Number 09/10A      .....      13 October 2009




Editor’s notes


This is the first issue after a break due to my northern tour. As a result there is a bit to get through so this is a very short introduction - editorialising can wait until some space needs filling.


From here we hope to revert to the intended schedule of fortnightly issues (second and fourth Tuesdays).



Ian Rout



Note: Links in light blue are to sections within the newsletter, those in grey are external and orange links are to the archive of previous issues.

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Major Events
General News

Tournament News and Results

Coming Events

Overseas Tournaments and News

Membership Scheme Proposal

On-Line Media

Letters to the Editor

State News

Tournament Reports


Sundries / Late News


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Nominations for ACF Medals


All ACF affiliates are reminded of the opportunity to nominate potential winners of the following ACF medals, to be awarded in January 2010 in accordance with the ACF Medals Procedures by-law, which may be viewed at the ACF website at




– Steiner Medal – Australian ‘Player of the Year’ 2009

To be awarded to the player who has made the greatest impact not necessarily the highest-rated – for the most notable achievement during 2009. The Steiner medal is an annual award and may be won by a previous recipient.


– Koshnitsky Medal – Chess Administration

This is a lifetime achievement award, not limited to accomplishments or services during a particular period, and cannot be awarded more than once to the same person. It is awarded for an outstanding contribution to Australian chess administration at national or state level.


A link [Chess Medals] to lists of previous ACF medal winners is at



Separate documents containing the following should be provided in respect of each nominee:

·         name (correctly spelt);

·         contact details (phone, email, postal address);

·         a citation describing relevant achievements, suitable for reading and/or publication when the medal is presented;

·         anything else relevant to the nomination.

A person submitting a nomination must retain at least one complete copy of each document submitted in connection with the nomination and must phone (03) 9787 7974 or 0409 525 963 to confirm that it has been received if delivery has not been acknowledged 24 hours after expected delivery time.

Nominations for the Koshnitsky medal must be sent to one of the following addresses so as to be received on or before Friday 18 December 2009:

— email:
— post: 22 Bruarong Crescent, Frankston South Vic 3199

Nominations for the Steiner medal must be sent to one of the above addresses as follows:

if sent by post – to be received on or before Wednesday 23 December 2009;
— if sent by email – to be received on or before Wednesday 6 January 2010.


The announcement of winners and presentation of medals will take place at 5pm Wednesday 13 January 2010 in the Norths Celebrity Room, 12 Abbott Street, Cammeray, Sydney, immediately prior to the presentation of prizes for the forthcoming Australian Championship.

Distribution of This Notice

Recipients of this notice are asked to ensure that it is distributed as extensively as possible to maximize nominations in respect of the most suitable nominees.



Gary Wastell

ACF Medals Selections Coordinator

Previous Notices


The following notices from prior issues remain in force


2010 Olympiad: Activity Requirement and Application Deadline

- previously reported 09/09A

Commonwealth Championship – ACF provisional selections


Nominated entrant to receive twin share room and breakfast


Max Illingworth


Reserves in order:

Ben Lazarus

Emma Guo

WIM Alex Jule


Nominated entrant to play in Commonwealth Open despite being under FIDE 2200


Ben Lazarus


Reserves in order:

Emma Guo

WIM Alex Jule


My thanks to the selectors who were: IA Charles Zworestine, Ian Rout, IM Guy West, FM Geoff Saw.


These selections will become final if no appeals are received by 17 October.



Kevin Bonham

ACF Selections Director


The following is an update of a notice previously reported in Newsletter 09/09A


11th World University Championships - seeking informal expressions of interest


The 11th World University Championships will be held in Zurich, Switzerland from 5-12 September 2010, just prior to the Olympiad. (See  It is an individual tournament for which a team ranking is computed. 


Australia is entitled to be represented by between three and eight players, which must include at least one and not more than five players of each gender.  Participants must be born between January 1st, 1982 and December 31st, 1992.  It appears that it is not required that all participants be from the same university.

At this stage expressions of interest have been received from about seven players, one of them female.


Preliminary informal expressions of interest are now sought from others who expect to be enrolled at an Australian university in 2010 and are potentially interested in competing.  Expressions of interest may be submitted by groups from a particular university, or by individuals. On this basis, the ACF may decide to conduct a selections process.


This event was advertised in the previous Newsletter but as we are still chasing up some details, the deadline for expressions of interest is extended to October 23 (a decision is likely to be made at or shortly after the ACF Council meeting scheduled for October 26).  Expressions of interest should be emailed to  No information other than the names, universities and email addresses of potentially interested players is required.



Kevin Bonham

ACF Selections Director


Position Vacant – ACF Advertising Manager


The ACF invites expressions of interest from any reader who might be willing to oversee the appearance of suitable advertising material in ACF publications, principally this Newsletter, and on the ACF website.


For additional information please email with cc to

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2010 Australian Chess Championship


Venue: norths, 12 Abbott Street, Cammeray, NSW.


2nd to 13th January 2010 plus various supporting events: a major Tournament, a Minor tournament, a shorter seven-round event and the Australian Lightning Championship


More information at the official site


Australian Primary and Secondary Schools
Chess Teams Finals 2009


The  Australian Primary and Secondary Schools Chess Team Finals 2009 will be held at Scotch College, Hawthorn, Victoria on December 5 and 6, 2009. The venue will be the Cardinal Pavilion.

Details were previously reported in newsletter


The event now has a web site at

2010 Australian Junior Chess Championships

(the following extracted from various sources)


The Tasmanian Chess Association will be hosting the Australian Junior 2010 in Hobart on behalf of the Australian Junior Chess League at The Hutchins School, Sandy Bay, Hobart from January 14th to 25th 2010.


In addition to the age group events there will be national rapid and lightning championships and a problem solving competition.

Details were previously reported in newsletter 09/09A


More information at the official site

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Death of ACF Life Member, John Hanks


ACF Treasurer Norm Greenwood has forwarded the following extract from Peter Parr’s chess column in the Sydney Morning Herald on 8 June.


Australian Master John Hanks died in Melbourne on 31 May at the age of 83.


Hanks beat Australian Master John Purdy (twice Australian Champion) in the following brevity in the Aust Championship.


