Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 357, February 22, 2006

Provisional Olympiad Teams
2007 Aust Open bid
Aust Junior Internet matches start
Drouin Open
City of Sydney starts
Register your club with FIDE
Kok FIDE challenge hots up
ACT Juniors Lightning
Olympiad selections
Bids invited for 2007 Australian Open
World News - Topalov disaster
Grand Prix
Other Events

The Italo-Australian Club 44th Doeberl Cup 2006

A Class 5 Myer Tan Grand Prix event, 14-17 April 2006.

Italo-Australian Club, 78 Franklin Street, Forrest, Canberra, ACT

Premier Division (FIDE Rated)
Major Division (Under 2000)
Minor Division (Under 1600)
Fischerbooks Seniors (50 years and over)

Time Limit: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move (Fischer)

Total Prizes: $10,800

Director of Play: Shaun Press

The Fischerbooks Seniors will be held subject to sufficient entries being received.

Organisers reserve the right to shift players to Premier/Major/Minor, if the Seniors does not proceed.

Entries and information: Paul Dunn, 20 Richmond St, Macquarie, ACT 2614 Telephone: 02 6251 1360 Email: Please make cheques out to the ACTCA

Provisional Olympiad Teams: The following have been provisionally selected to represent Australia at the 2006 FIDE Olympiads in Torino, Italy:

Open team (in board order)

1. GM Ian Rogers
2. IM David Smerdon
3. GM Darryl Johansen
4. IM Zong-Yuan Zhao
5. IM Gary Lane
6. IM Alex Wohl

Reserves (in order): Nick Speck, IM John-Paul Wallace, IM Stephen Solomon, FM George Xie, FM Igor Goldenberg

Women's team (in board order)

1. IM/WGM Irina Berezina
2. WIM Anastasia Sorokina
3. WIM Laura Moylan
4. WIM Arianne Caoili

Reserves (in order): WIM Ngan Koshnitsky, WFM Angela Song, WIM Biljana Dekic

Any applicant may appeal the results of the selections within seven days, ie by Monday 27th February. Appeals can be made only on the following grounds:

* There was a material error or omission in the selection process that has disadvantaged the applicant. (Appeals cannot be made on the grounds of an alleged material error or omission relating to the eligibility of an applicant for selection.)

* That the applicant was clearly ranked such that no selectors could have reasonably given the applicant that ranking based on the information supplied to the selectors. Note: It is not sufficient to appeal on the basis that a player thinks that he/she should have been selected. The ranking of the selectors has to be clearly incorrect and unreasonable.

Any player wishing to appeal shall send their appeal as an attached document to the ACF Selections Co-Ordinator (Senior Events), Kevin Bonham, email (or by post to 410 Macquarie Street, South Hobart Tas 7004). Appeals must be accompanied by a deposit of $200 to the ACF also by Monday 27th February - please ask for appropriate bank account details if required. The deposit will be refunded if the appeal is successful.

If any appeals are lodged, applicants for the relevant team(s) will be advised and invited to respond as soon as possible.

Congratulations to the successful applicants, commiserations to those who are not in the team at this stage and thanks to all the applicants for their patience with the lengthy selection process. I wish to particularly thank the selectors, IM Guy West, FM Geoff Saw, FM Tim Reilly, Ian Rout (these four for both teams), Ingela Eriksson (Women's team) and IA Dr Charles Zworestine (Open team) for their many hours of very dedicated work on these selections.

Olympiad Captaincy Applications

The applicants for the Open Team captaincy are IA Manuel Weeks and IA Jason Lyons. The sole applicant for the Womens Team captaincy is IM Leonid Sandler.

On behalf of the ACF, my thanks to all three for their interest in these positions.

37th FIDE Chess Olympiads., Torino, Italy, May 20 - June 4 2006: Event website

- Kevin Bonham
ACF Selections Co-Ordinator (Senior Events).

A group of people in Canberra has made the sole bid to host the 2007 Australian Open. The application is now being considered by the ACF. The bid - from Dr Stephen Mugford, Jane Mugford, Shaun Press, Ian Rout, and Baldev Bedi - involves holding the tournament at the Southern Cross Club in Tuggeranong from Thursday 28th December 2006 till Tuesday 9th January 2007. The prize pool for the Open Championship would be $13,000 with a projected first prize of at least $2,500. The bid is unusual in that it comes from a group of individuals rather than the ACT Chess Association.

