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Problem No. 1849
(Kovacevic - Martinovic, Belgrade 2000)
White to play and win
Problem No 1848: 1.Qc2 Black resigned
Prizewinner No 1846: Chris Tucker, Thornlands
While ethnic barriers continue to divide communities in the Balkans, chess remains one of the few cohesive factors in the region. This month's Novak Nikolic Memorial, a Category 11 (rating average 2501) tournament in Belgrade, brought together nine regional masters and grandmasters, plus two Ukrainians and a Russian to complete the field. The names are virtually unknown in the west, emphasising the depth of talent in the second tier of GMs - final scores (all Yugoslavia unless indicated) Zontakh UKR 6/11; Vuckovic 5½; Damljanovic, Kovacevic 5; Sherbakov RUS, Solak, Pikula 4½; Zhukova UKR 4; Popchev BUL, Martinovic 2½; Velimirovic, Govedarica 2.
GM Andrey Zontakh - WGM Natalia Zhukova
Slav Defence Czech System
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Bg2 f6 12.0-0 Nc5 13.Ne3 Bg6 14.b4 Ne6 15.b5 Rd8 16.Qb3 Bf7 17.Bxe5 fxe5 18.bxc6 bxc6 19.Rab1 Nc5 20.Qb4 Nb3 21.Qe4 Nd4 22.Nf5 Bg6 23.g4 Rc8 24.Rfc1 Bc5 25.Rb7 Qxb7 26.Qxe5+ Ne6 27.Qxe6+ Kf8 28.Ne4 Re8 29.Nxc5 Rxe6 30.Nxb7 Rxe2 31.Bxc6 Bxf5 32.gxf5 Ke7 33.Bb5 Ra2 34.Rc6 Rb8 35.Nc5 Rd8 36.Ne4 Rd4 37.Re6+ Kd8 38.f6 gxf6 39.Nxf6 h6 40.Kg2 Black lost on time
Political turmoil will be conspicuously absent at the Hervey Bay Open on March 11-12 - it's a great place to relax for a few days after the chess. Details at www.caq.org.au or from Andrew Rogers on 07 4124 7107.