ACF Bulletin

#246, December 22, 2003 ... Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!
In this issue: Fairfield Summer Cup | Laurieton Christmas Chess | Correspondence Chess News | Aust Junior | NECG Junior Chess Squad | ACF Medals | World News | Games | 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.
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Fairfield Summer Cup 2003: Rogers was the predictable winner but the juniors made a fine showing:

No Name                  Feder Total  1    2    3    4    5    6  

1  Rogers, Ian           NSW   5.5   30:W 13:W 20:W  4:W  7:W  2:D
2  Xie, George           NSW   5     47:W 40:W 12:W 14:D  9:W  1:D
3  Thaw, Chee Yin        OS    5     70:W 39:W 31:D 11:W  8:W  5:D
4  Tan, Justin           NSW   5     45:W 18:W 38:W  1:L 15:W 13:W
5  Song, Angela          NSW   5     16:D 73:W 52:W 10:W 14:W  3:D
6  Kabir, Ruhul          NSW   5     43:W 32:W 15:L 42:W 24:W 17:W
7  Zhao, Zong-Yuan       NSW   4.5   34:W 19:W 17:W 15:W  1:L 11:D
8  Song, Raymond         NSW   4.5   83:W 28:W  9:D 27:W  3:L 29:W
9  Yu, Ronald            NSW   4.5   56:W 46:W  8:D 31:W  2:L 27:W
10 Capilitan, Romeo      F     4.5   48:W 54:W 27:D  5:L 18:W 32:W
11 Gerdell, Frank        GER   4.5   63:W 41:W 36:W  3:L 38:W  7:D
12 Zvedeniouk, Ilia      NSW   4.5   86:W 75:W  2:L 41:W 22:D 28:W
13 Lubarsky, Kostia      NSW   4     58:W  1:L 43:W 25:W 21:W  4:L
14 Charles, Gareth       NSW   4     53:W 25:W 42:W  2:D  5:L 19:D
15 Peters, Duncan        NSW   4     44:W 68:W  6:W  7:L  4:L 46:W
16 Agulto, Edgardo       F     4      5:D 87:W 28:L 36:W 34:W 22:D
17 Oendy, Oscar          NSW   4     67:W 33:W  7:L 49:W 37:W  6:L
18 Bautista, Elpidio     F     4     88:W  4:L 55:W 20:W 10:L 37:W
19 Yap, Aaron            NSW   4     61:W  7:L 45:W 28:D 53:W 14:D
20 Lip, Michael          NSW   4     72:W 60:W  1:L 18:L 36:W 41:W
21 Stead, Kerry          NSW   4     37:W 27:L 79:W 39:W 13:L 40:W
22 Moylan, Laura A       ACT   4     57:W 36:L 67:W 52:W 12:D 16:D
23 Huynh, Arthur         NSW   4     77:L 50:W 29:L 44:W 51:W 38:W
24 Castor, David         NSW   4     52:L 69:W 47:W 40:W  6:L 39:W
25 Bristina, Husein      NSW   4     65:W 14:L 70:W 13:L 71:W 49:W
26 Xie, Ken              NSW   4     69:W 52:L 68:W 37:L 67:W 45:W
27 Jurd, Sebastian       NSW   3.5   66:W 21:W 10:D  8:L 31:W  9:L
28 Rej, Tomek            NSW   3.5   71:W  8:L 16:W 19:D 33:W 12:L
29 Bolens, Johny         NSW   3.5   36:L 57:W 23:W 33:D 30:W  8:L
30 Trkulja, Slavko       NSW   3.5    1:L 58:W 77:D 35:W 29:L 53:W
31 Harp, Joel            NSW   3.5   80:W 82:W  3:D  9:L 27:L 43:W
32 Cronan, James         NSW   3.5   84:W  6:L 53:D 56:W 54:W 10:L
33 Watson, James         NSW   3.5   64:W 17:L 72:W 29:D 28:L 58:W
34 Huang, Justin         F     3.5    7:L 61:W 56:D 78:W 16:L 59:W
35 Raham, Akeel          NSW   3.5   55:L 74:W 54:D 30:L 69:W 56:W
36 Greenwood, Norman     NSW   3     29:W 22:W 11:L 16:L 20:L 69:W
37 Wu, Edwin             F     3     21:L 66:W 60:W 26:W 17:L 18:L
38 Chan, Jason           NSW   3     74:W 55:W  4:L 46:W 11:L 23:L
39 Savelieff, Geoffrey   F     3     76:W  3:L 48:W 21:L 57:W 24:L
40 Porter, Scott         NSW   3     62:W  2:L 82:W 24:L 48:W 21:L
41 Mendes da Costa, Alex NSW   3     78:W 11:L 71:W 12:L 55:W 20:L
