ACF Bulletin No. 126 - 22 July 2001


British Young Masters, Australian Universities Teams Championships,
Victorian Inter Varsity comp, Australian National University Open,
Australian Rapid Play Championships, 109th NZ National Chess Congress, Asian
Individual Chess Championship, 2001 Grand Prix, Geelong Open Championship,
NSW Grade Chess, Asia v Europe match, Chess is a Sport - letter to the
Sports Minister, Fairfield RSL Winter Cup, Correspondence.


Zong Yuan Zhao came sixth on 5/9 in the strong British Young Masters event.
More details at


More from Allan Richards on this soon. But for now he advises that he has
been in touch with people all around Australia and is confident of teams at
least from all the Eastern states. Allan has been working hard on this
important event and fully deserves your support in encouraging
participation. Allan's contact details are Mobile: 0407 713 684

When? Saturday 8th September 9-4ish
Where? Trinity College Melbourne Uni
What? Probably 30mins a side, still to be decided.  Number of rounds a bit
dependant on how many people come...
Who? As many victorian unis as we can get hold of. My contacts are limited,
so if you know anyone who is at university that plays chess, or know someone
that might know someone, please let me know.
Usual rules, 4 people per team, spares are optional. Spares sometimes get to
merge with other spares and create another team.

Price is currently $10 per person, but this is still open to negotiation :)
Prompt expressions of interest would be REALLY appreciated...
For more info contact 0416 122 291

Saturday/Sunday 28-29 July, Burton and Garran Hall, Daley Road, ANU,

Confirmed Entries: GM Darryl Johansen

Prize List (guaranteed): 1st...$1000, 2nd...$500, 3rd...$250, Under
2000...$250, 2nd Under 2000...$150, Under 1600...$200, 2nd Under 1600...
$100, Under 1200...$150, 2nd Under 1200...$50, 1st Junior..$100, 2nd Junior
$50, Best ACT Player...$100, Best ANU Player...$100.

Late entries close 9:45am on Saturday, 28th of July. Adults $50, Concession
$40, Juniors $30. Entry free for IMs/GMs. There is a late fee for paid
entries taken after 20th July 2001.

Entries to: ANU Chess Festival, Public Affairs Division, I Block (Bldg #31),
McDonald Pl, ANU ACT 0200
Credit card entry payments can be made by phoning ANU Public Affairs on
02-6125-2229. Ask for Eliza Waterford. Visa, Mastercard and Bankcard

Extension: The $10 late fee will be waived for all credit card bookings and
also for paid entries received by the ANU Public Affairs Division through
the post this week.

Time controls: 30 minutes + 30 sec/move from beginning. DGTs will be used
courtesy of Australian Chess Enterprises. Games are rated.

More information and entry forms available at:

Shaun Press, Director, ANU Chess Festival, Tel. 02-6255-2040 (h),
02-6125-3434 (w), Email:

Simultaneous Exhibition: GM Darryl Johansen will be giving a simultaneous
exhibition on Friday 27 July starting at 12noon in Garema Place, Civic,
Canberra City. All welcome and free to enter. Book voucher prizes for
successful winners.


Deakin University will again be hosting the Australian Rapid-Play
Championships over the weekend of 4/5 August.
$8000 in prize-money!!! Plenty of ratings prizes and special junior prizes.
Go to to enter.
3 divisions, U/1600, U/2000 and Open. Prize money as follows
Open 1st $1,300.00 2nd $900.00 3rd $500.00 4th $250.00
Under 2150 $250.00
Under 2000 1st $600.00 2nd $400.00 3rd $200.00
Group A 1st $200.00 2nd $100.00
Group B 1st $200.00 2nd $100.00
Top Female $100.00
Under 1600 1st $500.00 2nd $350.00 3rd $200.00
Group A
1st $200.00 2nd $100.00
Group B $200.00
2nd $100.00
Junior Prizes
Best Junior $100.00 2nd $50.00 3rd $25.00
Best U16 $50.00 2nd $25.00
Best U14 $50.00 2nd $25.00
Best U12 $50.00 2nd $25.00
Best U10 $50.00 3rd $25.00
U8 $25.00
Deakin Student Prizes 1st $100.00 2nd $50.00
Unrated Prize $100.00


The venue for the 109th NZ National Chess Congress 2001/2002 will now be at
The Millennium Hotel. See the NZ Chess website for confirmation.

