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New Zealand Open Tournament

Gawain Jones7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Ju Wenjun7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Qun Ma7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Nigel Short7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Alexandr Fier6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Matthieu Cornette6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Deimante Daulyte-Cornette6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Aleksei Kulashko6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Michael Steadman6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Nino Maisuradze6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Thorben Koop6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Matthew Drummond6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Russell John Dive5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Scott Wastney5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Anthony F Ker5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Richard Anthony Dowden5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Robert Wayne Smith5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Heather S Richards5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Ben Hague5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Paul Anthony Garbett5/9(+5 -4 =0)[games]
Leonard J McLaren5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Reyk Schaefer5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Mark Fredrick Noble5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Eric Moskow5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Hans Gao5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Edward Rains5/9(+5 -4 =0)[games]
John Duneas5/9(+5 -4 =0)[games]
Roger Lindsay Perry5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Layla Timergazi4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Leo Zhang4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Alphaeus Wei Ern Ang4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Shenyue Li4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
* (66 players total; 34 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
New Zealand Open (2016)

Played in Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand 2-10 January 2016. Official site: Crosstable:

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 292  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Short vs W Li 1-0402016New Zealand OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Kim Yew Chan vs G Jones 0-1422016New Zealand OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
3. A Fier vs E Rains  1-0352016New Zealand OpenB27 Sicilian
4. Shenyue Li vs Qun Ma 0-1312016New Zealand OpenB01 Scandinavian
5. M Cornette vs R L Perry  1-0302016New Zealand OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
6. K Zhu vs Ju Wenjun  0-1362016New Zealand OpenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. T Koop vs N Goodhue 1-0302016New Zealand OpenB06 Robatsch
8. L Zhu vs D Daulyte-Cornette  0-1302016New Zealand OpenB32 Sicilian
9. S Wastney vs M Klyszcz  1-0242016New Zealand OpenC00 French Defense
10. W F Forster vs A Kulashko  0-1442016New Zealand OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
11. H Bennett vs N Maisuradze  0-1382016New Zealand OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
12. M Drummond vs J James  0-1382016New Zealand OpenA20 English
13. P Hair vs M Steadman  0-1312016New Zealand OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
14. P Garbett vs B Carpinter  1-0242016New Zealand OpenA36 English
15. C Benson vs M F Noble  0-1242016New Zealand OpenC41 Philidor Defense
16. S Watharow vs R W Smith  0-1472016New Zealand OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. G Thornton vs L Nicholls  1-0342016New Zealand OpenD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. P W Power vs T Reilly  0-1332016New Zealand OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
19. Hans Gao vs R Taylor 1-0312016New Zealand OpenB33 Sicilian
20. L R Jackson vs H Richards  ½-½322016New Zealand OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
21. Alphaeus Wei Ern Ang vs Allen Chi Zhou Fan  ½-½842016New Zealand OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. A Wolstencroft vs R Schaefer  0-1382016New Zealand OpenC41 Philidor Defense
23. E Moskow vs Joy Shu Yan Qin  1-0352016New Zealand OpenA14 English
24. J H Zhang vs J Duneas  0-1592016New Zealand OpenD85 Grunfeld
25. R A Dowden vs C Yan  ½-½232016New Zealand OpenA04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 292  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Benzol: The top ranked New Zealand player in this tourney will become New Zealand Champion for 2016. Aleksei Kulashko, Scott Wastney and Russell Dive are all in the frame. The last round to be played today will be exciting.


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  Benzol: With the defeat by their respective opponents Scott Wastney and Russell Dive have lost the chance to be the NZ Champion. Aleksei Kulashko is still in for first but Michael Steadman and Paul Garbett might also yet get a share of first prize. It will depend on the results of their games. Stay tuned.
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  Benzol: Congratulations to Gawain Jones as the winner of the 2016 New Zealand Open. Top finishers of the New Zealanders were Alexsei Kulashko and Mike Steadman.
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  Richard Taylor: Heather Richards played well. See her game against Leonard McLaren. Hans Gao won the NZ Junior and did quite well in the Open considering he was playing in both.

In the Major Open Fuatai won, but he told me rather sadly that these days he cant see more than 2 moves ahead. I have beaten him a few times, but in those days he was seeing a bit further. He seemed to think it was early aging. But he is only about 43.

It was a tough tourney, almost all the draws I had should have been wins. In one I played a brilliant combiination but failed to keep order on the board. Another I played another excellent combination about 10 or so moves with variations but failed to clinch it. Another I didn't do so well, but I played a brilliant saving move! My opponent had to accept it or he would lose the game. In my last game I castled etc instead of going on the attack and missed winning chances. But I was pretty knackered by the end of the tournament.

Bernard Carpinter (who used to be in the top ranks of NZ Chess) said he would leave off the Seniors as two games a day was too exhausting.

My problem was fatigue and also sometimes in usual or unfamiliar positions in some games I collapsed. But I'm not worried, I didn't do as badly as the Spring Cup where I lost about 4 games to miscalculations or really bad blunders. One game I drew was probably lost. And I felt bad about the game I did win, my opponent, another old codger like me, lost in rather drab, sad way. I went home feeling worse than he probably did!

But overall last year my rating improved.

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> I think you will find that people are massively indifferent to events happening in NZ. This could be a good thing in a way. We are at least able to avoid some of the stupid rules that FIDE impose. Bob Gibbons is a good tournament director, with common sense.

With pitifully small money prizes (probably a good thing) it means it is almost certain no one is cheating. Or if they are, well, good on them. So this time I was able to walk about a lot more than last year. The playing area was larger and so on.

