Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 374, June 23, 2006

Tasmanian Open
Songs moving
Xie wins NSW Open
MCC City of Melbourne Open
Foundation Day - WA
Queensland Championship
Aussies Overseas
Uni Rapid
World News
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.

Sorry for the delay ... There was no newsletter last week because my laptop stopped working, and it has taken the best part of a week to transfer the data to a new machine. - Ed

Tasmanian Open, Hobart, 10-12 June 2006

This year's Tasmanian Open, hosted by the Hobart International Chess Club as a 6xG90 Swiss, attracted 25 players of whom six were playing their first rated tournament. In the absence of top seed and state champion Tony Dowden, who withdrew at the last moment because of an airline schedule issue, the field was headed by locals Kevin Bonham and Nigel Frame.

Even with rating differences of several hundred points, Tasmanian tournaments often produce keenly contested first rounds and this was no exception, with promising junior Jamie Briant (821) having the better end of a draw with John Slidziunas (1636) and unrated Geoff Russell from Huonville winning his first ever tournament game in comprehensive fashion against Milutin Ivkovic (1563). Kevin Hendrey (1097) also put up a good fight against Nigel Frame (1783) before succumbing to a tactic:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.0-0 Nf6 7.Re1 e6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.f4 0-0 10.e5 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 Bxb5 12.exd6 Bxd6 13.Nxb5 Be7 14.Be3 a6 15.Nc3 Rc8 16.Rad1 Qxd4 17.Bxd4 Rfd8 18.f5? missing a pinning tactic 18...Rxd4! 19.Rxd4 Bc5 20.Nb5 axb5 21.c3 Bxd4+ 22.cxd4 and black won

In round 2, Michael Schmidt played well against Bonham on top board, swapping off to an ending where his sole disadvantage was an isolated pawn before making a touchmove error under pressure. Sturges-Chadwick went to a predictable time scramble but Chadwick's play at the end was far stronger and he won. Another good result for a junior with Nina Horton (676) drawing with Leo Minol (1181).

Beating Janice Martin earned Russell Horton a round 3 shot at top board, where he played well before running out of compensation for a pawn conceded in the opening. Thomas Hendrey's opponent in this brevity conceded rather more inside the first dozen moves:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 e5 7.Nf5 g6 8.Ne3 h5 9.g5 Ng4 10.Ned5 Be7 11.Nxe7 Qb6 12.Qf3 Kxe7 13.Nd5+ 1-0.

Kevin Hendrey had Schmidt in trouble before losing his way on the clock, while Dylan Moores put up a great fight to just lose a heavy piece endgame vs Richards. The last finish this round was rather controversial: Charles Chadwick had been crushing Nigel Frame out of the opening after Frame unwisely accepted a second pawn in a Staunton Gambit, but Frame escaped exchange for pawn down. Chadwick turned down a draw offer and made prolonged attempts to win the resulting endgame before offering a draw, which was rejected. With the position as follows and with at most thirty seconds on his clock Chadwick (White) claimed a draw by 10.2 in this position: (White Kc3, Ra2, Pc4, Black Kc6, Nd4, Pa3, a4, c5). The arbiter in charge of the game (KB) postponed his decision (when he should have simply disallowed the claim since White needed to claim on rather than after his move) and there followed 60...Kb6 61.Rxa3 Ka5 62.Ra1 Ne2+ and White's flag fell although the players quickly repeated moves 63.Kd3 Nf4+ 64.Kc3 Ne2+ before the game was stopped. The final position is either won or drawn for White with best play but was not considered unwinnable for Black "by normal means" so Black won on time. Chadwick wished to appeal the decision but was unable to because the Laws of Chess do not allow appeals against 10.2s.

Round 4 produced the following top-board clashes:

Frame - T Hendrey
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 c5 3.e3 g6 4.c3 Bg7 5.Be2 Qb6 6.Qb3 d6 7.Nd2 Be6 8.Qxb6 axb6 9.a3 Nc6 10.h3 Bd5 11.Ngf3 cxd4 12.exd4 Ne4 13.0-0 Nxd2 14.Nxd2 Na5 15.Rfe1 Kd7 16.Bd3 Rac8 17.Re2 Nc4 18.Nxc4 Bxc4 19.Bxc4 Rxc4 20.Rae1 e5 21.Bd2 exd4 22.b3 Rc7 23.Re7+ Kc6 24.c4 Be5 25.Rxc7+ Kxc7 26.f4 Bf6 27.g4 h6 28.Kg2 Kd7 29.Kf3 Re8 30.Rxe8 Kxe8 31.Ke4 Ke7 32.Kd5 g5 33.f5 Be5 and Black is a pawn up but helpless and soon lost. 1-0

Slidziunas - Bonham
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b5 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.0-0 e6 5.d4 c5 6.c3 Qb6 7.Be3 Nc6 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Bxc5 Qxc5 10.Nbd2 0-0 11.Nb3 Qh5 12.Nbd4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Bxg2 14.Kxg2 a6 15.e3 Qc5 16.Qf3 d5 17.Rfd1 Ne4 18.Nb3 Qe7 19.Qe2 Rfb8 20.f3 Nd6 21.Rd4 a5 22.Rad1 a4 23.Nc1 Nf5 24.Rb4 Qc5 25.Rd3 Re1 was safer. 25...Nd6 26.e4 dxe4 27.fxe4 Nc4 28.b3? (28.Rf3 was necessary and this now loses the exchange) Ne5 29.Re3 Nc6 30.bxa4 Nxb4 31.Nb3 Qc4 32.cxb4 Qxe2+ 33.Rxe2 bxa4 34.Nc5 Rxb4 35.Kf3 Rc4 36.Nd7 Rd4 37.Ne5 f6 0-1

The clash of the top seeds in round 5 was a fizzer - Bonham played a lacklustre opening but won a pawn against the run of play on move 14 and Frame then made a series of errors. Thomas Hendrey - Sturges was much tougher with the underdog finding some nice tactical resources before finally being outgunned. Slidziunas (who seemed to have an exciting game every round) had a strong attacking win against George, and Vincent Horton played well to draw an OCB ending vs Schmidt.

