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MCC Open Round 6 Results & Report

Melbourne Chess Club Open round 6 results and report

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Hello everyone,

Here are the results of the games played last night, the one remaining game is to be played on Wednesday evening, so expect the pairings on Thursday early.

Round 6 results

 1 Sarah Anton    1749 [4]      0:1    Mirko Rujevic       2223 [4.5]
 2 Guy West       2292 [4]      1:0    Peter Fry           1778 [3.5]
 3 Malcolm L Pyke 2078 [3.5]    1:0    Victor E Kildisas   1886 [3.5]
 4 Roger McCart   1570 [3]      0:1    Pano Skiotis        2054 [3] 
 5 Shaun Hose     1600 [3]     .5:.5   Bosko Mijatovic     1706 [3] 
 6 Felix Wyss     1697 [3]     .5:.5   Paul Kovacevic      1745 [2.5]
 7 Jim Papadinis  1873 [2.5]    1:0    Milenko Rikalo      1793 [2] 
 8 Rad Chmiel     1732 [2]     .5:.5   Alex Kaplan         1522 [2] 
 9 Richard McCart 1732 [2]       :     Jake Kostrzewa      1457 [2] 
10 Endre Simon    1300 [1.5]    0:1    Nikola Ivanov       1408 [2] 
11 Daryl Prasad   1187 [1.5]    1:0    Andrew Louis        1354 [1] 
12 John Beckman   1488 [1]      1:0    Tristan Rayson-Hill 1100 [0] 


also a report on the games played last night in Round 6

The ultra "quiet" Giuoco Pianissimo was the opening on Board 1 between
Sarah Anton and Mirko Rujevic, but it quickly turned quite messy, and
in fact anything but quiet. The opening saw Sarah play the transfer of
the Nb1-d2-f1-g3, with the aim of aiding in a potential King side
attack. An early h2-h3 had also avoided any potential nastiness to
Sarah's f2 pawn while this was going on. Mirko played solidly with
pawns on e5 and d6, Bf8-c5, Nc6 and Nf6 and after 0-0, Qe7 and Be6.
Around here the mess started. Sarah declined the exchange of her Bc4
and moved to b5, seeking to take the Nc6. Mirko encouraged this by
advancing ...d6-d5, which allowed Sarah to play Bb5xc6, and then
Nf3xe5. This did not turn out as well as it might have, as Sarah was
forced to return the pawn, and ended up suffering from a lot of
pressure on the d file from a Rook against her Qd1, which was shielded
by a d4 pawn. Said d4 pawn eventually went missing, but not before
Sarah played some very inventive moves to make this much more
difficult. Later Sarah, although still remaining a pawn down, was able
to reach a 2 rook and opposite colour bishop ending, which became a 1
rook and opposite colour bishop ending. The number of pawns on the
board had also been reduced quite a bit by this stage. Time trouble
began to play an ever increasing role for Sarah, and Mirko was playing
well but not making a lot of inroads. His extra pawn had reached c2,
but was securely blockaded. After this the game was over, but several
more moves were played. The games end was dictated by Sarah
overstepping the time limit. The games actual end occurred when Mirko
noticed this fact ( Sarah had also failed to notice in the intensity of
the game). Mirko would have been hard pressed to have won the position
before the time loss, and even the position that was reached in their
"tournament conditions" analysis, so no doubt a disappointing result
for Sarah, who had fought very hard to claw her way back to that
position. Still Mirko's earlier good play was the cause of the time
pressure, and as such his win was also deserved.

The Queen's gambit has at times been suggested to be misnamed when it
is described as a gambit. I would guess the reasoning for this is that
in the gambit accepted, Black usually is content to develop easily and
leave white to spend time recovering the pawn.Trying to hold onto the
pawn can have very nasty side effects as Peter Fry found out when he
tried to keep the pawn in his game against Guy West this evening on
board 2. After the opening moves 

