AUSTRALIAN CHESS FEDERATION
Number 13/04….. 9 April 2013
Kevin Bonham, Newsletter Editor
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Vale (and post-Doeberl accident news)
It has been a sad time for the Australian chess community with many losses (and some near-losses) since the March issue.
Victorian and formerly South Australian organiser and player Andrew Saint (1981-2013) and visiting student and player Hannibal Swartz (Nghia Nguyen) (1991-2013) died in a road accident on 1 April on return from the Doeberl Cup, where Andrew Saint had won the Major. Late at night on a freeway near Winton, a vehicle carrying six players from the Melbourne Chess Club struck an object on the road, causing a tyre to detach as a result of which the vehicle rolled repeatedly. No other vehicle was involved and police reports confirm that it was simply a random and horrific accident.
IM James Morris and Dimitry Partsi were both airlifted with serious injuries, with Morris initially critical and in intensive care, but the good news is that both are now recovering encouragingly and in rehabilitation, and we wish them the best for a successful and full recovery (Get Well thread here). The remaining two players involved, Paul Cavezza and Anthony Hain, received only minor injuries but have been involved in a very traumatic experience and we hope they will receive all the support they deserve and need in this difficult time. Carl Gorka on his blog has paid tribute to the “fighting spirit” of the survivors.
The accident was widely reported in national media and on Chessbase. A tribute to Andrew Saint written by his brother Alex follows below. Tribute threads have also been posted (Andrew Saint, Hannibal Swartz) including details of funerals, memorial services and fundraising events. Much information has also been posted on the Melbourne Chess Club facebook page.
Former NSWCA President Malcolm Tredinnick (1970-2013) (tribute thread) died suddenly and unexpectedly of a brain haemorrhage on 17 March. Many fine tributes to Malcolm written by friends in the IT community are available online.
Queensland and formerly South Australian player, organiser and coach Michael Corner (1958-2013)(tribute thread, special tribute from IM Alex Wohl) also died unexpectedly, of deep vein thrombosis at age 55, in either early March or late February.
Former CAQ President and Redcliffe Chess Club member Leo Wilkinson (tribute thread) died of stomach cancer on 21 March. He had bravely attended the funeral of Michael Corner several days before.
Anne Purdy (1915-2013) (tribute thread) died of pneumonia age 97 on 11 March. Anne Purdy was the wife of IM Cecil Purdy AM (1906-1979), daughter of Spencer Crakanthorp (1885-1936) and mother of John Spencer Purdy (1935 – 2011). Peter Parr OAM describes her as “a strong Sydney A-grade player before retiring from competitive chess in 1973.”
On behalf of the ACF I extend condolences to the families, clubmates and friends of all those who have passed away, and we honour their many, fine and varied contributions to Australian chess life, as players, administrators, organisers, coaches and friends.
We also extend our thoughts to the officebearers and members of the Melbourne Chess Club, who have been much affected by the post-Doeberl accident and its aftermath.
A Dedication to my Brother (by Alex Saint)
“What a tragedy. All would agree this was such a horrible end to a short life but what a life it was. Andrew lived life to the full – never wasting a moment. Andrew has no enemies. He was such a powerful force of good. Andrew I thank you most for your love, your character and your enthusiasm for life. Dad and I wish to thank the Australian Chess Community, and more recently to the Melbourne Chess Club, for such wonderful tributes to Andrew. He obviously made a big impact on many people.
I would like to write some things about Andrew – my brother and best friend:
If you want to really understand my dear brother you need to look back a decade ago when the Australian Chess Championships came to Adelaide. This was his finest hour. Andrew, the Wedding family and I were already involved in the University Open tournaments. After a few years, we made a bid for and were able to hold, with SACA, the Australian Chess Championships in Adelaide at the end of 2003 and start of 2004. We were all looking forward to this event, none more than Andrew. Others may look forward to going to an AFL grand final live watching their team, well this event was his grand final. As many know, Andrew loved to organise, he loved chess, and he loved to help people – and these three things came together in 2003. Robin Wedding and I were there as willing helpers but Andrew was the leading force. He was the driver, we were in the back seat. Without him, the event would not go down in many peoples eyes as one of the most memorable tournaments as stated by people including Grandmaster Ian Rogers.
