Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 370, May 17, 2006

Olympiad about to start
World Junior Selections
Laurieton Weekender
King of the Mountain
Sydney Lightning
Queensland Champs soon
World News - Kamsky leads Mtel
Games - Mtel brilliancies
Grand Prix
Other Events

ACF Olympiad Appeal: the 2006 Olympiad in Turin, Italy commences 20 May. Please donate to support our teams


Special offer: All donors of $50 or more will receive by email a daily bulletin from the Australian team, including notes to some games.


Latest donations received:

Oliver Family $100
Cedric and Clarise Koh $50
Metro Chess Club (WA) $50
David Lovejoy $70
Emma and Sherab $50
Simul by Laura Moylan at the Manly Chess Club: $210

Earlier Donations:

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
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Leading teams (provisional): Russia 2730, Armenia 2682, Ukraine 2680, France 2665, Israel 2663. Australia is 45th (2479) and New Zealand 66th (2335). (128 teams). Women: Russia 2500, Ukraine 2441, Poland 2431. Australia is 33rd (2210) and New Zealand 77th (1648) (97 teams). - Peter Parr

World Junior Selections:

Primary selections:

World U/20
Boys Tomek Rej; Girls Shannon Oliver.

World U/18
Boys Christopher Wallis; Girls Alexandra Jule

World U/16
Boys James Obst; Girls Jessica Kinder

World U/14
Boys Zhigen Wilson Lin; Girls Angela Song

World U/12
Boys Raymond Song; Girls Sally Yu

World U/10
Boys Lawrence Matheson; Girls Megan Setiabudi

U/16 Olympiad:

Christopher Wallis, Zhigen Wilson Lin, Rukman Vijayakumar, Ben Harris.

Secondary selections

World U/20 Girls: Jessica Leanne Kinder, Sally Yu, Susan Sheng

World U/20 Boys: Nick Chernih, Denis Bourmistrov, Brayden Kent John Soo, Christopher Wallis, Derek Yu, Sanjesh Ranit Kumar, Zhigen Wilson Lin, Rukman Vijayakumar

World U/18: Gareth Oliver, James Obst, Derek Yu, Sanjesh Ranit Kumar, Zhigen Wilson Lin, Rukman Vijayakumar, Devrim van Dijk, James Edwin Cronan

World U/18 Girls: Jessica Leanne Kinder, Sally Yu, Susan Sheng

World Girls U/16: Tamzin Oliver, Deborah Ng, Sally Yu, Karishma Davina Kumar, Susan Sheng

World U/16 Boys: Justin Huang, Christopher Wallis, Derek Yu, Sanjesh Ranit Kumar, Zhigen Wilson Lin, Rukman Vijayakumar

World U/14 girls: Sally Yu, Karishma Davina Kumar

World U/14: Andrew Brown, Max Illingworth, Ben Harris, Edwin Wu, Derek Yu, Alan Glenton, Jason Tang

World U/12: Alexander Stahnke, Eugene Schon

World U/10: Oscar Wang, Alex Grossman, Joshua Lau, Cedric Koh

Girls U/10: Alannah Stephenson Byrne, Clarise Koh, Hannah Jordan Triscott

The ACF introduced the concept of multiple selections this year. According to the by-law selectors can endorse more than one person to represent Australia. The chief difference is that the primary selections receive free accommodation and food.

Laurieton, NSW: 26 keen players contested the 9th annual Laurieton event. And for third Weekender now Johny Bolens and David Castor took top places with 6.5/7. Their game was drawn in round 5. Trophy to Johny on countback. Tony Keuning from Sydney 3rd with 5 pts. Followed by: David Mearns from Port Macquarie, Mike Weltner from Old Bar, and Alexander Malejewicz from Melbourne. Newcastle identity George Lithgow did excellent job as DOP. Under his guidance the event was run smoothly and in friendly spirit. See NSWCA Web Site for full report. Tournament Director Endel Lane would like to thank all players for making it a pleasant weekend for all. - Endel Lane

The first King of the Mountain Junior Chess Competition was held on Saturday 6th May in beautiful leafy Olinda, in the Mount Dandenong Ranges, Victoria. The 7 round Swiss rapid was jointly sponsored by Ranges Chess Club, Croydon Chess, and Chessplanet. It was targeted at promoting chess among young people in Outer Eastern Melbourne and was very successful. With 35 enthusiastic entrants ranging from 13 down to 6 years old it deserves to become an annual event. Only two of the juniors had ratings. A perpetual trophy with $50 and title of 'King' went to Jared Frost on 7/7. Runner-up was Jared Christensen on 6/7. The 'Queen' trophy went to Brittany Bosse as best female performer on 3.5/7.

