Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 373, June 7, 2006

Ilyumzhinov re-elected
Olympiad games
Caoili controversy
June ratings
Norths Club Championship
Uni Rapid
Computer Chess Championship
Grand Prix
Other Events

ACF Olympiad Appeal: Please donate to support our teams ... it's not too late

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 Strathfield NSW 2135. Please indicate if you want your donation to be anonymous.

The President of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, has been re-elected as President of the World Chess Federation for the next four years. He defeated Dutch businessman Bessel Kok by 96 - 54 in a vote by 150 national chess federations. The ACF supported Kok in the vote.

Olympiad: Australia performed well in the open division of the Olympiad, finishing in 29th place despite being seeded 50th. Our women's team, seeded 38th, finished 54th with a 50% score. (Thanks to Peter Parr for most of the following report).

Site : Results : View men's games - round 1-2 : View men's games - round 3-4 : View men's games - round 5-6 : View men's games - round 7-8 : View men's games - round 9-10 : View men's games - round 11-12 : View men's games - round 13 : Women rounds 1-3 : Women rounds 4-6 : Women rounds 7-9 : Women rounds 10-12 : Women rounds 13 :

Open: Taking up where we left off last week ... Australia lost 1.5-2.5 to Scotland (49) in round 10. GM Rogers (2564) drew with British Champion GM Rowson (2594) on top board, Zhao lost to GM Colin McNab (2437), Wohl beat IM John Shaw (2439). Wohl was a pawn up in a rook and pawn endgame after a sharp tactical struggle and played accurately to force a win. Speck rejected a draw by repetition and made an unsound exchange sacrifice losing to IM Jacob Aagaard (2447).

Australia (50) lost 1.5-2.5 to Dominican Republic (88) in round 11. Rogers drew with IM Mateo 2410, Smerdon who was in the running for a 2600 GM result lost to FM Munoz 2342, Zhao drew with Mazara 2189 and Lane drew against Infante 2163.

Australia beat Faroe Islands (80) 3.5-0.5 in round 12. Rogers 1 Poulsen 2325, Smerdon 0.5 IM Rodgaard 2344, Zhao 1 Ziska 2306, Lane 1 Simonsen 2295.

Australia defeated Peru 4-0 in the final round of the Men's Olympiad in Turin, Italy. GM Rogers 2564 bt GM Granda 2631, IM Smerdon 2460 bt IM Cordova 2429, IM Zhao 2452 bt FM Pacheco 2331, IM Wohl 2432 bt FM Cruz 2225.

Australia demolish Peru in the final round
Picture: Larry Ermacora

Australia had started the Olympiad well with 7/8 but after 11 rounds had scored 22.5/44 and were in 69th place in the 148-team event. Australia, seeded 50th, jumped 40 places in the final two rounds beating Faroe Islands (seeded 80th) 3.5-0.5 and Peru (seeded 66th) 4-0, finishing in 29th place with 30/52 - half a point ahead of India (seeded second!). Nineteen countries scored more points and of the ten teams on 30 points we were last on countback, having met a weaker field. We played 4 countries ranked above us and 9 ranked below us. The strongest team we played in the last 9 rounds was Scotland seeded 49th. Rogers had a good result on board one. Smerdon and Zhao both performed above their rating and at one time were both close to a 2600 GM result. Lane and Speck were out of form.

Aleks Wohl scored the highest percentage (7/8 or 87.5%) of any Australian (who played 3 or more games) in our 21 Olympiads. Michael Woodhams scored 86.1% in 1974 and IM Terrey Shaw 85.7% in 1968 both winning silver medals. IM Jamieson was 0.5 a point above the GM norm (rp 2654) in 1982 winning a bronze medal with Kasparov. Shaw also won a silver medal in 1972 and GM Browne won bronze in 1972.

Wohl was very unfortunate not to win Australia's sixth Olympic medal and our first Gold. Wohl would have won Gold on boards 1, 2, 3, or 4 or bronze on board 6 but his 87.5% was on board 5 where FM Al-Qudaimi (Yemen 2396) scored 7/7. He was by far the highest rated Yemen player and should have been board 1. Yemen's unrated boards 2 and 3 scored 2/18 between them. Amer (Pakistan) scored 7.5/8 and two players scored 6.5/7. Wohl (rp 2649) also missed a 2600 GM result as his opponents were not rated high enough.

Australian players final results
GM I.Rogers 2564 5/8 rp 2619,
IM D.Smerdon 2460 6.5/11 rp 2505,
IM Z.Zhao 2452 7/11 rp 2495,
IM G.Lane 2440 3.5/8 rp 2328,
IM A.Wohl 2432 7/8 rp 2649,
N.Speck 2389 1/6 rp 2084.

Gillani (Pakistan) won the Gold medal on board 1 scoring 7/8 (87.5%) rp 2316 - Wohl had the same score against much stronger opposition.

The best performance ratings were:
V.Kramnik (RUS 6.5/9) 2847,
Y.Wang (CHN 10/12) 2837,
E.Bacrot (FRA 6/8) 2833,
M.Carlsen (NOR 6/8) 2820,
S.Karjakin (UKR 8.5/11) 2798,
X.Bu (CHN 8/12) 2790,
D.Navara (CZE 8.5/12) 2786,
V.Akopian (ARM 9/12) 2778,
L.Aronian (ARM 7/11) 2768.

Leading final scores (148 teams, 52 games): Armenia 36, China 34, USA (bronze) and Israel 33, Hungary 32.5, Russia (top seeds), France, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Spain 32; ... Australia 30 (29th place), New Zealand 24.5 (91st), Fiji 20 (139th), Papua New Guinea 19.5 (141st).

