Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 358, March 1, 2006

March Ratings
Contacts Database
Olympiad selections confirmed
Olympiad Appeal
World Youth Festival cancelled
Under 16 Chess Olympiad
Drouin Open correction
WA Metro Club Champs
NSW news
Aust Junior Internet matches
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

The March 2006 Ratings have been released. The top players:

2644!! 21 NSW Rogers, Ian [GM]
2470!! 21 NSW Lane, Gary W [IM]
2465!! 21 NSW Zhao, Zong-Yuan [IM]
2458!! 21 NSW Wohl, Aleksander H [IM]
2456!! 28 VIC Smerdon, David C [IM]
2444!! 11 VIC Johansen, Darryl K [GM]
2418! 0 SA Tao, Trevor
2399!! 21 QLD Solomon, Stephen J [IM]
2383!! 27 NSW Bjelobrk, Igor [FM]
2376!! 9 VIC West, Guy [IM]
2370!! 10 VIC Froehlich, Peter [IM]
2336!! 39 NSW Xie, George [FM]
2315!! 23 VIC Goldenberg, Igor [FM]
2306!! 0 VIC Sandler, Leonid [IM]
2294!! 10 NSW Reilly, Tim [FM]
2276!! 21 NSW Canfell, Gregory J [FM]
2271! 5 VIC Baron, Michael [FM]
2260! 10 NSW Drummond, Matthew
2258! 0 NSW Tan, Justin
2256! 10 NSW Feldman, Vladimir [IM]

Alexander Saint, who is running the Australian Internet Junior matches, has begun collating a National Chess Contacts Database. Chess administrators are invited to email him with relevant details.

No appeals against the ACF Olympiad selections were received by the deadline of Monday Feb 27 and therefore the provisional selections are now official:

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

- Kevin Bonham
ACF Selections Co-ordinator (Senior Events)

Olympiad Appeal: Brett Tindall is organising this year's effort. You can read details here. Please give generously! Already one fund-raising scheme is under way:

Black & White is All Right Campaign!

Knights & Bytes (organisers of the Australian Internet Junior Chess Championships) and Chesskids have combined to help two worthy causes: a) The Olympiad Appeal (50%); and b) Juniors going to World Junior (50%)

They have purchased 2600 black and white chequerboard wristbands which will be distributed this week and will be available for a lot of chess tournaments prior to the Olympiad.

Wristbands will be $1 each and 100% of money/profit goes into these 2 causes.

The ACF has been reliably informed that the World Youth Festival (under-age championships), proposed to be held in Russia this year, will not now be held there. The new venue and the dates are to be announced by FIDE in due course. - Denis Jessop

Applications are being invited for the World Youth Under 16 Chess Olympiad to be held on 5 to 13 August in Dogubeyazit, Agri, Turkey. Details

Check out this link for a story about a one-off chess set made in Maitland.

The final scores for the Drouin Open published last week had a mistrake in them. Gary Bekker drew his final game against Malcolm Pyke and finished on 4 points.

Australian Interstate Junior Internet matches:

Round 2 results:

Tasmania 3.5-6.5 Queensland
SA 1.5-10.5 ACT
NSW 8.5-2.5 Victoria

Progress Scores:

ACT 21.5; NSW 19.5; Victoria 11.5; Queensland 7.5; Tasmania 4.5; SA 4.5.

Wallis, C    --    Obst, J
Australian Junior Internet Championships  (1)   Internet
2006.03.02     1-0     B04m

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 Bg7 7.Qe2 O-O 8.O-O Bg4 9.exd6 cxd6 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Nc6 12.c3 e5 13.dxe5 dxe5 14.Be3 Qc7 15.Na3 Na5 16.Rfd1 a6 17.Bxb6 Qxb6 18.Nc4 Nxc4 19.Bxc4 Qc7 20.Bd5 Rab8 21.c4 h6 22. Rac1 Kh7 23.c5 f5 24.c6 e4 25.Qa3 bxc6 26.Rxc6 Qf4 27.Bb3 Rfd8 28.Rxd8 Rxd8 29. Qc5! Rd7

30.Qc4! Rd8 31.Qe6 Qg5 32.h4 Qg4 33.Rc7 Rd1+ 34.Bxd1 Qxd1+ 35.Kh2 Qd2 36.Qe5

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

Tristan Boyd is leading the WA Metro Club Championship with 3/4 ahead of Kuklinski and Roza on 2.5. Some games:

Maris, R (1865)    --    Haasse, A (2021)
Metro Club Championship - A  (1)   Metro Chess Club
2006.02.02     0-1     B42

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Qc7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Kh1 Nc6 8.c3 d5 9.Nd2 Bd6 10.exd5 Nxd4 11.cxd4 Nxd5 12.Ne4 Bd7 13.Qg4 g6 14.Bg5 f5 15.Nxd6+ Qxd6 16.Qh4 Kf7 17.Bh6 Bc6 18.Rfe1 Nf6 19.Bc4 Rae8 20.f3 Ng8 21. Bd2 Nf6 22.Rad1 h6 23.Qf4 Qxf4 24.Bxf4 Bd5 25.Rc1 Rc8 26.b3 b5 27.Bd3 g5 28.Be5 Rhg8 29.Kg1 Nd7 30.Bd6 Nf6 31.Rc5 Nd7

