Australian Chess Federation newsletter - Olympiad update
No. 289, October 25, 2004

In this issue:
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

Olympiad Appeal - donations needed urgently!

The Olympiad Appeal have so far raised only $1630. The ACF Council encourages and urges chess players in Australia to donate to the Olympiad Appeal. 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 ACF President George Howard on 0414 841575.

Olympiad update: Both are men's and women's teams have been performing well. The Olympiad has been dominated by two teams - China in the women's event, and The Ukraine in the men's - who lead with big margins.

Meanwhile, the ACF's roving reporter Ralph Jackson has arrived in Majorca. He's having trouble negotiating some of the bureacracy, but sent back this report:


Watched Round 7 yesterday. The Aussie team hoped for a bit more from Belgium but in the end, the guys werenīt unhappy to have the 4 draws, given several were achieved from less favourable positions. The girls were pleased to win 2-1 against Bosnia-Herzegovina to be equal 21st and Ingela is worth watching for a possible board prize.

The venue is a small (for a casino) casino on a hillside overlooking the sea with theatre halls at each end. Majorca is a mountainous island belonging to Spain and situated sort of south of France. It is maybe 100km or so end to end and fairly mountainous with high peaks over 1000m. Back at the chess, spectators get a view across the games below from a balcony with a selection of 24 games on big screens in the main theatre. In the smaller womens hall, viewers can sit or stand in the rear and likewise follow key games on the big screen. The lobby in between is bustling with expo-like stands and a long bar. Security is airport-style.

The most exciting moment came when someone switched off the power to the whole building. When the lights came back on, Canada and Croatia had a right barney of a dispute going on.

Today we play Turkey and Argentina respectively and both Aussie teams went in aiming for positive territory.

The teams are staying at a 3-star resort town nearby, Santa Ponsa. Thereīs a nice beach a few hundred metres away and the bay setting is picture-postcard stuff. Backing the beach, bright green parrots flit about the neat No-Picnics Ground. Then all the cafes, souvenir shops, apartments and hotels. While the weather is warm and wonderful, the peak tourist season is over and the atmosphere is quiet. Santa Ponsaīs tourists look like tourists. Dominantly British and German, mostly middle-aged-plus, a few families, not too many young ravers. The Simons and Sarahs go to Ibiza, an island somewhere nearby. While British and Irish themed bars are plentiful, the Spanish home side still dominates the cafe-strip atmosphere. The maturer Aussies have settled on the Dubliner Bar, a short walk from the hotel where the band plays 60s-80s memories with a level of respect appreciated by the patrons. Meanwhile our more youthful combatants have become mates with the Norwegians and chill-out at a bar down the street playing pool. In the mornings, Stephen Solomon sets the example with a 7km run.

Palma, with its old harbour of classy yachts, ancient cathedral and old town, is about 10km away. Busy preparing in the mornings, most of the side are still to visit.

Several adventurous Aussies took to the roads exploring Majorca on the rest day in a hire car, captained by a team member more accustomed to Melbourneīs traffic patterns. After a decidedly bumpy start, it was suggested by the team to drive the rest of the way on the right hand side of the road, falling in with the local custom, and all returned safely with no further encounters of a metallic kind.

We are all bemused about FIDE President Kirsanīs announcement for Australia's Chess City (see last week's Bulletin - Ed) and we will advise any details as they come to hand. Interestingly, us Aussies will be increasing visitors to Dubai, site of the proposed hotel-laden Chess City number 2 (Kirsanīs Elista is number one already). Why? Emirates have orders for 50 (yes, 49) of the new double-beck Airbus A380s, and they'll be flying non-stop the long legs to and from Downunder. Maybe instead of a gymnasium, there could be chess tournaments held on the upper deck? Anyway, Emirates Airlines and Chess City (if it lives up to speculation) will be two of the better known attributes of Dubai, so maybe Australia can hope for some chessy spin off in some way?