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 c6 4. e3 b5 5. a4 e6 6. axb5 cxb5 7. b3 Bb4+ 8. Bd2
Bxd2+ 9. Nbxd2 c3 10. Bxb5+ Bd7 11. Bxd7+ Nxd7
Peter was soon to be a pawn down,
as Guy capably rounded up the c3 pawn as follows
 12. Ne4 Qb6 13. O-O Ne7 14. Nxc3
O-O 15. Qd3 Rab8
( not 15...Qxb3?? 16.Rfb1 and the black queen is lost
)( my reconstruction of the next few moves may be wrong )16. Rfb1 Rfc8
17. b4 Rc6 18. Ne4 Qc7 19. Nc5 Nxc5 20. bxc5
( we are definitely back
in the true game now ) Qd8 ( in order to keep the Rc6 from being lost
after Nf3-e5, Black must move their queen back )
21. Rxa7 ( which costs a second pawn ) 21...Rxc5?? ( Peter was no doubt
counting on this resource to recover one of the pawns, only to receive
a nasty shock ) 22. dxc5! 1-0. Guy has won a whole rook, as the Qd3 is
off limits, as mate will be delivered shortly should it be captured,
and other moves leave the queen time to get away. To tell the truth,
looking at the game prior to 21...Rxc5?? as  a spectator, I had thought
it unplayable owing to 22.Rxe7 winning a piece. The rub is that 22.Rxe7
doesn't win a piece, and in fact is not a very good move. Peter would
then have the interesting retort 22...Rc3, and Guy would be a little
worse! Of course this is not so relevant when it was not my game, and
that the winning move as played won in such a big way that the game
ended immediately, but it does show that quick, snap assessments of 
games by bystanders are often misguided.

In my game on Board 3, I had hoped to play a Catalan opening, but it
became a sort of Fianchetto Modern Benoni instead, an opening that I
would more frequently be playing black. A few slower moves from Victor
enabled me to get a nice position early, which I then frittered away a
fair bit. I exchanged two minor pieces even though I knew that it was
more useful really to keep them on the board. The reason for not
exchanging pieces in a position such as Victor and I had this evening
is given in Simple Chess by Michael Stein. Here is a rough paraphrase
to his comment on Benoni type positions "In a position where your
opponent has more than one piece that wants to be on the same square,
it is useful to avoid exchanges. Both the Nb8 and the Bc8 would like to
be on d7, and while they both remain on the board, one of them will be
under performing. White on the other hand with their greater board room
has no trouble finding homes for all of his minor pieces, and can
utilise them to set up an attack. If instead White allows a pair or
more of minor pieces to leave the board, the complexion of the position
changes dramatically. Here is is the compact black position that is to
be favoured, as the white position now resembles a very big house, with
too few servants to help with the upkeep."
Irrespective of that
comment, it did seem that the exchange of the dark squared bishops in
particular was a very useful thing for me, as it lead to me being able
to achieve a later b2-b4 via a tactical motif of the Black king being
on g7 after recapturing my bishop on this square. This in turn meant
that the distribution of the pawns became even more vastly
assymetrical, with Victor having a pair of passed pawns on the b- and
c-files, whereas I retained a large single group of pawns extending
from h2 through to d5, although only my d5 pawn was already passed. As
Victor advanced his pawns, there reached a point where he was in great
danger of losing both of them. Victor made a courageous, and I believe
correct decision to sacrifice a piece, but in the process ensure that
his pawns became profoundly advanced, with one reaching the 7th rank,
closely supported by a pawn on the 6th, which also seemed destined to
reach the 7th and win material wholesale. I had pushed my one passed
pawn on the d-file to d7, in the manner of a distraction, and in
wanting to keep that pawn well restrained, Victor moved one of his
rooks to blockade it, while the other rook was already attacking it. My
extra piece made a big contribution in this matter,as it was able to
protect the pawn on the 7th. To remove this protection, Victor
sacrificed an exchange, going a whole rook down, but still with great
hopes of recovering all of his material through his passed pawns
advancing. Victor had much less time than I did, and this became a big
factor, as he started to "surf" the increment. In this extreme form of
time trouble, Victor missed his chance to recover a rook, though to be
truthful this was going to land him in a single rook ending with me
having 3 pawns to Victor having 1, and a potentially impossible
position to draw in any case. As it eventuated, I kept both my rooks, and
was about to round up all of Victor's pawns, when he resigned with 2
seconds on his clock. An interesting game with quite possibly some
excellent drawing, and winning, chances missed by Victor in his time

Early g2-g4 pushes are not uncommon in the Sicilian, but they do need
to be timed very well in order to not rebound nastily. When Roger
McCart advanced his pawn in this way in his game with Pano Skiotis, it
looked very impressive, but Pano's reponse of d6-d5 was right on the
money, and quite quickly the position began to turn in Pano's favour. A
later exchange on e3 removing Roger's dark square bishop proved useful
for Pano, as the recapture f2xe3 also left several squares around
Roger's king ( Roger had ended up 0-0 ) very weak. A speculative piece
sacrifice did not seem to work at all for Roger, and Pano duly
converted the extra material with not too much fuss.