Trophies were awarded to the following 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in their age groups: Under 14s David Leonard, Luke Herbert and Cameron Mullins; Under 12s Pearce Jackson, William Mutschler and Kevin Hartje; Under 10s Kyle Gibson, Damar Bull-Quijano and Joel Bardwell with Ben Gogas on equal third; Under 8s Cameron Yung, Natasha Di Luzio and Isabel Yffer.

Wayne Guy from did a great job as chief arbiter, and helped the kids handle chess clocks for the first time. Wayne coaches in local schools and has done a lot to promote chess in the community. It is grass roots level chess competitions like 'King of the Mountain', which emphasize encouragement, fun and good sportmanship, which will sow a love for the game in the future.

Jared Frost receives his trophies from Wayne Guy, with Paul Bearup at the left of the photo.

- Paul Bearup,
Ranges Chess Club.

The WSCP presentation was held at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club with a lightning tournament and free supper.

Congratulations to the lightning prize winners:
1st Jason Hu 9/9
Equal 2nd
Brian Jones 7/9
Jason Chan 7/9

Equal 1st Under 1600
Tony Baldwin 6/9
Peter Zekic 6/9

Sydney Lightning: Congratulations to George Xie, winning the 2006 City of Sydney Lightning championship undefeated. George finished on 10/11, conceding draws to Johny Bolens and Jason Chan. Vladimir Smirnov was second on 9.5 points with Jason Hu third on 8.5. Colin Rose and Anish Kumar shared the under 1700 prize. The event was held on 14th May at norths (formerly North Sydney Leagues Club). - Mal Murrell, NSWCA


1 Xie, George NSW 2430 10
2 Smirnov, Vladimir NSW 2230 9.5
3 Hu, Jason NSW 2038 8.5
4-5 Wright, Neil S NSW 2190 7
Bolens, Johny NSW 2126 7
6-7 Atzmon-Simon, Barak NSW 2041 6.5
Chan, Jason NSW 2155 6.5
8-11 Rose, Colin NSW 1463 6
Kumar, Anish NSW 1388 6
Mendes da Costa, Alex NSW 1720 6
Rachmadi, Herman NSW 1829 6
12-15 Illingworth, Max NSW 1641 5.5
Ghenzer, Charles NSW 2148 5.5
Redgrave, John NSW 1948 5.5
Trkulja, Slavko NSW 1682 5.5
16-20 Saksena, Kaushik NSW 5
Tulevski, Vasil G NSW 1689 5
Hartmann, Thomas NSW 5
Hvistendahl, Robert NSW 1706 5
Miranda, Adrian NSW 1643 5
21 Shankar, Aiswerya 4.5
22 Jens, Henk W NSW 1935 4
23-24 Kumar, Rakesh NSW 1457 3
Greenwood, Norman NSW 1602 3
25 Papantoniou, John NSW 681 2.5
26 Iyengar, Laki 0

Winner: George Xie


The 2006 Queensland Championship and Reserves is being held on the Queen's Birthday Weekend (10, 11 and 12th June). It will be run in two sections:

1) Eight player round robin for the top eight seeds
2) Open Swiss for everyone else

For those who think they might qualify for the Championship round robin, please be aware that for the Championship RR, the first round is on Friday night, 9th June starting at 7pm. This is necessary due to the time control.

The venue is accessible both by car and train. For those who are coming by public transport, the closest train station, Ferny Grove train station, is about ten minutes walk from the venue. Trains easily run late enough for those who might want to catch the train home afterwards.

