Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 340, October 29, 2005

Melbourne Chess Club Open
Hobart International Chess Club Championship
Hyperbolic Chess
Arbiters Workshop weekend
Chess art
Frank Wilson dies
Free entry - Queenstown Classic deadline
NSW News
Australian master sought
Vic Champs - scores and more games
IM norm for Xie
Elwood Community Bendigo Bank chess champs soon
World News - Topalov wins world champs
Grand Prix
Other Events

Melbourne Chess Club Open: Guy West and Peter Froehlich shared 1st place with 8/9, followed by Malcolm Pyke with 3rd on 7.5/9.

1-2 Froehlich, Peter 2376 8
West, Guy 2369 8
3 Pyke, Malcolm 2005 7.5
4 Hislop, James K SA 2155 6
5-8 Skiotis, Pano 2050 5.5
Raine, Marcus VIC 1924 5.5
Fry, Peter VIC 1866 5.5
Voon, Richard 1852 5.5
9-13 Beaumont, David VIC 1932 5
Ivanov, Nick 1469 5
Kara, Barboros 1756 5
Ly, Thai 1910 5
Beattie, Roger 1692 5
14-18 Zileski, George 1743 4.5
Kovacevic, Paul 1686 4.5
Kaplan, Alex 1636 4.5
Knox, Alec VIC 1526 4.5
Ruzeu, Emanuel 1364 4.5
19-26 Mc Cart, Richard 1725 4
Ghobrial, Adel 1560 4
Davenport, John VIC 1611 4
Fortin, Patrice 4
Papadinis, Jim 1831 4
Wojnar, Sebastian 4
Brooking, Robert 1487 4
Henzgen, Ben 1146 4
27-29 Lovegrove, Adam 1445 3.5
Watson, Jean 959 3.5
Tambasco, Jean-Luc 1033 3.5
30 Smith, Wendy 1210 3
31-32 Doon, Steven 1404 2.5
Beckman, John 1584 2.5
33 Cutting, Luke ACT 1365 1.5
34 Sanderson, Paul VIC 982 1

Hobart International Chess Club Championship:

12/14 Kevin Bonham 1942
10.5 Tom Kacic 1852
10 Nigel Frame 1851, Martin Line 1659
9.5 Peter Billam 1934
8.5 Charles Chadwick 1724, Milutin Ivkovic 1545
8 Michael Midson 1526
6.5 John O'Mara 1532
6 Scott Cohen 1343, Janice Martin 1503
3.5 Graham Richards 1412
3 John Kennedy 1332
2.5 Winand Frantzen 1263
0.5 Noel O'Mara 1287

DNFs 2/6 Cameron Harris 1599, 0/3 Paul Lovric UNR.

And here are some recent Tasmanian games - though not from the above event.

Nigel Frame (1851) - Peter Billam (1934)

1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 g5 5.g3 g4 6.Nh4 Ne7 7.d3 Ng6 8.Ng2 h5 9.Nc3 h4 10.gxh4 Nxh4 11.Nf4 g3 12.hxg3 Nf3+ 13.exf3 Rxh1 14.Qe2+ Qe7 15.Qxe7+ Kxe7 16.Bd2 Bxf4 17.Bxf4 Bh3 18.0-0-0 Rxf1 19.Nd5+ Kd7 20.Rxf1 Bxf1 21.Nxc7 Na6 22.Nxa8 Bg2 23.Be3 b6 24.Nxb6+ axb6 25.Bxb6 Bxf3 26.c3 Kc6 27.Bf2 Kb5 28.Kc2 Ka4 29.Bd4 Bd5 30.Kb1 Bf3 31.Be5 Nc5 32.b3+ Nxb3 33.axb3+ Kxb3 34.Kc1 Bg2 35.Kd2 Ka4 36.Ke3 Kb5 37.c4+ Kc5 38.Kd2 Bf3 39.Kc3 Kc6 40.d4 Be2 41.Kb4 Bf3 42.d5+ 1-0

Simul Game:

Teichmann [2370] - A. Goose [1942] (simul) 1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Bd6 7.0-0 Qc7 8.Re1 Bd7 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Ng5 Nf6 11.Nc4 h6 12.Ne4 Nxe4 13.dxe4 Be5 14.Bf4!? Bxf4 15.gxf4 0-0 16.Qd6 Qxd6 17.Nxd6 Nd4! 18.Rac1 Bc6 19.c3 Nb5 20.Red1 Nxd6 21.Rxd6 Rfd8 22.Rcd1 Rxd6 23.Rxd6 Kf8 24.e5 Bxg2 25.Kxg2 Ke7 26.Kf3 Rd8 27.Rxd8 Kxd8 28.Ke4 g6 29.Kd3 Kd7 30.Kc4 Kc6 31.a4 b6 32.b4 a6?? 33.bxc5 bxc5 34.a5 g5 35.fxg5 hxg5 36.f3 1-0 - Kevin Bonham

Hyperbolic Chess: If you've mastered the standard game, you might like to "think outside the squares" and try this. The concept is due to Aziz Sahraey, who is interested in chessboards of different shapes and with more than two players. You can read all about it here.

