Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 277, August 11, 2004

In this issue:
Olympiad appeal decision
Australian Masters
Coal City Open
WA Champs update
WA: Cracovia Club Chess Cup
RSS chess feed
Blasts from the past
World News
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

Olympiad appeal decision: An Appeals Tribunal consisting of Gary Wastell (convenor), Denis Jessop and Graeme Gardiner has dismissed the appeal by IM John-Paul Wallace against his selection as first reserve for the Olympiad Open Team.

This means that the following team (in board order) is now confirmed as selected: GM Ian Rogers, GM Darryl Johansen, IM Gary Lane, IM Stephen Solomon, IM Zong-Yuan Zhao and IM David Smerdon, with reserves as previously stated.

Congratulations again to the successful applicants and my thanks to the Appeals Tribunal for hearing this matter.

- Kevin Bonham, ACF Selections Co-Ordinator

The Australian Junior will now finish on January 21 - not January 23 as originally planned.

This involves compressing the playing days into 9 rather than 11, with a double round on the second day, and on the first day after the last rest day.

In other junior news, details of the 2004 World Junior and World Girls event are available here and here.

After six rounds David Smerdon is leading the Australian Masters. Games can be seen live at Gary Bekker's Oceania website. This 12-player round robin, FIDE-rated event is being held at the Melbourne Chess Club. Tournament details.

Australian Masters  2004
Rk  Name             Ttl  Fed  FIDE  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2   Total  Tie Br.
1   David Smerdon    IM   AUS  2403  * 1     1 ½       1 1 1   5.5/6
2   Greg Canfell     FM   AUS  2325  0 * ½ 1     1 ½   1       4.0/6
3   Guy West         IM   AUS  2362    ½ * ½ 1 ½     0   1     3.5/6  10.25
4   Bill Jordan      FM   AUS  2333    0 ½ *     ½ ½ 1     1   3.5/6  7.75
5   Darryl Johansen  GM   AUS  2483  0   0   * 1       ½ 1 1   3.5/6  5.75
6   Yee-Weng Lim     FM   MAS  2322  ½   ½   0 * ½ 1   ½       3.0/6  10.25
7   Peter Froehlich  IM   GER  2388    0   ½   ½ * ½ 1   ½     3.0/6  8.50
8   Wang-Sheng Lee        SIN  2252    ½   ½   0 ½ * ½     1   3.0/6  6.75
9   Mirko Rujevic    IM   AUS  2296      1 0     0 ½ * ½   1   3.0/6  6.25
10  George Xie            AUS  2313  0 0     ½ ½     ½ * 1     2.5/6
11  Eddy Levi FM          AUS  2278  0   0   0   ½     0 * 1   1.5/6
12  Ascaro Pecori         AUS  2151  0     0 0     0 0   0 *   0.0/6

Ascaro Pecori    --    David Smerdon IM
Australian Masters  (2)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     0-1

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Bb5+ Nbd7 5.h3 Bh5 6.c4 a6 7.Ba4 b5 8.cxb5 Nxd5 9.d4 e6 10.g4 Bg6 11.Nc3 Bb4 12.Bd2 N5b6 13.Bc2 Bxc3 14.Bxc3 axb5 15.Ne5 Nd5 16.Bd3??

chess position

( 16...Nxe5 17.dxe5 Nxc3 18.bxc3 Qxd3 -+ )

Peter Froehlich IM    --    Greg Canfell FM
Australian Masters  (3)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     0-1

