Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 274b, July 21, 2004

ANU Open - July 24-25 - Category 3 Grand Prix Event - over $3000 in prizes part of the 12th ANU Chess Festival which also includes blindfold and simul displays, a computer chess championship, primary and schools competitions and other board games: Go, Backgammon, Othello. More...

Here's the second part of this week's newsletter. Because of the school holidays, there has been a flood of important tournaments, and we couldn't fit it all in the one newsletter. - Ed.

In this issue:
Uni Open games
Junior Championships: SA, Queensland, ACT and NSW
Ettalong Weekend Tournament
Fairfield Winter Cup
ANU Chess Festival under way
Australian Clubs Teams Championships - starts soon!

The dates for the World Youth have been confirmed as 3 Nov to 14 Nov. Entries have to be finalised in late August, so the latest date for requesting a secondary entry is 6 August. Please ensure any interested parent has contacted Jenni Oliver by then. E-mail

Uni Open: as reported yesterday, Ian Rogers won this popular Adelaide Uni tournament. Organiser Andrew Saint says it was the most successful Uni Open to date with 85 entries and four titled players ... and some of the games were spectacular:

Goldsmith, A    --    Tao, T
University Open 2004  (4)   Adelaide
2004.07.21     1-0     B06

1.e4 c6 2.d4 g6 3.g4!?

Goodness gracious!
3...h5 4.gxh5 Rxh5 5.Be2 Rh8 6.h4
This Goldsmith bloke doesn't muck around
6...Nf6 7.e5 Nh5 8.Bg5 d6 9.Nf3 Bf5 10.Nbd2 Na6 11.Nc4 dxe5 12. Nfxe5!?
Offering a piece

chess position

13.Ne3!? Be4 14.Bd3
Now it emerges that g6 is very weak
This move has the great virtue of creating an escape square (d8) for the king
( 14...Bxh1?? 15.Bxg6# )
( 14...Qxd4?? 15.Bxe4 Qxe4 16.Qd7# )
( 14...Bxd3? 15.Qxd3 fxe5 16.Qxg6+ Kd7 17.Qf5+ Ke8 18.dxe5 gives white a persistent attack )
15.c3 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 fxe5 17.Qxg6+ Kd8 18.O-O-O

chess position

Kc7 19.d5!?
Now the threats include d6+!? and Qf7+
19...Qxa2 20.Qe6
Threatening to win the Qa2 with d6+
20...Qa1+ 21.Kc2 Qa4+ 22.Kc1 Qa1+ 23.Kc2 Qa4+ 24.Kc1 Nf6
Spurning the draw, and saving the Rh8 from Qxe5+ .... Qxh8
25.Bxf6 exf6 26.d6+

chess position

( 26...Kd8 27.Qxf6+ +- )
27.Nc4+ Kc5 28.b4+ Nxb4
( 28...Kb5 29.Rd5+!! cxd5 ( 29...Kxc4 30.Rc5+ Kd3 31.Qc4# ) 30.Qxd5+ Nc5 31.Qxc5+ Ka6 32.b5+!! Qxb5 33.Qa3+ Qa5 34.Qxa5# )
29.cxb4+ Qxb4 30.Nb2!
Providing cover for the white king, which was threatened by ...Bh6+ - and also threatening Nd3+
30...Bh6+ 31.Kb1 b5 32.Rh3 Kb6 33.Rb3 Rhe8 34.Qf7 Qe4+ 35.Ka1 a5 36.Qc7+ Ka6 37.d7

chess position

Reb8 38.Rd6 Rb7 39.Rxc6+ Ka7 40.Qxa5+

chess position

A great fight!

