Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 314, April 13, 2005

In this issue:
ACF Council decisions
Olympiad Appeal Donations
2005 Grand Prix reminder
George Xie wins City of Sydney
Ly-Solomon match
Surfers Paradise Mind Games Promotion
Gary Kasparov on business
Hobson Bay - Yarraville Community Event
World News - Dos Hermanas, Dubai, Bundesliga
Grand Prix Tournaments
Other Events
International Tournaments

ACF Council decisions: The latest meeting was held on 11 April by telephone hook-up.

ACF Council unanimously appointed Brian Jones as the 2006 Grand Prix Director, to carry out activities as indicated in his Grand Prix proposal to the ACF, and requested him to report quarterly to the Council on GP issues.

2005 Grand Prix coordinator Garvin Gray will have all the 2004 Grand Prix results finalised by May 1.

The ACF Council also unanimously voted to provide trophies for playing reserves in the Australian School Team Championships, and agreed that these trophies be provided after the events.

George Howard gave an oral report on the Australian Open, Junior and School events held in Mt Buller. A full financial report will be provided to the ACF Council by 31 May 2005

Nominations will be called for the World Senior Championships in Italy, and the ACF Senior Selection Coordinator, Kevin Bonham, will coordinate the selection process.

Nominations will soon be called for the position of ACF Junior Selection Coordinator, with the new Junior Selection Coordinator to take over coordination for all junior selection issues from 01 July 2005

ACF also unanimously decided to accept the NSWCA Motion to change the defintion of the Schools Teams Competition Levy.

(The full Motion is as follows - That the Schools Teams Competition Levy be defined as follows.

A levy shall be payable for entries in schools competitions upon which the selection of teams to participate in the Australian Schools Teams Championships is based. The levy applies to each player where the number of players shall be deemed to be the number of teams multiplied by the number of boards over which matches are played, except that for a competition run as a tournament for individual players (with, for example, the scores of all or some of the players from a school determining that school's team score) the levy shall be payable for each actual player in the competition.The levy shall be 75 cents for each player as enumerated above.)

-Jey Hoole, ACF Secretary

Olympiad Appeal Donations: Thanks to everyone who generously donated to the ACF's Olympiad Appeal:

Bill Egan 50.00; Shun Ikeda 100.00 150.00

Tom Accola 50.00; Stephen Rares 50.00; Paul Sike 50.00; R H Stokes 100.00; Alexander Aich 40.00; Carl Art 10.00; Peter Beaven 20.00; Danny Bisson 5.00; Horst Bleicher 10.00; Wolfgang Brodesser 40.00; Douglas Carey 10.00; Steve Carratt 10.00; Barry Cox 10.00; K E Creech 10.00; Lloyd R Fell 10.00; Upul Galappathi 10.00; A G Hoffmann 5.00; R Jucheau 10.00; Heinrich Korbe 10.00; Ben Lee 25.00; K W McNamara 15.00; Colin Parsons 20.00; Rod Plant 10.00; Bill Ross 100.00; Paul Sike 75.00; Rex Simmonds 10.00; Tom Tomas 10.00; Fritz Vander Wal 5.00; Indep Brake Supplies (John Cronan Syd) 250.00; Bruno Kronental (Sydney) 10.00; Phil Viner (Sydney) 100.00; Aaron Bellette 20.00; Michael Salter 25.00; Bernhard Accola 5.00; Livio Borghi 75.00; Wolfgang Brodesser 40.00; Douglas David Carey 10.00; Peter Kearns Hannagan 5.00; Alexander Aich 50.00; Roger Jeffreys 25.00; Cornelis A Nieuwendyk 15.00; Michael Gross 10.00; David Basil Harty 10.00; Oskar Hellmann 10.00; Leslie Porter 10.00; Barry James Cox 15.00; Heinrich Korbe 10.00; Kenneth Roy Mitchell 10.00; David Adler 15.00; Jeremy Gilling 10.00; Joe Harrison 15.00; Rex Simmonds 10.00; Ian Walshe 5.00; Alan Tankel 15.00; Gordon Adler 25.00; Owen Roach 15.00; Rod Plant 10.00; Anthony Peter Jones 10.00; Uriel Barrera 10.00; Horst Bleicher 10.00; Alexander Nalbandian 20.00; Andrew Johnson 15.00; Christopher Skulte 10.00; Danny Bisson 10.00; Achim Gunter Hoffmann 10.00;

