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School Holidays & Schedule – October 2018

A reminder that Monday Night Chess still happen during school Holidays. If players are away they need to let Simon Lyall know so they can be given a bye those nights (and others don’t miss out on games).

Events Coming Up:

  • Several Club members are representing New Zealand at the World Chess Olympiad 23 September – 7 October
  • The New Zealand Junior Chess Championship and NZ Senior Champs in Palmerston North 1-5 October
  • Rapid events in Palmerston North the weekend of 6-7 October
  • The North Island Champs 8-11 October in Palmerston North
  • ACC Junior Rapid 13 October at the Club
  • Merv Morrison tournament 20-22 October (Labour Weekend) at the Club

The important Mondays are:

1st October  – 1st day of Holidays – 5th Round of Winter Cup
8th October – 2nd week Holidays – 6th Round of Winter Cup
15 October  – 1st day back at school – 7th Round of Winter Cup
22 October – Labour Weekend –  No Monday Evening Chess
29 October – Normal Week – 1st Round of Spring Cup

Please Text Simon with days you are not playing or return the printed form that was handed out last week.

Winter Cup 2018 – Round 2

A reminder about the September Weekend on the 15th and 16th of September. There are 9 Games of Rapid and 9 games of Blitz over 2 days. Entry and more information is online

The ACC Winter Cup is two rated Swiss grades over 7 rounds.

Vega Links: A Grade, B Grade

Winter Cup 2018 Round 2 PGN by Alex Nagorski and Tim Ha, with help from Simon Lyall and plus a game from Paul Macdonald annotated by Paul himself.

A Grade

The rating gaps were still several hundred points in most games so a lot of quick wins. But there were several upsets.

Mike Steadman vs Alex Nagorski – Black carefully handled White’s 1. b4 opening and then got a nice discovered attack down the e-file when White’s Queen was sidelined. White active pieces were then swapped away and Black got a winner attack. 0-1

Paul Macdonald vs Daniel Gong – See the PGN for Paul’s full annotation. White got a passed A-pawn and pushed it through to Queen. 1-0

Allen Fan vs Jordon Lewis – Black lost a piece to a tactic and resigned on move 16. 1-0

Akshay Sharma vs John Duneas – Similarly to the last game, White lost a piece to a tactic and resign a few moves later. 0-1

A Sriram vs Nathan Goodhue – Black poked some holes in front of White’s castled King and then won a piece as White tried to defend. 0-1

Alphaeus Ang vs Rodney Li – Black played 11 moves of theory but White started turning up the pressure. A missed tactic by Black and it was all over. 1-0

Gordon Morrell vs Virginia Milne – Black lost a piece in the opening. 1-0

Mathew Steadman vs Tim Ha – White played fairly well but allowed Black to pick up a couple of pawns. He then resigned. 0-1

Simon Lyall vs Xinyang Liu – White got a slightly better position but missed the continuation. The game swapped to a drawn endgame which White almost lost under time pressure. – Draw

Abraham Deng vs Bill Undy – Black was winning but made one little slip and allowed White to get a piece. 1-0

Roy Seabrook vs Felix Xie – Black got a big attack and squeezed White. White sacrificed a rook but Black brought more pieces into the attack. 0-1

Don Eade vs Arkadi Polyakevich – Some pretty pawn chains in the early game (see diagram). White broke through an attack against Black’s King and won enough material to win the game. 1-0

Eade vs Polyakevich after 16 f5

Andrew Michael vs John Pakenham – White had a good position with a mean looking group of pawns going through Black’s position but swapped into an even King and Pawns endgame. Black missed the best moves however. 1-0

David Ansell vs Aaron Wang – The players castled on opposite sites and attacked each others King. White looked better but wasn’t able to finish his attack in time. White mad a mistake in the endgame and lost. 0-1

Winston Weng vs Philli Park-Tamati – Black neglected his defence to attack White. When the dust cleared White was a piece up. 1-0

Upsets in Round 2:

Alex Nagorski beat Mike Steadman
Felix Xie beat Roy Seabrook
Abraham Deng beat William Undy
Paul Macdonald beat Daniel Gong.

