AUSTRALIAN CHESS FEDERATION
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Number 11/01A      .....      18 January 2011

 

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Table of Contents

 

Notices

Australian Open

ACF Medals

ACF Officers

Glen Gibbs 1935-2010

Greg Hjorth 1963-2011

Junior Chess

General News

Results

Coming Events

Overseas Tournaments and News

Letters to the Editor

Tournament Reports

Australian web sites

Games

Sundries

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NOTICES

2011 Oceania Seniors’ Championship

 

Playing dates: From Friday 5 to Monday 8 August 2011

Entry Fees: $60. Free entry for Grandmasters and International Masters.

Age limit: 60 for men, 50 for women (as at 1 January 2011)
Venue: Box Hill Chess Club at 3 Rochester Road Canterbury, Vic.

 

 

2011 Oceania Zonal – Selections Notices (Women’s)

 

The order of selections for this event was:

WIM Arianne Caoili
IM Irina Berezina
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WIM Laura Moylan
WIM Biljana Dekic*
WFM Emma Guo
WIM Alex Jule

* Slightly late application accepted under by-law 5.8.

Unfortunately WIM Caoili has withdrawn at relatively short notice so WIM Laura Moylan is now Australia's second representative subject to confirmation of availability.

Kevin Bonham (ACF Selections Director) 22 December 2010

 

 

Laura is unavailable and now WIM Biljana Dekic is Australia's second representative subject to confirmation.

 

Kevin Bonham (ACF Selections Director) 30 December 2010

 

 

(Note: GM David Smerdon and IM George Xie were selected for the Open as the only two applicants, as announced previously. Unselected players may compete at their own expense.)

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN

The Australian Open was organised by Norths Chess Club at Norths Leagues Club, Cammeray, NSW from 2 to 13 January 2011. The tournament site is at link

 

Peter Parr reported regularly on the tournament in his Sydney Morning Herald column - see link for the report archive at the tournament site.

 

FM Vladimir Smirnov scored his third IM norm during the tournament.

 

 

Australian Open

 

IM George Xie, GM Zong-Yuan Zhao and Moulthon Ly tied on 8.5/11 followed by FM Vladimir Smirnov and Andrew Brown 8. George Xie took the trophy on tie-break. (85 players)

 

See link for the full table.

 

 

Australian Minor

 

This event was limited to players under 1600 (ACF). Dennis Wan and Megan Setiabudi tied on 9/11 with John Alkin 7.5. (21 players)

 

See link for the full table.

 

 

Norths Chess Club Classic

 

This was a shorter event limited to players under 1800 (ACF). It was won outright by Sarwat Rewais with 6.5/ 7 followed David Lovejoy 6 and Dawen Shi, Stephen Garner, Jerry Xu and Jonathan Ren 4.5. (24 players)

 

See link for the full table and a tournament report.

 

 

Australian Lightning Championship

 

The Lightning was held on the rest day (8 January). Moulthun Ly took the title with 10/11 from FM Max Illingworth 9.5 and IM George Xie 9. (80 players).

 

See link for the full table.

 

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ACF MEDALS

The ACF medals for 2010 were announced and presented to those recipients in attendance at the closing ceremony for the Australian Open. The medallists are as follows.

 

2010 Steiner Medal (Player of the Year): IM George Xie

 

2011 Koshnitsky Medal (Chess Administration): Kevin Bonham

 

2011 Purdy Medal (Chess Journalism): David Cordover

 

2010 Arlauskas Medal (Junior Player of the Year): FM Bobby Cheng

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ACF OFFICERS

The following officers were re-elected at the ACF Annual Conference, held on the Australian Open rest day (8 January).

 

President: Gary Wastell

Deputy President: Bill Gletsos

Vice-President: Denis Jessop

Vice-President: Kevin Bonham

Secretary: Tom Accola

Treasurer: Norman Greenwood

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Glen Gibbs 1935-2010

Tasmanian chessplayer Glen Gibbs passed away early on Monday morning December 13 at the age of 75. 

 

Glen was involved with the Tasmanian chess community since arriving in the early 1980s, and was a regular player at the old Hobart club until it went into suspension in the early 1990s. Glen made many major contributions to the club including making his house available for members to play in STD intercity telephone matches. After the old Hobart club closed, Glen continued playing in weekenders on a very regular basis and was one of the state's top ten players for most of his three decades of involvement here; he was ranked as highly as number 3 in the state as recently as 2002. Glen was the 2010 Tasmanian Seniors Champion, and indeed won that title at all his three attempts since its recent inception. He was also active in the local bridge scene.