Chapman, M    --    Rogers, I
University Open 2004  (5)   Adelaide
2004.07.11     0-1     B49

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qc7 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be3 a6 7.f4 b5 8. Nxc6 Qxc6 9.Be2 Bb7 10.Bf3 Rc8 11.e5 Qc7 12.O-O Nh6 13.Bxb7 Qxb7 14.Qd3 Nf5 15.Rae1!?

chess position

Offering the exchange, temporarily, in return for getting a knight to d6
( 15.Kh1 Nxe3 16.Qxe3 b4!? 17.Ne4 Rxc2 )
15...Nxe3 16.Rxe3 Bc5 17.Ne4 Bxe3+ 18.Qxe3 O-O 19.c3?!
( 19.Nd6 Qc6 20.Nxc8 Rxc8 21.c3 Qc4 22.a3 looks playable )
19...Qd5 20.Nd6 Qc5!

chess position

Forcing queens off, and deciding the game
21.Kf2 Qxe3+ 22.Kxe3 Rc7 23.Rf2 f6 24.Rd2 fxe5 25.fxe5
Now the Rf8 is activated the e5-pawn is weak
25...Rf1 26.Re2 Kf8 27.Ke4 Ke7 28.Re3 Rc5 29.b3 Rf2 30.c4 bxc4 31. bxc4 Ra5!?
( 31...Rxa2 allows 32.Rf3 with counterplay )
32.a3 Rxg2 33.Nb7
( 33.Rf3 Re2+ 34.Kd3 Raxe5 )
33...Ra4 34.Nd6 Rg4+ 35.Kf3 Rgxc4! 36.Rb3 Rc5 0-1

chess position

Junior Championships: SA, Queensland, ACT and NSW

The SA Juniors were played last Thursday and Friday and the following titles where awarded:

Under 18 - Tristan Stevens
Under 16 - Anthony Khoo
Under 15 - Surabhi Heitman
Under 14 - Syam Heitman and Shane Selvanderan
Under 13 - Christopher Hender
Under 12 - Sophie Eustace

James Obst did not take part, but most of the other top juniors did play.
The City of Adelaide has started with the top seeds being Srbo Zaric, Bob Cowley and Bill Kerr.

- Scott Colliver

ACT Junior Championship: Jeremy Reading dominated the tournament, only conceding one draw. The ACTJCL opened up membership to under 20s this year and Reading wouldn't have qualified without the rule change.

Place Name                       Feder Rtg Loc  Score M-Buch.

  1   Reading, Jeremy            ACT       1626 8.5      38.5
  2   Neeman, Jeremy             ACT       1710 7        40.5
  3   Brown, AndrewU12           ACT       1325 6.5      35.5
 4-7  Guo-Yuthok, Sherab         ACT       1560 6        42.0
      Oliver, Shannon            ACT       1657 6        39.5
      Eldridge-Smith, Veronique  ACT       1218 6        37.5
      Guo, EmmaU10               ACT       808  6        37.0
8-14  Chow, JustinU10            ACT       1135 5.5      38.0
      Ung, ThomasU12             ACT       1263 5.5      37.5
      Xing, EdwardU10            ACT       862  5.5      36.5
      Hoang, Khoi                ACT       1587 5.5      36.0
      Lloyd, Aidan               ACT       1034 5.5      36.0
      Oliver, Tamzin L           ACT       1133 5.5      35.5
      Nguyen, VanU10             ACT       917  5.5      35.5
15-23 Nguyen, Hung               NSW       1200 5        35.0
      Reading, Michael           ACT       1115 5        34.5
      Jaksa, David               ACT       1196 5        33.5
      McGinness, Lachlan         ACT       1007 5        33.5
      Li, JamesU10               ACT            5        33.5
      Baines, CaseyU10           ACT       708  5        31.0
      Ong, LaraU10               ACT       726  5        30.5
      Smith, KayleighU12         ACT       988  5        29.5
      Kristofferson, AliceU12    ACT       529  5        24.5
24-25 Yuan, YiU10                ACT       1114 4.5      37.0
      Chibnall, Alana            ACT       418  4.5      25.5
26-31 Chew, AaronU12             ACT            4        32.5
      Zhang, TaiyangU10          ACT       431  4        31.5
      Redpath, MichaelU10        ACT            4        30.5
      Gordon, CurtisU10          ACT            4        26.5
      Khoo, KarenU10             ACT            4        26.0
      Ung, Josephine             ACT       386  4        25.0
32-35 Wray, MatthewU12           ACT            3.5      32.0
      Masle-Farquhar, EtienneU10 ACT            3.5      31.0
      McCook, JakeU10            ACT       320  3.5      29.5
      McConnell, LukeU12         ACT       458  3.5      24.0
36-39 Redpath, NicholasU12       ACT            3        31.5
      Jones, CraigU10            ACT            3        28.0
      Bishop, JoshuaU10          ACT            3        26.5
      Xing, BenjaminU10          ACT            3        25.0
40-41 Davey, RebeccaU12          ACT            2        25.0
      Flood, Christopher         ACT       711  2        17.0
 42   Lee, BevanU10              ACT            1.5      23.5
 43   Yankevych, InnaU12         ACT            1        19.5
 44   Khan, YashabU10            ACT            0         8.5

