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slyall
10-07-2016, 08:13 PM
Held from July 9th - 17th.

3 Tournaments ( Masters, Qualifiers and Reserves) each of which is a 10 player round robin. 1 round per day. The top grade is an IM norm tournament (each player needs 6.5 points for a norm).

Vega links (http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2016/wwwGeorgeTrundleMasters/index.html)

See:

NZ Chess Calender (http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/calendar.html)

for live board links

slyall
10-07-2016, 09:05 PM
Reserves Round 1

Lyall vs Hair - (=French Advance 3. ..b6 - An uncommon line starts off quietly before white makes a dubious piece sacrifice. After some inaccuracies white is down an exchange for a pawn and takes the perpetual when he fails to find the best continuation. - Draw

Eade vs Yan - French : Tarrasch, closed - Whites openign mis-step ( 5. Ngf3 allowing c4 ) goes unpunished. After some some sharp tactics and lots of inaccuracies by both players black gives up a rook for a dubious attack. Blacks resigns once the attack runs out of steam. - Eade Win

Punsulan vs Song - French Exchange irregular - Unusual opening - Black ended up a pawn up and started swapping off pieces until both platers had just a Quuen and a rook and Back had 6 vs 5 pawns. However mistakes by black saw white win back two pawn and eventually get a RPP V R winning endgame. - Punsalan Win

Mukkattu v Taylor - Nimzo Indian - White turned and opening lead into a strong attack with a well placed Knight on d6 but this dissipated. Around move 35 both payers were short of time and white was unable to find his best moves. Eventually a draw was agreed when both players reached the time control at 40 moves although the computers says White has in fact a significant advantage at that point. - Draw

Braganza vs Jia - Open Sicilian Pelikan - After a few moves of theory white loses a pawn, comes under a bit of pressure and blunders into a mate on move 22 - Jia wins

slyall
10-07-2016, 09:40 PM
Reserves Round 2

Jia vs Eade - Open Sicilian - Black mis-calculated and lost a piece - Jia win

Lyall vs Braganza - Sicilian c3 Nf6 - Black allowed white to push an attack soon after the opening and evntually made a mistake losing an exchange (or a piece depending on how you look at it) and gettign completely tied down. White improved their postion, swapped all the pieces and Queened (twice) - Lyall win

Hair vs Taylor - Closed Sicilian - A fairly even game, draw agreeed just after the time control - Draw

Song vs Mukkattu - Caro-Kann Advance - White got a very nice space advantage early in the game but was perhaps a little agressive swapping down to be a pawn up in a rook vs pawn endgame. A mistake saw the pawn lost and the game became a dead draw - Draw

Yan vs Punsalan - Exchange Slav - The game swapped down to a Queen and 7 pawns each, White made some errors and lost a couple of pawns - Punsalan Win

MichaelBaron
11-07-2016, 02:56 AM
Interesting that all games from the reserves get reviewed but not games from the main event :). I had a quick look at Wallis-Solomon (as it looks like Chris has a very good chance for an IM norm in this event) ..and Chris was playing in Solo's style - getting a better endgame and converting the advantage. Re opening: I am going to take a note of Qf3! - good response to early Bf5.

Keong Ang
11-07-2016, 12:07 PM
All games are broadcast live.
After all games of a round are completed, PGN would be made available for viewing and download on the tournament's Vega webpage.

I'll leave live games up until just before the start of the new round.

Similar system should be operating for Oceania Zonal 2017.

Qbert
11-07-2016, 03:16 PM
Wastney unexpectedly starting badly with 0-0-0. Wallis pegged back in Rd3 by instructive pawn endgame technique from Garbett.

Adamski
11-07-2016, 11:49 PM
Tight tournament thus far. Go top seed IM Gary Lane!

Vlad
12-07-2016, 03:23 AM
Interesting that all games from the reserves get reviewed but not games from the main event :). I had a quick look at Wallis-Solomon (as it looks like Chris has a very good chance for an IM norm in this event) ..and Chris was playing in Solo's style - getting a better endgame and converting the advantage. Re opening: I am going to take a note of Qf3! - good response to early Bf5.

Yes, I wish Chris the best of luck. What is the most important in such events is the ability to recover after a bad game. Try to concentrate on positive things - even Carlsen blunders from time to time.

GinoTHEstud
13-07-2016, 12:04 PM
No live boards today?

Adamski
14-07-2016, 12:25 AM
From Vega Ben Hague has half point lead over Bruce Watson, Solo and Gary Lane. Still just about anyone's tournament to win.

timothyha
14-07-2016, 03:17 PM
What a day for hanging pieces! I am watching http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/pgn4web/2016TrundleQual.html

Helen Milligan hung a piece en prise for John Duneas, and Hilton Bennett hung a piece of his own for Allen Fan to capture.

