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Walden
06-11-2016, 05:31 AM
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Walden
10-12-2016, 03:40 AM
This room is now taken
thanks to all that got hold of me about it

Mark

Qbert
03-01-2017, 03:05 PM
One of the favourites blunders to a loss in the first round:
[Event "New Zealand Open Championship 2017"]
[Site "Wellington NZL"]
[Date "2017.01.01"]
[Round "1.3"]
[White "Post, Martin J"]
[Black "Wastney, Scott"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1936"]
[BlackElo "2417"]
[PlyCount "37"]
[EventDate "2017.01.01"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 e6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. cxd5 exd5 7. d4 c6 8. Nc3
Nbd7 9. e4 Nxe4 10. Nxe4 dxe4 11. Ne5 Nf6 12. Bg5 Be6 13. Re1 h6 14. Bxf6 gxf6
15. Ng4 f5 16. Ne3 f4 17. gxf4 f5 18. Qh5 Qxd4?? 19. Qg6+ 1-0

Adamski
03-01-2017, 05:48 PM
A bad blunder by Scott. But good to see Martin Post playing here.

MichaelBaron
03-01-2017, 06:57 PM
A bad blunder by Scott. But good to see Martin Post playing here.

Even more strange (blunders do happen :() is 14...gxf6. 14...Bxf6 looks like a nice game for black

Adamski
03-01-2017, 07:12 PM
Mods: Maybe this thread should have a name change / merge with another thread so its just entitled "NZ Championship 2017". Its original purpose has been accomplished. [agreed and done - mod]

Qbert
04-01-2017, 05:57 AM
Another favourite bites the dust - this time under a sustained attack from Ed Rains:
[Event "New Zealand Open Championship 2017"]
[Site "Wellington NZL"]
[Date "2017.01.02"]
[Round "2.2"]
[White "Rains, Edward"]
[Black "Dive, Russell J"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2123"]
[BlackElo "2440"]
[PlyCount "79"]
[EventDate "2017.01.01"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. O-O Nc6 7. c3 Nh6 8. Re1
O-O 9. Nbd2 Qc7 10. Nf1 Rd8 11. Ng3 Bd7 12. Bd2 Ng4 13. h3 Nf6 14. Qc1 Be8 15.
Bf4 Qb6 16. Rb1 Rdc8 17. Qe3 Qa5 18. a3 b5 19. Ne5 e6 20. Bh6 Bh8 21. Qg5 Qb6
22. h4 Rab8 23. h5 Nxe5 24. dxe5 Nd7 25. hxg6 hxg6 26. Nh5 d4 27. Nf4 Nf8 28.
Qe7 Nh7 29. cxd4 Qxd4 30. Rbd1 Qc5 31. Nxg6 fxg6 32. Qxe6+ Bf7 33. Qg4 Bg7 34.
Rc1 Qf8 35. e6 Bxh6 36. exf7+ Kh8 37. Qxg6 Qg7 38. Re8+ Rxe8 39. fxe8=Q+ Rxe8
40. Qxe8+ 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
04-01-2017, 06:10 AM
Thanks for the games, Qbert. Very startling upsets as you say. Pleased for Martin Post, because he kindly accommodated me in a South Island champs long ago when I was in my mid teens.

Qbert
05-01-2017, 06:48 AM
Thanks for the games, Qbert. Very startling upsets as you say. Pleased for Martin Post, because he kindly accommodated me in a South Island champs long ago when I was in my mid teens.

