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CivicChessMan
18-11-2012, 09:41 AM
The 120th New Zealand Championship will be hosted by the Wellington Chess Club from 31/12/12 to 12/1/2013.

Automatic qualifiers if they choose to play are: Mike Steadman (NZ Champion), Nathan Goodhue (Major Open), Luke Li (North Island and NZ Junior), and Robert Wansink (South Island).

Entries so far (from Wellington club's website) are: Ben Hague (AC), Bill Forster (WE), Brian Nijman (WE), Scott Wastney (WE), Ben Thomas (UH) and Athula Russell (Sri Lanka). Ross Jackson (WE) has also entered but would now appear to be ineligible as his NZCF rating has dropped below 2000 and his FIDE rating is below 2100.

heligan
18-11-2012, 02:10 PM
Players below 2000 can appeal to the NZCF Council for entry to the Championship. Improving juniors will almost certainly be admitted if they are close to 2000. Ross - well, he's on the Council!

CivicChessMan
03-12-2012, 01:28 AM
Updated 27 November.

Defending NZ Champion Mike Steadman has entered along with 12 time winner Anthony Ker, Helen Milligan and Micheal Nyberg.

Current rankings of the NZ players are: 1 Ker, 2 Hague, 4 Wastney, 14 Steadman, 17 Thomas, 31 Nijman, 54 Milligan, 55 Forster, 59 Nyberg and 73 Jackson.

heligan
03-12-2012, 06:57 AM
Please note that the late entry fee has been waived - so no penalty if you change your mind and enter now!

CivicChessMan
06-12-2012, 05:57 AM
Updated 4 December.

9 Bob Smith and 29 Peter Stuart are the latest entrants.

Tony Dowden
06-12-2012, 09:41 PM
26 Tony Dowden not competing this year, sorry. Too busy with Queenslandification

braindied
09-12-2012, 03:46 PM
26 Tony Dowden not competing this year, sorry. Too busy with Queenslandification

QLD-ification??

Michael Freeman

LNah
09-12-2012, 10:08 PM
120th NZ Congress webpage (http://www.chess.wellington.net.nz/congress.html) has information like entry form and accommodation information.

Adamski
09-12-2012, 10:11 PM
QLD-ification??

Michael FreemanYep, Tony is moving from Tas to QLD for a new Uni position.

CivicChessMan
17-12-2012, 08:14 AM
Updated 16 December.

Just 14 entries for the Championship so far. 1 Ker, 2 Hague, 4 Wastney, 9 Smith, 14 Steadman, 17 Thomas, 29 Stuart, 31 Nijman, 54 Milligan, 55 Forster, 59 Nyberg and 73 Jackson. Ewen Green and Athula Russell from Sri Lanka complete the field. Let's hope for quite a few more before the tournament kicks off. Surprised to see no junior players yet.

Tony Dowden
20-12-2012, 07:10 AM
QLD-ification??

Michael Freeman

Yes Michael, I'm becoming a Banana Bender but in SE Qld (Springfield Lakes 4300) as opposed to Far North Qld where you were.

Tony Dowden
20-12-2012, 07:17 AM
... Surprised to see no junior players yet.

Indeed. Although it's (extremely) hard to ignore Anthony Ker, Luke Li would be my pick to win the Silver Rook.

CivicChessMan
24-12-2012, 04:15 PM
Updated 24 December.

Mark van der Hoorn (ranked 28) is the latest entry but still only 15 players for the Championship.

Capablanca-Fan
26-12-2012, 03:29 AM
Updated 24 December.

Mark van der Hoorn (ranked 28) is the latest entry but still only 15 players for the Championship.
Never should have departed from the traditional 12-player round robin.

Bill Forster
26-12-2012, 08:19 AM
Nathan Goodhue has now entered the Championship, so 16. I've kept Ross in the Championship list since we accepted his entry to the Championship when he was above 2000. No doubt that is insufficient for the "rules are rules" enthusiasts, but especially given he will no doubt be invited up anyway, I have used compassionate pragmatism whilst maintaining my list. William Li has been provided with the email addresses of NZCF luminaries. He wants to play in the Championship and I am guessing he doesn't want to risk some more late entries jeopardising his (excellent) chances of being invited up.

On a downbeat note - the Wellington Chess Club has been badly let down by our web hosting provider - the Wellington Community Network. Our site - along with all the other sites on the network - simply disappears for prolonged periods. One such period started yesterday (Xmas day) and continues as I write. The frequency and duration of the outages has increased dramatically as Congress approaches. A very frustrating coincidence! I have setup a mirror of the whole site on www.nzchessmag.com/wellingtonchessclub and I suggest interested people duplicate or replace their Wellington Chess Club bookmarks accordingly.

flukey
26-12-2012, 09:00 AM
The venue is a great spot for the tournament!

I can't make the main event due to family commitments but will hopefully be up for the rapid.

LNah
26-12-2012, 09:37 PM
Shall I start a thread for non chess related chatter (in this forum) that may interest ppl visiting Wellington for the championship? That's where ppl can go to to discuss stuff like things to do, places to eat etc
DM me with your response Yes start thread or No don't. If there's more than 3 ppl interested in starting the thread I'll start it. regards, lin

ChrisBurns
27-12-2012, 05:33 AM
I can't make it this year. New Year is busy time for me. Probably would have played if held during the traditional time of early to mid January. Will aim for the rapid event though.

CivicChessMan
27-12-2012, 11:10 AM
I can't make it this year. New Year is busy time for me. Probably would have played if held during the traditional time of early to mid January. Will aim for the rapid event though.
That must be a recent tradition as I well remember Congress staring on Boxing Day in the 80's!

Capablanca-Fan
27-12-2012, 11:46 AM
That must be a recent tradition as I well remember Congress staring on Boxing Day in the 80's!
It did? My recollection was 28th, also my parents' wedding anniversary.

ChrisBurns
28-12-2012, 03:10 PM
That must be a recent tradition as I well remember Congress staring on Boxing Day in the 80's!
Well for the last 10 years the Congress has not started till 3rd Jan or later when considering the Queenstown event it has been even later. I remember congresses from 90's and the no show or late starters on New Years day. I suppose both schedules have their plus and minus sides, the early start date means that workers will use 2 less days of leave, since 1st and 2nd are public holidays.

Tony Dowden
29-12-2012, 10:55 AM
It did? My recollection was 28th, also my parents' wedding anniversary.

And here's me thinking it was Dec 27th. (I wish it was then actually).

braindied
29-12-2012, 07:17 PM
And here's me thinking it was Dec 27th. (I wish it was then actually).

I thought it was the 27th as well in the early 1970's, but I also think the last round was the 9th Jan, and it had two rest days, which would make a 28th start... 27th must have been travel day.

Michael

Tony Dowden
30-12-2012, 09:55 AM
I thought it was the 27th as well in the early 1970's, but I also think the last round was the 9th Jan, and it had two rest days, which would make a 28th start... 27th must have been travel day.

Michael

Yes, I think that could be right actually.

CivicChessMan
30-12-2012, 07:40 PM
Updated 30th December.

Fuatai Fuatai (ranked 56th) has entered to bring the current total to 17. This should ensure that William Li is promoted to the Championship. Li will be the only junior in the Championship with none of the top juniors: Luke Li, Hans Gao, Daniel Shen, Alan Ansell and Scott Yang having entered. Other notable absentees are Russell Dive and Paul Garbett.

Anthony Ker is chasing his 13th Championship title but he will face tough competition from Ben Hague and Scott Wastney. Wastney beat both Ker and Dive in the just completed Julian Mazur Memorial. Defending champion Mike Steadman and Bob Smith are also in the mix. I'd expect the winner to come from these five.

Tony Dowden
30-12-2012, 10:14 PM
Updated 30th December ...

Thanks for the up-date. Ker has to be warm favourite :cool:

Wish I was playing: I think I'd even be seeded into the top half of the draw!

Keong Ang
31-12-2012, 09:30 AM
Updated 30th December.

Fuatai Fuatai (ranked 56th) has entered to bring the current total to 17. This should ensure that William Li is promoted to the Championship. Li will be the only junior in the Championship with none of the top juniors: Luke Li, Hans Gao, Daniel Shen, Alan Ansell and Scott Yang having entered. Other notable absentees are Russell Dive and Paul Garbett.

Anthony Ker is chasing his 13th Championship title but he will face tough competition from Ben Hague and Scott Wastney. Wastney beat both Ker and Dive in the just completed Julian Mazur Memorial. Defending champion Mike Steadman and Bob Smith are also in the mix. I'd expect the winner to come from these five.
NZCF rules state that minimum number for swiss pairing Championship is 18. With 17 eligible players, there can only be one promotion from the Major Open. Ross Jackson is the highest rated NZCF1996 and FIDE1948 and therefore first (and only) in line for promotion.

