Sydney Morning Herald Chess Column for December 11

Summer Hill Public School has won the NSW Primary Schools Competition which commenced in second term and was contested by 1020 teams from 384 schools. Summer Hill defeated the NSW Country Districts champions,New Lambton Public School in the final. The winners of the Secondary Schools Competition,contested by 305 teams from 95 schools and divided into three grades based on school year,were as follows: Senior (years11-12) - Normanhurst Boys High School;Intermediate (years 9-10) and Junior (years 7-8) both Sydney Grammar School.

The finals of the NSW Country Junior Championships were held on Saturday. The Under 18 section was won by Brendan Serelak of Albion Park with 4.5/5,and the Under 12 section by Vaness Reid of Balarang with 5/5.

The Australian Schools Championships will take place next weekend in Adelaide. Representing NSW will be : Secondary Schools Open - Sydney Grammar School;Secondary Schools Girls-Abbotsleigh;Primary Schools Open and Girls - both Summer Hill Public School

International Master John Paul Wallace outplayed Australian Seniors Champion Phillip Viner to take the sole lead with one round to play in the NSW Championship at North Sydney Leagues Club.

Brett Tindall beat former title holder Paul Dozsa.

Leading scores after 8 rounds: J.P. Wallace 7, B.Tindall and P.Dozsa 6, A.Flatow 5.5, G.Canfell and P.Viner 5, V.Feldman and A.Chek 4.5.

14 year old Kuan-Kuan Tian the defending champion has 4 points and Sydney title holder Michael Walsh 2 points.

A NSW Chess Association grand prix tournament over seven rounds will be held on Saturday and Sunday at North Sydney Leagues Club commencing at 10am on Saturday.

Enquiries Norm Greenwood 9476-4533

The NSW Chess Association Country teams championship was held in Newcastle.

Thirteen teams of 3 players competed resulting in Wollongong taking first place with 12/15. Central Coast was second on 10.5 and Newcastle University, the defending champions third on 10 points.

Alexander Khalifman (Russia), the defending World Champion, drew his two regular games against Peter Leko (Hungary) in his third round match in the World Championship Knockout Match tournament in New Delhi. The two tie-break 25 minute games were drawn and the next two tie-break 15 minute games were also drawn. The first 5 minute game was also drawn and Khalifman won the second 5 minute game to advance to the fourth round.

Alexei Shirov and Michael Adams drew all their regular games in their first 4 matches and won all the tie-break matches.

Viswanathan Anand,the top seed,won each match 1.5-0.5 scoring 4wins with the white pieces.

Results of the first games in the Men's Quarter-Finals Matches - V.Anand (India) 0.5-A.Khalifman (Russia) 0.5 ; M.Adams (England) 1 -V.Topalov (Bulgaria) 0 ; A.Grischuk (Russia) 0.5 -V.Tkachiev (France) 0.5;E.Bareev (Russia)1- A.Shirov (Spain) 0

Results of the first games in the Women's Semi-Finals Matches - E.Kovalevskaya (Russia) 0.5 - J.Xie (China) 0.5; K.Qin (China)1- A.Maric (Yugoslavia) 0