Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 266, May 25, 2004

In this issue:
Olympiad Appeal
Adelaide Cup
ACT Women's and Girl's champs
Wake for Ralph Seberry
Mobile blocker for chess tournaments?
ACF in government technology study
World News
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

Olympiad Appeal: All Aussie Chess Lovers are asked to donate to the 2004 Olympiad Appeal. The monies raised go to providing funds to send the Womenís and Open team to Spain to play in the Olympiad 2004. The Olympiad starts in October but if you are able to donate money please donít leave it to the last minute. It is essential that our top Australian Players can concentrate on their chess and not financial hassles - so please donate what you can to:

Australian Chess Federation Olympiad Appeal
cheques/money orders should be made out to "Australian Chess Federation" and sent to the ACF Treasurer
Norm Greenwood
P.O. Box 1840
Westfield Hornsby Post Office 1635

All donations will be publicly acknowledged unless you wish otherwise.

I am trying to arrange corporate and government sponsorship but your donations would be both much appreciated and most welcome. Any corporations or businesses wishing to be sponsors please call me on 0414 841575 and I can explain what we can do for you in consideration of Corporate Sponsorships.

Could all States and Territories please launch their own drives for funding to assist in this most deserving of causes.

Lets support the teams!

George Howard
President ACF

Adelaide Cup: Well done to IM Srbo Zaric for winning the event with 6.5 ahead of Justin Freytag (5.5) and Mathew Juszczynski (5).

No Name                        Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7  

1  Zaric, Srboljub              6.5    9:W  3:W  6:W  2:D  5:W  4:W 10:W
2  Freytag, Justin B            5.5   12:W  8:W  7:W  1:D  3:W  6:L  5:W
3  Juszczynski, Mathew          5     11:W  1:L  5:W  7:W  2:L  8:W  6:W
4  Peake, Michael R             4.5   17:W  5:L 10:D 12:W 16:W  1:L 11:W
5  Short, Andrew                4     14:W  4:W  3:L 11:W  1:L  7:W  2:L
6  Wynne, David                 4     10:W 13:W  1:L  0:D  8:D  2:W  3:L
7  Lutley, Philip               4     15:W  9:W  2:L  3:L 14:W  5:L  0:W
8  Hester, David                4     16:W  2:L 17:W  0:D  6:D  3:L 13:W
9  Thiyagarajah, P		4      1:L  7:L  0:D  0:D 15:W 13:W 12:W
10 Heitmann, Surabhi            3.5    6:L 15:W  4:D  0:D 13:D 16:W  1:L
11 Lin, Rui                     3.5    3:L 14:D 16:W  5:L 17:W  0:W  4:L
12 Schoech, Franz               3      2:L 16:L 15:W  4:L  0:W 17:W  9:L
13 Eustace, Sophie              2.5    0:W  6:L  0:D  0:D 10:D  9:L  8:L
14 Umapathysivam, M		2.5    5:L 11:D  0:D  0:D  7:L 15:L 16:W
15 Miller, Anthony		2.5    7:L 10:L 12:L  0:D  9:L 14:W 17:W
16 Mitra, Druva                 2      8:L 12:W 11:L  0:W  4:L 10:L 14:L
17 Heitmann, Kaustubha          1.5    4:L  0:W  8:L  0:D 11:L 12:L 15:L

The second ACT Women's and Girl's championships was held at the weekend. The ACT was very excited to have 2 women playing (a 100% increase on last year!). Unfortunately some of our strong girls were missing due to pressure of school work - and all the other excuses!

It ended up being a family affair with Shannon Oliver winning for the second consecutive year, Tamzin Oliver in clear second and Jenni Oliver (me!) scraping in for a 3rd on count back (I tried to give the trophy away to one of the girls on the same score as me, but wasnít allowed to). A total of 19 females played the weekender.

Australian Under 10 girls Champion, Emma Guo took the trophy for the best female rated under 900, Alana Chibnall for the best unrated player and Karen Khoo was the best unrated player under 10 years of age. Rebecca Davey received an encouragement award.

