Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 258, March 24, 2004

In this issue:
ACF Workshop/Council Meeting
Dubbo Open
Website wonders
City of Sydney highlights
Net games
Juniors: World Youth entries
World news: Amber, Karpov
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

Wanted: Olympiad Appeal Co-ordinator: The Co-ordinator must fulfil or arrange to have fulfilled the ACF Olympiad By-Laws, specifically para 2. Resources will be allocated to assist the occupant. The ACF Treasurer will assist with accounting tasks if required. Persons interested should not hesitate to send applications to email ACF President George Howard or call me on 0414841575 for a confidential discussion.

Grand Prix 2003 Prizes: All Grand Prix 2003 prizewinners should email ACF President George Howard with their name and address so that he can send them their cheques.

ACF Administrative Workshop: The ACF will be holding a special event on the day before the Doeberl Cup to brainstorm some ideas. The Workshop starts at 10.00am on April 8 and finishes at 5.00pm. It will be followed by the ACF Council Meeting held at 6.30pm Canberra Time. The Italo-Australian Club has kindly given the ACF the use of a room for the Workshop and Council Meeting.

ACF President George Howard writes: "All members of ACF Council are asked to attend as we haven't had an opportunity like this before and we need to make the most out of it. If states'/territories' Council Representatives cannot attend but they have someone else from their team available to make a contribution, that would be much appreciated. Could all states/territories please give me names and numbers of attendees now - it is actually the third time I have asked as we need to cater for lunch, coffees etc."

The Dubbo Open was also the NSW Country Championship this year. We had eighteen players coming from Newcastle, Orange, Armidale, Gunnedah, Dubbo, Cowra and Forbes, Brisbane and Canberra. So it was a real country championship. Unfortunately we had no one from Sydney as we usually do and the tournament was not as strong as usual. Fritz Van Der Wal from Orange and Mike Canfell from Armidale came equal first on 5/6. Fritz won the Country Championship (for his second time) on tiebreak. Nathan Davidson from Brisbane and Mike Canfell both performed above expectations, Nathan winning the under 1700 prize and Mike sharing first. Jaideep Bhakta a promising junior from Forbes also did extremely well winning the junior prize easily. Final standings are shown below.

Dubbo RSL Open 2004 - 6 Rounds
Place Name                 Feder Rtg Loc  Score

 1-2  Van Der Wal, Fritz W NSW       1883 5
      Canfell, Mike J      NSW       1616 5
 3-4  Davidson, Nathan P   QLD       1595 4
      Bemrose, Trevor      NSW       1972 4
 5-8  Hellmann, Oscar      NSW       1705 3.5
      Kershaw, Max         NSW       1821 3.5
      Egan, Bill           ACT       1617 3.5
      Bhakta, Jaideep      NSWJ           3.5
9-12  Aich, Alexander      NSW       1496 3
      Lithgow, George      NSW       1355 3
      Parmeter, Matt       NSW       978  3
      Losh, Gary           NSW       1520 3
13-14 Ross, Bill           NSW       1585 2.5
      Yeong, Jonathan      NSW            2.5
15-16 Wilson, Greg         NSW       1210 1.5
      Dunn, Matthew        NSWJ           1.5
17-18 Bredin, Wayne        NSW            1
      Hussell, Ben         NSWJ           1

- Trevor Bemrose

Website wonders: If you're tired of being fried by Fritz or Shredded by Shredder, the ACF website now has just the ticket: an online chess program that you can beat! Little ChessPartner comes courtesy of Lokasoft. It knows the basics of chess startegy but not much else, and you can adjust settings to make it move faster or slower.

If you want to play a live opponent, the popular Aussie site ChessKit now offers an easy to use playing interface.

Also on the web, a new page to facilitate live game display will be online at the ACF site soon. It is intended that the page will provide a "backup" for times when live game display using more sophisticated methods goes awry. The page will feature an upload section where PGN files can be easily uploaded through a web browser without the need for FTP or problems with firewalls; a simple live chat doo-dah; and a java applet which will automatically read and display uploaded files. It won't be fancy but hopefully it will be useful.

Finally, the ACF Consitution has recently been updated, thanks to the tireless work of Denis Jessop. You can see the updated version at Denis and others are also working on a longer-term project to streamline and partly rewrite the Constitution.

City of Sydney: Leading scores after round 8: Xie 7, Canfell, Dick, and Hu 6.

