ACF Bulletin #235

September 22, 2003

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In this issue

* 2002 Australian Championships play-off
* Gold Coast Classic
* Hardys Classic
* Problems
* World News: Kings and Queens, Nordic Championships
* Chess World Grand Prix 2003
* Upcoming tournaments

Live coverage of the Australian Championships play-off

Gold Coast: Please log in to (live chess) each evening this week at the times below to view the four live games between Darryl Johansen and Nick Speck for the Australian title. The title of Australian Chess Champion goes back to 1885 when FK Esling won the inaugural event, and the entire history of this icon of Australian Chess has been covered in an excellent book written by Cathy Chua.

Tuesday 6pm, Wednesday 6pm, Thursday 6pm, Friday (if required) 4.30pm. If the play-off match finishes at 2-2, there will be a further two game rapid play-off later in the evening and if still tied the title will be shared.

Australian Clubs Teams Championships

Queensland: Everything is set for this inaugural event at Caloundra, 29 September to 3 October. All the players are looking forward to some excellent chess and a good social time. Which club will be the first to have its name inscribed on the trophy? Watch out and see.


Bullwinkle: David Smerdon; Jonathan Humphrey; Nik Stawski; Jacob Edwards; Jessica Disteldorf, Kieron Olm-Milligan, Karina Mowles, Michelle Mowles, Regina Grenfell and Michael Van Pelt.

St George: Ian and Cathy Rogers, Raymond and Angela Song, Ingela Eriksson, Charles Zworestine, Hani Malik and Alek Safarian

Gold Coast: Stephen Solomon, Kerry Corker, Matthew Sonter, Toshi Kimura, Phachara Wongwichit, Bernie Saavedra, Ingrid Thompson, Amy Evans, Alexandra Jule, Jessica Layton

Belconnen: Ian Rout, Gareth Oliver, Andrean Susilodinata, Shannon Oliver, Bill Egan, Tamzin Oliver, Aidan Lloyd, Jenni Oliver, Reserve Tony Oliver

UNSW: Justin Tan, Chee Yin Thaw, Ronald Yu, Michael Lip, Kerry Stead, Veronica Klimenko, Sylvia Shields, Heather Huddleston

Suncoast: Paul Summers, Terry Krause, Bob Goodwin, Derrick Jeffries, Finn Sorenson, Otto Mehltreter, Peter Hodgetts, Rebecca Bleney, Wendy Coghill, Tulia Powell

Gold Coast Classic

Queensland: 86 players took part in this popular Grand Prix event held at the Somerset College Sports Pavilion this weekend. Joint winners were the two Australian GMs Ian Rogers (Sydney) and Darryl Johansen (Melbourne) on 6.5/7. David Lovejoy from Byron Bay took out third place on 6/7.

The incorporated teams event caused a great deal of interest with well over half the teams right in contention up until the final round. Team Nonames (Darryl Johansen, Robert Hvistendahl, Nicholas Webb and Christina Webb) on 17.0 points won on countback from Team Wongwichit (Phachara Wongwichit, Toshi Kimura, Dominic Olm-Milligan and Luke Wagner) with Team Ly (Moulthun Ly, Kelvin Finke, Yitao Lei and Steven Cooke) third on 16.5 points. Teams were allowed to have a maximum average rating of 1400. As a result there was a lot of social interaction between players right across the playing abilities.

It was pleasing to see a good number of players from remote locations. 13 year old Andrean Susilodinata from Indonesia got to play both GMs, IM Mark Chapman (Adelaide) was the second IM alongside Stephen Solomon and other players to participate included Kerry Stead, Bruce Murray and Duncan Peters (Sydney), Bill Ross (Coffs Harbour), Ian Rout (Canberra) and Luke Wagner (Gladstone). Biggest surprise packet was nine year old Luthien Russell from Toowoomba, rated 770, who scored 5/7.

Full results at Official site

Hardys Classic

Queensland: After upsetting Stephen Solomon in their game, Justin Pengelley stumbled in the final round to allow the IM to take first place.

