Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 296, December 8, 2004

In this issue:
Australian Schools Teams Championship
December Ratings
Tournament results
World News: Smerdon in World Junior; Aussies in World Youth; Nakamura, 16, US Champion; Anand wins Keres Memorial; Kasparov wins Russian Championship
Letters: Drug testing; Denis Jessop on ACF presidency.
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

Special thanks to ACT Chess Association President - and ACF Presidential candidate - Denis Jessop for handling the newsletter over the last few weeks, while I was on holiday in China. (Below, Denis outlines his plans should he win the ACF Presidency.)

I'm back now, jet-lagged but happy, head still spinning from a month in the venerable Middle Kingdom. Didn't see any chess over there, incidentally - but saw plenty of its close relative, Chinese chess (Xianxi (?)) and some Go. Both are popular, particularly with retirees. I bought a Chinese Chess board and pieces, but the Chinese writing is all Greek to me!

This week features some fairly brief coverage of some of the tournaments that happened in November as we catch up.

- Paul Broekhuyse, newsletter editor

Missing: Tournaments? I've had quite a few people asking about 2005 tournaments, but as yet I have no details of any! Presumably some are already planned, so please email the details. And while you're at it, add your tournament details to our new Online Tournament Calendar.

Australian Schools Teams Championship: Full report next week, but here are the bare results:

Open Secondary:
1st: Sydney Boys 13.5
2nd: Scotch College 13.5
3rd: Radford College 11

Girls Secondary:
1st: Abbotsleigh 17.5
2nd: Merrimac 15.5
3rd: PLC 13

Open Primary:
1st: Worongary 16
2nd: Essex Heights 14.5
3rd: Sydney Grammar 14.5

Girls Primary:
1st: Curtin Polgar 17.5
2nd: Somerset College 13.5
3rd: Summer Hill 13.5

December Ratings are now viewable on the website. The top 10 are: 2641!! 0 NSW Rogers, Ian [GM]
2508! 0 NSW Wallace, John-Paul [IM]
2485!! 10 VIC Johansen, Darryl K [GM]
2477! 0 NSW Lane, Gary W [IM]
2431!! 0 VIC Smerdon, David C [IM]
2420!! 7 NSW Zhao, Zong-Yuan [IM]
2419!! 20 QLD Solomon, Stephen J [IM]
2405! 1 SA Chapman, Mark [IM]
2395! 0 SA Tao, Trevor
2392!! 9 VIC Bjelobrk, Igor

Tournament results:

Australian Schools Teams Championships, December 4-5, Mt Buller, Victoria: 24 teams have entered in 4 divisions, including teams from WA in the Open Primary and Secondary Divisions. Board 1 in the various divisions looks like a showcase for Australian Junior talent. Teams, Team compositions, profiles and photos can be viewed at

Vikings Weekender, Canberra:

Leading final scores after 6 rounds:
Junta Ikeda 5.5
Mosaddeque Ali, Brian Fitzpatrick, Michael Wei 4.5

Michael Wei v Milan Grcic
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bc4 Bf5 6.Bd2 Qb6 7.Nf3 Bg4 8.Qe2 Nc6 9.d5 Nd4 10.Qd1 Qc5 11.b3 Qd6 12.Be3 Bxf3 13.Qxd4 Bxg2 14.Rg1 Bf3 15.Rg3 Bh5 16.Nb5 Qd7 17.Bf4 Rc8 18.Nxa7 Ra8 19.Bb5 c6 20.dxc6 Qxd4 21.cxb7+ 1-0

Queensland Under 1850 Championship: A report on this event is available at the ChessKit site

Leading final scores, 7 rounds:
Lazarus 6.0
Stokes 5.0
Jempson, Ruddy, Korenevski, Bedi, Fraser 4.5

Coffs Harbour Inaugural Open:

  1   Antic, Dejan         OS    2488 6.5  
  2   Xie, George          NSW   2328 6    
 3-4  Jones, Brian A       NSW   2056 5.5  
      Solomon, Stephen J   QLD   2448 5.5  
 5-9  Wongwichit, Phachara QLD   1924 5    
      Bolens, Johny        NSW   2095 5    
      Sonter, Matthew      QLD   1953 5    
      Murray, Bruce D      NSW   1927 5    
      Jones, Lee R         NSW   2045 5    
10-13 Jule, Alexandra      QLD   1523 4.5  
      Canfell, Mike J      NSW   1707 4.5  
      Tankel, Alan         NSW   1899 4.5  
      Marsden, John A      NSW   1878 4.5  

Gold Coast Transfer Champs:

1   Sampson/Karita,                 1733 13       86.0 102.0   91.0
 2-3  Finke/Cooke,                    1572 11       85.0 103.0   73.0
      Wongwichit/KimuraT,             1924 11       84.0 103.0   72.0
  4   BarnardC/Toolsie,               1762 10       87.0 105.0   69.0
  5   JuleA/Kaspar,                   1505 9        87.0 104.0   68.0
 6-7  McGarityM/McGarityL,            1025 8        84.0 102.0   55.0
      FisherJ/FisherN,                1296 8        83.0  97.0   56.0 ...

