Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 280, September 1, 2004

In this issue:
September Ratings released
George Xie becomes FIDE Master
Stephen Kerr correspondence IM
Note re Zonal selections
Dr. Simon Fitzpatrick RIP
Problem Composition Congress
XML-based chess language
Wanted - ACF President
World News
World News
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

September Ratings released: The top 10 in the latest list are:
2641!! 40 NSW Rogers, Ian [GM]
2508! 0 NSW Wallace, John-Paul [IM]
2494!! 11 VIC Johansen, Darryl K [GM]
2477!! 0 NSW Lane, Gary W [IM]
2448!! 26 QLD Solomon, Stephen J [IM]
2431!! 39 VIC Smerdon, David C [IM]
2400!! 12 NSW Zhao, Zong-Yuan [IM]
2400!! 14 SA Chapman, Mark [IM]
2399!! 36 VIC Froehlich, Peter [IM]
2395! 10 SA Tao, Trevor

The ratings are available on the website.

FIDE has awarded the FM (FIDE Master) title to 17-year-old George Xie of NSW. Congratulations, George!

Note re Zonal selections: Could all applicants and potential applicants please note that the free accommodation on offer to the selected applicants is "free shared hotel accommodation to two official male and two official female representatives from Australia." For further details, including entry forms, please contact the tournament organiser Paul Spiller
- Kevin Bonham ACF Selections Co-Ordinator (Senior Events)

Dr. Simon Fitzpatrick RIP: Correspondence International Master Dr Simon Fitzpatrick died of cancer on August 21 in Perth. The ACF extends its condolences to his family and friends.

Dr Fitzpatrick, an academic, achieved an IM norm in 1999, awarded at the Switzerland Congress. The IM title came from his results in the AfroLatin Team Cup, which was a combination of teams from Africa/Asia/Oceania regions. Dr Fitzpatrick had a penchant for unusual openings and also won some awards for his strong endgame play.

He was a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Western Australia, specialising in Banach spaces, nonlinear analysis and nonsmooth analysis.

Although we never met face to face, I have fond memories of Dr Fitzpatrick as the leader of the very successful WA team in the "Internet Challenge" - a teams event the ACF ran a few years ago, involving all states plus NZ's North and South Islands. He was clearly passionate about chess and took a rigorous and precise approach. Simon was also very helpful in suggesting ways the competition could be improved.

He will be sadly missed.

Here is an example of his play:

S.Fitzpatrick    --    C.McKenzie
1985     1-0

1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 c5 4.dxc5 Qa5+ 5.Nc3 e6 6.e4 dxe4 7.b4 Qc7 8. Nb5 Qd7 9.Qxd7+ Kxd7 10.O-O-O+ Kc6 11.Nd6 Bd7

12.Bd8! a6 13.Bb6

- PaulB (Thanks to Tim Runting and Peter Parr for the above information.)

Sydney's Stephen Kerr will receive the Correspondence International Master title next month after some excellent performances. Kerr is also the highest-rated Australian player on the ICCF October 2004 World Correspondence rating list at 2547.

S.Kerr    --    M.Bergmann

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e5 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.O-O Nb6 7.b3!? Bd6 8.Bb2 O-O 9.d3 Bg4 10.Nbd2 Qd7 11.Rc1 Rfe8 12.Ne4 Bf8 13.Qc2 Rad8 14.Nc5 Bxc5 15.Qxc5 f6 16.Rfe1 Bh3 17.Bh1 Be6 18.Nd2 Bd5 19.Bxd5+ Nxd5 20.a3 Kh8 21.b4 a6 22.Qc4 Nb6 23.Qc2 f5 24.Nb3 Na4 25.Ba1 Re6

26.Na5! Nxa5 27.bxa5 Re7 28.Qb3 b5 29.axb6 cxb6 30.d4! e4 31.d5! b5 32.Red1 Ree8 33.d6 Rc8 34.Bd4 h6 35. Qd5 Kh7 36.g4 fxg4 37.Rxc8 Rxc8 38.Qxe4+ Kg8 39.Qg6 Nc5 40.Bxc5 Rxc5 41. Qe4 Rc8 42.Qd5+ Qf7 43.d7 Rd8 44.Qc6 Qe7 45.e4 Kf8 46.Qc7

