ACF Bulletin #230, August 18, 2003

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In this issue

* Coal City Open
* NSW Junior Championship
* ACT Championship update
* Letters
* World News - Mainz
* Chess World Grand Prix 2003
* Upcoming tournaments

Coal City Open

Newcastle: A Nursery For Nifty Newcomers?
by DOP Charles Zworestine

Sorry, the opportunity for alliteration was irresistible... Actually, the winners and dominant players in Newcastle were not so much new as young - all under the age of 21! It is becoming increasingly difficult for older players to compete with the young brigade. Their skill, stamina and talent seems to be growing at an alarming rate, and they are producing results to match. At Coal City, the top 5 players were all 21 or younger; the trend continues...

This year's Coal City Open attracted 44 players, well up on the 26 of last year and 34 of the year before - a promising sign. A few changes were implemented from last year, which seem to me to have been positive ones - in any case, there were very few complaints. The change of venue from Cardiff back to Newcastle confused some players; but they all got there eventually. The numbers of rounds was changed from 6 to 7, but the Fischer time controls of one hour plus ten seconds per move from the start were retained. All of this led to a relatively dispute-free tournament, with some lively chess and fascinating results...

It was clear from the start that the event was going to be wide open, with no standout players (no GMs or IMs) but still 7 players rated over 2000. One of them, Lee Jones (2107), lost in the very first round! He had been paired with Segopotso Hlabano, the hat-wearing former champion of Botswana (?). We provisionally rated Segopotso at 1500, based on his results at the Newcastle Open earlier in the year. Well, we got that one wrong, as you'll soon see...

The first round results were fairly predictable apart from this, with all the other top seeds winning; although tournament organiser George Lithgow (rated 1260) did score an excellent upset draw with Gideon Bratten (1784). But then things really heated up in Round 2! First Duncan Peters (1827) upset top seed Chee Yin Thaw (2194), after Chee Yin (as Black) miscalculated his tactics. Then David Castor (1812) stunned third seed George Xie in a long and complicated rook and pawn ending, which George might have been winning but misplayed in time pressure. Actually, it was very exciting, with connected passed pawns all over the board (David had two on the queenside, George two in the centre and two on the kingside), it looked like anything could have happened... And it did: rather than the pawns deciding, George eventually got himself checkmated! Meanwhile Justin Marshall (1785: one of 3 ACT visitors) drew with Justin Tan (2123), as did Christian Sloper (1655) with Ilya Zvedeniouk (1875); and Segopotso continued his run by beating Raymond Vagle...

The fun continued in Round 3, with upsets on all of the top 4 boards (!): Geoff Butler (1939) drew with Brian Jones (2184), Duncan Peters upset Gareth Charles (2045), David Castor beat Michael Lip (2012) and Segopotso defeated Kerry Stead (1977). This left 3 surprise leaders after 3 rounds, none of whom were rated over 2000: Segopotso, Duncan and David! It was good to see good sportsmanship on bottom board, too, where young Sarah Behne-Smith (786) upset Peter Vidler (1332). Clearly Samson is not the only one who gains strength from hair; perhaps inspired by her ponytail, Sarah hung on and hung on to eventually outlast Peter in a long knight and pawn ending. And Peter was full of praise afterwards: always nice to see...

Things became even more interesting after Round 4, with Duncan and David drawing on Board 1. This enabled three players to catch them in the equal lead on 3.5/4 going in to Sunday: Brian Jones (who finally ended Segopotso's run), Ilya Zvedeniouk (who upset Justin Tan) and Geoff Butler (defeated Gideon Bratten). Our poor top seed couldn't take a trick as Black, this time losing to Raymond Vagle; at least he didn't feel as bad as Jeff Boardman, who may have been drawing when he moved his queen en prise in a queen and pawn ending against Gareth Charles. Kerry Stead also may not have felt so good after drawing from two pawns up against Dmitri Kavetski. Meanwhile, more upsets lower down, with Alex Mendes da Costa (1443) defeating Justin Marshall and George Lithgow beating Christian Sloper...

