New Zealand Open Championship 2019
Well, the tournament is underway. Timur Gareyev made it this time, National Party politician made a laboured chess analogy and the rules of play got read out to us.
It seemed no lessons were learned from the last tournament about mobile phones. They are allowed in the playing hall as long as they are turned off and in your bag under the table or in your jacket. A disaster waiting to happen.
On the bright side, the venue is excellent. Roomy, great view lavatories close by and a nice restaurant and bar just a few steps from the playing hall. Chess players get 25% off as well.
Queensland Junior chess is well represented.
I must be the Robin Hood of chess, in that I take from the rich and give to the poor. In the George I took all my rating points from the players rated above me and gave to those below me. My overall profit of 6 point was a heavy burden to carry and I needed to get rid of them immediately so donated them to Alana. She initially seemed reluctant by spending the first hour mainly concentrating on the live boards and getting a bad position but since I insisted...
The game started turning around move 24...Bc5 which I had not considered but only another error 26.g4 made white's life difficult. 26...Rd8 was an unpleasant surprise. She played well from that point, and I just collapsed and resigned. Just deserts for not taking the opponent seriously.
Oh well. I'll just have to rob the rich later on.
[White "Wohl, Aleksandar"]
[Black "Chibnall, Alana"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.b4 a6 6.Nbd2 O-O 7.Be2 d5 8.O-O
Bg4 9.Qc2 h6 10.Re1 Re8 11.Bb2 d4 12.cxd4 Nxb4 13.Qb3 exd4 14.Nxd4
Bxe2 15.Rxe2 a5 16.N2f3 Nh5 17.Ne5 Rf8 18.Ne6 fxe6 19.Qxe6+ Kh7 20.
Qg6+ Kg8 21.Qxh5 Nxd3 22.Rd2 Nf4 23.Rxd8 Nxh5 24.Rd7 Bc5 25.Nd3 Bb6
26.g4 Rad8 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.Ne5 Nf4 29.Nc4 Bd4 30.Bxd4 Rxd4 31.Nxa5 b6
32.Nb3 Rxe4 33.Rd1 c5 34.f3 Re2 35.Rd8+ Kf7 36.Rd6 c4 0-1
Cheers Amigoes 😉