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Kevin Bonham
14-01-2008, 11:26 PM
Starts tomorrow (OK, today for those who believe the new day starts at midnight; I don't!). Not as many Australian players raiding this event as normal but Tim Reilly is playing, and Tony Dowden (joint Tasmanian champion) is probably both an Australian and a New Zealander now!

Live games will apparently be broadcast from www.aucklandchesscentre.co.nz/dgt/tfd.htm

Entry list:


Entries received so far (22): GM Murray Chandler 2540 (NZ), IM Herman Van Riemsdijk 2391 (Brazil), IM Russell Dive 2341 (NZ), IM Paul Garbett 2338 (NZ), FM Robert Smith 2333 (NZ), IM Anthony Ker 2330 (NZ), FM Nicolas Croad 2313 (NZ), FM Bruce Watson 2293 (NZ), FM Stephen Lukey 2283 (NZ), FM Tim Reilly 2276 (Australia), Michael Steadman 2238 (NZ), FM Ove Hartvig 2233 (Denmark), Leonard McLaren 2250 (NZ), NM Graeme Spain 2191 (NZ), Ralph Hart 2174 (NZ), NM Tony Dowden 2170 (NZ), Matthew Barlow 2148 (NZ), NM Peter Stuart 2114 (NZ), Gino Thornton 2095 (NZ), Hilton Bennett 2094 (NZ), Fuatai Fuatai 2087 (NZ), Nathan Goodhue 2083 (NZ).

Schedule (their time):


Tuesday 15th January Opening ceremony 13:00
Round 1 14:00
Wednesday 16th January Round 2 10:00 Round 3 18:00
Thursday 17th January Round 4 14:00
Friday 18th January Round 5 10:00 Round 6 18:00
Saturday 19th January Round 7 14:00
Sunday 20th January Round 8 14:00
Monday 21st January Round 9 14:00
Tuesday 22nd January Round 10 14:00
Wednesday 23rd January Round 11 14:00
Prizegiving 19:30

Interesting to note this is roughly the same format as the Aus Champs except minus the rest day.

New Zealand Champion receives automatic NZ olympiad selection, but only if they get the title outright.

pax
15-01-2008, 11:51 AM
Why is it that several Australians often play the NZ Championship, but very few if any New Zealanders play the Australian?

Capablanca-Fan
15-01-2008, 12:43 PM
Why is it that several Australians often play the NZ Championship, but very few if any New Zealanders play the Australian?
Who knows? It wasn't that way when I played in the NZ champs regularly, and they were closed to 12 NZ citizens (including dual nationals like me), as they had been for decades.

Denis_Jessop
15-01-2008, 04:40 PM
Why is it that several Australians often play the NZ Championship, but very few if any New Zealanders play the Australian?

I put a motion to the recent ACF National Conference that was later adopted by the Council to the effect that the ACF should liaise with the NZCF to avoid clashes between the two National Championships for that very purpose. I had thought that it would be beneficial for New Zealanders to play in our Championships and vice versa. I note that this year there isn't a clash anyway but I still think it's a good idea to have a bit more formal contact between the two Federations and to encourage closer relations between the two and their players. (New Zealand is closer to Sydney than Perth is.) At present there is none to speak of and, unfortunately, I didn't get to initiate anything (for various reasons) while I was ACF President.

DJ

Kevin Bonham
15-01-2008, 06:59 PM
Why is it that several Australians often play the NZ Championship, but very few if any New Zealanders play the Australian?

Because more of our players like their chances of getting a big prize in the NZ champs than NZ players like their chances of ditto in the Australian?

Because we simply have more players?

Adamski
15-01-2008, 08:59 PM
Because more of our players like their chances of getting a big prize in the NZ champs than NZ players like their chances of ditto in the Australian?

Because we simply have more players?

Both KB's points are valid. Of course, there are also a number of NZ citizens who live in Oz. I am one (so at least one kiwi played in the 2008 Oz lightning champs anyway.)

KB will probably agree with me when I say "go Tony Dowden" in Auckland. I have known Tony since we were both young laddies in Dunedin, NZ.

Adamski
15-01-2008, 09:04 PM
See http://www.aucklandchesscentre.co.nz/dgt/congress.htm for latest results.

Kevin Bonham
15-01-2008, 09:23 PM
I haven't seen Tony's game yet (the PGN link is down) but this is the upset:

Hartvig - van Riemsdijk

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4 Nc6 4. Qe3 Nf6 5. Bd2
Bb4 6. Nc3 O-O 7. O-O-O Re8 8. Qg3 Nxe4 9. Nxe4 Rxe4 10. c3 Bd6 11. f4 Qf6 12.
Nh3 Ra4 13. Kb1 Bf8 14. Bd3 d5 15. Qf3 Bf5 16. b3 Bxd3+ 17. Qxd3 Re4 18. Ng5
Rae8 19. Rhe1 Qg6 20. Nxe4 dxe4 21. Qg3 Qe6 22. Bc1 Ne7 23. Qe3 Nd5 24. Qd4 c6
25. c4 Nb6 26. Bb2 Qf5 27. g3 f6 28. Re2 Qh5 29. Qd2 Bc5 30. a3 Qf7 31. Qc2 f5
32. g4 Nd7 33. gxf5 Qxf5 34. Rg2 Bf8 35. Qc3 Re7 36. Rdg1 Qf7 37. Qd4 a6 38.
Rg5 e3 39. f5 e2 40. Re1 h6 41. Rg2 Qxf5+ 42. Ka2 Nc5 43. Rf2 Qd3 44. Qxc5 Qd2
45. Qf5 1-0

Black, a pawn up at the time, missed the nice idea 16...Qg6!, and after 17...Re4?! 18.Ng5 spent most of the rest of the game suffering to varying degrees.

Capablanca-Fan
16-01-2008, 01:14 AM
Reilly–Dive was a swindle. Reilly was winning before. His unnecessary 27. Kh1 prepared the way for falling into the trap.

Kevin Bonham
17-01-2008, 07:06 PM
Van Riemsdijk - Lukey, in which white sprung a theoretical surprise and obtained a strong position very quickly.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6.
bxc3 Ne7 7. h4 Nbc6 8. h5 Qa5 9. Bd2 Bd7 10. Rb1!? {
a rare move, chessbase has only four previous games} O-O-O 11. Qc1 Qc7 12. Nf3
f6 {white is clearly much better at this point} 13. Bf4 fxe5 14. Nxe5 cxd4 15.
cxd4 ({While this is hardly bad,} 15. Ba6!! {
and black can resign two moves earlier than he did, since} Nxe5 (15... bxa6 16.
Nxc6 {winning queen as Rb8# is on}) (15... Na5 16. Nc4 Qc6 {
or giving up the queen for two pieces} 17. Nd6+ Kb8 18. Nxb7+ Ka8 19. Nxd8 Rxd8
20. Qb2 ) 16. Rxb7 {and white will be queen for rook and knight up with
black's king still not safe.}) 15... Nxd4 (15... Rdf8 16. Bd3 Nxd4 17. O-O Rxf4
18. Qxf4 +/-) (15... Qa5+ 16. c3 Nxd4 17. h6 +/-) 16. Nc4! Nxc2+ 17. Qxc2 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
17-01-2008, 08:15 PM
Van Riemsdijk - Lukey, in which white sprung a theoretical surprise and obtained a strong position very quickly.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6.
bxc3 Ne7 7. h4 Nbc6 8. h5 Qa5 9. Bd2 Bd7 10. Rb1!? {
a rare move, chessbase has only four previous games} O-O-O 11. Qc1 Qc7 12. Nf3
f6 {white is clearly much better at this point So where did Black go wrong, since you're a French expert? } 13. Bf4 fxe5 14. Nxe5 cxd4 15.
cxd4 ({While this is hardly bad,} 15. Ba6!! {
and black can resign two moves earlier than he did, since [great pickup!]} Nxe5 (15... bxa6 16.
Nxc6 {winning queen as Rb8# is on}) (15... Na5 16. Nc4 Qc6 {
or giving up the queen for two pieces} 17. Nd6+ Kb8 18. Nxb7+ Ka8 19. Nxd8 Rxd8
20. Qb2 ) 16. Rxb7 {and white will be queen for rook and knight up with
black's king still not safe.}) 15... Nxd4 (15... Rdf8 16. Bd3 Nxd4 17. O-O Rxf4
18. Qxf4 +/-) (15... Qa5+ 16. c3 Nxd4 17. h6 +/-) 16. Nc4! Nxc2+ 17. Qxc2 [Black didn't want to see ...] 17... Qxf4 18. Nd6+ Kb8 19. Rxb7+ Ka8 20. Rxa7+! 1-0

Kevin Bonham
17-01-2008, 08:47 PM
So where did Black go wrong, since you're a French expert?