So the Sunday dawned, and Ilya obviously had a good night's sleep: he scored an excellent upset win over Brian Jones on Board 1 to share the lead on 4.5 after 5 rounds. It looked like he may be joined by Geoff Butler, whose position looked as solid as a rock against David Castor; but David is nothing if not a fighter, and somehow he turned it around to join Ilya. Sneaking up behind them on 4/5 were George Xie, Lee Jones, Gareth Charles and Michael Lip, the latter of whom scored a long upset win over Justin Tan. Alex Mendes da Costa continued his upset run by defeating Kerry Stead; despite Kerry scanning the locker of his brain for attempts to complicate, Alex's extra material proved too much...

A sensation seemed in store after Round 6, with Ilya defeating David to take the outright lead on 5.5/6. Could Ilya be Coal City champion? Or would that honour go to George Xie (who beat Gareth Charles) or Michael Lip (who upset Lee Jones)? It all came down to the last round, and a thrilling top board finish between Michael and Ilya. George had won very quickly against Geoff Butler, and awaited with baited breath to see if he was equal 1st or 2nd. The corridor of uncertainty widened as the game went on, with Ilya securing what looked like a decisive bind - he needed only to be patient, and the breakthrough would come... But then he faltered, sacrificing a piece unnecessarily and unsoundly. Michael hung on, turned the tables and won to leave himself and George equal first; Ilya had to be satisfied with equal 3rd with David Castor (who completed his excellent tournament by upsetting Brian Jones). I couldn't help but feel a bit sorry for Gareth Charles (who upset Chee Yin), and Jeff Boardman (who drew with Lee Jones): despite their excellent last round results, they scored no prizes.

To all Chess players I wish to thank all the players who came to Newcastle for our Coal City open and made the event a great success. In 2002 we only had a field of 26 players and were considering whether or not the tournament was a viable proposition. This year we had 44 players, this was a dramatic improvement and will guarantee the future of the tournament in its present form.

Regards to all
from George Lithgow
Newcastle District Chess Association

Top scores:
 1-2 	Xie, George          		2168	6    
     	Lip, Michael         		2012	6    
 3-4 	Castor, David        	1812	5.5  
     	Zvedeniouk, Ilya     	1891	5.5  
  5  	Charles, Gareth      	2045	5  

ACT Championship update

After eight rounds - and with three more to play - the lead has changed in the ACT Championship.

Leading scores:
1 Gareth Oliver 1769 6.5 -4.8 
2 Peter Jovanovic 1837 6.5 25.7 
3 Ian Rout 1923 6 -28.8 
4 Michael Wei 1799 6 5.3 
5 Junta Ikeda 1569 5.5 59.2 
6 Roger Farrell 1996 5.5 -36.7 
7 Tor Lattimore 1567 5.5 -6.4 
8 Jeremy Neeman 1346 5.5 9.7 
9 Shannon Oliver 1530 5.5 -14.3 
10 Milan Grcic 1786 5 -20.0 
11 Ramakrishna 1646 5 5.5 
12 Christopher Tran 1308 5 51.5 
13 Andrey Bliznyuk 1970 5 -57.0 
14 Kishore Sreetharan 1081 5 42.5 
15 Jeremy Reading 1420 5 0.7 
[Event "ACT ch"]
[Site "Belconnen"]
[Date "2003.08.08"]
[Round "7.1"]
[White "Ikeda, Junta"]
[Black "Jovanovic, Peter"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A48"]
[WhiteElo "1569"]
[BlackElo "1837"]
[PlyCount "52"]
[EventDate "2003.06.27"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c5 3. e3 g6 4. c3 Nc6 5. b3 d5 6. Bd3 Bg7 7. Nbd2 Nd7 8. Bb2 e5 9. dxe5 Ndxe5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Bb5+ Bd7 12. Qe2 O-O 13. Bxd7 Qxd7 14. O-O Rfd8 15. Rad1 c4 16. Ba1 Qc6 17. e4 b5 18. exd5 Rxd5 19. Ne4 Nd3 20. Qf3 Rf5 21. Qe2 Re5 22. f3 f5 23. bxc4 bxc4 24. g4 fxe4 25. fxe4 Qxe4 26. Qxe4 Rxe4 0-1