It was Andrew who organised the most extravagant snack bar in the history of Australian chess!! He joked with me that we needed to ‘go gourmet’. Well we certainly did! Most chess events supply foam cups, a big tin of Blend 43 coffee and a packet of out-of-date dry Arnotts biscuits. Well Andrew would have none of that. He arranged different coffee blends, herbal teas, fancy cordials, chocolate biscuits, a cheese platter, pate, dips, fruit, everything. I remember many people seeing it and saying, “wow”. Andrew paid for stuff like the snack bar out of his own pocket – a lot of money for a uni student. He didn’t want SACA to have to pay for that, which I think was a good thing for SACA! Why did he do it I hear you ask? He did it so you, the chess public could have a great time. The tournament was so well organised. Behind closed doors was someone who was living that tournament 100% from the moment he woke up to the moment he went to sleep for 14 days. It always brought a smile to his face to see so many people enjoying the tournament. This event wasn’t an attempt to puff up Andrew’s pride or stroke his ego. Andrew humbly and quietly sought to please all. Andrew even said, “we need to go to a special newsagent which has all the interstate newspapers”. He thought it would be a nice thing to do for all the interstate players.”
Please read the rest of Alex’s tribute at http://sachess.org/dedication.html
Bobby Cheng – IM-Elect
A pleasure to report some good news – congratulations to Bobby Cheng who has qualified for the International Master title by obtaining his third norm at this year’s Sydney International Open.
ACF Zonal Selections Outcomes
The ACF is entitled to nominate two men and two women players to participate in the 2013 Oceania Zonal in Fiji. A selection process to choose those nominees commenced in mid-January 2013 and it was anticipated that it would be completed by the end of February 2013.
Selectors were used to chose the women’s nominees. As only one male player responded to the initial call for applications, it was necessary to make a second call for applications to fill the remaining place. Because of the timeframes involved, this selection process was conducted in accordance with the alternative selection process – ie players were ranked in accordance with their average ACF and FIDE ratings rather than on the votes of selectors.
The announcement of the final results was delayed until now because of an appeal lodged in respect the selection of the women’s nominees. That appeal was unsuccessful.
The ACF nominees originally selected to attend were Emma Guo, Irina Berezina, Max Illingworth and Zong-Yuan Zhao. Subsequently, Zong-Yuan Zhao withdrew and has been replaced by David Smerdon.
I would like to thank the selectors for the women’s nominees – Ian Rogers, Guy West, Leonid Sandler, Zong Yuan Zhao and Stephen Solomon – and members of the ACF Appeals Tribunal – Graeme Gardiner (Convenor), Denis Jessop and Haydn Barber – for their efforts.
– Tom Saltmarsh
Update: Smerdon has since withdrawn and been replaced by Darryl Johansen – ed.
Deadline for Registration of Old Title Norms
FIDE have said that title norms earned prior to mid-2005 and not registered by the end of June 2013 will lapse. All players who have old norms that they hope to use towards a title someday need to contact me at email@example.com so their norms can be registered. If this means you, please contact me by the start of June 2013.
Kevin Bonham, ACF Delegate to FIDE
The top ten active players on the FIDE Australian list for April2013 are Zhao (2537), Smerdon (2504), Johansen (2430), Tao (2430), Ly (2428), Cheng (2425), Illingworth (2423), Lane (2412), Morris (2406) and Wallace (2394). Only Morrishad games rated during the April ratings period. Bobby Cheng appeared in the World Top 100 juniors list in February and March. Anton Smirnov has been overtaken as world #1 Under 12 (by three points) but has had a little to say about that in recent tournaments!
