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Solo
26-09-2008, 01:19 AM
This IM tournament starts in Auckland on Saturday. The 10 players in seed order are 1. Daniel Baider 2. Michael Steadman 3. Tim Reilly 4. Stephen Solomon 5. Stephen Lukey 6. Andras Toth 7. Bruce Watson 8. Darryl Johansen 9. Bob Smith 10. Nicolas Croad.

After that most of the players will play in the South Island Championship at Kaikoura.

Duff McKagan
27-09-2008, 02:15 AM
Go croyd!

Capablanca-Fan
27-09-2008, 03:49 PM
George Trundle is good bloke and was long a regular at tournaments I played in the old country. He was a POW during WW2, and chess was one of the things that kept him sane, as I remember in a newspaper interview in the 1980s, and as he explains in this recording and transcript (http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/sound/pow-camp-entertainment). His best result was runner up in the 1967 NZ Champs, behind Sarapu and equal with Bruce Anderson and P. Harraway. This was one of the few open champs in those days, with GM Averbakh and some Australian IMs coming over, so it was a fine result in such strength.

Is this online anywhere?

Solo
27-09-2008, 05:36 PM
The games are not live anywhere sorry. First round results were:
Baider - Croad 0-1
Steadman - Smith 0-1
Reilly - Johansen 0-1
Solomon - Watson 1-0
Lukey - Toth 0-1

A qualifying tournament of ten players is on too.

fiddling
28-09-2008, 05:17 PM
and round 2 please solo

fiddling
28-09-2008, 05:24 PM
and round 2 please solo
:) :) :)

Solo
28-09-2008, 07:55 PM
Results and games are on the newzealandchess.co.nz website. Today's results were:
Baider - Steadman 0-1
Smith - Reilly 0-1
Johansen - Solomon draw
Croad - Toth 1-0
Watson - Lukey 1-0

The latter two were very interesting; a wild tactical game and Bruce Watson played a great endgame.

Capablanca-Fan
28-09-2008, 08:18 PM
Solomon,S (2478) - Watson,B (2280) [B47]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters R1
27.09.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Ndb5 Qb8 7.Be3 Nf6 8.f4 d6 9.Qf3 Be7 10.Bd3 0-0 11.0-0 a6 12.Nd4 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 e5 14.Bb6 exf4 15.Qxf4 Be6 16.Nd5 Bxd5 17.exd5 g6 18.Rae1 Nh5 19.Qh6 Bd8 20.Bd4 f6 21.g4 Qc8 22.gxh5 Black resigns 1-0

Lukey,S (2288) - Toth,A (2401) [E97]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters R1,
27.09.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 a5 10.Ba3 axb4 11.Bxb4 Nd7 12.a4 Bh6 13.Qc2 f5 14.Rfd1 Kh8 15.c5 Nf6 16.cxd6 (=) 16...cxd6 17.Nd2 Bxd2 18.Rxd2 Qb6 19.Nb5 Nxe4 20.Bd3 Nxd5 21.Bxe4 Nxb4 22.Qb2 fxe4 23.Qxb4 e3 24.Rxd6 exf2+ 25.Kf1 Qe3 26.Rad1 Bh3 27.Qc3 Bxg2+ 28.Kxg2 f1Q+ 29.Rxf1 Qe2+ 30.Kg3 Rxf1 31.Rd2 Rg1+ White resigns 0-1

Round 2 upset
Croad,N (2290) - Toth,A (2401) [E81]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters
28.09.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Bg5 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Bd3 exd5 9.cxd5 Nbd7 10.Nh3 Ne5 11.Nf2 Nxd3+ 12.Qxd3 a6 13.0-0 h6 14.Be3 Re8 15.Rab1 Nd7 16.f4 f5 17.exf5 gxf5 18.b4 b6 19.Rfe1 Nf6 20.Ne2 Nh5 21.Bd2 Bd7 22.Ng3 Nxg3 23.Qxg3 Qf6 24.Rec1 Bb5 25.bxc5 bxc5 26.a4 Bxa4 27.Rb7 Re2 28.Ng4 fxg4 29.Bc3 Qxc3 30.Rxc3 Bd4+ 31.Kf1 Rae8 32.Rd3 Kh8 33.Rxd4 cxd4 34.Qxg4 R2e7 35.Rxe7 Rxe7 36.Qc8+ Kg7 37.Qxa6 Bd1 38.Qd3 Bh5 39.Qxd4+ Kf7 40.Qh8 Black resigns 1-0

And here is that endgame:


Watson,B (2280) - Lukey,S (2288) [A10]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters R2
28.09.2008

1.c4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.d3 0-0 6.e4 fxe4 7.dxe4 e5 8.Nge2 Nc6 9.0-0 d6 10.Nd5 Be6 11.Bg5 Qd7 12.Qd2 Rf7 13.Rad1 Raf8 14.f3 Bh3 15.Be3 h5 16.c5 Nxd5 17.Qxd5 Be6 18.Qd3 Nb4 19.Qd2 Nxa2 20.cxd6 cxd6 21.Bxa7 Qb5 22.Be3 Bb3 23.Rb1 Nb4 24.Nc3 Qd3 25.Qxd3 Nxd3 26.Nb5 d5 27.exd5 Bxd5 28.Rbd1 Bc6 29.Nd6 Nxb2 30.Rb1 Rd7 31.Rxb2 Rxd6 32.Bc5 Rd3 33.Bxf8 Bxf8 34.f4 Bc5+ 35.Kh1 e4 36.Re1 Bd4 37.Rbe2 e3 38.Bxc6 bxc6 39.Kg2 c5 40.Kf3 Kf7 41.h3 Rb3 42.g4 hxg4+ 43.hxg4 Rb4 44.Ra2 Rb6 45.Ree2 Ke6 46.Ke4 Kd6 47.Rh2 Kc6 48.g5 Kb5 49.Rab2+ Kc6 50.Rxb6+ Kxb6 51.Kd3 Kc6 52.Rh6 Kd5 53.Rxg6 c4+ 54.Ke2 c3 55.Kd3 e2 56.Kxe2 c2 57.Kd2 Be3+ 58.Kxc2 Bxf4 59.Ra6 Ke5 60.g6 Bh6 61.Kd3 Bg7 62.Ra2 Kf6 63.Rg2 Bh6 64.Ke4 Bg7 65.Rg4 Bh6 66.Kf3 Kg7 67.Kg3 Bd2 68.Kh4 Bc1 69.Kh5 Bd2 70.Rd4 Bc1 71.Rd7+ Kg8 72.Rb7 Bd2 73.g7 Kh7 74.Rf7 Bc3 75.g8=Q+ Kxg8 76.Kg6 Bb4 77.Rb7 Bd6 78.Rd7 Black resigns 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
29-09-2008, 04:29 PM
From Results page (http://newzealandchess.co.nz/results.html)

R3 results:

Mike Steadman 1-0 Nic Croad
Tim Reilly - Daniel Baider
Stephen Solomon 1-0 Bob Smith
Stephen Lukey 1-0 Darryl Johansen
Andras Toth 1-0 Bruce Watson



Solomon,S (2478) - Smith,R (2316) [B27]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (3.3), 29.09.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nf6 5.Bb5 a6 6.e5 axb5 7.exf6 Nc6 8.Qd2 b4 9.c4 e6 10.b3 Ra5 11.0-0 d5 12.Bb2 dxc4 13.Qxd8+ Nxd8 14.bxc4 Nc6 15.Nbd2 b6 16.Rfd1 Ra8 17.h4 h6 18.Nb3 Ba6 19.Rac1 Bc5 20.Be5 0-0 21.Bf4 h5 22.Bd6 Bxd6 23.Rxd6 Bb7 24.c5 bxc5 25.Nxc5 Na5 26.Nxb7 Nxb7 27.Rd7 Rfb8 28.Rcc7 Nd8 29.Ng5 Rxa2 30.Re7 Kf8 31.Rxf7+ Nxf7 32.Rxf7+ Ke8 33.Re7+ Kf8 34.Nxe6+ Kg8 35.f7+ Black resigns 1-0

Toth,A (2401) - Watson,B (2280) [B49]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (3.5), 29.09.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Be3 Bb4 9.Na4 d5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.exd5 cxd5 12.c4 dxc4 13.Nb6 Rb8 14.Qa4+ Nd7 15.Nxc8 Qxc8 16.Rac1 0-0 17.Rxc4 Qb7 18.Bf3 Black resigns 1-0

Round upset, which looks like a deserved win:
Lukey,S (2288) - Johansen,D (2452) [E12]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (3.4), 29.09.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.Nc3 c5 7.e4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 d6 9.Be2 a6 10.Be3 Qc7 11.0-0 Be7 12.Rad1 Nbd7 13.f4 0-0 14.g4 Nc5 15.Bf3 e5 16.Nf5 exf4 17.Bxf4 Rfd8 18.g5 Ne8 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.exd5 Bf8 21.Rde1 a5 22.Bg4 g6 23.Nd4 Ng7 24.Nb5 Qb8 25.Re3 Re8 26.b4 axb4 27.axb4 Na6 28.Ref3 Nxb4 29.Qd2 Na6 30.Bg3 Nc5 31.Rxf7 Nf5 32.Bxf5 gxf5 33.R7xf5 Ne4 34.Qf4 Nxg3 35.hxg3 Qc8 36.Rf7 Bg7 37.g6 Qc5+ 38.Kh1 hxg6 39.Nc7 Rf8 40.Rxg7+ Kxg7 41.Ne6+ Kg8 42.Qxf8+ Rxf8 43.Rxf8+ Black resigns 1-0

Ivanchuk_Fan
29-09-2008, 10:33 PM
Looking at the results, Solomon is in the clear lead on 2.5/3, with Toth, Croad and Steadman half a point behind on 2/3.

What is the score required for a player to achieve an IM norm?

Kevin Bonham
30-09-2008, 12:42 AM
Round upset, which looks like a deserved win:
Lukey,S (2288) - Johansen,D (2452) [E12]

Indeed it does. According to the databases 9...a6 is pretty uncommon, but it's not as if its record is bad. Just looks like a really strong game by white.

MichaelBaron
30-09-2008, 02:20 AM
Just looks like a really strong game by white.
Indeed :clap: . Its a long time since I saw Darryl being crushed like this. Nor i have every seen Luckey play so well. Well-done!

flukey
30-09-2008, 03:13 PM
Upsets continue .... Baider 1 - Solo 0 ... looked very convincing ...

bergil
30-09-2008, 03:26 PM
Looking at the results, Solomon is in the clear lead on 2.5/3, with Toth, Croad and Steadman half a point behind on 2/3.

What is the score required for a player to achieve an IM norm?

Daniel Baider 2091
Michael Steadman 2226
Tim Reilly 2271
Stephen Solomon 2478
Stephen Lukey 2288
Andras Toth 2401
Bruce Watson 2280
Darryl Johansen 2452
Bob Smith 2316
Nicolas Croad 2290

FIDE Field Average is 2309 so its 6 out of 9

Capablanca-Fan
30-09-2008, 04:33 PM
Upsets continue .... Baider 1 - Solo 0 ... looked very convincing ...

Baider,D (2091) - Solomon,S (2478) [D49]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (4.4), 30.09.2008
[Edited to add Solo's comments on post #17 to the PGN player]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c6 3.c4 e6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Nxb5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 axb5 13.Bxb5+ Bd7 14.Nxd7 Qa5+ 15.Bd2 Qxb5 16.Nxf8 Kxf8 17.a4 Qe5+ 18.Qe2 Qxe2+ 19.Kxe2 Nd5 20.b4 Ke7 21.Rhc1 Rhc8 22.Rxc8 Rxc8 23.Kd3 e5 24.b5 Rb8 25.Rc1 f5 26.f4 exf4 27.Kxd4 Rd8 28.Ke5 Kf7 29.Ba5 Rd7 30.b6 [30. Rd1! Re7+ 31. Kxd5 Rd7+ 32. Kc6 Rxd1 33. b6.] 30... Ne7 31.Kxf4 Rd3 32.Rc3 Nd5+ [32. ... Ng6+ 33. Kxf5 Rd5+ 34. Ke4 Rxa5 35. Rc4! wins] 33.Kxf5 Nxc3 34.b7 g6+ [34. ... Rd5+ 35. Kg4 Rxa5 36. b8=Q Rxa4+ 37. Kf3, now surprisingly Black cannot hold onto his Knight, so W would win the Q & 2Ps vs. R & 2Ps on the K-side] 35.Kg4 h5+ 36.Kh4 Rd4+ 37.Kh3 Rd3+ 38.g3 Nd5 39.b8=Q g5 40.Qb7+ Kg8 41.Qc8+ Kg7 42.Qd7+ Kg6 43.Qe6+ Kg7 44.Qe5+ Kh6 45.Qe6+ Kg7 46.Kg2 h4 47.Qe4 hxg3 48.hxg3 Rd1 49.Bc3+ Kh6 50.Qe6+ Kh5 51.g4+ Kh4 52.Be1+ Rxe1 53.Qxe1+ Kxg4 54.Qd1+ Black resigns 1-0

Baider is very young (b. 1994), NZ's answer to Nakauchi. Solo used his common tactic of heading to an endgame where his skills are legendary. But outside passers grow in strength with fewer piece, while they are not as good as central passers in the middlegame. White's Ps and the BvN looked good anyway, but Black made it worse by allowing his pawns to be disrupted by 25... f5? 26. f4!

What happened to you after your well-deserved triumph yesterday over the GM?

Kevin Bonham
30-09-2008, 05:24 PM
Knights are also often not too hot against passed flank pawns.

I found a couple of previous games with 17 ...Qe5+ and both were won by white easily for similar reasons, though in one case black did not swap queens immediately.

Solo
30-09-2008, 07:12 PM
Daniel played like a super GM today and didn't make any mistakes, except that he could have won quicker with 30. Rd1! Re8+ 31. Kxd5 Rd8+ 32. Kc6 Rxd1 33. b6. After that he had to find the absolutely brilliant move 32. Rc3!!, sacrificing a Rook or a Bishop! If then I took the B with 32. ... Ng6+ 33. Kxf5 Rd5+ 34. Ke4 Rxa5 35. Rc4! wins. Later if 34. ... Rd5+ 35. Kg4 Rxa5 36. b8=Q Rxa4+ 37. Kf3, now surprizingly Black cannot hold onto his Knight, so W would win the Q & 2Ps vs. R & 2Ps on the K-side. Daniel came close to winning all 3 of his other games too.

