Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 254, February 25, 2004

In this issue: Grand Prix 2003 results corrected | 2004 GP website set up | Bob Maas R.I.P. | Tournaments: Newcastle Open, Drouin Open, Toukley u/2000 | Letters - more on Capablanca's demise | World news | Games | Tournaments | Grand Prix 2004

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Coaching with IM John-Paul Wallace: Current Australian Open Champion and experienced coach, IM John-Paul Wallace is available for email and live coaching over the Internet. He will also provide a special service with daily preparation for your individual games during tournaments. If you are interested send John-Paul an email and state chess coaching in the subject line.

The 38th Ballarat Begonia Tournament Ballarat, Victoria. Labour Day weekend 6-8 March 2004. Class 3 Grand Prix and FIDE-rated - Full details and entry form at

The Italo-Australian Club 42nd Doeberl Cup: Canberra - Easter weekend 9-12 April - Class 3 Grand Prix - Full details and entry form at

ACF Secretary needed: Expressions of interest are welcome. The role principally involves preparing timely agendas and minutes for quarterly meetings. The Secretary also needs to organise quarterly telephone conferences.

Other duties are of a minor nature but as part of the ACF Executive the Secretary would be privy to confidential discussion on Australian Chess matters.

Most of the work involved is performed via email, so some compensation for internet access and photocopying when necessary will be made available.

Please apply to George Howard - ACF President on 0414841575 for a confidential chat or by email to

Wanted: Olympiad Appeal Co-ordinator: The ACF is calling for interested persons wishing to fulfill the role of Olympiad Appeal Co-ordinator. The tasks involved can be flexible but the occupant must fulfil or arrange to have fulfilled the ACF Olympiad By-Laws, specifically para 2.
This is obviously a very important task this year and available resources will be allocated to assist the occupant of this position to carry out this important function. The ACF Treasurer will obviously assist in the usual manner with accounting tasks if required.
The success of the Olympiad Squads depend not only on their abilities but our (Australian Chess Community) ability to financially support the players, captains etc.
Persons interested should not hesitate to send applications to George Howard, ACF President at or call me on 0414841575 for a confidential discussion.

Grand Prix results changed: Some details were submitted late meaning slight changes to the final results for the 2003. For the corrected details, see the spreadsheets on the ACF site: GP details.xls and

2004 GP website: Bob Keast (with help from his son) has set up a very nice website for this year's event at

Already included are details of the Newcastle Open.

Bob Maas R.I.P. Well-liked NSW player Bob Maas died last Saturday after a short illness.

Originally from Frankfurt, Germany, Bob Maas emigrated to Australia shortly before WWII and has been a long time member of the Chatswood Chess Club [now incorporated in the NSLCCC] since the 1940s and played on a lower board for chess teams in late '40s early '50s during the Koshnitsky/Purdy/Steiner era.

Bob has competed in club events for many years and has been a regular member of the Under 1600 Grizzly Bears Grade Match Team during the last 10/15 years. In the Ford Memorial Tournament last year Bob was one of the upset prize winners but was a reluctant withdrawal from this year's Club championships because of health problems.

It is likely that the funeral arrangements will be advised in the SMH next Wednesday.

- Norman Greenwood

Mt Buller volunteers: The team organising the Mt Buller Australian Open is looking for volunteers for a number of positions:

Video Entertainment Consultant: To arrange the movies for each night (28 nights) during the Chess Festival.
Play-room co-ordinator
Sponsorship officer
Player Profilist: to do profiles of top layers on the website
Celebrity Invitation Officer: To line up celebrities for the Opening or Closing ceremonies
Swimming Lessons/Life-guard: to watch the pool
Airport picker-uperer
If you can help, contact David Cordover at

Newcastle Open:

No  Name                  Rtg  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7  