Capablanca-Fan
16-07-2016, 03:01 AM
IMs Solo and Lane lead the Masters by a point, with two rounds left. Solo handed the now third-placed FM Hague his first loss of the tourney, with tactics involving heavy piece mates dominating the middlegame tactics and finally finishing off the endgame. Lane beat fellow IM Garbett when the latter blundered into what would normally be a simple tactic.

[Event "George Trundle Masters 2016"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2016.07.15"]
[Round "7.3"]
[White "Hague, Ben"]
[Black "Solomon, Stephen J"]
[Result "0-1"]
[LiveChessVersion "1.4.8"]
[BlackElo "2367"]
[WhiteElo "2336"]
[ECO "C42"]

1. e4 {[%clk 1:30:55]} e5 {[%clk 1:30:51]} 2. Nf3 {[%clk 1:31:21]} Nf6
{[%clk 1:31:08]} 3. Nxe5 {[%clk 1:26:24]} d6 {[%clk 1:30:47]} 4. Nf3
{[%clk 1:26:31]} Nxe4 {[%clk 1:31:08]} 5. Nc3 {[%clk 1:26:54]} Nxc3
{[%clk 1:31:29]} 6. dxc3 {[%clk 1:27:19]} Be7 {[%clk 1:31:50]} 7. Bf4
{[%clk 1:27:22]} Nd7 {[%clk 1:30:10]} 8. Qd2 {[%clk 1:26:06]} Nc5
{[%clk 1:29:43]} 9. O-O-O {[%clk 1:23:40]} O-O {[%clk 1:26:16]} 10. h4
{[%clk 1:18:26]} Bg4 {[%clk 1:26:01]} 11. Be2 {[%clk 1:09:43]} Bf6
{[%clk 1:19:02]} 12. Ng5 {[%clk 1:00:50]} Bxe2 {[%clk 1:18:48]} 13. Qxe2
{[%clk 1:01:09]} Qd7 {[%clk 1:01:56]} 14. Nxh7 {[%clk 0:52:38]} Kxh7
{[%clk 1:02:03]} 15. Qh5+ {[%clk 0:53:00]} Kg8 {[%clk 1:02:20]} 16. Qxc5
{[%clk 0:53:25]} Qa4 {[%clk 0:53:33]} 17. Qf5 {[%clk 0:52:23]} Qxa2
{[%clk 0:53:55]} 18. Rh3 {[%clk 0:48:50]} Rfe8 {[%clk 0:53:50]} 19. Qb5
{[%clk 0:39:29]} c6 {[%clk 0:48:45]} 20. Qb3 {[%clk 0:39:35]} Qa1+
{[%clk 0:48:49]} 21. Kd2 {[%clk 0:39:59]} Qa6 {[%clk 0:48:02]} 22. Be3
{[%clk 0:38:35]} d5 {[%clk 0:46:24]} 23. Kc1 {[%clk 0:35:14]} Re4
{[%clk 0:44:42]} 24. h5 {[%clk 0:31:51]} Rae8 {[%clk 0:37:02]} 25. h6
{[%clk 0:30:01]} gxh6 {[%clk 0:37:13]} 26. Rxh6 {[%clk 0:27:47]} Bg7
{[%clk 0:29:09]} 27. Rh5 {[%clk 0:25:13]} Ra4 {[%clk 0:26:37]} 28. Rg5
{[%clk 0:22:28]} Ree4 {[%clk 0:24:35]} 29. Rd3 {[%clk 0:21:52]} b6
{[%clk 0:21:49]} 30. Kd2 {[%clk 0:20:00]} Ra1 {[%clk 0:21:08]} 31. f3
{[%clk 0:19:37]} Rf1 {[%clk 0:13:13]} 32. Qa3 {[%clk 0:15:49]} Qxa3
{[%clk 0:12:38]} 33. bxa3 {[%clk 0:16:13]} Re8 {[%clk 0:07:34]} 34. Rd4
{[%clk 0:13:30]} Kf8 {[%clk 0:06:47]} 35. Rdg4 {[%clk 0:11:29]} Bxc3+
{[%clk 0:06:33]} 36. Kxc3 {[%clk 0:10:13]} Rxe3+ {[%clk 0:06:47]} 37. Kb2
{[%clk 0:09:56]} Rf2 {[%clk 0:05:38]} 38. Rg8+ {[%clk 0:10:19]} Ke7
{[%clk 0:06:03]} 39. Ra8 {[%clk 0:10:46]} Ree2 {[%clk 0:05:41]} 40. Rxa7+
{[%clk 0:41:08]} Kd6 {[%clk 0:35:55]} 41. Rxf7 {[%clk 0:41:09]} Rxc2+
{[%clk 0:36:15]} 42. Kb3 {[%clk 0:41:35]} Kc5 {[%clk 0:34:48]} 43. Rfg7
{[%clk 0:40:54]} b5 {[%clk 0:34:07]} 44. Rg8 {[%clk 0:39:56]} Rce2
{[%clk 0:33:43]} 0-1

