Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 324, June 29, 2005

In this issue:
Caloundra Open
Australian Masters
Commonman, Wollongong
Australian Champs
World News
Grand Prix Tournaments
Other Events
International Tournaments

Caloundra Open (Category 3 Grand Prix): report by DOP Charles Zworestine

Where were they? After last year's outstanding turnout of 94 players, we really thought we had a good chance of cracking 100 this year. Surely the presence, almost unprecedented in Australian chess, of three grandmasters (Ian Rogers, Roland Schmaltz and Darryl Johansen) would make the event even more prestigious, and hence attract more players? Add to this the Australian Junior Champion (Moulthun Ly), and I cannot understand why we only had 58 people who actually played. Mind you, three more paid but never showed up! I am still at a loss to explain this. Perhaps they were running scared from the three GMs?

Ian Rogers was still top seed, which says much for his outstanding longevity at the top of Australian chess. But he knew that he would be challenged by Roland (Seed 2) and Darryl (Seed 3)… As they all won easily in Round 1, we had to look to others for upsets - and local Finn Sorenson provided one to win the first round upset prize! In a complicated ending where his opponent (fourth seeded Irishman Peter Cafolla) had two pieces for a rook but it was hard to find a breakthrough, Peter lost on time through misunderstanding the time controls (60 minutes, plus ten seconds per move at the end: Bronstein). He was not to be on his own there (I personally prefer the Fischer time controls, which add on the increment right from the start); but apart from a couple of draws, there were really no other first round upsets.

So to Round 2, with more easy GM victories but a query as to whether Roland's piece sacrifice against Jack Pintarich was sound; he broke through with a winning attack anyway! Once again no upsets of note apart from a couple of draws, and another local (John Potts) winning the second round upset prize for winning his rook and pawn ending against Nathan Davidson… Round 3 saw more interesting pairings, but the GMs still triumphed. When I first looked at Roland's position, his Black passed a2 pawn was more than enough compensation for a piece; his opponent (Tony Weller) had to sacrifice a rook to stop it, whereafter Roland cleaned up pawns and the game with his extra exchange. Rogers took a while, but eventually broke through with a winning attack against Nik Stawski; Darryl's creeping pressure converted itself into many extra pawns to beat local Otto Mehltreter; and Doug Powell won the third round upset prize for beating Ken Stark in yet another rook and pawn ending.

Our first all GM pairing in Round 4, the last of the Saturday rounds - but it was on Board 2! Rogers had to play MM (Magic Moulthun) for the second time in a week on Board 1, both times as Black; and after Ian got initiative and the two bishops, Moulthun resigned when his trapped queen was going to cost him a piece. Meanwhile Roland's position as White against Darryl looked beautiful: White had a space advantage, and Black had weak pawns and weak squares galore! But the Aussie GM fought hard; the German played a line where he sacrificed the exchange for a pawn and the bishop pair; still better, he missed a couple of strong winning chances; and the position eventually settled into a draw by repetition in Darryl's time pressure (see game below). More joy for the adults, as Mark Stokes claimed the Round 4 upset prize by beating fifth seed Phachara Wongwichit; but the juniors were also doing well, with Alex Jule equal second on 3.5/4 and Sam Grigg up to 3/4 after upsetting Bill Egan.

Schmaltz, R (2536) - Johansen, D (2491) [B56] 2005 Caloundra Open (4), Board 2, 25/6/2005 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.f3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Nd5 Be7 9.c4 Nd7 10.Be3 h6 11.Be2 Bg5 12.Bf2 h5 13.0-0 0-0 14.Qd3 b6 15.Rad1 Nc5 16.Qc3 Rc8 17.Na1 Ne7 18.Nxe7+ Qxe7 19.Nc2 a5 20.Ne3 Rfd8 21.b3 Qb7 22.Qb2 g6 23.Nd5 Rf8 24.Nc3 Qc6 25.Nb5 Rcd8 26.a3 a4 27.b4 Nb3 28.Qc2 Rd7 29.Nc3 Nd4

30.Rxd4 exd4 31.Nb5 Be3 32.Nxd4 Bxd4 33.Bxd4 d5 34.exd5 Bxd5 35.Bb2 Be6 36.Qc3 f6 37.Re1 Rdf7 38.Bd3 Bf5 39.Bf1 Re8 40.Rxe8+ Qxe8 41.Qd4 Qc6 42.Qf4 Qc7 43.Qd4 Qc6 44.Qf4 ˝-˝