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.O-O d6 6.d4 Nbd7 7.Qc2 e5 8. Rd1 Re8 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Nc3 c6 11.Ng5 Qe7 12.Nge4 Nc5 13.Bg5 Ne6 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nxf6+ Qxf6 16.Ne4 Qe7 17.e3 Ng5 18.Nxg5 Qxg5 19.Rd6 Be6 20.Rad1 Rad8 21.h4 Qe7 22.c5 Rxd6 23.cxd6 Qf6 24.b4 Rd8 25.a3 Bg4 26.Rd2 Rxd6 27. Rxd6 Qxd6 28.Qc3 h5 29.f3 Be6 30.Kf2 b6 31.Bf1 c5 32.bxc5 bxc5 33.Be2 Kf8 34.Qb2 Bd5 35.Qd2 Ke7 36.Qa5 Qb6 37.Qc3 Qc7 38.Ke1 Be6 39.Kf2 a5 40.Ke1 c4 41.Kd2 Qc5 42.Kc2 Qb5 43.g4 Qb3+ 44.Kd2 Qxc3+ 45.Kxc3 g5 46.hxg5 h4 47.Bf1 e4 48.fxe4 Kf8 49.g6 f6 50.e5 fxe5 51.Bg2 Kg7 52.Be4 Kf6 53.g7 Kxg7 54.g5 h3 55.Kd2 Bg4 56.Ke1 c3 57.Kf2 h2 58.Kg2

chess position


David Smerdon IM    --    Darryl Johansen GM
Australian Masters  (3)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     1-0

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Qd7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.a4 Ba6 8. Bxa6 Nxa6 9.Qd3 Nb8 10.h4 Nc6 11.h5 f6 12.Nf3 fxe5 13.dxe5 h6 14.a5 Nge7 15.axb6 cxb6 16.g4 Rf8 17.g5 hxg5 18.Nxg5 Nf5 19.Ba3 Rh8 20.f4 Na5 21.Nf3 Nc4 22.Nd4 Nce3 23.Bc1 Nxd4 24.Bxe3 Nf5 25.Bxb6 g6 26.Qf3 Qb5 27.Bf2 Qc4 28.Rb1 gxh5 29.Rxh5 O-O-O 30.Rb4 Qa6 31.Kd2 Qf1 32.Rxh8 Rxh8

chess position

( 33.Rb8+ Kxb8 34.Bxa7+ Kxa7 35.Qxf1 Kb6!? )

George Xie    --    Eddy Levi FM
Australian Masters  (3)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     1-0

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.e5 d5 6.Bb5 Ne4 7.Nxd4 Bd7 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.O-O Bc5 10.f3 Ng5 11.f4 Ne4 12.Be3 O-O 13.Nd2 Nxd2 14.Qxd2 f6 15.Nb3 Bxe3+ 16.Qxe3 Qe7 17.Rae1 Bf5 18.Nd4 Be4 19.Nxc6 Qe8 20.Qc5 Kh8 21.Rf2 Qg6?!

chess position

22.f5! Qh5 23.e6 g6 24.Qd4 gxf5 25.e7 Rf7

chess position

26.Nd8!! Rg7 27. Qxf6 h6 28.Rxf5!!

chess position

Qf7 29.Qc3

Ascaro Pecori    --    Darryl Johansen GM
Australian Masters  (4)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     0-1

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4 e6 5.d3 a6 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 b5 8.Bb3 d6 9.a4 b4 10.Nb1 Be7 11.c3 a5 12.Nbd2 d5 13.c4 dxe4 14.dxe4 Nd7 15.Bg3 Bf6 16.Rb1 g5!

Securing e5 by stopping f4
17.h3 Bb7 18.Qe2 Nde5 19.Bc2 Qb6 20.Nxe5 Bxe5 21.Bxe5 Nxe5 22.b3 O-O-O 23.Rd1 Ng6 24.g3 h5 25.Qe3 f6 26.Nf3 Rxd1+ 27.Kxd1 h4 28.Kc1 Qc7 29. Kb1 Kb8 30.Ne1 Rd8 31.Rf1 e5 32.Nf3 Bc8 33.g4 Nf4
Mission accomplished
34.Ng1 Rd4 35.Ne2 Qd6!!

