Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 283, September 22, 2004

In this issue:
ACF Executive nominations sought
Fiji Women's Olympiad Team Seeks Replacement Player
2004 Nell Van de Graaff Classic
Australian Schools Teams Championships
ACT Under 12 Championships
ACT Under 8 Championships
World News
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

ACF Executive nominations sought ... urgently:

The next annual National Conference of the Australian Chess Federation (ACF), which will be held on 06 January 2005 during the Australian Open, will need to elect members of the ACF Executive. The ACF Executive consists of the ACF President, the ACF Deputy President, the ACF Treasurer, the ACF Secretary and two ACF Vice Presidents.

Pursuant to the ACF Constitution, nominations are now called for the positions in the ACF Executive. The ACF's rules regarding the election of members of the ACF Executive may be viewed at the ACF web site

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 90 day deadline referred to in the Constitution for the submission of nominations for the ACF President is ** 08 October 2004 ** . All nominations lodged so far for ACF President have been acknowledged, and those applicants need not re-apply again. Their nominations will be forwarded for consideration by the National Conference (together with any other applications received for ACF President by 08 October 2004).

The deadline for the submission of nominations for all other positions in the ACF Executive, will be ** up to the date of the election for that office, which will be held on 06 January 2005**.

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

Fiji Women's Olympiad Team Seeks Replacement Player: One of the players in the Fijian Women's Olympiad team has unfortunately had to withdraw at short notice due to work commitments. As a result, the team is urgently seeking a replacement player.

The Olympiad takes place in Mallorca, Spain from 14th to 31st October. Further details are available from .

The selected player will receive a 50% travel subsidy towards their airfare, plus food and accommodation throughout the tournament. It is also likely that the selected player will be invited to represent Fiji in future international chess events.

There is no minimum rating prerequisite, so if you are a female player who was either born in Fiji or has held Fijian residency, then please contact the Oceania Zone President, Gary Bekker, to express your interest in joining the team.

2004 Nell Van de Graaff Classic
Tournament Report by DOP Charles Zworestine

She’s nearly 90, and still going strong. And she can play chess, too. Indeed, her contribution to chess in this country has been so great that everyone I spoke to agreed that renaming the Gold Coast Classic in her honour was entirely appropriate. She can even write books. Yes, Nell is a survivor: her best-selling book about her wartime experiences, We Survived, was once more selling like wildfire at the tournament.

As such, it was perhaps a little disappointing that numbers were down a bit for the inaugural Nell Van de Graaff Classic: 76 players, as compared to 86 for the Gold Coast Classic last year. The strength was down a bit, too: 4 players over 2000, when last year we got 5 and were lucky enough to have both Australian grandmasters playing! Not that this year’s event was exactly weak, as top seeded Board 4 on the Australian Men’s Olympiad team (IM Stephen Solomon) was joined by newly crowned Boards 2 and 3 on the Australian Women’s Olympiad team, Arianne Caoili (seed 2) and Anastasia Sorokina (seed 3). And still we had visitors from Victoria, NSW and even overseas (the Philippines), all coming to enjoy that special Gold Coast combination of an individual event packed with dangerous juniors, and an intriguing teams event. Once more the time controls of one hour plus ten seconds per move from the start produced a dispute free event, so we could all enjoy some fascinating chess!

It used to be the case that Round 1 of such events produced no major upsets, but no longer: the Gold Coast juniors are improving so rapidly (with some good coaching) that four of them shocked their first round opponents, all higher rated by about 700 points! Mind you, the biggest upset was nearly caused by an adult, when Oleg Korenevski was at one point a rook up against Stephen Solomon. Solo kept calm as always, and generated just enough counterplay to win. Daniel Barrett (773) stunned Steven Cooke (1504); Yitao Lei (1185) beat George Lester (1882); and Matthew Smith (1027) defeated Peter Radovan (1700). Jian Blundell (1191) also scored an upset prize for the following endgame win over visiting Coffs Harbour star Alan Tankel (1899):

