Number 11/09A      .....      13 September 2011





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John Purdy 1935-2011


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2013 Australian Open


The ACF invites expressions of interest from affiliated associations and others for authority to conduct the 2013 Australian Open Championship and associated events on behalf of the ACF.


These events would normally commence in late December 2012 or early January 2013 and end in the first or second week of January 2013.


Links to ACF by-laws governing procedures for allocating and presenting ACF Tournaments may be seen on the ACF website at


Please address inquiries by email to ACF Secretary, Tom Accola, at with cc to



2012 Australian Championship


The Championship will be held at the Sphinx Entertainment Centre, North Geelong, Vic from 27 December 2011 to 8 January 2012 (eleven rounds with rest days on 1 and 5 January). See here for the entry form and other details. A note from the organisers -


The Australian Chess Championships is a biennial event that is internationally recognised by the world peak chess body FIDE.

The event will be coming to Geelong with 12 days of competition and plenty for locals and visitors to do (dates the 27th December to 8th January 2012).


The defending champion GM Zong-Yuan Zhao will be there to meet all challengers.


Geelong is a vibrant regional city just one hour from Melbourne featuring a stunning waterfront and a fabulous wine region on our doorstep. Geelong has an amazing mix of dining and entertainment options. The beautiful Barwon River winds its way through the city past lush parks and gardens. Walking trails are everywhere so it’s very easy to explore (


Apart from local features, Geelong is the gateway to “The Great Ocean Road”. Visitors to the road are treated to some of Australia’s most spectacular scenic routes from which the world-renowned historic site “Twelve Apostles” can be seen, the infamous surf of Bells Beach can be braved, and a delectable drop of Geelong wine can be sampled from any of the 52 wineries in the region. (

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As briefly reported in the last issue, John Purdy, who was Australian Champion in 1953 and 1963, died on 27 August at the age of 75.


The games below were mainly selected by GM Ian Rogers. The first, provided by Frank Hutchings, is a correspondence game in which John Purdy sacrifices two pawns for an ongoing attack. It was awarded first prize in the 1994 CCLA Game With Sacrifice category – the judge commented: “This game is a clear winner and one of the finest examples of CC I have ever seen.” The game with John Purdy’s own notes can be seen at link.


Peter Parr in his Sydney Morning Herald columns of 29 August and 5 September wrote   


(29/8) Australian Master and retired Judge John Purdy (25 Sep 1935- 27 Aug 2011) died suddenly in Taree on Saturday morning. John and his wife Felicity were planning to attend the funeral of John’s best man at his wedding in 1958 on Saturday in Kempsey. John was Australian Junior Champion 1951 and Australian Champion in  1955 and 1963. His grandfather Spencer Crakanthorp and father Cecil Purdy were also both multiple  Australian Champions. Cecil was the first World Correspondence Champion in 1953. John Purdy will be greatly missed by his family and the chess community. I first met John at the British Championships in Aberystwyth, Wales in 1955.


(5/9) The following quick victory was by twice Australian Champion and former ACF President John Purdy who died last week aged 75. [See Purdy-Steiner below]. His sharp tactical style of play was similar to his grandfather’s Spencer Crakanthorp who also won 2 Australian Championships. John’s father IM Cecil Purdy was an excellent positional player, 4 times Australian Champion and 1st World Correspondence Champion. John’s great grandfather Lawrence Spencer Crakanthorp (1857-1929) started it all and was world no 188 in the historical world rating list of 1902.  Steiner was 4 times Australian champion. John was much liked and respected by the chess world and the legal profession.   


The memorial service for the Hon. John Spencer Purdy [was] held at 2.30pm on Friday 9 September in the Camellia Chapel of the Macquarie Park Crematorium,Plassey Road,North Ryde.

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Prystenski,A - Purdy,John [E35]

Correspondence Pacific Area, 1994

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.dxc5 Nc6 9.e3 0–0 10.Nge2 g5 11.Bg3 Ne4 12.0–0–0 Bf5 13.Nxe4 Bxe4 14.Qa4 Bg6 15.Nc3 Bxc3 16.bxc3 Qf6 17.Qb3 Ne7 18.Bd3 Rfd8 19.Bxg6 Nxg6 20.Rd4 Rac8 21.Qa3 h5 22.h4

22...b6 23.cxb6 axb6 24.Qb4 Rc5 25.hxg5 Qc6 26.Rd3 h4 27.Bh2 Ra8 28.Rd2 Ra4 29.Qb2 Rb5 30.Qc2 Ra3 31.c4 Rc5 32.Kb1 Rxc4 33.Qb2 Rac3 34.Rhd1 Rc5 35.Rxd5 Rc2 36.Qa3 Rxd5 37.Rxd5 Rxf2 38.Qd3 Qe6 39.Bd6 Rxg2 40.Ba3 Qc6 41.Qd1 Qc3 42.Rd8+ Kg7 43.Rd3 Qe5 44.Rd5 Qe4+ 45.Ka1 Rg1 46.Bb2+ Kh7 47.Qxg1 Qxd5 48.a3 Qf3 49.Qc1 b5 50.Bf6 h3 51.Qc7 Qf1+ 52.Kb2 Qe2+ 53.Kb1 Qc4 54.Qd7 h2 55.Qb7 Qb3+ 56.Bb2 Qd3+ 0–1


Purdy,John- Steiner,Lajos [A47]

AUS ch Perth (3), 29.12.1954

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6 3.e3 Bb7 4.Bd3 e6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Nbd2 c5 7.b3 Nc6 8.a3 cxd4 9.exd4 Nd5 10.g3 Nc3 11.Qe1 Bf6

12.Nc4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Bxd4 14.Nd6+ Ke7 15.Nf5+  1–0


Fell,Lloyd - Purdy,John [D55]