Cheers - Ralph Jackson

Recent results:

Round 6 - men: Australia-Tajikistan 2.5-1.5; women: Bosnia Herzegovina-Australia 1-2
Round 7 - men: Australia-Belgium 2-2; women: Australia-Argentina 2-1
Round 8 - men: Turkey-Australia 1.5-2.5; women: Australia-Latvia 1-2
Round 9 - men: Kyrgystan-Australia 1.5-2.5; women: Romania-Australia 2-1
Men's scores after 9 rounds Ukraine 27.0; Russia 24.5; US 24.0; Armenia, Israel 23.0; India, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Cuba, France, Switzerland, Slovenia 22.5 ... Australia 20.0 (39th).
Women's scores after 9 rounds: China 23.5; Russia, US, India, Hungary 17.5 ... Australia 14.0 (37th)

Full details and games available from NetChessNews

Official Site | Results | Scores
Men's Round 1-5 games | Women 1-5 | Men's Round 6-8 | Women's Round 6-8 | Round 9 | Annotated Aussie games | More annotated games

Haznedaroglu, K (2394)    --    Rogers, I (2593)
36th Olympiad  (8)   Calvia ESP
2004.10.23     1/2-1/2     B15

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.h3 Nh6 6.Be2 f6 7.O-O Nf7 8.Re1 O-O 9.Bf1 e6 10.b3 Nd7 11.Bb2 f5 12.exd5 exd5 13.Ne2 Nf6 14.Ne5 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Ne4 16.f3 Ng5 17.Nf4 Ne6 18.Nxe6 Bxe6 19.f4 g5 20.Qf3 Rf7 21.Rad1 gxf4 22.Qxf4 Qf8

Now black has attacking chances based on ...Bh6 and ...f5-4-3
23.Kh1 Bh6 24.Qh4 Qg7 25.Be2 Bg5 26.Qf2 Qh6 27.Qf3 Rg7 28.Qh5 Qg6 29.Bf3 Rd8 30.Ba3 Rgd7 31.Bc1 Bxc1 32.Rxc1 Qxh5 33.Bxh5 d4 34.Bf3 d3 35. cxd3 Rxd3 36.Re2 Kf7 37.Kg1 Rd2 38.Kf2 Rxe2+ 39.Kxe2 Bd5 40.Ke3 Ke6 41.Kf4 Bxf3 42.gxf3 Rd4+ 43.Kg5 a5 44.Rc2 Rd3 45.Kf4 h6 46.Rg2 Rd4+ 47.Ke3 Kxe5 48.Rg7 f4+ 49.Ke2 Rb4 50.Rh7 a4 51.bxa4 Kd4 52.Rd7+ Kc4 53.Rf7 Kc3 54.h4 Rxa4 55.Rxb7 Rxa2+ 56.Ke1 c5 57.Rf7 c4 58.Rxf4 Rh2 59.Rf8 Kd3 60.f4 c3 61. Rd8+ Ke3 62.Kd1 Kxf4 63.Rc8 Rh3 64.Rc4+ Kg3 65.Rxc3+ Kxh4 66.Rc6 Kg3 67. Ke2 Rh5 68.Rg6+ Kh2 69.Kf3 Rh3+ 70.Kf2 Rh5 71.Kf3 Rh4 72.Rg2+ Kh3 73.Rg3+ Kh2 74.Rg2+ Kh3 75.Rg3+ Kh2 1/2-1/2

Lane, G (2442)    --    Erdogdu, M (2393)
36th Olympiad  (8)   Calvia ESP
2004.10.23     0-1     C55

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.O-O a6 6.Re1 d6 7.c3 Ba7 8. Bb3 h6 9.h3 Qe7 10.Be3 g5!?

This can get ugly, given that black hasn't castled kingside
11.Nh2 Rg8 12.Nd2 g4 13.h4 g3 14.fxg3 Rxg3 15.Bxa7 Bh3!?