Details here.

The ACTJCL will be hosting the 2007 Australian Junior Chess Championship. Details here

Australian Interstate Junior Internet matches

The first round of this exciting new event produced some emphatic victories: Scores from round 1:

NSW 11-1 Tasmania
Victoria 9-2 SA
ACT 11-1 Queensland

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The matches are being played on the Internet Chess Club server. Full details at

Drouin Open: (Victoria)

Held over the weekend of February 18 and 19 with thanks to the Latrobe Valley Chess Club, the Baw Baw Shire Council and Chess World.

A small, but very strong field turned up to play the second Drouin Open. From 41 players in the tournament there were 10 rated over 2000!

Plenty of upsets through the event and some really excellent games for spectators - particularly the time scrambles. Even the first round held a surprise with Seigfried Faust holding 6th seed David Hacche to a draw. Depasquale and Gorka were the next to suffer at the hands of Dizdarevic and Pyke respectively. Felix Wyss also caused a good upset by removing Lojanica from the entire tournament!

The Sunday morning round was the key round of the tournament with top 2 seeds Goldenberg and Smerdon battling it out. Goldenberg emerged victorious and took a one-point lead into the last 2 rounds. Gorka's tournament just got worse against Gary Bekker who snuck a pawn up early on and converted nicely!

A stunning 6th round saw Hacche defeat Goldenberg on board 1 to leave a 3-way tie going into the last round (Smerdon, Hacche and Goldenberg). Also in the 6th Pecori offered a draw against Depasquale after Depasquale's agressive Kc5 made the crowd laugh. Depasquale then noticed that it was K v K and reluctantly accepted. This left Pecori and Dizdarevic just behind the leaders with 4.5 points.

The top 3 boards went right to the wire in the final round - eventually Smerdon breaking through to win againt Hacche, Goldenberg defeated Dizdarevic and Pecori beat Pecak. James Morris defeated Matthew Potter and Russell Murray defeated Geoffrey Hilliard to win the U/1800 prize. Gary Losh (NSW) and Cameron Beet won the U/1600 with 4 points. The smoke cleared and the final scores were:

Place Name Rtg Club Score Buch. Progr.
1-2 Goldenberg (FM), Igor 2315 6 34.5 26.0
Smerdon (IM), David 2405 6 30.5 25.0
3 Pecori, Ascaro 2027 5.5 29.5 22.0
4-6 Hacche, David 2079 5 29.5 21.5
Depasquale (FM), Chris 2260 5 29.5 20.0
Dragicevic, Domagoj 2129 5 29.0 21.5
7-11 Dizdarevic, Mehmedalija 2014 4.5 31.5 21.5
Pyke, Malcolm 2079 4.5 29.5 19.0
Murray, Russell 1752 4.5 25.0 16.0 =1st U.1800
Morris, James 1680 Under 12 4.5 24.5 17.0 =1st U.1800
Gorka (FM), Carl 2166 4.5 24.5 16.5
12-19 Pecak, Mariusz 1857 4 31.0 20.0
Holt, Ken 1810 4 29.5 17.5
Hilliard, Geoffrey 1761 4 27.0 18.0
Schon, Eugene 1611 Under 12 4 25.5 16.0 Top U12
Wyss, Felix 1730 4 24.0 17.0
Losh, Gary 1456 4 23.0 15.0 =1st U.1600
Frost, Peter 1743 4 21.5 16.0
Beet, Cameron 1369 Junior 4 20.0 12.0 =1st U.1600
20-24 Bekker, Garry 1601 3.5 29.0 16.0
Fitzpatrick, Andrew 1742 3.5 28.0 15.0
Potter, Matthew 1636 Junior 3.5 27.0 14.5 Top Jnr Prize
Bultman, Grant 1613 3.5 23.5 11.0
Balnionis, Alexander 799 Junior 3.5 21.5 10.0 Top Jnr Prize
25-30 Sharman, Scot 1751 3 26.0 15.0
Jackson, Ross Junior 3 24.5 12.0 Best Unrated
Faust, Seigfried 1438 3 24.0 12.5
Potter, Chris 1452 3 23.5 12.0
Horton, Russell 1357 3 22.5 11.5
Zacharczenko, Vladamir 1104 3 21.0 9.0
31-33 Woodcock-Smith, Matthew Junior 2.5 23.5 10.0
Hamilton, Ian 1238 2.5 20.0 11.0
Vanyai, Tristan Junior 2.5 18.0 7.5
34-39 Iversen, Matthew 903 Junior 2 22.5 9.0
Bond, Nathan Junior 2 20.5 7.0
Beasley, Clay Junior 2 19.0 8.0
Leong, David Under 12 2 19.0 7.0
Lojanica, Milenko 2032 2 16.5 7.0
de Goede, Carla 2 16.5 4.0
40 Jackson, Hal Junior 1 15.5 4.0
41 Hearn, Harry Under 12 0 15.5 0.0

