Defending champion FIDE Master Warren Elliott and National Master Russell Porter carved out a slim lead, after 5 rounds of play in the 2005 LASCO National Chess Championships, currently taking place at the Norman Manley Law School.
Round 4 action on Saturday resulted in wins for Elliott, Porter, Matthews, Richards and Lorne over Wheeler, Rowe, Holness, Myers and Brown respectively. The game between Byfield and Pitterson ended in a draw.
In round 5 on Sunday, there were wins for Elliott, Porter, Byfield and Holness, over Matthews, Richards, Lorne and Brown respectively. The other two matches between Pitterson and Myers, Rowe and Wheeler both ended in draws.
At the end of round 5 on Sunday, the standings were as indicated below.
1. FM Warren Elliott (4 pts.)
1. NM Russel Porter (4 pts.)
3. NM Geoffrey Byfield (3˝ pts.)
3. NM Jomo Pitterson (3˝ pts.)
5. NM Shane Matthews (3 pts.)
6. NM Duane Rowe (2˝ pts.)
6. NM Malaku Lorne (2˝ pts.)
8. NM Mark Holness (2˝ pts.)
9. NM Robert Wheeler (1˝ pts.)
10. Equitable Brown (1 pts.)
10. Deborah Richards (1 pts.)
10. Peter Myers (1 pts.)
My game of round 4 was Myers vs Richards. I thought Richards’ play was clinical. I keep telling people that I was lost from move 6. This is because it was at that point that I thought I had won a pawn and could hold on to it. I held on to the pawn right down to the end of the game, the problem however was that I got checkmated before I could make use of it!
My brief comment on the other 5 games of round 4 are as follows:
Porter vs Rowe - Rowe blundered badly at move 25, where he should have played Qg8 instead of Rf1. Time pressure has that effect sometimes.
Matthews vs Holness - From move 8, Holness began to make a series of inferior moves, in his pet system! Shane has that effect sometimes.
Brown vs Lorne – After move 16 Lorne should have taken complete control. Eventually he did take the game, after Brown blundered again on moves 22 and 23.
Wheeler vs Elliott – Wheeler might as well have started without a queen. He took her too far from the action, especially on move 19.
Byfield – Pitterson – Coward man keep sound bones! When are we going to get to the next level people?!
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My game of round 5 was Elliott vs Matthews – Shane had too many weaknesses. Elliott did well in capitalizing on them.
My comments on the other round 5 games are as follows:
Pitterson vs Myers - I had a win in the end, but time pressure made it too risky to try to analyze it out, so I ended up with the draw.
Lorne vs Byfield – Lorne let Byfield back into the game with a dubious sacrifice at move 34.
Holness vs Brown – At move 13 Brown should have played Ne4, which would have given him a decisive advantage.
Rowe vs Wheeler – Argghh
