Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 345, November 30, 2005

Lucky Lane wins round 1 in World Cup
Oz Champs start soon
Sponsorship for 2006 GP
Zhao 11/11 in NSW Lightning
Ralph Seberry Memorial - report and games
Fishers's Ghost Open
Victorian Reserves Games available
Chess Victoria Junior Chess Council
Croydon Club Champs (Vic)
Olivers honoured
ACT Transfer Chess Festival
Nominations for ACF medals
World News
Grand Prix
Other Events

Australian Championships and Australian Junior Championships start soon!

28 Dec 2005 to 9 Jan 2006

Details at

For any enquiries not answered by our webpage, please phone Ian Murray 07 3411 3445 or Graeme Gardiner 07 5522 7221.

- Graeme Gardiner, John Humphrey, Ian Murray and Lionel Smerdon, Organising Committee

In the fast Lane: Australian Champion IM Gary Lane has had a very lucky break in round 1 of the 128 player World Cup knockout tournament in Khanty-Manslysk in western Siberia - his opponent, the very strong Armenian GM Vladimir Akopian, did not show up! This means Lane progresses to round 2 of the event, which is a precursor to the FIDE World Championship and has a prize fund of over $2 million.

Lane, 41, is the Oceania Representative. His opponent was World Junior Champion in 1991 and qualified for the final in the 1999 World Championship knockout in Las Vegas. Akopian lost the 6-game World Title Match 2.5-3.5 against Alexander Khalifman of Russia.

More details in World News and Games below.

GP Sponsorship: The Australian Chess Federation is now accepting entries for the 2006 Australian Chess Grand Prix. Details are at The Tournament Registration Form is at pdf version and doc version.

Organisers please note that the closing date for tournament registration is 15 December 2005. Entries must be lodged and all fees paid in full before this date. The tournament program will be finalised and published no later than 1 January 2006. We expect to print scoresheets and posters to supply to all organisers.

Please note there are new rules for the 2006 Australian Grand Prix. Sponsorship has been confirmed and details will be annnounced in mid-December. It is expected that players will be attracted by the new format so please ensure that your tournament is in the correct category!

Best wishes
- Brian Jones
Australian Chess Enterprises

NSWCA AGM: A bid by well-known tournament organiser Jason Lyons and chess shop owner Peter Parr to join the NSWCA executive has been defeated at the AGM. Bill Gletsos retained his position as NSWCA President.

Among other developments:

  1. The meeting decided to hold next year's City of Sydney championship at the Bridge Centre.
  2. There will be two Teams Challenge events in 2006.
  3. Andrew Bird was elected vice-president; Brett Tindall is the new tournament officer; and Laura Moylan becomes communications officer.

NSW Lightning Championships:

Report by Mal Murrell
Forty eight players ventured out on a wet and windy Sunday morning to play in strongest and best attended NSW Lightning championship in for at least the last 5 years. There were 7 players over 2200 and 16 players in total over 2000. The star studded cast included previous winners Ronald Yu, George Xie, Stanislav Berezovski, Fred Flatow, Johny Bolens, John Curtis and Ivan Zirdum. Most of these players played and were defeated by IM Zong-Yuan Zhao who won the tournament with 11 wins from 11 games. The D.O.P Peter Cassettari stated that he could not remember the last time someone had won the NSW Lightning Championship with a perfect score. An excellent effort considering the strength of the field.

2005 NSW Lightning Champion IM Zong-Yuan Zhao

The players enjoying the Ryde Eastwood venue

1 Zhao, Zong-Yuan NSW 2427 im 11
2 Yu, Ronald NSW 2155 9
3 Bjelobrk, Igor VIC 2343 8
4-5 Xie, George NSW 2430 7.5
Berezovski, Stanislav NSW 2016 7.5
6-9 Flatow, A (Fred) NSW 2233 fm 7
Hu, Jason NSW 2032 7
Bolens, Johny NSW 2126 7
Chan, Jason NSW 2155 7
10-14 Curtis, John NSW 2388 fm 6.5
Ainsworth, Mark Scot 2001 6.5
Atzmon-Simon, Barak NSW 2017 6.5
Zirdum, Ivan NSW 2298 6.5
Rachmadi, Herman NSW 1829 6.5
15-21 Navarro, Sim NSW 1978 6
Tulevski, Vasil G NSW 1850 6
Ghenzer, Charles NSW 2148 6
Chernih, Nicholas NSW 1755 6
Mendes da Costa, Alex NSW 1720 6
Cowling, Cary NSW 1670 6
Hvistendahl, Robert NSW 1682 6
22-26 Illingworth, Max NSW 1641 5.5
Kordahi, Nicholas NSW 1885 5.5
Lewski, Toby NSW 2015 5.5
Greenwood, Norman NSW 1602 5.5
Radisav, Ivanovic NSW 1330 5.5
27-31 Reitmans, Quentin NSW 2230 5
Gonzales, Rolando NSW 1394 5
Wong, Ted NSW 1522 5
Soto, Leopoldo NSW 1788 5
Villanueva, Anthony NSW 1632 5
32-38 Huynh, Arthur NSW 1827 4.5
Murrell, Malcolm R NSW 1678 4.5
Buza, Muhamed NSW 1663 4.5
Sewell, Rob NSW 1306 4.5
Evans, David A NSW 1531 4.5
Redgrave, John NSW 1948 4.5
Chiara, Vince NSW 1413 4.5
39-43 Herreros, Bill NSW 1428 4
Carballo, Rick NSW 1804 4
Burgess, Shane NSW 1457 4
Barker, Mitchell NSW 1507 4
Borghi, Livio NSW 1733 4
44 Tubic, Luka NSW 1559 3.5
45 Mehen, Alex NSW 3
46-47 Pope, John 2
Oleskin, Mark NSW 1322 2
48 Porter, Leslie NSW 1067 1

Ralph Seberry ... a strong player and NSWCA official who tragically passed away last year

Ralph Seberry Memorial, NSW: Report by NSWCA webmaster Mal Murrell

Igor Bjelobrk receives the first place cheque from Kat Lane
with Norm Greenwood at right.

