Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 270, June 23, 2004

In this issue:
Johansen bows out of World Championship
Olympiad applicants announced
World Junior selections announced
Victorian Open
Darling Downs Open
CGL: a new chess language
Applications invited: World Youth, Aust Masters
Letters: Blind players seeking tournaments
World News: FIDE champs, young stars, Kamsky
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

Johansen out of World Championship: Oceania's sole representative at the 2004 FIDE World Championship knockout, Australia's GM Daryl Johansen (2489), was defeated by Mikhail Gurevich (2672) 1.5-0.5 in round 1. The event is being played in Tripoli, Libya and includes some of the world's best players, such as Topalov, Grischuk and Ivanchuk.

For more info on this event, see world news and games.

Johansen, D (2489)    --    Gurevich, M (2672)
FIDE WCh KO  (1.1)   Tripoli LBA
2004.06.19     1/2-1/2     C08

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Qe2+ Be7 7.dxc5 Nf6 8.Nb3 O-O 9.Be3 a6 10.Bxd7 Nbxd7 11.Nf3 Re8 12.O-O Nxc5 13.Nfd4 Na4 14.c3 Qd7 15.h3 Bd6 16.Qc2 Rac8 17.Rad1 b5 18.a3 Bb8 19.Nf3 Qd6 20.Rd3 Nb6 21.Bd4 Nbd7 22.Rfd1 Qc7 23.Nbd2 Nh5 24.Nf1 Nf4 25.Re3 Qc6 26.Rde1 Rxe3 27. Rxe3 Ne6 28.Qd1 Ndf8 29.Be5 Ba7 30.Rd3 Rd8 31.Ne3 Bxe3 32.Rxe3 Nd7 33.Nd4 Nxd4 34.Bxd4 1/2-1/2

chess position

Gurevich, M (2672)    --    Johansen, D (2489)
FIDE WCh KO  (1.2)   Tripoli LBA
2004.06.20     1-0     A90

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+!?

Favoured by Keres
3.Nd2 f5 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 O-O 6.Nf3 a5
To hold up b4 after a likely a3
7.O-O b6 8.d5!? Bb7
( 8...exd5 9.Nd4!? )
9.Nd4 Bc5 10.N2b3 a4 11.Nxc5 bxc5 12.Nb5 exd5 13.Bg5! Qc8
Breaking the pin and protecting Bb7
14.cxd5 d6 15.Nc3 a3 16.Rb1 Qe8 17.b4 Na6 18.bxc5 Nxc5 19.Be3! Nfd7 20.Nb5 Qc8 21.Qc2 Ra4 22.Rfc1 Ba6 23.Nd4 Rc4 24.Qd2 Qe8 25.Rxc4 Bxc4 26.Qc2 Ne5 27.Rb4 Ng4
I don't understand this move, but ( 27...Ba6 28.Nxf5 ) is also grim

chess position

Olympiad applicants: Applicants to represent Australia at the 36th FIDE Olympiads in Calvia, Mallorca, Spain (in randomised order) are:

Open (12 applicants): IM Zong-Yuan Zhao, FM Greg Canfell, Nick Speck, IM Alex Wohl, IM Gary Lane, FM Tim Reilly, GM Darryl Johansen, IM David Smerdon, IM John-Paul Wallace, GM Ian Rogers, IM Leonid Sandler, IM Stephen Solomon.

Women's (7 applicants): IM, WIM Irina Berezina, WFM Slavica Sarai, Ingela Eriksson, WIM Laura Moylan, WIM Biljana Dekic, WIM Anastasia Sorokina, WIM Arianne Caoili.

To the best of my knowledge all the above are clearly eligible to represent Australia under the by-laws. However, a small number of applicants have been asked to supply missing information so that their applications can be valid.

A range of draft player data plus player supporting comments and additional results supplied can be found at . Any errors in the data should be advised to , or phone 0421 428 775 or 03 6224 8487 by this Friday, 25 June so that they can be fixed before the data are forwarded to the selectors. The selectors for this event are: FM Haydn Barber, FM Geoffrey Saw, IA Dr Charles Zworestine, Ian Rout and Dr Mike Partis.

