Thursday, 27 January 2011

2011 Oceania Zonal Day 3

Today saw the 4th round of the 2011 Oceania Zonal, and GM Zong Yuan Zhao is the only player left on a perfect score. He beat IM Gary Lane in 40 moves, while the other round 3 leader, Andrew Brown, lost to Sydney FM Max Illingworth. Illingworth and Zhao play in tomorrows morning round on the top board.
As for the rest of the field, the race for first (or for various titles) is still wide open, with 13 players on 3/4. One of these players is GM David Smerdon who won an interesting game against Stephen Lukey. After playing his opening moves quite quickly, he slowed down around move 13 as Lukey kept the position under control. However a pawn grabbing excursion with the queen not only lost Lukey some time, but created an unbalanced position which allowed Smerdon to whip up a decisive attack.

Smerdon,David C (2531) - Lukey,Stephen G (2244) [C17]
Oceania Zonal Rotorua (4.6), 27.01.2011

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Bd2 Ne7 6.Nb5 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 0-0 8.f4 a6 9.Nd6 cxd4 10.Nf3 Nbc6 11.Bd3 f6 12.0-0 fxe5 13.fxe5 Nf5 14.Bxf5 exf5 15.Qf4 Qb6 16.Kh1 h6 17.h4 Be6 18.Rad1 Qxb2 19.Rb1 Qxa2 (D)
20.Rxb7 Rab8 21.Rc7 Rb1 22.Rxb1 Qxb1+ 23.Kh2 Qb6 24.Rb7 Qd8 25.Qg3 Ne7 26.Nxd4 Bd7 27.e6 f4 28.Qg4 h5 29.Qg5 Nc6 30.Rxd7 1-0


Jim said...


I know this maybe considered an odd question but is there a classification of sub-groups to openings such as C17, eg, C17.1?

If not do you know why not?

Paul said...

Always glad to see a French Defense !! :-)

Shaun Press said...

@Jim, not under the ECO system (as far as I am aware). There was an earlier version which had things like A15b but that was superseded in the 1970's (IIRC).
The NIC opening classification system does have them though (eg FR1.2 is the 2.Qe2 line of the French)

Aelfric said...

I thought the French Defense was surrendering immediately

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