Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 276, August 4, 2004

In this issue:
Australian Masters
Ratings revamp
2005 Oceania Zonal
New Grand Prix Co-ordinator
NSW news
RSS chess feed
Blasts from the past
World News: Anand wins Dortmund
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

The Australian Masters has just begun and games can be seen live at Gary Bekker's Oceania website. The event is a 12 player round robin and games will be FIDE rated. It's being held at the Melbourne Chess Club. Tournament details.

IM Guy West upset GM Darryl Johansen with a sensational attack in round 1:

Guy West IM    --    Darryl Johansen GM
Australian Masters  (1)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     1-0

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.O-O Qc7 7.Qe2 d6 8. Nc3 b6 9.f4 Bb7 10.Kh1 Nbd7 11.Bd2 Be7 12.Rae1 Nc5 13.e5 Nfd7 14.Bf5!!

chess position

( 14...exf5 15.exd6 Qxd6 16.Nxf5 +- )
15.fxe5 exf5 16.e6! Nf6
( 16...fxe6 17.Nxe6 Nxe6 18.Qxe6 Nc5 19.Qxf5 and white's attack looks deadly )
17.exf7+ Kxf7 18.Qc4+ Kg6
( 18...Kf8 19.b4 )
( 18...Ke8 19.Nxf5 +- )
19.Nxf5 Nfe4!?
Desperate defence
( 19...Rhe8 20.Nh4+ Kh5 21.Rf5+ g5 22.Rxg5+ Kh6 23.Rg6+ Kh5 24.Rh6# )
20.Nxe4 Rhe8 21.Nxc5 Bxg2+!? 22.Kxg2 Qc6+ 23.Qe4 Qxe4+
( 23...Qxc5 24.Qg4+ Kf7 25.Qxg7# )
24.Nxe4 +- Bf8 25.Neg3 h5 26.Nh4+ Kh7 27.Nxh5 Red8 28.Bc3 Ra7 29.Nf4 Be7 30.Re5 g5 31.Nd5 Rxd5 32.Rxd5 1-0

The 2005 Oceania Zonal to be held in Auckland from Jan 30 - Feb 04, 2005. The venue is the Waipuna International Hotel & Conference Centre. The tournament will be a 9 round swiss in Open and Women's sections with a guaranteed prize fund of $5,500 (minimum). More details and the website address will soon be available on Gary Bekker's website. He will also be coming as Arbiter.

- Paul Spiller
Zonal organiser

Grand Prix update: Garvin Gray has been appointed GP Co-ordinator, replacing Bob Keast, and has released some updated results Leading scores:
Open division:
Ian Rogers 90.5; David Smerdon 65.5; George Xie 57.2; Stephen Solomon 37.25; Zong Yuan Zhao 36; Michael Wei 29; John Myers 26.25; Lim Yee Weng 22.5; Greg Canfell 21.5; Gareth Charles 20.25.

U2000 Division:
John Myers 51.7; Toshi Kimura 40.7; Raymond Song 30; Duncan Peters 28.4; P. Wongwichit 28; Alex Mendes Da Costa 25.4; Milenko Lojanica 25; Joel Harp 23; Michael Yu 22.9.

Feed your chess appetite: Technically inclined chess players may be interested in receiving a couple of "RSS feeds" of chess info that I've just set up. They are at and The first will contain items from this newsletter; the second, world chess news.

If you're thinking "what the hell is an RSS feed", you're not alone! I myself have been thinking precisely that for the last few weeks, and have only just got a partial handle on the subject!

RSS stands for either "rich site summary" or "really simple syndication", depending on who you ask. It's a newish internet technology that sends the headlines from articles on your favourite websites directly to you, so you don't need to go and visit the websites. You view the headlines in a little program called a feed reader. If something appeals to you, you can click on the headline and the full article will appear.

Now, it's true that there are billions of people who have never heard of RSS, and never will, yet will somehow manage to live rich and fulfilling lives without it! It's not for everyone, but it can be very useful and save a lot of time for tech-gurus or chess fanatics who can't wait to hear the latest news.

To access the RSS feeds, you'll need an RSS viewer: I recommend FeedReader which is free and works well. After you've downloaded and installed it, click F2 and type in the addresses above. It will then automatically collect the latest headlines for you. FeedReader comes with a huge list of feeds on other topics already set up, so it's useful for more than chess.


