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Kevin Bonham
14-03-2005, 10:56 PM
A large field of 29 players, including a record 13 juniors but only one of the nine "active" Tasmanians rated over 1800, contested the 2005 Tasmanian Championships, held in Launceston.

After four rounds, defending champion Charles Chadwick, Nigel Frame and former champion Kevin Bonham shared the lead on 3.5/4. A tactical oversight sent Bonham crashing to his first rated loss to Frame for five years and set up a board 1 clash between Frame and Chadwick. Frame had already survived an incredible middlegame kingwalk from g8 to a safe haven on f3 (his opponent, Tai Packer, missing a few chances to win material on the way) while Chadwick had emerged victorious in some very tight time scrambles.

Playing his pet "Basman Birds" system (f4,g3,Nh3,Bg2,Nf2 against more or less anything but 1...e5) and employing his usual aggressive style, Frame acheived a space advantage against Chadwick in the critical round 6 board 1 game, but the latter defended carefully until a nasty blunder in a drawn pure pawn ending allowed Frame's king to break through. With Frame already guaranteed equal first, the question was whether the state's strongest junior would take a quick draw or come out swinging for a chance to get his name on the trophy as well. The latter approach was taken, with Thomas Hendrey attacking wildly and spectacularly sacrificing his queen for perpetual check ... but it turns out that a quieter move may have won!

Nigel Frame therefore won the state title outright, setting a new record for the most attempts before a first win of the title (twelve) and, for those who really like trivia, becoming the first player for 22 years to hold the title and the state lightning title at the same time!

Meanwhile the battle for the minor placings was on in earnest. The gripping Bonham-Rezaie game on board 2 should have ended in a draw, but in the critical time scramble with both players down to a minute or less Rezaie blundered on move 78 allowing Bonham to queen a pawn and try to win with K+Q vs K+R. Dramatically, Bonham's flag fell as he was reaching to play Qh8#, handing the win and what proved to be outright second to Rezaie, Chadwick having been relegated to equal third by being held to a draw by Tai Packer.

Hendrey's excellent result gave him the U1700 prize, allowing Tony Sturges to claim the U1500 prize as reward for an upset win over Phil Donnelly with, of all things, the Guatemalan Defence (1.e4 b6 2.d4 Ba6).

It was expected that most of the juniors would be cannon fodder for any adults who played them, but this proved not to be the case at all, with the juniors other than Hendrey acheiving four wins and a draw between them against rated adult opponents, the largest upset in ratings terms being Megan Briant(413) winning against Leo Minol (1254). James Briant and Siebe van Oorschoot both had excellent tournaments and won the two junior prizes on offer, but a most impressive performance came from Alastair Dyer. Dyer (994) beat unrated Russell Horton (who had recently beaten state #4 Mile Pavicic), drew with Michael Schmidt (1635) and forced Charles Chadwick (1768) down to his last minute before losing. Adults soon learned not to take Dyer's rating at face value.

Results (all players TAS)

6/7 Nigel Frame 1797
5.5 Ramin Rezaie 1772
5 Charles Chadwick 1768, Thomas Hendrey 1450(j)
4.5 Kevin Bonham 1959, Phil Donnelly 1773, Neville Ledger 1597, John Slidziunas 1743, Paul Berzins 1689, Tai Packer UNR
4 Tony Sturges 1354, James Briant 616(j), Russell Horton UNR, Siebe van Oorschoot UNR(j)*
3.5 Dallas Fry 1318, Michael Schmidt 1635, Alastair Dyer 994(j)
3 Graham Richards 1409, Vincent Horton 528(j)*, Alex Mullins UNR(j)*, Charlie Smith 777(j)*, Brad Watkins UNR, Megan Briant 413 (fj)
2.5 Jake Barnes UNR(j), Jackson Jolly UNR(j)
2 Leo Minol 1254, Ethan Duniam 274(j)*, Harrison Briant UNR(j)*
1 Tyler Williams UNR(j)*

* = includes bye.



