The 2004 B.C. Junior attracted a total of twenty-five participants to the Vancouver Bridge Centre on the November 26-28 weekend. The fourteen-player Championship Section included three players over 2000 (Fanhao Meng, Lucas Davies, and Andrey Kostin), and in the end these three tied for first with 3.5/5 each. Favourite Fanhao Meng won his first three games and drew with Davies in the fourth round, but seemed psychologically unprepared when Kostin used one of Meng s own defences (the Schliemann Ruy Lopez) against him in the last round, losing in under twenty moves. Kostin executed a Swiss gambit (not voluntarily!), going down to defeat against Ivan Petrov in the first round but entering the winner s circle by virtue of his victory over Meng. Davies played solidly, if slightly below expectations; his three draws left him as the only undefeated player in the Championship Section.
Close behind the three winners was another triumvirate, consisting of Ben Daswani, Ivan Petrov, and Sam Churchill, who all scored 3 points. Going into the last round Daswani and Churchill both had chances to tie for first, but were held to draws by Davies and Peter Sum respectively. (Absent from the competition was Noam Davies, who like his brother last year missed the entire tournament due to illness).
In the Reserve Section Arik Milner took first place with a perfect score, Stoyan Petrov came second with 3.5/5. Alex Sabaratnam and Foster won the two U1100 prizes. The tournament was organized and directed by Katherine Davies and Stephen Wright.
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 cxd6!? 5...exd6 is the safe alternative, but I was banking that Seid was not up-to-date on his Alekhine theory. 6.Nc3 g6 7.Bd3 [The "Voronezh" variation (7.Be3 intending Rc1, b3, and a quick d5 when Black plays Nc6) is the line that is giving Black headaches these days.] 7...Bg7 8.Nge2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Bg4 11.f3 Bf5 12.b3 [12.Bxf5?! Nxc4] 12...Bxd3 13.Qxd3 d5 14.c5 Nc8 15.Rab1 e6 16.b4 All known theory and approximately equal. 16...N8e7 [16...a6 is more accurate, according to Burgess; if White continues as in the game, then Black's R/a8 will come into play.] 17.b5 Na5 18.Rfe1 The rook doesn't really accomplish anything on this square. [18.Bf2 Nc4 19.Rfd1 Nf5 20.Ng3 Nh4 21.Nf1 Qg5 22.g3 h5 23.f4 Qg4 24.Kh1 Nf5 25.Qe2 Qh3 26.Rd3 Rae8 27.Nd2 Nxd2 28.Qxd2 Ne7 29.Qe2 Qf5 30.Re1 Kh7 31.Kg2 Ng8 32.Qf3 Nh6 33.h3 Rd8 34.Bg1 f6 35.a4 Rfe8 36.Rd2 Bf8 37.Rde2 b6 38.c6 Bb4 