5 players are in the lead on 2 points – Allen Fan, John Duneas, Nathan Goodhue, Alex Nagorski and Paul Macdonald

B Grade

Kelvin Xiao vs Olivia Dong – A lot of errors by both players but Black was ahead most of the time and ended up two pawns better in the endgame. 0-1

Joe Wang vs Anya Thurner – After a very locked up game White picked up 3 pawns and Black resigned. 1-0

Compared to A Grade there were relatively few upsets in B Grade.

Philbert Zhai beat Stephen Peters
Hannah Xu beat Uday Jain

5 players are undefeated in 1st place – Joe Wang, Hugh Gao, Boyuan Zhang, Olivia Dong, and Kenny Zhang.

Possible Draw for Round 3

For entertainment only

Winter Cup 2018 – Round 1

A reminder about the September Weekend on the 15th and 16th of September. There are 9 Games of Rapid and 9 games of Blitz over 2 days. Entry and more information is online

The ACC Winter Cup is two rated Swiss grades over 7 rounds.

Vega Links: A Grade, B Grade

Winter Cup R1 PGN by Tim Ha and Alex Nagorski

Most games in round 1 had a large rating difference so were straightforward wins for the stronger player.

Round 2 possible draw is at the bottom of this post.

A Grade

John Pakenham vs Mike Steadman – Black exploited holes in White’s pawn structure and created too many threats for White to handle. 0-1

Daniel Gong vs Winston Weng – 1-0

Aaron Wang vs Allen Fan – 0-1

John Duneas vs Felix Xie – Note the last move in the game is Bxc4 not Bxc5 (which allows a passed pawn). 1-0

Xinyang Liu vs Gordon Morrell – White played an unusual c3 then Na3->c2 line in the Caro-Kann to defend d4 and get a pawn chain. He then completed blocked all lines with pawn chains and Black settled for a draw.

Ntahn Goodhue vs Andrew Michael – White picked up a pawn and kept it into a rook and pawn endgame. He eventually pushed the pawn though to win. 1-0

Arkadi Polyakevich vs Paul Macdonald – Black got a better position and kept up the pressure for 40 moves until White cracked. 0-1

Alex Nagorski vs Stephen Peak – White picked up a couple of pawns. 1-0

A Sriram vs Roy Seabrook – 19 moves of theory. Black missed a tactic and White picked up material with a mate threat. 1-0

Tim Ha vs Abraham Deng – Black got a better position but settled for a draw.

Rodney Li vs Don Eade – Despite being an exchange down Black passed up the chance of a perpetual check but ended up in a worse endgame. 1-0

Lewis Jordon vs JC Mullage –  White game up a piece and ignore and attack on his Queen to attack Black’s exposed King. 1-0

Philli Park-Tamati vs Akshey Sharma – After a good start White made some tactical mistakes and Black was able to get ahead and win. 0-1

James Liu vs David Ansell – Black feel for an opening trap and resigned a little later (although the computer says he still had chances) 1-0

Upsets:

A Sriram beat Roy Seabrook
Rodney Li beat Don Eade
Xinyang Liu drew with Gordon Morrell
Abraham Deng drew with Tim Ha

B Grade

Olivia Dong returns to chess after a break. She is top rated in the grade.

Upsets this round:

Adam Hasan-Stien beat Ying Wang
Lakshmi Ravi beat Isabelle Ning

Possible Draws for Round 2 – Subject to byes

Spring Rapid 2018 – Results

The Spring Rapid was held over 6 rounds across two nights ( the 20ths and 27th of August). Time control was 25+5 and there was a single grade for the whole club (just over 70 players).