Glen often played in Australian Seniors tournaments and sometimes in other interstate and overseas events (including as part of an Australian team in an Asian Cities event in the late 1980s). One of his best performances came in the 2001-2 Australian Seniors’ Championship where he won his last four games in a row to tie with Phil Viner for 2nd in a large and strong field (the event was won by the late Paul Dozsa). In 2007 Glen played in the World Seniors in Italy and met Korchnoi among others.

Glen loved prolonged strategic battles in Dutches and Frenches and so on but could also punish defensive errors in spectacular fashion. He tied for first in at least two weekenders and was an extremely consistent gatherer of second and third places. He had a great ability to play difficult endgames quickly and in the pre-increment days he would often emerge from apparently hopeless time trouble to win some complex ending with a minute or two on his clock.

During the last five years Glen was one of the main Interschool arbiters in Tasmania and he and I travelled together to many tournaments in small country towns; Tasmania's thriving interschool scene would not have been as successful without him. He also had a major role in the instigation of the Arlauskas Medal and Romanas Arlauskas Award for Australian Junior Player of the Year, and it was especially fitting that Glen was able to be present at the first presentation of this award in Hobart during the Australian Junior (to FM Bobby Cheng). Glen also served as photographer for the event.

Glen worked as a parliamentary counsel, drafting legislation for the Tasmanian government. A tribute to his work in this regard was delivered on behalf of Paul Harriss, MLC for Huon in the Tasmanian Legislative Council.  Glen was involved in similar drafting work on a contract basis up until his death, as well as working for ChessKids on the running of the Tasmanian Interschools.

Glen had a long history of health problems, but in general he was doing remarkably well to be as active as he was given that in his forties he had had a massive health scare requiring a quintuple bypass. He was always very grateful to the surgeons who had done such an excellent job and given him so many years of life he would otherwise not have enjoyed.

Indeed he was still active as an arbiter and player until late September, and was then admitted to hospital for an urgent but relatively minor operation. Unfortunately during this stay it was also found that he had a far more serious and unrelated condition that had not been detected before. After treatment he was briefly able to return home but soon had to be admitted to hospital again. Glen's funeral was held on Friday 17 December in North Hobart and attended by several Hobart players including Graham Richards (TCA President) and Kevin Bonham (ACF Vice-President).

Glen was a remarkable gentleman and one whose passion for the game and strength of play as a senior player were an inspiration to many. He will be much missed.

 

(The above was prepared by Kevin Bonham.)

 


Invitation to the Memorial service for Glen Gibbs

 

As you probably know, my brother Glen Gibbs died on Monday 13 December 2010 in Hobart Private Hospital, after weeks of serious illness. His funeral service was conducted in North Hobart on Friday 17 December.

 

Glen was the husband of Maria, father of Edwina and Stephen, and grandfather of Mia and Emma, Elea and Joakim. Glen was born in Adelaide on 13 February 1935, where he completed his primary and secondary education and then graduated in law from the University of Adelaide. After a brief period of legal work in Adelaide, he went to Canberra, where he undertook the legal drafting work that was to remain his principal interest for the rest of his career. He continued in government service in Hong Kong, where he met his future Maria, and then came back to Adelaide for a time, before proceeding to Hobart for the latter part of his life. His skilled drafting work was highly valued.

 

Glen placed his family first in everything he did, and was extremely devoted to their welfare and everything they undertook. He was known to a wide circle of friends, in Australia and overseas, many of whom he helped in various ways and in typically modest fashion. Some of these friends he met through his loved leisure pastime of chess. He took up chess in his teenage years and played the game with distinction for the rest of his life. He also gave the game great service, giving generously of his time in helping other people, including many school students, to enjoy the challenges, delights and friendships that chess had given him.

 

A short memorial service to commemorate and celebrate Glen's life will be held in the Chapel of Prince Alfred College, Glen's former school, on Saturday morning, 22 January 2011, at 10 am, followed by coffee and tea in the Ashton Room of the adjacent main building of the school. The school is situated on Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town, opposite Adelaide's eastern parklands, but the easiest entrance is from the driveway at the rear of the school and signposted at The Parade West, Kent Town (at the bottom end of The Parade, coming from Norwood). There should be ample parking along the driveway within the grounds of the school. The Chapel is on the left at the top of the drive, at ground level.

 

The service, which will not be long, will be conducted by the Rev. Dr Adrian Brown, a former chaplain of the school.

 

Please feel welcome to attend, and please bring this to the attention of anyone else who you feel might like to pay tribute to Glen.

 

Thank you

 

Ron Gibbs


Further discussion can be read at chesschat.

