Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 297, December 15, 2004

In this issue:
Australian Open entries
Indian stars in Australian Junior
Players' Meeting
A big serve for the Juniors
Aust Schools Teams Champs Asian Youth
Fairfield Summer Cup
University of Queensland Club Championships
A website tool for chess tournament coverage
Victoria: Western District Interschool Champs
NSW Country Teams
Berger Cup

World News:
Upcoming Tournaments
Grand Prix 2004

Mt Buller - Lidums Australian Open entries: Due to website and other associated problems, the Mt Buller Chess Tournaments organising team have decided to change the final closing date for the Lidums Australian Open to the 22nd December 2004. Online entries close on this date. Postal entries mailed before the 22nd December but arriving after the 22nd will still be accepted, however it is not advisable to wait till the 22nd December to send your postal entry in for the Lidums Australian Open. Mt Buller Minor Tournament entries also close on this date. The early entry date for all Hospitality Textiles Australian Junior Championship events finish on the 15th December. Final closing date for all Hospitality Textiles Australian Junior Championship events close 2nd January 2005.

The Australian Open Championship will be held from 28th Dec 2004-9th Jan 2005. The Australian Junior Championships is on from 11th Jan 2005-21st Jan 2005. Cheers,
Garvin Gray
Mt Buller Chess Tournaments Organiser

Indian stars in Australian Junior: Organisers say two very strong Indian juniors will be playing in the Australian Junior in Mt Buller. One, aged 12, was the U/7 champion of India, won the British U11 title five times, and was US K-12 Quick Chess Champion. The other is aged 14, rated 2135, and was the Middle East U16 and North American and Caribbean Junior co-champion. The Indian players cannot win the Australian Junior title, but they can win the prize money,

Players' Meeting: The Players Meeting is scheduled to be held on January 1 in Mt Buller at 10am. It is open to all persons nominated by State Associations plus Life Members of the ACF.

Motions passed at the Players Meeting shall be advisory and shall not be binding on the Federation or Council, however the Council must discuss each motion and state whether it proposes any action. The quorum for a Players' Meeting is fifteen.

Players wishing to attend the Players Meeting in Mt Buller, should contact their State Association to be nominated.

A big serve for the Australian Juniors: Jenni Oliver writes: I am looking at getting some tennis going in the evenings, particularly for the under 18s to give them some fun and exercise after their games!

I have booked an outdoors tennis court for 2 hours on the evenings of the 10th, 11th and 12th. They are also going to hold that booking for me for every evening until the 20th and if it is successful, I will make a formal booking for the rest of the tournament. The times I have booked it for is 6:30 to 8:30. I will open up and close up and kids can just drop in as they feel like. If we do end up doing it every night, I might ask some other parents/coaches to help out with running one of the evenings.

I will collect $1 per child who wants to use it and I thought we could get some socialising going. (If I make a profit, I'll spend it on some lollies for the kids, although I am planning to buy some tennis balls as well). Please bring racquets, as they are expensive to hire.

I thought we could get some singles and doubles going, as well as just general mucking around games.

The tennis courts are about 2 minutes walk from the ABOM and its all flat.

Australian Schools Teams Championships: In spite of tiny hiccups with sandwiches it was a fabulous weekend. Mt Buller is exceptionally beautiful and the views from various windows in the ABOM were fantastic. Many thank-yous are needed:

  • Mercure Grand Chalet - staff were always helpful and polite and did everything they could to make the weekend a success. They used a 2 way radio to radio sandwich mistakes to the kitchen and get them fixed as soon as possible. All sandwiches were in packets labelled with the fillings and the name of the person, so a huge amount of labour. Afternoon teas were excellent and the BBQ on the Saturday night a great social occasion, as well as good food. There was a fair bit of extra sponsorship from the Mercure for the food.
  • The hotel itself is very attractive and the breakfast was excellent. I really would recommend it to anyone who is attending the Open or juniors and for whom absolute $ is not an issue.
  • Charles Zworestine - this is the second tournament Charles and I have worked on together and he is great to work with. Never loses his sense of humour and is always nice to the kids.
  • George Howard - for being prepared to give me a free hand with the Schools and the money to enable me to do the things I wanted.
  • Garvin Gray - always eager to help and make everything successful. Did a great job with the DGT boards.
  • Gary Bekker - for coming to mt Buller to help Garvin sets up the electronic boards.
  • Gary Wastell - for all the help in getting the lovely wall charts produced.
  • Sonia Song - all the help with ordering sandwiches on the Saturday
  • Michael Smith - technical assistance when Charles and I were losing the fight with a glue stick thing. Also for providing balls and bats for the Saturday night (sent up by Libby)
  • David Cordover - writing out the pairing info for me.
  • Daniella Nutu-Gajic - writing scores up for the first round
  • Caroline Norfor, Marge Lip and Rowena Morris - plenty of moral support.
  • Cathy Rogers and many others from NSW who helped pack up the clocks and chess sets.

