Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 327, July 22, 2005

In this issue:
World Youth Championships
Fairfield RSL Winter Cup
The Closet Grandmaster blog
Oceania statistics
Womens World Senior Championships -applications
Aussies Overseas
World News
Grand Prix Tournaments
Other Events
International Tournaments



July 23-24; Category 3 Grand Prix event; Australian National University, Acton, ACT; $3000 in prizes, first $1000; $70/$50 entries. Contact Shun Ikeda 02 6125 4030 Email; Full details on the Website. Download the brochure and entry form here

$10 discount for entries received by Friday 15 July

The ANU Open is part of the ANU Chess Festival from 17th-27th July 2005

National computer chess championship
ANU Open chess championship
ACT go championship
ACT backgammon open
ANU primary schools championship
ANU high schools/colleges championship

The World Youth Championships have begun in Belfort, France. There are 1102 players (639 M, 463 F) from 82 countries competing in 10 divisions - under 18, 16, 14, 12, 10 for boys and girls.

Australia has 22 players, 18 relatives and 5 coaches (only 9 countries have more entries) and is competing in all 10 divisions.

Early indications are that the tournament has had some organisational glitches. See for up to date reports. Full report next week.

Fairfield RSL Winter Cup (NSW): Report by DOP Charles Zworestine; Pictures: Amiel Rosario

It seems that chess players like to play in winter, judging by the numbers being up in the last few events at which I have been DOP… The Fairfield Winter Cup was no exception, this year attracting 68 players (22 up on last year). Everyone seemed happy with the prize pool, especially so many ratings prizes; and the Fischer time controls of 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start. Perhaps not so happy with the late start, caused as always by so many late entries… But never mind, we knew we were in for a great tournament: with FMs Igor Bjelobrk and George Xie as the top two seeds, and other strong players such as Filipino Jesse Noel Sales (the 2005 Australian Masters Champion), Victor Berezin, Armen Ayvazyan and Gareth Charles, it was obviously going to be highly competitive at the top.

Round 1 was predictable, with only two upsets: Ilia Zvedeniouk hung his queen early to a pin and lost to Norm Greenwood, while a rusty Gary McNamara lost the exchange and the game after miscalculating a combination against Anish Kumar. Still fairly easy wins for the top few seeds in Round 2, although Ayvazyan had to really work as Black against Angela Song - it looked to me like she had a really strong attack. Her plan was too slow, however: Ayvazyan defended well, and ended up in a won ending two pawns up. Mos Ali held eighth seed Aina Musaeva (FIDE rated 2094) to a draw, as did Peter Doan with ninth seed Mario Falchoni (2060) after Peter had a raging attack as compensation for a piece, but had to settle for a perpetual check. More upsets as Carrie Evans' Qxe1 forced Gary McNamara's resignation (as Kxe1 walked into a discovered attack losing his queen back and leaving him a rook down); Rakesh Kumar shocked Anthony Keuning; and Samuel Talisayon beat Anthony Villanueva.

So to Round 3, and we already had an all FM pairing: Lee Jones White against Igor Bjelobrk on Board 1. As it turned out, Iggy won this one convincingly: Lee overreached on the queenside, let Igor's pieces in and resigned when his king was trapped in the middle and he was losing at least a pawn (see game below). George Xie didn't fare so well against Raymond Song; he was lucky to draw his ending the exchange down in the end. Sales recovered from a lost position a piece down to beat Bolens, while Berezin won a longish game against Jason Chan. Draws on the next three boards kept the tournament interesting, as it left a large group of players on 2.5/3; these included Mos Ali (who upset Mario Falchoni), and Eddy Katnic (who beat Alex Mendes da Costa after the latter blundered away a critical pawn).

