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James Peirce
14-04-2020, 02:52 PM
Since no-one has made this thread yet I thought I would :)
(Copied from Andrew Martini's post on the Hobart Chess Club thread)
"Due to Covid-19, if TCA players would like to play tournaments against other TCA players as a replacement for normal club nights, I've set up a club on chess.com in which we can organise closed tournaments. I'm proposing to run a tournament at 7.30pm on the usual nights for the Hobart and Launceston clubs, so Monday and Wednesday nights, cycling through a few different time controls. I would suggest that discussion on how the online club works and runs gets shifted to the club chat on chess.com so that Chess Chat isn't flooded with discussion that's not of interest to everyone."

Club Link:
https://www.chess.com/club/tasmania-chess-association

First tournament results: https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/tca-monday-night-blitz-1188833

Blunderbuss
15-04-2020, 09:20 AM
Kevin do you think it’s worth spruiking our club to your 6000+ twitter followers? And or put something on Facebook page(s).

Kevin Bonham
15-04-2020, 09:52 AM
Kevin do you think it’s worth spruiking our club to your 6000+ twitter followers? And or put something on Facebook page(s).

Have done the first, would ideally leave the second to the more Facebook-oriented members.

Blunderbuss
15-04-2020, 10:18 AM
Have done the first, would ideally leave the second to the more Facebook-oriented members.

Thanks!:)

Andrew can you update FB?

Thomas P-D
15-04-2020, 11:02 AM
Hello! There will be a 3+2 blitz tournament tonight from 7:30 until 9, the link to it can be found here: https://www.chess.com/live#r=184192

This time we are trying out the Arena format, which will hopefully mean people will get more games in than they could in the Swiss tournament, and also that people will be able to play for the full 90 minutes. If you haven't played in an Arena before and want to know how it works, Chess.com has an explainer article here: https://support.chess.com/article/335-what-are-arena-tournaments

Kevin Bonham
15-04-2020, 12:49 PM
I have also now texted a few of the usual suspects.

James Peirce
15-04-2020, 06:42 PM
Tournament starts in ~40mins, entry is now open! https://www.chess.com/live#r=184192

James Peirce
15-04-2020, 09:21 PM
TCA Wednesday Arena Blitz Results (90 minutes) (Time Control:3mins+2secs) (Win=2pts, Draw=1pt, Loss=0pts, for each consecutive win an additional +1pt)
1st. Kevin Bonham 10/11 32 points
2nd. James Peirce 9/11 28 points
3rd. Thomas Powell-Davies 7/11 16 points
4th. Addison Djatschenko 4/7 13 points
5th. Denis McMahon 2/3 4 points (late entrant)
6th. Chris Shepherd 2/9 4 points (got screwed over by the arena format, he played Kevin or me 6 times!)
7th. Andrew Martini 1/7 2 points
8th. Thomas Hartwell 1/13 2 points
Fight for first was decided by me blundering a Queen against Kevin! :)

Kevin Bonham
15-04-2020, 09:34 PM
In one game tonight I played 1...e5 by mouse slip.

idledim
15-04-2020, 10:40 PM
It seemed to work well. I only played a couple of games at the end to test the system, but will definitely give it all another go. I also liked being able to watch a couple of games.

idledim
20-04-2020, 11:53 AM
Please advise schedule / format of upcoming events so TCA networks can be advised. Thanks.

Blunderbuss
20-04-2020, 12:18 PM
Please advise schedule / format of upcoming events so TCA networks can be advised. Thanks.

Andrew, Thomas as club admins can one of you set up an event for 7:30pm this evening?

Currently at 18 members (I have just managed to get Alex Nagy signed up), so hopefully we'll get a good turn out.

Thomas P-D
20-04-2020, 01:45 PM
OK, sorry for the late notice, I sent a message to Andrew earlier this morning but didn't get a reply yet, so I decided to set up a tournament myself with the last of the 3 proposed time controls on the Hobart Chess Club thread which was a 10+5 rapid. I don't think 90 minutes would be long enough to get enough games of 10+5, so I made it run for 2 hours, from 7:30 until 9:30. The link to the tournament is here: https://www.chess.com/live#r=187092

Kevin Bonham
20-04-2020, 01:50 PM
Thankyou Thomas and Andrew for your excellent work on this.

Andrew Martini
20-04-2020, 05:19 PM
Happy to make others an Admin - only made Thomas one so far as he knew what he was doing! Will add James, Chris and Kevin, if anyone else is interested please let me know.

I think Arena tonight is probably right way to go, but if the numbers get higher on a regular basis we could look at switching back to Swiss. I think if everyone can keep showing up even as we're working through the teething problems then we'll come up with a schedule that works for a range of formats and people's tastes.

James Peirce
20-04-2020, 07:19 PM
Tournament starts in 10 minutes. https://www.chess.com/live#r=187092

James Peirce
20-04-2020, 10:08 PM
TCA Monday Arena Rapid Results (120 minutes) (Time Control:10mins+5secs) (Win=2pts, Draw=1pt, Loss=0pts, for each consecutive win an additional +1pt up to +3)
1st James Peirce 8/10 27 points
2nd Toby Straton 6/7 19 points
3rd Kevin Bonham 5/7 15 points
4th Thomas Powell-Davies 4.5/6 11 points
5th Denis McMahon 3/5 9 points
6th Andrew Martini 3/4 7 points
7th Alex Nagy 3/6 7 points
8th Joshua Perrin 2.5/9 5 points
9th Chris Shepherd 2/6 4 points
10th Kam Lee 1/7 2 points
11th Thomas Hartwell 1/11 2 points

Kevin Bonham
20-04-2020, 10:51 PM
Congrats James.

Arena with this time limit places a premium on whatever you do, do it quickly. Apart from one win all my games were either slow wins or slow losses.

James Peirce
21-04-2020, 09:17 AM
Congrats James.

Arena with this time limit places a premium on whatever you do, do it quickly. Apart from one win all my games were either slow wins or slow losses.

Thanks Kevin. Could people who are planning to play on Wednesday post either here or on the chess.com club?
EDIT: Turns out the minimum number of players for a Swiss tournament is 2^number of rounds, so arena is the only viable tournament unless we can get significant numbers

Andrew Martini
21-04-2020, 11:12 PM
Hi James. Are you sure on this? I read a thread on chess.com where they were talking about minimum number of rounds to make the swiss legitimate (with the power of 2 rule) , but I haven't found anything that stipulates what the maximum is.

I'm in for Wednesday night. I'll post the feedback request after then. I still think we try and get Swiss on Monday with hopefully larger numbers. There are a few on regularly who haven't joined the tournaments yet.

Ian Rout
22-04-2020, 11:26 AM
Hi James. Are you sure on this? I read a thread on chess.com where they were talking about minimum number of rounds to make the swiss legitimate (with the power of 2 rule) , but I haven't found anything that stipulates what the maximum is.


Yes, 2^n is the theoretical maximum players for a Swiss because with more players (or fewer rounds) than that it's possible for two players to tie on 100% without playing each other. However this won't won't necessarily happen and the possibility is not the end of the world if there's nothing important riding on the tournament.

As an aside, if it is a more imporatant event then 2^(n-2) or so is a better upper limit because it gives more legitimacy to the minor places and avoids making first place a de facto knockout.

idledim
22-04-2020, 01:49 PM
Thanks Kevin. Could people who are planning to play on Wednesday post either here or on the chess.com club?
EDIT: Turns out the minimum number of players for a Swiss tournament is 2^number of rounds, so arena is the only viable tournament unless we can get significant numbers

From chess.com

Important note about Rounds: A certain number of players are required for the tournament to go the number of rounds chosen. The number of players needed to have a 5 round tournament, for example, is the number of rounds times 2, or 10 players (for 6 rounds it is 12 players, for 7 rounds 14 players, and so on). If you choose 5 rounds, but only 9 players show up, for example, the tournament will end at 4 rounds. Players who leave early can also cause the tournament to end early. If you have 10 players then someone leaves in round four, dropping the number to 9, the tournament will end early. So the number of rounds you choose when you create the tournament is really the maximum number of rounds you want to be possible. If 20 players show up, for example, instead continuing on, the tournament would end at 5 rounds because you chose 5 rounds.

James Peirce
22-04-2020, 02:17 PM
From chess.com

Important note about Rounds: A certain number of players are required for the tournament to go the number of rounds chosen. The number of players needed to have a 5 round tournament, for example, is the number of rounds times 2, or 10 players (for 6 rounds it is 12 players, for 7 rounds 14 players, and so on). If you choose 5 rounds, but only 9 players show up, for example, the tournament will end at 4 rounds. Players who leave early can also cause the tournament to end early. If you have 10 players then someone leaves in round four, dropping the number to 9, the tournament will end early. So the number of rounds you choose when you create the tournament is really the maximum number of rounds you want to be possible. If 20 players show up, for example, instead continuing on, the tournament would end at 5 rounds because you chose 5 rounds.

Finally a completely definitive answer :)

James Peirce
22-04-2020, 02:45 PM
3mins+2secs 90mins Arena for tonight at 7:30pm, late joiners are welcome. Entry opens at 6:30pm https://www.chess.com/live#r=188301

Andrew Martini
22-04-2020, 04:30 PM
Thanks Denis, that's the ruling Thomas had said but I couldn't find it. Our first Monday we had only 7,and as such 3 rounds. But considering we had 11 last Monday, I think we go for a 5 round 10+5 Swiss next week and hopefully have 10 or more. (on the side, I will write to chess.com and ask them to change - a longer Swiss just starts to approach a round robin, eventually there when you have n players and n-1 rounds...).

Could others please give their opinions here. Specifically:

1. Are you happy to play Swiss 10+5 on Mondays, and 90 minute blitz arenas on Wednesdays?
2. How does the 7.30pm start time work for you? Please add preferred start time if 7.30pm is difficult, and possible start times if you have flexibility. Please also note that this could become very problematic, so sticking with 7.30pm if it's too hard!
3. Would you like to play further nights in the current climate?

For transparency:
1. I like. I may not join the blitz every week.
2. Can start later, though wouldn't want to go past a notional 10pm finishing time. Earlier possible too, but more problematic with feeding kids...
3. Two is enough for me, I'll play longer rapids if I play online at all on other nights.

James Peirce
22-04-2020, 05:00 PM
Thanks Denis, that's the ruling Thomas had said but I couldn't find it. Our first Monday we had only 7,and as such 3 rounds. But considering we had 11 last Monday, I think we go for a 5 round 10+5 Swiss next week and hopefully have 10 or more. (on the side, I will write to chess.com and ask them to change - a longer Swiss just starts to approach a round robin, eventually there when you have n players and n-1 rounds...).

Could others please give their opinions here. Specifically:

1. Are you happy to play Swiss 10+5 on Mondays, and 90 minute blitz arenas on Wednesdays?
2. How does the 7.30pm start time work for you? Please add preferred start time if 7.30pm is difficult, and possible start times if you have flexibility. Please also note that this could become very problematic, so sticking with 7.30pm if it's too hard!
3. Would you like to play further nights in the current climate?

For transparency:
1. I like. I may not join the blitz every week.
2. Can start later, though wouldn't want to go past a notional 10pm finishing time. Earlier possible too, but more problematic with feeding kids...
3. Two is enough for me, I'll play longer rapids if I play online at all on other nights.

Sure
7:30pm is fine for me
I'd be up for a one more night, preferably Fridays

idledim
22-04-2020, 05:46 PM
My prejudices are:

Staying with chess.com -

Mondays - Swiss, with varying time controls on a 4 week rotation. 7 p.m. start
Wednesdays - Arena, with varying time controls. 7.30 p.m. start.

+ maybe one Saturday afternoon a month for an allegro?

I'd be in favour of pre-setting all swiss events as 7 rounds - which will be 6 if only 12 show up, of course / 5 if 10, etc.

Thomas P-D
22-04-2020, 06:21 PM
1. Yes, that sounds good
2. 7:30 is perfect for me, earlier might be difficult and too much later would probably have a sharp negative effect on my play :P
3. Yes, there is a comparatively long gap between Wednesday and Monday so another night between those would be nice

Andrew Martini
22-04-2020, 07:02 PM
I originally did the Wednesday to match the Launceston club night. If there's not enough interest for a third night, we could always shift that to Thurs or Fri.

Kevin Bonham
22-04-2020, 09:04 PM
James cleaned up convincingly tonight: 30 points (+9=2), I got 21 (+7=1-2).

Kevin Bonham
22-04-2020, 09:06 PM
1. Are you happy to play Swiss 10+5 on Mondays, and 90 minute blitz arenas on Wednesdays?

Yep.


2. How does the 7.30pm start time work for you? Please add preferred start time if 7.30pm is difficult, and possible start times if you have flexibility. Please also note that this could become very problematic, so sticking with 7.30pm if it's too hard!

7:30 is OK, any earlier would be a big problem for me on Mondays and a minor problem on other days.

3. Would you like to play further nights in the current climate?

Not sure if I'd play more or not. Probably wouldn't play in the afternoon.

James Peirce
22-04-2020, 09:11 PM
TCA Wednesday Night Blitz Arena Results (3mins+2secs) 90minutes total
1st James Peirce 9/10 30 points
2nd Kevin Bonham 7.5/10 21 points
3rd Thomas Powell Davies 7/14 16 points
4th Denis McMahon 5.5/11 14 points
5th Chris Shepherd 4/11 11 points
6th Andrew Martini 2/11 4 points
7th Alex Nagy 2/8 4 points

Blunderbuss
22-04-2020, 09:18 PM
1. Monday night Swiss yes please!
2. 7:30pm is a good time for me.
3. Not sure I could commit to more than two nights a week at present

Andrew Martini
27-04-2020, 05:56 PM
Link to tonight's tournament: https://www.chess.com/live#t=1206446

6 round, 10+5 Swiss. Hopefully we've sorted out the bugs, but if it's short, stay in the tournament chat afterwards just in case!

Kevin Bonham
27-04-2020, 09:09 PM
Powell-Davies - Bonham

Thomas has been doing well against me in these online games. I objectively "should have" won this one but unnecessarily simplified while very short of time and then wasn't able to keep the pawn.

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bb5+ c6 6.Ba4 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Bg5 Bg4 9.Nbd2 Nbd7 10.c3 Qc7 11.Bc2 Bf4 [11...Bxh2+ of course] 12.Bxf4 Qxf4 13.Re1 Rfe8 14.Rxe8+ Rxe8 15.h3 Bh5 16.g3 Qd6 17.Qf1 Ne4 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Ng5 f5 20.h4 [20.Bb3+ wins a pawn eg 20...Kh8 21.Bf7 Rf8 22.Bxh5 g6 23.Bd1 h6 24.Nf3 exf3 25.Bxf3] 20...h6 21.Bb3+ Kh8 22.Nf7+ [22.Qe2!? Qg6 23.Bf7 Bxe2 24.Bxg6 Rf8 25.Nf7+ Kg8 26.Ne5 Rf6 27.Nxd7 Rxg6 28.Re1 white may be slightly better] 22...Bxf7 23.Bxf7 Re7 24.Bb3 Nf6 25.Re1 f4 26.Kg2 Nh5 27.Qc4 Qb8 [27...f3+ 28.Kg1 Nf6 black is much better] 28.Kh1 fxg3 29.fxg3 Nxg3+ 30.Kg2 Nf5 31.Kf1 Qf4+ [31...e3 wins] 32.Ke2 Re8 33.Qf7 Ng3+? [just 33...Rd8 as black has no effective threats] 34.Kd1 Qxf7 35.Bxf7 Re7 [35...Rf8] 36.Bg6 e3 37.Rg1 Ne4 38.Ke2 Nf6 39.Rg3 Kg8 40.Rxe3 Rxe3+ 41.Kxe3 Kf8 42.h5 Ke7 43.Kf4 Kd6 44.Ke3 Nd5+ 45.Ke4 Nb6 46.Kd3 Draw agreed with black below one minute. 1/2-1/2

Blunderbuss
27-04-2020, 09:41 PM
Tonights results. Unfortunately, with only five players (at round 1, seven by the end) the swiss was again reduced to just three rounds.

Full details here: https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/tca-monday-night-swiss-105-1206446?round=1#pairings (https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/tca-monday-night-swiss-105-1206446?round=1#pairings)

With players arriving late it was all a bit confusing but below is the standings and (sort of) cross table...




TCA Monday Night Swiss (10mins+5secs)


PLAYER
SCORE
GAMES


1st. Kevin Bonham
2.5/3
v Thomas, 1 v Joshua, 1 v Andrew


2nd. Toby Straton
2/3
0 bye, 1 v Chris, 1 v Joshua


3rd. Andrew Martini
1.5/3
v Chris, 1 v Thomas, 0 v Kevin


4th. Chris Shepherd
1.5/3
v Andrew, 0 v Toby, 1 v Thomas


5th. Adam Rutledge
1/3
0 bye, 0 bye, 1 bye


6th. Joshua Perrin
1/3
1 bye, 0 v Kevin, 0 v Toby


7th. Thomas Powell-Davis
0.5/3
v Kevin, 0 v Andrew, 0 v Chris




In round 1 - five players, Josh given the bye.
In round 2 - six players and no byes.
In round 3 - Adam joined us to make seven - but was handed the bye for his troubles. So, didn't get a game.

Moral - please be on time and please turnout for the Monday Swiss :)

idledim
28-04-2020, 05:09 PM
Powell-Davies - Bonham

Thomas has been doing well against me in these online games. I objectively "should have" won this one but unnecessarily simplified while very short of time and then wasn't able to keep the pawn.

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bb5+ c6 6.Ba4 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Bg5 Bg4 9.Nbd2 Nbd7 10.c3 Qc7 11.Bc2 Bf4 [11...Bxh2+ of course] 12.Bxf4 Qxf4 13.Re1 Rfe8 14.Rxe8+ Rxe8 15.h3 Bh5 16.g3 Qd6 17.Qf1 Ne4 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Ng5 f5 20.h4 [20.Bb3+ wins a pawn eg 20...Kh8 21.Bf7 Rf8 22.Bxh5 g6 23.Bd1 h6 24.Nf3 exf3 25.Bxf3] 20...h6 21.Bb3+ Kh8 22.Nf7+ [22.Qe2!? Qg6 23.Bf7 Bxe2 24.Bxg6 Rf8 25.Nf7+ Kg8 26.Ne5 Rf6 27.Nxd7 Rxg6 28.Re1 white may be slightly better] 22...Bxf7 23.Bxf7 Re7 24.Bb3 Nf6 25.Re1 f4 26.Kg2 Nh5 27.Qc4 Qb8 [27...f3+ 28.Kg1 Nf6 black is much better] 28.Kh1 fxg3 29.fxg3 Nxg3+ 30.Kg2 Nf5 31.Kf1 Qf4+ [31...e3 wins] 32.Ke2 Re8 33.Qf7 Ng3+? [just 33...Rd8 as black has no effective threats] 34.Kd1 Qxf7 35.Bxf7 Re7 [35...Rf8] 36.Bg6 e3 37.Rg1 Ne4 38.Ke2 Nf6 39.Rg3 Kg8 40.Rxe3 Rxe3+ 41.Kxe3 Kf8 42.h5 Ke7 43.Kf4 Kd6 44.Ke3 Nd5+ 45.Ke4 Nb6 46.Kd3 Draw agreed with black below one minute. 1/2-1/2

It is 'objectively won' after white blunders with 26.Kg2. This move deserves the big ?? in your analysis, but goes through to the keeper without comment. Earlier, your 19. .. f5 also deserves a ? (but is also allowed to go through to the keeper without comment), since it doesn't only lose a pawn. As your own analysis shows, after a few moves (20...Kh8 21.Bf7 Rf8 22.Bxh5 g6 ) black is more than 2 pawns down. I think a fairer analysis might be that Thomas was clearly (nay, objectively!) winning after 19. ..f5, but couldn't find the right continuation over the board and then blundered it all away with 26.Kg2.

Kevin Bonham
28-04-2020, 08:12 PM
It is 'objectively won' after white blunders with 26.Kg2.

Yes. 26...f3+ 27.Kg1 e3 is in fact completely crushing. 26.Qh3 for white appears to be OK (but not more) instead of 26.Kg2.


Earlier, your 19. .. f5 also deserves a ? (but is also allowed to go through to the keeper without comment), since it doesn't only lose a pawn. As your own analysis shows, after a few moves (20...Kh8 21.Bf7 Rf8 22.Bxh5 g6 ) black is more than 2 pawns down.

Black is temporarily a whole piece down but gets it back for a pawn. The bishop is attacked and if it retreats then ...h6 traps the knight (though there are some lines where the bishop is not taken immediately, eg after 23.Qc4). That said 21...Re7 appears to be better than ...Rf8 because in the line I gave White has 23.Bf3! and black gets a very difficult position (beyond just being a pawn down) after taking the bishop, and has no time for ...h6 because of 24.Nxe4.

