Canberra Times, August 5

Grandmaster Darryl Johansen was in dominant form last weekend as he completed the trifecta of Australia's three richest weekend tournaments. 

Having already won the Ballarat Begonia Open and the Doeberl Cup this year, Johansen cruised to victory in the ANU Open, the final event in the 2001 ANU Chess Festival. 

Johansen won his first six games in the Open and could have made it seven in a row had he not had a fit of conscience in his final round game against Stephen Solomon. 

Solomon needing to beat Johansen to reach a tie for first, declined Johansen's early draw offer but then played poorly and by move 40 was clearly losing. 

Under normal circumstances Johansen would have put the boot in but "suddenly I had visions of Solo returning to Queensland without any prizemoney," explained Johansen. 

"So I said to him -'Are you sure you don't want that draw?'" 

Solomon accepted the draw offer to finish in a tie for second, a point behind Johansen. 

The ANU Open was also notable for the strong performance by three of Australia's top juniors. 

ACT stars Laura Moylan and Peter Jovanovic claimed the prize scalps of Brian Jones and Stephen Solomon respectively but it was Melbourne 14-year-old Sam Chow who almost stole the show. 

After five rounds Chow was in clear second place on 4.5 points, including a win over Moylan, and Chow might even have taken the tournament lead had he taken his chances in his game against Johansen. 

Going into the final round the three juniors were tied for third place but unfortunately all three lost to drop out of the major prizes. 

However Johansen, who gave a successful public simultaneous exhibition the day before the Open, was the true star of the show. 

His fourth round demolition of an expected rival, IM John-Paul Wallace, was a wonder to behold. 

ANU Open 2001 
White: D.Johansen 
Black: J-P.Wallace 
Opening: Slav Defence 

1.c4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bf4 Bf5 7.e3 e6 8.Ne5!? The exchange variation of the Slav has a drawish reputation, but Johansen knows well how to keep the position alive despite the symmetry. 8...Nxe5 9.Bxe5 Nd7 10.Qb3!? Qb6?! Already a serious inaccuracy. 10...Nxe5! 11.dxe5 Be7 12.Bb5+ Kf8 gives approximate equality. 11.Bb5! f6?! An obvious move but now White's advantage becomes significant. Johansen thought 11...Kd8!? was Black's best - a clear sign that something has gone wrong for Black. Juswanto's suggestion of 11...Bd6 might also hang on. 12.Bg3 Be7?! Since 12...a6?? loses to 13.Bxd7+ Black is in trouble, a conclusion supported by the variation 12...Bd6 13.Na4 Qa5+ 14.Ke2 Bxg3 15.hxg3 when Black has no reasonable move. So 12...Kd8 might yet be the best try. 13.0-0 Bg6 14.Rac1 Qd8

15.Nxd5!! exd5 16.Bc7 Qc8 17.Ba5 Qb8 18.Rc7 b6 19.Rxd7 1-0 

"Wallace played weakly; it was an early morning round and he never found time to wake up," explained Johansen. 

ANU Open Leading final scores: 1.Johansen(V) 6.5/7; 2eq.Wallace(N), Solomon(Q), B.Jones(N), Stead(N) 5.5; 6eq.Rout(A), Grcic(A), Farrell(A) 5. 

ANU National Computer Championship Final scores: 1.Knightcap 6/6; 2.V Chess 3; 3.Awesome 2; Desperado 1.