1.  LANE, Gary W          2308 6     24:W 14:W 10:L 15:W  4:W  9:W  2:W
2.  XIE, George           2239 5     25:W 13:W 17:W  5:W 16:W 10:L  1:L
3.  CANFELL, Gregory      2201 6     26:W 16:L 35:W 14:W  8:W 12:W 10:W
4.  TAN, Justin           2125 4.5   27:W 15:W 19:W 10:D  1:L 16:W  5:L
5.  SCOTT, Ronald         2110 5     28:W 18:W 12:W  2:L  9:L 30:W  4:W
6.  JONES, Lee R          2043 5     29:W 17:L  7:W 19:W 10:L 21:W 12:W
7.  CHARLES, Gareth       2037 4.5   30:D 41:W  6:L 20:W 12:L 24:W 19:W
8.  BOLENS, Johny         2004 5     31:W 19:L 27:W 17:W  3:L 35:W 13:W
9.  JONES, Brian A        1997 5     32:W 20:W 16:L 21:W  5:W  1:L 14:W
10. LIP, Michael          1964 5.5   33:W 21:W  1:W  4:D  6:W  2:W  3:L
11. WRIGHT, Neil S        1931 5     35:W 23:L 28:W 24:D 25:W 13:D 16:W
12. ZVEDENIOUK, Ilia      1922 4     34:W 48:W  5:L 23:W  7:W  3:L  6:L
13. CASTOR, David         1916 4     36:W  2:L 41:W 25:D 24:W 11:D  8:L
14. DICK, David W         1896 4     37:W  1:L 29:W  3:L 23:W 27:W  9:L
15. PETERS, Duncan        1887 4     40:W  4:L 43:W  1:L 27:L 32:W 30:W
16. CHAN, Jason           1883 4     38:W  3:W  9:W 30:W  2:L  4:L 11:L
17. VAN RENEN, Mike       1817 4     39:W  6:W  2:L  8:L 28:L 34:W 27:W
18. LANE, Nancy           1793 3.5   42:W  5:L 34:D 38:W 30:L 25:W 20:L
19. YAP, Aaron            1768 4     43:W  8:W  4:L  6:L 32:W 28:W  7:L
20. YU, Michael           1736 4.5   44:W  9:L 38:D  7:L 36:W 37:W 18:W
21. DICKSON, Ian C        1667 3     45:W 10:L 48:W  9:L 29:W  6:L 28:L
22. MURRELL, Malcolm R    1621 4     48:L 30:L 40:W 34:W 35:L 39:W 44:W
23. MENDES DA COSTA, Alex 1620 4     47:W 11:W 30:L 12:L 14:L 36:W 35:W
24. ESCRIBANO, Jose       1573 3      1:L 37:W 44:W 11:D 13:L  7:L 25:D
25. KEUNING, Anthony V    1565 3      2:L 36:W 45:W 13:D 11:L 18:L 24:D
26. AL-HINDAWI, Ahmed     1543 3      3:L 38:L 37:D 33:W 34:D 41:W 29:L
27. ILLINGWORTH, Max      1495 3      4:L 40:W  8:L 39:W 15:W 14:L 17:L
28. CANFELL, Mike J       1484 4      5:L 42:W 11:L 43:W 17:W 19:L 21:W
29. LOSH, Gary            1481 4      6:L 39:W 14:L 41:W 21:L 45:W 26:W
30. PINFOLD, Ray          1475 3.5    7:D 22:W 23:W 16:L 18:W  5:L 15:L
31. BONJEKOVIC, Tom       1442 2.5    8:L 43:L 39:L 40:W 37:L 38:W   :D
32. WELTNER, Michael      1414 3      9:L 44:L 42:W 45:W 19:L 15:L 37:W
33. BROWN, Michael        1400 1.5   10:L 45:L 47:D 26:L 48:W 44:L 46:L
34. NEMETH, Bela L        1383 2     12:L 47:W 18:D 22:L 26:D 17:L 39:L
35. HENDRY, Ian L         1369 3     11:L 46:W  3:L 44:W 22:W  8:L 23:L
36. DEACON, Graeme        1365 2     13:L 25:L 46:W 48:W 20:L 23:L 41:L
37. BEHNE-SMITH, David    1328 2.5   14:L 24:L 26:D 47:W 31:W 20:L 32:L
38. PATERSON, Keith       1273 2.5   16:L 26:W 20:D 18:L 39:L 31:L 45:W
39. McGUIRK, Michael      1256 3     17:L 29:L 31:W 27:L 38:W 22:L 34:W
40. FELL, Lloyd R         1242 3     15:L 27:L 22:L 31:L 46:W 48:W 43:W
41. PARKER, Trent         1181 3     46:W  7:L 13:L 29:L 43:W 26:L 36:W
42. KERR, David           1117 1     18:L 28:L 32:L 46:W 44:-   :    : 
43. BEHNE-SMITH, Jonathan 848  2     19:L 31:W 15:L 28:L 41:L 46:W 40:L
44. BEHNE-SMITH, Sarah    795  3     20:L 32:W 24:L 35:L 42:+ 33:W 22:L
45. STALLARD, Joseph      794  2     21:L 33:W 25:L 32:L 47:W 29:L 38:L
46. CHIDDY, Lance         533  1     41:L 35:L 36:L 42:L 40:L 43:L 33:W
47. GARZ, Stephen              1     23:L 34:L 33:D 37:L 45:L   :D 48:L
48. TRAIN, Tim                 2     22:W 12:L 21:L 36:L 33:L 40:L 47:W

Drouin Open:

No Name                    Rtg  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7  