Jones, L (2037) - Bjelobrk, I (2399) [D37] 2005 Fairfield Winter Cup (3), Board 1 16/07/2005 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.c5 b6 8.b4 c6 9.Qc2 a5 10.b5 Bb7 11.bxc6 Bxc6 12.cxb6 Nxb6 13.Ne5 Rc8 14.a3 Ba4 15.Qb2 Ne4 16.Rc1 Nxc3 17.Rxc3 Rxc3 18.Qxc3 Qc8 19.Qb2 f6 0-1

I actually had to leave early to go to a dinner on the Saturday night, so I missed Round 4! Igor won against Sales on Board 1: apparently Iggy swapped queens early, and won with his bishop pair in the ending after Sales' knight got trapped on an awkward square. On Board 2 Berezin (White) upset Xie after Victor also got a good ending: he had two rooks on the seventh rank and a bishop attacking George's king on g6, and this was enough to win. Armen Ayvazyan described his game on Board 3 as a known theoretical position, where his opponent (Raymond Song) misplaced his queen, thus leaving Armen with a slight advantage in a closed position; so Ray tried to complicate and attack Armen's king, but his position got worse and worse and he eventually lost. Savelieff upset Zvedeniouk after Ilia blundered his pieces; and James Watson played the wrong move order in a drawn ending against Doan, so lost instead!

Come Sunday morning, and Berezin offered an early draw on Board 1 against Bjelobrk; in a slightly inferior position, Iggy accepted. That allowed Ayvazyan to join them in he lead on 4.5/5 after he defeated Danny Stojic. Sales joined a large group of people on 4/5 when he beat Ben Ingram, among them Gareth Charles who was very lucky to beat Arthur Huynh: with Gareth behind on time and down a queen for two rooks, it was Arthur who moved too slowly and lost on time! In the compulsory all female pairing, Aina Musaeva had her third draw of the event when she refused to allow Angela Song's pieces any entry points into her position. Carrie Evans struck another blow for the ladies and continued her own good form with another upset win, this time against Muhamed Buza.

A much longer game for Iggy in Round 6 against Ayvazyan, but this time the higher seed prevailed: Armen overreached as Black with his pawns, lost a couple and resigned when Iggy's extra pawns were overwhelming him. Sales (White) played a good game to defeat Berezin: his attack also resulted in a won ending two pawns up. From a difficult position where I thought his connected passed pawns were winning, Gareth Charles collapsed in mutual time pressure against Jason Chan: falling for tactics he lost first a knight, then the exchange to end up a rook down and resigning when he was about to be mated. Bolens beat Michael Morris in another time scramble, and an aggressive Ilic upset Raymond Song while George Xie was beating up his sister Angela. Danny Stojic inflicted Musaeva's first defeat when his more active pieces got through in the ending, while one move turned Ilia Zvedeniouk's won position into a loss against Lee Jones.

This all left Iggy in outright first on 5.5/6, and he duly took out the win and the title by beating Bolens in a long and exciting last round game where it was fairly even for a long time, but Johny eventually blundered, let Igor's queen and rook in and got mated in time pressure. Sales beat Jason Chan to take outright second, while George Xie ended Ilic's run by winning a piece early and making it stand up in a long game. George thus shared third with Berezin (beat Stojic) and Ayvazyan (who won a very quick miniature against Lee Jones). Further down, an in-form Alex Mendes da Costa scored an upset draw with Mario Falchoni. Then a long delay before the presentation, as we needed lots of time to work out the prizes - there were more prizes than I could poke a stick at.

Thus ended another fun tournament, with a largish field seemingly enjoying the event which was conducted in a fairly relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Thank you to the Fairfield club for the use of their venue and facilities, especially the free lunch I enjoyed on both days! As the Fairfield Summer Cup has now been canned, the Winter Cup should become the flagship event for Fairfield Chess Club. It is an excellent event, and deserves the support it received. Hopefully even more players will come and play in this event next year.

