Friday, January 04, 2008

Round 4 Update from Parra

Just a quick short update at the close of round 4. To begin with, the following are some preliminary results in both the main and major sections.

Xie - Stojic, 1-0
Hamilton - Oliver, 1-0
Booth - Chow, 0-1
Pecori - Broekhuyse, 1-0
Suttor - Yu, 0-1
Rej - Goldenberg, draw
Capilitan - Atzmon-Simon, draw
Yadao - Bird, draw
Lazarus - Sales, 0-1

Sheldrick - Jens, 1-0
Fell - Harris, draw
Tulevski - Jule, draw
Ninchich - Huynh, 0-1
Bolens - Ali, 1-0
Fry - Stojic, draw
Low - Oliver, 0-1

Today's featured game has plenty of attack by black but all that came to nothing. He just ran out of steam in the end and fell to a series of nice tactical blows by white.

Australian Chess Championships 2008
Pecori, Ascaro
Broekhuyse, Paul

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bf4 c5 4. e3 Qb6 5. Qc1 Nc6 6. c3 d5 7. Nbd2 Be7 8. h3 Bd7 9. Bd3 Rc8 10. Qb1 cxd4 11. exd4 Na5 12. b4 The first new move according to my database. 12...Nc4 13. a4 Nh5 14. Bh2 Nxd2 15. Kxd2 a5 16. b5 Nf6 17. Ne5 Bb4 18. cxb4 Qxd4 19. Ke2 axb4 20. Rd1 Nh5 21. Kf1 Nf4 22. Nf3 Qf6 23. Bxf4 Qxf4 24. Qb2 O-O 25. Rab1 Ra8 26. Bc2 Rfc8 27. Rd4 Qc7 28. Bb3 e5 29. Rxd5 e4 30. Nd4 Bxh3 Only Caissa knows what Paul was thinking. All this seemed to achieve was to make Ascaro think for a long time, but that was about it. 31. gxh3 Qh2 32. Rh5 Rc3 33. Ne2 Rd8 34. Rd1 Rcd3 35. Rxd3 exd3 36. Ng3 g6 After this, I thought that 37. Qf6 was best. But Ascaro finds something better and plays it almost instantaneously.

Position after 36...g6

37. Bxf7+ Kxf7 38. Rxh7+ Ke6 39. Qb3+ Rd5 40. Qxb4 Rh5 41. Re7+ Kd5 42. Rd7+ Ke6 43. Qd6# 1-0

And in one of the last games to finish, Canfell lost to Western Australian Tristan Boyd. The final stages was on a knife edge, with both players' Bishops playing key parts in the attack. Sadly for the local man, it was Boyd who managed to coordinate himself pinning Canfell's rook to his King. Canfell was forced to surrender his Queen and finally the point.

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