ACF Bulletin

#249, January 21, 2004
In this issue: Australian Junior | IM norm for Tao | Defence force studies chess | Scam warning | Books for sale | World news: Wijk aan Zee | Tournaments | Grand Prix

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Australian Junior Championships 2004:
This exciting event is being held Hale School in Perth. There have many upsets so far.
Leading scores after 7 rounds:
6.5 Bourmistrov
6.0 Neeman
5.5 Chow, Suttor
5.0 Hu, Obst, Ly, Yu, Oliver, Stojic D
4.5 Huang, Wei, Stojic S, Xie, Yu, Ikeda
4.0 Jager, Wongwitchit, Lattimore, Kaspar, Colic, Wang, Ferris, Song, Chapman, Kimura, Vijayakumar
3.5 Oliver, Viswanath, Guo-Yuthok, Donaldson, Lugo, Rozells, Kerksal
3.0 Zvedeniouk, Chu, Tse, Wallis, Cronan, Sreetharan, Muthusamy, Van Heerden, Levin, Guzel, Haselgrove, Beltrami, Tran, Humphries
2.5 Maguire, Holland, Andrews, Van Dijk, Vinciguerra
2.0 Martin, Scott, McGowan, Slack-Smith, Taylor, Arnold
1.5 Gevers
1.0 Rodin
0.0 Ung, Saxon
The top rated entrants in the 63-player event are Sam Chow, Vic 2130
Denis Bourmistrov, Vic 2030
Ilia Zvedeniouk, NSW 1922
Michael Wei, ACT 1870
Dusan Stojic, Vic 1863
Gareth Oliver, ACT 1844
Vincent Suttor, NSW 1828
Ken Xie, NSW 1802
Raymond Song, NSW 1790
Phachara Wongwitchit, Qld 1773

Full details on the official website:

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Tao IM norm: Gary Bekker has confirmed that Trevor Tao secured an 11-round IM norm in the Australian Championships, for his 7.5/11 (4th) performance.

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Australian Defence scientists checkmate the opposition!
Dr Greg CalbertScientists from the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) are using the age old game of chess to study how certain strategic advantages can translate into success on the chess 'battlefield'.
The aim of the research is to identify characteristics which provide a decisive advantage in adversarial situations like an actual battlefield.
"Chess is universally recognised as the ultimate test of intellect, strategic thinking and tactical know- how," DSTO scientist Dr Greg Calbert said.
"For centuries, military theorists have used the game to improve leadership skills and explore different notions of attack, defence and counterattack," he said.
Dr Calbert's team at the Adelaide-based DSTO laboratory uses variants of chess, as well as checkers, to model key factors in command and control systems - to help shape the software and communications tools which commanders use to coordinate and direct personnel in the field. This research has been advanced by employing a powerful cluster of Apple Xserve computers to handle the massive number-crunching involved in analysing hundreds of simultaneous games.
The game variants are extended beyond the scope of standard chess or checkers games to model the fog and friction of war, the effects of manoeuvres, and the planning and networks involved.
"We're examining the impact of material advantages, for example an extra rook or starting the game with no queen," Dr Calbert said.
"We're looking at tempo, such as one player being allowed multiple moves for each turn, and also search depth, how many moves ahead each player considers before committing to their current move."
Dr Calbert says the research enables DSTO to provide better advice to the Australian Defence Force on the right command and control systems that can give commanders maximum advantage on the battlefield.
"This work generates outcomes which can be compared to warfare with a high degree of utility," Dr Calbert said.
- from the DSTO website.

And here's another report, from AAP:

For centuries chess has been used to develop strategic military skills. Now an Australian mathematician, with a lot of help from high-powered computers, is using the ancient board game to take war games to a new level.
Greg Calbert's tentative conclusion, after more than two years on his continuing project, is that on the battlefield, planning and speed matter more than superiority in numbers or weapons.
Dr Calbert, a games theory specialist whose PhD thesis involved mathematical modelling tiny fighting wasps in the Flinders Ranges, has developed the war games project for the Defence Science and Technology Organisation in Adelaide.
He said chess and other board games he uses involve strategy, manoeuvre and resources, just like war.
The games could be used to work out what counts most.
Real war games helped, but these were usually one-offs and very expensive.
Dr Calbert has run tens of thousands of games.
But he doesn't use normal boards and humans don't play, it's one computer program against another.
Some games are normal, but that involves both sides starting with equal resources, which is not the case in real life.
So ``asymmetries'' are introduced, like one side starting without its queen.
Other variables are added. To introduce the notion of tempo, one side may be given multiple turns. Or it can be given a piece hidden from the enemy to test the value of stealth.
``We've found that good planning and anticipating an opponent's moves and even a slight increase in tempo is devastating,'' Dr Calbert said.
``The opposition could have greater resources, but that combination of planning and tempo will win nearly all the time.''
He has plenty more complexities to add, to get the contests closer to the realities of war.
These include the quality of the troops, civilian casualties and the level of political and social support at home.
Recognising that for countries like Australia it would be politically and morally impossible to repeat the dreadful casualty rates of World War I, the programs rate the loss of life very highly.
One of his biggest challenges is to have the programs' artificial intelligence get smarter of their own accord.
``They can mimic humans by learning from experience,'' he said.
Dr Calbert said the idea, which the Americans are also working on, could be applied to many other areas, from ecology to economics.
``It's limitless,'' he said.

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Scam warning: I was contacted by email and phone by a fraudster pretending to represent the Nigerian Chess Federation, and proposing to send a team of players to Australia.
The President of the NCF, Theophilus Caiafas, confirmed that this is a scam, and the Indian Chess Federation has also been approached.
- Ralph Seberry

Books for sale: Hi chess players (and some parents of chess players),
I have the following chess books for sale. Please call me on my mobile (0411 447 219) or email me if you are interested in buying any or all of them. (In no particular order.) You can refer to them by number. Available for $20 each or an offer for the lot.

1. C. Baker, A Startling Chess Opening Repertoire, Cadogan, 1998.
2. N. Davies, The Chess Player's Battle Manual, Batsford, 1998.
3. M. Dvoretsky & A. Yusupov, Opening Preparation, Batsford, 1994.
4. M. Dvoretsky, Secrets of Chess Tactics, Batsford, 1992 (1996 reprint).
5. J. Littlewood, How to play the Middle game in Chess, Batsford, 2000.
6. M. Dvoretsky & A. Yusupov, Training for the Tournament Player, Batsford, 1993 (1996 reprint).
7. G. Kasparov & R. Wade, Fighting Chess: Kasparov's Games & Career, Batsford, 1995.
8. W. Korn, MCO 11, Pitman, 1972 (1976 revision).
9. A. Matanovic et al, Informator 73, Sahovski Informator, 1998.
10. A. Saidy, The Battle of Chess Ideas, Batsford 1972.
11. Y. Seirawan & J. Tisdall, Five Crowns: Kasparov-Karpov 1990, International Chess enterprises (Seattle), 1991.
12. A. Adorjan, Black is OK!, Batsford, 1998.
13. M. Dvoretsky & A. Yusupov, Positional Play, Batsford 1996 (1997 reprint).
14. G. Burgess, J. Nunn & J. Emms, The world's greatest Chess Games, Robinson, 1998.
15. G. Kasparov & D Trelford, Child of Change. An Autobiography, Hutchinson, 1987.

I hope that some or all of these titles will be of interest to you.
Jonathan Adams
4 Redfern Parade,
Dee Why,
NSW 2099,
Ph. 61-2-99847503
Mob. 61-411447219

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World news:
The elite Corus tournament in Holland's Wijk Aan Zee is nearly over, and as usual it has produced some spectacular games. The world champion suffered a stunning reversal in round 1:

[Event "GMA"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2004.01.10"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Akopian, Vl"]
[Black "Kramnik, V"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2693"]
[BlackElo "2777"]
[ECO "B90"]
[EventDate "2004.01.10"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Ng4 
    {A line popularised by Kasparov}
7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 g5!? 
    {Black relies on active play}
9.Bg3 Bg7 10.h3 Ne5 11.f3 
    {Probably preparation for h4!? - if played immediately, Black has 
    ...g4, whereas now ...g4 will be met by f4!}
11...Nbc6 12.Bf2 
    {Black threatened ...Nxd4 and ...Nxf3+!!}
12...Be6 13.Qd2 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Qa5 15.a3 O-O!? 
    {Castling into an eventual attack.}
16.h4! Ng6 17.hxg5 hxg5 18.b4! Qc7 19.Ne2!? 
    {An innovation. The knight can go to h5 or f5 via g3 or d4, and is no 
    longer vulnerable on the c-file}
    {Black had to protect g5, but his position's looking ugly}
20.Bb2 Bf7 21.Nd4 d5!? 
    {Black tries to set up some counterplay by opening the centre, but a 
    disadvantage is that the d3-h7 diagonal is opened up  for white's Bf1}
22.exd5 Qe5+ 23.Be2 Qxd5 
    ( 23...Qg3+ 24.Kf1 {leaves white's king safe, and Nf5 is threatened} )
24.O-O-O Rfc8 25.Bd3 Ne5 26.Be4 Qa2 27.Nf5 
    ( 27.Bxb7!? )
27...Nc4 28.Qc3 Rc7?? 29.Rh7!! 

