ACF Bulletin

#250, January 27, 2004
In this issue: Bourmistrov wins Australian Junior | GP co-ordinator needed | SACA website | NSW: Australia Day Weekender | Johansen, West win in Auckland | World news: Wijk aan Zee | Tournaments

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Bourmistrov wins Australian Junior Championship:
Denis Bourmistrov is the new Australian Junior Champion. Bourmistrov well deserved his victory, leading throughout the tourney and finishing a point ahead of the field. 63 players contested the event at Hale School in Perth.

Australian Junior, 11 rounds
Place Name                  Feder Rtg Loc  Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   BOURMISTROV, DENIS    VIC       2030 9        61.5  74.0   57.0
 2-5  CHOW, SAM             VIC       2130 8        64.0  78.5   50.5
      SUTTOR, VINCENT       NSW       1828 8        58.0  72.0   50.5
      STOJIC, DUSAN         VIC       1863 8        58.0  71.5   47.5
      WEI, MICHAEL          ACT       1870 8        57.5  70.0   45.0
 6-8  OLIVER, GARETH        ACT       1844 7.5      59.0  71.5   47.0
      YU, MICHAEL           NSW       1736 7.5      58.0  72.0   47.5
      STOJIC, SVETOZAR      VIC       1700 7.5      56.5  69.5   42.5
9-11  LY, MOULTHUN          QLD       1646 7        59.0  70.0   45.0
      JAGER, JESSE          VIC       1598 7        58.5  71.5   43.5
      WONGWITCHIT, PHACHARA QLD       1773 7        54.5  67.5   44.0
12-20 NEEMAN, JEREMY        ACT       1548 6.5      65.0  76.5   49.0
      HUANG, JUSTIN         NSW       1596 6.5      64.0  77.0   47.0
      OBST, JAMES           SA        1539 6.5      60.0  72.5   45.5
      WANG, ZHENGBO         WA        1684 6.5      55.0  67.0   40.5
      XIE, KEN              NSW       1802 6.5      53.0  65.0   39.5
      LATTIMORE, TOR        ACT       1765 6.5      52.5  64.0   41.0
      IKEDA, JUNTA          ACT       1705 6.5      52.5  62.5   40.0
      FERRIS, SHAUN         VIC       1641 6.5      51.5  63.5   36.0
      LUGO, RUPERTO         VIC       1697 6.5      49.5  60.5   39.0
21-25 ZVEDENIOUK, ILIA      NSW       1922 6        54.5  66.5   35.5
      SONG, RAYMOND         NSW       1790 6        53.0  65.0   37.0
      CHAPMAN, MARK         WA        1639 6        51.0  64.5   33.5
      ROZELLS, NATHAN       WA        1497 6        47.5  59.5   31.5
      MUTHUSAMY, REUBBAN    VIC       1389 6        47.5  58.5   29.5
26-38 HU, JASON             NSW       1590 5.5      65.5  79.5   44.0
      OLIVER, SHANNON       ACT       1580 5.5      55.0  67.0   37.5
      KASPAR, RIC           QLD       1436 5.5      55.0  63.0   35.5
      YU, CHRIS             QLD       1589 5.5      52.5  63.0   37.0
      DONALDSON, THOMAS     WA        1520 5.5      51.0  63.0   32.0
      KIMURA, TOSHI         QLD       1723 5.5      50.5  63.0   34.5
      GUO-YUTHOK, SHERAB    ACT       1482 5.5      50.5  61.5   30.0
      SREETHARAN, KISHORE   ACT       1509 5.5      49.5  61.0   31.0
      VIJAYAKUMAR, RUKMAN   VIC       1577 5.5      48.5  56.0   36.5
      CRONAN, JAMES         NSW       1760 5.5      47.5  58.5   33.5
      LEVIN, JOSHUA         NSW       1464 5.5      47.0  57.5   31.0
      VAN HEERDEN, DANIEL   WA        1532 5.5      45.0  56.5   29.5
      VAN DIJK, DEVRIM      VIC       1530 5.5      44.5  52.5   27.0
39-46 COLIC, IGOR           WA        1332 5        55.5  66.0   37.0
      VISWANATH, GANESH     WA        1551 5        53.0  64.5   35.0
      CHU, LOUIS            NSW       1125 5        51.0  62.5   30.5
      WALLIS, CHRISTOPHER   VIC       1430 5        49.0  57.5   30.0
      MAGUIRE, JESSE        ACT       1321 5        45.0  52.0   25.5
      TSE, JEFFREY          NSW       1337 5        43.5  52.0   26.0
      MC GOWAN, DANIEL      NSW       948  5        41.5  49.5   22.5
      VINCIGUERRA, ANDREW   WA        1176 5        40.5  48.5   23.0
47-53 HOLLAND, DENNIS       WA        1531 4.5      48.5  60.0   24.0
      GUZEL, ADAM           NSW       1346 4.5      47.0  58.5   27.5
      TRAN, CHRISTOPHER     ACT       1516 4.5      47.0  57.5   27.0
      HASELGROVE, MILES     WA        1434 4.5      46.0  56.5   26.5
      KERKSAL, DAVID        VIC            4.5      45.0  55.0   25.5
      BELTRAMI, MATTHEW     ACT       1208 4.5      44.0  51.0   25.0
      MARTIN, RICHARD       VIC       1237 4.5      39.0  48.0   22.0
54-56 HUMPHRIES, RYAN       WA        1238 4        44.0  51.0   23.0
      SCOTT, CHRISTOPHER    WA        857  4        39.5  45.5   21.5
      SLACK-SMITH, BLAIR    WA        1096 4        36.0  43.0   21.0
 57   ANDREWS, STEPHEN      WA             3.5      40.0  48.0   17.5
58-61 RODIN, BEN            WA             2.5      43.5  50.5   16.0
      TAYLOR, PAUL          WA             2.5      38.0  45.5   18.0
      GEVERS, JONATHAN      WA             2.5      35.0  42.0   13.0
      ARNOLD, MATTHEW       WA        883  2.5      33.5  39.5   14.5
 62   UNG, JOSEPHINE        ACT       332  0.5      34.0  41.5    2.0
 63   SAXON, MARC           WA        1535 0         2.0   2.0    0.0
Aus Junior - Girls Open - 11 rounds
Place Name                Feder Rtg Loc  Score Berg. Wins

