Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 278, August 18, 2004

In this issue:
Olympiad: Dekic appeal dismissed
Smerdon sensational in Australian Masters
NSW Grade Matches
Blasts from the past: Paulsen-Morphy
Notices: World Junior, Zonal, Selection Panel
World News: Fischer, Riga, Abu Dhabi, China-Russia, Montreal, US Open
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

More Olympiad appeal decisions: An Appeals Tribunal comprising Gary Wastell (convenor), Denis Jessop and Gerrit Hartland has dismissed WIM Biljana Dekic's appeal against the Women's Team selections for the forthcoming Olympiad in Calvia, Mallorca, Spain. This means that the original team (Irina Berezina, Arianne Caoili, Anastasia Sorokina, Ingela Eriksson) is now formally selected.

The Appeals Tribunal "notes with regret that the FIDE rules governing eligibility for participation in FIDE team competitions currently displayed in the FIDE Handbook section of the FIDE website have not been updated to reflect the changes made according to paragraph 2.3 (Annex 2) of the 2003 FIDE Executive Board minutes." Accordingly the Tribunal has recommended to ACF Council that WIM Dekic's appeal deposit be refunded in full.

ACF Council voting for team captains is currently under way and results will be announced next week.

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

IM David Smerdon has scored a sensational victory in the powerful Australian Masters. Smerdon lost just one game but beat his top rivals in spectacular style for a great 9/11 result. Top seed GM Darryl Johansen had a bad start but assembled a string of wins to take second place. The 12-player round robin, FIDE-rated event was held at the Melbourne Chess Club. Tournament details.

Rk  Name             Ttl  Fed  FIDE  Perf  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2   Total  Tie Br.
1   Smerdon,David     IM  AUS  2403  +183  * 1  1  0 1 1 1 1 1 1   9.0/11
2   Johansen,Darryl   GM  AUS  2483    +2  0 * 1 1 1   0 1 1 1 1   8.0/11
3   Lim,Yee-Weng      FM  MAS  2322  +103   0 *   1   1 1  1   7.0/11  32.75
4   Canfell,Greg      FM  AUS  2325  +100  0 0  * 1  1  1 1 1    7.0/11  32.50
5   Froehlich,Peter   IM  GER  2388    -2   0  0 *  1 1  1  1   6.5/11
6   Lee,Wang-Sheng        SIN  2252  +112  1  0   *  0   1 1   6.0/11  30.50
7   Xie,George            AUS  2313   +46  0   0 0  * 1 1  1 1   6.0/11  25.50
8   West,Guy          IM  AUS  2362   -72  0 1   0 1 0 *  0 1    5.0/11
9   Jordan,William    FM  AUS  2333   -73  0 0 0 0   0  * 1 1 1   4.5/11
10  Rujevic,Mirko     IM  AUS  2296  -142  0 0 0 0 0   1 0 * 0 1   3.0/11  12.00
11  Levi,Eddy         FM  AUS  2278  -122  0 0  0  0 0 0 0 1 * 1   3.0/11  10.75
12  Pecori,Ascaro         AUS  2151  -219  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0 *   1.0/11

Average elo: 2326 <=> Category: 4 

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Darryl Johansen GM    --    Greg Canfell FM
Australian Masters  (7)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     1-0

1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.d4 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Nf6 7.O-O Be7 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9.b3 O-O 10.Bb2 d4 11.Na3 Bf5 12.Rc1 b6 13.Nc2 d3 14.exd3 Qxd3 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.Nh4 Qxd1 17.Rfxd1 Bxc2 18.Rxc2 Rad8!

...Rc8 loses to 19.Bxc6 and 20.b4
19.Rxd8 Nxd8 20.Rc4 Ne6 21.b4 Bd4 22.Nf5 Rd8

chess position

23.Bd5!! b5
( 23...Rxd5 24.Ne7+ )
24.Rc6 Bb6 25.Kf1 Nd4 26.Rxf6 Rd7 27.Ne3 Nc2 28.Nxc2 Rxd5 29.Ke2 Re5+ 30. Ne3 Re4 31.a3 Kg7 32.Rd6 f5 33.Rd5 f4 34.gxf4 Rxf4 35.Rxb5 Kg6 36.a4 Rh4 37.a5 Bxe3 38.Kxe3 Rxh2 39.Rb7 Rh4 40.f4 Rh3+ 41.Kd4 Rb3 42.Kc4 Rf3 43. Rxa7 Rxf4+ 44.Kb5 Rf5+ 45.Ka4 h5 46.Rc7 h4 47.Rc3 Rf6 48.b5 Rf4+ 49.Ka3 Rf5 50.Rb3 h3 51.Rxh3 Rxb5 52.Ka4 Rf5?! 53.Rg3+ Kf7 54.a6 Ke7 55.a7 Rf8 56.Kb5 Kd7 57.Rg7+ Kd6 58.Kb6 1-0