I believe that it's possible for webmasters to incorporate these RSS feeds into their websites, so that headlines from this newsletter or world chess news can appear on their pages. If and when I work out how to do this, I'll let you know!

At the moment the feeds don't have a great deal in them, but this should improve when I'm more on top of it.

- PaulB

NSW News: Wests won the NSWCA Open Division of the inter-club grade match competition. Last year's winners, St George, scored only 1 out of 8 in their two matches against Wests this year. Andrew Bird (Wests) scored 6.5/7, Vladimir Smirnov (Wests) 4.5/5 and on top board GM Ian Rogers (St George) scored 4/5, FM Greg Canfell (Wests) and FM (elect) George Xie (Canterbury Bulldogs) each 5/8 Final scores:- Wests 21.5/32, St.George 19.5, Canterbury Bulldogs 15.5, North Sydney 13.5, Canterbury Berries 10. - Peter Parr

Laurieton One Day Chess - July 25: 1= Weltner, Mike (1480), Clarke, Gil (1510) 5.5, 3= Lukic, Mick (1615), Lane, Endel (1530) 5, 5= Northover, Matthew (1200), Mearns, David (1294), Wilks, Eric (1019) 4.5, 8= Wells, Leslie, Riordan, Simon, Faruqi, Osman, Wells, Richard, McColl, Hayden 4, 13= Brown, Joshua, Arthur, Joshua 3.5, 15= Vella, Luke, Fajks, Thomas, Dalton, Luke, Brislane, Mitchell, Dalton, Kirsty 3, 20. Palmer, Alix 2.5, 21= Brown, Elischa, Farrugia, Amy 2, 23= Grimson, Oliver, Smith, Jesse 0.5.
Taree players Mike and Gil played excellent chess. Trophy to Mike on the countback. It was a good experience and a lovely day of chess for our younger players. Our 8 year old Club members Elischa and Kirsty enjoyed the day. - Endel Lane.

Coal city open chess competition 2004 - this weekend: Class 2 Grand Prix Event. August 7-8. Newcastle Panthers Club Nova, corner of King and Union streets, Newcastle. First Prize $500. Enrolment by 9.30am. $55 Adults, $35 Juniors, $10 Discount Early Entry. Jniors who have never played in an adult event are admitted free. Info: Tom 49566770 or George 49433862. Email. Website.

Ratings changes: Over the past 3-4 months the ACF Ratings Officers have been experimenting with a number of possible changes to the rating system.

The main aims being:
a) To better handle the impact on players who play rapidly improving players (or, for that matter, rapidly declining players)
b) To better handle players who are new to the normal list even though they may be active on the rapid list and vice versa.

With regards to (a) this is achieved by generating an intermediate rating for all players. For the calculation of the player's rating his rating at the start of the period is still used but the opponent's intermediate rating is used as the opponent's rating rather than their rating at the start of the rating period.

For example, back in 2002 and up to the March 2003 rating period a certain NSW junior's rating had been between 1691 in April 2002 and 1776 in March 2003. Now for the June 2003 ratings his opponents had their results calculated based on his March 2003 rating of 1776 yet he was clearly playing at a much higher level. It therefore seems reasonable for his opponents to treat him not as 1776 but as a player rated more like 2050 which can be considered his intermediate rating. BTW his performance rating during this period was 2225. Testing shows that it is indeed better to do this as it leads to better predictive accuracy. It should be noted that the USCF uses this intermediate rating idea in their rating calculations.

With regards to (b) this is achieved by increasing the RD factor of the player when his rapid is used as the seed rating for his first normal games or vice versa in the case of his first rapid games. This increase in RD was already done previously but it was found to improve predictive accuracy if we increased it to a greater degree. Note increasing it to the point of maximum RD (equivalent to an unrated player) actually reduces predictive accuracy.

Also we have implemented a rating floor of 100. If a player new to the system obtains a rating less than 100 it is discarded and he is still treated as unrated. If an established player has their rating drop below 100 it is set at 100.

Also, we will action the following motion that was passed by the ACF Council last October:

"That the ACF Ratings Officers are authorised to deduct rating points from players who had been inactive over the period 1980-1999 to offset any anomalies caused by the 150 point bonus added to players back in April 2000. The method of determination and the number of points to be deducted is left to the ACF Rating Officers to decide."