This morning Bruce took me and his dog for a very pleasant 2 hour walk through Kauri forest to the beach, and I had some tumbles at the steep descents and some cuts and bleeding on my left knee, but really enjoyed it! When we re-entered the forest at the track from the beach where we had come out, for the ascent, we saw the sign saying "Warning - Track Closed!" Then we actually got lost on the way up. But Bruce is a very good navigator and we followed a stream and got back to the track pretty quickly! I found I wasn't as fit as him on the way up too! He was the invited NZ junior at the 1978 Aus Juniors in Ipswich, and beat me in our game there.

fiddling
30-09-2008, 08:08 PM
Score required for IM norm is 6.5

Capablanca-Fan
01-10-2008, 06:12 PM
Solomon and Croad moved into the lead with these convincing wins:

Solomon,S (2478) - Steadman,M (2226) [B06]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (5.2), 01.10.2008

1.d4 d6 2.e4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Be3 a6 5.Qd2 Nd7 6.0-0-0 b5 7.f3 Bb7 8.h4 h6 9.Nge2 Nb6 10.Nf4 c6 11.Bd3 Qc7 12.e5 dxe5 13.dxe5 Bxe5 14.Rhe1 Nd7 [14...0-0-0 15.Nxg6! fxg6 16.Bxb6 Qxb6 17.Rxe5] 15.Nxg6 0-0-0 [15...fxg6 16.Bxg6+ Kd8 17.Bb6!+-] 16.Nxh8 Bxh8 17.Ne4 h5 18.c3 Be5 19.f4 Bg7 20.Nc5 Nxc5 21.Bxc5 e6 22.Qe3 Rd5 23.Be4 Nf6 24.Bxd5 Nxd5 25.Qg3 Qxf4+ 26.Qxf4 Nxf4 27.Kc2 Nd5 28.Re4 Kc7 29.g4 Bc8 30.gxh5 e5 31.Rg1 Bh8 32.Re2 Bf5+ 33.Kd2 Nf4 34.Rf2 Be6 35.Rxf4 exf4 36.h6 f6 37.h7 Black resigns 1-0

Reilly,T (2271) - Croad,N (2290) [D31]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (5.1), 01.10.2008

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.e3 Bf5 7.g4 Be6 8.Bd3 Nd7 9.h3 Qa5 10.Qc2 Ngf6 11.f3 c5 12.dxc5 Nxc5 13.Bb5+ Bd7 14.Bxd7+ Nfxd7 15.Rd1 0-0 16.Nge2 Nb6 17.0-0 Ne6 18.Bg3 Rac8 19.f4 Bc5 20.Nd4 Nc4 21.Bf2 Bxd4 22.exd4 Nxf4 23.Qf5 Nxh3+ White resigns 0-1

Some good endgame play by young Baider against Lukey, who seems to have used up all his energy in beating Johanson so well:

Lukey,S (2288) - Baider,D (2091) [C10]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (5.3), 01.10.2008

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.c3 c5 8.Ne5 a6 9.Bg5 Qd5 10.Qf3 cxd4 11.Bxf6 Qxf3 12.Nxf3 gxf6 13.Nxd4 e5 14.Nc2 Be6 15.Ne3 f5 16.Bc4 Bc5 17.Bxe6 fxe6 18.b4 Bxe3 19.fxe3 (=) 19...Rc8 20.Kd2 Rg8 21.g3 Rg4 22.a4 Rgc4 23.Ra3 b6 24.h3 R8c7 25.g4 f4 26.Re1 Ke7 27.exf4 exf4 28.Kd3 Kd6 29.Re4 Kd5 30.Rxc4 Rxc4 31.Ra1 Re4 32.Rd1 e5 33.h4 Re3+ 34.Kd2 Ke4 35.h5 f3 36.Rf1 Re2+ 37.Kd1 Ke3 38.g5 f2 39.g6 hxg6 40.hxg6 Rd2+ 41.Kc1 Rd7 42.Kc2 Ke2 43.Rh1 f1=Q 44.Rxf1 Kxf1 White resigns 0-1

In a round of decisive games, Johanson shows his skill in a reversed Dragon:

Watson,B (2280) - Johansen,D (2452) [A29]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (5.5), 01.10.2008

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nb6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.d3 0-0 9.a3 Re8 10.b4 Bf8 11.Bb2 a5 12.b5 Nd4 13.a4 Bg4 14.Nd2 Bb4 15.f3 Be6 16.Re1 Qd7 17.e3 Nf5 18.Nde4 f6 19.Qc2 Rad8 20.Rad1 Qf7 21.Ra1 Bb3 22.Qe2 Nd5 23.Nxd5 Qxd5 24.Rec1 Qxd3 25.Qxd3 Rxd3 26.Nc5 Bxc5 27.Rxc5 Nxe3 28.Bh3 Rd2 29.Bc3 Rc2 30.Rxc7 Nd5 31.Rxb7 Nxc3 32.Ra7 Bxa4 33.b6 Rb2 34.Ra3 Ne2+ 35.Kf1 Rd8 36.Ra1 Bb5 37.R7xa5 Nc1+ White resigns 0-1

Smith moved into third place against a strong opponent. It looked like a dicey game until White's last move:

Toth,A (2401) - Smith,R (2316) [E12]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (5.4), 01.10.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.Nc3 d5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bf4 a6 9.e3 Bd6 10.Ne5 0-0 11.Bd3 c5 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bh4 Be7 14.0-0 Nfd7 15.Bg3 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Bh4 17.Rad1 Bxg3 18.hxg3 Qg5 19.f4 Qxg3 20.Rf3 Qh4 21.Rh3 Qe7 22.Bh7+ Kh8 23.Nxd5 Bxd5 24.Rxd5 Rd8 25.Be4 Ra7 26.Qb3 b5 27.Rxd8+ Qxd8 28.Bb1 Qd2 29.Qc2 Qxc2 30.Bxc2 Rd7 31.Rf3 Nc6 32.Bf5 Rd8 33.Rf2 c4 34.Rc2 Na5 35.Kf2 Kg8 36.e6 Kf8 37.exf7 Kxf7 38.g4 Nb3 39.Kf3? g6 [White resigns because 40.Be4 Nd2+] 0-1

Basil
01-10-2008, 06:25 PM
In a round of decisive games, Johanson shows his skill in a reversed Dragon
A great game to play through. Very instructive for me. Good game Daryl :clap:

Igor_Goldenberg
02-10-2008, 11:06 AM
Johansen must be on 3 points, not 2.5 as web site states.

Capablanca-Fan
02-10-2008, 07:09 PM
A bit of a rest day today for some, which is understandable in a strong tournament like this. The only decisive game was this one marred by a bad slip:

Steadman,M (2226) - Lukey,S (2288) [E94]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (6.4), 02.10.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 e5 7.0-0 Na6 8.Re1 exd4 9.Nxd4 Re8 10.f3 Nh5 11.g3 Nc5 12.Rb1 a5 13.Nd5 c6 14.Ne3 f5 15.exf5 Qf6 16.Nec2 gxf5 17.f4 Qh6 18.Bxh5 Rxe1+ 19.Nxe1 Qxh5? [19... Bxd4+ 20. Qxd4 Qxh5 was undoubtedly what Black had intended with this line] 20.Qxh5 Black resigns

flukey
02-10-2008, 08:06 PM
Sigh ... there I was sitting at the board thinking ok I take his bishop on d4, then I take his bishop on h5, and then i start analysing away ... and then I play the second move first! Actually just a merciful release because if 19 ... Bd4 20 qd4 qh5 21 b3! I'm screwed on the long diagonal.

14 ... f5 was way too optimistic ... something sane like 14 ... Bh3 would have been perfectly ok for black.

Qbert
03-10-2008, 09:29 AM
Don't worry Stephen - there's still time to climb out of the cellar :)

Capablanca-Fan
03-10-2008, 05:44 PM
Round 7 Scores:
IM event: 4 Croad, Johansen, Solomon; 4 Toth; 3 Smith, Steadman; 3 Baider, Watson; 2 Reilly; 2 Lukey.

Since the IM norm is 6, only first three can obtain it, which is a big thrill for GM Johanson and IM Solomon, but might be worthwhile for Croad. He has to beat Smith with White then Lukey with Black.

This round he had a great chance against Solo himself:

Solomon,S (2478) - Croad,N (2290) [B17]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (7.1), 03.10.2008

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.N1f3 Bd6 8.Qe2 h6 9.Ne4 Nxe4 10.Qxe4 Qc7 11.0-0 b6 12.Qg4 Kf8 13.b3 Bb7 14.Bb2 Nf6 15.Qh4 Looks like White has a strong game here, but Black gains counterplay. 15...c5 16.dxc5 Qxc5 17.Bd4 Qc7 18.Bxf6 Bxf3 19.Bb2 Be7 20.Qg3 Qxg3 21.fxg3 It seems that the open file isn't worth the ruining of White's P structure and allowing a central passed P 21...Bd5 22.c4 Bc6 23.Bg6 f6 24.a3 Bc5+ 25.Kh1 Rd8 26.Bc3 Ke7 27.g4 Bd4 28.Bb4+ Bc5 29.Be1 Rd7 30.b4 Bd4 31.b5 This cripples White's P majority 31...Bb7 32.Bb4+ Bc5 33.Bc3 Rhd8 34.Rae1 a5 35.Bf5 Rd6 36.a4 Kf7 37.Be4 Bxe4 38.Rxe4 Rd3 39.Bb2 Bb4 40.h4 Rd1 41.Ref4 R8d2 42.Ba1 Bc5 43.h5 Rxf1+ 44.Rxf1 Rc2 Now we see a relatively common but unappreciated feature: a bad B can be an advantage when both sides have heavy pieces, because they can efficiently protect pawns. 45.g5 A good swindling try 45...hxg5 46.h6 gxh6 47.Bxf6 Rf2 A serious error, exchanging an active R for a passive one, and also going into a pure same-coloured B endgame where a bad B is a disadvantage. 47... Kg6 would win easily, since Black is already a P up and about to win another on c4. 48.Rxf2 Bxf2 49.Be5 Bc5 50.g4 Kg6 51.Kg2 h5 52.gxh5+ Kxh5 53.Bg3 Kg6 54.Bf2 Bxf2 Draw agreed, because after 55. Kxf2 Kf6 56. c5! Ke7 57. c6 (or 57. cxb6) 57... Kg6 58. Kf3 e5! 59 Ke4 g4 (or 59. Kg4 e4) and both sides have self-supporting Ps. -

Lukey bounces back with a good win over Riley, sacrificing a P then offering an exchange while Black's Q-side pieces were spectators.

Lukey,S (2288) - Reilly,T (2271) [A87]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (7.2), 03.10.2008

1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 f5 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.b3 e5 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.e4 Nc6 11.Nd5 Qd7 12.Ba3 Rd8 13.Qc2 Nxe4 14.Rad1 Nd4 15.Nxd4 exd4 16.Bxe4 fxe4 17.Qxe4 Qf7 18.Rxd4 Re8 [18...Bxd4 19.Qxd4 with threats of Nf6+ and Bb2] 19.Qh4 Bf5 20.Rfd1 Bc2 21.Rf4 Bxd1 22.Rxf7 Re1+ 23.Kg2 Kxf7 24.Nxc7 Black's pieces are scattered, so the two Rs are no match for the Q here, because its forking powers. 24...Rc8 25.Qf4+ Kg8 26.Qd2 Re2 27.Qxd1 Rxa2 28.Qd7 Rb8 29.Ne8 Bc3 30.Bb4 Ba1 31.Qe6+ Kh8 32.Bd6 Ra8 33.Be5+ Bxe5 34.Qxe5+ Black resigns 1-0

Toth took advantage of Steadman's outlandish opening with a well-timed central breakthrough:

Toth,A (2401) - Steadman,M (2226) [A50]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (7.3), 03.10.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 e6 4.a3 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.e4 d6 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 d5 9.e5 Ne4 10.Bd3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 dxc4 12.Bxc4 Na5 13.Ba2 c5 14.Bg5 Qc7 15.Qd2 Nc6 16.Qf4 Re8 17.Bf6 Bxf6 18.Qxf6 cxd4 19.cxd4 Qe7 20.Qf4 Kg7 21.Rfe1 h6 22.h4 Rd8 23.Rad1 f5 24.d5 exd5 25.e6 Bxe6 26.Bxd5 Rd6 27.Bxe6 Rxe6 28.Rxe6 Qxe6 29.Qc7+ Kg8 30.Rd7 Qf6 31.Qxb7 Re8 32.Qc7 Nb8 33.Rd6 Qf7 34.Qc5 Qg7 35.h5 Nd7 36.Qd5+ Black resigns 1-0

Johanson won a very long game with grandmasterly manoeuvring:

Johansen,D (2452) - Smith,R (2316) [A35]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (7.5), 03.10.2008