- Peter Parr

Problems, problems: If you're the sort of person who likes making problems for others then you'll be interested in the 47th World Congress of Chess Composition (WCCC) and 28th World Chess Solving Championship (WCSC) which are about to start at Kallithea, Halkidiki, in Greece. There are lots of details at the official website. Besides the main events, particpiants have been encouraged to set up their competitions, and these traverse the nether reaches of the wild and wacky world of problems, such as "Cyclone twomovers" and a "Fairy Solving Show": involving such exotic creatures as the grasshopper, nightrider, locust, pao, vao and zebra. There's also a Crazyhouse (Transfer) event.

Intriguingly, England's entrants include well-known over-the-board GMs Colin McNab, Jonathan Mestel and John Nunn, but there are no really well-known OTB names from any other country. Why the cross-over between chess and chess problems in England, but apparently nowhere else?

Sydney Inter-leagues Rapid Play: Leading final scores: David Castor (Wests) 8/9, Fred Flatow (Canterbury) 7.5, Johny Bolens (Easts) 7.

O'Reilly has an interesting article about attempts to develop a new XML-based chess language. XML stands for "eXtensible Markup Language" and it's very popular on the internet and elsewhere. The interesting thing about XML is that the data is classified in such a way that it's easy for other computers to extract information from a file. This could allow for some interesting possibilities over the internet.

Wanted - ACF President: After a couple of years in the hot seat, George Howard is finishing up as ACF President at the end of this year. Nominations for the top job are now open - and must be received by September 30. Full details below.

The Correspondence Chess League of Australia has been chosen to organise the International Correspondence Chess Federation's next World Cup Tournament. There will be separate postal, email and web-server sections, and all chess players - not just correspondence buffs - are invited to enter. The tournament will be played in three stages, with separate postal, Email and Webserver sections in the preliminary stage, which will start in December 2004 at the latest. As an extra incentive, Aussie players paying the $24 entry fee will get an annual subscription to the CCLA - normally $16 - which entitles you to a newsletter and allows you to play in CCLA events. More...

World News:

Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open: GM Ian Rogers was the top seed. He drew with most of the other top seeds and won his other five games to finish half a point behind the winner with a good performance rating of 2613. Leading final scores, 11 rounds: Ni Hua 8.5; Rogers, Dao Thien Hai, Yu, Megaranto, Dede Lioe 8.0. Site

Savon in Botvinnik Memorial: Veteran GM Vladimir Savon - on of the world's best in the 70s and 80s - and former World Women's Champion Nona Gaprindashvili are making rare appearances in this Russian tournament. Scores after 4 rounds: Savon 3.5; Klovans 3.0; Karasev, Vasiukov 2.5; Chernikov 2.0; Shabanov, Doroshkievich, Shestoperov 1.5; Gaprindashvili, Zaitsev 1.0. Site | View games

Korobov-Volokitin in Ukrainian finals: Korobov beat Goloshchapov with a sensational queen sacrifice in the first game of their semi-final and drew the second game to take the match, while Moiseenko and Volokitin drew the first and Volokitin won the second.

After surprisingly beating Ivanchuk in round 2, veteran GM Oleg Romanishin was himself upset 1.5-2.5 in round 3 by Alexander Goloshchapov. The third-round match results:

Romanishin-Goloshchapov 1.5-2.5
Moiseenko-Areshchenko 2-0
Volokitin-Efimenko 1.5-0.5
Korobov-Oleksienko 2.0-0.0.

Romanishin beat Ivanchuk 1.5-0.5 in their round 2 match to eliminate the favourite. In other round 2 results, Moiseenko beat Kuzmin, and Volokitin beat Malakhatko, but Miroshnichenko was upset by Korobov.

