Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 308, March 2, 2005

In this issue:
March Ratings
Queensland bids for Aussie Champs
Laurieton One Day
World News - Kasparov leads Linares!
Grand Prix Tournaments
Other Events
International Tournaments

The Doeberl Cup is coming soon: $10,000 in prizes - Australia's top weekender! Easter weekend - March 25-28 in Canberra - be there! Click here for full details, entry form, accommodation information

The March 2005 Ratings are now available on the the ACF website.

The top players:

 2641!    0  NSW  Rogers, Ian [GM]
 2506!    9  QLD  Wohl, Aleksander H [IM]
 2491!!  20  VIC  Johansen, Darryl K [GM]
 2489!!   9  NSW  Lane, Gary W [IM]
 2420!    0  NSW  Zhao, Zong-Yuan [IM]
 2405!    0   SA  Chapman, Mark [IM]
 2399!!   9  QLD  Solomon, Stephen J [IM]
 2395!    0   SA  Tao, Trevor
 2388!!  11  VIC  Smerdon, David C [IM]
 2386!!   0  VIC  Froehlich, Peter [IM]
 2383!!  27  VIC  Bjelobrk, Igor
 2364!!   0  VIC  West, Guy [IM]
 2358!    0  VIC  Sandler, Leonid [IM]
 2352!!  20  NSW  Xie, George
 2330!!   9  VIC  Depasquale, Chris J [FM]
 2326!!   9  NSW  Canfell, Gregory J [FM]
 2303!!   9  NSW  Reilly, Tim [FM]
 2297!    9  NSW  Feldman, Vladimir [IM]
 2296!    0  NSW  Smirnov, Vladimir
 2296!    0  QLD  Caoili, Arianne B [WFM]
 2295!!   9  VIC  Rujevic, Mirko [IM]
 2290!   21  VIC  Jordan, Bill [FM]
 2286!   12  VIC  Baron, Michael [FM]
 2249!!   0  VIC  Levi, Eddy L [FM]
 2240!    0  NSW  Cook, Roger S
 2231!    0  VIC  Hamilton, Douglas G [FM]
 2216!!   0   SA  Zaric, Srboljub
 2211!    0  NSW  Kabir, Ruhul
 2204!!  14  NSW  Tan, Justin
 2203!   14  NSW  Scott, Ronald
 2203!!  20   SA  Guthrie, Aaron
 2202!    9  NSW  Berezina - Feldman, Irina [IM]
 2198!!   7  NSW  Ayvazyan, Armen
 2198!    0  NSW  Tindall, Brett [FM]
 2197!!   6   WA  Boyd, Tristan
 2194!    0  NSW  Salter, Michael
 2192!!   0  NSW  Goris, Robert
 2192!!  22  VIC  Chow, Samuel
 2188!    0  NSW  Hirschhorn, Jeremy K
 2184!    9  QLD  Sorokina, Anastasia [WIM]
 2180!   10  VIC  Partsi, Dimitry
 2176!!  20  QLD  Humphrey, Jonathan
 2175!    0  NSW  Flatow, A (Fred) [FM]
 2174!!  25  NSW  Rej, Tomek
 2173!    0  VIC  Anderson, Tim
 2158!    0   WA  Byrne, Stewart J
 2155!!   7  NSW  Bird, Andrew
 2139!    0  NSW  Fuller, Maxwell L [FM]
 2138!    0  VIC  Booth, Stewart
 2138!!  23  VIC  Dragicevic, Domagoj
 2137!!   0   WA  Barber, Haydn J [FM]
 2135!!   9  NSW  Charles, Gareth
 2135!    0  NSW  Camer, Angelito
 2129!    0  NSW  Bouchaaya, Tony
 2126!!   0   SA  Cowley, Robert G (Bob)
 2125!    0   SA  Goldsmith, Alan D
 2124!!   6  NSW  Agulto, Edgardo
 2121!    0  NSW  Samar, Raul
 2119!!   9  NSW  Jones, Brian A [FM]
 2119!    0  NSW  Luchtmeijer, Ton

Queensland bids for Aussie Champs: The Chess Association of Queensland has applied to host the 2005/06 Australian championships and the 2006 Australian Junior. The events would be held at the Carlton Crest Hotel in King George Square, Brisbane, which also offers accommodation.

