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Kevin Bonham
30-10-2004, 10:12 PM
Progress scores after round 4 of 7.

4/4 Kevin Bonham
3/4 Peter Billam, Glen Gibbs, Charles Chadwick, Amiel Rosario, Phil Donnelly, Joe Basic
2.5/4 Bradley Stansfield, Nigel Frame

(27 players).

NSW BBers: your boy's doing well. Today he scored an upset win against second seed Peter Billam (see below) followed by draws with Nigel Frame and Bradley Stansfield (latter is a former state champion returning to tournament chess after seven years off.) Amiel has black against me in round 5 tomorrow morning.

Quite an exciting day with numerous upsets and a territorial dispute with another user group (we won because we booked last December and they only booked in March).

A few games from today:

Peter Billam (UNR c.1920) - Amiel Rosario (1640)

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 d6 4.d4 Bg7 5.Be2 0-0 6.f4 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Nf3 exd5 9.cxd5 Re8 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Ng4 12.Bg5 Qa5 13.0-0 Nxe5 14.Ne4 Qb6 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 [...Rxe5 was better] 16.Nf6+ Bxf6 17.Bxf6 Bf5 18.Bc3 Nd7 19.Qd2 c4+ 20.Bd4?? Rxe2 21.Qxe2 Qxd4+ 22.Kh1 Qxd5 23.Rad1 Bd3 24.Qf2 Ne5 25.b3 b5 26.bxc4 bxc4 27.Rfe1 Ng4 28.Qf4 Qh5 0-1

John O'Mara (1292) - Thomas Hendrey (1478)

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.exf6 hxg5 7.fxg7 Rg8 8.Nge2 Qf6 9.a3 Bxc3+ 10.Nxc3 c6 11.Qd2 Nd7 12.0-0-0 e5 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxd5! cxd5 15.Bb5+ Bd7 16.Bxd7+? [16.Rhe1! 0-0-0 17.Qc3+ Kb8 18.Qxe5+ Qxe5 19.Rxe5 Bxb5 20.Rexd5 Rxd5 21.Rxd5 Be8 22.Rxg5] 16...Nxd7? Now it's all over. [16...Kxd7 is OK.] 17.Rhe1+ Kd8 18.Qxd5 Qc6 19.Qxf7 Kc7 20.Re7 Rad8 21.Rdxd7+ Rxd7 22.Rxd7+ Qxd7 23.Qxg8 Qe7 24.Qc4+ Kd7 25.Qd3+ Kc6 26.Qc3+ Kd7 27.g8=Q 1-0

Kevin Bonham
31-10-2004, 08:01 PM
A spectacular round 6 tactical blow-up against Glen Gibbs was not enough to stop top seed Kevin Bonham from winning the 2004 Hobart Weekender (7xG60) by a full point. Gibbs and Bonham entered the last round tied for first but Bonham defeated Nigel Frame, while Gibbs lost a minor piece ending in a frantic time scramble with Peter Billam. Billam had several good wins but also a couple of big losses, missing a tactic against NSW visitor Amiel Rosario and then getting his queen trapped in a nest of pawns in the middle of the board on move 16 against Phil Donnelly. Joining Gibbs and Billam on 5/7 was Ross George, who only took a first-round upset loss to Leo Minol to shake off eighteen months of rust before charging home to win the U1700 prize with a relentless attack followed by a king-hunt against Charles Chadwick in the final round. Another rusty returnee was equal 1993 state champion Bradley Stansfield, whose 4.5/7 was a respectable effort after seven years off.

Joe Basic was paired with over-1500s in every single round, and defeated four of them (including Gibbs in a first-round upset), well and truly earning the U1500 ratings prize. Thomas Hendrey was rather luckier in winning the best junior prize. After losing to an excellent John O'Mara piece sacrifice, Hendrey's further adventures included an ignominous bye and the tournament's most exciting time scramble, against Noel O'Mara. Hendrey had finally converted a very messy queen and rook ending to a clearly won rook ending, and O'Mara, with almost no time remaining, resigned. Had O'Mara realised that Hendrey only had two seconds left himself, perhaps he would have played on! Suraj Dutt, recently moved from NSW, would have won the prize had he beaten Tony Sturges in the final round. Dutt will be a strong player if he can greatly improve his ability to finish off opponents from winning positions. In round 2, he was queen for a few pawns up against Gibbs but needlessly gave up queen for rook because he was afraid of a pawn threatening to queen. Gibbs then won with four pawns against Dutt's rook, an incredible escape from what could have been a totally ruined weekend after his round 1 loss to Basic.