- Garvin Gray
CAQ Tournament Officer

Dates Championship: Friday 9 June - Monday 12 June 2006
Reserve: Saturday 10 June - Monday 12 June 2006
(Queen's Birthday weekend)
Venue School Hall, Ferny Grove State School
Finvoy St, Ferny Grove
Entries/enquiries Chess Association of Queensland Inc
PO Box 5014
Mt Gravatt East Qld 4122
Tel: 3411 3445 Fax: 3349 2745 Mobile: 0412 717 053

Kamsky leads Mtel Masters: Kamsky became the surprise leader with 3.5/4 after beating Anand in round 3 and Svidler in round 4, but was smashed by Topalov in round 5. Anand trounced Topalov in a brilliancy in round 2. Kamsky bounced back to smash Ponomariov in round 6 as Svidler beat Topalov. Topalov, Anand, Svidler, Bacrot, Kamsky and Ponomariov are playing. Round 6 Standings: 1. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2671 4.5; 2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2803 4.0; 3. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2743 3.5; 4. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2804 2.5; 5. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2708 2.0; 6. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2738 1.5
Site : View games

Young Stars: Round 5 Standings: 1. Popov, Ivan RUS m RUS 2482 4.5; 2. Lintchevski, Daniil f RUS 2414 3.5; 3. Safarli, Eltaj f AZE 2417 3.5; 4. Nepomniachtchi, Ian m RUS 2506 3.0; 5. Tairova, Elena wm RUS 2342 3.0; 6. Sjugirov, Sanan f RUS 2412 3.0; 7. Volodin, Aleksandr EST 2352 3.0; 8. Onischuk, Vladimir m UKR 2388 2.0; 9. Hovhannisyan, Robert ARM 2260 2.0; 10. Caruana, Fabiano f ITA 2421 1.5; 11. Narayanan, Srinath f IND 2170 1.0; 12. Kulikov, Alexander RUS RUS 2038 0.0

Bosna Sarajevo: Final Round 10 Standings: 1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2646 5.5; 2. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROM 2695 5.5; 3. Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2691 5.5; 4. Predojevic, Borki g BIH 2566 5.0; 5. Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2692 4.5; 6. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2664 4.0.
Site : View games : View B games

Prezident's Cup: Baku, Azerbaijan. Leading final scores after 9 rounds: Mamedyarov 7.5; Malakhatko, Mamedov, Mchedlishvili, Gasanov, Sadvakasov 6.5.
Site : View games

Peace proposal rejected: The Right Move team has rejected a proposal made by Singapore's Ignatius Leong for a power-sharing deal with Kirsan Iljumzhinov's Chess Fidelity in the upcoming FIDE elections. National federations will vote at the Olympiad in Italy, which is about to begin.


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Topalov, V (2804)    --    Anand, V (2803)
Mtel Masters  (2)   Sofia BUL
2006.05.12     0-1     C88

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9.d3 Re8 10.c3 h6 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a3 d6 13.Ba2 Nb8 14.b4 c5 15.Nb3 Nc6 16.Rb1 Bc8 17.Be3 Be6 18.Qc2 Rc8 19.Qb2 c4 20.dxc4 Bxc4 21.Nbd2 Bxa2 22.Qxa2 d5!

Black is going well
23.Rbd1 d4 24.cxd4 exd4 25.Nb3 Nxe4 26.Bxd4 Nxd4 27.Rxd4

A bolt from the blue!
( 28.Rxd8 Nxf3+ 29.gxf3 Rxe1+ 30.Kg2 Rxd8 is better for black )
28...Nxh3+!! 29.gxh3 Qg5+ 30.Kh2

Now the threats of ...Rc2 and ...Rxe5 are decisive.
( 30...Rxe5 runs into 31.f4 Qf5 32.Rxe5 Rc2+ 33.Nd2 )
31.Rde4 Rxe5!! 32.Rxe5 Bd6 33.Nc5 Bxe5+ 34.Kg2 Rc6 35.Qb3 Rg6+ 36.Kf1 Bg3!
A nice reminder that, despite all the hoohah about Topalov lately, Anand has a claim on the top spot too.
( 36...Bg3 37.Nd3 Qxh3+ 38.Ke2 Qe6+ )

Svidler, P (2743)    --    Ponomariov, R (2738)
Mtel Masters  (2)   Sofia BUL
2006.05.12     1-0     B90

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8. f3 Nbd7 9.g4 Be7 10.Qd2 O-O 11.g5 Nh5 12.O-O-O b5 13.Nd5 Bxd5 14.exd5 f5 15.gxf6 Bxf6 16.Na5 Nf4 17.Nc6 Qc7 18.c4 Nb8 19.Qa5 Rc8 20.Kb1 bxc4

