Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 301, January 12, 2005

In this issue:
Denis Jessop elected ACF President
Conference/Council decisions
ACF Medals
WGM Sedina wins Lidums Australian Open
McCulloch wins Minor
Australian Open Lightning
Wohl wins NZ Championship
Australian Junior starts
World News: Drammen, Russian Blitz, Hastings, Reggio Emilia
Grand Prix Tournaments
Other Events
International Tournaments

Dennis Jessop was elected ACF President at the annual conference held in Mt Buller on January 6. Dennis, a lawyer by profession and also President of the ACT Chess Association, received all of the 22 votes cast in a secret ballot, easily defeating a rival candidate, Chess World proprietor David Cordover. Outgoing president George Howard was elected to one of the two ACF vice-president positions, replacing myself (Paul Broekhuyse). All other positions were unchanged (Gary Wastell - Deputy President; Jey Hoole - Secretary; Norm Greenwood - Treasurer; Kerry Stead and George Howard - Vice Presidents).

A warm welcome tor Denis, and warm thanks to George Howard for his work as ACF President for the last two years. In recent months, George has been heavily involved in the running of the Australian Open and associated events at Mt Buller. He is also the President of the South Australian Chess Association.

In other decisions at the ACF Conference:

  • A vote of thanks for George Howard for the excellent work he had done as President of the ACF during his 2 year term was carried by acclamation;
  • A motion to disaffiliate the Chess Association of Northern Territory was carried 19-2;
  • In regards to the Players Meeting, a Motion to repeal clause 12 of the ACF Constitution was carried 21-0;
  • The Mercure hotel company gave a presentation in relation to the future sponsorship of chess events. The Conference decided that the ACF Council would appoint a steering committee to consider possible sponsorship arrangements, and report back to the ACF Council.
  • Conference passed a Motion asking the ACF Council to consider the creating an ACF Fund-raiser position
  • Matthew Sweeney gave a presentation on the National Chess Coaching Accreditation Scheme to the Conference. The Conference unanimously decided that this information be distributed for comments, and the ACF Council at its March meeting make a decision on the NCCAS.

ACF Council decisions:

  • Chris Zuccula gave a presentation to the ACF in regards to public liability insurance. Premiums for chess clubs are dependent on their membership size, and ranges from $208 to $378 annually.
  • The ACF Council elected the following people to the Steering Committee that will consider sponsorship arrangements with the Mt Buller Management: Denis Jessop, George Howard, Jey Hoole, Kevin Bonham, Shaun Press and Charles Zworestine
  • Council members will discuss the NCCAS scheme with their associations and report back at the March ACF Meeting
  • SACA will make a net chess proposal to the ACF
  • The following office bearers were re-appointed: Archivist/ Historian; Paul Dunn; Bulletin Editor: Paul Broekhuyse; FIDE Delegate; Phil Viner; FIDE ratings officer: Gary Bekker; Grand Prix Coordinator: Gavin Gray; Medals Coordinator: Gary Wastell; National Ratings Officers: Bill Gletsos/ Graham Saint; Publicity Officer: Ashley Rambukwella; Senior Selection Coordinator: Kevin Bonham; Webmaster: Paul Broekhuyse.

ACF Medals: IM Gary Lane has been awarded the 2004 Steiner Medal for player of the year. NSW Chess Association President Bill Gletsos won the 2005 Koshnitsky medal for chess administration, while yours truly (Paul Broekhuyse) won the 2005 Purdy Medal for chess journalism.

Sedina wins Lidums Australian Open: Italian Women's GM Elena Sedina - originally from The Ukraine - has won the Australian Open in Mt Buller with 8.5/11 - the first woman to do so. Second equal were GM Johansen, IM D'Amore, and GM Hecht with 8 points. The event featured its usual range of upsets, with IM Smerdon losing to Jason Hu and Igor Bjelobrk, while young Phachara Wongwichit (1947) beat Bill Jordan (2348). The performance of young Raymond Song (7/11) and his sister Angela (6/11) was notable.

The official website has live games, results and other details.

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Australian Open - final scores, 11 rounds:
8.5 Sedina
8.0 Johansen, Hecht, D'Amore
7.5 Arlandi, Kengis, Dragicevic, Jordan, Pecori
7.0 Bjelobrk, Guthrie, Smerdon, Rej, Raymond Song
6.5 Xie, Humphrey, Wei, Sonter, Jackson, Obst, Wongwichit, D Stojic
6.0 Hu, Chan, Zvedeniouk, Truscott, Wallis, Mendes Da Costa, Angela Song, Voon
5.5 Ly, Bonham, Mortensen, Escribano, Vijayakumar, Frost, Lilly, Lin, Illingworth, Holt, S Stojic, Pyke
5.0 Dizdarevic, Ali, Lugo, Van Der Wal, Zileski, Hardegen, Tulevski, Alkin, Neudel, Oliver, Murray
4.5 Lea, Vijayakumar, Chadwick, Van Dijk, Davidson, Nour
4.0 Silas, Kara, Guo-Yuthok, D Yu, S Yu, Beckman, Ghobrial, Schon
3.5 Arkins, Cooke, Kaspar
2.5 Buciu
2.0 Baxter
1.0 Laugery
0.0 Howard, Stark