Gardiner Chess Centre 50.00; Goldcoast Chess Club 200.00; P G Bender (Brisbane) 100.00; Suncoast Chess Club 350.00;

David W Christian 30.00; Kevin Bonham 50.00;

D J Bell (Prahan) 200.00; G O Hilliard (Melb) 20.00; Geraldine Johns-Putra (Melb) 200.00; Bob Krstic (Melb) 50.00; John Watson (Melb) 50.00; Elwood Chess Club 25.00; Peter D Frost 50.00;

South Australia
Wayward Bus Touring Coy Ltd 200.00;

Western Australia
Budimir Lukic (East Perth) 100.00; CAWA 100.00;

2005 Grand Prix:

Hello Tournament Directors and Organisers,

This is a reminder to all Tournament Directors and Organisers that I need to be informed by email if you want your tournament to be included in the 2005 Grand Prix.

The following regulations are from the Grand Prix By Laws:

Registration of tournaments

4. (1) A tournament shall, if possible, be registered with the Co-ordinator by 31 December of the year before the Grand Prix in which it registered, but in any case, no later than three months before the date on which the tournament is to begin.

(2) All tournaments must be approved by their respective State Associations.

(3) All tournaments must be completed within 5 consecutive days and must be open to all competitors and not a restricted event.

Particulars for registration

5. (1) The following particulars are to be given to the Co-ordinator when a tournament is registered

(a) the name of the tournament;

(b) the date or dates on which the tournament is to be held;

(c) the total prize money or an estimate thereof;

(d) the divisions, however described, comprising the tournament; and

(e) such other particulars as the Co-ordinator may reasonably require to enable him to perform his functions.

(2) The organisers of a registered tournament shall, within 21 days after its conclusion, give to the Co-ordinator particulars of the

(a) name of the tournament;

(b date or dates on which it was held;

(c) total amount of prize money;

(d) divisions, however described, that comprised the tournament;

(e) final standings of all players, identifying women and juniors; and

(f) ) such other particulars as the Co-ordinator may reasonably require to enable him to perform his functions.

Following the tournament I require the zipped sp files from the tournament. Having the sp files enables me to allocate the points for all divisions more accurately.

Complete Grand Prix By Laws

- Garvin Gray
2005 Grand Prix Co-ordinator

NSW Champion FIDE Master George Xie has won the City of Sydney Championship with a round to spare. Nineteen-year-old Xie, the top seed, has scored seven wins and one draw against second seed FM Greg Canfell in the first eight rounds.

Xie, George    --    Suttor, Vincent
City of Sydney  (1)   Sydney
2005.04.13     1-0     B50t

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Be2 Nc6 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 Nxe4 7.d5 Qa5+!

Otherwise Qa4+ will win a piece
8.Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Ne5
( Not 9...Qxc3+?? 10.Bd2 )
10.Nxe5 Qxc3+!
... but now it's OK
11.Bd2 Qxe5 12.O-O Qxd5
As the dust settles, white has a big lead in development but the price has been three pawns
13.Rc1 Bd7 14.Bf3 Qxa2 15.Bxb7 Rb8 16.Rc7 e6 17.Bf4 Qb2 18.Qf3 Qb6 19.Rfc1 Rd8 20.Be3 Qa5 21.Bc8!?