Richards vs Porter – Experience can prevail even when your opponent has a material advantage.
The Championship continues this Saturday and Sunday at the Norman Manley Law School starting at 1 P.M., when rounds 6 and 7 are schedule to take place.
Please note that the two Round 3 games that were not reported in the last report saw Pitterson defeating Brown and Wheeler and Holness playing to a draw.
The games from rounds 4 and 5 are below:
Myers,P - Richards,D [A18]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (4.1), 16.04.2005
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.e5 Ne4 6.Nxe4 dxe4 7.Qa4+ Nc6 8.Qxe4 Be6 9.Bb5 Bd5 10.Qg4 h5 11.Qg3 Rh6 12.f3 Rg6 13.Qf4 Rxg2 14.Ne2 a6 15.Bxc6+ Bxc6 16.d4 Be7 17.Qf5 Bb5 18.Nf4 Bh4+ 19.Kd1 Qxd4+ 20.Nd3 Bxd3 21.Qf4 Bc2# 0-1
Porter,R - Rowe,D [A28]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (4.2), 16.04.2005
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bb5 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Bd6 8.d4 e4 9.Nd2 Qg5 10.Bf1 f5 11.f4 exf3 12.Qxf3 0-0 13.Bc4+ Kh8 14.0-0 Bd7 15.Nb3 Rae8 16.Bd2 Qh6 17.g3 g5 18.Rae1 a5 19.a4 Ne7 20.Bb5 c6 21.Bd3 g4 22.Qg2 b6 23.e4 Qe6 24.c4 fxe4 25.Rxe4 Rxf1+ 26.Qxf1 Qf5 27.Rf4 Bxf4 28.Bxf5 Be3+ 29.Bxe3 Nxf5 30.Bf4 Re4 31.Nd2 Re8 32.Be5+ Kg8 33.Ne4 Nxd4 34.Nf6+ Kf7 35.Bxd4 1-0
Wheeler,R - Elliott,W [A57]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (4.3), 16.04.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.f3 e6 6.dxe6 fxe6 7.e4 d5 8.e5 Nfd7 9.f4 axb5 10.Bd3 Qb6 11.Qh5+ Kd8 12.Nf3 c4 13.Bc2 Bb4+ 14.Kf1 Be7 15.Ng5 Kc7 16.Qg4 Bxg5 17.Qxg5 b4 18.a3 c3 19.Qe7 Ba6+ 20.Ke1 Qb5 21.Qd6+ Kd8 22.Bd1 c2 23.Bg4 cxb1Q 24.Rxb1 Qc6 25.Qxe6 Qc2 26.Qxd5 Qxb1 27.Bxd7 Qxc1+ 28.Kf2 Qxf4+ 29.Ke1 Qe3+ 0-1
Matthews,S - Holness,M [C02]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (4.4), 16.04.2005
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Be2 f6 7.0-0 Qc7 8.Re1 f5 9.c4 Nce7 10.Nc3 dxc4 11.Bxc4 cxd4 12.Qxd4 Nc6 13.Nb5 Qa5 14.Qh4 Be7 15.Bg5 a6 16.Nd6+ Bxd6 17.exd6 Kf7 18.Bd2 Qb6 19.Ng5+ Kf8 20.Bc3 Nf6 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Qh6+ Kg8 23.Rxe6 1-0
Brown,E - Lorne,M [E11]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (4.5), 16.04.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 d5 5.e3 0-0 6.a3 Be7 7.Qc2 b6 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Ne5 c5 12.f4 Rc8 13.Qd1 Ne4 14.Ndf3 Ndf6 15.g4 Nd6 16.g5 Nfe4 17.Qe2 f6 18.gxf6 Bxf6 19.dxc5 bxc5 20.Kh1 d4 21.Kg1 Bxe5 22.fxe5 Nf5 23.exd4 Nxd4 24.Nxd4 Rxf1+ 25.Kxf1 Qxd4 26.Be3 Qxe5 27.Bc4+ Kh8 28.Rd1 Qf6+ 29.Kg1 Qg6+ 30.Qg2 Qxg2+ 31.Kxg2 Nc3+ 32.Kf1 Nxd1 33.Bc1 Rf8+ 34.Ke1 Nf2 35.Be3 Ng4 36.Bg1 Ne5 37.Be2 Nf3+ 38.Bxf3 Rxf3 39.Bxc5 a6 40.Bd4 Kg8 41.Kd2 g5 42.Be3 g4 43.Kd3 h5 44.Kd4 h4 45.Bg5 g3 46.hxg3 hxg3 47.Kc5 g2 48.Kb6 g1Q+ 49.Kxb7 Qxg5 0-1
