Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 307, February 23, 2005

In this issue:
Solomon-Ly match
Toukley U/2000
Maroondah Festival
Croydon Chess Allegro
Rival bulletin board
World News
Grand Prix Tournaments
Other Events
International Tournaments

It's on for young and old: IM Stephen Solomon and the new Australian Junior Champion, 13 year old Moulthun Ly, will play an 8 game training match on the weekends of 9/10 April and 16/17 April at the Gardiner Chess Centre.

Play will start on each of the four days at 10am, with the second game on each day starting one hour after the first game finishes, to allow time for analysis and refreshments. Time controls will be 90 mins a side plus 30 secs a move (Fischer). All games will be relayed live to the internet via (live chess).

Gardiner Chess is sponsoring the prizes of $300 for the winner and $100 for the loser. As this is a training match, all eight games will be played, even if the result is decided before the final game.

Participants in the Gold Coast Junior Championships (9/10 April) and Queensland Women's Championship (16/17 April) will benefit from being able to watch the games live at the centre.

Except in exceptional circumstances, matches are not normally rated by the ACF, so we will not be submitting the results for rating.

- Graeme Gardiner
Phone +61 7 5522 7221
Fax +61 7 5522 7760

Toukley U/2000: (NSW)

Place Name                  Feder Loc  Score

  1   Castor, David         NSW   1973 6.5  
  2   Bautista, Elpidio     NSW   1850 6    
  3   Ikeda, Junta          ACT   1916 5.5  
 4-9  Wright, Neil S        NSW   1996 5    
      Chan, Jason           NSW   1957 5    
      Illingworth, Max      NSW   1839 5    
      Zvedeniouk, Ilia      NSW   1978 5    
      Bautista, Edgar                  5    
      Mendes da Costa, Alex NSW   1877 5    
 10   Lattimore, Tor        ACT   1829 4.5  
11-23 Stead, Kerry          NSW   1999 4    
      Murrell, Malcolm R    NSW   1687 4    
      Guo-Yuthok, Sherab    ACT   1578 4    
      Ali, Mosaddeque       ACT   1734 4    
      Ramachandram, Raj     NSW   1543 4    
      Brown, Andrew         ACT   1521 4    
      Baterowicz, Mark      NSW   1608 4    
      Topfer, Nick          ACT   1388 4    
      Myers, John           QLD   1973 4    
      Harris, Benjamin      NSW   1588 4    
      Behne-Smith, David    NSW   1420 4    
      Parker, Trent         NSW   1367 4    
      Guenette, Pierre C    NSW   1678 4    
24-25 Kordahi, Nicholas     NSW   1741 3.5  
      Guo, Emma             ACT   1060 3.5  
26-37 Smit, George          NSW   1555 3    
      Hannagan, Peter K     NSW   1780 3    
      Farrell, Keith R      NSW   1406 3    
      Tubic, Luka           NSW   1505 3    
      Keuning, Anthony V    NSW   1600 3    
      Ikeda, Miona          ACT   1298 3    
      Hoole, Jeyaranjan     ACT   1524 3    
      Smith, Kayleigh       ACT   1075 3    
      Ivanovic, Radislav    NSW   1413 3    
      Greenwood, Norman     NSW   1518 3    
      Losh, Gary            NSW   1524 3    
      Dickson, Ian C        NSW   1560 3    
38-40 Ong, Lara             ACT   843  2.5  
      Phillips, Andrew      NSW        2.5  
      Mann, Barry R         NSW   1554 2.5  
41-46 Chiddy, Rory                     2    
      Keuning, Patrick J    NSW   1244 2    
      Whiteside, Ben                   2    
      Rajendran, Prem       NSW   646  2    
      Chiddy, Lance         NSW   932  2    
      Wright, Allan         NSW   1268 2    
 47   Mehen, Alex           NSW        1    
 48   Smith, Harry F        NSW   1411 0   

The inaugural Maroondah Festival Chess Championship (Victoria) was played on Sunday, 20th February 2005 under overcast skies as the eighteen participants enjoyed the open air environment at Croydon Park.

