Saturday, 4 July 2009

The PNG 1-2

Todays edition of Street Chess saw 75% of the current PNG Olympiad team in action. FM Rupert Jones has spent an extra week in Canberra after the completion of the Zonal on the Gold Coast, and joined myself and Craig Skehan in the 19 player field.
We were a little fortunate that players like David Smerdon and Endre Ambrus were otherwise engaged, but still we managed to do PNG chess proud. Enjoying the rare opportunity to play Street Chess from round 1 (I'm normally chess coaching until midday on Saturdays), I started with 6 wins before drawing my final game. Rupert Jones had a slower start but managed to take equal second place on 5/7 with a final round draw.
Now if you connect the dots (my last round draw, Rupert's last round draw) you will have guessed it was against each other. It ended in a quick perpetual, but don't try and use this in any of your own games as a way of circumventing any 'no agreed draws in under 175 moves' stipulations as after Black played 7. ... g6 (instead of 7. ... d5) White is just winning.

Press, S v Jones, R
Street Chess, Canberra 2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.dxc3 Be7 6.Nxe5 O-O 7.Qh5 g6 8.Nxg6 hxg6 9.Qxg6+ Kh8 10.Qh6+ Kg8 11.Qg6+ 1/2

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