Queensland Junior

The Boy Who Recovered From Being Soloed - report by Charles Zworestine:

A sad tale; but it has happened many times before in Australian chess… A winning ending, two pawns ahead. Most opponents would resign – but not Stephen Solomon! With Solo fighting on and on, his young opponent is worn down by his resistance. A momentary lapse: a piece is blundered, and Solo goes on to win. The boy, shattered, does nothing further to speak of in this year’s Gold Coast Open (he ends up on 50%, his best result being a draw with Michael Lip). Add another to the long list of those who have been Soloed!

Well, this time we discovered something new: it’s not fatal! Fast forward to the Queensland Junior Championships. The same boy, Phachara Wongwichit, has won the event before; but he knows it will be much tougher this year. Apart from the usual quota of young Queensland stars (Moulthun Ly, Ben Lazarus), there are also the visiting NECG Squad members to consider. Even though ineligible for the title, he knows they will still provide very stiff opposition. There is top seed (and Australian Junior Champion) Denis Bourmistrov, and second seed James Obst; even Moulthun is only seeded third. Poor Phachara can achieve a starting seeding of no higher than fourth; what chance does he have?

Plenty, says the determined Queenslander! I’ll show those interstate visitors a thing or two… A field of 26 players (Under 18, 16 and 14 are all combined), a lovely setting at the Gardiner Chess Centre, and time controls of one hour plus 30 seconds per move from the start help to give Phachara the right surroundings, and plenty of time to think. Mind you, we cannot tell much from the first round, where all games bar one go according to rating. But even this one tells us something, as Jessica Kinder upsets NECG squad member Andrew Brown (ACT); look out visitors, here come the Queenslanders!

Round 2 is more interesting, although Denis wins without too much trouble; but James Obst (The Obstacle) has much more difficulty subduing little James Morris! In a thrilling game, the younger James (Morris) appears to be winning the ending, but age fights back to reach an ending with queen and rook vs 2 queens – and the first check. In such cases the lesser material wins (the first check is more important), as the older James proves in a thrilling finish:

Obst, J (1891) – Morris, J (1430) [B23] Queensland Juniors (2), Board 2 30/06/2004
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 e6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.0–0 d5 8.d3 a6 9.h3 b5 10.Ne5 Bb7 11.Nxc6 Bxc6 12.e5 Nd7 13.g4 Qb6 14.Ne2 d4 15.Ng3 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 c4 17.Qf3 Rc8 18.Ne4 Nc5 19.f5 cxd3 20.cxd3 Nxe4 21.Qxe4 Rc2+ 22.Kg1 Qc6 23.Qxc6+ Rxc6 24.f6 gxf6 25.exf6 Bd6 26.Bf4 Kd7 27.Bxd6 Kxd6 28.Rf2 Rhc8 29.Kg2 Rc2 30.Raf1 Rxf2+ 31.Rxf2 Rc1 32.Kg3 Rd1 33.Rf3 Rd2 34.b3 Rxa2 35.Kh4 Ra3 36.Kg5 Rxb3 37.Kh6 a5 38.Kg7 a4 39.Kxf7 a3 40.Rf1 Rb2 41.Kg7 Rc2 42.f7 Rc7 43.Kh6 Rc8 44.f8Q+ Rxf8 45.Rxf8 b4 46.Ra8 e5 47.Kxh7 e4 48.dxe4 d3 49.g5 d2 50.Rd8+ Ke5 51.g6 a2 52.g7 a1Q 53.g8Q d1Q 54.Qg5+ Kxe4 55.Qh4+ Ke5 56.Qe7+ Kf4 57.Rf8+ Kg3 58.Qe3+ Kh4 59.Rf4+ Kg5 60.Qg3+ 1-0

Meanwhile Phachara takes a cagey draw with Alex Jule, while the only other upset is Jonas Muller’s win over the younger but still more experienced (yes, this is possible!) Luthien Russell… So to Round 3, where the top seeds start meeting – and drawing! Cautious, perhaps saving up for the rounds ahead, Denis draws with Moulthun. This lets The Obstacle take the outright lead with 3/3 after he beats Ben Lazarus; but Alex and Phachara both win to join Denis and Moulthun on 2½ and breathing down his neck. Meanwhile, Zane Adams upsets Amy Evans.

Next to nothing changes in Round 4, as the top seeds are even cagier; so draws ensue between Denis and The Obstacle, as well as Phachara and Moulthun. The only changes are thus Alex winning to join The Obstacle on 3½ (equal first), and Ben Lazarus and James Morris winning to join the group just half a point behind in equal third. Poor Amy and Luthien lose again, to Daniel Ford and Sean Underwood respectively… An outright leader again after Round 5 as Mr. Obstacle beats Alex, while more draws in Denis vs Phachara and Ben vs Moulthun make me think these kids do not want to fight! (They are soon to prove me wrong…). Ross Lam does, as he stuns little James to get to 3½; while Sean Underwood continues his upset run by making it an even harder time for the visitors against Adelaide Soltysik (NSW).

The crucial Under 14 contest between Moulthun and The Obstacle proves disappointing in Round 6, as Moulthun sacrifices a piece unsoundly very early and James wins easily. Denis is still up there as he beats Alex, as are Phachara and Ben with wins; but on 4½ they are a full point behind The Obstacle, and all counting on Phachara… Has he recovered by now from being Soloed? Yes indeed, he says, as he wins a brilliant sacrificial game in Round 7 to set up a thrilling finish. This is how you remove The Obstacle:

Wongwichit, P (1798) – Obst, J (1891) [B25] Queensland Juniors (7), Board 1 03/07/2004
1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.0–0 Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.d3 e5 7.Nc3 Nge7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Be3 0–0 10.Nd2 Rb8 11.a4 a6 12.Qe2 Be6 13.f4 Nd4 14.Bxd4 cxd4 15.Nd1 Qb6 16.b3 Qc5 17.Rc1 b5 18.axb5 axb5 19.Nf2 Kh7 20.f5 gxf5 21.exf5 Bxf5 22.Nfe4 Qb6 23.Rxf5 Nxf5 24.Nf6+ Bxf6 25.Qe4 Bg7 26.Qxf5+ Kg8 27.Be4 Rfd8 28.Bd5 Qc7 29.Rf1 Qe7 30.Ne4 Kh8 31.Qh5 f5 32.Rxf5 Rf8 33.Bf7 d5 34.Rf6 Rxf7 35.Rxf7 Qe8 36.Nf6 Qxf7 37.Qxf7 Rf8 38.Qxd5 Rxf6 39.Qxb5 h5 40.Qe8+ Kh7 41.Qxh5+ Rh6 42.Qf5+ Kg8 43.Kg2 Rc6 44.Qf2 Bh6 45.h4 Be3 46.Qe2 Rf6 47.b4 Kf7 48.Kh3 Rf2 49.Qd1 Ke7 50.Qb1 Rf3 51.Kg4 Rf6 52.b5 Bf2 53.Qb4+ Kf7 54.Qc4+ Kg7 55.Qc7+ Kh6 56.Qxe5 Rf7 57.b6 1-0