Gold Coast Lightning Champs:

1   Wongwichit, Phachara                1983 11       91.0 106.5   76.0
 2-3  Robertson, Mark                     2135 9.5      92.0 110.0   68.5
      Barnard, Casey                      1908 9.5      88.0 100.0   67.5
 4-5  Sheldrick, Kevin                    2019 9        93.5 111.5   73.0
      Korenevski, Oleg                    1286 9        85.5 100.5   60.0
 6-9  Sampson, Dion                       1857 8.5      93.5 109.5   67.0
      Lam, Anthony                        1719 8.5      90.0 107.0   62.5
      Karita, Sean                        1610 8.5      88.5 105.5   62.5
      Kimura, Toshi                       1865 8.5      87.5 103.0   67.5 ...


Wohl ties for first in Dominican Republic: Aussie IM Alex Wohl of Sydney tied for first place in the Santa Domingo International in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. At one point, Wohl took the sole lead with 7/8, one point clear of the field, after winning the following game in round 8.

A.Wohl (IM AUS 2359) v F.De la Paz (GM CUB 2491) 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. b3 d5 3. Bb2 e6 4. d3 c5 5. Nbd2 Nc6 6. g3 Be7 7. Bg2 O-O 8. O-O d4 9. e4 e5 10. Nc4 Qc7 11. a4 Ne8 12. Bc1 Be6 13. Ng5 Bxg5 14. Bxg5 Nd6 15. Bd2 Nxc4 16. bxc4 a5 17. f4 f6 18. f5 Bd7 19. g4 Qd8 20. g5 fxg5 21. Qg4 Nb4 22. Bxg5 Qe8 23. Rf2 Bxa4 24. Bf3 Bd7 25. Rg2 Ra6 26. Qh4 g6 27. Be7 Rf7 28. Bxc5 Rg7 29. Kh1 Rc6 30. Bxb4 axb4 31. Rag1 Qf8 32. Qh6 Be8 33. Rg5 Rf6 34. h4 Rgf7 35. Qxf8+ Kxf8 36. Rb1 Rb6 37. Bg2 gxf5 38. exf5 Ba4 39. Rb2 Bc6 40. Bxc6 bxc6 41. Kg2 c5 42. Kf3 h6 43. Rh5 Kg7 44. Ke4 Rbf6 45. Ra2 Rc7 46. Kxe5 Rb6 47. Ra1 Rd7 48. Ra8 Rc6 49. Re8 b3 50. cxb3 Rb6 51. Re6 Rxb3 52. Rhxh6 Rf7 53. Reg6+ Kf8 54. f6 Ke8 55. Rh8+ Rf8 56. f7+ 1-0

Wohl unfortunately lost to Grandmaster Evgenij Ermenkov (Palestine 2454) in the final round resulting in a triple tie for first place between Wohl, Ermenkov and IM J.Dominguez (Dom) on 7/9 in the 49 player event. - Peter Parr

NSW Lightning Championship: leading final scores (44 players, 11 rounds) Ronald Yu 10.5/11, George Xie 9, Justin Tan and Ivan Zirdum 8, Jason Hu 7.5.

North Sydney defeated St George 34 - 22 in the return big board match last Tuesday evening. FM Malcolm Stephens (Norths) beat IM Zong-Yuan Zhao (St George) on board 1.The overall score from the two matches was Norths 54.5-St George 48.5.

Grandmaster Dejan Antic won the inaugural Coffs Harbour ACF Grand Prix tournament (55 players, 7 rounds) scoring 6.5 points. NSW Champion FM George Xie was second (loss to Antic) on 6,followed by FM B.Jones and IM S.Solomon 5.5

Leading final scores in the Ford Memorial at North Sydney Leagues Club (68 players, 9 rounds) G.Charles, A.Bird, A.Ayvazyan 7. - Peter Parr

