Friday, 27 February 2009

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Rapid (Feb 2009)

Ryde Eastwood Rapid 2009 - Round 9


Place Name Feder Loc Score

1 Hu, Jason NSW 2228 9
2-3 Smirnov, Vladimir NSW 2392 7
Huynh, Arthur NSW 1945 7
4-6 Smirnov, Anton NSW 1374 6
Christensen, Joshua NSW 1734 6
Hartmann, Thomas NSW 1784 6
7-8 Gletsos, W(Bill)J NSW 1861 5.5
Hale, Dennis NSW 1635 5.5
9-15 Yum, Brenton NSW 1876 5
Siow-Lee, Dylan NSW 1278 5
Burgess, Shane NSW 1511 5
Cardenas, Egon NSW 5
Dracakis, Lee NSW 5
Kirillov, Karl NSW 1483 5
Mlinaric, Mato NSW 1417 5
16-17 Marton, Alan G NSW 1433 4.5
Mikolajczyk, Les NSW 1370 4.5
18-23 Wong, Ted NSW 1690 4
Hong, Jasper NSW 585 4
Kuru, Argo NSW 1558 4
Aspin, Mark NSW 1279 4
Wang, Calvin NSW 1275 4
Eyres, Douglas M NSW 1176 4
24-27 Damaschino, Lou NSW 1505 3.5
Edwards, Greig NSW 1370 3.5
Gong, Noah NSW 422 3.5
Valenzuela, Manuel NSW 1289 3.5
28-32 Chiara, Vince NSW 1360 3
Gong, William NSW 320 3
Tan, Chee NSW 1560 3
Irmler, Feodore NSW 1377 3
Beveridge, David NSW 1438 3
33 Su, Alexander NSW 1238 2.5
34-36 Waters, Mick NSW 1317 1.5
Siow, Weng NSW 1.5
Leong, William NSW 1168 1.5
37-38 Lim, Ping NSW 1
Gluvchinsky, Paul NSW 1550 1

by Swiss Perfect (TM)

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Ryde Rapid 2009

This is for Greig Edwards

[Event "Ryde Eastwood Rapid"]
[Site "Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club"]
[Date "2009.02.18"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Edwards, Greig"]
[Black "siow, wengnian"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A41"]
[Annotator "Fritz 8 (180s)"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "2009.02.18"]
[TimeControl "25/25"]

{A41: 1 d4 d6: Tartakower System and Modern Defence}
1. d4 g6 2. c4 d6 3. e3 Bg7 4. Nf3 e5 5. Nc3 Bg4 6. Be2 Nd7 7. O-O Ne7 8. Re1 a6 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Bxf3 Rb8 11. b4 b5 12. Qd3 c5 13. bxc5+/- exd4??
(13... dxc5 $142 14. cxb5 axb5 15. Nxb5 O-O +/=)
14. Nd5??
(14. exd4 O-O 15. Bg5 +- (15. cxd6 ?! Nf5 16. Be3 bxc4 17. Qxc4 Nb6 +-))
It seems my only chance to gain a winning advantage was here but I played 14... dxe3??
(14...Ne5 15. Qd1 d3 16. Rb1 dxc5 17. Bb2 Nxf3+ 18. Qxf3 Bxb2 19. Nxe7 Qxe7 20.
15. Rb1??
(15. Nxe7 Ne5 16. Qd5 (16. Qxe3 Qxe7 17. Bg4 O-O+/=) 16... Qxe7 17. cxd6+/-)
Here I had the chance to equalise but I played 15... Nf5??
(15... exf2+ 16. Kxf2 Ne5 17. Rxe5 dxe5=)
16. Nxe3+- O-O 17. Nxf5 Ne5
(17... bxc4 18. Rxb8 Nxb8 19. Qxd6 gxf5 20. Bf4+-)
18. Qd5
(18. Rxe5 {makes it even easier for White} Bxe5 19. Nh6+ Kh8 20. cxb5 Rxb5
21. Rxb5 axb5 22. Qxb5 Qc7+-)
18... Nxf3+
(18... gxf5 19. cxd6 Nxc4 20. Bf4+-)
19. Qxf3 Re8
(19... gxf5 20. cxd6 Qa5+-)
20. Rxe8+ Qxe8 21. Nxg7 Qe1+ 22. Kh2 Kxg7
(22... Qe5+ 23. Qf4 Qxf4+ 24. Bxf4 Kxg7 25. cxd6 Rc8+-) (22... Qe5+ 23. Qf4 Qxg7
24. Qxd6 Re8 25. cxb5 axb5+-)
23. Bh6+! Kg8
(23... Kxh6 24. Rxe1)
24. Rxe1
(24. Rxe1 f5 25. Qd5+ Kh8 26. Qd4+ Kg8 27. Qg7#) (24. Rxe1 f5 25. Qd5+ Kh8 26.
Qd4+ Kg8 27. Qg7#)

Monday, 16 February 2009

Newcastle Open 2009

The 2009 Newcastle Open just concluded and the following club members were playing (and their results):

FM Vladimir Smirnov 5/7
Arthur Huynh 4.5/7
Anton Smirnov 3/7
Dylan Siow-Lee 3/7

Crosstable is at:

Arthur had a horrible R3 (draw against Norm Greenwood) and R4 (loss to Dutch player, Nathalie Eimers) but he told he was very tired for those two rounds. Competing in Newcastle was a last minute decision and he took a very early train to Newcastle, arriving at 4 am! Round 3 was at 4 pm and R4 started at 7 pm. After a good night's rest, he recovered to win the last three games. I saw his R2 game with Ronald Scott and Arthur played a very brave Rc2 (when Ronald had the initiative and attack) and immediately the rook was trapped by Bc3. Arthur resigned soon after.