:: BP BP :: ::
BQ :: :: ::
:: :: :: ::
:: :: WB WQ ::
:: :: WP WP WP
:: WR :: WK

( 21.Bxa7!? Qxa7 22.Bc8 Rxc8!! 23.Rxc8+ Bxc8 24.Rxc8+ Ke7 25.Qc6 Qa1+ -+ )
21...Qb5 22.Bxd7+ Rxd7 23.Qa8+ Ke7 24.Qxa7 Rxc7 25.Rxc7+ Kf6 26.Rxf7+ Kg6 27.h4 Qe8 28.h5+ Kxh5 29.Rf3 Be7 30.Qd4 g5 31.Qg7 Kh4 32.Qh6+ Qh5 33.Rh3+

:: :: :: BR
:: :: BB :: BP
:: BP BP :: WQ
:: :: :: BP BQ
:: :: :: BK
:: :: WB :: WR
:: :: WP WP ::
:: :: :: WK


(Notes: PaulB)

Leading scores after round 8 (21 players, 9 rounds): FM G.Xie 7.5, FM G.Canfell, A.Ayvazyan 6, V.Suttor 5. - Peter Parr

Match - Moulthun Ly v IM Stephen Solomon: 9/10 April and 16/17 April.

An 8-game match is under way between 13 year old Moulthun Ly (the youngest ever Australian Junior Champion) and International Master Stephen Solomon who has represented Australia with distinction in many Olympiads.

Entrants in both the Queensland Women's Championship and the Gold Coast Junior Championship will have a special treat, as they will be able to watch two of Australia's finest players compete in an eight game match over the two weekends. There will be two games a day, with the first game starting at 10am and the second game starting one hour after the first finishes to allow time for analysis and refreshments. All eight games will be relayed live to the internet via (live chess).

Surfers Paradise Mind Games Promotion 28/29 May.

Last year this was a big event, and this year it promises to be bigger and better. There will be three chess events over the weekend.

Sat 28 May 11am to 3pm - Blitz
Venue: Holiday Inn (formerly ANA Hotel)
Entry Fees $15 adult, $10 junior/pensioner

Sat 28 May 5 to 9pm - Transfer
Venue: Cavill Mall (outdoor)
Entry Fees $15 each $30 per pair

Sun 29 May 10am to 5pm - Surfers Paradise Premier Rapid
Venue: Holiday Inn (formerly ANA Hotel)
Entry Fees $25 adult $15 junior/pensioner

Special Offer - Chess Mania - Enter all 3 events for $45 per person ($30 for juniors/pensioners)

Surfers Paradise Premier Rapid 1st $1,000, 2nd $500, 3rd $250 Junior 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100 Ratings Group Under 1800 $100, Under 1200 $100, Under 900 $100, Under 800 $100, Under 700 $100. Unrated 1st $120, 2nd $80. Total $3,050.

Surfers Paradise Blitz 1st $250, 2nd $150, 3rd $100 Ratings Group A $100, Group B $100, Group C $100. Total $800

Surfers Paradise Transfer 1st $250, 2nd $150, 3rd $100 Ratings Group A $100, Group B $100, Group C $100. Total $800

Total Prizes all 3 events $4,650.

A webpage will be up soon, and entry forms will be available online and from Gardiner Chess.

- Graeme Gardiner

Tuesday's (12/4/05) Australian Financial Review has a full page interview with Gary Kasparov. The main theme of the article is applying chess principles to business. Fascinating stuff. - Roland Brockman

Thanks to everyone who participated and supported the Hobson Bay - Yarraville Chess Club Community Event on Saturday 9th of April at the Yarraville Club and made it such a successful and enjoyable event.

Place Name Rating Score
1 Pecak, Mariusz 1820 4.5
2-3 Pyke, Malcolm 1915 4
Enano, Ronald 1738 4
4-6 Ilic, Milan 1740 3.5
Beggs, Diana 1636 3.5
Ramos, Tony 1581 3.5
7-11 Ghobrial, Adel 1609 3
Papac, Veselko Unrated 3
Quiring, Julius Unrated 3
Papac, Luka Unrated 3
Cacka, Ivan 1572 3
12-15 Davis, Tony 1878 2.5
Santos, Danny Unrated 2.5
Salannowski, Mark 1579 2.5
Rinosa, Roel Unrated 2.5
16-19 Trott, Timothy Unrated 2
Abdelrahmann, Youssef 1166 2
Gray, Tom Unrated 2
Bultman, Grant 1520 2
20-23 Harris, Wayne 1105 1
Hibberd, Nathan 1020 1
Hogan, Steven 1294 1
Docs, Zsolt Unrated 1

- Grant Bultman
President Hobsons Bay - Yarraville Chess Club

World News:

Bulgaria's chess federation plans to invite former world chess champion Bobby Fischer to a chess tournament. Story.

