Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 320, June 1, 2005

In this issue:
ACF article
June ratings
Men better than women?
Adelaide Cup
Mingara Major
NSW News
Victorian junior Under 12, 10 and 8
Bendigo Club Championship
World News
Grand Prix Tournaments
Other Events
International Tournaments

ACF President Denis Jessop has written an extensive article on the role and functions of the Australian Chess Federation. View it here (Word document) or here (html).

The June ratings are now on the ACF website.

Top Players:
2648! 7 NSW Rogers, Ian [GM]
2538! 7 QLD Wohl, Aleksander H [IM]
2474!! 11 NSW Lane, Gary W [IM]
2464!! 14 VIC Johansen, Darryl K [GM]
2418!! 14 VIC Smerdon, David C [IM]
2414!! 9 NSW Zhao, Zong-Yuan [IM]
2411!! 14 QLD Solomon, Stephen J [IM]
2405! 0 SA Chapman, Mark [IM]
2399!! 19 VIC Bjelobrk, Igor
2387! 7 SA Tao, Trevor

New research on men's and women's abilities at chess has just been published. The study is by Dr Robert Howard from the University of NSW.

Adelaide Cup: Tournament-favourite Trevor Tao won impressively with 6/7. The DOP was Bill Anderson Smith and 21 players turned out.

6.0 Tao, Trevor
5.0 Zaric, Srboljub; Guthrie, Aaron; Saint, Andrew; Nguyen, Giang
4.5 Juszczynski, Mathew
4.0 Rigo, Bernard; Obst, James
3.5 Garcia-Blanco, Miguel; Cooke, Tristrom; Staak, Eric; Barber, Geoffrey
3.0 Peake, Michael R; Paprzycki, Eryk; Han, Tianchen; Low, Brandon
2.5 Ivancic, Fabian
2.0 Jothibabu, Anandaram; Eustace, Sophie; Knapp, Katrina
1.0 Corti, Mario

Mingara Major: An Under-2100 event on the NSW Central Coast. Details

1  Ilia Zvedeniouk      1973 5.5   30:W  7:W 13:W  4:W  2:W  3:D
2  Max Illingworth      1826 5     26:W 23:W  3:W  6:W  1:L  5:W
3  Jason Chan           1957 4.5   15:W 19:W  2:L 12:W 10:W  1:D
4  Mosaddeque Ali       1780 4.5   27:W  9:W  5:W  1:L 12:W  6:D
5  Alex Mendes da Costa 1897 4      8:W 17:W  4:L 21:W 13:W  2:L
6  Sebastian Jurd       1823 4     25:W 12:D 20:W  2:L 19:+  4:D
7  Frank T Mejias       1689 4     29:W  1:L  0:D 14:W 20:W  8:D
8  Andrew Phillips      1462 4      5:L 32:W 19:D 22:W 16:W  7:D
9  Lee R Jones          2043 4     22:W  4:L 12:L 25:W 21:W 14:W
10 Trent Parker         1434 4     13:L 31:W 26:W 16:W  3:L 17:W
11 Ian C Dickson        1511 4     12:L 20:L 28:W 23:W 22:W 13:W
12 Ilija Ilic           2043 3.5   11:W  6:D  9:W  3:L  4:L 19:W
13 Clint Daniel         1885 3     10:W 14:W  1:L 15:W  5:L 11:L
14 Michael J Tracey     1437 3     18:W 13:L 23:W  7:L 15:W  9:L
15 Norman Greenwood     1482 3      3:L 29:W 17:W 13:L 14:L 20:W
16 Malcolm R Murrell    1701 3     28:W  0:D 21:D 10:L  8:L 24:W
17 Paul J Reynolds      1616 3     32:W  5:L 15:L 24:W 27:W 10:L
18 Zach Berry-Porter         3     14:L 25:W 22:D 19:L 24:D 27:W
19 Vaness Reid          1622 2.5   31:W  3:L  8:D 18:W  6:- 12:L
20 Jeffery Young             2.5   21:D 11:W  6:L 30:W  7:L 15:L
21 Anthony V Keuning    1587 2.5   20:D 33:W 16:D  5:L  9:L 26:D
22 Gary Losh            1493 2      9:L 27:W 18:D  8:L 11:L 28:D
23 David Kerr           1086 2     33:W  2:L 14:L 11:L 31:W  0:L
24 Anthony Giles        1489 2      0:  26:W 30:D 17:L 18:D 16:L
25 Ian L Hendry         1388 2      6:L 18:L 31:W  9:L 30:D 29:D
26 Graeme Deacon        1405 2      2:L 24:L 10:L 32:W 28:D 21:D
27 Benjamin Whiteside   1380 2      4:L 22:L 32:W 29:W 17:L 18:L
28 Donald Pandich       1337 2     16:L 30:L 11:L 31:W 26:D 22:D
29 Vladis Velyvis       1334 2      7:L 15:L 33:D 27:L 32:W 25:D
30 Joe Frias            1482 2      1:L 28:W 24:D 20:L 25:D  0: 
31 John Kadlubek        1021 .5    19:L 10:L 25:L 28:L 23:L 32:D
32 Alex Momot           949  .5    17:L  8:L 27:L 26:L 29:L 31:D
33 Herman Rachmadi      1636 .5    23:L 21:L 29:D  0:   0:   0: 

