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Players List

No  Name                 Feder Loc 

1.  Xie, George          NSW   2424
2.  Brown, Andrew        ACT   2253
3.  Smirnov, Anton       NSW   2135
4.  Broekhuyse, Paul     NSW   2096
5.  Watson, James        NSW   2084
6.  Huynh, Arthur        NSW   2037
7.  Champion, Patrick    NSW   1964
8.  Gu, Sean             NSW   1948
9.  Cabilin, Jeff        NSW   1915
10. Kuan, Julian         NSW   1897
11. Bolens, Johny        NSW   1888
12. Rewais, Sarwat       NSW   1855
13. Rowlison, Colin N    NSW   1767
14. Gerges, Fady         NSW   1763
15. Rachmadi, Herman     NSW   1763
16. Bogdanoski, Petre    NSW   1741
17. Buciu, Aurel-John    QLD   1665
18. Dutta, Rishi         NSW   1644
19. Visser, Johan        OS    1636
20. Vuglar, Shanon       ACT   1605
21. Ingham, Glenn        ACT   1581
22. Greenwood, Norman    NSW   1515
23. Willathgamuwa, Rowan NSW   1515
24. Ngo, Michael         NSW   1439
25. Clark, Neil          NSW   1431
26. Willathgamuwa, Kevin NSW   1430
27. Banicevic, Roy       NSW   1387
28. Tracey, Michael J    NSW   1386
29. Patterson, Mark      ACT   1369
30. Weltner, Michael     NSW   1346
31. Fernandez, Nick      NSW   1269
32. Shaw, Ralph          NSW   1236
33. Zaman, Selim         NSW   1210
34. Gergis, Steven       NSW   1193
35. Burke, Matthew       NSW       
36. Harman, Jerome       NSW       
37. Minor, Harry         NSW       
38. Nagel, Anne          NSW       
39. Xuan, Thomas         NSW       

Standings

Place Name                 Feder Loc  Score

  1   Brown, Andrew        ACT   2253 6    
 2-4  Xie, George          NSW   2424 5.5  
      Broekhuyse, Paul     NSW   2096 5.5  
      Kuan, Julian         NSW   1897 5.5  
  5   Champion, Patrick    NSW   1964 5    
 6-9  Huynh, Arthur        NSW   2037 4.5  
      Cabilin, Jeff        NSW   1915 4.5  
      Rowlison, Colin N    NSW   1767 4.5  
      Buciu, Aurel-John    QLD   1665 4.5  
10-17 Watson, James        NSW   2084 4    
      Rewais, Sarwat       NSW   1855 4    
      Smirnov, Anton       NSW   2135 4    
      Rachmadi, Herman     NSW   1763 4    
      Willathgamuwa, Rowan NSW   1515 4    
      Gu, Sean             NSW   1948 4    
      Dutta, Rishi         NSW   1644 4    
      Bolens, Johny        NSW   1888 4    
18-22 Banicevic, Roy       NSW   1387 3.5  
      Vuglar, Shanon       ACT   1605 3.5  
      Harman, Jerome       NSW        3.5  
      Minor, Harry         NSW        3.5  
      Nagel, Anne          NSW        3.5  
23-30 Burke, Matthew       NSW        3    
      Greenwood, Norman    NSW   1515 3    
      Visser, Johan        OS    1636 3    
      Gerges, Fady         NSW   1763 3    
      Shaw, Ralph          NSW   1236 3    
      Willathgamuwa, Kevin NSW   1430 3    
      Gergis, Steven       NSW   1193 3    
      Ingham, Glenn        ACT   1581 3    
31-32 Ngo, Michael         NSW   1439 2.5  
      Patterson, Mark      ACT   1369 2.5  
33-37 Clark, Neil          NSW   1431 2    
      Weltner, Michael     NSW   1346 2    
      Tracey, Michael J    NSW   1386 2    
      Fernandez, Nick      NSW   1269 2    
      Xuan, Thomas         NSW        2    
 38   Bogdanoski, Petre    NSW   1741 1    
 39   Zaman, Selim         NSW   1210 0.5  

Crosstable

No Name                 Feder Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7  