Bundesliga: The famous German chess league is approaching its conclusion. Porz and Werder Bremen will play-off for the title. Werder Bremen beat Solingen and Porz beat Baden-Baden in the final round.

Scores: 1. SG Porz 15 81,0 28:2;
2. SV Werder Bremen 15 74,5 28:2;
3. OSC Baden-Baden 15 83,0 26:4;
4. TV Tegernsee 15 75,5 25:5;
5. SC Kreuzberg 15 70,0 17:13;
6. SF Katernberg 15 63,0 17:13;
7. Mülheim Nord 15 62,0 17:13;
8. Hamburger SK 14 65,0 16:14;
9. SV Wattenscheid 15 58,0 13:17;
10. SF Neukölln 14 52,5 12:18;
11. SC Eppingen 15 52,0 12:18;
12. SG Solingen 15 56,5 11:19;
13. SV Hofheim 15 48,0 10:20;
14. Erfurter SK 15 50,5 6:24;
15. Preetzer TSV 15 34,5 1:29;
16. Stuttgarter SF 15 34,0 1:29.

Site : PGN

Moscow Championship: The semi-finals - Sergey Shipov-Vorobiov and Grigoriants-Amonatov - are under way. Site (in Russian)

Dubai Open: Players include Motylev, Georgiev, Navara, Mamedyarov, Kobalia, Ni Hua, Aleksandrov, Volkov, Ghaem Maghami, Bu Xiangzhi, Sargissian, Miroshnichenko, Vladimirov, Efimenko, Iordachescu, Riazantsev, Kotsur, Sorokin, Zhang Zhong and Kacheishvili. Leading scores after 6 rounds: Kacheishvili, Gagunashvili, Anastasian 5.0; Zhang Zhong, Neverov, Motylev, Efimenko, Riazantsev, Gelashvili, Iordachescu, Georgiev, Sturua, Adly, Wang Hao, Zhang Pengxiang, Mamedyarov, Wang Yue 4.5.

Site : View games

7th United Insurance GM: In Bangladesh. Leading standings after 7 rounds: 1. Ganguly, Surya Shekhar g IND 2583 6.0; 2. Fominyh, Alexander g RUS 2505 5.0; 3. Iuldachev, Saidali g UZB 2537 5.0; 4. Syed Anwar, Shazuli IND 2305 5.0; 5. Rahman, Ziaur g BAN 2538 5.0; 6. Hossain, Enamul m BAN 2453 5.0; 7. Satyapragyan, Swayangsu m IND 2401 5.0; 8. Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman m IND 2412 5.0; 9. Reefat, Bin-Sattar m BAN 2473 4.5; 10. Safin, Shukhrat g UZB 2463 4.5; 11. Abdulla, Al-Rakib m BAN 2462 4.5; 12. Sriram, Jha m IND 2445 4.5; 13. Hasan, Mehdi BAN 2322 4.5; 46 players. View games : Site

Radjabov wins Dos Hermanas: After a promising start, Karjakin lost in the last round to finish on 50%. Illescas Cordoba beat Korneev in round 6. Radjabov beat Karjakin in round 5 to take the lead. Felgaer beat Harikrishna while Radjabov downed Illescas Cordoba in round 4. Karjakin beat Dominguez in round 3 to grab the sole lead. Felgaer beat Rustemov in the only decisive game of round 2. Final scores after 9 rounds: Radjabov 5.5; Azmaiparashvili, Dreev, Felgaer, Rustemov 5.0; Harikrishna, Karjakin 4.5; Dominguez, Korneev, Illescas Cordoba 3.5. Site : View games

East Bay Chess Club Tournament: In California. Final scores after 10 rounds: Atalik 7; Roussel-Roozmon 6; Yermolinsky 5.5; Sharavdorj 4.5; Stein 4.0; Pruess 3.0. Site : View games

April Ratings: FIDE has released its latest list. The retiring Kasparov goes out on top, having gained a few points. Also noteworthy is the re-appearance of Gata Kamsky in the list.