William Li NZCF1972 and FIDE1801 could have entered if we had 16 eligible players only. The 17th eligible entrant basically dashed his hopes.

Above 18 players, promotions are only made to make an even number of players. Once you get 17 eligible players, only one promotion becomes possible.

Tony Dowden
31-12-2012, 09:31 AM
Updated 30th December.

Fuatai Fuatai (ranked 56th) has entered to bring the current total to 17...

And ex-Canterbury player Brendan Reedy has now also entered bringing the total in the Championship field to 18 (hence William Li will only be promoted if there is a no show)

Keong Ang
31-12-2012, 09:48 AM
And ex-Canterbury player Brendan Reedy has now also entered bringing the total in the Championship field to 18 (hence William Li will only be promoted if there is a no show)
Looks like Ross Jackson passed on his promotion to allow William Li to enter the Championships.
:clap: :clap: :clap:

Maxwell
31-12-2012, 11:14 AM
Well for the last 10 years the Congress has not started till 3rd Jan or later when considering the Queenstown event it has been even later. I remember congresses from 90's and the no show or late starters on New Years day. I suppose both schedules have their plus and minus sides, the early start date means that workers will use 2 less days of leave, since 1st and 2nd are public holidays.

Starting the Champs immediately after Xmas. i.e. 27th/28th December is much better for workers as many businesses have a close-down over the Xmas/New Year period. The 27th - 31st of December aren't stat. days but many people (myself included) will be on leave. I prefer not to use all my annual leave in 1 chunk, so for me the January/late December starts are the difference between playing & not playing.

ChrisBurns
31-12-2012, 04:29 PM
Any one know where results are posted?

braindied
31-12-2012, 04:51 PM
Any one know where results are posted?

Chris,

http://nzchessmag.com/wellingtonchessclub/congress_draw.html should carry results

CivicChessMan
31-12-2012, 05:48 PM
Top seed Anthony Ker has lost to Brian Nijman in round 1. Here is the PGN.

Event: New Zealand Championship
Site: Wellington
Date: 2012.12.31
Round: 1
White: Anthony Ker
Black: Brian Nijman
Result: 0-1

1. e4 e6
2. d4 d5
3. e5 c5
4. c3 Qb6
5. Nf3 Bd7
6. a3 Ne7
7. b4 cxd4
8. cxd4 Bb5
9. Bxb5+ Qxb5
10. Nc3 Qd7
11. O-O Nbc6
12. Bb2 Nc8
13. Na4 Nb6
14. Nc5 Bxc5
15. dxc5 Nc4
16. Qb3 O-O
17. Rad1 Qc7
18. Rfe1 a5
19. Nd2 Nxb2
20. Qxb2 axb4
21. axb4 Ra4
22. b5 Rb4
23. Qc3 Rxb5
24. Nb3 Na5
25. Nxa5 Rxc5
26. Qb4 Qxa5
27. Qxb7 Rc2
28. Rc1?? Qd2

CivicChessMan
31-12-2012, 06:10 PM
Ben Hague, Scott Wastney, Bob Smith and Mike Steadman all came through round 1 unscathed. Bill Forster drew with Russell Athula (Sri Lanka) while William Li started his first Championship with a draw against Mark van der Hoorn. Round 2 sees Hague vs defending champion Steadman, Ewen Green vs Wastney, Smith vs Ben Thomas and Brian Nijman vs Athula.

Board 1 was not a good board for the top seeds today. Ross Jackson lost his round 1 encounter to Nigel Cooper in the Major Open. Second seed Edward Rains lost to Jonathon Whittle while 4th seed David Paul drew with Daniel Gong.

Tony Dowden
01-01-2013, 12:00 AM
Starting the Champs immediately after Xmas. i.e. 27th/28th December is much better for workers as many businesses have a close-down over the Xmas/New Year period. The 27th - 31st of December aren't stat. days but many people (myself included) will be on leave. I prefer not to use all my annual leave in 1 chunk, so for me the January/late December starts are the difference between playing & not playing.

Exactly my reasoning too. I couldn't agree more.

Tony Dowden
01-01-2013, 12:03 AM
Top seed Anthony Ker has lost to Brian Nijman in round 1. Here is the PGN ...
A shocker!

Capablanca-Fan
01-01-2013, 09:04 AM
A shocker!
Yet it seems that Nijman won fair and square: a nice back-rank finish, a little bit similar although not as nice as Bernstein–Capablanca (http://www.oocities.org/lifemasteraj/bern-vs-capa1_ts.html), in a game where he was already a P up with a good position. Ker wasn't at his best.

I'm surprised that Dive is not playing in a Champs in his home city.

GinoTHEstud
01-01-2013, 10:44 AM
Is there a page with parings and results? I gather there is no live games

Tony Dowden
01-01-2013, 10:53 AM
Is there a page with parings and results? I gather there is no live games

Pairings/results via Wellington Club site. Current status of live games is top three boards but only after Bill's game is finished.

braindied
01-01-2013, 11:09 AM
Is there a page with parings and results? I gather there is no live games

Gino,

http://www.aucklandchesscentre.co.nz/livescores/tfd.htm for live games and http://nzchessmag.com/wellingtonchessclub/congress_draw.html for pairing/results

Kevin Bonham
01-01-2013, 01:50 PM
Hague-Steadman. Great combo finish by white who had been much better from about move nine or ten.

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bf4 Nf6 4.e3 b6 5.Nbd2 Bb7 6.Bd3 Be7 7.h3 c5 8.g4 Ne4 9.Rg1 g6 10.gxf5 exf5 11.Ne5 cxd4 12.Nxe4 fxe4 13.Bc4 Rf8 14.Qxd4 Bc5 15.Qc3 Nc6 16.0-0-0 Nxe5 17.Qxe5+ Qe7 18.Qc7 Bc6 19.Rg5 Qd8 20.Re5+ Be7 21.Qd6 Rf5 22.Rxf5!! Bxd6 23.Bxd6 and although black to move can go queen for bishop up, he correctly resigns. 1-0

Bill Forster
01-01-2013, 03:57 PM
Pairings/results via Wellington Club site. Current status of live games is top three boards but only after Bill's game is finished.

There are live games, they've worked fine for both rounds 1 and 2. I put up a status notice to indicate where we are with live games, basically before, during or after status. The thing about "only after Bill's game is finished" simply means that during the round the system is unattended until my game is finished, so don't expect me to fix things up if they go wrong, while I am playing. Once I am finished I update the status to indicate that the system is no longer unattended.

I've worked hard to make the website as simple and easy to navigate as possible and am disappointed there are "where are the results" and "are there live games ?" questions here.

CivicChessMan
01-01-2013, 06:39 PM
Ben Hague knocked off Mike Steadman in 23 moves while Bob Smith beat Ben Thomas to set up a round 3 clash. Four players are half a point behind. Scott Wastney and Ewen Green who drew their game, Brian Nijman and Bill Forster. In round 3, Smith has white vs Hague, Wastney plays Nijman and Forster plays Green.

Tony Dowden
01-01-2013, 06:49 PM
There are live games, they've worked fine for both rounds 1 and 2. I put up a status notice to indicate where we are with live games, basically before, during or after status. The thing about "only after Bill's game is finished" simply means that during the round the system is unattended until my game is finished, so don't expect me to fix things up if they go wrong, while I am playing. Once I am finished I update the status to indicate that the system is no longer unattended.

I've worked hard to make the website as simple and easy to navigate as possible and am disappointed there are "where are the results" and "are there live games ?" questions here.

Thanks for the clarification Bill (and sorry I misinterpreted the bit re only after your game is finished). I wouldn't take too much notice about questions in this forum though ;)

Nice start to your campaign after two rounds :clap: :clap:

CivicChessMan
01-01-2013, 06:50 PM
Round 1

Ker 0-1 Nijman
Goodhue 0-1 Hague
Wastney 1-0 Stuart
Milligan 0-1 Smith
Russell 1/2 Forster
Fuatai 0-1 Steadman
Thomas 1-0 Nyberg
Reedy 0-1 Green
Van der Hoorn 1/2 Li

Round 2

Hague 1-0 Steadman
Green 1/2 Wastney
Smith 1-0 Thomas
Nijman 1/2 Russell
Li 0-1 Ker
Forster 1-0 van der Hoorn
Fuatai 1/2 Goodhue
Stuart 1-0 Reedy
Nyberg 1-0 Milligan

Capablanca-Fan
02-01-2013, 09:14 AM
Hague-Steadman. Great combo finish by white who had been much better from about move nine or ten.
Agreed; a fine finish.