Blundell, J - Tankel, A, Nell Van de Graaff Classic Round 1 18/09/04
1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 f5 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.e3 Nf6 6.Nge2 0-0 7.0-0 d6 8.a3 a5 9.Rb1 Bd7 10.d4 Ba7 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Nd5 Kh8 13.b3 Rb8 14.Bd2 e4 15.Bc3 Ng4 16.b4 axb4 17.axb4 Be6 18.Nef4 Bxd5 19.Nxd5 Ne7 20.Nxe7 Qxe7 21.Ra1 Rbd8 22.Qb3 Bb8 23.Rad1 c6 24.Rxd8 Rxd8 25.Rd1 Be5 26.Rxd8+ Qxd8 27.Bxe5 Nxe5 28.Bh3 Nf3+ 29.Kg2 Qf6 30.Qd1 g5 31.Kh1 Kg8 32.Bg2 g4 33.h3 Kf8 34.Bxf3 gxf3 35.Kh2 Ke8 36.Qa4 Qd8 37.Qa1 Qe7 38.Qc3 Kf7 39.c5 Qf6 40.Qxf6+ Kxf6 41.g4 fxg4 42.hxg4 Ke5 43.Kg3 h6 44.Kh4 Kd5 45.Kh5 Kc4 46.Kxh6 Kxb4 47.g5 Kxc5 48.g6 b5 49.g7 b4 50.g8=Q 1-0

Fewer upsets in Round 2, although Hungarian youngster Tamas Leidal drew a fascinating game with Matthew Sonter after Matthew misplayed a winning attack, was losing a piece down (which he had sacrificed), fought back to a winning ending but then misplayed this too in time pressure and only drew! Jian Blundell won again against Ken Stark (this time only 500 points higher rated!), while Kelvin Finke (1492) drew a game he could have won against Justin Pengelley (1921). Justin was once more the victim of an upset draw to a junior in Round 3, when Colin Xiao (1069) could not convert his extra pawn and ended up drawing his king and pawn ending by liquidation of pawns. Meanwhile the top seeds were all winning, joined on 3/3 by Leon Bowen and Ben Lazarus. Matthew Sonter’s opening looked dull, with queens due to come off early; but then he beat Alex Jule in a rather interesting flurry of tactics that ended up in a forced win of a piece!

Jule, A (1523) - Sonter, M (1953), Nell Van de Graaff Classic Round 3 18/09/04
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.e3 Qb6 6.Qb3 e6 7.Nbd2 Be7 8.Be2 0-0 9.0-0 Nh5 10.Bg5 f6 11.Ne1 fxg5 12.Bxh5 Qxb3 13.axb3 e5!? 14.dxc5

g4! 15.f3 Bxc5 16.Nc2 Bf5 17.Bxg4 Bxc2 18.Be6+ Kh8 19.Bxd5 Bxe3+ 0-1

By Round 4 the top seeds had started meeting already, with all eyes on the Board 2 clash between Arianne and Anastasia. And they did not disappoint: a huge crowd of spectators gathered around as a fight to the death ensued, with a thrilling finish as both players got down to less than a minute several times. Arianne had been a pawn up but behind on time for much of the game, and Anastasia kept fighting as the position, despite queens being swapped off, became very messy indeed! In the end, a massive time scramble saw Arianne win this classic encounter in a flurry of passed pawns in a rook and pawn ending. This left her equal first after Day 1 on 4/4 with Solo, who eventually won material and the game against Leon Bowen; another exciting clash was anticipated between the Olympiads reps in Round 5, with four players on 3˝ breathing down their neck.

Arianne claimed to have won her last three long time limit meetings with Solo, who was therefore primed for revenge. The usual manoeuvring occurred until time pressure set in, with Fritz preferring White (Solo) for much of the game until a Caoili pin gave her the advantage. Even in time pressure she then skilfully used tactics to convert this into a possibly winning king and pawn ending; but Stephen fought hard as usual, sacrificed a pawn for a protected passed pawn and eventually forced a draw by repetition (see game below). This left he and Arianne equal first on 4˝/5 with Sonter (who defeated Moulthun Ly) and Phachara Wongwichit (who defeated Ben Lazarus), and another thrilling finish in prospect. More upsets this round when Alex’s Ruddy’s ultimate bad bishop cost him against Jim Laky, and Robert Hvistendahl toppled Tankel. A different kind of upset could have occurred when Jian Blundell’s sausage fell out of his hot dog right next to the top board time scramble; it says much for the sportsmanship of Caoili and Solomon that they laughed the whole thing off.