No problem CF,
here is Anthony Ker's interesting game from round 2 -winning a N v B ending from a worse position by outplaying his young opponent after turning down a couple of draw offers. Key mistakes from Black are 31... c5 creating a weakness on c5 and 51...Bd4 putting the bishop offside, when after Be7 White can't make any progress.
[Event "New Zealand Open Championship 2017"]
[Site "Wellington NZL"]
[Date "2017.01.02"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Ker, Anthony F"]
[Black "James, Jack"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2461"]
[BlackElo "2125"]
[PlyCount "123"]
[EventDate "2017.01.01"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Bf4 O-O
8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O Be6 10. Kb1 Bf6 11. h4 Bg4 12. Be2 Re8 13. Rde1 Qd7 {(=)}
14. Ng5 Bxe2 15. Rxe2 Qf5 16. Rhe1 Rxe2 17. Rxe2 h6 18. Nf3 Kf8 19. Qe3 Qd7 20.
Kc1 Re8 21. Qxe8+ Qxe8 22. Rxe8+ Kxe8 23. h5 Kd7 24. Kd2 Ke6 25. g4 Ne5 26.
Bxe5 Bxe5 27. Nh4 Bf6 28. Ng2 Ke5 29. Ke3 d5 {(=)} 30. f4+ Kd6 31. Kd3 c5?! 32.
b3 b5 33. c4 dxc4+ 34. bxc4 b4 35. Ne3 g6 36. Ke4 a5 37. hxg6 fxg6 38. f5 g5
39. Nd5 Bd4 40. Nb6 Kc7 41. Nd5+ Kd6 42. f6 Ke6 43. Ne7 Bxf6 44. Nf5 Bh8 45.
Nxh6 Bg7 46. Nf5 Bf6 47. Ng3 a4 48. Ne2 Bb2 49. Ng1 Bd4 50. Nf3 Bf6 51. Ne1 Bd4? [51... Be7]
52. Nd3 Bg1 53. Nb2 a3 54. Nd3 Kd6 55. Ne5 Ke6 56. Nf3 Bf2 57. Nxg5+ Kf6 58.
Nh3 Bd4 59. g5+ Kg7 60. Nf4 Kh8 61. Ne6 Bf2 62. Kd5 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
05-01-2017, 11:15 AM
Crosstable here (http://www.nzchessmag.com/wellingtonchessclub/congress2017open/crosstablescore.html). The veteran Bob Smith has sole lead with 4/4 and is white against IM Anthony Ker next.

Adamski
05-01-2017, 04:48 PM
Pleased to see Bob Smith going well. Many with a chance as there are 24 players in the 3-4 points range. None on 4.5 so Bob has a point lead.

CivicChessMan
05-01-2017, 05:42 PM
Bob Smith defeated Anthony Ker in round 5 to lead by a point with 4 rounds to go. On four points are two undefeated Australians, Tim Reilly and Ari Dale and three New Zealanders, Daniel Gong, Nic Croad and Scott Wastney, recovering from his shock round 1 loss. Pre-tournament favourites Anthony Ker and Russell Dive are on 3.5 points in a group of 9 players. In this group are also three undefeated players: Ewen Green, Shunkai Peng and Gordon Morrell (2 wins and 3 draws).

Next opponent for Bob Smith is Nic Croad. For the chasing pack, it is Scott Wastney vs Ari Dale and Tim Reilly vs Daniel Gong.

MichaelBaron
05-01-2017, 07:27 PM
Bob Smith defeated Anthony Ker in round 5 to lead by a point with 4 rounds to go. On four points are two undefeated Australians, Tim Reilly and Ari Dale and three New Zealanders, Daniel Gong, Nic Croad and Scott Wastney, recovering from his shock round 1 loss. Pre-tournament favourites Anthony Ker and Russell Dive are on 3.5 points in a group of 9 players. In this group are also three undefeated players: Ewen Green, Shunkai Peng and Gordon Morrell (2 wins and 3 draws).

Next opponent for Bob Smith is Nic Croad. For the chasing pack, it is Scott Wastney vs Ari Dale and Tim Reilly vs Daniel Gong.

Time for the Australians (particularly Ari) to take over the lead :).

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2017, 04:14 AM
PGN files of the games (up to R4 at time of writing) are here (http://www.nzchessmag.com/wellingtonchessclub/2017-congress.html).