Bonham,K - Frame,N [B52]
Tas Champs (5)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nf6 6.Re1 Nc6 7.c3 e6 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 d5 10.e5 Ng8 Surprised by this instead of the normal ...Ne4 White fiddles around and fails to produce a coherent plan. 11.Nc3 Nge7 12.Bf4 Ng6 13.Bd2 Be7 14.Ne2 0-0 15.Ng3 White was assuming the knight would be bad on g3 as it often is in the French but forgot an important difference - no light square bishop to attack with.
15...Rfc8 16.a3 Rc7 17.Rc1 Rac8 Black is already better and White now walks into an unusual variant of the standard French structure patzer-trap. 18.Qa4? Ncxe5! 19.Rxc7 Nxf3+! 20.gxf3 Rxc7 21.Qxa7 Nh4! 22.Qb8+ Qc8 [22...Rc8! is stronger - White intended 23.Qf4 but 23...Bg5! wins.] 23.Qxc8+ Rxc8 24.Re3 Bg5 25.Rc3 Rxc3 26.Bxc3 Kf8 27.Ne2 Nxf3+ 28.Kg2 Nh4+ 29.Kh3 Nf5 30.Ng1 h5 31.Nf3 Bf4 32.Ne1 Bd6 33.Nd3 g5 34.b4 Ke7 35.a4 Kd8 36.a5 Kc7 37.b5 g4+ 38.Kg2 Nh4+ 39.Kh1 Nf3 40.Ne5 Bxe5 41.dxe5 d4 42.Bb4 d3 43.a6 bxa6 White has run out of swindling chances and resigns. 0-1



Frame,N - Hendrey,T [A46]
Tas Champs

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.c3 d5 4.g3 e6 5.Bg2 Nbd7 6.0-0 Bd6 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.Re1 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 Bxe5 11.Nf3 Bd6 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Qxd5 Rd8 15.Qb3 Be6 16.Qc2 Re8 17.Rad1 Bf5 18.e4 Bh7 19.Qa4 Re6 20.Nd2 [20.e5! Bxe5 21.Nxe5 Rxe5 22.Bxb7+-] 20...Qe7 21.f4 a6 22.e5 b5 23.Qb3 c4 24.Nxc4 bxc4 25.Qxc4 Re8 26.Bd5 Bc5+ 27.Kg2 Rb6 28.b4 Bxb4 29.cxb4 Rxb4 30.Qxa6 Rd8 31.Bb3 Be4+ 32.Kh3 Bf5+ 33.g4 Rxf4 34.Rxd8+ Qxd8 35.Bxf7+ Kh8 36.Qd6 Qh4+ Draw Agreed,[A spectacular finish but Fritz is a killjoy and 36...Qc8! 37.Rc1 Bc2! wins a bishop!] -

Cat
14-03-2005, 11:37 PM
What we're you thinking, Kevo?

Rhubarb
15-03-2005, 12:27 AM
What we're you thinking, Kevo?I see the semi-literate "doctor" has been reduced to the most unfair and most pointless of all troll attacks.

KB, thanks for the report - it's the hardest thing to do when you have a bad result. Did you ever say hello to my good mate Nigel for me?

Kevin Bonham
15-03-2005, 12:50 AM
What we're you thinking, Kevo?

I'm having this problem with falling asleep at the board, y'see? I dozed off for a moment and had a nightmare in which I dreamt that I was you, and when I woke up 18.Qa4? had mysteriously appeared on the board. I went to the DOP and said I was being psychotronically pulsed by David Richards and therefore couldn't possibly have intentionally moved that piece but the DOP said that it's well known Dodgy Dave is a flatliner on the brain activity chart and made me move it anyway.

Wonder when we'll ever see any chess of yours posted up here.

(Serious answer - I was thinking that it pinned his knight. Sad but true.)

Greg - forgot to do so despite a golden opportunity. Have now rectified that omission.

Kevin Bonham
15-03-2005, 06:35 PM
More games.

As much of this long game as could be reconstructed. Very interested in any comments on missed forced wins for White (or even Black!) from move 48 onwards.