  1   HUDDLESTON, HEATHER NSW       1616 11    55.00   10
  2   JULE, ALEXANDRA     QLD       1233 8.5   35.00    7
 3-4  EVANS, AMY          QLD       1222 8     35.00    7
      HARRIS, REBECCA     NSW       1426 8     32.25    6
  5   IKEDA, MIONA        ACT       1110 7     25.25    5
  6   HICKMAN, CASEY      VIC       1255 6.5   22.50    5
  7   KINDER, JESSICA     QLD       775  5.5   15.75    4
  8   OLIVER, TAMZIN      ACT       1007 4.5    9.75    3
  9   DAVIDOVIC, DIANA    SA        901  3.5   10.25    2
 10   GAJIC, TIJANA       SA             2.5    2.75    1
 11   EDMANDS, STEPHANIE  WA             1      0.00    0
Aus Junior - U12 Open
Place Name                Feder Rtg Loc  Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

 1-2  SONG, ANGELA        NSW       1521 8.5      62.5  74.5   54.5
      ILLINGWORTH, MAX    NSW       1495 8.5      59.0  72.5   47.0
 3-4  XU, WILLIAM         NSW       1223 8        60.0  73.5   46.0
      FINKE, KELVIN       QLD       1374 8        60.0  72.5   50.5
  5   MORRIS, JAMES       VIC       881  7.5      61.5  74.5   46.5
 6-8  LIN, ZHIGEN         VIC       1479 7        61.5  74.0   46.0
      ANDERSON, DANIEL    QLD       1416 7        59.0  71.5   44.0
      THAKUR, UDIT        VIC       979  7        52.0  64.0   39.0
9-15  CHOONG, YITA        WA        1281 6.5      63.5  77.0   47.5
      WU, EDWIN           NSW       1277 6.5      59.5  72.0   46.5
      BROWN, ANDREW       ACT       1267 6.5      59.5  71.5   47.0
      HARRIS, BENJAMIN    NSW       1419 6.5      56.0  67.5   42.0
      UNG, THOMAS         ACT       1136 6.5      55.0  67.0   40.0
      VIJAYAKUMAR, RENGAN VIC       1138 6.5      54.0  66.5   38.5
      ZULFIC, FEDJA       SA        836  6.5      52.5  63.5   39.0
16-22 SCHON, EUGENE       VIC            6        58.5  71.5   41.0
      CHOW, JUSTIN        ACT       1016 6        58.5  70.5   41.0
      MIHALOPOULOS, JASON VIC       791  6        54.5  64.5   40.0
      DIAMOND, DANIEL     VIC            6        53.5  65.5   33.0
      MIRANDA, ADRIAN     NSW       1315 6        53.0  65.0   38.0
      YU, DEREK           VIC       1131 6        50.0  61.5   36.0
      LUGO, JEROME        VIC       828  6        47.5  59.0   35.0
23-25 JOEL, NATHAN        VIC            5.5      51.0  61.5   33.5
      JONES, BENJI        VIC            5.5      47.5  57.5   31.5
      LIMPAH, CHRISTOPHER WA             5.5      40.5  51.5   26.5
26-30 QIAN, DENNISH       VIC            5        49.5  61.0   30.0
      NGUYEN, VAN         ACT       1151 5        47.5  58.0   34.0
      MORITZ, JOHN        WA             5        42.0  50.0   25.0
      COOPER, RHYS        WA             5        41.0  50.5   27.0
      AMATI, KARL         WA             5        39.5  51.5   23.0
31-33 BRASH, NOAH         VIC            4.5      46.0  57.0   28.0
      DAVIS, BRADLEY      WA             4.5      41.5  51.5   20.5
      LIMPAH, JONATHAN    WA             4.5      41.0  52.0   25.5
34-41 EDLAND, BENJAMIN    WA             4        45.5  56.0   25.0
      CLARK, JOSEPH       WA             4        44.0  52.0   24.0
      JONES, DANIEL       VIC            4        43.5  53.5   26.0
      CLAPIN, BEN         WA             4        43.0  52.5   24.0
      BARBARO, NIC        WA             4        42.5  50.5   25.0
      ANDERSON, TODD      QLD            4        40.0  49.5   19.0
      EDLAND, THOMAS      WA             4        38.0  46.0   22.5
      MC COOK, JAKE       ACT       250  4        35.5  45.5   16.0
42-43 MILLS, KIERAN       WA             3        39.0  47.0   14.0
      MITCHELL, ALEXANDER ACT       332  3         8.5  16.0    6.0
44-45 OWERS, CHARLES      WA             2        41.0  50.0   11.0
      DEAN, THOMAS        WA             2        32.0  41.0   10.0
Aus Junior - U12 Girls
Place Name                      Feder Rtg Loc Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   NG, DEBORAH               NSW       627 9.5      52.0  62.5   57.5
  2   SMITH, KAYLEIGH           ACT       951 9        55.5  66.5   53.0
  3   LAUDER, NATASHA           VIC       925 8        56.5  68.0   49.0
 4-5  RUSSELL, LUTHIEN          QLD       991 7.5      55.0  65.5   38.5
      GUO, EMMA                 ACT       836 7.5      53.0  63.5   42.0
  6   ONG, LARA                 ACT       567 6.5      56.0  66.5   39.0
 7-8  LAUDER, CHLOE             VIC       312 6        51.5  62.0   35.0
      EUSTACE, SOPHIE           SA        263 6        46.0  56.5   35.0
9-10  YU, SALLY                 VIC       650 5.5      51.0  61.5   35.0
      AVIS, RUBY                WA            5.5      41.5  50.5   29.0
 11   WANG, SHU-YU              VIC       799 5        59.5  70.0   40.0
 12   ZORANICH, ASHLINNE        WA            4        39.0  48.0   20.0
 13   PARKINSON-STEWART, SOPHIE WA            3.5      46.0  56.5   24.0
 14   PARKINSON-STEWART, JASMIN WA            2        47.5  58.0   13.5
 15   GELAVIS, ELYSIA           WA            1.5      47.0  57.5   11.0
 16   MORITZ, SARAH             WA            1        46.0  55.0    6.5