The Hobson's Bay Yarraville chess club will host an Arbiters Workshop weekend in Melbourne on Sat 19th & Sun 20th November 2005.

Those interested in learning more about being a chess organiser or arbiter should register their interest by telephoning Peter Caissa on 9397-1330 (ah) or e-mailing All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Topics covered:

1. Overview of being an arbiter and tournament organiser
2. The Laws of Chess & Tournament Regulations
3. Swiss and Round-Robin Pairing Systems
4. Computer Pairing Programs
5. Ratings Systems
6. International Tournaments

The venue is the Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen Street, Yarraville, Melbourne. Participants will be provided with handout notes and a data CD. Cost to attend is $10. The workshop will run from 10:30am to 5:00pm on both days. This is a two-day workshop and will provide all training neccessary to become a tournament arbiter. - Gary Bekker

The website, which offers a wide range of chess-related images for sale, is worth a look. It's run by "ARTista", an artist from southern California.

Sydney actor Frank Wilson died recently, a day after he was declared best actor at the New York Film and Video Festival for his work on the mini-movie The Chess Set. More

Bendigo Bank Elwood Tournament: A major event with big prizes.

Oct 29 Saturday Opening noon; Oct 30 Sunday 9:30am; Nov 1 Tuesday 9:30am; 7 Round Swiss Tournament Sponsored by Bendigo Bank; $2000 1st Place; $1000 2nd Place; $500 3rd Place; Rating Prizes: Under 2000, Under 1600 & Under 1200; $300 1st Place, $150 2nd Place. Location: Elwood Primary School near Elwood Chess Club in Scott Street, Elwood. Entry Fee $60 Before Sat 29th Oct (Add $10 if paying on Sat 29th). Pensioners $40 Before Sat 29th Oct (Add $10 if paying on Sat 29th). Bendigo Bank Member Less $5. Please click on the internet link below to see more details and open the attached file. This will be a very exciting tournament with many highly rated players already registered to play.

Attention IMs: free entry to 2006 Queenstown Classic - deadline looms! Entries for the Queenstown event in New Zealand are now over the 100 mark - but some Aussie IMs haven't entered (they have to get in before the October 31st deadline for free IM entries). - Paul Spiller.

NSW News: NSW Champs leading scores (9 players, 8 games): Going into the last round, Andrew Bird is on 7/9, while Max Fuller on 6.5/8 needs to win the last round to take the title for the third time.

The second leg of the Manly-North Sydney match held last week was won by North Sydney 10.5-6.5. The first leg was drawn 10-5-10.5 leaving North Sydney the overall winners 21-17.

Leading final scores of The 21st Interleagues Premiership (40 players, 7 rounds) J.Bolens 6, A.Rose, E.Puzon 5.5, A.Flatow 5.

Former NSWCA Councillor Ken Organ died last week at the age of 78. He was an Umpire in the strong 1958 Australian Championship in Sydney won by IM L.Steiner and an office-bearer in the 1960's. - Peter Parr is looking for an Australian master to join its team. The site provides video chess lectures. At present, its team comprises two masters from America and two from Hungary.

David Green writes: "We prefer an IM or GM. We would pay them per lecture and would probably want to put them on a regular schedule either once a week or once every two weeks. There is no cost to the person that we bring aboard. We do all of the recordings through the internet so they would not have to leave their home to do the videos. It's very simple. We pay by check or PayPal."

Victorian Championships - full scores:

+5 (7.5/10) Johansen
+4 (7) Rujevic
+2 (6) Froehlich, Smerdon +1 (5.5) Sandler
= (5) Depasquale, Levi -1 (4.5) Goldenberg
-2 (4) Hacche
-4 (3) Beaumont
-7 (1.5) Hislop


+7 Gorka, Wallis
+5 Stirling
+4 Stead
-2 Pecori, S Stojic
-3 Kalisch
-4 Raine, D Stojic, Szuveges Yachou

Qualifying Tournament No 1

+8 Morris
+3 Soesanto
+2 Bearup, Beattie, Schon
-1 Frost, D Yu
-2 Matelan
-3 Nikolaevsky
-5 Henry, Yap

