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Bobby Cheng
Number of games in database: 34
Years covered: 2005 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2438
Highest rating achieved in database: 2440
Overall record: +15 -11 =8 (55.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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 French Winawer (5) 
    C17 C16 C15
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BOBBY CHENG
(born Mar-20-1997) New Zealand (citizen of Australia)

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FM (2009); IM (2013).

Bobby Cheng gained his FM title when he became the 2009 U12 World Youth Champion. He became an IM when he won his 3rd IM norm at the 2013 Sydney International Open.

Championships

After winning the 2009 U12 World Championship, he won the Australian U18 championship in 2010 and 2011, and then came 5th in the 2011 Oceania Zonal, with 6/9. He came 5th in the 2010 Victorian Championship, won the 2011 edition of that event, came third in 2012 and won the 2013 Victorian Championship with 10/11. In January 2014, he placed a slightly disappointing =5th at the Australian Championship with 7/10.

Classical Tournaments

In June 2010, he won the Victorian Open on tiebreak from Erik O M C Teichmann and a half point ahead of GM David Smerdon. In October he came 4th in the Melbourne Cup Weekender with 6.5/9 and in December 2010 he came in second behind Stephen John Solomon at the Australasian Masters held in Melbourne and =5th at the Canterbury Summer Swiss held in Melbourne. In June 2011, he came in =3rd at the Victoria Open with 5.5/7 and in July 2011, he won the category 2 George Trundle Masters in Auckland, New Zealand with 6.5/9 thereby gaining an IM norm. In October 2011, Cheng took 2nd at the Melbourne Cup Weekender with 7/8, his draw with the winner, GM-elect George Xie Wendi , marring the latter's otherwise perfect result. In December 2011, he came clear 2nd in the 2011 Australasian Masters with 6.5/9 (+6 -2 =1) behind IM James Morris and followed up by starting 2012 with 6/9 in the Queenstown Chess Classic (2012) and 5.5/11 in the Australian Championship.

Since then, he came =3rd at the Ballarat Begonia Open, scored 5/9 at the 2012 Doeberl Premier, placed =4th at the 6th Sydney International Open, =1st at the 2012 Victorian Open and 3rd at the 2012 Victorian Championship. He represented Australia at the World Youth U16 Olympiad, playing board 1 and helping the Australia "A" team to 8th place. He put in strong performances in the Victorian Teams competition (4.5/5) and won the Box Hill Open in October with 6/7. Cheng finished 2012 with a strong =1st placement at the Australian Masters, scoring 6/9 and started 2013 with a stunning outright victory in the Australian Open 2013, with 9.5/11 (including a first round bye), a result that earned him an IM norm, nearly 50 rating points and a position in the top 10 in Australia. 2013 started with Cheng earning his 3rd IM norm - and the IM title - at the Sydney International Open, scoring 5.5/9. Since then he has won the Victorian Championship with 2 rounds to spare, scoring 10/11.

Team events

Cheng played board 1 for Australia at the U16 Olympiads of 2012 and 2013, the team placing 8th and 9th respectively.

Rating

Cheng's standard rating as of 1 April 2014 was 2438, making him Australia's #1 Junior (U20); he is also ranked #5 overall in Australia and is the #4 U18 in the Asian region. His rapid rating is 2349 and his blitz rating 2446.

