So now we move into the decisive phase of the tournament, with the next 4 rounds deciding the event. With GM Fenandes emerging as the favourite itll be interesting to see how the round progresses.
A very disappointing result for Cawdery I would have thought he would have kept playing a little trying to break with f5 to weaken blacks King. Daniel just seems to be struggling to get going in this event and is unable to force his type of positions with white.
A strange game from Mabusela, he seems to be low on confidence. Black was always struggling to prove he had enough compensation for the pawn, as White’s position became easier he let the draw slip.
After some wonderful results for young Craig Bornheim Musa Simutowe shows the rest of the field how to take care of him. Craig is still a very incomplete chess player. Here he shows poor strategy by attacking on the King flank, when there were still under developed pieces on the Queen side. Craig will be very difficult for players to handle in this event this was not his best game.
Now for some comic relief. Well for those who weren’t involved in this game. just to give you some background both players had less than 20 minutes left for their last 25 moves.
What is quite appalling is that black would just win by pushing his h-pawn.
A great example of why one should always play to the bitter end.
Now we have the clash on board one
White: GM Fernandes who has a clear preference for calm clear strategic positions and handles technical positions very well.
Black: Donovan van den Heever who has very powerful calculation skills and handles concrete positions well.
A super technical win by GM Fenandes. He controlled the type of game from the outset. Move 7.Qb6 is actually a very strong move for his desired game. He takes off the queens and forces black to play a technical position. He then slowly outplays black in a position were Donovan’s skills are useless. A very well played game again GM Fernandes.
Now we get to the most entertaining game of the round.
White Calvin Klaasen. Calvin has the potential to be one of the countries best players but needs to be more serious about his chess studies.
Black IM Kobese. Watu is one of the countries best players and is continually among the favorites to succeed in any SA event.
What a crazy game! Calvin just didn’t have enough time to secure the win. He was down to seconds for the 5 moves before the time control. Had he found 36.Qf3 or Kg2 then this would have been a memorable win for him.
So as we move into round 7 GM Fernandes leads the way and he will face IM Watu Kobese who leads the charge of the SA Players.