NSW Junior Championship

Tomek Rej is NSW Junior Champion for 2003

Tomek Rej, who scored 8/9, is the 2003 NSW Junior Champion after beating Vincent Suttor on time in a game that went right down to the wire! George Xie finished second with 7.5/9, while Ronald Yu and Kevin O'Chee tied for third with 6.5/9. The Under 12s finished in a tie between Max Illingworth and Edwin Wu, who both won their final two games to finish on 8/10. A playoff between the them for the title is to be arranged at a later date. There was a five-way tie for third, with Adrian Miranda, Ben Harris, Jeffrey Tse, Nathan Adler and Luke Lazarus all finishing with 7/10. George Xie won the Under 18 lightning tournament with 7.5/9, while the Under 12 lightning was another tie, this time with Ben Harris, William Xu and Jeffrey Tse finishing on 8/10.

Day One

A strong field assembled for the 2003 NSW Junior Championships. Top seeds were NSW Champion and defending NSW Junior champion George Xie (taking 2 half point byes to play in the Fairfield Winter Cup), current Australian Junior Champion Tomek Rej and current City of Sydney and Australian Young Masters champion Ronald Yu. With a number of other strong players, including Ilia Zvedeniouk, Vincent Suttor, Kevin O'Chee and James Cronan the event looks like it will be one of the toughest in recent years.

The first round was without upset, with all the higher ranked players winning. Rebecca Harris looked to be very close to holding Vincent Suttor to a draw, however a blunder allowed Vincent to take the full point. Ben Chegwyn also put up a good fight against Matthew Perkovic, however once again the efforts were without reward on the scoreboard.

The second round saw a few upset results, the most prominent of these being Leon Golovozinsky's win over Matthew Perkovic and Sasha Davyskib's victory against Stanton Hor. Ronald Yu was also held to a draw by Heather Huddleston.

Day Two

The day started with a number of new faces. Some players had missed the first day of competition to compete in the Fairfield Winter Cup (which was won by top seed George Xie - Well Done!). These players were given half point byes for the rounds they were absent, however they will be paired as if they scored 2/2 on the first day, so as not to give them an 'easy' draw in the tournament. Tomek Rej showed why he is the Australian Junior Champion, with an effortless win against Raymond Song. Sasha Davyskib continued his good form to hold Vincent Suttor to a draw, while Leon Golovozinsky beat Heather Huddleston. Most other results went according to seeding, although some were much closer than some of the players would have liked, as Blair Mandla will attest to. Tomek Rej took the outright lead after round 4 as he ended Leon Golovozinsky's winning streak. George Xie was lucky to escape with a draw against Ilia Zvedeniouk, while Vincent Suttor's draw with Kevin O'Chee was a much more even game. Sasha Davyskib's excellent form continued with an excellent win over Ronald Yu.

Day Three

The big clash of the tournament happened in round 5, with George Xie prevailing over Tomek Rej. However, as George had taken two half-point byes and already conceeded a draw to Ilia Zvedeniouk, Tomek retained his lead, albeit with a greatly reduced margin. Kevin O'Chee beat Ilia to take the lead with 4.5/5. Vincent Suttor, James Cronan and Matthew Perkovic also kept in touch with the leaders with wins. On the lower boards, Robert Liang had an upset win over Angela Song. Round six saw Kevin fall to George, while Tomek beat James and Vincent beat Matthew, leaving Tomek and Vincent in front on 5/6. Vincent's game against Matthew was just what King's Indian players dream about! Ronald Yu is slowly working his way back to the higher boards after a poor start, winning over Raymond Song this round.

The under 12s tournament started today. Ximia Han upset Jeffrey Tse in the first round, while Daniel Cheers held Max Illingworth to a draw in the second round. Ben Harris had his turn at having a draw in the third round against Alexsey Eremenko, while most of the other higher seeds continued on their winning ways. The final round of the day saw William Xu beat Edwin Wu, while Adrian Miranda beat Adelaide Soltysik, to share the lead on 4/4. Max Illingworth eventually found a win against Ben Harris in probably the longest under 12 game of the day.