1  Brown, Andrew        ACT   2253 6     30:W  8:W 15:W  2:D 10:W 12:W  3:D
2  Xie, George          NSW   2424 5.5   19:W 11:W 10:W  1:D  7:W  3:L  6:W
3  Broekhuyse, Paul     NSW   2096 5.5   31:W 13:D  4:D 26:W  8:W  2:W  1:D
4  Kuan, Julian         NSW   1897 5.5   36:W 37:W  3:D  7:D  6:D 11:W 10:W
5  Champion, Patrick    NSW   1964 5     18:L 17:W 24:W 19:D  9:D 25:W 13:W
6  Huynh, Arthur        NSW   2037 4.5    0:D 22:W 13:W 12:D  4:D  7:W  2:L
7  Cabilin, Jeff        NSW   1915 4.5   34:W 18:W 12:W  4:D  2:L  6:L 20:W
8  Rowlison, Colin N    NSW   1767 4.5   39:W  1:L 33:W 37:W  3:L 18:W  9:D
9  Buciu, Aurel-John    QLD   1665 4.5   21:L 35:W 23:D 38:W  5:D 14:W  8:D
10 Watson, James        NSW   2084 4     33:W 38:W  2:L 25:W  1:L 16:W  4:L
11 Rewais, Sarwat       NSW   1855 4     27:W  2:L 14:W 18:D 19:W  4:L 12:D
12 Smirnov, Anton       NSW   2135 4     24:W 26:W  7:L  6:D 20:W  1:L 11:D
13 Rachmadi, Herman     NSW   1763 4     23:W  3:D  6:L  0:D 28:W 24:W  5:L
14 Willathgamuwa, Rowan NSW   1515 4      0:D  0:D 11:L 27:W 26:W  9:L 25:W
15 Gu, Sean             NSW   1948 4     35:W 21:W  1:L 20:D 18:L 19:D 24:W
16 Dutta, Rishi         NSW   1644 4     22:L 32:W 20:L 34:W 23:W 10:L 18:W
17 Bolens, Johny        NSW   1888 4      0:D  5:L 31:L  0:D 33:W 27:W 23:W
18 Banicevic, Roy       NSW   1387 3.5    5:W  7:L 38:W 11:D 15:W  8:L 16:L
19 Vuglar, Shanon       ACT   1605 3.5    2:L 34:W 22:W  5:D 11:L 15:D 21:D
20 Harman, Jerome       NSW        3.5   38:L  0:W 16:W 15:D 12:L 30:W  7:L
21 Minor, Harry         NSW        3.5    9:W 15:L 25:L 28:L  0:W 31:W 19:D
22 Nagel, Anne          NSW        3.5   16:W  6:L 19:L 31:W 24:L 33:D 32:W
23 Burke, Matthew       NSW        3     13:L 31:W  9:D  0:D 16:L 26:W 17:L
24 Greenwood, Norman    NSW   1515 3     12:L 27:W  5:L 29:W 22:W 13:L 15:L
25 Visser, Johan        OS    1636 3     37:L 36:W 21:W 10:L 32:W  5:L 14:L
26 Gerges, Fady         NSW   1763 3     29:W 12:L 28:W  3:L 14:L 23:L 39:W
27 Shaw, Ralph          NSW   1236 3     11:L 24:L 35:W 14:L 36:W 17:L  0:W
28 Willathgamuwa, Kevin NSW   1430 3      0:D  0:D 26:L 21:W 13:L 32:D 31:D
29 Gergis, Steven       NSW   1193 3     26:L 33:L  0:W 24:L  0:L 35:W 34:+
30 Ingham, Glenn        ACT   1581 3      1:L 39:W 37:L 32:L 34:W 20:L 33:W
31 Ngo, Michael         NSW   1439 2.5    3:L 23:L 17:W 22:L 38:+ 21:L 28:D
32 Patterson, Mark      ACT   1369 2.5    0:  16:L 36:W 30:W 25:L 28:D 22:L
33 Clark, Neil          NSW   1431 2     10:L 29:W  8:L  0:D 17:L 22:D 30:L
34 Weltner, Michael     NSW   1346 2      7:L 19:L 39:W 16:L 30:L  0:W 29:-
35 Tracey, Michael J    NSW   1386 2     15:L  9:L 27:L  0:D 39:W 29:L 36:D
36 Fernandez, Nick      NSW   1269 2      4:L 25:L 32:L  0:D 27:L 39:W 35:D
37 Xuan, Thomas         NSW        2     25:W  4:L 30:W  8:L  0:   0:   0: 
38 Bogdanoski, Petre    NSW   1741 1     20:W 10:L 18:L  9:L 31:-  0:   0: 
39 Zaman, Selim         NSW   1210 .5     8:L 30:L 34:L  0:D 35:L 36:L 26:L