Dick was unable to win with an extra rook against 2nd seed Canfell in round 7. (He had the same problem against 1st seed Xie in round 3, and gave 4th seed Ayvazyan a similar problem in round 4 where he had a rook against a queen, but was able to construct a fortress and draw.)

Some of the more interesting games from the event can be viewed at

Some highlights:

Gareth Charles has just played 16.b4! in this position, intending to capture on e6 if the Nc5 retreats:

chess position

Play continued: 16...fxe4 17. bxc5!! Bxg5 (Capturing on f3 or d3 allows Nxe6!) 18. Qxf8+!! 1-0

Armen Ayvazyan has just erred with ...Rc8 in this position, allowing leader George Xie a smashing finish:

chess position

20. Nxd7 Qxd7 21. Qh5! (Attacking h7 and a5) Nc4 22. Qxh7+ Kf8 23. Bxc4! Rxc4 24. Rxb7!! 1-0 (If 24...Qxb7 25. Bd6+ and 26.Qh8 mates)

chess position

Jose Escribano tried the old one-two the following game:

chess position

18.Bxh7+!? Kxh7 19. Ng5+ Kh6?! (A tougher test might be 19...Kg8, eg 20.Qh5? Qxc1+ 21.Kf2 Qc2+! 22.Kg3 Qg6! and black holds. 20.0-0 allows 20...f6 21.exf6 Rxf6!) 20.0-0!! Qe8 (If black captures, Rf4! will mate quickly) 21.Rf4 Kg6 22.Qg4 f5 23.exf6 gxf6 24.Ne4+ Kh6 25.Qh3+ Qh5 26.Rh4 Qxh4 27.Qxh4+ Kg6 28.Nd6 b6 29.Nc1d3 Bd7 30.Nd3f4+ Kg7 31. Qg4+ 1-0

Results and other info available at
- DOP Ralph Seberry

The net-set: A couple of games played on the internet lately with lively finishes.

Philip-PaulB 0-1
1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. d3 d5 4. e5 Nfd7 5. d4 Nc6 6. Bb5 e6 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8. Nf3 cxd4 9. cxd4 c5 10. O-O Ba6 11. Re1 Qb6 12. b3 cxd4 13. Nxd4 Bc5 14. Bb2 O-O 15. a3 f6!? 16. f4 fxe5 17. fxe5 Nxe5!! 18. Kh1
{Capturing on e5 allows black to play ...Bxd4+ 19.Bxd4 Qxd4+!! with mate on f1} Nd3 19. Nxe6 Nf2+ 0-1
laurina-dooge 0-1
1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Bg5 e6 4. Nc3 b6 5. Nf3 Bb7 6. e3 Be7 7. Be2 O-O 8. O-O Ne4 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nxe4 Bxe4 11. Bd3 d5 12. Bxe4 fxe4 13. Ne5 Nd7 14. Nxd7 Qxd7 15. Qb3 Rf6 16. Rac1 Raf8 17. Rc2 Qf7 18. Qc3 Qh5 19. cxd5 Rh6 20. h3 Rg6 21. Kh1 Rf3!! 22. Kh2 Rxg2+ 23. Kxg2 Qxh3+ 24. Kg1 Qg4+ 25. Kh1 Rh3# 0-1

"Dooge" is none other than Doug Moore, by day a mild-mannered subbing superstar on a greater metropitan newspaper, by night a regular player at Manly chess club. Doug, the newsletter editor's boss, is also responsible for the lateness of this edition ... a costly blunder!


World Youth Championship - entries: Initial expressions of interest are sought for the World Youth Championship 2004, to be held in Heraklion, Crete, Greece in November. The event has 10 tournaments, Open and Girls sections in the following divisions: U10, U12, U14, U16, U18. Australia can send one selected player in each age division who receives free accommodation, and others may also go, subject to ACF approval, who need to meet their own costs. Formal applications will be called for when more details are known about the event. These applications should be in accordance with paragraph 8 of the ACF Selection Procedures By-law, which can be found at

Please send expressions of interest to Kerry Stead via email

Kerry Stead
ACF Vice President

World News:

Leko, Anand join Kramnik to lead Amber: Kramnik, Morozevich and Bareev began well with 2.0/2.0 on day one of this blindfold/rapid event. Kramnik beat Ivanchuk 1.5-0.5 to retain his lead in round 2 as Morozevich stumbled against Leko and Bareev lost to Svidler. Topalov took a game off Anand to tie their second-round match 1-1. A pair of draws in round 3 against Leko cut into Kramnik's lead in the event, and allowed Bareev to catch him in first spot. Gelfand's disastrous form continued. In round 4 Kramnik and Morozevich drew their match, allowing Leko and Anand to move into joint first place with Kramnik.