Clumsy Administrator Drops Computer
Your hapless editor’s computer suffered an accident during packing up at a chess tournament recently, as a result of failing to close a carry bag properly. As a result I’ve probably lost copies of emails sent to or from firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com between 6 Jan and 10 March this year. Non-email records were not affected. Emails to and from firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com are not affected. I believe I’ve recovered most of the important stuff but if you sent me an email that you think I might find important, or received one from me you think I would like back, in that time frame then please resend to firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks, Kevin.
The Chessaroos are Australia’s team of U/16 players who in 2013 will compete in the World Youth Olympiad in Chongqing, China, in July. Australia’s top team in China will be aiming to secure Australia’s first ever team medal in an Olympiad, senior or junior.
The 2013 team will include stars such as 2013 Australian Open Champion Bobby Cheng, recently ranked eighth of his age group in the world, and 2012 Australian Masters Champion Anton Smirnov, recently ranked first for his age in the world.
The team is likely to be travelling without government or commercial support, so any personal contributions to support the squad, financially or in kind, would be greatly appreciated. During the Sydney International Open a fund-raising dinner, trivia night and auction will be held to support the 2013 Chessaroos.
If you are keen to support the 2013 Chessaroos, please contact Weng Nian Siow on 0422 199 202 or email email@example.com.
International Junior Tournaments – Applications Open
2013 World Youth U/16 Olympiad Chongqing, China 21-31 July
If you are interested in competing in one of these events, please apply via http://www.australianjuniorchess.org.au/application.html by April 15.
AusJCL Calendar (National and International)
See http://www.australian-junior-youth-chess.blogspot.com/ or the AusJCL page for calendars, selection details, etc. Note that events are often changed so it is advisable to check frequently for updates.
Doeberl Cup CanberraTop seed GM Li Chao (China) recovered from a loss to GM Attila Czebe to win outright with 7.5/9 followed by GMs Jiri Stocek (Czech Republic) and Loek van Wely (Netherlands) 7 and GMs S.P. Sethuraman (India), Adam Horvath (Hungary) and IM Moulthun Ly (Australia) all 6.5. Luke Li (NZ) secured an IM norm. Anton Smirnov missed an IM norm on the technicality of there being only 19 overseas-registered players compared to the required 20, following no-shows by some registered entrants. Visiting WFM Sengeravdan Otgonjargal (Mongolia) obtained a WGM norm. (81 players)
As discussed above, the late Andrew Saint won the Doeberl Cup Major on 6.5/7 followed by Jeremy Reading 6/7 and Alana Chibnall 5.5 (70 players). David Cannon and Kashish Christian 6/7 won the U1600 (53 players) and the U1200 (48 players) was won by Z.Yuan (ACT) 5.5/6.
Sydney International OpenCanberraA very GM-heavy field with 12 (believed to be the most ever for an event in Australia!) in the 68-player field. GM Loek van Wely (Netherlands) 7.5/9 won ahead of GM Li Chao (China) 7 and GMs Jiri Stocek (Czech Republic) and Adam Horvath (Hungary) 6.5. Best-placed Australians were GM Zong-Yuan Zhao, IMs Stephen Solomon and Gary Lane and untitled (but not for long!) Anton Smirnov 6/9. Anton Smirnov scored 3/5 against GMs and after two near misses secured his first IM norm. Bobby Cheng attained his final IM norm and Tingjie Lei (China) obtained an IM norm.
The Challengers tournament (32 players) was won by Arif Hassani 7.5/9 after last-round leader Joseph Nguyen 7 was taken down by Richard Voon who finished =3rd with Sarwat Rewais 6.5/9.
Some artistic sketches made during the tournament (together with some scurrilous claims about the tactics of some female players to punish males who really should be looking at the board not their opponent!) can be seen here.
