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MCC Fitzroy Open Round 1 report, results and complete remaining pairings

Hello everyone,

The Fitzroy Open commenced last evening with three groups comprising a total of 22 entrants playing.
Because of the event being designed as an 8 players per group format, it was held as 2 x 8 player groups and 1 x 6 player
groups. Here are the three groups


Group 1

1. Papadinis, Jim   VIC       1807
2. Urban, Sylvester VIC       1952
3. Chmiel, Rad      VIC       1724
4. Rikalo, Milenko  VIC       1719
5. Skiotis, Pano    VIC       2024
6. Kovacevic, Paul  VIC       1760
7. McCart, Richard  VIC       1724
8. Pyke, Malcolm L  VIC       2065


Group 2


1. Inthavong, Kiao VIC       1225
2. Wyss, Felix     VIC       1697
3. Dale, Ari       VIC       1085
4. Arkins, Damien  NSW       1496
5. Ogden, Marcus W VIC       1618
6. McCart, Roger   VIC       1592
7. Kostrzewa, Jake VIC       1497
8. Kaplan, Alex    VIC       1554



Group 3


1. Schroder, Nicholas               
2. Ivanov, Nikola     VIC       1428
3. Dale, Finlay                     
4. Puccini, Jack                    
5. Beckman, John      VIC       1486
6. Prasad, Daryl      VIC       1187



So onto the Round 1 results

In group 1, all games were decisive. In Papadinis - Pyke, Jim was left saddled with a very poor light squared bishop, and
little play whilst Malcolm's pawns on dark squares, and knight were very capable of providing the difference in the end, with
Malcolm going on to win.

Urban - Ri. McCart was a strange looking opening to me, maybe some sort of Pirc or delayed Pirc... In any case Sylvester
played a temporary piece sacrifice to take advantage of Richard's exposed king and recovered the piece later leaving him with
a commanding position which he went on to win.

An irregular Indian defence featured between Rad Chmiel and Paul Kovacevic on Board 3. Rad developed a very dominating
position where all his pieces were very active and eventually this proved enough for the win. I say this as the game was
still in progress when I left last night.

An early entry to the ending between Milenko Rikalo and Pano Skiotis seemed to have left Pano with a big positional advantage
when I headed home, with a position close to this

 



on the board. Pano's knight seemed very superior, and I was wondering about various attempts at a queen side breakthrough. I
have since learnt that Milenko went on to win, and I guess I will know more about this game at some later point.

In Group 2, Board 1 was postponed owing to Alex Kaplan being sick and his opponent, Kiao Inthavong, kindly agreeing to play
the game later.

Jake Kostrzewa as black was an exchange up for a pawn early against Felix Wyss on board 2, but something must have changed
markedly, because Felix soon had two pieces for a rook and went on to win using those pieces, and a passed pawn on the c -
file ( I think )

Victorian Under 12 champion, Ari Dale, commenced his first weeknight event at MCC last night. Ari is a regular participant in
the lightning and Allegro competitions on Saturdays, where he is often placing well. Last night he played Roger McCart, and
seemed at one point to have a very nice position on the white side of a Semi Slav. Roger found a way to get his pieces onto
Ari's back rank, and a checkmate based on a pinning theme saw Roger record the point.

Damien Arkins and Marcus Ogden had an interesting Najdorf Sicilian where first Damien looked better then Marcus seemed to
have an edge, and then the result was the middle of the road with the points shared with a draw.

In Group 3, other debutantes to week night competitions at MCC make up half the field, With Finlay Dale, Jack Puccini and
Nicholas Schroder being joined by long time club players John Beckman, Nikola Ivanov, and Daryl Prasad.

 

An unusual advance French was the topic between Nicholas Schroder and Daryl Prasad. Early complications saw Daryl moving his
king's rook several times in the opening, and Nicholas having a passed pawn on h6 by about move 14. As it transpired, the
largest factor in the result of this game was that Nicholas failed to complete his development, with the Nb1, and Ra1 simply
onlookers for the whole game. This allowed Daryl to use his active pieces to checkmate Nicholas. This was the first game
completed for the night.

