Tuesday, 14 June 2011

2011 NSW Open Final Day

After a dramatic final round, the 2011 NSW Open ended in a tie between FM Junta Ikeda and FM Max Illingworth. Ikeda defeated Pengyu Cheng in the board 2 clash, while Illingworth had the much tougher task of playing GM Zong Yuan Zhao. In a see sawing game, the advantage swung back and forth with both players missing clear winning chances. With spectators crowding around the board, Illingworth looked like he was lost, until a final trick enbled him to salvage a draw, and a share of first place.
Illingworth and Ikeda took home $1250 each, after finishing on 6/7. The draw relegated Zhao to third place, along with IM Gary Lane, IM George Xie, and Armen Avyazyan.
In the Under 1600 event a last round win by Muhamed Buza over Anthony Villanueva left them sharing first place with 6/7. Shannon Vuglar was outright third on 5.5/7, ahead of a 9 way tie for 4th.

Full standings from the Open are available here.

FM Max Illingworth - GM Zong Yuan Zhao
NSW Open 2011

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.c3 c5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Qxf6 10.Nf3 h6 11.0-0 Bd6 12.Ng3 0-0 13.Be3 Rd8 14.Bc2 Nf8 15.Re1 Bd7 16.Rc1 Be8 17.a3 Rac8 18.Ba4 Ng6 19.Qd2 Nge7 20.h3 Bg6 21.Nh2 Rf8 22.Ne2 Qh4 23.Ng4 Bf5 24.f3 Bxg4 25.fxg4 Rf6 26.Rf1 Rcf8 27.Rxf6 Qxf6 28.Bc2 e5 29.Qd3 Rf7 (D) 
30.Qh7+ Kf8 31.Qh8+ Ng8 32.Bh7 exd4 33.Qxg8+ Ke7 34.Nc3 dxc3 35.Re1 Ne5 36.bxc3 Qh4 37.Rb1 b6 38.Rf1 Qg3 39.Rxf7+ Nxf7 40.Bf2 Qxc3 41.g3 Bxg3 42.Qa8 Bxf2+ 43.Kxf2 Qc5+ 44.Kg2 Qxa3 45.Qb7+ Kf6 46.Qxd5 Qb2+ 47.Kh1 Qc1+ 48.Kg2 Qb2+ 49.Kh1 Qc1+ 50.Kg2 Qc7 51.Bg8 g6 52.Qd4+ Qe5 53.Qf2+ Kg5 54.Bxf7 Qe4+ 55.Kh2 Qe5+ 56.Kg1 h5 57.h4+ Kxg4 58.Bxg6 Qg3+ ½-½

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