ACF Bulletin No. 89 - 29 October 2000

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 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!


The entry form for the Australian Open Chess Championship which is being
distributed across Australia is now available online in Adobe Acrobat (pdf)

It can be downloaded from:

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 which is available from:

The entry form (chesscentenaryform.pdf) is only 44KB.

The brochure itself can be downloaded also in pdf format from the address:
(large file - 2.8MB)

This form can be faxed or posted to the given address on the entry form:

PO Box 470
Erindale Centre ACT 2903

Fax: 02-6291-0385

Geelong Open - Final Scores
Place Name                 Feder Rtg Loc  Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   Chapman, Mark                  2350 4.5       8.0  14.0   14.5
 2-4  Anderson, Alistair             1906 3.5       9.0  16.0   11.0
      Gill, Geoffrey                 1685 3.5       9.0  14.5   11.0
      Woodhams, Michael              2054 3.5       8.5  14.0    9.0
 5-7  Van Riel, Bas                  1870 3         8.5  13.5   10.5
      Prilleltensky, Matan           1436 3         7.0  11.0    8.0
      Power, Paul                    1628 3         6.5  10.5    7.0
8-13  Cornish, Kim                   1891 2.5       9.5  16.5   10.0
      Grygoryan, Oleg                1722 2.5       9.0  14.0    7.5
      Boasman, Ian                   1736 2.5       9.0  13.0    6.5
      Cook, Patrick                  1736 2.5       8.0  12.0    8.5
      Bekker, Gary                   1609 2.5       7.5  11.5    7.0
      Stokie, Bill                   1831 2.5       7.0  12.0    7.5
14-15 Babic, Zoran                   1590 2         8.0  11.5    5.0
      McKenzie, Steve                1517 2         8.0  11.5    3.0
16-17 Palicko, J                     1400 1         7.5  13.0    4.0
      Power, David                   1300 1         6.0  10.5    5.0
Cross Table
No Name                 Feder Rtg  1    2    3    4    5 

1  Chapman, Mark                   9:W 13:W  5:W  8:W  2:D
2  Anderson, Alistair              7:W 11:D  3:D  9:W  1:D
3  Gill, Geoffrey                  4:W  8:D  2:D 10:W  5:D
4  Woodhams, Michael               3:L 10:W  7:W  5:D  8:W
5  Van Riel, Bas                  14:W 17:W  1:L  4:D  3:D
6  Prilleltensky, Matan           10:D  9:L 15:W 13:W 11:D
7  Power, Paul                     2:L 15:W  4:L 16:W 14:W
8  Cornish, Kim                   12:W  3:D 11:W  1:L  4:L
9  Grygoryan, Oleg                 1:L  6:W 16:W  2:L 12:D
10 Boasman, Ian                    6:D  4:L 17:W  3:L  0:W
11 Cook, Patrick                  16:W  2:D  8:L 12:D  6:D
12 Bekker, Gary                    8:L 14:W 13:D 11:D  9:D
13 Stokie, Bill                   15:W  1:L 12:D  6:L 16:W
14 Babic, Zoran                    5:L 12:L  0:W 17:W  7:L
15 McKenzie, Steve                13:L  7:L  6:L  0:W 17:W
16 Palicko, J                     11:L  0:W  9:L  7:L 13:L
17 Power, David                    0:W  5:L 10:L 14:L 15:L


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 and 8
players rated above 1900 promised a very competitive environment for the
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 warm-up for
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 huge
field start at 8.06pm on the first evening. This shows the benefits of
encouraging entries a week before the tournament starts and printing the
pairings for display (including Web-site access)  well before the start of

After 6 rounds the accelerated Swiss system had done its job and reduced the
possible winners to 4 players. Final round games were scheduled as
Mehmedalija Dizdarevic (5/6) v Sam Chow (6/6), and Milenko Lojanica (5/6) v
Richard Voon (5/6). The first game was cracker French defence with Sam Chow
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 with interest.
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 web-site
Box Hill Chess Club meets Tuesday (7.30) and Friday (8pm) evenings
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
6.5/7      Victorian Championship Reserves
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 first place.
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)

