Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 285, October 6, 2004

In this issue:
Australian Clubs Teams Championship
Redcliffe Challenge
Zonal selections
Journo for Olympiad
Xie dominates NSW Champs
Some interesting websites
World News
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

Leko takes the lead: Hold the front page :) With just seconds to go before I sent off this newsletter, news came that Peter Leko had won game 8 - and taken the lead - in the world championship match against Vladimir Kramnik. It's a sensational game, too - so much for the idea that Leko's dull:

Kramnik-Leko 0-1

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re1 Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Re4 g5 16. Qf1 Qh5 17. Nd2 Bf5 18. f3 Nf6 19. Re1 Rae8 20. Rxe8 Rxe8 21. a4 Qg6!?
This looks pretty good!
22. axb5 Bd3 23. Qf2 Re2

24. Qxe2 Bxe2 25. bxa6 Qd3 26. Kf2 Bxf3!!

27. Nxf3 Ne4+ 28. Ke1 Nxc3 29. bxc3 Qxc3+ 30. Kf2 Qxa1 31. a7 h6 32. h4 g4 0-1

Australian Clubs Teams Championship: The "Universities of NSW and ACT" team has retained its Australian Clubs Teams Championship with a convincing win, ahead of Bullwinkle in second place and Gold Coast third. Suncoast finished fourth.

Whilst the number of teams was disappointingly low, the standard was very high, and all teams reported having an excellent time socially. The two games played between two members of Australia's team for the upcoming Olympiad in Spain, IM Zong Yuan Zhao and IM Stephen Solomon, were both extremely exciting, with Zhao emerging the winner on both occasions.

1st UNSW 35
2nd Bullwinkle 29
3rd Gold Coast 22.5
4th Suncoast 9.5

The winning team comprised Zong Yuan Zhao, Justin Tan, Ronald Yu, Michael Lip, Michael Yu, Shannon Oliver, Jessica Kinder and Pattama Songkhunawej.

Board Prize winners:
1 Zong Yuan Zhao (UNSW)
2 Justin Tan (UNSW)
3 Nik Stawski (Bullwinkle)
4 Michael Lip (UNSW)
5 Michael Yu (UNSW) and Alexandra Jule (Gold Coast)
6 Shannon Oliver (UNSW)
7 Jessica Kinder (UNSW)
8 Molly McGarity (Gold Coast)

Report by Graeme Gardiner
Gardiner Chess

Ric Kaspar (1413)    --    Shannon Oliver (1650)
Australian Clubs Team Championship   2004     1-0     B21

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bc4 e6 7.O-O Be7 8.Qe2 a6 9.Rd1 Qc7 10.Bf4 Nf6 11.e5 dxe5 12.Nxe5 Nxe5 13.Bxe5 Qa5 14.Rd3 O-O 15.Rg3 Kh8 16.Bd3

( 16.Rxg7!? Kxg7 17.Qg4+ ( 17.Qh5!? Qd8 18.Rd1 Bd7 19.Ne4 Rg8 20.Ng5 Qe8 21.Qxh7+ Kf8 22. Qh6+ Rg7 23.Qh8+ Rg8 24.Nh7+ Nxh7 25.Bg7# ) 17...Kh8 18.Qg5! should also do the trick, eg 18...Qd8 19.Rd1 Bd7 20. Ne4 Rg8 21.Qh4 ( 21.Bxf6+ Bxf6 22.Qxf6+ Qxf6 23.Nxf6 Bc6 = ) 21...Rg6 22.Bd3!? Kg8 23.Ng5!? with a strong attack )
16...Bd7 17.Rh3 h6 18.Qe3 Rfd8 19.Rxh6+!! Kg8
( 19...gxh6 20.Qxh6+ Kg8 21.Bh7+ Kh8 22.Bxf6+ Bxf6 23.Bg6+ Kg8 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.Qxf7# )
20.Qg3 Ng4

21.Rh8+!! Kxh8 22.Qh3+ Bh4 23.Qxh4+ Kg8 24.Qh7+
( 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.Bd6+ Ke8 26.Qg8# )