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IM Greg Hjorth 1963-2011

Greg Hjorth died suddenly on 11 January at the age of 47. He was part of a generation of very strong players to emerge in Victoria in the 1970s, and played for Australia in three Olympiads (1982, 1884 and 1986 – the last two on Board 3 behind Rogers and Johansen). His participation in chess was later limited by his work in mathematics in the United States and Australia, though he played on occasions, including the 2009 City of Melbourne Open. The following was posted at chesschat by IM Guy West.

 

I first met Greg when I was in secondary school and I heard that Preshil Primary School had a young boy who was a bit of a chess wizard. Because both Preshil and my school, Era, were so called 'experimental' schools, there was a relationship between the two, with Era getting a lot of Preshil children whose parents wanted progression into a secondary school with a similar framework.

I organised a four game match with the diminutive champion, and after winning the first three games was stunned to be beaten in the fourth game. He could hardly see over the table at that age! I remember telling Greg that he had a lot of talent and should play tournament chess, and that Greg seemed quite surprised and interested. Needless to say I saw a lot more of Greg over the chessboard in the ensuing years!

I'll say a little about Greg's chess, as that is where our lives intersected, and it was important to him, as to nearly all serious tournament players. Greg was a chessplayer with a deep appreciation of the artistic side of the game and he played games of great beauty and subtlety. Interestingly he combined a strong competitive drive with quite a dreamy, dissociated demeanour at the board, almost as if he was playing in a mild trance sometimes.

Something Greg and I had in common as youngsters was a penchant for going barefooted, something that sometimes got us into trouble with tournament officials. In my nonsense poem, "Waverley versus Mars" I recall there was a verse about Greg which ended with the lines, ....who perched upon his chair, and wouldn't do his laces up, because his feet were bare. Greg had a refreshingly anti authoritarian streak which I have more than a suspicion caused him grief in the increasingly hierarchical environment of Melbourne University.

One night Greg and I were playing in an A grade interclub match but our Team Captain had forgotten to tell Greg he was rostered to play. In those days the time limit was 40 moves in 90 minutes, but if you weren't at the board within the first hour you lost on forfeit. With about 20 minutes left before forfeit our Captain rang Greg to see where he was, only to find Greg was already in his pyjamas! Amazingly Greg did a fast change, like Superman in a phone booth, jumped on a tram and arrived with literally less than a minute remaining before forfeit. With only 30 minutes remaining on his clock against his opponents hour and a half, Greg whipped out the swashbuckling Belgrade Gambit and achieved a crushing victory. That kind of charismatic performance, and his attacking style and exceptional results at a very early age, helped to create a larger than life mythology around Greg in the chess scene that persists to this day.

Greg loved, and was well read in, philosophy. He also loved a good argument. I remember once driving to Canberra from Melbourne for the Doeberl Cup and shortly after we left, Greg and Darryl Johansen started arguing some philosophical point. I swear they were still arguing what seemed to be the same philosophical point when we arrived! I don't believe either has ever been defeated in an argument. Darryl was kind enough to be on the receiving end of Greg's 'immortal g-file game'. No doubt Darryl would be able to recall the origin of the saying, "Strong move, Gregory!" I can't remember where it came from.

Unfortunately (for Australian chess at least), Greg's genius for mathematics took him to the United States, where he carved out a distinguished academic career, earning the title of Professor at (I think) UCLA. His chess seems to have gone on the backburner for quite a while. He had already earned the title of International Master and was widely regarded as someone who would inevitably attain the Grandmaster title, but as often happens, other talents and interests intervened. For decades his old friends and sparring partners didn't hear much, though there was a frisson of excitement when he reappeared in a few tournaments in the United States, still playing at a high level. When George Bush junior was elected I received a one word e-mail from Greg that said only, "Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrgh!"

Then Greg came back to Australia and we had the great pleasure of becoming reacquainted. Greg admitted to me that when we were young chessboard rivals there were times he hated me, and we laughed about that. We had so much shared history, so we were both very happy to reconnect, and any past rivalries only added to the texture of our friendship. People who have grown up together and shared travel, triumphs, defeats and defining experiences like representing Australia at Olympiads, can find that the intervening years are trivial, and so it was with Greg. He was one of the few old friends from chess I was able to invite to my small wedding, but due to his travel plans it wasn't to be.

I was very sad when, after a lot of soul searching, he decided to go back to the US permanently. He told me privately he was 'divorcing' Australia. I had the feeling that Greg was still searching for something, that perhaps he had something of a restless soul. No doubt having a foot in each of two cultures can be a lonely experience and it's sad that Australia, his true home, couldn't provide the environment for a person of Greg's abilities to flourish professionally. I think as a country Australia needs to reassess its direction in some areas. It's nice to win lots of swimming medals, but mathematics and hard science underpins the whole modern way of life, and the brain drain from our shores can't be good for us long term.