Australian Minor:

5.5 Rob McCulloch (winner on tiebreak)
5.5 Joe Marks (second on tiebreak) 5.5 Stephan Taylor (third)
5.5 Rex Simmonds (fourth)
5 Eddy Katnic
5 Trent Parker (1st under 1400)
4.5 Roland Eime
3 Matthew Sweeney (=2nd under 1400)
3 Corey White (=2nd under 1400)
3 Lance Chiddy (=2nd under 1400)
2.5 Jamie Kenmure
0 Rory Chiddy

As reported last week, GM Kengis won the Rapid Play, whhile the Australian Open Lightning was won by Igor Bjelobrk with 9/11.

The Hospitality Textiles Tony Colyer Pty Ltd Australian Junior has begun in Mt Buller. Details on the website.

Wohl wins NZ Championship: A number of Australians competed. The tournament was won by Australian IM Alex Wohl, but the title goes to New Zealander Anthony Ker. Final scores after 11 rounds: Wohl (Aust) 8.5; Ker 8; Civin 7.5; Paul Garbett, Russell Dive 7; Stephen Lukey 6.5; Tim Reilly (Australia), Bob Smith, Spain 6; John McDonald, Chris Burns, Peter Stuart 5.5; Gino Thornton, Hilton Bennett, Nic Croad 4.5; Nathan Goodhue, Mark van der Hoorn 3; Martin Sims .5. Site | View games

World News:

Assorted tourneys: Russian Blitz Cup Superfinal | Cairnhill Open | Dallas | Zadar

Below wins Hastings: Belov beat Socko 1.5-0.5 to win the Premier. Players included Kotronias, Efimenko, Socko, Belov, Hebden, Neverov, Lalic, Cherniaev, Bluvshtein, Pert and Pavlovic. The event featured a novel format this year, with the Premier and the Challengers combined into a knockout, and black enjoying 20 minutes more time than white. Site | View games

Delchev wins Reggio Emilia: Players include Delchev, Cebalo, Chatalbashev, Komarov, Miladinovic and Naumkin. Final cores after 9 rounds: Delchev 6.5; Miladinovic, Komarov, Cebalo, Rombaldoni 5.0; Sciortino 4.5; Naumkin 4.0; Di Caro, Chatalbashev 3.5; Tirabassi 3.0. Site | View games

Rilton Cup: Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Volkov, Gleizerov, Berg 7.0; Ivanov, Khenkin, de Firmian, Cramling, Aagaard, Ulibin, Nybäck, Hedman 6.5; Hermansson, Handke, Furhoff, Åkesson, Kuemin, Lindberg 6.0. Site | View games

Shirov, Nielsen win Drammen: Final scores after 9 rounds: 1. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2726 6.0; 2. Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2663 6.0; 3. McShane, Luke J g ENG 2629 5.5; 4. Lie, Kjetil A m NOR 2474 4.5; 5. Korchnoi, Viktor g SUI 2601 4.5; 6. Macieja, Bartlomiej g POL 2613 4.5; 7. Khalifman, Alexander g RUS 2669 4.0; 8. Johannessen, Leif Erlend g NOR 2519 4.0; 9. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2581 3.0; 10. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2523 3.0. Site | View games


Arlandi, Ennio (2440)    --    Sedina, Elana (2431)
Lidums Australian Open 2005  (8.1)   Mt Buller
2005.01.05     0-1     D10

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6

Very popular in recent years
5.Nf3 b5 6.b3 Bg4 7.Be2 e6 8.O-O Nbd7 9.h3 Bh5 10.Bb2 Bd6 11.Ne5 Bxe2 12.Nxe2 bxc4!? 13.bxc4 O-O!? 14.Qc2
( 14.Nxc6 Qb6! 15.c5 Bxc5 16.dxc5 Qxc6 17.Rc1 e5!? ( 17...Nxc5 18.Ba3 Rfc8 19.Qd4 Nfd7 seems OK too ) )
14...Qc7 15.Nd3 Rfc8 16.c5 Be7 17.Bc3?!
The beginning of a clumsy plan
17...Ne4 18.Be1 Bh4 19.Kh1 h5 20.g3 Be7
Now black has good kingside prospects
21.f3?! Ng5 22.g4 hxg4 23.hxg4 e5! 24.Bg3
( 24.dxe5 Nxe5 25.f4 Nxg4 ( 25...Nxd3 26.Qxd3 Ne4 -/+ ) 26.fxg5 ( 26.Rg1 Nxe3 27.Qc1 ) 26...Qh2# )
24...f6 25.Kg2 Nf7 26.Qc3?! Bd8 27.Rh1 Rcb8 28.Rh5 Qa5 29.Qc2 Qb5 30.Rc1
( 30.Nxe5 fxe5 31.Qh7+ Kf8 doesn't do much )
30...Bc7 31.Rhh1 a5 32.Nf2 Nf8 33.dxe5?! fxe5 34.Rb1 Qa6 35.e4 Rxb1 36. Rxb1 Rd8 37.Rd1 Ne6 38.exd5 cxd5 39.Bh4 Rd7 40.Rd2 Qc6 41.Qc1 e4! 42.Qa3 exf3+ 43.Qxf3 Ne5! 44.Qb3 Nxc5 45.Qh3 d4+ 46.Kf1 Nf3 47.Rd1 Nh2+ 48.Kg1 Nf3+ 49.Kf1 d3 50.Ng3 Nxh4 51.Qxh4 Qf3 52.Nf5 Ne4 53.Re1 d2 0-1