On behalf of the ACF I wish to thank both the applicants and the selectors for the very important parts they are playing in ensuring Australia has strong Olympiad teams. An announcement on captaincy applications should appear in next week's Bulletin.

Olympiad website.

- Kevin Bonham
ACF Selections Co-Ordinator (Senior Events)

In related news, the ACF has appointed a new Selection Panel: 1. I.Rogers, 2. D.Johansen, 3. S.Solomon, 4. A.Allen, 5. P.Parr, 6. M.Partis, 7. R.Gastineau-Hills, 8. M.Weeks, 9. G.West, 10. D.Cordover, 11. I.Berezina-Feldman, 12. T.Reilly, 13 M.Chapman, 14. S.Press, 15. G.Wastell, 16. J.Tanti, 17. G. Lane, 18. K. Bonham, 19. H. Barber, 20. I. Rout, 21. G. Saw, 22. C. Zworestine, 23. M. Gluzman.

And Kevin Bonham has been appointed Selection Co-ordinator (Senior Events).

Support the Team! 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. 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

Selections for the World Junior to be held in Heraklion, Crete, Greece in early November are as follows:
U18 - Zong-Yuan Zhao
U16 - Ronald Yu
U14 - Moulthun Ly
U12 - Max Illingworth
U10 - Raymond Song

U18 - Shannon Oliver
U16 - Heather Huddleston
U14 - Amy Evans
U12 - Angela Song
U10 - Emma Guo

Congratulations to these players.
I shall contact them individually regarding confirmation of their places and further details as soon as possible.

Kerry Stead
ACF Junior Selection Co-ordinator

Victorian Open: The Victorian Open, played over the Queens Birthday weekend 12th-14th June, was a success for IM's David Smerdon & Peter Froelich. Finishing on 6/7, both conceded a draw to IM Stephen Solomon and in the last round to each other. Solomon was also held to a draw in the final round by Mehmedalija Dizdarevic to finish in a 5-way tie for third place.

A field of 97 players competed in this very well organised event. Gerrit Hartland, Trevor Stanning and Phil O'Connor along with many volunteers from Box Hill Chess Club ensured the event ran smoothly.

A feature was the top two boards being shown live on large monitors in a separate viewing area. This allowed spectators to view and discuss the games in progress without disturbing the players. It also meant there was little crowing around the top boards.

The endings in the games Rujevic - Solomon from Rd4 and Solomon - Smerdon from Rd6 saw large numbers of players & spectators around these monitors with opinions about who was winning being divided. Most people seemed to think Rujevic was winning the Rd4 game, until he fell into a mating net.

Full details of the event; crosstable and games can be viewed at:

Final placings:
=1st: 6 David Smerdon, Peter Froelich
=3rd: 5.5 Stephen Solomon, Milenko Lojanica, Mehmedalija Dizdarevic, Ascaro Pecori, Christopher Wallis

=1st Div 1: 5.5 Milenko Lojanica, Mehmedalija Dizdarevic, Ascaro Pecori
=1st Div A: 5 Marcel Rothlisberger, Dean Hogg
=1st Div B: 5 Ruperto Lugo, Svetozar Stojic
1st Div C: 5 Wilson Zhigen Lin
1st Div D: 5.5 Christopher Wallis
1st Div E: 4 Paul Bearup
=1st Div F: 3.5 Mitchel Bailey, Ion Kloprogge, Elliot Renzies, Alex Malejewicz
=1st Div G: 3 Paul Sanderson, Jake Kostrzewa, Rengan Vijayakumar
1st Div H: 3.5 Jamie Kemure
1st Unrated: 5 Kai Jensen