32.Rxd5!? exd5 33.Re7+
( 33.Bxf5 looks better )
33...Kf6 34.Rxd7 Ke6! 35.Rh7 Kxd6 36.Rxh6+ Ke7 37.Rxa6 Ra8 38.Bxb5 Rxa6 39.Bxa6 Ra8 40.Bb7 Rxa2 41.Bxd5 Rd2 42.Bc4 Rxd4 43.Kf2 Rd2+ 44.Kg3 f4+ 45. Kh3 Kf6 46.g3 Ke5 47.Kg4 Rxh2 48.gxf4+ gxf4 49.Bd3 Rg2+ 50.Kh4 Rb2 51.Bc4 Kd4 52.Kh3 Ke3 53.Bd5 Rd2 54.Bc6 Rd6 55.Be4 Rd4 56.Bc6 Rb4 57.Bd5 Rb5 58. Bc6 Rxb3 59.Kg2 Rb6 60.Bd5 Rg6+ 61.Kf1 Rg3 0-1

Fedec, J (1883)    --    Haasse, A (2021)
Metro Club Championship - A  (2)   Metro Chess Club
2006.02.09     0-1     E98

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Ne8 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 h5 13.c5 g5 14.a4 Rf6 15.cxd6 Nxd6 16.Nb5 a6 17.Nxd6 cxd6 18.a5 Rg6 19.Bb6 Qf8 20.h3 Kh8 21.Ra3 Ng8 22.Nd3 Nf6 23.Nf2 Qg8 24.Rc3 Ne8 25.b4 Bd7 26.Qb3 Bf6 27.b5 Rg7 28.Rfc1 g4 29. fxg4 Bh4 30.bxa6 bxa6 31.Bf3 Qh7 32.Qc2 Nf6 33.Rc7 Rag8 34.Qe2 hxg4 35. hxg4 Bg3 36.Kf1

( 36.Nh3 )
36...Bb5 37.Nd3 Qh1+ 38.Bg1 Rxc7 39.Rxc7 Bh2 0-1

List, R (1809)    --    Roza, P (1937)
Metro Club Championship - A  (2)   Metro Chess Club
2006.02.09     0-1     E70

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 g6 5.e4 d6 6.Bd3 Bg7 7.Nge2 O-O 8.O-O Re8 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bd2 a6 11.a4 exd5 12.exd5 Nbd7 13.Ng3 Ne5 14.Be2 h5 15.Bg5 Qc7 16.Qd2 Nh7 17.Bh6 Bh8 18.Nge4 Bf5 19.Ng5 Nf6 20.h3 Re7 21.f3 h4 22.Qf4 Rae8 23.Rfd1 Ned7 24.Rd2 Nh5 25.Qxh4 Bxc3 26.bxc3 Rxe2 27.Rxe2 Rxe2 28.g4 Qb6 29.gxf5 Qb2 30.Re1 Rg2+ 31.Kf1 Ne5 32.Ne4? Rg1+!! 0-1

Kuklinski, A (1939)    --    Lilly, R (1851)
Metro Club Championship - A  (3)   Metro Chess Club
2006.02.16     1-0     C10

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bd3 Ngf6 6.Qe2 Nxe4 7.Bxe4 Nf6

8.Bxb7!! Rb8 9.Bxc8 Qxc8 10.Nf3 Bd6 11.O-O O-O 12.c3 c5 13.dxc5 Qxc5 14.Re1 Qh5 15.Ne5 Qh4 16.h3 Rfc8 17.Nxf7!! Bc5 18.Ng5 Rb6 19.Nf3 Qh5 20.b4 Bd6 21.Qxe6+

List, R (1809)    --    Hardegen, A (1806)
Metro Club Championship - A  (4)   Metro Chess Club
2006.02.23     0-1     D13

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Ne4 7.e3 Nxc3 8.bxc3 g6 9.Bb5 Bd7 10.Qb3 Qa5 11.O-O a6 12.Bxc6 Bxc6 13.Ne5 Qb5 14.Qc2 f6 15.Nd3 e6 16.a4 Qa5 17.Qb2 Rc8 18.Qb3 Kf7 19.Rfc1 b5 20.Nb2 Be7 21.axb5 Qxb5 22.Qa2 Qb7 23.c4?! dxc4 24.Nxc4 Bxg2 25.Qe2 Bf3 26.Qf1 g5 27.Bg3 h5 28.Bd6

Rxc4!! 29.Qxc4 Bxd6 30.Qxa6 Bxh2+!! 31.Kxh2 Qe4 32.Qf1 Qh4+

NSW news:

The top six seeds Xie, Rej, Halpin, Bolens, Bird and Wright all won their first round games in the 23-player City of Sydney Championship at NSW Bridge Association in Goulburn St, Sydney. There are also 23 players in the under 1700 rated supporting event.

Meanwhile, 60 players are competing in 6 divisions at St George Leagues Club. The top two seeds - FM George Xie 2374 and Vladimir Smirnov - won their first round games in the FIDE-rated event.

