The seventh RJ Shield tournament for 2009 was held on 27th September at the Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL and attracted a field of 67 players.

This was a special event as both Chess Kids Superstars, IM James Morris & FM Bobby Cheng played in the tournament which was also a fund-raiser for Bobby’s forthcoming trip to Turkey for the World Under 12 Championships. We raised $551.30 towards his trip so thanks to all those players and parents who contributed.  James beat Bobby in their individual game and thus won the tournament with 7/7 followed by Bobby on 6.

The players were all very interested in following the games of our two “Superstars” and some were lucky enough to play against them.

The event was divided into four sections with the winners as follows:

Under 8
1st Dion Halikopoulos
2nd Matthew Hart
3rd Bobby Zhang
Haran Salasan & Suren Kapadia
Under 10
1st Henry Lai
2nd Liam Sotos
3rd Jeremy Emrose
Top Girl Shanaya Mendis
Antonius Bennett & Shankar Seevanayagam
Under 12
1st Jimmy Ying
2nd Maiyurentheran Srikumar
3rd Luke Bailey
1st James Morris
2nd Bobby Cheng
3rd Joshua Devarajh
Encouragement: Karl Zelesco

At the conclusion of the event some chess items were auctioned to raise funds for Bobby’s trip. Thanks again to David for directing the tournament and the Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL for supplying the venue.

Now to the big game! James gets on top early and wins a pawn with a very good position also. Bobby tricks him to win back the exchange and we get down to an ending with Q+B+4p v Q+R+3p. It’s better for Bobby but he unwittingly grabs a poisoned pawn and loses his Q to a discovered check. Even good players make mistakes when under time pressure!

[Event “RJ Shield”]
[Site “Melbourne, AUS”]
[Date “2009.09.27”]
[Round “4”]
[White “James Morris”]
[Black “Bobby Cheng”]
[JsCom “startply 0”]
[CBBWhiteId “*”]
[CBBBlackId “*”]
[Result “1-0”]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.c4 Ngf6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.O-O Bxf3 10.Qxf3 c6 11.Bf4 O-O 12.Rfe1 Re8 13.Rad1 Bf8 14.Bb1 Nb6 15.b3 a5 16.Be5 a4 17.c5 Nbd7 18.Nxa4 Nxe5 19.dxe5 Nd5 20.Nb6 Ra7 21.b4 Qh4 22.Re4 Qh6 23.Qg3 Be7 24.Nc4 g6 25.Nd6 Rb8 26.Qf3 Qg7 27.h4 b6 28.cxb6 Nxb6 29.h5 Nd5 30.hxg6 hxg6 31.a3 Bxd6 32.exd6 Nc3 33.Qe3 Rd7 34.Red4 Nxd1 35.Rxd1 Rbd8 36.Qc5 Qf8 37.Qxc6 Rxd6 38.Rxd6 Qxd6 39.Qe4 Qd1+ 40.Kh2 Qh5+ 41.Kg3 Rd5 42.f4 Qd1 43.Bc2 Qa1 44.Qe3 Qd4 45.Kf3 Qb2 46.Bxg6 Rd1 47.Bd3 Qxa3 48.Bh7+ Kxh7 49.Qxa3