Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 362, March 30, 2006

ACF Olympiad Appeal - donations start
Johansen, Sorokina withdraw
Aussies overseas: Wohl
ACT wins Junior Internet matches
Froehlich Wins Gold Coast Active
Dandenong Summer Swiss
Dubbo Open
Begonia report
City of Sydney upsets
World Junior Applications Open
World News - Amber, World Women's
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 - help the team: The appeal has kicked off with generous donations from:

Professor Robin Stokes: $100
Gardiner Chess Centre: $150
Bill Egan: $50
Ingela Errikson: $50
Jean Watson: $100

Please helo support our teams at the 2006 Olympiad!

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.

More details on the the ACF website.

GM Darryl Johansen has withdrawn from the 2006 Open Olympiad team. He writes:

"To whom it may concern, I (Darryl) will not be able to play for Australia in the forthcoming Olympiad in Torino. Regrettably, work commitments at this time have made my participation impracticable. I hope, however, I'm still competitive enough to be involved in the Olympiads thereafter! Best of luck to all who will be involved.

- Kind regards,
Darryl Johansen."

First reserve Nick Speck has accepted the offer of a place. The team is now, in board order: GM Ian Rogers, IM David Smerdon, IM Zong-Yuan Zhao, IM Gary Lane, IM Alex Wohl, Nick Speck.

WIM Anastasia Sorokina has withdrawn from the Women's team, citing family and financial circumstances, and also wishes the team the best of luck and hopes to be able to represent Australia again in the future. First reserve WIM Ngan Koshnitsky has accepted the offer of a place. The team is now, in board order: WIM Irina Berezina, WIM Laura Moylan, WIM Arianne Caoili, WIM Ngan Koshnitksy.

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

Aussies Overseas: IM Aleks Wohl shared the lead in the 221 player, 9 round Bad Worishofen Open in Germany after sacrificing a rook to defeat GM A.Kveinys (Lithuania 2517) in round 6. GM V.Eingorn (Ukraine 2595), the top seed from Odessa, played well to draw a queen endgame with Wohl in round 7. Wohl lost the lead in round 8 by losing to the second seed Russian GM V.Ikonnikov (2580) and finished on 6/9. - Peter Parr

Leading final scores: Ikonnikov, Burmakin 7.5/9; Halkias, Negi, Eingorn, Starostits, Saravanan 7.0

ACT wins Australian Junior Internet Interstate Championship: The ACT team has won the inaugural Australian Internet State Teams Event. NSW, SA, Queensland and Victoria still have some games to play but can't catch the ACT team of Junta Ikeda, Kishore Sreetharan, Khoi Hoang, Sherab Guo-Yuthok, Andrew Brown, Yi Yuan, Justin Chow, Edward Xing, Emma Guo, Miona Ikeda, Kayleigh Smith & Alana Chibnall (reserves Gareth Oliver, Joshua Bishop & Megan Setiabudi).

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

- Alan Goldsmith

Froehlich Wins Gold Coast Active: German IM Peter Froehlich won the 2006 Gold Coast Active Championship with 6.5/7 points. His only draw was in the seventh round to WIM Arianne Caoili, who took second place on countback ahead of Jonas Muller.

Ratings Group winners were:
A - Alexandra Jule
B - Daniel Ford
C - Caleb Eriksson
D - Abbie Kanagarajah
E - Tom Hogan
F - 1st Sabin Karibasic, 2nd David Hughes

There were 78 players.

Dandenong Summer Swiss:

The final round of the Dandenong Summer Swiss saw first place undecided until the last two games of the night concluded. The second last game to finish was on board one where Ascaro Pecori made up for a disappointing tournament by defeating the equal leader, Malcolm Pyke. After losing his first round game and struggling to defeat some lower rated players Ascaro finally hit some form, but at the wrong time for Malcolm. Having been equal or outright leader for the first seven rounds Malcolm lost his first game at Dandenong since October 26th 2005, (almost five months !!), and it meant he needed Don Machell to defeat Mehmedalija Dizdarevic which would have caused a six-way tie for first place.

The board two game between Mehmedalija and Don was the last to finish, Mehmedalija needed only a draw to win the event but he seemed to have things well in hand and played for a win, which he achieved. With this victory came outright first place with a score of 7 / 8, a full point ahead of four others; Malcolm Pyke, Ascaro Pecori, Richard Voon and Sujendra Premaka who all finished on 6 / 8.

Congratulations to Mehmedalija who is always near the top of the leaderboard but hasn't won a tournament at Dandenong since September 2004 (Rapidplay).

Of the players who came equal second Sujendra Premaka had a very good event losing only one game, to the eventual winner, when he gets a rating it should be a good one. Ascaro Pecori and Richard Voon both had bad starts which probably allowed them easier pairings in the middle rounds, despite finishing on 6-points they are both likely to lose rating points from this tournament. Top seed and reigning club champion Malcolm Pyke was the only player to beat Dizdarevic, and only a loss to the third seed stopped him from back to back tournament victories at Dandenong.

Following these players in equal sixth place on 5.5-points were Milenko Lojanica, Abdulwahab Rashid, Garry Lycett and Mendel Armerman. Finishing in 10th - 16th places were seven players on 5-points, including Don Machell, such was the closeness of the scores that in the last game of the tournament Don went from a chance at equal first to finishing 10th !!

The U1600 rating group was won by two players finishing on 5-points, Ahmet Yilmaz and Bahri Senturk. They finished 1/2-point ahead of Manny Chua and Bob Parrot. None of the others on 4-points going into the final round were able to win, although Chris Potter was a piece up against Bahri before time-trouble, (severe time-trouble), intervened.

The U1400 group was won by Steven Doon with 5-points. He has been improving lately and this was his best performance at Dandenong so far. It is unlikely he will be competing for any U1400 prizes in the near future. He finished 1/2-point ahead of Frank Drazzi who also had a good tournament.

- Garry Lycett

Final Crosstable
No Name                   Rtg Total   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
1  Mehmedalija Dizdarevic 2014  7    28:W 15:W  8:W  2:L 31:W  7:W  5:W 10:W
2  Malcolm Pyke           2079  6    33:W 39:W 17:W  1:W  5:D 10:W  6:D 3:L
3  Ascaro Pecori          2027  6     5:L 19:W 29:D 39:W 21:W 22:W  8:D 2:W
4  Richard Voon           1885  6    29:L 49:W 27:W 23:W  8:L 15:W 11:W 13:W
5  Sujendra Premaka       Unr   6     3:W 22:W 10:D 18:W  2:D 12:W  1:L 21:W
6  Milenko Lojanica       2032  5.5  27:W 30:W  7:L 15:W 11:W  8:D  2:D 9:D
7  Abdulwahab Rashid      1884  5.5  34:W 20:W  6:W 10:L 17:W  1:L 14:W 8:D
8  Garry Lycett           1693  5.5  48:W 25:W  1:L 26:W  4:W  6:D  3:D 7:D
9  Mendel Armerman        1643  5.5  41:W 24:D 26:D 20:L 28:W 40:W 17:W 6:D
10 Don Machell            1943  5    46:W 14:W  5:D  7:W 12:W  2:L 13:D 1:L
11 Pranas Silas           1801  5    35:D 40:W 12:D 24:W  6:L 26:W  4:L 27:W
12 Matthew Potter         1636  5    53:W 31:W 11:D 21:W 10:L  5:L 22:D 24:W
13 Sam Biondo             1608  5    49:W 29:D 21:L 30:W 18:W 37:+ 10:D 4:L
14 Bahri Senturk          1540  5    50:W 10:L 46:W 29:W 22:L 31:W  7:L 26:W
15 Ahmet Yilmaz           1537  5    43:W  1:L 34:W  6:L 46:W  4:L 31:W 22:+
16 Steven Doon            1318  5    17:L 43:+ 23:L 43:D 39:W 30:D 25:W 32:W
17 Tahir Lushaj           1814  4.5  16:W 23:W  2:L 25:W  7:L 24:W  9:L 20:D
18 T.G. Pramod            1791  4.5   0:D 35:W 38:W  5:L 13:L 34:W 21:- 30:W
19 Manny Chua             1574  4.5  47:L  3:L 43:L 32:D 51:W 52:+ 40:W 36:+
20 Robert Parrot          1518  4.5  57:W  7:L 48:W  9:W  0:L  0:L 29:+ 17:D
21 Frank Drazzi           1194  4.5  38:D 56:+ 13:W 12:L  3:L 33:W 18:+ 5:L
22 Miralem Campara        1822  4     0:D  5:L 35:W 33:W 14:W  3:L 12:D 15:-
23 Henk Scherrenberg      1505  4    52:W 17:L 16:W  4:L 34:D 28:D 27:L 40:W
24 Nick Vitkovic          1495  4    44:W  9:D 47:D 11:L 29:W 17:L 28:W 12:L
25 Victor Lane            1469  4    58:W  8:L 41:W 17:L 40:L 35:W 16:L 46:W
26 Chris Potter           1453  4    51:W 47:D  9:D  8:L 48:W 11:L 37:+ 14:L
27 Peter Pispek           1415  4     6:L 42:W  4:L 53:+ 37:L 48:W 23:W 11:L
28 Michael Potter         1373  4     1:L 50:W 39:D 38:+  9:L 23:D 24:L 33:W
29 Phillip Drew           1320  4     4:W 13:D  3:D 14:L 24:L 45:W 20:- 44:W
30 Don Maciulaitis        1568  3.5  42:W  6:L 33:D 13:L 45:D 16:D 46:W 18:L
31 Frank Hewitt           1444  3.5  45:W 12:L 53:+ 47:+  1:L 14:L 15:L 35:D
32 Tony Holland           1436  3.5   0:   0:  49:D 19:D 43:+ 36:D 34:W 16:L
33 Mirko Kudric           1433  3.5   2:L 54:W 30:D 22:L 38:W 21:L 39:W 28:L
34 George Tolpigin        1319  3.5   7:L 44:W 15:L 50:W 23:D 18:L 32:L 48:W
35 Craig Baxter           1316  3.5  11:D 18:L 22:L  0:D 44:W 25:L 41:W 31:D
36 Milivoj Savic          1218  3.5   0:  45:D 40:D 46:L 50:W 32:D 38:W 19:-
37 Ngiam Yee Wong         2142  3     0:   0:  45:W 41:W 27:W 13:- 26:-  0:
38 Graham Shaw            1570  3    21:D 55:+ 18:L 28:- 33:L 42:D 36:L 49:W
39 Bob Spiric             1569  3    54:W  2:L 28:D  3:L 16:L 41:W 33:L 43:D
40 Branko Sljivovac       1317  3     0:D 11:L 36:D 52:W 25:W  9:L 19:L 23:L
41 Daniel Potter          1268  3     9:L 51:W 25:L 37:L 54:+ 39:L 35:L 50:W
42 Geoff Lee              1106  3    30:L 27:L 44:L 51:+  0:D 38:D 48:W 0:L
43 Gerard Barta           1082  3    15:L 16:- 19:W 16:D 32:-  0:L 45:+ 39:D
44 Joshua Auimatagi       Unr   3    24:L 34:L 42:W 48:L 35:L 51:W 49:W 29:L
45 Michael Thang Dang     Unr   3    31:L 36:D 37:L 49:W 30:D 29:L 43:- 0:W
46 Peter Keefe            1349  2.5  10:L 57:+ 14:L 36:W 15:L  0:D 30:L 25:L
47 Eddie Kocjancic        1620  2    19:W 26:D 24:D 31:-  0:   0:   0:   0:
48 Albert Lamech          1276  2     8:L 52:W 20:L 44:W 26:L 27:L 42:L 34:L
49 Graham McEachern       1219  2    13:L  4:L 32:D 45:L 52:D 50:W 44:L 38:L
50 John Seehusen          1104  2    14:L 28:L 51:W 34:L 36:L 49:L 52:W 41:L
51 Joshua Martin          Unr   2    26:L 41:L 50:L 42:- 19:L 44:L  0:W 52:W
52 Henning Rasmussen      918   1.5  23:L 48:L 54:+ 40:L 49:D 19:- 50:L 51:L
53 John Zamora            1263  1    12:L 58:W 31:- 27:-  0:   0:   0:   0:
54 James Kuok             1191  1    39:L 33:L 52:-  0:W 41:-  0:   0:   0:
55 Kuol Deng              Unr   .5    0:D 38:-  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0:
56 Andrew Atem            1493  .5    0:D 21:-  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0:
57 Hunyi Yam              970   0    20:L 46:-  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0:
58 Sam Mandarano          Unr   0    25:L 53:L  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0:

Dubbo Open, NSW: Bill Egan, who travelled from Canberra, won the event with 5/6, followed by Phil Bourke and Fritz Van Der Wal on 4.5/6 and Bill Ross on 4/6. Players commended the organisers, Dubbo RSL Chess Club, for the relaxed and convivial manner in which the tournament was run.

40th Begonia Open - Ballarat, Victoria:

116 players, including 9 club members and an assortment of ex-club members and Ballarat residents celebrated the 40th Begonia Open chess tournament at the Old Ballarat Gaol over the Labour Day weekend.

The stars of the event included 5 previous winners and 6 titled players (1 GM, 4 IMs and 1 FM). Overall victory in the tournament was shared between 3 players on 6 points: defending champion and top seed, IM David Smerdon, 12 times champion GM Daryl Johansen and (winner for the first time) IM Leonid Sandler. Fourth place, half a point behind was taken by 6-time champion, IM Guy West.

Best Score among the Ballarat Players was 4 points to Scott Stewart, while club champion Patrick Cook managed 3˝ with a performance rating around 1750. Also on 3˝ was former club member Bas van Riel. Other club members to do well were Jamie Brotheridge, Rob Bailey, Joel Beggs, Peter Miitel, James Eldridge and Tim Commons who all scored 3 points along with former member Geoff Davis. Rob Loveband, new to the club and tournament chess was delighted with his score of 2˝, while John Frangakis continued his recent slump on 1˝. Former club President Bill Coutts managed 2 points despite his valuable assistance to the amazing committee throughout the tournament.

The result of ex-club members, now Bendigo residents, Nigel Barrow and David Lumsdon was also noteworthy, both scoring an excellent 4˝, while former Ballarat Schools teams champion Steven Doon also did well on 3 points.

The tournament was its usual happy blend of intense competitive chess and pleasant sociability, as exemplified by the lively discussions in the gaol forecourt and the numerous visitors over the weekend, including former club officials Rod Jacobs, Peter Lumsdon and John Lavery.

A feature of this years milestone event were the many photo’s taken by our Publicity Officer Tim Commons, which can be viewed on the website. Finally, it remains to note the tireless and selfless contribution to the tournament of Director fo Play, IA Kevin Perrin, who ran his usual smooth event.

No  Name                  State  Rtg  G  Total     1     2     3     4     5     6     7  

1   David SMERDON          VIC   2456 A    6      36:W  20:W  10:W  18:W   9:W   3:L  14:W
2   Leonid SANDLER         VIC   2306 A    6      37:W   5:L  38:W  68:W  36:W  10:W   8:W
3   Darryl JOHANSEN        VIC   2444 A    6      58:W  19:D  51:W  54:W  25:W   1:W   4:D
4   Guy WEST               VIC   2376 A    5.5    21:D  44:W   5:D  53:W  16:W   7:W   3:D
5   Dusan STOJIC           VIC   1995 B    5.5    31:W   2:W   4:D   7:L  66:W  29:W  33:W
6   Peter FROST            VIC   1764 B    5.5     7:D  22:W  12:L  75:W  38:W  20:W  18:W
7   Christopher WALLIS     VIC   2077 A    5       6:D  39:W  15:W   5:W  27:W   4:L  17:D
8   George XIE             NSW   2336 A    5      61:W  14:W  18:L  19:W  13:W  11:W   2:L
9   Mirko RUJEVIC          VIC   2252 A    5      35:W  13:W  49:D  66:W   1:L  19:W  12:D
10  James OBST             SA    2065 A    5      47:W  34:W   1:L 103:W  54:W   2:L  35:W
11  James HISLOP           VIC   2058 A    5      38:W  15:D  21:D  70:W  37:W   8:L  45:W
12  Milenko LOJANICA       VIC   2021 A    5      39:D  57:W   6:W  90:W  33:D  18:D   9:D
13  Leon KEMPEN            VIC   1903 B    5     112:W   9:L  43:W  40:W   8:L  41:W  37:W
14  Richard VOON           VIC   1910 B    5      43:W   8:L  68:W  73:W  41:W  33:W   1:L
15  Zhigen LIN             VIC   1904 B    5      80:W  11:D   7:L  52:W  69:W  26:D  40:W
16  Svetozar STOJIC        VIC   1895 B    5      24:W  49:L  76:W  65:W   4:L  42:W  34:W
17  Ascaro PECORI          VIC   2056 A    5      50:L  67:W  42:W  69:D  51:W  34:W   7:D
18  Malcolm PYKE           VIC   2080 A    4.5    45:W  23:W   8:W   1:L  35:W  12:D   6:L
19  Mariusz PECAK          OS    1919 B    4.5    82:W   3:D  26:W   8:L  90:W   9:L  57:W
20  Kerry STEAD            NSW   2019 A    4.5    63:W   1:L  50:D  57:W  39:W   6:L  55:W
21  Thai LY                VIC   1852 B    4.5     4:D  52:W  11:D  56:D  49:D  67:W  25:D
22  Andre FISCHER          OS    2183 A    4.5    44:D   6:L  53:W  55:D  85:W  27:W  28:D
23  Victor KILDISAS        VIC   1917 B    4.5    42:W  18:L  24:W  67:W  34:L  77:W  30:D
24  David FLUDE            VIC   1651 C    4.5    16:L  40:W  23:L 102:W  73:W  36:W  26:D
25  Ralph JACKSON          SA    2020 A    4.5    86:W  50:W  33:D  71:W   3:L  28:D  21:D
26  Mehmedalija DIZDAREVIC VIC   2023 A    4.5    51:D  55:W  19:L  74:W  50:W  15:D  24:D
27  Alex KAPLAN            VIC   1606 C    4.5   109:W  58:D  61:W  49:W   7:L  22:L  50:W
28  Alistair ANDERSON      VIC   1855 B    4.5    52:D  51:L  78:W 109:W  56:W  25:D  22:D
29  Marcus RAINE           VIC   1874 B    4.5    48:W  33:L  90:D  91:W  71:W   5:L  53:W
30  Nigel BARROW           VIC   1801 B    4.5    33:L  62:D  91:W  59:D  68:W  81:W  23:D
31  David LUMSDON          VIC   1683 B    4.5     5:L  70:L  72:W  46:D  87:W  96:W  49:W
32  Gareth CHARLES         NSW   2077 A    4.5    34:L  66:D  52:L  80:W  92:W  59:W  51:W
33  Stewart BOOTH          VIC   2137 A    4      30:W  29:W  25:D  92:W  12:D  14:L   5:L
34  Andrew FITZPATRICK     VIC   1794 B    4      32:W  10:L  73:W  94:W  23:W  17:L  16:L
35  Joe SANTAVEC           VIC   1838 B    4       9:L  59:W  70:W  64:W  18:L  43:W  10:L
36  Tristan STEVENS        SA    1855 B    4       1:L  77:W  56:W  76:W   2:L  24:L  67:W
37  Tony DAVIS             VIC   1838 B    4       2:L  79:W  60:W  95:W  11:L  54:W  13:L
38  Nick KORDAHI           NSW   1724 B    4      11:L  65:W   2:L 101:W   6:L  73:W  81:W
39  Howard LISTON          VIC   1704 B    4      12:D   7:L  92:W  78:W  20:L  66:D  79:W
40  Eric STAAK             SA    1339 D    4     105:W  24:L  86:W  13:L 103:W  58:W  15:L
41  Jesse MAGUIRE          ACT   1633 C    4      78:W  75:D  58:D  60:W  14:L  13:L  74:W
42  Andrew BROWN           ACT   1672 B    4      23:L  93:W  17:L 104:W  70:W  16:L  85:W
43  Paul BEARUP            VIC   1667 C    4      14:L  83:W  13:L  99:W  76:W  35:L  69:W
44  Tom KALISCH            VIC   1807 B    4      22:D   4:L  66:L  48:D  99:W  71:W  77:W
45  Jimmy PAPADINIS        VIC   1796 B    4      18:L  69:W  54:L  83:W  79:W  74:W  11:L
46  Sally YU               VIC   1264 D    4      84:W  53:L  67:L  31:D  83:W  52:D  66:W
47  George ZILESKI         VIC   1760 B    4      10:L  68:L  93:W  72:L  89:W  70:W  56:W
48  Scott STEWART          VIC   1650 C    4      29:L   0:D  71:L  44:D 113:W 104:W  72:W
49  Denis BOURMISTROV      VIC   2035 A    3.5    97:W  16:W   9:D  27:L  21:D  55:D  31:L
50  Richard McCART         VIC   1710 B    3.5    17:W  25:L  20:D  62:W  26:L  91:W  27:L
51  James MORRIS           VIC   1705 B    3.5    26:D  28:W   3:L  96:W  17:L  90:W  32:L
52  Matthew POTTER         VIC   1637 C    3.5    28:D  21:L  32:W  15:L  94:W  46:D  64:D
53  Patrick COOK           VIC   1632 C    3.5   101:W  46:W  22:L   4:L  60:D  61:W  29:L
54  Laurie DALTON          VIC   1233 D    3.5    85:W  88:W  45:W   3:L  10:L  37:L  63:D
55  Gary BEKKER            VIC   1672 B    3.5     0:D  26:L  62:W  22:D  65:W  49:D  20:L
56  Alexander BUDA         VIC   1379 C    3.5   107:W  63:W  36:L  21:D  28:L  82:W  47:L
57  David STIMSON          VIC   1656 C    3.5     0:D  12:L  75:W  20:L 109:W  60:W  19:L
58  Bas VAN RIEL           VIC   1853 B    3.5     3:L  27:D  41:D  93:D  62:W  40:L  90:W
59  Chris POTTER           VIC   1485 C    3.5    95:W  35:L  98:D  30:D  63:D  32:L  94:W
60  Joshua DALTON          VIC   1369 C    3.5   110:W  82:W  37:L  41:L  53:D  57:L  91:W
61  Angelo TSAGARAKIS      VIC   1849 B    3.5     8:L  91:D  27:L  88:W  93:W  53:L  96:W
62  Fedja ZULFIC           SA    1463 C    3.5    74:W  30:D  55:L  50:L  58:L  98:W  95:W
63  Werner DOBLIES         TAS   1683 B    3.5    20:L  56:L 101:W 100:W  59:D  69:D  54:D
64  Sophie EUSTACE         SA    1195 D    3.5    79:L 108:W  77:W  35:L  67:L 103:W  52:D
65  Samuel DALTON          VIC   1440 C    3.5   111:W  38:L 102:W  16:L  55:L  94:D  97:W
66  Derek YU               VIC   1582 C    3      96:W  32:D  44:W   9:L   5:L  39:D  46:L
67  John BECKMAN           VIC   1552 C    3     100:W  17:L  46:W  23:L  64:W  21:L  36:L
68  Alexander LAU          VIC   1450 C    3      99:W  47:W  14:L   2:L  30:L  95:D  75:D
69  Joel BEGGS             VIC   1454 C    3     102:W  45:L 114:W  17:D  15:L  63:D  43:L
70  Robert BAILEY          VIC   1417 C    3     113:W  31:W  35:L  11:L  42:L  47:L 100:W
71  Steven DOON            VIC   1326 D    3     115:W  78:D  48:W  25:L  29:L  44:L  84:D
72  Phillip DREW           VIC   1313 D    3     116:L  89:W  31:L  47:W  77:L  86:W  48:L
73  James ELDRIDGE         VIC   1355 C    3     114:W  80:W  34:L  14:L  24:L  38:L  99:W
74  Brandon LOW            SA    1040 D    3      62:L 112:W  85:W  26:L  84:W  45:L  41:L
75  Peter MIITEL           VIC   1271 D    3      81:W  41:D  57:L   6:L  82:L 107:W  68:D
76  Dennis AU              VIC   1422 C    3     106:W  97:W  16:L  36:L  43:L  84:D  82:D
77  Stephen WERTHEIM       VIC   1524 C    3     104:W  36:L  64:L 106:W  72:W  23:L  44:L
78  John KABLE             VIC   1634 C    3      41:L  71:D  28:L  39:L 110:W  93:W  87:D
79  Nikola IVANOV          VIC   1496 C    3      64:W  37:L  94:L 114:W  45:L 102:W  39:L
80  Roland BROCKMAN        VIC   1660 C    3      15:L  73:L  96:D  32:L  88:D 113:W 102:W
81  Geoff DAVIS            VIC   1553 C    3      75:L  92:L 113:W  89:W  95:W  30:L  38:L
82  Eugene SCHON           VIC   1675 B    3      19:L  60:L 109:D 111:W  75:W  56:L  76:D
83  Tim COMMONS            VIC   1352 D    3     108:W  43:L  97:L  45:L  46:L 114:W 106:W
84  Jamie BROTHERIDGE      VIC   1539 C    3      46:L  99:W  95:L  98:W  74:L  76:D  71:D
85  Max MOLLARD            VIC   1510 C    3      54:L 111:W  74:L 112:W  22:L 100:W  42:L
86  Serif TUGLACI          VIC   1703 B    3      25:L  90:L  40:L 108:W 106:W  72:L 104:W
87  Matthew SWEENEY        NSW   1294 D    3      91:L 110:W 103:L  97:D  31:L  92:W  78:D
88  Daniel POTTER          VIC   1273 D    3     103:D  54:L 100:L  61:L  80:D 105:W 107:W
89  Michael WICKS          VIC   786  D    3      90:L  72:L 115:W  81:L  47:L 112:W 101:W
90  Cameron BEET           VIC   1431 C    2.5    89:W  86:W  29:D  12:L  19:L  51:L  58:L
91  Adel GHOBRIAL          VIC   1563 C    2.5    87:W  61:D  30:L  29:L  98:W  50:L  60:L
92  William STOKIE         VIC   1464 C    2.5    94:D  81:W  39:L  33:L  32:L  87:L 109:W
93  Michael POTTER         VIC   1374 C    2.5    98:W  42:L  47:L  58:D  61:L  78:L 110:W
94  Rob LOVEBAND           VIC   1100 D    2.5    92:D 103:D  79:W  34:L  52:L  65:D  59:L
95  Jean WATSON            VIC   1103 D    2.5    59:L 115:W  84:W  37:L  81:L  68:D  62:L
96  Serge CORBEIL          VIC   1300 D    2.5    66:L 113:W  80:D  51:L  97:W  31:L  61:L
97  Itshak SAHAR           VIC   1708 B    2.5    49:L  76:L  83:W  87:D  96:L 109:W  65:L
98  Jeremy PASCOE          VIC   550  D    2.5    93:L 100:W  59:D  84:L  91:L  62:L 113:W
99  Oliver LEMMEL          VIC   844  D    2      68:L  84:L 107:W  43:L  44:L 111:W  73:L
100 William COUTTS         VIC   1265 D    2      67:L  98:L  88:W  63:L 114:W  85:L  70:L
101 Anthony SPENCER        VIC   1325 D    2      53:L 106:W  63:L  38:L 107:L 108:W  89:L
102 David TOPER            VIC   892  D    2      69:L 105:W  65:L  24:L 112:W  79:L  80:L
103 Ken CZUCZMAN           VIC   1561 C    2      88:D  94:D  87:W  10:L  40:L  64:L   0: 
104 Aaron HARBOUR          VIC   1250 D    2      77:L 114:L 108:W  42:L 115:W  48:L  86:L
105 Michael STEPHENS       VIC   450  D    2      40:L 102:L 106:L 107:L   0:W  88:L 114:W
106 Katrina KNAPP          SA    718  D    2      76:L 101:L 105:W  77:L  86:L 115:W  83:L
107 Josh PETRACCA          VIC   573  D    2      56:L 109:L  99:L 105:W 101:W  75:L  88:L
108 Carla DE GOEDE         VIC   489  D    2      83:L  64:L 104:L  86:L 111:W 101:L 115:W
109 John FRANGAKIS         VIC   1305 D    1.5    27:L 107:W  82:D  28:L  57:L  97:L  92:L
110 Tully McCART           VIC   506  D    1.5    60:L  87:L 111:D 113:L  78:L   0:W  93:L
111 Alan GRAY              VIC   804  D    1.5    65:L  85:L 110:D  82:L 108:L  99:L 112:W
112 Micah DALTON           VIC   222  D    1      13:L  74:L   0:W  85:L 102:L  89:L 111:L
113 Marieke VAN DIJK       VIC   646  D    1      70:L  96:L  81:L 110:W  48:L  80:L  98:L
114 Ken STUYT              VIC   500  D    1      73:L 104:W  69:L  79:L 100:L  83:L 105:L
115 Jonah FUNG             VIC   400  D    1      71:L  95:L  89:L   0:W 104:L 106:L 108:L
116 David SCHEPISI         VIC   1614 C    1      72:W   0:    0:    0:    0:    0:    0: 

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City of Sydney Championship: There were two big upsets in round 6, with young Ray Song beating George Xie, while Laura Moylan beat NSW champ Andrew Bird. Ray Song now leads the event.

Xie, George    --    Song, Raymond
City of Sydney 2006  (6)   Sydney
2006.03.29     0-1     B22n

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.d4 Nf6 6.Be2 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8. a3 cxd4 9.cxd4 Nc6 10.Nc3 Qd6 11.Nb5 Qd8 12.Bf4 Nd5 13.Bg3 b6 14.Rc1 Bb7 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.dxe5 a6 17.Nd6 Bxd6 18.exd6 Qf6 19.Qb3 e5 20.d7!? Rfd8 21. Bg4 h5 22.Bxh5 Rxd7 23.Bg4 Re7 24.Bf3 e4 25.Be2 b5 26.Rfd1 Qe6 27.Bf1 Rd8 28.a4 bxa4 29.Qxa4 Red7 30.Qa5 Re8 31.Rc5 e3 32.Re1 Qf6 33.fxe3 Rxe3 34. Rd1 Rxg3!? 35.hxg3 Ne3 36.Re1 Nxf1 37.Re8+

( 37.Rxf1?? Qxb2 )
37...Kh7 38.Rh5+ Kg6 39.Ree5!
Threatening Reg5, mating
39...Rd5 40.Rhg5+ Qxg5!? 41.Rxg5+ Kxg5 42.Qc7 Rb5 43.Kxf1 Kg6 44. b4 f6 45.Qe7 Rf5+ 46.Kg1 Rb5 47.g4 Kh7 48.Kf2 Kg6 49.g3 Kh7 50.Qf8 Bd5 51. Qd6 Bb7 52.Ke3 Re5+ 53.Kf2 Rb5 54.Qd3+ Kg8 55.Qg6 Bc6 56.Qc2 Bb7 57.Qc7 Kh7 58.Qe7 Kg8 59.Kf1 Kh7 60.Kg1 Kg8 61.Kh2 Kh7 62.Kh3 Kg6 63.Kh4 Kh6 64. Qe8 Kh7 65.Qe7 Kh6 66.Qf7

Threatening ...g5 mate
( 67.g5+ fxg5+ 68.Kg4 Rxb4+ 69.Kf5 Rb5+ forces a draw by repetition, because 70.Ke6?? loses to 70...Bd5+ )
( 67...Rb8 68.Qxb8 g5# )

Moylan, Laura    --    Bird, Andrew
City of Sydney 2006  (6)   Sydney
2006.03.29     1-0     D03n

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Bg7 4.Nbd2 d5 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 c5 7.c3 Qb6 8. Qc2 O-O 9.O-O Re8 10.Rfe1 e5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Ng4 13.c4 Nxe5 14.cxd5 Nxd3 15.Qxd3 Qxb2 16.d6! Bd7 17.Rab1 Qxa2 18.Rxb7 Qe6 19.Rc1 Rec8 20.Rc7! Be5 21.Ne4 Rxc7 22.dxc7 c4

( 22...Bxc7 23.Nxc5 Qe5 24.Bf4 )
23.Rxc4 Bc8
( 23...Bb5 24.Qd8+ Qe8 25.Qxa8 Qxa8 26.c8=Q+ )
24.Bh6 Ba6
( 24...Bg7 25.Qd8+ )
25.Qd8+! Qe8 26.Nf6+!
( 26.Nf6+ Bxf6 27.Qxf6 with mate next )

Pickering, Anthony    --    Wright, Neil
City of Sydney 2006  (6)   Sydney
2006.03.29     0-1     B33w

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.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 11.c3 Bg7 12.exf5 Bxf5 13.Nc2 O-O 14.Nce3 Be6 15.Bd3 f5 16.O-O Ra7 17.a4 bxa4 18.Rxa4 Qg5 19.f4 exf4 20.Nxf4 Be5!? 21.Qf3

( 21.Nxe6 Qxe3+ 22.Kh1 Qh6 )
21...Bd7 22.Nh3 Qh6 23.Bxf5 Kh8 24.Qe4 d5 25.Qd3 Bxf5 26.Rxf5 Rxf5 27.Nxf5 Qc1+ 28.Kf2
( 28.Qf1 Bxh2+ )
28...Qxb2+ 29.Ke3 Qxg2 30.Rxa6 Qxh3+ 31.Ng3 Bxg3 32.Rxc6 Bf4+ 33.Kd4 Be5+ 0-1

Chernih, Nicholas    --    Wright, Neil
City of Sydney 2006  (4)   2006.03.13     0-1     C41

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.dxe5 Nxe4 5.Qd5 Nc5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.exd6 cxd6 8.Bb5+

deviating from
( 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 Xie,G-Wright,N/City of Sydney 2006 2006 )
8...Nbd7 9.O-O O-O 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Nc3 Nf6 12.Qd4 a6 13.Bc4 Bg4 14.Rfe1 Qd7 15.Bd5 Ne6 16.Qd2 Rac8 17.Rad1 Rfd8 18.Qe3 Re8 19.Qd2 Nxd5 20.Qxd5 Nf4 21.Qd4

Nxg2!! 22.Rxe8+ Rxe8 23.Kxg2 Bxf3+ 24.Kxf3 Qh3+ 25.Kf4 g5+! 26.Kxg5 Re5+ 27.Qxe5
27...h6+ 28.Kf4 Qxh2+ 29.Kg4 dxe5 30.Kf3 Kg7 31.Rd5 Qf4+ 32.Ke2 h5 33.Rd3 h4 34.Nd5 Qg4+ 35.Kf1 e4 0-1

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

Xu wins FIDE Women's World Championship: 29 year old Xu Yuhua of China is the new champion. The event was held in Russia. By round 4, 11 of the 13 top seeds had been eliminated. Final: Galliamova 0.5-2.5 Xu.
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Amber Rapid and Blindfold: Monaco.

Rapid Standings Round 9: 1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2792 7.0; 2. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2752 5.0; 3. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2650 5.0; 4. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2801 5.0; 5. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2721 4.5; 6. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2717 4.5; 7. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2729 4.0; 8. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2723 4.0; 9. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2647 4.0; 10. Leko, Peter g HUN 2740 4.0; 11. Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2644 3.5; 12. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2765 3.5.

Blindfold Standings Round 9: 1. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2721 7.5; 2. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2650 5.5; 3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2792 5.0; 4. Leko, Peter g HUN 2740 5.0; 5. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2717 4.5; 6. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2723 4.5; 7. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2647 4.5; 8. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2765 4.5; 9. Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2644 3.5; 10. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2801 3.5; 11. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2729 3.0; 12. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2752 3.0.

Combined Standings Round 9: 1. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2721 12.0; 2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2792 12.0; 3. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2650 10.5; 4. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2717 9.0; 5. Leko, Peter g HUN 2740 9.0; 6. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2723 8.5; 7. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2647 8.5; 8. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2801 8.5; 9. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2765 8.0; 10. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2752 8.0; 11. Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2644 7.0; 12. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2729 7.0.

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Shirov wins Poikovsky: The attacking maestro has signalled a return to form with an impressive win in this strong Siberian event. Final Round 9 Standings: 1. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2709 6.0; 2. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2723 5.0; 3. Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2664 5.0; 4. Dreev, Alexey g RUS 2697 5.0; 5. Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2698 5.0; 6. Sokolov, Ivan g NED 2689 4.5; 7. Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2652 4.5; 8. Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2665 4.0; 9. Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2650 3.5; 10. Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2661 2.5.
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Moscow Championships: Players include Jakovenko, Amonatov, Belov, Kharitonov, Riazantsev and Grigoriants Leading scores after 3 rounds: Jakovenko 3.0.

Minasian wins Armenian Championship: Final Round 9 Standings: 1. Minasian, Artashes g ARM 2574 7.0; 2. Pashikian, Arman m ARM 2472 6.0; 3. Kotanjian, Tigran m ARM 2471 5.5; 4. Anastasian, Ashot g ARM 2602 5.5; 5. Asrian, Karen g ARM 2646 5.5; 6. Petrosian, Tigran L g ARM 2558 4.5; 7. Nalbandian, Tigran g ARM 2524 4.5; 8. Yegiazarian, Arsen g ARM 2531 3.0; 9. Minasian, Ara g ARM 2487 2.0; 10. Kalashian, David ARM 2319 1.5.
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La Roche-sur-Yon: Final Round 9 Standings: 1. Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2670 6.0; 2. Bauer, Christian g FRA 2627 5.5; 3. Werle, Jan m NED 2514 5.0; 4. Istratescu, Andrei g ROM 2618 5.0; 5. Dunis, Aurelien m FRA 2534 5.0; 6. Pelletier, Yannick g SUI 2579 5.0; 7. Maze, Sebastien m FRA 2518 4.5; 8. Charbonneau, Pascal m CAN 2496 4.0; 9. Rodriguez Guerrero, Enrique m ESP 2464 3.0; 10. Rombaldoni, Denis f ITA 2292 2.0.
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Turkish Championship: Final standings, 13 rounds: 1. Gurevich, Mikhail g TUR 2633 10.5; 2. Atalik, Suat g TUR 2618 10.0; 3. Atakisi, Umut m TUR 2441 9.0; 4. Haznedaroglu, Kivanc m TUR 2438 8.5; 5. Can, Emre TUR 2281 8.0; 6. Erdogdu, Mert m TUR 2345 6.5; 7. Erturan, Yakup f TUR 2365 6.5; 8. Yagiz, Yasin Emrah TUR 2209 6.0; 9. Secer, Ata TUR 2229 6.0; 10. Goksel, Doga Cihan TUR 2189 5.5; 11. Kilicaslan, Hasan m TUR 2281 4.0; 12. Erdogan, Hakan f TUR 2259 4.0; 13. Atalik, Ekaterina wg RUS 2399 4.0; 14. Korkmaz, Necmettin TUR 2071 2.5.
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Bad Wörishofen: Leading final scores: Ikonnikov, Burmakin 7.5/9; Halkias, Negi, Eingorn, Starostits, Saravanan 7.0. Site : View games

Copa Entel 2006: Leading final scores: Rybka (computer) 9.0/10; Cordova 6.5/9; Felgaer, Granda 6.0/9; Leitao 5.5/9. Site : View games


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

Aronian, L (2752)    --    Ivanchuk, V (2729)
Amber Rapid  (5)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.23     0-1     B23

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 a6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.d3 d5 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Ne5 Nd4 10.g4 dxe4 11.dxe4 b5 12.g5 Nd7 13.Nf3 Bb7 14.Kh1 b4 15.Nxd4 cxd4 16.Ne2 Nc5!? 17.Ng3 Rc8 18.b3 d3!? 19.cxd3 Qd4 20.Bd2 Nxd3 21.Qf3 Bc5 22.f5 a5 23.Bf4 e5 24.f6 g6 25.Rad1 Ba6 26.Nf5 gxf5 27.Bg3 f4 28.Bh4 Qe3 29.Qh5 Rfd8 30.Rf3 Qe2 31.Rdf1 Bb7 0-1

Anand, V (2792)    --    Grischuk, A (2717)
Amber Rapid  (5)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.23     1/2-1/2     B90

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f3 Qb6 7.g4 Nc6 8. Nb3 e6 9.Qe2 Qc7 10.Be3 b5 11.O-O-O Nd7 12.Qf2 Rb8 13.Kb1 Nce5 14.Rg1 b4 15.Ne2 Nc4 16.Bc1 Be7 17.Ned4 Ndb6 18.f4 a5 19.Nd2 Qc5 20.Nxc4 Nxc4 21. Bxc4 Qxc4 22.b3 Qc5 23.Be3 Qc3 24.g5 Bb7 25.Ne2 Qc7 26.Ng3 O-O 27.f5 Rfc8 28.h4 a4 29.f6 Bf8 30.h5 d5 31.g6 fxg6 32.hxg6 hxg6 33.Rh1 gxf6 34.Bd4 Bg7 35.Rdg1 dxe4 36.Nh5 e3 37.Nxf6+ Kf7 38.Bxe3 Qxc2+ 39.Qxc2 Rxc2 40.Rh7 axb3 41.axb3 Rc3 42.Bd4

Rh8!? 43.Rxg7+ Kxg7 44.Nd5+ e5 45.Bxe5+ Kf7 46.Nxc3 Rh5 47.Rf1+ Ke6 48.Bd4 bxc3 49.Rf6+ Ke7

Aronian, L (2752)    --    Grischuk, A (2717)
Amber Rapid  (8)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.26     1-0     B50

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bd3 Nf6 4.h3 Nc6 5.c3 d5 6.e5 Nd7 7.Bb5 e6 8.O-O Be7 9.d4 a6 10.Bd3 b5 11.a3 c4 12.Bc2 a5 13.Re1 Bb7 14.Qd2!? b4 15.Qf4 g6 16.Nbd2 bxc3 17.bxc3 a4 18.Rb1 Bc8 19.Nf1 Qa5 20.Bd2 Ra7 21.N1h2 h5 22.Ng5 Nd8 23.Nhf3 Nb6 24.Ra1 Rb7 25.Re3 Na8

26.Nxf7!? Nxf7 27.Bxg6 Rf8 28.Ng5 Bxg5 29.Qxg5 Kd7 30.Qxh5 Kc6 31.Rf3 Rh8 32.Qg4 Rg8 33.Rf6 Nd8 34.h4 Qb5 35.h5 Qb2 36.Qd1 Nb6 37.Bc2 Kc7 38.h6 Nd7 39.Rg6 Rh8 40.Rg7 Rb3 41.h7 Rxc3 42.Bxc3 Qxc3 43.Rg3 Qa5 44.Rg8 Nf7 45.Qf3

Anand, V (2792)    --    Nielsen, PH (2644)
Amber Rapid  (9)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.28     1-0     D58

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.d4 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 O-O 7.e3 b6 8.Rb1 Nbd7 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Nxd5 exd5 12.b4 c5 13.bxc5 bxc5 14.Bb5 Rb8 15.O-O c4 16.Ba4 Rxb1 17.Qxb1 Nf6 18.Ne5 Qc7 19.h3 Bd7 20.Nxd7 Nxd7 21.Qb5 Nf6 22.Rb1 h5 23.Bc2 Rd8 24.a4 g6 25.Qb7 Qa5 26.Qe7 Kg7 27.Rb7

Rd7 !?
A clever idea in a bad position
28.Rxd7 Nxd7 29.Qxd7 Qc3!
The point - after Bd1/b1, Qe1+ wins the piece
30.Bxg6 Kxg6 31.Qxd5 Qc1+ 32.Kh2 c3 33.Qc6+ Kg7 34.d5 c2 35.d6 Qb2 36.d7 Qe5+ 37.g3 Qf5 38.Kg2 1-0

Topalov, V (2801)    --    Leko, P (2740)
Amber Blindfold  (5)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.23     0-1     B90

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9.O-O-O b5 10.f4 Rc8 11.Kb1 Qc7 12.h3 h5 13.Bd3 h4 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 e4 16.Rhe1 Be7 17.Be2 Nb6 18.Bg4 Nc4 19.Qf2 Nxg4 20.hxg4 h3 21.Bd4 h2!? 22.c3

( 22.Bxg7 e3!? 23.Qe2 Nd2+!? ( 23...Rh7!? 24.Bd4 Nd2+ 25.Nxd2 Qxc2+ 26.Ka1 h1=Q 27.Rxh1 Rxh1 28.Rxh1 exd2 -+ ) 24.Nxd2 Qxc2+ 25.Ka1 h1=Q )
22...Qb7 23.Qe2 Kf8 24.g5 a5 25.Qxe4 a4 26.Nc1

Bxg5!! 27.g3
( 27.fxg5 h1=Q 28.Rxh1 Rxh1 29.Rxh1 Nd2+ )
27...Bf6 28.Bxf6 gxf6 29.Nd3 Qd7 30.Qg2 Qh3 31.Qxh3 Rxh3 32.Rh1 Re8 33.Nf2 Rxg3 34.Rxh2 Re2 35.Ng4 Rxh2 36.Nxh2 Rg2 37.Nf3 Rxb2+ 38.Ka1 a3 39.Nd4 Ne3 40.Rb1 Rf2 41.Rxb5 Rxf4 42.Rb1 Rf2 43.Rc1 f5 44.Nb5 Nc4 45.Nd4 f4 46.Nf5 Ne3
( 46...Ne3 47.Nxd6 Rb2 )

Aronian, L (2752)    --    Morozevich, A (2721)
Amber Blindfold  (7)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.25     0-1     B20

1.e4 c5 2.b3 d6 3.Bb2 Nf6 4.Bb5+ Bd7 5.Bxd7+ Qxd7 6.d3 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Nf3 O-O 9.O-O Nc6 10.Qe1 Rac8 11.Nbd2 Nb4 12.Qc1 b5 13.a3 Nc6 14.Kh1 d5 15.e5 Ng4 16.Qe1 f6 17.h3 Nh6 18.g4 Nd8 19.Qg3 f5 20.g5 Nhf7 21.h4 Ne6 22. Rf2 c4 23.bxc4 dxc4 24.dxc4 bxc4 25.Bc3 Nd6 26.h5 Ne4 27.Nxe4 fxe4 28.Nh2 Nd4 29.Rd1 Nf5 30.Rxd7 Nxg3+ 31.Kg2 Nxh5 32.Bd2 Rcd8 33.Rxe7

Rxd2!? 34. Rxd2 Nxf4+ 35.Kh1 e3! 36.Rdd7 Ne6!! 37.Rd1
( 37.Rxe6 e2 and the pawn queens )
37...e2 38.Re1 Nd4 39.e6 h5 40.Rxa7 Be5 41.e7 Re8 42.c3 Bg3 43.Nf3!? Bxe1 44.Nxe1 Nb5 45.Ra6 Kg7 46.Re6 Nxc3 47.Kg2 Nd5 48.Re5 Nxe7 49.Rxe2 Kf7 50. Nf3 Nf5 51.Rxe8 Kxe8 52.Kf2 h4 53.a4 Kd8 54.Ke2 h3 55.Kd2 Nd6 56.Kc3 Ne4+ 57.Kd4 c3 58.Kd3 Nxg5!! 59.Nh2 Ne4!! 60.a5 Kc7 0-1

Ivanchuk, V (2729)    --    Anand, V (2792)
Amber Blindfold  (7)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.25     0-1     E15

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Nbd2 d5 6.Bg2 Bd6 7.O-O O-O 8. b3 Nbd7 9.Bb2 c5 10.Re1 Rc8 11.e4 Nxe4 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Rxe4 Nf6 14.Rh4 Bb7 15.dxc5 Bxc5 16.Qc2 h6

17.Ng5!? Bxf2+
( 17...hxg5 18.Bxf6 Qxf6 19.Qh7# )
( 18.Kxf2 hxg5 19.Bxf6 and now 19...Qxf6+ is check )
18...Bxg2 19.Qc2!? Re8 20.Rd1 Qxd1+!?
( 20...Qe7 21.Bxf6 Qxf6 22.Qh7+ Kf8 23.Rd7!? +- )
21.Qxd1 hxg5 22.Rd4 Bc6 23.Rd6 Ne4 24.Qd4 e5 25.Qxe5?? Rxe5 0-1

Van Wely, L (2647)    --    Gelfand, B (2723)
Amber Blindfold  (7)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.25     1-0     D19

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O O-O 9.Qe2 Ne4 10.Ne5 Nd7 11.Nxd7 Qxd7 12.Na2 Ba5 13.b4 Bc7 14.f3 Nd6 15.Bb3 Bg6 16.e4 Rae8 17.Rd1 f5 18.e5 Nc8 19.b5 Nb6 20.Ba3 Rf7 21.Rac1 Nd5 22.Nb4 cxb5 23.Nxd5 exd5 24.Rc5!! bxa4 25.Rxd5 Qe6 26.Ba2 Kh8 27.Rc5 Qe7 28.Rc3 Qd8 29.e6!? Ba5 30.Rc5 Bb6 31.Rd5 Qf6 32.Rd6 Rc7

33.Rxb6!! axb6 34. d5 Qc3 35.Bd6 Qc2 36.Qd2 Qxd2 37.Rxd2 Rc1+ 38.Kf2 f4 39.Ba3 Rc3 40.Bb4 Rd3 41.Rxd3 Bxd3 42.d6!! Bf5 43.d7 Ra8 44.Be7 b5 45.d8=Q+ Rxd8 46.Bxd8 b4 47. e7 Bg6 48.Bb6 b3 49.Bb1!! Be8 50.Bc5 Kg8 51.Ke2 Kf7 52.Kd2 h6 53.h4 Ke6 54.Kc3 g5 55.hxg5 hxg5 56.Be4 b5 57.Kd4 Kf6 58.Kd5 b2 59.Kd6 Kf7 60.Ba3

Leko, P (2740)    --    Morozevich, A (2721)
Amber Blindfold  (9)   Monte Carlo MNC
2006.03.28     0-1     B47

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.g3 a6 7.Bg2 d6 8. O-O Bd7 9.a4 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Ne7 11.b3 Nc6 12.Qd2 Be7 13.Ba3 Rc8 14.Ne2 b5 15.axb5 axb5 16.Rfd1 b4 17.Bb2 e5 18.Nc1 Bg4 19.Re1 O-O 20.Nd3 Rb8 21.Ra4 Rfc8 22.Nxb4 Nxb4 23.Rxb4 Rxb4 24.Qxb4 d5 25.Qd2 Qxc2 26.Qxc2 Rxc2 27.Bxe5

Bc5! 28.Rf1 d4! -/+ 29.b4 Bb6! 30.Bf4 d3 31.h3 Be2 32.Ra1 g5!
Eliminating the back-rank mate threat - with tempo!
33.Bxg5 d2 34.Bxd2 Rxd2 35.e5 Bd3 36.g4 Bd4 37.Ra8+ Kg7 38.Bc6 Rxf2 39.Rd8 Bb6 40.Rb8 Be3 41.b5 Bf1! 42.h4 Rf3+
( 42...Rf3+ 43.Kh2 Rh3# )

Dreev, A (2697)    --    Bareev, E (2698)
7th Karpov  (6)   Poikovsky RUS
2006.03.24     1-0     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.Nc3 Bg7 10.Qa4+ b5 11.Nxb5 O-O 12.Nc3 Qb6 13.Rb1 Nbd7 14.e4 Bxf1 15.Kxf1 c4 16.Qb4 Qd8 17.g3 Nc5 18.Kg2 Nd3 19.Qxd6 Nh5 20.Qxd8 Ndxf4+ 21. gxf4 Nxf4+ 22.Kg3 Nh5+ 23.Kg4 Raxd8 24.e5 f5+ 25.Kh4 Rfe8 26.Rhd1 Nf4 27. b3 Rxe5!? 28.bxc4!?

( 28.Nxe5 Bf6+ 29.Kg3 Bxe5 30.Nb5 Nxd5+ 31.Kf3 c3 32.Rbc1 g5 33.Nxc3 g4+ 34.Kg2 Bxc3 35.Rxc3 Nf4+ )
28...Ree8 29.Nd4 Rc8 30.Rb4 Be5 31.Ncb5 Ng2+ 32.Kh3 Nf4+ 33.Kh4 a6 34.Na7 Ng2+ 35.Kh3 Nf4+ 36.Kh4 Rc7 37.Ndc6 Ng2+ 38.Kh3 Nf4+ 39.Kh4 Bd6? 40.c5!

( 40.c5 Ng2+ 41.Kh3 Nf4+ 42.Rxf4!! Bxf4 43.d6 Rd7 44.Ne7+ Kf7 45.Nac8 )

Rublevsky, S (2665)    --    Sokolov, Iv (2689)
7th Karpov  (7)   Poikovsky RUS
2006.03.25     0-1     C49

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.O-O O-O 6.d3 d6 7.Bg5 Bxc3 8.bxc3 h6 9.Bh4 Kh8 10.d4 g5!?

11.Nxg5 hxg5 12.Bxg5 Rg8 13.f4 exf4 14.Bh4 Rg4 15.Qe1 Kg7 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.e5 dxe5 18.dxe5 Qd5 19.Bxf6+ Kh7 20.Qe2 Qc5+ 21.Kh1 Qe3 22.Qd1 Be6 23.Rf3 Qe4 24.Qd2 Bd5 25.Rh3+ Kg6 26.Rg1 Rg8 27.c4 Qxc4 28.Qd3+ Qxd3 29.Rxd3 Kf5 30.Rd2 f3 31.h3 Rxg2 32.Rgxg2 fxg2+ 33.Kg1 Rb8 34.Rd1 Rb2 35.Rc1 Rxa2 36.Kh2 a5 37.h4 Kg4 38.Bd8 Ra3 39.Kg1 Rh3 40.Kf2 Rh1 41.Rg1 a4 42.Be7 Kh5

Bareev, E (2698)    --    Onischuk, Al (2650)
7th Karpov  (7)   Poikovsky RUS
2006.03.25     1-0     E13

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 Bb7 6.Nd2 h6 7.Bh4 O-O 8. e4 g5 9.Bg3 Bxe4 10.a3 Bxc3 11.bxc3 Bg6 12.Be2 d5 13.h4 Nbd7 14.hxg5 hxg5 15.f4 gxf4 16.Bxf4 c5 17.Nf3 Ne4 18.Qc1 cxd4 19.cxd4 Qe7 20.Qe3 f6 21.Rh6 Bh7 22.Qb3 Rac8 23.cxd5 exd5 24.Qxd5+ Rf7 25.Rxh7!! Kxh7 26.Bd3 f5 27.Kf1 Qf6 28.Re1 Rg8 29.Rc1 Qg6 30.Nh4 Ndf6 31.Qxf5!? Qxf5 32.Nxf5 Rg6 33.Be5 Rg4 34.Kg1 Rd7 35.Rc6 Nc5 36.Bc2 1-0

Galliamova, A (2467)    --    Xu Yuhua (2502)
FIDE WCh Women KO  (6.3)   Ekaterinburg RUS
2006.03.25     0-1     E13

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.a3 Bxc3+ 9.Qxc3 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Ne4 11.Bxd8 Nxc3 12.Bc7 Na6 13.Bf4 Ne4 14.Nb5 g5 15.Be3 Ke7 16.Rd1 d5 17.f3 Nf6 18.Bd4 Rhd8 19.e3 Rd7 20.h4 Nc7 21.hxg5 hxg5 22.c5 a6 23.Nxc7 Rxc7 24.cxb6 Rc6 25.a4 Nd7 26.a5 Nc5 27.Bc3 Na4 28. Bb4+ Kf6 29.b3 Nc5 30.Rb1 Nd7 31.Be2 Rc2 32.Rh6+ Kg7 33.Rh5 Kf6 34.g3 Rac8 35.f4 gxf4 36.gxf4 Ra2 37.Rd1 Nc5 38.Bc3+ Ke7 39.f5 Ne4 40.Bb4+ Kf6 41.Bd3 Rg8 42.Rh6+ Ke5 43.Rh1 Rg3 44.Bxe4 Rxe3+ 45.Kf1 dxe4 46.fxe6 Kxe6 47.Rh6+ Kf5 48.Rd7 Rf3+ 49.Ke1 Rxb3 50.Bd2 e3 51.Bc1 Rb1 52.Rc7 Bf3 53.Rhc6 Bxc6 54.Rxc6 Raa1 55.Ke2 Rxa5

( 55...Rxc1 56.b7!! Rcb1 57.Rb6!! )
56.Bxe3 Rb2+ 57.Kf3 Rb3 58.Rc7 Re5 0-1

Pelletier, Y (2579)    --    Rodriguez Guerrero, E (2464)
Trophee Universitaire  (8)   La Roche-sur-Yon FRA
2006.03.23     1-0     D43

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.h4 b4 11.hxg5 bxc3 12.bxc3 Nxe4 13.Be5 Nxc3 14.Qc2

Nxe2 15.Bxh8 Nf4 16.gxh6 Nxg2+ 17.Kf1 c5 18.h7 Qd5 19.Qd1 Qf5 20.d5 Bxd5 21.Bf6 Nd7 22.h8=Q Ne3+ 23.fxe3 Bxf3 24.Qd6 Bxh1+ 25.Kg1 Qg4+ 26.Kxh1 Qf3+ 27.Kh2 Qf2+ 28.Kh3 Qxe3+ 29.Qg3 Qe4 30.Rf1 Rb8 31.Qxf8+ Kxf8 32.Qd6+ Kg8 33.Rg1+ Kh7 34.Rg7+

Rombaldoni, D (2292)    --    Maze, S (2518)
Trophee Universitaire  (9)   La Roche-sur-Yon FRA
2006.03.24     0-1     D45

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 a6 6.Qc2 c5 7.cxd5 exd5 8. Be2 Nc6 9.O-O Be6 10.a3 c4 11.Rd1 Be7 12.e4 b5 13.Ne5 Qb6 14.Be3 Rd8 15. Bf3 Qb7 16.h3 h6 17.exd5 Nxd5 18.Qe4 Qc8 19.Bg4 Nxe5 20.dxe5 Nxe3 21.Rxd8+ Bxd8 22.Qxe3 Bxg4 23.hxg4 O-O 24.Qe4 Bb6 25.Nd5 Bc5 26.Re1 Re8 27.g3 Ba7 28.Kg2 Qc5 29.Re2 Bb8 30.f4 Ba7 31.Kh3 Qg1 32.Nc7 Rc8 33.Nxa6 c3 34.Rc2 Qf1+ 35.Qg2 Qd1 36.Rxc3 Rd8 37.Rc2 h5 38.Qe2 Qh1+ 39.Qh2 Qb7 40.Nb4 Rd1 41.Nc6

Qd7 42.Nxa7 hxg4+ 43.Kh4 Qf5!! 44.Nc6 Kf8 45.e6 g6 46.Rc5 Qxc5 47. Ne5 Qe7+ 48.Kxg4 Qxe6+ 49.Kf3 Qd5+ 50.Kg4 Kg7 51.Qc2 f5+

Grand Prix tournaments:

Full details at the 2006 Grand Prix site

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:

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
- Paul Broekhuyse
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