J. Hanks v J. Purdy Adelaide 1960

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 c5 6.dxc5 Qa5 7.Bd2 Qxc5 8.Qe2 Bg4 9.Nf3 Nc6 10.Be3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Nd4 12.Bxd4 Qxd4 13.Rd1 Qc5 14.Be2 O-O 15.b3 Nd7 16.Nd5 e6



17.b4 wins the Queen 1-0.


Hanks was one of Australia’s leading players for over thirty years and was one of only eight players to be awarded the Australian Master Title in the period 1950-1970. The strict ACF Master Points scheme ensured only the very strongest players earned the lifetime title.


Australia now has 76 internationally titled master players with much easier conditions.


Hanks represented Australia at our first Olympiad in Tel-Aviv 1964 scoring 6/11 on board 2.


Hanks was champion of Victoria in 1955, 1956 and 1968 and was one of only seven Honorary Life Members of the Australian Chess Federation.


Chess As Sport


Oceania President Gary Bekker has added to the growing number of Australian organisers and players urging sporting and government authorities in Australia to recognise chess as a sport.


Most recent targets have been the Australian Olympic Committee and State Olympic Councils in New South Wales and Victoria.


Arbiter Training Plans


IA Gary Bekker has applied to FIDE for authority to organize a number of arbiter training seminars in Australia and neighbouring countries.


The move follows the decision by FIDE to require compulsory attendance at one such seminar among the eligibility requirements for the awarding of FIDE and International Arbiter titles.


If the application is successful, the first such seminar is likely to be held in Sydney or Auckland in 2010.


Forthcoming Publication: ‘Developing Chess Talent’

The following are extracts from a recent press release announcing the publication next year of a book which may be of interest to those providing chess coaching for juniors. Parts of the book also deal with issues relating to autism.


The book ‘Developing Chess Talent’ will be published in April 2010.

The subtitle is ‘How to create a chess culture by coaching, training, organization and communication’.


Authors are Karel van Delft and IM Merijn van Delft.The foreword is by GM Artur Yusupov. The translation is by Peter Boel. Publisher is KVDC (Karel van Delft Communication), Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.


'Developing Chess Talent' is a translation of the Dutch book ‘Schaaktalent ontwikkelen’ (KVDC, 2008).


A month before publication, a preview with contents, parts of the text, the foreword by GM Artur Yusupov and some pictures from the book will be made available.


The book can be ordered via Karel van Delft, The price is 24,50 euros plus 3 euros for postage handling.


Merijn van Delft and Karel van Delft are both psychologists. They were co-founders of the Apeldoorn chess foundation SBSA, which has trained several Dutch youth champions.


Merijn van Delft is a professional chess trainer, living in Hamburg, Germany. Karel van Delft is a freelance publicist, living in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.


Beauty and the Geek


Jeremy Reading of Canberra is a contestant on the reality (= not very realistic at all) TV show Beauty and the Geek, in which eight stereotypical geeks (chess player, comic book collector, various species of scientist etc) are paired with eight stereotypical airheads (tanning salon operative, model, V8 grid girl, “aspiring actress” etc).


In Round 1 Jeremy won a guaranteed place in Round 2, courtesy of his partner’s performance in a challenge where the Beauties had to teach a class of primary school children smarter than themselves, but failed to see one move ahead to where everybody was given free passage to Round 2.


The show continues for seven more Thursdays at 8:30pm on the Seven network.

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Alexei Shirov at Surfers Paradise


World-ranked player Alexei Shirov visited the Surfers Paradise Open, delivering a lecture and giving a simultaneous exhibition. He dropped only one draw, to local junior Daniel Lapitan, in the 25-board simul.


An extensive report on the tournament and simul by Charles Zworestine appears in the Tournament Reports section.


Sydney International Open to continue


Brian Jones of ACE has announced that that the SIO will go ahead in 2010 with funding from various sources including the NSWCA and donations from the chess public. The principal sponsor will be GM Murray Chandler (NZ), founder of Gambit Books and author of How To Beat Your Dad At Chess.


A press release from the organisers reads in part as follows:


The venue is again the historic Parramatta Town Hall in Western Sydney and free hotel accommodation (twin share room) is offered to International Chess Grandmasters. There are two nine-round FIDE-rated swiss tournaments, the Sydney International Open (SIO) and the Sydney International Challengers (SIC). Cash prizes exceed A$16,000 and visas can be arranged on request for overseas players (please provide passport details).


Australian Young Masters


The Australian Young Masters was organised by Vladimir Smirnov at the Sydney Chess Academy from 7th to 11th October.


Andrew Brown won the main event with 7.5/9 from Blair Mandla 6, Gene Nakauchi 5.5, Allen Setiabudi and Oscar Wang 5.


Sally Yu ran away with the Junior Masters, scoring 7.5/9 ahead of Alister Cameron, Nicholas Deen-Cowell and Kevin Tan 5.5.


The Girls’ Masters was won by Alana Chibnall 7.5/9 with Sophie Eustace and Megan Setiabudi on 6.5.


Recent GP weekend results


Blayney Open, NSW (Sep 12-13) Emma Guo 5.5/6 won by a clear point from Mosaddeque Ali, Romeo Capilitan, FM Vladimir Smirnov, Angelito Camer, Allen Setiabudi, Paul Broekhuyse and Fritz Van Der Wal. (47 players).


Nell Van De Graaff Classic, Gold Coast, Qld (Sep 19-20) IM Stephen Solomon won with 5.5/6 from Josu Tornay, Phachara Wongwichit and FM Gene Nakauchi  5. The teams event was won by Alexander and Axel Stahnke, Phachara Wongwichit and Samuel Mainwood. (49 players). Scores and photos.