39.Rf1 Bd6 40.Nd1 Bc7 41.Rfe1 Kg7 42.Nf2 Kh7 43.Bh2 e5 44.dxe5 fxe5 45.fxe5 Qxf3+ 46.Kxf3 Nf5 47.Kg2 Nd4 48.Rd2 Rxe5 49.Rxe5 Bxe5 50.Nd3 Bd6 51.Bg1 Nf5 52.a5 Bc7 53.axb6 axb6 54.Nb4 d4 55.g4 hxg4 56.hxg4 Nd6 57.Bxd4 Nf7 58.Rf2 Kg8 59.Bf6 Rd6 60.g5 Bd8 ½-½ Ivell,N-Bryson,D/Edinburgh 1985/EXT 99 (60)] 18...Nc4 19.Bf2 Nf5 20.Rb4 A strange move whose only function seems to be the possible exchange sacrifice on c4; 20.Ng3 is logical. 20...h5 Probably not necessary, but I thought he might try g4 at some point. 21.a4 [21.Ng3] 21...Qg5 Eyeing the e3 and d2 squares and introducing the possibility of Nh4. 22.f4 Considering he has a dark-squared bishop I was happy to see this move. 22...Qd8 23.g3?! See last note; 23.Ng3. 23...Qa5 24.Reb1 Rfc8 25.h3 Bf8?! With designs on the R/b4, but this allows White good play after 26.g4; Black should instead retreat the queen. 26.Rxc4? [Instead White eliminates the strong knight, but his compensation should be insufficient. 26.g4 hxg4 27.hxg4 Ne7 28.f5 gxf5 29.gxf5 Nxf5 30.Nxd5+=] 26...dxc4 27.Qxc4 Qd8 [27...Qc7] 28.Rd1 Ne7?! [28...a6! to open some lines for the rooks - if 29.b6? Qxb6] 29.Ne4?! [29.d5 exd5 30.Nxd5 Nxd5 31.Rxd5=] 29...Nd5 30.Qb3 a6 31.b6 Be7 32.a5 Qd7 33.N2c3 Rd8 [33...h4! to weaken f4; if 34.Nxd5 exd5 and h3 hangs.] 34.Nxd5 Qxd5 [34...exd5! is stronger, since after 35.Nc3 Bf6 White doesn't have any options involving g4.] 35.Qxd5 exd5?! [35...Rxd5 is better, as 36.Nc3 Rd7 37.d5 exd5 38.Nxd5 Kf8! is not to be feared.] 36.Nc3 f5?! [Here I underestimated White's c6 break; correct is 36...Rac8 37.Re1 Bf6 38.g4 Kf8] 37.Re1 Bf6 38.c6! After this Black must be careful, his rooks are tied down and White's pieces get active. 38...bxc6 39.Re6 39.Na2 intending Nb4 might be better. 39...Kf7 40.Rxc6 Be7 [I thought for 29 minutes on this move; I considered giving up another pawn to simplify the position with 40...Rac8 41.Rxc8 Rxc8 42.Nxd5 Be7 but thought White was winning after 43.Nc7 Bb4 44.Nxa6 ; however, 43.Bd6 looks playable.; definitely not 40...Rdc8?? 41.b7!] 41.Rc7?! A superficial move, the immediate 41.Na4 is better. 41...Ke6 42.Na4 Rac8
43.Nc5+? [White misjudged the game continuation as better for himself; he had to try 43.Ra7 when 43...Ra8 44.Rc7 produces a repetition, so I was considering the "rook trap" variation 43...Rd7 44.Rxa6 Rb7 45.Kf1 Kd7 and Black is better. Unfortunately White can improve with 44.b7 followed by Rxa6+, so I probably would have had to accept the repetition.] 