Byfield,G - Pitterson,J [C11]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (4.6), 16.04.2005
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Nc3 a6 ˝-˝
Pitterson,J - Myers,P [A85]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (5.1), 17.04.2005
1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bf4 Bd6 6.Ne5 c6 7.e3 0-0 8.Qc2 Bxe5 9.Bxe5 Nbd7 10.Bg3 Rf7 11.f3 Nb6 12.c5 Nbd7 13.Bd3 b6 14.b4 a5 15.b5 Bb7 16.Na4 Nh5 17.cxb6 Nxg3 18.hxg3 cxb5 19.Nc5 Qxb6 20.g4 g6 21.Nxb7 Qxb7 22.Rc1 Nf6 23.Ke2 Ra7 24.Qc8+ Qxc8 25.Rxc8+ Kg7 26.gxf5 exf5 27.Bxb5 Rfc7 28.Rc1 Rxc1 29.Rxc1 a4 30.Rc6 Ra5 31.Rb6 g5 32.Kd3 h5 33.Bc6 a3 34.Rb5 Rxb5 35.Bxb5 g4 36.Kc3 h4 37.Bf1 Nh5 38.fxg4 Ng3 39.Ba6 fxg4 40.Kd3 h3 41.gxh3 gxh3 42.Bb7 h2 43.Bxd5 h1Q 44.Bxh1 Nxh1 45.Kc3 Kf6 46.Kb4 Ng3 47.Kxa3 Nf5 48.Kb4 Nxe3 49.Kc5 Ke7 50.Kc6 Kd8 51.a4 Nc4 52.d5 Kc8 53.Kc5 Na5 54.Kb5 Nb7 55.Kb6 Kb8 56.a5 Nxa5 57.Kxa5 Kc7 58.Kb4 Kd6 59.Kc4 Kd7 60.Kd3 Kd6 61.Kd4 Kd7 62.Ke3 Kd6 63.Ke4 Kd7 64.Ke3 Kd6 65.Kd4 Kd7 66.Kc5 Kc7 67.Kb5 Kd6 68.Kc4 Kd7 69.Kc5 Kc7 70.d6+ Kd7 71.Kd5 Kd8 72.Ke5 Kd7 73.Kd5 Kd8 74.Kc6 Kc8 75.Kd5 Kd7 76.Ke5 Kd8 77.Ke6 Ke8 78.d7+ Kd8 79.Kd6 ˝-˝
Lorne,M - Byfield,G [A17]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (5.2), 17.04.2005
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.0-0 0-0 7.d3 a5 8.e4 d5 9.cxd5 exd5 10.e5 Nfd7 11.Ng5 Nxe5 12.Nxh7 Kxh7 13.Qh5+ Kg8 14.Qxe5 Nd7 15.Qf5 c6 16.Bf4 Re8 17.d4 Qe7 18.Bg5 Qe6 19.Qf3 Nf6 20.h4 Ne4 21.Bf4 Qf6 22.Rfd1 Bd6 23.Bxd6 Qxf3 24.Bxf3 Nxd6 25.Na4 b5 26.Nc5 Bc8 27.Rac1 a4 28.Nd3 Bd7 29.Ne5 Rxe5 30.dxe5 Nc4 31.b3 axb3 32.axb3 Nxe5 33.Bg2 Ra3 34.Bxd5 cxd5 35.Rxd5 f6 36.f4 Nf3+ 37.Kf2 Bg4 38.Rxb5 Ra2+ 39.Ke3 Rg2 40.b4 Rxg3 41.Kf2 Rh3 42.Rc7 Nxh4 43.Rb8+ Kh7 44.b5 Rf3+ 45.Ke1 Rxf4 46.b6 Rb4 47.Kd2 Bf3 48.Kc3 Rb1 49.Kc4 Nf5 50.Kc5 Kg6 51.Rg8 Kg5 52.Ra7 Kf4 53.Ra4+ Kg3 54.Rd8 Rc1+ 55.Kb4 g5 56.Ra3 Ne7 57.Rd7 Nc6+ 58.Kb5 Rb1+ 59.Kc5 Ne5 60.Rd6 Rc1+ 0-1
Holness,M - Brown,E [E83]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (5.3), 17.04.2005
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.f3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 a6 6.c4 Nc6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Nge2 e5 9.d5 Na5 10.Nc1 c5 11.b4 cxb4 12.Na4 b5 13.Bb6 Qe7 14.Bxa5 bxa4 15.Bxb4 Bd7 16.Nd3 Rfc8 17.Rc1 Ne8 18.c5 Bb5 19.c6 f5 20.Nf2 Bf6 21.Rb1 Bg5 22.Qc3 Qa7 23.Bd3 Be3 24.0-0 Bd4 25.Qc2 f4 26.Rbd1 Qe7 27.Kh1 Qh4 28.Be1 Rab8 29.Rb1 Qe7 30.Qe2 Nc7 31.Ba5 Qh4 32.Bxc7 Rxc7 33.Bxb5 Bxf2 34.Qxf2 Qxf2 35.Rxf2 axb5 36.Rfb2 Rbc8 37.Rxb5 Rxc6 38.dxc6 Rxc6 39.h3 Rc2 40.R1b2 Rc1+ 41.Kh2 Kf7 42.R5b4 a3 43.R2b3 Rd1 44.Rxa3 h5 45.Ra7+ Ke6 46.Rbb7 h4 47.Rc7 Kf6 48.Rf7+ Kg5 49.Ra5 1-0
Elliott,W - Matthews,S [B23]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (5.4), 17.04.2005
