Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 349, December 28, 2005

Aust Champs
SA December Rapid
Bird NSW champion
MCC Fitzroy Open
Asian Schools
Mt Buller games online
CCLA blog
Nominations for ACF medals
FIDE presidency campaign
World News
Grand Prix
Other Events

Season's greetings to all our readers! Hope you're all enjoying the holiday season!


The Australian Championships and Australian Junior Championships are about to begin at Brisbane's Carlton Crest Hotel.

The Aussie Championship field includes GMs Ftacnik (Slovakia), Schmaltz (Germany), Chandler (England), Rogers and Johansen (Australia), and IMs Zhao, Lane, Wohl, Smerdon and Solomon. Top seeds in the junior are reigning champion Moulthun Ly, Ronald Yu, Vincent Suttor, Junta Ikeda and Gareth Oliver.

Full details at

SA December Rapid: December 6 and 13. DOP: Bill Anderson Smith. 20 players.

Guthrie 5.5/6; Mdinaradze 5.0; Cowley, A Saint, Paprzycki, Dakovic 4.0; Juszczynski, Riches 3.5; Jelic, Ivancic, Corti, Turcaj, Zulfic 3.0; McPherson 2.5; Thorpe, Schoech, Eustace 2.0; Ivkovic, Atrens 1.5; Sanderson 0.0.

IM Mark Chapman won the Lidums Glenelg Allegro with 7/7.

Bird NSW Champion: Andrew Bird has beaten FIDE Master Max Fuller 2.5-1.5 in the four-game playoff match for the NSW State Championship held at the Sydney Academy of Chess in Strathfield. Fuller first won the title 40 years ago.

M.Fuller v A.Bird Game 1

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6 6. f4 e6 7. Nf3 Nge7 8. O-O O-O 9. Be3 b6 10. d4 Ba6 11. Rf2 Qc7 12. Rd2 Rad8 13. d5 exd5 14. Nxd5 Nxd5 15. exd5 Na5 16. b3 Rde8 17. Bf2 Bxa1 18. Qxa1 f6 19. g4 Qg7 20. c4 Bc8 21. h3 Re7 22. Qc1 Nb7 23. Be1 Rfe8 24. Rf2 h5 25. g5 f5 26. Bc3 Qf7 27. Bf1 Kh7 28. Bf6 Rc7 29. a4 Na5 30. Qc3 Re4 31. Nd2 Re1 32. Re2 Rxe2 33. Bxe2 Bd7 34. Bd3 Rc8 35. Bc2 Re8 36. Kf2 Bc8 37. h4 Qc7 38. Nf1 a6 39. Ng3 Qf7 40. Bd3 Nb7 41. Qc2 Na5 42. Qc3 Bd7 43. Qc2 Ra8 44. Bc3 Nb7 45. Bf6 Qe8 46. Nxf5 Bxf5 47. Bxf5 gxf5 48. Qxf5+ Qg6 49. Qd7+ Kg8 50. Qxb7 Re8 51. Qd7 Qc2+ 52. Kf1 Qd1+ 0-1

A.Bird v M.Fuller Game 2

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. d4 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Be3 exd4 8. Nxd4 Re8 9. f3 c6 10. Bf2 Nbd7 11. O-O Ne5 12. Nc2 Be6 13. Ne3 h5 14. Qd2 Bh6 15. b3 Qa5 16. Rfd1 Kh8 17. Qb2 Rad8 18. Rac1 Qc7 19. Rc2 Qe7 20. Bf1 h4 21. Re2 h3 22. Bh4 hxg2 23. Bxg2 Bf4 24. Ree1 g5 25. Bf2 g4 26. fxg4 Nfxg4 27. Nxg4 Bxg4 28. Ne2 Qf6 29. Nxf4 Bxd1 30. Rxd1 Qxf4 31. Kh1 Rg8 32. Rd3 Rxg2 33. Rh3+ Kg8 34. Kxg2 Qxe4+ 35. Kf1 Qf5 36. Kg2 f6 37. Qd4 Kf7 38. Qxa7 Rg8+ 39. Rg3 Qf3+ 40. Kg1 Rxg3+ 41. Bxg3 Qd1+ 42. Kg2 Qf3+ 43. Kg1 Ng4 44. Qxb7+ Kg6 45. Qc8 Ne3 46. Qg8+ Kf5 47. Qc8+ Ke4 48. Qxc6+ d5 49. Qe6+ Kd3 50. Qh3 d4 51. c5 Ke2 52. c6 d3 0-1