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bf4 Nf6 4.e3 b6 5.Nbd2 Bb7 6.Bd3 Be7 7.h3 c5 8.g4 Ne4 9.Rg1 g6 10.gxf5 exf5 11.Ne5 cxd4 12.Nxe4 fxe4 13.Bc4 Rf8 14.Qxd4 Bc5 15.Qc3 Nc6 16.0-0-0 Nxe5 17.Qxe5+ Qe7 18.Qc7 Bc6 19.Rg5 Qd8 20.Re5+ Be7 21.Qd6 Rf5 22.Rxf5!! Bxd6 23.Bxd6 [I first looked at 23.Bf7+ Kf8 24. Bh6+ Ke7 25. Bg5+ Kf8 26. Bxg6+ Kg7 27.Bxd8 which should win fairly easily, but the game move is much stronger] {and although black to move can go queen for bishop up, he correctly resigns} 23... gxf5 [23... Qe7 {Black ends up R down}] 24.Rg1 {forcing mate}. 1-0

GinoTHEstud
02-01-2013, 01:59 PM
any result on the Ker game?
did the live board did not appear to be working.

CivicChessMan
02-01-2013, 04:23 PM
The top of table clash between Bob Smith and Ben Hague has ended in a draw after 27 moves. Game is shown below. According to my analysis engine, Smith had a decisive advantage if he played 26. Bf4 instead of Be1.

1. e4 d5
2. exd5 Qxd5
3. Nc3 Qa5
4. d4 Nf6
5. Nf3 Bf5
6. Ne5 e6
7. Nc4 Qb4
8. Bd2 Qe7
9. Ne3 Bg6
10. Qf3 c6
11. h4 h6
12. O-O-O Nbd7
13. h5 Bh7
14. Nc4 Nd5
15. Ne4 Bxe4
16. Qxe4 O-O-O
17. Rh3 Kb8
18. Rb3 Ka8
19. Kb1 e5
20. Na5 exd4
21. Qxe7 Bxe7
22. Nxb7 Rc8
23. Be2 Rc7
24. Na5 Nc5
25. Rf3 Ne4
26. Be1 Bf6 [26. Bf4 Nxf4 27. Rxf4 Bb4 28. Nxc6 Nd2+ 29. Kc1 Rxc6 30. Rxd4]
27. Rb3 1/2

Here are the round 3 results.

Smith 1/2 Hague
Wasteney 1-0 Nijman
Forster 0-1 Green
Ker 1-0 Thomas
Russell 1-0 Stuart
Steadman 1-0 Nyberg
van der Hoorn 1/2 Fuatai
Goodhue 1-0 Li
Milligan 0-1 Reedy

Scores: Hague, Wastney, Smith, Green 2.5; Ker, Russell, Steadman 2.

In round 4, it's Hague vs Wastney, Green vs Smith and Steadman vs Ker.

Adamski
03-01-2013, 09:44 AM
It is not out of the question that Anthony Ker could still win yet another Silver Rook after losing in round 1. It is tight at the top and an interesting event is developing.

CivicChessMan
03-01-2013, 02:06 PM
It is not out of the question that Anthony Ker could still win yet another Silver Rook after losing in round 1. It is tight at the top and an interesting event is developing.
See http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8135059/Plenty-of-check-mates

Qbert
03-01-2013, 02:17 PM
It is not out of the question that Anthony Ker could still win yet another Silver Rook after losing in round 1. It is tight at the top and an interesting event is developing.
I think his second loss just now will relegate him to the role of spoiler. On the other hand, Steadman's chances have just improved, as he has played the top two seeds.

CivicChessMan
03-01-2013, 02:25 PM
Defending champion Mike Steadman has won a crucial encounter against Anthony Ker in 48 moves. The other top boards both ended in draws, Ben Hague vs Scott Wastney in 22 moves and Ewen Green vs Bob Smith in 41 moves. It's getting even tighter at the top with Hague, Wastney, Green, Smith and Steadman all on 3 points. They can be joined by Athula Russell if he defeats Nathan Goodhue.

GinoTHEstud
03-01-2013, 02:35 PM
Of course dxe3 for Ker is winning. Is not that easy to calculate though without an engine in front of you. The main line my engine gave leaves black's king on g5 or something. Maybe Ker just stopped calculating after that.

Anyways.. I still think Hague will run away with this. Mike needs to really beat up on the rest to have a chance. Beating ewen,wastney and smith will be no easy feat.

Like previous congresses before Anthony has started slow only to wind up on top.

braindied
03-01-2013, 02:46 PM
Defending champion Mike Steadman has won a crucial encounter against Anthony Ker in 48 moves. The other top boards both ended in draws, Ben Hague vs Scott Wastney in 22 moves and Ewen Green vs Bob Smith in 41 moves. It's getting even tighter at the top with Hague, Wastney, Green, Smith and Steadman all on 3 points. They can be joined by Athula Russell if he defeats Nathan Goodhue.

Maybe NZ needs to look at the draw rules now in common usage, including Olympiads... No draws before X moves, or only draws when limited pieces left.

ChrisBurns
03-01-2013, 03:04 PM
Steadman-Ker

1.e4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}d6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}2.d4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Nf6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}3.Nc3
{[%emt 00:00:00]}g6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}4.f4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Bg7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}5.Nf3
{[%emt 00:00:00]}c5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}6.Bb5+ {[%emt 00:00:00]}Bd7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}7.e5
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Ng4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}8.e6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}fxe6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}9.Ng5
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Bxb5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}10.Nxb5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Qa5+ {[%emt 00:00:00]}11.c3
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Qxb5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}12.Nxe6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Qc4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}13.Nxg7+
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Kf7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}14.Qxg4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}cxd4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}15.f5
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Kxg7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}16.Qh4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Re8 {[%emt 00:00:00]}17.Be3
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Nc6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}18.fxg6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}h5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}19.Qxh5
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Rh8 {[%emt 00:00:00]}20.Qg4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Qd3 {[%emt 00:00:00]}21.Bxd4+
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Nxd4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}22.Qxd4+ {[%emt 00:00:00]}Qxd4 {[%emt
00:00:00]}23.cxd4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rh4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}24.0-0-0 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rc8+
{[%emt 00:00:00]}25.Kb1 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Kxg6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}26.g3 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rh3
{[%emt 00:00:00]}27.Rd2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rch8 {[%emt 00:00:00]}28.Re1 {[%emt
00:00:00]}Rxh2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}29.Rxh2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rxh2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}30.Rxe7
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Kf5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}31.Rxb7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Ke4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}32.Rxa7
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Kxd4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}33.Rc7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}d5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}34.a4
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Rg2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}35.a5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rxg3 {[%emt 00:00:00]}36.Kc2
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Rg6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}37.b4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Ra6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}38.Kb3
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Ke3 {[%emt 00:00:00]}39.Rd7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}d4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}40.Kc4
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Rc6+ {[%emt 00:00:00]}41.Kb5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rh6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}42.a6
{[%emt 00:00:00]}d3 {[%emt 00:00:00]}43.a7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rh8 {[%emt 00:00:00]}44.Ka6
{[%emt 00:00:00]}d2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}45.b5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Ke2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}46.b6
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Ke1 {[%emt 00:00:00]}47.Rxd2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Kxd2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}48.b7
I don't think it was that hard to calculate that the King is quite safe on g5 it is only 3 moves deep, so 19..Rh8 was mistake.

Bill Forster
03-01-2013, 04:21 PM
I just did my daily review of how the live coverage went and I discovered a nasty problem - I had Hague-Wastney and Smith-Green the wrong way around! Sorry about that, 100% human error on my part.

I corrected the problem in the championship .pgn download which is now online. If you download the Championship .pgn in the evening after a round you should get all games from previous rounds PLUS the electronically recorded games from the most recent round.

Incidentally, if there is any doubt about the whereabouts of the Championship .pgn download, my recommendation to anyone who asks about anything congress related is to simply google wellington chess club and then apply a modicum of basic intelligence.

CivicChessMan
03-01-2013, 04:56 PM
Round 4 results

Hague 1/2 Wastney
Green 1/2 Smith
Steadman 1-0 Ker
Goodhuw 0-1 Russell
Nijman 1-0 Forster
Thomas 1/2 Fuatai
Reedy 1-0 van der Hoorn
Stuart 1/2 Nyberg
Li 0-1 Milligan

Scores: Hague, Wastney, Green, Smith, Steadman, Russell 3; Nijman 2.5; Ker, Reedy 2.

In round 5, it's Green vs Hague, Wastney vs Russell and Smith vs Steadman.

Tony Dowden
03-01-2013, 09:20 PM
Of course dxe3 for Ker is winning ...