{A beautiful move!} 29...Qxb2+ ( 29...Kxh7 30.Nxe7+ Kh6 ( 30...Kh8 31.Rh1+ Bh6 32.Qxf6# ) 31.Rh1+ Bh5 32.g4 Bh8 33.Rxh5+ Kg7 34.Rh7+ Kf8 35.Ng6+ Ke8 36.Rxh8+ Kd7 37.Qd4+ Nd6 38.Bf5+ Kc6 39.Qc5# ) 30.Qxb2 Nxb2 31.Rxg7+ Kf8 32.Rh1!! {Now the threat is Rh1-h8-g8 mate and there's nothing to be done. A beautiful combination.} 1-0 Peter Svidler won a brevity in round 3: [Event "GMA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2004.01.13"] [Round "3"] [White "Svidler, P"] [Black "Bareev, E"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2747"] [BlackElo "2714"] [ECO "C10"] [EventDate "2004.01.10"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Bd3 c5 7.O-O Nxe4 8. Bxe4 Nf6 9.Bg5 cxd4 10.Nxd4 h6 11.Bxf6 {Forced; if Bh4 ...g5! wins a piece} 11...Qxf6 12.Qd3! {Threatening havoc with Qb5+. Black has the two bishops but is seriously behind in development} 12...a6 13.Rad1 Be7 14.Nc6!! {Black gets no peace!} 14...e5 ( 14...bxc6 15.Bxc6+ {wins the exchange} ) ( 14...Qxb2?? 15.Qd8+!! Bxd8 16.Rxd8# ) ( 14...O-O 15.Nxe7+ Qxe7 16.Qd6! Qxd6 17.Rxd6 and black can't develop his queenside, eg 17...Rb8 {with the idea of ...b5 and Bb7} 18.Rb6!? ) 15.Nxe7 Qxe7 16.f4! {Maintaining the pressure} 16...exf4 ( 16...O-O!? may be better, but 17.f5!? leaves black unable to develop his queenside, eg 17...Rb8 18.f6!? gxf6 19.Qg3+ Kh8 20.Qh4 Kg7 21.Rd3 Rd8 22.Rg3+ Kf8 23.Qxh6+ Ke8 24.Rg8+ Kd7 25.Rd1+ +- ) 17.Bxb7!!

{A stunning surprise! Black is lost, eg} ( 17.Bxb7 Bxb7 18.Rfe1 +- ) ( 17.Bxb7 Qxb7 18.Qd8# ) ( 17.Bxb7 Rb8 18.Bxc8 Rxc8 (or 18...Qc5+ 19.Kh1 Qxc8 20.Qd6 +- ) 19.Rfe1 +- ) 1-0 [Event "Corus Chess 2004"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2004.??.??"] [Round "4"] [White "V. Kramnik"] [Black "P. Svidler"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteClock "0:34"] [BlackClock "0:30"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Nc6 {...Qxb2 leads to great complications} 9.O-O-O Qxd4 10.Qxd4 Nxd4 11.Rxd4 Be7 12.Na4!? {Aiming to win the two bishops - an important endgame advantage} 12...Bd7 13.Nb6 Rd8 14.Nxd7 Rxd7 ( 14...Nxd7!? 15.Bxe7 Kxe7 16.Bc4 {leaves d6 weak but may be better} ) 15.Be2 h6 16.Bh4 Nh5! {Now black forces white to lose the two bishops because of te double attack on h4 and f4} 17.Bxh5 Bxh4 = {White has no advantage} 18.Rhd1 Bf2! 19.R4d3 ( 19.Rxd6 Rxd6 20.Rxd6 Be3+ 21.Kd1 g6! 22.Be2 Bxf4 -/+ ) 19...Ke7 20.Kb1 Rc8 21.Bg4 Rc4 22.Bf3 g6 23.b3 Rcc7 24.Be2 Rd8 25.g4 Bc5 26.Rh3! {Focusing on a weakness} 26...Rh8 27.Kb2 Rcc8 28.a3 Rcd8 29.b4 {White gradually gains space} 29...Bf2 30.a4 d5!? 31.Rf3 Bb6 32.exd5 Rxd5 33.Rxd5 exd5 34.Rd3 Bc7! {Active play} 35.Bf3 Bxf4 36.h3 b6 37.Kb3 Kf6 38.Bxd5 Re8 39.c3 a5 40.bxa5 ( 40.b5 {would give black c5 for his pieces, blockading the white queenside pawns} ) 40...bxa5 41.Rf3 g5 42.Kc4 Re3 43.Rxe3 Bxe3 44.Kb5 Ke5 45.Bxf7 Kd6 46.c4 Bf2 47.Be8 Ke7 48.Bc6 Kd6 49.Bb7