This year was notable for the larger than usual number of players taking a half point bye in the 3rd and 6th round. Less than 20 players out of the field of 70 played all rounds.

After three rounds only Alexei Kulashko and newcomer Stephen Peters were on 3 points. Alexei won in their game in round 4 but lost to Ben Hague in round 5.

Going into round 6, there were 3 players on 4.5 ( Ben Hague, Mike Steadman and Alphaeus Ang) but they all went home and took half point byes.

Alexei Kulaskho, Philli Park-Tamati and Boyuan Zhang were the only ones on 4 points but Alexei also took a bye.

That left Philli Park-Tamati (ranked 29th) and Boyuan Zhang (ranked 44th) to play on board one for a chance at 1st-equal. Both had upset higher rated players.

The result was a win for Philli after a close endgame.

Biggest upsets in Spring Rapid (with rating difference)

Yolanda Chang beat John Pakenham  618
Lakshmi Ravi beat Bill Undy   581
Charlotte Wen beat Winston Weng  537
Jordan Lewis beat Nathan Goohue  489
Wayne McDougall beat Alex Nagorski  461
Sylvia McDougall beat JC Mullage   426
Tracey Liu beat William Undy  414

Final Results

1st= on 5 points: Mike Steadman, Alphaeus Ang, Ben Hague, Philli Park-Tamati

5th= on 4.5 points: Alexei Kulashko, Danial Gong, Allen Fan and Jordan Lewis

 

Club Champs 2018 – Results

The 2018 Auckland Chess Centre Club Champs is across 9 rounds in June though August. The A and B grades were 10 player round robins while the C grade was a Swiss ( with just over 60 players). All Grades NZCF rated while the A and B grades are FIDE rated.

Vega Links: A Grade, B Grade, C Grade

A Grade

1st and Club Champion 2018: Alexei Kulashko

2nd: Ben Hague
3rd: Daniel Gong

B Grade

1st: Nathan Goodhue
2nd: Paul Macdonald
3rd: Alex Nagorski

C Grade

1st: Euan McDougall
2nd= Stephan Peak, Winston Weng, Felix Xie and Lewis Jordan

 

Club Champs 2018 – Round 9

The 2018 Auckland Chess Centre Club Champs is across 9 rounds in June though August. The A and B grades are 10 player round robins while the C grade is a Swiss ( with just over 60 players). All Grades are NZCF rated while the A and B grades are FIDE rated.

Final results will be published in a separate post.

Vega Links: A Grade, B Grade, C Grade

ACC Club Champs 2018 Rnd9 PGN by Ewan Green

A Grade

Alphaeus Ang vs John Duneas – The players swapped down to an endgame with White a pawn up but he was unable to make progress and a draw was agreed. Draw

Paul Garbett vs Bruce Watson – Steady swaps also resulted in a draw.

Daniel Gong vs Michael Steadman – White temporarily game up two pawns to give himself open lines to attack Black’s Castled King. He then attacked and it was quickly over. 1-0

Allen Fan vs Alexei Kulashko – White picked up a Bishop but gave up 4 pawns. Black later checked the King around on the open board until he picked up White’s Queen. 0-1

Gordon Morrell vs Ben Hague – White got a better position and Black accepted and early draw.

B Grade

Don Eade vs Simon Lyall – Whute blunder a piece in the opening. 0-1

Roy Seabrook vs Caroline Yan – After being ahead for most of the game Black made one bad move and her position fell apart. 1-0

Joy Qin vs Alex Nagorski – White missed a tactic and lost material, she attempted to recover it but allowed another. 0-1

Tim Ha vs Nathan Goodhue – White had a better start but once the game was in a closed position that Black enjoys Black was able to catchup and win (on time I believe). 0-1

Nicole Qin vs Paul Macdonald – Black got a better position after White’s theory ran out. But he made a mistake and gave up a piece. However White was unable to win the difficult endgame. Draw