Reports

2012 St. George Weekender – Perpie The Marathon Man!

by DOP Charles Zworestine

A slightly disappointing field of 39 players fronted up for what was only the second annual St. George August weekender, after the initial event attracted 45 players last year. With many recent events having attracted several players rated over 2000, they were clearly taking a break this weekend – this time there were only 6 of them! Top seeded IM George Xie was challenged by (in seeding order) 2. IM Andrew Brown, 3. 11 year old Anton Smirnov, 4. veteran Paul Broekhuyse, 5. James Watson (visiting from the ACT) and 6. late entry Arthur Huynh. They all played at the standard weekender time controls of 1 hour plus 10 seconds per move from the start (Fischer), in a cosy little alcove room downstairs at St. George Leagues Club. How would they all fare: would George’s experience prevail, or would he be trumped once again by a youngster?

Round 1 saw most results go according to seeding as usual, with the exception of a few unrated players registering victories on the bottom three boards. Sarwat Rewais had to struggle against Ralph Shaw, eventually winning what should have been a drawn king and pawn ending; and Roy Banicevic upset Patrick Champion with superior king activity after fighting back in an endgame where he started a pawn down! Round 2 again saw few upsets, George Xie sacrificing a piece to defeat Sarwat Rewais via doubled rooks on the seventh rank forcing mate. Paul Broekhuyse saw no plan as Black in his King’s Indian, and so agreed a fairly early draw with Herman Rachmadi. Andrew Brown was the last game to finish, winning rather luckily in a messy game against Colin Rowlison after at one stage being a piece for two pawns down in an ending.

George Xie’s positional exchange sacrifice proved decisive against James Watson on top board in Round 3, the IM duly proving triumphant with a dominant knight! Andrew “Perpie” Brown, our other IM, had to struggle manfully before overcoming Sean Gu on Board 2, a very double edged queen and rook ending turning in Perpie’s favour when Sean blundered a rook due to a skewering tactic. Poor Anton Smirnov made an even worse blunder, popping his queen to suffer an upset loss to Jeff Cabilin. Blunders seemed to be the order of the day this round, Rishi Dutta blundering a rook to suffer a lengthy upset loss against Jerome Harman after Johny Bolens had also blundered to be upset by Michael Ngo. This all left us with 3 joint leaders on 3/3: George, Perpie and Jeff Cabilin. Julian Kuan continued a good event for him when he drew with Paul Broekhuyse; he was joined on 2.5/3 by Arthur Huynh, who beat Herman Rachmadi.

The battle between the top seeds occurred relatively early in this event, on top board in Round 4; and what a battle royale it was! Andrew, as Black, achieved a positional advantage, eventually reaching an ending with good knight against bad bishop; but George is nothing if not a fighter, and he sacrificed two pawns to force connected passed c and d pawns which he then began to charge at Perpie’s king. Responding by racing his own passed h pawn down the board, Andrew should have been winning; but in time pressure he missed on key pawn move, and George somehow managed to liquidate to a drawn ending. Amazingly this was one of six draws on the top 8 boards, Anton drawing a bishop ending where Arthur Huynh’s extra pawn was meaningless (it was doubled) after Julian Kuan and Jeff Cabilin had drawn on Board 3. Other upsets saw Shanon Vuglar draw with Patrick Champion, Jerome Harman draw with Sean Gu, Roy Banicevic draw with Sarwat Rewais and Mark Patterson defeat fellow Canberran Glenn Ingham. All of this left us with three joint leaders on 3.5/4, George, Andrew and Jeff Cabilin; and with five players on 3/4 just half a point behind, a very exciting Sunday was in prospect!