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

- Jenni Oliver

R.Yu    --    S.Chow
Australian Schools Teams Championships   Mt Buller
????     0-1

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.O-O O-O 6.c4 c6 7.cxd5 cxd5 8. Nc3 Ne4 9.Bf4 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Nc6 11.Re1 b6 12.Rc1 Na5 13.Be5 Bh6 14.Bf4 Bxf4 15.gxf4 Ba6 16.Ne5 e6 17.e3 Rc8 18.Qg4 Nc4 19.Nf3 Nd6 20.Ng5 Kg7 21.h4 h6 22.Nh3 h5 23.Qd1 Nf5 24.Ng5 Nxh4 25.Qa4 Bc4 26.Qxa7 Qc7 27.Qxc7 Rxc7 28. Rc2 Nxg2 29.Kxg2 Ra8 30.Nf3 Bd3 31.Rb2 Rxc3 32.Ne5 Be4+ 33.Kg3 Rc2 34.Rxb6 h4+ 35.Kh3 Rxf2 36.Rb7 Bf5+ 37.Kxh4 Rh8+ 38.Kg3 Rfh2 39.Rxf7+ Kg8 40.Rxf5 gxf5 0-1

Asian Youth: Ten Australians are among the 329 players from 23 countries competing in the Asian Youth Championships in Singapore. The Australians playing are:
Open under 14 - Justin Huang, Sherab Guo-Yuthok, Ben Lazarus
Open Under 12 - Edwin Wu, William Xu
Open Under 10 - Raymond Song
Open Under 8 - Sebastian Soltysik
Girls Under 12 - Angela Song Adelaide Soltysik
Girls Under 10 - Emma Guo
Raymond Song in 5th seed in the under 10 open. and his sister Angela is 6th seed in the Girls Under 12. Team manager for this event has been Bonnie Wu.
Full details at the event website

Aussie scores after 6 rounds:

Justin Huang 3.0
Sherab Guo Yuthok 3.5
Ben Lazarus 3.0
Edwin Wu 3.5
William Xu 2.5
Raymond Song 4.5
Sebastian Soltysik 2.0
Angela Song 5.5
Adelaide Soltysik 3.0
Emma Guo 2.5

Fairfield Summer Cup:

1  Ayvazyan, Armen       NSW       2152 6.5   19:W 18:W 13:W  2:D 12:W  8:W  4:W
2  Bjelobrk, Igor        VIC       2392 6.5   40:W 44:W 11:W  1:D 27:W  4:W  7:W
3  Wei, Michael          ACT       2043 5.5   55:L 14:D 45:W 19:W 21:W 27:W 11:W
4  Grcic, Milan          ACT       1841 5     48:W 24:W 12:W 33:W  6:W  2:L  1:L
5  Scott, Ronald         NSW       2264 5     21:W  9:W 16:W  6:L 20:W  7:L 18:W
6  Cabilin, Jeff         NSW       1930 5     30:W 22:W 38:W  5:W  4:L 11:D 12:D
7  Cronan, James         NSW       1856 5     25:W 33:D 15:D 39:W  9:W  5:W  2:L
8  Agulto, Edgardo       NSW       2126 5     17:W 35:W 27:- 22:W 15:W  1:L 23:W
9  Kordahi, Nicholas     NSW       1741 5     43:W  5:L 37:W 17:W  7:L 34:W 21:W
10 Har, James            NSW       1579 5     41:W 13:L 36:W 16:L 44:W 20:W 15:W
11 Mendes da Costa, Alex NSW       1877 4.5   26:W 20:W  2:L 24:W 16:W  6:D  3:L
12 Rej, Tomek            NSW       2225 4.5   37:W 56:W  4:L 35:W  1:L 22:W  6:D
13 Bajrami, Samir        NSW       1768 4.5   29:W 10:W  1:L  0:D 34:D 14:D 28:W
14 Villanueva, Anthony   NSW       1599 4.5   53:D  3:D 29:W 15:L 38:W 13:D 27:W
15 Huynh, Arthur         NSW       1791 4     23:W 34:D  7:D 14:W  8:L 24:W 10:L
16 Illingworth, Max      NSW       1839 4     36:W 39:W  5:L 10:W 11:L 23:D 17:D
17 Hoole, Jeyaranjan     ACT       1524 4      8:L 42:W 18:W  9:L 28:D 33:W 16:D
18 Ali, Mosaddeque       ACT       1734 4     32:W  1:L 17:L 29:W 40:W 39:W  5:L
19 Boyce, Jamie          NSW       1547 4      1:L 32:W 56:D  3:L 57:+ 25:D 35:W
20 Reid, Vaness          NSW       1671 4     47:W 11:L 30:W 38:W  5:L 10:L 37:W
21 Evans, David A        NSW       1564 4      5:L 43:W 41:W 44:W  3:L 35:W  9:L
22 Harris, Rebecca       NSW       1612 4     49:W  6:L 26:W  8:L 51:W 12:L 43:W
23 Parravicini, Matthew  NSW       1469 4     15:L 28:W 40:D 56:W 33:W 16:D  8:L
24 Escribano, Jose       NSW       1611 4     52:W  4:L 25:W 11:L 42:W 15:L 36:W
25 Tubic, Luka           NSW       1505 4      7:L 54:W 24:L 31:D 46:W 19:D 34:W
26 Sewell, Rob           NSW       1511 4     11:L 52:W 22:L 41:W 35:L 42:W 39:W
27 Descallar, Levi       NSW       1757 3.5   45:W 55:W  8:+  0:D  2:L  3:L 14:L
28 Pickering, Anthony    NSW       1657 3.5   38:L 23:L 47:W 32:W 17:D 30:W 13:L
29 Lam, David            NSW       1442 3.5   13:L 46:W 14:L 18:L 50:W 45:D 44:W
30 Greenwood, Norman     NSW       1518 3.5    6:L 49:W 20:L 36:D 31:W 28:L 45:W
31 Radisav, Ivanovic     NSW       1413 3.5   44:L 37:L 50:W 25:D 30:L 47:W 46:W
32 Baba, John            NSW       1386 3.5   18:L 19:L 54:W 28:L 48:W 51:W 33:D
33 Keuning, Anthony V    NSW       1600 3     54:W  7:D 57:W  4:L 23:L 17:L 32:D
34 Harris, Benjamin      NSW       1588 3     58:W 15:D 44:L 57:W 13:D  9:L 25:L
35 Rachmadi, Herman      NSW       1665 3     51:W  8:L 55:W 12:L 26:W 21:L 19:L
36 Kresinger, Frank      NSW       1489 3     16:L 50:+ 10:L 30:D 56:+ 44:D 24:L
37 Smit, George          NSW       1555 3     12:L 31:W  9:L 51:D 45:D 49:W 20:L
38 Nguyen, Andrew        NSW       1239 3     28:W 53:W  6:L 20:L 14:L 46:L 50:W
39 Katnic, Eddy          NSW       1591 3     50:W 16:L 48:W  7:L 49:W 18:L 26:L
40 Olesen, Esper         NSW       1569 3      2:L 45:D 23:D 48:W 18:L 43:L 49:W
41 Wong, Yan             NSW            3     10:L  0:W 21:L 26:L 52:L 48:W 51:W
42 Parker, Trent         NSW       1367 3     56:L 17:L 58:+ 55:W 24:L 26:L 52:W
43 Baldwin, A(Tony) C    NSW       1413 3      9:L 21:L 49:L 54:W 55:W 40:W 22:L
44 Savelieff, Geoffrey   NSW       1737 2.5   31:W  2:L 34:W 21:L 10:L 36:D 29:L
45 Deacon, Graeme        NSW       1434 2.5   27:L 40:D  3:L 52:W 37:D 29:D 30:L
46 Trzin, Gojko          NSW       1616 2.5   57:L 29:L 52:D 53:W 25:L 38:W 31:L
47 Sweeney, Matthew      NSW       1324 2.5   20:L 51:D 28:L 49:L 53:W 31:L 55:W
48 Burgess, Shane        NSW       1494 2      4:L 58:W 39:L 40:L 32:L 41:L  0:W
49 Talisayan, Samuel     NSW       1179 2     22:L 30:L 43:W 47:W 39:L 37:L 40:L
50 Palackovic, Slobodan  NSW            2     39:L 36:- 31:L  0:W 29:L 54:W 38:L
51 Art, Carl             NSW       1521 2     35:L 47:D 53:W 37:D 22:L 32:L 41:L
52 Frerer, Samantha      NSW       941  2     24:L 26:L 46:D 45:L 41:W 55:D 42:L
53 Lu, Johnson           NSW            2     14:D 38:L 51:L 46:L 47:L  0:W 54:D
54 Gray, Daniel          NSW       326  1.5   33:L 25:L 32:L 43:L  0:W 50:L 53:D
55 Losh, Gary            NSW       1524 1.5    3:W 27:L 35:L 42:L 43:L 52:D 47:L
56 Urdanegui, Bruce      NSW       1725 1.5   42:W 12:L 19:D 23:L 36:-  0:   0: 
57 Soth, Socheat         NSW       1189 1.5   46:W  0:D 33:L 34:L 19:-  0:   0: 
58 Shah, Vihang          NSW            0     34:L 48:L 42:-  0:   0:   0:   0

Mendes da Costa, Alex    --    Wei, Michael
Fairfield Summer Cup   Fairfield
????     0-1     B33h

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Nd5 Nxd5 8.exd5 Nb8 9.c4 a6 10.Nc3 Be7 11.Be2 O-O 12.O-O f5 13.f4 Bf6 14.Qc2 Nd7 15.Kh1 exf4 16.Bxf4 Ne5 17.Rae1 Bd7 18.a4 Rc8 19.b3 g6 20.Bc1 Nf7 21.Bd3 Be5 22.Ne2 b5 23.axb5 axb5 24.Nf4 bxc4 25.Bxc4 Bxf4 26.Bxf4 g5 27.Bc1 Ne5 28.Ba3 Qf6 29.Qe2 Rce8 30.Qf2 Qh6 31.Qb6 Rf6 32.Be2 f4 33.Bb5 Bxb5 34.Qxb5 Ra8 35.Bc5 Ng4 36.Bg1 Raf8 37.Re8 Ne5 38.Rxf8+ Rxf8 39.Bd4 Ng4 40.Bg1 Ne3 41.Re1 g4 42.Bxe3 fxe3 43.Qe2 Qf4 44.Qxe3 Qxe3 0-1