Hecht, Hans Joachim (2389)    --    Johansen , Darryl (2485)
Lidums Australian Open 2005  (8.2)   2005.01.05     1-0     B06

A surprisingly easy victory for Hecht against the normally rock-solid Johansen

1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Bc4 c6 5.Bb3 Nf6 6.Qe2 O-O 7.O-O a5 8.a4 Qc7 9.Na3 Na6 10.e5 dxe5 11.Nxe5 Nb4 12.h3 b6 13.Bf4 Nbd5 14.Bh2 Ba6 15.Bc4! Qb7?! 16.Bxa6 Rxa6

( 16...Qxa6 17.Qxa6 Rxa6 18.Nxc6 Rc8 19.Ne5 +/- )
17.Nxc6! +/- Nh5 18.c4 Ndf4 19.Qf3 e5 20.Rfe1 Raa8 21.Nxe5 Qxf3 22.Nxf3
Now the Nf4 is in danger from g4
22...Nd3?! 23.Re3 Nxb2?!
( 23...Nb4!? )

( 24...Nf6 25.Rb3 Nxa4 26.Nb5 +- wins the Na4 )
25.gxh5 Nxc4 26.Nxc4 Rxc4 27.Rb3 Rd8 28.Rxb6 Rc3 29.Kg2 Rxf3 30.Kxf3 Rxd4 31.Rab1 1-0

Smerdon, David (2431)    --    Kengis, Edvins (2543)
Lidums Australian Open 2005  (8.3)   2005.01.05     1/2-1/2     B22

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nf3 e6 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.Bc4 Nc6 8. O-O Be7 9.Qe2 O-O 10.Qe4

Preparing Bd3 and a kingside assault. Black decides to offer a pawn
10...Bd7!? 11.Rd1 Rc8 12.exd6 Bxd6 13.Bxd5 exd5 14.Qxd5 Bg4 15.Nc3 Re8
Threatening ...Bxf3 and ...Nxd4!
16.h3 Nb4 17.Qg5 Bxf3 18.Qxd8 Rcxd8 19.gxf3 Nc2

( 20.Rb1 Re1+ 21.Rxe1 Nxe1 22.f4 Nf3+ 23.Kg2 Nxd4 -/+ )
20...Nxa1 21.Bxd8 Nc2 22.Bg5 Ne1!

Smerdon's tactical wizardry never fails to impress
( 23.f4?? f6 24.Bh4 Nf3+ 25.Kg2 Nxh4+ -+ )
23...Nxf3+ 24.Kg2 Nh4+!? 25.Bxh4 Rxe4 26.Bg3 Bxg3

An excellent zwichenzug to avoid black winning control of the seventh rank
( 27.fxg3?? Re2+ 28.Kf3 Rxb2 29.d5 Kf8 30.d6 Ke8 31.d7+ Kd8 )
( 27.Kxg3 Re2 28.d5 Kf8 29.d6 Ke8 30.d7+ Kd8 -/+ )
27...f5 28.fxg3 Kf7 29.g4 1/2-1/2

Bjelobrk, Igor (2392)    --    Guthrie, Aaron (2084)
Lidums Australian Open 2005  (8.5)   Mt Buller
2005.01.05     1-0     E57

This game neatly illustrates the potential of the d5 break in standard isolated queen's pawn positions 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.Nc3 cxd4 8.exd4 Be7 9.Re1 O-O 10.a3 a6 11.Ba2 b5

The standard break
12...exd5 13.Nxd5 Nxd5 14.Qxd5 Bb7
( 14...Qxd5?? 15.Bxd5 loses a piece: 15...Bb7 16.Bxc6 Bxc6 17.Rxe7 )
15.Qh5 +/-
White already has a dangerous attack and the black queen will be vulnerable in the centre
15...g6?! 16.Qh6 Nd4 17.Ng5! Bxg5 18.Bxg5 Qd6 19.Rac1
( 19.Be7 Qc6 )
( 19...Rfe8 20.Bxf7+ Kxf7 21.Qxh7+ Kf8 22.Bh6# )
20.Be7 Rxc1 21.Qxf8#! 1-0

