Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 328, July 29, 2005

In this issue:
ANU Open
World Youth Championships
Another blog
Xtreme Chequerboarding
Spam filters play chess?
SA State Junior
Aussies Overseas
World News
Games: Rogers in Amsterdam
Grand Prix Tournaments
Other Events
International Tournaments

ANU Open: Category 3 Grand Prix event; Australian National University, Acton, ACT; $3000 in prizes.

Report by DOP Charles Zworestine

This year’s ANU Open event was down a bit on numbers compared to last year - 71, as opposed to 85 last year. But it was still full of interest, and strong as usual: headed by top seed Igor Bjelobrk, second seed George Xie and third seed, the visiting Filipino Jesse Noel Sales. Add to that four more players over 2000, and it was never going to be easy. The time controls of 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start always make the event a challenge even for these top seeds. And so it proved.

The upsets began early, with Jey Hoole stunning everybody by drawing with George Xie in Round 1. Fourth seed Batceceg Tuvshintogs (a student visiting from Mongolia, she has a FIDE rating of 2230) could also only draw a long manoeuvring game against John Marsden in Round 2. But Bjelobrk, Tomek Rej (Seed 5) and Sales kept winning, and they were joined eventually on 3/3 by Dizdarevic and the unrated Andriansyah (yet another visiting overseas student). Also Max Illingworth, who scored a very lucky upset win over Brian Jones after BJ broke through, obtained a won position but then misplayed it badly in time pressure. Xie also won to join a group on 2.5/3. The cream was starting to rise to the top...

Round 4 saw just three outright leaders emerge on 4/4, as Bjelobrk accounted for Dizdarevic and Rej beat Andriansyah. Sales took longer, but eventually mated Max Illingworth to join them. George Xie beat Jesse Maguire to be alone on 3.5, ahead of a swag of 14 players on 3/4.

Great excitement on Board 1 in Round 5, as Bjelobrk and Sales (Black) fenced for what seemed like ages with neither getting much of an edge. Igor eventually allowed a Nxd5 tactic, whereupon Jesse got two connected passed pawns on the queenside and gradually got the better of it (see game below). Tomek Rej and George Xie manoeuvred for what seemed like forever on Board 2; George eventually won a pawn, but misplayed a probably winning rook and pawn ending and had to settle for a draw. Brian Jones won a piece early to beat Narelle Szuveges; Ilia Zvedeniouk’s pieces gradually got greater activity and overwhelmed Max Illingworth; while in an upset, Ian Rout’s attack was nowhere near good enough to beat Sherab Guo-Yuthok’s extra piece.

Bjelobrk, I (2399)    --    Sales, J (2340)
2005 ANU Open  (5)   ANU, Canberra
2005.07.24     0-1     E20

1.c4 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3!?

Neanderthal, but dangerous
4...c5 5.d5 exd5 6.cxd5 O-O 7.e4 d6 8.Ne2 Nbd7 9.Ng3 a6 10.Be2 b5 11.Be3 c4 12.Qd2 Bc5 13.Bxc5 Nxc5 14.O-O Re8 15.Rfb1 Bd7 16.b4 cxb3 17. axb3 b4!?
Clamping down on white's expansion plan
18.Nd1 a5 19.Ne3 h5 20.Nc4 h4 21.Nf1 Qc7 22.Qf4?!

Nxd5 23.exd5 Rxe2 24.Qxh4 Bb5 25.Ng3 Bxc4 26.bxc4 Qe7! -/+ 27.Qxe7 Rxe7 28.Nf5 Re2 29. Rxb4 axb4 30.Rxa8+ Kh7 31.Rb8 b3 32.Kf1 Rd2 33.Nxd6 b2 34.Ne4 Nxe4 35.fxe4 Rd1+ 36.Ke2 b1=Q 37.Rxb1 Rxb1 38.d6 Kg8 39.c5 Kf8 40.Kd3 Ke8 41.Kc4 Kd7

A much easier game for Igor in Round 6, after his Bb7/Qc6 battery smashed Sherab Guo-Yuthok! Jesse Sales had a much tougher time of it subduing Tomek Rej, but eventually won a long struggle to get to 6/6. George Xie converted superior piece activity into an extra pawn, and duly made it count in a rook and pawn ending to defeat Ilia Zvedeniouk. Meanwhile Dizdarevic upset Brian Jones in a sharp game to join George and Igor on 5/6.