Something else missed in my quick notes was that 19.Ng5 is a mistake because of 19...Nf6 threatening ...e3 or ...Qd5 (black will win a piece for a pawn or get a very big attack).

Andrew Martini
29-04-2020, 03:38 PM
Wednesday night blitz arena is now set up, you can register up to 1 hour before the event. Start time is 7.30pm, time control 5|5.
https://www.chess.com/live#r=192372.

Kevin Bonham
29-04-2020, 09:09 PM
Me losing to John in hilarious fashion. I find it particularly easy to lose this sort of game online:

1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 Nf6 4.Nf3 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.Bb5+ Nc6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Re1 0-0?? 10.Nxd5 Qxd5 11.Bxc6 Qxc6 12.Rxe7 Be6 13.Ng5 [13.d4 is best.][ Even 13.Rxe6 should be enough] 13...Bd5 14.f3? [14.Qc2 f5 15.b3 and if 15...Bxg2 just 16.Bb2 winning] 14...Qf6 15.Rd7 Qxg5 16.Rd6?? Qe5 and now the rook is trapped 17.Rd7 Qe6 18.Rc7?? and now it falls for nothing not even a bishop 18...Qd6 19.d4 Qxc7 20.dxc5 Qxc5+ 21.Be3 Qxe3+ 0-1

James Peirce
29-04-2020, 09:09 PM
TCA Wednesday Blitz Arena results (5+5) (90 minutes)
1st Kevin Bonham 5.5/8 12 points
2nd James Peirce 5/7 12 points
3rd John Patrick 4.5/5 11 points
4th Michael Wang 3/5 9 points
5th Denis McMahon 2/5 4 points
6th Thomas Powell-Davies 2/7 4 points
=7th Chris Shepherd 2/5 4 points
=7th Andrew Martini 2/5 4 points
8th Alex Nagy 0/5 0 points

I have no idea what the tiebreaker is, maybe it saw how undeserved my last game win over Kevin was! :)

Kevin Bonham
29-04-2020, 09:14 PM
I suspect the tiebreak is most wins, though it might also be most games.

Yes in this position

8/1k2K3/4P3/5r2/8/8/2R5/8 b - - 0 59

... James played 59...Rf2 (which isn't really any worse than anything else) and I responded with 60.Ke8 which, to add insult to injury, doesn't even draw.

James Peirce
29-04-2020, 09:22 PM
I suspect the tiebreak is most wins, though it might also be most games.

Yes in this position

8/1k2K3/4P3/5r2/8/8/2R5/8 b - - 0 59

... James played 59...Rf2 (which isn't really any worse than anything else) and I responded with 60.Ke8 which, to add insult to injury, doesn't even draw.

Technically you could have stalled for time until the arena timer hit 0 :)

idledim
30-04-2020, 11:04 AM
Tasmania will be represented in the new chess.com clubs league, following acceptance of our nomination this morning. So far, 106 clubs have been accepted - from 35 countries. The competition should commence in about a month or so. Details are still being worked through. We'll post more when we know more. Sincere thanks to Thomas for advising me of this initiative - and then following through with the digital paperwork.

Here's a link to the chess.com League page: https://www.chess.com/club/chess-com-clubs-league

Blunderbuss
30-04-2020, 11:37 AM
Tasmania will be represented in the new chess.com clubs league, following acceptance of our nomination this morning. So far, 106 clubs have been accepted - from 35 countries. The competition should commence in about a month or so. Details are still being worked through. We'll post more when we know more. Sincere thanks to Thomas for advising me of this initiative - and then following through with the digital paperwork.

Here's a link to the chess.com League page: https://www.chess.com/club/chess-com-clubs-league

What a great idea! I wonder if they will take timezones into account when drawing up the leagues? While it would be fun to play Hawaii Chess Warriors, or closer to my (old) home Wigston Chess Club, Leicestershire. Setting up a time that works for both might be an issue for the rapid games, I guess daily would work though.

Thomas P-D
30-04-2020, 11:59 AM
What a great idea! I wonder if they will take timezones into account when drawing up the leagues? While it would be fun to play Hawaii Chess Warriors, or closer to my (old) home Wigston Chess Club, Leicestershire. Setting up a time that works for both might be an issue for the rapid games, I guess daily would work though.

Details like this haven't been finalised yet, this league has never run before and is newly created for people who are not able to play in their usual OTB clubs. According to Chess.com, these things will be sorted out in the next few weeks. There are more than 100 clubs already registered, including several others from Australia, so hopefully things can be organised so that time zones aren't so much of an issue!

Thomas P-D
01-05-2020, 07:01 PM
There have been a couple of issues regarding eligibility of the TCA to participate in the league: the League Administrator has decided that we need to participate under the name of one specific club but has also said that there is nothing stopping us from recruiting other players. So, after discussing with TCA President Denis and HCC President Chris, I have created a new club to represent the Hobart Chess Club in the league, which members of other TCA clubs are warmly invited to join in with. This club is only for participating in the league, and the tournaments currently replacing club meetings will of course continue to be held in the TCA club.

Here is the link to the new club: https://www.chess.com/club/hobart-chess-club

Andrew Martini
03-05-2020, 10:26 PM
Monday tournament now up: https://www.chess.com/live#t=1214222.
-Start time: 7.30pm (see note below)
-Tournament type: Swiss
-Time Control: 10 min + 5 sec increment
-Rounds: Hopefully 6! (see note below)

A reminder to all that the number of rounds is determined by the number of players who have joined the tournament BEFORE the start time. You can 'join' the tournament one hour before the event - you can then walk away, play other games, etc. Once joined, chess.com will sound a warning 1 or 2 minutes before the tournament starts, so you can always be doing something else entirely at your computer and you won't miss the start (if you keep chess.com open on another tab). Main point - join the tournament well in advance! The number of rounds will be the number of players divided by two, rounded down, or a maximum of 6.

Kevin Bonham
04-05-2020, 06:14 PM
Just so people are (hopefully) completely clear you need to go to the link above between 6:30 and 7:30 and click "join" during that time frame in order to help us get as many rounds as possible.

GoodNite
04-05-2020, 08:56 PM
Hi everyone. I know that the Hobart Junior players have been missing out on tute groups on Mondays with me and Alex.
I now have Zoom working for chess tutoring, so I can run a training session for a group if there is sufficient interest.

I could run a session for senior students next Monday, say at 5:00 pm. I had in mind some sessions on games and methods of the great attacking players, ie Morphy, Alekhine, Tal, Fischer, Kasparov etc. to name a few. It would be by invitation (they would have to email Christine Rumley), but I could easily run a session online for 20 or more. I think it would be important to put the rating cutoff around 800-1000 FIDE. So Alex’s group might have to be slotted in elsewhere. Also, I see no reason why other Tassie players could not participate, ie. Launceston, Devonport, Burnie etc.
No need to restrict it to juniors either.
Let me know what you think.

Kevin Bonham
04-05-2020, 10:41 PM
Thomas, Denis, Kevin all 4/5 in that tiebreak order - Thomas beat me in round 2 and Toby in round 4 but lost to Denis in the final round.

Blunderbuss
04-05-2020, 10:47 PM
We successfully completed a 5 round swiss.

Still having teething issues, the big one Mark and Scott were unable to join the tournament because they havent played a rapid game on chess.com before. Mark did manage to join in time to beat me in the final round.
The other issue seems to be lack of familiarity with the interface. Kam joined for round 2 but lost his connection and was unable to find his way back.

Full results here :
https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/tca-monday-night-swiss-105-1214222 (https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/tca-monday-night-swiss-105-1214222)


Cross Table

Pos Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Score Tie Break
1 Powell-Davies,Thomas +W13 +W3 +B5 +B4 -W2 4 10.5
2 McMahon,Denis -W4 +B6 +B10 +W11 +B1 4 9
3 Bonham,Kevin +W10 -B1 +W8 +W7 +B4 4 8
4 Straton,Toby +B2 +W5 +B7 -W1 -W3 3 9
5 Patrick,John +W6 -B4 -W1 +B8 +W7 3 7
6 Nagy,Alex -B5 -W2 +BYE +W10 +B11 3 2
7 Perrin,Joshua +BYE +W8 -W4 -B3 -B5 2 2
8 Blackburn,Roger +W11 -B8 -B3 -W5 +BYE 2 1
9 Zeeman,Mark -- -- -- +BYE -B10 2 1
10 Shepherd,Chris -B3 +B11 -W2 -B6 -W9 1 1
11 Martini,Andrew -B8 -W10 +B13 -B2 -W6 1 0.5
12 Lee,Kam -- =B13 -- -- -- 0.5 0
13 Peirce,James -B1 =W12 -W11 -- -- 0.5 0.25

Blunderbuss
04-05-2020, 11:07 PM
My game with Mark was wild

1. d4 d6 2. Bf4 c5 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Bf5 5. Bb5+ Nc6 6. O-O a6 7. Bd3 e6 8. dxc5
Bxd3 9. Qxd3 d5 10. Rd1 Bxc5 11. Nc3 O-O 12. Ne5 Ba7 13. a3 Ne7 14. Bg5 Ng6 15.
Ng4 d4 16. Nxf6+ gxf6 17. Bh6 Re8 18. Qe2 e5 19. e4 Qc8 20. Nd5 Qc6 21. Qf3 Re6
22. Rac1 Rc8 23. Qg3 b5 24. h4 Kh8 25. h5 f5 26. hxg6 Rxg6 27. Qxe5+ f6 28. Qe7
Rxh6 29. Qxa7 Qe6 30. Rxd4 fxe4 31. Rcd1 Rg8 32. Nf4 Qe5 33. Nd5 (33. Rd8 Qg5
34. Rxg8+ Qxg8 35. Qe7 e3 36. Rd8 Rh1+ 37. Kxh1 Qxd8 38. Qxd8+ Kg7) 33... Qh2+
34. Kf1 Qxg2+ 35. Ke2 Rh2 36. Rxe4 Qxe4+ 37. Qe3 Qc4+ 38. Qd3 Re8+ 39. Ne3 Qxd3+
40. Rxd3 Re6 41. Kf3 Kg8 42. Rd8+ Kf7 43. Rd7+ Re7 44. Rd4 h5 45. Kg3 Rh1 46.
Nf5 Re5 47. Rd7+ Ke6 48. Ra7 Kxf5 49. Rxa6 Kg6 50. Ra8 Rg5+ 51. Kf3 Rc1 52. c3
Rc2 53. b4 Rf5+ 54. Kg3 Rcxf2 55. Rg8+ Kf7 56. Rh8 R2f3+ 57. Kg2 Rxc3 58. Rh7+
Ke6 59. Ra7 Rd5 60. Ra6+ Kf5 61. Ra7 Rd2+ 62. Kf1 Rc1# 0-1

Blunderbuss
05-05-2020, 12:45 PM
A steadier game against Kevin but after 19..Bf8?? all that remained was a futile attempt to run down the clock, by move 37 Kevin had 56 seconds on his clock to my 4 minutes 18 but of course it was more than enough.

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Nf3 Nd7 7. c3 e6 8. Bd3
Bxd3 9. Qxd3 Ngf6 10. O-O Be7 11. Re1 O-O 12. Bg5 Re8 13. Rad1 Qc7 14. Ne5 Rad8
15. Nxd7 Rxd7 16. Qf3 Red8 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. Nh5 Be7 19. Qg4 Bf8?? (19... g6 20.
Ng3 c5) 20. Nf6+ Kh8 21. Nxd7 Qxd7 22. h4 g6 23. h5 Bd6 24. hxg6 hxg6 25. Re3
Kg7 26. Rh3 f5 27. Qg5 Qe8 28. Qh6+ Kf6 29. Qh4+ Kf7 30. Qh7+ Kf6 31. Qxb7 Qd7
32. Qxd7 Rxd7 33. g3 Rb7 34. b3 a5 35. Kg2 Ba3 36. c4 Rd7 37. Rh4 Bb2 38. Rd2
Bc3 39. Rd3 Bb4 40. Rd1 c5 41. d5 e5 42. Rdh1 Bd2 43. Rh7 Rxh7 44. Rxh7 e4 45.
Rc7 Bb4 46. d6 Bc3 47. d7 Ke7 48. Rc6 Kxd7 49. Rxg6 Bd4 50. Rg5 Ke6 51. Rg6+ Kf7
52. Ra6 Bc3 53. Rc6 Bd4 54. Rd6 Ke7 55. Ra6 Bc3 56. g4 f4 57. g5 e3 58. fxe3
fxe3 59. Kf3 Bd4 60. Rxa5 Kf7 61. Rb5 Kg6 62. a4 Kxg5 63. a5 Kf6 64. a6 1-0

idledim
05-05-2020, 02:46 PM
Thanks to Chris for publishing the crosstables here. The number of players participating was pleasing.

I would like to maintain this initiative and establish an annual TCA online blitz and allegro series. I'm not yet wedded to what this might look like, but the chess.com portal does seem to be the easiest way to go for us. My preliminary observations from watching and participating in a few of the events run so far (with the emphasis on preliminary) include:

an absolute minimum of 12 players for each event is necessary. Dates need to be published well in advance.
allegro time control of 10+5 seems about right for online. Longer time controls might make it difficult to complete an event in a single sitting. I'm also thinking max. 6 rounds for the same reasons.
lightning time controls can be easily varied (3+2; 5+5, etc.) - with 7 round swiss events if possible.
How many events = 1 grand prix? No idea! Maybe 4 for allegro (Cradle Mountain / Freycinet / Mt. Field / Narawntapu?) and maybe 6 or 7 for lightning.
Prizes - bragging rights / TCA Honour Board / anything else? Entry - free for TCA members / either less free or impossible for others?

Anyway, I'd be grateful for any suggestions. I'm not envisaging anything before (at least) July - with dates and days obviously dependent on when / if we're able to go back to our clubs - but the main thing I'd like us to have is some kind of ongoing TCA Calendar of Online Events.

Thomas P-D
05-05-2020, 09:10 PM
Hello everyone, here is tomorrow's arena: https://www.chess.com/live#r=196046 The time control is 3+2, the arena will last for 90 minutes and it will start as always at 7:30.


Hi everyone. I know that the Hobart Junior players have been missing out on tute groups on Mondays with me and Alex.
I now have Zoom working for chess tutoring, so I can run a training session for a group if there is sufficient interest.

I would definitely be interested in this!

GoodNite
06-05-2020, 07:22 AM
Thanks Thomas. Let us give this a go next Monday at 5 pm. Open to any Tasmanian, but they will need to message me (eg. on chesschat) their email address so that I can send them an invitation to zoom. Also they will need to download the zoom videoconferencing app for their operating system. I have tried chess.com and lichess for teaching, but using zoom with the capabilities of my own device is 1000% better. People can also message me their email address on chess.com (goodnite02) and lichess (goodnite).

Kevin Bonham
06-05-2020, 05:40 PM
Note that if any new members sign up on this site, they need to make three posts to be allowed to use Private Messages. This is an anti-spam precaution.

Kevin Bonham
06-05-2020, 07:27 PM
Need another player (I think) to join event at https://www.chess.com/live#r=196046 in next 3 mins.

Edit: OK now.

Blunderbuss
06-05-2020, 10:38 PM
TheRealSleepycat wasnt so sleepy tonight.

TCA Wednesday Blitz Arena results (3+2) (90 minutes)



#
Player
Score
Points


1
Bonham,Kevin
8.5/10
27


2
Patrick,John
7.5/11
21


3
Peirce,James
6/10
17


4
Powell-Davies,Thomas
5/11
11


5
Blackburn,Roger
4.5/10
10


6
Nagy,Alex
4/10
9


7
Shepherd,Chris
3/10
6


8
Martini,Andrew
2/4
4


9
Djatschenko,Addison
0.5/6
1

Kevin Bonham
06-05-2020, 11:58 PM
Had a lot of really tense games, a few where I was bashing moves out in severe time trouble; got 1.5/2 from two lost positions vs James but also lost a won position with a massive blunder against Chris so things roughly cancelled out.

Kevin Bonham
07-05-2020, 11:09 AM
Mistakes are inevitable in 3/2 but I think the method by which James could have converted the pure pawn ending in game 1 against me is well worth being aware of. At the time I thought I was probably drawing after 36...f5 but objectively not:

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4 c6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 Bg4 9.c5 Bc7 10.Bg5 Nbd7 11.h3 Bh5 12.b4 Qb8 13.a3 Bf4 14.g4 Bg6 15.Bxg6 fxg6 16.Qd3 Re8 17.Rfe1 Qc7 18.Kg2 Rxe1 19.Rxe1 Re8? [19...Bxg5 20.Nxg5 Nf8 white is much better but not clearly winning] 20.Rxe8+ Nxe8 21.Bxf4 [White can be forgiven in a blitz game for missing the extremely non-obvious 21.Qe2 Nef6 22.Qe6+ Kh8 23.Bxf6 Nxf6 (23...gxf6 24.Qe8+ Kg7 25.Ne2 Bh6 26.h4 and g5 will win a piece) 24.Ne2 winning a piece by domination and the threat of g5] 21...Qxf4 22.Qe3 Qxe3 23.fxe3 Nef6 24.Kg3 h6 25.g5 Ne4+? 26.Nxe4 dxe4 27.Nd2 hxg5 28.Nxe4 Nf6 29.Nxf6+ gxf6 30.e4 Kf7 [30...f5 31.a4 f4+ 32.Kf3 a6 appears drawn so Black's next should have been played a move earlier.] 31.Kg4 Ke6 32.a4 a6 33.a5 Ke7 34.d5 cxd5 35.exd5 Kd7 36.Kf3 f5 37.Kg3 [37.b5 wins, see following notes.] 37...Kc7 38.d6+? Draw agreed with both players extremely short of time, in fact with this move it's drawn anyway.[38.Kf2 or anything else that will make black remove the king from c7 38...Kd7 (38...f4 39.Kf3 g4+ 40.Kxg4 and now 40...g5 41.h4 so black would have to instead move the king off c7 anyway) 39.b5 This only works if the king is not on c7 39...axb5 40.c6+ bxc6 41.a6 Kc8 42.a7 Kb7 43.d6 and wins] 1/2-1/2

Capablanca-Fan
07-05-2020, 11:31 AM
↑↑ I was surprised that White untripled Black's Ps with 29.Nxf6+, which also meant that White's e-pawn ceased being passed. 29.Nxg5 won a p, but because Black's Ps are doubled, White is effectively 2 Ps up. Or 29.Nd6 winning a Q-side P (29...a6 30.Nc8), becoming effectively 3 Ps up because the tripled Ps are hardly better than one.

Kevin Bonham
07-05-2020, 12:12 PM
↑↑ I was surprised that White untripled Black's Ps with 29.Nxf6+, which also meant that White's e-pawn ceased being passed. 29.Nxg5 won a p, but because Black's Ps are doubled, White is effectively 2 Ps up. Or 29.Nd6 winning a Q-side P (29...a6 30.Nc8), becoming effectively 3 Ps up because the tripled Ps are hardly better than one.

I think it's easy in blitz for white to be spooked by the idea that after 29.Nxg5 Nd5 the knight is going to run amok on the queenside, in fact there isn't time for that as while it is doing so (and probably only getting the a-pawn anyway) white will just run the king through the centre and push pawns. 29.Nxf6+ is Stockfish's first choice but not so easy for white to jump on the (many) winning plans in the pure pawn ending immediately.

Kevin Bonham
07-05-2020, 12:40 PM
By the way for anyone wondering re my chess.com avatar:

4160

This was once my avatar on this forum too, a long time ago. For background see this post (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?10103-2009-Tasmanian-Open-and-Lightning-Championship&p=243747&viewfull=1#post243747)

Capablanca-Fan
08-05-2020, 12:40 AM
I think it's easy in blitz for white to be spooked by the idea that after 29.Nxg5 Nd5 the knight is going to run amok on the queenside, in fact there isn't time for that as while it is doing so (and probably only getting the a-pawn anyway) white will just run the king through the centre and push pawns. 29.Nxf6+ is Stockfish's first choice but not so easy for white to jump on the (many) winning plans in the pure pawn ending immediately.

GM David Smerdon in his new book, The Complete Chess Swindler (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?18010-GM-David-Smerdon-s-new-chess-book-The-Complete-Chess-Swindler), says that sometimes the best computer choice is not the best human choice, either for the winning or the swindling side. This might be a case in point. 29.Nxg5 and 29.Nd6 mean that White has a straightforward plan of rolling his two centre pawns and K while Black's 3-to-1 tripled Ps can't make a passed P. Stockfish doesn't mind untripling pawns and unpassing his own e-pawn if it can brute-force calculate to queening.