When I heard yesterday that Greg had died suddenly I was deeply shocked. Why do the brightest stars often go too early? My deepest sympathies go to his loved ones. Greg was a person of great complexity, with a great capacity for warmth and love. He would greet his friends, male and female, with a big hug and usually some greeting like, "I'm so glad to see you". He was an unforgettable person, with a diverse and eclectic group of friends. His brilliant mind, inquisitiveness, love of philosophy and humour will be missed by so many of us.

I'm not part of Greg's family, who must be devastated, I'm just a friend and fellow chessplayer, yet I feel like a unique part of the jigsaw of my life has gone missing.

Rest in peace, Greg.

 


Further discussion can be read at chesschat and a tribute page has been created at The Age, or see Greg Hjorth’s UCLA page.

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JUNIOR CHESS

AusJCL Calendar (National and International)

 

See http://www.australian-junior-youth-chess.blogspot.com/ or the AusJCL page for the calendar including ongoing changes and additional information.

 

 

Australian Junior Chess Championships, 15-23 Jan 2011 Mooroolbark, Victoria

 

This event is currently in progress. See the tournament site at http://www.ajcc2011.com.au/ for scores, games and other information.

 

 

Bundaberg Chess Club

 

Bundaberg will hold a children’s tournament on Sunday 30 January and a tournament for both children and adults on Sunday 19 February. See link for more information.

 

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GENERAL NEWS

CAQ AGM

 

The following officers were elected at the Chess Association of Queensland AGM on 4 December 2010,

 

President: Garvin Gray

Vice-President: Patrick Byrom

Secretary: Patrick Byrom

Treasurer: Jim Rogers

Membership Secretary: Gail Young

Ratings Officer: Patrick Byrom

Tournament Officer: Garvin Gray

Junior Chess Coordinator: Michael Corner

Publicity Officer:  no nominations

Development Officer:  no nominations

 

See link for the minutes.

 

 

MCC Grand Prix

 

Melbourne Chess Club has introduced a club Grand Prix, see link for details.

 

 

Box Hill CC newsletter

 

Box Hill CC produces a weekly newsletter which can be viewed at link

 

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RESULTS

Recent GP weekend results

 

Gold Coast International December 26-30, Surfers’ Paradise, Qld.  FM Junta Ikeda won with 22/9 (3/1/0 scoring used) from Moulthun Ly and GM Zong-Yuan Zhao 21 (55 players).

 

Canterbury Summer Swiss December 27-29, Melbourne, Vic.  FM Max Illingworth and Christopher Wallis tied on 6/7 with John Dowling and Thai Ly 5.5 (65 players).

 

 

2010 NSW Country Teams Championship

 

This event was contested at Panthers Newcastle on 4 to 5 December with ten teams of three players competing. Newcastle University (WIM Heather Richards, Bernie O'Riordan and Toby Coates) won the title with 15/18 from Newcastle Coalfields 12.5 and Gosford and Coffs Harbour equal third on 11.5. See link for a report.

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COMING EVENTS

Grand Prix events

 

January 22-26  MCC Australia Day Weekender [1], Melbourne, Vic  link

January 29-30  NSWCA Australia Day Weekender [2], Sydney, NSW  link

January 29-30  CAQ Australia Day Weekender [2], Brisbane, Qld  link

February 12-13  Newcastle Open [1], Newcastle, NSW  link

February 26-27  Powell Suncoast Open [1], Coolum, Qld  link

 

2011 GP calendar link

 

2011 Redlands (Qld) Summer Cup (January 16)

 

Now in its third year, this Rapid Tournament is a cheap, fun day of chess play for both adults and juniors.

 

WHEN: Sunday January 16th 2011

WHERE: Legends Room, Redlands RSL, 8 Passage St, Cleveland, 4163.

PRICE: $5 per person. Extra $3.50 per person for bottomless tea and coffee.

CHECK IN: 9:45am - 10:15am

ROUNDS: 7 rounds from 10:30am

TIME CONTROLS: 15 minutes

PRIZES: Trophies and Medallions plus Lucky Door prizes too!