It would be great if you could clarify this Gino - you know: move, round, opponent, line(s) of analysis

Tony Dowden
03-01-2013, 09:25 PM
Steadman-Ker

1.e4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}d6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}2.d4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Nf6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}3.Nc3
{[%emt 00:00:00]}g6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}4.f4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Bg7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}5.Nf3
{[%emt 00:00:00]}c5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}6.Bb5+ {[%emt 00:00:00]}Bd7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}7.e5
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Ng4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}8.e6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}fxe6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}9.Ng5
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Bxb5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}10.Nxb5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Qa5+ {[%emt 00:00:00]}11.c3
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Qxb5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}12.Nxe6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Qc4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}13.Nxg7+
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Kf7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}14.Qxg4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}cxd4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}15.f5
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Kxg7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}16.Qh4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Re8 {[%emt 00:00:00]}17.Be3
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Nc6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}18.fxg6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}h5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}19.Qxh5
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Rh8 {[%emt 00:00:00]}20.Qg4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Qd3 {[%emt 00:00:00]}21.Bxd4+
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Nxd4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}22.Qxd4+ {[%emt 00:00:00]}Qxd4 {[%emt
00:00:00]}23.cxd4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rh4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}24.0-0-0 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rc8+
{[%emt 00:00:00]}25.Kb1 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Kxg6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}26.g3 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rh3
{[%emt 00:00:00]}27.Rd2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rch8 {[%emt 00:00:00]}28.Re1 {[%emt
00:00:00]}Rxh2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}29.Rxh2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rxh2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}30.Rxe7
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Kf5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}31.Rxb7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Ke4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}32.Rxa7
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Kxd4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}33.Rc7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}d5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}34.a4
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Rg2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}35.a5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rxg3 {[%emt 00:00:00]}36.Kc2
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Rg6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}37.b4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Ra6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}38.Kb3
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Ke3 {[%emt 00:00:00]}39.Rd7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}d4 {[%emt 00:00:00]}40.Kc4
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Rc6+ {[%emt 00:00:00]}41.Kb5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rh6 {[%emt 00:00:00]}42.a6
{[%emt 00:00:00]}d3 {[%emt 00:00:00]}43.a7 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Rh8 {[%emt 00:00:00]}44.Ka6
{[%emt 00:00:00]}d2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}45.b5 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Ke2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}46.b6
{[%emt 00:00:00]}Ke1 {[%emt 00:00:00]}47.Rxd2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}Kxd2 {[%emt 00:00:00]}48.b7
I don't think it was that hard to calculate that the King is quite safe on g5 it is only 3 moves deep, so 19..Rh8 was mistake.

Huh Chris?

ChrisBurns
04-01-2013, 06:27 AM
Play thru the game Tony, move 19.Qxh5 and Ker decided not to play 19..dxe3. The main line if sac was accepted is 20.Qh7+ Kf6 forced 21.Rf1+ Kg5 forced.

Tony Dowden
04-01-2013, 07:32 AM
Play thru the game Tony, move 19.Qxh5 and Ker decided not to play 19..dxe3. The main line if sac was accepted is 20.Qh7+ Kf6 forced 21.Rf1+ Kg5 forced.

Thanks Chris :D

Tony Dowden
04-01-2013, 07:41 AM
I think his second loss just now will relegate him to the role of spoiler ...

I'm not so sure. Smith, Green and Russell, and probably Wastney, will tend to have more draws, so with seven rounds to go I only see Hague and Steadman as having a serious jump on Ker at this stage. And of these two you'd have to say Steadman is more accident prone, so Ben (who has already played both Steadman and Wastney) is my favourite at this juncture.

GinoTHEstud
04-01-2013, 03:07 PM
LOL Smith. He missed so many instant wins. I can't believe he missed qxc6 after Qb8.

GO MiKE!! and Ewen!

Capablanca-Fan
04-01-2013, 03:40 PM
I'm not so sure. Smith, Green and Russell, and probably Wastney, will tend to have more draws, so with seven rounds to go I only see Hague and Steadman as having a serious jump on Ker at this stage. And of these two you'd have to say Steadman is more accident prone, so Ben (who has already played both Steadman and Wastney) is my favourite at this juncture.
But maybe not now after that miniature loss to the veteran Ewen Green.

Kevin Bonham
04-01-2013, 03:42 PM
What happened there? It's a bit mysterious because the final position is bad but not completely lost. The TFD shows:

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.e3 b5 5.a4 b4 6.Ne4 Qd5 7.Nd2 e5 8.e4 Qxd4 9.Ngf3 Qd8 10.Qc2 Nd7 11.Nxc4 Qc7 12.Ncxe5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Bd6 14.Nc4 Bc5 15.e5 Ne7 16.Be3 Bxe3 17.Nd6+ Kf8 18.fxe3 Qa5 19.Bc4 1-0

ChrisBurns
04-01-2013, 05:30 PM
Event: 120th New Zealand Championship
Site: Wellington
Date: 2013.01.04
Round: 5.3
Opening: C18 French Winawer, advance variation

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3 6. bxc3+ Qa5 7. Bd2 Qa4 8. Qg4 g6 9. Qd1 b6 10. Nf3 Ba6 11. Bd3 Nc6 12. dxc5 bxc5 13. O-O Rb8 14. Re1 c4 15. Bf1 Rb2 16. Bc1 Rb7 17. g3 h6 18. h4 Nge7 19. Bg2 Bb5 20. Bd2 Qa6 21. a4 Bxa4 22. Qc1 Rb5 23. Bxh6 Ra5 24. Bf4 Bb5 25. Qb2 Rxa1 26. Rxa1 Qb7 27. Rb1 a6 28. Qa3 Nf5 29. Qc5 Nce7 30. Bg5 Qc6 31. Qa3 Qd7 32. Nh2 Ng8 33. Ng4 Nfe7 34. Bf3 Qc7 35. Bg2 Nc6 36. Qc5 Qa5 37. Nf6 Nxf6+ 38. Bxf6 Rg8 39. Qd6 Qb6 40. Bh3 Qb8 41. Qc5 Qb7 42. Bg2 Kd7 43. Bh3 Kc7 44. Qd6 Kb6+ 45. Bg2 Qb8 46. Qxb8 Nxb8+ 47. Bg5 Nd7 48. Be3 Kc6+ 49. f4 Ba4 50. Rb4 Bb5 51. Rb1 Ba4 52. Rb4 Bb5 53. Rb2 Nb6 54. Ra2 Na4 55. Ra3 Kd7 56. g4
1/2-1/2
Smith missed 41.Qxc6, not sure if there were other instant wins.

Kevin Bonham
04-01-2013, 05:45 PM
Smith missed 41.Qxc6, not sure if there were other instant wins.

As pointed out by Qbert (I think) in shoutbox 40.Bxd5! (e6 and Re1 coming) is also absolutely over although they were in time trouble.

Also interesting: the queen-swap was not forced. 46.Qa3! Nxe5 47.Qe7 and black still has a lot of problems.

Smith was totally winning that for so long but I guess his consolation can be that at least he did not find a way to lose it.

Tony Dowden
04-01-2013, 05:48 PM
But maybe not now after that miniature loss to the veteran Ewen Green.

Yeah, Murphy's Law strikes. Blood on the floor with Green, Smith and Wastney with winning positions. Wash my mouth out with soap!

Tony Dowden
04-01-2013, 05:49 PM
[QUOTE=GinoTHEstud]LOL Smith. He missed so many instant wins. I can't believe he missed qxc6 after Qb8 ...QUOTE]

Same!

Tony Dowden
04-01-2013, 05:52 PM
Smith was totally winning that for so long but I guess his consolation can be that at least he did not find a way to lose it.

From my observation Steadman has generally had the wood on Smith, so maybe Bob was so intent on drawing he didn't think about saccing stuff.

Mr Buss
04-01-2013, 06:18 PM
From my observation Steadman has generally had the wood on Smith, so maybe Bob was so intent on drawing he didn't think about saccing stuff.

Nice hoodoo you put on Ben Hague there declaring him as favorite!

I don't know about Bob being intent on drawing I just think his blitz isn't as good as it once was. Missing 21.Qxc6 was like dropping a dolly catch.

Ben could have played on but the possie looked pretty awful.
Old Ewen looks in good touch, it's cool to see him emerging as the dark horse

CivicChessMan
04-01-2013, 06:28 PM
Here are the results for round 5.

Green 1-0 Hague
Wastney 1-0 Russell
Smith 1/2 Steadman
Reedy 0-1 Nijman
Ker 1-0 Stuart
Forster 1-0 Thomas
Nyberg 0-1 Goodhue
Fuatai 1/2 Li
van der Hoorn 1-0 Milligan
Scores: Wastney, Green 4; Nijman, Smith, Steadman 3.5; Hague, Russell, Ker 3.

Round 6 sees Steadman vs Wastney, Nijman vs Green, Russell vs Smith and the make or break clash between Hague and Ker.

