Sydney Morning Herald - January 11, 2001

Djuric Wins Australian Open

by Peter Parr

45 year old Grandmaster Stefan Djuric of Belgrade has convincingly won the Centenary of Federation Icon 2001 Australian Open Championship at Rydges Lakeside Canberra.

Djuric won the first seven games and drew the last four to finish half a point ahead of the top seed 40 year old Grandmaster Ian Rogers of Sydney.

Rogers,I (2558) - Djuric,S (2461) [D36]
Australian Open (8), 2001
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.cxd5 exd5 7.e3 Be7 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Bd3 Re8 10.0-0 Nf8 11.Rae1 Be6 12.Ne5 N6d7 13.Bxe7 Rxe7 14.f4 Nxe5 15.dxe5 Bd7 16.e4 d4 17.Ne2 Be8 18.Ng3 g6 19.Qd2 b5 20.f5 Rxe5 21.f6 Nd7 22.Qf4 c5 23.b3 Rc8 24.Bxb5 Qxf6 25.Qg4 Rg5 26.Bxd7 Rxg4 27.Bxg4 1/2-1/2

Djuric would have a slight advantage of queen, bishop and pawn for two rooks and knight in the final position after 27...Qc6 28. Bxc8 Qxc8

Australia's two leading juniors International Masters Zong-Yuan Zhao aged 14 from Coffs Harbour and David Smerdon aged 16 from Brisbane both met strong opposition and finished 3rd - 8th equal with two strong grandmasters Alexander Volzhin and Abhijit Kunte as well as International Masters Peter Pisk and Gary Lane.

Zhao beat IM Michael Gluzman in the final round and David Smerdon beat IM Mark Heidenfeld. Australian Champion GM Darryl Johansen, FIDE Master Tim Reilly and Australian Junior Champion 15 year old Justin Tan were half a point behind Zhao and Smerdon.

Leading final scores (125 players, 11 rounds)
S.Djuric (GM Yugoslavia) 9: I.Rogers (GM Australia) 8.5: A.Kunte (GM India), A,Volzhin (GM Russia), Z.Zhao (IM Australia), D.Smerdon (IM Australia), P.Pisk (IM Czech Republic), G.Lane (IM England) all 8: D,Johansen (GM Australia), M.Ezat (IM Egypt), T.Reilly (FM Australia), K.Amary (Egypt), J.Tan (Australia) all 7.5.

Leading final scores in the under 2000 rating event (60 players, 6 rounds): D.Bape (QLD), M.Davidovici (QLD), D.Partsi (VIC), M.Myers (QLD) 5.

Leading final scores in the Australian Open Lightning (5 minute) Championship: M.Heidenfield (IM Ireland) 10/11: A.Kunte (GM India) 8.5: D.Johansen (GM Australia), M.Ezat (IM Egypt), D.Smerdon (IM Australia) and Z.Zhao (IM Australia).

The Australian Junior Championships start today at the Hellenic Club, Woden, Canberra.

Leading final scores in the New Zealand Championship in Auckland (22 players, 11 rounds). C.Depasquale (Alice Springs) 8.5; S.Wastney 8 (NZ Champion); L. Sandler (Melbourne), P.Garbett, L. McLaren 7.5; R. Dive 7; A. Ker, N. Croad 6;