Zhao, Zong-Yuan IM 2400 v Stephens, Malcolm FM 2357
C63: Ruy Lopez: Schliemann/Jaenisch Defence
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 [3...a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.Nc3=] 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 [5...Nge7!?] 6.Nxe5± dxe4 7.Nxc6 Qd5 8.c4 Qd6 9.Qh5+ [9.Nxa7+ Bd7 10.Bxd7+ Qxd7 11.Qh5+ Ke7±] 9...g6 10.Qe5+ [10.Nxa7+ c6 11.Nxc8 Rxc8±] 10...Qxe5 11.Nxe5+ c6 12.Ba4 Be6 Black fights for the Initiative 13.d4 [13.b3 Bg7 14.Bb2 a6] 13...exd3= 14.Bf4 Nf6 15.0-0-0 [Worse is 15.Nxd3 Bxc4 16.0-0-0 0-0-0] 15...0-0-0 16.Rhe1 [Inferior is 16.Nxd3 Bxc4 17.Bc2 Bxa2=] 16...Rd4 17.Be3 Re4 18.Bg5 [18.Bxa7?? Taking that pawn is naive 18...d2+ A double attack 19.Kxd2 Bb4+ 20.Kc1 Bxe1-+] 18...Bb4 19.Re3 Bc5 20.Rexd3 Ng4 21.Nxg4 Rxg4 22.Bf6 Rf8 [22...Rxc4+?! 23.Bc2 Rf8 24.Rd8+ Rxd8 25.Rxd8+ Kc7 26.Rh8 Bxf2 27.Rxh7+ Kd6 28.Rxb7 Be3+ 29.Kb1=] 23.Rd8+ Rxd8 24.Rxd8+ [24.Bxd8?? Rxc4+ 25.Bc2 Bf5-+ (25...Bxf2?! is the weaker alternative 26.Kb1) ] 24...Kc7 25.Rd2 [25.Re8 Bf5 26.Bc2 Bxc2 27.Kxc2 Rxg2] 25...Rxg2 [25...Rxc4+?! 26.Bc2=; 25...Bxc4? doesn't lead to anything significant 26.f3 Be3 27.Be5+ Kc8 28.fxg4 Bxa2 29.Bd4 Bxd2+ 30.Kxd2+-] 26.Be5+ Kc8 27.Bg3 Bxc4 28.a3 Rg1+ 29.Kc2 Be6 30.b4 Bf5+ 31.Kc3 Be7 32.Be5 a5 33.Bd1 [33.bxa5!? Re1 34.Bg7] 33...axb4+ 34.axb4 Re1 35.Bd4 Kc7 36.b5 c5 37.Be3 Bd6?? throws away a nice position [37...Kb6-+ and Black is on the road to success] 38.h4?? with this move White loses his initiative [38.b6+ White clearly has the better chances 38...Kd7 39.Bxc5+-] White lost on Time 0-1 (Analysis by Fritz, score supplied by Norm Greenwood)

Ralph Seberry Memorial: 6 rounds
Leading final scores:
Rej 5.5; Bolens 5.0; Ayvazyan, Xie, Morris, Parsonage, Charles 4.5; Raymond Song, Reid, Pickering, Hornibrook, Redgrave, Braunschlaeger, Ali, Angela Song 4.0.

Gosford Open: 7 rounds
Antic 6; Hornsgaard, Coutts 5.5; Nutter, Keuning, Holland 5; Murray, Reynolds, Locke, Mann 4.5 ...

World News:

Smerdon in World Junior: Aussie IM David Smerdon (AUS 2425) has finished 24th with 7/13 in the World Junior in Hyderabad, India. GM Pentyala Harikishna of India won with 10/13, followed by GM T.Petrosian (ARM 2539), J.Zhao (CHN 2511) 9.5, IM R.Wojtaszek (POL 2536) 9, WGM Ekaterina Korbut (RUS 2400) won the World Girls title scoring 10.5/13. Site | View boys' games | View girls' games

World Youth Championship: Heraklio, Crete - Greece, November 3-14. The Website: features games and results.
The main U/18 event was won by Poland's Radoslaw Wojtaszek on 9/11. Melbourne's Denis Bourmistrov finished on 4.5/11 - Denis has written a nice report at

Moulthun Ly scored 7.5 in the U14 and Sherab Guo-Yuthok was on 4.5. In the U12s, Max Illingworth scored 5.0.

Australia's best performance came from Raymond Song, who finished equal first in the U10 event on 9/11.

In the girls, Shannon Oliver scored 5/11 in the U18; Casey Hickman scored 5/11 in the U14; Angela Song was on 6.5/11 in the U12; and Lara Ong scored 5.5/11 in the U10s, while Emma Guo was close behind on 5.0.

Nakamura, 16, US Champion: Hikaru Nakamura, aged just 16, has beaten Alex Stripunsky 2-0 in a playoff to win the US Championship. The event featured a number of top GMs, including former world championship contender Gata Kamsky, who is making a comeback. Goletiani beat Abrahamyan to take the women's title. Leading final scores, 9 rounds: Nakamura, Stripunsky 7.0; Kaidanov, Kudrin, Shulman, Benjamin, Onischuk, Serper 6.0; Gulko, Becerra Rivero, Kamsky, Goldin, Akobian, Wojtkiewicz, Ibragimov, Fishbein, Yermolinsky 5.5. Site | View games

Anand wins Keres Memorial: A rapid event in Tallin, Estonia. Final scores, 5 rounds: Anand 5.0; Khalifman 3.0; Lobron 2.5; Nyback, Kulaots, Kanep 1.5. Site | View games