Thanks to David Cordover for an excellent organisational effort.

Smerdon, David (2407)    --    Goldenberg, Igor (2315)
Drouin Open 2006  (5.1)   2006     0-1     B22
Notes by Igor Goldenberg

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 d5 7.exd6 Qxd6 8.Na3 Be6 9.d4 Bxb3 10.Qxb3 cxd4 11.Nb5 Qd7 12.Nbxd4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 g6

( 13...e6 )
( 13...e5 both playable here. The move in the game creates problems for black. )
Threat Nxa7 is quite unpleasant
14...a6 15.Nd4 Qc7
( 15...Nc8 would be more cautios and accurate, as knight protects important e7 square and will have to move anyway, thus saving atempo )
16.Be3 Nd7 17.O-O-O Bg7 18.h4?!
( 18.Rhe1! prevents castle. 18...Rd8 19.Qc4 $36 )
( 18...O-O? 19.Ne6! +/- )
( 19.Qb4 saves tempo )
19...Rc8 20.h5 O-O 21.Qb4 Rfd8 22.Kb1 Rd5
white still have some initiative, however after
pendilium swings to black. No attack and permanent weakness on h6 makes black's posotion preferable
( 23.hxg6 hxg6 24.Nf3 ~ )
23...Bf6 24.Nb3 Nd3 25.Qe4 Rcd8 26.Rd2 $8
( 26.Bd4? Nxf2 -/+ )
( 26.Nd4? Nxb2 27.Kxb2 e5 -/+ )
26...e6 27.Bd4 Ne5
( 27...Bxd4 28.Nxd4 Nc5 more cautious, but black was affraid with some fanthom threats on g7 and wanted to keep dark-coloured bishop )
28.Qf4 Qe7 29.Bc5 Bg5 30.Bxe7 Bxf4 31.Bxd8 Bxd2 32.Nxd2??
( 32.Bf6 )
( or 32.Bb6 leads to an endgame with small advantage for black (weak h6 pawn!), but quite defencible. Now black get big, almost decisive advantage as rook gets to the 2nd rank )
32...Rxd2 33.Bg5 Rxf2 34.Rd1 f6 35.Be3 Rxg2 36.Rd8+ Kf7 37.Rh8 g5 38.Rxh7+ Kg6 39.Rxb7 Kxh6 40.Rb6 $138
last mistake
( 40.Bd4 leaves some practical chances )
forces rook endgame that is easily won for black as pawns are much more advanced
41.Rxe6 Nxe3 42.Rxe3 g4 43.c4 f5 44.c5 f4 45.Re6+ Kg5 46.c6 Rh2 47.c7 Rh8 48.Kc2 g3 49.Re7 f3 50.Rd7 Rc8 51.Kd3 g2 52.Rg7+ Kf5 53.Ke3 Rxc7 54.Rg3 Rc1 55.Kf2 Rf1+ 0-1

The City of Sydney Championship has begun. The tournament consists of 9 rounds, played at 6:30pm on 9 Sundays, from Sunday 19th of February to Sunday 30th of April. There will be no games on the 9th and 16th of April. The venue for this tournament is the NSW Bridge Association Centre, 162 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

Players include FM George Xie 2324; Tomek Rej 2243; Andrew Bird 2105; Johnny Bolens 2095; WIM Laura Moylan 2093; and Ivan Zirdum 2011

Aussie chess clubs can now register at the FIDE website

18 Chess Federations are now openly supporting the Dutch businessman Bessel Kok and his team for the FIDE presidency. The French Chess Federation, which had a separate candidate, has reached an agreement with Kok's "Right Move" team to combine their efforts.

