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CivicChessMan
16-01-2012, 05:17 AM
There is the tournament within the tournament, namely the New Zealand Championship. Defending champion Anthony Ker will be challenged by the likes of Russell Dive, Paul Garbett, Bob Smith, Stephen Lukey and Mike Steadman, all of whom are in the top 10 on the NZCF rating list. Juniors Luke Li, Daniel Shen, Alan Ansell and Hans Gao will also be worth following. The luck of the draw may play a significant part in the race for the NZ title. Let's hope that the NZers can take a few GM scalps along the way. That being said, the first round looks straightforward for the top Kiwis.

CivicChessMan
16-01-2012, 05:38 AM
Anthony Ker started his defence of the NZ Championship with a win over Kenneth Holt (AUS). As expected, Paul Garbett, Bob Smith, Stephen Lukey, Mike Steadman, Luke Li, Daniel Shen and Alan Ansell all won while Russell Dive was held to a draw vs Harry Press (AUS). Performances of the round were Hans Gao's draw with IM Stephen Solomon (AUS) and William Li's draw with WIM Christin Andersson (SWE).

Pick of the round 2 matches are Shen vs GM Zhao Jun (CHN), Ansell vs GM Darryl Johansen (AUS) and Luke Li vs GM Klaus Bischoff (GER). Ker has a tough opponent in Ivan Dordevic (NZL).

Tony Dowden
16-01-2012, 11:43 AM
Anthony Ker started his defence of the NZ Championship with a win over Kenneth Holt (AUS). As expected, Paul Garbett, Bob Smith, Stephen Lukey, Mike Steadman, Luke Li, Daniel Shen and Alan Ansell all won while Russell Dive was held to a draw vs Harry Press (AUS). Performances of the round were Hans Gao's draw with IM Stephen Solomon (AUS) and William Li's draw with WIM Christin Andersson (SWE).

Pick of the round 2 matches are Shen vs GM Zhao Jun (CHN), Ansell vs GM Darryl Johansen (AUS) and Luke Li vs GM Klaus Bischoff (GER). Ker has a tough opponent in Ivan Dordevic (NZL).

I reckon Alan Ansell has th goods to rate a chance for draw against the new Aussie champion but it will greatly depend on Darryl's headspace

Craig_Hall
16-01-2012, 04:21 PM
Tony got that one right - Ansell drew. Meanwhile, Lukey, Ker and Li all lost.

Adamski
16-01-2012, 06:50 PM
Tony got that one right - Ansell drew. Meanwhile, Lukey, Ker and Li all lost.
Does this mean that Ansell has 1.5/2 v Johansen or have they played more? (Of course his win includes an illegal move and has been much published, including on CC.)

CivicChessMan
16-01-2012, 07:04 PM
Anthony Ker found out that Ivan Dordevic was indeed a tough opponent and lost. Stephen Lukey has been surprisingly beaten by Ari Dale (AUS). Russell Dive, Paul Garbett, Bob Smith and Mike Steadman all won. Alan Ansell drew with GM Daryll Johansen (AUS), this time without the use of an illegal knight move, for the best Kiwi result of round 2. Peter Stuart held Tim Reilly (AUS) to a draw.

NZ Championship leaderboard:

2 Garbett, Smith, Steadman, Dordevic
1.5 Dive, Ansell, Sue Maroroa, Stuart
It's a difficult round 3 for the leading Kiwis. Garbett vs GM Zhao Jun (CHN), Smith vs GM Zhao Xue (CHN), Steadman vs IM George Xie (AUS) and Dordevic vs GM Ganguly (IND).

Adamski
16-01-2012, 09:58 PM
Anthony Ker found out that Ivan Dordevic was indeed a tough opponent and lost. Stephen Lukey has been surprisingly beaten by Dale Ari (AUS). Russell Dive, Paul Garbett, Bob Smith and Mike Steadman all won. Alan Ansell drew with GM Daryll Johansen (AUS), this time without the use of an illegal knight move, for the best Kiwi result of round 2. Peter Stuart held Tim Reilly (AUS) to a draw.

NZ Championship leaderboard:

2 Garbett, Smith, Steadman, Dordevic
1.5 Dive, Ansell, Sue Maroroa, Stuart
It's a difficult round 3 for the leading Kiwis. Garbett vs GM Zhao Jun (CHN), Smith vs GM Zhao Xue (CHN), Steadman vs IM George Xie (AUS) and Dordevic vs GM Ganguly (IND).
Thanks CCM. Note for future reference that the talented junior from Victoria is Ari Dale, not Dale Ari.