43...Bxc5 44.Rxc8 Rxc8 45.dxc5 Kd7 White thought he could stop the rook getting active, but it turns out this is not the case.. 46.Bd4 Necessary to stop 46...Re8 and Re4. 46...Kc6 47.Be5 [It is again not possible to play 47.h4 , this time because of 47...Re8 48.Be5 Re7 and the rook gets out or Black wins the c-pawn.] 47...Rd8 47...Re8 immediately is more accurate, but the plan is the same. 48.Kf1 [48.h4 Re8 49.Kf2 Re7! is again winning for Black.(49...Kxc5?? 50.b7) ] 48...Rd7 49.Bd6 h4!-+ Now the rook gets free. 50.gxh4 [50.g4 fxg4 51.hxg4 d4 and White cannot deal adequately with the two passed pawns.] 50...Rh7 51.Kf2 Rxh4 52.Kg3 Rh7 53.h4 d4 54.Kf3 Rxh4 55.Be5 Rh3+ 56.Ke2 Ra3 [56...Re3+ 57.Kd2 g5 58.Bxd4 Re4 59.Be3 gxf4] 57.Bxd4 Rxa5 58.Kd3 Rb5 59.Kc4 a5 60.Bf6 Rxc5+ 61.Kb3 Rb5+ 62.Ka4 Kxb6 63.Bd8+ Kc6 0-1
1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Be3 e5 6.d5 Nce7 7.g4 f5 8.gxf5 gxf5 9.Bh3 Nf6 10.Qf3 f4 11.Bd2 Ng6 12.Bxc8 Rxc8 13.0-0-0 c6 14.Kb1 Kf7 15.Qh3 Re8 16.Nf3 Kg8 17.Rhg1 cxd5 18.cxd5 Rxc3 19.Bxc3 Nxe4 20.Be1 Nc5 21.Ng5 Nf8 22.Qf5 Re7 23.f3 Na4 24.Bf2 Nxb2 25.Rc1 Rc7 26.Rxc7 Qxc7 27.Qxf8+ 1-0
Joyner,L - Franett,M [A48] Keres mem 14th Vancouver (4), 21.05.1989
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Bg7 4.Nbd2 c5 5.c3 cxd4 6.cxd4 d5 7.e3 0-0 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.a3 Bf5 10.Bxf5 gxf5 11.0-0 Ne4 12.Bh4 Qd7 13.Nb3 b6 14.Rc1 Rac8 15.Qe2 Qe6 16.Rc2 Bf6 17.Bg3 Nxg3 18.hxg3 Rc7 19.Rfc1 Rfc8 20.Qa6 Kg7 21.Nbd2 Qd6 22.Ne1 e6 23.Nb1 Ne7 24.Nc3 Qd7 25.Nd3 h5 26.Kf1 Ng6 27.Ke2 h4 28.gxh4 Bxh4 29.g3 Bf6 30.Rh1 e5 31.dxe5 Nxe5 32.Nf4 d4 33.exd4 Qxd4 34.Rd1 Qc4+ 35.Qxc4 Rxc4 36.Rcd2 Re8 37.Nh5+ Kg6 38.Nxf6 Kxf6 39.Nd5+ Kg7 40.Ne3 Ng4 41.Rd4 Nxe3 42.fxe3 Rxd4 43.Rxd4 Rc8 44.Kd2 Rc6 45.Rd7 a5 46.Rb7 Kf6 47.Kd3 Ke6 48.Kd4 f6 49.b4 axb4 50.axb4 Rd6+ 51.Kc4 Rc6+ 52.Kd3 Ke5 53.Re7+ Kd5 54.Rb7 Rd6 55.Rc7 Re6 56.b5 Rd6 57.Ke2 Ke5 58.Rb7 Kd5 59.Kf3 Kc5 60.Kf4 Kxb5 61.Kxf5 Kc4 62.e4 b5 63.g4 b4 64.e5 ½-½
Franett,M - Nathani,K [D85] Keres mem 25th Vancouver (4), 14.05.2000
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3 c5 8.Qd2 Qa5 9.Rb1 a6 10.Rc1 Nc6 11.d5 Ne5 12.c4 Qxd2+ 13.Kxd2 Nd7 14.Nf3 0-0 15.Bd3 b6 16.h4 Ne5 17.Nxe5 Bxe5 18.f4 Bc7 19.h5 Bg4 20.hxg6 fxg6 21.e5 Rad8 22.Rh4 Bc8 23.Rch1 Rf7 24.Bxg6 Rg7 25.Bxh7+ Kf8 26.Be4 1-0
Franett,M - Ivankovic,G [D30] Keres mem 28th Vancouver (4.16), 18.05.2003
