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85th New Zealand Ch
Compiled by Benzol
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Note : This collection has now been superceded by New Zealand Championship (1977)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.

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Crosstable :

Pts 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

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Primary source New Zealand Chess Magazine Vol.4 # 1 February 1978 pp 4 - 17.

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Round 1 December 27th 1977
E M Green vs O Sarapu, 1977
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

P W Stuart vs P Clemance, 1977
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Garbett vs Chandler, 1977
(B33) Sicilian, 49 moves, 0-1

R L Perry vs K Jensen, 1977
(C45) Scotch Game, 30 moves, 0-1

C Laird vs B R Anderson, 1977
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

R W Smith vs V Small, 1977
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 December 28th 1977
E M Green vs P W Stuart, 1977
(A84) Dutch, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Clemance vs P Garbett, 1977
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chandler vs R L Perry, 1977
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 18 moves, 1-0

K Jensen vs C Laird, 1977
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

B R Anderson vs R W Smith, 1977
(A04) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

O Sarapu vs V Small, 1977
(D80) Grunfeld, 26 moves, 1-0

Round 3 December 29th 1977
P Garbett vs E M Green, 1977
(B83) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

R L Perry vs P Clemance, 1977
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

C Laird vs Chandler, 1977 
(B30) Sicilian, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

R W Smith vs K Jensen, 1977
(A57) Benko Gambit, 30 moves, 0-1

V Small vs B R Anderson, 1977
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

P W Stuart vs O Sarapu, 1977
(A14) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 December 30th 1977
E M Green vs R L Perry, 1977
(D94) Grunfeld, 44 moves, 1-0

P W Stuart vs P Garbett, 1977
(A10) English, 71 moves, 1-0

P Clemance vs C Laird, 1977
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

Chandler vs R W Smith, 1977
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 48 moves, 1-0

K Jensen vs V Small, 1977
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Sarapu vs B R Anderson, 1977
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 63 moves, 1-0

Round 5 December 31st 1977
C Laird vs E M Green, 1977
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 36 moves, 1-0

R L Perry vs P W Stuart, 1977 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

R W Smith vs P Clemance, 1977
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 60 moves, 0-1

V Small vs Chandler, 1977 
(B33) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

B R Anderson vs K Jensen, 1977
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 40 moves, 0-1

P Garbett vs O Sarapu, 1977
(C10) French, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 January 2nd 1978
E M Green vs R W Smith, 1978
(E82) King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

P W Stuart vs C Laird, 1978
(A16) English, 64 moves, 0-1

P Garbett vs R L Perry, 1978
(A16) English, 39 moves, 1-0

P Clemance vs V Small, 1978
(B44) Sicilian, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chandler vs B R Anderson, 1978
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 0-1

O Sarapu vs K Jensen, 1978
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 7 January 3rd 1978
V Small vs E M Green, 1978
(B40) Sicilian, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

R W Smith vs P W Stuart, 1978 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 22 moves, 0-1

C Laird vs P Garbett, 1978
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

B R Anderson vs P Clemance, 1978 
(A71) Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5, 30 moves, 0-1

K Jensen vs Chandler, 1978
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 29 moves, 0-1

R L Perry vs O Sarapu, 1978
(B32) Sicilian, 21 moves, 0-1

Round 8 January 4th 1978
E M Green vs B R Anderson, 1978
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

P W Stuart vs V Small, 1978
(A21) English, 53 moves, 0-1

P Garbett vs R W Smith, 1978 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 86 moves, 1-0

R L Perry vs C Laird, 1978
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 31 moves, 0-1

P Clemance vs K Jensen, 1978
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 19 moves, 0-1

O Sarapu vs Chandler, 1978 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 9 January 5th 1978
K Jensen vs E M Green, 1978
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

B R Anderson vs P W Stuart, 1978
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

V Small vs P Garbett, 1978
(C26) Vienna, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

R W Smith vs R L Perry, 1978
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chandler vs P Clemance, 1978
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

C Laird vs O Sarapu, 1978
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 57 moves, 1-0

Round 10 January 7th 1978
E M Green vs Chandler, 1978 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 61 moves, 1-0

P W Stuart vs K Jensen, 1978
(A28) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Garbett vs B R Anderson, 1978
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

R L Perry vs V Small, 1978
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 29 moves, 1-0

C Laird vs R W Smith, 1978
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Sarapu vs P Clemance, 1978
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

Round 11 January 8th 1978
P Clemance vs E M Green, 1978
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chandler vs P W Stuart, 1978
(B44) Sicilian, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Jensen vs P Garbett, 1978
(B44) Sicilian, 62 moves, 0-1

B R Anderson vs R L Perry, 1978
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 38 moves, 1-0

V Small vs C Laird, 1978
(C26) Vienna, 58 moves, 1-0

R W Smith vs O Sarapu, 1978
(A04) Reti Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

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