Patrick Cook (1602) vs Andrew Wemyss (1494)
[Event "FMShield2015"] [Site "Geelong"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Andrew Wemyss"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1602"] [BlackElo "1494"] [ECO "E00"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: Neo-Indian"] {[comments by Patrick Cook.]} 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Nxd5?? {I fell for the "sucker punch" again!! see Patrick Cook vs Joel Beggs 2009 BCC Championship.} Nxd5 7.Bxd8 Bb4+ 8.Qd2 Bxd2+ 9.Kxd2 Kxd8 {I felt like resigning...but it's a team match. Kevin looked at me and said "You can hold it"!} 10.e4 N5b6 11.Bd3 Nf6 12.f3 c6 13.Ne2 Be6 14.b3 Ke7 15.Rac1 Rhd8 16.Rc3 g6 17.g4 Ne8 18.Rhc1 Rac8 19.h3 Ng7 20.Ke3 f5 21.gxf5 gxf5 22.Rg1 Rg8 23.Nf4 fxe4 24.fxe4 Bf7 25.Rcc1 Nh5 26.Ne2 Rxg1 27.Rxg1 Rg8?! {I think it was a mistake for Black to trade both sets of rooks.} 28.Rxg8 Bxg8 29.Nc3 Bf7 30.Kf3 Bg6 31.Ne2 Nd7 32.Nf4 Nxf4 33.Kxf4 h6 34.Be2 Nf6 35.Bf3 Ke6 36.Bg2 b6 37.Bf3 a5 38.Bg2 Bh5 39.a3 Bd1 40.b4 axb4 41.axb4 Nh5+ 42.Ke3 Nf6 43.Kf4 Ne8 44.Bf1 b5 45.d5+! cxd5? {45...Kd6 is better. The pawn swap allows me to escape to a drawn ending.} 46.exd5+ Kxd5 47.Bxb5 Nd6 48.Bd7 Kc4 49.Ke5 Nb5 50.Kf6 {White offered a draw here...Andrew conceded that it might well be, but wanted to see if he could find a win.} Kxb4 51.Kg6 h5 52.Kg5 Nd6! {keeping the Bishop away from e8 and f7.} 53.Be6 {the Bishop is heading for g6 via g8 and h7.} Kc5 54.Bg8 Kd4 55.Kf4! Ne4 56.Bh7 Bc2?! {56...Nf6 keeps winning chances alive.} 57.Bg6 h4 58.Bxe4! {Black offered the draw, since after 58...Bxe4 59.Kg4 followed by 60.Kxh4 is drawn.} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Tim Commons (1192) vs Ben Kersten (1480)
[Event "FMShield2015"] [Site "Geelong"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [White "Tim Commons"] [Black "Ben Kersten"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1192"] [BlackElo "1480"] [ECO "C02"] [Opening "French: Advance, 5.Nf3 Qb6"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bb4+ 8.Nc3 Nge7 9.O-O Nf5 10.Bb5 O-O 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.a3 Be7 13.b4 Ba6 14.Re1 Bc4 15.Na4 Qc7 16.Bg5 a5 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Nc5 Ra7 19.Nd2 {Nxd4 is now appealling but poison} axb4 20.axb4 {Maybe better to take the Bishop (Nxb4)} Bb5 {*Black offers a Draw, which is swiftly but politely declined by White.} 21.Ndb3 Rxa1 22.Qxa1 Qg5 {This move made White a little nervous.} 23.Qc3 h5 24.Nb7 f6 25.Nd6 fxe5 26.Rxe5 Qf6 27.Nxf5 exf5 28.Nc5 Rf7 29.f4 Ra7 30.h3 Ra2 31.Qg3 h4 32.Qf3 g6 33.Ne6 Qf7 34.Ng5 Qf8 35.Qe3 Re2 {Is Rook & Bishop worth the Queen here?} 36.Qa3 Rxe5 37.fxe5 Qe7 38.Qa8+ Kg7 39.Nf3 Qxb4 {Capturing the free pawn Looks attractive but gives White valuable tempo. [Pushing g6 to g3 instead may be much better for Black... ]} 40.Qb7+ Kf8 41.Qc8+ Ke7 42.Qc7+ Ke8 43.Qg7 Qb1+ 44.Kh2 f4 {A cheeky trap that White nearly falls for.. 45.Qxg3+ followed by QxQ!} 45.Nxh4 Qe1 46.Qxg6+ Kd7 47.Qf5+ Kd8 48.Qxf4 Bf1 49.Qf6+ Kc7 50.e6 c5 51.dxc5 Bb5 52.e7 Qe4 53.Qb6+ Kc8 54.Qxb5 Qe5+ 55.g3 Qxe7 56.Qc6+ Kd8 57.Qxd5+ Ke8 58.c6 Qe1 59.Qd7+ Kf8 60.c7 Qf2+ 61.Ng2 {Ballrat's 2015 Reserves Champion takes a scalp and justifies the faith shown in him by his club President Patrick Cook. A tough battle.} {#r} 1-0
