ACF Bulletin #206, March 3, 2003
Canberra, 18-21 April
In This Issue
* Grand Prix 2003
* Upcoming tournaments
Bulletin Board returns
Offensive posts can be removed fairly easily.
It's hoped that the Bulletin Board will be much improved as a result. In particular, those who shied away from the board because of the prevalence of unfortunate posts are encouraged to return!
Hearty thanks to Shaun Press for his technical expertise in setting up the boards.
Sydney Lightning Championship
White: Alan Tankel (1927)
Black: Mike Van Renen (1932)
1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.e4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nd7 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.e5! dxe5 7.dxe5 Ng4 8.Bxf7+! Kxf7 9.Ng5+ Ke8 10.Ne6 (trapping the Queen) Resigns. Bishop sacrifice paid off.
Regards Endel Lane.
Overseas junior events
Lightning strikes in Victoria
Live and kicking in Queensland ...
The latest from the Linares supertournament is that Kramnik and Leko are leading, half a point ahead of Kasparov. In the latest games, Leko beat Radjabov again, finishing with a brilliant queen sacrifice:
[Event "XX SuperGM"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4
Radjabov's not squared of a stoush, and the MacCutcheon's one of his recent favourites.
5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. bxc3 Ne4 8.Qg4 g6 9. Bd3 Nxd2 10. Kxd2 c5 11. h4 Bd7 12. h5 g5 13. f4 Nc6 14. fxg5 Qa5 15. dxc5 d4 16. Nf3 O-O-O 17. Rab1 dxc3+ 18. Ke2 Rhg8 19. Qe4 Qc7 20. g4 Ne7 21. Bb5 hxg5 22. Rb3 Nd5 23. Rhb1 Bc6 24. Bxc6 Qxc6 25. Nd4 Qa6+ 26. Ke1 Rd7 27. c6 Rc7 28. Rxb7 Rxb7 29. Rxb7 Nb6 30. Qh7 Rf8 31. Qg7 Qa3 32. Qxf8!!+ 1-0
A beautiful sacrifice! After 32...Qxf8 33.Nb5! followed by Nd6+ and c6-c7-c8 wins as the Black queen hasn't the time to make any mischief
You can view all the games at NetChessNews
GP Co-ordinator needed
The current rating system is unreliable as a guide to strength, especially for juniors, and most players to whom I have spoken about the our rating system rarely have a good word to say about it.
Some of the biggest flaws in the current system are as follows:
(i) It is impossible for a player to calculate their expected rating quickly and simply. Mistakes in the system go unrectified as players now expect their rating to go up and down without reason so they have no idea whether they should be complaining or not.
(ii) The current system puts far too much emphasis on recent results, meaning that ten years of consistent play can be wiped out with one or two bad tournaments. Under the current system, a player returning to play after an absence can gain or (more likely) lose 500+ points on a single tournament. The Glicko system (which Australia has been using in recent years) was designed for the internet, where players might complete 50 3-minute games in an evening, but is totally inappropriate for a pool of players who might average 20-50 games a year.
(iii) The deflationary tendency of the current system acts as a disincentive to activity. Players who play little (or not at all) are steadily moving up the rankings. The negative impact this has on the tournament scene is obvious but less obvious is the competitive advantage given to relatively inactive players applying for selection for national and international events.
(iv) The extremely low introductory ratings of juniors distort the system.
These juniors improve very quickly, taking points away from established
players and the points they take from established players is perhaps the
major cause of general deflation.
(v) The minimum reward for beating lower rated players has disappeared - a player is now required to score 999.5/1000 against opponents rated a long way below them just to maintain his or her rating. Under the current system, a reasonably active player who drops a draw or loss to a much lower rated player will need a perfect score when playing against similarly rated opponents for the next 20 years to regain the lost points.