I am sure Ralph would have been proud of the tournament held in his honour and memory at his old stomping ground North Sydney Leagues club.
Ralph was the current NSW champion and had just won the North Sydney Leagues Club Championship when he passed away in May last year.
Kat Lane, Ralph's partner and mother of their children presented the prizes. Kat said she was happy to see Ralph's name carried on in this way, thanked the organizers and said she would gladly return next year to do the honours again.
Igor Bjelobrk took out first place undefeated conceding his only draw in the last round to Kevin O'Chee who was second. Third place was a 7 way tie between Ronald Yu, Mark Ainsworth, Biljana Dekic, Jason Chan, Sim Navarro (also best under 2000) , Barak Atzmon-Simon and Robert Hvistendahl (also best under 1800). Second under 2000 went to Jason Hu and Alex Mendes da Costa, second under 1800 was John Redgrave and Nicholas Chernih. Ian Dickson was first under 1600 and another 7 way for second in the under 1600 division Adrian Miranda, Andrew Phillips, William Xu, Anthony Lo, Trent Parker, Gary Losh and Danny Bisson all taking a share of the prize money.
The under 1400 division was won by Mitchell Barker with Kevin O'Rourke second. 23 players took prize money from this tournament, so there were a lot of smiling faces at the prize giving.
All the prize winners are featured in the Photo Gallery for this tournament.
Round 1 The first  round saw upsets with newcomer 9 year old Ryan O'Rourke drawing with Gary Losh and Anthony Lo punching well above his weight, drawing with local chess heavy weight Jason Chan.
Round 2 Due to a double booking of the room we had to be out by 4:00pm so only 2 rounds were held on Saturday. It was touch and go whether we would get out of the room on time with the 10 second increment added the games can theoretically go on for ever and some of them looked as is if they might. The last game finished at 4:05pm luckily the club was understanding.
Upsets in round 2 included Redgrave over Bolens , Illingworth over Viner, Leong over Bleicher and Christensen over Moore.
Round 3  This was the start of a hectic day for players and arbiter alike. We had to pack 4 rounds and the prize giving ceremony into the one day. Only one player turned up late missing the numerous announcements and the notes written on the pairing sheet. Not  bad I expected more as the timetable had only been changed 4 days before. The juniors were on the rampage again with Adrian Miranda winning over a seriously time troubled Phil Viner  and Ryan O'Rourke holding Horst Bleicher to a draw.
Round 4  After 3 rounds we had 4 leaders on 3/3 Igor Bjelobrk, Kevin O'Chee, Ronald Yu and Barak Atzmon-Simon these players were paired with each other. Ronald and Kevin drew and Igor defeated Barak. It was a hard fought round with 3 of the top 4 boards drawing. Another notable draw was Justin Cheung 940 holding  Douglas Moore 1520 to a draw.
Round 5 After 4 rounds there is an outright leader Igor Bjelobrk on 4/4  and 15 other players within a point of the lead. Igor maintained his lead by defeating Ronald Yu. Kevin O'Chee slipped into outright second with a win over Raymond Song. William Xu held Danny  Stojic to a draw and Mitchell Barker had an upset win over Douglas Moore.
Round 6 A quick draw on board 1 saw Igor secure 1st place and left Kevin O'Chee on 5 points with at least a share of second, as it turned out the other players on 4 points drew and Kevin took second outright. Our overseas visitor from Scotland Mark Ainsworth performed at 1981 showing his Scottish "grading"(as they are called in Scotland) of 2001 was very compatible with our rating system. Twenty eight games from the tournament are posted on the Ralph Seberry Memorial games page.

5.5 Bjelobrk
5.0 O'Chee
4.5 Yu, Ainsworth, Dekic, Chan, Navarro, Atzmon-Simon, Hvistendahl.
4.0 Falchoni, Mendes da Costa, Hu, Redgrave, R Song, Chernih
3.5 Bolens, Dickson, Illingworth, Dunn, Escribano
3.0 Miranda, Phillips, Low, Xu, Lo, Parker, Viner, Rachmadi, Pickering, Ingram, Losh, Bisson, Tomas, Barker
2.5 Stojic, Korbe, Nabulsi, Greenwood, O'Rourke
2.0 Adler, Leong, Christensen, Art, Gupta, Sewell
1.5 Reese, Franca, Tracey, Bleicher, O'Rourke, Moore
1.0 Gilchrist, R Zhang, C Zhang
0.5 Cheung
0.0 Harrison

Stojic, Danny (1997)    --    Atzmon-Simon, Barak (2042)
2005 Ralph Seberry Memorial  (1)   2005.11.20     0-1     B09