( 16.Be3 Rxg2+ 17.Kh1 Ng4 18.Nxg4 Rxg4 19.Bf2 is interesting ... )
16...Nxa7 17.Ndf1 Rg7 18.Ne3 O-O-O 19.Rf2 Be6 20.Qf3 Nd7 21.Qh5 Rh8 22. Raf1 Nc6 23.Nf5 Bxf5 24.Rxf5 Nd8 25.Bxf7 Nc5 26.Bc4 b5 27.b4 Nxe4 28.dxe4 bxc4 29.Ng4 Rhg8 30.Ne3 Rg3 31.R5f3 Qg7 32.R1f2 Kb7 33.Qf5 Rg6 34.Kf1 h5 35.Qh3 Qh6 36.Kg1 Ne6 37.Nd5 Rg4 38.Rf7 Qc1+ 39.Kh2 Qe1 40.Ne3 Nf4 41. R2xf4 exf4 42.Nf5 Qd2 43.Kh1 Rxg2 0-1

Yilmaz, T (2361)    --    Solomon, SJ (2435)
36th Olympiad  (8)   Calvia ESP
2004.10.23     0-1     B53

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Bd7 5.c4 Nc6 6.Qd2 Nf6 7.Nc3 g6 8. b3 Bg7 9.Bb2 O-O 10.Be2 Qa5 11.Rb1?! Rfc8 12.O-O a6 13.a3 Qd8 14.h3 Rab8 15.Rfd1 Na5 16.Ba1

This combo seems to be based on a miscalculation ... unless I'm missing something - but despite losing a piece, Solo proceeds to whip up a winning attack in the ending!
17.Nxe4 Bxa1 18.Rxa1 Nxb3 19.Qh6! Qf8
( 19...Nxa1 20.Nfg5! +- so black is forced to swap off queens )
20.Qxf8+ Kxf8 21.Rab1 Na5
This ending should be winning for white if he can hang on to the c-pawn
22.Rb4 Be6 23.Ned2 f6 24.Nd4 Bf7 25.Rdb1 e5 26.N4b3 Nc6 27.Rb6 f5 28.g3 Ke7 29.f4 Kd7 30.c5
It dawns on white that his Rb6 is vulnerable
30...Kc7 31.fxe5 dxe5 32.Bc4 Be8 33.Bd5 Ne7 34.Be6 Rd8 35.Nc4 Bc6 36.Nba5 Be4 37.R1b3 Rd1+ 38.Kf2 f4!
Suddenly the white king's vulnerable
39.gxf4 exf4 40.Nd6 Bh1 41.Ndxb7 Nf5 42.Bxf5 gxf5 43.Rh6 Rg8
44.Rxh7+ Kb8 45.Nd8+ Kc8

Faced with the threat of mate by ...Rg2 and ..Rf1, white tries an interesting exchanging combo
46...Kxb8 47.Ndc6+ Kc8
( 47...Ka8 48.Ra7# )
48.Ne7+ Kd8 49.Nxg8 f3 50.Nb7+ Kc8 51.Nd6+ Kb8 52.Ne7 Rd2+ 53.Kg3 f2 54.c6 f1=Q 55.c7+
( 55.Rh8+ Ka7 56.Ndc8+ Kb8 57.Nd6+ Kc7 58.Ne8+ Kb6 doesn't work )
55...Kxc7 56.Nexf5+ Kc6 57.Kg4 Rxd6 0-1

Smerdon, D (2425)    --    Atakisi, U (2304)
36th Olympiad  (8)   Calvia ESP
2004.10.23     1-0     B22

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Nb6 7.Bb3 d5 8. exd6 Qxd6 9.O-O Be6 10.Bxe6 Qxe6 11.Nxd4 Nxd4 12.Qxd4 Rd8 13.Qh4 Qc4 14. Qg3 h5 15.Na3 h4 16.Qg5 Qc6 17.Be3 Rd5 18.Qg4 h3 19.Rfd1 e6 20.gxh3 Bxa3 21.bxa3 g6 22.Bg5 Rh5 23.h4! Qc5 24.Rxd5 Nxd5 25.Re1 Qc6 26.c4 Ne7 27.Qf4 Qd7 28.Rb1 Nc6 29.Qf3 Qc7 30.Rd1 Kf8 31.Qg3