Sunday morning dawned, and a cheerful Rogers and Schmaltz appeared more than ready for another all GM pairing! The game was sharp and exciting, with Roland first giving up a pawn to try to obtain initiative as Black in a Kings Indian, then a tactical slugfest liquidating the position into what should have been a drawn ending. But just when Roland could have forced the draw, he forgot to put his rook behind the passed enemy b pawn, and resigned when it was about to queen! (See game below). That left Rogers outright leader on 5/5, with Darryl half a point behind after he ground down Mark Stokes. Phachara, Moulthun and Nik Stawski all broke through with winning attacks to get to 4/5, joined there by Sam Grigg after his second upset in a row (this time against John Ager) earned him the Round 5 upset prize.

Rogers, I (2641) - Schmaltz, R (2536) [E81] 2005 Caloundra Open (5), Board 1 26/06/2005 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Bg5 a6 7.Nge2 Nbd7 8.Qd2 c5 9.d5 b5 10.cxb5 Qa5 11.a4 Nb6 12.Nc1 axb5 13.Bxb5 Ba6 14.N1a2 Bxb5 15.axb5 Nc4 16.Qc1

Nxb2 17.Qxb2 Nxe4 18.fxe4 Bxc3+ 19.Nxc3 Qxa1+ 20.Bc1 Qa5 21.0-0 Qb4 22.Qxb4 cxb4 23.Ne2 e5

24.Bd2! Ra2 25.Bxb4 Rxe2 26.Bxd6 Rxe4 27.b6 Re8 28.b7 Rd4 29.Rc1 1-0

Round 6 saw a fairly tame and solid draw between Johansen (White) and Rogers, leaving Ian leading on 5.5/6 and very well placed to claim outright first. Darryl was joined in second place on 5/6 by Phachara (who beat Sam Grigg) and Moulthun, after the latter (obviously inspired by his recent match with Stephen Solomon) pulled off an amazing swindle: he somehow managed to mate Stawski from a rook down in Nik's time pressure! The upset prize was won by Daniel Barrett for his win over Stan Long Hong.

So to the final round, where the top two seeds were made to work very hard but both triumphed: Ian taking outright first with a nice Bxg7 sacrifice that led to mate after Phachara misplayed things in time pressure, and Roland outright third with a win on time in a complicated heavy piece ending a pawn up over Peter Cafolla. Sensation though on Board 2, where Moulthun hung on like a limpet against Darryl; the GM reached an opposite coloured bishop, queen and rook ending a pawn up but MM kept fighting; the rooks came off; they got into a massive time scramble; the position was repeated at least three times, but neither player claimed; down to only two pawns each left, MM finally reached a drawn position where Darryl's best was to take a perpetual check, and then Darryl lost on time! Last round upset prize to Moulthun, and outright second: a good week for the Australian Junior Champion.

So now our two Aussie GMs have both lost to 13 year olds on time in the past fortnight - a changing of the guard? In an enjoyable closing ceremony, Ian congratulated the juniors on doing well, but wished perhaps not so well - the GMs should be able to enjoy their last few years at the top of Australian chess! Still, great to see the future of Aussie chess in such good hands (Raymond Song, Junta Ikeda, MM). Thanks to all for a great event, and to Bob and Jenny Goodwin for their hospitality during my stay there in Caloundra. And for all those who stayed away, you missed a really good event - you should definitely show up next year.

Prizes: 1st Ian Rogers 6.5/7; 2nd Moulthun Ly 6; 3rd Roland Schmaltz 5.5; =1st Rating Group A Tony Weller, Derek Elkington (Best Suncoast Chess Club) 5; 1st Rating Group B/Best Female Alexandra Jule 4.5; Best Veteran Over 70 Otto Mehltreter 4.5; Best Veteran Over 60 Bill Egan, Jack Pintarich 4; Best Junior (Under 18) Brock McIntyre, Sam Grigg, Shayne Hunter (=1st Rating Group C) 4; Best Cadet (Under 12) + =1st Rating Group C Sebastian Jule 4; Best Suncoast Secondary School Student Tim Lamberton, Marcus Bleney, Jily Goh 3; =1st Rating Group D Hannah McLean, Daniel Seres, Jily Goh 3; Best Suncoast Primary School Student Tulia Powell 2.5.