Rujevic, Mirko    --    Solomon, Stephen J
Victorian Open  (4)   0-1

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 e6 6.O-O Nge7 7.Qe1 a6 8. d3 O-O 9.a4 d5 10.Bb3 Nd4 11.Nxd4 cxd4 12.Nd1 dxe4 13.dxe4 b6 14.Nf2 a5 15.Nd3 Bb7 16.Bd2 Rc8 17.Rf3 Rc7 18.Rh3 h5 19.Qe2 Qd7 20.Re1 Rfc8 21.Bc1 b5 22.axb5 Qxb5 23.Bd2 a4 24.Ba2 Rxc2 25.Bb1

chess position

25...Bxe4!? 26.Bxc2 Rxc2 27.Qxe4 Rxd2 28.g4 Qd5 29.gxh5 Qxe4 30.Rxe4 gxh5 31.Nc5 Nf5 32.Rd3 Rxb2 33.Nxa4 Rc2 34.Re1 Ne3 35.Rb1 Kh7 36.Nb2 Kg6 37.Nd1 Nxd1 38.Rdxd1 Kf5 39.Rb7 Kg6 40.Rb5 Bf8 41.Rg5+ Kf6 42.Rxh5 Bd6 43.Kh1 Rc4 44.f5 exf5 45.Rh6+ Ke5 46. Re1+ Kd5 47.Rh5 Be5 48.Rxf5 f6 49.Rf3 Rc2 50.h3 Kc4 51.Rd1 Kd5 52.Re1 Kc4 53.Rd1 Re2 54.Kg1 Kd5 55.Kf1 Rh2 56.Re1 Rd2 57.Ra3 d3 58.h4 Bd4 59.Ra5+ Bc5 60.Re3 Rd1+ 61.Re1 Rd2 62.Re8 Rc2 63.Rd8+ Ke4 64.Ra4+ Ke3 65.Ra6 Rf2+ 66.Kg1 Rf4 67.Re6+ Kf3+ 68.Kf1 Kg3+ 69.Ke1 Bb4+

chess position

Solomon, Stephen J    --    Smerdon, David C
Victorian Open  (6)   1/2-1/2

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.O-O Nb6 7.Nc3 c6 8.d3 Bf5 9.Bf4 Qd7 10.Rc1 Na6 11.Qd2 h6 12.e4 Bh3 13.Rfd1 g5 14.Be3 O-O 15.a4 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 f5 17.a5 Nc8 18.h3 Nc7 19.Qe2 Ne6 20.d4 f4 21.d5 fxe3 22.dxe6 Qxe6 23.Qxe3 Nd6 24.e5 Nc4 25.Qe4 Nxb2 26.Rd4 Rad8 27.Ne2 Rxd4 28. Nexd4 Qd5 29.Qxd5+ cxd5 30.Ne6

chess position

30...Nc4!? 31.Nxf8 Kxf8 32.e6!? Bf6 33.Rd1 Nxa5 34.Rxd5 Nc4 35.Nd4 Bxd4 36.Rxd4 Nd6 37.Ra4 a6 38.h4 Kg7 39.hxg5 hxg5 40. Kf3 Kg6 41.Kg4 Nf5 42.Rb4 Nd6 43.Ra4 Nf5 44.Ra1 Nd6 45.Ra5 Nb5 46.f3 Kf6 47.Kh5 Nd4 48.Rxg5 Nxf3 49.Rg8 Kxe6 50.g4 Kd5 51.g5 Ne5 52.g6 Nxg6 53.Rxg6 b5 54.Kg4 a5 55.Kf3 a4 56.Ke3 b4 57.Kd3 e5 58.Ra6 e4+ 59.Kc2 a3 60.Ra8 Kc4 61.Rc8+ Kd4 62.Rd8+ Kc4 63.Rc8+ Kd4 64.Rh8 a2 65.Rh1 e3 66.Rd1+ Kc4 67.Kb2 e2 68.Rc1+ Kd3 69.Kxa2 Kd2 70.Kb2

chess position

Report from Garry Lycett's Chess Victoria News.