Blindfold standings after 4 rounds: Svidler, Leko 3.0; Morozevich, Kramnik, Bareev 2.5; Topalov, Anand, Shirov, Ivanchuk 2.0; Van Wely 1.5; Vallejo Pons 1.0; Gelfand 0.0.
Rapid standings after 4 rounds: Anand 3.5; Kramnik 3.0; Leko, Bareev 2.5; Morozevich, Topalov, Shirov, Ivanchuk 2.0; Svidler, Van Wely 1.5; Vallejo Pons 1.0; Gelfand 0.5.

Combined standings after 4 rounds: Leko, Peter g HUN 2722 5.5; 2. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2777 5.5; 3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2766 5.5; 4. Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2714 5.0; 5. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2732 4.5; 6. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2747 4.5; 7. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2735 4.0; 8. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2736 4.0; 9. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2716 4.0; 10. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2617 3.0; 11. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2663 2.0; 12. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2709 0.5.

Each day features two rounds - one rapid, one blindfold. For the latter, the players will make a move on a blank computer screen.

Official Site | Games

Rublevsky leads Karpov tourney: A category XVIII 5th Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky, Siberia. Scores after 5 rounds: Rublevsky 4.5; Grischuk, Sokolov 4.0; Onischuk, Bologan, Zvjaginsev 3.5; Lautier, Aleksandrov 2.5; Zhang Zhong 2.0; Malakhov 1.0. (Note that Aleksandrov and Sokolov have played an extra game). Site | Games | View annotated game: Grischuk-Zvjaginsev

Kasparov wins Reykjavik Rapid as Short blows his chances: Kasparov has won the event after a lucky escape against Short, who wrecked a winning position. Earlier, Kasparov and Short had triumphed over Nielsen and Dreev respectively to make the final in this knockout event. Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen put up spirited resistance to Kasparov in their round 1 match, winning a pawn and drawing the first game before succumbing to Kasparovian tactics in game 2.

Round 1
Olafsson-Aronian 0-1 0-1
Short-Kristjansson 1/2 1-0
Petursson-Dreev 0-1 1/2
Stefansson-Karpov 1-0 0-1 Playoff 0-1
Carlsen-Kasparov 1/2 0-1
Hjartarson-Timman 0-1 1/2
Nataf-Sutovsky 0-1 1/2
Epishin-Nielsen 0-1 0-1

Round 2
Short-Aronian 1/2 1-0
Karpov-Dreev 0-1 1/2
Timman-Kasparov 1/2 0-1
Nielsen-Sutovsky 1-0 1/2

Round 3
Short-Dreev 1/2 1-0
Kasparov-Nielsen 1/2 1/2 Playoff 1-0

Round 4 - Final
Kasparov-Short 1-0 1/2

Official Site | Rapid games | Short-Kasparov annotated

Aronian sensation in Reykjavik Blitz: GM Levon Aronian (originally Armenian, now German) has scored a stunning undefeated 13/15 on day one of the strong Reykjavic blitz, even beating Garry Kasparov.
Blitz Scores after 15 rounds:
13.0 Aronian
12.0 Kasparov
10.0 Sutovsky
9.5 Dreev, Karpov
9.0 Peter Heine Nielsen
8.0 Timman
7.5 Short
7.0 Kristjansson
6.0 Hjartarson, Epishin
5.5 Stefansson, Petursson
4.0 Nataf, Carlsen
3.5 Olafsson

Official Site | Some blitz games

Reykjavic Open: Leading Final scores, 9 rounds, 76 players: Dreev, Epishin, Sutovsky, Timman, Aronian, Nataf, Ehlvest, Markus 6.5; Korneev, Erenburg, Hillarp Persson 6.0; Bu, Luther, Krasenkow, Rogers, Atalik, Votava, Romanishin, Zatonskih, Olafsson, Miezis, Stefansson 5.5.
This event led up to the Reykjavic Rapid, which featured Kasparov, Karpov and Short - the top four players and best Icelander from the Open qualified to play in the Rapid. Site | View games

