Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 339, October 19, 2005

Johansen wins Victorian Championship
ACF VP Howard resigns
Xie 5/9 in Asian Champ
CAWA office bearers revised
Secretary to wed
Elwood Community Bendigo Bank chess champs soon
2005 Asian Schools Chess Festival
Ballarat Chess Club website
Tiebreaks in Aust Champs
World News - Topalov wins world champs
Grand Prix
Other Events

Johansen wins Victorian Championship: Grandmaster Daryl Johansen lost his last-round game with black to Chris Depasquale but still won his eleventh state title. The event is one of the strongest tournaments in Australia.

Final standings, 10 rounds:
7.5 GM Daryl Johansen
7.0 Mirko Rujevic
6.0 IM David Smerdon, IM Peter Froehlich
5.5 IM Leonid Sandler
5.0 Chris Depasquale, Eddy Levi
4.5 Igor Goldenberg
4.0 David Hacche
3.0 David Beaumont
1.5 James Hislop

Thanks to Malcolm Pyke for the following games, and to Chris Depasquale for the annotations.

Depasquale, Chris (2331)    --    Sandler, Leonid (2358)
Victorian Championship   2005.09.29     0-1     B25

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.h4 Nf6 7.Nh3 Bg4 8.f3 Bd7 9.g4 N

( 9.Be3 )
( 9.Nf4 )
( 9.Nf2 )
9...Nd4 10.h5 Bc6 11.h6 Bf8 12.Be3 e6 13.Qd2 Be7 14.Nd1 e5
( 14...O-O 15.c3 )
15.Ng5 O-O 16.c3 Ne6 17.Nxe6 fxe6 18.Bh3 Ne8 19.g5 Bd7 20.O-O d5 21.Qg2 d4 22.Bd2 Nd6 23.Kh1
( 23.c4? Nf7 )
23...b5 24.Qg3 Nf7 25.Rg1 c4 26.Nf2 Rc8 27.Rad1 a5 28.Bc1 b4 29.dxc4 bxc3 30.b3?!
( 30.bxc3 $142 )
30...a4 31.Nd3 Qc7 32.Bg4 axb3 33.axb3 Rb8 34.b4 c2 35.Rd2 Bxb4 36.Rxc2 Be7 37.Bh3 Rb3 38.Bf1 Ra8 39.c5 Bb5 40.Nxe5? Bxf1
( 40...Qxe5 41.Bf4 Qh8 -+ )
( 41.Nxg6 Qxg3 42.Nxe7+ Kf8 43.Ng6+ hxg6 44.Rxg3 -/+ )
( 41...Qxe5 42.Bf4 Qh8 -+ )
42.Kg2 Nxe5 43.Bf4 Rxf1 44.Bxe5 Qb7?!
( 44...Qa5! 45.Kxf1 d3 -+ )
45.Kxf1 d3
( 45...Rxf3+ 46.Qxf3 Qb1+ 47.Kg2 Qxc2+ 48.Kh3 Qxc5 )
46.Ra2 Bxc5?!
( 46...Rb1+ 47.Kg2 Rg1+! 48.Kxg1 Qb1+ )
47.Qf4 Qf7 48.Ra8+ Bf8 49.Bf6 Rb1+ 50.Kg2 Qb7?
( 50...Re1 51.Qd6 Re2+ 52.Kh3 +/- )

( 51.Qd6! Qf7 ( 51...Qxa8?? 52.Qxe6# ) 52.Bg7! )
51...d2 52.Bg7 Rg1+ 53.Kxg1??
( 53.Kh2 )
53...Qb6+ 54.Kg2 Qxd8 55.Qe5 Kf7 56.Qf4+ Kg8 57.Qe5 Qd6 58.Qf6 d1=Q 59. Bxf8 Q6d2+ 0-1

Levi, Eddy (2249)    --    Rujevic, Mirko (2240)
Victorian Championship   2005.09.29     1/2-1/2     C25