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e3 d6 5.h3 Bg7 6.d4 e5 7.d5 Nce7 8.e4 Interesting that White is happy to go into a closed Benoni a tempo down. Black's game is playable but cramped, with possible attacks on White's two P chain bases at c4 and e4. White must attack the head of the P chain, but if it works, it can expose Black's vital base on d6. 8...h6 9.g4 discourages Black from f5, then prepares to work on the other side. 9...a6 10.Rg1 Nf6 11.Be2 Bd7 12.a3 a5 Now Black wants to discourage White's planned b4. 13.b3 Kf8 14.Qd3 Ne8 15.Bd2 Nc8 16.h4 Nc7 17.Rb1 Na6 18.Kd1 Na7 19.Nb5 A committal decision to close off the Q-side, but gives White a great spot for the N on c4, tying Black down to defending the Pd6. 19...Nxb5 20.cxb5 Nc7 21.a4 Ne8 22.g5 h5 23.Kc2 b6 [23...Bg4] 24.Be3 Bg4 25.Nd2 Bxe2 26.Qxe2 Ra7 27.Rg3 Kg8 28.Nc4 Kh7 29.Bd2 Rf8 30.Rbg1 Kg8 31.R3g2 Now Black can undertake nothing, and must wait on White, which is a hard thing for humans to do. White's only real break is f4, so Black must try to ameliorate this. There is a lot of "woodshifting", but this emphasizes Black's helplessness, although for a while it's not obvious how White can break through. 31...Kh7 32.Qd3 Kg8 33.Qh3 Kh7 34.Kb1 Kg8 35.Bc1 Re7 36.Bb2 Kh7 37.Bc1 Kg8 38.Qd3 Rb7 39.Bb2 Re7 40.Bc3 Ra7 41.Qd2 Kh7 42.Qe2 Kg8 43.Ka2 Kh7 44.Bd2 Kg8 45.Kb2 Kh7 46.Qe1 Kg8 47.Qe3 Kh7 48.Qh3 Kg8 49.Kc2 Kh7 50.Qg3 Kg8 51.Rf1 Re7 52.Re1 Ra7 53.Bc3 Rd7 54.Re2 Ra7 55.Bb2 Rd7 56.f3 Rb7 57.f4 exf4 58.Qxf4 Bxb2 59.Kxb2 I'm surprised that White swapped off this B, since it would have been good for attacking the Pd6. But he's a GM and seems to know what he's doing. Black must still sit and react, since he can't pro-act. 59...Rd7 60.Kc2 Rb7 61.Re3 Rd7 62.Rd3 Ng7 63.Rf2 Qb8 64.Rdf3 Re8 65.Re3 Rf8 66.Rd2 Qd8 67.Rf3 Qb8 68.Re2 Qd8 69.Kd3 Qb8 70.Qg3 Re8 71.Rf6 Red8 72.Ref2 Ne8 73.R6f4 Re7 74.Rf1 Rdd7 75.R4f3 Qd8 76.Rf4 Qb8 77.Re1 Qd8 78.Kc3 Qb8 79.Rf3 Ng7 80.Kd3 Qd8 81.Ref1 Ne8 82.Rf6! At last, but White had no need to hurry since Black was going nowhere. Fritz takes a while to "get it", realizing only on move 87 that White is much better. 82...Nxf6 83.Rxf6 Black's Rs are wretched without open files, while White's N attacks the weak P bases at b6 and d6. 83...Qc7 84.Qf4 Re8 85.Rxd6 Red8 86.Rf6 Qxf4 87.Rxf4 Rb7 88.Rf6 Rdb8 89.e5 Kg7 90.Ke4 Kg8 91.d6 Kg7 92.Kd5 Rc8 93.Nxb6 Black resigns, because 93... Rxb6 94.d7 1-0

Young Baider played a bit too loosely this time, and the veteran Watson kept the advantage he gained.

Watson,B (2280) - Baider,D (2091) [E18]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (7.4), 03.10.2008

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b6 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.0-0 e6 5.c4 Be7 6.Nc3 0-0 7.d4 Ne4 8.Bd2 f5 9.Qc2 Bf6 10.Rad1 d6 11.Ne1 Nxc3 12.Bxc3 Bxg2 13.Nxg2 Qe7 14.e4 fxe4 15.Qxe4 Nd7 16.Rfe1 (already White its better) Rae8? 17.Qb7 a5 18.Nf4 Qf7 19.Qxc7 g5 20.Nd3 Qe7 21.Qb7 Ne5 22.Qxe7 Nf3+ 23.Kh1 Rxe7 24.Re4 d5 25.cxd5 exd5 26.Rxe7 Bxe7 27.Ne5 Nxe5 28.dxe5 Rxf2 29.Rxd5 Kf7 30.g4 Ke6 31.Rb5 Bc5 32.Bxa5 Rf1+ 33.Kg2 Rg1+ 34.Kf3 Rf1+ 35.Ke4 Rf4+ 36.Kd3 Rxg4 37.Bxb6 Bxb6 38.Rxb6+ Kxe5 39.Rh6 Rd4+ 40.Kc3 Rd7 41.b4 g4 42.a4 Kf5 43.b5 Kg5 44.Re6 h5 45.a5 Ra7 46.Kb4 h4 47.b6 Ra8 48.b7 Rb8 49.a6 g3 50.hxg3 hxg3 51.Kb5 Rf8 52.Re1 Rf5+ 53.Kb6 Rf6+ 54.Ka7 Rf7 55.Ka8 Black resigns 1-0

Zwischenzug
03-10-2008, 07:56 PM
Watson,B (2280) - Baider,D (2091) [E18]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (7.4), 03.10.2008

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b6 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.0-0 e6 5.c4 Be7 6.Nc3 0-0 7.d4 Ne4 8.Bd2 f5 9.Qc2 Bf6 10.Rad1 d6 11.Ne1 Nxc3 12.Bxc3 Bxg2 13.Nxg2 Qe7 14.e4 fxe4 15.Qxe4 Nd7 16.Rfe1 Rae8? 17.Qb7 a5 18.Nf4 Qf7 19.Qxc7 g5 20.Nd3 Qe7 21.Qb7 Ne5 22.Qxe7 Nf3+ 23.Kh1 Rxe7 24.Re4 d5 25.cxd5 exd5 26.Rxe7 Bxe7 27.Ne5 Nxe5 28.dxe5 Rxf2 29.Rxd5 Kf7 30.g4 Ke6 31.Rb5 Bc5 32.Bxa5 Rf1+ 33.Kg2 Rg1+ 34.Kf3 Rf1+ 35.Ke4 Rf4+ 36.Kd3 Rxg4 37.Bxb6 Bxb6 38.Rxb6+ Kxe5 39.Rh6 Rd4+ 40.Kc3 Rd7 41.b4 g4 42.a4 Kf5 43.b5 Kg5 44.Re6 h5 45.a5 Ra7 46.Kb4 h4 47.b6 Ra8 48.b7 Rb8 49.a6 g3 50.hxg3 hxg3 51.Kb5 Rf8 52.Re1 Rf5+ 53.Kb6 Rf6+ 54.Ka7 Rf7 55.Ka8 Black resigns 1-0

Kevin Bonham
03-10-2008, 08:35 PM
Darryl seems to play quite a lot of games like that - lots of maneuvering, board chockers with pawns, hardly any exchanges of anything. I admire his patience in squeezing wins out of such positions. All the back and forth rook moves in the Smith game remind me of computers playing against each other trying to find a breakthrough!

Vlad
04-10-2008, 02:12 AM
It is a crazy game indeed. I am lucky enough Darryl has never did this to me.:)

Tony Dowden
04-10-2008, 04:07 PM
Indeed :clap: . Its a long time since I saw Darryl being crushed like this. Nor i have every seen Luckey play so well. Well-done!

Yes, nice win Steve. Now you just need to tighten up against the non-GMs ;)

Tony Dowden
04-10-2008, 04:15 PM
Score required for IM norm is 6.5

Well done Nic Coad - and best of luck to grab an IM norm :clap:

Tony Dowden
04-10-2008, 04:18 PM
Daniel played like a super GM today and didn't make any mistakes, except that he could have won quicker with 30. Rd1! Re8+ 31. Kxd5 Rd8+ 32. Kc6 Rxd1 33. b6. After that he had to find the absolutely brilliant move 32. Rc3!!, sacrificing a Rook or a Bishop! If then I took the B with 32. ... Ng6+ 33. Kxf5 Rd5+ 34. Ke4 Rxa5 35. Rc4! wins. Later if 34. ... Rd5+ 35. Kg4 Rxa5 36. b8=Q Rxa4+ 37. Kf3, now surprizingly Black cannot hold onto his Knight, so W would win the Q & 2Ps vs. R & 2Ps on the K-side.

Yes, 32.Rc3!! was a truly amazing move. At first I thought it was a typo or something but it gradually dawned on me that it seemed to work in all variations :clap: :clap: (Did it come as a surprise Solo?)

Solo
04-10-2008, 07:25 PM
Results today:
Croad - Smith draw
Solomon - Lukey 1-0
Baider - Johansen draw
Reilly - Toth 0-1
Steadman - Watson 1-0

Leaders : Solomon 5.5; Johansen, Toth, Croad 5. It will be a very interesting last round including Toth - Solomon.

My game today was fascinating, and Stephen did the funniest thing ever in my chess experience! I'll explain when I annotate the game hopefully straight after the tournament. He is having a bad event but I know how well he can play and he achieved an IM norm at Queenstown. I hope he plays his best at the Olympiad for NZ.

fiddling
04-10-2008, 07:28 PM
Well done young Baider, drawing with a GM. Fantastic !!!

Capablanca-Fan
04-10-2008, 07:39 PM
Results today:
Croad - Smith draw
Solomon - Lukey 1-0
Baider - Johansen draw
Reilly - Toth 0-1
Steadman - Watson 1-0

Leaders : Solomon 5.5; Johansen, Toth, Croad 5. It will be a very interesting last round including Toth - Solomon.

My game today was fascinating, and Stephen did the funniest thing ever in my chess experience! I'll explain when I annotate the game hopefully straight after the tournament. He is having a bad event but I know how well he can play and he achieved an IM norm at Queenstown. I hope he plays his best at the Olympiad for NZ.
Yeah, that was a strange one; I thought that line wasn't supposed to be that hot for White:

Solomon,S (2478) - Lukey,S (2288) [C17]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (8.5), 04.10.2008

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Bd2 Ne7 (John Watson thinks 5...Nh6 is good as well) 6.Nb5 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 0-0 8.f4 a6 9.Nd6 cxd4 10.Nf3 Nbc6 11.Bd3 f6 12.0-0 fxe5 13.fxe5 Rxf3 14.Rxf3 Nxe5 15.Qf4 Nxf3+ 16.gxf3 Bd7 [16...Nf5 17.Bxf5 exf5 18.Re1 Bd7] 17.Qf7+ Kh8 18.Qh5 g6 19.Bxg6 Qg8 20.Nf7+ Kg7 21.Qh6+ Kf6 22.Qg5+ Kg7 23.Nh6 Qf8 24.Be8+ Ng6 25.Bxd7 Qd8 26.h4 Qxd7 27.Re1 Qd8 28.Rxe6 Qxg5+ 29.hxg5 Rc8 30.Nf5+ Kf8 31.Rf6+ Ke8 32.Nd6+ Kd7 33.Nxc8 Kxc8 34.f4 Black resigns 1-0
Lukey should do well in the Olympiad as long as NZ plays GM-rich teams ;)

Capablanca-Fan
04-10-2008, 09:51 PM
Well done young Baider, drawing with a GM. Fantastic !!!
Baider,D (2091) - Johansen,D (2452) [E12]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (8.2), 04.10.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.a3 Ba6 5.Qa4 Bb7 6.Nc3 c5 7.dxc5 bxc5 8.g3 Be7 9.Bg2 0-0 10.0-0 d6 11.Rd1 a6 12.Qc2 Qc7 13.e4 Nc6 14.b3 Rab8 15.h3 h6 16.Rb1 Ba8 17.Be3 Nd7 18.Ne1 Bf6 19.Ne2 a5 20.Qd2 Nb6 21.Qxd6 Qxd6 22.Rxd6 Nxc4 23.Bxc5 Nxd6 [23...Rfc8 24.Rdd1 Nb2 25.Rdc1 Rxb3 26.e5! Bxe5 27.Bd4 Fritzy] 24.Bxd6 Be7 25.Bxb8 Rxb8 26.b4 White heads for the draw by leaving all Ps on one wing. White could have held the P but Black would probably have enough compensation and there would be losing chances for both sides. [26.a4;
26.Nc2 Rd8 27.Kf1 Bb7 28.Ke1 Ne5] 26...axb4 27.axb4 Nxb4 28.Nd3 g5 29.e5 Bxg2 30.Kxg2 Kf8 31.Nxb4 Rxb4 32.Rxb4 Bxb4 33.f4 gxf4 34.gxf4 Kg7 35.Kf3 Kg6 36.Ng3 Bc5 37.Kg4 Bf2 38.Nh5 Bc5 39.Ng3 Bf2 40.Nh5 Bc5 Draw agreed -

Capablanca-Fan
05-10-2008, 04:14 PM
Final Scores:
IM event:
1st equal: Johansen, Solomon 6/9; 3rd Toth 5; 4th and trophy for highest-placed New Zealander: Nic Croad 5; 5th= Steadman, Smith 4; 7th Baider 4; 8th Watson 3; 9th= Reilly, Lukey 3.
Qualifier:
1st Thornton 7/9; 2nd Shen 6; 3rd Bennett 5; 4th= Chen, Wheeler 4; 6th= Goodhue, Latimer, Milligan, Stuart 4; 10th Fuatai 2.

Johanson made short work of Steadman to catch Solomon for 1st:

Johansen,D (2452) - Steadman,M (2226) [E74]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (9.4), 05.10.2008

1.c4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Bg5 c5 7.d5 b5 8.cxb5 a6 9.a4 Qa5 10.Bd2 e6 11.dxe6 fxe6 12.Nf3 Qc7 13.0-0 Bb7 14.Ng5 Qe7 15.Qb3 d5 16.exd5 exd5 17.Rae1 Qd6 18.Nce4 Nxe4 19.Nxe4 Qc7 20.Ng5 Qd6 21.Bg4 Bf6 22.Nxh7! Rd8 [22...Kxh7 23.Qh3+ Kg8 24.Be6+ Rf7 25.Bxf7+ Kxf7 26.Qh7+ Bg7 27.Bh6 Qf8 28.Bxg7 Qxg7 29.Re7+ Kxe7 30.Qxg7+] 23.Re6 Black resigns 1-0

Croad faced Lukey on top form so didn't improve his score:

Lukey,S (2288) - Croad,N (2290) [D63]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (9.1), 05.10.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Rc1 h6 Not so good in the older QGD, unlike the Tartakover defence. 8.Bf4 c6 9.Bd3 I prefer 9. h3 to "struggle for the tempo" and preserve the Bf4 from exchange. 9...dxc4 10.Bxc4 b5 11.Bd3 Bb7 12.0-0 a6 13.Ne4 Nxe4 [Black needs to break out of White's bind with 13...c5 14.Nxf6+ Nxf6 15.dxc5 Bxf3 16.gxf3 Rc8 17.b4 Nd5 18.a3 Nxf4 with adequate compensation] 14.Bxe4 Qb6 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.Bxe5 Rfc8 Now White switches to the K-side 17.Qg4 Bf8 18.f4!! f5 19.Qg6 Re8 [19...fxe4 20.f5! (20.Qxe6+ Kh7 21.f5 is also strong) 20...exf5 (20...Rc7 21.fxe6 Qa5 22.Bxc7 Qxc7 23.Rf7 Qd6 24.Rcf1 Rb8 25.Rxf8+ Rxf8 26.Rf7 Rxf7 27.exf7+ Kf8 28.Qxd6+) 21.Rxf5 Threatening Rf7 and Rxf8+ 21...Rc7 22.Rcf1 Re7 23.Rf7 Rxe5 24.Rxg7+ Bxg7 25.Rf7 and mates] 20.Bb1 c5 21.Rxc5 [21.Bxf5 is even stronger] 21...Rac8 22.Bxf5 Rxc5 23.dxc5 Qc6 24.Bh3 Qxc5 25.Bxe6+ Black resigns 1-0

A draw suited both Toth and Solomon, and evidently this tourney was free of the poxy self-righteous anti–short-draw rules.

