Report – 14 December 2014

 

Queensland Teams Championships 2014

Venue: St Joseph’s Primary School, Bracken Ridge

 

The six players representing The Gap (with the trophies!)

 

 

The Gap fielded a team for the first time since 2005 and performed with credit to finish seventh from a field of nine teams.

 

Credit also goes to the Chess Association of Queensland for the decision to require teams to field six players.

The table below shows the wisdom of this decision, with a record field of nine teams participating.

 

Year

Entries

Players per team

Format

2002

7

8

Round-robin

2003

5

8

Round-robin

2004

3

8

Double round-robin

2005

7

8

Round-robin

2006

5

8

Round-robin

2007

6

8

Round-robin

2008

4

8

Double round-robin

2009

4

8

Double round-robin

2010

3

6

Double round-robin

2011

4

8

Double round-robin

2012

5

8

Round-robin

2013

4

8

Double round-robin

2014

9

6

Round-robin

 

The Gap were not mismatched to the extent of our previous adventures in this tournament, winning two fixtures, achieving equality in another, and losing to the five teams with a higher average rating.

The Gap’s final score was 24.5 from 54 (including a 6 point bye in Round 2).

Going into the tournament, the club’s two main objectives (modest as they were) were achieved: (1) To avoid a 6-0 team loss; (2) For each player to avoid losing all eight games.

 

Time Controls: 10 minutes plus 5 second increment

Opponent

Games Played

Match Result

W

D

L

Park Road

0

1

5

Lost

BYE

6

0

0

Massive win!

The Super Zhongs

3

0

3

Drew

Logan

4

1

1

Won

The Double Kays

4

2

0

Won

Gene’s Gold Coasters

1

0

5

Lost

Bullwinkle

0

2

4

Lost

Redcliffe

1

1

4

Lost

Excessive Epicness

2

0

4

Lost

TOTAL

21

7

26

7th from 9 teams

 

Board

Name

Dec Rating

Won

Drawn

Lost

Average rating of opponents

1

Andrew Mather

1808

4

1

3

1797.3

2

Andrew Robinson

1675

2

2

4

1682.6

3

Marcus Porter

1633

4

2

2

1582.8

4

Tony Morris

1314

1

2

5

1479.6

5

Joshua Morris

1298

2

0

6

1235.7

6

Shane Mather

Unrated

2

0

6

1391.0

 

Bye

 

6

0

0

 

 

TOTAL

 

21

7

26

 

 

Round 1

After this opening fixture it seemed The Gap was in for a long day, achieving just a half point in a disappointing showing where opportunities were missed.

The Gap’s only glimmer was on board two where a draw was recovered from a lost game, after two pawns were lost in the opening.

However ex-Gap player Stuart Holt found it hard to put away his opponent in time trouble, and with queens and pawns left and a draw on repetition looming, Andrew checking Stuart’s king, and Stuart down to five seconds, Stuart agreed to a draw

 

Round 2

An undoubted highlight for The Gap. A clean 6-0 sweep!

 

Round 3

The Gap achieved wins on the top three boards, but were again disappointing on the bottom three boards where advantages were gained, but not capitalised on with errors in the endgames and in time trouble.

 

Round 4

The Gap did well against Logan losing just one game and drawing another for a 4.5-1.5 result.

Considering The Gap lost 8-0 to Logan in the 2005 edition of this event, this was a massive improvement for The Gap.

The Gap edged Logan 4.5-3.5 in the 2002 edition, and when all the results are taken into account it could be said the relative strengths of the two clubs is quite even when averaged out over the past decade.

 

Round 5

With a large rating advantage, The Gap was able to remain undefeated in this round.

Andrew Robinson seemed to have a lost game, however his opponent was in time trouble and blundered his queen to concede the game.

Marcus Porter perhaps could have found an easy route to win his game, however he could not pass up the opportunity to win with three pieces against a queen.

This proved to be an error of judgement for Marcus when he dropped a piece, and then had to hold on for a draw with his remaining two pieces and pawn well connected.

 

Round 6

The Gap was outclassed against Gold Coast, and it was only Marcus who shone with a win against Oleg Korenevski on Board 3.

 

Round 7

Against our regular interclub opponents Bullwinkle, it was again our top boards who rescued us from oblivion, with Andrew Mather and Marcus Porter achieving meritorious draws.

 

Round 8

The Gap’s previous encounters with Redcliffe in 2002 and 2005 had both finished in 1-7 losses, so a win and a draw was considered an improvement against an always strong opponent.