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.h3 O-O 6.Nf3 c5 7.Be3 Qa5 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.d5 Nb4 10.a3

Nxe4!! 11.Nxe4 Nxc2+! 12.Kf2 Qxd2+ 13.Bxd2 Nxa1 14.Bc3 Nb3 15.Bc4 Nd4 16.Nxd4 cxd4

Redgrave, John    --    Miranda, Adrian
2005 Ralph Seberry Memorial  (4)   2005.11.20     1-0     C02

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Qg4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bd3 Qc7 7.Bf4 Nge7 8. O-O Ng6 9.Re1 Nxf4 10.Qxf4 Bb4 11.Re2 f6 12.Qg4 fxe5 13.Bxh7! e4 14.Ng5 Rxh7!? 15.Nxh7 d3 16.cxd3 Nd4 17.Qg6+ Kd8 18.Nc3

Bxc3 19.Re3 Nc2 20.bxc3 Nxa1 21.dxe4 Qb6 22.exd5 exd5 23.Re8+ Kc7 24.Qxg7+ Kc6 25.Qf6+ Kb5 26.c4+ dxc4 27.Qxa1 Qg6 28.a4+ Kb4 29.Qe1+ Kxa4 30.Re7 Bh3 31.Qa1+ Kb5 32.Rxb7+ Kc5 33.Qe5+ Kc6 34.Qc7+ Kd5 35.Rb5+ Kd4 36.Qf4+ Kc3 37.Qe5+ Kc2 38.Rb2+ Kd3 39.Qe3#

Tomas, Tom (1723)    --    Phillips, Andrew (1529)
2005 Ralph Seberry Memorial  (4)   2005.11.20     0-1     A57

1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.c4 b5 4.Nf3 bxc4 5.Nc3 Bb7 6.e4 Qc7 7.Bxc4 d6 8. O-O g6 9.Re1 Bg7 10.Bf4 Nh5 11.Be3 O-O 12.Qd2 Nd7 13.Bg5 Ne5 14.Be2 Rfc8 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.Bxh5 gxh5 17.Bh6 Kh8 18.Qg5 Rg8 19.Qxh5 Rg6 20.Be3 Rag8 21.g3 Bc8! 22.Qe2 Bg4 23.Qd2 Bf3 24.Qd3 Qc8 25.Qf1

Bxg3!! 26.fxg3 Rxg3+!! 27.hxg3 Rxg3+ 28.Kh2?
( 28.Kf2 Qg4 ( 28...Rg2+ 29.Qxg2!! ) 29.Bh6 Qh4 looks winning )
( 28.Kf2 Qg4 29.Bh6 Bg2 30.Qe2 Rf3+ 31.Kg1 Bf1+ )
Mate by Qh4 is unstoppable
29.Qh1 0-1

Hvistendahl, Robert (1649)    --    Bolens, Johnny (2043)
2005 Ralph Seberry Memorial  (6)   2005.11.22     1-0     B00

1.e4 b6 2.Nf3 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.d4 Bb4 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.Qe2 d6 7.O-O Bxc3 8. bxc3 Nfd7 9.e5 dxe5 10.Nxe5 O-O 11.Re1 Nxe5 12.Qxe5 Nd7 13.Qh5 Nf6 14.Qh4 Qd5 15.Qg3 c5 16.Re5 Qd7 17.Qh4 Qc6 18.f3 cxd4

19.Bg5 Qxc3 20.Bxf6!! Qxa1+ 21.Kf2 h6 22.Qg3 g5
( 22...g5 23.Rxg5+ hxg5 24.Qxg5# )

Bjelobrk, Igor (2423)    --    Atzmon-Simon, Barak (2043)
2005 Ralph Seberry Memorial  (4)   2005.11.20     1-0     E80

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d6 3.d4 g6 4.e4 Bg7 5.f3 Nfd7!? 6.Nge2 c5 7.d5 Ne5 8. Ng3 h5 9.Be2 a6 10.a4 e6 11.Nf1 exd5 12.cxd5 f5 13.exf5 Bxf5 14.Ng3 O-O 15.Nxf5 Rxf5 16.O-O Nbd7 17.f4 Nf7 18.Bd3!? Bxc3 19.bxc3 Rxd5!? 20.Qf3 Rxd3!? 21.Qxd3 Qf6 22.Rb1 b6 23.Bb2 Re8 24.c4 Qe7 25.Kh1

( 25.Qxg6+ Kf8 26.Qg7# )
25...Kh7 26.Qc3 Qf8 27.Rbe1 Rxe1 28.Rxe1 d5 29.cxd5 Nd6

30.Re7+!! Kh6
( 30...Qxe7 31.Qh8# )
31.Rxd7 Qxf4 32.Bc1 1-0

Falchoni, Mario (2001)    --    Chernih, Nicholas (1693)
2005 Ralph Seberry Memorial  (4)   2005.11.20     1-0     A05

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.O-O O-O 5.c4 c6 6.Nc3 d5 7.d4 Bf5 8. Qb3 Bc8 9.Bf4 e6 10.Rfd1 h6 11.c5 Ne8 12.h4 Nd7 13.e4 b6 14.cxb6 axb6 15. exd5 exd5 16.Rac1 Bb7 17.Qc2 Nef6 18.Qd2 Kh7 19.b4 b5 20.Bd6 Re8 21.Bc5 Ne4 22.Nxe4 Rxe4 23.Ne5 Nxe5 24.Bxe4 Nc4 25.Rxc4 bxc4 26.Bb1 Qf6 27.Qe3 Bc8 28.Re1 Bh3 29.a3 h5 30.Bc2 Bh6 31.f4 Be6 32.a4 Bg7 33.a5 Qd8 34.Qf3 Bg4 35.Qf2 Qc8 36.Re7 Be6

