Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 380, August 2, 2006

World Youth u16 Chess Olympiad
NSWCA July Weekender
ANU Open Report
Aust Uni Rapid Champs: Side Event
Central Coast District Champ
2006 Aust Schools Teams, 2007 Aust Junior
World Youth - call for donations
World News
Grand Prix
Other Events

World Youth u16 Chess Olympiad

The World Youth u16 Olympiad is to be held in Agri, Turkey, from 5 to 13 August 2006. Teams of 4 players will compete. A team to represent Australia was chosen earlier this year and its composition was finalised recently. The team, in board order, is Zhigen Wilson Lin, Rukman Vijayakumar, Ben Harris and Derek Yu. They will be accompanied by two parents, Max Harris and Srikanthy Vijayakumar who will be Team Managers.

As at 26 July, 110 players were registered comprising teams from 22 countries. Most of these are from Aisa, the Middle East and nearby Eastern European countries but there are also teams from Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa and Canada.

Our team is looking forward to an interesting and challenging event and the Australian Chess Federation wishes them the best of good fortune.

Information regarding the event can be obtained from the Turkish Chess Federation Website at For an English language version, click on the Union flag at the top left of the home page.

- Denis Jessop
ACF President

Some more info from the Turkish organisers ...

World Youth Under 16 Chess Olympiad starts in Dogubeyazit, Agri, Turkey between 5-13 August 2006. The tournament will be organized under the auspieces of Federation Internationale Des Echecs (FIDE). The main sponsor is Agri Governer and Dog(ubeyazit Municipality.

Agri is one of the greatest cities with its culture and history in Turkey and it has never hosted this kind of organization before. It is a really good opportunity for Turkish Chess Federation to introduce other countries the great nature, history and culture of Agri which situated in Eastern Anatolia. This high level international tournament is going to create a positive impression.

Lots of countries showed interest in this tournament from different continents and this tournament has the highest participation in Children's Olympiad history. 21 countries and 24 teams applied for this chess tournament including Australia, Azerbaijan, China with two teams, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Korea, South Africa, Singapore, India, Switzerland, Turkmenistan with two teams, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekstan, Syria, Sweden, Iran, Iraq and Kenya. Also Turkey is participating with three teams. The participants number 170 with players, officials, trainers and accompanying persons, another record broken in the history of the championship.

This Olympiad which has been organized in different countries every year, held with the participation of various players from different continents and cultures. In 1998 in Istanbul, and in 2003 in Denizli, TCF had organized this important traditional world championship. However now, the number of participating countries shows us not only the development of chess in Turkey but also the good image of Turkish Chess in international field.

The organization of this tournament is really important, because it introduces the tourism opportunities in Agri to the other countries. The guests have chance to see the mountainous formation of the area and Mount Agri which is the main peak of Turkey and the symbol of the city with a height rising up to 5165m. Also provides opportunities for hunting, skiing and mountaineering.

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NSWCA July Weekender Report by DOP Charles Zworestine

The NSWCA July weekender was held for the first time this year at Parramatta RSL Club in Sydney's west, and attracted a satisfactory field of 51 players. The top seed, as ever, was GM Ian Rogers; but he was challenged by six other players rated over 2000 - most of them young (under the age of 30)! In rating order, these were George Xie, Tomek Rej, Neil Wright, Andrew Bird, Paul Broekhuyse and Ronald Yu. A disappointing aspect of the event was that there were only six juniors, and only one interstate player: Mos Ali (ACT). But the standard Fischer time controls of 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start were still always guaranteed to produce their usual surprises; and they did not disappoint

Mind you, Round 1 did not produce too many shocks, as the players over 2000 all won; only Tomek Rej had to fight, eventually winning a queen and pawn ending against unrated Bi Liu. There was a significant upset lower down, as Joel Bedford stunned Mos Ali by winning an exchange and making it count in an ending; apart from this, there were only a few draws not going according to rating It was a similar story in Round 2, as all the higher seeds won. The only thing close to an upset was a win by unrated Stephen Stipic over Vaness Reid. George Xie won a nice game against Ahmed Faris (see game below); Ahmed thought he was winning, but George broke through with a brilliant tactic

Faris, A (1762)    --    Xie, G (2316)
NSWCA July Weekender  (2)   Parramatta
2006.07.29     0-1     B23g

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 d5 4.e5 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Nf3 Nge7 7.O-O Nf5 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9.d3 h5 10.Na4 h4 11.Qe1 Rb8 12.b3 c4!? 13.dxc4 Rb4 14.Ba3

Rxc4 !? 15.bxc4
( 15.Bxf8 Re4 )
15...Bxa3 16.Qc3 Be7 17.c5 h3 18.g3 Bc8! 19.Nd4 Nxd4 20.Qxd4 Qa5 21.Rab1 O-O 22.Rf3 f6 23.Rc3 fxe5 24.fxe5 Ba6 25.Qg4 Rf5 26.Qg6

Qb4!! 27.Qxe6+
( 27.Rxb4 Rf1# )
27...Kh8 28.Qc8+
( 28.Qxf5 Qxb1+ 29.Kf2 Qf1+ )
28...Bf8!! 29.Qb8 Qd4+ 0-1

It was not until Round 3 that the shocks really began; but boy, did they begin! When I first looked, George Xie was a piece down against Ronald Yu; he had to withstand several tactical complications, but Ronald made it stand up for an upset win. Neil Wright was another casualty, losing two pieces for a rook and eventually going down to Michael Dunn. Just to add to the chaos, Max Illingworth won an exchange against Andrew Bird; his pieces then infiltrated on the open d-file, getting to Andrew's king to force mate for another upset victory. The unrateds kept doing well, with Stephen Stipic upsetting Tony Pickering and Bi Liu stunning Ahmed Faris when his queen, knight and pawns were too powerful for Ahmed's queen and rook. Only Ian Rogers was immune, winning convincingly against Paul Broekhuyse; even Tomek Rej had to struggle, winning tactically in time pressure from a worse position against Johny Bolens.