Zong-Yuan Zhao    --    Stephen Solomon
Australian Clubs Team Championship   2004     1-0     B99

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8. Qf3 Qc7 9.O-O-O Nbd7 10.Bd3 b5 11.Rhe1 Bb7 12.Qg3 b4

13.Nd5!! exd5 14.exd5 Kd8 15.Nc6+!? Bxc6 16.dxc6 Qxc6 17.Bxf6 Bxf6
( 17...Nxf6 18.Qxg7 Re8 19.Qxf7 gives white plenty for the piece )

Black can attack, too
( 18...Qc8 19.Bxa8 Qxa8 20.Rxd6 and white's attack isn't over )
19.Bxa8 Qxa2 20.Rxd6 Qxb2+ 21.Kd1 Qb1+ 22.Ke2 Qxc2+ 23.Kf1 Qc4+ 24.Rd3 Re8 25.Rd1 Bd4 26.Bd5!! Qb5 27.Bc6!! Qxc6
( 27...Qc4? 28.Bxd7 Kxd7 29.Qxg7! )
28.Rxd4 Re7 29.Rxb4 f5 30.Qb3 Re4 31.Rb7 Rxf4+ 32.Kg1 Qc5+ 33.Kh1 Qd4
( 33...Rd4 34.Qg8+ Ke7 35.Qxg7+ +- )
34.Qg8+ Ke7 35.Rxd7+!! Kxd7 36.Rxd4+
( 36.Rxd4+ Rxd4 37.Qxg7+ +- )

Nikolai Stawski    --    Toshi Kimura
Australian Clubs Team Championship   2004     1-0     A02

1.f4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.d3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 e5 7.Nc3 O-O 8.O-O Nd7 9.f5 Nd4 10.g4 c6 11.Ne2 Qb6 12.Kh1 Nxe2 13.Qxe2 d5 14.Nd2 dxe4 15. Nxe4 Re8 16.Bg5 f6

17.fxg6!! fxg5 18.gxh7+ Kh8 19.Nxg5 Rf8?! 20.Nf7+ Rxf7 21.Rxf7 Nf8 22.Rxg7!! Kxg7 23.Qxe5+ Kxh7 24.Be4+ Kg8 25.Qg5+ Kh8 26.Qh6+ Kg8 27.Rf1
( 27.Rf1 Bd7 28.Rxf8+ Rxf8 29.Qh7# )

Stephen Solomon    --    Zhao Zong-Yuan
Australian Clubs Team Championship   2004     0-1     B45

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bf4 e5 8.Nd5!? Nxd5

( 8...exf4 9.Ndc7+ )
9.exd5 Nb8
( 9...exf4 10.dxc6 bxc6 )
10.Bd2 a6 11.Na3 Nd7 12.Nc4 Be7 13.a4 b6 14.Be2 O-O 15.O-O Bb7 16.Be1?! f5 17.f4 exf4 18.Rxf4 Ne5?! 19.Bf2 Nd7 20.Ra3 Bg5 21.Rff3 Ne5!
22.Nxb6 Nxf3+ 23.Bxf3 Rb8 24.a5 Re8 25.c4 Re5 26.Bd4 Bf6!? 27.Bxe5 Bxe5 28.b4 Qe7 29.g3 g5 30.Re3 g4 31.Bg2 Re8 32.c5 Qg7
( 32...Bd4!? 33.Qxd4 Qxe3+ 34.Qxe3 Rxe3 35.c6! +- )
33.Rd3 f4 34.gxf4 Bxf4 35.Nc4
( 35.c6 Qh6 36.h3 Be3+ 37.Kh2 Qf4+ 38.Kh1 gxh3 39.Bxh3 Qe4+ 40.Kh2 Bf4+ 41.Kg1 )
35...dxc5 36.bxc5 Bc8 37.d6 Bf5 38.Bd5+ Kh8 39.Rd4 Bc2!! 40.Qa1 g3! 41.h3 g2! 42.c6 Rf8