Australia's two seeds for this event are Alex Wohl and Tim Reilly. Tim has
advised me that due to work commitments he may not now be able to go to
Calcutta. If anyone else is interested at this short notice, please let
Robert Jamieson know at


The Grand Prix Supervisor is Norm Braybrooke

Just a reminder that we welcome more details of Grand Prix events for
publication in this bulletin.

There are now 40 events for 2001.
28/29 Jul  ANU Open ACT Cat 3 Shaun Press 02 6255 2040

4/5 Aug  Mackay Open QLD Cat 1 Stan Long Hong  07 4953 4573

4/5 Aug  NSWCA Cat 1 Robert Keast 02 9649 8614

1/2 September  Launceston Weekender TAS Cat 1  Leo Minol 03 6344 7472

1/2 Sep Geelong Open VIC Cat 2 Bill Stokie 03 5250 1786 Paul Power

22/23 Sep  Gold Coast Classic QLD Cat 3 Graeme Gardiner 07 5530 5794
29/30 Sep  Lidum's Cup SA Cat 2 Roland Eime 08 8268 1374

29/30 Sep  Redcliffe Challenge QLD Cat 1 Mark Stokes 07 3205 6042

13/14 Oct  Tweed Heads Open QLD Cat 3 Audie Pennefather 07 5536 9185

20-21/October  Box Hill Whitehorse Festival Week-Ender VIC Cat 2 Trevor
3/4 Nov  Laurieton Open NSW Cat 1 Endel Lane 02 6559 9060

3-5 Nov  Tasmanian Open TAS Cat 1 Neville Ledger 03 6431 1280

17/18 Nov  Taree RSL Spring Open NSW Cat 1 Endel Lane 02 6559 9060

24/25 Nov  NSWCA Cat 1 Robert Keast 02 9649 8614

8/9 Dec  Tuggeranong Vikings Weekender ACT Cat 1 Lee Forace 02 9556 3960
15/16 Dec  Melbourne Chess Club Christmas Swiss VIC Cat 2 Malcolm Pyke

15/16 Dec  Fairfield RSL Pre Christmas Cup NSW Cat 2 Elpidio Bautista 02
9723 5537

NSW 15, Qld 9, Tas 4, SA 4, ACT 3, Vic 4, WA 1.


A Category 2 Grand Prix Event
Prize Pool 1st $700 2nd $450 3rd $200 3 Rating prizes of $200 Top Junior
$125 Top Lady $75
Players are eligible to receive only one of the above prizes, which are
guaranteed by our sponsor… 'Daniels Band'

Entry fee $50 Juniors and concession $40 Late entry $60
Arbiter John Frew
Entries will be received until Friday 31/8/2001 6pm. Entries may be sent by
mail to reach the G.C.C. Treasurer 83 Peter Street Grovedale Vic. Cheques
made payable to Geelong Chess Club.
Playing Schedule 8:30am entries close, subject to numbers 9am start
Some accommodation available Saturday night pre-book please.
All enquiries to: Bill Stokie 03 5250 1786
Venue: Lara Town Hall, Flinders Avenue Lara, Melways Ref 422 K5


Scores after 8 rounds:

1   ST GEORGE    21
2   KOALA        19.5
3   WESTS        19
5   FAIRFIELD    11.5

(Letter to Asian President from Eurpoean President)

17 July 2001
Mr. Khalifa Mohammed Al Hitmi
FIDE Continental President (Asia)

By fax 00974-351740

Match Asia Versus Europe
Dear Mr. Al Hitmi,
Referring to your talks in Dubai with our president Boris Kutin, We would
like to inform you about further details concerning the match between Asia
and Europe.