Final scores, 9 rounds:
8.0 Stephen Solomon $300
7.5 Justin Pengelley $200
6.5 Matthew Sonter $100
4.5 Bernie Saavedra, Toshi Kimura, Nikolai Hart
3.0 Moulthun Ly
2.5 Chris Page
2.0 Nathan Davidson, Steven Cooke

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Pengelley, Justin -
Kimura, Toshi

Hardys Classic   2003.09.15     0-1     B22

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.d4 Bg4 6.Be2 e6 7.O-O Nf6 8.Be3 cxd4 9.cxd4 Bd6 10.Nc3 Qh5 11.h3 Bxh3!?

The old chestnut. Accepting the sacrifice produces some interesting results ... but white has his own ideas

( 12.gxh3 Qxh3 13.Re1 ( 13.Nb5 Bb8 ) ( 13.d5 Ng4 14.dxc6 Bh2+ 15.Kh1 Bg3+ = ( 15...Bf4+!? 16.Kg1 Nxe3 17.Qd7+ Kf8 18.fxe3 Bxe3+ 19.Rf2 Qg3+ 20.Kh1 Bxf2 21.cxb7 Rb8 22.Qc8+? ( 22.Ne4 Qh3+ 23.Nh2 Bb6 24.Rc1 g6 25.Qd6+ Kg7 26.Qe5+ Kh6 27.Qg5+ Kg7 28.Qf6+ Kh6 29.Ng5 +- ) 22...Ke7! ) ) 13...Ng4 14.Bf1 Bh2+ 15.Kh1 Qh5 16.Kg2 )
12...Qf5 13.Bd3! Bg4! 14.f3!
No white wins a piece, and should win the game
14...Bxf3 15.Rxf3 Qh5 16.Be2!?
( 16.Rxf6!? is interesting, eg 16...Qxd1+ 17.Rxd1 gxf6 18.Nxc6 bxc6 19.Ne4 Be7 20.Rc1 )
( 16.Nxc6!? might have been enough to win, eg 16...Qh2+?! 17.Kf1! bxc6 ( 17...Qh1+ 18.Bg1 Threatening Rh3 18...Bh2 19.Ne2 Ng4 20.Qa4 Bxg1 21.Nxg1 Nh2+ 22.Kf2 Nxf3 23.Ne5+ Kf8 24.Ngxf3!? Qxa1 25.Qd7 Qxb2+ 26.Kg3 ) 18.Rh3 +- )
16...Nxe5 17.Rxf6!?
( 17.dxe5 Bxe5 ( 17...Qxe5 18.Qa4+ Ke7 19.Rd1 ) 18.Rh3 ( 18.Rxf6 Qh2+ 19.Kf1 gxf6 ( 19...Qh1+ 20.Bg1 Bh2 21.Bb5+ Ke7 22.Rxf7+ Kxf7 23.Qd7+ Kf8 24.Kf2 threatening Rf1! ) 20.Bb5+ Kf8 21.Bc5+ Kg7 22.Qg4+ Kh6 23.Be3+ +- ) 18...Qf5 19.Bb5+ Kf8 20.Bc5+ Kg8 )
17...Ng4 18.Bxg4 Qh2+ 19.Kf1 gxf6 20.Qa4+
( 20.Ne4 Qh1+ 21.Bg1 Bh2 22.Qa4+ Ke7 23.Qb4+ Kd8 )
20...Ke7 21.Re1 Rhd8
( 21...Qh1+!? 22.Kf2 ( 22.Bg1 Bh2 23.Kf2 Bxg1+ 24.Rxg1 Qh4+ 25.Kf3 f5 26.Bh3 Rhg8 ) ( 22.Ke2 Qxg2+ 23.Kd3 Qxg4 24.Nd5+ exd5 25.Bf4+ Kd8 26.Bxd6 Qf3+ 27.Kd2 ) 22...Bg3+ 23.Kxg3 Qxe1+ )
( 22.d5!? ?! Qh1+ 23.Bg1 Bc5 )
22...Qg3 23.Nd5+ Kf8 24.Bh6+ Kg8 25.Nxf6+ Kh8 26.Ng4?
( 26.Ne4!? Qg6 ( 26...Qh2 27.Bg5 ) 27.Bg5 looks strong )
( 26.Re3!? Qh4 )
26...Bf4 27.Bxf4 Qxf4+ 28.Nf2 Rxd4
Black has taken over

