After seven rounds of play, defending champion FIDE Master Warren Elliott continues as sole leader of the 2005 LASCO National Chess Championships with 6 points, a full point ahead of his nearest rivals Jomo Pitterson and Russell Porter who are tied in second place on 5 points.
At the end of play on Saturday, Elliott had defeated Equitable Brown, Shane Matthews put away Duane Rowe, Mark Holness trounced Geoffrey Byfield, Peter Myers won against Russell Porter and Jomo Pitterson overcame Malaku Lorne. The other match between National Women’s Champion Deborah Richards and Robert Wheeler ended in a draw.
Sunday’s action saw wins for Elliott, Porter, Lorne and Brown over Byfield, Wheeler, Myers and Rowe respectively. The match between Pitterson and Holness ended in a draw.
The standings at the end of Round seven are as follows:
1. FMWarren Elliott - 6
2. NM Jomo Pitterson – 5
2. NM Russel Porter – 5
4. NM Shane Matthews - 4
4. NM Mark Holness – 4
6. NM Geoffrey Byfield - 3˝
6. NM Malaku Lorne - 3˝
8. NM Duane Rowe – 2 ˝
9. Peter Myers 2
9. NM Robert Wheeler - 2
9. Equitable Brown - 2
12. Deborah Richards - 1˝
My game of round 6 was Pitterson vs Lorne. It was vintage Pitterson. Lorne could have tried Nc5 at move 27, but even this was still losing, though it would have bought some time. There were no obvious blunders by Lorne, just excellent and creative play by Pitterson. It was one of those rare games in which the analyzing computer could not see what was coming. I hope Jomo can get back to this form on a regular basis.
My game of round 7 was Porter vs Wheeler. A beautifully played English. This was an important win for Porter, following his untimely loss to me (Myers) in the previous round. I get the feeling Porter will not be taking any prisoners in his last four games.
My brief comment on the other games of rounds 6 and 7 are as follows:
Myers vs Porter - Numerous errors due mainly to time pressure e.g. for Porter, much better plays included Kf8 at move 54 and Re7 at move 55. For Myers, much better plays included, Ne5 at move 47 and Ra7 at move 51.
Wheeler vs Richards
Equal throughout. Not much to say when you have too equally matched players playing at equal strength and drawing.
Matthews vs Rowe
Rowe blundered uncharacteristically at move 10 with Qf6. Better was probably 0-0.
Brown vs Elliott
Ne3 was better for Brown at move 32. H4 was played instead and it was all downhill from there.
Byfield vs Holness
Whites first move d4 was the first blunder. He would have had a better game had he played his usual e4 instead. At move 32, white blundered again when he should have played either Rc1 or Rc2 instead of the disastrous Qb3.
Lorne vs Myers
Failure to play e5, particularly at move 15, was one of the key failings in blacks play. In addition was the inability to realize there was nothing for him on the Queenside despite his massive forces over there.
Holness vs Pitterson
Blacks dubious pawn sacrifice on move 11 leaves one to wonder what would have happened if he did not sacrifice. Hard fought draw.
Elliott vs Byfield
Better for black was cb6 at move 22. Black allowed white to double on the seventh as a result of the error on move 22, it was soon over.
Rowe vs Brown
Next time Rowe, when you have 44 seconds left on your clock, do not get up and strut, even if you are winning handsomely. You are liable to lose focus and forget that you are still up against a formidable opponent, the clock! If Rowe had not lost on time, this would have been a good example of how to play the endgame.
Matthews vs Richards
The games from rounds 6 and 7 are below.