M.Fuller v A.Bird Game 3

1. e4 c5 2. b3 d6 3. Bb2 e5 4. f4 exf4 5. Bc4 Nf6 6. Qf3 g6 7. Qxf4 Bg7 8. Nc3 O-O 9. O-O-O Be6 10. Bxe6 fxe6 11. Qh4 Nc6 12. Nf3 d5 13. exd5 exd5 14. d4 Ne4 15. Qe1 Re8 16. Qg1 Qa5 17. Na4 b5 18. Nxc5 Qxa2 19. Nxe4 dxe4 20. Ng5 Nb4 21. Qf1 Nd3+ 22. Rxd3 exd3 23. Qxd3 Qa5 24. Bc3 Qb6 25. Qf3 Rad8 26. Qf7+ Kh8 27. d5 Qe3+ 28. Bd2 Qe5 29. c3 Re7 30. Re1 Qxg5 31. Rxe7 Qf6 32. Re8+ Rxe8 33. Qxe8+ Bf8 34. Qxb5 Ba3+ 35. Kc2 a6 36. Qd3 Kg7 37. Be3 Kf7 38. Bd4 Qg5 39. Qf3+ Kg8 {Time} 0-1

A.Bird v M.Fuller Game 4

1. Nf3 d6 2. d4 Bg4 3. c4 Nd7 4. g3 Bxf3 5. exf3 c6 6. Bg2 d5 7. Qb3 Qb6 8. f4 Ngf6 9. c5 Qxb3 10. axb3 g6 11. Be3 Bg7 12. Nd2 a6 13. Ke2 O-O 14. Bh3 e6 15. b4 Rad8 16. Nb3 Ra8 17. Na5 Ra7 18. Kd3 Re8 19. f3 Re7 20. Rhe1 Ne8 21. Bf2 Kf8 22. Re2 Nc7 23. Rae1 Re8 24. Bg4 Rd8 25. h4 h5 26. Bh3 Nf6 27. Bf1 Ng8 28. Bh3 Nb5 29. Rg1 Nf6 30. Rge1 Rd7 31. Nb3 Ra8 32. Rg1 Bh6 33. Be3 Bg7 34. Reg2 Ke7 35. Re1 Kd8 36. g4 hxg4 37. fxg4 Kc7 38. f5 Re8 1/2-1/2

Melbourne Chess Club Fitzroy Open: Tabatt 6.0; Pecori 4.5; Kalisch, Pyke, Dragicevic 4.0; Stirling 3.5; Papadinis 3.0; McBride, McCart, Kara 2.0.

Asian Schools Chess Festival: Four Australians played in this Singaporean event: Cedric and Clarise Koh, William Xu and Jeffrey Tse. Full details including games at

Boys Under-9

Gold - Harsh Karnati IND
Silver - Chan Cheng Hoong Joel SIN
Bronze - Muhammad Haikal SIN

Gold - SINGAPORE (Chan Cheng Hoong Joel, Muhd Haikal)
Silver - INDIA (Harsh Kanati, Aditya Akole)
Bronze - KOREA (Bae Kanghyun, Jung Hojin)

28th Cedric Koh, Australia 3.0/9

Boys Under-11

Gold - Graham Chua SIN
Gold - Chan Yi-Ren SIN
Gold - Yap Yong-Li SIN

Gold - SINGAPORE (Graham Chua, Chan Yi-Ren)
Silver - INDIA (Riddhish Kapadia, Mehta Asim)

Boys Under-13

Gold - Lo Kin Mun Dominic SIN
Silver - Ajinkya, Karan IND
Bronze - Firmansyah, Farid INA

Gold - SINGAPORE (Lo Kin Mun Dominic, Chung Juen Sen)
Silver - INDIA (Ajinkya Karan, Siroya Saurabh)
Bronze - KOREA (Lee Kiyul, Kim Yongtae)

15th William Xu, Australia 4.5/9

Boys Under-15

Gold - Tran Thanh Tu VIE
Gold - Teo Wei Xing SIN
Bronze - Sankalp Modwal IND
Bronze - Chiu Howard SIN