Photo: http://www.google.com.au/imgres?q=b...; Wikipedia article: Bobby Cheng


 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 34  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. B Cheng vs N Abasov 0-164 2005 Wch U10D85 Grunfeld
2. B Cheng vs G Thornton 1-024 2007 North Island ChD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. R Taylor vs B Cheng 1-035 2007 30th Waitakere Trust Open TtB40 Sicilian
4. B Cheng vs D Eade 0-124 2007 North Island ChE70 King's Indian
5. M Krstev vs B Cheng  1-059 2007 North Island ChD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. K Shiven vs B Cheng  1-045 2008 Open 12-wyccB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
7. L Sandler vs B Cheng  0-139 2008 Geelong OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
8. B Cheng vs R Hart  1-023 2010 5th George Trundle NZ MastersA04 Reti Opening
9. B Cheng vs M Steadman  0-163 2010 5th George Trundle NZ MastersA84 Dutch
10. D Shen vs B Cheng  ½-½31 2010 5th George Trundle NZ MastersC17 French, Winawer, Advance
11. H Van Riemsdijk vs B Cheng  0-144 2010 5th George Trundle NZ MastersC05 French, Tarrasch
12. B R Watson vs B Cheng  ½-½49 2010 5th George Trundle NZ MastersA14 English
13. B Cheng vs G West  0-149 2010 5th George Trundle NZ MastersA57 Benko Gambit
14. B Cheng vs S J Solomon  0-143 2010 5th George Trundle NZ MastersD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. R W Smith vs B Cheng  ½-½32 2010 5th George Trundle NZ MastersC17 French, Winawer, Advance
16. G Thornton vs B Cheng  0-174 2010 5th George Trundle NZ MastersA10 English
17. I Goldenberg vs B Cheng  ½-½19 2011 George Trundle NZ Masters TtA13 English
18. B Cheng vs A Krstev  1-051 2011 George Trundle NZ Masters TtC00 French Defense
19. B Cheng vs B R Watson  ½-½9 2011 George Trundle NZ Masters TtE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. M Illingworth vs B Cheng 0-154 2011 George Trundle NZ Masters TtC03 French, Tarrasch
21. R W Smith vs B Cheng  ½-½45 2011 George Trundle NZ Masters TtC16 French, Winawer
22. B Cheng vs D K Johansen  ½-½27 2011 George Trundle NZ Masters TtD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. B Cheng vs M Steadman  1-030 2011 George Trundle NZ Masters TtA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. D Shen vs B Cheng  0-157 2011 _Geo_Trundle_IMC17 French, Winawer, Advance
25. P K Chan vs B Cheng  ½-½35 2011 George Trundle NZ Masters TtA90 Dutch
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 34  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-03-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Just found this game on the Australian Chess website.

Bobby Cheng defeated top seed IM Leonid Sandler in the fourth round of the Geelong open in July.

Leonid Sandler (2282) - Bobby Cheng (1958) [D38]
Geelong Open (4.1) 20/07/2008

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.Ne5 Bd7 7.Nxc6 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Bxc6 9.Qb3 dxc4 10.Qxc4 Ne4 11.Bf4 Qf6 12.Bg3 0-0-0 13.e3 h5 14.f3 Nxg3 15.hxg3 e5 16.Kf2 g5 17.Be2 e4 18.f4 h4 19.Bg4+ Bd7 20.Bxd7+ Rxd7 21.Ke2 hxg3 22.Qc5 gxf4 23.exf4 Qa6+ 24.c4 Rhd8 24...Rxh1! 25.Rxh1 Qxa2+ 26.Ke3 Qf2+ 27.Kxe4 Qxg2+ 25.Rhd1 f5 26.Rd2 Rd5 27.Qb4 c5 28.Qb5 Qxb5 29.cxb5 cxd4 30.a4 Kc7 31.Rh1 Rc5 32.Rh7+ Kb6 33.Rg7 Rc3 34.a5+ Kxa5 35.Rxb7 d3+ 36.Ke3 Rc1 37.Ra2+ Kb4 38.Kd2 Rg1 39.Rb2+ Ka3 0-1

Nov-23-09  brucejavier: congrats on becomin under 12 world champ, keep it up!!
Nov-23-09  Ladolcevita: My mother's last name is also Cheng...
Nov-27-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: Yes, excellent result: I think the first Kiwi to win a world champ

On ChessChat, a post said:

A special thank you to Bobby's New Zealand coach, FM Ewen McGowen Green, who not only got Bobby on the right track since 2005, but also have been supporting and helping Bobby after we left NZ. Even to the last round of this tournament, Bobby was still practicing his planned opening lines with Ewen on ICC. It might be sad for the Kiwis to lose young talents like Raymond Song, Jack and Harry Ruan, but I think Bobby's victory is in part a New Zealand victory as well.

Nov-30-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Yes Ewen and Bruce Wheeler of ACC (Auckland Chess Centre) coached him. It is part a NZ-Australian and a Chinese Victory! A really international world now!