Place Name                 Feder Rtg Loc  Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.
  1   Oliver, Shannon      ACT       1663 6        14.5  19.5   21.0
  2   Oliver, Tamzin       ACT       1056 4.5      14.0  21.5   17.5
 3-6  Oliver, Jenni        ACT       839  4        14.0  22.5   14.0
      Guo, Emma            ACT       869  4        13.5  21.5   14.0
      Smith, Kayleigh      ACT       1044 4        13.5  21.0   14.0
      Chibnall, Alana      ACT            4        13.5  20.0   15.0
  7   Humphrey, Alexandra  ACT       927  3.5      13.5  21.5   14.0
8-12  Khoo, Karen          ACT            3        13.5  22.0   12.0
      Shadwell, Natalie    ACT            3        12.5  18.0   10.0
      Nicholson, Jennie    ACT       909  3        11.0  17.0   11.0
      Davey, Rebecca       ACT            3        11.0  15.5   10.0
      Wills, Lauren        ACT            3        10.0  14.5    8.0
 13   Kristofferson, Alice ACT       364  2.5      11.0  16.5    6.0
14-18 Frost, Amy           ACT            2        12.0  17.5    9.5
      Flood, Lucinda       ACT            2        10.0  16.0    8.0
      Flood, Amy           ACT            2        10.0  15.0    4.0
      Huang, Grace         ACT            2        10.0  14.5    6.0
      Setiabudi, Megan     ACT            2         9.0  14.5    7.0
 19   Huang, Gala          ACT            1        10.5  18.0    2.0

Cross Table
No Name                 Feder Rtg  1    2    3    4    5    6  
1  Oliver, Shannon      ACT       19:W  4:W  3:W  2:W  8:W  7:W
2  Oliver, Tamzin       ACT       16:W 15:W  6:W  1:L  5:W  4:D
3  Oliver, Jenni        ACT       11:W  5:W  1:L  6:L 12:W  9:W
4  Guo, Emma            ACT        9:W  1:L 17:W  0:D 10:W  2:D
5  Smith, Kayleigh      ACT        8:W  3:L  9:W  7:W  2:L 11:W
6  Chibnall, Alana      ACT       18:W 10:W  2:L  3:W  7:L  8:W
7  Humphrey, Alexandra  ACT        0:D 13:W 14:W  5:L  6:W  1:L
8  Khoo, Karen          ACT        5:L 12:W 13:W 10:W  1:L  6:L
9  Shadwell, Natalie    ACT        4:L 16:W  5:L 13:W 14:W  3:L
10 Nicholson, Jennie    ACT       17:W  6:L 15:W  8:L  4:L 14:W
11 Davey, Rebecca       ACT        3:L  0:D 19:W 14:D 18:W  5:L
12 Wills, Lauren        ACT       15:L  8:L  0:W 17:W  3:L 19:W
13 Kristofferson, Alice ACT        0:D  7:L  8:L  9:L 17:W 15:W
14 Frost, Amy           ACT        0:D 18:W  7:L 11:D  9:L 10:L
15 Flood, Lucinda       ACT       12:W  2:L 10:L 18:L 16:W 13:L
16 Flood, Amy           ACT        2:L  9:L 18:L 19:W 15:L  0:W
17 Huang, Grace         ACT       10:L 19:W  4:L 12:L 13:L 18:W
18 Setiabudi, Megan     ACT        6:L 14:L 16:W 15:W 11:L 17:L
19 Huang, Gala          ACT        1:L 17:L 11:L 16:L  0:W 12:L
by Swiss Perfect (TM)

- Jenni Oliver

Wake for Ralph Seberry: The chess community is invited to a service in honour of Ralph Seberry, 2004 NSW Chess Champion, who sadly passed away on May 12.

Venue: Upstairs, the Dolphin Hotel, corner of Crown and Fitzroy Streets, Surry Hills, Sydney.
Time: 7pm - 9pm, Thursday 3rd June.
RSVP: Please indicate your attendance by contacting me [Jason Lyons] by PM on this bulletin board, by email [], or by telephone [0412 907 686]. Advice of your attendance will greatly assist preparations with the venue.

Your assistance in communicating details of this service to Ralph's friends is appreciated.

