ACF Bulletin No. 89 - 29 October
Graeme Gardiner is away till 22nd December (trip to chess
olympiad and well earned holiday) so this bulletin is being brought
to you by the acting President, Robert Jamieson.
The Olympiad started on Saturday, and their web site
www.istanbulchessolympiad.com claims that all games played will
be broadcast live! Check it out.
P.S. I've had a go and found that we beat Netherlands Antilles 3.5
- 0.5 in round 1 and stand at 1.5 - 1.5 against Poland with
Zhao's game to resolved in round 2. I can't manage to
display the actual games on the screen but can download a pgn file
and play through the game in my chess data base. Perhaps
you can improve on this!
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2001
The entry form for the Australian Open Chess Championship
which is being
distributed across Australia is now available online in Adobe Acrobat
It can be downloaded from:
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 which is available
The entry form (chesscentenaryform.pdf) is only 44KB.
The brochure itself can be downloaded also in pdf format from the
(large file - 2.8MB)
This form can be faxed or posted to the given address on the entry
PO Box 470
Erindale Centre ACT 2903
Geelong Open - Final Scores
Name Feder Rtg Loc
Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.
4.5 8.0 14.0
3.5 9.0 16.0
3.5 9.0 14.5
5-7 Van Riel,
1436 3 7.0
2.5 9.5 16.5
1400 1 7.5
Name Feder Rtg
1 2 3
13:W 5:W 8:W 2:D
Alistair 7:W 11:D 3:D 9:W
8:D 2:D 10:W 5:D
Michael 3:L 10:W 7:W
5 Van Riel,
Bas 14:W 17:W
1:L 4:D 3:D
10:D 9:L 15:W 13:W 11:D
2:L 15:W 4:L 16:W 14:W
3:D 11:W 1:L 4:L
Oleg 1:L 6:W 16:W
6:D 4:L 17:W 3:L 0:W
2:D 8:L 12:D 6:D
14:W 13:D 11:D 9:D
1:L 12:D 6:L 16:W
5:L 12:L 0:W 17:W 7:L
Steve 13:L 7:L
6:L 0:W 17:W
11:L 0:W 9:L 7:L 13:L
0:W 5:L 10:L 14:L 15:L
BOX HILL OPEN
By Trevor Stanning
The 2000 Box Hill Chess Club OPEN attracted 118 players over 7
rounds played on Friday evenings. Sixteen players rated above 1700
players rated above 1900 promised a very competitive environment for
up-and-coming juniors that have developed at Box Hill.
Three Juniors in particular, Michelle Lee,
Ruperto Lugo, and
Andjelija Zivanovic, used the early rounds of the BHCC OPEN to
their visit to the World junior titles in Spain.
The efficient organisation of the Club officials Gerrit Hartland
(Captain and DOP), and Phillip O'Connor (Pairings Officer) saw the
field start at 8.06pm on the first evening. This shows the benefits
encouraging entries a week before the tournament starts and printing
pairings for display (including Web-site access) well before
the start of
After 6 rounds the accelerated Swiss system had done its job and
possible winners to 4 players. Final round games were scheduled as
Mehmedalija Dizdarevic (5/6) v Sam Chow (6/6), and Milenko Lojanica
Richard Voon (5/6). The first game was cracker French defence with
having good winning chances in the ending, but he had to settle for a
draw which was enough to secure the title. Milenko
Lojanica was successful in taking second place. Mehmedalija
Dizdarevic and Tuan Le shared third place with Domagoi Dragicevic who
took the best junior prize.
Sam Chow's title is a terrific result for a player still able to
enter under-13 competitions and he is a prospect that will be watched
John Nemaric won the U1500 prize and Alex Dickens the U1200 prize,
John Kable the Over 60 prize. Full results can be viewed at the
Box Hill Chess Club meets Tuesday (7.30) and Friday (8pm)
and has 120 members.
It is interesting to note that 13 year-old Sam Chow has not been
defeated since July (v Solomon at ANU Open) and has scored 15 wins
and 2 draws in his last 17 games!
This is 6.5/7 Box Hill Open
3/3 MCC Open
If he continues to improve at this rate Victoria may yet have a rival
for Smerdon and Zhao.
Here is Sam's final round game from the Box Hill Open. It is
a strange tactical melee where both sides miss wins and in the finish
Sam concedes a charity draw in a winning position so as to secure
BHCC Open 2000
Round 7 (final) Board One
All Moves in 120 minutes.