chess position

A petrosian-like exchange sac!
( After 36.Nxd4 cxd4 37.Qf3 d3 38.Bd1 Bb7 39.Re1 Qd4 white's pieces are completely passive )
36...exf4 37.Qf3 Bb7 38.Re1 Kc7 39.Re2 Bc6 40.Kb2 Qe5 41.Kb1 Kb6 42.Re1 Qd6 43.Re2 Kb7 44.Kb2 Kc7 45.Kb1 Kd7 46.Kc1 Ke6 47.Qh1 Qe5 48.Kb1 Rd7 49. Qf3 Rd6 50.Ka2 Qc3! 51.Qxc3 bxc3 52.f3 Ke5 53.Kb1 Rd2 54.Rxd2 cxd2 55.Bd1 Kd4 56.Kc2 Ke3 57.Kc3 Bb7 58.Kc2 Bc8 59.Kc3 Bd7 60.Kc2 Bxg4!! 61.fxg4 f3 62.Bxf3 Kxf3 63.Kxd2 Kxe4 64.Ke2 f5 65.gxf5 Kxf5 66.Kf3 g4+! 67.hxg4+ Kg5 68.b4? axb4 69.a5 b3 0-1

Darryl Johansen GM    --    Eddy Levi FM
Australian Masters  (5)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     1-0

1.c4 e5 2.a3 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Nbd2 Qc7 6.Qc2 O-O 7.g3 d6 8. Bg2 Bg4 9.O-O Nbd7 10.b3 Rac8 11.Bb2 d5 12.Rfe1 Qb8 13.b4 Rfe8 14.h3 Bh5 15.e4 dxe4 16.dxe4 c5 17.b5 Bd6 18.Nf1 Nf8 19.Qc3 Bxf3 20.Bxf3 Ne6 21.Bg4 !? Nxg4 22.hxg4 Nd4 23.Kg2 Qc7 24.Ne3 Qd8 25.a4 Re6 26.Qd3 Bc7 27.Rh1 Qf6 28.Nd5 Qg6 29.f3 Ba5 30.Rh5 h6 31.Rah1 Bd8 32.Bc1 f6 33.Bd2 Be7 34.a5 Rd8 35.Be3 Rd7 36.Qb1 Bf8 37.Rc1 Bd6 38.Qa2 Re8 39.Qa4 Rdd8 40.Kf2 Bf8 41.Rhh1 Bd6 42.Rb1 Ne6 43.Rb2 Nd4 44.Qd1 Bf8 45.Qf1 Kh7 46.Qh3 Kg8 47.Rc1 Bd6 48. Rd1 Kh7 49.Rd3 Rf8 50.Rbd2 Kg8 51.Qh1 Kh7 52.Kf1 Kg8 53.Rh2 Rf7 54.Bxh6!! Rfd7

( 54...gxh6 55.Rxh6 Qg7 56.Qh5! and Rg6 )
55.Be3 Kf7 56.Kg2 Ne6 57.Qb1 Bf8 58.Rd1 Nc7 59.Qb3 Ne6 60.Rdh1 Nd4 61.Qb1 Rd6 62.Rh4 R6d7 63.Kf2 Ne6 64.f4 exf4 65.gxf4

chess position


Ascaro Pecori    --    Eddy Levi FM
Australian Masters  (6)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     0-1

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.O-O Bg4 8.Re1 Be7 9.c3 f5 10.Nbd2 O-O 11.Qb3 Kh8 12.Qxb7 Rf6 13.Qb5 Rb8 14.Qa4 Bd6 15.Bxe4 fxe4 16.Ng5 Qe8 17.h3

chess position

Qh5 18.hxg4 Qh2+ 19.Kf1 Rbf8 20.Ndxe4 dxe4 21.Nxe4 Re8 22.Qxc6 Rfe6 23.f3 Bg3

chess position

24.Qxe8+ Rxe8 25.Nxg3 Rxe1+ 26.Kxe1 Qxg3+ 27.Kf1 Qh2 28.Be3 Qd6 29.Kf2 Qa6 30.a3 Qb5 31.b4 Qc4 32.Rc1 Qb3 33. f4 Qxa3 34.f5 Kg8 35.Rc2 Qb3 36.Rc1 Qd5 37.g3 Qe4 38.Bf4 c6 39.Kg1 Qf3 40. g5 Qd3 41.f6 gxf6 42.gxf6 Kf7 43.Kf2 Kxf6 44.Kg2 Kf5 45.Kf2 Kg4 46.c4 Qxd4+ 47.Ke2 Qb2+ 48.Bd2 Qb3 49.c5 Qf3+

