Allen Yu v Luke Li in the final round

I’ve just come back from an exciting three days of chess at the Campaspe Downs Resort (near Kyneton) including the final of the RJ Shield for 2011 and the National Schools Open featuring teams from all over Australia and New Zealand.

Auckland Grammar brought across a very strong team of players over 2000 rating and ran out easy winners but Glen Waverley Secondary also did well to finish second and be the top Australian Team.  The full scores are available on the tornelo website.

At the other end of the room, on the bottom boards of the Primary Competition, play was not quite at the same level.  I watched one game (which I then included in my lecture on blunders) where, in 13 moves (for White and Black) White missed capture of a rook, a stalemate chance and allowed mate in one.  Black in turn blundered his rook, allowed a stalemate chance, missed mate in one then stalemated his opponent when a rook and pawn ahead.  It’s hard playing chess when you don’t look even one move ahead!

There was some good chess played on the top boards however.  My favourite game was Kingsley Chung v Allen Yu which will be published with Allen’s notes in the next issue of “Knight Times”.    I glanced at the game whilst walking past and ended up standing there for five minutes trying to work out all the complications.  Allen played like Mikhail Tal (fondly dubbed the “Magician from Riga”) to finish on top in the complications.   Here is a position from the game with Black to play.  He is ahead on material but the position is still a bit messy.  What is his next “killer” move that wraps up the game.

[fen caption=”Black to play “]1k1r3r/ppp2ppp/2P5/7B/1b2p1Q1/2P1B2P/PP3PPq/2R1K3 b – – 1 17[/fen]


Black played 1…Bc5! Now 2.Bxc5 allows 2…Qh1+ picking up the R, so White tried 2.Ke2 Qd6 3.Qxe4 Bxe3 4.fxe3 Qd2+ winning the R anyway, and the game.

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