AUS ch Perth (12.2), 10.01.1963

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 0–0 6.Nf3 b6 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Nxd5 exd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Bd3 Be6 11.Rc1 Rc8 12.Qa4 c5 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.Qh4 Qxh4 15.Nxh4 Nd7 16.Nf3

16...Rcb8 17.b3 a5 18.Nd2 a4 19.Ke2 Kf8 20.Ra1 Rb4 21.Rhc1 Ke7 22.Bc2 a3 23.Bd3 Rc8 24.Rc3 Kd6 25.Rac1 Nb6 26.Nb1 Ra8 27.f3 f5 28.f4 Ra5 29.Kd2 d4 30.exd4 Rxd4 31.b4 Rxb4 32.Rxa3 Rxa3 33.Nxa3 Rxf4 34.Nb5+ Kc6 35.Ke3 Nd5+ 36.Ke2 Ra4 37.Kf3 Nf4 38.Bf1 Bd5+ 39.Kg3 Bxg2 40.Bc4 Bd5 41.Nd4+ cxd4 42.Bb3+ Kd6 43.Kxf4 Bxb3 44.axb3 Ra5 45.Rd1 Rd5 46.Rd3 Ke6 47.h4 g6 48.Kf3 h6 49.b4 Ke5 50.Ke2 g5 51.hxg5 hxg5 52.Rb3 d3+ 53.Kd2 Kd4 54.b5 Kc4 0–1


Purdy,John - Kellner,John [C02]

Sydney NSW Ch. (10), 1953

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.dxc5 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bxc5 6.Bd3 Nge7 7.Bf4 Qb6 8.0–0 Ng6 9.Bg3 Qxb2 10.Nbd2 Bb6 11.Qe2 0–0 12.Ng5 Bd8 13.Rab1 Qd4 14.Ndf3 Qc5

15.h4 f5 16.exf6 Rxf6 17.Nxh7 Kxh7 18.h5 Kg8 19.hxg6 Nb4 20.Ne5 Nxd3 21.Nxd3 Qd4 22.Qh5 Rf5 23.Qh7+ Kf8 24.Qh8+ Ke7 25.Bh4+ Rf6 26.Qxg7+ Kd6 27.Bg3+ Kc6 28.Rfd1 Qe4 29.Rb3 d4 30.Ne5+ Kc5 31.Rdb1 a6 32.Nd7+ Bxd7 33.Qxd7 b5 34.Qd6+ Kc4 35.Rb4+ Kc3 36.Qc5+ Kd2 37.Rxd4+ 1–0


Milner Barry, Stuart - Purdy,John [C28]

Paignton, 1955

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Nge2 d5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.0–0 Be6 8.Bxd5 Bxd5 9.f4 Qd7 10.fxe5 Nxe5 11.Nf4 Bxc3 12.bxc3 0–0–0 13.Qh5 Rhe8 14.Nxd5 Qxd5 15.Ba3

15...g6 16.Qxh7 Rh8 17.Qg7 Rdg8 18.Qf6 Rxh2 19.Kxh2 Ng4+ 20.Kg1 Nxf6 21.Rxf6 Qe5 22.Raf1 Qxc3 23.Be7 Re8 [24.Rxf7 Rxe7 25.Rxe7 Qc5+] 0–1



Diagrams by

Purdy,Cecil  - Purdy,John [E74]

AUS ch Adelaide (12), 18.10.1960

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0–0 7.Be2 c5 8.d5 Qa5 9.f3 e6 10.a4 Na6 11.g4 Re8 12.Kf1 exd5 13.cxd5 Nb4 14.Bg3 Rd8 15.h4 Ne8 16.Nh3 a6 17.Qc1 Bd7 18.Bf4 Kh7 19.h5 g5 20.Bxg5 hxg5 21.Nxg5+ Kg8 22.h6 Bh8 23.Qf4 f6 24.h7+ Kf8 25.Ne6+ Bxe6 26.Qh6+ Ke7 27.dxe6

27…Kxe6 28.Bc4+ Kd7 29.Rd1 Kc7 30.Qf8 Ng7 31.Qxf6 Rd7 32.e5 Re8 33.exd6+ Kb8 34.Qg6 Nc6 35.Bd5 Ne5 36.Qh6 Qb4 37.Be4 Qxb2 38.Nd5 Nxg4 39.Qf4 [39.fxg4 Rf7+] 39...Qf2# 0–1


Kellner,John - Purdy,John [C64]

Perth AUS Ch. (2), 28.12.1954

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 4.c3 f5 5.exf5 e4 6.d4 exf3 7.dxc5 fxg2 8.Rg1 Qe7+ 9.Be3 Nf6 10.Rxg2 d5 11.cxd6 cxd6 12.Qf3 0–0 13.Nd2 Ne5 14.Qe2 Bxf5 15.0–0–0 a6 16.Bc4+ d5 17.Bd4 Rae8 18.Qxe5 Qxe5 19.Bxe5 Rxe5 20.f4 Re3 21.Nf1 Rf3 22.Rxd5 Be6 23.Nd2 Rxc3+ 24.bxc3 Bxd5 25.Kb2 Bxc4 26.Nxc4 Nd5 27.Rd2 Nxf4 28.Rd7 b5 29.Nd6

29...h5 30.Ra7 Nd3+ 31.Ka3 Rf3 32.Ne8 g5 33.Rg7+ Kf8 34.Rxg5 Kxe8 35.Rxh5 Rf2 36.Rh6 Nc1 37.Kb4 Rxa2 38.Kc5 Ra4 39.Kb6 Na2 40.Rc6 Ra3 41.c4 b4 42.Kc5 b3 43.Rb6 a5 44.Kd4 Nc1 45.h4 Ra2 46.h5 Rh2 47.Kc3 a4 48.Kb4 Nd3+ 49.Kc3 b2 50.h6 a3 51.Kxd3 a2 0–1


Purdy,John- Purkalitis,P [C27]