1  Depasquale, Chris       2321 6     28:W 16:W  4:D  8:W  3:W  2:D  6:W
2  Lojanica, Milenko       1992 5.5   46:W 19:W 11:D  5:W  7:W  1:D  3:D
3  Le, Tuan                1965 5.5   39:W 44:W 17:W  7:W  1:L 14:W  2:D
4  Roach, Walter           1807 5.5   40:W 29:W  1:D  6:D 10:D 16:W 14:W
5  Sandler, Leonid         2339 5     31:W  9:W  6:D  2:L 20:W 10:W  8:D
6  Dizdarevic, Mehmedalija 1917 5     47:W 18:W  5:D  4:D 16:W  9:W  1:L
7  Abdulwahab, Rasheed     2311 5     23:W 13:W 14:W  3:L  2:L 30:W 19:W
8  Voon, Richard           1846 5     48:W 10:D 15:W  1:L 25:W 11:W  5:D
9  Lugo, Ruperto           1697 5     41:W  5:L 31:W 30:W 12:W  6:L 15:W
10 Lin, Zhigen             1479 4.5   36:W  8:D 12:D 26:W  4:D  5:L 25:W
11 Frost, Peter            1743 4.5   32:W 38:W  2:D 14:L 17:W  8:L 21:W
12 Kerksal, David               4.5   15:D 25:W 10:D 44:W  9:L 17:D 29:W
13 Power, Paul             1579 4.5   21:W  7:L 28:L 15:D 45:W 26:W 24:W
14 Holt, Kenneth           1835 4     42:W 20:W  7:L 11:W 19:W  3:L  4:L
15 Mollard, Max            1542 4     12:D 27:W  8:L 13:D 18:W 28:W  9:L
16 Ferris, Shaun           1641 4     49:W  1:L 23:W 29:W  6:L  4:L 28:W
17 Bradley, Chris          1762 4     45:W 30:W  3:L 18:D 11:L 12:D 31:W
18 Potter, Matthew         1398 4     33:W  6:L 32:W 17:D 15:L 20:D 30:W
19 Bekker, Gary            1563 4     35:W  2:L 39:W 28:W 14:L 31:W  7:L
20 Hickman, Casey          1255 4     34:W 14:L 33:W  0:D  5:L 18:D 32:W
21 Jackson, Ross                4     13:L 23:L 48:W 22:W 46:W 29:W 11:L
22 Bekker, Josh            1173 4     38:L 41:W 26:L 21:L 27:W 33:W 37:W
23 Lugo, Jerome            828  3.5    7:L 21:W 16:L 37:W 26:D 24:L 40:W
24 Potter, Chris           1384 3.5    0:L  0:L  0:L  0:L 34:W 23:W 13:L
25 Eustace, Sophie         263  3.5    0:D 12:L 47:W 27:W  8:L 39:W 10:L
26 Qian, Dennish                3.5   29:L 40:W 22:W 10:L 23:D 13:L 38:W
27 Schon, Eugene                3.5    0:  15:L 38:W 25:L 22:L 45:W 35:W
28 Morris, James           881  3      1:L 35:W 13:W 19:L 36:W 15:L 16:L
29 Hamilton, Ian           1353 3     26:W  4:L 36:W 16:L 38:W 21:L 12:L
30 Kostrzewa, Jake         1041 3     43:W 17:L 34:W  9:L 33:W  7:L 18:L
31 Bell, David             959  3      5:L 49:W  9:L 35:W 43:W 19:L 17:L
32 Fraser, Reuben               3     11:L 46:W 18:L 38:L 42:W 36:W 20:L
33 Potter, Michael              3     18:L 47:W 20:L 46:W 30:L 22:L 43:W
34 Toper, David                 3     20:L 42:W 30:L 41:W 24:L 35:L 39:W
35 Jackson, Ian                 3     19:L 28:L 42:W 31:L 47:W 34:W 27:L
36 Potter, Daniel               3     10:L 48:W 29:L 39:W 28:L 32:L 41:W
37 Martin, Joshua               3     44:L 39:L 40:W 23:L 49:W 43:W 22:L
38 Vanyai, Tristan              2.5   22:W 11:L 27:L 32:W 29:L  0:D 26:L
39 Beasley, Clay                2      3:L 37:W 19:L 36:L 41:W 25:L 34:L
40 Clinch, Matthew              2      4:L 26:L 37:L 47:L 48:W 42:W 23:L
41 Hall, Russ                   2      9:L 22:L 46:W 34:L 39:L 47:W 36:L
42 Bond, Nathan                 2     14:L 34:L 35:L 49:W 32:L 40:L 45:W
43 Woodcock-Smith, Matthew      2     30:L 45:L 49:W 48:W 31:L 37:L 33:L
44 Taylor, Stephan         1520 2     37:W  3:L 45:W 12:L  0:L  0:   0: 
45 Fernandez, Philippe          1.5   17:L 43:W 44:L  0:D 13:L 27:L 42:L
46 Smith, Tom                   1.5    2:L 32:L 41:L 33:L 21:L  0:W 49:D
47 Bell, Nathan                 1.5    6:L 33:L 25:L 40:W 35:L 41:L  0:D
48 Bell, Laura                  1.5    8:L 36:L 21:L 43:L 40:L 49:W  0:D
49 Hatfield, Brayden            .5    16:L 31:L 43:L 42:L 37:L 48:L 46:D

Toukley U/2000: The Toukley U2000 tournament took place 21/22 Feb at the Toukley RSL on the NSW Central Coast. The tournament was limited to players with an ACF rating under 2000. There were 38 entries. The time limit was FIDE Rapid 1 hour with a 10 second increment thereafter.