37.f5 gxf5 38.Rxf7!! Kg6 39.Rxg7+!! Kxg7 40.Qf4 Kf7 41.Bd1 Qh8 42.Qg5 Qg7 43.Bxh5+ Kg8 44.Qf4 Kh7 45.Kf2 Rg8 46.a6 Qh6 47. Qc7+ Rg7 48.Qxc6 f4 49.g4 Bxg4 50.Qxh6+ Kxh6 51.Bxg4 Rxg4 52.a7 Rg8 53.b5
( 53.b5 c3 54.b6 c2 55.Ba3 )

The 25th Fishers's Ghost Open tournament at Campbelltown Catholic Club was won by Ilija Ilic scoring 6/7.

Games from the strong Victorian Reserves Championship are now available online. Click here

Thanks to Carl Gorka for the excellently annotated PGN file. I hope to look at some in our games section soon.

CV announced plans for the formation of a Chess Victoria Junior Chess Council to be headed by experienced chess organizer, Gerrit Hartland.

The winner of the Croydon Chess Club Championship (Melbourne) for 2005 is N.Y. Wong with a perfect score of 7/7 from the round-robin event. In second place was Tony Waller with 5.5/7 and in third place Douglas Stones with 4.5/7.

The winner of the Reserves tournament was Ion Kloprogge, also with a perfect 5/5 result. Ion now automatically qualifies to play in next year's championship event.

Continuing the run of "picket fences" in this year's events, Jared Frost (age 12) took out the club's Junior Championship with a 7/7 result. Jared also competed in the club championship event and scored a very creditable 2.5/7 (which included a draw with third-placed Douglas Stones).

Cross-tables and games from the tournaments can be found at the club's website at

- Stephen Frost

Douglas Stones (1641)    --    Stephen Frost (1360)
Croydon Chess Club Championship  (5)   Melbourne
2005.11.10     1-0     B01r
Annotated by N.Y. Wong

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Bc4 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.Ne5

The fireworks begin! Another option is 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Ng5+ 7...Kg8 8.Qxg4 Qd7 (8...Qd5 9.dxc3) 9.Qf3 Qd5 10.bxc3 Qxg5 11.Qxb7; 7...Ke8 8.Qxg4 Nb5 9.Ne6 Qd7 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Qxb5
6...Bxd1 7.Bxf7#
7.Bxf7+ Kd8 8.Qxg4 Qxe5+ 9.Kf1 Nb5
7...Qxg4 8.Bxf7+ Kd8 9.Nxg4 Ne4 10.d4
8.Kf1 f5!
8...Ne4 9.Qc8#
9.Qf3 Ne4
9...Na4 10.Qxb7 Nb6 11.d3 N8d7 12.Bd2 Rb8 13.Qxa7 Qxb2 14.Rc1 Nxc4 15.dxc4 Qb6
10.d3 Nd6 11.Bf4 Qxb2

12.Re1 Nxc4
12...cxd6 13.Re1 g6 14.Qd5 Kd8 15.g3 Nc6 16.Kg2 Rb8 17.Rb1 Qd4
13.Ke2 Qf6
13...Qb2 14.Qxf5 Nc6 15.Qf7+ Kd8 16.Bf4 Qf6 17.Qd5+ Kc8 18.Be3 g6; 13...Qxh1 14.Qxb7 exd6 15.Qxa8 Kd7 16.Qxb8 Qxh2 17.Bb5+ Ke6 18.Qe8+ Kf6 19.Qd8+ Kg6
14.Qxb7 Qxd6?
14...exd6 15.Qc8+ (15.Qxa8 Qd8 16.Re1 Be7) 15...Ke7 16.Re1 Qd4 17.Kf1+ Kf6 18.Re6+ Kg5 19.Qd8+ Kh5 20.Re3 Qg4 21.Rh3+ Kg6 22.Rg3 c6
15.Qc8+! Qd8 16.Bf7+ Kxf7 17.Qxd8 e6 18.Rb1 g6
18...Rg8 19.Rxb8 Rxb8 20.Qxb8 Bd6
19.Rxb8 Bg7 20.Qxc7+ Kf6 21.Rb7 Rhg8 22.f4 g5 23.Qf7# 1-0

N Y Wong (2106)    --    Tony Waller (1703)
Croydon Chess Club Championship  (2.2)   Melbourne
2005.10.20     1-0     A05

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 d6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Nbd2 O-O 8. c3 Bd7 9.Re1 Qc7 10.Nf1 Rad8 11.a3 b5 12.d4 cxd4 13.cxd4 Qb6 14.h3 d5 15. e5 Ne4 16.Be3 Rc8 17.N3h2 f5 18.f4 Na5 19.Bxe4 fxe4 20.Kg2 Rc4 21.Re2 Rfc8 22.g4 Qc7 23.b4 Nc6 24.Rd2 a5 25.Qe1 axb4 26.axb4 Nxb4 27.Qh4 Rc2 28.Qxe7 Rxd2+ 29.Bxd2 Nc6 30.Qc5 Bf8 31.Qxd5+ Kg7 32.e6 Be8 33.Qxe4 Ne7 34.Qe5+ Qxe5 35.fxe5 Rc4 36.Ra7 b4 37.d5 b3 38.Rb7 Kg8 39.Ne3 Rd4 40.Nf3 Rd3 41.d6 Bc6 42.Rb8 Bxf3+ 43.Kxf3 Nc6 44.e7 Nxb8 45.e8=Q Rxd2 46.e6

Black lost on time. A very interesting finish.

