Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 302, January 19, 2005

In this issue:
Public liability insurance for chess clubs
Suttor leads Australian Junior
Ly wins Lightning
Charles Zworestine on the Aussie Open
Conference/Council Minutes
Correspondence charity match
Anand interviewed
New Zealand News
World News: Corus
Grand Prix Tournaments
Other Events
International Tournaments

Public liability insurance:

In 2001 the ACF introduced a Public Liability Insurance Scheme for Australian chess bodies. The Scheme has not received as much publicity recently as perhaps it should have and we were reminded of its details by the presentation given by Chris Zuccala to the ACF Council meeting at Mt Buller on 6 January 2005.

The scheme provides competitive rates of insurance for the ACF, ACF-affiliated State and Territory Associations and Clubs affiliated with those Associations. Current Annual Premiums are:

ACF $644
State and Territory Associations $426
A club with 100 or more members $378
A club with 50 to less than 100 members $281
A club with less then 50 members $208

The financial year of the policy, which is with Lumley General Insurance Ltd, is 1 September to 31 August. A club joining during the year pays pro rata for that year.

At present the ACF, 6 State and Territory Associations and 21 chess clubs, including the NSW and ACT Junior Chess Leagues have joined the scheme. The more clubs there are in the scheme the more likely it is that premium rates can be kept down.

In the current climate of increased tendency to litigate matters, clubs are urged to give serious consideration to joining the scheme. A club is not covered by the scheme merely because its State Association has joined. Moreover clubs that are located in, say, licensed leagues clubs and believe that they are covered by that leagues club's policy should ensure that that is in fact the case.

The policy covers only public liability. It does not cover property owned by the insured chess club. Separate arrangements are available for property cover for chess centres and for insurance cover for coaches.

Clubs wishing to join should contact Chris Zuccala of John Bernard & Associates Pty Ltd tel: (03) 9568 4822; e-mail:

Footnote: Chris is a chess player having been a Committee member of Mentone Chess Club, Melbourne, in the past.

- Denis Jessop
Australian Chess Federation Inc.

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

Australian Junior U18 - leading scores after 7 rounds:
Vincent Suttor 6.5;
Moulthun Ly 6.0
Peter Jovanovic 5.5
Chow, Yu, Ikeda, Wei, Lugo, Stojic, Stevens, Obst, Berggren, Jager, Oliver 5.0

Girls U18 - leading scores after 7 rounds:
Rebecca Harris 6.0
Alexandra Jule, Deborah Ng 5.0
Veronique Eldridge-Smith, Tamzin Oliver 4.5

U12 Open - leading scores after 5 rounds:
Sam Grigg, William Xu, Rengan Vijayakumar, Sebastian Jule 4.5

U12 Girls - leading scores:
Emma Guo, Molly McGarity 2.0
Abbie Kanagarajah 1.5

Australian Junior Lightning:

Ly, Moulthun 9.5/11
Yu, Ronald 9.0
Chow, Samuel 8.5
Hu, Jason; Ikeda, Junta; Stevens, Tristan; Vijayakumar, Rukman 8.0
Lugo, Ruperto; Muthusamy, Reubban; Lin, Zhigen Wilson 7.5
Obst, James; Stojic, Dusan; Oliver, Gareth; Huang, Justin; Anderson, Daniel C; Rice, Edward; Donaldson, Thomas; Kimura, Toshi; Yu, Derek 7.0
Wei, Michael; Van Dijk, Devrim; Jule, Alexandra; Brown, Andrew; Guo-Yuthok, Sherab; Wallis, Christopher; Chu, Louis; Harris, Benjamin; Behne-Smith, David; Chow, Justin 6.5
Berggren, Jonathon; Van Heerden, Daniel; Wu, Edwin; Morris, James; Ung, Thomas; Jule, Sebastian; Berggren, Markus; Parravicini, Matthew; Schon, Eugene; Wang, Zhengbo; Yuan, Yi; McGuirk, Michael; Guo, Emma 6.0
Choong, Yita; Humphries, Ryan; Kinder, Jessica; Rozenblat, Vanja; Sheng, Susan 5.5
Somaskanthan, Aingaran; Vijayakumar, Rengan; Xing, Edward; Yu, Sally; Glenton, Alan; Tang, Jason; Behne-Smith, Sarah; Ren, Jonathan; Baines, Casey; Eldridge-Smith, Veronique; Behne-Smith, Jonathan; Slack-Smith, Blair; Vann, Patrick; McGarity, Molly 5.0
Lee, Leoma; Taylor, Paul; Baker, Brendan; Lugo, Jerome; Ikeda, Miona; Lei, Yitao; Barrett, Daniel J (Somerset); Bhattacharya, Devraj 4.5
Berggren, Patrrik; Feng, Thomas; Young, Jack; Ng, Deborah; Wang, Shuyu; Xing, Benjamin; Nowak, Francis 4.0
Eldridge-Smith, Leif ; McCook, Jake; Bennett, Calvin; Grigg, Sam 3.5
Chibnall, Alana; Kimura, Mikio; McGuirk, Savannah; Qin, Tomson 3.0
Anderson, Todd 2.0
Kanagarajah, Abbie; Behne-Smith, Elizabeth 1.5.

Australian Open 2005 - Report by DOP Charles Zworestine:

There are many who may consider an overall turnout of 73 players for an Australian Open to be very disappointing - and indeed the organisers were disappointed with the numbers for the inaugural Lidums Australian Open Chess Championships at Mount Buller. However, nobody could really complain about the playing strength for this event! Three GMs (Edvins Kengis, Hans-Joachim Hecht and local Darryl Johansen) were nicely complemented by four highly competitive IMs (Aussie David Smerdon and Italians Ennio Arlandi, Carlo D'Amore and Elena Sedina - the latter also a WGM). Three FMs (Igor (Iggy) Bjelobrk, George Xie and Bill Jordan) then rounded off the even top ten - and signified a rather top-heavy tournament. With time controls of 90 minutes each plus one minute per move from the start guaranteeing high quality chess, it was clearly going to be a highly competitive event!

And so it proved, as early as Round 1, when Bill Jordan was on the worse end of a lengthy upset draw against dangerous local junior Rukman Vijayakumar. The queen and pawn ending may well have been winning for Rukman at one stage! Noteworthy too was Angela Song's effort against Hecht: she held him for most of the game, was one of the last games to finish and even offered the GM a draw! The others in the top ten all won in Round 1; but not so in Round 2, where draws were achieved by Zvedeniouk against D'Amore, Dizdarevic against Sedina and Obst with Xie. The Italians were already discovering how dangerous and underrated the Aussies are - especially the youngsters!

The first of the meetings between the top seeds occurred in Round 3, with Hecht drawing a massive struggle with Kengis after the latter was winning but could not put the veteran German GM away. In the end Kengis' extra pawn meant nothing, as all the pawns were on the same side of the board. Johansen and Bjelobrk joined a group of four players in the lead on 3/3 with wins. They were joined there by junior Jason Hu, who stunned the Smurf (Smerdon) by fighting back from an inferior position to score an upset win. IM Arlandi also eventually joined the leading group, but only after a massive struggle with 10 year old Raymond Song: Ray was better and missed several opportunities to draw before finally going down.

Round 4 saw Bjelobrk continuing a trend by drawing with Johansen (apparently they draw the vast majority of their games). Kengis defeated Xie and D'Amore beat Jordan, but Sedina and Hecht were once more held to draws (by 20 year olds Jonathan Humphrey and Aaron Guthrie respectively). Arlandi halted Hu, while Smerdon somewhat stalled the charge of the juniors by winning a slugfest against Moulthun Ly. All this left Arlandi in the outright lead as the only player on 4/4. He could hardly have felt comfortable though, with two GMs (Johansen and Kengis), an IM (D'Amore) and an FM (Bjelobrk) breathing down his neck on 3.