Kasparov 2812
Anand 2785
Topalov 2778
Leko 2763
Kramnik 2753
Ivanchuk 2739
Adams 2737
Polgar 2732
Bacrot 2731
Svidler 2725
Grischuk 2724
Morozevich 2717
Shirov 2714
Gelfand 2713
Bareev 2709
Dreev 2705
Akopian 2703
Bologan 2700
Kamsky 2700
Ponomariov 2695.



Bischoff, Klaus (2559)    --    Hansen, Sune Berg (2551)
BL 0405 Hamburger SK - TV Tegernsee  (13.3)   2005.03.13     1-0     C65

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Qe2 Bd6!? 5.c3 O-O 6.d3 a6 7.Ba4 Re8 8.Nbd2 Bf8 9.Nf1 h6 10.h3 b5 11.Bc2 d5 12.Ng3 Be6 13.Nh2 Ne7 14.Nh5 Ng6 15.Nxf6+ Qxf6 16.Ng4 Qd8 17.g3 Qd7 18.Qf3 Rad8 19.O-O c6 20.Re1 Bc5 21.b4 Bb6 22.a4 d4 23.axb5 axb5 24.Bd2 Ra8 25.Rxa8 Rxa8 26.cxd4 Bxd4 27.Ne3 Ra2 28.Rc1 Ne7 29.g4 g6?! 30.Qf6 Kh7 31.Nf5!!

:: :: :: ::
:: :: BQ BN BP :: BK
:: BP :: BB WQ BP BP
:: BP :: BP WN ::
WP BB WP :: WP ::
:: :: WP :: :: WP
BR :: WB WB WP ::
:: WR :: WK

( 31...gxf5 32.Qxh6+ Kg8 33.gxf5 Rxc2!? 34.f6! )
32.gxf5 Bxf5 33.exf5 g5 34.Be3 Bxe3 35.fxe3 Qd5 36.d4 Kg8 37.Qxe5 Qc4
( 37...Qc4 38.Qe8+ Kg7 ( 38...Kh7 39.f6+ Rxc2 40.Rxc2 Qxc2 41.Qxf7+ Kh8 42.Qg7# ) 39.f6+!! Kxf6 40.Qe5# )

Schlosser, Philipp (2570)    --    Senff, Martin (2430)
BL 0405 OSC Baden Baden - SF Katernberg  (13.6)   2005.03.13     1-0     B72

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.h3 Bg7 7.Be3 Nc6 8. g3 Bd7 9.Bg2 Qc8 10.Qd2 O-O 11.Rc1 Re8 12.Nde2 Rb8 13.Nd5 b5 14.b3 b4 15. c4 bxc3 16.Nexc3 Qd8 17.O-O a5 18.f4 Nxd5 19.exd5 Nb4 20.g4 f5 21.g5 Bb5?! 22.Nxb5 Rxb5 23.Rc4 Qd7 24.Rfc1 +/- Rb7 25.h4 Kf7 26.h5 Reb8 27.h6! Bh8 28.Bd4! Qd8 29.Bxh8 Qxh8 30.Qe2! Rd8 31.Kh1 Na6 32.Rc8!! Rbd7 33.Qe6+ Ke8 34.Bf1 Nc5 35.R1xc5!!

