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Newsletter  17/4

30 April 2017

Editor: Frank Low




Past Issues




Contributions are most welcome. Next issue is 31 May.




Photo: Georgios Souleidis

Although he won the last edition of this elite tournament in 2015 (on tie-break from Arkadij Naiditsch), World Champion Magnus Carlsen failed to reclaim his place in the sun in the latest Grenke Classic at Karlsruhe, Germany, coming equal second on 22 April with Fabiano Caruana a full 1.5 points behind a triumphant Levon Aronian. But Carlsen scored in the fashion hair stakes.




2-10 July 2017 New Delhi, India

The ACF is conducting selections to send one male, one female and one senior (above-60) representative to the Commonwealth Chess Championship 2017. Players potentially interested in being selected to represent Australia, receiving free board and lodging, must contact Selections Director Tom Saltmarsh at catowi@internode.on.net  by 14 May 2017. Please also copy all applications to ACF Vice-President Kevin Bonham at k_bonham@tassie.net.au. The quick selections method (average of May 2017 ACF and FIDE ratings) will be used.

Players who have not recently applied must supply all relevant information in Section 5.4 of the ACF Selections By-Laws. Players who have applied for other events recently will be asked to confirm their details.

All applicants must retain a copy of all emails they send and are responsible for ensuring that their email has been sent and received by the 14 May 2017 deadline. If an application has not been acknowledged within two days, please call Tom on (03) 6223 5518.

Each Commonwealth country is eligible to field one man, one woman, one senior (above-60), one junior girl (under-20), one junior boy (under-20) player and one boy and girl each in under-8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 as official entrants. Their boarding and lodging will be provided free in a five-star hotel. All players must pay the relevant entry fee.

The Australian Junior Chess League will conduct separate selections for the underage representatives.

Applicants are also requested to advise whether they wish to participate regardless of whether selected.

All players participating in the Championship must be registered with the organisers by 15 June 2017. A late fee is payable for entries after that date, but no entries will be permitted after 30 June 2017.

Tournament details and regulations can be found at http://www.delhichess.com

Tom Saltmarsh
ACF Selections Director


Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, from 23 September to 7 October 2018

Applications for the 2018 Olympiad will open in early March and close in early April 2018. Selections will be conducted in April and applicants notified of results in early May. It is not intended to substantially alter this timeframe.

The 30 game minimum will continue to apply. At its meeting on 23 April 2017, the ACF Council passed a motion that, for the purposes of conducting selections for the 2018 Olympiad, the period for playing these games will run from 16 March 2017 to 2 April 2018.

For following Olympiads i.e. from 2020 onwards, the period for playing the 30 games will run from 16 March in the year prior to the Olympiad to that date in the year of the Olympiad. The Council adopted this change because it considered it provided more certainty to players. The current requirement – to play the game in the 12 months period immediately prior to the close of application – could lead to confusion as the date changed from Olympiad to Olympiad.

Tom Saltmarsh
ACF Selections Director


The ACF has approved a bid from Norths Chess Club for it to hold the 2018 Australian Championships at its usual venue in [2 Abbott Street] Cammeray NSW. The approved bid is for the event to run from 2nd to 11th January, with a double-round day on the 3rd, and the usual rest, blitz and ACF National Conference day on the 7th.  As well as the Reserves, which will follow the same schedule, there will be a 7-round Classic tournament from the 2nd to the 6th.

Kevin Bonham
ACF Vice-President

The deadline for applications for the 1 Sep 2017 - 31 March 2018 round of the Funding Support Program (see notice in February newsletter) has been extended to July 1.

Kevin Bonham
ACF Vice-President

IM Anton Smirnov has been selected to play in a match USA vs Rest of World juniors to be held in St Louis on 26-29 July. A formal announcement of the teams' makeup will be made on 15 July. The winning eight-person team will receive US$20,000, while the runner-up will receive US$10,000.



FIDE have released the 2017 Laws of Chess to take effect for tournaments starting from 1 July 2017:


A PDF version is at:


A PDF Table of Changes showing all the rules that were changed is here: http://rules.fide.com/images/stories/Laws_of_Chess_2017_-_table_of_changes_-_GA__PB.pdf


My summary of the most important changes is here:

  • If you touch a piece without saying "adjust" or "j'adoube" then this is considered to be a deliberate touch of that piece unless clearly accidental. (4.2.2) (Many arbiters were already applying this standard anyway.)

  • A draw agreement is only valid if both players have made at least one move. (5.2.3)

  • If the regulations of an event do not specify when a player must arrive at the board to avoid forfeiting a game for lateness, then the default time is zero. Previously this wasn't clarified. (6.7.1)

  • If a game starts with the wrong colours, it will now be restarted provided less than 10 moves have been made by both players. (7.3)

  • Using two hands to make a move, or pressing the clock without making a move, become "considered as an illegal move" (7.7.1 and 7.8.1). First offence two minutes added to opponent, second offence loss of game.

  • There is a minor change to the rules for tournaments that ban agreed draws in less than a certain number of moves. In these cases players also cannot offer draws before that number of moves. (9.1.1)

  • The arbiter must declare a draw when the same position has appeared five times with the same player to move etc (9.6.1) Previously this applied only if there were five consecutive alternative moves that are the same but that created a loophole for juniors who, for instance, checked back and forth on three different squares.

  • The total score for a game cannot exceed the normal maximum total score (this stops scores like 1-1/2) and also irregular scores like 3/4-1/4 are banned (10.2)

  • "The regulations of an event may specify that the opponent of the player having a move must report to the arbiter when he wishes to leave the playing area" (11.2.4)

  • Mobile phone rule allows players to have a phone in a bag if the phone is off and the bag is not accessed and the event regulations allow it. This is the change arbiters were instructed to adopt to the previous version.