42 Pilja, Djuro          NSW   3     50:W 77:W 14:L  6:L 45:L 54:W
43 Huang, Jim            F     3      6:L 84:W 13:L 74:W 52:W 31:L
44 Orme, Leon            VIC   3     15:L 51:W 49:L 23:L 73:W 67:W
45 Hvistendahl, Robert   QLD   3      4:L 88:W 19:L 82:W 42:W 26:L
46 Huddleston, Heather   NSW   3     85:W  9:L 75:W 38:L 50:W 15:L
47 Chan, Andrew                3      2:L 62:W 24:L 57:L 86:W 72:W
48 Miranda, Adrian       NSW   3     10:L 59:W 39:L 79:W 40:L 68:W
49 Katnic, Eddy          NSW   3     82:L 80:W 44:W 17:L 72:W 25:L
50 To, Anthony           NSW   3     42:L 23:L 88:W 68:W 46:L 70:W
51 Sabodri, Farshid      F     3     68:L 44:L 89:W 70:W 23:L 71:W
52 Guillen, Francis      F     2.5   24:W 26:W  5:L 22:L 43:L 60:D
53 Losh, Gary            NSW   2.5   14:L 65:W 32:D 60:W 19:L 30:L
54 Keuning, Anthony V    NSW   2.5   59:W 10:L 35:D 77:W 32:L 42:L
55 Kresinger, Frank      NSW   2.5   35:W 38:L 18:L 75:W 41:L 57:D
56 Hoving, Eliot         NSW   2.5    9:L 85:W 34:D 32:L 77:W 35:L
57 Xu, William           NSW   2.5   22:L 29:L 83:W 47:W 39:L 55:D
58 Lam, David            NSW   2.5   13:L 30:L 59:D 81:W 78:W 33:L
59 Han, Jeremy           F     2.5   54:L 48:L 58:D 83:W 62:W 34:L
60 Nicholson, Scott      NSW   2.5   81:W 20:L 37:L 53:L 74:W 52:D
61 Abustan, Timoteo      F     2.5   19:L 34:L 64:L 76:W 79:D 77:W
62 Nguyen, Andrew        F     2.5   40:L 47:L 81:D 73:W 59:L 78:W
63 Tubic, Luka           F     2.5   11:L 78:D 73:D 69:L 84:W 65:D
64 Han, Joshua           F     2.5   33:L 67:L 61:W 71:L 80:D 79:W
65 Storey, Emma                2.5   25:L 53:L 86:L 85:W 88:W 63:D
66 Mendigorin, Dennis    NSW   2.5   27:L 37:L 84:L 88:D 81:W 80:W
67 Illingworth, Max      NSW   2     17:L 64:W 22:L 86:W 26:L 44:L
68 Villanueva, Anthony   NSW   2     51:W 15:L 26:L 50:L 82:W 48:L
69 Reese, Peter          NSW   2     26:L 24:L 85:W 63:W 35:L 36:L
70 Wolf, Ludwig          NSW   2      3:L 76:W 25:L 51:L 75:W 50:L
71 Reid, Vaness          NSW   2     28:L 83:W 41:L 64:W 25:L 51:L
72 Nguyen, Joseph        NSW   2     20:L 81:W 33:L 84:W 49:L 47:L
73 Ng, Deborah           NSW   2     87:D  5:L 63:D 62:L 44:L 86:W
74 Soltysik, Adelaide    NSW   2     38:L 35:L 76:W 43:L 60:L 82:W
75 Boyce, Jamie                2     79:W 12:L 46:L 55:L 70:L 84:W
76 Nguyen, Vincent       NSW   2     39:L 70:L 74:L 61:L 83:W 85:W
77 Yi, Socheath          NSW   1.5   23:W 42:L 30:D 54:L 56:L 61:L
78 Priest, Tim           NSW   1.5   41:L 63:D 80:W 34:L 58:L 62:L
79 Arocha, Leandro       NSW   1.5   75:L 86:W 21:L 48:L 61:D 64:L
80 Sweeney, Matthew      NSW   1.5   31:L 49:L 78:L 89:+ 64:D 66:L
81 Frerer, Samantha      NSW   1.5   60:L 72:L 62:D 58:L 66:L 88:W
82 Priest, Stephen             1     49:W 31:L 40:L 45:L 68:L 74:L
83 Hoving, Marijke       NSW   1      8:L 71:L 57:L 59:L 76:L  0:W
84 Accola, Bernie        NSW   1     32:L 43:L 66:W 72:L 63:L 75:L
85 Franic, Mathew        NSW   1     46:L 56:L 69:L 65:L  0:W 76:L
86 Parker, Trent         NSW   1     12:L 79:L 65:W 67:L 47:L 73:L
87 Forace, Lee           ACT   .5    73:D 16:L  0:L  0:L  0:L  0:L
88 Nguyen, Dominic       NSW   .5    18:L 45:L 50:L 66:D 65:L 81:L
89 Baba, John            NSW   0      0:   0:  51:L 80:-  0:L  0:L
by Swiss Perfect (TM)