If you are travelling by public transport, The Dolphin Hotel can be reached by walking up Foveaux St from Central Station. When you reach Crown Street [800m], the hotel is 50m to the left.

Ralph's partner Kat will be presented with the Kostich shield, recognising Ralph's State Championship triumph, and the George Kepper Memorial Trophy, awarded to winners of the North Sydney Leagues Club Chess Club Championships.

Mobile blocker for chess tournaments? Milan Ninchich of Canberra has drawn our attention to the following device, suggesting it may be of use in chess tournaments:

"A Minnesota company has recently developed a questionable device that is currently illegal in most countries (including the US and Canada) and that raises some good questions. We've had small bits on the possibilities of cellular phones recognizing areas where their ringer needs to be disabled, but this device doesn't care whether you're trying to be courteous or not. The Mobile Blocker ( ) cuts off all wireless communications in a 135 foot radius, including (but not limited to) AMPS, D-AMPS, CDMA, GSM, PCS, and PHS at 800, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz. Remember that it also blocks pager signals (one- and two-way). I think this is useful in a really expensive restaurant, at church, at a tennis match/golf tournament or a chess tournament. The Mobile Blocker, with a remote control to switch it on and off at will, is $US950,00. Without the remote control, it's $US875.00. (There is also a C-GUARD mobile phone disabler from an Israeli company called Netline). What a great Device! Especially for Theatres, Churches, Chess Tournaments ...".

- Milan Ninchich.

It's worth noting that no less a player than FIDE champ Ponomariov forfeited a game recently when his mobile went off and disturbed the other players, so it's clear it is an issue for chess players. Personally, though, I'm less upset about mobiles going off during games than I am about those darn annoying custom ring-tones! If I hear the theme from Mission Impossible one more time, I swear I'll ... ! What we really need is a device that converts all those "chunes" to Tchaikovsky!

ACF in government technology study: The ACF has been invited to take part in a government-commissioned study of how technology can build "social capital" within communities and not-for-profit organisations.

(Translated into English for those not up with the latest bureaucratic buzzwords: The government wants to know how the internet, email and other technologies have helped the chess community.)

The study has been commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and will be conducted by Canberra IT company Global Learning Services Pty Ltd.

The ACF (probably mainly me, in this instance) will be answering some questionaires, and we may eventually feature in a published report. One point which I intend to make, emphatically, is that ACF's reliance on cheap methods of communication has much to do with the near-total lack of government support (hint, hint!) which precludes "paper" alternatives ... but excludes the many people who do not have internet access.

Mind Games Festival at Surfers Paradise: Fri to Sun 26-30 May

The Surfers Paradise Management Association in Association with the Queensland Events Corporation are running the inaugural Mind Games Festival from 26 to 30 May. The events include Chess, Bridge, Euchre, 500 and Scrabble.

Gardiner Chess has been asked to run the chess part of the festival. Whilst the other four events will be held indoors in five star hotels, we are delighted that chess will be given a very high profile in, and around, Cavill Avenue.

Full details: upcoming tournaments page

Surfers Paradise Premier Rapid Tournament $3,550 in Prizes Sat 29 May 11am to 6pm
Full details and enter online at (Mind Games)

Australian Club Teams Champs at Caloundra, 27 Sept to 1 Oct, Deadline for Entries:

All potential teams please take note that I need confirmation of your intention to participate in this event by Monday 31 May latest. Graeme Gardiner

Australian Participation Records: Last week 864 students participated in round two of Gold Coast Primary Schools Chess. The event was held over two days with 344 on the Tuesday and 520 on the Wednesday. I think two or three years ago we had approx 650-700 at one venue at one time.

It might be useful in presenting challenges to chess organisers to know what are the various participation records in Australian chess. Iím not sure that anyone has tried to keep these records.

If anyone can help me out on any of the following Iíd appreciate it:

Australian record for most players at one event at one place at one time?

Australian record for most players in an event (eg NSW schools comp)?

Australian simul record (All games played at the one venue starting at the same time)?

Andrew Martin's world simul record is 321 games (+294, =16, -1), taking 17 hours.