  • Both players must assist the arbiter to reconstruct the game if required. (11.11)

  • In rapid or blitz games the player can ask the arbiter to provide them with a scoresheet if they wish to record moves. If the player is not recording but the arbiter is recording, the player can ask the arbiter to show them the scoresheet a maximum of five times during the game.

  • The arbiter can call flag fall in rapid or blitz if the arbiter observes it. (A4.5)

  • Games without increment including quickplay finishes have been moved to Guidelines section III as FIDE is trying to phase out such games.


[A version of the FIDE Laws was approved by the Rules Commission in 2016, but the FIDE General Assembly granted the Presidential Board the power to make final decisions on the reports from that Congress.  As a result some of the intended 2016 changes did not happen, and some changes not discussed in 2016 were added.]


Kevin Bonham
ACF FIDE Delegate and Admin Officer




When an arbiter is seeking a norm for the titles of FIDE Arbiter or International Arbiter for an event, it is vital that they be registered as an arbiter for that tournament as part of the tournament registration process. This applies even if they are not the Chief Arbiter. It is the joint responsibility of the arbiter seeking the norm and the event organiser to ensure that this is done.



Note that events for FIDE ratings that are completed in the last seven days of the month need to be submitted to ACF FIDE Ratings Officer Bill Gletsos for ratings immediately so that any issues with them can be resolved in time for events to be rated in that month. Also note that intended changes of names or dates of FIDE-rated events need to be notified immediately as they may affect the event's rating status. Note also that all FIDE rated events must be submitted for ACF ratings – no exceptions.



Australian tournaments to be FIDE rated must be advised to the ACF FIDE Ratings Officer at least 40 days prior to the start of the tournament for tournaments where norms are available and at least 14 days prior to the start of the tournament for all other tournaments. Where these conditions are not met, the decision whether to register it or not is solely at the discretion of the ACF FIDE Ratings Officer.



FIDE have issued a warning that they will not accept tournaments for FIDE rating where those tournaments contain players who do not have FIDE ID numbers. Although new Australian players can be registered by the ACF national ratings officer, this does not apply to new players from overseas. Therefore, organisers should not immediately accept the entries of overseas players who lack FIDE ID numbers to FIDE rated tournaments; instead, those players should be required to first obtain a FIDE ID from their own national federation.

Tournaments submitted that include foreign players who do not have ID numbers may be rejected. Players without ID numbers should only be submitted as Australian if they are citizens or long-term residents; if a player is registered under the wrong country they may incur transfer costs later. For further information/clarification contact the ACF FIDE Ratings Officer Bill Gletsos <bgletsos@optusnet.com.au>




8 October 1929 – 5 April 2017


Arthur Bisguier passed away on 5 April while the 2017 US Championship was being played out in St Louis. Bisguier was himself US Champion in 1954. He also won three US Opens and represented the United States in five Chess Olympiads.


Bisguier on the cover of the 1947 Chess Review


His misfortune was to have reached the height of his powers just when the younger Bobby Fischer came along to dominate American and world chess. Bisguier won only one game against Fischer (when he was 13) during the Third Rosenwald Trophy tournament in New York 1956.


Arthur Bisguier v Bobby Fischer

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3 c5 7.Be2 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nc6 9.Nc2 Bd7 10.0-0 Rc8 11.Be3 Na5 12.b3 a6 13.e5 dxe5 14.fxe5 Ne8 15.Nd5 Rc6 16.Nd4 Rc8 17.Nc2 Rc6 18.Ncb4 Re6 19.Bg4 Rxe5 20.Bb6 Qc8 21.Bxd7 Qxd7 22.Bxa5 e6 23.Nd3 Rh5 24.N3f4 Rf5 25.Bb4 exd5 26.Bxf8 Bxa1 27.Qxa1 Kxf8 28.Qh8+ Ke7 29.Re1+ Kd8 30.Nxd5 Qc6 31.Qf8 Qd7 32.Rd1 Rf6 33.Qxe8+ 1–0


Bisguier won the third Lone Pine Tournament of 1973 where he scored 6/7. After his 1954 US Championship victory, the maelstrom that was Fischer won every one of the eight US Championships that he competed in. Bisguier’s history and destiny thereby became the backdrop to that of Fischer.


But Bisguier (pronounced misfire, as Purdy used to say) continued to compete in US tournaments, and for two decades he served the game he loved as an emissary of his federation to distant towns and schools in order to promote the game that Fischer almost single handed had brought into the mainstream of American life.


See obituary in the New York Times by  DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN 5 April 2017


-Norbert Muller


In April a celebration was organised by family and friends on the 100th birthday of Mary Jo Fagan.


With congratulatory letter from Her Majesty the Queen


Mary Jo came to the Perth suburban Kingsley Junior Chess Club shortly after it was founded in April 1980 to try and improve her chess after getting continually beaten by a handicapped cousin whom she regularly visited.


She decided to stay on and help me with teaching the juniors who were knocking down my door. After forming a committee and getting serious about being involved in the WA chess scene, Mary Jo took on the position of Treasurer which she still holds today, in her 38th year in the club.


She also took on the position of Treasurer at the same time in the now defunct Junior Chess Council between 1983 and 1991. With her failing eyesight, she has decided it's time for someone else to look after the books and a parent of one of the juniors in the Kingsley Club will take this position on in May.


Mary Jo won the WA Women's Championship in 1995.




4 April: The SACA is sad to announce the retirement of long serving Tournament Secretary, William 'Bill' Anderson Smith (pictured below on his final night). One of SACA's hardest-working volunteers, Bill has been looking after SACA tournaments and acting as arbiter for decades.