The first round saw a few upsets with local Gary Losh drawing with top seed Brian Jones. In fact, Gary had a winning rook ending but Brian managed to hang in to scrape a draw during the 10 second increment period. Alex Mendes da Costa played an excellent game in round 2 to beat David Castor. David's day was not due to get better finishing the day with 1/4. Justin Huang was also very sick so had to withdraw after round 2.

Blind player Alex Momot, under-rated at 901, had an excellent start to the tournament beating locals Barry Mann and Gary Losh in round 1 and 3. His 4th game also featured an attacking game against Norm Greenwood but Norm rebuffed the attack to win. However, Alex's second day was less successful with 0/3. Peter Hannagan beat Duncan Peters in round 3 although Duncan had lost on time for around 10 minutes prior to the finish. After day 1 the sole leader was Newcastle player Neil Wright with 4/4.

However, Round 5 saw Neil become unstuck playing White against junior Junta Ikeda from the ACT. Neil left a rook en prise in a tense position and lost. The round 6 clash between leader Junta Ikeda and Jason Chan from Sydney saw Jason overpower Junta on the queenside eventually winning a queen in the time scramble. This proved to be a deciding game. The round 6 game between Kerry Stead (White) and Neil Wright saw the position below.

Here, Neil Wright took the draw with 1.Qa1+ 2.Kd2 Qa5+ 3.Kc1 Qa1 and so forth. The line 1.Qa1 2.Kd2 Qd4+ 3. Kc1 Qe3+ 4.Qxe3 fxe4 5.Rd5 a5 was interesting with Black having 2 dangerous passed pawns.

Onto the last game or the 'business end of the tournament'. The final round saw Jason Chan with 5/6 playing Michael Yu with 4.5/6 on board 1. A win by Michael would have resulted in a 3 way tie. It was looking the most likely result until the following position occurred.

Here Jason had just 10 seconds on the clock whereas Michael had 30 seconds with both players in the 10 second increment period. It's a little unfair looking at a position where the players have only seconds to analyse but anyway. Here Michael played

1...Qh1 2.Be2 Rh2+ 3.Ke3 Qc1+ 3.Qg1+ is better forcing the King back into the firing line on d2. (4.Ke4 Qd4+ 5.Kf5 e4 and Black wins with multiple threats) After 3.Qg1 4.Kd2 Qf1 proves winning).

4.Kf3 g4+

Fritz suggests 4.f5! with the subtle threat 5.g4 mate.

5.Ke4 Rxe2+ 6.Kf5 Rf2+?

Where Black unfortunately lost on time handing Jason the tournament. After 7.Ke6 the position now favours White having escaped the mating net! So, the final results were 1st Jason Chan with 6/7 with Junta Ikeda and Michael Lip 2nd= with 5.5/7.

