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24-10-2018, 06:58 PM
2019 South Island Championships
Incorporating the 2019 All Canterbury Championships

This is a superclass event in the Poison Pawn Grand Prix in association with D&D Financial Consultants, proudly sponsored by Benson Insurance Brokers Ltd, held from 05/10/2019 - 10/10/2018 (Sat - Thur). Canterbury Chess Club also acknowledges and thanks NZCF and the Steele Trust for their significant support.

The spectacular Hanmer Springs – approximately 130km from Christchurch, or about 1hr 45 mins by car. Bring the family and make a holiday of it and enjoy the world-famous hot pools, bungee jumping, rafting, boating, and various outdoor reserves and walks.

Heritage Hotel Hanmer, 1 Conical Hill Rd, Hanmer Springs (corner of Jollies Pass Road) – 0800 368888 or visit their website (https://www.heritagehotels.co.nz/hotels/heritage-hanmer-springs). The venue is right in the centre of Hanmer Springs, directly opposite the Hanmer Springs hot pools.

9 round Swiss tournament over 6 days (see timetable below). Pairings will be done with Vega.

Half-point Byes
To give flexibility to chess enthusiasts combining the tournament with a holiday, any player may elect to take up to three half-point byes, to be taken no later than round seven except that any NZ player who wishes to be eligible to win the South Island Championship title may only take one half-point bye. The Chief Arbiter must be informed before the end of the previous round or when entering for first round byes.

Time Control
90 minutes for the game plus 30 seconds per move added from move 1.

The tournament will be NZCF-rated and FIDE-rated. For the purposes of pairings and grade prizes, NZCF standard ratings will be used. Where players do not have a published NZCF rating, the Chief Arbiter may assign a rating at his discretion. Please note that all NZ players must be registered with NZCF – unregistered players may register when entering or at the event for $20. Non-NZ players must have a FIDE ID prior to entering.

A minimum prize fund of $5000 is guaranteed: 1st $1500 2nd $1200 3rd $900 4th $600, Under 2000 and 1700 grades 1st $200 2nd $150, All Canterbury Champion $100. Players may not win an open and a grade prize – they will be awarded the highest dollar value prize. The highest-placed South Island player will be the 2019 South Island Champion. Please note that any player who takes more than one half-point bye will not be eligible for the South Island Championship. The highest-placed Canterbury resident will be the 2019 All Canterbury Champion – this prize is additional to any other prizes won. NZ Master points are on offer - 10 points for 1st, 6 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd and 1 for 4th.

Tournament Organiser/Chief Arbiter
For enquiries, please contact IA Craig Hall:
E-mail: canterbury@chess.org.nz
Mobile: (021) 1289-543

Official Website
Vega links and entry forms will be available at www.newzealandchess.org.nz in the calendar section. Tournament Regulations and other information e.g. accommodation and transport options are available at the Canterbury Chess Club website at www.chess.org.nz - link to the left.

Entry Details
The entry fee is $100 for players who enter and pay by 31 August 2019, or $125 for players who enter and/or pay after 31 August 2019. Please note entries will not be accepted after 30 September 2019. Players with GM, WGM, IM or WIM titles may enter for free – entry fee will be deducted from any prizes won. Please note that all NZ players must be registered with NZCF – unregistered players may register at entry for $20. Non-NZ players must have a FIDE ID prior to entering.

Overseas Players
The entry fee may be paid in cash at the venue, in which case the entry fee will be based on the date the entry is received – a copy of flight tickets to NZ must be provided with the entry to take advantage of this. Titled overseas players must also provide a copy of flight tickets to NZ with their entry in order to qualify for the free entry above.

To Enter
Email: canterbury@chess.org.nz with your name, phone number, NZCF registration code and FIDE ID, and pay the entry fee by internet banking to: 03 0802 0093915 00 (please include your name and “Hanmer” as a reference). To take a half-point bye in the first round, please advise when entering. Other payment options include depositing funds directly into the account above at a Westpac bank or ATM in NZ (please advise by email, and, if possible, please include your name and “Hanmer” as a reference).