Darling Downs Open, Queensland:

No Name                Rtg  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7  

1  Stephson, David J   2259 6     21:W 17:W  3:W  2:D  8:W  6:D  5:W
2  Myers, John         1899 5.5   10:W 12:W  8:W  1:D  5:L  9:W  6:W
3  Lester, George E    1855 5     16:W  6:W  1:L  7:W  4:D  5:D 11:W
4  Edwards, Jacob A    2041 5     19:D  9:W  5:L 12:W  3:D 10:W  8:W
5  Alkin, John         1686 4.5   14:W 11:L  4:W 17:W  2:W  3:D  1:L
6  Samuel, Boipuso     1600 4.5    7:W  3:L 24:W 11:W 10:W  1:D  2:L
7  McIntyre, Brock     1064 4.5    6:L 15:W 13:W  3:L 24:W 11:D 12:W
8  Weller, Tony        1725 4     24:W 13:W  2:L 16:W  1:L 14:W  4:L
9  Stokes, Mark C      1610 4      0:D  4:L 21:W 13:W 11:D  2:L 16:W
10 Grigg, Samuel       1129 4      2:L 20:W 22:W 19:W  6:L  4:L 18:W
11 Barker, Andrew S    1431 3.5   25:W  5:W  0:D  6:L  9:D  7:D  3:L
12 Fraser, Wayne G     1466 3.5   23:W  2:L  0:D  4:L 22:W 16:W  7:L
13 Mills, Ross         1328 3.5   18:W  8:L  7:L  9:L 23:W 20:W 14:D
14 Fisher, Jayden      1094 3.5    5:L 21:D 15:D 25:W 18:W  8:L 13:D
15 Davison, Wayne      1540 3.5   22:L  7:L 14:D 21:W 19:L 17:W 24:W
16 Russell, Luthien    1108 3      3:L 25:W 18:W  8:L 17:W 12:L  9:L
17 Kroll, Eric         1561 3     20:W  1:L 19:W  5:L 16:L 15:L 25:W
18 Webster, Andrew          3     13:L  0:W 16:L 20:W 14:L 19:W 10:L
19 Bender, Peter G     1251 3      4:D 22:W 17:L 10:L 15:W 18:L 21:D
20 Fisher, Nathan      981  3     17:L 10:L 23:W 18:L 25:W 13:L  0:W
21 Gearing, Michael    1281 2.5    1:L 14:D  9:L 15:L  0:W 24:D 19:D
22 Fisher, Ashley      948  2.5   15:W 19:L 10:L 24:D 12:L  0:W 23:L
23 Gillingham, Stephen 680  2.5   12:L 24:L 20:L  0:W 13:L 25:D 22:W
24 Grenfell, Regina    1102 2      8:L 23:W  6:L 22:D  7:L 21:D 15:L
25 Bell, Mark               1.5   11:L 16:L  0:W 14:L 20:L 23:D 17:L

The next ACF Executive phone hookup will be held on Thursday July 1. The next ACF Council meeting will be held on Monday, 12 July, at 1900 AEST by phone teleconference. Pls note that this is a change from the original date of 05 July, that was stated on the ACF Council Minutes of April.

New chess language: A new format has just been developed to facilitate sophisticated database searches. Chess Query Language (CQL) has been designed to allow researchers, authors, and players to search for games, problems, and studies that match specific themes. You specify the theme you are looking for, and the database to look for them, in CQL. Then you run this CQL file using a program called cql.exe. This creates a new PGN file that has all the games matching your theme.

CQL specifies a small but powerful set of primitives to define chess themes. CQL can find much more complex themes than any other chess program. Users have searched for themes like stalemates with multiple pins; games in which the same position recurs but with the winning side missing just one piece; Nowotny and Grimshaw themes, games with some number of captures on a single square, games with a certain number of black and white passed pawns, and many more. Questions or comments about CQL should be directed to

CQL was developed by Gady Costeff and Lewis Stiller. It is copyright (c) 2003-2004 and is free. It also uses Scid code by Shane Hudson. The Windows build uses the Cygwin Libraries.


