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Purdy spoke eloquently about his recollections of Lajos Steiner, who emigrated to Australia from his native Hungary in the late 1930s. We learnt that Steiner stopped serious study of chess after moving here, and overhauled his style to become a d4 player, seeking to outplay his opponents in the middle and endgame, avoiding the tactical thrusts associated with e4.
Steiner won numerous State and Australian titles, however he played the role of spectator and analyst in later life, rather than continue his successful tournament play.
The customary top half crushing bottom half, excepting the occasional junior upset, was itself upset in the opening round. There was the junior upset - Justin Huang knocking over a rusty Adrian Chek - and the double whammy of Alex Mendes da Casta triumphing over fellow junior George Xie, but rarely do the upsets creep as high as board 1. Armen Ayvazyan  perhaps thought he could cruise for a few rounds before the serious games emerged, but Domenic Clark  had other ideas, chalking up what surely must be his greatest win.
Round Two was more of the same, with Kevin O'Chee grinding Tim Reilly to a draw. Victor Berezin, Ralph Seberry and Tomek Rej all looked good, moving to 2/2.
Just when Ayvazyan was getting things back on track, he ran into mighty Raymond Song, and suddenly the top seed was down on 1/3 and out of contention. Victor, Tomek, and David Dick [who had performed so well at the last Rose Bay event] extended their picket fence scores, whilst Mendes da Costa was looking good for the prizes on 2.5/3.
Sunday morning saw the leaders whittled down to 2, with Berezin getting the cash over Rej in a scrambling finish, whilst Dick dealt Mendes da Costa his first loss.
Berezin, brother of Australia's No.1 Women's player Irina Berezina, is only in Australia for a short time, but his chances of some extra holiday spending were enhanced when he established a full point lead with an emphatic round 5 victory over Dick. Rej bounced back to beat Viner in an ending where both players had chances, but Fabulous Phil was unable to keep pace with the 10 seconds per move increments. Tim Reilly kept in touch, drawing with the wily Johhny Bolens, Raymond Song enhanced his chances of a successul weekend with a win over Matthew Perkovic, whilst Wollongong junior Vaness Reid made up for two early losses to record a 3rd straight win.
Berezin was happy to take victory the easy way, agreeing to an early draw with Reilly, who mustn't have fancied his chances against the in-form tourist. Rej powered over the top of Dick to claim 2nd, whilst the evergreen Joel Harp was grateful for Seberry's gift of a knight to catch Reilly in a tie for overall 3rd.
Down the boards, Reid drew to claim the u/1600 prize - oustanding for a player rated 1274. She's been doing very well in junior tournaments this year and her rating will climb rapidly in this rich vein of form. Her father was last seen trying to claim some of her $200 prize as petrol money.
Three juniors finished in the top 10 - we're getting used to that these days - but none managed a place on the podium. I can't recall a single mobile phone going off during the rounds - a record? - and as arbiter I was rarely called on to intervene in games. The event was played in an excellent spirit, the 10 second increments provided some tense finishes to games, and all players are to be commended for their sportsmanship over the course of the weekend. Rose Bay RSL is an excellent, albeit limited to a capacity of about 80, venue, and I hope we can hold another event there in 2004.
- Jason Graham Lyons, Arbiter.
7.5 Peter Jovanovic
6.5 Roger Farrell, Ian Rout, Gareth Oliver and Tor Lattimore
6.0 Junta Ikeda, Michael Wei, Shannon Oliver, Kishore Sreetharan and Ramakrishna
- Jenni Oliver
He writes: "My brief is primarily to ensure the effective internal and external publicity of events which Chess Victoria or its affiliates conduct throughout the year.
"I did play OTB chess for a few years but set it aside to complete a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree at Monash University. I graduated earlier this year and intend to specialise in painting. I am presently living in Williamstown where I play as a member of the Hobsons Bay Mariners' Chess Club."
Mark has asked Victorian clubs to help him out with a few things:
"I would very much appreciate if each week there was one person from each of the clubs who would submit a 75 - 100 word article on what is happening at their club to CV News. A different person from the club could perhaps do something different each week provided that there is one person responsible for submitting it.
"As a follow up to this it would be good if each club did have a regularly updated website either in their own right or hosted by Chess Victoria. This would facilitate the submission of their weekly article in that more detailed information such as game scores and analysis etc could be left at the club site.
"A similar thing could be done for schools competing in the Interschool Competition each year. They could perhaps maintain a school chess website as part of their curriculum requirements.
"I shall be working in co-operation with all Chess Victoria office-bearers to ensure that all chess played in Victoria, whether it be a serious rated game played at the forthcoming Victorian Championships or an informal celebrity cafe game staged for promotional purposes, receives the publicity it requires and deserves."
Thank you to you all.
- Mark McKenzie
Director of Publicity
Chess Victoria Inc
While we're at it, the "records" section of the ACF website is hopelessly out of date, partly because of slackness by yours truly and partly because some files were replaced incorrectly during a server update. If anybody knows who the missing champions are, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final scores in the Under 1800 rated division of the NSWCA grade match competition (12 teams, 44 games): Wollongong 28.5, Mt.Pritchard 27.5, Wests, Smithfield 26.5, Manly 25, Rooty Hill Knights 23.5, St George 23, Croatia Sydney 21, Rooty Hill Rooks 20, North Sydney 18,Croatia Punchbowl 13, Canterbury 11.5
- Peter Parr
Last weekend the Queensland Clubs Teams Championships were held at the centre. The Gold Coast and Club Bullwinkle shared the senior title whilst the Gold Coast won the junior event. Full details at www.gardinerchess.com.
