Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 268, June 9, 2004

In this issue:
Booth wins 2001 Correspondence Champs
Queensland Women's Championship
Rogers top-scores in Thailand
Johansen-Gurevich in World Championship
Victorian Junior
NSW: Mingara, Ralph Seberry mass, Central Coast Teams
Olympiad appeal
World News
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

Dr Stewart Booth has won the 2001 Australian Correspondence Championship which finished last week (!) scoring 12/14 (11 wins, 2draws, 1 loss). Ralph Basden, who defeated Booth but drew 5 games, was second on 11.5 and Chris Fenwick scored 7 wins and 7 draws to finish in third place with 10.5 points. - Peter Parr

Queensland Women's Championship:

No Name             Rtg  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6  

1  Evans, Amy L     1324 6      8:W 10:W  2:W  3:W  4:W  5:W
2  Jenkins, Deborah 1309 4     11:W  6:W  1:L  5:W  3:W  4:L
3  Jule, Alexandra  1375 4      5:W  9:W  7:W  1:L  2:L  6:W
4  Lyons, Kieran C  1169 3.5    6:D  5:L  9:W  7:W  1:L  2:W
5  Doo, Irene       1093 3      3:L  4:W 10:W  2:L  0:W  1:L
6  Layton, Jessica  888  3      4:D  2:L  8:W 11:W  9:D  3:L
7  Thompson, Ingrid 1010 3      9:L  0:W  3:L  4:L 11:W 10:W
8  Russell, Luthien 1016 3      1:L 11:W  6:L  0:W 10:L  9:W
9  Young, Gail      1217 2.5    7:W  3:L  4:L 10:W  6:D  8:L
10 Curtis, Kristen  459  2      0:W  1:L  5:L  9:L  8:W  7:L
11 Harry, Kate      1015 1      2:L  8:L  0:W  6:L  7:L  0: 

Rogers top-scores in Thailand: 2004 Bangkok Open Leading final scores:
=1.Antonio (Phi), Rogers (Aus) 7.5/9;
=3.Villamayor (Phi), Daly (Irl) 7;
=5.Wynn Zaw Htun (Bur), Mariano (Phi), Reilly (Aus) 6.5.
... WFM Cathy Rogers, Sean Watharow (both Sydney) 4.0.

Some games annotated by GM Rogers from his latest columns:

Rogers, Ian (2582)    --    Nguyen Anh Dung (2535)
Bangkok Open  (8)   2004.06.01     1-0     C23

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Nc3 d6!? 4.d3 Be6 5.Bb3 Nf6 6.Nge2 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.f4 Bxb3!?

The start of a plan far more effective if implemented before castling.
9.axb3 d5?! 10.fxe5 Nxe5 11.d4 Ng6 12.e5 Ne8 13.Ng3 c6
( 13...f6 is effectively met by 14.e6 )
14.Qg4 Nc7 15.Nf5 Ne6 16.Ne2 Bg5?

chess position

A losing blunder, although White already has attacking chances, with Ng3-h5 or Rf3-h3 in the air.
17.Bxg5 Qxg5
( 17...Nxg5 is no better in view of 18.h4 Ne6 19.h5 Nh8 ( or 19...Ne7 20.Nh6+ Kh8 21.Nxf7+ winning ) 20.Nh6#! )
18.Qxg5 Nxg5 19.h4 Ne4 20.h5 Nxe5
Black must give up a piece since on
( 20...Nh8 21.Ne7#! is checkmate! )
21.dxe5 Rfe8 22.Nc3 Nxc3 23.bxc3 Rxe5 24.Rae1 Rae8 25.Rxe5 Rxe5 26.Nd6 Re7 27.Kf2 g6 28.Re1
The rest of the game is simple technique for White, White's knight decimating Black's queenside before returning to help out on the other flank.
28...Rxe1 29.Kxe1 b5 30.Nc8 a5 31.Ne7+ Kg7 32.Nxc6 a4 33.Kd2 Kh6 34.hxg6 fxg6 35.Nd4 a3 36.Kc1 Kg5 37.Nxb5 Kf4 38.Nd4 Kg3 39.b4 Kxg2 40.b5 h5 41.b6 h4 42.Ne6! 1-0

chess position

Toh, Terry (2399)    --    Rogers, Ian (2582)
Bangkok Open  (3)   2004.05.30     1-0     E91

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.Be2 Na6 7.O-O e5 8. Rb1!? exd4 9.Nxd4 Nc5?!