The Cecil Purdy Centenary Tournament at Norths has attracted 57 players in 5 divisions. John Purdy (twice Australian Champion) is top seed. Purdy's father Cecil (1906-1979) was the first World Correspondence Champion (1953-1958) and four times Australian Champion. John Purdy's Grandfather Spencer Crakanthorp was also twice Australian Champion.

Sydney Western Suburbs Premiership has begun with 22 teams from 8 clubs in 4 divisions.

- Peter Parr

Bird, Andrew    --    Rachmadi, Herman
City of Sydney 2006  (1)   Sydney
2006.02.28     1-0     D21f

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 e6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e4 b5 5.a4 c6 6.axb5 cxb5 7.b3 Bb7 8. bxc4 Bxe4 9.cxb5 Nf6 10.Be2 Be7 11.O-O O-O 12.Nc3 Bb4

( 12...Bb7 13.Bf4 Bb4 14.Na4 Nbd7 15.Qb3 Nd5 16.Bg5 Be7 17.Bd2 a6 18.b6 Bc6 19.Ne5 Nxe5 20.dxe5 Nxb6 21.Nxb6 Qxd2 22.Nxa8 Qxe2 23.Nc7 Qxe5 24.Qg3 Qf5 25.Rxa6 Be4 26.Ra7 Bc5 27.Ra5 Bxf2+ 28.Qxf2 Qxa5 29.Nxe6 Bxg2 0-1 Vallejo Pons,F (2686)-Kasparov,G (2804)/Linares ESP 2005 )
13.Nxe4 Nxe4 14.Qc2 Nf6 15.Bg5 Be7 16.Bd3 Nbd7 17.Ne5 Bd6

18.Bxh7+ Kh8 19. Be4 Rc8 20.Qd3 g6 21.Nxd7 Bxh2+ 22.Kh1 Ng4 23.Bxd8 Rfxd8 24.Qh3+

Xie, George    --    Wright, Neil
City of Sydney 2006  (1)   Sydney
2006.02.28     1-0     C41p

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.dxe5 Nxe4 5.Qd5 Nc5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.exd6 cxd6 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.a3 Be6 10.Qd2 d5 11.O-O-O Ne4 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Nxe4 dxe4 14.Nd4 O-O 15.Nxc6 bxc6 16.Qe3 f5 17.f3 Rad8 18.Be2 Bd5 19.Qc3 Rd7 20.Kb1 Rfd8 21.Rde1 Qg5 22.Rhg1 Qh4 23.Qe5 Qf6 24.Qxf6 gxf6 25.f4 Be6 26.Kc1 Kf8 27.Rd1 Ke7 28.Rxd7+ Rxd7 29.Rd1 Rb7 30.b3 c5 31.Kb2 Rd7 32.Rxd7+ Kxd7 33. b4 Kd6 34.c4 Bf7 35.Kb3 Be8 36.Kc3 Kc6 37.Kd2 Bf7 38.h3 Kb6 39.g4 Be6 40. Ke3 Kc6 41.gxf5 Bxf5 42.Bg4 Bg6 43.f5 Bf7 44.Be2 a5 45.b5+ Kd6 46.Kxe4 Be8 47.Bf3 Bf7 48.Kd3 Kc7 49.Be2 Be8 50.Ke3 Bf7 51.Kd3 Be8 52.Bf3 Bf7 53.Bd5 Bh5 54.Ke4 h6 55.Bg8 Kd6 56.b6 Kc6 57.b7 Kxb7 58.Kd5 Be2 59.Kxc5 Bd3 60. Be6 1-0

World News

Kramnik-Fritz: The world champion Vladimir Kramnik will play computer program Fritz in a six-game match from November 25 till December 5. Kramnik, who recently complained of joint pains to explain poor recent performances, stands to collect $US1 million if he wins or $US500,000 if he loses.