The Budapest Gambit is probably not truly sound, but to prove that
requires a lot of theoretical knowledge. Shaun Hose did not try and
refute the gambit, but instead developed quickly and returned the e5
pawn to his opponent Bosko Mijatovic. After an interesting middlegame,
a rook ending was reached where Bosko was easily equal initially, but
seemed to over press, and lost a pawn for his troubles. Bosko then
sought to complicate the position, and was "sort of" making some
progress, and also some draw offers, to his opponent every few moves.
Eventually Shaun accepted a draw, but I am perhaps of a mind that he
risked nothing by playing on, and may have won very comfortably indeed
had he done so.

In a Queen's Gambit declined, Paul Kovacevic set up a very solid
position as Black, whilst his opponent Felix Wyss gained a lot of
queenside space early via a2-a3 and b2-b4, but also refrained from
castling early. After a later ...d5xc4, Felix managed to achieve e3-e4,
and was threatening to win a piece via e4-e5. At this point Paul
attacked Felix's Rc1 via ...Bd6-f4. It seemed to me that Felix at that
point, should he have wished to do so, could have simply moved that
rook to d1, out of range. Instead Felix chose to continue with his
planned e4-e5, and after 1...Bxc1 2.Bxc1 Nd5 3.Bb1 set up a nasty
looking mate threat on h7. Paul played f7-f5 to try and close the line,
and Felix captured en passant with exf6. Although this allowed Paul's
knight to return to f6 to guard h7, the weakness of this line was of a
long lasting nature. An eventual trio of light squared bishop, Ne5 and
queen made some pretty big inroads into Paul's position, and also won a
piece. Just when it seemed that the attack was going to finally crash
through, with Felix's remaining rook also ready to play it's part, Paul
managed to set up a perpetual threat to Felix's queen, which could only
be avoided at the cost of giving back a piece. Whether this is what
Felix chose to do I am uncertain, but the game eventually ended in a

Milenko Rikalo was black against Jim Papadinis on Board 7, and very
early on was forced to lose the right to castle after a bishop check on
c6. This was the first game to finish in Round 6, and I must say that I
did not actually see any more moves in this game because it was
finished, with Jim winning.

Board 8 saw Rad Chmiel playing the Bayonet attack against Alex Kaplan's
King's Indian defense. Alex chose to leave the strictly orthodox
replies soon after this, and the game progressed along more
unconventional lines. Soon all of the pawns on the a-, b-, and c-files
for both sides were gone, leaving the centre pawns fixed on e4/d5 for
Rad, and e5/d6 for Alex. Alex gave up his light squared bishop for
Rad's Nf3, leaving a position with queen and rook and opposite colour
bishops. The position was remarkably sterile. The queens left the
board, the sterility continued, and even the rooks being exchanged
didn't help bring any life into the position. The game was drawn after
several moves whilst in the pure opposite colour position.

Endre Simon and Nikola Ivanov were in an ending the first time I looked
with each player having 2 rooks and a knight, and the same number of
pawns. Endre had doubled isolated b-pawns, and Nikola had good control
of the c-file. A rook was exchanged sometime later, and Endre seemed to
be making some inroads on improving his position. This was the last I
saw of this game, but Nikola went on to win.

Daryl Prasad focused on attacking Andrew Louis' king right from the
very opening, and soon had managed to install a knight on g6 supported by a pawn within the
confines of the Black king's precinct. I gather that this was
effective, as Daryl went on to win.

John Beckman set up a solid position on the white side of the
Alekhine's defence in his game with Tristan Rayson-Hill. Two minor
pieces were exchanged in the early stages on the game, and all John
seemed to have at a casual glance was some weakened squares on the
queenside to aim at. The next exchanges were not as kind for Tristan,
as two minor pieces left the board for Tristan, but only one for John.
John's extra bishop was well placed to support his centre, and he went
on to win.

as before see my disclaimer

Please note that almost all of these are recollections in the absence
of the game scores, so to players of these games who read these
comments, please don't take offense if I have something wrong. I would
welcome any corrections, or game submissions. These can be sent to me
through the email address on this site.

TCAGB, Malcolm Pyke, secretary, MCC

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