GoodNite
08-05-2020, 08:30 AM
Last call. If anyone wants to participate in Monday coaching sessions, at 5 pm, then please message me on chesschat with your email address. If you are unable to send me a private message because you have not posted here previoiusly, then message me on chess.com. My handle is goodnite02. Or lichess as goodnite. You can also find an email address on the University of Tasmania website. You will need to have downloaded Zoom (freely available) prior to the session. I need all names by Saturday afternoon. Thanks.
David

Thomas P-D
09-05-2020, 08:27 AM
https://www.chess.com/news/view/clubs-league-rules-and-format-1

The rules for the Chess.com Clubs League have now been released! The format is one match (2 games against the same opponent, 1 with each colour) every Saturday starting the weekend after next with a time control of 15+2. The suggested start time is unfortunately 3am, but according to rule E7 it is open to negotiation and according to rule D1c the league directors will try to pair us with clubs in a similar time zone: there are several other clubs from Australia so hopefully we won't be having to play any matches at ridiculous times! There will be 2 divisions, the bottom of which (that I suspect we will be put in) has a minimum of 4 boards per match. Once again, here is the link to the club, and although it will represent the Hobart club, all TCA players are warmly invited to join:

https://www.chess.com/club/hobart-chess-club

Thomas P-D
11-05-2020, 07:45 AM
https://www.chess.com/live#t=1223257

10+5 Rapid Tournament tonight at 7:30, hopefully 6 rounds and with no minimum game requirement so everyone should hopefully be able to participate :)

Blunderbuss
11-05-2020, 11:19 AM
Just so people are (hopefully) completely clear you need to go to the link above between 6:30 and 7:30 and click "join" during that time frame in order to help us get as many rounds as possible.

Note good advice from Kevin - applies this week as well.

Thanks Thomas and Andrew for setting up the tournaments.

Kevin Bonham
11-05-2020, 09:54 PM
Apologies for swindling 50% of my opponents tonight.


But there is no shame on the internet.

Blunderbuss
11-05-2020, 10:48 PM
Cross Table
Pos Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Score Tie Break
1 Bonham,Kevin +B8 +W10 +W11 +B2 +W4 +W3 6 18.5
2 Straton,Toby +W5 +B11 +W4 -W1 -B3 +B6 4 12.5
3 Swan,Owen +W6 -W4 +B10 +W8 +W2 -B1 4 11.5
4 McMahon,Denis +W7 +B3 -B2 +W9 -B1 +B8 4 11.5
5 Shepherd,Chris -B2 =W8 -B9 +BYE +W7 +B11 3.5 6.25
6 Nagy,Alex -B3 +W7 -B8 +W10 +B9 -W2 3 7
7 Perrin,Joshua -B4 -B6 +BYE +W11 -B5 +W9 3 4
8 Blackburn,Roger -W1 =B5 +W6 -B3 +B10 -W4 2.5 6.75
9 Zeeman,Mark -B10 +BYE +W5 -B4 -W6 -B7 2 3.5
10 Powell-Davies,Thomas +W9 -B1 -W3 -B6 -W8 +BYE 2 2
11 Rutledge,Adam +W12 -W2 -B1 -B7 +BYE -W5 2 0
12 Martini,Andrew -B11 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0

The Cat strikes again. Chess.com couldn’t separate Denis and Owen and gave them equal third. For the cross table order is the same as shown at: https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/tca-monday-rapid-1223257 (https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/tca-monday-rapid-1223257)

Just found out you can download the standings in this format (simpler than what I have been doing)...


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 2 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham 6 18.5
2 1 AUS Zenmaster9000 Toby Straton 4 12.5
3 12 AUS OwenSwan 4 11.5
3 3 AUS idledim 4 11.5
5 7 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd 3.5 6.25
6 6 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy 3 7
7 9 AUS joshuaperrin Joshua Perrin 3 4
8 8 AUS kcalbajin Roger Blackburn 2.5 6.75
9 11 AUS markzeeman Mark Zeeman 2 3.5
10 5 AUS Mathso1 2 2
11 10 AUS Adamishere R 2 0
12 4 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini 0 0
12 1 AUS AddisonDj Addison Djatschenko 0 0

Desmond
12-05-2020, 12:56 PM
Apologies for swindling 50% of my opponents tonight.

I love your by-line :lol: -
Please do not make me an admin or mod

Thomas P-D
13-05-2020, 10:33 AM
https://www.chess.com/live#r=200379

5+5 arena tonight from 7:30 until 9 :)

Kevin Bonham
13-05-2020, 09:17 PM
The 90 minutes flew by, I was shocked when it was suddenly time up.

One of the more exciting games I've had so far, but blunder-riddled in the endgame:

Powell-Davies - Bonham

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bd6 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Bg5 Bg4 9.Ne5 Bxe2 10.Qxe2 h6 11.Bh4 Re8 12.f4 c5 13.Nxd5 Bxe5 14.fxe5 [14.dxe5 is the "correct" version of the sacrifice 14...Qxd5 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.Rad1 Qe6 17.Rd6 Qf5 White has roughly full compensation.] 14...Qxd5 15.Bxf6 Qxd4+ 16.Kh1 gxf6 17.Rxf6 Qxe5 18.Qg4+ Qg5 19.Qf3 Re7 20.h3 Nc6 21.Rf4 Ne5 [21...Nd4] 22.Qf2 Rae8 23.Rf1 Qg7 24.Qxc5 Ng6 25.R4f2 Nh8 26.c3 Re1 27.Qxa7 Rxf1+ 28.Rxf1 Black is winning but is struggling with the clock and throws another pawn away. 28...Ng6 29.Qxb7 Re2 30.Qb5 Nf4! 31.Rg1 Rxg2 [31...Qg3 is much better] 32.Qe8+ Kh7 33.Qe4+ Qg6 34.Qxg6+ Rxg6 35.Rxg6 fxg6 36.Kh2 Kg7 37.c4 Kf7 [37...Nd3 wins.] 38.Kg3 Ne2+ 39.Kf3 Nc1 40.a3 Ke6 [40...Nb3 wins] 41.Ke3 Kd6 ditto to previous 42.b4 Kc6 43.a4 Na2 44.b5+ Kc5 45.a5 Nc3 46.a6 Kb6 [46...Kxc4 47.a7 Nd5+ draw] 47.Kd4 Na4 48.Ke5 Nc5?? [48...Kc5 draws] 49.Kf6 g5 50.Kg6 Ne4 51.Kxh6 Nf2 52.Kxg5 Nxh3+ 53.Kf5 Nf2 54.Ke5? [54.c5+ wins] 54...Nd3+ 55.Kd4 Nb2?? [55...Nc5 draws since if 56.a7 Ne6+ 57.Ke5 Nc7] 56.c5+ Kc7 57.b6+ Kb8 58.a7+ Ka8 59.Kd5 Na4 60.Kc6?? [60.Kd6 Kb7 61.c6+ wins] 60...Nxb6 Stalemate swindle. 61.Kb5 Nc8 62.c6 Nxa7+ 63.Kb6 Nxc6 Game drawn by insufficient material -

There was also one against Chris where I went a piece up on move 4 and came under a ferocious attack, eventually blundering a piece myself and managing to be lost before another cheap swindle.

Blunderbuss
13-05-2020, 09:56 PM
Results...

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Score Points/Games
1 1 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham 17 6/7 (5W/0L/2D)
2 1 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy 10 3.5/8 (3W/4L/1D)
3 1 AUS JohnTheVanquisher 9 4.5/6 (3W/0L/3D)
4 1 AUS OwenSwan 6 2.5/4 (1W/1L/1D)
5 1 AUS Mathso1 5 2.5/7 (2W/4L/1D)
6 1 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd 3 1.5/4 (1W/2L/1D)
7 1 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini 3 1.5/6 (1W/4L/1D)
8 1 AUS JamesPeirce James Peirce 0 0/2 (0W/2L/0D)

Details here: https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/arena/tca-wednesday-55-200379 (https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/arena/tca-wednesday-55-200379)

Not sure but Owen may have left the Arena early because he thought he wasn't getting a game, but it doesn't pair you with the person you have just played so it can take a while (especially in a small field) before another opponent becomes available.

Blunderbuss
13-05-2020, 10:08 PM
There was also one against Chris where I went a piece up on move 4 and came under a ferocious attack, eventually blundering a piece myself and managing to be lost before another cheap swindle.

Here is that game Shepherd v Bonham didn't see it OTB of course but 19. Bh5 and black can't take the queen on f4 else mate in 3!


1. d4 d6 2. Bf4 Nd7 3. e4 e5 4. d5?? exf4 5. Qd2 g5 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. O-O-O a6 8. Be2
Ngf6 9. h4 h6 10. Nf3 b5 11. hxg5 hxg5 12. Rxh8+ Bxh8 13. Rh1 Bg7 14. Nxg5 b4
15. Qxf4 bxc3 16. Rh7 cxb2+ 17. Kb1 Qe7 18. Rxg7 Qe5 19. Qxe5+ (19. Bh5 Qxf4 20.
Bxf7+ Kd8 (20... Ke7 21. Bh5+ Kf8 22. Ne6#) 21. Ne6+) 19... Nxe5 20. f3 Bd7 21.
Bd3 O-O-O 22. f4 Nxd3 23. cxd3 Bb5 24. Rxf7 Bxd3+ 25. Kxb2 Nxe4 26. Ne6 Rg8 27.
Rxc7+ Kb8 28. Rg7 Rc8 29. g4 Rc2+ 30. Kb3 Rf2 31. f5 Bc4+ 32. Kxc4 Nd2+ 33. Kd3
Nf3 34. f6 Ne5+ 35. Ke3 Rxa2 36. f7 Ra3+ 37. Ke2 Ra2+ 38. Kd1 Nxf7 39. Rxf7 Rg2
40. Rg7 Rg3 41. Ke2 a5 42. Nd4 a4 43. Nc2 a3 44. g5 (44. Nb4) 44... a2 45. g6
Rg2+ 46. Kd3 Rxc2 47. Kxc2 a1=Q 48. Rg8+ Kc7 49. g7 Qa2+ 50. Kd3 Qxd5+ 0-1

Kevin Bonham
14-05-2020, 08:05 PM
I had a feeling for several moves that Bh5 would be deadly, but no, not that move in particular!

Really shouldn't have played ...g5, should have either chucked the pawn or played ...Qf6 which for whatever reason I just did not see.

Capablanca-Fan
18-05-2020, 09:27 AM
5... g5 wasn't bad though although 5...Qf6 looks good too. Nothing really wrong with ...a6 and ... b5 although there doesn't seem to be any hurry. 7... Ne5 would have occupied an unassailable square, and the best White could do is exchange it although he doesn't want to exchange being a piece down. Anything wrong with 17... Kf8 holding onto the Bg7, mainly because being two pieces up is usually better than being one piece up? White is running out of pieces to sacrifice, e.g. 18.Bh5 Ne5. In the game, 19. Bh5 as in the note was a cute move indeed, and Black would have a hard time. That dark-squared B would be sorely missed. If Black wanted to return that piece and play for the Q exchange, then 16...Qe7 17.Rxg7 Qe5, i.e. withough 16... cxb2+. In this line, 18.Bh5 would not be as strong because Black could reply 18...Qxf4 CHECK!

Thomas P-D
18-05-2020, 04:54 PM
Hello everyone, sorry for the late notice but here is tonight's 10+5 Swiss at 7:30: https://www.chess.com/live#t=1232251

Kevin Bonham
18-05-2020, 10:06 PM
Can't remember where I was meant to be putting this so I'll put it everywhere. Re playing in the league on the weekends I'd prefer to avoid 1-4 pm, otherwise can do any time.

Blunderbuss
18-05-2020, 10:37 PM
With twelve players we got a 6 rounds swiss. Thanks for turning out.
I didn’t build on a good start when in rounds four and five I lost to Kevin and John. My excuse both games went long, and I needed the loo. Must remember to go before the start next time :)


Full cross-table and games here: https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/tca-monday-1232251 (https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/tca-monday-1232251)


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 2 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham 5 15.5
2 1 AUS Zenmaster9000 Toby Straton 5 14.5
3 5 AUS JohnTheVanquisher 4 12.5
4 9 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd 3.5 7.75
5 6 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini 3 8
6 3 AUS idledim 3 7
7 10 AUS kcalbajin Roger Blackburn 3 4
8 8 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy 2 5
9 7 AUS Mathso1 2 4
10 11 AUS joshuaperrin Joshua Perrin 2 3
11 12 AUS Adamishere R 2 2
12 4 AUS OwenSwan 1.5 4.75

Kevin Bonham
19-05-2020, 08:58 PM
Bonham - Straton. Pretty much one-way traffic and a generally bad game by me after I was indecisive about the risky looking 10.0-0-0 and instead played 10.b3 which was just plain bad. However also notable for a weird missed save on move 46. I had had the idea that his rook on g3/g4 might be trapped and vulnerable to Nh5/Nf6 and repetition. But when the opportunity arose to carry out this idea on different squares (f2 and h1) I simply missed it.

1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 e5 3.d4 Nd7 4.Bc4 Be7 5.Nc3 c6 6.Be3 Ngf6 7.Qd2 Ng4 8.h3 Nxe3 9.Qxe3 Qb6 10.b3 Bf6 11.d5 Qxe3+ 12.fxe3 Nb6 13.dxc6 bxc6 14.Bd3 Be6 15.0-0-0 Ke7 16.Ne2 a5 17.a4 Rhd8 18.Ng3 g6 19.h4 h5 20.Ng5 Bxg5 21.hxg5 d5 22.exd5 Nxd5 23.Nf1 Nb4 24.Be2 Bf5 25.c3 Nd3+ 26.Bxd3 Bxd3 27.Ng3 c5 28.Rd2 e4 29.Rhd1 Rab8 30.Rb2 Rd5 31.Ne2 Rxg5 32.Nf4 Ba6 33.Nd5+ Kf8 34.Nf4 Rg3 35.Re1 Rd8 36.Rd2 Rxd2 37.Kxd2 h4 38.Rg1 Bb7 39.Ne2 Rg4 40.Nf4 Ke7 41.Ne2 Ke6 42.Nf4+ Ke5 43.Ke2 g5 44.Nh3 Bd5 45.c4 Be6 46.Kf2 f5 47.Rd1 f4 48.exf4+ gxf4 49.Rd8 Rg3 50.Rf8 Bxh3 51.gxh3 Rxb3 52.Re8+ Kd4 53.Rd8+ Kxc4 54.Rf8 Rxh3 55.Rxf4 Rf3+ 0-1

Kevin Bonham
19-05-2020, 09:28 PM
Patrick - Bonham. Fairly good example (for the time limit) of grinding away in a favourable French position. Probably white should have thrown Harry the h-pawn up the board about ten moves earlier.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3 c5 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Bb5 In the French this move is suboptimal for white in about nine lines out of ten. The B is a useful attacking piece and on b5 it tends to either swap itself off giving black an extra c-pawn or free development, or else it gets kicked with loss of tempo. 7...cxd4 8.Bxd4 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 a6 10.Bd3 Bc5 11.Qg4 g6 12.0-0 Be7 13.Rfe1 Nc5 14.Bf1 Bd7 15.Rad1 Qb6 16.b3 Bc6 17.Nd4 Rc8 18.Nxc6 Rxc6 19.Na4 Nxa4 20.Qxa4 0-0 21.c4 dxc4 22.Bxc4 Bc5 23.Re2 Qc7 24.Bd3 Be7 25.Qf4 Rd8 26.Qg3 Bb4 27.h4 Rc1 28.Rxc1 Qxc1+ 29.Kh2 Bd2 30.Re4 b5 31.h5 Qc3 32.hxg6 hxg6 33.Re3 [33.Be2 hangs on but white is much worse.] 33...Bxe3 34.Bxg6 Kf8 35.Qf3 Qxe5+ 36.g3 Qg7 37.Qxe3 Qxg6 38.Qc5+ Kg8 39.Qe7 Rf8 40.Qa7 Kg7 41.Qxa6 Rh8+ 42.Kg2 Qe4+ 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
20-05-2020, 10:04 AM
Bonham – Straton. Pretty much one-way traffic and a generally bad game by me after I was indecisive about the risky looking 10.0-0-0 and instead played 10.b3 which was just plain bad. However also notable for a weird missed save on move 46. I had had the idea that his rook on g3/g4 might be trapped and vulnerable to Nh5/Nf6 and repetition. But when the opportunity arose to carry out this idea on different squares (f2 and h1) I simply missed it.

1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 e5 3.d4 Nd7 4.Bc4 Be7?? 5.Nc3 [5.dxe5! Nxe5 (5...dxe5 6.Qd5! {winning at least a piece}) 6.Nxe5 dxe5 7.Qh5! {winning a P with a strong position as compensation}] 5... c6 6.Be3 [6.dxe5 dxe5 7.Ng5! Bxg5 (7... Nh6 8.Ne6! fxe6 9.Bxh6 gxh6? 10.Qh5+ Kf8 11.Bxe6+-) 8.Qh5] 6... Ngf6 7.Qd2 Ng4 8.h3 Nxe3 9.Qxe3 Qb6 10.b3 Bf6 11.d5 Qxe3+ 12.fxe3 Nb6 13.dxc6 bxc6 14.Bd3 Be6 15.0-0-0 Ke7 16.Ne2 a5 17.a4 Rhd8 18.Ng3 g6 19.h4 h5 20.Ng5 Bxg5 21.hxg5 d5 22.exd5 Nxd5 23.Nf1 Nb4 24.Be2 Bf5 25.c3 Nd3+ 26.Bxd3 Bxd3 27.Ng3 c5 28.Rd2 e4 29.Rhd1 Rab8 30.Rb2 Rd5 31.Ne2 Rxg5 32.Nf4 Ba6 33.Nd5+ Kf8 34.Nf4 Rg3 35.Re1 Rd8 36.Rd2 Rxd2 37.Kxd2 h4 38.Rg1 Bb7 39.Ne2 Rg4 40.Nf4 Ke7 41.Ne2 Ke6 42.Nf4+ Ke5 43.Ke2 g5 44.Nh3 Bd5 45.c4 Be6 46.Kf2 f5 47.Rd1 f4 48.exf4+ gxf4 49.Rd8 Rg3 50.Rf8 Bxh3 51.gxh3 Rxb3 52.Re8+ Kd4 53.Rd8+ Kxc4 54.Rf8 Rxh3 55.Rxf4 Rf3+ 0-1
Black walked into a book trap, but White failed to punish.

Capablanca-Fan
20-05-2020, 10:45 AM
Patrick - Bonham. Fairly good example (for the time limit) of grinding away in a favourable French position. Probably white should have thrown Harry the h-pawn up the board about ten moves earlier.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3 c5 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Bb5 In the French this move is suboptimal for white in about nine lines out of ten. The B is a useful attacking piece and on b5 it tends to either swap itself off giving black an extra c-pawn or free development, or else it gets kicked with loss of tempo. 7...cxd4 8.Bxd4 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 a6 10.Bd3 Bc5 11.Qg4 g6 12.0-0 Be7 13.Rfe1 Nc5 14.Bf1 Bd7 15.Rad1 Qb6 16.b3 Bc6 17.Nd4 Rc8 18.Nxc6 Rxc6 19.Na4 Nxa4 20.Qxa4 0-0 21.c4 dxc4 22.Bxc4 Bc5 23.Re2 Qc7 24.Bd3 Be7 25.Qf4 Rd8 26.Qg3 Bb4 27.h4 Rc1 28.Rxc1 Qxc1+ 29.Kh2 Bd2 30.Re4 b5 31.h5 Qc3 32.hxg6 hxg6 33.Re3 [33.Be2 hangs on but white is just a pawn down.] 33...Bxe3 34.Bxg6 Kf8 35.Qf3 Qxe5+ 36.g3 Qg7 37.Qxe3 Qxg6 38.Qc5+ Kg8 39.Qe7 Rf8 40.Qa7 Kg7 41.Qxa6 Rh8+ 42.Kg2 Qe4+ 0-1

The computer finds 23...Rd8! with an assessment of -2, because White finds it hard to detangle the Q and B, defend the back rank and f2, e.g. 24.Rxd8+ Qxd8 25.Re1 b5; 24.Rdd2 Bxf2+.

33.Re3 looks like a miscalculation, overlooking that Black didn't need to take the Bg6 right away. I suppose the loss of a P after 33.Be2 comes after 33...Qc2 34.Qf3 Rd5 35.a4 Bc3 36.g3 Bxe5, but it might be more hard grinding to win with the opposite-coloured Bs.

Thomas P-D
20-05-2020, 03:39 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#r=204744 3+2 arena from 7:30 until 9 tonight!

Also, our first pairing for this weekend in the Chess.com Clubs League is against Noble Park Chess Club in Melbourne and I am currently arranging a time for the match to be played, more information coming soon!

Kevin Bonham
20-05-2020, 04:25 PM
I suppose the loss of a P after 33.Be2 comes after 33...Qc2 34.Qf3 Rd5 35.a4 Bc3 36.g3 Bxe5, but it might be more hard grinding to win with the opposite-coloured Bs.