Myers,P - Porter,R [A48]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (6.1), 23.04.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Bd3 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.c4 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.Qc2 Qe7 9.b4 Re8 10.Nd2 c6 11.Rb1 Nh5 12.d5 f5 13.Nb3 Ndf6 14.dxc6 bxc6 15.Na5 Qc7 16.Qa4 Bd7 17.b5 c5 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.cxd5 Qd8 20.Nc6 Qf6 21.Be2 Qg5 22.Bxh5 Qxh5 23.Qd1 Qg5 24.Qf3 Qf6 25.Bb2 Qf7 26.Rfd1 g5 27.a4 g4 28.Qe2 Bh6 29.f3 gxf3 30.Qxf3 Qf6 31.Re1 Kf7 32.Qh5+ Qg6 33.Qxg6+ hxg6 34.a5 Bc8 35.Bc3 Bg5 36.Re2 Bb7 37.Kf2 Kg8 38.Ra2 Rf8 39.a6 Bc8 40.b6 axb6 41.Rxb6 f4 42.e4 Bh4+ 43.Kf1 f3 44.g3 Bg5 45.Kf2 Rf7 46.a7 Bb7 47.Rab2 Bxc6 48.dxc6 Raxa7 49.Rb8+ Kg7 50.R8b7 Bd8 51.Rxf7+ Rxf7 52.Rb7 Bc7 53.Ra7 Kf6 54.Kxf3 Ke6+ 55.Kg4 d5 56.Ba5 Bxa5 57.exd5+ Kf6 58.Rxa5 Rc7 59.Rxc5 Ke7 60.Kg5 Kd6 61.Rb5 e4 62.Kf4 1-0
Wheeler,R - Richards,D [A01]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (6.2), 23.04.2005
1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Be2 Be7 6.c4 0-0 7.Nc3 d5 8.d4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Nxd4 10.exd4 Re8 11.0-0 Bf5 12.Rc1 c6 13.Bf3 Ne4 14.Bg4 Qd7 15.Bxf5 Qxf5 16.Qc2 Bd6 17.Nxe4 dxe4 18.Rce1 Re6 19.Bc1 Rae8 20.Re2 Qh5 21.g3 Qg4 22.Rfe1 f5 23.f4 Bb4 24.Bd2 Bxd2 25.Qxd2 Rd6 26.Qc3 Red8 27.Rd2 Qg6 28.Red1 Qf6 29.Qe3 b6 30.Kg2 Qf7 31.a4 a5 32.Qc3 Qf6 33.Qe3 Qf7 34.Qc3 Qf6 35.Qe3 ˝-˝
Matthews,S - Rowe,D [C42]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (6.3), 20.04.2005
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nc4 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Ne3 Nc6 7.Bb5 a6 8.Ba4 Be7 9.c4 Bb4+ 10.Kf1 Qf6 11.Qe2 Be6 12.cxd5 b5 13.dxc6 bxa4 14.d5 0-0 15.dxe6 fxe6 16.f3 Rad8 17.Nc3 Qh4 18.Nxe4 Qxe4 19.Nd1 Qxc6 20.Be3 Rd6 21.Rc1 Qd7 22.Nf2 a3 23.b3 Bd2 24.Rd1 Bxe3 25.Rxd6 cxd6 26.Qxe3 Rc8 27.Qd2 Qb5+ 28.Kg1 Qe5 29.g3 Qb2 30.Qe3 Rc1+ 31.Kg2 Rxh1 32.Qxe6+ Kf8 33.Qxd6+ Ke8 34.Qb8+ Kf7 35.Qf4+ Kg6 36.g4 Rxh2+ 37.Qxh2 h6 38.Qh5+ Kh7 39.g5 Qxa2 40.g6+ Kg8 41.Qd5+ 1-0
Brown,E - Elliott,W [A90]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (6.4), 23.04.2005
1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 d5 5.Nc3 c6 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Rb1 Ne4 9.Qc2 a5 10.a3 Nd7 11.c5 Bc7 12.Bf4 Bxf4 13.gxf4 Qe8 14.Nd2 Qh5 15.f3 Nef6 16.Rf2 Kh8 17.Nf1 Qh6 18.e3 Nh5 19.Ne2 Ndf6 20.Neg3 Rg8 21.Rd2 Bd7 22.Nxh5 Nxh5 23.Kf2 g5 24.fxg5 Qxg5 25.Ke1 Rg7 26.Kd1 Rag8 27.b3 Be8 28.Rb2 f4 29.Qc3 fxe3 30.Nxe3 Nf4 31.Ng4 h5 32.h4 Qxh4 33.Qe3 Qg5 34.Bf1 hxg4 35.Rh2+ Rh7 36.Bd3 Bg6 37.Rxh7+ Kxh7 38.Rh2+ Kg7 39.Bxg6 Kxg6 40.fxg4 Qxg4+ 41.Kd2 Qg5 42.Kc3 Rf8 43.Rh1 Kf6 44.Rg1 Qxg1 45.Qxg1 Ne2+ 46.Kd2 Nxg1 0-1