The Bird opening is looked at oddly by lots of players, but not Nikola Ivanov, who often plays it. His game with John Beckman
was an unfortunately common story in the Bird; Black launches an early attack which seems promising, but often this take them
by storm approach is defused by timely exchanges to reduce the attack. In this case reducing the attack also allowed Nikola
to utilise his extra pawn which had been sacrificed by John in the course of the attack. In an eventual Double Rook ending, a
cluster of pawns shielded Nikola's king from three sides from checks, and meanwhile John's remaining pawns were isolated or
weakened. Nikola won the ending not long after I left; I met John on the tram and had an interesting discussion with him and
Daryl Prasad about the merits of which way one should approach playing against the Bird.

The game between Finlay Dale and Jack Puccini had no recorded result so I am not going to comment.



So finally here are the remaining pairings for each group

Group 1


Round 1 09/11/09

 1 Jim Papadinis   1807 [0]      0:1    Malcolm L Pyke 2065 [0]  
 2 Sylvester Urban 1952 [0]      1:0    Richard McCart 1724 [0]  
 3 Rad Chmiel      1724 [0]      1:0    Paul Kovacevic 1760 [0]  
 4 Milenko Rikalo  1719 [0]      1:0    Pano Skiotis   2024 [0]  

Round 2 16/11/09

 1 Malcolm L Pyke 2065 [1]       :     Pano Skiotis    2024 [0]  
 2 Paul Kovacevic 1760 [0]       :     Milenko Rikalo  1719 [1]  
 3 Richard McCart 1724 [0]       :     Rad Chmiel      1724 [1]  
 4 Jim Papadinis  1807 [0]       :     Sylvester Urban 1952 [1]  

Round 3 23/11/09

 1 Sylvester Urban 1952 [1]       :     Malcolm L Pyke 2065 [1]  
 2 Rad Chmiel      1724 [1]       :     Jim Papadinis  1807 [0]  
 3 Milenko Rikalo  1719 [1]       :     Richard McCart 1724 [0]  
 4 Pano Skiotis    2024 [0]       :     Paul Kovacevic 1760 [0]  


Round 4 30/11/09

 1 Malcolm L Pyke  2065 [1]       :     Paul Kovacevic 1760 [0]  
 2 Richard McCart  1724 [0]       :     Pano Skiotis   2024 [0]  
 3 Jim Papadinis   1807 [0]       :     Milenko Rikalo 1719 [1]  
 4 Sylvester Urban 1952 [1]       :     Rad Chmiel     1724 [1]  

Round 5 07/12/09

 1 Rad Chmiel     1724 [1]       :     Malcolm L Pyke  2065 [1]  
 2 Milenko Rikalo 1719 [1]       :     Sylvester Urban 1952 [1]  
 3 Pano Skiotis   2024 [0]       :     Jim Papadinis   1807 [0]  
 4 Paul Kovacevic 1760 [0]       :     Richard McCart  1724 [0]  

Round 6 14/12/09

 1 Malcolm L Pyke  2065 [1]       :     Richard McCart 1724 [0]  
 2 Jim Papadinis   1807 [0]       :     Paul Kovacevic 1760 [0]  
 3 Sylvester Urban 1952 [1]       :     Pano Skiotis   2024 [0]  
 4 Rad Chmiel      1724 [1]       :     Milenko Rikalo 1719 [1]  


Round 7 21/12/09

 1 Milenko Rikalo 1719 [1]       :     Malcolm L Pyke  2065 [1]  
 2 Pano Skiotis   2024 [0]       :     Rad Chmiel      1724 [1]  
 3 Paul Kovacevic 1760 [0]       :     Sylvester Urban 1952 [1]  
 4 Richard McCart 1724 [0]       :     Jim Papadinis   1807 [0]  

 

Group 2

Round 1 09/11/09

 5 Kiao Inthavong 1225 [0]       :     Alex Kaplan    1554 [0]  
 6 Felix Wyss     1697 [0]      1:0    Jake Kostrzewa 1497 [0]  
 7 Ari Dale       1085 [0]      0:1    Roger McCart   1592 [0]  
 8 Damien Arkins  1496 [0]     .5:.5   Marcus W Ogden 1618 [0]  


