The A and B Grade's are Double Round Robin played at a time control of 90 + 5.
These two games were the critical match-ups for the first cycle as each player going into this game was undefeated.
Van Vuuren,J - Visser,F [C00]Palmerston North B Grade Championship (5.4), 23.10.2008
1.e4 e6 2.Nc3
2.d4 d5 Is a normal french beginning the game continuation is rare
This move is unnecessary better is 2...d5
3.Nf3 c5 4.a4
4.d4 Would lead to a Taimanov sicilian
4...Nc6 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.e5?!
Better is normal development with 6.0-0
6...Ng4 7.Qe2 Qc7 8.d3 Ngxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5
9...Qxe5This would force a better development for black's pieces
10.0-0 Nxc4 11.dxc4 Be7 12.Qg4 g6 13.Bh6 d6 14.Qf3 Bd7 15.Rad1 Bc6 16.Qh3 0-0-0 17.Bg7
17.Nd5! looks good for white
17...Rhg8 18.Qxh7 Bg5 19.h4 f6
19...Bxh4 keeping the pawn
20.hxg5 Rxg7 21.Qh3 f5 22.Qe3 Qe7 23.Rfe1 Re8 24.b3 Rh7 25.f4 Kb8 26.Rd3 e5 27.fxe5 Qxe5
27...dxe5 Creating a strong central pawn formation to keep a space advantage
28.Qxe5 Rxe5 29.Rxe5 dxe5 30.Rd8+ Kc7 31.Rg8 Kd6
31...Rd7 32.Rxg6 Rd2 Activating the rook and the position is equal
32.Rxg6+ Ke7 33.Nd5+ Bxd5 34.cxd5 e4 [34...Kd7] 35.Rf6 e3 36.Rxf5 Kd6 37.c4
Black tries a tactical trick which is flawed better is 37...Re7 38.Rf6+ Kd7 39.Kf1 Black's e pawn is not dangerous and White is a safe two pawns up.
38.Kxh1 e2 39.Rf6+
King,M (1853) - Davis,J (1967) [B01]Palmerston North Championship (5.1), 24.10.2008
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4 4.f3 Bf5 5.Bb5+ Nbd7 6.c4 e6 7.dxe6 fxe6
7...Bxe6 8.d5 Bf5 9.Nc3 Bb4 10.Nge2 0-0 11.Bxd7 Nxd7 12.0-0 Qh4 13.Ng3 Bg6 14.Nce4 h6 15.Bd2 Bc5+ 16.Kh1 Bd4 17.Nf5 Bxf5 18.Be1 Qe7 19.Qxd4 Bxe4 20.fxe4 Qe5 21.Bc3 Rae8 22.Qxa7 Qh5 23.Qxb7 Nc5 24.Qxc7 Nxe4 25.Bb4 Re5 26.Rf3 Rfe8 27.d6 Ng5 28.Rff1 Ne4 29.Kg1 Qe2 30.Rae1 Qxb2 31.Qxf7+ Kh7 32.d7 Qd4+ 33.Kh1 Rd8 34.Rd1 Qb6 35.a3 Rg5 36.Be7 Rxd7 37.Rxd7 Rg6 38.Bh4 Qb2 39.Qf3 Qc2 40.Rd4 1-0 Smeets,J-Smerdon,D/Kochin 2004 8.Bxd7+ Qxd7 9.Ne2 0-0-0 10.0-0 Bc5 11.Nbc3
Dropping a piece and effectively losing the game, but nobody likes resigning on move 11 so black continues out of sheer momentum.
11...Bxd4+ 12.Nxd4 Qxd4+ 13.Qxd4 Rxd4 14.b3 and the position is about equal.
12.dxc5 Qc6 13.Qb3 Qxc5+ 14.Kh1 e4 15.Qb5 Qxb5 16.cxb5 exf3 17.Rxf3 Bg4 18.Rf1 Bxe2 19.Nxe2 Rhe8 20.Nc3 Ne4 21.Nxe4 Rxe4 22.Bg5 Rde8 23.Bd2 R8e5 24.Bc3 Rxb5 25.Rf8+ Kd7 26.Rf7+ Kc6 27.Rxg7 Rf5 28.Rxh7 Re2 29.Rc1 Kb6 30.Bd4+ c5 31.Bc3 Kc6 32.h3 b5 33.Rxa7 b4 34.Bxb4 Kb6 35.Bxc5+ Rxc5 36.Rxc5 Kxc5
Black has regained the piece but is now four pawns down in a rook ending
37.b3 Kb4 38.Ra4+ Kc3 39.h4 Kd3 40.h5 Ke3 41.Kh2 Kf2 42.Rf4+ Ke1 43.a4 Re5 44.g4 Ke2 45.Kg3 Re3+ 46.Kh4 Rxb3 47.h6 Ke3 48.Rf5 Rb6 49.h7 Rb1 50.Kh5 Rh1+ 51.Kg6 Rh4 52.g5 Ke4 53.Rb5 Kf3 54.Kg7 Rxa4 55.h8Q Ra7+ 56.Kg6 Ra6+ 57.Qf6+ Rxf6+ 58.gxf6 Ke4 59.f7 Kd3 60.f8Q Kc4 61.Qc5+ Kd3 62.Rb3+ Kd2 63.Qe3+ Kc2 64.Qd3+
(64.Qd3+ Kc1 65.Rb1#)