AUS ch Adelaide (15), 21.10.1960

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Qh5 Nd6 5.Bb3 Nc6 6.d4 g6 7.Qe2 Nxd4 8.Qxe5+ Qe7 9.Bf4 Nxb3 10.axb3 f6 11.Qxe7+ Bxe7 12.Nd5 Bd8 13.Nf3 Kf7 14.Nb6 Re8+ 15.Kd1 cxb6 16.Bxd6 Be7 17.Bc7 Bc5 18.b4 Bxb4 19.Bxb6 a6 20.c3 Bf8 21.Nd4 Re5 22.f4 Rd5 23.c4 Rh5 24.Nb5 d6 25.Nc7 Bg4+ 26.Kd2 Rc8 27.h3 Bd7 28.g4 Rh6 29.b3 f5 30.g5 Rh5 31.h4 h6 32.Nd5 hxg5 33.hxg5 Rxh1 34.Rxh1 Bg7

35.Rh7 Kf8 [35...Rh8 36.Rxg7+ Kxg7 37.Bd4+ Kg8 38.Nf6+] 36.Bd4 Bxd4 37.Rxd7 b5 38.Kd3 Bb2 39.Rxd6 bxc4+ 40.bxc4 a5 41.Ra6 Rd8 42.Rxg6 a4 43.Ra6 a3 44.Ra7 Rd6 45.Kc2 Rc6 46.Kb3 Re6 47.c5 Bc1 48.Kc4 Re2 49.g6 a2 50.g7+ Kg8 51.Nf6# 1–0


Pope,Arthur  - Purdy,John [C80]

AUS ch Sydney (3), 30.12.1968

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.dxe5 Be6 10.c3 Bc5 11.Qe2 0–0 12.Be3 f5 13.exf6 Qxf6 14.Nd2 Bd6 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.f4 exf3 17.gxf3 Rae8 18.Qd2 Bxb3 19.axb3 Bxh2+ 20.Kxh2 Qe5+ 21.Kg2 Qxe3 22.Qxe3 Rxe3 23.Rxa6 Rf6 24.Rxf6 Re2+ 25.Kg3 gxf6 26.Rd1

26...Kf7 27.Rd7+ Re7 28.Rd2 Ke6 29.Kf4 h5 30.Re2+ Kd6 31.Rd2+ Ke6 32.Re2+ Kf7 33.Rd2 c6 34.b4 Re5 35.Rg2 Ke6 36.Rd2 Rf5+ 37.Ke4 h4 38.Rh2 Rh5 39.Kf4 Rh8 40.Re2+ Kd5 41.Kf5 Kc4 42.Rh2 h3 43.Ke4 Rh6 44.Ke3 Rh4 45.Ke2 Rh5 46.Ke3 Rh7 47.Ke4 Rh5 48.Ke3 f5 49.Ke2 f4 50.Kd2 Rg5 51.b3+ Kxb3 52.Kd3 Rd5+ 53.Ke4 Kxc3 54.Kxf4 Kxb4 55.Rxh3 c5 56.Ke4 Rd8 57.f4 c4 58.f5 c3 59.Rh1 c2 60.Rc1 Kc3 61.f6 b4 62.Ke5 b3 0–1




Purdy,John- Fuller,Maxwell [C06]

AUS ch Hobart (12), 09.01.1965

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 b6 7.Ne2 Ba6 8.Bxa6 Nxa6 9.0–0 Be7 10.Re1 b5 11.Nf3 Nb6 12.Qd3 c4 13.Qe3 0–0 14.Qf4 Nc7 15.Qg4 Kh8 16.Ng3 a5 17.Nh5 Ne8 18.a3 b4 19.Ng5 bxc3 20.bxc3 Na4

21.Nxh7 Kxh7 22.Re3 Rh8 23.Rg3 g6 24.Nf4 g5 [24...Rg8 25.Qh3+ Kg7 26.Rxg6+ fxg6 27.Nxe6+ Kf7 28.Nxd8+ Rxd8 (28...Bxd8 29.Qd7+) 29.e6+ Kf6 30.Bf4 Bd6 31.Qh4+ g5 32.Qh6+ Kf5 33.Qh7+ Kxf4 (33...Rg6 34.g4+) 34.Qf7+ Kg4 35.Qf3+ Kh4 36.Qh3#] 25.Nh3 f6 26.exf6 Nxf6 27.Qxg5 1–0


Purdy,John - Rogers,Ian [D86]

Canberra Doeberl Cup (7), 1983

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 0–0 8.Ne2 Qd7 9.0–0 b6 10.Be3 Bb7 11.Qc2 Nc6 12.Rac1 Na5 13.Bd3 c5 14.dxc5 bxc5 15.Bxc5 Qc7 16.Bd4 e5 17.Be3 Nc4 18.Bxc4 Qxc4 19.f3 a5 20.Rfd1 Bc6 21.Rd2 Rab8 22.Rb1 a4 23.Rxb8 Rxb8 24.Qd3 Qxd3 25.Rxd3 Bb5 26.Rd2 Bc4 27.Nc1 Bf8 28.Nd3 Rb1+ 29.Kf2 a3 30.Nxe5 Bxa2

31.Rd8 Kg7 32.Ng4 g5 33.Bd4+ f6 34.Nxf6 Kf7 35.Nxh7 Bc4 36.Rxf8+ Kg6 37.Ra8 Rb2+ 38.Kg3 Bf1 39.Nf8+ Kf7 40.Bf2 a2 41.Nd7 Ke7 42.Nb6 Kd6 43.Nd5 1–0


Purdy,John - Ferris,David [C02]

AUS ch Adelaide (10), 07.01.1980

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.a3 Bd7 6.b4 cxd4 7.cxd4 a5 8.b5 Ne7 9.Nf3 Nf5 10.Nc3 Be7 11.Be2 0–0 12.g4 Nh4 13.Nxh4 Bxh4 14.g5 h6 15.gxh6 g6 16.Be3 Be8 17.Bd3 Kh7 18.Qg4 Qd8 19.Ne2 Nd7 20.Nf4 Nb6

