Monday, 7 January 2019

George Trundle Masters Round 4 My first win of 2019


Castor Bay

It's funny how addictive exercise is. Since moving to Coolangatta I have gone swimming every day at least once. The first three days in Auckland I had been preoccupied and hadn't slept well so didn't get around to it. Today I couldn't take it any longer and asked to borrow Bruce's car. He pointed me in the right direction and as soon as I hit the water the malaise of the last few days left me.

My three draws and the controversy from the first round were also doing my head in so today I decided to concentrate on chess. Swimming was more important to my frame of mind than preparation but I still managed to get five minutes in before leaving for the venue. 


It was a beautiful sunny day and many families took advantage of it. Castor Bay is a nice place for a swim if you happen to be just north of the city.


Below is a picture of a Pahutu Kawa tree. It is just perfect for climbing and one day when there are no people around I may just do it but as a 55-year-old I would have felt a bit silly especially since there were some kids up there already. Someone might have brought me a white jacket with very long sleeves. 


So Ben does have faith in his opening and plays them quite well. I didn't have enough time to prepare something decent so I just wanted to escape theory with a playable position. When I noticed the line 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Na3 Nf6 4.e5 Ng4 5.Qe2 Qc7 6.Nc4 b5?? 7.Nd6+ 😀  I thought it was worth a try. Am I an optimist or what? Anyway, after 3....d6 we were both in unfamiliar territory. 

Round 4

I have decided to post both the png and the game replayer just in case it stops working again. The widget is just below the pgn.

[Event "George Trundle Masters 2019"]
[Site "Auckland Chess Centre"]
[Date "2019.01.07"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Black "Hague, Ben"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2332"]
[BlackElo "2411"]
[ECO "B30a"]
[EventDate "2019.01.04"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Na3 d6 4.Bb5 Bd7 5.O-O Nf6 6.Re1 a6 7.Bxc6 Bxc6
8.e5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Qd5 10.Nxc6 Qxc6 11.Nc4 e6 12.d3 Be7 13.a4 b6 14.b3
O-O 15.Bb2 Rfd8 16.Re3 Nd5 17.Rh3 Bf6 18.Qh5 Nf4 19.Qxh7+ Kf8 20.Rf3
Bxb2 21.Nxb2 Ne2+ 22.Kf1 Nd4 23.Rg3 Nf5 24.Rf3 Nd4 25.Rf4 e5 26.Re1
f6 27.Rg4 Ne6 28.Nc4 Rd4 29.Rg3 Rf4
30.Ne3 Ng5 31.Rxg5 fxg5 32.Nf5 Qf6 33.Qh8+ Kf7 34.Qxa8 Rxf5 35.Qd5+
Kg6 36.Qe4 Kh6 37.Re2 b5 38.g3 g6 39.Kg1 bxa4 40.Qxa4 Qd6 41.Qe4 Qd8
42.h3 Qa5 43.g4 Rf8 44.Qxe5 Qa3 45.Kg2 Qb4 46.Re4 Qb6 47.Qe7 Rd8 48.
h4 gxh4 49.g5+ Kh5 50.Qh7+ Kxg5 1-0





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