Leko leads as Morelia/Linares stage 1 ends: 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! Topalov finally won in round 5 - against Ivanchuk - while Svidler was stopped by Aronian. In round 6, Ivanchuk smashed Svidler and Radjabov beat Bacrot while Vallejo Pons beat Topalov. Aronian beat Bacrot in the only decisive game of round 7, which ended the Mexican leg of the tournament. Play resumes in Linares, Spain, on March 3. Round 7 Standings: Leko 5.0; Aronian 4.5; Svidler 4.0; Ivanchuk, Radjabov 3.5; Vallejo Pons 3.0; Topalov 2.5; Bacrot 2.0.
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Capelle Le Grande: 92 GMs played. Leading Final Round 9 Standings: Moiseenko 7.5; Gashimov, Goloshchapov, Azarov, Drozdovskij, Grigoriants, Sasikiran, Burmakin, Szelag 7.0.
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Polish Championship: Round 5 Standings: 1. Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2605 4.0; 2. Czarnota, Pawel m POL 2497 3.5; 3. Markowski, Tomasz g POL 2565 3.5; 4. Heberla, Bartlomiej m POL 2487 3.0; 5. Bartel, Mateusz g POL 2524 3.0; 6. Socko, Bartosz g POL 2610 2.5; 7. Bobras, Piotr g POL 2531 2.5; 8. Kempinski, Robert g POL 2619 2.5; 9. Dziuba, Marcin m POL 2491 2.5; 10. Macieja, Bartlomiej g POL 2585 2.0; 11. Grabarczyk, Miroslaw g POL 2479 2.0; 12. Gajewski, Grzegorz m POL 2486 1.5; 13. Warakomski, Tomasz f POL 2430 1.5; 14. Urban, Klaudiusz m POL 2462 1.0.
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GM Tage Pulvermühle: Round 4 Standings: 1. Gustafsson, Jan g GER 2614 3.0; 2. Markos, Jan m SVK 2493 3.0; 3. Jussupow, Artur g GER 2605 2.5; 4. Prusikin, Michael g GER 2563 2.5; 5. Korchnoi, Viktor g SUI 2608 2.0; 6. Bezold, Michael g GER 2534 2.0; 7. Baramidze, David g GER 2554 2.0; 8. Braun, Arik m GER 2491 1.5; 9. Atlas, Valeri m AUT 2480 1.0; 10. Lahno, Kateryna m UKR 2500 0.5.
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Hungarian Championship: Round 1 Standings: 1. Balogh, Csaba g HUN 2561 1.0; 2. Cao Sang m VIE 2488 1.0; 3. Gyimesi, Zoltan g HUN 2602 1.0; 4. Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2646 0.5; 5. Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2597 0.5; 6. Ruck, Robert g HUN 2540 0.5; 7. Sax, Gyula g HUN 2539 0.5; 8. Horvath, Adam1 g HUN 2532 0.0; 9. Portisch, Lajos g HUN 2533 0.0; 10. Szabo, Krisztian1 m HUN 2447 0.0.
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US Championship: Starts March 2. Players include Nakamura, Ibragimov, Onischuk, Akobian, Finegold, Goldin, Stripunsky, Kudrin, Benjamin, Dlugy (Group A); and Kamsky, Kaidanov, Gulko, Shabalov, Ivanov, Novikov, Christiansen, Becerra, Shulman and Perelshteyn in Group B.


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Urban, K (2462)    --    Wojtaszek, R (2605)
LXIII ch-POL  (3)   Krakow POL
2006.02.27     0-1     A30

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 e6 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.d4 cxd4 7.Qxd4 Be7 8. O-O d6 9.Bg5 a6 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Qf4 O-O 12.Rfd1 Be7 13.Ne4 Bxe4 14.Qxe4 Ra7 15.Nd4 Qc8 16.b3 Bf6 17.a4 Qc5 18.Ra2 Rd8 19.e3 Rad7 20.Qb1 a5 21.Rad2 g6 22.h4 Kg7 23.Bf3 Na6 24.Bg2 Nb4 25.Nc2 Nxc2 26.Qxc2 Kf8 27.Qe4 Qe5 28. Qxe5 Bxe5 29.Rc2 Ke7 30.Rd3 h6 31.Rcd2 g5 32.hxg5 hxg5 33.f4 Bf6 34.Bc6 Rc7 35.Bf3 Rcc8 36.Kf2 Rd7 37.e4 Rdd8 38.Bg4 gxf4 39.gxf4 Rg8 40.Kf3 Rcd8 41.Rd1 Rh8 42.R1d2 e5 43.fxe5 Bxe5 44.Rd1 Rdg8 45.R3d2 Rh4 46.Rg2

Rgxg4!? 47.Rxg4 Rh3+ 48.Ke2 Rxb3 49.Rd5 Rc3 50.Rb5 Bd4 51.Rd5 Be5 52.Rb5 Rxc4 53. Rxb6 Rxa4 54.Kd3 f5! 55.Rh4 f4 56.Rh6 Rd4+ 57.Kc2 Kd7 58.Rh7+ Ke6 59.Rh6+ Bf6 60.e5 Kxe5 61.Rb5+ d5 62.Rxa5 f3 63.Ra3 Rf4 64.Ra1 f2 65.Rf1 Ke4 66. Rh3 Kf5 67.Kd2 Kg4 68.Rd3 d4 69.Rb3 Bh4 70.Rd3 Bg3 71.Rh1 Re4 72.Rf1 Kf4 73.Rb3 Re1 74.Rb1 Ke4 75.Rh1 Bf4+ 76.Kc2 d3+ 77.Kc3 d2

Andreev, Ed (2470)    --    Sasikiran, K (2670)
22nd Open  (3)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.20     0-1     B80

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f3 e6 7.Be3 b5 8. Qd2 b4 9.Na4 Nbd7 10.O-O-O Qa5 11.b3 Bb7 12.g4 Nc5 13.a3 Nxa4 14.axb4 Qc7 15.bxa4 Nd7 16.Nb3 d5 17.Na5 Rc8 18.c4 Ba8 19.c5?!

