Sunday, 21 March 2010

Zhao and Xie win Dubbo Open

The top two seeds at the 2010 Dubbo Open ended up sharing the spoils after 6 rounds of enjoyable chess. After starting with 4 wins each they drew their round 5 clash, before both winning in round 6. In the final games GM Zong-Yuan Zhao defeated 3rd seed FM Vladmir Smirnov and IM George Xie defeated WFM Emma Guo. Guo, who was the winner of last years Balyney Open, played both winners during the tournament, and finished on a credible 4/6.
Third place was shared by Smirnov, Nicholas Deen-Cowell and Alana Chibnall on 4.5/6. As it was the 10th Dubbo Open, the organisers had organised a large prize list, which ran all the way doen to 7th, plus various ratings prizes. This meant that there was a huge tie for 6th, including Fritz Van Der Waal, who was crowned NSW Country Champion.
Here is the last round game between Alana Chibnall and Allen Setiabudi, which resulted in Alana grabbing a share of third.

Chibnall,Alana - Setiabudi,Allen [B24]
Dubbo Open, 21.03.2010

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 d6 5.f4 Bd7 6.d3 Nf6 7.Nf3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Ne2 d5 10.e5 Ne8 11.c3 g6 12.g4 Ng7 13.Ng3 b5 14.d4 b4 15.Be3 bxc3 16.bxc3 cxd4 17.cxd4 Na5 18.Nd2 Bb5 19.Rf3 Nc4 20.Nxc4 Bxc4 21.f5 exf5 22.gxf5 Bg5 23.Qd2 Bxe3+ 24.Qxe3 Rb8 25.f6 Ne6 26.Qh6 Qb6 27.Rd1 Bxa2 (D)
28.Nf5 Rb7 29.Rh3 Ng5 30.Qg7# 1-0


Anonymous said...

In the diagram position, Bh3 may be quicker? Pete

Shaun Press said...

It was actually my suggestion as well, but Alana wanted two bites of the cherry, with mates on g7 or h7 (after Rh3).

Alana said...

Wait... after Bh3 can he not just play Rb7 (Bxe6 fxe6)? Don't I still have to go with my Nf5 plan?