Gold - SINGAPORE (Teo Wei Xing, Chiu Howard)
Silver - INDIA (Sankalp Modwal, Somani Sanam)

9th Jeffrey Tse, Australia 4.0/9

Girls Under-9

Gold - Sihite, Chelsie Monica INA
Silver - G Umabharathi IND
Silver - Pham, Hong Minh VIE

Gold - SINGAPORE (Ang Mei-Choo Sara-Ann, Monisha Raja Jawahar)
Silver - INDIA (G Umabharathi, Tanvi Gala)
Bronze - VIETNAM (Pham Hong Minh, Nguyen Thao Luong)

11th Clarise Koh, Australia 4.0/9

Mt Buller games: Ozbase has all the games from the Australian Open and the Minor held at Mt Buller 2005, downloadable in PGN format. There is also a file of 229 games from the junior events but no games from rounds 1, 10 and 11. When this file is in final shape it will also be put on Ozbase.

Aaron Bellette is running a CCLA "blog" (web journal) at

Coaching at Australian Championships: IM Leonid Sandler has created a new company called Chess Australia Pty Ltd based in Melbourne. The idea is to provide quality chess coaching at different levels from school to the best players in the country. Leonid has 25 years experience in coaching and is a certified FIDE trainer. He will be in Brisbane for the duration of Australian Championships and offering chess coaching for juniors.

If you're interested email Leonid or ring (home) 03 9528 3887 or mobile 0412 201891.

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

The Bessel Kok/Ali Nihat bid for the FIDE presidency/vice-presidency has enjoyed some successes this week.

After announcing plans to host the World Cup in 2007, the Turkish Chess Federation signed a big sponsorship deal with Is Bank. The event was important enough to attract the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Mehmet Ali Sahin. In other developments:

  1. GM Judith Polgar and GM Sergei Movsesian expressed their support
  2. The Spanish Chess Federation endorsed the campaign
  3. Spanish Federation President Javier Ochoa de Echaguen and Paraguayan Chess Federation President Julio Cesar Ingolotti have agreed to help the team
Full details:


Dear Friends,

Let me take this opportunity on behalf of the CCLA Council, to offer my best wishes for Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2006!

Correspondence Chess within Australia is a changing scene and as a result Council recognises that we have to look ahead to our view our opportunities so as to provide everyone with a positive future for our wonderful game.

At the recent council meeting a number of new directions were put in place, this includes Webserver local events to be available in 2006, a CCLA "blog" courtesy of Aaron Bellette and other initiatives on the Website will be available throughout 2006. I personally recommend that as many members as possible use this blog as a way of communicating their interest in CC within Australia and providing feedback/suggestions which will help our game greatly.

Other initiatives involve a re-write of the CCLA rules book and in time a new Green Book to encompass and bring us up to date with the changes that we are experiencing.

From January 1st all completed games played on ICCF will be rated by the CCLA Rating method of +20 win, -20 loss, no change for a draw, currently this is the only method we can use to rate overseas games played by members. We recognise this is not a perfect solution but at present this is better than none.

During 2006 new ICCF ratings will be available immediately on the completion of games played on the Webserver, so the next ICCF list (due out around April) will be the last one performed under the ICCF Eloquery system.

The ICCF Rating's Commissioner has just released this information: "The WDSC (Webserver Development Steering Committee) has already made great progress in realizing the requirements for running our Rating System on the ICCF Webserver in future. Immediately after this rating list will be finished all running postal and email-tournaments will be transferred to the Webserver, including all results evaluated so far. After that you will be able to administrate your national tournaments there. You will get another message in February with information's about what to do and how to do it. An appropriate software will be available then".

Romania & Ireland are seeking matches on the Webserver starting in the New Year of around 20 boards, the Ireland match is for players under ICCF 2300. Julian Bielewicz has kindly offered to help me with overseas games, so if you could advise Julian directly of your interest in playing in these matches that would be most appreciated.

Lastly, I would like to remind members that you have until December 31st to enter into a friendly 2-game match for free on the Webserver, just click on this link to enter.

Again, I wish you all the best for the Festive Season and the New Year!