We were pleased to welcome a number of visiting players on the day, from as far afield as Werribee and Healesville, including James Bonning (a regular poster on Chess Chat). Lots of "walk-ups" introduced themselves during the competition and we expect to see many new faces at Croydon Chessover coming weeks ... including several players rated above 2000.

Format was a 5-round Allegro, Swiss pairings, 15 minutes per player, no increment.

Open - Winner: Gary Bekker 4/5 (on tie-break)
Open - Runner Up: Stephen Frost 4/5 (on tie-break)
Under 18 - Winner: Jared Frost 3/5
Under 18 - Runner Up: Jay Maccarron 2/5
Under 12 - Winner: Jamie Yung 3/5
Under 12 - Runner Up: Jared Christensen 2/5

Place  Name.............  Score
 1-4   Bekker, Gary         4
       Frost, Stephen       4
       Bonning, James       4
       Smith, Mike          4
 5-7   Yung, Jamie          3
       Bradley, Mark        3
       Frost, Jared         3
 8-9   Abrahams, Charles    2.5
       Carthew, Seraphina   2.5
10-14  Christensen, Jared   2
       Young, Jack          2
       Gibson, Kyle         2
       Maccarron, Jay       2
       Bradley, Tyler       2
15-16  Maccarron, Cayl      1.5
       Brooks, Christine    1.5
17     Brooks, Beverly      1
18     Frost, Courtney      0

Croydon Chess Allegro: (Victoria). The new club hgeld its first tournament on 17th February 2005 - a 5 round allegro, 15 minutes each, no increment.

The Field:
Fourteen (14) players participated which was a somewhat stronger than expected turnout for our very first tournament, with Bill Collins (2084) and Denis Bourmistrov (2025) expected to do well. A surprise visit from IA Gary Bekker (1565) was most welcome.

Round 1: Charles Abrahams (1344) caught out young Jared Frost (unr) with an Orang-Utan opening (1.b4). Mike Smith (1342) and improving junior Michael Collins (1016) played the game of the round ... the latter winning on time with just 2 seconds left on his own clock in a roughly even position.

Round 2: Gary Bekker played a great game to beat Denis Bourmistrov. A minor family feud between Stephen Frost (1197) and son Jared was resolved in the elder's favour.

Round 3: Bill Collins moved to 3/3 with a win over Gary Bekker. Denis Bourmistrov moved back into contention with a win over Tony Waller (1793).

Round 4: Bill Collins moved to 4/4 by opening up Stephen Frost's stonewall defence and catching him in a mating net. Gary Bekker improved to 3/4 with a win over Charles Abrahams.

Round 5: Gary Becker moved into contention (4/5) with a win over Stephen Frost's Benoni Defence after picking up a crucial pawn late in the game and eventually converting it to a Queen. But Bill Collins (5/5) underlined his superiority on the night with a well-earned win against Denis Bourmistrov (3/5).

Final Standings:
1st place: 5/5 Bill Collins
2nd place: 4/5 Gary Bekker
3rd place: 3/5 Denis Bourmistrov (on tie break)

Pos Pts Name(s).......................................
1   5   Bill Collins
2   4   Gary Bekker
3   3   Denis Bourmistrov (on tiebreak)
4-6 3   Tony Waller, Charles Abrahams, Michael Collins
7   2.5 Stephen Frost
8-9 2   Mike Smith, Jared Frost
10  1.5 David Payton
11  1   Jason Gardiner
12  0   Ben Kyne

Junior Highlight: Jared Frost's 5th-round win over David Payton.

- Steve Frost

No Bull: Outspoken Wollongong chess enthusiast Matthew Sweeney has set up a new bulletin board for chess players - a rival to the popular Chess Chat BB. Matthew says the goals are freedom of expression; to attract and welcome more juniors to the online community in order to nurture their willingness to contribute some of their time to Australian Chess itself; To provide useful information and facilitate greater contacts between players wishing to play OTB chess; and to evolve with the Australian chess scene and thus contribute to the expansion of chess throughout the culture.

Readers should be warned that Bulletin Boards are not for everyone - they're full of strong views, stridently expressed - but hardened BB fans may wish to check out the new board.

(Please note that the ACF has no association with any bulletin board and does not endorse any comments made.)