I am not an expert on 6...Ne7, I avoid it almost entirely as it's a bit on the sharp side for me (I like being able to get my pieces into play a little clumsily sometimes without finding myself down a rook on account of it), and instead play 6...Qc7 which tends to lead to totally different positions.

I think Black is clearly in trouble after ...f6 (so often a thematic freeing move) because the queen is such a key defender of the q-side. I have played games in the ...Qc7 line where the Q sits on c7 for a while with the B on f4 and the Q effectively pins the e-pawn, but here it doesn't because it cannot afford to be diverted.

I am not sure if Black is in trouble before that or not.

Kevin Bonham
17-01-2008, 10:30 PM
What about 12...Nf5 for black? It exerts pressure on d4 and if White evicts it with 13.g4, then the knight retreats and the white kingside may become opened up for black to play on (not immediately, some groundwork needed first). White does have 13.Qb2 defending d4 and pressuring down the b-file, but needs to be a little bit careful that Black can't just lock the queenside and play on the kingside; after all, it is extremely difficult for white to treble on the queenside. And white is forced to commit to one of these two plans really; nothing else looks good.

There may be some lurking strategic problems in all this that I'm not a good enough player to see, but for the time being I'm assuming ...Nf5 is at least vaguely viable.

Desmond
17-01-2008, 10:42 PM
...Qa5 can't have been good, or if he was really desperate to do it, it should have been followed by ...c4, and putting the B on a4 sooner or later.


...fxe5 is suicide.

Kevin Bonham
17-01-2008, 11:03 PM
...Qa5 can't have been good, or if he was really desperate to do it, it should have been followed by ...c4, and putting the B on a4 sooner or later.


...Qa5 is a common line against 7.h4 but in many lines black will soon exchange pawns on d4.

Desmond
17-01-2008, 11:26 PM
...Qa5 is a common line against 7.h4 but in many lines black will soon exchange pawns on d4.Yet he moved it back to c7 3 moves later. Perhaps the problem was consistency.

Capablanca-Fan
18-01-2008, 12:01 AM
Yet he moved it back to c7 3 moves later. Perhaps the problem was consistency.
Lukey has been playing French since both of us were teens in NZ. It's almost unheard of that he loses so quickly. But you two French experts have helped explain a few things.

Adamski
18-01-2008, 12:51 PM
Thus far anyway Van Riemsdijk seems to be playing a successful Swiss Gambit. He's leading now. Great stamina for his age...

Capablanca-Fan
18-01-2008, 01:29 PM
Thus far anyway Van Riemsdijk seems to be playing a successful Swiss Gambit. He's leading now. Great stamina for his age...
Definitely, and his opening repertoire has youthful vigour. Can't follow his game with Dive though; the live board seems to go wrong aroung move 26.

Adamski
18-01-2008, 02:33 PM
... Can't follow his game with Dive though; the live board seems to go wrong aroung move 26.

Seems ok now. Full game is there. Did Russell Dive just blunder on move 25 allowing his h pawn to be captured?

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2008, 02:54 PM
Re the Lukey game here are alll the previous 10.Rb1 games from chessbase (all four of them). Probably the fourth (which black won) is the only one where black played anywhere near correctly.

[Event "Yerevan ol (Men)"]
[Site "Yerevan"]
[Date "1996.09.??"]
[Round "14"]
[White "Wang Zili", 2535]
[Black "Shulman,Yuri", 2520]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "C18"]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.h4 Nbc6 8.h5 Qa5
9.Bd2 Bd7 10.Rb1 0-0-0 11.Nf3 Qxa3 12.Ra1 Qb2 13.dxc5 f6 14.Rh4 d4 15.Nxd4 Nxe5 16.Rxa7 Nd5
17.Rh3 Nc7 18.Rg3 g5 19.Qa1 Qxa1+ 20.Rxa1 Nc6 21.Nb5 Nxb5 22.Bxb5 Kc7 23.h6 e5 24.Rb1 Ra8
25.Rd3 Rhe8 26.Rd6 Re6 27.Rd1 Rf8 28.c4 Rf7 29.Ba5+ Kc8 30.Bb6 Rxd6 31.cxd6 Nd4 32.Bxd4 exd4
33.Rxd4 Bxb5 34.cxb5 Kd7 35.Kd2 f5 36.Kc3 Rf6 37.Kb4 Rxh6 38.Kc5 Rh2 39.Rd5 b6+ 40.Kxb6 Rxg2
41.c4 Rxf2 42.c5 g4 43.c6+ Ke6 44.d7 Kxd5 45.d8=Q+ Ke4 46.c7 Rc2 47.Qe7+ Kf4 48.Qb4+ Kg5
49.Qb3 1-0

Comment: 11...Qxa3? is asking for trouble and got it. Black was never really comfortable at any stage after such a move.

[Event "Stuttgart op 10th"]
[Site "Stuttgart"]
[Date "2005.05.05"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Bogner,Sebastian",2409]
[Black "Schmahl,Stephan", 2173]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "C18"]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.h4 Nbc6 8.h5 Qa5
9.Bd2 Bd7 10.Rb1 cxd4 11.cxd4 Qa4 12.c3 Qxd1+ 13.Kxd1 Na5 14.h6 gxh6 15.Bd3 Rc8 16.Ne2 b6
17.Bxh6 Rg8 18.g3 Ng6 19.g4 Nc4 20.Bc1 Ba4+ 21.Bc2 Bxc2+ 22.Kxc2 Nf8 23.f3 Ke7 24.Nf4 f6
25.exf6+ Kxf6 26.Ra1 Nd6 27.a4 Rc4 28.Ra2 Rc7 29.Kd3 Rd7 30.Re2 Kf7 31.Nh3 Rg6 32.Nf4 Rg8
33.Nh5 Rg6 34.g5 Rc7 35.Nf6 Rc6 36.Reh2 a6 37.Bf4 b5 38.axb5 Nxb5 39.Ra1 1-0

Comment: swapping queens usually isn't a great idea for white in the Winawer. But compare this with the more normal 7...Qa5 8.Bd2 cxd4 9.cxd4 Qa4 where White could play c3. In that line, black having not yet moved the bishop and white having not played Rb1, and the white pawn not having reached h5, white does not have the tempo to play h6. In this case, white obtains an advantage.

[Event "Boeblingen op 22nd"]
[Site "Boeblingen"]
[Date "2005.12.26"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Kuczynski,Robert",2485]
[Black "Ortmann,David",2282]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "C18"]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.h4 Nbc6 8.h5 Qa5
9.Bd2 Bd7 10.Rb1 Qc7 11.Nf3 0-0-0 12.h6 gxh6 13.Bxh6 f6 14.Bg7 fxe5 15.dxe5 Rhg8 16.Bf6 Be8
1/2

Comment: White must have been only interested in a draw in this game since 14.exf6 is probably winning.

