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Bill Forster
04-10-2014, 09:22 AM
Wellington Chess Club members were sad to learn this week of the death of veteran competitor Bruce Kay. Bruce (born 1933) did not show for a routine club game a couple of weeks ago, which was quite out of character and already a cause for concern. Bruce has been a fixture of the Wellington chess scene for as long as anyone can remember, and was also a frequent competitor in congresses and other national tournaments. Bruce was never a flashy player, but he could be relied on to build a strong defensive edifice and make any competitor work hard. Bruce was something of a time-trouble addict, and for many years the smart way to collect a point from him was to exploit this deficiency. The advent of digital timers was great for Bruce, he stopped routinely losing on time, although he still seemed to want to use all of his 30 second increment, even when he had an obvious forced move. Bruce did play in the New Zealand Championships once, I believe in 1963. In one of his books Ortvin Sarapu briefly profiled each player he met in his long NZ Championship career. He said that Bruce "was a good defensive player from Wellington". If I remember correctly Bruce, a staunch classicist defended the Lopez in their match up and made Ortvin work hard for his supper. Sarapu's use of the past tense was premature, but sadly time has marched on and fixed his mistake.

Tony Dowden
05-10-2014, 08:46 AM
Bruce (one year younger than my father) was one of those 'old-school' players I admired from a distance. Even though I didn't know him well and only played him perhaps once or twice I always knew he was a tremendously loyal and stalwart club man. RIP

Capablanca-Fan
05-10-2014, 04:43 PM
I see that Bruce was the same age as my father. He was of course well known to Wellington players, and I knew him from my early teen years. Evidently he was playing chess almost to the end.

Capablanca-Fan
05-10-2014, 04:48 PM
Bruce did play in the New Zealand Championships once, I believe in 1963. In one of his books Ortvin Sarapu briefly profiled each player he met in his long NZ Championship career. He said that Bruce "was a good defensive player from Wellington". If I remember correctly Bruce, a staunch classicist defended the Lopez in their match up and made Ortvin work hard for his supper. Sarapu's use of the past tense was premature, but sadly time has marched on and fixed his mistake.
That recollection is pretty good: Ortvin Sarapu vs J Bruce Kay, 68th New Zealand Championship (1961) Spanish Game: Open Variation (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1365598).

Adamski
07-10-2014, 01:04 PM
I played many games against Bruce, with both of us having wins. I recall he always used his time to the maximum and was often in time trouble, but was pretty good at handling it. He also used to regularly travel to the South Island for the South Island champs though living in Wellington. He was a lovely chap away from the board and I am very sorry to hear he has died. RIP Bruce.

LNah
11-10-2014, 04:54 PM
Did a quick search and found Bruce Kay's Chess-db.com page (http://chess-db.com/public/pinfo.jsp?id=4302290)
The chess-db page shows he played at a couple of Queenstown Classics. This means he was also in the NZ Championship for those too. Here's the link to the chess-results page for Bruce 2009 (http://chess-results.com/tnr19507.aspx?lan=1&art=9&fed=NZL&flag=30&wi=821&snr=95) + 2012 (http://www.chess-results.com/tnr63826.aspx?lan=1&art=9&fed=NZL&wi=821&snr=108)

ER
11-10-2014, 08:47 PM
... Sarapu's use of the past tense was premature, but sadly time has marched on and fixed his mistake.

A fine epilogue to a wonderful chess obituary for Bruce. Thanks for sharing Bill!

Adamski
11-10-2014, 10:23 PM
Did a quick search and found Bruce Kay's Chess-db.com page (http://chess-db.com/public/pinfo.jsp?id=4302290)
The chess-db page shows he played at a couple of Queenstown Classics. This means he was also in the NZ Championship for those too. Here's the link to the chess-results page for Bruce 2009 (http://chess-results.com/tnr19507.aspx?lan=1&art=9&fed=NZL&flag=30&wi=821&snr=95) + 2012 (http://www.chess-results.com/tnr63826.aspx?lan=1&art=9&fed=NZL&wi=821&snr=108)I am not sure that is correct. The Queeenstown Classic has not always also been the NZ Championship. I don't think it was in 2004, when I played in the Rapid but not the longer main event.

Craig_Hall
12-10-2014, 08:22 AM
The Queenstown Classics were held in 2006, 2009 and 2012, and all three incorporated the NZ Championship and Major Open.