43.Bf7!? Bb1!
( 43...Rxf7 44.d7 )
44.Bg6 Bg3 45.Qb2 Bf2+ 46.Qxf2 Rxf2 47.Rg4 Qf6 48.Nd2 Rxd2
White resigns

Edwards,J    --    Tan,J
Aust Club Teams Champs   ????     0-1

1.f4 Nf6 2.b3 d5 3.Nf3 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Bb2 Bf5 6.Bb5 Qb6 7.c4 dxc4 8. Bxc6+ Qxc6 9.bxc4 Bd3 10.Qb3 Rd8 11.Na3 Qe4 12.Ne5 a6 13.Rg1 e6 14.Rc1 Nh5 15.Kf2 Be7 16.Rge1 Bf6 17.Nf3 O-O 18.Bc3 Rd6 19.h3 Rfd8 20.Be5 Bxe5 21. fxe5 R6d7 22.g4

Bf1!! 23.d4
( 23.Rxf1 Rxd2+ 24.Nxd2 Rxd2+ 25.Ke1 Rd3 26.Qb2 Rxe3+ 27. Kd1 Rd3+ 28.Kc2 Rxa3+ 29.Kd1 Rd3+ 30.Kc2 Rf3+ 31.Kd2 Qd3+ 32.Ke1 Rxf1# is one possibility! )
23...Bxh3 24.gxh5 Bg4 25.Qd1 f6 26.Nb1 fxe5 27.Nbd2 Qf5 28.e4 Qf4 29.d5 Rf8 30.Rc3 Rdf7 31.Rh1 exd5 32.cxd5 b5 33.a3 a5 34.Qg1 Qxd2+ 0-1

Redcliffe Challenge: John Myers, Wayne Davison 5.0/6.0;
Benjamin Lazarus, Robert Hvistendahl, Corey White 4.5;
George Lester, Tony Weller, Ross Jempson, Daniel C Anderson 4.0;
Leon Bowen, Leo Wilkinson, Mark C Stokes, Keith Macleod, Gerard Akers 3.5;
Peter Paterson, Ryan Sullivan, Kieranc Lyons, Ted Grunte, Michael Gearing, Luthien Russell, Arjna Kanagarajah, Colin Xiao 3.0;
Doug G Powell, Wendy Terry, Brock Mcintyre, Jian Blundell, Andrew Johnston 2.5;
Peter Booy, Hans Maul, Shane Hunter, Nathaniel Taylor 2.0;
Geoff Smith 1.5;
Abbie Kanagarajah; Jim Rogers 1.0;
Todd Anderson 0.0

And in other Queensland News, Ian Murray has sold his Chess Stuff to GardinerChess

Zonal selections: The following have been provisionally selected to officially represent Australia at the FIDE Oceanic Zonal Championship, to be held in Auckland in January 2005:

GM Darryl Johansen
IM Gary Lane

Reserves (in order of ranking): IM Stephen Solomon, IM Zong-Yuan Zhao, IM Alex Wohl, IM Leonid Sandler, FM Greg Canfell, IM Vladimir Feldman, Raymond Song.

(Women's Zonal selections have been delayed because of a procedural error.)

The selectors for this event were the same as for the Olympiad: FM Geoff Saw, FM Haydn Barber, IA Dr Charles Zworestine, Ian Rout and Dr Mike Partis.

Any player wishing to appeal their ranking may do so within seven days following the procedure outlined in clause 9 of the Selection Procedures By-Law at . The text of any appeal should be emailed to and the payment of the $50 deposit should be arranged through ACF Treasurer Norman Greenwood (

On behalf of the ACF I wish to thank all the applicants for their interest in representing their country at the Zonal, and the selectors for their work on these selections.

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

ACF Special Projects Officer Ralph JacksonOlympiad news: ACF Special Projects Officer Ralph Jackson will be attending the Olympiad as a journalist, and hopes to supply daily reports. Ralph is a chess player (2000+), a past ACF Secretary and now the ACF "Special Projects Officer" looking out for future event and sponsorship opportunities. Outside chess, he's the director of the 50-employee Wayward Bus Touring Company.