[Event "Eupen SVDB"]
[Site "Eupen"]
[Date "2007.12.07"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Gulbas,Cemil", 2365]
[Black "Meessen,Rudolf", 2305]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "C18"]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.h4 Bd7 8.h5 Qa5
9.Bd2 Nbc6 10.Rb1 Qc7 11.Nf3 h6 12.Bf4 c4 13.Qd2 0-0-0 14.Be2 Kb8 15.Nh4 Ka8 16.Bg4 Qa5
17.Ra1 g5 18.hxg6 fxg6 19.Nf3 g5 20.Be3 Rdf8 21.Bh5 Nf5 22.Nh2 Nce7 23.g3 Ba4 24.Ng4 Ng7
25.Kf1 Nxh5 26.Rxh5 Nf5 27.Kg2 Nxe3+ 28.Qxe3 Bxc2 29.f3 Qb6 30.Rf1 Bd3 31.Rf2 Qb3 32.Qd2 Qxa3
33.Rxh6 Rxh6 34.Nxh6 Qe7 35.Kg1 Rh8 36.Ng4 Qa3 37.Kg2 Qa1 38.Nh2 g4 0-1

Comment: this looks like a correct handling of the Rb1 idea, even with all the shuffling about with the queen, and is along the lines of some of what I mentioned earlier. Black locks the queenside and plays on the kingside. By move 17 White is on the back foot and returns the tempo he gained earlier in the game, but White could not have stopped the kingside breakthrough anyway.

Capablanca-Fan
18-01-2008, 03:18 PM
Seems ok now. Full game is there. Did Russell Dive just blunder on move 25 allowing his h pawn to be captured?
Now they are putting the next round up. Is the Kiwi Champs now two rounds per day?

Bill Gletsos
18-01-2008, 03:29 PM
Now they are putting the next round up. Is the Kiwi Champs now two rounds per day?There are two rounds per day on only two days of the event.

Today is the second two round day, the previous one being last Wednesday.

Adamski
18-01-2008, 03:35 PM
Schedule from http://www.aucklandchesscentre.co.nz/webcontent/Default.aspx?tabid=228

The Championship and Major Open will both be held as 11-round Swiss system tournaments played over 9 days, with a time control of 100 minutes plus an increment of 60 seconds from move one.

Tuesday 15th January Opening ceremony 13:00
Round 1 14:00
Wednesday 16th January Round 2 10:00 Round 3 18:00
Thursday 17th January Round 4 14:00
Friday 18th January Round 5 10:00 Round 6 18:00
Saturday 19th January Round 7 14:00
Sunday 20th January Round 8 14:00
Monday 21st January Round 9 14:00
Tuesday 22nd January Round 10 14:00
Wednesday 23rd January Round 11 14:00
Prizegiving 19:30

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2008, 03:41 PM
Alas Reilly and Dowden have both slumped from 2/3 to 2/5 so we won't be seeing either on the DGT boards again for a few rounds!

Kevin Bonham
20-01-2008, 11:24 AM
Current crosstable:


1 Chandler, Murray NZL 2540 gm 5 4:W 7:L 11:W 14:D 10:W 9:D 3:W
2 Dive, Russell NZL 2341 im WE 5 11:W 13:W 14:W 10:D 3:L 4:D 9:W
3 Van Riemsdijk, Herman BRA 2391 im 4.5 16:L 8:W 15:W 7:W 2:W 5:D 1:L
4 Steadman, Michael NZL 2238 AC 4.5 1:L 22:D 19:+ 16:W 8:W 2:D 5:D
5 Garbett, Paul NZL 2338 im NS 4.5 15:D 18:W 6:D 12:W 9:D 3:D 4:D
6 McLaren, Leonard NZL 2250 NS 4.5 19:W 10:D 5:D 9:L 12:W 7:D 11:W
7 Lukey, Stephen NZL 2283 fm WE 4.5 22:W 1:W 10:L 3:L 14:W 6:D 15:W
8 Smith, Robert NZL 2333 fm WT 4.5 12:D 3:L 20:W 13:W 4:L 16:W 10:W
9 Ker, Anthony NZL 2330 im WE 4 18:L 17:W 16:W 6:W 5:D 1:D 2:L
10 Croad, Nicolas NZL 2313 WE 3.5 20:W 6:D 7:W 2:D 1:L 11:D 8:L
11 Spain, Graeme NZL 2191 GA 3.5 2:L 21:W 1:L 18:W 13:W 10:D 6:L
12 Dowden, Tony NZL 2170 OT 3.5 8:D 15:D 22:W 5:L 6:L 13:D 14:W
13 Reilly, Tim AUS 2276 fm 3.5 21:W 2:L 18:W 8:L 11:L 12:D 19:W
14 Watson, Bruce NZL 2293 fm AC 3 17:W 16:W 2:L 1:D 7:L 15:D 12:L
15 Hart, Ralph NZL 2174 NS 3 5:D 12:D 3:L 20:D 17:W 14:D 7:L
16 Hartvig, Ove DEN 2233 fm 3 3:W 14:L 9:L 4:L 20:W 8:L 21:W
17 Thornton, Gino NZL 2095 NS 3 14:L 9:L 21:D 19:W 15:L 18:D 22:W
18 Barlow, Matthew NZL 2148 NS 2.5 9:W 5:L 13:L 11:L 21:D 17:D 20:D
19 Goodhue, Nathan NZL 2083 AC 2 6:L 20:D 4:- 17:L 22:W 21:D 13:L
20 Stuart, Peter NZL 2114 NS 2 10:L 19:D 8:L 15:D 16:L 22:D 18:D
21 Fuatai, Fuatai NZL 2087 NS 2 13:L 11:L 17:D 22:D 18:D 19:D 16:L
22 Bennett, Hilton NZL 2094 HA 1.5 7:L 4:D 12:L 21:D 19:L 20:D 17:L

Tony is doing not too badly at the moment; defeated an FM yesterday although I have not seen the game as the PGN is only up to round five.

Capablanca-Fan
20-01-2008, 12:19 PM
[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.15"]
[Round "1.3"]
[White "Dive, Russell"]
[Black "Spain, Graeme"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B10"]
[PlyCount "63"]

1. c4 c6 2. e4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. cxd5 Nf6 5. Bb5+ Nbd7 6. Nc3 a6 7. Qa4 g6 8.
Nf3 Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. Bxd7 Nxd7 11. d4 b5 12. Qb3 Nb6 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bh4 g5
15. Bg3 Bb7 16. h4 gxh4 17. Nxh4 Bxd5 18. Nxd5 Qxd5 19. Qb4 Qxd4 20. Qxe7 Qxb2
21. Rad1 Nc4 22. Nf5 Qf6 23. Qc5 Kh8 24. Bh4 Qb6 25. Qd5 Qe6 26. Qf3 Rae8 27.
Qh3 Qe4 28. Bf6 Bxf6 29. Qxh6+ Kg8 30. Qxf6 Qe5 31. Qg5+ Kh7 32. Rd3 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
20-01-2008, 12:23 PM
[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.15"]
[Round "1.6"]
[White "Barlow, Matthew"]
[Black "Ker, Anthony"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A58"]
[PlyCount "215"]

A first round upset. In the Benko, if White plays the fianchetto variation, it is important for Black to play Nbd7-b6 before castling so White has to look after his d-pawn so must accept suboptimal posts for his pieces. I'm surprised that someone as strong as IM Ker slipped up here.