Toth,A (2401) - Solomon,S (2478) [C55]
2008 George Trundle NZ Masters (9.2), 05.10.2008

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Re1 d6 7.c3 Be6 8.Nbd2 h6 9.Nf1 Bxc4 10.dxc4 Re8 11.Qd3 Nd7 12.Be3 Nf8 13.Ng3 Ne6 14.Rad1 Draw agreed -

Tony Dowden
05-10-2008, 06:42 PM
Final Scores:
IM event:
1st equal: Johansen, Solomon 6/9; 3rd Toth 5; 4th and trophy for highest-placed New Zealander: Nic Croad 5; 5th= Steadman, Smith 4; 7th Baider 4; 8th Watson 3; 9th= Reilly, Lukey 3.
Qualifier:
1st Thornton 7/9; 2nd Shen 6; 3rd Bennett 5; 4th= Chen, Wheeler 4; 6th= Goodhue, Latimer, Milligan, Stuart 4; 10th Fuatai 2.


Congratulations Darryl, Stephen and Gino



Croad faced Lukey on top form so didn't improve his score



Yes, it was a wonderful attack by Stephen - in the right kind of position he's incredibly dangerous - but Nic probably felt flat after only drawing his previous game against Bob Smith and therefore missing out on the chance to go for for an IM norm.


This game from Round 5 in the Qualifier event was amusing - Black had three queens on the board at one stage:

Nathan Goodhue - Gino Thornton
1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 f5 5. e3 Nf6 6. d3 Bc5 7. Ne2 O-O 8. c3 Bb6 9. d4 e4 10. h4 Be6 11. Qc2 a5 12. a4 Ne7 13. b4 c6 14. Nd2 Nc8 15. Nf4 Bf7 16. h5 Bc7 17. Nb3 Bxf4 18. gxf4 Bxh5 19. Nxa5 Qe8 20. Bh3 b6 21. Nb3 Bf3 22. Rg1 Qh5 23. Rg3 Nd6 24. Bf1 Bg4 25. a5 Qh2 26. Rg2 Qh1 27. Nd2 h5 28. axb6 h4 29. Ra7 h3 30. Rg3 Rab8 31. Qa4 Nb5 32. Ra6 h2 33. c4 dxc4 34. b7 Rxb7 35. Rxc6 Nh5 36. Rxg4 fxg4 37. d5 c3 38. Bxc3 Nxc3 39. Rxc3 Qg1 40. d6 h1=Q 41. Qb3+ Kh8 42. Rc7 Rxc7 43. dxc7 g3 44. Qc4 g2 45. b5 gxf1=Q+ 46. Nxf1 Qh4 47. Qe2 Qhg4 48. b6 Qxe2+ 49. Kxe2 Qg4+ 50. Ke1 Qc8 0-1

Solo
05-10-2008, 06:52 PM
Thanks Jono for giving the results. Here is my annotated game Solomon - Lukey from round 8. It is my first attempt using pgn viewer so I hope it works!
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. Bd2 {Stephen nearly always plays the French and a few years ago in an Aus Masters I prepared an a3, Nf3 line against him which went well. I thought he may have prepared that deeply this time and I have been studying the Bd2 line recently so thought I would try it.} Ne7 {I thought he would play the ...Nh6 line because everyone is recommending it but of course I had something cooked up for that!} 6. Nb5 Bxd2+ 7. Qxd2 0-0 8. f4 {I spent 10 minutes trying to remember my theory here and was glad when he played what I recalled after that!} a6 9. Nd6 cxd4 10. Nf3 Nbc6 11. Bd3 {White sacs a Pawn and goes for a K-side attack} f6 12. 0-0 fxe5 13. fxe5 Rxf3!? {Theoreticians would say all this is well known theory, well, if you have read a book or an article or two! This used to be considered a refutation of this line, now it is a forced draw ... we shall see!} 14. Rxf3 Nxe5 15. Qf4! Nxf3+ 16. gxf3 Bd7?? {Played after a 40 minute think. Stephen said after the game that as soon as he played the move he remembered the right line was (16. ... Nc6 17. Qf7+ Kh8 18. Qh5 g6 19. Bxg6 Qg8 20. Nf7+ Kg7 21. Qh6+ Kf6 22. Qg5+ Kg7) and White has nothing better than perpetual check! This is true, but White has some other tries including 18. Kh1!?} 17. Qf7+ Kh8 18. Qh5 g6 19. Bxg6 Qg8 20. Nf7+ Kg7 21. Qh6+ Kf6 22. Qg5+ Kg7 23. Nh6? {I saw that after 23. Qxe7 Qe8 wins the piece back but I didn't look far enough. Then after 24. Qg5 hxg6 25. Ne5 Black is under a bind and can't stop Kh1 and Rg1 winning. That is probably the only way to win this very attractive position amazingly! If instead here 24. Qxe8 Bxe8 25. Ng5 Kxg6 26. Nxe6 d3! 27. cxd3 is just a small advantage for White. I thought after the text move I could at least repeat the position anyway after 23... Qd8 24. Nf7, but then he has the option of going to f8: Qf8 25. Qh6+ Kf6 26. Qh4+! Kxg6 27. Ne5+ Kg7 28. Nxd7 Qf7 29. Qxd4+ is again a small edge. If here 27 ... Kf5? 28. Qh5+ wins.} Qf8! {The best move, but as he was playing it Stephen uttered in his very surprised voice "Oh! It's not check!!" This was pretty funny, but I didn't know exactly what he was thinking and thought it might be one of my possibilities in reply. After the game he said he thought his Queen was his King, and that only when he picked it up did he realize it was his Queen!! He was surprized by my Nh6 and thought it had been check!} 24. Be8+ Ng6 25. Bxd7 Qd8 {Winning the piece back, and a nice echo variation of the earlier 23...Qe8 move winning the piece back in the other variation!} 26. h4 Qxd7 27. Re1 Qd8? {White has lost all his advantage after (27. ... Rf8! 28. h5 Qe7 29. Qxe7+ Nxe7 30. Rxe6 Rxf3 31. Rxe7+ Kxh6 32. Rxb7 d3!) - Johansen} 28. Rxe6 Qxg5+ 29. hxg5 Rc8? {The final mistake. Again 29 ... Rf8 was best and the position might be tenable.} 30. Nf5+ Kf8 31. Rf6+ Ke8 32. Nd6+ Kd7 33. Nxc8 Kxc8 34. f4 1-0

flukey
05-10-2008, 07:48 PM
Thanks for an interesting game Solo.

I had seen the position after 16 ... Nc6 on Chess Publishing just 2 days before ... and noticed it ended in perpetual check. It was quite frustrating sitting at the board, remembering 16 .. Nc6, and not releasing what the exact point was. I knew ... g6 was the resource but couldn't make it work. Then I saw the sneaky ... Qg8 resource. Then without engaging my brain I thought it would be nice to play the same line only with my knight still on e7 ... hence I chose 16 ... Bd7. I didn't realise until just after I played the move that the knight on e7 was a tactical weakness allowing a later Qg5.

So I was feeling a bit muddled up at this point ... fast forward a few moves and I returned from getting a drink to see 23 Nh6 (check! not!). It was only after I played 23 ... Q(K!)f8 that I noticed I was moving the Q rather than the K. Totally bizarre and just lucky it didn't lose on the spot.

By this stage my brain was just mush ... my position held together more by good luck than good management. As an aside, the machine points out that while 27 .. Rf8 draws comfortably, 27 ... Qd6! may win (28. h5 Qf4 29 Qf4 Nf4 holds the e6 pawn and black is a safe pawn up.

Certainly a hair raising game!

fiddling
09-10-2008, 09:28 AM
Have you heard anything from Kaikoura yet?
Frank

Adamski
09-10-2008, 10:02 AM
George Trundle is good bloke and was long a regular at tournaments I played in the old country. He was a POW during WW2, and chess was one of the things that kept him sane, as I remember in a newspaper interview in the 1980s, and as he explains in this recording and transcript (http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/sound/pow-camp-entertainment). His best result was runner up in the 1967 NZ Champs, behind Sarapu and equal with Bruce Anderson and P. Harraway. This was one of the few open champs in those days, with GM Averbakh and some Australian IMs coming over, so it was a fine result in such strength.

Is this online anywhere?Interesting! Jono, was this really P Harraway? It may have been Prof. John Harroway, a uni lecturer in Maths (this will interest RW -they keep popping up!!) and later (if I recall right) faculty dean at Otago University who played irregularly at Otago Chess club when I did and did tell me he had played in past NZ Champs. Do you have a source you can give for that tournament as I'd be interested to verify if it was John? Ta.

BTW I played against George Trundle too and back you up - he was a nice bloke and still strong and a tournament regular in NZ at an advanced age. One year he played in the World Senior Champs with Sarapu if I recall correctly.

Rincewind
09-10-2008, 11:02 AM
Interesting! Jono, was this really P Harraway? It may have been Prof. John Harroway, a uni lecturer in Maths (this will interest RW -tbey keep popping up!!) and later faculty dean at Otago University who played irregularly at Otago Chess club when I did and did tell me he had played in past NZ Champs. Do you have a source you can give for that tournament as I'd be interested to verify if it was John? Ta.

Do you mean this guy John Harraway (http://www.maths.otago.ac.nz/home/department/staff/_staffscript.php?s=john_harraway)? Note the spelling and the fact that this guy is not a professor. Or perhaps there was a Prof John Harroway at Otago who has subsequently retired.

Adamski
09-10-2008, 11:06 AM
Do you mean this guy John Harraway (http://www.maths.otago.ac.nz/home/department/staff/_staffscript.php?s=john_harraway)? Note the spelling and the fact that this guy is not a professor. Or perhaps there was a Prof John Harroway at Otago who has subsequently retired. Yes, that's him. We loosely called him Prof I think (he rose senior in the Dept) but at OU he was just a lecturer. Thanks for the URL.

Rincewind
09-10-2008, 04:57 PM
Yes, that's him. We loosely called him Prof I think (he rose senior in the Dept) but at OU he was just a lecturer. Thanks for the URL.

With some luck I'll get down to Dunedin early next year and if I get the chance I'll try to have a chat with John.

Tony Dowden
09-10-2008, 10:23 PM
Do you mean this guy John Harraway (http://www.maths.otago.ac.nz/home/department/staff/_staffscript.php?s=john_harraway)? Note the spelling and the fact that this guy is not a professor. Or perhaps there was a Prof John Harroway at Otago who has subsequently retired.

Yes, a positive ID: the mugshot in the link above is John.

I'm fairy sure there were two different Harraways though: John Harraway and P. Harraway. I think I remember Graham Haase - NZ champion in 1962(?) - talking about P. Harraway once.

John Harraway (no 'o' as Rincewind points out), the (recently retired?) Senior Lecturer of Mathematics and Statistics at Otago University, was a strong club player in his time but, from the perspective of having played him occasionally over a ten year period around 1975-1985 (the more recent occasions being in simuls I conducted at the university), I very much doubt he was ever strong enough to have been placed in the NZ championship and so can't be the mysterious 'P'.

I should add that John lectured with wonderful clarity to first year students. He made introductory statistics (compulsory for several courses in the bad old days) bearable and often understandable for many thousands of deeply grateful Otago students - including me :clap: :clap:

Capablanca-Fan
09-10-2008, 11:20 PM
John Harraway (no 'o' as Rincewind points out), the (recently retired?) Senior Lecturer of Mathematics and Statistics at Otago University, was a strong club player in his time but, from the perspective of having played him occasionally over a ten year period around 19751985 (the more recent occasions being in simuls I conducted at the university), I very much doubt he was ever strong enough to have been placed in the NZ championship and so can't be the mysterious 'P'.
Not so sure about that, Tony. You would have played him when you were at your peak and he was one or two decades past that 1967 champs. Similarly, I played Trundle long after that year, and if that were the only thing to go on, it would seem unlikely that he placed so highly, but he really did.

Adamski
10-10-2008, 05:11 AM
After seeing Tony D's post I checked the only relevant book I have last night. Ortvin Sarapu, in his 'Mr Chess: The Ortvin Sarapu Story', on page 41, refers to the very interesting 1967 NZ champs tournamant- which featured P Harraway (christian name still unknown, but probably not John) and several very strong visitors, including the tournament winner GM Averbakh. I quote from the great Ortvin (RIP and over 20 times NZ champion - still I believe the most national titles for any chess player in the world) below:

"In 1967 the Canterbury Ches Club [another one I Adamski used to play at, e.g with flukey Lukey, in the 1990s] celebrated its centenary, and Christchurch was the venue for the New Zealand Championship. The organisers decided to hold a14-round Swiss tournament. It was an international competition and the highest placed New Zealand player would take the title. For me it also served as preparation for the Interzonal, to be held later that year. Al Hollander [RIP and against whom I Adamski have a 1-0 record as I upset him with a Goring Gambit in the Premier Reserve one year], then president of New Zealand Chess Association, was to be thanked for arranging this tournament.

Fourteen Australians turned up, including a newcomer to Australia from Hungary, Paul Dozsa, and IM Rodolfo Tan Cardoso came from the Philippines. The leading invited player was former Soviet champion [and endings expert - his book Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge I Adamski found great] GM Yurii Averbakh. Averbakh, who was the president of the Soviet Union's Chess federation, won with ease, giving only two draws for 13 points. 1 Y Averbakh (URS) 13 points; 2 R Cardoso (PHI) 11.5; 3 P Dozsa (HUN) 11; 4 O Sarapu (NZD) 10.5; 5 A Flatow [his relative Fred is still playing in Sydney - Adamski] (AUS) 10; 6-7 D [Doug] Hamilton (AUS) and M Fuller [the great Max IM only recently became inactive - Adamski] (AUS) 9.5; 8 D Hester (AUS) 9; 9-11 B Anderson [Bruce - still semi-active in NZ and who later represented NZ at bridge as well as chess - Adamski], G Trundle (NZD) and P Harraway (NZD) 7 etc.