Asian Individual Championship, Kochi (IND) Dates: 21.03.05 - 31.03.05 Organiser: All India Chess Federation Web Site: Info: Entries will be accepted until 28 February 2005. The venue of the Championship is Hotel Riviera Suites, Thevara Water Front, Kochi-682013, Kerala, India. More than 30 GMs/IMs have already confirmed. The prize fund is an awesome amount of US$33000. The first prize is US$6000 and the last prize (30th) is US$500 . Organisers will provide free board & lodging in star hotel to those with FIDE rating 2550 and above and to one official player. This 11 round Championship will be a golden opportunity for obtaining Titles/Norms. The top 13 players will qualify for the World Chess Championship. Please download the Invitation and General Information or the tournament Registration Form.

World Youth Championships- Belfort, France: Applications are now open for the FIDE World Youth Championship 2005, to be held in Belfort, France, July 18-30.

The event has 10 tournaments, with Open and Girls sections in the following divisions: U10, U12, U14, U16, U18. Australia can send one selected player in each age division who receives free accommodation, and others may also go, subject to ACF approval, who need to meet their own costs.

Applications must be in accordance with the ACF Selection Procedures By-law, which can be found at Applications must include all information required in section 8.2 of the Selection Procedures By-Law, may include extra results and candidates' statements (sections 8.2.3 and 8.2.4), and must be submitted by Wednesday 2 March.

The timetable for the selections is as follows:

Wednesday 2 March - applications close
Tuesday 15 March- deadline for corrections to material submitted and all material including rating files to selectors
Tuesday 29 March - deadline for selectors votes. Applicants will be informed as soon as votes have been tallied.

Please send all applications to me, Kevin Bonham, via email If no reply has been received within seven days please phone 6224 8487 or 0421 428 775. Please note that I will be offline and uncontactable during the following dates: 4-6 March, 11-14 March, 22-24 March.

Please direct all general (non-selection) enquiries about the events to the team manager, Jenni Oliver

- Kevin Bonham
Acting ACF Junior Selections Co-Ordinator.

Australian Championships 2005/2006 - Junior Championships 2006 - Call for Bids

In April 2004 the ACF Council called for bids for the Australian Championships 2005/2006 and associated events, the Australian Junior Championships 2006 and the Australian Schools Teams Championships 2005.

The only bid received was from the NSWCA/NSWJCL for the Australian Schools Teams Championships 2005. That bid was accepted at the ACF Council meeting on 11 October 2004.

This leaves the other events without a formal bid. I am anxious to ensure that we have the situation clarified and any bids in a state suitable for acceptance at the next ACF Council meeting to be held at Easter. By then there will be only 9 months' lead time for the events.

The purpose of this notice is to call formally (again) for bids for the Australian Championship 2005/2006 and/or the Australian Junior Championships 2006.

Bids are to be submitted in writing (includes email) by 5pm on Thursday 10 March 2005 to Jey Hoole, ACF Secretary

A form of application (in either PDF or Word format) that covers the matters required by the ACF By-laws to be addressed is available by e-mail from me.

Should not all the required information be available by the deadline, as much as is available should be supplied.

If any bid is submitted on the basis of the ACF running the event direct, rather than granting its running upon application by a State Association, attention is drawn to By-law 14 of the By-laws for ACF Tournaments which provides that "the Council shall determine the State where a tournament will be held with the approval of the State Association of that State". Any such application should also give particulars of the proposed organising committee as it is not to be assumed that the ACF would undertake that task.

Denis Jessop
ACF President

World News:

Linares: One of the world's top tournaments has just begun in Spain. The 7 player, category 20 (average rating 2743) double round robin features Kasparov, Anand, Topalov, Leko, Adams, Kasimdzhanov and Vallejo Pons. Topalov leads after beating Adams in round 1, while Leko-Kasparov and Kasimdzhanov-Vallejo were drawn. Anand had the bye. Site : View games

Sutovsky wins Aeroflot Open: A huge event in Moscow. Players include Ivanchuk, Akopian, Bologan, Sakaev, Radjabov, Khalifman, Mamedyarov, Movsesian etc. Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Sutovsky, Kharlov, Ivanchuk, Motylev, Akopian 6.5; Sorokin, Bacrot, Volkov, Eljanov, Khalifman, Radjabov, Malakhov 6.0. Site : View games

