Sydney Morning Herald Chess Column for January 4, 2001

 
 
Djuric leads Australian Open
by Peter Parr
Grandmaster Stefan Djuric from Belgrade has taken the sole lead by winning
his first 5 games in the Centenary of Federation ICON 2001 Australian Open
in Canberra.
Johny Bolens of Sydney who beat GM Darryl Johansen, the Australian
Champion in round 3 lost to Djuric in the fourth round.
GM Abhijit Kunte, the Champion of India, won his first four games but lost
to Djuric in round 5.
International Master Mark Heidenfeld of Ireland won the following game
against the top seed GM Ian Rogers of Sydney in round 4.
 
Heidenfeld,M (2375) - Rogers,I (2558) [B16]
Australian Open 2000/01

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 23.Qg5+ Kd7 24.Qf5+ Kc6 25.Qf6+ Kc5 26.Qxh8 e4 27.Be2 e3
28.fxe3 fxe3 29.Qf8+ 1-0
 
Sydney barrister Tim Reilly moved up to joint second place with IM
Heidenfeld and IM Gary Lane by defeating the highly rated IM Mikhail
Gluzman of Melbourne in round 5.
GM Alexander Volzhin of Russia, the second seed, arrived in Canberra after
3 rounds had been completed. Volzhin now has 3.5 out of 5 consisting of 2
wins and three half point byes.
Leading scores after 5 rounds (125 players, 11 rounds)
S.Djuric (GM Yugoslavia) 5: M.Heidenfeld (IM Ireland), G.Lane (IM England),
T.Reilly (NSW) 4.5 : A.Kunte (GM India), I.Rogers (GM NSW), I.Bjelobrk (New
Zealand), M.Ezat (IM Egypt), S.Berezovski (NSW), D.Johansen (GM VIC),
P.Pisk
(IM Czech Republic), W.Sarwat (IM Egypt), B.Jones (NSW) all 4 points.
The Australian Open Rapid Play held on Monday in Canberra resulted in a 5
way tie for first place (48 players, 7 rounds).
Leading final scores:- W.Sarwat (IM Egypt), M.Ezat (IM Egypt), Z.Zhao (IM
NSW), N.Wright (NSW) and V.Smirnov (ACT) all 5.5: R.Voon (VIC), M.Wilkins
(WA) and P.Dozsa (NSW) 5.
 
Current scores in the New Zealand Championship after round 5.
Depasquale 4.5; Dive 4; Sandler, McLaren 3.5; Garbett, Wastney, Guthrie,
McNabb, Robinson, Van Der Hoorn 3; Wang, Green, Spain, Wheeler 2.5; Ker,
Barlow, Croad 2; Hart, Metge, Elliot 1.5; Krstev 1.