Qxg3+ 32.hxg3 +/- Ke8 33.g4 Rh7 34.Bf6 g5!
Otherwise the Rh7 is out of the game
35.hxg5 Rh3 36.Kg2 Rxa3 37.Rh1 e5 38.Rh8+ Kd7 39.Rf8 Ke6 40.Re8+ Kd7 41.Rf8 Ke6 42.Bh8
Preparing g6! and Rf6+
42...Ne7 43.Re8 Kd7 44.Rb8 Ng6 45.Rxb7+! Ke6
( 45...Kc6 46.Rxf7!! Nxh8 47.Rf8 Ng6 48.Rf6+ +- )
46.Bf6 Rxa2 47.c5 Rc2 48.Rc7 a5 49.Rc6+ Kd7 50.Rd6+ Kc7 51.Bd8+ Kc8 52.Bb6 Nf4+ 53.Kg3 Rc3+ 54.f3 Rc2 55.g6 Rg2+ 56.Kh4 Nxg6+ 57.Kg5 Rh2 58.c6 Rh8 59.c7
Nicely done: A fine example of the persistent tactical "harrassment" Smerdon specialises in.

Berezina, I (2281)    --    Lujan, C (2325)
36th Olympiad w  (7)   Calvia ESP
2004.10.22     1/2-1/2     D80

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4 5.Bh4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 dxc4 7.e3 Be6 8.Nh3 Bxh3 9.gxh3 Bg7 10.Bxc4 O-O 11.Qf3 Nc6 12.Rb1 Na5 1/2-1/2

Malajovich, S (2118)    --    Sorokina, A (2199)
36th Olympiad w  (7)   Calvia ESP
2004.10.22     0-1     E11

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 d5 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.cxd5 Qxd5 7.e3 a6 8.Qc2 O-O 9.Bc4 Qd6 10.O-O Bxd2 11.Bxd2 h6 12.Rfc1 Rd8 13.Rab1 Nd5 14.Be1 Nb6 15.Be2 Bd7 16.Ne5 Be8 17.Bf3 Nd5 18.Nxc6 Bxc6 19.b4 Qd7 20.Qc5 Rac8 21.Rb2 Bb5 22.Ra1 Nb6 23.Qc2

( 23.Bxb7 Na4 24.Qc2 Rb8 -+ )
23...Ba4 24.Qc1 c6 25.Qc5 Nd5 26.Bd1
Probably better is leaving the Ba4 where it is, and trying to hold back ...c5 to keep the Ba4 out of the game
26...Bxd1 27.Rxd1 b5!?
Black can cover the backward c-pawn with ...Nd5-b6-c4, and white now has a bad bishop
Now the b4 pawn is a liability. Maybe e4, f3 and Bg3 is better.
28...Qb7 29.a5 Nf6 30.Rc1 Ne8 31.Qb6 Qa8 32.Rbc2 Nd6

33.Rxc6?! Nc4! 34.R1xc4
( 34.Rxc8 Rxc8 And the queen is trapped )
34...bxc4 35.b5 axb5 36.Rxc8 Rxc8 37.Bc3 b4!! 38.Bxb4
( 38.Qxb4 Rb8 and ...Rb1 mate )
38...c3! 0-1

Eriksson, I (2098)    --    Justo, V (2285)
36th Olympiad w  (7)   Calvia ESP
2004.10.22     1/2-1/2     B30

