The Wellington Chess Club

Club Champs 2018

A Grade Draw and Results


    Round 1 Forster-Nijman 1-0, Winter-Timergazi 1/2-1/2, Laking-Sellen 1/2-1/2, Dive-Croad 1/2-1/2, Ker-Nyberg 1-0
    Round 2 Forster-Sellen 1/2-1/2, Winter-Croad 0-1, Laking-Nyberg, Dive-Ker 1/2-1/2, Nijman-Timergazi 0-1
    Round 3 Laking-Forster 1-0, Dive-Timergazi 1-0, Ker-Sellen 1/2-1/2, Nyberg-Croad 0-1, Winter-Nijman 1-0
    Round 4 Forster-Winter 1-0, Timergazi-Laking 1-0, Sellen-Dive 0-1, Croad-Ker 1/2-1/2, Nijman-Nyberg 1/2-1/2
    Round 5 Forster-Dive 1/2-1/2, Winter-Laking 0-1, Timergazi-Ker 0-1, Sellen-Nyberg 1/2-1/2, Nijman-Croad 0-1
    Round 6 Ker-Forster 1-0, Dive-Winter 1/2-1/2, Nyberg-Timergazi 0-1, Croad-Sellen 1-0, Laking-Nijman 0-1
    Round 7 Forster-Nyberg 0-1, Winter-Ker 0-1, Laking-Dive 0-1, Timergazi-Croad 0-1, Nijman-Sellen 1/2-1/2
    Round 8 Croad-Forster 1-0, Nyberg-Winter 1-0, Ker-Laking 1-0, Sellen-Timergazi 1/2-1/2, Dive-Nijman 1-0
    Round 9 Timergazi-Forster 1-0, Sellen-Winter 1/2-1/2, Croad-Laking 1-0, Nyberg-Dive 0-1, Ker-Nijman 1-0

A Grade Crosstable


    No  Name             Rating Total   #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6  #7  #8  #9  #10
    1   Croad, Nic       2431   8       *   =   =   1   1   1   1   1   1   1
    2   Ker, Anthony     2485   7.5     =   *   =   1   =   1   1   1   1   1
    3   Dive, Russell    2425   7       =   =   *   1   1   1   =   1   =   1
    4   Timergazi, Layla 2157   5       0   0   0   *   =   1   1   1   =   1
    5   Sellen, Ian      2041   3.5     0   =   0   =   *   =   =   =   =   =
    6   Laking, Robert   2014   3.5     0   0   0   0   =   *   1   1   1   0
    7   Forster, Bill    2011   3       0   0   =   0   =   0   *   0   1   1
    8   Nyberg, Michael  2114   3       0   0   0   0   =   0   1   *   1   =
    9   Winter, Ryan     2129   2.5     0   0   =   =   =   0   0   0   *   1
    10  Nijman, Brian    2162   2       0   0   0   0   =   1   0   =   0   *

B Grade Draw and Results


    Round 1 Mullan-Lyall 1-0, Day-Rossiter 1/2-1/2, Sole-Aldridge 0-1, Winfield-Benitez 1/2-1/2, Jackon-Chen 1-0
    Round 2 Mullan-Day 0-1, Rossiter-Sole 0-1, Aldridge-Winfield 1-0, Benitez-Jackson 1-0, Chen-Lyall 0-1
    Round 3 Sole-Mullan 1-0, Winfield-Rossiter 0-1, Jackson-Aldridge 0-1, Chen-Benitez 1/2-1/2, Day-Lyall 0-1
    Round 4 Mullan-Winfield 1-0, Day-Sole 0-1, Rossiter-Jackson 0-1, Aldridge-Chen 1-0, Lyall-Benitez 1/2-1/2
    Round 5 Jackson-Mullan 1/2-1/2, Winfield-Day 1-0, Chen-Rossiter 1-0, Benitez-Aldridge 1-0, Sole-Lyall 1-0
    Round 6 Mullan-Chen 0-1, Day-Jackson 1/2-1/2, Sole-Winfield 1-0, Rossiter-Benitez 0-1, Lyall-Aldridge 1/2-1/2
    Round 7 Benitez-Mullan 1/2-1/2, Chen-Day 1-0d, Jackson-Sole 1/2-1/2, Aldridge-Rossiter 0-1, Winfield-Lyall 1/2-1/2
    Round 8 Mullan-Aldridge 1-0, Day-Benitez 0-1d, Sole-Chen 0-1, Winfield-Jackson 0-1, Lyall-Rossiter 0-1
    Round 9 Rossiter-Mullan 1/2-1/2, Aldridge-Day 1-0, Benitez-Sole 1-0, Chen-Winfield 1-0, Jackson-Lyall 1/2-1/2

B Grade Crosstable


    No  Name             Rating Total   #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6  #7  #8  #9  #10
    1   Benitez, Edgar   2006   7       *   =   1   1   1   1   =   =   =   1
    2   Chen, Wei Kai    1895   6.5     =   *   0   1   1   0   1   1   1   1
    3   Aldridge, Alan   1892   5.5     0   1   *   1   0   1   0   =   1   1
    4   Sole, Michael    1899   5.5     0   0   0   *   1   =   1   1   1   1
    5   Rossiter, Philip 1947   5       0   0   1   0   *   1   =   1   1   =
    6   Jackson, Ross    1945   4       0   1   0   =   0   *   =   =   1   =
    7   Mullan, Brett    1923   3.5     =   0   1   0   =   =   *   1   0   0
    8   Lyall, Gordon    1854   3       =   0   =   0   0   =   0   *   =   1
    9   Winfield, Alan   1957   3       =   0   0   0   0   0   1   =   *   1
    10  Day, Fabian      1899   2       0   0   0   0   =   =   1   0   0   *