This match will be held in Batumi (Georgia) from 14 September (arrival)
until 20 September 2001 (Departure). Each team consists of 6 men and 4 women
as well as one coach and the chief of the delegation (altogether 12 people).

The local organizer offers full board and accommodation for all. The players
will receive an honorarium of US$3,000(men) and US$2,000(women) including
the travel expenses. The travel expenses of the coach and the chief of
delegation will be reimbursed.

The men will play a double scheveningen system (12 games per player), the
women three times the scheveningen system (12 games as well), all rapid
chess games.

We hope that this match will contribute a lot to the success of chess in
Asia and Europe.

Kind regards,
Signed by
Horst Metzing
Secretary General
CC: Boris Kutin

Asian President Mr Al Hitmi comments as follows to national presidents:

I would like to get your valuable comments about who is going to represent
the Asian team.

It is necessary to get a strong team and also widest possible representation
of the Asian federations.

with my warm regards,
Khalifa Mohamad Al-Hitmi
FIDE Continental President (ASIA)


Ms.Kelly, Parliament House Canberra 9th July 2001

Dear Ms.Kelly,
I've read with interest the Australian Sports Commission's continuing
defined policy to view sport as requiring the following elements:

physical exertion and/or physical skill
competitive by  nature
generally be accepted as being a sport

I remember the 2000 Olympic Women's Sport Pistol over 25 metres :--
....precision and rapid fire, 30 shot strings, specific time limits, decimal
point scoring and ties decided by "Shoot-Off".

---- all the excitement of a precise "clock" game of chess, perhaps decided
in a time scramble end game with 2 moves a second played  and chess pieces
literally flying as exampled in the lightning "play-off " at the recent
Gold Coast Open" between International Masters Stephen Solomon and Zong Yuan
Zhao where 107 players competed.

-----  the similarity differing only in that the pistol event is conducted
with the least possible movement !??! --- sounds like the first element is
not really a requirement ?.

----   chess is a very physically demanding sport as evidenced by that
enigmatic past world champion Bobby Fischer, who used to train for hours
daily on a rowing machine to endure the rigours of the international
circuit. Boris Spassky and Vassily Smyslov played tennis to maintain the
physical capacity to endure Grand Master level demands.

No doubt both sports satisfy the "competitive" requirement.

Now,....."Generally be accepted as being a sport " .... What survey did the
A.S.C. conduct to determine the
"acceptability" ? Certainly the chess enthusiasts of Australia weren't

I remember the proposed $34 million dollars for the Cecil Park New Olympic
Shooting Venue designed as a venue "for training and local and international
competition where its design would reflect an understanding"( ?) "of the
sport and the Olympic movement, quality, innovation, environmental concern
and financial responsibility"(?).

Upon "reflection", I'm sure the local clay target club appreciated the offer
of a continuance of access to the site after the Olympics and that the
Sydney International Shooting Centre's attractive design would support the
recreational shooting market.

I'm pleased at the shooting lobby success and only wish the chess community
had an equally effective voice .......I wonder how  many of the shooting
fraternity  we have in Australia and how were they surveyed? Perhaps the
international voice was considered ?
As has been stated already by others more competently than I, Chess
is the clever sport. It is played by millions around the world at a serious
level. Veteran Grand Master David Bronstein, past World champion contender,
acknowledged to me that there were as many publications produced on chess
every year as there are publications on all the other indoor and outdoor
sporting activities combined.

I feel there is a semantic ambivalence between "sports" and "games" that
confuses the issue. "Game" tends to pejoratively lessen and trivialise
chess's obvious impact upon the psyche in an intellectual and even cultural

If we are to be the "Knowledge Nation" [Party politics aside] , I feel we
could do worse than embrace chess as it is embraced in many teaching
establishments and military academies around the world where its benefits
are acknowledged. We need a reality check and begin to address the Aussi
"catch up " propensity.