German Chess Cup: The final round of the German Chess Cup took place March 19th - 21 in Erfurt. Dr. Joachim Asendorf (SV Werder Bremen) won the Single Cup against Olaf Heinzel (FC Bayern Muenchen). SG Porz won the Team Cup against SC Baden-Oos. Official Site | View games

Kamsky for FIDE president: Former world championship contender Gata Kamsky plans to stand for FIDE President, according to newsgroup reports. Kamsky lost to Karpov in a "world championship match" in 1996, and since then only played once, losing to Khalifman in a FIDE knockout. Earlier, though, he was a leading player, regularly beating players such as Anand and Gelfand. Kamsky's father, Rustam, attracted great controversy because of his aggressive off-board tactics at tournaments. After his chess retirement, Russian-born Kamsky was reportedly studying medicine and now lives in New York.

Kamsky has also proposed that Dimitrije Bjelica, the Yugoslav Chess journalist, be made General Secretary of FIDE - at present, the position is vacant after the sacking of Emmanuel Omuku, and is being filled by Mortan Sand of Norway, David Jarrett of England and George Makropoulos of Greece in weekly rotation. Kamsky has declared that he wants to end corruption in the world chess body.

Closer to home, the 14th Asian Cities Teams Championship will be held in Tagaytay City, Philippines from March 20-28. Sydney and Auckland are among the 35 teams from 25 countries. Peter Parr


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Zhang Zhong (2639)    --    Rublevsky, S (2655)
5th Karpov  (1)   Poikovsky RUS
2004.03.17     0-1     A04

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 Nge7 5.Bg2 g6 6.O-O Bg7 7.c3 O-O 8.d4 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.dxc5 Qa5 11.Nbd2 Qxc5 12.Ne4 Qa5 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bd2 Qc7 15.c4 Nde7 16.Nc3 a6 17.Re1 Rd8 18.Qc1 Kh7 19.Qc2 Nb4 20.Qb3 Nd3 21.Red1 Nf5 22.Ne4 b5 23. cxb5 Bb7 24.b6 Qb8 25.Bxh6!?

chess position

A very interesting combination but it doesn't end white's troubles
( 25...Bxe4 26.Ng5+ Kxh6 27.Nxf7+ Kh7 28.Bxe4 Nc5!? 29.Qf3 Rxd1+ 30.Rxd1 Nxe4 31.Qxe4 Qe8 32.b7 Rb8 33.Ng5+ Kg8 34.Nxe6 Bxb2 35.Qc4 looks perilous for black )
26.Neg5+ Kg8 27.Rxd3
White recovers his piece
27...Bd5 28.Rxd5
And now offers an exchange
( 28.Qb4 seems to lose a piece to 28...Bxg5 29.Nxg5 Bxg2 which forces 30.Rxd8+ Qxd8 31.Kxg2 Qxg5 )
( 28...Rxd5 29.Nxf7!? Kxf7 30.Ng5+!? Bxg5 31.Bxd5 exd5 32.Qxd5+ Kf6 33.Re1 gives white a vicious attack while black's Ra8 and Qb8 are tied up )
29.Rd1 Ne7 30.h4 Rd6 31.Ne5 Bxg5 32.hxg5 Qxb6
Now black has evaded the dangers
33.Qa3 Rad8 34.Ng4 d4 35.Nf6+ Kg7 36.Ne4 Re6 37.Bf3 Nc6 38.Kg2 Ne5 39. Nc5 Ree8 40.b4 Rd6 41.Ne4 Rdd8 42.Nc5 a5 43.Qxa5 Qxa5 44.bxa5 Nxf3 45.Kxf3 Rd5 46.Nd3 Rxg5 47.a6 Rf5+ 48.Kg2 Re2 49.Nf4 Rxa2 50.Rxd4 Rxa6 51.Nd3 Ra2 52.g4 Rf6 53.Kg3 Rd2 54.f4 Re6 55.Kf3 Re8 56.Rd7 Kf8 57.g5 Re6 58.Rd4 Ke7 59.Rd5 Ree2 60. Re5+ Rxe5 61.Nxe5 Ke6 62.Ng4 Rd3+ 63.Ke4 Ra3 64.Nh6 Rg3 65.Ng8 Rh3 66.Nf6 Ra3 67.Ng4 Ra4+ 68.Ke3 Rb4 69.Nh6 Rb7 70.Ke4 Kd6 71.Ng8 Rb4+ 72.Ke3 Kd5 73.Nf6+ Kc4 74.Ng4 Rb7 75.Nh6 Kd5 76.Kf3 Kd4 77.Ng8 Rb3+ 78.Kg4 Ke3 79.Nf6 Rd3 80.Kg3 Rd4 81.Ng4+ Ke4 82.Ne5 Kf5 83.Nxf7 Rxf4 84.Nd8 0-1

