The newsletter of the Australian Chess Federation Inc.

No. 389

15 November 2006


Junta Ikeda Wins Japan Open

Leading Australian junior players continue to have success in overseas tournaments. Recently it was Canberra junior Junta Ikeda's turn when he shared first place in the Japan Open. This was an 8 round weekender played on 7, 8 and 9 October 2006 at the Ohta Ward Industrial Plaza, Tokyo, at a time limit of game in 60 minutes plus 30 seconds per move, Fischer mode. Junta scored 7 out of 8 losing only to second seed Masahiro Baba in the third round. But that loss fired up Junta to win his next 5 games including one over the top seed and co-winner Ryosuke Nanjo who scored 50% on top board for Japan at the Turin Olympiad. Masahiro Baba was third on 6.5 and Gentaro Gonda fourth on 6. There were 66 players. A one-day supporting event attracted 19 entries.

Here is Junta's win over Nanjo:

Japan Open 2006

White: Ryosuke Nanjo

Black: Junta Ikeda

Opening: Blumenfeld Gambit

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 b5 5.Bg5 d6 6.Nc3 b4 7.Ne4 Be7 8,.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Ng3 f5 10.dx36 fxe6 11.e4 fxe4 12.Nxe4 Bb7 13.Bd3 Nc6 14.Nfg5 Nd4 15.Qh5+ Kd7 16.0-0-0 Kc7 17.Rhe1 Qd7 18.Bc2 a5 19.Nf3 e5 20.Nxd4 exd4 21.f4 a4 22.Bd3 Raf8 23.g3 h6 24.Rd2 Ba6 25.Rde2 Bd8 26.Nd2 Bb7 27.Re6 Qf7 28.Bg6 Qg7 29.Ne4 d3 30.Rxd6 a3 31.Qxc5+ Kb8 32.Qxb4 Ba5 33.Qxa3 Bxe1 34.Qxd3 Rc8 35.Nf6 Bb4 36.Nd7+ Kc7 37.Rd4 Rhd8 38.Bf5 Qe7 39.Kc2 Bc5 40.Nxc5 Qxc5 41.Rxd8 Rxd8 42.Qe2 Qxf5+ 0-1.

Congratulations to Junta on this significant victory.

Victorian Championship

The Victorian Championship 2006 and the supporting Reserves and Qualifying tournaments were completed last weekend. Well, almost, as the Championship ended in a two-way tie so a play-off is required. Once again a leading Australian junior featrued in the result the co-winners being FM Igor Goldenberg and Dusan Stojic with IM Leonid Sandler third. The Reserves was won by Zhigen Lin, another rising junior who thus qualifies for the Championship in 2007. Second was Mehmedalija Dizdarevic and third Marcus Raine. The Qualifying Tournament was won by Eugene Schon with Rengan Vijayakumar second and equal third Paul Bearup and Bill Reid. Eugene qualifies for the 2007 Reserves Tournament The final round was held in the spectacular venue of the Great Hall of the Art Gallery. The date of the play-off is yet to be determined.

Australian Open Championships 2006/2007

GM's Ian Rogers (AUS) and Dejan Antic (Serbia) are confirmed entries.

The organisers are negotiating with another 6 GM's (1 from Australia, 1 from Canada, 1 from India, 1 from Philippines and 2 from Georgia) and hope to have confirmation of their entries soon.

Due to extra sponsorship the prize fund has been increased by $1000, with the Womens Prize now $750 and an additional Womens prize added.

The Open has budgeted for a field of 150 players and with 21 prizes on offer you have a 1 in 7 chance (minimum) of winning a prize.

So with all the extra players from overseas, extra prize money, and the attraction of extra sponsorship we hope that you can support the efforts of the organisers by entering the tournament as soon as possible. It would be fabulous to have an entry of 150+ for the Open, as well as big fields for the supporting events, so we can go back to our sponsors and say "Support Australian Chess and Australian chess players will support you"..