So to the last round, and the vagaries of the pairings meant that an unhappy Bjelobrk and Xie had to square off on Board 2, while Sales agreed a quick draw with Dizdarevic on Board 1 to ensure himself outright first on 6.5/7. The Board 2 game was another intriguing encounter (see game below): George was winning, two pawns ahead at one stage, but Igor fought back and eventually won with the brilliant 29.Bd7! Tomek Rej was also better for much of the game on Board 3 against Michael Yu; but the latter fought like a tiger, gained a critical passed pawn and used it to score a stunning upset win. No real other major shocks, although Andrew Brown won a piece early and made it stand up to upset Milan Grcic. And thus ended another successful ANU Open, up on interest level even if down in numbers; we can only hope more players make the trip to Canberra next year.

Bjelobrk, I (2399)    --    Xie, G (2367)
ANU Open  (7)   ANU, Canberra
2005.07.24     1-0     E20

Bjelobrk wins with a sensational combination 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 Nc6 5.e4 d5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.e5 Ng8 8.f4 Nh6 9.Nf3 Bg4 10.Be3 Nf5 11.Bf2 Bxf3 12.gxf3 O-O 13.Bh3

Nfxd4!? 14.O-O
( 14.Bxd4 Qh4+ regains the piece )
14...Bxc3 15.bxc3 Ne6 16.Bg3
White's pawns could become dangerous
16...f5 17.exf6 Rxf6 18.Qd2 d4 19.Kh1 dxc3 20.Qxc3 Nxf4 21.Rad1 Qf8 22.Bxf4 Rxf4 23.Rd7! Kh8 24.Rxc7 Nd4 25.Rg1 Re8 26.Rxb7 Re7 27.Rxe7 Qxe7 28.Re1 Qd8

29.Bd7!! Rxf3
( 29...Qxd7 30.Qc7!! wins because of the multiple back-rank mate threats and the attack on the Rf4 30...Qxc7 31.Re8+ Rf8 32.Rxf8# )
30.Qxd4 Rf8 31.Qd6 Rf6 32.Qxf6!!
( 32.Qxf6 Qxf6 ( 32...gxf6 33.Re8+ ) 33.Re8+ )

Prize Winners: 1st Jesse Noel Sales 6.5/7; 2nd Igor Bjelobrk 6; = 3rd + = 1st Under 2000 Mehmedalija Dizdarevic, Michael Yu 5.5; = 2nd Under 2000 Max Illingworth (= Best Junior), Zdravko Lojanica 5; 1st Under 1600 Andrew Brown (= Best Junior) 5; = 2nd Under 1600 Jesse Maguire, Roger McCart, Milan Ninchich 4.5; = Best ANU Player Roger McCart, Shannon Oliver, Batceceg Tuvshintogs 4.5; = 1st Under 1200 Michael Reading, Kayleigh Smith 3.5; = 1st Under 800 Christopher Flood, Allen Setiabudi 3.

Full results here

The ANU Open was part of the ANU Chess Festival, which featured a range of interesting events:

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 just concluded in Belfort, France. There were 1108 players from 82 countries competing in 10 divisions - under 18, 16, 14, 12, 10 for boys and girls.

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

Click here for details.

The Australians did us proud, as usual. Noteworthy results included Heather Huddleston's 6/11 in U16 Girls, Moulthun Ly 7.0 and Junta Ikeda 6.5 in the U14 Boys, and Yi Yuan 6/11 in the U10 Boys and Emma Guo's 7 in the U10 Girls:

Please take the following results with a pinch of salt ... I haven't been able to firm-up all the details.

Scores, 11 rounds:

U18 Boys: Gareth Oliver 4.0; Vincent Suttor 5.5; Peter Jovanovic 4.0.
U16 Boys: James Obst 5.5, Chris Wallis 4.5, James Cronan 5
U16 Girls: Heather Huddleston 6, Vaness Reid 5, Miona Ikeda 4.5
U14 Boys: Moulthun Ly 7, Junta Ikeda 6.5, Edwin Wu 4.5, Derek Yu 4
U14 Girls: Tamzin Oliver 4.5
U12 Boys: Zhigen Lin 5.5, Justin Chow 2.5
U12 Girls: Molly McGarity 4, Luthien Russell 4.5, Sally Yu 5.5
U10 Boys: Yi Yuan 6, Jake McCook 4
U10 Girls: Emma Guo 7.

Aussies Overseas: GM Ian Rogers has done very well in the Amsterdam Chess Tournament, finishing second in a powerful field. Australians IM Aleks Wohl and Aaron Guthrie have each scored 3/5 in the Biel Masters event in Switzerland.