Solomon, S (2448) - Caoili, A (2275), Nell Van de Graaff Classic Round 5 19/09/04 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 b5 6.Bd3 Bc5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 d6 9.f4 Nd7 10.Qf3 Bb7 11.Qg3 Ngf6 12.e5 Nh5 13.Qe3 dxe5 14.fxe5 g6 15.Be4 Qc7 16.Bxb7 Qxb7 17.Bd2 0-0 18.Rae1 Rac8 19.Nd4 Rc4 20.Nce2 Qd5 21.b3 Rcc8 22.Nf4 Nxf4 23.Qxf4 Bc5 24.c3 b4 25.Qe4 Qxe4 26.Rxe4 Bb6 27.cxb4

Nxe5 28.Be3 Rc3 29.Rxe5 Rxe3 30.Rxe3 Bxd4 31.Kf2 Rc8 32.Kf3 Bxe3 33.Kxe3 Rc2 34.Rf2 Rxf2 35.Kxf2 Kf8 36.a4 Ke7 37.Ke3 e5 38.Kd3 Kd6 39.Kc4 Kc6 40.Kd3 f5 41.Kc3 g5 42.b5+ axb5 43.a5 e4 44.b4 Kd5 45.Kd2 f4 46.h3 h5 47.Ke2 g4 48.hxg4 hxg4 49.Kd2 Kc6 50.Ke2 Kd5 51.Kf2 g3+ 52.Ke2 Kc6 53.Kf1 Kd5 54.Ke2 Kd6 55.Kf1 Kc6 56.Ke2 Kc7 57.Kf1 Kd7 58.Ke2 Kc6 59.Kf1 Kd6 60.Ke2 Kd5 61.Kf1 Kd6 62.Ke2 Kd5 ˝-˝

Somewhat less excitement at the top in Round 6, as Solo and Arianne were fairly convincing winners over Sonter and Phachara respectively. A stunning reversal on Board 3, however, as Justin Pengelley shocked Anastasia by turning his inferior position into a double rook ending a pawn up, whereupon Anastasia walked into a mate and lost! Fourth seed Khalimzhan Abylkassov also turned his win into a draw against Leon Bowen, but the latter made the wrong move in a simplified ending and lost anyway. More cruelty to adults this round, as among the juniors who scored upset wins (and won the Chomp Award) were Ric Kaspar (over Mike Canfell), Michael Gearing (vs Peter Radovan), Yitao Lei (against Bruce Harris) and Luthien Russell (over Alex Ruddy). As Graeme Gardiner says, adults in chess are becoming an endangered species – we thought of trying to lace the Chomps with cyanide, but apart from the potential jail term we decided even that would not slow the juniors down...

So to the final round, where the joint leaders on 5˝ (Solo and Arianne) played the two on 5 (Pengelley and Abylkassov) respectively. Not to be denied, it was Solo who got his name engraved on the trophy as the inaugural Nell Van de Graaf Classic winner after a fairly convincing win over Justin. Arianne had to settle for outright second after she was behind on time – and uncomfortable with her position - so took a draw against Abylkassov. The latter shared third with Phachara and outright ratings group A winner Ben Lazarus. Youngsters Yitao Lei and Colin Xiao rounded off their outstanding tournaments with upset wins over Phillip Foenander and Robert Hvistendahl to claim Rating Groups C and D respectively.

The teams event (which was close all the way) ended up being won outright by Team Lazarus (Ben Lazarus, Brock McIntyre, Michael Gearing and Colin Xiao) on 17˝ points, while four teams scored 16 points. Second on countback went to The Grey Lake Boys (Leon Bowen, Peter Booy, Jim Laky and Garvin Gray), from the third placed Team Formidable (John Alkin, Nathan Davidson, Oleg Korenevski and Peter Bender). As usual players enjoyed following the progress of their team mates (teams were allowed to have a maximum average rating of 1500), and the teams event once more added something to the tournament. There followed a random draw for two prizes. And entirely appropriately, it was Nell Van de Graaff who claimed the second of these (and hence the final prize to be awarded): there may never have been a more popular random draw prize winner.

Prizes: 1st Stephen Solomon 6˝/7; 2nd Arianne Caoili 6; 3rd = Khalimzhan Abylkassov, Phachara Wongwichit, Ben Lazarus (1st Rating Group A) 5˝; 1st = Rating Group B Kelvin Finke, Alex Jule, Ric Kaspar, Jim Laky 4; 1st Rating Group C Yitao Lei 5; 1st Rating Group D Colin Xiao 4˝; 1st = Rating Group E Leoma Lee, Oliver McCarthy, Jordan Messenger 3.