C Grade Final Crosstable


    No Name                   Rating Total   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9
    1  Hall, Nathan           1863   7.5   21:1  2:1  3:1 17:1  4:= 11:1  6:0  5:1  8:1
    2  Tanoi, Edward          1800   6.5   23:1  1:0  5:1  0:=  3:= 13:1  4:1  6:=  7:1
    3  Stoeveken, Peter       1822   6     26:1  8:1  1:0 12:1  2:=  4:0  5:= 11:1  6:1
    4  Dixon, Hamish          1701   5.5   15:= 12:= 19:1 23:1  1:=  3:1  2:0  7:0 13:1
    5  Farrington, Lawrence   1763   5     13:1 10:=  2:0 24:= 21:1  6:=  3:=  1:0 14:1
    6  He, Caleb              1823   5     25:1  0:=  0:=  0:0 17:1  5:=  1:1  2:=  3:0
    7  He, Paul               1507   5      0:=  0:=  0:0  0:0 26:1 20:1 17:1  4:1  2:0
    8  Hurndell, Robert       1551   5     27:1  3:0 28:1  0:= 11:0 17:1 26:1  0:=  1:0
    9  Stracy, Don            1649   5      0:=  0:=  0:0  0:0 23:0 27:1 21:1 15:1 12:1
    10 Brockway, Andrew       1867   4.5   19:1  5:=  0:=  0:=  0:0  0:0  0:0 21:1 16:1
    11 Ashe, Michael          1623   4.5   20:1 17:0 26:1  0:=  8:1  1:0 12:=  3:0  0:=
    12 Frater, Dylan          1509   4      0:=  4:= 15:1  3:0 13:0 21:1 11:=  0:=  9:0
    13 Stannard, Bobby        1298   4      5:0  0:=  0:= 27:1 12:1  2:0  0:0 20:1  4:0
    14 Darr, Samuel           1481   4     22:1  0:=  0:=  0:0 20:1  0:0 15:1  0:0  5:0
    15 Langford, Josh         1291   3.5    4:=  0:= 12:0 21:0 19:1 26:1 14:0  9:0  0:=
    16 Carroll, Lewis         1190   3.5    0:0 23:0 22:1  0:= 24:1 18:1 27:-  0:0 10:0
    17 Wevers, Alexis         1795   3      0:= 11:1 18:1  1:0  6:0  8:0  7:0  0:=  0:0
    18 Meravanage, Satwik     1550   3      0:= 22:1 17:0  0:=  0:0 16:0  0:0 27:1  0:0
    19 Kibblewhite, Daniel    1481   3     10:0 20:1  4:0  0:0 15:0 22:1  0:0  0:0 27:1
    20 Asher, Bruce           1256   3     11:0 19:0 27:1 26:1 14:0  7:0 22:1 13:0 26:0
    21 Stannard, Lars         1409   2.5    1:0  0:=  0:= 15:1  5:0 12:0  9:0 10:0 22:=
    22 Osborne, Geoff         1500   2.5   14:0 18:0 16:0 25:0 27:1 19:0 20:0 26:1 21:=
    23 Annamalai, Karthikeyan 1300   2      2:0 16:1 24:=  4:0  9:=  0:0  0:0  0:0  0:0
    24 Rabina, Romeo          1695   2      0:=  0:= 23:=  5:= 16:0  0:0  0:0  0:0  0:0
    25 Heyworth, Nicholas     1368   2      6:0  0:= 30:0 22:1  0:=  0:0  0:0  0:0  0:0
    26 Kierstead, James       1317   2      3:0 27:1 11:0 20:0  7:0 15:0  8:0 22:0 20:1
    27 Rodrigues, Kane        1000   1      8:0 26:0 20:0 13:0 22:0  9:0 16:+ 18:0 19:0
    28 Sole, Christopher      1184   1     30:=  0:=  8:0  0:0  0:0  0:0  0:   0:   0:
    29 Zhao, Aiden            1236   1      0:=  0:=  0:0  0:0  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:
    30 Johnson, Sean          1099   0     28:0  0:0 25:0  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0:

Julian Mazur Memorial 2018

Final Cross Table


    No Name                   Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8

    1  Croad, Nic             2422 7.5   17:1  8:1 12:1  2:1  5:1  6:1  3:=  7:1
    2  Dive, Russell          2453 7     28:1 24:1 11:1  1:0 15:1  3:1 12:1  5:1
    3  Ker, Anthony           2472 5.5   42:= 19:1  7:1  5:= 13:1  2:0  1:= 12:1
    4  Nyberg, Michael        2109 5.5   14:0 31:1 33:1  9:= 12:=  0:= 13:1 16:1
    5  Nijman, Brian          2155 5     23:1 18:1  9:1  3:=  1:0  7:=  6:1  2:0
    6  Stone, Andrew          2087 5     25:1 13:= 42:1 30:= 10:1  1:0  5:0 18:1
    7  Benitez, Edgar         1908 5     26:= 46:1  3:0 14:1 25:1  5:=  9:1  1:0
    8  Winfield, Alan         1960 5     44:1  1:0 14:0 27:1 39:1 10:= 17:1 11:=
    9  Jackson, Ross          1986 5     29:1 38:1  5:0  4:=  0:= 20:1  7:0 19:1
    10 Sellen, Ian            2085 5      0:= 39:1 30:= 24:1  6:0  8:= 19:= 21:1
    11 Forster, Bill          2051 5     27:1 21:1  2:0 28:=  0:= 24:= 26:1  8:=
    12 Winter, Ryan           1999 4.5   31:1 14:1  1:0 22:1  4:= 26:1  2:0  3:0
    13 Lyall, Gordon          1900 4.5   45:1  6:= 16:1 15:=  3:0  0:=  4:0 25:1
    14 Hall, Nathan           1529 4.5    4:1 12:0  8:1  7:0 20:0 31:1 28:= 24:1
    15 Stoeveken, Peter       1815 4.5   43:1 16:1  0:= 13:=  2:0  0:=  0:0 29:1
    16 Rossiter, Philip       2010 4.5   36:1 15:0 13:0 40:= 29:1 25:1 24:1  4:0
    17 Ashe, Michael          1650 4.5    1:0 44:1 24:0 31:= 38:1 41:1  8:0 27:1
    18 Laking, Robert         1900 4     37:1  5:0  0:= 19:1  0:=  0:0 22:1  6:0
    19 He, Caleb              1717 4      0:=  3:0 41:1 18:0 35:1 28:1 10:=  9:0
    20 Brockway, Andrew       1888 4      0:= 26:= 25:= 37:= 14:1  9:0 21:0 34:1
    21 Sole, Michael          1782 4     35:1 11:0 26:= 25:0 41:1  0:= 20:1 10:0
    22 Wevers, Alexis         1821 4     38:0 36:1 40:1 12:0  0:=  0:= 18:0 26:1
    23 Stracy, Don            1631 4      5:0 37:0 46:1 35:0 27:=  0:= 39:1 31:1
    24 Aldridge, Alan         1934 3.5   41:1  2:0 17:1 10:0 37:1 11:= 16:0 14:0
    25 Darr, Samuel           1522 3.5    6:0 34:1 20:= 21:1  7:0 16:0 35:1 13:0
    26 He, Paul               1223 3.5    7:= 20:= 21:= 33:1 28:1 12:0 11:0 22:0
    27 Kibblewhite, Daniel    1486 3.5   11:0  0:=  0:=  8:0 23:= 44:1 37:1 17:0
    28 Farrington, Lawrence   1769 3.5    2:0 29:1 35:1 11:= 26:0 19:0 14:= 33:=
    29 Heyworth, Nicholas     1300 3.5    9:0 28:0  0:= 38:1 16:0 43:1 33:1 15:0
    30 Timergazi, Layla       2119 3     34:1  0:= 10:=  6:=  0:=  0:0  0:0  0:0
    31 Stannard, Bobby        1306 3     12:0  4:0 43:1 17:= 40:1 14:0  0:= 23:0
    32 Sole, Christopher      1143 3      0:= 42:0  0:=  0:0  0:   0:0 43:1 40:1
    33 Rabina, Romeo               3      0:   0:   4:0 26:0 36:1 35:= 29:0 28:=
    34 Hurndell, Robert       1600 3     30:0 25:0  0:=  0:= 43:1  0:0 44:1 20:0
    35 Osborne, Geoff         800  3     21:0  0:= 28:0 23:1 19:0 33:= 25:0 41:1
    36 Stannard, Lars         1402 3     16:0 22:0 44:1 39:0 33:0 40:=  0:= 43:+
    37 Annamalai, Karthikeyan 1200 2.5   18:0 23:1  0:= 20:= 24:0  0:= 27:0  0:0
    38 Johnson, Sean          1000 2     22:1  9:0  0:= 29:0 17:0  0:=  0:0 39:-
    39 Benitez, Ric           1551 2      0:= 10:0  0:= 36:1  8:0  0:0 23:0 38:-
    40 Frater, Dylan          1509 2      0:=  0:= 22:0 16:= 31:0 36:=  0:0 32:0
    41 Zhao, Aiden            1246 2     24:0  0:= 19:0 47:1 21:0 17:0  0:= 35:0
    42 Day, Fabian            1778 1.5    3:= 32:1  6:0  0:   0:0  0:0  0:0  0:0
    43 Carroll, Lewis         880  1.5   15:0  0:= 31:0 44:1 34:0 29:0 32:0 36:-
    44 Asher, Bruce           1263 1.5    8:0 17:0 36:0 43:0 47:1 27:0 34:0  0:=
    45 Tung, Melvin           1200 1     13:0  0:=  0:=  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:
    46 Alcorn, Simeon         1447 .5     0:=  7:0 23:0  0:   0:0  0:0 47:   0:0
    47 Srivastava, Krishh          0      0:   0:   0:  41:0 44:0  0:0 46:   0:0
    48 Bennett, Sarah         1429 0      0:0  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0:

Rapid Championships 2018 Results

Final Crosstable

    No Name                 Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10

    1  Dive, Russell        2401 9.5   22:1 11:1 27:1  2:1  6:1 26:1  5:1 10:1 14:1  3:=
    2  Ker, Anthony         2369 9     19:1 12:1 39:1  1:0 10:1  4:1  7:+  3:1 11:1  6:1
    3  Stone, Andrew        1929 6.5   30:0 47:1  0:=  0:= 20:1 14:1 15:1  2:0  9:1  1:=
    4  Sellen, Ian          2021 6.5   36:1 10:= 45:1  6:= 12:1  2:0 11:=  8:0 29:1  7:1
    5  Nyberg, Michael      1986 6.5   28:1 14:0 17:1 43:1 13:=  6:1  1:0 12:1  0:=  0:=
    6  Nijman, Brian        2115 6     16:1 18:1 15:1  4:=  1:0  5:0 27:1 11:= 10:1  2:0
    7  Aldridge, Alan       1881 6     15:0 49:1 16:= 18:1  9:1 13:1  2:-  0:=  8:1  4:0
    8  Forster, Bill        1982 6     41:1 39:0 19:1 12:0 16:1 18:1 10:0  4:1  7:0 20:1
    9  Pomeroy, Arthur      1998 6      0:   0:  20:1 10:=  7:0 16:1 12:= 17:1  3:0 14:1
    10 Sole, Michael        1700 5.5   37:1  4:= 14:1  9:=  2:0 27:1  8:1  1:0  6:0 11:=
    11 Stoeveken, Peter     1759 5.5   21:1  1:0 30:1 15:1  0:=  0:=  4:=  6:=  2:0 10:=
    12 Benitez, Edgar       1741 5.5   50:1  2:0 28:1  8:1  4:0 17:1  9:=  5:0 20:0 27:1
    13 Winter, Ryan         1850 5.5   49:1 30:1  0:=  0:=  5:=  7:0  0:0  0:0 22:1 17:1
    14 Chen, Wei Kai        1699 5     46:1  5:1 10:0 27:1 26:0  3:0 19:1 15:1  1:0  9:0
    15 Winsley, Nicholas    1400 5      7:1 40:1  6:0 11:0 29:1 22:1  3:0 14:0  0:=  0:=
    16 He, Caleb            1534 5      6:0 33:1  7:= 22:1  8:0  9:0 29:1 19:0 21:= 28:1
    17 Hall, Nathan         1600 5      0:   0:   5:0 44:1 30:1 12:0 18:1  9:0 27:1 13:0
    18 Laking, Robert       1700 5     33:1  6:0 44:1  7:0 36:1  8:0 17:0 22:1  0:=  0:=
    19 Brockway, Andrew     1545 5      2:0 50:1  8:0 35:1 27:0 28:1 14:0 16:1  0:=  0:=
    20 Ashe, Michael        1600 5     48:1 27:0  9:0 24:1  3:0 41:1  0:=  0:= 12:1  8:0
    21 Kibblewhite, Daniel  1300 5     11:0 22:= 29:1 40:0 28:0 25:1  0:=  0:= 16:= 30:1
    22 Farrington, Lawrence 1566 4.5    1:0 21:= 41:1 16:0 33:1 15:0 36:1 18:0 13:0 29:1
    23 Zhao, Aidan          1054 4.5    0:   0:  35:0 41:0 37:0 48:1  0:=  0:0 34:1 42:1
    24 Darr, Samuel         1315 4.5    0:   0:  43:0 20:0 31:0 35:0 48:  25:= 38:1 33:1
    25 Sharma, Vaibhav           4.5    0:   0:  33:= 34:0 35:1 21:0 44:1 24:= 28:0 32:=
    26 Lyall, Gordon        1800 4      0:   0:  36:1 39:1 14:1  1:0  0:0  0:0  0:0  0:0
    27 Jackson, Ross        1900 4     35:1 20:1  1:0 14:0 19:1 10:0  6:0 31:1 17:0 12:0
    28 Wevers, Alexis       1500 4      5:0 35:1 12:0 45:0 21:1 19:0  0:=  0:= 25:1 16:0
    29 Dixon, Hamish        1606 4      0:   0:  21:0 30:1 15:0 36:1 16:0 35:1  4:0 22:0
    30 He, Paul             1413 4      3:1 13:0 11:0 29:0 17:0 37:1 31:0  0:1 35:1 21:0
    31 Asher, Bruce         1033 4     39:0 41:1 40:0 36:0 24:1 33:0 30:1 27:0  0:=  0:=
    32 Stracy, Don               3.5    0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0:  34:1 44:1 33:0 25:=
    33 Heyworth, Nicholas   1200 3.5   18:0 16:0 25:= 50:1 22:0 31:1  0:0  0:0 32:1 24:0
    34 Carroll, Lewis            3.5    0:   0:  50:0 25:1 39:0  0:0 32:0 38:= 23:0 35:1
    35 Frater, Dylan        1405 3     27:0 28:0 23:1 19:0 25:0 24:1 38:1 29:0 30:0 34:0
    36 Hurndell, Robert     1500 3      4:0 37:1 26:0 31:1 18:0 29:0 22:0 48:1  0:   0:
    37 Deyab, Mohamed       1100 2.5   10:0 36:0  0:=  0:= 23:1 30:0  0:=  0:0 42:- 38:-
    38 Annamalai, Karthik        2.5    0:   0:   0:   0:  48:1 44:0 35:0 34:= 24:0 37:+
    39 Day, Fabian          1650 2.5   31:1  8:1  2:0 26:0 34:=  0:0  0:0  0:0  0:   0:
    40 Mullan, Brett        1800 2.5   47:= 15:0 31:1 21:1  0:0  0:0  0:0  0:0  0:   0:
    41 Tagos, Bernardo      1478 2.5    8:0 31:0 22:0 23:1 44:1 20:0  0:=  0:0  0:   0:
    42 Sole, Christopher    1037 2      0:   0:   0:0  0:0  0:0  0:0  0:   0:  37:+ 23:0
    43 Wilkins, Mark        1719 2      0:   0:  24:1  5:0  0:0  0:0  0:0  0:0  0:   0:
    44 Kierstead, James     1143 2      0:   0:  18:0 17:0 41:0 38:1 25:0 32:0  0:   0:
    45 Timergazi, Layla     2014 2      0:   0:   4:0 28:1  0:0  0:0  0:   0:   0:   0:
    46 Giminez, Federico    1100 2     14:0 48:+  0:=  0:=  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0:
    47 Alcorn, Simeon       1309 1.5   40:=  3:0  0:=  0:=  0:0  0:0  0:   0:   0:   0:
    48 Srivastava, Krishh   1000 1     20:0 46:-  0:0  0:0 38:0 23:0 24:0 36:0  0:=  0:=
    49 Benitez, Ric         1350 1     13:0  7:0  0:=  0:=  0:0  0:0  0:   0:   0:   0:
    50 Theodosiou, Andreas  1252 1     12:0 19:0 34:1 33:0  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0:


Autumn Cup 2018 Games

Forster, Bill - Winter, Ryan Autumn Cup 2018

1.Nf3!? Bill differs from his usual 1.d4, probably trying to avoid any prep I had done, and trying not to head into a complicated, tactical position in which we youngsters stereotypically thrive in (Bill: Astute. Ryan reads my mind)   1...Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.O-O O-O 6.b3 Bill chooses a Reti type setup, instead of transposing back into a Catalan by playing d4.   6...b6 7.Bb2 Bb7 8.d3 8.d4!? 8...c5 9.Nbd2 Nbd7 10.e3 Rc8 11.Qe2 Re8!?









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The start of a slightly awkward plan. The rook doesn't really belong on e8, a slightly better plan would have been to move my queen to c7, ready to stick my rook on d8, in anticipation of the centre opening up later on in the game.   11...Qc7 12.Rac1 Rfd8 13.Rfd1 Qb8 12.Rfd1 Bf8 Qc7 was probably still best, Qe7 is a square, but it does block the bishop, and the bishop is not doing anything on f8 that it wasn't doing on e7.   13.Rac1 Qe7 A little awkward, with the arrangement of my queen and bishop. I was thinking about sticking my Bishop on d6, but the problem there is that white can play e4, which is really annoying, since e5 is threatened, and if I move the bishop, e5 forces my knight to g4, where it really doesn't want to be. So I decided to simply leave the bishop on f8 for the time being. If Bill inflicted me with hanging pawns, I was thinking that my queen could go to e6 in the future, where it is quite well placed in these hanging pawn positions.   14.cxd5 exd5 15.d4 Ne4 16.dxc5?