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2017, 11:29 AM
Smith's win with black in R4 against a strong opponent:

[Event "New Zealand Open Championship 2017"]
[Site "Wellington NZL"]
[Date "2017.01.04"]
[Round "4.2"]
[White "Lukey, Stephen G"]
[Black "Smith, Robert W"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2356"]
[BlackElo "2324"]
[PlyCount "66"]
[EventDate "2017.01.01"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 c5 3. d5 Ne4 4. h4 Qb6 5. Nd2 Nxd2 6. Bxd2 Qxb2 7. e4 g6 8.
Rb1 Qe5 9. Bd3 c4 10. Nf3 Qc7 11. Be2 Bg7 12. Rb4 b5 13. Rxb5 Ba6 14. Rb1 O-O
15. h5 d6 16. hxg6 hxg6 17. Qc1 Nd7 18. Bh6 Bc3+ 19. Bd2 Qa5 20. Kf1 Rfb8 21.
Rxb8+ Rxb8 22. Be1 Bxe1 23. Nxe1 Qc3 24. Rh3 Qg7 25. Ra3 Nc5 26. c3 Bc8 27. f3
f5 28. exf5 Bxf5 29. Bxc4 Qe5 30. Rxa7 Rb1 31. Qd2 Bd3+ 32. Kf2 Bxc4 33. Ra8+
Kf7 0-1

MichaelBaron
06-01-2017, 12:07 PM
Smith's win with black in R4 against a strong opponent:

[Event "New Zealand Open Championship 2017"]
[Site "Wellington NZL"]
[Date "2017.01.04"]
[Round "4.2"]
[White "Lukey, Stephen G"]
[Black "Smith, Robert W"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2356"]
[BlackElo "2324"]
[PlyCount "66"]
[EventDate "2017.01.01"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 c5 3. d5 Ne4 4. h4 Qb6 5. Nd2 Nxd2 6. Bxd2 Qxb2 7. e4 g6 8.
Rb1 Qe5 9. Bd3 c4 10. Nf3 Qc7 11. Be2 Bg7 12. Rb4 b5 13. Rxb5 Ba6 14. Rb1 O-O
15. h5 d6 16. hxg6 hxg6 17. Qc1 Nd7 18. Bh6 Bc3+ 19. Bd2 Qa5 20. Kf1 Rfb8 21.
Rxb8+ Rxb8 22. Be1 Bxe1 23. Nxe1 Qc3 24. Rh3 Qg7 25. Ra3 Nc5 26. c3 Bc8 27. f3
f5 28. exf5 Bxf5 29. Bxc4 Qe5 30. Rxa7 Rb1 31. Qd2 Bd3+ 32. Kf2 Bxc4 33. Ra8+
Kf7 0-1

white's position looked very good out of the opening. I would play 12.h5

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2017, 03:31 PM
white's position looked very good out of the opening. I would play 12.h5

I think you're right. Then later, for some reason, he went on the retreat with 19.Bd2 and following, and lost piece coordination.

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2017, 04:21 PM
Smith's win to go to 5/5 against a very tenacious opponent who is many-times NZ Champ. Right from the opening, it seems that he was angling for the B-pair with unbalanced mobile P majorities, and he played this well to the end.