Day Four

Both Tomek and George Continued their winning ways, disposing of Ilia and Vincent respectively. Ronald Yu beat Kevin O'Chee in a knight ending to move his way into equal second place. Matthew Perkovic, Sasha Davyskib and Kostia Lubarsky also won to move to 5/7. Tomek beat Sasha Davyskib, who is having an excellent tournament, while George beat Ronald Yu. Vincent Suttor beat Justin Huang to remain with an outside chance of a tie. Ilia and Kevin both won, meaning they are both in contention for a minor placing. Blair Mandla continued his thievery on the middle boards, taking Harsha Krishnakumar's rook, and with it the point, from a horrible position. What will the final round bring? The Under 12s tournament showed why it is always such a close contest, with many contenders rising and falling in the race for first place. Adrian Miranda beat William Xu in round 5 to take the outright lead. Max Illingworth then held Adrian to a draw in a tough rook ending to put the first blemish on Adrian's scorecard in round 6. On the lower boards, Cameron Brown scored his first win of the tournament! Well done Cameron! Jeffrey Tse then beat Adrian in round 7 to take the lead, while one of the surprises of the tournament, William Yap, upset Max Illingworth to move into equal second with Adrian and Ben Harris. Jeffrey continued his winning ways in the final round for the day beating Ben Harris, while Adrian Miranda, Max Illingworth and Edwin Wu all remain in the hunt. With two rounds to play, the title is still far from decided!

Day Five

Tomek Rej relied on a turn of luck to win this year's NSW Junior Championship. He was in a tough position against Vincent Suttor a pawn down, and as both players clocks headed toward 0, Vincent was unable to come up with a move and lost on time! This left Tomek half a point ahead of George Xie, with Ronald Yu and Kevin O'Chee finishing in a tie for third. The Under 12s had even more drama at its conclusion, with both Jeffrey Tse and Adrian Miranda being defeated in round 9 to leave a three way tie for the lead going into the final round. Edwin Wu was the first to get to 8/10 with a good win against Jeffrey Tse (who had won seven games in a row after losing the first round!). This left Max Illingworth to slug it out with William Xu, knowing that only a win would see him tie with Edwin. William also had some incentive, with a tie for second on offer if he could win. In the last game to finish in the tournament, Max eventually won a rook ending with good technique to force a tie. He and Edwin will have a playoff match at a later date to determine the champion.

George Xie dominated the under 18 lightning event, only slipping towards the end as he was held to a draw by runner-up Ronald Yu in round 7, and conceeded a final round loss to Michael Yu. The under 12s event was another close affair, with a three way tie between Ben Harris, Willian Xu and Jeffrey Tse on 8/10.

- Kerry Stead, from the NSWJCL website

[Event "NSW Junior Under 18"]
[Site "Lidcombe"]
[Date "2003.07.16"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Xie, George"]
[Black "Rej, Tomek"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B45"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2003.07.??"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8. O-O Be7 9. Re1 Bb7 10. a4 Nd7 11. Qg4 h5 12. Qxg7 Bf6 13. Qg3 Bh4 14. Qh3 d4 15. Ne2 Ne5 16. Rf1 Qe7 17. Nxd4 O-O-O 18. Nf3 Bf6 19. Nxe5 Bxe5 20. a5 c5 21. Be3 Rhg8 22. a6 Bc6 23. Ra5 Bd6 24. f3 Kb8 25. e5 Bxe5 26. Rxc5 Qd6 27. Qh4 f6 28. Qb4+ Ka8 29. Be4!!

Threatening 30.Rxc6 Qxb4 31.Rc8 mate

29...Rb8 30. Bxc6+ Qxc6 31. Qxb8+ 1-0

Live chess

Hardys FIDE Rated Classic, a 10 player round robin on nine Mondays finishing on 15 September, features live chess each Monday evening from 6.30pm Qld time: Go to and hit the ‘live chess’ button.