Bendigo Surfers Paradise Open, Gold Coast, Qld (Sep 26-27)  Moulthun Ly won on tie-break from Phachara Wongwichit, who scored a sensational win over GM David Smerdon, and Smerdon, all on 5 just ahead of George Lester, IM Leonid Sandler and Jonas Muller 4.5 (42 players) 


Surfers Paradise U/1600 (Sep 26-27) A last round win by Joerg Hackenschmidt-Uecker took the Minor with 5.5/6 from Douglas Williams and Alexander O’Flynn 5. (16 players) 


Surfers Paradise Fun Group (Sep 27)  Curtis Jack on 5.5/6 won this one-day section from Jake Pyper and Andrew Peck 4.5. (27 players)


Ryde-Eastwood Open, NSW (Oct 3-5) This heavyweight event was taken out by IM George Xie won with 6.5/7 from GM Zong-Yuan Zhao 6, with FM Vladimir Smirnov, Max Illingworth and GM David Smerdon 5.5.  (71 players) 


The Croydon Anand, Vic (Oct 3-4) IM Guy West won with 4.5/5 from Justin Tan, Lawrence Bretag, IM James Morris and Ian Birchall 4.  (36 players) 


Adelaide Labour Day Weekender, SA (Oct 3-4) Kevin Sheldrick and Alistair Cameron finished equal first on 5/6 with Miguel ferro and Alexander Sykes on 4. (13 players) 


Wendy Terry Memorial, Redcliffe, Qld (Oct 10-11) Moulthun Ly won with 5.5/6 from IM Stephen Solomon and George Lester 5. (40 players) 

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Grand prix events


Oct 24-25 Burnie Shines Weekender, Burnie, Tas link

Oct 30–Nov 3 Melbourne Cup Weekender, Melbourne Vic link

Oct 31–Nov 1 Gosford Open, Gosford, NSW link

Nov 7-8 Fisher’s Ghost Open, Campbelltown, NSW link

Nov 28-29 Vikings Weekender, Tuggeranong, ACT


Full GP calendar: link




Gold Coast Allegro Gardiner Chess Centre (GCC), Mudgeeraba. 18 October  link


Junior Tournament GCC, Mudgeeraba. 19 October  link


Fernvale Junior Chess Tournament 20 October  link


Suncoast Individual Age Championships Lake Kawana Community Centre 22 October  link


Checkmate Challenege Cleveland. 25 October  contact


Queensland Girls Schools Teams Championships Loreto College. 26 October.  


Brisbane Individual Age Championships MacGregor State School. 27 October  link

Bundaberg Individual Age Championships 27 October. Contact Allan Menham 4151 7469


Gold Coast Individual Age Championships Varsity College. 28 October  link

Queensland Minor Championship Woolloongabba, Qld. 7-8 November  link


Queensland Vets and Disabled Championship Inala, 14-15 November  link


Maryborough One Day Event 14 November. Contact Allan Menham 4151 7469.


FNQ Individual Age Championships The Bishop Centre, Trinity Anglican School, White Rock Campus. 14 November.


Gold Coast Lightning and Transfer GCC, Mudgeeraba. 22 November  link

Darling Downs Cup tba. 28-29 November  link



Bunnings Sausage Sizzle MCC; 20 November 2009 link contact


Melbourne CC Allegro Ch MCC; from 21 November 2009 link contact


Victorian Blitz Ch MCC; from 21 November 2009 link contact




Tasmania Rapid Chess Series III Launceston; 21 November link


Please notify forthcoming tournaments to


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The George Trundle NZ Masters Tournament (26 Sep – 4 Oct) at the Auckland Chess Centre was won by GM Gawain Jones (ENG) 7/9 from GM Darryl Johansen (AUS) and IM Stephen Solomon 6. FM Mike Steadman with 5 was the best of the Kiwis.


Solomon Island International (24-28 Sep) Shaun Press (PNG) won the inaugural edition of this event with 7/9 from FM Brian Jones (AUS) 6.5 and Fernando Aguilar (SOL), FM Lee Jones (AUS) and Kerry Stead (AUS) 6. IA Gary Bekker directed.


Magnus Carlen (NOR), who recently took on Garry Kasparov as his coach, scored an astonishing 2.5 point victory at Najing Pearl Springs, China (28 Sep – 9 Oct) with 6 wins and four draws, including at least one win against every other competitor. Also participating were Topalov, Wang Yue, Radjabov, Leko and Jakovenko.


A concurrent women’s Grand Prix tournament at the same venue was won by Xu Yuhua from Nana Dzagnidze and Zhao Xue.


FIDE has announced that bids for the Anand v Topalov World Championship Match which is currently scheduled for April 2010 were received from Bulgaria, Turkey and Singapore. Bidders have been given until 15 October to provide financial guarantees.

Bilbao Masters, Spain  (6-12 Sep) Levon Aronian won the Grand Slam final featuring qualifiers from Grand Slam events throughout the year. Aronian’s score of 13/6 (the 3-1-0 scale as used) was 5 points ahead of second-placed Grischuk; Karjakin and Shirov were the other participants.


Russia won the 2009 World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad (24 Sep – 3 Oct) in Turkey. Australia was not represented.


The World Women's Team Championship, Ningbo, China (2-11 Sep) resulted in a three-way tie with China (GM Hou Yifan, GM Zhao Xue, WGM Shen Yang, Ju Wenjun and WGM Huang Qian) winning on tie-break from Russia and Ukraine.


Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov staged an exhibition match in Valencia, Spain (21-24 Sep) of four rapid and eight blitz games to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their controversial first World Championship match, which involved no rapid or blitz games and was not held in Spain. Kasparov won 9-3, the easiest of his match victories over Karpov.


Gianluca “Il Dottore” Sirci of Italy is reported to have won the inaugural European heavyweight chessboxing Championship in London, checkmating Andy “The Rock” Costello.

For chess tourists


The ACF receives information about a wide variety of chess happenings in other parts of the world, and it is sometimes difficult to rank the likely levels of interest among Australian players. The following is a summary of events about which information has been received in recent times. In some cases, additional information may be obtained by contacting the Editor or ACF Councillor for your State Association.


The date listed is the start date, see the link for the full schedule.


World Junior and Girls’ Championships: 21 Oct 2009, Puerto Madryn, Chubut Province, Argentina  link  accommodation  contact


Czech Tour 2009/10: 24 Oct 2009, Liberec, Czech Republic  link  contact


Asian Indoor Games: 30 Oct 2009, Quang Ninh, Vietnam  link


World Youth Championships: 11 Nov 2009, Kemer-Antalya, Turkey link


FIDE World Cup: 19 Nov 2009, Khanty Mansiysk, Russia  link contact


Benidorm Chess Festival: 27 Nov 2009, Benidorm, Spain  link contact


Asian Schools Festival: 16 Dec 2009, Colombo, Sri Lanka  contact


Asian Teams Championship: 20 Dec 2009, Kolkata, India  link contact


Hastings international Chess Congress: 28 Dec 2009, Hastings, England  link contact


Delhi International Open: 13 Jan 2010, New Delhi, India  link contact


Gibtelecom International Chess Festival: 26 Jan 2010, Gibralter  link contact


World University Chess Ch 2010: 4 Sep 2010, Universitätsstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland link - also refer Notices

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New Chess Victoria Secretary


CV President Katrin Wills has reported that the previously vacant position of Honorary Secretary has been filled by Ms Sonia Masini, who is currently employed as an HR Manager with the Department of Premier and Cabinet.