Inspired, Ben also punishes the higher rated visitor, converting superior piece activity into an extra exchange and a win over Denis. So a three way tie for first (Ben, James, Phachara all on 5½) going in to the last round, with Steven Cooke sneaking up to just half a point behind after beating Alex… James duly takes care of Steven, then waits for the result of Ben vs Phachara. It’s a long struggle, but Phachara eventually grinds him down. Equal first, but The South Australian Obstacle is ineligible for the title! So Phachara is again Queensland Junior Champion, completing his recovery from being Soloed. Meanwhile Sean Rawson stuns Denis (who blunders away a draw in a rook and pawn ending) to join Ben and Moulthun in a tie for third, and send the interstate visitors (The Obstacle excepted) home with their tails well and truly between their legs.

- Charles Zworestine

Sixteen-year-old Ronald Yu has won the 2004 NSW Junior Championship, finishing half a point ahead of Kevin O'Chee. Ten-year-old Raymond Song, one of four young players who competed in the Under 18 division rather than the Under 12,was placed third. The Under 12 Championship resulted in a tie between William Xu and Edwin Wu who will play off for the title.

Leading final scores: Under 18 (39 players, 9 rounds)- Ronald Yu 7.5, Kevin O'Chee 7, Raymond Song 6.5, Max Illingworth, Jason Hu, Blair Mandia, David Lam 6 each; Under 12 (44 players,10 rounds)- William Xu, Edwin Wu 9.5each, Jonathan Zhu, Suraj Ashok 7 each.

The NSW Junior League's two winter tournaments, held before the championships, produced ties for first place with sixteen-year-old Jason Hu featuring in both ties. Leading final scores: Winter One-Day Tournament(269 players,7 rounds)-Jason Hu, Jonathan Shen, Nicholas Chernih, Blair Mandia 6.5 each; Winter Two-Day Tournament (205 players, 11 rounds)- Jason Hu, Sebastian Jurd 9.5 each, Edwin Wu 9.

- Peter Parr

Fairfield Winter Cup - report by Charles Zworestine: This Category 3 GP Weekender was held over 6 rounds at Fairfield RSL Club (NSW) on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 July. Unfortunate clashes with the Adelaide University Open (where Ian Rogers played) and the NSW State Juniors on the Sunday (where several top juniors played) kept a few people away, and meant the overall turnout of 46 players was a little bit down on past numbers, and what may have been desired. Still it was a good event, enjoyed by all as far as I could tell. The time controls of 1 hour flat (guillotine finish) did not cause any of their usual problems, despite the odd two minute draw claim and several messy time scrambles. Still the games were largely decided over the chess board (and not by the clock), and produced some very interesting results indeed...

I was not present on the Saturday, where the event was ably started by Bob Keast and then (after Bob left at the start of Round 2) ably run by Norm Greenwood. This was no mean feat considering the fact that Norm was playing as well: the man is superhuman! Well, perhaps not quite a match for top seed George Xie over the chess board. We thought nobody would be. Well, we'll see...

No upsets in Round 1, but some stunning ones already in Round 2, not least of which was Alex Mendes da Costa defeating George (again!). Apparently after a fairly equal opening, George was doing well but got outplayed by Alex in the time scramble... Many more upsets this round, among them Angela Song drawing with David Castor. But by the end of the first day we only had four leaders on 3 out of 3, and no real surprises apart from the absence of George at the top. Atop the leader board were second seed Gareth Charles, third seed Ed Agulto (who gave Alex Mendes da Costa his comeuppance), fourth seed Jason Chan and fifth seed, the visiting ACT player Michael Wei...