Kengis and Arlandi were the marathon men in Round 5, fighting for an incredible 7 hours and 141 long moves before eventually agreeing to a draw! The GM missed several forced wins, with the Italian (clearly a fighter) eventually forcing an ending where his rook and pawn built a near fortress against the enemy queen and pawn. Opinions were (and still are!) divided as to whether this could be won or not; the final draw was probably more due to mutual exhaustion than anything else! Arlandi was hence joined by Johansen and Bjelobrk in the lead, as Darryl defeated D'Amore and Bjelobrk outplayed Smerdon. Raymond Song was thrilled to hold GM Hecht to a draw - until someone told him he missed chances to play for a win at the end!

Another long game saw Arlandi grind down Bjelobrk in Round 6, thus taking the outright lead again after Johansen drew with Sedina. A win by Kengis saw him still just half a point behind on 5/6 with Darryl, while D'Amore, Hecht and Xie all won to join Iggy on 4. So to Round 7, where we wondered whether the leading players were tiring after all three top boards were drawn! Little change at the summit then, as Johansen drew with Arlandi, Kengis split the point with Iggy and Xie got his best result so far of half a point against IM D'Amore. Sedina and Hecht won to stay in contention on 5, while wins by Smurf (5) and Jordan (4) also kept them in the hunt.

Just when Arlandi was beginning to feel safe, he was shocked by Sedina in Round 8! His first loss thus toppled him from the lead, leaving Sedina and Hecht (who stunned Darryl) equal first on 6/8. With Smurf scoring his best result so far by drawing with Kengis, the tournament was still wide open at this stage. Five players were on 6/8, just half a point off the lead: Arlandi, Kengis, D'Amore, Bjelobrk and Xie. As Johansen, Smerdon and Jordan were just a further half point back, the cream was starting to rise to the top.

Women's libbers were elated when Sedina took the outright lead with a shock win over Hecht in Round 9, the German GM's first loss. Mind you, she still had D'Amore to contend with, after the latter largely ended Iggy's chances of an IM norm with a win. Xie's draw with Arlandi was a blow to the chances of both, while Kengis' win over Jordan effectively ended the latter's tournament. Johansen and Smerdon also suffered major setbacks. Smurf was lucky Pecori offered him a draw when winning; while Darryl could not convert an extra exchange and had to settle for a draw against Domagoj Dragicevic.

More draws at the top in Round 10, as Sedina (8) held Kengis (7) to maintain her outright lead after D'Amore (7) drew with Arlandi (7). Hecht's win over Xie also got him to 7, leaving George to wait for another time. Darryl was lucky to beat Aaron Guthrie from an inferior position after the latter blundered a piece, but thus remained in contention on 7 points. Dragicevic scored a stunning upset win over Smerdon to join Darryl. Pecori's draw with Bjelobrk also left the latter ruing lost opportunities.

All this left us with a thrilling finish, especially after Sedina drew with D'Amore to guarantee herself at least equal first. Could Kengis or Hecht catch her? A win by Kengis would have won him the event on countback; but Darryl played his best game of the event to inflict the Latvian GM's only loss and claim equal second on 8. Hecht could not shift the solid Arlandi, and ended up on the worse end of the drawn endgame. So Sedina won with 8, while Hecht would still have been content with his equal second (as was D'Amore). Kengis and Arlandi had to settle for equal fifth on 7 with Jordan, Dragicevic and Pecori, the latter two ending their sensational tournaments by drawing with Bjelobrk and beating Xie respectively. Smerdon defeated Zvedeniouk to share tenth place with Iggy, Aaron Guthrie, Tomek Rej and Raymond Song. - Charles Zworestine

Conference/Council Minutes: minutes from the recent ACF Conference and Council Meeting in Mt Buller can be viewed on the ACF website

Correspondence charity match: AJEC (the French correspondence chess ssociation) with the help of Med Samraoui (ICCF Zonal Director for Asia and Africa) is organising a charity match "AJEC/Asia vs. Rest of the World". Details on the ACF website

Anand was interviewed by Peter Fitzsimmons in an interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald recently. Fitzsimmons opened the Australian Open Chess Championships in Sydney about 10 years ago.