 

What looks like a reasonable move, giving me hanging pawns or a Isolated Queens pawn, is a mistake. Although I get the weakness on d5, my pieces become quite active, especially the knight on d7 and the bishop on b7. Ba6 is already a difficult threat to meet.   16...Ndxc5! 17.Nd4?? Ba6! Bill later confessed that when I hovered over the bishop, he was initially confused, as he thought the bishop could only move to c6 or a8, and he completely missed the fact that Nc5 defends the a6 square. Now, if White moves the queen, Nd3 or Nxf2 is going to be a big problem. (Bill: In chess one detail can kill you and I can definitely ascribe my disastrous campaign in this game to missing the fact that Nc5 guards a6! A piece defending something behind it is often a problem for me actually. Also, Ryan, quit the hovering please. It's not good for my blood pressure and I've already had to increase my BP medication recently)  18.Qg4 18.Nb5 during the game I thought this was what Bill would play, as it seems that this is the only move that blocks Nd3, but it turns out this loses rather nicely to   18...Nxf2! 19.Qxf2 19.Kxf2 Bxb5 And if the bishop is recaptured, e3 falls, and Black wins. Otherwise, Nd3 is still coming!   20.Qxb5 Qxe3+ 21.Kf1 Nd3 -+ 19...Nd3! And although White is temporarily a piece up, the entire house is hanging. After the queen moves, Black is easily winning.   20.Qe2 Nxb2   20...Bxb5 After this, the knight is pinned, so White has time to escape, by trading the rooks and moving the bishop   21.Rxc8 Rxc8 22.Ba1 21.Re1 Bxb5 22.Qxb5 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 Qxe3+ 18.Qf3 After a move like this, white does defend f2, but black can play Nxf2 anyway!   18...Nxf2! -+ 18...Nd3 -+ 18...Nxf2! 19.Qf4









 

19.Kxf2?? (Bill: I actually almost played that. I had forgotten to check whether Nxf2 was possible [else I would have tried Nb5 or Qh5 not Qg4 which is hit by Nf2], I had worried about it a move or two earlier when I could safely take with the king but not immediately before it landed. I was expecting Nd3 rather than Nxf2 and for a while I was assuming Nd3 was also the response now to Kxf2. I noticed the mate just in time - although maybe cutting my pain short wouldn't have been such a bad thing!)  19...Qxe3# 19...Nxd1 In the end I decided that simply taking the rook couldn't be bad. Because he can't recapture right away, and so remains down material, he has to try a desperate attack (Bill: Ryan had GM Gawain Jones looking on for several minutes while he contemplated this move - I was very impressed that he didn't rush out a move to impress his 2650ish audience [I would probably impulsively have fallen into this known psychological foible at age 57 - I would *definitely* have done it at 15]. Instead he spent his time wisely - seeking to make sure my coffin escaping chances were reduced to an absolute minimum)   19...Ncd3 I was trying to decide between this move and ...Nxd1, since now the queen is hit, and doesn't have many good squares. But in the end I decided on Nxd1, essentially because I gain a tempo on the bishop on b1.   20.Nf5 Nxf4 21.Nxe7+ Bxe7 22.exf4 Nxd1 23.Rxd1 Here I thought I was just up an exchange, and still with a lot of work to do. But looking at it now,   23...Rc2 24.Ba1 Be2 Wins another piece. Black ends up a rook to the good.   20.Nf5!? The last, desperate try. White's only chance is to throw everything he has at me, otherwise he's just down too much material.   20.Rxd1 And White can't just capture back, because   20...Nd3 forks the queen and bishop, and simply picks up the bishop, with an overwhelming material advantage.  20...Qe6 21.Bxd5!? Objectively, this just loses faster, but it forces Black to be careful, and at least complicates matters a little.   21...Qxd5 22.Qg5









 

The idea behind Bxd5. If my queen was still on e6, here I could play Qg6, and that would be the last move of the game. Here, White does have some threats on g7, and Nh6 is a idea, either winning the queen or going for the draw, with Nxf7+ Nh6 etc.  Bill: It's a terrible shame that  22.Nh6+ gxh6 23.Qg4+ isn't mate only because there is now a stupid and otherwise irrelevant pawn on h6 - that was the sort of thing I was hoping for,  22...Bb7 Defending the queen, and setting up a counter threat of my own, mate on g7 or h1.   22...Nxb2 23.Nh6+ Kh8 24.Qxd5 gxh6 I must admit I didn't actually see this at all, but this is completely winning for Black and may have been better than the line I choose. He has a rook and 3 pieces for the queen, and sadly for White, all my pieces are defended, and he can't even win the knight on b2 (Bill: I had seen this and was wondering whether to resign at the end of this line or stumble on in the hope that the bizarre material balance wouldn't quite line up in reality to the -5 points that bean counting suggests)   25.Qd4+ Bg7 22...Nxe3 This was another option that I barely looked at. For some strange reason, I missed that the queen was defended by the knight on e3. The knight on e3 defends the queen, and also attacks the pseudo-pinned knight on f5. So Nh6+ is forced (unless you count resignation!) and there is no hope left for white.   23.Nh6+ Kh8 24.Qxd5 Nxd5 25.Nxf7+ Kg8 And yet again, I am up huge amounts of material. Having an extra rook and piece is often enough to win!   23.e4!? Trying to block the mate threat, and setting a trap.   23...Qe6









 

White resigns. After the game, Don Stracy asked why didn't Bill take on g7? The problem is that after Qg6, White is forced to trade queens, and he's down a few too many pieces. A interesting game, which shows that even innocuous positions contain tactics and motifs, and that chess is all about detail, you cannot simply make moves that make sense positionally if they don't work tactically.   23...Nxe4!? 24.Nxe4 Qxe4?? Is the aforementioned trap. After   25.Nh6+ Kh8 26.Nxf7+ Kg8 27.Nh6+ Kh8 = The game is drawn, with Black up a rook and a piece. Not what I wanted! (Bill: You're a very selfish young man!)  0-1


Autumn Cup 2018 Results

Final Results

Thanks to Ian Sellen for these results. See bottom of page for the original draw.