ACT Transfer Chess Festival:

Champions - Yi Yuan & Shervin Rafizadeh
Runners-Up - Jeremy & Michael Reading
1st Under 3000 - Angus & David Gruen
1st Under 2000 - Justin Chow & Etienne Masle-Farquhar
1st Under 1000 - Joshua Walker & James Li
1st Unrated - Calvin Zhou & Andrew Robertson
2nd Unrated - Chelsey & Jonathon Ashcroft
3rd Unrated - Callum McCrow & Hito Fukui

Movie Tickets were awarded to -
Best Sibling Pair - Junta & Miona Ikeda
Best All Girl Team - Alana Chibnall & Savannah McGuirk
1st Parent & Child - Shaun & Harry Press (Harry in his first event!)
2nd Parent & Child - Peter & Jake McCook
Oldest team (after reluctant confession) - Jennie & Phillip Nicholson
Biggest Age Difference - Peter Simpson & Jamie-Lee Guo
Youngest Team - Eamon Berjaoui & Nicholas Crowley with a combined age of 14 years
Lucky Last - Mark & John Glanville (both in their first event!)

Jenni & Tony Oliver have become the first ACTJCL Life Members.

Nominations for ACF medals: State Associations are reminded of the opportunity to nominate persons for ACF medals as detailed in the ACF Medals Procedures by-law contained in the ACF Constitution/Administrative Manual, which may be viewed at the ACF web site at (link: ACF Medals Procedures).

The by-law includes the following guidelines for medals to be presented in January 2006.

Steiner Medal for Australian 'Player of the Year 2005'
This is awarded to the "Player of the Year". It is to be the player who has made the greatest impact, not necessarily the highest-rated - it is for the most notable achievement of the year and may be awarded to the same person more than once.

Koshnitsky Medal
This is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to Australian chess administration at a national or a state level. The Koshnitsky medal is not awarded more than once to the same person. (Previous winners listed at

Nominations need not be from among a State's own members. A separate document containing the following should be provided in respect of each nominee:
- name (correctly spelt);
- contact details (phone, email, postal address);
- description or list of relevant achievements;
- anything else relevant to the nomination.
Nominations may be forwarded as follows:
- email:
- post: 20 Sycamore Grove, East St Kilda 3183
- fax: (03) 9525 9632

A person submitting a nomination should retain at least one complete copy and must phone (03) 9525 9631 or 0409 525 963 to confirm that it has been received if delivery has not been acknowledged 36 hours after expected delivery time.

- Koshnitsky medal: Friday 16 December 2005
- Steiner medal: Monday 2 January 2006

- Garry Wastell

FIDE World Cup: The tournament - a preliminary event in the FIDE world championship cycle - is under way in Siberia. Features a huge assortment of great players including Ivanchuk, Bacrot, Aronian, Grischuk, Gelfand etc. Ten of the 132 players will qualify for FIDE's "candidates" matches in the run up to the 2007 world championship. Site : Live games : Finished games

Mamedyarov wins World Junior: Istanbul. Leading Final Round 13 Standings: Mamedyarov 10.5; Berkes9.5; Alekseev, Gashimov 9; Smeets, Li Chao, Stellwagen, Nyback, Wang Yue, Magalashvili 8.5 ... Xie 6.0.
Girls top scores: Paehtz 10; Gu Xiaobing 9.5; Kadziolka, Mamedjarova, Harika 9; Pogonina, Dzagnidze, Vasilevich, Melia 8.5.
Site : View games - boys : View games - girls

Men versus Machines: Bilbao, Spain, November 20-23. Features Kasimdzhanov, Ponomariov and Khalifman versus Fritz 9, Junior 9 and Hydra. The machines won 8-4. Final Round 4 Standings: 1. Hydra 3.0; 2. Junior 3.0; 3. Fritz 2.0; 4. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2670 1.5; 5. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2704 1.5; 6. Khalifman, Alexander g RUS 2653 1.0. Site : View games


HYDRA    --    Ponomariov, R (2704)
2nd Man Machine  (3)   Bilbao ESP
2005.11.22     1-0     C06

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 a5 8.O-O c4

Trying to block the position as much as possible
9.Bc2 b5 10.b3 Nb6 11.bxc4 bxc4 12.Rb1 Kd7!?
A king march to the queenside, where white has an open file but no pawn breaks and not much space.
13.Nf4 Kc7 14.Qf3 Rb8 15.Nh5 Qe7 16.Re1 Ba6 17.Qg3 g6 18.Nf6 Kb7

19.Nde4!! Ka7?!
Declining the offer allows the knights to infiltrate the position. I think accepting the sacrifice offered better practical chances
( 19...dxe4 20.Bxe4 followed by d5 would open the position up completely. Nxe4, threatening both Nc5+ and Bc1-g5-f6, also looks strong )
20.Nd6 Nc8 21.Ba3
Black is getting wiped off the board
21...Rxb1 22.Rxb1 Nxd6

23.Bc5+ Ka8 24.Ba4!!
The Nd6 can be captured later
24...Bb7 25.exd6!! Qxf6 26.Bxc6! Bxc6 27.d7!
Threatening Qb8 mate
27...Bxc5 28.Qc7!!
Beautiful! The Bc6 can't move because of mate on b7
28...e5 29.dxc5
There's no answer to Qa5+ mating. A superb game.