 

Entry form is available at: http://www.redlandsrslchessclub.110mb.com/Redlands_Summer11.pdf

 


2011 MCC Australia Day Weekender (January 22-26)

 

Venue: Melbourne Chess Club
Dates: January 22nd, 23rd and 26th
Format: 7 round Swiss
Rating: FIDE and ACF rated
Time Controls: 90 min + 30 seconds per move
Round Times -
Saturday January 22nd: Round 1, 10am. Round 2, 2pm. Round 3, 7pm
Sunday January 23rd: Round 4, 11am Round 5, 3pm
Wednesday January 26th: Round 6, 11am. Round 7, 3pm.
Byes: Players may take 2 half point byes in rounds 1 – 5. Half point byes are not given in rounds 6 and 7.
Grand Prix: The event will be a Class 1 Grand Prix event
Prizes: $300 first prize will be guaranteed
Entry Fees: $60 full and $50 concession. MCC members receive a discount of $10
Further Questions: Grant Szuveges, Ph, 0401-925-075 Email,
grantszuveges@gmail.com

 


2011 CAQ Australia Day Weekender (January 29-30)


CHESS ASSOCIATION OF QUEENSLAND ENDORSED EVENT (organised by Garvin Gray)
2011 Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix Class 2 event
FORMAT: Seven Round Individual Swiss
VENUE: Queensland Contract Bridge Club, 67 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba
Registration Open: Saturday January 29 11am
Entries for Round one close: Saturday January 29 11:45am
TIME CONTROL: 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from move one (Fischer)
SCHEDULED SESSION STARTING TIMES:
Round 1: Saturday January 29 12pm. Round 2: Saturday January 29 2:30pm. Round 3: Saturday January 29 5pm.
Round 4: Sunday January 30 8:30am. Round 5: Sunday January 30 11am. Round 6: Sunday January 30 1:30pm.

Round 7: Sunday January 30 4pm
PRIZES (based on 40 entries): 1ST: $500, 2ND: $300, 3RD: $200
Rating Groups (based on 10 players per group) - 1ST: $150
ENTRY FEES:
Before Monday 24 January: $50 Third family member: Free entry
After Monday 24 January: $70 Third family member: Free entry
Players who register and enter on the day, add $10.
2011 CAQ MEMBERSHIP: Entrants must be financial members of a state association. Non-members add $15.00 CAQ Membership fee.
ARBITER: FIDE ARBITER GARVIN GRAY
The forfeit time for the 2011 Qld Australia Day Weekender is thirty minutes from the start of each session.
ENTRIES and ENQUIRIES: Garvin Gray: 0422 99 30 62 
graygarvin@gmail.com
FLYER AND FURTHER INFORMATION:
http://www.caq.org.au/htm/2011/2011QldAustraliaDayWeekender.pdf


2011 ACTCA Lightning Championship (February 2)

 

Venue: ANU Chess Club, Asian Studies Building, ANU Campus

Time: 7:30pm, Wednesday 2 February

Check the ANU web page for more details closer to the event.

 


Logan City Novice Chess Tournament (February 25)


Come along to the Logan City Chess Club for a fun chess night out. If you’re rated under 1000 or un-rated, this is your chance to compete!
WHEN: February 25th Friday Night, Check-in from 7:30pm, play from 8pm
WHERE: Springwood High School, Dennis Rd Entrance (near crossing)
DETAILS: 15 minute Time Control, 5 Rounds, Trophy Prizes
COST: $5 per person, includes tea and coffee
REGISTER: Enter by email or phone, pay on the day.

Contact Jim Ritchie on 0421 135 703 or jamess.ritchie736@gmail.com, Phil Bennet pw.bennet@bigpond.com
WEBSITE
http://www.logancitychessclub.110mb.com

 


2011 Powell Suncoast Open (February 26-27)

 

2011 Yulgibar-Think Big Australian Grand Prix event (Class 1)

Venue: Coolum-Peregian R.S.L, 1906 David Low Way, Coolum QLD 4573.

Rated: ACF

Entry Cost: Various see entry form.

Prizes: $600 for 1st - the rest variable - the more entries & sponsors the more prize money

Rounds: 6

Time Controls: 60 min plus increment of 10 secs per move from move one

Organiser: Suncoast Chess Club Inc.

Contact: Jeff Dyer

We will also run a Blitz/Lightning tournament on the Saturday Night.

Full details are on our website with entry form on the Tournaments page.

Link to entry form: http://suncoastchess.webs.com/2011%20Powell%20Suncoast%20Open%20Entry%20Form.pdf

 


Please notify forthcoming tournaments to auschessnews@gmail.com

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OVERSEAS TOURNAMENTS AND NEWS

Championship and major events

 

Oceania Zonal: 25 Jan 2011, Rotorua New Zealand link

Oceania Seniors: 5 Aug 2011, Melbourne, Australia

 

See below for other events.

