Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 368, May 3, 2006

Olympiad Appeal
Council decisions
41st Peninsula Open
Junior wins Sydney champs
Aussies overseas
MCC Championship games
Ballarat Begonia Games
World News
Grand Prix
Other Events

ACF Olympiad Appeal:

Please help support our teams at the 2006 Olympiad in Turin, Italy - commences 20 May

Donations so far:

D Adler & JF Robinson $50.00 7/4/06
P R Nosworthy/chesSOS $300.00 6/4/06
Bob Keast, $100.00 7/4/06
Jean Watson $100.00 28/2/2006
Ron Moylan, $50.00 1/3/06
P D Frost $50.00 27/3/06
I S Eriksson $50.00 18/3/06
Gardiner Chess Centre $150.00 20/3/06
WO & MJ Egan $50.00 17/3/06
R H Stokes $100.00 17/3/06
Anonymous $1,000.00
Anonymous $100.00 5/4/06
S & D Krstic $50.00 4/4/06
I Goldenberg $100.00 7/4/06
Anonymous $200.00 8/4/06
Anonymous Victoria $200.00 21/4/06
Croydon Chess Inc $100.00 18/4/06
R C Brockman $50.00 20/4/06
Raymond and Angela Song $50.00 23/4/06

Total so far: $2,850.00

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

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The ACF Council meeting of 1 May made the following decisions:

  1. to pay the costs of FIDE rating the 2006 Australian Junior Championships;
  2. to appoint Brian Jones as the 2007 GP Director;
  3. to accept the revised schedule for the allocation of ACF events - click here
  4. to approve the amended ACTJCL bids for the 2006 Australian Schools Teams and the 2007 Australian Junior Championships;
  5. to accept the code of conduct for juniors representing Australia that had been amended after consideration by the Junior Sub-committee - click here
  6. to consider by email the ACTJCL submission for the calculation of the School's competition levies;
- Jey Hoole, ACF Secretary

In other developments, a Motion to approve the use of the word "Australian" in relation to the internet championships for juniors and adults that are being run by Alan Goldsmith and Alex Saint was passed by email vote 8-0.

The ACTCA AGM was held on 28 April, and the following office-bearers were elected:

President: Mos Ali
Vice-President: Carl Parkes
Secretary: Jey Hoole
Treasurer: Paul Dunn
Junior Chess Coordinator: Shun Ikeda

41st Peninsula Open, Queensland: This Category 2 GP event was a 7 round Swiss held at Grace Lutheran College, in Rothwell.

Place Name                     Loc  Score Progr. Buch. M-Buch.

  1   FROEHLICH, Peter         2370 7       28.0  31.0    23.0
2-10  WILKINSON, Leo           1704 5       23.5  31.0    23.0
      LAZARUS, Benjamin        1912 5       21.5  31.0    22.0
      CASHMAN, Michael         1892 5       21.5  31.0    21.5
      DAVIDSON, Nathan P       1550 5       21.5  29.0    21.5
      ALKIN, John              1638 5       21.5  28.5    21.0
      WELLER, Tony             1774 5       20.0  31.0    21.5
      HUNTER, Shayne           1307 5       20.0  28.5    21.0
      JULE, Alexandra          1571 5       20.0  28.0    20.0
      AKERS, Gerard            1512 5       17.5  23.5    17.0
11-15 BARNARD, Casey T         1899 4.5     23.0  34.5    24.0
      STOKES, Mark C           1639 4.5     18.5  28.5    18.5
      CANFELL, Mike J          1671 4.5     18.0  27.0    19.0
      STAHNKE, Alexander       1085 4.5     15.5  26.5    18.5
      NAKAUCHI, Gene           1263 4.5     13.0  20.0    14.5
16-24 KORENEVSKI, Oleg         1687 4       19.5  29.0    21.0
      BEILBY, Kieton           819  4       18.0  29.5    21.5
      AGER, John C             1482 4       18.0  27.5    18.5
      LESTER, George E         1778 4       17.0  28.5    20.0
      MACLEOD, Keith           1605 4       16.0  27.5    19.5
      AL ZAHER, Louay          1671 4       16.0  22.0    15.5
      DUFFIN, Mike             1456 4       15.0  23.5    16.5
      ERICKSON, Sean Scott          4       14.0  21.5    15.5
      BIELENBERG, Nathanael    1409 4       14.0  20.0    14.5
25-31 KARIBASIC, Amir          1378 3.5     17.5  25.0    19.5
      BOOY, Peter              1332 3.5     15.0  24.0    17.5
      GILPIN, Matthew          1433 3.5     15.0  24.0    17.0
      PEDERSEN-LEE, Lachlan    1101 3.5     14.5  27.0    19.5
      DOBSON, Ernesto          1424 3.5     14.5  24.0    17.0
      KINDER, Jessica          1357 3.5     13.5  25.0    17.5
      HARTLEY-HOLL, Clifford J 1242 3.5     11.5  20.5    14.5
32-41 GRIGG, Sam               1404 3       15.0  26.0    19.5
      LYONS, Kieran C          1276 3       14.0  25.5    18.5
      MALEJEWICZ, Alexander    1560 3       13.0  26.5    18.5
      GRAY, Garvin             1232 3       13.0  24.0    18.5
      VAN DEN BERGH, Lachlan   847  3       12.5  28.0    19.5
      MCINTYRE, Brock          1411 3       12.5  24.0    18.0
      KOSPARTOV, Nick          1366 3       12.0  28.0    19.0
      BONI, John               1354 3        9.0  20.0    14.0
      ERIKSSON, Caleb          868  3        8.0  18.0    12.0
      MILES, Alex              543  3        8.0  17.0    12.0
42-47 BUCIU, Aurel-John        1545 2.5     14.0  25.5    18.5
      MCLEAN, Matthew          1471 2.5     11.0  22.5    16.5
      KINDER, Danielle         427  2.5     10.0  24.0    17.0
      LYONS, Russell                2.5      8.5  20.5    14.0
      MCROBERTS, Anthony J     1150 2.5      5.5  21.0    15.0
      EZZY, Adam D             894  2.5      5.5  18.0    12.5
48-51 BUCIU, Vasile            1363 2       10.0  23.0    17.0
      MENHAM, Allan                 2        8.0  19.5    14.5
      ROGERS, Jim              791  2        6.0  18.0    13.5
      LYONS, Ryan              479  2        5.5  18.0    13.5
52-53 PECK, Robbie             444  1.5      7.5  23.5    16.5
      KARIBASIC, Sabin         1060 1.5      5.5  21.0    16.5
54-55 BUCIU, Alex              677  1        5.0  18.0    12.0
      BYRNE, Alannah                1        3.0  18.0    13.0

Raymond Song, 12, wins City Of Sydney Championship

Raymond Song is the City of Sydney champion after beating Tomek Rej in the final round for an impressive 7.5/9. Second-place-getter George Xie beat Song's sister Angela as Halpin and Zirdum drew while Moylan lost to Ingram.

Joshua Christensen won the U1700 event.

Raymond Song    --    Tomek Rej
City of Sydney  (9)   Sydney
2006.04.30     1-0     C55p

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.e5 d5 6.Bb5 Ne4 7.Nxd4 Bc5 8.Be3 Bd7 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.O-O O-O 11.f3! Ng5 12.f4! Ne4

White has won a tempo with f2-f3-f4
13.Nd2 Bxd4 14.Bxd4 c5?! 15.Nxe4! dxe4
( 15...cxd4 16.Nc5 )
16.Bxc5 Re8 17.Qd4 Bc6 18.Bxa7 Qh4 19.Qf2 Qh5 20.Bd4 Rad8 21.c3 Re6 22.f5 Ree8 23.Rfe1 Bd7 24.f6 c5 25.Bxc5 Rxe5 26.Bd4 Rg5 27.Qe2 Rg4 28.fxg7 Bc6 29.Qe3 Rd6 30.Re2 f5 31.Rf2 Rdg6 32.Be5 Qg5 33.Qxg5 R4xg5 34.g3 Re6 35.Bd4 e3 36.Rf4 e2 37.Re1 Rh5 38.h4 Bb5 39.b3 Bd3 40.Kf2 Rhh6 41.Rf3 Be4 42.Rxe2 ! Bxf3 43.Rxe6 Rxe6 44.Kxf3 Re1 45.a4 Rf1+ 46.Ke3 Re1+ 47.Kf4 Rf1+ 48.Kg5 Kf7 49.b4 Rf3 50.a5 h6+ 51.Kxh6 Rxg3 52.h5 Rg2 53.a6 Kg8 54.a7 Ra2 55.Kg5 Ra3 56.Kxf5 Ra6 57.b5 Ra5 58.c4 Ra2 59.b6 Ra5+ 60.c5 1-0

Xie, G.    --    Halpin, P.
City of Sydney  (8)   Sydney
????     1/2-1/2     B00n

1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qa5 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.O-O a6 7.Bxc6 Bxc6 8.d4 f6 9.Qe2 O-O-O 10.Rd1 e5 11.Be3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 exd4 13.Qh3+ Kb8 14.Bxd4 Bd6 15.b4!? Qg5 16.Be3 Qg6 17.b5 a5 18.b6 Ne7 19.Nb5 Qf5 20.Nxd6 cxd6

21.Qg3 Nd5 22.c4 Nxe3 23.Qxe3 Rhe8 24.Rxd6 Rxd6 25.Qxe8+ Qc8 26.Qb5 Qc6 27.Qxa5 Qxb6 28.Qh5 Rd2 29.c5 Qe6 30.h3 Qe5 31.Qxe5+ fxe5 32.Rb1 Kc7 33.Rb6 Rd1+ 34.Kh2 Rd5 35.Re6 Rxc5 36.Re7+ Kc6 37.Rxg7 Ra5 38.Rxh7 Rxa2 39.Kg3 b5 40.Re7 b4 41.Rxe5 b3 42.Re1 b2 43.Rb1 Kd5 44.f4 Kc4 45.f5 Kc3 46.Kf4 Kc2 47.Rxb2+ Rxb2 48.g4 Kd3 49.f6 Kd4 50.Kf5 Kd5 51.h4 Rf2+ 52.Kg6 Rf4 53.g5 Rxh4 54.f7 Rf4 55.Kg7 Ke6 56.f8=Q Rxf8 57.Kxf8 Kf5 58.g6 Kxg6

Bird, Andrew    --    Wright, Neil
City of Sydney   ????     1-0     B06j

1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bd3 Nd7 5.O-O e5 6.c3 Ne7 7.Re1 O-O 8. Nbd2 exd4 9.cxd4 Nc6 10.Nb3 a5 11.Be3 Nb4 12.Bf1 d5 13.e5 Nb6 14.a3 Nc6 15.h3 Nc4 16.Bxc4 dxc4 17.Nbd2 Qd5 18.Rc1 b5 19.b3 cxb3 20.Rc5 Qd7 21.Qxb3 Rb8 22.Rec1 Bb7 23.Qxb5 Ba8 24.Qc4 Rb6 25.Ne4

Nxd4 26.Bxd4 Bxe4 27.Rxc7 Qf5 28.Bxb6 Bxf3 29.gxf3 Bxe5 30.Rc8 Qg5+ 31.Qg4 Qf6 32.Bc5

Aussies overseas: Alek Safarian (Sydney) and FM Manuel Weeks (formerly Sydney) scored 4/9 in the 296 player Neckar Open in Germany. IM Aleks Wohl (NSW) has scored 3.5/7 losing only to GM M.Drasko and IM S.Kasparov in Cutro, Italy. Dusan Stojic and Nur Yachou of Melbourne competed in the Dubai Open. - Peter Parr

Highlights of the Melbourne Chess Club Championship

Dragicevic, Domagoj    --    Raine, Marcus
MCC Championships 2006   2006.03.06     1-0     C28

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Ne2 d5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.O-O Nxc3 8.bxc3 Bd6 9.f4 Bg4 10.Bxf7+ Kxf7 11.fxe5+ Ke8 12.exd6 Qxd6 13.Bf4 Qe7 14. Qd2 Kd7 15.Rae1 Qa3

16.Bxc7!! Bxe2
( 16...Kxc7 17.Qf4+ )
17.Rf7+ Ke8 18.Qxe2+ Kxf7 19.Qe6+ 1-0

Rujevic, Mirko    --    Wyss, Felix
MCC Championships 2006   Melbourne
2006.02.20     1-0     B23

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Bg7 6.O-O e6 7.f5 exf5 8.d3 Nge7 9.Bg5 fxe4 10.dxe4 Be6 11.Nb5 Nd4 12.Bxe6 Nxb5 13.Bxf7+ Kxf7 14.Nd4+ Kg8 15.Nxb5 h6 16.Bf6 d5 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Qxd5+ Kh7 19.Rf7 Qh4 20.Rxg7+ Kxg7 21.Qxb7+ Kf6 22.Rf1+ Kg5 23.Qd5+ Kg4 24.h3+ 1-0

Now a couple of wins annotated by MCC Champion Sam Chow:

Chow, Sam    --    Pyke, Malcolm
MCC Champs  (8)   2006.04     1-0     A43

1.d4 c5 2.c3

Not remembering much about the Benoni, I decided just to keep it simple for now.
2...e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 d5 5.Bg2 Be7 6.O-O O-O
Here I stoppe d to think about how I could get an advantage from such an innocuous-looking position. After some brief calculation, I decided to stick a knight on e5 and apply some pressure on his cramped queenside.
7.Ne5 Nc6 8.f4 Bd7 9.e3 Rc8 10.Nd2 Nb8 11.a3
I needed some space for my dark-squared bishop, so that I could connect my rooks.
11...Bb5 12.Re1 Be8 13.b3
( 13.b4 cxd4 14.cxd4 a5 and my queenside is looking a little shaky )
13...cxd4 14.cxd4 Nfd7 15.Bb2 f6 16.Nd3 f5
I had intended 17.e4, hoping to exploit black's weak pawn on e6.
17.b4 b6?
Now I begin to clamp down on the queenside.
18.b5 Nf6 19.Qb3 Kh8 20.Rac1 Rxc1 21.Rxc1 Ne4 22.Nxe4 fxe4 23.Ne5 Bd6 24.Bf1
Giving further protection to b5, preparing to penetrating the c-file with my queen.
24...Bxe5 25.dxe5 Bh5 26.Qc3 Nd7 27.a4
( 27.Qc7 Nc5 28.Qxa7?? Rf7 is a miraculous queen-trap. I had to find some other means of breaking through. )
27...Nc5 28.Ba3 Nxa4 29.Qd4
( 29.Qc7 Nc5 30.Qxd8 Rxd8 31.Bxc5 bxc5 32.Rxc5 also appears strong. )
29...Nc5 30.Bxc5 bxc5 31.Qxc5
If black plays passively, his position will simply crumble. Hence,
31...g5 32.Qxa7 gxf4 33.Rc7 Bg6 34.exf4 e3 35.Qc5
Now black has to be careful about his own king's safety. This is too slow, however; white now has a forced win.
35...Kg8 36.b6 d4 37.b7 d3 38.Rc8 d2
( 38...e2 39.Qxf8+ Qxf8 40.Rxf8+ Kxf8 41.Bxe2 +- )

39.Qxf8+ Qxf8 40.Rxf8+ Kg7
( 40...Kxf8 41.b8=Q+ Kg7 42.Be2 Bd3 43.Qa7+ Kh6 44.Qxe3 +- )
41.Rd8 1-0

Chow, Sam    --    Dragicevic, Domagoj
MCC Champs  (7)   2006.03     1-0     D30

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Bg5 Bb4+ 5.Nbd2

5.Nc3 dxc4 is well-known.
5...dxc4 6.Qa4+
( 6.e3 b5 7.a4 c6 doesn't appear to yield any compensation )
( whilst 6.e4 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 Nxe4 appears unsatisfactory. )
6...Nc6 7.Ne5
( 7.e4 again looks weak because of 7...Bxd2+ )
( while 7.e3 Qd5 (intending b5) makes life difficult for white. )
( 7...Bd7 8.Nxc6 Bxd2+ 9.Bxd2 Bxc6 10.Qxc4 achieves a fairly level position. )
( 7...Qd5 8.Nxc6 Bxd2+ 9.Bxd2 Bd7 again seems fairly level. )
8.Nxc6 Bxd2+
( 8...Qxb2 9.Nxb4+ Bd7 10.Rb1 Qxb1+ 11.Nxb1 Bxa4 is interesting. White will probably get the c4 pawn, but black still has a rook and two pawns for two pieces. )
9.Bxd2 Qxb2 10.Rd1 Bd7

My opponent missed this move. However, it's not so bad for him.
11...Qxb4 12.Nxb4 O-O-O?
( 12...c5 13.Nc2 Ne4 is important here. Black needs to play actively before white is able to regroup and to realise his material advantage. 14.f3 Ba4 15.Rc1 Nxd2 16.Kxd2 O-O-O+ 17.Ke1 b5 18. e4 Rd6 19.Be2 Rhd8 is one possible variation. Black prepares to penetrate through the d-file. )
13.f3 Nd5 14.e4 Nxb4 15.Bxb4 b5 16.Be2 Bc6 17.Kf2 Kb7 18.Rxd8 Rxd8 19.Rd1 Rxd1
( 19...Ra8 at least keeps the rooks on. The exchange seems to make white's task easier. )
20.Bxd1 Kb6 21.Ke3 a5
Black's kingside pawns must stay on dark squares; otherwise they may be fixed and become targets for my dark-squared bishop.
22.Bf8 g6 23.Kd4 Bd7 24.Be2 e5+ 25.Kxe5 c3
Now my king gets back into it and rounds up the charging pawns.
( 25...c5 26.Be7 Kc6 27.a4 Be6 seems to put up a better fight. )
26.Kd4 c2 27.Bh6 Be6 28.a3 b4 29.axb4 axb4 30.Bc4 b3 31.Bc1 Ka5 32.Bxe6 fxe6 33.Kc4 1-0

Ballarat Begonia Games

Xie, G    --    Pecak, M
Ballarat 2006  (4)   2006.03.12     1-0     B23

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bc4!? e6 7.O-O Ne7 8.d4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 a6 10.f5 Nec6 11.fxe6 fxe6 12.Nxe6 Bxe6 13.Bxe6 Ne5 14. Qd5 Qc7 15.Bg5 Nbc6

16.Bf7+!! Nxf7 17.Qe6+ Kf8 18.Nd5 Nd8 19.Bxd8

Kaplan, A    --    Bourmistrov, D
Ballarat 2006  (4)   2006.03.12     1-0     A40

1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.Bf4 Nf6 4.h3 d5 5.e3 O-O 6.Be2 b6 7.a4 Bb7 8.O-O c5 9.c3 Ne4 10.Nbd2 Nd7 11.a5 Re8 12.Bb5 f6?

13.a6! Bc8 14.Bc6! Rb8 15. Bxb8 Nxb8 16.Bxe8 Qxe8 17.Nxe4 dxe4 18.Nd2 Qc6 19.Qa4 b5 20.Qa5 Qd5 21.c4

Pyke, M    --    Xie, G
Ballarat 2006  (3)   2006.03.12     1-0     A46

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 b5 4.Bg2 d5 5.O-O Nbd7 6.a4 b4 7.a5 Ba6 8.c3 bxc3 9.bxc3 Be7 10.Re1 O-O 11.Nbd2 c5 12.e4 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 dxe4 14.Rxe4 Nf6 15.Re1 Nd5 16.Bd2 Rc8 17.Ne5 cxd4 18.cxd4 Qd6 19.Bh3 f5 20.Qb3 Rb8 21.Qa2 Bb7 22.Bg2 f4 23.Qa4 fxg3 24.hxg3 Ba8 25.Qd7 Rb2 26.Qxd6 Bxd6 27.Nc4 Rc2 28.Rac1 Ra2 29.Rxe6 Ba3 30.Rd1 Bb4 31.Bxb4 Nxb4 32.Bxa8 Rxa8 33.Rd2 Ra4 34.Re5 Rd8 35.Rc5 Nd5 36.Ne3 Nf6

37.d5!? Ne4 38.Rdc2 Nxc5 39.Rxc5 Ra1+ 40. Kg2 Ra2 41.Nf5 Rd7 42.d6
( 42.d6 Rb2 43.a6 Rb8 44.Rc7 Rbd8 45.Ne7+ Kf7 46.Nc6! is one picturesque possibility )

Russian Club Championship: Players included Morozevich, Grischuk, Akopian, Bologan, Volkov, Ivanchuk, Radjabov, Dreev and Ponomariov. Final Standings: 1. Ural Sverdlovsk region 17 38; 2. TPS Saransk 17 37.5; 3. Tomsk-400 Tomsk 16 38.5; 4. Termosteps Samara 14 35.5; 5. Ladya Kazan 12 34; 6. Yuzhyi Ural Cheliabinsk 12 33; 7. Unilain Samara 10 31.5; 8. Economist SGSEU Saratov 8 30.5; 9. MCF Moscow 7 32; 10. Lada Togliatty 7 29.5; 11. FINEK Saint-Petersburg 6 29; 12. Merya Moscow- Ulan-Ude 6 28.5.
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Sigeman: Round 5 Standings: Timman 4.5; Stellwagen 4.0; Atalik 3.0; Hillarp Persson 2.5; Carlsson, Fedorov, Cicak, Berg 2.0; Hector, Khenkin, 1.5.
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Van Wely-Carlsen match: Carlsen won a blitz play-off 3.5-0.5 after the main match was drawn.
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Dubai Open: Leading Final Round 9 Standings: Fedorchuk, Sargissian, Petrosian 7.0; Sadvakasov, Izoria, Kacheishvili, Miroshnichenko, Gelashvili, Pantsulaia, Gagunashvili, Ramesh, Safarli, Sturua, Anastasian, Kotsur, Abbasov 6.5.
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Topalov wins chess oscar: Topalov scored 4376, ahead of Anand 3495, Aronian 2721 and Svidler 1881.


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Carlsen, M (2646)    --    Van Wely, L (2655)
Match  (2)   Schagen NED
2006.04.29     1-0     B43

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.O-O Bc5 8.Nb3 Be7 9.f4 d6 10.a4 Nc6 11.a5 b5 12.axb6 Qxb6+ 13.Kh1 O-O 14.Qe2 a5 15.Be3 Qc7 16.Nb5 Qb8 17.c3 d5 18.e5 Ne4 19.Bxe4 dxe4 20.Nc5 Bxc5 21.Bxc5 Ba6 22.c4 Rd8 23.Nd6 f5

A surprise, since the Nd6 was dominating
24...Rxd6 25.Qxe4!
Another surprise! The rook can't move without dropping the Nc6
25...Bb7 26.Bxd6 Qxd6 27.Rad1 Nd8
Otherwise e6 falls
28.f7+! Kxf7 29.Qxh7 Qc6 30.Rf2 Qe4 31.f5 e5 32.Rfd2 Bc6 33.Qg6+ Ke7 34.Rd7+!!
( 34.Rd7+ Bxd7 35.f6+! )

Van Wely, L (2655)    --    Carlsen, M (2646)
Match  (3)   Schagen NED
2006.04.30     1/2-1/2     E15

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Nc3 c6 8.e4 d5 9.Qc2 dxe4 10.Nxe4 c5 11.Bc3 Bb7 12.Bd3 cxd4 13.Nxd4 Na6 14.Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.Be4 Bxe4 16.Qxe4 O-O 17.Rd1 Nc5 18.Qf3 Qc7 19.O-O Qb7 20.Qxb7 Nxb7 21. Bb4 Rfc8 22.Rd2 a5 23.Ba3 a4 24.Nb5 axb3 25.axb3 Nc5 26.Rb1 Ne4 27.Rd7

( 27.Re2 Nc3!? 28.Nxc3 Rxa3!? )
Creates an escape square for the king and also prepares kingside counterplay
28.Bc1 Rd8! 29.Rxd8+ Rxd8 30.Be3 Nd2! 31.Bxd2 Rxd2 32.h4 Kh7 33. Kf1 Kg6 34.Kg2
( 34.Ke1 Ra2 )
34...Be7 35.Nc3 Kf5
( 35...Bc5 36.Ne4 )
36.Na4 Bf6 37.Nxb6 Bd4 38.Nc8 Kg4! 39.Rf1 Bc5!
Trapping the Nc8
40...Bxb4 41.Nb6 Bc5 42.Na4 Bd4
Again, the knight is trapped
43.c5 Rc2 44.c6 e5 45.c7 e4 46.Rd1 Rxf2+ 47.Kh1

48.c8=Q+ f5 49.Kg1
The only move
49...Rc2+ 50.Rxd4 Rxc8 51.Rd7 Kxg3 52.Rxg7+ Kf3! 53.Nb6 Rc1+ 54. Kh2 e3 55.Nd5 f4 56.Rf7 Rc2+ 57.Kh3 Rc4 58.Nxe3!! Kxe3 59.Ra7 Rc3 60.Ra2 Ke4+ 61.Kh2 Kf3 62.Kh3 Re3 63.Rb2 Re1 64.Rb3+ Kf2 65.Rb2+ Kf1 66.Rb5 Re3+ 67.Kh2 Re2+ 68.Kh3 Re3+ 69.Kh2 f3 70.Rxh5 f2 71.Rf5 Ke1 72.Kg2 Re2 73.Kg3 f1=Q 74.Rxf1+ Kxf1 75.Kg4 Kf2 76.h5 Ke3 77.Kf5 Rf2+ 78.Kg6 Rg2+ 79.Kf6 Rh2 80.Kg6 Ke4 81.h6 Ke5 82.h7 Ke6 83.Kg7 Ke7 84.h8=Q Rg2+ 85.Kh6!
( The seemingly innocuous 85.Kh7 faces 85...Kf7 86.Qe5 saves the day )
85...Rh2+ 86.Kg7 Rxh8 87.Kxh8 1/2-1/2

Sturua, Zurab (2524)    --    Himdan, Maher (2297)
8th Dubai Open  (02)   Dubai
2006.04.24     1-0

1.d4 c5 2.d5 e5 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.f4 exf4 6.Bxf4 Bg5 7.Bxg5 Qxg5 8.Nf3 Qe7 9.Bb5+ Nd7 10.O-O f6 11.e5 fxe5 12.Nxe5 dxe5 13.d6 Qe6 14.Qd5 Qxd5 15.Nxd5

( 15...Kd8 16.Nc7 Rb8 17.Ne6+ Ke8 18.Rf8# )
16.Nc7+ Kd8 17.Nxa8 a6 18.Be2 e4 19.a4 Ne5 20.Nb6 Be6 21.Ra3 Ned7 22.Na8 Ne8 23.Rd1 Rf8 24.Re3 Bf5 25.Rb3 Kc8 26.a5 Rf6 27.Nb6+ Nxb6 28.Rxb6 Bd7 29.b4 cxb4 30.Rd4 e3 31.Bf3 Kd8 32.Rxb7 Nxd6 33.Rbxb4 Nb5 34.Rd3 Re6 35. Rxd7+ Kxd7 36.Bg4 Nc3 37.Rb6 1-0

Petrosian, Tigran L (2571)    --    Sethuraman, S P (2231)
Dubai Open 2006  (3.9)   Dubai
2006.04.25     1-0     C56

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.e5 d5 6.Bb5 Ne4 7.Nxd4 Bd7 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.O-O Bc5 10.f3 Ng5 11.Be3 O-O 12.f4 Ne4 13.Nd2 Nxd2 14.Qxd2 Re8 15.Nb3 Bb6 16.a4 a5 17.Bc5 Bf5 18.Qc3 Be4 19.Nd4 Qd7 20.Rf2 Rac8 21.b4 Ra8 22.bxa5 Bxa5 23.Qe3 Reb8 24.Nb3 Ra6 25.h3 Rba8 26.Rd1 Qe8 27.Bd4 Bb6 28.a5!? c5 29.axb6 cxd4 30.Rxd4 cxb6 31.Rb4 Qc6 32.f5 Qc7 33.e6 fxe6 34. fxe6 Qd6 35.Qf4 Qxe6

36.Nc5!! Ra1+
( 36...bxc5 37.Rb8+ )
37.Kh2 Qf5 38.Nxe4 Qxf4+ 39.Rxf4 dxe4 40.Rfxe4 Rc1 41.Rec4 Ra2 42.Rc8+ Kf7 43.Rc7+ Ke6 44.Rxb6+ Kd5 45.Rxg7 Rcxc2 46.Rh6 Ke4 47.Rhxh7 Ke3 48.Rg3+ Ke4 49.Rh5 Rf2 50.Rg4+ Kd3 51.Kg1 Rfb2 52.Rd5+ Ke3 53.Re5+ Kd3 54.Re1 Kd2 55. Rge4 Kd3 56.R1e3+ Kd2 57.Re2+ Kd3 58.Rxb2 Ra1+ 59.Re1 Rxe1+ 60.Kf2 Re8 61. Rb3+ Kd4 62.Rf3 Ra8 63.h4 Rh8 64.g3 Ra8 65.Rf4+ Ke5 66.Kf3 Rh8 67.Kg4 Rg8+ 68.Kh3 Rh8 69.Rf1 Rb8 70.h5 1-0

So, Wesley (2254)    --    El Taher, Fouad (2468)
8th Dubai Open  (4.9)   Dubai
2006.04.26     1-0     C27

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Bc5 4.Nc3 d6 5.f4 Ng4 6.f5 h5

( 6...Nf2 7.Qh5 O-O 8.Bg5 Qd7 9.Nd5 Nxh1 10.Nf6+!! gxf6 11.Bxf6 )
7.Nh3 Ne3 8.Bxe3 Bxe3 9.Qf3 Bc5 10.Qg3 Rg8 11.Rf1 c6

12.Bxf7+!! Kxf7 13. Qg6+ Kf8 14.f6 gxf6 15.Rxf6+ Qxf6 16.Qxf6+ Ke8 17.Ng5 Rf8 18.Qg6+ Kd8 19. Na4 Bf2+ 20.Kd2 Ke7 21.Qg7+ Ke8 22.Nh7

Neverov, Valeriy (2572)    --    Pourkashiyan, Atousa (2311)
8th Dubai Open  (4.9)   Dubai
2006.04.26     0-1     D35

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 c6 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.Nge2 O-O 9.O-O Re8 10.f3 Nf8 11.Bh4 Be6 12.Rc1 Rc8 13.Kh1 Ng6 14.Bg3 c5 15.Qd2 a6 16.f4 Nf8 17.f5 Bd7 18.Nf4 Bc6 19.Be2 b5 20.Bf3 b4 21.Nce2 c4 22.Nh5 Nxh5 23.Bxh5 Nd7 24.Bf3 Nf6 25.Be5 Bd6 26.Bxd6 Qxd6 27.Ng3 Rc7 28. Rfe1 Rce7 29.Kg1 Bd7 30.Ra1 g6 31.fxg6 fxg6 32.a3 b3 33.Re2 h5 34.Rf1 h4 35.Nh1 Bg4 36.Nf2 Bxf3 37.gxf3 Qd7 38.Nd1 Qf5 39.Rg2 Rf7 40.Qe1 h3 41.Rg3 Ref8 42.Nf2 Nh5 43.Rxh3 Qg5+ 44.Kh1 Rxf3 45.Rxf3 Rxf3 46.Nd1

Ng3+!! 47. hxg3 Rxg3
( 47...Rxg3 48.Rf2 Qh4+ 49.Rh2 Qe4+ )

Grand Prix tournaments:

Full details at the 2006 Grand Prix site

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

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:

NSW Teams Chess Challenge: Sunday 7th May, Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, register your team by 10:30am. The tournament finishes at approximately 7:30pm.

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

City of Sydney Lightning: 14 May at norths formerly North Sydney Leagues Club Details

Big Boards Match: 16 May, St George V North Sydney. Chris Nikolaou

WSCP Presentation and Lighting: 17 May, Peter Cassettari

NSW Grade Matches: 22 May-Aug, Local Clubs Details

Mingara May Major: (u2100), 27-28 May, Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi, Mal Murrell

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:

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