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 c6 5.Qc2 Nbd7 6.Bg2 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Qa5 8.a3 Bxd2+ 9.Nbxd2 0-0 10.0-0 Re8 11.b4 Qc7 12.Rac1 a6 13.Rfe1 Nb6 14.e4 dxc4 15.Nxc4 Nxc4 16.Qxc4 Bd7 17.Ne5 Rad8 18.Red1 Qb6 19.Qc3 Re7 20.a4 Be8 21.a5 Qc7 22.f4 Nd7 23.Ng4 f6 24.d5 exd5 25.exd5 Nb8 26.Ne3 Red7 27.Nf5 Rf7 28.d6 Qd7 29.Bh3 Kh8 30.Kg2 Qe6 31.Re1 Qd5+ 32.Kg1 Bd7 33.Rcd1 Qb5 34.Nd4 Qh5 35.Be6 Bxe6 36.Nxe6 Re8 37.Nc5 Rd8 38.Qe3 h6 39.Qe2 Qxe2 40.Rxe2 Kg8 41.f5 h5 42.Re6 Rdf8 43.Kg2 Rd8 44.Kh3 Kh7 45.Rd3 g5 46.fxg6+ Kxg6 47.Re7 Rxd6 48.Rxf7 Rxd3 49.Rxb7 Rd8 50.Ne6 Rh8 51.Kh4 Kf5 52.Nc5 Rd8 53.Rb6 Rd2 54.Kh3 Nd7 55.Nxd7 Rxd7 56.Rxa6 Rc7 57.Rb6 h4 58.gxh4 Ke4 59.a6 f5 60.Rb7 Rc8 1-0
Scoones,D - Franett,M [A41] BC - WA match Burnaby (5), 06.12.2003
1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 Bg4 3.c4 Nd7 4.Qb3 Rb8 5.Nbd2 Ngf6 6.e3 c6 7.Qc3 Bxf3 8.Nxf3 Ne4 9.Qc2 f5 10.Bd3 Ndf6 11.0-0 g6 12.b3 Bg7 13.Bb2 0-0 14.a4 Qe8 15.b4 h6 16.Ne1 e5 17.dxe5 dxe5 18.Nf3 Nxf2 19.Bxe5 Nxd3 20.Qxd3 Rd8 21.Qb3 Ng4 22.Bd4 Qe4 23.Rae1 Rf7 24.h3 Ne5 25.Nxe5 Bxe5 26.Bxa7 Rd2 27.Rf2 Rfd7 28.Ref1 R7d3 29.Qb1 Qxc4 30.Rxd2 Rxd2 31.Rf2 Bh2+ 32.Kxh2 Rxf2 33.e4 Rc2 34.exf5 Qf4+ 0-1
Washington Defeats B.C. 5.5 to 2.5 by Dan Wade
"Washington defeated British Columbia 5.5 to 2.5 in a hard fought master-expert 8 board match on Sunday, June 22nd . The match was held at Olaf Ulvestad Center (in Seattle).
It looked like a bad day for Washington when Viktors Pupols was discovered to be in Tacoma at starting time and Viesturs Seglins was ill and requested a low board.
G.S.G. Patterson had little trouble in disposing of Gerhard Neufahrt to give the home folks a 1-0 lead. Shortly after that, however, Charles Griffiths, who had practically run his opponent off the board, blundered and finally lost. Frank May was the lucky winner. And just before Griffiths tumbled, Dan Wade surrendered to Jack Taylor after blowing away drawing chances.
So the visitors enjoyed a 2-1 lead. Also things looked rough for Jim McCormick and Dr. A. A. Murray in their games. Olaf Ulvestad, playing nicely, won his game to tie up the score and then McCormick, taking advantage of a break or two, managed a win to put Washington ahead.
Elmars Zemgalis proved there is an Elmars by playing a beautiful ending to defeat the B.C. Champion, Elod Macskasy and cinch the match for Washington. And adding the frosting to the victory cake Dr. Murray pulled out of a nearly hopeless situation to win his game and turn what first appeared to be a B.C. triumph into a fairly lop-sided Washington win.
Washington had the black pieces on the odd-numbered boards."