NSW News: George Xie has won his fifth consecutive game to take a substantial two point lead with four rounds remaining in the NSW State Championship at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club. Thirteen of the sixteen players in the title event are within half a point of fifty per cent. Leading results round 5: G.Charles 0 G.Xie 1, G.Canfell 1/2 M.Fuller 1/2, J.Harp 1 M.Ginat 0, K.Stead 0 B.Murray 1. Joel Harp and Ronald Yu have each received two half point byes and Bruce Murray a full point bye. Progress scores: G.Xie 5/5: J.Harp, R.Yu, B.Murray, G.Charles, M.Fuller and G.Canfell all 3 points.

The NSW Girls Championship has finished in a tie between 12-year-old Angela Song and 15-year-old Vaness Reid. A play-off for the title is to be held. The NSW Girls Under 12 Championship was won by Joanne Tan with 12/14. The NSW Junior League held two other tournaments last week - The 224 player Spring One-Day event was won by 13-year-old Justin Huang on 7.5/8 and the 178 player Spring Two-Day event was won by 17-year-old Jason Hu scoring 10.5/11. - Peter Parr, SMH

George Xie also won the Ryde-Eastwood Weekender in Sydney:

1  Xie, George           NSW   2328 6.5   65:W 24:W  4:W 10:W  9:W 11:W  3:D
2  Capilitan, Romeo      NSW   2010 6     45:W 49:W  9:- 26:W  3:D  9:W 16:W
3  Canfell, Gregory      NSW   2334 5.5   22:W 14:W 12:D  8:W  2:D 15:W  1:D
4  Song, Raymond         NSW   1936 5.5   43:W 31:W  1:L 52:W  7:D 21:W 12:W
5  Wei, Michael          ACT   2037 5.5   39:W 29:W  8:L 36:W 28:W 10:W  6:D
6  Bolens, Johny         NSW   2095 5.5   60:W 37:W 11:W  9:L 21:W 24:W  5:D
7  Dunn, Michael         NSW   1823 5.5   71:W 47:L 45:W 51:W  4:D 18:W 25:W
8  Ikeda, Junta          ACT   1941 5     30:W 33:W  5:W  3:L 15:L 45:W 24:W
9  Murray, Bruce         NSW   1927 4.5   56:W 41:W  2:+  6:W  1:L  2:L 14:D
10 Oliver, Gareth        ACT   1948 4.5   32:W 28:W 36:W  1:L 23:W  5:L 15:D
11 Fitzpatrick, Brian    ACT   1880 4.5   48:W 51:W  6:L 47:W 14:W  1:L 13:D
12 Suttor, Vincent       NSW   1897 4.5   61:W 52:W  3:D 21:L 19:W 22:W  4:L
13 Alejandrino, Clark    NSW        4.5   40:W 21:D 23:D 17:L 60:W 29:W 11:D
14 Ali, Mos              ACT   1787 4.5   46:W  3:L 32:W 48:+ 11:L 39:W  9:D
15 Grcic, Milan          ACT   1834 4.5   35:D 54:W 66:W 25:D  8:W  3:L 10:D
16 Hu, Jason             NSW   1898 4.5   33:L 30:W 22:D 55:W 46:W 26:W  2:L
17 Harp, Joel            NSW   1866 4.5   42:W 36:L  0:D 13:W 22:L 51:W 33:W
18 Peters, Duncan        NSW   1907 4.5   27:D 26:L 68:W 66:W 35:W  7:L 23:W
19 Yum, Brenton          NSW   1726 4.5   54:D 35:L 43:W 27:W 12:L 53:W 41:W
20 Hans, Sartaj          NSW   1895 4.5   23:D 25:L 27:L 70:W 56:W 38:W 34:W
21 Mendes da Costa, Alex NSW   1877 4     50:W 13:D 34:W 12:W  6:L  4:L 22:D
22 Levin, Joshua         NSW   1570 4      3:L 50:W 16:D 34:W 17:W 12:L 21:D
23 Gibbs, Glen           TAS   1835 4     20:D 38:W 13:D 33:W 10:L 46:W 18:L
24 Illingworth, Max      NSW   1825 4     63:W  1:L 39:W 61:W 25:W  6:L  8:L
25 Sarai, Slavica        NSW   2078 4     38:D 20:W 47:W 15:D 24:L 36:W  7:L
26 Brown, Andrew         ACT   1458 4     34:D 18:W 53:W  2:L 37:W 16:L 28:D
27 Bisson, Danny         NSW   1527 4     18:D 34:L 20:W 19:L 67:W 30:D 47:W
28 Song, Angela          NSW   1762 4     57:W 10:L 56:W 41:+  5:L 33:D 26:D
29 Huang, Justin         NSW   1746 4     62:W  5:L 33:L 38:W 32:W 13:L 45:W