[Event "New Zealand Open Championship 2017"]
[Site "Wellington NZL"]
[Date "2017.01.05"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Smith, Robert W"]
[Black "Ker, Anthony F"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2324"]
[BlackElo "2461"]
[PlyCount "137"]
[EventDate "2017.01.01"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 c5 6. dxc5 Qa5 7. Qd3 Qxc5 8. Be3
Qa5 9. e5 dxe5 10. Qb5+ Qxb5 11. Bxb5+ Bd7 12. Nxe5 O-O 13. Nxd7 Nbxd7 14.
O-O-O Rfd8 15. Be2 Ne8 16. Ne4 b6 17. Rd3 Ndf6 18. Nxf6+ Bxf6 19. Rxd8 Rxd8 20.
Rd1 Rxd1+ 21. Bxd1 Nd6 22. Be2 Nf5 23. Bf2 e5 24. fxe5 Bxe5 25. g3 Kf8 26. c3
Ke7 27. a4 Kd6 28. Kc2 Ne7 29. a5 bxa5 30. Bxa7 Nc6 31. Bb6 h5 32. Bc4 f5 33.
Bf7 f4 34. gxf4 Bxf4 35. Bxg6 Bxh2 36. Bxh5 Bf4 37. Be2 Bg5 38. Kb3 Bc1 39. Bb5
Ne5 40. Kc2 Bg5 41. Bxa5 Kc5 42. Be2 Nc6 43. Bc7 Bf6 44. Bg3 Ne5 45. Bf2+ Kd5
46. b3 Be7 47. Bf1 Kc6 48. Bd4 Bd6 49. c4 Kd7 50. Bh3+ Kd8 51. Bg2 Nd7 52. Kc3
Bg3 53. b4 Be1+ 54. Kb3 Kc7 55. c5 Bg3 56. b5 Nf8 57. Bd5 Ng6 58. Be4 Ne5 59.
b6+ Kd7 60. Ka4 Kc8 61. Kb5 Nf7 62. Bd5 Ne5 63. Be4 Nf7 64. Bf6 Kb8 65. Be7 Bf4
66. Bd5 Nh8 67. Kc6 Ng6 68. Bd6+ Bxd6 69. Kxd6 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
06-01-2017, 04:26 PM
A R5 brevity won by 15yo Layla Timergazi, who I think is already NZ's highest ever rated female player.

[Event "New Zealand Open Championship 2017"]
[Site "Wellington NZL"]
[Date "2017.01.05"]
[Round "5.10"]
[White "List, Robert"]
[Black "Timergazi, Layla"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1780"]
[BlackElo "2117"]
[PlyCount "23"]
[EventDate "2017.01.01"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. dxc5 Nc6 5. Bb5 e6 6. Bxc6+ bxc6 7. b4 Ne7 8. c3
Nf5 9. Nf3 Ba6 10. a4 Rb8 11. g4 Nh4 12. Nbd2 0-1

CivicChessMan
07-01-2017, 12:46 AM
Bob Smith's lead was cut to half a point when he drew with Nic Croad in round 6. Ari Dale's win over Scott Wastney puts him in clear second place on 5 points. In the chasing peloton are 6 players on 4.5 points: Tim Reilly and Shunkai Peng (undefeated), Wellington clubmates, Amthony Ker, Nic Croad and Russell Dive, and the leading junior player, Daniel Gong.

Round 7 is crunch time with Dale vs Smith, Croad vs Ker, Dive vs Reilly and Gong vs Peng.

Capablanca-Fan
07-01-2017, 02:02 AM
And a belated congratulations to you: just saw the Life Membership of the Federation award on the NZCF site. Clearly richly deserved for the decades of work you've put in (and before that, captaining the strongest club in Wellington).

CivicChessMan
07-01-2017, 08:59 AM
Thanks very much

Adamski
07-01-2017, 12:22 PM
And a belated congratulations to you: just saw the Life Membership of the Federation award on the NZCF site. Clearly richly deserved for the decades of work you've put in (and before that, captaining the strongest club in Wellington).
Seconded - to the second RW, also an ex-clubmate of mine. Well deserved indeed.

MichaelBaron
08-01-2017, 03:10 PM
Ari Dale is in the sole lead on 6/7!

CivicChessMan
08-01-2017, 08:17 PM
Round 7 and Round 8 have appeared on the website together today. Had me believing there had been a rest day.

In round 7, Ari Dale defeated Bob Smith to take the lead in the NZ Open by half a point on 6/7. Smith is joined by Nic Croad who accounted for Anthony Ker. The other two important matches resulted in draws between Russell Dive and Tim Reilly, Daniel Gong and Shunkai Peng. The leaders are Dale 6; Smith and Croad 5.5; Dive, Reilly, Gong, Peng, Scott Wastney, Stephen Lukey, Edward Rains 5.