Australian Clubs Teams Championships

Rydges Oasis Resort, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, 29 September to 3 October 2003. Full details at - Graeme Gardiner

World news

Games and updates at NetChessNews

Anand beats Polgar in the Mainz event

World No.3 Viswanathan Anand has just beaten the world's best female player, Judit Polgar, in a hard-fought rapid match in Mainz, Germany. Anand won the last two games to take the match 5-3 in a match without any draws. The contest was a highlight of the Mainz chess festival, which also includes a range of shuffle chess tournaments (they call it "Chess960". Like Fischerrandom, the starting positions are mixed up - the idea is to force players to rely entirely on their wits and avoid opening preparation, since players only learn of the starting position a few minutes before the game).

In the Chess960 shuffle chess "world championship", Leko and Svidler are tied with one win each.

In the Chess960 Open - another "shuffle chess" tournament - the leading final scores after 11 rounds were:
9.5 Aronian
9.0 Zvjaginsev, Landa
8.5 Varga, Milov
8.0 Jussupow, Iordachescu, Dreev, Nisipeanu, Volokitin, Rustemov, Shchekachev

Official site

[Event "Rapid Match"]
[Site "Mainz GER"]
[Date "2003.08.14"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Polgar,Ju"]
[Black "Anand,V"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2718"]
[BlackElo "2774"]
[EventDate "2003.08.14"]
[ECO "B90"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f3 Nbd7 9. g4 Nb6 10. g5 Nh5 11. Qd2 Rc8 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Bd3 g6 14. h4 O-O 15. Kb1 f6 16. gxf6 Rxf6 17. Qf2 Nd7 18. Nd5 Bxd5 19. exd5 Rf7 20. Nd2 Ndf6 21. c4 Ng4 22. Qg1 Nxe3 23. Qxe3 Bxh4 24. Ne4 Nf4 25. Rxh4!!

Relying on 25...Qxh4 26.Nxd6 to regain the exchange

25...Ng2! 26. Qh6! Nxh4 27. Ng5!

The point - White threatens both the Rf7 and the Nh4

Nxf3 28. Nxf7 Qf6 29. Qh3!

Attacking the Rc8 and giving the Nf7 an escape square

29...Rf8 30. Nh6+ Kh8 31. Qd7 e4 32. Be2 Qg7 33. Qxd6 Qxh6 34. Qe7 Qg7 35. Qxe4 Ne5 36. c5 a5 37. Bb5 g5 38. d6 Qg6 39. Qxg6 hxg6 40. Re1 Nf7 41. Be8 Kg7 42. Bxf7 Rxf7 43. Rd1 Rf8 44. Kc2 Rc8 45. Kd3 Kf6 46. Kc4 Ke6 47. Kb5 Kd7 48. Re1 Re8 49. Rxe8 1-0

[Event "Rapid Match"]
[Site "Mainz GER"]
[Date "2003.08.14"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Anand,V"]
[Black "Polgar,Ju"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2774"]
[BlackElo "2718"]
[EventDate "2003.08.14"]
[ECO "C42"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. Re1 Bf5 9. c4 Nb4 10. Bf1 O-O 11. a3 Nc6 12. cxd5 Qxd5 13. Nc3 Nxc3 14. bxc3 Bf6 15. Bf4 Qd7 16. Ra2 Rad8 17. Rb2 Qc8 18. h3 b6 19. Rbe2 h6 20. Re3 Na5 21. Be5 Bxe5 22. Nxe5 c5 23. d5 c4 24. Qd4 Be6 25. Ng6!!

A surprise! This in-between move hands White the advantage with the win threats of Nxf8 and Ne7+. If 25....Re8 26.Nf4 seems to give White the edge but 26.Rxe6!? fxe6 27d6!? seems interesting too.