Qualifying Tournament No 2

+6 S Yu
+5 Sunder
+2 Bhattacharya
+1 Kenmure
-4 Van Dijk
-10 Menon

Chris Depasquale produced an excellent set of bulletins for the event, featuring informative and entertaining annotations. But he cautions: "These bulletins are brought to you by Chess Victoria Inc. and Chess World Pty Ltd. The dubious annotations come courtesy of De Bortoli Wines. If you spot an error in these bulletins please bring it to the attention of the bulletin editor, or directly to: De Bortoli Wines
De Bortoli Road
Bilbul NSW 2680"

Froehlich, Peter    --    Smerdon, David
Vic Championship   Melbourne
2005.08.26     1-0

1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Bd7 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Be3 cxd4 7.cxd4 f6 8. Bd3 Qb6 9.Qd2 Nb4 10.Be2 Bb5 11.Nc3 Bxe2 12.Qxe2 Qa6 N

( White gradually got on top after 12...Ne7 13.O-O Ng6 14. Rfc1 Kf7 15.a3 Nc6 16.b4 Be7 17.Na4 Qd8 18.Bd2 fxe5 19.dxe5 Re8 20.Nc5 Bxc5 21.Rxc5 Qd7 22.Ng5+ Kg8 23.f4 h6 24.Nf3 b6 25.Rc2 Rac8 26.Rac1 Nce7 27.Nd4 in Kimari-Mohlin Hallstahammar 1998, and White won in 43 moves. )
( White must be a fraction better after 13.Qxa6 but with his lead in development and the Black King unsafe keeping queens on makes strategical sense. )
13...Nc2+ 14.Kd2!! Rc8 15.Rhc1! Bb4+?
( After this there is no road back. 15...Qa5+ 16.Kd1 Nxe3+ 17.fxe3 Rc6 is tough to crack, despite Black's undeveloped Kingside. )
16.Kd1 Nxe3+ 17.fxe3 Rxc1+ 18.Rxc1
( Very Fritz - "I don't see mate so I will grab the pawn", but the point is that 18...Qb6 19.Rc8+ Kf7 20.exf6 gxf6 21.Ne5+ fxe5 22.Qh5+ Ke7 23.Qxe5 Black is busted; he will either lose buckets of material, get mated or both. )
19.Rc8+ Kf7
( 19...Ke7 20.Rc7+ Kf8 21.Nd6 Qa4+ ( 21...Bxd6 22.Rc8+ Kf7 23.Qb5 is nasty ) 22.Kc1 Bxd6 23.exd6 is unpleasant for Black, although not immediately terminal. )
20.Nd6+ Kg6
( 20...Bxd6 21.Qb5 Qb1+ 22.Ke2 Kg6 23.exd6 leaves Black powerless to prevent the d-pawn promoting. )
21.Nh4+ Kg5 22.Nf7+

Kxh4 23.Qf2+ Kh5 24.Qf3+ Kg6 25.Nxh8+ Kh6 26.Nf7+ Kg6 27. Qg4+ Kxf7 28.Qh5+
[and Black resigned as it is mate next.]

Rujevic, Mirko    --    Depasquale, Chris
Vic Championship   2005.08.27     1-0     B23

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 a6 3.a4 Nc6 4.f4 e6 5.Nf3 d5 6.d3 Nf6 7.e5 d4 8.Ne2 N

( 8.Nb1 and )
( 8.Ne4 have been seen in this position, but Black is scoring heavily in all variations. )
8...Nd5 9.Ng3 Qb6 10.Ne4
( The losing move, according to Rujevic. It is true Black's position is fine, and any nudge of a bishop, say, 10...Bd7 leaves Black with a satisfactory position, but White's sloppy opening play tempted Black to try for more. )
11.Qe2 Bd7 12.c3 Na5!?
( 12...Nxf1 can't be bad for Black, as he has the two bishops and no real weaknesses. )
13.Bxe3 dxe3 14.Qc2
( 14...Bc6! 15.Be2 Nb3 leaves Black with a clear advantage. )
15.Qxb3 Nxb3 16.Ra3! c4 17.Nd6+! Bxd6 18.exd6
( 18...Nc5 19.dxc4 Ne4 20.Ke2 Nxd6 21.Kxe3 Rc8 22.b3 leaves White a solid pawn up so Black tries to confuse the issue. )
( 19.Rxb3 d2+ 20.Nxd2 exd2+ 21.Kxd2 O-O-O 22.Rb4 Bc6 23. Rd4 f6 24.Ke3 e5 25.fxe5 fxe5 26.Rd2 Rhf8! and Black's activity compensates for the pawn. )
19...Nc5 20.Bc2 Bc6
( Black's intended 20...b5? fails to 21.axb5 Bxb5 22.c4! as 22...Bxc4 23.Rc3 decides. )
21.Ke2 Be4
22.b4! Bxc2 23.bxc5 Rc8 24.Kxe3 Rxc5 25.Rc1! Bg6 26.Rb3! O-O
( 26...b5 27.axb5 axb5 28.c4 Kd7 29.Ne5+ Kxd6 30.Rd1+ Kc7 31.cxb5 should win for White. )
27.Rxb7 Rd5 28.d7
( 28...f6 29.Nd4 Rd8 30.Nxe6 Rd3+ 31.Ke2 R8xd7 32.Rxd7 Rxd7 was a tougher defence, although one suspects that White should get there in the end. )
29.Ne5 +- Kf8 30.c4 Rc5 31.Kd4 Rcc8 32.c5 f6 33.Nxg6+ hxg6 34.c6 Ke7 35. Kc5 1-0