Adamski
12-10-2014, 09:10 PM
The Queenstown Classics were held in 2006, 2009 and 2012, and all three incorporated the NZ Championship and Major Open.Thanks for that, Craig. My memory must be failing. It was 2006 I played.

LNah
13-10-2014, 11:56 AM
Message from Ian Sellen:
"Sorry not much notice, as I have only just been informed myself, but Bruce Kay's funeral will be this Wednesday, 15th October at 2pm at Cornwall Manor on the corner of Cornwall Street and Knights Road in Lower Hutt.
I really hope some of you will be able to make it."

Thanks Ian

Bruce Kay's funeral
When: Wednesday, 15th October at 2pm
Where: Cornwall Manor on the corner of Cornwall Street and Knights Road in Lower Hutt.

From search:
Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors (http://geeandhickton.co.nz/locations/lower-hutt/) + Map (https://plus.google.com/103513677357093703447/about)

Bill Forster
14-10-2014, 09:24 AM
Possibly I am simply stating the obvious, but hopefully everybody recognises the difference between qualifying to play in the NZ Champs in 1961, and playing in the NZ Champs of 2006, 2009, 2012 and indeed 2015 (Bruce had in fact been one of the first to put down his money to enter the 2015 Devonport tournament - it reminds me of Bob Wade who was all set to play in 2009 before fate intervened). For the Queenstown / Devonport tournaments you could learn the rules of chess in the morning and enter the tournament in the afternoon. In 1961 you had to be one of the 12 best players in the country to qualify. In particular the tournament was held in Auckland that year, with the largest pool of potential entrants and a much reduced tendency to need to stretch and find some weaker players to make up the numbers. I will quote Sarapu properly this time (instead of relying on my fragile memory), after digging out his book. "Bruce Kay was a very defensive player and hard to beat. He had had some good results to be selected into New Zealand's 12 best". I will next try to put Bruce's game against Sarapu into the .pgn viewer. complete with Sarapu's notes. (Thanks to Capablanca Fan above for correcting me re 1961 vs 1963 and for finding the bare game online). By Sarapu's admission Bruce at least matched him as Black, until after the adjournment (those were the days). So Bruce acquitted himself very well in the game, and creditably in the tournament, avoiding defeat against Sutton, Feneridis, Frankel and Douglas. I've also dug out some very recent Wellington Chess Club games (also see http://www.nzchessmag.com/wellingtonchessclub ) which I will attempt to post - they show Bruce still playing some good chess right to the end.

Bill Forster
14-10-2014, 09:55 AM
I will start with just one game rather than putting several in one post as I originally intended.

[Event "68th New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland, New Zealand"]
[Date "1961.??.??"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Ortvin Sarapu"]
[Black "J Bruce Kay"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C80"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

{Notes by Ortvin Sarapu: Bruce Kay was a very defensive player and hard to beat. He had some good
results to be selected into New Zealand's 12 best.}

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5
a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 {The Tarrasch Variation to stop my d4, if Be7} 6. d4
b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. Nxe5 ( {Usual is} 8. dxe5 {but I had seen a game by Bronstein
with Nxe5. I did not continue well.} ) 8... Nxe5 9. dxe5 Be6 10. c3 Be7 11. Be3
O-O 12. f3 Nc5 13. Bc2 Nd7 14. f4 f5 15. Nd2 $2 {Better exf6 as Black now has
the better game. White's e5 is blocked.} 15... c5 $1 {Black now has a pawn
majority on the queenside. White's passed pawn on e5 is well blocked. This
gives a clear advantage to Black.} 16. Qf3 Nb6 17. Qf2 Qc7 18. Nb3 Rac8 19. Kh1
Nc4 20. Bc1 Rfd8 21. Rd1 a5 22. Nd2 Nxd2 23. Bxd2 d4 {Perhaps a4 was better.
Black is in a hurry to open the game.} 24. cxd4 Rxd4 25. Be3 Rdd8 26. h3 g6 27.
Kh2 Qc6 28. a3 Bd5 29. Rac1 c4 30. Bb6 Bc5 31. Bxc5 Qxc5 32. Qxc5 Rxc5 33. Rd4
Kf7 34. a4 b4 35. Bb3 $1 {With tactical threats White has made some progress.
Black should avoid exchanges} 35... c3 36. bxc3 bxc3 37. Rxd5 Rdxd5 38. Bxd5+
Rxd5 39. Rxc3 Rd4 40. Rc7+ Ke6 {White is a pawn up at the adjournment, but
Black can regain material equality.} 41. Kg3 Rxa4 42. Rxh7 Ra3+ $2 43. Kh4 $1
{White still has his material advantage and now it is even better as his king
is in action.} 43... g5+ $5 {A desperate plan, leading to a lost endgame.} 44.
fxg5 Kxe5 45. Ra7 f4 46. Kh5 Kf5 47. h4 a4 48. Kh6 Rg3 49. Rxa4 Rxg2 50. h5 f3
51. g6 f2 52. Ra8 Kf6 53. Rf8+ Ke7 54. Rf3 1-0