Women's: Australia (38) (Berezina 1, Moylan 0.5, Phan-Koshnitsky 1) beat Guatemala (66) by 2.5-0.5 in round 9 of the Women's Olympiad but lost (Berezina 0.5, Caoili 0, Phan-Koshnitsky 0) against Moldova (30) by 0.5-2.5 in round 10.

Australia (38) (Berezina 0.5, Moylan 0.5, Phan-Koshnitsky 1) beat Tajikistan (83) by 2-1 in round 11 of the Women's Olympiad but lost 2-1 against Italy A (Moylan 0 IM Sedina 2373, Caoili 0 WGM Zimina 2404, Phan-Koshnitsky 1 WFM Ambrosi 2136 ) in round 12.

And Australia (Moylan 0.5, Caoili 1, Phan-Koshnitsky 1) beat Ireland 2.5-0.5 in the last round of the Women's Olympiad.

Australian players' final results:
IM I.Berezina 2281 5/10 (includes 1 bye) rp 2130,
WIM L.Moylan 2127 3.5/10 rp 1934,
WIM A.Caoili 2169 4/9 rp 2023,
WIM N.Phan-Koshnitsky 2181 7/10 rp 2180.

We played 6 countries rated above us and 7 ranked below.

Leading final Women's scores (106 teams, 39 games): Ukraine 29.5, Russia 28, China 27.5, USA, Hungary, Georgia, Netherlands 24.5.

Australia seeded 38th finished 54th on 50% scoring 19.5/39 (9.5/10 against unrateds). New Zealand were 80th on 17.5 points, Fiji 95th on 14 points.

724 titled players competed in the Turin Olympiad. White won 2241 games, 1735 were drawn and black won 1810. The 2008 Olympiad will be held in Dresden, Germany and the 2010 Olympiad in Khanti Mansiysk, Siberia, Russia.

- Peter Parr, Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's open team (Rogers, Smerdon, Zhao, Lane, Wohl, Speck) has an average rating of 2479 and is seeded 50th. In the women's, Australia (Berezina, Moylan, Caoili, Phan-Koshnitsky) average 2210 is seeded 37th.

Open results:

Round 1: Macau-Australia 0-4
Silveirinha Jose 2126 - IM Smerdon David 2460 0-1
Celis Solomon Bernardino III 2079 - IM Lane Gary 2440 0-1
Mak Keng Kei 2040 - IM Wohl Aleksandar 2432 0-1
Ho Cheng Fai 2023 - Speck Nick 2389 0-1

Round 2: Australia-Romania 3-1
GM Rogers Ian 2564 - GM Istratescu Andrei 2621 1-0
IM Smerdon David 2460 - GM Marin Mihail 2538 ˝-˝
IM Zhao Zong-Yuan 2452 - GM Vajda Levente 2511 1-0
IM Lane Gary 2440 - GM Parligras Mircea 2543 ˝-˝

Round 3: Australia-Uzbekistan 0.5-3.5
IM Smerdon David 2460 - GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2673 ˝-˝
IM Zhao Zong-Yuan 2452 - GM Gareyev Timur 2522 0-1
IM Wohl Aleksandar 2432 - IM Filippov Anton 2497 0-1
Speck Nick 2389 - IM Kayumov Sergey 2426 0-1

Round 4: Denmark 3˝-˝ Australia
23.1 GM Nielsen Peter Heine 2646 - GM Rogers Ian 2564 1 - 0
23.2 GM Hansen Sune Berg 2555 - IM Smerdon David 2460 ˝ - ˝
23.3 GM Hansen Lars Bo 2560 - IM Lane Gary 2440 1 - 0
23.4 GM Schandorff Lars 2521 - Speck Nick 2389 1 - 0

Round 5: South Africa ˝-3˝ Australia
36.1 IM Kobese Watu 2390 - GM Rogers Ian 2564 ˝ - ˝
36.2 IM Solomon Kenny 2323 - IM Smerdon David 2460 0 - 1
36.3 FM Van Der Nat Nicholas 2296 - IM Zhao Zong-Yuan 2452 0 - 1
36.4 Cawdery Daniel 2235 - IM Wohl Aleksandar 2432 0 - 1

Round 6:
Bo. 50 Australia (AUS) Rtg - 58 Albania (ALB) Rtg 1˝ :2˝
26.1 IM Smerdon David 2460 - GM Dervishi Erald 2506 ˝ - ˝
26.2 IM Zhao Zong-Yuan 2452 - IM Shytaj Luca 2433 ˝ - ˝
26.3 IM Lane Gary 2440 - Mehmeti Dritan 2378 ˝ - ˝

26.4 Speck Nick 2389 - FM Rama Lorenc 2313 0 - 1

Round 7:
Bo. 50 Australia (AUS) Rtg - 63 Luxembourg (LUX) Rtg 2˝ :1˝
30.1 GM Rogers Ian 2564 - GM David Alberto 2580 ˝ - ˝
30.2 IM Smerdon David 2460 - IM Bakalarz Mieczyslaw 2421 ˝ - ˝
30.3 IM Zhao Zong-Yuan 2452 - IM Berend Fred 2368 ˝ - ˝
30.4 IM Wohl Aleksandar 2432 - Weber Jean-Marie 2262 1 - 0

Round 8:
Bo. 52 Qatar (QAT) Rtg - 50 Australia (AUS) Rtg 1˝ :2˝
27.1 GM Al-Modiahki Mohammed 2579 - IM Smerdon David 2460 ˝ - ˝
27.2 IM Al Sayed Mohammed 2479 - IM Zhao Zong-Yuan 2452 0 - 1
27.3 GM Zhu Chen 2483 - IM Lane Gary 2440 1 - 0
27.4 IM Nezad Husain 2345 - IM Wohl Aleksandar 2432 0 - 1