Certainly Round 5 produced excitement, as Jeff made George fight on Board 1; he made the right decision to sacrifice queen for rook and knight, but took too long to do so and later lost the game due to omitting one key pawn move. Meanwhile Perpie and James Watson got down to less than a minute each on Board 2; Andrew then won their bullet game despite missing a winning tactic, instead reaching a king and pawn ending a pawn ahead to prevail. So George and Andrew still shared the lead on 4.5/5, from Paul Broekhuyse alone on 4/5 after he beat Colin Rowlison. Among six players on 3.5/5 were Arthur Huynh and Julian Kuan, Arthur perhaps lucky to draw with Julian in a tricky rook ending. The others on this score were Jeff, Anton Smirnov (attacked well to beat Jerome Harman), Sarwat Rewais (won a tough battle in an ending against Shanon Vuglar) and surprise packet Roy Banicevic, who upset Sean Gu in yet another rook endgame.

A startling upset on top board saw Paul Broekhuyse stun George Xie, the IM falling victim to a crushing attack after an inaccurate bishop move on move 27 (Bc1 was correct) left him in a lost position (see game below). Andrew Brown was thus able to take the outright lead on 5.5/6 after another lucky win, this one over Anton Smirnov in the last game to finish. Having sacrificed an exchange for two pawns, Perpie found himself in a probably equal ending but with way less time than his opponent; so he was thrilled when Anton, trying to blitz him, blundered a rook to a skewer and lost instead! Paul was half a point further back on 5/6, with George, Arthur Huynh (who won pawns to defeat Jeff Cabilin) and Julian Kuan (who beat Sarwat Rewais) half a point further back. Shanon Vuglar got a draw with Sean Gu in the only other major upset this round.

Xie, G (2424) - Broekhuyse, P (2069), St. George Weekender Round 6, Board 1 26/08/2012
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d4 Bb4 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.e3 Nbd7 8.a4 Qa5 9.Qc2 Ne4 10.Ra3 0–0 11.Bd3 f5 12.0–0 Qd8 13.cxd5 exd5 14.c4 dxc4 15.Bxc4+ Kh8 16.Rd1 Qe7 17.a5 Rb8 18.Rb3 b6 19.Ba3 f4 20.exf4 Rxf4 21.Re3 Bb7 22.Rde1 Ndf6 23.Ng5 Ng4 24.Rxe4 Qxg5 25.Re8+ Rf8 26.Rxb8 Rxb8 27.Bf1 Qf4 28.Bb5 Qxh2+ 29.Kf1 Qxg2+ 30.Ke2 Qxf2+ 31.Kd3 Qxd4+ 32.Ke2 Qf2+ 33.Kd1 Rd8+ 34.Bd3 Ne3+ 0–1

George was worse against Arthur on Board 2 in the final round, a pawn down in an all heavy piece ending; but one careless move left George with forced mate and Arthur very disappointed! George then sat back and awaited the result of the top board game between Andrew and Paul; it was Perpie, so we knew it would be the last game to finish! He had a very slight edge, and kept pushing to try and win knight against bishop; but in the end in his inevitable time pressure he had to settle for a draw. This left him outright winner on 6/7, with Paul and George joined in second place on 5.5/7 by Julian Kuan, who won a queen and pawn ending a pawn ahead to upset James Watson. Patrick Champion was next after winning pawns to defeat Herman Rachmadi. Upsets saw Sarwat Rewais draw an ending with Anton Smirnov, and Rowan Willathgamuwa defeat Johan Visser; Rowan won himself a ratings prize as a result.

Prize List: 1st IM Andrew Brown 6/7; = 2nd IM George Xie, Paul Broekhuyse, Julian Kuan 5.5; 5th Patrick Champion 5; = 6th Arthur Huynh, Jeff Cabilin 4.5; = 1st U1800-1600 Colin Rowlison, Aurel-John Buciu 4.5; = 3rd U1800-1600 Herman Rachmadi, Rishi Dutta 4; 1st U1600-1400 Rowan Willathgamuwa 4; 1st U1400 Roy Banicevic 3.5; = 2nd U1600-1400 Glenn Ingham, Norm Greenwood, Kevin Willathgamuwa 3; = 2nd U1400 Ralph Shaw, Steven Gergis 3.

 
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