John Kellner has the Australian blindfold record of 17, established at Warbuton in 1973

(Thanks to Ian Rogers for these records)

Any other Australian participation records? Please send any info you are prepared to share on this issue to Graeme Gardiner at and he will try and collate it and devise a forum to keep these records maintained.

Olympiad selections: 36th Chess Olympiad, Calvia, Majorca, Spain, October 14th-31st.

Applications are now open for the Australian Open and Womens Olympiad Teams for the 36th Chess Olympiad to be held in Calvia, Majorca, Spain from October 14th-31st 2004. (Event website:

Those wishing to be considered for selection as official playing representatives must apply, in writing or by email, as per the ACF Selection Procedures By-Laws, by Friday 18th June 2004. Please refer to item 5 of the ACF Selection By-Laws before applying and for details of material required in an application (see below). The full Selection By-Laws are available at .

Full details on the upcoming tournaments page

- Kevin Bonham
ACF Olympiad Selections Co-Ordinator.


Regarding the Olympiad, I am wondering whether to apply or not, and I have about a month to decide. I don't believe in applying and then deciding not to go because that wastes the selectors' time. Of course I would like to go to the Olympiad for a few reasons. It would be good to have a team which is as strong as it can possibly be, and representing Australia is a great honour. My parents very much want me to apply, and they have been the major influence on my chess career. It would of course be a good chance for a GM norm; in fact I would make sure of playing in at least one other event with a chance for that as well.

On the negative side, the main one is of course money. My children are coming into the later years of school, and seem to need more and more for school, books, sport etc. John is in first year Uni and we would like to buy him a car for his 18th birthday. $6000 would be enough for a reasonable used car. Another thing is that I personally don't have the desire of up to ten years ago, for going overseas. I have been lucky enough to go to six Olympiads. Australia is the best country and I much prefer to go to Melbourne (the best city in the world, officially!) for the Masters tournaments because I see my parents and my brother, sister and brother-in-law, and maybe see St Kilda play.

Now talking about the expenses for the Olympiad. On the conservative side, the airfare could be around $2000. I would be away four weeks, which would be $4000 in wages not earned. Anyway, If I had a promise of $5000 sponsorship I would be very happy to go. I shouldn't be sponsored individually though. For ten players and two captains at $5000 each, the team really would need $60000. Ian and Darryl would be very happy with that. Also, I've heard that Mark Chapman and Trevor Tao are not intending to apply; maybe they would with that money. With our best team, I think we should have a top ten finish. And we need to accelerate those GM norms, so that there are more opportunities in Australia in the near future!

- Stephen Solomon

World News:

FIDE Women's Championship: Originally planned for Georgia, the event is now being held in Kalmykia. A major first-round upset saw Skripchenko eliminated by Jackova. Australia's representative, Irina Berezina, did not attend. The venue for the event shifting at the last moment caused a great deal of problems to many of the players, who had to book plane tickets and so on. Site | View games

Russian Championship: St-Petersburg and Tomsk are hosting qualifying events for the 57th Russian Championship. The top three in each event will play in the "Super-final" with Kasparov, Kramnik, Karpov and Svidler, Bareev, Grischuk and Morozevich. St-Petersburg leading scores after 4 rounds: 1. Dreev, Alexey g RUS 2689 4.0; 2. Tseshkovsky, Vitaly g RUS 2564 3.5; 3. Epishin, Vladimir g RUS 2610 3.0; 4. Khalifman, Alexander g RUS 2668 3.0; 5. Landa, Konstantin g RUS 2550 2.5; 6. Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2654 2.5; 7. Andreikin, Dmitry m RUS 2418 2.5; 8. Volkov, Sergey1 g RUS 2629 2.5; 9. Romanov, Evgeny f RUS 2392 2.5; 10. Shaposhnikov, Evgeny g RUS 2559 2.5. Site | View games