Prakash Thiyagarajah won the SA State Junior Championship with 7.5/8 with Ashwin Utturkar finishing second. Syam Heitmann won the 16 title, Fedja Zulfic the under 15, Surabhi Heitmann the Under 13 and Calvin Fong the Under 12.

chaserXtreme Chequerboarding: Satirical magazine The Chaser gives some smart-alec suggestions for jiving up the game we love. "In the battle for the hearts, minds and pocket-money of the notoriously fickle youth market, there is little room for sentimentality," it says.

Another blog: NSW chess official Trent Parker has set one up at

Can a Bayesian spam filter play chess? Click here to find out.

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: Final standings, 10 rounds: 1. Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2671 6.0; 2. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2724 6.0; 3. Pelletier, Yannick g SUI 2603 5.0; 4. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2660 4.5; 5. Bauer, Christian g FRA 2641 4.5; 6. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2528 4.0. Site : View games

Eljanov wins Amsterdam: Leading final standings, 9 rounds: Eljanov 7.0; Rogers, Akopian, Timofeev, Cheparinov, Stellwagen, Khenkin, l'Ami 6.5; Sokolov, Timman, Ernst, Huzman, Avrukh, Megaranto, Williams, Ivanov 6.0; Belkhodja, Erenburg, Al-Modiahki, Smeets, Siebrecht, D'Costa, Bellini, Nijboer, Holzke, v.Delft, vd.Wiel, de Boer, Hoffmann, Bosboom, v Beek 5.5. 100 players. Site : View games

Sakaev wins Politiken Cup: Denmark. Final standings after 9 rounds: Sakaev 8.0; Korchnoi, Shomoev, Kurnosov, Danielsen, Curt Hansen, Hector, Sune Berg Hansen, Schandorff, Chandler, Bjornsson, Ziska, De Firmian 7.5; Vasquez, Cech, Brinck-Claussen, Andersen, Richards, Tjomsland, Nielsen, Trygstad 7.0. Site : View games 1-5 : View games 6-10

Heart of Finland: Leading final scores after 10 rounds: M. Rytshagov 8.5; Belov 8.0; Nyysti, Popov, Solozhenkin, Nyback, Kulaots 7.5; Kanep, Yemelin, Kiss, Lugovoi, Seeman, Rantanen, Nouro 7.0. Site

Biel Master Tournament: Leading scores after 5 rounds: Kobalia, Tseshkovsky 4.5; Alekseev, Golod, Kritz, Milov, Bocharov, Nemet, Cvitan, Meijers 4.0. Site : View games

Pardubice Open: Part of the Czech Tour. Players include Navara, Babula, Borovikov, Najer, Ganguly, Stocek and Azarov. Site : Live games

Azmai Olympiad charges dropped: Spanish courts have dropped assault charges against FIDE Vice-President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili. Azmai was involved in a scuffle with police at the Majorca Olympiad when he tried to approach the stage during a prize-giving ceremony. Azmai received a black eye in the incident, which seems to have arisen from an over-reaction by authorities who were perhaps understandably concerned by the threat of terrorist attacks. FIDE Site


Rogers, I (2569)    --    D'Costa, L (2352)
ACT Open  (3)   Amsterdam NED
2005.07.18     1-0     D24

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.e4 b5 6.e5 Nd5 7.Ng5 e6 8.Qh5 Qd7

( 8...g6 9.Qf3 )
9.Be2 Bb7 10.O-O h6 11.Bg4! g6 12.Qh3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Bd5 14.Bf3 Qc6 15.a4 Be7 16.Re1 Bxf3 17.gxf3 Bxg5 18.Bxg5 Nd7 19.Bf6 Rh7
( 19...Nxf6 20.exf6 leaves black with no safe spot for his king )

20.d5! Qxd5 21.Red1 Qc6 22.axb5 axb5 23.Rxa8+ Qxa8 24.Qg4
The Rh7 is out of action
24...c5 25.Qf4 Nb6 26.Qe3 Nd5 27.Qxc5 Kd7 28.Qxb5+ Kc7 29.Qc5+ Qc6 30.Qa5+ Kc8 31.Qd8+ Kb7 32.Rb1+ Nb6 33.Qe7+ Qc7 34.Qf8 Qc6 35.Bd8 1-0

Rogers, I (2569)    --    Timofeev, Arty (2661)
ACT Open  (4)   Amsterdam NED
2005.07.19     1-0     D92

Here Ian scores a nice win over one of the world's most promising young players 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.Rc1 dxc4 7.e4 Bg4 8.Bxc4 Nh5 9.Be3 Bxf3 10.gxf3 e5 11.dxe5 Bxe5 12.Bh6

