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🏆 New Zealand Open (2015)

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David Howell, Zhao Xue, Klaus Bischoff, Allan Stig Rasmussen, Herman Claudius van Riemsdijk, Irine Kharisma Sukandar, Karl Zelesco, Anthony F Ker, Russell John Dive, Ben Hague, Tim Reilly, Paul Anthony Garbett, Nicholas Croad, Eu Wen Aron Teh, Brice Le Roy, Daniel Hanwen Gong, Robert Wayne Smith, Dusan Stojic, Michael Steadman, Alphaeus Wei Ern Ang, Matthew Drummond, Leonard J McLaren, Gino Thornton, Ingrid Lauterbach, Fedja Zulfic, Tony Dowden, David Cilia Vincenti, Andreas Arnold Schmitz, Hans Gao, Gordon Morrell, Antonio Krstev, John Duneas, Allen Chi Zhou Fan, Manuela Schmitz, Benjamin U Lim, Helen Milligan, Sean Watharow, Hilton P Bennett, Matthew McNabb, Alex Huang, Leo Zhang, Nathan Goodhue, Edward Lee, Layla Timergazi, Jack James, Fuatai Fuatai, Edward Rains, William Xiang Wei Li, Paul Macdonald, Alexandra Jule, Philip I Hair, Ryan Louie, William F Forster, Timothy Rains, Karl Kai Zhu, Leo Zhu, Leighton Nicholls, Reinhard Gunawan Boy, P Wayne Power, Robert Maris, L Ross Jackson, Alan L Aldridge, Richard Taylor, Philip E Rossiter, Bernard Alan Carpinter, Michael D'arcy, Angelo Tsagarakis, Jared Louie, Ursula Hielscher, Don Eade, Roy Seabrook, Dustin Tennessee Opasiak, Andrew Brockway, Oliver Picken, Robin A Shaw, Matthew WP Burke, Caroline Yan, Natalie A Maris, Simon Lyall, Natasha Fairley, Vivian Smith, Nigel M Cooper, Doug Williams, John Pakenham, Philip Mukkattu, Terry Shen, Troy Lamerton, Roland Brockman, Karl Holdo, Jasmine Haomo Zhang, Louie Wei, Fred A Maris, Steven Holdaway, Alexander Laughland, Aaron Ziwen Wang, Rodney Xiang Rei Li, Nadia Braganza, Justin Turner, Mathew Steadman, Singh Chauhan Chandraveer plus 9 more players. Chess Event Description
New Zealand Open (2015)

Played in Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand 1-9 January 2015. Crosstable:

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 308  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Eva Lourenco vs S Watharow  0-1302015New Zealand OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
2. P E Rossiter vs M Drummond  0-1492015New Zealand OpenA36 English
3. P Hair vs M Raivath  1-0282015New Zealand OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Micah Nylund vs M Schmitz  0-1162015New Zealand OpenC00 French Defense
5. H Milligan vs Nadia Braganza  1-0372015New Zealand OpenC42 Petrov Defense
6. P Macdonald vs A Wang  1-0412015New Zealand OpenE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
7. L Wei vs B Lim  0-1372015New Zealand OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. W F Forster vs Justin Turner  0-1202015New Zealand OpenA04 Reti Opening
9. Rodney Xiang Rei Li vs F Fuatai  0-1422015New Zealand OpenB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. H Bennett vs Benjamin Nylund  1-0182015New Zealand OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. G Morrell vs Doug Williams  ½-½432015New Zealand OpenA25 English
12. D Stojic vs Troy Lamerton  1-0412015New Zealand OpenA14 English
13. L Zhang vs A Lee  1-0302015New Zealand OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. A Krstev vs Fred A Maris  1-0422015New Zealand OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. C Yan vs N Goodhue  0-1552015New Zealand OpenA84 Dutch
16. Jasmine Haomo Zhang vs J Duneas  0-1732015New Zealand OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. E Lee vs Karl Holdo  1-0302015New Zealand OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. R Brockman vs A Schmitz  0-1402015New Zealand OpenD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. M McNabb vs K Zhu  1-0342015New Zealand OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. F Zulfic vs A Brockway  1-0332015New Zealand OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. D Opasiak vs Hans Gao  0-1402015New Zealand OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
22. Oliver Picken vs Alphaeus Wei Ern Ang  0-1242015New Zealand OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. A Huang vs A Laughland  ½-½632015New Zealand OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
24. Matthew WP Burke vs A F Ker  0-1362015New Zealand OpenB07 Pirc
25. R J Dive vs Roy Seabrook  1-0412015New Zealand OpenA05 Reti Opening
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  Benzol: gives a bit more background info.
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  Benzol: for games taking place right now.
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  PhilFeeley: Humourous ending. The game's not here yet but probably will be soon:

Bischoff, Klaus - Howell, David W L, round 6
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d4 cd4 4. Nd4 Nc6 5. g3 Qa5 6. Nc3 Ne4 7. Nb3 Nc3 8. Qd2 Qb4 9. Qc3 Qc3 10. bc3 b6 11. Bg2 Ba6 12. c5 g6 13. Be3 Bg7 14. Rc1 O-O 15. Rc2 Rab8 16. O-O Ne5 17. Rd1 Rfc8 18. Bf4 bc5 19. Be5 Be5 20. Rd7 c4 21. Nd2 Rc7 22. Rc7 Bc7 23. Bd5 Rd8 24. Bf3 Ba5 25. Ne4 Rd1 26. Kg2 Kg7 27. e3 Rd8 28. Nc5 Bc8 29. Nb7 Bb7 30. Bb7 Rd6 31. Bf3 Kf6 32. Be2 Rc6 33. Rd2 e5 34. Rd7 Bc3 35. Bf3 Rc5 36. Bd5 Bb2 37. Rf7 Kg5 38. h4 Kh6 39. Be4 c3 40. g4 c2 41. g5 Kh5 42. Rh7 Kg4 43. f3#

"Mating outruns queening." Nothing sexual, it's just chess.

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  PhilFeeley: A great fighting draw!

Zhao, Xue - Sukandar, Irine Kharisma 1/2-1/2
New Zealand Open, 2015, round 8
1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 b6 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. O-O Be7 6. b3 O-O 7. Bb2 d5 8. cd5 Nd5 9. d4 Nd7 10. e4 N5f6 11. e5 Nd5 12. Nbd2 c5 13. Nc4 b5 14. Nd6 Bd6 15. ed6 c4 16. bc4 bc4 17. Ne5 N7b6 18. Ba3 Nc3 19. Qe1 Bg2 20. Kg2 Nb5 21. Bc5 Nd6 22. Qb4 Nf5 23. Bf8 Qd5 24. Nf3 Nd4 25. Qc3 e5 26. Rfe1 Na4 27. Qa3 c3 28. Re3 Rf8 29. Qa4 g5 30. h3 h5 31. Rc3 g4 32. Qc4 gf3 33. Kh2 Qc4 34. Rc4 Rb8 35. Rc7 Rb2 36. Kg1 Ne2 37. Kf1 h4 38. gh4 Nf4 39. Rac1 Nd3 40. R7c2 Rb6 41. Rd1 e4 42. h5 Kg7 43. Kg1 Rb5 44. Kh2 Rh5 45. Rd3 ed3 46. Rd2 Rg5 47. h4 Rg2 48. Kh3 Kg6 49. a3 f5 50. Rd3 Rf2 51. Kg3 Rg2 52. Kf3 Rg4 53. Rd6

Jan-08-15  waustad: It is interesting that this doesn't seem to have made the front page, but exists. Perhaps I'll need to look at the "More Games" link when considering less mainstream tournaments. If I hadn't seen the recent post item I'd have missed this entirely. Some earlier comments were made on the Murray Chandler page and of course on Richard Taylor's.
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  Benzol: <waustad> at least you and <PhilFeeley> noticed that this tournament is going on. There is still the last round to play in a few hours time later today. I suppose that New Zealand is considered something of a backwater chesswise and doesn't have the high profile of say Tata or Hastings but as you've both pointed out some good games have been played here. I shall keep endeavouring to fly the flag for tournaments like this in future.


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  WannaBe: Wow, hey, look everyone, there is a <NEW> Zealand!

When did that happened? What happened to the Old Zeeland?


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  Benzol: Last chance to look at the live games from the final round. They will start in a few minutes
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  PhilFeeley: Irine Sukandar has done really well here. She drew the leader in an exciting game, and now has a pretty good position against David Howell.