1-9 April 2017 Melbourne Chess Club


By WIM Narelle Szuveges



The Australian Women’s Masters was held this year with the same format as usual (a 10 player round robin) and featured 2 international players. They were  Emily Rosmait a German student taking a gap year and spending it travelling in Australia and Zhiyuan Flora Shen a Chinese student studying at Monash University for the semester. The tournament was much weaker than usual due to the change of dates caused by the near clash with the Zonal in January. The games, however, were all very hard fought.


Thanks go to IA Gary Bekker the organiser and sponsor of the tournament, Chris Zuccula and IA Jamie Kenmure the arbiters of the event and Melbourne Chess Club for providing the venue for the event free of charge.


Chief Arbiter FA Chris Zuccala, third placegetter WIM Narelle Szuveges, winner Emily Rosmait (Germany), Chief Organizer IA Gary Bekker, second placegetter Zhiyuan Flora Shen (China) at the Melbourne Chess Club. I Photo provided by Gary Bekker


In round 1 Jodie Middleton caused an upset by beating Sarah Anton, Emily struggled to beat Eva Wang, I (Narelle Szuveges) beat Kathleen Hooi after being worse for much of the game, Flora beat Myiesha Maunders with a beautiful tactic (see game) and Tanya Kolak beat Sophie Chang in a long game.


Zhiyuan Flora Shen – Myiesha Maunders

1)e4 d5 2) exd5 Qxd5 3)Nc3 Qa5 4) d4 c6 5) Nf3 Nf6 6)Be2 Bg4 7)0-0 e6 8) h3 Bh5 9)Bf4 Be7 10) a3 Nbd7 11)Ne5 Bxe2 12)Qxe2 Qd8 13)Rad1 Nb6 14)Ne4 Nbd5 15)Bg3 0-0 16)c4 Nxe4 17)Qxe4 Nf6 18)Qe2 Qb6 19) Rd3 Rad8 20) Rfd1 a5 21)Bh4 Qc7 22)Re3 Qb6 23)Red3 Qc7 24) Re1 Qb6 25)Qd2 Qc7 26)Qd1 b5 27)cxb5 cxb5


28) Rc3 Qb6 29)Nc6 Rd7 30) Nxe7+ Rxe7 31)Bxf6 gxf6 32)Qg4+ Kh8 33)Rg3  1-0

Round 2 saw a clash between the 2 equal winners of last year’s reserves tournament – Jodie and me with me winning after an 80 move game in which Jodie was better until she gave up the open file. Flora beat Sarah, Emily beat Myiesha, Eva beat Sophie and Tanya beat Kathleen.


In Round 3 Flora crushed me, Sophie beat Kathleen, Tanya beat Jodie, Emily beat Sarah in a long game ending in a time scramble and Eva beat Myiesha after being in a losing position for most of the game. At this point Flora, Emily and Tanya were all on 3/3. I was expecting Flora to win the tournament at this point. She had not been in trouble in any of her games. Emily appeared to be struggling with the time control (in Germany a further 30 minutes is added to each player’s clock on move 40) and the fact that she arrived 5 to 10 minutes late to her games didn’t help the situation.


Round 4 saw some crucial games in the tournament with Flora being the only player to emerge on a perfect score after beating Tanya with some nice tactical play (see game). Emily lost to me from a won position due to time trouble, Sarah beat Eva from a lost position, Jodie beat Kathleen and Sophie played a good attacking game to beat Myiesha. Flora now led the tournament on 4/4 a point clear of Emily, Tanya and me on 3/4.


Tanya Kolak – Zhiyuan Flora Shen

1)Nf3 g6 2)Nc3 Bg7 3) d4 d6 4)h3 Nf6 5)e4 0-0 6)Be3 e5 7)dxe5 dxe5 8) Qxd8 Rxd8 9) Bd3 c6 10)0-0-0 Nbd7 11)Bc4 b5 12)Be2 b4 13)Na4 Nxe4 14)Nc5 Nexc5 15)Bxc5 a5 16)Bc4 Ba6 17)Bxa6 Nxc5 18) Rxd8 Rxd8 19) Bc4 Ne4 20) Rf1 Nd6 21)Rd1 Bf6 22)Bb3 e4 23)Nh2 h5 24)g4 Be5 25) Nf1 hxg4 26)hxg4 Kg7 27)Ng3


 27...Bf4+ 28) Kb1 e3 29)Ne2 exf2 30) Nxf4 Ne4 31) Nd3 f1=Q   0-1


In Round 5 Sophie caused an upset by drawing with Jodie, Flora beat Kathleen, Sarah beat Myiesha, Emily beat Tanya with a nice tactic (see game) and I came back from a lost early middle game position to grind down Eva.


Emily Rosmait – Tanya Kolak

1)e4 c5 2) Nf3 Nc6 3)g3 e5 4)Bg2 Be7 5)0-0 d6 6)c3 Bg4 7)d3 Qd7 8)Re1 h6 9)Qa4 a6 10)Be3 b5 11)Qc2 Rc8 12)Nbd2 Bh3 13)Bh1 Nf6 14)a4 b4 15) Nc4 Rb8 16)d4 cxd4 17)cxd4 b3 18)Qd3 exd4 19)Nxd4 Ne5 20)Qe2 0-0 21)Rec1 Rfc8 22)Bf4 Nfg4 23)Nf5 Rb4 24)Nxe5 Rxc1+ 25)Rxc1 dxe5 26)Bd2 Rxa4 27)Bg2 Nxf2 28)Nxe7+ Kf8


29)Ng6+ Kg8 30)Rc8+ Qxc8 31)Ne7+ Kh7 32)Nxc8 Bxc8 33)Kxf2 Be6 34)Bf1 f6 35)Bc3 Ra1 36)Qd2 Bf7 37)Bh3 Bc4 38) Bf5+ g6 39) Qd7+ Kh8 40) Qc8+ Kg7 41) Qxc4 gxf5 42)exf5 a5 43) Qxb3 a4 44) Qb7+ Kg8 45) Bb4 Rc1 46)Be7 Rc2+ 47)Kg1 Rc1+ 48)Kg2 Rc2+ 49)Kh3 Kg7 50)Bd8+ Kg8 51) Bxf6  1- 0