Playing Schedule

Saturday 5th October
1:00pm – 1:45pm
Players Meeting

Round One

Sunday 6th October
Round Two
Round Three

Monday 7th October
Round Four
Round Five

Tuesday 8th October
Round Six

Wednesday 9th October
Round Seven
Round Eight

Thursday 10th October
Round Nine
Following Round 9

*Players who have not registered by 1:45pm may not be paired for round one.

South Island Championship Competition Rules

Defaults: The default time is 30 minutes after the start of the round, per NZCF Regulations.
Appeals: A player may appeal against a decision of the Arbiter. An Appeals Committee will be elected at the Players Meeting. Appeals must be lodged in writing within 30 minutes of the end of the game. A fee of $100 will apply, to be refunded if the appeal is successful or otherwise at the discretion of the Appeals Committee.
Mobile Phones / Electronic Devices: During a game, players are forbidden to have a mobile phone, electronic means of communication or any device capable of suggesting chess moves on their person in the playing venue - please note that this includes smart watches, but does not include standard digital or analogue watches. Such devices may be stored in a player's bag or jacket, which is to be left under their table or over the back of their chair during the game unless permission is given by the Arbiter. Such devices are to be switched off and are not to make any noise. Breaches of this rule will result in loss of game unless the Arbiter decides otherwise.
Refunds: Players who have paid their entry fee and subsequently withdraw from the tournament will receive a full refund if the request to withdraw is received before 5 September (1 month before the start date). After that date, refunds will be reduced by $25 for each week or part-week.

Transport and Accommodation
As noted above, a list of options and links are available at the Canterbury Chess Club website at www.chess.org.nz - link to the left. Transport can be arranged between Christchurch and Hanmer Springs, including Christchurch airport pick-up and drop-off at cost price - please include this request with your entry. It may also be possible to assist with finding other players to share accommodation e.g. holiday homes - please include this request with your entry, or alternatively, post in this thread and other players may contact you.

09-07-2019, 06:21 AM
Vega website is now up at www.newzealandchess.co.nz in the calendar section, including entries to date.

25-08-2019, 06:50 PM
Just a reminder about this - discounted entry fee of $100 is available till 31 August, after which the fee increases to $125. 16 entries to date, with top seeds FM Mike Steadman and FM Scott Wastney.

05-10-2019, 12:02 PM
And after 18 months of waiting, we're underway! (We booked the venue and paid the deposit in March 2018...)

Pairings available here:

10-10-2019, 03:24 PM
Congratulations to the winner, Michael Steadman (current NI champion!) and the joint SI Champions, Matthew McNabb and Edward Lee.

20-10-2019, 05:51 AM
Congratulations to the winner, Michael Steadman (current NI champion!) and the joint SI Champions, Matthew McNabb and Edward Lee.

Great contest from what it looks like. The first three were FM Michael Steadman (7.5/9, Auckland), FM Scott Wastney (7, Wellington), and FM John Duneas (6.5, Auckland). Wastney beat Steadman, Duneas beat Wastney, Steadman beat Duneas. The separation between them was due to the number of draws they conceded to other players.

[Event "2019 South Island Championships"]
[Site "Hanmer Springs NZL"]
[Date "2019.10.07"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Wastney, Scott"]
[Black "Duneas, John"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2426"]
[BlackElo "2283"]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.O-O Bd6 11.Nf3 Qc7 12.Nc3 a6 13.Bd2 O-O 14.Rc1 g6 15.Bh6 Re8 16.h3 Bf4 17.Bxf4 Qxf4 18.Bc2 Nh5 19.Ba4 Bd7 20.Bxc6 Bxc6 21.Ne5 Rac8 22.a4
(22.Re1 +=)
22...Rf8 23.b4 Be8 24.g3??
24...Nxg3! 25.Nd3
(25.fxg3 Qxg3+ 26.Kh1 Qxh3+ 27.Kg1 Rxc3 -+)
25...Qxd4 0-1