All the same, White wasn't playing for more than a draw by the look of things, and only started to play to win after Black overlooked 47.Ne4. The game lasted longer than it needed to; Ker has long not been known for speedy resignations. In a Kiwi Junior Champs against me, he likewise dragged out the same easily winning endgame of K+R+fP+gP v K+R. Oh, Barlow was the guy I bought my second hand copy of Fischer's My 60 Memorable Games from almost 30 years ago; I was a kid and he was supposedly giving up chess.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. Nc3 axb5 6. Nxb5 Ba6 7. Nc3 d6 8. Nf3
g6 9. g3 Bg7 10. Bg2 O-O 11. O-O Nbd7 12. Rb1 Qa5 13. Qc2 Ne8 14. Bg5 Ndf6 15.
Rfd1 Nc7 16. b3 Nd7 17. Bd2 Nb5 18. Nxb5 Qxb5 19. Bf1 Qb7 20. Bg5 Nf6 21. Bxf6
Bxf6 22. a4 Rab8 23. Bg2 Qb4 24. Rdc1 Rb7 25. e3 Rfb8 26. Nd2 Qa3 27. Bf1 Bxf1
28. Kxf1 Qb4 29. Kg1 e6 30. dxe6 fxe6 31. Ne4 Be7 32. Nd2 d5 33. h4 Rc8 34. Qd1
Bf6 35. Qc2 Kg7 36. Qd3 Rc6 37. Rc2 Qa3 38. Qe2 c4 39. bxc4 Rxb1+ 40. Nxb1 Qb3
41. Qd1 Rxc4 42. Rd2 Qb4 43. Ra2 Qc5 44. Kg2 d4 45. Nd2 Rb4 46. Qf3 dxe3 47.
Ne4 Qf5 48. Nxf6 Kxf6 49. Qxe3 Qa5 50. Qc3+ Kf7 51. Rd2 Qa8+ 52. Kh2 Rb7 53. a5
Qb8 54. a6 Rc7 55. Qe3 Re7 56. Qh6 Ke8 57. Qe3 Qc8 58. a7 Qa6 59. Qe5 Qxa7 60.
Qh8+ Kf7 61. Qxh7+ Kf6 62. Qh8+ Kf7 63. Rd4 e5 64. Rd2 Qb6 65. Qh7+ Kf6 66. Qh6
Kf7 67. Qh7+ Kf6 68. Qh6 Kf7 69. h5 Qf6 70. Qh7+ Ke6 71. Qxg6 Qxg6 72. hxg6 Kf5
73. Rd6 e4 74. g7 Rxg7 75. Rd5+ Kf6 76. Kg2 Re7 77. Kf1 e3 78. f4 e2+ 79. Ke1
Rg7 80. Rd3 Re7 81. Rd5 Rg7 82. Rd3 Re7 83. Ra3 Kf5 84. Ra1 Kg4 85. Kf2 Rb7 86.
Rh1 Re7 87. Re1 Rh7 88. Rxe2 Rh3 89. Re8 Rh2+ 90. Ke3 Ra2 91. Rg8+ Kf5 92. Rg5+
Kf6 93. Kf3 Ra3+ 94. Kg4 Ra8 95. Rb5 Ra6 96. Rb3 Rc6 97. Kf3 Rc1 98. Rb6+ Kf7
99. Kg4 Rg1 100. Kh4 Rg2 101. g4 Rh2+ 102. Kg5 Rh8 103. Rb7+ Ke6 104. f5+ Ke5
105. Re7+ Kd6 106. Re6+ Kd7 107. Kf6 Rh6+ 108. Kg7 1-0

Another example of how NOT to play the Benko!

[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.17"]
[Round "4.7"]
[White "Steadman, Michael"]
[Black "Hartvig, Ove"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A58"]
[PlyCount "49"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 g6 6. Nc3 Bxa6 7. g3 d6 8. Bg2
Bg7 9. Nf3 Nbd7 10. Rb1 Qa5 11. Bd2 O-O 12. O-O Qc7 13. Re1 Nb6 14. e4 Nc4 15.
Bc1 Rfb8 16. Qc2 Nd7 17. Rd1 Qa5 18. Bd2 Ra7 (18... Nxd2) 19. Be1 Rab7?? (19... Nde5) 20. Na4 Qc7 21. Bf1
Nce5 22. Nxe5 Nxe5 23. Bxa6 Nf3+ 24. Kg2 Nxe1+ 25. Rxe1 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
20-01-2008, 12:37 PM
[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.18"]
[Round "5.6"]
[White "Spain, Graeme"]
[Black "Reilly, Tim"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B06"]
[PlyCount "81"]

Reilly was outplaying Spain here, and made a simple oversight.

1. e4 d6 2. d4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nf3 a6 5. a4 Nf6 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O Bg4 8. Nd2
Bxe2 9. Qxe2 Nc6 10. Nf3 e5 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Bg5 Nd4 13. Nxd4 exd4 14. Nd5 Re8
15. Qf3 Re6 16. a5 Rc8 17. Rfd1 c5 18. c3 Qd6 19. Bxf6 Bxf6 20. Nxf6+ Rxf6 21.
Qd3 Qf4 22. f3 Rd6 23. c4 Re8 24. Re1 g5 25. Rad1 Qe5 26. g3 Ree6 27. Rd2 Rd7
28. Rf2 f5 29. Rfe2 f4 30. g4 h5 31. h3 Rh6 32. Rg2 Rdh7 33. Kf2 hxg4 34. hxg4
Rh3 35. Ke2 Kf8 36. Kd1 Ke8 37. Rd2 Rg3 38. Rf1 Rhh3 39. Qb3 Qc7 40. e5 Rxg4
41. Qa4+ 1-0

[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.18"]
[Round "5.7"]
[White "McLaren, Leonard"]
[Black "Dowden, Tony"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C10"]
[PlyCount "65"]

Seems to me that Dowden just played a bad line, lost a good P "for nothing, as they say in English" (Bronstein), then tried a desperate piece sac that McLaren easily deflected.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Bb5 Nf6 5. e5 Ne4 6. Nxe4 dxe4 7. c3 Bd7 8. Ba4
f6 9. exf6 Qxf6 10. Nh3 O-O-O 11. Qe2 h6 12. Qxe4 Kb8 13. Bf4 Bd6 14. O-O-O g5
15. Bxd6 cxd6 16. f3 d5 17. Qe3 Na5 18. Bxd7 Rxd7 19. Rde1 Nc4 20. Qxe6 Qd8 21.
Nf2 Rd6 22. Qe2 Qa5 23. Kb1 Rc8 24. Nd3 Rb6 25. Nb4 Nxb2 26. Qxb2 Rxc3 27. Re8+
Rc8 28. Rxc8+ Kxc8 29. a3 Qb5 30. Rc1+ Kb8 31. Rc5 Qf1+ 32. Ka2 a5 33. Nc6 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
20-01-2008, 12:52 PM
[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.17"]
[Round "4.5"]
[White "Ker, Anthony"]
[Black "McLaren, Leonard"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B22"]
[PlyCount "75"]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 e6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Qe2
cxd4 9. cxd4 Nc6 10. Rd1 Rd8 11. Nc3 Qd6 12. Nb5 Qb8 13. Ne5 a6 14. Bf4! axb5
15. Nxc6 Qxf4 16. Nxe7+ Kf8 17. Nxc8 Raxc8 18. Bxb5 Rxd4 19. g3 Qd6 20. Rxd4
Qxd4 21. Rd1 Qc5 22. a4 h5 23. Kg2 g6 24. Qf3 Nd5? 25. Bd7 Rc7 26. Bxe6 Nb6 27.
b3 Kg7 28. Bd5 Qb4 29. Qe4 Nxd5 30. Qe5+ f6 31. Qxd5 h4 32. Rd4 h3+ 33. Kxh3
Qe1 34. Kg2 Rc1 35. Qxb7+ Kh6 36. Rh4+ Kg5 37. Qd5+ f5 38. Qd8+ 1-0

Kevin Bonham
20-01-2008, 05:09 PM
Chandler leads Steadman (who he has already beaten) by half a point after demolishing Dive's position with black.

1. c4 e5 2. g3 d6 3. Bg2 f5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Rb1 Be7 6.b4 O-O 7. d3 Kh8 8. Nf3 c6 9. O-O Qe8 10. Qc2 Qh5 11. c5 f4 12. cxd6 Bxd6 13.
Rd1 fxg3 14. hxg3 Ng4 15. Ne4 Be7 16. Bg5 Bxg5 17. Nexg5 Bf5 18. Ne4 Nd7 19.
Nd6 Be6 20. Nxb7 Bd5 21. Rb2? Rxf3! 22. exf3 Nh2 23. g4 Qh4 24. Qe2 Rf8 25.
f4 Rxf4 26. f3 Nxf3+ 27. Bxf3 Bxf3 0-1

Possibly 21.Nc5 is best for white, since it either enables the knight to participate in the defence or else activates white's queen after an exchange of knights on c5. But even so Black has such pressure that I suspect white is drawing at best.

