Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 361, March 23, 2006

ACF Olympiad Appeal
ACF Rapid Rating System
Iljumzhinov website
Seniors-only tournaments
Suncoast Allegro
Aussies overseas: JP Wallace
MCC Champs
MCC March Weekender
Junior Internet matches
City of Sydney games
World Junior Applications Open
World News - Amber blindfold
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

ACF Olympiad Appeal: This appeal is always open but this is a special note encouraging everyone who can to contribute to the appeal for our teams at the Olympiad 2006.

The ACF Olympiad Appeal Organiser is Brett Tindall. Individual donations may be made to the Appeal Fund by cheque made payable to the Australian Chess Federation and posted to Brett at:

Olympiad Appeal
PO Box 463
NSW 2135

All donations will be acknowledged in the Newsletter so if you want yours to be anonymous please say so when sending your cheque.

Brett is also organising special fund raising activities but the personal support of the Australian chess community is a much appreciated and valued aspect of every Olympiad Appeal. I urge you to give generously in appreciation of the members of our Olympiad teams.

- Denis Jessop
ACF President

More details on the the ACF website.

ACF Rapid Rating System:

In the ACF Newsletter no 351 of 11 January 2006 it was noted that the ACF National Conference had adopted the following resolution as a recommendation to the ACF Council:

"To encourage the use of national rapid rating system by all state associations and other state bodies, CAQ moves that administration fees for events rated under the system be abolished."

It was further noted that the ACF Council had accepted the National Conference motion, with the rider that the fee abolition would remain in effect until the ACF Council meeting following the next National Conference. The matter will then be reconsidered in light of this yearąs experience.

I am writing this note in accordance with the motion so as to encourage wider use of the Rapid Rating System. One use of the rapid list that was foreseen by the proposers of the motion was encouragement of organisers to rate more junior events most of which are played at rapid rates (game in 15 to 59 minutes). They felt that the list could in time become a de facto national junior rating list while not necessarily supplanting the junior rating schemes now operating in some States.

Another consideration is that the more names we have on our rating lists the more evidence we have of a large following for chess in Australia.

The ACF Rapid Rating List will continue to be administered by the National ratings officers and State ratings officers through whom events for rating should be channelled using Swiss Perfect files.

In brief, I encourage organisers of all rapid events, especially junior events, to submit their events for rating.

- Denis Jessop
ACF President

Iljumzhinov's website: Kirsan's Iljumzhinov's presidential campaign website is at The ACF Council decided recently to support the rival Right Move ticket headed by Bessel Kok in the coming FIDE elections.

Seniors-only tournaments: Clive Lane, who runs the Fischerbooks chess business in NSW, is sponsoring a series of innovative tournaments for older players this year. There will be a "Fischerbooks Over 50's" division in the Doeberl Cup this Easter, and Clive is also sponsoring an Over 40's tournament later in the year at the North Sydney club.

"The basic idea is to provide something especially for older players," Clive explains, "to give them some temporary respite from the depredations of juniors!

"Don’t get me wrong - we have to support juniors, and as a schoolteacher myself I have been involved in coaching juniors at high school level for 20 years. But juniors get at least 10 tournaments a year specifically for them, and also get to play in all the senior tournaments. What about a tournament or two just for older players?

"The idea arose from talking to other adult players at the last Doeberl Cup. We found that 3 or 4 games out of our 7 were against juniors, some very young. What’s the problem with that? In the words of David Lovejoy, ex Queensland champion:

As a 60 year old I have to wonder for whom the tournament is designed. It is a good omen for the future of Australian chess to see so many juniors competing, but it does lessen the pleasure of the weekend for adult players.

There are two reasons for this: one is the simple age/culture clash which cannot be avoided and probably cannot be redressed. It's my problem if I find it difficult to be paired round after round with fidgety youngsters instead of people of my own generation, and I certainly don't wish to deny that the number of juniors is in part a measure of the success of the event.

The second reason for my discomfort is simply the rating problems that arise from a unrelieved diet of juniors. It is notorious that junior ratings lag behind as the young player improves much faster than the rest of the rated population, and it is disheartening to face a youngster rated 1500 and know that his or her real strength is closer to 2000 but that you will be heavily penalised for a loss or a draw as if the rating were accurate.

I don't know if my complaint is a common one or not; I did hear it discussed a couple of times in Canberra last week.

I have only two suggestions: one is to rate the result of juniors as usual, but quarantine the result from affecting the older player's rating. In other words, adults cannot gain or lose from playing someone under the age of say, eighteen, but that person can still progress up the ratings by having his results against adults calculated as normal. The other suggestion is to have a section restricted to adults; there may even be an unsuspected market for a section of over 50s!

"Not sure what to do about junior ratings, but I believe that David's second suggestion is a goer: that there is a group of older players who would prefer to spend their weekend in Canberra playing chess with adults," Clive says. "The Over 50's division will test that concept. For anyone who finds the juniors hard going but has not reached the magic age of 50, don’t despair; on the 8-9 July there is the Fischerbooks Over 40s Tournament at norths (formerly North Sydney Leagues Club) in Sydney. See you there!"

Suncoast Allegro: Queensland. Held at the Superbee on Sunday 26 February. 56 entered and 54 players took part in this event. (Two players more then last Year).

Players from all over the Sunshine Coast plus players from Brisbane, Gympie and Gold Coast contested The Suncoast Allegro Chess Tournament held at the SuperBee.

Results 1st 7/7 Otto Mehltreter, 2nd 6/7 Derrick Elkington, Equal 3rd Michael D'Arcy & Kevin Zhu.
Best Unrated 4/7 Peter Jefferies,
Under 18 1st 5/7 Jily Goh, 2nd 4.5/7 Marcus Bleney, 3rd 4/7 Tam Goh.
Under 13 1st 5/7 Lachlan Pederson-Lea, 2nd 4.5/7 Alex Fisher, 3rd 4/7 Luke Chapman.
Under 11, 1st 4/7 Ryan Rosenberger, 2nd 4/7 Kaiden Anderson, 3rd 4/7 Tetias Goh.
Under 9, 1st 4/7 Ulani Powell, 2nd 3/7 Russell Rosenberger, 3rd 3/7 Johnathon Hooper.

- Bill Powell, President, Suncoast Chess Club

Aussies Overseas: IM John-Paul Wallace is playing in England and recently scored the following fine win over a GM:

John-Paul Wallace    --    Jonathan P Levitt
NCL  (8)   England
2006.03.22     1-0     E40

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 Ne4 5.Qg4!? Nxc3 6.a3!? Be7 7.bxc3 O-O 8.Bd3 d5 9.Qh5 g6 10.Qe2 c5 11.Nf3 Nc6 12.O-O Re8 13.Bb2 Bf6 14.Rad1 Qa5 15.Nd2 cxd4 16.cxd4 Bg7 17.f4 Qd8 18.Nf3 Bd7 19.h4 Rc8 20.h5!? dxc4 21.Bxc4 Na5 22.Bd3 Ba4 23.Rde1 Qb6 24.Ba1 Qd6 25.Ng5 Qd5

( 25...Qxa3 26.Nxh7!? Kxh7 27.hxg6+ fxg6 28.Qh5+ Kg8 29. Bxg6 gives white a crushing attack )
26.hxg6 hxg6 27.Qf2 Bb5 28.e4 Qd7 29.Bxb5 Qxb5 30.Qh4 Nb3 31.Rb1 Qd3

32. Rxb3!
The immediate 32. d5! also wins - Peter Parr
32...Qxb3 33.d5! Qe3+ 34.Kh2 Rc3
( 34...Bxa1 35.Qh7+ Kf8 36.Qxf7# )
35.Rf3 Qxf3 36.gxf3 Rc2+ 37.Kg3 e5 38.Qh7+ Kf8 39.Bxe5 Rxe5 40.fxe5 Bxe5+ 41.f4 1-0

NSW grabs lead in Aust Junior Internet matches: With one round to go, NSW leads by just one point!

Round 4 results:

Tasmania 1.5-10.5 SA
NSW 10-2 Queensland
Victoria 3-8 ACT

Scores: NSW 36.5; ACT 35.5; Vic 25; SA 21; Qld 15.5; Tas 9.5.

Christopher Wallis-Junta Ikeda

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 c5 3. Bxf6 gxf6 4. d5 f5 5. c4 Bg7 6. Qc2 d6 7. e3 e5 8. Ne2 Qe7 9. Nbc3 Bd7 10. Ng3 e4 11. Be2 Be5 12. Nh5 Na6 13. a3 Nc7 14. Rb1 Rg8 15. g3 Bh8 16. O-O Qe5 17. Rfc1 Ke7 18. Qd1 Kf8 19. b4 cxb4 20. axb4 b6 21. Qb3 Rg5 22. Nf4 Bf6 23. Qa3 Be7 24. Bd1 h5 25. Ba4 Be8 26. Nce2 h4 27. Nd4 hxg3 28. hxg3 a6 29. Bc6 Bxc6 30. Nxc6 Qf6 31. Kg2 Rg4 32. Rh1 Rg8 33. Rh5 Bd8 34. Rbh1 Ne8 35. Rh6 Qg5 36. Nd4 Qg4 37. Qc1 Bf6 38. Qd1 Qxd1 39. Rxd1 Bg5 40. Rhh1 Ng7 41. Nh3 Bf6 42. Nc6 Ke8 43. Nf4 Kd7 44. Rh6 Bg5 45. Rh7 Bxf4 46. exf4 Raf8 47. Ra1 Ne8 48. Rxa6 Nc7 49. Ra7 Rg6 50. Rh1 Rf6 51. Nd4 Re8 52. Nb5 Rc8 53. Rha1 Rg6 54. Rb7 Kd8 55. Nxd6 Rxd6 56. Rh1 Ne8 57. Rc1 b5 58. Rxb5 Nc7 59. Ra5 Ne8 60. Ra7 Rc7 61. Ra8+ Kd7 62. Rb8 Nf6 63. Rf8 Nxd5 64. Rxf7+ Ke8 65. Rxc7 Nxc7 66. Rh1 Kd7 67. Rh7+ Kc8 68. c5 Rd2 69. Rf7 e3 70. Rxf5 Rxf2+ 71. Kg1 Rb2 72. Re5 e2 73. Kf2 Kb7 74. Rxe2 Rxb4 75. Kf3 Nd5 76. Kg4 Rb3 77. Re5 Kc6 78. Re6+ Kxc5 79. Kh4 Rb8 80. g4 Rh8+ 81. Kg5 Rg8+ 82. Kf5 Kd4 83. Re4+ Kc5 84. Re5 Rf8+ 85. Ke4 Rd8 86. f5 Kc4 87. g5 Nc3+ 88. Kf4 Rd4+ 89. Kg3 Rd3+ 90. Kg4 Kd4 91. Kh5 Kxe5 92. g6 Rh3+ 93. Kg5 Rh1 94. g7 Ne4+ 95. Kg6 Rg1+ 96. Kf7 Nd6+ White forfeits on time 0-1

The games are conducted on the Internet Chess Club on Sunday nights. Full details

- Alan Goldsmith

140th Anniversary Melbourne Chess Club Championships 2006:

Leading standings after 6 Rounds: West, Chow 5.0; Rujevic, Dragicevic, Pyke 4.5.

Melbourne Chess Club March Weekender: 5 rounds; 18-19 March

The tournament had a small but strong field of 13 players.

Final Standings

1-3 Baron, Michael VIC 2271 4
Partsi, Dimitry VIC 2070 4
Raine, Marcus VIC 1874 4
4 Pecak, Mariusz OS 1919 3.5
5-6 Dragicevic, Domagoj VIC 2104 3
Stone, Ian 1500p 3
7-9 Ly, Thai VIC 1852 2.5
Drew, Phillip VIC 1313 2.5
Wertheim, Stephen VIC 1524 2.5
10 Stokie, William VIC 1464 2
11-13 Lau, Alexander 1450p 1
Glasson, Daniel VIC 1036 1
Manawadu, Dmithri 1000p 1

City of Sydney Championship games:

Xie, George    --    Moylan, Laura
City of Sydney 2006  (5)   2006.03.20     1-0     B23

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Bc4 e6 5.Nge2 Nf6 6.O-O a6 7.a4 d5 8. exd5 exd5 9.Ba2 Ne6 10.d4 c4 11.b3 cxb3 12.Bxb3 Bd6!?

A new move.
13.Nxd5!? Bxh2+
( 13...Nxd5 14.Bxd5 Bxh2+ 15.Kxh2 Qxd5 16.Ba3 )
14.Kxh2 Nxd5 15.Ba3 Nef4 16.Nxf4 Nxf4 17.g3 Qg5 18.Qf3!
( 18.gxf4 Qxf4+ leads to a perpetual. )
18...Qh6+ 19.Kg1 g5 20.Rfe1+ Kd8 21.gxf4 gxf4 22.Qd5+ Bd7 23.Re7 Rg8+ 24. Kf1 Qh3+ 25.Ke2 f3+ 26.Kd2 Rg2 27.Qa5+ Kc8 28.Kc3 Rxf2 29.Bd6 Rxc2+ 30. Bxc2 f2+ 31.Kb2 1-0

Moylan, Laura    --    Rej, Tomek
City of Sydney 2006  (2)   2006.02.27     1-0     B33

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.a4 a6 8. Na3 d5 9.exd5 Nd4 10.Bg5 Bb4 11.Bd3 Qxd5 12.O-O Bxc3 13.bxc3 Nc6 14.Nc4 Bg4 15.Qe1 Rd8 16.f4 h6 17.Bh4 g5 18.fxe5 gxh4 19.exf6+ Be6 20.Qxh4 Rg8 21.Ne3 Qc5 22.Qf2 Ne5 23.Bf5 Bxf5 24.Nxf5

( 24...Rd2?? 25.Ng7+ )
25.Rae1 Kd7 26.Re3 Qc5 27.Rfe1 Rge8 28.Ne7 Kc7
( 28...Nc6 )
29.Rxe5 Qc3 30.Rc5+ 1-0

Song, Angela    --    Bolens, Johny
City of Sydney 2006  (4)   2006.03.12     1-0     B01

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Be2 Nxd5 5.c4 Nf4 6.Bf1 Bc6 7.Qg4 e5 8.Nf3 h5 9.Qf5 f6 10.Nc3 Nd7 11.Nh4 Nc5 12.d4 Qxd4 13.Bxf4 Qxf4 14.Qg6+ Ke7 15.Nf5+ Ke6

16.Nd5!! Bxd5 17.cxd5+ Kxd5 18.Qf7+ Kc6 19.Bc4!! Qxf5 20. O-O!! Rd8 21.b4 Ne4 22.Be6
( 22.Be6 Qh7 23.Rac1+ Kb5 24.Qxc7 )

90 Students from 8 Lower Mid North Coast High Schools competed for their 8th Championship in Laurieton (NSW) on March 10. After 6 rounds Camden Haven High student Matthew Northover took 1st Place and Trophy. In Best Schools section Westport High School from Port Macquarie 1st - 20 pts., 2nd: St Columba Anglican School P/M - 18.5 pts., 3rd: Camden Haven High School - Laurieton 17.5 pts. We expect a good number of Primary Students for their 9th 'Day of Chess' on April 7. It's good to see so much interest in Schools for Chess. - Endel Lane.

The application form for the World Junior is now online

Applications will close on the 2nd of April.

Due to changes to the ACF by-law all children wishing to play at the World Youth need to go through the selection process and only juniors who are announced after the selection process as being selected will form part of the team. - Brett Tindall

Galliamova-Xu in FIDE Women's World Championship: In Russia. By round 4, 11 of the 13 top seeds have been eliminated. Final: 1 Galliamova, Alisa (RUS) - Xu, Yuhua (CHN) .
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Amber Rapid and Blindfold: Monaco. Aronian beat Topalov in blindfold in round 2.

Rapid Standings Round 4: 1. Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2644 3.0; 2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2792 3.0; 3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2752 2.5; 4. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2723 2.5; 5. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2721 2.0; 6. Leko, Peter g HUN 2740 2.0; 7. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2650 2.0; 8. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2647 2.0; 9. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2717 2.0; 10. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2801 1.5; 11. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2729 1.0; 12. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2765 0.5.

Blindfold Standings Round 4: 1. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2721 3.0; 2. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2801 3.0; 3. Leko, Peter g HUN 2740 2.5; 4. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2752 2.0; 5. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2650 2.0; 6. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2792 2.0; 7. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2729 2.0; 8. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2765 2.0; 9. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2717 1.5; 10. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2647 1.5; 11. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2723 1.5; 12. Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2644 1.0.

Combined Standings Round 4: 1. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2721 5.0; 2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2792 5.0; 3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2752 4.5; 4. Leko, Peter g HUN 2740 4.5; 5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2801 4.5; 6. Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2644 4.0; 7. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2723 4.0; 8. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2650 4.0; 9. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2647 3.5; 10. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2717 3.5; 11. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2729 3.0; 12. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2765 2.5.

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Poikovsky: Siberia. Round 4 Standings: 1. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2723 2.5; 2. Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2665 2.5; 3. Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2664 2.5; 4. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2709 2.5; 5. Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2652 2.5; 6. Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2698 2.0; 7. Dreev, Alexey g RUS 2697 2.0; 8. Sokolov, Ivan g NED 2689 2.0; 9. Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2650 1.5; 10. Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2661 0.0.
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Armenian Championship: Round 6 Standings: 1. Minasian, Artashes g ARM 2574 5.0; 2. Pashikian, Arman m ARM 2472 4.0; 3. Anastasian, Ashot g ARM 2602 4.0; 4. Kotanjian, Tigran m ARM 2471 3.5; 5. Asrian, Karen g ARM 2646 3.5; 6. Nalbandian, Tigran g ARM 2524 3.5; 7. Petrosian, Tigran L g ARM 2558 3.0; 8. Yegiazarian, Arsen g ARM 2531 2.5; 9. Kalashian, David ARM 2319 0.5; 10. Minasian, Ara g ARM 2487 0.5.
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Turkish Championship: Round 11 Standings: 1. Gurevich, Mikhail g TUR 2633 9.5; 2. Atalik, Suat g TUR 2618 8.5; 3. Atakisi, Umut m TUR 2441 7.0; 4. Can, Emre TUR 2281 7.0; 5. Haznedaroglu, Kivanc m TUR 2438 7.0; 6. Erdogdu, Mert m TUR 2345 5.5; 7. Yagiz, Yasin Emrah TUR 2209 5.0; 8. Goksel, Doga Cihan TUR 2189 5.0; 9. Erturan, Yakup f TUR 2365 5.0; 10. Secer, Ata TUR 2229 5.0; 11. Kilicaslan, Hasan m TUR 2281 3.5; 12. Atalik, Ekaterina wg RUS 2399 3.5; 13. Erdogan, Hakan f TUR 2259 3.0; 14. Korkmaz, Necmettin TUR 2071 2.5.
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La Roche-sur-Yon: Round 6 Standings: 1. Bauer, Christian g FRA 2627 5.0; 2. Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2670 4.5; 3. Werle, Jan m NED 2514 3.5; 4. Charbonneau, Pascal m CAN 2496 3.5; 5. Pelletier, Yannick g SUI 2579 3.0; 6. Istratescu, Andrei g ROM 2618 3.0; 7. Dunis, Aurelien m FRA 2534 2.5; 8. Maze, Sebastien m FRA 2518 2.5; 9. Rodriguez Guerrero, Enrique m ESP 2464 1.5; 10. Rombaldoni, Denis f ITA 2292 1.0.
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Russian GM Ratmir Kholmov has died in Moscow at the age of 80. He played in 17 Soviet Championships sharing first with Spassky and Stein in 1963. He defeated Keres, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer and Kasparov in his career.


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The famous Amber blindfold and rapid tournament is under way. How's this for blindfold:

Ivanchuk, V (2729)    --    Van Wely, L (2647)
Amber Blindfold  (3)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.20     1-0     B80

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 Be7 8. Qd2 Nc6 9.O-O-O O-O 10.g4 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 b5 12.g5 Nd7 13.h4 Bb7 14.a3 Rc8 15.Rg1 Ne5 16.Qe3 Nc4 17.Bxc4 Rxc4 18.h5 Re8 19.Kb1 Qc7?! 20.b3! Rc6

21. Nd5!! exd5 22.exd5 Rxc2 23.g6!! hxg6 24.hxg6 Rf8 25.gxf7+ Rxf7

26.Bxg7!! Rxg7 27.Qe6+ Kh8 28.Rxg7 Kxg7 29.Rg1+

Morozevich, A (2721)    --    Anand, V (2792)
Amber Rapid  (1)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.18     1/2-1/2     D11

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 c6 4.O-O Bf5 5.d4 e6 6.c4 Nbd7 7.Nc3 dxc4 8. Nh4 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.g4 Nd5 11.e4 N5b6 12.Nf5 exf5 13.gxh5 fxe4 14.Nxe4 Be7 15.Qg4 g6

16.Bh6!! f5 17.Rfe1!! Qb8 18.Qf3 fxe4 19.Rxe4 Nd5 20.Rae1 Qd6 21.Re6 Qb4 22.a3 Qb5 23.Bg5 O-O-O 24.Bxe7 Rde8 25.hxg6 hxg6 26.Qg4 Rxe7 27.Rxe7 Nxe7 28.Rxe7 Rd8 29.h4 Qxb2 30.Bh3 Qb1+ 31.Kg2 Qf5 32.Qxf5 gxf5 33.Bxf5 c3 34.Re3 Rf8 35.Bxd7+

Van Wely, L (2647)    --    Ivanchuk, V (2729)
Amber Rapid  (3)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.20     1/2-1/2     D15

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.a4 e6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qc2 h6 8.Bh4 Be7 9.e3 O-O 10.a5 c5 11.dxc5 Nxc5 12.cxd5 Nxd5 13.Nxd5 exd5 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Be2 Bg4 16.O-O Rac8 17.Rfd1 Rfd8 18.h3 Ne4 19.Qa4 Bh5 20.Rac1

Ng3!? 21. Bd3 Rxc1 22.Rxc1 Bxf3 23.gxf3 d4!? 24.Qc4 dxe3 25.fxg3 Qd6 26.Bf1 Qxg3+ 27.Kh1 Qxf3+ 28.Bg2 Rd1+ 29.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 30.Kh2 e2 31.Qc8+ Kh7 32.Qf5+ Kg8 33.Qc8+ Kh7 34.Qf5+

Nielsen, PH (2644)    --    Topalov, V (2801)
Amber Rapid  (3)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.20     1-0     E01

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 c5 4.g3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 d5 6.Bg2 e5 7.Nf3 d4 8. O-O Nc6 9.e3 Be7 10.exd4 exd4 11.Bf4 Be6 12.Qb3 Qb6 13.Nbd2 O-O 14.Ne5 Rac8 15.Ndf3 Nxe5 16.Nxe5 Nh5 17.Qxb6 axb6 18.Bd2 Rc7 19.Rfe1 Rd8 20.b3 h6 21.a4 Bc5 22.Nd3 Rdc8 23.a5 Nf6 24.b4 Bd6 25.axb6 Rxc4 26.Bxb7 Rb8 27.Ra8! Nd7 28.Rxb8+ Bxb8 29.Nc5 Nxc5 30.bxc5 Rxc5 31.Ra1! Rc2

32.Bf4! Bxf4 33. Ra8+!
( 33.Ra8+ Kh7 34.Be4+! )

Vallejo Pons, F (2650)    --    Anand, V (2792)
Amber Rapid  (3)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.20     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.g4 b4 9.Nce2 h6 10.c4 e5 11.Nc2 Nc6 12.Ng3 Be6 13.h4 a5 14.Bf2 g6 15.Ne3 Bg7 16.Rc1 O-O 17.Bd3 Nd4 18.Nc2 Nc6 19.Ne3 a4 20.Nef5!? gxf5 21.exf5!? e4!?

( 21...Bc8 22.g5 Nd7 23.f6 Bh8 24.Nf5 looks good for white )
22.fxe4 Ne5 23.fxe6 Nfxg4 24.e7 Qxe7 25.Nf5 Qe6 26.Rg1 h5 27.Be2 Rfe8 28. Bd4

Nf3+!! 29.Bxf3 Qxf5 30.Bxg7 Rxe4+!! 31.Kd2
( 31.Bxe4 Qf2# )
31...Qf4+ 32.Kc2 Rxc4+ 33.Kb1 Rxc1+ 34.Qxc1 Qxf3 35.Bh6 Qf5+ 36.Ka1 Rc8 37.Qd1 Kh7 38.Bc1 Qc2 39.Qf1 f6 40.Qe1 Kg6 41.Qe3 Kf7 42.Qe1 Rc4 43.Rf1 d5 0-1

Sasikiran, K (2670)    --    Rombaldoni, D (2292)
FSGM March  (1)   La Roche-sur-Yon FRA
2006.03.15     1-0     E36

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 dxc4 7.Qxc4 b6 8.Nf3 O-O 9.Bg5 Ba6 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.e4 Bxf1 12.Rxf1 Qc8 13.O-O-O Qb7 14. Rfe1 c5 15.d5 h6 16.dxe6! fxe6 17.e5! hxg5 18.exf6 Nxf6 19.Rxe6 Rae8 20. Red6 Ne4 21.Rd7 Qb8 22.h3 b5 23.Kb1 c4 24.R1d4 Rf4

25.Rxe4!! Rfxe4 26.Nxg5 ! Qc8 27.Rxa7 Qc5 28.Qxe4!!
( 28.Qxe4 Rxe4 29.Ra8+ )

Maze, S (2518)    --    Pelletier, Y (2579)
Trophee Universitaire  (4)   La Roche-sur-Yon FRA
2006.03.18     0-1     C01

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.a3 Be7 7.Nge2 Bf6 8.Be3 Nge7 9.h3 O-O 10.Qd2 Bf5 11.g4 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Nc8 13.h4 Nb6 14.O-O-O Be7 15.Nf4 Qd7 16.g5 Rae8 17.Rdg1 Bd8 18.h5 Ne7 19.Nce2 Nf5 20.Ng3 Nxe3 21.fxe3 Bxg5 22.Nf5 f6

23.Ng6!? Re4!?
( 23...hxg6 24.hxg6 Re4 25.Qe2 Qxf5 26.Qh5 +- )
( 24.Nxf8 Qxf5! )
24...Rfe8 25.Ne5!? R4xe5!!
( 25...R4xe5 26.dxe5 Rxe5 27.Nd4 Bxe3+ -+ )

Istratescu, A (2618)    --    Werle, J (2514)
Trophee Universitaire  (5)   La Roche-sur-Yon FRA
2006.03.19     0-1     E12

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 c5 5.d5 Ba6 6.Qb3 exd5 7.cxd5 g6 8. Bf4 d6 9.Qe3+ Be7 10.Nc3 O-O 11.Qd2 Re8 12.g3 Bf8 13.Bg2 Ne4 14.Nxe4 Rxe4 15.Be3 Qe7 16.h4 Nd7 17.h5 Re8 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.Ng5

Rxe3!! 20.Qxe3 Qxe3 21. fxe3 Rxe3 22.O-O Ne5 23.Ne4 f5 24.Nc3 Rxg3 25.a4 Bc4 26.Ra3 Be7 27.Rfa1 a5 28.Nd1 Rxa3 29.Rxa3 Bxe2 30.Nc3 Bc4 31.Bf1 Kf7 32.b3 Bxf1 33.Kxf1 g5 34. Ra2 g4 35.Rh2 Kg6 36.Rh8 f4 37.Re8 Kf7 38.Rb8 f3 39.Rxb6 Kg6 40.Ne4 Kf5 41.Nxd6+ Bxd6 42.Rxd6 g3 43.Rd8 Ng4 44.Rf8+ Ke5!

Shirov, A (2709)    --    Bologan, V (2661)
7th Karpov  (2)   Poikovsky RUS
2006.03.19     1-0     B90

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8. Bc4 O-O 9.O-O Nc6 10.h3 b5 11.Bb3 Na5 12.Bg5 Nxb3 13.axb3 Bb7 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nd5 g6 16.Qd3 Bg7 17.c4 bxc4 18.bxc4 f5 19.Rfe1 Kh8 20.Rad1 fxe4 21. Rxe4 a5 22.Rg4 Bc8 23.Rg3 Bf5 24.Qa3 Rf7 25.Ng5 Rd7 26.Ne3 Qe8 27.Rxd6 e4 28.Nxf5 gxf5 29.Ne6 Be5

30.Qc5!! Bxb2 31.Qb5!!

Asrian, K (2646)    --    Pashikian, A (2472)
66th ch-ARM  (4)   Yerevan ARM
2006.03.19     1-0     C65

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 O-O 6.Bg5 Re8 7.Nbd2 h6 8. Bh4 Be7 9.O-O d6 10.a4 a6 11.Bc4 Nh5 12.Bg3 g6 13.h3 Rf8 14.Bh2 Bg5 15. Nxg5 hxg5!? 16.Re1 Kg7 17.Nf1 Nf4 18.Ne3 Rh8 19.d4 Bxh3!? 20.gxh3 Nxh3+ 21.Kf1 Nf4 22.Bxf4 gxf4

23.Qf3!! Qd7
( 23...fxe3 24.Qxf7+ Kh6 25.Ke2 )
24.dxe5!! Rh4
( 24...fxe3 25.Qf6+ Kg8 26.e6 Qe7 27.Qxf7+ )
25.e6 fxe6 26.Ng4 e5 27.Be2 Nd8 28.Kg2 Nf7 29.Rh1 Rah8 30.Rxh4 Rxh4 31.Rh1 Ng5 32.Rxh4!! Nxf3 33.Rh7+!! Kxh7 34.Nf6+ Kg7 35.Nxd7 Ng5 36.c4 Kf7 37.c5 Ke7 38.c6! b6 39.Bxa6 f3+ 40.Kg3 Nxe4+ 41.Kxf3 d5 42.Nxe5 1-0

Nalbandian, T (2524)    --    Minasian, Art (2574)
66th ch-ARM  (4)   Yerevan ARM
2006.03.19     0-1     A04

1.Nf3 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.g3 c5 4.Bg2 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.O-O Rb8 8.c3 Qc7 9.e4 d6 10.Nd2 Nf6 11.Re1 O-O 12.Nc4 Be6 13.Qa4 Nd7 14.Ne3 a5 15.f4 Nc5 16.Qc2 f5 17.exf5 gxf5 18.b3 d5 19.Ba3 Ne4 20.Bxe4 fxe4 21.Bc5 Bh3 22.Rad1

e5!! 23.Bxf8 Rxf8 24.f5 Qa7 25.Kh1 Bh6 26.Qe2 Bxe3 27.Qxe3 Qxe3! 28.Rxe3 Rxf5 29.c4 Kf7! 30.cxd5 cxd5 31.g4
( 31.Rxd5?? Rf1# )
31...Rf3 32.Rxf3+ exf3 33.Kg1 Ke6 34.g5 e4 35.Kf2 Ke5 36.Ke3 Bd7 37.h4 Be8 38.a4 Bh5 39.b4 axb4 40.a5 f2! 41.Rb1 d4+ 42.Kxf2 e3+ 43.Kg3 d3 44.g6 hxg6 45.a6 d2 46.a7 e2 47.a8=Q e1=Q+ 48.Kh2 Qf2+ 49.Kh3 Qf3+ 50.Qxf3 Bxf3 0-1

Petrosian, TL (2558)    --    Minasian, Ara (2487)
66th ch-ARM  (4)   Yerevan ARM
2006.03.19     1-0     C67

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.Qe2 Ng5!?

Full marks for originality, but this opening is a bit too psychedelic for my liking
6.Nxg5 Qxg5 7.d4 Qe7 8.dxe5 Nd4 9.Qd3 Qxe5?! 10.Bd2! Ne6 11.Re1 Qd6 12.Qh3 Be7 13.Bd3 c6 14.Nc3 Qc7 15.f4 g6 16.g4!? O-O 17.f5 Ng5 18.Qe3 Bf6
( 18...Re8 19.f6 )
19.Rf1! d5 20.fxg6 d4 21.gxh7+ Kg7 22.Qe1 dxc3 23.Bxc3 Qb6+ 24.Kh1 Bd4 25. Qh4 Ne6

26.Qf6+!! Bxf6 27.Bxf6+ Kh6 28.Rf5!
Threatening Rh5 mate
28...Ng7 29.Rh5+!! Nxh5 30.g5#!
Just beautiful

The Women's World Championship always produces great fighting games. This year, 11-year-old Hou Yitan caused a sensation by beating some top players:

Hou Yifan (2269)    --    Zhukova, N (2432)
FIDE WCh Women KO  (2.1)   Ekaterinburg RUS
2006.03.13     1-0     C27

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Bc5 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 d6 7.Nge2 Nbd7 8. O-O Nf8 9.d4 exd4 10.Nxd4 Ng6 11.Bg3 O-O 12.Kh1 Bb6 13.f3 Bc7 14.Bb3 a6 15.Qd2 Nh5 16.Bf2 Bb8 17.Rad1 Qc7 18.Bg1 Nf6 19.Nf5 d5 20.Ng3 dxe4 21.fxe4 Ng4 22.Nce2 b5 23.Bc5 Ne7

24.Bxf7+!! Kh7
( 24...Rxf7 25.Qd8+! Qxd8 26.Rxd8+ Kh7 27.Rxf7 +- )
25.h3 Nf6 26.Bb3 Re8 27.Qd3 Kh8 28.Nf4 Nfg8 29.Bxg8 Kxg8 30.Qb3+ Kh7 31. Qf7 Bd7 32.Bxe7 1-0

Zhukova, N (2432)    --    Hou Yifan (2269)
FIDE WCh Women KO  (2.2)   Ekaterinburg RUS
2006.03.14     0-1     E32

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.Bg5 d6 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 h6 8. Bh4 Bxc3+ 9.Qxc3 b6 10.Ne2 c5 11.O-O Ba6 12.Qa3 Bb7 13.f3 Qe7 14.e4 cxd4 15.Nxd4 Ne5 16.Rad1 Rfd8 17.Rfe1 Ng6 18.Bf2 Nd7 19.Bf1 Nc5 20.Nb5 a6 21. Nc3 a5 22.Bg3 Ba6 23.b3 h5 24.h3 Qg5 25.Bh2 Ra7 26.Qb2 Rad7 27.Kh1 Bb7 28. b4 axb4 29.Qxb4 Qf6 30.Na4 Nxa4 31.Qxa4 d5 32.cxd5 exd5 33.e5 Qe6 34.Qd4 Rc7 35.Bg1 Rc6 36.Rb1 Ne7 37.Bd3 Ra8 38.Rb2 Ba6 39.Bb1 Bc4 40.Qh4 g6 41.g4 Ra3 42.Kg2 Bd3 43.Bxd3 Rxd3 44.Qf6 d4 45.Qxe6 fxe6 46.Re4 Rc4 47.Rxb6 Rc2+ 48.Kg3

g5! 49.h4 Ng6 50.gxh5 gxh4+ 51.Rxh4 Nxh4 52.Kxh4 Rd1 53.Bxd4 Rxd4+ 54.Kg5 Rd7 55.Rxe6 Rg2+ 56.Kf5 Rf7+ 57.Ke4 Re2+ 58.Kd3 Rxa2 59.Re8+ Rf8 60.Kd4

Hou Yifan (2269)    --    Khurtsidze, N (2430)
FIDE WCh Women KO  (3.2)   Ekaterinburg RUS
2006.03.16     0-1     B11

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 e6 6.d3 Nf6 7.Bd2 Nbd7 8.g3 Qb6 9.O-O-O d4 10.Ne2 Bb4 11.Bxb4 Qxb4 12.g4 h6 13.h4 Qc5 14.Qg3 e5 15.Kb1 O-O-O 16.Bg2 Qe7 17.Rdg1 Nc5 18.Nc1 Nfd7 19.f4 exf4 20.Qxf4 Ne6 21. Qf5 g6 22.Qa5 Qc5 23.Qd2 Ne5 24.Nb3 Qd6 25.Rf1 Kb8 26.Bh3 g5 27.Rf6 Qe7 28.Rhf1?! Nf4! 29.R1xf4 gxf4 30.Qxf4 Ka8 31.h5 Rd6 32.Rf5 f6 33.a3 Nf7 34. Nd2 Re6 35.Nf3 Qd6 36.Qc1 Rd8 37.Qe1 Ng5 38.Ng1 Re5 39.Rf1 Rb5 40.Ka1 Qe5 41.Qf2 Rd6 42.Bg2 c5 43.Ne2 Rdb6 44.Rb1 Qd6 45.Qf5 a6 46.Ka2 Ka7 47.Qd5 Qh2 48.Bf1 Nf3 49.a4 Ra5 50.Rd1 Rxa4+ 51.Kb1 Qe5 52.Bg2 Ng5 53.Nc1 Qh2 54. Bf1

Ra1+!! 55.Kxa1 Qxc2

Cmilyte, V (2475)    --    Galliamova, A (2467)
FIDE WCh Women KO  (5.1)   Ekaterinburg RUS
2006.03.20     1/2-1/2     D43

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 g5 7.Bg3 dxc4 8.e4 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.h4 g4 11.Ne5 Rg8 12.Nxg4 Nh5 13.Be5 Nd7 14.g3 b4 15.Na4 c5 16.Bxc4 Bxe4 17.Rg1 Bc6 18.b3 Rg6 19.Qe2 f5 20.Ne3 Nxe5 21.dxe5 Nf4!? 22. Qf1 Nd5 23.O-O-O Qd7 24.Qd3 Nb6 25.Qe2 Qc7 26.Nxb6 axb6 27.Nxf5!? exf5 28. Qh5 Qg7 29.g4 Rxa2 30.gxf5 Ra1+ 31.Kd2 Ra2+ 32.Kc1 Ra1+ 33.Kd2 Ra2+ 34.Ke1 Qxe5+ 35.Kf1

Rxf2+!! 36.Kxf2 Qf4+ 37.Ke2
( 37.Ke1?? Qe3+ 38.Be2 Qxg1+ )
37...Qe5+ 38.Kd2 Qc3+ 39.Ke2 Qe5+ 40.Kd2 Qc3+ 41.Ke2 Qe5+ 1/2-1/2

Grand Prix tournaments:

Full details at the 2006 Grand Prix site

Dubbo Open: NSW 25-26 March Details

Doeberl Cup: ACT 14-17 April Details

Queensland Open Championship: Category 2; Assembly Hall, The Gap State High School, Brisbane; 15-17 April, 7 round Swiss. Details at or phone Garvin Gray on 0422-993-062.

41st Peninsula Open: Cat 2; 7 round Swiss; Sat 29 April to Mon 1 May; E-Block, Grace Lutheran College, cnr Buchanan St, Rothwell Qld. . Mark Stokes Phone (07) 3205-6042 or email

Laurieton May Open: Cat 1; 6-7 May; NSW; Laurieton Services Club, Seymour St. Contact: Endel 6559 9060

Other events:

Gold Coast Active Championships: Sunday 26 March; Gardiner Chess Centre; (Calendar for 2006).

Queensland Women's Chess Championship: 8-9 April; Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Buderim; Contact: Gail Young; 3372-8077 email: 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

Australian Games Expo: Albury, NSW; June 10-11; Albury Convention & Performing Arts Centre, Swift Street, Albury. Details

Hobsons Bay - Yarraville Chess Tournament: May 27-28; 5 Round Swiss; Entry $50/$40/$30; 1st $500 2nd $250; 3rd $120; plus rating prizes; Contact Grant Bultman; President Hobsons Bay Yarraville Chess Club; 0422 744 743

International events:

World University Chess Championship: Details here

Hungarian events:
1. 23rd until 31st of March, Budapest Spring Festival, 9 rounds Swiss,
2. 1st-14th of April GM-IM-FM closed tournaments, cat.IX and cat.VII. Budapest
3. 15th-23rd of April IM tmt Kecskemet,
4. 6th-18th of May GM-IM-FM Budapest,
5. 20th-30th of May, Elekes memorial GM-IM-FM - Budapest.

Nagy Laszlo, International Chess Organizer, e-mail: website

Znojmo Open: 13-21 May; Czech Republic; Dr. Jan Mazuch

Zemplin Tower FIDE Open: Slovakia; May; e-mail Details

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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