One Night Handicapped Tournament 12/10/04


Colin was DOP for this tournament and here is my report.

On Tuesday night we had a 4 round handicapped tournament. 12 Players entered including Dennis Ward. (Welcome back Dennis).

The handicap system became a learning experience on how to set the clocks using 'MODE 3'.

The total time for each game was 30 minutes.

For every 50 points in the rating between players 1 minute was subtracted from the higher rated player and 1 minute added to the lower rated player.

For example, Colin 1704 playing John N 2076 the difference is 328 rating points. (350/50 =7 so........ 15+7=22 and 15-7=8) Hence the time control of 22 mins to 8 mins was used for this game. (Yes, it was a bit complicated).

I also made a mistake in a result half way through this tournament. I would like to thank Phil and Keith for convincing me not to start the whole thing over again.

Here is the cross-table for the tournament.

1. Colin    W5    W4    W3    W2    4.0
2. John N   W10   W9    W11   L1    3.0
3. Paul R   W12   W6    L1    W5    3.0
4. Phil     W8    L1    W10   W11   3.0
5. Armando  L1    W8    W6    L3    2.0
6. Donald P W11   L3    L5    W10   2.0
7. Bill     W9    L10   L8    W12   2.0
8. John P   L4    L5    W7    D9    1.5
9. Lennie   L7    L2    W12   D8    1.5
10. Don S   L2    W7    L4    L6    1.0
11. Dennis  L6    W12   L2    L4    1.0
12. Duncan  L3    L11   L9    L7    0.0

Congratulations to Colin for winning and to Phil, Paul and John N for finishing second.



The following adddendum (lightly edited) by the email bulletin editor Keith Farrell - note that 'clocks used were the red DGT 2000.

The above report by Col - who not only won impressively but also was very very busy working out the times as well as entering scores; producing pairings etc . I however took the easy way out and just watched the games - and I wasn't the only one - three others new to us came to watch a bit ( played a quick social game - perhaps future members ) and one of our regular spectators too. Buit more interesting were the games - quite a few of which John Nutter had an ample 2 or 3 ( ! ) minutes against his opponent's 20 odd.

Things started off in round one with a rather fascinating (to me) endgame (Donald V Dennis) with Donald a Bishop up but probably through greater experience Dennis was striving to exchange pawns while Donald (it seemed to me) did not resist the exchanges.[Donald started with 19; Dennis 11 (by my reckoning, I forget now) ] And so we got down to a K+R+B Vs K+R - what struck me then was Reuben Fine's advice in his heavy-going; old fashioned but still classic 'Basic Chess Endings' - "The advantage of a piece in general wins only if there are pawns on the board and there are less than three Pawns for the piece." (p263 IV two pieces for one) or as John Nunn more recently put it "the general result is a draw , but there are significant winning chances" ...and later "genuinely tricky to defend". Donald whipped up a good mating attack.

this starts (for me) back in 1984 I was playing the City Of Sydney under 1800 division against Phil Bagnall and this position after adjournment occurred on after 104 ...Kf2 (we had played 42 moves since the last pawn capture so I wasn't too far away from the draw - after multiple inaccuracies by both of us [accoprding to computer I let myself slip into a few mates in 21; 15 etc])

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but now I missed a neat stalemate defense with Rg3 but instead went to h4 (and then resigned seeing the various mates coming - pity I didn't make this blunder so that the mating move was the other side of the fifty move rule - now; would that be one for the DOP/rules committee ?

Anyway 2 years after that I was playing an up and coming youngster called Duncan Bassett and found myself a Bish down but played another 15 moves hoping to swap off pawns, I went from

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after 30...Rxe6 (I was white)
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(white to move)

to (sadly)
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- short answer was Duncan kept me on the run ( and his - pawn - and the point).


A playoff between Phil Brown and Joe Frias to determine the ultimate winner of Ettalong's Spring tournament, Phil won the first and Joe the second so they share first place.