Into the last round then and Bonham needed only a draw for outright first, achieved with a narcoleptic 20-move French Exchange against Thomas Hendrey. The board 2 game between Frame and Slidziunas was more exciting - Slidziunas caught Frame in a nasty pin and won queen for rook and piece, but it got better than that as this led directly to the win of a pawn and a subsequent quick promotion. Chadwick cleaned up Richards with a Greek Gift while Janice Martin and Vincent Horton (another great result for Tassie's only Ergas Squad member) scored wins that put them in the money.

While this is the fourth time (a record, surprisingly) that Bonham has won this event, it is the first time he has done so in a solid fashion rather than relying on outrageous swindles from completely lost positions in key games.

5.5 Kevin Bonham 1941
4.5 John Slidziunas 1636, Charles Chadwick 1688#, Thomas Hendrey 1607j
4 Nigel Frame 1783, Milutin Ivkovic 1563, Janice Martin 1414f
3.5 Ross George 1745#, Michael Schmidt 1389, Graham Richards 1380, Vincent Horton 976j
3 Tony Sturges 1364, Russell Horton 1220, Geoff Russell UNR, Kevin Hendrey 1095j, Dallas Fry 1304
2.5 Leo Minol 1181, Jamie Briant 821j*, Owen Short UNRj
2 Rhys Kilpatrick UNRj*, Nina Horton 675fj, Dylan Moores UNRj, Harrison Briant 377j*
1 Jem Thain UNRj*, Ella Thain UNRj*

U1700 prize pooled with 2nd-3rd. U1500 prize: Martin U18 jnr prize: V Horton U12 jnr prize: J Briant. * = inc. 1 point bye #= inc. 1/2 point bye

More games and comments at - games will be added as available.

Tasmanian Lightning Championships

This year's Tas Lightning was an extremely successful event with a record field of 20 players headed by state champion Tony Dowden contesting an 11-round swiss. After Frame and Bonham drew a good game ending in a messy rook ending with passed pawns on either side, Dowden led by half a point. The Bonham-Dowden game was quite a good one, with Bonham having the good fortune to lose the exchange, soon acquiring a massive attack which Dowden had to sacrifice a lot of things to get out of. In the end Bonham was queen for rook up but had to settle for a draw to avoid losing on time. In the next round Dowden beat Frame easily and from that point on the two leaders won all their games. (Bonham was extremely lucky to beat Chadwick on time with only a few pawns left against a queen and knight and pawns.) In the final round Dowden offered Fry a draw after miscalculating but it was declined and Dowden went on to win the game.

In 110 games of lightning, a few funny things were bound to happen and the juniors were certainly on their toes. Zachary Frame claimed a win by illegal move after his high-rated opponent confused his queen for his king and attempted to castle using it, while Vincent Horton claimed another after another leading light played Qf8-b3, pressed the clock, then tried to adjust it to its intended square, a3. Worse still, a point was scored by a ridiculous opening known in the murky alleyways of as The Possum (1.e4, any, 2.f3)

10.5 Tony Dowden 2168
10 Kevin Bonham 1941
7.5 Nigel Frame 1783
7 Thomas Hendrey 1605j, Vincent Horton 975j (tied for junior prize)
6.5 Ross George 1745
6 Allan Richards 1690, Dallas Fry 1304
5.5 Charles Chadwick 1668, Russell Horton 1220
5 Kevin Hendrey 1095j, Milutin Ivkovic 1563, Zachary Frame 841j, Jamie Briant 821j, Nina Horton 675fj, Graham Richards 1380

4 Ella Thain UNRfj
2.5 Harry Briant 375j
2 Jem Thain UNRj
0 Jessica Lee UNRf

- Kevin Bonham

Songs moving: Twelve-year-old Raymond Song, the Men's Champion of Sydney, and his sister fourteen-year old Angela Song, the Australian Junior (Under 18) Champion, are moving to Shanghai with their parents for the next two years.

Xie wins NSW Open

Twenty-year-old George Xie won every game in the NSW Open Grand Prix weekender at Hakoah Club,Bondi. Xie won the NSW Championships in 2002 and 2004 scoring 9/9 on each occassion. He was also Sydney Champion in 2004 and 2005. Xie has a World Rating of 2376 and he will be an International Master when his rating reaches 2400. - Peter Parr

