Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 322, June 15, 2005

In this issue:
Bjelobrk beats Rogers to win NSW Open
Johansen wins Victorian Open
Top seeds share Tasmanian Open title
Tasmanian Lightning
NECG Training Squad renamed
ACF Council meeting
Scotland Vs Australia Correspondence Match
Australian Champs/Juniors
Letters: Wendy Terry Memorial Chess Tournament
World News
Grand Prix Tournaments
Other Events
International Tournaments

Bjelobrk beats Rogers to win NSW Open:

No Name                  Feder Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7  

1  Bjelobrk, Igor        VIC   2399 6     21:W  8:W  4:D 14:W  3:D 15:W  5:W
2  Xie, George           NSW   2367 5.5   51:W 37:W 28:W  3:W  4:D  5:L 10:W
3  Solomon, Stephen J    QLD   2411 5     25:W  9:W 15:W  2:L  1:D 16:W  4:D
4  Rej, Tomek            NSW   2214 5     26:W 33:W  1:D 19:W  2:D  6:D  3:D
5  Rogers, Ian           NSW   2648 5     39:W 14:L 36:W 16:W 11:W  2:W  1:L
6  Canfell, Gregory J    NSW   2327 5     32:W 34:W 16:D 11:D 14:W  4:D  7:D
7  Berezin, Victor       OS    2274 5     22:W 45:W 14:L  8:D 34:W 17:W  6:D
8  Chan, Jason           NSW   1982 5     50:W  1:L 51:W  7:D 19:D 21:W 15:W
9  O'Chee, Kevin         NSW   1983 5     29:W  3:L 12:W 17:L 36:W 35:W 20:W
10 Song, Raymond         NSW   2035 5     24:L 38:W 21:W 33:W 35:W 28:W  2:L
11 Oliver, Gareth        ACT   1987 4.5   41:D 27:W 30:W  6:D  5:L 33:W 12:D
12 Song, Angela          NSW   1801 4.5   56:W 28:L  9:L 47:W 37:W 34:W 11:D
13 Selnes, Hamish        QLD   1771 4.5   43:L 46:D 29:L 55:W 44:W 31:W 28:W
14 Ikeda, Junta          ACT   1990 4     42:W  5:W  7:W  1:L  6:L 18:D 26:D
15 Ayvazyan, Armen       NSW   2180 4     17:W 36:W  3:L 20:W 18:W  1:L  8:L
16 Bolens, Johny         NSW   2014 4     23:W 35:W  6:D  5:L 24:W  3:L 22:D
17 Tse, Jeffrey          NSW   1725 4     15:L 54:W 37:W  9:W 28:D  7:L 18:D
18 Ingram, Ben W         NSW   1910 4     38:D 41:W 24:W  0:D 15:L 14:D 17:D
19 Broekhuyse, Paul     NSW   2016 4     49:W 31:W 43:D  4:L  8:D 20:L 35:W
20 Cronan, James         NSW   1930 4     31:L 42:W 49:W 15:L 23:W 19:W  9:L
21 Huang, Justin         NSW   1795 4      1:L 50:W 10:L 42:W 45:W  8:L 34:W
22 Cvetkoski, Tode       NSW   1754 4      7:L 53:D 38:W 23:L 32:W 30:W 16:D
23 Pickering, Anthony    NSW   1689 4     16:L 39:D 53:W 22:W 20:L 25:D 33:W
24 Guo-Yuthok, Sherab    ACT   1692 4     10:W 40:D 18:L 44:W 16:L 45:D 36:W
25 Huynh, Arthur         NSW   1797 4      3:L 29:D 44:D 49:W 43:D 23:D 37:W
26 Redgrave, John        NSW   1749 4      4:L 44:L 48:D 38:W 46:W 43:W 14:D
27 Tomas, Tom            NSW   1722 4     40:D 11:L 46:L 48:W 39:D 50:W 43:+
28 Stojic, Danny         NSW   2059 3.5   52:W 12:W  2:L 45:W 17:D 10:L 13:L
29 Oliver, Shannon       ACT   1660 3.5    9:L 25:D 13:W 30:D 33:L 32:D 45:W
30 Muller, Henning       NSW   1902 3.5   46:W 43:D 11:L 29:D 31:D 22:L 47:W
31 Wu, Edwin             NSW   1622 3.5   20:W 19:L 33:L 51:W 30:D 13:L 52:W
32 Ali, Mosaddeque       ACT   1777 3.5    6:L 47:L 50:W 40:W 22:L 29:D 44:W
33 Mendes da Costa, Alex NSW   1876 3     44:W  4:L 31:W 10:L 29:W 11:L 23:L
34 Stead, Kerry          NSW   1950 3     47:W  6:L 55:+ 43:W  7:L 12:L 21:L
35 Dunn, Michael Gl      NSW   1813 3     55:W 16:L 40:W 39:W 10:L  9:L 19:L
36 Illingworth, Max      NSW   1820 3     54:W 15:L  5:L 52:W  9:L 41:W 24:L
37 Cabilin, Jeff         NSW   1967 3     48:W  2:L 17:L 46:W 12:L 52:W 25:L
38 Keuning, Anthony V    NSW   1609 3     18:D 10:L 22:L 26:L 48:W 46:W 39:D
39 Fell, Lloyd S         NSW   1800 3      5:L 23:D 41:W 35:L 27:D 47:D 38:D
40 Cafolla, Peter        QLD   2116 3     27:D 24:D 35:L 32:L 41:D 55:+ 42:D
41 Escribano, Jose       NSW   1674 3     11:D 18:L 39:L 53:W 40:D 36:L 50:W
42 Rachmadi, Herman      NSW   1675 3     14:L 20:L 56:W 21:L 55:D 53:W 40:D
43 Vojvodic, Branislav   NSW   2292 2.5   13:W 30:D 19:D 34:L 25:D 26:L 27:-
44 Xu, William           NSW   1472 2.5   33:L 26:W 25:D 24:L 13:L 51:W 32:L
45 Rout, Ian C           ACT   1901 2.5   53:W  7:L 47:W 28:L 21:L 24:D 29:L
46 To, Anthony           NSW   1601 2.5   30:L 13:D 27:W 37:L 26:L 38:L 53:W
47 Hvistendahl, Robert   NSW   1641 2.5   34:L 32:W 45:L 12:L 49:W 39:D 30:L
48 Forace, Lee           VIC   1645 2.5   37:L 51:L 26:D 27:L 38:L 49:W 54:W
49 Canfell, Mike J       NSW   1690 2     19:L 56:W 20:L 25:L 47:L 48:L  0:W
50 Datuin, Marc          NSW   1651 2      8:L 21:L 32:L 54:W 51:W 27:L 41:L
51 Zielinski, Konrad     NSW   1790 2      2:L 48:W  8:L 31:L 50:L 44:L 56:W
52 Nguyen, Peter         NSW   1704 2     28:L 55:L 54:W 36:L 56:W 37:L 31:L
53 Miranda, Adrian       NSW   1579 1.5   45:L 22:D 23:L 41:L  0:W 42:L 46:L
54 Russell, Luthien      QLD   1356 1.5   36:L 17:L 52:L 50:L  0:D 56:W 48:L
55 Lorenzo, Julio        NSW   1347 1.5   35:L 52:W 34:- 13:L 42:D 40:-  0: 
56 Mourelatos, Peter     NSW        1     12:L 49:L 42:L  0:W 52:L 54:L 51:L