Kind regards,

Rublevsky leads Russian Championship Superfinal: Moscow. Plenty of surprises so far, with Svidler smashing Kramnik in round 1 and Morozevich losing one game because he slept in. Bareev beat Kramnik in round 6, then Morozevich in round 7. Grischuk and Najer were invited but withdrew. Round 7 Standings: 1. Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2652 5.0; 2. Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2644 5.0; 3. Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2675 4.5; 4. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2740 4.5; 5. Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2659 4.5; 6. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2707 3.5; 7. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2739 3.5; 8. Dreev, Alexey g RUS 2694 2.5; 9. Khalifman, Alexander g RUS 2653 2.5; 10. Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2632 2.5; 11. Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2564 2.0; 12. Volkov, Sergey1 g RUS 2614 2.0.

Site : View games

Pamplona: Round 3 Standings: 1. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2704 2.0; 2. Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2618 2.0; 3. Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2624 2.0; 4. Harikrishna, P g IND 2673 2.0; 5. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2700 1.5; 6. Izoria, Zviad g GEO 2646 1.5; 7. Timman, Jan H g NED 2630 0.5; 8. De la Riva Aguado, Oscar g AND 2541 0.5. There is also a strong open under way - leading scores: Narciso Dublan, Strikovic, Pogorelov 3/3.

Site : View games - Main : View games - Open

Bruzon wins Carlos Torre Memorial: Bruzon beat Krasenkow 3-2 in the final. Semi Finals: Bruzon-Mitkov; Krasenkow-De la Paz; Quarter Finals: Bruzon-Akobian; Vera Reynaldo-Mitkov; Krasenkow-Nogueiras; De la Paz-Gonzalez.

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Harmonie: A Dutch tournament for young players. Round 3 Standings: 1. Frolyanov, Dmitry m RUS 2508 2.5; 2. Pruijssers, Roeland NED 2310 2.5; 3. Ragger, Markus m AUT 2433 2.0; 4. Michielsen, Joost NED 2362 1.5; 5. Ernst, Sipke m NED 2473 1.5; 6. Brandenburg, Daan NED 2395 1.5; 7. Ris, Robert NED 2337 1.0; 8. Adly, Ahmed g EGY 2480 1.0; 9. Rau, Hannes m GER 2421 1.0; 10. Tan, Matthew NED 2298 0.5.

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Nice: Players include Dunis, Sulava and Lazic.



Rublevsky, S (2652)    --    Dreev, A (2694)
ch-RUS Superfinal  (3)   Moscow RUS
2005.12.21     1-0     B51

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.Bxc6+ bxc6 5.O-O Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.e5!? dxe5 8. g4!? e4 9.gxh5 exf3 10.Nc3

I find it hard to believe this position is any good for white, but he goes on to win easily ...
10...Rc8 11.Qxf3 e6 12.d3 Qf6 13.Qg3 Qf5?!
Dubious pawn hunting
14.Re1 Qxh5?! 15.Re5 Qg6 16.Rg5! Qf6 17.Ne4 Qd8

18.Rxg7!! Nf6
( 18...Bxg7 19.Qxg7 costs more than a rook after 19...Ne7 20. Nf6# )
19.Nxf6+ Qxf6 20.Rg4 Be7 21.Bf4 Qf5 22.Re1 Bf6 23.Be5 h5 24.Bxf6! Qxf6 25.Ra4 Qe7 26.Qg7 Rf8 27.Re5 h4 28.Rh5 Rd8 29.Rhxh4 Rd5 30.Kf1 Rg5 31.Qh7 Rfg8 32.Rhg4 Rxg4 33.hxg4 Qg5 34.Ke2 Kf8 35.Qh5 Qe7 36.Qe5 Rg5 37.Qh8+ Rg8 38.Qe5 Rg5 39. Qb8+ Kg7 40.Rxa7 Qf6 41.Ra8
( 41.Ra8 Re5+ 42.Kf1 Kg6 43.Qg8+ Kh6 44.Qh8+ with an easily won ending. A remarkable game! )

Volkov, S1 (2614)    --    Zvjaginsev, V (2659)
ch-RUS Superfinal  (3)   Moscow RUS
2005.12.21     0-1     D61

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 O-O 6.Qc2 c6 7.e3 Nbd7 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Be2 Re8 11.O-O Nxc3 12.bxc3 e5 13.a4 e4 14.Nd2 Nf6 15.Rfb1 Bg4 16.Bf1 Rad8 17.c4 c5!? 18.dxc5

