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CivicChessMan
03-09-2016, 02:21 AM
The Open team, seeded 86th have beaten 180th ranked Djibouti 4-0 after Djibouti failed to appear. For their "efforts", a match with 37th ranked Kazakhstan awaits.

The Women's team had a much tougher opponent in 33rd ranked Colombia and went down 4-0. Round 2 opponents are 92nd ranked Monaco.

CivicChessMan
04-09-2016, 02:09 AM
The Open team put up a reasonable showing against Kazakhstan but in the end, the much higher rated Kazakh side were too good and won 4-0. Alexei Kulashko (board 1) was in trouble after 18 moves and resigned after 32 moves. Russell Dive (board 2) battled gamely until he resigned after 57 moves. Ben Hague's opponent (board 3) took control after 30 moves and won in 42. Errors on moves 34 and 35 by Stephen Lukey (board 4) effectively ended what had been an even game before that.

The Women's team lost narrowly to Monaco 1.5 - 2.5. Helen Milligan won after her opponent blundered on move 33, Jasmine Zhang drew in 33 moves while both Kate Song and Nadia Braganza lost to higher rated opponents. With precise play in a K+3P vs K+4P endgame, Song may have been able to hold on for a draw but for a mistake on move 38.

ChrisBurns
04-09-2016, 02:51 AM
A good site or app to follow the games is the Chess24 app.

CivicChessMan
04-09-2016, 04:58 AM
The Open team face another tough opponent in 44th ranked Denmark (5 GMs 2515 - 2595) while the Women's team will look to get off the mark when they play 118th ranked Netherlands Antilles.

GinoTHEstud
04-09-2016, 07:50 AM
Does anyone know why Scott Wastney did not play round 2. Could sure of used him.....
The women's team will certainly have their hands full this weekend.

Capablanca-Fan
05-09-2016, 01:21 AM
In Round 3, the valiant Kiwi team is giving a hard time to the all-GM Danish team that are about about 200 points higher rated on all boards. Could well be a tie or even a match win if Wastney can exploit his advantage. Stockfish had him winning earlier.

ChrisBurns
05-09-2016, 04:19 AM
Open team just lost narrowly 1.5-2.5 to Denmark. Kulashko, Wastney, Dive all Drew and Hague lost. Women won 2.5-1.5.

CivicChessMan
05-09-2016, 04:23 AM
A commendable effort by the NZ Open team against Denmark losing by the narrowest of margins 1.5 - 2.5. Kulashko, Wastney and Dive all drew with GMs with ratings over 200 points higher. Hague unfortunately lost his game (chess24 is down so I'm unable to look at any games). In Round 4, 106th seeded El Salvador is the opponent.

Wins by Milligan and Zhang on boards 1 and 2 and Song's draw on board 3 ensured that the Women's won as expected, albeit narrowly, 2.5 - 1.5 against Netherlands Antilles to register their first points of the Olympiad. In the next round they will play 78th seeded Puerto Rico.

GinoTHEstud
05-09-2016, 07:00 AM
Alexei had the spectacular 33 rxb5! Rxb5 b4!. That would have been a hell of way to win. Pity Ben couldn't hold and Scott did not convert! They could have won!

CivicChessMan
05-09-2016, 09:38 AM
This is what Sune Berg Larsen had to say about today's match with NZ (translated from Danish).

Lucky Win Over New Zealand

Denmark's first board GM Sune Berg Hansen writes from today's round in Baku, where it was a narrow victory over New Zealand. Luck was with us when Mads Andersen could have lost in a single move.

The more you practice, the luckier you become or when the ending is good, everything is good ...

New Zealand - the land of birds that cannot fly and a damn lot of sheep - far more sheep than chess players, all with between 2300 and 2400 in rating (the players, not the sheep). It sounds like a walkover for four Vikings with steely eyes and heavily armed with Greek opening dynamite. The undersigned had a not too well-deserved day off, but someone has to sit out. Nobody will when the tournament is still in its early stages, and bad or good form has not been determined yet. I volunteered, completely unaware that most of the day off would be an uncomfortable internet chess thriller.