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Bc4 d6 4.d3 Nc6 5.Nge2 Nf6 6.O-O Bg4 7.Kh1 h6 8. Na4 Nd4 9.f3 Be6 10.Nxd4 Bxd4 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.c3 Bb6 13.f4 exf4 14.Bxf4 e5 15.Nxb6 axb6 16.Be3 Qd7 17.Rf5

( 17.Qb3! O-O-O 18.a4 $40 )
17...Qe6 18.a3 d5 19.d4 exd4 20.Bxd4 O-O-O?!
( 20...O-O 21.Bxf6 dxe4 -/+ )
21.Re5 Qc6 22.exd5 Nxd5 23.Qg4+ Kb8 24.Rae1
( 24.Qxg7?? Rhg8 25.Qh7 Nf6! 26.Qc2 Rxd4 -+ )
24...Rhg8 25.Qe4 Qc4 26.Re6 Rgf8 27.h3 Rf4 28.Qe2 Qxe2 29.R1xe2 Rf7 30.g3 Rdd7 31.Kg2 Ne7 32.R2e4 Kc8 33.g4 b5 34.Kg3 b6 35.Rf4 Rxf4 36.Kxf4 g6 37. b4?!
( 37.Ke4! c5 38.Be3 +- h5 )
37...h5 38.Kg5 hxg4 39.hxg4 Kb7 40.Bf6 Nd5 41.Be5 Ne3 42.Rxg6
( 42.Bxc7! Rxc7 ( 42...Nxg4 43.Bg3! +- ) 43.Rxe3 Rc4 44.Rg3 Rc6 45.Kh6 Kc7 46.g5 +/- )
42...c5? 43.Rg7! Kc6 44.Kf4 Nc4 45.Rxd7 Kxd7 46.g5 Ke6 47.Bc7 Nxa3 48.Bxb6 cxb4 49.cxb4 Nc4 50.Bd4 Nd6 51.g6 Nf5 52.g7 Ne7 53.Bc5 Ng8 54.Kg5?!
( 54.Ke4! )
54...Kf7 55.Bd4 Ne7 56.Bc5 Nd5 57.Kh6 Kg8 58.Bf8 Nf4 59.Bd6 Nd5 60.Bc5 Nf4 61.Bf8 Nd5
( 61...Ne6! 62.Kg6 Nxg7 = )
62.Bd6 Ne3 63.Kg6 Nd5 64.Bc5 Nxb4!


Goldenberg, Igor (2335)    --    Smerdon, David (2418)
Victorian Championship   2005.09.29     0-1     A72

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.Nc3 exd5 6.cxd5 g6 7.e4 a6 8.Bg5 Bg7 9.Nd2

It seems surprisingly cheeky to simply dispense with 9.a4 but it is quite playable
9...b5 10.Be2 O-O 11.O-O b4 12.Ncb1
( 12.Na4 )
12...Qe8! N
Stronger than 12...h6 which has been played in this position before

( 13.Qc2 defends all the soft spots (e4 and b2) )
13...Ng4! 14.Nc4 Bxb2!! 15.Nbd2!?
( 15.Nxb2 Qe5 16.f4? ( 16.g3 Qxg5 with a clear pawn up ) 16...Qxb2 is the point; now 17.Nd2 falls foul of 17...Qd4+ )
( 15...Bxa1 16.Qxa1 f6 17.Bf4 Ne5 18.Nxd6 Qe7 should be good enough )
16.Nxe5 Qxe5 17.Nf3 Qe8 18.h3 f6 19.hxg4?!
( I don't like this - surely the dark square bishop was the cornerstone of White's compensation for the pawn. Just 19.Bf4 )
19...fxg5 20.Nxg5 h6 21.Nh3
21...Nd7 22.f4 Nf6 23.Nf2 g5!? 24.g3?!
( 24.e5!? )
24...Ra7 25.e5?
Too late!
25...dxe5 26.Re1?
( 26.fxg5 hxg5 27.Qc1 was a tougher defence )
26...gxf4! -+ 27.gxf4 Nxg4 28.Nxg4 Bxg4 29.Qd2
( 29.Qxg4+?? Rg7 is the problem. )
29...Rg7 30.Rxe5 Bf5+! 31.Kf2 Qh5
( Good enough, but surprisingly missing the more aesthetically pleasing 31...Qxe5!! 32.fxe5 Bxd3+ 33.Ke3 ( 33.Ke1 Rg1# ) 33...Rg3# )

