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Capablanca-Fan
14-01-2019, 12:12 PM
Games and crosstable at Chess24 (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/new-zealand-open-championship-2019).

Alternatively Vega-generated at the New Zealand Chess website (https://newzealandchess.co.nz/tournaments/bp/2019/wwwcongress2019open/).

MichaelBaron
14-01-2019, 10:34 PM
Round 1 was great for the Ladies!
Alana beat IM Wohl while NZ rising star drew with IM Sandler!

Kevin Bonham
14-01-2019, 10:54 PM
Wohl - Chibnall

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.b4 a6 6.Nbd2 0-0 7.Be2 d5 8.0-0 Bg4 9.Qc2 h6 10.Re1 Re8 11.Bb2 d4 12.cxd4 Nxb4 13.Qb3 exd4 14.Nxd4 Bxe2 15.Rxe2 a5 16.N2f3 Nh5 17.Ne5 Rf8 18.Ne6 fxe6 19.Qxe6+ Kh7 20.Qg6+ Kg8 21.Qxh5 Nxd3 22.Rd2 Nf4 23.Rxd8 Nxh5 24.Rd7 Bc5 25.Nd3 Bb6 26.g4 Rad8 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.Ne5 Nf4 29.Nc4 Bd4 30.Bxd4 Rxd4 31.Nxa5 b6 32.Nb3 Rxe4 33.Rd1 c5 34.f3 Re2 35.Rd8+ Kf7 36.Rd6 c4 0-1

MichaelBaron
16-01-2019, 03:54 PM
Soo-Johansen - epic endgame!
67.Qxe6+ was drawing on the spot :)

Kevin Bonham
16-01-2019, 04:06 PM
Soo-Johansen - epic endgame!
67.Qxe6+ was drawing on the spot :)

Yes, stalemate trap for one move in an otherwise losing position. So a double blunder that neither side saw it.

CivicChessMan
18-01-2019, 05:05 PM
In 2018, six points was enough to secure the NZ Championship title for Russell Dive and Alphaeus Ang. With 4 rounds to go, there a number of NZ players who can achieve this score and more. Here are the contenders: Daniel Gong 4; Paul Garbett, Anthony Ker, Bob Smith 3.5; Russell Dive, Allen Fan, Leonard McLaren, John Duneas and Edward Rains 3.

In round 6, Gong vs tournament leader Brandon Clarke, GM Vasily Papin vs Garbett, GM Darryl Johansen vs Ker, Smith vs Albert Winkelman, Damien Norris vs Dive, Ross Lam vs McLaren, Fan vs Nunilon Fulo and the only all NZ clash, Duneas vs Rains.

Adamski
18-01-2019, 10:56 PM
I think a close finish is in prospect for the NZ championship this year. Brandon from Australia though continues his good form over the last year or more.

CivicChessMan
19-01-2019, 10:56 AM
I think a close finish is in prospect for the NZ championship this year.

Let's just hope that there isn't a ten-way tie as there was in 2015.

CivicChessMan
19-01-2019, 06:55 PM
In round 6, Daniel Gong drew with Brandon Clarke to retain his half-point lead over Paul Garbett and Anthony Ker who also drew their respective games. They have been joined by Russell Dive, Leonard McLaren, Allen Fan and Edward Rains who all won.

Will round 7 be crunch time? There are two all NZ games, Ker vs Fan and Dive vs Rains. Elsewhere, it is GM Gareyev vs Gong, McLaren vs GM Johansen and Wohl vs Garbett.

CivicChessMan
20-01-2019, 07:13 PM
In round 7, Wellington club mates and multiple time NZ Champions won their respective all NZ clashes to take the lead in the race for the NZ title. Anthony Ker with 13 championships is second only to the late great Ortvin Sarapu who won 20 titles. Ker defeated Allen Fan to move to 5 points. Five time winner Russell Dive beat Edward Rains to join Ker. Previous leader Daniel Gong lost against GM Gareyev and is half a point behind on 4.5. Bob Smith bounced back from his round 6 loss to join Gong. Round 8 sees Alex Wohl vs Ker, Dusan Stojic vs Dive, Leonid Sandler vs Gong and Smith vs Elliot Soo-Burrowes. There are another five players on 4 points that will be looking to get back into contention should the leaders slip up.