Dubbo RSL Open (NSW)Dubbo Won by Jeffrey Plew 5.5/6 ahead of David Lovejoy 5/6 and Dragan Granjas, Trent Parker, Harry Press and Leon Kempen all 4.5/6 (46 players)
Knox Cup (Vic)Ferntree Gully Won by IM James Morris 5/5 ahead of FM Bill Jordan and Dimitry Partsi 4/5 and Ethan Lim 3.5. (24 players).
Tasmanian Championships (Tas)Hobart Neil Markovitz 6/7 is 2013 Tasmanian Champion (and also Tasmanian Senior Champion) after winning ahead of Peter Knight and Kevin Bonham 5.5. It is Markovitz’s first outright win of the title, having shared it in 2010.State junior champion Davis Kim was fourth with 4.5. This was the first title contested since the departure to Queensland of Dr Tony Dowden who won six of the previous seven titles. (19 players)
UNSW Open (NSW)Sydney Won by Xi Hu (China) 6/7 ahead of Adrian Miranda 5.5 and Jonathan Yuen 5. (19 players)
Ballarat Begonia – Report by IA Gary Bekker
Thank you to everybody who participated in the 2013 Begonia Open despite the sweltering conditions of Victoria’s hottest start to March on record. 127 players took part at this year’s event, just shy of last year’s record 131 entries. 22 players contested the Open division for players rated over 2000 ACF, and 35 players contested each of the three other rating divisions. Full details of the tournament are available on http://www.ballaratchess.com/, http://www.chesschat.org/ and http://www.auschess.tornelo.com/.
As usual, the pairings for the first two rounds were accelerated, leading to some tough and exciting encounters amongst the top players right from the start of the tournament. Angelo Tsagarakis, Tony Davis, Leon Kempen, and Svetozar Stojic, and Vineetha Wijesuriya all scored upset victories in the early rounds against much higher rated opponents. Four players were left remaining on a perfect score going into round 5: Stephen Solomon, Brodie McClymont, James Morris and Chris Wallis. Morris beat Solomon, and McClymont and Wallis both won. In round 6 Wallis beat McClymont, for a final round showdown with Morris who had been held to a draw by Luke Li.
James Morris won his encounter with Chris Wallis for a well-deserved tournament victory with 6.5 points. The youthful quartet, Chris Wallis, Brodie McClymont, Karl Zalesco and Yi Liu shared second place with 6 points each. Leon Kempen, Dimitri Partsi and Svetozar Stojic won the Group A division. Ballarat player Rodney Jacobs, David Cannon and Marko Grabovac (who jointly won last year’s group C) shared the spoils in Group B. Hamish Jones and William Maligan took out Group C.
Thanks to Chess World / Chess Kids for sponsoring the tournament and providing the Tornelo tournament software. Thank you to Kevin Perrin, Patrick Cook, and the Ballarat Chess Club organisers for hosting the event and working very hard to make the tournament run so smoothly. Thanks also to Chess Victoria for providing sets and clocks used at the tournament. Thanks also to Chess Victoria for providing sets and clocks used at the tournament!
(A number of games are available on request – ed)
[Disclaimer: The Tornelo “rating system” and pairings software are explicitly not endorsed by the ACF. – ed]
Please notify forthcoming tournaments, especially non-GP events,to firstname.lastname@example.org(Send either a single line or up to about five lines of basic details as text without formatting. Include a link or contact details. Please send details as text rather than attachments so I do not have to wade through the attachment to find details, but send links to downloads if you want to.)