Nc6 26. Qh4 Bxd5 27. Nxf8 Rxf8 28. Bxc4 Qf5 29. Re8 Bxc4 30. Qxc4 Qf6 31. Qd3 g6 32. c4 Rxe8 33. Rxe8+ Kg7 34. Qd5 h5 35. c5 bxc5 36. Qxc5 Kh6 37. h4 Nd4 38. Qe7 Qg7 39. Qf8 Ne6 40. Qxg7+ Kxg7 41. Ra8 1-0

[Event "Rapid Match"]
[Site "Mainz GER"]
[Date "2003.08.15"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Anand,V"]
[Black "Polgar,Ju"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2774"]
[BlackElo "2718"]
[EventDate "2003.08.14"]
[ECO "B90"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 Qb6 7. Nb3 e6 8. g4 Nc6 9. Qe2 Qc7 10. Be3 b5 11. O-O-O Nd7 12. Kb1 Nb6 13. Qf2 Rb8 14. f4 b4 15. Ne2 e5 16. f5 a5

Don't take my word for it, but I seem to notice a trend in the "d6" Sicilians lately - leaving the Black King in the middle, and getting some drama happening the queenside before evening worrying about developing the Bf8 or Rh8. One of the advantages is that White's k-side pawn storm doesn't gain any tempi by chasing pieces out of the way, and Black has a little more flexibility in responding to any pawn thrust by White. Very interesting ...

17. Ng3 a4 18. Nd2 a3 19. Bxb6 Rxb6 20. Nc4 Rb8 21. b3 Be7 22. Nh5 g6 23. Ng7+ Kf8 24. Ne6+ Bxe6 25. fxe6 Nd8 26. exf7 Ne6!

Black's kingside looks like it got hit by a semi-trailer, but he has a nice grip on f4 - and the pawn on f7 is the securest of shelters!

27.Ne3 Qc3 28. Nc4 Nf4 29. Qg3 Kxf7 30. Qxc3 bxc3 31. Rg1 h5 32. g5 h4

Black seems unconcerned about the d6 pawn: I suppose the answer to 33.Nxd6+ is ...Bxd6 (eliminating a nice white piece) 34.Rxd6 Rd8 (which seems to get a Black rook to d2). White will have a lot of trouble activating his king.

33. Re1 Kg7 34. Re3 d5! 35. exd5 Bc5!

Black wins the exchange

36. Rg4 Bxe3 37. Nxe3 Rhf8 38. Bc4 Rbd8 39. Rg1 Nh3 40. Rd1 Nf2 41. Re1 Ne4 42. Kc1 Nd6 43. Be2 Rf2 44. Ng4 Rf5 45. Bd1 e4 46. Ne3 Rxg5 47. Bg4 Nf5 48. h3 Nxe3 49. Rxe3 Rxg4! 50. hxg4 Rh8 51. Kd1 Kf6 52. Rxe4 h3 53. Re1 Kg5 54. Rh1 Kxg4 55. Ke2 g5 56. d6 h2 57. Kf2 Kh3 0-1

[Event "Rapid Match"]
[Site "Mainz GER"]
[Date "2003.08.16"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Polgar,Ju"]
[Black "Anand,V"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2718"]
[BlackElo "2774"]
[EventDate "2003.08.14"]
[ECO "B80"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. f3 b5 8. g4 Nfd7 9. Qd2 Nb6 10. O-O-O N8d7 11. Bd3 Bb7 12. Kb1 Rc8 13. Bg5 Qc7 14. Rhe1 Ne5 15. f4 Nec4 16. Qc1 h6 17. Nd5!!

17...Qc5 (17...exd5 18.exd5+ Kd7 19.Bf5+#) 18. Nb3 Qf2 19. Rf1 Qg2 20. Nxb6 Nxb6 21. Qe3 Nc4 22. Qa7

White can do a lot of mischief from here, whereas Black's Qg2 is fairly inert

22...Bxe4 23. Qxa6 Rb8 24. Rg1 hxg5 25. Rxg2 Bxg2 26. Bxc4 bxc4 27. Qa4+ 1-0

Computer on top in Lippstadt

Germany: Computer program "Brutus" is leading a tournament in Lippstadt, having already taken some GM scalps. The computer is interesting because it uses an FPGA - a programmable chip, which promises to greatly speed up calculations and allow the easy inclusion of chess knowledge. Its victims so far include GMs Romanishin and Jenni.

