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Kevin Bonham
08-03-2004, 05:38 PM
Charles Chadwick of Hobart is the new Tasmanian Champion after finishing outright 2nd in the Tasmanian Championships to Malaysian visitor Lim Yee Weng, who is ineligible for the title as he lacks the residency requirements. The tournament had an unusually cosmopolitan flavour with entrants from as far away as Germany, Malaysia and even WA. 23 players competed, while another three from the Qg3 Chess Club were prevented from doing so by a car breakdown en route. 2003 state champion Peter Knight did not defend his title.

Lim had a close and long game with Chadwick but thrashed most of his opponents and had a very showy win against German tourist Werner Doblies in which Lim (Black) planted pawns on c4,d4,e4 and f4 then sacrificed his queen on g4 (as taking it would have allowed a rook mate on the h-file, Doblies resigned). With Lim destroying the field, the race for the Tasmanian Championship title was congested and very confusing. At the start of round 6 there were five equal leaders in the title race, but of these Frame lost to Lim, Slidziunas lost to Radosavljevic, and Pavicic and Donnelly drew with each other. With Chadwick in trouble against Doblies it seemed that Tasmania would have four or five state champions but Doblies trapped his own queen while attacking and had to shed a piece, leaving Chadwick as the only one of the five to win.

Top-seeded local Kevin Bonham celebrated his highest ever rating with a real train wreck of a tournament (perhaps down to fitting too many non-chess activities into the same weekend), blundering a rook in time trouble in a drawn ending against Lewis and another one to a tactic in a strong but tricky position against Ledger. Janice Martin was a worthy winner of the U1500 ratings prize, not only drawing with Bonham but also beating Radosavljevic - however the latter recovered impressively from 1/3 to share third place. Burnie junior Thomas Hendrey also recorded a very good result and was unlucky not to do even better.

Tasmania's new State Champion is a solid, mostly positional player whose game has improved greatly over the last few years. Charles likes to play slowly and carefully and finished most of his games with little time on the clock - the most hair-raising being a wild scramble against Donnelly which Chadwick won with his flag apparently teetering, although it turned out he had about 30 seconds left.

A strange case involved John Bund, who claimed to have no rating despite a player of the same name from the same state being master-listed in the 1800s based on a provisional rating earned decades ago. When Bund insisted he had never played a rated game in Australia, the organisers treated him as unrated and gave him the bye in the first round. Bund objected to this as well, was soundly beaten by Doblies in round 2, and was not seen thereafter. On a more positive note, Evyonne Yin Ken Shien was everybody's favourite player after leaving Snickers bars on all boards prior to round 5, and Phil Donnelly came up with a nice TN in Tassie tournament recording by bringing a scanner to the tournament, quickly capturing the scoresheets of most of the top board games. (How many he manages to decipher remains to be seen!). A tournament booklet will be produced in the coming weeks.

RESULTS

6/6 Lim Yee Weng (FIDE2311, Malaysia) (Ineligible for Tas Champs Title)
4.5/6 Charles Chadwick (1822) (Tasmanian Champion)
4/6 Mile Pavicic (2002), Phil Donnelly (1647)(U1700 ratings prize), Dragan Radosavljevic (1728), Nigel Lewis (1566)
3.5/6 Kevin Bonham (2039), Nigel Frame (1833), Werner Doblies (German rating 1740, Germany), John Slidziunas (1777), Janice Martin (f,1467)(U1500 ratings prize)
3/6 Neville Ledger (1640), Thomas Hendrey (j,1327), Denis McMahon (WA, 1650), Graham Richards (1445)
2.5/6 Tony Sturges (1344)
2/6 Milutin Ivkovic (1606), John Adams (1400), Neil Thornton (1271)
1.5/6 Joe Basic (1468)
1/6 Tony Salter (1292), Evyonne Yin Ken Shien (f,U/R,Malaysia)
1/3 John Bund (U/R?,Qld) (Unauthorised Withdrawal)

Basic authorised forfeit to Salter.
Bund and Yin Ken Shien received byes.
Bund forfeited to Lewis round 3 without notifying the organisers and was scratched.

chesslover
08-03-2004, 09:24 PM
Charles Chadwick of Hobart is the new Tasmanian Champion after finishing outright 2nd in the Tasmanian Championships to Malaysian visitor Lim Yee Weng, who is ineligible for the title as he lacks the residency requirements. The tournament had an unusually cosmopolitan flavour with entrants from as far away as Germany, Malaysia and even WA.