Place Name                  Feder Rtg  Loc  Score

  1   Xie, George           NSW   2376 2316 7    
 2-5  Rej, Tomek            NSW   2264 2209 5    
      Charles, Gareth       NSW   2196 2062 5    
      Song, Raymond         NSW        2195 5    
      Mendes da Costa, Alex NSW   2064 1909 5    
6-10  Wright, Neil S        NSW   2163 2108 4.5  
      Bjelobrk, Igor        NSW   2404 2369 4.5  
      Ikeda, Junta          ACT   2089 2066 4.5  
      Ayvazyan, Armen       NSW   2265 2194 4.5  
      Oliver, Gareth        ACT   2120 2048 4.5  
11-17 Bird, Andrew          NSW        2099 4    
      Chernih, Nicholas     NSW        1855 4    
      Bolens, Johny         NSW   2223 1992 4    
      Huynh, Arthur         NSW        1842 4    
      Moylan, Laura A       NSW   2127 2054 4    
      Guo-Yuthok, Sherab    ACT   1882 1716 4    
      Chan, Jason           NSW   2147 1992 4    
18-27 Hu, Jason             NSW   2073 2020 3.5  
      Toth, Andras          OS    2439      3.5  
      Atzmon-Simon, Barak   NSW   2103 2081 3.5  
      Ingram, Ben W         NSW   2046 1948 3.5  
      Illingworth, Max      NSW   1915 1880 3.5  
      Brown, Andrew         ACT   1846 1702 3.5  
      Phillips, Andrew      NSW        1644 3.5  
      Pickering, Anthony    NSW   2003 1747 3.5  
      Oliver, Shannon       ACT   1956 1778 3.5  
      Plaza, Francisco      NSW        1841 3.5  
28-31 Grcic, Milan          ACT        1768 3    
      Levin, Joshua         NSW        1708 3    
      Alkin, John           QLD        1677 3    
      Rewais, Sarwat        NSW        1813 3    
32-38 Petersons, Haralds    ACT        1609 2.5  
      Redgrave, John        NSW        1757 2.5  
      Escribano, Jose       NSW   1894 1656 2.5  
      Tankel, Alan          NSW        1779 2.5  
      Reid, Vaness          NSW   1899 1672 2.5  
      Zirdum, Ivan          NSW   2081 1945 2.5  
      Rout, Ian C           ACT   2001 1777 2.5  
39-41 Saksena, Kaushik      NSW        1677 2    
      Rachmadi, Herman      NSW   1827 1679 2    
      Harp, Joel            NSW        1804 2    
42-44 Szuveges, Narelle S   VIC   1885 1730 1.5  
      Miranda, Adrian       NSW        1674 1.5  
      Fell, Lloyd S         NSW   1961 1723 1.5  
Under 1600

Place Name                Feder Loc  Score

 1-2  To, Anthony         NSW   1560 6    
      Lam, David          NSW   1488 6    
 3-8  Trkulja, Slavko     NSW   1588 5    
      Plant, Rod          NSW   1573 5    
      Jeffreys, Roger     NSW   1397 5    
      Cohn, Jason         NSW   1524 5    
      Greenwood, Norman   NSW   1467 5    
      Parker, Trent       NSW   1493 5    
9-10  Keuning, Anthony V  NSW   1585 4.5  
      Bisson, Danny Wayne NSW   1383 4.5  
11-19 Guo, Emma           ACT   1247 4    
      Tracey, Michael     NSW   1415 4    
      Cheung, Benjamin    NSW   1225 4    
      Ikeda, Miona        ACT   1267 4    
      Bourke, Phil        NSW   1501 4    
      Barker, Mitchell    NSW   1420 4    
      Christensen, Joshua NSW   1554 4    
      Leung, Nicholas     NSW   1121 4    
      Law, Evan           NSW   1587 4    
 20   Kamaras, Con        NSW   1323 3.5  
21-29 Reese, Peter        NSW   1185 3    
      Wilkie, Mary        NSW   1248 3    
      Kresinger, Frank    NSW   1466 3    
      Burgess, Shane      NSW   1434 3    
      Dickson, Ian        NSW   1579 3    
      Art, Carl           NSW   1453 3    
      McGowan, Daniel     NSW   1277 3    
      Wan, Dennis         NSW   1582 3    
      Nguyen, Peter       NSW   1544 3    
30-35 Henzgen, Ben        VIC   1262 2.5  
      Papantoniou, John   NSW   813  2.5  
      Bleicher, Horst     NSW   1515 2.5  
      Russell, Luthien    ACT   1284 2.5  
      Lau, Tony           NSW   1268 2.5  
      Lau, Joshua         NSW   1150 2.5  
36-37 Wan, Kinto          NSW   651  2    
      Ren, Jonathan       NSW   1181 2    
38-39 Davis, Greg         NSW   1225 1    
      Swords, Chester     NSW   515  1    
 40   Perera, Pasan       NSW   882  0.5  

MCC City of Melbourne Open

No Name                Feder Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9 