Rujevic, Mirko    --    Froehlich, Peter
Vic Championship   2005.09.01     1-0     B23

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 e6 6.f5 Nge7 7.fxe6 fxe6 8.d3 d5 9.Bb3

9...b5 10.a4?!
( 10.O-O! )
10...b4 11.Ne2 Na5 12.c3 c4 N
( The known move is 12...Qb6 which seems to give Black a significant advantage. )
13.Bc2 b3 14.Bb1 dxe4 15.dxe4 Qxd1+ 16.Kxd1 e5
17.Be3 O-O 18.Bc5 Rd8+ 19.Ke1 Nec6 20.Ng3 Bh6 21.Ke2 Bg4 22.Nf1 Bc1 23.Ba3 Rd7
24.Bc2 bxc2?!
( 24...Bf4 followed by doubling on the d-file looks like it should stretch White's position to breaking point. )
25.Rxc1 Nb3 26.Rxc2 Nbd4+ 27.cxd4 Nxd4+ 28.Kd2 Nxf3+ 29.Kc1 Nd4
( 29...Ne1? doesn't work, because of 30.Ne3! ( 30.Rxc4?? Rd1# ) 30...Nxc2? 31.Nxg4! and the threat of 32.Nf6+ will cost Black a piece. )
30.Ne3 Be2 31.Rc3 Bd3 32.Ng4 Ne2+ 33.Kd2
( 33...Nxc3 34.Nf6+ Kf7 35.Nxd7 Nxe4+ keeps a good advantage. )
34.Nxe5 Rdd8?!
( 34...Nxc3 35.Nxd7 Nxe4+ keeps the balance, now White takes over the initiative. )
35.Rxd3! cxd3 36.Rf1! Nd4?
( Hastening the end, but even 36...Rd4 37.Rf7+ Kg8 38.Re7 looks barely tenable for Black. )
37.Be7! Re8 38.Rf7+ Kg8 39.Bf6 Nb3+
( 39...Rxe5? 40.Rg7+ Kf8 41.Bxe5 )
40.Kxd3 Rad8+
[As Black was playing this move his flag fell, but his position is now hopeless anyway.]

Beaumont, David    --    Johansen, Darryl
Vic Cp   2005.10.15     0-1     A65

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 g6 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Bg7 6.Nge2 O-O 7.Ng3 e6 8.Be2 exd5 9.cxd5 Na6 10.Bg5 h6 11.Be3 Re8 12.Qd2 h5 13.Bg5 Nc7 14.Qf4 b5 15.O-O

15...Nfxd5 16.Bxd8 Nxf4 17.Bxc7 b4 18.Bb5

bxc3 19.Bxe8 cxb2 20. Rab1 Ba6 21.Bxd6 Rxe8 22.Bxf4 Bxf1 23.Kxf1 h4 24.Ne2 Rxe4 25.Bd2 Ra4 26. Nc3 Ra3 27.Nd1 Rxa2 28.Ke2 Ra1 29.Rxb2 Bxb2 30.Nxb2
30...a5 31.Nd3 a4 32.Nxc5 a3 33.Nb3 Rb1 34.Nc1 Rb2 35.g3 h3 36.Ke3 a2 37.Nxa2 Rxa2 38.Bb4 f6 39.Kf3 Ra4 40.Bc5 f5 41.Be3 Kf7 42.Ke2 Kf6 43. Bd2 Ra2 44.f3 Ke5 45.Kd3 Ra3+ 46.Ke2 Kd4 47.f4 Ke4 48.Be1 Ra2+ 49.Bd2 Rb2 50.Ke1 Kd3
[White resigned]

Levi, Eddy    --    Goldenberg, Igor
Vic Championship   2005.10.16     0-1     B52