The New Zealand players finished in the following order: 1 O Sarapu 10.5 points; 2-4 B Anderson, G Trundle and P Harraway 7. A good result for Trundle and Harraway. I was not pleased with my fourth place. Still, it was my ninth title."

So, yes, P Harraway was quite strong and for George Trundle and him I think this was their best ever result.

Finally, RW, I can see that John Harraway has very similar applied mathematics and stats interests to your own as well as being a very capable chess player in years gone by. I do hope you meet up in my birth city of Dunedin - the Edinburgh of the South - Dunedin is Gaelic for Edinburgh.

Rincewind
10-10-2008, 07:52 AM
A Flatow [his relative Fred is still playing in Sydney - Adamski]

Are you sure this is not Fred? His first initial is A.

Brian_Jones
10-10-2008, 07:58 AM
Alfred!

Adamski
10-10-2008, 08:30 AM
Congratulations to Solo and Daryl on a great result! Commiserations to my friend flukey, but at least he got some notable scalps!

Capablanca-Fan
11-10-2008, 10:03 AM
I had seen the position after 16 ... Nc6 on Chess Publishing just 2 days before ... and noticed it ended in perpetual check. It was quite frustrating sitting at the board, remembering 16 .. Nc6, and not releasing what the exact point was. I knew ... g6 was the resource but couldn't make it work.
Could Black have tried returning some material and forcing exchanges with 16...Nf5 17.Bxf5 exf5 18.Re1 Bd7?

flukey
11-10-2008, 11:07 AM
Could Black have tried returning some material and forcing exchanges with 16...Nf5 17.Bxf5 exf5 18.Re1 Bd7?

Yes, this was blacks best chance ... still pretty good for white though.

Upon looking at the position after 16 .. Nc6 further, I am now convinced that black is just lost after 17. Qf7 kh8 18 Kh1! (rather than 18 Qh5 drawing) as 18 ... g6 19 Bg6 qe7 20 Qf4! is winning and 18 ... Qg8 just looks looks disgusting.

So 5 Bd2 is undoubtedly better than perhaps thought and maybe Solo is right that the early ... Nh6 lines are a better bet for black.

Capablanca-Fan
11-10-2008, 11:32 AM
Yes, this was blacks best chance ... still pretty good for white though.
What's the best continuation? While White is recovering material, Black exchanges the active minors and unravels, and White still has broken K-side Ps. But I see your point after 16...Nf5 17.Bxf5 exf5 18.Re1 Bd7 19.Qxd4 Bc6 20.Nxf5, where White's pieces are active, but Black might hold the endgame after 20... Qg5+ 21.Qg4 Qxg4+ 22.fxg4. Better than a quick loss in the middlegame. 19... Qg5+ just allows White to gain the g-file afte 20. Kh1 then Rg1.


Upon looking at the position after 16 .. Nc6 further, I am now convinced that black is just lost after 17. Qf7 kh8 18 Kh1! (rather than 18 Qh5 drawing) as 18 ... g6 19 Bg6 qe7 20 Qf4! is winning and 18 ... Qg8 just looks looks disgusting.
But how does White exploit this disgust? Probably with 19.Qf4 Nd8 20.Rg1 Bd7 21.Rg5 g6 22.Qg3 with irresistable threat of Bxg6.


So 5 Bd2 is undoubtedly better than perhaps thought and maybe Solo is right that the early ... Nh6 lines are a better bet for black.
Seems like quite an important game for theory then, if 15. Qf4 leaves Black hoping that White will force a perpetual.

flukey
11-10-2008, 04:50 PM
What's the best continuation? While White is recovering material, Black exchanges the active minors and unravels, and White still has broken K-side Ps. But I see your point after 16...Nf5 17.Bxf5 exf5 18.Re1 Bd7 19.Qxd4 Bc6 20.Nxf5, where White's pieces are active, but Black might hold the endgame after 20... Qg5+ 21.Qg4 Qxg4+ 22.fxg4. Better than a quick loss in the middlegame. 19... Qg5+ just allows White to gain the g-file afte 20. Kh1 then Rg1.


Seems like quite an important game for theory then, if 15. Qf4 leaves Black hoping that White will force a perpetual.


I think 20 Nf5 is a slight niggle for white, certainly black can only draw at best. White also has 20 Qe5 Qd7 21 Nf5 Rf8 22 Nd4 with an edge as well


I think it had already been shown that black was struggling after 15 Qf4 - see Perelshteyn-Berg 2003 when white played 18 Kh1!

The annoying thing was that the perpetual check line on chess publishing site was probably just a pre-arranged draw!

Bill Gletsos
11-10-2008, 05:40 PM
After seeing Tony D's post I checked the only relevant book I have last night. Ortvin Sarapu, in his 'Mr Chess: The Ortvin Sarapu Story', on page 41, refers to the very interesting 1967 NZ champs tournamant- which featured P Harraway (christian name still unknown, but probably not John) and several very strong visitors, including the tournament winner GM Averbakh. I quote from the great Ortvin (RIP and over 20 times NZ champion - still I believe the most national titles for any chess player in the world) below:

"In 1967 the Canterbury Ches Club [another one I Adamski used to play at, e.g with flukey Lukey, in the 1990s] celebrated its centenary, and Christchurch was the venue for the New Zealand Championship. The organisers decided to hold a14-round Swiss tournament. It was an international competition and the highest placed New Zealand player would take the title. For me it also served as preparation for the Interzonal, to be held later that year. Al Hollander [RIP and against whom I Adamski have a 1-0 record as I upset him with a Goring Gambit in the Premier Reserve one year], then president of New Zealand Chess Association, was to be thanked for arranging this tournament.

Fourteen Australians turned up, including a newcomer to Australia from Hungary, Paul Dozsa, and IM Rodolfo Tan Cardoso came from the Philippines. The leading invited player was former Soviet champion [and endings expert - his book Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge I Adamski found great] GM Yurii Averbakh. Averbakh, who was the president of the Soviet Union's Chess federation, won with ease, giving only two draws for 13 points. 1 Y Averbakh (URS) 13 points; 2 R Cardoso (PHI) 11.5; 3 P Dozsa (HUN) 11; 4 O Sarapu (NZD) 10.5; 5 A Flatow [his relative Fred is still playing in Sydney - Adamski] (AUS) 10; 6-7 D [Doug] Hamilton (AUS) and M Fuller [the great Max IM only recently became inactive - Adamski] (AUS) 9.5; 8 D Hester (AUS) 9; 9-11 B Anderson [Bruce - still semi-active in NZ and who later represented NZ at bridge as well as chess - Adamski], G Trundle (NZD) and P Harraway (NZD) 7 etc.

The New Zealand players finished in the following order: 1 O Sarapu 10.5 points; 2-4 B Anderson, G Trundle and P Harraway 7. A good result for Trundle and Harraway. I was not pleased with my fourth place. Still, it was my ninth title."

So, yes, P Harraway was quite strong and for George Trundle and him I think this was their best ever result.

Finally, RW, I can see that John Harraway has very similar applied mathematics and stats interests to your own as well as being a very capable chess player in years gone by. I do hope you meet up in my birth city of Dunedin - the Edinburgh of the South - Dunedin is Gaelic for Edinburgh.There is an article on the 1967 Championship written by Alfred (Fred) Flatow in the February 1967 issue of Chess in Australia. In the list of scores at the end of the article it lists J Harraway not P Harraway.

Solo
23-09-2009, 12:30 PM
The 2009 George Trundle Masters will be on again from this Saturday the 26th to Sunday the 5th October. The players in seeding order are:

1. Michael Steadman
2. Gawain Jones
3. Nic Croad
4. Ralph Hart
5. Stephen Lukey
6. Bob Smith
7. Bruce Watson
8. Stephen Solomon
9. Darryl Johansen
10. Tim Reilly

I will be missing a certain football match on Saturday:wall: , and my squash grand final next Tuesday:( . I won my semi last night in an epic 5 setter:)

Adamski
23-09-2009, 10:33 PM
The 2009 George Trundle Masters will be on again from this Saturday the 26th to Sunday the 5th October. The players in seeding order are:

1. Michael Steadman
2. Gawain Jones
3. Nic Croad
4. Ralph Hart
5. Stephen Lukey
6. Bob Smith
7. Bruce Watson
8. Stephen Solomon
9. Darryl Johansen
10. Tim Reilly

I will be missing a certain football match on Saturday:wall: , and my squash grand final next Tuesday:( . I won my semi last night in an epic 5 setter:)Good luck, Solo! Early preparation for your Aus Champs campaign, too!

flukey
27-09-2009, 05:27 PM
Newsflash, Steadman beat Gawain Jones!

Solo
27-09-2009, 06:39 PM
Scores and games are on newzealandchess website, thanks to Ewen Green and Ian McNally. After 2 rounds: Solomon, Steadman 2/2; Lukey 1.5; Jones, Johansen, Watson, Reilly 1; Hart .5; Croad, Smith 0.

Adamski
27-09-2009, 06:46 PM
Interesting that Steadman is top seed. His rating must have shot up to be above Jones. But of course he did beat him so I guess it is justified.

Good luck to Darryl and flukey too. Going well so far.

Capablanca-Fan
27-09-2009, 06:55 PM
Some quick first round splatters:

S. Lukey – R. Smith
1. d4 c5 2. d5 e5 3. e4 d6 4. Nf3 a6 5. a4 Be7 6. Nc3 Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3 Bg5 9. Qg4 Bxc1 10. Rxc1 Kf8 11. Be2 Nd7 12. O-O Ngf6 13. Qg3 h5 14. f4 exf4 15. Rxf4 Ne5 16. Rcf1 Rc8 17. Nd1 Rc7 18. Ne3 Ng8 19. Rf5 h4 20. Qf4 Qe7 21. Nc4 Nxc4 22. Bxc4 Nf6 23. e5 dxe5 24. Rxe5 Qd6 25. Rh5! 1-0

M. Steadman – T. Reilly
1. e4 d6 2. d4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Be3 a6 5. Qd2 b5 6. h4 h6 7. h5 g5 8. g3 Bb7 9. f4 Nf6 10. fxg5 hxg5 11. Bxg5 b4 12. Nce2 Nxe4 13. Qxb4 Bc6 14. Be3 Nf6 15. Rh4 Nd5 16. Qd2 Nxe3 17. Qxe3 Bh6 18. Qc3 Rg8 19. Nf3 e6 20. Nd2 Qf6 21. O-O-O Bg5 22. Rh2 Kd7 23. Kb1 a5 24. Nc4 a4 25. Ne5+! 1-0

GM G. Jones – GM D. Johanson
1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 Nc6 4. Be3 e5 5. d5 Nce7 6. Nf3 Ng6 7. h4 Bd6 8. h5 N6e7 9. Nbd2 Nf6 10. h6 g6 11. Nxc4 Nxe4 12. Nxd6+ Nxd6 13. Nxe5 O-O 14. Qb3 Nef5 15. O-O-O Nxe3 16. Qxe3 Re8 17. Qf4 f6 18. Nf3 Bf5 19. Nd4 Qd7 20. Bd3 Bxd3 21. Rxd3 Ne4 22. Ne6! Rxe6 23. dxe6 Qxd3 24. Qxc7 Qc4+ 25. Qxc4 1-0

Adamski
27-09-2009, 11:09 PM
There is an article on the 1967 Championship written by Alfred (Fred) Flatow in the February 1967 issue of Chess in Australia. In the list of scores at the end of the article it lists J Harraway not P Harraway.
Well I just noticed Bill's post - just a little late. It does seem that I was right and it was Otago University Maths and Stats lecturer John Harraway who had that good performance. That ties up with the fact that he told me he had played in NZ Champs. I wonder where Ortvin Sarapu got the P from?

Capablanca-Fan
28-09-2009, 12:13 AM
Interesting that Steadman is top seed. His rating must have shot up to be above Jones. But of course he did beat him so I guess it is justified.
Most likely the number in the round robin draw.

Adamski
28-09-2009, 06:39 AM
Most likely the number in the round robin draw.Ah, yes! Of course. Thanks Jono.

Tony Dowden
28-09-2009, 09:03 AM
Interesting that Steadman is top seed. His rating must have shot up to be above Jones. But of course he did beat him so I guess it is justified.

Good luck to Darryl and flukey too. Going well so far.

I think Solo's use of the word 'seedings' meant the numbers they drew, not their actual seed order based on their FIDE ratings (Jones is 300 ELo points ahead of Steadman - not that it helped in their eno****er!)

I liked Lukey's win aganst Smith but was a bit shocked by the fact that in Round 1 2200+ players were tossing material to failry basic tactics (both Smith and Riley)

Capablanca-Fan
28-09-2009, 01:58 PM
Some Round 2 games

Here's Steadman's upset against Jones; Jones had a very comfortable game while White looked loose, but then Black started shedding pawns for some reason. An exchange sac quashed any Black counterplay:

White "Steadman, Mike"]
[Black "Jones, Gawain"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E70"]
[WhiteElo "2252"]
[BlackElo "2553"]
[PlyCount "133"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. Nge2 Nd7 7. Be3 e5 8. d5 Nd4 9. Nb5 Nxb5 10. cxb5 O-O 11. Ng3 h5 12. Qc2 b6 13. f3 h4 14. Ne2 Nc5 15. Bc4 f5 16. b4 Nd7 17. Bd3 Rf7 18. Rc1 Nf8 19. Qc6 Rb8 20. h3 Bf6 21. Qc2 Bg5 22. Qd2 Nh7 23. a4 Ra8 24. a5 Bd7 25. Nc3 Qf6 26. Ra1 Bf4 27. Bxf4 exf4 28. Rc1 Re8 29. Kd1 bxa5 30. bxa5 Qd4 31. Ra1 Ng5 32. Ra4 Qe5 33. exf5 Bxf5 34. Rxf4 Bxd3 35. Rxf7 Kxf7 36. Qxd3 Qf4 37. Qd2 Qb4 38. Kc2 Nh7 39. Ra1 Nf6 40. Ra4 Qc5 41. Rxh4 Re5 42. Rd4 Qa3 43. f4 Re7 44. Ra4 Qc5 45. Kb2 Qg1 46. Rc4 Qf1 47. Kb3 Qa1 48. a6 Qf1 49. Qd4 Qa1 50. g4 Nd7 51. Rxc7 Nc5+ 52. Rxc5 dxc5 53. Qxc5 Qh1 54. d6 Re1 55. Qxa7+ Kf8 56. Qb8+ Kf7 57. Qc7+ Kf8 58. a7 Re3 59. Qb8+ Kg7 60. a8=Q Qb1+ 61. Kc4 Qd3+ 62. Kc5 Qxc3+ 63. Kb6 Qd4+ 64. Kc7 Qc4+ 65. Qc6 Qxf4 66. Qd7+ Kh6 67. Qh8+ {Black resigns} 1-0

Johanson beat Croad as expected; Black had more P islands, but didn't to leave lots of hanging pieces:
[White "Johansen, Darryl"]
[Black "Croad, Nic"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D34"]
[WhiteElo "2477"]
[BlackElo "2285"]
[PlyCount "55"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3. g3 e6 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bg2 d5 6. cxd5 exd5 7. d4 c4 8. O-O Be7 9. Ne5 O-O 10. b3 cxb3 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. axb3 Re8 13. Ba3 Bg4 14. Qd2 h6 15. e3 Rb8 16. Rfb1 Nh7 17. h3 Bf5 18. Rb2 h5 19. Bc5 Bxc5 20. dxc5 Qd7 21. Kh2 Ng5 22. h4 Ne4 23. Nxe4 Bxe4 24. f3 Bf5 25. b4 Qe7 26. Ra3 Qf6 27. Rxa7 Rxe3? 28. Qxe3 [28... Qxb2 29. Qf4 and LPDO (loose pieces drop off)] {Black resigns} 1-0

Solo beat Hart quickly; White's opening was dubious, but Black was far too reckless in trying to exploit it.