21.Bxg6+ Kh8 22.Bh7 Bg5 23.Nh3 f6 24.Nxg5 fxg5 25.Bd3 Rc8 26.Bxg5 Qc7 27.Rc1 Qxc1+ 28.Bxc1 Rxc1+ 29.Kd2 Rc7 30.Rg1 Nc4+ 31.Bxc4 dxc4 32.Qg7+ Rxg7 33.hxg7+ Kg8 34.gxf8Q+ Kxf8 1–0


Johansen,Darryl  - Purdy,John [C80]

AUS ch Perth (3), 29.12.1977

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.dxe5 Be6 10.Be3 Be7 11.c3 0–0 12.f3 Nc5 13.f4 f5 14.Nd2 Qd7 15.Bc2 Ne4 16.Nb3 Rfd8 17.Qe2 c5 18.Rfd1 Qc7 19.Nd2 a5 20.a3 Rac8 21.Bb3 Qb7 22.Rf1

22...c4 23.Bc2 Bf7 24.Nf3 g6 25.Nd4 Bc5 26.Nf3 Bf8 27.Nd4 b4 28.axb4 axb4 29.Bxe4 dxe4 30.Ra5 Rd5 31.Rfa1 Rxa5 32.Rxa5 bxc3 33.bxc3 Qb1+ 34.Kf2 Rb8 35.e6 Bxe6 36.Nxe6 Rb2 37.Ra8 Rxe2+ 38.Kxe2 Qc2+ 39.Kf1 Kf7 40.Ng5+ Ke7 41.Bc5+ Kd7 42.Rxf8 Qxc3 43.Kf2 Qa5 44.Rf7+ Kc6 45.Be3 Qa2+ 46.Kg3 Qe2 47.Rf6+ Kb5 0–1


Solomon,Stephen - Purdy,John [B99]

AUS ch Melbourne (1), 29.12.1981

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0–0–0 Nbd7 10.g4 b5 11.Bg2 Bb7 12.Rhe1 0–0 13.a3 Rab8 14.Qg3 Rfc8 15.f5 e5 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.Nb3 a5 18.Re2 b4 19.axb4 axb4 20.Nd5 Nxd5 21.exd5 Bg5+ 22.Kb1 Ba6 23.Rf2 Ra8 24.f6

24...Be2 25.Rxe2 Qa7 26.c3 Qa2+ 27.Kc2 bxc3 28.Kd3 Qa6+ 29.Ke4 Qxe2+ 30.Kf5 Qxd1 31.Kxg5 h6+ 32.Kh5 Qxb3 33.Be4 c2 34.Qf3 Qxf3 35.Bxf3 c1Q 36.Be4 Qg5# 0–1

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NSW Country Championship


Alex Mehan and Trent Parker tied for this title at the Gosford open on 10-11 September by coming equal fourth on 4.5/7.

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AusJCL Calendar (National and International)


See or the AusJCL page for calendars, selection details, etc. Note that events are often changed so it is advisable to check frequently for updates.



2012 Australian Junior Championships


This event will be run at Spensley Street Primary School in the inner Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill between Saturday 14th January and Sunday 22nd January, organised by the Melbourne Chess Club.


See link for information and updates.

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Recent GP weekend results


2011 Gosford Open  September 10-11, Gosford, NSW.  IM George Xie won with 6.5 from Anton Smirnov and FM Vladimir Smirnov 5.5. (32 players). 

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Grand Prix events


September 17-19 Nell Van De Graaff Classic [1], Gold Coast, Qld  link

October 1-3 Ryde-Eastwood Open [1], Sydney, NSW  link

October 1-2 Labour Day Weekender [1], Adelaide, SA  link

October 8-9 Wendy Terry Memorial [1], Brisbane, Qld  link

October 28-November 1 Melbourne Cup Weekender [4], Melbourne, Vic  link

October 29-30 Brisbane Open [1], Brisbane, Qld  link


2011 GP calendar link


2011 Nell Van De Graaff Classic (September 17-18 )

Venue: Somerset College Sports Pavilion, Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba
The NVDG Classic is a 'Yulgilbar-Think Big' Australian Chess Grand Prix Category 3 event. It also doubles as a teams event. Teams of four must have an average ACF rating of below 1500. Haven't got a team? Relax, we'll put you into one on the day.
Total Prizes: $3,200
6 Rounds 60+10 Fischer
Sat: Reg from 8.30am Rd 1 9.30am, Rd 2 12 noon, Rd 3 2.30pm
Sun: Rd 4 9.30am, Rd 5 12 noon, Rd 6 2.30pm Prizes 5pm
Arbiter: Dr Charles Zworestine
Forfeit time for late arrivals 30 mins from the start of the round
Full details and entry form at


2011 Billanook College Chess Championship Cup


Northern Star Chess is conducting the BCCC series of tournaments again in 2011.
This year the series will consist of 5 weekend tournaments at Billanook College in Mooroolbark* and is open to all junior and adult chess players from beginner to master strength.
Dates For The Five Weekend Tournaments:
1. Already held
2. Already held
3. Already held
4. Sunday 18th September
5. Saturday 5th November (Final Event – Grand Prizes Presentation)
VENUE: Billanook College, 197-199 Cardigan Road, Mooroolbark, Victoria 3138 (Melway Ref: [52 C1])
COST: $15 per tournament
FORMAT: 7 round Swiss
TIME CONTROL: 15 minutes per player
PRIZES: Cash prizes are offered for each of the 5 individual tournaments, along with medals and trophies. Individual scores for each tournament accumulate over all 5 events to determine the grand prizes and winners of the perpetual Billanook College Chess Championship cups, to be presented at the conclusion of the final event. The 2011 prize structure has been modified to simplify prize award and balance eligibility for prizes between adults and juniors. For more information, visit the Northern Star Chess website:
TIME: Register and pay by 9:30 am. Tournaments run from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT: Please register and pay online at Northern Star Chess