Bonham - Rezaie [C49]
Tas Champs (7)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.d3 d6 6.0-0 0-0 7.Bg5 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Qe7 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.Nd2 h6 11.Bh4 Bd7 12.Qe2 Rab8 13.Rab1 Qe6 14.c4 c5 15.Rxb8 Rxb8 16.Rb1 Rb6 17.f3 Nh5 18.Be1 Nf4 19.Qf2 Qg6 20.Kh1 Ba4 21.Nb3 Ne6 22.Bc3 Qg5 23.Bd2 Qg6 24.Be3 Bc6 25.c3 f5 26.exf5 Qxf5 27.Qd2 a5 28.Rd1 Ba4 29.Rb1 Bc6 30.Rf1 a4 31.Nc1 a3 32.Nb3 Ba4 33.Rb1 Bxb3 34.axb3 a2 35.Qxa2 Qxd3 36.Bd2 Qe2 37.h3 Nf4 38.Qa8+ Kf7 39.Bxf4 exf4 40.Qd5+ Kf6 41.Qg8 Qe7 42.b4 cxb4 43.cxb4 Ra6 44.Qd5 c6 45.Qd4+ Qe5 46.Rd1 Ra4 47.Qxd6+ Qxd6 48.Rxd6+ Kg5 49.b5 cxb5 50.cxb5 Rb4 51.b6 g6 52.Kh2 Kf5 53.Rc6 h5 54.h4 Rb2 55.Kh3 Rb1 56.g4+ hxg4+ 57.fxg4+ Ke4 58.Kg2 f3+ 59.Kg3 Rg1+ 60.Kf2 Rg2+ 61.Kf1 Kf4 62.Rxg6 Kg3 63.Rf6 Rb2 64.Ke1 Rb1+ 65.Kd2 f2 66.g5 f1Q 67.Rxf1 Rxf1 68.g6 Rf8 69.b7 Kxh4 70.Kc3 Kg5 71.Kc4 Kxg6 72.Kc5 Kf6 73.Kc6 Ke6 74.Kc7 Rf7+ 75.Kc8 Rf8+ 76.Kc7 Rf7+ 77.Kc8 Kd6?? 78.b8Q+

After about another ten moves, White's flag fell in a position where White was about to play mate in one with White King on e6, White Queen on about d4, Black King on f8 and Black Rook on f7 - but Black claimed flagfall before Qh8# could be delivered! 0-1

Another violent game. Black appears to be holding up OK against the wild attack until throwing it all away with 24...Rxf6 just when all his problems are over.

Hendrey,T - Slidziunas,J [E73]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Bg5 h6 7.Be3 Kh7 8.h4 e5 9.d5 Ng8 10.g4 f5 11.exf5 gxf5 12.Bd3 e4 13.Nxe4 fxe4 14.Bxe4+ Kh8 15.g5 Nd7 16.gxh6 Nxh6 17.Qh5 Qf6 18.Nf3 Nc5 19.Bd4 Bg4 20.Qg5 Nxe4 21.Bxf6 Nxg5 22.hxg5 Bxf6 23.Rxh6+ Kg7 24.Rxf6 Rxf6 25.gxf6+ Kxf6 26.Nd4 and White won after Black made more errors. 1-0

The winner's wild ride in round 1. Unsound but spectacular. Packer was more or less unknown but performed credibly at about 1500 strength.

Packer,T - Frame,N [B70]
Tas Champs
[Bonham]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bd3 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.h3 Qb6 9.Nb3 Nc6 10.Be3 Qd8 11.Qd2 Bd7 12.Bh6 Rc8 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.exd5 Ne5 16.Rac1 a6 [16...Bxh3!? 17.Qb4 Bd7 18.Qxb7 The ...Bxh3 idea is also playable on some subsequent moves.] 17.c4 Kg8 18.Rc3 Qb6 19.Rfc1 Nxd3 20.Qxd3 e5 21.c5 dxc5 22.Nxc5 Rcd8 23.Rb3 Qf6 24.Rxb7 Bb5 25.Qb3 Qf4 26.Re1 Qd4 27.a4 Bc4 28.Qb6 Bxd5 29.Ra7? [29.Rd7!] 29...Rb8 30.Qa5 Rxb2 31.Rf1 Rc8?! [31...Rfb8+-] 32.Rc7 Rd8 33.Rd7 Rc8? 34.Rd8+ Rxd8 35.Qxd8+ Kg7 36.Nd7 Kh6 37.Nf6?! [37.h4 Qf4 38.Nf6 wins the bishop.] 37...Be6 38.Qf8+ Kg5 39.Nxh7+ Kf5 40.g4+ [40.Qe7 Ke4 41.Ng5+ Kd5 42.Nxf7 Bxf7 43.Qxf7+ Kc5+-] 40...Ke4 41.Nf6+? [41.Ng5+] 41...Kf3 42.Qa3+ Bb3 43.Qe7 Bc4 44.Nd7 Bxf1 45.Nxe5+ Kf4 46.Qf6+ Ke4 47.Kxf1 Qxe5 48.Qxe5+ Kxe5 49.Kg2 Kf4 0-1

Cat
15-03-2005, 11:13 PM
I'm having this problem with falling asleep at the board, y'see? I dozed off for a moment and had a nightmare in which I dreamt that I was you, and when I woke up 18.Qa4? had mysteriously appeared on the board. I went to the DOP and said I was being psychotronically pulsed by David Richards and therefore couldn't possibly have intentionally moved that piece but the DOP said that it's well known Dodgy Dave is a flatliner on the brain activity chart and made me move it anyway.