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Laurieton Christmas Chess: 25 players competed in our 4th annual "Christmas Chess". 1st Place to unrated player Esterbauer, Edmund from Armidale with 6/7 2nd to Todoroski, Naum (1597) from Bathurst 5.5, followed by equal 3rd: Lukic, Milorad (1624), Northover, Shane (1031), Weltner, Michael (1445), Fajks, Robert (513) 5, 7. Lane, Endel (1423) 4.5, 8= Northover, Matthew (1145), Wells, Leslie (854), Paterson, Keith (1336 Prov.), Riordan, Simon (879), Parr, Bruce (952), Mearns, David (u/r) 4, 14= Scaife, Jeff (u/r), Momot, Alex (1093), 16= McArthur, Logan (793), Faruqi, Osman (3g), Peters, Michael (518), Fajks, Thomas (260), Brislane, Mitchell (u/r), Wells, Richard (2g), Spradbrow, James (u/r) 3, 23. Brown, Joshua (380) 2, 24= Brown, Elischa, McAllister, Scott 0.5.
Trophies to Young Achievers: Logan McArthur, Shane Northover, Matthew Northover and Thomas Fajks.
Special Trophy and Certificate of Appreciation was presented to: Bruce Parr for his contribution to Mid North Coast Chess. Since June 1999 Bruce has competed in 36 Mid North Coast Open events. Great effort for a player travelling from Newcastle. Happy Christmas and New Year from Laurieton Chess Club

- Endel Lane.

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Correspondence chess news: Tim Runting ( has been appointed President of the Correspondence Chess League of Australia, replacing Maurice Newman, who was recently admitted to hospital. A strong player, Tim has been been involved with CC for 30 years and was a council member for 21 years. He also held the position of International Secretary for a couple of years. In other news, Bruce Oates has resigned as CCLA webmaster, to be replaced by Clive Murden ( Clive has experience installing web servers since 1993, and has programmed and designed websites, e-commerce and search engine facilities. Check out the website at

