Qb3 c5 9. a3 Bxc3+ 10. Qxc3 Nc6 11. cxd5 cxd4 12. Nxd4 exd5 13. Bd3 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 Qxd4 15. exd4 Bd7 16. Kd2 Rfe8 17. Rac1 Rac8 18. Rhe1 Rxe1 19. Rxc8+ Bxc8 20. Kxe1 Kf8 {Draw agreed} 1/2-1/2

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.11"]
[Round "9.3"]
[White "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Black "West, Guy"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C45"]
[WhiteElo "2423"]
[BlackElo "2325"]
[PlyCount "92"]
[EventDate "2010.07.11"]
{Looks like Solo is trying quite reasonably to get his year's quota of blunders out of the way in one tournament. I hope for a return to his usual powerful form soon. Against a very in-form West, there was no chance after losing the P.}
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 Qxf3 7.gxf3 bxc6 8.Nc3 Ne7 9.Be3 Bxe3 10.fxe3 d6 11.f4 0-0 12.Bd3 f5 13.Kd2 fxe4 14.Nxe4 Bf5 15.Rhg1 Rae8 16.h4? Nd5! winning a P with a good position besides 17.Nc3 Nxe3 18.Rae1 Bxd3 19.cxd3 Nf5 20.Rxe8 Rxe8 21.Ne4 Rb8 22.Kc3 h6 23.h5 Rf8 24.Kd2 Ne7 25.Rf1 Rf5 26.Ng3 Rb5 27.b3 Nf5 28.Ne4 Rb8 29.Rc1 c5 30.Ke2 Kf7 31.Kf3 a5 32.Kg4 Ne3+ 33.Kf3 Nd5 34.Nxc5?! rather desperate, but any R ending is hopeless a P down and lots of isolanis. 34...dxc5 35.Rxc5 Ke6 36.Ke4? Rb5! 37.Rxb5 Nc3+ 38.Kd4 Nxb5+ 39.Kc5 Na7 40.d4 g6 41.hxg6 h5 42.f5+ Kf6 43.Kd5 Nb5 44.a4 Nc3+ 45.Kc4 h4 46.Kxc3 h3 {White resigns} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.11"]
[Round "9.4"]
[White "Watson, Bruce"]
[Black "Smith, Robert"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E91"]
[WhiteElo "2274"]
[BlackElo "2273"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2010.07.11"]

1. Nf3 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e4 O-O 6. Be2 Nbd7 7. O-O c5 8. Rb1 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Nc5 10. f3 Bd7 11. Be3 a6 12. Qd2 Rc8 13. Rfc1 Ne6 14. Nb3 Bc6 15. Nd5 Nd7 16. Na5 Kh8 17. b4 f5 18. exf5 gxf5 19. f4 b6 20. Nxc6 Rxc6 21. Bf3 Rc8 22. g3 Rb8 23. Bf2 Nc7 24. Qd3 a5 25. a3 e5 26. Nxc7 Qxc7 27. Rd1 Rf6 28. Bd5 e4 29. Qc2 axb4 30. axb4 b5 31. Bd4 Rg6 32. Bxg7+ Rxg7 33. Be6 bxc4 34. Bxf5 Rxb4 35. Bxd7 Rxb1 36. Rxb1 Rxd7 37. Qxe4 d5 38. Qe8+ Kg7 39. Rb8 Qc5+ 40. Kg2 Re7 41. Qg8+ {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.11"]
[Round "9.5"]
[White "Cheng, Bobby"]
[Black "Hart, Ralph"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A84"]
[WhiteElo "2332"]
[BlackElo "2223"]
[PlyCount "45"]
[EventDate "2010.07.11"]
{Cool defence by White against a sacrificial attack. Black simply ran out of pieces to attack with}
1. Nf3 b6 2. g3 Bb7 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O f5 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Be7 7. d4 O-O 8. Qc2 Na6 9. Rd1 Qe8 10. a3 Qh5 11. d5 Nc5 12. Bf4 d6 13. b4 Nce4 14. dxe6 g5 15. Nxg5 Ng4 16. Ngxe4 Qxh2+ 17. Kf1 fxe4 18. e3 Bh4 19. gxh4 Rxf4 20. exf4 e3 21. Bxb7 exf2 22. Qd3 Qxf4 23. Bxa8 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.11"]
[Round "9.1"]
[White "Gao, Hans"]
[Black "Chen, Eachen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C18"]
[WhiteElo "1793"]
[BlackElo "2007"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2010.07.11"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qc7 7. Qg4 f5 8. Qg3 cxd4 9. cxd4 Ne7 10. c3 O-O 11. Ne2 Bd7 12. a4 Nbc6 13. Nf4 Rf7 14. h4 Na5 15. Be2 Nb3 16. Rb1 Nxc1 17. Rxc1 Qb6 18. Bh5 Rff8 19. Qg5 Nc6 20. Rh3 Qd8 21. Qg3 Rc8 22. Rb1 Na5 23. Be2 Qe7 24. h5 Rf7 25. Ng6 Qd8 26. Nf4 Kh8 27. Kd2 b6 28. Rbh1 h6 29. Qg6 Re7 30. Qg3 Rf7 31. Bd1 Nc4+ 32. Ke1 Nb2 33. Bc2 Kg8 34. Qg6 Qe8 35. g4 Re7 36. gxf5 Qxg6 37. Nxg6 Ree8 38. fxe6 Bxe6 39. Rg3 Rc7 40. Nf4 Ree7 41. Bb3 Nc4 42. Rhg1 Rcd7 43. Rg6 Bf5 44. Rxh6 Kf7 45. Nxd5 {Black resigns } 1-0