{Svidler resigned here, but it's drawn! Apparently Anand could not believe the result was correct and double-checked with the organisers. The drawing method for black involves retaining his bishop on the a7-g1 diagonal, where it holds up *both* of white's queenside pawns. The black king stays on d6, stopping c4-c5, unless the white king goes to a6 (aiming at b7) to support the a-pawn, when black plays Kd6-c7 to stop it. Similarly, if white tries to sneak his king over to the kingside, black has Kd6-e5! to stop any progress over there. 1-0 [Event "GMA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2004.01.15"] [Round "5"] [White "Akopian,Vl"] [Black "Sokolov,I"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2693"] [BlackElo "2706"] [EventDate "2004.01.10"] [ECO "C95"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 c5 13. b3 cxd4 14. cxd4 exd4 15. Nxd4 Re8 16. a4 bxa4 17. bxa4 Rc8 18. Nf5 Qc7 19. Bb3 Bf8 20. Bb2 d5 21. Rc1 Qf4 22. Rxc8 Bxc8 23. g3 Qg5 24. h4 Qg6 25. h5 Nxh5 26. Nh4 Qg5 27. Ndf3 Qe7 28. exd5 Qd8 29. Rxe8 Qxe8 30. Ng5 Nxg3!? 31. d6! Qe2 32. Bxf7+ Kh8 33. Qb1 Ne4 34. Qxe4 Qd1+ 35. Kh2 Bxd6+ 36. f4 Qd2+ 37. Kg3 1-0

Why resign? The point is that ...Nf8/f6 allows 38. Qxh7+!! and 39. Ng6 mate. [Event "GMA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2004.01.19"] [Round "8"] [White "Leko,P"] [Black "Bologan,V"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2722"] [BlackElo "2679"] [EventDate "2004.01.10"] [ECO "B17"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Ng5 Ngf6 6. Bd3 e6 7. N1f3 Bd6 8. Qe2 h6 9. Ne4 Nxe4 10. Qxe4 Qc7 11. O-O b6 12. Qg4 Kf8 13. b3 Bb7 14. Bb2 Nf6 15. Qh4 c5 16. dxc5 Qxc5 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. Qxf6 Qh5!!

19. Rfe1 {19. Qxh8+?? Ke7 20. Q moves Bxf3 threatening Qxh2 mate} 19...Rg8? {I can't see what's wrong with the simple 19...Bxf3} 20. Be4! Rxg2+!? 21. Kxg2 Qg4+ 22. Kh1 Bxe4 23. Rxe4! Qxe4 24. Re1 Qh7 25. Nd4! Ke8 26. Nxe6 Kd7 27. Qf3 Rb8 28. Nd4 Rc8 29. Qh3+ f5 30. Nxf5 1-0 [Event "GMA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2004.01.20"] [Round "9"] [White "Shirov,A"] [Black "Sokolov,I"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2736"] [BlackElo "2706"] [EventDate "2004.01.10"] [ECO "C72"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. O-O Bg4 6. h3 h5 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8. d4 Qf6 9. Nbd2 Be6 10. Nb3 Qg6 11. Ng5 Bd7 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. f4 exf4 14. Bxf4 Be7 15. Qd2 Rd8 16. Nxf7!

