Wednesday, 16 March 2011

2011 ANU Masters Round 6

Unlike the last couple of rounds, the 6th round of the 2011 ANU Masters saw a number of upsets and near upsets. Michael Reading decided that his best chance against Andrew Brown was to try and take him apart with a kingside attack, and at one point it looked like it just might work. He sacrificed a piece for a pawn roller aimed at Andrew's king, but in a familiar tale, decided to take material when pushing more pawns was the better strategy. Andrew quickly consolidated and won with a counter attack.
Junta Ikeda went into this round tied for first place with Brown, but in a curious game he was held to a draw by Adrian De Noskowski. Just before the end Ikeda missed a strong continuation that won the exchange, but was still better when the draw was agreed. Alana Chibnall was unlucky not to bag the full point against Andrey Bliznyuk, after launching a very strong attack out of the opening. She was even ahead material, but decided to return some of it to keep the attack going. At the crucial moment she missed the killing move and Bliznyuk was able to make a draw.
Jeremy Reading beat Miles Patterson in a that would horrify the positional purists. Both players castled to compromised kingsides, but it was Reading's attack that won the day. In the final game to finish, Peter Pullicino was able to convert a better position in a double rook ending into a winning rook and pawn ending, although Ian Rout still made him work for the point.
With 3 rounds to go, Andrew Brown leads on 5/6 with Junta Ikeda on 4.5/6

Chibnall,Alana - Bliznyuk,Andrey [B62]
2011 ANU Masters (6), 16.03.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.f4 Be7 9.Qf3 Qb6 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.b3 Qc5 12.Kb2 Bd8 13.e5 dxe5 14.fxe5 0-0 15.Be3 Qa5 16.exf6 Bxf6 17.Bd4 e5 18.Ne4 exd4 19.Nxf6+ Kh8 20.Ne4 c5 21.Bc4 Bb7 22.Qf5 Bxe4 23.Qxe4 Qc3+ 24.Kc1 ½-½

2 comments: said...

How come there is no pgn viewer allowing us to run through these games to see how the games unfolded?

Shaun Press said...

Google does not have a tool native to blogger that allows games to be replayed. You can embed links to other sites which will show re-playable games, but that depends on those sites remaining active. I used to do this (with but not recently. The easiest way to look at the games is to cut and paste the moves into chessbase light or some other game viewer on your computer (it you have the software)