Mehmedalija Dizdarevic ACF 1925 / FIDE 2179 (White)
v. Sam Chow ACF 1827 (Black)
Nf6 The classical
line. 3ŠBb4 goes into the Winawer.
c5 5. Nce2
followed by 6. c3 is the other line.
9Š.cxd4. 10. b4 Nxb4 . 11. cxb4 Bxb4 is the other
12 o - o o -
b5 Qe1 was the
last book move. Unclear (book).
a5 My attempt to
get queenside play.
Rxa1 My idea was to get his
queen away from my king.
Bb7 I am not concerned
about my white-squared bishop. It is not in a position for active
Nxc5 If 19. dxc5 , 19Š.f6!
- breaking up his pawn structure.
Qa5 White has a
protected passed pawn. I might try to create one for myself with the
pawn break b4.
Rb8 Attempting to
carry out my plan.
Bc8 21. Qb2! followed
by Ra1, seizing the file may be stronger for white.
g6 I envisaged a
f5 pawn break from white.
Bf8? Preparing Bg7 after
white plays f5, fxg6 and sacrifices on g6. b4 may have been a better
exf5 My white-squared bishop
now has some 'breathing' space.
Rb7 If 26. fxg6, fxg6.
27. Bxg6? hxg6. 28. Qxg6?? Rg7!
25. ŠRb7 also protects the rook for discovered knight moves after
b4, cxb4 and Nxb4.
prepares the sacrifice.
bxc3 27. cxb4! would be less
Kh8 Better was 28.
Nd8 29. Ng5 was an
cxd2 30. Qxb7!! would have
been brilliant. 30. Qxb7!! Bxb7, 31. Nxf7 Nxf7, 32. Rxf7 Bg7 33.
34. Bh6! Kh8 35. Bg5! threatening Bf6 #.
d1=R?! Freeing the d2 square for my
Ra7 If 33. ŠRb2, 34.
Rg1! 34. Bf3 is met by Bg4!!
Bg7 34. Qg6 was
probably best but I did not expect this move.
Rxc7 35. c7! gave the queen
Rd7 If 36. Qd6,
Qd3 37. h4 protected
the knight, preparing Bg4!
Ne6 I can smell
Qe1? 43. ŠNf3! was a
It was an interesting game. I
agreed to a draw even though there was a chance for me to win with
Nf3, because it was getting close to 11 pm on a Friday night, and I
would still win the tournament even with a draw.
CHESS COLLECTION FOR SALE
My chess collection (4 tons = 4,000kg of autographs,
manuscripts, sets etc.) is coming up for auction at Phillips in
live on the Internet) on 7 November.
Details can be found at http://www.users.totalise.co.uk/~chess/
http://homepages.tesco.net/~kevinoconnell/ and also at
http://www.btinternet.com/~kevinoconnell/ including the Catalogue (as an
Adobe Acrobat file kocat.pdf) and an almost complete listing
I am also building up my site (links given above) with some of the
of newspaper and magazine articles I have written, as well as new
on chess coaching and unpublished FIDE archives relating to title
applications and awards.
WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RESULTS
Under 10 Boys (92 players)
(29) Ruperto Lugo 6.5
(87)Thor Taylor 3.5
Under 10 Girls (57 players)
(7) Michelle Lee 7.0
Under 12 Boys (90 players)
(74) Gareth Oliver 4.0
Under 12 Girls (75 players)
(47) Heather Huddleston 5.5
Under 14 Boys (95 players)
(20) Zong-Yuan Zhao 6.5
(63) Peter Jovanovic 5.0
Under 14 Girls (75 players)
(26) Catherine Lip 6.0
Under 16 Boys (85 players)
(6) David Smerdon 7.5
Under 16 Girls (74 players)
(41) Andjelica Zivanovic 5.0
Under 18 Boys (76 players)
(35) Justin Tan 5.5
Under 18 Girls (57 players)
(46) Marija Jovanovic 4.5
Congratulations to all or representatives, particularly David Smerdon
and Michelle Lee who both can be very pleased with their final
It's been an interesting experience so far being acting ACF
President in Graeme's absence.
At the recent ACF Council meeting we deferred discussion of a motion
to the effect that if the ACF receives a complaint about a state
official and deems the complaint not to be trivial or frivolous, then
the ACF must advise the state concerned.