Sarajevo: Alexei Shirov has put on a fantastic performance so far. Scores after 6 rounds: 1. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2713 5.5; 2. Movsesian, Sergei g SVK 2647 4.5; 3. Sokolov, Ivan g NED 2690 3.5; 4. Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2665 3.5; 5. Kozul, Zdenko g CRO 2627 3.0; 6. Dizdarevic, Emir g BIH 2520 2.5; 7. Atalik, Suat g BIH 2554 2.0; 8. Predojevic, Borki m BIH 2490 2.0; 9. Short, Nigel D g ENG 2712 2.0; 10. Kurajica, Bojan g BIH 2540 1.5. Site | View games

5th European Individual Chess Championship: A very strong event under way in Turkey. Round 1 was almost delayed when an electricity generator blew up, but eventually everything was sorted out. Ivanchuk and Naiditsch were both upset losses in round 1. Leading scores after 9 rounds: 1. Navara, David g CZE 2602 7.0; 2. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2716 6.5; 3. Krasenkow, Michal g POL 2609 6.5; 4. Aronian, Levon g GER 2645 6.5; 5. Istratescu, Andrei g ROM 2587 6.5; 6. Gurevich, Mikhail g BEL 2672 6.0; 7. Kempinski, Robert g POL 2586 6.0; 8. Nikolic, Predrag g BIH 2648 6.0; 9. Miroshnichenko, Evgenij g UKR 2599 6.0; 10. Parligras, Mircea g ROM 2549 6.0. Site | View games

Dominguez wins Capablanca Memorial: Havana, Cuba. Scores after 11 rounds: 9.0 Dominguez; 8.5 Bruzon; 6.5 Delgado, Felgaer, Arencibia; 5.5 Ikonnikov; 5.0 Morovic; 4.5 Gonzalez, Luther; 4.0 Ramirez; 3.0 Quezada; 2.5 Maiwald. Site | View all games | Annotated games


Bruzon, L (2602)    -    Ramirez, Al (2542)
Capablanca Memorial Elite,  (10)   Havana, Cuba
2004.05.17     1-0     D10

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Qc2 Bg4!?

Reasoning that a knight will land on f3, or otherwise the bishop will be chased to g6 via h5
6.f3 Bh5 7.Qb3!?
Targetting b7 - and d5, as we'll see
7...b5 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.g4 Bg6 10.g5 Nfd7 11.h4
This works out fine, but I can't see any good reason not to swipe the d5 pawn
11...h6 12.h5 hxg5 13.hxg6!!

chess position

Rxh1 14.Qxd5! Qc7! 15.gxf7+ Kd8 16. Nh3 Ra7
( 16...Rxh3!? 17.Bxh3 Qg3+ 18.Kd1 Qxh3!? 19.Qxa8 might give some chances )
17.f4 Qc6 18.Nxg5 Qh6
( 18...Qxd5 19.Nxd5 leaves the black king precarious, as white has Bc1-d2-a5+ and Ra1-c1 coming )
19.Bd2 Qh4+ 20.Ke2 Kc8 21.Nxb5!

chess position

No time to muck around!
21...Rh2+ 22.Kd3 axb5 23.Ne6!
Threatening mate with Rc1
23...Rxd2+!? 24.Kxd2 Qf2+ 25.Be2 Nb6 26.Rc1+ Nc4+

chess position

27.Rxc4+! bxc4 28.Qc5+! Kb7 29.Nd8+! Ka8 30.Qd5+ Nc6 31.Qxc6+ Kb8 32.Qb6+ Ka8 33.Nc6

chess position

Sokolov, I (2690)    --    Bologan, V (2665)
Bosnia GM  (4)   Sarajevo BIH
2004.05.21     1-0     E32

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.e4!? d6 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 e5 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.Ne2 b6 10.O-O Ba6 11.f4 Nd7