As well as this we will deduct the 70 point uplift (applied to all players in April 2004) from all players who have not played a rated game since the December 1999 rating period.

During discussions with a number of players/adminstrators the following was noted.

Clearly the aim of the rating system is to determine the relative strength of the players. However with players who have not participated for some time it is generally the case that they will decrease in strength. By continually providing players with these bonus points to attempt to keep the ACF and FIDE ratings in some sort of synchronisation, inactive players are reaching heights that would in reality be totally unattainable if the player was actually playing. Therefore players who may consider returning are not doing so because they do not wish to see their new "inflated" ratings drop. This is clearly not in the ACF's interests. We want ex players to participate, not sit back and just have their ratings increase through inactivity.

Therefore from a practical viewpoint, the implementation of the motion regarding the 150 points and the decision regarding the 70 points, it is hoped to entice some of these players back to being active players and again play competitive chess.

The statistical impact of deducting these points from these inactive players is minimal given we use the Glicko2 system which can quickly determine their true playing strength upon their return.

The ACF Council has agreed to all of these changes being implemented.

To cater for all the above changes, the adjustment to the 150 point increase was retroactively incorporated back into the August 2000 ratings of the effected players and the ratings of all players have been recalculated for all rating periods from December 2000 up to and including June 2004.

The September 2004 ratings will be calculated based on these newly calculated June 2004 ratings.

- Bill Gletsos
ACF Ratings Officer

Letters: Hi there Paul!
I am a recent convert to chess and i'm enjoying it immensely!
I get your newsletter, and it has great stuff in it - and quite a bit of work to put it all together - much thanks Just a quick suggestion - is it possible to somehow have PGN of the games you deconstruct in the newsletter - I have Fritz8 and it makes it a lot easier to load the games and do more analysis.
Cheers - Bhu.

PGN is a good idea. And I might as well convert the games so they can be played through online as well. I'll upload them to the website and add a link. View games for this week | Download PGN - Ed.

Blasts from the past:

Anderssen, A    --    Kieseritzky, L
Immortal game   London
1851     1-0

The immortal game. 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Qh4+ 4.Kf1 b5!?

In the gambit spirit, black throws a pawn to speed up his development
5.Bxb5 Nf6 6.Nf3 Qh6 7.d3 Nh5 8.Nh4?! Qg5?!
Both sides should be getting on with their development.
9.Nf5 c6
( The point of white's manoeuvre can be seen in this line: 9... Bc5?? 10.Qxh5!! Qxh5 11.Nxg7+! Kd8 12.Nxh5 which leaves white a piece ahead. )
10.g4!? Nf6?!
Now the black queen is cornered and in trouble.
( 10...cxb5! 11.h4 Qd8 12.gxh5 d5 should be OK for black. )
11.Rg1! cxb5 12.h4 Qg6 13.h5 Qg5 14.Qf3
White threatens Bxf4 winning the black queen, as well as e5! attacking the Nf6 and the Ra8.
Defending against both threats, but this move "undevelops" a piece.
15.Bxf4 Qf6 16.Nc3 Bc5 17.Nd5! Qxb2 18.Bd6!!

chess position

One of the most amazing moves in history.
( 18...Bxd6 19.Nxd6+ Kd8 20.Nxf7+ Ke8 21.Nd6+ Kd8 22.Qf8# is no improvement. )
19.Ke2 Bxg1 20.e5!!
Tightening the noose: this move cuts the black queen off from the protection of the square g7
20...Na6 21.Nxg7+ Kd8 22.Qf6+!! Nxf6 23.Be7# 1-0

The ACF presents:
The Mt Buller Australian Open Chess Championships
Hospitality Textiles Australian Schools Chess Championships
Hospitality Textiles Australian Junior Chess Championships

Where: Mt Buller, Victoria
Details: (site will be up in 3-4 weeks)
General enquires: George Howard 0414 841575;

The Mt Buller Australian Open Chess Championships
Dates: Tuesday December 28th 2004 to Sunday January 9th 2005
Details: 11 round Swiss draw, 1 round per day, 90 min/60s
Prizes: $18,500 in prizes, 1st-10th place, + rating prizes. Top prize is $4500!
Prices: $90 concession, $130 adult (early bird fees) GM, WGM, IM, WIM free
Contact: Garvin Gray, ph 0422993062

The Mt Buller Australian Minor Chess Championships
Full details are being finalised. Please check the website in 3-4 weeks.