In a round 1 irony, junior superstar GM Sergey Karjakin was eliminated by a 14-year-old, Yuriy Kuzubov. Kuzubov in turn was beaten by Goloshchapov in round 2, but only after a tough struggle: 4-3. Site | View games

Big Indian tournament: The very strong "Pune" event features Kasimdzhanov 2640, Nisipeanu 2686, Azmaiparashvili 2679, Beliavsky 2679, Sutovsky 2679, Sasikiran 2659, Harikrishna 2609, Ganguly 2574, Sandipan 2555 and Kunte 2532. Site

Kramnik website: World Champion Vladimir Kramnik has launched a new website as he prepares for his September match against Peter Leko. The site features interviews, photos and 1500 games in PGN - which I've converted to Palview. Site | View games till 1997 | After 1997

Berkes wins Hungarian Championship: Final scores after 9 rounds: Berkes 6.0; Almasi, Gyimesi 5.5; Horvath 5.0; Ruck, Varga 4.5; Balogh 4.0; Cao, Flumbort 3.5; Acs 3.0. Site | View games

Lautier French Champion: He led throughout and finished 2 points clear of the field. Final scores after 11 rounds: Lautier 8.5; Fressinet 6.5; Vaisser, Dorfman, Fontaine, Degraeve, Sokolov 6.0; Nataf, Apicella 5.0; Vachier-Lagrave 4.5; Maze 3.5; Le Roux 3.0. Site | View games

Canadian Championships upset: A bit of a surprise result with FM Eric Lawson tieing for first place with IM Pascal Charbonneau, ahead of GMs Tyomkin and Spraggett. Charbonneau beat Lawson 2-0 in the play-off for the title. Leading final scores, 9 rounds: Charbonneau, FM Eric Lawson 7.0; Tyomkin, Zugic, Bluvshtein, Krnan 6.5; Spraggett, Ivanov, Milicevic, Stevens 6.0; Hamilton, Ochkoos, Day, Noritsyn, Huber, Dougherty, Filipovich, Predescu, Jiganchine, Feoktistov 5.5. Site | View games

Howard Staunton Memorial: Final standings, 6 rounds: Speelman, King 4.0; Levitt 3.5; Houska 0.5. Site | View games

Porto San Giorgio: Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Nijboer 7.5; Naumkin, Burmakin, Efimov, Laketic, Zaja, Bokros, Farago, Aleksic, Lalic, Lazic, Czebe, Kohlweyer, Roeder 6.5. Site View games

Krasenkow wins Novotel: Final scores, 9 rounds: Krasenkow 6.5; Hoang Thanh Trang, Kulaots, Hoffmann 4.5; Lupulescu 4.0; Erdos, J Horvath, Vajda 3.5; A Horvath 3.0; Papp 2.5. Site | View games

Miladinovic wins Bratto: Leading final scores, 9 rounds: Miladinovic 7.5; Dervishi, Cebalo, Godena, Khenkin, Salvador, Sedina, Drazic, Sax, Drabke, Vezzosi 6.5. Site | View games

Vladimir Open: Leading final scores, 9 rounds, 68 players: Amonatov 7.5; Kornev, Glek 6.5. Site | View games A | B

Tarragona: Little-known German GM Henrik Teske scored a nice win in this strong Spanish tournament. Leading scores after 9 rounds: Teske, Kogan, Hillarp Persson, Magem Badals 7.0; Oratovsky, Bruzon, Pogorelov, Delchev, Perez, Movsziszian 6.5. Site

World news including games updated daily at NetChessNews.


Ivanchuk, Vassily (2715)    --    Shkuran, Daniil (2390)
UKR Championship (final)  (1.1)   Kharkiv
2004.08.24     1-0     D16

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 e6 6.e3 Bb4 7.Bxc4 Qa5 8. Qb3 O-O 9.O-O Nbd7 10.Rd1 h6 11.h3 Qb6 12.Qc2 Qc7 13.Bd2 Be7 14.Rac1 a6 15.Ba2 c5 16.Bb1 Qb8 17.a5 b5 18.axb6 cxd4 19.Nxd4 Bb7

Black will come to regret passing up the b-pawn
20.Na4 Rc8 21.Qd3 Qe5 22.Qe2 Bd8 23.f4 Qd5 24.Bc3 Qc4 25.Qxc4 Rxc4 26.b3 Rcc8 27.Ba5 Rab8