Under 1600 Division:

No Name                 Feder Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7  

1  Greenwood, Norman    NSW   1477 6     39:W 45:W  3:L 17:W 23:W  6:W 10:W
2  Evans, David A       NSW   1575 6     37:D 17:D 52:W 27:W 36:W 12:W  7:W
3  Boyce, Jamie         NSW   1560 5.5   55:W 14:W  1:W 18:W  9:L  4:D 12:W
4  Cohn, Jason          NSW   1471 5.5   49:W 15:W  9:D 21:W  6:D  3:D 23:W
5  Parker, Trent        NSW   1489 5.5   45:L 39:W 38:W 11:D 35:W 19:W  9:W
6  Law, Evan            NSW        5     20:W  7:D 13:W 26:W  4:D  1:L 18:W
7  Reynolds, Paul J     NSW   1590 5     34:D  6:D 44:W 20:W 18:W  9:W  2:L
8  Stojkovski, Vlade    NSW   1561 5     11:W 27:L 17:L 52:W 29:W 25:W 21:W
9  Brown, Andrew        ACT   1551 4.5   31:W 28:W  4:D 34:W  3:W  7:L  5:L
10 Parravicini, Matthew NSW   1557 4.5   17:D 58:W 24:W 12:L 14:W 11:W  1:L
11 Karayi, Valsalan     NSW   1373 4.5    8:L 57:W 16:W  5:D 24:W 10:L 32:W
12 Lam, David           NSW   1503 4.5   46:W 42:W 35:D 10:W 19:W  2:L  3:L
13 Katnic, Eddy         NSW   1549 4.5   52:W 19:D  6:L 29:D 37:W 27:W 15:D
14 Jeffreys, Roger W    NSW   1458 4.5   50:W  3:L 22:D 41:W 10:L 51:W 30:W
15 Plant, Rod           NSW   1572 4.5   54:W  4:L 34:L 38:W 20:W 26:W 13:D
16 Tokarz, Michal       NSW   1597 4.5   44:L 40:W 11:L 55:W 26:D 28:W 17:W
17 Kang, Leo            NSW   1336 4     10:D  2:D  8:W  1:L 51:W 35:W 16:L
18 Moore, Douglas       NSW   1508 4     22:W 38:W 27:W  3:L  7:L 36:W  6:L
19 Barasoain, Fernando  NSW   1439 4     53:W 13:D 30:W 35:W 12:L  5:L 24:D
20 Kumar, Vikash Rosman NSW   1453 4      6:L 43:W 46:+  7:L 15:L 37:W 39:W
21 Wong, Ted            NSW   1526 4     47:W 44:W 26:D  4:L 34:D 22:W  8:L
22 Nguyen, Andrew       NSW   1245 4     18:L 51:W 14:D 30:W  0:D 21:L 36:W
23 Dickson, Ian C       NSW   1542 4     38:L 47:W 55:W 28:W  1:L 34:W  4:L
24 Baker, John A        NSW   1504 4     40:D 41:W 10:L 49:W 11:L 50:W 19:D
25 Sewell, Rob          NSW   1479 4     43:W 26:L 31:L 33:W 44:W  8:L 42:W
26 Guo, Emma            ACT   1129 3.5   32:W 25:W 21:D  6:L 16:D 15:L 27:D
27 Art, Carl            NSW   1458 3.5   57:W  8:W 18:L  2:L 31:W 13:L 26:D
28 Korbe, Heinrich      NSW   1445 3.5   56:W  9:L 45:W 23:L 32:D 16:L 34:W
29 Kresinger, Frank     NSW   1432 3.5   35:L 33:D 40:W 13:D  8:L 31:D 46:W
30 Bisson, Danny Wayne  NSW   1506 3.5   58:D 37:W 19:L 22:L 46:W 41:W 14:L
31 Ikeda, Miona         ACT   1335 3.5    9:L 56:W 25:W 36:L 27:L 29:D 50:W
32 Zekic, Peter         NSW   1495 3.5   26:L 46:L 57:W 42:W 28:D 40:W 11:L
33 Tsui, Edison         NSW   970  3.5   36:L 29:D 37:D 25:L 45:D 55:+ 47:W
34 Nabung, Alexander    NSW   1418 3      7:D 48:W 15:W  9:L 21:D 23:L 28:L
35 Nichas, John         NSW   1591 3     29:W 36:W 12:D 19:L  5:L 17:L 41:D
36 Kovacs, Robert       NSW   1476 3     33:W 35:L 42:W 31:W  2:L 18:L 22:L
37 Tracey, Michael J    NSW   1391 3      2:D 30:L 33:D 43:W 13:L 20:L 52:W
38 Wilkie, Mary E       NSW   1285 3     23:W 18:L  5:L 15:L 39:L 53:W 54:W
39 Nabung, Christian    NSW   987  3      1:L  5:L 51:L 56:W 38:W 44:W 20:L
40 Lau, Tony            NSW   1174 3     24:D 16:L 29:L 54:W 48:W 32:L 44:D
41 Oliver, Tamzin L     ACT   1216 3     48:D 24:L 58:W 14:L 49:W 30:L 35:D
42 Ng, Deborah          NSW   1267 3     51:W 12:L 36:L 32:L 53:W 48:W 25:L
43 Ren, Jonathan        NSW   1051 3     25:L 20:L 53:W 37:L 47:D 54:D 51:W
44 Harris, Bruce        QLD   1438 2.5   16:W 21:L  7:L 45:W 25:L 39:L 40:D
45 Markson, Ellis       NSW   1111 2.5    5:W  1:L 28:L 44:L 33:D 47:L 55:W
46 McCormack, Daniel    NSW   1149 2.5   12:L 32:W 20:- 48:D 30:L 49:W 29:L
47 Keuning, Patrick J   NSW   1248 2.5   21:L 23:L 56:W 51:L 43:D 45:W 33:L
48 Puse, Herminio       NSW   1508 2.5   41:D 34:L 49:D 46:D 40:L 42:L 56:W
49 Lau, Joshua          NSW   888  2.5    4:L 54:W 48:D 24:L 41:L 46:L 57:W
50 Knezevic, Mark       NSW        2.5   14:L 55:L 54:D 58:W 52:W 24:L 31:L
51 Trzin, Gojko         NSW   1538 2     42:L 22:L 39:W 47:W 17:L 14:L 43:L
52 Sweeney, Matthew     NSW   1300 2     13:L 53:W  2:L  8:L 50:L 57:W 37:L
53 Wang, Patrick        NSW        2     19:L 52:L 43:L 57:W 42:L 38:L  0:W
54 Burgess, Shane       NSW   1386 2     15:L 49:L 50:D 40:L 58:+ 43:D 38:L
55 Beveridge, David     NSW   1338 1.5    3:L 50:W 23:L 16:L  0:D 33:- 45:L
56 Pierce, Charlie      NSW        1.5   28:L 31:L 47:L 39:L  0:D 58:+ 48:L
57 Chiddy, Rory         NSW        1     27:L 11:L 32:L 53:L  0:W 52:L 49:L
58 Davis, Greg          NSW   1192 .5    30:D 10:L 41:L 50:L 54:- 56:-  0: 

Report by DOP Charles Zworestine:

Trivia question: when was the last time Ian Rogers lost two games in an Australian weekender? Nobody I have asked can remember. It certainly does not happen very often! So it's definitely news when it does... And over the queen's birthday long weekend at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, in the 2005 NSW Open, it happened...