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Australian Junior Championships 2004:
Hale School, Perth (14th January – 25th January 2004)
The Chess Association of WA would like to remind players that the closing date for entries is Friday 19th December 2003. Late entries, if accepted by JCC will incur a 50% penalty increase. No entries will be accepted after Monday 5th January.
To obtain full details plus the entry form for the Australian Junior Championships and details of the Australian Schools Teams Championship (12th and 13th January 2004), please visit the following website:

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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 Australia’s 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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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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World news

imagePamplona begins: A major event featuring some well-established GMs and some young stars: Illescas Cordoba, Karjakin, Sutovsky, McShane, Romero Holmes, Bologan, Nakamura and Pelletier.
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imageGurevich leads Belfort: A strong little event being held at the Grand Hôtel du Tonneau d'Or in France. Scores after 6 rounds: Gurevich, Fressinet 4.5; Bauer, Tregubov 3.0; Hamdouchi, Le Roux 1.5; .
Official site | View games

image Quezada surprise in XVI Carlos Torre Memorial: This Mexican event involved a swiss tournament followed by a knockout event involving some additional players: Dreev, Gelfand, Filippov and Nisipeanu. IM Yuniesky Quezada (Cub) 2475 was the surprise winner
Swiss leading scores after six rounds: Milov 5.5; Luther, Gonzalez, Ramirez, Quesada, Zapata, Aldama, Simutowe 4.5; Hernandez, Gonzalez, Perez, Hernandez R, Espinosa, Martin Del Campo, Garmendez, Russek, Garcia, Hernandez A, Dominguez 4.0.
Knockouts round 1: Dreev 0.5-1.5 Espinosa; González 2.5-3.5 Zapata; Filippov 2-0 Pérez; Milov 0-2 Simutowe; Gelfand 1.5-0.5 Hernandez; Ramírez 0.5-1.5 Aldama; Nisipeanu 3-1 R Hernández; Luther 2-3 Quesada; Round 2: Zapata 1.5-0.5 Espinosa; Filippov 1.5-0.5 Simutowe; Gelfand 2-0 Aldama; Nisipeanu 2-3 Quesada. Round 3: Filippov 1.5-0.5 Zapata; Gelfand 0.5-1.5 Quesada.
Final: Filippov 0.5-1.5 Quezada
Official site | View swiss games | Knockout games

imageGanguly wins Indian Champs: After leading for much of the event the Indian GM won on countback from Sandipan. Final Scores after 23 rounds: Ganguly, Sandipan 17.5; Harikrishna 17.0; Kunte, Barua, Koneru 15.0; Bakre 14.0; Neelotpal, Sundararajan 13.5; Ramesh 13.0; Roy Chowdhury 12.0; Venkatesh 11.5; Thipsay 11.0; Roktim, Prathamesh 10.5; Satyapragyan 9.5; Sareen, Singh 9.0; Das, Suvrajit 8.5; Ravi, Sriram 8.0; Hariharan, Srinivasa Rao 4.5. Official site | View games

image Association of Chess Professionals elections: This group - formed to fight for better conditions for players - has been bolstered with the election of world champion Vladimir Kramnik to its board. Seven men and two women were chosen: J.Lautier (France) 94 votes; P.Tregubov (Russia) 72 votes; V.Kramnik (Russia) 59 votes; B.Macieja (Poland) 57 votes; V.Bologan (Moldova) 50 votes; A.Baburin (Ireland) 42 votes; I.Glek (Germany) 41 votes; A.Skripchenko (France) 104 votes and S.Matveeva (Russia) 65 votes.

imageLittle Sweden Festival: This event was held in Lindsborg, Kansas in the United States. The connection with Sweden dates back to 1869 when immigrants began settling in the region. Apparently Swedish GM Ulf Andersson was invited but didn't play. Final scores: Karpov 3.5; Onischuk 3.0; Donaldson, Shulman 2.5; Morovic Fernandez 2.0; Charbonneau 1.5. Next up, players including Agrest, Atalik, Baburin, Blatny and Yermolinsky will contest a 9 round swiss. Official site | View games