Players who attended the CV simultaneous exhibitions in aid of the Victorian bushfire appeal may have already met Sonia, who assisted with the presentation of the exhibitions.


2009 Lexus of Blackburn Victorian Championship and Reserves is being played at various venues from 10th October to 15th November. More information at link


Stewart Booth and Mark Bruere jointly won the Victorian Country Championship in Castlemaine on October 4-5.


The Chess Victoria AGM will reportedly be held on 29 November.


New South Wales


Integra NSW State Championship and Reserves organised by Greg Canfell is running from 30 September – 2 December at the Sydney Academy of Chess in Burwood. More information at link




The 2009 Queensland Championship is in progress at Inala. More information at link


State associations are invited to submit regular round-ups for inclusion, as are clubs and other bodies.

State pages (links)


New South Wales



Western Australia

South Australia


Australian Capital Territory

Western Australia


The 2009 WA Closed Championship at South Perth was won by Tristan Boyd. More information at link




The 2009 Tasmanian U18 Championships were held on Oct 10-11 in Hobart. Age group winners were:


U18 – Alastair Dyer

U16 – Lawrence Bretag

U14 – Mitchell Reid

U12 – Harry Briant

U10 – Oscar Brown

U8 – Anurag Gillkum


 More information at link


Australian Capital Territory


The ACT Junior Championship resulted in a three-way tie between Allen Stiabudi, who won the title in a play-off, Alana Chibnall and Justin Chow.


The ACT Championship is in progress at Tuggeranong Vikings on Friday 4th September. The event runs for nine rounds.

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In ACF News 09/09A Peter Parr outlined his proposal for an ACF Membership Scheme. Denis Jessop presents his views on the proposal.

An ACF Membership Scheme – Peter Parr's Proposal


I noted with interest the ACF Membership Scheme proposed by Peter Parr in the previous issue of the ACF Newsletter.


As Peter notes, there have in the past been ACF membership schemes that have failed though not, I believe, because a box of cards was lost. There has also been at least one recent public proposal for such a scheme.


Thus I read Peter's paper with some anticipation. Unfortunately, that was misplaced. It turns out that Peter's scheme is not really for ACF membership but for a restructuring of the ACF and State Associations financial relations. ACF membership is but a small aspect and one not well conceived either.


I do not propose to address the financial structure aspect in detail. It has little to do with ACF membership and, as finances were restructured relatively recently, has virtually no chance of acceptance by the ACF or the States in my view.


Moreover, I believe that, among other things,


  • the proposal involves the ACF dictating fundamental structural matters to the States which even I, as a supporter of the ACF Commission proposal a few years ago, reject and
  • the States would not be better off as Peter alleges.


The essence of the membership aspect is that chess players would pay a membership fee to their State Association and, consequently they would become ACF members. The States would pass on part of the fee to the ACF.


I would see such a concept as totally unacceptable to the ACF. Some fundamental features of membership of an organisation are that -


  • the member applies direct to the organisation under the rules of the organisation;
  • the organisation grants membership;
  • fees are paid to the organisation by the member;
  • the member has certain defined rights and liabilities as a member;
  • the organisation has powers of discipline over the member.


None of those matters is in Peter's proposal.


The only aspect of Peter's proposal that is superficially attractive is the suggestion that the ACF would need to be able to tell a prospective sponsor how many members it had. This is misconceived. If so asked, the obvious answer is that the ACF is a national umbrella body that does not have individual members but it does maintain a national ratings list of active and inactive players. The number of players on that list is X ( or A (active) and I (inactive) ).


Moreover, the kind of dual membership he proposes has fundamental flaws. What, for example if the member commits some act in respect of which the State and the ACF have differing views regarding discipline? And how are the membership records to be maintained so that each relevant organisation, all of which are incorporated associations, can comply with its statutory obligations?


I see no place for individual membership of the ACF as presently structured. The concept is incompatible both with the present ACF/State structure and with the position of the ACF in the Australian chess world. The ACF has actual responsibility for a tiny percentage of Australian chess  -


  • those matters that need to be handled at a national level because the States individually cannot do so and
  • international matters such as relations with FIDE.


Critics of the ACF too often confuse what they think its role should be with what it actually is. The issues are not necessarily the same. Were the ACF a truly national body in that it had responsibility for all Australian chess with the State Associations replaced by branches of the ACF, national membership would be a necessity. But while the States, as individual associations, remain responsible for at least 95% of Australian chess, such membership is of no point.


I mention that, although I am a Vice President of the ACF, the views expressed above are mine and do not necessarily represent those of the ACF.


Denis Jessop

7 October 2009


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The following is a list of on-line Australian sources of chess news and comment know to the Editor. This will be updated and republished from time to time.


This does not include club websites, which will be a separate project, except those in blog format (a fine line, but the lists probably will ultimately be combined).


Newspaper columns


Ian Rogers (Byron Bay Echo)  [warning – loads the whole paper]

Peter Parr (Sydney Morning Herald)

Bulletin boards






The Closet Grandmaster (Amiel Rosario)

chessexpress (Shaun Press)

Youth chess (Weng Nian Siow)


Australian Chess News

David Cordover

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club CC

Burnie Chess Club

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From: Miles Patterson


Dear Ian,


Congratulations on taking up the reins as editor of the Newsletter.  I am sorry to have to start with a complaint but I must question your decision to print the highly offensive letter (from M. Sweeney) in the 8 September issue.


Whatever the qualities of the ACF executive, there is no excuse for such abuse. If the office holders' shortcomings are so obvious to Mr Sweeney, he should have no difficulty in presenting specific issues and providing constructive criticism and alternatives.


I have edited newsletters/magazines in the past and am well aware of the editor's frequently desperate need for contributions, but that does not mean everything submitted is fit to publish.




Miles Patterson




From: Andrew Robinson


Hi Ian


I am a social chess player who plays once a week at my local club, and is not interested in the political side of chess.


However, in the latest newsletter I believe editorial authority should have been exercised so that the letter written by Matt Sweeney not be published.


Such unproductive vitriolic language does nothing for Australian Chess.