- FM Lee Jones

No Name                  Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7  

1  Chan, Jason           1883 6     22:W 17:W 18:D  3:D 19:W  2:W  6:W
2  Ikeda, Junta          1705 5.5   26:W  3:D 16:W  4:W  5:W  1:L 10:W
3  Lip, Michael          1964 5.5   29:W  2:D  9:W  1:D 13:W  6:D  5:W
4  Murray, Bruce D       1845 5     30:W 12:W  7:D  2:L  9:D 23:W 13:W
5  Wright, Neil S        1931 4.5   14:W 19:W  6:W 13:W  2:L  7:D  3:L
6  Yu, Michael           1736 4.5   28:W  8:W  5:L 23:W 18:W  3:D  1:L
7  Stead, Kerry          1935 4.5   23:W 15:W  4:D 18:L  8:W  5:D  9:D
8  Illingworth, Max      1495 4.5   11:W  6:L 20:D 21:W  7:L 30:W 12:W
9  Jones, Brian A        1997 4.5   32:D 25:W  3:L 20:W  4:D 19:W  7:D
10 Peters, Duncan        1887 4.5   21:W 37:W 13:L 29:D 12:W 18:W  2:L
11 Pinfold, R                 4.5    8:L 36:W 12:L 22:W 14:D 29:W 18:W
12 Jurd, Sebastian       1564 4     27:W  4:L 11:W 34:W 10:L 15:W  8:L
13 Hannagan, Peter K     1710 4     36:W 34:W 10:W  5:L  3:L 25:W  4:L
14 Rajendran, Karthick   1429 4      5:L 31:W 15:W 19:L 11:D 17:D 25:W
15 Dickson, Ian C        1667 4     33:W  7:L 14:L 28:W 29:W 12:L 24:W
16 Castor, David         1916 4     24:W 18:L  2:L 30:L 33:W 20:W 23:W
17 Keuning, Anthony V    1565 4     35:W  1:L 21:L 38:W 30:D 14:D 28:W
18 Mendes da Costa, Alex 1620 3.5   20:W 16:W  1:D  7:W  6:L 10:L 11:L
19 Kodzoman, Ivan        1635 3.5   31:W  5:L 24:W 14:W  1:L  9:L 21:D
20 McGuirk, Michael      1256 3.5   18:L 22:W  8:D  9:L 24:W 16:L 29:W
21 Nemeth, Bela L        1383 3.5   10:L 38:W 17:W  8:L 25:L 27:W 19:D
22 Hendry, Ian L         1369 3.5    1:L 20:L 26:W 11:L 31:D 33:W 30:W
23 Greenwood, Norman     1443 3      7:L 26:W 35:W  6:L 34:W  4:L 16:L
24 Bisson, Danny Wayne   1413 3     16:L 33:W 19:L 27:W 20:L 35:W 15:L
25 Mann, Barry R         1521 3     34:L  9:L 36:W 35:W 21:W 13:L 14:L
26 Baldwin, A(Tony) C    1331 3      2:L 23:L 22:L 33:L  0:W 31:W 35:W
27 Ikeda, Miona          1110 3     12:L 30:W 29:L 24:L 32:W 21:L 36:W
28 Farrell, Keith R      1352 3      6:L 35:L 33:W 15:L 38:W 34:W 17:L
29 Wolf, Ludwig          1454 2.5    3:L 32:W 27:W 10:D 15:L 11:L 20:L
30 Deacon, Graeme        1365 2.5    4:L 27:L 31:W 16:W 17:D  8:L 22:L
31 Wright, Allan         1272 2.5   19:L 14:L 30:L  0:W 22:D 26:L 34:W
32 Losh, Gary            1481 2.5    9:D 29:L 34:L 36:L 27:L  0:W 38:W
33 Keuning, Patrick J    1328 2     15:L 24:L 28:L 26:W 16:L 22:L  0:W
34 Momot, Alex           901  2     25:W 13:L 32:W 12:L 23:L 28:L 31:L
35 Parker, Trent         1181 2     17:L 28:W 23:L 25:L 36:W 24:L 26:L
36 Velyvis, Vladis       1340 2     13:L 11:L 25:L 32:W 35:L 38:W 27:L
37 Huang, Justin         1596 1     38:W 10:L  0:L  0:L  0:L  0:L  0:L
38 Fell, Lloyd R         1242 1     37:L 21:L  0:W 17:L 28:L 36:L 32:L

Letters: Capablanca's demise

For what it is worth, Harold C Schonberg, in the article on Capablanca in his book "Grandmasters of Chess" (Lippincott, Philadephia and New York, 1973) says:

"On 7 March 1942, while watching a game at the Manhattan Chess Club, he had a stroke and died the following morning." (at p.179)

There are other references to his death in books I have but none of them mentions the venue, though the date and cause of death are the same.

- Denis Jessop

World News:

Leko leads Linares - rest day today: February 24 is a rest day in Linares. Rounds 4 and 5 were all draws, leaving Leko in the lead with 2/4 and a game in hand. The much-awaited round 5 clash between Kasparov and Kramnik ended in a draw after Kramnik sacrificed a piece for several pawns and open diagonals on white's king. Topalov fought hard with black but could not prevail against Leko's solid defence. And youngsters Radjabov and Vallejo fought out an interesting game with three minors facing two rooks and some fascinating complications.

Still more draws in round 3, but some good fights nevertheless. Kasparov tried an exchange sac as black in a Sicilian against Leko, but the wily Hungarian returned the material and gained a bit of an edge. And two of the greatest fighters in the game, Shirov and Topalov, went toe-to-toe for about 70 moves before drawing in a game that looked like it could go either way. In contrast, Radjabov-Kramnik was a quick draw.

Not much excitement in round 2. Radjabov had little trouble holding a draw against Kasparov, and the other games were also drawn.
Shirov and Kasparov had a humdinger of a fight in round 1, with Shirov hanging on for a draw after Kasparov sacrificed a piece and missed some chances. Vallejo Pons-Kramnik was a quick draw, and in the only decisive game, Leko as black harvested a few pawns and won the ending against Radjabov.

The world's top-rated player, the recently reclusive Gary Kasparov, is making a rare appearance in this year's edition of the Spanish supertournament, which runs February 19-March 5. The 7-player double round robin also includes Kramnik, Shirov, Topalov, Leko, Paco Vallejo and Radjabov.

