ACF Bulletin No. 58 - 19 March, 2000


Confirmed entries to date are as follows:

Nikolic 2659, Ftacnik 2582, Rogers 2562, Johansen 2494, Hunt 2359, Allen
2264, Duxbury 2247, Levi 2246, Zhao 2242, Tindall 2194, Corker 2002.



I understand from NORM GREENWOOD that 51 out of 100 members at North Sydney
Leagues Chess Club have email addresses. The Gold Coast Chess Club captured
many email addresses simply by including a line on the membership form for
email address. This ACF bulletin has greatly improved communication in
Australian chess. It started with around 200 recipients and now there are
around 600.

It would be very beneficial to Australian chess if clubs and states could
do all they can to capture as many email addresses of chess players as
possible and forward them to me for inclusion on the email database. Please
send them to me at


KASPAROV - CHOW (Australia) United Nations of Chess Simultaneous - 15/3/2000

Victorian junior SAM CHOW played a strong game against KASPAROV and seemed
to be winning until a blunder towards the end of the game. Kasparov scored
29.5/30 in the worldwide simul.

ANDREW ALLEN has notated the game.

After declining to play DAVID SMERDON (Over 2000 and therefore too strong)
Kasparov must have been surprised to get such strong resistance from the
Australian representative.

1.d4 e6 2.g3 f5 3.Bg2 c5?!

A bit of an unusual move and it doesn't look too impressive from a
classical point of view. The value of unorthodox moves in simultaneous
exhibitions can't be underestimated however. Kasparov now has to think for
himself early in the game.

4.Nf3 Nc6 5.O-O Nc6 6.c4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nxd4?!

When showing this game to juniors the first move they all suggest is to
capture the knight on d4 like Sam did, not realising the importance of all
the development white gets in return.

8.Qxd4 Be7 9.Nc3 O-O 10.Rd1 Qa5 11.Bf4 Bc5

It's clear that white has a massive positional advantage due to the frozen
black queenside, Sam does not panic however and comes up with a few
"computer like" one move threats until the champ lets him back in the game.

12.Qd2 Qb6 13.e3 Bb4 14.a3 Ne4!?

Not a bad choice, the powerful bishop on g2 now departs the board and the
white king has potential long term problems on the white squares.

15.Bxe4 Bxc3 16.Qxc3 fxe4 17.Rd6?!

Another popular choice by juniors as it must be good to attack the queen.
Kasparov lets the black queen improve it's position though. Very strong was
17.Be5 and black is suffering all over the board.

17..Qc5 18.Qd4

It's obvious that Kasparov's strategy was to employ maximum wimp mode for
his simul games. He is adverse to any tactical complications and seeks to
play endgames where he won't have to spend any time finding good moves. To
be ageist it must be noted that juniors are generally weaker in endgames as
well, so Garry is just being practical here.

18.. Qf5 19.Qe5 g5!

A nice fighting move by Sam

20.Qxf5 Rxf5 21.g4 Rc5 22.b4 Rxc4 23.Bxg5 a5!

Finally those queenside pieces might be doing something, black is back in
the game now.

24.b5? Rc5!

So these 2800 players obviously need some practice with their fork tactics
I notice.

25.Bd8 Rxb5 26.h4 a4

Unfortunately for Sam it is not so clear that the extra pawn is going to
win the game for him, so Kasparov is free to play for a win and keep the
draw still in sight despite being material down.

27.Bf6 Kf7 28.Bc3 Ra6!

I like the way this kid plays, must get those sleeping queenside pieces
into the game.

29.Rd2?! Rc6 30.Bb4 d5! 31.f4!? exf3 e.p. !?

One of my students queried whether it was legal to take "oompar lumpur"
here, I replied that it was and it was a decent move as well.

32.Rf1 e5! 33.Rxf3+ Rf6 34.Rxf6+ Kxf6 35.Rf2+ Kg6 36.g5 Kh5!?

An interesting choice. Being older and more conservative I would play Bf5
here stopping any white counterplay. It does look like black has something
very close to a winning position. However employing the maxim that
"Kasparov is never lost" white might also have some drawing chances.

37.Rf8 Bg4 38.Be7 d4 39.exd4 exd4 40.Kf2 Rb2+ 41.Kg3 d3??

