ACF Bulletin

#244, December 1, 2003
In this issue: Viner shines in World Senior | December ratings | NECG Junior Squad details | NSWCA November Weekender | Gold Coast school awarded | Knights and Bytes moves | Unclaimed chess money | Taree Spring GP | Feldmans for Commonwealth Champs | Wohl in Wijk | Aust Teams reaction | Chess Badges | ACF medals | Email invites | World News | Problems | Tournaments | Grand Prix

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29/12/03-10/01/04, University of Adelaide. Over $12,000 in prizes. Enter the Championships, Reserves and Seniors Tournaments before December the 1st to avoid the late entry fee. The entry is value for money as it comes with many benefits, see the website for details.
Affordable prices for accommodation have been arranged by the Championship organisers: The Stamford Hotel is offering 5 star accommodation at heavily reduced rates for entrants (as low as $130 a night for 2 including breakfast).
We are holding a chess exibition in Rundle Mall on the 27th of December, with free participation for entrants. Contact us at if you want to play in the simul with GM Ian Rogers, or in the 24 player knockout blitz tournament.

Viner 7.5/11 in World Senior: Phil Viner put on an amazing finish, scoring 6/7, to take a very creditable place in this year's World Senior (over 60) Championship in Bad Zwischenahn, Germany. Seeded 60th, Viner finished in the 17th-27th group with 7.5/11, including a win over Ukrainian IM Evgeni Piankov. Viner finished ahead of strong GMs Taimanov (Russia), Uhlmann (Germany) and Y.Kraidman (Israel). There were 272 players. IM Y.Shabanov (Russia) won the event on count-back from GM J. Klovans (Latvia), and IM V.Bukal (Croatia) on 9/11.

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December ratings: The latest numbers are up on the website. Visit and follow the links.

Top Players
	 2610!!  12  NSW  Rogers, Ian [GM]
	 2489!!  20  VIC  Johansen, Darryl K [GM]
	 2435!!   0  NSW  Wallace, John-Paul [IM]
	 2388!    0  VIC  Gluzman, Michael [IM]
	 2380!    7  NSW  Lane, Gary W [IM]
	 2363!!  34  QLD  Solomon, Stephen J [IM]
	 2352!    3  VIC  Speck, Nicholas S
	 2348!!  15  VIC  Smerdon, David C [IM]
	 2339!!  10  VIC  Sandler, Leonid [IM]
	 2330!!  28  VIC  Froehlich, Peter [IM]
	 2327!    7  NSW  Zhao, Zong-Yuan [IM]
	 2321!!  10  VIC  Depasquale, Chris J [FM]
	 2313!!  10  VIC  West, Guy [IM]
	 2300!!   0  VIC  Bjelobrk, Igor
	 2296!!   0  VIC  Teichmann, Erik [FM]
	 2258!    0  VIC  Kagan, Naum [FM]
	 2239!    0  VIC  Baron, Michael [FM]
	 2239!   11   SA  Chapman, Mark [IM]
	 2239!!  29  NSW  Xie, George
	 2239!!   0  NSW  Reilly, Tim [FM]
	 2231!    0  NSW  Tindall, Brett [FM]
	 2202!!  10  VIC  Levi, Eddy L [FM]
	 2202!    9  NSW  Feldman, Vladimir [IM]
	 2189!!  26  VIC  Rujevic, Mirko [FM]
	 2189!    0  QLD  Stephson, David J
	 2184!    1  NSW  Kabir, Ruhul
	 2182!    9  NSW  Cook, Roger S
	 2182!    0  NSW  Smirnov, Vladimir
	 2181!!   0  NSW  Flatow, A (Fred) [FM]
	 2180!!   9  NSW  Berezina - Feldman, Irina [IM]
	 2179!!  12   WA  Boyd, Tristan
	 2172!!  15  NSW  Seberry, Ralph B
	 2168!!  10  VIC  Hamilton, Douglas G [FM]
	 2157!!  19   SA  Zaric, Srboljub
	 2152!!  16  NSW  Canfell, Gregory J [FM]
	 2142!    0  VIC  Saw, Geoffrey [FM]
	 2135!!   7  NSW  Rej, Tomek
	 2134!!   0  QLD  Sorokina, Anastasia [WIM]
	 2132!    0  NSW  Weeks, Manuel W [FM]
	 2132!!   5   WA  Haasse, Adam
	 2131!   13  NSW  Bouchaaya, Tony
	 2130!!  24  VIC  Chow, Samuel
	 2126!!   4   WA  Barber, Haydn J [FM]
	 2126!!  10  NSW  Goris, Robert
	 2126!!  12  VIC  Hacche, David J
	 2125!!   5  NSW  Tan, Justin
	 2113!    0   WA  Painter, Julian
	 2111!    0  NSW  Hirschhorn, Jeremy K
	 2110!    1  NSW  Scott, Ronald
	 2110!    6  NSW  Eriksson, Ingela
	 2107!    0  NSW  Salter, Michael
	 2093!    0  VIC  Booth, Stewart
	 2092!    9  NSW  Ayvazyan, Armen
	 2087!    0  NSW  Berezovski, Stanislav
	 2080!!  18  VIC  Aghamalyan, Armen
	 2075!    5   WA  McCamon, Boyd
	 2075!!   1  NSW  Zirdum, Ivan
	 2074!!   0  NSW  Rose, Adrian P
	 2072!    1  NSW  Dwyer, Danny [FM]
	 2071!!   6  VIC  Woodhams, Michael V