Xie, George (2351)    --    Rej, Tomek (2225)
Lidums Australian Open 2005  (8.6)   Mt Buller
2005.01.05     1-0     B45

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.a3 Bc5 7.Be3 Nxd4 8.Bxd4 Qb6 9.Bxc5 Qxc5 10.Qf3 O-O 11.Bd3 b6 12.Qg3 Bb7 13.e5 Ne8 14.O-O-O f5 15.Rhe1 Nc7 16.Qh4 Nd5 17.Nb5! Ba6 18.Nd6! Bxd3 19.Rxd3 b5 20.Red1 b4

21.Rxd5!! exd5 22.axb4 Qc6 23.Qd4 Rab8 24.b5 Qa8
White will get at least two pawns for the exchange and the monster Nd6 leaves the black rooks with no scope
25.Rd3 Kh8 26.f4 Rb6 27.Rg3 Qd8 28.Qxd5 Qe7 29.Ra3 h6 30.g3 g5 31. Rxa7 gxf4 32.Qd4! Rbb8 33.gxf4 Qe6 34.b3 Rg8 35.b6 Rg2 36.b7 Rgg8 37.Kb2 Kh7 38.Qa4 Kh8 39.Ra8 Qd5 40.Rxb8 Rxb8 41.Qa7 Qg8 42.Qc5 Qf8 43.Qc7 Kg8 44.Nc8! Qb4 45.Qxb8 Qd4+ 46.Ka2 1-0

Jordan, Bill (2348)    --    Hu, Jason (1873)
Lidums Australian Open 2005  (8.7)   2005.01.05     1-0     B12

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.c4 e6 5.Nc3 c5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Be3 c4?! 8. Nge2 Bb4 9.Ng3 Bg6 10.h4 Ne7 11.h5 Bf5 12.Nxf5 Nxf5 13.Qg4 Nxe3

14.Qxg7! Nc2+ 15.Kd1 Bf8
( 15...Nxa1 16.Qxh8+ Kd7 17.Qxd8+ Kxd8 18.Nxd5 Bf8 19.Bxc4 +- and the Na1 is a goner )
( 15...Rf8 16.Kxc2 +/- )
16.Qxh8 Nxd4!? 17.Rh3 Qd7 18.e6!? Nxe6 19.Ke1!? Nc6 20.Rd1 d4 21.Bxc4 O-O-O 22.Kf1 Bd6 23.Qf6 dxc3 24.Rxc3 Qe8 25.Re3 Bc5 26.Bxe6+ fxe6 27.Rxd8+ Nxd8 28.Rc3 b6 29.Qf3 Qb5+ 30.Kg1 Qxb2 31.Qa8+ Kc7 32.Qxa7+ Nb7 33.Rf3 Qa1+ 34.Kh2 Bd6+ 35.g3 Qg7 36.Qa8 Qe7 37.Qg8 Nd8 38.h6 Qh4+ 39.Kg2 Qxh6 40.Rc3+ Bc5 41.Rd3 Nc6 42.Qf7+ Ne7 43.Rc3 Kd6 44.Qe8 Nf5 45.Qd8+ Kc6 46.a4 Qg7 47.Qc8+ Kd5 48.Qd8+ Kc6 49.Qc8+ Kd6 50.Qd8+ Qd7 51.Qxd7+ Kxd7 52.a5 Nd4 53.Rc1 Kd6 54.a6 Nc6 55.Rh1 b5 56.Rxh7 Ne7 57.g4 b4 58.g5 e5 59.Kf1 Ke6 60.Ke2 Nc8 61.Rc7 Bd4 62.Rxc8 b3 63.Rb8 Bb2 64.Rxb3 1-0

Obst, James (1942)    --    Song, Angela (1771)
Lidums Australian Open 2005  (8.15)   Mt Buller
2005.01.05     1-0     C30

1.f4 e5 2.e4 Qf6!? 3.Nf3 Qxf4 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bc4 Bxc3

6.O-O!? Bb4 7.d4 Qxe4 8.Bxf7+!! Kd8
( 8...Kxf7 9.Ng5+ +- )
9.Bxg8 Rxg8 10.Bg5+ Be7
( 10...Ke8 11.Nxe5 ( 11.c3 Be7 12.Re1 Qg6 13.Bxe7 Kxe7 14.Nxe5 ) 11...g6 )
11.Re1 Qg4 12.Nxe5 Qxd1 13.Raxd1!
The threat of Nf7+ and Rxe7+ can't be met so white regains his piece
( 13...Bxg5?? 14.Nf7# mates )
14.Nf7+ Kc7 15.Bxe7 a5 16.Bd6+ Kb6 17.Re5 Na6 18.c4 a4 19.Rde1 g6 20.Re8 Rxe8 21.Rxe8 Ka7 22.Rh8 b5 23.cxb5 cxb5 24.Rxh7 Bb7 25.Ne5 Rg8 26.Nxd7 Re8 27.Be5 Ka8 28.h4 Rg8 29.g4 Nb4 30.Nc5 Bf3 31.a3 Nc6 32.Nd7 Nxe5 33.Nxe5 Be4 34.Nf7 Rf8 35.Kf2 g5 36.Rh8 Rxh8 37.Nxh8 gxh4 38.g5 Kb7 39.g6 Kc7 40. g7 Bd5 41.Ng6 Kd7 42.Nxh4 Ke7 43.Ke3 Kf6 44.Kf4 Be6 45.Nf5 Kf7 46.Ke5 Bxf5 47.Kxf5 Kxg7 48.Ke6 Kf8 49.d5 Ke8 50.d6 Kd8 51.d7 Kc7 52.Ke7 Kc6 53.d8=Q Kc5 54.Qd6+ Kc4 55.Ke6 Kb3 56.Qd2 Ka2 57.Qc2 Ka1 58.b4 axb3 59.Qxb3 b4 60. Kf7 bxa3 1-0