New Zealand News: Paul Garbett has won the New Zealand Grand Prix: 1st Paul Garbett (NS) 68.5 $500; 2nd Alexei Kulashko (AC) 64.5 $350; 3rd Anthony Ker (WN) 62.5 $250; 4th Stephen Lukey WN) 56 $200; 5th Leonard McLaren (NS) 54.5 $150. Details

And NZ is gearing up for the Oceania Zonal from 30 January to 4 February, with a prize-fund of $6600. Venue: Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre. Enquiries: Paul Spiller.

World News:

Adams, Leko lead Corus supertournament: Official Site | View games - A | B games | C games | Rounds 1-2 annotated

Scores after 4 rounds: Adams, Leko 3.0; Topalov, Ponomariov, Short, Grischuk 2.5; Bruzon, Van Wely, Kramnik, Polgar 2.0; Anand 1.5; Sokolov, Svidler 1.0; Morozevich 0.5.

B scores: Mamedyarov 3.5; Stellwagen 3.0; Carlsen, Stefanova, Karjakin, Cheparinov 2.5; Nielsen, Smeets, Nikolic 2.0; Ramirez, Kosteniuk, Onischuk 1.5; Nijboer, Ernst 0.5.

C scores: Alekseev 3.5; Korotylev, Spoelman, L'Ami, Georgiev 3.0; Zhukova 2.5; Jonkman, Bosboom-Lanchava 2.0; Pliester, Negi 1.5; Bosboom, Wempe 1.0; Muhren, Mamedjarova 0.5.

This tournament in Wijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands, is probably the strongest event of the year. Only Kasparov is missing from the line-up, which includes Anand, Topalov, Kramnik, Leko, Morozevich, Adams, Svidler, Polgar, Grischuk, Ponomariov, Sokolov, Van Wely, Short and Bruzon. It's a Category 19 event with an average rating of 2721. A strong "B" tournament features top juniors Sergey Karjakin and Magnus Carlsen, female stars Antoaneta Stefanova and Alexandra Kosteniuk, along with Predrag Nikolic, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Onischuk, Peter Heine Nielsen, Ivan Cheparinov, Friso Nijboer, Daniel Stellwagen, Sipke Ernst, Alejandro Ramirez and Jan Smeets. The "C" tournament features strong GMs Alekseev, Korotylev and Georgiev along with L'Ami, Zhukova, Bosboom, Jonkman, Pliester, Spoelman, Lanchava, Mamedyarova, Negi, Muhren and Wempe.

Judit Polgar, returning to chess after having a baby last year, beat Peter Svidler in round 1 after he allowed his bishop to become trapped. Topalov accepted Ponomariov's pawn sacrifices and won the ending. In the B tournament, Kosteniuk won a great game against Onischuk, beginning with a striking sacrificial attack and ending with rook and bishop triumphing over rook (theoretically drawn, but difficult to draw in practice).

Bulgaria's Veselin Topalov crushed world champion Vladimir Kramnik in just 20 moves in round 2. Kramnik snatched a pawn early, but then found himself tied in knots as he tried to save his embattled queen. In other surprises, Leko beat world No 2 Anand. Adams beat Morozevich while Ponomariov beat Polgar.

Round 3 saw Leko beat Svidler, while Sokolov lost to Ponomariov, and Morozevich fell to Grischuk. Polgar and Kramnik had an exciting draw.

Adams ended Topalov's run with an impressive positional win in round 4, as Kramnik caught Sokolov in a mating net and Svidler was lucky to escape against Anand. Morozevich lost again, this time to Short.