It can be noted that "sport"is a shortening of the archaic word "disport",
which as a verb meant "enjoy oneself , frolic" and as a noun "diversion,
amusement" and "a pastime, game, or sport". In the Middle Ages "sport" meant
"entertainment, amusement" and did not take on the notion of athletic
competition until the 16th century. Until the mid 20th century, a
"sportsman" was primarily someone devoted to hunting, shooting and fishing
rather than athletics or "games". As a verb "sport" meant "amuse oneself, be
at leisure" and "take part in sports"; the main modern sense  "wear or
display ostentatiously ", arose in the 18th century, originally as a
colloquial use. Through "disport" and its Latin source , "portare" to
carry, "Sport" is connected to such English words as deport, export, import,
portable, report, support and transport.  -------------------- so, what's in
a word etc., etc?

It seems as though the rest of the world has got it right !
Chess organization abroad has been manifestly funded but not without the
usual pecuniary difficulties which have not been insurmountable. Currently
the FIDE (international chess governing body) President, H.H. Kirshan
Ilyumzhinov is negotiating with H.H.Sheik Nahayan Bin Mubarak AL Nahayan of
Abu Dhabi , Minister of Higher Education  of the United Arab Emirates on
behalf of the Presidential Board of FIDE, the venue for the next World
Championship, possibly in that region, where the 1986 Chess Olympiad was
held in Dubai.

In effect from the 1st of July 2001, the Presidential Board  has fully
adopted the IOC Medical Code as the only basis for the FIDE ANTI-Doping

Finally, I hope you will consider this submission to fund Chess as a sport
from this not disinterested  party.

Thanking you for your attention,
Faithfully Dr John James.

For the first time in some twenty years, tournament chess returned to
Fairfield. The last time an event took place here was way back in the 1970’s
when the United Permanent Building Society sponsored a tournament. The last
winner was Max Fuller. That event was organised by Eddy Katnic. Eddy informs
us that in those days, they even provided a smorgasbord for the players ­
including drinks!

This new tournament, dubbed The Winter Cup, was hosted by the Fairfield RSL
and organised by the affiliated chess club. In just a few months of its
existence, the club has already assembled one of the strongest Open teams in
the Sydney inter-club competition. It will also host another weekender in
December, The Pre-Christmas Cup.

The attendance of only forty-two players was, perhaps, a little
disappointing considering the wide publicity. There was a full-page ad in
the ACF magazine was well as numerous handouts during previous tournaments
and grade matches. This was also a category 2 event with a low entry fee of
only $30.00. Fortunately, a number of strong weekend warriors did make it.
The top seed was FM Tim Reilly (2323) followed by Edgardo Agulto (2251),
Paul Dozsa (2115), George Xie (2031) and Karel Hursky (1907).  Another
strong player ­ all the way from Ukraine ­ was Victor Berezin, rated 2219.
He is WIM Irina Feldman’s brother. This is his second trip to Sydney. Just
below this group of players were a whole bunch of 1700 to 1800 rated
players, the most notable of whom was none other than Lloyd Fell.

The first round
As can be expected, the first round went without a hitch for the top
players. However, on board 10, the unthinkable happened. Rolando Atienza,
unrated and secretary of Fairfield RSL CC defeated Mr. Fell in an endgame!
Perhaps taken aback by his winning position, Mr. Atienza didn’t seem to know
what to do as soon as a second of his pawns reached the 8th rank. He
actually stood up from the board and asked! It was only natural, of course,
that after the game Lloyd was at his acerbic best! Aaahh…what is a
tournament without Mr. Fell?

In this round’s featured encounter we see the top seed in crushing form.