Illingworth, Max (1839)    --    Wongwichit, Phachara (1947)
Lidums Australian Open 2005  (8.17)   Mt Buller
2005.01.05     1-0     D45

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 Nxg4 8. Rg1 h5 9.h3 Qf6 10.Be2

( 10.hxg4 Qxf3 11.Be2 Qf6 12.gxh5 )
10...Nh2 11.Ng5 Ng4 12.Nge4 dxe4 13.Nxe4 Qe7 14.hxg4 h4 15.Bd2 Nf8 16. O-O-O Bd7 17.c5 Bc7 18.Qa4 Ng6!? 19.Ba5! b5?!
( 19...b6 20.Bb4 a5! 21.Bc3 b5 )
20.Qb4 Bb8 21.Nd6+ Bxd6 22.cxd6 Qg5 23.f4 Qd5 24.b3 h3 25.Rg3 Rc8 26.Bc7 Rxc7 27.dxc7 h2

28.Bf3 h1=Q 29.Rxh1 Rxh1+ 30.Kb2!!
Perhaps black was expecting Bxh1 ... but now the Qd5 is trapped!
30...Rh2+ 31.Ka3 c5 32.c8=Q+!! Bxc8 33.Qxb5+ Qd7 34.Bc6 +-
Nicely played!!
34...cxd4 35.Bxd7+ Bxd7 36.Qb8+ Ke7 37.Qb4+ 1-0

Vijayakumar, Rukman (1768)    --    Pyke, Malcolm (1941)
Lidums Australian Open 2005  (8.22)   2005.01.05     1-0     A46

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 h6 4.Bxf6 Qxf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.Bd3 Bg7 8. Qd2 O-O 9.Ne2 Nd7 10.c3 e5 11.O-O a6 12.Rad1 Nb6 13.Ne1 c5 14.dxc5 dxc5 15.c4 Rd8 16.Qc1 Be6 17.b3 Qe7 18.Nc3 f5 19.f3 Kh8 20.Nc2 f4 21.Nd5 Nxd5 22.cxd5 Bg8 23.a4 h5 24.a5 c4 25.bxc4 Qc5+ 26.Kh1 Qxa5 27.Qb2 Rab8 28.Rb1 Qc7 29.Qb6 Qf7 30.Rfc1 g5 31.Be2 Bh7 32.Nb4 g4 33.c5 h4

34.Nxa6!! bxa6 35. Qxb8 Rxb8 36.Rxb8+ Bg8 37.c6 h3
( 37...Qc7 38.Rxg8+!! Kxg8 39.d6 Qxd6 40.c7 illustrates the power of the pawns )
38.c7 1-0

Spassky B    --    Fischer R
(8)   Yugoslavia
1992     0-1     E84


With Bobby Fischer in the news again, I thought it was timely to take a look at the games that caused all the trouble - the 1992 match. Although clearly rusty, Fischer displayed many moments of brilliance.
1...Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 a6 8. Qd2 Rb8 9.h4 h5 10.Bh6 e5 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.d5 Ne7 13.Ng3 c6 14.dxc6 Nxc6 15.O-O-O Be6 16.Kb1 Ne8 17.Nd5 b5 18.Ne3 Rh8 19.Rc1 Qb6 20.Bd3 Nd4 21.Nd5 Qa7 22.Nf1 Nf6 23.Nfe3 Bxd5 24.cxd5 Rbc8 25.Rcf1 Qe7 26.g4 Nd7 27.g5 Kf8 28.Rf2 Ke8 29.Bf1 Nc5 30.Bh3 Rc7 31.Rc1??