No, it was just a miscounting on my part, perhaps inspired by the computer saying -1.

Thanks for the note re the book trap. It is most unlike me to miss a chance to smash the Philidors. Wouldn't happen in a real game. :lol:

Kevin Bonham
20-05-2020, 09:06 PM
Congrats Chris on winning tonight's 3/2 arena on tiebreak over me - matelol was on for an easy win but stopped after six games.

I had two losses - one by dropping a pawn in the opening vs matelol and never got back into it, another vs Thomas where I had an overwhelming position then stuffed up the attack and blundered. I also had two games where I sacrificed pieces, the sacs were probably unsound but worked.

Blunderbuss
20-05-2020, 09:29 PM
Welcome Luis originally from Brazil but currently of Bellerive Hobart.

Not sure how chess.com gave me first place over Kevin in our one head to head game I was wiped out in short order – easily my worst game of the night. I was also very lucky against Andrew who having out played me in the endgame went on to lose on time.


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Score Points/Games
1 1 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd 20 7/9 (7W/2L/0D)
2 1 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham 20 7/9 (7W/2L/0D)
3 1 AUS matelol Michael Wang 17 5/6 (5W/1L/0D)
4 1 AUS Mathso1 11 4/8 (4W/4L/0D)
5 7 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini 6 3/5 (3W/2L/0D)
6 1 AUS Nuba00 Luis Henrique 3 1.5/9 (1W/7L/1D)
7 1 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy 2 1/10 (1W/9L/0D)
8 7 AUS idledim 1 0.5/2 (0W/1L/1D)

More details here: https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/arena/wednesday-blitz-204744 (https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/arena/wednesday-blitz-204744)

Kevin Bonham
20-05-2020, 09:48 PM
I think the tiebreak was that you were on the longer winning streak at the end.

idledim
21-05-2020, 01:17 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#r=204744 3+2 arena from 7:30 until 9 tonight!

Also, our first pairing for this weekend in the Chess.com Clubs League is against Noble Park Chess Club in Melbourne and I am currently arranging a time for the match to be played, more information coming soon!

I can see from the Hobart page that Kevin and I have made ourselves available for selection. Have other players advised of their availability? Have we advised clubs via their facebook pages? Thanks.

Thomas P-D
22-05-2020, 08:10 AM
The match against Noble Park Chess Club will be at 7:30pm tomorrow, please let me know as soon as you can whether you will be able to participate so we can let the other team know how many players we will have!

Currently, Denis and Kevin are the only players who have advised me of their availability. I am not aware of any promotion of this league outside of Chesschat and the TCA Chess.com club.

idledim
22-05-2020, 09:30 AM
7.30 p.m. Sat. May 23 should be fine for me, Thomas. I've posted the details to club facebook pages.

Kevin Bonham
22-05-2020, 09:46 AM
Fine for me too.

Blunderbuss
22-05-2020, 09:52 AM
The match against Noble Park Chess Club will be at 7:30pm tomorrow, please let me know as soon as you can whether you will be able to participate so we can let the other team know how many players we will have!

Currently, Denis and Kevin are the only players who have advised me of their availability. I am not aware of any promotion of this league outside of Chesschat and the TCA Chess.com club.

Hi Thomas, I can play tomorrow evening, maybe we should directly message the remaining six members of the club to see if they can make it or not?
Do you know if all the matches must be played at the weekend? I doubt I could play every Saturday, for me personally Sunday evenings would be preferable.

Thomas P-D
22-05-2020, 04:51 PM
Hi Thomas, I can play tomorrow evening, maybe we should directly message the remaining six members of the club to see if they can make it or not?
Do you know if all the matches must be played at the weekend? I doubt I could play every Saturday, for me personally Sunday evenings would be preferable.

Hi Chris, thank you for letting me know of your availability. The opposing admin has informed me that his team can offer 5 players, we now have 4 confirmed players so I am messaging people to find out whether they can play tomorrow and when I have at least 1 more response I will be able to inform the other team that we will have enough players for them. By the nature of these Chess.com matches I can't really stop people who enter without letting me know, but neither can the other team so the other people who join above 5 players might still get a game anyway: they are sorted by Chess.com rapid rating so that the 1st seed plays the 1st seed, 2nd seed plays the 2nd seed etc.

With regards to times, no, they don't have to be played on a Saturday. Chess.com requests for them to be played on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday (presumably American Pacific Time) so it is possible for me to try and negotiate future matches to be played on Sunday evenings if that suits people better.

ER
22-05-2020, 05:17 PM
g'day I have joined the TCA CHESS.COM CLUB - thank you Thomas for accepting and welcoming me.
I will be available all evenings except Tues. since the late start time suits me fine!
I can play if you got any vacancies in the team, however, I don't mind if I am not needed to fill in for somebody since I can hang around watching games!
Cheers, see you all tomorrow night!
E.

Thomas P-D
22-05-2020, 07:50 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#tm=11873 We now have a link! Turn up at 7:30pm tomorrow to play or even just to watch the games if you would like!

idledim
22-05-2020, 07:57 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#tm=11873 We now have a link! Turn up at 7:30pm tomorrow to play or even just to watch the games if you would like!

Thanks Thomas - great work.

Andrew Martini
22-05-2020, 10:17 PM
Just confirming I can't play tomorrow. Thanks for organising though Thomas!

ER
23-05-2020, 07:41 PM
Looks like Noble Pack CC has come with a very strong line-up. So far only three players, we' ll see how it goes, we have 5 players ready for battle!

ER
23-05-2020, 07:42 PM
We are 2-0 up and guess who scored the points for TCA!

Kevin Bonham
23-05-2020, 08:35 PM
Huge thanks to gallopingrook (aka ER) for saving us from being wiped!

Noble Park 10 - 2 Hobart

idledim
23-05-2020, 08:40 PM
Computer had me +10.9 at one stage in my first game - and I still managed to lose it! Anyway .... thanks for the lesson Noble Park and good luck for the rest of the event.

Chris_Wallis
23-05-2020, 08:46 PM
Thanks for the match! Better luck next week...

Kevin Bonham
23-05-2020, 08:48 PM
Wallis - Bonham (the less said or seen of the reverse game the better). I first played Chris in the 2001-2 Aus Champs, don't know if I have ever played him since but suspect if so it would have only been blitz.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 c6 5.Bg2 Bd6 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nfd2 Nbd7 8.Nc3 Re8 9.e4 dxe4 10.Ndxe4 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 Be7 12.Be3 Nf6 13.Nc3 Bd7 14.h3 b6 15.Qb3 Rc8 16.Rfd1 Qc7 17.Rac1 c5 18.Nb5 Bxb5 19.Qxb5 cxd4 20.Bxd4 Red8 21.b3 h6 22.Be5 Qc5 [Correct was 22...Bd6 but it is hard to allow 23.Bxf6 (in fact best for white is probably 23.Rxd6 Rxd6 24.Qa4 and white is slightly better) 23...gxf6 though actually black is fine here] 23.Qxc5 Bxc5 24.Kf1 Be7 25.Ke2 Nd7 26.Bf4 e5 Actually nowhere near forced (as I thought) and probably not the best anyway. 27.Be3 Nc5 28.Bd5 Kf8 29.g4 Nd7 30.Bb7 Rc7 31.Be4 Nf6 32.Bf5 Rxd1 33.Rxd1 Ne8 [33...Bc5 maybe] 34.f4 f6?! 35.fxe5 fxe5 36.Rd5 Bf6 37.h4 Rc5?? Blunder in extreme time trouble but it's probably lost now anyway. [Even if 37...Bxh4 38.c5 bxc5 39.Rxc5 Rxc5 40.Bxc5+ Be7 41.Bxa7 white is winning] 38.Bxc5+ bxc5 39.Rxc5 1-0

Chris_Wallis
23-05-2020, 09:03 PM
Wallis - Bonham (the less said or seen of the reverse game the better). I first played Chris in the 2001-2 Aus Champs, don't know if I have ever played him since but suspect if so it would have only been blitz.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 c6 5.Bg2 Bd6 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nfd2 Nbd7 8.Nc3 Re8 9.e4 dxe4 10.Ndxe4 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 Be7 12.Be3 Nf6 13.Nc3 Bd7 14.h3 b6 15.Qb3 Rc8 16.Rfd1 Qc7 17.Rac1 c5 18.Nb5 Bxb5 19.Qxb5 cxd4 20.Bxd4 Red8 21.b3 h6 22.Be5 Qc5 [Correct was 22...Bd6 but it is hard to allow 23.Bxf6 (in fact best for white is probably 23.Rxd6 Rxd6 24.Qa4 and white is slightly better) 23...gxf6 though actually black is fine here] 23.Qxc5 Bxc5 24.Kf1 Be7 25.Ke2 Nd7 26.Bf4 e5 Actually nowhere near forced (as I thought) and probably not the best anyway. 27.Be3 Nc5 28.Bd5 Kf8 29.g4 Nd7 30.Bb7 Rc7 31.Be4 Nf6 32.Bf5 Rxd1 33.Rxd1 Ne8 [33...Bc5 maybe] 34.f4 f6?! 35.fxe5 fxe5 36.Rd5 Bf6 37.h4 Rc5?? Blunder in extreme time trouble but it's probably lost now anyway. [Even if 37...Bxh4 38.c5 bxc5 39.Rxc5 Rxc5 40.Bxc5+ Be7 41.Bxa7 white is winning] 38.Bxc5+ bxc5 39.Rxc5 1-0

I found move 26 to be quite an interesting moment, I suspect it was best to hold onto the bishop with 26 Bd4 Bf6 27 Be3, and Black should probably have exchanged it with 26...Bg5 in the game.

ER
24-05-2020, 12:14 PM
Huge thanks to gallopingrook (aka ER) for saving us from being wiped!

Noble Park 10 - 2 Hobart

Thanks, we really need to strengthen the line-up!
Thomas might need to do a bit of extra spread-the-word work to add to his magnificent publicity effort so far!

Blunderbuss
24-05-2020, 05:50 PM
Thanks, we really need to strengthen the line-up!
Thomas might need to do a bit of extra spread-the-word work to add to his magnificent publicity effort so far!

Yes, I agree, the fact that I was playing board 3 when there are 33 higher quick rated players than me in Tasmania, suggests the state isnt putting out its strongest team.

There are several players in the TCA club that have yet to join the Hobart version. Maybe we should talk to them first. Im thinking of Toby (ranked 2nd), James (4th), Will (9th), Scott (17th), Ian (18th), Kam (21st), Alex (23rd) & Mark (26th) - Its annoying that chess.com didnt lets us join the TCA club.

I can only apologise for my dismal effort. In the first game I was checkmated in 17 moves. I played better in game 2 (with white) but then undid all the groundwork by blundering my knight on move 24 :(

It was a brutal introduction to team play.

ER
25-05-2020, 10:07 AM


There are several players in the TCA club that have yet to join the Hobart version. Maybe we should talk to them first.

Yes, that's important, all players, strong and not so strong should be informed and encouraged to partake



- It’s annoying that chess.com didn’t lets us join the TCA club.

What exactly happened there? Sounds a bit out of order for a chess platform to decide who's and who's not joining their membership



I can only apologise for my dismal effort.


Personal performance in an event should be the last thing you 'd worry about.

It's really hard to change from the personal into the collective mode in a highly individualistic sport like chess is.

It takes time for team events such as winter club competitions which thrived in Victoria in the past and still thrive in NSW to play a major role.

At Box Hill Chess club it took a whole revolutionary movement led by personalities like
Trevor Stanning and Gerrit Hartland to inspire, encourage and cultivate team spirit amongst youngsters and adults in the club.

As an example I had to practically escape from Alfred Hospital after a serious throat operation to be able to play against Ballarat and MCC in two consecutive rounds some years ago (I won both games)

Once members get into this collective mode, they will not mind the order of line-ups or even if they have a game! Playing board one of carrying the drinks so to speak is equally important!


It was a brutal introduction to team play.

It 'll get better! Don't forget we played against a very strong team. Chris, Domagoj, John, Nick and Goran, just to name a few of their players are hard nuts to crack.
I 'd suggest choosing amongst not so strong opposition i.e. Mentone, Dandenong and Frankston just to name three Victorian clubs which should be preferable to opponents like MCC, or BH & CJCCs, Chess Artists and of course NBCC in the future.
That's during the transition period to fully collective mode. After that it will be much easier and more productive!

Cheers and good luck!

Kevin Bonham
25-05-2020, 11:36 AM
What exactly happened there? Sounds a bit out of order for a chess platform to decide who's and who's not joining their membership

A club has to be notionally based around a real specific chess club in a city rather than in a state association. So we needed to start a Hobart club separate to the existing TCA one and then people had to separately join the Hobart club to play in the league. Although in practice it is going to be a lot of the same people.

ER
25-05-2020, 01:10 PM
A club has to be notionally based around a real specific chess club in a city rather than in a state association. So we needed to start a Hobart club separate to the existing TCA one and then people had to separately join the Hobart club to play in the league. Although in practice it is going to be a lot of the same people.

Thank you, didn't know that very useful detail! cheers!

idledim
25-05-2020, 01:28 PM
With White v. Nicholas Ilic (Noble Park B.2 and 2018 Australian U14 Champion), I managed to blow a +79 (yep, no need for new glasses) position, having earlier blown a +12 position. Here's the game - henceforth known as the schadenfreude immortal ... on account of the pleasure derived from viewing White's Moves 20 & 22.

1. e4 g6 2. Bc4 Bg7 3. Nc3 b6 4. Nf3 Bb7 5. d3 Nc6 6. a4 a5 7. O-O h5 8. Nb5 e6
9. c3 Nge7 10. d4 d5 11. exd5 exd5 12. Bd3 O-O 13. Re1 Re8 14. Bf4 Rc8 15. Qd2
Qd7 16. Re2 f6 17. Rae1 g5 18. Bxg5 fxg5 19. Nxg5 Nd8 20. Bg6 Nxg6 21. Rxe8+
Nf8 22. R1e7 Qf5 23. h3 Bc6 24. Rf7 Nxf7 25. Rxc8 Qxc8 26. Nxf7 Kxf7 27. Qf4+
Kg8 28. Nxc7 Ne6 29. Nxe6 Qxe6 30. Qb8+ Be8 0-1

Thomas P-D
25-05-2020, 04:55 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#t=1239485 6 round 10+5 Swiss at 7:30 tonight!

Thank you to everyone who played on Saturday and thank you Elliott for your advice! The pairings are done by Chess.com and I think we will be versing opposition closer to our level as the league draws on. I have been talking about the league here on Chesschat as well as at every tournament on Mondays and Wednesdays for the last couple of weeks, so now I am assuming the people who have not joined the league club just don't seem to want to play, but I hope we are still able to find some more players!

Kevin Bonham
25-05-2020, 10:04 PM
Congrats to John (winner on countback) and Denis both 5/6.

A lot of my opponents played very well tonight, some very interesting games. But something very weird happened in my (black) game against Chris - some kind of premove glitch, or I pressed the wrong button or something? Probably just unfamiliarity with how something works on my part but it was like one of my many chess bad dreams!

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 d6 3.Nf3 Bf5 4.e3 Nbd7 5.c4 c5 6.Nc3 Qa5 7.Bd3 Bg6 8.Bxg6 hxg6 9.Qb3 Nh5 10.0-0 Nxf4 11.exf4 cxd4 12.Nxd4 Qc5 13.Nf3 b6 14.Qc2 Qxc4 15.Rfe1 e6 16.Re4 Qc7 17.Qa4 Be7 18.Rc1 Qb7 19.Nb5 Rc8 20.Rec4 Rxc4 21.Rxc4 a6 22.Rc7 axb5 23.Qa7 Qxa7 24.Rxa7 Bd8 25.Nd4 Nc5 26.Nxb5 0-0 27.Nxd6 Bf6 28.b4 Nd3 29.a3 Nxf4 30.g3 Nd3 31.Rb7 Bd4 32.Kg2 Nxf2 Here as I went to play this move I had second thoughts, but the square f2 was glowing red so I thought maybe there was some kind of touchtake thing going on and took it anyway. [32...Bxf2 is correct, the move I played was as I thought a mistake] 33.a4 [33.Nb5 is correct 33...Be3 34.Kf3 gets the piece back] 33...Nd3 Now some of my pieces started glowing red when I moved them, which was distracting but worse was to come... I started finding that when I played moves on the board some other move had already been entered for me and/or white had already replied. As a result the rest of the game consists of moves that make no sense on my part. 34.b5 Nf2 35.Nc4 Nd3 36.Nxb6 e5 37.Nd7 e4 38.Nxf8 Bb6 39.Rxb6 e3 40.Kf1 e2+ For instance I played this move in a position where on the board as visible to me the white king was still on g2, meaning that white couldn't take it and I would get a queen. 41.Kxe2 Kxf8 42.Kxd3 Ke8 43.Rc6 Kd8 44.a5 f6 45.a6 g5 46.a7 0-1

Blunderbuss
25-05-2020, 10:14 PM
Scores on the doors...


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name RND1 RND2 RND3 RND4 RND5 RND6 Score SB
1 1 AUS JohnTheVanquisher W14W W10B D4B W3W D5W W7B 5 15.5
2 2 AUS idledim W15B L4W W13B W8W W7W W5B 5 13.5
3 3 AUS Zenmaster9000 Toby Straton L7B W11W W6B L1B W9W W4B 4 12.5
4 4 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd W9B W2B D1W L5B W6W L3W 3.5 14
5 5 AUS UndyingNoob 阳 刘 U-- W12W W14B W4W D1B L2W 3.5 10
6 6 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham D13W W7B L3W W12B L4B W11W 3.5 8.5
7 7 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy W3W L6W W9B W13W L2B L1W 3 9
8 8 AUS Mathso1 D11W D13B W10W L2B L12W W14B 3 7.25
9 9 AUS ThomasHartwell39 Thomas Hartwell L4W BYE L7W W15B L3B W12W 3 4
10 9 AUS throughtheages Through TheAges BYE L1W L8B W14W L11B W15B 3 4
11 11 AUS Nuba00 LUIS HENRIQUE D8B L3B L12W BYE W10W L6B 2.5 4.5
12 12 AUS gallopingrook Elliott Renzies U-- L5B W11B L6W W8B L9B 2 5.5
13 13 AUS kcalbajin Roger Blackburn D6B D8W L2W L7B L15W BYE 2 3.25
14 14 AUS Adamishere R L1B W15W L5W L10B BYE L8W 2 2
15 14 AUS joshuaperrin Joshua Perrin L2W L14B BYE L9W W13B L10W 2 2


chess.com link: https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/tca-monday-rapid-1239485 (https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/tca-monday-rapid-1239485)

Blunderbuss
25-05-2020, 10:49 PM
Congrats to John (winner on countback) and Denis both 5/6.

... something very weird happened in my (black) game against Chris - some kind of premove glitch, or I pressed the wrong button or something? Probably just unfamiliarity with how something works on my part but it was like one of my many chess bad dreams!


There is a toggle switch under Settings >> Live Chess to enable Premoves and I have this switched on. I used it in the game on move 4 where you can see I moved in 0.1 second, but that was the one and only time in this game I used it.

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At move 33 black started to make moves in 0.1 of a second! Whereas white has a more human like 5, 8, 3, 4 seconds for each move.

I wonder if it’s possible to report the game to chess.com ‘cos there must be some sort of bug in the system.

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I have just used the report a bug thingy (bottom lefthand corner), I cut n' pasted your comments into the report I'll let you know what they come back with. I'm assuming you don't have premove enabled it's off by default I think.

Kevin Bonham
25-05-2020, 11:06 PM
There is a toggle switch under Settings >> Live Chess to enable Premoves and I have this switched on.

Thanks; I have it switched off on mine.

Kevin Bonham
25-05-2020, 11:17 PM
I've reported it as a possible bug too, before I saw you'd done it. Thanks for doing it, it's much better if it comes from both players not just the loser.

Blunderbuss
26-05-2020, 07:48 AM
I wonder if it’s possible that people observing the game and trying to guess the moves somehow took over. Seems more logical than the moves coming out of thin air.

Blunderbuss
26-05-2020, 09:48 AM
Welcome new TCA Chess.com member the UndyingNoob who I assume is the same person with the Chess Chat username (UndyingNoob (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?3172-Hobart-Chess-Club-news-results-misc&p=451341&viewfull=1#post451341)) - Yang Liu the 2019 Tas Open winner!

Thomas P-D
26-05-2020, 06:38 PM
We had a really good turnout last night, thank you to everyone who came along! I have already set up the 5+5 Blitz Arena that will run from 7:30pm until 9pm tomorrow and you can access the link here: https://www.chess.com/live#r=208478

In the Chess.com Clubs League this weekend we're going to play ShahmatKG, a club from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan! I'm still organising a time and I will keep you updated.