With Lim destroying the field, the race for the Tasmanian Championship title was congested and very confusing. At the start of round 5 there were five equal leaders in the title race, but of these Frame lost to Lim, Slidziunas lost to Radosavljevic, and Pavicic and Donnelly drew with each other. With Chadwick in trouble against Doblies it seemed that Tasmania would have four or five state champions

A strange case involved John Bund, who claimed to have no rating despite a player of the same name from the same state being master-listed in the 1800s based on a provisional rating earned decades ago. When Bund insisted he had never played a rated game in Australia, the organisers treated him as unrated and gave him the bye in the first round. Bund objected to this as well, was soundly beaten by Doblies in round 2, and was not seen thereafter.

I would have thought that in a small state like tasmania, a person who was rated in the 1800s would be well known, unlike in NSW where there may be annonymous.

what would have happened if you had 5 state champions? would you tie break or play off?

bit demoralising hey if too many non tasmanians enter. If the entire MCC decides to come to tassie to prove firegoat's point that they are stronger than the entire state of tassie, and assuming that they hold the top 10 places, then the tassie state champ would be someone who came number 11. Why not only have people who are eligible to hold the tassie state champ title enter?

Kevin Bonham
09-03-2004, 12:33 AM
I would have thought that in a small state like tasmania, a person who was rated in the 1800s would be well known, unlike in NSW where there may be annonymous.

He was from Qld so none of us had heard of him.


what would have happened if you had 5 state champions? would you tie break or play off?

Title would have been shared without a playoff unless all tied players agreed to hold a playoff. I don't know when the policy of sharing the title without playoff started except that a playoff was held in 1952 but not when there was next a tie in 1974 (two players). There was a 3-way tie in 1983, and 2-way ties in 1989 and 1993. It's surprising that with such short events there have still only been four ties involving eligible players in the last 50 years.

I can cope with a 2-way tie for a state title but any more than that is a bit ridiculous IMHO. Don't be surprised if we go to 7 rounds in future.


bit demoralising hey if too many non tasmanians enter. If the entire MCC decides to come to tassie to prove firegoat's point that they are stronger than the entire state of tassie, and assuming that they hold the top 10 places, then the tassie state champ would be someone who came number 11. Why not only have people who are eligible to hold the tassie state champ title enter?

Then it could not be a Grand Prix event.

I think if it became that serious an issue, we would look at restricting it though, as picking a champ from midfield would be a joke. Colin Cloudsdale (1978), Sven Zeidler (1990), Tim Anderson (1996) and Ian Rout (2003) all tied for first but were ineligible at the time (Cloudsdale and Anderson both won the title as Tasmanian residents at other times). Lim Yee Weng is, surprisingly, the first player to win the tournament outright while ineligible. I think this is the most ineligible players to have ever contested the event by far. Usually there are none to one or two.

arosar
09-03-2004, 08:46 AM
Coupla games pls?

AR

Kevin Bonham
09-03-2004, 12:02 PM
Coupla games pls?

I'll put several up when I get them from the organisers.

Kevin Bonham
09-03-2004, 05:16 PM
An appetite-whetter (although not a key game) - this was quite an interesting Closed French Tarrasch gambit line I had with Burnie junior Thomas Hendrey who is showing quite a bit of promise.