My problem is that the other night I received an unexpected call from
a 12 year-old boy complaining that he thought that the DOP in his
tournament didn't like him and had unreasonably refused to postpone
his game. After a brief one and a half hour discussion of
his problem I am now confronted with whether I should advise the
state concerned of the complaint? Strange thing is that
the DOP in question is the person who proposed the motion at the ACF
2. Want a FIDE Rating?
I received a copy of the agenda for the FIDE Congress during the
week and was browsing through it for some light reading over a cup of
One proposal from the Rating Commission is apparently that the
minimum FIDE rating be dropped from 2000 to 1000! I
remember some time ago when FIDE was short of funds so it got the
bright idea of restoring old, inactive ratings to the current list
and still charging 10 Swiss Francs fee per rated player.
Think how much money they will make with all players on their
3. Rumours from Romania
The best reading was a letter from a
Romanian GM who was wondering how a middle-aged 2300 Romanian player
suddenly became a GM with a rating of 2635 without playing in any
recognised strong chess tournaments. We all know
that middle-aged players don't improve from 2300 by two or three
hundred points overnight, so it was interesting to read the theories
as to how this came about.
LETTER FROM ARGENTINA
I am collector of postcards, envelopes, stamps, magazines, bulletins,
tracings ,pines, phone cards, logoses, cards, posters, pennants, etc,
all related to the chess.
I would like that if some of you has some material that can send me
for my collection, to the following address.
B1718EQN - San Antonio de Padua
Bs. As. - Argentina
I can exchange if to somebody it interests him.
NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR ACF MEDALS
Nominations are invited for the following medals, to be awarded
during the presentation of prizes at the Australian Open Championship
in Canberra on Tuesday January 9, 2000.
This is awarded
to the "Player of the Year". It is to be the player who has
made the greatest impact, not necessarily the highest-rated - it is
for the most notable achievement of the year. It may be awarded to
the same person more than once.
This is awarded for an
outstanding contribution to Australian chess administration at a
national or a state level. It may not be won more than once by the
CJS Purdy Medal
This is awarded for an outstanding contribution
to Australian chess as a journalist at a national or state level. It
may not be won more than once by the same person.
1. The Steiner Medal is to be
awarded in respect of
impact/achievement during the year 2000.
2. The Koshnitsky and Purdy
medals are not necessarily awarded in
respect of any particular year.
3. A list
of previous winners may be viewed on the ACF web page at
send nominations together with citations and/or other
suitable supportive material so as to be received at the following
address on or before 10 December 2000: 20 Sycamore Grove, East St
Kilda, Vic 3183, or send by e-mail to
email@example.com, or by fax to (03) 9525 9632.
Confirmation of receipt of nominations will be given. If no such
confirmation is received within two days of the expected date of
delivery, please contact Gary Wastell on (03) 9525 9631 or 0419 525
963 or e-mail as above.
retain a copy of all material sent.
ACF COURT CASE
I am pleased to advise that the ACF has been awarded cost in its
recent court case with Mr.Depasquale.
2001 GRAND PRIX
It would very much be appreciated if the organisers of all existing
Prix tournaments and the organisers of any tournaments who would like
part of the Grand Prix register their dates for the 2001 Grand Prix
ROBERT JAMIESON as soon as possible. With 42 events in 2000, the
has been very successful this year and we aim to continue with the
of rules next year. Many thanks to JASON LYONS for developing and
the Grand Prix late last year and to INGRID THOMPSON for
Please register with Robert Jamieson firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 03
6295(H) 03 9579 2533(W) or Fax 03 9700 4917.
Fees: Class 1: $50 up front, plus $2 per player. Class 2: $100 up
$2 per player. Class 3: $150 up front plus $2 per player. Events
Tasmania, SA, WA and outside state capitals are entitled to a $50
in their up front fee. Clubs in these areas can thus stage a class 1
with no up front fee.
Tournament Classes: GP categories are determined by prize money:
TP/1000. TP = total prizes (rounded to nearest category). In practice
formula works out as follows: Class 1: Total prize money less than
Class 2: Total prize money $1,500 to $2,499. Class 3: Total prize
$2,500 or more.
There are three classes of tournament and six divisions: Open,
U1600, Junior, Women and Unrated.
Points are awarded as follows:
Class 1: 1st 12, 2nd 9, 3rd 6, 4th 4, 5th 3.