Cronan, James (1856)    --    Bjelobrk, Igor (2392)
Fairfield Summer Cup   Fairfield
????     0-1     E61q

1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bf4 O-O 6.h3 Nc6 7.e3 Nd7 8. Be2 e5 9.Bh2 f5 10.O-O Kh8 11.Rc1 g5 12.d5 Ncb8 13.Ne1 f4 14.Ne4 Na6 15. Bg4 Nac5 16.Nxc5 Nxc5 17.Bxc8 Qxc8 18.Qh5 Qf5 19.b4 fxe3 20.Qe2 exf2+ 21. Rxf2 Qxf2+ 22.Qxf2 Rxf2 23.Kxf2 Ne4+ 24.Ke3 Nf6 25.Rc2 a5 26.b5 g4 27.Nd3 Bh6+ 28.Kf2 b6 29.Re2 Rf8 30.Ke1 gxh3 31.gxh3 Nh5

32.Nxe5 dxe5 33.Bxe5+ Bg7 34.Bxc7 Bd4 35.Re6 Rf6 36.Re8+
( 36.Rc6 )
36...Kg7 37.d6 Rf7 38.Rb8 Bc5 39.Rxb6 Bxb6 40.Bxb6 Kf6 41.Bc7
( 41.c5 )
41...Nf4 42.Kd2 Ne6 43.Bxa5 Ke5 44.Kc3 Kxd6 45.Kb4 Rf1 46.Bb6 Rb1+ 47.Ka5 Ra1 48.a4 Nc5 0-1

University of Queensland Club Championships: Nine people participated in the final tournament, so one person per round (Ed, Brendan, Dan and Robert) each received 1 point for a bye. At long last, there was an upset! Seeded seventh, I defeated third seed Brendan in round 1 thanks to my united advanced passed pawns.

Sean and Dion proved unstoppable, beating everyone else they played. Sean beat Dion head-to-head for yet another tournament victory. Stuart and Dion both finished on 3 points, Dion winning a five-minute playoff to take second prize.

There was one draw last night, between Dan and Ed in the final round. In another unlikely twist, Brendan picked up the wooden spoon, as he lost all three games he played.

So, what does all this mean for the final results for this year?

Dion Sampson 1 6 2 24
Sean Karita 4 1 1 24
Brendan G 2 3 1 20
Alex Toolsie 2-- 10
Stuart 1 - 4 9
Stephen C 1 - 1 6
Jon Humphrey 1 - - 5
Pablo - 1 1 4
Ben - 1- 3
Nathan Anderson - - 1 1
Nik Moore - - 1

Itís a tie! Dion and Sean share the $20 cheque - once QUGS gets a new cheque-book. Sean has had an outstanding year, winning every tournament game played, except for two losses (to Dion and Brendan) and two draws (with Pablo and Garvin). Dion has placed in 9 out of the 12 tournaments. Brendan, the youngest entrant, also has an excellent record. Some of the others on the list may have ended up close to the frontrunners, if they had played in more tournaments.

Of the Group 2 players (people who arenít in this list, plus me), James has been the most consistent. He has beaten all the other group 2 players every time, except for one or two draws. He enjoyed several near-upsets, including a draw against Stuart earlier in the year. I also came close to an upset a few times, before finally managing one. This should be an encouragement for other group 2 players. Next year, there may be a prize for the best group 2 player.

- Report by Nik Moore

A website tool for chess tournament coverage: Jonathon Paxman ( jpaxman AT eng DOT uts DOT edu DOT au ) has been working on a tool for generating web sites for chess tournament coverage. The tool imports data from Swiss Perfect (via SPDE files), and automatically generates a website with player lists, standings, pairings, results and cross table. The details are at: including sample pages built from the 2004 ACT Open and Victorian Masters SP files.

Jonathon says he would like feedback from users:

- Do you think this is a useful tool?
- Would you use it?
- What features would you like to see?
- Is there anything else that does something similar to this?

"At this stage I'm beta testing. If anyone would like a copy to test, please get in touch with me," Jonathon says. "All I want in return is:
- keep me up to date with any web pages you have built using the tool.
- send me a report on any bugs you find.
- let me know what features you would like to see in the next version.

Victoria: Western District Interschool Championships: Held at Essendon North Primary School, Victoria, on Friday 10th December.