Capablanca-Fan
05-01-2013, 04:50 AM
From my observation Steadman has generally had the wood on Smith, so maybe Bob was so intent on drawing he didn't think about saccing stuff.
That's not the Smith I remember. He probably would have been out for revenge with White after the previous two losses with Black in the last two George Trundle Masters. According to chessgames.com, in the last decade they have had three wins each and one draw (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?yearcomp=exactly&year=&playercomp=either&pid=&player=smith&pid2=&player2=steadman&movescomp=exactly&moves=&opening=&eco=&result=). Of course they have probably been battling for about 35 years and I have no clue about lifetime score.

Tony Dowden
05-01-2013, 09:44 AM
That's not the Smith I remember. He probably would have been out for revenge with White after the previous two losses with Black in the last two George Trundle Masters. According to chessgames.com, in the last decade they have had three wins each and one draw (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?yearcomp=exactly&year=&playercomp=either&pid=&player=smith&pid2=&player2=steadman&movescomp=exactly&moves=&opening=&eco=&result=). Of course they have probably been battling for about 35 years and I have no clue about lifetime score.

Interesting.

I may have picked up too much on the famously up-beat Steadman vibe. On th other hand I seriously doubt that 'chessgames' offers anything like complete data (most of the games are from the George Trundle for a start). Presumably either Peter Stuart's data base or Chessbase are more complete?

Capablanca-Fan
05-01-2013, 09:59 AM
Interesting.

I may have picked up too much on the famously up-beat Steadman vibe. On th other hand I seriously doubt that 'chessgames' offers anything like complete data (most of the games are from the George Trundle for a start). Presumably either Peter Stuart's data base or Chessbase are more complete?
For sure. But Steadman was a relatively late graduate to the New Zealand Championship field—I don't think I ever faced him there although I played from 1981/82 to 1995/96, so maybe not so much in a database that is just NZ Champs games.

The Wastney game was spectacular, especially from a normally quite solid player. Interesting what the silicon might find.

Mr Buss
05-01-2013, 10:40 AM
If you think Green -Hague was a premature resignation then check out Stuarts nine move loss to Ker!
The final position is pretty much still theory, white is a pawn up but black has some compensation, all I can think is that Stuarts cell phone went off or something?

Capablanca-Fan
05-01-2013, 11:57 AM
If you think Green -Hague was a premature resignation then check out Stuarts nine move loss to Ker!
The final position is pretty much still theory, white is a pawn up but black has some compensation, all I can think is that Stuarts cell phone went off or something?
Would you please post?

Mr Buss
05-01-2013, 12:20 PM
Would you please post?

Would like to but don't know how ..sorry.
I followed the link from here http://chess.wellington.net.nz/congress.html
And open the files with chess base
Maybe someone can educate me how to upload games to here

Kevin Bonham
05-01-2013, 12:31 PM
I recall having a lot of problems with difficulties trying to paste games from Chessbase Light without paying Chessbase $$$. So I just made Word Pad the program to open PGN files (via Default Programs: Associate a file type (Windows 7)) so I could copy and paste them directly from Notepad.

Ker - Stuart

1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Be3 Be7 7. dxc5 Qxd1+ 8.Kxd1 Nc6 9. Bb5 1-0

Wastney - Russell as requested by Jono


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nh3 Nf6 8. Nf4
Bh7 9. Bc4 e6 10. O-O Nd5 11. Re1 Nxf4 12. Bxf4 Qxh4 13. Nh5 Bg6 14. d5 Bxh5
15. dxe6 Be7 16. exf7+ Bxf7 17. Bd6 Bxc4 18. Rxe7+ Qxe7 19. Bxe7 Kxe7 20. Qd4
Nd7 21. Qxc4 Nb6 22. Re1+ Kd7 23. Qf7+ 1-0

Mr Buss
05-01-2013, 12:54 PM
Thanks Kevin

Adamski
05-01-2013, 01:07 PM
Anybody know why Peter Stuart lost so quickly in that position. Cell phone going off theory sounds likely?

Kevin Bonham
05-01-2013, 01:09 PM
Just finished Steadman - Wastney. Wastney winning from very early.

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Qe2 Bf5 7.d3 Nxc3 8.bxc3 d4 9.Rb1 Bc5 10.Bd2 0-0 11.Qf2 Re8 12.Be2 Nxe5 13.Rb5 Bxd3 14.Rxc5 Nxf3+ 15.Qxf3 Bxe2 16.Qg3 Qf6 17.Bf4 Qb6 18.Be5 f6 19.Rxc7 g6 20.Bxd4 Qb1+ 21.Kf2 Qxh1 22.Qd6 Qf1+ 23.Kg3 Rad8 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
05-01-2013, 03:07 PM
Just finished Steadman - Wastney. Wastney winning from very early.

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Qe2 Bf5 7.d3 Nxc3 8.bxc3 d4 9.Rb1 Bc5 10.Bd2 0-0 11.Qf2 Re8 12.Be2 Nxe5 13.Rb5 Bxd3 14.Rxc5 Nxf3+ 15.Qxf3 Bxe2 16.Qg3 Qf6 17.Bf4 Qb6 18.Be5 f6 19.Rxc7 g6 20.Bxd4 Qb1+ 21.Kf2 Qxh1 22.Qd6 Qf1+ 23.Kg3 Rad8 0-1
The whole line looks weak for White. Qe2 looks artificial although it has been played fairly often. But if White is going to play d3 anyway, then Qe2 looks like a wasted and even self-blocking move. It's sad for White that he can't even take advantage of the half-open b-file since Rxb7 allows ... Bb6. White evidently overlooked 13 ... Bxd3! which wins loads of material.

Capablanca-Fan
05-01-2013, 03:27 PM
I recall having a lot of problems with difficulties trying to paste games from Chessbase Light without paying Chessbase $$$.
Yeah, the so-called upgrades have disabled handy features like copying games (with notes) to clipboard.


So I just made Word Pad the program to open PGN files (via Default Programs: Associate a file type (Windows 7)) so I could copy and paste them directly from Notepad.
Notepad++ is a better text editor.


Wastney – Russell as requested by Jono
Much obliged.

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nh3 Nf6 8. Nf4 Bh7 9. Bc4 e6 10. O-O Nd5 11. Re1 Nxf4 12. Bxf4 Qxh4 13. Nh5 Bg6 14. d5!! [seems to be sound according to Fritzy] 14... Bxh5 15. dxe6! Be7 [15... Bxd1 16. exf7+ Kd7 (16... Kd8 17. Re8+ Kd7 18. Be6#) 17. Raxd1+ Bd6 18. Rxd6+ Kc7 19.Rxh6+ Qxf4 20. Rxh8 Nd7 21. Rxa8 Qxc4 22. Re7! {promoting the P}] [15... f5 16. e7! Bxe7 17. Qd4! {threatens Qxg7 and Bd6} 17... Nd7 18.Qxg7 0-0-0 19. Rxe7 Qxf4 20. Be6 {winning back the piece with a great advantage in position}] 16. exf7+ Bxf7 17. Bd6 Bxc4 18. Rxe7+ Qxe7 19. Bxe7 Kxe7 20. Qd4 Nd7 21. Qxc4 Nb6 22. Re1+ Kd7 23. Qf7+ {then 24. Re7 with mate in about 7] 1-0

CivicChessMan
05-01-2013, 04:28 PM
Scott Wastney won in convincing style against Mike Steadman to take the outright lead in the Championship. Brian Nijman and Ewen Green drew as did Athula Russell and Bob Smith. Ben Hague beat Anthony Ker, effectively ending Ker's chances of a 13th title.

Results:
Steadman 0-1 Wastney
Nijman 1/2 Green
Russell 1/2 Smith
Hague 1-0 Ker
Goodhue 1-0 Forster
Fuatai 1-0 Reedy
Thomas 0-1 van der Hoorn
Milligan 1/2 Stuart
Li 1/2 Nyberg
Scores: Wastney 5; Green 4.5; Hague; Nijman, Smith 4; Russell, Steadman, Goodhue 3.5; Ker, Fuatai, van der Hoorn 3; Forster 2.5; Reedy, Stuart, Nyberg 2; Thomas, Li, Milligan 1.5.

In round 7, it's Wastney vs Smith, Green vs Goodhue and Nijman vs Hague.

Kevin Bonham
05-01-2013, 04:50 PM
d5!! in Wastney-Russell is very nice. Not just that it is effectively a queen-sac offer but also that there are quite a few variations and some are quite long. And he has to have had some idea about it the move before too, because otherwise 13.Ng5 is no good.