NSW News:

IM Zong-Yuan Zhao (2420) was in a class of his own winning every game he actually played in the world-rated St George Leagues Club Championship. Final scores (10 players, 9 rounds) IM Z.Zhao 7.5, A.Rose 6, IWM L.Moylan, IWM N.Koshnitsky 5.5, R.Kabir, I.Zvedeniouk 4.5, I.Zirdum, Q.Reitmans 3.5, A.Camer 2.5, A.Bird 2. The world-rated second division was won by Henk Jens scoring 6.5/9 half a point ahead of 86 year-old veteran Lloyd Fell in second place.

St George defeated North Sydney 22.5-15.5 in the big board match. The top two games were drawn (N.Sydney names first) FM M.Stephens (2390) - FM G.Xie (2353) and FM M.Fuller (2139) - WIM N.Koshnitsky (2216).

The world-rated North Sydney Leagues Club Championship which started on Feb 8th is nearing completion. Leading scores( 12 players, 11 rounds) - C.Ghenzer 7.5/11, G.Charles 6.5/11, J.Cronan 5.5/10, M.Wettstein 6/11.

-- Peter Parr, Sydney Morning Herald

Victorian junior Under 12, 10 and 8 tournament: Full details at the Box Hill website.

Udit Thakur and Eugene Schön tied for first place with 7/8, each of them undefeated. The rounds in which their draws occurred were all that separated them. Udit won the Under 12 title on countback. Samuel Dalton continued his recent run of good results by taking third Under 12 (on countback), with 6/8. Alison Zhu is the Under 12 Girls Champion and finished on 4/8. Shuyu Wang was the highest placed girl in the field, finishing on 4.5/8, but was ineligible due to winning the Under 18 Girls title the previous weekend. The Under 10 open title was a close contest, resulting in a five-way tie on 5.5/8; after countback tie-breaking, Yi Liu took first, Thomas Feng second, and Nicholas Liu third. Elissa Xu captured the Under 10 Girls title with 4/8. The Under 8 Open title was won by Andrew Gurevich on countback from Michael Chen, each of whom finished on 4.5/8. - Chess Victoria Newsletter

Bendigo Club Championship: Nigel Barrow took full advantage of opponent Leigh Healey's self-imposed time pressure to score a final round win and officially claim his 4th straight Club Championship title. David Schepisi's extra experience was the difference in his rook & pawn endgame against Mark Chan, while Nick Gibson's visions of a brilliancy prize amounted to nothing when club president Max Mollard found the only refutation to a startling rook sacrifice.

The logjam at the top of the reserve section was cleared when Stan Lajic's 4th straight win since his return from WA gave him the title, while Carl Weibgen's final round win saw him move to outright second place, ahead of Kerry Delcourt & Steve Ahern.


- Report by Nick Gibson from the Chess Victoria Newsletter - To request delivery of this newsletter, send an email to with the subject line "CV News - Request Delivery".