Capablanca-Fan
20-01-2008, 07:10 PM
Chandler leads Steadman (who he has already beaten) by half a point after demolishing Dive's position with black.

1. c4 e5 2. g3 d6 3. Bg2 f5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Rb1 Be7 6.b4 O-O 7. d3 Kh8 8. Nf3 c6 9. O-O Qe8 10. Qc2 Qh5 11. c5 f4 12. cxd6 Bxd6 13.
Rd1 fxg3 14. hxg3 Ng4 15. Ne4 Be7 16. Bg5 Bxg5 17. Nexg5 Bf5 18. Ne4 Nd7 19.
Nd6 Be6 20. Nxb7 Bd5 21. Rb2? Rxf3! 22. exf3 Nh2 23. g4 Qh4 24. Qe2 Rf8 25.
f4 Rxf4 26. f3 Nxf3+ 27. Bxf3 Bxf3 0-1

Possibly 21.Nc5 is best for white, since it either enables the knight to participate in the defence or else activates white's queen after an exchange of knights on c5. But even so Black has such pressure that I suspect white is drawing at best.
Very single-minded attack. Dive may not have seen the strength of 22... Nh2.

Can't see anyone stopping Chandler now. He has played his strongest rivals now and is showing his GM strength. Steadman will have a hard time against van Riemsdijk and Ker, whom Chandler has already played.

Capablanca-Fan
20-01-2008, 08:33 PM
The two current leaders met in R1!
[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.15"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Chandler, Murray"]
[Black "Steadman, Michael"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C14"]
[PlyCount "97"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. f4 a6 8. Nf3
c5 9. Ne2 cxd4 10. Qd2 Nc5 11. O-O-O d3 12. cxd3 Bd7 13. Kb1 Nc6 14. Rc1 Rc8
15. Ned4 Nd8 16. Be2 b5 17. b4 Na4 18. Rxc8 Bxc8 19. Rc1 Bb7 20. Bd1 Nb6 21.
Qc3 Nc8 22. a4 Na7 23. axb5 axb5 24. Qc5 Qxc5 25. Rxc5 Bc6 26. Kb2 Kd7 27. Rc1
Kc7 28. Nb3 Nb7 29. Nfd4 Kb6 30. Bh5 g6 31. Be2 Bd7 32. g4 Rc8 33. Ra1 Nc6 34.
Nxc6 Bxc6 35. h4 Rf8 36. Nd4 Bd7 37. g5 h5 38. Bf3 Rc8 39. Nb3 Be8 40. Be2 Bd7
41. d4 Bc6 42. Kc3 Nd8 43. Nc5 Ra8 44. Nd7+ Kb7 45. Nc5+ Kb6 46. Nd7+ Kb7 47.
Rxa8 Kxa8 48. Nf6 Kb8 49. Bxh5 1-0

Next round was the upset of the tournament:
[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.16"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Lukey, Stephen"]
[Black "Chandler, Murray"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D43"]
[PlyCount "131"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5
9. Be2 Bb7 10. h4 g4 11. Ne5 h5 12. f3 Nbd7 13. fxg4 hxg4 14. O-O Nxe5 15. Bxe5
Rh6 16. Qd2 b4 17. Na4 Nxe4 18. Qf4 f5 19. g3 Rg6 20. Qe3 Qd5 21. h5 Rg5 22.
Rac1 Rxh5 23. Bxc4 Qd7 24. Bd3 Ng5 25. Kf2 Nf3 26. Rh1 Rxh1 27. Rxh1 Nxe5 28.
Qxe5 O-O-O 29. Bc4 Qxd4+ 30. Qxd4 Rxd4 31. Bxe6+ Kd8 32. Rh8 Ke7 33. Nc5 Rd2+
34. Ke3 Rxb2 35. Bxf5 Bg7 36. Rb8 Bh6+ 37. Kd3 Kd6 38. Kc4 Ba6+ 39. Nxa6 Rxa2
40. Nxb4 Rg2 41. Rc8 Ke5 42. Bxg4 Rxg3 43. Be2 Bd2 44. Nxc6+ Kd6 45. Rd8+ Kxc6
46. Rxd2 Re3 47. Bd3 Re5 48. Rh2 Re6 49. Rh5 a6 50. Rh7 Kb6 51. Kd5 Rf6 52. Rh1
Kc7 53. Be4 Kb6 54. Rb1+ Kc7 55. Kc5 a5 56. Rb7+ Kd8 57. Ra7 a4 58. Rxa4 Kd7
59. Bd5 Ke7 60. Ra7+ Kf8 61. Kd4 Rf2 62. Ke5 Re2+ 63. Kd6 Re7 64. Ra8+ Re8 65.
Ra7 Re7 66. Ra1 1-0

Kevin Bonham
20-01-2008, 09:24 PM
Thanks Jono for posting the Lukey-Chandler game; I hadn't seen it. It's that Moscow Gambit line again (considered a little bit speculative back in the mid-90s it is now such a critical line, especially because if it works then it is so much harder for Black to play the Semi-Slav and be sure of a positional game rather than a violent one). They went pretty deep into the theory too. I'm hoping someone will write a monograph on the Moscow Gambit sometime soon (if it hasn't been done already) - I wouldn't mind two or three hundred pages on it! It's getting so messy it's tempting to just take up the Botvinnik and take away white's choice of playing style. :lol:

Chandler should have played 28...Bg7 when White can only discard the exchange via 29.Rh8+ Kf7 30.Rh7 Kg8 31.Rxg7. Black's position is still a little airy but white has not much left to throw so black has excellent winning chances.

White seemed to play much better than black immediately after the exchange of queens. Sure he has compensation for the pawns he is down but surely not that much!

Did Chandler resign the final position, or did he perhaps lose on time? If the PGN is correct then I think 66...Rh7 still draws, because if 67.Rg1 there is the stalemate defence 67...Rd7+!

Capablanca-Fan
20-01-2008, 11:29 PM
White seemed to play much better than black immediately after the exchange of queens. Sure he has compensation for the pawns he is down but surely not that much!
Could Chandler avoid giving a piece away?


Did Chandler resign the final position, or did he perhaps lose on time? If the PGN is correct then I think 66...Rh7 still draws, because if 67.Rg1 there is the stalemate defence 67...Rd7+!
No idea, sorry. Seems a premature resignation, but where's a tablebase when you need it? Seems to me that 63... Re7 was clever but just misplaced the R which should have stayed a long way away.

Also, R+B+N v R+B (opposite colours) has very serious winning chances, whereas the defender should hold R+B v R, and Chandler of course knew that he had to toss his remaining P ASAP so he had stalemate tricks.

Kevin Bonham
21-01-2008, 12:02 AM
Could Chandler avoid giving a piece away?

I don't think so (past a certain point) but he didn't have to lose so many pawns as well.

For instance 36...Kd6. If 37.Rxb7 white gets two pieces for one, but black gets the a-pawn, and should draw.


Seems a premature resignation, but where's a tablebase when you need it?

Everything but ...Rh7 loses and only the stalemate trap saves after Rg1. All I can think if the score is correct is that he must have either not seen the stalemate trap and resigned in a drawn position, or else lost on time.