Kasparov wins Russian Championship: A great victory by Kasparov after Kramnik and Karpov withdrew, and Khalifman was excluded from the event. Leading final scores after 11 rounds: Kasparov 7.5; Grischuk 6.0; Dreev 5.5; Morozevich, Motylev, Svidler, Bareev 5.0; Korotylev, Epishin, Timofeev 4.5; Tseshkovsky 2.5. Site | View games


De Firmian, N (2550)    --    Nakamura, H (2620)
ch-USA  (4)   San Diego USA
2004.11.28     0-1     B01

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 c6 5.Bc4 Bf5 6.Bd2 e6 7.Qe2 Bb4 8.O-O-O Nf6 9.a3 Bxc3 10.Bxc3 Qc7 11.d5!? cxd5 12.Bxd5 Nxd5 13.Rxd5 O-O 14.Rd2 Nc6 15.Nf3 Rfd8 16.Rhd1 Bg4! 17.h3 Rxd2 18.Rxd2 Bxf3 19.Qxf3 f6 20. Qe4 Re8 21.f4 Qe7 22.Qc4 Qf7 23.Re2 h6 24.b3 a6 25.a4 e5!

The ending is OK for black as the Bd2 has limited scope
26.Qe4?! f5! 27.Qe3 e4 28.g4 Ne7! 29.Be5 Nd5 30.Qg3

Rxe5!! 31.fxe5 f4! 32.Qe1 e3 33.c4 Qc7 34.Qh1 Nc3 35.Re1 Qd7 36.Qh2 Qd4 37.e6 Ne4 38.e7 Qd2+ 39.Kb1!? Nc3+ 40.Ka1 Qxh2
( 40...Qxh2 41.e8=Q+ Kh7 )

Shabalov, A (2608)    --    Krush, I (2464)
ch-USA  (9)   San Diego USA
2004.12.04     1-0     B54

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 a6 7.Be3 Nge7 8. Nb3 b5 9.Qd2 Ne5 10.Be2 N7c6 11.O-O-O Be7 12.f4 Nc4 13.Bxc4 bxc4 14.Nd4 Qc7 15.Kb1 O-O 16.g5 Bd7 17.Ka1 Rfb8 18.h4 Qb7 19.Rb1 Na7 20.g6!?

A standard means of forcing open files quickly
20...Nb5!? 21.gxf7+ Kxf7 22.f5 e5 23.Nde2 Bc6 24.Rhg1 Bxe4 25.Bg5 Bf8 26.f6 g6 27.Bh6 Nxc3 28.bxc3!? Qd5 29.Qe3 Rxb1+ 30.Kxb1 Rb8+ 31.Kc1 Qb7 32.Bxf8 Qb2+ 33.Kd2 Qxc2+ 34.Ke1 Rxf8 35.Qh6 Bf3 36.Qg7+ Ke6 37.Qe7+ Kf5 38.Nd4+!! exd4 39.Rg5+ Kf4 40.Qxd6+ Ke3 41.Qxd4#


Harikrishna, P (2612)    --    Olsson, L (2289)
XLIII WJun  (1)   Kochin IND
2004.11.20     1-0     D85

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.Nf3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.d4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 g6 7.e4 Bg7 8.Rb1 O-O 9.Be2 Bg4 10.O-O Nc6 11.d5 Na5 12.Qc2 b6 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 Re8 15.Be2 e5 16.Bb5 Rf8 17.f4 a6 18.Bd3 Nb7 19.f5 Nd6 20.Qf2 Bf6 21.Bh6 Bg7 22.Be3 Bf6 23.fxg6 fxg6 24.Qg3 Rb8 25.Qg4 c4 26.Bc2 Kg7 27.Rf3 Rb7 28.a4 b5 29.axb5 axb5 30.Ra1 Qc8 31.Qg3 Rbf7

32.Rxf6!! Rxf6 33.Qxe5 Kg8 34.Bd4 b4 35.cxb4 Nb5 36.Bc5 R8f7 37.Ba4 Nc7 38.Bc6 Kg7 39.Be7

Harikrishna, P (2612)    --    Smeets, J (2515)
XLIII WJun  (11)   Kochin IND
2004.11.27     1-0     D47

1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.d4 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8. Be2 Bb7 9.O-O Be7 10.a3 a5 11.Bd2 O-O 12.Qc2 Qb6 13.Rfc1 Rfc8 14.Qd1 Qd8 15.Qe1 Bd6 16.Ng5 h6 17.Nge4 Nxe4 18.Nxe4 Bxh2+ 19.Kxh2 Qh4+ 20.Kg1 Qxe4 21.Bxa5 Qg6 22.Bc3 c5 23.f3 cxd4 24.Bxd4 e5 25.Rxc8+ Rxc8 26.Bc3 e4 27.f4 Nc5 28.Qh4 Nd3 29.Qg4 Qxg4 30.Bxg4 +/- Ra8 31.Rd1 Bd5 32.Be2 Bb3 33.Rd2 Rd8 34.g4 f6 35.Bf1 Kf7 36.Bg2 Bd5 37.Kh2 h5 38.Ba5 Rd7 39.gxh5 g6 40.Bh3 Ra7 41.hxg6+ Kxg6 42.Rg2+ Kf7 43.Bc3 Be6 44.f5 Bd7 45.Rg6 Nf2 46.Rxf6+ Ke7 47.Rg6 Nxh3 48.Rg7+ Ke8 49.f6!! Nf2 50.f7+