Mind you, a strong field of 56 challengers, headed by IM Stephen Solomon and FMs Bjelobrk, Xie and Canfell, was always going to give GM Rogers some trouble... No problems in Round 1 for any of them; but what a sensation in Round 2! While the other top seeds all managed to win, Rogers was in a dogfight against Junta Ikeda, the 13 year old Canberran junior star who was thrilled to be playing Ian for the first time. An early positional exchange sacrifice left Ian with a pawn for it and with tons of pressure on Junta's weak pawns, of which he eventually picked up two more. But Junta fought and fought and then... Ian lost on time! Amazing, at the standard FIDE time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from the start (Fischer), but true - Ian simply thought for too long in a still difficult and complicated position, forgot about his clock and lost on time...

After this anything would have seemed tame, but the other players still produced plenty of exciting chess while Ian climbed his way back up the field. Tomek Rej and Igor Bjelobrk had a thrilling draw after Tomek sacrificed a piece for three pawns and an attack, but Igor was rock solid and kept complicating until neither player could make progress... Solomon ground down Ayvazyan positionally, but Canfell could not crack Bolens and drew... Xie won, while Junta continued his run with a winning attack against Victor Berezin... In Round 4 Junta finally lost to Bjelobrk, while Xie won a piece and the game against Solo. Canfell missed a mate in one and only drew with Gareth Oliver after the latter got a perpetual check, while Rej beat Broekhuijse and Rogers won a long struggle against Bolens.

Round 5 was a tough one on the Sunday night: three games in a day at this time control is always hard. This explains a tired Xie and Rej agreeing to a draw late at night; Solomon and Bjelobrk fought it out, but in the end left too few pawns and also drew. Rogers ground it out to win a position with mutual pawn weaknesses against Gareth Oliver, but it was a hard fight and Gareth may have missed a draw. Canfell beat Junta Ikeda... Then In Round 6 Greg drew with Tomek, while the other top board games were all decisive: Rogers took a while but eventually broke through with a winning attack against Xie's pawnless king, Igor beat Ayvazyan and Solo beat Bolens with a typical Solo swindle!

This all set up a thrilling finish, as Solo drew a rook ending a pawn down against Tomek, and Canfell's two rooks could not crack Berezin's queen (so they also drew). As Xie beat Raymond Song, this meant the top board game between Rogers and Bjelobrk was always going to be decisive. Trying to play Like Tal, Ian lost a piece but went for an attack; but Igor was rock solid, hung on and inflicted the GM's second loss! So Igor, pictured below, won the event on 6/7, with George Xie outright second on 5.5. A traffic jam of 8 players followed on 5/7 in third place, including Jason Chan and Kevin O'Chee who shared the 1850 - Under 2000 rating prize; the other prizes were won by Angela Song and Hamish Selnes on 4.5 (1700 - Under 1850), and Anthony Pickering and Sherab Guo-Yuthok on 4/7 (Under 1700).

The Under 1600 event attracted another 58 players, making a total of 114: an excellent turnout. The juniors were expected to dominate, and indeed caused many early upsets e.g. Jason Cohn beating Rod Plant in Round 2. By the end of Round 3 Jamie Boyce (a junior!) and Doug Moore shared the lead on 3/3; Jamie had it on his own after beating Doug in Round 4. But then he popped a piece to Andrew Brown in Round 5, who thus shared the lead with David Lam on 4.5/5; and after they both lost in Round 6, the oldies were back! Norm Greenwood, David Evans and Paul Reynolds shared the lead on 5/6; and the former two maintained it by winning last round games to come equal first on 6/7. Third and the 1350 - Under 1500 prize were shared on 5.5/7 by Jamie Boyce, Trent Parker and Jason Cohn; other prizes were won by Leo Kang and Andrew Nguyen = 1st 1200 - Under 1350 on 4/7, and little Edison Tsui and Emma Guo = 1st Under 1200 on 3.5/7.

Ian Rogers    --    Junta Ikeda
NSW Open   Sydney
2005.06.14     0-1     B40d

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b3!?

An idea pioneered by Alekhine, if I'm not mistaken
3...Nc6 4.Bb2 d5 5.exd5 exd5 6.Bb5 Nf6 7.Ne5 Qc7 8.Qe2 Be7 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bxf6! gxf6 11.Bd3 Be6 12.Nc3 h5 13.O-O Bd6 14.h3 O-O-O 15.Qf3 Qd7 !?
Preventing Bf5 and preparing a dangerous sac on h3 - thus indirectly defending f6
16.Rfe1 Be5

White counts on picking up a couple of stray pawns
17...Bxa1 18.Rxa1 Qd6 19.Qxf6 d4 20.Re1 Rhg8 21.Bf5 Qd5 22.Be4 Qd6 23.d3 Kc7 24.Qh4 Rh8 25.Qg5 Bd5 26.Qd2!?
A change of front
26...Kb8 27.Qa5 Qc7 28.Qxc5 Rhe8 29.Qb4+ Ka8 30.Bxd5 Rxe1+ 31.Qxe1 Rxd5 32.Qe8+ Kb7 33.b4 Rd8 34.Nc5+ Kb6 35.Qe4 a6 36.h4 Rd5 37.g3 Ka7 38. Nb3 Qd6 39.Na5 Qd7 40.a3 Kb6 41.Qf4 Qc7 42.Qh6 Qd7 43.Qf6 Kc7 44.Qf4+ Kc8 45.Qh6 Kc7 46.Qg7 Qe7 47.Qh8 Qd8 48.Qh6 Qd6 49.Qg7 Qe7 50.Nc4 Kb7 51.Qh6 Qd7 52.Qf8 Ka7 53.a4 Qc7 54.Kg2 Kb7 55.Qe8 Ka7 56.a5 Kb7 57.Nb6 Rd8 58.Qe2 Rh8 59.Kg1 Qd6 60.Qf3 f6 61.Qf5 Qe7 62.Na4 Qd6 63.Qg6 Qe7 64.Nc5+ Ka7 65. Ne6 Rc8 66.Nxd4 Qe5 67.Nf3 Qd6 68.c3 c5 69.Qe4 cxb4 70.cxb4 Rc1+ 71.Kg2 Rc7 72.Nd4 Rc8 73.Kh2 Kb8 74.Nb3 Rc2 75.Nc5 Kc7 76.Qh7+ Kc8 77.Qf5+ Kc7 78.d4 Rb2 79.Qh7+ Kc8 80.Qb7+ Kd8 81.Kg2 Ke8 82.Nxa6 Qxd4 83.Nc7+ Ke7

