Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 311, March 23, 2005

In this issue:
City of Sydney
Box Hill Autumn Cup
Melbourne Chess Club Champs
Dubbo RSL Open details
World News - Fischer free! Amber Blindfold/Rapid
Games - Amber
Grand Prix Tournaments
Other Events
International Tournaments

Doeberl Cup - starts tomorrow!

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

Leading scores in the City of Sydney Championship after round 6 (22 players, 9 rounds): FM G.Xie 5.5/6, A.Ayvazyan 4.5, FM G.Canfell, E.Baustista, V.Suttor 4.

Box Hill Autumn Cup, Victoria: With three players tied for the lead on 5/6, and two more close behind on 4.5/6, the final round of the Autumn Cup looked set to be an unpredictable thriller. A draw-fest on the top four boards in round 7 ensured no change to the standings at the top of A division, however. Domagoj Dragicevic, Dimitri Partsi and Tuan Le shared first place on 5.5/7.

In B-division, Elena Galiabovich and Rengan Vijayakumar both pulled off impressive draws against much higher rated A-division opponents to tie for first place, each on 5.5/7.

Autumn Cup Round 7 results:

Final standings for the Autumn Cup can be found at:

(Info from the Chess Victoria Newsletter)

Melbourne Chess Club Champs: Guy West leads the 2005 MCC Club Championship with three rounds to go. West is undefeated on 6/6. Having already defeated several of his main rivals, Guy looks to be in a strong position to take the title. MCC

(Info from the Chess Victoria Newsletter)

Pyke, Malcolm    --    Rujevic, Mirko
MCC Championship 2005  (3)   MCC
2005.02.14     1-0     A96

1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.c4 d6 5.Nf3 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Nc3 c6 8.Qc2 a5 9.e4 Na6 10.e5 dxe5 11.dxe5 Ng4 12.h3 Nh6 13.Bxh6 gxh6 14.Rad1 Qc7 15. a3 Bd7 16.Qd2! Be8 17.Qxh6 Bg6 18.Nd4 Qc8 19.Na4! Bd8 20.c5

Tightening the noose
20...Bc7 21.Rfe1 Qe8 22.Bf1!
Heading for c4
22...Bd8 23.Bc4 Nc7 24.Nb6 Rb8

25.Nxe6!! Nxe6 26.Rd6 Bf7 27.Bxe6 Bxe6 28.Qxe6+ Qxe6 29.Rxe6 Rf7 30.Re8+ Kg7 31.Rd1 Bc7 32.Rxb8 Bxb8 33.f4 Bc7 34.e6 Bxb6 35.exf7 Bxc5+ 36.Kg2

West, Guy    --    Froelich, Peter
MCC Championship 2005  (5)   MCC
2005.03.01     1-0     B09

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.a3!?

Very unusual ...
6...c5 7.dxc5 Qa5 8.b4!
But it does have its point!
8...Qd8 9.Rb1 Nfd7 10.Bd2 dxc5 11.Bd3 cxb4 12.axb4 a5 13.bxa5 Nc6 14.O-O Nxa5 15.Qe1 Nc5 16.Nd5 Nxd3 17.cxd3 Nc6 18.Bc3 Bxc3 19.Qxc3 Be6 20. Ne3 Qa5 21.Rfc1 Rfc8 22.Qxa5 Nxa5 23.Rxc8+ Rxc8 24.Kf2 Rc3 25.f5 Bb3 26. Ke2 b5 27.Nd4 b4 28.g4 Kg7 29.e5 h6 30.h4 f6?!
Looks risky to me
31.e6 g5 32.h5 Kf8 33.Ra1 Rc5 34.Rb1 Rc3 35.Kd2 Kg7 36.Ra1 Rc5 37. Rb1 Rc3 38.Nf1 Kf8 39.Nh2 Kg7 40.Nhf3 Kf8 41.Ng1

Giving up a piece rather than lose the b-pawn after ...Bd5 (Ne2 was threatened)
42.dxc4 Nxc4+ 43.Ke2 Re3+ 44.Kf2 Rd3 45.Nge2 b3? 46.Rxb3 1-0