Also, I thought I would share this fun map that an admin @ExeterPrez from the UK made: https://www.mapcustomizer.com/map/ExeterPrez-ClubsLeagueMap-Version1 that shows out of the 116 clubs from around the world we are the southernmost of them all which I thought was interesting and cool!

ER
26-05-2020, 08:56 PM
... I have already set up the 5+5 Blitz Arena that will run from 7:30pm until 9pm tomorrow and you can access the link here: https://www.chess.com/live#r=208478
In the Chess.com Clubs League this weekend we're going to play ShahmatKG, a club from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan! I'm still organising a time and I will keep you updated. ()


Thanks Thomas. due to your and Kevin's explanationsI have now realized that it's the chess.com platform that organizes matches and pairings! :) I look forward to our next event tomorrow evening! :) cheers!

ER
27-05-2020, 07:58 AM
I wonder if it’s possible that people observing the game and trying to guess the moves somehow took over. Seems more logical than the moves coming out of thin air.

Do you mean someone playing can see other members' guessing moves while play is on?
I mean sometimes I do that more often than looking my own game! :o

Blunderbuss
27-05-2020, 10:08 AM
If your game finishes early you can observe the remaining games (of that round), and guess the moves before they are played. Our game went on sometime so by move 32/33 its possible several players were observing our game.

https://support.chess.com/article/790-what-are-top-guessers-how-do-i-guess-a-move (https://support.chess.com/article/790-what-are-top-guessers-how-do-i-guess-a-move)

ER
27-05-2020, 04:35 PM
If your game finishes early you can observe the remaining games (of that round), and guess the moves before they are played. Our game went on sometime so by move 32/33 its possible several players were observing our game.

https://support.chess.com/article/790-what-are-top-guessers-how-do-i-guess-a-move (https://support.chess.com/article/790-what-are-top-guessers-how-do-i-guess-a-move)

I know that and I am doing it all the time, my question is if my "guess-a-move" predictions are visible to the players while they play,
I guess no because it would be a) illegal for interfering with the game and b) confusing particularly if more than one guessers are involved!

Kevin Bonham
27-05-2020, 05:54 PM
I know that and I am doing it all the time, my question is if my "guess-a-move" predictions are visible to the players while they play,
I guess no because it would be a) illegal for interfering with the game and b) confusing particularly if more than one guessers are involved!

No, all that is visible (mainly at the end of the game) is the success rate of each viewer who is posting guesses.

ER
27-05-2020, 06:13 PM
No, all that is visible (mainly at the end of the game) is the success rate of each viewer who is posting guesses.

thanks, I hope I 'll see you all tonight for the 5'5 event!

ER
27-05-2020, 09:08 PM
I missed a few rounds (three I think) waiting for the system to do the draw automatically instead of clicking new game!
Still I finished 6th and improved my online rating quite a bit! a very good chess night and thank you all!

Andrew Martini
27-05-2020, 09:20 PM
Catching up after a week out, and just saw your comments Kevin about pre move glitch. I had something like that happen to me last week against Chris. Had an easily won game and then suddenly three moves happened where my initial pre-move wasn't made in the board. Really weird and hadn't seen anything like it before. I lost to a passed pawn I could easily have stopped. I'm being more cautious now especially in 5 min or longer.

Blunderbuss
27-05-2020, 09:22 PM
Wednesday Arena 5mins+5sec


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Score Points/Games
1 1 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham 22 6.5/7 (6W/0L/1D)
2 2 AUS JohnTheVanquisher 15 5.5/7 (5W/1L/1D)
3 3 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd 10 4.5/6 (4W/1L/1D)
4 3 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini 10 4/6 (4W/2L/0D)
5 4 AUS ThomasHartwell39 Thomas Hartwell 9 4/10 (4W/6L/0D)
6 5 AUS Mathso1 7 3/8 (3W/5L/0D)
7 6 AUS gallopingrook Elliott Renzies 7 3/5 (3W/2L/0D)
8 7 AUS scooterchcc Scott Cohen 4 2/6 (2W/4L/0D)
9 8 AUS markzeeman Mark Zeeman 4 2/5 (2W/3L/0D)
10 9 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy 2 1/6 (1W/5L/0D)
11 10 AUS Nuba00 LUIS HENRIQUE 1 0.5/6 (0W/5L/1D)

Link: https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/arena/wednesday-arena-55-208478 (https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/arena/wednesday-arena-55-208478)

Blunderbuss
27-05-2020, 09:27 PM
Catching up after a week out, and just saw your comments Kevin about pre move glitch. I had something like that happen to me last week against Chris. Had an easily won game and then suddenly three moves happened where my initial pre-move wasn't made in the board. Really weird and hadn't seen anything like it before. I lost to a passed pawn I could easily have stopped. I'm being more cautious now especially in 5 min or longer.

Oh dear! The common denominator for both glitches is me – I must be the bug in the system. In your case Andrew you were trying to premove? I don’t think Kevin has the feature enabled.

I’d prefer to win (or lose or draw) without any help from a ghost in the machine.

ER
27-05-2020, 09:27 PM
about pre move glitch. I had something like that happen to me last week …

I knew this because it happens at Lichess too...
Tonight it cost me a game when instead of capturing with a Pawn I did with a Knight and lost the piece.
I tried to resign on the spot but it wouldn't let me before move No. 10

Andrew Martini
27-05-2020, 09:33 PM
I can't remember exactly, will look up the game. I had another game that same night where it actually showed me someone's illegal move (they were in check and didn't move out of it), allowed me to move (I was about to Queen a pawn so decided to keeping pushing it anyway!) and then it reversed both moves...

Kevin Bonham
27-05-2020, 09:52 PM
Lucky against Alex - after he blundersac'd a piece I immediately blundered it back, then later went pawn-grabbing allowing an attack I thought was fairly harmless but cost me a rook. I also during this process stopped watching the clock and would probably have flagged without the alert. However he then allowed mate in 1. Rest of my games were pretty convincing I think; in the only draw I was two pawns up in a Q ending but John did well to hold. I gave the pawns back to get pawns closer to promotion but in this position:

8/5p1k/4p1pp/2P5/3PQ3/7P/q5PK/8 w - - 0 33

I played 33.c6 which only draws, instead of 33.Qf4 which wins.

Blunderbuss
27-05-2020, 10:04 PM
I can't remember exactly, will look up the game. I had another game that same night where it actually showed me someone's illegal move (they were in check and didn't move out of it), allowed me to move (I was about to Queen a pawn so decided to keeping pushing it anyway!) and then it reversed both moves...

Andrew, I think this is our game the time control was 3+2 you were down to 7 seconds remaining at move 28. It looks like you used premove quite a bit (move time 0.1 sec recorded). All was well until your last two moves 53 & 54 - which dont look like natural moves and as you say let the pawn through.

https://www.chess.com/live/game/4881867089 (https://www.chess.com/live/game/4881867089)

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. d4 e6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. O-O Ne4 8.
Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Nxe4 dxe4 10. Ne5 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Rd8 12. Qb1 e3 13. fxe3 Qc5 14. Rf3
b6 15. Qf1 Qf8 16. Rd1 Rxd1 17. Qxd1 Bb7 18. Rf4 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Rd8 20. Qe1 Qc5
21. Qf2 Rf8 22. c3 Qxe5 23. Qf3 f6 24. Kf2 Qb5 25. Qb7 e5 26. Rb4 Qa5 27. Qxc7
Qxa2 28. Qe7 Qa5 29. Rc4 Qd5 30. Rc7 Qf7 31. Qxf7+ Rxf7 32. Rxf7 Kxf7 33. Kf3
Ke6 34. Ke4 Kd6 35. b4 g6 36. h4 f5+ 37. Kd3 e4+ 38. Kd4 a6 39. Kc4 b5+ 40. Kd4
h6 41. c4 bxc4 42. Kxc4 Kc6 43. Kb3 Kb5 44. Ka3 g5 45. hxg5 hxg5 46. Kb3 Kb6 47.
Ka4 a5 48. bxa5+ Ka6 49. Kb4 Kb7 50. Kc5 Ka6 51. Kd5 Kxa5 52. Ke5 f4 53. Kf5 f3
54. Ke5 fxe2

Capablanca-Fan
28-05-2020, 02:05 AM
Andrew, I think this is our game the time control was 3+2 you were down to 7 seconds remaining at move 28. It looks like you used premove quite a bit (move time 0.1 sec recorded). All was well until your last two moves 53 & 54 - which don’t look like natural moves and as you say let the pawn through.

https://www.chess.com/live/game/4881867089 (https://www.chess.com/live/game/4881867089)

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. d4 e6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. O-O Ne4 8.
Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Nxe4 dxe4 10. Ne5 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Rd8 12. Qb1 e3 13. fxe3 Qc5 14. Rf3
b6 15. Qf1 Qf8 16. Rd1 Rxd1 17. Qxd1 Bb7 18. Rf4 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Rd8 20. Qe1 Qc5
21. Qf2 Rf8 22. c3 Qxe5 23. Qf3 f6 24. Kf2 Qb5 25. Qb7 e5 26. Rb4 Qa5 27. Qxc7
Qxa2 28. Qe7 Qa5 29. Rc4 Qd5 30. Rc7 Qf7 31. Qxf7+ Rxf7 32. Rxf7 Kxf7 33. Kf3
Ke6 34. Ke4 Kd6 35. b4 g6 36. h4 f5+ 37. Kd3 e4+ 38. Kd4 a6 39. Kc4 b5+ 40. Kd4
h6 41. c4 bxc4 42. Kxc4 Kc6 43. Kb3 Kb5 44. Ka3 g5 [44...Kc4! 45.Ka4 h5 46.Ka3 Kc3 47.Ka4 Kb2 48.Ka5 Kb3 49.Kxa6 Kxb4 50.Kb6 Kc3 51.Kc6 Kd2 52.Kd5 Kxe3 53.Ke5 Kxe2 54.Kf6 Kf3 55.Kxg6 e3 56.Kxh5 e2 57.Kg6 e1=Q] 45. hxg5 hxg5 46. Kb3 Kb6 47.
Ka4 a5?? [47...Kc6? 48.Ka5 Kb7 49.b5 axb5 50.Kxb5 Kc7 51.Kc5 Kd7 52.Kd5 Ke7 53.Ke5] [47... g4! {=}] 48. bxa5+ Ka6 49. Kb4 Kb7 50. Kc5 Ka6 51. Kd5 Kxa5 52. Ke5 f4 53. Kf5?? f3
54. Ke5 fxe2

There is some instructive endgame play here, but unfortunately it's what NOT to do.

For example, Black has more spare tempo moves on the K-side thanks to White's doubled Ps. So Black has a better chance of winning any opposition fights. So don't use these tempo moves up! But opposition isn't an end in itself, but a means to an end: penetration by the K.

After B43, Black's K is more advanced, and he has the opposition. Another point in Black's favour is that White's bP is closer to the K-side than Black's aP. So if there was a way to force a mutual capture, Black's K would be closer to the K-side. Another point is that White must go all the way to g6, while Black soon reaches the Ps on the e-file. My note to B44 was aided by Stockfish 8, but since we are not computers, I hope the above explanation will help players to know what to look for.

Black didn't need to retreat with 46... Kb6, but it spoiled nothing, because Black still has a reserve tempo move with ... g4. 47... a5 is frankly inexplicable, as is 53.Kf5, sorry to say. 47... g4 is still equal. Black must avoid further retreat that lets White penetrate to a5. If that happens, White can clear both the Q-side Ps and the fifth rank, as in the note to B47. This is an important technique to know. Still, White would need to work harder than just having an extra outside passed P as in the game. Such an advantage in a P endgame is better than having a clear R ahead in the opening or middlegame.

Blunderbuss
28-05-2020, 09:03 AM
The endgames tips are useful thank you Capa-Fan.

When I said all was well I meant the system was recording our intended moves (not that they were good moves). I remember Andrew commented in the after-game chat that something had gone wrong at his end, I assume he hadnt intended to play 53. Kf5?? We had both been surfing the increment for some time and I think looking at the game on chess.com Andrew was using the premove feature.

Playing online is very different to OTB with several factors coming into play quality of internet connection, speed of WiFi (connecting a cable to your router is better). Is somebody else in the house playing on the X-Box or steaming Netflix (problem if all sharing the same WiFi). Quality size of display. Touch screen or mouse I read somewhere that this was considered a factor when Firouzja beat Carlsen in a recent banter blitz - https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/apr/16/chess-magnus-carlsen-shocked-by-16-year-old-in-banter-blitz-cup-final (https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/apr/16/chess-magnus-carlsen-shocked-by-16-year-old-in-banter-blitz-cup-final)

Blunderbuss
28-05-2020, 01:04 PM
In the Chess.com Clubs League this weekend we're going to play ShahmatKG, a club from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan! I'm still organising a time and I will keep you updated.

Also, I thought I would share this fun map that an admin @ExeterPrez from the UK made: https://www.mapcustomizer.com/map/ExeterPrez-ClubsLeagueMap-Version1 that shows out of the 116 clubs from around the world we are the southernmost of them all which I thought was interesting and cool!


The map is interesting some very remote locations – I didn’t know the Azores was so far out to sea off the coast of Portugal. Also, a club in Haiti. And our opponents this week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan look off the beaten track as well.

All this club talk got me reminiscing of my one and only previous club to HCC. This http://www.millican.org/sittingbourne.htm (http://www.millican.org/sittingbourne.htm) is from just before the era I joined (1977-81). I like the description of the away trip to Charlton ‘with a loyal band of supporters’.

Andrew Martini
28-05-2020, 01:22 PM
So I don't think it was a glitch - I intended to capture the pawn on f5, and I usually only use pre-move for capture backs (i.e. On my own piece) which cancel if your piece isn't taken. So Kf5 still went through even though it wasn't Kxf5...which in my mind was the pre-move I was making.

Now it's only the end of the arena cancelling games that I have to complain about!

Thomas P-D
31-05-2020, 09:10 AM
Hello, sorry for the very late notice but the Kyrgyz admin took several days to accept the challenge. It is now finalised that the match will be at 7:30pm tonight. I hope you can still make it, the link to the match will be here: https://www.chess.com/live#tm=12532

ER
31-05-2020, 10:13 AM
Hello, sorry for the very late notice but the Kyrgyz admin took several days to accept the challenge. It is now finalised that the match will be at 7:30pm tonight. I hope you can still make it, the link to the match will be here: https://www.chess.com/live#tm=12532

Excellent Thomas thanks, I will drop in to either play if needed or find a way to watch! Cheers and good luck to the team!

Kevin Bonham
31-05-2020, 08:28 PM
My opponent played well in the first game (I'm black) and after a long think I decided his draw offer was fair enough as I suspected I was worse (it's actually just even).

azarovazim (1383) - TheRealSleepycat (1635) [C01]
Live Chess Chess.com, 31.05.2020

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bd6 6.0-0 0-0 7.Bg5 Bg4 8.c3 Nbd7 9.Nbd2 c6 10.h3 Bh5 11.Qc2 Qc7 12.Rfe1 Bf4 13.Bxf4 Qxf4 14.Bf5 Rfe8 15.Bxd7 Nxd7 16.Qd3 Bg6 17.Qf1 Nf6 18.Rxe8+ Rxe8 19.Re1 Ne4 20.Nxe4 Bxe4 21.Re3 f6 22.Nd2 Bg6 23.Rxe8+ Bxe8 24.Qe2 Qb8 25.Nb3 Game drawn by agreement -

In the second game I was winning easily but got much too short of time and should have been first mated then held to a draw after unwisely getting a spare queen!

TheRealSleepycat (1638) - azarovazim (1375) [C49]
Live Chess Chess.com, 31.05.2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.0-0 d6 6.d3 h6 7.Nd5 Bc5 8.c3 0-0 9.Ne3 Ne7 10.b4 Bb6 11.a4 c6 12.Bc4 a6 13.Bd2 Be6 14.Bxe6 fxe6 15.Qb3 Qd7 16.c4 Kh8 17.b5 axb5 18.axb5 cxb5 19.cxb5 Rfc8 20.Nc4 Bc5 21.Bb4 Ng6 22.Rxa8 Rxa8 23.Bxc5 dxc5 24.Nb6 Qd8 25.Nxa8 Qxa8 26.Qxe6 Qa5 27.Qc8+ Kh7 28.Qxb7 Qc3 29.Qc6 Qxd3 30.b6 Qa6 31.Qc7 Nxe4 32.b7 Nf4 33.b8=Q?? [33.g3 white has no problems.] 33...Ne2+ 34.Kh1 N2g3+ [34...Nxf2+ 35.Rxf2 Qa1+ mates] 35.hxg3 Qxf1+ 36.Kh2 Nxf2 37.Ng1 [There seems to be nothing in 37.Qxg7+ Kxg7 38.Qxe5+ Kf7] 37...Ng4+ 38.Kh3 Qf5?? [38...Nf2+ 39.Kh2 (39.Kh4 Qc4+ 40.Kh5 Qg4#) 39...Ng4+ draw] 39.Nf3 Nf2+ 40.Kh2 e4 41.Qf4 Qxf4 42.Qxf4 TheRealSleepycat won by resignation 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
01-06-2020, 08:43 AM
In the second game I was winning easily but got much too short of time and should have been first mated then held to a draw after unwisely getting a spare queen!

TheRealSleepycat (1638) - azarovazim (1375) [C49]
Live Chess Chess.com, 31.05.2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.0-0 d6 6.d3 h6 7.Nd5 Bc5 8.c3 0-0 9.Ne3 Ne7 10.b4 Bb6 11.a4 c6 12.Bc4 a6 13.Bd2 Be6 14.Bxe6 fxe6 15.Qb3 Qd7 16.c4 Kh8 17.b5 axb5 18.axb5 cxb5 19.cxb5 Rfc8 20.Nc4 Bc5 21.Bb4 Ng6 22.Rxa8 Rxa8 23.Bxc5 dxc5 24.Nb6 Qd8 25.Nxa8 Qxa8 26.Qxe6 Qa5 27.Qc8+ Kh7 28.Qxb7 Qc3 29.Qc6 Qxd3 30.b6 Qa6 31.Qc7 Nxe4 32.b7 Nf4 33.b8=Q?? [33.g3 white has no problems.] 33...Ne2+ 34.Kh1 N2g3+ [34...Nxf2+ 35.Rxf2 Qa1+ mates] 35.hxg3 Qxf1+ 36.Kh2 Nxf2 37.Ng1 [37.Qxg7+ Kxg7 38.Qxe5+ Kf7 {seems to be nothing}] 37...Ng4+ 38.Kh3 Qf5?? [38...Nf2+ 39.Kh2 (39.Kh4 Qc4+ 40.Kh5 Qg4#) 39...Ng4+ draw] 39.Nf3 Nf2+ 40.Kh2 e4 41.Qf4 Qxf4 42.Qxf4 {TheRealSleepycat won by resignation} 1-0

Wasn't playing through for some reason.

Capablanca-Fan
01-06-2020, 08:51 AM
The endgames tips are useful – thank you Capa-Fan.
You're welcome. Also check out the P endgame at the end of Sveshnikov vs Kasparov, 47th Soviet Championship, Minsk URS, rd 2, 30 Nov 1979 (https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1069793).

Desmond
01-06-2020, 10:14 AM
...

TheRealSleepycat (1638) - azarovazim (1375) [C49]
Live Chess Chess.com, 31.05.2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.0-0 d6 6.d3 h6 7.Nd5 Bc5 8.c3 0-0 9.Ne3 Ne7 10.b4 Bb6 11.a4 c6 12.Bc4 a6 13.Bd2 Be6 14.Bxe6 fxe6 15.Qb3 Qd7 16.c4 Kh8 17.b5 axb5 18.axb5 cxb5 19.cxb5 Rfc8 20.Nc4 Bc5 21.Bb4 Ng6 22.Rxa8 Rxa8 23.Bxc5 dxc5 24.Nb6 Qd8 25.Nxa8 Qxa8 26.Qxe6 Qa5 27.Qc8+ Kh7 28.Qxb7 Qc3 29.Qc6 Qxd3 30.b6 Qa6 31.Qc7 Nxe4 32.b7 Nf4 33.b8=Q?? [33.g3 white has no problems.] 33...Ne2+ 34.Kh1 N2g3+ [34...Nxf2+ 35.Rxf2 Qa1+ mates] 35.hxg3 Qxf1+ 36.Kh2 Nxf2 37.Ng1 [There seems to be nothing in 37.Qxg7+ Kxg7 38.Qxe5+ Kf7] 37...Ng4+ 38.Kh3 Qf5?? [38...Nf2+ 39.Kh2 (39.Kh4 Qc4+ 40.Kh5 Qg4#) 39...Ng4+ draw] 39.Nf3 Nf2+ 40.Kh2 e4 41.Qf4 Qxf4 42.Qxf4 TheRealSleepycat won by resignation 1-0

..

