Sunday Mail, February 25 2001

11 year old Victorian Michelle Lee blasted her way through the field to win the Australian Girls (Under 18) Championship in Canberra, conceding only three draws to finish with 11˝/13. Shannon Oliver of ACT took second with 10˝, with Victoria’s Sally-Anne Richter a half-point behind in third place. 13 year old Kateryna Moshnenko, an emigre from the Ukraine now living in Townsville, was the only Queensland competitor – she finished equal fourth with 9˝. Casey Barnard (Qld) took silver in the Open Under 12, a point behind Dusan Stojic (ACT) while Amy Evans (Qld) shared fourth in the Under 12 Girls.

Lee - Moshnenko

Canberra 2001

Queen’s Gambit Declined Grau Defence

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bf5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Qb3 Nc6 6.c5 Rb8 7.Bf4 a6 8.e3 Be7 9.Qa4 Qd7 10.Be2 0-0 11.0-0 Ra8 12.h3 Rfc8 13.Nh4 Bg6 14.Nxg6 hxg6 15.b4 Na7 16.Qb3 Nc6 17.Rfc1 b6 18.Na4 b5 19.Nc3 Nd8 20.a4 c6 21.Rc2 Ra7 22.Rca2 Rb7 23.axb5 axb5 24.Ra6 Qe8 25.R1a3 Qd7 26.Qa2 Nh7 27.Ra7 Rxa7 28.Rxa7 Qe8 29.Qa6 Nb7 30.Qxb7 Bf6 31.Qd7 Qxd7 32.Rxd7 Nf8 33.Ra7 g5 34.Bd6 Ng6 35.Bh5 Nh4 36.Bxf7+ Kh8 37.Bxe6 Re8 38.Bd7 Rd8 39.Bxc6 Nf5 40.Nxb5 Nxd6 41.Nxd6 Kh7 42.Bxd5 Rb8 43.c6 Rxb4 44.c7 Be7 45.c8Q Bxd6 46.Qc2+ Kh6 47.Bf7 Black resigns

18 year old Matthew Sonter entered the senior player ranks with a bang, winning the 97-player Gold Coast Tin Cup with a perfect score of 6/6.