Coal City Open - report by DOP Charles Zworestine: Despite being down on numbers (29 as opposed to 44 last year), this year's Coal City Open was interesting for several reasons! It wasn't meant to be, but it ended up an Under 2000 event (top seed was Neil Wright at 1995). The event was highly competitive throughout, with many top board draws resulting. As a consequence, the outright winning score was an unusually low one for this type of event. And the winner may not even have played: he was still in Sydney at the start of Round 1, got to Round 2 late but still won, was in dead lost positions in Rounds 4 and 6 yet still ended up undefeated…

First round results all went according to rating, except for Colin Parsons losing on time in an unbalanced position against George Lithgow (Fischer time controls: one hour plus ten seconds per move from the start). One big upset in Round 2, though Brendon Norman may claim there should not have been: he butchered a won position and lost to Beck Harris… Alex Mendes da Costa was lucky to get his attack through and win from a piece down vs Norm Greenwood.

Neil Wright and Bernard O'Riordan played an intriguing top board game in Round 3: Neil's extra pawns led to him queening, but winning queen vs rook and knight he was careless, and unnecessarily let his opponent get his king into a mating net! He should then have been forced to take a draw by perpetual check - until Bernard misplayed it, let Neil's king escape and lost instead… Jason Chan and Max Illingworth drew a boring manoeuvring game. David Castor won pawns and the rook and pawn ending against Alex Mendes da Costa. Brendon blundered again, letting Norm queen a pawn and so draw when he should have lost...

So to Round 4, the last Saturday round, where Neil and David had a solid draw (despite David engaging in complications and almost losing!), and Max and Bernard drew too after Bernard, with an attack for a pawn, misplayed a possible win and took a perpetual check instead. A tired Jason Chan was winning against Arthur Huynh, first a pawn then an exchange up - until he missed a mate in one! No other major upsets, except for young Matthew Koutnik's win over Klaus Menge (a 900 point rating gap there!). So the first day ended with 3 players equal leading on 3½/4: Neil, David and Arthur. A bag of 5 players were still in contention on 3, breathing down their neck; Sunday was obviously going to be a fascinating day…

A soporific group of players drew their top board games in Round 5, the Sunday morning round: Neil and Arthur, David and Max… Alex beat Vaness Reid after she blundered her knight to a pin, while Ben Harris joined the leaders by upsetting Ian Dickson. George also scored an upset, beating Tony Keuning in an ending. Not much changed after Round 6, where the top 4 boards were all drawn: mostly in endgames, although Max missed several chances to beat Arthur and Ben took a draw rather than playing an ending an exchange ahead after David (who had been winning) was careless. George Lithgow continued his outstanding tournament by upsetting Gary Losh to move to within half a point of the leaders.

And so we had a thrilling finish, with 5 equal leaders on 4½/6 (Neil, David, Alex, Arthur and Ben) and 5 on 4 (Jason, Bernard, Max, Vaness and George)… Things were a bit more decisive in the last round, despite Neil surviving Ben's attack and drawing; but Arthur got a crushing attack for a pawn against David, and Jason's attack against Alex also crashed through. This left Arthur outright first on 5½/7, with a bunch of 5 players equal second on 5. Among them was ratings prize winner Ben Harris (Under 1600). Despite losing to Bernard, George's fantastic tournament ended with him winning the Under 1400 prize outright.