Applications invited: The World Youth Chess Championships to be held in Iraklion, Crete, in November. Apart from the 10 selected children the opportunity exists for other Australian Juniors to play in the tournament (all entries have to be ratified by the Australian Chess Federation). It is a fantastic opportunity to mix with 1000 children from other countries, play 11 really strong games and get daily coaching and analysis. Can any interested parents please contact Jenni Oliver at for more information. The team has to be finalised and all coaching arrangements in place by early August 2004.

Entries are also being invited for the prestigious 2004 Australian Masters. Email Nick Speck at if you're interested in playing.

Dates & Times: Tuesday 3rd August to Saturday 14th August 2004
Rounds start at 3pm
Format: 12 player round robin and we are aiming for a category 4 event
Games will be FIDE rated, anticipating a category 4 event
Time Control: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment for the entire game
Venue: Melbourne Chess Club 66 Leicester St. Fitzroy
Prizes: 1st Place $1000; 2nd Place $750; 3rd Place $500.
Entry Fees: Entry fees are only applicable for non-IM players: 2350-2399 $100; 2250-2349 $150; 2150-2249 $250. Appearance Fees: International Masters $200.


Hello! I and my chessplaying boys are planning to visit Australia later this year. We are interested in contact with blind chessplayers. Do you know if there is any organization for blind chessplayer? Or do you have any idea how I can find any contact person? We are very interested if there are opportunities to participate in some of the tournaments. My sons are 13, 14 and 16 years old. We have a rough travel plan which is possible to change if it is needed. We plan to visit Perth three weeks in December and Sydney about four weeks from middle of January to middle of February. In end of March we are returning from New Zealand and we are planning to travel along the east coast during April before we return to Sweden in the beginning of May. I would appreciate if you could recommend any tournament and/or local clubs that we could contact. Kind regards - Richard Spele

Richard: brief details of a wide range of tournaments can be found below in this newsletter, with links to more complete information. In addition, the WA Chess Association and NSW Chess Association websites have tournaments listed. Also check out the NSW Junior Chess League site. -Ed

Readers: if anyone knows of blind players or would like to recommend tournaments, please contact Mr Spele. -Ed

World News:

FIDE World Championship: The favourites have advanced into the third round after round 2 produced no big surprises. Among the casualties were Nigel Short, Ivan Sokolov and Pentala Harikrishna. In Round 1, Azmaiparishvili was eliminated and junior sensation Magnus Carlsen also lost out. Many top players are absent from the event - 2nd seed Morozevich withdraw shortly before the start. And the Israeli Chess Federation, whose players are not attending, is threatening to sue FIDE, claiming its team has been "barred" from the event.