Guy West IM    --    Wang-Sheng Lee
Australian Masters  (7)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     1-0

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.c4 Nd7 6.Nc3 Ne7 7.a3 h6 8.c5 g5 9.Bd3 Bg6 10.O-O Bg7 11.b4 a6 12.Ra2 O-O 13.Re2 Bh5 14.Ree1 Nf5 15.Be3 Qc7 16.Be2 Rae8 17.Nd2 Bg6 18.Bh5

chess position

Nxe5!? 19.dxe5 Bxe5 20.Bxg6 fxg6 21.g4 Bxc3 22.gxf5 exf5 23.Qc2 Bf6 24.Nb3 Re4 25.f3 Rc4 26.Qd1 Qg7 27.Bf2 Kh7 28.Re6 g4 29.Nd2 Rf4 30.fxg4 Rxg4+ 31.Kh1 Qc7 32.Bg3 Qc8 33.Rfe1 Rf7 34.Qf3 Rd4

chess position

35.Rxf6!! Rxf6 36.Qc3 Rg4 37.Qxf6

David Smerdon IM    --    Mirko Rujevic IM
Australian Masters  (7)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     1-0

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Be2 Nc6 5.d4 O-O-O 6.Be3 e5 7.c4 Qa5+ 8.Bd2 Bb4 9.d5 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Bxd2+ 11.Nxd2 Nd4 12.a3 f5 13.O-O e4 14. Bh5!? Qb6

( 14...g6?! 15.Nxe4 fxe4 16.Qxd4 gxh5 17.Qxh8 +- )
15.b4 Nf6 16.Be2
( 16.c5?! Qb5 and the Bh5 is vulnerable to ...g6 )
16...Qd6 17.Nb3 Nxe2+ 18.Qxe2 Ng4 19.g3 Qh6 20.h4

chess position

( 20...g5!? 21.f3!? exf3 22.Qxf3 gxh4!? 23.Qxf5+ Kb8 24. Qxg4 Rhg8 25.Qe6 Qxe6 26.dxe6 Rd3 is interesting )
21.Nd4 Qf6 22.Rad1 Rd6
( 22...g5!? )
23.Kg2 h6 24.Nb5 Ra6 25.c5 Rd8

chess position

26.c6! Nd3 27.f3 Qg6 28.fxe4 fxe4 29.h5 Qe8
( 29...Qg5 30.Qxe4 )
30.Qg4+ Kb8 31.Qxg7 Rc8 32.d6!

chess position

Qxc6 33.dxc7+ Ka8 34.Rf8 Qe6 35.Rxc8+ Qxc8 36.Rf1 Re6 37.Rf8 Re8 38.Rxe8 Qxe8 39.Qg4 Ne1+ 40.Kh1

Bill Jordan FM    --    David Smerdon IM
Australian Masters  (8)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     0-1

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.d4 Qxd5 5.Nc3 Qh5 6.Be2 Nc6 7.Be3 O-O-O 8.Qd2 e5 9.d5 Bb4

chess position

10.dxc6!? Rxd2 11.cxb7+ Kxb7 12.Bxd2 e4 13.Nxe4 Bxd2+ 14.Nexd2 Re8 15.Kf1 Nd5 16.Re1 Nf4 17.Bc4 Rxe1+ 18.Nxe1 Be2+!

chess position

( 18...Be2+ 19.Kg1 Bxc4 20.Nxc4 Qe2! -/+ )

Peter Froehlich IM    --    Guy West IM
Australian Masters  (8)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     1-0