29.Qb3 Rd2 30.Re2 Rc8 31.g3 Qd4 32.Bg4 Rc1+ 33.Kg2 Rxe2 34.Bxe2 Qd2 35.Qa3 Kg7 36.Qe7 Rc2 37.Kh3 Qh6+ 38.Kg2 Rxe2 39.Qxb7 Qf6 40.Qxa7 Qxb2 41.a4 Qe5 42.Kh3 Re3 43.Nh1 Qh5+ 44.Kg2 Re2+ 45.Nf2 Qd5+ 46.Kf1 Ra2 47.Kg1 e5 48.Qe3 h6 49.g4 Rxa4 50.g5 Ra1+ 51.Kh2 Qe6 52.Kg2 hxg5 53.Qc3 Ra2 54.Kg1 Qf5 55.Qe3 Qxf2+ 0-1

Victorian Interschool Finals

Primary Interschool Final A
1     Essex Heights Primary      27 
2     Yavneh College             22 
3     Boroondara Park Primary    20.5 
4     Mount View Primary         19.5 
5     Doncaster Primary          18.5 
6-8   Princes Hill Primary       18 
      Kingswood Primary          18 
      Christ Church Grammar      18 
9-11  St Andrew's Christian      17.5 
      Yavneh College             17.5 
      Melbourne Grammar Grimwade 17.5 
12    Torquay Primary            16.5 
13-14 Comet Hill Primary         16 
      Ivanhoe Grammar            16 
15-16 Eliminyt Primary           15.5 
      Brighton Grammar           15.5 
17-18 St Catherine's Girls'      15 
      Boolarra Primary           15 
19-21 Heany Park Primary         14.5 
      Essex Heights Primary      14.5 
      Holy Trinity Lutheran      14.5 
22-23 Darraweit Guim Primary     14 
      Mildura South Primary      14 
24    Comet Hill Primary Girl    12.5 
25    Eaglehawk North Primary     8.5 

Essex Heights defeated St Catherine's to take the title  

Primary Interschool Final B
1     Essex Heights PS       26.5 
2     McKinnon Primary       26 
3     Balwyn North Primary   22 
4     Mentone Grammar        17.5 
5     Mt View Primary        17 
6-10  Kingswood Primary      16.5 
      Brunswick North-West   16.5 
      Waverley Christian     16.5 
      Oakleigh G.O.C.        16.5 
      Bolinda Primary        16.5 
11    Comet Hill Primary     16 
12-15 Wattleview Primary     15.5 
      Essex Heights Primary  15.5 
      Yavneh College         15.5 
      Warragul North Primary 15.5 
16-17 Spensley St Primary    15 
      Henderson College      15 
18    Cobden Primary         10.5 
19    Doncaster Primary      10 

Secondary Interschool Final A
1    University High A1         25
2    Scotch Cardinal            24.5
3    Melbourne High A1          23.5
4-5  Brighton Grammar A         19
     Carwatha SC                19
6    Northcote HS               18
7-9  Haileybury A               17.5
     Eumemmering                17.5
     Melbourne HS A3            17.5
10-12 Brunswick SC              17
      PLC A1                    17
     Melbourne Grammar          17
13-16 PLC A2                    16
     Oakleigh G.O.C.            16
     University HS A2           16
     Melbourne HS A2            16
17   Warrnambool College        15.5
18   Camberwell Grammar         15
19   Penleigh&Essendon Grammar  14
20   Mirboo North               13.5
21   Drouin SC                  12
22   Red Cliffs Rooks           11
23   Red Cliffs Kings            7
24   Chaffey                     3.5

PLC A1 defeated PLC A2 to take the title of Girl's Champion.