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.O-O Nc6 6.c3 Nf6 7.d4 Nxe4 8.d5 Nd8 9.Re1 f5 10.Nbd2 Nf6 11.Nc4

11...Nf7 N
( Generally Black has been holding with 11...b5 here, although White's main theme of Nf3-g5-e6 is annoying. The text eliminates that idea immediately, and is generally more ambitious than 11...b5. )
12.Bf4 O-O-O 13.a4 Rg8 14.Re6!? g5 15.Bxd6 Ne4?!
( One suspects that Black is at least equal after 15... Nxd6 16.Nxd6+ exd6 17.Rxf6 g4 18.Ne1 Bg7 19.Re6 Rge8 as the bishop is good and the annoying White rook can be eliminated. )
16.Nfe5 Nxe5 17.Bxe5 Qxd5?

( Both players seem to have overlooked that 18.Nd6+! Rxd6 19.Rxd6 Qxd1+ ( 19...Qxe5?? 20.Rd8+ Kc7 21.Qd7+ Kb6 22.Qb5+ Kc7 23.Rd7+ Kc8 24. Qxb7# ) 20.Rdxd1 wins for White. )
18...Rxd5 19.f3 Nd2 20.Nxd2 Kd7! 21.c4
( 21...Rxd2 22.Re1! Now White can safely resign at any time. )
22.Rxe7+ Bxe7 23.Bc3 Rg6 24.Nb3 b6 25.a5 Bf6 26.axb6 axb6 27.Ra7+ Kc6 28. Bxf6 Rxf6 29.Na5+ Kd6 30.Nb7+ Ke5 31.Ra1 Rf7 32.Re1+ Kf6 0-1

Depasquale, Chris    --    Johansen, Darryl
Vic Championship   2005.10.16     1-0     D00

1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 Bf5 3.e3 h6 4.Bh4 c6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Qc1 e6 7.c4 dxc4 N

( Both 7...Nd7 and )
( 7...Be7 have been played in this position, but I suspect there is nothing wrong with the text, either. )
8.Bxc4 Nd7 9.O-O Be7 10.Nc3 Bxh4 11.Nxh4 Bh7 12.a3 Ne7 13.b4 e5 14.Nf3 exd4 15.exd4 O-O 16.Re1 Qd8 17.Ne4 Bxe4 18.Rxe4 Nf6 19.Re1 Nf5 20.Qf4 Nd6 21.Bb3
[With a draw offer. There is no doubt that Black has completely equalised. The good reasons for accepting the draw were that White was already considerably shorter of time than his opponent, and that Black is the much stronger player! The reasons for declining the draw were that it kept the tournament open (a draw guaranteed Black the title) and there was a good crowd to play for! A difficult decision...]
22.bxa5 Rxa5 23.Re5 Rb5 24.Rxb5 Nxb5 25.a4 Nc3 26.Qd2 Ncd5
( Playing when you need "only" a draw is never easy. In other circumstances Black would probably choose something more aggressive, like 26...Qa5 or )
( 26...Nfe4 Black's move is solid enough, but it gives White a bit more breathing space. )
27.a5! Qc7 28.g3 Ra8 29.Kg2 Ne4 30.Qd3 Nef6 31.Qd2 Ne4 32.Qe1 Nd6 33.Ne5 Qe7
34.Bxd5 cxd5 35.Qb4 f6
( If the immediate 35...Qc7 then 36.Nd3 with a direct route to the queenside. The drawback is the weakening of the Black King position. )
( 36.Nd3? Qe4+ )
36...Qc7 37.Nd2 Nc4 38.Nb3 Re8 39.Nc5 Re7 40.Nd3 Re2?
( 40...Re4 was much more solid. With White down to 30 seconds a move Black gets the scent of blood in his nostrils! What he didn't realise was that it was his own blood he could smell!! )
41.Qb5! Kh8 42.Nf4 Rb2 43.Qe8+ Kh7
( Missing the Fritzy win with 44.Ne6! Qc6 45.Nf8+ Kg8 46. Nd7+ Kh7 47.a6! etc. )
44...Kg8 45.Qe8+ Kh7 46.Re1 Nd6 47.Qg6+ Kg8 48.Re6 Qd7 49.Nh5! Kf8