Kramnik, V (2754)    --    Topalov, V (2757)
Corus A  (2)   Wijk aan Zee NED
2005.01.16     0-1     B90


A humiliating defeat for the world champion
1...c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8. g4 h6 9.Qd2 b4 10.Na4 Nbd7 11.O-O-O Ne5!?
A novelty, apparently, with the idea of harrassing the Na4 with ...Bd7. And f4 can always be met by ...Nxg4, hitting the Be3.
"Principled", as they say, and risky
12...Bd7 13.Nb3?
Most commentators thought this an error. For one thing, it abandons f3; for another, it needlessly restructs the white queen. Some recommend Nc3
13...Rb8 14.Qa3
( The point is that 14.Bb6 is met by 14...Rxb6!! 15.Nxb6 Nc6! And black gets two pieces for the rook. Still, after 16.Qa4 Qxb6 17.Qxa6 Qe3+ 18.Kb1 Qxf3 19.Bb5 it still looks like a game! )
14...Nxf3 15.h3 Nxe4 16.Be2 Ne5 17.Rhe1 Qc7 18.Bd4 Nc6 19.Bc3 d5 20.Nbc5 Qa7
( 20...Qa7 21.b4 Nxc3 22.Nxc3 Nxb4 23.Nb3 Nd3+ )

Polgar, Ju (2728)    --    Svidler, P (2735)
Corus A  (1)   Wijk aan Zee NED
2005.01.15     1-0     C89

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.g3 Bd6 13.Re1 Qd7 14.d3 Qh3 15.Re4 Nf6 16.Rh4 Qf5 17.Nd2 Re8 18.Ne4!?

White hands back the pawn but gains the initiative
18...Nxe4 19.Rxe4 Rxe4 20.dxe4 Qxe4 21.Bc2 Qe7 22.Bg5 f6 23.Be3 Be6 24.Qf3! Qd7 25.Rd1!
A troublesome pin
25...Rd8 26.Be4! Bxa2?? 27.Bb6! Bb3 28.Rd4!
Now if the Rd8 moves, Bc5 wins
28...c5 29.Bxc5 Qe6 30.c4!
( 30.c4 Bxc4 31.Rxc4! bxc4 32.Bd5 +- A remarkably quick collapse! )

Anand, V (2786)    --    Leko, P (2749)
Corus A  (2)   Wijk aan Zee NED
2005.01.16     0-1     B33

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 11.c3 Bg7 12.exf5 Bxf5 13.Nc2 O-O 14.Nce3 Be6 15.Bd3 f5 16.O-O Ra7 17.a4 Ne7 18.Nxe7+ Rxe7 19.axb5 axb5 20.Bxb5 d5 21.Ra6 f4 22.Nc2 Bc8 23.Ra8 Qd6 24.Nb4 Bb7 25.Ra7 d4 26.Ba6??

...Bxg2!! 27. Bc4+
( 27.Rxe7 Qg6!! 28.f3 Bxf3+ 29.Kf2 Qg2+ 30.Ke1 Bxd1 31. Kxd1 f3 -+ )
27...Kh8 28.Ra6!?
Ingenious defence
28...Qc5 29.Kxg2 f3+ 30.Kh1 Qxc4 -/+ 31.Rc6 Qb5 32.Rd6 e4 33.Rxd4 !? Bxd4 34.Qxd4+ Qe5 35.Qxe5+ Rxe5 36.Nc2 Rb8 37.Ne3 Rc5 38.h3 Rxb2 39.c4 Rg5 40.Kh2 Kg8 41.h4 Rg6 42.Kh3 Kf7 43.Nf5 Rc2 44.Ne3 Rd2 45.c5 Ke6 46.c6 Rg8 47.c7 Rc8 48.Kg3 Rxc7 49.Kf4 Rd4 50.Ra1 Rf7+ 51.Kg3 Rd8 52.Ra6+ Ke5 53.Ng4+ Kd5 54.Nf6+ Rxf6 55.Rxf6 Ke5 56.Rh6 Rg8+ 57.Kh3 e3 0-1

Kosteniuk, A (2490)    --    Onischuk, Al (2652)
Corus B  (1)   Wijk aan Zee NED
2005.01.15     1-0     C65

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Bc5 5.c3 O-O 6.d4 Bb6 7.Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 d6 9.Qd3 Bd7 10.Nbd2 a6 11.Bc4 exd4 12.cxd4 g5