Secondary Interschool Final B
1     Balwyn HS             25.5
2     St Michael's          21
3     Scotch Blue           18.5
4-6   Brighton Grammar D    17.5
      Haileybury B          17.5
      Lalor North SC        17.5
7     Mazenod College 1     17
8     Westbourne Grammar 1  16.5
9-10  MacRob Girls          16
      Mazenod College 2     16
11-12 Waverley CC           15.5
      Melbourne HS B        15.5
13-14 Gippsland Grammar B   15
      Brauer College        15
15    Westbourne Grammar 3  13.5
16    Gippsland Grammar C   13
17    Irymple Mildura       11
18    Robinvale              6.5

- Peter Caissa


Mate in 2 - by Andy Sag

Solution next week

Last Week's Solution:

Solution:  1.Qb1 (Threat 2.Qxb8) 
1 Na6 or Nd7 2.Qxh1 
1 Nc6 2.Qb7 
1 Bb7+ 2.Qxb7  
Comments:  This type of miniature is called a "minimal" as 
white has only the king and one other piece. Note that the 
check is already provided for in the set position.  - Andy Sag
Contributions are most welcome to this section!

World news

sourced from NetChessNews

Shredder beats Acs

The computer program easily beat the young Hungarian 2-0 in a rapid match.

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Bacrot-McShane lead Young Masters

Lausanne, Switzerland: Bacrot, Papa, McShane, Paehtz, Mamedyarov, Kosteniuk, Naiditsch and Karjakin are playing.

Day 1: Bacrot opened the h-file early against local Swiss hero Papa's Najdorf, and it was only a matter of time before the attack broke through. World Junior Champ Mamedyarov outwitted chess glamour babe Kosteniuk in a complex semi-slav featuring some great tactical sequences. The world's youngest GM, Sergey Karjakin, offered an exchange sacrifice to liven things up in a rapidly simplifying Najdorf, but German attacking maestro Naiditsch declined and ground out a win in the ending. And the remaining players, England's Luke McShane and Germany's Elizabeth Paetz, drew a long game.

Day 2: Perhaps the only surprise was that Naiditsch beat Karjakin for the second time, exploiting a tactical error by the Ukrainian in a Sicilian Najdorf. Mamedyarov crushed Kosteniuk in a Qiuoco Piano, while McShane won the exchange against Paetz and Papa and Bacrot split the point.

This gives the following round 1 winners:
McShane, Luke J - Paehtz, Elisabeth 1/2 1-0
Naiditsch, Arkadij - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 1-0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyaz - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 1-0 1-0
Bacrot, Etienne - Papa, Severin 1-0 1/2

Day 3: Bacrot gave the exchange for a heap of pawns to beat Naiditsch, while McShane and Mamedyarov drew. On the lower boards, Karjakin smashed Papa's Sicilian, while Kosteniuk achieved domination in the ending against Paehtz's King's Indian formation.

Day 4: McShane and Mamedyarov now face a playoff after drawing both of their games. Meanwhile, Bacrot beat Naiditsch 1.5-0.5 to advance. In the minor placings, Kosteniuk beat Paehtz 1.5-0.5 and Karjakin smashed Papa 2-0.

Round 2 results:
McShane, Luke J - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyaz 1/2 1/2 Playoff 2-0
Bacrot, Etienne - Naiditsch, Arkadij 1-0 1/2
Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Paehtz, Elisabeth 1-0 1/2
Karjakin, Sergey - Papa, Severin 1-0 1-0

Day 5: McShane and Bacrot drew the first game of their match to determine first place, after McShane beat Mamedyarov in a play-off to reach the final. In the lesser placings, world junior champ Mamedyarov beat Naiditsch in an interesting English with g4, while Karjakin won fairly easily against Kosteniuk, finishing with an exchange sacrifice.