( This wins a pawn, whereas 50.Rxf6+ gxf6 51.Qxh6+ wins a queen - e.g. 51...Ke7 52.Qxf6+ Ke8 53.Ng7+ etc. One might expect White to have been disappointed with this, but in the post mortem he wryly observed that he was ecstatic to win a pawn in this way, as every previous combination he attempted in this tournament cost him at least a piece!! )
50...Qxg7 51.Qxg7+ Kxg7 52.Rxd6 Rb5 53.Rb6 Rxa5 54.Rxb7+ Kg6 55.Rd7 Kf5
( This move was criticised after the game. What we have here is a rook and pawn ending where White has an extra pawn but no passed pawns. In the absence of being able to activate his King (without losing pawns) White can realisitically expect this ending to be drawn with best play. So White decides to creat a passed pawn, activate his King if possible, and see how well Black defends. As it turns out there was a study-like way to do it with 56.Rd6! Kg6 57.Kh3 Kg5 58.f4+ Kg6 59.Kg4 Ra2 60.f5+ Kf7 61.h4 Ra5 62.Kh5 Ke7 63.Re6+ Kf7 64.Rb6 Ra3 65.Rb7+ Ke8 66.Kg6 Rxg3+ 67.Kxf6 etc. At correspondenc e chess White should find this. Attempting to fathom the possibilities and pitfalls of such a line, and comparing it to other possibilities, while playing at 30 seconds/move, is what cost White his game against Hacche earlier in the tournament, where he lost on time a pawn up in an endgame. )
56...h5 57.Rd8 Rb5 58.f3 Kg6
( 58...Ke6 59.Rh8 Rb4 60.Rxh5 Rxd4 is also on the borderline between winning for White and drawn. )
59.g4 hxg4 60.fxg4 Kf7 61.Kf3 Ke7 62.Ra8 Rb1 63.Ra3 Rf1+ 64.Ke3 Ke6 65. Ra6+ Ke7 66.h5 Rh1 67.Ra7+ Ke6 68.Rg7
( 68...Rh3+ 69.Kf2 ( 69.Kf4 Rd3 70.h6 Rxd4+ 71.Ke3 Rd1 seems OK for Black. ) 69...f5 would have left White with some intriguing choices. 70.g5 ( 70.Rg6+ Kf7 71.Rg5 fxg4 72.Rxd5 Ke6 73.Rg5 Kf6 74.Rxg4 Rxh5 75. Re4 Rh7 76.Kf3 Re7 won't win for White ) 70...Rxh5 71.Kg3 Rh1 72.Rg6+ Ke7 73.Kf4 Re1! 74.Kxf5 Re4 75.Ra6 Rxd4 76.Ra7+ Kf8 seems to hold for Black. )
69.Rg6+ Ke7 70.gxf5 +- Rh4
( 70...Rxh5 71.Kf4 followed by Kf4-e5 is straight-forward. )
71.Re6+ Kd7 72.Re5 Kd6 73.f6 Rh3+ 74.Kf2 Rh2+ 75.Kg3
( After 75.Kg3 Black resigned. If 75...Rh1 there are lots of ways to do it; White intended 76.Rf5 Rg1+ ( 76...Ke6 77.f7 ) 77.Kh4 Rg8 78.f7 Rf8 79.Kg5 etc. )

George Xie has earnt an IM norm after scoring 5/9 in the Asian Championships in India recently. Xie, who will represent Australia in the World Junior(Under 20 Championship) in Istanbul,Turkey comencing on 8th November, needs one more similar result (and a 2400+ rating) to become an International Master.

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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


Arbiters & Trainers Seminar

Dear Colleagues,

On recommendation of Continental President Mr Khalifa Al-Hitmi, it was decided to subsidise US$500 for the participation of women at the Arbiters Seminar.

This will mean that board and lodging will be provided on twin-sharing basis to women participants for 7 nights and the registration fee payable is only US$160. Please kindly register as soon as possible because this is valid for 10 women participants to register on first-come-first-serve basis. Until now, we have no woman registered. So, please be expediate.

With Best Regards,
Ignatius Leong

World News:

Casino de Barcelona Masters: Features Ivanchuk. Site

Essent: Sutovsky, Stefanova, Sokolov and Harikrishna play the crown event, while the open features strong players such as Baklan, Rozentalis, Brodsky and Australians Weeks and Rogers. Crown Group scores: Harikrishna 2.5; Sutovsky, Sokolov 1.5; Stefanova 0.5. Leading Open scores: Baklan 4.5/5; Atalik, Brodsky, Nijboer, Ernst, Jonkman 4.0; Rozentalis, Rogers, Kharitonov, Goloshchapov, Cebalo, Van der Wiel, Naumkin, Hoeksema, Tate, Willemze, Spoelman, Kleijn 3.5. Site : View Crown games : View Open games

Chigorin Memorial: Leading final scores, 9 rounds: Ovetchkin, Zakharevich 7.0; Popov, Bocharov, Vitiugov, Yevseev, Zontakh, Khairullin, Solozhenkin, Andreikin, Romanov, Ionov, Savchenko, Kryakvin, Purtov, Yandemirov, Solovjov 6.5. Site : View games