A serious inaccuracy. Black should delay this move by playing
( 9...c6 , preparing to answer 10.b4?! with 10...Nxb4! )
10.f3 a5 11.Be3
( 11.Ndb5!? is also strong. )
11...c6 12.Qd2 Qe7 13.Rfd1 Nfd7 14.b3
Patient play.
( 14.Nc2 Be5 is more messy. )
14...f5 15.exf5 gxf5 16.a3 Ne5 17.Nc2 Nf7 18.b4 axb4 19.axb4 Ne6 20.f4 Qf6 21.Rb3 Bd7 22.Bf3 Be8 23.h3 Qh4?
Black has succeeded in tying White's pieces up on the queenside and now has reasonable compensation for his space disadvantage. However the text move is far too optimistic. Black should have tried
( 23...Nh8 , intending to follow with 24...Bf7, targeting c4. )
24.Kh2 Kh8 25.Nd4! Nxd4?!
( 25...Qf6 was necessary, although after 26.Nce2 White is ready for a queenside assault with 27.b5. )
26.Bxd4 Qh6 27.Ne2 Bd7 28.Bxg7+ Qxg7 29.Ng3!
Suddenly Black has no answer to 30.Nh5, knocking the Black queen from the long diagonal.
29...Qh6 30.Nh5 Kg8
( 30...Rfd8 was a better defence, although after 31.Qd4+ Kg8 32.Nf6+ Kf8 33.Re3 Black is hopelessly tied up. Now, however, White wins material by force. )
31.Bd5!! Rfd8
( 31...cxd5 32.Rg3+ and )
( 31...Qxh5 32.Rg3+ both win for White. )
32.Rg3+ Kf8 33.Bxf7 Kxf7 34.Rg7+ Kf8 35.Qxd6+ Qxd6 36.Rxd6 Ra4
Black's intended 36...Be8 fails to 37.Rf6+!
37.Rf6+! 1-0

chess position

Johansen-Gurevich in World Championship: Particpiants and first-round parirings for the FIDE World Championship knockout event, due to start on June 18 in Libya, have just been announced. Australia's sole representative, GM Daryl Johansen (2489), faces a tough fight against Gurevich (2672) in round 1. The top-rated players are Topalov, Morozevich, Adams, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Short, Malakhov, Nisipeanu, Sokolov, Dreev, Akopian, Ye, Milov, Azmaiparashvili, Bacrot, Gurevich, Rublevsky, Radjabov, Aleksandrov, Beliavsky, Vallejo Pons, Bologan, Sakaev, Sasikiran, Mamedyarov, Graf, Zvjaginsev, Kasimdzhanov, Van Wely and Motylev.

Victorian Junior Championships:

Victorian Junior Champion Denis Bourmistrov
Under-16 Dusan Stojic
Under-14 Ruperto Lugo

Under-12 Rengan Vijayakumar
Under 10 Eugene Schön

Victorian Girls Champion Casey Hickman
Under-16 Girls Elena Galiabovich
Under-14 Girls Vanja Rozenblat

Under-12 Girls Sally Yu
Under-10 Girls Shuyu Wang
Winner Under-8 Laurance Matheson

For detailed results and games see

NSW: Kerry Stead of Sydney won the Mingara Recreation Club (Tumbi Umbi on the NSW Central Coast) under 2000 rated, 40 player weekend tournament scoring 5.5/6, half a point ahead of Clint Daniel and Alex Mendes da Costa.

A memorial mass to celebrate the Life of Ralph Seberry will be held at 10am, Saturday 12th June in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Harbour St, Wollongong. Seberry, aged 37, was the current NSW Champion. - Peter Parr.

Central Coast Teams Championship:

No Name       Total  1   2   3   4   5   6 

1  MingaraA,  14.5   *  3.5 1.5 2.0 3.5 4.0
2  Toukley,   13.5  .5   *  2.5 4.0 3.0 3.5
3  MingaraB,  11.0  2.5 1.5  *  1.5 2.5 3.0
4  GosfordA,  10.0  1.0 0.0 2.5  *  3.0 3.5
5  GosfordB,  7.5   .5  1.0 1.5 1.0  *  3.5
6  Ettalong,  2.5   0.0 .5  1.0 .5  .5   *

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 Women’s 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 don’t 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

Official Olympiad website:

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

Applications are now open for the Australian Open and Women's 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.