1  West, Guy           VIC   2376 6.5   35:W 32:W  6:D  2:D 15:W  3:W  7:D  8:W  4:
2  Rujevic, Mirko      VIC   2252 6     19:W  9:W  7:D  1:D  6:W  5:W  3:W  4:L 10:
3  Voon, Richard       VIC   1910 6     22:W 18:W 12:W  5:W 13:W  1:L  2:L  6:W 11:
4  Gorka, Carl         VIC   2124 6     12:L 29:W  8:D 35:W 32:W 13:W  5:D  2:W  1:
5  Pyke, Malcolm L     VIC   2080 5.5   21:W 14:W 10:W  3:L  9:W  2:L  4:D  7:W  6:
6  Raine, Marcus       VIC   1874 5     27:W 16:W  1:D  7:W  2:L  8:D 14:W  3:L  5:
7  Hogg, Dean          VIC   1862 5     28:W 15:W  2:D  6:L 23:W 12:W  1:D  5:L  9:
8  Soesanto, Romy      VIC   1699 5     34:W 10:L  4:D 38:+ 26:W  6:D  9:W  1:L 18:
9  Wyss, Felix         VIC   1742 5     20:W  2:L 28:W 12:W  5:L 15:W  8:L 19:W  7:
10 Papadinis, Jim      VIC   1796 5     31:W  8:W  5:L 13:L 21:D 35:W 17:W 11:D  2:
11 Fitzpatrick, Andrew VIC   1794 5     33:L 24:D 17:W 14:D 16:W 19:D 18:W 10:D  3:
12 Chmiel, Rad         VIC   1572 4.5    4:W 38:W  3:L  9:L 30:W  7:L 32:W 21:D 13:
13 Ly, Thai            VIC   1852 4.5   24:D 33:W 23:W 10:W  3:L  4:L 19:D 16:D 12:
14 Kovacevic, Paul     VIC   1720 4.5   36:W  5:L 25:D 11:D 22:W 26:W  6:L 15:D 17:
15 McCart, Richard     VIC   1710 4.5   37:W  7:L 40:W 24:W  1:L  9:L 28:W 14:D 16:
16 Lycett, Garry       VIC   1705 4.5   25:W  6:L 31:W 26:D 11:L 32:D 20:W 13:D 15:
17 Doon, Steven        VIC   1326 4.5   32:L 35:D 11:L 36:W 25:W 23:W 10:L 28:W 14:
18 Yako, Tony          VIC   1732 4.5   30:W  3:L 24:L 27:D 40:+ 21:W 11:L 26:W  8:
19 Kaplan, Alex        VIC   1606 4      2:L 20:D 29:D 25:W 31:W 11:D 13:D  9:L 22:
20 Henzgen, Ben        VIC   1262 4      9:L 19:D 38:L 34:W 24:W 22:D 16:L 30:W 23:
21 Ghobrial, Adel      VIC   1563 4      5:L 36:W 26:L 29:W 10:D 18:L 33:W 12:D 25:
22 Omeragic, Jusuf     VIC   1555 4      3:L 30:L 37:W 40:W 14:L 20:D 35:+ 23:D 19:
23 Podvorac, Zeljko    VIC   1696 4     39:W 26:W 13:L 32:D  7:L 17:L 31:W 22:D 20:
24 Renzies, Elliott    VIC   1481 4     13:D 11:D 18:W 15:L 20:L 28:L 36:W 31:W 26:
25 Garrido, Gabriel               4     16:L 27:W 14:D 19:L 17:L 33:D 29:W 34:W 21:
26 Kalisch, Thomas     VIC   1807 3.5   40:W 23:L 21:W 16:D  8:L 14:L 27:W 18:L 24:
27 Wertheim, Stephen   VIC   1524 3.5    6:L 25:L 39:W 18:D 35:L 29:W 26:L 36:W 37:
28 Ivanov, Nikola      VIC   1496 3      7:L 37:W  9:L 30:L 34:W 24:W 15:L 17:L 36:
29 Brooking, Robert    VIC   1456 3     38:D  4:L 19:D 21:L 37:W 27:L 25:L 39:W 30:
30 Tambasco, Jean-Luc  VIC   1137 3     18:L 22:W 35:L 28:W 12:L 31:L 37:W 20:L 29:
31 Ruzeu, Emanuel      VIC   1355 3     10:L 34:W 16:L 33:W 19:L 30:W 23:L 24:L 39:
32 Wolf, Peter         VIC   1750 3     17:W  1:L 33:W 23:D  4:L 16:D 12:L  0:   0:
33 Knox, Alec          VIC   1531 3     11:W 13:L 32:L 31:L 36:D 25:D 21:L 37:W 34:
34 Niemann, Judd                  2.5    8:L 31:L 36:D 20:L 28:L  0:W 39:W 25:L 33:
35 Elias, Nawzad       VIC   1609 2.5    1:L 17:D 30:W  4:L 27:W 10:L 22:-  0:   0:
36 Watson, Jean        VIC   1103 2     14:L 21:L 34:D 17:L 33:D 39:W 24:L 27:L 28:
37 Cymons, Albert      VIC   1021 2     15:L 28:L 22:L 39:W 29:L 40:+ 30:L 33:L 27:
38 Malitis, Edwin      VIC   1812 1.5   29:D 12:L 20:W  8:-  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:
39 Prasad, Darryl                 1     23:L 40:L 27:L 37:L  0:W 36:L 34:L 29:L 31:
40 Nash, Chris F       VIC   1436 1     26:L 39:W 15:L 22:L 18:- 37:-  0:   0:   0:

Foundation Day - WA:

Crosstable (Average Rating: 1688)   Player Rtng Score  1  2  3  4  5  Perf
1:  Ellis, D  1954  4.0 / 5  7b+ 2w= 3b= 4w+ 5b+ 2022 
2:  Barber, H  2142  3.5 / 5  4w+ 1b= 5w+ 8b+ 3w- 1975 
3:  Dunlop, G  1802  3.5 / 5  8w+ 5b- 1w= 6b+ 2b+ 1888 
4:  Tomic, N  1665  3.0 / 5  2b- 6w+ 7b+ 1b- 8w+ 1724 
5:  Pavlovic, M  1697  2.5 / 5  6b= 3w+ 2b- 7w+ 1w- 1747 
6:  Laugery, B  1264  2.0 / 5  5w= 4b- 8w= 3w- 7b+ 1492 
7:  Booth, G  1587  1.0 / 5  1w- 8b+ 4w- 5b- 6w- 1351 
8:  Donaldson, G  1393  0.5 / 5  3b- 7w- 6b= 2w- 4b- 1234 

Queensland Championship

1 Solomon, Stephen 2399 7 
2 Truscott, Tony 1945 4.5 
3 Lazarus, Ben 1914 4 
4 Casey, Kevin 2087 4 
5 Weller, Tony 1782 3.5 
6 Selnes, Hamish 1767 2 
7 Lovejoy, David 1814 1.5 
8 O'Brien, John 1892 1.5 

Reserve Championship

1 Stokes, Mark 1607 6.5 
2 Kinder, Jessica 1401 5.5 
3 Duggan, Howard 1437 5 
4 Al Zaher, Louay 1629 5 
5 Mcgarity, Liam 1199 5 
6 Grigg, Sam 1417 5 
7 Nakauchi, Gene 1357 5 
8 Stahnke, Alexander 1283 5 
9 Wilkinson, Leo 1740 4.5 
10 Mcgarity, Molly 1184 4.5 
11 Liu, Yi 1106 4.5 
12 Chelebichanin, Nenad 1544 4 
13 Korenevski, Oleg 1641 4 
14 Waters, Mick 1220 4 
15 Buciu, Vasile 1255 4 
16 Booy, Peter 1327 4 
17 Hunter, Shayne 1464 4 
18 Mclean, Matthew 1170 4 
19 Erickson, Sean 1300 3.5 
20 Gilpin, Matthew 1427 3.5 
21 Karibasic, Amir 1334 3.5 
22 Beeley, Robert 1162 3.5 
23 Fisher, Jayden 1322 3.5 
24 Beilby, Kieton 969 3.5 
25 Leggett, Brandon 930 3.5 
26 De Vere, Cameron 1116 3.5 
27 Renton, Andy 1535 3 
28 Pedersen-Lee, Lachlan 1158 3 
29 Louie, Ryan 443 3 
30 Van Den Bergh, Lachlan 1053 3 
31 Menham, Allan 1012 3 
32 Loweke, Kevin 0 3 
33 Eriksson, Caleb 911 3 
34 Rogers, Jim 744 2.5 
35 Miles, Alex 641 2.5 
36 Leggett, Callum 612 2 
37 Blackwell, James 0 2 
38 Markson, Ellis 1002 2 
39 Roberts, Kieran 0 2 
40 Leskiewicz, Lech 1206 2 
41 Kendall, Alexander 321 1.5 
42 Morrison, Andrew 306 1.5 
43 Karibasic, Sabin 557 1.5 
44 Feria, Antolin 1563 0 

Aussies Overseas: Brazilian Grandmaster Henrique Mecking (2554) won the 71 player Lodi, Italy International scoring 7/9 half a point ahead of Grandmasters S.Fedorchuk (UKR 2576), E.Postny (ISR 2572) and L.Vajda (ROM 2511). Australian Olympians IM Aleks Wohl (NSW 2432) scored 5.5 points and WIM Arianne Caoili (QLD 2169) 4.5 points - both improving their ratings. - Peter Parr

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



I would like to Know whether there is any employment oppurtunities in your country as a chess coach or any chess related work. My current fide rating is 2135 and previously 2260 and taken part in more than 150 tournaments and Right now i am engaged in training nearly 200 children in chennai (India) I am interested to come to your country for a short period or long period Please let me know.


Hi Paul,

I'd like to congratulate our Olympiad team on one of their best results to date. I'd also like to commend whoever (Brett?) made the arrangements for the daily blogs from the team members. They were always interesting, notwithstanding the melange of styles. I look forward to the early release of the Bermuda Days video; it should enable ACF to recoup all outstanding expenses.

Best regards,
Bob Krstic

Hi Paul,

I appreciate your hard work on the Chess News site. The information that you post has been excellent. I have spent many hours on your site.

I have an admittedly silly question for you. In going through the games of the recent Chess Olympiad in Turin, I noticed that the Honduras women’s team member, Barahona, did not make a move in any of the games that I looked at and her score was (0) on the chart. I assume that she didn’t make the trip to Turin. Do you know the back story on this? Does she really exist? Is she a good chess player? Was there a passport problem? Was there a financial problem?

Just curious.

-- Don Hahn

Does anyone know? _ Ed

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Foros Tournament: Round 6 Standings: 1. Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2687 4.5; 2. Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2666 4.0; 3. Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2660 3.5; 4. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2719 3.5; 5. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2731 3.5; 6. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2699 3.0; 7. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2699 3.0; 8. Harikrishna, P g IND 2680 2.5; 9. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROM 2695 2.5; 10. Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2661 2.0; 11. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2738 2.0; 12. Areshchenko, Alexander g UKR 2660 2.0

Dutch Championship: Round 5 Standings: 1. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2669 4.0; 2. Sokolov, Ivan g NED 2676 3.5; 3. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2655 3.5; 4. Stellwagen, Daniel g NED 2543 3.0; 5. Werle, Jan g NED 2529 2.5; 6. Nijboer, Friso g NED 2584 2.5; 7. Van der Wiel, John g NED 2511 2.5; 8. L'Ami, Erwin g NED 2565 2.5; 9. Smeets, Jan g NED 2535 2.0; 10. Timman, Jan H g NED 2616 1.5; 11. Visser, Yge m NED 2480 1.5; 12. Bosch, Jeroen m NED 2465 1.0


Visser, Y (2480)    --    Timman, J (2616)
ch-NED  (1)   Hilversum NED
2006.06.17     1-0     B30

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.O-O Nge7 5.Re1 a6 6.Bf1 d5 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.d4 Be7 9.c4 Nf6 10.Be3 O-O 11.Nc3 cxd4 12.Nxd4 Bd7 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Qxd8 Rfxd8 15.a3 a5 16.Rad1 Rd7 17.f3 h6 18.Bd3 Bd6 19.Bf2 Bf4 20.Bb6 a4 21.Na2 Bc7 22.Bf2 Rdd8 23.Nb4 Be8 24.Bc2 Rdc8 25.Bd4 Ba5 26.Bd3 Nd7 27.Bf1 Bb6 28.Bxb6 Nxb6 29.Rc1 Nd7 30.Rc3 Nc5 31.Nd3 Kf8 32.Nxc5 Rxc5 33.Kf2 Ke7 34. Bd3 Rd8 35.Rd1 f5 36.Be2 Rdc8 37.f4 g5 38.Rh3 gxf4 39.Rxh6 Bc6 40.g3 fxg3+ 41.hxg3 Rg8 42.Rd4 b6 43.Rf4 Be4 44.g4 b5 45.cxb5 Rc2 46.Ke3 Rxb2 47.Bc4 Rb3+!? 48.Bxb3 axb3 49.Rh2 Kd6 50.Rb2 Bc2 51.gxf5 exf5 52.Rc4 Ra8 53.Kd2 Rxa3 54.b6 Ra8 55.b7

( 55.b7 Rb8 56.Rc8!! Rxb7 57.Rcxc2! )

Sokolov, Iv (2676)    --    Smeets, J (2535)
ch-NED  (1)   Hilversum NED
2006.06.17     1-0     D10

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Bd3 Bxd3 7.Qxd3 e6 8. O-O Be7 9.e4 b5 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.e5 Nfd7 12.a4 bxa4 13.Nxa4 Nc6 14.Bd2 Qb8 15.Rfc1 Qb7 16.Rc3 Nb4 17.Qb1 Rc8 18.Raa3 Rc4 19.Rxc4 dxc4 20.Rc3 Qb5 21. b3 cxb3 22.Rc8+ Bd8 23.Nc3 Qb7 24.Ne4! O-O 25.Nd6 Qb6 26.Qxb3 Nd5 27.Qc2 h6 28.Rc6 Qa7 29.Qe4 Nb8 30.Rc1 Qd7 31.Qg4 f5 32.Qg6 Ne7 33.Qg3 Kh7 34.h4 Nbc6 35.h5 Bc7 36.Bf4 a5 37.d5! exd5 38.Nh4 Nd4 39.Qd3 Bxd6 40.exd6 Nec6 41.Be3 Ne6 42.Ng6 Rf6 43.Qxd5 Nb4 44.Qa8 Rxg6


Van der Wiel, J (2511)    --    Van Wely, L (2655)
ch-NED  (3)   Hilversum NED
2006.06.19     0-1     B42

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.Qg4 g6 8. Qe2 d6 9.Be3 Nf6 10.N1d2 Nc6 11.Nc4 Nd7 12.a4 d5 13.exd5 exd5 14.Ncd2 O-O 15.Nf3 Re8 16.O-O Bd6 17.Bg5 f6 18.Be3 Nde5 19.h3 Bc7 20.Nfd4 Nb4 21.Bf4 Qd6 22.Bg3 Bd7 23.Qd2 Nbxd3 24.cxd3 Bb6 25.Rfc1

Bxh3!! 26.gxh3 Nf3+!! 27. Kg2!?
( 27.Nxf3 Qxg3+! 28.Kf1 Qxf3 -+ )
27...Qxg3+ 28.Kxg3 Nxd2 29.Nc5 Rac8 30.b4 a5 31.Nb5 axb4 32.Nd7 Rxc1 33. Rxc1
( 33.Rxc1 b3!! 34.Nxb6 b2 -+ )

L'Ami, E (2565)    --    Sokolov, Iv (2676)
ch-NED  (4)   Hilversum NED
2006.06.20     0-1     D32

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.dxc5 Nc6 7.e3 Nf6 8.Be2 O-O 9.O-O Bxc5 10.b3 a6 11.Bb2 Ba7 12.Qd3 Be6 13.Rfd1 Qe7 14.Rd2 Rad8 15.Rad1 Bg4 16.Qb1 Bxf3 17.Bxf3 d4 18.exd4 Nxd4 19.Ne4 Nxf3+ 20.gxf3 Nxe4 21.Qxe4 Qg5+ 22.Qg4

Bxf2+!! 23.Kf1
( 23.Kxf2 Rxd2+ 24.Rxd2 Qxd2+ with check! )
23...Qxg4 24.fxg4 Bh4 25.Rd7 h6 26.Bc3 Rxd7 27.Rxd7 Rc8 28.Be5 Re8 29.Bg3 Bxg3 30.hxg3 b5 31.Ra7 Re6 32.Kf2 Rc6 33.a4 Rc2+ 34.Kf3 Rc3+ 35.Kf2 bxa4 36.bxa4 Rc4 37.Rxa6 Rxg4 38.Kf3 h5 39.Ra5 g6 40.Ra7 Kg7 41.a5 Ra4 42.a6 Kf6 43.Kg2 g5 44.Kf3 Kg6 45.Kg2 f6 0-1

Werle, J (2529)    --    Smeets, J (2535)
ch-NED  (4)   Hilversum NED
2006.06.20     1-0     D17

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 c6 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Nb6 8.Ne5 a5 9.g3 e6 10.Bg2 Bb4 11.O-O O-O 12.e3 h6 13.g4 Bh7 14.f4 Nfd5 15. Ne4 Nd7 16.Nd3 Qe7 17.Nxb4 Nxb4 18.b3 Bxe4 19.Bxe4 f5 20.Bg2 Qh4 21.gxf5 exf5 22.Ba3 Rfe8 23.Bxb4 axb4 24.Qd3! Qf6 25.d5! Nb8 26.Qc4 Qf7 27.Rfd1 Rxe3 28.dxc6 Qxc4

29.Rd8+! Kh7 30.bxc4 bxc6 31.Bxc6 Nxc6 32.Rxa8 Re2 33. Rd1 b3 34.Ra6 b2 35.Rxc6 Rc2 36.Rb6 Rc1 37.Rf1!

Rublevsky, S (2687)    --    Mamedyarov, S (2699)
Aerosvit GM  (1)   Foros UKR
2006.06.17     0-1     C48

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Nd4!? 5.Ba4 c6 6.Nxe5 d5 7.d3 Bd6 8.f4 Bc5 9.exd5 O-O 10.Ne4 Nxe4 11.dxe4 Qh4+ 12.g3 Qh3 13.Be3 Qg2 14.Rg1 Qxe4 15.Kf2 Re8 16.Qd3

Rxe5!? 17.fxe5 Qf3+ 18.Ke1 Bf5 19.Rf1 Bb4+!? 20.c3 Bxd3 21.Rxf3 Nxf3+ 22.Kf2 Nxh2 23.cxb4 Ng4+ 24.Kf3 Nxe5+ 25.Kf4 Ng6+ 26. Kf3 cxd5 -+ 27.Rc1 Ne5+ 28.Kf4 Ng6+ 29.Kf3 b5 30.Bb3 Bc4 31.Bc2 Ne5+ 32. Kf4 f6 33.Rd1 Bxa2 34.b3 Rc8 35.Bc5 a5 36.Bf5 Bxb3 37.Rb1 Bc2!! 38.Be6+
( 38.Bxc2 axb4 and black regains the piece )
38...Kh8 39.Ra1 Re8 40.bxa5 Nd3+ 41.Kf3 Nxc5 42.Bxd5 b4 43.a6 Nxa6
( 43...Nxa6 44.Rxa6 Rb8 )

Rublevsky, S (2687)    --    Ponomariov, R (2738)
Aerosvit GM  (3)   Foros UKR
2006.06.19     1-0     C45

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Ba6 9.b3 O-O-O 10.g3 g5 11.Bb2 Bg7 12.Nd2 Rhe8 13.O-O-O Nb6 14.f4 gxf4 15.gxf4 f6 16.exf6 Bxf6 17.Qxe7 Bxb2+ 18.Kxb2 Rxe7 19.Bh3 Rf8 20.Rhe1 Rxe1 21.Rxe1 Kd8

( 21...Rxf4 22.Re8+ Kb7 23.c5 Nd5 24.Bxd7 Rf2 25.Bc8+ Kb8 26.Bxa6# )
22.f5 Bc8 23.Nf3 c5 24.Rg1 d5 25.Ng5!? h6
( 25...Bxf5 26.Rf1 )
26.Nh7 Rf7 27.Rg8+ Ke7 28.f6+ Kd6 29.Rd8+ Ke5 30.Re8+ Kd6 31.Bxc8 Nxc8 32. Nf8!

The point!
( 32...Nb6 33.Re6# )
33.Rxc8 dxc4 34.bxc4 Rf2+ 35.Kb3 Rf3+ 36.Kc2 Rf2+ 37.Kd3 Rf3+ 38.Kd2 Rf2+ 39.Ke3 Rxh2 40.Re8
Again threatening Re6 mate
40...c6 41.Re6+ Kc7 42.Ng6 Rxa2 43.Ne5 h5 44.Rxc6+ Kb7 45.Rxc5 h4 46.Nf3 h3 47.Rh5 Ra3+ 48.Ke4 Rc3 49.Nd2 Ra3 50.Kd4 a5 51.Ne4 a4 52.Nc3 Ra1 53.Rxh3 a3 54.Rh2 1-0

Areshchenko, A (2660)    --    Mamedyarov, S (2699)
Aerosvit GM  (3)   Foros UKR
2006.06.19     0-1     C24

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.O-O d6 6.c3 O-O 7.Bb3 Qc7 8. Re1 Nbd7 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.Bc2 Ne6 11.Nf1 Re8 12.Ng3 Bf8 13.h3 g6 14.d4 Bg7 15.Be3 Bd7 16.Qd2 Rad8 17.Rad1 Bc8 18.Qc1 c5 19.d5 Nf8 20.Ba4 Bd7 21.Bxd7 Qxd7 22.b3 Kh8 23.Nd2 h5 24.a4 N8h7 25.Ngf1 Re7 26.Qc2 Ng8 27.Nc4 Bh6 28. Qd2 Kg7 29.Bxh6+ Nxh6 30.Nfe3 Rf8 31.b4 cxb4 32.cxb4 f5 33.exf5 Nxf5 34. Nxf5+ Rxf5 35.b5 Ref7 36.Qb4 R7f6 37.Re2 Rf4 38.Qb3 Ng5 39.Nd2 Qf5 40.Rf1 Rd4! 41.a5 Rd3! 42.Qb2 Qf4 43.Rc1

Nxh3+!! 44.gxh3 Qg5+ 45.Kf1
( 45.Kh2 Rxh3+!! 46.Kxh3 Qg4+ 47.Kh2 Qxe2 48.Rf1 Rf4 Threatening both ...Rh4+ and ...Qg4 mate as well as ...Rd4 )
45...Rxh3 46.Ke1 Rh1+ 47.Nf1 Qg2 0-1

Mamedyarov, S (2699)    --    Ivanchuk, V (2731)
Aerosvit GM  (4)   Foros UKR
2006.06.20     0-1     D46

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 O-O 8. O-O dxc4 9.Bxc4 a6 10.Ne4 Nxe4 11.Qxe4 Qe7 12.Bb3 e5 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Nd4 c5 15.Nf5 Bxf5 16.Qxf5 c4 17.Bc2 g6 18.Qe4 Rfd8 19.f4 Nd3 20.Qxc4 Nxc1 21. Raxc1 Qxe3+ 22.Kh1 Rac8 23.Qb3 Qd2!

Ties up the Qb3, Rc1 and Bc2
24.f5 Rc7 25.fxg6 hxg6 26.Qf3 Rdd7 27.Qg4 Kg7 28.Rfd1 Qh6 29.h3 Be5! 30.Rb1 Rxd1+ 31.Bxd1 Qe3 32.Bb3 Rc1+ 33.Rxc1 Qxc1+ 34.Qd1 Qxb2 35.Kg1 Bd4+ 36.Kh1 Qf2 37.a4 b5 38.axb5 axb5 39.Bd5 Be5 40.Bb3 f5 41.Bd5 b4 42. Bb3 Kh7 43.Bd5 Kh6 44.Qc1+ Bf4 45.Qd1 Kg5 46.Bb3 Kh4 47.Bf7 g5 48.Bb3 Qg3 49.Kg1 Qh2+ 50.Kf1 Qh1+ 51.Kf2 Bg3+ 52.Kf3 g4+ 53.hxg4 fxg4+ 54.Ke3 Qxg2 55.Bd5 Qb2 0-1

Nisipeanu, LD (2695)    --    Rublevsky, S (2687)
Aerosvit GM  (4)   Foros UKR
2006.06.20     0-1     B83

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 d6 7.Be3 Bd7 8. a4 Nf6 9.Nb3 Na5 10.O-O Be7 11.Nd2 O-O 12.f4 Bc6 13.Bd3

( 13.b4!? )
13...d5 14.e5 d4 15.exf6 Bxf6 16.Nde4 Be7 17.f5 exf5 18.Rxf5 dxe3 19.b4 Bxe4 20.Nxe4 Nc6 21.Bc4 Qd4 22.Qxd4 Nxd4 23.Re5 Bxb4 24.Rb1 Nxc2 25.Ng5 Rac8 26.Ba2 Bc3 27.Re4 Nb4 28.Bb3 Nd3 29.Ba2 e2 30.Nxf7
( 30.Rxe2 Bd4+ 31.Kf1 Nc1 32.Rd2 Be3 )

( 30...Nc1 31.Rxc1 Bd4+!! 32.Rxd4 Rxc1+ 33.Kf2 e1=Q+ )

Rublevsky, S (2687)    --    Volokitin, And (2660)
Aerosvit GM  (5)   Foros UKR
2006.06.21     1-0     B23

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nge2 Nf6 4.g3 b5 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.d4 b4 7.Nd5 Nbd7 8. O-O e6 9.Nxf6+ Nxf6 10.d5 exd5 11.exd5 Be7 12.h3 O-O 13.g4 Nd7 14.Ng3 g6 15.Bh6 Re8 16.Re1 Bf6 17.Rxe8+ Qxe8 18.Ne4 Be5 19.Qd2 f5 20.Ng5 Bxb2 21. Re1 Ne5 22.Qf4 Bc3 23.Re2 Ba6 24.Re3 Bd2 25.Ne6 Bxe3 26.Qxe3 Qf7 27.gxf5 gxf5 28.Bf4 Re8 29.Qg3+ Ng6 30.h4 Kh8 31.Bxd6 f4 32.Qg5 f3 33.Bh3 h6 34. Qxh6+ Qh7 35.Qg5 Rg8 36.h5 Nf4 37.Be5+ 1-0

Grand Prix tournaments:

Full details at the 2006 Grand Prix site

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.

CJS Purdy Centenary: 1st-2nd of July; Category 4 GP; $3,900 in prizes. Norths (formerly North Sydney Leagues Club) 12 Abbott Street Cammeray NSW 2062. 10am-10:45am Registration. Open: 1st $700 2nd $400 3rd $350 4th $300 5th $250; Rating Prizes. 60 min plus 10 sec per move. Entry Fees: Adult: $60.00 Junior [U18]: $48.00 If registered by June 27th; Adult: $80.00 Junior [U18]: $64.00 If registered after June 27th. For further information contact Brett Tindall by telephone on 8756 5974, email 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:

Common Man Wollongong Open: 24/25 June; 1st Open $500 Guaranteed; rating prizes etc; 7 round Swiss, 60 minutes + 10 seconds from the start. Entry: Employed players $30; Not employed $20. Collegians Balgownie, Balgownie Rd (western end). Find a map at: Round 1 at 10 am; 4 rounds Saturday; 3 rounds Sunday; prizes at 5pm. Bring your digital clock (Just in case, thanks). Contact: Matthew Sweeney Tel 02 4229 9107, Mob 04 0240 7873

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

Medal event, Sunday 9th July, 9.30am Start, 10 Round Swiss, Computer Draw. Chancellor College, Secondary Campus, Sippy Creek Rd, Sippy Creek, 4553, Qld. All rounds 30 minutes total. DOP: Bill Powell. This event is for boys and girls, unrated or with a junior rating of less than 1000. Entry Fee: $10 or $20 Family (at same address). Rapid rated. Medallions, Ribbons and Incentive Awards dependant on entries. Entries to: Gail Young, PO Box 9, Inala, 4077. 3372 8077. e-mail: Or Tony Powell, 636 Glenview Rd, Mooloolah, 4553. 5494 7586. e-mail:

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
02 4382 4525
0408 824525


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