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Annotated games:

[Event "4th YM"]
[Site "Lausanne SUI"]
[Date "2003.09.18"]
[Round "1.2"]
[White "Kosteniuk, A"]
[Black "Mamedyarov, S"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2457"]
[BlackElo "2585"]
[ECO "C54"]
[EventDate "2003.09.17"]

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Bc5 5.c3 
    {A useful move, preparing d4 or b4 with queenside expansion, and also 
    keeping black pieces out of d4}
    {Black may have to play this soon anyway, if white pushes b4 and a4, 
    threatening a5. It provides an escape square on a7 for the useful c5 bishop}
6.O-O d6 7.Bb3 O-O 8.Re1 
    {White soon comes to regret vacating the f-file. However,  the e-pawn will 
    need protection if white wants to play d4, and moving the rook allows a Ruy
    Lopez-like manoeuvre: Nb1-d2-f1-g3/e3}
    {Moving before white hits the bishop with d4 gives black more options}
9.Nbd2 Ng4! 
    {White's already in a bit of bother, thanks to this attack on f2. Note that 
    d4 would cost a pawn, since the Nd2 blocks the queen}
    {Very unnatural, but Rf1 would be a waste of two tempi}
    {Beyond the reach of the Bb3. Now black can play ...f5 with an attack}
11.h3 Nh6 12.Nf1 f5!? 13.d4!? 
    {The old dogma: meet a wing attack with a break in the centre}
    ( 13.Bxh6 gxh6 gives black attacking prospects down the g-file} )
    ( 13...fxe4 $5 14.Rxe4 Bf5 15.Re1 { doesn't seem to offer much} )
14.Bg5 Qg6 15.exf5 Bxf5 16.Qd2 
    ( 16.Ng3 Bxh3 )
16...Nf7 17.Ng3 exd4 
    {Winning a pawn, because the Nf3 is overloaded guarding both d4 and g5: }
    ( 18.cxd4 Nxg5 19.Qxg5 Qxg5 
        ( 19...Nxd4 )
    20.Nxg5 Nxd4 21.Re7 )
18...d3! 19.Ree1 Bd7 
    {Preserves the f5 bishop}
20.Bd5 Nfe5 21.Be3 
    {Trying to eliminate the pesky Ba7, but now black's attack busts through}
21...Nxf3+ 22.Bxf3 Rxf3!!

23.gxf3 Ne5 {Now we see part of the point of black's earlier ...Bd7: the bishop is ready to emerge at c6 if needed. Black's threats against f3 are already winning} 24.Qd1 d2! {Very troublesome, and there's nothing white can do:} 25.Re2 ( 25.Qxd2 Nxf3+ ) ( 25.Bxd2 Qxg3+ ) ( 25.Rf1 Bxe3 26.fxe3 Qxg3+ ) 25...Nxf3+ 26.Kg2 Rf8 {Black piles on the attackers, happily leaving the Ba7 unprotected:} 27.Bxd2 ( 27.Bxa7 Bxh3+! 28.Kxh3 ( 28.Kh1 Qh6 29.Be3 Bg2+! 30.Kxg2 Qh2+ 31.Kf1 Qg1# ) 28...Qh6+ 29.Kg2 Qh2+ 30.Kf1 Qg1# ) 27...Bc6 28.Be3 Qe6 29.Qc1 ( 29.Bxa7 Ng5+ 30.Kf1 ( 30.Kg1 Qxh3 31.f3 Qxg3+ 32.Rg2 Nxf3+ ) 30...Qxh3+ 31.Ke1 Nf3# ) 29...Nd4+ ( 29...Nd4+ 30.Kf1 Qxh3+ 31.Ke1 Nxe2 32.Kxe2 ( 32.Nxe2 Bxe3 33.Qxe3 Qh1+ 34.Kd2 Qxa1 +- ) 32...Bxe3 33.Qxe3 Re8 ) 0-1