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NECG Australian Junior Chess Squad Applications:

Applications are called for the NECG Australian Junior Chess Squad for 2004.

Applications should be sent via email to Kerry Stead by Monday December 15 2003.

See ACF Bulletin 243 for full details.

The Network Economics Consulting Group (NECG) advises corporate and government clients on all economic aspects of regulation, competition policy, trade practices, intellectual property and related issues in many industries.

Many times these issues are high-profile and influence the shape of the Australian regulatory and business environment. Some of Australiaís largest companies turn to NECG for expert advice including Telstra, Visa, Qantas, Pacific National and CSL.

NECG's commitment to excellence in its own field extends to supporting art, academic and community programs that facilitate achievement, intellectual endeavor and diversity. It is with the commitment that NECG has extended its support to the Australian Chess Federation, in particular, as major sponsor of the NECG Australian Junior Chess Squad.

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NSWCA November Weekender: Juniors well and truly dominated this event at North Sydney Leagues Club

No Name                  Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6  

1  Xie, George           2214 5.5   33:W  4:W  8:W  7:W  3:W  2:D
2  Zhao, Zong-Yuan       2331 5.5   28:W 18:W 12:W 26:W 10:W  1:D
3  Lubarsky, Kostia      1779 5     35:W 11:W  5:W 29:W  1:L  7:W
4  Zvedeniouk, Ilia      1870 5     53:W  1:L 34:W 44:W 26:W 13:W
5  Seberry, Ralph B      2085 4.5   45:W 30:W  3:L 19:W  8:D 24:W
6  Harp, Joel            1883 4.5   50:W 39:L 45:W 36:W  9:D 19:W
7  Falchoni, Mario J F   1968 4     34:W 31:W 20:W  1:L 12:W  3:L
8  Stead, Kerry          1894 4     38:W 21:W  1:L 20:W  5:D 11:D
9  Yu, Ronald            2015 4     62:+ 23:D 16:D 31:W  6:D 10:D
10 Song, Raymond         1612 4     55:W 22:W 19:D 15:W  2:L  9:D
11 Thaw, Chee Yin        2094 4     44:W  3:L 21:W 18:D 23:W  8:D
12 Chan, Jason           1882 4     47:W 14:W  2:L 39:W  7:L 27:W
13 Lip, Michael          1998 4     14:L 41:W 33:W 30:W 27:W  4:L
14 Song, Angela          1463 4     13:W 12:L 18:L 48:W 46:W 29:W
15 Suttor, Vincent       1816 4     54:D 42:W 23:W 10:L 29:D 26:W
16 Vandan, Erdenekhuyag  1966 4     36:W 32:D  9:D 27:L 45:W 30:W
17 Dekic, Biljana        2049 4     21:L 53:W 44:L 43:W 28:W 31:W
18 Dunn, Michael Gl      1847 3.5   41:W  2:L 14:W 11:D 19:L 34:W
19 Charles, Gareth       2021 3.5   40:W 46:W 10:D  5:L 18:W  6:L
20 Field, Andrew         1596 3.5   61:W 24:W  7:L  8:L 35:W 22:D
21 Schilter, David       1519 3.5   17:W  8:L 11:L 41:D 42:W 46:W
22 Kozeny, Pavel         2000 3.5   37:W 10:L 40:L 38:W 33:W 20:D
23 Cronan, James         1719 3.5   48:W  9:D 15:L 42:W 11:L 41:W
24 Hursky, Karel P       1950 3.5   43:W 20:L 37:W 28:D 40:W  5:L
25 Szeto, Jonathan            3.5   39:L 47:L 59:W 53:W 32:D 40:W
26 Bolens, Johny         2042 3     52:W 27:W 39:W  2:L  4:L 15:L
27 Mendes da Costa, Alex 1659 3     56:W 26:L 38:W 16:W 13:L 12:L
28 Keuning, Anthony V    1581 3      2:L 35:W 56:W 24:D 17:L 32:D