In Round 6 Flora finally dropped half a point to Jodie Middleton in probably the most interesting game of the tournament (see game). Emily beat Kathleen, Eva defeated Tanya, Sarah beat Sophie after being worse for most of the game and I beat Myiesha from a worse position. It was clear now that the tournament was being dominated by the top 3 seeds Flora on 5.5/6 and Emily and me on 5/6. After us, there were 4 players tied on 3/6. At this point, I was beginning to question whether Flora would win the tournament. Emily (due to playing Flora in round 8) had started arriving at her games on time, was coping much better with the time control and was starting to win her games convincingly.


Jodie Middleton – Zhiyuan Flora Shen

1)d4 Nf6 2) c4 g6 3) Nc3 Bg7 4) e4 d6 5)h3 0-0 6)Bg5 c5 7) d5 Nbd7 8) Nf3 Re8 9)Bd3 Nh5 10)g4 Nhf6 11)Qd2 a6 12)0-0-0 Qa5 13)Rdg1b5 14)cxb5 axb5 15)Nxb5 c4 16) Bxc4 Nxe4 17) Qxa5 Rxa5 18) b4 Ra4 19)Re1 Nxg5 20) Nxg5 Ne5 21) Nxd6 exd6 22) Bb5 Rxa2 23) Bxe8 Nd3+ 24) Kd1 Nxf2 25) Kc1 Nd3+ 26)Kd1 Ra1+ 27)Ke2 Rxe1+ 28) Rxe1 Nxe1 29) Bxf7+ Kf8 30) Kxe1 Bc3+ 31)Kf2 h6 32) Be6 hxg5 33) Bxc8 Bxb4 34) Kf3 Be1 35) Ke4 Kf7 36) Be6+ Kf6 37) Bg8 ½ - ½


In Round 7 Tanya ended her losing streak with a draw with Myiesha from a worse position, Flora beat Sophie, Eva defeated Kathleen in a long game, Emily won against Jodie in an interesting game (see game) and I drew with Sarah from a worse position. The standings at the top end of the tournament were now Flora on 6.5 /7, Emily on 6/7 and me on 5.5/7.


Emily Rosmait – Jodie Middleton

1)e4 e4 2) d3 d5 3) Nd2 c5 4)Ngf3 Nc6 5) g3 Bd6 6) Bg2 Nge7 7) 0-0 0-0 8) Re1 Qc7 9) Qe2 f6 10) c3 Bd7 11) Nb3 Ng6 12)h4 Rfe8 13) h5 Nge7 14) Be3 b6 15) Nh4 dxe4 16) dxe4 Rad8 17) Bh3 Bxg3 18) Qg4 Bxh4 19) Qxh4 Ne5 20) Qg3 N7c6 21)Kh1 Bc8 22) Rg1 Qf7 23) Bh6 Re7 24) Bxg7 Rd3 25)Qh4 Nf3 26) Bxf6+ Kf8 27) Bxe7+ Nxe7 28)Qg3 Qxh5 29) Rgd1 Rxd1+ 30) Rxd1 Nd4 31)Qg4 Qxg4 32) Bxg4 Ndc6 33) Kg2 Kf7 34) Rh1 Kg7 35) f4 Kg6 36) Kf3 Nd8 37) Nc1 1-0


The entire tournament changed in Round 8 with Emily defeating Flora in a quick game (see game) to take the lead in the tournament with 7/8. I won on time against Sophie in a complicated but worse endgame to join Flora on 6.5/8. Jodie beat Eva quickly, Myiesha beat Kathleen and Sarah and Tanya drew.


Zhiyuan Flora Shen – Emily Rosmait

1)e4 c5 2) Nf3 Nc6 3) d4 cxd4 4) Nxd4 e5 5) Nb5 a6 6) Nd6+ Bxd6 7) Qxd6 Qf6 8) Qd1 Qg6 9) Nc3 d5 10) Nxd5 Qxe4+ 11) Be3 Nd4 12) Nc7+ Ke7 13) Bd3 Qxg2 14) Kd2 Bg4 15) Qf1 Qxf1 16) Raxf1 Rd8 17) c4 Nf6 18) f4  


 e4 19) Nd5+ Nxd5 20) Bxd4 Nf6 21) Bc5+ Ke6 22) f5+ Bxf5 0-1

Compared to previous rounds the final Round 9 was relatively boring. Emily comfortably won her game against Sophie to take out outright first place with 8/9 whilst Flora comfortably beat Eva to put herself in outright second place with 7.5/9. I failed to convert an exchange up against Tanya to a win and only drew to finish in outright third place with 7/9. Before winning the exchange, however, I was in a very uncomfortable position but was let off the hook when Tanya who is usually a very aggressive player exchanged queens. Jodie capped off a good tournament with a win over Myiesha to join Sarah who beat Kathleen on 5/9 to come equal fourth.


IA Gary Bekker and FA Chris Zuccala I Photo: IA Jamie Kenmure


Final Scores:

1.  Emily Rosmait 8
2.  Zhiyuan Shen 7.5
3.  Narelle S. Szuveges 7
4.  Sarah Anton

    Jody Middleton 5
6.  Tanya Kolak 4.5
7.  Yifan Eva Wang 4
8.  Sophie Chang 2.5
9.  Myiesha Maunders 1.5
10. Kathleen Hooi



The 2017 O2C Doeberl Cup



13-17 April, 2017 Canberra

By Bill Egan


The fifty-fifth Doeberl Cup, held at the Australian  National University in Canberra with a field of 280 plus players, was the second largest on record, exceeded only by the blockbuster Kasparov year (2014).