CivicChessMan
05-01-2013, 05:26 PM
Here is Ben Hague's win over Anthony Ker
1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. e4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Be3 c6 6. Qd2 b5 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. h3 O-O 9. a4 b4 10. Ne2 Rb8 11. O-O Qc7 12. c3 bxc3 13. bxc3 c5 14. Ng3 e6 15. Rfe1 Re8 16. Bh6 Bh8 17. h4 Qa5 18. e5 Nd5 19. Qg5 {hands over advantage to Black, better is 19. Bb5} Qxc3 20. Rad1 dxe5 21. dxe5 c4 {better is Nxe5} 22. Bxg6!? {22. Ne4 Qb4 23. Bxc4 Qxc4 Nd6} hxg6 23. h5 Nf8 24. Ne4 Qb4 {advantage White, Qa5 equalises} 25. hxg6 Nxg6 {25. fxg6} 26. Rxd5 Qe7? {exd5} 27. Nf6+ Bxf6 28. exf6 Qb4 29. Rde5 c3 30. R5e4 Qd6 31. Ne5 Kh7 32. Rh4 Rb4 33. Nxg6 fxg6 34. Bf8+ 1-0

Bill Forster
05-01-2013, 07:43 PM
Ker Stuart was not a cellphone loss. Peter just looked disgusted and resigned.

CivicChessMan
05-01-2013, 08:14 PM
Bill - do you know why Ben Hague resigned after 19 moves to Ewen Green?

Tony Dowden
05-01-2013, 08:48 PM
Bill - do you know why Ben Hague resigned after 19 moves to Ewen Green?

Black's position is really bad. I looked at a couple of times and the more you look the more depressing it gets.

I thought Ewen's e4 saccing a pawn and e5 to secure a knight outpost on d6 were great. From what I've seen Ben is a wonderfully dynamic player but he doesn't seem to have a head for dour defence.

Kevin Bonham
05-01-2013, 09:14 PM
Green-Hague:


Black's position is really bad. I looked at a couple of times and the more you look the more depressing it gets.

I agree with this. 19...Qxe5 is the only move that could justify playing on. I originally looked at 20.Qf2 (which is quite nasty) as the key reply but it now looks like 20.0-0-0! offering another pawn is even stronger and almost certainly winning.

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2013, 02:47 AM
1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. e4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Be3 c6 6. Qd2 b5 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. h3 O-O 9. a4 b4 10. Ne2 Rb8 11. O-O Qc7 12. c3 bxc3 13. bxc3 c5 14. Ng3 e6 15. Rfe1 Re8 16. Bh6 Bh8 17. h4 Qa5 18. e5 Nd5 19. Qg5 [19. Bb5] 19... Qxc3 20. Rad1 dxe5 21. dxe5 c4 [21... Nxe5] 22. Bxg6!? [22. Ne4 Qb4 23. Bxc4 Qxc4 24. Nd6] 22... hxg6 23. h5 Nf8 24. Ne4 Qb4 [24...Qa5] 25. hxg6 Nxg6 [25... fxg6] 26. Rxd5 Qe7 [26... exd5] 27. Nf6+ Bxf6 28. exf6 Qb4 29. Rde5 c3 30. R5e4 Qd6 31. Ne5 Kh7 32. Rh4 Rb4 33. Nxg6 fxg6 34. Bf8+ 1-0
Thanks CCM. If you put variations in square brackets, they can be played through on the screen too (can be damn fiddly to get it to play sometimes though). I played that line against Ker a couple of times a long time ago; in the first I forced his Q to the Q-side and cut it off, but the second time he found better play, showing that the line is nothing special for White. In the above, the line looks good for Black.

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2013, 03:10 AM
Ker Stuart was not a cellphone loss. Peter just looked disgusted and resigned.
That was premature. This opening sequence is known from previous games as offering a P for compensation, e.g. Seret–Adorjan, 1985 (http://chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1016340), although 8... 0-0 is more common than 8... Nc6.

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2013, 03:19 AM
Green–Hague:
I agree with this. 19...Qxe5 is the only move that could justify playing on. I originally looked at 20.Qf2 (which is quite nasty) as the key reply
Fritzy prefers this, although after 20.... Nf5, White doesn't have that much.


but it now looks like 20.0-0-0! offering another pawn is even stronger and almost certainly winning.
It is? Fritzy hasn't found even an advantage yet, so resignation seems very premature.

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2013, 06:53 AM
Scores: Wastney 5; Green 4.5; Hague; Nijman, Smith 4; Russell, Steadman, Goodhue 3.5; Ker, Fuatai, van der Hoorn 3; Forster 2.5; Reedy, Stuart, Nyberg 2; Thomas, Li, Milligan 1.5.
Interesting to see how veteran-dominated the NZ champs field is. Wastney, Ker, v.d. Hoorn, Goodhue, and I think Fuatai, are in their 40s; Steadman, Nijman, Jackson, and Forster are in their 50s; Green (having one of his best results as a veteran of many champs), Milligan, and Stuart are in their 60s while Smith is in his 60th year. No idea about the others except perhaps Nyberg who might not have reached 30 yet. Nice to see that so many Kiwis are still playing well after their mid-thirties when players used to reach their prime. I guess they have a role model in the late Sarapu who co-won his 20th championship against a powerful field at almost 66.

braindied
06-01-2013, 07:23 AM
Interesting to see how veteran-dominated the NZ champs field is. Wastney, Ker, v.d. Hoorn, Goodhue, and I think Fuatai, are in their 40s; Steadman, Nijman, and Forster are in their 50s; Green (having one of his best results as a veteran of many champs), Milligan, and Stuart are in their 60s while Smith is in his 60th year. No idea about the others except perhaps Nyberg who might not have reached 30 yet. Nice to see that so many Kiwis are still playing well after their mid-thirties when players used to reach their prime. I guess they have a role model in the late Sarapu who co-won his 20th championship against a powerful field at almost 66.

You do an injustice to Helen Milligan who was born in the 1960's...

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2013, 07:43 AM
You do an injustice to Helen Milligan who was born in the 1960's...
The injustice was unintentional. Dr Milligan was in the NZ Seniors (http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2012/wwwNZSeniors/index.html), which I thought was for >60. Chessgames.com says she is only 50 though (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=57012), supporting what you say. I also did an injustice to Smith whose birth year has long been mis-listed, but he is only 56 (http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=4300190). Nyberg is actually mid-30s (http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=4301064). Still supports my point that it's quite a veterans' field.

braindied
06-01-2013, 08:32 AM
The injustice was unintentional. Dr Milligan was in the NZ Seniors (http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2012/wwwNZSeniors/index.html), which I thought was for >60. Chessgames.com says she is only 50 though (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=57012), supporting what you say. I also did an injustice to Smith whose birth year has long been mis-listed, but he is only 56 (http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=4300190). Nyberg is actually mid-30s (http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=4301064). Still supports my point that it's quite a veterans' field.

Seniors for women start at 50....


Perhaps the real question is, where are all the juniors in NZ chess?

The 1950-70 generation is still dominating Olympiad teams, NZ champs, and chess administration.

There are one or two youngsters around, but certainly not in the numbers from earlier times.

Tony Dowden
06-01-2013, 08:43 AM
Still supports my point that it's quite a veterans' field.

Yes, it does

Tony Dowden
06-01-2013, 08:48 AM
Green-Hague:

I agree with this. 19...Qxe5 is the only move that could justify playing on. I originally looked at 20.Qf2 (which is quite nasty) as the key reply but it now looks like 20.0-0-0! offering another pawn is even stronger and almost certainly winning.

Yes, I had assumed 20.0-0-0

Tony Dowden
06-01-2013, 08:51 AM
Seniors for women start at 50....

Of course an equitable age for senior women would be 65 ;)

Tony Dowden
06-01-2013, 08:54 AM
Interesting to see how veteran-dominated the NZ champs field is. Wastney, Ker, v.d. Hoorn, Goodhue, and I think Fuatai, are in their 40s; Steadman, Nijman, and Forster are in their 50s; Green (having one of his best results as a veteran of many champs), Milligan, and Stuart are in their 60s while Smith is in his 60th year. No idea about the others except perhaps Nyberg who might not have reached 30 yet.

Just check the FIDE list for NZ. Most birth years are there and known inaccuracies have been corrected.

Mr Buss
06-01-2013, 09:15 AM
There may be a lack of juniors around but that is changing.
Ewen Green is doing great things bringing on promising juniors at Auckland chess center .
There are plenty of very young juniors with potential he is coaching.
The Zhang brothers ,William Li , Alan Fan , Alphaeus Ang to name a few.
Puchen Wang and Bobby Chen are two success stories to come through under Ewens coaching. Luke Li and Hans Gao are both still schoolboys and following in their footsteps.
The top players in NZ are an aging population but there is hope for the future

LNah
06-01-2013, 11:49 AM
Just a reminder that those of you who wish to play in the 120th NZ Chess congress, it isn't too late. Entries are still open for the NZ Rapid + Blitz championships.
If you organise this now you can make it there for Fri + Sat!