Australian Schools Teams Championships: There have been no formal entries so, but from e-mails received the following teams should be present:

Open Secondary
WA Christ Church Grammar
Vic Scotch College
SA St Peter's College (considering)

Girls Secondary
Qld Merrimac
ACT Daramalan (very shaky, but possibly)

Open Primary
Vic Essex Heights
ACT Telopea
SA St Peter's Junior School (considering)

Girls Primary
Qld Somerset College
ACT Curtin
- Jenni Oliver

Top three placings in the Victorian Secondary Schools' Finals (Open Category) were:

Scotch College (22.5 points)
Uni. High (19 points)
Brighton Grammar (18 points)

Scotch College will represent Victoria in the finals in Mt Buller. Players are Sam Chow (Board 1); Daichi Nagao (Board 2); Chris Sia (Board 3) and Alex Hua (Board 4). One or two reserves will be present; pending confirmation. - Tony Chow

ACT Under 12 Championships: This is run at fast time controls (15 min per side) and featured a very strong field of ACT Under 12s. Andrew Brown was the favourite for title, but it was always going to be hard at 15 min chess to hold out some of the little up and coming kids.

In the end Yi Yuan dominated the day. The competition was organised and DOP'd by Robin Clark and Jim Flood (Chris Tran helping on the day).

Ist Place - Yi Yuan (Sacred Heart Primary)
2nd Place - Justin Chow (Telopea Park School)
3rd Place - Andrew Brown (Miles Franklin Primary)
4th Place - Taiyang Zhang (Aranda Primary)
5th Place - Van Nguyen (St Anthony's Primary)

Rising Star - Savannah McGuirk (Telopea Park)
Top Debut - Peng Xia
Young Champion - Benjamin Xing (Holy Spirit)
Encouragement Award - Alexandra Dangaard (St Monica's)

You're never too young: Zhang Taiying conceded only a single draw, to top seed Tomoki Kimura, on his way to winning the ACT Under 8 Championship. Nicholas Crowley captured the U/6 title.

Leading final scores:
1. Zhang Taiying 8.5/9;
2. Zhang Yijun 7;
3. T.Kimura 6.5;
4. B.Xing
=5.M.Setiabudi, B.Lee, K.Arcell 6.

World News:

The World Championship match between Kramnik and Leko begins on Saturday in Switzerland. Details - including interviews with the players - here.

The official website features live broadcasts of moves and audio commentary.

Aussies overseas: GM Ian Rogers of Sydney (2588) will play in 13th Monarch Assurance Isle of Man International starting on Saturday. Players include Milov (2683) and Smirin (2671).

New York Masters: A large PGN file is available. Former world championship contender Kamsky missed out on first place in the latest event, suggesting he's still a bit rusty after a long break from the game. 117th New York Masters, leading final scores after 4 rounds: Yudasin, Nakamura, Wojtkiewicz 3.5; Kamsky, Rahman, Fierro, Norowitz 3.0. Site | Zipped PGN

Croatian Team Championship: Players included Smirin, Movsesian, Sax, Fedorov, Sermek, Kozul, Pavasovic, Gyimesi, Shariyazdanov, Hracek, Stefanova and Kovalevskaya. Leading final Standings: 1. Mravince DC 39.5; 2. Zrinjevac Zagreb 33.0; 3. Dakovo- Mbaco 30.0. Site | View games (big file)

Israeli Championship: Leading scores after 3 rounds: Gruenfeld, Mikhalevski, Golod, Erenburg 2.5; Lerner, Avrukh, Roiz, Gofshtein, Postny, Zilberman, Kantsler, Rinberg, Gershon, Khmelniker, Zaltz 2.0. Site | View games

2nd Saipa Cup, Iran: Leading final scores after 11 rounds: Neverov 7.5; Ghaem Maghami, Gleizerov 6.5; Ulibin, Kotsur 6.0. Site | View games

Germany 23 beats Hungary 13 in Budapest Cup: A surprising result because the teams looked evenly matched on paper. The German team of Graf, Dautov, Gustafsson, Lutz, Bischoff and Kritz took on the Hungarians (Berkes, Gyimesi, Varga, Ruck, Horvath and Balogh in a 6-round teams event. Site | View games