Full details on the official website: http://www.nscom.net.au/2004ajcc/

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Grand Prix Co-ordinator needed: The ACF needs a Grand Prix Co-ordinator for 2004. The person would need to send out invoices, liaise with tournament organisers and calculate results. Anyone interested should contact ACF President George Howard on 0414 841575. The ACF would be happy to hear from chess organisations that wish to run the GP and have their name attached, as did last year's co-ordinator, David Cordover's Chess World.

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New website for South Australia: The South Australian Chess Association (SACA) has a new website at a new address: http://www.sachess.org
Please update your bookmarks.

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Constitution updated: The latest changes to the ACF Constitution can now be seen on the ACF website, following the recent ACF Conference. Thanks to ACF Public Officer Denis Jessop for the updated info.
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NSW Australia Day Weekender: George Xie won the tournament at North Sydney Leagues Club, January 24-25, 2004.

A slightly less than satisfactory 54 players competed in an event dominated by the top two seeds, George Xie and Ralph Seberry.

Their round 4 clash had seemed likely to be a definitive match in determining podium places, however not for the first time the two declined to play chess, agreeing to a draw after some 5 moves.

Both players held a significant edge over their 52 rivals, hence the conservative decision to split the top two prizes between them.

The chess gods would not have it so. Final round, George sitting on board 1 against Jason Chan, Ralph on board 2 against Kostia Lubarsky. Kostia offers a draw. Ralph has a slight edge, but no significant imbalance to exploit. Ralph analyses George's position, concludes that George is likely to win, and declines the draw.

George duly wins his game, Ralph's position is on the slide ... he finds himself in what appeared to be a lost pawn ending ...

[Intermezzo: George and I are discussing the sad fate of Ralph's game, when George related this amusing tale: In much the same circumstances in a tournament some time ago, Gary Lane and George Xie are leading on 5/6 in the final round, having drawn their match. They lead the field by half a point. Gary's opponent offers a draw. Rather than respond, Gary goes into analysis mode on George's game. Mid-analysis, George's opponent also offers a draw. George checks out Gary's position, fears that Gary will probably win, and so declines the draw. Gary immediately declines the draw offered. Both players lose their games, are overtaken by those half a point behind, and win nothing. At least George could laugh about it.]

Back to Ralph's game ... he wanders past the arbiter's table and mutters that the ending has many complications. His expression is one of dead loss. A fine victory to Kostia Lubarsky, propelling him to a share of 2nd place!