Dubbo RSL Open Scores and Cross-Table

Place Name                    Feder Rtg Loc  Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   Tidoy, Pedro                      2256 5.5      14.5  21.0   20.5
  2   Ali, Mosaddeque                   1780 4.5      11.5  18.0   14.0
 3-6  Van Der Wal, Fritz                1812 4        14.5  22.0   17.0
      Bemrose, Trevor                   1860 4        14.0  22.5   14.0
      Hellmann, Oscar                   1658 4        14.0  22.0   13.0
      Davidson, Nathan                  1639 4        13.5  19.5   14.5
 7-9  Press, Shaun                      1822 3.5      13.0  21.0   12.5
      Aich, Alexander                   1478 3.5      12.5  19.0   10.0
      Parsons, Colin                    1395 3.5      11.5  17.5   10.0
10-14 Higgins, James                         3        15.5  24.0   14.0
      Ramachandran, Rajendran           1546 3        12.5  18.5   10.0
      Rajendran, Karthick               1558 3        12.0  18.0   11.5
      Hoole, Jeyaranjan                 1582 3        12.0  17.0   12.5
      Dunn, Paul                        1228 3         7.5  11.5    6.0
15-17 Deacon, Graeme                    1404 2.5      14.0  20.5   10.5
      Dowton, Norman                         2.5      11.0  15.0    6.5
      Pandich, Donald                   1337 2.5      10.5  15.0    6.5
18-20 Yeong, Jonathan                   1143 2        11.5  17.5    7.0
      Sumner, John                           2        10.5  14.0    8.0
      Danson, Bruce                     1571 2        10.0  14.0    8.0
 21   Aich, Ramon                            1        11.0  16.0    5.0
 22   Parmeter, Matt                    1117 0        11.5  16.5    0.0

Cross Table

No Name                    Feder Loc   1    2    3    4    5    6  

1  Tidoy, Pedro                  2256 11:W  5:W 10:W  3:W  4:W  7:D
2  Ali, Mosaddeque               1780 17:W 10:L 13:D  8:W 15:W  3:W
3  Van Der Wal, Fritz            1812  9:W 20:W  6:W  1:L 10:W  2:L
4  Bemrose, Trevor               1860  8:W  6:L  7:W 11:W  1:L 13:W
5  Hellmann, Oscar               1658 14:W  1:L  8:D  9:W  6:D 10:W
6  Davidson, Nathan              1639 18:W  4:W  3:L 15:D  5:D 12:W
7  Press, Shaun                  1822 15:W 13:D  4:L 12:D 11:W  1:D
8  Aich, Alexander               1478  4:L 18:W  5:D  2:L 16:W 15:W
9  Parsons, Colin                1395  3:L 16:W 12:D  5:L 17:W 20:W
10 Higgins, James                      0:W  2:W  1:L 13:W  3:L  5:L
11 Ramachandran, Rajendran       1546  1:L 12:W 21:W  4:L  7:L 18:W
12 Rajendran, Karthick           1558 19:W 11:L  9:D  7:D 18:W  6:L
13 Hoole, Jeyaranjan             1582 21:W  7:D  2:D 10:L 19:W  4:L
14 Dunn, Paul                    1228  5:L 15:L 17:L 22:W 21:W 19:W
15 Deacon, Graeme                1404  7:L 14:W 20:W  6:D  2:L  8:L
16 Dowton, Norman                     20:L  9:L  0:W 17:D  8:L 21:W
17 Pandich, Donald               1337  2:L 19:L 14:W 16:D  9:L 22:W
18 Yeong, Jonathan               1143  6:L  8:L 19:W 20:W 12:L 11:L
19 Sumner, John                       12:L 17:W 18:L 21:W 13:L 14:L
20 Danson, Bruce                 1571 16:W  3:L 15:L 18:L 22:W  9:L
21 Aich, Ramon                        13:L  0:W 11:L 19:L 14:L 16:L
22 Parmeter, Matt                1117  0:   0:   0:  14:L 20:L 17:L

World News:

Fischer free today? Bobby Fischer has been released from detention in Japan and is heading for Iceland, supporters say. Earlier Reuters report. The news came after Iceland's Parliament made Fischer an Icelandic citizen, possibly clearing the way for his release from Japanese detention. The change of citizenship is also relevant to Fischer's place in history as a US Cold War warrior against the USSR. Article