Two federations - Russia and Azerbaijan - have announced support for the incumbent FIDE boss, Kirsan Iljumzhinov.

The ACF has not yet made any decision on which candidate to support.

ACT Juniors Lightning Championship: Junta Ikeda made it back-to-back titles in the Championship division. Yi Yuan finished runner-up and must be rapidly running out of room for the trophies he is picking up at every level of chess and still only 10 years old (just). The age group prizes went to:

Under 16 - Andrew Brown
Under 14 - Justin Chow
Under 12 - Emma Guo
Under 10 - Yijun Zhang
Under 8 - Anand Gupte

The Reserves is always exciting (and a little confusing) as we welcome some great new faces to competitions. Just as Junta had in the Championship division, Yutta Mantoro scored a perfect 11/11 to win the Reserves from his brother Mamo Mantoro on 9.5/11. Awards went to:

1st Place - Yutta Mantoro
2nd Place - Mamo Mantoro
3rd Place - Tony Zhang
4th Place - Yi-Ying Zeng
5th Place - Callum McCrow (on countback)

Encouragement Awards were presented to Jenny Williams and Walter Wolffs.

- Libby Smith, Publicity Officer, ACT Junior Chess League


Hello Paul,

Concerning the South West Open (WA) that is on the Grand Prix list on a recent bulletin, that event has been cancelled for now.

I also notice that the link for the S/W open event in WA is the official CAWA website, but here in WA most favour the location to get all the latest W.A. news. Would be great if you were to mention this site, as all involved have put a lot of hardwork into the website to bring about W.A. chess news.

Thanks Guys keep up the good bulletin work

- Tom Lockwood

While I have not pestered Mr. George Howard with hate phone calls or emails, I am glad to read his letter of apology. My son Jerome was one of those who was ardently waiting for his prize money for winning the Equal 1st in Under 10 and sad to say that when the boy turned 10 last June 05, he could not help but muttered, “ I am now ten Mama, and Mr. Howard still has not mailed my prize money!

Hopefully, before this year ends, Jerome will receive what he deserved ... after all, he earned it on his own accord.

Mrs. Cecilia Lugo

Radjabov beats Topalov at Morelia/Linares: Round 1 began sensationally with world champion Topalov beaten by Svidler. Vallejo Pons lost to Leko and Aronian beat Radjabov. Topalov lost again in round 4 to Radjabov and was sharing last place, while Leko and Svidler lead on 3.5/4 - 1.5 points ahead of the field! The first half of the tournament is being held in Morelia in Mexico, with the second half in Linares, Spain. Topalov, Leko, Ivanchuk, Svidler, Bacrot, Aronian, Vallejo and Radjabov are playing. Round 4 Standings: Leko, Svidler 3.5; Ivanchuk, Aronian 2.0; Bacrot, Radjabov 1.5; Topalov, Vallejo Pons 1.0.
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Capelle Le Grande: 92 GMs playing. Standings after 5 rounds: Moiseenko 5.0; Gashimov, Luther, Grigoriants 4.5 etc.
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Aeroflot Open: Players included Akopian, Aleksandrov, Bologan, Dreev, Khalifman, Mamedyarov and Naiditsch. Leading final scores: Jobava, Bologan, Sasikiran, Mamedyarov 6.5; Eljanov, Vachier-Lagrave, Petrosian, Akopian, Georgiev, Naiditsch, Jakovenko 6.0; Efimenko, Najer, Fedorov, Asrian, Balogh, Yakovich, Sedlak, Malakhov, Korotylev, Alekseev, Izoria, Motylev 5.5.
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Vallejo Pons, F (2650)    --    Leko, P (2740)
XXIII SuperGM  (1)   Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP
2006.02.18     0-1     E32

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.e4 d5 6.e5 Ne4 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 c5 9.Bd3 Qa5 10.Ne2 cxd4 11.cxd5 exd5 12.f3 Nxc3 13.Nxd4 Ne4+!