    A Grade
    No  Name                Rtg     Total   #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6
    1   Croad, Nic          2422    4.5     *   1   =   1   1   1
    2   Ker, Anthony        2472    3       0   *   1   1   -   1
    3   Dive, Russell       2453    2.5     =   0   *   0   1   1
    4   Nijman, Brian       2155    2       0   0   1   *   0   1
    5   Nyberg, Michael     2109    1.5     0   -   0   1   *   =
    6   Timergazi, Layla    2119    .5      0   0   0   0   =   *

    B Grade
    No  Name                Rtg     Total   #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6
    1   Winter, Ryan        1999    4.5     *   =   1   1   1   1
    2   Pomeroy, Arthur     2093    2.5     =   *   =   -   =   1
    3   Forster, Bill       2051    2.5     0   =   *   =   1   =
    4   Jackson, Ross       1986    2.5     0   -   =   *   1   1
    5   Sellen, Ian         2085    1.5     0   =   0   0   *   1
    6   Rossiter, Philip    2010    .5      0   0   =   0   0   *

    C Grade
    No  Name                Rtg     Total   #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6
    1   Benitez, Edgar      1908    4       *   =   1   1   1   =
    2   Mullan, Brett       1920    2.5     =   *   0   =   =   1
    3   Wilkins, Mark       1922    2.5     0   1   *   =   -   1
    4   Aldridge, Alan      1934    2       0   =   =   *   -   1
    5   Laking, Robert              1.5     0   =   -   -   *   1
    6   Brockway, Andrew    1888    .5      =   0   0   0   0   *

    D Grade
    No  Name                Rtg     Total   #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6
    1   Day, Fabian         1778    4       *   1   =   =   1   1
    2   Chen, Wei Kai       1885    3       0   *   =   1   =   1
    3   Sole, Michael       1782    2.5     =   =   *   1   =   0
    4   Stoeveken, Peter    1815    2.5     =   0   0   *   1   1
    5   Farrington, Lawrenc 1769    2       0   =   =   0   *   1
    6   Wevers, Alexis      1821    1       0   0   1   0   0   *

    E Grade
    No  Name                Rtg     Total   #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6
    1   Hall, Nathan        1529    4       *   =   1   =   1   1
    2   He, Caleb           1717    3.5     =   *   1   0   +   1
    3   Robinson, Max               3       0   0   *   1   1   1
    4   Dixon, Hamish       1708    2       =   1   0   *   0   =
    5   Forlong-Ford, Colwy 1701    1       0   -   0   1   *   -
    6   Rabina, Romeo       1725    .5      0   0   0   =   -   *

    F Grade
    No  Name                Rtg     Total   #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6
    1   Stracy, Don         1631    3       *   =   =   =   =   1
    2   Ashe, Michael               3       =   *   -   =   1   1
    3   Benitez, Rick       1551    2.5     =   -   *   1   1   -
    4   Tagos, Bernardo     1575    2       =   =   0   *   1   -
    5   Herndall, Robert            .5      =   0   0   0   *   -
    6   Konakanchi, Karthik 1586    0       0   0   -   -   -   *

    G Grade
    No Name                 Rtg     Total  1    2    3    4    5
    1  Winsley, Nicholas            5     13:1  9:1  2:1  6:1  3:1
    2  He, Paul             1223    4      8:1  5:1  1:0 10:1  6:1
    3  Stannard, Lars       1402    3.5    0:= 13:1  7:1  5:1  1:0
    4  Theodosiou, Andreas  1401    3.5    9:0 12:= 16:1  7:1 10:1
    5  Stannard, Bobby      1306    3     12:1  2:0 15:+  3:0  9:1
    6  Kibblewhite, Daniel  1486    2.5   15:1  0:= 11:1  1:0  2:0
    7  Darr, Samuel         1522    2.5    0:= 10:+  3:0  4:0 13:+
    8  Bennett, Sarah       1429    2.5    2:0  0:= 12:1  9:0 11:1
    9  Deyab, Mohamed               2      4:1  1:0 10:0  8:1  5:0
    10 Heyworth, Nicholas           2     16:1  7:-  9:1  2:0  4:0
    11 Sole, Chris          1143    1.5    0:= 16:1  6:0  0:0  8:0
    12 Johnson, Sean                1      5:0  4:=  8:0  0:=  0:0
    13 Srivastava, Krishh           1      1:0  3:0  0:0 16:1  7:-
    14 Alcorn, Simeon       1368    1      0:0 15:0  0:0 15:+  0:0
    15 Carroll, Lewis               1      6:0 14:1  5:- 14:-  0:0
    16 Asher, Bruce         1263    .5    10:0 11:0  4:0 13:0  0:=


Draw

This was the original draw


    Group A
    Round 1 Dive-Croad Nyberg-Timergazi Ker-Nijman
    Round 2 Dive-Nyberg Timergazi-Ker Croad-Nijman
    Round 3 Ker-Dive Nijman-Timergazi Nyberg-Croad
    Round 4 Dive-Nijman Nyberg-Ker Croad-Timergazi
    Round 5 Timergazi-Dive Nijman-Nyberg Ker-Croad

    Group B
    Round 1 Sellen-Forster Jackson-Winter Pomeroy-Rossiter
    Round 2 Sellen-Jackson Winter-Pomeroy Forster-Rossiter
    Round 3 Pomeroy-Sellen Rossiter-Winter Jackson-Forster
    Round 4 Sellen-Rossiter Jackson-Pomeroy Forster-Winter
    Round 5 Winter-Sellen Rossiter-Jackson Pomeroy-Forster

    Group C
    Round 1 Wilkins-Mullan (postponed) Brockway-Laking Aldridge-Benitez
    Round 2 Wilkins-Brockway Laking-Aldridge Mullan-Benitez
    Round 3 Aldridge-Wilkins Benitez-Laking Brockway-Mullan
    Round 4 Wilkins-Benitez Brockway-Aldridge Mullan-Laking
    Round 5 Laking-Wilkins Benitez-Brockway Aldridge-Mullan