Round 2 results:
1 Delchev, Aleksander (BUL) - (BUL) Topalov, Veselin 0-1 0-1
2 Elarbi, Abobker (LBA) - (RUS) Smirnov, Pavel 0-1 0-1
3 Asrian, Karen (ARM) - (ENG) Adams, Michael 1/2 0-1
4 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) - (CYP) Kotronias, Vasilios 1-0 1-0
5 Harikrishna, Pentala (IND) - (UKR) Ivanchuk, Vassily 1/2 1/2 Playoff 0-1 0-1
6 Short, Nigel D. (ENG) - (POL) Krasenkow, Michal 0-1 1/2
7 Dominguez, Lenier (CUB) - (RUS) Malakhov, Vladimir 1/2 1/2 Playoff 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1-0
8 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (ROM) - (NED) Tiviakov, Sergei 1-0 1/2
9 Kharlov, Andrei (RUS) - (NED) Sokolov, Ivan 1-0 1/2
10 Dreev, Alexey (RUS) - (ARG) Felgaer, Ruben 1-0 1-0
11 Adianto, Utut (INA) - (ARM) Akopian, Vladimir 1/2 0-1
12 Ye, Jiangchuan (CHN) - (CHN) Ni, Hua 1/2 1/2 Playoff 1-0 0-1 0-1 1-0 1-0
13 Anastasian, Ashot (ARM) - (IND) Neelotpal, Das 1/2 1/2 Playoff 1-0 1/2
14 Azmaiparashvili, Zurab (GEO) - (RUS) Lastin, Alexander 0-1 1-0 Playoff 1/2 0-1
15 Sadvakasov, Darmen (KAZ) - (FRA) Bacrot, Etienne 0-1 1/2
16 Gurevich, Mikhail (BEL) - (CRO) Kozul, Zdenko 0-1 1/2
17 Iordachescu, Viorel (MDA) - (RUS) Rublevsky, Sergei 1/2 1/2 Playoff 1-0 0-1 1/2 0-1
18 Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) - (DEN) Nielsen, Peter Heine 1/2 1/2 Playoff 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1-0
19 Nakamura, Hikaru (USA) - (BLR) Aleksandrov, Aleksej 1-0 1/2
20 Beliavsky, Alexander G (SLO) - (RUS) Kobalia, Mikhail 1/2 1/2 Playoff 1/2 1-0
21 Almasi, Zoltan (HUN) - (ESP) Vallejo Pons, Francisco 1/2 1/2 Playoff 1/2 1-0
22 Bologan, Viktor (MDA) - (UKR) Moiseenko, Alexander 1/2 1/2 Playoff 1/2 0-1
23 Sulskis, Sarunas (LTU) - (RUS) Sakaev, Konstantin 0-1 0-1
24 Kritz, Leonid (GER) - (BRA) Leitao, Rafael 0-1 1/2
25 Lputian, Smbat G (ARM) - (AZE) Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1/2 1/2 Playoff 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 0-1
26 Graf, Alexander (GER) - (FRA) Tkachiev, Vladislav 1/2 0-1
27 Wojtkiewicz, Aleksander (USA) - (RUS) Zvjaginsev, Vadim 1/2 1/2 Playoff 1/2 0-1
28 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB) - (IRI) Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan 1-0 1/2
29 Filippov, Valerij (RUS) - (NED) Van Wely, Loek 1-0 0-1 Playoff 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-0
30 Hamdouchi, Hichem (MAR) - (USA) Kudrin, Sergey 1/2 1/2 Playoff 1/2 1/2 1-0 0-1 1-0
31 Aronian, Levon (ARM) - (AZE) Guseinov, Gadir 1-0 1-0
32 Acs, Peter (HUN) - (SVK) Movsesian, Sergei 1-0 0-1 Playoff 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-1

FIDE Site | View games

Young Stars of the World: An interesting event featuring top juniors from around the world. Leading scores after 5 rounds: Zhigalko 5.0; Khairullin 4.0; Nepomniachtchi, Andreikin, Kuzubov 3.5. Site | View games

Kamsky's back: Gata Kamsky - a top-flight player who retired from the game a few years ago - has begun playing again. He has just tied for first in the latest New York Masters at the famous Marshall Chess Club, beating GM Blatny along the way. In earlier days Kamsky lost a world championship match against Karpov but beat many of today's elite in candidates matches. He was as famous for his play as for his erratic father Rustam, who frequently disrupted top events. Kamsky largely abandoned the game in 1996, supposedly to become a brain surgeon, but reports now suggest he has graduated as a lawyer. Site | View games

World news including games updated daily at NetChessNews.


Delchev, A (2602)    --    Topalov, V (2737)
FIDE WCh KO  (2.1)   Tripoli LBA
2004.06.21     0-1     E48

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 c5 6.Ne2 d5 7.cxd5 cxd4 8. exd4 Nxd5 9.O-O Nc6 10.Be4 h6 11.Nxd5 exd5 12.Bc2 Bd6 13.Bf4 Re8 14.Bxd6 Qxd6 15.Qd3 g6 16.Qd2 Kg7 17.Nf4 Bd7 18.Rfe1 Rad8 19.Bb3 Qf6 20.Red1 Ne7 21.Rac1 Bc6 22.Bc2 Nc8 23.b3 Nd6 24.f3 Nb5 25.Ne2 Re7 26.Re1 Rde8 27.Kf1 Re3 28.a4 Nc7 29.Qa5 Ne6 30.Qxa7 Qh4 31.Qa5 Qxh2 32.Qd2 Ng5 33.Ng1

chess position

33...Rxf3+!! 34.Nxf3 Nxf3

Vallejo Pons, F (2666)    --    Vasquez, R (2523)
FIDE WCh KO  (1.1)   Tripoli LBA
2004.06.19     1/2-1/2     B80