The main (Premier) event was held in the magnificent Great Hall of University House. One wonders how many of the heads bowed down in fierce concentration looked up to see the magnificent artworks by Leonard French, one of Australia’s greatest artists, who died in January this year.


Leonard French: Regeneration (1972) I Photo: Bill Egan


The winner of the Premier, at his fifth attempt, was top seed Indian GM Surya Ganguly with 8.5/9.  He was followed closely by the second seed, Polish GM Michal Krasenkow (7.5/9). Australia’s GM Zong-Yuan Zhao was an unbeaten third with 7/9.


FM Luis Chan, Zulfic Fedja, Chief Arbiter IA Charles Zworestine, IM Irine Sukandar, winner GM Surya Ganguly, second GM Krasenkow and third GM Zhao I Photo: Elliott Renzies


Best Female prize went to Indonesia’s IM (and WGM) Irine Kharisma Sukandar, who was equal fourth overall with 6.5/9. Top Australian Junior was FM Luis Chan on 5.5.


Chief Arbiter Charles Zworestine, Organiser Charles Bishop and Director of Play Shaun Press
I Photo: Elliott Renzies


Winner Ganguly and runner-up Krasenkow I Photo: Bill Egan


In Round 4 Krasenkow had dented the hopes of Australia’s Anton Smirnov.


Smirnov, Anton (2511) - Krasenkow, Michal (2620) [D31]
O2C Doeberl Cup 2017 Canberra AUS 14.04.2017

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e3 b5 6.a4 Bb4 7.Bd2 a5 8.axb5 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 cxb5 10.b3 Bb7 11.bxc4 b4 12.Bb2 Nf6 13.Bd3 0–0 14.0–0 Nbd7 15.Nd2 Qc7 16.Bc2 e5 17.d5 Rfe8 18.Ba4 Qb6 19.Kh1 Re7 20.f4 Qxe3 21.Nf3?! exf4 22.Bd4 Qe2 23.Qc1? Rc8 24.Qxf4 Qxc4 25.Qd6 Rce8 This allows an exchange winning manoeuvre 26.Bxf6 Nxf6 27.Bxe8 Rxe8 But Black's passed pawns on the Q-side are more than adequate compensation 28.Rfe1 Rc8 29.Rxa5 b3 30.Raa1 Bxd5 31.Rab1 h6 32.Qa3 Ra8! 33.Qc1 Qg4 Switching the point of attack but White is now effectively lost anyway 34.Qe3 Ra2 35.Re2 Qf5 36.Reb2 Ng4 37.Qc5 Qd3 38.Qd4 Allowing a pretty closing sequence with echoes of smothered mate.


38...Nf2+ 39.Kg1 Nh3+ 40.Kh1 Qxf3 0–1 White resigns, mate follows in 14 moves.

The crucial deciding game came in Round 5 when Ganguly, with the Black pieces, skillfully exploited a remote passed pawn to saddle Krasenkow with the following zugzwang position after Black’s move 59.



Round 7 saw the previous year’s winner IM James Morris challenge the front-runner. Morris was coming off a win against Polish GM Bartolomiej Heberla but it wasn’t to be a repeat performance for him.


Morris, J (2459) - Ganguly, S (2640) [A09]
O2C Doeberl Cup 2017 Canberra AUS  16.04.2017

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 d4 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 e5 5.0–0 e4 6.Ne1 h5 7.d3 h4 8.Bxe4 Bh3 9.Qb3 Qc8 10.Ng2 Nf6 11.Bf3 Ng4 12.Nd2 Be7 13.Re1 hxg3 14.hxg3 g5 15.Nf1 Nge5 16.Bd5? Nb4 17.Be4 0–1



White has made no obvious blunders but under relentless attacking pressure from the GM his position has crumbled and he resigns, with 17. . f5 or a5 looming.




Arbiter IA Charles Zworestine with female winner Irine Sukandar I Photo: Bill Egan


First place in the Major went to Brendan Zou (6/7), with a three-way on 5.5 tie for Kayson Wang (second on countback),  Birkir Sigurdssen (possibly the only Icelander to have played in Australia) and Rad Chmiel.


The Minor title went on countback to Parunithan Ranganathan, tied on 6.5/7 with Aidan Odenthal, followed by Kabilan Manuneedhi on 6.


The winner of the Under 1200 event was Ewan Odenthal, followed by Jason Yan and Lance Chiddy.


Not surprisingly, the Blitz tournament was won by IM Junta Ikeda.


The full list of category winners can be seen here:


Tournament Director IA Shaun Press expressed pleasure at the smooth running this year, noting:


"There were a couple of reasons why the tournament ran well, first and foremost due to the growing experience of the organising team, Charles Zworestine (Premier), Alana Chibnall (Major), Lee Forace (Minor) and Miona Ikeda (Under 1200), who put in an enormous number of hours to make the tournament a success.


On the whole the players themselves were much better behaved this year, almost certainly as a result of decisions taken last year concerning serious misbehaviour.”


Author note: Bill Egan has played in most Doeberl events since 1975. His monumental 336 page history of The Doeberl Cup: Fifty Years of Australian Chess History with profiles of the great players of the era is just that: the essential history of modern Australian chess. It was published in Canberra in 2012 with a CD ROM containing a database of over six thousand games, and a searchable record of results for everyone who has ever participated during the fifty years.
It can be ordered direct from him at wegan@pcug.org.au or as an e-book from www.amazon.com.au in Kindle format, or http://www.booktopia.com.au for other e-book formats.


CM Bill Egan I Photo Sabrina Koetsier Chesslife




1-2 April 2017

By Alexander Aich


We had a pleasing turnout of 30 players. We had an 11-year-old, a couple of 12-year-olds and more than a few seniors.