Shengelia, Brodsky win Cappelle la Grande: Tragedy for Iranian GM Amir Bagheri, who led for much of the event and was on 6.5/7, but lost to Brodsky in the last round. There were 590 players this year in this famous annual tournament, including Delchev, Socko, Spraggett, Rozentalis etc. Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Shengelia, Brodsky 7.5; Bagheri, Gormally, Oleksienko, Hebden 7.0; Czarnota, Kveinys, Delchev, Burmakin etc 6.5 . Site : View games

Iceland gives Fischer a passport: Iceland has granted Bobby Fischer a special passport that allows him to travel to Western Europe. "Fischer's dispute with the Japanese authorities is first and foremost due to him having been in Japan without a valid passport. This should solve that problem," said Einar Einarsson, chairman of an Icelandic Bobby Fischer supporters group. Article

German Championship: Leading scores after 5 rounds: Gustafsson, Jussupow, Graf 4.0. Site : View games

Brazilian Championship: Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Leitao, Milos 7.5; Lima 7.0; Limp, El Debs, Assumpcao, Di Berardino 5.5. Site : View games


Azarov, S (2565)    --    Tkachiev, V (2609)
Aeroflot Open  (3)   Moscow RUS
2005.02.17     1-0     B08

1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Bg5 Nc6!? 6.d5 Nb8 7.h3 O-O 8. Bc4 c6 9.dxc6 Nxc6 10.O-O h6 11.Be3 Bd7 12.Qe2 Rc8 13.Bb3 Kh7 14.Rad1 Qa5 15.Rfe1 Be6 16.Nd4 Bd7 17.f3 Ne5 18.Qf1 a6 19.f4 Nc6 20.Qf2 Qh5 21.Nde2 Na5

22.e5! Ne8
( 22...dxe5 23.Ng3 Qh4 24.fxe5 +- )
23.Rd5! Nxb3 24.e6! Qxd5 25.exd7!! Rxc3 26.Nxc3!! Bxc3
( 26...Qa5 27.Bb6! )
27.d8=Q Bxe1 28.Qxe1 +- Nd4 +- 29.Qxe7 Ne6 30.Bd2 N8g7 31.Qf6 Nh5 32.Qc3 Nhxf4 33.Bxf4 Nxf4 34.Qed2 Qg5 35.Kh2 Re8 36.Qc4 Ne6 37.Qxg5 hxg5 38.Qd5 Kg7 39.Qxb7 Nf4 40.Qxa6 Re2 41.Qxd6 Rxg2+ 42.Kh1 Rg3 43.a4 Rxh3+ 44.Kg1 Rf3 45.Qd7 Kh6 46.a5 Kh5 47.a6 g4 48.Qb5+ Kh4 49.a7 Nh3+ 50.Kh1 Kg3 51. Qe5+ Nf4 52.Qe1+ 1-0

Berkes, F (2610)    --    Van Wely, L (2679)
Aeroflot Open  (3)   Moscow RUS
2005.02.17     0-1     A62

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Bg2 g6 7.Nf3 Bg7 8. Nc3 O-O 9.O-O Re8 10.Bf4 a6 11.a4 Ne4 12.Nxe4 Rxe4 13.Nd2 Rb4!? 14.Ra2 g5 !? 15.Be3 f5!? 16.Nf3 h6 17.Qc1 Qf6 18.h4 g4 19.Nd2 Bd7 20.Nc4 a5 21.Bd2 Be8!? 22.Re1 Nd7 23.e4 Bg6 24.exf5 Bxf5 25.Bxb4 axb4 26.Qf4 Bc2!? 27.Qxg4 Bb3 28.Qxd7 Bxc4 29.b3 Bxb3 30.Rae2 Rf8 31.Re7 Bc2 32.Kh2 b3 33.R1e6 Qd4 34.Qxb7 b2 35.Re1 Rxf2 36.a5 Bf8 37.Re8 Bg6 38.a6 Bxe8 39.a7 Rxg2+ 40.Kxg2 Qd2+ 41.Kf1 Bg6 0-1

Aronian, L (2684)    --    Popov, Val (2588)
Aeroflot Open  (4)   Moscow RUS
2005.02.18     1-0     D15