Shaun Press

[Note: the highest placed woman in the Open will be the Australian Women's Champion until the next Open, subject to there being sufficient qualifying entries. There need to be at least 6 entries from 3 different States and Territories. DJ]

Australian Schools Teams Championships 2006

Australian Junior Championships 2007

Just an update on the 2006 Australian Schools & 2007 Australian Junior Championship.

Information for the Australian Schools Championship has been sent to all known qualifiers. Copies of the entry documents (both as pdf & word files) can be found on the website @ The entry package contains answers to most of the FAQs that have come up but please let me know if there are other questions out there that need answering!

We have asked all schools to confirm participation by 14 November except for those states where qualifying competitions are still to be completed (NSW only I believe). This will allow us to organise additional ACT schools to fill any "bye" in the event - we aim to have sufficient participation to permit at least 5 matches in all divisions so nobody will have a long trip for few games. This is particularly important in the Girls' sections where sadly we continue to have somewhat sporadic participation.

More than 160 players are already entered in the 2007 Australian Juniors with only a handful of those still to confirm their entry with payment. So numbers look very exciting! We are really proud to already have in excess of 20 entries in the U18 Girls but admit disappointment with entries in the U12 Girls. 16 entries to date with 12 from the ACT??? We are disappointed to only have 12 of our local girls so we are still working on our numbers but hope some will not find themselves in the unfortunate position of playing only their local opponents. Hopefully a few more will enter before 22 December. Certainly a bit more of a development effort needs to be happening in this area across all states.

Entries are now listed alphabetically. Sorry that things seem to have "magically" become centred on the website. This isn't our intention (and isn't so in firefox) but we haven't been able to pick up the fault. Players who have entered (but don't appear) have not had their payment confirmed. If any of your players have concerns about their entry they should contact Jenny Wilkinson .

Key dates -

1 December - enter before this date for discounted entry fee of $80 (late entry 1/12-22/12 $95)

22 December - all entries CLOSE.

We have two advertisements on the website specifically for inclusion in your publications - newsletters, flyers etc. These can be found at as both pdf & picture files.

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to drop me a return email or call me on (02) 6291 7625.

Libby Smith

Tournament Director

Australian Championships and Junior events 2008

Bids for these events close on 17 November 2006, that is, this Friday!

Full information including application forms and the relevant ACF By-laws are to be found at

Oceania Zonal Championship

The rescheduled time table for this event has now been released.

Tha new starting date is 5 May 2007 and the schedule is

5th May (Saturday) Opening Ceremony 7.00 pm

6th May (Sunday) Round 1 9.30 am

Round 2 4.30 pm

7th May (Monday) Round 3 9.30 am

Round 4 4.30 pm

8th May (Tuesday) Round 5 2.00 pm

9th May (Wednesday) Round 6 2.00 pm

10th May (Thursday) Round 7 2.00 pm

11th May (Friday) Round 8 2.00 pm

12th May (Saturday) Round 9 9.30 am

Playoffs 4.00 pm

Closing Ceremony 7.00 pm

[Information does not yet seem to be on the Fiji web site but if you are interested please contact me and I shall e-mail you all the available information about venue, accomodation and the like.DJ]

A New Chess Club in the Northern Territory

I have received a note from Mario D Aisa of the formation of the Darwin Knights Chess Group. The group meets twicw a week, on Thursdays from 4 to 8pm at the Multicultural Centre Malak Shopping Centre and on Saturdays from 2 to 5pm at Casuarina Plaza, Casuarina. The contact is Marsky 0416-980485 or e-mail

This is a welcome development following the demise of the Chess Association of the NT a couple of years ago.

SIO Fund Raising Dinner

Parramatta Chess Club is pleased to invite you to a Fund Raising Dinner.

Date: Friday 24 November 2006

Time: 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Venue: Parramatta RSL Club, Macquarie & O'Connell Sts, Parramatta

Tickets: $50 per person, includes 3 course dinner

Bar: available for drinks (pay as you go)

Dress: Smart Casual or lounge suit

Parking: Free carpark opposite the club (Macquarie St)

Silent auction: One week skiing holiday at Jindabyne (value $3,500)

Public auction: One week summer holiday at Nelson Bay (value $2,500)

Raffle prizes: Various

RSVP by 17 November 2006

Vasil Tulevski, 2 Wentworth Ave, North Rocks NSW 2151

Or phone Brian Jones on 02-9838-1529

Book online at

All proceeds will go towards the 2007 Sydney International Open and Parramatta Chess Festival 10-14 April 2007.

