Spring Cup 2017 – Round 7

Monday December the 18th is the last day for the Auckland Chess centre for 2018. We are planning the following:

  • Annual general meeting
  • Prize Giving
  • Committee meeting
  • Food and drinks
  • Informal tournament

Due to some byes by top players the last round was mostly un-equal contests at the top.


Alexei Kulashko vs Don Eade – Black dropped a piece to a mate threat and resigned shortly afterwards. 1-0

Alex Nagorski vs Bruce Watson –  White forgot his opening and gave Black a better position. White tried pushing the h-pawn but Black picked it up and swapped down to a king-and-pawn endgame where his extra pawn was decisive. 0-1

Simon Lyall vs Allen Fan – Black got a better opening and charged his pawns against White’s castled King. Eventually White failed to find a correct move to hold the attack. 0-1

Keith Ward vs Nathan Goodhue – A strange looking position as both players like their own opening lines. White had a good start but ended up poorly placing his pieces and allowed Black to pickup and exchange and more dominant position. White attempted a King side pawn push and Black moved his King from the g to a-file. Black then attacked White though the holes White had opened up in the Kingside pawns. 0-1

Ben Hague vs Virginia Milne – Straightforward win for White as he piled on the attack. 1-0

Mark Brimble vs Daniel Gong – White got his pieces a little and game up a Bishop for two pawns. The game ended abruptly white Black ahead but not completely winning. 0-1

Clinton Wells vs Tim Ha – A very passive Modern variation by Black gave White the initiative. Black resigned after losing a piece. 1-0

Paul Macdonald vs Euan McDougall – White had a good start against Black’s Slav. Hi fianchetto’ed his kingside Bishop and did scope up the c4 pawn as he pressed an attack. But his attack slowed and he allowed Black a counter-attack that put Black a Knight and pawn ahead. 0-1

Stephen Peak vs Tom Fu – A fairly even game. But on move 35 Black miscalculated some exchanges and ended up a piece down after the swaps. 1-0

Aaron Wang vs Xinyang Liu –  Black lost a piece fairly early. White eventually managed to invade his position and win. 1-0

Philip Te Whata vs Roy Seabrook – White’s development left his pieces on worse squares. He tried a Bxh6 sacrifice but it wasn’t enough and he lost further material. 0-1


  • Euan McDougall beat Paul Macdonald
  • Isabelle Ning beat David Ansell
  • Jeffrey Yu beat Leo Li
  • Uday Jain beat Ying Wang
  • Toby Zhang beat Jason Huang

Final Result

  • 1st Alexei Kulashko 6.5
  • 2nd= Bruce Watson, Alphaeus Ang, Allen Fan 5.5
  • under-1800 – Stephen Peak, Euan McDougall 4.5
  • under-1500 – Hugh Gao  4.5