( 50.f7+ Kf8 51.Bb4+ Kxg7 52.f8=Q+ +- )

Nyback, T (2554)    --    Anand, V (2781)
Keres Mem Rapid  (1)   Tallinn EST
2004.11.26     0-1     E34

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.e3 c5 7.Bd2 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 cxd4 9.Bxd4 Nc6 10.Bc3 O-O 11.Nf3 Rd8 12.Be2 Qe4 13.Rc1 Qxc2 14. Rxc2 Nd5 15.a3 f6 16.Bd2 e5 17.Bc4 Bf5 18.Rc1 Kh8 19.Ke2 Nb6 20.Bb5 Rd5!? 21.Bxc6 Bd3+ 22.Ke1 bxc6 23.b3

( 23.Rxc6 Nc4 gives black great compensation for pawn )
23...c5 24.Bc3 c4 25.Nd2 cxb3 26.Nxb3 Nc4 27.a4 Rad8 28.Bd2 Rb8 29.Rc3 h6 30.f3 Nxd2 31.Nxd2 Rb2 32.Rc1 Ba6 33.Rd1 Rd3


Grischuk, A (2704)    --    Tseshkovsky, V (2577)
57th ch-RUS  (4)   Moscow RUS
2004.11.18     1-0     B07

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.f3 e5 4.d5 Be7 5.Be3 O-O 6.c4 c6 7.Nc3 Na6 8.Bd3 cxd5 9.cxd5 Nh5 10.Nge2 Bh4+ 11.g3 Bg5 12.Bxg5 Qxg5 13.Qd2 Qd8 14.g4 Nf6 15.Ng3 Nd7 16.Be2 Ndc5 17.O-O Bd7 18.Kh1 Rc8 19.Rac1 g6 20.Qh6 f6 21.Rg1 Qe7 22.Qe3 Qd8 23.Kg2 Kh8 24.Kh1 Rf7 25.Rb1 Qb6 26.Rgc1 Qb4 27.Rd1 Rff8 28.h4 Qb6 29.h5 g5 30.Kg2 Nb4 31.Qd2 Rc7 32.h6 Na4 33.Nh5 Rcc8 34.Rdc1 Qd4 35.Rd1 Qb6 36.Ng7 Nc5 37.Rdc1 a5 38.Qd1 a4 39.Qd2 Qa5 40.Rd1 Qb6 41.Kg3 Rg8 42.Bc4 Qa5 43.Nf5 Bxf5 44.exf5 Qb6 45.Rdc1 Rgd8 46.b3 a3 47.Nb5 Nca6 48.Be2 Rc5 49.Nc3 Rxc3 50.Rxc3 Qd4 51.Qc1 Qf4+ 52.Kg2 Qxc1 53.Rbxc1 Nc5 54.Rc4 Nxd5 55.Kf2 b5 56.Rxc5 dxc5 57.Rd1


Kasparov, G (2813)    --    Dreev, A (2698)
57th ch-RUS  (6)   Moscow RUS
2004.11.21     1-0     D43

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.h4 g4 11.Ne5 h5 12.f3 Nbd7 13.fxg4 hxg4 14.O-O Nxe5 15. Bxe5

Nd7!? 16.Bxh8 Qxh4 17.Bxg4 Qxh8 18.e5 Nxe5 19.dxe5 Bc5+ 20.Rf2 Qxe5 21. Qe2 Qxe2 22.Bxe2 Rd8 23.Kf1 Bxf2 24.Kxf2 Ke7 25.Ke3 a6 26.Rd1 Rxd1 27.Bxd1 f5 28.g4 fxg4 29.Bxg4 Kd6 30.Ne4+ Kd5 31.Bf3 Bc8 32.Bh5 a5 33.Bf3 e5 34. Ng5+ Kc5 35.Ne4+ Kd5 36.a3 Ba6 37.Bh5 Bc8 38.Bf3 Ba6 39.Ng5+ Kc5 40.Be2 Bc8 41.Nf7 b4 42.Nxe5 Be6 43.a4 c3 44.Nd3+ Kb6 45.bxc3 Bb3 46.c4 Bxa4 47. Kd4 Bc2 48.c5+ Kc7 49.Bf3 Bb3 50.Be4 Ba4 51.Kc4 Bc2 52.Bf3 Ba4 53.Ne5 Kb7 54.Be4 Kc7 55.Nf3 Bd1 56.Nd4 Ba4 57.Bc2 Bxc2 58.Nxc2 Kd8 59.Nd4