29 Peters, Duncan        1905 3     42:D 54:W 32:W  3:L 15:D 14:L
30 Redgrave, John        1739 3     51:W  5:L 43:W 13:L 44:W 16:L
31 Nicholson, Scott      1601 3     57:W  7:L 47:W  9:L 36:W 17:L
32 Arocha, Leandro       1608 3     58:W 16:D 29:L 40:D 25:D 28:D
33 Barakat, Martin       1571 3      1:L 49:W 13:L 51:W 22:L 47:W
34 Losh, Gary            1442 3      7:L 57:W  4:L 56:W 39:W 18:L
35 Tse, Jeffrey          1203 3      3:L 28:L 57:W 37:W 20:L 44:W
36 Hoving, Eliot         1395 3     16:L 58:W 46:W  6:L 31:L 49:W
37 Greenwood, Norman     1467 3     22:L 55:W 24:L 35:L 51:W 50:W
38 Illingworth, Max      1351 3      8:L 61:W 27:L 22:L 56:W 45:W
39 Watson, James         1601 2.5   25:W  6:W 26:L 12:L 34:L 43:D
40 Reid, Vaness          1495 2.5   19:L 48:W 22:W 32:D 24:L 25:L
41 Orme, Leon            1302 2.5   18:L 13:L 58:W 21:D 54:W 23:L
42 Harris, Benjamin      1361 2.5   29:D 15:L 54:W 23:L 21:L 53:W
43 Tracey, Michael J     1382 2.5   24:L 50:W 30:L 17:L 48:W 39:D
44 Escribano, Jose       1559 2     11:L 59:W 17:W  4:L 30:L 35:L
45 Huang, Justin         1546 2      5:L 51:W  6:L 49:W 16:L 38:L
46 Porter, Scott         1754 2     59:W 19:L 36:L 47:W 14:L 21:L
47 Art, Carl             1338 2     12:L 25:W 31:L 46:L 58:W 33:L
48 Webster, David        992  2     23:L 40:L 52:W 14:L 43:L 57:W
49 Sweeney, Matthew      1159 2     60:L 33:L 50:W 45:L 52:W 36:L
50 Storey, Emma               2      6:L 43:L 49:L 59:W 55:W 37:L
51 Eales, Jonathon       1021 2     30:L 45:L 61:W 33:L 37:L 58:W
52 Moore, Douglas        1510 2     26:L 56:L 48:L 57:W 49:L 54:W
53 Miranda, Adrian       1322 1.5    4:L 17:L 55:D 25:L 59:W 42:L
54 Hornibrook, John      1258 1.5   15:D 29:L 42:L 55:W 41:L 52:L
55 Adler, David               1.5   10:L 37:L 53:D 54:L 50:L 61:W
56 Talpade, Udit         793  1     27:L 52:W 28:L 34:L 38:L  0:L
57 Frerer, Samantha           1     31:L 34:L 35:L 52:L 61:W 48:L
58 Brenner, Perry             1     32:L 36:L 41:L 61:W 47:L 51:L
59 Reese, Peter          1079 1     46:L 44:L 25:L 50:L 53:L  0:W
60 Keast, Robert         1487 1     49:W  0:   0:   0:   0:   0: 
61 Zheng, Michael             0     20:L 38:L 51:L 58:L 57:L 55:L
62 Kresinger, Frank      1470 0      9:-  0:   0:   0:   0:   0: 

The event was one of a number of recent successes for George Xie, who also won the Fisher's Ghost Open tournament at Campbelltown Catholic Club ...

Leading scores, 7 rounds:
6.5 George Xie
5.5 Duncan Peters
Best junior: Jamie Boyce 4.5/7

and he won the NSWCA Rapid Play championship at St George Leagues Club (23 players, 9 rounds) scoring 8/9, well ahead of I. Eriksson and I. Zirdum on 6.5 points.

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Good sports rewarded

The Moncrieff Sport Achievement Awards were presented on Friday 28th November at the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame. Among the winners, Worongary State School Open Chess Team (Kelvin Finke 9, Sam Grigg 10, Jayden Fisher 11, Nathan Fisher 12) received a Commonwealth of Australia Sport Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in Chess. Signed by the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon Rod Kemp and officially presented by Steven Ciobo MP, Federal Member for Moncrieff.