Round 9:
Bo. 56 Egypt (EGY) Rtg - 50 Australia (AUS) Rtg 2˝ :1˝
25.1 GM Adly Ahmed 2448 - IM Zhao Zong-Yuan 2452 ˝ - ˝
25.2 IM El Taher Fouad 2468 - IM Lane Gary 2440 1 - 0
25.3 IM Abdelnabbi Imed 2461 - IM Wohl Aleksandar 2432 0 - 1
25.4 IM Ezat Mohamed 2414 - Speck Nick 2389 1 - 0

Round 10: Australia 1.5-2.5 Scotland
Rogers-Rowson 0.5-0.5
Zhao-McNab 0-1
Wohl-Shaw 1-0
Speck-Aagaard 0-1

Round 11: Australia 1.5-2.5 Dominican Republic
Rogers-Mateo 0.5
Smerdon-Munoz 0-1
Zhao-Mazara 0.5
Lane-Infante 0.5

Round 12: Australia-Faroe Islands 3.5-0.5
Rogers 1-0 Poulsen
Smerdon 0.5-0.5 Rodgaard
Zhao 1-0 Ziska
Lane 1-0 Simonsen.

Round 13: Australia-Peru 4-0
Rogers-Granda 1-0
Smerdon-Cordova 1-0
Zhao-Pacheco 1-0
Wohl-Cruz 1-0


Round 1
Libya-Australia 0-3
Eman Ali-IM Berezina Irina 2281 0-1
Elnami Safa-WIM Moylan Laura 2127 0-1
Wafa Mohamed-WIM Caoili Arianne 2169 0-1

Round 2
Australia-Romania 0.5-2.5
IM Berezina Irina-IM Peptan Corina Isabela 2408 0 - 1
WIM Moylan Laura-IM Foisor Cristina Adela 2392 0 - 1
WIM Phan-Koshnitsky Ngan-WGM Bogza Adina Maria 2297 0.5-0.5

Round 3
Luxembourg-Australia 0.5-2.5
Steil-Antoni Fiona 1968 - IM Berezina Irina 0.5-0.5
Boyarchenko Marie-WIM Caoili Arianne 0-1
Bakalarz Janet-WIM Phan-Koshnitsky Ngan 0-1

Round 4
Bo. 38 Australia (AUS) Rtg - 19 Serbia & Montenegro (SCG) Rtg 2 : 1
16.1 IM Berezina Irina 2281 - IM Maric Alisa 2415 ˝ - ˝
16.2 WIM Caoili Arianne 2169 - WGM Chelushkina Irina 2320 1 - 0
16.3 WIM Phan-Koshnitsky Ngan 2181 - WGM Benderac Ana 2293 ˝ - ˝

Round 5
Bo. 17 Slovenia (SLO) Rtg - 38 Australia (AUS) Rtg 3 : 0
12.1 WGM Muzychuk Anna 2418 - IM Berezina Irina 2281 1 - 0
12.2 WIM Krivec Jana 2323 - WIM Moylan Laura 2127 1 - 0
12.3 WFM Novak Ksenija 2182 - WIM Caoili Arianne 2169 1 - 0

Round 6
Bo. 38 Australia (AUS) Rtg - 87 Algeria (ALG) Rtg 3 : 0
23.1 IM Berezina Irina 2281 - WIM Toubal Wissam 1963 1 - 0
23.2 WIM Moylan Laura 2127 - Toubal Hayet 0 1 - 0
23.3 WIM Phan-Koshnitsky Ngan 2181 - Boudechiche Maroua 0 1 - 0

Round 7
Bo. 23 Vietnam (VIE) Rtg - 38 Australia (AUS) Rtg 3 : 0
12.1 WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An 2317 - WIM Moylan Laura 2127 1 - 0
12.2 WFM Le Thanh Tu 2239 - WIM Caoili Arianne 2169 1 - 0
12.3 WFM Pham Bich Ngoc 2080 - WIM Phan-Koshnitsky Ngan 2181 1 - 0

Round 8
Bo. 38 Australia (AUS) Rtg - 45 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) Rtg 0 : 3
25.1 IM Berezina Irina 2281 - Tilenbaeva Janyl 2051 0 - 1
25.2 WIM Moylan Laura 2127 - Samaganova Alexandra 2087 0 - 1
25.3 WIM Caoili Arianne 2169 - WIM Ostry Irina 2182 0 - 1

Round 9
Bo. 66 Guatemala (GUA) Rtg - 38 Australia (AUS) Rtg ˝ :2˝
35.1 WIM Martinez Porras Ingrid Lorena 1911 - IM Berezina Irina 2281 0 - 1
35.2 WIM Mazariegos Kummenfeld Silvia Ca 2118 - WIM Moylan Laura 2127 ˝ - ˝
35.3 Castillo Melendez Dina Lissette 2060 - WIM Phan-Koshnitsky Ngan 2181 0 - 1

Round 10: Australia-Moldova 0.5-2.5 (Berezina 0.5, Caoili 0, Phan-Koshnitsky 0)

Round 11: Australia-Tajikistan 2-1 (Berezina 0.5, Moylan 0.5, Phan-Koshnitsky 1)

Round 12: Australia-Italy A 1-2 (Moylan 0-1 IM Sedina 2373, Caoili 0-1 WGM Zimina 2404, Phan-Koshnitsky 1-0 WFM Ambrosi 2136).