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[Event "6th Masters"]
[Site "Belfort FRA"]
[Date "2003.12.18"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Gurevich, M"]
[Black "Hamdouchi, H"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2656"]
[BlackElo "2588"]
[ECO "D56"]
[EventDate "2003.12.15"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 O-O 7.e3 Ne4 8.Bxe7 
Qxe7 9.Rc1 c6 10.Bd3 Nxc3 11.Rxc3 Nd7 12.Qc2 dxc4 13.Bxc4 e5 14.O-O Re8 
15.d5 e4 
    {looks dubious to me}
16.Nd4 c5?! 17.Nb5 Qe5 18.d6 Rf8 19.Rd1 Nf6 20.Bxf7+!! 
    {An amazing combination}

20...Rxf7 21.Rxc5 Qe8 22.Nc7 Rxc7 23.dxc7 {White has rook and two pawns for two pieces, but the c7 pawn is a killer} 23...Kh7 ( 23...Bg4 24.Qb3+ ( 24.Rd6!? ) 24...Kh7 25.Qxb7! Bxd1 26.Qxa8 Qxa8 27.c8=Q Qxc8 28.Rxc8 {is better for white} ) 24.Rd8 Qe6 25.Qc4 Qe7 26.Qd4 Qf7 27.a3 Qg6 28.Qd6 Qg4 29.h3 Qe2 30.Rxc8!! Rxc8 31.Qd8 Ng8 ( 31...Qe1+ 32.Kh2 Qxf2 33.Qxc8 Qxe3 34.Qf5+ +- ) 32.Rf5 ( 32.Qxc8?? Qd1+! 33.Kh2 Qd6+ 34.g3 Qxc5 35.Qd8 Ne7 36.Qxe7! Qxe7 37. c8=Q {isn't so good} ) 32...Ne7 33.Qxe7 Qxb2 34.Rf7 Kg8 35.g3 1-0 [Event "6th Masters"] [Site "Belfort FRA"] [Date "2003.12.20"] [Round "6"] [White "Tregubov, P"] [Black "Hamdouchi, H"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2635"] [BlackElo "2588"] [ECO "D37"] [EventDate "2003.12.15"] 1.d4 e6 2.c4 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.a3 Nc6 9.Qc2 Qa5 10.Rd1 Ne4 11.cxd5 exd5 12.Rxd5 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Qxa3 14.Bc4! Be7 15.O-O Be6 16.Rh5! g6 17.Bxe6! gxh5 18.Ba2! {Preparing Bb1 which is stronger than merely Bf5}

18...Kg7 19.Bb1 f5 20.Nd4 Nxd4 21.exd4 {White has a passed pawn and a dangerous attack for the exchange} 21...Bd6 22.Bc1 Qa6 23.Qd1 Bc7 24.Qxh5 Qg6 25.Qf3 Kh8 26.c4 Rae8 27.Bb2 h5 28.h3 Rf7 29.Rd1 Rfe7 30.Bc3 Rf7 31.c5 Kh7 32.Bc2 Qg5 33.Bb3 Rg7 34.Bc2 Kh6 35.d5 Be5 36.Bxe5 Rxe5 37.d6! {Heading for a touchdown} 37...Rxc5 38.d7 Rg8 39.Rd6+ Kh7 40.Qxb7 Rxc2 1-0 [Event "It"] [Site "Pamplona ESP"] [Date "2003.12.20"] [Round "1"] [White "Sutovsky, E"] [Black "Nakamura, H"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2646"] [BlackElo "2565"] [ECO "B30"] [EventDate "2003.12.20"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.Bxc6!? {White adopts a strategy similar to Nimzowitch's original Nimzo-Indian plan: double black's pawns, place white's pawns on white squares, and contain and restrict black's possibilities. It's more effective than it looks. But matters take a different turn in this game, with tactics predominating} 4...bxc6 5.b3 d5 6.Qe2!? {Protecting the e-pawn while delaying ...Ba6. } ( 6.d3 dxe4 7.dxe4 Qxd1+ 8.Kxd1 c4!? {is one way of dealing with the yucky pawns - a sacrifice inspired by Alekhine, I believe} ) 6...Ne7 7.Ba3!? Ng6 ( 7...Qa5!? {exploits the exposed Ba3} ) 8.O-O Qa5 9.Bb2 Bd6!? {An interesting pawn offer. White accepts the challenge} 10.Bxg7!? Nf4 11.Qe3 Rg8 12.e5! {The start of a remarkable tactical sequence} 12...Nxg2!? {Selling its life dearly}