Redcliffe’s team was a mix of youth and experience, with their top board Tony Truscott a long time on the Queensland chess scene as evidenced by the December 1970 ACF ratings list.

 

Round 9

The final round was significant for Tony’s win over Nathaniel Anderson, his first win of the day (although he also achieved two draws).

Two wins from six was about par against a group of players who outrated us on every board except the top board.

 

 

The Gap Chess Club 

Round 1: Park Road

Round 3: Super Zhongs

Round 4: Logan

Round 5: Double Kays

Board

 

Rating

Opponent

Rating

Result

Opponent

Rating

Result

Opponent

Rating

Result

Opponent

Rating

Result

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Mather, Andrew

1808!!

Pardoen, Alain

1820!

L

Zhong, Tony

1689!!

W

Warta, George

1553!!

W

Kay, James

1473!!

W

2

Robinson, Andrew

1671!

Holt, Stuart

1627!!

D

Ostapenko, Michael

1414!!

W

Bennet, Phil

1468?

D

Turner, Justin

1431!

W

3

Porter, Marcus

1633!!

Esmaili, Ali

1615!

L

Lee, Leon

1410!!

W

Flynn, Chris

1345!!

W

Sands, Gary

1173!

D

4

Morris, Tony

1314

Keller, Magnus

3g

L

Wang, Jason

1401!!

L

Wycha, Joe

1223??

L

Laczko, Anastasia

972!

D

5

Morris, Joshua

1298!

Jones, Philip

unrated

L

Parle, Hughston

1356!!

L

Young, Philip

1081x

W

Kay, Stephanie

292!

W

6

Mather, Shane

New

Gray, David

1324!!

L

Au, Alex

1090!!

L

Alp, Matthew

unrated

W

Harrower, Dianne

1223x

W

 

Average Rating

1544.8

 

1596.5

 

 

1393.3

 

 

1334.0

 

 

1094.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gap Chess Club 

Round 6: Gene's Gold Coasters

Round 7: Bullwinkle

Round 8: Redcliffe

Round 9: Excessive Epicness

Board

 

Rating

Opponent

Rating

Result

Opponent

Rating

Result

Opponent

Rating

Result

Opponent

Rating

Result

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Mather, Andrew

1808!!

Nakauchi, Gene

2207!!

L

Edwards, Jacob

2015!

D

Truscott, Tony

1850

L

Lam, Ross

1771!!

W

2

Robinson, Andrew

1671!

Muller, Jonas

2092!

L

Van Pelt, Michael

1895

L

Maguire, Tom

1768!!

L

Walker, Tyson

1766!!

L

3

Porter, Marcus

1633!!

Korenevski, Oleg

1780!

W

Casey, Kevin

1874

D

Weller, Tony

1739!!

W

Tsai, Charles

1726!!

L

4

Morris, Tony

1314

Kitikov, Oleg

1721

L

Slater-Jones, Tom

1828!!

L

Kershaw, Max

1677?

D

Anderson, Nathaniel

1535x

W

5

Morris, Joshua

1298!

Song, Kevin

1548!

L

Chan, Jason

1258!

L

Long, Sam

1632!

L

Gilpin, Matthew

1483!

L

6

Mather, Shane

New

Ford, Daniel

1523!

L

D'Arcy, Michael

1784!

L

Stokes, Mark

1458!!

L

Therakam, Clint

1335?

L

 

Average Rating

1544.8

 

1811.8

 

 

1775.7

 

 

1687.3

 

 

1602.7

 

 

Results:

 

Courtesy of the CAQ website:

 

The Gap Chess Club’s previous participation in this tournament:

 

 

Queensland Lightning Championships 2014

 

Three players from The Gap competed in the Queensland Lightning Championships which followed the Teams Championships.

 

All performed well, with Andrew Mather doing the best and achieving outright fifth place with 6 points (W5 D2 L2).

Marcus Porter scored 4.5 while Joshua Morris scored 2.5 points from nine games.

 

The talking point of the tournament was Round 7 clash between Tyson Walker and Charles Tsai.

Charles had a massive material advantage and over two minutes left against a lone king, then made an illegal move which lost him the game when Tyson claimed a win.

As the final standings show, this game was pivotal in deciding the final outcome of tournament, with a three-way tie for first eventuating; the winners: Gene Nakauchi, Chares Tsai and Tyson Walker (all on 7 points).

 

It should be noted that while our club has not been able to locate a complete list of Queensland Lightning Champions, it is known from club records that Joe Tarnawski (who came to our club last week) won this tournament in the following years: 1958, 1971, 1972, 1973 (and possibly many more) – also second in 1970 and 1976.

 

 

 

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