CivicChessMan
17-01-2012, 04:51 AM
Thanks CCM. Note for future reference that the talented junior from Victoria is Ari Dale, not Dale Ari.Corrected :)

that Caesar guy
17-01-2012, 10:38 AM
Stephen Lukey has been surprisingly beaten by Ari Dale (AUS).
With no disrespect to Stephen, it's not that surprising. Ari is quite a talented player, and the way he won that particular game was quite nice too; in what looked like a worse position he held on, and ended up a rook down in an ending but winning o_0. You'd have to assume he'd seen how he was winning a fair way off, too...

CivicChessMan
17-01-2012, 07:57 PM
It took 63 moves for GM Zhao Jun to beat Paul Garbett and that meant all the NZ Championship leaders lost, not unexpectedly. Russell Dive with his win over WIM Christin Andersson (SWE) is now the outright Championship leader with 2.5 points. Peter Stuart had an excellent result in drawing with IM Andrew Brown (AUS) for the best Kiwi result of this round. Defending champion Anthony Ker only managed a draw with Adrian Flitney (AUS).

NZ Championship leaderboard

2.5 Dive
2 Dordevic, Garbett, Smith, Shen, Milligan, Steadman, Fuatai, Lukey, Johnson
Luke Li, Machdoem, Duneas, Pinic, Stuart
Dive vs GM Johansen (AUS) and Luke Li vs GM Kivanc (TUR) are the pick of the round 4 matches.

Tony Dowden
17-01-2012, 08:35 PM
Tony got that one right - Ansell drew. Meanwhile, Lukey, Ker and Li all lost.

Yes, I should charge for my predictions ;)

(I was actually also thinking James 'Little Jimmy' might do OK against Gawain today but I didn't post it)

Agent Smith
17-01-2012, 09:00 PM
Does this mean that Ansell has 1.5/2 v Johansen or have they played more? (Of course his win includes an illegal move and has been much published, including on CC.)
Some inspiration (?) for Darryl :)

[Event "Sydney International Open"]
[Site "Parramatta, NSW"]
[Date "2010.04.07"]
[Round "1.12"]
[White "Ansell, Alan"]
[Black "Johansen, Darryl Keith"]
[Result "1-0"]
1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.Nf3 g6 4.c4 Bg7 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bf4 O-O 7.Qd2 a6 8.e4 Qa5 9.
Bd3 b5 10.O-O Nbd7 11.h3 bxc4 12.Bxc4 Qb4 13.Bd3 a5 14.a3 Qb6 15.Rfe1 Bb7
16.Na4 Qd8 17.Bh6 Re8 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Nc3 Qb6 20.Bb5 Red8 21.a4 Qc7 22.b3
Rab8 23.Qb2 Kg8 24.Qd2 Ne8 25.Qh6 f6 26.Ne2 Ng7 27.Bc4 Qb6 28.Nf4 Ba6 29.
Bxa6 Qxa6 30.Re3 Ne5 31.Nxe5 fxe5
{White now made an illegal move which wasn't noticed by either player.
32.Nh2 Rb4 33.Nf3 Nh5 34.Ng5 Nf6 35. Ne6.}
1-0

flukey
17-01-2012, 11:13 PM
With no disrespect to Stephen, it's not that surprising. Ari is quite a talented player, and the way he won that particular game was quite nice too; in what looked like a worse position he held on, and ended up a rook down in an ending but winning o_0. You'd have to assume he'd seen how he was winning a fair way off, too...

He did defend well but the rook sac was a time trouble best chance ... as it turned out (Rykba) it was still winning for me if I played the one and only winning move ... which naturally enough i didn't play!

CivicChessMan
18-01-2012, 07:57 PM
Round 3 leader Russell Dive lost to GM Johansen (AUS) and so now there are a group of five on 3 points. The biggest surprise is Helen Milligan who defeated defending champion Anthony Ker to leave Ker way down the standings in 106th place. Paul Garbett, Noel Pinic who beat clubmate Bob Smith, Stephen Lukey and Daniel Shen join Milligan as joint leaders. Best Kiwi performance of the round was Luke Li's draw with GM Kivanc (TUR).

NZ Championship leaderboard

3 Milligan, Garbett, Pinic, Lukey and Shen
2.5 Li, Alan Ansell, John Duneas, Hans Gao, Dive, Sue Maroroa and Peter Stuart
Pick of the round 5 matches are Lukey vs GM Ganguly (IND) and Pinic vs FM Bobby Cheng (AUS).

Bollard
18-01-2012, 08:00 PM
Great effort so far by Helligan who must have been preoccupied with the organisation of this event.

Well Done:clap:

Adamski
18-01-2012, 10:14 PM
Great effort so far by Helligan who must have been preoccupied with the organisation of this event.

Well Done:clap:
Seconded. She has bounced back brilliantly from her round 1 loss.