30 To, Anthony           NSW   1364 4      8:L 16:L 57:W 40:W 52:D 27:D 53:W
31 Kirchnei, Pedro       NSW   1677 4     55:W  4:L 48:L 42:W 33:L 61:W 46:W
32 Greenwood, Norman     NSW   1557 4     10:L 57:W 14:L 68:W 29:L 63:W 49:W
33 Wu, Edwin             NSW   1561 3.5   16:W  8:L 29:W 23:L 31:W 28:D 17:L
34 Rachmadi, Herman      NSW   1672 3.5   26:D 27:W 21:L 22:L 44:W 35:W 20:L
35 Ung, Thomas           ACT   1295 3.5   15:D 19:W 41:L 53:W 18:L 34:L 51:W
36 Trkulja, Slavko       NSW   1660 3.5   64:W 17:W 10:L  5:L 61:W 25:L 39:D
37 Huddleston, Heather   NSW   1774 3.5   59:W  6:L 42:W 46:L 26:L 48:W 40:D
38 Pickering, Anthony    NSW   1564 3.5   25:D 23:L 54:W 29:L 58:W 20:L 55:W
39 Sewell, Robert        NSW   1482 3.5    5:L 62:W 24:L 64:W 47:W 14:L 36:D
40 Escribano, Jose       NSW   1644 3.5   13:L 44:W 46:L 30:L 62:W 50:W 37:D
41 Houska, Jiri          NSW   2050 3.5   70:W  9:L 35:W 28:- 51:D 52:W 19:L
42 Miranda, Adrian       NSW   1548 3.5   17:L 69:W 37:L 31:L 57:D 58:W 54:W
43 Orme, Leon            VIC   1451 3.5    4:L 55:D 19:L 59:W 53:L 67:W 52:W
44 Wilkie, Mary          NSW   1273 3.5   53:L 40:L 58:D 69:+ 34:L 57:W 61:W
45 Nichas, John          NSW   1571 3      2:L 59:W  7:L 63:W 48:W  8:L 29:L
46 Chow, Justin          ACT   1172 3     14:L 60:W 40:W 37:W 16:L 23:L 31:L
47 Reynolds, Paul        NSW   1659 3     68:W  7:W 25:L 11:L 39:L 56:W 27:L
48 Tracey, Michael       NSW   1425 3     11:L 58:W 31:W 14:- 45:L 37:L 62:W
49 Canfell, Mike         NSW   1707 3     72:+  2:L 61:L 56:L 59:W 55:W 32:L
50 Ikeda, Miona          ACT   1274 3     21:L 22:L 67:+ 60:L 68:W 40:L 63:W
51 Guo-Yuthok, Sherab    ACT   1567 2.5   58:W 11:L 63:W  7:L 41:D 17:L 35:L
52 Keuning, Anthony      NSW   1626 2.5   69:W 12:L 64:W  4:L 30:D 41:L 43:L
53 Szuveges, Narelle     VIC   1796 2.5   44:W 66:D 26:L 35:L 43:W 19:L 30:L
54 Talisayan, Samuel     NSW   1170 2.5   19:D 15:L 38:L 58:L 70:W 66:+ 42:L
55 Guo, Emma             ACT   1002 2.5   31:L 43:D 65:W 16:L 66:W 49:L 38:L
56 Laugery, Bernard      NSW   1421 2.5    9:L 67:W 28:L 49:W 20:L 47:L 59:D
57 Oliver, Anthony       ACT   1143 2.5   28:L 32:L 30:L 71:W 42:D 44:L 64:W
58 Lo, Anthony           NSW        2.5   51:L 48:L 44:D 54:W 38:L 42:L 67:W
59 Soltysik, Adelaide    NSW   1159 2.5   37:L 45:L 71:W 43:L 49:L 65:W 56:D
60 Roberts, Jamie        NSW   1619 2      6:L 46:L 62:W 50:W 13:L  0:L  0:L
61 Xu, William           NSW   1506 2     12:L 70:W 49:W 24:L 36:L 31:L 44:L
62 Oliver, Tamzin        ACT   1166 2     29:L 39:L 60:L 65:W 40:L 71:W 48:L
63 Reese, Peter          NSW   1192 2     24:L 65:W 51:L 45:L 64:W 32:L 50:L
64 Tsui, Edison          NSW   661  2     36:L  0:W 52:L 39:L 63:L 68:W 57:L
65 Kresinger, Frank      NSW   1528 2      1:L 63:L 55:L 62:L 71:W 59:L 68:W
66 Harris, Ben           NSW   1576 1.5   67:W 53:D 15:L 18:L 55:L 54:-  0:L
67 Oleskin, Mark         NSW        1.5   66:L 56:L 50:-  0:W 27:L 43:L 58:L
68 Tsui, Byron           NSW   1081 1     47:L 71:W 18:L 32:L 50:L 64:L 65:L
69 Cannings, Stephen     NSW        .5    52:L 42:L  0:D 44:-  0:L  0:L  0:L
70 Hoang, Cimaine        NSW   397  .5    41:L 61:L  0:D 20:L 54:L  0:L  0:L
71 Keuning, Patrick      NSW   1348 0      7:L 68:L 59:L 57:L 65:L 62:L  0:L
72 Ng, Deborah           NSW   1192 0     49:-  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0