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 d6 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.O-O Be7 7.c3 O-O 8. Nbd2 e5 9.Re1 Ne8 10.Nf1 Be6 11.d4 cxd4 12.cxd4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 exd4 14.Qxd4 Bf6 15.Qa4 a6 16.Ne3 b5 17.Qd1 Rc8 18.Nd5 Bxd5 19.Qxd5 Rc2 20.Rb1 Qc7 21. Qd1 g6 22.Re2 Rxe2 23.Qxe2 Ng7 24.Bh3 Re8 25.Qd3 Ne6 26.Bxe6 Rxe6 27.Be3 Qc4 28.Qxc4 bxc4 29.b4 Rxe4 30.a4 c3 31.b5 axb5 32.axb5 Bd4 33.b6 c2 34. Rc1 Bxe3 35.fxe3 Rb4 36.Rxc2 Rxb6 37.h4 Kg7 38.Kf2 h5 39.Kf3 Kf6 40.Ra2 Ke6 41.Ra5 Rb4 42.Ra7 Rb3 1/2-1/2

Caoili, A (2250)    --    Reizniece, D (2278)
36th Olympiad w  (8)   Calvia ESP
2004.10.23     0-1     A43


A nice reminder of the need to castle!
1...Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 b5 5.Bg5!? b4 6.Ne4 Bb7 7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.c4 f5 9.Ng3 d6 10.e4 Qf6 11.Qc2 Nd7 12.Bd3 f4 13.Ne2 Rg8 14.Rg1 Bg7 15. Rb1 Nb6 16.dxe6 O-O-O! 17.e5 dxe5 18.Bxh7 e4! 19.Bxe4 Bxe4 20.Qxe4 Rge8! 21.Qxf4 Qxe6 22.Qe3 Qf5 23.Qc1 Qd3 0-1

Erneste, I (2310)    --    Sorokina, A (2199)
36th Olympiad w  (8)   Calvia ESP
2004.10.23     0-1     B33

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bf4 e5 8.Bg5

The game has morphed into a standard Pelikan. Sorokina illustrates the potential in Black's position ... (not sure if the last move is right)
8...a6 9.Na3 b5 10.Nd5 Qa5+ 11.Bd2 Qd8 12.c4 Nxe4 13.cxb5 Be6!? 14.Bc4 Ne7 15.Be3 Rc8 16.Nb6 d5! 17.Nxc8 Nxc8! 18.Bd3 Qa5+ 19.Kf1 Bxa3 20. bxa3 O-O 21.bxa6 f5 22.f3 d4! 23.Bg1 Ned6 24.Be2 Nc4 25.g3 N8d6 26.Kg2 Nb5 27.Bxc4 Bxc4 28.Rc1 Nxa3 29.Bf2 Qd5 30.Qd2 Bxa2


Eriksson, I (2098)    --    Berzina, I (2240)
36th Olympiad w  (8)   Calvia ESP
2004.10.23     0-1     C55

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4 Nxe4 5.Bxf7+ Kxf7 6.Nxe4 d5 7. Nfg5+ Kg8 8.Qf3 Qd7 9.Ng3 h6 10.Nh3 Nb4 11.Qc3 Qf7 12.d3 Nc6 13.a3 Bxh3 14.gxh3 Nd4 15.f4 Nf3+ 16.Kd1 exf4 17.Ne2 Bd6 18.d4 Ng5 19.Rf1 f3 20.Ng3 Rf8 21.Be3 Bxg3 22.hxg3 Ne4 23.Qd3 Nxg3 24.Rf2 Ne4 25.Rf1 Qh5 26.c3 f2+ 27.Kc2 Rf3



The ACF presents:
Lidums Australian Open Chess Championships
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Where: Mt Buller, Victoria
General enquires: George Howard 0414 841575;

More ...

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 Correspondence Chess League of Australia has been chosen to organise the International Correspondence Chess Federation's next World Cup Tournament. 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...

Selection panel: The ACF Council is reviewing its Selection Panel. If you're interested in joining the panel please email Kevin Bonham briefly stating why you would make a good selector. - Kevin Bonham, ACF Selections Co-Ordinator (Senior Events)

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:

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
Ralph Seberry Memorial Weekender NSW; 2; 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.

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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