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Nf3 b5 6.c5 g6 7.Qb3 a5 8.Ne5 Bg7

9.Nxb5!? cxb5 10.Bxb5+ Kf8 11.O-O Ba6 12.a4 Ne4 13.Nd3 Bb7 14.f3 Nf6 15.Ne5 Qc7 16.Bd2 h5 17.c6 Bc8 18.e4 Qb6 19.Be3 Be6 20.Rac1 Na6
( 20...dxe4 21.Nxg6+! Kg8 22.Nxe7+ Kf8 23.d5 Qc7 24.dxe6 Kxe7 25.Bc5+ +- )
21.f4 Nc7 22.f5 Bc8 23.Rc5 Ba6
( 23...Na6 24.Rxd5! Nxd5 25.Qxd5 e6 26.Qd6+ Kg8 27.fxg6 +- )
24.Bg5 Bc8 25.Kh1 Nxe4

26.Bxe7+!! Kxe7 27.Rxd5!! Nxd5 28.Qxd5 Ng5 29.Nxg6+ !! fxg6 30.Re1+ Be6
( 30...Kf8 31.Qd6+ Kg8 32.Bc4+ Kh7 33.Qxg6# )
31.Rxe6+!! Kf8
( 31...Nxe6 32.Qxe6+ Kf8 33.Qd6+ Kg8 34.Bc4+ Kh7 35.Qxg6# )
32.Qd6+ Kg8 33.Bc4 Kh7 34.Re7 gxf5 35.Qf6 Rhg8 36.Qxg5
( 36.Qxg5 Qxc6 37.Re6 Qxc4 38.Qxh5+ Bh6 39.Qxh6# )

Sutovsky, E (2669)    --    Filippov, Va (2621)
Aeroflot Open  (4)   Moscow RUS
2005.02.18     1-0     B31

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.c3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd5 6.O-O Bg7 7.d4 cxd4 8. cxd4 O-O 9.Nc3 Nxc3 10.bxc3 d6 11.exd6 exd6 12.Bg5 Qc7 13.Re1 h6 14.Bf4 Ne7 15.Qb3 g5

16.Nxg5!? hxg5 17.Bxg5 Be6 18.Rxe6!? fxe6 19.Qxe6+ Rf7 20. Re1 a6 21.Ba4 Nc6 22.Bb3 d5 23.Bxd5 Kf8 24.Qg6 Re8 25.Rxe8+ Kxe8 26.h4 Kf8 27.h5 Qd7 28.Be6 Ne5 29.dxe5 Qd1+ 30.Kh2 Bxe5+ 31.f4 Bxf4+ 32.Bxf4 Rxf4 33.Qh6+ Ke7 34.Qxf4 Kxe6 35.Qe4+ Kd6 36.Qd4+ Qxd4 37.cxd4 Ke7 38.d5

Sorokin, M (2578)    --    Sadvakasov, D (2635)
Aeroflot Open  (6)   Moscow RUS
2005.02.20     1-0     A30

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6 3.g3 c5 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.Nc3 g6 6.O-O Bg7 7.d4 cxd4 8. Qxd4 d6 9.Rd1 Nbd7 10.Be3 Rc8 11.Rac1 O-O 12.Qh4 a6 13.b3 Rc7 14.Bh3 Qb8 15.g4 e6 16.g5 Ne8 17.Ne4 b5 18.cxb5 axb5 19.Bd4 Rxc1 20.Rxc1 Qa8 21.Bxg7 Kxg7

22.Nxd6!! Bxf3 23.Rc8!! Qd5 24.Nxe8+ Kh8 25.Nf6 Qd1+ 26.Bf1 Bh5 27. Rxf8+ Nxf8 28.Qb4
( 28.Qb4 Kg7 29.Ne8+ Kg8 30.Qc3 f6 31.Nxf6+ Kf7 32.Qc7+ +- )

Malakhov, V (2664)    --    Areshchenko, A (2570)
Aeroflot Open  (6)   Moscow RUS
2005.02.20     1-0     B52

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.O-O Nf6 6.Qe2 Nc6 7.Rd1 Qg4 8.d3 Ne5 9.Nbd2 e6 10.h3 Qh5 11.d4 Nxf3+ 12.Nxf3 cxd4 13.e5!

