Hawke's Bay Chess Club Inc.
The Fifth Hawke's Bay Rapid
Sunday, 12 February 2017
At the Napier Sailing Club
off West Quay, Ahuriri NAPIER
Hawke's Bay Chess: Different roads both lead to success
Ben Hague and Bob Smith took different paths through the Hawke's Bay Rapid chess tournament today but ended up together as first equal.
I beat Bob in our game but I had three draws, Aucklander Hague, who also won the tournament last year, said after the two had both scored 4.5 points from their six games at the Napier Sailing Club.
I wanted to win in the final game against James Jack and I had some pressure but he is dangerous tactically so I played cautiously. I'm happy with the result. Hague won the 2016 Poison Pawn Grand Prix series, of which the Napier tournament is one round.
I think I played better than the last time I was here, Hague added. I was a bit lucky then.
Bay of Plenty player Smith described his tournament as mixed but not too bad. He made up for his loss to Hague by winning more games.
I was a bit lucky once or twice, for example when defending a bad position I made it as hard as possible for my opponent to win.
I lost to Ben when I was distracted by annoying music coming from a boat outside, but I probably would have lost anyway.
The tournament was special for the Smith family as Bob's wife Viv won the B Grade with 5.5 points from the six rounds.
We did that once before, at Waitakere, but that was before living memory, Viv Smith, a former New Zealand women's champion, said.
I'm pretty much retired now but if Bob's going away I'll keep him company. Actually I'm disappointed because I won my first five games and I was aiming for a picket fence [a row of six ones]. In the last round I could have won a rook but I didn't see it and only drew.
Finley Duncan won the Junior section with a perfect score of six from six. Bernard Carpinter won the prize for top Hawke's Bay player in the A Grade.
A Grade: 1 equal Ben Hague and Bob Smith, 4.5 points; 3 equal Layla Timergazi and James Jack, 4.0.
B Grade: 1 Viv Smith, 5.5; 2 Dion Charles, 4.5; 3 equal Colin Albert and Charlie Li, 4.0.
Junior: 1 Finley Duncan, 6.0; 2 Z'Am Payne, 4.5; 3 William Duncan, 4.0.
Entry Form (pdf)
- Class One GP Event
- Six round Swiss draw
- Game in 25min + 5 sec / move
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