( 83...Ke7 84.Nb5+ Qd7 85.a6 ( 85.Qe4+!? looks OK ) 85...Rxb4 seems to win for black )

Canfell    --    Oliver
NSW Open   Sydney
2005.06.15     1/2-1/2     B25r


This game was an amazing tactical slugfest where it's not always clear who's winning. A draw seemed a fair outcome.
1...c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 d6 4.Bg2 g6 5.d3 Bg7 6.f4 e6 7.Nf3 Nge7 8. O-O O-O 9.Be3 Rb8 10.d4 cxd4 11.Nxd4 Qb6 12.Nce2 Qxb2 13.Qd3 Nb4 14.Qd2 Qa3 15.Rab1 Nbc6 16.Nb5 Qa6 17.Nxd6 Rd8 18.e5

Now it gets interesting
19.fxe5 Bxe5 20.Nxc8!? Rxd2 21.Nxe7+ Kf8 22.Bxd2 Qxe2 23.Bb4 Ke8 24.c3 Qc4 25.Kh1 a5 26.Ba3 Qxc3 27.Rb3 Qc7 28.Rc1 Qd7 29.Bxb7
( 29.Nc6!? looks like it wins a piece, because if ( 29.Rxb7!? also looks strong 29...Rxb7 30.Bc6 ) 29...bxc6 30.Bxc6 wins the queen )
29...Qd2 30.Bc6+ Kd8 31.Ba4 Rxb3??

( 32.Rc8# is a delightful mate! )
32...Bd6 33.Rd1 Qf2 34.Rxd6+ Kc7 35.Rc6+ Kb7 36.h3 Qf1+ 1/2-1/2

Igor Bjelobrk    --    Ian Rogers
NSW Open  (7)   Sydney
2005.06.13     1-0     E81d
Annotations by Igor Bjelobrk

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 Bg7 4.e4 O-O 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nge2 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Ng3 exd5 9.cxd5 a6 10.a4 Nbd7 11.Be2 h5 12.Bg5 Qa5 13.Qc1 Re8 14.O-O Nh7 15. Bh4 Ne5?!

I think Ian's plan of 15....Ne5 and 16....Bd7 is what gets him into trouble. A plan involving c4 would have been better. ie 15...c4 16 Kh1 Nc5 17.Bxc4 Qb4 18.Ba2 Nd3 19.Qc2 Qxb2 20.Qxb2 Nxb2 21.Nge2 b5 22.axb5 axb5 23.Bb3 =
16.Kh1 Bd7 17.f4 Bh6
After 17...Bh6 he loses material by force but if instead he plays 17.Ng4 h3 his knight has to go to a bad square.
18.Qb1 Ng4 19.h3 Ngf6

20.e5 dxe5 21.fxe5 Rxe5
Ian has to sac a piece; otherwise if he plays 21...g5 then 22.e6! is very strong. For example 22...gxh4 23.exf7+ Kxf7 24.Qxh7+ or 22...fxe6 Qg6+ 23.Bg7 Bxg5 Ian didn't see 22.e6 but he thought that 22.Nxh5 is also winning for white which is why he didn't play 21...g5, but I didn't look at this move. After losing his piece Ian thought that his position is still OK because he saw Mikhail Tal win from similar positions a piece down! (always have to think positively in chess)
22.Bxf6 Nxf6 23.Rxf6 Bg7 24.Rf1 Qb4 25.Nge4 Rae8 26.Bd3 c4 27.Bc2 Qe7 28.Qd1 b5 29.axb5 axb5 30.Ra7 b4 31.Ba4!
After 30....b4 31Ba4 it looked like I have to lose my piece back, however tactically everything is ok. For example 31.... bxc3 32.Rxd7 Qh4 Now 32 Nxc3 Re1 loses Q but instead 32 Rdxf7! Rxe4 33.Bxe8 Rxe8 34.bxc3 wins for white who is exchange and a pawn up.
31...Rd8 32.d6 Qe8 33.Bxd7 Rxd7 34.Rxd7 Qxd7 35.Na4! Qc6
( 35...Rxe4 36.Nc5 Qc6 37.Nxe4 Qxe4 38.d7 )


Johansen wins Victorian Open: GM Darryl Johansen scored a comfortable victory in this year's event, ahead of IM Guy West and Milenko Lojanica. The tournament, held at Box Hill Chess Club over the Queen's Birthday long weekend, earnt rave reviews from participants and spectators for the standard of organisation and coverage. 97 player turned out for the event. Among the upsets, Froehlich lost to Adrian Flitney and West lost to Mehmedalija Dizdarevic in round 3. Tournament victor Johansen also won the event in 1990, 1994, and shared first in 1995. Full details at the Box Hill Website

No Name                    Div  FIDE ACF  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7  