Capablanca-Fan
21-01-2008, 07:22 PM
Seems ok now. Full game is there. Did Russell Dive just blunder on move 25 allowing his h pawn to be captured?
[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.18"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Dive, Russell"]
[Black "Van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E58"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 e6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. e3 O-O 6. Bd3 c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. a3
Bxc3 9. bxc3 Qc7 10. h3 dxc4 11. Bxc4 e5 12. Ba2 e4 13. Nd2 Bf5 14. a4 Rfd8 15.
Ba3 b6 16. Qe2 Bg6 17. Rfc1 Qd7 18. Nc4 Qf5 19. Rab1 Bh5 20. Qf1 Rd5 21. Nxb6
axb6 22. Rxb6 Rd6 23. Bxc5 Nd7 24. Rb5 Rg6 25. Bd6 Qxh3 26. Bg3 Rf6 27. Qc4 Bg4
28. Bb3 Be2 29. Rb1 Nf8 30. Bc2 Nb8 31. d5 0-1
I'd like an explanation for the moves after 26. Bg3, where Black's Q is left en prise.

Adamski
21-01-2008, 09:36 PM
[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.18"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Dive, Russell"]
[Black "Van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E58"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 e6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. e3 O-O 6. Bd3 c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. a3
Bxc3 9. bxc3 Qc7 10. h3 dxc4 11. Bxc4 e5 12. Ba2 e4 13. Nd2 Bf5 14. a4 Rfd8 15.
Ba3 b6 16. Qe2 Bg6 17. Rfc1 Qd7 18. Nc4 Qf5 19. Rab1 Bh5 20. Qf1 Rd5 21. Nxb6
axb6 22. Rxb6 Rd6 23. Bxc5 Nd7 24. Rb5 Rg6 25. Bd6 Qxh3 26. Bg3 Rf6 27. Qc4 Bg4
28. Bb3 Be2 29. Rb1 Nf8 30. Bc2 Nb8 31. d5 0-1
I'd like an explanation for the moves after 26. Bg3, where Black's Q is left en prise.
I seem to recall there was time trouble for both players, especially Dive. Even so, you'd think 30 seconds increment would be enough to see an en prise Queen! I'm suspicious of the scoresheet.

flukey
22-01-2008, 08:40 AM
Hi there

To answer two questions about my games:

1. In van riemsdijk / lukey, 11 Qc1 was the interesting novelty - apparentely it was prepared by herman as he had had a white loss of his in this line featured in a new in chess survey article - hence he thought he better prepare something new!! The point of 11 Qc1 is that now white is really threatening Rb5 ... as after say 11 ... f6 12. Rb5 Qa4 (this is good after 11 Nf3) 13. Rc5 b6 14. Bb5! picks up the queen as a3 is defended (if 11 Nf3 had been played then 13. ... b6 would have won the exchange). The other point of 11. Qc1 is showed in the game as it defends the f4 square thus making Bf4 stronger.

2. In lukey / chandler I mucked up the opening, possibly it is unwise to play the anti-moscow gambit against a GM knowing no theory at all. Anyway, Murray's mistake was to swap rooks and give me the h file and then swap on e5 letting my queen get there - he had planned Bg7 which won in every line but Rh8 which lets white off the hook.

Murray did lose on time in the act of playing a move that lost anyway. For most of the period where I stole a piece after nc5 we were both pretty short of time (but with 1 minute inc never gets too serious). Jono was right that one point of interest was how good the ending of R, N, and opposite B v r and opposite B is ... I considered aiming for it but ended up going for a safer line as I didn't want him to retain his g pawn for a bit.

Cheers
Steve

Kevin Bonham
22-01-2008, 08:09 PM
Thanks very much for the comments flukey. I noticed van Riemsdijk was a bit of a 7.h4 junky in the databases.

Dowden, having to this point scored a respectable 5/10 despite being near the tail end of the ratings, has been sent to top board for the final round, black against Chandler. Dive is white against McLaren but needs to win and have Chandler lose to tie for first.

Capablanca-Fan
23-01-2008, 11:57 AM
[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.21"]
[Round "9.1"]
[White "Chandler, Murray"]
[Black "Smith, Robert"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B14"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"]
Chandler caught Smith in a deadly pin
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Qb3 Bg7 7. cxd5 O-O 8.
Be2 Nbd7 9. Bf3 Nb6 10. Nge2 Bg4 11. Bxg4 Nxg4 12. Bf4 Nf6 13. d6 exd6 14. O-O
Re8 15. Ng3 Qd7 16. Rfd1 Rad8 17. h3 Qc6 18. Rac1 Nbd5 19. Bg5 Nxc3 20. Rxc3
Qd7 21. Rf3 Qe7 22. Qe3 Qd7 23. Qd2 Qe7 24. Qf4 1-0

[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.21"]
[Round "9.2"]
[White "McLaren, Leonard"]
[Black "Steadman, Murray"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B06"]
[PlyCount "51"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"]
Overwhelming victory by McLaren against Steadman who was 2nd outright going into this round.
1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. f4 d6 4. Nf3 a6 5. Bd3 Nd7 6. O-O c5 7. c3 e6 8. Nbd2 Qc7
9. e5 d5 10. g4 h5 11. f5 exf5 12. gxf5 Nf8 13. c4 Bxf5 14. Bxf5 gxf5 15. cxd5
cxd4 16. Nb3 f6 17. e6 Rd8 18. Qxd4 Qd6 19. Rd1 Ne7 20. Nc5 Qb6 21. Qa4+ Nc6
22. Be3 Bh6 23. Bd4 Rg8+ 24. Kh1 Rxd5 25. Nd7 Rxd4 26. Nxf6+ 1-0

[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.21"]
[Round "9.3"]
[White "Ker, Anthony"]
[Black "Van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C45"]
[PlyCount "92"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"]
Cool-headed defence by vR, who kept control of the his opponent's tactical chances with tactics of his own.
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Nxc6 Qf6 6. Qd2 dxc6 7. Nc3 Bd4
8. Bd3 Nh6 9. h3 Be6 10. O-O O-O-O 11. Ne2 Bxb2 12. Bxb2 Qxb2 13. Rfb1 Qa3 14.
Qg5 Rhg8 15. Nf4 Qc3 16. Nxe6 fxe6 17. a4 Rgf8 18. a5 Nf7 19. Qg3 Qe5 20. Qe3
Qd4 21. Qe1 Ne5 22. Ra3 c5 23. Rab3 c4 24. Rb4 b5 25. axb6 axb6 26. Bf1 Rf4 27.
Ra4 Kb7 28. Kh1 Qxf2 29. Qc3 Qd4 30. Qa3 Rf2 31. Ra7+ Kc6 32. c3 Qc5 33. Qa4+
Kd6 34. Qd1+ Ke7 35. Qh5 Rdf8 36. Be2 h6 37. Ra2 Nd7 38. Qg6 Qg5 39. Qxg5+ hxg5
40. Bxc4 Rxa2 41. Bxa2 Rf2 42. Bb3 Re2 43. Bd1 Re3 44. Rc1 Re1+ 45. Kh2 Nc5 46.
Rb1 Nxe4 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
23-01-2008, 05:01 PM
[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.19"]
[Round "7.1"]
[White "Chandler, Murray"]
[Black "Van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C58"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2008.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8.
Qf3 Bd7 (8... Rb8 is supposed to be best, giving Black good counterplay. 9. Bxc6+ Nxc6 10. Qxc6+ Nd7 is risky for White. But if he plays 9.Bd3 as in the game, ... Rb8 is a far more active move than ... Bd7. I wonder what Murray would have done) 9. Bd3 Be7 10. Bf5 O-O 11. d3 Be8 12. h4 g6 13. Bh3 c5 14. O-O c4 15.
dxc4 Bc6 16. Qc3 Rb8 17. b3 Bc5 18. Be3 Bd4 19. Bxd4 exd4 20. Qd3 h6 21. Nf3
Be4 22. Qd1 Nh5 23. Nbd2 Ba8 24. g3 Qd6 25. Bg2 f5 26. Re1 Rfe8 27. Nf1 Nc6 28.
Qd3 Qf6 29. Qd2 Kh7 30. Rxe8 Rxe8 31. Re1 Rd8 32. b4 1-0

Kevin Bonham
23-01-2008, 07:20 PM
All over. A very big margin for Chandler despite the early loss to Lukey.