We had players from Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney but they were all outnumbered by the country players.

Saturday night we had a handicap Blitz which is a lot of fun.
We had the daylight saving changeover on the weekend and no one turned up early on the Sunday morning. Or maybe they did and didn't tell anyone.
Past experience has shown that Dubbo Open players who go on to play in the Doeberl Cup a fortnight later always do particularly well.
The joint winners were Leon Kempen from Melbourne and Slavko Kojic from Bathurst with 5/6.  Third was Alana Chibnall from Canberra alongside local players Don Keast and Trevor Bemrose on 4.5.
Shaun Press was our DOP and the full results can be seen here.

IA Shaun Press, Alexander Aich, Leon Kempen, Slavko Kojic and Trevor Bemrose I Photo: Rod McPhee




By Ian Parsonage


Lord Byron said: "Life is too short for chess". It's hard to take this seriously. Byron didn't even have a FIDE rating (though his death in 1824 may have had something to do with it).


Since clocks were first used in tournaments (nearly 60 years after Byron passed away) it's said that chess has become "better". This really means that players are less likely to want to murder slow-moving opponents.


For many players, clocks allow more than enough time. I recently played someone who after move 50 had more time left than when he started, thanks to that double-edged sword: increments.


Other players seem to almost relish time trouble. GM Alexander Grischuk has said "My time management is obviously awful … it’s a pathology, it cannot be cured." GM David Howell played the last 90(!) moves of a game practically on increments (Li-v-Howell, St Louis Winter Classic 2017). Howell won, but there's not always a happy ending.


In Mohamed Tissir -v- Aleksandr Rakhmanov, 19th Dubai Open 2017, Round 2 [04/04/2017] the following position was reached after Black's 49th:




Both players were in time trouble. White, with barely 30 seconds left, played 50.Rg5 and resigned, as White's checks will soon run out and Black's h-pawn will march. However White had a sneaky resource found by a computer (not by me, of course): 50.g4 [50.Rh7 transposes] 50...h2 51.Rh7 Bc6 [protecting the h1 square, but blocking an escape route for the Black king. Now if the Black King wanders over to c7, White will have the resource Be5+, and can then grab the pesky pawn on h2] 52.Rh8+ Kf7 53.Rh7+ Kg6 54.Rg7+ Kh6 55.g5+ [the point of 50.g4 starts to become clear] 55...Kh5 56.Kf4! [blocking the Black King's escape to g4] 56...h1=Q 57.Rh7+ Kg6 58.Rg7+ Kh5 and White has a perpetual.



So chess players should save up a few minutes to try to cope with emergencies later. Or perhaps find a less stressful hobby, like reading poetry-I'm told that Byron is quite good.




At the grassroots level, lots of women play chess. Why, then, are the top one hundred chess players in the world almost exclusively men?


WIM Heather Richards I Photo: Gladstone Observer


The ABC’s Jolene Laverty spoke to Shaun Press, Vice-President of the ACT Chess Association, Alana Chibnall, Co-ordinator of the ACT Junior Chess League and Queensland's WIM Heather Richards, Australia’s highest rated woman player.


Listen to the interview here:


Duration: 8min 7sec

Broadcast: Mon 10 Apr 2017








23 Mar-3 Apr Shenzhen Masters Shenzhen China

A 6 player double round tournament with  Anish Giri, Michael Adams, Pentala Harikrishna, Peter Svidler, Ding Liren and Yangyi Yu, won by Ding Liren on 6.5/10.


29 Mar-10 Apr US Chess Championships St Louis USA

Playing in the men's championship were Caruana, So, Nakamura, Robson, Shankland, Xiong, Kamsky, Onischuk, Naroditsky, Akobian, Zherebukh and Shabalov. Wesley So won the title in a tie-break match against Alexander Onischuk. See So’s amazing game as Black against reigning World Junior Champion Jeffery Xiong (presented by Mato Jelic of Adelaide on YouTube here.)


Xiong-So 31...Qd1! 0-1


Sabina-Francesca Foisor (whose mother died a few days before being scheduled to play in the Tehran World Women’s Championship in March) won the women's championship, which included Krush, Zatonskih, Paikidze, and Abrahamyan.


3-12 Apr 19th Dubai Open Dubai UAE

Played at the Dubai Chess & Culture Club with a total  prize fund of  $50,000, first place was shared by seven players on 7/9 including GM Gawain Jones of England, and GM Ahmed Adly of Egypt (who played in the Brisbane Australian Open in January). Jones pocketed the undivided first prize of US $13000 on tie-break. The Middle East’s longest-running elite open tournament included 46 grandmasters.


GM Gawain Maroroa Jones with friends


15-22 Apr Grenke Chess Classic Karlsruhe Germany

The line-up of Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, Arkadij Naiditsch, Hou Yifan, Matthias Bluebaum and Georg Meier was dominated by Aronian who won with 5.5/7, a point and a half clear of Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana.


Levon Aronian I Photo: Georgios Souleidis


21-30 Apr Vugar Gashimov Memorial Shamkir Azerbaijan

See the amazing Tal-like positional rook sacrifice by Vladimir Kramnik as White without a follow-up sequence of forced moves against Pentala Harikrishna here and on Youtube.

At opening ceremony



7 Feb-4 Apr South Australian Championship Adelaide SA

FM Bill Jordan won the Championship with a picket fence score of 9/9 followed by Kevin Sheldrick on 6.5 and Kyle Leaver on 6.


FM Bill Jordan

1-2 Apr Dubbo Open Dubbo NSW

See separate report.