Adamski
20-01-2019, 09:49 PM
Still a close race for the NZ title.

Tony Dowden
20-01-2019, 11:10 PM
In round 7, Wellington club mates and multiple time NZ Champions won their respective all NZ clashes to take the lead in the race for the NZ title. Anthony Ker with 13 championships is second only to the late great Ortvin Sarapu who won 20 titles. Ker defeated Allen Fan to move to 5 points. Five time winner Russell Dive beat Edward Rains to join Ker. Previous leader Daniel Gong lost against GM Gareyev and is half a point behind on 4.5. Bob Smith bounced back from his round 6 loss to join Gong. Round 8 sees Alex Wohl vs Ker, Dusan Stojic vs Dive, Leonid Sandler vs Gong and Smith vs Elliot Soo-Burrowes. There are another five players on 4 points that will be looking to get back into contention should the leaders slip up.

Hi CCM, Hope the Norwegian winter isn't too savage. With two rounds to go I'm picking Anthony Ker and Daniel Gong as the most likely contenders for the NZ title. Maybe Bob Smith, in which case Russell Dive must be included too. Cheers :)

Capablanca-Fan
21-01-2019, 04:32 AM
Let's just hope that there isn't a ten-way tie as there was in 2015.

Such nonsense only happens because it's a large swiss, where non-Kiwis have a huge impact on who wins the Kiwi title. If the top places are held by non-Kiwis, then Kiwis must hold lower places, which in a Swiss is more open to chance factors about the opponents' strengths.

CivicChessMan
21-01-2019, 04:16 PM
Round 8: Anthony Ker drew with Alex Wohl in 30 moves as did Russell Dive with Dusan Stojic in 41 moves to move to 5.5 points with one round to play. Dive had a clear advantage from move 21 (1.53) and winning at move 24 (5.92) but missed the chance to take the outright lead. They have been joined by Bob Smith who won vs Eliot Soo-Burrowes. On five points are Daniel Gong, Paul Garbett and Leonard McLaren.

In the final round, the leaders will all face GMs, a tough assignment. It is GM Gareyev vs Smith, Ker vs GM Papin and Dive vs GM Johansen. A win for any of the Kiwis will win the NZ title. Draws and six points opens the door for Gong and Garbett who play each other and McLaren who plays Leonid Sandler. In the worst case scenario where 5.5 points is the winning score, there could be a seven-way tie if Johnson Li defeats Allen Fan.

bundys_bro
21-01-2019, 06:51 PM
If Clarke wins tomorrow would that be a GM norm and if not is it an IM?

Craig_Hall
21-01-2019, 08:39 PM
IM norm, but GM norm isn't available as he hasn't played an average rating of 2380 (GM norms weren't available as that wasn't possible with the field).

Tony Dowden
21-01-2019, 08:41 PM
...In the worst case scenario where 5.5 points is the winning score, there could be a seven-way tie if Johnson Li defeats Allen Fan.

Yes, another blanket finish is possible! Yesterday I underestimated Dive's changes as I had imagined him struggling on the Black side of an Advance Caro Kann rather than almost winning with his trusty Petroff. Smith had a favourable draw so made up ground as I had suspected he might. Leonard McLaren has come from nowhere but in another possible scenario one good game against fellow senior Leonid Sandler could see him clinch the title. Personally I'd love to see veteran Paul Garbett get another title (maybe his swan song) as he has played some very determined chess over the last three weeks.

Tony Dowden
21-01-2019, 08:43 PM
IM norm, but GM norm isn't available as he hasn't played an average rating of 2380 (GM norms weren't available as that wasn't possible with the field).


Plus an IM norm for Brandon is essentially irrelevant as he is already an IM-elect.

MichaelBaron
21-01-2019, 09:23 PM
Yes, another blanket finish is possible! Yesterday I underestimated Dive's changes as I had imagined him struggling on the Black side of an Advance Caro Kann rather than his trusty Petroff. Smith had a favourable draw so made up ground as I had suspected he might. Leonard McLaren has come from nowhere but in another possible scenario one good game against fellow senior Leonid Sandler could see him clinch the title. Personally I'd love to see veteran Paul Garbett get another title (maybe his swan song) as he has played some very determined chess over the last three weeks.