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.f4 f5 6.Qe2 Qh4+ 7.g3 Qg4 8.Nf3 Nf6 9.0-0 fxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Qxe4 Bd6 12.Re1 0-0 13.d3 Qf5 14.Bd2 Qxe4 15.Rxe4 h6 16.Kg2 Bd7 17.Rae1 Rae8 18.Bc3 b5 19.Be5 Be7 20.b3 Rf5 21.h4 h5 22.Ng5 Bxg5 23.hxg5 Kf7 24.Rh1 Kg6 25.Rhe1 Kf7 26.Kf2 Bc8 27.Ra1 Rd8 28.a3 Bb7 29.Ke3 a6 30.c4 Rc8 31.Rh1 Kg6 32.Bd6 Re8 33.Rc1 Kf7 34.Re5 Rxe5+ 35.Bxe5 Rd8 36.Bc7 Rd7 37.Bb6 Kg6 38.Bxc5 Kf5 39.d4 Kg4 40.Rg1 Kf5 41.Kf3 a5 42.Re1 bxc4 43.bxc4 Ba6 44.Re5+ Kg6 45.Rxe6+ Kf7 46.f5 Bxc4 47.g6+ 1-0
Rowe,D - Wheeler,R [C45]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (5.5), 17.04.2005
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Na4 Bb6 8.Bd3 Be6 9.0-0 Qd7 10.Nxb6 axb6 11.f4 f6 12.Qe1 Ne7 13.Qg3 Nc8 14.f5 Bg8 15.Bd2 b5 16.b3 Nb6 17.Rf4 Qe7 18.Bc3 Nd7 19.a4 bxa4 20.e5 dxe5 21.Rfxa4 Rxa4 22.Rxa4 Nb6 23.Ra5 Bd5 24.Bb2 Qb4 25.Ra7 0-0 26.Rxc7 Rf7 27.Rxf7 Bxf7 28.Bc1 Kh8 29.h3 h6 30.Kh2 Kh7 31.Qf2 Nc8 32.Be3 Qd6 33.Bc5 Qc7 34.Qg3 Nd6 35.c4 Kg8 36.Bc2 Nb7 37.Ba3 Qa5 38.b4 Qc7 39.c5 Bd5 40.Bc1 Kh8 41.Bd1 Bf7 42.Bf3 Nd8 43.Qh4 Kh7 44.Be2 Qe7 45.Be3 Bd5 46.Qg3 Bf7 47.b5 cxb5 48.Bxb5 Qb7 49.Bd3 Qd7 50.Be4 Nc6 51.Bg1 Kh8 52.Qa3 Be8 53.Qa6 Kh7 54.Qc4 Ne7 55.Bf2 Kh8 56.Qc2 Nc6 57.Qa4 Kh7 58.Qb5 Kh8 59.Qb6 Kh7 60.Bg3 Kh8 61.Qa6 Kh7 62.Be1 Nd4 63.Qd6 Nc6 64.Qf8 Nd4 65.Bf2 Nc6 66.Bf3 Ne7 67.Be4 Bh5 68.g4 Be8 69.h4 Qd2 70.Kg2 Bc6 71.Bxc6 Nxc6 72.Qd6 Qxd6 73.cxd6 Kg8 74.Kf3 Kf7 75.Ke4 Ke8 76.Kd5 Kd7 77.Bc5 Nd8 78.Bb6 Nf7 79.Bc7 Nh8 80.Ba5 Nf7 81.Bb4 Nd8 82.Bd2 Nf7 83.Bb4 Nd8 84.Ba3 Nf7 85.Bc5 Nd8 86.g5 hxg5 87.hxg5 fxg5 88.Kxe5 Nf7+ 89.Kd5 g4 90.Ke4 Nxd6+ 91.Bxd6 Kxd6 92.Kf4 Ke7 93.Kxg4 Kf6 94.Kf4 g6 95.Kg4 gxf5+ 96.Kf4 Ke6 97.Kf3 Ke5 98.Ke3 f4+ 99.Kf3 Kf5 100.Kf2 Ke4 101.Ke2 Kf5 102.Kf2 Ke4 103.Ke2 f3+ 104.Kf2 Kf4 105.Kf1 Ke3 106.Ke1 f2+ 107.Kf1 Kf3 ˝-˝
Richards,D - Porter,R [B44]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (5.6), 17.04.2005
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.Nf3 e6 4.e4 Nc6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bb4 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3 e5 9.0-0 0-0 10.Be3 d6 11.a3 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Ng4 13.Bd2 Qh4 14.h3 Nf6 15.f4 Bxh3 16.Be1 Qg4 17.Qd2 Nh5 18.f5 Nf4 19.Rf3 Qxg2+ 20.Qxg2 Bxg2 21.Rxf4 exf4 22.Kxg2 Rab8 23.Ra2 g5 24.Kf3 f6 25.c5 dxc5 26.Bf2 Rfd8 27.Bc4+ Kg7 28.Bxc5 Rb1 29.a4 Rc1 30.Ra3 a5 31.Rb3 h5 32.Rb7+ Kh6 33.Bd4 Rxd4 34.Bg8 Rxc3+ 35.Ke2 g4 36.Rh7+ Kg5 37.Bf7 f3+ 38.Ke1 Kf4 0-1
Photo 1 – FIDE Master Warren Elliott (left) scored a critical win against National Master Shane Matthews (right) on Sunday.
Photo 2 – National Master Russell Porter (right) dispatched National Master Duane Rowe (left) on Saturday and National Women’s Champion Deborah Richards on Sunday to maintain a share of the lead.