Bareev's the big winner in the October ratings released by FIDE, moving up from ninth position to fourth. And Leko's the biggest loser, dropping from 4 to 10

2830 Kasparov
2777 Kramnik
2766 Anand
2739 Bareev
2737 Shirov
2735 Topalov
2732 Grischuk
2725 Adams
2723 Svidler
2722 Leko

Full list

Seirawan, Bareev win Three Arrows Cup

Ji Nan, China: Strong US grandmaster Yasser Seirawan has tied for first in this event - which marks his retirement from tournament chess. Seirawan, architect of the Prague Agreement to unify the chess world, tied with Bareev for first place.

Players from the just-finished Kings and Queens event lined up for this straightforward tournament, pitching some of the best from Europe and China against each other.

The higher-rated male players have dominated, winning some spectacular games.

Final scores, 4 rounds:
3.5 Seirawan, Bareev
3.0 Short
2.5 Ye Jiangchuan
1.5 Xie Jun
1.0 Zhu Chen
0.5 Xu Yuhua, Zhao Xue

Kings 12.5 beat Queens 3.5

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[Event "3 Arrows Cup"]
[Site "Ji Nan CHN"]
[Date "2003.09.19"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Zhao Xue"]
[Black "Seirawan,Y"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2467"]
[BlackElo "2626"]
[EventDate "2003.09.17"]
[ECO "E12"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. a3 c6 5. Nc3 d5 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Bxf6 Bxf6 8.
e4 O-O 9. Rc1 dxe4 10. Nxe4 c5 11. Bd3 Bb7 12. dxc5 Bxb2 13. Rb1 Bf6 14.
O-O Nd7 15. cxb6 axb6 16. Nd6 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Be5 18. Ne4 Rxa3 19. Qe2 Nc5
20. Nxc5 Qg5+ 21. Kh1 Qf4 0-1

Kings and Queens

Final scores:
4.0 Short/Zhao Xue
3.0 Yasser Seirwan/Zhu Chen
2.5 Ye Jiangchuan/Xu Yuhua
2.5 Evgeny Bareev/Xie Jun

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Hansen, Agrest win Nordic Championship

Arhus, Denmark: Featured daily live comment from IGM Bent Larsen. The Nordic countries are Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and The Faroe Islands. Players include Stefansson, Hector, Agrest and Hansen.

Final scores, 11 rounds:
8.0 Hansen, Agrest
7.0 Stefansson
6.0 Olafsson, Hector
5.5 Palo, Gausel
5.0 Schandorff, Kallio, Lehtinen
4.5 Lie
0.5 Tor Naes

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Dear Paul,
Club Bullwinkle is pleased to announce its squad for
the upcoming Australian Team Chess Championships. The
squad list can be found at the end of this email. From
this illustrious list, a team has been selected, and
the players have confirmed their participation. We are
pleased to report that the contracts have proceeded
smoothly this year, and that Club Bullwinkle is well
within the salary cap. 

This team is not 'Team Beanie', 'Team Big Shot', 'Team
Sombrero' or 'Team Kaos', in their original form;
rather, an amalagamtion of these classic
conglomerations. Subsequently, Club Bullwinkle is
proud to announce the new team:


'Team Not Only, But Also':

1.  David Smerdon
2.  Jonathan Humphrey
3.  Nik Stawski
4.  Jacob Edwards
5.  Kerion Olm-Milligan
6.  Karina Mowles
7.  Michael Van Pelt
8.  Jessica Distledorf
9.  Michelle Mowles
10. Regina Grenfell

The members of this new, exciting young band of
swashbucklers have already been given the following
mandate from Club Bullwinkle:
To eat, drink and be merry; swim, putt and smash
tennis balls; philosophise, analyse, and fraternise;
and fit in some chess somewhere.