Some interesting websites: Chess images website:
Retro-Problems Wiki:


Hi Paul,

Just a quick question for readers of your bulletin. Is Nell Van De Graaff, at the age of 89, the oldest female still playing regular tournament chess in Australia? Is anyone aware of anyone older still playing regular tournament chess (female or male)?

- Graeme Gardiner

Dear Paul,

I am planning to go to Sydney on November. Part of my five-day itinerary is to visit a chess club or two where IMs or GMs are regularly playing as well as talk with club officials about possible partnership arrangement with out club.

Can you suggest names of the clubs and contact details of their officers.

God bless.
Jerome Babate GM Balinas Memorial Chess Club

I'd suggest St George Chess Club might be the best bet - does anyone have other suggestions? -Ed

World News:

World Championship tied: It's Kramnik 3.5 - Leko 3.5 after seven games of the 14-game match, with one win each and five draws.

In game 1, Kramnik sacrificed queen for bishop and rook and then surprised observers by calmly winning a position many thought better for Leko in a sensational start to the long-awaited world championship match. The win - with black, in a quiet Petroff's Defence - was a stunning start for Kramnik, and a great blow for Leko. Kramnik (white) avoided Leko's possible Marshall Defence in the Ruy Lopez in round 2, and the game was quickly drawn as Leko neutralised any white initiative. Kramnik (black) employed the Petroff Defence and drew without much trouble in game 3, leaving the scores at Kramnik 2 - Leko 1. Kramnik won a pawn and got a slight edge in round 4, but Leko tied him down effectively with some very active rooks and forced a draw in game 4. Leko won game 5 to level the scores at 2.5-2.5. Playing white, the Hungarian GM won a pawn in a queen's gambit. Kramnik swapped into an endgame but Leko relentlessly pushed home his advantage. The sixth game was an unexciting draw, leaving the match tied at 3-3. Game 7 began as a Slav, but Kramnik (black) quickly converted it to a Queen's Gambit Accepted. Leko tried the standard d5 break, but the world champion quickly neutralised any initiative and steered the game to a quick draw.