Round 13: Australia-Ireland 2.5-0.5 (Moylan 0.5, Caoili 1, Phan-Koshnitsky 1)

Olympiad games:

McNab, C (2437)    --    Zhao Zong Yuan (2452)
37th Olympiad  (10)   Turin ITA
2006.05.31     1-0     A37

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 e5 4.Nc3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.a3 d6 7.Rb1 a5 8.d3 Nge7 9.O-O O-O 10.Bg5 f6 11.Bd2 Be6 12.Ne1 Rb8 13.Nc2 d5 14.cxd5 Nxd5 15. b4 Nxc3 16.Bxc3 cxb4 17.axb4 a4 18.b5 Na5 19.d4 Qc7 20.Bxa5 Qxa5 21.d5 Rfd8 22.Ne3 f5 23.Nc4 Qa7 24.e4 fxe4 25.Bxe4 Ra8 26.Ra1 Bf5 27.Bxf5 gxf5 28.Ne3 Rf8 29.Qh5 e4

30.Nxf5!? Bxa1 31.Rxa1 Rxf5
( 31...Kh8 32.Rc1 Qb6 33.d6 looks dangerous )
32.Qg4+ Kh8 33.Qxf5 Qd4 34.Rc1 a3 35.Rc8+ Rxc8 36.Qxc8+ Kg7 37.Qxb7+ Kg6 38.Qa6+ Kh5 39.Qxa3 Qd1+ 40.Kg2 Qxd5 41.Qe3 Qxb5 42.Qxe4 Kh6 43.h4 Kg7 44. Qe7+ Kg6 45.Qg5+ Qxg5 46.hxg5 Kxg5 47.Kh3 Kf5 48.Kh4 Ke4 49.f4 1-0

Wohl, A (2432)    --    Shaw, J (2439)
37th Olympiad  (10)   Turin ITA
2006.05.31     1-0     B33

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.Nab1!? f5 11.a4 b4 12.Nd5 Bg7 13.Nd2 O-O 14.Qh5 Nd4 15.Bd3 fxe4 16.Nxe4 f5 17.Bc4!? Ne6

( 17...fxe4 18.Nf6+ Kh8 19.Qxh7# )
18.Ng3 Kh8 19.Nxf5!? Nf4 20.Nxf4!? Bxf5
( 20...Rxf5 21.Ng6# )
21.Nd5 Bxc2 22.O-O a5 23.b3 Bg6 24.Qe2 e4 25.Rad1 Qh4 26.Qe3 Be5 27.g3 Qh3 28.Be2 Rf7 29.Nb6 Raf8 30.Nc4 Rf3!?

31.Qg5 R3f5 32.Qg4 Qh6 33.Nxe5 Bh5 34. Qh4 Rxe5 35.Bxh5 Qxh5
( 35...Rxh5 36.Qe7 Rxh2 37.Qxf8+ Qxf8 38.Kxh2 )
36.Qxh5 Rxh5 37.Rxd6 Re5 38.Re1 Rf3 39.Rc1 Re7 40.Rc5 Rxb3 41.Rxa5 Rd3 42. Rb6 b3 43.Rab5 e3 44.fxe3 Rexe3 45.Kg2 Rd2+ 46.Kh3 Ree2 47.a5 Rxh2+ 48.Kg4 Rd8 49.Rb8 Rxb8 50.Rxb8+ Kg7 51.Rxb3 Ra2 52.Rb5 Ra3 53.Kf4 Ra1 54.g4 Rf1+ 55.Ke5 Rg1 56.Kf5 Rf1+ 57.Ke6 h6 58.Kd6 Rf4 59.Kc7 Rxg4 60.a6 Rf4 61.a7 Rf7+ 62.Kb6 Rf8 63.Ka6 Ra8 64.Kb7 Rxa7+ 65.Kxa7 Kg6 66.Kb6 h5 67.Kc6 h4 68.Kd6 h3 69.Rb3 1-0

Aagaard, J (2447)    --    Speck, N (2389)
37th Olympiad  (10)   Turin ITA
2006.05.31     1-0     B06

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 a6 5.Nf3 b5 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.Be3 Bb7 8.Qe2 c5 9.dxc5 Nxc5 10.Bxc5 dxc5 11.e5 Nh6 12.a4 b4 13.Ne4 Qb6 14.Ned2 O-O 15. Nc4 Qc7 16.O-O Nf5 17.Rae1 Rad8 18.Be4 Nd4 19.Nxd4 Bxe4 20.Qxe4 Rxd4 21. Qe2 Rfd8 22.b3 Qc8 23.Qf3 Qf5 24.Ne3 Qd7 25.Nc4 Qf5 26.e6!?

( 26...fxe6 27.Ne5 )
27.exf7+ Kxf7 28.bxc4 Qxc2 29.f5 Bf6 30.fxg6+ Qxg6 31.Qb7 Kg8 32.Rxe7! b3
( 32...Bxe7 33.Qxe7 Rc8 34.Qd7 leaves black dangerously exposed )
33.Rd7 Rf8 34.Qxb3 Bd4+ 35.Rxd4! Rxf1+ 36.Kxf1 cxd4 37.Qg3 Qxg3 38.hxg3 Kf7 39.Ke2 Ke6 40.Kd3
( 40.Kd3 Ke5 41.a5 h5 42.g4!? hxg4 43.g3! Kd6 44.Kxd4 Kc6 45.c5 Kb5 46.Kd5 Kxa5 47.c6 Kb6 48.Kd6 a5 49.c7 Kb7 50.Kd7 )

Smerdon, D (2460)    --    Munoz, Li (2342)
37th Olympiad  (11)   Turin ITA
2006.06.02     0-1     C02

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Qb6 8. O-O Nxd4 9.Nbd2 Nc6 10.Nb3 Nge7 11.Be3 Qc7 12.Rc1 Ng6 13.Nc5 Bxc5 14.Bxc5 Ngxe5 15.Nxe5 Qxe5 16.Qd2 f6 17.f4 Qc7 18.Qe2 Kf7 19.Qh5+ g6 20.Qh6 Rac8 21.Rc3 Qd8 22.Rfc1 Na5 23.Bxa7 Rxc3 24.Rxc3 b6!?