( 18.d5!? )
18...Bc8! 19.Nb3 Qe5 20.h3 Qg5 21.Kh1 Re5 22.Rd1 Rde8 23.Rd6 Qh4 24.Rad1 Rf5 25.R1d2 Ng4 26.g3

Qxg3!! 27.hxg4
( 27.fxg3 Rxf1+ 28.Kg2 Nxe3+ 29.Kh2 Nxc2 30.Rxc2 e3 -+ )
27...Qh4+ 28.Kg1 Qxg4+ 29.Bg2 Rg5 30.f4 exf3 31.Rd8 f2+!!
( 31...f2+ 32.Rxf2 Rxd8 -+ )

Volkov, S1 (2614)    --    Morozevich, A (2707)
ch-RUS Superfinal  (5)   Moscow RUS
2005.12.23     0-1     E46

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Ne2 Re8 6.a3 Bf8 7.g3 d5 8. cxd5 exd5 9.Bg2 a5 10.O-O Na6 11.Bd2 c6 12.Rc1 Nc7 13.Na4 Ne6 14.b4 Ne4 15.Be1 axb4 16.axb4 Nd6 17.Nc5 Nc7 18.Nb3 h5 19.Na5 h4 20.Nf4 hxg3 21.hxg3 Ne6 22.Nd3 Ng5 23.g4 f5 24.Ne5 fxg4 25.Nxg4 Ngf7 26.f4 Bxg4 27.Qxg4 Rxe3 28.f5 Ne4 29.Nxb7 Qf6 30.Rd1 Ra2 31.Nc5 Bxc5 32.bxc5 Ree2 33.Bf3 Rh2 34. Bxe4 dxe4 35.Bf2 Qh6 36.Qxe4

Re2!! 37.Qg4 Ng5!! 38.Qg3 Nh3+!! 39.Kxh2 Nxf2+ 40.Kg1
( 40.Kg2 Ne4+ 41.Qf2 Qg5+ 42.Kf3 Rxf2+ 43.Kxe4 Qxf5+ 44. Ke3 Qf3# )
40...Qh1# 0-1

Rublevsky, S (2652)    --    Motylev, A (2632)
ch-RUS Superfinal  (5)   Moscow RUS
2005.12.23     1-0     C43

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Bd3 d5 5.Nxe5 Nd7 6.Nxd7 Bxd7 7.O-O Bd6 8.c4 c6 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 O-O 12.Qh5 g6 13.Qxd5 Qc7

All this has been seen many times before, but now Rublevsky has some fresh ideas
14.Bh6!? Rfe8 15.h4!? Be6 16.Qf3 Qxc3 17.Qf6 Bf8 18.Bxf8 Rxf8 19. Rfd1 Rfd8 20.Be4 Bd5 21.Rac1 Qa3 22.Rc7! Qxa2
( 22...Qf8 23.Bxd5 Rxd5 24.Re1 followed by Re7 lookss crushing )
23.h5!! Qe2!?
( 23...Bxe4 24.h6 )

24.f3!! Qa6
( 24...Qxd1+ 25.Kh2 with a winning attack because of the twin threats of h6! and Bxd5! )
25.Qxa6 bxa6 26.h6! Rd6 27.Kf2 g5 28.Rdc1 Bxe4 29.Rc8+ Rd8 30.Rxd8+ Rxd8 31.fxe4 f5 32.Ke3 fxe4 33.Rc7 Rd6 34.Rg7+ Kh8 35.Rxg5 Rxh6 36.d5 a5 37. Kxe4 a4 38.Rg3 a3 39.Rxa3 Kg8 40.Kd4 Kf8 41.Re3 Rh2 42.Re2 Rh1 43.d6 a5 44.Kc5 Rc1+ 45.Kb6 Rb1+ 46.Kc7 Rc1+ 47.Kd8 a4 48.Ra2
Another beautiful win from the red-hot Rublevsky!