1. Williamstown Primary School - "The Brainy Acts from Hell" - Liam McConkey, Sam Jeffries, Michael Dallas, Tim Hammond.
2. Seaholme Primary School - "Fangs" - Tim Pratt, Jake Scott, Hayden Chircop, Harley Pitts.
3. Essendon North Primary School - Dean Williams, Gus McRae-Johns, Kavindu Kumaragama, William Sim.
4. Williamstown Primary School - "Team II" - Lachlan Gell, Ben Farugia, Sammy Ball, Aran Holland.
5. Lara Lake Primary School - "The Lakers" - Ryan Thomas, Thomas Oakes, Jack Scott, Mitchell White.
6. Seaholme Primary School - "Rookies" - Caleb Camilleri, Liam Ryan, Harley Smith, Ayden Ham.
7. Bacchus Marsh Primary School - "Bacchus Marshians" - Jake Glisson, Mitchell Gee, James Williamson, Tyson Brogden.
8. Werribee Primary School - "WPS Chess Masters" - Ryan May, Zac McMillan, Tim Grant, Spencer Beasley.

- Michael Worsley

Mingara Chess Club (John Nutter, Mal Murrell and Dennis Ward) won the NSW Country Teams (12 clubs) championship last week at Gosford.

Leading final scores in the Berger Cup at Hakoah Club, Bondi, NSW (23 players, 9 rounds) A. Alexiadis 7.5, Dr V. Zeldovich 7, J.Bolens, A.Keuning, M.Pevzner 6.

World News:

Nakamura US Champion: Hikaru Nakamura, aged just 16, beat 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

Nakamura beats Karjakin: New US Champion Hikaru Nakamura has extended his lead to 3.5-1.5 with another win in game 5 over Ukrainian prodigy Sergey Karjakin. Nakamura, who has just turned 17, beat Karjakin, 15, in the first two games of their match in Mexico, but Karjakin won game 3. Game four was drawn. Site | View games

Karpov wins Grand Prix d'Echecs d'Aix en Provence: Karpov won this tournament, which featured a series of mini-matches: Kosteniuk 0-2 Kazgaleyev, Lautier 2-0 Gouliev, Karpov 1.5-0.5 Flear, Istratescu 2-0 Stefanova, Istratescu 1.5-0.5 Lautier, Karpov 1.5-0.5 Kazgaleyev. 3-4th playoff: Kazhgaleyev 3-2 Lautier; Final Karpov 1.5-0.5 Istratescu Site | View games

Four-way tie in Ashdod Chess Festival - Invitational: Final scores after 5 rounds: Smirin, Avrukh, Rozentalis, Gelfand 3.0; Kaidanov, Sutovsky 1.5. Site | View games

Ashdod Open: Leading scores after 8 rounds: Gofshtein, Roiz, Najer 6.5; Mikhalevski 6.0; Erenburg, Mikhalevski, Postny, Psakhis, Huzman, Mittelman, Lerner, Tseitlin, Zak, Eljanov, Tyomkin 5.5. Site | View games

Romanishin wins Salona: Final scores after 9 rounds: Romanishin 6.0; Kurajica 5.5; B.Kovacevic and Cvorovic 5.0; A.Jankovic and Brkic 4.5; Dizdarevuic and Saric 4.0; Godena 3.5; Ljubicic 3.0. Site | View games

Greek Championship: Final scores, 9 rounds: Nikolaidis, Halkias and Banikas 6.0; Kotronias 5.5; Skembris and Moutousis 4.5; D.Mastrovasilis 4.0; Kapnisis 3.5; A.Mastrovasilis 3.0; Tsanas 2.0 Site | View games

Dubai dumped: FIDE has abandoned plans to hold the Kasparov-Kasimdzhanov match in Dubai, and now plans to hold the match in Turkey. FIDE press release


Nakamura, H (2620)    --    Karjakin, Sergey (2576)
Match  (1)   Cuernavaca MEX
2004.12.09     1-0     C45

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 O-O!? 9.O-O cxd5 10.Bg5 c6 11.Na4 h6 12.Bh4 Re8 13.c4 Bd6 14.Rc1 Rb8 15.b3 Be6 16.cxd5 Bxd5 17.Bc4 Bf4 18.Rc3 Be5 19.Rc2 Qd6 20.Bxf6 Bxf6 21.Bxd5 cxd5 22.Nc5

White has the better ending
22...Be5 23.g3 Rbc8 24.Nd3 Bc3 25.Nf4 d4 26.Qd3 Ba5 27.Rc4! Rxc4 28.bxc4! Qe5 29.Rb1 Bc3 30.Rb7! Re7 31.Rb5 Qd6 32.Nd5 Re6 33.Rb7 Re8 34. Qf3 Rf8 35.Rxa7 Bb4 36.Qf5 Bc5 37.Rc7 Ba3

38.c5!! Bxc5 39.Rxc5!! g6 40. Nf6+ Kg7 41.Ne4!