Round 4 saw Michael grind down Ed, while Gareth won a brilliant game as White against Jason to share the lead. Very thematic: an initiative as White, a positional advantage leading to a very strong attack, ending in sacrifices and mate... Arthur Huynh might have won his rook and pawn ending against Michael Yu, but could not convert an extra doubled pawn and ended up letting Michael force a drawn king and pawn ending... Meanwhile, Alex and George were forcing their way back up. Perhaps Gareth and Michael, who drew a solid Round 5 game where Gareth could not convert his slight advantage, could hear the footsteps...

When Ed had ground out a win against David Castor, Alex had upset Joel Harp and George, Jason and Elpidio Bautista had all won, we had a traffic jam going in to the last round: Gareth and Michael leading on 4.5, with the other five all on 4 and within half a point. Gareth it was who was unfortunate enough to have to face George, who handled the clock and the position better to force mate and topple Gareth from the leader board. Thus opportunity knocked for Michael; and he took it with both hands, winning against Jason to claim the tournament outright. The only interstate player in the event, and he had stolen it from under the noses of all those NSW players (including George!). Revenge on this ACT upstart must be forthcoming at the ANU Open... In any event, Ed beat Elpidio to join George in second place; this eventually became a triple tie after Alex completed a tournament worthy of second place for him by grinding down David Castor in a time scramble where Alex's winning pawn, his last, was a rook pawn!

1st Michael Wei 5.5/6
2nd = Ed Agulto, Alex Mendes da Costa, George Xie 5
1601-1800 1st = Elpidio Bautista, Heather Huddleston, Arthur Huynh 4
1501-1600 1st Anthony Villanueva 4, 2nd = Danny Bisson, George Smit 3.5
1351-1500 1st = Tony Baldwin, Gary Losh, William Xu 3
Unrated - 1350 1st Edwin Wu 3.5, 2nd = Trent Parker, Jaspal Singh 3
Best Junior Under 15 Angela Song 3.5
Best Fairfield Member Peter Doan 4