McLaren had an obvious one move win against Johansen at one point of the game.

Tony Dowden
21-01-2019, 09:54 PM
McLaren had an obvious one move win against Johansen at one point of the game.
Yes, 18.Bxd8 (a rook for a bishop). I had assumed the scoresheet was wrong but it must have been mutual chess blindness.

Adamski
22-01-2019, 07:14 AM
Go Bob!

Tony Dowden
22-01-2019, 09:40 AM
Go Bob!
Yes, go Bob too :)

CivicChessMan
22-01-2019, 05:18 PM
Familiar names will be engraved on the world's oldest chess championship trophy, the Silver Rook. Anthony Ker, for the 14th time, and defending 2018 NZ champion Russell Dive for the 6th time. Despite a massive blunder on move 30. Qh5 (-9.56) which was overlooked by GM Papin, Ker hung in there, equalised after 34 moves and secured the draw after 40 moves. Dive drew with GM Johansen in 24 moves, perhaps taking advantage of the fact that he had a better position (1.31) at the point. Congratulations :clap:! In third place with 5.5 points are Paul Garbett and Daniel Gong who drew their game, and Bob Smith, who had GM Gareyev as his opponent in round 9. Brandon Clarke (Eng) drew with Alex Wohl to win the tourmament together with GM Timur Gareyev (USA) on 7 points.

Adamski
22-01-2019, 05:25 PM
Not for the first time, congrats to Anthony and Russell! Both were active in Wellington 20 plus years ago when I played there.
And of course huge congratulations to Brandon and Timur.

Kevin Bonham
22-01-2019, 05:43 PM
Ker - Papin. It is not immediately obvious that 31...Rxf2! is completely winning but it is.

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.cxd4 d6 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Bd7 10.Nxd7 Qxd7 11.0-0 Rd8 12.Nc3 g6 13.Re1 a6 14.Bxc6 Qxc6 15.Bg5 h6 16.Bh4 g5 17.Bg3 Bg7 18.Be5 Bxe5 19.Rxe5 Nd7 20.Re3 Nf6 21.Qe2 e6 22.Rd1 Nd5 23.Nxd5 Rxd5 24.Rc3 Qd7 25.Rdc1 0-0 26.Rc7 Qd6 27.Rxb7 Rxd4 28.h3 Rd8 29.g3 Qd5 30.Ra7 Rd2 31.Qh5 Qf5 [31...Rxf2 32.Kxf2 Qd2+ 33.Qe2 Qxc1 34.Kf3 Qc6+ 35.Kf2 Qb6+ 36.Qe3 Rd2+ 37.Kf3 g4+ 38.hxg4 mating, eg 38...Qc6+ 39.Kf4 Qd6+ 40.Kf3 Qd5+ 41.Kf4 e5+ 42.Kf5 Qe6+ 43.Ke4 f5+ 44.gxf5 Qc4+] 32.Rf1 Qf6 33.Rxa6 Rxb2 34.Ra3 Rdd2 35.Rf3 Qg7 36.Rc1 Rb7 37.a3 Rd4 38.Kg2 Ra7 39.Rfc3 Rdd7 40.Qf3 1/2-1/2

Tony Dowden
22-01-2019, 06:48 PM
Not for the first time, congrats to Anthony and Russell! Both were active in Wellington 20 plus years ago when I played there.
And of course huge congratulations to Brandon and Timur.

Yes, congrats to Anthony and Russell once again. And to our successful visitors :)

MichaelBaron
22-01-2019, 11:24 PM
Yes, congrats to Anthony and Russell once again. And to our successful visitors :)

I think NZ can play the same team at chess Ollympiad and Chess World Team Senior chess championships :)

Capablanca-Fan
23-01-2019, 01:01 AM
Yes, good wins to both of these multiple former champs. And congrats to Clarke for his back-to-back victories in this and the George Trundle Masters.

Craig_Hall
23-01-2019, 04:47 AM
I think NZ can play the same team at chess Ollympiad and Chess World Team Senior chess championships :)

Aside from Daniel Gong...