I don't believe adding a disclaimer is enough when a wish is expressed for people to "give each other HIV/AIDS", and there is talk of cadavers and cremations. Are children on the subscription list?


I believe such language and abuse is common in some web forums, but it should not appear in the ACF's national newsletter.




Andrew Robinson


The Gap Chess Club Inc.

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Magic Moulthun Meets Shining Shirov

A Report on the 2009 Surfers Paradise Open (by DOP Charles Zworestine)


This report originally appeared on the Kings of Chess web site.


Well, I told everyone in my report on this event last year that variety is the spice of life; so tournament organiser Amir Karibasic decided to add even more variety this year! One element of this was forced on him, as unlike last year he had no public holiday and so only two playing days. This meant he had to run the event at the standard weekender time controls of 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start (Fischer) – a 6 round event, just like last year. But why only 6 rounds, when he could easily have fitted in 7 at this time control? Well, that was the other element of variety as compared to last year – only this one was rather more exciting…


For the 2008 event, Super GM Alexei Shirov judged the brilliancy prize: a nice feature of the event, which understandably proved very popular. But this time, both Amir and Alexei did substantially better: Alexei showed up in person! Yes, he made the long trip to Australia (his second visit, after the 2000 Olympics in Sydney where he played an exhibition game against Vishy Anand) to give a talk on the Saturday night and a simul on the Sunday afternoon. This was why there were only 6 rounds (4 on the Saturday, 2 on the Sunday): to allow time for the Shirov simul. I think most players agreed that this was a more enjoyable use of their time…


It was good for me too; getting to meet Shirov, a most charming and personable man, and seeing some high standard chess made a welcome change, just like last year, from my hectic university teaching commitments! (Remind me not to take on four courses next term)… Staying with Sam Grigg’s family was another change, and I can only thank them for their wonderful hospitality; they breed them warm and friendly on the Gold Coast! So not having to worry about practicalities, I could enjoy Amir’s 3 tournaments: the 6 round Open and Under 1600 events on both days, and the 6 round “fun tournament” on the Sunday. While not quite as strong as last year, the Open event still featured our latest GM, David Smerdon, as top seed; an IM, fourth seeded Leonid Sandler; a WIM, fifth seed Anastasia Sorokina; and two FMs, second seed Vlad Smirnov and young Gene Nakauchi. Add to this a former Australian Junior Champion, third seed Moulthun Ly, and we knew were in for a fun event! Let’s see how it all went…


After the dust had cleared, it turned out there were no upsets in the Open event in Round 1; but if you had been watching what I saw, you would have been as amazed at that fact as I was! It all began with Smurf, who had an almighty struggle against Tony Weller after failing to really refute Tony’s interesting piece sacrifice; he was fortunate to win in the end after Tony walked into a mate in two in mutual time pressure. Vlad Smirnov was also lucky to beat Alex Stahnke, misplaying his ending after swapping queens on move 3; at one stage his position looked inferior to me, but then he fought back in typical fashion to end up a convincing winner in a rook ending a pawn up. Ben Lazarus was the other lucky winner, as 8 year old Anton Smirnov made it a very interesting round for the Smirnov family! Trying to grind the youngster down in a rook, knight and opposite coloured bishop ending a pawn up, Ben stunned us all by blundering a knight in time pressure just when he looked to be making progress; he was fortunate that the inexperienced Anton blundered another pawn, then sacrificed the piece back to swap into a lost king and pawn ending where he lost his last pawn – a rook pawn too!


{See Smerdon-Weller in the Games section}


No upsets in the first round of the Under 1600 event either, except for Axel Stahnke losing to rising junior Kees Huband-Lint. Meanwhile Kees’ coach, Sam Grigg, tried to bore Smurf to death by swapping pieces on top board of the Open event in Round 2! As usual, this failed; David showing GM technique to convert a positional advantage of good knight vs bad bishop. Vlad Smirnov again played an eventful game on Board 2, eventually beating Jonas Muller in a mutual time scramble from a double edged position with three minor pieces against Jonas’ rook and bishop – and loose pawns all over the board! Anastasia Sorokina fought back from a tough endgame the exchange for a pawn down to finally trump Bruce Williams in time pressure – then promptly took a Round 3 bye with Leonid Sandler to watch his beloved St. Kilda against Geelong in the AFL grand final! (Geelong won). Upsets saw Yi Liu recover from a poor opening to win two pieces for a rook and beat Gene Nakauchi; Abbie Kanagarajah win a long time scramble against Daniel Ford; Brent Winston stun Mark Stokes; and Ryan Louie do likewise to Nicholas Deen-Cowell. The top two boards of the Under 1600 were also upsets, draws by William Bay and Charlie Guo against Hackenschmidt-Uecker and Craig Stewart respectively; while further upsets saw Joe Delmastro beat Kai Tan, and Harry Hughes defeat Mark Cervenjak.


Smurf kept rolling on in Round 3, accounting for Justin Tan when his knight and rook got in to the enemy position and cleaned up! Vlad Smirnov was not so lucky, overlooking tactics to find himself splattered in an upset lost to Phachara Wongwichit. Magic Moulthun won a positional game against Emma Guo, taking advantage of his good knight vs her bad bishop in a locked position; while Vinod Kumar won an even longer struggle to upset Ben Lazarus, his queen and extra pawns eventually triumphing against Ben’s two rooks. Yi Liu had a quick draw with Sam Grigg, while Sebastian Jule had a rather longer one against David Spuler… The Under 1600 event saw more upsets, with Alex O’Flynn being the latest victim of another underrated junior in Harry Hughes. With Joe Delmastro taking advantage of a generous knight sacrifice in a tricky bishop vs knight ending full of passed pawns to upset Craig Stewart, this left three players jointly in the lead on 3/3: Doug Williams (1533), Joe (1196) and Harry (just 806)!


{See Wongwichit-Smirnov in the Games section}


So, just 4 players on 3/3 going in to Round 4 of the Open – and what was in the water on Saturday night? First Vlad Smirnov lost his second game in a row, going down in another big upset to fast rising 12 year old Yi Liu; but even this paled into insignificance compared to what happened on Board 1… In a much better position against Phachara, Grandmaster Smurf decided to sacrifice a rook, thinking he won it back via a discovered check; but in fact he only won back the exchange, so he ended up a piece down! This miscalculation proved fatal, Phachara showing good technique to go on and score a huge upset win. He was joined on 4/4 by Magic Moulthun, who attacked well to beat Vinod Kumar; while Sorokina and Sandler, clearly worn out by their AFL grand final exertions, had a very quick draw… The Under 1600 saw Joe Delmastro defeat Harry Hughes to share the lead on 4/4 with Doug Williams, who beat William Bay. Top seed Joerg Hackenschmidt-Uecker was also up there on 3.5/4 after his win over Axel Stahnke.