6.5 GM Rogers, Ian (NSW)
6.0 Ly, Moulthun
5.5 GM Schmaltz, Roland (Germany)
5.0 GM Johansen, Darryl K; Weller, Tony; Stawski, Nik; Wongwichit, Phachara; Elkington, Derek
4.5 Stokes, Mark C; Jule, Alexandra; Mehltreter, Otto; Stewart, Craig A; Krause, Terry; Stark, Ken; Cafolla, Peter (Ireland); Davidson, Nathan P.
4.0 Patissier, Dominic; Powell, Doug G; Macleod, Keith; Hochstadt, Robert; Grigg, Sam; Pintarich, Jack (Zelko); Egan, Bill; Hunter, Shayne; Deuble, Mark; McIntyre, Brock; Jule, Sebastian.
3.5 Potts, John B; Ager, John C; O'Connor, Gerry; Kinder, Jessica;
3.0 Sorenson, Finn; Finch, Michael J; Barrett, Daniel J; Soul, David; Bleney, Rebecca; Lamberton, Tim; Long Hong, Stan; Goh, Jily; Bleney, Marcus; McLean, Hannah; Damm, Mark; Seres, Daniel.
2.5 Taylor, Mark; Lambert, Andrew; Goh, Beng; Powell, Tulia; Waterhouse, David.
2.0 Evans, Morgan; Durham, Matthew; Fisher, Alex; Mimnaugh, Caleb; Powell, Ulani; Lobwein, Joel.
1.5 Rogers, Jim.
1.0 Goh, Tetias; White, Shaun; Schenk, Ralf; Dwivedi, Nikhil; Fu, Eugene. 0.5 Toolsie, Alex.
0.0 Smith, Matthew

Pictures from the Suncoast Chess Club website at

The 2005 Hallsteen Pty Ltd Australian Masters is under way at Melbourne Chess Club. Chris Depasquale is the Chief Organiser. Round 1 results:
Lee Wang-Sheng .5-.5 A.Pecori
Sales-E.Levi postponed
G.West 1-0 B.Jordan
M.Rujevic 1-0 C.Gorka
C.Depasquale .5-.5 P.Froehlich

In conjunction with the Australian masters there will be two junior events. The Victorian Junior Masters is a FIDE-rated Round Robin including a New Zealand entry. Players are not yet confirmed. The other event, the Junior Reserves, is taking place at Benleigh this week with 8 players. Round 1 results: Jamie Kenmure 1154- Huw Roberts 1-0
Rhys Hopkins- Sean Hyatt 1-0
Arron Rusnak- David Toper-715
Dennish Qian 752- Matthew Bradshaw 1-0

Rusnak,A - Toper,D (715) [D00] Reserves (1), 28.06.2005
1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bb4 5.Bd2 0-0 6.Bb5 a6 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.a3 Bd6 9.0-0 e5 10.e4 exd4 11.Nxd5 Nxd5 12.exd5 Nf6 13.Nxd4 Nxd5 14.c4 Nf4 15.Bxf4 Bxf4 16.Re1 Qxd4?? 17.Re4?? Qd6 18.c5 Bxh2+ 19.Kf1 Qxc5 20.Rc4 Qg5 21.Rxc7 Bxc7 22.g3 Re8 23.Rc1 Bh3+ 24.Kg1 Bxg3 25.fxg3 Qxg3+ 26.Kh1 Qg2# 0-1

- Lee Forace

Commonman tournament, Wollongong: report by Matthew Sweeney

A small but friendly bunch of chess lovers showed for the Commonman - 16 - the same as last year.

Round 1 saw Lance Chiddy (1012) belt the busiest player in NSW, Anthony Keuning (1609) - no blunders involved! Lance's hands were still shaking half an hour after checkmate, "Yeah, that was the biggest win I've ever had." That performance won him the Biggest Upset Win Prize of $20.

Another major upset was a 5th round draw between the young and the old. The eventual winner Johnny Bolens (2014) had to offer a draw to the brother of the Australian Girls Champion Rebecca Harris, Ben Harris (1610).

The top two players met in round 4. Bolens (2014) vs David Castor (2002). Bolens turned up late due to the train system, conceding 15 minutes on the clock. Nevertheless, as black in the sicilian, he applied enough pressure down the queenside to win. Bolens' win was enought to see him walk away with the top half divisional prize: 1st $120 (5.5/6) and Castor 2nd (5/6) $80. (Possibly staying Saturday night at Sweeney's house and drinking a couple too many beers cost him $40.)