White Reilly, T.
Black Zbiljic, N.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 Nbd7 7. Nh3 Re8 8.
Qd2 e5 9. d5 Kh8 10. O-O-O a6 11. g4 b6 12. Ng5 Qe7 13. h4 Ng8 14. h5 Nf8
15. Bd3 f6 16. Nxh7! Kxh7 17. hxg6+ Kxg6 18. Qh2 Kf7 19. Qh5+ Ng6 20. f4
Bxg4? 21. Qxg4 Bh6 22. Rdg1 Nxf4 23. Rxh6 Nxd3+ 24. Kd2 1-0
The second round
The second round saw the tournament’s first major upset. And what a big one!
Cameron Wright (1799) bangs out the Austrian Attack against Mr. Reilly’s
work horse Pirc Defence. This time around, it was Reilly who found himself
on the worse side of a piece sac. Aided by Reilly’s severe time trouble,
Wright tried 32. Qf4 to enter into some complications. It was a risky plan,
maybe even incorrect, but it worked! Here is that game.

White Wright, C.
Black Reilly, T.
1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Bd3 Na6 7. O-O c5 8. d5
Bg4 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Rxf3 Rc8 11. Qe2 Qa5 12. Nb5 Nb4 13. Bd2 Qb6 14. c4 a6
15. Nc3 Nxd3 16. Qxd3 Nd7 17. b3 Qa7 18. a4 b6 19. Raf1 Rb8 20. h4 h5 21.
Qe2 Qc7 22. Rg3 Bd4+ 23. Kh1 Kh7 24. Qf3 Bxc3 25. Bxc3 b5 26. Re1 bxc4 27.
bxc4 Rb3 28. e5 dxe5 29. fxe5 Nb6 30. Rg5 f6 31. Rg3 Nxa4 32. Qf4? Rxc3 33.
d6 exd6?  34. exd6 Qf7 35. Re7 Rxg3 36. Qxg3 Nb6 37. Rxf7+ Rxf7 At this
point, both players have stopped recording.  Eventually, white actually
captures black’s a-pawn to make way for his b-pawn. With his two remaining
pieces completely stuck on the 7th, Tim Reilly resigned. 1-0

The third round

Nothing spectacular happened here. Most of the fancied players beat their
lower rated opponents. On board 1, Agulto downed newcomer Ederne Huyag
Vandan. Ederne is from Mongolia and is a regular at Hyde Park. Just call him
Elton. On board 2, Joel Harp sportingly thanked Paul Dozsa for the lesson,
while way down on board 7, Tim Reilly defeated another newcomer, Selvir
. I said ‘most’ above because this writer caused a little bit of an
upset on board 6 ­ a swindle! In a completely lost position, with mate
imminent in about 3 moves, I tried one last trick. My opponent, Mariusz
, just walks straight into it and loses the exchange. Frustrated by his
first error, he commits another and will now lose the other rook. He

The fourth round
Board 1, Agulto ­ Xie, and board 2, Dozsa ­ Hursky, end in draws. While on
board 3, I was up against Victor Berezin. Just 3 weeks earlier he’d beaten
me in a rapid game. This time, I was determined to win. Feeling a little
nervous I decide to seek some words of wisdom from my good friend, Bradley
, I sent him an SMS message asking for advice. He replied the following:
“He’s very solid. Beat me in a bishop ending. Play tactically and
aggressively. He plays Pirc and 1. e4.” Very well, the problem was I was
White and I always play 1. d4. I asked around and found out that Victor
plays the KID. So on the morning of the round, during breakfast and with NCO
in the other hand, I brushed up on the 7…Nbd7 variation. Here is the game.