Well there we have it. The strategy was clear: Kiwis just had to be beaten!

Mads Andersen (vs Kulashko) debuted on board 1, a board he probably has to get used to soon, but right now it's only on loan. It became a 2. c3 Sicilian. Mads chose the rarely played 4 ... g6 and quickly had huge problems. There were exchanges back and forth in the endgame positions, but all the way, it was very clear that Mads was behind. But Mads has become significantly tougher this year, and he put his foot down and his opponent could not get any further. Or, as the President says in Independence Day (both 1 and 2): “We will not go quietly into the night”.

Jakob Vang Glud (vs Wastney) had white again and started with 1.e4 with serious intentions. It was the Berlin as expected, but something went very wrong for white. Jakob said before the game that he would castle queenside and his adversary kingside. But it was just the reverse. His opponent quickly gained a strong initiative. Jacob's a fighter, and he kept holding out. Eventually his opponent could not figure it out and Jakob transformed a ruinous heap to a bad rook endgame which ended in a draw.

Allan Stig Rasmussen (vs Dive) took the early initiative. But White's position was solid. The computer thought it was quite even almost all the way, which was very frustrating as we were behind all the way on boards 1 and 2! I had such a feeling that Allan would get something going but his solid opponent just kept defending sensibly, and eventually rook endgames just draw.

Lars Schamdorff (vs Hague) played a pretty thin opening with white and black got settled in pretty quickly. It quickly became a very even Rook endgame. He was forced to play on as Allan had nothing, and both James and Mads were in imminent danger of losing. Those games were however all drawn, and suddenly Lars' opponent blundered in a R+P vs R+P endgame. All King moves up the board lead to a draw, but his opponent moved his king to e7, and suddenly the game was won!

So it ended with a 2.5 to 1.5 victory for us! After four nailbiting hours in front of the screen where it constantly looked at best 2-2. All were made to fight for it today so it was a bit of a morale booster when it ended well.

Whew, now let's just get some better openings against Guatemala, thank you in advance.

timothyha
05-09-2016, 10:11 AM
Cool story. Thanks for the updates!

Kiwis against Vikings :-)

BenHague
05-09-2016, 04:30 PM
The big error in my game was 53...Rb1. I'd looked at Rc5 with the idea of Rc6+ or Rc8 and they're both too slow, but I just didn't see Ra5 at all which gains a tempo and draws easily after Kg8 and Ra8. Maybe because I was initially trying to control the third rank which I can't do from the a-file and perhaps subconsciously ruled it out? After that I thought I had a choice of drawing lines and played what I thought was the simplest one, but I'd missed his rook manoeuvre to the h-file.

Disappointing result, but I think the quality of chess we played was pretty good, which gives hope for the future.

CivicChessMan
06-09-2016, 03:10 AM
After the near miss against Denmark, the Open team have convincingly beaten El Salvador by 3.5 - 0.5. Kulashko, Wastney and Lukey all won while Dive drew. The Women's team narrowly lost to Puerto Rico 2.5 - 1.5. Zhang won, Song drew but Milligan and Lourenco lost.

The Open team will look to continue their good form against 102nd ranked Nicaragua while the women's team meet 122nd ranked Fiji in round 5.

Adamski
06-09-2016, 08:42 AM
3.5-0.5 os a great result afyer the disappointment of falling away against Denmark from a position of strength. Go the Kiwis!

CivicChessMan
07-09-2016, 02:33 AM
The Open team have lost narrowly to Nicaragua 1.5 - 2.5. Hague won, Dive drew but Wastney and Lukey both lost. The Women's team routed Fiji by 4-0 with wins to Zhang, Song, Braganza and Lourenco.

After 5 rounds, the Open team has 4 points and are in 98th place. The Women's team also have 4 points and are in 84th place.