Tseshkovsky, V (2577)    --    Kasparov, G (2813)
57th ch-RUS  (7)   Moscow RUS
2004.11.22     0-1     B84

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.O-O Be7 8. a4 Nc6 9.Be3 O-O 10.f4 Qc7 11.Kh1 Re8 12.Bg1 Bd7 13.Nb3 b6 14.Bf3 Rab8 15. Qe2 Nb4 16.e5 Nfd5 17.Nxd5 Nxd5 18.Be4 b5 19.Nd4 g6 20.f5

exf5!? 21.Bxd5 dxe5 22.Nxf5 Bxf5 23.Rxf5 gxf5 24.Qh5 Bf8 25.Qxf5 Bg7 26.Ra3 e4 27.Rh3 h6 28.Rg3 Qe5 29.Bxf7+ Kh8 30.Qg6 Rf8 31.axb5 axb5 32.Bd5 Rf1 33.c3 Rbf8 34. h3 Qf6 35.Bxe4 Qxg6 36.Rxg6 Re8 37.Bd3 Rd1 38.Rd6 Bf8 39.Bg6 Bxd6

Svidler, P (2735)    --    Korotylev, A (2596)
57th ch-RUS  (7)   Moscow RUS
2004.11.22     1-0     B63

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 Qb6 8.O-O-O Be7 9.Nb3 O-O 10.f3 Rd8 11.Nb5 Rd7 12.Qe1 a6 13.N5d4 Rd8 14.Be3 Qc7 15.Nxc6 Qxc6 16.g4 b5 17.Nd4 Qc7 18.Bd2 Nd7 19.Ba5 Nb6 20.h4 Bd7 21.g5 Rdc8 22.Kb1 Rab8 23.Bh3 Qb7 24.Bxb6 Qxb6 25.Qd2 Rc4 26.h5 Rbc8 27.f4 Qc7 28.Rh2 Rd8 29.Bf1 Rc5 30.Nb3 Rc6 31.Bd3 Bc8 32.Rg2 Bf8 33.g6 fxg6 34.hxg6 h6 35.Nd4 Rc5 36.c3 Qe7 37.Bc2 Kh8 38.Nf3 Rh5 39.Ne5 Re8 40.Nf7+ Kg8 41. Qe2 Qh4 42.Rf2 d5 43.a3 dxe4 44.Bxe4 Rc5 45.Qe3 Rc4 46.Rfd2 Bc5 47.Qf3 Be7 48.Ne5 Rc7 49.Rh1 Qf6 50.Ng4 Qf8

51.Nxh6+ gxh6 52.g7 Qxg7 53.Rg2 Bf6 54. Rxh6 Kf8 55.Rxg7 Bxg7 56.Rh1 Rd8 57.Qe3 Rd6 58.Rg1 Bd7 59.f5 Be8 60.f6 Bxf6 61.Qh6+ Ke7 62.Rg8

Grischuk, A (2704)    --    Bareev, E (2715)
57th ch-RUS  (9)   Moscow RUS
2004.11.25     1-0     B13

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 dxc4 7.Bxc4 Qxd4 8.Qxd4 Nxd4 9.O-O-O e5 10.f4 Bg4 11.Nf3 Nxf3 12.gxf3 Bxf3 13.fxe5

Bxh1 14.exf6 Rc8 15.Re1+ Kd7 16.Rd1+ Bd6 17.Be2 gxf6 18.Bxf6 Bg2 19.Be5 Ke6 20.Bxd6 Rhd8 21.Bg3 Rxd1+ 22.Kxd1 a6 23.Kd2 Kf5 24.Bd3+ Kg4 25.Nd1 Kg5 26.Bxh7 Rf8 27.Bd3 f5 28.h4+ Kh5 29.Be2+ Kg6 30.Bf4 Be4 31.Nc3 Bc6 32.a3 Re8 33.h5+ Kf6 34.h6 Kg6 35.Bd3 Re7 36.Bc2 Bf3 37.Bd3 Re8 38.Bc4 Bc6 39. Be2 Re7 40.Bd3 Re8 41.a4 Rd8 42.Ke3 Re8+ 43.Kd2 Rd8 44.Ke3 Re8+ 45.Kf2 Rd8 46.Bc2 Re8 47.Be3 Re7 48.Ne2 Be4 49.Bb3 Re8 50.Nd4 Kh7 51.Bf4 Rc8 52.Nf3 Bb1 53.Ne5 Rd8 54.Bf7 Rd6 55.Be8

Paragua, M (2534)    --    Smerdon, D (2425)
XLIII WJun  (7)   Kochin IND
2004.11.23     0-1     B01