1  Johansen, Darryl             2471 2464 6.5   22:W 65:W  5:W 25:W 17:W 16:W  4:D
2  West, Guy                    2350 2369 6     59:W 19:W 24:L  6:W  8:W 25:W 10:W
3  Lojanica, Milenko       A    2100 2010 6     50:W 66:W 26:L 41:W 19:W 30:W 17:W
4  Froehlich, Peter             2367 2374 5.5   52:W 46:W 12:L 47:W  7:W 29:W  1:D
5  Pyke, Malcolm           A    2074 1988 5.5   55:W 40:W  1:L 42:W 31:D 39:W 24:W
6  Wallis, Christopher     A    2026 1986 5.5   64:W 87:D 74:W  2:L 28:W 32:W 16:W
7  Kempen, Leon            B         1862 5     81:W 44:W 17:L 37:W  4:L 43:W 30:W
8  Lin, Zhigen             B    2029 1853 5     71:W 35:W 11:L 48:W  2:L 42:W 29:W
9  Jager, Jesse            A    1947 1919 5     67:W 58:L 48:L 72:W 59:W 41:W 27:W
10 Stojic, Dusan           A    2033 1999 5     76:W 28:W 58:W 17:D 30:D 13:W  2:L
11 Le, Tuan                          2101 5     34:W 21:W  8:W 24:D 16:L 14:D 26:W
12 Flitney, Adrian         A    2035 1954 5     56:W 41:W  4:W 16:D 25:L 24:D 33:W
13 Tabatt, Hendrik              2234 2234 5     45:D 80:D 22:W 38:W 26:W 10:L 18:W
14 Lea, Tom                B         1796 5     53:L 57:W 80:D 23:W 45:W 11:D 36:W
15 Yachou, Nur             B    2004 1777 5     62:L 72:W 34:D 80:W 50:W 36:D 25:W
16 Dragicevic, Domagoj          2172 2149 4.5   54:W 47:W 31:W 12:D 11:W  1:L  6:L
17 Rujevic, Mirko               2268 2240 4.5   48:W 32:W  7:W 10:D  1:L 31:W  3:L
18 Rothlisberger, Marcel   A         1870 4.5   61:W 37:L 54:W 58:W 32:D 34:W 13:L
19 Frost, Peter            B    1934 1766 4.5   77:W  2:L 60:W 49:W  3:L 37:D 52:W
20 Ly, Thai                A    2037 1953 4.5   35:L 71:W 59:W 28:L 48:W 33:D 40:W
21 Muthusamy, Ruebban      C         1749 4.5   84:W 11:L 76:D 34:L 68:W 50:W 45:W
22 Morris, James           D         1571 4.5    1:L 77:W 13:L 62:W 47:W 38:D 46:W
23 Wertheim, Stephen       E         1519 4.5   73:D 38:L 75:W 14:L 69:W 65:W 39:W
24 Dizdarevic, Mehmedalija A    2110 1945 4.5   68:W 43:W  2:W 11:D 29:D 12:D  5:L
25 Stirling, Nathan             2084 2021 4     60:W 42:W 27:W  1:L 12:W  2:L 15:L
26 Belletty, Malcolm       B    2059 1828 4     72:W 62:W  3:W 29:L 13:L 28:W 11:L
27 Stojic, Svetozar        B    1981 1818 4     82:W 51:W 25:L 33:L 63:W 44:W  9:L
28 Bearup, Paul            D         1632 4     94:W 10:L 51:W 20:W  6:L 26:L 63:W
29 Partsi, Dimitri              2125 2110 4     49:W 74:D 87:W 26:W 24:D  4:L  8:L
30 Hacche, David                2187 2132 4     80:D 63:W 37:W 39:W 10:D  3:L  7:L
31 Van Riel, Bas           B         1852 4     57:W 53:W 16:L 44:W  5:D 17:L 37:D
32 Fitzpatrick, Andrew     C         1737 4     96:W 17:L 55:W 64:W 18:D  6:L 35:D
33 Wakely, Bob             D         1575 4     51:L 82:W 62:W 27:W 36:D 20:D 12:L
34 Stones, Douglas         E         1502 4     11:L 85:W 15:D 21:W 40:W 18:L 38:D
35 Feng, Kingsley          F         1405 4     20:W  8:L 40:D 87:W 39:L 74:W 32:D
36 Holt, Kenneth           A    1897 1872 4     63:D 69:W 38:D 43:W 33:D 15:D 14:L
37 Potter, Matthew         D         1581 4     88:W 18:W 30:L  7:L 51:+ 19:D 31:D
38 Kara, Barboros          C         1728 4     70:D 23:W 36:D 13:L 54:W 22:D 34:D
39 Brooks, Chris           C    2046 1754 3.5   69:D 73:W 45:W 30:L 35:W  5:L 23:L
40 Harutyunyan, Vahram     C    1962 1676 3.5   91:W  5:L 35:D 76:W 34:L 67:W 20:L
41 Brockman, Roland        C    1842 1667 3.5   79:W 12:L 68:W  3:L 49:W  9:L 55:D
42 Lycett, Garry           C         1663 3.5   86:W 25:L 53:W  5:L 55:W  8:L 56:D
43 Jackson, Carl           unr       1651 3.5   92:W 24:L 67:W 36:L 61:W  7:L 48:D
44 Van Dijk, Devrim        D         1619 3.5   95:W  7:L 61:W 31:L 60:W 27:L 54:D
45 Braham, Peter           E         1531 3.5   13:D 70:W 39:L 46:W 14:L 75:W 21:L
46 Szuveges, Narelle       B    1899 1773 3.5   83:W  4:L 50:D 45:L 76:W 64:W 22:L
47 Lawson, Shane           C         1685 3.5   89:W 16:L 56:W  4:L 22:L 61:W 57:D
48 Burzic, Ramo            D         1536 3.5   17:L 83:W  9:W  8:L 20:L 82:W 43:D
49 Lee, Kam                E         1522 3.5   29:L 89:W 65:W 19:L 41:L 84:W 66:D
50 Yu, Derek               E         1487 3.5    3:L 91:W 46:D 74:W 15:L 21:L 75:W
51 Padvoraj, Zjelko        unr       1001 3.5   33:W 27:L 28:L 81:W 37:- 60:W 58:D
52 Omeragic, Jusuf         D         1565 3.5    4:L 75:D 69:W 63:L 89:W 53:W 19:L
53 Tang, Jason             G         1298 3.5   14:W 31:L 42:L 66:D 81:W 52:L 74:W
54 Schlossberg, Jonathan   E         1531 3.5   16:L 96:W 18:L 83:W 38:L 62:W 44:D
55 Schön, Eugene           E         1444 3.5    5:L 79:W 32:L 85:W 42:L 70:W 41:D
56 Glenton, Alan           F         1434 3.5   12:L 92:W 47:L 70:W 65:L 87:W 42:D
57 Nikolayevsky, Artem     D         1581 3.5   31:L 14:L 91:W 65:D 87:D 59:W 47:D
58 Bergmanis, Olgerts      D         1583 3.5   90:+  9:W 10:L 18:L 64:D 63:D 51:D
59 Stanisheff, Alex        D         1558 3      2:L 84:W 20:L 82:W  9:L 57:L 83:W
60 Stokie, William         E         1490 3     25:L 93:W 19:L 77:W 44:L 51:L 84:W
61 Potter, Michael         F         1327 3     18:L 88:W 44:L 78:W 43:L 47:L 85:W
62 Dalton, Laurie          G         1267 3     15:W 26:L 33:L 22:L 78:W 54:L 87:W
63 Doon, Steven            F         1328 3     36:D 30:L 90:W 52:W 27:L 58:D 28:L
64 Potter, Christopher     F         1442 3      6:L 94:W 66:W 32:L 58:D 46:L 72:D
65 Sharman, Scott          B         1778 3     75:W  1:L 49:L 57:D 56:W 23:L 71:D
66 Nothdurft, John         C         1734 3     85:W  3:L 64:L 53:D 67:L 77:W 49:D
67 Elliott, Alan           F         1349 3      9:L 78:W 43:L 89:D 66:W 40:L 73:D
68 Vijayakumar, Rengan     F         1405 3     24:L 95:W 41:L 73:D 21:L 91:W 69:D
69 Drew, Phillip           G         1223 3     39:D 36:L 52:L 90:W 23:L 80:W 68:D
70 Zacharczenko, Vladimir  H         1071 3     38:D 45:L 81:D 56:L 83:W 55:L 82:W
71 Hogan, Steven           F         1319 3      8:L 20:L 73:D 96:W 74:L 79:W 65:D
72 Dalton, Samuel          G         1302 3     26:L 15:L 93:W  9:L 91:D 89:W 64:D
73 Rozenblat, Vanja        H         1140 3     23:D 39:L 71:D 68:D  0:L 76:+ 67:D
74 Jenkins, Keith          C         1671 2.5   93:W 29:D  6:L 50:L 71:W 35:L 53:L
75 Baxter, Craig           G         1276 2.5   65:L 52:D 23:L 92:W 80:W 45:L 50:L
76 Renzies, Elliott        E         1466 2.5   10:L 86:W 21:D 40:L 46:L 73:- 91:W
77 Thakur, Udit            G         1228 2.5   19:L 22:L 94:W 60:L 79:D 66:L 90:W
78 Watson, Jean            unr       521  2.5   87:L 67:L 84:W 61:L 62:L 92:W 81:D
79 Feng, Thomas            H         828  2.5   41:L 55:L 83:L 88:W 77:D 71:L 95:W
80 Placentino, Michael     E         1525 2.5   30:D 13:D 14:D 15:L 75:L 69:L 89:W
81 Dalton, Joshua          F         1325 2.5    7:L 90:D 70:D 51:L 53:L 86:W 78:D
82 Hamilton, Ian           G         1299 2     27:L 33:L 86:W 59:L 85:W 48:L 70:L
83 Potter, Daniel          G         1240 2     46:L 48:L 79:W 54:L 70:L 90:W 59:L
84 Creedon, David          G         1179 2     21:L 59:L 78:L 86:W 93:W 49:L 60:L
85 Kenmure, Jamie          H         1141 2     66:L 34:L 88:W 55:L 82:L 94:W 61:L
86 Poole, Thomas           H         735  2     42:L 76:L 82:L 84:L 92:W 81:L 96:W
87 Malejewicz, Alex        D         1586 2     78:W  6:D 29:L 35:L 57:D 56:L 62:L
88 Chen, Michael           unr       421  2     37:L 61:L 85:L 79:L  0:W 93:+  0:L
89 Yu, Sally               H         1047 1.5   47:L 49:L 95:W 67:D 52:L 72:L 80:L
90 Qin, Tomson             H         486  1.5   58:- 81:D 63:L 69:L 96:W 83:L 77:L
91 Liu, Yi                 H         1024 1.5   40:L 50:L 57:L 94:W 72:D 68:L 76:L
92 Van Dijk, Marieke       H         692  1.5   43:L 56:L 96:D 75:L 86:L 78:L 94:W
93 Lemmel, Oliver          H         829  1     74:L 60:L 72:L 95:W 84:L 88:-  0:L
94 Menon, Aditya           unr       621  1     28:L 64:L 77:L 91:L 95:W 85:L 92:L
95 Farrelly, Cathy         H         579  1     44:L 68:L 89:L 93:L 94:L 96:+ 79:L
96 Sanderson, Paul         G         1163 .5    32:L 54:L 92:D 71:L 90:L 95:- 86:L
First prize 6.5/7 - GM Darryl Johansen
Second and third prize shared at 6/7 - IM Guy West, Milenko Lojanica
Rating Group A at 5.5/7 - Malcolm Pyke and Christopher Wallis shared
Rating Group B at 5/7 - Leon Kempen, Zhigen Wilson Lin, Tom Lea, Nur Yachou shared
Rating Group C at 4.5/7 - Reubban Muthusamy
Rating Group D at 4.5/7 - James Morris
Rating Group E at 3.5/7 - Stephen Wertheim
Rating Group F at 4.5/7 - Kingsley Feng
Rating Group G at 4/7 - Jason Tang
Rating Group H at 3.5/7 - Vanja Rozenblat, Vladimir Zacharczenko
Group UNRATED at 3.5/7 - Carl Jackson, Zjelko Padvoraj
Best Game Prize - tba