( 20...Nxc6 21.Qxc7 Rxc7 22.dxc6 Rxc6 23.cxb5 axb5 24.Bxb5 )
21.Qxc7 Rxc7 22.Bxc4 Kf8 23.Na5 Nd7 24.Rc1 Bg5 25.h4 Bh6 26.Bb3 Rac8 27. Rc6 Ne2 28.Bxh6 gxh6 29.Bc4 Nd4

30.Bxa6! Nxc6 31.dxc6 Rxc6 32.Nxc6 Rxc6 33.Bb5 Rc7 34.Rc1 Nc5 35.Bc4 e4 36.b4 Rb7 37.a3 exf3 38.Rf1 Na4 39.Rxf3+ Kg7 40.Bb3 Nb6 41.Kb2 Re7 42.a4 Re4 43.Ka3
( 43.Ka3 Rxh4 44.Rf7+ Kh8 45.Rb7 )

Kamsky, G (2671)    --    Bacrot, E (2708)
Mtel Masters  (2)   Sofia BUL
2006.05.12     1-0     C88

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Nc3 Nc6 13.Rb1 Rc8 14.Bd2 Nd4 15.b4 Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 c4 17.dxc4 bxc4 18.Qe2 Qc7 19.Bg5 Ne8 20.Bxe7 Qxe7 21.Bxc4 Nf6 22.Rbd1 a5 23.Nd5 Nxd5 24.Bxd5 axb4 25.axb4 Bxd5 26.Rxd5 Qc7 27.Rc1 Qc3 28.b5 Rfd8 29.Qd1 h6 30.Kh2 Rc5 31.Rxc5 Qxc5 32.Qe2 Rc8 33.c4 Qd4 34. Rc2 g6 35.f3 Kg7 36.Rd2 Qxc4 37.Qxc4 Rxc4 38.Rxd6 Rb4 39.b6 h5 40.h4 f5 41.Rd7+ Kf6 42.b7 fxe4 43.fxe4 g5 44.g3 Rb2+ 45.Kg1 gxh4 46.gxh4 Ke6 47. Rh7 Kd6 48.Rxh5 Rxb7 49.Kg2 Rb4 50.Kf3 Rb1 51.Rg5 Ke6 52.h5 Rf1+ 53.Ke2 Rf4 54.Ke3 Rh4 55.Rf5 Rh3+ 56.Kf2 Rh4 57.Kf3 Rh3+ 58.Kg4 Re3 59.h6 Rxe4+ 60.Kg5 Re1 61.Rf6+ Kd5?!

Ke7 was better
( 61...Ke7 draws, eg 62.h7?? Rg1+ 63.Kh6 Rh1+ 64.Kg7 Rxh7+ )
62.h7 Rg1+ 63.Kh6 Ke4 64.Rf8 Rh1+ 65.Kg6 Rxh7 66.Kxh7 Kd3 67.Rd8+ Ke3 68. Kg6 e4 69.Kf5 Kf3 70.Rh8 e3 71.Rh3+ Kf2 72.Kf4 e2 73.Rh2+ Kf1

74.Kf3!! e1=N+!
( The point is that 74...e1=Q loses to 75.Rh1# so black must under-promote )
Black should draw this but it's not easy. He must keep king and knight together. But Kamsky separates them and scores an instructive win.
75...Nd3 76.Rd2 Ne1 77.Rf2+ Kg1 78.Rf8 Ng2 79.Kf3 Kf1 80.Kg3+ Kg1 81.Kf3 Kf1 82.Rf7 Ne1+ 83.Ke3+ Kg1 84.Ke2 Ng2 85.Rh7 Nf4+ 86.Kf3 Nd3 87. Rh4 Ne5+ 88.Ke2 Kg2 89.Re4 Nf7 90.Re7 Nd6 91.Rg7+ Kh3 92.Kf3 Kh4
( 92...Nf5 93.Rh7+ Nh4+ 94.Kf4 and black must abandon the knight )
93.Kf4 Kh5 94.Re7
Now the king can't move, and the knight has only three possibilities
94...Nc4 95.Re6!
Again, the king can't move and the knight has only three moves
95...Nd2 96.Rc6 Nb3 97.Ke3! Kg4 98.Rc4+ Kg3 99.Rc3 Na5 100.Ke4+ Kf2 101.Kd5! Nb7 102.Rb3 Nd8
( 102...Na5 103.Rb5 )

( 103.Rb8 Nf7 104.Rf8 wins )

Kamsky, G (2671)    --    Svidler, P (2743)
Mtel Masters  (4)   Sofia BUL
2006.05.14     1-0     B83

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 Nf6 7.O-O Be7 8.Be3 O-O 9.f4 e5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Kh1 exf4 12.Bxf4 Be6 13.Bf3 Qb6 14.b3 Rfd8 15.Qe1 Nd7?!