Official Site | View Championship games | Earlier games between Kramnik and Leko

Bilbao Chess Festival: A range of interresting events, including humans (Ponomariov, Topalov and Karjakin) vs computers (Hydra, Junior and Fritz), an open, a "problems" tournament, an blindfold event and a conference. Site

European Club Cup - Kasparov beats Shirov: A very strong event with players including Kasparov, Adams, Grischuk, Radjabov, Gelfand, Khalifman, Shirov and Short. Rublevski beat Kasparov in an ending in round 2, but Kasparov bounced back to win a good game against Shirov in round 3. This tournament in Izmir Cesme, Turkey features 36 male clubs and 10 female clubs from 22 countries. Leading scores after 4 rounds: 1 NAO Chess Club 4 4 0 0 8 21 2 Bosna Sarajevo 4 3 1 0 7 19 3 Polonia Plus GSM Warszawa 4 3 1 0 7 18 4 Beer Sheva Chess Club 4 3 1 0 7 18 5 Max Ven Ekaterinburg 4 3 1 0 7 14. Site | Teams | Scores | View games

Ghaem Maghami, Kiriakov win Monarch Assurance: Ghaem Maghami and Kiriakov emerged as surprise winners in the last round, after veteran Victor Korchnoi dominated the tournament earlier. Former New Zealander (now English) GM Murray Chandler, who seems to play rarely these days, beat veteran Victor Korchnoi in an exciting game in round 8 to grab the lead of this tourney on the Isle of Man. Players include Milov, Smirin, Korchnoi, Iordachescu, Volkov, Kotronias, Zhong, Agrest, Nakamura, Baklan and Australian GM Ian Rogers. Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Ghaem Maghami, Kiriakov 7.0; Zhang Zhong, Chandler, Kotronias, Rowson 6.5; Korchnoi, Baklan, Rogers, Pavlovic, Agrest, Handke, Gallagher, Moiseenko, Ramesh 6.0. Site | View games

Erenburg wins Israeli Championship: Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Erenburg, Golod 6.5; Lerner, Avrukh 6.0; Roiz, Klenburg, Postny, Khmelniker, Gershon, Huzman, Livshits, Gofshtein 5.5. Site | View games

l'Ami wins Gausdal Classic, Norway: Players include Magnus Carlsen, Lugovoi, Smeets and L'Ami. Final scores, 9 rounds: l'Ami 6.5; Lugovoi, Palo 6; Johannessen 5.5; Carlsen 5.0; Bromberger 4.5; Sammalvuo 3.5; Smeets 3.0; Geir Sune Tallaksen, Gronn 2.5. Site | View games

Sorin wins Argentinian Championship: Players included Felgaer, Sorin and Slipak. The website also features an interesting new viewer which appears to offer on-the-fly computer analysis! Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Sorin 7.5; Felgaer, Pierrot 7.0; Gomez Baillo, Soppe 6.5; Rosito, Needleman, Real De Azua, Dolezal, Giardelli, Quiroga, Flores, Lafuente, Julia, Szmetan 6.0. Site | View games

FIDE October ratings: No major changes in the latest list, but interesting to note that the gap between third and fourth spots is narrowing. Top 10: Kasparov 2813; Anand 2781; Kramnik 2760; Morozevich 2758; Topalov 2757; Leko 2743; Adams 2740; Svidler 2735; Polgar 2728; Shirov 2726. Download list

Armenian Championship: Final scores, 14 rounds: Minasian 10.5; Asrian 9.5; Sargissian 8.5; Galstian 7.0; Anastasian 6.5; Pashikian 6.0; Chibukhchian 4.5; Kotanjian 3.5.

World news including games updated daily at NetChessNews.