To correct the situation, I believe some or all of the following steps should be taken as soon as possible by the ACF:
(i) Abandon the Glicko system and introduce the Elo system. I am amazed at how often well-informed Australian players express their contempt for the Glicko system. Whether or not it is responsible for all the ills of the current ratings, such a hated system needs to be replaced and the tried and tested Elo system has the great merit of being easy for the lay person to use to calculate his or her rating (and therefore pick up errors).
(ii) Give a K factor of 15 for all except new players. (This means that an established player cannot gain or lose more than 15 points on a single game.)
(iii) To correct the comparative deflation for active players, award all players who have completed 50 games in the past 2 years a bonus of, say, 100 rating points. Provide an extra 100 points to players who have completed 50 games in the past three years against juniors. In addition, subtract a point or two from the rating of each player who does not play at least one game on a rating list. (In most cases inactive players are losing strength, so this seems more logical than the converse American system of providing bonus points for very active players.)
(iv) Bring new players into the system with a nominal rating of, say, 1,000. Some juniors will gain points and some will lose from this level but at least the system will not be starved of points.
(v) Reintroduce a theoretical maximum differential between players, so that a win in a tournament game is rewarded with a minimum gain of, say, half a point or a point.
The current system is discouraging people from playing chess, and indirectly rewarding those who play as little as possible and against as few juniors as possible.
A radical change is necessary to correct the situation. I will be quite happy if other readers of the ACF E-Bulletin come up with better proposals than mine but I do not believe that we can afford to persist with the failed Glicko experiment.
- Ian Rogers
Australian Junior tie-breaks: In reaction to Richard Thorne's email of the 25 Feb (ACF Bulletin #205), on the tie-break systems employed at the recently completed Australian Junior Championships.
I agree that tie-breaks systems are not perfect and for any proposed method there are examples which can be put forward which provide counter intuitive results. However, the practicalities of running tournaments usually mean that pragmatic decisions need to be made to resolve the question of "who won?"
The same comment apply to the time controls for tie-break games. Ideally the same controls used in the tournament are to be preferred. However, this is not always practical and so shorter controls are sometimes needed to ensure travel arrangements, venue bookings, etc, are not strained.
What is troubling though is the perceived lack of transparency in the system. The DOP/tournament organiser should have at least been able to inform the contestants before the event as to the tie-break systems that would be employed. It is probably not too much to ask that the conditions for play-off matches (if required) should also have been worked out in advance.
To my mind the issue of transparency is an important one in particular when dealing with the issue of resolving tie-breaks. Naturally, the DOP will at times need to make decisions to resolve disputes between players on the spur of the moment. However, the fewer of these sorts of decisions that are required the better the event.
I know nothing about the tournament in question but would be interested to know whether Mr Thorne's issue with transparency is real or perceived. If it was real then this is an area which next year's organiser should pay particular attention. If it was perceived then all is well with Australian Chess. Some players may feel aggrieved, but not unjustly so. No one can argue with the rules after the fact, so long as they are known in advance.
I must agree with Dick Thorne that by far the best thing to do about the four-way tie for first place in the recent Australian Junior Championship would have been to share the title. It can only be good for chess to have four young people go back to their families and schoolfriends with the right to be known as 'Australian Junior Chess Champion'. I also agree Dick's further point that there is no sense in having regulations if the organisers of events are not required to go by them.
However in defence of the Tournament Organisers I must point out that some of the arguments presented were not strictly logical.
If there has to be a tie-break used (and I have already agreed that there should not), then the one used was the best available. The tie should be resolved in favour of the LOSER of the game between two players who tie, as he has played the most consistently good chess, losing only to the one who tied with him for first place. The winner of the game between them has been less consistent because he must have lost to a lower-ranked opponent. S.Yang defeated George Xie - the highest rated at 2225 - but Rej who lost to Xie participated in the play off probably because of underperformance by Xie in this tournament.
The same (or similar) arguments apply here. In the case of Yang, due to the draw and opponent he had for the last round, it was not possible for him to win the event under the tie break system even if he won his match and finished equal first, but was possible for others. This is patently unsatisfactory.
