Canberra Times, April 22

The Doeberl Cup, Australia's premier Grand Prix tournament, is a tough test for most players but to this year's winner, Darryl Johansen, it all seemed a little too easy.

After outclassing a field which included two Grandmasters and five International Masters to take his fourth Doeberl Cup and the $2,200 first prize, Johansen commented that he thought the field "a little weaker than usual".

Perception is everything; with Johansen playing so convincingly, most title aspirants proobably thought that in 2001 the Cup was further out of reach than ever.

Johansen started the tournament with five straight wins and was then able to coast to victory with two comfortable draws. The Melbourne GM's wins included a remarkable game in round three against 14-year-old IM Zhao Zong Yuan where Johansen walked into 25 moves of opening preparation by Zhao and still manged to emerge with an advatageous endgame which the GM won in 80 moves.

Johansen praised the general tournament conditions, especially the move back to the Italo-Australian Club in Forrest which coped easily with the 168 players.

As usual, the Doeberl Cup was a showcase for the country's best juniors and this year it was Sydney teenager Justin Tan who took the opportunity to impress, on the very weekend when selections were being made for the 2001 World Age Championships.

Tan started the tournament with a draw against the second seed, Yugoslav GM Stefan Djuric, and went on to beat IM David Smerdon later in the event. The Easter period sees an abundance of tournaments worldwide - from Mar del Plata to Dubai - and this week's game comes from a 400+ player open in Germany which concluded on Monday.

2001 Doeberl Cup
Leading final scores:
Open 1.Johansen(V) 6/7; 2.Lane(Eng) 5.5; 3eq.Djuric(Yug), Rujevic(V), Tindall(N) 5.
Major 1eq. Rout(ACT), Chow(V), Harp(N), M.Lip(N), Ilic(N) 5.5/7.
Minor 1.Hellman(ACT) 6/7.


Rogers - E.Mensch
Neckar Open2001

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. b6!? d6 6. Nc3 Qxb6 7. e4 g6 8. a4 Bg7 9. a5
   The point behind White's fifth move; the presence of the two 'a' pawns seriously reduce Black's counterplay.
Qb4!? 10. Ra4 Qb7 11. Nf3 Bg4
   11...Bd7, heading for b5, is a more reliable plan.
12. Be2 Bxf3 13. Bxf3 Nbd7 14. O-O O-O 15. Be2 Rfb8 16. f4 Ra7 17. Bc4 Ne8 18. Qd3 Nc7 19. b3 Nb5 20. Ne2 Qc7
   Since 20...Nd4 21.Nxd4 Bxd4+ (21...cxd4 22.b4) 22.Kh1 achieves nothing, Black must try a new plan.
21. Bd2 Rab7 22. Kh1 Qd8 23. h3 h5?
   A fatal weakening. 22...Qf8, intending 23...f5, was the best try.
24. e5! dxe5 25. f5! Kh7?
   (Diagram) This loses unexpectedly quickly but 25...Nf8 26.fxg6 fxg6 27.Ng3 and 25...e4 26.Qg3! both give White a powerful position.
26. fxg6+ fxg6 27. Qxg6+!! 1-0