28.Rc7!! Bxc7 29.bxc7 Ra8 30.e4!!
Another hammer-blow, depriving the Nf6 and the Bb7 of the d5 square
( 30...Nxe4 31.Nxe6! fxe6 32.Rxd7 followed by Rd8+ wins )
31.Nf3 Ke8 32.Nd2! Bc6 33.Nc4 Kf8 34.Nd6 Ne8 35.Nxc8 Rxc8 36.Rc1 Bb7 37.e5 ! f6 38.Rd1 Bc6 39.Be4! Bb5 40.Nc5
I don't understand this last move

Goloshchapov, Alexander (2577)    --    Lahno, Kateryna (2472)
UKR Championship (final)  (1.1)   Kharkiv
2004.08.24     1-0     B07

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 c6 6.f3 b5 7.g4 h5 8.g5 Nfd7 9.f4 Nb6 10.Nf3 O-O 11.Bd3 Qc7 12.a3 a5 13.Ne2 d5 14.e5 Bh3 15.f5!! Bg2 16.Kf2!! Bxh1 17.Rxh1 Nc4 18.Bxc4 dxc4 19.Nf4 Nd7 20.c3 Nb6 21.f6 Bh8 22.Qc2 e6

23.Nxh5!! b4

( 23...gxh5 24.g6 fxg6 25.Qxg6+ Bg7 26.Ng5 Rfe8 27.f7+ Kf8 28.Nh7+ Ke7 29.fxe8=Q+ +- )
24.Nf4 bxc3 25.bxc3 Nd5 26.h4 Rfb8 27.h5 Nxe3 28.Kxe3 c5 29.d5 exd5 30. Nxd5 Qd7 31.Ne7+ Kf8 32.hxg6 Bg7 33.Nf5! fxg6 34.Nxg7 1-0

Almasi, Zoltan (2644)    --    Balogh, Csaba (2513)
54. Magyar Bajnoksag  (2)   Budapest
2004.08.20     1-0     E13

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 Bb7 6.Nd2 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.d5 exd5 9.cxd5 Qe7 10.Qc2 O-O 11.e4 g5 12.Bg3 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Bxd5 14.O-O-O Bxe4 15.Nxe4 Qxe4 16.Bd3 Qc6 17.h4 g4 18.Qd2 Kg7 19.Bf4 Nh5

20.Be4!! Qf6

( 20...Qxe4 21.Bxh6+ Kg8 22.Bxf8 Kxf8 23.Qh6+ Ng7 24.Qh8+ Ke7 25.Rhe1 )
21.Bxh6+!! Qxh6 22.Qxh6+ Kxh6 23.Bxa8 Nf4 24.Rhe1 c4 25.Rd6+ Kh5 26.Re5+ f5 27.Be4 Kxh4 28.Rxf5 Rxf5 29.Bxf5 g3 30.fxg3+ Kxg3 31.Bxd7 1-0

Acs, Peter (2545)    --    Berkes, Ferenc (2614)
54. Magyar Bajnoksag  (3)   Budapest
2004.08.21     1-0     B81

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.g4 e5 8. Nf5 g6 9.g5 gxf5 10.exf5 d5 11.gxf6 d4 12.Bc4 Qc7 13.Qd3 dxc3 14.O-O-O! Nc6 15.Qe4 Rg8

( 15...Bd7!? 16.Bb6 Qxb6 17.Bxf7+! Kd8 18.Bb3 )
16.Kb1 h5 17.f4 Rg4 18.h3 Rg3 19.Bf2 Bxf5
( 19...Rg8 20.fxe5 and e6 looks crushing )
20.Qxf5 Rf3

21.Bb6!! Rxf4 22.Qh7

Korobov, Anton (2565)    --    Goloshchapov, Alexander (2577)
UKR Championship (final)  (4.1)   Kharkiv
2004.08.30     1-0     D10

An amazing game featuring an inspired queen sacrifice and some acrobatic piece-play. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.e3 b5 5.a4 b4 6.Ne4 Qd5 7.Ng3 Nf6 8.Nf3 Ba6 9.Be2 e6 10.O-O Bd6 11.Bd2 Nbd7 12.b3! c5 13.bxc4! Qb7!