Extracting the bishop is now a headache for white
25.f5 d4 26.fxe6+ Bxe6 27.Rc1 Bd5 28.Qf4 Nc6 29.Bb5 g5 30.Qg3 Ne5 31.a4 Be6 32.Rf1 Kg7 33.a5 bxa5 34.Qf2 Ng4 35.Qxd4 Qc7! 36.Re1
( 36.g3 Rd8 37.Qc5 Qxc5+ 38.Bxc5 Rd2 is dangerous, eg 39. b4 ( is dangerous, eg 39.Bc6 Rc2 ) 39...Bd5 )
36...Rd8 37.Qb6 Qxh2+ 38.Kf1 Qf4+ 39.Kg1 Qh2+ 40.Kf1 Qf4+ 41.Kg1 Qh2+ 42. Kf1 Rd2 43.Re2 Rd1+ 44.Re1 Qf4+ 0-1

Mazara, A (2189)    --    Zhao Zong Yuan (2452)
37th Olympiad  (11)   Turin ITA
2006.06.02     1/2-1/2     B40

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bd3 d5 7.Qe2 Nf6 8.Nd2 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.Re1 Bb7 11.e5 Nd7 12.c3 c5 13.Qh5 g6 14.Qh6 Bg5 15. Qh3 Rb8 16.Nf3 Bxc1 17.Raxc1 Kg7 18.Qg3 Qa5 19.Bb1 d4 20.Ng5 Bd5 21.b4 cxb4 22.c4 Bc6 23.Qh4 Rh8

24.Nxe6+!? fxe6 25.Qe7+ Kh6
( 25...Kg8 26.Qxe6+ Kg7 27.Qxc6 )
26.Qh4+ Kg7 27.Qe7+ Kh6 1/2-1/2

Rogers, I (2564)    --    Poulsen, Ma (2325)
37th Olympiad  (12)   Turin ITA
2006.06.03     1-0     C10

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.Ned2 Ngf6 8.O-O Be7 9.b3 a5 10.a3 O-O 11.Bb2 Re8 12.Qe2 Bf8 13.c4 g6 14.Rad1 Bxf3 15.Nxf3 Bg7 16.Rfe1 c6 17.Bc2 Qc7 18.g3 b5 19.cxb5 cxb5 20.Bd3 b4 21. Rc1 Qa7 22.a4 Nd5 23.Bb5 Rec8 24.h4 N7b6 25.Ne5 Bxe5 26.dxe5 Nc3 27.Qf3 Nxb5 28.axb5 Nd5 29.h5 Qb7 30.h6 Qe7 31.Rc4 Rcb8 32.Rec1 Qf8 33.Rc5 Nc3 34.Rc7 Nxb5 35.Rd7 Rd8 36.Rcd1 Rxd7 37.Rxd7 Ra7 38.Rxa7 Nxa7 39.Qb7 Qc5

40.Bd4!! Qc1+
( 40...Qxd4 41.Qb8+ )
41.Kh2 Nc8 42.Kg2 Kf8 43.Qd7 Qxh6 1-0

Rodgaard, J (2344)    --    Smerdon, D (2460)
37th Olympiad  (12)   Turin ITA
2006.06.03     1/2-1/2     A28

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 d6 6.d3 O-O 7.Be2 Re8 8. O-O Bf5 9.Ne4 a5 10.a3 Bc5 11.b3 Nxe4 12.dxe4 Bg4 13.Bb2 Re6 14.Ne1 Bxe2 15.Qxe2 Qh4 16.Nf3 Qe7 17.Bc3 Rf8 18.Qc2 Rg6 19.Rfb1 Qe6 20.b4 Bb6 21.c5 dxc5 22.b5 Nd4!?

Never a backward step from Smerdon
23.exd4 exd4 24.Bb2 Re8 25.Nd2 Qg4 26.g3 Qe2 27.Re1 Qxb5 28.Nc4 a4 29.Rab1 Qa6 30.Bc1 Ba7 31.Bf4 b5 32.Ne5 Rge6 33.Nf3 c4 34.Qb2 Rxe4 35.Rxe4 Rxe4 36.Qxb5 Qxb5 37.Rxb5 Bb6 38.Bxc7!! Bxc7 39.Rc5 Bd6 40.Rxc4 f5 41.Rxa4 d3 42.Ra8+ Bf8 43.Rd8 Ra4 44.Rxd3 Bxa3 45.h4 Ra8 46.Kg2 g6 47.Rd7 Bb2 1/2-1/2

Zhao Zong Yuan (2452)    --    Ziska, H (2306)
37th Olympiad  (12)   Turin ITA
2006.06.03     1-0     A87

1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.c4 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.d5 a5 9.Rb1 c6 10.Nd4 Bd7 11.b3 Na6 12.Na4 Nc7 13.Bb2 cxd5 14.Nb6 Ra6 15.Nxd5 Nfxd5 16.cxd5 Ra8 17.Qd2 Qf7 18.Rbc1 Rfc8 19.Ne6!? Bxb2

