Sunday, January 03, 2010

Upsets for IMs in Oz Champs

I've been stuck at home all day for a going away party with the relos and friends, so a day out to the Aussie Champs was out of the question. Thankfully it's still possible to follow the event online especially now that results/games are up on the official site.

As I mentioned last night, the contest Morris - Brown deserves a look. See also Wallis - Jones as there's a lesson in there about pawn advances.

And already, the organisers have put up games from round 2. What is this? Two upsets? Ikeda beat Wohl with the white pieces, while Solomon, the current Championship title holder, goes down to Andrew Brown!

Solo permits a black b-pawn passer with 17. c4 and the situation rapidly escalates into trouble for him. Brown expertly exploits the position to his advantage and eventually scores the point. Nice one!

2009 Australian Chess Ch.
Solomon, Stephen
Brown, Andrew

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Bc4 g6 5. d3 h6 6. O-O Bg7 7. a3 d6 8. b4 Nge7 9. Be3 Nd4 10. Nd5 b5 11. Nxe7 Qxe7 12. Bd5 Bb7 13. Bxb7 Qxb7 14. c3 Ne6 15. a4 O-O 16. axb5 cxb4 17. c4 a5 18. bxa6 Rxa6 19. Qd2 Rfa8 20. Rab1 b3 21. Qc3 Rb8 22. Nd2 b2 23. f3 Nf4 24. Rfe1 Qb4 25. Qxb4 Rxb4 26. Bxf4 exf4 27. Kf2 Bd4+ 28. Ke2 Ra3 29. Rbd1 Be3 30. Nb1 Ra1 31. Rd2 g5 32. Red1 Kg7 33. Ke1 h5 34. Ke2 g4 35. fxg4 hxg4 36. g3 Bxd2 37. Kxd2 f3 38. Kc2 Ra5 39. Rd2 Rh5 40. Rf2 Rb8 41. Nd2 f5 42. exf5 Rxf5 43. Nb1 Re5 44. Kd2 Rbe8 45. Kc3 Re2 46. Rf1 Re1 47. Rxe1 Rxe1 0-1

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