Paul Wendrich vs Michael Tausz
[Event "FMShield2015"] [Site "Geelong"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [White "Paul Wendrich"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C26"] [Opening "Vienna: 2...Nf6"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.b3 Bc5 4.Nf3 d6 5.h3 Be6 6.Bb2 O-O 7.d3 Nc6 8.Ne2 Qe7 9.Ng3 Rad8 10.Be2 d5 11.Nf5 Bxf5 12.exf5 e4 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Nh2 exd3 15.Bxd3 Rfe8+ 16.Be2?? {White initially tried to illegally Castle-Out-of-Check! Strictly speaking, he should now have to move the King. Instead, he makes things worse! (comment by Patrick.Cook.)} Nd4 17.Ng4 Qxf5 {Threatens at least NxBe2. If Ne3 then RxNe3, because fxRe3 will be followed by Bb4+.} {#R} 0-1
Owen Courtis (1640) vs Robert Bailey (1635)
[Event "FMShield2015"] [Site "Geelong"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [White "Owen Courtis"] [Black "Robert Bailey"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1640"] [BlackElo "1635"] [ECO "B23"] [Opening "Sicilian: Closed, Grand Prix, 3...d6"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 a6 6.a4 Qc7 7.O-O Nf6 8.Qe1 Nd4 9.Bd3 Nxf3+ 10.Rxf3 Be7 11.b3 Bd7 12.Ba3 Bc6 13.Qe2 O-O-O? {Unnecessarily sharpening and giving the opponent chances. Short castle was simpler. I wanted my rook to hit the d-file in one tempi!} 14.b4?? cxb4 15.Bxb4 Qb6+ 16.Kh1 Qxb4 17.Rb1 Qa5 18.Rff1 Nd7? 19.f5 Ne5 20.Rfc1 Bf6 21.Na2 Nxd3 22.cxd3 exf5 23.Nb4 Qxa4 24.Nxc6 bxc6 25.Rxc6+ Kd7 26.Rcc1 Rb8 27.Ra1?? Bxa1 {#R} 0-1
Chris Segrave (1215) vs Jack Smith
[Event "FMShield2015"] [Site "Geelong "] [Date "2015.08.09"] [White "Chris Segrave"] [Black "Jack Smith"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1215"] [ECO "A49"] [Opening "Neo-King's Indian: Fianchetto System"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.O-O d5 6.Nc3 Bf5 7.e3 Nc6 8.a3 Re8 9.Re1 e5 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Nd4 Qd7 12.Nxf5 Qxf5 13.h3 Rad8 14.Qe2 c6 15.e4 Qe6 16.b3 dxe4 17.Nxe4 Nxe4 18.Bxe4 Nf3+ 19.Qxf3 Bxa1 20.c3 Qxb3 21.Bg5 Qxc3 22.Re3 Qc1+ 23.Kh2 f6 24.Bd5+ cxd5 25.Rxe8+ Rxe8 26.Qxd5+ Kh8 27.Bxc1 b6 28.Qb7 Re2 29.Qc8+ Kg7 30.Qd7+ Kg8 31.Be3 f5 32.Qxa7 Ra2 33.Bxb6 Re2 34.Be3 Be5 35.Qa8+ Kg7 36.Qb7+ Kf6 37.Qc6+ Ke7 38.Kg2 Bf6 39.a4 Ra2 40.Qb7+ Ke8 41.Qb5+ Kf8 42.Qb3 Rb2 43.Qc4 Rb8 44.a5 Ra8 45.a6 Be5 46.Qc5+ Kf7 47.Qxe5 Rxa6 48.Qd5+ Kg7 49.Qd7+ Kf8 50.Bh6+ Kg8 51.Qg7# 1-0
Barbaros Karos (1700) vs Rod Jacobs (1599)
[Event "FMShield2015 "] [Site "Geelong"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [White "Barbaros Karos"] [Black "Rod Jacobs"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1700"] [BlackElo "1599"] [ECO "B01"] [Opening "Scandinavian: Marshall, 4.Nf3"] 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 e6 6.O-O Be7 7.h3 Bh5 8.c4 Nb6 9.Qb3 Nc6 10.Rd1 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Nxd4 12.Qd3 Nxf3+ 13.Qxf3 Qc8 14.Nc3 O-O 15.b3 Bf6 16.Bf4 e5 17.Bd2 c6 18.Ne4 Be7 19.Bc3 Qe6 20.Qg3 f6 21.Qe3 Nd7 22.Rd3 b6 23.b4 a5 24.Qd2 axb4 25.Bxb4 Bxb4 26.Qxb4 c5 27.Qb5 Nb8 28.Rd6 Qf5 29.Ng3 Qc2 30.Rxb6 Rd8 31.a4 Nd7 32.Rb7 Nf8 33.Nf1 Ne6 34.Ne3 Qe4 35.Qb6 Nf4 36.Qc7 Qg6 37.Kh2 Rac8 38.Qb6 Rd2 39.Rf1 Re2 40.g3 Rxe3!! 41.gxf4 Rxh3+!! 42.Kxh3 Qh5+ 43.Kg3 exf4+ 44.Kxf4 Qh4+ 45.Kf3 Qh3+ 46.Ke4 Re8+ {#R} 0-1