Class 2: 1st 16, 2nd 12, 3rd 9, 4th 6, 5th 4.
Class 3: 1st 20, 2nd 15, 3rd 12, 4th 9, 5th 6.
Each player's best 5 scores, by category, are accumulated to
For all divisions, ratings from the ACF December 2000 list will be
A player may win one prize only. Juniors must be under 18 years of
age as at
1 January 2001. State prizes are awarded to players in each state
there are no prize winners.
Open: 1st $1,250, 2nd $750, 3rd $500, 4th $300, 5th $200.
U2000: 1st $750, 2nd $500, 3rd $300, 4th $200.
U1600: 1st $750, 2nd $500, 3rd $300, 4th $200.
Junior: 1st $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $200.
State Prizes: $200.
Estimated prize pool: $9,000.
Robert will need to know the Club, Tournament Name, Dates, Venue,
Anticipated Prize Fund, Class/Up Front Fee, Contact person plus
snail mail and email contact details.
The main advantages of participation in the Grand Prix are
publicity of your event and the incentive of Grand Prix points for
Events signed up for 2001:
1. Dubbo RSL CC
Tournament Class 1 Mar 3 &
Alexander Rich 02 6884 4561
2. UQ Chess
April 20-22 Contact:
David Cowland-Cooper email@example.com
2000 GRAND PRIX
The remaining events in the 2000 Grand Prix are as follows:
November 4-6 Tasmanian Open, Battery Point Comm Hall, Hobart, Cat 1,
BONHAM 03 6224 8487
November 4-7 Melbourne Cup, Melbourne Chess Club, Fitzroy, Cat 3, MCC
November 18-19 Taree RSL Spring Open, Taree Sports and Rec Club, Cat
ENDEL LANE 02 6559 9060
December 9-10 Vikings Weekender, Tuggeranong Rugby Club, Cat 1, Lee
Forace Ph: 02 9556-3960
December 16-17 NSWCA Centenary Open, Sydney (Venue TBC), Cat 3,
WALSH 0407 068550
December 16-17 Christmas Swiss, Melbourne (Venue TBC), Cat 3, FRED
VANDERLINDE 03 5998 7757
Dec 28- Jan 9 Australian Open, Rydges Hotel, Canberra, Cat 3,
GREENWOOD 0403 191 777
SUNCOAST MAROOCHY BLACK SWAN TOURNAMENT - NOVEMBER 4/5
This event for under 1950 rated players will be held at the Discovery
Resort (formerly Surfair) opposite the Sunshine Coast Airport. First
$500. Over $2,000 in prizes.
Full details are on the Suncoast Chess Club web site
2001 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
The Australian Open brochure is currently being distributed
Australia. The information and entry form is being distributed
following sources: Australian Chess Forum, Chess Association of
mailout, Victorian Chess Association club mailout, South Australian
Association mailout, Chess Association of Western Australia mailout
Tasmanian Chess Association mailout. Some clubs also have
already. Some copies of the entry form are also available from
Chess Enterprises, Chess Discount Sales and Chess World.
If you are not getting information from any of these outlets and
interested in participating, please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0403-191-777 and request a copy
posted to you.
Also, any clubs are encouraged to contact the organisers for
Assistance with databases of inactive players would also be
This will be a great series of events for all players. There are
prizes for players of all different rating standards in different
totalling a minimum of $16,700 across all of the senior events.
There are also already over 14 GMs and IMs confirmed for the
it will be a great chance to see these players in action.
matches and lectures will also be arranged with these players.
Players can choose to play in the following combination of
- Open (28 Dec - 9 Jan)
- U/1600 Minor (28 -31 Dec)
- U/2000 Repechage (2-7 Jan)
- Open + U/2000 Repechage
- U/1600 Minor + U/2000 Repechage
There is also the Australian Open Rapid (all day - 1 Jan) and
Open Lightning (4pm - 7 Jan) which are open to all players and do not
with any of the above events.
Remember to get your entries in soon and to book your accommodation
There are great options available at the venue and also very
options close to the city and near the venue. These start from
$20/night for singles. Groups of players travelling together can get
better rates at various centres. The full list is available at:
Very best wishes to all.
Acting President, Australian Chess Federation
PO Box 716 Mt.Waverley 3149
Phone 03 9579-2533 (w) 03 9700-6295 (h)
Fax 03 9570-4095 (w)
Chess - the clever sport!
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