Ahh the tragedy of chess, few games can match it in that regard. All those
good moves come to nothing if you play one lousy move. Black can force a
draw if he wants with Rb3+ and Rb2+ here as Kf4 will be met with Rf3+,
perhaps it is no longer winning but black would still be keen to play on.


whoops... Since Sam finished the game it must be noted that he behaved in a
sportsmanlike manner and did not smash his mouse against the wall like an
older and more conservative player such as myself might have done.

42..Rg2+ 43.Kxg2 Kxh4 44.Rh6+ Bh5 45.g6+ Kg4 46.Rxh5!

So those 2800 are good at tactics sometimes I notice. 1:0 A top effort by
Sam Chow, watch out for him in future!



MANUEL WEEKS advises that the dates for this important event are 7-21
October at Oropesa Del Mar, Spain. Selections are expected to be announced
in the next two to three weeks.



The Olympiad is scheduled for Istanbul from 27 October to 13 November. The
men's and women's squads are expected to be announced in next week's bulletin.



Thank you for including the Northern Territory on the restructure
committee. We are also delighted to now receive your regular newsletters
which help to overcome our physical isolation from the Australian chess

Our input is likely to be limited due to our lack of knowledge of the
general chess scene.

Should any chess players visit Darwin the chess club meets on Thursday
nights at 8pm at Number 8 Cavenagh St (ring bell for entry). We also meet
at the Roma Bar Cafe, Cavenagh St at 11am on Sundays.

We would welcome visits by any rated players as our internal club rating
system which is based on the Elo method needs to be calibrated against
properly rated players.

If you are visiting Darwin, Terry's phone number is (08) 8985 3449 and



The traditional and unique Ballarat Tournament was this year's first Grand
Prix (Class 3) event in Victoria. Organising successful tournaments without
making a financial loss has been very difficult in Victoria for the last
few years. One may argue about the reasons for this. After a disappointing
entree level in 1998, the tournament organisers were extremely lucky to
secure  substantial sponsorships last year, which undoubtedly increased the
player's interest. Having missed out on extra funds this year, the
committee didn't know what to expect. However, it turned out that it didn't
have to worry, as 90 players turned up, exactly the same number as last year.

The number of top players, headed by DARRYL JOHANSEN, was fairly small, but
the record entry of  juniors (18) was very pleasing. Worth mentioning is
the group of players, who seem to return to Ballarat year in year out, many
of them pensioners. This special composition of the tournament creates a
unique atmosphere with a group which takes chess serious and trying to win
(prizes), a large group of 'social' players and thirdly the group of
juniors with all their distractions and variable interests (not only in
chess!). An interesting mix of chess players blended in one single Ballarat

To make all this happen each year again, is mainly due to the untiring
efforts of KEVIN PERRIN (DOP). Mind you, he has been involved as the main
organiser since the inception of the tournament.

The great support in different ways by players, clubs, VCA and ChessWorld
is invaluable for the success of our tournament, and it is greatly
appreciated by the committee. Visits by chess personalities such as ROBERT
JAMIESON, GUY WEST, GARY WASTELL, DAVID FLUDE etc certainly add flavour and
moral support to the event.

As far as I am aware the tournament went flawlessly, apart from a brief
failure of a group of lights during one of the evening rounds: a minor
hiccup compared to last year's commotion when the arbiter was stuck in the
elevator for more than an hour..!

The social aspects of the event were improved by a sausage sizzle lunch;
the Craigs Hotel offering meals and drink discounts, making it a focal
meeting point for all between the rounds; and also by the drink-and-nibbles
provided after the final round up to the prize-giving ceremony.

A brief note by GARY BEKKER:

The event was won by MIRKO RUJEVIC with 6.5 / 7 points. Equal second were
GM DARRYL JOHANSEN, who lost to RUJEVIC in round 5, and MARK CHAPMAN who
drew with IM LEONID SANDLER and agreed a quick draw with Rujevic in the
final round. Chapman did not have to play against Johansen, while Sandler
finished outside of the prize list after a draw with Chapman, losing to
Rujevic and then to Johansen in the final round. Leading final scores: M.

Many thanks to all involved in the tournament, especially to BAS VAN RIEL,
KEVIN PERRIN and PATRICK COOK for organising the event and collecting
duplicate scoresheets for publication.