But we need more of his recent games up on here not only all my wins! (in standrd chess I had about 3 wins and one draw v Bobby - but he was a tough opponent even when he was 8 or 9!!!) He played at least one great game at the World Juniors... Mind you players these days are paranoid about showing their openings - but a confidant player lets SOME of his/her secrets out though!

How is Harry Ruan doing?

Jul-05-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: I can see Ewen Green dancing in the streets soon.

:)

Bobby Cheng beat IM Herman van Riemsdijk today in the third round of the George Trundle New Zealand Masters. I've uploaded the game into the database but if you can't wait for it to appear here is a sneak preview.

[Event "5th George Trundle NZ Masters"]
[Site "Auckland, NZ"]
[Date "2010.07.05"]
[Round "3"]
[White "van Riemsdijk, Herman"]
[Black "Cheng, Bobby"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C06"]
[WhiteElo "2416"]
[BlackElo "2332"]
[PlyCount "88"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3
c5 6.c3 b6 7.Nh3 Ba6 8.Bxa6 Nxa6 9.Qe2 Nab8
10.Nf4 Nc6 11.Nf3 a6 12.O-O Be7 13.c4 dxc4 14.d5
exd5 15.e6 O-O 16.exd7 Qxd7 17.Rd1 d4 18.Qxc4 Rfd8
19.b3 Bd6 20.a3 b5 21.Qc2 Rac8 22.h3 h6 23.Bd2
Ne5 24.Nxe5 Bxe5 25.Nd3 Bf6 26.Nxc5 d3 27.Qc1 Qd5
28.b4 Bxa1 29.Qxa1 Rc6 30.Be3 Rg6 31.g3 Qf5 32.Kh2
d2 33.Qa2 Qf3 34.Rxd2 Rgd6 35.Nb3 Rxd2 36.Nxd2 Qe2
37.g4 Rd3 38.Kg3 Qd1 39.Kg2 Qe2 40.Kg3 Qe1 41.Nf3
Rxe3 42.Qc2 Rc3 43.Qb2 Qg1+ 44.Kf4 Qc1+ 0-1

A great game and result for Bobby.

Dec-12-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Herman shouldn't have lost that game Paul - Bobby was a bit lucky Herman blundered. 41 Nf3??. (Position was = I think). But once he lost material from the opening Bobby certainly played well and put pressure on Herman.

But Bobby is doing well in the Australian Masters right now (12/12/2010).

From his results, it looks as though he will get an IM norm. He may become an IM this year or next when he will be 15. That is pretty good going.

Apr-01-11  ozmikey: I recently came back from a trip to Melbourne with some of the kids from my school, who were taking on the students of Melbourne High in a series of sporting/cultural contests. Although we eventually won the chess (it was a 4 player each side Scheveningen event), Bobby was absolutely unstoppable for them. Won all four of his games and was razor-sharp in the post-game analyses. This kid is frighteningly good.
Jan-31-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Bobby Sky Cheng Any relation?
May-01-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Benzol>

Same person: http://chesskids.com.au/2009/12/wor...

I've sent a correction slip to admin.

May-02-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Thanks <twinlark>.

:)

Jan-12-13  ozmikey: Bobby is a point clear of the field heading into the last round of the Australian Open, ahead of several grandmasters:

https://sites.google.com/site/2013o...

Jan-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: So he has at least an IM norm, now?
Jan-12-13  Colonel Mortimer: I achieved a draw with Bobby in standard time controls. A pathetic performance by myself as I had a winning position out of the opening.

But God he was sharp (I think 9/10 years old when I played him - actually probably younger).

Jan-14-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: Video annotation of Bobby's game vs a Top 100 GM in the Australian Open 2013 :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v538...

Jan-14-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Wild Bill: Thank you, kingscrusher. I watched it last night on your channel. I was thinking, "Wow! another 15-year-old named Bobby."
Jan-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Chessbase has some coverage here: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...
Jan-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Cheng already has at least 1 IM norm. I'm not sure if he played the required number of titled players for this to be another IM or possibly GM norm. If so, it hasn't been submitted to FIDE yet: http://ratings.fide.com/title_norms...
Apr-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: He is an IM now. Congratulations are sent.
Apr-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Soembody needs to upload more of his wins / games vs. stronger players / more recent games etc on here.
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