Kramnik, V (2739)    --    Bareev, E (2675)
ch-RUS Superfinal  (6)   Moscow RUS
2005.12.24     0-1     D13

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Bf4 Nc6 7.Rc1 Bf5 8.e3 Rc8 9.Be2 e6 10.O-O Bd6 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.Na4 O-O 13.Qb3 Rc7 14.Nc5 Rb8 15.Rc3 Bg4 16.h3 Bxf3 17.Bxf3 e5 18.Qb6 exd4 19.exd4 g6 20.Rd1 h5 21.b4 Kg7 22.Be2 Nd7 23.Nxd7 Rxd7 24.b5 axb5 25.Bxb5 Nd8 26.Qa7 Re7 27.Qc5 Re6 28.Rb1 Ra8 29.a4 Nc6 30.Qb6 Qe7 31.Bxc6 Re1+! 32.Kh2 Qd6+! 33.g3 Rxb1 34. Qxb1 bxc6 35.Qa1 Qf6 36.Rc2 h4! 37.a5 Qf5! 38.Ra2

Rxa5!! 39.Rxa5 Qxf2+ 40. Kh1 hxg3 41.Qg1
( 41.Ra2 g2+ 42.Kh2 g1=Q# )
41...g2+! 42.Kh2 Qf4+ 43.Kxg2 Qd2+ 44.Kg3 Qxa5 45.Qe3 Qc7+ 46.Kg2 Qd6 0-1

Bareev, E (2675)    --    Morozevich, A (2707)
ch-RUS Superfinal  (7)   Moscow RUS
2005.12.26     1-0     E38

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Qc7 6.Nf3 Bxc5 7.g3 a6 8. Bf4 d6 9.Bg2 h6 10.Rc1 Nc6 11.O-O e5 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.cxd5 exf4 14.dxc6 fxg3 15.hxg3 Qxc6

( 15...bxc6 16.Nd4 )
16.b4 Bxb4 17.Qb2 Bc5

18.Ng5! Qd7 19.Qxg7 hxg5!?
( 19...Rf8 20.Nh7 Qe7 21.Rxc5!! dxc5 22.Nf6+ Kd8 23.Rd1+ Kc7 24.Nd5+ +- )
20.Qxh8+ Ke7
Black is objectively lost, but the bishops offer practical chances
21.Rc4 Qd8 22.Qg7 Be6 23.Rb1! Rb8
( 23...Bxc4 24.Rxb7+ Ke6 25.Qxf7+ Ke5 26.Qxc4 )
24.Qxg5+ Ke8 25.Bc6+!! Kf8
( 25...bxc6 26.Rxb8 Qxb8 27.Qg8+ )
26.Qh6+ Ke7 27.Qh4+ Kf8 28.Rxb7 Kg7 29.Rxb8 Qxb8 30.Qg5+ Kf8 31.Qh6+ Kg8 32.Rh4 Qb2 33.Qg5+
( 33.Qg5+ Qg7 34.Qd8+ Qf8 35.Rh8+ )

Motylev, A (2632)    --    Kramnik, V (2739)
ch-RUS Superfinal  (3)   Moscow RUS
2005.12.21     1/2-1/2     C43

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Bd3 d5 5.Nxe5 Nd7 6.Nxd7 Bxd7 7.O-O Bd6 8.c4 c6 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 O-O 12.Qh5 g6 13.Qxd5 Qc7 14. c4 Bc6 15.Qg5 Bxh2+ 16.Kh1 Bd6 17.d5 Rae8!? 18.f4

( 18.dxc6 Re5 19.Qg4 Rh5+ 20.Kg1 Bh2+ 21.Kh1 Bd6+ = with perpetual check ( 21...Bg1+?! 22.Qxh5 gxh5 23.Kxg1 Qxc6 24.Be3 +/- is probably good for white ) )
18...f6 19.Qg3 Bd7

20.Bxg6 hxg6 21.Qxg6+ Kh8 22.Qh6+
with perpetual check

Morozevich, A (2707)    --    Khalifman, A (2653)
ch-RUS Superfinal  (4)   Moscow RUS
2005.12.22     1-0     C77

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3!? d6 6.c3 g6 7.Bg5 Bg7 8. Nbd2 O-O 9.Nf1 h6 10.Bh4 Ne7 11.Bb3 c6 12.Ne3 Qc7 13.h3 b5 14.g4 Bb7