1 Chandler, Murray NZL 2540 gm 9 3:W 9:L 6:W 14:D 18:W 8:D 4:W 2:W 10:W 5:W 16:W
2 Dive, Russell NZL 2341 im WE 7.5 6:W 11:W 14:W 18:D 4:L 3:D 8:W 1:L 13:W 9:W 5:D
3 Steadman, Michael NZL 2238 AC 7.5 1:L 22:D 21:+ 12:W 10:W 2:D 13:D 9:W 5:L 4:W 8:W
4 Van Riemsdijk, Herman BRA 2391 im 6.5 12:L 10:W 7:W 9:W 2:W 13:D 1:L 5:D 8:W 3:L 15:D
5 McLaren, Leonard NZL 2250 NS 6.5 21:W 18:D 13:D 8:L 16:W 9:D 6:W 4:D 3:W 1:L 2:D
6 Spain, Graeme NZL 2191 GA 6.5 2:L 20:W 1:L 15:W 11:W 18:D 5:L 8:L 22:W 14:W 17:W
7 Hart, Ralph NZL 2174 NS 6.5 13:D 16:D 4:L 19:D 17:W 14:D 9:L 12:D 20:W 22:W 18:W
8 Ker, Anthony NZL 2330 im WE 6 15:L 17:W 12:W 5:W 13:D 1:D 2:L 6:W 4:L 10:W 3:L
9 Lukey, Stephen NZL 2283 fm WE 6 22:W 1:W 18:L 4:L 14:W 5:D 7:W 3:L 11:D 2:L 20:W
10 Smith, Robert NZL 2333 fm WT 6 16:D 4:L 19:W 11:W 3:L 12:W 18:W 13:D 1:L 8:L 21:W
11 Reilly, Tim AUS 2276 fm 6 20:W 2:L 15:W 10:L 6:L 16:D 21:W 18:W 9:D 13:D 19:D
12 Hartvig, Ove DEN 2233 fm 6 4:W 14:L 8:L 3:L 19:W 10:L 20:W 7:D 21:W 16:D 22:W
13 Garbett, Paul NZL 2338 im NS 5.5 7:D 15:W 5:D 16:W 8:D 4:D 3:D 10:D 2:L 11:D 14:L
14 Watson, Bruce NZL 2293 fm AC 5.5 17:W 12:W 2:L 1:D 9:L 7:D 16:L 21:W 15:D 6:L 13:W
15 Barlow, Matthew NZL 2148 NS 5.5 8:W 13:L 11:L 6:L 20:D 17:D 19:D 22:W 14:D 21:W 4:D
16 Dowden, Tony NZL 2170 OT 5 10:D 7:D 22:W 13:L 5:L 11:D 14:W 17:D 19:D 12:D 1:L
17 Thornton, Gino NZL 2095 NS 5 14:L 8:L 20:D 21:W 7:L 15:D 22:W 16:D 18:W 19:D 6:L
18 Croad, Nicolas NZL 2313 WE 4.5 19:W 5:D 9:W 2:D 1:L 6:D 10:L 11:L 17:L 20:W 7:L
19 Stuart, Peter NZL 2114 NS 4 18:L 21:D 10:L 7:D 12:L 22:D 15:D 20:D 16:D 17:D 11:D
20 Fuatai, Fuatai NZL 2087 NS 2.5 11:L 6:L 17:D 22:D 15:D 21:D 12:L 19:D 7:L 18:L 9:L
21 Goodhue, Nathan NZL 2083 AC 2 5:L 19:D 3:- 17:L 22:W 20:D 11:L 14:L 12:L 15:L 10:L
22 Bennett, Hilton NZL 2094 HA 1.5 9:L 3:D 16:L 20:D 21:L 19:D 17:L 15:L 6:L 7:L 12:L

Capablanca-Fan
23-01-2008, 08:28 PM
All over. A very big margin for Chandler despite the early loss to Lukey.


1 Chandler, Murray NZL 2540 gm 9 3:W 9:L 6:W 14:D 18:W 8:D 4:W 2:W 10:W 5:W 16:W
2 Dive, Russell NZL 2341 im WE 7.5 6:W 11:W 14:W 18:D 4:L 3:D 8:W 1:L 13:W 9:W 5:D
3 Steadman, Michael NZL 2238 AC 7.5 1:L 22:D 21:+ 12:W 10:W 2:D 13:D 9:W 5:L 4:W 8:W
4 Van Riemsdijk, Herman BRA 2391 im 6.5 12:L 10:W 7:W 9:W 2:W 13:D 1:L 5:D 8:W 3:L 15:D
5 McLaren, Leonard NZL 2250 NS 6.5 21:W 18:D 13:D 8:L 16:W 9:D 6:W 4:D 3:W 1:L 2:D
6 Spain, Graeme NZL 2191 GA 6.5 2:L 20:W 1:L 15:W 11:W 18:D 5:L 8:L 22:W 14:W 17:W
7 Hart, Ralph NZL 2174 NS 6.5 13:D 16:D 4:L 19:D 17:W 14:D 9:L 12:D 20:W 22:W 18:W
8 Ker, Anthony NZL 2330 im WE 6 15:L 17:W 12:W 5:W 13:D 1:D 2:L 6:W 4:L 10:W 3:L
9 Lukey, Stephen NZL 2283 fm WE 6 22:W 1:W 18:L 4:L 14:W 5:D 7:W 3:L 11:D 2:L 20:W
10 Smith, Robert NZL 2333 fm WT 6 16:D 4:L 19:W 11:W 3:L 12:W 18:W 13:D 1:L 8:L 21:W
11 Reilly, Tim AUS 2276 fm 6 20:W 2:L 15:W 10:L 6:L 16:D 21:W 18:W 9:D 13:D 19:D
12 Hartvig, Ove DEN 2233 fm 6 4:W 14:L 8:L 3:L 19:W 10:L 20:W 7:D 21:W 16:D 22:W
13 Garbett, Paul NZL 2338 im NS 5.5 7:D 15:W 5:D 16:W 8:D 4:D 3:D 10:D 2:L 11:D 14:L
14 Watson, Bruce NZL 2293 fm AC 5.5 17:W 12:W 2:L 1:D 9:L 7:D 16:L 21:W 15:D 6:L 13:W
15 Barlow, Matthew NZL 2148 NS 5.5 8:W 13:L 11:L 6:L 20:D 17:D 19:D 22:W 14:D 21:W 4:D
16 Dowden, Tony NZL 2170 OT 5 10:D 7:D 22:W 13:L 5:L 11:D 14:W 17:D 19:D 12:D 1:L
17 Thornton, Gino NZL 2095 NS 5 14:L 8:L 20:D 21:W 7:L 15:D 22:W 16:D 18:W 19:D 6:L
18 Croad, Nicolas NZL 2313 WE 4.5 19:W 5:D 9:W 2:D 1:L 6:D 10:L 11:L 17:L 20:W 7:L
19 Stuart, Peter NZL 2114 NS 4 18:L 21:D 10:L 7:D 12:L 22:D 15:D 20:D 16:D 17:D 11:D
20 Fuatai, Fuatai NZL 2087 NS 2.5 11:L 6:L 17:D 22:D 15:D 21:D 12:L 19:D 7:L 18:L 9:L
21 Goodhue, Nathan NZL 2083 AC 2 5:L 19:D 3:- 17:L 22:W 20:D 11:L 14:L 12:L 15:L 10:L
22 Bennett, Hilton NZL 2094 HA 1.5 9:L 3:D 16:L 20:D 21:L 19:D 17:L 15:L 6:L 7:L 12:L

Hardly a surprise that a GM like Chandler won convincingly, esp. when you realise how strong he was 20 years ago. Van R played very well on some games but dropped off the pace later. A very good result for Steadman, beating two IMs in the last two rounds, and McLaren, Spain and Hart had their best results in a NZ Champs as well IIRC. All those on 6 would be disappointed.

Capablanca-Fan
24-01-2008, 06:35 PM
This tournament was rather different demographically from the Aussie champs; hardly anyone in the NZ champs was under 40.