Well done boys and we congratulate them as they are also representing Queensland at the 2003 National Primary Schools Chess Championships in Perth, January 2004. We wish them well and good luck!

- Raelene Grigg - Worongary State School Chess Club

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Knights & Bytes makes a move:

The Knights & Bytes Chess Shop and Coaching Venue has moved very much up-market to Torrensville - just 5 minutes from the city - a beautiful, bright venue with easy parking, air-conditioning and lots of shops - right next to Bus Stop 6 on Henley Beach Rd. It is managed by Alan Goldsmith with great assistance from IM Mark Chapman, Marie Coleman, Scott Colliver and Gordon Heitmann.

The Official Opening of the shop will be by Mrs Evelyn Koshnitsky BEM AM on Sunday 7th December 2003 at 2pm.

A special lightning tournament will be held from 2.30pm - 5pm with lots of prizes, as well as a simultaneous display by State Champion Srbo Zaric against all comers!

Come along and join in the fun, meet our fascinating chess community and, en passant, enjoy the drinks and nibbles.

And of course a big welcome to all interstate visitors - whenever you come to Adelaide pop in and say hello.

We are generally open:
Monday nights 7-9.30pm for an adult class
Tuesdays - Fridays 1pm-6pm
Saturdays 10-5pm

For more details, please contact Alan on 08 8443 7766 Mobile 0401 67 2481 or via
Knights & Bytes Pty Ltd
183 Henley Beach Rd
Torrensville SA 5031

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Unclaimed chess money A search of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission's website has revealed that a number of chess organisations have money owing to them - in some cases, hundreds of dollars. The money concerned has been forwarded to ASIC from financial institutions after lengthy inactivity, and can be reclaimed without charge.

Here are the results:
Blue Mountains Chess Club, $129.36 34 Walgett Street Katoomba
Bronte Rsl Chess Club, $429.93 16A Gardyne St Bronte NSW 2024
Burdekin Chess Club, $72.57 Not known
Campbelltown Chess Club, $23.83 21 Lilian Street Campbelltown
Chess Investment Club, $149.06 3/34 Genoa Street Surfers Paradise QLD
Chess Investments Pty Ltd, $1610.90 PO Box 453 Kingston ACT 2604
Cloncurry Chess Club, $59.46 C/o Bev Beale PO Cloncurry Qld
Cootamundra Chess Club, $21.96 51 Murray Street Cootamundra
Epping RSL Chess Club, $38.31 C/o Mr J.C. York 47 Surrey St Epping
Forest Chess Club, $8.72 15 Cobb Street Frenchs Forest NSW
Friend Of Chess, $518.08 42 Beaconsfield Pde Lindfield 2070
Goldsworthy, Chess Club $11.25 C/- Goldsworthy Post Office WA
King Island Chess Club, $17.97 C/- R Freeland Currie King Island
Mount Victoria Chess Club, $26.12 4/36 Sylvania Street Mt Victoria
Springwood Chess Club, $100.48 38 Lalor Dr. Springwood
Tasmanian Chess Association, $593.75 c/- Simon Browne, PO Box 982, BURNIE, TAS 7320
University of New England Chess Club, $37.74 C/o J Hadfield University of New England Armidale NSW
Wales Correspondence Chess Club, $661.18 C/-Mr P C Prior Exchange Centre Internat Sydney Office 0000
Willsmere Road Chess Club, $173.59 Willsmere Rd Kew 3101
Wittenoom Chess Club, $65.83 unknown

To recover the money, the relevant people should visit the ASIC website. Thanks to Peter Parr for the tip.

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Taree Spring GP: Final scores after 7 rounds:

7.0 James Watson 1595 5.5 Anthony Keuning 1575, Alan Tankel 1870 4.5 Lee Forace 1606, Vaness Reid 1492 4.0 Michael Weltner 1425, Esper Olesen 1522, Gilbert Clarke 1452 3.5 Milorad Lukic 1431, Eric Wilks 871, Victor Liuga 1755, Matthew Northover 627 3.0 Gary Losh 1432, David Mearns, Endel Lane 1372, Perry Brenner 3 2.0 Bruce Parr 890, Alex Momot 987 1.5 Aidan Muller

Congratulations to James for exceptionally good play! Vaness from Shellharbour showed excellent form and left behind some badly bruised players. Would be lovely to see her again. All Players enjoyed the weekend in Taree.

D.O.P. Lee Forace - Thank you! Regards to all - Endel Lane.