15. Bxf6!?
An interesting attacking schema
15...Bxf6 16.g5!? hxg5 17.Ng4! Kg7 18.Qd2 Ng8 19.h4!? +/-
White has a very strong attack
19...Qd7 20.Rg1 gxh4 21.Nxf6 Nxf6 22.Nxh4 Rh8 23.Qg5 Rxh4!
Forced in view of the threats Nxg6!! or Nf5!!
24.Qxh4 Rh8 25.Qg5 Rh5 26.Qd2 c5 27.O-O-O c4!? 28.dxc4 Nxe4 29.Qe3 Rh3 30.f3 Nf6 31.c5 Rxf3 32.Qe1 a5 33.cxd6 a4 34.Bc2 Qe6 35.a3 Bd5 36.Qe2 e4 37.Qxb5 Qxd6 38.Qxa4 Qf4+ 39.Kb1 g5 40.Rxd5!! Nxd5 41.Qxe4 Rf1+ 42.Rxf1 Qxf1+ 43.Ka2 Nf6 44.Qe5 g4 45.a4 Qf2 46.Qf5 Qe3 47.Bd1 g3 48.Bf3 Nd7 49.a5 Ne5 50.Bd5 f6 51.Qc8 Qf4 52.Qb7+ Kh6 53.Qb4 Qf2 54.Qd4 1-0

Jakovenko, D (2644)    --    Tomashevsky, E (2564)
ch-RUS Superfinal  (7)   Moscow RUS
2005.12.26     1-0     C88

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Bb7 7.d3 Be7 8. Re1 O-O 9.Nbd2 h6 10.a4 Re8 11.c3 Bf8 12.Ba2 d6 13.axb5 axb5 14.Qb3 Qd7 15.Qxb5 Reb8 16.Qb3 Ra7 17.Qc2 Rba8 18.b4 Ba6 19.Nc4 Bxc4 20.dxc4 Nd8 21. Nd2 c5 22.Nb3 Nc6 23.Bd2 Ra4 24.b5 Ne7 25.Nc1 Qa7

The pin is uncomfortable
26.Re2 Nc8 27.Rb1! Nb6
( 27...Rxa2 28.Nxa2 Qxa2 29.Qxa2 Rxa2 30.b6 wins back a piece )

This "sacrifice" appears unnecessary
29.Bxa4 Na3 30.b6! Qb7 31.Qb3! Nxb1 32.Be1! Nxe4 33.Ra2 Nbxc3 34. Bxc3 Nxc3 35.Qxc3 Qxb6 36.Bb3
Black has three pawns for the piece, but white will blockade them, and the Bf8 is bad
36...Rc8 37.Qc4 Rc7 38.Ra4 g6 39.g3 Kg7 40.Ne2 Rb7 41.Ba2 Qc6 42. Ra3 Rd7 43.Nc3 Qf3 44.Qa4 Qb7 45.Bd5 Qc7 46.Kg2 Qd8 47.Qb5 Qe7 48.Qb6 1-0

Zvjaginsev, V (2659)    --    Dreev, A (2694)
ch-RUS Superfinal  (7)   Moscow RUS
2005.12.26     1/2-1/2     B20

1.e4 c5 2.Na3?! e6 3.c3 d5 4.e5 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.g3 a6 7.Nc2 Rc8 8. Bg2 Qc7 9.Qe2 c4 10.O-O Bc5 11.Nce1 Na5 12.d4 cxd3 13.Nxd3 Bb6 14.Nd4 Ne7 15.Bg5 Ng6 16.h4 h6 17.Bc1 Ne7 18.Rd1 Bxd4 19.cxd4 Nf5 20.Ne1 Bb5 21.Qg4 Nc6 22.Rd2!? Qa5 23.Nc2 Nb4 24.Nxb4 Qxb4 25.Qd1 O-O 26.b3 Qa5 27.a4 Bd7 28.Ba3 Rfe8 29.Bc5!

White takes a grip on the position
( Note that 29...b6?? loses to 30.b4 )
30.a5! Bb5 31.b4 f6 32.Qe1 Qd7 33.Bh3?! Qf7 34.Ra3 h5 35.Rf3 Qg6 36.Qb1 fxe5 37.Bxf5 exf5 38.Qxf5 Qxf5 39.Rxf5 exd4 40.Rxd4 g6!