Scores after 5 rounds:
2.5 Leko*, Kramnik
2.0 Kasparov*, Vallejo Pons*, Shirov*, Topalov*, Radjabov (* = game in hand)

Official Site | View games
Shirov-Kasparov annotated

Aeroflot - Filippov leads: The 3rd Aeroflot Festival is one of the year's most important tournaments with an incredible array of strong GMs. Players include Akopian, Dreev, Aleksandrov, Bologan, Lautier, Khalifman, Smirin, Bacrot, Sakaev and Rublevsky. The official site features live games, but not much PGN available yet.
Leading scores after 7 rounds:
6.0 Filippov
5.5 Dreev, Tregubov, Lautier, Van Wely, Sasikiran, Berkes, Motylev
5.0 Fedorov, Malakhov, Bacrot, Volokitin, Rublevsky, Asrian, Rustemov, Mamedyarov, Minasian, Graf, Vaganian, Petrosian, Jakovenko, Khenkin, Sadvakasov, Korobov

Aeroflot Site | View games | Carlsen-Dolmatov annotated

Internationale Fränkische Großmeistertage 2004: A strong tournament in Germany, featuring Bischoff, Naiditsch, Hector.
Scores after 6 rounds:
4.5 Gustafsson
3.5 Conquest
3.0 Bezold*, Baramidze*, Skripchenko, Bischoff
2.5 Prusikin*, Hector*, Doettling
1.5 Naiditsch*
1.0 Stellwagen* (*= score out of 5)
Site | View games

Jakarta: An interesting tournament featuring strong women and Asian stars, with some big prize money.
Scores after 7 rounds:
4.5 Adianto, Stefanova
4.0 Zhu Chen, Juswanto
2.5 Hoang Thanh Trang
1.5 Megaranto
Site | View games

International Paderborn Computer Chess Tournament: Hydra - derived from Brutus - was the surprise winner, beating Fritz and drawing Shredder in this respected computer comp.
Final scores, 7 rounds: 6.5 Hydra; 5.5 Fritz; 5.0 Shredder; 4.5 Ikarus; 4.0 Gandalf; 3.5 Diep, Isichess, Patzer, Quark; 3.0 YACE 2600, Anaconda, SOS, The Baron; 2.0 Comet; 1.5 Matador; 1.0 BlackBishop
Site | View games

2nd Breizh Masters: A French tourney featuring a couple of 2600s and some local masters.
Final Scores, 10 rounds:
7.5 Baklan
5.5 Istratescu
5.0 Bagheri
4.5 Wirig, Le Roux
3.0 Gozzoli
Site | View games


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XXI  (1)   Linares ESP
2004.02.19     1/2-1/2     B90

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Nbd7 9.Qd2 b5 10.a4 b4

An uncompromising line where white becomes very strong on the queenside - almost certainly winning a few pawns - while black gets kingside chances ... as Kasparov demonstrates!
11.Nd5 Bxd5 12.exd5 Nb6
Protecting b4 by counterattacking d5
13.Bxb6 Qxb6 14.a5 Qb7 15.Bc4 g6 16.Ra4
White's pieces end up clumped on the queenside
16...Rb8 17.Qd3 Ra8 18.Qd2 Rb8 19.Nc1!?
Preferring not to repeat moves with Qd3 and a probably draw
19...h5! 20.Nd3 Bh6 21.Qe2
( 21.Qxb4 Qc7!? 22.Qc3 seems to give black compensation )
21...O-O 22.Nxb4 Qd7 23.Nc6!? Rxb2 24.O-O h4 25.Bb3 h3!
Commencing the kingside assault
26.g3 e4! 27.fxe4 Qg4!
Vintage Kasparov.
( 28.Qxg4 Nxg4 and black can win an exchange with ...Be3+ and ...Nf2+, eg 29.Rb4 Be3+ 30.Kh1 Nf2+ 31.Rxf2?? Rb1+ 32.Rf1 Rxf1# )
Preparing ...Qe3+ and ...Ng4
Typical Shirov - active defence. The move brings the Ra4 into play and clears a path for the d-pawn
29...dxe5 30.Rh4 e4 31.Qd4 Ng4!?

chess position

( 31...Qe3+!? 32.Qxe3 Bxe3+ 33.Kh1 Kg7 34.Rxh3 Ng4 35.Kg2 Bc5 36.Re1 f5 looks very good for black, as the Rh3 is hopelessly out of play and the d-pawn is held up )
Eliminating a key piece
32...Nxh6 33.Qxb2 Qe3+ 34.Rf2
( 34.Kh1?? Qe2! 35.Rg1 Qf3+ -+ )
( 34...Ng4 35.Qd4 is good for white )
35.Rf1 Qe3+
Drawn by perpetual check

Carlsen, Magnus (2484)    --    Dolmatov, Sergey (2591)
Aeroflot Open  (3)   2004     1-0     A04

1.Nf3 f5 2.d3!?