Official site:

[Event "11. Lippstaedter Grossmeisterturnier"]
[Site "Lippstadt GER"]
[Date "2003.08.07"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Romanishin, Oleg"]
[Black "Brutus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E07"]
[WhiteElo "2561"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2003.08.07"]
[JsCom "startply=42"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. g3 Nbd7 6. Qd3 Be7 7. Bg2 O-O 8. O-O b6 9. Rd1 Ba6 10. b3 Rc8 11. e4 c5 12. exd5 exd5 13. Bb2 Re8 14. Rac1 dxc4 15. bxc4 cxd4 16. Nb5 Bxb5 17. cxb5 Rxc1 18. Rxc1 Bc5 19. Nxd4 Ne5 20. Qd1 Qd6 21. Nb3 Bxf2+!?

22. Kxf2 Nfg4+ 23. Kg1 Qh6 {The point: threatening 24...Qe3+ and ....Qxh2+} 24. Rc3 Qxh2+ 25. Kf1 h5 26. Qd4 h4!? 27. gxh4 Qxh4 28. Rh3 Nh2+ 29. Kg1 Nhf3+ 30. Bxf3 Qxh3 31. Nd2 0-1

New Zealand Grand Prix Update OPEN
A. Kulashko 46.17, B. Smith 33.5, L. McLaren 30, B. Giles 23, P. Garbett, S. Lukey 22.5, J. Wilson 20, P. Green , P. Wang 19.5; M. Steadman, M. Wojnar 15.67, T. Dowden 15, M. Van der Hoorn 14.6, B. Reedy 14, R. Dive, R. Sutton 10.5


Hi Paul,
I like the clear headings in the ACF bulletin; it makes the thing much easier to read.
If I might make a suggestion, that the upcomning tournaments be grouped by state, rather than by date. I am sure most players are only interested in tournments within their state (or perhaps a neighbouring one).
Keep up the good work,
Brian Thomas

(Good idea -- ed)

Hi Paul,
I like the new format. Much easier on the eye.
Andy Sag

Hello Paul
Nice new layout

Hi Paul,
This is in response to Guy West's observation (see below - ed) regarding the Johansen-Lojanica game played in the University Open from bulletin no. 228. Several eyewitnesses did observe Darryl allowing Milenko to mate in 1, and 2 of the people who observed the final stages of this game agreed with the moves that I entered, plus the moves agreed with both players score sheets. The time controls used were 1 hr each, with increment of 10 seconds from move 1. Darryl lost in a time scramble in what was a very surprising result.

Robin Wedding

Here's the query from last week, referred to above: Hi Paul
Just a query about the game Johansen - Lojanica from ANU Open in bulletin 228.

I'm not sure if anyone has pointed this out already, but after the
reported move 49 Rxa4?? black could have mated in one by 49...Qxg3. I
find it hard to believe both players would have missed this so I suspect
a clerical error in the bulletin, (unless I've replayed the game

It's also true as pointed out in the bulletin that 57...Qf3+ would have
won quickly for black, as would 61...c2, but those oversights are more
explicable than two good players missing mate in one.

No doubt the true story will emerge from someone who saw what happened.
Did Johansen fall victim to a guillotine finish or something?

Regards, Guy West.

Upcoming local tournaments

NSW Championship August 24-October 26
Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club
117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde (1 minute from West Ryde Station)
Three divisions: Championship (FIDE-rated), Major (u2000), Minor (u1600)
9 rounds on Sundays 2pm. Players are requested to be at the Venue at 1pm for Round 1.
Rounds: Aug 24, 31; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28; No play 5th Oct; Oct 12, 19, 26
90 mins plus 30 secs per move from start.
Entry Fees: Title Division: Adult $90, Juniors $70, Under 14 $50. Major and Minor:
Adult $70, Juniors $50, Under 14 $40. $10 discount for entries
received before 17th August 2003
Players rated under 2000 may apply before 17th August, to play in the
Title Division. Please state why you should be accepted.
The NSWCA Council's decision on such requests will be final.
Entries must be received before 1.30 p.m. on the 24th August.
All NSW resident players must be members of NSWCA or NSWJCL.
Prizes: 1st $900, 2nd $450, 3rd $200.
Major (U2000) 1st $400, 2nd $200, 3rd $100,
U1800 1st $100 Minor (U1600) 1st $400, 2nd $200, 3rd $100, U1400 1st $100.
Prizes are based on 74 Entries and Players are eligible for 1 prize only.
Unrated players may enter but are not eligible for prizes based on ratings.
Please make all Cheques payable to NSW Chess Association.
Enquiries: 9533 1759 Email:
NSW Chess Association
G.P.O BOX 2418 SYDNEY 2001