Kevin Bonham
01-06-2020, 10:41 AM
Wasn't playing through for some reason.

It's the annoying thing where one has to manually edit in an = sign for promotions. I usually forget to do it. Fixed.

Thomas P-D
01-06-2020, 04:09 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#t=1246286 6 round 10+5 rapid at 7:30 tonight!

ER
01-06-2020, 06:31 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#t=1246286 6 round 10+5 rapid at 7:30 tonight!

Most likely I will be able to play in this one... I assume that if I am a bit late I can start playing in round 2! Cheers!

ER
01-06-2020, 08:45 PM
made it on time! strong tournament!

ER
01-06-2020, 09:47 PM
made it on time! strong tournament!

Tournament still on! I finished with a very solid 4/6 and scored top guessing too! :) I better get back there!
Final position = 3rd and quite a bit of gain in the chess.com rating!
Thank you Thomas and all participants for the great fighting spirit and cordial atmosphere!

Kevin Bonham
01-06-2020, 09:53 PM
Bonham - Straton. Not only did I miss 15...Qd4+ after which everything else was just painful but I also missed that it would have been more painful than I thought after 14...Nd7 instead. 14.Nf3 among others was fine. Even on move 15 pretty much anything is better than taking on e5.

1.Nf3 d6 2.c4 e5 3.d3 h6 4.g3 Bf5 5.Nc3 a5 6.Bg2 c6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.e4 Bg4 9.h3 Be6 10.Be3 Nbd7 11.a3 Be7 12.Nh2 0-0 13.f4 Nc5 14.Bxc5? dxc5 15.fxe5? Qd4+ 16.Kh1 Qxe5 17.Rf3 Rad8 18.Qe2 Bd6 19.Nf1 Nh7 20.Kh2 f5 21.exf5 Qxe2 22.Nxe2 Bxf5 23.h4 Be5 24.Nc3 Bxd3 25.Rxf8+ Rxf8 26.Ne3 Bd4 27.Ncd1 Re8 28.Ng4 Re2 29.Kh1 h5 30.Nh2 Re1+ Zenmaster9000 won by resignation 0-1

Blunderbuss
01-06-2020, 10:09 PM
Toby / Zenmaster9000 wins six from six. Not a good night for the MagicMod, losing five games in a row. Against Adam I suffered the online curse of a mouse slip dropping the rook short (I was aiming for h6 but released early on h5): -

r4rk1/p2q1p1p/2p3p1/1p1p1p1R/3Pn3/2PBPQP1/PP3PP1/2KR4 b - - 3 18
But in the other games I have no excuses just bad moves.


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name RND1 RND2 RND3 RND4 RND5 RND6 Score SB
1 1 AUS Zenmaster9000 Toby Straton W5B W12W W9B W2B W7W W3W 6 18.5
2 2 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham W4W W3B W12B L1W W5B W7B 5 15.5
3 3 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy W6W L2W W10B W4B W9W L1B 4 11
4 4 AUS gallopingrook Elliott Renzies L2B W7W W8B L3W W12W W10B 4 8
5 4 AUS Mathso1 L1W W13B W6B W9W L2W W8B 4 8
6 6 AUS Adamishere R L3B BYE L5W D10W D11B W12B 3 2.75
7 7 AUS kcalbajin Roger Blackburn D13W L4B W11W W12B L1B L2W 2.5 2.75
8 8 AUS Nuba00 LUIS HENRIQUE BYE L9W L4W W11B D10B L5W 2.5 2.5
9 9 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini W10W W8B L1W L5B L3B L11W 2 4.5
10 10 AUS markzeeman Mark Zeeman L9B W11W L3W D6B D8W L4W 2 4.25
11 11 AUS joshuaperrin Joshua Perrin L12W L10B L7B L8W D6W W9B 1.5 3.5
12 12 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd W11B L1B L2W L7W L4B L6W 1 1.5
13 13 AUS OwenSwan D7B L5W U-- U-- U-- U-- 0.5 1.25

Blunderbuss
02-06-2020, 08:58 PM
You're welcome. Also check out the P endgame at the end of Sveshnikov vs Kasparov, 47th Soviet Championship, Minsk URS, rd 2, 30 Nov 1979 (https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1069793).

Just looked up the game. Another good tip, thank you.

I helped Alex attend Prof. David Smalls Zoom tutorial on Monday post50 (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?18000-TCA-chess-com-Club&p=466020&viewfull=1#post466020) now I just need to put all this good information to use over the board.

Thomas P-D
03-06-2020, 05:52 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#r=212651 Tonight will be a 3+2 blitz arena from 7:30 until 9!

ER
03-06-2020, 06:25 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#r=212651 Tonight will be a 3+2 blitz arena from 7:30 until 9!

thanks, see you all there!

Blunderbuss
03-06-2020, 09:14 PM
Results for Wednesday Night 3+2 Arena


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Score Games
1 1 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham 31 9.5/11
2 2 AUS JohnTheVanquisher 20 7/10
3 3 AUS Mathso1 12 5.5/9
4 4 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy 9 4/9
5 5 AUS gallopingrook Elliott Renzies 8 3.5/11
6 6 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd 5 2/3
7 7 AUS AddisonDj Addison Djatschenko 5 2/2
8 8 AUS Nuba00 LUIS HENRIQUE 5 2.5/6
9 9 AUS iHexRT William Rumley 4 2/4
10 10 AUS kcalbajin Roger Blackburn 0 0/11

GoodNite
05-06-2020, 03:53 PM
Just a small reminder that there is no junior coaching session this Monday. Coaching resumes the following Monday with a discussion of pawn phalanxes, salients, pawn chains, levers and diagonals (whew, hope I can cover all that).

Thomas P-D
05-06-2020, 09:21 PM
Hi everyone! In round 3 of the Chess.com Clubs League we will be playing Aatos Chess Club from Finland on Sunday at 7:30! The opposing admin has informed me that their team will have 4 players, but anyone is welcome to turn up, watch along and guess the moves if you don't get a game! The link for the tournament is here: https://www.chess.com/live#tm=12977 and as always, if you would like to play please join this club first: https://www.chess.com/club/hobart-chess-club

ER
06-06-2020, 12:01 AM
Hi everyone! In round 3 of the Chess.com Clubs League we will be playing Aatos Chess Club from Finland on Sunday at 7:30! The opposing admin has informed me that their team will have 4 players, but anyone is welcome to turn up, watch along and guess the moves if you don't get a game! The link for the tournament is here: https://www.chess.com/live#tm=12977 and as always, if you would like to play please join this club first: https://www.chess.com/club/hobart-chess-club

Fantastic Thomas and thanks! I will be there carrying the drinks, guessing (our not their) moves and barracking for the team quietly! Cheers and good luck!!!

Kevin Bonham
06-06-2020, 01:00 AM
Unlike our opponents last week, Aatos have some very high-rated members!

idledim
06-06-2020, 10:54 AM
Hi everyone! In round 3 of the Chess.com Clubs League we will be playing Aatos Chess Club from Finland on Sunday at 7:30! The opposing admin has informed me that their team will have 4 players, but anyone is welcome to turn up, watch along and guess the moves if you don't get a game! The link for the tournament is here: https://www.chess.com/live#tm=12977 and as always, if you would like to play please join this club first: https://www.chess.com/club/hobart-chess-club

Thanks Thomas. I'll probably still be in transit (returning from Hobart) when the match starts, so probably can't make it for this one. I should be home just in time to tune in for the denouement! Good luck to the Hobart Devils.

Kevin Bonham
07-06-2020, 07:25 PM
They're strong - the three online so far outrate me significantly.

Kevin Bonham
07-06-2020, 08:39 PM
We were wiped 8-0 but shouldn't have been - I missed two wins (one utterly obvious) in extreme time trouble in the second game.

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.Nf3 Bd6 11.0-0 0-0 12.Bg5 Qc7 13.Bh4 e5 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.Bg3 Bxg3 17.Nxg3 Bd7 18.Qb3 Bc6 19.h3 Kh8 20.Rfe1 Qf4 21.Qc2 Rae8 22.Qc5 Ne4 23.Bxe4 dxe4 24.Qe3 a6 25.Qxf4 Rxf4 26.Rad1 g6 27.Rd4 Ref8 28.Re2 Bb5 29.Red2 h5 30.Nxe4 Re8 31.Nc3 Re1+ 32.Kh2 Rxd4 33.Rxd4 Bc6 34.Rd2 Kh7 35.Kg3 Re5 36.f3 Rg5+ 37.Kf4 Rf5+ 38.Ke3 Re5+ 39.Kd4 Re7 40.Re2 Rd7+ 41.Ke3 Re7+ 42.Kf2 Rd7 43.Ne4 Kh6 44.h4 Rf7 45.Ng5 Rd7 46.Re8 Rd2+ 47.Kg3 Rxg2+ [Expecting him to attack my rook with 47.Ke3 I did not notice he had not done so. Just Bxe8 of course!] 48.Kxg2 Bxe8 49.f4 Kg7 50.Ne6+ Kf6 51.Nc5 Bc6+ 52.Kf2 Kf5 53.Kg3 Bd5 54.a3 a5 55.b4 axb4 56.axb4 b6 57.Na4 b5 58.Nc3 Bc4 [58...Bc6! wins] 59.Kf3 Ke6 60.Ke4 Kf6 61.Nd1 Ke6 62.Ne3 Kf6?? 63.Nxc4 Can't allow this 63...bxc4 64.b5 Ke6 65.Kd4 c3 66.Kxc3 Kd6 67.Kd4 Kc7 68.Kc5 Kb7 69.b6 Kb8 70.Kd6 Kb7 71.Ke6 Kxb6 72.Kf6 Kc5 73.Kxg6 Kd5 74.Kxh5 Ke6 75.Kg6 1-0

Desmond
08-06-2020, 08:47 AM
In the 47.Ke3 line I think you have to chuck the exchange after 47.Ke3 Rxg2 48.Re7 (threat Rh7#) 48. ... Rxg5 49.hxg5 Kxg5. Maybe the h-pawn is enough to hold a draw though.

Kevin Bonham
08-06-2020, 01:36 PM
In the 47.Ke3 line I think you have to chuck the exchange after 47.Ke3 Rxg2 48.Re7 (threat Rh7#) 48. ... Rxg5 49.hxg5 Kxg5. Maybe the h-pawn is enough to hold a draw though.

That's correct and I think it is enough to draw.

Thomas P-D
08-06-2020, 01:38 PM
It's a public holiday but the good thing about online events is that we might as well hold one anyway for anyone who wants to turn up, I've set up a normal 10+5 swiss for 7:30 tonight at this link: https://www.chess.com/live#t=1252852

Kevin Bonham
08-06-2020, 06:23 PM
Been very weird being home on the QB public holiday instead of playing in a weekender. I think that's the first time I've been home on this holiday since 1995.

Blunderbuss
08-06-2020, 09:37 PM
Results from tonights online Coronavirus rapid TCA Queen's Birthday Rapid 10+5 swiss ...


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name RND1 RND2 RND3 RND4 RND5 Score SB
1 1 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham W7W W3B W6B W2W W5B 5 14
2 2 AUS Zenmaster9000 Toby Straton W8B W9W W3W L1B W7B 4 9
3 3 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy W4W L1W L2B W6W W8B 3 7
4 4 AUS markzeeman Mark Zeeman L3B W8W L7W W11B W6B 3 4
5 4 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd W11B L6W W9B W7W L1W 3 4
6 6 AUS joshuaperrin Joshua Perrin BYE W5B L1W L3B L4W 2 3
7 6 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini L1B W11W W4B L5B L2W 2 3
8 8 AUS gallopingrook Elliott Renzies L2W L4B W11W W9B L3W 2 2
9 9 AUS Mathso1 W10B L2B L5W L8W W11B 2 0
10 10 AUS OwenSwan L9W U-- U-- U-- U-- 0 0
11 10 AUS Adamishere R L5W L7B L8B L4W L9W 0 0
12 10 AUS JohnTheVanquisher U-- U-- U-- U-- U-- 0 0

Not sure what happened to John maybe joined to late to be paired.

Kevin Bonham
08-06-2020, 10:03 PM
The most dramatic of my five games tonight: Andrew fought hard in this game even after losing a piece and would have drawn but for extreme time trouble. The ending does show something worth knowing though - Queen and knight batteries usually don't mate by force.

TheRealSleepycat (1733) - martini78 (1372) [B22]
Live Chess Chess.com, 08.06.2020

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 a6 4.d4 cxd4 [4...d5 with a French-like position is common here.] 5.cxd4 d6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Bd3 g6 8.0-0 Bg7 9.Bg5 Qb6 10.Na4 Qa7 11.Rc1 Nbd7 12.Qd2 b5 13.Nc3 Bb7 14.Rfe1 0-0 15.Bh6 Rac8 [15...Bxh6 16.Qxh6 e5 probably equalises] 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Qf4 b4 18.Ne2 Rxc1 19.Rxc1 Qa8!? 20.Ng3 a5 [20...e5!? is playable here because if 21.dxe5 dxe5 22.Nxe5 Qb8!][20...Rc8] 21.Qxd6 Rd8 22.Rc7? Almost anything else is strong. 22...Nxe4?? [missing 22...Ne8! 23.Qf4 when if (23.Qe7 Nxc7 24.Ng5 Rf8 25.Qxd7 Qd8) 23...Nxc7 24.Qxc7 white doesn't really have enough compensaton] 23.Bxe4 Bxe4 24.Rxd7 [24.Ng5! is best][I thought 24.Nxe4 failed because of the back rank threats after 24...Qxe4 but just 25.h4 and black's knight can't be saved.] 24...Rxd7 25.Qxd7 Bxf3 26.gxf3 Qxf3 White is a piece for pawn up but now starts drifting 27.Qd6 Qd1+ 28.Nf1? [28.Kg2 better] 28...Qb1 29.Qe5+ Kg8 30.Qe2? [30.Qxa5 Qxb2 31.d5 is fine but after what white played it's actually a draw.] 30...Qxa2 31.Ng3 Qd5 32.Qe3 Qa2 33.b3 a4 34.bxa4 Qxa4 35.Ne4 Qd1+ 36.Kg2 b3 37.Nf6+ Kg7 38.Qe5 b2 39.Nd7+ Kh6 40.Qf4+ Kg7 41.Qf6+ Kg8?? [41...Kh6 is fine since after 42.Ne5 Kh5 a hard move to see, there is no mate and white will sooner or later have to settle for perpetual.] 42.Ne5 Qh5 43.Qxf7+ Kh8 44.Qf8# TheRealSleepycat won by checkmate 1-0

Thomas P-D
10-06-2020, 04:19 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#r=216268 5+5 arena from 7:30 until 9 tonight!

Kevin Bonham
10-06-2020, 08:15 PM
Apparently the site doesn't like people failing to start their games in time:


Your opponent has been warned for abandoning the game. If they continue, they will be restricted to only playing other Poor Sports. Learn More

Kevin Bonham
10-06-2020, 09:21 PM
In which white spends 97 seconds chasing a ghost leading to a bizarre finish.

TheRealSleepycat (1838) - MagicMod (1444) [B10]
Live Chess Chess.com, 10.06.2020

1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 Bg4 4.Be2 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6 6.Nxf6+ exf6 7.0-0 Bd6 8.d4 0-0 9.c4 Re8 10.Be3 Qc7 11.h3 Bf5 12.Qd2 Nd7 13.c5 Bf8 14.Bf4 Qd8 15.Bc4 b6 16.b4 g5 17.Be3 h6 18.d5 cxd5 19.Bxd5 bxc5 20.Bxa8 Qxa8 21.Bxc5 [21.bxc5 may be better] 21...Nxc5 22.bxc5 Rd8!? 23.Qc3 I spent over a minute and a half here because I could not calculate a particular reply. 23...Bg7 [What spooked me here was 23...Rd3 24.Qxf6 Rxf3 25.gxf3 Qxf3 however, after 26.Rae1 there is nothing because 26...Bg7 27.Re8+ Kh7 28.Qxf7 winning] 24.Rfd1 Rc8 25.Nd4 Be4 26.f3 Bb7 27.Qc4 [27.Nf5] 27...Bf8 28.c6? Short of time I thought this would be enough but it wasn't 28...Bxc6 29.Nxc6 Rxc6 30.Qd5 Rc8 31.Qxa8 Rxa8 32.Rd7 a5 33.Rad1 Rb8 34.Rd8 Rb2 35.Ra8 Kg7 36.Rxa5 Kg6 37.Ra8 Bc5+ 38.Kh1 Bf2 39.a4 Somewhere here white starts running out of ideas on how to win. 39...Ra2 40.a5 [40.g4! wins] 40...f5 41.a6 f4 42.Rf1 Be3 43.Rb1 f6 44.Kh2 h5 45.Rg8+ Kf7 46.Ra8 g4 47.hxg4 hxg4 48.Rf1 [48.a7 wins because of 48...Bxa7 49.Rb7+] 48...g3+ 49.Kh1 This is now a draw as neither white rook can permanently leave the line to the king without white getting mated [49.Kh3! is still winning 49...Ra5 50.a7 and 50...Rg5 is too slow] 49...Ra5 50.Rh8 Rxa6 51.Rb1 Kg7 52.Rh4 Ra5 53.Rb7+ Kg6 54.Rb1 Kg5 55.Rg4+ Kh5 56.Rh4+ Whoops! 56...Kxh4 57.Rd1 Rh5 The most direct - but only draws! [57...f5 58.Rb1 Ra7 59.Rd1 Kg5 and mates] 58.Rd5 Rxd5 Game drawn by stalemate[58...Bc1 59.Rxh5+ Kxh5 60.Kg1 is also a draw, it's a fortress.][58...f5 and 59.Rxf5 everything is either stalemate or a fortress.] -

Blunderbuss
10-06-2020, 09:28 PM
Results of Wednesday's 5+5 Arena


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name RND1 Score Games
1 1 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham 19 6/7
2 2 AUS orffmusic Christian 14 5/8
3 3 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy 9 3/7
4 4 AUS JohnTheVanquisher 5 2/5
5 5 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd 3 1.5/2
6 6 AUS gallopingrook Elliott Renzies 2 1/4
7 7 AUS Mathso1 1 0.5/5

Blunderbuss
11-06-2020, 03:29 PM
In which white spends 97 seconds chasing a ghost leading to a bizarre finish.

The computer is telling me that in this position

8/8/5p2/r7/5p1k/4bPp1/6P1/3R3K b - - 1 57
If I'd move the rook to c5 first then its mate in 4 i.e. (57... Rc5 58. Rb1 Rh5 59. Rb5 Bc5! 60. Rxc5 Rxc5 61. Kg1 Rc1#)

Kevin Bonham
11-06-2020, 05:52 PM
Yes. It seems that excluding moves that throw away pieces, every move for black mates in that position except for Kg5/h5 and Rf5/g5/h5, all of which draw after white plays Rd5. (Re5 is the slowest, forcing an exchange of rooks after Rd5, Bd2 and mating in 15).

Thomas P-D
11-06-2020, 10:19 PM
Hello everyone! Our next match is against Lincoln High School in Oregon. Due to timezones, we won't be able to play at our usual time of 7:30pm. The other admin has given me two options that work well for them, which are about 9~10am or 2~3pm AEST. Which would suit people better?

idledim
11-06-2020, 10:49 PM
Hello everyone! Our next match is against Lincoln High School in Oregon. Due to timezones, we won't be able to play at our usual time of 7:30pm. The other admin has given me two options that work well for them, which are about 9~10am or 2~3pm AEST. Which would suit people better?

Hi Thomas - Saturday or Sunday? I'll go with the flow either way ....

Kevin Bonham
11-06-2020, 11:04 PM
Hello everyone! Our next match is against Lincoln High School in Oregon. Due to timezones, we won't be able to play at our usual time of 7:30pm. The other admin has given me two options that work well for them, which are about 9~10am or 2~3pm AEST. Which would suit people better?

For me the 9-10 am option is much better (so long as I know which day it is so I can make sure I get up in time!)

Blunderbuss
12-06-2020, 08:59 AM
Hello everyone! Our next match is against Lincoln High School in Oregon. Due to timezones, we won't be able to play at our usual time of 7:30pm. The other admin has given me two options that work well for them, which are about 9~10am or 2~3pm AEST. Which would suit people better?

I also prefer 9-10am slot.

Thomas P-D
13-06-2020, 12:35 PM
Hello everybody and thank you for letting me know about your availability, the morning slot seems to be better and as a result I sent a challenge to the other administrator and the match will be here at 9:30am tomorrow: https://www.chess.com/live#tm=13649 Hope to see you there, whether you want to play or watch and guess the moves :)

ER
13-06-2020, 02:31 PM
Hope to see you there, whether you want to play or watch and guess the moves :)

Thanks Thomas, see you all there!