The tournament was played in excellent spirit by the 27 entrants with no significant incidents except for a territorial dispute with another Migrant Resource Centre user group that falsely claimed to have an overriding Saturday evening booking for the tournament room.

6/7 Kevin Bonham (1943)
5 Peter Billam (UNR), Glen Gibbs (1835), Ross George (1689) (U1700 prize)
4.5 Nigel Frame (1800), Phil Donnelly (1709), Amiel Rosario (NSW,1640), Bradley Stansfield (1725)
4 Charles Chadwick (1819), Milutin Ivkovic (1577), Michael Schmidt (1527), Joseph Basic (1437)(U1500 prize), Scott Cohen (UNR)
3.5 Tony Sturges (1344), Thomas Hendrey* (1478,j) (junior prize)
3 Nick Chapman (1532), Noel O'Mara (1517), David Christian (1420), Dallas Fry* (1370), John O'Mara* (1292), Leo Minol (1219), Tony Salter* (1119), William Shaw (1147,j)
2.5 Suraj Dutt (1057,j)
2 Alex Shaw* (831,j)
1.5 Tim Hooks# (UNR, j), Cath Shaw* (683, fj)

* = 1 point bye
# = half point bye on request

Gibbs - Bonham
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.Bd2 g6?! [10...0-0 is normal here.] 11.h4 Qxc2 12.Bd3 Qb2 13.Rb1 Qxd4 14.Ne2 Qc5 15.Rc1 Qb6 16.h5 Nbc6 17.hxg6 Nxg6 18.Rb1 Qc7?? [18...Qc5! 19.Bb5 Qf8 unclear.] 19.Qxg6+!! hxg6 20.Rxh8+ Kd7 21.Rh7+ Kd8 [When playing 18...Qc7 Black had not realised that 21...Ne7 loses to 22.Bb5+] 22.Bg5+! Ne7 23.Rh8+ 1-0

arosar
02-11-2004, 03:04 PM
This was an excellent tourney - no matter that it was quite small. I think the advantage of small affairs like this one is that the general atmosphere is more social and friendly.

Pics and more commentary coming up later when I get a chance. It was good to see you Kevo. Now where can I go next? Maybe I go visit me mate gray.

AR

Garvinator
02-11-2004, 04:54 PM
This was an excellent tourney - no matter that it was quite small. I think the advantage of small affairs like this one is that the general atmosphere is more social and friendly.

Pics and more commentary coming up later when I get a chance. It was good to see you Kevo. Now where can I go next? Maybe I go visit me mate gray.

AR
will you be going back to hobart?

Kevin Bonham
02-11-2004, 05:36 PM
Thanks AR. Great having you down here.

A few more games.

Bonham (1943) - Frame (1800) This last round game was pretty awful.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nf6 6.Re1 e5?! Premature for sure. 7.c3 Nc6 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 exd4 10.Nxd4 I would say that Black is already positionally losing. 10...Nxd4 11.Qxd4 Be7 12.Nc3 0-0 13.Bg5 b6 14.Rad1 [or 14.e5 Ne8 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Nd5 Qe6 17.Rad1 dxe5 18.Rxe5 Qh6]
[or 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.e5 Be7 16.Rad1 Rfd8 17.Ne4 d5 18.Nc3 Qe6 19.Nxd5] 14...Rfd8? [14...Rfe8 maybe] 15.e5! Ne8 16.Bxe7 Qxe7 17.exd6 Qg5 18.Re5 Qg6 19.Nb5?! [Much better: 19.d7 Nf6 20.Nd5+-] 19...a6 20.Rxe8+ Rxe8 21.Nc7 Re4 22.Qxb6 Rd8 [22...Rf8! 23.Qxa6 Rd8] 23.Ne6! Line-block, discovered attack, back-rank threats. I was really pleased to see this a few moves out. 23...Re8 24.d7 Qxe6 [24...R4xe6!! 25.d8=Q h6 26.Qxa6 Rxd8 27.Rxd8+ Kh7 28.Qf1 Qc2 with drawing chances.] 25.Qxe6 R8xe6?? I think he just missed the fact that I could move my new queen back to d2. [25...R4xe6 26.dxe8=Q+ Rxe8 27.Kf1 and White should not have much trouble winning.] 26.d8=Q+ Re8 27.Qd2 Re2?? 28.Qc1?? I must have been soooooooo tired. Even Homo floresiensis would have taken the rook. 28...h6 29.Kf1 R2e6 30.Re1 Just showing off here. 30...Rxe1+ 31.Qxe1 Rxe1+ 32.Kxe1 f5 33.Ke2 Kf7 34.Ke3 Ke6 35.Kd4 Kd6 36.f4 g5 37.g3 a5 38.b3 g4 39.a3 1-0

