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Netway Masters Tournament

Anthony Miles10/11(+9 -0 =2)[games]
Ian Rogers10/11(+9 -0 =2)[games]
Benjamin Martin8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Eddy Levi5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Jonathan D Sarfati5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Vernon Albert Small5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Paul Anthony Garbett5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Mark Fredrick Noble4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Ortvin Sarapu3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
John Paul Wallace3.5/11(+3 -7 =1)[games]
J Nigel Metge3/11(+2 -7 =2)[games]
Martin Paul Dreyer3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games] Chess Event Description
Netway Masters (1992)

The Netway Masters tournament of 1992 was organized as an appreciation of Australian invitations that had been extended to New Zealand players in recent Sydney tournaments. It was also a chance for young players to gain IM norms.

Sponsorship was arranged with the Auckland Company Netway Communications and invitations were sent to Lembit Antsovich Oll and Anthony Miles with the rest of the twelve player field made up of Australian and New Zealand players. This made the tournament a Category V event, in which seven points from eleven games were needed to gain an IM norm.

The tournament was not without incident. At the opening reception, Lembit Oll was unwell and wanted to play out his games on a short time control. Other players disagreed with this proposal and Oll therefore withdrew from the tournament. With Oll's withdrawal, it looked as though the tournament would collapse, but Ian Rogers cut short his holiday in the Australian Outback, stepped into the breach and saved the day. Ortvin Sarapu, who was Oll's host for two weeks, was very upset with the situation and it showed in his play. On the positive side, Benjamin Martin played very well and obtained an IM norm of seven points with three rounds to spare. The two grandmasters, Miles and Rogers showed their class and finished in joint first place.

The tournament ran from the 31st of March to the 12th of April and was held in Durham House, Finance Plaza in Albert Street in Auckland, New Zealand. The Auckland Chess Association team responsible for running the tournament included Paul Stanley Spiller (Coordinator), Ewen McGowen Green (Funding), Robert Gibbons (Tournament Arbiter), and Ortvin Sarapu, Martin Paul Dreyer and J Nigel Metge (Committee).

The playing sessions were six hours long, beginning at 1 pm and finishing at 7 pm. Adjournments went for a further two-hour playing session. The time control was 40 moves per hour and 20 moves per half hour thereafter.

Auckland, New Zealand, 31 March - 12 April 1992

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts 1 Miles * ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 10 2 Rogers ½ * 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 3 Martin 0 0 * ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 8 4 Levi 0 0 ½ * 1 1 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 5½ 5 Garbett 0 ½ 0 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5 6 Sarfati 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1 1 1 1 ½ 0 5 7 Small 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 5 8 Noble 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 4½ 9 Sarapu 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 3½ 10 Wallace 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 * ½ 1 3½ 11 Dreyer ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 3 12 Metge 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 * 3

The Netway Masters 1992 Trophy was presented to Tony Miles on tie-break.

Prizes in New Zealand dollars were:

1st $1500
2nd $ 750
3rd $ 400
4th $ 200
5th $ 150

The sources for this collection were the Netway Masters tournament bulletins and the book 'Mr Chess' The Ortvin Sarapu Story by Ortvin Sarapu. ISBN 0 473 01607 9.

Original collection: Game Collection: Netway Masters Tt 1992, by User: Benzol.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Levi vs M F Noble  ½-½141992Netway MastersB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. B Martin vs O Sarapu  1-0271992Netway MastersA56 Benoni Defense
3. M P Dreyer vs J Sarfati ½-½321992Netway MastersA15 English
4. P Garbett vs V Small  ½-½131992Netway MastersB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. J N Metge vs Miles  0-1311992Netway MastersE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. I Rogers vs J P Wallace  1-0471992Netway MastersE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. Miles vs M F Noble 1-0271992Netway MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. J Sarfati vs P Garbett  ½-½201992Netway MastersA81 Dutch
9. V Small vs B Martin  0-1501992Netway MastersE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
10. J P Wallace vs M P Dreyer  ½-½441992Netway MastersA37 English, Symmetrical
11. O Sarapu vs E Levi  ½-½221992Netway MastersA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. J N Metge vs I Rogers  0-1401992Netway MastersE70 King's Indian
13. P Garbett vs J P Wallace  1-0421992Netway MastersC05 French, Tarrasch
14. M F Noble vs O Sarapu  ½-½601992Netway MastersD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
15. E Levi vs V Small  0-1631992Netway MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. M P Dreyer vs J N Metge 0-1281992Netway MastersA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
17. B Martin vs J Sarfati  1-0371992Netway MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. I Rogers vs Miles ½-½411992Netway MastersB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. I Rogers vs M P Dreyer 1-0331992Netway MastersA52 Budapest Gambit
20. J P Wallace vs B Martin  0-1461992Netway MastersE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. J N Metge vs P Garbett  0-1461992Netway MastersA81 Dutch
22. V Small vs M F Noble  ½-½211992Netway MastersA04 Reti Opening
23. Miles vs O Sarapu 1-0281992Netway MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. J Sarfati vs E Levi 0-1521992Netway MastersA52 Budapest Gambit
25. E Levi vs J P Wallace  0-1441992Netway MastersC00 French Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-20-12  wordfunph: Miles miles away..
Oct-09-13  offramp: From the intro:
< Oll therefore withdrew from the tournament. ... Ortvin Sarapu who was Oll's host for two weeks was very upset with the situation...>

LOL. Having a manic depressive like Oll lolling around your house bored to tears all day long.... And you're playing chess waiting for the message that your house has burnt down.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Yes, Ortvin was most upset about Oll's behaviour. Before he came, all Ortvin would have known was that he was a fellow gifted Estonian chess master. Only after he arrived did he find out that Oll was mentally unstable. Seven years after that, Oll committed suicide, the same year in which Ortvin died of natural causes.
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  GrahamClayton: <Jonathan Sarfati> Yes, Ortvin was most upset about Oll's behaviour.

<Jonathan Sarfati> Oll's behaviour would have impacted on Sarapu's behaviour. Also being part of the tournament committee as well as playing would have also added extra pressure too :-)

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  MissScarlett: < Ian Rogers cut short his holiday in the Australian Outback>

A holiday in a desert. That sounds exciting. Sleep in a tent all day, and sit round a campfire at night with Ian and his didgeridoo.

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