The Canterbury Chess Club 2009 Rapid Play Championships began tonight with 22 players. It's a standard G30 with nine rounds over three Monday nights (9, 16 and 23 February). Ex-Australian Chess Champion (1970) Fred Flatow is the top seed. So far, Fred is on 3/3. His only likely challenger for this year's title will be Ernesto Puzon who is also on a perfect score. My own tally is 2/3.
Here's a position from round 1 between Ashfaqur Rahman and Richard Blake. Blake, handling the black pieces, finds a neat combo to finish off the game.
2009 Canterbury Rapid
1... Qb6+ 2. Kh1? (2. Qf2 Qxf2+ 3. Kxf2 Bxc3 4. Bxc3 Nxe4+) 2... Ng4 3. Rf1 With his time fast disappearing, Ashfaqur finds only the quickly losing move. But really, the alternatives are barely better. (3. Na4 Rxd1+ 4. Rxd1 Qe3; 3. Re1 Nf2+ 4. Kg1 Nxe4+) 3... Bxf1 4. Rxf1 Ne3 5. Qb3 Nxf1 6. fxe5 0-1
The club meets on Monday nights, from 7.30PM. They're presently looking for a TD, preferably someone who knows their way around computers and can quickly learn how to use Swiss Perfect. If you're interested, or just looking for a bunch of friendly guys to play chess with on Monday evenings - then drop by at the Lakemba Services Memorial Club, Corner Quigg Street and The Boulevarde, Lakemba. Or email Henk Jens at hwj at zip dot com dot au.
Monday, February 09, 2009
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Do you have a program for this club? What is on after rapids?
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