Prize Winners: 1st Igor Bjelobrk 6.5/7; 2nd Jesse Noel Sales 6; = 3rd Armen Ayvazyan, Victor Berezin, George Xie 5.5; = 1st Rating Group A (Under 2050) Johny Bolens, Jason Chan, Ilija Ilic, Ben Ingram, Michael Morris 5; Best Junior Raymond Song 4.5; = 1st Rating Group B (Under 1800) Mos Ali, Tode Cvetkoski, Jose Escribano, Arthur Huynh, Herman Rachmadi, John Redgrave 4; = 1st Rating Group C (Under 1600) Eliot Hoving, Matthew Parravicini, Luka Tubic, Anthony Villanueva 3.5; = 1st Rating Group D (Under 1350) Leo Kang, Rakesh Kumar 3.5; 3rd Rating Group C Anish Kumar 3.

No Name                  Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7  

1  Bjelobrk, Igor        2399 6.5   24:W 17:W 13:W  2:W  3:D  4:W  6:W
2  Sales, Jesse Noel     2340 6     33:W 18:W  6:W  1:L 11:W  3:W  7:W
3  Berezin, Victor       2274 5.5   46:W 21:W  7:W  5:W  1:D  2:L 12:W
4  Ayvazyan, Armen       2180 5.5   41:W 28:W  8:D 14:W 12:W  1:L 13:W
5  Xie, George           2367 5.5   36:W 19:W 14:D  3:L 30:W 28:W  8:W
6  Bolens, Johny         2014 5     49:W 39:W  2:L 34:W 20:W 10:W  1:L
7  Chan, Jason           1982 5     50:W 26:W  3:L 36:W 23:W  9:W  2:L
8  Ilic, Ilija           2006 5     53:W 29:W  4:D 15:D 22:W 14:W  5:L
9  Charles, Gareth       2121 5     32:W 22:W 11:D 20:D 21:W  7:L 25:W
10 Morris, Michael       1937 5     44:W 57:W 12:D 13:D 29:W  6:L 21:W
11 Ingram, Ben W         1910 5     55:W 67:W  9:D  0:D  2:L 29:W 20:W
12 Stojic, Danny         2059 4.5   37:W 23:W 10:D 52:W  4:L 15:W  3:L
13 Jones, Lee R          2037 4.5   42:W 34:W  1:L 10:D 33:W 27:W  4:L
14 Song, Raymond         2035 4.5   43:W 38:W  5:D  4:L 52:W  8:L 31:W
15 Musaeva, Aina         2094 4.5   31:W 20:D 30:W  8:D 28:D 12:L 34:W
16 Falchoni, Mario       2060 4.5   54:W 30:D 20:L  0:D 31:W 22:W 17:D
17 Mendes da Costa, Alex 1876 4.5   40:W  1:L 52:L 50:W 57:W 24:W 16:D
18 Watson, James         1817 4.5   62:W  2:L 31:D 30:L 41:W 52:W 28:W
19 Bautista, Elpidio     1835 4.5   35:W  5:L 32:L 53:W 54:D 43:W 33:W
20 Ali, Mosaddeque       1777 4     63:W 15:D 16:W  9:D  6:L 44:W 11:L
21 Huynh, Arthur         1797 4     65:W  3:L 37:W 26:W  9:L 42:W 10:L
22 Cvetkoski, Tode       1754 4     60:W  9:L 57:W 42:W  8:L 16:L 32:W
23 Redgrave, John        1749 4     64:W 12:L 43:W 32:W  7:L 25:L 45:W
24 Escribano, Jose       1674 4      1:L 55:W 35:W 28:L 48:W 17:L 43:W
25 McNamara, Gary        1884 4     47:L 44:L 67:W 49:W 37:W 23:W  9:L
26 Rachmadi, Herman      1675 4     48:W  7:L 47:W 21:L 43:L 49:W 46:W
27 Zvedeniouk, Ilia      2048 4     57:L 59:W 46:W 29:L 45:W 13:L 42:W
28 Song, Angela          1801 3.5   58:W  4:L 54:W 24:W 15:D  5:L 18:L
29 Savelieff, Geoffrey   1683 3.5   51:W  8:L 49:W 27:W 10:L 11:L 40:D
30 Doan, Peter           1729 3.5   61:W 16:D 15:L 18:W  5:L 32:L 44:W
31 Hoving, Eliot         1526 3.5   15:L 63:W 18:D 44:W 16:L 38:W 14:L
32 Parravicini, Matthew  1557 3.5    9:L 60:W 19:W 23:L 34:D 30:W 22:L