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Wednesday rest day at Amber: After three days, Anand had a perfect score and an amazing 2-point lead. In round 4 he beat Kramnik at blindfold but drew in the rapid. Anand, Topalov, Kramnik, Leko, Ivanchuk, Morozevich, Shirov, Bareev, Gelfand, Svidler, Vallejo and Van Wely are playing in the 14th Amber tournament at the Monte Carlo Grand Hotel in Monaco, sponsored by J.J. van Oosterom and organised by the Association Max Euwe. Players play one rapid game and one blindfold game against each opponent for a total prize fund is 193,250 euros.

Blindfold Standings (4 rounds): 1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2786 4.0; 2. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2754 3.0; 3. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2735 2.5; 4. Leko, Peter g HUN 2749 2.5; 5. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2741 2.5; 6. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2711 2.5; 7. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2696 2.0; 8. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2679 1.5; 9. Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2709 1.0; 10. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2713 1.0; 11. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2686 1.0; 12. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2757 0.5.

Rapid Standings (4 rounds): 1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2786 3.5; 2. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2741 3.0; 3. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2711 3.0; 4. Leko, Peter g HUN 2749 2.5; 5. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2735 2.5; 6. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2713 2.0; 7. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2754 1.5; 8. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2696 1.5; 9. Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2709 1.5; 10. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2679 1.0; 11. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2686 1.0; 12. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2757 1.0.

Combined Standings (8 rounds): 1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2786 7.5; 2. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2741 5.5; 3. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2711 5.5; 4. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2735 5.0; 5. Leko, Peter g HUN 2749 5.0; 6. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2754 4.5; 7. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2696 3.5; 8. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2713 3.0; 9. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2679 2.5; 10. Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2709 2.5; 11. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2686 2.0; 12. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2757 1.5.

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European Union Championship: Site

Copa Entel, Chile: Little-known Swedish GM Johan Helsten scored a convincing win in this tourney in Snatiago, Chile. Final scores, 13 rounds: Helsten 10.0; Leitao, Felgaer 8.5; Vasquez, Granda Zuniga 8.0; Ricardi 7.5; Rojas 7.0; Rodriguez 5.5; Lopez Silva 5.0; Michel Yunis, Barbosa, Zambrana 3.0; Llorens 1.0 Site : View games

St Petersburg Championships: Leading scores after 4 rounds: Loginov 3.0; Popov, Ivanov, Klimov, Vitiugov 2.5; Ionov, Lugovoi, Yemelin, Yevseev 2.0; Solovjov 1.5; Gerasimov 2242 1.0; Astashov 0.5. Site : View games

Danish Championship: Site : View games

Karpov-Istratescu: These two are playing a match in Bucharest from March 20-16, consisting of 4 classical games and 4 rapid games. After three games the match is tied 1.5-1.5 with one win each. Site : View games

Russian Juniors: The (U20) Championships were held March 1-13 in Nojabrsk.
Leading final scores - Boys: Final leaders standing: Timofeev 8.5; Alekseev 8.0; Riazantsev 6.5.
Girls: Pogonina 8.5; Guseva, Vasilevich, Gunina 8.0


Shirov, A (2713)    --    Anand, V (2786)
Amber Rapid  (1)   Monte Carlo MNC
2005.03.19     0-1     B12

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Be3 Qb6 5.Qc1 e6 6.c4 dxc4 7.Bxc4 Ne7 8. Ne2 Qd8 9.O-O Nd7 10.Ng3 Bg6 11.Nc3 Nf5 12.Bg5 Qb6 13.Nxf5 Bxf5 14.Rd1 h6 15.Bh4 Qb4 16.Be2 g5 17.Bg3 h5 18.h4 gxh4 19.Bxh4 Bh6 20.f4 Nxe5!? 21.a3 Qb6 22.Na4 Qa5 23.dxe5 Qxa4 24.Qc5 Bf8 25.Qf2 Qa5 26.b4 Qb6 27.Rd4 Bc2 28. Ra2 Bb3 29.Rad2 Bd5 30.f5 Qc7 31.Bf6 Rh6 32.Qg3??


