Report – 11 September 2015

 

Allegro Tournament

 

Results:

Andrew Mather 2 Joshua Morris 0

John Ryland 2 James Hiller 0

Shane Mather 2 Martin Laizans 0

Nathan Key 2 Adam Morris 0

Andrew RobinsonTony Morris ˝

Metin Ozaslan 2 Brian Willcock 0

Shane Mather 2 John Ryland 0

 

Seeds one and three by rating order clashed in a match-up likely to have a significant bearing on the final outcome of the tournament, even at this early stage.

Andrew Mather won both games, and said both were wild tactical games more suited to Joshua’s style of play.

Joshua provided the following detailed report of the games:

Game 1 Andrew Mather – Joshua Morris

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. f4 Bg7

8. Bb5+ Nfd7 9. a4 Na6 10. Nf3 Nc7 11. Bd3 O-O 12. O-O Re8 13. Bd2 a6

14. Be1 Qe7 15. Bh4 Qf8 16. Bg3 f5 17. exf5 gxf5 18. Qc2 Nb6 19. Qb3 Nd7

20. Rfe1 Nf6 21. Rxe8 Nfxe8 22. Re1 Rb8 23. a5 Bd7 24. Na4 Bxa4 25. Qxa4 Bxb2

26. Qc2 Bf6 27. Bxf5 Qg7 28. Bh4 Bxh4 29. Nxh4 Nf6 30. Re3 Kh8 31. Rg3 Qe7

32. h3 Ncxd5 33. Qd2 Nb4 1-0

I can't remember the rest of the game because we both only had <20 seconds each but he attacked my king and I couldn't defend under the time pressure.

Game 2 Joshua Morris – Andrew Mather

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O

8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Be6 11. Kb1 Qc7 12. Nd5 Bxd5 13. exd5 b5

14. Bxb5 a5 15. Bc6 Rab8 16. g4 Rfc8 17. Ba4 Nd7 18. h4 Qc4 19. Bb3 Qa6

20. a4 Nc5 21. h5 Bxd4 22. Qxd4 Nxb3 23. cxb3 Qb6 24. hxg6 fxg6 25. Qe4 e5

26. dxe6 Qxb3 27. Qd4 Rc4 28. Qf6 Rf4 29. Qf7+ Rxf7 30. exf7+ Kxf7 31. Rxh7+ Kg8 0-1

I just missed Rf4 and I think I had a winning attack somewhere.

 

In another significant set of games, Tony Morris dominated the openings of both games against Andrew Robinson.

In the first game, playing with white Tony was so far ahead that his opponent was forced to concede the exchange to avoid checkmate.

Playing on, Tony attempted to consolidate positional advantage by avoiding exchange of pieces.

Then with time trouble looming, Andrew was able to force the recapture of the exchange, and in avoiding this recapture Tony blundered into conceding a rook and the game.

 

In the second game, Andrew’s opening was so terrible that it seemed terminal. However Tony was always half a move short of being able to capitalise on this advantage.

Then in counter-attack, Andrew overlooked a mate-in-two chance (Tony kindly pointed this out later).

Emerging into a bishop and pawns endgame, Andrew missed a move that allowed Tony’ bishop to capture a crucial pawn, and after this he had to scramble to obtain a draw.

 

Shane Mather won both games against Martin, with Martin prematurely resigning in the second game, thinking he couldn't take a piece back because of a pin when he could just take the piece with a pawn.

 

John won both games against James to record a significant set of victories and move up towards mid-table in the standings.

 

Allegro Tournament 2015: Current standings

All players to play 30 games

No.

NAME

POINTS

PLAYED

1

Andrew Robinson

5.5

6

2

Nathan Key

5.5

6

3

Metin Ozaslan

4.5

6

4

Shane Mather

4.0

4

5

Joshua Morris

3.0

6

6

Martin Laizans

3.0

6

7

Tony Morris

2.5

6

8

Andrew Mather

2.0

2

9

John Ryland

2.0

6

10

James Hiller

2.0

6

11

Adam Morris

2.0

6

12

Stefan Flanigan

0.0

0

13

Joe Curtain

0.0

2

14

Nick Petrie

0.0

2

15

Brian Willcock

0.0

4

16

Jim Petrie

0.0

4

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