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Feldmans for Commonwealth Champs: Irina and Vladimir Feldman are Australia's official representatives for the Commonwealth Chess Championship in Mumbai, India, from 9-19 January 2004. More details at

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Wohl in Wijk: IM Alex Wohl's on 3/5 in the category 5 international in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands (10 players, 9 rounds).

IM A.Wohl 2379 (AUS) - IM Y.Afek 2376 (ISR) Round 1
1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.e4 Bg7 7.Be3 O-O 8.Be2 d6 9. O-O Bd7 10.f3 Qb6 11.Na4 Qa5 12.Nb5 Ne5 13.b4!? {If ...Qxb4 14.Bd2} 13...Qd8 14.Rc1 Bxb5 15.cxb5 Ned7 16.Qb3 Nb6?! 17.Nxb6 axb6 18.Rfd1 Nd7 19.f4 Qb8 20.e5! Rc8?! 21.Bc4 Kf8 ( 21...Rf8 22.e6 {or Bxf7+ and e6} ) 22.Bxf7 Rxc1 23.Bxc1 Qc8 24.Be6 Qe8 25.Qh3! 1-0

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Australian Clubs Teams Championship: At this stage we have penciled in the dates 27 Sept to 1 October 2004 for the second Australian Clubs Teams Championships, at the same venue, Rydges Oasis Resort, Caloundra. This is, of course, subject to ACF approval. Other clubs are encouraged to bid for the event.

The organisers of each of the six teams in the inaugural event have been asked for their comments, and are given below. Iím receiving a very strong indication that all of the six teams will return next year. Iíd be very keen to receive indications from any other clubs around Australia of probable/possible entries. Please contact Graeme Gardiner or 07 5522 7221 to register you interest for 2004.

Jenni Oliver (Belconnen): Initially I thought the teams event would be fun to go to as a one off event. I managed to scrounge up a team, but had no intention of doing it again next year.

However we all enjoyed it so much, that I am already canvassing members for next year. The atmosphere was great and very friendly and the level of play was good as well, so worth the money and time to take the kids to it.

I would have liked to have seen a little more mixing between the teams Ė at both dinners we tended to sit in state groupings. It would have been nice to have seen more mixing Ė perhaps even a seating plan which broke up the teams and allowed you to get to know the other people?

I know there were problems this year with the rugby teams, which resulted in us being spread over numerous hotels and hopefully that wonít happen again - I think it is essential to be in the same place.

I think the final solution with female members was a good one - you still have to have 3 females in the team, but they donít have to play all the time.

A comment that was made on the bulletin board that I promised to pass on to you, was that it would have been nice to have the results updated on a web site, so that people could follow the comp as it happened. I know how busy you were, but if this could be done, it would create more interest in the event.

I actually can't think of any criticisms - our problem with the board prize was solved satisfactorily and we are looking forward to next year's event.

Charles Zworestine (St George): The feedback from the St. George team was positive. The event is definitely worth continuing with.

The rule that was adopted about the use of the 3 females (they must play at least 12 out of the 15 games between them, and at least two of them must play in each match) was a good one, and should be used for any future such events and publicised well before the event. The rule about "strength order" was maybe a bit too vague, and should possibly be replaced by the following rule: "teams must play in ACF rating order, with a leeway of up to 100 points".

The schedule was perhaps too tight, over only 3 playing days: having a "rest morning" and then trying to motivate yourself to play chess on the same day was a bit of a problem for some. My suggestion would be to play the event over four or five days, with a full rest day, in future.

Jacob Edwards (Bullwinkle): Female Participation: I liked the 'minimum of 12 games' rule. However, I believe it was a major slight on the tournament's credibility to change the regulations at such late notice. The entry conditions very clearly indicated that each team would have to field three females in every round. If there was any confusion about this, it should have been queried much earlier than it was. Late rule-changes will always give an appearance of favouring some teams over others, and should therefore be strictly avoided.

Board Order: I think it would be useful to state some sort of policy in the playing conditions, rather than leave it up in the air until the night before the tournament. I also believe - with some vehemence - that a team should be able to play in rating order without being questioned. (Otherwise we should just scrap the rating system entirely, which should make for some interesting debates when it comes to selecting the Olympiad team!) For future years, I recommend that teams have to submit to a 'judgement by peers' only if they're trying to play out of rating order.

Board Prizes: For Aiden Lloyd to play all five games on board eight (scoring 4Ĺ), and then be awarded the board nine prize, hmm... I can't off the top of my head come up with a better way to do things, but for that to happen suggests that there needs to be some sort of re-thinking.

Venue: I thought that the RSL club offered a clearly superior venue than Rydges. More spacious, nicer view, better toilets.