Laurieton One Day Chess, February 27: 21 players competed in our 15th 'One Day Chess' on Sunday, 27th. of February. It was a pleasant surprise to all to have Johnny Bolens from Sydney to take part in this. And all our efforts to force him for even a draw, or unthinkable loss failed. His masterful tactics were just too much.

1. Bolens, Johnny (2106) 7/7, 2. Louie, Simon (1398) 5, =3. Weltner, Michael (1525), Luck, Geoff (u/r), Mearns, David (1343), Lane, Endel (1467) 4.5, =7. Parr, Bruce (1059), Lithgow, George (1332), Northover, Matthew (1259) 4, =10. Lukic, Milorad (1617), Tan, Philip (1630), Parsons, Colin (u/r), Arthur, Joshua (922), Fajks, James (357) 3.5, =15. Parker, Tyler (u/r), Brown, Joshua (618), Fajks, Thomas (434), Peters, Michael (767) 3, 19. Parker, Matthew (u/r) 2.5, 20. McIlveen, Trevor (217) 2, 21. Aiken, Ron (u/r) 1.

We appreciate the effort of 5 Newcastle players to come to Laurieton for this event. And 'thank you' to all other players. Next - 8th annual Laurieton 'May Open' - April 31/May 1.
- Endel Lane.

Email/Internet Team Chess Match: Matthew Sweeney is organising a series of games between various teams (eg junior and senior) to be conducted over the internet. Players will vote for moves via email. Anyone interested should email Matthew for further information.

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.

Ian Rogers has informed me that the Asian Championship has been indefinitely postponed due to the ructions in the Indian Chess Federation (as have all the other Indian international events such as the Commonwealth Championships).

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: Day 6: Topalov beat Vallejo in a very sharp game. Anand-Kasparov drew a sharp Sveshnikov while Leko could not beat Kasimdzhanov's Marshall gambit. Day 5: Kasparov beat Adams to maintain his lead, while Kasimdzhanov-Topalov and Vallejo Pons-Anand were drawn. On day 4, Adams beat Vallejo while Anand-Kasimdzhanov and Topalov-Leko were draws. Kasparov beat Vallejo on day 3 to take the lead while Leko-Anand and Kasimdzhanov-Adams were draws. On the second day, Anand beat Topalov while Kasparov-Kasimdzhanov and Adams-Leko were drawn. Topalov beat Adams in round 1, while Leko-Kasparov and Kasimdzhanov-Vallejo were drawn and Anand had the bye. Scores: 1. Kasparov, Garry g RUS 2804 3.5/5; 2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2786 3.0/5; 3. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2678 3/6; 4. Leko, Peter g HUN 2749 2.5/5; 5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2757 3.0/5; 6. Adams, Michael g ENG 2741 2.0/5; 7. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2686 1.0/5. Site : View games

6th Poikovsky Karpov tournament: Scores after 4 rounds: 1. Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2683 3.0; 2. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2715 2.5; 3. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2710 2.5; 4. Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2652 2.5; 5. Vaganian, Rafael A g ARM 2670 2.0; 6. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2735 2.0; 7. Dreev, Alexey g RUS 2704 2.0; 8. Dominguez, Lenier g CUB 2661 1.5; 9. Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2650 1.5; 10. Sadvakasov, Darmen g KAZ 2635 0.5. Site : View games

Bangladesh Championship: Scores after 3 rounds: Rahman, Abdulla, Murshed 2.5/3; 4. Reefat, Bin-Sattar m BAN 2462 2.0/2; 5. Uten BAN 2141 2.0/3; 6. Hossain, Enamul m BAN 2434 1.5/3; 7. Hasan, Mehdi BAN 2282 1.5/3; 8. Islam, Kh. Aminul f BAN 2287 1.5/3; 9. Rahman, S. Manfuzur BAN 2210 1.5/3; 10. Ahmed, Mainuddin BAN 2143 1.0/3; 11. Abu Sufian, Sakil f BAN 2270 0.5/2; 12. Hasan Md, Emam BAN 2121 0.5/3; 13. Islam, Aminul Polash BAN 2198 0.5/3; 14. Haque, Rezaul f BAN 2175 0.0/3 View games

Jussupow wins German Championship: The tournament included veteran GM Vlastimil Hort, who once pplayed Spassky in candidates match. Leading scores after 9 rounds: Jussupow 7.0; Gustafsson 6.5; Graf, Baramidze, Khenkin, Luther, Kritz 6.0; Braun, Prusikin, Sprenger, Fish, Schlosser, Meister, Hort 5.5. Site : View games

FIDE announces World Championship Match-Tournament: The recent FIDE President's Council in Tbilisi, Georgia, has announced a world championship match-tournament for October. The two-round event would include Kasimdzhanov, Adams, Kramnik, Leko, Kasparov, Anand, Topalov and Morozevich, with the winner declared the "absolute world champion". The prize fund will be at least $US500,000, and Tbilisi, Singapore and Yerevan (Armenia) have already expressed interest in hosting the tournament.