NZ Rapid Championship

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 January 2013
Deadline for entries 8:30am 11 January 2013.
9 round Swiss w time countrol 25 Mins + 5 seconds increment per move.
FIDE Rapid rules apply
Entry fee: $60 (Juniors $30).
Schedule: 11 Jan 2013: 9:30am Players meeting; 10am 1st round starts. 5 rounds 1st day. 12 January 2013 4 rounds starting at 10am


NZ Blitz Championship will start at 6pm Saturday 12 Jan 2013 and will be open to all players. Time control: 3 mins + 2 seconds increment a move. FIDE Blitz rules apply. Entry fee: $40. Deadline for entry 5pm 12 January 2013.

Venue is same for all congress tournaments ie CQ Wellington Hotel on Cuba St.
For more information see the official entry form available on the Congress website (http://www.chess.wellington.net.nz/congress.html) or mirror (http://nzchessmag.com/wellingtonchessclub/congress.html).

Kevin Bonham
06-01-2013, 11:53 AM
It is? Fritzy hasn't found even an advantage yet, so resignation seems very premature.

One of the useful features of Fritz 11 (and presumably later versions too) is the ability to prod its evaluations by manually playing a few moves ahead, getting evaluations for those positions and then returning to the original point. This results in it understanding the position much faster than by it just sitting in the original position on infinite analysis.

For instance I loaded the position up and left it to sit in infinite analysis mode and after several minutes it was about +0.5 for Qf2 vs +0.2 for 0-0-0.

After half an hour it is +0.7 for either.

But yesterday in rather less than half an hour I was able to "prod" its evaluation for 0-0-0 up to +1.2. And that is mostly for positions where the side that is ahead is materially 1 or 2 pawns down, ie the advantage is probably greater.

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2013, 12:03 PM
Ewen Green is doing great things bringing on promising juniors at Auckland chess center.
Yes, he's a great coach. Glad to see that it's apparently helped restore his own playing strength.

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2013, 12:07 PM
One of the useful features of Fritz 11 (and presumably later versions too) is the ability to prod its evaluations by manually playing a few moves ahead, getting evaluations for those positions and then returning to the original point. This results in it understanding the position much faster than by it just sitting in the original position on infinite analysis.

For instance I loaded the position up and left it to sit in infinite analysis mode and after several minutes it was about +0.5 for Qf2 vs +0.2 for 0-0-0.

After half an hour it is +0.7 for either.

But yesterday in rather less than half an hour I was able to "prod" its evaluation for 0-0-0 up to +1.2. And that is mostly for positions where the side that is ahead is materially 1 or 2 pawns down, ie the advantage is probably greater.
That's very useful. It's only Fritz 6 with CBLight. But back to the game, it seems that if top-ranking computers need to prodded to produce an evaluation of +1.2, Black should have fought on. Even an advantage greater than just the material extra P, better players than these guys have misplayed greater advantages in difficult middlegames.

Kevin Bonham
06-01-2013, 12:16 PM
But back to the game, it seems that if top-ranking computers need to prodded to produce an evaluation of +1.2, Black should have fought on.

Yes, stranger things have happened than players messing up attacks in positions like that (a good example being the missed wins in Smith-Steadman.)

Craig_Hall
06-01-2013, 05:53 PM
There are plenty of juniors active, just not so many strong enough to play in the Championships at this point. I think a few of the Auckland juniors didn't travel to Wellington, either.

CivicChessMan
06-01-2013, 06:29 PM
These junior players were eligible for the Championship: Luke Li 2375, Hans Gao 2261, Daniel Shen 2235, Alan Ansell 2195, Scott Yang 2146, Alex Huang 2112 and Judy Gao 2056. All are from Auckland except Ansell who is from New Plymouth.

Luke Li is competing in the Australian Open as is Hilton Bennett.

CivicChessMan
06-01-2013, 06:52 PM
Scott Wastney increased his lead to a point after a convincing win against Bob Smith in 26 moves. Ewen Green drew with Nathan Goodhue and Ben Hague beat Brian Nijman to move to 5 points.

Results:
Wastney 1-0 Smith
Greeen 1/2 Goodhue
Nijman 0-1 Hague
Russell 0-1 Steadman
Ker 1/2 van der Hoorn
Forster 1-0 Fuatai
Nyberg 1-0 Reedy
Stuart 1/2 Li
Milligan 0-1 Thomas
Scores: Wastney 6; Hague, Green 5; Steadman 4.5; Nijman, Smith, Goodhue 4; Russell, Forster, Ker, van der Hoorn 3.5; Fuatai, Nyberg 3; Thomas, Stuart 2.5; Reedy, Li 2; Milligan 1.5.

In round 8, it's Goodhue vs Wastney, Steadman vs Green and Hague vs Forster.

CivicChessMan
06-01-2013, 07:23 PM
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. a4 e6 7. Be2 Be7 8. O-O
Nc6 9. f4 O-O 10. Be3 Qc7 11. Qe1 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 e5 13. Be3 exf4 14. Bxf4 Be6
15. Qg3 Rfd8 16. Rad1 Rac8 17. Kh1 Qb6 18. Be3 Qa5 (18... Qxb2 19. Bd4 Qxc2 20.
Rxf6 Rxc3 21. Rf3 g6) 19. Bd4 Ne8 20. Nd5 Bxd5 21. exd5 Rxc2 (21... Qxa4) 22.
Bd3 (22. Qb3 Qc7 23. Bd3) 22... Rcc8 {?} 23. Rde1 (23. Bxh7+ {! } 23... Kxh7
24. Rxf7 Bf6 25. Bxf6 Rc7 26. Rxc7 Qxc7 27. Qh4+ Kg8 28. Bxd8) 23... Qxd5 {?}
24. Rxe7 Qxd4 25. Rexf7 Nc7 26. Qh3 { 1-0} *

Tony Dowden
07-01-2013, 07:27 AM
Scott certainly taking it to the rest of the field at this stage. Very impressive :clap: :clap: :clap:

ChrisBurns
07-01-2013, 02:42 PM
Scott certainly taking it to the rest of the field at this stage. Very impressive :clap: :clap: :clap:
Another convincing win again today for Scott against Nathan.

braindied
07-01-2013, 03:00 PM
Another convincing win again today for Scott against Nathan.

It now looks like a two horse race between Scott and Ben.

Now the vague nature of a Swiss event with only 18 players and 11 rounds will start, who are the players who will have to be paired up multiple score groups is a bit of a lottery. ( a lottery with strict rules).

Antony Ker could yet be the spoiler as I don't think he has played Scott yet?

CivicChessMan
07-01-2013, 05:46 PM
Results:
Goodhue 0-1 Wastney
Steadman 1/2 Green
Hague 1-0 Forster
Smith 1-0 Nijman
van der Hoorn 1-0 Russell
Nyberg 0-1 Ker
Fuatai 1/2 Milligan
Thomas 1/2 Stuart
Reedy 0-1 Li

Scores: Wastney 7; Hague 6; Green 5.5; Steadman, Smith 5; Ker, van der Hoorn 4.5; Nijman, Goodhue 4; Russell, Forster, Fuatai 3.5; Thomas, Stuart, Li, Nyberg 3; Reedy, Milligan 2.

In round 9, Scott Wastney vs Anthony Ker is the main event. If Wastney avoids defeat then he must be odds-on favourite to win the Championship for the second time.

Unlikely Viktor
08-01-2013, 04:34 PM
What year did Scott win previously?

CivicChessMan
08-01-2013, 04:56 PM
What year did Scott win previously?
He won in 2001. Chris Depasquale (AUS) finished first with 8.5, Scott Wastney 8 best NZ'er; Leonid Sandler (AUS); Paul Garbett, Leonard McLaren 7.5; Russell Dive 7; Anthony Ker, Nic Croad 6.

CivicChessMan
08-01-2013, 05:19 PM
Scott Wastney has beaten Anthony Ker to further increase his lead. Wastney has 8 points, 1.5 points clear of Ben Hague and Ewen Green. Hague could only draw with Mark van der Hoorn while Green beat Michael Nyberg. Wastney needs only a point from the last two rounds to win the Championship outright.

Results:
Wastney 1-0 Ker
van der Hoorn 1/2 Hague
Green 1-0 Nyberg
Smith 1-0 Goodhue
Nijman 1-0 Steadman
Li 0-1 Russell
Stuart 1/2 Fuatai
Forster 1/2 Milligan
Reedy 0-1 Thomas

Scores: Wastney 8; Hague, Green 6.5; Smith 6; Steadman, Nijman, van der Hoorn 5; Russell, Ker 4.5, Goodhue, Forster, Thomas, Fuatai 4; Stuart 3.5; Nyberg, Li 3; Milligan 2.5; Reedy 2.

In the penultimate round, it's Wastney vs van der Hoorn, Russell vs Hague and Ker vs Green.