White Rosario, A.
Black Berezin, V.
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O 5. Be2 d6 6. Nf3 e5 7. O-O Nbd7 8.
Qc2 c6 9. Bg5 Qb6 10. d5 cxd5 11. cxd5 Nc5 12. h3 Played so that I could
reposition the bishop to e3 without having to worry about Ng4 12…Bd7 13. Nd2
Rfc8 14. Be3 Qd8 15. Nc4 Be8 16. b4 Na6 17. Qb3 Bf8 18. Rac1 Nb8 Just take a
look at Black’s pieces. Surely I can win this! 19. f4 exf4 20. Bxf4 Nbd7 21.
e5? A bad move. I probably should have just continued my Q-side expansion
with 21. a4 21…dxe5 22. Nxe5 Nxe5 23. Bxe5 Qb6+ This is what I missed. Now I
’m just losing a pawn. 24. Kh1 Nd7 25. Na4 Qxb4 26. Qxb4 Bxb4 27. Bc3 Bd6
28. Bd4 Nb6 29. Nxb6 axb6 30. Bxb6 Rxc1 31. Rxc1 Rxa2 32. Bf3 Ra8 33. Kg1
Bd7 34. Kf1 f5 35. Kf2 g5 36. g4 Kg7 37. Bd4+ Kg6 What’s this? Hope for me?
The move puts the bishop on d6 in an awkward position. With time trouble now
approaching, I actually thought that a draw may be possible. 38. Rb1 Ra2+
The best for a win. 39. Kf1?? Dang! 39. Kg1 was best. I had to avoid all
checks along the f1 ­ h3 and f1 ­ a6 diagonals.  b5 40. gxf5+ Bxf5 When I
played my 38th I planned to capture the pawn on b5, but now, there would
follow, 41…Bd3+, so 41. Rc1 Bxh3+ 42. Kg1 Bd7 43. Be4+ Kh6 44. Bb1 Rd2 45.
Be3 Rxd5 46. Kf2 Kg7 47. Rh1?? After the game, Elton pointed out 47. Be4,
followed by 47…Re5 48. Bd4 h5 49. Bc6 Bf5. With less than 5 minutes, I just
had to make him think.  h6 48. Ba2 Rf5+ 49. Ke2 Bc5 50. Rd1 Bc6 51. Bc1??
Bf3+ 0-1

The fifth round

The penultimate round saw Agulto edge ever closer to another tournament
victory. Here, he defeats Hursky on the black side of an English. On board
2, Berezin beat Dozsa. In a one-sided encounter, Tim Reilly scored another
victory, this time against Milosav Markovic. And fast improving Jason Chan
reels out his favourite Benko Gambit and defeats Bernard Saavedra.
This was not Lloyd Fell’s tournament for he was way down on board 16. By the
5th round he was still on 1 point! I, on the other hand, felt more
determined after that disastrous loss in the last round. How could I lose
that game, I thought. Putting the disappointment behind me, I sat down to
face Elpidio Bautista ­ a player whose rating is about 200 points higher
than mine.
White Bautista, E.
Black Rosario, A.

About a month earlier, Bautista and I played each other in the Queen’s
Birthday Weekender. In that game I came off second best, so I had extra
incentive to do better. 1. e4 c5 2. c3 I was happy to see this since it’s
the same opening we played in the last one. The variations were now flooding
back into my head. d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Be2 What is this? I couldn’t
help smiling to myself. In the second round, I was in exactly the same
opening and in this same position! What worried me was that my opponent in
the second round, Selvir Bajrami, and Mr Bautista are actually team-mates
for Fairfield’s U1800 grade team! In fact, we all are! So I thought, did
these two concoct something for me? Well, let’s see. 5…e5 I think this is
the best. Correct me if I am wrong, but I just don’t understand why d2-d4 is
delayed or omitted. What’s the point of 2. c3 then? 6. d3 Nc6 7. h3 Be7 8.
O-O O-O 9. Be3 b6 10. d4? Premature. Later, we decided that the maneuver
Nbd2-Nb3 was better in order to bolster d3-d4. 10…e4 11. c4 Qd8 12. Ne5 Nxd4
13. Bxd4 Qxd4 14. Nc6 Qd6 (14…Qxd1?? loses a piece to  15. Nxe7+ Kh8 16.
Rxd1) 15. Qa4 Bb7 16. Nxe7+ Qxe7 17. Nc3 Rad8 18. Rad1 a6 19. Qb3 Qe6 20.
g4?! This is totally unnecessary. Now the king-side is weak. He should have
opted for the humble 20. Nb1 or even 20. Na4. The important thing was to
prevent the pawn push to e3. 20…h6 21. Rde1 e3! 22. f3 (22.fe3?? leads to
mate in 4) 22…Rd2 23. Nd1 I was expecting 23. Nb1 to which I would have
replied 23…Rfd8! and the rook on d2 is still quite safe. 23…h5?! Oops! For
some reason, I totally ignored the threat on the e-pawn. 24. Nxe3 hxg4 25.
hxg4 Re8 26. Bd1 Qe5! Black is totally dominating. For a moment my attention
turned towards capturing all those Q-side pawns. Then some little voice
shouted, ‘No stupid! Go for mate!’ 27. Ng2 Qd4+ (27…Qg3! leads to a quicker
win, but I spotted something for more pretty) 28. Kh1 Rxe1 29. Rxe1 Qf2 30.
Rg1 Nxg4!! The ‘!!’ is pure emotions, but I am sure you will forgive me. Any
move now will lose! 31. Qxb6 My opponent sees the obvious catastrophe if 31.
fg4, but then 31…Qh4+ Yeah baby! 0-1