( 13...Bxc4 14.e4! Nxe4 ( 14...Bxe2 15.Qxe2 Qb7 16.e5 +- ) 15.Nxe4 +- )
14.dxc5 Bxc5 15.Nd4 Ne5 16.Qb3 Rc8 17.Nb5 Qe7 18.Rfb1 Nc6 19.Bf3 Na5

20. Qxb4!!
20...Bxb4 21.Bxb4 Rc5!?
( 21...Qd7 22.Nd6+ Kd8 ( 22...Ke7 23.Nxc8+ Kd8 24.Rd1 ) 23.Bxa5+ Ke7 24.Nxc8+ Rxc8 25.Rd1! Qe8 26.Bb4+ Rc5 27.Bxc5# is one way to die )
22.Bxa5 Rxc4 23.Na3 Rc5
( 23...Rc8!? 24.Bb4 is uncomfortable, so black hands back some material )
24.Bb4 O-O 25.Nb5 Rb8 26.Rd1 Bxb5 27.axb5 Qc7 28.Bxc5 Qxc5 29.Bc6 h5 30. Ne2 Ng4 31.h3 Ne5 32.Nd4 Rc8 33.Rdc1 Qb6 34.Ra6 Qb8 35.Rca1 Kh7
( 35...Rc7?! 36.b6!! Rxc6 37.bxa7 Qa8 38.Nxc6 Nxc6 39.Rxc6 ! +- )
36.Be4+!? Kh6?!
36...g6 37.Rxa7 targets the f-pawn but looks better than the game move. 36...Kg8 37.Rxa7 has uncomfortable back-rank threats, and ...f5 leads to interesting complications.
( 36...f5!? 37.Nxf5!? ( 37.Nc6 Nxc6 38.Bxc6 seems simple and strong, eg 38...Rc7?! 39.b6 !! axb6 ( 39...Rxc6 40.bxa7! +- ) 40.Ra8! +- winning the queen ) 37...exf5 38.Bxf5+ Kg8 39.Bxc8 Qxc8 40.Rxa7 Qc5!? 41.Rb7 leaves a curious balance of material )
37.Nf5+! Kg5
( 37...Kg6 38.Ne7+ Kh6 39.Rxa7!? Rd8 40.Ra8 Qc7 41.Ng8+!? Kg5 42.f4+ Kh4 43.Kh2!? threatening g3 mate is curious and wonderful 43...Ng4+ 44.hxg4 hxg4 45.g3+ Kh5 46.Kg2! and Rh1 mate )
38.f4+ Kf6 39.fxe5+ Qxe5 40.Nd6! Rc7
( 40...Rd8 41.Rf1+ Ke7 42.Rxf7# )
41.Ne8+ Kg5 42.Nxc7 Qxe4 43.Rxa7 +- Qxe3+ 44.Kh1 Kh6 45.Ne8! Qb6 46.Rxf7 Qxb5 47.Nxg7 h4 48.Raf1 Qe2 49.Nxe6!
A wonderful game!

Karasev, Vladimir    --    Vasiukov, Evgeni
4 Botvinnik Memorial (A)  (2)   Satka
2004.08.28     1-0     D16

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bg4 6.Ne5 Bh5 7.Nxc4 e6 8. Qb3 Na6 9.Bg5 Nb4 10.Rd1 h6 11.Bh4 a5 12.f3 g5 13.Bg3 g4 14.Rd2!? Be7 15. Be5 Rg8 16.Nd1 gxf3 17.gxf3 Nfd5 18.e4 b5!? 19.axb5?!

a4! 20.Qa3 Nc2+! 21. Rxc2 Bxa3 22.bxa3

White has just two pieces for the queen, but strong threats
22...Bxf3 23.exd5! Qxd5?