Round 2 16/11/09

 5 Alex Kaplan    1554 [0]       :     Marcus W Ogden 1618 [.5]
 6 Roger McCart   1592 [1]       :     Damien Arkins  1496 [.5]
 7 Jake Kostrzewa 1497 [0]       :     Ari Dale       1085 [0]  
 8 Kiao Inthavong 1225 [0]       :     Felix Wyss     1697 [1]  


Round 3 23/11/09

 5 Felix Wyss     1697 [1]       :     Alex Kaplan    1554 [0]  
 6 Ari Dale       1085 [0]       :     Kiao Inthavong 1225 [0]  
 7 Damien Arkins  1496 [.5]      :     Jake Kostrzewa 1497 [0]  
 8 Marcus W Ogden 1618 [.5]      :     Roger McCart   1592 [1]  


Round 4 30/11/09

 5 Alex Kaplan    1554 [0]       :     Roger McCart   1592 [1]  
 6 Jake Kostrzewa 1497 [0]       :     Marcus W Ogden 1618 [.5]
 7 Kiao Inthavong 1225 [0]       :     Damien Arkins  1496 [.5]
 8 Felix Wyss     1697 [1]       :     Ari Dale       1085 [0]  

Round 5 07/12/09

 5 Ari Dale       1085 [0]       :     Alex Kaplan    1554 [0]  
 6 Damien Arkins  1496 [.5]      :     Felix Wyss     1697 [1]  
 7 Marcus W Ogden 1618 [.5]      :     Kiao Inthavong 1225 [0]  
 8 Roger McCart   1592 [1]       :     Jake Kostrzewa 1497 [0]  


Round 6 14/12/09

 5 Alex Kaplan    1554 [0]       :     Jake Kostrzewa 1497 [0]  
 6 Kiao Inthavong 1225 [0]       :     Roger McCart   1592 [1]  
 7 Felix Wyss     1697 [1]       :     Marcus W Ogden 1618 [.5]
 8 Ari Dale       1085 [0]       :     Damien Arkins  1496 [.5]


Round 7 21/12/09

 5 Damien Arkins  1496 [.5]      :     Alex Kaplan    1554 [0]  
 6 Marcus W Ogden 1618 [.5]      :     Ari Dale       1085 [0]  
 7 Roger McCart   1592 [1]       :     Felix Wyss     1697 [1]  
 8 Jake Kostrzewa 1497 [0]       :     Kiao Inthavong 1225 [0]  



Group 3


Round 1 09/11/09

 9 Nicholas Schroder      [0]      0:1    Daryl Prasad 1187 [0]  
10 Nikola Ivanov     1428 [0]      1:0    John Beckman 1486 [0]  
11 Finlay Dale            [0]       :     Jack Puccini      [0]  

Round 2 16/11/09

 9 Daryl Prasad      1187 [1]       :     Jack Puccini       [0]  
10 John Beckman      1486 [0]       :     Finlay Dale        [0]  
11 Nicholas Schroder      [0]       :     Nikola Ivanov 1428 [1]  

Round 3 23/11/09

 9 Nikola Ivanov 1428 [1]       :     Daryl Prasad      1187 [1]  
10 Finlay Dale        [0]       :     Nicholas Schroder      [0]  
11 Jack Puccini       [0]       :     John Beckman      1486 [0]  

Round 4 ( date to be confirmed )

 9 Daryl Prasad      1187 [1]       :     John Beckman 1486 [0]  
10 Nicholas Schroder      [0]       :     Jack Puccini      [0]  
11 Nikola Ivanov     1428 [1]       :     Finlay Dale       [0]  


Round 5 ( date to be confirmed )

 9 Finlay Dale       [0]       :     Daryl Prasad      1187 [1]  
10 Jack Puccini      [0]       :     Nikola Ivanov     1428 [1]  
11 John Beckman 1486 [0]       :     Nicholas Schroder      [0]  




TCAGB, Malcolm Pyke, secretary, MCC

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