Prize Winners: 1st Arthur Huynh 5½/7; 2nd = Neil Wright, Jason Chan, Bernard O'Riordan, Max Illingworth, Ben Harris (1st Under 1600) 5; 1st Under 1400 George Lithgow 4.

Newcastle Chess Website

WA Championships: Tristan Boyd enjoys a narrow lead after six rounds of the event.

Leading Standings after 6 Rounds: Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   Boyd, Tristan         WA        2231 5.5      15.5  23.0   19.0
 2-4  Barber, Haydn J       WA        2135 5        17.0  26.0   19.0
      Hare, Tim             WA        2059 5        16.0  24.5   20.0
      Lakner, Jay           WA        2003 5        14.0  21.5   18.0
 5-6  Baker, Russel         WA        1808 4.5      11.5  19.0   15.0
      Dunlop, Gordon        WA        1768 4.5      11.5  17.5   14.0
7-13  McCamon, Boyd         WA        2145 4        16.0  24.0   15.0
      Maris, Robert         WA        1949 4        15.0  21.5   16.5
      Byrne, Stewart J      WA        2205 4        14.0  22.5   16.0
      Tomic, Nedeljko       WA        1622 4        12.5  19.5   12.0
      Payne, Sophie         WA        1681 4        12.5  19.0   14.0
      Shaw, Robin A         WA        1669 4        12.5  19.0   14.0
      Fedec, John           WA        1714 4        11.5  17.5   15.0

WA: Cracovia Club Chess Cup: On Sun 30 May the Cracovia Club held the second Cracovia Club Chess Cup - a rapid play chess tournament over 5 rounds. The tournament attracted a field of 19 players with Boyd McCamon and Tim Hare sharing 1st place with scores of 4.5/5. Boyd was declared the winner on countback. Organiser of the event Andrzej Patron and Alex Janceski shared third place with 4.0/5. With unrated Karol Miller winning the U/1700 prize 3.0/5. Andrzej Patron was again awarded the title of WA Polonia Champion.

Final Standings 

Place Name Loc Score 
1-2 McCamon, Boyd 2145 4.5 
  Hare, Tim 2047 4.5 
3-4 Patron, Andrzej 1799 4.0 
  Janceski, Alex 1569 4.0 
5-10 Leonhardt, Wolfgang 2050 3.0 
  Maris, Robert 1973 3.0 
  Dunlop, Gordon 1773 3.0 
  Baker, Russell   3.0 
  Miller, Karol   3.0 
  Modrakovic, Alex   3.0 
11-14 Tomic, Nedeljko 1638 2.0 
  Maris, Natalie 1625 2.0 
  DeHeer, Alex 1539 2.0 
  Krysiak, Jerzy   2.0 
15-18 Muller, Norbert 1626 1.5 
  Brooke, John 1385 1.5 
  Walker, Colin 1372 1.5 
  Klimczak, Marian 1331 1.5 
19 Szente, Laszlo 1149 1.0 

RSS Feed: I've decided to consolidate both Aussie and world news into a new feed at . For an explanation of RSS feeds and how to get them, see ACF newsletter 276. - PaulB


Hello auschess, (I've been called worse - Ed)

Just inquiring if an Australian national inter-university, campus vs campus chess exists.

I am a student at ECU in W.A. and there are genuine students here like me interested in such a thing, whether it takes place as email games or otherwise (ie internet chess club)

We're kinda tired of pay-to-play in tournaments here in W.A, when an open free medium via the web exists.

Thanks guys.

- M.G.

There have been some efforts to develop a university competition, but I'm not sure of the current status. However, if you're after internet chess, you may wish to consider the Aussie Online Chess Club - an embyonic venture based on FICS (the free internet chess club). The idea is to simply head to FICS at a standard time and use Channel 250 to chat with fellow Aussie players. I had envisaged a club meeting around 6pm, but there's nothing stopping people meeting at, say, lunch-time. - Ed.