These, of course, are relatively minor issues. The event was pretty much ideal - combining competitive chess with a laid-back feel - and Club Bullwinkle is keen to make a reappearance next year.

Bob Goodwin (Suncoast): Hi Graeme. We were very pleased with the event (even though we came in last!). I guess having it in our own "backyard" makes it more appealing from a Suncoast Chess Club point of view.

The venue was good and I guess most suitable to those who were residing nearby. Personally I preferred the Power Boat Club, but I accept that Rydges would be more appropriate for most & if we're after discounts etc from them we need to use their facilities.

It would be good if the rules could be clear prior to the event regarding male / female players etc (I thought they were, but my interpretation was obviously incorrect!).

If more teams enter in future an extra day may be needed to conduct all the rounds and functions, although I guess there is some room for flexibility on the time controls.

The social events provided an opportunity to chat and mingle. This is something not seen at most weekenders and was very positive.

Overall, most I have spoken with believe it is a worthwhile addition to the chess calendar and many thanks for your efforts in getting it up and away.

Kerry Stead (Sydney Uni): I thought the event was fantastic (I suppose its easy to say that when you are on the winning team, but regardless of the outcome I think the team would have had glowing praise for the event)!

The accommodation was first-class (we were in Sails across the road from the Rydges Oasis), and the venue was also very good. Personally I preferred the extra space of the room at the Powerboat Club, but by the same token there was additional travelling involved in getting to the venue. The venue at the Rydges however was more than suitable.

The facilities at the Oasis were great - played a bit of tennis and there was plenty of other things to do there if I was so inclined.

The tournament itself was excellent. There were only minor organisational difficulties and problems (the two main ones being the rules regarding female players and the scoring system [whether to go on sum of individual scores, sum of team scores or a combination of the two]), and they did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the event.

All the teams seemed to enjoy themselves, and it was good to get to a tournament that had a significant focus on the social side of things - in particular the welcome drinks, presentation dinner and the Bullwinkle 'afterparty', although the general team atmosphere of the event helped greatly in giving the event a pleasant feel.

Caloundra is a nice place to hold such an event - for the most part it had great weather (the tropical downpour during the last round being the exception), and it was a good way to combine a chess event with a holiday.

I have to thanks Graeme Gardiner and Kerry Corker for their fantastic efforts in putting the event together, as well as everyone else who helped with other aspects (such as the Mowles' with the trophies).

I'll be making every effort to try and get the same team together for next year's event!

-- Graeme Gardiner

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Chess badges/pins sought: Dear chessplayers, we are a group of collectors (Canary Islands - Spain) of metal badges and pins from national chess federations. The reason for this e-mail is for to ask you if you could sent us 14 badges/pins of your chess national federation. It is very difficult for us to get the metal badges of your chess national federation from here. If there is somebody near you who collects badges let him know about us. we have not any chess national federation badges, so we can change metal badges/pins with him. We wish the best success for your chess national federation in this years 2003 - 2004, thanking you in advance and awaiting your answer, Yours faithfully for the circulo de intercambio canario de insignias-pins deportivas the president: Javier Gonzalez

Can anyone help? - Ed

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Nominations for ACF medals are due now! Don't forget. For full details, see ACF Bulletin 243

- Koshnitsky medal: Monday 15 December 2003
- Steiner medal: Friday 2 January 2004

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Checks in the mail ...

Senior International Master Tim Runting (Brisbane) and Australian Email Champion Stephen Kerr (Sydney) are Australia's two representatives in the Cecil Purdy Jubilee International email tournament, staged in rememberance of Cecil Purdy of Sydney who won the 1st World Correspondence Chess Championship 50 years ago. Fifteen invited players from 12 countries, including former World Correspondence Champion GM Dr. Fritz Baumbach, will compete in this high level category 12 (average rating 2526) grandmaster tournament. - Peter Parr

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Solution next week

Last Week's Solution:

Solution: 1.Rd6  (Threat 2.Nc4)
1...Kxd6	2.Qxc7		2.Qg7
1...cb		2.Qe7
1...Bxd6	2.Qa1
1...dc		2.R2d5
1...Qe4	2.Nf7
1...f3		2.Bg3

Comments: Threat and 7 variations. Sacrificial key allows a flight-capture. (I used a previous problem as a base, improved the key and added more variations)

Contributions are most welcome to this section!

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World news

Shredder beats Fritz in playoff

Graz, Austria: Shredder won a 2-game playoff against Fritz 1.5-0.5 to claim the title of world computer champion.