( 19...Nxe6 20.dxe6 Bxe6 21.Bxb7 )
20.Rxc7 Rxc7 21.Nxc7 Rc8 22.Qxa5! Qf6 23.Qb6 Qc3 24.Ne6 Rb8 25.e3 Qc8 26. a4 Ba3 27.a5 Ra8 28.b4 Rb8 29.Qd4 Bxe6 30.dxe6 Qc2 31.Qa7 Qc8 32.Rb1 Kf8 33.Bd5 Kg8 34.Kg2 g5 35.Rb3 Bc1 36.Rc3! Qxc3 37.Qxb8+ Kg7 38.Qe8 Bxe3 39. Qxe7+ Kh6 40.Qf8+ Kh5 41.Qxf5 Bd4 42.Qxh7+ Kg4 43.h3# 1-0

Simonsen, H (2295)    --    Lane, G (2440)
37th Olympiad  (12)   Turin ITA
2006.06.03     0-1     E73

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.g4!? e5 7.d5 c6 8.g5 Ne8 9.Be3 cxd5 10.cxd5 Na6 11.h4 Bd7 12.Nf3 Nec7 13.Qb3 b5 14.a4 bxa4 15. Qa3 Qe7 16.b4 Rfb8 17.b5 Nc5 18.Bxc5 dxc5 19.Nxa4 Bf8 20.Qb2 Nxb5 21.Qxe5 Qd8 22.Qf4 Nd4 23.Nxd4 cxd4 24.Qd2??

( 24.Qd2 Bb4 )

Rogers, I (2564)    --    Granda Zuniga, J (2631)
37th Olympiad  (13)   Turin ITA
2006.06.04     1-0     A45

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 h6 4.Bxf6 Qxf6

White gets a big centre in return for the bishops
5.c3 d6 6.Bd3 Qg6 7.Qf3 e5 8.Na3 Be7 9.Ne2 O-O 10.O-O Qg5 11.Qg3 c6 12.Nc4 Nd7 13.Rad1 Nb6 14.Ne3 Be6 15.a3 Rae8 16.f4 exf4 17.Qxf4 Qxf4 18.Nxf4 Bb3 19.Rde1 g6 20.Rf2 Bd8 21.g3 h5 22.h4 a5 23.Kg2 a4 24.Kf3 Kg7 25.Ke2 Rh8 26.Kd2 Nd7 27.Nc4 Bc7 28.Ref1 Rhf8 29.Kc1 Bxc4
There go the bishops
30.Bxc4 Re7 31.Ne2 b5 32.Ba2 Nb6 33.Rf3 Nc4 34.Bb1 f6 35.Nf4 Kh6 36.Bd3 Bd8 37.Rg1 g5 38.Ng2 Ree8 39.Rgf1 Kg7 40.Bxc4 bxc4 41.Ne3!
f5 is inviting
41...g4 42.Rf4 Bc7 43.d5! cxd5 44.Nxd5 Bd8 45.Rd1 Kg6 46.Ne3 Bc7 47.Rd5 Re5 48.Rxe5 dxe5 49.Rf1 Bb8 50.Rd1 Kf7 51.Rd7+ Ke6 52.Rh7 Bd6 53. Nf5 Rd8 54.Rxh5 Bc5 55.Rh7
White simply advances the h-pawn and there's little black can do. If the bishop gets cheeky and goes to f2, Re7 mates.

Cordova, Em (2429)    --    Smerdon, D (2460)
37th Olympiad  (13)   Turin ITA
2006.06.04     0-1     A70

1.d4 c5 2.d5 e6 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.e4 a6 8.a4 Bg4 9.Qb3 Bxf3 10.gxf3 Nbd7 11.Qxb7 Bg7 12.Qc6 O-O 13.Qxd6 Nh5 14.f4 Re8 15.Bg2 Ra7 16.a5 Qh4 17.Ne2 Rc8! 18.e5 Bf8!

19.Qc6 Rxc6 20.dxc6 Nb8 21.b4 Qg4 22.Be4 Qe6 23.Be3 Nxc6 24.bxc5 Nf6 25.Bg2 Ng4 26.Rc1 Nxe3 27.fxe3 Nxa5 28.O-O Qa2 29.Nc3 Qd2 30.Nd5 Nb3 31.Rcd1 Qc2 32.c6 a5 33.Nf6+ Kg7 34.Be4 Qc5 35.Rf3 Nd2 36.Rh3 h5 37.Bd3 Qxc6 38.Kf2 Bb4 39.Rg1 Kf8 40.f5 gxf5 41. Bxf5 Bc3 42.Rg8+ Ke7 43.Rc8 Qxc8!? 44.Bxc8 Bxe5 45.Nd5+ Kd6 46.Nb6 Kc7 47. Na4 Ne4+ 48.Ke2 Kxc8 49.Rxh5 Nc3+ 50.Kd3 Nxa4 51.Rxe5 Nb6 52.h4 a4 53.h5 Rd7+ 54.Kc2 Rd5 55.Re7 Rxh5 56.Rxf7 Re5 57.Kd3 Ra5 58.Kc3 Nd5+ 59.Kd4 Nb6 60.Rf8+ Kc7 61.Rf7+ Kc6 62.Rf6+ Kb5 63.Rf1 Ra8 64.Rb1+ Ka5 65.e4 Rd8+ 66. Kc5 Rc8+ 67.Kd6 a3 68.e5 a2 69.Ra1 Rc2 70.e6 Kb4 71.Ke5 Kb3 72.e7 Re2+

Zhao Zong Yuan (2452)    --    Pacheco, M (2331)
37th Olympiad  (13)   Turin ITA
2006.06.04     1-0     E44

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 b6 6.Ne2 Bb7 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8. Nxc3 d5 9.cxd5 exd5 10.b4 Nbd7 11.Qb3 Re8 12.O-O Nf8 13.a4 Ne4 14.a5 a6 15.f3 Nf6 16.Bd2 b5 17.Qc2 Qd6 18.Ne2 Re7 19.Nc1 Rae8 20.Nb3 h6 21.Rac1 c6 22.Rfe1 Ne6 23.Bf5 Nd7 24.Bc3 g6 25.Bd3 f5 26.Nc5 Ndxc5 27.dxc5 Qd7 28.Bf6 Rf7 29.Bb2 Rfe7 30.Qc3 Kh7 31.Kf2 Bc8 32.g3 Rf7 33.h4 Ng7 34.Rg1 Nh5 35. Qd4 Qc7 36.Rce1 Nf6 37.Ke2 Nh5 38.Kd2 Nxg3 39.Rg2 Nh5 40.Reg1 Rf6 41.f4 Qf7 42.Be2

( 42.Be2 Rfe6 43.Bxh5 gxh5 44.Qh8+!! Rxh8 45.Rg7+ Qxg7 46. Rxg7# )

Cruz, Cr (2225)    --    Wohl, A (2432)
37th Olympiad  (13)   Turin ITA
2006.06.04     0-1     E14

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 O-O 5.e3 b6 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.O-O c5 8. Qc2 Bxd2 9.Nxd2 cxd4 10.exd4 Nc6 11.Qc3 d5 12.c5 bxc5 13.Qxc5 a5 14.Qc3 Qb6 15.Nb3 Rfc8 16.Be3 Ba6 17.Bxa6 Qxa6 18.Nc5 Qb5 19.Qb3 Qe2 20.Rfe1 Qh5 21.Rac1 Rab8 22.Qc2 e5 23.dxe5 Qxe5 24.Nd3 Qf5 25.Bf4 Nb4 26.Re5 Rxc2 27. Rxf5 Rbc8 28.Rxc2 Rxc2 29.Nxb4 axb4 30.g4 h6 31.g5 Ne4 32.Be3 hxg5 33.Rxd5 Rxb2 34.Rb5 Nc3 35.Rxg5 Rxa2 36.Rc5

b3 37.Rxc3 b2 38.Rb3 Ra1+ 39.Kg2 b1=Q 40.Rxb1 Rxb1 41.Kg3 Kh7 42.Kf3 Kg6 43.Kg3 Kf5 44.Kf3 g6 45.h3 Rb3 46.Kg3 Ke4 47.Kg4 Rxe3

I hope to look at some of our women's team's games next week - Ed

Picture: Larry Ermacora

Australian player Arianne Caoili featured in a controversy at the Olympiad. Annoyed that she preferred to dance with super-GM Levon Aronian of Armenia, England's Danny Gormally landed a punch on the world number three at a nightclub in Turin. Thankfully the blow did not do any real damage but the Armenian delegation was incensed that their top board should be treated in this way. To keep the peace, the English delegation decided that Gormally would have to be sent back home immediately. Gormally was later attacked by Armenian supporters. He has also been criticised for curiously declining to stand while others observed a minute's silence for victims of the terrible Indonesian earthquake. The nightclub incident received widespread publicity in Australia and around the world.

The June ratings are now available on the ACF website.

Top ten players:
GM I.Rogers (NSW) 2599 (-45),
IM Z.Zhao (NSW) 2461 (-4),
IM A.Wohl (NSW) 2458 (=),
GM D.Johansen (VIC) 2455 (+11),
IM D.Smerdon (VIC) 2454 (-2),
IM G.Lane (NSW) 2416 (-54),
IM S.Solomon (QLD) 2399 (=),
T.Tao (SA) 2375 (-43),
IM P.Froehlich (QLD) 2373 (+3),
FM I.Bjelobrk (NSW) 2369 (-14).

Top females:
WIM A.Sorokina (VIC) 2184,
WIM A.Caoili (QLD) 2166,
IM I.Berezina-Feldman (NSW) 2160,
WIM N.Koshnitsky (NSW) 2081,
I.Eriksson (NSW) 2075,
WIM L.Moylan (NSW) 2054,
WIM B.Dekic (NSW) 2045.

Norths Club Championship: (Sydney, 11 players, 10 games): B.Atzmon-Simon 7.5/9; WIM B.Dekic, M.Tredinnick 6.5

The Sydney University Chess Club and Stratagem Computer Contractors Pty Ltd invite you to participate in: Australian Universities Rapid Championships 2006

Dates: Wednesday 12th - Thursday 13th July 2006
Venue: Level 4, Wentworth Building, Sydney University
Corner of City Road and Butlin Avenue, Darlington, NSW
Tournament Format: Open Swiss
Time Limit: 20 minutes per side + 10 seconds per move from move 1.
Format: Universities may send as many players as they like. (Bona fide under graduate and post graduate students). The player finishing first will be the Australian Universities Rapid Champion and receive a trophy. There will be trophies for second and third place as well.
Any university is eligible for the Team prize. However the best 3 scores will be added together to determine the Australian Universities Rapid Team Champion. There will be trophies for the teams finishing first, second and third.
Social Evening: A social get-together will be held after the first day. The emphasis is on the social side as well as the chess for this competition! There will be pizza, beer and soft-drinks and will start immediately after the last round on the 12th. There is no cost involved and all entry fees after the trophies and incidental costs will be added to the sponsorship and put towards the social evening.
Entry fee: $10 per person, payable on the day.
Director of Play: International Arbiter Dr Charles Zworestine.
Main Organiser: Jenni Oliver. Phone (02)6253 2848 (all reasonable hours) or Email:
Sydney University Chess Club contact: Jason Chan. Email: Details

14th World Computer Chess Championship: Leading final scores after rounds: Junior 9; Shredder, Rajlich (Rybka) 8.5; Zappa 7.5; Spike, DIEP, Jonny 6.5; Crafty, Ikarus 6.0. Site : View games


A message to our Olympic team: Congratulations for a great effort! I feel so proud for you. Well done!