Blasts from the past:

Anderssen, A    --    Dufresne, J
Evergreen game   Berlin
1852     1-0

The Evergreen game - another Anderssen gem. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4

The Evans Gambit.
4...Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.O-O! d3
Giving back a pawn and trying to interfere with white's ideal development. In particular, the pawn on c3 now looks a bit silly.
8.Qb3 Qf6 9.e5 Qg6 10.Re1 Nge7 11.Ba3 b5 12.Qxb5 Rb8 13.Qa4 Bb6 14.Nbd2 Bb7 15.Ne4 Qf5?!
Black should castle as soon as possible.
16.Bxd3 Qh5

chess position

17.Nf6+!! gxf6 18.exf6 Rg8
A counterattack, aiming at g2
Lasker praised this as one of the best moves ever. It looks like a simple developing move - or a blunder - at a time when black has serious threats. But keep watching!
The queen's immune because of the pin down the g-file.

chess position

20.Rxe7+!! Nxe7
( 20...Kf8 21.Re3+ wins the queen. 21...Ne7 22.Bxe7+ Ke8 23.Qxd7+ Kxd7 24.Bf5+ Kc6 25.Bd7# )
( 20...Kd8 21.Rxd7+ Kc8 ( 21...Kxd7 22.Bf5+ Ke8 23.Bd7+ Kd8 24.Bxc6+ Qd5 25.Rxd5+ Kc8 26.Bd7+ Kd8 27.Be7# ) )
21...Kxd7 22.Bf5+
Now we see the point of the "quiet" Rd1 move - the king is exposed to a deadly double-check from the rook and the Bf5
22...Ke8 23.Bd7+ Kf8 24.Bxe7#
A beautiful finish!

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 soon)
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


Details of the XLIII World Junior & XXI World Girls Under 20 Chess Championships (India, November 18-December 1) have been posted on the website.

World News:

Spassky dares Bush to arrest him: Former world champion Boris Spassky - who lost the title to Bobby Fischer in 1972, and played the controversial "return match" against Fischer in Yugoslavia in 1992 - has asked US President Bush to go easy on his old adversary, otherwise arrest Spassky as well!.

"Arrest me," Spassky writes. "And put me in the same cell with Bobby Fischer. And give us a chess set."

The cheeky suggestion comes as Fischer battles to avoid being deported from Japan to the US, where he faces possible jail for playing the 1992 match in breach of US regulations.

"It is clear that the law is the law," Spassky writes in his open letter to Bush. "But Fischer’s case is not usual. ... Bobby is a tragic personality. ... He is not adaptable to everybody’s standards of life. ... I would not like to defend or justify Bobby Fischer. He is what he is. I am asking only for one thing. For mercy, charity... "If for some reason it is impossible, I would like to ask you the following: Please correct the mistake of (French) President François Mitterand in 1992*. Bobby and myself committed the same crime. Put sanctions against me also. Arrest me. And put me in the same cell with Bobby Fischer. And give us a chess set."

(* Spassky is a French citizen and was not punished for plaing in Belgrade in 1992).

Meanwhile Bloomberg reports that Fischer has written to the US embassy in Tokyo, renouncing his US citizenship, according to John Bosnitch, the head of the Free Bobby Fischer Committee. "Bobby Fischer is sick and tired of how he has been treated by the U.S. for the past 12 years,'' Bosnitch said. The support committee is trying to have Fischer recognized as a "stateless person'' and an international refugee by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and obtain UN travel documents for him. He has requested political asylum in Japan, and the president of Montenegro, Filip Vujanovic, has offered him political asylum.

Another Chess City ... in Dubai: FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has announced plans for a $US2.6 billion "International Chess City" in Dubai in the Middle East. The 64,000 square metre will feature 32 buildings on a chessboard theme. Ilyumzhinov, who is also president of the Russian republic of Kalmykia and has built a more modest chess city in the Kalmyk town of Elista, says: "It is Dubai's destiny to become the centre of such a magnificent game.