33 Ramachandran, Raj     1620 3.5    2:L 62:W 48:W  0:D 13:L 35:W 19:L
34 Tomas, Tom            1722 3.5   66:W 13:L 53:W  6:L 32:D 54:W 15:L
35 Kumar, Rakesh         1325 3.5   19:L 45:W 24:L 46:W 38:D 33:L 52:W
36 Buza, Muhamed         1630 3.5    5:L 40:W 58:W  7:L 44:L 53:D 55:W
37 Tubic, Luka           1504 3.5   12:L 64:W 21:L 58:W 25:L 47:W 39:D
38 Nguyen, Peter         1704 3.5   56:W 14:L 42:L 55:W 35:D 31:L 54:W
39 Pickering, Anthony    1689 3.5   69:W  6:L 44:L 47:W 42:L 57:W 37:D
40 Kang, Leo             1336 3.5   17:L 36:L 56:W 45:L 67:W 64:W 29:D
41 Villanueva, Anthony   1594 3.5    4:L 58:L 60:D 63:W 18:L 61:W 53:W
42 Morales, Raul         1475 3     13:L 66:W 38:W 22:L 39:W 21:L 27:L
43 Barasoain, Fernando   1439 3     14:L 56:W 23:L 67:W 26:W 19:L 24:L
44 Evans, Carrie         1369 3     10:L 25:W 39:W 31:L 36:W 20:L 30:L
45 Keuning, Anthony V    1609 3     68:L 35:L 63:W 40:W 27:L 50:W 23:L
46 Bogdanoski, Petre     1605 3      3:L 65:W 27:L 35:L 59:W 48:W 26:L
47 Kumar, Anish          1338 3     25:W 52:L 26:L 39:L 66:W 37:L 57:W
48 Todorovski, Marjan         3     26:L 50:W 33:L 60:W 24:L 46:L 63:W
49 Kresinger, Frank      1432 3      6:L 69:W 29:L 25:L 58:W 26:L 59:W
50 Tracey, Michael J     1391 3      7:L 48:L 64:W 17:L 65:W 45:L 60:W
51 Ngo, Michael               3     29:L 53:L 65:L 66:W 63:L 69:W 67:W
52 Katnic, Eddy          1549 2.5    0:D 47:W 17:W 12:L 14:L 18:L 35:L
53 Gonzales, Rolando     1398 2.5    8:L 51:W 34:L 19:L 62:W 36:D 41:L
54 Losh, Gary            1519 2.5   16:L 61:W 28:L 62:W 19:D 34:L 38:L
55 Ivanovic, Radislav    1368 2.5   11:L 24:L 66:W 38:L 64:D 58:W 36:L
56 Rajendran, Prem       632  2.5   38:L 43:L 40:L  0:D 61:L 67:W 65:W
57 Greenwood, Norman     1477 2     27:W 10:L 22:L 65:W 17:L 39:L 47:L
58 Talisayon, Samuel     1218 2     28:L 41:W 36:L 37:L 49:L 55:L 69:W
59 Karayi, Valsalan      1373 2      0:  27:L 61:W  0:D 46:L 60:D 49:L
60 Cameron, Jole         1072 2     22:L 32:L 41:D 48:L 69:W 59:D 50:L
61 Talpade, Udit         1040 2     30:L 54:L 59:L  0:D 56:W 41:L 62:D
62 Sweeney, Matthew      1300 2     18:L 33:L 69:W 54:L 53:L 63:D 61:D
63 Kumar, Dhirendra      1104 1.5   20:L 31:L 45:L 41:L 51:W 62:D 48:L
64 Frerer, Samantha      1060 1.5   23:L 37:L 50:L 69:W 55:D 40:L 66:L
65 Markson, Ellis        1111 1.5   21:L 46:L 51:W 57:L 50:L 66:D 56:L
66 Kumar, Sanjesh        708  1.5   34:L 42:L 55:L 51:L 47:L 65:D 64:W
67 Kumar, Karishma       161  1      0:W 11:L 25:L 43:L 40:L 56:L 51:L
68 Smirnov, Vladimir     2296 1     45:W  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0: 
69 Kumar, Amit                0     39:L 49:L 62:L 64:L 60:L 51:L 58:L

NSW player Amiel Rosario has set up a chess blog - The Closet Grandmaster - at

If anyone knows of any other chess blogs, please let me know. is another new chess site set up by Gold Coast junior Kelvin Finke.