1-2 Apr April Open Rothwell Qld

Held at the Grace Lutheran College with Max Kershaw Arbiter and 54 players with a time control of 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from move 1, leading scores were =1st GM Moulthun Ly, IM Brodie McClymont 5.5/6, =3rd IM Stephen Solomon, FM Dusan Stojic 5


1-9 Apr Australian Women's Masters Melbourne Vic

See separate report.


9 Apr NSW Nicholson Handicap/Odds Tournament Broadmeadow NSW

Held at the PCYC Newcastle with 24 players, leading scores for this unrated tournament were 1 Karel Hursky 6/7, equal 2 Francesco Arlandez Mana and James Aldrich 5.5 and equal 4 Kevin Black and Brett Saunders 5.


11 Apr South Australian Lightning Championship Adelaide SA

Played at the Chess Centre of South Australia with 18 players, the new SA blitz champion is Kevin Sheldrick who won a four-game play-off against Goran Srdic (both had scored 10/11). FM Bill Jordan was third on 9.


13-17 Apr O2C Doeberl Cup Acton ACT

See separate report. But here you can see a pic of the U1200 winners.

U1200: 3rd Joshua Mallari, 1st Leyao Zha, Arbiter Miona Ikeda, Best unrated Bayley Chan, 2nd Ramon Luo. Absent Best Female Katherine Pan


15-16 Apr Gufeld Cup Perth WA

Played over 2 days of the Easter weekend at Leeming Primary School with 15 players, prize winners were:

Equal 1st: Andrew Hardegen, Ignatius Yap & Gordon Dunlop 4.5/6
Under 1700 - 1st: Ramudu Rathnayake 3.5  2nd: Sebastian Vearncombe 3
Junior Prize: Sri Krishna Dharmapuri 3.5


18 Apr April Allegro Adelaide SA

Played at the Chess Centre with 20 players at the Fischer Blitz rate of play, Kevin Sheldrick won with 5/5 from Aaron James Lee and Punala Kiripitige on 4.


21-25 Apr MCC Anzac Day Weekender Fitzroy Vic

Played at the MCC over 9 rounds with 61 players.

Open: Leo Nguyen on 7.5 points, Carl Gorka 7, and Hoai Nam Nguyen on 7.
Under 2000:Amit Ben Harim, Marcus Raine 6.5
Under 1600:Franz Oswald 5.5,  Daniel Gusain, Dusan Dakic, Xander Leibert, Alistair McCutcheon 5.
Under 1360:Nikolaos Verginis, Daniel Poberezovsky,  Myiesha Maunders, Henry Menzies 5
Under 900:Oliver Cordover, Liam Gunstone, Sophie Chang, Ryan Hii, Jack Gunstone 4.

Brilliancy Prize: Sylvester Urban
Marcus Raine - Sylvester Urban

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. b3 g6 4. Bb2 Bg7 5. g3 b6 6. Bg2 Bb7 7. O-O O-O 8. Nc3 e6 9. d4 cxd4 10. Qxd4 d5 11. Ne5 Nfd7 12. f4 Nxe5 13. fxe5 Nc6 14. Qd2 dxc4 
15. Qe3 Qe7 16. Bxc6 Bxc6 17. Ne4 Bxe4 18. Qxe4 Qc5+ 19. Bd4 Qd5 20. Qe3 Rac821. Rfd1 Rfd8 22. Rd2 Qb5 23. Rb1 cxb3 24. Rxb3 Rc1+ 25. Kg2 Qc6+ 26. Kh3 Qh1 27. Qf4 Rf1 28. Qg5 Rd7 29. Rc3 h6 30. Rc8+ Kh7 31. Qe3 Rf5 32. g4 Qf1+ 33. Kg3Qe1+ 34. Kg2 Qf1+ 35. Kg3 Rxd4 36. gxf5 Qe1+ 37. Kf3 Rxd2 38. f6 Qf1+ 39. Qf2 Qh3+ 40. Qg3 Qh5+ 41. Ke3 Qxe2+ 42. Kf4 Rd4# 0-1


22 Apr Noble Park CC Allegro Noble Park North Vic

Held at the Jan Wilson Community Centre with 11 players, FM Chris Wallis  won with 7/7 followed by FM Rashid Abdulwahab 5.5 and Nicholas Ilic on 4.5.


23 Apr WA Lightning Championship Leeming WA

Played at Leeming Primary School with 34 players, Andrew Hardegen reports:


“Thanks to David Ellis for organising the tournament, and for his work on the day in setting up and collecting entries which ensured that we were able to start more or less on time. David had to leave half-way through the afternoon to participate in a music rehearsal, so I filled in as playing arbiter for the second half of the tournament. Thanks to my wife Kathryn (who was also playing) for her essential work which ensured that the day ran smoothly, particularly for handling the Vega side of things, and to everyone else who helped us all throughout the event.”


“The tournament ran almost 45 minutes ahead of schedule. I only discovered just before the final round that David had taken the prize fund with him! I hoped that there would be a need for title playoffs so that the tournament would continue at least until David returned. Fortunately, he did return (with the prize fund) once the final round was underway. And we didn't need any playoffs.”


Leading scores:

1 WA Lightning Champion: Tristan Boyd 9/11
2 IM Temur Kuybokarov (from Uzbekistan, a co-winner of the Australian Open in January) 8.5
3 Tim Hare, Ihsan Ferozkohi & FM Patrick Gong 8


Women's Lightning Champion: WFM Kathryn Hardegen 5.5
Seniors' Lightning Champion:Craig Kinsman 6.5
Under 2000: Chirag Saroha 6.5
Under 1750: Sri Krishna Dharmapuri 6.5
Under 1550 & Unrated:Neville Shah 6.0


25 Apr Anzac Allegro Adelaide SA
Held at the Chess Centre of South Australia with 22 players, the winner was Punala Kiripitige on 4.5/5 with William Wedding and FM Bill Jordan tied for second on 4.