Hospitality Textiles Australian Junior Chess Championships
dates: Tuesday January 11th to Sunday January 23rd 2005
prices: $55 all juniors (early fee); GM, WGM, IM, WIM all free
prizes: $5,800 total; 1st-5th, girls and age prizes.
contact: Kerry Stead,

Hospitality Textiles Australian Schools Chess Championships
Dates: December 4th and 5th
Contact: Jenni Oliver 02 6253 2848

Accomodation: Mercure Grand Chalet, 4.5 Star, Mt Buller, Summit Road.
Adult: $120 twin share per night including full buffet breakfast
$50 for an additional adult
Junior: $90 for three children including a continental breakfast
$20 for an additional child
All accommodation queries and bookings must be directed to:
Ms Natasha Solczanuik Ph: (03) 5777 6566

It is the responsibility of entrants to arrange accommodation. The above Chalet accommodation deal, secured at discounted rates, is highly recommended by the organisers.

Support the Team! All Aussie chess lovers are asked to donate to the 2004 Olympiad Appeal - don't leave it to the last minute! Cheques/money orders should be made out to "Australian Chess Federation" and sent to:
ACF Treasurer Norm Greenwood
P.O. Box 1840
Westfield Hornsby Post Office 1635

Corporations or business sponsors please call George Howard on 0414 841575

George Howard
President ACF

The Australian Clubs Teams Championships is fast approaching, so why not get a team together? This novel event will be held at the Oasis Resort in Caloundra, Sunshine Coast from Monday to Friday 27 Sept to 1 Oct. There's very good, very cheap accommodation available and cheap arifares too. The entry fee is $400 per team of 8 (min 3 females). Perhaps a good opportunity for uni students? Contact Graeme Gardiner on 07 5522 7221


Applications invited:

World Youth Chess Championships Iraklion, Crete; November. Besides the 10 selected children, other other Australian Juniors can play but must be ratified by the Australian Chess Federation. The dates for the World Youth have been confirmed as 3 Nov to 14 Nov. Entries have to be finalised in late August, so the latest date for requesting a secondary entry is 6 August. Please ensure any interested parent has contacted Jenni Oliver by then. E-mail

Details of the XLIII World Junior & XXI World Girls Under 20 Chess Championships (India, November 18-December 1) have been posted on the website. please note that this is a different event to the Youth championships mentioned above.

World News:

British Championship: Leading scores after 3 rounds: Ledger, Rowson, Ward, Williams 3.0. Site | View games

Politiken Cup: Leading final standings: 1-3. Sadvakasov, De Firmian, Johannessen 8.0; 4-13. Nielsen, Carlsen, Rozentalis, C. Hansen, S.B. Hansen, L.B. Hansen, Miezis, Mortensen, Lie, Bjornsson 7.5; Beliavsky and Fedorov 7.0. Site | View top games | All PGN

Anand wins Dortmund: Visy Anand narrowly beat Vladimir Kramnik to secure a well-deserved tournament win. In the other playoff matches, Svidler beat Leko, Naiditsch surprised Rublevsky and Bologan won against Karjakin.

Site | View final games | Semis/playoffs | Knockout

Final standings: 1. Anand 2. Kramnik 3. Svidler 4. Leko 5. Naiditsch 6. Rublevsky 7. Bologan 8. Karjakin.

Fischer's fate: Bobby Fischer is continuing to fight against US moves to extradite him from Japan. In the latest news, Bosnia and Herzegovina has offered him political asylum.
Latest news

ACP tournament scheme: The Association of Chess Professionals has unveiled a new system of tournaments known as the Chess Tour to encourage greater activity by grandmasters. You can read the rules here.

World news including games updated daily at NetChessNews.