{See Wongwichit-Smerdon in the Games section}



Round 5 saw Moulthun emerge from complications the exchange ahead to defeat Phachara and claim the outright lead on 5/5. An even more intriguing game occurred on Board 2 between Yi Liu and Anastasia Sorokina, the former turning it into a tactical battle very early on which ran 28 fascinating moves before settling into a perpetual check. Yi thus joined a log jam of players on 4/5, which included Phachara, Smurf (beat Vinod Kumar), Sandler (who used two bishops and initiative to score a crushing attacking win over Justin Tan), Jonas Muller (upset Ben Lazarus) and Bruce Williams (beat Gene Nakauchi). The latter was a time pressure upset, Gene being attacked and going down after failing to find the best defense when short of time.


{See Liu-Sorokina and Ly-Wongwichit in the Games section}


 The above draw meant an ideal last round matchup between Smurf and Magic Moulthun to see if Smurf could catch MM for equal first; and this the GM duly did, winning another interesting game where his queen and two extra pawns proved too powerful for Moulthun’s three minor pieces. This meant a three way tie for first on 5/6 after Phachara converted pressure and a time advantage into an extra piece and the full point against Bruce Williams. Leonid Sandler and Yi Li failed to join them, Leonid drawing early with Jonas Muller after failing to secure an opening advantage as White; and Yi mistakenly swapping from a drawish looking rook ending into a lost king and pawn ending to go down to George Lester. (Leonid later claimed that all this meant he had made the least number of moves of all the players in the event; must mean his moves were very powerful, he said…). Vlad Smirnov finally made something of his event with a win against Anastasia Sorokina; while upsets in the time scramble at the end were scored by Brodie McClymont over Gene Nakauchi, and Ryan Stevens over Vinod Kumar.


And no, I have not forgotten about the Under 1600 event! Round 5 saw Doug Williams finally end Joe Delmastro’s run to claim the outright lead on 5/5; but the top seed was breathing down his neck on 4.5/5 after winning a piece to beat Harry Hughes. Alex O’Flynn was coming back into contention too after his win over Joe Kingston; while Peter Haron upset Mark Cervenjak… The final round then saw the cream come to the top, our top seed Joerg entering a rook ending a pawn up and duly converting to beat Doug Williams and take out first prize on 5.5/6. Alex O’Flynn had a tougher fight against Joe Delmastro, his rook and two minor pieces eventually beating Joe’s queen. This left Alex in equal second place with Doug on 5/6; while the upset win by Kees Huband-Lint over Kingston snared him a share of the Under 1200 prize with Delmastro.


The fun event on the Sunday attracted 22 players, and was won by Curtis Jack on 5.5/6. Second place was shared on 4.5/6 by Jake Pyper and Andrew Peck. It was nice to see two adults playing in this Under 1000 event (Andrew was one of them), meant to be tailor made “for parents and beginners” – of course there were more junior “beginners” than parents! There were many more draws than you might expect in such an event; but then again, if you must stalemate with three extra queens, I guess that is not too surprising… This is why it was called a beginner’s event! More importantly, everyone did have fun in this event; that of course was its main purpose…


So ended another successful Surfers Paradise event, except for the one more exceptional feature this year: 26 brave souls facing up to Alexei Shirov for their chance at simul glory! Apart from the usual crop of youngsters, this included star Gold Coast organiser Graeme Gardiner – it was the first time many of us had ever seen him actually play chess… A respectful silence engulfed the playing hall as Shirov walked around; and it was amazing to see how aggressively he attacked on practically every board! On one board, he sacrificed his queen (admittedly for rook and bishop) to force a very pretty mate or win it back with interest; on several other boards, he sacrificed the exchange; and sometimes this was even in queenless endgames! He was trying to create something pretty on almost every board; it was incredible to watch…


Anton Smirnov was first to fall; Shirov obviously knows the dangers up and coming 8 year olds can pose, so he splattered him with a crushing attack on his king! He later praised both Anton and Justin Tan, “for knowing when to resign”… In the end, out of 25 boards, Shirov won 24, drawing with another junior in Daniel Lapitan after Daniel calmly defended well in a position where many club players would have panicked. Amin Fazel also came close, as Shirov admitted afterwards he thought about offering a draw in their game. Amin played for a win but lost in the end, as it was the Super GM who better handled the pinning tactics…


{See Shirov-Lapitan in the Games section}


Unfortunately I had to leave before all games were over; but fortunately, Nenad Chelebichanin (thanks Nenad) sent me a report (under the heading “Shirov simul: fire on many boards”) on some of the other games! Ivan Zelich's game was the last to finish, and was most attractive and interesting for the spectators. Shirov sacrificed his queen for a mating attack; Zelich defended well, but found his lone black queen was no match for a team of White pieces. Against a player rated more than 2100 points higher, Zelich still played much better than his 607 Queensland junior rating would suggest... In another good game against Michael Van Pelt, Shirov sacrificed the exchange for positional compensation on the queenside and converted it into a win, but said Michael had a very good position in the middle game... Some players even tried to use Shirov's own weapons against him; Graeme Gardiner for example sacrificed the exchange, but his attempt to storm the White king was too slow. Cameron De Vere did manage to attack the White king; but Shirov defended well, then counterattacked and better handled the complications.


Shirov also gave a lecture on Saturday night, where he first presented a game of his as Black in the complicated Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense. He used this to demonstrate how top players prepare for a game, trying to find favourable transpositions to improve on the standard positions arising from the opening. Then he showed something completely different: how he thought at the board in a game where his position was not good, and managed to win the game. Answering questions, he then revealed how he came up with his “most amazing move”, Bh3; his g4 invention in a well known opening variation. In short: learn from your losses, RYbka and your intuition!


