Sunday Mail, January 14 2001

The 110 Australians playing in the Australian Open Championship in Canberra were bolstered by 15 overseas players from Russia, the Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Yugoslavia, Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Philippines and New Zealand. The cosmopolitan field includes five grandmasters and eight international masters, promising some world class chess. The Australian GMs, Ian Rogers and Darryl Johansen, suffered setbacks in the early rounds, leading to a fifth-round clash on top board between GMs Stefan Djuric YUG and Abhijit Kunte IND for the lead. A marathon struggle led to a drawish endgame until both players proved they were human after all - Kunte placed his surviving rook where it could be skewered behind his king, Djuric missed the immediate opportunity but seized it the following move after Kunte overlooked the danger again.

IM Mark Heidenfeld IRL - GM Ian Rogers AUS

Canberra 2001

Caro-Kann Defence

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.Be3 Bf5 7.Qd2 e6 8.Ne2 Nd7 9.0-0-0 a5 10.Bh6 Bxh6 11.Qxh6 a4 12.Ng3 Bg6 13.a3 Ra5 14.h4 Ke7 15.h5 Bf5 16.d5 Rxd5 17.Rxd5 cxd5 18.Nxf5+ exf5 19.Bd3 Ne5 20.Re1 Qa5 21.Kd1 f4 22.Rxe5+ fxe5

White's target is now the hanging rook 23.Qg5+ Kd7 24.Qf5+ Kc6 25.Qf6+ Kc5 26.Qxh8 e4 27.Be2 e3 28.fxe3 fxe3 29.Qf8+ Black resigns

The Open is the major event in the Centenary of Federation Chess Festival. The first complementary tournament, the Minor Championship for under 1600 players, was won by Kamal Muthreja on NSW; Melba Horwood of Hervey Bay played at her best to take the bronze medal for Queensland.