Aussies Overseas: International Master Aleks Wohl, a resident of Wilsons Creek near Byron Bay in NSW, has won his weight in wine (82 large bottles) by finishing outright first in the 74 player Open Medoc Wine International tournament in France scoring 7.5 points from 9 games.

Lin Zhigen Wilson (Vic) finished 17th out of 121 players from 14 countries in the Dubai Open Junior. Aaron Guthrie has scored 5.5/8 and is placed 19th so far in the 166 player Oberwart Open in Austria. Australian junior champion Moulthun Ly has scored 4.5 points and is in 56th place.

Grandmaster Ian Rogers of Sydney (seeded 13th) is one of the leaders in the 100 player Amsterdam International. - Peter Parr

Here's a brief summary of statistics for the Oceania Zone federations based on the July 2005 FIDE rating list. This information is available from my webpage

Highlights for the Oceania Zone, over recent months include:
- Increase from 314 to 333 FIDE rated players in Australia during the past 6 months.
- Improvement in New Zealand's top player World Ranking from 78th to 72nd in the World.
- Development of an excellent website for the Fiji Chess Federation at
- Successful participation in the 2004 Olympiad by all Oceania Zone federations.
- Award of FIDE titles to several players thoughout the Oceania Zone.

On the down side, efforts to encourage Nauru to join FIDE have failed due to the tiny island nation's economic collapse, and efforts to encourage the Solomon Islands to join FIDE have been suspended due to lack of sufficient interest.
Although there is evidence of regular chess activity in East Timor, I have been unable to make contact with any club officials or tournament organisers located there, and I would appreciate any assistance that can be offered in that regard.

No formal bid for the 2007 Oceanic Zonal Championship has been received to date and any bid would be most welcomed.

I look forward to seeing a continued improvement in the level of international chess activity throughout the Oceania Zone, and I will keep you updated with any further developments.

Warmest Regards,

IA Gary Bekker
FIDE Oceania Zone 3.2b President

Womens World Senior Championships- Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy: Applications are now open for the FIDE Womens World Senior Championship 2005, to be held in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy, September 27 - October 10. Basic information about the event including contact details is available at:

Australia is entitled to nominate one official representative who will receive free accommodation. Entry is restricted to female players who reached their 50th birthday by 1 January 2005.

Applications must be in accordance with the ACF Selection Procedures By-law, which can be found at Applications must include all information required in section 8.2 of the Selection Procedures By-Law, may include extra results and candidates' statements (sections 8.2.3 and 8.2.4), and must be submitted by Thursday 28 July. In the event that there are multiple applicants a selection panel will be formed and candidates will be advised of the timeframe for selections.

Please send all applications to me, Kevin Bonham, via email . Please call 0421 428 775 if any application sent has not been acknowledged by return email within seven days.

I would like to apologise personally to all potential applicants for the delay in calling for applications for this event.

- Kevin Bonham
ACF Selections Co-Ordinator (Senior Events).