Marder, Simon (2054)    --    Nielsen, Peter Heine (2652)
Politiken Cup 2004  (1)   Copenhagen
2004.07.24     0-1     A36

1.g3 c5 2.Bg2 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.d3 d6 6.Bd2 e5 7.Nd5 Nge7 8.h4 h6 9.Bc3 Nxd5 10.cxd5 Ne7 11.a4 O-O 12.e3 h5 13.Ne2 Bg4 14.Qb3 Qc7 15.Qc4 Rfc8 16.Nc1 a6 17.a5 Bd7 18.O-O Bb5 19.Qa2 c4 20.d4 exd4 21.exd4 Re8 22. Rd1 Nf5 23.Bf3 Re7 24.Ne2 Rae8 25.Nf4 Bh6 26.Ng2 Qd7 27.Qb1 Ba4 28.Re1 Rxe1+ 29.Nxe1 Bg7 30.Nc2 Bb3 31.Kg2 Re7 32.Qc1 Bh6 33.Qb1 Qe8 34.Ra3 Re2! 35.Na1 Bd1! 36.Bxe2 Qxe2

chess position


Anand, V (2782)    --    Kramnik, V (2770)
Final  (4)   Dortmund GER
2004.08.01     1-0     B90

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8. f3 h5 9.Nd5 Bxd5 10.exd5 Nbd7 11.Qd2 g6 12.Na5 Qc7 13.Be2 Bg7 14.O-O-O Rc8 15.Kb1 O-O 16.Rc1 e4 17.f4 Nc5 18.Nb3 Na4 19.c3 Rfe8 20.Rhf1 Nb6 21.c4 Ng4 22.f5 Nxe3 23.Qxe3 Nd7 24.g4 Qb6 25.Qh3 Nc5 26.fxg6 fxg6 27.gxh5 Nxb3 28. axb3 Qd4 29.Rc2 Rf8 30.Rd1 Qf6 31.Bg4

chess position


Anand, V (2782)    --    Kramnik, V (2770)
Final  (1)   Dortmund GER
2004.07.31     1/2-1/2     C88

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Nb8 11.Nbd2 Nbd7 12.Nf1 Re8 13.Ne3 Nc5 14.Ba2 Ne6 15. Nf5 Bf8 16.Ng5 Bc8 17.Qf3 h6 18.Nxe6 Bxe6 19.Bxe6 fxe6 20.Ne3 c5 21.Bd2 Ra7 22.a4 Rf7 23.axb5 axb5 24.Qe2 Qb6 25.Ng4 Nh7 26.Qe3 Nf6 27.Nxf6+ Rxf6 28.Ra2 b4 29.Rea1 Rf7 30.Qg3 Kh7 31.Qg4 Qd8 32.Be3 Qf6 33.h4 b3 34.cxb3 Rb8 35.Ra8 Rfb7 36.Rxb8 Rxb8 37.Ra7 Rxb3 38.Qh5 Qg6 39.Qf3 Kg8 40.h5 Qf6 41.Qe2 Rb8 42.g3 d5 43.Kg2 d4 44.Bc1

chess position

c4!! 45.dxc4 d3! 46.Qe3 Rc8 47.Qxd3 Bc5 48.Be3 Bxa7 49.Bxa7 Qf7 50.Bb6 Qxh5 51.b4 Ra8 52.Ba5 Qg4 53.c5 h5 54.c6 h4 55.c7 Kh7 56.Bb6 Rf8 57.Bc5

chess position

Rf3!! 58.Qb1 Rxg3+! 59.fxg3 Qxg3+ 60.Kf1 Qf3+
Perpetual check, since Kg1 allows Qh1+

Rublevsky, S (2686)    --    Bologan, V (2663)
5th-8th  (4)   Dortmund GER
2004.07.30     1-0     B06

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 Nh6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be3 Qb6 8.Rb1 Nf5 9.Bf2 e6 10.Be2 c5 11.Na4 Qa5+ 12.c3 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 cxd4 15.b4 Qc7 16.cxd4 a5 17.b5 Bb4+ 18.Kf2 Nd7 19.Rc1 Qd8 20.Qd3 g5 21.fxg5 Qxg5 22.Rc7!

chess position

looks like desperation
23.dxe5 Qxe5 24.Rhc1 Rd8 25.Qe3 Qxh2 26.Qg5 Bd6 27.Rxb7 Rf8 28.Rc2 h6 29.Qf6 Qg3+ 30.Ke2 Bb4 31.Rc1 Ba3 32.Rcc7 1-0

Karjakin, Sergey (2591)    --    Kramnik, V (2770)
GpB Playoff  (5)   Dortmund GER
2004.07.27     1-0     C67