In round 6, the Open team meet 132nd ranked Hong Kong and the Women's team play 114th ranked Qatar.

ChrisBurns
09-09-2016, 04:18 AM
Excellent day for NZ, Open team beat Hong Kong 4-0 and Women won 4-0. Open team face South Africa while in the Women it is a trans Tasman affair against Australia in the next round.

Jesper Norgaard
09-09-2016, 07:47 PM
Allan Stig Rasmussen (vs Dive) took the early initiative. But White's position was solid. The computer thought it was quite even almost all the way, which was very frustrating as we were behind all the way on boards 1 and 2! I had such a feeling that Allan would get something going but his solid opponent just kept defending sensibly, and eventually rook endgames just draw.

The last sentence after the comma should actually be
"and eventually this rook endgame was just a draw" - it would not be reasonable to infer all rook endgames are just drawn.
Otherwise a very good translation, way better than the Google jibberish.



... Whew, now let's just get some better openings against Guatemala, thank you in advance.

And the openings really did improve against Guatemala - Vikings won 4-0!

Here is the game Lars Schandorff - Ben Hague



[Event "42nd Olympiad 2016"]
[Site "Baku AZE"]
[Date "2016.09.04"]
[Round "3.25"]
[Board "4"]
[White "Schandorff, Lars"]
[Black "Hague, Ben"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "FM"]
[WhiteElo "2515"]
[BlackElo "2341"]
[ECO "A33"]
[Opening "English"]
[Variation "symmetrical variation"]
[WhiteTeam "Denmark"]
[BlackTeam "New Zealand"]
[WhiteFideId "1400070"]
[BlackFideId "405647"]
[EventDate "2016.09.02"]


1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bg5 Bb4 7.Rc1 h6
8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.e3 O-O 10.Be2 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 Qxd4 12.exd4 b6 13.a3 Be7 14.Bf3 Rb8
15.a4 Bf6 16.Rd1 Ba6 17.b3 d5 18.cxd5 exd5 19.Nxd5 Rfe8+ 20.Ne3 Rbd8
21.Be2 Bxe2 22.Kxe2 Bxd4 23.Rd3 Bxe3 24.Rxd8 Rxd8 25.Kxe3 Kf8 26.Rc1 Rd7
27.g4 Ke7 28.h4 Kf6 29.f4 Re7+ 30.Kf3 Rd7 31.Ke4 Re7+ 32.Kf3 Rd7 33.Rc6+ Ke7
34.Ke4 Kd8 35.Rc4 Re7+ 36.Kf3 Rd7 37.Ke4 Re7+ 38.Kf3 Rd7 39.Ke3 Re7+
40.Kf2 Kd7 41.h5 g6 42.hxg6 fxg6 43.b4 Re6 44.b5 Rd6 45.Kg3 Rd3+ 46.Kh4 Rf3
47.Rc6 Rxf4 48.Rxg6 Rxa4 49.Rxh6 Ke7 50.Rh7+ Kf8 51.Kh5 Rb4 52.Rxa7 Rxb5+
53.g5 Rb1 54.Kg6 b5 55.Rf7+ Kg8 56.Rb7 Kf8 57.Rb8+ Ke7 58.Kg7 b4
59.g6 b3 60.Kg8 b2 61.g7 Kd7 62.Rb3
{Ke6! 63.Re3+ Kd5! 63.Re2 Kc4 64.Rh2 Kc3 65.Kh8 Rg1 66.Rxb2 Kxb2 67.g8=Q is just a draw} {Ke7?? is a major mistake, Ben misses that he must return his king towards the pawn.}
Ke7 63.Re3+ Kd7 64.Re2 Kd6 65.Rh2 Ke7 66.Kh7 Rg1 67.Rxb2 Rh1+ 68.Kg8 Ra1 69.Rh2 1-0

CivicChessMan
10-09-2016, 02:41 AM
The last sentence after the comma should actually be
"and eventually this rook endgame was just a draw" - it would not be reasonable to infer all rook endgames are just drawn.
Otherwise a very good translation, way better than the Google jibberish.
Thanks Jesper, that makes more sense. Some of the translation was a challenge :-)

ChrisBurns
10-09-2016, 03:34 AM
Open team lost 3-1 and Women/Girls lost 3.5-0.5. Don't know what happened in Dive's game to lose, only thing I can think of was time as position looked equal to me and move 32 shows Nc2 maybe a transmission error?