Grischuk, A (2719)    --    Sokolov, I (2706)
5th Karpov  (2)   Poikovsky RUS
2004.03.18     1-0     C96

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 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 cxd4 12.cxd4 Bb7 13.d5 Rc8 14.b3 Qc7 15.Bd3 Nh5 16.a4 b4 17.Bd2 f5!? 18.Bxb4 Nf4 19.Nc3 Nxb3! 20.Rb1

( 20.Qxb3 Nxd3 )
20...Nc5 21.Bxc5 Qxc5 22.Rxb7 Qxc3 23.Bxa6 Qa5 24.Rxe7 Qxa6 25.Nh4!
Suddenly white switches to a kingside assault
( 25...g6!? 26.g3!? Nxh3+ 27.Kg2 Ng5? ( 27...Nxf2!? 28.Kxf2 fxe4+ 29.Kg2 Rc4 gives black some practical chances ) 28.exf5 gxf5 29.Qh5! +- )
26.Qg4 Rf7
( 26...g6 27.g3 Nd3 28.Qe6+ Kh8 29.Nxg6+! hxg6 30.Qxg6 +- )
27.Nf5! h5 28.Qg5 e3 29.Rxf7 exf2+ 30.Kh2!
( 30.Kh2 Kxf7 31.Qxg7+ Ke8 32.Qe7# )

chess position

Zhang Zhong (2639)    --    Malakhov, V (2700)
5th Karpov  (2)   Poikovsky RUS
2004.03.18     1-0     B35

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 a5

Black omits ...d6, hoping for a straight ...d5, so white avoids f3
9.O-O d6 10.Ndb5 b6 11.a4 Ba6
Black's plan doesn't look too hot to me
12.f4 Nd7 13.Qf3 Bxc3 14.bxc3 Na7 15.c4 Nc5 16.f5
Black's kingside is denuded of defenders and very vulnerable
16...Nc6 17.Bh6 Ne5 18.Qf4 Re8 19.h4 f6 20.fxg6 hxg6 21.Rae1 Kh7 22.Qd2 Qc8 23.Bf4 Bb7 24.Nc3 Ne6 25.Bg3 Nxc4 26.Qd1 Ne5 27.Nd5 Bxd5 28.Qxd5 Ng7 29.Bf2 Rb8 30.Re3 Ng4 31.Rg3 Nxf2 32.h5!!
The Nf2 isn't going anywhere so white accelerates the attack
32...g5 33.Qf7!
Ditto. White threatens Qg6 and h6
33...d5 34.Rxf2 Rf8 35.Qg6+ Kh8 36.exd5 Qc5 37.d6!
Threatens Qh6 mate! It forces ...e6, weakening f6
37...e6 38.h6 Nh5
( 38...Ne8 39.d7 +- )
39.Qxh5 Qxd6 40.Qg6 Rb7 41.Rd3 Qe5 42.Rd1 Rh7 43.Qxf6+!!
A beautiful finish!
( 43.Qxf6+ Rxf6?? ( 43...Qxf6 44.Rxf6 and black can't recapture because of the back-rank mate threat ) 44.Rd8+ Rf8 45.Rdxf8# )

chess position

Grischuk, A (2719)    --    Zvjaginsev, V (2654)
5th Karpov  (4)   Poikovsky RUS
2004.03.20     1-0     B35

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 e6?!

Looks suspect to me, but ...d5 is a tempting break
9.f4 Ng4
A standard manoeuvre in the accelerated dragon
10.Qxg4 Nxd4 11.O-O-O
White has a substantial lead in development
11...Nxb3+ 12.axb3 Qa5 13.Kb1
The disadvantages of ...e6 are clear in this position: black has a gaping hole on d6 and it's hard to develop the Bc8
13...f5 14.Qg5!? Bf6 15.Qg3 Bxc3 16.bxc3 fxe4?!
Black really needs to develop. He hopes to get ...d5 in, but white stops this. On the other hand
( 16...Qxc3 leaves black badly undeveloped )
17.h4 Qh5 18.Qf2! a5?!
...b6 or ...b5 and ...Bb7 might be better
19.g4! Qb5
Capturing g4 only opens more lines against the Kg8
# Now the Bc8 is entombed and the queen is in danger

20...a4 21.Rb6 Qa5 22.b4! Qd5 23.Qe2!
Threatening Rd1
23...e5 24.h5!
# Note how the Rb6 is now attacking the kingside across the rank!