Johansen, Darryl (2464)    --    Hislop, Jamie (2089)
Victorian Championship   2005.09.29     1-0     D02

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 c6 5.c4 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Nbxd2 O-O 8.O-O Nbd7 9.Qc2 b6 10.e4 dxe4 11.Nxe4 Nxe4 12.Qxe4 Qc7? N

( 12...Bb7 is usually played here. It has the advantage of not losing a pawn. )

13.Ng5! Nf6 14.Qxc6 Qxc6 15.Bxc6
Now White sets about converting his extra pawn in typically unhurried fashion. Although Black fights hard the game is already over.
15...Rb8 16.Rfd1 h6 17.Nf3 Bb7 18.Bxb7 Rxb7 19.Rac1 Rc8 20.b3 Kf8 21.Kf1 Ke7 22.Ke2 Nd7 23.Kd3 Rd8 24.Re1 a5 25.Rc2 Kf6 26.a4 Kf5 27.h3 Nc5+ 28.Kc3 Na6
( 28...Ne4+ 29.Kb2 )
29.Rd2 Nb4 30.Re5+ Kf6 31.h4 Nc6 32.Re4 g5 33.g4 Rc7 34.h5 Nb4 35.Kb2 Rcd7 36.Ne5 Rc7 37.f4 Kg7 38.fxg5 hxg5 39.Nf3 Kh6 40.Re5 Nc6 41.Re3
( 41.Rxg5 Nxd4 )
41...Rcd7 42.Kc3 Rd6 43.Ne5 Nxe5 44.Rxe5 f5 45.gxf5 exf5 46.Rxf5 Kxh5 47. d5 Kg4 48.Rf7 Rg8 49.b4 axb4+ 50.Kxb4 Kh3 51.a5 bxa5+ 52.Kxa5 Rh6 53.d6 g4 54.d7 Rhh8 55.Rf1 Kg3 56.c5 1-0

Here are two games from James Morris, who won the Qualifying No 1 event:

White: James Morris
Black: Artem Nikolayevsky

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4 4.Bg2 O-O 5.e3 Re8 6.Nge2 c6 7.a3 Ba5 8.b4 Bc7 9.Qb3 e4 10.O-O d5 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Bb2 Be6 13.Nd4 Bc8 14.Rfd1 Nc6 15.Nce2 Qe7 16.Nxc6 bxc6 17.Rac1 Ba6 18.Nd4 Bc4 19.Rxc4 dxc4 20.Qxc4 Qd7 21.Nxc6 Bb6 22.Bxf6 Qg4 23.f3 Qh5 24.g4 Qh6 25.Bd4 Bc7 26.f4 a6 27.Ne5 Bxe5 28. Bxe5 Qg6 29.h3 Kh8 30.Bxe4 Qh6 31.Bxa8 Qxh3 32.Bg2 Qxg4 33.Rc1 h5 34.Qxf7 Ra8 35.Rc6 Kh7 36.Qe6 Qg3 37.Qf5+ g6 38.Rc7+ Kh6 39.Qg5+ 1-0

