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Kevin Bonham
13-09-2004, 02:49 AM
Launceston 11-12 Sep 2004 7xG60 Swiss

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6.5/7 Kevin Bonham (1943)
5.5 Mile Pavicic (1959)
5 Phil Donnelly (1709)
4.5 John Slidziunas (1792)
4 Ramin Rezaie (1794), Michael Schmidt (U/R), Paul Berzins (1763), John O'Mara (1292) (U1500 ratings prize), Tony Sturges (1344) (U1700 ratings prize), Leo Minol (1219)
3.5 Graham Richards* (1439), Dallas Fry (1370), Sameh Menkarious (U/R)
3 John Tandori (U/R), Noel O'Mara (1517)
2 Remi Ritchie* (U/R)(j)(junior prize), Mustagh Rezaie* (U/R)(j), Brad Watkins*(U/R)
1 Samir Hardas* (U/R)

Ritchie defeated M. Rezaie in a rapid playoff for the junior prize.

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An Accelerated Swiss was used for rounds 1-3 to avoid expected 700-point mismatches in round 1. Had more been known about the playing strength of the several unrated players maybe a different decision would have been taken - it transpired that Schmidt played at close to 1700 and Tandori at around 1550. As it happened these two played in round 1 as they had been seeded in the bottom half.

Six of the original 25 entrants, including outright contenders Glen Gibbs and Nigel Frame, withdrew before the event commenced for a range of reasons. Also FM Lim Yee Weng was expecting to play but had too many other commitments.

The defining game of the tournament was the round 2 top board clash between Slidziunas and Pavicic. Slidziunas had lost horribly in his two previous games with Pavicic but got one back against the Burnie champion. Pavicic needed to beat Bonham with Black in round 6 to maintain serious chances of winning the event, but the latter came out of the opening with a glorious +/- position before fiddling around too much and letting Pavicic equalise for a fairly lame draw. Tony Sturges, making a rare appearance on board 1 after an upset win over Tandori (who crashed from 3/4 to 3/7), then gave the winner a serious scare before succumbing in time trouble.

John O'Mara is very underrated (despite a tendency to lose on time) and I expect he'll soon be in the 1400s if not the 1500s.

Not too many incidents, though there was a spate of silly draw offers and claims. For instance on day 1, I was offered draws by an opponent who had just exchanged into a dead lost pawn ending, an opponent who was a pawn down and behind on the clock, and an opponent who was behind on the clock and outrated by hundreds of ratings points. :rolleyes:

Hope to have some games from this event up by the end of this week, waiting for people to email some in and haven't had time to analyse mine yet.

Kevin Bonham
14-09-2004, 10:15 PM
Pavicic - Slidziunas. White should have taken the triple rep draw at move 41 and counted himself lucky after being worse for most of the game. He didn't want the draw ... and didn't get it.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 g6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.Be3 0-0 9.h3 Bd7 10.Qd2 Qc8 11.Kh2 Rb8 12.a4 Re8 13.Rab1 a6 14.Bf3 Ne5 15.Bh6 b5 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.axb5 axb5 18.b4 Nc4 19.Qe2 e5 20.Nb3 Na3 21.Ra1 Qxc3 22.Rxa3 Qxb4 23.Ra7 Be6 24.Rd1 Ra8 25.Rb7 Reb8 26.Rxb8 Rxb8 27.Qd3 Rd8 28.Rb1 Bc4 29.Qe3 Ra8 30.Bd1 Be6 31.Nd2 Qa5 32.Nb3 Qc7 33.f3 Ra3 34.Qc1 b4 35.Qb2 Qa7 36.Nd2 Ba2 37.Ra1 Nh5 38.Qxb4 Qe3 39.Qxd6 Qf4+ 40.Kg1 Qe3+ 41.Kh2 Qf4+ 42.Kh1 Re3 43.Be2 Rxe2 44.Nf1 Be6 45.Kg1 Bxh3 0-1

