2019 Spring Cup – Round 2

The Spring Cup is a Swiss tournament played across 7 rounds in October, November and December. There are two Swiss Grades of around 40 players each, the split is roughly at the 1500 NZCF July 2019 rating.

Vega Links: A Grade , B Grade

2019 Spring Cup Round 2 PGN by Ewen Green

A Grade

Boyuan Zhang vs Ben Hague – Black gets in a quick attack on the King side and Black is soon lost. 0-1

Scott Treanor vs Mike Steadman – Black miscalculates, loses a piece and resigns. 1-0

Yolanda Chang vs John Duneas – White plays some bad lines in the opening and Black is able to string together threats to win two pawns. Black is able to cruise from there. 0-1

Alex Nagorski vs Philli Park-Tamiti – Black makes a hasty move that loses a piece. He resigns on move 16. 1-0

Don Eade vs Hao Tang – A series of exchanges leaves Black’s King exposed in the centre. White is able to pick up a couple of pawns and then a piece when Black resorts to tricks. 1-0

Bruce Watson vs Winston Weng – White gets the better of middle-game swaps and ends up with 3 connected passed pawns. 1-0

Joe Wang vs Paul Garbett – White manages to counter just about everything that Black throws against him and create his own threats. White eventually forces perpetual check. Draw

Alphaeus Ang vs Jeffrey Yu – Black gets a piece trapped and then loses an exchange. 1-0

Paul Macdonald vs Anya Thurner – See Pauls commentary in the PGN. White got a better position and Black made a series of mistakes as she got low on time. 1-0

Daqi Mao vs Danial Runcan – A long game. Fairly even but Black has most of the pressure and eventually picks up a piece in the endgame. 0-1

Stephen Peak vs Nigel Metge – White had a good start and early middle game but ended up with some holes in his pawns that Black was able to infiltrate (supported by two rooks on an open file). 0-1

Jordan Lewis vs Rauen Le Grange – White mixed up his opening a little but got away with it. The game was very even until White drove Black’s King forward to g3 where it unexpectedly was able to support Black’s Queen attack. 0-1

Abraham Deng vs Jack Chen – Some mid-game swaps left White two pawns up and he was able to Queen one of them. 1-0

Lakshmi Ravi vs Tim Ha – White was better (a pawn up and a protected passed pawn) but left a hole in his position though which Black pushed his Queen and won 4 pawns for an exchange. White tried a counter-attack but Black found the correct moves to hold. 0-1

Karl Holdo vs Kenny Zhang – 1-0

Ajit Pendharkar vs Grant Burrows – A very back and forth game with mistakes on both side. 0-1

Arkadi Polyakevich vs Virginia Milne – White counted Black’s opening sidelines with his own innovations. An unwise pawn-push by Black opened up her position and allowed Black to invade. 1-0

Upsets in Round 2 of A Grade

Scott Treanor beat Mike Steadman
Joe wang drew with Paul Garbett
Rauen Le Grange beat Jordan Lewis

B Grade

Philbert Zhai vs Mike Steiner – A quick draw.

David Zhu vs Vincent Cai – Another Quick draw. Black was better.

Upsets in Round 2 of B Grade

Hunter Po’e-Tofaeono beat Neil Sonnekus
Bryan Kang drew with Jacob Yuan
Charles Lu beat Joseph Xin
Adam Ali beat Michael Ma
Narasimha Ravi drew with Alan Leach