Sperdokli, E    --    Makka, E
Greek Championship 2004  (5)   Athens
2004     1-0

1.e4 e6 2.b3 d5 3.Bb2 dxe4 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Qe2 Bb4 6.O-O-O Qe7 7.Kb1 Bxc3 8.dxc3 e5 9.h3 h5 10.Qe3 Bf5 11.Ne2 Nbd7 12.c4 a6 13.Nc3 h4 14.Be2 O-O-O 15.Na4 g6 16.Qa7 Rhe8 17.c5 Nb8 18.Rxd8+ Rxd8

19.Bxa6!! Nxa6 20.c6! Qb4 21.Nc5! bxc6 22.Qxa6+ Kb8 23.Qxc6 Qb6 24.Qxb6+ cxb6 25.Bxe5+ Ka7 26. Bxf6 Rd6 27.Be7! +- Rd2 28.Na4 Rxf2 29.Bxh4 Rxg2 30.Bd8 b5 31.Nc3 Ka6 32. Nd1 Rg3 33.h4 e3 34.Re1 Rf3 35.Nxe3 Be4 36.Ng4 Bf5 37.Ne5 Rf2 38.Nd3 Rh2 39.Bg5 Rh3 40.Re3 Rh2 41.Nb4+ Kb7 42.Re7+ Kc8 43.Rxf7 Rf2 44.Ra7 Kb8 45. Ra6 Kb7 46.Rd6 Kc7 47.Rd5 Bd7 48.Na6+ Kc6 49.Nb4+ Kc7 50.Rd2 Rf1+ 51.Kb2 Re1 52.Na6+ Kc8 53.Nc5 Bf5 54.Kc3 Ra1 55.Kb4 Rxa2 56.Kxb5 Ra7 57.Rd8+

Halkias S    --    Tsanas A
Greek Championships 2004  (5)   Athens
2004     1-0

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bh4 g5 4.f3 gxh4 5.fxe4 c5 6.e3 Bh6 7.Na3 Bxe3 8.d5 d6 9.Qh5 Nd7 10.Nc4 Bxg1 11.Rxg1 b5 12.Nd2 Qa5 13.Qxh4 Ne5 14.c3 Ba6 15.Qh3 Rb8 16.a3 Qb6 17.Be2 Bc8 18.Qe3 Bg4 19.Nf3 Bxf3 20.gxf3 Kd7 21.f4 Nc4 22.Qh3+ Kc7 23.Rg7 Rbg8 24.Qg3 Qb8 25.O-O-O Na5 26.Rg1 Rf8 27.Qh4 Qe8 28.Kb1 Nb3 29.e5 b4 30.cxb4 cxb4 31.Qg3 Nd4 32.Qe3 Nxe2 33.Qxa7+ Kd8 34. Qb8+ Kd7 35.Qb7+ Kd8 36.e6! 1-0

Kotronias V    --    Skembris S
Greek Championships 2004  (9)   Athens
2004     1-0

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Bc4 Bb4 7.Bd2 Ke7 8.O-O-O Nbd7 9.Nf3 c6 10.Nd5+!? Nxd5 11.exd5 Bxd2+ 12.Nxd2 cxd5 13. Bxd5 Nb6 14.Bb3 f6 15.Rhe1 Rd8 16.a4 a5 17.f4 Bg4

18.fxe5!? Bxd1 19.exf6+ Kd7!? 20.Re7+ Kc6 21.fxg7!? Bg4 22.h3!
The bishop has few good squares
( 22...Bh5 23.g4 Bg6 24.h4 +- )
23.Re5 Nf6 24.hxg4 Re8 25.Nf3 h6 26.Rf5 Ng8 27.Nd4+ Kb6 28.Bxg8 Rxg8 29. Rf7 Rac8 30.Nf5 Rc7 31.Rf6+ Kc5 32.Rxh6 Kb4 33.Rb6+ Kxa4? 34.Kb1 Re8 35.c3 Rd7 36.Nd6 Rdd8 37.b3+ Ka3 38.Nc4# 1-0

Skembris S    --    Banikas H
Greek Championships 2004  (8)   Athens
2004.12.12     0-1

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Bd3 O-O 6.Nge2 c5 7.d5 e6 8.O-O exd5 9.cxd5 Na6 10.h3 Re8 11.Ng3 Nc7 12.Re1 a6 13.a4 Rb8 14.Rb1 b5 15.axb5 axb5 16.b4

A standard stratagem
16...Nh5!? 17.Nge2
( 17.Nxh5 Bxc3 -+ )
17...c4 18.Bc2 f5 19.exf5 Bxf5 20.Be3

Bxh3!! 21.Qd2
( 21.gxh3 Rxe3!! ( 21...Qh4!? ) 22.fxe3 Qg5+ 23.Kh1 Qxe3 gives black a great attack )
21...Bd7 22.Ne4 Bf5 23.N2c3 Bxe4 24.Nxe4 Re5 25.Nc3 Qh4 26.Ra1 Nf6 27.Ra7 Rh5 28.f3 Ncxd5 29.Rxg7+ Kxg7 30.Bd4 Kg8 31.Nxd5 Rxd5 32.Rd1 Qxd4+! 33. Qxd4 Rxd4 34.Rxd4 d5 35.g4 g5 36.f4 h6 37.Bf5 Kf7 38.fxg5 hxg5 39.Kf2 Ra8 40.Rd1 Ra3 41.Ke2 Ke7 42.Kf2 Rb3 43.Re1+ Kf7 44.Be6+ Kg7 45.Bf5 Ne4+ 46. Bxe4 dxe4 47.Rxe4 Rxb4 48.Ke3 Kf6 49.Rd4 Rb3+ 50.Ke4 Rd3 51.Rxc4!! Re3+!
( 51...bxc4?? = Stalemate! )
52.Kxe3 bxc4 53.Kd4 Ke6 54.Kxc4 Ke5 55.Kd3 Kf4 56.Ke2 Kxg4 57.Kf2 Kh3 58. Kg1 Kg3! 59.Kh1 g4 60.Kg1 Kh3 61.Kh1 g3
( 61...g3 62.Kg1 g2 63.Kf2 Kh2 )