Avoiding a very nasty pin after fxe5 and Bg5
12.Rf3 Na5

chess position

A most unusual way of dealing with the notorious doubled c-pawns
13...Bxd3 14.Rxd3 bxc5 15.dxe5 c4
( 15...dxe5 16.Qd1 +- )
16.Rd5 Nb3 17.Rb1 Qe7 18.Ng3! dxe5 19.Nf5

chess position

Qe6 20.Qd1 Nf6
( 20...Rfd8 21.fxe5 threatening Bg5 )
21.Rxe5 Rad8 22.Qe2 Qd7 23.Qxc4 Qd1+ 24.Qf1 Qc2 25.Be3 Nxe4 26.Re1 Nxc3
A picturesque set up on the queenside, but the kingside's looking a bit under-dressed
27.Qf3 Rd1 28.Bf2 g6?! 29.Nh6+ Kg7

chess position

30.f5!! Kxh6 31.f6!
Black's king's been flushed into the open
31...Rxe1+ 32.Bxe1 g5 33.Bxc3 Nd2 34.Qe3 Qc1+ 35.Kf2 Qf1+ 36.Kg3 Qf4+!
Black escapes the worst of it, but there's more to come
37.Qxf4 gxf4+ 38.Kxf4 Nc4 39.Rc5 Nxa3 40.Kf5!
Now g4 and Bd2 is threatened
40...Rd8 41.Be5
There's no answer to Bd2+, g4+ and Rh3+, eg
( 41.Be5 Nb1 42.g4 Nd2 43.Bf4# )

chess position

Galliamova, A (2502)    --    Khaziyeva, D (2110)
FIDE WCh Women KO  (1.1)   Elista RUS
2004.05.22     1-0     C41

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.Nf3 e5 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.a4 c6 8. a5 Qc7 9.Re1 Rb8 10.h3 b5 11.axb6 axb6 12.b3 b5 13.Bf1 Re8 14.Bb2 Bf8 15. Bd3 Bb7 16.b4!?

Grabs a5, and fixes b5 - which could become weak after an eventual d5
16...exd4 17.Nxd4 Ne5 18.Nf5 Nc4 19.Bxc4 bxc4 20.Qd4
White has powerful threats looming on the long diagonal
20...d5 21.e5 Nd7 22.Na4 c5 23.bxc5 Bxc5 24.Qg4 g6 25.e6!

chess position

Rxe6 26. Rxe6 fxe6 27.Nh6+ Kf8 28.Qxe6 Qf4 29.Nxc5 Nxc5 30.Ba3! Rc8 31.Qg8+ Ke7 32. Qxh7+ Ke6 33.Re1+ Ne4 34.Qe7#

chess position

Smith & Williamson British Chess Championships:Scarborough, England
Sunday 1 August to Saturday 14 August 2004
The British Championships are restricted to British Isles subjects or players resident therein for the past three years or those with British Overseas Dependent Territories Citizenship.
Open events - anyone can enter
The first FIDE world major championship
This is open to all players rated under 2350. Entry Fee £80. All players will receive a free bulletin of the World Major Championship.
Prizes: £1000, £500; £250, 150; £100
GibTelecom BCF Centenary Prize: For the player who achieves the best performance relative to their published July 2004 FIDE Rating: Free entry to the 2005 Gibraltar Congress 25 January to 3 February 2005, including bed and breakfast accommodation for the winner and partner at The Caleta Hotel and return air fare from Gatwick, Luton or Manchester. This has a total value of approximately £1000.
Schedule: An 11 round Swiss Monday 2 to Friday 13 August, with a rest day on Sunday 8 August. Rate of player: 40 moves in 80 minutes, followed by all the moves in 40 minutes, with one minute per move for each player added from the first.
FIDE Ratings from 1 July go down to 1601. Most entrants will be able to achieve at least a partial FIDE Rating from this event.
There are also a number of shorter events, lasting five days, a weekend or one day. There will also be a wide range of special events to commemorate the Centenary of the British Chess Federation. There is commentary each afternoon on play in the British Championship.
Scarborough is a picturesque resort in Yorkshire on the English North East coast. There is a wide range of accommodation to suit all pockets.
Further details: British Chess Federation, The Watch Oak, Chain Lane, Battle TN33 OYD, England Telephone 44 1424 775222. Fax 44 1424 775904. E-mail Entry form and full details including the list of other entrants on Tourist information, including accommodation in Scarborough: Tourist Information Centre, Unit 3 Pavilion House, Valley Bridge Road, Scarborough YO11 1UZ, England. Telephone 44 1723 373 333. E-mail You are strongly advised to book your accommodation as soon as possible.