[Washington Chess Letter, July 1958]
Macskasy,E - Zemgalis,E [E02] BC - WA Master/Expert Seattle (1), 22.06.1958
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.Qa4+ Nbd7 6.Bg2 a6 7.Ne5 c5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Nxd7 Bxd7 10.Qxc4 Qc7 11.Be3 Qa5+ 12.Nc3 Bxe3 13.fxe3 Qb6 14.Rb1 Rc8 15.Qd3 Bc6 16.Qd4 Qxd4 17.Bxc6+ Qd7 18.Bxd7+ Kxd7 19.0-0 Ke7 20.Rbd1 Ng4 21.Rf3 Rhd8 22.Rd4 Ne5 23.Rff4 Nc6 24.Rd3 Rxd3 25.exd3 Ne5 26.Rb4 b5 27.d4 Nd3 28.Rb3 Nxb2 29.Kf1 Nc4 30.Ke2 h5 31.Ne4 h4 32.Nc5 hxg3 33.hxg3 Rh8 34.Nxa6 Rh2+ 35.Kd3 Rd2+ 36.Kc3 Rxa2 37.Rxb5 Nd6 38.Rb6 Ra3+ 39.Kb4 Rxe3 40.Nb8 Rxg3 41.Nc6+ Kf6 42.Ne5 Nf5 43.Kc4 Rg1 44.Kc3 Rc1+ 45.Kd2 Rc7 46.Kd3 Ra7 47.Nc6 Rd7 48.Rb4 Rd6 49.Ne5 Nxd4 50.Ng4+ Kg5 0-1
Ulvestad,O - Murray,D [D53] BC - WA Master/Expert Seattle (2), 22.06.1958
Patty,J - McCormick,J [B76] BC - WA Master/Expert Seattle (3), 22.06.1958
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.f3 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 Be6 10.Kb1 Qd7 11.g4 Rac8 12.h4 Ne5 13.h5 Bc4 14.Bh6 Bxf1 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.hxg6 fxg6 17.Qh6+ Kg8 18.Rdxf1 Rf7 19.Qh4 Nc4 20.Rf2 e5 21.Nb3 b5 22.g5 Nh5 23.Nd5 Nb6 24.Ne3 Rf4 25.Ng4 Rcf8 26.Qh3 Rxg4 27.fxg4 Rxf2 28.gxh5 Qxh3 29.Rxh3 Rf1+ 30.Nc1 Nc4 31.Rd3 gxh5 32.b3 Na3+ 33.Kb2 b4 34.Rxd6 Rf2 35.Rc6 Rf1 36.Rh6 Rh1 37.Re6 h4 38.Rxe5 h3 39.Re6 Rh2 40.Nd3 Rxc2+ 41.Ka1 h2 42.Rh6 Rg2 43.Nxb4 Nc2+ 44.Nxc2 Rxc2 45.b4 Rg2 46.a4 Rg1+ 47.Kb2 h1Q 48.Rxh1 Rxh1 49.Kc3 Rg1 50.b5 Rxg5 0-1
Griffiths,C - May,F [D15] BC - WA Master/Expert Seattle (4), 22.06.1958
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.Ne5 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Nbd7 8.Qf3 Nxe5 9.dxe5 Nd7 10.Qg3 Qa5 11.f4 Nb6 12.Bb3 Nd5 13.Bd2 Bb4 14.e4 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Bxe4 16.c4 Nb4 17.0-0 Qc5+ 18.Be3 Qe7 19.Rad1 0-0 20.Rd4 Bg6 21.f5 Bxf5 22.Rd6 a5 23.Bg5 f6 24.exf6 Rxf6 25.Rxf5 Qxd6 26.Qxd6 Rxf5 27.Qxe6+ Rf7 28.a3 a4 29.Bd1 Na6 30.Be3 Nc7 31.Qh3 Raf8 32.g4 Ne6 33.Bxa4 Rf3 34.Qg2 Rxe3 35.Qd2 Ref3 36.Bc2 Nf4 37.Qd1 Nh3+ 38.Kg2 Rf2+ 39.Kg3 Ng5 40.Bf5 Rf3+ 41.Kg2 Rxa3 42.h4 Nf3 43.Be6+ Kh8 44.Qd6 Nxh4+ 45.Kg1 Ra1+ 46.Kh2 Rf2+ 0-1
Neufahrt,G - Patterson,G [C01] BC - WA Master/Expert Seattle (5), 22.06.1958
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 c6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bd3 h6 8.Bh4 0-0 9.Nge2 Nbd7 10.0-0 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Nb6 12.Bb3 Bf5 13.Qd2 Ne4 14.Bxe7 Nxd2 15.Bxd8 Rfxd8 16.Rfd1 Nxb3 17.axb3 Bc2 18.Rd2 Bxb3 19.Ne4 Nc4 20.Rd3 Bc2 21.Rc3 Bxe4 0-1