McShane wins Lausanne Young Masters: The young English star beat Mamedyarov 1.5-0.5 to win the event. In other results Alekseev prevailed over Navara 3.5-3.5 and Papa beat Kosteniuk 1.5-0.5, and Carlsen beat Lahno 4-2. Earlier, Lahno scored a surprise victory over Kosteniuk in the semis, while McShane eventually beat Navara in a very entertaining match. Site | View games

Tseitlin wins Euro Senior: Leading final scores, 9 rounds: Tseitlin 8.0; Jansa, Klovans 7.0; Jakobsen, Chernikov 6.5; Shabanov, Arnaudov, Gruzman, Hecht, Bukal, Loktiev, Van den Berg, Arkhangelsky, Stepak, Sorokin 6.0. Site | View games

BK Gambit wins Serbia Teams event: Plenty of heavy-duty players participated, including Volokitin, Lastin, the veteran Ivkov, Nataf Iordachescu, Georgiev Rublevsky, Aleksandrov and Nevednichy. Final scores, 11 rounds: BSK Gambit (Beograd) 11 30 1; Novosadski K (Novi Sad) 15 35˝ 2; Buduc'nost Vektra (Podgorica) 3 32˝ 3; Nis (Nis) 11 30 4; TP (Beograd) 10 29˝ 5; Radnicki (Kragujevac) 10 29˝ 6; Elektroprivreda CG (Nikšic) 9 29˝ 7; Partizan "Bora Kec(ic'" (Beograd) 8 28˝ 8; Radonja Bojovic (Nikšic) 8 27 9; Jasenica (Smederevska Palanka) 6 27 10; Sloboda Bohor (Užice) 2 22 11. Site | View games

Alushta 3: The world's latest young GM Yuriy Kuzubov played in the latest Alushta tournament, which this time also featured some strong female players. Kuzubov lost a brevity against Tishin in round 2 and finished out of the money. Final scores ater 15 rounds: Ovetchkin 11.0; Paragua, Obukhov 10.5; J. Geller, Neelotpal 9.5. Site | View games

Krush wins Accoona Women's French-American Championship: Irina Krush surprisingly beat Almira Skripchenko 1.5-0.5 after the latter blundered away a win in game 1, an entertaining clash. Site | View games

World news including games updated daily at NetChessNews.

Games: These games can be played through online with the Palview viewer - click here.

Navara, D (2616)    --    McShane, L (2643)
5th Young Masters  (3.2)   Lausanne
2004.09.18     0-1

1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 Nd7 5.f4 a6 6.Nf3 b5 7.e5 Bb7 8.Bd3 e6 9.Qe2 Ne7 10.O-O-O Nb6 11.g4 Qd7 12.Ne4 O-O-O 13.Rhf1 Kb8 14.Ng3 f5 15. exf6 Bxf6 16.Ng5 Ned5 17.Bd2 Rhe8 18.Qf2 b4!?

The start of an interesting attack
19.N5e4 Qa4 20.Kb1 Bh8 21.f5?! exf5 22.gxf5 gxf5 23.Nxf5

A bolt from the blue!
24.Bxe4 Nc3+!! 25.Bxc3
( 25.bxc3 Bxe4 and black threatens tyo regain the piece by ...Rf8 as well as ...Qxc2+ and/or ...Nc4 )
Now black threatens a quick mate with 26...Qb4 27.b3 Qa3 and 28...Qb2 mate
26.Rd3 Bxe4 27.Rxc3 Rf8 28.Qh4!
A nice try
( 28...Bxf5? 29.Rxf5! Rxf5 30.Qd8+ )
( 28...Rxf5?? 29.Qd8+! )
29.Rf4 Bxf5!
( 29...Bxf5 and now 30.Rxf5? doesn't work because of 30...Qf1+!! )

Navara, D (2616)    --    McShane, L (2643)
5th Young Masters Playoff 25 min  (3.4)   Lausanne
2004.09.18     0-1