In round 8, Ari Dale has increased his lead to one point after winning against Nic Croad. Dale will finish in outright first place with a win or a draw in the final round. On 6 points are Bob Smith (draw with Russell Dive) Tim Reilly (win vs Stephen Lukey), Daniel Gong (win vs Edward Rains) and Scott Wastney (win vs Shunkai Peng). A further half a point behind on 5.5 points are Nic Croad, Russell Dive and Bill Forster.

In the final round, it is Ari Dale vs Daniel Gong, Tim Reilly vs Bob Smith, Bill Forster vs Scott Wastney and Russell Dive vs Nic Croad.

The NZ Championship title will be won with either 7 or 6.5 points. Gong, Smith and Wastney will get their names engraved on the Silver Rook if they win. Should they all draw, this gives a chance to either Dive or Croad with a decisive result in their encounter. Should those three all lose then the title will be won by Bill Forster, and again Dive or Croad with a win.

Bill Forster
08-01-2017, 10:43 PM
Round 7 and Round 8 have appeared on the website together today. Had me believing there had been a rest day....


I don't think so Rowan, I've been religiously putting up the results immediately after the end of the round and then double checking to make sure they're visible. Having said that the web address for the results changed as I refined my Vega technique - you might have been refreshing the old address (I should have deleted it and forced you to see a 404). I've finally got a smooth process ("don't forget to get the sponsor's logo on every page!") now that the tournament is almost over.

Also I think you've missed me as one of the chasers on 5.5. Weird I know, I don't really belong in this company, but it is what it is. I feel a bit guilty that playing the last round on board 3 means I have a lot of influence on who gets to be (a) NZ champ.

Edit: Sorry I forgot to say, I second the thanks to you for your decades of service! I remember you beating me up regularly at the old Civic club in the early 80s. Somehow you'd always get a favourable rook and pawn ending and you'd know how to finish them off.

Incidentally, you people all seem to know who you actually are. So why don't you just use your names instead of the stupid handles? :-)

CivicChessMan
08-01-2017, 11:47 PM
Probable that I've refreshed the old address and missed round 7. You are mentioned as one of the 5.5 pointers. 3.5 points from the last 4 rounds makes you a contender for the title so make the most of the opportunity and give it your best shot. Round 10 of the Wellington Rapid champs says it is possible. Good luck to all in round 9.

Bill Forster
09-01-2017, 04:17 AM
You are mentioned as one of the 5.5 pointers.

Sorry, you're right, not sure what I read, my brain is mush at the moment.

Thebes
09-01-2017, 10:44 AM
Congratulations to IM Ari Dale, drew his game today and secured outright first

Tony Dowden
09-01-2017, 11:21 AM
Congratulations to IM Ari Dale, drew his game today and secured outright first

Well done Ari :) Any other results?

Tony Dowden
09-01-2017, 11:23 AM
And a belated congratulations to you: just saw the Life Membership of the Federation award on the NZCF site. Clearly richly deserved for the decades of work you've put in (and before that, captaining the strongest club in Wellington).
Likewise CCM :)

Tony Dowden
09-01-2017, 07:33 PM
Well done Ari :) Any other results?

Another NZ title to FM Scott Wastney. Well done :)

CivicChessMan
10-01-2017, 01:28 AM
Congratulations to Scott Wastney who joined Bob Wade, Rodney Phillips, Richard Sutton and Murray Chandler as a three-time winner of the New Zealand Championship when he defeated Bill Forster in the final round. He last won the title in 2013 when it was also played in Wellington. Wastney finished half a point ahead of Bob Smith who drew with Tim Reilly, Daniel Gong who drew with the tournament winner, Ari Dale, and Russell Dive who beat Nic Croad. Anthony Ker, Shunkai Peng and Stephen Lukey all finished on 6 points.