24...exf4 25.Rd1 f3 26.Qe1 Qf7 27.hxg6 hxg6 28.Qh4 Qh7 29. Qg5 Ra6 30.Rdd6! Rxb6 31.Bxb6! f2 32.Rxg6+ Kf7
( 32...Kh8 33.Bd4+ +- )
33.Qf6+ Ke8 34.Qd8+
# A superb attacking game!
( 34.Qd8+ Kf7 35.Rf6+ Kg7 36.Qxf8 )

chess position

Short, N (2702)    --    Kasparov, G (2831)
Rapid  (4.1)   Reykjavik ISL
2004.03.21     0-1     B84

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Be3 O-O 9.g4!?

Just when it was looking like a standard Scheveningen, Short gets aggro
9...b5 10.g5 Nfd7 11.a3 Bb7 12.Rg1!?
Defence and attack. This move usefully removes the Rh1 from the aim of the Bb7, and points ominously at the black king
12...Nc5 13.f5!?
Hyper-aggression! White meets the threat to e4 with his own threat of f6!, winning a piece
13...Kh8 14.Bd3
Rather than Bf3 - Now the queen can sail to h5
14...Nc6 15.Qh5 g6 16.Qh4 Re8 17.O-O-O Nxd3+ 18.Rxd3!?
Now the rook is ready to switch to h3, but black's next forces a loss of tempo or an exchange sacrifice
( 18.cxd3!? might also be good, eg 18...b4!? When white retains good attacking chances )
18...Ne5 19.fxe6!?

chess position

fxe6 20.Nxe6 Qd7 21.Nf4 Nxd3+ 22.cxd3 Kg8 23.Bd4 d5 24.Nxg6 ?!
The critical moment, and this might not be best. It's a flashy sacrifice, to be sure, but black's answer rapidly gives him counterplay. e5! maintains the threats and clamps down further on black's position, eg
( 24.e5!? Qf5 ( 24...Rac8 25.Nxg6 hxg6 26.e6 Bxg5+ 27.Rxg5 Qh7 28.Rxg6+!! Qxg6 29. Qh8# ) 25.Nce2!? Rf8 26.Rg3 Rac8+ 27.Kb1 Rf7 28.e6 Rg7 29.Bxg7 Kxg7 30.Qh6+ Kg8 31.Rh3 +- )
24...dxe4!! 25.Nxe7+ Rxe7 26.Bf6 exd3!! 27.g6 d2+! 28.Kc2 Qf5+ 29.Kxd2 Rd7+ 30. Kc1 h5
And now black can safely shelter behind white's g6 pawn. A nice fightback by Kasparov
31.Bg5 Bf3 32.Bh6 Re8 33.Qb4 Qe6 34.Qf4 Bg4 35.h3 Bf5 36.g7?? Qe1+!!
( 36...Qe1+ 37.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 38.Nd1 Rdxd1# is mate )

chess position

Games annotated by PaulB ... comments are meant to be suggestive, not authorative! :)

Upcoming tournaments

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:

2004 GP website:
2003 results: GP details.xls and

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 Redcliffe Chess Club
T11 NSW 15 - 16 May May Weekender Rose Bay Ralph Seberry 040-399-1730
T12 NSW 3 June 12-14 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 Powerboat Club 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
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

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

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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.

DGT Sale: FIDE approved Digital Game Timer. Red Digital clocks as used by most state associations and clubs. Special offer $99 inc GST. Order by April 2, 2004 for delivery late April. Email orders. Further reduction for orders of 10 or more.

"China-Australia Chess Exchange": David Cordover writes: "Australia has been invited to send a team of 10 children (Ages 9-16) to Shanghai, China to receive coaching, play a tournament and see some sights. This cultural exchange is due to take place from April 29 to May 8 this year. Students would stay with a family in China and be supervised be one Australian Coach and a Cultural Guide (and translator) from Australia. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit China, experience their life, language and culture at the same time as getting some coaching and playing what could prove to be some very challenging chess games! If you have any interest in being involved please contact David Cordover immediately as there are only 10 places and everything must be confirmed by the end of March."