Club Bullwinkle hereby declares its intention to send
'Team Not Only, But Also' to Caloundra to win ...
something. What that something is exactly, is a
closely guarded club secret. Could it be international
adulation, or merely the hearts and minds of the good
people of the Sunshine Coast? Could it be royalties
for the movie rights to the story of the shenanigans
at Camp Bullwinkle, or the traditional Aussie-style
tipping comp? (Worry not, match fixing is not our
bag). Could it be the cheerleading competition, or the
could it be the actual chess tournament? 

All that can be said at this point, is that when Club
Bullwinkle hits town, you'd better be on the lookout
*Cryptically placed jellybeans
*Beach Balls
*Hordes of screaming groupies in purple bikinis
*Dark sunglasses
*Hawaiian shirts
*Stray penguins

And so, good sir, the gauntlet has been well and truly
thrown down. The scene has been set. The kegs are
full, and the battle looms. Bring it on!!

The Secretary, Club Bullwinkle.

Hello Paul Our son who is 8 years old plays chess seriously in the USA. We are contemplating a move to Wollongong.
Are you able to let us know what the local chess scene is like in the Shoalhaven area, for example is there a chess coach there and are there any clubs locally?
Thank you in advance for any information you are able to give us.
Kind regards

Upcoming local tournaments

Berger Cup 2003 
Monday October 13th- Monday December 8th
Hakoah Club, 61 Hall Street Bondi, NSW 2026
9 round Swiss on consecutive Monday evenings, starting 7.30pm Entries close 7.15pm

1st $400.00 
2nd $250.00 
3rd $100.00 
UNDER 1750
1st $250.00
2nd $150.00 
3rd $100.00
Those prizes as well as any others rely upon of minimum of 50 entries.

40/90 minutes, then 30 minutes to finish the game.
$30 Hakoah Chess Club Members
(Hakoah Chess Club Membership is $30 for a year) 
$40 Non-Members.
$20 Juniors (U/18) 

Enquiries: Joel Harp 0412352196 
Vladimir Feldman - DOP : - 0414798503
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

Sunday 28 September. Starts 10am
Laurieton United Servicemen's Club.
7 round Swiss - G/25 - 25 min. p/p.
Games Australian Chess Federation Rated.
Primary & High School Students most welcome.
Prizes determined by the number of entries.
The decision of the Tournament Directors is final.
Entry Fees: $12 Seniors - $5 Players under 18 yrs.
Non-Smoking - Free Refreshments. Bistro open 
for Lunch - $4 Special every day.
Endel - 6559 9060

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

Category 3
October 4-6
Phone Enquiries: 9533 1759 (Paul Sike)
Email: (Peter Cassetari)
Category 3 GP event, Guaranteed prize pool $2500
October long Weekend: Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th & Monday 6th October 2003
Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club
117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde (1 minute from West Ryde Station)
Registration 12.00 Noon - 1pm 4th October.
Seven Rounds
Entry Fees: Adult $70; Juniors U18 $50, U15 $40
All entries must be on official entry form (or copy)
Payment and entries accepted on the day 
Or pre register via phone or email before 30th September and save $10 (details below) 
All NSW resident players must be members of NSWCA or NSWJCL.
FIDE time control is 90 minutes + 10 seconds per move from the start
1st   $800  *  2nd   $500  *  3rd   $200
U2000 1st  $200 * 2nd $100, U1800 1st  $200 * 2nd $100, U1600 1st  $200 * 2nd $100, 
U1400 1st  $200 * 2nd $100, 1st Junior $100, 
Players are eligible for only 1 prize.
Please make all cheques payable to NSW Chess Association.
Mail must be sent by the 30th September 2003
to GPO Box 2418 Sydney 2001.
Pre registration - pay on the day
Phone Enquiries: 9533 1759     Email:	
New South Wales Chess Association Inc.
G.P.O BOX 2418


Co-ordinator:  ChessWorld/David Cordover
0411 877 833


Ryde-Eastwood weekender
Category 3
October 4-6
Phone Enquiries: 9533 1759 (Paul Sike)
Email: (Peter Cassetari)