:: WR BR BK :: BQ
:: :: BR BP :: BP
:: BP WQ :: BP WP
:: :: WP ::
:: WP :: :: ::
WP :: :: :: ::
:: :: :: WB :: WK

35...dxc5 36.Bb5 Kf8
( 36...Qa1+ 37.Kg2 Qxa2+ 38.Kg3!! Qxb3+ 39.Kh4!! +- Qxb5 40.Qg8# )
37.Bxd7 1-0

Motylev, A (2680)    --    Anastasian, A (2574)
7th Open  (8)   Dubai UAE
2005.04.11     1/2-1/2     C02

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.a3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bb5 8. Bxb5+ Qxb5 9.Nc3 Qa6 10.b4 Nd7 11.Bd2 Ne7 12.a4 Qb6 13.O-O a6 14.a5 Qd8 15.b5 axb5 16.Nxb5 Nc6 17.Bg5 Qb8 18.Qc2 h6

:: BP :: BN :: BP BP
:: BN :: BP :: BP
:: WP :: ::
:: :: :: WN ::
:: WQ :: WP WP WP
WR :: :: WR WK

19.a6!? hxg5 20.axb7 Rxa1 21.Qxc6!! Rxf1+ 22.Kxf1 Bb4
( 22...Be7 23.Nc7+ Kd8 24.Na6 Qa7 25.Qc7+ Ke8 26.b8=Q+ +-

WQ :: BK :: BR
WN :: :: BP :: ::
:: :: BP WP BP
:: WP :: ::
:: :: :: WN ::
:: :: WP WP WP
:: :: :: WK ::

23.Nc7+ Ke7 24.Na6 Qd8 25.Nxb4 Nb8 26.Nxg5!! Kf8
( 26...Nxc6 27.Nxc6+ Kd7 28.Nxd8 Rxd8 29.Nxf7 Rb8 30.Nd6 +/- )
27.Qc8 Qe8 28.Qc5+ Kg8 29.Qc8 Kf8 30.Nd3 g6 31.Nc5 Kg7 32.Qxe8 Rxe8 33.h4 Nc6 34.Na6 Nb8 35.Nc5

BN :: BR :: ::
:: WP :: :: BP BK
:: :: BP :: BP ::
:: WP :: WP
:: :: :: ::
:: :: WP WP ::
:: :: :: WK ::


Wang Hao (2484)    --    Riazantsev, A (2608)
7th Open  (8)   Dubai UAE
2005.04.11     1-0     C14

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.f4 O-O 8.Nf3 c5 9.dxc5 Nc6 10.Qd2 Nxc5 11.O-O-O a6 12.Qe3 b5 13.f5 Qa7 14.Nd4 Nxd4 15.Rxd4 exf5 16.Nxd5 Ne6 17.Rd2 Qxe3 18.Nxe3 Nc5 19.Be2 Be6 20.Bf3 Ra7 21.Nd5 Re8 22.Re1 Kf8 23.Nb4 Rc7 24.b3 Rec8 25.Rd6 a5

:: BR :: BK ::
:: BR :: BP BP BP
:: WR BB :: ::
WN :: :: ::
:: WP :: :: WB ::
WP :: WP :: :: WP WP
:: WK WR ::

26.Nc6!! Nb7 27.Nd4!! Nxd6 28.exd6 Rc5
( 28...Rd7 29.Nxb5 +- )
29.Rxe6! fxe6 30.d7!! Ke7 31.dxc8=Q Rxc8 32.Kd2 g5 33.Nxb5 e5 34.Bd5 e4 35.c4 Kf6 36.Nd4 Re8 37.Nc6 f4 38.Nxa5 g4 39.Ke2 f3+ 40.Kf1 Ke5 41.Nb7 Ra8 42.a4 Rf8 43.Nc5 e3 44.gxf3 Kd4 45.Ne4 Kd3 46.f4 Rxf4+ 47.Ke1 h5 48.a5 h4 49.Nc5+ Kc3 50.a6 Rf8 51.a7 Kb4 52.Ne6 1-0

Grand Prix tournaments:

The new SACA committee will be putting on a revamped Adelaide Cup long weekend tournament this year, on 14th-16th May.

Features include:
- FIDE rated
- $1000 in prizes, $500 first guaranteed
- free BBQ for Sunday lunch
- 90 mins + 30 seconds/move from move one.
- Category 1 GP.

This will be held at the Chess Centre of South Australia - which is currently being given a spring clean (steam cleaning, painting, repairs).