( 12...Rxg7 13.Qxf4 +/- ) ( 12...Bxe5 13.Qxe5 +- ) 13.Qh6! {A surprise (at least to me!) which leaves black in big trouble. The Ng2 is trapped and Qh7 is a dangerous threat} 13...Ne1!? {Surprise follows surprise!} ( 13...Bf8!? 14.Bxf8 Ne3+ 15.Bg7 Nxf1 16.Qxh7 Rxg7+ 17.Qxg7 {and the Nf1 is still trapped!} ) 14.exd6! ( 14.Nxe1 Bxe5 ) ( 14.Rxe1 Bf8 ) 14...Nxf3+ 15.Kh1 Ba6 16.d3 Qd8 {Black prepares to evacuate the Nf3 via h4} ( 16...O-O-O!? 17.Qxh7 ( 17.Bf6 Rde8 18.Qxh7 {looks strong} ) ) 17.Nd2!? ( 17.Qxh7 Kd7 {is also possible} ) 17...Nxd2 18.Rg1 Qxd6 ( 18...Nf3 19.Bf6!! Rxg1+ 20.Rxg1 Qxd6 21.Rg8+ Kd7 22.Rxa8 +- ) 19.Qxd2 O-O-O 20.Qh6! {Again! White threatens Qh7 followed by the long term advance of the h-pawn} 20...Bb7 21.Bf6 Rxg1+ 22.Rxg1 Re8 23.Qxh7 Qf4? 24.Rg8!! {Now it's all over} ( 24.Qxf7?? Qf3+ 25.Rg2 Qd1+ 26.Rg1 Qf3+ = )

24...Qxf6 ( 24...Rxg8 25.Qxg8+ Kd7 26.Qd8# ) 25.Rxe8+ Kd7 26.Rg8 Qxf2 27.Qh3 c4 28.Qg2 Qf4 29.Rg3 Qc1+ 30.Qg1 Qxc2 31. Qxa7 Qd1+ 32.Kg2 Qe2+ 33.Qf2 cxd3 34.Qxe2 dxe2 35.Kf2 d4 36.h4! {The triumphant advance} 36...c5 37.h5 Be4 38.Kxe2 e5 39.h6 {The threat of h7 now precludes ...f5} 39...Kc6 40.a4 {Black's running out of moves, since ...d3 is met simply by Rxd3} 1-0 [Event "It"] [Site "Pamplona ESP"] [Date "2003.12.20"] [Round "1"] [White "Bologan, V"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2673"] [BlackElo "2562"] [ECO "B90"] [EventDate "2003.12.20"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.a4 Be7 11.Be2 Rc8 12.O-O O-O 13.Rfd1 Nb6 14.a5 Nc4 15.Bxc4 Rxc4 16.Qd3 Qc8 17.Nd2 Rc6 18.Nf1 Nd7 19.Bf2 Bg5 20.Ne3 h4 21.Ned5 h3 22. g3 Re8 23.Nb4?? {A terrible blunder which costs the queen}