Peter Billam (UNR) - Phil Donnelly (1703)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.e5 Nd5 8.Ne4 Qa5+ 9.Bd2 Nb4 10.Bc3 Ba6 11.a3 Bxf1 12.axb4 Qd5 13.Qf3 Bb5 14.b3 Bxb4 15.Bxb4 Qxe5 16.Bc3 0-1

Peter Billam (UNR) - Nigel Frame (1809)

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 d6 4.d4 Bg7 5.Be2 0-0 6.f4 c5 7.d5 Ne8 8.Nf3 Nd7 9.0-0 Ndf6 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Ng4 12.Bf4 f6 13.e6 f5 14.Qd2 Nd6 15.Bd3 b6 16.Rae1 Ba6 17.b3 Rc8 18.h3 Nf6 19.Ne5 Bb7 20.g4 fxg4 21.hxg4 Qe8 22.Bh6 a6 23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.g5 Nh5 25.Nd7 Rxf1+ 26.Rxf1 Qg8 27.Qh2 Kh8 28.Qe5+ Qg7 29.Qxg7+ Kxg7 30.Nxb6 Rc7 31.Nd7 Ng3 32.Rf3 Ngf5 33.Bxf5 Nxf5 34.Ne4 Bc8 35.Ndxc5 h6 36.gxh6+ Kxh6 37.Rh3+ Kg7 38.Nd3 a5 39.Ne5 a4 40.b4 Nd4 41.Kf2 Nc2 42.Rg3 Nxb4 43.Rxg6+ Kf8 44.Ng5 1-0

Rincewind
02-11-2004, 05:54 PM
David Christian (1420), John O'Mara* (1292)

Kevin,

Are either of these two guys former residents of the Illawarra, do you know?

Alan Shore
03-11-2004, 01:38 PM
This was an excellent tourney - no matter that it was quite small. I think the advantage of small affairs like this one is that the general atmosphere is more social and friendly.

Pics and more commentary coming up later when I get a chance. It was good to see you Kevo. Now where can I go next? Maybe I go visit me mate gray.

AR

QLD U1850 Champs on Nov. 20-21. Certainly winnable for you!

arosar
05-11-2004, 08:07 AM
As I had never been to Tassie, a weekender seemed like a good excuse. Overall I enjoyed my stay, spent most of time in Hobart town. Lovely place that. Too small for me though. Weather was good, sans sinister sky more common in Vic and NSW.

My only 'weird' experience was at the backpackers. One night, while watching TV, this tall skinny chick of about 45+ or so, another guest actually, suddenly turned to me and said, "God told me to tell you that my tooth is healed".

I thought, "Oh here we go, my first Tassie loonie". My God that woman scared the schit out of me. She went on about how the Lord had healed her tooth. Then she tells me that she never had friends when she was young. She had pets: a dog, a cat, a bird - but apparently no human pals. Nada. I've been around and have seen my fair share of Sydney nuts, but I tell you what - this one really alarmed me. I got up off of my seat to move and so did she, following me around the joint.

Finally I say to her, "Listen you sit down there and watch the TV cos you're just wasting power and I got a chess game tomorrow". To my relief she agreed. Next day, I'm sittin' there again and she hands me 4 AA size batteries with a note supposedly written by God. Jesus, I was gobsmacked. Later in the day, the police came along and took her away. And that was that with that.

Anyway to chess.

This event was hosted by the Hobart International Chess Club. What an ambitious name you think, you know, 'International' and all that. Well, the story goes that the club was founded way back in '94 as a Serbian chess club. But the founders thought it better to be more inclusive, less political and non geographical. So, the club became an 'International Chess Club'.