Details of upcoming events can often be found here
Grand Prix events
June 4-6 Foundation Day Open , Perth association website
June 8-10 NSW Open, Sydney association website
June 8-10 NSW U1600 , Sydney association website
June 8-10 48thPeninsula Open, Brisbane association website
June 22-4 Gold Coast Open, Gold Coast gardinerchess website
July 13-14 Croydon Chess Classic, Gold Coast website
July 27-28 ANU Open, Canberra association website
July 27-28 Gladstone Open, Gladstone Qld association website
Full 2013 GP calendar link
Carlsen to Challenge Anand
Those living under very large rocks for the last few months may still be unaware that world number 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the Candidates Final in London. He tied for first with Vladimir Kramnik but was ahead on tiebreak by having more wins. In an intensely dramatic conclusion, both Carlsen and Kramnik lost in the final round. Debate about the very dubious practice of applying tiebreaks for a round-robin aside, the event was very exciting. Final scores Carlsen and Kramnik 8.5/14, Peter Svidler and Levon Aronian 8/14, Boris Gelfand and Alexander Grischuk 6.5/14, Vassily Ivanchuk 6/14, Teimour Radjabov 4/14. The predictably unpredictable Ivanchuk defeated both Carlsen and Kramnik in the last few rounds but also lost five games on time. The Anand-Carlsen match is scheduled for November.
Upcoming Tournaments and Events
Oceania Zonal: May 4-10 2013, Fiji link
(Date listed is date of commencement)
NB: The new venue is the Sonaisali Island Resort.
Oceania Seniors Championship, April 25-8, Christchurch NZ
New Caledonia International Open, August 19th – 24th 2013, Nouméa, NEW CALEDONIA.
Overseas Tournament Thread
A thread onChesschat includes lengthy details of upcoming overseas tournaments outside Oceania of which we have been sent notice. This can be found here.
Latest additions:Commonwealth Championships, South Africa (5-14 July), Asian Continental Champs, Manila (17-27 May)
Notes To Overseas Event Organisers
Please ensure the ACF is sent full details of upcoming events a minimum of two months prior to the event. If you want your event details included in the Newsletter please send a specific request to that effect with no more than five lines of details and no attachments.
Following is a list of useful sites; please notify additions, updates, broken links, sites with completely wrong details because they have not been updated recently.
Australian Chess Federation
Blogs and other websites
Coffee House Chess(Carl Gorka)
Pawn’s Progress(George Eraclides)
The Closet Grandmaster(Amiel Rosario)
Gawain Jones[well almost Australian]
Please send me suggestions for other Youtube channels to add. The ACF accepts no responsibility for the content of linked channels.
Mailing lists / Newsletters
Noble Park CC (Vic)
Gardiner Chess (Qld)
Suncoast CC (Qld)
Oceania Chess Confederation
(Also see state sites for information on clubs without their own web sites.)
Junior Chess Leagues/clubs and junior blogs
Searching for Magnus Carlsen(blog, includes AusJCL info)
Burnie Chess Club(blog)