1        e4      e6      French Defence
2 d4      d5      Book
3   Nc3     Nf6     The classical line. 3Bb4 goes into the Winawer.
4       e5      Nfd7    Book
5   f4      c5      5. Nce2 followed by 6. c3 is the other line.
6   Nf3     Nc6     Book
7   Be3     Qb6     Book
8   Na4     Qa5     Book
9   c3      c4      9.cxd4.  10. b4 Nxb4 . 11. cxb4 Bxb4 is the other line.
10      b4      Qc7     Book
11  Be2     Be7     Book
12  o - o   o - o   Book
13  Qe1     b5      Qe1 was the last book move. Unclear (book).
14   Nc5     a5      My attempt to get queenside play.
15     a3      axb4   
16      axb4    Rxa1    My idea was to get his queen away from my king.
17       Qxa1    Bb7     I am not concerned about my white-squared bishop. It is not in a position for active play.
18    Qb1     Nxc5    If 19. dxc5 , 19.f6! - breaking up his pawn structure.
19       bxc5!   Qa5     White has a protected passed pawn. I might try to create one for myself with the pawn break b4.
20       Bd2     Rb8     Attempting to carry out my plan.
21      Bd1?    Bc8     21. Qb2! followed by Ra1, seizing the file may be stronger for white.
22 Bc2     g6      I envisaged a f5 pawn break from white.
23       g4      Bf8?    Preparing Bg7 after white plays f5, fxg6 and sacrifices on g6. b4 may have been a better move.
24        f5      exf5    My white-squared bishop now has some 'breathing' space.
25       gxf5    Rb7     If 26. fxg6, fxg6. 27. Bxg6? hxg6. 28. Qxg6?? Rg7!
25. Rb7 also protects the rook for discovered knight moves after b4, cxb4 and Nxb4.
26        Kh1     b4      White prepares the sacrifice.
27 fxg6?   bxc3    27. cxb4! would be less risky.
28        gxh7?   Kh8     Better was 28. gxf7!
29  Ng5!    Nd8     29. Ng5 was an unexpected intermezzo.
30 Qd1?    cxd2    30. Qxb7!! would have been brilliant. 30. Qxb7!! Bxb7, 31. Nxf7 Nxf7, 32. Rxf7 Bg7 33. Rxg7!! Kxg7
34. Bh6! Kh8 35. Bg5! threatening Bf6 #.
31    Qh5     d1=R?!  Freeing the d2 square for my queen.
32   Bxd1    Qd2    
33      c6      Ra7     If 33. Rb2, 34. Rg1!  34. Bf3 is met by Bg4!!
34        Qg6!    Bg7     34. Qg6 was probably best but I did not expect this move.
35     c7!     Rxc7    35. c7! gave the queen more squares.
36      Qb6     Rd7     If 36. Qd6, Rd7!
37      h4      Qd3     37. h4 protected the knight, preparing Bg4!
38   Rg1     Ne6     I can smell victory.
39  Bg4     Nxg5   
40      Bxd7    Bxd7   
41      Qd8     Kxh7   
42      Qxd7    Qe4    
43      Rg2     Qe1?    43. Nf3! was a simple win.
44   Rg1     Qe4    
45      Rg2 =   Draw Agreed    
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.



My chess collection (4 tons = 4,000kg of autographs, books,magazines,
manuscripts, sets etc.) is coming up for auction at Phillips in London (and
live on the Internet) on 7 November.

Details can be found at mirrored at and also at including the Catalogue (as an
Adobe Acrobat file kocat.pdf) and an almost complete listing (kolib.txt).

I am also building up my site (links given above) with some of the thousands
of newspaper and magazine articles I have written, as well as new material
on chess coaching and unpublished FIDE archives relating to title
applications and awards.

Best regards
Kevin O'Connell



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 placing.



1. Premonition?

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 Council meeting!  

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 coffee.

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 list!

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.



Dear friends:

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.

Gustavo Corleto

Pellegrini 1446

B1718EQN - San Antonio de Padua

Bs. As. - Argentina

I can exchange if to somebody it interests him.



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.

Steiner Medal
       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.

Koshnitsky Medal
      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 same person.