Skembris S    --    Mastrovasilis A
Greek Championships 2004  (6)   Athens
2004     1-0

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.d4 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 O-O 7.Qc2 c6 8. O-O b6 9.Bf4 Ba6 10.Nbd2 Nbd7 11.Rfc1 c5 12.e4 Nh5

White allows his kingside to be "wrecked" but develops a surprisingly strong initiative. This game is a great lesson in not taking a superficial view of weaknesses.
13...Nxf4 14.gxf4 exd5 15.cxd5 Bd6 16.Ne5 f6 17.Nc6 Qc7 18.Ne4! Kh8
( 18...Bxf4 19.Ne7+ Kh8 20.d6 Bxd6 21.Nxd6 Qxd6 22.Nf5 Qf4 23.Bxa8 Rxa8 24.d5 )
19.Nxd6 Qxd6 20.Qf5! Rae8 21.Re1! cxd4 22.Re6! Rxe6 23.Qxe6 Qxe6 24.dxe6 Nc5 25.Nxd4 Re8
( 25...f5 26.Bc6 )
26.f5 g6 27.b4! Nd3
( 27...Na4 28.Bc6 +- )
( 27...Nb7 28.b5 +- )
28.Bc6 Re7 29.b5 Bc8 30.Rd1 Nc5
( 30...Nb2!? )
31.Nb3! Nxb3 32.axb3 Kg7 33.Rd8 Bxe6
( 33...Bb7 34.Bxb7 Rxb7 35.Rd7+ Rxd7 36.exd7 +- )
34.fxe6 Rxe6 35.Rd7+ Kh6 36.Rxa7 +- f5 37.Rb7 Kg5 38.Rxh7 1-0

Caspi, Israel (2227)    --    Eljanov, Pavel (2629)
Ashdod International Open  (1.1)   2004.12.09     0-1     B30

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Ng4 5.Qe2 Qc7 6.Nb5 Qb8 7.d4 a6

8. Nd6+!? exd6 9.exd6+ Kd8 10.dxc5 b6 11.h3
( 11.Ng5 Nge5 12.f4 h6 )
( 11...Nf6 12.Ng5 +- )
12.hxg4 Bxd6 13.Ng5 Rf8 14.Rxh7 Nd4 15.Qc4 f6 16.Nf7+ Rxf7! 17.Qxf7 Nxc2+ 18.Kd1 Nxa1 19.Rxg7 Qb4 20.Qxf6+ Kc7 21.Bd2 Qa4+ 22.b3 Qxa2 23.Bd3 a5 24. Bc3 Qxb3+ 25.Ke2 Qa2+ 26.Kf1 Ba6 27.Bxa6 Rxa6 28.Bxa1 Rb6! 0-1

Kurajica, Bojan (2541)    --    Saric, Ante (2437)
XII Salona 2004  (1.2)   Solin - Split CRO
2004.12.03     1-0     A31

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.c4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d5 6.cxd5 Bc5 7.N5c3 O-O 8.e3 e4 9.Be2 Nbd7 10.Nd2 Re8 11.Qc2 Qe7 12.O-O a6 13.a4 Bb4 14.Rd1 Nb6 15.a5 Bxc3

( 15...Nbxd5 16.Nxd5 Nxd5 17.Nxe4! Qxe4 18.Qxe4 Rxe4 19. Rxd5 +/- )
16.d6! Qd8
( 16...Qxd6 17.Nc4 Qxd1+ 18.Qxd1 Nxc4 19.Bxc4 +/- )
17.bxc3 Nbd5 18.c4 Nb4 19.Qc3 Nc6 20.Bb2 Re5
( 20...Qxd6 21.Nxe4 Qe7 22.Nxf6+ gxf6 23.Rd5 +/- )
21.Qc2 Re6 22.c5 Nb4 23.Qc3 Nd3 24.Bxd3 exd3 25.Nc4 Rb8 26.Rxd3 Bd7 27. Rad1 Ba4 28.R1d2 Bc6 29.d7 Re4 30.f3 Rh4 31.Nb6 Rh6 32.Qe5 1-0

Jankovic, Alojzije (2477)    --    Kovacevic, Blazimir (2503)
XII Salona 2004  (1.4)   Solin - Split CRO
2004.12.03     0-1     E14

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 b6 5.e3 Bb7 6.Bd3 Ne4 7.O-O f5 8. Qc2 Nxd2 9.Nxd2 O-O 10.e4 Nc6 11.Nf3 fxe4 12.Bxe4