13.e5!! gxh4 14.Qg6+ Kh8 15.Qxh6+ Nh7 16.Ne4! f5
( 16...Bf5 17.Nf6 Rg8 18.Nxh4 )
17.Nfg5 Qe7 18.Nf6 Qg7 19.Qxh7+ Qxh7 20.Ngxh7 Rfd8 21.Ng5 dxe5 22.Nf7+ Kg7 23.dxe5 Nxe5 24.Nh5+ Kg6 25.Nxe5+! Kxh5 26.Be2+ Kg5 27.Nf7+

Some graceful tactics by Kosteniuk
27...Kf6 28.Nxd8 Rxd8 +- 29.Rad1 Re8 30.Bf3 Bc8 31.Rfe1 Rg8 32.Bd5 Rh8 33.Bb3 Bc5! 34.Rd3 Bd6
The repositioned Bd6 limits the Rd3
35.Bd5 b6 36.g3 Bd7 37.Rf3 Rh5 38.Re4 hxg3 39.hxg3 f4 40.Rfxf4+!? Bxf4 41.Rxf4+ Ke7 42.Rd4 c5 43.Rd2 b5 44.f4 c4 45.Kf2 a5 46.Ke3 Rh3 47.Rg2 Rh1 48.a4 b4 49.Bxc4 Bxa4 50.g4 Bc6 51.Rg3 Re1+ 52.Kd2 Rb1 53.b3 a4 54. Re3+ Kf8 55.bxa4 Bxa4 56.Bd3 Rb2+ 57.Kc1 Rg2 58.g5 Be8 59.Re6 b3 60.Rb6 Rg4 61.Rf6+ Kg7 62.Bc4 Ba4 63.Bd5 Rg3 64.Kb2 Re3 65.Rb6 Re2+ 66.Ka3 Ra2+ 67.Kb4 Rf2 68.Rb7+ Kg6 69.Be4+ Kh5 70.Rf7 Be8 71.Rf8 b2!? 72.Kc3
( 72.Rxe8 b1=Q+ 73.Bxb1 Rb2+ )
72...Bg6!? 73.Rh8+ Kg4 74.Bxg6 Rxf4 75.Kxb2 Kxg5 =
A theoretical draw, but the weaker side often (usually?) loses. White's aim is to force black's king to the edge of the board and set up mating threats
76.Bd3 Kf6 77.Re8 Kf7 78.Re3 Kf6 79.Kc3 Rh4 80.Bc4 Kf5 81.Kb4 Kf4 82.Re7 Rh5 83.Kc3 Re5 84.Rf7+ Rf5 85.Re7 Re5 86.Rh7 Re3+ 87.Bd3 Re8 88. Rh4+ Ke3 89.Rh1 Rc8+ 90.Bc4 Rd8 91.Be6 Rd3+ 92.Kc4 Rd4+ 93.Kc5 Ra4 94.Rh3+ Kf2 95.Bc4 Ra8 96.Kd4 Ra4 97.Rc3 Ra7 98.Ke4 Rh7 99.Rf3+ Kg2 100.Bd5 Rh4+ 101.Ke5 Kg1 102.Be4 Rh2 103.Rf4 Rd2 104.Kf5 Rf2 105.Bf3 Rb2 106.Rh4 Rb8 107.Kf4 Kf2 108.Rh2+ Ke1 109.Be4 Rb3 110.Bf3 Rb4+ 111.Kg3 Rd4 112.Re2+ Kf1 113.Re3 Rd2 114.Ra3 Rd4

( 115.Ra1+ wins )

Polgar, Ju (2728)    --    Kramnik, V (2754)
Corus A  (3)   Wijk aan Zee NED
2005.01.17     1/2-1/2     B33

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 Bg5 12.Nc2 O-O 13.a4 bxa4 14.Rxa4 a5 15.Bc4 Rb8 16.b3 Kh8 17.Qe2 f5 18.h4 Bf6 19.exf5 Bxf5 20.Nce3 Bd7 21.Bd3 Ne7 22.Nxe7 Qxe7 23.Nd5 Qf7 24.Rxa5 Bd8 25.Ra7 Qxd5 26.Rxd7 Rxb3 27.Qg4 Bf6 28.Qf5 Qg8 29.O-O Rxc3 30.Rxd6 Bxh4 31.Qxe5