Taking the game out of normal Dutch lines and aiming for a quick e4
2...d6 3.e4 e5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.exf5 Bxf5 6.d4 Nxd4 7.Nxd4 exd4 8.Qxd4 Nf6 9.Bc4 c6 10.Bg5 b5 11.Bb3 Be7 12.O-O-O +/-
White already has a big edge as black can't castle yet and is vulnerable down the central files
12...Qd7 13.Rhe1 Kd8

chess position

14.Rxe7!! Qxe7
( 14...Kxe7 15.Re1+ +- )
Even more lovely than the last move, this powerful follow-up allows white to pile up on both d6 and f6
15...Bd7 16.Ne4 d5
( 16...Rf8 17.Rxd6 Kc8 18.Nxf6 ( 18.Nc5!? ) ( 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.Nc5!? Rd8 20.Be6! +- Bxe6 21.Rxc6+ Qc7 22.Qxc7# ) 18...gxf6 19.Bxf6 Qe1+ 20.Rd1 Qe8 leaves white in control )
17.Nxf6 h6 18.Bh4 g5 19.Qd4!
White wins
( 19.Qd4 gxh4 20.Nxd5!! Qf8 21.Nf6 +- A nice attack )

Upcoming tournaments

City of Sydney Championships 2004 29 Feb to 28 March Venue: Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club 117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde Registration Closes 23rd Feb, late applications accepted until 10:30am 29th Feb (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 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 Open: 1st $600 2nd $400 3rd $200 U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, Junior: 1st $250 2nd $150 3rd $100 FIDE rated All NSW resident players must be members of (or join) the NSWCA or the NSWJCL Contact Ralph Seberry [0403 991 730], NSWCA website: Cheques payable to NSWCA Inc. [or email to Ralph Seberry] NSW Chess Association G.P.O Box 2418 Sydney 2001

Laurieton Chess Club Chessplayers are invited to the 4th annual Laurieton 'One Day Chess' Tournament Sunday 29 February 2004 10:30 am. Start - 7 Rds., 25 min. per Player Venue: Laurieton United Servicemen's Club Games Rated - Cash Prizes subject to entries The decision of Tournament Directors is final. Primary & High School Students most welcome. Entry Fees; $ 12 Seniors - $ 5 under 18 years. This is a Non-Smoking Tournament. Free Refreshments. Club Bistro open for $ 4 Lunch. Contact: Endel 6559 9060

Wyong Shire Cup at Mingara Chess Club. Anyone who lives on the NSW Central Coast or is a member of a Central Coast chess club is eligible, Juniors welcome. Venue : Legends Sports Bar, Mingara Recreation club, Mingara Drive Tumbi Umbi. When : 1st March - 19th April. 7 rounds 1 game per night No tournament play on Easter Monday 12th of April. The last round will be held on Monday April 14th and the presentation Night will be held on Monday April 26th at 7:45 pm followed by Mingara Verses the World (as we know it i.e. the rest of the Central Coast). Entries : $8 entry fee. To pay for trophies and ratings. Entries taken at venue from 7:30 pm before round 1. Time Limit: 90 minutes per player per game Playing sessions 7:45 pm to 10:45pm Prizes : Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd and divisional trophies - number of divisions dependent on the number of entries. Deferred games : Deferred games will be allowed if at least 48 hours notice is given to the D.O.P. Or in the case of emergencies. Enquiries : To Director of Play Mal Murrell 43923873

38th Ballarat Begonia tournament (6-8th March 2004). We are hoping to even emulate last years effort when we had a record of 120 entrants. Invitations are extended for the 38th Ballarat Begonia Open to be conducted by the Ballarat Chess Club Inc. The tournament will be FIDE rated. It will be held at the regular venue, which offers excellent playing conditions and is located in the heart of the city close to all facilities. Date: The Victorian Labour Day long weekend, Saturday 6th to Monday 8th March 2004. Venue: Amenities Centre, Old Gaol Building, School of Mines, Lydiard St South, Ballarat. Schedule: The tournament will be a 7 round Swiss starting at 1.30 pm Saturday with the final round on Monday at 2.00 pm. The rate of play will be 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move increment from move 1. Entries: $60.00 adult, $50.00 concession for pensioners and unemployed $30 for juniors under 14 years of age. Prizes: Outright prizes: 1st $1,000 2nd $500 3rd $300 4th $200 Three Rating Groups: 1st $250 2nd $100 All prizes are guaranteed by the club. General: The organising committee has pre-booked a limited quantity of budget accommodation, which will be allocated on first application basis, so if you are interested please contact us early.
Contacts. Telephone: Patrick Cook 0353316658 or Bas van Riel 03 53316439 Postal: Box1242, Ballarat Mail Centre Vic 3354 E-mail: Web site:
Chess Kids coaches (one of our sponsors) will be providing supervision and coaching at the Ballarat Begonia Weekender (Mar 6-8). Fly in from another state and they will meet you at the airport to get you there! Please contact David Cordover on 0411 877 833 or if you would like more details or to receive application forms.