White's really asking for it
19...Nxc5!! 20.bxc5 Bxc5 21.Bxc5 Qb6!!
Much better than ...Qc5
22.Nc4!? Qxc5 23.Qd4 Ke7 24.Qxc5+ Rxc5 25.Be2 dxc4 26.Kc2 Bc6 27. Ra1 h5! 28.gxh5 Rcxh5 29.Kc3 a5 30.Kxc4 Rxh2 31.Rxh2 Rxh2 32.Kd3 g5 33.Ke3 f5 34.Bb5 Bb7 35.Rc1 Kd6 36.Rd1+ Ke5 37.Rd7 f4+ 38.Kd3 Bxe4+!! 39.fxe4 g4 40.Rg7 g3 41.Rg6 g2 42.Bd7 Rh3+ 43.Kc4 f3!
( Not 43...Rg3?? 44.Rxe6# )
44.Rxe6+ Kf4 45.Rf6+ Ke3 46.Bxh3 g1=Q 47.e5 Qh1 0-1

Kryvoruchko, Y (2513)    --    Moiseenko, A1 (2657)
22nd Open  (3)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.20     0-1     B30

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Bc4 Be7 5.d3 Nf6 6.Nd2 d6 7.Nf1 Bg4 8. f3 Be6 9.Ne3 O-O 10.O-O a6 11.a4 Nb4 12.Ncd5 Nbxd5 13.exd5 Bd7 14.f4 exf4 15.Rxf4 Ne8 16.c3 Bg5 17.Rf3 Nf6 18.Nf5 Bxc1 19.Rxc1 Bxf5 20.Rxf5 Qe7 21. Qe1 Rae8 22.Qxe7 Rxe7 23.a5 Rfe8 24.Rb1 Ng4 25.b4 Ne3 26.Rf2 cxb4 27.Rxb4 Nd1!!

( 28.Rc2?? Re1# is a surprising mate )
28...Nxc3 29.h3 h5 30.Kh2 Rc8 31.Rb3 Na4 32.Rb4 Nc5 33.Rb6 Rd7 34.d4 Na4 35.Rb4 Rdc7 36.Bb3 Nc3 37.Rb6 Rd8 38.Rc1 Rdd7 39.Rc2 f5 40.Rf2 g6 41.g4 Ne4 42.Rc2 hxg4 43.hxg4 f4 44.Kg2 Rf7 45.Kf3 Ng5+ 46.Kf2 Rh7 47.Kf1 Ne4 48.Kg2 Rcf7 49.Rc8+ Kg7 50.Bd1 Ng5 51.Rc3 f3+ 52.Bxf3 Rh3 53.Rbb3 Kh6 54. Rd3 Rf4 55.Bd1 Rxd3 56.Rxd3 Ne4 57.Rb3 Rf2+ 58.Kg1 Ra2 59.Re3 Nd2 60.Be2 Rxa5 61.Re6 Rxd5 62.Bd3 Kg5 63.Rxg6+ Kf4 64.Rf6+ Kg3 65.Be2 Ra5 66.g5 Rxg5 67.Rxd6 Kh3+ 68.Kh1 Ne4 69.Rh6+ Kg3 70.Bxa6 bxa6 71.Rxa6 Nd2 72.Kg1 Kf3+ 73.Kh1 Kf2
...Nf3 will set up a mating net

Yevseev, D (2557)    --    Zinchenko, Ya (2501)
22nd Open  (3)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.20     1-0     D31

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bb4 6.e3 b5 7.Bd2 a5 8.axb5 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 cxb5 10.b3 Bb7 11.bxc4 b4 12.Bb2 Nf6 13.Bd3 Nbd7 14.O-O O-O 15.Nd2 Qc7 16.f4 a4 17.Rb1 Rfd8 18.Qe2 b3 19.Ba1 Qb6 20.Kh1 Nf8 21.f5 Re8 22.e4 exf5 23.Rxf5 Rad8 24.d5 N6d7 25.e5 Ng6 26.Nf3 Nc5 27.Bd4 Qb4

28.Rxf7 !! Rxd5
( 28...Kxf7 29.Ng5+ Ke7 30.Qf2! )
29.cxd5 Bxd5 30.Bxg6 hxg6 31.Rxg7+!! Kxg7 32.e6+ Kf8 33.Qe5 Nxe6 34.Qf6+ Kg8 35.Qh8+ Kf7 36.Ne5+ Ke7 37.Qh7+ Kf6 38.Qxg6+ 1-0

Nalbandian, T (2524)    --    Simon, O (2330)
22nd Open  (3)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.20     1-0     A07

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.O-O d6 6.Nbd2 Nc6 7.e4 e5 8. dxe5 dxe5 9.c3 Qe7 10.Qe2 Nd7 11.Nc4 Nb6 12.Ne3 Be6 13.h4 Rad8 14.Ng5 Bc8 15.b4 h6 16.Nf3 Be6 17.a4 Rfe8 18.a5 Nc8 19.b5 Nb8 20.h5 Qd6 21.Nh4 Kh7 22.Ba3 Qd3 23.Qb2 Qd2 24.hxg6+ fxg6 25.Qb1 Qd3 26.Nd5 Qxb1 27.Raxb1 Bxd5 28.exd5 Bf8 29.Bxf8 Rxf8 30.Rbe1 Nd7 31.Be4 Rf6 32.f4 Nd6

33.Bxg6+!! Rxg6 34.Nxg6 Kxg6 35.fxe5 Nf5 36.e6 Nf6 37.b6!! axb6 38.e7 Re8 39.axb6 Rxe7
( 39...cxb6 40.d6 Nxd6 41.Re6 Ne4 42.Rf4 )
40.g4 Ne3 41.bxc7 Rxc7 42.Rxe3 Nxd5 43.Re6+ Kg7 44.Rd1 Nf4 45.Re3 Rxc3 46. Rxc3 Ne2+ 47.Kg2 Nxc3 48.Rd3 Ne4 49.Kf3 Ng5+ 50.Kg3 b5 51.Rd5 Nf7 52.Rxb5 Kf6 53.Kf4 Ke6 54.Rb6+ Nd6 55.Ra6 Kd5 56.Kg3 1-0