Bxf2+!! 32.Rxf2 Rc1+ 33. Kh2
( 33.Rf1!? Rfxf1+ 34.Bxf1 Qf8! and white is unable to defend both f1 and d6: a remarkable conception! )
( 33.Bf1 Rxf2 34.Kxf2 Qf8+ 35.Kg3 Rxf1 36.Qd4 Qb8! and ...Rf8 )
33...Rxf2 34.Rh6!! Rcf1
Planning to meet 35 Bxh7! Qxh7 36 Qe8+ with Rf8
35.Rxh7+ Qxh7+ 36.Bxh7 Kxh7 37.Qh5+ = Kg8 38.Qe8+ Rf8 39.Qe6+ R1f7 40.Kg3 Rd8 41.Kg4 Kf8 42.Kg5 Rf6 43.Qb3 Rdd6 44.Qb8+ Kf7 45.Qb3+ Rde6 46. g4 Kg8 47.Kh4 Kh7 48.Qd3+ Rg6 49.Qf5 Rf6 50.Qe4 Rc6 51.Kg3 Rc3+ 52.Kh4 Rc5 53.Kg3 Rh5 54.Qb1 Ra5 55.Qe4 Ra1 56.Qf5 Rg1+ 57.Kf2 Rh1 58.Kg3 Rg1+ 59.Kf2 Rxg4 1/2-1/2

Kramnik, V (2754)    --    Sokolov, I (2685)
Corus A  (4)   Wijk aan Zee NED
2005.01.18     1-0     C96

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 cxd4 12.cxd4 Bb7 13.d5 Rc8 14.Nbd2 Qc7 15. Bd3 Nd7 16.Nf1 Nc5 17.b3 f5 18.exf5 Bf6 19.Be4 Qf7 20.Ng3 Nxe4 21.Nxe4 Qxd5 22.Bd2! Nc6 23.Bg5! Nb4 24.Bxf6 gxf6 25.Nxd6! Qxd1 26.Rexd1 Bxf3 27. gxf3 Rc3 28.a4! Rxb3 29.axb5 axb5 30.Kh2!

White has a surprisingly strong attack
30...Kg7 31.Rg1+ Kh6 32.Rg4 Nc6 33.Rag1 Kh5 34.Rg7 h6 35.Ne4 Rxf3 36.R1g4
There's no answer to Ng3+
( 36.R1g4 b4 37.Ng3+ Rxg3 38.fxg3 b3 39.Rh4# )

Suttor, V (1904)    --    Humphries, R (1495)
Under 18 Open  (3.7)   Mt Buller
2005     1-0


Vincent Suttor, who has been leading the Australian Junior, has produced some good games. Here are a few:
1...d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Nh4 Bg6 7.Nxg6 hxg6 8.e3 e6 9.Bxc4 Bd6 10.h3 Nbd7 11.Bd2 Qc7 12.Qb3 Nd5 13.e4 Nxc3 14.Bxc3 O-O 15.h4! Qb6 16.Qc2 Bb4?!
Ineffectual. Black needs to hit back hard in the centre or he'll be slaughtered
17.h5 gxh5
( 17...g5!? )
18.Rxh5 Bxc3+ 19.bxc3 Rfd8 20.e5 +/-
White's attack is very strong
20...Kf8 21.Qd2! Ke8 22.Rh7 Nxe5? 23.Rh8+! Ke7 24.Qg5+ f6 25.Qxg7+ Nf7 26.Rh6 +- 1-0

Chow, S (2199)    --    Suttor, V (1904)
Under 18 Open  (4.1)   Mt Buller
2005     0-1