The FIDE announcement follows Kasparov's recent withdrawal from his planned match against Kasimdzhanov - part of the troubled "reunification" scheme.


Vallejo Pons, F (2686)    --    Kasparov, G (2804)
XXII SuperGM  (3)   Linares ESP
2005.02.25     0-1     D02

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 e6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e4 b5 5.a4 c6 6.axb5 cxb5 7.b3 Bb7 8. bxc4 Bxe4 9.cxb5 Nf6 10.Be2 Be7 11.O-O O-O 12.Nc3 Bb7 13.Bf4 Bb4!? 14.Na4 Nbd7 15.Qb3 Nd5 16.Bg5 Be7 17.Bd2 a6 18.b6 Bc6 19.Ne5 Nxe5 20.dxe5

Kasparov gives up the exchange to eliminate the dangerous b6 pawn and gain attacking chances
( 21.Qxb6 Bxa4 22.Qxd8 Rfxd8 23.Rxa4 Rxd2 24.Bxa6 Bc5 is better for black )
21...Qxd2 22.Nxa8 Qxe2 23.Nc7
Extracting the knight will be difficult
23...Qxe5 24.Qg3! Qf5 25.Rxa6
( 25.Nxa6 h5!? leaves the knight sidelined and vulnerable )
25...Be4 26.Ra7 Bc5 27.Ra5?? Bxf2+ 28.Qxf2 Qxa5 29.Nxe6!?
The "point" to the combination - but Kasparov has seen further!

( 29...Bxg2 30.Kxg2 Qd5+ 31.Kg1 Qxe6 -+ )

Topalov, V (2757)    --    Vallejo Pons, F (2686)
XXII SuperGM  (6)   Linares ESP
2005.02.28     1-0     B90

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8. f3 Be6 9.Qd2 O-O 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.g5 b4 13.Ne2 Ne8 14.f4 a5 15.f5 a4!? 16.fxe6 axb3 17.exf7+

( 17.exd7 bxa2 and queens )
17...Rxf7 18.Kb1!? bxc2+ 19.Kxc2!?
Black seems to have reasonable chances here
19...Nb6 20.Nc1 d5 21.exd5 Nd6 22.Kb1 Rf3?!
( 22...Nbc4 23.Bxc4 Nxc4 24.Qd3 Nxe3 25.Qxe3 Bxg5 26.Qxe5 Bxc1 27.Rxc1 Rfa7 for example, looks OK for black )
23.h4 Na4 24.Qe2 Rg3?! 25.Bf2 Rc3!?

26.Qxe5 Nxb2!? 27.Bd4!
( 27.Kxb2 Qa5 28.Qxe7 Qa3+ 29.Kb1 Rxc1+ 30.Rxc1 Qxa2# )
27...Bf8 28.Kxb2 Rf3
Threatening ...Rxf1 and ...Nc4+
29.Bd3 Kh8
( 29...Rxd3 30.Qe6+ Kh8 31.Rxd3 )
30.Qe2 Rf4 31.Qh5 Nf5
( 31...h6 32.Qxh6+ )
( 32.g6 h6 33.Bxf5 +- )

Grischuk, A (2710)    --    Rublevsky, S (2650)
6th Karpov  (4)   Poikovsky RUS
2005.03.01     1-0     D27

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e3 c5 5.Bxc4 a6 6.O-O Nf6 7.Bb3 b5 8.a4 b4 9.Nbd2 Be7 10.e4 cxd4 11.e5 Nfd7 12.Nc4 Nc6 13.Nxd4 Ncxe5 14.Bf4 Nxc4 15.Nc6 Qb6 16.Nxe7 Kxe7 17.Bxc4 Bb7 18.Qb3 Nc5 19.Qe3 Qc6 20.f3 Rhd8 21. Rfc1 Rac8 22.Qe1 Ke8 23.Bg5 Rd4 24.Be3 Rd7 25.Qxb4 Qd6 26.Bf1 a5 27.Qa3 Rdc7 28.Bb5+ Ke7 29.Rc3 Nd7 30.Rxc7 Rxc7 31.Qxd6+ Kxd6 32.Bd2 Rc2 33.Bxa5 Rxb2 34.Rc1 Nf6 35.Bc7+ Kd5 36.Rd1+ Kc5 37.Be5 Ra2 38.Bd4+ Kb4 39.Rb1+ 1-0