Byfield,G - Holness,M [A84]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (6.5), 23.04.2005
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 f5 4.Nf3 c6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bf4 Nf6 7.e3 Qb6 8.Qc2 Nbd7 9.Bd3 Ne4 10.0-0 Be7 11.a3 0-0 12.b4 Nxc3 13.Qxc3 Nf6 14.Nd2 Ne4 15.Bxe4 fxe4 16.Nb3 Bg4 17.Ra2 Rae8 18.Nc5 Bc8 19.h3 Rf5 20.g4 Rf7 21.Kh2 Qd8 22.Qb3 b6 23.Na4 Ba6 24.Rc1 Bc4 25.Rxc4 dxc4 26.Qc2 b5 27.Nc3 Bd6 28.Ne2 g5 29.Bxd6 Qxd6+ 30.Ng3 Ref8 31.Kg2 Rxf2+ 32.Qxf2 Rxf2+ 33.Rxf2 Qe6 34.Ne2 c3 35.Nxc3 Qb3 36.Nxe4 Qxe3 37.Nf6+ Kh8 38.Nh5 Qe4+ 39.Kh2 Qe7 40.Kg2 h6 41.Kf3 a5 42.Rb2 Qd6 43.Ke3 Qe7+ 44.Kd3 Qe1 45.Rb3 Qc1 46.bxa5 Qc4+ 47.Ke4 Qxb3 48.Nf6 Qe6+ 0-1
Pitterson,J - Lorne,M [E38]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (6.6), 23.04.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Na6 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 Nxc5 8.b4 Nce4 9.Qb2 d5 10.c5 Nh5 11.e3 f5 12.Be2 Nhf6 13.Nh3 h6 14.Nf4 0-0 15.Ng6 Re8 16.f3 Ng5 17.e4 dxe4 18.Bf4 exf3 19.gxf3 Nf7 20.Bb5 Bd7 21.0-0-0 Qc8 22.Bxd7 Nxd7 23.Rhg1 e5 24.Qg2 Ng5 25.Bxg5 hxg5 26.Qa2+ Kh7 27.Rxg5 Nf6 28.Qf7 1-0
Lorne,M - Myers,P [A05]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (7.1), 24.04.2005
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.b4 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0 5.Bg2 c6 6.0-0 d5 7.d3 a5 8.bxa5 Qxa5 9.Nbd2 Be6 10.Nd4 Nbd7 11.Qc1 c5 12.Nxe6 fxe6 13.c4 Ra6 14.e4 d4 15.Bh3 Ne5 16.Nb3 Qb6 17.Qd1 h5 18.a4 Nfg4 19.Bg2 Nc6 20.h3 Nf6 21.Bc1 Rfa8 22.f4 Nd7 23.e5 Nf8 24.Bd2 Rxa4 25.Rxa4 Rxa4 26.Nxd4 Ra2 27.Nxc6 bxc6 28.Be3 Nd7 29.Qf3 Ra6 30.Qe4 Nf8 31.g4 hxg4 32.hxg4 Qa5 33.Bf2 Qc3 34.Bxc5 Ra1 35.Bxe7 Rxf1+ 36.Bxf1 Qd2 37.Bc5 Qd1 38.Qe2 Qc1 39.Be3 Qa3 40.Bg2 Qa1+ 41.Kh2 Qa6 42.Be4 Qc8 43.d4 Kf7 44.Qf3 Nd7 45.Bxc6 Nb6 46.c5 Nc4 47.Be4 Qh8+ 48.Kg2 Qb8 49.Bf2 Qb2 50.Bxg6+ 'time' 1-0
Holness,M - Pitterson,J [E84]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (7.2), 24.04.2005