Twenty-seven players contested the tournament. For such a small field you'd think chess was dying in Tassie. That wasn't my impression. It's just stats I guess. Small population, so small number of chessers. Makes sense to me. If anything, I'd say chess is in a healthy state down there - particularly in the junior ranks. After all, why else would David Cordover be hiring? I swear I saw an ad for a chess coach paying about $25 - $30 per hour.

And let's not forget, chess has been in this colony since 1803, "soon after Lieutenant John Bowen settled with a small party of troops and convicts at Risdon Cove, on the Derwent River, a few miles upstream of what is now Hobart" (Wagg, P. in ACL 1982 quoted in Neville, 2001:1). I'm pretty sure chess will be around at least another 200 years.

Below are a few photos I took. Enjoy.

AR

arosar
05-11-2004, 08:09 AM
One of Tassie's old warriors, Glen Gibbs. After a disastrous first round loss, he bounced back to eventually reached the top board and faced our mate, Kevin. That game is given above. As you saw, Mr Gibbs can still pull off a trick or two.

arosar
05-11-2004, 08:12 AM
And Mr Bonham! He surprised me somewhat. I had expected a sort of cold academic type. Yet he turned out to be quite emotional. He was visibly upset at his setback to Gibbs, for instance. And, in his last round match-up against Frame, Kevin allowed himself a clinched fist with a quiet, 'Yess!' I guess these two have had their duels over the years. Way back in 1987, at the Tassie Open Championship, the weakling unrated K.J. Bonham scored all of 2.5 points with a win over N. Frame, rated 1118.

arosar
05-11-2004, 08:13 AM
There is a small creek just next to the venue. I was reliably informed that you'd occassionally spot a dozen or so fairly large trouts. If you're lucky (or unlucky) and finish a round early, you could cast a line and enjoy a day of chess and some fishing. Only in Tassie surely!

arosar
05-11-2004, 08:16 AM
Postmortem to Gibbs - Bonham wherein the old warrior prevailed.

arosar
05-11-2004, 08:18 AM
The big plus of small events is that they generally have a more social and friendly feel. This weekender was no different. It seemed to me that Tassie chessers don't have as many weekenders as we do, say, in Sydney - so they make the most of each event. There were no hysterics here over 10.2 or someone's loud chewing. I guess if one travelled far, as did Phil D from Burnie, you really have no time for that. Just chess.

arosar
05-11-2004, 08:20 AM
Players examining their game. Chessers shared the migrant resource centre with other guests. On Staurday, we were nearly booted out. Then on Sunday, I think it was, this woman strolls right into the playing room and asked quite loudly, "Who's car is that in the driveway?" Maybe she didn't noticed the silence.

Rincewind
05-11-2004, 10:11 AM
Good photos, Amiel. In the Gibbs-Bonham post mortem, the player watching on looks to be John Slidziunas, but I didn't see his name in the tournament results. Was he unable to play both days or something?

arosar
05-11-2004, 10:21 AM
I don't know who he is. But he didn't play - just visiting.

AR

Kevin Bonham
05-11-2004, 04:00 PM
Good photos, Amiel. In the Gibbs-Bonham post mortem, the player watching on looks to be John Slidziunas, but I didn't see his name in the tournament results. Was he unable to play both days or something?

Yes, it is Slidziunas. He had too much else on to play but dropped in two or three times to see how it was going.

Another guy who had too much else going on was 2003 state champ Peter Knight. He's on the right side of the chessboard in the bottom pic, 2004 state champ Charles Chadwick is on the left.

I wasn't crying or anything about losing to Gibbs but I was cross with myself about spoiling such an interesting position with such a stupid oversight at such a potentially critical stage of the event.

And yes, Frame and I do have a very long rivalry. The game AR mentions back in the days of the dinosaurs was our second. (I was three pawns up in that 1987 game and there was a triple rep on the board but he claimed it at the wrong moment and while the DOPs were poring over his draw claim I worked out how to win it), For a while in the mid-90s Nigel was clearly the better player and had a psychological edge over me which led to him winning seven in a row, but his lead has been slowly pegged back and on the weekend I recaptured the lead for the first time since 1989 - +12=11-11. But the celebratory gestures at the end were not for anything to do with Nigel, but just relief at winning the tournament after losing that game in round 6.

Excellent photos and reports AR, thanks very much!