Bundesliga: Germany's famous team competition is under way. Site

FIDE Zonal 2.4: Sao Paolo. Site : View games

Samba Cup: Skanderborg, Denmark. Final Round 9 Standings: Jobava 5.5; Bruzon, Zhang Pengxiang, Miton, Timofeev 5.0; Curt Hansen, Ivanchuk 4.5; Carlsen 4.0; Nisipeanu 3.5; Lars Bo Hansen 3.0. Site : View games


Hansen, Cu (2607)    --    Nisipeanu, LD (2707)
2nd Samba Cup  (1)   Skanderborg DEN
2005.10.14     1/2-1/2     A36

1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.e3 Nh6 6.Nge2 Nf5 7.b3 d6 8. Bb2 Bd7 9.d3 a6 10.Qd2 O-O 11.O-O Rb8 12.Nf4 b5 13.Ne4 bxc4 14.Bxg7 Nxg7 15.dxc4 a5 16.h4 a4 17.Qc3 Qa5 18.Qb2 Nb4 19.Rfd1 Bc6 20.a3 Na6 21.Nf6+ exf6 22.Bxc6 Nc7 23.Rxd6 axb3 24.Rxf6 Rfd8 25.Bd5 Nxd5 26.Nxd5

Rxd5!! 27. cxd5 c4!
The steamroller of pawns is strong
28.Rc1 c3!?
SImply ...Qxd5 might be better
29.Rxc3 Qxc3!? 30.Qxc3 b2 31.Rb6!! Rxb6 32.Qc8+ Ne8 33.Qxe8+ Kg7 34.Qe5+ Kg8 35.Qe8+ Kg7 36.Qe5+ Kg8
Perpetual check

Timofeev, Arty (2658)    --    Nisipeanu, LD (2707)
2nd Samba Cup  (3)   Skanderborg DEN
2005.10.16     1-0     C41

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.g3 d5!? 7.e5 Ng4 8.Bg2!?

Qe2 allows Bc5, so white temporarily gives up a pawn
8...Nxe5 9.Qe2 Nec6 10.Be3 O-O 11.Nxd5 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Bb4+ 13.Nxb4 Qxd4 14.c3 Qc5 15.Nd5 Be6 16.b4 Qd6 17.Rd1 Bxd5 18.Bxd5 Qb6 19.O-O a5 20. Rfe1 c6 21.Bb3 axb4 22.Qe7!! Na6
( 22...bxc3 23.Qxf7+!! )
23.Re5!? bxc3 24.Rd7 Qb4 25.Bxf7+ Kh8 26.Qg5 h6 27.Qg6 Qb2 28.Rh5 Qc1+ 29. Kg2 Nb4 30.Rd1!! Qc2 31.Rxh6+ gxh6 32.Qf6+! Kh7 33.Rd7 1-0

Timofeev, Arty (2658)    --    Hansen, LB (2565)
2nd Samba Cup  (4)   Skanderborg DEN
2005.10.17     1-0     B07

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Bg5 Bd6 7.O-O-O Nd7 8.Nf3 Ke8 9.Nb5 a6 10.Nxd6+ cxd6 11.Nd2 h6 12.Be3 b5 13.f3 Nc5 14.Nb1 Ke7 15.Nc3 Be6 16.g4 Nfd7 17.h4 f6 18.Rh2 Rac8 19.b4 Nb7 20.Nd5+ Bxd5 21. exd5

Now the knights are very restricted
21...a5 22.a3 e4!?
A bid for space
23.fxe4 Ne5 24.Bd4 Nc4 25.Rh3 axb4 26.axb4 Ra8 27.Bxc4
Removing an active piece
27...bxc4 28.Kd2 Ra4 29.Rb1 Kd7 30.Bc3 Re8 31.Re3 Nd8 32.g5 hxg5 33.hxg5 fxg5 34.Rf1! Re7 35.Rf8! Nf7 36.b5! Kc7 37.Bxg7 Kb6 38.Bd4+ Kxb5 39.Rb8+ Ka5 40.Re1
A nice finish. Black is in a mating net and must lose a rook
( 40.Re1 g4 41.Ra8+ Kb5 42.Rb1+ Rb4 43.Rb8+ )

Jobava, Ba (2601)    --    Carlsen, M (2570)
2nd Samba Cup  (5)   Skanderborg DEN
2005.10.18     0-1     E12