Wastney recovered well from his round 1 loss to record 7 wins and 2 losses. His unintentional Swiss Gambit meant that he only played Ari Dale of the top 10 seeds. That's the nature of a Swiss. Similarly, Russell Dive who also had a surprise loss in round 2, met just two of the top 10 seeds for a 1-1-0 record. Daniel Gong had a 0-1-1 record. Tim Reilly and Bob Smith had much tougher schedules. Reilly faced 7 of the top 10 for a 2-5-0 record while Smith played 5 for a 2-2-1 record.

The Major Open (under 2100) has been won by Bill Forster and Yogesh Kulkarni with 5.5 points, best NZer in the Under 1800 category is Joshua Wight with 4.5 points, best Nzers in the Under 1500 category are Caleb He and Aiden Zhao with 2.5 points. The concurrent NZ Junior Open Championship was won by Shunkai Peng with 5.5, a point ahead of Allen Fan.

Adamski
10-01-2017, 05:51 AM
Congratulations to Ari and Scott. Both had excellent performances.

CivicChessMan
11-01-2017, 02:45 AM
Five rounds of the NZ Rapid Championship have been played on day 1 with another four to go on day 2. Three players: Hans Gao, Ed Rains and Ari Dale share the lead with 4.5 points. On 4 points are Mark Noble, Athula Russell, Jack James and Leighton Nicholls. Top seeds Russell Dive and Anthony Ker are down in 11th equal place on 3 points. Dive started well with 2 wins and a draw against New Zealand Open Champion, Ari Dale. But he then ran into a couple of Mainlanders, conceding a draw against Ed Rains and then losing to Leighton Nicholls. Anthony Ker won his first three games before losing to tournament leaders Hans Gao and Ari Dale. In round 6, it is Gao vs Dale, James vs Rains, Russell vs Noble and Shunkai Peng (3.5) vs Nicholls.

ChrisBurns
11-01-2017, 03:00 PM
Ari Dale won outright with 7.5 points. Ker and Hans Gao got 2nd= with 7 points

CivicChessMan
11-01-2017, 05:07 PM
This is Anthony Ker's fifth Rapid title and Hans Gao's second.

Craig_Hall
13-01-2017, 08:52 AM
Ari won the Lightning as well for a clean sweep. Will be very interesting to see how he does in the Zonal!

Capablanca-Fan
14-01-2017, 03:33 AM
Congratulations to Scott Wastney who joined Bob Wade, Rodney Phillips, Richard Sutton and Murray Chandler as a three-time winner of the New Zealand Championship when he defeated Bill Forster in the final round. He last won the title in 2013 when it was also played in Wellington. Wastney finished half a point ahead of Bob Smith who drew with Tim Reilly, Daniel Gong who drew with the tournament winner, Ari Dale, and Russell Dive who beat Nic Croad. Anthony Ker, Shunkai Peng and Stephen Lukey all finished on 6 points.

Wastney recovered well from his round 1 loss to record 7 wins and 2 losses. His unintentional Swiss Gambit meant that he only played Ari Dale of the top 10 seeds. That's the nature of a Swiss. Similarly, Russell Dive who also had a surprise loss in round 2, met just two of the top 10 seeds for a 1-1-0 record. Daniel Gong had a 0-1-1 record. Tim Reilly and Bob Smith had much tougher schedules. Reilly faced 7 of the top 10 for a 2-5-0 record while Smith played 5 for a 2-2-1 record.
This shows that this Swiss is an unsatisfactory way to decide the NZ title, when it is decided by a non-first place behind overseas players (even if it is in very good hands with a player of Wastney's class). Not as bad as the 10-way tie in 2015 though.

GinoTHEstud
15-01-2017, 12:25 AM
Where did the over 2000 11 round championship events go? That was standard for as far as i could remember. Then all of a sudden these 9 round open. This is our national championship not some farce. What the hell is going on?