CivicChessMan
19-01-2012, 09:36 PM
Paul Garbett took the outright lead in the NZ Championship after winning vs Alek Sarfarian (AUS). The other four round 4 leaders all lost. Garbett is currently 8th in the overall standings. Luke Li beat Peter Stuart to be in clear second place, half a point behind Garbett. Li, in turn, is half a point ahead of the peloton of 18. The best Kiwi performance of the round was Alan Ansell's draw vs IM Guy West (AUS).

NZ Championship leaderboard:

4 Garbett
3.5 Li
3 Dordevic, Milligan, Lukey, Shen, R Smith, Bennett, Steadman, McDonald, Johnson,
Pinic, Machdoem, King, Gao, Dive, W Li, Ansell, Duneas, Forster
In round 6, Garbett plays GM Ganguly (IND) and Li plays Dive.

CivicChessMan
20-01-2012, 07:47 PM
Paul Garbett lost in 62 moves to GM Ganguly (IND) and so he is joined on 4 points by another 6 players: Noel Pinic, Bob Smith, Quentin Johnson, John McDonald, John Duneas and Russell Dive, who beat Luke Li in the last game to finish. There are a further 8 players on 3.5 points including defending champion Anthony Ker. Anybody's guess who will be the next NZ Champion.

NZ Championship leaderboard

4 Garbett, Pinic, Smith, Johnson, McDonald, Duneas, Dive
3.5 Li, Milligan, King, Steadman, Ker, Maroroa, Ansell, Gao
There are number of interesting matches in round 7 including Duneas vs Garbett, Johnson vs IM Morris (AUS), McDonald vs FM Stojic (AUS) and Pinic vs WGM Nadig (IND).

Tony Dowden
21-01-2012, 12:07 PM
I suspect only the last two rounds will be relevant with regard to the Silver Rook as nearly any ex-Championship player could win! (OK, maybe not the likes of Hamish Gold, Justin Davis or Arie Nijman).

To this end I think Anthony Ker still has an excellent chance of completing a successful Swiss Gambit and winning yet another title. (He'll have to win today though).

CivicChessMan
22-01-2012, 10:03 AM
From 7 to 2. Paul Garbett beat John Duneas and Russell Dive beat Yiu Li (AUS) to move to 5 points and joint leadership. They lead by half a point from Mike Steadman and Anthony Ker. A further 14 players are a further half a point back. Best result of the round was Sue Maroroa's draw with IM West (AUS).

NZ Championship leaderboard

5 Garbett, Dive
4.5 Steadman, Ker
The leaders have difficult opponents in round 8. Dive vs GM Gawain Jones (ENG), Garbett vs FM Illingworth (AUS), Steadman vs GM Haznedaroglu (TUR) and Ker vs IM Weiss (DEN).

Craig_Hall
22-01-2012, 08:13 PM
After looking through the Major Open candidates, looks like we have:

Fuatai, Mararoa, William Li 4.5
McDonald, Seabrook, Goodhue 4

There are also 10 (I think) on 3.5, and it's possible (albeit unlikely) that there could be a very large tie (14-way was my best guess).

Kevin Bonham
22-01-2012, 10:24 PM
Am I correct that if there is a tie for the top NZ players then everyone tied gets the title?

CivicChessMan
23-01-2012, 05:21 AM
Am I correct that if there is a tie for the top NZ players then everyone tied gets the title?
Yes, that's correct. Here's an excerpt from Peter Stuart's "The New Zealand Championships: A Brief History" found on chessbase.com

Arcadios Feneridis and Rodney Phillips shared first place in 1956/57. There were two points of interest in the latter result. Play-offs had always been held to resolve first-place ties but in this case the play-off proved difficult to arrange and the two winners were later declared joint champions. Subsequently, playoffs were abolished altogether, allowing for joint tenure of the title.

Since 1956/57 there have been 10 two-way ties and 4 three-way ties. The last tie happened in 1996 when Russell Dive, Martin Dreyer and Robert Smith were champions. I have added multiple winners tables to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Chess_Championship

CivicChessMan
23-01-2012, 06:19 AM
In the result of the round, Mike Steadman beat GM Haznedaroglu (TUR) to join Paul Garbett at the top of the NZ Championship. Garbett had chances against FM Illingworth (AUS) but the game ended in a draw. Round 7 joint leader Russell Dive lost to GM Gawain Jones (ENG). Dive is a half-point behind together with Ivan Dordevic, Stephen Lukey, Bob Smith and Hilton Bennett.