Dylan had a fantastic start to the tournament managing to defeat ex junior Novacastrian, David Behne-Smith (1775). After that, he lost to stronger players and only managed to win the last two games against much weaker opponents.

Vladimir Smirnov was joint 4th-7th after losing his last round to Max Illingworth (who won the tournament outright). He was joint leader with FM Jesse Sales going into 6th round but could only managed a draw with Sales in that round. He did have an easy win in R4 against fellow FM James Morris. Vladimir said he set a well-known opening trap in the Sicilian Opening (White's Queen Rook is placed on c1, White's Knight goes to c7 to fork Black's King and Queen Rook) and unfortunately for James Morris, he fell for it.

Anton did well, managing two draws against stronger opponents, Ron Groenhout (1706) and Michael McGuirk (1701).

Interestingly both father and son played the same opponent in the tournament, Andrew Bird (2118). Andrew can say he is undefeated against the Smirnovs since he beat Anton and drew with Vladimir. And he ended up with a successful tournament with 5.5/7, good enough for joint second (and defeating IM Gary Lane who lost on time).

Thursday, 12 February 2009

2008 Ryde Eastwood Classic (Rapid)

I have been requested by Ted Wong, winner of the 2008 Ryde Eastwood Classic (Rapid), to post the following final round game between him and Dylan Siow-Lee. Ted commented: "Before the game was played, Ted had already won the competition by a point margin and he was the top seed. Whereas, Dylan was the bottom seed in the event. They had 1700-600 = 1100 rating margin. However, Dylan was the winner."

Ted's annotations: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 e5 7. Qd2 Nc6 8. Nge2 exd4 9. Nxd4 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Re8 11. O-O-O a6 12. h4 Bd7 13. g4 b5 14. Kb1 c5 15.Be3 bxc4 16. h5 Nxg4 17. fxg4 Bxg4 18. Bxc4 Bxd1 19. hxg6 hxg6 20. Rxd1 Qh4 21. Ka1 (21. Bxf7+ Kxf7 22. Qd5+ Re6 23. Rf1+ Bf6 (23... Kg8 24. Qxe6+) 24. Bg5) 21... Bxc3 22. Qxc3 Qxe4 23. Bh6 Qe5 24. Qf3 d5 25. Rxd5 (25. Bxd5 Rad8 26.Qxf7+) 25... Qxd5 26. Qc3 Qd1+ 27. Bc1 Re1 28. Bxf7+ Kxf7 29. Qc4+ 0-1
[Sorry but I cannot post annotations into game replayer.]

Ryde Eastwood at NSWCA Australia Day Weekender

Greig Edwards, Anton Smirnov and Dylan Siow-Lee also joined the fun at the NSWCA Australia Day Weekender held at Norths Leagues Club despite the 44 deg Celcius temperature outside. Greig managed 2/7, Anton (3/7) whilst Dylan achieved 2.5/7. Others who played were Arthur Huynh (4.5/7), Lorenzo Escalante (4/7), Josh Christensen (3/7), Arthur Huynh (4.5/7), Alex Su (2/7), Vincent Chen (2/7) and Jasper Hong (2.5/7) who has now joined the Club. But the biggest surprise (well, not to Club members who had to face him last year) was Jowenn Lua (unrated) who scored 5/7 and won a prize. A member of the Club "complained" (I won't name who) that it was difficult to play an unrated player whose actual playing strength is 2000. Well, Jowenn might not have the element of surprise anymore at future tournaments but he may still be unrated since I understand he requires a minimum of 9 games to be rated ... (??) I saw his last game against Karel Hursky and he managed to win with a very neat combination. I have to get the game off him and post on the blog.

Two other surprise results were Jasper Hong defeating Anton in R4 and Herman Rachmadi in R1.

Ryde Eastwood members at Australian Open 2009

There were 3 Ryde Eastwood members at the recent Australian Open 2009 in the Norths U1600 section, Anton Smirnov, Greig Edwards and Dylan Siow-Lee. In case you did not know, Anton was the joint winner of the Norths U1600 (9/11) and Greig Edwards won the prize for the best U1300 result (7/11). Congrats! (and Greig owes me a beer!)Smirnov senior played in the Australian Open and managed a joint 6th-9th (7.5/11). Dylan managed 5.5/11 and he was happy he achieved 50% in his first adult tournament. Two other juniors also played in the Norths U1600, the brothers, William and Noah Gong. William achieved 4.5/11 and Noah 3.5/11. As you may well know, the Gong brothers are now members of the Club. Noah and Anton were also featured in a write-up of the Australian Open in the Manly Daily.

I asked Greig for a game he was proud of and he nominated the following where he "sac'd a bishop" and won with 2 passed pawns. And may I add, there is the beautiful pawn structure at the end of the game.