Notes for the team.



Have an early one tonight. Time difference is important. Sun 9:30 AM for us is Sat. 4:30 PM for them so you might have to miss church service, or share your breakfast with your keyboard! :D
Although not as strong as in St Louis and NYC just to name a couple of Yankee places, Oregon's junior chess level is not that bad. Our juniors are better in comparison.
They follow the typically American Scholastic chess system, which in Portland as well as other places in Oregon consists of very popular continuous "quad" events held as often as weekly!
Of course we don't know anything about age groups of their line-up, but I suspect they would rather give their juniors an opportunity to play international team chess.
The 4:30 PM start, is within their usual tournament time slot!

Kevin Bonham
13-06-2020, 03:39 PM
Their strongest player has a CC blitz rating of 2201, and is underrated in rapid by virtue of having not played many games. The rest have similar ratings to us.

ER
13-06-2020, 03:49 PM
Their strongest player has a CC blitz rating of 2201, and is underrated in rapid by virtue of having not played many games. The rest have similar ratings to us.

Oh ok, have they announced the no. of their players for the match against us?

Kevin Bonham
13-06-2020, 04:32 PM
Oh ok, have they announced the no. of their players for the match against us?

I don't know; Thomas may. They have eight members at present. I think last week where the opposing team told us in advance that they only had four was unusual. There is no requirement for a team to announce how many will play.

Normally each team must have at least four players join the match (if fewer than four join then the missing boards are forfeited). If more than four join for both sides then the number of boards is the number of players who join for the smaller side.

ER
13-06-2020, 04:47 PM
Great info, thanks, see you tomorrow!

Thomas P-D
14-06-2020, 09:23 AM
Hi! There are less than 10 minutes left until the match starts and we still do not have the minimum of 4 players. Please join soon at https://www.chess.com/live#tm=13649 so that we don't forfeit any boards!

EDIT: we now have the right amount of players, thank you for joining!

Kevin Bonham
14-06-2020, 10:43 AM
So sorry everyone - I had to win the last game to square the match but missed wins on moves 80 and 82 then blundered the rook in an otherwise drawn position on move 85. :wall: :wall:

Thomas P-D
15-06-2020, 02:43 PM
I can't play in it myself tonight because of exams but I have set up a 10+5 swiss for 7:30 tonight: https://www.chess.com/live#t=1259364

Blunderbuss
15-06-2020, 04:31 PM
So sorry everyone - I had to win the last game to square the match but missed wins on moves 80 and 82 then blundered the rook in an otherwise drawn position on move 85. :wall: :wall:

After my poor effort I had time to watch the remaining three games – we had to win all three to level the match, which at the time seemed very unlikely.

Thomas’s game looked to be a draw (which I think he offered) but his opponent declined and then went on to lose – pushing too hard maybe? Denis’s game looked complex but when a lot of material got swapped off – his opponent first dropped a bishop and then walked into mate. Setting up the big finish… At that point the unlikely appeared to be on – I was convinced watching the moves that you were about to win. Hard luck you nearly did it. And there is always next time - ‘back stronger!’

Kevin Bonham
15-06-2020, 04:41 PM
I'm finding it hard to see things in these online games when I get down below 30 seconds, unlike my opponent yesterday who seems to play best when he is very short of time. I miss stuff that I wouldn't often miss over the board. In this case I was so focused on eliminating his pawn that I didn't see I could win quickly without eliminating it. Here's the full game, bearing in mind both sides were very short of time for the endgame:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.Bc4 Nc6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nbd2 0-0 10.Ne4 dxe5 11.dxe5 Qc7 12.Bxd5 exd5 13.Qxd5 Be6 14.Qd1 Nxe5 15.Bf4 Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 Qa5 17.Qg3 Kh8 18.a3 Rac8 19.b4 Qd5 20.Ng5 Bf5 21.Rfd1 Qb5 22.Nf3 Bf6 23.Be5 Bxe5 24.Qxe5 Qxe5 25.Nxe5 f6 26.Nd3 Rfd8 27.Nf4 Kg8 28.h3 Kf7 29.Ne2 Ke7 30.Nd4 Bc2 31.Re1+ Kf7 32.Nxc2 Rxc2 33.Rac1 Rdc8 34.Rcd1 R8c7 35.Rd3 Rc1 36.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 37.Kh2 Rc7 38.Kg3 Ke6 39.Kf4 g6 40.g4 Rc2 41.Ke3 Ra2 42.Rc3 Ra1 43.Kf3 Ra2 44.Kg3 Ra1 45.f4 Ra2 46.Re3+ Kf7 47.Kf3 Ra1 48.Rc3 Rf1+ 49.Kg2 Ra1 50.Rc7+ Kg8 51.Rxb7 Rxa3 52.Rb8+ Kg7 53.Rb7+ Kg8 54.b5 Ra2+ This is dead drawn and given the match situation black should just leave the rook where it is and shuffle his king. 55.Kg3 Ra3+ 56.Kg2 Ra5 57.Kf3 Ra3+ [Or 57...Ra4 and shuffle] 58.Ke4 Ra5 59.Kd4 h5 60.gxh5 gxh5 61.Kc4 Ra4+ 62.Kc5 Ra3 63.Kd6 [63.h4 is better and wins easily.] 63...Rxh3 64.Ke6 [64.Rxa7] 64...Ra3 65.Kxf6 h4 66.Kg6 Kf8 67.f5 h3 68.Rh7 Rb3 69.Kf6 Ke8 70.Ke6 Kf8 71.f6 Re3+ 72.Kf5 Rb3 73.Rh8+ Kf7 74.Rh7+ Kf8 75.Rxa7 Rxb5+ 76.Kg6 Rb8 77.Rf7+ Kg8 78.Rg7+ Kf8 79.Rh7 Kg8 80.Rxh3 [80.f7+ Kf8 81.Rh8+ Ke7 82.Rxb8 wins 82...h2 83.Rh8 (or 83.f8=Q+) ] 80...Rb7 81.Rc3 Rb8 82.Rg3 [82.Rc7 Rd8 83.Rg7+ Kf8 (83...Kh8 84.Rh7+ Kg8 85.f7+) 84.Rh7 Kg8 85.f7+] 82...Rb1 83.Kf5+ Kf7 84.Rg7+ Kf8 85.Rb7?? Rxb7 86.Ke6 Rb6+ 0-1

Kevin Bonham
15-06-2020, 06:24 PM
Something weird happened where the event was showing as starting at 6:30 on my screen based on the countdown but now it is shown as starting at 7:30 - maybe someone saw my post and fixed it lightning-fast, or maybe something stranger! Anyway seems to all be OK now.

Blunderbuss
15-06-2020, 09:48 PM
Result 10+5 swiss...


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name RND1 RND2 RND3 RND4 RND5 Score SB
1 1 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham W6W W4B W5W L2B W3B 4 12
2 2 AUS Zenmaster9000 Toby Straton L3B W10W W6B W1W W4W 4 11
3 3 AUS markzeeman Mark Zeeman W2W L7W W8B W5B L1W 3 9
4 4 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini W8W L1W W7B W9W L2B 3 6
5 5 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy W11B W9W L1B L3W W8W 3 4
6 6 AUS gallopingrook Elliott Renzies L1B W11W L2W W12B W9B 3 2
7 7 AUS morphic6 L9W W3B L4W L8B W12W 2 3
8 8 AUS Adamishere R L4B BYE L3W W7W L5B 2 2
9 8 AUS joshuaperrin Joshua Perrin W7B L5B W12W L4B L6W 2 2
10 10 AUS kcalbajin Roger Blackburn U-- L2B BYE U-- U-- 1 0
11 11 AUS Nuba00 LUIS HENRIQUE L5W L6B U-- U-- U-- 0 0
12 11 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd U-- U-- L9B L6W L7B 0 0

Kevin Bonham
15-06-2020, 09:57 PM
Zenmaster9000 (1708) - TheRealSleepycat (1727) [A45]
Live Chess Chess.com, 15.06.2020

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.Nd2 d5 4.e3 Bd6 5.Bg3 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.c3 Nc6 8.Ngf3 b6 9.Ne5 Bb7 10.0-0 Ne7 11.a4 Rb8 [Mouse slip, I intended 11...Rc8] 12.a5 c4 13.Bb1 b5 14.a6 Bc8 15.b4 Rb6 16.Qc2 Bxa6 [16...Nf5] 17.f4 Nf5 18.Bf2 Bxe5? Pretty much anything else really. This ends up not working, white got too much attack, which is not surprising as black's other bishop is useless so black is effectively a piece down for a long time. 19.fxe5 Ng4 20.h3 Nxf2 21.Rxf2 g6 22.Nf3 Nxe3? Greedy and rather throws fuel on the fire via the h6-c1 diagonal 23.Qd2 Nf5 24.g4 Nh4 25.Nh2 Kg7 26.Rf6 h6 27.Kf2 Qe7 28.Qc2 Bc8 29.Kg3 Ra6 [Here I missed a bizarre sacrifice that apparently leads to equality or something like it 29...Nf5+!! 30.gxf5 exf5 31.Rxb6 Qg5+ 32.Kf2 axb6] 30.Rxa6 Bxa6 31.Kxh4 g5+ 32.Kh5 Rh8 33.h4 gxh4 34.Nf3 Bc8 35.Nxh4 Qe8 36.Qf2 Rg8 37.Qf4 Kf8 38.Ng6+ Rxg6 39.Rxg6 Ke7 40.Rf6 Qg8 41.Qxh6 Bd7 42.g5 Be8 43.g6 fxg6+ 44.Bxg6 Bxg6+ 45.Qxg6 Qh8+ 46.Qh6 Qe8+ 47.Kg5 Qg8+ 48.Rg6 Qf8 49.Rxe6+ Kd7 50.Qxf8 Zenmaster9000 won by resignation 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
16-06-2020, 06:23 AM
Zenmaster9000 (1708) - TheRealSleepycat (1727) [A45]
Live Chess Chess.com, 15.06.2020

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.Nd2 d5 4.e3 Bd6 5.Bg3 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.c3 Nc6 8.Ngf3 b6 9.Ne5 Bb7 10.0-0 Ne7 11.a4 Rb8 [Mouse slip, I intended 11...Rc8] 12.a5 c4 13.Bb1 b5 14.a6 Bc8 15.b4 Rb6 16.Qc2 Bxa6 [16...Nf5] 17.f4 Nf5 18.Bf2 Bxe5? Pretty much anything else really. This ends up not working, white got too much attack, which is not surprising as black's other bishop is useless so black is effectively a piece down for a long time. 19.fxe5 Ng4 20.h3 Nxf2 21.Rxf2 g6 22.Nf3 Nxe3? Greedy and rather throws fuel on the fire via the h6-c1 diagonal 23.Qd2 Nf5 24.g4 Nh4 25.Nh2 Kg7 [25...f6 26.exf6 Rxf6 27.Qg5 e5 28.dxe5 Rfd6 29.Qf4 Rd7 30.g5 Nf5 31.Ng4] 26.Rf6 h6 27.Kf2 [27.Qf2 g5 28.Bc2 Qe7 29.Rf1 Bc8 30.Nf3 Nxf3+ 31.Qxf3 Rb7 32.h4 gxh4 33.g5 hxg5 34.Qh5 Rh8 35.Rg6+ fxg6 36.Qxg6#] 27... Qe7 28.Qc2 Bc8 29.Kg3 Ra6 [Here I missed a bizarre sacrifice that apparently leads to equality or something like it 29...Nf5+!! 30.gxf5 exf5 31.Rxb6 Qg5+ 32.Kf2 axb6] 30.Rxa6 Bxa6 31.Kxh4 g5+ 32.Kh5 Rh8 33.h4 gxh4 34.Nf3 Bc8 35.Nxh4 Qe8 36.Qf2 Rg8 37.Qf4 Kf8 38.Ng6+ Rxg6 39.Rxg6 Ke7 40.Rf6 Qg8 41.Qxh6 Bd7 42.g5 Be8 43.g6 fxg6+ 44.Bxg6 Bxg6+ 45.Qxg6 Qh8+ 46.Qh6 Qe8+ 47.Kg5 Qg8+ 48.Rg6 Qf8 49.Rxe6+ Kd7 50.Qxf8 Zenmaster9000 won by resignation 1-0

Maybe take the Pa6 with the R to exchange off some majors? Not at move 16, but after preparation with the suggested 16... Nf5. The game move meant that the B was self-pinned against the Pa7, and Black had to force the exchange anyway at move 29.

25.Nh2 was a fine move, leaving the Nh4 vulnerable. It means that Black can't free the K-side with 25...f6/f5 because 26.exf6 Rxf6 27.Qg5 [inserted into note to B26]. So Black had to allow the R to clamp down on f6.

27.Kh2 and the followup was over-elaborate, exposing the K to more danger, as per the suggested 29...Nf5+ A straightforward pile-up of Bc2, Raf1 would have forced Black to make that sac under far less favorable conditions. Qf2 before or after these moves would force ...g5 or that unfavorable sac, so would fatally expose Black. One computer line is inserted into the note to W27.

Thomas P-D
17-06-2020, 03:19 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#r=229838 Here is tonight's arena! 3+2, and as always 90 minutes long starting at 7:30.

Kevin Bonham
17-06-2020, 09:44 PM
I won the battle three times but Denis won the war! I think this was the closest arena so far, about half way through if not later there were five potential winners.


Double blunder of the night:

6R1/4P3/1P6/7p/7k/8/1P4PK/4r3 w - - 0 42

I, white, with 22 seconds, here missed g3# and instead played e8Q?? Andrew, black, seven seconds, understandably resigned.

James Peirce
18-06-2020, 09:48 AM
I won the battle three times but Denis won the war! I think this was the closest arena so far, about half way through if not later there were five potential winners.


Double blunder of the night:

6R1/4P3/1P6/7p/7k/8/1P4PK/4r3 w - - 0 42

I, white, with 22 seconds, here missed g3# and instead played e8Q?? Andrew, black, seven seconds, understandably resigned.
Doesn't 22... Rh1+ Draw?

Kevin Bonham
18-06-2020, 09:56 AM
Doesn't 22... Rh1+ Draw?

Exactly, that is why I said "double" blunder.

Blunderbuss
18-06-2020, 11:23 AM
Last night in numbers...


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Score Games
1 1 AUS idledim 31 10/13
2 2 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham 31 9.5/10
3 3 AUS Zenmaster9000 Toby Straton 29 9.5/11
4 4 AUS JohnTheVanquisher 19 8/11
5 5 AUS Mathso1 18 7/11
6 6 AUS orffmusic Christian 10 5/13
7 7 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini 5 2/7
8 8 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy 2 1/11
9 8 AUS kcalbajin Roger Blackburn 2 1/11
10 9 AUS Nuba00 LUIS HENRIQUE 2 1/10

Thomas P-D
19-06-2020, 06:25 PM
Just letting everybody know that there is no Chess.com Clubs League match this weekend. There was Chess.com server maintenance last weekend that affected a lot of the Round 4 matches (not including ours luckily!) so this week is a catchup week for those matches that need to be played again. Have a nice break this weekend and stay tuned for updates about our Round 5 match that will hopefully be next weekend :)

Thomas P-D
22-06-2020, 02:04 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#t=1276003 10+5 swiss at 7:30 tonight!

Blunderbuss
22-06-2020, 10:06 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#t=1276003 10+5 swiss at 7:30 tonight!

Results: -


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name RND1 RND2 RND3 RND4 RND5 RND6 Score SB
1 1 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham W5W W6B W3W D2B D4B W7W 5 18.25
2 2 AUS Zenmaster9000 Toby Straton W7B W9W W10B D1W D3B W4W 5 16.75
3 3 AUS JohnTheVanquisher W12B W8W L1B W5W D2W W6B 4.5 14
4 4 AUS markzeeman Mark Zeeman W10B L5B W8W W6B D1W L2B 3.5 11
5 5 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd L1B W4W W9B L3B W8W D10W 3.5 10.75
6 6 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy W14W L1W W7B L4W W12B L3W 3 6
7 7 AUS Mathso1 L2W W14B L6W W13W W10B L1B 3 4.5
8 8 AUS orffmusic Christian BYE L3B L4B W9W L5B W14W 3 4
9 9 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini W13B L2B L5W L8B W14W BYE 3 2
10 10 AUS scooterchcc Scott Cohen L4W W12B L2W W14B L7W D5B 2.5 4.75
11 11 AUS gallopingrook Elliott Renzies U-- U-- U-- U-- BYE W12W 2 2
12 12 AUS joshuaperrin Joshua Perrin L3W L10W W13B BYE L6W L11B 2 1
13 13 AUS Nuba00 LUIS HENRIQUE L9W BYE L12W L7B U-- U-- 1 0
14 13 AUS Adamishere R L6B L7W BYE L10W L9B L8B 1 0

ER
22-06-2020, 10:26 PM
apologies for turning up late, had business to attend and got back home at 9:00 PM. watched a Kev's interesting endgame, I think it was vs Zen, he might post it here!

Kevin Bonham
22-06-2020, 11:27 PM
I was losing a few times in the key game:

Zenmaster9000 (1725) - TheRealSleepycat (1736) [A45]
Live Chess Chess.com, 22.06.2020

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.e3 d5 4.Nd2 Bd6 5.Bg3 0-0 6.Bd3 b6 7.Qe2 c5 8.c3 a5 9.a4 Ba6 10.Bxa6 Nxa6 11.Ngf3 Nc7 [maybe just 11...Nb8] 12.Ne5 Qe7 13.b3 cxd4 14.exd4 Rac8 15.Rc1 Nce8 16.0-0 Nd7 17.f4 Ba3 18.Rc2 Bb4 19.Qd3 Bd6 20.Qb5 Nxe5 [didn't see 20...Nef6 which looks safer] 21.fxe5 Bc7 22.Rf3 f6 23.c4 [23.Qc6 is unpleasant] 23...fxe5 24.Rxf8+ Kxf8 25.dxe5 Bd8 26.Nf3 [26.Bf2 is probably winning here] 26...dxc4 27.Rxc4 Rxc4 28.Qxc4 Qc5+? Unnecessary and bad but very short of time! [28...Nc7] 29.Bf2? The problem with this is that it unprotects white's a pawn. [29.Qxc5+ bxc5 30.Bf2 Be7 (30...Bb6 31.Nd2) 31.Kf1 Nc7 32.Ke2 Ke8 33.Kd3 etc white is winning.] 29...Qxc4 30.bxc4 Ke7 31.Nd4 Kd7 32.h4 g6 33.g4 Nc7 34.Kg2 Na6 35.Nb5 Bc7 36.Bd4 Nc5 37.Bxc5 bxc5 38.Nxc7 [or also 38.Nc3 Bxe5 39.Ne4 Bd4 40.g5 and white draws by blockading.] 38...Kxc7 39.Kf3 Kd7 40.Kf4 h6 Game drawn by agreement -

I had a lot of luck in some of the games I won (including winning on time against Alex with KRP vs KBN after being lost for much of the game; at times he was as much as +13.) But I also wasted half a point in a won position when Mark played an objectively unsound but inspired sac and I missed the immediate and crucial refutation. Mark's play of the remainder of the game was then very strong. I don't think he missed a win but there might be something there for him somewhere.

markzeeman (1348) - TheRealSleepycat (1730) [C00]
Live Chess Chess.com, 22.06.2020

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Bd6 5.Nc3 c6 6.Qe2+ Ne7 7.Bg5 0-0 8.0-0-0 f6 9.Bh4 b5 10.Bg3 Nf5 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.g4 Qf4+ 13.Kb1 Nd6 14.Qe3 Qxe3 15.fxe3 Bxg4 16.Be2 Nc4 17.h3 Bxf3 18.Bxf3 Nxe3 19.Rd3 Nf5 20.Bg4 [20.Nxd5!] 20...Nh6 21.Be6+ Kh8 22.h4 Na6 23.Rg1 Rab8 24.Rdg3 Rb7 25.Ne2 Re7 26.Nf4 Nc7 27.Bh3 Rfe8 28.b3 Re1+ 29.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 30.Kb2 g6 [just 30...Re4 eg 31.Nh5 Ne8 (or 31...Rxh4 32.Nxg7 Rxh3 33.Rxh3 Kxg7 black should win this) ] 31.Bd7 Re4 32.Nxg6+ hxg6 33.Rxg6 Rxh4? [Missing 33...Ng8 which kills it off - and now, a piece down, white is drawing!] 34.Rxf6 Kg7 35.Rxc6 Na8 36.Rc5 Rxd4 37.Rxb5 Nb6 38.Bh3 Nf7 39.Ra5 Ng5 40.Rxa7+ Kf8 41.Bf1 Rf4 42.Bd3 Rf6 43.Rb7 Rd6 44.a4 Ne6 45.Ka3 Nc5 46.Rb8+ Ke7 47.Bb5 d4 48.Re8+ Kf7 49.Re1 Nd5 50.b4 Nb7 51.Bc4 Kf6 52.Rf1+ Ke7 53.Re1+ Kd8 54.a5 Nc7 55.Rd1 Kd7 56.Kb3 Kc6 57.c3 dxc3 58.Rxd6+ Nxd6 59.Kxc3 Ncb5+ 60.Bxb5+ Nxb5+ 61.Kb3 Kb7 62.Kc4 Ka6 63.Kc5 Na3 64.Kd4 Nb5+ 65.Kc5 Na3 Game drawn by agreement -

Kevin Bonham
23-06-2020, 01:34 AM
Saw this in one game.