Round 4 came, and Ian Rogers got to 4/4 by beating Ronald Yu; his two beautiful bishops and central passed pawns looked crushing Tomek joined him there by beating Max Illingworth, who failed to take a key pawn and was soon lost. Ilia Zvedeniouk was on 3.5/4 after a three move tactic resulted in a fork winning the exchange; he was joined there by the unrated Marios Zajac, who beat Stipic. Meanwhile, Neil Wright pulled off the swindle of the century, errors costing him first one piece and then another against Jose Escribano; but sadly for Jose he missed a tactic forcing mate, gradually lost back his material in time pressure and ended up losing in an ending! There were a couple more upsets lower down, as Andrew Bird had to fight for a draw in time pressure with Slavko Trkulja; and Anthony Villanueva forced mate to beat Johny Bolens.

Sunday morning dawned with Rogers and Rej both at the board early ready for battle; but unfortunately for Tomek his position imploded, as Ian (Black) won pawns to get to 5/5 and Tomek could not drum up a sufficient attack as compensation. Ilia reached 4.5/5 after he won a queen ending a pawn ahead against Zajac; George Xie joined a large group on 4/5 after his attack broke through to beat Max; and Vasil was also on 4/5 after he upset Neil Wright by winning the debate over whether Neil's isolated advanced passed c pawn was strong or weak. In the battle of flora vs fauna, the feathers flew as Moss (sic) Ali played Bird's against Bird; but Andrew's feathers could not be ruffled, as he made a bird of it! Although Max Illingworth wanted it to be a draw (so we could kill two birds with one stone), Andrew proved to be master of the rookery, winning a long game in a queen and rook ending. Lower down, the juniors wreaked their usual havoc, as Derek Lau upset Joshua Christensen and Oscar Wang came from behind to stun Frank Kresinger.

Ian Rogers and Ilia Zvedeniouk reached a king and pawn ending quickly on top board in Round 6; sadly for Ilia, Ian's outside passed pawn was just winning! So Ian was on 6/6, but 3 players on 5/6 still had a chance to catch him: George Xie, Paul Broekhuyse and Ronald Yu. While George was accounting for Tulevski and Paul for Zajac, Ronald had a rather longer game against Tomek; in the end, he made an extra exchange count in Tomek's time pressure to score an upset win. Bird and Pickering were on 4.5/6 after wins over Stipic and Kordahi respectively. In the last game to finish, Joshua Christensen constructed an interesting draw: his 3 connected passed pawns buried his own king, so his opponent (Con Kamaras) was able to obtain a perpetual check with just two bishops!

So the top two seeds once more met in the final round, promising a great struggle - which was duly delivered! George (White) had Ian in grave trouble for most of the game, but you do not get to become a grandmaster without being a fighter; and despite being lost at various points, Ian fought back to draw a magnificent thriller (see game below). Another weekender won by Rogers, while George had to be content with equal second with Paul Broekhuyse, Ronald Yu and Ilia Zvedeniouk. Paul had the upper hand in his rook and pawn ending with Ronald, but Ronald fought very hard to achieve a draw ("all rook endings are drawn"); while Ilia made an extra pawn count to upset Andrew Bird. And so ended an interesting event, a good one for Parramatta first up. Thanks to Shane Burgess and the Parramatta club for their excellent organisation. This event should be there to stay, and will keep getting better; hope to see double the numbers there next year!

Xie, G (2316)    --    Rogers, I (2599)
NSWCA July Weekender  (7)   Parramatta
2006.07.30     1/2-1/2

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.c3 f5 5.e5 Nh6 6.Bd3 Nf7 7.Ne2 Bd7 8.h4 Qe7 9.Nf4 O-O-O 10.Nf3 Kb8 11.b4 Rc8 12.a4 g6 13.Ba3 Qe8 14.b5 Ncd8 15.c4 Bxa3 16.Rxa3 dxc4 17.Bxc4 Qe7 18.Rb3 Re8 19.O-O g5 20.Nh5!? g4 21.Ne1 Qxh4 22.Nf6 Re7 23.f4 gxf3 24.Nxf3 Qf4 25.Nh2 Qg5 26.Qe1!?

Possibly heading for b4
26...Qg7 27.Nf3 h6 28.Qb4 Ng5 29.Nxg5 hxg5 30.Rh3 g4 31.Rh7 Qxh7!? 32.Nxh7 Rxh7 33.Kf2 b6 34.d5 exd5 35.Bxd5 Ne6 36.a5 Nc5 37.Kg3 Nd3 38.Qb1 Nc5 39.Rxf5!? Bxf5 40.Qxf5 Re7 41.Qf6 Re6!? 42.Bxe6 Ne4+ 43.Kh4 Nxf6 44. Bxc8 Nd5 45.Bxg4 bxa5 46.Bf3 Ne7 47.Kg5 Kc8 48.Kf6 Kd8 49.Kf7 a4 50.Bd1 a3 51.Bb3 c6 52.bxc6 Nxc6 53.e6 Ne5+ 54.Kf8 Ng6+ 55.Kg7 Ne5 56.Kf6 Ng4+ 57. Kg5 Ne3 58.g4 Ke7 59.Kf4 Nc2!? 60.Ke5 Nb4 61.g5 Nd3+ 62.Kf5 Nc5 63.Ba2 Nb7 64.Kg6
( 64.g6 Nd6+ 65.Kg5 Ne8 66.Kh6 Kf6 )
64...Nd8 65.Kf5 Nb7 66.g6 Nd6+ 67.Kg5 Ne8 68.Kh6 Kf6 69.Kh7 Ng7 70.Bb3 Ne8 71.Ba2 Ng7 72.Bd5 a5 73.Bb3 a4 74.Ba2 Ne8 75.Bc4 Ng7 76.Ba2
( 76.e7 Ne8 77.Bf7 Ng7 78.e8=Q? Nxe8 79.Bxe8 a2 80.g7 a1=Q 81.g8=Q Qh1+ 82.Bh5 Qxh5# )
76...Ne8 77.Bc4 1/2-1/2