Hardys FIDE Rated Classic: This event is progressing very well. Last Monday there was a big upset with Justin Pengelley defeating Stephen Solomon. The live chess is working very reliably now, with the Hardys Classic on Monday evenings and a junior event on Tuesday evenings. Go to www.gardinerchess.com (live chess).
Australian Championships Play-Off: This long awaited play-off between GM Darryl Johansen and Nick Speck is scheduled from Tues to Fri 23-26 September at 6pm daily, and is being held at the Gardiner Chess Centre, 11 Hardys Road, Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast. GM Ian Rogers will provide live analysis in the centre cafe and the games will be relayed live to the internet from the Gardiner Chess website www.gardinerchess.com (live chess).
Gold Coast Classic Sat/Sun 20/21 September: This popular Grand Prix tournament will be held at the Somerset College Sports Pavilion, Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast. What makes this event unique is that it doubles as a teams event. Players not only play as individuals for individual prizes and GP points as usual; they also form themselves into teams of four with a maximum average rating of 1400. The result in the past has been a great deal more social interaction between young and old, as well as strong and average players. Full details and entry form can be downloaded from www.gardinerchess.com (Upcoming events).
- Graeme Gardiner
Grischuk won the powerful Ordix Open as part of the Chess Mainz festival:
Chess Classic - Ordix Open
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. g3 dxc4 5. Qa4+ c6 6. Qxc4 b5 7. Qc2 Bb7 8. Bg2 Nbd7 9. O-O c5 10. a4 b4 11. Nbd2 Rc8 12. Qd3 Be7 13. b3 cxd4 14. Nxd4 Rc3 15. Qb5 Bxg2 16. Kxg2 Qa8+ 17. N4f3 a6 18. Qg5 h6 19. Qxg7 Rh7!
Ouch! The queen is trapped 20. Qxh7 Nxh7 21. h4 Nhf6 22. Rb1 Rc2 23. Kg1 Nd5 24. Nd4 Rc8 25. Nc4 h5 26. Bb2 Nc3 27. Ra1 Qe4 28. e3 e5 29. Bxc3 bxc3 30. Ne2 Qc2 0-1
And for all those who've lost brevities, enjoy a little schadenfreude, a couple of quick crushes from Abu Dhabi. First, "Kasparov" gets done:
Abu Dhabi Masters
Svetushkin, Dmitry-Kasparov, Sergey
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Nd2 Qa5 5. e4 bxc4 6. Bxc4 d6 7. Ngf3 Nbd7 8. O-O g6 9. b3 Bg7 10. Bb2 O-O 11. Qc2 Ng4 12. Bxg7 Kxg7 13. Ne1 Nge5 14. Be2 g5 15. g3 Ba6 16. Bxa6 Qxa6 17. f4 gxf4 18. gxf4 Ng6 19. Nc4 Rg8 20. Ng2 Kf8 21. Kh1 Qb7 22. Nge3 Nb6 23. f5 Ne5 24. Nxe5 dxe5 25. Rg1 Rxg1+ 26. Rxg1 Ke8 27.Qxc5 Rc8 28. Qb5+ Kd8 29. Nc4 Qd7 30. Rg8+ Kc7 31. Qc5+ 1-0
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 d5 3. Bxf6 exf6 4. e3 c6 5. Bd3 Bd6 6. Nd2 O-O 7. Qf3 Na6 8. c3 Nc7 9. Ne2 g6 10. g4!
White's king is as safe as houses in the middle
c5 11. dxc5 Bxc5 12. h4 b5 13. h5 Ne6 14. Nf4 Nxf4 15. Qxf4 b4 16. Qh6 Qc7 17. hxg6 fxg6 18. Bxg6! 1-0
18...fxg6 19.Qh8+ Kf7 20.Qh7+
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Bg5 Qb6 7. Be3!? Qxb2 8. Ndb5 Qb4 9. Bd2 Nxe4 10. a3! 1-0
A novelty, I'm told, which decides the game! 10...Nxc3 11.axb4 Nxd1 12.Nc7+ Kd8 13.Nxa8 Nb2 14. Bc3 is curtains.
Finally, the latest sensation to emerge from the Ukraine is a girl, Kateryna Lahno, who has just won a strong tournament in Kramatorsk ahead of several grandmasters:
1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nc3 Qa5 5. d4 Bg4 6. Bb5 O-O-O 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8. h3 Qh5 9. Qe2 Bxf3 10. gxf3 e6 11. Be3 Bb4 12. O-O-O Bxc3 13. Qa6+ Kd7 14. bxc3 Qxf3 15. Rhg1 Ne7 16. c4 g6 17. d5 exd5 18. cxd5 cxd5 19. Qb5+ Kc8 20. Qa6+ Kd7 21. Qa4+ Kc8 22. Bg5 Rhe8 23. Rge1 f6 24. Qa6+ Kb8 25. Re3 Rd6 26. Qb5+ f6 24. Qa6+ Kd7 25. Qe6# 1-0
(Can anyone help? - ed)
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