Leading final places:
1st George Xie
=2nd Joel Harp, Kostia Lubarsky
=4th Johny Bolens, Ralph Seberry, Gareth Charles

This event was FIDE-rated. Unfortunately a combination of only 6 rounds and a lower than expected turnout of FIDE rated players, made it very difficult for those seeking a FIDE rating to play the minimum 4 FIDE-rated players required.

One who achieved that feat was Andrew Field, rated a modest 1595, who performed well above his current station to share the u/1600 ratings prize, and score 2/4 against FIDE rated opponents with an average rating of 2123 - outstanding!

There were no disputes; my most difficult tasks were explaining some laws of chess to juniors, and explaining to one young boy's father why a FIDE-rated tournament with 4 hour playing sessions is not the best choice for his boy, who has never played a chess tournament of any description in his life. Some examples of this young lad's indiscretions:
- talking to opponents during games
- talking to players seated next to him during games
- talking to himself as he plays through his game, still at the table, an hour after his game
- not recording moves
- refusing to resign, instead insisting the game is a draw because "i'm stuck" [really]
- making two moves in a row whilst his opponent is in the bathroom
- withdrawing moves during games
- refusing to agree to the 'touch move' rule

Mobile Phone Report: one spectator ejected on the Saturday. One player [a NSWCA Councillor, no less] incurring the extremities of my goodwill. In round 4 his phone loudly beeped a message. I couldn't identify the culprit, so it went unchecked. Many in the playing hall were looking around, then looking at me, like "Ooooooh, someone's in trouble". Next round, same beep, and this time I spy the offender fiddling with his pocket! As it was a message rather than a ring tone, I issued a stern warning. [Soft, I know!]

Thanks to Miro Nowak for providing some demo boards, to Amiel Rosario who dropped in and took some photos, and to the players for their generous demeanour throughout the event.

Jason Lyons
IA

1 Xie, George NSW 2239 5.5 53:W 40:W 16:W 4:D 6:W 10:W
2 Lubarsky, Kostia NSW 1875 5 22:W 23:L 34:W 13:W 8:W 4:W
3 Harp, Joel NSW 1845 5 39:W 37:W 4:L 23:W 9:W 15:W
4 Seberry, Ralph B NSW 2172 4.5 31:W 17:W 3:W 1:D 7:W 2:L
5 Charles, Gareth NSW 2037 4.5 30:W 13:D 18:W 9:W 10:L 17:W
6 Peters, Duncan NSW 1887 4.5 34:W 18:D 35:W 11:W 1:L 20:W
7 Bolens, Johny NSW 2004 4.5 46:W 26:W 25:W 0:D 4:L 16:W
8 Tomac, Jack NSW 1676 4 20:W 11:D 12:D 14:W 2:L 29:W
9 Field, Andrew NSW 1595 4 36:W 12:W 14:W 5:L 3:L 25:W
10 Chan, Jason NSW 1883 4 29:W 35:D 13:D 26:W 5:W 1:L
11 Jones, Lee R NSW 2043 4 24:W 8:D 23:W 6:L 12:D 26:W
12 Nowak, Miroslaw NSW 1885 4 41:W 9:L 8:D 35:W 11:D 30:W
13 Clark, Domenic NSW 1636 4 54:W 5:D 10:D 2:L 39:W 27:W
14 Dekic, Biljana NSW 1981 4 28:W 48:W 9:L 8:L 34:W 24:W
15 Morris, Michael NSW 4 23:L 39:W 48:W 40:W 19:W 3:L
16 Dunn, Michael Gl NSW 1872 3.5 38:W 45:W 1:L 31:W 17:D 7:L
17 Yap, Aaron NSW 1768 3.5 27:W 4:L 41:W 43:W 16:D 5:L
18 Keuning, Anthony V NSW 1565 3.5 50:W 6:D 5:L 28:D 22:D 36:W
19 Murray, Bruce D NSW 1845 3.5 33:D 52:D 29:W 30:W 15:L 21:D
20 Adler, Nathan NSW 939 3.5 8:L 28:D 42:W 48:W 24:W 6:L
21 Pobert, Ariyadi NSW 3.5 42:W 25:L 24:L 47:W 23:W 19:D
22 Roberts, Jamie NSW 1354 3.5 2:L 36:D 52:D 49:W 18:D 37:W
23 Jurd, Sebastian NSW 1564 3 15:W 2:W 11:L 3:L 21:L 39:W
24 Greenwood, Norman NSW 1443 3 11:L 46:W 21:W 25:W 20:L 14:L
25 Sewell, Rob NSW 1809 3 32:W 21:W 7:L 24:L 28:W 9:L
26 Mendes da Costa, Alex NSW 1620 3 47:W 7:L 27:W 10:L 41:W 11:L
27 Cohn, Jason NSW 1187 3 17:L 32:W 26:L 45:W 31:W 13:L
28 Hoving, Eliot NSW 1434 3 14:L 20:D 36:W 18:D 25:L 40:W
29 Nguyen, Joseph NSW 1363 3 10:L 49:W 19:L 44:W 40:W 8:L
30 Hor, Stanton NSW 1442 3 5:L 47:W 44:W 19:L 43:W 12:L
31 Went, Lindsay NSW 1447 3 4:L 54:W 37:W 16:L 27:L 43:W
32 Nabulsi, Derek NSW 1488 3 25:L 27:L 54:W 37:L 51:W 41:W
33 Hogan, Terry NSW 1204 3 19:D 42:D 40:L 34:L 44:W 45:W
34 Bisson, Danny Wayne NSW 1413 2.5 6:L 50:W 2:L 33:W 14:L 35:D
35 Bergseng, Erik NSW 1523 2.5 49:W 10:D 6:L 12:L 37:D 34:D
36 Boyce, Jamie NSW 2.5 9:L 22:D 28:L 54:+ 38:W 18:L
37 Adler, David NSW 1064 2.5 52:W 3:L 31:L 32:W 35:D 22:L
38 Baldwin, A(Tony) C NSW 1331 2.5 16:L 44:L 47:D 42:W 36:L 51:W
39 Baker, John A NSW 1298 2 3:L 15:L 51:W 52:+ 13:L 23:L
40 McGregor, Allan NSW 1765 2 43:W 1:L 33:W 15:L 29:L 28:L
41 Tracey, Michael J NSW 1373 2 12:L 51:W 17:L 46:W 26:L 32:L
42 Nichas, John NSW 1494 2 21:L 33:D 20:L 38:L 47:W 46:D
43 Parker, Trent NSW 1181 2 40:L 53:+ 45:W 17:L 30:L 31:L
44 Sands, Roland 2 45:L 38:W 30:L 29:L 33:L 50:W
45 Losh, Gary NSW 1481 2 44:W 16:L 43:L 27:L 49:W 33:L
46 Reese, Peter NSW 1069 2 7:L 24:L 50:W 41:L 48:D 42:D
47 Nguyen, Dominic NSW 692 1.5 26:L 30:L 38:D 21:L 42:L 49:W
48 Katnic, Eddy NSW 1636 1.5 51:W 14:L 15:L 20:L 46:D 0:
49 Nalbandian, Alexander 1 35:L 29:L 0:W 22:L 45:L 47:L
50 Falzon, Glen NSW 1 18:L 34:L 46:L 51:L 0:W 44:L
51 Kemsley, Kevin NSW 918 1 48:L 41:L 39:L 50:W 32:L 38:L
52 Bleyer, Charles NSW 1680 1 37:L 19:D 22:D 39:- 0: 0:
53 Reid, Vaness NSW 1463 0 1:L 43:- 0: 0: 0: 0:
54 Brenner, Perry NSW 936 0 13:L 31:L 32:L 36:- 0: 0:

Amiel Rosario has kindly supplied a number of games from this tournament which can be viewed online. At time of writing the games are unannotated, but I have to add some commentary soon - Ed.

Here's a nice win from a promising young player:

[Event "NSWCA Aust Day we"]
[Site "North Sydney"]
[Date "2004.??.??"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Mendes da Costa, Alex"]
[Black "Tracy, Michael"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C51"]
[PlyCount "49"]
[EventDate "2004.??.??"]

1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 e5 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. d4 exd4 7. O-O h6 
8. cxd4 Bb6 9. Nc3 d6 10. Re1 Nge7 11. Ba3 O-O 12. Bb3 Bg4 13. Ne2 Bxf3 
14. gxf3 Kh8 15. Qd3 f5 16. Rad1 f4 17. Kh1 Ng6 18. Bc2 Nh4 19. Rg1 h5 
20. Qb5 Qe8 21.Qg5 Qe7 22. Qxh5+ Kg8 23. Bb3+ Rf7 24. Rxg7+ Kxg7 
25. Rg1+ 1-0


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Letters: Please note this problem of 'players' asking for invitations is very common and not just from Nigeria. [Ed - see last week's r] Only provide invitations if vouched for by Caiafas. If it is just a small tournament, then you can assume that at best is a waste of time. It is little different from people trying to launder $20 million through your bank account or that you have won a European lottery. - Stewart Reuben

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Johansen, West win Auckland International Open: A number of Aussies played in this strong Kiwi event at the Pakuranga Country Club from January 19-23. Johansen went through undefeated, beating West in their game. The pair shared the $NZ1,000 first prize.

Writing in his weekly newspaper columns, Ian Rogers reports that a 14-year-old New Zealand prodigy also played in the tournament. Wang Puchen drew with the top seeds and eventually finished third with Koeller and Sydney's Tim Reilly. A fortnight earlier Wang finished second in the 2004 NZ Championship and won his second NZ Lightning title. Wang also finished fifth in the 2000 World U/10 Championships and will play for the 2004 NZ Olympic team in Mallorca in October. Leading final scores, 9 rounds:
7.0 Johansen, West (both Aus)
6.0 Wang, Reilly (Aus), Koeller
5.5 Watson, Compton
5.0 Smith, McLaren, Thornton, Goodhue, Bennett, Reedy, Xu
4.5 Van Der Hoorn, Gibbons, Bekker (Aus), Otene
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World news:
Visy Anand won the powerful Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, and now looks set to overtake Kramnik for the No.2 spot on the world rankings. Even more remarkable was the victory in the Corus "C" event by 13-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, who scored well above a GM norm and played some remarkable chess.