 

 

2011 Oceania Zonal

 

The Zonal, the qualifying event for the World Cup, will be held in Rotorua, New Zealand from 25 to 31 January with Open and Women’s sections. See link for the tournament site.

 

 

2010 London Chess Classic

 

GM Magnus Carlsen won this event (7-15 Dec) with 13/7, scored by the 3/1/0 system, from GM Viswanathan Anand (Ind) and GM Luke McShane (Eng) 11. The tournament featured the top four English players and four leading overseas players.

 

IM Alex Wohl scored 4/9 in the supporting Open event while in the Women’s Invitational WFM Shannon Oliver made 3/9 including a win against the top seed, and WFM Natasha Fairley (NZ) 2.5.

 

See link for the tournament site with information and photographs.

 

 

World Championship

 

From fide.com:  FIDE announces that the Candidates Matches to determine the challenger for the next World Championship Match will be held in Kazan, Russia from 3 to 27 May 2011.

and later:

 

FIDE announces that the following players have confirmed their participation for the Candidates Matches in Kazan this May, an event which will determine the next challenger of the World Champion Vishy Anand:

 

1. Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, runner up of the previous World Championship)

2. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, qualified by rating)

3. Levon Aronian (Armenia, winner of the FIDE Grand-Prix 2008-2009)

4. Boris Gelfand (Israel, winner of the FIDE World Cup 2009)

5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, wild card)

6. Alexander Grischuk (Russia, qualification from the FIDE Grand-Prix)

7. Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, qualification from the FIDE Grand-Prix)

8. Gata Kamsky (USA, runner up of the Challengers Match 2009).

 

GM Magnus Carlsen has informed FIDE that he will not participate and was therefore replaced by GM Alexander Grischuk as per regulations. The full technical regulations of the Candidates Matches are available on the FIDE website.

 

World Women’s Championship

 

The event was staged in Hatay, Turkey from 2 to 25 December 2010 as a 64-player knockout. GM Hou Yifan (Chn) won the final 3-1 in a rapid playoff against WGM Ruan Lufei (Chn) after the final was tied 2-2. See link for the tournament site.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Half-point byes (from John Pascoe)

 

Having read Peter Parr's Letter on half point byes I have, regretfully, to say that there is one point on which I disagree with him.

 

When I started playing in club tournaments, some 72 years ago, there was no such thing as a half point bye.  When you entered a tournament you made a commitment to play.  If you couldn't play you forfeited, no excuses.  That is the system to which we should return.

 

Apart from that I must say "Well said, Peter".

 

John Pascoe

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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

ACT Rapid Championship

 

Starting with last year’s event, the ACTCA Rapidplay Championship has been held outdoors in the middle of Canberra's main shopping district. Of course in choosing such a venue, the effect of inclement weather has to be taken into account, and so it turned out for this year. Despite a forecast for clear skies (on Thursday) by this morning this had changed to 'isolated showers'. Still there was hope that the rain would hold off and allow the tournament to run smoothly.

 

In fact it held off for all of 2 minutes into the first round, when suddenly the downpour started. Fortunately we had a backup plan, which was to grab sets, boards, clocks and everything else, and sprint indoors to King O'Malley's. Resetting the tournament only took a further 10 minutes, and we were underway with only minimal delay.

 

After the initial excitement, the tournament became a procession for FM Junta Ikeda after the half way mark. By the end of 7 rounds he had scored 7/7, finishing 1.5 points ahead of second placed Yi Yuan. Back in third place were FM Endre Ambrus, Allen Setiabudi and Miles Patterson.

 

Shaun Press

 

(reprinted from chessexpress)

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AUSTRALIAN CHESS SITES

Following is a list of useful sites, please notify additions or updates to the usual address.

 

 

Newspaper columns

 

Ian Rogers (Byron Bay Echo) 

Peter Parr (Sydney Morning Herald)

David Ellis (West Australian)

 

 

Bulletin boards

 

Chesschat

 

 

Blogs

 

The Closet Grandmaster (Amiel Rosario)

chessexpress (Shaun Press)

David Smerdon

Alex Wohl

Dozy’s Inferno

Coffee House Chess (Carl Gorka)

Australian Chess News

David Cordover

lousy@chess

Brendan Norman

Smart Dolphins

checkmateendsthegame

Gawain Jones [well almost Australian]

 

 

Mailing lists / Newsletters

 

ACT mailing list

CAQ

Box Hill CC (Vic)

Gardiner Chess (Qld)

 

 

Australian Chess Federation

 

Australian Chess Federation

ACF ratings

Grand Prix calendar

 

 

State Associations

 

New South Wales

Victoria

Queensland

Western Australia

South Australia

Tasmania

Australian Capital Territory (inactive)

 

(Also see state sites for information on clubs without their own web sites.)