Malaysian Chess Events: For all info about these events see:
21 - 26 August 2004 (Venue: Kuala Lumpur) 1st Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open Chess Championship 2004
FIDE Rated - 11 round Swiss
Total Prizes of RM 50,000.
27 - 31 August 2004 (Venue: MidValley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur)
27 - 29 - Merdeka Team Chess Championship (Open & Junior) Time Control - 1 hour + 15 seconds increment) - 8 Rounds
29 - 31 - Merdeka Team Rapid Chess Championship - Time Control - 25 minutes + 10 seconds increment - 9 Rounds Most details are as per last year's event. Total Prizes of RM 60,000.

- best wishes,
K.L. Ching

Grand Prix tournaments:

These details are provisional. For up-to-date details of these events, please visit the Grand Prix website

NSW Open Championship NSW; 3; June 12-14; Sydney - Ryde Eastwood, Charles Zworestine Website
Mid North Coast June Open NSW; 3; June 19-20 ; Laurieton; Endel Lane 02-6559-9060
Darling Downs Open QLD; 2; June 12-14; Toowoomba; Ross Andrew Mills 07 46340875/0405 382 324. Email
Tasmanian Open 1; June 12-14; Hobart; Kevin Bonham
Gold Coast Open QLD; 3; June 26-27; Robina Town Centre; Graeme Gardiner 07-5522-7221 Email
Caloundra Open QLD; July 3-4; Caloundra Powerboat Club; Bob Goodwin
Fairfield Winter Cup NSW; July 10-11; Fairfield; Rolando Atenzia
University Open SA; 3; July 10-11; Adelaide University; Andrew Saint 08-83323752 Website Email
Queensland Open QLD; 2; July 17-18; Gardiner Chess Centre; Graeme Gardiner 07 5522 7221 Email
ANU Open ACT; 3; July 24-25; Canberra
Coal City Open NSW; 3; Aug 7-8; Newcastle; George Lithgow 02-4943-3862
August Weekender NSW; July 31-August 1; Rose Bay; Website
Gold Coast Classic QLD; 3; September 18-19; Somerset College; Graeme Gardiner 07-5522-7221 Email
Ryde Eastwood Open NSW; 3; October 2-4; Ryde Eastwood; Website
Redcliffe Challenge QLD; October 2-3; Rothwell Grace Lutheran College? Website
Tweed Heads Open NSW; October 16-17; Tweed Heads Civic Centre;
Laurieton Open NSW; 1; October 30-31; Laurieton; Endel Lane 02-6559-9060
Coffs Harbour Inaugural Open NSW; 2; November 13-14; Coffs Harbour Catholic Club; Bill Ross 02-6651-8855 Email
November Weekender NSW; November 20-21; North Sydney Leagues Club; Website
Fairfield Summer Cup NSW; 3; December 10-11; Fairfield; Rolando Atenzia

Other tournaments

Full details - see upcoming tournaments on the website.

Queensland Womenís Champs: May 22-23. Gardiner Chess Centre. website Email.
Mind Games Festival: 26-30 May. Surfers Paradise, Simuls by GM Johansen and IM Solomon. Rapid Tournament, Fischerandom, Social Family Event
Victorian junior champs: May 22-23 and 29-30. Carrington Centre, 79 Carrington Road Box Hill. Email website
Victorian Open Championship: June 12-14. Box Hill Chess Club, 79 Carrington Road. 7 round swiss. $3000 in prizes. Email website
Mingara May Major: May 29-30. Under 2000. Contact Mal Murrell 02 43923873/0408495323 email or Joe Keaveney 0243322023.
ASEAN Masters Chess Congress: Several tournaments. Thomas Hoe Tel : (65) 96934049 Fax : (65) 63581483 Email
World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad, India. July 1-9. 10 Round Swiss. 4-player teams. Contact: P.T. Ummer Koya, Phone : (91) 495 Ė 2420327, 2420727 Fax : (91) 495 Ė 2422033, 2421005. Email Website
NZ North Island chess championship & rapid: July 12-17. Auckland. Contact: Bob Smith.

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