2011 Victorian Country Championship (October 8-9)


The Victorian Country Chess Championship will be held on the weekend of the 8th & 9th of October this year in Swan Hill.
Venue: Alcheringa Hostel, 44 Rutherford St, Swan Hill.
Round Times:
Saturday 8:  Round 1: 9.30 am. Round 2: 1.00 pm. Round 3: 4.00 pm.
Sunday 9:  Round 4: 9.00 am. Round 5: 12.30 pm. Round 6: 3.30 pm.
Entry Fees: $50 Adult $30 Concession
Eligibility: The Victorian Country Chess Championship is open to all Victorian players whose main place of residence is outside a 50 km radius from the Melbourne GPO.
Rate of Play: All moves in 60 minutes per player plus an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1.
Prizes: All entry fees will be distributed in prizes after deduction of expenses in conducting the event. There will be prizes awarded for the first three players in the Championship and Reserve sections. If there is a tie for a title then joint champions will be declared and prize money divided equally. All players will compete in a single tournament. The prize pool will be allocated 75% to the Championship and 25% to the Reserve.
Accommodation: There will be limited accommodation free of charge at the venue (you will need to bring your own pillows, sheets, blankets & towels). 15 rooms only, so first in, best dressed. Alternative arragnements can be made at the numerous motels, hotels & caravan parks.
Contacts: Kevin Perrin or Nigel Barrow: Email to or (or phone numbers provided on the link to the Ballarat Chess Club site).
More information:
Victorian Rural Chess League


2011 MCC Melbourne Cup Weekender (October 28 – November 1)


A Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Chess Grand Prix Event - Class 4

VENUES: Rounds 1 - 7: Melb. Chess Club, 66 Leicester St Fitzroy Vic. 3065 Ph: 03 9416 3149

Rounds 8 - 9:Fitzroy Town Hall Cnr Moore St, & Napier St Fitzroy Vic. 3065

PRIZES: 1st $1500; 2nd $750; 3rd $500; 4th $250; Rating prizes totalling $500. All prizes guaranteed.

FORMAT: 9 round Swiss. ACF and FIDE rated (norm opportunities.)

TIME: 90 mins + 30 secs per move. FIDE rules apply.

ARBITER: To be announced

PAIRINGS: Swiss Perfect

ENTRY FEES: Adults $85. Under 18 $70. Free entry: GM, IM, WGM, WIM. Early bird: Less $10 if paid by 4 Sept.

SCHEDULE: FRI, 28 Oct: Rnd 1, 7 pm. SAT, 29 Oct: Rnd 2, 1 pm Rnd 3, 7 pm.

SUN, 30 Oct: Rnd 4, 1 pm Rnd 5, 7 pm. MON, 31 Oct: Rnd 6, 10 am Rnd 7, 3 pm. TUE, 1 Nov: Rnd 8, 10 am Rnd 9, 3:30 pm.

Half point byes may be taken in any of rounds 1 through 7. A maximum of two byes is allowed.


St Georges Motor Inn: 334 St. Georges Rd, Thornbury Vic. 3071 Ph: 03 9416 9707

STD room (1 bed): $120 per night, TWIN room: (2 beds): $155 per night FAMILY room: (3 beds): $185 per night

Stay 4 nights or more and you get $10 off per night.

Be sure to mention the MCC Cup Weekender and Grant Szuveges to get these special rates.

PAYMENT: By cash, cheque or direct deposit: Account name: Melbourne Chess Club Inc. Bank: Bendigo Bank, Carlton Branch.

BSB: 633-000. Acc. No.: 132887126. If paying by direct deposit, please email Grant stating your name, the amount and the date paid.

ENTRY and ENQUIRIES: Grant Szuveges 0401 925 075

For advice on parking contact Grant.


Please notify forthcoming tournaments to

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Championship and major events


World Seniors: 14 November 2011, Opatija, Croatia  link

Queenstown Chess Classic: 15 January 2012, Queenstown, NZ [incorporates NZ and Oceania Championships]  link

Gibraltar Chess Festival: 24 January 2012  link


(Date listed is date of commencement)



2011 World Cup


The World Cup is in progress in Kanty-Mansiysk, Russia and has reached the semi-final stage. GM Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr) plays GM Alexander Grischuk (Rus) in one match and Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukr) meets Peter Svidler (Rus) in the other. Both matches stand at 0.5-0.5 after he first game.


Oceania representative GM Zong-Yuan Zhao was eliminated in the first round (by 2-0, not 1.5-0.5 as hurriedly reported last time, though the scores are unimportant as they are not used for later tie-breaks) by GM Evgeny Tomaschevsky (Rus) who himself went out a couple of rounds later.


See link for the tournament site. Games are broadcast at 7pm Australian Eastern time.



FIDE Executive Board


FIDE has announced the agenda for the 82nd FIDE Congress scheduled for 15 to 22 October 2011 in Krakow, Poland. See link for the documents.



2011 World Amateur Championship


This event will be held in Antalya, Turkey from 1 to 11 October 2011. See link for the tournament site. Historically the distinction between professional and amateur has not existed in chess but according to the regulations eligibility is defined as follows:


The World Amateur Championship is open to all eligible players registered with their Federation. The participants shall have no FIDE title or published FIDE Rating above 2000 at the start of the tournament nor have had such a Rating for at least 2 years prior to the start of the event.



