JACK TAYLOR MEMORIAL
This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the passing of Jack Taylor, which occurred on September 9th, 1974. A five-time B.C. champion (see below), Jack was a very popular player, and after his death his family sought a suitable way to remember him. They generously donated a beautiful trophy, the Jack Taylor Memorial Trophy, which was originally given to the winners of the B.C.C.F. Diamond Jubilee Tournaments. This annual event began in 1974 to celebrate the founding of the B.C.C.F.; it was one of B.C.'s premier events for a number of years, but declining participation led to its cancellation after the 1978 tournament. The trophy lay unused for several years, until it was decided in 1984 (the tenth anniversary) to hold an actual tournament in memory of Jack Taylor. In 1987 the tournament became an annual event, and has been held continuously ever since.
This year's edition of the Jack Taylor Memorial attracted twenty-one players to the University of Victoria. Scheduled for five rounds (three on Saturday, two on Sunday) with a five-hour playing session per game, the tournament ran into problems on the first day: not many lower-rated players were available at the start, which meant the usual round one mismatches were replaced by hard-fought games of considerable length. Consequently there was insufficient time to hold three games on the Saturday, so round three was cancelled and the tournament became a four-round event.
[Personally I feel it is a bit much to ask players to potentially play more than 10 or 12 hours of chess in a day; either the time control for the first couple of rounds should be shortened, or a round should be held on the Friday night, or the event should be scheduled for just four rounds - ed.]
When all was said and done, Ian Martinovsky and Jack Yoos tied for first with 3.5/4 - they drew with each other and won the rest of their games (although Yoos was fortunate to survive, let alone win, his first round game with Matthew Struthers). Five players scored 2.5 points: Dan Scoones and Paul Brown split the third-place prize, while Noam Davies, Manfrei Aquino and Paul Leblanc tied for the U2000 prizes. Josh Wild came first U1600.
Lynn Stringer directed with her usual energy, despite having suffered a serious fall just before the tournament - we wish you a swift recovery, Lynn! Greg Churchill organized the tournament, which was the second event in the 2004/2005 Island Grand Prix; the third is the Dan MacAdam Memorial in January.
A smaller than usual field of 11 participated in the annual Silver Star Challenge, Interior Qualifer for the B.C. Closed.
Notable results were Chai Phonchiangkwong of Vernon who is rapidly improving and finished undefeated with two draws and 4 points. Chai is invited to the B.C. Closed.
Also, junior Kevin Goodman of Vernon with a rating of 1429 had an outstanding performance of 3.5. Kevin drew one game and defeated two players with ratings at least 400 points higher than his.
Peter Labik lost only once to share first place with 4 points. The A class prize was won by Wally Steinke with 2.5
As previously reported, the 2004 WYCC took place in Heraklio, Crete from November 4-14. The Canadian delegation included B.C. players Alexandra Botez (U10G), Tiffany Tang (U14G), and Stefan Trandafir (U14B); they scored 5.5 (43rd out of 84 after tiebreaks), 5 (58th out of 93), and 3.5 (118th out of 123) respectively in the eleven-round event. Congratulations to you all: may this experience stand you in good stead in your future chess endeavours.
Commentary at The Knights chess club site (home club for Alexandra and Stefan):
Normally only games from the top ten boards in each section are generally available; the following games were provided by our players, with special thanks to Alexandra Botez for her annotations.