Ncb3!! 32.axb3 Nxb3
The point is that after 33.Rxc7 Nxd2 is check
33.Rc6 Nxd2+ 34.Rxd2 Kf8 35.Rxa6 Ra7 36.Rc6 Kg7 37.Bf1 Ra1+! 38. Kxa1 Qa7+ 39.Kb1 Qxe3 40.Kc2 b4 0-1

Fischer R    --    Spassky B
(9)   Yugoslavia
1992     1-0     C69

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O f6 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 c5 8.Nb3 Qxd1 9.Rxd1 Bg4 10.f3 Be6 11.Nc3 Bd6 12.Be3 b6 13.a4 O-O-O 14.a5 Kb7 15.e5 Be7 16.Rxd8 Bxd8 17.Ne4 Kc6 18.axb6 cxb6

19.Nbxc5!! Bc8
( 19...bxc5 20.Rxa6+ Kd7 ( 20...Kd5 21.Rd6+ Kxe5 22.Rxd8 ) 21.Nxc5+ +- )
20.Nxa6 fxe5 21.Nb4+ 1-0

Fischer R    --    Spassky B
(11)   Yugoslavia
1992     1-0     B31

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.O-O Bg7 6.Re1 e5 7.b4!? cxb4 8.a3 c5 9.axb4 cxb4 10.d4 exd4 11.Bb2 d6 12.Nxd4 Qd7 13.Nd2 Bb7 14. Nc4 Nh6

15.Nf5!! Bxb2
Black's busted, as Fischer might say
( 15...gxf5 16.Bxg7 )
( 15...Nxf5 16.exf5+ Kf8 17.f6 Bh6 18.Nxd6 Qc6 19.Nxb7 Qxb7 20.Re7 Qc6 21.Raxa7 Rxa7 22.Qd8+ )
16.Ncxd6+ Kf8 17.Nxh6 f6
( 17...Bxa1 18.Qxa1 Rg8 19.Nxg8 Kxg8 20.Qf6 Rd8 21.e5 )
18.Ndf7 Qxd1 19.Raxd1 Ke7 20.Nxh8 Rxh8 21.Nf5+!! gxf5 22.exf5+ Be5
( 22...Kf8 23.Rd8+ Kg7 24.Re7+ )
23.f4 Rc8 24.fxe5 Rxc2 25.e6 Bc6 26.Rc1 Rxc1 27.Rxc1 Kd6 28.Rd1+ Ke5 29.e7 a5 30.Rc1 Bd7 31.Rc5+ Kd4 32.Rxa5 b3 33.Ra7 Be8 34.Rb7 Kc3 35.Kf2 b2 36. Ke3 Bf7 37.g4 Kc2 38.Kd4 b1=Q 39.Rxb1 Kxb1 40.Kc5 Kc2 41.Kd6 1-0

Fischer R    --    Spassky B
(15)   Yugoslavia
1992     1/2-1/2     E07

Fischer didn't have it all his own way, as this game shows

1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.O-O O-O 6.d4 Nbd7 7.Nbd2 b6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Ne5 Bb7 10.Ndf3 Ne4 11.Bf4 Ndf6 12.Rc1 c5 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.Ng5 Nxg5 15.Bxg5 Ne4 16.Bxe7 Qxe7 17.Bxe4 dxe4 18.Nc4

e3!! 19.f3
( 19.Nxe3?? Qe4! 20.f3 Qxe3+ -+ )
19...Rad8 20.Qb3 Rfe8 21.Rc3 Bd5 22.Rfc1 g6 23.Qa3

Bxf3!! 24.exf3
( 24.Rxe3 Be4 )
24...e2 25.Re1 Rd1 26.Kf2 Rxe1 27.Kxe1 Qd7! 28.Qb3 Qh3 29.Ne3 Qxh2 30.g4 Rb8 31.Qd5 Rxb2 32.Qd8+ Kg7

The saving resource
33...gxf5 1/2-1/2

Fischer R    --    Spassky B
(19)   Yugoslavia
1992     1/2-1/2     B23

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nge2 e5 4.Nd5 Nge7 5.Nec3 Nxd5 6.Nxd5 Be7 7.g3 d6 8.Bg2 h5 9.h4 Be6 10.d3 Bxd5 11.exd5 Nb8 12.f4 Nd7 13.O-O g6 14.Rb1 f5 15.b4 b6 16.bxc5 bxc5 17.c4 O-O 18.Qa4 Bf6 19.Rb7 Nb6 20.Qb5 Rf7 21.Rxf7 Kxf7 22.Bd2 Rb8 23.Qc6 Nc8 24.Re1 Ne7 25.Qa4 Qc7 26.Kh2 exf4 27.Bxf4 Be5 28.Re2 Rb6 29.Kh3 Ng8

