SMH, May 14

Motylev wins Russian Championship

21 year old Grandmaster Alexander Motylev from Ekaterinburg is the winner of the 54th Russian Championship which took place last week in Elista, Kalmykia.

The prize fund was AUS $60,000. 

There were 38 grandmasters including 7 players rated above 2600 and 38 players rated above 2500. 

Motylev performed well above his 2601 rating. Leading final scores ( 60players, 9rounds) A.Motylev (winner on countback) and A.Lastin 6.5 A.Kharlov 6 and 17 players scored 5.5 points. 

The top 16 qualified for the European Championship which is a qualifying event for the 2001 World Championship. 

IM Michael Gluzman of Melbourne (2400) qualified for the 2001 World Championship last month by winning the Oceanic Zonal in Queensland. 

Women's Grandmaster Almira Skripchenko-Lautier of Moldova won the 157 player European Women's championship in Warsaw, Poland. 

The top 29 players qualified for the 2001 Women's World Championship.  

21 year old Grandmaster Rustam Kasimdzhanov from Uzbekistan has won the category 15 (average rating 2618) grandmaster tournament in Essen, Germany scoring 6.5/9. 

GM Emil Sutovsky (Israel) and GM Chrisopher Lutz (Germany) were half a point behind with 6 points. 

There are three grandmaster tournaments in progress in Havana, Cuba in memory of former World Champion (1921-1927) Jose Capablanca (Cuba). 

18 year old Francisco Vallejo of Spain is leading the elite category 13 grandmaster division with four out of six. International Master Alex Wohl of Sydney has scored 3.5/6 in the category 8 grandmaster event. 

Wohl was in first place until losing to Omar Almeida (Cuba) in round 6. GM Irisberto Herrera (Cuba) and IM Carlos Matamoros (Ecuador) share the lead with 4/6. 

Wohl needs 9.5/13 for a GM norm. 

Malcolm Stephens, the top seed,won the World Rated North Sydney Leagues Club Championship conceding only three draws in the eleven round event. 

International Master Irina Berezina-Feldman and Dr Vladimir Zeldovich share the lead with 2/2 in the Caravel Cup tournament at the Hakoah Club,Bondi. 

Leading final scores in the City of Sydney Rapid Play Championship (46 players, 7 rounds) Edgardo Agulto 6.5 Ronald Scott 6 Johny Bolens and Jason Chan 5.5. 

International Master John-Paul Wallace won the Australian Grand Prix tournament in Laurieton scoring 6.5/7. 

Tomek Rej was second with 6 points followed by Kerry Stead on 5 points. 

The next Australian Grand Prix event will be held at Rockdale on Saturday 19th May and Sunday 20th May. 

On May 20th 2001 it is 100 years ago that the fifth World Champion Max Euwe of the Netherlands was born. 

Euwe was World Champion from 1935-1937 and was President of the World Chess Federation from 1970-1978. 

He visited Sydney in 1971 and died in 1992. 

Leading scores in the ACF Grand Prix 2001 - IM J.P.Wallace (NSW) 36 K.Stead (NSW) 26 T.Rej (NSW) 23 D.Stephson (QLD) 22.5 GM D.Johansen (VIC) and IM D.Smerdon (QLD) 20 GM S.Djuric(Yugoslavia) 18 IM S.Solomon (QLD) 17