8/8/7p/5kpP/8/6K1/8/8 b - - 0 58

What should black, to move, not play here? (He did play it). And how should white respond if he does? (White missed it.)

Blunderbuss
23-06-2020, 10:12 AM
What should black, to move, not play here? (He did play it). And how should white respond if he does? (White missed it.)

Is it pushing the pawn g4? Because then white can play Kh4 and draw by stalemate if black tries to keep the g pawn or else be left with an h pawn he can't convert

Kevin Bonham
23-06-2020, 11:48 AM
Is it pushing the pawn g4? Because then white can play Kh4 and draw by stalemate if black tries to keep the g pawn or else be left with an h pawn he can't convert

Correct.

Thomas P-D
24-06-2020, 04:57 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#r=243231 5+5 arena from 7:30 until 9 tonight!

Also our next Chess.com Clubs League match will be against Reno Chess Club from Nevada, USA on Sunday at 10am: https://www.chess.com/live#tm=34371

Kevin Bonham
24-06-2020, 05:50 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#r=243231 5+5 arena from 7:30 until 9 tonight!

Also our next Chess.com Clubs League match will be against Reno Chess Club from Nevada, USA on Sunday at 10am: https://www.chess.com/live#tm=34371

They seem to be another team who will be very competitive against us - we might outrate them slightly at the top but they have good depth.

Blunderbuss
24-06-2020, 09:11 PM
Alex takes the honours this evening piping Toby to first place …


Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Score Games
1 1 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy 13 5/7
2 2 AUS Zenmaster9000 Toby Straton 12 4.5/5
3 3 AUS orffmusic Christian 9 3/5
4 4 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham 8 3.5/5
5 5 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini 5 2/2
6 6 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd 3 1.5/5
7 7 AUS kcalbajin Roger Blackburn 2 1/6
8 8 AUS Mathso1 1 0.5/4
9 9 AUS Nuba00 LUIS HENRIQUE 0 0/3

Kevin Bonham
24-06-2020, 09:13 PM
Congrats to Alex on his win in tonight's arena.

I kept Toby waiting for rather too long before agreeing to a draw with rook v knight - partly because my only hope was to win the game but also because I couldn't find the Draw button. (Click on game on the top tab and it appears so long as you're past move 20). In the opening game against Toby I just got pasted from the middlegame onwards.

Thomas P-D
25-06-2020, 06:17 PM
Hi, I just thought I should mention that I'm getting my wisdom teeth out tomorrow and although I'll try my best to be at the match on Sunday at 10, there's a chance I won't make it. It should run fine without me. All the best to everyone playing :)

Kevin Bonham
28-06-2020, 08:30 AM
Direct link to Hobart - Reno https://www.chess.com/live#tm=34371

Thomas P-D
28-06-2020, 09:50 AM
We need one more person to sign up within the next 10 minutes to avoid forfeits! If you are online, please join if you can!

ER
28-06-2020, 10:40 AM
we are winning this! I shared points with my opponent. (one win each) Kev is winning and so is Denis haven't checked the remaining game thoroughly but I think it's a win for Hobart too. Final score Hobart Chess CLub 7 - 3 Reno Chess Club, congrats team!

Kevin Bonham
28-06-2020, 10:58 AM
Good result! My first game was pretty easy as my opponent unsoundly sacrificed material until he was over a rook down then resigned. In the second I kept blundering but opponent only capitalised on one of the three blunders so I won in 22 moves anyway.

Thomas P-D
28-06-2020, 11:06 AM
Thank you to everyone who turned up, and well done on the result, we played well!

On a side note, in the rush to make sure we had enough players not to forfeit any games, I got 2 people who otherwise wouldn't have been playing to stop what they were doing to join, and neither ended up getting a game. In order to avoid these scrambles in the future, could people please try to get to the match 10 minutes before it starts so that I know when I do and don't have to chase down people to meet the minimum of 4?

Thomas P-D
29-06-2020, 03:12 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#t=1292266 10+5 Swiss at 7:30pm tonight!

ER
29-06-2020, 04:40 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#t=1292266 10+5 Swiss at 7:30pm tonight!

Thanks Thomas, just a reminder in regards to my case. Unless other commitments have priority, I will always be available to play in our local competitions. In case of international or national team tournaments,
I will always be there to either play if need be or carry the drinks and watch the games. (guessing moves is always fun except when one tries to guess Kev's moves, it's just impossible! :D :P ).
Also in our team tournaments if I am there and have been included in the team and a Hobart team matearrives late, I won't mind giving her/him my place even if they have lower rating than mine! Cheers, I see you all tonight.

Kevin Bonham
29-06-2020, 06:07 PM
In the perhaps unlikely case that we draw someone in our timezone for the clubs league this week, I'll be unavailable most if not all of Saturday. If I am available at all it would be in a narrow window around 4-6 but I don't even guarantee that.

Blunderbuss
29-06-2020, 10:48 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#t=1292266 10+5 Swiss at 7:30pm tonight!

Crosstable...

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name RND1 RND2 RND3 RND4 RND5 RND6 Score SB
1 1 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham W8W D5B W13B W2W W3B W4B 5.5 19.75
2 2 AUS Zenmaster9000 Toby Straton W4B W13W W3B L1B W5W W8W 5 16.5
3 3 AUS JohnTheVanquisher W12W W7B L2W W5B L1W W9B 4 11.5
4 4 AUS gallopingrook Elliott Renzies L2W W11B W16W W12B W6B L1W 4 9
5 5 AUS morphic6 W11B D1W W8B L3W L2B W7W 3.5 11.25
6 6 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd D10W L8B W7W W13B L4W W12B 3.5 8.5
7 7 AUS Adamishere R W9B L3W L6B W10W W13W L5B 3 8
8 8 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini L1B W6W L5W W15B W12W L2B 3 6.5
9 8 AUS Mathso1 L7W W10B L12W W16B W11W L3W 3 6.5
10 10 AUS orffmusic Christian D6B L9W D11W L7B W16W W15B 3 5
11 11 AUS kcalbajin Roger Blackburn L5W L4W D10B BYE L9B W16W 2.5 2.5
12 12 AUS markzeeman Mark Zeeman L3B W15W W9B L4W L8B L6W 2 4
13 13 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy W15B L2B L1W L6W L7B BYE 2 1
14 14 AUS cuckooguy U-- U-- U-- U-- W15W U-- 1 1
15 15 AUS joshuaperrin Joshua Perrin L13W L12B BYE L8W L14B L10W 1 0
16 15 AUS throughtheages Through TheAges U-- BYE L4B L9W L10B L11B 1 0

Kevin Bonham
30-06-2020, 04:01 PM
One escape for me last night:

5r2/p3k2p/1p6/3PPp2/4pK2/8/PP3R1P/8 w - - 0 32

Getting low of time against Alex I (black) had wrongly exchanged into what turns out to be a losing rook ending. In this position almost anything wins for white except the natural-looking disaster move 32.Kg5 which (as I had seen a few moves earlier) completely loses after 32...e3.

Topsy-turvey win against Toby where I won a pawn in the opening with the same book trap mentioned by Capablanca-Fan in the Philidors, then he outplayed me into the early endgame with the two bishops and got two pawns back, and I was struggling to hold until he accompanied a draw offer with a mistake and I was able to win easily with N+3P vs B+2P.

Kevin Bonham
30-06-2020, 05:00 PM
This is a good exercise position from my final-round game (black) with ER who scored a personal best 4/6 in the tournament.

r3r1k1/pp1n1pp1/2p2np1/q2p2B1/1b1P2P1/2N2N1P/PPPQ1P2/1K1R3R w - - 0 16

White is in trouble here so this is not white to move and win or even white to move and equalise. Instead the task is find the best move and why.

Thomas P-D
01-07-2020, 02:35 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#r=246546 3+2 arena from 7:30 until 9 tonight!

ER
01-07-2020, 03:36 PM
This is a good exercise position from my final-round game (black) with ER who scored a personal best 4/6 in the tournament.
White is in trouble here so this is not white to move and win or even white to move and equalise. Instead the task is find the best move and why.

I can't find a way to complicate, let alone to free the position! The pin is very strong and all my responses will fail because after the exchanges your better Rooks will infiltrate through e2 let alone the Knight's eventual outpost at e4.
I can't see a drastic response for White in this position.
The knight move I played, only allowed your cavalry to invade!

Kevin Bonham
01-07-2020, 09:14 PM
Congrats John!

I blundered a piece in my final game and managed to get it back eventually but then time ran out before I could win.

Also plagued by the mouse yips tonight, had three of them that cost me a pawn, a tempo and a piece though I won all those games. (In the last I was luckily a queen up at the time.)

The big problem though was getting hacked by Denis in this game after a string of suboptimal moves:

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4 b6 5.a3 Bb7 6.c3 Nc6? 7.d4 Qc7 8.Bd3 f6?! [8...Nge7] 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.b5 Na5 11.Ne5 cxd4 12.cxd4 Bd6 13.Bf4 0-0 14.0-0 Rac8 15.Nd2 Ne4 [15...Qc3] 16.Qg4 Nxd2? [16...Qe7] 17.Qxe6+ Kh8 18.Bxd2 Nb3 [18...Bxe5 avoids getting smashed but is otherwise uninviting] 19.Ng6+! hxg6 20.Qxg6 Rf5 21.Bxf5 Kg8 22.Bxc8 [Good enough but missing mate in, er, fourteen (!) after 22.Be6+ Kf8 23.Qf5+ Ke8 24.Qh5+ Kd8 25.Qh8+ Ke7 26.Qxg7+ Kxe6 27.Rae1+ Be5 28.Rxe5+ Qxe5 29.Qxe5+ Kf7 30.Qf5+ Kg8 31.Bh6 Rc7 32.Qg6+ Kh8 33.Bg5 Nxd4 34.Bf6+ Rg7 35.Qxg7#] 22...Bxc8 23.Rad1 Nxd2 24.Rxd2 Bxh2+ 25.Kh1 Bd6 26.Rc2 Qd7 27.Rfc1 Bb7 28.Re2 Qd8 29.Re8+ Qxe8 30.Qxe8+ Kh7 31.Qd7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
01-07-2020, 09:17 PM
Answer to #225 in white text:

White's best is Bxf6 stopping either black knight from getting to e4 because if ...Nxf6, White now has Ng5 covering the square. White is still much worse positionally but avoids immediate disaster.

Blunderbuss
01-07-2020, 09:34 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#r=246546 3+2 arena from 7:30 until 9 tonight!

Results from tonight arena
Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Score Games
1 1 AUS JohnTheVanquisher 31 9/11
2 2 AUS TheRealSleepycat Kevin Bonham 30 9/10
3 3 AUS idledim 25 8/12
4 4 AUS martini78 Andrew Martini 13 6/10
5 5 AUS orffmusic Christian 10 5/11
6 6 AUS MagicMod Chris Shepherd 9 3/4
7 7 AUS gallopingrook Elliott Renzies 8 4/12
8 8 AUS Mathso1 6 3/9
9 9 AUS ALEXNAGY219 Alexander Nagy 4 2/11
10 10 AUS Rshee4 Rhian Shee 0 0/8

Blunderbuss
01-07-2020, 09:48 PM
Congrats John!

I blundered a piece in my final game and managed to get it back eventually but then time ran out before I could win.


Here is the game between Shepherd v Bonham that didn't count because the arena timed out before the game completed...

1. d4 e6 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. Nf3 d5 4. e3 Bd6 5. Bg3 O-O 6. Nbd2 b6 7. c3 c5 8. Qc2
Nc6 9. Bb5 Bd7 10. Bxd6 Re8 11. Bxc6 (11. Bd3 c4 12. Be2 Bc8 13. Bg3 Ba6 14. h3)
11... Bxc6 12. Bg3 Rc8 13. Ne5 Bb5 14. a4 Ba6 15. Ndf3 Ne4 16. Nd2 Nf6 17. Ndf3
Qe7 18. Bh4 Qf8 19. Bxf6 gxf6 20. Ng4 Qg7 21. h3 h5 22. Ngh2 Rc7 23. Rg1 Qg6 24.
Qxg6+ fxg6 25. g4 hxg4 26. Nxg4 Kf7 27. Nd2 Bd3 28. f4 Rh8 29. Nf2 Bf5 30. Rh1
Ke8 31. dxc5 bxc5 32. Rc1 Rb7 33. b3 Kf7 34. e4 dxe4 35. Nfxe4 Bxe4 36. Nxe4 Rc7
37. Kd1 Rd8+ 38. Kc2 Rh8 39. Kb2 Ke7 40. b4 Rb8 41. Nxc5 Rxc5 42. Ka3 Rc4 43.
Rhg1 Kf7 44. Rgd1 Re8 45. Rd7+ Re7 46. Rd6 Rxf4 47. Rcd1 Rf3 48. Kb3 Rxh3 49.
Rd7 g5 50. Kc4 g4 51. b5 g3 52. a5 g2 53. b6 (53. Rxe7+ Kxe7 54. Rg1 Rh4+ 55.
Kc5) 53... axb6 Game may have continued... (53... axb6
54. Rxe7+ Kxe7 55. Rg1 bxa5 56. Rxg2 Kd6 57. Rg8 {-2.61})

Blunderbuss
01-07-2020, 09:55 PM
Congrats John!

The big problem though was getting hacked by Denis in this game after a string of suboptimal moves:


Hi Kevin, the PGN viewer for your game with Denis doesn't work, at least not for me?!

Kevin Bonham
01-07-2020, 10:12 PM
Hi Kevin, the PGN viewer for your game with Denis doesn't work, at least not for me?!

Fixed now for me at least. Something odd with spacing in the previous attempt.

ER
01-07-2020, 10:53 PM
Answer to #225 in white text:

Excellent! I wouldn't be able to think of it even in proper time controls.

Thomas P-D
02-07-2020, 09:16 PM
Hello, the time that the opposing admin from Club Atletismo Huesca in Spain has suggested for our match this weekend is 8am on Sunday, is this OK? If people would like it to be slightly later it might be difficult because it will push it past midnight in Spain, so if this time doesn't suit I will have to suggest a time not on Sunday morning.

idledim
02-07-2020, 09:19 PM
Hello, the time that the opposing admin from Club Atletismo Huesca in Spain has suggested for our match this weekend is 8am on Sunday, is this OK? If people would like it to be slightly later it might be difficult because it will push it past midnight in Spain, so if this time doesn't suit I will have to suggest a time not on Sunday morning.

I think it should be ok for me, Thomas ...

Kevin Bonham
02-07-2020, 09:59 PM
Hello, the time that the opposing admin from Club Atletismo Huesca in Spain has suggested for our match this weekend is 8am on Sunday, is this OK? If people would like it to be slightly later it might be difficult because it will push it past midnight in Spain, so if this time doesn't suit I will have to suggest a time not on Sunday morning.

I can do that time - not ideal for me in terms of being properly awake but midnight isn't ideal for them either so seems a fair compromise.

They look like they are quite a strong team.

Blunderbuss
02-07-2020, 10:03 PM
Hello, the time that the opposing admin from Club Atletismo Huesca in Spain has suggested for our match this weekend is 8am on Sunday, is this OK? If people would like it to be slightly later it might be difficult because it will push it past midnight in Spain, so if this time doesn't suit I will have to suggest a time not on Sunday morning.

The time they have offered us is midnight for them! They could still be playing at 1 in the morning. I’m guessing they don’t have any younger players on their team. Although I do remember (from one particular holiday on the Costa del Sol), that after an afternoon siesta they do come a live at night when it’s cooler.

If it’s already arranged, then I can set my alarm and get up. Personally, I think it’s an advantage to play later in the day. Could we offer them Sunday evening our time - say 8pm that would be mid-day for them?

Kevin Bonham
02-07-2020, 10:05 PM
Could we offer them Sunday evening our time - say 8pm that would be mid-day for them?

That would be better for me than 8 am if it's possible as I do have quite a lot on on Saturday night.

idledim
03-07-2020, 11:10 AM
That would be better for me than 8 am if it's possible as I do have quite a lot on on Saturday night.

I'd also prefer Sunday evening, but will go with the flow (and also try to login 10 minutes before kick off) ...

Thomas P-D
03-07-2020, 03:37 PM
Could we offer them Sunday evening our time - say 8pm that would be mid-day for them?

Thank you everybody for getting back to me, looks like the feedback is mixed so I've made Chris' suggestion to the opposing admin, hopefully I will hear back from them soon!

Thomas P-D
04-07-2020, 09:21 AM
OK, the opposing admin suggested 2 hours earlier (tomorrow 6pm AEST, 10am Spain), is this alright with everybody? If I don't get any negative feedback by early afternoon I will set the match up so that the other admin can accept it ASAP.

ER
04-07-2020, 10:35 AM
OK, the opposing admin suggested 2 hours earlier (tomorrow 6pm AEST, 10am Spain), is this alright with everybody? If I don't get any negative feedback by early afternoon I will set the match up so that the other admin can accept it ASAP.

I am ready to carry the drinks any time! Go for it boss!

Thomas P-D
04-07-2020, 01:19 PM
Challenge sent for 6pm!

idledim
04-07-2020, 02:21 PM
Challenge sent for 6pm!

Good work - thanks Thomas ...

Kevin Bonham
04-07-2020, 03:39 PM
OK, the opposing admin suggested 2 hours earlier (tomorrow 6pm AEST, 10am Spain), is this alright with everybody?

Yep this is good for me.

Blunderbuss
04-07-2020, 06:12 PM
Yep this is good for me.

And good for me too

Thomas P-D
05-07-2020, 11:20 AM
Here is the link to tonight's match! https://www.chess.com/live#tm=45057

Kevin Bonham
05-07-2020, 08:18 PM
Thought 3-7 against that team was an acceptable result - haven't looked through the rest of our games yet.

I managed to draw game 1. In game 2 I miscalculated a combo and dropped two pieces for rook and pawn which was eventually fatal. The queen ending that I scrambled into in game 1 was actually winning for me but I had no time and let him repeat because I was going to flag if I thought about it. I had less than 30 seconds from move 31 on.

PeonCabreado (1949) - TheRealSleepycat (1760) [A05]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 c5 5.c4 Nc6 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 d6 8.d4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bd7 10.Nc3 Rc8 11.Qd2 a6 12.Rac1 Nxd4 13.Qxd4 Bc6 14.Nd5 Nh5 15.Qd2 Bxb2 16.Qxb2 Bxd5 17.Bxd5 Qc7 18.b4 Nf6 19.Bf3 b6 20.Qd4 a5 21.a3 axb4 22.axb4 Nd7 23.e3 Ne5 24.Be2 Nc6 25.Qb2 Ne5 26.Qb3 Qa7 27.f4 Nd7 28.Ra1 Qc7 29.Rfc1 Nf6 30.Bf3 Qd7 31.Kg2 b5 32.Rab1 bxc4 33.Rxc4 Rxc4 34.Qxc4 Rb8 35.b5 d5 36.Qd3 e6 37.Qd4 Ne8 38.b6 Nd6 39.Be2 Qb7 40.Qa4 Nc8 41.Ba6 Nxb6 42.Qa5 Qa7 43.h4 Nc4 44.Rxb8+ Qxb8 45.Bxc4 dxc4 46.Qc5 Qb2+ 47.Kh3 Qb3 48.Qc8+ Kg7 49.Qc5 c3 [49...Qd1 wins - the pawn is poisoned by 50.Qxc4 Qh1+ 51.Kg4 h5+ 52.Kg5 f6#] 50.Qe5+ Kg8 51.Qf6 c2 52.Qd8+ Kg7 53.Qd4+ Kg8 54.Qd8+ Kg7 55.Qd4+ Kg8 [55...e5! wins, after 56.Qxe5+ Kf8 57.Qd6+ Ke8 58.Qc6+ Kd8 59.Qd6+ Kc8 60.Qc6+ Kb8 61.Qd6+ Kb7 etc white eventually runs out of checks.] 56.Qd8+ Game drawn by repetition -

Thomas P-D
06-07-2020, 04:59 PM
https://www.chess.com/live#t=1308097 Here is tonight's rapid swiss!