Rob Loveband (1607) vs Reza Daneshvar (1657)
[Event "FMShield2015"] [Site "Geelong"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Reza Daneshvar"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1607"] [BlackElo "1657"] [ECO "D35"] [Opening "QGD: Harrwitz Attack"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bf4 Bd6 5.Bxd6 Qxd6 6.Nf3 O-O 7.e3 a6 8.c5 Qe7 9.Bd3 Nbd7 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Nd7 12.O-O Nxe5 13.Bxh7+ Kxh7 14.Qh5+ Kg8 15.Qxe5 Qxc5 16.Rac1 Qd6 17.Qh5 Bd7 18.Rfd1 f5 19.Rd4 Rf6 20.h3 Rh6 21.Qd1 c5 22.Rd2 Bc6 23.e4 d4 24.exf5 exf5 25.Rd3 Rg6 26.g3 Re8 27.Qb3+ Kh8 28.Na4 Qe5 29.Qd1 Qe4 30.f3 Rxg3+ 31.Kf2 Qh4 {#R} 0-1
Michael Sugrue (1922) vs Bas van Riel (1787)
[Event "FMShield2015"] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "0"] [White "Michael Sugrue"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1922"] [BlackElo "1787"] [ECO "B08"] [Opening "Pirc: Classical, 5.Be2"] {584MB, Fritz11.ctg} 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 c5 6.dxc5 Qa5 7.O-O dxc5 8.e5 Ng4 9.Bb5+ Kf8? {I rejected 9...Nc6 because of the ugly, isolated double-pawns after 10.Bxc6, and 9...Bd7 because 10.Bxd6, Nxd7; 11.e6! But Kf8 is the worst of the options.} 10.Bf4 a6 11.Bc4 {From here on, white plays a series of weak moves, eroding his big advantage. 11.Ba4 would have kept the pressure on. 11..b5 would fail on 12.Qd5, Ra7;13.Ng5, Be6;14.Nxe6 etc} Nc6 12.Qd2 {12. Qe1 is better} Bf5! {still black is worse..} 13.Rfe1? {13.Instead 13.h3,Ngxe5;14.Nxe5,Bxe5;15.Bxe5, Nxe5; 16Qh6+, Kg8;17.Rae1,Nc6; 18.Nd5, Qd8; 19.Rxe7! is quite easily won for white} (13.h3 Ngxe5 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.Bxe5 Nxe5 16.Qh6+ Kg8 17.Rae1 Nc6 18.Nd5 Qd8) 13...Rd8 {positions are now equal} 14.Qc1 b5 15.Bd5 Nd4! 16.Be4! b4 17.Bxf5 gxf5 {(!)} 18.Nd1 b3? {spoils it all for black: we both believed that the text-move would give black at least an exchange advantage, but the combination is flawed.18...Rg8! instead would have been more effective and patient} 19.Ne3! {White's saving move! It should have saved white's day..} Nxe3 20.Nxd4 { better would have been axb3 first} Nxc2? {the worst of 3 options: cxd4 and (the preferred) Nxg2 which I all had considered} (20...Nxg2! 21.Kxg2 cxd4 22.axb3 Qd5+ {simple and equal}) 21.Nxc2 bxc2 22.Qxc2 e6 {now black has an inferior pawn structure} 23.Rad1 Rd5 {draw offered, but refused by white for quite obvious reasons. However he was short (7 minutes) in time.} 24.Ra1? {White did pick up his Rd1 with the intention to take on Rd5, when, the rook in midair, he discovered that checkmate would follow on e1. Feeling embarrassed, he offered a draw, although his position still is better.} {#d} 1/2-1/2

The annual Ballarat versus Geelong chess match over 10 boards.

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