View Playoff Games

Earlier there was some sensational news as the program "List" was disqualified. Organisers had claimed it was improperly based on the program Crafty. The developer refused to supply the source code for the program, and it was disqualified after round 8.

There were some early upsets in the tournament with both Fritz and Junior bested by lesser lights. The strong performance of Brutus was quite notable.

Final Scores, 11 rounds:

9.5 Shredder, Fritz (playoff: Shredder 1.5-Fritz 0.5)
9.0 Junior
8.5 Brutus
6.0 Green Light, Diep
5.0 Chinito, Chess Parsos
4.5 Quark, Falcon, Deep Sjeng
4.0 Jonny
3.5 Nexus
2.5 HossA
2.0 Ruy-Lopez

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Santo Domingo Open

Players include Nisipeanu, Khenkin, Moiseenko, Alekseev, Bruzon, Ehlvest, Luther, Milov, Stefansson, Nakamura, Kiriakov, Socko, Delgado and Zarnicki

Leading scores after 3 rounds:
3.0 Moiseenko, Nakamura, Alekseev, Nisipeanu, Kiriakov, Socko, Zarnicki, Milov, Dominguez, Campora, Stefansson, Delgado
2.5 Ehlvest, Ramirez, De Vreugt, Molander, Luther, Kallio, Zapata, Bruzon, Velez, Lugo

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Topalov wins Benidorm Rapid

This strong rapid tournament in Benidorm, Spain, began sensationally with the withdrawal/disqualification of former world champion Anatoly Karpov. Complaining that his plane had arrived late, Karpov sought a postponement of his first round game against Radjabov, but the young GM refused. Then Karpov failed to turn up for his second round against Judit Polgar, and was disqualified. Apparently Karpov has a reputation for such things.

Topalov was a convincing victor, followed closely by rapid demon Anand, but the youngsters also did well.

Final Scores, 9 rounds:
7.0 Topalov
6.5 Anand, Radjabov
6.0 Vallejo Pons
5.0 Karjakin
4.5 Hillarp Persson, Azmaiparashvili, Mamedyarov
4.0 Graf, Polgar
2.5 Romero Holmes

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[Event "Hotel Bali Stars"]
[Site "Benidorm ESP"]
[Date "2003.11.27"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Anand, V"]
[Black "Mamedyarov, S"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2766"]
[BlackElo "2595"]
[ECO "C42"]
[EventDate "2003.11.27"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.O-O O-O 8.Re1 
Re8 9.c4 c6 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Rxe1+ 12.Qxe1 h6 13.c5 Bc7 14.Nh4!? Bxh2+
    ( 14...Qxh4?? 15.Qe8# )
15.Kxh2 Qxh4+ 16.Kg1 Qd8 17.Qe3 b6 18.Qg3 Kh8 19.Qh2 Qf8 20.Bf4 Nd7 21.Re1
Nf6 22.Bd6 Qg8 23.f3 Be6 24.Be5 Qd8 25.g4 Kg8 26.g5! 


26...Nd7 ( 26...hxg5 27.Bxf6 Qxf6 ( 27...gxf6 28.Qh7+ Kf8 29.Rxe6!! fxe6 30.Bg6 Qe7 31.Qh8# ) 28.Qh7+ Kf8 29.Qh8+ +- ) 27.Bf4 ( 27.gxh6 Nxe5 ( 27...Qg5+ 28.Kh1 ( 28.Kf1 Nxe5 ( 28...Qxh6! ) 29.Rxe5 Qxh6 30.Rh5 Qc1+ 31.Kf2 Qd2+ 32.Be2 +- ) 28...Qxh6 ) 28.hxg7 ( 28.Rxe5 +- g6 ) 28...Nxf3+ ) 27...Nf8 28.gxh6 g6 29.Qg3 Kh7 30.Bc7 Qf6 31.Be5 Qe7 32.f4 f5 33.Bd6 Qf7 34.Qg5 Re8 35.a4 Nd7 36.Rb1 Kg8 37.Qh4 Kh7 38.Ba6 bxc5 39.dxc5 Qf6 40.Qxf6 Nxf6 41.Be5 Ne4 42.Bd4 Re7 43.Rb2 Rf7 44.Bd3 Re7 45.a5 g5 46.fxg5 Nxg5 47. Bf6 Nf3+ 48.Kf2 Rf7 49.Kxf3 Rxf6 50.Rb7+ Kxh6 51.Rxa7 Kg5 52.Rg7+ Rg6 53. Rxg6+ Kxg6 54.Kf4 Kf6 ( 54...Kf6 55.a6 Bc8 56.a7 Bb7 57.Ba6! Ba8 58.Bc8 Ke7 59.Kxf5 Kd8 60. Ba6 Ke7 61.Ke5 Kd7 62.Kf6 Kd8 63.Ke6 Kc7 64.Ke7 Bb7 65.Bxb7 Kxb7 66. Kd7 Kxa7 67.Kxc6 +- ) 1-0