2011 New Caledonia Chess Championhip


International Arbiter (IA) Gary Bekker and local organizer Sylvain Giraud are this week conducting a FIDE-rated 10 player round-robin in Noumea, New Caledonia (3-7 September 2011). Three Australian players compete against seven local Frenchmen with the aim of encouraging the New Caledonia Chess Association to register with the French Chess Federation (FFE) and also join the Oceania Chess Confederation in January 2012. It is hoped to increase participation and subsequently enter a chess team in the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby PNG. Meetings with the National Olympic Committee and the Department of Sport and Recreation are planned.


Further details are available on the Oceania Chess Confederation website at


For results see the report below.



2011 Solomon Islands International


This tournament will take place at the Red Mansion Comfort Inn, Panatina Ridge, Honiara from 17 to 22 November 2011. See link for more information.



2011 Sarawak Open Chess Championship


Dear Chess friends,


We hope you could join our chess championship and spread the news around.  Thank you.



Lim Kian Hwa. President, Sarawak Chess Association.


This event is on 12-16 December at the Ultimate Professional Centre, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. For details see link.



13th Annual Junior Orange Bowl Scholastic International Chess Championship (USA)


The tournament will be held on December 27-29, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Miami International Airport, Florida, USA. The rate is $129 per night. We invite players from Australia to play against players aged 5 to 18 from Russia, Ecuador, USA, Peru, Panama, Colombia, and others.


The championship website has the entry form at



Botvinnik Memorial


A three-day festival was held in Moscow last week in memory of former World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik (1911-1995). Events included two four-player rapid round robins, a men’s and women’s, won by GM Viswnathan Anand (Ind) and GM Viktorija Cmilyte (Ltu), a mixed doubles blitz event and simultaneous exhibitions. See link for the tournament site.

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The September ACF ratings were released earlier this month. The leading players (with reliable ratings) are shown in the next column.


Matthew Cheah (Vic), up 238 to 1429, and Frederick Litchfield (ACT), up 233 to 1548, were the most improved players.


Highest players under 18 are FM Bobby Cheng (Vic) 2354 and IM James Morris (Vic) 2309. WIM Emma Guo (ACT) 2027 is the top girl.


See here for the ACF ratings page.










GM Zong-Yuan Zhao (NSW)





GM David Smerdon (ACT)





Trevor Tao (SA)





IM George Xie (NSW)





FM Max Illingworth (NSW)





IM Stephen Solomon (Qld)





GM Darryl Johansen (Vic)





FM Vladimir Smirnov (NSW)





FM Moulthun Ly (Qld)





IM Igor Goldenberg (Vic)

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The September FIDE ratings were released earlier this month. The leading Australians (active players only) are shown in the next column.


Magnus Carlsen (Nor) remains in the top spot with 2823 followed by World Champion Viswanathan Anand (Ind) 2817, Levon Aronian (Arm) 2807 and Vladimir Kramnik (Rus) 2791.


A rating of 2756 is necessary to be in the top ten, and 2648 for the top hundred. Australia’s top player, GM Zong-Yuan Zhao, at 2570 is number 346.


See here for the FIDE ratings page.










GM Zong-Yuan Zhao (NSW)





GM David Smerdon (ACT)





IM George Xie (NSW)





GM Darryl Johansen (Vic)





IM Aleksandar Wohl (NSW)





IM Mark Chapman (SA)





IM Igor Goldenberg (Vic)





IM Stephen Solomon (Qld)





IM Moulthun Ly (Qld)





IM Gary Lane (NSW)

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One Day Tournament Hervey Bay (10 September 2011)


It was a great day of chess when sixteen players from Bundaberg, Maryborough and Hervey Bay competed in the first chess tournament held at Hervey Bay in many years.

The one day tournament was held to help promote the newly formed Hervey Bay Chess Group, which meets on Wednesdays at the Library.

The Tournament was opened by the Mayor of the Hervey Bay Regional Council.

The event was an eight round swiss. Senior placegetters on the day were Keith McLeod (1st), John Harris (2nd), and Melba Horwood (3rd). Junior placegetters were Timothy Harris (1st), Brendan Dahl (2nd) and David House(3rd).

Keith McLeod was prevented from a grand slam win of eight games, when he agreed to a draw with John Harris. Timothy Harris had a draw with his father, John Harris. This was a great effort by Timothy as his father is one of the top Bundaberg Club players.

Medallions and prize money were presented by Ted Sorensen the local Member of Parliament.

It is hoped to have a one day tournament in Hervey Bay at least once a year.


(Report by Allan Menham on chesschat)


New Caledonia International, a Close Contest in Pacific Paradise – by Gary Bekker


Ten players recently took part in the New Caledonia International Chess Championship, and the result was a surprisingly close and very enjoyable competition. The tournament lead changed hands between top seed Lee Jones, and local hero Sylvain Giraud, several times. At the half way point, both players were undefeated but Sylvain held a half point lead over Lee Jones and Dominique Bielli. In their round six encounter, Lee Jones defeated Sylvain, and looked set to win the tournament, only to lose a lengthy struggle against Michel Veu in the very next round. The final result was unknown until the Sylvain Giraud lost the final game of the tournament to Gary Bekker, allowing Lee Jones to sneak through to victory. Competition for minor places was also very strong, and almost all games were very tightly fought contests.


The tournament was held during the first week of September in the Province Sud Government Offices in Noumea, overlooking the yacht club and picturesque Port Moselle. The tournament was the initiative of the Oceania Chess Confederation and the recently formed Chess Club of Noumea. Not only did the event provide a unique opportunity for local players to compete for international ratings, but it also coincided with the Pacific Games featuring the best athletes from around the Pacific. This gave players the chance to watch some exciting sporting events, and organisers the opportunity to meet with sports officials from numerous Pacific islands. Further development of chess in the Pacific, and the possible inclusion of chess in the next Pacific Games, was discussed. An introductory Arbiters Seminar was also conducted in both English and French. An introductory Arbiters Seminar was also conducted in both English and French.


