Geoffrey Gunawan v Alistair McGowan (16 July 2019)
This game is from Round three of the 2019 Winter cup, played on 16 July 2019, under a 75 + 30 time format.
David Scott v Ross Jackson (17 July 2019)
This game is from Round 3 of the 2019 Winter Cup. The time format was 75 + 30.
Black enjoyed the edge for most of the game, and even missed a win at move 36, with Qd2. But his move 36 …g6 allowed White to double Black’s passed central pawns, to be back to near equality according to the engine. David’s 39. Re5 was a mistake (Rd1 is best), and put Black back into a winning position. But he manages to hang on, and Black’s 48…Ng2 gives back equality, at least for a few moves until White finally cracks on move 50, blundering his knight and resigning next move.
Round 2 Winter Cup (9 July 2019)
Here are three games from round 2 of the Winter Cup played on 9 July 2019. The time format is 75 + 30.
The first features a game from our junior members, Hamish Lester playing white against Mark Summers. Mark tries a modern defense 1… with g6, then Bg7, and comes away with the advantage after the opening phase. While Hamish tries some nice counter play with his rook and knight honing in on the king, he is still in a pretty lost position around move 17. However, Mark lets him off the hook with 17… Rab8, leaving his bishop to be taken for free. Ten moves later, it is Hamish who is a completely winning position, but fails to find the killing blow (29. h4! and if 29 …Rxc2 then it’s Rg7 mate), and then drops his knight, allowing Mark to pounce back and eventually promote his d pawn and trap Hamish’s king on move 37.
The second game features another tight battle between Guy Burns and David Scott. Guy played his standard d4 and the game played tight and uneventfully until David mishandled a queen-exchange tactic, doubling his pawns on move 23, instead of leaving the pawn on f6 and moving g5. He struggled into an endgame, which was the most interesting part of the game, in terms whether a draw could be salvaged or not. However some further inaccuracies with allowing the trade of rooks, in particular 32…Rg5, and with Guy not making any errors, eventually saw Guy take it out.
The third game features an interesting game from top club players Gordon Lyall (playing white) against Alistair McGowan.
With 5.Nxd4 White is playing to exchange the knight for Black’s dark-squared bishop. 7…Qxd4? is a mistake, Black should play Nc6 when he has nothing to worry about. After 8.Bb2 White is clearly better, when Black has dark-square weaknesses on the kingside and a lack of development. 17.Bf3 threatens to win with Nc5. White opens up the game with the sacrifice 23.Nxf6±, however 23.c5 is more deadly, strongly threatening d6+. After a series of exchanges White emerges with a two pawn advantage and winning endgame.
Gordon Lyall v Guy Burns (2 July 2019)
This is the first of two games from Round 1 of the 2019 Winter Cup. Guy Burns, playing black against Gordon Lyall goes for a Sicilian, with Gordon opting for the Grand Prix attack, 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3, Nc6, 3. f4.
White is slightly better after 8.Qe2! however, he should follow up with e6 on move 10 or 11. Black quickly equalises with 11…Bxf3! when White should recapture with the queen 12.Qxf3= Nxe5 13.Qg3. Black continues to defend accurately and his pieces are more active after 17….Ne5. Black seizes the initiative with 18…f5 when his pieces are starting to co-ordinate better. Once the Black king slips to f7 on move 19, connecting the rooks, Black has a clear initiative.
White has not been able to create any play on the open g-file, and the pawns on f3 and h5 will be a liability in the endgame.
White follows the correct strategy and forces the exchange of major pieces with 23…c4, and avoids the capture on f3 which is inferior (23…Qxf3 24.Rde1=). After the rooks are exchanged on d-file after 29…Bxd8, Black has a won endgame which he converts well.
Brandon Holman v David Paul (2 July 2019)
This is the second of two games is from Round 1 of the Winter Cup played on July 2, 2019. Brandon Holman is white against David Paul. Brandon opts for a King’s Gambit.