No Name   Rating Total 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Xie, George  2319 5 25:W 12:L 27:W 46:W 14:W 2:W
2. Charles, Gareth  2119 4.5 26:W 14:W 11:W  4:W  5:D  1:L
3. Agulto, Edgardo  2113 5 27:W 13:W 12:W  5:L  6:W 11:W
4. Chan, Jason  1978 4 21:W 15:W 19:W  2:L 18:W  5:L
5. Wei, Michael  1953 5.5 28:W 16:W 18:W  3:W  2:D  4:W
6. Castor, David  1934 3.5 29:W 17:D 22:W  9:W  3:L 12:L
7. Harp, Joel  1906 3.5 30:W 18:L 28:W 16:W 12:L  8:D
8. Yu, Michael  1867 4 31:W 19:L 30:W 15:D 46:W  7:D
9. Barisic, Frank  1818 4 32:W 20:W 46:D  6:L 15:D 33:W
10. Doan, Peter  1802 4 39:W 22:D 17:D 19:L 29:W 18:W
11. Bautista, Elpidio 1787 4 33:W 23:W  2:L 17:W 19:W  3:L
12. Mendes da Costa, Alex 1782 5 34:W  1:W  3:L 39:W  7:W  6:W
13. Huddleston, Heather 1746 4 35:W  3:L 33:W 18:L 26:W 25:W
14. Descallar, Levi  1724 3.5 36:W  2:L 31:W 43:W  1:L 17:D
15. Huynh, Arthur  1699 4 37:W  4:L 34:W  8:D  9:D 19:W
16. Savelieff, Geoffrey 1698 3 38:W  5:L 36:W  7:L 31:W 24:L
17. Song, Angela  1673 3.5 40:W  6:D 10:D 11:L 28:W 14:D
18. Buza, Muhamed  1672 3 41:W  7:W  5:L 13:W  4:L 10:L
19. Trkulja, Slavko  1644 3 42:W  8:W  4:L 10:W 11:L 15:L
20. Keuning, Anthony 1610 2 43:W  9:L 39:L 25:D 27:D 38:L
21. Art, Carl  1581 2.5 4:L 46:L 37:W 30:W 39:L 40:D
22. Tubic, Luka  1554 2 44:W 10:D  6:L 40:D 33:L 35:L
23. Kresinger, Frank 1547 1.5 45:W 11:L 43:L 31:L 36:D 27:L
24. Villanueva, Anthony 1533 4 46:L 34:L 42:W 32:W 40:W 16:W
25. Smit, George  1525 3 1:L 35:W 40:D 20:D 43:W 13:L
26. Sewell, Robert  1524 2 2:L 36:L 38:W 34:W 13:L 31:L
27. Huang, Jim  1519 2.5 3:L 37:W  1:L 33:L 20:D 23:W
28. Greenwood, Norman 1513 2.5 5:L 38:W  7:L 36:W 17:L 41:D
29. Bisson, Danny  1510 3 6:L 40:L 44:W 35:W 10:L 43:W
30. Aich, Alexander  1484 1 7:L 41:W  8:L 21:L 35:L 34:L
31. Losh, Gary  1458 3 8:L 42:W 14:L 23:W 16:L 26:W
32. Christensen, Joshua 1434 2 9:L 43:L 41:W 24:L 38:L 45:W
33. Xu, William  1410 3 11:L 45:W 13:L 27:W 22:W  9:L
34. Boyce, Jamie  1395 2.5 12:L 24:W 15:L 26:L 37:D 30:W
35. Baldwin, Tony  1358 3 13:L 25:L 45:W 29:L 30:W 22:W
36. Kumar, Rakesh  1355 1.5 14:L 26:W 16:L 28:L 23:D 37:L
37. Kumar, Anish  1339 2.5 15:L 27:L 21:L 45:W 34:D 36:W
38. Parker, Trent  1298 3 16:L 28:L 26:L 42:W 32:W 20:W
39. Wu, Edwin  1277 3.5 10:L 44:W 20:W 12:L 21:W 46:D
40. Nguyen, Andrew  1089 2.5 17:L 29:W 25:D 22:D 24:L 21:D
41. Kumar, Dhirendra 1009 2.5 18:L 30:L 32:L 44:W 42:W 28:D
42. Balgi, Kabir  Unr 0 19:L 31:L 24:L 38:L 41:L 44:L
43. Beveridge, David Unr 2 20:L 32:W 23:W 14:L 25:L 29:L
44. Franca, Edis  Unr 1 22:L 39:L 29:L 41:L 45:L 42:W
45. Kumar, Sanjesh  Unr 1 23:L 33:L 35:L 37:L 44:W 32:L
46. Singh, Jaspal  Unr 3 24:W 21:W  9:D  1:L  8:L 39:D

Ettalong Weekend Tournament (NSW): Barry Shearwood who usually plays at Gosford Club lent his strength to our Winter Tournament over June and July and proceeded to vanquish his opponents. Stiffest opposition perhaps came from Keith Farrell and their was a real thriller diller with one critical turn to which there was no going back.

No Name             Total 1 2 3  4 5  6 7 8

1  Barry Shearwood  6     * 1 1  1 1  1 1  
2  Keith R Farrell  5     0 * 1  1 1  1 1  
3  Allen Wilkinson  2.5   0 0 *  1 .5 - 1  
4  Leslie Porter    2     0 0 0  * 1  - 1  
5  Bill Hoseman     1.5   0 0 .5 0 *  - 1  
6  Mick Coyle       1     0 0 -  - -  * 1  
7  Lorraine Delaney 0     0 0 0  0 0  0 *  
8   BYE             0                     *

