Adrian Miranda remains undefeated by drawing his third round game against Eliot Hoving today at the NSW State Championships. Rated at 1579, Adrian is the top seed in the U1600 section.
2005 NSW Championships
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 dxe4 6. f3 exf3 7. Nxf3 Nf6 8. Bd3 b6 9. O-O Bb7 10. Bg5 Nbd7 11. Qe2 h6 12. Bh4 g5 13. Be1 Nd5 14. Bd2 Qe7 15. Ba6 Bxa6 16. Qxa6 Qd6 17. Rae1 f6 18. Qe2 e5 19. dxe5 fxe5 20. Nxe5 Nxe5 21. Rf5 O-O-O 22. Qa6+ 1/2-1/2
In the Reserve section, the young William Xu, current Under 12 Champion of NSW, went down to regular weekend warrior Sim Navarro. Juniors these days are very well taught to keep on fighting til the bitter end. And that's exactly what William did. (He did so against Rachmadi last week, too, despite being a whole Queen down). Such a quality is important I think in order to instil that fighting spirit. Besides, miracles can happen. But today, there were no miracles.
You can play through the game here
Seen in the foreground above, on the right, is Angela Song. Before the start of play, Norm Greenwood announced that FIDE had just conferred upon Angela the WFM title. To which the gallery rightly applauded. Well done indeed!
Over on the next board is the game Tse - Baterowicz. That ended 1-0. As the gruesome finish to that duel approached, Baterowicz's play increasingly became louder and louder. With each move, he banged the clock in anger. And when it was finally over, his face grew red, his eyes watered, as he lightly tapped his King off the table. He remained in his seat for some time. As I looked at him, I knew exactly how he felt. "Where did I go wrong?", I'm sure he asked himself. He sat there motionless, replaying in his mind's eye a game that never was. The other players just let him be, knowing that they, themselves, have all been there.
Finally, in the top section, Canfell continued on his winning run by defeating a careless Cabilin. The Pinoy player managed to trap his own Queen. He was so oblivious to his own terrible mistake that he accompanied the blunder with a draw offer. In reply, Canfell uncorked the diabolical, 16. c4! Realising White's follow-up (17. Nf3), Cabilin looked up at me, smiled and shook his head. One question was surely in his mind: "how the hell did I miss that?" To save the Lady, there was no choice but to forsake a Knight. It was pointless. Canfell was just too good.
2005 NSW Championships
C001. e4 e6 2. d3 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Nc3 Ne7 5. h4 h6 6. Bf4 d6 7. Qd2 e5 8. Be3 c5 9. g3 Nbc6 10. Bg2 Qb6 11. O-O Nd4 12. Nd1 Bg4 13. Nh2 Bxd1 14. Rfxd1 Qxb2 15. Bxd4
After 15. Bxd4 15...Qxd4??
Jeff was probably afraid of 15...cxd4 16. Rdb1 Qa3 17. Rxb7 16. c4 Nd5 17. cxd5 Qa4 18. Rdb1 b6 19. Qb2 O-O 20. Qb5 Qxb5 21. Rxb5 Rfb8 22. a4 a6 23. Rb3 Rb7 24. Ng4 Rab8 25. Ne3 b5 26. axb5 axb5 27. h5 Kf8 28. Rab1 Ke8 29. Nc4 Kd7 30. Na5 Rb6 31. hxg6 fxg6 32. Bh3+ Kc7 33. Nc6 R8b7 34. Ra3 1-0