( 12...Re8 13.Qb3 )
13.Bxf8 Qxf8
Black seems to have some play on the dark squares as compensation for the exchange
14.Ne2 Nf4 15.Nxf4 Bxf4 16.Rc3 Ne5 17.Qb3 c6 18.Rc2
( 18.O-O?? Qh6! -+ illustrates the dangers )
18...Rd8 19.Be2 b5 20.Qa3 Qe8 21.Kf1 Rd7 22.Kg2 Qd8 23.h4 h5 24.b4 Qe7 25.Qc3 Kh7 26.a3 Rd6 27.Qc5 g5 28.Rd1 Ng6 29.Rxd6 Nxh4+ 30.Kf1 Bxd6 31.Qxc6 Qe5 32.Qd5 Qf4 33.e5! Bxe5 34.Qe4+ Ng6 35.Qxf4 Nxf4 36.Bxb5 Kg6 37.a4 g4?!
I don't understand this; why not h4!?
38.fxg4 hxg4 39.Bc4 f5 40.b5 Kf6 41.a5 Bd4 42.Rd2 Bc5 43.Rd7 Ke5 44.Bb3 Ke4 45.Rc7 Bd4 46.b6! axb6 47.a6! 1-0

Rogers, I (2569)    --    Cheparinov, I (2634)
ACT Open  (6)   Amsterdam NED
2005.07.21     0-1     E61

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.e3 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be2 O-O 7.O-O d6 8.b3 b6 9.Bb2 Bb7 10.Qc2 Na6 11.Rad1 Qe7 12.Qb1 Rfd8 13.Rfe1 Rac8 14.a3 Nc7 15.e4 cxd4 16.Nxd4 e5!? 17.Nf3 Ne6 18.Bf1 Ng4 19.Nd5 Qf8 20.b4 Kh8 21.Bd3 Nf6 22.Nxf6 Bxf6 23.Bf1 Bg7 24.Nh4 Ba6 25.Qa2 Rc7 26.Nf3 Rdc8 27.Rc1 Bb7 28.Rcd1 Re8 29.Nd2 f5 30.f3 h5 31.c5!?

This doesn't seem to work out
31...bxc5 32.exf5 gxf5 33.Nc4 Nd4! 34.bxc5 dxc5 35.f4 exf4 36.Rxe8 Qxe8 37.Nd6 Qe3+ 38.Kh1

Ne2! 39.Bxg7+ Rxg7 40.Nf7+ Rxf7 41.Rd8+ Kg7 42.Bxe2 Qc3 43.Qb1 Re7 44.Rd3 Qe5
( 44...Qe5 45.Bf1 Qe1 46.Qxe1 Rxe1 47.Kg1 Ba6 )

Vazquez, R (2496)    --    Rogers, I (2569)
ACT Open  (7)   Amsterdam NED
2005.07.22     0-1     A39

1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 O-O 5.O-O c5 6.c4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nc6 8.Nc3 Ng4 9.e3 d6 10.b3 Nge5 11.h3 Bd7 12.Bb2 Qc8 13.Kh2 Nxd4 14.exd4 Nc6 15.d5 Nd4 16.Re1 Re8 17.Rc1 Nf5 18.Qd2 Bh6 19.f4 Bg7 20.Ne4 Bxb2 21.Qxb2 b6 22.b4 Rb8 23.Qf2 Qa6 24.g4 Ng7 25.c5 bxc5 26.bxc5 f5 27.c6 Bc8

White aims to exploit black's lack of communication, with his pieces all huddled on the queenside. But the sac apppears to be inadequate
28...exd6 29.Rxe8+ Nxe8 30.Re1 Ng7 31.Qh4 Qa5 32.Qe7
( 32.Re7!? with the idea of Qf6! looks good, but 32...Qc3 seems to hold )
32...Rb2 33.c7 h6 34.Qd8+ Kh7 35.Qxc8 Qxe1 36.Qb8

fxg4!! 37.hxg4
( 37.Qxb2?? g3#!! )
37...Qh4+ 38.Kg1 Qf2+
a nice finish by Rogers

Grand Prix tournaments:

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.

Ford Memorial: North Sydney Leagues Club, Abbott & Palmer Streets, Cammeray; Tuesdays from 30 August - 15 November, 7.30pm-11.30pm; Over $1,900 Guaranteed Prize Money; Handicap/upset/senior/junior prizes; Entry Fee: Juniors $10; NSLC Chess Club Members $20; Non-members $30. Contact Norman Greenwood, 15/208 Pacific Highway, Hornsby 2077, or at Club meetings on Tuesdays.

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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