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 h6 4.Bxf6 Qxf6 5.Nf3 Qd8 6.Qd2 Be7 7.Nc3 d6 8.O-O-O a6 9.h4 Nd7 10.Rh3 b5 11.Qf4 Bb7 12.Kb1 c5 13.dxc5 Nxc5 14.e5 d5 15.Rg3 Bf8 16.Nd4 Qe7 17.h5 O-O-O 18.Nb3 Nxb3 19.axb3 Rd7 20.Ne2 Rg8 21. Nd4 Rc7 22.Rdd3 Qe8 23.Rc3 Bc5 24.b4 Bb6 25.Be2 Kb8 26.Rxc7 Bxc7 27.Qe3 Qe7 28.Bxb5 Qxb4

( 28...axb5 29.Nxb5 Qxb4 30.Qa7+ Kc8 31.Nxc7 Kxc7 32.Rc3+ Kd7 33.Rb3 )
29.Bxa6 Bb6 30.Rg4 Qc5 31.Bxb7 Kxb7 32.Qf4 Qe7 33.Nb5 Kc6 34.Qa4 Qc5

35. Rg3?? Qxb5 36.Qxb5+ Kxb5 37.Rf3 Rf8 38.Rg3 Bxf2 39.Rxg7 Bd4 40.Rh7 Be3

Suttor, V (1904)    --    Yu, R (2092)
Under 18 Open  (5.1)   Mt Buller
2005.01.15     1-0

1.d4 g6 2.e4 c6 3.Bd3 Bg7 4.Nf3 d5 5.exd5 cxd5 6.O-O Nf6 7.Re1 O-O 8.c3 Nc6 9.Qc2 Bg4 10.Nbd2 Rc8 11.Qb3 Qc7 12.h3 Bf5 13.Bxf5 gxf5 14.Ne5 Nxe5 15.dxe5 Ne4 16.Nf3 e6 17.Bf4 f6 18.Nd4?!

This looks risky to me
18...Nc5 19.Qd1 fxe5 20.b4 Ne4!?

21.Nxe6 Qd6 22.Nxf8 exf4 23.Nxh7 Kxh7 24.Qh5+ Kg8 25.Rad1 Rf8 -/+
This position looks much better for black, but white wins easily enough!
26.c4 d4 27.c5 Qd5
...Qc6 or a6 might be safer

( 28...d3!? gives up a piece but keeps the white rooks and pawns under control, eg 29.fxe4 Qd4+ 30.Kh2 fxe4 31.a3 e3 ( 31...f3 32.gxf3 Qf2+ 33.Kh1 e3 34.Qd5+ Rf7 35.Qd8+ Bf8 36.Qg5+ Rg7 37.Qd5+ Kh8 38.Qh5+ Rh7 39.Qe5+ Kg8 40.Rg1+ Kf7 41.Qf5+ ) 32.Qf3 d2 33.Re2 Qd3 34.a4 Qb3 35.Qf1 Qxa4 -+ )
29.Qg5 d3 30.Kh2 d2 31.Re7 Qd4 32.Qg6 Qf6
( 32...Ne2!? 33.Rxd2?? Qg1# )
33.Qxf6 Bxf6 34.Rxb7 Bc3 35.c6 Rc8 36.b5 Ne2 37.Rxa7 Nd4 38.a4 Kf8
( 38...Nc2 39.c7 Ne3 40.Rxd2 Bxd2 41.b6 Nf1+ 42.Kg1 Be3+ 43.Kxf1 Bxb6 44.Rb7 Bxc7 )
( 38...Nc2!? 39.b6 Rxc6 40.b7 Rb6 41.Ra8+ Kg7 42.b8=Q Rxb8 43.Rxb8 Ne3 44.Rbb1 +- )
39.h4 Ke8 40.Kh3 Kd8 41.Rd7+ Ke8 42.h5 Ra8 43.h6 Rxa4 44.h7 Nxb5 45.R1xd2 Ra6 46.Re2+ Kf8 47.Re6 Ra1 48.Kh2
A great fight!


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 Details, entry form, accommodation info
2005 Open - Tasmania: June 11-13; Burnie Chess Club; Room 25, Portside Building, Spring Street, Burnie. Contact: Neville Ledger, P.O. Box 837, Burnie, Tasmania 7320. Email
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

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

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


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