Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 309, March 9, 2005

In this issue:
ACF Council meeting
Victorian news
ICCF Ratings
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 next ACF Council meeting will be held at 7pm on March 20 at the Italo-Australian Club in Canberra - the venue for the Doeberl Cup. Among the matters to be considered are applications to host upcoming Australian championship events and the 2006 Grand Prix, junior trophies, and disciplinary matters from the recent Mt Buller tournaments.

In Victoria: With two rounds to go in the Box Hill Chess Club Autumn Cup, there is a six-way tie for the lead. Domagoj Dragicevic, Dimitri Partsi, Denis Bourmistrov, Janos Nemeth, Tuan Le and Marcus Raine are all on 4/5. In B division Rengan Vijayakumar, Alan Glenton and Elena Galiabovich are in the lead, also on 4/5. It looks set to be a nail-biting conclusion over the next two weeks. Full round 5 results for the Autumn Cup can be viewed here

And with three rounds to go in the Dandenong Summer Swiss 2005 Malcolm Pyke has extended his lead to a full point over five players. Malcolm's win over Miralem Campara took him to 5/5, Abdulwahab Rashid, Milenko Lojanica and Zdravko Lojanica have each had two draws whilst Richard Voon and Amir Mahic have each lost one game and these five players are all on 4/5.

The U1600 group is being led by Peter Pispek and Ismet Gungordu on 3.5/5 ahead of a large group of players on 3/5. Peter and Ismet play each other in Round 6.

The U1400 section is being led by Michael Potter on 3 / 5 ahead of Daniel Potter and Frank Drazzi on 2.5/5. - Garry Lycett

(Information from the Chess Victoria email newsletter)

International Correspondence Chess Federation Ratings for Australians in march 2005 can be viewed here (PDF) or here (XLS). File courtesy of Steve Kerr.

NSW news: 53 players are competing in the City of Sydney Open championship and supporting under 1700 rated event at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club. The three players rated above 2100 FM George Xie,FM Greg Canfell and Armen Ayvazyan as well as fifth seed Romeo Capilitan (2057) have won their first two games in the 21 players, 9 round title tournament.

86 year old Lloyd Fell, co-winner of the 2005 St. George Leagues Club Summer Open, is seeded 15th this year. Fell won the City of Sydney title in 1944 (his first tournament more than 60 years ago), 1960, 1962 and 1973. - Peter Parr

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



We look for a woman player (minimum 18yo, rating 2000 FIDE, who knows at least French and English) to work as chess assistant manager (also she teach chess in schools, free time to play tournaments)

Where? Nantes (France) for Nantes Jeunesse Echecs ( 270 members)

Salary : 800$ per month at least

If interested: please contact our club at

- best regards
Fabrice Drouet (Nantes Chess Club)

World News:

Anand closes the gap at Linares: Rest day today. Day 11: Anand beat Kasimdzhanov with black while Leko-Topalov and Vallejo Pons-Adams were drawn and Kasparov had a rest day. Kasparov still leads. Day 10: Kasparov won again, this time beating Vallejo Pons, while Anand-Leko and Adams-Kasimdzhanov were drawn. The result leaves Kasparov a full point ahead of the field. Day 9: Kasparov beat Kasimdzhanov with black in an exciting game, while Topalov-Anand and Leko-Adams were drawn. Day 8: Vallejo beat Kasimdzhanov, Adams-Topalov and Kasparov-Leko drawn. Day 7: three draws, nothing special. On 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 6.5/9; 2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2786 5.5/9; 3. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2757 5.0/9; 4. Leko, Peter g HUN 2749 5.0/10; 5. Adams, Michael g ENG 2741 4.5/10; 6. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2678 3.5/10; 7. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2686 3.0/9.

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Fischer in solitary: Bobby Fischer has been placed in solitary confinement at a Japanese immigration detention center for four days after a fracas with guards at breakfast, his fiancee and ex-bodyguard said on Monday. Article

Bacrot, Bologan win Poikovsky Karpov tournament: Bacrot beat Bologan in round 8 to join him in the lead. Final scores after 9 rounds: Bacrot, Bologan 6.0; Grischuk, Dreev 5.5; Svidler 5.0; Vaganian, Dominguez, Onischuk 4.0; Rublevsky 3.5; Sadvakasov 1.5. Site : View games

Kramnik versus Minister: A German government minister, Peer Steinbrück, challenged Kramnik to an exhibition game on March 5. The event took place at the Art and Exhibition Hall in Bonn, Germany. Site : View game

Anibal Open: Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Cheparinov 7.5; Lorenzini, Korneev, Maze 7.0; Burmakin, Sorokin, De La Paz, Pogorelov 6.5. View games

Mimoza 2005 Open: Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Damljanovic,Savic 7.0; Abramovic, Blagojevic 6.5; Popovic, Nanu, Genov, Nestorovic, Vajda, Vlatkovic 6.0; Vajda, L ... 5.5. Site : View games

The first World "Chessdarts" Championship took place on February 28 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands - at the Krasnopolsky Hotel, in the very room where Max Euwe beat Alexander Alekhine in 1935. The event consisted of teams of chess-players and darts-players. The winners were chess-playing GM Alexandra Kosteniuk and 2004 Darts World Champion Andy Fordham, who were dubbed "The Beauty and the Beast" by the press. More ...