Belikov, V (2528)    --    Sebag, M (2415)
22nd Open  (4)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.20     1-0     B53

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Bd7 5.c4 Nc6 6.Qd1 Nf6 7.Nc3 g6 8. h3 Bg7 9.Be2 O-O 10.O-O Rc8 11.Be3 a6 12.Rc1 Qa5 13.Nd2 Rfe8 14.a3 Be6 15. Nd5 Nd7

16.Bb6!! Nxb6 17.Nb3 Bxd5 18.Nxa5 Bxe4 19.Nxc6 Rxc6 +- 20.Qd2 Rec8 21.b3 d5 22.cxd5 Bxd5 23.Rxc6 Rxc6 24.Rc1 Rd6 25.Qb4 Bf6 26.a4 Kg7 27.a5 Nd7 28.Rd1 Ne5 29.Qxd6 exd6 30.Rxd5 Bd8 31.Rxd6 Bxa5 32.f4 Nc6 33.Rd7 Nd8 34.Bf3 b5 35.Kf1 Kf8 36.Ra7 Ne6 37.Rxa6 Bd8 38.g3 Be7 39.Ra8+ Kg7 40.Ra7 Kf8 41.Bd5 Nd4 42.Rb7 b4 43.Kf2 h5 44.g4 hxg4 45.hxg4 f5 46.Rb8+ Kg7 47. Ke3 Bc5 48.Kd3 fxg4 49.Kc4 Nxb3 50.Kxb3 Kf6 51.Rb7

Firman, N (2468)    --    Gdanski, J (2540)
22nd Open  (4)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.20     1-0     C19

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 b6 8. Bb5+ Bd7 9.Bd3 Ba4 10.h4 h6 11.h5 Nbc6 12.g3 c4 13.Bf1 Kd7!? 14.Bh3 Qg8 15.O-O Qh7

A remarkable manoeuvre!
16.Ra2 a5 17.Nh4 b5 18.f4 g6 19.Ng2 Rag8 20.Kh2 Qg7 21.Qf3 Nd8 22. Ne3 Kc6 23.Ng4 Rf8 24.Nf6 Ng8 25.Ne4!! f5
( 25...dxe4 26.Qxe4+ Kc7 27.d5 f5 28.Qd4 ( 28.d6+!? ) )
26.Nc5 g5 27.Nxe6!!

( 27.Nxe6 Nxe6 28.Qxd5+!! Kxd5 29.Bg2# )

Popov, Val (2592)    --    Sulskis, S (2504)
22nd Open  (4)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.20     0-1     E39

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 O-O 6.a3 Bxc5 7.Nf3 b6 8. Bf4 Bb7 9.Rd1 d5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.e4

Nxf4 12.Rxd8 Rxd8 13.g3 Ng6 14.Bg2 Ba6 15.Qa4 Bb7 16.O-O Nc6 17.Rd1 Rxd1+ 18.Qxd1 Rd8 19.Qc2 Nge5 20.Nxe5 Nxe5 21.b4 Bf8 22.h3 a5 23.bxa5 bxa5 24.Nb5 Ba6 25.a4 Rc8 26.Qd2 Bxb5 27.axb5 a4 28.f4 Nc4 29.Qa2 a3 30.e5 Ne3 31.Bc6 Bc5 32.Kf2 Rd8 33.Kf3 Nf1 34.b6 Rd3+
( 34...Rd3+ 35.Ke4 ( 35.Ke2 ( 35.Kg4 Rxg3+ 36.Kh4 Be7+ 37.Kh5 g6+ 38.Kh6 Bf8# ) 35...Rd2+ 36.Qxd2 Nxd2 37.Kxd2 a2 ) 35...Re3# )

Hebden, M (2514)    --    Grooten, H (2365)
22nd Open  (4)   Cappelle la Grande FRA
2006.02.20     1-0     A47

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 b6 4.Bg5 Bb7 5.Nbd2 Be7 6.e3 c5 7.Bd3 Nc6 8. O-O O-O 9.a3 cxd4 10.cxd4 Nd5 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.Bc4 Nf6 13.e4 d6 14.Rc1 Rac8 15.Bd3 e5 16.d5 Nb8 17.Qa4 Rxc1 18.Rxc1 Rc8 19.Rxc8+ Bxc8 20.Qc2 Qd8 21. Nc4 Ne8 22.Qa4 Qd7 23.Qxd7 Nxd7 24.b4 Kf8 25.Nfd2 Ke7 26.g3 Nf8 27.f3 Bd7 28.Kf2 g5 29.Nb1 Kd8 30.Nc3 Ng6 31.Ke2 h5 32.Ne3 Nc7 33.a4 h4 34.Bb5 Bc8 35.Bc6 hxg3 36.hxg3 Ke7 37.b5 Nf8 38.Kd3 Nh7 39.Ne2 Nf6 40.g4 Nce8 41.Kc4 Kd8 42.Kb4 Nd7 43.Nc4 Kc7 44.Ng3 Ng7