Wonder when we'll ever see any chess of yours posted up here.

(Serious answer - I was thinking that it pinned his knight. Sad but true.)

Greg - forgot to do so despite a golden opportunity. Have now rectified that omission.

Oh come on, you boys are being far too sensitive! It was a simple question, it was difficult to understand what you were trying to do. You & Greg are being a little paranoid!

Cat
16-03-2005, 11:42 PM
Wonder when we'll ever see any chess of yours posted up here.
.

This was a game I played this evening against Vaso. Nice bloke but hell bent on total attack, which was pretty easy to exploit;



Event: ?
Site: ?
Date: ????.??.??
Round: ?
White: Richards
Black: Vaso
Result: 1-0
ECO: C02
Annotator: ,David
PlyCount: 59
EventDate: 2005.03.16
SourceDate: 2005.03.16

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 {I normally play the Tarrasch, but I got bogged down once
before with Vaso, so I thought I'd keep things simple} 3. e5 Ne7 4. Nf3 Nf5 5.
Bd3 {Strange opening he was playing, I thought aggressive peice mobilisation
would bear fruit.} 5... h6 6. c3 c5 7. O-O c4 8. Bc2 Nc6 9. b3 {He'd played
too many pawn moves, I thought I'd try to break up his pawns. I felt with his
natural aggression he'd be distracted by the pawn exchanges and leave his king
in the centre.} 9... b5 10. a4 b4 11. bxc4 bxc3 12. Bxf5 exf5 13. cxd5 Qxd5 14.
Nxc3 Qc4 {Now it's all over Red Rover. I was beginning to feel I was
controlling his mind!} 15. Nb5 Nb4 16. Ba3 a5 {Terrible move, Vaso plays a lot
better than this, but I think he was pretty disgusted with himself by now.} 17.
Rc1 Qa2 18. Bxb4 Bxb4 19. Nc7+ Kd7 20. Nxa8 Bb7 21. Nb6+ Ke6 {
I think he was just going through the motions} 22. d5+ Bxd5 23. Nxd5 Qxd5 24.
Qe2 f6 {More pawn moves, my pieces were having a picnic} 25. Rfd1 Qb7 26. Qc4+
Ke7 27. e6 Rb8 28. Rd7+ Kf8 29. Rxb7 Rxb7 30. Qc8+ 1-0

Rhubarb
18-03-2005, 07:50 PM
As much of this long game as could be reconstructed. Very interested in any comments on missed forced wins for White (or even Black!) from move 48 onwards.]To be honest, Black had much the better of it, especially after 36.Bd2? (this is such a lemon I can only assume it's some kind of winning attempt, since although you're the one making all the play, you're in a worse position edit: sorry i didn't realise the position was already so bad). Had Black played 37...Rb8 instead of 37...Nf4?, you'd be completely stuffed.

It all became a lot more complicated after that; all I can say with any kind of authority is that it was dead drawn after move 48 and that your winning attempt was in fact a losing attempt.

Thunderspirit
18-03-2005, 08:28 PM
Kegless has wise words.. (Geeze did I just say that...)

It is hard to write a report when you play badly... But don't worry Kevvie, you only have to quit chess, if you loose to me: You're safe...

Kevin Bonham
20-03-2005, 04:08 AM
It all became a lot more complicated after that; all I can say with any kind of authority is that it was dead drawn after move 48 and that your winning attempt was in fact a losing attempt.

Your comments pretty much coincide with my view of the game - I was trying too hard to win in the mistaken belief that the prizemoney situation made winning several times more attractve than drawing. (It was actually only a factor of 2).

Kevin Bonham
20-03-2005, 04:09 AM
It is hard to write a report when you play badly...

I disagree, but I've had plenty of practice. :lol:

Actually I find it easier slagging off my play than trying to dress it up as something decent when I win an event!


But don't worry Kevvie, you only have to quit chess, if you loose to me: You're safe...

Not sure, I nearly lost on time last time.

Kevin Bonham
28-03-2005, 10:43 PM
Full report with several games now here (http://members.trump.net.au/taschess/tas_ch05.htm).

Written in a massive last-minute effort before a recent trip away so hope there are not too many gremlins in it.