16.Nd5!! cxd5 17.exd5 Bg4 18.Qxe7 Bxf3 19.Rxf3 Nf6 20. Be3 Qa5

21.Rxf6!! gxf6 22.Qxf6 Re8 23.Qg5+ Kf8 24.Bd2
( 24.Bd2 Qc5 25.Qf6 )
( 24.Bd2 Qd8 25.Qh6+ Kg8 26.Bc3 f6 27.Rd1 Qd7 28.Rd3 )

Anand, V (2803)    --    Ponomariov, R (2738)
Mtel Masters  (4)   Sofia BUL
2006.05.14     1-0     B19

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.h4 h6 8. h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Ngf6 12.O-O-O Be7 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Nf6 15.Qd3 Qd5 16.c4 Qe4 17.Qxe4 Nxe4 18.Be3 O-O 19.Ne5 Bd6 20.f3 Ng3 21. Rh3 Nf5 22.Bf2 Rad8 23.g4 Ne7 24.Nd3 b5 25.b3 Bc7 26.Rhh1 Bb6 27.Nc5!? Rfe8

( After 27...Bxc5 28.dxc5 bxc4 29.bxc4 The Ne7 is restricted and white will occupy d6 )
28.Kc2 bxc4 29.bxc4 Bxc5 30.dxc5 e5
Watch how Anand wins this
31.Rd6 Rb8 32.Rhd1 Rb7 33.Rd8 Rxd8 34.Rxd8+ Kh7 35.Rf8! f6
Now Ne7-g8-f6 is not possible
36.Be1 Rd7 37.Bc3
Ruling out ...Rd4
37...Ng8 38.a4
Aiming for a8, eventually
38...g6 39.a5 gxh5 40.gxh5 Kg7 41.Rb8 Ne7 42.a6 Kf7 43.Ba5! Nf5
( 43...Rd4 44.Kc3 Rf4 45.Rb7 Rxf3+ 46.Kb4 Ke6 47.Rxa7 e4 ( 47...Nf5 48.Rc7 Nd4 49.a7 ) 48.Rxe7+ Kxe7 49.a7 )

44.Bb6!! Ne3+ 45.Kc3 Ke6 46.Rc8! Kf5 47.Rxc6 Nd1+ 48.Kb4 Rd2 49.Bxa7 Rb2+ 50.Ka3 Rb1 51.Rb6 Ra1+ 52.Kb3 e4 53.fxe4+ Kxe4 54.c6 Kd3 55.c7 Rb1+ 56.Ka3

Topalov, V (2804)    --    Kamsky, G (2671)
Mtel Masters  (5)   Sofia BUL
2006.05.15     1-0     D15

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 Nbd7 6.Bf4 Nh5 7.Bd2 Nhf6 8. Rc1 g6 9.h3 Qc7 10.g3 Bg7 11.Bf4 Qd8 12.Bg2 Nh5 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bd2 O-O 15.e4 dxe4 16.Nxe4 Nhf6 17.Nc3 Re8 18.O-O Nf8 19.Qb3 Ne6 20.Be3 Nc7 21.Ne5 Nfd5 22.Nxd5 Nxd5 23.Bd2 Bxe5 24.dxe5 h5 25.Rfe1 Qc7

26.e6!? Bxe6 27.Rxe6!? fxe6 28.Re1 Qd7 29.Qd3 Kh7 30.Re5 Nf6 31.Qe3 Kg7 32.Be4 Kf7 33.Bc2 Rad8 34.Qh6! Rg8
( 34...Qxd2 35.Bxg6+ Kg8 36.Rg5! and there is no perpetual )
35.Ba5! Qd4
( 35...Rb8 36.Rg5 )
36.Bc3! Qc4 37.Bb3 Qd3 38.Bxe6+ Ke8 39.Kg2 Rf8 40.Qg7 Rd5 41.Bf5!! Rf7 42. Rxe7+!!