45.Nh5! Nxh5
( After 45...Ne8 the Ne8 can't move )
46.Bxd7! Nf4
( 46...Bxd7 47.gxh5 and the pawn can't be stopped )
47.Bxc8 Nd3+
( 47...Kxc8 48.Nxd6+ Kd7 49.Nxf7 +- )
48.Kc3 Ne1 49.Bf5 Nxf3 50.Nb2 Ne1 51.Bh7 f6 52.Bf5 Kb7 53.Nc4 Kc7 54.Ne3 Kd8 55.Be6 Nf3 56.Nf5 Kc7 57.Ne7 Nd4 58.Ng8 Kd8 59.Nxf6 Ne2+ 60.Kd2 Nd4 61.Kc3 Ne2+ 62.Kc4 Ng1 63.Bf5 Nh3 64.Nd7 Kc7 65.Nf8 Kb7 66.Ne6 Kb8 67.Nd8 1-0

Topalov, V (2801)    --    Radjabov, T (2700)
XXIII SuperGM  (4)   Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP
2006.02.22     0-1     E70

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Bd3 O-O 6.Nge2 c5 7.d5 e6 8.h3 exd5 9.exd5 Nfd7 10.f4 f5 11.O-O Na6 12.Be3 Nc7 13.Qd2 Re8 14.Bf2 Nf6 15. a3 a5 16.Bh4 Bd7 17.Kh1 Qe7 18.Rae1 Qf7 19.a4 Na6 20.g4!? Nb4 21.Bb1 fxg4 22.f5 Bxf5!? 23.Bxf5 gxf5 24.Rxf5 Qg6 25.Ref1 Rf8 26.Ng3 Nh5!? 27.Nce4 Nxg3+ 28.Nxg3 gxh3 29.b3 Rae8 30.Kh2 Rxf5 31.Rxf5 Re5 32.Qg5 Qxg5 33.Bxg5 Nc2 34.Bd8 Nd4 35.Rf4 Re3 36.Rg4 Kf7 37.Re4 Rxb3 0-1

Aronian, L (2752)    --    Svidler, P (2765)
XXIII SuperGM  (5)   Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP
2006.02.23     1-0     D80

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4 5.Bh4 c5 6.cxd5 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Qxd5 8.e3 cxd4 9.Qxd4 Qxd4 10.cxd4 e6 11.Rb1 Be7 12.Bxe7 Kxe7 13.Bd3 Nc6 14.Nf3 b6 15.Ke2 Bb7 16.Rhc1 Rhc8 17.g4 h6 18.h4 Na5 19.g5 hxg5 20.hxg5

Gaining a space advantage on the kingside, and restraining the black king and f-pawn
20...Rxc1 21.Rxc1 Rc8 22.Rxc8 Bxc8 23.Ne5! Bb7 24.a3 Nc6 25.Ng4 Nb8 26.Kd2 Bc6 27.Kc3 Nd7 28.f4 a5 29.e4 b5 30.Bc2 f5 31.exf5 exf5 32.Ne5 Nxe5 33.dxe5 b4+!?
Otherwise white will play his king to c5 or b6 and round up the pawns anyway
34.axb4 axb4+ 35.Kxb4 Bd7 36.Bb3 Bc6 37.Kc5 Be8 38.e6!

It's zugzwang: the Be8 can't move, and any king move allows Kd6 etc
( 38.e6 Kf8 39.Kd6 Kg7 40.Bd5 Ba4 41.Bc6 Bxc6 42.Kxc6 Kf8 43.Kd7 )

Ivanchuk, V (2729)    --    Topalov, V (2801)
XXIII SuperGM  (5)   Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP
2006.02.23     0-1     D15

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qb3 Nc6 7.Bg5 e6 8. e3 h6 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.Bd3 Bd6 11.O-O O-O 12.Rac1 b5 13.Bb1 Bd7 14.Qc2 g6 15.Qd2 Rac8 16.Rfd1 Rc7 17.Qe1 b4 18.Ne2 a5 19.Qd2 Rfc8 20.Ne1 a4

Black is on top
21.Nd3 Na5 22.Rxc7
( 22.Nxb4 Nc4 23.Qe1 Nxb2 )
22...Rxc7 23.Rc1 Nc4 24.Qe1 Qd8 25.g3
( 25.Nxb4 Nxb2 )
25...Bb5 26.h4 g5
Restraining both white knights
27.hxg5 hxg5 28.Kg2 Qc8 29.Ng1 f6 30.Qd1 Be8 31.Nf3 Bh5 32.Rc2 Bg6 33.Re2 g4 34.Nh4 Be4+ 35.Kh2 f5 36.Ne1 Nxe3!! 37.Rxe3 Rc1 38.Qd2 Rxb1 39. Rxe4
39...dxe4 40.Qg5+ Kf7 0-1

Ivanchuk, V (2729)    --    Svidler, P (2765)
XXIII SuperGM  (6)   Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP
2006.02.25     1-0     D80