[Event "George Trundle Masters 2016"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2016.07.15"]
[Round "7.5"]
[White "Lane, Gary W"]
[Black "Garbett, Paul A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[LiveChessVersion "1.4.8"]
[BlackElo "2229"]
[WhiteElo "2375"]
[ECO "C07"]

1. e4 {[%clk 1:30:58]} e6 {[%clk 1:30:45]} 2. d4 {[%clk 1:31:22]} d5
{[%clk 1:31:10]} 3. Nd2 {[%clk 1:31:49]} c5 {[%clk 1:31:18]} 4. exd5
{[%clk 1:28:53]} Qxd5 {[%clk 1:31:21]} 5. dxc5 {[%clk 1:26:39]} Nf6
{[%clk 1:31:04]} 6. Ngf3 {[%clk 1:27:02]} Qxc5 {[%clk 1:30:25]} 7. Bd3
{[%clk 1:26:12]} Nbd7 {[%clk 1:29:57]} 8. O-O {[%clk 1:26:15]} Be7
{[%clk 1:26:07]} 9. Nb3 {[%clk 1:23:58]} Qc7 {[%clk 1:25:00]} 10. Bg5
{[%clk 1:24:00]} b6 {[%clk 1:22:43]} 11. Nbd4 {[%clk 1:19:52]} a6
{[%clk 1:15:18]} 12. c3 {[%clk 1:10:22]} Bb7 {[%clk 1:14:04]} 13. Re1
{[%clk 1:10:39]} Nc5 {[%clk 1:11:14]} 14. Bc2 {[%clk 1:10:37]} O-O
{[%clk 1:06:59]} 15. Qe2 {[%clk 1:01:15]} Be4 {[%clk 0:49:22]} 16. Bxe4
{[%clk 0:50:15]} Nfxe4 {[%clk 0:48:21]} 17. Bxe7 {[%clk 0:45:15]} Qxe7
{[%clk 0:48:44]} 18. Rad1 {[%clk 0:44:21]} Qc7 {[%clk 0:40:20]} 19. Qe3
{[%clk 0:41:47]} Nf6 {[%clk 0:35:07]} 20. Ne5 {[%clk 0:40:43]} Rad8
{[%clk 0:32:08]} 21. f3 {[%clk 0:30:31]} Nd5 {[%clk 0:26:35]} 22. Qc1
{[%clk 0:22:05]} Rc8 {[%clk 0:22:28]} 23. g3 {[%clk 0:21:12]} Ne7
{[%clk 0:22:10]} 24. f4 {[%clk 0:20:24]} b5 {[%clk 0:19:52]} 25. Qe3
{[%clk 0:20:36]} Nd7 {[%clk 0:17:27]} 26. Nxe6 {[%clk 0:18:08]} 1-0

ChrisBurns
16-07-2016, 06:43 AM
The early leaders in the Masters (Hague) and Qualifiers (Ang) have had a few bad rounds so the final result is wide open with 2 rounds to go. I think Hague has to win last 2 games to get the IM norm so has an uphill battle now.

LNah
16-07-2016, 06:01 PM
Photos (https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlyall/sets/72157670329381102) taken by Simon Lyall and me.

timothyha
16-07-2016, 07:17 PM
Unfortunately, New Zealand FMs didn't make the IM norms this time. Was rooting for them.

Adamski
17-07-2016, 12:34 AM
With one round to go, Lane and Solo lead by 1.5 points (from Bruce Watson) and play each other in the last round. Good tournaments by them both.

Capablanca-Fan
17-07-2016, 05:30 AM
The veteran Kiwi FM Bruce Watson is coming 3rd. Clearly the top two are in a class by themselves.

Craig_Hall
17-07-2016, 06:15 PM
Unfortunately, New Zealand FMs didn't make the IM norms this time. Was rooting for them.

If a few want to make their way down to Christchurch for the South Island Championships starting Tuesday, they could have another chance...

Adamski
17-07-2016, 09:18 PM
Well done to Gary and Stephen. Convincing joint victors. Gary went through unbeaten.

heligan
18-07-2016, 11:45 AM
All games are available as pgn downloads or as pgn4web play-through via links on the Vega pages:
Masters:
1st= IM Gary Lane & IM Stephen Solomon
3rd= and Best NZ Player trophy: FM Bruce Watson & FM Ben Hague
Qualifiers:
1st= CM Daniel Gong & Gordon Morrell
3rd= John Duneas & CM Alphaeus Ang
Reserves:
1st= Philip Mukkattu, Hao Jia & Vyanla Punsalan

Links to Vega: see http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/results.html