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New Zealand Championship Tournament

Craig Laird8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Ortvin Sarapu7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Ewen McGowen Green7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Murray Chandler6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Vernon Albert Small6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Kai Jensen5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Paul Anthony Garbett5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Peter Wykeham Stuart5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Philip Alan Clemance5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Bruce R Anderson4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
Roger Lindsay Perry3/11(+2 -7 =2)[games]
Robert Wayne Smith2.5/11(+1 -7 =3)[games] Chess Event Description
New Zealand Championship (1977)
The 85th New Zealand Championship congress took place from the 27th of December 1977 to the 8th of January 1978. It was hosted by the Civic Chess Club at the YWCA in Wellington and sponsored by Windy Music, a local private radio station. The prize fund attracted a strong field that included Ortvin Sarapu, Murray Chandler, Paul Garbett, Vernon Small, Philip Clemance, Ewen Green, Bruce Anderson, Kai Jensen, Peter Stuart, Craig Laird, Robert Smith and Roger Perry.

The final result produced a surprise winner in the form of Craig Laird and although he may have had a share of luck his win was fully deserved.


1 Laird * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 8 2 Sarapu 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 3 Green 0 * 1 1 1 1 7 4 Chandler 1 0 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 6 5 Small 1 0 1 * 1 0 6 6 Stuart 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 5 7 Garbett 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 5 8 Jensen 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 5 9 Clemance 0 0 0 * 1 1 5 10 Anderson 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 0 4 11 Perry 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 * 3 12 Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 2

Primary source: New Zealand Chess Magazine, Vol. 4 No. 1 (February 1978), pp. 4-17.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R W Smith vs V Small  ½-½451977New Zealand ChampionshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
2. P Garbett vs Chandler  0-1491977New Zealand ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
3. C Laird vs B R Anderson  ½-½701977New Zealand ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. E M Green vs O Sarapu  ½-½281977New Zealand ChampionshipE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
5. P W Stuart vs P Clemance  ½-½201977New Zealand ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
6. R L Perry vs K Jensen  0-1301977New Zealand ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
7. O Sarapu vs V Small  1-0261977New Zealand ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
8. Chandler vs R L Perry  1-0181977New Zealand ChampionshipB72 Sicilian, Dragon
9. K Jensen vs C Laird  0-1411977New Zealand ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
10. B R Anderson vs R W Smith  0-1441977New Zealand ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
11. E M Green vs P W Stuart  ½-½601977New Zealand ChampionshipA84 Dutch
12. P Clemance vs P Garbett  ½-½471977New Zealand ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
13. R W Smith vs K Jensen  0-1301977New Zealand ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
14. P W Stuart vs O Sarapu  ½-½411977New Zealand ChampionshipA14 English
15. R L Perry vs P Clemance  ½-½491977New Zealand ChampionshipB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
16. V Small vs B R Anderson  ½-½261977New Zealand ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
17. C Laird vs Chandler ½-½131977New Zealand ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
18. P Garbett vs E M Green  0-1331977New Zealand ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
19. Chandler vs R W Smith  1-0481977New Zealand ChampionshipB72 Sicilian, Dragon
20. K Jensen vs V Small  ½-½201977New Zealand ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
21. O Sarapu vs B R Anderson  1-0631977New Zealand ChampionshipA65 Benoni, 6.e4
22. P W Stuart vs P Garbett  1-0711977New Zealand ChampionshipA10 English
23. E M Green vs R L Perry  1-0441977New Zealand ChampionshipD94 Grunfeld
24. P Clemance vs C Laird  0-1311977New Zealand ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
25. V Small vs Chandler 1-0481977New Zealand ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Craig Laird won this by playing the best chess!
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