White: James Morris
Black: Peter Frost

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 c5 4.e4 d6 5.Ne2 Be7 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 O-O 8.Nc3 a6 9.O-O Qc7 10.Qe2 Nc6 11.Be3 Bd7 12.h3 Rac8 13.b3 Rfe8 14.f4 Nxd4 15.Bxd4 b5 16.e5 bxc4 17.exf6 Bxf6 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.Ne4 Kf8 20.Nxf6 cxb3 21.Nxe8 Qb6+ 22.Qf2 1-0

There were some important decisions made at the last ACF Council meeting on October 10:

  1. ACF Vice-President George Howard resigned; NSWCA President Bill Gletsos was unanimously elected to replace him in that role.
  2. Further consultations will be undertaken before filling the ACF Olympiad Appeals Co-ordinator, and ACF Junior Selection Co-ordinator positions.
  3. A decision on a development proposal for the Northern Territory was deferred.
  4. A package of materials to encourage more schools to participate in chess will be produced - as recommended by the ACF Junior Chess Subcommittee.

Congratulations to ACF Secretary Jey Hoole, who is getting married this week, before honeymooning in India.

George Xie scored a very respectable 5/9 in the Asian Championships in India. Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Zhang Zhong 7.5; Li Shilong 7.0; Sadvakasov, Kotsur, Kazhgaleyev, Wang Yue 6.5; Zhao Jun, Ni Hua, Dao Thien Hai, Xu Jun, Megaranto, Al-Modiahki, Ganguly, Wu Wenjin, Kunte 6.0 ... George Xie (Australia) 5.0.

Site : View games

CAWA office bearers: There have been some changes to the list of Chess Association of WA officials unveiled last week.

Tom lockwood has resigned as Membership Officer and been replaced by Norbert Muller. Rob Maris has taken over as Ratings Officer.

Contact details here.

2005 Asian Schools Chess Festival: Singapore, December 17-25. Details

Ballarat Chess Club has a new website at The webmaster is James Eldridge and email address is

Tiebreaks: Australian Major, Senior and Minor Championships The ACF Council has decided as follows:

(1) ties in the 2006 Australian Major Championship, 2006 Australian Senior Championship and 2006 Australian Minor Championship be resolved by countback; and
(2) that the countback sytem applied shall be Sum of Progressive Scores (SPS); and
(3) if ties remain unbroken by SPS, then the Buchholz System be applied (sum of opponents scores); and
(4) if ties still remain unbroken, then the Median Buchholz System be applied (sum of opponents scores discounting highest-rated and lowest-rated opponents).

Entries for the Australian Championship itself close on 15 December. Early bird entries for other events in the Australian Championships and Australian Junior Championships close on 1 December 2005.

For a current list of entrants for all events please go to (participants). You will notice that in the championship event there are 5 GMs and 5 IMs already entered. So GM and IM norms will be possible. Of course, it is an Olympiad year coming up, so this is an excellent opportunity for players to demonstrate their current form.

If anyone is able to help with Australian Championship or Australian Junior Championship memorabilia, please contact Graeme Gardiner at There will be a display at the event. Please go to (history) for more information and an audio interview between IM Robert Jamieson and the late Garry Koshnitsky, recorded just before Garry's 90th birthday.

For a hard copy entry form, please contact Graeme Gardiner at or simply print one out from the webpage (entry form/tournament details). There is also a credit card online entry form.

Graeme Gardiner

Carlton Crest Early Bird Discount: The early bird discount of $119 for a room sleeping 2 adults and 2 kids, or 3 adults, expired on 30 September. However, the price is still only $124 for a room in central Brisbane at a five star hotel. The price will be going up again of course.

Bids invited for 2007 Australian Open/Juniors/Girls Championships and 2006 Australian Schools Teams Championships:

The Australian Chess Federation (ACF) is calling for bids for the above Championships, in accordance with the ACF's procedures for allocating ACF tournaments. These rules are viewable at Potential bidders are advised to refer to these rules and the general by-law for Australian championship events at, which also applies to the events concerned.

In addition, there are by-laws that apply to specific events. These are listed (bracketed) on the list of events below, for which bids are now invited.