FRITZ    --    Kasimdzhanov, R (2670)
2nd Man Machine  (3)   Bilbao ESP
2005.11.22     1/2-1/2     B12

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 h5 5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.Qxd3 e6 7.Nf3 Nh6 8. a4 Be7 9.O-O Nf5 10.Nd1 Nd7 11.Ne3 g6 12.a5 a6 13.c4 Nh4 14.Nxh4 Bxh4 15. b3 Be7 16.f4 Rg8 17.Qe2 f5?! 18.Ba3

( 18.exf6 looks good to me )
18...Bxa3 19.Rxa3 Qe7 20.Raa1 O-O-O 21.b4 dxc4!?
Allowing the knight to infiltrate, but now there's no easy pawn break
22.Nxc4 Kb8 23.Rac1 g5 24.Nd6 gxf4 25.Rc2 Nf8 26.Qxh5 Ng6 27.Qf3 Nh4 28.Qxf4 Rg4 29.Qh6 Rdg8 30.g3 Rxd4
Black seems to be doing well
31.Qe3 Rxb4!?
Opening the b-file has its risks
32.Kh1 Ng6 33.Qa3 Rb5!?
This is one way to close it! Kasimdzhanov is well known for his extraordinary handling of knights and often offers exchange sacrifices.
34.Nxb5 axb5 35.Qd6+ Qxd6 36.exd6 Kc8 37.a6 Kd7 38.a7 Ra8 39.Ra1 Kxd6
Black's pawn mass gives him good chances of a draw
40.Rd2+ Ke7 41.Re2 Kd6 42.h4 b4 43.h5 Nf8 44.Kg2 c5 45.Rb2 Kc6 46. h6 Kb5 47.g4!? c4 48.gxf5 b3!
Every tempo is precious
49.fxe6 Nxe6 50.h7 Ng5 51.h8=Q Rxh8 52.a8=Q Rxa8 53.Rxa8 Ne6 54. Rh8

Amazingly, a draw. Despite the big material difference, it's pretty clear that the Rb2 is going to lose its life stopping the pawns, and then black will still have a knight

JUNIOR    --    Khalifman, A (2653)
2nd Man Machine  (3)   Bilbao ESP
2005.11.22     1-0     C90

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 d6 5.c3 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Re1 a6 8. Ba4 b5 9.Bb3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.Nbd2 Nc6 12.Nf1 Re8 13.Ng3 Bf8 14.h3 g6 15. a3 Bg7 16.Be3 Qe7 17.b4 Bb7 18.Bb3 h6 19.Qd2 Kh7 20.Reb1 Nb8 21.Qa2 Rf8 22.bxc5 dxc5 23.a4 Nbd7 24.Qb2 Bc6 25.axb5 axb5 26.Rxa8 Rxa8 27.Ra1 Rxa1+ 28.Qxa1

Now white controls the a-file, and threatens Qa7
28...c4?! 29.dxc4 bxc4 30.Bc2
( 30.Bxc4 Nxe4 )
30...Bf8 31.Qa6 Qe6 32.Nd2
and white wins an important pawn
32...Nc5 33.Qxc4 Qxc4 34.Nxc4 Ncxe4 35.Nxe5! Nxg3 36.fxg3 Be4 37. Bxe4 Nxe4 38.c4! Nxg3 39.Nd7!
White's pieces are beautifully placed to support the queening of the pawn
39...Kg8 40.Nf6+! Kg7 41.Ne8+!
Stopping Bd6
41...Kg8 42.c5 Nf5

43.c6!! Ne7
( 43...Nxe3 44.c7 +- )
44.c7 f5
( 44...Nc8 45.Nf6+ Kg7 46.Nd7 Bd6 47.Nb6 wins a piece )
45.Nd6 Bg7 46.Kf2 Be5 47.c8=Q+ Nxc8 48.Nxc8 Kg7 49.Ke2 g5 50.Ne7 Kf6 51. Nc6 Bd6 52.Bd4+ Ke6 53.Bg7 Kf7 54.Bc3
( 54.Bxh6?? Kg6 = )
54...h5 55.Bb4 Bc7 56.Nd4 Kf6 57.Kd3 Ke5 58.Bc3 Kf6 59.Bd2 Bb6 60.Kc4 f4 61.Kd5 Bxd4 62.Kxd4 Kf5 63.Be1 g4 64.hxg4+ hxg4 65.Kd3 1-0

Timofeev, Arty (2658)    --    Agrest, E (2571)
WCC  (1)   Khanty Mansyisk RUS
2005.11.27     1/2-1/2     B92