23...Bc4! 24.Nxc6 Bxd3 25.Na7 Qb8 26.Rxd3 Nc5 27.Rdd1 Ne6 ( {If} 27...Qxa7 {white recovers a piece with} 28.b4 ) 28.Nd5 Nd4 -+ {The Na7 is now doomed and white is lost} 29.Rxd4 exd4 30.Bxd4 f5 31.c3 Qd8 0-1 [Event "ch-IND National A"] [Site "Calicut IND"] [Date "2003.12.13"] [Round "14"] [White "Ganguly, S"] [Black "Venkatesh, M"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2531"] [BlackElo "2401"] [ECO "B61"] [EventDate "2003.12.04"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 Bd7 {A trendy line in recent years. Black aims for rapid development and quick action on the queenside} 7.Qd2 Rc8 8.O-O-O Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Qa5 10.h4 e5!? {Black hopes for a quick initiative, but this move is also quite weakening} ( {I don't know the theory, but ...Rxc3!? looks interesting here} 10...Rxc3 11.Qxc3 Qxc3 12.bxc3 Nxe4 13.Be3 Nxc3 14.Rd2 {with an interesting game} ) 11.Qe3 Ng4 {The start of an interesting tactical phase. Again, I would have been tempted by ...Rxc3, perhaps principally because I consider such sacrifices a matter of honour :)} 12.Qe1 b5 13.Kb1 b4 ( 13...Rxc3 14.bxc3 Be6! {looks promising, but unfortunately} ) ( 13...Rxc3 14.Bd2!! {seems to refute it} 14...Be6 15.Bxc3 Qxa2+ 16. Kc1 g6!? 17.Bxb5+ Ke7 18.Rd3 Bh6+ 19.Kd1 Qb1+ 20.Ke2 Qxc2+ 21.Bd2 ) 14.Nd5 b3!? {Very adventurous, but completely disastrous! A beautiful sequence follows but it turns out that white has seen further} 15.Qxa5 bxc2+ 16.Kc1 cxd1=Q+ 17.Kxd1 Nxf2+ 18.Ke1 Nxh1 {Black has two rooks for his queen but his king's vulnerable. How to exploit it?} 19.Qd8+!! {A beautiful finish!}

( 19.Qd8+ Rxd8 20.Nc7# {is a delightful smothered mate.} ) 1-0 [Event "ch-IND National A"] [Site "Calicut IND"] [Date "2003.12.19"] [Round "22"] [White "Ganguly, S"] [Black "Das, A"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2531"] [BlackElo "2299"] [ECO "B63"] [EventDate "2003.12.04"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.O-O-O O-O 9.Nb3 Qb6 10.f3 Rd8 11.Nb5 Rd7 12.Qe1 Qd8 13.Kb1 a6 14.N5d4 Qc7 15.h4 Nxd4 16.Nxd4 b5 17.g4 Bb7 18.Bd3 Re8 19.Bd2 Bd8 20.Qe2 g6 21.Bh6 e5 {Black hits out in the centre but achieves little. White has skillfully repositioned hbis forces to avoid any counterplay, eg} ( 21...d5?? 22.e5 +- ) 22.Nf5!! {The start of a devastating attack}

22...gxf5 {Otherwise white simply plays h5, hxg6 and doubles on the h-file} 23.gxf5 Kh8 24.Rdg1 Rg8 25.Rg5! {The point of the combination: black will run out of room while white masses his forces} 25...Be7 ( 25...Rxg5 26.hxg5 Ng8 27.f6 {looks to be the clincher. Black can't avoid devastation down the h-file, eg} 27...Bxf6 ( {Or} 27...Nxf6 28.gxf6 Bxf6 29.Qh2 Kg8 30.Rg1+ Kh8 31.Qg2 +- ) 28.gxf6 Nxf6 29.Qg2 +- ) 26.Qg2 Qb8 27.Rg1 {threatening to take twice on g8 and then Bg7 mate} ( {After} 27.Rg1 Rxg5 28.Qxg5 {there is no way of stopping mate on g7 or g8. A nice illustration of the role that a lack of space and/or co-ordination can play in an attack} 28...Bf8 ) 1-0 Country teams game: notes by Keith Farrell