Hendrey(1327)-Bonham(2039)

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.c3 c5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Ngf3 Qb6 8.0-0 cxd4 9.cxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Qxd4 11.Nf3 Qb6 12.Qa4 Qb4 13.Qc2 Qc5 14.Qe2 Qc7 15.Bd2 Be7 16.Rac1 Qd8 17.Rc2 Nc5 18.Bb5+ Bd7 19.Rfc1 b6 20.b4 a6 21.Nd4 axb5 22.bxc5 bxc5 23.Nxb5 Bxb5 24.Qxb5+ Qd7 25.a4 Qxb5 26.axb5 Rb8 27.Rb1 Kd7 28.Ra2 Rb7 29.Rba1 Rhb8 30.Ra7 Ke8 31.Rxb7 Rxb7 32.h3 d4 33.Kf1 c4 34.Ke2 Rxb5 35.Ra8+ Bd8 36.Bg5 Rxe5+ 0-1

All old theory to 14...Qc7 (...Be7 is more precise). 8...g6 is the new line but I like to grab pawns and suffer. All downhill for White after 21.Nd4 (he's trying to swindle at the end and forgets it's check) but between those moves did White have anything?

Have plenty more up in coming weeks.

firegoat7
10-03-2004, 01:31 PM
Does this game qualify as empirical evidence for the right of Tasmanians to play in the Australian Championships?



Cheers FG7

Kevin Bonham
10-03-2004, 02:11 PM
Does this game qualify as empirical evidence for the right of Tasmanians to play in the Australian Championships?

Obviously not (especially since neither player earned the right to play in it) it just happened to be of some club-level opening-theory type interest (eg how can white attack in this position?) for half a dozen moves (and happened to be the only one I had to hand that was interesting for anything other than colossal blunders given my form that weekend), and if you want to bring up all that small-minded resentful rubbish of yours again, then do it on some other thread instead of sniping and trolling in the tournament results section. Grow up. I'll be posting some of the key games later when I get them and those wishing to draw conclusions about the quality of play in Tasmania can do so at that time.

If I wasn't moderator, I would have long ago whacked ignore on you and left you to babble your negative froth about me and Tasmanian chess to yourself and anyone else moronic enough to listen.

Kevin Bonham
11-03-2004, 07:28 PM
Second vs first - Chadwick (1826) vs Lim (FIDE 2311)

1.d4 g6 2.c4 c5 3.e3 Bg7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Be2 cxd4 7.exd4 d5 8.0-0 Nc6 9.h3 Bf5 10.a3 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Ne4 12.Be3 Rc8 13.Rc1 Nxc3 14.bxc3 e5 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 17.Qb3 Qc7 18.Bd5 b6 19.c4 Bf4 20.Rfe1 Rfe8 21.Bxf4 Qxf4 22.Rcd1 Qc7 23.c5 bxc5 24.g4 Rxe1+ 25.Rxe1 c4 26.Bxc4 Bxg4 27.hxg4? Qxc4 28.Qf3 Qc3 29.Re3 Qc1+ 30.Kg2 Qc6 31.Qxc6 Rxc6 32.Kg3 a5 33.f3 Kg7 34.Re4 Rc8 35.a4 Kf6 36.Rd4 Ke6 37.Kf4 Rc3 38.Re4+ Kf6 39.g5+ Kg7 40.Re5 Rc4+ 41.Re4 Rxe4+ 42.Kxe4 f6 43.f4 h5 44.gxh6+ Kxh6 45.Kf3 Kh5 46.Kg3 Kh6 47.Kf3 Kg7 48.Ke4 Kf7 49.Kd5 Ke7 50.Kc6 Ke6 51.Kb5 g5 52.fxg5 fxg5 53.Kxa5 g4 54.Kb6 g3 55.a5 g2 56.a6 g1=Q+ 57.Kb7 Qb1+ 58.Ka8 Qe4+ 59.Kb8 Qe5+ 60.Ka8 Qc7 61.a7 Qc8#