Australian Open Championships ( ref clause 7) comprising: Australian Open Championship, Australian Open Rapid-play Championship, Australian Open Lightning Championship, and incorporating the Australian Women’s Open Championships (

Australian Junior and Girls Championships ( comprising: Australian Junior Championship (Under-18), Australian Under-16, Under-14, Under-12 and Under-10 Championships, Australian Girls Championship (Under-18), Australian Girls Under-16, Under-14, Under-12 and Under-10 Championships, Australian Junior Rapid-play Championship, Australian Girls Rapid-play Championship, Australian Junior Lightning Championship and Australian Girls Lightning Championship

Australian Schools Teams Championships ( comprising: Australian Primary Schools Open Championship, Australian Primary Schools Girls Championship, Australian Secondary Schools Open Championship and Australian Secondary Schools Girls Championship

The deadline for submission of the bids is cob 30 November 2005.

Bids from persons other than State Associations should be made through, and with the consent of, the relevant State Association. Your State Association representative will have a copy of the application form that will need to be used when submitting a bid

The ACF Council will consider all bids during it's January meeting, and it is envisaged that the decision on the venue of the next Australian championship will be announced at the conclusion of the 2006 Championship in Brisbane.

If you have any queries, please contact the ACF President, Denis Jessop on (02) 6288 1935 or mobile 0418 278324

- Jey Hoole
ACF Secretary


Dear Chess Friends,

The 6th BCC Open will be held during the 'Songkran Festival', also know as Thai New Year, between 11-16 of April 2006. The tournament will be this time in Bangkok at the excellent 'Century Park Hotel' ( near Bangkok's Victory Monument.

As requested by many players earlier, we have now one rest day in the middle of the tournament. Also this time under 2000 or unrated players can decide if they play in 9-rounds Open, or 7-rounds 'challenger' group. All details are in our website The online registration form will appear in our website little later.

Looking forward to see you all in Bangkok! Do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions.

Best Regards,

Kai Tuorila / Bangkok Chess Club
FIDE International Organizer

Asian Schools, Arbiters & Trainers Seminar and Singapore Masters

Dear Colleagues,

These events have already been posted on and and the deadline for registration is 15 November.

If you have not received or unable to access the information, please write to me directly.

With Best Regards,
Ignatius Leong

Dear Paul
I have played chess when I was younger back in the Ukraine (professionally) from the age of 7 until I was 12 (I am now 26y/o). I now want to get back into it. Could you please tell me which chess club is a member of the Aus Chess Federation and is located near me as well as what the usual membership fees are. I live in Murrumbeena Vic 3163.

Kind regards
Jane Garber

Jane: Chess Clubs are generally affiliated with the State Association, which in turn is associated with the ACF. Can anyone help with suggesting a club?

World News:

Asian Championship: Lots of strong GMs, including teenage sensation Wang Hao. Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Zhang Zhong 7.5; Li Shilong 7.0; Sadvakasov, Kotsur, Kazhgaleyev, Wang Yue 6.5; Zhao Jun, Ni Hua, Dao Thien Hai, Xu Jun, Megaranto, Al-Modiahki, Ganguly, Wu Wenjin, Kunte 6.0 ... George Xie (Australia) 5.0. Site : View games

Samba Cup: Skanderborg, Denmark. Round 5 Standings: Timofeev 3.5; Miton, Bruzon 3.0; Carlsen, Zhang Pengxiang, Curt Hansen, Jobava 2.5; Ivanchuk, Lars Bo Hansen 2.0; Nisipeanu 1.5. Site : View games

Topalov wins FIDE World Championship: Bulgaria's Veselin Topalov is the new FIDE world champion. Only Leko won against Kasimdzhanov in the final round - other games were drawn. All round 13 games were drawn, leaving Topalov with an unbeatable 1.5 point lead going into the final round. Topalov scored a sensational 6.5/7 in the first half of the double round robin. In the second half, he displayed ingenuity to save some difficult games, and missed some wins, but he was clearly the best player in the event, and his victory is emphatic.