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9.Kh1 b6 10.Be3 Bb7 11.f3 b5 12.Qd2 Nbd7 13.Rfc1 b4 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 Nb6 16.Bxb6 Qxb6 17.c3 bxc3 18.Rxc3 a5 19.a4 Nd7 20.Bb5 Nc5 21.Qe3 Rab8 22.Nxc5 dxc5 23.f4 f6 24.f5 Qd6 25.Qe4 Rfd8 26.Rh3 Bf8 27.b3 h6 28. Qe1 Kh8 29.Rd1 Ra8 30.Rdd3 e4 31.Qxe4 Ra7 32.Rhe3 Re7 33.Qf3 Rxe3 34.Rxe3 Qxd5 35.Qxd5 Rxd5 36.g4 Bd6 37.Re8+ Kh7 38.Bc4 Rd1+ 39.Kg2 g5 40.Ra8 Rd2+ 41.Kf3 Rxh2 42.Ra7+ Kh8 43.Rxa5 h5 44.Ra8+ Kh7 45.Ra7+ Kh8 46.Ra8+ Kh7 47. Ra7+ Kh8 48.gxh5 Rh4 49.a5 g4+ 50.Ke2 g3 51.Bd5 Rh2+ 52.Kd3 g2 53.Ra8+ Kh7 54.Rg8

Bg3!! 55.Rxg3 Rh3!! 56.Bxg2!! Rxg3+ 57.Kc4 Rxg2 58.Kxc5 Rf2 59.b4 Rxf5+ 60.Kc6 Rf1 61.b5 Rc1+ 62.Kb7 f5 63.a6 f4 64.a7 Ra1 65.a8=Q Rxa8 66. Kxa8 f3 67.b6 f2 68.b7 f1=Q 69.b8=Q Qa6+ 70.Qa7+ Qxa7+ 71.Kxa7

Milov, V (2652)    --    Pantsulaia, L (2578)
WCC  (1)   Khanty Mansyisk RUS
2005.11.27     0-1     E25

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5 f5 9.Qc2 O-O 10.e4 fxe4 11.fxe4 Nf4 12.Be3 Qc7 13.Qd2 Nd7 14.Qd6 Qa5 15.Rc1 e5 16.Nf3 Rf6 17.Qe7 Qa4 18.Nd2 Rf7 19.Qd8+ Rf8 20.Qc7 Kh8 21. g3 Ne6 22.Qd6 Nf6 23.Qd3 Ng4 24.Bg1 Qxa3 25.Rb1 Rd8 26.Qc4 Ng5 27.Qb3 Qa5 28.Be2 Nh3 29.Nc4 Qc7 30.Nd6 Rf8 31.Qd5 Nxg1 32.Rxg1

Be6!! 33.Rxb7
( 33.Qxe6 Qxc5 34.Rf1 Qxc3+ 35.Kd1 Ne3# )
33...Qa5 34.Qd2 Qxc5 35.Rf1 Rfd8 36.Bxg4 Rxd6 37.Qg5 Qxc3+ 38.Kf2 Rf8+ 39. Kg2 Qc2+ 40.Kg1 Qc5+ 41.Kg2 Qc2+ 42.Kg1 Rxf1+ 43.Kxf1 Bc4+
( 43...Bc4+ 44.Kg1 Rd1+!! 45.Bxd1 Qxd1+ 46.Kf2 Qe2+ 47.Kg1 Qf1# )

Motylev, A (2632)    --    Roiz, M (2600)
WCC  (1.2)   Khanty Mansyisk RUS
2005.11.27     1-0     C10

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.c3 Be7 8.Qa4+ c6 9.Bd3 O-O 10.Qc2 b6 11.Bg5 h6 12.h4!? Bb7 13.Rh3!? c5

14. Bxh6!! c4
( 14...gxh6 15.Rg3+ Kh8 16.Qd2 Ng8 17.Rxg8+!? ( 17.O-O-O!? may be stronger, since it's hard for black to do anything useful, eg 17...Bxf3 18.Rxg8+!! Kxg8 19.Qxh6! f5 20.Qg6+! Kh8 21.gxf3 Rf6 22.Qh5+ Kg7 23.Rg1+ Kf8 24.Qh8+ Kf7 25.Rg7# ) 17...Kxg8 18.Qxh6 f5 19.Qg6+ Kh8 20.Ng5 Bxg5 21.hxg5 Qe7 22.O-O-O Rf7 )
15.Bxg7!! cxd3 16.Qd2!! Kxg7 17.Rg3+ Ng4
( 17...Kh7 18.Ng5+ Kh8 19.Nxe6!! fxe6 20.Qh6+ Nh7 21.Qg7# )
18.Rxg4+ Kh7 19.Ng5+ Bxg5 20.Rxg5
Threatening Rh5+ and Qh6
( 20...f5 21.Rh5+ Kg7 22.Qh6+ Kf7 23.Qh7+ Ke8 24.Qxb7 )
21.Qxd3+ f5 22.Qg3 Kh6 23.Rg6+ Kh5 24.Rg5+ Kh6 25.Rg7
( 25.Rg7 Qf6 26.Rxb7 )

Wang Hao (2519)    --    Malakhov, V (2670)
WCC  (1)   Khanty Mansyisk RUS
2005.11.27     1/2-1/2     B35

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 Qa5 8.O-O O-O 9.Bb3 d6 10.h3 Bd7 11.Re1 Rac8 12.Nf3 Qh5 13.Qe2 h6 14.Rad1 g5 15.Nd5 b6 16.c3 Nxd5 17.Bxd5 Ne5 18.Nxe5 Qxe2 19.Rxe2 Bxe5 20.h4 Bb5 21. Ree1 Bf6 22.hxg5 hxg5 23.f4 gxf4 24.Bxf4 Rfd8 25.Bb3 Kf8 26.Rd5 Bc4 27.Rf5 Bg7 28.Kf2 e6 29.Rh5 Ke7 30.Rd1 Ba6 31.Bg5+ Bf6