Breaking the Qh5's link to the queenside, with tempo
13...dxe5 14.Qb5+ Nd7 15.Rxd4!! Rd8

16.Rxd7!! Rxd7 17.g4!!
( 17.g4 Qxh3 or ...Qg6 18.Nxe5 +- )

Tseshkovsky, V (2581)    --    Smirnov, P (2645)
Aeroflot Open  (7)   Moscow RUS
2005.02.21     1-0     B93

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 Qc7 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.g4 Nc5 9.Bf3 e5 10.Nb3 exf4 11.Bxf4 Be6 12.Qe2 Be7 13.e5 dxe5 14.Bxe5 Qb6

15.Bxf6! Nxb3
( 15...Bxf6 16.Nd5! Qd8 17.Nxc5 +- )
16.Nd5! Qa5+ 17.Bc3 Qc5 18.Bb4! Qxb4+ 19.Nxb4 Bxb4+ 20.c3 Nd4 21.Qe4 Nxf3+ 22.Qxf3 Be7 23.O-O-O O-O 24.Rhe1 b5 25.Rxe6 fxe6 26.Qe3 Kh8 27.g5 Rac8 28. Kb1 b4 29.cxb4 Bxb4 30.a3 Bc5 31.Qxe6 1-0

Grand Prix tournaments:

Te following Queensland GP events have been confirmed:
Brisbane Open Mar 26-28 Cat 2 Marymac Centre, Annerley (Gardiner Chess)
Gold Coast Open June 18/19 Cat 3 Robina Town Centre Community Centre (Gold Coast Chess Club)
Caloundra Open June 25/26 Cat 3 CCSA Hall Caloundra (Bob Goodwin, Suncoast Chess Club)
Nell Van De Graaff Classic Sept 10/11 Cat 3 Somerset College Sports Pavilion (Gold Coast Chess Club)

Graeme Gardiner writes: Both the Gold Coast Open and Caloundra Open have been moved forward a week (mutual agreement between Bob Goodwin and myself). We originally moved them both back a week, to accommodate a possible Guinness Book of Records simultaneous world record attempt, but this has now been deferred. The new Port MacQuarie Open has been scheduled for 2/3 July, and this was clashing with the Caloundra Open.

Ballarat Begonia Open: March 12--14; Class 3 GP; AmenitiesCentre, Old Gaol Building, School of Mines, Lydiard St South, Ballarat; Details: Patrick Cook 03 5331 6658 or Scott Stewart 0411 465 976. PO Box 1242, Ballarat Mail Centre Vic 3354; or; Accomodation; Begonia Festival; Public transport.
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
Caloundra Open: June 25-26; Cat 3. Email Bob Goodwin
Port Macquarie PCYC Weekender: July 2-3; Cat 3; Four Points By Sheraton hotel, 2 Hay Street, Port Macquarie, NSW; Les Wells 0403 860100
Adelaide Uni Open: July 9-10; Uni of Adelaide Union Building; Cat 3; $4000 in prizes; Entry Fees: $50/$40 for the open, $40/30 for the U/1600 event. Live music entertainment, cinema, table tennis and a canteen that serves lunch. Contact Alex Saint;
Geelong Open: October 1-2. Geelong Chess Club.

Other events:

Toukley U2000 Tournament: 19-20 February, Toukley RSL Club, Holmes Avenue, Toukley, NSW, 7 rounds, Details: Brian Jones 02-9838-1529.
Laurieton One Day Chess: February 27, 10.30am, Laurieton Services Club, NSW Contact: Endel - 6559 9060
City of Sydney Championships; Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club; 27 Feb to 10 April (Sundays except March 20th and Easter); 9 rounds/2 rounds a day from 11am; City of Sydney Lightning 10th April 4.00pm; Mail entries to NSWCA GPO Box 2418 Sydney 2001. Email entries accepted: Enquires Trent Parker Ph: 0419469764.
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 events:

The 5th BCC Open is coming soon! It will be held May 19-23 at Regent Cha-Am Resort ( approx 200km from Bangkok. All tournament details can be seen in our website You can register by using the online registration form, and a list of already-registered players will be on the website soon.

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


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