1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 Nd7 5.f4 a6 6.Nf3 b5 7.Bd3 Bb7 8.e5 e6 9.a4 b4 10.Ne4 Ne7!? 11.exd6 Nf5!? 12.dxc7 Qxc7 13.Bd2 O-O 14.c3 bxc3 15.bxc3 Nb6 16.O-O Nd5 17.Qc1 Rac8 18.Nc5 a5 19.Rb1 Ba8 20.Ne5 Qd6 21.Qe1 h5 22.Qf2 Nf6 23.Nc4 Qd8 24.Nb7!? Qe7 25.Nbxa5 Ng4

White's been successful on the queenside, but the price is that his kingside defence is a little thin
26.Qe1 Bf6 27.Nb6

An amazing sacrifice from left field
( The immediate point of the sacrifice seems to be 28.Kxh2 ? Bh4 29.Qe5 Bg3+ 30.Kg1 Qh4 with a mating attack )
28...Nxf1! 29.Nxc8 Rxc8 30.Bxe6 Nxd2! 31.Bxc8 Nxb1! 32.Qxe7
( Another beautiful point of the combination - perhaps overlooked by Navara, is that after 32.Qxb1 Qe3+ seems to give a winning attack, eg ( 32...Qc7! 33.d5 should also win, given the white king's vulnerability ) 33.Kh1? ( 33.Kf1 Bh4! ) ( or 33.Kh2 Qxf4+ 34.Kg1 Qe3+ 35.Kh2 Bh4 ) 33...Qh3+! )
32...Bxe7 33.Nc4?!
c4 seems to keep white in the game
( 33.c4 Bf6 34.d5 Bd4+ 35.Kf1 Nc3 36.Bd7 )
33...Nxc3 34.a5 Ne2+ 35.Kf1 Nxd4 36.a6 Bc5 37.Ne5 Bd5 38.Bb7 Bxb7 39.axb7 Bd6 40.Nd7 Nc6 -+ 41.g3 Kg7 42.Kf2 f6 43.Kf3 Kf7 44.Ke4 Ke6 45.Nb6 f5+ 46. Kd3 Na5 0-1

Lahno, K (2472)    --    Kosteniuk, A (2511)
5th Young Masters  (3.2)   Lausanne
2004.09.18     1-0

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.O-O Be7 8. f4 Qc7 9.Kh1 Nbd7 10.Bf3 O-O 11.Qe1 Rb8 12.Qg3 Rd8 13.Re1 Nf8 14.Be3 Ne8?!

15.Nf5!? exf5 16.Nd5 Qd7 17.exf5 Bf6 18.Ba7 Qxf5!?
( 18...Ra8 19.Nb6 )
19.Bxb8 Be6 20.Nxf6+ Qxf6 21.Ba7 Qxb2 22.Qf2 Rc8 23.Bd4 Qb5 24.Be4 Nd7 25. f5 Bd5 26.a4 Qc6 27.Qf3!
Forcing exchanges
27...Bxe4 28.Qxe4 Nef6 29.Qxc6 Rxc6 30.Rab1 b6 31.c3 h5 32.g3 Kf8 33.Kg2 d5 34.Rb4 Ne4 35.c4 a5 36.Rb5 Rxc4 37.Rxd5 Ndf6 38.Rd8+ Ke7 39.Bxb6 Nd7 40.Bxa5 Rxa4 41.Ra8 Rd4 42.Bc3 Rc4 43.Bxg7 f6 44.Ra7 Ke8 45.Re2 Rd4 46.Bh6 Kd8 47.Bf4 Rc4 48.Ra8+ Ke7 49.Rh8 1-0

Tishin, D    --    Kuzubov, Yuriy
Alushta Autumn - 3  (2)   Alushta
????     1-0     D20
The world's latest 14-year-old GM got a tough lesson in this game

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 c5 4.d5 Nf6 5.Nc3 b5 6.Bf4 Ba6 7.Nf3 b4?! 8. Bxb8 bxc3 9.Qa4+ Qd7 10.Qxa6 cxb2 11.Rb1 Rxb8 12.Ne5 Qb7


Almira Skripchenko    --    Irina Krush
   ????     0-1

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.c3 d5 5.Qe2 Nf6 6.g3 Be7 7.Bg2 b6 8.O-O Ba6 9.e5 Nd7 10.c4 d4