The last major international chess tournament held in Noumea was in 1995, when world-class players Rogers, Johansen, Solozhenkin, Jamieson, Davidovic, Reilly, and others played against the best local players, and resulted in a four way tie amongst the top seeds. When the organiser of that event, Gilles Jaunay, stood down from organising chess events in 2009, chess in New Caledonia went into a two-year hiatus. That was until French player, Sylvain Giraud, arrived in Noumea early this year and, together with newly elected club president Hamid Jghima and several others, founded the new club.


Local players competing in the event were selected via a qualification tournament held in mid August. These included Gilles Kerriou an amateur yachtsman who previously lived in Tahiti for several years, René Pêtre who has won the New Caledonia Chess Championships an incredible 20 times or more, strong local competitor Dominique Bielli who prepared intensely for this event, two Melanesian players Michel Veu and Telly Lamata, and semi-professional poker player Georges Macar.


The international players included FM Lee Jones, active Queensland player Tony Weller, and former Oceania Zone President Gary Bekker. The players enjoyed fine French dining, beautiful beaches, and a delightful blend of Melanesian and French metropolitan culture. A few days after the end of the tournament, Noumea celebrated the end of the Pacific Games with a fantastic fireworks display, and everybody enjoyed this spectacular finale to the event.


Final Results:


Pl  Name              FIDE FED   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0   Tot


1   Jones,Lee         2112 AUS   * 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1   7.0

2   Giraud,Sylvain    2043 FRA   0 * 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1   6.5

3   Pêtre,René             FRA   ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½   5.5

4   Bekker,Gary       1807 AUS   ½ 1 ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1   5.0

5   Bielli,Dominique       FRA   0 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 1   5.0

6   Veu,Michel             FRA   1 0 ½ 1 0 * 0 0 ½ 1   4.0

7   Kerriou,Gilles    1974 FRA   0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ 1   4.0

8   Weller,Tony       1889 AUS   0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 * 1 ½   4.0

9   Lamata,Telly           FRA   0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1   3.0

10  Macar,Georges          FRA   0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 *   1.0


Selected Games:


Bielli,D - Veu,M [B60]

Nouvelle Calédonie, Nouméa (1), 03.09.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bg5 Nc6 7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.Bc4 e6 9.a3 Qb6 10.Nb3 Qc7 11.Qh5 b5 12.Be2 Bb7 13.Bg4 0–0–0 14.Nd5 Qb8 15.Qxf7 f5 16.Nb6# 1–0


Bielli,D - Giraud,S (2043) [B01]

Nouvelle Calédonie, Nouméa (3), 04.09.2011

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bd3 c6 6.Nge2 Bg4 7.0–0 e6 8.h3 Bf5 9.Re1 Bb4 10.Bxf5 Qxf5 11.a3 Bxc3 12.Nxc3 Nbd7 13.Qe2 0–0 14.Ne4 Nxe4 15.Qxe4 Qxe4 16.Rxe4 b5 17.a4 a6 18.a5 c5 19.dxc5 Nxc5 20.Re2 Rac8 21.Be3 Ne4 22.Bd4 Nd6 23.b4 Nf5 24.Bc5 Rfd8 25.Ra3 Nd6 26.Rd3 Nc4 27.Rxd8+ Rxd8 28.c3 Rd5 29.f4 h5 30.Kf2 Rd3 31.Bd4 g6 32.Rc2 Rd1 33.Ke2 Rb1 34.Ra2 Kf8 35.Rc2 Ke7 36.Kf3 Kd6 37.Re2 Kd5 38.Bf6 Rd1 39.Bd4 Nd2+ 40.Ke3 Ne4 41.Kf3 f5 42.Rc2 Kc4 43.Ke2 Rd3 44.Be5 Rg3 45.Kd1 Nxc3+ 46.Kc1 Kxb4 47.Rb2+ Kc4 0–1


Macar,G - Weller,T (1889) [A29]

Nouvelle Calédonie, Nouméa (4), 04.09.2011

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 d6 5.Bg2 Bf5 6.0–0 Qd7 7.Re1 Bh3 8.Bh1 h5 9.d4 h4 10.dxe5 Ng4 11.Bf4 hxg3 12.Bxg3 0–0–0 13.Ne4 Ngxe5 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Qb3 Nc6 16.Rad1 Qe8 17.Rd2 Be6 18.Ng5 Bd7 19.Bd5 ½–½


Pêtre,R - Kerriou,G (1974) [D00]

Nouvelle Calédonie, Nouméa (3), 04.09.2011

1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Bg4 4.d4 e6 5.c3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 Be7 7.Nbd2 c5 8.0–0 cxd4 9.exd4 Qc7 10.Qe1 0–0–0 11.Ne5 Bd6 12.Ndf3 Rdf8 13.Bd2 Bf5 14.Qe2 Bxd3 15.Qxd3 Ne4 16.Rac1 Kb8 17.c4 Nxe5 18.fxe5 Nxd2 19.Qxd2 Be7 20.cxd5 Qd7 21.d6 Bd8 22.Rc2 f6 23.Rfc1 Bb6 24.Kh1 g5 25.Qb4 g4 26.Ng1 fxe5 27.dxe5 Qg7 28.Qe4 Rf7 29.Qc4 a6 30.Qxe6 Rhf8 31.Rc8+ Rxc8 32.Qxc8+ Ka7 33.e6 Rf5 34.e7 Rh5 35.Qa8+ Kxa8 36.e8Q+ 1–0


Weller,T (1889) - Bielli,D [A41]