More information on the Sydney International Open is available at


Coffs Harbour Open

This Myer Tan Grand Prix Category 3 event was held last weekend. Arbiter Charles Zworestine reports:

The third Coffs Harbour weekender, while slightly down in numbers (42 players), still attracted a rather strong field! Headed by top seeded visiting GM Dejan Antic, the remaining players over 2000 were 2. FM George Xie, 3. FM Brian Jones, 4. FM Aaron Guthrie and 5. Johny Bolens. Many juniors were always likely to threaten them, especially Graeme Gardiner's mob! Time controls were 60 minutes each plus 10 seconds per move from the start (Fischer). An interesting event was in prospect...


Big upsets already in Round 1, as Brian Jones' attack could not get through and he was upset by Sam Grigg; while Aaron Guthrie was lucky to draw his rook and pawn ending against Gene Nakauchi. Not only the juniors were causing problems, though, as Bolens could also only draw with Mike Duffin; I must admit I thought Duffin's connected passed pawns in the middle of the board were winning against Bolens' extra piece, but Fritz says it was drawn... Fewer upsets in Round 2, although Grigg and Nakauchi scored wins again. Grigg was then in rather unfamiliar territory after another upset win over Tony Pickering in Round 3: equal leader on 3/3 with Antic, Xie and Max Illingworth! (Antic had won a nice game vs Ben Harris). By this time Bolens and Guthrie had recovered to 2.5/3; but Brian Jones was probably out of contention after Gene Nakauchi took a perpetual check against him.

Round 4 saw Max get a stunning draw in a locked position against Antic, enabling George to take the outright lead on 4/4 by beating Sam. Aaron won a long ending against Bolens to get to 3.5/4. Then in Round 5, two stunners, as George beat Dejan and Max beat Aaron in the following games:

2006 Coffs Harbour Open Round 5 Board 1, 12.11.2006

White: Xie, G (2315)

Black: Antic, D (2478)


1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 a6 4.g3 b5 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bb7 7.Bg2 b4 8.Na4 Nf6 9.0-0 Qc7 10.Re1 d6 11.a3 Nc6 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 13.axb4 Be7 14.b3 0-0 15.Nb2 d5 16.e5 Ne4 17.Nd3 Bb7 18.c4 Rfd8 19.c5 a5 20.bxa5 Bxc5 21.Nxc5 Qxc5 22.Be3 d4 23.Bg5 Nxg5 24.Bxb7 Rxa5 25.Rxa5 Qxa5 26.h4 Nh3+ 27.Kg2 Qb6 28.Be4 Nxf2 29.Kxf2 d3+ 30.Re3 d2 31.Ke2 g6 32.Rd3 Rd4 33.Rxd4 Qxd4 34.Bd3 Qxe5+ 35.Kxd2 Qxg3 36.Qe1 Qd6 37.Kc3 Qa3 38.Qe4 h5 39.Qa4 Qc1+ 40.Bc2 Qe3+ 41.Kb2 Qe5+ 42.Ka2 Qd5 43.Qe4 Qa5+ 44.Kb1 g5 45.Qh7+ Kf8 46.Qh6+ Ke8 47.Qxg5 1-0

2006 Coffs Harbour Open Round 5 Board 2, 12.11.2006

White: Guthrie, A (2104)

Black: Illingworth, M (1929)