The point of black's defence
( 41.Rfxd5?? Re1+ 42.Kh2 Bc6 43.Rd8+ Rxd8 44.Rxd8+ Kh7 and now white must play 45.f3 Bxf3 46.Rd7+ Kg8 47.Rd8+ Kg7 48.Bd4+ Kf7 49.Bg1 Re2+ 50.Kh3?? Bf2 is necessary, but still loses 50...Bg4# )
41...Re6 42.g4 hxg4 43.Rdxg4 Kh7 44.h5 Be8 45.hxg6+ Rxg6 46.Rh5+ Kg8 47. Rxg6+ Bxg6 48.Rxd5 Be4 49.Re5 Bc6 50.f4 Re8 51.Rg5+ Kf7 52.Kf2 Re4 53.Rf5+ Kg6 54.Rg5+ Kf7 55.Rf5+ 1/2-1/2

Grand Prix tournaments:

Full details at the 2006 Grand Prix site

Australia Day Weekender; Melbourne; January 21-22;

Aussie Weekender; Launceston; Jan 28-29;

Australia Day Weekender; Sydney; Jan 28-29;

Other events:

Mind Sports

Mind Sports is a festival of thinking games. Including; chess, scrabble, bridge, poker, sudoku, diplomacy, chinese chess, backgammon....

Dates: January 2 - 8, 2006
Times: 9am - 5pm daily
Cost: $15 full, $10 concession ($40 family) full-day pass
Venue: The Peninsula School, Mt Eliza (Victoria)

Weekender on January 7 & 8 during this festival - 7 round swiss.
Entry fee (2-day pass) $30 adult, $20 child (u18) also gives you access to other games.

January 2 Blitz Championships (14 rounds)
January 3 Allegro Championships (7 rounds)
January 4-6 Mind Sports Classic Chess (5 rounds)
January 7 & 8 Mind Sports Weekender (7 rounds)

Over 500 prizes to be won and plenty of FREE activities it will be a fun, friendly, inclusive opportunity to use your mind and get to meet some other game enthusiasts.
Suitable for any age and any ability player. Come and play for a few hours or the whole week!

- David Cordover

Hakoah Club events, 61 Hall Street Bondi, NSW
January 9 Allegro Tournament. Entry fee - $15.00 15 min. each on the clock. Starts 7.30 pm.
January 30th - Lightning Tournament. Entry fee - $10.00 5 min. each on the clock. Starts 7.30 pm
February 6th - Henry Greenfield Cup - 2006 starts. This 9 round Swiss event will be held on consecutive Monday evenings. Starts 7.30 p.m. Enquiries: To Vladimir Feldman 0414798503 or visit Hakoah Chess Club web page:

International events:

Queenstown Chess Classic: Jan 15-24, 2006 with Rapid and Lightning events on Jan 25-26. Total prize fund 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:

The Correspondence Chess Association in the Czech Republic organise in the year 2006 the very first in the history international over-the-board chess tournament of correspondence chess players:

Correspondence chess players over the board
Date: 1.7.-9.7.2006
Place: Karviná, Silesian University
Type of tournament: open Swiss system tournament, 9 rounds, FIDE rated Estimated prize money: 50.000,- CZK
Conditions of participation:
1. Only the active correspondence chess players worldwide are eligible to play in this tournament.
2. The active correspondence chess players are considered to be those players who a) started their last correspondence chess tournament (ICCF or national) in the year 2003 at the latest,
b) in the period from 1.1.2001 till 30.3.2006, finished at least 24 games:
· in the international ICCF tournaments, or
· in the national correspondence chess tournaments, or
c) are active ICCF officials or national correspondence chess federation officials.
3. For players' admission based on the played national correspondence chess tournaments or on their position(s) in the national correspondence chess federation, a confirmation issued and signed by the respective national correspondence chess federation will be required.

The organiser of the tournament is eligible to decide about player's admission to the tournament.

Start fee will be set and stepped in accordance with the player's FIDE rating.
Accommodation will be provided in the tournament venue (Karviná), estimated price 150-800 CZK/person/night, to be covered by the participant. Boarding individual.

Other details to be consulted in the detailed tournament conditions.
Enquiries re organisational matters to be addressed to Dr. Med. Jaromír CANIBAL,, phone 603 872 071.

Preliminary applications to: Ing. Petr BUCHNÍCEK
Svážná 22
CZ-634 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Phone.: 605 578 666

Best wishes till next time
- Paul Broekhuyse
19 Gill Avenue, Avoca Beach, NSW 2251
02 4382 4525
0408 824525


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