    Group D
    Round 1 Stoeveken-Wevers Sole-Day Chen-Farrington
    Round 2 Stoeveken-Sole Day-Chen Wevers-Farrington
    Round 3 Chen-Stoeveken Farrington-Day Sole-Wevers
    Round 4 Stoeveken-Farrington Sole-Chen Wevers-Day
    Round 5 Day-Stoeveken Farrington-Sole Chen-Wevers

    Group E
    Round 1 Rabina-He Hall-Forlong-Ford Robinson-Dixon
    Round 2 Rabina-Hall Forlong-Ford-Robinson He-Dixon
    Round 3 Robinson-Rabina Dixon-Forlong-Ford Hall-He
    Round 4 Rabina-Dixon Hall-Robinson He-Forlong-Ford
    Round 5 Forlong-Ford-Rabina Dixon-Hall Robinson-He

    Group F
    Round 1 Herndall-Ashe Benitez-Konakanchi Stracy-Tagos
    Round 2 Herndall-Benitez Konakanchi-Stracy Ashe-Tagos
    Round 3 Stracy-Herndall Tagos-Konakanchi Benitez-Ashe
    Round 4 Herndall-Tagos Benitez-Stracy Ashe-Konakanchi
    Round 5 Konakanchi-Herndall Tagos-Benitez Stracy-Ashe


Wellington Open 2018

The Wellington Open is over for another year. Congratulations to winner Anthony Ker.

Here is the Vega link.

There's a short report on the NZCF homepage

There's more pictures on the Wellington Chess Facebook page

Here is a complete pgn (round 6 now added). Thanks to Ian Sellen for entering the games!


Summer Cup 2018

Final Cross Table


    1  Ker, Anthony             2488 7     43:W  8:W  3:L 16:W 18:W  4:W  2:W  5:W
    2  Dive, Russell            2443 6.5   25:W  6:W  0:D 13:W  4:W  3:W  1:L 12:W
    3  Croad, Nic               2407 6     11:W 21:W  1:W  4:L  6:W  2:L 18:W  7:W
    4  Timergazi, Layla         2133 6     45:W 18:W 15:W  3:W  2:L  1:L  8:W  6:W
    5  Nyberg, Michael          2149 5.5   10:D 34:W  0:D  0:D 15:W  7:W 14:W  1:L
    6  Winter, Ryan             1814 5      7:W  2:L 30:W 33:W  3:L 15:W  9:W  4:L
    7  Laking, Robert           1300 5      6:L 11:W 25:W 21:W  8:W  5:L 16:W  3:L
    8  Benitez, Edgar           1819 5     38:W  1:L 19:W 10:W  7:L 11:W  4:L 20:W
    9  Sellen, Ian              2067 5     22:W 13:D 10:D 20:D 26:W 16:D  6:L 18:W
    10 Hall, Nathan             1559 5      5:D 26:W  9:D  8:L 21:D 28:W 25:W  0:D
    11 Wevers, Alexis           1614 5      3:L  7:L 37:W 19:W 36:W  8:L 33:W 26:W
    12 Jackson, Ross            2013 5     19:D 37:W 16:D 28:D 27:W 14:D 20:+  2:L
    13 Sole, Michael            1801 4.5   23:W  9:D 14:W  2:L 16:L 30:W 21:W 17:L
    14 Rossiter, Philip         1969 4.5   30:W 20:D 13:L 43:+ 28:W 12:D  5:L 16:D
    15 Chen, Wei Kai            1879 4.5   40:W 24:W  4:L  0:D  5:L  6:L 34:W 27:W
    16 Brockway, Andrew         1914 4.5   39:W 42:W 12:D  1:L 13:W  9:D  7:L 14:D
    17 Pomeroy, Arthur          2092 4.5   24:L  0:D 31:W 27:D 29:W  0:D  0:L 13:W
    18 Stoeveken, Peter         1814 4     44:W  4:L 35:W 29:W  1:L 22:W  3:L  9:L
    19 Tagos, Bernardo          1496 4     12:D  0:D  8:L 11:L 31:W 36:+ 26:L 36:W
    20 Day, Fabian              1784 4     31:W 14:D  0:D  9:D  0:D 33:W 12:-  8:L
    21 Farrington, Lawrence     1800 4     32:W  3:L 42:W  7:L 10:D 27:W 13:L 22:D
    22 Meravanage, Satwik       1514 4      9:L 23:W  0:D 34:W  0:D 18:L 42:D 21:D
    23 Asher, Bruce             1268 4     13:L 22:L  0:D 31:L 32:W 42:W  0:D 24:W
    24 Darr, Samuel             1545 4     17:W 15:L 33:L  0:D 41:W 38:W  0:D 23:L
    25 Stracy, Don              1710 4      2:L 38:W  7:L 39:W 33:L 37:W 10:L 40:W
    26 Aldridge, Alan           1946 4     42:- 10:L 47:W 42:W  9:L 40:W 19:W 11:L
    27 Robinson, Max            1300 3.5    0:  47:W 45:W 17:D 12:L 21:L 30:W 15:L
    28 Rabina, Romeo            1767 3.5   35:W  0:D  0:D 12:D 14:L 10:L 29:W  0:L
    29 Konakanchi, Karthik      1519 3.5    0:   0:D 43:W 18:L 17:L  0:D 28:L 37:W
    30 He, Caleb                1485 3.5   14:L 32:W  6:L  0:D 34:W 13:L 27:L 33:W
    31 Kierstead, James         1143 3.5   20:L  0:D 17:L 23:W 19:L 34:L 41:W 39:W
    32 He, Paul                 1183 3.5   21:L 30:L 39:L  0:D 23:L 47:+ 35:W 38:W
    33 Hurndell, Robert         1300 3      0:  36:W 24:W  6:L 25:W 20:L 11:L 30:L
    34 Bennett, Sarah           1427 3      0:D  5:L 41:W 22:L 30:L 31:W 15:L  0:D
    35 Winsley, Nicholas        1000 3     28:L 39:W 18:L 36:L  0:L 41:W 32:L  0:W
    36 Alcorn, Simeon           1200 3      0:  33:L 38:W 35:W 11:L 19:- 43:W 19:L
    37 Sole, Chris              1147 2.5    0:D 12:L 11:L  0:D 43:W 25:L  0:D 29:L
    38 Stannard, Bobby          1350 2.5    8:L 25:L 36:L 47:+ 39:W 24:L  0:D 32:L
    39 Stannard, Lars           1403 2.5   16:L 35:L 32:W 25:L 38:L 43:+  0:D 31:L
    40 Zhi, William             1400 2     15:L 43:L  0:D  0:D 42:W 26:L  0:L 25:L
    41 Zhao, Aiden              1291 2      0:   0:D 34:L  0:D 24:L 35:L 31:L 42:W
    42 Theodosiou, Andreas      1482 1.5   26:+ 16:L 21:L 26:L 40:L 23:L 22:D 41:L
    43 Forlong-Ford, Colwyn     1719 1      1:L 40:W 29:L 14:- 37:L 39:- 36:L  0:L
    44 Guthrie, Milo            1300 1     18:L 45:L  0:D  0:D  0:   0:   0:   0:
    45 List, Robert             1703 1      4:L 44:W 27:L  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:
    46 Benitez, Ric             1565 1      0:D  0:D  0:L  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:
    47 Carroll, Lewis           1100 0      0:  27:L 26:L 38:-  0:L 32:-  0:L  0:L