16...Qxf7 17. Bxc7 Qe6 18. Bxd8 Bxd8 19. Kh1 Nf6 20. Nc5 Qe7 21. Rad1 Bc8 22. e5 Nd5 23. Ne4 Qxe5 24. Rde1 Be7 25. c4 Bb4 26. Nc3 1-0 Meanwhile, Nick Speck's absence from the Aussie Championships appears to be explained by his splendid performance in a Spanish tourney. Speck finished 15th in a field crowded with GMs and IMs: Leading final scores, 9 rounds:
7.5 Spraggett, Campora Sivori, Epishin
7.0 Matamoros, Franco Ocampos, Paunovic, Garcia Luque, Saldaño, Teske
6.5 Khamrakulov, Korneev, Van der weide, Veingold, Cheparinov, Speck, Strikovic, Teran Alvarez, Castellanos Rodriguez, Komljenovic, Rodriguez Guerrero, Movsziszian, Ivanov
[Event "XXIX Abierto Ciudad de Sevilla"] [Site "?"] [Date "2004.01.17"] [Round "9"] [White "Speck, N."] [Black "Campos Moreno, J."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C68"] [WhiteElo "2381"] [BlackElo "2498"] [PlyCount "37"] [EventDate "2004.01.09"] [SourceDate "2004.01.09"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Qd6 6. Na3 Qe6 7. d4 Bxa3 8. bxa3 exd4 9. Qxd4 Nf6 10. Bb2 O-O 11. Rfe1 h6 12. Re3 b6 13. Rae1 c5 14. Qc3 Rd8 15. Nh4 Qg4 16. Rg3 Qxh4 17. Qxf6 Qxf6 18. Bxf6 Rd2 19. Rxg7+ 1-0

Upcoming tournaments

2004 Australia Day Weekender
The NSW Chess Association Inc. i
nvites your participation in this
Category 3 Grand Prix event.
The tournament features $3,300 in prizes, 
plus the chance to hit the lead
in the 2004 Grand Prix!
Where: North Sydney Leagues Club
When: Saturday 24th / Sunday 25th January
Director: Jason Lyons [International Arbiter]
Time Control: FIDE time control 90 minutes + 
30 seconds per move from the start
Entry Fees:
Adult: $70.00 Junior [u/18]: $40.00
entries due Friday January 23rd. 
Register by phone, email or mail and
pay on the day. Late entries will be 
accepted on the day.
Schedule: Saturday: 9am Registration; 
9:30 Round 1; 2:00 round 2; 6:30 round 3
Sunday: 9:30 Round 4; 2:00 round 5; 6:30 round 6
(based on 75
Open 1st $600 2nd $400 3rd $200
U1800 1st $250 2nd $175 3rd $100
U1400 1st $250 2nd $175 3rd $100
The tournament will be FIDE rated
Players are eligible for only 1 prize.
A $10 late fee will be charged to all entries 
received on Saturday 24th January 2004, 
and an additional $10
for entries received after the scheduled start of round 1.
All NSW resident players must be members of 
(or join) the NSWCA or the NSWJCL
For further information contact Ralph Seberry by 
telephone [0403 991 730], email, or visit the 
NSWCA website:
2004 Australia Day Weekender
Print out and complete this entry form.
Please make all cheques payable to NSWCA Inc.
[or email to]
Post to:
NSW Chess Association
G.P.O BOX 2418
Sydney 2001
Entries due by friday January 23


City of Sydney Championships 2004
Venue: Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club
117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde 
(1 minute from West Ryde Station)
When: Registration Closes 23rd Feb, 
late applications accepted until 10:30am 29th Feb
From 29th Feb to 28th March 
(Sundays) 9 rounds - 2 rounds a day
Starting Times: Morning Rd 11.00am 
-Afternoon Rd 4.00pm
Presentation then City of Sydney 
Lightning 4.00pm, 28th March
Time Control: FIDE time control 90 minutes + 
30 seconds per move from the start
Entry Fees: Adult $80, 
Under 18 $50, Under 14 $30.
$10 Late fee for Registration after 22nd Feb
(Mail, phone or email and pay on the 29th Feb)
(based on 75 entries)
Open: 1st $600 2nd $400 3rd $200
U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, 
Junior: 1st $250 2nd $150 3rd $100
The tournament will be FIDE rated
Players are eligible for only 1 prize. 
Juniors are not eligible for ratings prizes.
A $10 late fee applies for entries received 
after Sunday February 22nd
All NSW resident players must be members of 
(or join) the NSWCA or the NSWJCL
For further information contact Ralph Seberry 
by telephone [0403 991 730],
or visit the NSWCA website:
City of Sydney Championships 2004
Print out and complete this entry form.
Please make all cheques payable to NSWCA Inc.
[or email to]
Post to:
NSW Chess Association
G.P.O Box 2418
Sydney 2001
entries due february 23