[Event "NSW Country teams 2003"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.12.06"] [Round "3"] [White "Boers, Dane"] [Black "Farrell, Keith"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C68"] [Annotator "Keith"] [PlyCount "99"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Bd6 6. d3 Nf6 7. Bg5 O-O 8. c4 Bg4 9. Nbd2 Be7 10. Qc2 h6 11. Bh4 Qd6 12. c5 Qe6 13. Qc3 Nd7 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. b4 Rad8 16. Ne1 f5 17. f3 Bh5 18. Nc2 f4 19. d4 Qg5 20. d5 cxd5 21. exd5 Nf6 22. Ne4 Nxe4 (22... Nxd5) 23. fxe4

23... f3 24. g3 Qg4 25. Qe3 Rf4

26. Rae1 Bg6 27. Kh1 Rdf8 {Diagram # and I thought 'with this much pressure - I gotta find a win here somewhere' whereas my worthy opponent showed how much more than simply 'pressure' was needed} (27... Bxe4) (27... Rxe4 $1) 28. Qf2 $1 Rxe4 {a little late} 29. Rxe4 Bxe4 30. Ne3 {darn, I didn't like this move - though I had realized it was always on the cards - and for some time too, though it did prompt me to 'go' for other opportunities and provoke 'hopefully' some weaknesses} 30... Qd7 31. Rd1 Qa4 32. d6 Bc6 $4

(32... Qxa2 {I was distracted by this - BIG BIG distraction; attraction & hope} 33. Qb2 { OK so it was the queen sac that had my eye - aahh but for the check - which Dane quite plainly saw and kept an eye on} 33... f2+ 34. Ng2 f1=Q+ 35. Rxf1 Rxf1# {pretty ain't it}) 33. dxc7 Bd7 (33... Qxb4 34. Nf5 (34. Rd8 {I was so very concerned over this move - unjustifiably} 34... Qe1+ 35. Nf1 Qxf1+ (35... Qxf2 36. Rxf8+ Kh7 ({and even} 36... Kxf8 {means black's mate is in 10 rather than in 5 - assuming black's nerve held} 37. c8=Q+ Ke7 38. Qc7+ Kf6 39. Qd6+ Kf7 40. Qc7+ Kg6 41. Qd6+ Kh7 { just to dry up all the checks} 42. Qd3+ g6 43. Qxg6+ Kxg6 44. Ne3 Qe1+ 45. Nf1 Qxf1#) 37. Rh8+ Kg6 (37... Kxh8 38. c8=Q+) 38. Rxh6+ gxh6 39. Ne3 Qe1+ 40. Nf1 Qxf1#) 36. Qxf1 f2+ 37. Rd5 Bxd5+ 38. Qg2 f1=Q#)) 34. Nd5 $4 Kh7 $4 {and I missed the blasted Rook! I must have been over-worried about the clock, as in a couple of moves I would hit the 5 minute mark and stop recording} (34... Qxd1+ 35. Qg1 Qxg1+ 36. Kxg1 f2+ 37. Kf1 Bb5+ 38. Kg2 f1=Q#) 35. Re1 Bc6 36. Rxe5 Qd1+ {at last seeing it, and the end of my recording - we went another 20 moves !} 37. Re1 Qxd5 38. h3 Qh5 (38... Qxa2 39. Kg1 (39. Qxa2 f2+ 40. Kh2 fxe1=Q 41. Qc2+ Kh8 42. Qg2 Bxg2 43. g4 Qh1+ 44. Kg3 Qxh3#) 39... Qb3) 39. Kh2 Rc8 { oh yeah - the pawn, I'll just snap it up before it slips my mind} 40. Re7 Qd5 41. Qb2 Qg8 42. Kg1 (42. Qc2+ Kh8 43. Re1) 42... Qf8 43. Qc2+ Kg8 44. Re1 { Diagram #} 44... Qf6 {although the Dane's scoreheet says 'Qc4' - which clashes with a later ...Qd4+} 45. Qb3+ (45. b5) (45. Qb3+ Kh8) 45... Kh8 46. Re6 { another fill-in move not recorded in the scoresheet} 46... Qa1+ 47. Kf2 Qd4+ 48. Kf1 Bb5+ 49. Re2 Bxe2+ 50. Ke1 {and, at present, I have trouble putting the last couple of moves on the board} 0-1

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