On the contrary, it was quite possible for Yang to win the event - by winning more of his earlier games. The draw was not weighted against him; he had exactly the same chance of winning the event as everyone else had. It is true that having lost to certain opponents before the last round started, and given the unnecessary tie-breaking system, he was no longer in contention for the title; but the same applied to almost all of the other players in the event.
- John Riches.
Ballarat Begonia Open
FIDE Rated with Guaranteed Prizes in excess of $3,000
A Grand Prix Category 3 Event
Amenities Centre, Old Gaol Building, School of Mines, Lydiard St South, Ballarat.
Schedule The tournament will be a 7 round Swiss starting at 1.30 pm Saturday with the final round on Monday at 2.00 pm. The rate of play will be 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move increment from move 1.
Entries $60.00 adult, $50.00 concession for pensioners and unemployed & $30 for juniors under 14 years of age.
Contacts Telephone: Patrick Cook 03 5331 6658 or Bas van Riel 03 5331 6439
Postal: Box 1242, Ballarat Mail Centre Vic 3354
Web site: http://www.auschess.org.au/ballarat/bccindex.htm
WA's South West Open
A 6 Round Swiss incorporating the Western Australian Country Championship
Playing Dates: Saturday 8th March and Sunday 9th March 2003
Venue: Bunbury Catholic College Hall, Bunbury
Time Limit: 60 minutes each clock
A separate tournament for juniors will be played provided a sufficient number of juniors enter.
Laurieton Chess Club One Day Open
We invite all Chessplayers to our
'One Day Open' Chess Tournament
Dubbo RSL Open
Venue: Dubbo RSL Club, corner Brisbane and Wingewarra Streets, Dubbo
6 round Swiss
Rounds: Saturday - 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4:00pm
Sunday - 9:30am, 12:00pm and 2:30pm
Prize money: $325 first prize; Divisional prizes subject to number of entries
Rate of Play: 60 min + 10 sec
Entry fees: Adult - $40, Concession - $30, Junior - $20 ($5 discount if paid by 1-3-2003)
Contact: Alexander Aich 02 6884 4561 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Trevor Bemrose 02 6882 2725 email email@example.com
Stay an extra day to see our famous Western Plains Zoo!
The Italo-Australian Club 41st Doeberl Cup
Location: The Italo-Australian Club, 78 Franklin Street, Forrest, Canberra, ACT.
Total Prizes: $10,000
Time Limits: Digital clocks will be used. All divisions: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from the beginning.
Premier Division: Adult $100; Under 18s $60 (GMs & IMs free, if entry received by 11-04-2003.
Major & Minor Divisions: Adult $90; Under 18s $50
Please note that a $20 (Adult) /$10 (Under 18s) discount applies, if entry is received by 11-04-2003.
Paul Dunn (Treasurer, Doeberl Cup)
20 Richmond St, Macquarie, ACT 2614
Please make cheques payable to ACTCA.
Roger McCart (Convener, Doeberl Cup) Ph: 02-62516190
University Open 2003
Category Three Grand Prix
12th & 13th July
$35 Adult $25 Junior/Concession
Adelaide University, SA
1. South Africa has taken an option on The World Amateur Championship.
2. The Match of the Generations will be held in 2004. (see Letters in last week's Bulletin). This coulkd be a mammoth event - organisers hope that up to a million games could be played, including many over the internet, and the publicity opportunities are great.
3. The British Chess Federation hopes to stage the First World Major Open Championship in the first two weeks of August 2004. It would be an 11 round Swiss restricted to players Rated Under 2350.
4. The BCF may also host the First World Senior Team Championship some time in April to June of 2004. This would be a nine round 4 player, plus up to 1 reserve, event.
