Sun-Herald, April 22

Even Melbourne Grandmaster Darryl Johansen agreed there was a sense of inevitability about his victory at the 39th Doeberl Cup tournament in Canberra last weekend.

"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:
1st.Johansen(V) 6/7;
2nd.Lane(Eng) 5.5;
=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


1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. d4 Bg7 4. Nf3 O-O 5. Bf4 d6 6. h3 Nbd7 7. e3 c6
   The start of an ineffective plan. 7...b6 or 7...c5 are more reliable ideas against White's London system.
8. Be2 Qe8 9. O-O e5 10. Bh2 Qe7 11. Rc1 e4?!
   A panicky reaction - fearing 12.c5 - which increases the scope of White's bishop on h2. Now White's queenside attack runs almost automatically while Black's kingside assault is painfully slow.
12. Nd2 Re8 13. b4 a5 14. a3 axb4 15. axb4 h5 16. Re1 Bh6
   16...Nf8 was more sound.
17. d5! h4 18. Qc2 Nb6 19. dxc6 bxc6 20. Nb3 g5? 21. Rcd1 Rd8
   Losing a pawn and the game but 21...d5 was far from inspiring.
22. Na5! Qe8 23. Bxd6 g4 24. Bc7 Rxd1 25. Qxd1 Nbd7 26. Bxg4 Nf8 27. Bxc8 Rxc8 28. Bb6 Ng6 29. Bd4 Ne5 30. Bxe5 Qxe5 31. Ne2 Bf8 32. c5 Nd5 33. Nd4 f5 34. Naxc6 Qf6 35. Qb3 1-0