Ivanchuk, V (2711)    --    Vallejo Pons, F (2686)
Amber Blindfold  (2)   Monte Carlo MNC
2005.03.20     1-0     B98

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8. Qf3 Nbd7 9.O-O-O h6 10.Bh4 Qc7 11.Bd3 g5 12.fxg5 Ne5 13.Qe2 Nh7 14.Bg3 hxg5 15.Rhf1 Nf6 16.Nf3 Nfd7 17.Kb1 b5 18.Qe3 Qa7 19.Qd2 Rg8 20.Be2 Rg7 21.Nxe5 dxe5 22.Bh5 Rh7

23.Rxf7!! Rxf7 24.Rf1 Nf6 25.Bxf7+ Kxf7 26.Qxg5 Ke8 27.Bxe5 Qc5 28.Qg6+ Kd7 29.Bxf6 Qc4 30.Rd1+

Anand, V (2786)    --    Vallejo Pons, F (2686)
Amber Blindfold  (3)   Monte Carlo MNC
2005.03.21     1-0     B90

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.g4 h6 8. Bg2 e5 9.Nf5 g6 10.Qe2!

gxf5 11.exf5 Bd7 12.Bxb7 Bc6 13.Bxa8 Bxa8 14.Rg1 Nbd7 15.O-O-O Be7 16.h4 Qa5 17.Bd2 Nd5 18.Nxd5 Qxd5 19.Qxa6 Bb7 20.Qa3 Qc6 21.Bb4 Nb6 22.g5 hxg5 23.hxg5 Kd7 24.f6 Nc4 25.Qc3 Bf8 26.b3 Nb6 27.Qxe5 Rh4

28.Bxd6!! Qxd6 29.Rxd6+ Bxd6 30.Rd1 Nc8 31.g6 Rh1 32.Qf5+

Anand, V (2786)    --    Kramnik, V (2754)
Amber Blindfold  (4)   Monte Carlo MNC
2005.03.22     1-0     C42

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Qd2 O-O 9.O-O-O Ne5 10.Kb1!? a6 11.Be2 Be6 12.Nd4 Nc4 13.Qd3 Nxe3 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Qxe3 e5 16.Bd3 c6 17.h4 Rf6 18.g3 d5 19.Qxe5 Rxf2 20.Rhf1 Rf6 21.Qh5 g6 22.Qe2 Qd6 23.h5 Raf8 24.hxg6 hxg6 25.Rh1 Kf7 26.c4 Ke8 27. cxd5 c5!?

Keeping the position blocked
28.g4! Kd8 29.g5 Rf4 30.Rh6 Bxg5 31.Rxg6 Bf6 32.Rh6 Qe5 33.c3 Qxe2 34.Bxe2 Rf2 35.Bg4 b5 36.d6! Rg8 37.Bh3 b4 38.Rh7 bxc3 39.bxc3 Rg3
( 39...Bxc3 40.Ra7! Ke8 41.d7+ Kd8 42.Ra8+ Ke7 43.Rxg8 +- )
40.Re1 Be5!?

41.Rd7+! Kc8 42.Rf7+ Rxh3 43.Rxf2 Bxd6 44.Kc2 Kd7 45.Ree2 Kc6 46.Rf6 Kc7 47.Ree6 Rh2+ 48.Kd3 Rh3+ 49.Kc4 Rh4+ 50.Kb3 c4+ 51.Ka4 Rh2 52. Rxd6

Grand Prix tournaments:

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).
Hobart Weekender: Sep 10-11, Migrant Resource Centre, 49 Molle St, Hobart. Contact: Kevin Bonham email
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
Laurieton May Open: April 30-May 1; Laurieton United Servicemen's Club, Seymour Street; $25/$12; Contact: Endel 6559 9060; Club Secretary Tania 6559 4750.

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.

Open Znojmo International Chess Festival: May 14-22; Znojmo, Czech Republic; part of Czech tour; Details

Queenstown Chess Classic: Jan 15-24, 2006 with Rapid and Lightning events on Jan 25-26. Total prizefund over $NZ35,000. Confirmed entries from GM's Rogers and Chandler. NZ's largest ever chess event anticipated.

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


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