NZ Championship leaderboard

5.5 Garbett, Steadman
5 Dordevic, Lukey, Smith, Bennett, Dive
4.5 Ker, Fuatai, Ansell, Luke Li, Stuart, Duneas, Willliam Li, Maroroa
In theory, all of the 15 above can win the NZ Championship but that's most unlikely. Garbett plays Andrew Bird (AUS) who beat IM Xie (AUS) in round 8 while Steadman meets IM van Riemsdijk (BRA). The 5 point players face all Australian opposition, in order, IM Solomon, Zelesco, Yi, FM Stojic and Dale.

No predictions forthcoming as I wouldn't want to jinx anyone's chances. It will be an exciting finish.

Craig_Hall
23-01-2012, 05:00 PM
In the result of the round, Mike Steadman beat GM Haznedaroglu (TUR) to join Paul Garbett at the top of the NZ Championship. Garbett had chances against FM Illingworth (AUS) but the game ended in a draw. Round 7 joint leader Russell Dive lost to GM Gawain Jones (ENG). Dive is a half-point behind together with Ivan Dordevic, Stephen Lukey, Bob Smith and Hilton Bennett.

NZ Championship leaderboard

5.5 Garbett, Steadman
5 Dordevic, Lukey, Smith, Bennett, Dive
4.5 Ker, Fuatai, Ansell, Luke Li, Stuart, Duneas, Willliam Li, Maroroa
In theory, all of the 15 above can win the NZ Championship but that's most unlikely. Garbett plays Andrew Bird (AUS) who beat IM Xie (AUS) in round 8 while Steadman meets IM van Riemsdijk (BRA). The 5 point players face all Australian opposition, in order, IM Solomon, Zelesco, Yi, FM Stojic and Dale.

No predictions forthcoming as I wouldn't want to jinx anyone's chances. It will be an exciting finish.

Lukey, Dordevic and Bennett lost, Dive and Smith won. Garbett has lost and Steadman has just won to claim the silver rook.

Adamski
23-01-2012, 05:22 PM
Lukey, Dordevic and Bennett lost, Dive and Smith won. Garbett has lost and Steadman has just won to claim the silver rook.
Congrats to NZ champion Michael Steadman! A regular visitor to Aus too.

Leonid Sandler
23-01-2012, 05:29 PM
Congratulations Mike! Training down under helped him a lot!

CivicChessMan
23-01-2012, 06:14 PM
Congratulations to Mike Steadman on his first win of the Silver Rook.

Here is the game that sealed victory, half a point ahead of Russell Dive and Bob Smith.

Event: Queenstown Classic
Date: 2012.01.23
Round: 9
White: Michael Steadman
Black: Herman van Riemsdijk
Result: 1-0

1. d4 c5 2. d5 Nf6 3. c4 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 g6 6. Nc3 Bxa6 7. Nf3 d6 8. g3
Bg7 9. Bg2 Nbd7 10. O-O O-O 11. Ne1 Ne8 12. Nc2 Nc7 13. Ne3 Nb5 14. Bd2 Nd4 15.
Re1 Qc7 16. b3 Rfb8 17. Rb1 Nb6 18. h3 Bc8 19. Nc2 Bd7 20. Ne3 Qc8 21. Kh2 h5
22. Nf1 Bf6 23. e3 Nb5 24. Ne4 Bg7 25. a4 Nc7 26. Bc3 Nbxd5 27. Bxg7 Kxg7 28.
Nxd6 exd6 29. Bxd5 Nxd5 30. Qxd5 Ra6 31. h4 Be6 32. Qd3 Rb4 33. Nd2 Qa8 34. e4
Kg8 35. Qc3 Rab6 36. e5 Bf5 37. Rbc1 Qb8 38. exd6 Rxd6 39. Re3 Be6 40. Ne4 Rdd4
41. Nxc5 Bd5 42. Kg1 Qc8 43. Kf1 Bc4+ 44. Nd3 Qh3+ 45. Ke1 Ba6 46. Rd1 Qd7 47.
Qxb4 1-0

Final standings (overall place in brackets):

6.5 Steadman (9th=)
6 Dive, Smith (16th=)
5.5 Paul Garbett, Luke Li (28th=)

Tony Dowden
23-01-2012, 07:28 PM
Congratulations to Mike Steadman on his first win of the Silver Rook ...

... Final standings (preliminary):

6.5 Steadman
6 Dive, Smith
5.5 Paul Garbett, Luke Li

Hear hear, a richly deserved title! :clap: :clap: :clap:

ER
27-01-2012, 02:22 PM
Hear hear, a richly deserved title! :clap: :clap: :clap:


And what a champ mate! Go tell this guy that chess is for nerds! Thank God for players like Mike, Chess can be classified as a spectator sport! :clap:

http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee481/jak_jak1/100_8060.jpg

Capablanca-Fan
01-02-2012, 04:15 AM
An outstanding case of perseverance and skill. I can't think of another time when a New Zealand Junior champ had to wait till he was >50 to win the main title.