Notes by BAS VAN RIEL (cont)

In the top group GEORGE PRATSCH (1752, =newcomer?) had a good tournament,
helped by a good draw. He finished with 5.5 points on equal 4th  spot.
STEWART BOOTH started with a strategic draw in the first round and this
carried him safely through the next few rounds, thereby building up
valuable match practice before meeting the bigger guns in the crucial last
rounds. The B-group was jointly won by JANOS NEMETH who scored very well
against four much higher rated players, and good old OLGERTS BERGMANIS with
5 points each. I would not be surprised to find that Olgerts and his friend
GUNNAR LAMBERTS have played in virtually all (34) Ballarat Begonia

The C-group was won equally by two juniors with 5 points each: AMIR NISSEN
(Vic) and AARON GUTHRIE (SA). Amir drew with STEWART BOOTH, won against KEN
HOLT and being the 51st seed, the average seeding of his opponents was 19!
Similarly, Aaron being seeded 67 met with opponents averaging 29 and he
polished off his effort with a win against DAVID CORDOVER (10) in the last

Group D was jointly won (3.5 points) by ERIC LINDBERG who squeezed three
wins out of his last three opponents, and COLIN FINLAY from NSW, who played
a solid tournament.



Member of FIDE
PO Box 216  Shortland Street   Auckland   New Zealand

The Year 2000 Zonal will be held in Auckland, NZ from Saturday 20th May to
Sunday 28th May 2000. The event is being run as a nine round swiss. The
event is open to all players from the members of Zone 3.2b (Australia, New
Zealand, and Fiji) who have a FIDE rating of 2100 or greater.

The entry fee is NZD$400 per player. The time control is 40 moves in 2
hours, then 20 moves in one hour, followed by 30 minutes guillotine. The
winner will be nominated as the Zonal qualifier to the Year 2000 FIDE World

The event is being played at the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell St, Mt
Eden. The National Federations have the right to nominate the following
players (Australia:2, NZ:1, Fiji:1). These players will be provided with
billet accommodation.

Entries close Wednesday 17th May 2000.

Players Meeting: 20th May 11am
Opening Ceremony: 20th May midday
Rounds 1-2: 20th and 21st: 12:30pm-7:30pm
Round 3:22nd: midday-7:00pm
Round 4-9:23rd to 28th:12:30pm-7:30pm
Closing Ceremony:28th May 7:30pm.

Please send entries, including your full name, postal address, contact
telephone and email address, FIDE rating and FIDE code number to the
address opposite. - PO Box 330, Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand. All
cheques should be made payable to the New Zealand Chess Federation.



Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur - Denpasar
May 3rd - 11th, 2000
Organized by Bali Jeff Chess Centre, Denpasar
Incorporated with PT Japfa Comfeed Indonesia Tbk.

9 Round Swiss - 40 moves in 2hrs, then 1 hour to finish

US$ 20,000 Prize Fund - Guaranteed!

1st: $5000, 2nd: $3000, 3rd: $2000, 4th: $1500, 5th: $1000, 6th: $900, 7th:
$800, 8th: $700, 9th: $600, 10th: $500, 11th-15th: $400 each, 16th-20th:
$200 each, 21st-30th: $100 each. 9 round Swiss. Pairing will be conducted
by computer.

    Round 1 Wed May 03rd 4.00pm
    Round 2 Thu May 04th 3.00pm
    Round 3 Fri May 05th 3.00pm
    Round 4 Sat May 06th 3.00pm
    Round 5 Sun May 07th 3.00pm
    Round 6 Mon May 08th 3.00pm
    Round 7 Tue May 09th 3.00pm
    Round 8 Wed May 10th 3.00pm
    Round 9 Thu May 11th 10.00am

Free entry for all players!
Entries and info:

GM Utut Adianto or Bali Jeff Chess Centre,
Jl. Prof. M.Yamin 9, Renon, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.
Tel: 62 361 234808 or 62 21 5150505
Fax: 62 361 265408 or 62 21 5151671

Grand Bali Beach Hotel (5-star Hotel)
Sanur, PO Box 3275 Denpasar 80032, Bali, Indonesia.
Tel: 62 361 288511
Fax: 62 361 287917

Plan now to play in this great event! And see Bali - the island with a
thousand temples.


Best wishes to all

Graeme Gardiner


Graeme Gardiner
President, Australian Chess Federation
C/- Somerset College, Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba Q 4213
Phone 07 5530 3777 (w) 07 5530 5794 (h) Fax 07 5525 2676 (w)

Chess - the clever sport!