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Annotated games

Carlsen-Werle
Carlsen-Peng Zhaoqin
Carlsen-Ernst

Group A final scores, 13 rounds:
1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2766 8.5; 2. Leko, Peter g HUN 2722 8.0; 3. Adams, Michael g ENG 2720 8.0; 4. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2735 7.5; 5. Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2679 7.5; 6. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2777 6.5; 7. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2617 6.5; 8. Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2714 6.5; 9. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2747 6.0; 10. Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2693 6.0; 11. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2736 6.0; 12. Sokolov, Ivan g NED 2706 5.0; 13. Zhang Zhong g CHN 2639 5.0; 14. Timman, Jan H g NED 2578 4.0;

Group B final scores, 13 rounds:
1. Bruzon, Lazaro g CUB 2603 9.0; 2. Dominguez, Lenier g CUB 2605 8.5; 3. Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2636 8.0; 4. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2571 7.5; 5. Granda Zuniga, Julio E g PER 2581 7.5; 6. Stellwagen, Daniel m NED 2489 6.5; 7. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2576 6.5; 8. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2600 6.5; 9. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2478 6.0; 10. Zhu Chen g CHN 2495 5.5; 11. Hamdouchi, Hichem g MAR 2588 5.0; 12. Nijboer, Friso g NED 2586 5.0; 13. Lobron, Eric g GER 2497 5.0; 14. Van der Wiel, John g NED 2542 4.5;

Group C final scores, 13 rounds:
1. Carlsen, Magnus m NOR 2484 10.5; 2. Ernst, Sipke m NED 2474 10.0; 3. Smeets, Jan m NED 2505 9.0; 4. Pavlovic, Milos g SCG 2548 8.0; 5. Werle, Jan m NED 2407 8.0; 6. Gagunashvili, Merab g GEO 2583 7.5; 7. Bosboom-Lanchava, Tea wg NED 2323 7.5; 8. Pavasovic, Dusko g SLO 2615 7.0; 9. Lahno, Kateryna m UKR 2493 6.5; 10. Janssen, Ruud m NED 2489 6.0; 11. Popov, Valerij g RUS 2580 6.0; 12. Peng Zhaoqin m NED 2419 3.5; 13. Etmans, Maarten D f NED 2225 1.0; 14. Barendse, Ted NED 2206 0.5;


Carlsen, M (2484)    --    Ernst, S (2474)
GMC  (12)   Wijk aan Zee NED
2004.01.24     1-0     B19


1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Ngf6 12.O-O-O Be7 13.Ne4 Qa5 14.Kb1 O-O 15.Nxf6+ Nxf6 16.Ne5 Rad8 17.Qe2!? c5?!

Missing the point of white's last move
18.Ng6!!




A wonderful idea in an innocuous-looking position!
18...fxg6
( 18...Rfe8 gives white the advantage after 19.Nxe7+ Rxe7 20.dxc5! Rxd1+ 21.Rxd1 +- followed by Bd6! 21...Nd7 22.Bd6 Re8 23.Qc4 Rc8 24.b4 Qd8 )
19.Qxe6+ Kh8
( 19...Rf7? 20.hxg6 +- )
20.hxg6!!
Superb! White ignores the Be7 to open the h-file and introduce a threat of Bxh6. Note that the Bf4 keeps the black queen out of c7 and hampers the defence
( 20.Qxe7?! Nd5 21.Qxb7 Nxf4 22.hxg6 Nxg6 -+ )
20...Ng8 21.Bxh6!! gxh6
( 21...Nxh6? 22.Rxh6+ gxh6 23.Qxe7 with unstoppable mate on h7 )
22.Rxh6+!! Nxh6 23.Qxe7 Nf7
( 23...Rf7 24.gxf7 is obviously hopeless )
24.gxf7


chess image


A beautiful picture of domination. The black queen is still out of action and the Rf8 can't move. White threatens mate in two with Qf6+ and Rh1
24...Kg7 25.Rd3 Rd6 26.Rg3+ Rg6 27.Qe5+
( Not 27.Rxg6+ Kxg6 28.Qxf8?? Qe1# )
27...Kxf7
( 27...Kh7 28.Rh3+ Rh6 29.Qf5+ Kg7 30.Rg3+ Kh8 31.Qe5+ Kh7 32.Qg7# )
28.Qf5+ Rf6?
( 28...Ke7 29.Re3+ Kd6 30.Qxf8+ with a quick mate )
29.Qd7#
A lovely attacking game!
1-0

Carlsen, M (2484)    --    Werle, J (2407)
GMC  (8)   Wijk aan Zee NED
2004.01.19     1-0     B41