CivicChessMan
10-09-2016, 04:05 AM
Revenge for the All Blacks beating both South Africa and Australia in the World Cup perhaps?!

CivicChessMan
10-09-2016, 05:17 AM
Open team play 88th ranked Andorra in round 8 while the Women's team meet 104th ranked Botswana

NZ are in 97th place in the Open section and 84th in the Women's section.

CivicChessMan
10-09-2016, 05:26 AM
Don't know what happened in Dive's game to lose, only thing I can think of was time as position looked equal to me and move 32 shows Nc2 maybe a transmission error?I downloaded the PGN files for round 8 and it shows that Russell lost after 30 moves. Can someone in Baku let us know what actually happened?

BenHague
10-09-2016, 02:30 PM
It was a loss on time.

CivicChessMan
10-09-2016, 02:48 PM
Thanks Ben. Not sure Russell had anything better than a draw but unlike him to lose on time, isn't it?

Jesper Norgaard
10-09-2016, 11:31 PM
Here is the game Lars Schandorff - Ben Hague.
This time around the variations work, you can click to get the positions on the board. Apparently just replacing {} brackets with [] brackets did the trick. I included the Lucena bridge building as well.



[Event "42nd Olympiad 2016"]
[Site "Baku AZE"]
[Date "2016.09.04"]
[Round "3.25"]
[Board "4"]
[White "Schandorff, Lars"]
[Black "Hague, Ben"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "FM"]
[WhiteElo "2515"]
[BlackElo "2341"]
[ECO "A33"]
[Opening "English"]
[Variation "symmetrical variation"]
[WhiteTeam "Denmark"]
[BlackTeam "New Zealand"]
[WhiteFideId "1400070"]
[BlackFideId "405647"]
[EventDate "2016.09.02"]


1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bg5 Bb4 7.Rc1 h6
8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.e3 O-O 10.Be2 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 Qxd4 12.exd4 b6 13.a3 Be7 14.Bf3 Rb8
15.a4 Bf6 16.Rd1 Ba6 17.b3 d5 18.cxd5 exd5 19.Nxd5 Rfe8+ 20.Ne3 Rbd8
21.Be2 Bxe2 22.Kxe2 Bxd4 23.Rd3 Bxe3 24.Rxd8 Rxd8 25.Kxe3 Kf8 26.Rc1 Rd7
27.g4 Ke7 28.h4 Kf6 29.f4 Re7+ 30.Kf3 Rd7 31.Ke4 Re7+ 32.Kf3 Rd7 33.Rc6+ Ke7
34.Ke4 Kd8 35.Rc4 Re7+ 36.Kf3 Rd7 37.Ke4 Re7+ 38.Kf3 Rd7 39.Ke3 Re7+
40.Kf2 Kd7 41.h5 g6 42.hxg6 fxg6 43.b4 Re6 44.b5 Rd6 45.Kg3 Rd3+ 46.Kh4 Rf3
47.Rc6 Rxf4 48.Rxg6 Rxa4 49.Rxh6 Ke7 50.Rh7+ Kf8 51.Kh5 Rb4 52.Rxa7 Rxb5+
53.g5 Rb1 54.Kg6 b5 55.Rf7+ Kg8 56.Rb7 Kf8 57.Rb8+ Ke7 58.Kg7 b4
59.g6 b3 60.Kg8 b2 61.g7 Kd7 62.Rb3 Ke7
[62...Ke6! 63.Re3+ Kd5! 64.Re2 Kc4 65.Rh2 Kc3 66.Kh8 Rg1 67.Rxb2 Rh1+ 68.Kg8 Kxb2 69.Kf7 Rf1+ 70.Ke7 Rg1 71.Kf7 is just a draw] Ke7?? is a major mistake, Ben misses that he must return his king towards the pawn. Of course Kc6 with the same idea is also a draw.
63.Re3+ Kd7 64.Re2 Kd6 65.Rh2 Ke7 66.Kh7 Rg1 67.Rxb2 Rh1+ 68.Kg8 Ra1? [The Lucena bridge appears after 68...Rh3 69.Re2+ Kd7 70.Re4 Rh1 71.Kf7 Rf1+ 72.Kg6 Rg1+ 73.Kf6 Rf1+ 74.Kg5 Rg1+ 75.Rg4 and wins ] 69.Rh2 1-0