[White "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Black "Hart, Ralph"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D30"]
[WhiteElo "2424"]
[BlackElo "2256"]
[PlyCount "41"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bd3 Nbd7 6. O-O Bd6 7. b3 e5 8. dxe5 Nxe5 9. Bb2 Bg4 10. Be2 Bxf3 11. gxf3 Qe7 12. Nd2 h5 13. cxd5 Neg4 14. fxg4 hxg4 15. Bxg4 Bxh2+ 16. Kg2 Be5 17. Bxe5 Qxe5 18. f4 Qxd5+ 19. e4 Nxg4 20. exd5 Ne3+ 21. Kg3 {Black resigns} 1-0

Solo
28-09-2009, 06:54 PM
See www.newzealandchess.co.nz for results and games. Scores after 3 rounds: Solomon 3; Jones, Johansen, Steadman 2; Watson, Lukey 1.5; Reilly, Croad 1; Smith, Hart .5.

Desmond
28-09-2009, 09:55 PM
According to the website, there are IM norms up for grabs. 6/9 required score.

Tony Dowden
28-09-2009, 10:08 PM
Well I just noticed Bill's post - just a little late. It does seem that I was right and it was Otago University Maths and Stats lecturer John Harraway who had that good performance. That ties up with the fact that he told me he had played in NZ Champs. I wonder where Ortvin Sarapu got the P from?

Jonathan,

There was also a strong 'P Harraway' in NZ chess circles back in the 1960's - so two Harraways involved here!

Cheers, Tony

Adamski
28-09-2009, 10:55 PM
Jonathan,

There was also a strong 'P Harraway' in NZ chess circles back in the 1960's - so two Harraways involved here!

Cheers, TonyIt would be good to clear this up once and for all. So I wonder if Bill G or some other Sydney chess chatter has regular contact with Fred Flatow and could ask him if he recalls the Christian name of the Harraway who played in the NZ Champs of 1967? (Perhaps show him that magazine article he wrote on it.)
Just for curiosity's sake - ok I know it killed the cat...

Capablanca-Fan
28-09-2009, 11:02 PM
Round 3 games:

Not often that Lukey loses so fast with White esp.

[White "Lukey, Stephen"]
[Black "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D13"]
[WhiteElo "2233"]
[BlackElo "2424"]
[PlyCount "38"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bf5 5. Qb3 [5. cxd5 first, as per ancient games where Capablanca had Black] 5... Qb6 6. Qxb6 axb6 7. cxd5 cxd5 8. Bf4 e6 [Capa played ... Bd7 in a famous game with Janowski, supporting ... b5] 9. e3 Bb4 10. Bb5+ Ke7 11. Ke2 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Ra3 13. Nd2 Nc6 14. Bc7?! Rc8 15. Bxb6 Nd7 16. Bc5+ Nxc5 17. dxc5 Ne5 18. Nb3 Rca8 19. Rhd1? Bc2! {White resigns} 0-1

Good grief, some GM-fright here:

[White "Hart, Ralph"]
[Black "Johansen, Darryl"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B53"]
[WhiteElo "2256"]
[BlackElo "2477"]
[PlyCount "28"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Bd7 5. Bg5 Nc6 6. Qd2 h6 7. Be3 Nf6 8. Nc3 a6 9. Nd5 Nxe4 10. Qd1 Nc5 11. b4 e6 12. Qe2 exd5 13. Bg5+ Be7 14. bxc5 dxc5 [Black's two Ps up "for nothing, as they say in English" (Bronstein)] {White resigns} 0-1

White cut through the complications to win quickly:

[White "Jones, Gawain"]
[Black "Reilly, Tim"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B09"]
[WhiteElo "2553"]
[BlackElo "2288"]
[PlyCount "45"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. f4 Nf6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be3 Nbd7 7. Qd2 c5 8. O-O-O Ng4 9. Bg1 cxd4 10. Nxd4 e5 11. Ndb5 exf4 12. Nxd6 Qa5 13. Nxc8 Raxc8 14. Qxd7 Rxc3 15. bxc3 Bxc3 16. Rd3 Ne5 17. Qd5 Nxd3+ 18. Bxd3 Qa3+ 19. Kd1 Qb2 20. Ke2 Qc1 21. Kf3 h5 22. Bc4 b6 23. Bc5! 1-0

Croad plays a nice maneuvring game with good tactics to beat the new FM Steadman:

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.09.28"]
[Round "3.2"]
[White "Croad, Nic"]
[Black "Steadman, Mike"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A56"]
[WhiteElo "2285"]
[BlackElo "2252"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e5 4. Nc3 d6 5. e4 Nbd7 6. Nge2 h5 7. h4 Be7 8. g3 a6 9. Ng1 Nf8 10. Be2 Bg4 11. f3 Bd7 12. a4 b6 13. Be3 Qc7 14. Rb1 a5 15. Bf1 O-O-O 16. Nh3 N6h7 17. Qd2 Kb7 18. Nf2 Ng6 19. Nd3 Rde8 20. b4! axb4 21. Nxb4! Ra8 22. Nc6 Bxc6 23. dxc6+ Qxc6 24. Nd5 Bd8 25. a5 Ra6 26. Bd3 Ka7 27. axb6+ Bxb6 28. O-O Rb8 29. Ra1 Bd8 30. Nb4! Rxb4 31. Qxb4 Bb6 32. Rxa6+ Kxa6 33. Ra1+ Kb7 34. Qa3 Kc7 35. Bf1 Nhf8 36. Bh3 Nd7 37. Qa6 Ne7 38. Bg5 Nb8 39. Qa3 Nc8 40. Rb1 Nd7 41. Qa6 f6 42. Bd2 g6 43. Be6 {Black resigns} 1-0

Solo
29-09-2009, 07:17 PM
Scores after 4 rounds: Solomon 3.5; Johansen, Steadman 3; Jones 2.5; Watson 2; Reilly, Croad, Lukey 1.5; Smith 1; Hart .5.

Capablanca-Fan
01-10-2009, 03:18 PM
Round 4,5

Johanson gets his revenge:

[White "Johansen, Darryl"]
[Black "Lukey, Stephen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A65"]
[WhiteElo "2477"]
[BlackElo "2233"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. d4 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Bg5 c5 7. d5 e6 8. Qd2 exd5 9. cxd5 h6 10. Be3 Nbd7 11. Nh3 Nh7 12. Nf2 h5 13. Be2 Ne5 14. O-O f5 15. h3 Nf6 16. f4 Nf7 17. exf5 gxf5 18. Rfe1 Bd7 19. a4 Kh8 20. Bf3 Rg8 21. Qd1 h4 22. Nd3 Nh6 23. Bf2 Nfg4 24. hxg4 fxg4 25. Be4 g3 26. Bxc5 dxc5 27. Ne5 Bxe5 28. fxe5 Qg5 29. e6 Be8 30. d6 Bh5 31. Qd5 Rad8 32. d7 Ng4 33. Qxg5 Rxg5 34. Nd5 h3 35. gxh3 Nf2 36. Nf4 Re5 37. Bg2 {Black resigns} 1-0

Steadman continues to score well, despite organizing this event on top of playing:

[White "Steadman, Mike"]
[Black "Hart, Ralph"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C02"]
[WhiteElo "2252"]
[BlackElo "2256"]
[PlyCount "55"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Ne7 4. Nf3 c5 5. c3 Nec6 6. Bd3 b6 7. Qe2 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Nxd4 9. cxd4 Nc6 10. Be3 Nb4 11. Bb5+ Bd7 12. Bxd7+ Qxd7 [White's exchanges, esp. of this B, have eased Black's game.] 13. O-O Be7 14. a3 Nc6 15. Qg4 g6 16. Nd2 O-O 17. Nf3 Rfc8 18. Rad1 Bf8 19. h4 Ne7 20. h5 Nf5 21. Bg5 Rc4 22. Qh3 Qa4 23. hxg6 fxg6 24. Be3 Be7 25. Bg5 Re8 26. Rd3 Kg7? 27. Bxe7 Rxe7 28. b3 {Black resigns} 1-0

[White "Hart, Ralph"]
[Black "Jones, Gawain"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B51"]
[WhiteElo "2256"]
[BlackElo "2553"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nc6 4. O-O Nf6 5. Bxc6+ bxc6 6. e5 Ng4 7. Re1 Nxe5
8. Nxe5 dxe5 9. Qh5 Be6 10. d3 g6 11. Qxe5 Qd4 12. Qxd4 cxd4 13. Bf4 Bg7 14.
Nd2 Rd8 15. Be5 O-O 16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. Re5 Rd5 18. Rxd5 Bxd5 19. Re1 Rb8 20. b3
e6 21. f4 h6 22. Kf2 f6 23. Nf3 c5 24. Nd2 Rb7 25. Ne4 Rc7 26. c4 Bxe4 27. Rxe4
Kf7 28. b4 cxb4 29. Rxd4 Ke7 30. Re4 Kd6 31. c5+ Rxc5 32. Rxb4 Rc2+ 33. Kf3
Rxa2 34. Rb7 a5 35. Rh7 a4 36. Rxh6 a3 37. Rxg6 Ra1 {White resigns} 0-1

A qualifier game from R3:

[Round "3.5"]
[White "Wheeler, Bruce"]
[Black "Tanoi, Edward"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C47"]
[WhiteElo "2077"]
[BlackElo "1967"]
[PlyCount "12"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bc5 5. Nxe5?? [the extra move hurts White] 5... Nxe5 6. d4 Bxd4 {White resigns } 0-1

Kevin Bonham
01-10-2009, 04:14 PM
A qualifier game from R3:

[Round "3.5"]
[White "Wheeler, Bruce"]
[Black "Tanoi, Edward"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C47"]
[WhiteElo "2077"]
[BlackElo "1967"]
[PlyCount "12"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bc5 5. Nxe5?? [the extra move hurts White] 5... Nxe5 6. d4 Bxd4 {White resigns } 0-1

Oh dear; that's truly tragic. I will remember that one as I often show juniors the Nxe5 type trick and point out that it is not enough to know the principle, you must also understand that there are concrete circumstances in which it won't apply. (Ditto for many other cases where players err because they are playing by analogy with some line they think is the same but isn't - mentioned this with Spanish/4 Knights ...a6 in another thread recently.)

Solo
01-10-2009, 05:51 PM
Scores after 6 rounds: Solomon 5; Jones, Steadman 4.5; Johansen 4; Watson 3; Reilly, Croad, Lukey 2; Smith, Hart 1.5

Capablanca-Fan
01-10-2009, 10:25 PM
Round 6 games

Solo keeps his lead with a quick tactical win with Black:

[White "Reilly, Tim"]
[Black "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E46"]
[WhiteElo "2288"]
[BlackElo "2424"]
[PlyCount "52"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Nge2 d5 6. a3 Be7 7. Nf4 Re8 8. b4 c6 9. Bb2 Nbd7 10. cxd5 exd5 11. Bd3 Bd6 12. O-O Nf8 13. b5 Ng6 14. Nxg6 hxg6 15. g3 Bf5 16. bxc6 bxc6 17. Bxf5?! gxf5 18. Na4 Ne4 19. Rc1 Re61 20. Rxc6? Bxg3!! 21. Rxe6 Bxh2+ 22. Kxh2 Qh4+ 23. Kg2 fxe6 24. Qf3 Qg5+ 25. Kh1 Nd2! 26. Qg2 Qh5+ {White resigns} 0-1

Steadman keeps up his good score with an unusual and complex game:
[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.01"]
[Round "6.3"]
[White "Steadman, Mike"]
[Black "Smith, Robert"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E20"]
[WhiteElo "2252"]
[BlackElo "2298"]
[PlyCount "109"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 c5 5. d5 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 d6 7. e4 e5 8. Bd3 Qe7 9. Ne2 Nbd7 10. Bc2 Nf8 11. Ba4+ Kd8 12. Be3 Ng6 13. Qd2 h6 14. h4 Nh5 15. g3 Rf8 16. O-O-O Qc7 17. g4 Nhf4 18. Nxf4 exf4 19. Bxf4 Qa5 20. Bxd6 Qxa4 21. Bxf8 Nxf8 22. e5 b5 23. e6 bxc4 24. Kb1 Rb8+ 25. Ka1 Qa5 26. Rhe1 Rb7 27. f4 Ng6 28. f5 Nf4 29. Rb1 fxe6 30. dxe6+ Nd3 31. g5 hxg5 32. Rxb7 Bxb7 33. Rb1 Kc8 34. hxg5 Bd5 35. e7 Kd7 36. f6 gxf6 37. gxf6 Bf7 38. Rb8 Qa4 39. Rd8+ Ke6 40. Qe3+ Kxf6 41. Rd6+ Kf5 42. Qf3+ Nf4 43. Rd2 Qa3 44. Kb1 Bg6 45. Rd6 Qa4 46. Kc1 Qa3+ 47. Kd2 Qb2+ 48. Ke1 Qb1+ 49. Kf2 Be8 50. Rd8 Bf7 51. Rf8 Ke6 52. Qe3+ Kd7 53. Rd8+ Kc6 54. e8=Q+ Bxe8 55. Qxe8+ {Black resigns} 1-0