All rating groups $150.

IM M. Rujevic (2240)    --    GM D. Johansen (2464)
2005 Victorian Open Championship  (5)   Box Hill
2005     0-1

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 e6 6.f5

Rujevic's favourite: the Grand Prix Attack
6...Nge7 7.fxe6 fxe6 8.d3 d5 9.Bb3 O-O 10.Bg5
Threatening to win a pawn on d5

11.Nd5!? exd5 12.exd5 Na5
( 12...Ne5 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 14.d6+ )
13.d6+ Nxb3 14.dxe7 Re8 15.axb3 h6 16.O-O Qd5 17.Bh4 g5 18.Bg3 Rxe7 19.Nd2 Bd7 20.Ne4 Bc6 21.Qh5 Rae8 22.Rf2 b6 23.Raf1 Re6
Otherwise white has Rf6!!
24.Rf7 R8e7 25.Rxe7 Rxe7 26.Qg6 Re6

27.Rf6!? Be8 28.Qf5 Qxf5 29. Rxf5 Bg6 30.Rd5 Bxe4 31.dxe4 Rxe4 -/+ 32.Rd8+ Kf7 33.Rd7+ Re7 34.Rxe7+ Kxe7 35.Bb8 Kd7 36.Kf2
( 36.Bxa7?? Kc7 -+ )
36...Bf8 37.Kf3 Bd6 38.Bxd6 Kxd6 -+ 39.Ke4 a5 40.Kf5 Kd5 41.Kg6 b5 42.Kxh6 c4 43.bxc4+ bxc4
Great defence by Johansen

Lea, Tom (1796)    --    Tang, Jason (1298)
2005 Victorian Open Championship  (1.26)   Box Hill
2005.06.11     0-1     C13

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.h4 h6 7.Bxe7 Qxe7 8. Bd3 a6 9.Qg4 O-O 10.Rh3 Kh8 11.O-O-O c5 12.Rg3 Rg8 13.Nf3 c4 14.Be2 Nf8 15.Nxd5?? exd5 16.Qxc8 Ne6!

Trapping the queen
17.Qxg8+ Kxg8 18.Rg4 b5 19.h5 Nc6 20.c3 Qb7 21.Nh4 Ne7 22.f4 Kf8 23.f5 Ng5 24.f6 gxf6 25. exf6 Ng8 26.Rf1 Re8 27.Bd1 b4 28.cxb4 Qxb4 29.Rgf4 c3 30.Bb3 cxb2+ 31.Kb1 Re1+


IM Peter Froehlich (2374)    --    Adrian Flitney (1954)
2005 Victorian Open Championship  (3)   Box Hill
2005     0-1

Here tournament stalwart Adrian Flitney nicely demonstrates the attacking resources of the Tarrasch Defence 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.a3 a6 7.cxd5 exd5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.b4 Bd6 10.Be2 O-O 11.O-O Bc7 12.Bb2 Qd6 13.g3 Bh3 14.Re1 Rad8 15.b5 Ne5 16.Nxe5 Qxe5 17.Na4 Qf5 18.b6 Ne4!! 19.Bf3

( 19.f3 Nxg3 20.hxg3 Bxg3 -+ )
19...Ng5 20.Be2 Qe4! 21.f3 Qxe3+ 22.Kh1 Qf2 23.Rg1 Rde8! 24.Qd4 Qxd4 25. Bxd4 Rxe2 26.Nc3 Rc2 27.bxc7 Nxf3

A nice attack

Top seeds share Tasmanian Open title: Report by Dr Kevin Bonham.