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.g4 Nfd7 9.Qd2 Nb6 10.a4 Nc4 11.Bxc4 bxc4 12.Nce2 Nd7 13.Qc3 Bb7 14.O-O Rc8 15.Rad1 Nc5 16.Ng3 Nxa4 17.Qb4 Qd7 18.Ra1 Nc5 19.Qc3 d5 20.e5 Be7 21.Nh5 O-O 22.g5 Qc7 23.Bf4 Qb6 24.Kh1

chess position

24...Nd3!? 25.Nf6+!?
( 25.cxd3 Bb4 26.Qc2 Qxd4 )
25...gxf6 26.gxf6 Bb4!

chess position

27.Qxd3! cxd3 28.Bh6 Qxd4 29.Rg1+
drawn by perpetual check

Scekic, M (2405)    --    Kamsky, G (2717)
106th NY Masters  (2)   New York USA
2004.06.15     1/2-1/2     A07

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.O-O Bg4 5.d3 e6 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.h3 Bh5 8. Qe1 Bd6 9.e4 Qc7 10.Nh2 g5 11.d4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Qxe4 Nf6 14.Qe3 h6 15.c4 O-O-O 16.c5 Be7 17.b4 Nd5 18.Qa3 a6 19.Qb3 Bf6 20.Bb2 Bg6 21.a4 h5 22.b5 a5 23.Nf3 Nb4 24.Bc3 g4 25.hxg4 hxg4 26.Ne5 Bxe5 27.dxe5 Bc2 28.Qb2 f5 29.exf6 Qh7 30.Rfe1 Bd3 31.Re2 Nc2 32.bxc6 bxc6 33.Rb1 Qh2+ 34.Kf1

Things are getting a bit hot on the queenside, so Kamsky bails out in style!

chess position

34...Ne3+!! 35.fxe3 Qxg2+!! 36.Kxg2 Be4+
It's perpetual check by R-h2-h1+. An elegant finale!

Khairullin Ildar (RUS)    --    Potapov Pavel (RUS)
World's Youth Stars  (1)   Kirishi (Russia)
2004.06     1-0     B22

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 g6 7.Qb3 e6 8. Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 b6 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.Qd1 Rc8 12.h4 h5 13.Ng5 Be7 14.Rh3 Qc7 15.Kf1 Na5 16.Ne4 Bd5 17.Kg1 Nc4 18.Qe2 Bxe4 19.Bxe4 b5 20.Bf4 Qa5 21.d5 Nb6 22.d6 Bd8 23.Rc1 Rc4 24.Bg5 Bxg5 25.hxg5 Na4 26.Qf3 Qd8 27.Qe3 Qb6 28. Qf3 Qd8 29.Bd3 Rc5 30.Qe3 Qb6 31.Qf4 Qd8

chess position

32.Bxg6!! O-O!
( 32...fxg6 33.Rf3! +- wins, eg 33...Qa8 34.Qf7+ Kd8 35. Qf8+!! )
33.Bxh5 Rc4 34.Qe3 Qb6 35.Qf3 Qd8 36.Bxf7+!! Kg7
( 36...Rxf7 37.Qh5 with a quick mate )
At last - an offer that can't be refused!
( 37.Rh7+ Kxh7 38.Qh5+ Kg7 39.Qg6+ Kh8 40.Qh6# )

chess position

Grand Prix tournaments:

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

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.

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
North Queensland Open Qld; August 7-8; Townsville; Darren Napier 0412606213 Website
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.

Cesenatico (Italy) Open International September 4-12; Fax +3954786331 Phone +39335.6615956. Website Email Back to Top

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