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.h3 Ng6 11.Ne4 h6 12.b3 Ke8 13.Bb2 a5 14.a4 Nf4 15.Rfe1 Bb4 16.c3 Be7 17.Rad1 Ne6 18.c4 Bb4 19.Re3 Bd7 20.Nh4 Rd8 21. Nf5 Bc8 22.Rxd8+ Kxd8 23.Rd3+ Ke8 24.g4 Bf8 25.Bc1 b6 26.Nfg3 c5 27.Be3 Bb7 28.f4 h5 29.f5 h4 30.fxe6 hxg3 31.exf7+ Kxf7 32.Ng5+ Ke8 33.Bf4 Be7 34.Rxg3 Bxg5 35.Bxg5 Kd7

chess position

36.e6+! Kxe6 37.Re3+ Kf7 38.Re7+ Kg6 39.h4 Bf3 40. Rxc7 Re8 41.Kf2 Bxg4 42.Rc6+ Kf5 43.Rxb6 Re2+ 44.Kg3 Rc2 45.Rb5 Rc3+ 46. Kf2 Bd1 47.Rxa5 Bxb3 48.Rxc5+ Ke4 49.a5 Rxc4 50.Rb5 Rc2+ 51.Ke1 Bc4 52.Rb7 Ra2 53.Ra7 g6 54.Kd1 Kd3 55.Rd7+ Ke4 56.Bd8 Ra3 57.Kc2 Bd5 58.Rd6 Kd4 59. Bb6+ Ke5 60.Rd8 Ra4 61.Rh8 Ke4 62.Rh6 Kf5 63.Kc3 Rc4+ 64.Kd3 Ra4 65.Rh8 Bg2 66.Rf8+ Kg4 67.Bd8 Be4+ 68.Kc3 Bd5 69.Rf6 Kh5 70.Rd6 Bb7 71.Kb3 Ra1 72.Kb4 Rb1+ 73.Kc5 Ra1 74.Kb6 Bc8 75.Ka7 Rb1 76.Rb6 Ra1 77.Rb5+ Bf5 78.a6 Kg4 79.Rb6 Rd1 80.Bg5 Be4 81.Kb8 Rf1 82.Bf6 Re1 83.a7 Bf3 84.Bd8 Ra1 85. Rxg6+ Kh5 86.Rg5+ Kh6 87.Rb5 Kg6 88.Rb7!

chess position

Rd1 89.Bb6 Bxb7 90.Kxb7

Morozevich, A (2743)    --    Sasikiran, K (2666)
It  (8)   Biel SUI
2004.07.27     1-0     C95

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 Nb8 10.d4 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.a4 Bf8 14.Bd3 c6 15. b3 g6 16.Bb2 Qb6 17.c4 Nh5 18.b4 Bg7 19.c5 Qc7 20.cxd6 Qxd6 21.dxe5 Qxb4 22.Ba3 Qc3 23.Bd6 Nxe5 24.Ra3 Qb2 25.Rb3 Qa2 26.Nxe5 Bxe5 27.Bxe5 Rxe5

chess position

28. Nc4!!
The point seems to be 28...bxc4 29.Bxc4 Qxa4 30.Bxf7+!! Kxf7 31.Rxb7+ wins the queen. And if the sacrifice is rejected, the queen gets trapped...
Re7 29.Ra3 bxc4 30.Rxa2 Rd8 31.Rd2 Red7 32.Qf3 Rxd3 33.Rxd3 Rxd3 34. Re3 Rd7 35.Qe2 1-0

Grand Prix tournaments:

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

Mackay Open Qld; 1; July 31-August 1; Harrup Park Cricket Club; Stan Long Hong 07 4953 573 Noel Olsen
Coal City Open NSW; 3; Aug 7-8; Newcastle; George Lithgow 02-4943-3862
August Weekender NSW; July 31-August 1; Rose Bay; Website
Nell Van De Graaff Classic (includes a teams event) QLD; 3; September 18-19; Somerset College; Graeme Gardiner 07-5522-7221 Email Website
Ryde Eastwood Open NSW; 3; October 2-4; Ryde Eastwood; Website
Redcliffe Challenge QLD; October 2-3; Rothwell Grace Lutheran College; Website; Contact Norm Braybrooke (07) 3203 3732 Email
Laurieton Open NSW; 1; October 30-31; Laurieton; Endel Lane 02-6559-9060
Coffs Harbour Inaugural Open NSW; 3; 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.