( 23...Bxh1 24.dxc6 might be OK for white, despite a huge material deficit! Nd6+ and a pawn charge is hard to meet. )
24.Nd6+ Ke7 25.Bc4!
Recovering the queen
( 25...Bxh1 26.Bxd5 Bxd5 27.bxc6 Rg1+ 28.Kd2 Rg2+ 29.Kc1 Rxc2+ 30.Kxc2 Bxc6 looks better )
26.Bxd6+ Kxd6 27.Rf1 Be4 28.Re2 cxb5 29.Rxe4 bxc4 30.Rxf7 Rg1+ 31.Kd2 Rg2+ 32.Re2 Rag8 33.Nf2 R8g6 34.Kc3 Kc6 35.Kxc4 Rxh2 36.Re5 h5 37.Ra5 Kb6 38. Rfa7! 1-0

Zaitsev, Igor    --    Klovans, Janis
4 Botvinnik Memorial (A)  (2)   Satka
2004.08.28     0-1     C91

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.d4 Bg4 10.Be3 exd4 11.cxd4 Na5 12.Bc2 c5 13.dxc5 dxc5 14.Nc3 Nc4 15.e5 Nd7 16.Be4

Ndxe5! 17.Bxa8 Qxa8 18.Nd5 Bd6 19.Rb1 Rd8 20.b3 Nxf3+ 21. gxf3 Bxh2+! 22.Kxh2 Rxd5 23.fxg4 Rxd1 24.Rbxd1 Ne5 25.Bxc5 Nf3+ 26.Kg3 Nxe1 27.Rxe1 h5! 28.gxh5 Qd5 29.b4 Qg5+ 30.Kf3 Qxh5+ 31.Ke4 Qg4+ 32.Kd5 Qd7+ 33.Bd6 Qf5+

Vasiukov, Evgeni    --    Gaprindashvili, Nona
4 Botvinnik Memorial (A)  (1)   Satka
2004.08.27     1-0     B00

1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Nd2 e6 4.Ngf3 g6 5.Bd3 Bg7 6.O-O Ne7 7.Re1 O-O 8. Nf1 d6 9.Ng3 c5 10.c3 Nbc6 11.Be3 e5 12.d5 Nb8 13.a4 a5 14.Nd2 f5 15.exf5 Nxf5 16.Nxf5 gxf5 17.Qh5 Qf6 18.Bg5 Qg6 19.Qxg6 hxg6 20.Bb5!

Hindering the Nb8's development
20...Bxd5 21.Nc4! Bxc4? 22.Bxc4+ Kh7 23.Re3!

Rh3+ a killer - unusual attack without the queens


Call for nominations for ACF President: The annual National Conference of the Australian Chess Federation (ACF), amongst other matters, will also in each alternate year, elect members of the ACF Executive. The next annual National Conference, which will be held on 06 January 2005 during the Australian Open, will thus need to elect members of the ACF Executive, including the ACF President. Nominations for other members of the ACF Executive, unlike the nominations for the ACF President, can be received up to the time the election to fill each office is due to be held.

The ACF Constitution specifies that candidates for ACF President shall be limited to persons who have "advised the Federation in writing of their willingness to serve as President, [with] such advice having been received by the Federation not less than ninety days before the date on which the Annual National Conference at which elections are due is scheduled to start". The ACF’s rules regarding the election of the ACF president may be viewed at the ACF web site

Pursuant to the ACF Constitution, nominations are now called for the post of ACF President.

How to submit your nomination:

You can submit your nominations by email or hardcopy. The email address for all nominations is

Should you be unable or not wish to transmit via email, the address for all correspondence is:
Jey Hoole, ACF Secretary, PO Box 308, Strathfield NSW 2135.

The deadline for the submission of all nominations is 30 September 2004. All nominations will be formally acknowledged with 72 hours. If you have not received an acknowledgment of your application by this time, please contact me.

If you have any queries or seek further clarification please contact me on 0411 062160, or (02) 6264 2462.

- Jey Hoole, ACF Secretary

ICCF World Cup XIV: The International Correspondence Chess Federation is delighted to announce that the Australian Correspondence Chess Federation (CCLA) will be the main organiser of the next ICCF World Cup Tournament and all chess players are invited to enter. The tournament will be played in three stages, with separate postal, Email and Webserver sections in the preliminary stage, which will start in December 2004 at the latest.