Bonham-Slidziunas. There were some interesting tactical points here, most of which were missed by both players.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.d3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Nc3 d6 8.0-0 Nf6 9.e5 Ng4 10.exd6 exd6 (10...Nxe3 looked unplayable because of 11.dxe7 but that is refuted by 11...Qb6 so better 11.d7+ Qxd7 12.fxe3) 11.Bg5 Qc7 12.Re1+ Be6 13.Nd2 0-0 14.h3 (I saw 14.Rxe6 Nxf2! but didn't realise White still has 15.Re7 Qxe7 16.Bxe7 Nxd1 17.Rxd1 with rook and two pieces for queen) 14...Nf6 15.Qf3 Nd5 16.Nde4 f5 17.Nxc5 dxc5 (17...Bf7! 18.Ne6 Bxe6 19.Rxe6 Nxc3 20.bxc3 Bxc3 21.Rd1! intending d4 is still very good for White.) 18.Rxe6 Nxc3 19.bxc3 Bxc3 20.Rb1 Rab8 21.Rxb8 Rxb8 22.Bf4 Rb1+ 23.Kh2 Qd7 24.Rxc6 Qe8 25.Qd5+ Kh8 26.Re6 Qf8 27.Be5+ 1-0

ursogr8
15-09-2004, 07:54 AM
Not too many incidents [..] a spate of silly draw offers and claims. For instance on day 1, I was offered draws by an opponent who had just exchanged into a dead lost pawn ending, an opponent who was a pawn down and behind on the clock, and an opponent who was behind on the clock and outrated by hundreds of ratings points. :rolleyes:




The 'incidents' you note are prevalent also in our Rookies (junior) events.

A new one that entered the lexicon last night is that quite a few juniors were heard to ask their opponent 'btw what is your mobile phone number'.
In case you think this a bit presumptuous, note that the bulletin (#3) from the recent VIC Championships has the remark against move 27. Black > Black's only hope is for White's mobile phone to ring. :)

Alan Shore
15-09-2004, 03:11 PM
The 'incidents' you note are prevalent also in our Rookies (junior) events.

A new one that entered the lexicon last night is that quite a few juniors were heard to ask their opponent 'btw what is your mobile phone number'.
In case you think this a bit presumptuous, note that the bulletin (#3) from the recent VIC Championships has the remark against move 27. Black > Black's only hope is for White's mobile phone to ring. :)

See what kind of dodginess this rule is promoting?

Garvinator
02-10-2004, 01:58 AM
Launceston 11-12 Sep 2004 7xG60 Swiss

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6.5/7 Kevin Bonham (1943)
5.5 Mile Pavicic (1959)
5 Phil Donnelly (1709)
4.5 John Slidziunas (1792)
4 Ramin Rezaie (1794), Michael Schmidt (U/R), Paul Berzins (1763), John O'Mara (1292) (U1500 ratings prize), Tony Sturges (1344) (U1700 ratings prize), Leo Minol (1219)
3.5 Graham Richards* (1439), Dallas Fry (1370), Sameh Menkarious (U/R)
3 John Tandori (U/R), Noel O'Mara (1517)
2 Remi Ritchie* (U/R)(j)(junior prize), Mustagh Rezaie* (U/R)(j), Brad Watkins*(U/R)
1/6 Samir Hardas* (U/R)

just confirming, this was a gp event correct?

Garvinator
02-10-2004, 06:58 PM
just confirming, this was a gp event correct?
i take it you missed my question Kevin?

Kevin Bonham
02-10-2004, 07:47 PM
i take it you missed my question Kevin?

I take it that I've only just got around to seeing this thread.

Yes, it was a GP event. Any further info you need? Ramin Rezaie is the same guy who appears as "Rezaje-Chalezamini" on the ratings list. He dropped the second part and the first part had been misspelled. (Pity, before that he had the longest name in Australian chess.)

Garvinator
02-10-2004, 09:06 PM
I take it that I've only just got around to seeing this thread.

Yes, it was a GP event. Any further info you need? Ramin Rezaie is the same guy who appears as "Rezaje-Chalezamini" on the ratings list. He dropped the second part and the first part had been misspelled. (Pity, before that he had the longest name in Australian chess.)
Its alright, i had worked all that out and gp points have been done.

Rincewind
02-10-2004, 11:20 PM
Yes, it was a GP event. Any further info you need? Ramin Rezaie is the same guy who appears as "Rezaje-Chalezamini" on the ratings list. He dropped the second part and the first part had been misspelled. (Pity, before that he had the longest name in Australian chess.)

That honour would now be held by Ariel Zeleznikow-Johnston - with or without the name change.