Sunday Mail, January 21 2001

Yugoslav grandmaster Stefan Djuric took the lead after round five of the Icon Australian Open Championship in Canberra and remained unheaded for the remaining six rounds. A regular visitor to Australia, Djuric tied for first in the 1991 Open in Adelaide, but took the $3000 winner's cheque outright this time. After seven straight wins he held off challenges from International Master Zong-Yuan Zhao AUS, GM Alexander Volzhin RUS, GM Ian Rogers AUS and GM Darryl Johansen AUS to draw his last four games. Rogers finished second on 8, with a logjam on 8 for equal third - Volzhin, GM Abhijit Kunte IND, Zhao and IMs Gary Lane ENG, Petr Pisk CZE and David Smerdon AUS.

Lane - Djuric

Canberra 2001

Sicilian Defence Najdorf Variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 Qc7 7.a4 Nbd7 8.Nf3 e6 9.Bd3 Nc5 10.0-0 Be7 11.Qe1 0-0 12.Qg3 d5 13.exd5 Nxd3 14.cxd3 Qb6+ 15.Kh1 Rd8 16.dxe6 Bxe6 17.Ne5 Bf5 18.Qf3 Rac8 19.Ne4 Bxe4 20.dxe4 Qb4 21.Be3 Qxe4 22.Qxe4 Nxe4 23.Rac1 Bc5 24.Bxc5 Nxc5 25.Rc4 f6 26.Nf3 Nd3 27.Rxc8 Rxc8 28.b3 Nxf4 29.Nd4 Nd3 30.g3 Rd8 31.Nf5 Kf7 32.Kg1 Ne5 33.Rc1 Rd7 34.b4 Ke6 35.Ne3 Rd2 White resigns

Next weekend is the first Queensland event for the year, the Arthur Phillip Memorial at Mt Gravatt. Details from or Ian Murray on 3411 3445.