This will most probably be the only FIDE rated tournament in South Australia this year - and does not as yet clash with any other weekend events (this long weekend is unique to Adelaide).

For more details, see

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;
ANU Open: July 23-24; Category 3 GP; Australian National University, Acton, ACT; $3000 in prizes, first $1000; $70/$50 entries. Contact Shun Ikeda 02 6125 4030 Email; Website.
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:

Blackwater Chess Club Queens Birthday Chess tournament and workshop (Queensland): Queens Birthday weekend this year will see an influx of players from all over Queensland for a chess workshop and tournament.

Organized by the Blackwater Chess Club, the tournament looks set to become a regular yearly event. Craig Dodd, the spokesman for the club and the facilitator for last years tournament said that the occasion had remarkably grown from the first event held in 2003. "We had about 8 players for the 2003 tournament, mainly from the Gladstone and Rockhampton area. 20 players turned up last year, some from as far away as Longreach and Winton. This year we are advertising with the various clubs and schools from Longreach through down to the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Interest has been expressed from various clubs and based on the response so far we don't think that it would be unreasonable to expect about 40 players to turn up.

Sponsorship has been sought from various local businesses and organizations for the event and letters have been posted. The Chess club would like to thank those who have already indicated their willingness to provide assistance. If there are other businesses or groups that feel they can assist, please contact the Club.

This year's tournament will differ from last years in the fact that that all players will be separated into grades. There will be an intermediate grade for high school players and a junior grade for primary school players with the junior grade splitting again into two categories. Category 2 will be for players aged between 6 and 9 years and category 1 will be for players aged between 9 and 12. The reason for this is that the levels of play and concentration between a 6 year old and a 9 year old are vastly different. We want the players competing as much as possible against other players of similar ability. There was also a lot of interest last year from adult players wanting to participate. This year we are looking at running an open grade as well. Primarily, the open grade is for players over 18 years but will also include any players from the other grades who have chess rankings of 1000 or higher. The aim here is to have the more experienced players all within one group. This will be more of a challenge for these players than if they were restricted to their respective age groups. There are some very good players in the Kin Kora club who are young and no doubt there are also other young players from other clubs who would benefit from the challenge of playing adult players.

The Chess Club started officially last year with only two players. The club, which has close ties with the Kin Kora Junior Chess Club in Gladstone, was formed with the aim of promoting chess within the Blackwater area, focusing especially on younger players and youth of the town. Now the club has 10 permanent members of whom 7 are students. We are currently in the process of becoming affiliated with the Australian Chess Federation. This means that players games, (wins, losses or draws) are recorded and a national chess rating for each member is formed. This is good for the players as they can see themselves improving with every game they play. It also allows players to play against other similar rated players in tournaments.

Chess is a great way to exercise the mind in strategy and logic. Not only that, but it helps develop reasoning skills and being part of a club develops social skill. There are many opportunities to participate in different regional tournaments held every year.

The Blackwater Chess club meets every Thursday at the Salvation Army Hall from 7:00 until about 9:30 and welcomes all players of any age or experience. For any information about the workshop, tournament or just to join, please feel free to pop in on any meeting night.

Email or contact Craig on 49 861 687.

City of Sydney Rapid Play: Sunday, 17th April. Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde. Register by 10.30am; 20 min plus 10 seconds/move. 7 rounds Swiss. $20 entry. $250/$120 prizes plus divisional prizes. Email; Website; Phone Trent Parker on 0419 469 764.
Anzac Day social teams chess tournament: Monday April 25. Nerang Community Church, Cnr Banyula and Arjuna Way, Gaven Qld 4211. Teams of 3; Contact Peter Bender 07 5556 0434
Anzac Day Weekender: 7 round Swiss; 23-25 April; Melbourne Chess Club; $50/$40 less $5 MCC members.
Hobsons Bay/Yarraville Open: May 21-22; Contact Grant Bultman Email 0422744743 Website
The Best in the West: November 5-6; Contact Grant Bultman Email 0422744743 Website
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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