I wonder why she doesn't play in any of the women's tournaments? One to watch out for.

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  PhilFeeley: She has played some strong tournaments internationally. But her results at Qatar 2014 were nothing to write home about, although she did have some pretty strong opposition.

Qatar Masters (2014)/Irine Kharisma Sukandar

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Hi. Interesting result. I blundered in my penultimate round in a fairly easily won position and dropped a pawn. But I won the last game so I got 4.5 which is 50%. It was a tough tournament especially consdidering so many players and the heat and humidity were excessive. But there was a fan in the room I played three of my games. My game against Wayne was an interesting struggle. I haven't had time to let the engine rip but I think I was winning that as well as I was probably winning against Burke (it was a draw). My 2 worst errors were my blunder against Rasmussen (I intended f5 but took hi N instead) and I lost track of my opening line against William Li then went wrong missing a tactic (although at that stage he might have been better. I was completely destroyed by Paul Macdonald. I played badly and he took me to the cleaners...

It was hard to take much notice of anyone else's games as I was absorbed in my own games. In most games I was well ahead of my opponents on time. Or about equal.

Rasmussen was the worst, his time for several moves was well below a minute. I think he was unsure of the Rubinstein variation of the English which I had only seen a long time ago in 'The English Explained' so I hadn't seen his b4 idea before. However I basically responded correctly. The fact that his time was down so low (sometimes only 10 seconds!) and he had so many moves to make, made me nervous, I was convinced I would win: but I couldn't offer a draw (which he might have taken, although Helen Milligan who knows all, told me he wouldn't have taken a draw. But a draw for him would make sense as it could well have guaranteed more wins than he got. He recovered well though.

Sakandar certainly played some enterprising chess. She might become a GM. Don Eade actually didn't have too bad a position against her but left himself in a pin too long.

Gino and others of the NZ contingent did well. I don't know who won the NZ Championships.

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  Richard Taylor: < WannaBe: Wow, hey, look everyone, there is a <NEW> Zealand! When did that happened? What happened to the Old Zeeland?

=)) >

Lol. It was named by the explorer Abel Tasman after a province of Holland -'Zeeland' which I presume means 'sea land'.

The name is a joint name as we have three official languages: English, Maori, and sign.

So the Maori name, which is more beautiful I think is Aotearoa. Ao means cloud roa = long and tea = long. It is a name that was not what Maori used but came to be used this century.

They had no name as they were many separate tribes. They were simply 'tangata' - or 'men' or 'people'.

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  Benzol: <chessgames> should be able to upload all the available games in this tournament now.
Jan-09-15  waustad: Congratulationd to Zhao Xue for winning the tournament by a full point.
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  PhilFeeley: It's interesting that at the same time there was an Australian Open, but there's no page for it yet.

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  Richard Taylor: <PhilFeeley> Yes the Australian tournaments should be featured as they have some strong GMs and IMs.
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  Benzol: This tournament also served to determine the New Zealand Champion for 2015. However, this resulted in a logjam with no less than ten players qualifying with six out of nine for the title. The joint winners were Russell Dive, Nicolas Croad, Ben Hague, Paul Garbett, Anthony Ker, Gino Thornton, Robert Smith, Leonard McLaren, Alexandra Jule and Gordon Morrell. Gordon is Canadian but qualifies by residency and Alexandra whilst being an Australian qualifies with dual citizenship. Congratulations to all of them.
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  Richard Taylor: They should have a match. It was a bit bizarre. In reality the old system of 12 players and 11 rounds, round robin, was good. Chandler's tournament kind of overshadowed the NZ Champs.

But it was a good tournament.

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  Benzol: <Richard> As the January edition of New Zealand Chess put it, an engraver's nightmare.


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  Richard Taylor: Yes. That was commented on.

By the way Alexei Kulashko (4 times NZ Champion) is playing in the A Grade at ACC. He lost 2 games as he has been away from chess for some time. After I lost to Catherine Yan I won against Rodney Li, and Paul MacDonald.

Next week I face Daniel Gong who is over 2000, and is a tough nut to crack! He IS someone who has benefited from Ewen's training and his own study I would say. He gave Gino and tough run for his money in the NZ Champs.

I have that mag. Looks interesting.

Feb-19-16  berbanz: When and where will be the 2016 edition?
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