Congratulations to the new world champion.

Final Round 14 Standings: 1. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2788 10.0; 2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2788 8.5; 3. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2738 8.5; 4. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2707 7.0; 5. Leko, Peter g HUN 2763 6.5; 6. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2670 5.5; 7. Adams, Michael g ENG 2719 5.5; 8. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2735 4.5.
Site : View games


Schmidtgall, B (2093)    --    Shchekachev, A (2564)
Open A  (1)   Hamburg GER
2005.10.01     0-1     B80

An instructive game revealing black's resources in this line of the Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 b5 6.Bd3 d6 7.O-O Nf6 8.Be3 Bb7 9.a3 Nbd7 10.f4 g6 11.f5 gxf5 12.exf5 Rg8 13.g3 e5 14.Ne6

( 14...fxe6?! leads to a pretty disaster: 15.fxe6 Nc5? ...Nb8!? ( 15...Nb8 16.Rxf6 Qxf6 17.Qh5+ Kd8 18.Bb6+ Kc8 19.Qe8+ ) 16.Bxc5! dxc5 17.Rxf6!! Qxf6 18.Bg6+ Rxg6 19.Qd7# )
15.Nxf8 Qc6!! 16.Qf3 Qxf3 17.Rxf3 Bxf3 18.Nxd7 Kxd7 -+ 19.Re1 h5 20.Bf2 h4 21.Re3 Bc6 22.h3 hxg3 23.Bxg3 d5 24.Kf2 d4 0-1

Ni Hua (2603)    --    Zhao Jun (2500)
Asian Individual Chess 2005 Hyderabad  (5)   2005.10.10     1-0     B33

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 11.g3!?

Trendy, but it makes some sense
11...fxe4 12.Bg2 Be6 13.Bxe4 Bg7 14.Qh5 Rc8 15.Rd1 Ne7 16.c3 Rc5 17.Nb4 Qb6 18.Qg5 Kf8 19.Qe3 f5 20.Bg2 e4 21.Nac2 a5 22.Nd4! Bf7 23.Nbc2 b4 24.cxb4 axb4 25.O-O d5 26.Nb3 Rc6 27.Ncd4 Bh6 28.f4 Bg7 29.Bh3 Bg6 30. g4 fxg4 31.Bxg4 Bf7 32.Kh1 h5 33.Bd7 Rd6 34.f5! Bh6 35.Qh3 Rxd7 36.f6 Qd6

37.Nc5!! Ke8
( 37...Qxc5 38.Qxd7 Ng6 39.Qd8+ Be8 40.Ne6+ )
38.fxe7 Qxc5 39.Rxf7!! Rxe7 40.Rxe7+ Qxe7 41.Qc8+ Qd8 42.Qe6+ Qe7 43.Qxd5 e3 44.Qxh5+ Kf8 45.Rf1+ 1-0

Kidambi, Sundararajan (2497)    --    Sasikiran, Krishnan (2663)
Asian Chess Championship 2005 Hyderabad  (5)   2005.10.10     1-0     D47

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9.e4 b4 10.Na4 c5 11.e5 Nd5 12.O-O cxd4 13.Nxd4 g6 14.Qg4 Qa5 15. Bb5 Ba6 16.Bxd7+ Kxd7

17.Rd1 Qxa4 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Rxd5+ Kc7 20.Qxe6 Re8 21.Qf7+ Kb8 22.Bf4 g5 23.b3 Qc6 24.Rc1 Qxd5 25.Qxe8+ Kb7 26.Be3 Bc4 27. bxc4 Qc6 28.Qf7+ Qc7 29.Qd5+ Qc6 30.Rd1

Sadvakasov, Darmen (2612)    --    Dzhumaev, Marat (2507)