Finishing with a flourish
( 42.Rxe7+ Rxe7 ( 42...Kxe7 43.Bxf6+ Ke8 44.Qg8+ Rf8 45.Qe6# ) 43.Qh8+ Kf7 44.Qxf6+ Ke8 45.Qh8+ Kf7 46.Qg7+ Ke8 47.Qg8# )

Kamsky, G (2671)    --    Ponomariov, R (2738)
Mtel Masters  (6)   Sofia BUL
2006.05.17     1-0     C88

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Qd7 11.Nbd2 Rfe8 12.Nf1 Nd8 13.Ng3 Ne6 14.c3 c5 15.d4 exd4 16.cxd4 d5 17.e5 Ne4 18.Nf5 Bf8 19.Be3 Rac8 20.dxc5 N6xc5 21.N5d4 Nxb3 22.Qxb3 Nc5 23.Qd1 a5 24.Qb1 Ne4 25.Rd1 b4 26.axb4 Bxb4 27.Nc2 Qe7 28.Nxb4 Qxb4 29.Qa2 Ra8 30.Rd4 Qb5 31.Ra4 Bc6 32.Rxa5 Rxa5 33.Qxa5 Qxb2 34.Rc1 Ba8 35.Rc7!

With threats of Qa7 etc.White is winning
I don't understand this move

Suddenly white unleashes a kingside attack
( 36.Bxd4 Qb1+ 37.Kh2 Nxf2 38.Bxf2 Bxf3 39.gxf3 Qf1 40.Qd2 )
36...Qb1+ 37.Kh2 fxe6 38.Qh5! Nd6 39.Bxd4 Bxf3 40.Rxg7+ Kf8 41.Qh6!! 1-0

Topalov, V (2804)    --    Svidler, P (2743)
Mtel Masters  (6)   Sofia BUL
2006.05.17     0-1     D87

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 O-O 10.O-O Qc7 11.Rc1 Rd8 12.Bf4 Qd7 13.d5 Na5 14.Bd3 b5 15.Rb1 a6 16.c4 e6 17.Bg5 Re8 18.Qd2 Nxc4 19.Bxc4 bxc4 20.d6 Bb7 21.Qe3 f6 22.Bh4 g5 23.Bg3 f5!? 24.Qxg5 Bxe4 25.Rb6 Qd8 26.Qxd8 Raxd8 27.Rd1 Rd7 28. f3 Bc2 29.Re1 Bd3 30.Rxa6 c3 31.Ra3 Bxe2 32.Rxe2 Rb8 33.Rb3 Rxb3 34.axb3 Kf7 35.Kf1 Rb7 36.Ra2 Bf6 37.Ke2 c4! 38.b4

( 38.bxc4 Rb2+ )
38...Rxb4 39.Ra7+ Kg6 40.Rc7 c2 41.Kd2

f4! 42.Be1
( 42.Bxf4 ( 42.Bf2 c3+ 43.Kxc2 Rb2+ ) 42...c3+ )
42...Rb1 43.Rxc4 Rd1+ 44.Kxc2 Rxe1 45.Rxf4 Re2+ 46.Kd3 Re5 47.Rg4+ Kf7 48. Ra4 Rd5+ 49.Ke3 Rxd6 50.Ra7+ Kg6 51.Kf4 Rd4+ 52.Kg3 Bh4+ 53.Kh3 Bf2 54.g3 Rh4+! 55.Kxh4 Bxa7 56.Kh3 Kf5 57.Kg2 Be3 58.Kh3 Ke5 59.Kg4 Bg1 60.h4 Bf2 61.h5 h6 0-1

Grand Prix tournaments:

Full details at the 2006 Grand Prix site

May Weekender: Sydney May 20-21; More

Perth Open: May 20-21; More

Gardiner Chess Gold Coast Open: June 24-25. One of only three Category 5 GP events. $4000 prize money for Open. Supporting U1600 event with 1st and 2nd for 5 divisions. Some free accomodation available. New venue at Carrara Community Centre, Neilsons Road, Carrara. contact or Peter Bender 07 5556 0434

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 Grade Matches: 22 May-Aug, Local Clubs Details

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

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

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

International events:

Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival: 12-21 Aug. Details

World University Chess Championship: Details here

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.

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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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