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.g3 Qc7 8.Be3 b6 9.Bg2 Bb7 10.O-O Nbd7 11.Rc1 Be7 12.Nd5!!



chess image


A remarkable combinative theme seen in a number of games recently. The point behind the sacrifice is that the Bg2 is gradually unveiled, with lethal effect
12...exd5 13.cxd5 Qb8 14.Nc6! Bxc6
Forced
15.dxc6 Ra7
The point of the sacrifice is revealed in variations like ( 15...Ne5 16.f4 Neg4 17.c7 Qc8 18.Bxb6 Nd7 19.Qxg4 Nxb6 20.Qxg7 Rf8 21.e5 +- or 18...0-0 19. h3 and 20. e5 ). At worst white gets a rook and a whopper of a passed pawn for his two pieces.
16.cxd7+ Nxd7 17.Bh3 O-O 18.Bxd7! Rxd7 19.Qd5!
White has a big positional advantage
19...b5 20.Rc6 Qa8 21.Rfc1 Rfd8 22.Bb6 Re8 23.Qf5 Rb7 24.Bd4 Bf8 25.Rc8 Rb8 26.R8c7 Re7 27.Rxe7 Bxe7 28.Rc7 Re8 29.Qd7 Qd8 30.Qc6 Bf8 31.Ra7 Qc8 32.Qd5 Qe6 33.Qxe6! Rxe6 34.f3 d5? 35.Ra8 Rc6 36.exd5 Rc7 37.Bc3
Black will lose a piece thanks to Bb4
1-0

In other news this week, a surprise last-round victory over favourite Gelfand gave Brazilian GM Giovanni Vescovi victory in the Bermuda "4 Ways" tournament. Gelfand had led for most of the tournament and played some spectacular chess.

Final scores after 10 rounds:
7.0 Vescovi
6.5 Gelfand
6.0 Movsesian
4.0 Iordachescu
3.5 Shabalov
3.0 Macieja

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English GM Nigel Short won the Commonwealth Championship, against a field that included Russians and many other nationalities.
Final scores after 9 rounds:
7.5 Smirnov, Short
7.0 Dzhumaev, Niaz
6.5 Thipsay, Sasikiran
6.0 Fominyh, Harikrishna, Kunte, Iskusnyh, Vakhidov, Sundararajan ... etc
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Upcoming tournaments
City of Sydney Championships 2004
Venue: Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club
117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde 
(1 minute from West Ryde Station)
When: Registration Closes 23rd Feb, 
late applications accepted until 10:30am 29th Feb
From 29th Feb to 28th March 
(Sundays) 9 rounds - 2 rounds a day
Starting Times: Morning Rd 11.00am 
-Afternoon Rd 4.00pm
Presentation then City of Sydney 
Lightning 4.00pm, 28th March
Time Control: FIDE time control 90 minutes + 
30 seconds per move from the start
Entry Fees: Adult $80, 
Under 18 $50, Under 14 $30.
$10 Late fee for Registration after 22nd Feb
(Mail, phone or email and pay on the 29th Feb)
Prizes
(based on 75 entries)
Open: 1st $600 2nd $400 3rd $200
U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, 
Junior: 1st $250 2nd $150 3rd $100
The tournament will be FIDE rated
Players are eligible for only 1 prize. 
Juniors are not eligible for ratings prizes.
A $10 late fee applies for entries received 
after Sunday February 22nd
All NSW resident players must be members of 
(or join) the NSWCA or the NSWJCL
For further information contact Ralph Seberry 
by telephone [0403 991 730],
email ralphseberry@optushome.com.au, 
or visit the NSWCA website: 
http://www.nswca.org.au/
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Print out and complete this entry form.
Please make all cheques payable to NSWCA Inc.
[or email to ralphseberry@optushome.com.au]
Post to:
NSW Chess Association
G.P.O Box 2418
Sydney 2001
entries due february 23

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Henry Greenfield 2004
Monday February 2nd - Monday March 29th
Venue: The Hakoah Club, 61 Hall Street Bondi, NSW 2026 
The Hakoah Chess Club cordially invites all members and 
friends to compete  in the Henry Greenfield Cup-2004. 
This 9 round Swiss event will be held at the  Hakoah Club on 
consecutive Monday evenings, commencing at 7.30 p.m.  
Monday February 2nd  2004. Entries close at 7.15 p.m.  
$  Prizes:  $ Open 1st    $350.00  2nd   $220.00 3rd  $80.00   
Under 1700 1st    $200.00 2nd     $120.00 3rd    $80.00  
Those prizes as well as any others rely upon of minimum of 
50 entries.   
Time Limit: 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes to 
finish the game.   
Entries $30 Hakoah Chess Club Members     
(Hakoah Chess Club Membership is $30 for a year)  
$40 Non-Members. $20 Juniors (U/18)
Enquiries:  Vladimir Feldman - DOP : 
vfeldman@bigpond.net.au - 0414798503
or visit Hakoah Chess Club web page: 
http://hakoahchessclub.freeservers.com   