 

 

Game collections

 

OzBase

 

 

Chess compositions

 

OzProblems

 

 

Correspondence chess

 

Correspondence Chess League of Australia

 

NSW Clubs

 

Rooty Hill

St George Leagues Club

Norths Leagues Club

Harbord Diggers

Easts

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club CC (blog)

Parramatta

Canterbury

Newcastle

Gosford

Wollongong Collegians

Dubbo

Albury

Ettalong

 

 

Victorian Clubs

 

Melbourne

Box Hill

Dandenong

Noble Park

Croydon

Elwood

Ranges

Hobson's Bay

Geelong

Hume

Ballarat

chessclub.com.au

 

 

Queensland Clubs

 

Gold Coast / Gardiner Chess

Brisbane

Suncoast

Kings of Chess

Redcliffe

Logan City

Redlands

The Gap

Bundaberg

Club Bullwinkle

 

 

WA Clubs

 

Metropolitan

Perth

Kwinana/Rockingham

 

 

SA Clubs

 

SA Chess Centre

Modbury

Adelaide Uni

 

 

Tasmanian Clubs

 

Burnie Chess Club (blog)

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Ly,Moulthun (2321) –

Lester,George E (1951) [B30]

Australian Open, Cammeray (7), 9.1.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Bc4 e6 5.Nge2 Ne7 6.Nxd4 cxd4 7.Ne2 Nc6 8.d3 b5 9.Bb3 Bb7 10.0–0 Bc5 11.a3 Qh4 12.Bf4 0–0 13.Qd2 Qe7 14.Bg5 f6 15.Bh4 g5 16.Bg3 f5 17.f3 g4

18.exf5 gxf3 19.Rxf3 Na5 20.Rf4 Nxb3 21.Rg4+ Kf7 22.cxb3 e5 23.b4 Bb6 24.Qh6 1–0

 

Wan,Dennis (1544) –

Stokes,Mark (1532) [A30]

Australian Minor, Cammeray (4), 5.1.2011

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 d6 3.g3 Bf5 4.Bg2 Qd7 5.d4 Bh3 6.Bxh3 Qxh3 7.dxc5 dxc5 8.Qd5 Qc8 9.Ne5 e6 10.Qf3 Nf6 11.Bg5 Be7 12.Nc3 h6 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Ng4 Be7 15.Ne5 0–0 16.0–0 Bf6 17.Ng4 Bd4 18.Nb5 f5 19.Ne3 Bxb2 20.Rab1 Be5 21.Rfd1 f4 22.Nd5 Nc6

23.Nxf4 g5 24.Qg4 Bxf4 25.gxf4 Rxf4 26.Qh5 Kh7 27.Nd6 Qf8 28.Rxb7+ Ne7 29.Qh3 g4 30.Qe3 Rf6 31.Ne4 Rf7 32.Rdd7 Re8 33.Nd6 Rg7 34.Nxe8 Qxe8 35.Qxe6 g3 36.hxg3 Qc8 37.Qe4+ Kh8 38.Rxe7 Qd8 39.Re8+ Qxe8 40.Qxe8+ Kh7 41.Qe4+ 1–0

 

Setiabudi,Megan (1397) –

Simmonds,Rex (1448) [C55]

Australian Minor, Cammeray (11), 13.1.2011

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Na5 5.Bb3 Nxb3 6.axb3 d6 7.h3 h6 8.Nc3 b6 9.Be3 Bb7 10.Qd2 Be7 11.Ne2 d5 12.exd5 Qxd5 13.Nc3 Qc6

14.Nxe5 Qxg2 15.0–0–0 Qxh1 16.Rxh1 Bxh1 17.f3 Nd7 18.Qh2 Bd6 19.Qxh1 Nxe5 20.f4 Nxd3+ 21.cxd3 0–0 22.Ne4 Bb4 23.Qg1 f5 24.Bd4 Rf7 25.Nf6+ Kh8 26.Qg6 Rxf6 27.Bxf6 gxf6 28.Qxf6+ Kg8 29.Qg6+ Kh8 30.Qxh6+ Kg8 31.Qg6+ Kh8 32.Qf6+ Kg8 33.Qe6+ Kh8 34.Qe5+ Kg8 35.Qd5+ 1–0

Zhao,Zong Yuan (2586) –

Brown,Andrew (2175) [B33]

Australian Open, Cammeray (3), 4.1.2011

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.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 Ne7 12.Nxf6+ gxf6 13.Nc2 Bb7 14.Bd3 d5 15.exd5 Qxd5 16.Ne3 Qe6 17.a4 e4 18.Be2 Rd8 19.Qc2 f5 20.axb5 f4