Please send any interesting games by Australian players in neat PGN format without notes, preferably as text rather than attachments.
IM Stephen Solomon – GM Loek van Wely (Doeberl)
GM Zoltan Varga – FM Domagoj Dragicevic (Doeberl)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Nd4 5.Bd3 Nxf3+ 6.Qxf3 Bc5 7.Na4 Be7 8.b3 0–0 9.c4 d6 10.h3 Ne8 11.Nc3 c6 12.Bb2 g6 13.0–0–0 Ng7 14.Kb1 Ne6 15.g3 a6 16.Ne2 b5 17.h4 Nc5 18.Bc2 bxc4 19.bxc4 Rb8 20.Ka1 f5 21.exf5 Bxf5 22.Bxf5 Rxf5 23.Qxc6 Qa5 24.Qd5+ Kg7 25.g4 Rxf2 26.Bc3 Qa4 27.Rhf1 Rbf8 28.Bxe5+ dxe5 29.Nc3 Rxf1 30.Nxa4 Rxd1+ 31.Kb2 Rd8 0-1
Justin Tan – GM Attila Czebe (Doeberl)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 b6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bb7 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. Qd2 Qc7 8. f3 Nf6 9. O-O-O Bb4 10. Nb3 d5 11. e5 Nfd7 12. f4 Nc5 13. Qe1 Nc6 14. a3 Nxb3+ 15. cxb3 Bc5 16. Bxc5 bxc5 17. Kb1 Na5 18. b4 cxb4 19. axb4 Nc6 20. Na2 O-O 21. Bd3 f6 22. Qh4 h6 23. exf6 Rxf6 24. g3 Qb6 25. Rhf1 Nxb4 26. Nxb4 Qxb4 27. g4 Rxf4 28. Rxf4 Qxf4 29. Qe7 Qf3 30. Bc2 d4 31. Qxe6+ Kh8 32. Qb6 Kg8 33. Qe6+ Kh8 34. Qg6 Kg8 35. Re1 Bc6 36. Qe6+ Kh8 37. Qg6 Kg8 38. Bd3 Bb5 39. Qh7+ 1-0
Dimitry Partsi – Andrew Saint
The decisive game of the Doeberl Major and, tragically, Andrew’s last game
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 c5 4.dxc5 Qa5+ 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Bd2 Qxc5 7.e4 Ng4 8.Qe2 Nc6 9.h3 Nge5 10.Nxe5 Qxe5 11.Qe3 d6 12.f4 Qd4 13.Qg3 Qb6 14.0-0-0 Bd7 15.Na4 Qa6 16.Nc3 Qb6 17.b3 0-0 18.Nd5 Qa6 19.Kb1 e6 20.Nc7 Qb6 21.Nxa8 Qd4 22.Qc3 Qxc3 23.Bxc3 Bxc3 24.Rxd6 Bc8 25.Nc7 Bb4 26.Nb5 a6 27.a3 Bxd6 28.Nxd6 e5 29.fxe5 Nxe5 30.Be2 b6 31.Rd1 Be6 32.Nb7 Kg7 33.c5 Rb8 34.Bxa6 Bxb3 35.c6 Bxd1 36.c7 Rc8 0-1
Dimitry Partsi (1957) – Alastair Cameron (2235) Ballarat Begonia Open (5)
1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qe1 Re8 10.Qh4 Nf8 11.Ne5 Ng6 12.Bxg6 hxg6 13.Rad1 Nh7 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Qf2 Nf6 16.Rd3 Rf8 17.Rh3 Nd7 18.Ne4 c5 19.Qg3 cxd4 20.Nf6+ Qxf6 21.Rxf6 Nxf6 22.Qh4 Nh5 23.g4 1-0
IM James Morris – IM Stephen Solomon (Ballarat Begonia)
1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0–0 0–0 6.d4 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bg5 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 c5 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.dxc5 Rc8 14.Nb3 Qc7 15.Rac1 Be7 16.Qb1 Bd5 17.Nbd4 b4 18.c6 Nc5 19.Ng5 Bxg5 20.Rxc5 Be7 21.Rcc1 Bxg2 22.Kxg2 Bf6 23.Qe4 Rfd8 24.e3 Rd6 25.Rc4 Bxd4 26.exd4 Rxc6 27.Rxb4 Rd8 28.Rd1 Rd5 29.Rd3 g6 30.Rbb3 Kg7 31.Rdc3 a5 32.Qc2 Rxc3 33.Rxc3 Qb6 34.Rc5 Rxd4 35.Qc3 Qb4 36.Rxa5 Qxc3 37.bxc3 Rd3 38.Rc5 h5 39.a4 Rd2 40.h4 Ra2 41.a5 Kf6 42.Kf3 Ke7 43.Ke3 Kd6 44.Rb5 Rc2 45.Rb3 Ra2 46.Rb7 f5 47.Rb6+ Kd5 48.c4+ Kxc4 49.Rxe6 Rxa5 50.Rxg6 Kd5 51.Kf4 Ra2 52.f3 Ra4+ 53.Kxf5 Kd4 54.Re6 Ra8 55.g4 Rf8+ 56.Rf6 Rh8 57.g5 Ke3 58.g6 Kxf3 59.g7 Rg8 60.Rg6 Ke3 61.Kf6 Kf4 62.Kf7 Kf5 63.Rg5+ 1-0
I would like to publish some good old Aussie GM-hacking fun from the SIO but the games don’t seem to be easy to find!
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