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.11"]
[Round "9.2"]
[White "Milligan, Helen"]
[Black "Bennett, Hilton"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "2015"]
[BlackElo "1970"]
[PlyCount "109"]
[EventDate "2010.07.11"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 a6 6. g3 Bg4 7. Bg2 e6 8. O-O Nc6 9. Bf4 Qd7 10. Ne2 Be7 11. c3 O-O 12. h3 Bh5 13. g4 Bg6 14. Ne5! Nxe5 15. dxe5 Qxd1 16. Raxd1 Ne4 17. Rd4! Nxf2 [17...Nc5 18.b4 {but giving up two minors for a R leaves little chance}] 18. Rxf2 Bc5 19. Kh2 Bxd4 20. Nxd4 c6 21. Bg5 Bd3 22. Be7 Rfe8 23. Bd6 Bc4 24. b3 Bd5 25. Bf1 c5 26. Nc2 b6 27. Ne3 c4 28. Nxd5 {now that the two minors are the 2Bs, Black is totally lost} 28... exd5 29. Bg2 cxb3 30. axb3 Ra7 31. Bxd5 Rc8 32. c4 b5 33. c5 a5 34. c6 a4 35. bxa4 bxa4 36. c7 Raxc7 37. Bxc7 Rxc7 38. Rb2 g6 39. Rb8+ Kg7 40. Rb7 Rc2+ 41. Kg3 a3 42. Rxf7+ Kh6 43. Rf2 Rc3+ 44. Kf4 Rc5 45. Ba2 Rb5 46. e6 g5+ 47. Ke4 Rb4+ 48. Kd5 Rb5+ 49. Kc6 Re5 50. Kd7 Ra5 51. Rc2 Ra7+ 52. Rc7 Ra4 53. e7 Rd4+ 54. Kc8 Rb4 55. Rc4! [55. e8=Q Rb8+! {but then} 56. Kd7 avoids stalemate] {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.11"]
[Round "9.3"]
[White "Ansell, Alan"]
[Black "Dowden, Tony"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A56"]
[WhiteElo "1975"]
[BlackElo "2123"]
[PlyCount "25"]
[EventDate "2010.07.11"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 d6 4. Nc3 e5 5. e4 Nbd7 6. Be2 Be7 7. Be3 a6 8. a4 h5 9. h3 Nf8 10. Qc2 Ng6 {(=)} 11. g3 h4 12. g4 Nh7 13. O-O-O {Draw agreed}1/2-1/2

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.11"]
[Round "9.4"]
[White "Gibbons, Robert"]
[Black "Forster, Bill"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A02"]
[WhiteElo "2002"]
[BlackElo "1944"]
[PlyCount "99"]
[EventDate "2010.07.11"]