( 13...Nb5+ 14.Bd2 Nxd4 15.Bxa5 Nxc2+ 16.Bxc2 should be OK for white )

f5!! 15.Be3
( 15.fxe4 fxe4 16.Bb5 Bg4+ 17.Ke3 )
15...Nc6 16.Nxc6 bxc6 17.Rhc1 Rb8 18.Kd1 Rd8 19.Bd4 Be6 20.Rab1 Rxb1 21. Rxb1 c5 22.Rb5 Qxa3 23.Bb2 Qa2 24.Be2 Bd7 25.fxe4 Bxb5 26.Bxb5 Rb8 27.Bc6 Qxb2 28.Bxd5+ Kh8 29.Qxb2 Rxb2 30.exf5 Rb4 31.Kc2 Rd4 32.Bf7 Re4 33.e6 h5 34.Bxh5 Kg8 35.g4 Kf8 36.g5 Ke7 37.h3 a5 38.Bg4 a4 39.f6+ gxf6 40.g6 Kf8 0-1

Svidler, P (2765)    --    Topalov, V (2801)
XXIII SuperGM  (1)   Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP
2006.02.18     1-0     C67

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.h3 Ng6 11.Bg5+ Ke8 12.Rad1 Bd7 13.Nd4 h6 14. Be3 h5 15.f4 h4

16.f5!? Nxe5 17.f6!? Rh5
( 17...gxf6 18.Ne4 Be7 19.Nf5 Bxf5 20.Rxf5 Nc4 21.Bc1 leaves white with a strong initiative )
18.Ne4 g6 19.Bf4 c5 20.Nf3 Nxf3+ 21.Rxf3 Be6 22.Rfd3 c4 23.R3d2 c6 24.Ng5 Bc5+ 25.Kh2 Bd5 26.Re2+ Kf8 27.Rde1 b5 28.c3 a5 29.a3 Rc8 30.g4 hxg3+ 31. Kxg3 Be6 32.h4 Kg8 33.Re5 Bf8 34.Nxe6 fxe6 35.Rd1 Rh7 36.Rxe6 Rb7 37.Re4 Kf7 38.Bg5 Re8 39.Rxe8 Kxe8 40.Kg4 Rh7 41.Re1+ Kd7 42.a4 bxa4 43.Re5 c5 44.Bf4 Rh8 45.Bg3 Bh6 46.Re7+ Kc6 47.Bf4!! Bxf4 48.Kxf4 Rh5 49.Re5 Rxh4+ 50.Kg5 Rh5+

51.Kxg6!! Rxe5 52.f7 Re6+ 53.Kg5 Re5+ 54.Kg4 Re4+ 55.Kg3 Re3+ 56.Kf2 a3 57.f8=Q
( 57.bxa3 Rxc3 with drawing chances )
57...axb2 58.Qc8+ Kb5
( 58...Kd5 59.Qb7+ Ke5 60.Kxe3 )
59.Qb7+ Ka4 60.Kxe3 Ka3 61.Qb5 a4 62.Qxc5+ Kb3 63.Qb4+ Kc2 64.Qxa4+ Kxc3 65.Qa5+ Kc2 66.Qf5+ Kc1 67.Qf1+ 1-0

Leko, P (2740)    --    Radjabov, T (2700)
XXIII SuperGM  (2)   Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP
2006.02.19     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.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 O-O 12.Nc2 Bg5 13.a4 bxa4 14.Rxa4 a5 15.Bc4 Rb8 16.b3 Kh8 17.Nce3 Be6 18.h4 Bf4 19.Nf5 g6 20.Nfe3 Kg7 21.g3 Bh6 22.Ng4 f5 23.Nxh6 Kxh6 24.h5 g5 25.exf5 Bxf5 26.Ne3 Bc8 27.Ra2 Ne7 28.O-O Rf6 29.Qe2 Qb6 30.Rfa1 Qc6 31.Rxa5 Bb7 32.Bd5 Nxd5 33.Rxd5 Qxc3 34.Ng4+ Kg7 35.Ra7 Re6 36.Qc4 Qe1+ 37.Kg2 Re7 38.Rxb7!! Rexb7 39.Rxd6 Rf8 40.h6+ Kh8 41.Qd5 Rbb8 42.Qd3 Qb4 43.Rd7 e4 44.Qd5 Rb5


Ivanchuk, V (2729)    --    Aronian, L (2752)
XXIII SuperGM  (2)   Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP
2006.02.19     1-0     A30