Henry Greenfield 2004
Monday February 2nd - Monday March 29th
Venue: The Hakoah Club, 61 Hall Street Bondi, NSW 2026 
The Hakoah Chess Club cordially invites all members and 
friends to compete  in the Henry Greenfield Cup-2004. 
This 9 round Swiss event will be held at the  Hakoah Club on 
consecutive Monday evenings, commencing at 7.30 p.m.  
Monday February 2nd  2004. Entries close at 7.15 p.m.  
$  Prizes:  $ Open 1st    $350.00  2nd   $220.00 3rd  $80.00   
Under 1700 1st    $200.00 2nd     $120.00 3rd    $80.00  
Those prizes as well as any others rely upon of minimum of 
50 entries.   
Time Limit: 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes to 
finish the game.   
Entries $30 Hakoah Chess Club Members     
(Hakoah Chess Club Membership is $30 for a year)  
$40 Non-Members. $20 Juniors (U/18)
Enquiries:  Vladimir Feldman - DOP : - 0414798503
or visit Hakoah Chess Club web page:   


Drouin Open Chess Championship
ACF Grand Prix Category 1 Tournament
Saturday/Sunday, 21st & 22nd February
Old Council Chambers
Young St, Drouin

Drouin is a small town 100km 
East of Melbourne. If you are coming by car 
drive up the M1 freeway all the way from 
Melbourne, until you see the Drouin 
turnoff. You will pass through Packenham, 
and Drouin is another 20mins drive 
after Packenham. If you are coming by train, 
go to platform 10 at Flinders St 
and catch the V-Line which runs through 
Warragul to Traralgon. Drouin is the 
first stop before Warragul. The station is 
in the heart of the town, and just a 
few minutes walk from the venue.  For 
detailed map please go to

7 Round Swiss 
Round Times:    Saturday 10am, 1pm, 4pm, & 7pm
Sunday 10am, 1pm, 4pm
You may elect to receive a half-point bye in any round.
60 minutes + 10 seconds per move
Entry fees:   free Entry for GM’s & IM’s
$40 Full $35 Concession 
$20 Juniors (under 18)
Payment accepted by cash, cheque or credit card. 
Phone 9576-8177 to enter over the phone. 
Late entry after 14th Feb will incur $10 late-fee.
Enter online:

Prizes: 1st        $500
2nd       $300
3rd        $200
Plus Ratings Prizes and Junior Prizes 
depending on entries


Toukley under 2000
21-22 Feb 
Details: Barry Mann 4393 2225


Box Hill Autumn Cup    
Starts Friday 30 January 2004 Finishes 19 March 2004
7 round SWISS
60 minutes +30sec/move ppp/pg
7.45pm start each evening
Entry $20, $15
Visitors fee $15 covers whole tournament
Entries close 7.30pm 30/1/4.
Messages can be left on the club mobile 0409 259 490

Box Hill New Season Swiss
Starts Tuesday 10 February Finishes 30 March 2004
7 round SWISS
60 minutes +30sec/move ppp/pg
7.45pm start each evening
Entry $20, $15
Visitors fee $15 covers whole tournament
Entries close 7.30pm 10/2/4.
Messages can be left on the club mobile 0409 259 490


University Open:
10th & 11th of July
4th Floor Union Building, Adelaide University
$4000 Prizes, $1000 first
A Category Three Grand Prix event
Entry Fees: $40 Adult, $30 concession 
GM Ian Rogers is a confirmed entrant


Asian Cities Chess Team Championship
20-28 March 2004, Manila, Philippines
Organizing Committee Secretariat: 
4th Floor, Philippine Sports Commission
Admin Bldg., RMSC, Pablo Ocampo Sr. 
St., Malate, Manila, Philippines
Tel: +63-2-525 49 33, 521 33 67 
Fax: +63-2-303 10 32 attn: Mr. Ariel Paredes

National Chess Federations
Zones 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4
FIDE Asian Continent
Dear Chess Friends:
We cordially invite your federation to participate in the 
Asian Cities Chess Team Championship scheduled 20th 
(arrival) to 28th (departure) March 2004 in Manila.