[White "Chandler, Murray"]
[Black "Dowden, Tony"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C10"]
[PlyCount "73"]

Pretty much as expected, with all due respect to Tony. I'm not sure why he accepted the doubling of his f-pawns and losing the B-pair.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. Bb5 O-O 8.
O-O dxe4 9. Nxe4 Ne7 10. Nxf6+ gxf6 11. Re1 Bd7 12. Bxd7 Qxd7 13. Qd2 Qd5 14.
c4 Qf5 15. d5 e5 16. Nh4 Qh5 17. g3 Kh8 18. Qe2 Qh6 19. Rad1 Rg8 20. Kh1 Rad8
21. Qf3 Rg5 22. c5 e4 23. Qxe4 Re5 24. Qf3 Rxe1+ 25. Rxe1 Nxd5 26. Nf5 Qf8 27.
Qg4 Qg8 28. Qc4 c6 29. Nd6 b6 30. b4 bxc5 31. bxc5 Rb8 32. a3 h6 33. Kg2 Kh7
34. Re4 Rb3 35. Rg4 Qf8 36. Nf5 Qd8 37. Rh4 1-0

[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.23"]
[Round "11.3"]
[White "Steadman, Michael"]
[Black "Ker, Anthony"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B07"]
[PlyCount "91"]

Very strong finish for Steadman, who played well above his rating. Ker had to give a P on move 12, but regained it and White's position looked rather loose. But then he started planting pieces right in the enemy camp and the defenses cracked quickly.

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 c6 5. Qd2 b5 6. f3 Nbd7 7. g4 h6 8. h4 Nb6
9. b3 h5 10. g5 Nfd7 11. d5 c5 12. Bxb5 Bg7 13. a4 Rb8 14. f4 O-O 15. Nf3 Na8
16. Rd1 Nc7 17. Be2 Ba6 18. Nb1 Rb4 19. e5 Qc8 20. Na3 dxe5 21. fxe5 Nxe5 22.
Nxe5 Bxe5 23. Bxa6 Nxa6 24. Nc4 Bg3+ 25. Bf2 Qg4 26. Qe2 Bxf2+ 27. Kxf2 Qf5+
28. Kg3 Nc7 29. Rhf1 Qd7 30. d6 exd6 31. Rxd6 Qc8 32. Qe4 Ne6 33. Rf6 Ng7 34.
Rc6 Qb8+ 35. Kg2 Qb7 36. Qd5 Ne6 37. Kf2 Kg7 38. Nd6 Qe7 39. Qe5 Kh7 40. Nf5
Qd8 41. Rd6 Qb8 42. Rfxe6 Rf4+ 43. Qxf4 fxe6 44. Rd7+ Kh8 45. Qxb8 Rxb8 46. Ne3
1-0

[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.23"]
[Round "11.9"]
[White "Lukey, Stephen"]
[Black "Fuatai, Fuatai"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D85"]
[PlyCount "41"]

After a great upset win over Chandler, Lukey dropped off after losing badly to van Riemsdyk and after an unforced pawn loss to Dive, but wins quickly here. Black's last move was a blunder but his position was unenviable.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Nf3 Bg7 8.
Rb1 O-O 9. Be2 cxd4 10. cxd4 Qa5+ 11. Bd2 Qxa2 12. O-O a5 13. Re1 a4 14. Qc1
Qe6 15. Bc4 Qd7 16. Bh6 Ra5 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Re3 Rh5 19. Qc3 Kg8 20. Ne5 Qc7
21. Bxf7+ 1-0

[Event "New Zealand Championship"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "2008.01.23"]
[Round "11.5"]
[White "Spain, Graeme"]
[Black "Thornton, Gino"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C06"]
[PlyCount "39"]

Spain ended with a very respectable score after this quick win—Black was already worse, but allowing the simple sac on g6 was not the way to hold on.

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. O-O O-O 12. Bf4 Ne4 13. Bxd6 Nxd6 {(=)}
14. Ne5 Qb6 15. Nxc6 bxc6 16. Qc2 g6 17. Rac1 Bd7 18. Bxg6 hxg6 19. Qxg6+ Kh8
20. Rc3 1-0

Kevin Bonham
24-01-2008, 07:34 PM
Spain-Thornton is a French Closed Tarrasch line that I play for both sides and have studied deeply, some variations beyond move 25. This game didn't even get that far!

Black's 12th is an unusual move order and perhaps a move order error. Black normally plays 12....Bxf4 13.Bxf4 Ne4 with tempo on the Nf4.

Instead of 16...g6?? which obviously loses, I think 16...Nf5 is the best try. But the idea of equalising quickly via 17...Ba6 can be stopped by 17.Qc3! with the idea that if ...Ba6, 18.Bxa6 and then white's queen defends d4 and controls e5, while white maneuvers N-f4-d3 with a very strong game. So, I think Jono is right that black is already worse.

Igor_Goldenberg
25-01-2008, 11:14 AM
Hardly a surprise that a GM like Chandler won convincingly, esp. when you realise how strong he was 20 years ago. Van R played very well on some games but dropped off the pace later. A very good result for Steadman, beating two IMs in the last two rounds, and McLaren, Spain and Hart had their best results in a NZ Champs as well IIRC. All those on 6 would be disappointed.
I wonder what would happen if Puchen Wang played in the championship

pax
25-01-2008, 11:59 AM
NZ should be in uncharted territory at the Olympiad this year, with Chandler and the emerging star Puchen Wang. A shame for them that Igor jumped ship :)

Capablanca-Fan
25-01-2008, 01:16 PM
NZ should be in uncharted territory at the Olympiad this year, with Chandler and the emerging star Puchen Wang.
Would Chandler play for NZ again? Those two at the top would considerably strengthen the Kiwis.


A shame for them that Igor jumped ship :)
I wasn't aware that IG was ever a Kiwi.

Brian_Jones
25-01-2008, 01:27 PM
Would Chandler play for NZ again? Those two at the top would considerably strengthen the Kiwis. I wasn't aware that IG was ever a Kiwi.

Chandler is playing SIO and will almost certainly play in Dresden.

Wang leaves for France in search of GM norms on 10/2/08 but will return to play SIO!

I think Pax meant Igor Bjelobrk not Goldenberg!

Capablanca-Fan
25-01-2008, 02:05 PM
Chandler is playing SIO and will almost certainly play in Dresden.

Wang leaves for France in search of GM norms on 10/2/08 but will return to play SIO!
Should be interesting to have both those strong Kiwis there.


I think Pax meant Igor Bjelobrk not Goldenberg!
Makes sense. Just that IG was in the post directly above Pax' mention of "Igor".

pax
25-01-2008, 03:58 PM
Would Chandler play for NZ again? Those two at the top would considerably strengthen the Kiwis.
Well he's just moved back there (with Helen Milligan who is now the top rated female in NZ), and he has stated a desire to give something back to NZ chess. I don't see why he wouldn't go to the Olympiad.

Incidentally, I don't think it has been commented on much, but Chandler's new proximity to Australia should be a boost to events here (especially norm events). Indeed, we've already seen quite a lot of him in the last couple of years.



I wasn't aware that IG was ever a Kiwi.
Sorry, yes was talking about Bjelobrk.

Capablanca-Fan
26-01-2008, 01:50 AM
Well he's just moved back there (with Helen Milligan who is now the top rated female in NZ), and he has stated a desire to give something back to NZ chess. I don't see why he wouldn't go to the Olympiad.
The Kiwis would appreciate it.


Incidentally, I don't think it has been commented on much, but Chandler's new proximity to Australia should be a boost to events here (especially norm events). Indeed, we've already seen quite a lot of him in the last couple of years.
That would be very good. Chandler's best was better even than Rogers' best. Most of the time, the best Kiwis aren't as good as the best Aussies, although in Sarapu's best years in the 1950s and 1960s he was as good at or maybe better. With the demographics of the respective championships this year, the Aussie edge can only increase in the foreseeable future.