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.g3 Bb7 4.Bg2 c5 5.O-O g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.d4 cxd4 8. Qxd4 d6 9.Be3 Nbd7 10.Rac1 Rc8 11.b3 a6 12.Rfd1 O-O 13.Qd2 Ne4 14.Nxe4 Bxe4 15.Ne1 Nf6 16.Bh3 Rb8 17.Nd3 Ba8 18.f3 e6 19.Bf2 Re8 20.Nb4!? a5 21. Na6 Rc8 22.Qxd6 Qxd6 23.Rxd6 Nd5!? 24.Rd1 Nc3 25.R1d2 b5!? 26.Rd7 Be5

( 26...bxc4 27.Nc7 Rf8 28.Bc5 )
27.cxb5 Nxb5 28.Bf1 Bc6 29.R7d3 Na3 30.f4 Bf6 31.Nc5 Be7 32.Rd1 Nb5 33.Na4 Be4 34.Rd7 Bb4 35.Bg2 Bxg2 36.Kxg2 Rc2 37.Rb7 Na3 38.Rdd7 Rf8 39.Kf3 Nb1 40.Be3 Rxa2 41.Bc5 Nd2+ 42.Kg2 Bxc5 43.Nxc5 e5

44.Ne6!! exf4 45.Rxf7!!

Nijboer, F (2571)    --    Tazbir, M (2382)
22nd Open  (1)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.18     1-0     B86

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8.f4 Nc5 9.Qf3 Qc7 10.f5 Nxb3 11.axb3 e5 12.Nde2 b5 13.Bg5 b4 14.Nd1 Nd7 15.Ne3 Bb7 16.Rd1 Nb6 17.f6 g6 18.O-O h6 19.Bh4 h5 20.c3 Qc6 21.Nd5 Nxd5 22.exd5 Qd7 23.Bg5 h4 24.h3 Bh6 25.Bxh6 Rxh6 26.Qe3 Rh5 27.cxb4 Qb5 28.Rf4 Bc8 29.Nc3 Qb8 30.Rc4 Bd7 31.Ne4 Bb5

32.Rc6!! Bxc6 33.dxc6 Qc7 34.Rxd6 Rb8 35.Qc5 Rb5 36.Re6+!!
( 36.Re6+ fxe6 37.Nd6+ Kd8 38.Nxb5 axb5 39.Qf8# )

Zawadzki, S (2404)    --    Sasikiran, K (2670)
22nd Open  (1)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.18     0-1     C95

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9.h3 Nb8 10.d4 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.Nf1 Bf8 14.Ng3 g6 15. a4 Bg7 16.Bd3 c6 17.b4 Qc7 18.Qb3 Rad8 19.Ra2 Nb6 20.a5 Nbd7 21.Bb1 exd4 22.cxd4 c5 23.Rae2 cxd4 24.Ba2 Ne5 25.Nxd4 d5 26.f4

Nxe4!! 27.fxe5 Bxe5
A surprising fork ... white can't protect both knights
( 28.Nxe4 Bxd4+ 29.Nf2 Rxe2 30.Rxe2 Qxc1+ )
28...gxf5 29.Nxf5 Bh2+ 30.Kf1 Bc8 31.Nh6+ Kf8 32.Re3 Qf4+ 33.Rf3 Ng3+ 34. Kf2 Nh1+!!

( 34...Nh1+ 35.Rxh1 Bg3+ 36.Kf1 Re1# )

San Emeterio Cabanes, J (2398)    --    Gashimov, V (2625)
22nd Open  (1)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.18     0-1     A01

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 d6 3.e3 Nf6 4.c4 Nc6 5.Nc3 g6 6.d4 exd4 7.exd4 Bg7 8. Nf3 O-O 9.Be2 d5 10.O-O dxc4 11.bxc4 Bg4 12.d5 Na5 13.Nd2 Bxe2 14.Qxe2 Re8 15.Qd3 Nd7 16.Rfe1 Ne5 17.Qf1 Qh4 18.Re4 Ng4 19.Nf3

Qxf2+!! 20.Qxf2 Nxf2 21.Rxe8+ Rxe8 22.Kxf2 Nxc4
Now black regains the piece because of the dual threat to b2 and c3. An unusual and instructive combination
( 23.Rb1 Nxb2 24.Rxb2 Bxc3 25.Rxb7 Ba5! 26.Rxa7?? Bb6+ )
23...Rxe1 24.Kxe1 Nxb2 25.Nb5 Nc4!? 26.Ke2 Nd6 27.Nxa7 Kf8 28.Kd3 Ke7 29. a4 Kd7 30.Nd2 c6 31.dxc6+ bxc6
The Na7 is trapped
32.Nb3 Nb7 33.a5 Bf8 34.Kd4 Bd6 35.a6 Nd8 36.Na5
( 36.Nc5+ Bxc5+ 37.Kxc5 Kc7 )
36...Bxh2 0-1