Next RJ Shield - Sunday 31st August
Chess Kids Education Centre, 758 North Rd, Ormond
1pm – 5pm
Northern Zone RJ Shield - Sunday 14th September
Ivanhoe Girls Grammar
Transfer Chess RJ Shield – Sunday 28th September
Chess Kids Education Centre, 758 North Rd, Ormond
Toddler Chess Starting
From next week Chess Kids will be offering programs for kids aged
3-5 who are not yet at school.
Times available: Monday 2-3pm
Thursday 9.30-10.30am
Friday 9.30-10.30am or 11.00-12.00
Book quickly by ringing George on 9578 6203 or 9576 8143.
Only 6 children will be accepted into each group

2003 Victorian Country Championships
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October, 2003
La Trobe University, Bendigo,
Osborne Street Campus, Burnett Lounge.
Saturday 4th Round 1 - 9.00 am
Round 2 - 1:00 pm
Round 3 - 4:00 pm
Sunday 5th Round 4 - 9:00 am
Round 5 - 12:30 pm
Round 6 - 3:30 pm
The Country Victorian Lightning Championship will be held at
8:00 pm, on Saturday 4th October.
A separate Junior Tournament will take place on Saturday Only.
Rate of Play:
Each player will be given 45 minutes on their clocks,
with a 30 second increment for each move.
Entry Fees:
Adults $35; Concession $25, Junior $10.
(Lightning) Adults $10; Concession $7; Junior $3.
The Victorian Country Chess Championship is restricted solely to players
who reside in Victoria, and whose main place of residence is outside of
a 50km radius of the Melbourne GPO.
Please send your entries to Bendigo Chess Club, PO Box 983, Bendigo Vic
For more information, please contact Maxwell Mollard (03)5444 7438 (bh) or
(03) 5442 5647 (ah), or via email: .
Entries will be accepted on the day

Chess World Grand Prix

Co-ordinator:  ChessWorld/David Cordover
0411 877 833


Mackay Open chess tournament 
Category 1
Aug 2-3
Harryp Park country club 

Tuggeranong Vikings chess weekender
December 6-7
Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union and  Amateur Sports Club  
Michael Whitely - 02 62929937
John Peterson 62965135


Father's Day Tournament
Category 2/3?
Sep 6-7
Contact:  David Cordover (03) 9576177 or 0411-877-833

Gold Coast Classic (Gold Coast CC)
Category 3
Sep 20-21
Contact Graeme Gardiner
(07) 5530 5794

12th. Redcliffe Challenge
Category 2
Sep 27-28
Contact Mark Stokes (07) 3205 6042

Tweed Open
Category  3
Oct 4-5
Contact Audie Pennefather
07 55369185
Tweed Heads Civic Centre. cr. Wharfe St and Brett St Tweed Heads.
$2500 total prizes, 1st $750

Laurieton Open
Category 1
Nov 1-2
Contact Endel Lane  (02) 6559  9060

November weekender
Category  1
Nov 1-2
Contact  K.Bonham  (03) 6224 8487

Gosford Open
Category 2
Nov 8-9
Contact Lachlan Yee

Taree RSL Spring Open
Category 1
Nov 15-16
Contact Endel Lane  (02) 6559  9060

NSWCA November Weekender
Category 2
Nov 22-23
0403 775476

X-Mas Swiss Tournament
Category 2-3?
December 20-21
Contact David Cordover (03) 9576177 or 0411-877-833

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