25 Apr Tony Sturges Memorial and Blitz Sandy Bay Tas

Held at Mt Carmel College, this thematic tournament of ten rounds utilized these animal themed openings:

1. Elephant Gambit

2. Orangutan

3. Kangaroo

4. Black Lion Defence

5. Pterodactyl

The planned inclusion of the following was regrettably abandoned in view of reduced numbers: “Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself /And falls on th' other” [Macbeth 1:7]

1 Double Duck

2 Orangutan (English)

3 Rat

4 Tortoise

5 Giraffe Attack

6 Hawk Defence

7 Porcupine

8 Vulture

The tournament was won by Kevin Bonham on 8.5/10 followed by Toby Straton on 8 and Ian Little on 5. Stated Bonham (by way of illumination): “I sometimes play a kind of double duck like pawn structure but shifted one file over (c and e pawns) against Stockfish.”  

The  Memorial Blitz immediately following was won by Toby Straton on 8/10 followed by Kevin Bonham on 7.5 and Nick Mackey on 5.







9-15 Oct 8th Asian Seniors Chess Championships Auckland NZ

The Asian Seniors Championship is open to Asian senior players who reach their 50th or 65th birthday in 2017. Participants must have been born in or before 1967 for seniors over 50 and for women over 50, and born in or before 1952 for seniors over 65.  IA Brian Jones (Australia) is the Chief Arbiter. Players may choose to stay in the official accommodation at the Waipuna Conference Centre. The playing hall is located in the same hotel. More information Zone 3.6 President Paul Spiller E. paulsspiller@outlook.com M. 0274 595 176



6-19 Nov World Senior Championship Acqui Terme, Italy


1-11 Jan 2018 New Zealand Open Championship  & 125th New Zealand Chess Congress Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Organised by the Manwatu Knights Chess Club in conjunction with the New Zealand Chess Federation Inc. Venue: Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North, 110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North. The 1st and only time Palmerston North hosted this event was 71 years ago in 1946-47.

Palmerston North City



13-14 May Peninsula Open Rothwell Qld


27-28 May Mackay Open Mackay Qld


3-4 Jun Wendy Terry Memorial Rothwell Qld  


4 Jun Newcastle One Day Rapid Broadmeadow NSW


9-12 Jun Victorian Open Fitzroy Vic


10-11 Jun Queen’s Birthday Weekender Adelaide SA


10-12 Jun NSW Open Strathfield NSW


10-12 Jun Tasmanian Open Sandy Bay Tas

17-18 Jun South West Open Boyup Brook WA

23-25 Jun Gold Coast Open Nerang Qld

8-9 Jul Chess People Open & U1000ACF Division Reedy Creek Qld


18 Jul Newcastle District Blitz Broadmeadow NSW


22-23 Jul Mackay Open Mackay Qld




This elegant display was recently spotted in the Devonport Library.



So we asked Tasmanian Chess Association President Denis McMahon for the inside story.


Story? There is no story!


Oh, OK ...


Once upon a time, there was an old grumpy man who lived in a house cluttered with chess stuff ... so his equally grumpy wife said: “Take 'em to the library .... now!"


The End.


Devonport CC opens Mondays from 6.30 PM at the Eastern Shore Community House, 106 David St. East Devonport.  Its motto: Gegen diesen Idioten muss ich verlieren? (Nimzovitch)




With over 13000 volumes, the MV Anderson Chess Collection is the largest chess collection in the southern hemisphere. Resources include books on strategy, chess in film and art, novels featuring chess, the history of chess and openings such as the Sicilian Dragon and the Complete Hedgehog.


Photo: MV Anderson & Co


Magnus Victor Anderson was born in Carlton on 16th September, 1884. He worked as an accountant in Melbourne up until his retirement in 1956 when he donated his then collection to the Victorian State Library and died in 1966.


The collection is recognised by the Oxford Companion to Chess (1992) as one of the three largest public chess collections in the world. The other two:


J.G. White Chess and Checkers Collection - Cleveland Public Library

The John G. White Chess Collection is the largest chess collection in the world with over 32,000 titles of both historical and modern chess literature.


Van der Linde-Niemeijer Collection - National Library of the Netherlands

The Chess and Draughts Collection at the Royal Library includes over 30,000 titles and includes manuscripts, rare books and recent publications.


Writes GM Ian Rogers: “The Anderson Collection is often mentioned as one of the key factors in the conveyor belt of strong players produced by Victoria since the 1970s. Even in the age of computer databases, the value of chess books as guides to good play has only marginally diminished. It is notable that even Sydney’s Australian Champion Max Illingworth makes regular visits to the Anderson Collection when in Melbourne..”




Bob Meadley, assisted by Peter Wong, have done it again. Ozproblems has continued the publication of Meadley’s high-quality series of e-books with  J. K. Heydon: Problemist, Solicitor, Businessman. It can be freely downloaded.


From Chess Composers

Heydon was a leading Australian problem composer who produced mostly traditional two- and three-movers and also mutates and task problems.


This volume begins with a biography that describes Heydon’s life as a scientist, solicitor, and author of religious books. His chess activities are reviewed, including his stint as the problem editor of the Australasian Chess Review. A variety of materials follows, constituting a fascinating read for both amateur and connoisseur alike in problem composition.


“My Opponents are Getting Younger”


Posted by IM Alex Wohl at the Churchie International  Brisbane 28 April-1 May 2017
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2nd Prize

White mates in 2


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Solution to Problem of the Month – No.14



Tries: 1.0-0? (threats: 2.Qf5/Qd4) Bb6!, 1.Rf1? (2.Qf5/Qd4) Bh4!, 1.0-0-0? (2.Nc4) Bg5!

Key: 1.Rd1! (threat: 2.Nc4), 1…Kxd5 2.Qf5, 1…Ba5 2.Rh5






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