[Event "2019 South Island Championships"]
[Site "Hanmer Springs NZL"]
[Date "2019.10.07"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Steadman, Michael V R"]
[Black "Duneas, John"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2372"]
[BlackElo "2283"]

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bc4 Ngf6 6.Neg5 h6 7.Nh3 Bd6 8.d4 b6 9.Qe2 Bb7 10.O-O O-O 11.Ne5 Qe7 12.Nf4 Bxe5 13.dxe5 Nd5 14.Nh5 Qh4 15.Rd1 g6 16.Ng3 Rfd8 17.c3 Nf4 18.Bxf4 Qxf4 19.Rd4 Qg5 20.Rad1 Nf8 21.f4 Qe7 22.Qd2 Qc5 23.b4 Rxd4 24.Qxd4 Qxd4+ 25.Rxd4 c5 26.bxc5 bxc5 27.Rd6 Rc8 28.Bb5 Rc7 29.Kf2 Bc8? {Black had only a very slight disadvantage, but letting theN in was weak.} 30.Ne4! Kg7? {And now the N comes in with gain of tempo.} 31.Nf6 {+-} 31...Rb7
{Black lacked a decent move, e.g.} (31...Re7 32.a4 g5 33.a5 gxf4 34.a6 Ng6 35.Nh5+ Kh7 36.Rd8 Nxe5 37.Rxc8)
32.a4 Rb6 33.Rd8 a6 {Black's pieces on the Q-side were running out of squares, e.g.}
(33...Ba6 34.c4 Bxb5 35.cxb5 c4 36.Ne8+ Kg8 37.Nd6 c3 38.Ke3 a6 39.a5)
34.Rxc8 axb5 35.Rxf8! (35.Rxf8 Kxf8 36.Nd7+) 1-0

[Event "2019 South Island Championships"]
[Site "Hanmer Springs NZL"]
[Date "2019.10.09"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Steadman, Michael V R"]
[Black "Wastney, Scott"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2372"]
[BlackElo "2426"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.e5 d5 6.Bb5 Ne4 7.Nxd4 Bc5 8.O-O O-O 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.f3?! f6! 11.exf6? Qxf6 12.Be3 Nd6 {Black didn't need to retreat. His position was already so strong that he could have played to attack the White K-side that is short of defenders.}
(12...Ba6! 13.Re1 Rae8! 14.Na3
(14.fxe4 Rxe4 15.c3 Rxe3 -+)
14...Bd6! 15.fxe4 Qh4 16.h3 Qg3 17.e5 Bxe5 18.Nf3 Rxf3 19.Qxf3 Qh2+ 20.Kf2 Rf8 -+)
(13.Bf2 Nc4 14.b3 Ne5 -/+)
13...Nc4 14.Bc1 Re8 15.b4 Bb6 16.Na3 Ne3
17...Rxe3 -+ 18.Qd2
(18.Kh1 Bxd4)
(18...Rxc3 19.Qxc3
(19.Nc2 Rxc2)

21-10-2019, 02:14 AM
thanks for the lessons Capablanca-Fan. Particularly in Steadman vs Wastney 0-1,
the 12 Ba6! suggestion (forcing the Rook out of the file) apart from spectacular is
also amusing since White gets mated if 13. fxe4??? - I know Steadman wouldn't have
played that but just saying! :D

22-10-2019, 12:45 AM
thanks for the lessons Capablanca-Fan. Particularly in Steadman vs Wastney 0-1,
the 12 … Ba6! suggestion (forcing the Rook out of the file) apart from spectacular is
also amusing since White gets mated if 13. fxe4??? - I know Steadman wouldn't have
played that but just saying! :D

You're welcome. I am surprised that Steadman went in for an offbeat open game (1.e4 e5) against a player like Wastney with a strong classical style who is very familiar with them. A few years ago, Steadman lost equally ignominiously to Wastney (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1704649) on the White side of the Vienna against Wastney's vigorous play.

