Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Wine, New Zealand, the BDG

What more could you ask for?


The Kaikoura Winery sits on a limestone bluff in South Bay on the East Coast of New Zealand's South Island in a magnificent landscape of vineyards, sea and mountains. It was the site of the 2008 Kaikoura International Open, played 8 - 12 October, with GM Darryl Johansen, GM Murray Chandler, and IM Stephen Solomon finishing equal first, and Chandler winning on tiebreaks.

There was wine and a Blackmar-Diemer, a fine combination.

van Dijk,Peter (2040) - Milligan,Helen (1832)
Kaikoura International Open
New Zealand, 10.10.2008
BDG, Bogoljubov Defense

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Qe1 b6 9.Qh4 Ba6 10.Bxa6 Nxa6


11.a3 c5 12.d5 Nc7 13.Bh6 Ncxd5 14.Rad1 e6 15.Ng5 Nh5 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Rxf7+ Kg8 18.Rg7+ Kh8 19.Rxh7+ Kg8 20.Rg7+ Kh8 21.Rxg6 1-0 Schneider,W-Richter/cr Germany 1967
11...Qd7 12.h3 Nh5 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Ne5 Qd6 15.Nb5 Qb4 16.a4 f6 17.Nc6 Qc4 18.Nxe7 Rae8 19.Rae1 Qxa4 20.Nxa7 Nb8 21.Nac8 Nc6 22.Nxc6 Qxc6 23.Ne7 Qd7 1/2-1/2 Meszaros,G-Madl,I/HUN-chT 1994
11...Nb4 12.Ng5 Bxh6 (12...Nbd5 13.Rae1 c5 14.dxc5 bxc5 15.Rd1 e6 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Nxd5 exd5 18.Rxf6 1-0 Searson,B-Berkley,S/IECC email 2001) 13.Qxh6 Qxd4+ 14.Kh1 Rfe8 15.Rxf6 Qxf6 16.Qxh7+ Kf8 17.Nce4 Qg7 18.Ne6+ 1-0 Kahl,F-Von Rosenberg,C/Germany email 2005
12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.Ng5 h6 14.Rxf7+ Kg8 15.Rxf8+ Qxf8 16.Rf1 Qe8 17.Ne6 Qd7 18.Qe4 Ng7 19.Qxa8+ 1-0 Lynn,K-Chandler,M/Dunedin 1975
12...Nf6 13.a3 c6 14.Rad1 Nc7 15.Ne5 Qe8 16.Rde1 Ne6

17.Bxf6 only helps if Black plays 17...Bxf6? (17...exf6 18.Nf3 Qd8-+) 18.Rxf6 exf6 19.Ne4 fxe5 (19...Kg7 20.Nxf6 Qc8 21.Rf1+-) 20.Nf6+ Kg7 21.dxe5+-
17...Rd8 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Rxf6 exf6 20.Ng4 Qe7 21.Qh6+ Kh8 22.Ne4 Rg8 23.Nexf6 Rg7 24.c3 Rd6 25.Re3 Rd5? [25...Qd8=/+] 26.Nxd5+/- cxd5 27.Ne5 Qd6 28.Qh3 f5+/- 29.Qh4 Nf8 30.Nf3 Kg8 31.Re8 Kf7 32.Ra8 Kg8 33.Ne5 Re7 34.Qh6 Rg7 35.Qg5 Re7 36.Qh6 Rg7 37.Qg5 1/2-1/2

Why fight on, what with a playing venue like this:

Another glass of merlot, if you please.