David Comments, “Having Brandon talk about the Cunningham version of the King’s Gambit, I decided to decline and enter into one of Mark Noble’s lines, the Falkbeer Counter Gambit. 6. Bc4. Usual for white here is Qe2 here or Bxd7. My move 6… a6 is a waiting move seeing what white’s plan is. After 8. …Bb4. I considered exd4 ep but did not want to give the white knight an olive branch on the f3 square. 12. …Bb5 Time to get rid of the white bishop and get my pawn back. 16. …Nxd5 Qxb7 is full of nasty surprises after Rb6. Nxd5 gets my pawn back plus position. 17. Ne2 Nc6 Finally white moves his knight, I think I will do the same. Now Qxb7 loses straight away to Rb6, with a trapped queen. 18. g5 Bd2 would have been better for white, oh well lets go for the jugular. 18 …Qa8, threatens mate in one”
North v South part 2 (25 June 2019)
This game features two of the Club’s Junior members, Hamish Lester and Valera Bonyuskin matching up during the second night of the North v South match. Played under 25 + 5 time control, Hamish is white, and opens with the Ruy Lopez, all going well for the first 10 or so moves, until he overlooks his hanging knight. However, Valera then plays well to mobilise his forces activating his bishop and getting both rooks into play along open files and ranks, to eventually convert his minor piece advantage to a rook and outside passed pawn (soon to be queen) advantage. Game over.
North v South match (11 June 2019)
The first KCC North versus South night saw pairs from each team play each other twice in two 25 + 5 minute games.
In one of the more even match-ups, John Whibley (North) squared off against David Scott (South), first as white, then as black. The games saw neither wanting to give too much away, but equally not able to find any decisive blows. In Game two, David gets a thematic kingside attack going from the London opening, sacking his bishop on g6, but without seeing clear options for advantage opts for a perpetual. Result: two draws. Full results for the other games here.
2019 Kapiti Rapid (25 May 2019)
Here are three games from this year’s Kapiti Rapid played in Paraparaumu on the 25th May 2019.
The first game is from eventual tournament winner Scott Wastney (rating 2346), playing white in Round 2 against Edward Tanoi (rating 1920).
Against the Sicilian, it is fairly equal into the first 20 moves, but Scott gets his rook and two knights working actively together to advance into enemy lines and secure a positional and material advantage which eventually converts into a runaway passed b pawn.
The second game from the final round is the decisive game that wins the tournament for Scott. Played against the current New Zealand champion and Wellington clubmate Anthony Ker (Rating 2374).
Another Sicilian, but in this game, harry is allowed to march and tear open the black king’s defence, allowing white’s forces to then penetrate with deadly effect.
The third game from round 3 was nearly a case of David v Goliath with second place-getter Romie Guerra (rating 2014) up against promising junior William Ackroyd, rated some 600 rating points lower. With post-analysis-vision it might have felt like a roller-coaster, with both players having overwhelming winning positions twice, but not quite finding the winning continuations.
By move 15, black seems to be easily winning but mis-steps with Nxc6, instead of maybe exf4. William comes back very creditably and is given a chance when allowed to play Qa4+ on move 22, and again after 25. …Bd3 a few moves later…with himself now with a winning advantage… given the open lanes for his queenside pawns. However, a few moves later he mis-steps with f3 to allow black’s rook to enter the attack with material losses unavoidable.
2019 North Island Champs
Here are three games from club members who competed in the 2019 North Island Champs run over Easter in Wellington.
The first game is from round 6, David Scott (1666) v Robert Hurndell (1545).
In some London system games, there’s a focus on kingside attack tactics, especially if the h-file opens. In this game, the focus was queenside, with a steady c-file build-up until the pressure on c6 became too much for black.
This game is from Junior member Geoffrey Gunawan. After securing a win in an earlier round against a player rated 300+ points ahead of him, he faced another 1700+ player in the final round. Geoffrey is the exchange down, but manages to set a nice pawn grab trap with f4 on move 18, and when white accepts is able to grab back equality with some nice tactics, then follow up with good co-ordination of his rook and minor pieces on the queenside to gain a winning initiative. With material even, and time ticking on, Geoffrey opted to secure the half point and offered a draw. But, well done to come back and play his way to this winning position against a much higher-rated opponent.
Geoffrey Gunawan (1445) v Lara Heppenstall (1735) Round 8, North Island Championships, 22/4/2019
The final game is Ross Jackson (1928) v current NZ champion Russell Dive (2431) from Round 7 played 22/4/2019. Ross comments “My loss to Russell was possibly a missed opportunity. When he advanced to regain a piece with a pawn fork I rescued the bishop. I should have done 18…Rd8 a move earlier, and shouldn’t have swapped queens into a lost end-game (move 24).”
Valera Bonyushkin v Savannah Edwards (26 March 2019)
A game from our juniors, in Round 8 of the 2019 John and Rose Kingston Memorial played 26/3/2019. Valera Bonyushkin (NZCF rating 1225), shows some good attacking skills, and active use of his pieces in this game versus Savannah Edwards (NZCF rating 963).