21.bxa6 fxe3 22.axb7 exf2+ 23.Kf1 Nd5 24.Qa4+ Ke7 25.Qa7 Qd7 26.Rd1 Ke6 27.c4 1–0

 

Dibley,Shane (1571) –

Wang,Oscar (1942) [B45]

Australian Open, Cammeray (1), 02.1.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.a3 Be7 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Nd5 9.Qg4 Kf8 10.Ne4 h5 11.Qg3 Bh4 12.Qf3 g6 13.Bd3 Kg7 14.Nd6 Qf8 15.g4 Be7 16.c4 Nc7 17.gxh5 Rxh5

18.Qxh5 gxh5 19.Rg1+ Kh8 20.Bh6 Bxd6 21.Bxf8 Bxf8 22.Rg5 Bc5 23.Ke2 Be7 24.Rxh5+ Kg7 25.Rg1+ Bg5 26.Rhxg5+ Kf8 27.Rg8+ Ke7 28.h4 Rb8 29.b4 a5 30.h5 axb4 31.axb4 1–0

 

Rewais,Sarwat (1686) –

Lovejoy,David (1743) [A24]

Australian Open, Cammeray (4), 5.1.2011

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d6 5.e4 0–0 6.Nge2 e5 7.0–0 a5 8.f4 c6 9.h3 Na6 10.Kh2 Qe7 11.d3 Nc5 12.Be3 b6 13.Qd2 Nfd7

14.f5 Bb7 15.Rad1 Rad8 16.Bh6 f6 17.Be3 Rf7 18.h4 Nf8 19.Qc2 gxf5 20.exf5 d5 21.cxd5 cxd5 22.d4 exd4 23.Bxd4 Bh6 24.Nxd5 Bxd5 25.Bxc5 Qb7 26.Bxf8 Bxg2 27.Rxd8 Bxf8 28.Rf2 Be4 29.Qd2 Qe7 30.Nc3 Bc6 31.Re2 Qc7 32.Ne4 h6 33.Qd6 Qb7 34.Nxf6+ Kg7 35.Nh5+ Kg8 1–0

 

 

Xie,George (2478) –

Ikeda,Junta (2262) [A43]

Australian Open, Cammeray (11), 13.1.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 b5 4.Bg5 Qb6 5.a4 Ne4 6.axb5 Nxg5 7.Nxg5 g6 8.e4 Bg7 9.Nc3 d6 10.Nf3 0–0 11.Nd2 Qc7 12.Be2 a6 13.Nc4 Bb7 14.b6 Qd8 15.Na4 a5 16.Qd2 Nd7 17.0–0 Ba6 18.b7 Bxb7 19.Ra3 Kh8 20.Rfa1 Ba6 21.Nxa5 Qc7 22.Nc6 Bb7 23.Bb5 Bxc6 24.Bxc6 Rab8 25.f4 Rb4 26.Re1 Nb6 27.c3 Rxa4 28.Rxa4 Nxa4 29.Bxa4 c4 30.Bc6 Rb8 31.Qf2 Qa5

32.h4 Qa2 33.Re2 Qb1+ 34.Kh2 Qc1 35.e5 Bh6 36.g3 Bg7 37.Qa7 Rf8 38.Qxe7 dxe5 39.fxe5 Qf1 40.Rg2 Qe1 41.d6 Qd1 42.d7 Bh6 43.Qd6 1–0

 

Hjorth,Greg

Johansen,Darryl [A01]

Commonwealth ch, Melbourne, 1983

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 d6 3.c4 g6 4.d4 Bg7 5.e3 f5 6.dxe5 Nd7 7.Nf3 dxe5 8.Qc2 Nh6 9.Nc3 0–0 10.0–0–0 Nf7 11.e4 f4 12.h4 c6 13.h5 g5 14.h6 Bf6 15.g3 Qe7 16.Rg1 Kh8 17.gxf4 gxf4 18.Ne2 Rg8 19.Bh3 Rxg1 20.Rxg1 Nf8

21.Nxf4 Ng5 [21...exf4 22.Qc3 Ng6 (22...Bxc3 23.Bxc3+; 22...Nd7 23.Bxd7) 23.Qxf6+ Qxf6 24.Bxf6+ Kg8 25.Bf5] 22.Nxe5 Nxh3 23.Nxh3 Bxh3 24.Qc3 Bg5+ 25.f4 Bxf4+ 26.Kb1 1–0

 

 

See link for the game Tony Miles – Greg Hjorth, Brighton 1984 with notes by IM Javier Gil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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