Preliminary groups will all have 9-11 players, each with one game against each other player in the group, with the winners of each group qualifying for the Semifinal stage. Other qualifications will depend on the number of entries for the preliminary stage. Any tie breaking, necessary to decide qualification to the next phase will be done in accordance with ICCF rules, principally by use of the Sonneborn-Berger method.

Arrangements for the Semifinal/Final stages will be announced later, depending on the total number of entries and the preferred playing method of those entering the preliminaries.

Allocation of players to the preliminary and Semifinal groups will be made randomly, but geographical distribution, as well as an achievement of reasonable equality of the average rating, will be taken into account. In addition, those players who qualified for World Cup XII and XIII Finals will also be entitled to play in the Semifinal stages of World Cup XIV and the winner of WC XIII Final will be eligible to participate in World Cup Final XIV. Although the number of preliminary groups for each player is unlimited, no player will be able to qualify for more than two Semifinal groups or for more than one place in the Final.

Winners of preliminary and Semifinal groups will receive book prizes. Presumably, a cash prize of 1000 Swiss Francs will be awarded to the winner of World Cup XIV, with a trophy and gold medal. There will also be prizes of 600 Swiss Francs to the silver medalist and 400 Swiss Francs to the bronze medalist. The above prize money is subject to the formal approval of the ICCF Congress 2004 in Mumbai.

The following qualifications can be achieved in the Final: The winner of the World Cup Final XIV will qualify for the Final of the next World Cup Tournament (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 3.6) and will gain the IM title (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 8.6.c). The IM title will also be awarded to any players who achieve an IM result according to the Article 8.6.e of the ICCF Tournament Rules. All participants in the Final will qualify for the Semifinal of the next World Cup Tournament (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 3.6), provided that they do not withdraw. The first and second placed players in the Final will qualify for the Candidates' Tournament of the World CC Championship (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 1.2.1.e). All participants in the Final who score at least 60% of the possible number of points will qualify for the Semifinal of the World Cup CC Championship (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 1.1.2.e).

The Australian Correspondence Chess Federation has appointed George Stibal (47 Whitehead Grove, Rosebud, Victoria, 3939, Australia; Phone: +03 5986 7995; Fax: +03 5986 1050) as the Central Tournament Leader (CTL) of this tournament. He will be assisted by a team of Tournament Directors. The appeal instance are the ICCF Appeals Commission (Playing Rules) for cases concerning the application of ICCF Playing Rules, and ICCF Appeals Commission (Other ICCF Rules) for cases concerning the application of Tournament Rules, Code of Conduct and any other rules matters, not covered elsewhere.

Entries (to include name, address and / or email address and the preferred way of transmission) should be submitted to George Stibal. It will also be possible to make multiple entries. Entry Fees will be $24.00* per section. Applications must reach the CTL no later than 15th September 2004, preferably by email. We wish all participants many interesting games and new links with CC friends in other countries, based on the spirit of friendship and the ICCF motto: Amici Sumus!

CC-SIM Tim Runting, President CCLA and George Stibal, Central Tournament Leader

PS. As the host nation, the CCLA is very pleased to announce that for all Australian chess players that are non-members of the CCLA, the $24.00 entry fee will also include their annual subscription (normally $16.00) to the CCLA. We hope that all interested chess players will take up this great offer from the CCLA.

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
Dates: Sunday 2nd January- Wednesday 5th January 2005
Details: 8 round Swiss draw, 2 round per day, 90 minutes + 30 seconds
Prizes: 1st-3rd place + rating prizes. Top prize is $500!
Prices: $60 adult (by December 1). $80 adult (after december 1 and before december 15). Concession and junior entry fee: $50 early, $70 late.
Entries close: December 15.
Contact: Garvin Gray, ph 0422993062

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, ACF President

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 September 10, 2004. 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

Grand Prix tournaments:

These details are provisional. For up-to-date details of these events, please visit the Grand Prix website. The new GP co-ordinator is Garvin Gray, email:

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:;;;
Laurieton One Day Chess: September 26; Laurieton Services Club; $15/$5; Contact: Endel 6559 9060.
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
ICCF World Cup (correspondence, email, web): Starts December at the latest. All welcome. $24 entry includes CCLA membership. Full details.

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


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