Spring Cup 2018 – Round 7

December 17th will be the final Club night for 2018. Planned activities are:

  • Prize giving
  • Pizza
  • AGM
  • A Rapid tournament for 2-person teams.

The last round of the Spring Cup saw fewer draws and upsets than previous rounds.

Vega Links:  A Grade , B Grade

2018 Spring Cup R7 PGN by Ewen Green with help.

A Grade

Paul Garbett vs John Duneas – White came out of the opening better and Black failed to contain him. 1-0

Michael Steadman vs Alex Huang – Black was even to better until he allowed White a tactic which won a piece or two. 1-0

Bruce Watson vs Paul Macdonald – After some swaps, White got a nice position where he could make threats and Black had to scramble to counter them. Eventually White broke though and Black resigned. 1-0

Nathan Goodhue vs Lewis Jordan – A fairly even position until Black tied up a rook defending a pawn. White was then able to seize an open file which was enough to create a win. 1-0

Clinton Wells vs Allen Fan – Both players gave up a Kingside pawn in front of their castled Kings and then simultaneously built up an attack/defense. However, White made a miscalculation and was quickly lost. 0-1

Simon Lyall vs Caroline Yan – White gave up a pawn and then ran low on time and made a serious of bad moves. 0-1

Don Eade vs Alex Nagorski – White miscalculated a tactic and lost a piece. He tried some complications to recover but lost another. 0-1

Akshay Sharma vs Timothy Ha – The players went into a sharp opening line but came out fairly even. Some chances were missed by both sides in a very tactical middle game. Black finally made an error and White ended up material which he was quickly able to improve more. 1-0

With Paul Garbett’s win in the last round he pulled ahead of Alphaeus Ang and Daniel Gong (both overseas) to win by himself on 5.5 points.

2nd equal on 5 points was Daniel, Alphaeus and Mike Steadman.

B Grade

Jeffrey Yu vs Virginia Milne – White looked a little lost in the opening and then Black made a mistake and White was a piece up. But White then wasted a few moves, failed to develop and let Black mount a winning attack! 0-1

Sarah Yan vs Stephen Peters – Some tactics in the opening but the players swapped down to an even rook and pawn endgame. Black however made a mistake and lost a pawn and it was over. 1-0

Aaron Wang vs Lakshmi Ravi – The players swapped down to an endgame. Black was better but missed the winning move and the game was drawn.

Arkadi Polyakevich vs Mike Steiner – The players swapped down but White came out a pawn ahead. Under pressure Black made a mistake and White got a passed pawn. 1-0

Andrew Michael vs Abraham Deng – White Sacrificed a piece for an attack but failed to find the correct followup (or settle for a perpetual). Black swapped Queens and the attack faltered. The players then had a very tactical position. Finally Black swapped down material and then got a win. 0-1

Upsets in Round 7

Vincent Cai beat Pattani Priyanshu
Eugene Wang beat Toby Zhang
Lakshmi Ravi drew with Aaron Wang
Uday Jain beat Joe Wang

Winner of B Grade was Virginia Milne on 6 points (a Swiss Gambit).
Second was Sarah Yan on 5.5 points
Third equal on 5 were Jeffrey Yu, Arkadi Polyakevich and Boyuan Zhang.