Over on the next board was the game Bajrami ­ Carballo. In the following

White: Kc7, Pb7 / Black: Ke6, Qc5 ­ Carballo is obviously winning.  His only
problem was his dwindling time of only 3 minutes! Bajrami still had 10
minutes left.  In a desperate tactic to swindle a win (or a draw), Bajrami
then gets up and walks away from the board, only returning when his clock
was down to less than 5. Both players then play their last moves in blitz
mode and, after a few desperate shuffles, Bajrami finally resigned.
The sixth round

The money round. On board 1 was Agulto ­ Berezin, while board 2 paired
Reilly ­ Xie. Reilly (on 4 points) only had the second prize to aim for,
while the other 3 players (4.5 points each) were in the running for first.

After some positional maneuverings, straight out of Berezin’s Pirc Defence,
Agulto, at last, prevailed. Board 2 was interesting. With his flag on the
precipice (while Reilly had minutes!), and in a worse position, Xie stops
the clock and claims a draw. The DOP says play on. So he does. Guess what?
Xie wins and joins Agulto to share first place.


I read with much interest Charles Zworestine's comments about a bug in Swiss
Perfect. I think we would all agree with Charles' view that Robert Rozycki's
program is a fantastic creation and no praise could be too high. To
understand the Swiss rules, so complex and interactive, seemingly
contradictory and so often changing, to reduce them to electronic form in a
program that operates at blinding speed and to make the program so freely
available to the multitudes require abilities not normally found in mortal
men. I can speak with some conviction having spent most of my spare time
over the past 13 years writing Swissaid, a similar program. It does not hold
a candle to Swiss Perfect but it does allow for some operator control. Each
scoregroup is colour-coded and the 5 most ideal opponents for a player are
shown with his score, last 2 floats and due colour. As an example, the
operator has the following options:
fl<O>at rules     no<T>es     select <B>ye player

<S>elect player     <E>dit     con<F>irm Charlie v Frank

pairings: a<U>to <G>roup <M>anual
confi<R>m Harry v David     comb<I>ine top 2 groups

s<W>ap S1 and S2     cance<L> Kevin v Hubert

This example assumes that Charlie is to float from the top group to Frank,
that Harry v David is the most likely way to pair the last group and that
Kevin v Hubert is the last pairing made.

Then, mainly for a giggle, the pairings are shown with performance ratings
and odds for the next round's results.