CivicChessMan
11-09-2016, 01:47 AM
For a while, it looked grim for the Open team as Andorra took a 2-0 after Kulashko and Lukey lost. But Wastney gradually improved his position and finished off his GM opponent with a mate in four. Hague played a nice combination on move 32 which netted him two pawns and the inevitable win. A good result against a higher ranked team. This takes NZ up to 7 points and 101st place.

The Women's team had an even better result against Botswana winning by 3-1. There were wins for Milligan and Zhang and draws for Song and Braganza. NZ move to a 50% score of 8 points and 74th place.

In round 9 Open vs 85th ranked Luxembourg and Women vs 74th ranked Albania.

Tony Dowden
11-09-2016, 06:51 PM
... unlike [Russell] to lose on time, isn't it?
No, but Russell is a well known 'increment surfer' and occasionally that approach comes unstuck.

Tony Dowden
11-09-2016, 06:54 PM
... Wastney gradually improved his position and finished off his GM opponent with a mate in four ...

Well done Scott :) Always great to see Kiwis beat GMs. [Yes, I know Murray Chandler used to do it all the time when he was still active but I'm more thinking of amateur players.]

ChrisBurns
11-09-2016, 09:05 PM
No, but Russell is a well known 'increment surfer' and occasionally that approach comes unstuck.

I would have thought that a loss on time would not record the last move been played by the player that lost unless they forgot to press their clock. So I imagine that Dive had used up his time and then played the last move which got recorded by the DGT board and opponent then claimed.

CivicChessMan
12-09-2016, 03:22 AM
2-2 against Luxembourg proved to be a good result because during the course of the round, it did look as if the Open team would lose the match. Kulashko was always even with his higher rated IM opponent with a draw agreed after 41 moves. Another draw went to Hague on board 4 as his opponent found numerous ways to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory. Hague was under pressure as early as move 21 "Black is much better" (Stockfish) which progressed to "Black is winning" shortly after. On move 38, Stockfish showed -38.91 and there should have been no way back. A couple of moves later, queens were exchanged leaving opposite coloured bishops. Black had two pawns on the 2nd rank which White was able to gobble up at the expense of going two pawns down. But Black had a black-squared bishop and a pawn on the h-file and so a draw was agreed after 54 moves. Wow! All square after 50 moves in Wastney's game but then his opponent grabbed the initiative and the game was lost. Dive played a marathon game lasting 85 moves. The pivotal move was on move 42 when Dive sacrificed his knight for two pawns. Stockfish gave the advantage to his opponent but how much does a fish know anyway. Dive was slightly better but by move 62, the position was equal. White made the mistake of going after Black's pawns instead of forcing a rook exchange. Dive took his opportunity and duly won the game to square the match. Phew!

Not such good news for the Women's team as they were soundly beaten by Albania 0.5 - 3.5 with Milligan saving NZ from a whitewash.

So after 9 rouunds, the Open team have a record of 3 wins, 2 draws, 4 losses for 8 points and 97th place while for the Women's team, it is 4 wins, 5 losses for 8 points and 85th place.