Rxf3! 13.gxf3 Qh4!?
( 13...Nxd4 14.Qd3 Bxe4 15.Qxe4 isn't as effective )
14.Qd3 Bd6 15.f4 Nb4 16.Qf3 Bxe4 17.Qxe4 Rf8 18.f3 Nc6 19.d5 Nd4!! 20.Rf2
( 20.Qxd4 Bc5 )
( 20.dxe6 Bxf4 21.Bxf4 Rxf4 22.Qe3 )
20...Bxf4 21.Bxf4 Rxf4 22.Qe3 e5 23.Raf1
( 23.Qxe5 Nxf3+ )
23...d6 24.b3 a5 25.Kh1?! Nf5 0-1

Godena, Michele (2550)    --    Saric, Ante (2437)
XII Salona 2004  (7.5)   Solin - Split CRO
2004.12.10     0-1     C47

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.O-O O-O 10.Bg5 c6 11.Ne2 h6 12.Bh4 Be7 13.Nd4 Bd7 14.Re1 Rb8 15.b3 c5 16.Nf5 Bxf5 17.Bxf5 Rb4 18.Bg3 Ne4 19.Bxe4 Rxe4 20.Rxe4 dxe4 21.Be5 Bf6 22.Qxd8 Rxd8 23.Bxf6 gxf6 24.Kf1 Rd2 25.Rc1 Kg7 26.g3

( 26.Ke1 e3! 27.fxe3 Rxg2 -/+ )
26...Kg6 27.h3 Kf5 28.Ke1

e3! 29.fxe3 Rh2 30.Rd1 Rxc2 31.Rd7 Rc3 32.Kf2 Ke4 33.h4 a5 34.h5 f5 35.Rd6 Rc2+ 36.Kg1 Kf3 37.Rxh6 Rg2+ 38.Kf1 Rxa2 39. Kg1 Kxg3 40.Kf1 Kf3 41.Kg1 Rg2+ 42.Kf1 Rb2 43.Kg1 Kxe3 44.Rc6 Kd4 45.Rd6+ Ke4 46.Rc6 Kd5 47.Rf6 Rxb3 48.Rxf5+ Kd4 49.Rf4+ Kd5 50.Rf5+ Kc6 51.Rf6+ Kb5 52.Kg2 Rd3 53.h6 Rd8 54.h7 Rh8 55.Rxf7 a4 56.Kf3 a3 57.Ra7 Kc4 58.Rxa3 Rxh7

Berkes, F (2630)    --    Petrosian, TL (2539)
XLIII WJun  (4)   Kochin IND
2004.11.21     0-1     D34

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Bg5 d4 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Nd5 Qd8 13.Nd2 Re8 14.Re1 Bg4 15.h3 Bxh3 16.Bxh3 Qxd5 17.Bg2 Qf5 18.Rc1 Rad8 19.Be4 Qg5 20.Nf3 Qe7 21.Bxc6 bxc6 22.a3 Bb6 23.Rxc6 Qd7 24.Qc1 Qh3 25.Qg5 h6 26.Qh4 Qf5 27.Kg2 d3 28.Qc4 Re4 29.Qa6

Rh4!! 30.gxh4 Qg4+ 31.Kh1 Bxf2 32.Qa5 Rd4!! 33.Qe5 Rf4 34.Qb8+ Kh7 35.Rc8 Qh3+ 36.Nh2 Bg3 37.Rh8+ Kg6 38.Qd6+ Kh5 39.Qd5+ Kxh4 40.Qg2 Bxe1

Petrosian, TL (2539)    --    Drozdovskij, Y (2510)
XLIII WJun  (6)   Kochin IND
2004.11.22     1-0     A07

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.Qe2 Be7 6.g3 O-O 7.Bg2 e5 8. O-O dxe4 9.dxe4 Be6 10.c3 Nd7 11.Nc4 a5 12.Rd1 f6 13.Ne3 Qc8 14.Nd5 Bd8 15.Nd2 Rf7 16.b3 Ne7 17.Ba3 c6

18.Nc4!! cxd5 19.exd5 Nxd5
( 19...Bf5 20.Nd6 Qb8 21.Nxf7 Kxf7 22.d6 Nc6 23.Bd5+ Kf8 +/- )
20.Rxd5 Nb6 21.Nxb6 Bxb6 22.Rd6 Bc7 23.Bxb7 Qxb7 24.Rxe6 Qd5 25.Qa6!! a4 26.c4 Qd8 27.Qc6 axb3 28.axb3 Rd7 29.Kg2 Rb8 30.Bc5 Rxb3 31.Ra8 Rb8 32. Rxb8 Bxb8 33.Bb6 Bc7 34.Bxc7 Qxc7 35.Qa8+ 1-0


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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.

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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.

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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:

Dubbo RSL Open: Class 1 GP; NSW; March 12-13; Dubbo RSL Club, Corner Brisbane and Wingewarra Streets; $325 first prize; Entry fees: Adults $40, Concession $30, Juniors $20; Contacts: Alexander Aich 02 6884 4561; Trevor Bemrose 02 6882 2725.

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