Bill Forster
14-10-2014, 09:59 AM
And here are some of Bruce's more recent games. Some of these have my brief notes and can also be seen at the Wellington Chess Club's website at http://nzchessmag.com/wellingtonchessclub

[Event "Julian Mazur Memorial 2013"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.12.12"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Bruce Kay"]
[Black "Philip Rossiter"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1825"]
[BlackElo "1836"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 c5 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 d6 8. e4
Qc7 9. O-O h6 10. d5 Ne7 11. h3 O-O 12. Nh2 e5 13. f4 Nd7 14. f5 f6 15. Qh5 Qd8
16. Ng4 Qe8 {#Diagram} 17. Nxh6+ $5 {Played with youthful optimism! } 17... gxh6 18. Qxh6
Qf7 19. Rf3 Qh7 20. Rg3+ Kh8 21. Qe3 Rg8 22. Bd2 Qh4 23. Rxg8+ Kxg8 24. Rf1 Kf7
25. Rf3 Nf8 26. Rg3 Qh7 27. Rg4 Bd7 28. Qg3 Rb8 29. Rh4 Qg7 30. Rg4 Qh8 31. Rh4
Nh7 32. Qg4 {White now has a winning bind } 32... Qg7 {#Diagram This accelerates
Black's demise, but there is no defense to the attack 33. Qh5+ Kg8 34. Rg4+
Kf8 35. Bh6+} 33. Qh5+ Kg8 34. Rg4 Ng5 35. Bxg5 Be8 36. Qh4 Kf7 37. Be3 Qxg4
38. Qxg4 Ng8 39. Qh4 Ke7 40. Qh7+ Bf7 41. Be2 Ke8 42. Bh5 {Nice work Bruce! }
1-0

[Event "Club Championship 2013"]
[Site "Wellington Chess Club"]
[Date "2013.09.26"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Bruce Kay"]
[Black "Layla Timergazi"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1825"]
[BlackElo "1889"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3
a6 9. O-O c5 10. Qe2 Bb7 11. Bd2 Bd6 12. Rac1 Qb8 13. h3 O-O 14. e4 cxd4 15.
Nxd4 Rd8 16. Nf3 Nc5 17. Bb1 b4 18. Nd1 Ncxe4 19. Ne3 Nxd2 20. Nxd2 Nd5 21.
Nxd5 Bxd5 22. Rfd1 Qb7 23. Be4 Bxe4 24. Nxe4 Bf4 25. Rxd8+ Rxd8 26. Rd1 Rxd1+
27. Qxd1 Qd5 28. Qxd5 exd5 29. Nc5 d4 30. Nxa6 Bd6 31. Kf1 d3 32. Ke1 Be5 33.
Nxb4 Bxb2 34. Nxd3 Ba3 35. Kd2 Kf8 36. Kc3 Ke7 37. Nb4 Kd6 38. Kb3 Bc1 39. a4
Bg5 40. Kc4 1-0


[Event "Autumn Cup"]
[Site "Wellington Chess Club"]
[Date "2013.05.30"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Bruce Kay"]
[Black "Peter Stoeveken"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1804"]
[BlackElo "1898"]

{Bruce Kay was presented with an opportunity to hoover up a whole heap of
material and grabbed it with both hands.}
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 d6 4. Nc3 e6 5. g3 exd5 6. cxd5 Nbd7 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bg2
O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Nd2 Ne5 11. f4 Neg4 12. Nc4 h5 13. a4 a6 14. a5 Nd7 15. h3
Ngf6 16. e4 b5 17. axb6 Nxb6 18. Nxb6 Qxb6 19. e5 dxe5 20. fxe5 Nd7 {
This children, is what we call a dream anti-benoni position} 21. d6 Ra7 22.
dxe7 Rxe7 23. Nd5 1-0

Adamski
14-10-2014, 12:26 PM
Thanks for the games, guys!