Jakobsen, O (2395)    --    Guseinov, G (2607)
22nd Open  (1)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.18     0-1     E81

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Nge2 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Bg5 exd5 9.Nxd5 h6 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Nxf6+ Qxf6 12.Qd2 Be6 13.Nc3 Nc6 14.Qxh6 b5 !? 15.cxb5 Nd4 16.O-O-O a6 17.b6 Rfb8 18.h4 Rxb6 19.Rd2 Rab8 20.h5

Nf5!! 21.exf5 Qxc3+!! 22.Kd1
( 22.bxc3 Rb1+ 23.Kc2 Bxf5+ 24.Bd3 R8b2# )
22...Rxb2 23.fxe6 Rb1+ 24.Ke2 Qe5+
( 24...Qe5+ 25.Kf2 ( 25.Kd3 c4+ 26.Kxc4 Rc8+ 27.Kd3 Rc3# ) 25...Qe1+ 26.Kg1 Qxf1+ 27.Kh2 Qxh1+ 28.Kg3 Qe1+ )

Gashimov, V (2625)    --    Tseitlin, Ma (2475)
22nd Open  (2)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.19     1-0     C99

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 cxd4 13.cxd4 Rd8 14.b3 Nc6 15. Bb2 Bb7 16.Rc1 Qb6 17.a3 Bf8 18.b4 a5 19.bxa5 Rxa5 20.Bb3 exd4 21.Ng5 Rd7

22.Nxf7!! Rxf7 23.Bxf7+ Kxf7 24.Qb3+ Kg6 25.Nc4!! +- Qd8 26.Nxa5 Qxa5 27. Red1 h6 28.Bxd4 Nxd4 29.Rxd4 Bxe4 30.Qg3+ Kf7 31.Qb3+ Kg6 32.Rxe4!! Nxe4 33.Qb1 d5 34.f3 Qxa3 35.fxe4 Qe3+ 36.Kh1 dxe4 37.Rc6+ Kh7 38.Qf1 Kg8 39. Rc8 Qa3 40.Qxb5 Qa1+ 41.Kh2 Qd4 42.Qb8 Qf6 43.Re8 Qf5 44.Qd6 e3 45.Qd4 Kh7 46.Rxe3 Bc5 47.Qd3 Qxd3 48.Rxd3 Be7 49.Rd5 Kg6 50.Kg3 h5 51.Kf4 Bf6 52.Rd6 Kf7 53.Ra6 g6 54.Ke4 Bc3 55.Kd5 Be1 56.Rc6 Bh4 57.Rc3 Bd8 58.Rf3+ Bf6 59. Kd6 Kg7 60.Ke6 Bd4 61.Rf7+

Rodshtein, M (2467)    --    Sorokin, M (2560)
22nd Open  (2)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.19     0-1     D20

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Nc3 exd4 6.Qxd4 Qxd4 7.Nxd4 Nf6 8.f3 Bc5 9.Be3 Nc6 10.Nc2 Bxe3 11.Nxe3 Be6 12.O-O-O Ne5 13.Nb5 Ke7 14. Nxc7 Rac8 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Be2 b5 17.Nc2 g5 18.Kd2 h5 19.a4 Rhd8+ 20.Kc3

( 20...Rd3+ 21.Kb4 Rb3+ 22.Ka5 Nc6+ 23.Ka6 bxa4 24.Bxc4 Rb6# )