Top seeds Kevin Bonham and Nigel Frame have tied for the 2005 Tasmanian Open title. Frame, the reigning state champion, was in very impressive form throughout the event while Bonham pulled off increasingly unlikely escapes in the final four rounds. It was Frame's second win of the Open (both ties) while Bonham has won it outright twice.

Held at the Burnie club's excellent new venue at the Portside Online Centre, the event attracted 35 players (most for any Tasmanian weekender since 1988) including nineteen junior and six females (both Tasmanian records). The prize pool was up and included U18, U15 and U12 junior prizes and (a first for the state) an U18 girls prize.

With such a wide spread of player strengths an Accelerated Swiss seemed inevitable, but the decision to accelerate the top half for the first round only was somewhat surprising given that one-round acceleration normally more or less swaps the round 1 and round 2 pairings, while accelerating for more than one round reduces mismatching to some small degree. Indeed, round 2 featured massive mismatches on many boards (the sole scalp for the underdogs being junior Jackson Jolly getting a free rook from John Adams and closing out the game quickly - although some other adults had to win from embarrassing positions) but the one-round acceleration did have two very useful benefits. Firstly it sorted out the many underrated players better by pairing them against low-rated opponents, and secondly it ensured that those juniors fed to the very top seeds in round 2 had a win under their belt first.

The first round had already created chaos with three upsets - Thomas Hendrey over Glen Gibbs (15-move smash in a Classical French after White 0-0-0d into terminal danger), John O'Mara over Charles Chadwick and Leo Minol over the unpredictable Milutin Ivkovic. Eight players entered round 3 tied for the lead. Bonham beat Hendrey from a poor position after forgetting his theory beyond move 3 (!), Frame beat O'Mara, Ledger drew with Stephen Ferris and fast-improving junior Alistair Dyer defeated Phil Donnelly (a 658-point rating difference). The latter had been a showy tactical struggle with Dyer attacking two pawns down - Donnelly missed a crushing intermediate Nh6+ and had to drop a piece.

The top two seeds drew their round 4 game after Bonham scrambled to recover a pawn dropped during a failed minority attack, while Alastair Dyer became both the youngest and the lowest-rated player to ever lead a Tasmanian open event outright with a strong win over Stephen Ferris. This set up a great stoush on board 1 where Dyer played more like an equal than a 900-point underdog as he threw everything he had at Kevin Bonham and was better to winning for most of the game before succumbing to smothered mate and back rank threats scrambled together in wild tactical time trouble. Frame had little resistance from Ivkovic on board 2, and Chadwick moved back into the picture with a win over Janice Martin.

Into the final round Frame and Bonham led Chadwick and Dyer by half a point. Frame was better out of the opening and was eventually too good for Dyer, although the latter went fairly close to drawing. The other three top board games ended in dramatic swindles: Glen Gibbs claimed third prize by beating John O'Mara from the exchange and a pawn down, while Neville Ledger with 15 minutes on his clock to Thomas Hendrey's one could not tie Gibbs by converting a won position before his own (!) flag fell, netting Hendrey a draw as Hendrey had only his king left. On board 1, Bonham hideously botched the opening after mixing up lines (again!) and wound up in a crushingly lost position. The first swindle attempt failed leaving Chadwick queen for rook and pawn up and still attacking, but another swindle won a rook. Way ahead on the clock, the top seed, perhaps now winning, walked into a counter-swindle exposing his king. A draw offer by Bonham with two and a half minutes on Chadwick's clock was declined, and Chadwick nicely forced the win of both rooks for a bishop, then offered a draw himself with one or two seconds on his clock queen for bishop up. Bonham declined and Chadwick, forgetting he could claim a 10.2 (and perhaps lacking time to do so), lost on time.

Alastair Dyer took home the U1700 ratings prize (one of four he was eligible for), and Graham Richards picked up the U1500 after beating another regular U1500 contender, Janice Martin, in the final round. Thomas Hendrey won the U18 as Dyer, who was ahead of him on countback, had won a more lucrative prize. Vincent Horton, also eligible for the U12, incredibly won the U15 despite missing the first two rounds, the U12 cascaded down to Jackson Jolly, and Megan Briant won the U18 Girls on countback.

A very well run tournament and the signs for Tasmanian chess are very positive. Games coming on Burnie Chess Club site ( Tournament booklet will be available from the organisers for a small charge.

Results (All players TAS)

5.5/6 Kevin Bonham 1932, Nigel Frame 1831
4.5 Glen Gibbs 1794
4.0 Alastair Dyer 1056 (j), Thomas Hendrey 1501 (j), Neville Ledger 1599, Russell Horton UNR#, Charles Chadwick 1771, Graham Richards 1401, Leo Minol 1169
3.5 John O'Mara 1484, Phil Donnelly 1714, Stephen Ferris UNR, Vincent Horton 589 (j)#
3.0 Milutin Ivkovic 1593, Janice Martin 1535 (f), Charlie Smith 777 (j), Nigel Lewis 1583, Sam McNeair UNR (j), Jackson Jolly UNR (j), John Adams 1342
2.5 Kevin Hendrey UNR (j)*, Persa Divkovic 1046 (f), Mark Ferris UNR (j)
2.0 Harrison Briant UNR (j)*, Megan Briant 504 (fj), Joanna Ferris UNR (j)*, Ethan Duniam-Douglas 183 (j), James Briant 788 (j), Nina Horton UNR (fj)#, Daniel Carew UNR (j)
1.0 Billy Taylor UNR (j), Jacinta Chatwin (fj), Christopher Vaughan UNR (j), Zachary Frame 985 (j)*

* = includes bye
# = Horton family approved absence for rounds 1 and 2 and awarded no points for these rounds.

Gibbs, Glen (1794)    --    Hendrey, Thomas (1501)
Tasmanian Open  (1.3)   Burnie
2005.06.11     0-1     C11

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5

( In their only previous encounter at the Tasmanian Open 2004 Gibbs played the main line 4.Bg5 and went on to win. )
4...Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Qb6 8.Qd2 c4 9.O-O-O?!
( Castling Queenside is risky. Better was the sacrifice 9.Bxc4!! dxc4 10.d5 hitting the Queen and Knight simultaneously 10...Qxb2 11.Rb1 Qa3 with a promising attack for the piece. )
9...Qa5 10.a3 b5!
Black is winning already
( The White King's best hope now is to make a run for it! 11.Qe1 Rb8 12.Kd2 b4 13.axb4 Qxb4 14.Rb1 Nb6 -/+ )
11...b4 12.axb4?
this just makes it easier for Black
12...Nxb4 13.Re1 Qa1 14.c3
again facilitating the attack but the game is lost now anyway.
( 14.Qd1 Rb8 15.Kd2 Nxc2! 16.Nc3 Rxb2 17.Qxa1 Nxa1+ 18.Kc1 Ba3 19.Kd1 )
14...Na2+ 15.Kc2 Rb8

( White must at least lose the Knight 15...Rb8 16.b4 cxb3+ 17.Kd1 ( 17.Kd3 Ba6+ 18.c4 Bxc4# ) 17...Qxb1+ 18.Ke2 Qe4 )

(Game and annotations sourced from Burnie Chess Club site)

Tasmanian Lightning:

Two impressive juniors caused all sorts of havoc in this year's Tassie blitz title with defending co-champions Bonham and Frame losing to Alistair Dyer (1046) and James Briant (788) respectively, and Mile Pavicic (1957) losing to both! Milutin Ivkovic, noted for strength at short time limits, escaped the menace unscathed to win his first Tas Lightning title. Dyer defeated James Briant in a one-game playoff for the junior prize.