Lukey was doing OK for a long time against GM Jones, but his K became caught in an unusual mating net that tied his R down.
[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.01"]
[Round "6.4"]
[White "Jones, Gawain"]
[Black "Lukey, Stephen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D32"]
[WhiteElo "2553"]
[BlackElo "2233"]
[PlyCount "99"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Bxe7 Ngxe7 8. e3 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Qb6 10. Nb3 O-O 11. Be2 Rd8 12. a4 d4 13. a5 Nxa5 14. Nxd4 Qxb2 15. O-O Qxc3 16. Nb5 Qd2 17. Nc7 Rb8 18. Rxa5 Qxd1 19. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 20. Bxd1 Nc6 21. Ra1 Bd7 22. f4 Kf8 23. Bf3 a6 24. Rd1 Be8 25. Rb1 Bd7 26. Rd1 Be8 {(=)} 27. Rb1 Bd7 28. e4 Ke7 29. Rd1 Nd8 30. Nd5+ Ke8 31. f5 Bc6 32. f6 gxf6 33. Nxf6+ Ke7 34. Nxh7 Ne6 35. e5 Bxf3 36. gxf3 b5 37. Nf6 Nf4 38. Kf2 Ng6 39. Nd5+ Ke6 40. f4 a5 41. Kf3 Rc8 42. Ne3 Nh4+ 43. Kg4 Nf5 44. Nxf5 Rg8+ 45. Kf3 Kxf5 46. Rd6 Rg6 47. h4 Re6 48. h5 b4 49. h6 Rxd6 50. exd6 {Black resigns} 1-0

Hart breaks his 4-game losing streak:

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.01"]
[Round "6.5"]
[White "Croad, Nic"]
[Black "Hart, Ralph"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E13"]
[WhiteElo "2285"]
[BlackElo "2256"]
[PlyCount "92"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 b6 2. c4 Bb7 3. Nc3 e6 4. Nf3 Bb4 5. Bg5 Nf6 6. e3 h6 7. Bh4 g5 8. Bg3 Ne4 9. Qc2 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 d6 11. Bd3 f5 12. O-O Nd7 13. c5 bxc5 14. Nd2 Nxd2 15. Qxd2 O-O 16. f3 Qe7 17. Bb5 Rad8 18. Rab1 Ba8 19. Rfd1 cxd4 20. cxd4 Nf6 21. Rdc1 Nh5 22. Qa5 c5 23. dxc5 Nxg3 24. hxg3 dxc5 25. Bc4 Bd5 26. Bxd5 Rxd5 27. Qa6 Rfd8 28. Rb7 R8d7 29. Rb8+ Kg7 30. Qc8 Rd8 31. Rb7 Rxc8 32. Rxe7+ Kf6 33. Rxa7 Rd3 34. Kf2 c4 35. Ke2?! Rcd8! 36. Rc2 c3 37. Rc7 Rd2+ 38. Rxd2 Rxd2+ 39. Ke1 Rxa2 40. Rxc3 Rxg2 41. Rc4 h5 42. f4 g4 43. e4 Rxg3 44. e5+ Ke7 45. Rc7+ Kd8 46. Rh7 Rf3 {White resigns} 0-1

Adamski
01-10-2009, 10:28 PM
Sounds like Solo is playing his best and doing what he does do well. (Refer his sig.)

Solo
03-10-2009, 07:23 PM
Here I am on here when I should be trying to cook up a storm for Gawain tomorrow in the last round! Here are the scores after 8 rounds: Jones 6.5; Solomon 6; Johansen, Steadman 5; Watson 4; Reilly 3.5; Lukey 3; Smith, Croad 2.5; Hart 2. There were some fantastic games today and yesterday:doh: . Bruce lost his first game today, but probably resigned in a drawn position (it wasn't easy)! Mike needs a win against Darryl tomorrow for the IM norm, but he should have beaten me today!

Adamski
03-10-2009, 08:45 PM
Good luck for the last round, Solo!

Tony Dowden
03-10-2009, 09:26 PM
Mike ... should have beaten me today!

Too right he should've!! Definitely too much Kiwi generosity :rolleyes:

Metro
04-10-2009, 02:32 PM
Good luck for the last round, Solo!
Good luck,Solo:D

Solo
04-10-2009, 06:38 PM
Thanks all, I tried to win and had perpetual at one stage. Final leading scores: Jones 7.5; Johansen, Solomon 6; Steadman 5; Watson 4.5.

Capablanca-Fan
07-10-2009, 11:54 PM
Another example of LPDO (loose pieces drop off):

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.02"]
[Round "7.1"]
[White "Hart, Ralph"]

[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A01"]
[WhiteElo "2256"]
[BlackElo "2288"]
[PlyCount "50"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 d6 3. e3 Nf6 4. d4 e4 5. Nd2 d5 6. c4 c6 7. Ne2 Bd6 8. Qc1 O-O 9. Ba3 Re8 10. Bxd6 Qxd6 11. Nc3 Bd7 12. a4 Na6 13. Qa3 Qe6 14. Be2 Nc7 15. h3 h6 16. Rc1 Nh7 17. cxd5 Nxd5 18. Nc4 Qg6 19. g3 Nxc3 20. Rxc3 Be6 21. Qd6 Rad8 22. Qf4 Bxc4 23. bxc4 c5 24. d5 Qb6 25. O-O Qb2 {White resigns} 0-1

Jones continues on his winning way, exploiting small concessions by his opponent:

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.02"]
[Round "7.3"]
[White "Smith, Robert"]
[Black "Jones, Gawain"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E60"]
[WhiteElo "2298"]
[BlackElo "2553"]
[PlyCount "110"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 g6 3. g3 c5 4. c4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. Nc3 Qc7 8. Qb3 Nc6 9. Nxc6?! dxc6 10. O-O e5 11. Qc2 Bf5 12. e4 Be6 13. Qe2 a6 14. b3 b5 15. cxb5 axb5 16. Be3 Rfd8 17. Rfd1 Rxd1+ 18. Rxd1 Bf8 19. f3 Bb4 20. Rc1 Qa5 21. Qc2 Nd7 22. Bf1 h5 23. a4 Nc5 24. Bxc5 Bxc5+ 25. Kg2 bxa4 26. Nxa4 Bxb3! 27. Qxc5 Qd2+ 28. Kg1 Bxa4 29. Ra1 Ra5 30. Qa3 c5 31. Ra2 Qd4+ 32. Kh1 Kg7 33. Qc1 Ra8 34. Qc4 Qd1 35. Qe2 Qb1 36. Rb2 Qc1 37. Kg1 c4 38. Rb7 Bb3 39. Qf2 Ra1 40. f4 Qe1 41. fxe5 Qxf2+ 42. Kxf2 c3! 43. Rxb3 c2 44. Rc3 c1=Q 45. Rxc1 Rxc1 46. h4 Rc5 47. Ke3 Rxe5 48. Kf4 f6 49. Be2 Ra5 50. g4 g5+ 51. Kg3 Ra3+ 52. Kf2 hxg4 53. hxg5 g3+ 54. Kg2 Ra2! 55. gxf6+ Kxf6 {White resigns} 0-1

Steadman drops one to an old rival from their days leading the Auckland Schoolpupils three decades ago; Black's structural looseness told after minor piece exchanges:

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.02"]
[Round "7.4"]
[White "Watson, Bruce"]
[Black "Steadman, Mike"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A87"]
[WhiteElo "2256"]
[BlackElo "2252"]
[PlyCount "113"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 d6 4. Nf3 g6 5. O-O Bg7 6. c4 O-O 7. Nc3 Qe8 8. d5
Na6 9. Rb1 Nc5 10. b4 Nce4 11. Nxe4 Nxe4 12. Bb2 Bxb2 13. Rxb2 e5 14. dxe6 Bxe6 15. Qc1 Qf7 16. Nd2 Nxd2 17. Qxd2 Rab8 18. Bd5 Rfe8 19. e3 a6 20. Rd1 Red8 21. Qc3 Rd7 22. Rbd2 c6 23. Bxe6 Qxe6 24. Rd4 Rbd8 25. Qd3 b5 26. e4! bxc4 27. exf5 cxd3 28. fxe6 Re7 29. Re1 d5 30. Rxd3 Rb8 31. Rc3 Rb6 32. a3 Kg7 33. g4 g5 34. h4 h6 35. hxg5 hxg5 36. Rf3 Rb5 37. Rc3 Rb6 38. Re5 Kg6 39. Rf3 a5 40. bxa5 Ra6 41. Rff5 Rxa5 42. Rxg5+ Kf6 43. Rgf5+ Kg6 44. Rf3 Ra4 45. g5 Rg4+ 46. Rg3 Re4 47. Re3 Rg4+ 48. Kf1 Rxg5 49. Rxg5+ Kxg5 50. Ke2 Kf6 51. a4 c5 52. Kd3 Kg7 53. f4 Kf8 54. f5 Kg7 55. Re5 Kf6 56. Rxd5 Ra7 57. Rd7 {Black resigns} 1-0

A tough draw; Johanson improved on Lukey's play from last year, and seemed to end up with whatever advantage was going. After that, the pendulum swung a bit but with low amplitude.

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.02"]
[Round "7.5"]
[White "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Black "Johansen, Darryl"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C17"]
[WhiteElo "2424"]
[BlackElo "2477"]
[PlyCount "119"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. Bd2 Ne7 6. Nb5 Bxd2+ 7. Qxd2 O-O 8. f4 a6 9. Nd6 cxd4 10. Nf3 Nbc6 11. Bd3 f6 12. O-O Bd7 13. Qf2 Qc7 14. Qh4 h6 15. Rae1 Nb4 16. f5 Nxd3 17. cxd3 Nc6 18. exf6 Rxf6 19. fxe6 Bxe6 20. Qg3 Qd7 21. Nh4 Raf8 22. Ng6 Rxf1+ 23. Rxf1 Rxf1+ 24. Kxf1 Bf5 25. Nxf5 Qxf5+ 26. Ke2 Kh7 27. Nh4 Qe6+ 28. Kd1 Qe3 29. Qf3 Qg5 30. g3 Qe5 31. a3 Ne7 32. Kd2 Kg8 33. Ng2 Nf5 34. Qf4 Qxf4+ 35. Nxf4 Ne3 36. Ne6 Nf1+ 37. Ke2 Nxh2 38. Nc5 Ng4 39. Nxb7 Ne5 40. b4 Nd7 41. Nd8 h5 42. Ne6 Kf7 43. Nxd4 Kf6 44. a4 g5 45. a5 Ke5 46. Ke3 Kd6 47. Nf3 Ne5 48. Nxe5 Kxe5 49. b5 d4+ 50. Kf2 Kd6 51. bxa6 Kc7 52. Kf3 Kb8 {(=)} 53. Ke4 Ka7 54. Kf5 h4 55. gxh4 gxh4 56. Kg4 Kxa6 57. Kxh4 Kxa5 58. Kg4 Kb5 59. Kf4 Kc6 60. Ke4 {Draw agreed} 1/2-1/2

Solo has a fortunate escape from Steadman, who was almost a whole rook up going into the endgame:

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.03"]
[Round "8.2"]
[White "Steadman, Mike"]
[Black "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E25"]
[WhiteElo "2252"]
[BlackElo "2424"]
[PlyCount "136"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. dxc5 f5 9. Nh3 Qa5 10. e4 fxe4 11. fxe4 Qxc3+ 12. Bd2 Qe5 13. Bd3 Nc3 14. Bf4 Qd4? 15. Qh5+ g6 16. Qe5! Qxd3 17. Qxh8+ Kd7 18. Kf2 Qc2+ 19. Kf1 Qe2+ 20. Kg1 Qb2 21. Qxh7+ Kc6 22. Qc7+ Kb5 23. Re1 Nc6 24. Be3 e5 25. Nf2 Ka6 26. Nd3 Qxa3 27. Nxe5 Nxe5 28. Qxe5 Bg4 29. Qd6+ Kb5 30. Bd2 Rc8 31. Qd3+ Kc6 32. Qxc3 Qxc3 33. Bxc3 Kxc5 34. h3 Be6 35. Kf2 b5 36. Ra1 b4 37. Bd2 {maybe 37. 37. Be5 to control the diagonal and keep the K out} 37... b3 38. Rxa7 Kd4 39. Ra4+ Kd3 40. Be3? {anything else; if White must lose his B, at least get the b-P for it} 40... Rf8+ 41. Kg3 Kxe3 42. Rb4 Kd2 43. Rb6 Bc4 44. Kg4 Rf2 45. g3 Kc3 46. Kg5 Bd3 47. Re1 Rf3 48. Kg4 Rf8 49. e5 Kd2 50. Rh1 Be4 51. Rh2+ Kc3 52. e6 Rf5 53. h4 Bf3+ 54. Kh3 Re5 55. Rf2 Bd5 56. e7 {56. Rf6} 56... Rxe7 57. Rxg6 Rb7 58. Rd6 Be4 59. Rdd2 b2 60. Rxb2 Rxb2 61. Rxb2 Kxb2 62. Kg4 Kc3 63. Kf4 Kd4 64. g4 Kd5 65. h5 Bc2 66. Kg5 Ke6 67. Kh6 Kf7 68. g5 Kg8 {Draw agreed} 1/2-1/2

Jones wins the endgame after several unforced errors in an acceptable position by his opponent:

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.03"]
[Round "8.3"]
[White "Jones, Gawain"]
[Black "Watson, Bruce"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B12"]
[WhiteElo "2553"]
[BlackElo "2256"]
[PlyCount "97"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. c4 cxd4 6. cxd5 Qxd5 7. Nc3 Qd7 8. Bb5 Nc6 9. Qxd4 Bxf3 10. Qxd7+ Kxd7 11. gxf3 e6 12. O-O Nge7 13. f4 Nf5 14. Be3 Be7 15. Ne4 Nxe3 16. fxe3 Rhd8 17. Rac1 Rac8 18. Kf2 a6 19. Rfd1+ Kc7 20. Rxd8 Kxd8 21. Bxc6 Rxc6 22. Rxc6 bxc6 23. Ke2 f5 [no need to make more pawn islands] 24. exf6 gxf6 25. Kd3 f5 26. Nd2 Kd7 27. Kc4 Kd6 28. b4 e5 [more weaknesses] 29. Nf3 Bf6 30. Ne1 Bd8 31. Nf3 Bf6 32. h3 exf4 33. exf4 Bb2 34. Nd4 Bc1 35. Ne2 Bd2 36. a3 a5 37. Kd3 axb4 38. Kxd2 bxa3 39. Nc1 Kd5 40. Kd3 c5 41. Na2 c4+ 42. Ke3 Kc5 43. h4 h5 44. Nc1 Kd5 {(=)} 45. Ne2 Kc5 46. Nd4 a2 47. Nc2 Kb6 48. Kd4 Kb5 49. Kd5 {Black resigns} 1-0