1. g3 f5 2. f4 Nf6 3. Nf3 e6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. b3 O-O 6. O-O c5 7. c4 Nc6 8. Bb2 d6 9. d3 Ng4 10. Qd2 Bf6 11. Nc3 a6 12. h3 Nh6 13. e4 Qe8 14. Ne2 e5 15. exf5 Nxf5 16. g4 e4 17. dxe4 Bxb2 18. Qxb2 Ne3 19. Rf2 Nb4 20. Qd2 Qxe4 21. Ng5 Qd3 22. Qxd3 Nxd3 23. Rf3 Re8 24. Nc3 Nxg2 25. Rxd3 Nxf4 26. Rxd6 h6 27. Nge4 Nxh3+ 28. Kh2 Bxg4 29. Nxc5 Re5 30. Nxb7 Rf8 31. Rd8 Rxd8 32. Nxd8 Ng5 33. Nc6 Re3 34. Nd5 Rh3+ 35. Kg2 Bf3+ 36. Kf2 Rh2+ 37. Ke3 h5 38. Rg1 Re2+ 39. Kd3 Rg2 40. Rxg2 Bxg2 41. Ne5 h4 42. Ke3 h3 43. Kf2 Ne6 44. Kg3 g5 45. Ne3 Nf4 {(=)} 46. Nxg2 hxg2 47. Kf2 Ne2 48. Kxg2 Nc1 49. c5 Kf8 50. c6 {Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "George Trundle Qualifier 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.07.11"]
[Round "9.5"]
[White "Tanoi, Edward"]
[Black "Stuart, Peter"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B47"]
[WhiteElo "2013"]
[BlackElo "2053"]
[PlyCount "78"]
[EventDate "2010.07.11"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Ndb5 Qb8 7. Be3 a6 8. Bb6 axb5 9. Nxb5 Bb4+ 10. c3 Ba5 11. Nc7+ Qxc7 12. Bxc7 Bxc7 13. Qg4 Be5 14. f4 Nf6 15. Qf3 Bc7 16. Bb5 O-O 17. O-O d5 18. Bxc6 bxc6 19. exd5 cxd5 20. h3 Bb6+ 21. Kh2 Ba6 22. a4 Bxf1 23. Qxf1 Rfc8 24. a5 Bxa5 25. Qb5 Bc7 26. Rxa8 Rxa8 27. Qb7 Bxf4+ 28. g3 Rb8 29. Qa7 Rxb2+ 30. Kg1 Bxg3 31. Qa3 Rb8 32. c4 Ne4 33. c5 Bf2+ 34. Kg2 Bxc5 35. Qa4 h5 36. h4 Rb2+ 37. Kh3 Bd6 38. Qe8+ Kh7 39. Qg8+ Kxg8 {Stalemate} 1/2-1/2

Gattaca
12-07-2010, 11:59 AM
Congratulations Guy:clap:

Thanks, and a big thank you to everyone else too, for all the kind words.

I had a nightmare flight on the way home, ultimately delayed by nearly 4 hours, so I didn't get to bed until 3am last night, which is 5am on my NZ clock. Coupled with the early morning round vs Solo, it was a very long day!

Good luck to all the players from the Masters, both Aussie and Kiwi, who are off to the Olympiad.

Can someone let Bobby know that I've got his NZ $150 for coming = 4rth and will pass it on when I see him.

ER
12-07-2010, 01:09 PM
Thanks, and a big thank you to everyone else too, for all the kind words.


Welcome back and congrats again Guy! :clap: BTW did you see my pyrotechnics in post 147? :P

Qbert
12-07-2010, 03:22 PM
Great tournaments. Great performances by all the winners. It was fitting that the frst NZer to earn an IM norm from the Trundle Masters was Mike - the opportunity wouldn't exist without him.:clap:

ER
12-07-2010, 05:35 PM
BTW all those who wish to see the final game Guy vs Solo from this great tournament, have a look in Shaun Press's Blog "Chessexpress" here
http://chessexpress.blogspot.com/
Apart from this game, other details from the tournament as well as a many other interesting articles! good work Shaun! :clap:

Solo
12-07-2010, 05:56 PM
Yes well done Guy for a 2790 performance! And Mike for the IM norm. Mike could well have scored 1 or 1.5 more he played so well. I thought I played well, but my opponents played better!:rolleyes: :)

Kevin Bonham
12-07-2010, 05:57 PM
BTW all those who wish to see the final game Guy vs Solo from this great tournament, have a look in Shaun Press's Blog "Chessexpress" here
http://chessexpress.blogspot.com/

Or just scroll up a few posts where you can play through it with game viewer! :D

ER
12-07-2010, 06:38 PM
Or just scroll up a few posts where you can play through it with game viewer! :D

ops sorry, hadn't seen that! :) :eh: :hmm: :lol:

Rhubarb
14-07-2010, 03:11 AM
Fantastic result for Guy!! :clap: :clap:

Plus the IM norm to Mike Steadman :clap: :clap: