Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 367, April 26, 2006

ACF Olympiad Appeal
Rej wins Stratagem Masters
MCC Anzac Day Weekender
City of Melbourne Open starts
MCC Championship
Doeberl Cup - lost property
Henry Greenfield Cup
Aussies overseas
Gold Coast Active Championships
Queensland Open Report
See your games on the Internet
Aussie Internet Chess
World News - Unzicker dies
Grand Prix
Other Events

ACF Olympiad Appeal:

Please help support our teams at the 2006 Olympiad!

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

One anonymous donor has generously donated $1000 to the Olympiad appeal.

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

Please indicate if you want your donation to be anonymous.

More details on the the ACF website.

The 2006 Stratagem Young, Junior & Girls Masters have just been held in Canberra. Full details here. The events are being organised by Jenni Oliver and are sponsored by Stratagem Computer Contractors.

2006 Stratagem Australian Young Masters

1	Tomek Rej	2215	g + 10	g + 7	g + 6	g = 5	g + 2	g + 4	g + 8	g + 3	g + 9	8½
2	Gareth Oliver	2005	g = 4	g - 3	g + 10	g + 6	g - 1	g = 8	g = 9	g + 7	g + 5	5½
3	Junta Ikeda	2054	g + 6	g + 2	g + 8	g - 9	g + 7	g + 5	g - 4	g - 1	g - 10	5
4	Vincent Suttor	2078	g = 2	g + 8	g + 9	g = 7	g = 5	g - 1	g + 3	g = 10	g - 6	5
5	Zhigen Wilson Lin	1904	g = 8	g + 9	g - 7	g = 1	g = 4	g - 3	g + 10	g + 6	g - 2	4½
6	Ilia Zvedeniouk	2002	g - 3	g + 10	g - 1	g - 2	g + 8	g = 9	g - 7	g - 5	g + 4	3½
7	Michael Morris	1910	g - 9	g - 1	g + 5	g = 4	g - 3	g = 10	g + 6	g - 2	g = 8	3½
8	Jason Hu	2009	g = 5	g - 4	g - 3	g + 10	g - 6	g = 2	g - 1	g + 9	g = 7	3½
9	Michael Yu	1923	g + 7	g - 5	g - 4	g + 3	g - 10	g = 6	g = 2	g - 8	g - 1	3
10	Shannon Oliver	1726	g - 1	g - 6	g - 2	g - 8	g + 9	g = 7	g - 5	g = 4	g + 3	3

2006 Stratagem Australian Junior Masters

1	Tristan Stevens	1855	g + 7	g + 2	g + 6	g + 5	g = 8	g = 3	g + 4	g - 10	g = 9	6½
2	Alex Mendes da Costa	1935	g + 3	g - 1	g + 10	g + 9	g - 7	g + 4	g + 6	g - 5	g + 8	6
3	Max Illingworth	1840	g - 2	g = 6	g + 5	g + 8	g = 4	g = 1	g - 10	g + 9	g + 7	5½
4	Nicholas Chernih	1774	g = 5	g + 9	g - 8	g + 7	g = 3	g - 2	g - 1	g + 6	g + 10	5
5	Thomas Donaldson	1788	g = 4	g + 8	g - 3	g - 1	g = 10	g = 9	g = 7	g + 2	g + 6	5
6	Zhengbo Wang	1745	g + 8	g = 3	g - 1	g + 10	g = 9	g + 7	g - 2	g - 4	g - 5	4
7	Sherab Guo-Yuthok	1721	g - 1	g + 10	g = 9	g - 4	g + 2	g - 6	g = 5	g + 8	g - 3	4
8	Andrew Brown	1672	g - 6	g - 5	g + 4	g - 3	g = 1	g + 10	g + 9	g - 7	g - 2	3½
9	Eliot Hoving	1770	g + 10	g - 4	g = 7	g - 2	g = 6	g = 5	g - 8	g - 3	g = 1	3
10	Robert Hvistendahl	1705	g - 9	g - 7	g - 2	g - 6	g = 5	g - 8	g + 3	g + 1	g - 4	2½

2006 Stratagem Australian Girls Masters

1	Jessica Kinder	1357	g + 7	g + 10	g = 4	g - 3	g + 5	g + 9	g + 8	g = 6	g = 2	6½
2	Deborah Ng	1255	g + 5	g = 9	g + 8	g = 6	g = 3	g + 7	g = 10	g = 4	g = 1	6
3	Tamzin Oliver	1206	g = 8	g = 4	g - 6	g + 1	g = 2	g + 5	g - 7	g + 9	g = 10	5
4	Emma Guo	1240	g - 10	g = 3	g = 1	g + 5	g = 9	g - 8	g = 6	g = 2	g + 7	4½
5	Luthien Russell	1324	g - 2	g + 7	g = 10	g - 4	g - 1	g - 3	g + 9	g + 8	g + 6	4½
6	Sophie Eustace	1195	g - 9	g - 8	g + 3	g = 2	g + 7	g = 10	g = 4	g = 1	g - 5	4
7	Sally Yu	1264	g - 1	g - 5	g + 9	g + 8	g - 6	g - 2	g + 3	g + 10	g - 4	4
8	Kayleigh Smith	1195	g = 3	g + 6	g - 2	g - 7	g + 10	g + 4	g - 1	g - 5	g - 9	3½
9	Miona Ikeda	1278	g + 6	g = 2	g - 7	g = 10	g = 4	g - 1	g - 5	g - 3	g + 8	3½
10	Sarah Behne-Smith	1072	g + 4	g - 1	g = 5	g = 9	g - 8	g = 6	g = 2	g - 7	g = 3	3½

Report by DOP Charles Zworestine:

The Atomek Bomb got off to a flying start on the first day in the Young Masters, winning both his games with a powerful rook on the seventh against Shannon Oliver, then two beautiful bishops against Michael Morris. But he was challenged by the Junta Juggernaut, as the little Japanese tank sacrificed a rook on spec but then played beautifully in Round 1 against Ilia Zvedeniouk. After sacrificing two pawns unsoundly, a similarly fierce attack was met with much more stout resistance from Gareth Oliver in Round 2; but in the end, time pressure and some tactics in a wild position got Junta the point in that one too.

The other games had rather less incident, with Gareth Oliver v Vincent Suttor always drawish in Round 1 and Hu-Lin sharper but still ending up with both players maintaining the balance to draw. Michael Morris was better against Michael Yu, but allowed the latter to complicate and went down in a flurry of tactics. Mr. Yu was not so lucky in Round 2, falling victim to Zhigen’s kingside attack, while Shannon was doing fine against Ilia until she misplayed her equal knight v bishop ending and lost horribly.

Tomek and Junta conceded points today in the Young Masters, leaving Tristan the only player on a perfect score. Not so in Round 3, as Tomek sacrificed a piece to win 4 moves later after Ilia’s inaccurate response, and Junta exploited an incorrect rook move by Jason to win an exchange and eventually the game. Gareth splattered Shannon after an even position exploded in her face due to one loosening pawn move; Vincent ground down Michael Yu positionally (and finished him off tactically); and Michael Morris exploited weak pawns to win a long ending against Zhigen.

The conceded points came after a couple of shocks in Round 4 where Tomek, despite being White, could not crack Zhigen’s solid play and drew; while Michael Yu was even more rock solid in taking material, then repelling Junta’s attack. Vincent, a pawn up for much of the game, missed chances and drew a long ending against Michael Morris. Jason scored his first win after Shannon wrecked a perfectly good double rook ending by getting her king in a mating net; and from a better position, Ilia’s last 11 moves got him tactically smashed by Gareth.

Clearly the Young Masters players were a bit more bloodthirsty in Round 5, as Shannon registered her first win after she and Michael Yu had castled on opposite sides, and her attack broke through first; and Tomek stayed in the lead after his queen gradually outplayed Gareth’s rook and bishop. Both Ilia and Junta were down two exchanges, but somehow generated strong attacks as counterplay; Ilia won back material and eventually the game after Jason misplayed the defence, while Junta’s queen and two bishops crashed through to mate in Michael Morris’ time pressure. Only Vincent and Zhigen drew in a slow manoeuvring game. Round 6, however, saw the Young Masters catch the draw bug much more, as Ilia and Michael Yu’s exchange French drew very early; Shannon and Michael Morris drew a very locked position; and Gareth missed a winning 28. g3 and could thereafter do no better than draw with Jason. Tomek was having none of this, as he sacrificed a piece and played a beautiful attack to beat Vincent; and Junta showed he could attack even without queens, as he broke through in a queenless middlegame to beat Zhigen.

Yes, the fourth day emphasised just how wide open these events are, with perhaps one exception – but we will get to that later! For now, note that two of the Young Masters games had already happened last Tuesday, as Vincent Suttor went back to Sydney on Saturday but planned to be back for the Sunday round. The first of these games was significant for the minor placings, as Vincent’s Benko pawns (as White) beat Junta by queening faster than Junta’s attack; and Vince then joined Junta in second place by drawing a quick game with Shannon. Tomek meanwhile rolled on, taking care of Jason in the morning round when the later overlooked a knight fork in a difficult ending, then outcalculating Junta in a flurry of captures to emerge an exchange ahead and win. This left The Bomb 2.5 points clear of his nearest rival, and the new Young Masters Champion - congratulations Tomek!

The other morning games in this event saw Zhigen outplay Shannon in a rook and pawn ending, while Michael Morris won an exchange for a pawn early to a bishop fork, then allowed enough counterplay for Ilia to force a very frustrating drawn ending of rook and pawn versus bishop and pawn! He did not end up frustrated, however, as Ilia misplayed it and went on to lose. Gareth Oliver was also frustrated, as he could only draw with Michael Yu after Michael’s pawns proved enough of a match for Gareth’s extra piece. Then in the afternoon, Zhigen’s pawn fork began a tactical slugfest from which he emerged two knights up to beat Ilia; Jason won a critical centre pawn to a tactic to beat Michael Yu; and it was a bad round for the Michaels after Michael Morris resigned prematurely (according to Fritz) when Gareth was about to win a pawn against him.

Even with first place already decided yesterday, the Young Masters continued to provide shock results right up until the end! First Vincent, a little late getting back from Sydney, was totally outplayed by Ilia’s best game of the event. Although Ilia eventually won on time, he was winning the final position anyway: his heavy pieces got in to force mate or win of material… As if that was not enough, Shannon also saved her best for last, defeating Junta in the last game to finish in a very tough ending after Junta, with the two bishops and looking better, omitted to take a key pawn with check and then found himself two pawns down and losing! All this allowed Gareth to leapfrog into second place with a winning mating attack against Zhigen, while Vincent and Junta had to be content with equal third. Of course Tomek, who already had first wrapped up, made it even more convincing with a grinding endgame win against Michael Yu. His final winning margin of three points was a record for this event so far. Michael Morris and Jason Hu rounded off the event with a draw that was fairly even the whole way through.

I cannot close without thanking some wonderful people who made this event possible, top of the list undoubtedly being our fantastic Chief Organiser Jenni Oliver! Without her tireless efforts, including looking after five hungry little girls (OK, one of them was hers), the whole thing would not have been possible - and she and her company (Stratagem Computers) sponsored the event too… Thanks too to all those who provided billets, too numerous to name here (but you know who you are!); and to all the canteen helpers, headed by Mirabelle Guo, and other sundry helpers with the setting and packing up including Shun Ikeda, Paul Dunn and others. Not to forget the players, who all seemed to have fun and made it a most enjoyable and dispute free event. And on that note, this is your arbiter and bulletin blurb writer Charles Zworestine signing off for now; hope to see many of you again next year.

(This is an abridged version of Charles Zworestine's daily bulletins. A fuller version, including commentary on the Jiunior Masters and Girls' Masters, can be seen on the ACF website - Ed)

Lin, Zhigen Wilson    --    Yu, Michael
2006 Australian Young Masters  (2)   2006.04.19     1-0     A00

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Bc5 5.O-O Nge7 6.c3 O-O 7.d4 exd4 8.cxd4 Ba7 9.Nc3 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.h3 Nce7 12.Re1 Kh8 13.a3 f6 14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.Bc2 Bd7 16.Qd3 g6 17.Bh6 Re8 18.Nh4 Rxe1+ 19.Rxe1 Qg8 20.Qf3 Qf7 21.Qg3 Bxd4

22.Nxg6+!! hxg6 23.Bxg6 Qg8 24.Bd2! Bxf2+ 25.Kxf2 Qg7 26.Kg1 Kg8 27.h4 Bf5 28.h5 Bxg6 29.hxg6 c6 30.Qg4 f5 31.Qxf5 Rf8 32.Qe6+ Kh8 33. Re4 Qf6 34.Qh3+

Suttor, Vincent (2129)    --    Hu, Jason (2073)
2006 Australian Young Masters  (2)   2006.04.19     1-0     A40

1.d4 Nc6 2.d5 Ne5 3.e4 e6 4.f4 Ng6 5.dxe6 fxe6 6.Nf3 Bc5 7.Bd3 Nh6 8.Qe2 O-O 9.g3 Qe7 10.Nc3 Ng4 11.Rf1 a6 12.h3 Nf6 13.e5 Nd5 14.Ng5 Nb4 15. Bxg6 hxg6 16.a3 Nc6 17.Qg4 Rf5 18.Nce4 Kf8 19.Qh4 Ke8 20.Qh7 Kd8 21.g4 Rf8 22.Qxg6 Nd4 23.Kd1 d5 24.Nxc5 Qxc5 25.Be3 Qc4 26.Rf2 Bd7 27.Qxg7 Re8 28. Rc1 Bb5 29.Qg6 Kd7 30.Ke1 Re7 31.Qd3 c5 32.Bxd4 cxd4 33.Qxc4 dxc4 34.Rd1 Kc6 35.Rxd4

Kc5?? 36.Rd6 Rae8?? 37.Ne4#

Ikeda, Junta    --    Oliver, Gareth
2006 Australian Young Masters  (2)   2006.04.19     1-0     B85

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e6 7.a4 Nc6 8. Be3 Qc7 9.Be2 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.Bf3 Re8 12.g4 Bf8 13.g5 Nd7 14.h4 Na5 15. h5 Nc4 16.Bc1 Qc5 17.Kh1 b6 18.e5 d5 19.g6 fxg6 20.hxg6 Ra7 21.gxh7+ Kh8 22.Bh5 Re7 23.Nce2 g5 24.Bg6 gxf4 25.Bxf4 Bg7 26.Rg1 Ndxe5 27.b4 Qxb4 28. Qf1 Qc5 29.c3 Nxg6 30.Rxg6 Re8 31.Qg2 Qf8 32.Rg1 Rf7 33.Bh6 Ree7 34.Nf4 Ne5 35.Ndxe6 Bxe6 36.Nxe6

Rf5 37.Qh3 Rf3 38.Qh2 Rf2 39.Nxf8 Rxh2+ 40.Kxh2 Nf3+ 41.Kh1 Nxg1 42.Rxg7 Rxg7 43.Bxg7+ Kxg7 44.Kxg1 b5 45.axb5 axb5

Zvedeniouk, Ilia    --    Rej, Tomek
2006 Australian Young Masters  (3)   2006.04.20     0-1     A00

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.Nf3 c5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bxf6 Qxf6 8. cxd5 exd5 9.dxc5 Bf5 10.Qd2 O-O 11.e3 Nc6 12.Nd4 Be4 13.a3 Bxc5 14.Nb3 Bb6 15.f3

Qg5!! 16.fxe4 Bxe3 17.Qxd5 Ne5 18.Qd1 Rad8 19.Nd5 Qh4+

Zvedeniouk, Ilia    --    Oliver, Gareth
2006 Australian Young Masters  (4)   2006.04.20     0-1     A00

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.a4 Nc6 7.Bc4 e6 8. O-O Qc7 9.Bb3 Be7 10.Kh1 O-O 11.f4 Na5 12.Ba2 Nc4 13.Qd3 Nb6 14.Be3 Nbd7 15.b4 Re8 16.h3 Nf8 17.g4 N6d7 18.Nce2 b6 19.c4 Bb7 20.Kh2 Rac8 21.Rac1 Qb8 22.Nf3 Qa8 23.Nc3 Kh8 24.g5 f5 25.Nd2 fxe4 26.Ndxe4 d5 27.cxd5 Bxb4 28.dxe6 Nc5 29.Bxc5 Bxc5 30.Nxc5 Rxc5 31.Qe3 Qb8 32.Kg1

Nxe6!! 33.Bxe6 Rxe6!! 34.Qxe6 Rxg5+!! 35.Qg4
( 35.fxg5 ( 35.Kf2 Qxf4+ 36.Ke2 Re5+ ) 35...Qg3# )
35...Rxg4+ 36.hxg4 Qc8 37.Kf2 Qxg4 38.Ke1 h5 39.Ne2 Bf3 40.Nd4 Qg3+ 41.Rf2 Qg1+ 0-1

Yu, Michael    --    Oliver, Shannon (1956)
2006 Australian Young Masters  (5)   2006.04.21     0-1     A00

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Qd2 O-O 8.f3 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.O-O-O Rb8 11.Bb3 Na5 12.g4 b5 13.h4 Nc4 14.Bxc4 bxc4 15.Nce2 Qb6 16.c3 Qa5 17.a3 Rb7 18.Ng3 Rfb8 19.g5

Qxa3!! 20.Qc2 Rxb2 21. Kd2 Ne8 22.Rc1 Rxc2+ 23.Rxc2 Rb2 24.Rc1 Ba4 25.Rxb2 Qxb2+ 26.Ke1 Bxd4 27. cxd4 Bc2 28.Ne2 Bd3 29.Nf4 a5 30.Rd1 a4

Morris, Michael (1910)    --    Ikeda, Junta (2054)
2006 Australian Young Masters  (5)   2006.04.21     0-1     A00

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O Nge7 7.c3 d5 8. Nbd2 O-O 9.Qe2 e5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Rd1 h6 12.Nb3 b6 13.d4 exd4 14.cxd4 Re8 15.Qb5 Ndb4 16.Be3 Ba6 17.Qa4 c4 18.d5 b5 19.Qa3 Qc8! 20.Nc5

( 20.dxc6 Nc2 )
20...Rxe3!? 21.fxe3 Bf8!? 22.dxc6 Bxc5 23.Qc3 Nxc6 24.Nd4 Nxd4!? 25.exd4 Bb6 26.Bxa8 Qxa8 27.h3 Qe4 28.Qd2 Bb7 29.Kh2 h5 30.Re1 Qd5 31.Re5 Qf3 32. Re3 Qf6 33.Rd1 h4 34.Re8+ Kg7 35.Qf4 hxg3+ 36.Kxg3

Bc7!! 37.Qxc7 Qf3+ 38. Kh4 Qf2+ 39.Qg3 g5+! 40.Kg4 f5+ 41.Kh5 Qxg3 42.Re7+ Kf6

Oliver, Gareth    --    Rej, Tomek
2006 Australian Young Masters  (5)   2006.04.21     0-1     A00

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.Bg5 h6 4.Bh4 c5 5.e3 b6 6.Nbd2 Bb7 7.Bd3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9.c3 Nc6 10.Qe2 cxd4 11.exd4 Nd5 12.Bg3 d6 13.Rfe1 Qd7 14.Rad1 Rfe8 15.Bb1 a6 16.Qd3 g6 17.h4 b5 18.h5 f5 19.hxg6 Rac8 20.a3 Bg5 21.Ba2 Nce7 22.Nxg5 hxg5 23.Nf3 g4 24.Nh2 Kg7 25.Qd2 Nxg6 26.f3 Rh8 27.fxg4 f4 28.Bf2 Rh6 29.Nf3 Rch8 30.Kf1

Ne3+! 31.Bxe3 Bxf3 32.gxf3 fxe3 33.Qxe3 Rh1+ 34.Ke2 R1h2+ 35.Kd3 Rxb2 36.Rd2 Ne5+!! 37.Qxe5+
( 37.dxe5 dxe5+ 38.Ke4 Qxd2 )
37...dxe5 38.Rxb2 exd4 39.cxd4 Rh3 40.Re3 Qd6 41.Ke4 Qc6+ 42.Kf4 Rh6 43. Rbe2 Qd6+ 44.Re5 Qxd4+ 45.Kg3 Rf6 46.R5e4 Qd6+ 47.Re5 Qxa3 48.R5e3 Qd6+ 49.Re5 Qd4 50.R5e4 Qg1+ 51.Rg2 Qh1 52.Bxe6 Rh6 53.Bf5 Qh3+ 54.Kf2 Rd6 55. Re7+ Kf6 56.Re2 b4 57.Ke3 Qh1 58.Rh2 Qc1+ 59.Ke4 Qc4+ 60.Ke3 Qd4# 0-1

Hu, Jason    --    Zvedeniouk, Ilia
2006 Australian Young Masters  (5)   2006.04.21     0-1     A00

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 f5 4.d4 e4 5.Ng5 Nf6 6.a3 a5 7.e3 Be7 8.f3 h6 9.Nh3 O-O 10.Nf4 Bd6 11.Ng6 Re8 12.c5 Bf8 13.Bc4+ Kh7 14.Bf7 exf3 15. gxf3 Re7 16.Nxe7 Qxe7 17.Ba2 Nh5 18.O-O d6 19.f4 Nf6 20.cxd6 Qxd6 21.Qf3 b6 22.d5 Ne7 23.Nb5 Qc5 24.Nxc7 Qxc7 25.d6 Qxd6 26.Qxa8 Ne4 27.Bb1 Nc5 28. b4 Qg6+ 29.Kf2

Bb7! 30.Qxf8 Qg2+ 31.Ke1 Ba6! 32.Bxf5+ Nxf5 33.Qxf5+ Kh8 34.Qf8+ Kh7 35.Qf5+ Kg8! 36.Rf2 Qg1+ 37.Kd2 Qxf2+ 38.Kc3 Qe1+ 39.Kb2 Qe2+ 40.Qc2 Nd3+ 41.Kc3 Qf3 42.Qb3+ Kh8 43.Bd2 Qc6+ 44.Kd4 Qf6+ 45.Ke4 Qxa1 46. Qf7 Qh1+ 47.Kd4 Qa8 48.Bc3 Qd8+ 49.Ke4 Qa8+ 50.Kd4 Nf2 51.Qd5 Bb7 52.Qd6 Qe8 53.Kc4 Qc8+ 54.Kb3 Qxc3+!! 55.Kxc3 Ne4+ 56.Kd4 Nxd6 57.bxa5 bxa5

Rej, Tomek    --    Suttor, Vincent
2006 Australian Young Masters  (6)   2006.04.21     1-0     A00

1.d4 b6 2.c4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.Qc2 Bb4 5.e4 Nf6 6.Bd3 d5 7.Qa4+ Nc6 8. cxd5 exd5 9.e5 Ne4 10.Ne2 O-O 11.O-O Nxc3 12.bxc3 Be7 13.Qc2 h6 14.f4 f6 15.Bd2 Na5 16.f5 c5 17.Nf4 c4

18.Ne6!? cxd3 19.Qxd3 Qd7 20.Bxh6!! Rf7 21. Qg3 Bf8 22.Rf4 Re8
( 22...fxe5 23.dxe5 Nc4 24.Nxg7 Rxg7 25.Bxg7 Bxg7 26.f6 )
23.Nxf8 Kxf8 24.e6 Rxe6 25.fxe6 Qxe6 26.Re1 Qd6 27.Qg6 Qd8 28.Bxg7+ 1-0

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MCC Anzac Day Weekender

Final Standings

1 Baron, Michael VIC 2271 5
2-3 Partsi, Dimitry VIC 2070 4
Lovejoy, David QLD 1748 4
4-6 Pecak, Mariusz OS 1919 3.5
Schon, Eugene VIC 1675 3.5
Ly, Thai VIC 1852 3.5
7-11 Raine, Marcus VIC 1874 3
Stojic, Svetozar VIC 1895 3
Davis, Tony J VIC 1838 3
Potter, Matthew VIC 1637 3
Kara, Barbaros VIC 1758 3
12-16 Frost, Peter VIC 1764 2.5
Reid, Bill VIC 1552 2.5
Stone, Ian 1600 2.5
Potter, Daniel VIC 1273 2.5
Cameron, James VIC 1205 2.5
17-23 Ruzeu, Emanuel VIC 1355 2
Wertheim, Stephen VIC 1524 2
Pyke, Malcolm L VIC 2080 2
Simutanyi, Kozo VIC 2
Potter, Christopher VIC 1485 2
Manawadu, Pasan 1250 2
Qin, Tomson VIC 573 2
24-26 Potter, Michael VIC 1374 1.5
Thornton, Andrew VIC 1271 1.5
Kostrzewa, Jake VIC 1364 1.5
27 Yim, Vymala 1200 1
28 Manawadu, Dmithri 1000 0.5
29 Lau, Aaron VIC 360

The City of Melbourne Open is under way with 38 entries. Guy West produced the following brevity in round 1:

Nawzad Elias 1609 - -Guy West 2376
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.e3 Bb7 5.Nf3 g6 6.b3 bxc4 7.bxc4 Nxd5! 8.cxd5 Bg7 9.Qb3 Qb6 10.Nd4 cxd4 11.Bb2 Qa5+ 12.Nd2 Bxd5 0-1

Melbourne Chess Club Championship - report by Thai Ly

The 140th edition of the Melbourne Chess Club Championship has been run and won. And the winner is a young, yet familiar face: Sam Chow.

In what turned out to be a three horse race, Sam Chow won his first Club Championship by finishing outright first with 8/9 points (+7, =2, -0). Club stalwarts Guy West and Mirko Rujevic both finished equal second on 7½/9 points. The tournament was ACF and FIDE rated.

The 9 round Championship began on 9 February 2006 with a field of 33 players. Reigning (and multiple-time) champion, IM Guy West returned as top seed, a position he had in his pocket now that the most recent rival for the top seeding, IM Peter Froehlich, has moved to Queensland. IM Mirko Rujevic has also returned, still looking for his first Club Championship. Sam Chow was third seed, making his return to the Club and, more generally, his chess comeback after a few years away from the board. Other top seeds included Malcolm Pyke, fresh from a fair run took at the most recent Australian championship, and Domagoj Dragicevic.

The Melbourne Chess Club extended a warm welcome to all participants in its first major tournament for the year, particularly those players debuting in the Club Championship: ex-Queenslander Leon Bowen, Peter Wolf, Judd Niemann, Jean Watson and Daryl Prasad. Also notably was the return of Gary Lycett to the Club, who has managed to fit in time in addition to his hectic job and play and organising down at the Dandenong Chess Club.

There were only two upsets in the first round: Pyke draw with Alex Kaplan, where Malcolm overlooks perpetually check in an otherwise advantageous endgame, and Richard Voon's shocking blunder of his queen in losing to Adel Ghobrial.

The top four boards followed the script in round 2, but immediately below were surprise results: Bob Krstic losing an exchange and then the game to Felix Wyss; Thai Ly allowing the win to slip in his encounter with Adam Lovegrove; and Marcus Raine losing quickly with his king in the centre and under attack from Peter Wolf's forces. Notably, the only woman in the field, Jean Watson recorded a good result in holding Roger Beattie to a draw.

Round 3 saw the top three consolidate their lead over the remaining field. Guy West convincing beat Dragicevic in the endgame, with a superior minor piece and pawn-structure leading to a win of a pawn. Wyss was no match for Rujevic, while Chow slowly but surely ground down Wolf, in an un-flashy fashion. Richard Voon continued his poor form, this round losing to Richard McCart. Watson again had a creditable result, this time holding Nick Ivanov, in great form prior to this tournament, to a draw. Judd Niemann won his first game in his postponed encounter with Alec Knox.

The first of the crucial encounters between the top seeds occurred in round 4, with West with white against Rujevic's black forces. Honours were shared after a long tussle. Sam Chow had little trouble dispatching Kaplan, while Pyke's chance of winning the tournament took a severe blow with defeat as white against Dragicevic. Conceding 1½ points after round 4 surely could not have been on Malcolm's agenda with potentially Chow and the two IM's still to await him. Lovegrove had a good result in drawing with Beattie. Daryl Prasad recorded his first tournament win against the esteemed former Club president (and Appeal Court judge) Bob Brooking.

The top board for round 5 was Rujevic versus Chow. Sam had little trouble holding the draw with his favourite French Defence, an opening he knows well. The draw left Chow on 4½ points going into the Labour Day long weekend (and the Begonia tournament, in which some members also played in). Guy West won as expected against Krstic on board 2 and was also 4½ points. Mirko was equal third with 4 points with Dragicevic, who kept his hopes alive by beating Raine. Ghobrial had another good win on top of his win against Voon, beating George Zileski.

A quirk of the Swiss draw meant that Chow again had black against his closest rival for round 6, Guy West. However, as in his game against Rujevic, Chow had no problem holding a draw, indeed being slightly better at stages after the opening (a Torre Attack) of the game against West. Rujevic and Dragicevic tried hard to get a result against one another, but both had to settle for a draw - a result that helped neither. Peter Wolf had a great tournament, and round 6 was another pinnacle for him, beating former championship Krstic.

Round 7 had a number of intriguing match-ups as the tournament entered its third Act. Pyke, now recovered to 4½ points, had white against West who was on 5. Malcolm had previously beaten Guy with White before. However, on this occasion the higher rated West prevailed. Chow and Dragicevic had a real ding-dong battle. Domagoj, with black, created an imbalance right out of the opening, exchanging a piece for three pawns. The position was dynamically balanced with Chow somewhat less well developed. However, Sam released much of the tension in the position by exchanging the queens. He then displayed better technique by first exchanging more forces and then exploiting Dragicevic's mistakes in an endgame where Chow's two bishops outweighed black's lone bishop and three pawns. Rujevic quietly lurked behind both West and Chow, winning against Raine. Voon beat Bowen to dent the latter's chance at a rating prize. Wolf could have put Ly under real pressure in their major-pieces endgame, but had to be satisfied with a draw (still a reasonable result) after misplaying the endgame. Ghobrial had a third great result, beating Jim Papadinis in their postponed game. Manny Ruzeu caused the biggest boilover of the round, beating veteran Felix Wyss.

Round 8 proved to be the pivotal round of the tournament. On the top board, West played as white against Thai Ly and could only manage a draw. A surprising result, but not one that was totally unexpected - this was Ly's third draw with West in about the past year. The game was tense, as West allowed the game to meander into a position worse for white. Worse still, he fell behind badly on the clock. However, with game in his control, Ly did not fully exploit his pressure, instead allowing West to counterattack. In the final moves, it was clear that West was in no danger of losing as he had a draw by repetition. But did he have more? Maybe, but with only about a minute plus increments left on his clock, he took the draw.

Meanwhile, Chow was observing this and playing his game as white against Pyke. Chow played the opening quietly and slowly but surely ground down black's position. Eventually, Pyke capitulated to give Chow a ½ point lead over West and Rujevic, who won against Voon going into the last round. In other results, Dragicevic effectively lost all touch with the top three, only being able to draw with his pet Scandinavian opening against Wolf. Beattie kept his consistent second half of the tournament going with a win against Tom Kalisch, as Ghobrial drew with Bowen. Junior, Jean Luc Tambasco had a good win against Lovegrove.

The final round was the end of a long and successful journey for Chow. His was one the later boards to finish. Playing his favourite French again, he won a pawn against Krstic's gambit sideline (the Wade Variation). Eventually, he would be a rook up against his opponent and from that moment on the title was his. Chow's win was well received by the various non-playing members present.

West and Rujevic also won to ensure that they would share equal second with 7½ points. West won his game relatively easily and early against Voon, but he knew that the fate of the title was out of his hands. Thai Ly won his game and the A group rating prize, finishing on 6/9 points (4th overall) with a 9 move miniature in the Spanish Opening against a tired Marcus Raine. Beattie was for a major part of the game a pawn up and had the better of his draw against Domagoj Dragicevic to eventually run out as winner of the B group rating prize with 5½ points. Steve Wertheim beat Paul Kovacevic to finish on 4½ points and winner of the C group rating prize.

Sam Chow - quick profile
Born in 1987 in Malaysia, Sam has been playing chess since the age of five. Very soon after his first appearance on the chess scene at Melbourne Chess Club, other more experience players quickly identified Sam as a phenomenal natural talent, with a sharp eye for tactics and great vision of the board. He also quickly acquired a very sound positional understanding. He won the Melbourne Chess Club Junior Championship, was 6 years old when he became Victorian under 10's champ and came 2nd to Bob Krstic in the 2001 Club Championship. Further, he was the leading junior Victorian chess player of his generation and participated in the 2002 Australian Championship.

Surprisingly however, Sam never won the title of Australian Junior Chess Champion, as non-chess activities, particularly education, became a priority. Educated at Scotch College, he has effectively been on a chess hiatus for the past two year in order to complete his year 11 and 12 schooling (although, he did play in the 2005 Australian Juniors). In that time, Sam's chess talents have been somewhat forgotten, as other younger stars such as Moulton Ly, Raymond and Angela Song and Chris Wallis have taken the limelight.

Now with the pressure of year 12 passed (he now studies Commerce/Science at the University of Melbourne), Sam has been able to make a welcomed return to chess this summer and has shown that he has lost none of his skills. In addition to winning this tournament, he has also shared equal first at the recent Box Hill Chess Club Autumn Cup.

The Melbourne Chess Club congratulates its new champion and looks forward to more great chess from Sam in the future.

Final Standings

1 Chow, Samuel VIC 2192 8
2-3 West, Guy VIC 2378 7.5
Rujevic, Mirko VIC 2252 7.5
4 Ly, Thai VIC 1866 6
5-7 Dragicevic, Domagoj VIC 2129 5.5
Pyke, Malcolm L VIC 2079 5.5
Beattie, Roger VIC 1688 5.5
8-15 Wolf, Peter VIC 1758 5
Raine, Marcus VIC 1862 5
Voon, Richard VIC 1885 5
Krstic, Slobodan VIC 1928 5
Kalisch, Thomas VIC 1801 5
McCart, Richard VIC 1697 5
Ghobrial, Adel VIC 1569 5
Lycett, Garry VIC 1693 5
16-17 Bowen, Leon QLD 1787 4.5
Wertheim, Stephen VIC 1523 4.5
18-24 Wyss, Felix VIC 1730 4
Papadinis, Jim VIC 1778 4
Kaplan, Alex VIC 1640 4
Kovacevic, Paul VIC 1683 4
Ruzeu, Emanuel VIC 1355 4
Renzies, Elliott VIC 1481 4
Knox, Alec VIC 1531 4
25-27 Niemann, Judd 3.5
Ivanov, Nikola VIC 1517 3.5
Tambasco, Jean-Luc VIC 1054 3.5
28-30 Zileski, George VIC 1760 3
Watson, Jean VIC 1094 3
Prasad, Daryl 3
31 Lovegrove, Adam VIC 1439 2
32 Wright, Jim VIC 1601 1
33 Brooking, Robert VIC 1471 0

Selected games will be posted on the Melbourne Chess Club website.

Doeberl Cup - lost property:

The following items were left at Italo-Australia Club after the Doeberl Cup Tournament. Please contact Shun Ikeda ( or 02-6125-4030(W)) if you are the owner.

(1) a pair of black gloves with "MANZELLA" brand tag attached. (found in the Major/Minor/Senior section)

(2) a blue cap (half-meshed) with "VonDutch TM" embroidery in the middle of front part (found in the Premier section)

The recent Henry Greenfield Cup at Hakoah Club, Bondi in Sydney was won by I.Zirdum half a point ahead of J.Bolens. - Peter Parr

Aussies overseas

GM Rogelio Antonio (Philippines) won the 72 player Bangkok Open with 7.5/9. Sydney players scores: FM T.Reilly 6, M.Drummond 5.5, Watharow 5, J.Attwood 4.5. - Peter Parr

Dubai Open: Stojic and Yachou from Australia are playing i9n this event. GM Izoria is top seed. Stojic and Yachou from Australia are playing. Site

Sign up for the the 2006 Junior Internet Championship here.

Just a reminder to everyone who has not done so already to register for the Australian Junior Internet Championships by this weekend - either the Open, which as the name implies is open to everyone under the age of 18 (at the start of January!) or the Candidates for players who are inexperienced at chess and/or the Internet. Both events start on Sunday 7th May - just Sunday week - and it would be great to get a healthy number of competitors in both tournaments. The tournaments go for 6 weeks and start at 6.30pm EST - please check for further details.

The cost is just $20 and you will get a free 2 month membership of ICC - along with the opportunity to win lots of prizes.

Also, we have decided to delay the Individual Adult competition until later in the year - after the adult clubs competition - more details later.

All the best
Alan & Alex

PS Apologies - there was a hiccup with the entry form for the Championships and we did not pick up the name of the event that players have entered. If you have already entered - and you may be receiving this newsletter for the first time - can you please reply to this email and let me know again which event you have decided to play in - either the Open or the Candidates. Many thanks.

Gold Coast Active Championships: The winner of this event which was held at the Gardiner chess centre was IM Peter Froehlich, from WIM Arianne Caoili and Jonas Muller. 78 players took part.

Queensland Open Report: What a fantastic event. 66 entrants and 25+ from outside Brisbane.

Venue was The Gap High School Assembly Hall and proved to be a very good venue indeed. Spacious, roomy, plenty of parking and generally very quiet.

First three rounds were held Saturday and the juniors generally ran amuck for their rating.

Sunday morning and time for round four. Six players remained on 3/3, with two others on 2.5.

Most attention was centred on the board one pairing of Wongwichit v IM Froehlich. Wongwichit was holding his own and offered a draw late in the game, but was forced to resign a few moves later, with a dominant passed c pawn for Froehlich being one of the main features.

On board 27, Menham and Kinder was agreed drawn on move 110 as Kinder attempted to convert Rook and Bishop v Rook into a win. There were plenty of discussions afterwards about whether the ending could have been won. Tablebases are probably the only real way to know.

At 2:45pm, round five started with three players still on a perfect score. The top two boards saw Froehlich v Duxbury and Pardoen v Wongwichit. Draws on both boards allowed the chasing pack to catch up and make the title a real contest.

Monday morning and time for round six. Due to the pairings and colours, the board one clash was Duxbury v Pardoen. Board two: O’Brien v Froehlich.

Duxbury v Pardoen was drawn. Froehlich won to regain a half point lead going into the final round.

Round seven: Froehlich leads by half a point from three chasers, Pardoen, Lester and Duxbury.

Lester and Duxbury decide that second place is good enough for them and agree a draw in 12 moves. This left the tournament up to board one: Froehlich v Pardoen.

Froehlich managed to get both rooks on to the seventh rank. Combine this with other positional pressures and Pardoen resigned. This ensured that Froehlich won by a full point from four players.

While all these games were going on, Ross Lam (1410) was steadily moving up the boards and managed to tie for second overall. Good performance Ross.

Sixty-six entrants is certainly a good sign for the future and now onto Rothwell for the Peninsula Open. Would love to see similar numbers for their tournament. See everyone there and at the Qld Championships on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

Garvin Gray
2006 Queensland Open Arbiter.

See your games on the Internet:

Rooty Hill Chess Club (NSW) have had a request from a couple of players who would like to display their games on the Internet, even though they're not club members.

No problem!

Because we realise other people might enjoy doing the same thing, we have set up a special page for grass-roots Australian chess games. It's open to any Australia-based club or tournament player and the games don't have to be masterpieces: this is intended to give ordinary mortals the opportunity to share in the fun.

We won't accept photo copies of your score sheet, it's too time-consuming, but will take any games that can be copied and pasted into Chessbase.

We've seeded the list with a few games scrounged from odd places.

Check it out at or email your games to

The well-known German Grandmaster Wolfgang Unzicker died this week, aged 80. A lawyer/judge by profession, he was one of the world's strongest amateur players for many years.

Russian Club Championship: Players include Morozevich, Grischuk, Akopian, Bologan, Volkov, Ivanchuk, Radjabov, Dreev and Ponomariov.
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Dubai Open: Players include Izoria, Sadvakasov and Sargissian.

Neckar Open: Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Pavasovic, Szoen, Delemarre, Gelashvili, Halkias, Miezis, Zysk, Kalod, Jaracz, Zeller, Bromberger, Likavsky 7.0.

Foxwoods: Loek Van Wely won a playoff after a three-way tie for first.
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Grand Prix tournaments:

Full details at the 2006 Grand Prix site

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

May Weekender: Sydney May 20-21; More

Perth Open: May 20-21; More ANU Open: July 22-23; Cat 3; 7 round Swiss, 1hr + 10s/move; Total prizes: $3000; First $1000. $70/$50 entry fee. Details

Other events:

Hakoah Chess Club events: May 1st - Hakoah Cup - 2006 starts. This 9 round Swiss event will be held on consecutive Monday evenings. Starts 7.30 p.m.
Enquiries: To Vladimir Feldman 0414798503 or visit Hakoah Chess Club web page.

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:
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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