30.Rxe5! dxe5 31.Bxe5 Qe7
( 31...Qxe5 32.Qxa7+ +- )
32.d6 Rxd6! 33.Bxd6 Qxd6 34.Bd5+ Kf8 35.Qxa7 Ne7 36.Qa8+ Kg7 37.Qb7 Kf8 38.a4 f4 39.a5 fxg3 40.a6 Qf4 41.Bf3 Nf5 42.Qe4 g2 43.Qxf4 g1=Q 44.Be4 Qa1 45.a7 Qxa7 46.Bxf5 gxf5 47.Qxf5+ Kg7 48.Qg5+ Kf8 49.Qh6+ Kg8 50.Qxh5 Qc7 51.Qg6+ Kh8 52.Qf6+ Kg8 53.Qe6+ Kh8 54.Qd5 Qf7 55.Kg2 Qg6+ 56.Kh3 Qf7 57. Qe5+ Kh7 58.Kg4 Qg6+ 59.Kf4 Qh6+ 60.Kf3 Qg6 61.Qe4 Kh8 62.Ke2 Qd6 63.Qe3 Qh2+ 64.Kd1 Qh1+ 65.Kd2 Qh2+ 66.Kc3 Qxh4 67.d4 Kh7 68.d5 Qf6+ 69.Kc2 Qd6 70.Qg5 Kh8 71.Kd2 Qb6 72.Qe5+ Kg8 73.Qe8+ Kg7 74.Qb5 Qc7 75.Kc2 Kf8 76.Qa6 Qh2+ 77.Kb3 Qb8+ 78.Qb5 Qc7 79.Ka3 Qa7+ 80.Kb3 Ke7 81.Kc2 Kd8 82.Kd2 Qc7 83.Qa6 Qf4+ 84.Kc2 Qe4+ 1/2-1/2


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.

Grand Prix tournaments:

Australia Day Open: Victoria; details
NSWCA January Weekender: January 29-30; North Sydney Leagues Club; Category 2; $2,300 in prizes; Phone Trent Parker 0419 469764; Email; Website
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.
Doeberl Cup: Category 3 GP; March 25-28; Italo-Australian Club, 78 Franklin Street, Forrest, Canberra, ACT; $10,000 in prizes; Entry Fees: Premier $100/$60; Major/Minor $90/$50. Discount for early entry. Entries to: Paul Dunn (Treasurer, Doeberl Cup), 20 Richmond St, Macquarie, ACT 2614. Please make cheques payable to ACTCA. Contact Roger McCart (Convener, Doeberl Cup) 02 6251 6190
NSWCA Open: June 11-13; Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club,` 117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde; Category 3; $5000 in prizes; Open & U1600 divisions; Early Entry Fees: $80/$60 else $100/$70. Prizes: $1200/$700/$500/$400/$300. U2000 1st $250 2nd $150, U1800 1st $250 2nd $150. U1600 1st $750 2nd $500 3rd $350, U1500 1st $250 2nd $150, U1400 1st $250 2nd $150, U1300 1st $250 2nd $150, Email Website
Port Macquarie PCYC Weekender: July 2-3; Cat 3; Four Points By Sheraton hotel, 2 Hay Street, Port Macquarie, NSW; Les Wells 0403 860100

Other events:

Hakoah Chess Club events: Hakoah Club, 61 Hall Street Bondi, NSW; Allegro - January 10; Lightning - January 17; Allegro January 24; Henry Greenfield Cup - February 7; Vladimir Feldman 0414 798503;Website
2005 Oceania Zonal: Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2005; Auckland, NZ, Details. - Paul Spiller, Zonal organiser
Toukley U2000 Tournament: 19-20 February, Toukley RSL Club, Holmes Avenue, Toukley, NSW, 7 rounds, Details: Brian Jones 02-9838-1529.
Peninsula Open: April 30-May 2, Queensland; Mark Stokes (07) 3205 6042 Website
Redclffe Challenge: October 15-16, Queensland; Mark Stokes (07) 3205 6042 Website

International tournaments:

Asian Individual Chess Championship: January 13-23 2005; Cochin (Kochi), Kerala, India. More than 30 GMs/IMs confirmed. $US33,000 prize fund, first prize $US6000. Free board & lodging for FIDE rating 2550 and above and to one official player. 11 rounds. Top 13 players qualify for FIDE World Chess Championship. Entries deadline; 31st December 2004. Email: Entry form

4th International Chess Festival Open Praha: January 14-21; More than 100 players from 16 countries have registered, including GM Hasangatin (RUS), GM Vokac (CZE), GM Meduna (CZE) and GM Volosin (CZE). Also: Open Marianske Lazne Jan 22-29. Details:

Hamarat versus The World: ICCF World Champion Tunc Hamarat - a player who has never lost a single game with White - has challenged the "Rest of the World" to a friendly 2-game match. He will have White in both games.
The games (one started with 1.e4 and one with 1.d4) will be played on the ICCF Webserver and started on 10th February 2005 with the rule "10 moves/70 days".
The players on the "Rest of the World" team will vote on each move. The move receiving the most votes will be selected. Should 2 or more moves receive the same number of votes, the "Rest of the World" will be given 2 more voting days to decide between the tied moves.
Participation in this event is open to all players who pay an entry fee of 5 EUR or $7.00 US dollars via their National CC Federation or the ICCF Direct Entry (DE) option.
All fees collected will be transferred to the ICCF Development Fund. The money will be used primarily for development and system support of the ICCF WebChess Server.
It will be possible to join the "Rest of the World" team at any stage of the game.
The games may be seen "live" by all players and other observers at Each player who voted for the selected move will receive 1 point per move. The player(s) with the most points at the end of the games will receive an ICCF Gold Book. The list of all entrants will be published on the ICCF webpage. - M. Samraoui

