Few English holiday-makers return home from Australia with more in their
back-pack than Adam Hunt.
The likeable 19-year-old has spent most of his chess career in the shadow
of his GM sister Harriet and planned his trip as a two month holiday with a
chess tournament at either end.
After a respectable performance at the Gold Coast International in June,
Hunt back-packed up to Cairns before heading to Melbourne for the
The Masters, which concluded on Friday, featured a remarkably even field,
with any one of nine players capable of taking the title, yet Hunt, to his
own surprise, took the title and his second IM result with a round to
"Of course I'm very happy, although after five rounds it wasn't looking too
good," admitted Hunt, who was on a 50% score nearing the half-way point of
the tournament. However a five game winning streak by Hunt shook off the
challenges from the Australian hopefuls.
Hunt returns home tomorrow and will probably find himself back in
obscurity. After all, the British Championship is underway and sister
Harriet is putting in a stellar performance...
Melbourne AUS Masters 2000
Black: Zhao Zong Yuan
Opening: French Defence
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Bd2!? Ne7 6.Nb5 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 0-0 8.c3
Nf5 9.Bd3 Bd7 10.dxc5 Bxb5 11.Bxb5 Qc7 12.Nf3 Qxc5 13.Bd3 Ne7 14.0-0 Nd7
15.Rfe1 Ng6?! 16.h4 f6?
Zhao loses patience, probably missing White's 21st move.16...f5 17.h5
Nh8-f7 was better.
17.Bxg6 hxg6 18.exf6 Rxf6 19.Re2! Raf8 20.Rae1 e5 21.b4! Qc4 22.Nxe5 Nxe5
23.Rxe5 Rxf2 24.Qxd5+ Qxd5 25.Rxd5 Rxa2 26.Re7 Kh7 27.Rdd7 Kh6 28.Rxg7 Kh5
29.Rd4! Kh6 30.Rxb7 a5 31.Rdd7 Kh5 32.Rb5+ Kxh4 33.Rd4+ 1-0
August Chess Competition
In the diagram, Black is about to queen a pawn and 1.d6 e1(Q) 2.d7 Qe4+
holds no fears for Black. Yet White, to move, has an ingenious method of
forcing a win. How?
The first four correct entries opened after August 16, will receive the
outstanding recent book *The Human Comedy of Chess - A Grandmaster's
Chronicles* by Hans Ree. Entries to: Sun-Herald August Chess Competition,
GPO Box 506, Sydney 2001 or fax 02-92822151.
2000 Australian Masters
3eq. Zhao(N), Solomon(Q), Welling(Ned) 7;
Credit Suisse GM
2eq.Ponomariov(Ukr), Van Wely(Ned) 5.5;
4eq.Gelfand(Isr), Milov(Swi) 5;