Bangkok Chess Club Open: The 2nd Bangkok Chess Club Open will be held in Bangkok between 1-5 of May. The format is 9 rounds Swiss, and the venue Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square. More information and online registration form are in our website:
10-27/7/2003, Pardubice, Czech Republic
ACF Grand Prix 2003
Tasmanian Open Championship - Burnie Category 1 TAS Mar 8-10 Contact Neville Ledger (03) 6431 1280 firstname.lastname@example.org South West Open (incorporating WA Country Championship) Category 1 WA Mar 8-9 Bunbury Catholic College Hall, Bunbury Ballarat Begonia Weekend Tournament Category 3 VIC Mar 8-10 Contact B. van Riel email@example.com Dubbo RSL Open Category 1 NSW Mar 15-16 Contact Alexander Aich (02) 6884 4561 firstname.lastname@example.org Doeberl Cup Category 3 ACT Apr 18-21 Contact Roger McCart 'phone (06) 6251 6190 Roger.McCart@anu.edu.au Chess World ANZAC Day weekender Category 2 VIC April 25-27 ChessWorld Tournament Centre Contact David Cordover (03) 957 6177 or 0411-877-833 email email@example.com 37th. Peninsula Open Category 1 QLD May 3-5 Contact Mark Stokes (07) 3205 6042 firstname.lastname@example.org Laurieton May Open Category 1 NSW May 3-4 Contact Endel Lane (02) 6559 9060 email@example.com NSWCA May Weekender Category 2 NSW May 17-18 Contact P.Cassettari firstname.lastname@example.org Tasmanian Chess Championship Category 1 TAS Jun 7-9 Contact K.Bonham (03) 6224 8487 email@example.com NSW Open Championship Category 3 NSW Jun 7-9 Contact: P.Cassettari firstname.lastname@example.org Taree RSL June Open Category 1 NSW Jun 14-15 Contact Endel Lane (02) 6559 9060 email@example.com Gold Coast Open (Gold Coast CC) Category 3 QLD Jun 21-22 Contact Graeme Gardiner firstname.lastname@example.org (07) 5530 5794 Caloundra Open Category 3? QLD Jun 28/29 Contact Derrick Jeffries email@example.com University Open Category 3 SA JUL 12-13 firstname.lastname@example.org ph (08) 8303 3029 or email@example.com ph (08) 8332 3752 NSWCA August Weekender Category 2 NSW Aug 2-3 Contact P.Cassettari firstname.lastname@example.org Father's Day Tournament Category 2/3? VIC Sep 6-7 Contact: David Cordover (03) 9576177 or 0411-877-833 email@example.com Gold Coast Classic (Gold Coast CC) Category 3 QLD Sep 20-21 Contact Graeme Gardiner firstname.lastname@example.org (07) 5530 5794 12th. Redcliffe Challenge Category 2 QLD Sep 27-28 Contact Mark Stokes (07) 3205 6042 email@example.com Tweed Open Category 3 QLD Oct 4-5 Contact Audie Pennefather firstname.lastname@example.org Koala Open Category 3 NSW Oct 5-6 Contact Brian Jones email@example.com Laurieton Open Category 1 NSW Nov 1-2 Contact Endel Lane (02) 6559 9060 firstname.lastname@example.org November weekender Category 1 TAS Nov 1-2 or 1-3 Contact K.Bonham (03) 6224 8487 email@example.com Gosford Open Category 2 NSW Nov 8-9 Contact Lachlan Yee L.YEE@unsw.edu.au Taree RSL Spring Open Category 1 NSW Nov 15-16 Contact Endel Lane (02) 6559 9060 firstname.lastname@example.org NSWCA November Weekender Category 2 Nov 22-23 contact P.Cassettari email@example.com X-Mas Swiss Tournament Category 2-3? December 20-21 Contact David Cordover (03) 9576177 or 0411-877-833 firstname.lastname@example.org Total 29 NSW 14 QLD 6 VIC 4 ACT 1 TAS 3 SA 1
Best wishes till next time - Paul Broekhuyse