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:

Biel: Round 4 Standings: 1. Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2671 2.5; 2. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2724 2.5; 3. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2660 2.5; 4. Pelletier, Yannick g SUI 2603 2.5; 5. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2528 1.5; 6. Bauer, Christian g FRA 2641 0.5. Site : View games

Harikrishna wins Sanjin Hotel Cup: An event for young players in China. Final Round 11 Standings: 1. Harikrishna, P g IND 2645 8.5; 2. Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2675 7.5; 3. Wang Yue g CHN 2576 6.5; 4. Bu Xiangzhi g CHN 2632 6.5; 5. Ni Hua g CHN 2629 6.0; 6. Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2645 5.5; 7. Petrosian, Tigran L g ARM 2581 5.5; 8. Zhang Pengxiang g CHN 2616 5.0; 9. Zhang Zhong g CHN 2608 4.5; 10. Wang Hao CHN 2512 4.5; 11. Zhao Xue wg CHN 2470 3.0; 12. McShane, Luke J g ENG 2625 3.0. Site : View games

Politiken Cup: Denmark. Leading scores after 4 rounds: Korchnoi, Kournosov, Vasquez, Hector and Danielsen 4.0. Site : View games

Amsterdam: Leading Round 4 Standings: 1. Stellwagen, Daniel g NED 2533 3.5; 2. Timman, Jan H g NED 2625 3.5; 3. Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2705 3.5; 4. Rogers, Ian g AUS 2569 3.5; 5. Vazquez, Renier m ESP 2496 3.5; 6. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2639 3.5; 7. Smeets, Jan g NED 2537 3.5. Site : View games

17th Maccabiah Chess Festival: Israel. Final Standings: Smirin, Najer 3.5; Lerner 2.5; Felgaer, Kantsler 2.0; Greenfeld 1.5. Site : Games

Andorra Open: Leading final scores: Peralta, Damljanovic 7.0; Campos Moreno, Maze, M.Gurevich, Perez Candelario, Kallio, Fluvia, Conquest 6.5. Site : Games

Benasque Open: Leading final scores, 10 rounds: Sasikiran 9.0; Oratovsky, Kovchan, Roiz, Babaev 8.0. Tournament of Champions: Delchev, Ubilava 6.0/9; Korneev 5.5; Rivas Pastor 5.0; Marin 4.5. Site

Naiditsch wins Dortmund: The young German - the lowest -rated player in the event - has scored the greatest tournament victory of his career, taking sole first ahead of some of the world's elite. Kramnik, Leko and Adams had disappointing performances. Naiditsch took a draw in round 9 to seal victory, while Bacrot beat Kramnik and Topalov beat Leko. In round 8, Kramnik beat Nielsen while Topalov beat Van Wely. In round 7 the lowest-rated players - Van Wely and Naiditsch - again took the lead, as Svidler beat Leko, Bacrot beat Adams and Naiditsch downed Nielsen. In round 6, Van Wely beat Sutovsky to take the sole lead, while Adams downed Nielsen. Leko beat Nielsen in the only decisive game of round 5. The only action in round 4 was Bacrot beating Sutovsky. Other games drawn. Interesting that the three lowest-rated players lead the event! In round 3 Naiditsch scored an upset win over Leko while Adams fell to Van Wely and Kramnik beat tournament favourite Topalov. The world champion lost to Sutovsky in round 2, while Topalov beat Naiditsch and Van Wely beat Bacrot. In round 1, Adams beat Topalov, Leko beat Van Wely, Naiditsch beat Sutovsky and Nielsen beat Bacrot while Kramnik and Svidler drew.
Final Round 9 Standings: 1. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2612 5.5; 2. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2788 5.0; 3. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2729 5.0; 4. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2655 5.0; 5. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2738 5.0; 6. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2744 4.5; 7. Adams, Michael g ENG 2719 4.5; 8. Leko, Peter g HUN 2763 4.0; 9. Sutovsky, Emil g ISR 2674 3.5; 10. Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2668 3.0. Site : View games

Swedish Championship: Leading scores after 13 rounds: Brynell 9.0; Hillarp Persson, Hermansson 8.5; Cramling, Agrest, Berg, Ernst 8.0. Site : View games

Canadian Open: Leading Final Round 10 Standings: Ivanchuk, Shirov, Bluvshtein, Bologan, Chowdhury 8.0; Ganguly, Quan, Kidambi, Kunte, Krnan, Roussel-Roozmon 7.5. Site : View games