Australia has an open every other year along with a closed championship. We need to do the same!. Don't say it's about money. Lower the grand prix and pump more money into the NZ Champs if need be. It was ran sucessfully, from Auckland to Christchurch. Not to mention the beautifully run congresses in Wanganui over the years. Next year it will be held in Palmy! What kind of place is that. It should be in Auckland. Mike Steadmans Greenlane congresses were awesome and relatively Cheap. Yes i am aware it was backed by ACC. But still!!! my rant is over. Well done Scott!.... although 9 others had a higher performance rating than him.

Capablanca-Fan
15-01-2017, 02:54 AM
Excellent compromise idea by Gino above. At least have the classic Kiwi-only 12-player round robins every two years, alternating with a Swiss open to all. At least biennially, have the NZ [closed] Champion decided by a battle among the same top Kiwis.

The Great Ort would be turning in his grave at the farce that decides the Silver Rook by low places in the Swiss lottery. A 10-player tie for the title in 2015 was a reductio ad absurdum of the whole system

Agent Smith
15-01-2017, 08:20 AM
Ian Rogers wrote up Ari's round 5 stalemate in today's Sydney Sun Herald.
"90% bluff, 10% inspiration" 31. Rd1
6b1/pp5p/6k1/2p3pN/4P1P1/1P5K/r6P/4R3 w - - 0 31

[Event "New Zealand Open Championship 2017"]
[Site "Wellington NZL"]
[Date "2017.01.05"]
[Round "5.2"]
[White "Dale, Ari"]
[Black "Reilly, Tim"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2333"]
[BlackElo "2166"]
[EventDate "2017.01.01"]
[PlyCount "84"]

1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 f5 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 c6 8. d5 e5 9. dxe6 Bxe6 10. b3 Na6 11. Bb2 Qe7 12. Qc2 Kh8 13. Rad1 Rad8 14. e3 Nc5 15. Nd4 Bg8 16. Rfe1 Nce4 17. f3 Nxc3 18. Qxc3 c5 19. Ne2 d5 20. cxd5 Nxd5 21. Qxg7+ Qxg7 22. Bxg7+ Kxg7 23. e4 fxe4 24. fxe4 Ne3 25. Rxd8 Rxd8 26. Nf4 Nxg2 27. Kxg2 Rd2+ 28. Kh3 g5 29. Nh5+ Kg6 30. g4 Rxa2 31. Rd1 Bxb3 32. Rd7 Be6 33. Rg7+ Kh6 34. Re7 Ra6 35. e5 c4 36. Rxb7 Ra3+ 37. Ng3 Kg6 38. Re7 Bd5 39. Rd7 Be4 40. e6 Kf6 41. Rf7+ Kxe6 42. Re7+ Kxe7 1/2-1/2

CivicChessMan
16-01-2017, 11:09 AM
Not to mention the beautifully run congresses in Wanganui over the years. Next year it will be held in Palmy! What kind of place is that. It should be in AucklandPalmerston North is only an hour from Wanganui. And it even has an airport for those of you brave enough to venture south of the Bombay Hills. "Should be in Auckland" - it's the New Zealand Championship so why shouldn't it played in places other than Auckland!

CivicChessMan
16-01-2017, 11:15 AM
Number of rounds in the NZ Championship have been 11 in 2000 to 2005, 10 in 2006 (Queenstown), 11 in 2007 and 2008, 10 in 2009 (Queenstown), 11 in 2010 and 2011, 9 in 2012 (Queenstown) and 11 in 2013. Since 2014 it has been only 9 rounds.

A 2014 post stated "A shorter 9 round Championship & Major Open that does not start before 1st January was what came out of NZCF AGM 2013."

9 days means 2 weekends and 5 weekdays. But then most of the players stay on to play the two days of the Rapid Championship anyway. If the Rapid was moved to another date then 11 rounds could be played. Alternatively two rounds could be played on 1 or 2 days to give 10 or 11 rounds.