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Drouin Open Chess Championship
ACF Grand Prix Category 1 Tournament
Saturday/Sunday, 21st & 22nd February
Old Council Chambers
Young St, Drouin

For 
detailed map please go to 
www.possumpages.com.au/drouinchess

7 Round Swiss 
Round Times:    Saturday 10am, 1pm, 4pm, & 7pm
Sunday 10am, 1pm, 4pm
You may elect to receive a half-point bye in any round.
60 minutes + 10 seconds per move
Entry fees:   free Entry for GMs & IMs
$40 Full $35 Concession 
$20 Juniors (under 18)
Payment accepted by cash, cheque or credit card. 
Phone 9576-8177 to enter over the phone. 
Late entry after 14th Feb will incur $10 late-fee.
Enter online:  www.possumpages.com.au/drouinchess

Prizes: 1st        $500
2nd       $300
3rd        $200
Plus Ratings Prizes and Junior Prizes 
depending on entries

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Toukley under 2000
21-22 Feb 
NSW
Toukley RSL Club
Holmes Avenue, Toukley 2263
Directors of Play: Brian and Lee Jones
First prize $300 plus many other prizes
60 minutes followed by 10 seconds/move
Adult Fee $50
Concession Fee $35
Junior Fee $35
Please make cheques payable to White Knight Chess Club
Mail cheque and entry form to:
Brian Jones, PO Box 370, Riverstone, NSW 2765
02 9838 1529

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Box Hill Autumn Cup    
Starts Friday 30 January 2004 Finishes 19 March 2004
7 round SWISS
60 minutes +30sec/move ppp/pg
7.45pm start each evening
Entry $20, $15
Visitors fee $15 covers whole tournament
Entries close 7.30pm 30/1/4.
Messages can be left on the club mobile 0409 259 490

 
Box Hill New Season Swiss
Starts Tuesday 10 February Finishes 30 March 2004
7 round SWISS
60 minutes +30sec/move ppp/pg
7.45pm start each evening
Entry $20, $15
Visitors fee $15 covers whole tournament
Entries close 7.30pm 10/2/4.
Messages can be left on the club mobile 0409 259 490

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University Open:
10th & 11th of July
4th Floor Union Building, Adelaide University
$4000 Prizes, $1000 first
A Category Three Grand Prix event
Entry Fees: $40 Adult, $30 concession 
GM Ian Rogers is a confirmed entrant
Details: www.unichess.org

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Asian Cities Chess Team Championship
20-28 March 2004, Manila, Philippines
Organizing Committee Secretariat: 
4th Floor, Philippine Sports Commission
Admin Bldg., RMSC, Pablo Ocampo Sr. 
St., Malate, Manila, Philippines
Tel: +63-2-525 49 33, 521 33 67 
Fax: +63-2-303 10 32 attn: Mr. Ariel Paredes
20th (arrival) to 28th (departure) March 2004 in Manila.

The Organizing Committee shall host one 
team per country composed of 4 players plus 1 reserve 
and captain. Extra teams may participate at their own 
expense. Attached are the regulations, confirmation 
form, team composition and registration form.

Please confirm your participation by 31st January 2004 
to FIDE Delegate Casto Abundo of the Organizing Committee 
at email address abundo@fide.com or abundo@broline.com 
and submit the team composition and registration forms by 
20th February 2004.

- Atty. Matias V. Defensor
President
National Chess Federation of the Philippines

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The Italo-Australian Club 42nd Doeberl Cup
A Class 3 ACF Grand Prix Event 
9-12 April 2004

Location: The Italo-Australian Club, 
78 Franklin Street, Forrest, Canberra, ACT.

Total Prizes: $10,000
Premier Division (FIDE-rated; 
Rated over 1600 only): First $2200

Details: http://www.netspeed.com.au/ianandjan/IansPage/

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World youth under-16 
chess Olympiad

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) has the pleasure of inviting your Chess 
Federation to participate in the World youth under-16 chess olympiad, 
2004 organised by AICF in Calicut (Kozhikode), Kerala, India from 1st July (Arrival) to 
9th July  (Departure) 2004. The Championship is conducted under the auspices of the 
Federation Internationale Des Echecs (FIDE).
It will be conducted in Calicut, 
india  from  1st July (Arrival) to 9th July (Departure) according to the following 
schedule. The tournament shall be run on a 10 Round Swiss. 
Each match between teams will be conducted over 4 boards. 
90 minutes to finish with 30 seconds increment from 
move 1. Organisers will provide free board and lodging to a team of 4 players and 
the official, for nine days from 1st July to 9th July. The reserve player shall be charged 
US$50 per day for hospitality inclusive of 3 meals. Those who arrive before the arrival 
date and or overstay beyond the departure date will also be charged according to the 
normal tariff.
For further details, please contact:
P.T. Ummer Koya,
Organising Secretary and 
Secretary General, AICF and
Vice President FIDE,
Chessindia Complex, Meenchanda,
Post Nallalam, Calicut  673 027, 
INDIA
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