As preparations intensify for Canberra's first Australian Open, less than
three weeks away, the organisers are hoping to reap the benefit from the
novel tournament schedule.
While many strong players are more than happy to devote a fortnight to the
Open, competing alongside the 5 Grandmasters and 10 International Masters
in the Open field, many others cannot afford so long away from their
everyday activities and have to content themselves with spectating or
competing in the one day rapid or lightning tournaments.
However the Open organisers have offered extra options for busy players by
adding two extra tournaments for amateurs to the schedule - a four day
event ending on New Year's Eve and a six day tournament beginning on
The multiple tournament formula has been successfully employed in Britain
for many years and looks to be one reason why the Canberra Australian Open
will be one of the best attended in recent years.
(For further details about the Open, contact Andrew Greenwood,
The FIDE World Championship in New Delhi has reached the quarter-final
stage, providing some mouth-watering match-ups between the world's top
Top seed Viswanathan Anand will meet defending Champion Alexander Khalifman
in the best of the quarter-finals. Khalifman has already disposed of highly
fancied Hungarian Peter Leko in a protracted encounter but he will struggle
against the home-town hero who has made winning look easy in his early
Polish youngster Bartlomiej Maceija had already knocked over two seeds on
his way to a fourth round match-up with Anand but he was outclassed in the
New Delhi 2000
Opening: Caro-Kann Defence
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bc4 Ngf6 6.Ng5 e6 7.Qe2 Nb6 8.Bb3
h6 9.N5f3 a5 10.a4 c5 11.Bf4 Bd6 12.Ne5 0-0 13.Ngf3 Nbd5 14.Bg3 Qc7 15.dxc5
Qxc5 16.0-0 b6 17.Rfd1 Ba6 18.c4 Rad8
So far, Macieja copies an ancient Anand-Karpov game, where Anand blundered
a pawn with 19.Nd3? bxc4! and went on to lose. This time Anand is better
19.Nd4! Bxe5 20.Bxe5 Nb4 21.Nb5 Bxb5 22.cxb5!
With such active bishops, Anand can happily live with a dodgy pawn
22...Rxd1+ 23.Rxd1 Rc8?
23...Nbd5 24.Bxd5 Nxd5 25.Qg4 g6 is better for White so Anand suggested
24.Bxf6! gxf6 25.Bxe6! fxe6 26.Qxe6+ Kh8
26...Kg7 looks dangerous after 27.Rd7+ Kg6 28.g4!? but is preferable to the
text move, which gives Anand too many pawns for the piece.
27.Qxf6+ Kg8 28.Qe6+ Kh8 29.Qxh6+ Kg8 30.Qe6+ Kh8 31.h3! Rf8 32.Qh6+ Kg8
33.Qg6+ Kh8 34.Qg3 Qc2? 35.Rd4 1-0
The latest Australian rankings sees Byron's peripatetic Alex Wohl firmly
secure third position in an otherwise little changed top 10.
In the ACT rankings, Tristan Reeves has fallen from top spot , while three
juniors - Shervin Rafizedah, Laura Moylan and Peter Jovanovic - feature
among the top 25.
December 2000 ACF Ratings
1.Rogers(N) 2590; 2.Johansen(V) 2528; 3.Wohl(N) 2496; 4.Gluzman(V) 2479;
5.V.Feldman(N) 2420; 6.Solomon(Q) 2418; 7.West(V) 2415; 8.Wallace(N) 2399;
9.Sandler(V) 2390; 10.Tao(SA) 2376.
Tristan Reeves has fallen from top spot in the new ACT rankings, which
feature three juniors - Shervin Rafizedah, Laura Moylan and Peter Jovanovic
- among the top 25.
December 2000 ACF Ratings
ACT Top 25
1.Smirnov 2091; 2.Farrell 2090; 3.Reeves 2056; 4.Bliznyuk 2043; 5.O'Brien
1999; 6.I.Wright 1997: 7.Kolossovski 1993; 8.De Gier 1989; 9.Mautner 1982;
10.Gmizic 1971; 11.G.Butler 1958; 12.DeLeon 1907; 13.Rout 1896; 14.Telfer
1889; 15.Doel 1883; 16.Rafizedah 1879; 17.Bartlett 1875; 18.Moylan 1871;
19.Grcic 1852; 20.Pummeroy 1844; 21.Press 1843; 22.P.Jovanovic 1842;
23.Hosking 1839; 24.Oakes 1838; 25.Creech 1835.
Ian Wright comfortably won the 2000 ACT Rapid Championship this week.
Leading final scores:
1.Wright 7.5/8; 2=P.Jovanovic, V.Bragin 6; 3eq.S.Bartlett, M.Ridge 5.5.