9.5/11 Milutin Ivkovic, 8.5 Nigel Frame, 8 Kevin Bonham, 7.5 Nigel Lewis, 7 James Briant, Mile Pavicic, Alastair Dyer, 4.5 Phil Donnelly, 4 Charlie Smith

- Dr Kevin Bonham

NECG Training Squad renamed: NECG was taken over/merged late last year with an American company Charles River Associates. As such NECG will not be continuing with the sponsorship of the Training Squad - previously $7000 per annum.

However, Mr Henry Ergas, one of the principals of NECG, is continuing with the sponsorship out of his personal funds.

The squad is thus being renamed the "Ergas Australian Elite Training Squad. "

We are very grateful for his generosity.

Thank-you also to Ian Rogers, Ian Rout, Gary Lane and Darryl Johansen who are all taking on a homework assignment for the Ergas Squad, to Stephen Solomon for giving me some reading material ideas, to Kerry Lyall and Gerrit Hartland for all the work they are doing for the Melbourne Camp and to Graeme Gardiner for helping with the June Mini-squad in Queensland.

- Jenni Oliver

The next ACF Council meeting will be on 18 July by phone hookup.

Scotland Vs Australia Correspondence Match:

Dear Friends,

My Scottish counterpart George Pyrich has challenged the CCLA to a 15-20 board friendly match on the ICCF Webserver along with 3 or 4 postal boards for those that like to indulge in this quaint old custom. The start date would probably be early September and the suggestion was to use a time control of 10/40 instead of 10/60 (on the server), however I am open to your ideas on this.

As the match would be held on the Webserver we also have to make a decision whether we have live transmission (with 3 move delay) for spectators. I would be interested on your feedback on this as well.

Presently there is no charge to play on the Webserver for friendly matches so I think it would be a great opportunity for those players who havn't yet used this new format to give it a try and experience the great benefits of the server.

I look forward to hearing back from interested players as soon as possible.

Kind regards,
Tim Runting
CCLA President & International Secretary

Australian Championships and Australian Junior Championships, 28 Dec 2005 to 9 Jan 2006

The Australian Championship, with a history dating back to 1885, is the most important event on the Australian chess calendar. This year it is being combined with the Australian Junior Championships, with the juniors starting at 9am daily, and the adults at 3pm. The organising committee is Ian Murray, John Humphrey and Graeme Gardiner. The venue for the event is the five star Carlton Crest in Brisbane. It will be the first time that the Australian Championships have been held in Brisbane since 1967. The Australian Juniors were last held in Brisbane in 1989.

This is a rare opportunity to bring together the entire adult and junior chess communities of Australia and we aim to make it one of the best chess events held in this country. We appeal strongly to the Brisbane and Queensland chess communities to get right behind the event. Please particularly be aware that neither the Australian Championships nor the Australian Junior Championships is restricted to élite players, and both events cater for players of all standards. Part of the fun is to be in the company of the top players, and simply to enjoy the atmosphere of top class chess. But we emphasise that adults and juniors of all standards can participate.

So please plan your Christmas holidays around participating in the Australian Championships. For those who cannot commit themselves to 13 days of chess, the Australian Minor runs from 3 to 9 January.

Junior age groups are under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18.

Full details are available at This webpage includes an online entry form and the ability to enter and pay securely online. Ian Murray has done most of the work involved in putting up such a comprehensive webpage, with considerable input from Wendy Gardiner and Jonathan Paxman.

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


Hi Paul , The Redcliffe Chess Club has decided to dedicate their October 2005 weekender to the memory of Wendy Terry. The tournament name has changed from Redcliffe Challenge to Wendy Terry Memorial Chess Tournament. Best Regards
Norm Braybrook

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Anand wins Ciudad de Leon: Leon, Spain. Kasimdzhanov scored a big win over Shirov in the first match. Next up, Anand beat Magnus Carlsen. In the final, Kasimdzhanov beat Anand in game 1, but eventually went down 2.5-1.5. Kasimdzhanov 3-1 Shirov; Anand 3-1 Carlsen; Anand 2.5-1.5 Kasimdzhanov Site : View games

Magistral Huila: Neiva, Colombia Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Tiviakov 8.0; Korneev 7.0; Dobrov 6.5; Granda Zuniga ... 5.5. Site : View games

Ukrainian Grandmaster Vladimir Savon (1940-2005) has died in Kharkov at the age of 64. Savon played in 10 USSR Championships winning in 1971 scoring 15/21 (undefeated) ahead of Grandmasters Tal, Smyslov, Karpov, Balashov, Stein, Bronstein, Polugayevsky, Taimanov etc. This result was sensational as Savon only held the IM Title at the time of his victory. Savon scored 87% at the 1972 Olympiad helping the USSR to win the gold medals.

Savon,Vladimir A (2570) - Dzindzichashvili,Roman (2480) [B81] URS-ch39 Leningrad (13), 03.10.1971 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 h6 7.Rg1 Nc6 8.Be3 a6 9.h3 Bd7 10.f4 Qc7 11.Qd2 b5 12.Bd3 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 Bc6 14.Qe2 e5 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.exd5 Bxd5 17.fxe5 0-0-0 18.0-0-0 Qc6 19.Rgf1 dxe5 20.Bxe5 f6 21.Bf5+ Kb7 22.Rxd5 Rxd5 23.Be4 Bc5 24.Rd1 Ka7 25.Bxd5 Qe8 26.Be6 fxe5 27.Qxe5 1-0

Savon,Vladimir A - Bobotsov,Milko G [B45] Albena, 1973 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 g5 8.Bg3 Bb4 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.a3 Bxc3+ 11.bxc3 0-0 12.Bd3 Qa5 13.Qd2 e5 14.h4 Nh7 15.hxg5 hxg5 16.Rxh7 Kxh7 17.Qxg5 f6 18.Qh5+ Kg7 19.Kd2 Rh8 20.Qg4+ Kf7 21.f4 exf4 22.e5 Qxe5 23.Qg6+ Kf8 24.Re1 fxg3 25.Rxe5 fxe5 26.Qf6+ Kg8 27.Qd8+ Kg7 28.Qe7+ Kh6 29.Qf6+ Kh5 30.Be2 mate 1-0

- Peter Parr

Grand Prix tournaments:

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; the venue has changed to: Quality Resort Sails, 20 Park 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:

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.

Wendy Terry Memorial Chess Tournament (formerly called the 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:

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