Graf, Alexander (2637)    --    Gustafsson, Jan (2616)
DEM 2005  (4.1)   Altenkirchen
2005.02.21     0-1     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.Bxd5 cxd5 13.d4 Bd6 14.Re3 Qh4 15.h3 Qf4 16.Re5 Qf6 17.Re1 Qg6 18.Qf3 Bd7 19.Be3 Rae8 20.Nd2 Re6 21. Kh1 Bb8 22.Nb3 Rf6 23.Qe2

Bxh3!! 24.f4
( 24.gxh3 Qe4+ 25.f3 Rxf3 -+ )
24...Bxg2+!! 25.Qxg2 Qh5+ 26.Qh2 Qf3+ 27.Qg2 Rh6+ 28.Kg1 Rg6
( 28...Rg6 29.Qxg6 fxg6 and the attack continues )

Jussupow, Artur (2582)    --    Luther, Thomas (2543)
DEM 2005  (5.3)   Altenkirchen
2005.02     1-0     D48

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Ne4 Nd5 12.O-O h6 13.a4 b4 14.a5 Be7 15.Bc4 Bb7 16.Qxd4 Qb8 17.Bd2 O-O 18.Rfe1 Rd8 19.Ng3 Nc7

20.Bxh6!! Bxf3
( 20...gxh6 21.Qg4+ Kh8 22.Qh5 Bf8 23.Ng5 looks crushing )
21.gxf3 gxh6 22.Qg4+ Kf8
( 22...Kh8 23.Qf4 Bf8 24.Qxf7 and Bd3/Nh5 )
23.Nh5 Ne8 24.f4 Bc5 25.Bxe6!! Qa7
( 25...fxe6 26.Qxe6 followed by Qh6+ gives white an ongoing attack where it is difficult for black to untangle the clumsy knights )
26.Re2 Nxe5!? 27.Rxe5 Bxf2+ 28.Kf1 fxe6 29.Qxe6 Bh4 30.Rf5+ Nf6 31.Rxf6+ Bxf6 32.Qxf6+ Kg8 33.Qg6+ Kh8 34.Qxh6+ Qh7 35.Qf6+ Kg8 36.Qg5+ Kf7 37.Qf6+ Kg8 38.Qg5+ Kf7 39.f5 Rg8
( 39...Rg8 40.Qf6+ Ke8 41.Re1+ Kd7 42.Qe6+ Kc7 43.Rc1+ Kd8 44.Qd6+ Qd7 45.Qxd7+ Kxd7 46.Nf6+ Ke7 47.Nxg8+ Rxg8 48.Rc6 +- )

Lima, Darcy (2529)    --    Matsuura, Everaldo (2462)
Brasileiro2004 final  (8)   2005.02.19     1-0     A00

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.O-O Bd7 5.Re1 a6 6.Bf1 Bg4 7.d3 g6 8. Nbd2 Bg7 9.h3 Bd7 10.c3 Nf6 11.d4 cxd4 12.cxd4 O-O 13.d5 Nb8 14.a4 e6 15. Nc4 exd5 16.exd5 Bxa4!?

( 16...Qc7 17.Be3 is uncomfortable )
17.Rxa4 b5 18.Ra2 bxc4 19.Bxc4 +/- Re8 20.Be3 Qc8 21.b3 Nbd7 22.Nd4 Ne5 23.Rc2 Nxc4 24.bxc4
( 24.Rxc4!? Qb7 25.Nc6 )
24...Nd7 25.Nc6 Ne5 26.c5! dxc5
( 26...Nxc6 27.cxd6! +- )
27.Rxc5 Qd7 28.Bf4 Nxc6 29.dxc6 Qxd1 30.Rxd1 a5 31.c7 a4 32.Rb5 a3 33.Rb8 Raxb8 34.cxb8=Q Rxb8 35.Bxb8 Bb2!?
( 35...a2 36.Rd8+ Bf8 37.Be5 +- )
36.Rd8+ Kg7 37.Rd2!
Threatening Rxb2! and Be5+!
( 37...a2 38.Be5+! Bxe5 39.Rxa2 )
38.Kh2 g5 39.f4 gxf4 40.Bxf4 a2

41.Rxb2!! a1=Q 42.Be5!!
Now black has no way to stop Rb8+, either mating or winning the queen!