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World News:

Stefanova the Women's World Champion: Bulgaria's Antoaneta Stefanova is the new women's world champion after trouncing Kovalevskaya 2.5-0.5 in FIDE Knockout final. Originally planned for Georgia, the event was eventually held in Kalmykia. A major first-round upset saw Skripchenko eliminated by Jackova. Final: Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina - Stefanova, Antoaneta 0-1 0-1 0.5-0.5; Round 5: Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina - Koneru, Humpy 1-0 0-1 Playoff 1-0 1/2; Stefanova, Antoaneta - Chiburdanidze, Maia 1/2 1-0; Site | View games | Final games

Leon - Shirov crushes Svidler: A four-way tournament involving Svidler, Vallejo, Shirov and Radjabov. Peter Svidler beat Paco Vallejo 3.5-0.5 in the first knockout match. Shirov scored a very narrow victory over Radjabov in the second match but crushed Svidler 3.5-0.5 in the final. Site | View games

On for young and old - II György Marx Chess Memorial: This small tourney features some veterans (Korchnoi, Portisch) and some young stars (Acs, Berkes). Scores after 2 rounds: 1. Korchnoi, Viktor g SUI 2579 1.5/2; 2. Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2613 1.0/2; 3. Nevednichy, Vladislav g ROM 2544 1.0/2; 4. Portisch, Lajos g HUN 2573 0.5/1; 5. Acs, Peter g HUN 2548 0.5/1; 6. Beliavsky, Alexander G g SLO 2667 0.5/2 Site | View games

Mitropa Cup: Final Placings, 9 rounds: Croatia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Germany; Hungary; Czech Republic; Switzerland; Austria; France; Italy. View games | Site


Svidler(GM)    --    Shirov_0-1
Leon Rapids   Leon, Spain
2004.06.06     0-1     C02

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Bd7!?

Aiming to swap off the bad Bishop as quickly as possible
6.Be2 Bb5 7.dxc5!? Bxc5 8.b4!?
Hoping to trap the bishop after ...
8...Bxf2+!? 9.Kf1 Bd7!?
Now black threatens to extract his Bf2 via e3, so ...
10.Qd2!? Nh6 11.Bd3 Ng4! 12.Qg5?! Bb5! 13.c4 Bg3!!
( 13...Bg3 14.Qd2 dxc4! 15.Bc2 c3+ -+ )

chess position

Radjabov, T (2670)    --    Shirov, A (2713)
Rapid KO  (2)   Leon ESP
2004.06.05     1-0     D15

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Nf3 b5 6.b3 Bg4 7.Be2 e6 8.O-O Nbd7 9.h3 Bh5 10.Bb2 Bd6 11.Ne5 Bxe2 12.Nxe2 Qc7 13.cxd5 cxd5 14.Rc1 Qb8 15.Nxd7 Kxd7 16.f3 Qb7 17.Nf4 Rhc8 18.Nd3 Ke8 19.Nc5 Qb8 20.Qd3 Kf8 21.e4 Kg8 22.e5 Bxc5 23.dxc5 Nd7 24.Qe3 Rc6 25.f4 Qf8 26.Bd4 Re8 27.b4 Nb8 28. Qd2 Rc7 29.Rc3 Nc6 30.Rg3 a5 31.a3 axb4 32.axb4 Ra7 33.f5 exf5 34.Rxf5 Re6 35.Kh2 Qe8 36.Rf6 h5 37.Rf5 Rg6 38.Bf2 Qe6 39.Rxh5 d4 40.Qf4 Rxg3 41.Bxg3 Ne7 42.Qh4!

( 42.Qh4 Ng6 43.Qd8+ Nf8 44.Qxd4 )

chess position

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; Shun Ikeda 02-61254030; Website; Email
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.

Victorian Open Championship: June 12-14. Box Hill Chess Club, 79 Carrington Road. 7 round swiss. $3000 in prizes. Email website
Laurieton Rapidplay: 27 June; including 7th annual Mid North Coast Rapidplay Championship and under 18 Championship; Laurieton Services Club; 10:30am start. Contact: Endel - 6559 9060 email
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 – 2420327, 2420727 Fax : (91) 495 – 2422033, 2421005. Email Website
NZ North Island chess championship & rapid: July 12-17. Auckland. Contact: Bob Smith.
Festival Schneider Bohemia - Pilsen 2004; August 14-22; Czech Republic; website.

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