1.c4 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bh4 Be7 6.Nc3 c5 7.e4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 d6 9.Ndb5!? a6 10.e5!? dxe5 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Qf3

axb5! 13.Qxa8 b4! 14. Ne4 Bd7!
Threatening ...Bc6. Although white has won material, black has the initiative
15.Nxf6+ gxf6 16.c5!?
If Be2 Bc6 wins a pawn
16...bxc5 17.Qa7 Nc6 18.Qxc5 Nd4 19.O-O-O Qe7!?
Very brave ... exchanging queens when you're down an exchange!
20.Qxe7+ Kxe7 21.Kb1 Bc6! 22.f3 Rg8! 23.Rc1 f5
It turns out that white has difficulties developing, while black's pawns are dangerous
24.Rc4 Rb8 25.b3
( 25.Bd3 Bb5 26.Rc7+ Kd6 )
25...f4 26.Kb2 f5 27.h4 Kd6 28.h5 Bd5 29.Rc1 e4 30.fxe4 fxe4 31.Rh4
The poor old Bf1 still has nothing to do
31...Ke5 32.Rg4

e3 33.Rg6 Be4
( 33...e2? 34.Bxe2 Nxe2 35.Re1 f3 36.gxf3 Bxf3 37.Rxh6 is unclear )
34.Rxh6 Rg8 35.Rc5+ Kd6 36.Rc4 Kd5 37.Kc1 e2 38.Rxd4+ Kxd4 39.Bxe2 Rxg2 40.Bd1 Rxa2
( 40...Rxa2 41.Rxe6 Ke3 42.h6 Ra1+ 43.Kb2 Rb1+ 44.Ka2 Rxd1 45.h7 Rh1 A nice example of mind over matter )

Rmus, A (2398)    --    Shishkin, Va UKR (2532)
Veselin Boskovic Mem  (8)   Bijelo Polje SCG
2005.10.09     0-1     D00

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.h3 O-O 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Nbd7 8. Nb5 a6 9.Bc7 Qe8 10.Nbd4 Nxc5 11.c4 dxc4 12.Bxc4 b5 13.Be2 Bb7 14.Rc1 Nfe4 15.Be5 f6 16.Bh2 e5 17.b4

Nxf2!! 18.Kxf2 Ne4+ 19.Ke1 exd4 20.Nxd4 Rc8 21. Bf3 f5 22.Rxc8 Qxc8 23.Bxe4 Bxe4 24.Rg1 f4 25.Qb3+ Kh8 26.Ke2 fxe3 27.Ne6 Rf2+ 28.Kxe3 Rb2 29.Qd1 Rxb4 30.Qd2 Rc4 31.Nxg7 Qc5+ 32.Kf4 Kxg7 33.Re1 Bb7+ 34.Kg3 Rc3+ 35.Kg4 Qf5+

Grand Prix tournaments:

Central Coast Leagues Chess Club Weekender/Gosford Open: November 5-6, 10am start; Central Coast Leagues Club, Dane Drive, Gosford;; 60min + 10s/move; Estimated Prizes $325; $175; $100 plus rating prizes. Entry $45; $35; $30; $10 off before Oct 30; Post entries to Allen Robinson, CCLCC Treasurer, 25 Wildrose Street, Kellyville 2155; Enquiries : Allen on 0412 607 207 OR Keith Farrell (02) 4341 7864;

Coffs Harbour Open: Incorporating the NSW Country Championship; Cat 3; 1st $750; November 12-13; DOP: Charles Zworestine; Assistant DOP: John Maddix; Coffs Harbour Catholic Club, 61a West High Street, Coffs Harbour.

Other events:

The inaugural Elwood Community Bendigo Bank chess championship will be held on October 29, 30 and November 1. Elwood Primary School Scott St, Elwood. Enquiries John ( Barbaro ) Kara 0401 572 549 .Bendigo Bank has sponsored the event to the tune of $2000. Details here.

Note: this event replaces the previously advertised MCC Weekender.

Wendy Terry Memorial: (formerly called the Redcliffe Challenge); Oct 29-30 - dates now confirmed; 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

Laurieton Spring Open: October 29-30; $300 First Prize; Entry: $25 Seniors; $12 u/18. Contact: Endel 6559 9060

The Best in the West: November 5-6; Hobsons Bay - Yarraville Chess Club 135 Stephen Street Yarraville; Contact Grant Bultman Email 0422744743 Website

MCC Christmas Swiss Weekender: Dec 17-18 from 11am; 60 min + 30s/move; Entry $50/$40/$5 off for MCC members.

International events:

Penang International Open: Website

Bangladesh Chess League: Nov 12-27. Details.

Open Liberec: Oct 22-29; Liberec, Czech Republic;

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:

6th Bangkok Chess Club Open: April 11-16; Century Park Hotel;; Email: Kai Tuorila

Singapore Masters: For more details, click here.

Best wishes till next time
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