The tournament shall be held in accordance with FIDE 
regulations. The Organizing Committee shall host one 
team per country composed of 4 players plus 1 reserve 
and captain. Extra teams may participate at their own 
expense. Attached are the regulations, confirmation 
form, team composition and registration form.

Please confirm your participation by 31st January 2004 
to FIDE Delegate Casto Abundo of the Organizing Committee 
at email address or 
and submit the team composition and registration forms by 
20th February 2004.

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to Manila.

Thank you so much.
Truly yours,
Atty. Matias V. Defensor
National Chess Federation of the Philippines


The Italo-Australian Club 42nd Doeberl Cup
A Class 3 ACF Grand Prix Event 
9-12 April 2004

Location: The Italo-Australian Club, 
78 Franklin Street, Forrest, Canberra, ACT.

Total Prizes: $10,000
Premier Division (FIDE-rated; 
Rated over 1600 only): First $2200, Second $1100, 
Third $600, Fourth $400,
Fifth $300, Under 2150 $300, 
Best Junior $200, Best Local $100
Major Division (Rated under 2000 only): 
First $1000, Second $700, Third $500,
1700-1799 $300, Under 1700 $250, 
Best Junior $100, Best Local $100
Minor Division (Rated under 1600 only): 
First $600, Second $400, Third $300,
1350-1499 $250, Under 1350 $200, 
Best Unrated $100

April 9 (Good Friday): 12:00 noon 
Entries close, 1:15 pm Opening ceremony,
1:30 pm Round 1, 7:00 pm Round 2 
April 10: 10:00am Round 3, 3:00pm  
Round 4, 7:30pm Lightning Tournament
April 11: 10:00am Round 5, 3:00pm Round 6
April 12: 9:00am Round 7, 1:45pm Presentations

Director of Play: Charles Zworestine

Time Limits: Digital clocks will be used. 
All divisions: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds 
per move from the beginning.

Entry Fees:
Premier Division: Adult $100; 
Under 18s $60 (GMs & IMs free,
 if entry received by 
Major & Minor Divisions: 
Adult $90; Under 18s $50 
Please note that a $20 (Adult) /$10 
(Under 18s) discount applies, if entry is received 
by 2-04-2004.

Entries to: 
Paul Dunn (Treasurer, Doeberl Cup)
20 Richmond St, Macquarie, ACT 2614
Please make cheques payable to ACTCA.

Roger McCart (Convener, Doeberl Cup) Ph: 02-62516190

Forrest Motor Inn, 30 National Cct, 
Forrest, ph 02-6295-3433. Single B&B $110, 
Double/ Twinshare B&B $120 per night . 
Telopea Inn, 16 New South Wales Cres, 
Forrest, ph 02-6295-3722. Single $89, 
Twinshare $99, Family 4 + Kitchen $152 per night
Victor Lodge B&B, 29 Dawes St, Kingston, 
ph 02-6295-7777. Dorm style from $25; 
Single $55; Double $65
Rydge’s Capital Hill, Canberra Ave, 
Forrest, ph 02-6295-3144. Double/ Twinshare 
$135; Double with B&B $179 per night
Embassy Motel, Hopetoun Cct, Deakin, 
ph 02-6281-1322
The Griffin, 15 Tench St, Kingston, ph 
Canberra City Backpackers, 7 Akuna St, 
Canberra City, ph 02-6257-399. Dorm style 
from $26 per person per night
City Walk Hotel, 2 Mort St, Canberra City, 
ph 02-6257-0124. Dorm style from $22 
per person per night
Canberra South Motor Park, Fyshwick, ph 
Sundown Motel Resort, Jerrabomberra Ave, 
Narrabundah, ph 02-6239-0333
National Capital Village, Antill St, Watson, 
ph 02-6241-3188
Canberra Youth Hostel, 191 Dryandra St, 
O’Connor, ph 02-6248-9155

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

Australia Day Weekender (Sydney)
Category 3
$3,300 in prizes
North Sydney Leagues Club
Saturday 24th / Sunday 25th January
90 minutes + 30 seconds per move from the start
Entry Fees: Adult: $70.00 Junior [u/18]: $40.00
entries due Friday January 23rd. 
Register by phone, email or mail and
pay on the day. Late entries will be 
accepted on the day.
Schedule: Saturday: 9am Registration; 
9:30 Round 1; 2:00 round 2; 6:30 round 3
Sunday: 9:30 Round 4; 2:00 round 5; 
6:30 round 6

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