Dubbo RSL Open (NSW) Class 1 Grand Prix Event Incorporating the NSW Country Championship (NSWCA country members eligible for Country title) Dubbo RSL Club Corner Brisbane and Wingewarra Streets, Dubbo 13-14 March 2004 Saturday 10:30am 1:30pm 4:00pm Sunday 9:30am 12:00pm 2:30pm Registration: 10:00am - 10:30am $350 first prize guaranteed Also U1700, U1400, unrated, junior prize depending on entries Entry fees: Adults $40, Concession $30, Juniors $20 (a $5 dollar discount if paid by 1/3/2004) Cheques payable to Dubbo RSL Chess Club 60 minutes + 10 sec per player. Contacts: Alexander Aich 02 6884 4561 or Trevor Bemrose 02 6882 2725. (come an extra day and visit our famous Zoo)

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 Full details

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 Details

World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad Calicut (Kozhikode), Kerala, India July 1-9 10 Round Swiss. 4-player teams 90 minutes/30 seconds increment Free board and lodging to a team of 4 players and the official, for nine days from 1st July to 9th July. For further details, please contact: P.T. Ummer Koya, Organising Secretary and Secretary General, AICF and Vice President FIDE, Chessindia Complex, Meenchanda, Post Nallalam, Calicut – 673 027, INDIA Phone : (91) 495 – 2420327, 2420727 Fax : (91) 495 – 2422033, 2421005 Email Website

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Grand Prix tournaments:

T1 NSW 3 24 / 25 Jan Australia Day Weekender North Sydney Leagues Club Ralph Seberry 040-399-1730
T2 NSW 2 7 / 8 Feb Newcastle Open Cardiff (Newcastle) George Lithgow 02-4943-2225
T3 VIC 1 21 / 21 Feb Drouin Open Old Council Chambers Drouin 03-9576-8177
T4 TAS 1 6 - 8 Mar 2004 Tasmanian Championship Burnie Neville Ledger 03-6431-1280
T5 VIC 6 - 8 Mar Ballarat Begonia Open Ballarat Patrick Cook 03-5331-6658
T6 NSW 1 13 / 14 Mar Dubbo Open & Country Championship Dubbo RSL Club Trevor Bemrose 02-6882-2725
T7 ACT 3 9 - 12 Apr Doeberl Cup Canberra Roger McCart 02-6251-6190
T8 QLD 2 10- 12 Apr Darling Downs Open Downlands College Toowoomba Ross Mills 07-4634-0875
T9 NSW 1 1 - 2 May Laurieton Open Laurieton Endel Lane 02-6559-9060
T10 QLD 1 - 3 May Peninsula Open Redcliffe State High School Bob Goodwin
T11 NSW 15 - 16 May May Weekender Rose Bay Ralph Seberry 040-399-1730
T12 NSW 3 5 - 7 Jun NSW Open Championship Sydney - TBA Ralph Seberry 040-399-1730
T13 NSW 3 12 / 13 Jun Mid North Coast June Open Laurieton Endel Lane 02-6559-9060
T14 QLD 3 26 / 27 Jun Gold Coast Open Robina Town Centre Graeme Gardiner 07-5522-7221
T15 QLD 3 / 4 Jul Caloundra Open Caloundra RSL Bob Goodwin
T16 NSW 10 / 11 Jul Fairfield Winter Cup Fairfield Rolando Atenzia
T17 SA 3 10 / 11 Jul University Open Adelaide University Andrew Saint 08-83323752
T18 ACT 3 24 / 25 Jul ANU Open Canberra
T19 NSW 3 7 / 8 Aug Coal City Open Newcastle George Lithgow 02-4943-3862
T20 NSW 31 Jul & 1 Aug August Weekender Rose Bay Ralph Seberry 040-399-1730
T21 QLD 3 18 / 19 Sep Gold Coast Classic Somerset College Graeme Gardiner 07-5522-7221
T22 NSW 3 2 / 4 Oct Ryde Eastwood Open Ryde Eastwood Ralph Seberry 040-399-1730
T23 QLD 2 / 3 Oct Redcliffe Challenge Redcliffe State High School Bob Goodwin
T24 NSW 16 / 17 Oct Tweed Heads Open Tweed Heads Civic Centre Audie Pennefather
T25 NSW 1 30 /31 Oct Laurieton Open Laurieton Endel Lane 02-6559-9060
T26 NSW 2 13 / 14 Nov Coffs Harbour Inaugural Open Coffs Harbour Catholic Club Bill Ross 02-6651-8855
T27 NSW 20 /21 Nov November Weekender North Sydney Leagues Club Ralph Seberry 040-399-1730
T28 NSW 3 10 / 11 Dec Fairfield Summer Cup Fairfield Rolando Atenzia

Drouin Open Chess Championship
ACF Grand Prix Category 1 Tournament
Saturday/Sunday, 21st & 22nd February
Old Council Chambers Young St, Drouin
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Dubbo RSL Open (NSW)
Class 1 Grand Prix Event
Incorporating the NSW Country Championship (NSWCA country members eligible for Country title)
Dubbo RSL Club
Corner Brisbane and Wingewarra Streets, Dubbo 13-14 March 2004

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
Full details

Gold Coast Open
Cat 3
Robina Town Centre
26/27 June
Graeme Gardiner 07 5522 7221

Gold Coast Classic
Cat 3
Somerset College
18/19 September
Graeme Gardiner 07 5522 7221

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