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.Nd5 f5 11.Bxb5 axb5 12.Nxb5 Ra4 13.Nbc7+ Kd7 14.0-0 Rxe4 15.Qh5 Nd4 16.Qxf7+ Kc6 17.Rfe1 Qd7 18.Qh5 Ne6 19.Nxe6 Qxe6 20.c4 Rd4 21.Rad1 Rg4 22.Qh3 Kd7 23.Qb3 Rg7 24.c5 Ke8 25.Qa4+ Kf7 26.Nf4 Qe8 27.Qa8 Bd7 28.Qf3 e4 29.Qh5+ Kg8 30.Qh3 dxc5 31.Nd5 Rg6 32.Nc7 Qf7 33.Rd2 Bc6 34.Na6 Bb5 35.Nb8 Bd6 36.Rxd6 Rxd6 37.Qg3+ Rg6 38.Qe5 h6 39.Qxc5 Bd3 40.Nc6 Rf6 41.Ne5 Qf8 42.Qd5+ Kh7 43.Nd7 Qe7 44.Nxf6+ Qxf6 45.Qd7+ Kg6 46.Re3 f4 47.Qg4+ Kh7 48.Qd7+ Kg8 49.Qg4+ and White lost on time 0-1

All this left George outright leader on 5/5, with Max close behind on 4.5. But George had it wrapped up after he beat Max quite convincingly in Round 6 to get to 6/6, while Max joined a traffic jam on 4.5: Ben Harris and Tony Pickering (who drew their individual game in Round 6), Antic (who beat Bolens), Guthrie and a recovering Brian Jones. With George and BJ drawing in Round 7, this left the others to fight it out for second; Max and Dejan both won, and Ben Harris upset Aaron Guthrie with a nice opening trap to join them on 5.5/7.

Prize List: Open:1st George Xie 6.5/7; = 2nd Dejan Antic, Ben Harris, Max Illingworth 5.5; 5th Brian Jones 5.

Rating Group A: 1st Richard Eccles 4.5; = 2nd Mike Canfell, Peter Radovan 4.

Rating Group B: 1st Jonas Muller 5; 2nd Sam Grigg 4.5; 3rd Mike Duffin 4.

Rating Group C: 1st Kieton Beilby 4; 2nd Sebastian Jule 3.5; = 3rd + =

Best Under 14: Gene Nakauchi, Alex Stahnke, Danielle Kinder, Matthew Stevens, Lachlan Pedersen-Lee, Caleb Eriksson 3.

Best Under 18: Jessica Kinder 4. = Best Senior (Over 65): Peter Hannagan, John Maddix 3.5.

Charles Zworestine

The 2006 Myer Tan Australian Chess Grand Prix is rapidly coming to a close.

Currently George Xie on 117.83 maintains his lead over Ian Rogers on 100.75 in the Open Section. Alexandra Jule on 97.50 holds a slender lead over Jessica Kinder on 92.50 in the Girls Section while Dusan Stojic and Laura Moylan have big leads in the Juniors and Women Sections respectively.

Only six tournaments remain. They are:

Ralph Seberry Memorial NSW Sydney 18/11/06 19/11/06 Cat.2

November Weekender QLD Brisbane 18/11/06 19/11/06 Cat.2

Best in the West VIC Melbourne 25/11/06 26/11/06 Cat.1

Tuggeranong Vikings ACT Canberra 02/12/06 03/12/06 Cat.1

Xmas Open WA Perth 02/12/06 03/12/06 Cat.1

Christmas Swiss Weekender VIC Melbourne 16/12/06 17/12/06 Cat.1

More information about them can be found on the Grand Prix web page .

2006 Vikings Weekender

The 2006 Vikings Weekender, GP Cat 1, sponsored by Tuggeranong Vikings, is on 2 to 3 December at Vikings Erindale, Wanniassa, ACT. A flyer is available at

Please direct any questions to the listed contact, Michael Whitely, as the content of the flyer is the limit of my knowledge.

Ian Rout

Myer Tan Australian Chess Grand Prix 2007

Entry forms for the 2007 Myer Tan Australian Grand Prix are now available at .

Please enter by the end of November so that programs can be printed before Xmas.

Brian Jones

Australian Chess Enterprises

[Organisers are strongly urged to enter their events in the 2007 Myer Tan GP so as to build on the excellent start made under Brian Jones' Direction this year. DJ]

FIDE Trainer Titles

A reminder that the closing date for application for a title without the need for an examination is 30 November 2006. So far we have two applicants but it would be good to see more.

Visit for full details.

And now I'll say goodbye until next time.

Denis Jessop

Acting Editor and ACF President


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