Swissaid is designed as an nitwit's guide to the Swiss Rules; the operator
is in charge and can see what is going on under the bonnet. With Swiss
Perfect everything is automatic -- and almost perfectly so too. I wonder if
we could lean on Robert Rozycki to produce a nitwit's version of Swiss
Perfect along the same lines. I am sure that it would be easy for him,
though a tad time-consuming, to allow for operator input between each

Incidentally, we found in a recent Hobart tournament the same bug that
Charles refers to. Swiss Perfect gave the tournament leader a double
downfloat in the last round apparently to balance colours although there was
a compatible opponent in the higher score group. This led to some spirited
Personally, I think the old rules were more logical in that exchanges within
the lower half of a scoregroup to balance colours were permitted only within
a range of 100 rating points. One could quibble about the 100 points;
presumably this figure should be some function of the average ratings in a
scoregroup or perhaps the average of all the players' ratings. Do we want to
see in round 2 a grandmaster who goofed in round 1 while jet-lagged paired
with a nitwit who had a bye in round 1?
Incidentally I am happy to make Swissaid, which runs on GWbasic or Qbasic,
available to all who have the time to play with it

Is there anyone out there who can compile it?

With compliments from freezing Hobart.

I congratulate the ACF for encouraging the use of digital clocks and Fischer
time controls, by introducing new ACF approved rates of play. I enjoy playing
in tournaments which offer the use of a Fischer time control and allow
competitors to have at least 60 minutes thinking time each.

I would be reluctant, however, to play in any event which offers less than a
total of 60 minutes per side thinking time. I therefore urge tournament
organisers not to use the very fastest time control available,
G/30+30s/move, unless it is absolutely necessary.

Proponents of the new minimum ACF time control of G/30+30s/move have
suggested that an average game lasts 60 moves and therefore most players
will get around 60 minutes total thinking time. I disagree with this.

Most games finish much closer to move 40, and those that do last until move
60 have usually already been practically decided much earlier. A sample of
all games included on the ChessBase "Big Database 2001", played during
1999/2000, proves this. From a total of just over 240000 games the average
game length was only 38 moves, with only 10% of all games lasting more than
60 moves. This means that with a time control of G/30+30s/move, the average
player will get only around 50 minutes total thinking time - something more
akin to Rapidplay chess.

Since I prefer to play chess at a more leisurely rate which does not include
gross blunders induced by extreme time trouble, I am unlikely to play in
events which use such a fast time control.

I urge organisers to consider using a more generous time control such as
G/40+30s/move, or even G/45+30s/move, in future weekend events.

Dear Graeme Gardiner,

Warm greetings from the organising committee of The Grand Asian Chess
Challenge VI!

I am pleased to inform you that Second Residential College, University of
Malaya is organzing sixth edition of The Grand Asian Chess Challenge from
19th Ocotber ~ 26 October, 2001 in the main campus of University of Malaya,
50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

On behalf of the organising committee, I have the honour to deliver my
warmest invitation to Australian Chess Federation to participate in this
meaningful event. This chess tournament is open to all the bona fide full
time undergraduates from Asia region and conducted as a 9-round Swiss event.
I would like to ask a favour from Australian Chess Federation to inform all
the members club of Australian Universities regarding this chess event.
For your information, we have participants from United Arab Emirates,
Lebanon, Philippines, Mongolia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and
etc. Since Australia have not participate in this chess event before, I hope
that Australian Chess Federation can send a frontier team to make this chess
event a merit one.

The official invitation will be sent out within these few weeks. Thank you
in advance for your kind consideration and precious time.

Hope to hear form you soon.

Teh Ooi Kock
Delegation Director
The Grand Asian Chess Challenge VI
We are looking for last several players rated 2150+ without IM title to our
three IM round-robin tournaments (FIDE category 4) which will take place at
1.-9.8.2001 in Olomouc (Czech Republic).
We are preferably looking for players with international title like FM, WFM,
WIM, WGM, HM, FIDE Candidate Player.

If you (or some your friends and clubmates) are interested in start let me
contact by e-mail as soon as possible.

For further information you can visit website of this tournament where you
can find also information about FIDE open we organize within our festival.
Follow this link:

With very best wishes to all
Graeme Gardiner
President, Australian Chess Federation
Phone 07 5530 5794
Fax 07 5530 6959 
Chess - the clever sport!
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