Spraggett, K (2581)    --    Stopa, Ja (2464)
22nd Open  (2)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.19     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.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c4 b4 12.Nc2 a5 13.Be2 O-O 14.O-O Bg5 15.Qd3 Rb8 16.Rad1 Be6 17.h3 Qc8 18.Qg3 Bd8 19.b3 Kh8 20.Nde3 Be7 21.Bg4 g6 22.Bxe6 fxe6 23.Ng4 Qc7 24.Qe3 Nd8 25.Ne1 Rc8 26.g3 Nb7 27.Nd3 Nc5 28. h4 Qc6 29.Nxc5 Qxc5 30.Qe2 Rc7 31.Rd3 Qc6 32.Rfd1 Rf7 33.Kg2 Bf8 34.R1d2 Qc5 35.Nh2 Rf6 36.Rf3 Rff7 37.h5 Bh6 38.hxg6 hxg6 39.Rd1 Rxf3 40.Qxf3 Kg7 41.Ng4 Bg5 42.Qd3 Rd7 43.f3 Rd8 44.Qe2 Rc8 45.Qb2 Qc6 46.Qf2 Rc7 47.Rh1 Qc5 48.Qe2 Kg8 49.Rf1 Rf7 50.Rd1 Rc7 51.Qd3 Rd7 52.f4 exf4 53.gxf4 Be7 54. Rh1 Qc6 55.Rh6 Kg7 56.Qd4+ e5 57.fxe5 Qc5 58.Qd2 Rd8

59.Rxg6+!! Kxg6 60. Qh6+ Kf7 61.Qh7+ Ke8 62.e6! Rc8
( 62...Ra8 63.Qg8+ Bf8 64.Qf7+ Kd8 65.Qd7# )
63.Qg8+ 1-0

Erenburg, S (2573)    --    Dembo, Y (2461)
22nd Open  (2)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.19     0-1     B61

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 Bd7 7.Qd2 Rc8 8.Nxc6 Bxc6 9.f3 a6 10.O-O-O e6 11.Ne2 Be7 12.h4 O-O 13.Nd4 Ba4 14.g4 Nd7 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.g5 Ne5 17.f4 Nc6 18.Rh2 d5 19.Nxc6 Bxc6 20.e5 Bb5 21.Bh3 Rc4 22.h5 Rfc8 23.Qe3 Qc7 24.Rdd2 Re4 25.Qg3 Qc4 26.b3 Qc5 27.g6 Re3 28. gxf7+ Kf8 29.Qg4 Qc3 30.Kb1 Re1+ 31.Rd1

Be2!! 32.Qxe2 Rxe2 33.Rxe2 Qxh3

Escobar Forero, A (2425)    --    Bagheri, A (2521)
22nd Open  (2)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.19     1-0     C84

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8. Nc3 d6 9.Nd5 Bg4 10.h3 Bh5

11.Nxe5!? Bxd1 12.Nxc6 Qd7 13.Ncxe7+ Kh8 14. Rxd1 c6 15.Nxf6 Qxe7 16.Nh5 d5 17.Ng3 dxe4 18.dxe4 Rad8 19.Bd2 Kg8 20.Ba5 Rxd1+ 21.Rxd1 g6 22.a3 h5 23.Re1 h4 24.Nf1 Re8 25.Nh2 c5 26.Bd5 b4 27.axb4 cxb4 28.c3 b3 29.Bb4 Qc7 30.Ng4 Rb8 31.Ba3 Kg7 32.e5 Qa5 33.Nf6 Rd8 34. Bxb3 Rd2 35.Ne8+ Kh8 36.Bxf7 Qa4 37.Be7 Qf4 38.Bf6+ Kh7 39.Rf1 Rc2 40.Nd6 Rxb2 41.Nc4 Rb7 42.Bd5 Ra7 43.Re1 g5 44.Re3 Kh6 45.g3 Qf5 46.gxh4 g4 47. Be4 Qe6 48.Nd6 a5 49.Nf5+ Kh5 50.Rg3

Grand Prix tournaments:

Full details at the 2006 Grand Prix site

Ballarat Begonia Open: 11-13 March Details

Tasmanian Championship: Burnie 11-13 March Details

Dubbo Open: NSW 25-26 March Details

Doeberl Cup: ACT 14-17 April Details

Other events:

Wyong Shire Cup: Mingara Chess Club, Legends Sports Bar, Mingara Drive Tumbi Umbi. 27th February - 18th April. 7 rounds, 1 game per night. Enquiries : To Director of Play Mal Murrell 43923873 or Joe Keaveney 43322023

Wellington Open (New Zealand): FIDE Rated. Easter weekend Friday 14 April to Sunday 16 April: Details

International events:

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.

Correspondence chess players over the board: July 1-9; Karviná, Silesian University, Czech Republic; Preliminary applications to: Ing. Petr BUCHNÍCEK, Svážná 22, CZ-634 00 Brno, Czech Republic. Phone: 605 578 666. Email:

Best wishes till next time
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