- Steve

I have been researching and writing a book about the chess International Master Robert Graham Wade, with his blessing and help, for the last two years. Bob was born at Dunedin, New Zealand, 10 April 1921. Bob won the New Zealand chess championship three times, settled in the UK from 1948, and twice won the British Championship. His long and distinguished career in chess has been rewarded in many ways, including the title of International Master in 1950, and the award in 1979 of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) at the Queen’s official birthday party. Amazingly, he returned New Zealand to play at Queenstown this year, drawing with Grandmasters Murray Chandler and Hans-Joachim Hecht, at the age of eighty-four!

Bob was invited to play in the 13th Australian Championship tourney, which started on VJ Day, 3 September 1945. The tournament was a 16-player round robin which lasted until 19 September 1945. Bob - the youngest player in the tournament at the time - played well and shared second place with CJS Purdy and Stefan Lazare, behind Lajos Steiner. His first round game, in particular, was spectacular, winning the tournament's brilliancy prize and causing Purdy to remark: Bob Wade walked off the flying-boat to smash the noted Leeton swashbuckler, Shoebridge, with spectacular sacrifices. It was clear that we had to deal with no kiwi, or weka - but something more in the great auk class.

I have obtained the tournament cross-table and several of Bob's game scores from Purdy’s journal (called Check! in 1945 and Chess World from 1946) and some contemporary reports from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Wellington Dominion. However I am still missing most of the games and I would also dearly love to obtain a tournament photograph. Can anyone help me?

I have noted that Purdy referred on a couple of occasions to a tournament book, which he was in the process of producing. For instance, he wrote in Chess World, April 1, 1946, p. 52.: Tourney Book ... The Book of the Australian championship tourney has been delayed from various causes. However, the book will shortly appear, and for that reason we have not printed a large selection of the Australian championship games in Chess World. However John van Manen does not list the book in his bibliography, The Chess Literature of Australia and New Zealand, nor have I been able to locate the book from other sources. Does anyone know anything about this book, whether or not it was eventually published, where I could find a copy if it exists, etc.?

Does anyone know of other sources that I should examine, or other people that might be able to help me?

Does anyone know if it would be possible for me contact CJS Purdy's family? It seems likely, after all, that Purdy must have had the game scores in order to write the proposed tournament book.

Or does anyone know if any of the participants of the tournament might still be alive, or if their papers are otherwise accessible? The participants – beside Bob himself – were Steiner, Purdy, Lazare, Koshnitsky, Martin Green, Harry Klass, Maurice E Goldstein, Charles GM Watson, Frank A Crowl, Aubrey G Shoebridge, Maxwell C Salm, Frank L Vaughan, Arthur C Harris, Allen L Miller and David McGrath.

Any help will be warmly acknowledged in the book of course, when it is published.

Thanks, Best Regards
- Paul McKeown

103 Nield Road, Hayes, Middlesex. UB3 1SQ. United Kingdom.
Tel. +44-(0)7833 577451

Dear Sir or Madam,

My name is Jason Kovacevic and I am a student at Ultimo College in Sydney, studying a Library Diploma.

For Information Literacy class, we have a class project whereby we choose a topic then research it.

My chosen topic is "The Origins of Chess".

I am wondering if FIDE has any internal publications, or hard copy, etc in relation to the early beginnings of chess or anything relating to the very first beginning of it?

If possible if you do, would I be able to get a mail out?

Thank you very much for your time.

Warmest regards,

Jason Kovacevic
Mob: 0434 159 321

Can anyone help? Please contact Jason directly - Ed

Grand Prix tournaments:

Full details at the 2006 Grand Prix site

Foundation Day Open: WA; June 3-5; Cat 1; Details

NSW Open: 10-12 June; Cat 5; Total prizes of $9000 with $7500 guaranteed. Open and U1600; Hakoah Club; 61-67 Hall Street, Bondi. Register by 12:30pm; 1st $1200; U1600 $900. Contact: Brett Tindall 8756 5974, email

NSW Minor: 10-12/06; Cat 5;

Victorian Open: 10-12/06; Cat 4;

SA Queen's Birthday Weekender: 10-11/06; Cat 1;

Tasmanian Open: 10-12/06; Cat 1;

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. Please visit and click on the Outreach Chess label for an electronic entry form.

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:

The Hobsons Bay /Yarraville Open weekender tournament has been cancelled

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

Queensland Champs: Two sections: Round robin for the top eight seeds/open Swiss for everyone else. Round robin starts 9th June at 7pm. Championship 9-12 June; Reserve 10-12 June; School Hall, Ferny Grove State School, Finvoy St, Ferny Grove. Tel: 3411 3445 Fax: 3349 2745 Mobile: 0412 717 053 email:

Queensland Girls' Championship: 8-9 July; 7 Round Swiss; Chancellor College, Secondary Campus, Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. Details/ Entry form

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.

Penang International Open: Website

Czech Tour - International Chess Festivals Series -

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
19 Gill Avenue, Avoca Beach, NSW 2251
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