CivicChessMan
23-01-2019, 05:08 PM
Day 1 of the NZ Rapid is over and after 5 rounds, there are two GMs with picket fences, GM Vasily Papin (RUS) and GM Timur Gareyev (USA). There are five kiwis in second place on 4 points: Ralph Hart, Johnson Li, Paul Garbett, Russell Dive and Bob Smith. Half a point behind are Anthony Ker and David Notley. Highlights from the first 5 rounds: Hart's round 3 win vs Alex Wohl and Johnson Li's wins over Brandon Clarke and Anthony Ker in rounds 3 and 4.

CivicChessMan
24-01-2019, 08:55 AM
Day 2 of the NZ Rapid. Round 6 has been played. Johnson Li continues his outstanding form with a win over Alex Wohl (AUS) to move to 5 points. He is joined by Bob Smith who dented Russell Dive's hopes of a ninth title with a win. Anthony Ker is the only player on 4.5 after his win against Stefan Gottuk (GER). The clash of the GMs resulted in victory for Timur Gareyev. In round 7, GM Papin (RUS) plays Smith, Li vs Leonid Sandler (AUS) and the clash of the NZ champions, Dive and Ker.

CivicChessMan
24-01-2019, 11:18 AM
In round 7, Anthony Ker defeated Russell Dive to leapfrog ahead of his rivals to 5.5 points. Ker has half a point lead over Johnson Li and Bob Smith who both lost and Ralph Hart who won his game. Ker plays GM Papin in round 8. Other critical games are Smith vs Li and Hart vs Laurens Goormactigh (BEL),

Alana
24-01-2019, 01:56 PM
NZ Blitz event is live http://view.livechesscloud.com/24fe9cc3-8e09-4ade-8f10-f9fe016c2bc4

CivicChessMan
24-01-2019, 04:58 PM
A good result for Anthony Ker in round 8 with a draw against GM Vasily Papin. Ker moves to 6 points but he now has company after Ralph Hart won vs Laurens Goormactigh (BEL). Bob Smith and Johnson Li drew their game to remain half a point behind. They are joined by David Notlley and Sravan Renjith, both of whom are still unbeaten after 8 rounds. Round 9 sees Ker up against the toughest of opponents in tournament leader, GM Timur Gareyev while Hart plays Notley, Li vs Renjith and Leonid Sandler vs Smith.

CivicChessMan
24-01-2019, 05:16 PM
GM Tinur Gareyev has won the NZ Rapid tournament with 8.5 points after he defeated Anthony Ker in the last round. He finished one and a half points clear of three players, including the new NZ Rapid title winner, Ralph Hart. Hart won the title with a win over David Notley. Congratulations :clap:. In a surprising second place for the NZ title is Sravan Renjith with 6.5 points. He was undefeated with 4 wins and 5 draws. GM Gareyev was the only other unbeaten player. Renjith won his last round game against Johnson Li. On 6 points, Anthony Ker and Russell Dive.

samantha
27-01-2019, 08:30 PM
McLaren had an obvious one move win against Johansen at one point of the game.Actually it was at two moments,as the position on Chess 24 , was repeated twice.However,there WAS a data input error which any intelligent viewer would've suspected.(the live feed on the board failed).Leonard played 17,(and 19) Ke3.( and,offered a draw upon the second repetition.) 17.Kd3?! of course I would have played 17.....Rd7 M.Baron also made a strange remark re my win against Kanan.Perhaps M.Baron needs to bring more critical thought to this forum.

Capablanca-Fan
30-01-2019, 06:52 AM
24 January 2019ŚNZ Lightning Championship, Auckland (http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/tournaments/bp/2019/wwwcongress2019lightning/crosstablescore.html)

1st GM Timur Gareyev (USA) 9/9
2nd Romie Guerra (Phillipines) 7.5/9
3rd Evan Capel (Malaysia) 7/9
4th FM Johan Goormachtigh (Belgium) 6.5

None of these were eligible for the title; the top placing Kiwis were six of the ten players who tied for 5th on 6 points (along with GM Vasily Papin):

IM Paul Garbett, Sravan Renjith, Ralph Hart, FM Daniel Gong, Nigel Metge, and FM Bob Smith.

Adamski
30-01-2019, 06:19 PM
Great to see my friend Nigel Metge (he once stayed at my home) playing again in NZ and co-winning a title (albeit blitz) after many years based in the Middle East.