Milos Jr, Gilberto (2598)    --    Lima, Darcy (2529)
Brasileiro2004 final  (6)   2005.02.17     1-0     A00

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.O-O Nbd7 8. cxd5 exd5

( 8...Nxd5 9.Nxd5 exd5 10.a3 Ba5? 11.dxc5 Nxc5 12.Bb1 )
9.a3 Bxc3 10.bxc3 Qc7 11.Nh4 Re8 12.f3 Nf8 13.Ra2 Ng6 14.Nf5 Bd7 15.g4 Bc6 16.g5 Nd7 17.f4 Ne7 18.Nh4 Rf8 19.Qg4 Qa5 20.Bd2 Qa4 21.Bc2 Qc4 22.Rb2 Rae8 23.Qh3 Ng6 24.Nf5 Re6 25.e4! Rxe4
( 25...dxe4 26.Bb3 Qd3 27.Qxd3 exd3 28.d5 )
26.Nd6 Qa6 27.Nxe4 dxe4 28.d5! Ba4 29.Bxe4 Re8 30.Qd3 c4 31.Qd4 Bb3 32.Bc1 Qxa3??

33.Bxg6 hxg6 34.Re2 Qf8 35.Ba3!!

Fier, Alexandr (2489)    --    Milos Jr, Gilberto (2598)
Brasileiro2004 final  (4)   2005.02.16     0-1     A00

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 h6 7.h4 Nc6 8. Rg1 d5 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.g5 hxg5 11.Bxg5 Qa5 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.exd5

Ba3!! 14. Qc1 cxd5 15.Rg3 Bd6 16.Qe3
( 16.Rh3 d4 )
16...Bxg3 17.Qxg3 Ke7 18.O-O-O Bb7 19.Ne4!! dxe4 20.Qd6+ Ke8 21.Qd7+ Kf8 22.Qxb7 Rd8 23.Rxd8+ Qxd8 24.Qxe4 f5 25.Qb4+ Kg8 26.Bd3 Rxh4 27.Qb7 Qd4 28.Qa8+ Kh7 29.Qg2 Qf4+ 30.Kd1 Rh2 31.Qb7 Kg7 32.Qxa7 Rxf2 0-1

Murshed, N (2479)    --    Haque, R1 (2175)
31st ch-BAN  (1)   Dhaka BAN
2005.02.25     1-0     B07

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 Qa5 5.Bd3 e5 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be3 Nbd7 8. O-O Be7 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 O-O 11.Ne2 Rae8 12.c3 Bd8 13.b4 Qc7 14.Ng3 exd4 15.cxd4 Nb6 16.a4 Nc8 17.a5 a6 18.Rac1 Qe7 19.Nf5 Qe6 20.e5 Nd5

21.Nxg7!! Qh6
( 21...Kxg7 22.f5 Qe7 23.f6+ Nxf6 24.exf6+ Qxf6 25.Qg4+ Kh8 26.Rxf6 Bxf6 27.Qf5 )
22.Nf5 1-0

Grand Prix tournaments:

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
Brisbane Open Mar 26-28 Cat 2 Marymac Centre, Annerley (Gardiner Chess)
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
Gold Coast Open June 18/19 Cat 3 Robina Town Centre Community Centre (Gold Coast Chess Club)
Caloundra Open: June 25-26; Cat 3. Email Bob Goodwin, Suncoast Chess Club
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;
Nell Van De Graaff Classic Sept 10-11; Cat 3; Somerset College Sports Pavilion (Gold Coast Chess Club).
Geelong Open: October 1-2. Geelong Chess Club.

Other events:

Sydney Easter Cup: Easter Saturday and Easter Monday - March 26 and 28; Cabra-Vale Diggers Chess Club; 1 Bartley Street, Cabramatta. Lightning competition March 28 evening; Entry Fee: $20/$10; Contact: Ernest Dorn 9727-2931 0419-260-240
Queensland Women's Chess Championship: April 9-10; Gardiner Chess Centre 11 Hardys Rd Mudgeeraba 5522 7221; 6 Round Swiss; Entry Fee $45 + $10 CAQ fee if required. Contact Gail Young 3372 8077; Graeme Gardiner 5522 7221
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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