Prize List: 1st Ian Rogers 6.5/7; 2nd = George Xie, Paul Broekhuyse, Ronald Yu, Ilia Zvedeniouk (1st U2000-1800) 5.5; 2nd U2000-1800 Johny Bolens 5; U1800-1600 1st = Vasil Tulevski, Anthony Pickering, Nick Kordahi, Herman Rachmadi 4.5; U1600-1400 1st Slavko Trkulja 4.5; 2nd Anthony Villanueva 4; U1400 1st Derek Lau 4; 2nd = Armando Rizzardini, Benjamin Cheung 3.

ANU Open Report:

by DOP Charles Zworestine

I think it was the 13th ANU Open - I am sure the excellent organisers, Shun Ikeda, Paul Dunn and Shaun Press, will correct me if I have this figure wrong… This year's event attracted 78 players, up 7 on last year, with the usual strong field headed by top seeded GM Ian Rogers and second seeded IM Andras Toth. In all, there were 14 players over 2000, with seeds 3-6 all FMs: defending champ Jesse Sales, Igor Bjelobrk, Igor Goldenberg and George Xie. Players came from all over, too: ACT, NSW, VIC, WA and OS. And the standard Fischer time controls of 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start produced their usual fascinating event

The most significant upset in Round 1 was Jey Hoole's win over Igor Goldenberg: Jey lost a pawn early and was worse, but Igor got careless and allowed him much more counterplay than he should have had. Eventually Jey's pieces got in to the enemy king; he won queen for rook to a tactic, and scored a stunning upset win! Then in Round 2, Toth won on time against Canberra junior Khoi Hoang in a dead drawn ending; while Emma Guo scored the biggest upset win when her passed pawns got through in a knight and pawn ending against Ian Rout.

Round 3 saw Junta Ikeda's promising attack evaporate against Ian Rogers, with the GM going on to win material and the game. Andras Toth beat Laura Moylan; while Jesse Sales' endgame initiative against Gareth Oliver seemed to just disappear, as he miscalculated and allowed a liquidation into a drawn rook and pawn ending. Johny Bolens upset George Xie, who blundered first two pawns and then an exchange Then in Round 4 Ian Rogers took advantage of Neil Wright's time pressure to reach 4/4, where he was joined by Andras Toth who scored a nice attacking win against Roger Farrell. Joining Ian and Andras on 4/4 were Igor Bjelobrk and Johny Bolens, who won long games against Dusan Stojic and Gareth Oliver respectively. Jesse Sales and Max Illingworth were both on 3.5/4 after wins over Yi Yuan and Richard Voon respectively.

In an amazing turn of events, it was Bolens who took the outright lead after the Sunday morning round on 5/5 with a huge upset win over Toth; despite the IM being better for much of the game, it was Johny emerged from the complications in an ending the exchange ahead which he duly went on to win. Earlier, Igor Bjelobrk's solid play had drawn with Ian Rogers, while Jesse Sales won a rook and survived Max Illingworth's attack to join them on 4.5/5. Igor Goldenberg suffered another upset loss in a rook and pawn ending to Jason Hu, while Khoi Hoang stunned Junta Ikeda (who blundered a piece on two separate occasions in time trouble).

Ian Rogers beat Bolens convincingly in Round 6 to reach 5.5/6; he was joined there by Sales, who won piece and game to beat Bjelobrk. Another shock on Board 3, where George Xie saw his beautiful attack evaporate to lose in time pressure against Jason Hu. Jason was joined on 5/6 by Toth, Neil Wright and Bolens Which all leads us to the last round, where the defending champ (Sales) was playing the top seeded grandmaster as Black. Jesse got into trouble almost right out of the opening, and Ian won to claim outright first on 6.5/7. Andras Toth's victory over Jason Hu got him equal second with Johny Bolens, who won an ending a pawn ahead to beat Neil Wright.

Prize List: 1st Ian Rogers 6.5/7; 2nd = Johny Bolens, Andras Toth 6; 1st Under 2000 Max Illingworth 5; Best ANU Gareth Oliver 5; Best Junior Dusan Stojic 5; 2nd = Under 2000 Andrew Brown, Khoi Hoang, Alex Mendes da Costa, Shannon Oliver, Richard Voon 4.5; 1st Under 1600 Yi Yuan 4.5; 2nd = Under 1600 Graham Dick, Emma Guo 4; 1st Under 1200 Sunny Yoon 4; 2nd = Under 1200 James Li, Aidan Lloyd, Van Nguyen 3.5; 1st Under 800 Daniel McGlynn 3.

Australian Universities Rapid Championships: Side Event

Lunch Variants Fun Event
Report by Jason Chan

During lunch on the first day of the Australian Universities Rapid Championships, pizza was delivered to us (courtesy of the generous sponsorship from Jenni Oliver's Strategem Computer Contractors) and a fun competition was held where on each round, a different variant of chess was played. We ran each round at the blitz time control of 5 minutes, and just before the start of each round, a variant was randomly chosen and then the rules quickly explained.

As I was an organiser of these events, as well as being the arbiter and player for the Lunch Variants Fun Event, it was hard for me to witness exactly what was happening on all the boards, but I hope that this report is nevertheless entertaining.

Round 1: Iron king
The tournament began with Iron King, in which the king is an invincible piece that cannot be captured, not even by the enemy king. The aim of the game is to capture all of the opponents pieces (except the king of course). It was a very unusual experience for all the players as they struggled to get used to being so brave with their king and marching it up the board to gobble up all the enemy pieces. It was unusual seeing all the pieces so scared of the king and running away from it! According to rapid ratings (in 'normal' chess of course), Shannon Oliver (1449) managed to upset Kevin O'Chee (2051) while the fast-improving Jonathan Szeto (1470) held Jason Hu (2090) to a draw.

Round 2: Grand crossing
Here, the aim is to get the king to the opposite side of the board (white king to 8th rank and black king to 1st rank). However, it is illegal to put one's king in check but also, it is illegal to check the opponent's king! Having played the last round, players were now used to the strange idea of bringing out the king very early on, but this time, to restrict the opponent's possibilities since the king cannot be checked. One idea similar to normal chess is that the king gets very excited in the endgame as he sees open space and tries to make a bolt for it to the 8th rank. The main upset of this round was Robert Hvistendahl (1768) who managed to score the first touchdown against Tomek Rej (2175).

Round 3: Intrigue
In round 3, the kings are taken off the board and are hiding on a square that is written on a piece of paper. However, one special pawn on each side is marked with sticky-tape underneath and 'knows' where their king is hidden. When and if that pawn is captured, then his king must be revealed on that square and incidentally, captures whatever was on that square (including its own pieces). The aim of the game is to first locate the enemy king and then to capture it.

Gareth Oliver (1800) was black against Zong-Yuan Zhao (2427) and decided to hide his king near the opponent's queen's starting position. Gareth quickly ran his special pawn up the board to deliberately get captured. When the pawn fell, Zong-Yuan's queen was still in its starting position, so Gareth's king was able to appear from nowhere and capture the opposing queen! But the cute tactic backfired as he soon got trapped deep in enemy territory and was mated on the back rank, or perhaps it should be called the first rank, since that is where the king began!

Round 4: Stationary king
In this simple variant, the kings are not allowed to move at all. This means that checks are very dangerous and must be stopped by capturing the checking piece or blocking the check, although the blocking piece must be defended by a piece other than the king, since the king cannot recapture! Also, development of the rooks is rather strange as they can never go pass the e1/e8 squares. Players have to resort to such strange developing plans as h2-h4 followed by Rh1-h3, imitating the play of novices.

The top board clash was between Jason Chan (2128) and Zong Yuan Zhao (2427). Both players simply developed and surrounded their vulnerable kings but Jason got his rooks into the game first. Lines opened and the tactics favoured him. A bishop sitting next to the king was free (since the king is 'stuck') and Zong-Yuan soon lost. This gave Jason the outright lead in the tournament.

Round 5: Suicide Chess
A very well-known variant, the objective is to try to lose all one's pieces, or to be exact, be on the move but have no legal moves remaining. If a capture can be made, then a player is forced to do so but if they have a choice of captures, then they can choose which one to make. The king is not a special piece in this variant and is treated just like all the other pieces (that is, there are no checks).

The battle between the two Jasons, Hu (2090) and Chan (2128), was a classic and went right down to the wire in the endgame. Chan (black) had just a rook left on the board and Hu (white) had a king and bishop in the following position:

Black needs to find a way to suicide his own rook but if he gets too close, then white will be able to do the same with both his remaining pieces. So the black rook had to slowly sneak up to the white pieces like a rather shy character. The game continued 1. ... Rg6 2. Bc1 Rg5 3. Kd2 Rf5 and now Hu resigned because on any next move, the black rook will be able to move into the range of one of the white pieces.

On board 2, Jeremy Reading (1524) managed to beat Zong-Yuan Zhao (2427), who is obviously not very used to deliberately losing all his pieces!

Round 6: Explosion Chess
In this round, an explosion occurs whenever a capture is made. The captured piece, the capturing piece, and any piece on a surrounding square of the capture are all removed from the board. The objective is to capture the opposing king. Therefore, the king can never capture a piece because it will itself die in the explosion!

Nick Chernih and Jason Chan reached the endgame (a very rare occurence given how easy it is to get one of the kings killed) and after a series of explosive exchanges, Jason was left with a material advantage and looked almost certain to win. In a desperate state, Nick came up with an ingenius plan and ran his own king towards the opposing king. Jason realised Nick's crazy idea only too late and his king was unable to escape from the other suicidal king, so they both died in the same explosion and a draw resulted.

A major upset was Zhengbo Wang's win with the black pieces giving Zong-Yuan Zhao his third loss in a row! Considering the very tactical nature of this game, where having the first move is a big advantage, this was a great achievement by Zhengbo!

Round 7: Two kings
In round 7, the queen was replaced by another king and the aim is simply to capture either king. Of course, a fork between two kings is very lethal! This game was strange to get used to as one had to remember that the piece that looked like a queen is actually a king! Most of the games went to seeding except on top board, where Gareth Oliver (1800) was able to promote a pawn to a queen (the only way to get a queen on the board!) and quickly mated one of the Jason Chan's (2128) kings.

Round 8: Set-up game
I remember Shaun Press at this year's Doeberl Cup describing lightning chess as "It's not chess, it just looks like chess". Although it uses the chessboard and pieces, the following 'variant' (which I myself proudly invented) cannot even be described as looking like chess, but at least it's fun, and requires a suprisingly high amount of coordination and skill (but of a completely different kind)! Both players start off with all pieces lying down randomly scrambled on their own halves. The aim of the game is to be the fastest in setting up the starting position of ones own army, however, all pieces must be completely within their starting squares, not even a millimeter into another square or even touching the edge of the square! As soon as one player thinks they are done, they call "time" and if they are set up correctly, they win, otherwise, they lose. This was the only game that was not played with a time control, since it resembles more of a race than a game of chess!

On the top board, Kevin O'Chee (2051) called 'time' first against Jason Chan (2128) and was perfectly set up, so he took the win. This meant that for the first time in the tournament, Chan was no longer in the lead! Jason Hu (2090) beat Robert Hvistendahl (1768) to now hold the outright lead with 1 round to go!

Round 9: Hidden clock
For the last round, a regular blitz game with a clock was played with one twist: neither player can see the display on the clock even though they must continue to hit the clock. However, when a player is about to lose, they may reveal the display on the clock to see if their opponent has run out of time as a last-ditch attempt to avoid a loss. Hence, even though a player may feel that they are winning, there must be an element of doubt as it is not known just how much time they have left, and hence they are forced to hurry or risk losing on time! This cute variant was invented by one of the Sydney Uni players, Daniel Chan (1715).

Jason Hu (2128) fought off a determined Gareth Oliver (1800) to hold on to the outright lead of the tournament and win. Zong-Yuan Zhao (2427) felt more at home at this 'similar to normal chess' variant and beat Kevin O'Chee (2051), while Jason Chan (2128) was very quick and had a very dominating position against Zhenbo Wang (1525), forcing the latter to resign.

Special thanks to Charles Zworestine for arbiting the Australian Universities Rapid Championships as well as providing amusing commentary during the Lunch Variants Event, and the main organiser, Jenni Oliver, whose idea it was to run a fun rapid tournament for university students. She put in a lot of effort behind the scenes to organise the event.

NSW Central Coast District Championship:

1 Nutter, John 2023 6/7 Champ
2 Young, Jeffrey 1546 5.5 2nd
3 Berry-Porter, Zach 1634 5 3rd
4-5 Brown, Phil 1484 4 1st performance
Kronental, Bruno 1609 4
6-7 Farrell, Keith R 1402 3
McLoon, Michael K 1587 3
8 Pascoe, John L 1433 2.5
9-10 Bassett, Duncan 1307 1
Hoseman, Bill 1068 1

The 2006 World Youth Chess Tournament, endorsed by FIDE, is being held from 18th to 29th Oct, 2006 in Batumi, Georgia. The World Youth Australian Chess Team would very much appreciate all financial support from the wider Chess community that will be helping to invest in the future of Junior Chess. The categories for the event are U18, U16, U14, U12, U10, U8 for both boys & girls. To date, there are 18 players who have committed to go. However, the costs to represent Australia at such an event incurs enormous costs (e.g. airfares, coaching, uniforms etc...), and many good players are unable to go.

Unlike Australia, various countries such as USA, China, Vietnam, India will be sending a large contingent as they have funding. We therefore urgently seek your support as the sport of chess is not supported by any Government funding.

All donors will be published on the ACF newsletter. In addition, they will also receive a daily bulletin email on the progress of the Australian Junior Chess Team during the event.

All donations are gladly welcome (even anonymous) and cheques can be made payable to the Australian Chess Federation and posted to Eunice Koh to:-

World Youth Chess Tournament
C/- E Koh
PO Box 262
Penshurst NSW 2222

Donations for the World Youth Chess this week include:-
$300 Anonymous donor

I would also appeal to those who can donate non-cash raffle items such as vouchers, accommodation, frequent flyer points etc.

Thanks very much on behalf of the Team.

Best regards
- Eunice Koh
Team Manager - World Youth Chess

These young players are the future of Aussie chess - so please give generously! - Ed

Letters: Dear Sir,

Our school, Nanyang Primary School, is interested in having a chess camp where our students learn the finer points of the game and live-in and interact with young players from Australia.

Should you have such a programme, we would be interested to pursue this further. Alternatively, we would be grateful if you could refer us to any organisation in Australia that organises such a programme.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely
Chee Sing Yap
Parent Association, Nanyang Chess Club

World News:

Dortmund Round 3 Standings: 1. Leko, Peter g HUN 2738 2.0; 2. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2742 2.0; 3. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2729 1.5; 4. Adams, Michael g ENG 2732 1.5; 5. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2743 1.5; 6. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2761 1.5; 7. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2664 1.0; 8. Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2651 1.0;
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Biel: Round 8 Standings: 1. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2731 6.0; 2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2675 5.0; 3. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2728 5.0; 4. Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2662 3.0; 5. Pelletier, Yannick g SUI 2583 3.0; 6. Bruzon, Lazaro g CUB 2667 2.0; Women's Standings: 1. Cramling, Pia g SWE 2521 6.0; 2. Dembo, Yelena m GRE 2465 4.5; 3. Socko, Monika m POL 2464 4.5; 4. Muzychuk, Anna wg SLO 2456 4.0; 5. Skripchenko, Almira m FRA 2421 2.5; 6. Atalik, Ekaterina wg TUR 2377 2.5;
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Marx György Memorial: Round 5 Standings: 1. Harikrishna, P g IND 2682 3.5; 2. Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2632 3.0; 3. Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2672 3.0; 4. Wang Yue g CHN 2626 2.5; 5. Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2601 2.0; 6. Acs, Peter g HUN 2520 1.0
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North Urals Cup: Final Round 9 Standings: 1. Lahno, Kateryna m UKR 2449 7.0; 2. Zhu Chen g QAT 2476 6.0; 3. Kosintseva, Nadezhda m RUS 2472 5.5; 4. Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2459 5.0; 5. Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2504 5.0; 6. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2520 5.0; 7. Cmilyte, Viktorija m LTU 2476 4.0; 8. Hou Yifan wf CHN 2488 3.0; 9. Kosintseva, Tatiana m RUS 2479 2.5; 10. Matveeva, Svetlana m RUS 2454 2.0
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19-year-old English chess player Jessie Gilbert died last Wednesday morning after falling from an eighth-floor window of a hotel in Pardubice, Czech Republic, where she was taking part in a tournament. There were various reports that the death may have resulted from her sleep-walking, or that she may have taken her own life after being sexually assaulted. More. Times report


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Acs, P (2520)    --    Harikrishna, P (2682)
4th Marx György Mem  (1)   Paks HUN
2006.07.28     0-1     C89

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 f5 17.f4 Kh8 18.Bxd5 cxd5 19.Nd2 Qh5 20.Qf1 Rae8 21.Qg2

Re4!? 22.Nxe4 fxe4 23.h4 h6 24.Qh2 Rf6 25.a4 Rg6 26.axb5 axb5 27.Kf1 Bd7 28.Qe2 Qf5 29.Qg2 b4 30.Ke2 Be7 31.Qf2 Bb5+ 32.Kd2 Bd3 33.g4 Rxg4 34.Rg1 bxc3+ 35.bxc3 Bxh4 36.Qh2 Rxg1 37.Rxg1 Bf6 38.Qg3 Qc8 39.f5 Qb7 40.Bxh6 Qb2+ 41.Ke3 Qe2+ 42.Kf4 Qd2+

Harikrishna, P (2682)    --    Almasi, Z (2672)
4th Marx György Mem  (3)   Paks HUN
2006.07.30     1-0     C67

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.h3 h6 11.Be3 Bf5 12.Rad1+ Kc8 13.Nd4 Bh7 14. e6 c5 15.Ndb5 a6

16.Rd7!! axb5 17.Nxb5 Nd5
( 17...c6 18.Nd6+ Kb8 19.Rxb7# )
( 17...fxe6 18.Rxc7+ Kb8 19.Rd1 Nd5 20.Rxd5!! exd5 21.Bf4 Rxa2 22.Rxc5+ )
18.Rxd5 fxe6 19.Rd2 Rxa2 20.Rfd1 Be7 21.Rd7 Bd6 22.Nxd6+ Kxd7 23.Nf7+ Ke7 24.Nxh8 b6 25.Bf4 Ra8 26.Bxc7 Rxh8 27.Bxb6 Rc8 28.Rd2 c4 29.Ba5 Be4 30. Bb4+ Ke8 31.Bc3 g6 32.f3 Bd5 33.Kf2 Ra8 34.Rd1 Kf7 35.Ke3 g5 36.h4 gxh4 37.Rh1 Rg8 38.Kf2 h5 39.Rxh4 Rg5 40.Rh1 e5 41.Bd2 Rf5 42.Ra1 Be4 43.Ra4 Bxc2 44.Rxc4 Bd3 45.Rc7+ Kg6 46.Ke3 Bf1 47.Rc1 Bb5 48.Ke4 h4 49.Rc5 Bf1 50.Rc6+ Rf6 51.Rxf6+ Kxf6 52.Be1 h3 53.gxh3 Bxh3 54.Bc3 1-0

Morozevich, A (2731)    --    Volokitin, And (2662)
GM  (3)   Biel SUI
2006.07.26     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. Qd2 Be7 9.f3 O-O 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.g5 b4 13.Ne2 Ne8 14.h4 a5 15. Kb1 Nb6 16.Ng3 a4 17.Nc1 d5 18.Bxb6 Qxb6 19.exd5 Rd8 20.Bc4 Nc7 21.dxe6!? Rxd2 22.exf7+ Kh8 23.Rxd2 Qc6 24.b3 Nb5 25.Bxb5 Qxb5 26.Nf5 Rxf7 27.Nxe7 Rxe7 28.Rd8+ Re8 29.Rhd1 g6 30.R1d5 Qc6 31.R5d6 Qb5 32.Rb6!? Qxb6 33.Rxe8+ Kg7 34.bxa4!?

The a-pawns will be critical to the future of the game
34...Qc5 35.Rb8 Qd5 36.Rb5 Qxf3 37.Rxe5 h5 38.a5 Qc6 39.a6!? Qxa6 40.Re4 Kf7 41.Nd3 Qa3 42.Rf4+ Ke7 43.Rxb4

Now white has a rock-solid position and he can hardly lose. The Rb4 guards h4 and is protected by the Nd3
43...Kd8 44.Rc4 Ke7 45.Nb4 Ke6 46.c3 Qa4 47.Kb2 Kf7 48.Rd4 Qb5 49. Kb3 Qf1 50.Kb2 Qb5 51.a3 Kf8 52.Kb3 Qf1 53.a4 Qb1+ 54.Kc4 Qa1 55.Kb5 Qxc3 56.Nc6 Qb3+ 57.Rb4 Qf7 58.a5 Qf5+ 59.Kb6 Qf2+ 60.Kb7 Qf7+ 61.Ka8! Qf1 62. Kb8 Ke8 63.Rd4 Qf5 64.Rd8+ Kf7 65.Kc7 Qb5 66.Rb8 Qc4 67.Rb4 Qf1 68.Kb7 Ke6 69.a6 Kd6 70.a7 Qf7+ 71.Ka6! Qe8 72.Na5 Qc8+ 73.Nb7+ Kd5 74.Rb5+ Kd4 75. Rc5 Qe6+ 76.Kb5 Qb3+ 77.Kc6 Qa4+ 78.Kc7!! Qe8
( 78...Qxa7 79.Ra5 )
79.Nd6 Qa8 80.Ra5 Kc3 81.Nc8 Kb4 82.Nb6 Qf8 83.a8=Q Qf4+ 84.Kc6 Qc1+ 85. Kd7 1-0

Morozevich, A (2731)    --    Bruzon, L (2667)
GM  (6)   Biel SUI
2006.07.30     1-0     C97

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.a3 Bd7 13.b4 cxb4 14.axb4 Nc4 15. Nbd2 Nb6 16.Ra3 Rfc8 17.Bb2 a5 18.Rxa5 Rxa5 19.bxa5 Na4 20.Bxa4 bxa4 21. Ba3 Qxc3 22.Nb1 Qc6 23.dxe5 Nxe4 24.exd6 Bf6 25.Qd3 Nc5 26.Qe3 Nb3 27.Nbd2 Re8 28.Ne4 Bd8 29.Nd4 Nxd4 30.Qxd4 f6 31.Re3 Bxa5

32.Nxf6+!! gxf6 33.Rg3+ Kf7 34.Qh4 Re1+ 35.Kh2 Qe4 36.Qh5+ Ke6 37.Qxa5 Qb1 38.Rg7 Rh1+ 39.Kg3 Qd3+ 40.f3 Qb5 41.Re7+ Kf5 42.Qc7
( 42.Qc7 Be6 43.Qc2+ Kg5 44.Rg7+ Kh6 45.Qxh7# )

Naiditsch, A (2664)    --    Gelfand, B (2729)
Sparkassen  (2)   Dortmund GER
2006.07.30     1/2-1/2     B96

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Nbd7 8. Qf3 Qc7 9.O-O-O b5 10.Bxb5 axb5 11.Ndxb5 Qb8 12.e5 Bb7 13.Qe2 dxe5 14.Qc4 Be7 15.Nc7+ Kf8

16.Rxd7!! Nxd7 17.Rd1 Bd5 18.N3xd5 exd5 19.Qxd5 Bxg5 20. fxg5 Rxa2
( 20...Ra7 21.Qxd7 Rxc7 22.Qd8+ Qxd8 23.Rxd8+ +- )
21.Qxa2 Qxc7 22.Qa3+ Ke8 23.Rd3 Kd8 24.Qa8+ Qc8 25.Qa5+ Qc7 26.Qa8+ Qc8 27.Qa5+ 1/2-1/2

Aronian, L (2761)    --    Kramnik, V (2743)
Sparkassen  (2)   Dortmund GER
2006.07.30     1/2-1/2     D20

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 exd4 5.Bxc4 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Nbxd2 Qf6 8.O-O Ne7 9.e5 Qg6 10.Nxd4 Nbc6 11.Nxc6 Nxc6 12.f4 O-O 13.Nf3 Bg4 14. Bd3 Qh6 15.Qa4 Rad8 16.Be4 Bxf3 17.Rxf3 Rd4 18.Qc2 Nb4 19.Qe2 Qb6 20.Kh1 Rfd8 21.Raf1 Rd2 22.Qe1 Qd4

23.e6!? Rd1 24.Qxd1 Qxd1 25.e7!! Qxf1+ 26.Rxf1 Re8 27.Rd1 f5 28.Bxf5 Rxe7 29.g3 g6 30.Bb1 c6 31.a3 Nd5 32.Bd3 Kg7 33.Kg1 Ne3 34.Re1 Kf6 35.h3 Nf5 36.Rxe7 Nxe7 37.Kf2 h6 38.Ke3 b6 39.b4 Nf5+ 40. Bxf5 Kxf5 41.g4+ Ke6 42.Kd4 h5 43.a4

Gajewski, G (2504)    --    Jakubowski, K (2507)
Czech Open A  (5)   Pardubice CZE
2006.07.25     1-0     E44

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Ne2 Bb7 6.a3 Be7 7.d5 exd5 8. cxd5 O-O 9.g3 c5 10.Bg2 d6 11.O-O Re8 12.h3 Bf8 13.g4 Na6 14.e4 Nc7 15.Ng3 Nd7 16.g5 Ba6 17.Nce2 Ne5 18.f4 Nd3 19.Rf3 Nxc1 20.Rxc1 Bxe2 21.Qxe2 Nxd5 22.Qd2 Nc7 23.Rd3 d5 24.exd5 Bd6 25.Nh5 Nb5 26.Bf3 Rc8 27.Kh1 Nd4 28.Rg1 Kh8 29.Qg2 Rc7 30.Be4 Bf8

31.Nf6!? Ree7
( 31...gxf6 32.gxf6 Bh6 33.Rg3 )
32.Bxh7 Re2 33.Qg4 gxf6 34.Qh4 fxg5 35.Rxg5 Re1+ 36.Kg2 Re2+ 37.Kf1 Re1+ 38.Kxe1 Qe7+ 39.Be4+ 1-0

Novikov, St (2513)    --    Wojtaszek, R (2622)
Czech Open A  (6)   Pardubice CZE
2006.07.26     1-0     B84

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.f4 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9.Kh1 Qc7 10.a4 b6 11.e5 dxe5 12.fxe5 Nfd7 13.Bf4 Bb7 14.Bd3 Nc5 15.Qg4 Nxd3 16.cxd3 Rd8 17.Rac1 Rxd4 18.Ne2 Qd8 19.Nxd4 Qxd4 20.Rc7 Ra7 21.Rxe7 Bxg2+ 22.Qxg2 Rxe7 23.Bh6 g6 24.Qf3 Qh4 25.Rc1 Rd7 26.Qf4!! Qe7 27.Bg5 Qf8 28.Bh6 Qe7 29.Bg5 Qf8 30.Qf6 Rxd3

31.Bh6!! Nd7 32.Rc8!!

Navara, D (2719)    --    Zakhartsov, V (2548)
Czech Open A  (7)   Pardubice CZE
2006.07.27     1-0     D15

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 a6 5.c5 Bf5 6.Bf4 Nbd7 7.e3 e6 8.Nd2 Be7 9.Be2 h6 10.g4 Bg6 11.h4 b6 12.b4 bxc5 13.bxc5 Qa5 14.Rc1 e5 15.Nb3 Qc7 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Qd4 Nfd7 18.h5 Bh7

19.Nxd5!! cxd5 20.c6! f6 21.cxd7+ Qxd7 22.Bxe5 fxe5 23.Qxe5 +- O-O 24.O-O Bf6 25.Nc5 Qxg4+ 26.Bxg4 Bxe5 27. Be6+ Kh8 28.Nd7 Rfe8 29.Rc6 Bb2 30.Rd1 Rad8 31.Rd2 Bc3 32.Rxc3 Rxe6 33. Rxd5 Bg8 34.Rd4 Rde8 35.a3 Bf7 36.Rc5 R6e7 37.Kg2 Rd8 38.Ne5 Rxd4 39.Nxf7+ Rxf7 40.exd4 Rf4 41.Rd5 Kh7 42.Kg3 Rf6 43.f4 Rb6 44.Kg4 Rb3 45.Ra5 Rb6 46. Kf5 g6+ 47.hxg6+ Rxg6 48.d5 h5 49.Rc5 Rg2 50.d6 Rd2 51.Ke6 Kh6 52.d7

Navara, D (2719)    --    Novikov, St (2513)
Czech Open A  (9)   Pardubice CZE
2006.07.29     0-1     E94

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nf3 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 O-O 6.Be2 Na6 7.O-O e5 8. Be3 Ng4 9.Bg5 f6 10.Bd2 Nh6 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Qc1 Nf7 13.Rd1 c6 14.Be3 Qe7 15.c5 f5 16.Na4 Nc7 17.b4 f4 18.Bd2 g5 19.Ne1 g4 20.f3 g3 21.h3 Ng5 22.Bf1 Rf6 23.Nb2 Rh6 24.Bc3

Bxh3!! 25.gxh3 Nxh3+ 26.Bxh3 Rxh3 27.Ng2 Qf7 28.Kf1 Rh2 29.Nd3 Qh5 30.Nde1 Rxg2!! 31.Nxg2 Qh1+ 32.Ke2 Qxg2+ 33.Kd3 Qxf3+ 34. Kc4 Qxe4+ 35.Kb3 Nd5

Grand Prix tournaments:

Full details at the 2006 Grand Prix site

Coal City Open: Cardiff Panthers Club, Cnr Munibung and Pendelbury roads Cardiff, Newcastle; Cat 1 GP; 7-Round Swiss; 1 hr per player plus 10 seconds per move. August 5-6. Round 1 10am Sat. Entry fees: Adults $50 Juniors $35. $10 discount before August 1. Advance entries to Mr George Lithgow, 34 Algona Road, Charlestown. 2290 Make cheques payable to the Newcastle District Chess Association For information etc ring 49433862, 49612223.

Nell van de Graaff Classic: Gold Coast; 23-24 September; Cat 4 GP (highest Grand Prix event left on the 2006 Calendar) Incorporates the popular teams event which is sponsored by National Rides. Some free accommodation available; Somerset College Sports Pavilion, Somerset Dr, Mudgeeraba; 200m west of Somerset College; contact; or Peter Bender 07 5556 0434. download an entry form at or

Other events:

NSW Teams Challenge 2: 13th Aug; Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.

Chess Kids Interschool Championships: NSW, ACT, QLD and Wildcard Entry (All States) - Applications Now open! December 4-5 2006. Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne. Sponsored by Monash University. Limited to 25 Teams from around Australia; a Unique opportunity for top quality games, social interaction, advanced coaching and an amazing experience. All teams receive accommodation, food, Master coaching for 5 players and 1 supervisor. Over $15,000 in grants available. Click here for more info.

Australian Open: 28 Dec 06-9 Jan 07; Tuggeranong Southern Cross Club, ACT; Open, Major, Minor, Lightning, Seniors (if numbers permit) Accommodation: Country Comfort Greenway; Organisers: Shaun Press Tel. 02 6125 8828 or Stephen Mugford, Tel. 02 6242 1008. More details

2006 Australian Schools Teams Championship and 2007 Australian Junior Championship

The ACT Junior Chess League, the Australian Chess Federation and major sponsor O2C welcome the young chessplayers of Australia to the 06/07 Australian Junior Chess Festival comprising the -

2006 Australian Schools Teams Championships
11-12 December 2006
Hotel Heritage, Narrabundah

and the

2007 Australian Junior Championships
14-26 January 2007
Hotel Heritage Narrabundah

For full information go to We have so many plans and still so much to do to make the events a fantastic experience for players, officials & families alike. Keep visiting the site over the next six months as we will be updating it with new announcements as our plans come to fruition.

Important dates are - 31 October (enter by this date for your FREE t-shirt & water bottle!), 1 December (for early entry discounts) and 22 December when all entries CLOSE!

Libby Smith
Tournament Director
Australian Junior Chess Festival

PO Box 6060
Phone (02) 6291 7625

International events:

Malaysia chess challenge: 11 rounds, under-2200 event. 21-27 August. Details

IGB 3rd Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship Details

26th Astro Merdeka Chess Team Championship Details

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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