1.Nf3 f5 2.d4 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.O-O O-O 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.d5 Na6 9.Rb1 c6 10.dxc6 bxc6 11.b4 Bd7 12.Qa4 Nc7 13.Qa5 Ne6 14.Bb2 Qd8 15. Qa4 a6 16.c5 d5 17.Qb3 a5 18.a3 axb4 19.axb4 Rb8 20.Na4 Ne4 21.Bxg7 Nxg7 22.Nb6 Be8 23.e3 g5 24.Qb2 e6 25.Ra1 Rf7 26.Ra2 Rfb7 27.Rfa1 Qc7 28.Ne5 Qe7 29.f3 Nf6 30.Qd4 h5 31.Ra8 Kh7 32.h4 g4 33.Qf4 Qc7

chess position

34.Rxb8 Rxb8 35. Nxg4!! Qxf4 36.Nxf6+! Kg6 37.gxf4 Kxf6 38.Kf2 e5 39.fxe5+ Kxe5 40.f4+ Kf6 41.Bf3 Ne6?! 42.Bxh5! d4
( 42...Bxh5 43.Nd7+ +- )
( 42...Rxb6? 43.cxb6! Bxh5 44.b7 +- )
43.Be2 dxe3+ 44.Kxe3 Rb7 45.Ra8 Re7 46.Nc8 Rh7 47.Nd6 Bg6 48.Bc4 Rxh4 49. Bxe6 Kxe6 50.Rg8 Rg4 51.Nc4 Rg3+ 52.Kf2 Rg4 53.Kf3 Rg1 54.Kf2 Rg4 55.Ke3 Rg3+ 56.Kd4 Rg4 57.Kc3 Rg3+ 58.Kb2 Rg4 59.Ka3 Bh5 60.Rh8 Rxf4 61.Rh6+ Ke7 62.Ne5 Be8 63.Nxc6+ Bxc6 64.Rxc6 Rf1 65.Rc7+ Ke6 66.Rc8 Ke7 67.Rh8 f4 68. Rh7+ Ke6 69.Ka4 f3 70.Kb5 f2 71.Rh2 Kd7 72.c6+ Kc7 73.Rh7+ Kc8 74.Rf7 Kd8 75.Kb6 Ke8 76.Rf4 Rb1 77.c7 Kd7 78.Rd4+ Ke7 79.c8=Q f1=Q 80.Qc7+ Ke6 81. Rd6+ Kf5 82.Qf7+ Ke4 83.Qe7+ 1-0

David Smerdon IM    --    Wang-Sheng Lee
Australian Masters  (9)   Melbourne Chess Club
2004     0-1

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Qf3!?

Smerdon loves unfamiliar paths
3...dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.d4 Ngf6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bg5 Qa5+ 8.Bd2 Qc7 9. O-O-O Nxe4 10.Qxe4 Nf6 11.Qh4 Bd6 12.Nf3 Nd5 13.Rhe1 b5 14.Bb3
( 14.Bd3!? Nf4 )
14...a5 15.Ng5!? Qe7 16.Qh5 Nf6 17.Qf3 O-O 18.c3
( 18.Qxc6 a4 )
18...Ra7 19.Bc2
( 19.Qxc6 a4 20.Bc2 b4 hands black the initiative )
19...c5 20.dxc5 Bxc5 21.Re5
Threatening a lightning attack with a sac on h7 followed by Rh5+ and Qh3

chess position

22.Bf4!? Rd7
( 22...hxg5 23.Bxg5 with a strong attack coming )
23.Rxd7 Bxd7 24.Qd3 Rd8 25.Ne4 Nxe4 26.Qxe4 f5!
This ends the attack and leaves the Re5 and Bf4 vulnerable
27.Qd3 Bxf2
( 27...Bd6 28.Rxf5! exf5 29.Bxd6 Qe1+ 30.Bd1 gives white some chances )
28.Qxf5 exf5 29.Rxe7 Bc5 30.Bb3+ Kh7 31.Rf7?!

chess position

The rook gets into trouble here
31...a4! 32.Be5!?
( 32.Bd5 Be8! 33.Rxf5 Bg6 34.Re5 Bd6 wins a piece )
32...Bf8 33.Bc7?
( 33.Bd5!? Bc8 looks OK now )
33...axb3!! 34.axb3 Kg6! 35.Rxg7+ Bxg7 36.Bxd8 -+ Bc6 37.g3 Be5 38.Kc2 Be4+ 39.Kd1 Kh5 40.c4 bxc4 41.bxc4 Bxb2 42.Bc7 Ba3 43.Bf4 Bd3 44.Ke1 Bc5 45.Bc1 Bxc4 46.Bf4 Bd4 47.Bd2 Bg7 48.h3 Bd4 49.Bf4 Kg6 50.Bd2 h5 0-1

David Smerdon IM    --    Guy West IM
Australian Masters  (10)   Round10
2004     1-0

1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.e5 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Qb6 8. O-O Nxd4 9.Nbd2 Nxf3+ 10.Nxf3 Rc8 11.Ng5!?

