Sydney Morning Herald, May 7

7500 players in NSW Junior Competition  

The NSW Junior League's Secondary Schools Teams Competition started last week and the Primary Schools Competition will commence this week. In the Secondary Schools Competition 277 teams from 79 schools are taking part in metropolitan areas with an additional 102 schools (one team each) in a separate country districts knock-out competition. The Primary Schools Competition is being held in 34 zones across the state with a record of 1062 teams from 382 schools. Matches are held weekly in second and third terms with the finals taking place in third and fourth terms. As teams consist of four players a total of over 5700 school students will be competing each week. However,with the substitution of reserves during the events it is expected that over 7500 players will take part before the competitions have finished.

Tim Reilly, the top seed, beat Alek Safarian in the final round to win the City of Sydney Championship. Reilly drew with Peter Doan in the first round and lost to the second seed Greg Canfell in round 4 but won his other 7 games. Canfell led for the first seven rounds but lost his last two games to Johny Bolens and George Xie. Safarian lost his only game in the final round to Reilly after rejecting a draw offer.

Leading final scores ( 48 players 9 rounds) T.Reilly 7.5 J.Bolens, G.Xie 7 A.Safarian 6.5 G.Canfell, A.Rose 6. Tereza Grbin won the 45 player under 1700 rated supporting event with 7.5 out of 9.

The World Championship South-East Asia Zonal tournament in Manila was dominated by the Vietnamese players both in the men's and women's sections. Nguyen Anh Dung and Dao Thien Hai qualified from the men's event ( the latter beating Utut Adianto of Indonesia in a play off match 2.5-1.5 ) and Hoang Thanh Trang took the women's place. 24 players including 15 rated above 2400 of whom 9 were international grandmasters ( 6 above 2540) competed in the men's zonal. The Oceanic zonal by comparison had no grandmasters and no players rated above 2400.

Brain Games World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) beat World number one Garry Kasparov (Russia) 1.5-0.5 in the final of the Viktor Korchnoi 70th birthday rapid play tournament in Zurich last week. David Massey CEO of Brain Games Network signed a contract for a prize fund of Aus $2 million with His Excellency Yousuf Shirawi of Bahrain for a Man v Machine World Championship Challenge Match to be held in Bahrain in October.

The President of he World Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is also President of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia, has proposed a four player tournament between Viswanathan Anand ( India,Official World Champion), Alexei Shirov (Spain,the last Official challenger),Brain Games World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and World number one Garry Kasparov. The World Chess Federation last week estimated that there are 600 million chess players globally. The number of active registered members from the 159 affiliated countries had now reached 7 million.