Open Prizes: = 1st Moulthun Ly, Phachara Wongwichit, David Smerdon 5/6; = 4th Leonid Sandler, Jonas Muller, George Lester (the latter two = 1st Under 2000) 4.5/6; = 5th (and all = 3rd Under 2000 except the first two) Vladimir Smirnov, Ben Lazarus, Yi Liu, Brodie McClymont, Ian Rout, Ryan Stevens, Justin Tan, Bruce Williams 4/6.


Under 1600 Prizes: 1st Joerg Hackenschmidt-Uecker 5.5/6; = 2nd Doug Williams, Alex O’Flynn 5/6; 4th Craig Stewart 4.5/6; = 5th Axel Stahnke, Mark Cervenjak 4/6; = 1st Under 1200 Joe Delmastro, Kees Huband-Lint 4/6.


Under 1000 (Fun Section) Prizes: 1st Curtis Jack 5.5/6; = 2nd Jake Pyper, Andrew Peck 4.5/6; = Best Junior (latter two also = Best Female) Alex Jack, Melanie Karibasic, Shelley Xing 4/6.

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Smerdon,D (2535) - Weller,T (1754) [B22]

Surfers Paradise Open (1), 26.09.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 Nc6 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bd3 d5 9.Nc3 Be7 10.a3 a5 11.Bc2 Bd7 12.h4 Rc8 13.Rh3 f5 14.Bg5 h6 15.Bc1 Na7 16.Bd3 Nc4 17.Ne2 a4 18.Rg3 g5 19.Nh2 Qb6 20.Rb1 Nb5 21.Bc2 Nxd4 22.Nxd4 Bc5 23.b3 Nxa3 24.Bxa3 Bxd4 25.bxa4 Bxf2+ 26.Kf1 Qa7 27.Rxb7 Qxb7 28.Kxf2 Qb6+ 29.Kf1 Rc4 30.Rb3 Qa6 31.Bd3 Rf4+ 32.Nf3 Qa7 33.Qc1 Kf7 34.Bb5 Rc8 35.Qd2 Bxb5+ 36.axb5 Qa4 37.Rc3 Rxc3 38.Qxc3 Qd1+ 39.Kf2 g4 40.Qc7+ Kg6

41.h5+ Kxh5 42.Qf7# 1–0



Wongwichit,P (2055) - Smirnov,V (2355) [C10]

Surfers Paradise Open (3), 26.09.2009

1.e4 Nc6 2.Nc3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e5 Ne4 6.Bd3 Bb4 7.Bd2 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Nxd2 9.Nxd2 Na5 10.Qg4 g6 11.0–0 c5 12.c4 h5 13.Qf4 g5 14.Qe3 dxc4 15.Nxc4 cxd4 16.Qe4 Nc6 17.Nd6+ Ke7 18.f4 f5 19.fxg5 Qa5 [19...fxe4 20.Rf7#] 20.Qh4 Qxe5

21.Nxf5+ Kd7 [21...exf5 22.Rae1] 22.Rae1 Qc5 23.Ng7 Kc7 24.Rf7+ Kb8 25.Nxe6 Qd6 26.Qf4 Qxf4 27.Nxf4 Nd8 28.Rf6 Nc6 29.g6 Kc7 30.Nd5+ Kd8 31.g7 1–0



Liu,Y (1835) - Sorokina,A (2172) [B45]

Surfers Paradise Open (5), 27.09.2009

 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bf4 e5 8.Nd5 Nxd5 9.exd5 Ne7 10.Bxe5 dxe5 11.d6 Qa5+ 12.c3 Nf5 13.b4 Qb6 14.Nc7+ Kd8 15.Nxa8 Qc6 16.c4 Bxd6 17.Be2 Nd4 18.0–0 b6 19.c5 Bb7 20.Bf3 Nxf3+ 21.gxf3 bxc5 22.bxc5 Qxc5 23.Rb1 e4 24.Rxb7 Qg5+ 25.Kh1 Qf4 26.Rb8+ Ke7 27.Qxd6+ Kxd6 28.Rxh8 ½–½



Ly,M (2308) – Wongwichit, P (2055) [Bxx]

Surfers Paradise Open (5), 27.09.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5 Bd7 4.Bxd7 Qxd7 5.c4 Nc6 6.d4 Qg4 7.d5 Qxe4 8.Be3 Nd4 9.Qa4 Kd8 10.Nbd2 Nxf3 11.Nxf3 Nf6 12.O-O h6 13.Rfe1 Qg4 14.h3 Qd7 15.Qa3 g5 16.Bxc5 dxc5 17.Ne5 Qe8

18.d6 exd6 19.Ng4 Ne4 20.Qf3 Qd7 21.Nf6 Nxf6 22.Qxf6 Kc7 23.Qxh8 Rd8 24.Qf6 Re8 25.Rxe8 Qxe8 26.Kf1 Qe6 27.Qxe6 fxe6 28.Rd1 Bg7 29.b3 Bd4 30.Ke2 Kc6 1-0

Wongwichit,P (2055) – Smerdon, D (2535) [C11]

Surfers Paradise Open (4), 11.10.2009

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Nc6 7.Bf4 Nxc5 8.a3 a6 9.Be2 b5 10.0–0 Be7 11.Re1 d4 12.Na2 g5 13.Bg3 g4 14.Nd2 h5 15.b4 Na4 16.Ne4 Bb7 17.c4 dxc3 18.Naxc3 Nxc3 19.Nxc3 Nd4 20.Bd3 Rc8 21.Be4 Rxc3 22.Bxb7 Qb6 23.Be4 Bg5 24.Ra2 h4 25.Qxg4 hxg3 26.Qxg5

26...Rxa3 27.Rxa3 gxf2+ 28.Kxf2 Nc2+ 29.Rae3 Nxe1 30.Kxe1 Qd4 31.h3 Kf8 32.Kf1 Qd2 33.Rg3 Qd1+ 34.Kf2 Qd4+ 35.Re3 Rg8 36.Qf6 Qd2+ 37.Re2 Qxb4 38.g4 Qd4+ 39.Kg3 b4 40.Rc2 Qd7 41.Rc6 1-0



Shirov,A – Lapitan, D [B33]

Surfers Paradise simul, 27.09.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 Bg7 11.Bd3 0–0 12.c3 Re8 13.Nc2 f5 14.Qh5 f4 15.g3 Ne7 16.Ncb4 Bb7 17.gxf4 Nxd5 18.exd5 e4 19.Be2 Qf6 20.Rg1 Rf8 21.Rg4 Kh8 22.0–0–0 Qh6 23.Qxh6 Bxh6 24.Nc2 Rae8 25.Ne3 f5 26.Rh4 Bg7 27.Rg1 Bc8 28.Kd2 h6 ½–½



Reilly,T (2288) - Solomon,S (2424) [E46]

George Trundle NZ Masters (6), 01.10.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0–0 5.Nge2 d5 6.a3 Be7 7.Nf4 Re8 8.b4 c6 9.Bb2 Nbd7 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Bd3 Bd6 12.0–0 Nf8 13.b5 Ng6 14.Nxg6 hxg6 15.g3 Bf5 16.bxc6 bxc6 17.Bxf5 gxf5 18.Na4 Ne4 19.Rc1 Re6 20.Rxc6

20...Bxg3 21.Rxe6 Bxh2+ 22.Kxh2 Qh4+ 23.Kg2 fxe6 24.Qf3 Qg5+ 25.Kh1 Nd2 26.Qg2 Qh5+  0–1



Solomon,S (2424) - Jones,G (2553) [A57]

George Trundle NZ Masters (9), 04.10.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.b6 g6 6.Nc3 Qxb6 7.e4 d6 8.Be2 Bg7 9.Nf3 0–0 10.Nd2 Nbd7 11.Nc4 Qb7 12.Bf4 Nb6 13.Ne3 Bd7 14.a4 Nc8 15.Qc2 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 Qb4+ 17.Kf1 f5 18.Nxc5 Qxc5 19.Qxc5 dxc5 20.Nc4 Bd4 21.h4 Nd6 22.Nxd6 exd6 23.Bxd6 Rf6 24.Bc7 Ra7 25.Bc4 Rb7 26.Re1 Rxb2 27.d6+ Kf8 28.Re7 Bxa4 29.Rh3 Rb1+ 30.Re1 Rxe1+ 31.Kxe1 Ke8 32.f4 Bb5 33.Bd5 h5 34.Ra3 Kd7 35.Kd2 c4 36.Bb7 c3+ 37.Kd1 Bd3 38.Bxa6 c2+ 39.Kd2 Bb2 40.Kxd3 c1Q 41.Bb5+ Ke6  0–1



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Brown,A (1974) - Guo,E (1800) [A57]

Young Masters Rockdale (2), 07.10.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.e3 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.a4 axb5 8.Bxb5+ Bd7 9.Nge2 Bg7 10.0–0 0–0 11.Bxd7 Nbxd7 12.Nb5 Ne8 13.Nec3 Nc7 14.e4 Nb6 15.f4 Nxb5 16.Nxb5 Qd7 17.Nc3 Rfb8 18.e5 dxe5 19.fxe5 Bxe5 20.Qf3 Bf6 21.a5 Nc4 22.Ne4 Bd4+ 23.Kh1 Ne5 24.Qf4 Qxd5 25.Ra3 Rb3 26.Rxb3 Qxb3 27.Qh4 Qc4 28.Nd2 Qe6 29.Ne4 Qc4 30.Nd2 Qe6 31.h3 Nd3 32.Ne4 h5 33.Bg5 Re8 34.Bd2 Bxb2 35.Ng5 Bf6 [35...Qe2 36.Rxf7 Qd1+ 37.Kh2 Be5+] 36.Qa4 Qc8 37.Nxf7 Kxf7 38.Qc4+ Qe6 39.Qxd3 Kg7 40.Re1 Qf5 41.Qb5 Qc8 42.a6 Qa8 43.Re6 Rc8 44.Qd7 Kf7

45.Bc3 Rd8 46.Rxf6+ Kg8 47.Qe6+ 1–0


Xu,J (1568) - Yu,S (1716) [D02]

Junior Masters Rockdale (6), 08.10.2009

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c5 4.d4 Nc6 5.c3 Bf5 6.0–0 e6 7.Nh4 Bg4 8.h3 Bh5 9.Nf3 Bd6 10.Nbd2 0–0 11.Re1 Qb6 12.Nb3 Ne4 13.g4 Bg6 14.Nh4 cxd4 15.cxd4 Nf6 16.Nxg6 hxg6 17.e4 dxe4 18.Bxe4 Nxe4 19.Rxe4 Rad8 20.Re2 Be5 21.Be3 Bxd4 22.Nxd4 Nxd4 23.Rd2 e5 24.Rc1 Qb4 25.a3 Qb6 26.Rc4 Qa6 27.b3 Qxa3 28.Bxd4 Rxd4 29.Rdxd4 exd4 30.Rxd4 a6 31.Rd7 b5 32.Qd5 Qb4 33.Ra7 Qc3 34.Rxa6 Qxh3 35.Qxb5 Qxg4+ 36.Kh2 Kh7 37.Ra4 Qh5+ 38.Qxh5+ gxh5 39.Rc4 Rb8 40.b4 g5 41.Rc5 Kg6 42.b5 f6 43.Kg2 Rb6 44.Kg3 Rd6 45.Rc6 Rd3+ 46.Kg2 Rb3 47.Rb6 h4 48.Rb8 g4 49.b6 f5 50.b7 Kg7 51.Kh2 f4 52.Kg2

52...h3+ 53.Kh2 Rb2 54.Kg1 g3 55.fxg3 fxg3 56.Kf1 g2+ 57.Kg1 Rb1+ 58.Kh2 g1Q+ 0–1



Setiabudi,M (1347) - Chibnall,A (1411) [C70]

Girls Masters Rockdale (2), 07.10.2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Bc5 5.d3 Nge7 6.0–0 0–0 7.c3 f5 8.exf5 Nxf5 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.Nxe5 d6 11.d4 Bb6 12.Qb3+ d5 13.Nxc6 Qd6 14.Nb4 Be6 15.Nd3 Ne7 16.Nd2 Rab8 17.Qd1 Ng6 18.h3 c6 19.Nf3 Bc7 20.Nfe5 Bf5 21.f4 Rf6 22.Nxg6 Bxd3 23.Qxd3 hxg6 24.Qxa6 g5 25.Qd3 gxf4 26.Qf3 c5 27.dxc5 Qxc5+ 28.Kh1 Re8 29.a4 Qd6 30.Bd2 Re4 31.Rfe1 g5 32.b4

32...Re3 33.Qf2 Rg3 34.a5 f3 35.Qg1 fxg2+ 36.Kh2 Rg4+ 0–1

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