This seems to be one of Smerdon's favourite manoeuvres, inducing weaknesses in the enemy kingside
( 11...h6 12.Qh5 ( 12.Nxf7 Kxf7 13.Qh5+ Ke7 14.Qh4+ g5? 15.Bxg5+ hxg5 16.Qxg5+ Kf7 17.Bg6+ Kg7 18.Bh5+ Kh7 19.Qg6# ) 12...g6 13.Bxg6 fxg6 14.Qxg6+ Kd8 15.Nf7+ Kc7 16.Nxh8 +- )
( 11...g6 12.Qf3 Nh6 13.Qf6 Rg8 14.Nxh7 Bg7 15.Qf3 +/- )
12.Nxh7 Bb5
( 12...Rxh7 13.Bxh7 g6 14.Bxh6 Bxh6 15.Qf3 Qxb2 16.Bg8! Kd8 17.Rab1 Qxe5 18.Rxb7 +- )
13.Bxh6! gxh6 14.Bxb5+ Qxb5 15.Rc1 Bc5 16.Nf6+ Ke7 17.Qf3
Threatening Nxd5+! and Qf6+
17...Rc6 18.b4!? Bb6

chess position

19.Ne4!! Rh7
( 19...dxe4 20.Qf6+ +- )
20.Nd6 Qxb4 21.Nxb7 Rxc1 22.Rxc1 Qb2 23.Re1 f5 24.Nd6
( 24.exf6+ Qxf6 and the knight's trapped )
24...Kd7 25.h3 Qxa2 26.Re2 Qa1+ 27.Kh2 h5 28.Qd3 Qa4 29.Qc3 Qc6 30.Qb3 Rh8 31.Rc2 Qa8 32.Qb5+ Ke7 33.Qb4 Kd7

chess position

34.Nxf5!! Qf8
( 34...exf5 35.Qd6+ Ke8 36.Qe6+ Kd8 37.Qf6+ Kd7 38.Qf7+! Kd8 39.e6! +- )
35.Qa4+ Kd8 36.Nd6 Ke7 37.Qa6 Qa8

chess position

38.Rc8! Rxc8 39.Nxc8+ Kd8 40.Nxb6 +-
and wins
40...Qb8 41.Na4 Qxe5+ 42.g3 d4 43.Qxa7 h4
( 43...d3 44.Qb6+ Ke7 45.Qe3 Qd5 46.Qd2 +- )
44.Qb6+ 1-0

NSW Inter-Club Grade Matches: Final scores in the rating divisions of the NSW Chess Association inter-club grade match competition. Under 2000-Wests 19.5/28: North Sydney 19: St George 16: Croatia Sydney 14.5: Smithfield 14: Campbelltown 13: Liverpool, Mount Pritchard 8. Under 1800-Rooty Hill Rooks 20/28: North Sydney 15.5: Manly, Wollongong 14: Rooty Hill Knights,St George 13:Liverpool 11.5:Mount Pritchard 11. Under 1600- St George 24/36: North Sydney Brown Bears 20: Rooty Hill Bishops 19.5: Manly, North Sydney Grizzly Bears 19: Mt Pritchard 18.5: Wollongong 17.5: Wests 15: Rooty Hill Rooks 14.5: Canterbury 13. Under 1400- Rooty Hill Knights 28/40: St George 27: Wests A 20: North Sydney, Wests B 16: Manly 12.

- Peter Parr

Puzzles: Here are a couple of intriguing chess-related puzzles. They are very interesting, I think, and I'd like to share these in the hope that they will cause others some frustration ;) .

Paper chessboard: contruct a paper chessboard. Now fold the paper chessboard such that in 1 slice of a pair of scissors, you will produce sixteen 2x2 squares.

Queens and pawns: You will only need a 5x5 section of the chess board for this puzzle. The object of this puzzle is to place exactly 5 queens and exactly 3 pawns (of the opposite colour) on the 5x5 sector such that none of the queens can capture any of the pawns.

Many late nights for all!

Regards - M.G.

Blasts from the past:

Paulsen, L    --    Morphy, P
ch 4th match  (6)   USA
1857     0-1

Another all-time classic and a nice illustration of Morphy's ideas about the importance of development
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bc5 5.O-O O-O 6.Nxe5!?