1.d4 f5 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Qc2 d6 6.Bg5 0-0 7.0-0-0 Qe8 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.e4 fxe4 10.Qxe4 Taking with the N might have been better because she'd have a very strong centre and the Q in the centre isn't very good. 10...Qc6 11.Qd5+ [11.Qxc6 Nxc6 12.d5 Ne5] 11...e6 12.Qxc6 I should've taken with the N, 12...Nxc6 13.d5 exd5 14.cxd5 Ne5 followed by Bf5. 12...bxc6 13.g4 d5 [13...e5 14.dxe5 Bxe5 15.Nxe5 dxe5, attacking f2 and g4.] 14.cxd5 I should've taken with the c-pawn to untangle my pawns, but I wanted to keep the N from the b5 square. 14...exd5 15.g5 Bg7 [15...Bxg5+ 16.Nxg5 Rxf2 I could've done this little exchange, but I'd be down a pawn.] 16.Bg2 Bg4 17.Rd3 Nd7 18.Re1 Bxf3 19.Bxf3 Rae8 20.Rde3 Rxe3 21.Rxe3 Bxd4 22.Rd3 [22.Re7!? this move might have given White chances after 22...Rxf3 23.Rxd7 Rxf2 24.Rxc7 Rxh2 25.Rxc6 Be3+ 26.Kd1 Bxg5 27.Rc8+ (27.Nxd5 Rd2+) 27...Kf7 28.Rc7+ Ke6 29.Rxa7 Rxb2 30.Ra6+ Ke5 31.Ra5 Rd2+ 32.Ke1 h5 33.a4 Ke6 34.Ra6+ Kf5 35.a5 d4 36.Nb5 h4 37.Rd6 h3 38.a6 h2 39.Rd5+- Kf6] 22...Bxf2 23.Nd1 Bb6 [23...Bh4! Here I'd win a pawn] 24.b4 Now Ne5 with a fork [24.Ra3]. 24...Ne5 25.Bxd5+ So that White doesn't lose everything yet. 25...cxd5 26.Rxd5 Nf3 27.h3 Rf5 Hoping she'd trade. 28.Rd8+ Rf8 29.Rd5 Ng1 30.Rd3 Ne2+ 31.Kc2 Nd4+ 32.Kc3 [32.Kd2 Rf2+ 33.Ke3? (33.Kc1 Rxa2) 33...Ne6+] 32...Rf3 33.Rxf3 Nxf3 34.a4 a5 I didn't want White to push a5 [34...Nxg5 35.a5 Bg1 36.Nb2.] 35.Nb2 Bd4+ 36.Kb3 Bxb2 37.Kxb2 axb4 38.a5 Ne5 [38...c5 39.a6 Nd2 40.a7 Nc4+ 41.Kb3 Nb6.] 39.a6 Nc6 40.Kb3 Kf7 41.a7 Nxa7 42.Kxb4 Ke6 43.Kc5 c6 44.h4 Kf5 45.Kb6 Kg4 46.Kxa7 c5 0-1
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Nd5 Nxd5 8.exd5 Nb8 9.c4 a6 10.Nc3 Bf5 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Be7 13.0-0 [13.Qg3! I thought she would play this because then she would have a strong attack on my kingside. 13...0-0? wouldn't be very good because then White would attack my kingside. (13...Rg8 would ruin my castling, but White wouldn't attack my king and my rook would be facing White's Q and K if White castled kingside. 14.Be3 Nd7 15.0-0-0 Qc7 16.f4 e4 17.Nxe4 Qxc4+ 18.Nc3 Rc8 19.Kb1 Now Black has the initiative) 14.Bh6 g6 15.Bxf8+-] 13...0-0 14.Be3 [14.Qg3 Kh8 planning Rg8.] 14...Nd7 15.Rac1 f5 Taking the centre. 16.f4 This is not such a good move because e4 with a passed pawn with tempo. 16...e4 17.Qd2 Rc8 18.Ne2 Nc5 19.Rc2 Qe8 [19...Nd3 20.b4 or Nc1! Qe8 to start an attack on the kingside. 21.Nc1 Nxc1 22.Rfxc1 Qg6] 20.b4 [20.Rfc1 Now I would play: 20...Nd3.] 