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Upcoming tournaments

Tuggeranong Vikings Chess Weekender
December 6-7
Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union and Amateur Sports Club
Ricardo St, Wanniassa , A.C.T
Grand Prix Class 1 event
Prizes: 1st: $350 guaranteed
U/1800: $100
Junior: $100 
Entry fees: Standard $40; Concessions $30; Juniors $20
Entries accepted until 9:10 am on Saturday 6 December 2003.
Round times: Saturday - 9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm
Sunday - 9:30am, 12:30pm, 2.45pm 
Enquiries: Michael Whitely (02) 62929937
DOP: Charles Zworestine 
Time limits: Each players starts with 60 minutes. After one player has used 
all of the initial time allocation both players receive an extra 10 seconds 
per move. A player whose time expires loses. Digital clocks will be used.

Sponsored by the Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union and Amateur Sports 

A junior is a player under 18 at 6 December 2003 (born 7 December 1985 
or later). The December 2003 rating list will be used for prizes and pairings. 
Meals are available at the venue.

Fairfield RSL Memorial Club Summer Cup
14 Anzac Ave Fairfield (next to Railway Station) NSW 2165
December 13-14 
9am - 6pm  Saturday and Sunday
Cat 3 Grand Prix Event (all games rated)
Entry Fees:  $50/$40 Pensioner/Student/
$30 Junior U18/$25 Junior U15 
Fairfield RSL Chess Club Members $10 Discount 
Entry fee to be paid in cash only at 9am Saturday 13th Dec 
Entries Limited to the first 80  
Round Times Saturday/Sunday 9:30am/12.00pm/14.30pm
Presentation Sunday 17:00pm   
PRIZE POOL = $2500*  1st $800    2nd $400     3rd $200 plus 
Best in Divisions A, B, C, D 
Best Fairfield Chess Club Member 
Best Junior U18 years Juniors U15 years 1st - 4th 
Lucky door prize
All Places will be determined by tie break (based on 60 entries) 
Players only eligible for a single prize (**except door prize) 
Players must be present at presentation to claim prize  
DOP: Robert Keast  (on behalf of the Fairfield RSL Chess Club)   
Enquiries/  (ph:0417-497-258) 

4th annual Laurieton Christmas Chess Tournament - Year 2003
Sunday, 14 December
10:00 am Start   ~   7  Rounds  ~  G/20 per Player
Venue: Laurieton Services Club  ~  Seymour Street
Games Rated ~ Cash Prizes subject to entries
The decision of Tournament Directors is final in this matter
Primary & High School Students most Welcome!
Entry Fees: $ 10 Seniors  ~  $ 4 under 18 years
Free Refreshments. Club Bistro open for Lunch
Contact: Endel  6559 9060 
This 'Day of Chess' is generously sponsored by the LUSC

Saturday/Sunday, 20th & 21st December 
Chess World Tournament Centre, 758 North Rd, Ormond. (Melway 68 H9)
7 Round Swiss You may elect to NOT play in any one round and receive 
a half-point bye. This must be requested prior to the start of Round 1.
Round Times: (Sat 10am, 1pm, 4pm, & 7pm, Sun 11am, 2pm, 5pm) 
60 minutes + 10 seconds per move 
Entry fees: FREE Entry for GMís & IMís
$70 Full $55 Concession & Juniors $44
Payment accepted by cash, cheque or credit card. 
Phone 9576-8177 to enter over the phone. 
Maximum 50 Players 
IM Sandler, FM Depasquale, Bjelobrk are confirmed entries already. 
All players will be entered into a single Swiss Tournament. 
Rating Group B prizes will only be awarded to the 20 lowest seeded players 
in the event. Rating Group A prizes will only be awarded to the next 20 
lowest seeded players. 
Prizes: $400, $200, $100; Rating Group A $150, $75; Rating Group B $150, $75
Plus Junior Prizes.
Enter to:
Phone: (03) 9576 8177

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Chess World Grand Prix
Co-ordinator:  ChessWorld/David Cordover
0411 877 833

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

Fairfield Summer Cup
Category 3
December 13-14
Fairfield RSL Memorial Club - Fairfield
Contact: Robert Keast - 0417 497 258

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

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