Millennium Chess Festival - the premier chess event of Virginia USA - featured an exhibition game between US Champ 17-year-old Hikaru Nakamura and 4-time Women's World Champion Susan Polgar and a Fischerrandom blitz tournament. More ...


Dreev, A (2704)    --    Dominguez, L (2661)
6th Karpov  (5)   Poikovsky RUS
2005.03.03     1-0     D45

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 dxc4 8. Bxc4 e5 9.Bd2 O-O 10.O-O-O exd4 11.Nxd4 Ne5 12.Be2 Nexg4 13.Rhg1 Nxf2 14. Rdf1 Nh3 15.Rg2 Be5 16.Nf3 Qe7 17.Bd3 g6 18.Bc4 Ng4 19.Nxe5 Nxe5 20.Ne4 Kh8 21.Nf6 b5 22.Be2 Nd7 23.Bc3 Qxe3+ 24.Kb1 Nxf6 25.Rxf6 Kg8

26.Rgxg6+!! fxg6 27.Rxg6+!! Kf7 28.Rg7+ Ke6 29.Bg4+ Kd5 30.Qd1+ Ke4 31.Re7+ Kf4 32. Rxe3 Bxg4 33.Qd4+ Kg5 34.Qg7+ Kh5 35.Qxh7+ Kg5 36.Re5+ Rf5 37.Bd2+

Kasimdzhanov, R (2678)    --    Kasparov, G (2804)
XXII SuperGM  (9)   Linares ESP
2005.03.04     0-1     D47

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9.O-O a6 10.e4 c5 11.d5 Qc7 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Bc2 c4 14.Nd4 Nc5 15. Be3 e5 16.Nf3 Be7 17.Ng5 O-O! 18.Bxc5 Bxc5 19.Ne6 Qb6 20.Nxf8 Rxf8

Black has a fine attacking position in return for the exchange
21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.exd5 Bxf2+!! 23.Kh1
( 23.Rxf2 Ng4!! 24.Qxg4 Qxf2+ 25.Kh1 Qf1+ 26.Rxf1 Rxf1# )
23...e4 24.Qe2 e3 25.Rfd1 Qd6 26.a4 g6 27.axb5 axb5 28.g3 Nh5 29.Qg4

Bxg3 !! 30.hxg3 Nxg3+ 31.Kg2
( 31.Kg1 e2 32.Re1 Qc5+ )
31...Rf2+ 32.Kh3
( 32.Kg1 Ne2+ 33.Kh1 Qh2# )
32...Nf5 33.Rh1 h5!! 34.Qxg6+ Qxg6 35.Rhg1 Qxg1 36.Rxg1+ Kf7 -+ 0-1

Cheparinov, I (2572)    --    Burmakin, V (2554)
XI Anibal Open  (8)   Linares ESP
2005.03.03     1-0     C10

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.O-O Ngf6 8.Ng3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 c6 10.b3 Be7 11.Bb2 O-O 12.Rad1 Re8 13.a3 Qa5 14.c4 Qg5 15.Rfe1 Nf8 16.h3 Ng6 17.Ne4 Nxe4 18.Qxe4 Rad8 19.g3 Bf6 20.h4 Qh5 21.b4 Ne7

22.g4! Qxh4 23.Kg2! h5 24.f3 hxg4 25.fxg4 Qg5 26.Bc1 Qg6 27.Qe2
The queen is trapped

Kasimdzhanov, R (2678)    --    Anand, V (2786)
XXII SuperGM  (11)   Linares ESP
2005.03.06     0-1     B50

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Be2 Bg4 5.d3 e6 6.Nbd2 Nc6 7.Nf1 d5 8. exd5 Nxd5 9.Qa4 Bh5 10.Ng3 Nb6 11.Qd1 Bg6 12.O-O Be7 13.a4 O-O 14.a5 Nd5 15.Qa4 Qc7 16.d4 cxd4 17.Nxd4 Nxd4 18.Qxd4 f5 19.Qa4 Rad8 20.Rd1 f4 21.Ne4 Qe5 22.Bf3 b5 23.Qc2 Nf6 24.Nxf6+ Qxf6 25.Qb3 Rxd1+ 26.Qxd1 Rd8 27.Qe2 Bd3 ! 28.Qe1 e5 29.Be2 Bxe2 30.Qxe2 e4! 31.g3

e3! 32.fxe3
( 32.gxf4!? exf2+ 33.Qxf2 Rd1+ 34.Kg2 Qg6+ 35.Kh3 Qh5+ 36. Kg2 Qg4+ 37.Qg3 Qe2+ 38.Qf2 Qe4+ 39.Qf3 Rg1+ )
32...f3! 33.Qxb5 f2+ 34.Kg2 Rf8 35.Qd5+ Kh8 36.Kf1 Qh6 37.Bd2 Qh3+ 38.Qg2 Qf5
Now there's no stopping ...Qd3+ or ...Qb5+ followed by queening the pawn