CivicChessMan
12-09-2016, 03:29 AM
Open team play 80th ranked Dominican Republic in the penultimate round and the Women's team are up against a tough opponent in 70th ranked ICCD (Internationl Chess Committee of the Deaf).

GinoTHEstud
13-09-2016, 05:29 AM
So if Wastney wins tomorrow does he score a norm?

Qbert
13-09-2016, 07:09 AM
So if Wastney wins tomorrow does he score a norm?

No. He needed 6.5 against that field so a win won't do it.

GinoTHEstud
13-09-2016, 07:51 AM
Russell Dive just posted otherwise on facebook, but ill take your word for it.

Adamski
13-09-2016, 08:33 AM
Still a great performance by Scott.

slyall
13-09-2016, 08:49 AM
I think Kate Song has also gained her WCM title.

Nadia will need to win her last game to get hers but rating difference is 450 points so it will be a stretch.

I think Jasmine needs to win her last game for a WFM title.
Helen might have already got her WFM requirements.

Qbert
13-09-2016, 09:10 AM
Russell Dive just posted otherwise on facebook, but ill take your word for it.

On a second look Russell may be right and I wrong - I used the Rp of the opponents instead of the Rtg by mistake. Looks like 6/9 could just be enough.

GinoTHEstud
13-09-2016, 09:26 AM
sigh.....

Qbert
14-09-2016, 04:26 AM
Scott wins and gains his first IM norm - congratulations Scott! :clap::clap::clap:

GinoTHEstud
14-09-2016, 06:26 AM
about time someone gets a norm. Over the past decade this might be the first...

Correct me if i am wrong.

Qbert
14-09-2016, 06:58 AM
about time someone gets a norm. Over the past decade this might be the first...

Correct me if i am wrong.
Title Norms: International Master (IM)
ID Name Country HiRtng. Birthday INF
4300793 Croad, Nicolas NZL 2315 1980 INF 2011 & 2012
4300190 Smith, Robert W NZL 2333 1956 INF 2007
4300548 Steadman, Michael NZL 277 1962 INF 2010

plus I'm sure Luke Li had some as well.

slyall
14-09-2016, 07:17 AM
Title Norms: International Master (IM)
ID Name Country HiRtng. Birthday INF
4300793 Croad, Nicolas NZL 2315 1980 INF 2011 & 2012
4300190 Smith, Robert W NZL 2333 1956 INF 2007
4300548 Steadman, Michael NZL 277 1962 INF 2010

plus I'm sure Luke Li had some as well.

Ben Hague got one at the 2012 Trundle, he was still with England at that point.

GinoTHEstud
14-09-2016, 07:43 AM
Thanks for that, but i meant from Olympiads!

Adamski
14-09-2016, 08:19 AM
Very pleased for Scott. Hope he can get 2 more IM norms.

Scott Wastney
14-09-2016, 12:15 PM
Very pleased for Scott. Hope he can get 2 more IM norms.

Thanks everyone. It is a double norm so need one more and to reach 2400 still. Aparently it's the last olympiad with double norms. Russell reckons it's the first NZ norm at an Olympiad since 1994 but not sure if that is right.
Cheers
Scott

GinoTHEstud
14-09-2016, 12:46 PM
Good Work Scott!
Your peak fide is close to 2400, I'm sure you can get there again. Spend 6 months in Europe! That would do the trick!
So easy to improve your form and strength when one is playing 2400s all the time.

Tony Dowden
14-09-2016, 02:16 PM
Well done Scott!! Just challenge Gino or myself to a 24 game match and you'll get to 2400 in no time ;)

GinoTHEstud
15-09-2016, 11:22 AM
yeah, he can play us both at once. Dual matches. 48 games over 12 days.

Ben Giles
16-09-2016, 09:53 PM
Congratulations Scott. Great to see.

Tony Dowden
17-09-2016, 09:52 AM
yeah, he can play us both at once. Dual matches. 48 games over 12 days.
But he's not aiming for a GM title Gino ;)