As for the unplayed attack in this game, there is some history about a similar type of attack. In 1887 and 1890, the new star Tarrasch defeated two world championship challengers Zukertort (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1152071) and Gunsberg (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1283522) with the following trap:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Be7 10.Re1 O-O 11.Nd4 Qd7?? [11...Nxe5 f3 {loses a piece}] 12.Nxe6 fxe6 [12... Qxe6 13.Rxe4 {Black's d-P was going to end up pinned, and the only choice Black had was whether it was a diagonal}] 13.Rxe4 {Gunsberg resigned here, Zukertort played a few more pointless moves before resigning.}

But later on, Tarrasch himself championed the Black defence, sometimes called the Tarrasch Defence and others the Open Defence. Among his contributions was realizing that Black could lose that piece as per note B11 above, because the attack would be at least sufficient compensation for the piece. Like the suggestion in the game above, Black sacrifices a N on e4 to a P on f3, but builds a strong attack with remaining pieces against White's scantily defended K. This is called the Breslau variation after Tarrasch' birthplace (now Wrocław, Poland). Here is an example over 30 years after those two, where the 61yo Tarrasch wins a powerful attacking game (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1007104) (notes from Reinfeld's excellent book on Tarrasch's best games unless otherwise stated; someone on Chessgames.com had already translated the descriptive but with typos):

[Event "Karlsbad"]
[Site "Karlsbad CSR"]
[Date "1923.05.15"]
[EventDate "1923.04.28"]
[Round "14"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Heinrich Wolf"]
[Black "Siegbert Tarrasch"]
[ECO "C83"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5
7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. c3 Be7 10. Re1 O-O 11. Nd4 Nxe5!
12. f3 Bd6 13. fxe4 Bg4 {White's material advantage is deceptive, for his development has been retarded and Black has many hidden resources.} 14. Qd2 Qh4 15. h3 c5 16. hxg4 {White is beset with intangible difficulties. Such positions are both tiring and discouraging, which explains why Wolf eventually drifts into a lost game.} 16... cxd4
17. Qf2 Qxg4 18. Bd1? [18.Qf4! {+=—Stockfish}] 18... Qg6 {=+} 19. Qxd4 Bc7 20. Be3 dxe4 21. Nd2 f5
22. Qc5 Rac8 23. Rf1 [23. Be2 {-/+ Stockfish says the game continuation is clearly lost}] 23... Nd3 24. Qd5+ Kh8 25. Rf2 Nxf2 [25... Rcd8! 26.Qb7 Rf7 27.Kf1 {Black threatened a discovered attack, and White lacks a good defence} 27... Nxf2 28.Bxf2 Rxd2 {Stockfish}] 26. Bxf2 Rfd8 27. Qb7 Qd6 28. Nf1 Ra8 29. Bb3 Rdb8 {Tarrasch's play lacks incisiveness hereabouts; it is not easy to make further headway and the clock ticks away inexorably in such situations.} 30. Qd5 Rf8 31. Bc5 {Weak. White's best chance was to exchange Queens and rely on his two Bishops in the struggle to hold back Black's powerful King's side Pawns.} [29...Rab8 30.Qa7 Bb6! {removing the dark-squared defender} 31.Bxb6 Rxb6 32.Ne3 Qc5 33.Re1 f4 {-+ Stockfish}] 31... Qh6 32. Bxf8 Rxf8 33. Rd1 Bb6+ 34. Rd4 Qf6 35. Ne3 g6 {Note how comfortably Black can proceed in the absence of White's QB. Tarrash's plan is simple and irresistible: Black's King's side Pawns will advance triumphantly, escorted if need be by the King.} 36. Nc2 Kg7 37. Kf1 Bxd4 38. Nxd4 Kh6 39. Ne6 Re8 40. Qd6 g5 41. g4 fxg4+ 42. Ke1 Re7 43. Bd5 Kg6 44. Kd1 e3 45. Nf8+ Kg7 46. Ne6+ Kg6 47. Nf8+ [44.Bxe4+ Kf7 45.Bd5 Rxe6+] 47... Kf5 48. Qd8 Qe5 49. Qc8+ Kf4 50. Qc5 Kg3 51. Kc1
Kh4 0-1