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


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

Ryde-Eastwood weekender
Category 3
October 4-6
Phone Enquiries: 9533 1759 (Paul Sike)
Email: (Peter Cassetari)

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
Phone Enquiries: 9533 1759 (Paul Sike)
Email: (Peter Cassetari)

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

Dear chessfriends,
Let me inform you about possibility still to register without additional 
charge for 3rd international chess tournament OPEN ZNOJMO 2003 
(the Czech Republic) whose results will be rated for ELO FIDE. At present 
more than 40 players from 13 countries of 4 continents are registered. 
The tournament is open for all applicants. More detailed information 
should be found at the address . 
 With best regards
Dr. Jan Mazuch

Dr. Jan Mazuch, Director of CZECH OPEN 2003 -
CZECH OPEN - International Festival of Chess, Bridge and Games -
CZECH TOUR - International Chess Tournaments Series -
International Chess Calender - 
Sachovy kalendar turnaju v CR a SR -
Dear chessfriends,
We take the liberty of sending you regulations of 4th International Chess 
Tournament OPEN LIBEREC 2003 which will take place 25.10.-1.11. 2003 
in Liberec town (Jizerske mountains in the Czech Republic). This 
tournament is a part of series CZECH TOUR 2003 / 2004.
With best regards
Dr. Jan Mazuch

Dr. Jan Mazuch, Director of CZECH OPEN 2003 -
CZECH OPEN - International Festival of Chess, Bridge and Games -
CZECH TOUR - International Chess Tournaments Series -
International Chess Calender - 
Sachovy kalendar turnaju v CR a SR -

1) Friendship chess tournament (11.-19.11.2003, Cartak - Czech Rep.)
A - round-robin grandmaster tournament with possible fulfilling IGM and IM
B - round-robin master tournament with possible fulfilling IM norms
C - FIDE open of youth (born 1985 and younger)
Other info -

2) OPEN LILIE LITOMYSL 2003 (26.12.2003-1.1.2004, Litomysl - Czech Rep.)
5th christmas chess tournament, FIDE open 9 rounds, rate 2 x 1,5h +
prize fund 60.000 CZK (1st prize 20.000 CZK - cca. 650 EUR).
Other info -

Please tell your friends and chessmates around you about these events!

Thank you for your time,

Jakub Fuksik
Agentura 64


IV. GOLD CUP  WGM Tournament  Szombathely, 22. March-1. April 2004  
The aim of the tournament: To reach WGM, WIM norms Organizers of 
the tournament:  Gold Bt. Zrínyi Ilona STSE Szombathelyi Sportigazgatóság  
Place of the tournament: Park Hotel Pelikán****: Szombathely, Deák str. 3/5.  
The system of the tournament: Round robin tournament according to the 
FIDE rules  The limits: 90 minutes + 30 seconds/move  Arbiter: 
Györkös Lajos FIDE-arbiter  Prizes: trophies, presents and diplomas  
Entry fee:   -2100 175 EURO 2101-2200 150 EURO 2201-2300 125 
EURO 2301- 100 EURO   Accomodation: Youth hostel(rooms with bathroom 
and toilet): 12 EURO/person/day Private room: 15 EURO/person/day  
Meals: Dinner and supper is available for 10 EURO/person/day    
Schedule: 22. March10:00-14:00Arrival, registration 14:00-14:20
Technical meeting 14:20-14:30Opening ceremony 14:30- 1. round 23-31. 
March15:00- 2.-10. round  1. April9:00- 11. round  15:00- Closing ceremony   
Information:  KORPICS Zsolt H-9700 Szombathely, Rohonci 13. +(36)-30/951-0063  PERGEL László H-9700 Szombathely, 
Tátra 2. +(36)-30/530-4904    Szombathely, 10th of August 2003.
The organizers


Seniors' World Championship
Bad Zwischenahn, Germany
16-29 November 2003.

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