12th ANU Chess Festival 2004 Tuesday 20 July: Computer Chess Championship (RISE)
Friday 23 July: Simul/Blindfold Chess Demonstration by GM Ian Rogers (Noon-3pm in front of "King O'Malley's", Garema Place, Civic)
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 July: 12th ANU Open Chess Championship (Saturday 10.00am - 8.00pm; Sunday 9.30am - 5.00pm at School of Art)
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 July: ACT Go Championship (Saturday 10.00am - 8.00pm; Sunday 9.30am - 5.00pm at School of Art)
Saturday 24 July: Othello Tournament (1.00pm - 5.00pm at School of Art)
Sunday 25 July: Backgammon Tournament (10.00am - 5.00pm at School of Art)
Monday 26 July: ANU Primary Schools Championship (9.15am - 3.15pm at Great Hall, University House)
Tuesday 27 July: ANU High Schools/Colleges Championship (9.15am - 3.15pm at Great Hall, University House)
For further information, contact: Shun Ikeda, Co-ordinator, 12th ANU Chess Festival 2004, on 02-6125-4030 (bh); Email

12th ANU Open chess championship 2004
Category 3 Grand Prix Event - over $3000 in prizes - part of the 12th ANU Chess Festival 2004.
GM Ian Rogers will be defending his title.
Where: School of Art Building, ANU, Acton, ACT Baldessin precinct, Western end of Childers Street (Please see map at and click on grid EF32. Free car parking on campus on Saturday and Sunday.)
When: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July 2004
DOP: Charles Zworestine [International Arbiter]
Time Control: 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start (Fischer)
Entry fees:
Adult: $70 Junior & Concessions: $50
Register by Friday 16 July for $10 discount (e-mail or ring, details below).
Entry is free for GMs, WGMs, IMs & WIMs.
Entries will be accepted and will close at 9.30am on Saturday 24 July.
Registration: 8.30 - 9.30am Saturday 24 July Schedule: Saturday 9.45am Opening Ceremony Sunday
24 July 10.00am Round 1 25 July 9.30am Round 5
12.30pm Round 2 12.00noon Round 6
3.00pm Round 3 2.30pm Round 7
5.30pm Round 4 5.15pm Presentation
Prizes: Open: 1st $1000 and Ian Chubb Cup, 2nd $600, 3rd $300
Under 2000: 1st $250, 2nd $150
Under 1600: 1st $200, 2nd $100
Under 1200: 1st $150, 2nd $75
Under 800: 1st $100
Best Junior: $100
Best ANU player: $100

Prize fund based on 80 entries. $3000 is guaranteed by the "12th ANU Chess Festival 2004" Organising Committee. Players are eligible for only 1 prize.
For further information, contact Shun Ikeda by telephone [02-6125-4030 (bh), e-mail, or visit the website:

Australian Clubs Teams Championships: This is proceeding at Caloundra, Sunshine Coast from Monday to Friday 27 Sept to 1 Oct. The event is being held at the Oasis Resort. Three bedroom villas sleeping 7 cost only $675 for 5 nights. That’s around $100 per person! And some of the Virgin/Jetstar prices are pretty good as well. The entry fee is $400 per team of 8 (min 3 females), that is only $50 per player for a week long tournament. More teams are most welcome. Perhaps a good opportunity for uni students? Contact Graeme Gardiner on 07 5522 7221


Applications invited:

World Youth Chess Championships Iraklion, Crete; 3 Nov to 14 Nov. Besides the 10 selected children, other other Australian Juniors can play but must be ratified by the Australian Chess Federation. The dates for the World Youth have been confirmed as 3 Nov to 14 Nov. Entries have to be finalised in late August, so the latest date for requesting a secondary entry is 6 August. Please ensure any interested parent has contacted Jenni Oliver by then. E-mail

2004 Australian Masters Melbourne; August 3-14; FIDE-rated, category 4 event likely; Email Nick Speck

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