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

Adams, Michael (2740)    --    Maki-Uuro, Miikka (2390)
20th European Club Cup 2004  (1.1)   2004.10.03     1-0     B04

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 c6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.Nxd7 Bxd7 8.O-O e6 9.c4 Nf6 10.Nc3 Be7 11.Bf4 O-O 12.Qe2 c5 13.dxc5 Bxc5 14.Rad1 Qb6 15.Be5! Bc6

16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Bxh7+!!
Stock standard
17...Kxh7 18.Qh5+
( 18.Qh5+ Kg7 19.Rd3 f5 20.Qg5+ Kh7 21.Rh3# )

Agopov, Mikael (2393)    --    Grischuk, Alexander (2704)
20th European Club Cup 2004  (1.1)   2004.10.03     0-1     B19

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Ngf6 11.Bf4 Qa5+ 12.Bd2 Qc7 13.O-O-O e6 14.Ne4 O-O-O 15.g3 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 Bd6 17.Kb1 Nf6 18.Qe2 Rhe8 19.c4 c5 20.dxc5 Qxc5 21.Be3 Qf5+ 22.Ka1 Bb8 23.Nd4 Qg4 24.Qc2 Qe4 25.Qxe4 Nxe4 26.g4?!

An amazing sacrifice
27.Bxf4 Nxf2!!
Instead of ...e5. It turns out that white must lose material. Eg, if the Rh1 moves, black takes the Rd1 and then plays ...e5
28.Nb5!? Rxd1+ 29.Rxd1 Nxd1 30.Nd6+ Kd7 31.Nxe8 Kxe8 32.g5!?
32...hxg5 33.Be5 Ne3!
( 33...f6?! 34.Bd4!? and the Nd1 is trapped, eg 34...b6 35.Kb1 e5 36.Bg1 )
34.Bxg7 f5 35.Bh6 Nxc4 36.Bxg5 Kf7 37.Kb1 Nd6 38.Kc2 Ne4 39.Be3 a6 40.Kd3 Nf6 41.h6 Ng4 42.Bd2 Kg6 43.Kd4 e5+ 0-1

Bacrot, Etienne (2718)    --    Kekki, Petri (2378)
20th European Club Cup 2004  (1.1)   2004.10.03     1-0     D56

1.c4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 Be7 8. Bd3 O-O 9.O-O dxc4 10.Bxc4 b5 11.Bd3 Bb7 12.a3 a5 13.Rc1 b4 14.axb4 axb4 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Ne4 Be7 17.Qb3 Ra5 18.Rfd1 Qb8 19.Bb1 g6 20.Ned2?! c5 21. Bxg6!! cxd4 22.Bb1 dxe3 23.Qxe3 Kg7 24.Nb3 Rd5 25.Nbd4 Bg5 26.Nxg5 hxg5

27.Nxe6+!! fxe6 28.Rxd5 exd5 29.Qxg5+ Kf7 30.Re1

Kasparov, G (2817)    --    Shirov, A (2725)
20th ECC  (3)   Izmir TUR
2004.10.05     1-0     C80

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Be3 Be7 10.c3 Qd7 11.Nbd2 Rd8 12.Re1 O-O 13.Bc2 f5 14.exf6 Nxf6 15.a4 Ng4 16.axb5 axb5 17.Bd4 Nxd4 18.Nxd4 Qd6 19.N2f3 Bd7 20.h3

Nxf2?! 21.Kxf2 Bh4+ 22. Kg1 Bxe1 23.Qxe1 c5 24.Nb3 Bxh3! 25.Ng5!! Bf5 26.Bxf5 Rxf5 27.Qe6+ Qxe6 28.Nxe6 Re8 29.Nbxc5
Now Kasparov has the better ending
29...Re5 30.Ra6 Re2 31.b4 Rc2 32.Ra7 Rxc3 33.Rxg7+ Kh8 34.Rd7 Rc4 35. Ng5 Rxb4 36.Nce6
Threatening Ng5-f7-h6, Ne6-g5 and Rxh7 mate
36...Rh4 37.g3 Rh5 38.Kg2 b4 39.Nf7+ Kg8 40.Nf4

The rook is lost


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