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.
Please note:
    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
        4. Please 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, or by fax to (03) 9525 9632.
        5. 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.
        6. Please retain a copy of all material sent. 



I am pleased to advise that the ACF has been awarded cost in its recent court case with Mr.Depasquale.



It would very much be appreciated if the organisers of all existing Grand
Prix tournaments and the organisers of any tournaments who would like to be
part of the Grand Prix register their dates for the 2001 Grand Prix with
ROBERT JAMIESON as soon as possible. With 42 events in 2000, the Grand Prix
has been very successful this year and we aim to continue with the same set
of rules next year. Many thanks to JASON LYONS for developing and marketing
the Grand Prix late last year and to INGRID THOMPSON for administering it
this year.

Please register with Robert Jamieson Phone 03 9700
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 front plus
$2 per player. Class 3: $150 up front plus $2 per player. Events in
Tasmania, SA, WA and outside state capitals are entitled to a $50 reduction
in their up front fee. Clubs in these areas can thus stage a class 1 event
with no up front fee.

Tournament Classes: GP categories are determined by prize money: Class =
TP/1000. TP = total prizes (rounded to nearest category). In practice this
formula works out as follows: Class 1: Total prize money less than $1,500.
Class 2: Total prize money $1,500 to $2,499. Class 3: Total prize money
$2,500 or more.

Scoring Points:
There are three classes of tournament and six divisions: Open, U/2000,
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 determine the
prize winners.

For all divisions, ratings from the ACF December 2000 list will be applied.
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 where
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.
Women: $500.
Unrated: $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 phone, fax,
snail mail and email contact details.

The main advantages of participation in the Grand Prix are substantial
publicity of your event and the incentive of Grand Prix points for players
to participate.

Events signed up for 2001:
1.     Dubbo RSL CC Tournament Class 1 Mar 3 & 4       Contact: Alexander Rich 02 6884 4561
2.  UQ Chess Tournament     Class1  April 20-22     Contact: David Cowland-Cooper



The remaining events in the 2000 Grand Prix are as follows:

November 4-6 Tasmanian Open, Battery Point Comm Hall, Hobart, Cat 1, KEVIN
BONHAM 03 6224 8487
November 4-7 Melbourne Cup, Melbourne Chess Club, Fitzroy, Cat 3, MCC 03
9416 3149
November 18-19 Taree RSL Spring Open, Taree Sports and Rec Club, Cat 1,
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, MICHAEL
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, ANDREW
GREENWOOD 0403 191 777



This event for under 1950 rated players will be held at the Discovery Beach
Resort (formerly Surfair) opposite the Sunshine Coast Airport. First prize
$500. Over $2,000 in prizes.
Full details are on the Suncoast Chess Club web site



The Australian Open brochure is currently being distributed throughout
Australia. The information and entry form is being distributed through the
following sources: Australian Chess Forum, Chess Association of Queensland
mailout, Victorian Chess Association club mailout, South Australian Chess
Association mailout, Chess Association of Western Australia mailout and the
Tasmanian Chess Association mailout. Some clubs also have information
already. Some copies of the entry form are also available from Australian
Chess Enterprises, Chess Discount Sales and Chess World.

If you are not getting information from any of these outlets and are
interested in participating, please send an email to or phone 0403-191-777 and request a copy to be
posted to you.
Also, any clubs are encouraged to contact the organisers for information.
Assistance with databases of inactive players would also be greatly

This will be a great series of events for all players. There are generous
prizes for players of all different rating standards in different divisions,
totalling a minimum of $16,700 across all of the senior events.
There are also already over 14 GMs and IMs confirmed for the tournament and
it will be a great chance to see these players in action. Simultaneous
matches and lectures will also be arranged with these players.

Players can choose to play in the following combination of tournaments:
- 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 Australian
Open Lightning (4pm - 7 Jan) which are open to all players and do not clash
with any of the above events.

Remember to get your entries in soon and to book your accommodation early.
There are great options available at the venue and also very affordable
options close to the city and near the venue. These start from under
$20/night for singles. Groups of players travelling together can get even
better rates at various centres. The full list is available at:


Very best wishes to all.

Robert Jamieson


Robert Jamieson
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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