A very common little combination.
( 6...Nxe5 7.d4! forks Bc5 and Ne5, so white regains the piece, but black prefers to get on with developing. )
7.Nxc6 dxc6 8.Bc4 b5 9.Be2 Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Rxe4 11.Bf3 Re6 12.c3?!

chess position

White wants to play d4, but he should have tried d3 first.
Now white is very cramped.
13.b4 Bb6 14.a4 bxa4!?
This gives black weak pawns, but it has other advantages - it doesn't slow down development, and recapturing diverts white's pieces from the kingside.
15.Qxa4 Bd7 16.Ra2?!
Hoping to challenge the Qd3 with Qc2, but the weakness of the back rank is soon evident
16...Rae8 17.Qa6

chess position

18.gxf3 Rg6+ 19.Kh1 Bh3
Threatening mate by ...Bg2+ and ...Bxf3. Notice how white's queen, rook and bishop are cut off from the kingside ... mere spectators
( 20.Rg1?? Rxg1+ 21.Kxg1 Re1+ )
20...Bg2+ 21.Kg1 Bxf3+ 22.Kf1 Bg2+ 23.Kg1 Bh3+ 24.Kh1 Bxf2
Now threatening ...Bg2 mate.
25.Qf1 Bxf1 26.Rxf1 Re2!
Keeping the pressure up and maintaining the attack
27.Ra1 Rh6 28.d4 Be3

chess position

( 28...Be3 29.Bxe3 Rhxh2+ 30.Kg1 Reg2# )

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 21st 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


FIDE Zonal - call for applications: The Oceania (3.2b) Zonals will be held from January 30th to February 5th at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre (

Applications to represent Australia at this Zonal are open. Two male and two female players, selected by the ACF as its official representatives, will be provided with free entry into the Oceanic Zonal Chess Championship, and will receive free hotel costs for the event from the New Zealand Chess Federation. Airfares and other costs are to be borne by the selected representatives. $5,500 prizefund. Contact Paul Spiller for event enquiries.

Those wishing to be considered for selection as official representatives must apply, by email or in writing, as per the ACF Selection Procedures By-Laws, by Friday 15th March 2002. Please read item 5 of the ACF Selection Procedures By-Laws thoroughly before applying and ensure that all applicable details required in item 5.4 are supplied. Additionally candidates may submit tournament results and/or a candidates statement - see items 5.6 and 5.7. The Selection By-Laws are available at .

Applications by email to . If an application is not acknowledged within 7 days, please call 6224 8487 or 0421 428 775. Postal applications to Kevin Bonham, ACF Selections Co-Ordinator (Senior Events), 410 Macquarie St, South Hobart 7004.

September 10: Applications close
September 17: Corrections to applications close
October 2: Selections finished, applicants advised of results by email
October 5 (approx): Selections publicly announced in bulletin.

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

Selection panel: expressions of interest in membership: The ACF Council is reviewing the ACF Selection Panel.

The panel is a list of players who may be willing to act as selectors from time to time. The selectors for specific events must be chosen from this panel. Players on the panel are not required to accept any specific invitation to be a selector for any one event and may leave at any time.

Members of the Selection Panel should preferably be strong players with a good knowledge of the relative playing strengths of Australian players. However, specialists in junior chess, women's chess and girls' chess may also be considered as panel members.

Could any players interested in being added to the existing selection panel please send an email to briefly stating why they believe they would make good selectors?

Expressions of interest from strong female players are especially welcome at this time to improve the gender balance of the existing panel.

The existing selection panel is: I. Rogers, D. Johansen, S. Solomon, A. Allen, M. Gluzman, P. Parr, M. Partis, R. Gastineau-Hills, M. Weeks, G. West, D. Cordover, I. Berezina-Feldman, T. Reilly, M. Chapman, S. Press, G. Wastell, G. Lane, K. Bonham, H. Barber, I. Rout, G. Saw, C. Zworestine.

The number of players on the panel is unlimited. Questions welcome to the address above.

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

Applications are invited for the World Junior Championships (U20) to be held in Kochi, India from November 18 to December 1. Full details are available at

Applications are also invited for the Asian Youth Chess Championships (U8, U10, U12 & U14) to be held in Singapore from December 10 to December 18. Full details are available at

Applications should be sent to the Junior Selection Co-ordinator by Friday September 3. Send applications to Applications should be in accordance with the ACF Selection By-Law, and need to contain the following information:

5.4 Applications must include the following information:
5.4.1 Full Name
5.4.2 Address
5.4.3 Email address
5.4.4 Fax
5.4.5 Phone number
5.4.6 Nationality
5.4.7 Date of Birth
5.4.8 FIDE Rating
5.4.9 ACF Rating
5.4.10 FIDE Titles held
5.4.11 Current ACF Titles held
5.4.12 Passport number (if held), date of issue and expiry date (for overseas events only).