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 d6 4.d4 Bg7 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 a6 8.Qd2 Rb8 9.Nc1 e5 10.Nb3 Bd7 11.d5 Nd4 12.Nxd4 exd4 13.Bxd4 c5 14.dxc6 bxc6 15.Be2 c5 16.Be3 Ne8 17.0-0 Nc7 18.Rab1 Rb6 19.b3 Re8 20.Nd5 Nxd5 21.Qxd5 Bc6 22.Qd2 f5 23.Bg5 Qd7 24.exf5 Qxf5 25.Bd3 Qd7 26.Rfe1 Rbb8 27.Rxe8+ Rxe8 28.Re1 Bd4+ 29.Kh1 Qf7 30.Rxe8+ Qxe8 31.Qe2 Qxe2 32.Bxe2 Kf7 33.g3 a5 34.Kg2 a4 35.Bd1 axb3 36.Bxb3 Ke6 37.Bf4 Bb7 38.Bd2 Ke7 39.g4 Ke6 40.h3 Ba6 41.Kg3 Ke5 42.Bf4+ Ke6 43.Bh6 Bb7 44.Bf4 Ke7 45.a4 Ba6 46.Bd2 Ke6 47.Kf4 Bb7 48.a5 Bf2 49.Kg5 Bxf3 50.Kh6 Ke5 51.Kxh7 Kd4 52.Kxg6 Kd3 53.Bf4 Kc3 54.Ba4 Kxc4 55.Bxd6 Kb4 56.Bc2 Kxa5 57.Bf4 Be1 58.g5 Kb4 59.Be5 c4 60.Kf5 Bd5 61.g6 Ka3 62.Kf6 c3 63.Kg5 Kb2 64.Bf5 Kb3 65.h4 c2 66.Bf4 Kb2 67.Be5+ Kb3 68.Bf4 Kb2 69.Be5+ Kb1 70.Bf4 The game was eventually drawn. ˝-˝
Elliott,W - Byfield,G [D07]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (7.3), 24.04.2005
1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Bb4 6.e3 0-0 7.Bd3 h6 8.Bh4 Re8 9.0-0 Bxc3 10.bxc3 e5 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.cxd5 Qxd5 13.e4 Qd6 14.d5 Ne7 15.Nh4 Ng6 16.Nxg6 fxg6 17.Qd2 g5 18.Rab1 Rf8 19.c4 b6 20.Rfc1 f5 21.c5 Qg6 22.cxb6 fxe4 23.Rc6 Qf5 24.b7 Bxb7 25.Rxb7 exd3 26.Rcxc7 a5 27.f3 Rf6 28.Rg7+ Kh8 29.Rh7+ Kg8 30.Rbg7+ Kf8 31.Qc1 Qxh7 32.Rxh7 1-0
Rowe,D - Brown,E [B09]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (7.4), 24.04.2005
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Qa5 7.Bd3 Qxc5 8.Qe2 0-0 9.Be3 Qa5 10.0-0 Bg4 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Nc6 13.g4 Nd7 14.Qf2 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Qxc3 16.Rab1 Nc5 17.Bxc5 Qxc5 18.Qxc5 dxc5 19.Rxb7 Rab8 20.Rfb1 Rxb7 21.Rxb7 Rb8 22.Rxb8+ Nxb8 23.Bb5 e6 24.Kf2 Kf8 25.Ke3 Ke7 26.Kd3 e5 27.fxe5 Ke6 28.Kc4 g5 29.Kxc5 Kxe5 30.a3 f6 31.c3 h6 32.a4 Ke6 33.Kd4 a6 34.Bc4+ Kd6 35.Bd5 Nd7 36.a5 Ne5 37.Bb7 Nf3+ 38.Ke3 Ng1 39.Bxa6 Nxh3 40.Bf1 Nf4 41.a6 Kc7 42.e5 fxe5 43.Ke4 Ng6 44.Kf5 Nf4 45.Kxe5 h5 46.Kf5 hxg4 47.Kxg5 Nd5 48.Bg2 Nb6 49.a7 Kd6 50.Kxg4 Kc5 51.Bf1 Na8 52.Kf4 Nc7 'time' 0-1
Richards,D - Matthews,S
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (7.5), 27.04.2005
Porter,R - Wheeler,R [D41]
National Championship 2004 Kingston, Jamaica (7.6), 24.04.2005
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.d4 0-0 9.e4 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Qa5 11.Qb3 cxd4 12.cxd4 Rd8 13.Be3 Bf6 14.Rfd1 Bd7 15.Rab1 Be8 16.d5 exd5 17.Rxd5 Rxd5 18.exd5 Nd8 19.Rc1 Ba4 20.Qa3 b5 21.Qd6 Bc3 22.Qe7 b4 23.Nd4 Rb8 24.Nb3 Qa6 25.Nc5 Qa5 26.Nb3 Qa6 27.Nc5 Qa5 28.Nxa4 Qxa4 29.Qc7 Qb5 30.Bf4 Ra8 31.d6 Qb8 32.d7 Bb2 33.Re1 1-0
Captions for Photos Below:
Photo 1 – Defending Champion FIDE Master Warren Elliott (right), dispatched National Master Geoffrey Byfield (left) on Sunday
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