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4 4.f3 Bf5 5.Bb5+ Nbd7 6.c4 e6 7.dxe6 Bxe6 8.Nc3 Bb4 9.d5 Bf5 10.Ne2 O-O 11.O-O Ne5 12.Ng3 Bd3 13.f4

Nfg4!! 14.Nce4 Qh4 15.h3 Bc5+ 16.Nxc5 Qxg3 17.hxg4 Bxf1 18.Qxf1 Nxg4 19.Qf3 Qe1+ 20.Qf1 Qg3 21.Qf3 Qe1+ 22.Qf1 Qh4 23.Qf3 c6 24.g3 Qh2+ 25.Kf1 Rae8 26.Ne6 cxb5 27.Qxg4 fxe6 28.d6 bxc4 29.Be3 Qh1+ 30.Bg1 e5 31.d7 Rd8 32.Re1 exf4 33. gxf4 h5


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Where: Mt Buller, Victoria
General enquires: George Howard 0414 841575;

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The latest news is that two Italian IMs will provide free coaching during the Junior for all players staying at the chalet. The money for this $5000 is coming from the tournament budget (in the $10,000 from Lidums) in what is a complex arrangement of funding.

Olympiad Appeal - donations needed

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.


In May and June of 1945 I was in Brisbane (because of an error by the US Army) and purchased one or more copies of Check, the Australian Chess Magazine. They disappeared somewhere between Brisbane, the Philippines, and Japan.

One edition contained an article Traps in the Vienna.

Have you any suggestions as to how I could get that article?

Thank you,
Joseph M. Clifford
30907 Rue de la Pierre
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-5310


Hi Paul/Denis,
At this time, Norm Greenwood has only been nominated for the Koshnitsky Medal by the ACTCA (and perhaps other associations), but it is premature to announce him as the 2004 winner. (which we did in the last newletter -Ed)

Best regards, Roger McCart.


Dear Chessplayers
5 players my OTB club (TabySchackklubb outside Stockholm) wish to play an friendly match by email vs an OTB club elsewhere in Australia. The 5 Taby-players are listad on the national ELO list as follows: 1 player 2000, 1 player 1600, 2 players 1500 and 1 player 1300. 1 or 2 games by each players and the ICCF email rules shall apply. Start date 15. January 2005 I have accepted to be my clubs team captain. Please let me know if you can offer us 5 opponents from one Australian OTB clubs.
Amici Sumus
Best regards
Roald Berthelsen
tel: +46 8 758 41 75
mobile: +46 704 47 31 63


Dear sir,
While I in no way support drug testing in chess, seeing it as a waste of money, I am surprised at the narrow level of debate.
FIDE democratically decided to seek recognition of chess by the IOC. There was the opportunity to vote against he proposal and few federations took the opportunity to do so.
There are two reasons for trying to diminish doping in sports.
1. Because they may be performance enhancing, for which here is no evidence in chess.
2. Because they may have an adverse affect on people's health, for which there is an abundance of evidence.
The IOC, in common with nearly all governments in the world, have laws of various types trying to discourage people from taking certain drugs which are regarded as detrimental to health. That is the justification, right or wrong, for dope testing in chess.
Stewart Reuben


I believe in the previous issue of the ACF newsletter that an arbiter wrote that writing the move down first was not being outlawed. This is quite wrong. Since I regard it as the biggest change in The Laws of Chess for the past 20 years, it deserves repeating anyway. The text is:

8.1 In the course of play each player is required to record his own moves and those of his opponent in the correct manner, move after move, as clearly and legibly as possible, in the algebraic notation (Appendix E), on the ‘scoresheet’ prescribed for the competition. It is forbidden to write the moves in advance.

A player may reply to his opponent's move before recording it, if he so wishes. He must record his previous move before making another. Both players must record the offer of a draw on the scoresheet. (Appendix E.12)

If a player is unable to keep score, an assistant, who is acceptable to the arbiter, may be provided by the player to write the moves. His clock shall be adjusted by the arbiter in an equitable way.

This will come into effect 1 July 2005. I opposed it as major changes are only supposed to happen every 12 years. However it is clearly correct not to allow people to make notes and has been wrong since FIDE ruled on the issue in 1970. All other changes are purely cosmetic.

Stewart Reuben


Last week, ACF presidential candidate David Cordover made his pitch for the position. This week, rival candidate Denis Jessop has his turn: Dear Chess Colleagues

As the other candidate for election as ACF President, I thought it appropriate to let you know who I am and what my thoughts are on the role of the ACF President now that the matter has been thrown into the public arena.

I have extensive experience in chess administration going back to the 1960s when I was a club delegate to the Victorian Chess Association (as it then was) and later the VCA Secretary. After I returned to Canberra in 1968 I became active in the ACT Chess Association as a club delegate, Secretary and President before taking an extended break from chess from 1983 to 1996. I was however involved in the incorporation of the ACF in 1987 and have been the ACF Public Officer since then. For about the last 7 years I have been ACTCA delegate to the ACF Council and recently also the convenor of the ACF Constitutional Subcommittee. I retired from work in 1996. My profession is a lawyer (now retired) with considerable experience in Constitutional and Administrative law as an officer of the Commonwealth Attorney-General¹s Department.