The full Selection proceedures by-laws can be seen at

Kerry Stead
ACF Vice President & Junior Selection Co-ordinator

World News:

Novikov leads Riga Open: Leading scores after 6 rounds: Novikov 5.5; Meijers, Kengis 5.0; Fridman, Stefansson, Starostits, Sulskis, Sveshnikov, Lanka, Lutsko, Luckans, Malykin, Rytshagov, Butnorius, AlgimantasLTU2423 4.5. Site

Four lead Abu Dhabi: Leading scores after 5 rounds: Kobalia, Kotsur, Anastasian, Ghaem, Gleizerov 4.0; Vladimirov, Harikrishna, Minasian, Dzhumaev, Bakre, Ramesh, Hakki 3.5. Site | View games

Fischer to marry? There are suggestions that Bobby Fischer and Japanese Chess Association President Miyoko Watai have signed marriage papers as the former world champion fights to avoid deportation to the US and possible jail. Fischer has also appealed to Secretary of State Colin Powell on Monday to help him renounce U.S. citizenship - he needs a consular official to visit him for this to occur.

China beats Russia in match: The final score of this close and hard-fought encounter was 37.5-34.5. The match had been tied at 30-30 after the Russians won rounds 5 and 4, but the Chinese won round 6 to clinch victory. The Chinese had a good performance in round 3, when Wang Yu upset Rublevski and Ni Hua beat Malakhov. Players included Ye, Zvjaginsev, Xu Jun, Malakhov, Rublevski, Zhang Zhong, Bu, Motylev, Sakaev and Dreev. Site | View games

Montreal Chess Festival: Leading final scores, 11 rounds: Efimenk 7.5; Nataf, Moiseenko 7.0. B tournament: Lesiege 8.0; Arencibia, Mikhalevski 7.0. Site

US Open: Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Onischuk, Ibragimov, Vasquez, Matikozyan, Wojtkiewicz, R.Gonzalez, M.Martinez 7.5 (443 players). The event also includes a blind championship. Site

Sasikiran wins Hogeschool Zeeland: Dutch junior Daniel Stellwagen scored his final GM norm with a strong result, while new FIDE champ Kasimdzhanov was well of the pace. Leading final scores, 9 rounds: Sasikiran, Tiviakov, Stellwagen 7.5; Schandorff, Iordachescu, Mchedlishvili, Werle, Gagunashvili, Ikonnikov, Pedersen 7.0; Souleidis, Lanchava, Kniest, Lacrosse, Riedel, Meier, De Waal, Van Beek, De Wit, Kalisvaart 6.5; Kasimdzhanov, Jonkman ... 6.0. (243 players). Site | View games

Stork Young Masters: Final scores after 9 rounds: Andrey Zhigalko 7.5; Sebag 6.5; Sergei Zhigalko 6.0; Leenhouts 5.5; Michiels, Muhren 5.0; Papa 4.5; Michielsen 2.0; Dimitrijevic, Bitalzadeh 1.5. Site | View games

Rowson wins British Champs: Leading final scores after 11 rounds: Rowson 8.5; Wells, Williams 8.0; Emms, Greet, Gwaze, Motwani 7.5: Hebden, Knott 7.0; Arakhamia-Grant, Haslinger, Jones, Ledger, Mannion, Palliser, Quinn, Radovanovic, Summerscale, Ward 6.5. Site | View games

Czech tournaments: A number of strong tournaments are under way as part of the Czech Tour. Skanska Cup, final scores after 12 rounds: Babula 8.0; Laznicka, Postny 7.5; Kunte 7.0; Sarakauskas 6.5; Biolek, Lagowski, Slaby 5.0 Jirka, Bernasek 4.5; Simacek 3.5; Balabaev 2.0.
Olomouc Chess Summer, leadiing final scores after 9 rounds: Sundararajan 7.5; Ramesh, Arutinian, Bakre, Neelotpal, Halkias, Polak, Shanava 7.0.
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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.

Box Hill Open Championship: 7 round super-accelerated swiss in 2 sections, on 7 consecutive Fridays from September 17 to October 29. This year with enlarged prize fund of $1000 including a first prize of $500. Considerable discounted early bird entry fees closing 10 PM Tuesday September 7. Other entries close 7.30 PM Friday September 17. BHCC members: early bird fee $20. Full fee $30. Visitors: early bird fee $30. Full fee $40. Rate of Play 90 min plus 30 seconds per move / from move one. 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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