Sun-Herald Chess Column for November 19

When Jason Lyons appeared for breakfast in Istanbul with fingernails
painted black, it was clear that the Lyons' charges, the Australian Women's
Olympiad team, were playing exceptionally well.
Early in the Olympiad, captain Lyons had unwisely bet with his players that
if the Australian team managed to beat one of the top seeds he would agree
to have his nails painted.
Despite some strong performances by the Australian team, Lyons' nails
seemed safe until round 11 when Australia upset the powerful Lithuanian
team, featuring gold medallist Viktorija Cmilyte on first board.
Cmilyte caused a sensation earlier in 2000 when she won the Lithuanian
(open) Championship but the 17-year-old showed even more sensational form
in Istanbul, winning her first seven games. However in the
Lithuania-Australia match, Irina Berezina held Cmilyte to a draw while
Australia's own 17-year-old star, Laura Moylan, scored the only win of the
match on third board to secure
a 2-1 win.
Moylan went on to score 8/9 and become the first Australian woman ever to
win a medal at a Chess Olympiad. Moylan's silver medal on board four helped
the Australian women's team to an outstanding =21st place in the 86 team
field, arguably Australia's best performance at a Women's Olympiad.

Istanbul Women's Olympiad 2000
White: V.Cmilyte
Opening: Alekhine's Defence

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 c6 6.0-0 Bxf3 7.Bxf3 dxe5 8.dxe5
e6 9.Nd2 Nd7 10.Re1 Qb8!?

An attempt to resurrect a line thought to be bad due to the variation
10...Qc7 11.Nc4 b5 12.Bxd5 cxd5 13.Nd6+ Bxd6 14.Qxd5!! exd5 15.exd6+. After
the text move, the Qxd5 tricks no longer work.

11.Nc4!? b5 12.Nd6+ Bxd6 13.exd6 Qxd6 14.b3 Qc5 15.c4! bxc4 16.bxc4 Qxc4
17.Ba3 N7f6?!

17...N7b6 was a sturdier defence, although Black's king in the centre will
always give White excellent play.

18.Rb1! Qa6 19.Qc1 Nd7 20.Qb2! Rg8?

20...N5f6 was better, but Black's king would still be a decisive liability.

21.Bxd5! Rb8

21...cxd5 loses to 22.Qb4.

22.Bb3 1-0

2000 Istanbul Olympiad (126 teams, 14 rounds)
Leading final scores:
1.Russia 38/56; 2.Germany 37; 3eq.Ukraine, Hungary 35.5; 5.Israel 34.5...
=33. Australia 31.

Australian individual scores:
Board 1 Rogers(N) 6.5/11; Board 2 Johansen(V) 7.5/10; Board 3 Wohl(N) 4/9;
Board 4 West(V) 3.5/8; Board 5 Zhao Zong Yuan 6/10; Board 6 Sandler 3.5/8.

2000 Women's Olympiad (86 teams, 14 rounds)
Leading final scores:
1.China 32/42; 2.Georgia 31; 3.Russia 28.5; 4.Ukraine 27... =21.Australia

Australian individual scores:
Board 1 Berezina-Feldman(NSW) 6/12; Board 2 Phan-Koshnitsky(SA) 6/12; Board
3 Dekic(NSW) 2.5/9; Board 4 Moylan(ACT) 8/9.