Turning now to my thoughts on the role of the ACF President, it is important first to consider the role of the ACF in Australian chess.

The ACF is, as its name suggests, a federation of affiliated State and Territory chess associations. Over the years there have been attempts to alter this concept by measures such as the introduction of an individual membership scheme and replacement of its governing body, the Council, which comprises the Executive and affiliated Association delegates, by an elected Commission not directly representing the States and Territories. But, whatever their merits, none of these moves has been successful and the ACF remains effectively a federation of States and Territories.

The constitutional objects of the ACF are set out in cl. 2 of its Constitution which is on the ACF website. Importantly, they must be read in the light of the nature of the ACF as a federation. In other words, I see the principal role of the ACF as involvement in Australia-wide matters such as liaison with FIDE, selection of Australian representatives for international events, responsibility for national events such as Australian championships and the Grand Prix, national matters such as ratings and broader aspects of chess development including, where appropriate a co-ordinating role to assist the States as required.

As President my main aim would be to oversee the development of the ACF and with it Australian chess in co-operation with the affiliated State Associations on those matters of concern to them. Extravagant measures aside, the ACF really runs pretty well at present and much that needs to be done is of the nature of fine tuning which often requires tact and understanding in its execution.

There is no question that club development and participation by adults, especially in the 20 - 50 age groups is an issue for Australian chess. But clubs are affiliates of their State Associations and the ACF has no right to intrude in that area unless the States ask it to do so. That is not to say that the ACF could not look at, and suggest solutions for, the problem but that is about as far as it could go. I have, as ACTCA President, been concerned about this issue for some time and have also concluded that, if there is a solution, it is not one that is readily apparent ad it certainly has nothing to do with money.

I see that David would propose as President simply to be an ideas man and not to "do" much at all. But under cl.8 of the ACF¹s Constitution, the President is the chief executive officer of the ACF and his duties include ensuring that the activities of the ACF are in accordance with the Constitution and By-laws and that the office bearers carry out their duties. So the President has obligations to the ACF far greater than simply to produce ideas. In short, the buck stops with him and he must assume final responsibility for the administration of the ACF.

I see also that David proposes an informal re-structure of the ACF. I wonder if he knows that many of the steps he proposes are already in place. There are already ratings officers one of whom is the NSW State delegate; the By-laws provide for an Events Co-ordinator though an appointment is yet to be made (I would make such an appointment); the website and the ACF newsletter are the responsibility of a Vice President; the Selections Co-ordinator is also the Tasmanian delegate; and as well junior chess co-ordination is the responsibility of the other Vice President and a Junior Chess Subcommittee has recently been established. Incidentally, David¹s remark that junior chess is " going fine" may be so for some State jurisdictions but is not so seen at the ACF level, hence the formation of the Subcommittee.

I am not an ideas man to the extent that David is - I want to keep my ideas realistic. The idea that somehow the ACF could raise $200,000 in 2 years, half for development and half for a GM is fanciful. Worse, I see real questions of justice and equity in offering someone $100,000 if he or she becomes a GM. What if more than one person does so within a short period? Surely, if we were ever to raise $100.000 for such a purpose the money could be more effectively and more equitably applied.

Finally, David regards his having a vested interest by reason of his business interests as a plus for his candidature. With the greatest respect, this observation shows how little he recognises the duties and responsibilities that go with the Presidency. The fact of David¹s having the business interests he has would legally almost certainly give rise to an irreconcilable conflict of interest on many occasions. It is no advantage at all - quite the opposite. Indeed I find it difficult to see how he could hold the position of President and at the same time maintain his business interests.

- Denis Jessop

Upcoming Tournaments:

2005 Oceania Zonal: Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2005; Auckland, NZ, Details. - Paul Spiller, Zonal organiser
Caulfield Chess Club Christmas Swiss: December 17-19 December; Caulfield Senior Citizens' Centre; 8-10 Cedar St, Caulfield South. (Melway 68 A4) . Melbourne; $50/$40/$25; Phone 9576-8177
Laurieton 5th annual Christmas Chess and Mid North Coast Blitz Championship: December 12; Laurieton Services Club; December 12; $10/$5. Endel 6559 9060 Tania - 6559 4750
Melbourne Chess Club Xmas Swiss: December 18-19 from 11am; $50/$40/$30

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:

Fairfield Summer Cup NSW; 3; December 11-12; Fairfield; Shane Burgess 9681-2206; Minh Van Le 0418 497 104

Best wishes till next time
- Paul Broekhuyse
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02 4382 4525
0408 824525


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