Gold Coast Open, Robina Town Centre, Sat/Sun 18/19 June - $3,000 in Prizes

This event is rated by our national magazine 'Australian Chess' as Australia's third most important weekender after the Doeberl Cup and Ballarat Begonia. Reigning champion, Grandmaster Ian Rogers will be playing, as he has done for the last 12 years. He is unlikely to get it all his own way as our visiting GM from Germany, Roland Schmaltz is very likely to be playing. And of course our local star IM Stephen Solomon never lets the GMs get off easily. WIM Arianne Caoili, who lives at Robina, is also an almost certain entrant.

In recent years we have had sufficient players and playing strength to split the event into open and under 1600 sections. This has worked very well, with a lot of much closer games and less mis-matches. We very much hope to get a good turnout of adults in addition to the strong contingent of juniors who always gain much from the experience.

The Gold Coast Chess Club looks forward to welcoming you all to its flagship tournament. An entry form can be found at the Gardiner Chess webpage (what's coming up soon), and entry can be made using your credit card via 'pay online' at

World News:

Bulgarian Championship: Leading scores after 10 rounds: Petkov 8.0; Cheparinov 7.0; Bojkov, Ninov, Radulski 6.0. Site : View games

Bologan, Sokolov win Bosna: Final round 9 Standings: 1. Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2700 6.5; 2. Sokolov, Ivan g NED 2662 6.5; 3. Timofeev, Artyom g RUS 2622 5.5; 4. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2714 5.0; 5. Movsesian, Sergei g SVK 2628 5.0; 6. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2641 4.5; 7. Predojevic, Borki m BIH 2549 4.0; 8. Dizdarevic, Emir g BIH 2521 3.0; 9. Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2679 3.0; 10. Kozul, Zdenko g CRO 2591 2.0. Site : View games

Adams versus Hydra: Britain's No 1 player Michael Adams will play a six game match against the Hydra chess computer in London from June 21-26. Hydra runs on specialist parallel processors rather than PCs and can calculate 200 million moves a second. It has convincingly beaten GM Vladimirov and Shredder in earlier matches. The project is financed by PAL Computer Systems in Abu Dhabi. Dr Chrilly Donninger is the main programmer and Dr Ulf Lorenz the parallel computing expert, while Christopher Lutz and Talib Mousa are the chess consultants for the program. The team aim to break the 3000 elo rating mark this year.


Grand Prix tournaments:

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;
Fairfield RSL Winter Cup: July 16-17; 14 Anzac Avenue Fairfield Sydney; Cat 3; 7 Round Swiss; 1 hour + 10 seconds a move; Registration 9.15-9.45am Saturday; Entry Fees $50 Adults, $40 Pension/ Students, $35 Juniors. Email. Website
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:

Victorian Open: June 11-13. Box Hill Chess Club, 79 Carrington Road, Box Hill. Website
Coal City Open: August 6-7; Newcastle Bridge Club, Young Road, Broadmeadow, 100 Metres from the Railway Station; 6 Round Swiss; $50/$35 - $10.00 discount before July 24. Advance entries to Colin Parsons, 14 Wyndham Way, Eleebana. 2282. For information ring 49469267, 49433862, 49612223. E-mail or

Blackwater Chess Club Queens Birthday tournament and workshop (Queensland): All players will be separated into grades. Salvation Army Hall. Email or contact Craig on 49 861 687. Workshop June 8th 5-9pm, 10th 7-9:30pm, 11th 5-9pm. Tournament June 12-14 9am.

Redclffe Challenge: October 15-16, Queensland; Mark Stokes (07) 3205 6042 Website
The Best in the West: November 5-6; Contact Grant Bultman Email 0422744743 Website

International events:

Czech Tour - International Chess Festivals Series -

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.

The International Chess Festival "M. Sadoveanu" 20th Edition, Jassy 20 - 26.08.2005; ; Manole Vasile: phone nr. 0040740/277850 ; Fax: 0040232/204454. e-mail: . Ungureanu Vlad: phone nr. 0040741/665384 e-mail:

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


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