"Having played much the strongest field, I remember thinking during the final game that I would be pretty annoyed if I didn't win the tournament," admitted the 42-year-old top seed after he had taken the $2,200 first prize at Australia's premier Grand Prix tournament.
Johansen's path to his second Cup in three years was straight-forward, winning his first five games, accepting a move 12 draw offer from his fellow GM Stefan Djuric, and then holding off a determined Stephen Solomon in the final round.
Johansen was not in trouble in any game, although he was pushed to 80 moves by 14-year-old Zhao Zong Yuan, back in Australia after a month as a guest student with the Chinese junior training squad.
Johansen was most satisfied with his effort against the second place-getter Gary Lane.
2001 Doeberl Cup
Leading final scores:
=3rd.Djuric(Yug), Rujevic(V), Tindall(N) 5.
Lane upset Djuric in a spectacular final round game, but was outclassed by Johansen's sophisticated positional manoeuvring in the following game.
Johansen - Lane
Doeberl Cup/Canberra 2001