20...Nd3 21.Nc1 Nxc1 22.Rfxc1 Qd7 [22...Rc7 23.c5 dxc5 24.d6+-] 23.c5 dxc5 24.bxc5 Rfd8 25.d6 Bf6 26.Bd4 Bxd4+ 27.Qxd4 Rc6 Normally that would be a knight's spot, but I didn't have one. So rook c6 to block her pawns 28.Qb4 Rb8 29.a4 [29.Kf2 b6 30.cxb6 Rbxb6 31.Rxc6 Rxb4 32.Rc8+ Kf7 33.R8c7 Rb2+ 34.Ke3 Rb7 35.Rxd7+ Rxd7 36.Rc7 Ke6 A) 37.Rc6 Rxd6 38.Rxd6+ Kxd6 39.Kd4 Kc6 40.Kc4 a5 41.a4 h6 42.g3 g5 43.fxg5? hxg5 A1) 44.Kd4 f4 45.gxf4 gxf4 46.h4 f3 47.Ke3 Kd6 48.h5 Ke6 49.h6 Kf7 50.h7 Kg7 51.h8Q+ Kxh8 52.Kf2 Kg7 53.Ke3; A2) 44.Kd4 A2a) 44...Kd6 45.Kc4 (45.Ke3 Kc5-) 45...f4; A2b) 44...f4 45.gxf4 (45.Kxe4 fxg3 46.hxg3 Kc5 47.Kf5 Kb4 48.Kxg5 Kxa4 49.Kf4 Kb3 50.g4 a4 51.g5 a3 52.g6 a2 53.g7 a1Q 54.g8Q+) ; A3) 44.h4 44...f4 45.hxg5 fxg3 46.g6 g2 47.g7 g1Q; B) 37.Kd4 37...Rxd6+] 29...b6 30.Qb3+ Kf8 31.Rc4 a5 32.Qb5 This is clearly a draw. 32...Rb7 33.Rb1 h6 34.Rc2 Kf7 35.Kf1 g5 36.g3 g4 37.Ke2 h5 38.Rc3 Qc8 39.Rcc1 Qd7 40.Rc2 Kf8 41.Rcc1 Kf7 42.Rc2 Kf8 43.Rcc1 Ke8 44.Qb3 [44.Rc2 Qf7 45.Rd2 Kd7 Here now my Q would try to win pawns] 44...Qf7 [44...Ra7 45.Qg8#] 45.Qb5 [45.Qxf7+ Kxf7 46.Rc4 Ke6 47.Ke3 Kd7 48.Kd4 Rb8 A) 49.Rh1 bxc5+ 50.Rxc5 Rxd6+ 51.Ke5 Ra8 52.h3 h4? (52...Re6+?! 53.Kxf5 Rf8+ 54.Kg5 e3 55.Rxa5 e2 56.Re1 gxh3) 53.hxg4 fxg4 54.Rxh4; B) 49.cxb6 49...Rcxb6 50.Rxb6 Rxb6 51.Ke5 Rxd6 52.Rc5 Ra6 53.Rd5+ Kc6 54.Rd6+ Kb7 55.Rxa6 Kxa6 56.Kd4] 45...Qd7 46.Qb3 Qf7 47.Qb5 Qd7 48.Qb3 Kf8 49.Qb5 Kg7 50.Rc2 Kg6 51.Rcc1 Kf7 52.Rc2 Kf8 53.Rcc1 Ke8 54.Qb3 Kf8 55.Qb5 Kg7 There was nothing to do here. ½-½
Tang,T - Ferry,J [B23] WYCC G14 Heraklio (7.36), 10.11.2004
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.g3 d5 4.exd5 exd5 5.d3 d4 6.Ne4 h6 7.Bg2 Nf6 8.Ne2 Nxe4 9.Bxe4 Nd7 10.0-0 Nf6 11.Bg2 Bd6 12.h3 0-0 13.c3 Re8 14.Re1 Rb8 15.Bf4 b6 16.Bxd6 Qxd6 17.cxd4 Bf5 18.Qa4 Bxd3 19.Nf4 Bf5 20.dxc5 bxc5 21.Rxe8+ Nxe8 22.Rd1 Qe5 23.b3 Bc2 24.Rc1 Qb2 25.Re1 Nf6 26.Qxa7 Rd8 27.Qxc5 Qxa2 28.b4 Qb3 29.b5 Rb8 30.Bc6 Ne4 31.Qe5 Rd8 32.Bxe4 Bxe4 33.Rxe4 Rd1+ 34.Kg2 Qb1 35.Ne2 Re1 36.Qf5 Rxe2 37.Re8+ 1-0
Tang,T - Braggaar,L [C78] WYCC G14 Heraklio (9.35), 11.11.2004
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.d3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 h6 10.Re1 Bb7 11.d4 Ba7 12.a4 Re8 13.axb5 axb5 14.Qd3 Qc8 15.Nbd2 b4 16.Ra4 bxc3 17.bxc3 Nd7 18.Bb2 Bb6 19.Rxa8 Bxa8 20.Ra1 Na5 21.Ba4 Bc6 22.Bxc6 Nxc6 23.Qb5 Na7 24.Qd3 Qb7 25.Ra2 Kh8 26.Nh4 Nc8 27.Nf5 Ne7 28.Qf3 Nxf5 29.Qxf5 Nf6 30.f3 Kg8 31.Kh2 Qc8 32.Qxc8 Rxc8 33.Nc4 Nd7 34.Kg1 f6 35.Kf1 Kf7 36.Ke2 Ke8 37.Kd3 Kd8 38.Ra6 Rb8 39.Kc2 Kc8 40.Ba3 Kd8 41.Kd3 Kc8 ½-½