In the last round several places were still to be determined. Rapidly improving "Dilly Boy" Trent Parker (aka TCN) (1489) had an all or nothing game against Wollongong player Rade Mijakovski (1580). The game was unbalanced with three connected past pawns and two pieces, against rook and two pieces. Both in the blitz time zone, Mijakovski blew the draw putting his king on the wrong square to allow a knight fork by Parker. That win gave him equal second in the bottom half division with Keuning. Keuning had recovered from 0/2, winning his next four games for 4/6 and both were happy to receive $100 each.

Also in the last round, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places could have gone to any of three - Ben Harris (1610), Jamie Boyce (1560) and Sherab Guo-Yuthok (1692). One of the games was Boyce-Guo. Harris was beaten by Bolens and stayed on 3.5. At that point a draw between Boyce and Guo would have meant a three way first. In an even position, both were under time pressure, but Boyce was first to play a loose move and Guo won. Making the order Guo, Harris, Boyce. All four juniors won cash - 1st to 4th : $60, $40,$20, $20.

Following the prizes, players were shouted drinks downstairs and enjoyed entertaining stories from The Life and Times of Johnny "Walker" Bolens, as told by the autobiographer. In a gesture of deference, David Castor drove him back to Sydney ...

... and they all lived happily ever after.

Of the 16 entries, 7 went home with a prize.

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.

World News:

Karjakin regains lead in Euro Champs: A very powerful event with players including Ivanchuk, Dreev, Bologan, Aronian, Van Wely, Motylev, Radjabov, Krasenkow, Sakaev and Malakhov. Leading Round 10 Standings: Karjakin 8; Milov, Nisipeanu, Ivanchuk, Asrian 7.5. Site : View games 1-7 : View games 8

World Open: Philadelphia. Site

Hydra humiliates Adams 5.5-0.5: The computer won the first game easily, but the second was drawn. Hydra scored a crushing sacrificial win in game 3 and also won games 4, 5 and 6.Scores: Hydra 5.5-0.5 Adams. Site : View games

Volokitan 2.5-1.5 Timman: A four-game rapid match in Spain. Site : View games

Pula Open: Site

Lahno wins European Women's Championship:
Lahno beat Kosintseva in a playoff.
Leading Final Standings: Lahno, Kosintseva 9.0; Dembo, Collas, Zaiatz, Danielian 8.5.
Site :
Live games

Almasi wins Marx György: Korchnoi led for much of the event before losing two games near the end. Round 10 Standings: 1. Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2628 6.5; 2. Korchnoi, Viktor g SUI 2619 6.0; 3. Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2642 5.5; 4. Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2617 5.0; 5. Sutovsky, Emil g ISR 2665 3.5; 6. Acs, Peter g HUN 2525 3.5. Site : View games

Thousands of chess players set a new world record on Saturday for simultaneous chess matches at a public park in central Mexico, a Guinness World Records representative announced.


HYDRA    --    Adams, Mi (2737)
Man-Machine  (3)   London ENG
2005.06.23     1-0     C91

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.d4 Bg4 10.d5 Na5 11.Bc2 c6 12.h3 Bc8 13.dxc6 Qc7 14.Nbd2 Qxc6 15.Nf1 Be6 16. Ng5 Bd8 17.Ne3 Bd7 18.a4 h6 19.Nf3 Rc8 20.axb5 axb5 21.Nh4 Nc4 22.Nxc4 bxc4 23. Ba4 Qc7 24.Bxd7 Qxd7 25.Nf5 d5 26.Ra6 Qb7 27.Rd6 Be7 28.Bxh6!! 1-0

Grand Prix tournaments:

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:

Hakoah Championship: Monday, 25 July - Monday, 19 September; Hakoah Club, 61 Hall Street Bondi, NSW 2026; Open and Under 1700 divisions; 7.30pm start; Pre-registrater by emailing $30 members/$40 Non-Members/$20 Under 18. Contact Vladimir Feldman - DOP - 0414798503. Website:

North Queensland Open Championships: August 6-7; Townsville City Council Chambers, 103 Walker St; Prizes: $500/$350 and rating prizes; Entry Fee $70/$60 or $50/$40 early bird. GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs free; Players must be CAQ members. Non-members must pay 10% annual membership fee with entry. Contact Darren Napier, PO Box 313, Aitkenvale QLD 4814, Ph: 0412606213. Email:

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

Wendy Terry Memorial Chess Tournament (formerly called the Redcliffe 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 GMs 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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