C Grade

Euan McDougall vs Sarah Yan – Black gave up a piece. 1-0

Jordan Lewis vs Felix Xie – White got in a strong attack and eventually Black slipped up. 1-0

Joe Wang vs Stephan Peak – After a fairly even game Black swapped into a won endgame. 0-1

Upsets in Round 9

Longbin Bi beat Vincent Cai
Mike Steiner beat Xinyang Liu
Brian Zhao drew with Saasha Ghadiali
Ying Wang drew with David Ansell

Club Champs 2018 – Round 8

The 2018 Auckland Chess Centre Club Champs is across 9 rounds in June though August. The A and B grades are 10 player round robins while the C grade is a Swiss ( with just over 60 players). All Grades are NZCF rated while the A and B grades are FIDE rated.

Club Champs 2018 – Round 8 PGN by Ewan Green

Vega Links: A Grade, B Grade, C Grade

A Grade
John Duneas vs Gordon Morrell – White tried an unusual line ( 6. Qb3 in the Queen’s Gambit) that seemed unpromising. A couple of moves later Black picked up an pawn and then press to win. 0-1

Duneas vs Morrell after 14. Rd2 . Black to Play

Ben Hague vs Allen Fan – White mounted an aggressive attack and ended up several pawns up in the endgame which was more than enough. 1-0

Alexei Kulashko vs Michael Steadman – An unusual opening line. Black resigned on move 13 after miscalculating a tactical sequence. 1-0

Daniel Gong vs Paul Garbett – White got a small advantage but soon lost it. The players swapped pieces and agreed on a draw.

Bruce Watson vs Alphaeus Ang – White got a small advantage but soon lost it. The players swapped pieces and agreed on a draw.

After this round Alexei Kulashko was in the led on 5.5 over a point ahead of several other players (Ben Hague played some catchup games to being himself into second).

B Grade

Simon Lyall vs Nicole Qin – White got himself in trouble and then lost a piece to a passed pawn in the endgame. 0-1

Paul Macdonald vs Tim Ha – White made a strong attack from the start and rolled over Black. 1-0

Nathan Goodhue vs Joy Qin – White was better in the middle game and ended up with a slightly better endgame position which has was able to exploit to pick off Black’s pawns. 71 moves. 1-0

Alex Nagorski vs Roy Seabrook – Another long game. White game up a pawn for a passed-pawn but white was able to hold it and then use his material advantage to get a pawn of his own though to the 8th rank. 0-1

Caroline Yan vs Don Eade – Black made a tactical mistake and lost material during a middle game. 1-0

Nathan Goodhue continued his streak of Wins to stay a point ahead of Paul Macdonald.

C Grade

Leader Euan MacDougall won to keep his lead. He is on 7 while Felix Xie is on 6.5 and several players are on 5.5

Biggest upsets:

Felix Xei beat Xingyang Liu
Isabelle Ning beat Aaron Wang
Mathew Steadman drew with Andrew Michael

 

2018 Rapid Rapid entries Closed

The field for the Spring Rapid has been Finalised

Due to lack of Space the field has been limited to 70 players.

The following players (in order) are on the wait list. If some people cancel on Monday night they will be able to play:

Rodney Li
Leo Li
Narasimhan Ravi
Ethan Lou
Tom Fu

Those 5 players are entered into vega but their status is “withdrawn”. All others listed Vega page for the tournament are fully entered.

No further entries will be accepted.

The next tournament will be the Winter Cup starting on September 3rd. Entries can be via signup sheet or text.

 

Entries for Spring Rapid 2018

The Spring Rapid will be held later this month. It will be a single unrated Swiss tournament for the whole club with a time control of 25 minutes + 5s per move.

There will be 3 rounds on August 20th and 3 on August 27th.

Entries are now being accepted, you can enter via:

  • The entry sheet at the club
  • Emailing or texting Simon Lyall

Please check the Vega page for the tournament to confirm your entry has been processed.

The limit for entries is 70.