Vidmar Memorial: Slovenia. Final Round 9 Standings: 1. Beliavsky, Alexander G g SLO 2599 6.0; 2. Lenic, Luka m SLO 2463 5.5; 3. Djukic, Nikola SCG 2521 5.5; 4. Pavasovic, Dusko g SLO 2566 5.0; 5. Predojevic, Borki g BIH 2543 4.5; 6. Mihalcisin, Adrian g SLO 2526 4.5; 7. Baramidze, David g GER 2535 4.0; 8. Sermek, Drazen g SLO 2532 4.0; 9. Borisek, Jure m SLO 2509 4.0; 10. Bartel, Mateusz g POL 2540 2.0. Site : View games

Magistral Salamanca: Round 7 Standings: 1. Romero Holmes, Alfonso g ESP 2503 5.5; 2. Dunis, Aurelien m FRA 2485 5.0; 3. Zlotnik, Boris A m RUS 2434 4.5; 4. Gomez Esteban, Juan Mario g ESP 2467 4.0; 5. Vasilev, Milen m BUL 2419 4.0; 6. Galego, Luis g POR 2501 4.0; 7. Ibarra Jerez, Jose Carlos m ESP 2439 3.5; 8. Sanz Alonso, Francisco J m ESP 2368 3.0; 9. Garcia Garcia, Ruben f ESP 2343 1.0; 10. Lopez Rodriguez, Jose Luis ESP 2226 0.5. Site : View games


Solomon, Stephen (2411)    --    Cafolla, Peter (2116)
2005 Queensland Championship  (4.1)   2005.07.17     1-0     A00

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nc3 Nxb5 5.Nxb5 a6 6.Nc3 e6 7.d4 cxd4 8. Qxd4 Qc7 9.Bg5!? f6 10.Be3 Ne7 11.a4 f5 12.O-O Nc6 13.Qc4 fxe4 14.Qxe4 Be7 15. a5 O-O 16.Bb6 Qf4 17.Ra4 Qf5 18.Re1 d5 19.Qxf5 Rxf5 20.Nd4 Re5 21.Raa1 Rxe1+ 22.Rxe1 Nxd4 23.Bxd4 Bb4 24.Ra1 Bxc3 25.bxc3!?

Bd7 26.Re1 Rc8 27.h4 Rc4 28.Re3 Ra4 29.h5!? Rxa5 30.Rg3 g6 31.hxg6 hxg6 32.Rxg6+ Kf7 33.Rg7+ Ke8 34.g4 Ba4 35. g5 Bxc2 36.g6 Ra1+ 37.Kh2 Kf8 38.Rf7+ Ke8 39.Rf6 Be4 40.f3 Bxg6 41.Rxe6+ Kd7 42.Rxg6 a5 43.Kg3 a4 44.Kf4 Re1 45.Rb6 Kc7 46.Rb4 Ra1 47.c4 Rd1 48.cxd5 b5 49. Ke3

Grand Prix tournaments:

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:

Queensland Championship and Reserves: July 16-17; Queensland Contract Bridge Club, 67 Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba; First $500 and title, Second $350. Reserves First $300 and title, Second $200. Round 1 10am. Entry fees $80/$70 or $10 off for earlybirds. Entries close 10 July. No entries will be accepted after 10 July. Visit Contact Garvin Gray, 4 Hogan St, Keperra Qld 4054, Tel: 0422 99 30 62, email:

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 Details and entry form at

Rooty Hill Open: 7-round Swiss over seven weeks, commencing Monday, August 15, 7.30pm. Entry fees: $25 members, $30 non-members. Prizes: 1st $250, 2nd $150. Division prizes of $100 each for U1900, U1700, U1550, U1400.

Wendy Terry Memorial: (formerly called the Redcliffe Challenge) October 15-16 from 9am; Grace Lutheran College, Buchanan Rd. Rothwell, Qld. 1st $600. Entries $50/$45/$40/$30. $10 late fee. Entries/enquiries Mark Stokes, 20 Melaleuca Drive, Strathpine 4500, Tel: 32056042, email: 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
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