Canberra Times, October 7

The tyranny of distance has always had a major influence on the Australian chess scene. 

Australia is probably unique in having a biennial, rather than annual, national championship, while Australia's Olympic teams rarely train together and meet as a group only when they reach the Olympic venue. 

Until recently, Australian junior representatives studied separately, unless they were lucky enough to live in a State which supported a junior training squad. 

However in 2000, sponsorship by Canberra's Jenni Oliver enabled national junior training camps, using foreign and local Grandmaster coaches, to be held on the Gold Coast and in Canberra. Australia's results at the subsequent World Age Championships in Spain were our best on record. 

This week many of Australia's most promising young players were again brought together in Canberra for intensive coaching, in preparation for the 2001 World Age Ch'ps which begin in Spain later in October. 

However Australia's results in 2001 are not expected to match those of 2000. School and other pressures have forced a number of Australia's best juniors, including IMs David Smerdon and Laura Moylan, to give Spain a miss in 2001, although Coffs Harbour's Zhao Zong Yuan is tipped to do well in the Under 16 division. 

Peter Jovanovic can also be expected to take a step up if the form showed in the following game can be repeated in Spain. 

ANU Open 2001 
White: S.Solomon 
Black: P.Jovanovic 
Opening: French Defence 

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Bd2 Bxc3 6.bxc3 Nc6 7.Nf3 c4?! 

Far too obliging now White has a free hand to attack on the kingside. 

8.h4 h6 9.h5 Bd7 10.Nh4 Nge7 11.f4 Nf5 12.Qg4 Nce7 13.Nf3 Ba4 14.Qh3 Nc6 15.g4 Nfe7 16.Kd1 Qb6 17.Bc1 Qc7 18.Qg3?! 

The start of some very indecisive play. After 18.Ba3 Qa5 19.Ne1, Black is going nowhere. 

18...b5 19.a3?! a5 20.Rb1 Rb8 21.Ra1?! Qa7 22.Bd2 b4 23.axb4 axb4 24.Ke2? 

The decisive error. After 24.Kc1 the king would be able to block the b pawn, which now becomes a winner. 

24...b3 25.cxb3 cxb3 26.Rb1 b2 27.Ke3 Bc2 28.Bd3 Bxb1 29.Rxb1 Na5 30.f5 

Far too late. The rest is desperation by Solomon. 

30...Nc4+ 31.Ke2 Na3 32.f6 gxf6 33.exf6 Nc6 34.Qd6 Rb6 35.Qc5 Nxb1 36.Bxb1 Qa5 37.Nh4 Qxc5 38.dxc5 Ra6 39.Ng6 Ra1 40.Bd3 fxg6 41.hxg6 b1Q 42.Bxb1 Rxb1 43.Bf4 e5 

43...0-0! was the most aesthetic way to finish the game. 

44.g7 Rg8 45.Bxh6 Kf7 46.Bg5 Rg1 47.Kf3 Rf1+ 48.Ke2 Rxf6 49.Bxf6 Kxf6 0-1 ** 

The ACT Junior Lightning Championship will be played at St Thomas Primary School, Kambah on 14 October at 1pm. 

The tournament, with all games at a 5 minute maximum time limit, is open to all players U/18. Details: Jenny Moylan 62581070 (H). 

ACT U/8 Ch. Leading final scores (42 players, 5 rounds): 1.K.Oleson 5; 2eq. L.Dibden, K.Lonergan, S.Lonergan, K.Smith, P.Keshiker 4. 

A last round loss to John Peterson cost Roman Gowor first place in the Murrumbidgee Masters at Tuggeranong. 

Leading final scores: 1.Khoi Hoang 6/7; 2.R.Gowor 5.5; 3.M.Whitely 5; 4.C.Gowor 4.5. 

Free chess coaching is offered at 10am every Saturday morning at the Tuggeranong club. Details: Peter Simpson 62926603.