Nouvelle Calédonie, Nouméa (5), 05.09.2011

1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c4 e5 4.dxe5 Nxe5 5.Nxe5 dxe5 6.Qxd8+ Kxd8 7.Nc3 Be6 8.e4 c6 9.Be3 Nf6 10.f3 Nd7 11.0–0–0 f6 12.Be2 Kc7 13.Rd3 Be7 14.Rhd1 Nb6 15.Nd5+ cxd5 16.cxd5 Bxd5 17.exd5 Bd6 18.Rc3+ Kd7 19.Bb5+ Ke7 20.Bc5 Rhc8 21.Bxd6+ Kxd6 22.Bd3 g6 23.g4 Rxc3+ 24.bxc3 Rc8 25.Kc2 Nxd5 26.Be4 Rxc3+ 27.Kb2 Rc5 and black won the ending. 0–1


Giraud,S (2043) - Jones,L (2112) [B01]

Nouvelle Calédonie, Nouméa (6), 06.09.2011

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.Bd3 g6 5.h3 Bg7 6.Nf3 c5 7.c3 0–0 8.0–0 Nd7 9.a3 Qc7 10.Re1 Re8 11.Be3 b6 12.Qd2 Bb7 13.Bh6 Bh8 14.c4 N5f6 15.d5 b5 16.Nc3 a6 17.b3 Nb6 18.Rad1 Rad8 19.Qc2 Nh5 20.Ne2 bxc4 21.bxc4 e6 22.Nc3 exd5 23.Rxe8+ Rxe8 24.Nxd5 Nxd5 25.cxd5 Bxd5 26.Bxg6 hxg6 27.Rxd5 c4 28.Be3 c3 29.Rc5 Qd6 30.Ra5 Ng3 31.Qa4 Ne2+ 32.Kh1 Rb8 33.g4 Rc8 34.Kg2 c2 35.Rxa6 Qd5 36.Ra5 Qd1 37.Rc5 Rxc5 38.Qe8+ Kg7 39.Bxc5 Nf4+ 40.Kg3 Ne6 41.Ne5 Qg1+ 42.Kf3 Ng5+ 43.Kf4 c1Q+ 44.Be3 0–1


Pêtre,R - Bielli,D [B08]

Nouvelle Calédonie, Nouméa (7), 06.09.2011

1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.h3 Nbd7 6.e5 dxe5 7.dxe5 Ng8 8.Bf4 e6 9.Bc4 Ne7 10.Qd2 0–0 11.0–0–0 a6 12.Bh6 Bxh6 13.Qxh6 Nf5 14.Qf4 Qe7 15.Ne4 f6 16.Rxd7 Bxd7 17.Nxf6+ Rxf6 18.exf6 Qxf6 19.g4 Rf8 20.gxf5 Qe7 21.Rg1 Kg7 22.Qe5+ Rf6 23.Ng5 Kh6 24.fxe6 Be8 25.Qd4 Kg7 26.Ne4 1–0


Jones,L (2112) - Veu,M [D93]

Nouvelle Calédonie Nouméa (7), 06.09.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bf4 c6 6.e3 0–0 7.Rc1 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nbd7 9.h3 Nb6 10.Bb3 a5 11.a3 Nbd5 12.Bh2 Nxc3 13.Rxc3 a4 14.Ba2 Ne4 15.Rc2 Qa5+ 16.Nd2 Bf5 17.g4 Nxd2 18.Rxd2 Be4 19.f3 Bd5 20.Bb1 c5 21.Kf2 cxd4 22.exd4 Rac8 23.Bf4 Rc6 24.Rd3 Bc4 25.Rd2 Bd5 26.Kg3 Rf6 27.Rd3 Rxf4 28.Kxf4 Bh6+ 29.Kg3 Qc7+ 30.Kg2 Qf4 31.Qe1 Qd6 32.h4 Bg7 33.h5 h6 34.Qb4 Qf4 35.Kf2 Rc8 36.hxg6 fxg6 37.Rhd1 Rf8 38.Qxe7 Qh2+ 39.Ke1 Bb3 40.R1d2 Qg1+ 41.Ke2 Bc4 42.Qe3 Qxb1 43.Kf2 Bxd3 44.Rxd3 Qxb2+ 45.Kg3 g5 46.Rd2 Qb6 47.Qe4 Qc7+ 48.Kg2 Qc3 49.Rd3 Qc2+ 50.Kg3 Kh8 51.Qe3 Qc7+ 52.Kh3 Qd6 53.Qe4 b5 54.Rd2 b4 55.axb4 Qxb4 56.Rc2 Qb3 57.Kg2 a3 58.Qe2 Bxd4 59.Rd2 Bg7 60.Ra2 Bb2 61.Qe7 Qxf3+ 62.Kg1 Qg3+ 63.Kh1 Rf1# 0–1


Bekker,G (1807) - Giraud,S (2043) [A70]

Nouvelle Calédonie, Nouméa (9), 07.09.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 a6 7.a4 g6 8.Nf3 Bg4 9.Be2 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Nbd7 11.0–0 Bg7 12.Bf4 Qe7 13.Re1 Ne5 14.Be2 0–0 15.Qd2 Rfe8 16.Bf1 Nh5 17.Bh6 Bxh6 18.Qxh6 Ng4 19.Qd2 Qh4 20.h3 Ne5 21.a5 g5 22.Be2 Nf4 23.Ra3 Rad8 24.Na4 Kh8 25.Rg3 Rg8 26.Nb6 Qh6 27.Nc4 Nxc4 28.Bxc4 f6 29.Be2 g4 30.Kh2 gxh3 31.Rxg8+ Rxg8 32.g3 Re8 33.Bf3 Re5 34.Qxf4 Qg7 35.Bg4 Qe7 36.Bf5 Kg7 37.Qg4+ Kh8 38.Be6 Rg5 39.Qf4 Kg7 40.Bf5 Kh8 41.Qd2 Rg8 42.Re3 Kg7 43.Rf3 Rf8 44.Rf4 Kf7 45.Rh4 Rh8 46.Rxh7+ Rxh7 47.Bxh7 Ke8 48.Qh6 Qe5 49.Bg6+ Kd8 50.Qh8+ Kc7 51.Bf5 1–0


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