Svidler, P (2735)    --    Rublevsky, S (2650)
6th Karpov  (8)   Poikovsky RUS
2005.03.06     1-0     B43

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.Qe2 Bd6 8.Nf3 Nc6 9.O-O b6 10.h3 Bb7 11.Bd2 Ne5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.f4 Bd4+ 14.Kh1 d6 15.Nd1 Nd7 16.c3 Bf6 17.Nf2 O-O 18.Ng4 Be7 19.f5 Kh8 20.fxe6 fxe6 21.Rxf8+ Bxf8

( 21...Rxf8 22.Bxa6 Bxa6 23.Qxa6 h5 24.Nh2 Rf2 25.Nf3 +/- )
22.Rf1 Nc5 23.Bc2 Qc6 24.Qf2 Be7 25.Bg5! Qe8 26.Bxe7 Qxe7 27.e5! d5

28. Bxh7!! Kxh7 29.Nf6+!! gxf6 30.Qh4+ Kg8 31.exf6 Qh7
( 31...Qf7 32.Rf4 Kf8 33.Qh8+ Qg8 34.Qh6+ Kf7 35.Rg4 Qf8 36.Qh7+ Ke8 37.Rg8 +- Qxg8 38.Qe7# )
32.f7+ Qxf7 33.Rxf7 Kxf7 34.Qh7+ Ke8 35.h4 +- d4!? 36.cxd4 Nd7 37.h5 Bd5 38.h6 Nf8 39.Qg7 Be4 40.Qe5 Bh7 41.Qc7 Rd8 42.Qxb6 Bd3 43.a4 Rd5 44.Kg1 Kf7 45.Qc7+ Nd7 46.Qg3 Bg6 47.b4 Nf6 48.Qc7+ Rd7 49.Qf4 Bf5 50.g4! Nxg4
( 50...Bxg4 51.h7 Kg7 52.Qxf6+ +- )
51.Qg5 Nxh6 52.Qxh6 Rxd4 53.Qe3 Rxb4 54.Qa7+ Kf6 55.Qxa6 Be4 56.Kf2 Bd5 57.a5 Rb2+ 58.Ke3 Ra2 59.Kd4 Ra4+ 60.Kc5 Ra2 61.Kd6 Kf5 62.Qd3+ Kf4 63.a6 Kg4 64.Ke5 Kh4 65.a7! Kg4 66.Qb1! Re2+
( 66...Rxa7 67.Qg1+ )
67.Kd4 Bf3 68.Qg6+ Kh3 69.Qd3 e5+ 70.Kc3
( 70.Kc3 Kg4 71.a8=Q Bxa8 72.Qxe2+ +- )

Steinbrueck, Peer    --    Kramnik, V (2754)
Exhibition Game  (1)   Bonn GER
2005.03.05     0-1     C90

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8. h3 Na5 9.c3 Nxb3 10.Qxb3 Bb7 11.d3 O-O 12.Be3 c5 13.Nbd2 Qc7 14.Rac1 Rfe8 15.Qc2 d5 16.Bg5 Rad8 17.Rcd1 h6 18.Bh4 dxe4 19.dxe4 c4 20.Bg3 Bc5 21.Bh4 g5 22.Bg3 Nh5 23.Nf1 Nf4 24.Bxf4 exf4 25.N1h2 Qb6 26.Ng4 Rxd1 27.Rxd1 Bxe4 28.Qd2 Bxf3 29.gxf3 Qe6 30.Qd7 Kg7 31.Kg2 Qxd7 32.Rxd7 Re2 33.Rc7 Be7 34. Rc6 h5

35.Nh6 Re5 36.Rxa6 f6 37.Ra7 Kxh6

Hi all

The Ballarat Chess Club Inc will hold the 39th Begonia Open chess tournament over the Victorian Labour Day weekend from 12 to 14 March 2005. The prizepool this year is $3,350 with first prize of $1,000 and three rating groups under 2000 each with $450 up for grabs. It will be interesting to see if Stephen Solomon can win for the fourth consecutive year, but he will be under plenty of pressure from 12 time previous winner Darryl Johansen. Is 13 an unlucky number for Darryl, who last won in 2001? There will also be many others challenging for the category 3 Grand Prix points on offer, in one of the first major weekend events of the year.

Chess players interesting in participating should contact Patrick Cook on (03) 5331 6658, Kevin Perrin on (03) 5331 3711 or Scott Stewart on 0411 465 976. A copy of the tournament brochure in attached for more detailed information.

Last year there were 119 players and this year we are hopefull of attracting over 100 again. Initial response has been very encouraging.

Thanking you - Kevin Perrin

Grand Prix tournaments:

Ballarat Begonia Open: March 12--14; Class 3 GP; Amenities Centre, 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), $1500 in prize money
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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