White self-destructs:

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.03"]
[Round "8.4"]
[White "Croad, Nic"]
[Black "Smith, Robert"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E43"]
[WhiteElo "2285"]
[BlackElo "2298"]
[PlyCount "58"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 b6 5. Qb3 Qe7 6. Nge2 O-O 7. a3 Ba5 8. Ng3 c5 9. dxc5 bxc5 10. Be2 Nc6 11. O-O Rb8 12. Qc2 d5 13. cxd5 exd5 14. b4 cxb4 15. Nxd5 Nxd5 16. Qxc6 Qe5 17. Bb2 Qxb2 18. Qxd5 Bc7 19. Bd3 Qe5 20. Qc4 b3 21. Rab1 Be6 22. Qa4 Rfd8 23. Be4 Qa5 24. Qc6 Bxg3 25. fxg3 Qxa3 26. Ra1 Qe7 27. Ra5 Rdc8 28. Qa6 Bc4 29. Rxf7 Qxf7 {White resigns} 0-1

Lukey somehow wins a messy game from Reilly [edit to add Lukey's comments]

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.04"]
[Round "9.1"]
[White "Lukey, Stephen"]
[Black "Reilly, Tim"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A88"]
[WhiteElo "2233"]
[BlackElo "2288"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 f5 4. g3 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O Qe8 8. b3 Na6 9. Ba3 c6 10. Re1 b5 11. cxb5 cxb5 12. Ne5?! {more ! than ?! Pity it took me 55 minutes to calculate all the variations!! — Lukey} 12... dxe5 13. dxe5 Ng4 14. Bxa8 {14. Qd5 Kh8 15. Qxa8 b4 {next suggested move is illegal; will fix once Flukey explains} is a clear advantage to white — Lukey} 14... b4 15. f4 g5 {! inspired sequence — Lukey} {15... bxa3 is good for Black} {15 ... bxa3?! 16. h3 Nh6 17. Qd4! Qd7 18. Red1 Qxd4 19. Rxd4 Nc7 20. Bf3 leads to a pretty stable advantage for white; white will win one of the a pawns with Black's bishop on g7 and Knight on h6 spectators — Lukey} 16. h3 gxf4 17. gxf4 Qg6 18. hxg4 Qxg4+ 19. Bg2 Qxf4 20. Nd5 Qxe5 21. Rc1 {21. Bb2 is a serious option — Lukey} 21... bxa3 22. Qd3 Bb7 23. e3 Kh8 24. Nf4 Bxg2 25. Kxg2 Bh6 {25... Nb4 is good for Black} {25... Nb4 26. Qc4 a5 27. Rh1 Qf6 28. Kf2 (or possibly 27. Rcg1) and white still has an initiative — Lukey.} 26. Qxa6 {26 Qc3 and white keeps a solid plus. At this stage we both had a couple of minutes left which affected the remaining moves. — Lukey} 26... Rg8+ 27. Kf1 Bxf4 28. Rc8 {28. Qd3 is pretty grovely but seems to hold after 28... Qg7 29. Rc2 Be5 30. Ke2 — Lukey} 28... Bxe3 29. Rxg8+ Kxg8 30. Qc4+ Kg7 31. Re2 f4 32. Rg2+ Kf6 33. Qc6+ e6 {33... Qd6} {does indeed seem to leave white with only remote hacking chances — Lukey} 34. Qe8 Qa1+ 35. Ke2 f3+ 36. Kxe3 Qc3+ 37. Kf2 {Black resigns (according to score on the website), yet he has a perpetual [B]Yes black did resign in a drawn position ... it was a desperate time scramble and Tim realised he was losing a rook and resigned with seconds left on the clock. … 37 resigns was apparentely the second time Tim has resigned in a drawn position. Coincidentely, the final position is very similar to Stone - Lukey American Open 1989 where this time it was me that resigned in a drawn position with q v q and r!!!! I can't wait to see what happens in 2029, lol. — Lukey} 1-0

White wins quickly after Black allows his R to be taken for insufficient attack.

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.04"]
[Round "9.2"]
[White "Smith, Robert"]
[Black "Hart, Ralph"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C14"]
[WhiteElo "2298"]
[BlackElo "2256"]
[PlyCount "45"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Ne4 6. Bxe7 Nxc3 7. Qg4 Qxe7 [7... Kxe7 avoids material loss] 8. Qxg7 Qb4 9. Qxh8+ Kd7 10. Nf3 Qxb2 11. Kd2 Ne4+ 12. Ke3 Qxc2 13. Be2 Qc3+ 14. Kf4 Nc6 15. Bb5 Nxf2 16. Qxh7 Nxh1 17. Qxf7+ Kd8 18. Qf8+ Kd7 19. Rxh1 b6 20. h4 a6 21. Qf7+ Kd8 22. Bxc6 Qxc6 23. h5 {Black resigns} 1-0

Solo tries hard to win, but overpresses and loses:

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.04"]
[Round "9.4"]
[White "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Black "Jones, Gawain"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A57"]
[WhiteElo "2424"]
[BlackElo "2553"]
[PlyCount "82"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. b6 g6 6. Nc3 Qxb6 7. e4 d6 8. Be2 Bg7 9. Nf3 O-O 10. Nd2 Nbd7 11. Nc4 Qb7 12. Bf4 Nb6 13. Ne3 Bd7 14. a4 Nc8 15. Qc2 Nxe4! 16. Nxe4 Qb4+ 17. Kf1 f5 18. Nxc5 Qxc5 19. Qxc5 dxc5 20. Nc4 Bd4 21. h4 Nd6 22. Nxd6 exd6 23. Bxd6 Rf6 24. Bc7 [24.Bf4] 24... Ra7 25. Bc4 Rb7 26. Re1 [26. Rb1 is still OK] 26... Rxb2 27. d6+ Kf8 28. Re7 Bxa4 29. Rh3 Rb1+ 30. Re1 Rxe1+ 31. Kxe1 Ke8 32. f4 Bb5 33. Bd5 h5 34. Ra3 Kd7 35. Kd2 c4 36. Bb7 c3+ 37. Kd1 Bd3 38. Bxa6 c2+ 39. Kd2 Bb2 40. Kxd3 c1=Q 41. Bb5+ Ke6 {White resigns} 0-1

Johanson had a good last round win, as Steadman's weak pawns caused trouble, leading to a binding pin.

[Event "George Trundle NZ Masters 2009"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.10.04"]
[Round "9.5"]
[White "Johansen, Darryl"]
[Black "Steadman, Mike"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A81"]
[WhiteElo "2477"]
[BlackElo "2252"]
[PlyCount "127"]
[EventDate "2009.09.26"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.26"]

1. d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 d6 4. Nf3 g6 5. b3 Bg7 6. Bb2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Nbd2 h6 9. c4 Qe8 10. Qc2 Qf7 11. Rae1 Na6 12. a3 Bd7 13. Ba1 Nc7 14. e4 fxe4 15. Nxe4 Nxe4 16. Qxe4 Rae8 17. Qe3 b5 18. Nd2 a5 19. Rc1 Rc8 20. f4 Qe6 21. Qd3 g5 22. d5 cxd5 23. cxd5 Qf5 24. Qxf5 Bxf5 25. Bxg7 Kxg7 26. fxg5 hxg5 27. Rxf5 Rxf5 28. Bh3 Kf6 29. Kg2 Ke5 30. Re1+ Kf6 31. Ne4+ Kg6 32. Rc1 Rff8 33. Bxc8 Rxc8 34. Rc6 b4 35. axb4 axb4 36. g4 Kh6 37. h3 Kg6 38. Kh2 Kh6 39. Kg1 Kg6 40. Kg2 Kh6 41. Ng3 Kg6 42. Nf5 Kf6 43. Kg3 Kf7 44. Nd4 Ke8 45. Nb5 Kd7 46. Rxc7+ Rxc7 47. Nxc7 Kxc7 48. h4 gxh4+ 49. Kxh4 Kd7 50. g5 e5 51. dxe6+ Kxe6 52. Kh5 Kf7 53. Kh6 Kg8 54. Kg6 d5 55. Kf5 Kg7 56. Ke5 Kg6 57. Kxd5 Kxg5 58. Kc5 Kf6 59. Kxb4 Ke7 60. Kc5 Kd7 61. Kb6 Kc8 62. b4 Kb8 63. b5 Ka8 64. Kc7 {Black resigns} 1-0

Adamski
08-10-2009, 01:34 PM
Great service, Jono. I like the way you give a brief sumary for each game. :clap:

flukey
08-10-2009, 05:35 PM
Re, Lukey-Reilly ... yes black did resign in a drawn position ... it was a desperate time scramble and Tim realised he was losing a rook and resigned with seconds left on the clock.

While my immediate postgame reaction was the same as Jono's that it seemed a bit messy, both the post-mortem and subsequent analysis painted rather a different picture, with high quality sequences of moves from both sides. I'm not tech savvy enough to annotate a game such that it can be played over in the interface .... so until I can work that out I'll just make a couple of comments (the game itself is given above by Jono).

12. Ne5 is more ! than ?! Pity it took me 55 minutes to calculate all the variations!!

14. Qd5 (Instead of Ba8) Kh8 15. Qa8 b4 16 Bc3 is a clear advantage to white.

15 ... ba?! (instead of Tim's inspired sequence starting with 15 ... g5!) leads to a pretty stable advantage for white after 16 h3 Nh6 17 Qd4! Qd7 18 Red1 qd4 19 Rd4 Nc7 20 Bf3 (white will win one of the a pawns with Blacks bishop on g7 and Knight on h6 spectators)

21 Bb2 (rather than Rc1 is a serious option)

25 ... Nb4 (instead of Bh6) and white still has an initiative after 26 Qc4 a5 27 Rh1 Qf6 28 Kf2 (or possible Rcg1).

26 Qc3 (instead of Qa6?) and white keeps a solid plus. At this stage we both had a couple of minutes left which affected the remaining moves.

28 Qd3 (rather than Rc8) is pretty grovely but seems to hold after Qg7 29 Rc2 Be5 30 Ke2

33... Qd6 does indeed seem to leave white with only remote hacking chances.

37 resigns was apparentely the second time Tim has resigned in a drawn position. Coincidentely, the final position is very similar to Stone - Lukey American Open 1989 where this time it was me that resigned in a drawn position with q v q and r!!!! I can't wait to see what happens in 2029, lol.

Tony Dowden
08-10-2009, 08:00 PM
Great service, Jono. I like the way you give a brief sumary for each game. :clap:

Ditto Jono :clap: :clap: - but I can't get the Steadman-Solo game to work :(

flukey
08-10-2009, 08:27 PM
Ditto Jono :clap: :clap: - but I can't get the Steadman-Solo game to work :(

pecualiarly appropriate given the game!! solo surprisingly spurned an interesting ending on about move 14 and then went a rook down not too long after!

the really bizarre thing was that mike was not in timetrouble when he lost the piece while a rook up in the ending!

someone asked solo after the game if he thought of resigning - his reply was that he was racing to get to the time control and if he had more time to think about it he would have resigned!!!!!

Capablanca-Fan
09-10-2009, 06:38 PM
Ditto Jono :clap: :clap: - but I can't get the Steadman-Solo game to work :(
Working now; the code is quite fiddly sometimes.

flukey
10-10-2009, 06:26 AM
Thanks Jono, could I have just copied your post with the game interface and inserted my comments?? I tried to do this but lost my nerve!

Oh, and in my notes I left out Bb2 and bc ... then we get to the position with Bc3.

Spiny Norman
10-10-2009, 07:21 AM
Steadman vs Solo game is interesting. At move 37 I think I would have played 37.Bxb4 and after Kxb4 38.Rxa7 because I think that by removing the a-pawn and b-pawn White removes most of Black's drawing possibilities. White remains 2-pawns (1 passer) and the exchange to the good, in a much simplified position. Perhaps he could even consider sac'ing the exchange back with Rhb1 and forcing off the bishop, leaving a R+3P vs R+P with Black's king well offside. I much prefer White's chances in a simplified position. Interested in your thoughts Jono.

Basil
10-10-2009, 09:55 AM
Thanks Jono, could I have just copied your post with the game interface and inserted my comments?? I tried to do this but lost my nerve!
Flukey I notice you have been grappling with the idea of posting games in pgn format. May I suggest that best way forward is to take a deep breath and take the plunge. This board is replete with everyone's first attempts at coding!

One quick way to grapple in private may be to use the QUOTE function on a post that has a pgn game and examine what lies between the pgn tags > [pgn].

Good luck.

Tony Dowden
10-10-2009, 09:59 AM
Working now; the code is quite fiddly sometimes.

Thanks Jono :)

Tony Dowden
10-10-2009, 10:13 AM
Steadman vs Solo game is interesting. At move 37 I think I would have played 37.Bxb4 and after Kxb4 38.Rxa7 because I think that by removing the a-pawn and b-pawn White removes most of Black's drawing possibilities. White remains 2-pawns (1 passer) and the exchange to the good, in a much simplified position. Perhaps he could even consider sac'ing the exchange back with Rhb1 and forcing off the bishop, leaving a R+3P vs R+P with Black's king well offside. I much prefer White's chances in a simplified position. Interested in your thoughts Jono.

Interesting point, as I also thought 37.Bxb4 looked like such a natural safety first move during time-trouble - but Jono's 37.Be5 looks strong too.

I also wanted to organise an earlier h3 & Kh2 to connect the rooks (maybe even at the cost of material) when the queens are still on - but I don't know if there's time. It seemed to me that Steadman might have been a bit too interested in material when mate is in the air!

Capablanca-Fan
10-10-2009, 02:10 PM
Yes, SK and TD, 37. Bxb4 is quite a sensible safety move that should wrap up the point.

braindied
09-06-2018, 06:38 PM
J.A. Harraway won the nz school pupils in 1958. He attended Kings High School in Dunedin

Adamski
09-06-2018, 08:32 PM
True, Michael. The same high school as the one where much later I was dux. But not sure why you posted this here!