Capablanca-Fan
16-01-2017, 12:36 PM
Palmerston North is only an hour from Wanganui. And it even has an airport for those of you brave enough to venture south of the Bombay Hills. "Should be in Auckland" - it's the New Zealand Championship so why shouldn't it played in places other than Auckland!

True that. Wellington has done a pretty good job for example.

Adamski
16-01-2017, 04:51 PM
True that. Wellington has done a pretty good job for example.

And my birth city of Dunedin ran at least a couple of successful NZ Congresses. Both Capa-Fan and I played in one - he in the Championship and I in the Reserve. One year he won the Silver Rook which the great Ortvin Sarapu (RIP) usually won in those years.

CivicChessMan
16-01-2017, 05:50 PM
Alternatively two rounds could be played on 1 or 2 days to give 10 or 11 rounds.If it's good enough for the Oceania Zonal to have 2 rounds on 2 days then it should be good enough to do the same for the New Zealand Championship. The schedule for the Zonal is Day 1 Round 1 2pm, Day 2 Round 2 10:30am, Round 3 4:30pm, Day 3 Round 4 1pm, Day 4 Round 5 10:30am, Round 6 4:30pm, Day 5 Round 7 1pm, Day 6 Round 8 1pm, and Day 7 Round 9 10:30pm.

Keong Ang
17-01-2017, 05:22 AM
If it's good enough for the Oceania Zonal to have 2 rounds on 2 days then it should be good enough to do the same for the New Zealand Championship. The schedule for the Zonal is Day 1 Round 1 2pm, Day 2 Round 2 10:30am, Round 3 4:30pm, Day 3 Round 4 1pm, Day 4 Round 5 10:30am, Round 6 4:30pm, Day 5 Round 7 1pm, Day 6 Round 8 1pm, and Day 7 Round 9 10:30pm.
Congress is basically several events grouped into one chess festival.
Currently we have the NZ Open, NZ Rapid, NZ Blitz and NZ Junior Open events.
Within the NZ Open event we have included NZ Championships, NZ Major Open tournaments.

There had been discussions about using the current Zonal schedule to allow the Rapid and Blitz to fit into the weekend (day 8 and 9). This would also allow the Junior Open to fit in the mornings of single round days.
Maximise use of the venue and available time. Longer events are costlier to organise and cause unnecessary expense for those who come from other parts of the country. We need to remember that people take time off work and incur increased expenses (eg. accommodation) to play chess.

Congress schedule would ideally start on a Saturday and finish 9 days later on Sunday. Means only 3 days leave from work would be required.

CivicChessMan
17-01-2017, 06:35 AM
If the 9 days were used for the NZ Championship only then 11 rounds can be played as follows: Day 1 Round 1, Day 2 Rounds 2 and 3, Day 3 Round 4, Day 4 Rounds 5 and 6, Day 5 Round 7, Day 6 Round 8, Day 7 Round 9, Day 8 Round 10, Day 9 Round 11. The NZ Rapid and NZ Blitz tournaments could be played on another weekend. The NZ Junior Open would probably need to be scrapped but that's a small price to pay for a better NZ Championship. The best open junior player would be the highest finishing junior in the Open.

Craig_Hall
17-01-2017, 11:48 AM
If the 9 days were used for the NZ Championship only then 11 rounds can be played as follows: Day 1 Round 1, Day 2 Rounds 2 and 3, Day 3 Round 4, Day 4 Rounds 5 and 6, Day 5 Round 7, Day 6 Round 8, Day 7 Round 9, Day 8 Round 10, Day 9 Round 11. The NZ Rapid and NZ Blitz tournaments could be played on another weekend. The NZ Junior Open would probably need to be scrapped but that's a small price to pay for a better NZ Championship. The best open junior player would be the highest finishing junior in the Open.

Not really permissible within the regulations as Congress includes the Rapid Championship as well as the Championship and Major Open, and lays out the Championship should be a Swiss, but is certainly a future option for a club to put forward at an AGM or SGM for consideration.