32.Bxe6!! Kxe6
( 32...fxe6 ( 32...Bxg5 33.Bxc8 Rxc8 34.Rxg5 +- ) 33.Rh7+ )
33.Rh6 Rg8 34.Rxf6+ Ke5 35.Bh4 Bc4 36.Rf5+ Ke6 37.b3 Rg4 38.g3 Rxe4! 39. Rf6+ Ke5 40.Rf4
( 40.bxc4 Rxh4 )
40...Bd5 41.c4 Ba8 42.Rxf7 b5 43.Re7+ Kf5 44.Rxe4 Bxe4 45.Rxd6 bxc4 46. bxc4 Rxc4 47.Ra6 Bc2 48.Be7 Ra4 49.Rf6+ Ke5 50.a3 1/2-1/2

Carlsen, M (2570)    --    Azmaiparashvili, Z (2658)
WCC  (1)   Khanty Mansyisk RUS
2005.11.27     1-0     D35

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Bf5 7.Qf3 Bg6 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 9.Qxf6 gxf6 10.Nf3 Nd7 11.Nh4 Bb4 12.Rc1 Nb6 13.a3 Bxc3+

There go the two bishops
14.Rxc3 Nc8 15.f3 Nd6 16.g3 a5 17.b3 a4 18.b4 Bb1 19.Kf2 Ba2 20. Rc1 Bc4 21.Bh3 Nb5 22.Ra1 O-O 23.Ng2 Rfd8 24.Nf4 Kf8 25.Bf5 h6 26.Nh5 Ke7 27.g4 b6 28.Rhe1 Ra7 29.Ng3 Kf8 30.Bc2 c5 31.bxc5 bxc5 32.dxc5 Rc8 33.Nf5 Rxc5 34.Reb1 Rc8 35.Rb4 d4 36.exd4 Be6 37.Bxa4 Nc3 38.Bc2 h5 39.h3 hxg4 40.hxg4 Na2 41.Rb2 Rxa3 42.Rh1 Bxf5 43.Bxf5 Rca8 44.Rb7 Nc3 45.Rh8+ Kg7 46.Rh7+ Kg8 47.Rhxf7 Ra2+ 48.Ke3 Re8+ 49.Kd3 Nd1 50.Rg7+ Kh8 51.Rh7+ Kg8 52.Rhg7+ Kh8 53.Rh7+ Kg8 54.d5 Re3+ 55.Kd4 1-0

Miroshnichenko, E (2634)    --    Korneev, O (2601)
WCC  (1)   Khanty Mansyisk RUS
2005.11.27     1-0     D23

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Qc2 dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bg4 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.g3 e6 8.Bg2 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.b3 Qa5 11.h3 Bf5 12.Nh4 Nb6

13.Nxf5!! Nxc4 14.Nxe7+ Kh8 15.Nxc4 Qc7 16.Ba3 Rae8 17.Nxc6!! bxc6 18.Bxf8 Rxf8 19.Rfc1 Nd7 20.b4 g6 21.a3 e5 22.dxe5 Nxe5 23.Na5 Qe7 24.Ra2 g5 25.Rac2 Rd8 26.Nxc6 Nxc6 27. Bxc6 Kg7 28.Bf3 Qe6 29.Rc5 h6 30.Kg2 Rd6 31.Ra5 Ra6 32.Rcc5 Rxa5 33.Rxa5 Qb6 34.Be4 Qd4 35.Bd3 Qb6 36.Kg1 Qd4 37.Kg2 f6 38.Rb5 h5 39.a4 h4 40.g4 Kf8 41.a5 Ke7 42.a6 Kd6 43.Rb8 Qd5+ 44.Kg1 Qc6 45.b5 Qc7 46.Rb7 Qc1+ 47. Kg2 Qc5 48.Be4 f5 49.Bxf5 Qd5+ 50.e4 Qc5 51.b6! axb6 52.Rd7+ Kc6 53.a7 Qa5 54.e5! Qa4 55.e6 Kc5 56.e7 Qc6+ 57.Kg1 Qa8 58.Bg6

Grand Prix tournaments:

Tuggeranong Vikings Chess Weekender: Cat 1 GP: Dec 3-4; Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union and Amateur Sports Club, Ricardo Street, Wanniassa, ACT; 1st: $500; Entry $50/$35/$20. Enquiries: Michael Whitely on (02) 62929937 or

Other events:

Vikings Weekender: December 3-4; ACT; Details

NSW country Teams Championship: Dec 3-4; Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi; Map: . Contact: Mal Murrell 43923873 or 0408495323; or Joe Keaveney 0411 090 066

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

International events:

Buenos Aires City Cup/Argentine Chess Club Open: November 30-Dec 11; Centenary event; the club organized the 1927 World Championship Match between Capablanca and Alekhine. $US15,000 in prizes. More information: and email:

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:

Penang International Open: Website

Czech Tour - International Chess Festivals Series -

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

Singapore Masters: For more details, click here.

4th Parsvnath International Open: New Delhi, 14-23 January 2006; Enter by 1 January. Email:, Web site:

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