Closing the centre gives both sides a free hand on the flanks
11.Re1 Bb7 12.h4 Qc7 13.Nbd2 a6 14.Nf1 b5 15.b3 bxc4 16.bxc4 a5 17.Bf4 a4 18.a3 Na5 19.Rab1 Rb8 20.N3d2 Bxg2 21.Kxg2 O-O
Black castles into it, but otherwise it's hard to get the Rh8 into play
22.Nh2 Rb7 23.Ng4 Qc6+ 24.Ne4 Rfb8 25.Rxb7 Rxb7?!
...Qxb7 would allow black ...Qb2 etc
26.Qf3 Rb3 27.Bd2! Qa6

Fairly standard in these King's Indian Attack positions, but always nice to watch
28...gxh6 29.Qg4+ Kh8
( 29...Kf8 30.Bxh6+ Ke8 31.Qg8+ Bf8 32.Bxf8 Nxf8 33.Nd6+ +- )
30.Bxh6 Bf8 31.Bxf8
( 31.Nd6 Qc6+ 32.Kh2 Nxe5 33.Rxe5 )
( 31.Ng5!? is very flashy but loses to 31...Qb7+ 32.Kh2 Nxe5 33.Rxe5 Bxh6 )
31...Nxf8 32.Nf6 Ng6 33.Qh5!
( 33.h5!? Ne7 34.Ne8 Nf5 doesn't seem to work )
33...Qc6+! 34.Kh2?!
( 34.Re4! looks more active )
( 34...Nf8? 35.Qxf7 +- )
35.Qxh7+ Kf8 36.h5 Rb2!
This counterattack illustrates the disadvantages of Kh2?! earlier
( 37.hxg6 Rxf2+ 38.Kh3 Qg2+ 39.Kh4! Qh2+ 40.Kg4 Qxh7 41. gxh7 Kg7 42.Rh1 Kh8 43.Rh5! with the idea of Rh5-g5-g8 winning )
37...Ne7 38.h6?
( 38.Qh8+! Ng8 39.h6 looks winning )
38...Ng6! 39.Qg7+ Ke7 40.h7?
( 40.Qf6+! seems stronger eg 40...Kf8?? ( 40...Kd7 41.Qxf7+ Ne7 42.h7 Rb8 43.Nf6+ +- ) 41.Qd8+ Qe8 42.Qxa5 )
40...Qe8 41.Qf6+ Kd7 42.Nd6
( 42.Nxc5+ looks good too )
42...Qf8 43.Nxf7

Nh8! 44.Qxh8 Rxf2+ 45.Kg1 Qxf7 46.Qa8
( 46.Qg8 is met by 46...Qf3! with mate coming )
46...Rb2! 47.Rf1 Qxh7 48.Qa7+ Nb7! 49.Qxa4+ Kc7 0-1


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General enquires: George Howard 0414 841575;

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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. Contact Graeme Gardiner on 07 5522 7221

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:

Ryde Eastwood Open NSW; 3; October 2-4; Ryde Eastwood; Website; Email
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
Gosford Open NSW; November 6-7; Central Coast Leagues Club; Allen Robinson 0412 607 207; Keith Farrell (02) 4341 7864
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 11-12; Fairfield; Shane Burgess 9681-2206; Minh Van Le 0418 497 104

Other tournaments

Full details - see upcoming tournaments on the website.

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; 5522 7221 Entries to: Gail Young or Graeme Gardiner 5522 7221.
Medal Event: September 26, 9.30am; 10 Round Swiss Gardiner Chess Centre; Contact Gail Young or Graeme Gardiner
Hakoah Lightning: September 27, 7.30pm; 61 Hall Street Bondi, NSW; $10; Vladimir Feldman 0414798503 website
Berger Cup: Oct 11 - Dec 6; Hakoah, 61 Hall Street Bondi, NSW; Pre-registration essential; $30/$40/$20. Contact Vladimir Feldman 0414798503 website
Liberec Open: October 23-30; Czech Republic; Website; Email
ACP Tour - 4th Amplico AIG Life Tournament: Poland, December 18-19; Website; Email: Maria Macieja
Brunei Open: January 14-19; Website; Email Leong Voon Choon.
2005 Oceania Zonal: Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2005; Auckland, NZ, Details. - Paul Spiller, Zonal organiser
ICCF World Cup correspondence, email, web; Details.
Generation Chess has announced "the richest open chess tournament in history" with a guaranteed prize fund of $US500,000. This event will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 18-22, 2005.

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


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