CivicChessMan
08-01-2013, 05:27 PM
It's tight in the Major Open with 7 players within a point of each other. On 7 points are Max Chew Lee (AUS) and Edward Rains. Half a point behind are Jack James and Timothy Rains with a further half a point to Ross Jackson, David Paul and Simon Lyall. In today's games, only Edward Rains took the full point, all the other leaders drew.

Adamski
08-01-2013, 07:46 PM
Looks like Scott's championship.

Qbert
09-01-2013, 12:59 PM
Congratulations to Scott Wastney - winning his second championship on 9/10 with a round to spare! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Tony Dowden
09-01-2013, 01:39 PM
Congratulations to Scott Wastney - winning his second championship on 9/10 with a round to spare! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Ditto :clap: :clap: :clap:

An awesome display that often made his relatively strong opponenets (by NZ standards) look bad. Scott's play was both positionally correct and brutally effective. It reminded me of times when strong Aussie IMs like Alex Wohl, Guy West and Gary Lane have crossed the Tasman and completely dominated NZ events.

Capablanca-Fan
09-01-2013, 04:06 PM
Ditto :clap: :clap: :clap:

An awesome display that often made his relatively strong opponenets (by NZ standards) look bad. Scott's play was both positionally correct and brutally effective.
An accurate summary. From the games I saw, Scott played the most brilliant game (against Athula Russell, many times Sri Lankan champion), and never even seemed to be worse in any of his games.


It reminded me of times when strong Aussie IMs like Alex Wohl, Guy West and Gary Lane have crossed the Tasman and completely dominated NZ events.
Not to mention strong Aussie FMs like Chris Depasquale, who was the tournament winner the last time Scott won the champs, and it was a strong NZ field too.

braindied
09-01-2013, 04:43 PM
Congratulations to Scott Wastney - winning his second championship on 9/10 with a round to spare! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Very impressive to be TWO points ahead with a round to go. And the silly small Swiss sees him playing the bottom rated seed in the last round. The only pairing that got missed in the event of note was Ker-Smith as all the other higher players met each other it seems. Still prefer a round robin unless the field at least 24+ minimum.

Other than the great Ortvin, how many other NZ players scored 9+?

Capablanca-Fan
09-01-2013, 05:07 PM
Very impressive to be TWO points ahead with a round to go. And the silly small Swiss sees him playing the bottom rated seed in the last round.
Yes, very dominant here, and with none of the "luck" (in the sense of winning games from lost positions) that winners often need.


The only pairing that got missed in the event of note was Ker-Smith as all the other higher players met each other it seems. Still prefer a round robin unless the field at least 24+ minimum.
I completely agree.


Other than the great Ortvin, how many other NZ players scored 9+?
Russell Dive scored 10.5 in Dunedin 1998/99.

flukey
09-01-2013, 05:16 PM
Well done Scott - impressive performance alright!

CivicChessMan
09-01-2013, 05:20 PM
Congratulations to Scott Wastney on a convincing win of the 120th NZ Championship.

Results:
Wastney 1-0 van der Hoorn
Russell 1-0 Hague
Ker 1/2 Green
Fuatai 1/2 Smith
Steadman 1-0 Stuart
Nyberg 0-1 Nijman
Thomas 0-1 Li
Milligan 0-1 Goodhue
Forster 1-0 Reedy

Points: Wastney 9; Green 7; Hague, Smith 6.5; Steadman, Nijman 6; Russell 5.5; Ker, Goodhue, Forster, van der Hoorn 5; Fuatai 4.5; Thomas, Li 4; Stuart 3.5; Nyberg 3; Milligan 2.5; Reedy 2.

5 players have a chance of finishing second and the deciding games are Green vs Russell, Smith vs Forster, Hague vs Thomas and Goodhue vs Steadman.

CivicChessMan
09-01-2013, 05:29 PM
Max Chew Lee (AUS) beat Simon Lyall to move to 8 points and take a half point lead into the final round. His round 9 co-leader Edward Rains lost to David Paul. Edward's brother Tim has moved into clear second place on 7.5 after beating Jack James. Ross Jackson is also in contention after beating Don Stracy.

Points: Chew Lee 8; Tim Rains 7.5; Edward Rains, David Paul, Ross Jackson 7.

In the final round, it's Chew Lee vs Daniel Gong, Jackson vs Tim Rains, James vs Paul and Edward Rains vs Lyall.

CivicChessMan
09-01-2013, 05:54 PM
Other than the great Ortvin, how many other NZ players scored 9+?
Here are the players who have scored at least 9 in the NZ Championship from the 90's onwards: 1992 Martin Dreyer 9; 1997 Ian Rogers 9.5; 1999 Russell Dive 10.5; 2000 Ian Rogers 10.5; 2007 Pu Chen Wang 9; 2009 Murray Chandler 9; 2011 Anthony Ker 9; 2013 Scott Wastney 9 - 10.

Adamski
09-01-2013, 11:22 PM
Big congratulations to Scott Wastney. An awesome performance which should see his rating climb big-time.

Go Ross Jackson in the last round of the Major Open!

CivicChessMan
10-01-2013, 06:17 PM
Results:
Li 0-1 Wastney
Green 1/2 Russell
Smith 1-0 Forster
Goodhue 0-1 Steadman
Reedy 0-1 Ker
Hague 0-1 Thomas
Stuart 0-1 van der Hoorn
Nijman 1-0 Milligan
Nyberg 0-1 Fuatai

Final scores: Wastney 10; Smith, Green 7.5; Steadman, Nijman 7; Hague 6.5; Russell, Ker, van der Hoorn 6; Fuatai 5.5; Forster, Thomas 5; Li 4; Stuart 3.5; Nyberg 3; Milligan 2.5; Reedy 2.

CivicChessMan
10-01-2013, 06:22 PM
Results:

Chew Lee 1-0 Gong
Jackson 0-1 Timothy Rains
James 1-0 Paul
Edward Rains 0-1 Lyall

Final scores: Chew Lee 9; Timothy Rains 8.5; James 7.5; Edward Rains, Timergazi, Jackson, Paul, Lyall, Brockway 7.

Adamski
10-01-2013, 11:28 PM
Congrats to Australian Max Chew Lee on winning the Major.

heligan
11-01-2013, 06:31 AM
Max is a New Zealand citizen too...

Adamski
11-01-2013, 09:34 AM
Max is a New Zealand citizen too...
Cool! As a famous Chess Chatter says, "once a Kiwi, always a Kiwi". I am a New Zealand citizen and have not become an Aas citizen as there has been no incentive and quite some cost to do so. I can live with not having a vote!

Rincewind
11-01-2013, 09:38 AM
I can live with not having a vote!

Really? I thought New Zealand was a representative democracy with universal adult suffrage.

Adamski
11-01-2013, 10:29 AM
Really? I thought New Zealand was a representative democracy with universal adult suffrage.
I am not on the roll and they haven't chased me. Very out of touch with NZ politics though like John Key.

Capablanca-Fan
11-01-2013, 03:55 PM
Really? I thought New Zealand was a representative democracy with universal adult suffrage.
Yes, the first country to give women the vote. They sensibly got rid of the imbecilic "first past the post" system but unfortunately chose the Kraut "Mixed Member Proportional" system to replace it. There is a residential requirement to vote, such as at having been in the country in the year or two before the election.

Rincewind
11-01-2013, 04:33 PM
There is a residential requirement to vote, such as at having been in the country in the year or two before the election.

Thanks. So no expat voting? There was also a bill passed recently disenfranchising criminals serving sentences.

Capablanca-Fan
12-01-2013, 01:11 PM
Thanks. So no expat voting? There was also a bill passed recently disenfranchising criminals serving sentences.
You're welcome. I've voted in NZ since moving to Australia, but I had visited NZ some time in the year before the election. Similarly, I voted in the last Au election after moving to the USA, and I think I can vote in the next one since I visited Au in April. I'm not aware of the voting rights of prisoners. IIRC when I lived there, prisoners could not vote.

Craig_Hall
12-01-2013, 04:46 PM
Current rules are that NZ citizens can vote as long as they have visited NZ in the last three years - twelve months for NZ residents. Voting from overseas is reasonably straightforward. Prisoners and people detained by reason of mental incapacity can't register to vote for the duration of their detention, and people on the "corrupt practices list" can't register while on the list (automatically removed from the list 3 years after they were put on the list, or earlier if the High Court so orders).

LNah
13-01-2013, 08:03 PM
Here's all the photos taken by Simon Lyall or me during 120th NZ Chess Congress http://j.mp/ZKRKRD
Unfortunately we left at the start of the final round of blitz. So no prize giving pics for that. Blitz pics are mostly during the first round where they were looking for the top 2 in each group to participate in the final round.
Feel free to add names as comments. Haven't done that yet. Took ages to upload all the pics to flickr