Ratings (Local)


    No  Name                 Feder Loc Id  Loc  Score Exp. Chg*K  Rav Rprfm

    1.  Ker, Anthony               4300084 2488 7.0/8 7.52    -5 2050  2386
    2.  Dive, Russell              4300106 2443 6.0/7 6.37    -4 2052  2361
    3.  Timergazi, Layla           4303733 2133 6.0/8 4.96    10 2046  2239
    4.  Croad, Nic                 4300793 2407 6.0/8 7.60   -16 1926  2119
    5.  Nyberg, Michael            4301064 2149 4.5/6 5.46   -10 1770  1963
    6.  Pomeroy, Arthur            4300416 2092 3.5/5 4.95   -15 1460  1609
    7.  Stone, Andrew              4301854 2086                     0     0
    8.  Sellen, Ian                4300610 2067 5.0/8 6.80   -18 1768  1863
    9.  Jackson, Ross              4301501 2013 4.0/7 5.95   -20 1719  1769
    10. Rossiter, Philip           4301455 1969 3.5/7 4.69   -12 1845  1845
    11. Aldridge, Alan             4301528 1946 4.0/7 6.51   -25 1531  1581
    12. Brockway, Andrew           4301340 1914 4.5/8 5.12    -6 1815  1858
    13. Chen, Wei Kai              4304152 1879 4.0/7 5.32   -13 1680  1730
    14. Benitez, Edgar                     1819 5.0/8 5.12    -1 1716  1811
    15. Stoeveken, Peter           4304098 1814 4.0/8 4.08    -1 1804  1804
    16. Winter, Ryan               4306295 1814 5.0/8 3.28    17 1877  1972
    17. Sole, Michael              4309030 1801 4.5/8 3.12    14 1880  1923
    18. Farrington, Lawrence       4301749 1800 4.0/8 6.32   -23 1568  1568
    19. Day, Fabian                4307330 1784 3.0/5 3.35    -4 1660  1732
    20. Rabina, Romeo                      1767 2.5/5 3.55   -11 1612  1612
    21. Forlong-Ford, Colwyn       4306961 1719 1.0/5 3.60   -26 1551  1311
    22. Stracy, Don                4302362 1710 4.0/8 6.24   -22 1488  1488
    23. List, Robert               4303490 1703 1.0/3 2.01   -10 1578  1453
    24. Wevers, Alexis             4307399 1614 5.0/8 4.40     6 1577  1672
    25. Benitez, Ric                       1565                     0     0
    26. Hall, Nathan               4306821 1559 4.5/7 0.84    37 1894  1996
    27. Darr, Samuel               4306120 1535 3.0/7 3.85    -9 1497  1447
    28. Meravanage, Satwik         4304721 1514 3.0/6 1.98    10 1643  1643
    29. Tagos, Bernado             4308220 1496 2.5/6 1.98     5 1623  1566
    30. He, Caleb                  4307615 1485 3.0/7 2.94     1 1542  1492
    31. Theodosiou, Andreas        4303520 1482 0.5/7 2.45   -20 1590  1168
    32. Bennett, Sarah                     1427 2.0/6 1.80     2 1577  1452
    33. Stannard, Lars             4308212 1403 1.0/6 3.18   -22 1383  1110
    34. Zhi, William                       1400 1.0/5 0.55     5 1747  1507
    35. Stannard, Bobby            4307666 1350 1.0/6 1.98   -10 1475  1202
    36. Guthrie, Milo                      1300 0.0/3 0.27    -3 1684   685
    37. Laking, Robert                     1300 5.0/8 0.16    48 1903  1998
    38. Asher, Bruce                       1268 3.0/6 1.62    14 1443  1443
    39. He, Paul                   4307623 1183 2.0/6 1.44     6 1384  1259
    40. Sole, Christopher                  1147 1.0/5 0.10     9 1715  1475
    41. Kierstead, James                   1143 3.0/7 0.56    24 1537  1487
    42. Winsley, Nicholas                  1000 2.0/7 0.56    14 1394  1236
    43. Konakanchi, Karthik        4304705 1519 2.0/5 1.25     8 1708  1636
    44. Alcorn, Simeon                     1200 3.0/6 1.38    16 1413  1413
    45. Hurndell, Robert                   1300 3.0/7 1.05    20 1592  1542
    46. Robinson, Max                      1300 3.5/7 0.49    30 1725  1725
    47. Carroll, Lewis                     1100 0.0/3 0.42    -4 1415   416
    48. Zhao, Aiden                4305779 1291 1.0/5 2.30   -13 1317  1077