North Queensland Open Qld; August 7-8; Townsville; Darren Napier 0412 606213 Website
Festival Schneider Bohemia - Pilsen 2004; August 14-22; Czech Republic; website.
International Chess Festival - Open Highlands 18-26 September; Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic. Website
ASEAN Masters Chess Congress: Several tournaments. Thomas Hoe Tel : (65) 96934049 Fax : (65) 63581483 Email
Open Dutch Youth Chess Championships - "Stork": August 9-14; Hengelo, the Netherlands. Website. Participants. Email.
Cesenatico (Italy) Open International September 4-12; Fax +3954786331 Phone +39335.6615956. Website Email
Malbork Castle Cup: 18-19 September; Poland. Website. Email
Mihail Sadoveanu International Chess Festival; Jassy, Romania; September 20-26; Free entry/accommodation for over-2400s; Contact: ; ; 0040740277850 - Vasile Manole ; 0040741665384 - Vlad Ungureanu. Websites:;;;
Qld Girls' Chess Championship: September 25-26 from 9am; 7 Round Swiss; Gardiner Chess Centre, 11 Hardys Rd, Mudgeeraba, 4213. Phone 5522 7221; Prizes: $150 + Shield + Trophy; $100 + Trophy; $50 + Trophy; also Under-16, 14, 12, 10 and 8 prizes. DOP: Graeme Gardiner; Entry Fee: $40 plus $10 CAQ fee if required. Cheques payable to QWCL. Entries to: Gail Young, PO Box 9, Inala, 4077. 3372 8077. e-mail: ; or Graeme Gardiner 5522 7221.
Medal Event: September 26 9.30am; 10 Round Swiss Gardiner Chess Centre; For boys and girls, unrated or with a junior rating of less than 1000. Entry Fee: $12 or $18 Family (at same address) Rapid rated. Medallions, Ribbons and Incentive Awards dependant on entries. Cheques payable to QWCL. Entries to: Gail Young, PO Box 9, Inala, 4077. 3372 8077. e-mail: ; or Graeme Gardiner 5522 7221.

Back to Top

How to get the newsletter: Simply fill in the form on the ACF homepage at (you will then receive an email with a link to click on. Just click on the link to confirm your subscription)

Best wishes till next time
- Paul Broekhuyse
19 Gill Avenue, Avoca Beach, NSW 2251
02 4382 4525
0408 824525


Handy hint: To view this newsletter more easily, try double-clicking on the email in your "inbox". For most email programs, this will open the email full-screen. Then you can use your Home, PgUp, PgDn and End keys to easily navigate through and see the diagrams. Want to change your email details? Subscribe? Unsubscribe? Click here.

Know someone who has subscribed but is not receiving the newsletter? Click here.

Can't view the newsletter properly? Try the ACF website.

Chess Ideas:

Chess Ideas

Books, coaching and more. Email

Chess Kids franchise

Own your own Chess Business!

Earn up to $2000 per week and have the freedom and flexibility of owning your own business. Chess Kids is seeking expressions of interest from dedicated individuals with an interest in operating a franchise. We have franchise territories available in Melbourne, Tasmania, regional Victoria, Western Australia and would consider applications from other areas (both regional and metropolitan). A successful applicant will have a love of teaching and of chess as well as excellent communication skills and a great rapport with kids. Expert knowledge of neither chess nor business is essential. Chess Kids is a proven business, already operating a number of successful franchises, and will provide all necessary training as well as financial guarantees.

For enquiries please contact David Cordover on 0411 877 833 or Our website is

Aust Clubs Teams Championships: 27 Sept to 1 Oct, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast. Mix a great holiday with serious chess in this official ACF event. Full details

Chess Today: Check out some sample issues. Daily Chess News - Annotated Games - Chess Lessons and Hints. Interviews, reviews and more. Trial

Australian Chess magazine: Keep up with the latest news and views. Subscribe here or telephone Brian Jones on 02-9838-1529

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.

Gardiner Chess supplies two outstanding tactics workbooks and a highly recommended strategy book for schools and coaches. Full details at Gardiner Chess (special books).