"Dubai will play host to over 60 million amateur and professional chess followers from around the globe annually. They will have a permanent venue where they can congregate and play 24-hour championships throughout the year, while some other 500 million lovers of the game will have the chance to follow the excitement via interactive electronic screens." he added in a joint statement with the chief executive of Dubai Projects, Sulaiman al-Fahim.

FIDE would also relocate its headquarters to Dubai.

Rowson leads British Champs: After a sensational 5/5 start, Simon Williams has lost two. Leading scores after 7 rounds: Rowson 6.5; Arakhamia-Grant, Wells, Hanley 5.5; Greet, Houska, Williams 5.0. Site | View games

Czech tournaments: A number of strong tournaments are under way as part of the Czech Tour. Skanska Cup, scores after 8 rounds: Babula 6.5; Laznicka 6.0; Kunte 5.5; Postny 5.0; Sarakauskas 4.5; Biolek 4.0; Lagowski, Slaby 3.5; Bernasek, Jirka 3.0; Simacek 2.0; Balabaev 1.5. Olomouc Chess Summer, scores after 6 rounds: Sundararajan 5.5; Arutinian, Ramesh, Bakre, Halkias, Neelotpal, Grunberg, Plachetka, Shanava 5.0. Site

Hogeschool Zeeland (Holland): Leading scores after 4 rounds: 4.0 Sasikiran, Ikonnikov, Stellwagen, Schandorff, Werle, Jonkman; 3.5 Kasimdzhanov, Iordachescu, Tiviakov, Gagunashvili, Mchedlishvili, Pedersen, Odendahl, Lanchava, Peek, Kniest, Verduyn, Van den Berg, Vedder (243 players). Site | View games

Stork Young Masters: Also in Holland. Players include Zhigalko, Michiels, Sebag, Zhigalko and Papa. Site | View games

Mainz: Anand beats Shirov, Grischuk wins Ordix Open Anand beat Shirov 5-3 in the top event of the mighty German chess festival, and Svidler narrowly beat Aronian in their "Chess 960" (FischerRandom) match. Almasi won the 3rd FiNet-Chess960 Open, which also featured Morozevich, Ponomariov and Grischuk, and Grischuk won the powerful Ordix Open.

FiNet Open - leading final scores, 11 rounds: Almasi 9.5; Bacrot, Kobalija, Tregubov, Sadvakasov, Naiditsch, Rublevsky, Morozevich 8.5; Sasikiran, Grischuk, Ponomariov, Landa, Baklan 8.0.

Ordix Open - leading final scores, 11 rounds: Grischuk 9.5; Vaganjan, Rublevsky, Dautov, Zvaginsev, Seirawan, Morozevich, Greenfeld 9.0; Bacrot, Pinter, Graf, Almasi, Sadvakasov, Landa, Naiditsch, PH Nielsen, Milov, Vorotnikov, Cmilyte 8.5; Karjakin ... 8.5.

Site | View games Anand-Shirov | Chess960 PGN | Ordix Open

Kavala, Greece: Final scores after 9 rounds: Belov, Szabo 7.5; Perunovic, Kotronias, Jeremic, D. Mastrovasilis, Milanovic, Vysochin, Gelashvili, Mateuta, Kapnisis 7.0. Site | View games

Open Dutch Champs: Tiviakov 7.5; Kalinitschew, Ernst, Gagunashvili, Brandenburg 6.5; Ikonnikov, Pavlovic, Janssen, Wiel, Pedersen, Weide, Savchenko 6.0. Site | View games

World news including games updated daily at NetChessNews.

Grand Prix tournaments:

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

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
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.
2005 Oceania Zonal: Jan 30 - Feb 04, 2005; Auckland, NZ, Waipuna International Hotel & Conference Centre. 9 round swiss. Prize fund of $5,500 (minimum). Details. - Paul Spiller, Zonal organiser

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