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4 5.Bh4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 dxc4 7.e3 Be6 8.Qb1 c5 9.Qxb7 Bd5 10.Qb5+ Nd7 11.Nf3 Rb8 12.Qa4 cxd4 13.cxd4 Qc8 14.Rc1 e6 15.Bxc4 Rb4 16.Qa6 Bb7 17.Qa5 f6 18.Nd2 Bxg2 19.Rg1 Qc6

20.Rxg2!! Qxg2 21.Bxe6 Bd6 22.Rc8+ Ke7 23.Rxh8 Kxe6 24.Qd8 Qg1+ 25.Ke2

Topalov, V (2801)    --    Vallejo Pons, F (2650)
XXIII SuperGM  (6)   Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP
2006.02.25     0-1     D43

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.O-O Nbd7 11.Ne5 h5 12.Nxd7 Qxd7 13.Be5 Rh6 14.f3 Qe7 15.a4 a6 16.Qc2 Rd8 17.Rad1 Nd7 18.Bc7 Rc8 19.Bg3 e5 20.d5 b4 21.dxc6 Rhxc6 22. Nd5 Qe6 23.Qd2 h4 24.Bf2 c3 25.bxc3 bxc3 26.Qxg5 c2 27.Rc1 h3 28.g3 Qh6 29.Qf5 Qd2 30.Rfe1 Ba3 31.f4 Bxc1 32.Bh5 Rg6 33.Bxg6 Bxd5 34.exd5 Qxe1+ 35.Bxe1 Be3+ 36.Kf1 c1=Q 37.Qxf7+ Kd8 38.Ke2 Bb6 39.Bd2 Qc4+ 40.Kf3 e4+ 41.Kg4 Kc7 42.a5 Bd4 43.Bf5 Rg8+ 44.Kh4 Rh8+ 45.Kg5 Qb5 46.Be6 e3 47.Be1 e2 48.g4 Rf8 49.Qh7 Be3 50.Kh4 Bxf4 51.g5 Qa4 52.Kh5 Bxh2 53.Bxh3 Be5 54. Qd3 Rh8+ 55.Kg6 Nf8+ 56.Kf7 Kd8 0-1

Bacrot, E (2717)    --    Aronian, L (2752)
XXIII SuperGM  (7)   Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP
2006.02.26     0-1     E21

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.g3 Ne4 6.Qd3 Qa5 7.Qxe4 Bxc3+ 8.Bd2 Bxd2+ 9.Nxd2 Nc6 10.dxc5 b6 11.Bg2 Bb7 12.Qf4 bxc5 13.Qd6 Qb6 14.Ne4 Nd4 15.Qxb6 axb6 16.Nd6+ Ke7 17.Bxb7 Nc2+

( 17...Kxd6 18.Bxa8 Nc2+ 19.Kd2 Nxa1 20.Bg2 +- )
18.Kd2 Nxa1 19.Nxf7

Ultra-daring. Black relies on the white knight being out of play, and the prospect of picking up some white pawns
( 19...Kxf7 20.Bxa8 Rxa8 21.Rxa1 is better for white )
20.Nxh8 Rxb2+ 21.Kd3
( 21.Kc3 Rb3+ )
( 21.Kc1 Rxe2 )
21...Rb3+ 22.Ke4 Nc2 23.e3 b5!? 24.Kf4
Making way for the bishop, which is somewhat out of play
24...bxc4 25.Be4 Nb4 26.Bxh7 Nd3+! 27.Kg5
( 27.Kf3 Ne5+ 28.Ke4 Kf6 29.f4 d5# illustrates what white's up against )
27...Nxf2 28.Rf1 Rb2 29.h4 d5 30.Ra1 Kd7 31.Nf7 c3 32.Kg6 Ng4 33.Rg1 Re2 34.Kxg7 Rxe3 35.h5 d4 36.h6 c4 37.Bc2 Nxh6!! 38.Nxh6 d3 39.Ba4+ Kd6 40.g4 Kc5 41.g5 Kb4 42.Ng4 Re4 43.Nf6 Re5 44.Bd1 d2 45.g6 Re1 46.Kf7 Rxg1 47.g7 Ka3 48.Bg4 Rxg4 49.Nxg4 d1=Q 50.g8=Q Qd7+ 51.Kf6 Qd4+ 52.Kxe6 c2 53.Qa8+ Kb2 54.Qb8+ Kc1 55.Qg8 Kd1
An amazing game!

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:

Queensland Women's Chess Championship: Contact: Gail Young; 3372-8077 8-9 April; Entry Fee: $45 plus $10 CAQ Fee. Post Entries To: Gail Young P.O.Box 9 Inala Qld 4077

Sydney Easter Cup: Cabravale Diggers Chess Club; Easter Saturday April 15th and Easter Monday April 17th. Contact Ernest Dorn 0419 260 240.

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

International events:

2nd World School Chess Teams Championship: U12, U14 and U16. Teams need national federation endorsement. 12-20 July. Entries close on 1 July. Part of the 17th International Festival of Chess, Bridge and Games at Pardubice, Czech Republic.

RC Sport Open:

Politiken Cup: Copenhagen, 22-30 July; 9 round swiss with more than 200 participants. Details

3rd South Wales International: 8-13 July; 9 round FIDE rated event.

Battle of Senta Open: July 21.

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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