7th United Insurance & United Leasing Grandmasters Chess Tournament Dhaka, Bangladesh; 28th January to 7th February; GM, IM and +2300 rated players invited. $US500 GM appearance money; Free food & accommodation. Email. Details

HB Global Chess Challenge: Maurice Ashley, Generation Chess,

Registration Deadline Extended for $500,000 Tournament; Sponsors Show Generosity For The Good Of Chess

Due to the already blistering pace of registrations, sponsors of the HB Global Chess Challenge have decided to extend the discount period for signing up for the event. The new deadline, now pushed back to March 1st instead of the original January 1, 2005, affects two major specials: the Register with a Friend offer and the 5 plus 1 Club deal. The group savings range from $100 to as much as $595.

"This is the biggest thing to hit the chess world in decades and we want to give people every possible chance to be a part of this epic event," says Brian Molohon, Executive Director of the HB Foundation, the organization that is the major contributor to the event. "This extension gives many more chess players and clubs time to organize themselves to attend this history-making tournament. We thought it was the right thing to do."

Early registrations are already well past the 600 mark, says Molohon, putting the event on pace to shatter previous participation rates of other top open chess tournaments. The World Open, long held as the giant of opens in world chess, normally brings in 1,200 to 1,400 paying participants. According to major tournament organizers, early registrations usually account for about 15% of the final tally, putting the HB Global Chess Challenge on pace to seeing well over 4,000 players. Such a number would go a long way to debunking the myth that chess is not a hugely popular sport.

"We are looking to change the image of chess," says International Grandmaster and CEO Maurice Ashley whose company, Generation Chess, is organizing the event. "We want the public at large to understand that chess tournaments are spectacular occurrences, held in grand convention centers for huge cash prizes. The only way that will happen is if chess players show up in record numbers in support of the HB Global Chess Challenge."

Chess has been like a ship lost at sea, says Ashley, with no steady direction coming from the top. The HB tournament, with its potential to galvanize the mass of chess players from all levels under one roof, could go a long way to bringing back to chess the luster it once held in the post-Fischer era and even up through the championship years of Garry Kasparov.

"It's the fans who make a sport successful," says Ashley. "Of course every sport needs its stars to shine brightly. But without the fans, no sport will thrive. It's like playing a violin in the desert. That's why what the sponsors are doing for this event is so great because they're making it easier for thousands of fans to throw their hat into the ring for the good of our sport."

The Register with a Friend special allows players to deduct $50 from the normal entry fee of $345 if they register with one other person. The 5 + 1 Club special gives a free entry to a sixth person if five friends pay the Register with a Friend price, a cost savings of $595, or almost $100 per player. After March 1st, the entry fee jumps to $345 per participant, with door registrations going for as much as $400 per entrant.

"The time to take advantage is now," says Molohon. "Once this second deadline passes, we'll have the hottest ticket in town."

- Generation Chess, LLC
Register Today for the HB Global Chess Challenge

8th Annual Junior Orange Bowl & World Chess Hall of Fame International Scholastic Chess Championship: Miami, Florida; December 27-29, 2005.

8th Annual Junior Orange Bowl & World Chess Hall of Fame International Scholastic Championship in Miami, Florida. December 27 - 29, 2005 -- 7 Rounds - Game 90 -- Clocks are not provided!

Age groups 9 and under (3 individual trophies for top 6 and under); 10 - 12; 13 - 15; 16 - 19 (or 20 if still in High School) [Players must compete in their age group!] EF: $50 individual player; Team of 4 players in same division $150; All current national champions (no under classes) will receive scholarship to cover their EF. Multiple teams are OK but will play each other.

Prizes: Trophies: Top 3 teams & Top 10 individuals per division; commemorative medals to all participants and registered coaches.

Contact: Organizer - Arden W. Dilley - JOB Chess Committee Chair E-mail: or Fax: 305-275-1308 or Phone: 305-270-0234

Site: Embassy Suites Hotel ask for special JOB Chess rates:
Junior Orange Bowl Committee at
World Chess Hall of Fame at Round Schedule December 27, 2005 9:00 A.M. -- Introductions and Rules Round 1: 9:30 - 12:30 PM - Round 2; 1:30 - 4:30 PM; Round 3 @ 5:30 - 8:30 PM Blitz - 8:30 PM

December 28, 2005 Round 4 @ 9:00 AM - Noon; Round 5 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00; Round 6 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 Ladies Quick Chess Championship - Game 10 @ 8:00 PM

December 29, 2005 Round 7 @ 9:00 - 12:00; Bug House @ 12:00 - 1:30 PM Game 5 Awards @1:30 or ASAP after Bug House

Sponsorships are needed. Please contact Mr. or Mrs. Dilley at

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


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