I bought some good chess books from Gambit. I got that newer version of Anand's games, and a few others, one written by Kasparov (early 90s I think) with a lot of his tournament games, and a fascinating old book with interesting endings I can use as a "puzzle book" or to learn endings etc

But Gambit's prices are rather steep overall. But the books were there. I also got a New In Chess.

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  Benzol: <Richard> If you look at some of the kibitzing you'll see some posters do pay attention to tournaments played here. I'm going to come and see you in the not too distant future and I'd like to look over the games you played here.

Did Aleksei Kulashko share the NZ title with Mike Steadman or was there a tie break?

You and I can both sympathise with Bernie Carpinter and Fuatai. Ageing is something you just can't stop.

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  Richard Taylor: Hi <Benzol> I couldn't see any kibitzing except on the GM games etc which were in some cases less interesting.

Yes, come over. I am free of chess for now, or at least official chess.

No, Kulashko and Steadman are joint champions. I was too tired to stay, I was absolutely exhausted. I played a good game against Joy Qin but instead of playing a more active move (I castled and fianchettoed which was good but used up temi) missed the more incisive one, and later missed a possible win, almost certain chance.

I should at least have drawn against Hans Gao and had winning chances against Shenyue where I essayed the sharp From Gambit against her 1. f4 (Birds Opening). Two of the draws I had should have been wins and I made a brilliant saving move with 2 pawns down against one player which forced a draw. Collapsed ridiculously against Mcnabb and Chan. (No idea what I was doing there). Despite this feel reasnonably happy with my result of 3 as I didn't make any howlers as I have been prone to in recent times...not any big ones in any case.

Steadman was on a roll. Short simply shut Kulasko down with that python like Maroczy system that Carlsen et al use sometimes. I have used it and had it against me it is very hard to generate counter play.

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  Benzol: Link to prizes and tournament conditions

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  HeMateMe: Is Kulashko an immigrant from Russia or Ukraine?
Jan-11-16  Aaron Wang: I think Russia...
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  HeMateMe: looks like Short has a loss up there. Who beat him?
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  Benzol: <HeMateMe> He got beaten by a cute Chinese GM. See my post on January 4th at the Ju Wenjun forum.
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  HeMateMe: are you implying that Nigel was distracted at the board, by her feminine wiles?
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  thegoodanarchist: Congrats to Gawain Jones for winning the New Zealand Hullabaloo. [Note: That is NOT the official tournament name]
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  Benzol: <HeMateMe> I don't know about Nigel but I would've been.


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  Richard Taylor: Gawain is married to a New Zealand woman. He played well. Both he and Short are big men. Jones has played in NZ tournaments quite a lot. I once asked him about an early a6 I had played against me (by Bruce Wheeler who won that tournament, not the main one, The Qualifiers) in one of the George Trundle tournaments and he was helpful.

He also played in one Waitakare tournament and won.

I like his game he played against Carlsen including a Q sac. It was ingenious. Yes, Carlsen worked it all out, but on another day he might not have been so lucky.

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  perfidious: 'Indifferent'?

What? Who? Wherezat?

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  Domdaniel: <Richard T> As <perf> just said, "Indifferent? No!"

Some of us like to keep an eye on NZ.
I know that Na Zillun can seem remote and isolated ... but some people like an isolani.

For what it's worth, Ireland also feels as if it's out of the mainstream. Maybe geographically closer, but still insular.

Anyhow, games of chess on the interweb have no real location.

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  Richard Taylor: <Domdaniel: <Richard T> As <perf> just said, "Indifferent? No!" Some of us like to keep an eye on NZ.
I know that Na Zillun can seem remote and isolated ... but some people like an isolani.

For what it's worth, Ireland also feels as if it's out of the mainstream. Maybe geographically closer, but still insular.

Anyhow, games of chess on the interweb have no real location.>

Yes, nationalities and nationalism for me are problematic. Just got my car assesed by a Tonga mechanic where they were all talking Tongan (all nice people) then around the corner for tyres fitted by Arabs all talking flat stick in Arabic (or Iranian or whatever) and one Maori fellow I think, all good people. The world isn't the one Trump and his mate Big Pawn imagine...It is actually complex! The little people do matter, or we can claim that....something like that. Ireland has had a rough deal. But Alexander, now he was a great chess player, but was in the COHHQ with Turing so not much chance to clash with Botty who he beat...and Bot said he was one of the greatest....

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  Richard Taylor: I'm playing in the Oceania Zonal. Of course the Tata Steel will take centre stage as this is the season of chess tournaments. Starts (soon) on the 14th Jan goes to the 2oth Jan. Nine rounds. One GM, several IMs and FMs etc and a women's group. Here is a link to it, hopefully some games will be live and there will be PGNs easily available.

relevant links:



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  perfidious: <Richard....Yes, nationalities and nationalism for me are problematic....>

The place where all this falls down for me is the willingness of people throughout history to shunt those whom they consider 'different' in some way to the sidelines of life, if not behave in unspeakable fashion to them.

<....The world isn't the one Trump and his mate Big Pawn imagine...It is actually complex!>

Perhaps we all tend to simplify things in some way or other to get on in the world, but there are so many shades of grey that it is a fool's errand to treat everything and everyone in such a simplistic manner.

<....The little people do matter, or we can claim that....something like that....>

A novel I read long ago claimed that one can learn a great deal about a person by watching his/her treatment of waiters and other service people.

In my opinion, that view has a lot going for it.

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